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Monday, October 31

Amtrak says it has no beef with cow-powered train

posted: 10/31/2011 5:22 p.m.

Amtrak officials say they had no beef with using cattle-based biodiesel to power its Heartland Flyer train.

Mother and child assaulted in Garland County

posted: 10/31/2011 5:04 p.m.

An afternoon assault in Garland County has left questions to be answered.

Wade apologizes for hit

posted: 10/31/2011 4:41 p.m.

Arkansas freshman Marquel Wade has apologized for hitting Vanderbilt punt returner Jonathan Krause early, a crushing tackle that led to Wade's ejection Saturday.

Regions latest bank to drop monthly debit-card fee

posted: 10/31/2011 4:12 p.m.

Regions Financial Corp., the 10th- largest U.S. bank by deposits, will eliminate its debit-card fee for all accounts after customers rebelled against the monthly charge.

Pair arrested on drug charges in Beebe

posted: 10/31/2011 3:52 p.m.

A traffic stop in Beebe over the weekend led to the arrest of two people on drug charges.

Footage catches man breaking into Conway vet office

posted: 10/31/2011 3:34 p.m.

Authorities in Conway are looking for a man seen on surveillance video inside a veterinary office after hours.

Saline County collects more than 500 pounds of prescription drugs

posted: 10/31/2011 2:21 p.m.

Authorities in Saline County collected more than 500 pounds of prescription drugs during an event Saturday aimed at collecting unused medicine.

Soldier admits taking fingers as war trophies, denies murder

posted: 10/31/2011 12:50 p.m.

An attorney for an Army staff sergeant charged in the thrill killings of three Afghan civilians says his client did take fingers off bodies as war trophies, but he wasn’t involved in any killings.

NYC's Central Park may lose 1,000 trees to storm

posted: 10/31/2011 12:48 p.m.

Central Park could lose 1,000 trees due to the unprecedented weekend snowstorm, the group that manages the park said Monday.

US cuts UNESCO funding after Palestinian vote

posted: 10/31/2011 12:45 p.m.

The Obama administration is cutting off funding for the U.N. cultural agency because it approved a Palestinian bid for full membership.

Heifer International, former executive reach settlement

posted: 10/31/2011 12:28 p.m.

A lawsuit filed by a former Heifer International executive has been dismissed with the parties reaching a mediated settlement.

US missiles kill 4 in Pakistan

posted: 10/31/2011 12:12 p.m.

U.S. drone-fired missiles killed four suspected militants Monday close to the Afghan border, Pakistani officials said.

Three more victims of Kansas grain elevator blast found

posted: 10/31/2011 11:42 a.m.

The bodies of the final three victims of a grain elevator blast that killed six people and injured two others were recovered Monday morning in Kansas, a company official said.

Traffic delays likely in NLR for 'Halloween on the Hill'

posted: 10/31/2011 11:40 a.m.

North Little Rock's annual "Halloween on the Hill" is taking place from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday between A and H streets along JFK Boulevard.

Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral stepping down

posted: 10/31/2011 11:24 a.m.

The Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London on Monday became the second high-profile clergy member to step down amid anti-capitalist protests on the church’s grounds.

First of 2 trials to start in Arkansas double slaying

posted: 10/31/2011 11:24 a.m.

Jury selection is to begin in Benton County for a man charged with capital murder for the slayings of a woman and her mother.

Power restoration in snowy East could take days

posted: 10/31/2011 11:22 a.m.

Residents across the Northeast faced the prospect of days without electricity or heat Monday after an early-season storm dumped as much as 30 inches of wet, heavy snow that snapped trees and power lines and closed hundreds of schools.

Deputies arrest burglary suspect in White County

posted: 10/31/2011 11:13 a.m.

White County deputies caught an early-morning burglary suspect Monday in Bald Knob after a brief car chase.

Man shot in LR home

updated: 10/31/2011 2:07 p.m.

A man was shot Monday morning by an assailant who came to his home on Chicot Road, authorities said.

MF Global files for bankruptcy protection

posted: 10/31/2011 11:01 a.m.

Securities firm MF Global Holdings Ltd. is seeking bankruptcy protection one week after reporting its biggest ever quarterly loss and having its credit downgraded to junk status.

New Amy Winehouse album to be released in December

posted: 10/31/2011 10:40 a.m.

A new album of recordings by the late soul singer Amy Winehouse will be released in December, Island Records said Monday.

Entergy Mississippi foresees savings with power grid

posted: 10/31/2011 10:12 a.m.

Officials with Entergy Mississippi say they expect savings to customers of up to $284 million over a decade if a Indiana-based power grid operation takes over management of its high-voltage transmission lines.

Cain says he was 'falsely accused' of harassment

updated: 10/31/2011 1:11 p.m.

Denying he sexually harassed anyone, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Monday he was falsely accused in the 1990s while he was head of the National Restaurant Association, and he branded revelation of the allegations a “witch hunt.”

Siri-ously? Meet Apple’s 'intelligent assistant'

posted: 10/31/2011 9:47 a.m.

The promise of artificial intelligence hinges on language, Bobby Ampezzan writes in Tuesday’s Style section.

La Russa announces retirement

posted: 10/31/2011 9:33 a.m.

Three days after winning the World Series, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is retiring. The 67-year-old manager announced his retirement at a news conference Monday at Busch Stadium.

Burn bans continue in 7 southern Arkansas counties

posted: 10/31/2011 9:03 a.m.

The Arkansas Forestry Commission says burn bans remain in force in seven counties in southern Arkansas.

Pedestrian hit by car on I-630 ramp

posted: 10/31/2011 6:43 a.m.

A man was hit by a car Monday morning on an on-ramp to Interstate 630 in Little Rock.

Toll at 3 in blast at grain elevator

posted: 10/31/2011 6 a.m.

Crews temporarily suspended their search Sunday for three people missing since an explosion at a Kansas grain elevator that killed three workers and left two critically injured with severe burns.

Record snow wallops East, turns deadly

posted: 10/31/2011 5:59 a.m.

A freak October nor’easter knocked out power to more than 3.1 million homes and businesses across the Northeast on Sunday in large part because leaves still on the trees caught more snow, overloading branches that snapped and wreaked havoc.

Israeli airstrike puts truce bid in jeopardy

posted: 10/31/2011 5:57 a.m.

An Israeli aircraft struck a pair of Palestinian militants Sunday, killing one man and wounding a second in new violence that raised the death toll in a weekend of rocket attacks and airstrikes to 11.

Retiree fund in negative

posted: 10/31/2011 5:56 a.m.

Last year, as a debate over the runaway national debt gathered steam in Washington, Social Security passed a treacherous milestone. It went “cash negative.” For most of its 75-year history, the program had paid its own way through a dedicated stream of payroll taxes, even generating huge surpluses for the past two decades. But in 2010, under the strain of a recession that caused tax revenue to plummet, the cost of benefits outstripped tax collections for the first time since the early 1980s.

Loan-program changes worry affected students

posted: 10/31/2011 5:55 a.m.

Graduate students will pay more for loans taken out next July, and recent graduates will lose rebates for on-time repayment under a law Congress passed this summer to keep the federal deficit in check while protecting Pell Grants for low-income students.

Germany weighs minimum wage

posted: 10/31/2011 5:55 a.m.

The German chancellor’s party is exploring the idea of a minimum wage for workers, abandoning its previous opposition to such a policy, party members said Sunday.

Two officials thwart occupiers’ removal

posted: 10/31/2011 5:53 a.m.

Tennessee’s governor and his administration have twice sent state troopers to handcuff and haul away Occupy Nashville protesters camped out just steps away from the Capitol. And twice, a relatively obscure local official refused to throw them in jail.

Hospitals scrambling amid drug shortages

posted: 10/31/2011 5:52 a.m.

There are more than 200 drugs on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s shortage list — including chemotherapy drugs, antibiotics, nausea medication and drugs to treat high blood pressure. The number of drugs on the list has tripled in the past five years.

Court halts Qantas labor strike

posted: 10/31/2011 5:51 a.m.

Qantas Airways’ flight schedule will return to normal by Tuesday after an Australian court intervened in a bitter labor dispute that prompted the world’s 10th-largest airline to ground its entire fleet, the company’s chief executive officer said today.

NATO extending defenses of Kabul

posted: 10/31/2011 5:49 a.m.

The weekend suicide bombing of a NATO convoy that killed 17 people in Kabul has added urgency to the U.S.-led coalition’s work to expand a security bubble around the Afghan capital.

Former premier leads race for Kyrgyzstan presidency

posted: 10/31/2011 5:48 a.m.

Voters in the turbulent Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan cast their ballots Sunday in a presidential election that many hope will set a democratic example for authoritarian neighbors.

Attacker on tape American, say Somalis

posted: 10/31/2011 5:46 a.m.

An al-Qaida-linked Somali militant group on Sunday posted a tape purportedly made by an American citizen who blew himself up during an attack on an African Union base in Somalia’s capital that left at least 10 people dead.

UA System growth marks Sugg’s tenure

posted: 10/31/2011 5:44 a.m.

As president of the University of Arkansas System, B. Alan Sugg has built a reputation as a quiet leader who isn’t afraid to stand behind the scenes while others take credit for the progress he helped to orchestrate.

Some projects overlap under bond program

posted: 10/31/2011 5:42 a.m.

Renewal of a $575 million highway bond program, which voters will decide in a Nov. 8 special election, will pay for work on parts of the Arkansas interstate system the original bond program repaired a dozen years ago.

JP-districts input period closing

posted: 10/31/2011 5:41 a.m.

Pulaski County residents have until noon Tuesday to comment on eight proposals for redrawn justice of the peace districts that are scheduled for an Election Commission vote Wednesday.

Fair promotes pedaling to work

posted: 10/31/2011 5:40 a.m.

When Brad Joseph, 57, left his Little Rock home Sunday morning to volunteer at the Wolfe Street Foundation Inc., he said, the temperature was about 37 degrees.

New site in works for deputies in PB

posted: 10/31/2011 5:39 a.m.

Some visitors’ noses crinkle a bit as a musty smell smacks them when they enter the Jefferson County sheriff’s office criminal investigation division building on Main Street in downtown Pine Bluff.

Spa City residents to guide priorities

posted: 10/31/2011 5:38 a.m.

A group of residents with financial and business experience will be taking a look at Hot Springs’ books and helping set some priorities.

Single-parent scholarship available

posted: 10/31/2011 5:37 a.m.

Applications will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. Nov. 15 for the Central Arkansas Development Council’s Single Parent Scholarship Fund in Saline, Hot Spring, Pike, Clark, Dallas and Columbia counties.

Donations equip police cruisers

posted: 10/31/2011 5:36 a.m.

When Newton County Sheriff Keith Slape found he had no money to buy equipment to outfit two new patrol cars, he decided to ask the community for donations.

November events to salute Civil War

posted: 10/31/2011 5:36 a.m.

Events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and sanctioned by the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission will be held at various locations in the state during November, the commission has announced.

MUSIC REVIEW: Pretty Lights moves crowd

posted: 10/31/2011 5:35 a.m.

The biggest impromptu Halloween party in the city this year was at the Pretty Lights show Saturday night at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.

In the news

posted: 10/31/2011 5:34 a.m.

Mahmoud Jibril, Libya’s interim prime minister, confirmed the presence of chemical weapons in the country and said foreign inspectors will arrive soon to deal with the issue, adding that Libya has no interest in keeping such weapons.

Names and faces

posted: 10/31/2011 5:34 a.m.

During a summer visit to a Motown recording studio, former Beatle Paul Mc-Cartney wanted to run his fingers along an 1877 Steinway grand piano played by some Detroit music greats he considers idols. “He was disappointed when we told him it didn’t play,” Motown Historical Museum chief executive Audley Smith Jr., told The Detroit News for a story Saturday.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/31/2011 5:33 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “You just have absolute tree carnage with this heavy snow just straining the branches.” National Weather Service spokesman Chris Vaccaro, on a snowstorm that toppled trees and knocked out power to millions in the Northeast Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 10/31/2011 5:32 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I tell Sheik al-Qarani that I support you and I will pay $900,000 to make it $1 million to capture an Israeli soldier to release other prisoners.” Prince Khaled bin Talal of Saudi Arabia, raising a prominent Saudi cleric’s promise of $100,000 for capturing an Israeli soldier in hopes of another swap for imprisoned Palestinians Article, 1A Focus in Turkey turns to cleanup ERCIS, Turkey — Turkish workers on Sunday started razing damaged buildings and clearing the debris of collapsed ones a week after an earthquake killed at least 596 people.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 10/31/2011 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: LaHarpe Boulevard North Little Rock: JFK Boulevard and H Street Pulaski County: Eureka Gardens Road

Other days

posted: 10/31/2011 5:31 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 31, 1911 Unless some philanthropist donates about $100,000 to the state treasury today, it is certain that the state officials and employes will be forced to discount their vouchers to obtain cash on them. “Back to the scrip basis,” said Auditor Jobe yesterday to Private Secretary Bruce T. Bullion, who in return said “I think I shall come down in the morning about 7 o’clock and get my warrant and take a sneak on the rest of the bunch.”


posted: 10/31/2011 5:30 a.m.

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

Ward man dies in vehicle crash

posted: 10/31/2011 5:29 a.m.

A Ward man was killed in Cabot on Saturday when his vehicle crossed the centerline on the highway, according to an Arkansas State Police fatality report.

U.S. 63 span plans set for study

posted: 10/31/2011 5:29 a.m.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will hold a public meeting Tuesday to discuss plans to replace a U.S. 63 bridge that was posted with lower weight limits earlier this year.

The path not taken

posted: 10/31/2011 5:27 a.m.

Financial markets are cheering the deal that emerged from Brussels early Thursday morning. Indeed, relative to what could have happened—an acrimonious failure to agree on anything—the fact that European leaders agreed on something, however vague the details and however inadequate it may prove, is a positive development.

FEMA backs down

posted: 10/31/2011 5:26 a.m.


OTHERS SAY: Deadline countdown

posted: 10/31/2011 5:26 a.m.

We are now less than a month away from the day a 12-member deficit “supercommittee” is scheduled to save Congress from itself. The outlook seems bleak, if you believe reports from inside and outside the committee huddle.

Good question

posted: 10/31/2011 5:25 a.m.

In a column on Politico last week, writer Roger Simon interviewed a man named Bill Daley. If you’re hopelessly caught up in politics, you might even recognize the name. Bill Daley is the current White House chief of staff.

Be careful here, Dems

posted: 10/31/2011 5:25 a.m.

Since their historic shellacking in last November’s midterm elections, Democrats have been looking for some sort of strategy—anything—to avoid another wipeout in 2012. If only they could harness the political power of a progressive, grass-roots movement that would reinvigorate Democratic prospects in the same way the Tea Party has done for Republicans.

Guest writer: Professorial kin

posted: 10/31/2011 5:24 a.m.

I have come to believe that, like me, President Barack Obama has the DNA of an academic.

Message more than money

posted: 10/31/2011 5:23 a.m.

Lots of people were mingling around a sea of tables inside Springdale’s cavernous convention center the other night. Robin Lundstrom, who coordinated the Washington County GOP’s annual Lincoln Day dinner, called it the largest crowd in its 15-year-history.


posted: 10/31/2011 5:22 a.m.

Fomenting of hatred Kudos for Fox and Friends for calling out Hank Williams Jr. on his equating President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler. The president, like Rodney Dangerfield, “just can’t get no respect” or credit.

Hogs (7-1, BCS No. 7) looking good on paper

posted: 10/31/2011 5:19 a.m.

The resounding theme from the tightrope-walking Arkansas Razorbacks after Saturday’s 31-28 victory at Vanderbilt was they were happier to fly home being considered lucky winners rather than losers.

NFL WEEK 8: McCoy’s night

posted: 10/31/2011 5:10 a.m.

LeSean McCoy spotted Howard Mudd standing on crutches on the sideline and slowed up to give the 69-year-old assistant coach a pregame chest bump.

UA RED-WHITE GAME: Powell, Waithe total 66

posted: 10/31/2011 5:10 a.m.

Arkansas forwards Marshawn Powell and Marvell Waithe usually are matched against each other in practice, but Sunday they teamed up for 66 points to the lead the White team to a 112-79 victory over the Red team in the Razorbacks’ intrasquad game before an announced crowd of 3,300 at Walton Arena.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP: Stewart wins; sets sights on Edwards

posted: 10/31/2011 5:08 a.m.

Tony Stewart passed Jimmie Johnson on a restart with three laps to go Sunday and surged into contention for his third NASCAR Sprint Cup championship with three races remaining.

NATIONWIDE TOUR Tour Championship, Daniel Island, S.C.: Duke wins, lands back on big Tour

posted: 10/31/2011 5:07 a.m.

Ken Duke picked a good time to peak.

SEC CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP: Arkansas doesn’t mind a bull’s-eye

posted: 10/31/2011 5:04 a.m.

Arkansas men’s cross country Coach Chris Bucknam doesn’t mind having a target on his back because it’s a lot lighter than a monkey.

COMMENTARY: Tebow a compelling question in NFL

posted: 10/31/2011 5:03 a.m.

It is impossible to be agnostic about Tim Tebow.

Rams stun Saints, get first victory

posted: 10/31/2011 5:02 a.m.

Nothing in the St. Louis Rams’ first six games indicated they were likely to beat New Orleans.

Flat tire doesn’t stop Swindell

posted: 10/31/2011 5:01 a.m.

Twenty-one years after his first victory at the event, Sammy Swindell was again the best at the Short Track Nationals.

Steelers stop Brady, Patriots

posted: 10/31/2011 4:59 a.m.

The Pittsburgh Steelers found a way to beat Tom Brady: Don’t let him get the ball.

Once-booed Flacco leads rally

posted: 10/31/2011 4:58 a.m.

Before launching the biggest comeback victory in the history of the Baltimore Ravens, Joe Flacco first had to withstand the indignity of being booed by his usually supportive hometown fans.


posted: 10/31/2011 4:57 a.m.

NO. POS. PLAYER, TEAM (CONNECTION) No. 90 DE JAMAAL ANDERSON, Indianapolis (Little Rock Parkview/Arkansas) WEEK 8 at Tennessee Titans: Played, had 1 unassisted tackle. No. 26 DB JORDAN BABINEAUX, Tennessee (Southern Arkansas) WEEK 8 vs. Indianapolis Colts: Started, 7 tackles, including 4 unassisted. No. 65 RG MIKE BRISIEL, Houston (Fayetteville) WEEK 8 at Washington Redskins: Started, had no statistics No. 92 DE ALEX CARRINGTON, Buffalo (Arkansas State)

Stanford rises 2 spots to No. 4

posted: 10/31/2011 4:57 a.m.

Stanford’s first victory against a team ranked in the Associated Press Poll helped Andrew Luck and the Cardinal move up in the BCS standings.

Razorbacks rewind

posted: 10/31/2011 4:55 a.m.

TD pass at half critical — Arkansas was on the verge of taking a two-touchdown deficit into halftime at Vanderbilt before the Razorbacks pieced together a critical two-minute drive for a touchdown with 5 seconds remaining.

Instant replay

posted: 10/31/2011 4:53 a.m.

One-loss teams not out of it Not long ago, it seemed the regular season might end with a logjam of undefeated teams at the top of the BCS standings.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/31/2011 4:52 a.m.

Bettor smelling like a rose The St. Louis Cardinals weren’t the only big winners after Friday night’s Game 7 of the World Series.

Off the wire

posted: 10/31/2011 4:52 a.m.

TENNIS Kvitova wins WTA final Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova won her first WTA Championships title on Sunday in Istanbul, beating Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 for a victory that will also put her at No. 2 in the world rankings. Kvitova took a 5-0 lead in the first set, but Azarenka rallied to level it at 5-5. The Czech player converted her fifth set point when Azarenka’s forehand sailed out. Azarenka settled into a consistent baseline game in the second set and clinched it with a forehand winner on the line.

Tonight’s game

posted: 10/31/2011 4:51 a.m.

Chargers at Chiefs 7:30 p.m., ESPN LINE — Chargers by 3 LAST MEETING San Diego beat Kansas City 20-17 on Sept. 25, 2011. LAST WEEK San Diego lost to New York Jets 27-21 ; Kansas City beat Oakland 28-0 RANKINGS Chargers: offense (8), defense (5); Chiefs: offense (26), defense (18) NOTES San Diego kicker Nick Novak has converted all 11 field goal attempts after Nate Kaeding was lost to season-ending injury in Week 1.

NFL report

posted: 10/31/2011 4:50 a.m.

Cardinals show up for Rams Chris Carpenter, Tony La Russa and the World Series champion Cardinals drew huge cheers Sunday at the NFL game between the St. Louis Rams and New Orleans Saints at the Edward Jones Dome.

State sports briefs

posted: 10/31/2011 4:50 a.m.

FOOTBALL Conque to speak at weekly meeting Central Arkansas Coach Clint Conque will speak at noon today at the Little Rock Touchdown Club in the Embassy Suites hotel. Conque is in his 12th season at UCA, including two seasons of at least 10 victories. Conque is 77-39 since 2001. Annual membership to the club is $50. Lunch, which begins at 11 a.m., is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Cost of attendance is $10.

Pilot set for Virgin spaceflights

posted: 10/31/2011 4:49 a.m.

After combing through a long list of astronauts, fighter pilots, and space geeks, British billionaire Richard Branson named a new astronaut pilot to join his startup space venture that aims to lift paying passengers into space.

Hands-free texting technology enters mix

posted: 10/31/2011 4:47 a.m.

Two-and-a-half years into the crusade against distracted driving, automakers are equipping vehicles with new technology that some say might circumvent the 34 state laws that prohibit text messaging behind the wheel, which 95 percent of Americans say is dangerous. The manufacturers have said the new hands-free text-messaging systems will reduce the risk of distraction. Safety advocates aren’t so sure. And experts said it will require careful analysis to determine whether laws that ban drivers from sending and receiving text messages will apply to hands-free methods. Vehicles are being transformed into mobile communications centers, with cell phones, DVD players, access to Facebook and Twitter, Global Positioning System devices and satellite radio.

Price to use sun to power homes less astronomical

posted: 10/31/2011 4:47 a.m.

The high costs that for years made solar energy impractical as a mainstream source of power are plummeting.

CEO: Nokia aims to be ‘leader’

posted: 10/31/2011 4:45 a.m.

Nokia, the Finnish cell-phone maker, introduced two smart phones last week, the first fruits of its alliance with Microsoft, in a bid to curb its declining market share.

Google in process of beauty reboot

posted: 10/31/2011 4:43 a.m.

Google Inc. has been described as functional, powerful, scary, speedy and fun. But beautiful ? Hardly ever.

ON COMPUTERS: Free video editors stand up to programs that cost

posted: 10/31/2011 4:42 a.m.

We’re constantly being pitched to write about upgraded video-editing programs, like Nero, version 11, but frankly, we find the free ones easier and just about as good.

HOG CALLS: Fernandez returns strong after injury

posted: 10/31/2011 4:41 a.m.

Eric Fernandez wanted to win in the worst way.

IPhone 4S offers new Bluetooth chip

posted: 10/31/2011 4:41 a.m.

The iPhone 4S has a little-heralded feature that makes it unique among phones, at least for a while: It can talk to a new class of wireless devices, such as watches and heart-rate monitors.

RIM delays new software for its tablet

posted: 10/31/2011 4:40 a.m.

Research In Motion said it is delaying the launch of an upgraded operating system for its struggling PlayBook tablet computer until February 2012, yet another setback for the company struggling to compete with Apple.

Technology news in brief

posted: 10/31/2011 4:39 a.m.

Oracle buys RightNow for $1.5 billion Oracle Corp., the world’s second-largest software maker, has agreed to buy RightNow Technologies Inc. for $1.5 billion, gaining customer-service expertise to bolster a new Internet-based product.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 10/31/2011 4:38 a.m.

ALEXANDER Beverly Dean Herring, 9101 Amber Lane, Oct. 25, 2011, Chapter 7. Raushawn C.Terry (aka Barnes), 4006 Crestside Drive, Oct. 25, 2011, Chapter 13. Tracy D.Taylor, 12518 Mary Lane, Oct. 25, 2011, Chapter 7. ALMA Care One EMS, LLC, P.O. Box 1405, Oct. 24, 2011, Chapter 11. ALTUS Gregory K. and Erica Renee Ross, 7410 Pritchard Road, Oct. 25, 2011, Chapter 7. ATKINS Ann Dunn Hall, 211 Blackwell Road, Oct. 25, 2011, Chapter 7.

Coaches: Some see them as essential

posted: 10/31/2011 4:35 a.m.

A guy I know wanted to start a coaching service for runners. He’s pretty fast and had run some marathons and a 50-mile race. He also coached his wife, who had done a marathon. He asked if I wanted to be a coach, too, or at least provide online training advice to clients.

Blind students take to rowing

posted: 10/31/2011 4:34 a.m.

Students at the Arkansas School for the Blind are encouraged not to let their limited sight limit their dreams and ambitions.

Denise Austin sculpts new blended workout

posted: 10/31/2011 4:33 a.m.

Denise Austin does it all.

Neighborhood 5K tilts toward Indianapolis

posted: 10/31/2011 4:32 a.m.

A neighborhood association that’s trying to improve Little Rock’s Hindman Park plans a 5K fundraiser at 8 a.m. Saturday.

If that don’t beat all

posted: 10/31/2011 4:29 a.m.

With apologies to Andy Griffith It was a couple of weekends ago, I believe it was. We was going to Laman Library over there in North Little Rock on account of to get us a book to read and maybe look at those magazines with the pretty girls on the cover. There was a commotion over at the plaza, and different ones of us thought that we ought to get us an eyeful of what that was.


posted: 10/31/2011 4:26 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: How can I know if something is really wrong, or if it’s just something people think is wrong but it actually isn’t as far as God is concerned? Some people have a long list of things they think are wrong, but how do they know? — J.L.


posted: 10/31/2011 4:23 a.m.

The 2011-12 TV season is still relatively new, but already shows are being dragged off to the network guillotine. This is your chance to make a plea for just one TV show to be spared.


posted: 10/31/2011 4:22 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your ambitions make you ultra-attractive to truly interesting people. In the next 10 weeks, you’ll likely bite off more than you can chew and will be glad you did. Otherwise, you would never reach out for help like you will in December. You’ll be surprised at who shows up to assist you in meeting your goal. Gemini and Pisces people adore you.

Restless reader

posted: 10/31/2011 4:21 a.m.

The Men’s Health Big Book of 15-Minute Workouts The Women’s Health Big Book of 15-Minute Workouts Selene Yeager and various editors (Rodale Books paperbacks ), each book has 404 pages; each costs $26.99.

Ex-model:‘New skinny’ is healthful

posted: 10/31/2011 4:21 a.m.

When she was a kid in Casper, Wyo., all Katie Halchishick asked of her body was that it take her out to play after school.


posted: 10/31/2011 4:20 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I have a stainless-steel mug that I use for tea that’s badly stained. I’ve tried many things, but can’t get it clean. Can you help?

MASTER CLASS: Exercise that bridges the age gap

posted: 10/31/2011 4:19 a.m.

As we age, fitness priorities should alter according to lifestyle and physical changes. While body composition may have been the most important fitness component in our 20s, joint stability and balance are of greater value in our 60s.

Super Quiz: Birds

posted: 10/31/2011 4:18 a.m.

1. Which painter is renowned for his paintings of U.S. birds? 2. Which bird migrates the farthest? 3. It was once one of the most common of U.S. birds but is now extinct. 4. What is an aviary? 5. What bird is also known as an apteryx? 6. What is a capon?

Sunday, October 30

Vandals damage Missouri veteran memorial

posted: 10/30/2011 1:40 p.m.

Vandals have damaged Kansas City’s new Korean War Veteran’s Memorial.

Police arrest 39 in Occupy Austin demonstration

posted: 10/30/2011 1:37 p.m.

A pair of predawn confrontations between Austin police and Occupy Austin protesters led to 39 arrests.

Pine Bluff police investigate fatal hit-and-run

posted: 10/30/2011 1:34 p.m.

Police in Pine Bluff are looking for a motorist who fatally struck a pedestrian and left the scene.

Arkansas judge weighs forced medication request

posted: 10/30/2011 1:32 p.m.

A Craighead County judge wants more information before deciding whether to order a man charged with murder be forced to take anti-psychotic drugs.

Kabul bus bombing kills 12 Americans

posted: 10/30/2011 6:08 a.m.

A Taliban suicide bomber rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into an armored NATO bus on a busy thoroughfare in Kabul on Saturday, killing 17 people, including a dozen Americans, in the deadliest strike against the U.S.-led coalition in the Afghan capital since the war began.

Early snow leaves 2.3 million in dark

posted: 10/30/2011 6:08 a.m.

An unusually early and powerful nor’easter dumped wet, heavy snow Saturday from the mid-Atlantic to New England, toppling leafy trees and power lines and knocking out electricity to more than 2 million homes and businesses.

NO. 10 ARKANSAS 31, VANDERBILT 28: Scoop and scare

posted: 10/30/2011 6:07 a.m.

Arkansas used a tried-and true formula to survive a Vanderbilt scare Saturday. But this time, the familiar story line of a sluggish start, a double-digit deficit and a strong finish by the Razorbacks came with some twists - a game-changing defensive touchdown by Jerry Franklin and a short missed field goal by Vanderbilt at the end.

For sale: $14.3 million castle in Fayetteville

posted: 10/30/2011 6:07 a.m.

For sale: Dromborg Castle.

Bahamian heaven

posted: 10/30/2011 6:06 a.m.

It takes us approximately two minutes at the “baggage claim” — really just a baggage cart — at Marsh Harbour Airport to realize that my friend Alex’s bag is nowhere to be found. To file a claim, we have to wade through a crowd of passengers leaving on the next flight to Florida to reach the single desk where there appears to be a single woman performing all the airport’s duties, including boarding said flight.

Quitman Lady Bulldogs

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Conference: 2A-2 Coach (include year at school and career record): LouAnn Sanders, entering fourth year, record 34-39

Searcy Lions

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Searcy Lions Conference: 7A-6A East Coach: Jim Summers (fourth year as Searcy head coach) Assistant coach: Bryant Turney Record: Sixth last year in the conference, final 8 in state, 16-

Bald Knob Lady Bulldogs

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Conference: 2-3A Coach: Tim Fulks (11 years) Assistant coach: Barbara Kee Last year’s record: 23-8

Harding Academy Wildcats

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Conference: 3A-2 Coach: Brad Francis (school record: 75-40) Assistant coach: Reese Lloyd

Quitman Bulldogs

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Conference: 2A 2 Coach: Jeff Adams (third year at school, all as head coach, was the junior-high head coach and senior-high assistant coach at Mayflower prior to that; career record, 6-41.)

Rose Bud Lady Ramblers

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Conference: 2-3A Coach: Mandy Goodwin, entering 10th season at Rose Bud, the only place she has ever coached. Overall record of 182-77. Assistant coach: None

White County Central Lady Bears

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Conference: 2A-2 Coach: Sam Farris (third year) Assistant coach: None

Newport Greyhounds

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Conference: 2-4A Coach: Leighton McCrary (sixth year at Newport, roughly .600 winning record, 30th year in coaching at high-school and collegiate levels) Assistant coach: Josh Austin

West Side Greers Ferry Lady Eagles

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Conference: 1A-2 South Coach: Amy Gentry (eighth year) Last year’s record: 24-8 (Regular season and district tournament champions. Eliminated by Wonderview in the first round of the region tournament.)

Bald Knob Bulldogs

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Conference: 2-3A Coach: Randy Johnston Assistant Coach: Nick Clayton

Heber Springs Lady Panthers

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Conference: 2-4A Coach: Jamey Riddle (seven years) Assistant coach: Jamison Ingram

Batesville Pioneers

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Conference: 5A-East Coach: Jeff Morrow (five years) Last year’s record: 2-23, 0-12 in conference Assistant coach: Chip McDonald

Jacksonville Red Devils

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Conference: 6A East Coach: Victor Joyner (seven years) Assistant coach: Jerry Wilson Last year’s record: 25-4 (tied for first in conference)

Cabot Lady Panthers

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Cabot Lady Panthers Conference: 7A-East Coach: Carla Crowder (29 years) Assistant Coach: Charles Ruple

Heber Springs Panthers

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Conference: 2-4A Coach: Kevin Kyzer (2 years, 15-39) Assistant coach: Chris Yielding

Augusta Lady Red Devils

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Conference: 6-2A Coach: Roy Daniels (seven years, 375-250) Last year’s record: 17-10 (second in conference, 12th in state)

Mountain View Lady Yellowjackets

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Conference: 3A-1 Coach: Steve Ross (6 years) Assistant coach: Ronnie Jones Last year's record: 33-2 (Conference champions, district champions, regional runner-up, 3A State Champions)

White County Central Bears

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Conference: 2A-2 Coach: Danny Starkey (third season) Assistant coach: None Last year’s record: 3-20 (finished sixth in conference play)

Jacksonville Lady Red Devils

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Conference: 6A East Coach: Katrina Mimms (five years) Assistant coach: Ashley Nelson

Newport Lady Greyhounds

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Conference: 2-4A Coach: Amee McGuire (fifth year at school, fourth at the helm of the senior-high team) Assistant coach: Natalie Hyman

McCrory Jaguars

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Conference: 6-2A Coach: Ronnie Massanelli (28 years) Last year’s record: 8-11

Southside Batesville Southerners

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Conference: 4A-2 Coach: Brad McGhee Assistant coach: Kevin Qualls Last year’s record: 20-11. Third in conference during regular season.

Mountain View Yellowjackets

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Conference: 3A-2 Coach: Michael Simmons (14 years) Assistant coach: Randall Storey Last year’s record: 15-11 overall, second in conference Returning starters: Andrew Sutterfield (6-0, guard); Ethan Farris (6-6, post); Jordan Wilcox (6-0, guard)

Beebe Badgers

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Beebe Badgers Conference: 5A-East Coach: Ryan Marshall (one year, 20-7 career record) Last year’s record: 20-7, 10-4 in conference. Assistant coach: Matt O’Connor

Harding Academy Lady WIldcats

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Harding Academy Conference: 3A-2 Coach: Rusty Garner (four years as assistant coach, four years as head coach; overall coaching record: 76-40) Last year’s record: 18-13 (third in conference, district runner-up, regional runner-up, state quarterfinalist)

North Pulaski Lady Falcons

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Conference: 5A Southeast Coach: Bobby Vaughn (second year at school, first year there and overall as head coach) Assistant coach: Stacy Dalmut

Riverview Lady Raiders

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Riverview Lady Raiders Conference: 2-3A Coach: Ryan Smith, second year at Riverview. Record there is 9-15, while overall record is 20-34. Assistant coach: Eric Wallace 2010-2011 record: The Lady Raiders went 9-15 overall and 4-6 in conference play.

Cabot Panthers

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Cabot Panthers Conference: 7A-East Coach: Jerry Bridges (8 years) Last year’s record: 13-15 overall, 7-7 conference Assistant coach: Lee Wimberley

North Pulaski Falcons

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Conference: 5A Southeast Coach: Roy Jackson (first year as head coach, previously assistant at Jacksonville and Lake Charles Boston High School in Lake Charles, La.) Assistant coaches: Jack Russell and Jeremy Brown

Into the spotlight

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

This summer was the first time Melissa Wolff fully participated in AAU competition. It paid off for her in a big way.

Riverview Raiders

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Riverview Raiders Conference: 3-2A Coach: Jon Paul Laffoon, in his 13th year of coaching. Laffoon has a 25-6 mark at Riverview, while he is 104-50 overall as a head coach. Assistant coach: Nathan Claxton 2011-2012 record: 25-6 overall, went 9-1 in conference, good enough for a conference championship.

Searcy Lady Lions

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Searcy Lions Conference: 7A-6A East Coach: Michelle Birdsong (seventh year at Searcy) Assistant coach: Larry Stamps Last season: 16-13 overall, finished fifth in conference overall.

Augusta Red Devils

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Conference: 6-2A Coach: Rickey Everett (first year) Last year’s record: 17-10 (second in conference, 12th in state) Returning starters: Jordan Brown (junior, 6-7), 15 points per game, all-district, all-conference and all-region; Ervin Gant (junior, 17 ppg), all-district, all-conference and all-region; and Romone Dillworth (senior).

Rose Bud Ramblers

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Conference: 2-3A Coach: Rob Welch is enter

Beebe Lady Badgers

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Beebe Lady Badgers Conference: 5A-East Coach: Greg Richey (1st year) Last year’s record: Fifth in conference Assistant coach: Janet Pankey, Tonya May and Fran Howard

Committed to the game

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Will Francis may not have been to many basketball practices this fall, but if his basketball coach ever wants to find him, Will is easy to find.

Batesville Lady Pioneers

posted: 10/30/2011 6 a.m.

Conference: 5A-East Coach: Patricia Stave (four years at high school, 22 years at junior high) Assistant coach: Tricia Provence Last year’s record: 17-9 (third in conference)

SUN BELT: ASU (6-2) wins, can go to bowl

posted: 10/30/2011 5:58 a.m.

Neely Sullivent and Arkansas State had a surprise in store for a North Texas team already under siege Saturday night.

Clemson, K-State no longer unbeaten

posted: 10/30/2011 5:56 a.m.

National championship hopes for No. 5 Clemson and No. 8 Kansas State took hard hits Saturday as they suffered their first losses of the season.

LIKE IT IS: Hocker’s foot, favorable bounces lift Hogs

posted: 10/30/2011 5:55 a.m.

On a sun-drenched Saturday afternoon, the Arkansas Razorbacks had to have some luck. Again.

COMMENTARY: Craig steps in for Holliday and performs

posted: 10/30/2011 5:54 a.m.

It seems almost heretical to suggest that an injury to the St. Louis Cardinals’ cleanup hitter gave them a better chance to win the World Series on Friday night. But that’s what happened.

Baylor tops women’s preseason poll

posted: 10/30/2011 5:52 a.m.

Brittney Griner and Baylor are starting the season where they hope to end it. The Lady Bears are ranked No. 1 on The Associated Press preseason poll for the first time. Baylor started last year at No. 2 before ascending to No. 1 in early January for the first time in school history. The Lady Bears finished with a No. 3 ranking. “Certainly we’d rather it was the last ranking, but it’s great recognition for our program and Baylor University,” Coach Kim Mulkey said.

ARKANSAS RED-WHITE GAME: Anderson keeping Hogs on toes

posted: 10/30/2011 5:51 a.m.

The Arkansas Razorbacks have made it through two weeks of Coach Mike Anderson’s practices.

No. 2 Kentucky deflects 1-and-done

posted: 10/30/2011 5:49 a.m.

Third in a series previewing SEC basketball teams Terrence Jones could have been a first-round NBA Draft pick last summer, but instead the 6-9 forward is back for his sophomore season at Kentucky.

Week 8 capsules

posted: 10/30/2011 5:47 a.m.

TV GAMES — All times Central Saints at Rams Noon, Fox LINE — Saints by 13 LAST MEETING New Orleans beat St. Louis 31-13 on Dec. 12, 2010. LAST WEEK New Orleans beat Indianapolis 62-7 ; St. Louis lost to Dallas 34-7 RANKINGS Saints: offense (2), defense (16); Rams: offense (28), defense (29) NOTES New Orleans point total last week tied most since AFL merger in 1970. Saints had 557 total yards and team-record 36 first downs last week.

NFL Arkansans

posted: 10/30/2011 5:46 a.m.

STATISTICAL KEY tt-total tackles, ut-unassisted tackles, pd-passes defensed, int-interception, ff-forced fumbles, fr-fumble recovery, TD-touchdown, rec-catches, attrushing attempts, yds-yards POS. PLAYER, TEAM (CONNECTION) No. 90 DE JAMAAL ANDERSON, Indianapolis (Little Rock Parkview/Arkansas) LAST WEEK at New Orleans (L, 62-7 ) Substitute: 2 tt (1 ut); 1 sack, 1 yd SEASON 12 tt (5 ut); 1 sack, 1 yd; 1 fr, 47 yds, 1 TD; 1 pd REPLAY Anderson had his first sack since joining the Colts this season, bringing down Drew Brees early in the third quarter.

STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Bentonville keeps its cool, title

posted: 10/30/2011 5:45 a.m.

Bentonville wasn’t ready to relinquish its title just yet.

This week’s games

posted: 10/30/2011 5:42 a.m.

THURSDAY CLASS 7A 7A/6A-CENTRAL Cabot at Russellville, 7 p.m. Conway at LR Catholic, 7 p.m. LR Central at Bryant, 7 p.m. 7A/6A-EAST LR Hall at Jonesboro, 7 p.m. Marion at Jacksonville, 7 p.m. West Memphis at LR Parkview (at Quigley-Cox Stadium, Little Rock), 7 p.m. 6A-SOUTH Benton at LR Fair, 7 p.m. El Dorado at Pine Bluff, 7 p.m. LR McClellan at Lake Hamilton, 7 p.m. CLASS 5A 5A-SOUTHEAST Crossett at Helena-West Helena Central, 7 p.m.

Troops to exit Iraq, not region

posted: 10/30/2011 5:42 a.m.

The Obama administration plans to bolster the U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf after it withdraws the remaining troops from Iraq this year, officials and diplomats said.

CLASS 5A: Title worth wait for Greenwood

posted: 10/30/2011 5:42 a.m.

The fifth time was the charm for Greenwood Coach Jennifer Golden.

6 isolated armories getting a hard look

posted: 10/30/2011 5:41 a.m.

The Arkansas National Guard is considering closing several rural armories because of their low troop levels and in anticipation of budget cuts as part of a longrange plan that is similar to the Pentagon’s consolidation of units at joint bases.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Family links keep Jacobs interested in Hogs

posted: 10/30/2011 5:40 a.m.

Seth Jacobs has mentioned Arkansas as one of his top teams since an unofficial visit to Fayetteville in June, and the linebacker/safety from California is gearing up for next week’s official visit, the weekend South Carolina plays Arkansas.

Ticketed drivers simply cross the line

posted: 10/30/2011 5:40 a.m.

Miguel Angel Rodriguez had just parked his car when a Ciudad Juarez traffic officer wrote him a ticket and then unscrewed one of his license plates.

CLASS 6A: ‘Awesome’ Strayhorn lifts Marion

posted: 10/30/2011 5:39 a.m.

Harley Strayhorn was nearly unstoppable Saturday afternoon.

Saudi woman gets 15 years for terror

posted: 10/30/2011 5:39 a.m.

Saudi Arabia said a special tribunal sentenced a Saudi woman to 15 years in prison on terrorism-linked charges including aiding al-Qaida cells and insurgents seeking to enter Iraq.


posted: 10/30/2011 5:38 a.m.

Harding Academy, a varsity program that is only 2 years old with a roster of eight players, won the Class 3A state title with a 25-9, 18-25, 27-25, 25-14 victory over the Mansfield Lady Tigers. Junior setter and state tournament MVP Emily Giboney made 33 assists and also provided the Lady Wildcats (33-2 ) with 13 kills. Senior Sarah Coleman led the team in kills with 16.


posted: 10/30/2011 5:38 a.m.

Van Boy Colvin, 79, of Siloam Springs, AR, passed away at his home on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

Siloam Sunday: CORRECTION

posted: 10/30/2011 5:37 a.m.

Jeff Myers was incorrectly identified in the Oct. 26 Herald-Leader on page 1A as being the winner of the newspaper’s weekly football contest.

Kevorkian’s art, device don’t sell

posted: 10/30/2011 5:37 a.m.

A suicide machine belonging to Dr. Jack Kevorkian was withdrawn Friday from an auction of the assisted-suicide advocate’s possessions after failing to draw a high enough bid, while 17 of his paintings tied up in a legal dispute with a suburban Boston museum found no takers.


posted: 10/30/2011 5:37 a.m.

MVP Megan Mathis made 18 kills — four during a key first-game outburst — in leading the Lady Blazers (28-4 ) to a 25-18, 25-12, 25-11 victory over the Lady Warriors (28-5 ) in the Class 4A state championship game. Mathis, a 5-10 junior, also had 10 assists as Valley View won the 4A title for the second year in a row and its sixth title since 2004.

Archives offer peek inside Saddam’s mind

posted: 10/30/2011 5:36 a.m.

On Nov. 15, 1986, Saddam Hussein gathered his most senior aides for an important strategy session. Two days earlier, President Ronald Reagan had acknowledged in a televised address that his administration had sent weapons and spare parts to Iran.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 10/30/2011 5:36 a.m.

17 entrants have ties to state Seventeen horses with ties to Arkansas or Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs are pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup on Friday-Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

Authorities patrolling Facebook, Myspace for links to criminals

posted: 10/30/2011 5:35 a.m.

For weeks, police came up empty in their search for a gang member charged with distributing the drug Ecstasy — until they turned to Facebook.

Obama: Rich OK with tax boost

posted: 10/30/2011 5:35 a.m.

President Barack Obama again urged Congress to pass his jobs plan, saying most millionaires “are willing to step up” and pay higher taxes to support it.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Adventures produced a share of experiences

posted: 10/30/2011 5:34 a.m.

Do you enjoy ghost stories ?

What’s in the bag?

posted: 10/30/2011 5:33 a.m.

Deer hunters are inveterate gadget freaks, always on the lookout for the latest, greatest items to enhance our hunting experience.

Deputies to retain beached Lego man

posted: 10/30/2011 5:33 a.m.

Lego man is going to stay in police custody for three months.

Rain puts Edwards on pole

posted: 10/30/2011 5:30 a.m.

Roush Fenway Racing teammates Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth couldn’t have asked for a better scenario than rain washing out Saturday’s qualifying for today’s race at Martinsville Speedway.

Role of groups aiding GOP grows

posted: 10/30/2011 5:29 a.m.

About once a month, a dozen or so of the country’s most influential Republicans meet in a bare-walled conference room in Washington to discuss how to make further gains in the congressional elections next year and defeat President Barack Obama.

Israeli-American freed by Egypt returns to U.S.

posted: 10/30/2011 5:29 a.m.

An Emory University law student who was arrested months ago at a demonstration in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, accused of being a spy and locked in an Egyptian jail for the summer returned home to New York City on Saturday as part of a prisoner swap that also freed 25 Egyptians held in Israel.

SHORT TRACK NATIONALS: Bacon, Lasoski race to prelim victories at I-30

posted: 10/30/2011 5:29 a.m.

Two top sprint car drivers without a Short Track Nationals victory each took a major step toward adding one to his resume Friday night.

Bet on bin Laden earns Panetta a taste of wine

posted: 10/30/2011 5:28 a.m.

The U.S. government offered a $25 million bounty for Osama bin Laden, but there was a lesser known enticement for then-CIA chief Leon Panetta: a sip or two of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1870, one of the world’s most celebrated wines.

Cardinals basking before decision time

posted: 10/30/2011 5:28 a.m.

Albert Pujols tried to give away nothing during the celebration, tried to stay in the moment. But what a moment it was.

Occupiers face crackdown

posted: 10/30/2011 5:26 a.m.

Authorities moved into an encampment of Occupy Wall Street supporters Saturday evening and began arresting demonstrators just hours after a standoff near the steps of the Colorado Capitol turned into a skirmish that ended in police force, including pepper spray and reports of rubber bullets.

No need for directions

posted: 10/30/2011 5:26 a.m.

When Jerry Franklin saw the ball and a lot of green field ahead of him, Arkansas’ middle linebacker knew what to do.

WASHINGTON NEWS IN BRIEF: There’s still a campaign for Huckabee daughter

posted: 10/30/2011 5:25 a.m.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ choice for president, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, dropped out of the 2012 contest in August, but Sanders is still at work in key primary and caucus states.

10 dead after militants attack base in Somalia

posted: 10/30/2011 5:24 a.m.

A team of suicide bombers and gunmen disguised as soldiers assaulted an African Union base in the Somali capital Saturday, sparking a two-hour gunfight that left at least 10 people dead, security officials said. The al-Qaida-linked Islamist militant group that claimed the attack said one of the bombers was Somali-American.

Studies link fungus to bat-killing disease

posted: 10/30/2011 5:24 a.m.

Researchers have said they now have proof that a fungus discovered in 2007 is responsible for white-nose syndrome, the devastating infectious disease that has killed more than 1 million bats in North America.

Pizza bought with data; teen arrested

posted: 10/30/2011 5:23 a.m.

A 15-year old boy posed as a police officer to steal people’s credit card numbers, then racked up hundreds of dollars in charges for pizza and a house party, authorities said.

Instant replay

posted: 10/30/2011 5:23 a.m.

Vandy repeats FG miss The field-goal attempt by Vanderbilt was longer this time, but it had the same happy ending for the Razorbacks.

Qantas grounds all planes

posted: 10/30/2011 5:19 a.m.

Qantas, the Australian airline, announced Saturday that it had grounded its entire fleet around the world, the most drastic move yet in a protracted labor dispute between the company and its employees.

‘We’re not the same old Vanderbilt’

posted: 10/30/2011 5:19 a.m.

If there was a sense of resignation after Vanderbilt fell short of upsetting No. 10 Arkansas, Commodores Coach James Franklin was in no mood to hear about it.

Strikes kill 9 in Gaza, 1 in Israel

posted: 10/30/2011 5:18 a.m.

Israeli aircraft struck Saturday at Palestinian militants who responded with a volley of rockets that rained on southern Israeli towns, Israeli and Palestinian officials said.

Rights activist the victor in Ireland

posted: 10/30/2011 5:16 a.m.

Michael Higgins, a veteran left-wing politician, poet and human-rights activist, was declared the winner Saturday of Ireland’s presidential election with nearly 57 percent of votes, and pledged to lift the spirits of a struggling nation.

Arkansas 31, Vanderbilt 28

posted: 10/30/2011 5:16 a.m.

1st Quarter ARKANSAS 7, VANDERBILT 7 Arkansas went three-and-out to open the game for the fifth consecutive time, impeded by personal foul and substitution penalties. Vanderbilt needed one third-down conversion, Jordan Rodgers’ 21-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Matthews on third-and-8, to score. The Hogs converted a fourth and-1 en route to Brandon Mitchell’s 4-yard keeper for a touchdown. Vanderbilt converted on fourth-and inches from its 28 and overcame a sack to be on the move at the quarter’s end.

Iraq detains 615 linked to Saddam’s rule

posted: 10/30/2011 5:15 a.m.

Iraq has detained 615 people in a security sweep that targets members of the former ruling Baath Party, Iraq’s prime minister said Saturday.


posted: 10/30/2011 5:15 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball: 11-16-40-51-56 Powerball: 38 Estimated jackpot: $203 million Power Play: 5

4 buildings scoured for quake survivors

posted: 10/30/2011 5:15 a.m.

Turkish rescue teams were digging through the remains of four collapsed buildings on Saturday in what the deputy prime minister said would be the final day of the search for survivors of a devastating earthquake six days ago.

Census: Arkansans the remarrying kind

posted: 10/30/2011 5:14 a.m.

Arkansans remarry more than residents in all other states, new census numbers show, a tendency that researchers say is partly the result of a high divorce rate most closely tied to marrying young.

State cell-service costs murky

posted: 10/30/2011 5:13 a.m.

The state of Arkansas probably spends about $9 million a year for cellular telephone service. And there are probably about 15,000 cellular devices paid for by taxpayers.

SWAC: UAPB’s offense gets wobbly late

posted: 10/30/2011 5:12 a.m.

One by one, Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s defense kept putting its suspension-riddled offense in good spots Saturday afternoon.

Homes raided after Bosnia attack

posted: 10/30/2011 5:12 a.m.

Special police units raided homes Saturday in a Bosnian village linked to the gunman who fired an automatic weapon at the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo in what authorities called a terrorist attack.

Voting nears on extension of Benton tax

posted: 10/30/2011 5:11 a.m.

Early voting on a referendum to extend Benton’s 1.5 percent hospitality tax will start Tuesday.

Syrian shelling kills 3; violence draws censure

posted: 10/30/2011 5:11 a.m.

Syrian troops shelled a restive district and conducted sweeping raids Saturday, killing at least three people one day after 40 were reported to have died in one of the deadliest crackdowns in months in the country’s uprising, activists said.

Naval Academy teaches cyber-security

posted: 10/30/2011 5:10 a.m.

Huddled over laptop computers, four midshipmen spent 20 minutes setting up a wireless network and tested it with what they assumed was a private chat.

If tax passes, is fair far behind?

posted: 10/30/2011 5:10 a.m.

There’s no mention in campaign literature for North Little Rock’s city sales tax election Nov. 8 about relocating the Arkansas State Fairgrounds, but creating an area big enough to hold the fairgrounds or other amenities remains part of the strategy.

Footbridge falls; 30 feared killed

posted: 10/30/2011 5:10 a.m.

A footbridge spanning a river in northeast India collapsed Saturday, and police said 30 people were feared drowned.

SOUTHLAND: UCA rolls, but loses Love

posted: 10/30/2011 5:09 a.m.

Central Arkansas’ 55-29 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday night at Estes Stadium may have come with a price.

Ex-Ukraine leader faces murder probe

posted: 10/30/2011 5:09 a.m.

Ukrainian authorities said they are investigating claims that jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was involved in a contract-style murder, a fresh allegation that further dims hopes she will be released soon despite Western concerns that her prosecution was politically motivated.

Foreign students in U.S. face penalties if work rules broken

posted: 10/30/2011 5:09 a.m.

When international students work longer hours at on-campus jobs than visa regulations allow, severe consequences can follow for the college or university and the students.

Downtown LR panel looks ahead to 2017

posted: 10/30/2011 5:08 a.m.

With the Metrocentre Mall a distant memory, a new generation of movers and shakers is contemplating the future of downtown Little Rock and the Metrocentre Improvement District No. 1 after its last debts are paid off in 2017.

PAPER TRAILS: Songwriter marched to own tune

posted: 10/30/2011 5:06 a.m.

BALLAD OF BLAZE: A documentary has been made about Blaze Foley, a Malvern native and songwriter who made his mark in Austin, Texas.

Drop-off sites a dose of prevention

posted: 10/30/2011 5:06 a.m.

Arkansas officials are getting out the message that if prescription drugs are not being used, they need to be disposed of.

River Market rink sets Nov. 19 open

posted: 10/30/2011 5:04 a.m.

The 2011 River Market on Ice rink makes its public debut Nov. 19.

Georgia makes it 6 in a row

posted: 10/30/2011 5:04 a.m.

Georgia Coach Mark Richt took several steps toward midfield with his son draped around his neck. His players and assistant coaches were in the background, celebrating in the same end zone that caused such a stir during the Bulldogs’ last victory against Florida. This one was special, and everyone knew it.

Judge limits access to priest’s records

posted: 10/30/2011 5:04 a.m.

A Pulaski County circuit judge agreed Friday to restrict access to the personnel file of a priest whose personal relationship with a parishioner is the basis for a lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock and its bishop.

LET’S TALK: ‘Vroom’ went the strings of her heart

posted: 10/30/2011 5:02 a.m.

At long last, the Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog arrived at the office. I opened it, always curious to know the nature of the fantasy gifts offered by the upscale retailer.

Beebe makes list of top ’11 officials

posted: 10/30/2011 5:01 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe was named Thursday as one of Governing magazine’s 2011 Public Officials of the Year.


posted: 10/30/2011 5:01 a.m.

Halloween is full of make-believe creeps, but some people go looking for the real thing — real history, anyway, in places said to be haunted.

In the news

posted: 10/30/2011 5 a.m.

P resident Barack Obama and wife Michelle stood in the orange glow of the White House’s northern portico on a snowy Saturday afternoon, passing out Halloween treats to trickor-treaters from capital-area elementary schools and children of military families.

The nation in brief

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is just wrong.” Dee Lund of East Hampton, Conn., on an unusually early storm that is dumping snow along the East Coast Article, 5A Cain foresees top-spot finishes BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Saturday that he expects to finish first or second in first-voting Iowa and New Hampshire.

Names and faces

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A packed house watched country duo Sugarland deliver a free concert meant to “celebrate” healing, life and music while serving as a tribute to the victims of a deadly stage collapse in August at the Indiana State Fair. Singer Jennifer Nettles told Friday night’s crowd, including some of those injured during the collapse, that the tragedy had changed them all.

Malvern college hires Schoonmaker as chief

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Stephen Schoonmaker, a veteran community college administrator, has been hired as the College of the Ouachitas new president.

The world in brief

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s a shock, but we will not let these guys win.” U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, after a Taliban attack in Kabul killed 17 people, including a dozen Americans Article, 1A

Pottsville Lady Apaches

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Conference: 4-4A Coach: Chance Johnson Assistant coach: Drew Siebenmorgen, Keri MacAlister

Guy-Perkins Thunderbirds

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Conference: 1A-5 North Coach: John Hutchcraft (year at school: 33rd; 1,688-403, boys and girls) Assistant coach: None

Danville Little Johns

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Conference: 2A-4 East Coach: Dusty Wright Assistant coach: Kevin Moore

Vilonia Eagles

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Conference: 5A-West Coach: Lance Davis (13th season, 190-132 at Vilonia) Assistant Coach: Michael Bowman

Perryville Lady Mustangs

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Conference: 3A-4 Coach: Terry Smith (first with the girls team) Assistant coach: Len Harris

Russellville Cyclones

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Conference: 7A/6A Central Coach: Codey Mann (first year) Assistant coach: Dexter Hendrix

Morrilton Lady Devil Dogs

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Conference: 5A East Coach: Carin McNabb Assistant coach: James Ellis

Greenbrier Panthers

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Conference: 5A West Coach: Jason Johnson Assistant coach: Brad Bangs

St. Joseph Lady Bulldogs

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Conference: 2A-5 Coach: Chris Kordsmeier (year at school: 21st) Assistant coach: Brent Bruich

Conway Wampus Cats

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Conference: 7A-Central Coach: James Bates (year at school: 12th, 212-103 overall) Assistant coach: Brian Longing

Atkins Red Devils

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Conference: 3A-4 Coach: Keith Tanner (first year) Assistant coach: Josh Bjorgum

St. Joseph Bulldogs

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Conference: 2A-5 Coach: Brent Bruich (sixth year at school) Assistant coach: Chris Kordsmeier

Maumelle Lady Hornets

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Conference: 4A-7 Southwest Coach: Lauren Buckner Assistant coach: Brittany Burns

Conway Lady Cats

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Conference: 7A-Central Coach: Ashley Nance (year at school: second: 73-19 overall) Assistant coach: Jeff Gifford

Mount Vernon- Enola Warhawks

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Conference: 1A-5 North Coach: Justin Rodgers (12th sesason at Mount Vernon-Enola) Assistant coach: Freeman Isaacs

Dardanelle Sand Lizards

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Conference: 4A-4 Coach: Russell Sturdivant (first year) Assistant coach: Jared White

Conway Christian Eagles

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Conference: 2A-5 Coach: Shane Davis (fourth year, 30-40) Assistant coach: Andrew Roberson

Clinton Lady Yellowjackets

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Conference: 4A-2 Coach: Ricky Cooper (18th year) Assistant coach: Tim Jones

Perryville Mustangs

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Conference: 3A-4 Coach: Len Harris (27th year overall, 604-210, first year back after spending the last two seasons at Dover. Was at Perryville from 2007-09) Assistant coach: Terry Smith

Greenbrier Lady Panthers

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Conference: 5A West Coach: Toby McCammon Assistant coach: David Murray

Russellville Lady Cyclones

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Conference: 7A/6A Central Coach: Steve Wiedower (third year, 32-24; 261-135 overall) Assistant coach: Christina Wilbers

Guy-Perkins Lady Thunderbirds

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Conference: 1A-5 North Coach: John Hutchcraft (year at school: 33rd; 1,688-403, boys and girls) Assistant coach: None

Danville Lady Little Johns

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Conference: 2A-4 East Coach: Kevin Moore Assistant coach: Dusty Wright

Mount Vernon-Enola Lady Warhawks

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Conference: 1A-5 West Coach Freeman Isaacs (15th season as Mount Vernon-Enola’s head coach) Assistant coach: None

Dardanelle Lady Sand Lizards

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Conference: 4A-4 Coach: Kenny McCoy (first year at Dardanelle; 24th overall) Assistant coach: Mary Buford

Pottsville Apaches

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Conference: 4-4A Coach: Shane Thurman 2009-2010 record: 15-13

Clinton Yellowjackets

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Conference: 4A-2 Coach: Ben Lindsey (first year at Clinton. Lindsey was an assistant to Mike Anderson at the University of Missouri the past five years. Anderson is now the head coach at the University of Arkansas.)

Morrilton Devil Dogs

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Conference: 5A East Coach: Trent Tipton Assistant coach: Paul Young

Vilonia Lady Eagles

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Conference: 5A-West Coach: Alvin Riley (Coach Riley enters his 10th season at Vilonia and 25th as a senior high head coach, with approximately 600 wins and fewer than 200 losses.) Assistant coach: Kirk McDonald

Maumelle Hornets

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Conference: 7-4A Southwest Coach: Wayne Herren Assistant coach: Wayne McGibbony, Michael Shook, Grover Garrison

Conway Christian Lady Eagles

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Conference: 2A-5 Coach: Jeremy Carson (second year, 10-16) Assistant coach: Kim Powell

Central Arkansas Christian Lady Mustangs

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Conference: 5A-Southwest Coach: Steve Quattlebaum (17th season, 359-134 overall) Assistant coach: Cade Smith

Atkins Lady Red Devils

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Conference: 3A-4 Coach: Craig Pinion (year at school: 11th; first with the girls team) Assistant coach: Tracey Brown

Mayflower Lady Eagles

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Conference: 3A-5 Coach: David Frizzell (fifth year) Assistant coach: Joey Moon

Central Arkansas Christian Mustangs

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Conference: 5A-Southwest Coach: Steve Quattlebaum (second season, 9-16) Assistant coach: Cade Smith


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EAST CENTRAL (OKLA.) 31, ARKANSAS TECH 16 RUSSELLVILLE — Behind running back Titus Mobley’s offensive performance, East Central (Okla.) got a conference road victory over Arkansas Tech. East Central (6-3, 4-2 Great American Conference) scored in every quarter and held Arkansas Tech (2-7, 1-3 ) without an offensive touchdown. The Wonder Boys scored on three field goals from Jorge Vasquez and a 66-yard kickoff return by A.J. Whitmore. It was Whitmore’s second consecutive game to record a kickoff return for a touchdown and third overall this season. His score came with 3:17 remaining in the game for the final points. Mobley scored two touchdowns — on a 1-yard run in the third quarter to give East Central a 21-6 lead and a 36-yard reception from Tyler Vanderzee in the fourth quarter for a 28-9 lead. He finished with 122 yards rushing on 19 carries and 54 receiving yards on 3 catches. ARKANSAS-MONTICELLO 24, SE OKLAHOMA STATE 20 MONTICELLO — Arkansas-Monticello snapped its three-game losing streak by beating South

CRITICAL MASS: Loathe it or love it,‘American Pie’ a true classic

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Comes a time when the songs on the radio — or on the TV or iPad — become “our music” and that probably happens about the time we turn 13 years old. I was about that age when I first heard Don McLean’s “American Pie” on KFXM (California’s Tiger Radio 59) in October 1971.

THE TV COLUMN: Sitcom revivals parallel hard times, article says

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What’s your preference — comedy or drama? Maybe even reality?

South Carolina an ugly winner

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South Carolina’s offense may not look as pretty without star running back Marcus Lattimore, but it still managed to get the job done.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Enact rules for ex’s return

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DEAR CAROLYN: My ex-fiancee and mother to my two boys left us about a year ago. At first she took the kids and refused to let me see them. Then I took her to court and got custody of the children. After that three-month battle, she turned around and asked if I would start full custody immediately. She saw them twice and then decided to move out of state to marry someone she had just met.

TV ON DVD: Honeymooners old gems, once lost, shine on DVDs

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What is it? The Honeymooners Lost Episodes, 15 discs with more than 50 hours of content from MPI Home Video.

BIG 12/ MID-AMERICAN: Jones, Broyles get Sooners back on track

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Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles helped No. 9 Oklahoma get back on track and spoil 8th-ranked Kansas State’s dream season.

Double-down on QBs lifts Bulldogs

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Mississippi State’s depth chart for Saturday night’s game at Kentucky listed Chris Relf or Tyler Russell as the firststring quarterback.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Munich orchestra to do Mozart’s Requiem on tour

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The Munich Symphony Orchestra and the Gloriae Dei Cantores Choir this week will give two Arkansas performances of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem: 7 p.m. Tuesday in Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. Tickets: $39- $55. It is part of the center’s 20th Anniversary Specials series. Call (479) 443-5600 or visit

SPIN CYCLE: Thanks again, State Fair, for smiles, warm fuzzies

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Dear Arkansas State Fair, This is a thank-you note.

Auburn takes turn thumping Ole Miss

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Clint Moseley, Mike Dyer and the Auburn Tigers rebounded nicely against less high-flying competition.

Peppersauce Bottom lit up by moonshine

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Calico Rock in north-central Arkansas boasts the nation’s only ghost town “inside a thriving community.” Peppersauce Bottom Ghost Town is the remains of a once-disreputable part of town (East Calico Rock) once known for its spirits of another kind — moonshine whiskey. The locals who indulged in this throat-scalding, belly-burning concoction of bad judgment called it pepper sauce.

PACIFIC-12/WESTERN ATHLETIC: Stars back, but freshman still shines

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Oregon stars LaMichael James and Darron Thomas returned from injury but true freshman De’Anthony Thomas sparked the No. 7 Ducks with two second-half touchdowns in a 43-28 victory over Washington State on Saturday.

Places to hunt for apparitions

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Ghost tour left without you? Well, boo! Here are some of Arkansas’ bestknown places to go alone, if you have to, in search of ghosties and creepies and long-legged beasties: The King Opera House, Van Buren: Said to be haunted by the ghost of a young actor. He died like the tragic lover in many a melodrama: trouble over a girl.

BIG TEN/BIG EAST: Spartans routed by Cornhuskers

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That fantastic finish against Wisconsin sure seems like a long time ago to Michigan State.


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Happy birthday. Your productivity will be astounding through the end of the year. Whoever resisted you or stood in your way will retreat and allow you to do your thing for the next 10 weeks. You’ll flesh out a romantic notion in November. January brings an important sale.

The buzz

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Amy Lee’s face should be filled with a big smile.

4 Silas Hunt honorees picked

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The University of Arkansas has named four people as 2011-12 Silas Hunt Legacy Award honorees.

ATLANTIC COAST/CONFERENCE USA: Hokies hold off Blue Devils’ bid

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Duke came closer than it has in a long time to upsetting a nationally ranked opponent. Close isn’t good enough anymore for the Blue Devils.

I-40 lane to close in West Memphis

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Crews making concrete repairs will require a lane closure on Interstate 40 in West Memphis this week, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Parkway lanes to shut for work

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Crews with Little Rock Wastewater doing sewer relocation work for improvements to the Interstate 430/630 interchange will require nighttime road closures on Financial Centre Parkway this week, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Carl Richey ‘Cotton’ Cordell

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Gather ’round. Cotton Cordell’s going to tell you about one that got away.

Second half dooms Aggies

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No. 16 Texas A&M fell apart in the second half.

Justices turn back inmate’s new-trial bid

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The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that if Joe Lester Cantrell wants to claim his attorney was ineffective as grounds for a new trial, he will have to waive his attorney-client privilege.

Lyon campus center breaks ground

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Workers have started construction on Lyon College’s new $9.6 million campus center.

Buckeyes upset No. 15 Wisconsin

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Braxton Miller threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith with 20 seconds left to give Ohio State a 33-29 victory over No. 15 Wisconsin on Saturday night. It was almost exactly seven days earlier that the Badgers were beaten 37-31 at Michigan State on a pass on the final play of the game. The latest heartbreak, just like that one, wasn’t confirmed until it passed a video review. The Buckeyes (5-3, 2-2 Big Ten) won their biggest game of a season shadowed by NCAA problems.

6 small temblors hit state’s center

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Six small earthquakes have been recorded in central Arkansas.

DRESSING ROOM: Stemulation generates skin-care product buzz

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There’s a new arrival at the cosmetic counters at Feinstein’s, 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd. in Little Rock: Stemulation.

Stanford outlasts USC

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Stepfan Taylor ran for the tying touchdown with 38 seconds left in regulation and the go-ahead score in the third overtime, and Stanford’s defense preserved its 16-game winning streak by forcing Curtis McNeal’s end-zone fumble to end the No. 6 Cardinal’s 56-48 victory over Southern California on Saturday night.

Cornbread Festival in the oven

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Corn bread is old as the idea that corn must be good for something, new as the latest recipe, and hot as the Arkansas Cornbread Festival on Saturday at the Bernice Garden in downtown Little Rock.

Clemson no longer perfect

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Tevin Washington rushed for 176 yards and broke the two longest runs of his career, leading Georgia Tech to a 31-17 upset of No. 5 Clemson and likely snuffing out the Tigers’ national title hopes Saturday night.

Driver ordered to get mental exam

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A homeless man charged with three counts of attempted capital murder after being accused of trying to run over Berryville police officers with his vehicle will receive a mental evaluation, David Phillips, a Carroll County deputy prosecuting attorney, said Friday.

College football scoreboard

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Scores EAST Albany (NY) 24, Wagner 0 Army 55, Fordham 0 Assumption 24, St. Anselm 20 Bentley 28, Pace 0 Brown 6, Penn 0 Bucknell 39, Lafayette 13 CW Post 24, Bloomsburg 20 California (Pa.) 28, Indiana (Pa.) 10 Cornell 24, Princeton 7 Cortland St. 23, College of NJ 20 Delaware 35, Towson 30 Drake 23, Marist 13 Duquesne 16, Monmouth (NJ) 0 Edinboro 42, Lock Haven 7 Georgetown 19, Holy Cross 6 Harvard 41, Dartmouth 10 Kean 13, Rowan 6 Lehigh 45, Colgate 25 Lycoming 10, Lebanon Valley 7 Maine 41, Villanova 25 Muhlenberg 12, Dickinson 0 NY Maritime 34, Husson 13 New Hampshire 31, Rhode Island 24 New Haven 44, Merrimack 35 Penn St. 10, Illinois 7 S. Connecticut 16, Stonehill 6 Sacred Heart 27, Robert Morris 15 St. Francis (Pa.) 27, CCSU 13 Stevenson 36, FDU-Florham 13 Stony Brook 42, Coastal Carolina 0 Susquehanna 40, Franklin & Marshall 13 Thomas More 27, Westminster (Pa.) 10 Walsh 22, Taylor 0 West Virginia 41, Rutgers 31 Widener 60, Albright 20 Wilkes 13, King’s (Pa.) 6 William Paterson 17, Morrisville St. 15 Ya

LIFELONG HEALTH: Data looking ironclad that supplements harm

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Until the late 1970s, iron deficiency anemia was a serious health threat that — although rarely fatal — led to fatigue that annually cost the nation billions of dollars in lost productivity in the workplace.

Social eyes: Handbag heft

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Judy Tenenbaum was named the Woman of the Year in Philanthropy on Oct. 21 at the 14th annual Power of the Purse. The luncheon at the Statehouse Convention Center is a celebration of women by the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas.

9-judge panel tosses verdict from theft-by-receiving trial

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A divided panel of nine state Court of Appeals judges has ruled that Robert Lee Thomas Jr. should not have been found guilty by a circuit court of theft by receiving, a charge related to a stolen firearm.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: Not-so-blind date was sweet sight in his eyes

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Don Knight didn’t expect to see again the beautiful brunette he’d spotted at a traveling skating rink in summer 1948. He left without even knowing her name.

Poverty project focus of lecture

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Desmond Brown will give a lecture in Little Rock on Monday about the “Half in Ten” project, which tracks progress toward cutting poverty in half in 10 years.

POWERFUL DUO: Communicators honor ex-editor, advertising exec

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Phyllis Brandon, the longtime editor of the High Profile section of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and advertising legend Ron Robinson were honored Oct. 20 by their peers.

WEIRD SCIENCE: Madly entertaining

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A change of venue to the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center didn’t dampen the mad fun had Oct. 20 by those attending the 10th annual Uncorked: Mad Scientist Mash.

STANDING ‘0’ FOR DR. D: Kudos for geriatrics guru never get old for his fans

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With two standing ovations, Dr. David Lipschitz — geriatrics specialist and Democrat-Gazette High Profile columnist — was honored at the second annual Memento, a black-tie gala held Oct. 21 in the Grand Ballroom of the Peabody Little Rock hotel. The event is a fundraiser of the Alzheimer’s Association. Cindy Murphy served as advisory chairman.

Duke tied for second, in line to get PGA card

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There were only seven rounds under par Saturday at the Nationwide Tour Championship and Ken Duke was happy to have one of them.

OUR TOWN: North Little Rock notebook

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Hays center to show Quality Time statue A statue that depicts an older man reading to a young girl will be unveiled at the Patrick Hays Senior Citizens Center on Monday in observance of the 10th anniversary of the start of the center’s construction.

MAN OF THE HOUR: Rutherford skips next door to receive HIPPY award

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Skip Rutherford, dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, was honored Oct. 21 by HIPPY.

DEAR ABBY: Married hairdresser acts like Casanova

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DEAR ABBY: I moved to a new area a year ago and, after several hair color disasters, finally found a great hairdresser, “Raphael.” The problem is, he constantly hits on me even though he’s married. He emails and calls me often. I told him I’d be willing to see him after hours only if his wife, the salon receptionist, is aware of it.

Youth volunteer nominees sought

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The deadline to submit entries for the 2012 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards youth volunteers is Tuesday.

MALE CALL: Differences in standards, styling, fabrics affect fit

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Q. Why is it that suits of the same size, and even of the same brand name, sometimes fit differently? One example that comes to mind is that more expensive suits run slightly fuller than less expensive suits. Aren’t they constructed with the same measurement specifications ? If not, what can I do to assure a good fit?

ARTISTS AND THEIR PATRONS: Accomplishments of a few are paid homage by many

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Arkansas artists and art patrons were honored Oct. 18 at the 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards and Individual Artist Fellowship Awards ceremony at the Peabody Little Rock.

Pet of the week

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Fiona is our pet of the week. She is a beautiful white cat with black markings and green eyes. Fiona gets along well with other cats and dogs, and has no bad habits. She loves belly rubs, having her ears scratched and being brushed, and will be delighted to have a new family to keep her company.


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BFL at Lake Dardanelle The Walmart Bass Fishing League will hold a tournament at Lake Dardanelle Nov. 3-5. This three-day tournament will field the top 40 boaters and 40 coanglers from each of the Cowboy, LBL, Okie and Ozark divisions. They will compete for a Ranger 198VX with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy 1500 Silverado in the Boater Division and a new Ranger 198VX with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard in the Co-angler Division.

Higher Education notebook

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Texarkana center for college OK’d The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved plans Friday for the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope to build an off-campus instructional center in Texarkana.

Off the wire

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FOOTBALL Choice waived The Dallas Cowboys have waived injured running back Tashard Choice. The move was made Saturday before the team departed for Philadelphia. Rookie linebacker Bruce Carter was activated from the non-football injury list and will likely make his NFL debut against the Eagles tonight. Choice suffered a shoulder injury in the third quarter last Sunday against St. Louis, when he started before rookie DeMarco Murray set a franchise record with 253 yards rushing.

Police beat

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Using steak knife, man stabs another An argument Saturday afternoon at the Big Country Chateau Apartments at 6200 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock ended with one man stabbing another with a steak knife, police said.

Bridal policy

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ENGAGEMENTS — The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes engagement announcements without photographs. The announcement must be submitted at least eight weeks before the wedding and two weeks before you wish it to be in the paper. WEDDINGS — Wedding announcements, with or without photographs, must be submitted at least 10 days before the wedding. The announcement will be published the first Sunday after the wedding on a space-available basis.

Wiedower has high expectations for self, team

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When asked about team goals this year, Russellville Lady Cyclones all-state player Kaylee Wiedower has a simple reply: “To make it to the state finals [this] year and win 20 games.”

A senior season with state in mind

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Two basketball seasons ago, the Morrilton Devil Dogs finished 18-11 overall, advancing to the 5A State Tournament, where the Devil Dogs made it to the quarterfinals and were down by one point to Wynne with less than 15 seconds to play. But Wynne hit two free throws with seconds left in the game to seal the 53-50 win. (Wynne later lost in the state finals to Little Rock McClellan.)


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Adrianna Gomes, daughter of Sophia and Reginald Gomes of Zambia, Africa, and Jacob Davidson West, son of Susan and Robin West of North Little Rock; Dec. 10.

Second thoughts

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Hillis not bothered by curse Peyton Hillis doesn’t believe in the Madden Curse.


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Mary Ann and Hershel Parker of Mabelvale have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple were married Oct. 28, 1961. Mrs. Parker, the former Mary Ann Roebuck, is retired from North Little Rock School District food service. Parker is retired from Welsco. They are the parents of James Parker of Owasso, Okla., and Patricia Fields of Mabelvale.

Other days

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100 YEARS AGO Oct. 30, 1911 The breaking of an oil pump in the [Little Rock] municipal electric light plant at the foot of Broadway about 10:30 o’clock last night, threw the entire city into darkness. Work was immediately begun on the repair of the pump, but up to an early hour this morning the arc lights were not burning.


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Moore-Foster Whitney Lane Foster and John Taylor Moore were united in marriage Saturday in Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church. The Rev. Britt Skarda officiated.

State sports briefs

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GOLF Arkansas men win fourth of fall Arkansas sophomore Sebastian Cappelen won his second collegiate tournament and led the No. 7 Razorbacks to their fourth team title of the fall Saturday in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Arkansas matched its season-best team round of 10 under par en route to a 26-stroke victory over the 12-team field. “This is a great way to end the fall season,” Arkansas Coach Brad McMakin said. “As a team, we played very well in each round and minimized our mistakes, which we’ve had some issue with in previous tournaments.”

Obituaries: Obituaries

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

COLUMN ONE: Their night is coming

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“Shush ! They’ll hear us, you rattlebrain!” whispered Mrs. 1953, who was never one for taking chances.


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Economist who made waves at Ford William Niskanen, an economist who was dismissed by Ford Motor Co. after bluntly opposing the company’s embrace of trade protection and who later served as a member of President Ronald Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers, died Wednesday in Washington. He was 78.

Mixed emotions

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Eight years ago on a night in March, they interrupted our regularly scheduled programs for a breaking news bulletin.

The paradox of the new elite

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It’s a puzzle: One dispossessed group after another—blacks, women, Hispanics and gays—has been gradually accepted in the United States, granted equal rights and brought into the mainstream.

Will dropouts save America?

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I typed these words on a computer designed by Apple, co-founded by the college dropout Steve Jobs. The program I used to write it was created by Microsoft, started by the college dropouts Bill Gates and Paul Allen.

Future of bunker that hid Fonda in question

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The siren’s wail at the historic Metropole Hotel sent American folk singer Joan Baez and other guests scampering across a garden and into an underground bunker. Even through five feet of concrete, they could still hear the roar of American bombs raining on parts of Hanoi.

Give us your tired . . . wait, keep them out

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This is what immigration used to be: the Statue of Liberty, your grandparents’ journey across the ocean and the institution that made our country great.

Solo travel offers unique perspective for women

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Three years ago I embarked on my first solo travel experience, a nine-day reporting trip to Samoa. I was 23, fresh out of college and eager to see what the world had to offer.

Even the lucky are sometimes afraid

posted: 10/30/2011 4:22 a.m.

We harnessed the sisters, put Sherpa in her Radio Flyer wagon and went out for our evening walk. We made it a couple of hundred yards before one of our neighbors called to us, to ask if we were aware of the news about the latest “spate” —they’ve succumbed to the journalese—of daytime burglaries.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Build a trip around interest or purpose for change

posted: 10/30/2011 4:21 a.m.

Consider a trip with some definite purpose in 2012. Having a specific goal is lots more interesting than just checking off the main mountains, temples and museums and eating in the recommended restaurants. One of the perks of travel writing is having specific things to do and people to see in addition to just being somewhere interesting. Purpose travel can be either individual or in groups, and you have a wide range of alternatives.

Guest column: Rich education reform in a struggling state

posted: 10/30/2011 4:20 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) very recently requested a waiver that would fully exempt the state from federal testing standards. The widespread belief that the move represents a permanent fix to an endless stream of instructional problems will only stunt statewide educational reform efforts over the long run. The education department continues to offer a thin reform platform in the face of some very thick education challenges, raising questions about the ADE’s improvement efforts, along with the leaders who offer them.

N.D. oil boom a strain on cities

posted: 10/30/2011 4:20 a.m.

School bus driver Barb Russell heard there was good money to be made in the oil fields of North Dakota, so last month she packed a bag, locked her Farmington, Minn., home, and headed west. She tripled her income.


posted: 10/30/2011 4:19 a.m.

Wedding vows were exchanged by Jane Frances Robbins and Jesse Golden Griffin IV at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic Church. The Rev. Tony Robbins, brother of the bride, officiated.

4 state firms get waiver for insurance

posted: 10/30/2011 4:18 a.m.

Four Arkansas companies, including retailer Dillard’s Inc. and poultry products company O.K. Industries Inc., are among about 1,600 businesses nationwide granted a waiver allowing them until 2014 to keep low annual limits on what they’ll pay for a worker’s health insurance claims.


posted: 10/30/2011 4:17 a.m.

Sarah Catherine Phillips and Jorge Gutierrez were united in marriage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in Christ Episcopal Church. Officiating were the Revs. Scott Walters, Susan Sims Smith and Guillermo Castillo.

Fed digs for tools on home finance

posted: 10/30/2011 4:17 a.m.

Federal Reserve officials are considering new strategies to try to lower mortgage rates and help Americans reduce the burden of debt that hangs over the economy.


posted: 10/30/2011 4:17 a.m.

Fiction 1. THE BEST OF ME, by Nicholas Sparks. Twenty-five years after their high school romance ended, a man and woman who have gone their separate ways return to their North Carolina town for the funeral of a friend. 2. THE MARRIAGE PLOT, by Jeffrey Eugenides. Three Brown graduates in the early 1980s wrestle with love, religion and coming of age. 3. SNUFF, by Terry Pratchett. In this Discworld fantasy, the commander of Ankh-Morpork’s City Watch solves a crime while on vacation in the country.

Monsanto making moves to conquer the produce aisles

posted: 10/30/2011 4:16 a.m.

Monsanto Co., whose genetically modified corn and soybeans have reshaped America’s heartland and drawn criticism from proponents of natural food, wants to revolutionize the produce aisle.


posted: 10/30/2011 4:16 a.m.

Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church was the setting at 6 p.m.

COLUMNISTS: Drawn in by genius

posted: 10/30/2011 4:14 a.m.

Seldom does an archivist experience such thrills as I have had in helping put together an online exhibit about the late cartoonist George Fisher. I got to know Fisher’s work while in high school when his cartoons were running in the North Little Rock Times. At least once each week, the Arkansas Gazette reprinted a Fisher cartoon—and those exquisite drawings captivated a country kid who was just discovering his civic self.

EDITORIALS: They don’t get it

posted: 10/30/2011 4:13 a.m.

WHAT IS it about the very thought of school choice and charter schools that make some on the public payroll lose their ability to speak rationally? They sputter. They vent. They make wild accusations—and very little sense.

In good company: Celebrating Dale

posted: 10/30/2011 4:12 a.m.

Dale Bumpers was celebrated the other night by, among others, Mike Beebe.

Deal sets liquefied natural gas for export

posted: 10/30/2011 4:12 a.m.

Houston-based Cheniere Energy Partners last week signed a long-term customer for liquefied-natural-gas exports from its Sabine Pass terminal, where the company will add the first liquefied-naturalgas plant in decades built to send gas out of the U.S. instead of bringing it in.

Pandering to the Tea Party

posted: 10/30/2011 4:11 a.m.

I haven’t been playing this right. All along, I thought my grandparents were just economic refugees from a dysfunctional country with a warm climate. I never thought beyond the obvious: that they put down new roots in America because it was a prosperous nation that offered them better lives than the country of their birth.

OTHERS SAY: Fenced-in thinking

posted: 10/30/2011 4:10 a.m.

A record number of immigrants were deported in fiscal 2011. You’d think that would be greeted as good news by Republicans, who have repeatedly demanded that the Obama administration crack down on illegal immigration. But it won’t be. The latest numbers are unlikely to sway the current field of Republican presidential hopefuls, who steadfastly refuse to discuss fixing the broken immigration system, arguing that only stricter enforcement, tougher penalties and a 100 percent secured border will satisfy them.

Portugal’s makers of port riding out the hard times

posted: 10/30/2011 4:10 a.m.

When Dominic Symington looks out from his shady hillside garden across the vineyards of Portugal’s majestic Douro Valley, he sees centuries of family and European history.

Their slip is showing

posted: 10/30/2011 4:09 a.m.

The first thought that comes to mind regarding the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement is that ignorance on parade is an ugly sight, especially for those of us who teach and are supposedly in the business of reducing it. The kids banging drums and defecating on cop cars in New York and other places might more profitably go back to their campuses to demonstrate over the overpriced “educations” that have left them so obviously bereft of knowledge and capacity for logical reasoning.


posted: 10/30/2011 4:08 a.m.

A friendly heart lost This state and the cities of Little Rock/North Little Rock have lost a treasure. I have lost a friend and a never-again-experienced delight.

COVER STORY: Baby, coupledom big topics in Bones’ new season

posted: 10/30/2011 4:06 a.m.

For those who’ve watched all six seasons of Bones for the “will they/won’t they” factor between Booth and Brennan, your long wait is over.

Soaps last week

posted: 10/30/2011 4:04 a.m.

(This column represents on-air summaries for the week of Oct. 24-28.) The Bold and the Beautiful: Hope and Liam sat down for a heart-to-heart talk after Brooke revealed the truth to Liam. Ridge became upset with Brooke’s interference in their children’s love life. Trouble arose after Brooke and Ridge disagreed over the Hope/Liam/Steffy love triangle. Steffy took a defensive posture when Liam grilled her in front of Hope.

Pioneer Village open house set

posted: 10/30/2011 4:01 a.m.

Pioneer Village wouldn’t be considered a thriving “town” by any means, but on Saturday and Sunday, it will be filled with “residents” and visitors.

that’s life: Gearing up for a great Halloween

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

I know it is not politically correct, but my favorite holiday is coming up tomorrow.

Center offers advice for business owners

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

Current and potential small-business owners have a new resource to turn to in the Cabot area.

Benton Lady Panthers

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

Conference: 6A-South Coach: Jerry Chumley Assistant coach: Tosha Rook

Sheridan Lady Yellow Jackets

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

Conference: 6A-South Coach: Brian Davenport (first year at Sheridan) Assistant coaches: Cole Harriman and Katrina Allen

Glen Rose Lady Beavers

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

Conference: 3A-5 Coach: Chris Smith (fifth year) Assistant coach: Randy Aaron

Fountain Lake Lady Cobras

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

Conference: 3A 5 Coach: Chris Mungle (five years at Fountain Lake, 16 years overall) Assistant coach: Kenny Shelton

Lake Hamilton Lady Wolves

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

Conference: 6A-South Coach: Brandi Higginbotham (13th season at Lake Hamilton, ninth as head coach) Assistant coach: Dedra Robinson

Lakeside Lady Rams

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

Coach: Gary Don Smith, six years Assistant coach: April Lawson

Bauxite Miners

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

Conference 4A-7 Coach: Mark Smith (third year) Assistant coach: Andy Brakebill

Bryant Hornets

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

Conference: 7A Central Coach: Mike Abrahamson, second year Assistant coach: Steve Wilson

One for the team

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

Jakhiry Dixon’s love of basketball started in the first grade when his grandfather bought him a toy goal.

Driven to succeed

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

If offered the choice between an open shot from the perimeter and driving the lane and taking contact, the choice is an easy one for Bauxite’s Mary Crow.

Hot Springs Lakeside Rams

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

Conference: 5A-Southwest Coach: Tommy White (27th season at Lakeside) Assistant coach: Daniel Riggin

Benton Harmony Grove Cardinals

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

Conference: 3A 5 Coach: Roger Moore Assistant coach: Brandon Kelly

Malvern Leopards

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

Conference: 7-4A Coach: John Ware Assistant coach: Mark Freer

Benton Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

Conference: 3A-5 Coach: John Davis White, his first year with the team Assistant coach: Ricky Mooney

Bryant Lady Hornets

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

Conference: 7A Coach: Brad Matthews, first year

Malvern Lady Leopards

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

Conference: 7-4A Coach: Jess Martin (seventh year Malvern, 212-91 overall record) Assistant coach: Cleveland Gordon

Sheridan Yellowjackets

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

Conference: 6-6A South Coach: Ryan Koerdt (four years at Sheridan with a 148-100 record) Assistant coach: Matt Ginther

Arkadelphia Badgers

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

Conference: 5A Southwest Coach: Donald Williams, his 11th year as head coach in Arkadelphia Record last year: 25-4 overall and undefeated in the conference, 14-0 Assistant coach: Lawrence Jefferson

Glen Rose Beavers

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

Conference: 5-3A Coach: Chris Jones (second season) Assistant coach: Bryan Weatherford

Lake Hamilton Wolves

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

Conference: 6A-South Coach: Jamie Bridges (24th season at Lake Hamilton) Assistant coach: Shane Aitken

Benton Panthers

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

Conference: 6A-South Coach: Chris Nail is his fifth year with a record of 70-38 Assistant coaches: Dewain Fishburn, David Torres and Chad Pitts

Hot Springs Trojans

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

Conference: 5A-Southwest Coach: Scotty Pennington (Ninth year at Hot Springs; Overall record: 140-95) Assistant coach: Josh Smith (first year)

Fountain Lake Cobras

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

Conference: 3A 5 Coach: Chris Meseke (five years, 13 overall as head coach) Assistant coach: Jake Dettmering

Bauxite Lady Miners

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

Conference: 4A-7 Coach: Joshua Harrison, sixth year Assistant coach: Brandi Davis

Arkadelphia Lady Badgers

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

Conference: 5A Southwest Coach: Lynn Rook, 16 years at Arkadelphia and 33 years in coaching, whose teams have won more than 700 games Assistant coach: Eric Allen

Hot Springs Lady Trojans

posted: 10/30/2011 4 a.m.

Conference: 5A Southwest Coach: Mark Upshaw (fifth year as head coach, 80-41 at Hot Springs, 154-114 career) Assistant coach: Yvonne Neal

Noteworthy history

posted: 10/30/2011 3:59 a.m.

Although Henry Boyce doesn’t play a musical instrument, he does spin a lot of vinyl. And over the years, he said, he has developed a love of music that runs deep — so deep that he has put together a collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and opened the Rock ’n’ Roll Highway 67 Museum.


posted: 10/30/2011 3:58 a.m.

ONGOING Museum Schedule CABOT — The Museum of American History at 401 S. Second St. will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and on Nov. 18, Dec. 2 and Dec. 16. Gallery Exhibition BATESVILLE — An art exhibit featuring works by Margaret LeJeune and Dustyn Bork, assistant professors of art at Lyon College, will be on display through Friday at the Kresge Gallery at Lyon College. TODAY Legend of the White RIver Monster

Bank names new senior vice president

posted: 10/30/2011 3:57 a.m.

Marty Lehman was recently named senior vice president and chief retail officer for Citizens Bank.

front & center: Steven Collier

posted: 10/30/2011 3:57 a.m.

As Dr. Steven Collier walked through the halls of the Woodruff County Health Center in McCrory, a resident of the 120-bed nursing home approached him about some of her test results. Although most of Collier’s time is spent being CEO of ARcare, he still takes time to see an occasional patient. Collier is also chairman of the board for the 80,000-square-foot facility.

‘Magnificent Art Show and Sale’ to be held at Bayside Gallery Saturday

posted: 10/30/2011 3:56 a.m.

The North Central Arkansas Artist League invites all to a “Magnificent Art Show and Sale” from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Bayside Art Studio and Gallery. The gallery is at the intersection of Arkansas 330 and Greenwood Road in Old Town Fairfield Bay, near Stringbeanz Restaurant and the Marina Road.

Ozarka College begins registration for Spring

posted: 10/30/2011 3:55 a.m.

Registration will open for current Ozarka College students Monday for the spring 2012 semester. Students who have successfully completed a semester at Ozarka College can register online after meeting and planning their class schedules with their academic adviser. Once registered, financial aid arrangements must be made.

ASU-Beebe to present saxophone/percussion duo in concert

posted: 10/30/2011 3:54 a.m.

The Arkansas State University-Beebe Department of Music will present Griffin Campbell on saxophone and Brett William Dietz on percussion in a recital Nov. 7. They will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Science Building Lecture Hall.

outdoors: Location, location location

posted: 10/30/2011 3:52 a.m.

Deer-hunting season is under way now in Arkansas, and as hunters take to the woods in pursuit of The Natural State’s favorite game animal, they must answer a very important question : Where, exactly, should I place my deer stand?

Arkansas Shakespeare Festival presents Richard the Third

posted: 10/30/2011 3:50 a.m.

The Arkansas State University-Beebe Theater Department will present the 45th annual Arkansas Shakespeare Festival with the production of Richard the Third at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-17 in the Owen Center Theater.

Center to hold mountain and hammered dulcimer duet weekend

posted: 10/30/2011 3:49 a.m.

Former National Mountain Dulcimer Champion Larry Conger and former Southwest Regional Hammered Dulcimer Champion Rick Thum will present four mountain and hammered dulcimer workshops Friday and Saturday. The workshops will be held at the Ozark Folk Center.

community: Concert, workshop feature duo

posted: 10/30/2011 3:49 a.m.

Sara Grey and Kieron Means will teach a workshop on “The Migration of Songs from the U.K. to the U.S.” and then perform a concert at Arkansas State University-Heber Springs.

Harding University nursing faculty receive national certification recognition

posted: 10/30/2011 3:47 a.m.

Seven members of Harding University’s nursing faculty have been certified by the National League of Nursing as Certified Nursing Educators to serve as leaders and role models in their field.

community: Archery team sets new world record

posted: 10/30/2011 3:46 a.m.

For the third year in a row, Eagle Mountain Magnet School’s archery team found itself in Orlando, Fla., competing for a world title. For the second time in three years, the team won.

Coin collectors show in Jacksonville in November

posted: 10/30/2011 3:44 a.m.

The 25th annual Arkansas Numismatic Society Coin Show will be held Nov. 11-13 at the Jacksonville Community Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase and sell coins, paper currency and gold and silver bullion. Admission is $2 per person. For more information, contact Warren Dupree at (501) 985-1663 or

Ozarka College to hold International Days

posted: 10/30/2011 3:43 a.m.

Ozarka College will present International Days at each of its campuses in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mountain View and Mammoth Spring, starting Tuesday.

Base joint-education center to hold Halloween event

posted: 10/30/2011 3:41 a.m.

The joint-education center at Little Rock Air Force Base will hold a Halloween Meet and Treat from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday to educate prospective students on academic opportunities.

community: Hazard Mitigation Planning Team to meet at ASU-Beebe

posted: 10/30/2011 3:40 a.m.

The ASU-Beebe Hazard Mitigation Planning Team will meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 16 in the Student Center of Arkansas State University-Beebe. The kickoff meeting will be held by members of ASU-Beebe faculty and staff and Bold Planning Solutions Inc. Project milestones will be detailed, as well as Federal Emergency Management Agency Mitigation Planning Requirements.

Antique, vintage jewelry program set

posted: 10/30/2011 3:39 a.m.

Many people have a piece of jewelry tucked away and wish they knew more about it. Perhaps it once belonged to a grandmother, or it may be an old piece that was purchased, but there are questions about it.

Craft bazaar set for Friday and Saturday

posted: 10/30/2011 3:38 a.m.

The Little Rock Spouses’ Club’s annual craft bazaar will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the old Jacksonville Walmart (the Memphis Flea Market building).

Searcy Tree Board to plant tree Saturday

posted: 10/30/2011 3:38 a.m.

The Searcy Tree Board will observe Arbor Day by planting a white oak tree in Spring Park on Saturday.

Harding dedicates training complex to team physician

posted: 10/30/2011 3:37 a.m.

An athletic training complex at Harding University has been named for a longtime team physician and alumnus of the school.

Stepping up security

posted: 10/30/2011 3:36 a.m.

Two county courthouses in the Tri-Lakes region are looking to increase security following a shooting incident in the Crawford County Courthouse in Van Buren in September, when a court judge’s secretary was shot and wounded.

Benton votes on event center

posted: 10/30/2011 3:35 a.m.

Benton residents will go to the polls Nov. 8 to decide if the city’s 1.5-cent Advertising and Promotion Tax will be extended to fund an event center at Hickory Square on Interstate 30.

that’s life: Gearing up for a great Halloween

posted: 10/30/2011 3:33 a.m.

I know it is not politically correct, but my favorite holiday is coming up tomorrow.


posted: 10/30/2011 3:32 a.m.

MONDAY Trick-or-Treat ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State University’s annual trick-or-treat will be from 5:30-7 p.m.

Public input sought on degrees

posted: 10/30/2011 3:31 a.m.

Henderson State University in Arkadelphia and National Park Community College in Hot Springs want to know what kind of bachelor-degree courses should be offered to Garland County residents at the community college. To find out, the two schools are inviting Garland County residents to tell them.

Recreation Committee has vacancy

posted: 10/30/2011 3:29 a.m.

The Hot Springs Village Property Owners Association is accepting applications from property owners who are willing to serve on the POA’s Recreation Committee.

front & center: Kent Dover

posted: 10/30/2011 3:28 a.m.

Kent Dover has been a resident of Hot Springs since 2000, but his Spa City connection goes back to his childhood when his parents had a condo on Lake Hamilton. Now his parents, his grandmother and brother also live here.

outdoors: Location, location, location

posted: 10/30/2011 3:26 a.m.

Deer-hunting season is under way now in Arkansas, and as hunters take to the woods in pursuit of The Natural State’s favorite game animal, they must answer a very important question: Where, exactly, should I place my deer stand?

GenCorp Foundation awards grant to ASMSA

posted: 10/30/2011 3:25 a.m.

The GenCorp Foundation awarded the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts a $28,575 grant for science lab equipment and Science Fair prize money.

Vietnam veteran finally receives medals due him

posted: 10/30/2011 3:24 a.m.

Lester Floyd left Vietnam some 40 years ago, but it’s never left him.

Saline County Library to feature works of local artist

posted: 10/30/2011 3:23 a.m.

The Saline County Library will feature the works of local artist Lainie Deerman through November at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton. The art, which is exhibited in the meeting room, is open for viewing during regular library hours. A public reception in Deerman’s honor will be held from 6:30-7 :30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the library.

that’s life: Gearing up for a great Halloween

posted: 10/30/2011 3:21 a.m.

I know it is not politically correct, but my favorite holiday is coming up tomorrow.

Sure shot

posted: 10/30/2011 3:20 a.m.

After shooting 30 stages of the International Practical Shooting Confederation’s most prestigious event, World Shoot, Matt Mink had a little trouble getting home.


posted: 10/30/2011 3:20 a.m.

MONDAY Monsters on Main Street MORRILTON — Downtown Morrilton will hold Monsters on Main Street from 4-6 :30 p.m. A costume contest will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the Rialto Stage. For more information and a list of participating businesses, visit or call Erin Horn at (501) 354-2393. Trunk-or-Treat

Russellville woman on a healing mission

posted: 10/30/2011 3:18 a.m.

Norah Dykema is on a mission to bring Reiki to the River Valley. The first step, she said, is knowing what Reiki is.

Hayes elected to Petit Jean Youth Foundation Board

posted: 10/30/2011 3:17 a.m.

The Petit Jean Youth Foundation Board of Directors has added Leann Haynes to the board.

front & center: Sheila Parsons

posted: 10/30/2011 3:15 a.m.

Sheila Parsons looked down thoughtfully at a painting she began hastily in Monet’s garden years ago and dabbed a bit of pink paint at the canvass.

Jazzercize to mark 15 years

posted: 10/30/2011 3:14 a.m.

A Jazzercise class and open house are scheduled from 6:30-7 :45 p.m. Friday to celebrate the dance-based fitness program’s 15th anniversary in Conway.

Meal to benefit hospital is Thursday

posted: 10/30/2011 3:13 a.m.

Circle of Friends, a statewide group of volunteers for Arkansas Children’s Hospital, will hold a fund raising event from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday at the Expo Center.

PBS to air Hendrix alumnus’ Pulitzer winner

posted: 10/30/2011 3:12 a.m.

A PBS documentary based on Hendrix College alumnus Doug Blackmon’s Pulitzer Prizewinning work Slaver y by Another Name will debut Feb. 13 on public television stations nationwide as part of PBS’ Black History Month programming.

outdoors: Choosing a site for a deer stand all about ... Location, location, location

posted: 10/30/2011 3:10 a.m.

Deer-hunting season is under way now in Arkansas, and as hunters take to the woods in pursuit of The Natural State’s favorite game animal, they must answer a very important question: Where, exactly, should I place my deer stand?

Season opening for Nordic Lights concert

posted: 10/30/2011 3:08 a.m.

Soloist Neil Rutman joins the Conway Symphony Orchestra for Grieg’s Piano Concerto at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Reynolds Performance Hall in Conway for the season-opening concert, Nordic Lights. Under the direction of conductor Israel Getzov, the orchestra will also perform Symphony No. 2 by Sibelius.

Maumelle Players to present play on treatment of elderly

posted: 10/30/2011 3:08 a.m.

The Angel of Death will make a local stop when The Maumelle Players present a play on how people treat the elderly.

Parade, ceremony to honor veterans Nov. 12

posted: 10/30/2011 3:06 a.m.

A Veterans Day parade and recognition ceremony will be held beginning at noon Nov. 12 to honor the veterans in Van Buren County.

Mashburn Center for Learning awarded $280,000

posted: 10/30/2011 3:05 a.m.

The College of Education at the University of Central Arkansas has received notice from the Arkansas Department of Education that UCA’s Mashburn Center for Learning has been awarded $280,000 to improve academic outcomes for students at risk for school failure.

Wonder Boys take top spot in GAC preseason poll

posted: 10/30/2011 3:04 a.m.

The Arkansas Tech University men’s basketball team has been favored to win the inaugural season of men’s basketball in the Great American Conference. The Wonder Boys received seven of the nine first place votes in a poll voted on by the league’s head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own teams.

Work leaves waterfowl area dry

posted: 10/30/2011 3:03 a.m.

The Harris Brake Wildlife Management Area will not be filled for the beginning of duck season as a result of emergency repairs on the Harris Brake Lake water control structure. Because of continued deterioration of the gate and the discharge pipe that drains into the waterfowl area, repairs need to be made this winter.

Northwestern Mutual awards sponsorship to UCA club

posted: 10/30/2011 3:02 a.m.

The UCA Finance and Investment Club wants to further the interest of students in investment and finance with a recent sponsorship it has received from Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, The Bertasi Financial Group in Little Rock.

Pretty lights, pretty costumes, pretty far out

updated: 10/30/2011 12:04 p.m.

The biggest impromptu Halloween party in the city this year was at the Pretty Lights show Saturday night at Verizon.

Saturday, October 29

Hogs rally again to down Vanderbilt

posted: 10/29/2011 7:05 p.m.

Call them the Cardiac Hogs for falling behind early yet again. The eighth-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks only care about the win.

Quachita State Park trail gets tornado repair

posted: 10/29/2011 4:13 p.m.

Workers from AmeriCorps will help repair at trail at Lake Ouachita State Park that was shredded by a tornado earlier this year.

Jonesboro installs permanent drop box for drugs

posted: 10/29/2011 4:08 p.m.

Jonesboro residents now have a permanent facility where they may dispose of unused or expired medications.

Arkansas beats Vanderbilt 31-28

updated: 10/29/2011 3:57 p.m.

No. 10 Arkansas Razorbacks eked another victory Saturday with a late comeback against the Vanderbilt Commodores, coming ahead 31-28 in the fourth quarter.

Fort Smith wants new tenant for Whirlpool factory

posted: 10/29/2011 1:02 p.m.

State and local officials are working to find another company to move into Whirlpool Corp.’s factory in Fort Smith that is slated for closure.

More than 20 Libyan war wounded flown to US

posted: 10/29/2011 11:48 a.m.

A U.S. military plane flew more than 20 Libyans wounded in the country’s eight-month civil war to the United States for treatment on Saturday.

Michael Lohan denied bail in Florida

posted: 10/29/2011 10:51 a.m.

The estranged father of actress Lindsay Lohan has been denied bail in Florida.

Peru quake destroys homes, injures dozens

posted: 10/29/2011 10:33 a.m.

Peruvian authorities say 134 homes have been destroyed and 103 people treated at hospitals for injuries in a 6.9-magnitude quake just off the central coast.

Memphis school food director promises healthy, green approach

posted: 10/29/2011 10:29 a.m.

The new director of food service for Memphis City Schools is planning to plant.

UCA to offer new master's degree

posted: 10/29/2011 10:24 a.m.

The University of Central Arkansas will offer a master’s degree in creative writing.

Arkansas-Vanderbilt live blog

posted: 10/29/2011 10 a.m.

Join in an interactive live blog as Arkansas takes on Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt Stadium.

13 Americans killed in Afghanistan bombing

posted: 10/29/2011 9:40 a.m.

A Taliban suicide bomber rammed a van into an armored NATO bus Saturday in Kabul, killing 13 American troops and four Afghans, U.S. and Afghan officials said, in the deadliest attack on coalition forces in more than two months.

Oakland police chief backs officers

posted: 10/29/2011 5:52 a.m.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland’s police chief Friday defended officers involved in a clash with anti-Wall Street protesters, saying they used what they believed to be the least amount of force possible to protect themselves.

Cutting language study from award called error

posted: 10/29/2011 5:50 a.m.

Some lawmakers want to change what they described in a meeting Friday as a “mistake” of removing the requirement that high school students study a foreign language to receive an Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship.

Reports: Syrians hunted, 30 slain

posted: 10/29/2011 5:44 a.m.

Syrian security forces opened fire Friday on protesters and hunted them down in house-tohouse raids, killing about 30 people in the deadliest day in weeks in the country’s 7-month-old uprising, activists said.

U.K. officials, church set to evict protesters

posted: 10/29/2011 5:42 a.m.

Church and local government authorities are going to court to evict protesters camped outside St. Paul’s Cathedral, though officials acknowledged Friday that it could take weeks or months to get an order to remove the tent city.

Court angling for Gadhafi son

posted: 10/29/2011 5:40 a.m.

The International Criminal Court is in indirect negotiations with a son of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi about his possible surrender for trial, the chief prosecutor said Friday.

White House sets energy-loan review

posted: 10/29/2011 5:40 a.m.

The Obama administration ordered a review of the Department of Energy’s loan program as House Republicans called a hearing to consider a new subpoena for White House records about a loan guarantee to failed solar-panel maker Solyndra LLC.

Obama blurs lobbyist line

posted: 10/29/2011 5:39 a.m.

Despite a pledge not to take money from lobbyists, President Barack Obama has relied on prominent supporters who are active in the lobbying industry to raise millions for his re-election bid.

Afghanistan battle kills 30 insurgents

posted: 10/29/2011 5:37 a.m.

Insurgents attacked a convoy of Afghan and international troops Friday in eastern Afghanistan, sparking a gun battle that left about 30 militants dead, NATO said.

Attacker fires at U.S. Embassy in Bosnia

posted: 10/29/2011 5:37 a.m.

A man armed with hand grenades and an automatic weapon opened fire Friday outside the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia in what authorities called a terrorist attack. A policeman and the gunman were wounded, but the embassy said none of its employees was hurt.

Tunisia party chief seeks calm

posted: 10/29/2011 5:35 a.m.

The leader of the moderate Islamist party that won Tunisia’s first free elections called for calm Friday after protests broke out in the town where the country’s revolution began.

Rule of male succession to British throne tossed

posted: 10/29/2011 5:34 a.m.

The 16 countries that recognize the British monarch as head of state struck a historic blow for women’s rights Friday, abolishing male precedence in the order of succession to the throne. But the possibility of a Catholic monarch will have to wait, nearly 500 years after Henry VIII broke with Rome.

6.9 quake sets off panic in Peru

posted: 10/29/2011 5:34 a.m.

A magnitude-6.9 earthquake centered off Peru’s central coast sent people running panicked into the streets Friday in cities badly damaged by a killer quake four years earlier. There were no reports of damage, though hospital directors reported at least 20 injuries.

As water rises, so do fears

posted: 10/29/2011 5:33 a.m.

Amid heightened fears that flood-waters could swamp Bangkok, saffron-robed monks and soldiers piled sandbags outside the city’s most-treasured temples and palaces Friday as the Thai capital’s main river swelled precariously beyond its banks, spilling ankle-high water briefly into some of the main tourist districts.

16 NYC officers face graft charges

posted: 10/29/2011 5:33 a.m.

Sixteen New York City police officers and five civilians were arrested and charged after a three-year investigation of corruption in the department, Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson said Friday.

Testimony tells of jihad videos

posted: 10/29/2011 5:30 a.m.

During a secret search of the home of a Massachusetts man now charged with conspiring to help al-Qaida, authorities found videos depicting violent jihad and an interview with Osama bin Laden in which he says “the battle has moved to inside America,” a state trooper testified Friday.

Affidavit: Suspect admitted 2 killings

posted: 10/29/2011 5:29 a.m.

A Traskwood woman charged with two counts of capital murder kept journals detailing the violent crimes and confessed to the killings in a suicide note she left after police searched her backyard, an affidavit says.

The world in brief

posted: 10/29/2011 5:27 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There was a very fierce reaction to the protests in Homs today. There are many injured as well.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/29/2011 5:27 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It was very intimidating. There was a huge show of force.” San Diego protester Chuck Stemke, after police descended on an encampment that has housed demonstrators at the Civic Center Plaza and Children’s Park Article, 2A

40% of traditional freshmen give up lottery scholarships

posted: 10/29/2011 5:27 a.m.

About 40 percent of first time traditional freshmen who received scholarships funded by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery last year were not academically eligible to maintain those scholarships or chose not to return to college this fall.

Names and faces

posted: 10/29/2011 5:26 a.m.

Adele’s voice has given her the biggest success this year — and the most trouble. The singer will have throat surgery and has now canceled all tour dates and promotional appearances for the rest of the year. Columbia Records announced Friday that the “Rolling in the Deep” singer will have surgery “to alleviate the current issues with her throat.”

Mega Millions

posted: 10/29/2011 5:26 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 13-31-49-52-56 Mega Ball: 41 Estimated jackpot: $67 million Megaplier: 4

In the news

posted: 10/29/2011 5:26 a.m.

Capt. John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, said the U.S. military has received a request from the Turkish government and will begin airlifting blankets, sleeping bags, hygiene kits and other supplies to Turkey in the next day or two to help victims of Sunday’s earthquake that killed at least 575 people.

State use of broker gets look

posted: 10/29/2011 5:24 a.m.

State Treasurer Martha Shoffner said she didn’t realize that the treasurer’s office purchased more than $500 million in bonds through one of the 13 brokers her office dealt with on its current bond investments.

Higher-ed board rejects funding scale

posted: 10/29/2011 5:22 a.m.

Some Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board members said Friday that it’s unfair to expect the state’s colleges and universities to meet new requirements when many of those institutions are funded well below their needs as determined by a state-approved formula. They plan to ask for an increase in state funding even though they acknowledged the colleges and universities won’t likely receive that money.

3 asked to hunt agency director

posted: 10/29/2011 5:20 a.m.

The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board appointed a three-member committee Friday to conduct a search for a state Department of Higher Education director.

Chen faulted in UCA British trip

posted: 10/29/2011 5:19 a.m.

A University of Central Arkansas administrator who spent two nights in Cancun, Mexico, at UCA expense and who is under scrutiny over international students’ on-campus workload also has come under criticism for problems tied to an educational course and tour to the British Isles.

Mayor dishes out tax pitch at lunch for senior citizens

posted: 10/29/2011 5:17 a.m.

Senior citizens center members in North Little Rock were treated to a free lunch Friday, though the main dish was some sales-tax talk by Mayor Patrick Hays.

Retardation hearing’s time short

posted: 10/29/2011 5:16 a.m.

A federal judge tasked with deciding whether an Arkansas death-row inmate is mentally retarded, and thus should not be executed, heard testimony Friday from two psychologists — one who believes Alvin Bernal Jackson is retarded and another who isn’t sure.

Bentonville, Fayetteville Battle Again

posted: 10/29/2011 5:15 a.m.

Here they go again.

Library system looks at March bond vote

posted: 10/29/2011 5:14 a.m.

Central Arkansas Library System is looking at going to the voters in March for a $32 million bond refinancing that will pay off old debt and raise additional money to purchase property and expand the Arkansas Studies Institute.

For lack of jurors, judge delays trial

posted: 10/29/2011 5:13 a.m.

The trial of a 26-year-old Sheridan man involved in a Little Rock bar altercation that led to the death of an Oklahoma man was delayed this week because the pool of potential jurors was too small.

Medicaid-fraud tipster seeking reward in case

posted: 10/29/2011 5:11 a.m.

Saying he was the anonymous tipster whose 2009 telephone call to a Medicaid fraud hot line resulted in the prosecution and conviction of Dr. Kelly Shrum, a Monticello obstetrician and gynecologist, a former Bayer Pharmaceuticals employee is seeking a financial reward.

Alma Clinches Playoff Berth With Win Over Siloam Springs

posted: 10/29/2011 5:10 a.m.

Alma wasn’t going to let a points tiebreaker settle its postseason fate.

District offers reward for details of break-in

posted: 10/29/2011 5:09 a.m.

The Little Rock School District is offering a $1,000 reward for any tips that might lead to the arrests of the four people who stole 24 computers from a high school.

Jacksonville man gets 87 years for shooting at park

posted: 10/29/2011 5:06 a.m.

A 22-year-old Jacksonville man was sentenced to 87 years in prison Friday for an armed robbery and shooting at a city park that left a Des Arc man blind in one eye.

West Fork Defense Dominates Elkins

posted: 10/29/2011 5:05 a.m.

Elkins quarterback Mac Leichner tried to run, but he couldn’t hide from the West Fork defense Friday night.

THEATER REVIEW: Cast lively in one ogre of a play

posted: 10/29/2011 5:04 a.m.

Ready ogre not, here comes Shrek the Musical stage show that opened Friday night at Robinson Center Music Hall in Little Rock.

Sheridan woman dies in 1-car wreck

posted: 10/29/2011 5:03 a.m.

A Sheridan woman was killed Wednesday afternoon in a single-vehicle accident on Arkansas 35 in Grant County, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality report.

Clay, Cardinals Cruise Past Pea Ridge

posted: 10/29/2011 5:02 a.m.

Farmington football coach Mike Adams told his players all week he wanted them to play with a sense of urgency Friday night.

Harding president sets his retirement

posted: 10/29/2011 5:02 a.m.

Harding University President David Burks has announced his intent to retire at the end of the 2012-13 academic year, a Friday news release said.

WORLD SERIES GAME 7: Wild Cards on top

posted: 10/29/2011 5:01 a.m.

Pushed to the brink, the St. Louis Cardinals saved themselves. A frantic rush to reach the postseason on the final day. Two nifty comebacks in the playoffs. Two desperate rallies in Game 6.

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Rush-hour cars steal green light

posted: 10/29/2011 5:01 a.m.

Dear Mahatma: In the mornings I go east on Cantrell and wait for westbound traffic traveling onto Rodney Parham from Cantrell. This is fine, except for the three or four cars that blatantly run that light after mine turns green. Has the Little Rock Police Department ever considered putting a patrol car there? It’s a safety issue. For another, the city would receive enough in fines to more than pay for that officer’s time. — Ruggedly Handsome.

Police beat

posted: 10/29/2011 4:59 a.m.

Murder suspect turns himself in A Little Rock man wanted on a capital murder warrant turned himself in to police Friday afternoon alongside his attorney.

Hogs aware of the need to get untracked sooner

posted: 10/29/2011 4:59 a.m.

Arkansas better have its antennae up.

Arkansas at Vanderbilt

posted: 10/29/2011 4:58 a.m.

WHEN 11:21 a.m. Central WHERE Vanderbilt Stadium (39,790), Nashville, Tenn. RECORDS Arkansas 6-1, 2-1 SEC; Vanderbilt 4-3, 1-3 RANKINGS Arkansas is No. 10/8/8 BCS/ AP/Coaches BETTING LINE Arkansas by 9 1/2 COACHES Arkansas: Bobby Petrino (29-16 in fourth year at Arkansas, 70-25 in 8th year overall); Vanderbilt: James Franklin (4-3 in first year at Vanderbilt and overall) SERIES Arkansas leads 6-2 overall and 3-0 in Nashville TELEVISION KHBS/KHOG Ch. 40/29 (Fayetteville), KATV Ch. 7 (Little Rock) RADIO Razorbacks Sports Network, including KABZ-FM 103.7, in Little Rock; and KQSM-FM, 92.1, KEZA-FM, 107.9, KUOA-AM, 1290 and KUOA-FM, 105.3, in Fayetteville. XM-Radio 199, Sirius 219

Red Wolves focusing on task, not standings

posted: 10/29/2011 4:57 a.m.

Arkansas State football Coach Hugh Freeze was relaxing at home during his team’s bye weekend when he found out the Red Wolves had moved atop the Sun Belt Conference.

Daily record

posted: 10/29/2011 4:57 a.m.

Meeting announcements published exclusively on Arkansas Online, the newspaper’s website, can be found at meetings/. An electronic form is available on the website to submit support group meeting announcements or changes. Readers can access that form by going to www2.arkansasonline. com/contact/supportgroupform/ and submitting the appropriate information.


posted: 10/29/2011 4:57 a.m.

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

Other days

posted: 10/29/2011 4:56 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 29, 1911 HOT SPRINGS — Insulting women on the streets in this city is anything but a profitable occupation, as H.E. Bliss, a young visitor to the city, can aver. Wednesday afternoon he is said to have spoken to Mrs. Thomas Sellers, wife of the assistant city ticket agent of the Rock Island, calling her “Cutey.” Besides receiving a well deserved whipping at the hands of Mr. Sellers, he was this morning fined $100 in the City Police Court on a charge of disturbing the peace.

Getting it straight

posted: 10/29/2011 4:55 a.m.

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

Zombie theology

posted: 10/29/2011 4:54 a.m.

Little Rock author Jeff Kinley has always been a fan of horror stories, so it’s no surprise his latest book features bloodthirsty zombies. But this is a zombie story with a twist. It’s a gory fiction tale interspersed with spiritual guidance from a Christian perspective.

HOG CALLS: Peacock’s growth key for Arkansas’ line

posted: 10/29/2011 4:51 a.m.

A junior college transfer and a true freshman immediately thrust on to a major college offensive line share one plight.

After Series, free agency for Pujols

posted: 10/29/2011 4:50 a.m.

This time, it really was Albert Pujols’ final at-bat of the season, and perhaps as a St. Louis Cardinal.

Website offers tips on aiding veterans

posted: 10/29/2011 4:49 a.m.

As a retired member of the U.S. Army Reserve, Col. Glenn Ballard knows the demands of military service. He has seen servicemen struggle when returning home from deployment. He has experienced it first-hand himself, first in Vietnam and again during the Persian Gulf War, and he thinks churches can provide much-needed support.

Freese delivers for Cardinals

posted: 10/29/2011 4:49 a.m.

David Freese, the hometown boy made good, is the MVP of the World Series.


posted: 10/29/2011 4:48 a.m.

D.C. cathedral aid draws criticism WASHINGTON — A bid by the mayor of Washington to secure federal aid for the earthquake-damaged Washington National Cathedral is drawing criticism from those who say the state can’t favor any one religion.

This much remains up in the air

posted: 10/29/2011 4:47 a.m.

James Franklin talks like he’d pay to watch Arkansas’ passing game match up against Vanderbilt’s pass defense today.


posted: 10/29/2011 4:47 a.m.

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT Antioch Full Gospel Baptist Church, 3824 Antioch Blvd., will present Twin City Celebration on Hallelujah Night featuring Bishop Kenneth Robinson and Chosen, Danyell Phillips and Throwback, Dee Dee Jones and more at 7 p.m. Sunday. $20. (501) 490-0843.

EDITORIALS: Room to grow

posted: 10/29/2011 4:45 a.m.

THERE was a passing story in the paper the other day. Not earthquake news. Not scandal news. Not sports news. Just an article about a new building going up. Nowhere in the story could we find a thing about Lindsay Lohan, Ann Coulter or any kind of hurricane.

Oklahoma trying to prevent another Snyder moment

posted: 10/29/2011 4:45 a.m.

One of the biggest victories during Bill Snyder’s first tenure at Kansas State came in 1993, on a Saturday in late October, when Oklahoma came rolling into town.

COLUMNISTS: Libyan crossfire

posted: 10/29/2011 4:45 a.m.

You’ve got your Mexican standoff, your Russian roulette, your Chinese water torture. And now, your Libyan crossfire. That’s when a pistol is applied to the head and a bullet crosses from one temple to the other.

Band of brothers

posted: 10/29/2011 4:44 a.m.

Their numbers shrink every day.

Georgia tired of one-sided series

posted: 10/29/2011 4:43 a.m.

Every year, thousands of Florida and Georgia fans make the trip to Jacksonville. They camp, tailgate, party for hours, sometimes days.

OTHERS SAY: A milestone

posted: 10/29/2011 4:43 a.m.

An experimental malaria vaccine carries the promise to control, and eventually eradicate, a disease that globally kills nearly a million people, most of them young children in Africa.

Fewer Golden Lions meet Tigers

posted: 10/29/2011 4:42 a.m.

Monte Coleman and Stump Mitchell gathered in Coleman’s office after most had left Golden Lion Stadium on Oct. 15.

A nation of class warriors

posted: 10/29/2011 4:42 a.m.

So here’s where we are. According to a new New York Times/CBS News poll, trust in Congress has reached the single digits. Disapproval of President Barack Obama’s performance on the economy is soaring. A majority of Americans thinks the economy is staying the same or getting worse. A small minority thinks it’s getting better.

Guide to the Editorial Page

posted: 10/29/2011 4:42 a.m.

Only the editorials express the opinion of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. They almost always appear on the left side of the editorial page. The editorial writing staff includes Paul Greenberg, David Barham and Mike Masterson. The columnists—local and syndicated express only their own opinions, as do the cartoonists whose work appears on this page.

Guest writer: Frightful festivities

posted: 10/29/2011 4:41 a.m.

In a recent poll, Americans were asked which holiday was their favorite. “Holiday” was limited to all the biggies—you know: Christmas, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, Columbus Day (formerly known as Akron Day, but the Akron Chamber of Commerce officially ended it back in the ’30s when only three guys from Tulsa turned out. They arrived by accident, having gotten lost looking for some bowling tournament. Being opportunists, the Columbus, Ohio, Chamber of Commerce jumped on the bandwagon and renamed the holiday. Apparently to some degree of success.).

Pumpkins with Life Styles

posted: 10/29/2011 4:39 a.m.

Max and I had us a party to get to. The Moore sisters, Jeannie and Amie, had invited us to their Fayetteville home to join their annual Halloween bash for the “consumers” of Life Styles Inc. along with about 20 neighborhood children.

UCA finding Love on big plays

posted: 10/29/2011 4:39 a.m.

In the month of October, Jestin Love has assumed the role of Central Arkansas’ closer.


posted: 10/29/2011 4:38 a.m.

Don’t shut coffin yet Bradley Gitz recently stated that results published in Nature from a cosmic-ray-flux study conducted by CERN scientists may provide valuable data refuting the assumption that deforestation and burning of fossil fuels are the primary contributors to global warming. He uses that study to demonstrate that the global-warming skeptics (at CERN) may have provided the final nail in Al Gore’s global warming coffin.

Rain cuts racing short at I-30

posted: 10/29/2011 4:37 a.m.

Rain cut the racing short at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway on Thursday night, but there was plenty to make up for it Friday night.

Cox scores three TDs for Conway

posted: 10/29/2011 4:36 a.m.

The Conway Wampus Cats excelled in all three phases of the game in a 27-7 victory over the Russellville Cyclones on Friday.

Vehicle hits deer; McNeil man dies

posted: 10/29/2011 4:34 a.m.

A McNeil man was killed Wednesday night in Columbia County after his vehicle struck a deer, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality report.

7A/6 A-CENTRAL: North Little Rock leaves Bryant, Calley speechless

posted: 10/29/2011 4:33 a.m.

North Little Rock overwhelmed Bryant 35-0 at North Little Rock Stadium on Friday night, creating a three-way tie for the 7A/6A-Central lead with one week remaining in the regular season.

Cabot runs to 1st league victory

posted: 10/29/2011 4:32 a.m.

Cabot Panthers scored on its first play from scrimmage and never looked back in a 56-25 victory over Van Buren on Friday night.

Consumer spending up 0.6%

posted: 10/29/2011 4:32 a.m.

Consumer spending in the U.S. accelerated in September, the Commerce Department reported Friday, helping the world’s largest economy skirt a recession.

Catholic dominates 2nd half

posted: 10/29/2011 4:30 a.m.

Little Rock Catholic scored four third-quarter touchdowns, turning a 16-11 halftime advantage into a 51-31 7A/6A-Central victory over Little Rock Central at Quigley-Cox Stadium on Friday night.

Home sales in Arkansas rise 10%

posted: 10/29/2011 4:30 a.m.

Arkansas home sales rose by 10 percent in September, the third consecutive month of double-digit sales increases, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Friday.

7A.6 A-EAST: Parkview falters in fourth quarter

posted: 10/29/2011 4:28 a.m.

Little Rock Parkview Coach William Hardiman jammed his hands in his pockets, shivered and paused as he tried to put perspective on the Patriots’ 32-26 loss to Mountain Home Friday night.

Trucker steers in 3rd-quarter profit

posted: 10/29/2011 4:28 a.m.

Officials from Arkansas Best Corp. on Friday said the pricing strength of its trucking business had recovered during the July-through-September period as the Fort Smith holding company reported a third-quarter profit.

6 A-SOUTH: Pine Bluff doesn’t punt, just scores

posted: 10/29/2011 4:27 a.m.

Pine Bluff scored eight touchdowns on nine possessions to dominate host Little Rock McClellan, winning 55-6 Friday night.

Entergy has 30 days to file plan

posted: 10/29/2011 4:26 a.m.

The Arkansas Public Service Commission on Friday ordered Entergy Arkansas to submit within 30 days its plans on joining a regional transmission organization.

Blue Devils get running early to win

posted: 10/29/2011 4:25 a.m.

West Memphis (8-1, 5-1 7A/6A-East ) rolled up 290 first-half rushing yards in a 53-7 victory over Jacksonville on Friday. “We ran the ball very well tonight, especially on the edges,” West Memphis Coach Lanny Dauksch said. “We’ve got some skill people if we can get them out there.” West Memphis couldn’t keep them out there on the first possession because of two penalties and a 9-yard sack on third down, but it didn’t take long for the Blue Devils to get going. Senior fullback Taz Watson, who led all rushers with 125 yards on 12 carries, gave West Memphis a 6-0 lead with 6:37 left in the first quarter on a 4-yard touchdown. Jacksonville (4-5, 3-3 ) responded to take a 7-6 lead when Kevin Richardson returned the ensuing kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown.


posted: 10/29/2011 4:23 a.m.

CAMDEN FAIRVIEW 42, HOT SPRINGS 14 CAMDEN — Derek Keaton ran for 119 yards on 6 carries and scored 2 touchdowns as Camden Fairview (8-1, 6-0 5A-Southwest ) routed Hot Springs (1-8, 1-5 ). After Hot Springs fumbled at the Fairview 1, the Cardinals moved quickly down the field and Keaton scored from 20 yards out to give Fairview a 6-0 lead. Hot Springs then got a 56-yard touchdown from Ryan Morrow to Finza Davis. Zach Knapp then added a PAT to give Hot Springs a brief 7-6 lead.

Whirlpool to cut 5,000 positions

posted: 10/29/2011 4:23 a.m.

Appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. plans to cut 5,000 jobs, about 10 percent of its work force in North America and Europe, as it faces soft demand and higher costs for materials.

5 A-WEST: Bulldogs overcome Panthers

posted: 10/29/2011 4:22 a.m.

There is only one undefeated team remaining in Class 5A, and it is the Greenwood Bulldogs.

Walker, Cougars prevail

posted: 10/29/2011 4:21 a.m.

Jack Walker scored two first-half touchdowns and Helena-West Helena Central shut out the Sylvan Hills Bears (4-5, 3-3 5A-Southeast ) at Bill Blackwood Field in Sherwood, winning 35-0.

Mexican firm set to buy Fort Smith’s OK Foods

posted: 10/29/2011 4:21 a.m.

Mexico’s largest poultry producer and processor said Friday that it has reached an agreement to buy OK Foods Inc. of Fort Smith, a privately held poultry company.

5 A-SOUTHEAST: Little Sprinkle goes long way

posted: 10/29/2011 4:21 a.m.

White Hall coaches call its simple reverse play “Shark,” and had used it several times this season before late in the fourth quarter of a 32-20 victory Friday night at Wildcat Stadium.

8-4A: Star City wins, makes playoffs

posted: 10/29/2011 4:20 a.m.

There was only one problem with Star City’s sizable halftime lead over DeWitt — it wasn’t enough.

EU bailout chief chats up China

posted: 10/29/2011 4:19 a.m.

The chief of Europe’s bailout fund visited Beijing on Friday to discuss possible terms for cash-rich China and other global investors to help finance a multi-billion dollar plan to resolve the European debt crisis.

Vilonia handles Harrison with ease

posted: 10/29/2011 4:19 a.m.

Vilonia broke a four-game losing streak as the Eagles downed Harrison 35-7 in 5A-West action Friday night at Phillip D. Weaver Stadium.

7-4A: Stephens carries Leopards

posted: 10/29/2011 4:18 a.m.

The De Queen Leopards, led by Jace Stephens’ three touchdowns, defeated the Bauxite Miners 40-20 in 7-4 A Conference action Friday night at The Pit.

Knighten strikes quickly

posted: 10/29/2011 4:17 a.m.

Pulaski Academy senior quarterback Fredi Knighten didn’t need long to find his form in a 41-16 victory over Pulaski Robinson on Friday night at Charlie George Stadium.

CLASS 2A: Magnet Cove wraps up conference title

posted: 10/29/2011 4:17 a.m.

The Magnet Cove Panthers clinched the 5-2 A Conference championship and ended Conway Christian’s six-game winning streak with a 54-20 victory over the Eagles on Friday night at Kenneth W. Hammons Stadium.

Florida backcourt has guard up

posted: 10/29/2011 4:15 a.m.

Florida freshman guard Bradley Beal was the Gatorade national high school basketball player of the year and a McDonald’s All-American at St. Louis Chaminade Prep, but Gators Coach Billy Donovan had to encourage him to shoot more during a recent practice.

Tar Heels handed No. 1 spot; SEC gets 4 in preseason poll

posted: 10/29/2011 4:14 a.m.

North Carolina broke a tie with its fiercest rival and moved into one with one of college basketball’s most storied programs.

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Fayetteville has work left to do

posted: 10/29/2011 4:13 a.m.

Fayetteville is unbeaten against Arkansas opponents this season, winning all 23 of its matches and 67 of 68 games.

State sports briefs

posted: 10/29/2011 4:10 a.m.

SOCCER Harding men tie OBU, headed to postseason Junior Ryan Wilhelm scored Harding’s only goal in a 1-1 tie with Ouachita Baptist on Friday in Arkadelphia. Harding (6-10-2 ) and Ouachita Baptist both ended Great American Conference play with a 1-3-1 record, but the Bisons earned the tournament-clinching tiebreaker point and the fourth seed because they shut out Delta State last week. Rizvan Ceka scored the lone goal for Ouachita Baptist in the 58th minute.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/29/2011 4:08 a.m.

Being ‘lost in woods’ not goal New Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov is not making any friends in Philadelphia.

Chase to end test of debit-card fee

posted: 10/29/2011 4:08 a.m.

Another bank seems to have figured out what Bank of America Corp. has found out: Charging for use of debit cards could chase customers away.

Off the wire

posted: 10/29/2011 4:07 a.m.

BASKETBALL NBA cancels more games NBA Commissioner David Stern canceled all November games on Friday, the 120th day of the lockout, after labor negotiations broke down. Just a day earlier, Stern had said he would consider it a failure if the two sides didn’t reach a deal in the next few days and vowed they would take “one heck of a shot” to get it done.

Website, research rule to aid business, Obama says

posted: 10/29/2011 4:06 a.m.

Pushing a campaign to act without Congress, President Barack Obama moved unilaterally Friday to assist private businesses.

MARKET REPORT: Dow ends week quietly; up 23

posted: 10/29/2011 3:59 a.m.

A quiet day on Wall Street ended Friday with major stock indexes little changed after a big rally the day before. The Dow Jones industrial average closed out its fifth week of gains, its longest winning streak since January.

Earnings report

posted: 10/29/2011 3:57 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Friday included: Cigna Corp., the health insurer, a profit of $200 million, or 74 cents a share, down from $307 million, or $1.13 a share, a year ago. Revenue climbed nearly 7 percent to $5.61 billion. Shares fell 14 cents to close at $46.63.

Business news in brief

posted: 10/29/2011 3:56 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We got back to what’s more of a square position, closer to where we want to be, and now we’re going to take a couple of deep breaths and reassess what this really means.” Jerry Webman, chief economist with Oppenheimer Funds Article, 2D


posted: 10/29/2011 3:54 a.m.

Metropolitan posts loss of $1.6 million Metropolitan National Bank lost $1.6 million in the third quarter compared with a $2.4 million loss a year earlier, the Little Rock-based lender said Friday.

Living it Up

posted: 10/29/2011 3:53 a.m.

If your image of a treehouse is a “Kids Only” private retreat nailed together from construction scraps, then today’s professionally built treehouses may come as quite a surprise.

Fake fire chases chills, cuts bills

posted: 10/29/2011 3:49 a.m.

Jerry Prokes of Lakeville, Minn., didn’t hold back when he described an electric fireplace as looking like “a piece of junk.” The plastic nodules meant to convey white landscape rocks or white-hot coals looked kitschy at best.

It is life and limb, so safety is a must

posted: 10/29/2011 3:47 a.m.

Building a treehouse is a study in details. Support beams must be strong yet flexible. Platforms have to bear the weight of occupants and the superstructure. And the design must accommodate the way trees move and grow. Consider the following tips: Get in the zone. Before picking up a saw or hammer, check with your municipality to see what ordinances may apply to the project. Do you need a permit? Can you build in a tree that’s within an easement ?

Trees not up to task? Play sets engage kids

posted: 10/29/2011 3:46 a.m.

If you don’t have mature trees or simply don’t want to take on the challenge of building on swaying tree limbs, consider building a child’s playhouse or play set instead of a treehouse.

Ask the expert

posted: 10/29/2011 3:43 a.m.

Leaks at the base of toilets were recently addressed here but what about other leaks in and around my house? What should I look for and how often should I do a thorough inspection to try to watch and catch leaks early?

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Holy-water-averse snake flees into Maumelle lake

posted: 10/29/2011 3:41 a.m.

Dear Otus, Why is it somebody always has to bring a snake to Bless the Animals day at church and ruin it for everybody ? My cat, Mr. Bitey, won’t come out from under the bed now because of the giant snake last Sunday in Maumelle.

In the garden

posted: 10/29/2011 3:38 a.m.

QCould you please identify this plant for me? It comes up with beautiful white flowers that are fragrant. It seems to just come up wherever it pleases. It has large leaves and dies back every year. The other plant has thick fleshy leaves and has been in my garden for years. It blooms about this time every year with pink flowers. Thanks for your help.

Keep it clean

posted: 10/29/2011 3:37 a.m.

New and improved Swiffers Swiffer has revamped its lineup.

Personal space

posted: 10/29/2011 3:32 a.m.

Todd Raney Where I live: I live in The Rogers House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with Mike Luter in downtown Little Rock.

Tools & toys

posted: 10/29/2011 3:30 a.m.

Neat Receipts What’s to love: Organization! What’s it do: A portable scanner and digital filing system that scans receipts, business cards and documents. The software identifies and extracts pertinent information and organizes it. Saved information from receipts can be exported to programs such as Excel and Quicken. You can create a database from information taken from business cards, and searchable pdf files can be created from scanned documents. The slender Neat Receipts can be bought for Mac or PC for $199.95. Bartule What’s to love: Eight bar tools in one, from ice bucket to bottle opener.


posted: 10/29/2011 3:26 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll embark on a challenging journey with no guarantee of success and will love where it takes you. December brings a personal triumph. In January, you’ll learn to use new tools to get what you want. You’ll enjoy your role in a close-knit group in March. February shows you investing and making quick money. Gemini and Cancer people adore you.


posted: 10/29/2011 3:25 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: I had the “opportunity” to watch my car fall off a flatbed tow truck last night in the middle of Brooklyn. Nothing like waiting two hours for a tow truck because the car wouldn’t start, and then seeing it sitting in the middle of a busy intersection while the tow-truck driver keeps repeating


posted: 10/29/2011 3:23 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: We need your help. I thought of you because you reach so many people, and our loved ones deserve this basic need to be met. It won’t cost a cent, and it is easy to do.

Super Quiz: Answer contains the word Sun

posted: 10/29/2011 3:22 a.m.

1. Song title that begins, “Up in the morning, out on the job” 2. Company that gave Elvis Presley his first recording contract 3. “Mad dogs and Englishmen” both do this. 4. Louis XIV of France was also known as _____ 5. This song’s lyrics include “Down Lover’s Lane we’ll wander/ Sweethearts you and I.” 6. The Korean founder and leader of the worldwide Unification Church 7. A sitcom about four extraterrestrials that aired from 1996 to 2001 8. A 1926 novel by Ernest Hemingway 9. Title of a 1946 Western starring Jennifer Jones and Gregory Peck Answers 1. “That Lucky Old Sun” 2. Sun Records 3. “Go out in the midday sun” 4. The Sun King 5. “Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie” 6. Sun Myung Moon 7. 3rd Rock From the Sun 8. The Sun Also Rises 9. Duel in the Sun


posted: 10/29/2011 3:21 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Right now, I’m in the military deployed in Afghanistan, and I’ve really grown closer to God during my time here. Do you think God wants me to be a pastor or something like that when I get out? How can I know? — SPC M.McD. DEAR SPC M.MC.D.: Thank you for your service to our country in a very diffi cult situation, and I hope people will continue to pray not only for our leaders, but for all our service men and women who seek to bring peace to that part of the world. May God bless you and keep you safe. Rankings for Week 9

posted: 10/29/2011 2:57 a.m.

A few moves made in the larger classes, without the smaller classes seeing a lot of blowouts. Check out how your team fared in this week's ranking.

North Little Rock rolls Bryant

posted: 10/29/2011 1:35 a.m.

North Little Rock overwhelmed Bryant 3-0 at North Little Rock Stadium on Friday night, creating a three-way tie for the 7A/6A-Central lead with one week remaining in the regular season.

Friday, October 28

Cardinals complete turnaround, win World Series

posted: 10/28/2011 11:47 p.m.

The Cardinals won a remarkable World Series they weren't even supposed to reach, beating the Texas Rangers 6-2 in Game 7 on Friday night with another key hit by hometown star David Freese and six gutty innings from Chris Carpenter.

Froud paces Greenland past Lincoln

posted: 10/28/2011 11:31 p.m.

Darian Froud didn’t play his best game for Greenland on Friday, but he did enough to lead the Pirates past Lincoln, 35-31.

Har-Ber bounces back, routs Fayetteville

posted: 10/28/2011 11:06 p.m.

Springdale Har-Ber was only able to muster one first down in the second half, but thanks to the play of the Wildcats defense, it was more than enough to defeat Fayettevile 45-24 Friday night.

Rogers' playoff bid comes up just short

posted: 10/28/2011 11:02 p.m.

Quarterback Kenrick Burns and running back Donnie Jones combined to rush for 288 yards as Fort Smith Northside overcame a 10-point second-half deficit to defeat Rogers 31-24 Friday night.

Southside rallies past Heritage

posted: 10/28/2011 10:59 p.m.

Fort Smith Southside rushed for 178 yards and got a 100-yard kickoff return from Austin Griffin to defeat Heritage 42-21 in Jim Rowland Stadium.

Hardison gives Bentonville a boost

posted: 10/28/2011 10:50 p.m.

Dallas Hardison passed for 272 yards and four touchdowns before halftime as Bentonville shut out Springdale 48-0 Friday night.

Ozark's Ree runs over Shiloh

posted: 10/28/2011 10:40 p.m.

Asher Ree ran for 321 yards and four touchdowns as Ozark beat Shiloh Christian 28-20 Friday night.

Greenwood tops Greenbrier in 1-2 showdown

updated: 10/28/2011 10:44 p.m.

Playing opposite one of the best quarterbacks in the state, Greenwood's Hayden Smith made his own statement Friday night in the Bulldogs' 59-35 win over Greenbrier.

Texarkana starts construction on $18M convention center

posted: 10/28/2011 6:16 p.m.

Texarkana, Ark., officials are marking the start of work on a new $18 million convention center and hotel, the second area convention center project to get under way this year.

Arrests made in series of Saline County property crimes

posted: 10/28/2011 3:54 p.m.

Saline County authorities have arrested three teens in a spate of recent burglaries and vehicle break-ins.

Yarnell's plant set for Nov. 30 auction

posted: 10/28/2011 3:46 p.m.

The Searcy plant of Yarnell’s Ice Cream Co., which has been mired in bankruptcy since August, is to be sold at auction at the end of next month.

Fayetteville road closure

posted: 10/28/2011 3:17 p.m.

Planned lane closures related to work on Highway 62/180 (Martin Luther King Boulevard) and frontage roads (Shiloh Drive and Futrall Drive) in the area of the I-540 interchange in Fayetteville.

Jonesboro traffic alert: 3-car accident with injury

posted: 10/28/2011 3:16 p.m.

Traffic Alert-MVA with injury-Stadium &Stallings Three vehicle Accident with injury Stadium and Stallings traffic will be backed up.Traffic Alert-MVA with injury-Stadium &Stallings Three vehicle Accident with injury Stadium and Stallings traffic will be backed up.

New masters degree at UCA gets board's OK

posted: 10/28/2011 2:05 p.m.

The University of Central Arkansas in Conway will soon offer a new masters degree in creative writing.

Whirlpool cuts earnings outlook, will slash 10% of work force

posted: 10/28/2011 1:22 p.m.

Appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. plans to cut 5,000 jobs, about 10 percent of its work force in North America and Europe, as it faces soft demand and higher costs for materials.

Geologists closely monitoring surge in central Arkansas quakes

updated: 10/28/2011 1:49 p.m.

Six small earthquakes have been recorded Friday near Quitman in the latest wave of seismic activity in central Arkansas.

Mental evaluation still pending in Everton mayor shooting

posted: 10/28/2011 12:07 p.m.

A hearing set Friday for a man accused of shooting the mayor of Everton has been delayed because a mental evaluation isn’t complete.

Dispute over St. Paul's protest goes to court

posted: 10/28/2011 11:27 a.m.

Church and local government authorities are going to court to evict anti-capitalist protesters camped outside St. Paul’s Cathedral — though officials acknowledged Friday it could take weeks or months to get an order to remove the tent city.

International Court in indirect talks with Gadhafi son

posted: 10/28/2011 11:25 a.m.

The International Criminal Court is in indirect negotiations with a son of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi about his possible surrender for trial, the chief prosecutor said Friday.

Government looks at testing anthrax vaccine in children

posted: 10/28/2011 11:20 a.m.

A government advisory panel is considering whether the anthrax vaccine should be tested in children.

Adults take to the trees (treehouses, that is)

posted: 10/28/2011 11:15 a.m.

Adults who fondly remember a ragtag treehouse created from found scraps and labeled “Kids Only” might be surprised by what passes for a treehouse these days, writes Tracy Rogers. We’re talking fancy, and good luck keeping out the adults.

Follow tonight's games on our ARPreps Live blog

posted: 10/28/2011 10:51 a.m.

Get scores by-quarter from games around the state all night on our live blog, ARPreps Live.

Teen injured after getting caught in haunted house noose

posted: 10/28/2011 10:38 a.m.

A St. Louis-area teenager is hospitalized with serious injuries after getting caught in a noose used as a prop in a haunted house.

Tuskegee airman to speak at UCA

posted: 10/28/2011 10:33 a.m.

One of the original Tuskegee Airmen will speak about his experiences next month at the University of Central Arkansas.

41 hospitals to join Arkansas stroke registry

posted: 10/28/2011 10:18 a.m.

Forty-one hospitals will participate in an Arkansas stroke registry.

Report shows home sales up in September

posted: 10/28/2011 10:07 a.m.

Home sales in September increased by more than 10 percent in September, according to a report released Friday by an Arkansas realtor group.

Suicide suspected in death of man found in pickup

posted: 10/28/2011 9:56 a.m.

Suicide is the suspected manner of death for a man whose body was found Thursday in a stolen pickup parked near War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

Cargill calls back 40 to work at Springdale plant

posted: 10/28/2011 9:30 a.m.

Cargill Inc. has recalled 40 of the 130 workers who were laid off at its turkey processing plant following two recalls of ground turkey.

O.K. Industries in Fort Smith sold to Mexican company

posted: 10/28/2011 9:15 a.m.

A Fort Smith-based poultry company has been purchased by a Mexican food processor in a deal announced Friday.

Man shot during reported robbery in LR

posted: 10/28/2011 8:59 a.m.

A Little Rock man was shot Thursday during a reported robbery attempt outside his house.

Consumer spending jumped 0.6 percent in September

updated: 10/28/2011 11:18 a.m.

Consumers increased their spending in September at three times the pace of the previous month but their incomes barely budged. They financed the gains by saving at the lowest level since the start of the recent recession.

Reward offered in computer theft from LR school

posted: 10/28/2011 8:07 a.m.

A reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of burglars who stole two dozen Apple computers from a Little Rock high school.

: Director helping Echols in seeking pardon

posted: 10/28/2011 7:53 a.m.

Director Peter Jackson said Friday that he was working with Damien Echols in hopes of getting the man a complete pardon.

Man accused of shooting Everton mayor due in court

posted: 10/28/2011 7:08 a.m.

A man accused of shooting a mayor in northern Arkansas is due in court in Harrison. A hearing is set for Justin Bates on Friday in Boone County Circuit Court. He was scheduled to appear in court last month, but was excused because of a pending mental evaluation.

Man pleads not guilty to officer impersonation

posted: 10/28/2011 7:05 a.m.

A volunteer firefighter charged with impersonating a Barling police officer has pleaded not guilty to first-degree criminal impersonation.

Whirlpool pulls plug: Fort Smith plant to close; 1,000 to lose jobs

posted: 10/28/2011 5:16 a.m.

Whirlpool Corp. said Thursday that it will close its Fort Smith manufacturing plant by the middle of next year, putting about 1,000 people out of work.

Medicare premium rise won’t go steep

posted: 10/28/2011 5:11 a.m.

About 45 million retired and disabled people will pay lower-than-projected Medicare premiums for doctor visits and other outpatient services next year, the United States said.

Arkansas Lottery to pay $100,757 to IRS

posted: 10/28/2011 5:09 a.m.

Arkansas’ lottery plans to pay about $100,000 to the Internal Revenue Service soon for interest and penalties that the IRS imposed on the lottery for being late in paying federal taxes on prizes, but also plans to file an appeal with the IRS next week, an attorney for the lottery said Thursday. Bishop Woosley, chief legal counsel for the lottery, said the lottery intends to pay $100,757.75 to the IRS on the basis of the advice of attorney Carrold Ray of Little Rock in hopes of avoiding more interest and penalties that could continue to accumulate as long as the obligation remains unpaid.

SEC BASKETBALL PREVIEW ARKANSAS: Anderson arrives on scene

posted: 10/28/2011 5:09 a.m.

First in a series previewing SEC basketball teams Mike Anderson has flown to Birmingham, Ala., for SEC basketball media day many times.

U.N. body votes to end Libya-action mandate

posted: 10/28/2011 5:08 a.m.

The Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to lift the no-fly zone over Libya on Monday and end military action to protect civilians, acting swiftly after the death of Moammar Gadhafi and the interim government’s declaration of the country’s liberation.

Occupiers given breaks, Tea Partyers complain

posted: 10/28/2011 5:06 a.m.

Tea Party activists Thursday accused officials in at least four cities of giving preferential treatment to anti-Wall Street protesters, and one group in Richmond is asking the city to repay $8,000 spent for permits and other needs.

WORLD SERIES: Freese! It’s not over

posted: 10/28/2011 5:06 a.m.

Twice down to their last strike, the St. Louis Cardinals kept rallying to finally force Game 7 in the World Series.

Plan slashes California pension costs

posted: 10/28/2011 5:05 a.m.

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown offered a far-reaching proposal Thursday to reduce the cost to government of public pension programs.

Panetta skeptical of N. Korea talks

posted: 10/28/2011 5:04 a.m.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta expressed doubt Thursday that diplomacy will persuade North Korea to surrender its nuclear weapons, and he raised the prospect of stalemate leading to “escalation and confrontation.” After day-long meetings with South Korea’s government leaders, Panetta told reporters he was concerned by North Korea’s pattern of deliberately shifting from periods of modest accommodation with the West to episodes of violent aggression, perhaps with no real intention of giving up its nuclear ambitions.

Bennett locks in at safety

posted: 10/28/2011 5:04 a.m.

Sophomore Eric Bennett has supplied a degree of stability to an unsettled Arkansas secondary.

Egypt prisoner swap made to save ties, Israel says

posted: 10/28/2011 5:03 a.m.

Israel said Thursday that it agreed to trade Egyptian prisoners for a U.S.-Israeli citizen imprisoned in Cairo on unsubstantiated suspicions of spying to defuse a potential crisis between the two neighboring countries.

LIKE IT IS: Nice lineup whets appetite for ’Bama-LSU

posted: 10/28/2011 5:01 a.m.

With Alabama and LSU off this weekend, the hype for the battle of SEC undefeateds will continue to build. Look for CBS to promo this game numerous times during Saturday’s Florida-Georgia game.

Kenya fights Somali militants

posted: 10/28/2011 5:01 a.m.

Kenyan forces and Somali militants waged their first ground battle Thursday, and Kenya’s government said its troops killed nine militants. Kenya admitted it planned for several months before sending its forces into Somalia this month to fight al-Shabab insurgents.

2 prod debt panel to act in time

posted: 10/28/2011 5 a.m.

House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi signaled flexibility on enacting deficit cuts this year as a congressional super committee remains deadlocked over a budget-savings plan.

COMMENTARY: Missouri just doesn’t belong in SEC

posted: 10/28/2011 5 a.m.

The last time I checked, Missouri to the SEC was sounding more and more likely with each passing day.

Law’s repeal easy, but offset a hurdle

posted: 10/28/2011 4:59 a.m.

The House on Thursday passed by a wide margin a bill that would repeal a measure requiring federal, state and local governments to withhold 3 percent of payments to government contractors starting in 2013.

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Keenum sets career TD record

posted: 10/28/2011 4:58 a.m.

Houston’s Case Keenum threw nine touchdown passes to set the Football Bowl Subdivision record for career scoring throws as the 17th-ranked Cougars overcame a slow start in a 73-34 victory over Rice on a rainsoaked Thursday night.

Probe reopened into Nazi camps

posted: 10/28/2011 4:58 a.m.

Polish authorities have reopened an investigation into World War II crimes committed at Auschwitz and its satellite camps that was closed in the 1980s because of the country’s isolation behind the Iron Curtain.

Traffic-camera privatizing scrutinized

posted: 10/28/2011 4:57 a.m.

One out of every five Americans lives in a community that pays a for-profit company to install and operate cameras that record traffic violations. A pro-consumer group says that practice could end up putting profits ahead of safety and accuracy.

Taliban pound away at U.S. base

posted: 10/28/2011 4:56 a.m.

Insurgents with rifles and rocket-propelled grenades launched a sustained attack Thursday against a U.S. base in Kandahar. No coalition casualties were reported in the hours long confrontation in the heart of the country’s main southern city.

Two pulled alive from Turkish ruins

posted: 10/28/2011 4:55 a.m.

Rescuers pulled a 13-year-old boy alive from the rubble of a collapsed apartment building early today, more than 100 hours after an earthquake leveled many buildings in eastern Turkey, killing at least 550 people.

Uruguayan vote revokes amnesty

posted: 10/28/2011 4:55 a.m.

Uruguay’s Congress revoked amnesty for military officials charged with human-rights abuses Thursday, ending a deal between left and right that for a quarter-century has prevented prosecutions for crimes against humanity.

100,000 miles of levees still unrated, Corps says

posted: 10/28/2011 4:54 a.m.

More than six years after Hurricane Katrina’s destruction, authorities have taken only halting steps toward identifying weaknesses in a nationwide patchwork of levees intended to protect millions of Americans’ lives and property during catastrophic floods.

SEC media days report

posted: 10/28/2011 4:54 a.m.

UA not rushing Harris Arkansas Coach Tom Collen is taking a wait-and-see approach with shooting guard Lyndsay Harris.

Tunisia moderates prevail

posted: 10/28/2011 4:53 a.m.

Banned for decades, Tunisia’s moderate Islamist party Ennahda emerged the official victor in the nation’s first free elections, taking 90 of 217 seats in an assembly that will write a new constitution, the electoral commission announced Thursday.

In the news

posted: 10/28/2011 4:51 a.m.

Eric Robert, 49, a South Dakota convict who admitted he killed a prison guard and then wore the dead man’s uniform during an attempt to escape, has been sentenced to death after he waived his right to a jury trial and asked the judge for the death penalty, saying his one regret was that he did not slay another officer, and that he will kill again.

Names and faces

posted: 10/28/2011 4:51 a.m.

Rosie O’Donnell isn’t shying away from hotbutton issues on her new Oprah Winfrey Ne t w o r k talk show. Since the variety program’s premiere on Oct. 10, O’Donnell has tackled topics including her renewed, menopausal sex drive and police brutality at the Occupy Wall Street protests. O’Donnell’s outspokenness about the Iraq War led to her abrupt exit from The View, and her no-holds-barred attitude may have landed her a few high-profile enemies, but the comedian’s new boss embraces her lack of filter.

Summitt: ‘I’m doing great’

posted: 10/28/2011 4:50 a.m.

Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt never gave quitting a thought.

Front line needs to grow up quick

posted: 10/28/2011 4:49 a.m.

Will Neighbour spiked the ball on Derek Fisher Court, jumped up after two quick steps, reached behind his head, snared it and slammed it through the rim.

Getting it straight

posted: 10/28/2011 4:49 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.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/28/2011 4:48 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Medicare is providing better benefits at lower cost.” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 10/28/2011 4:48 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This marks a really important milestone in the transition in Libya.” Britain’s U.N. Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, as the Security Council voted unanimously to lift the no-fly zone over Libya next week and end military action to protect civilians Article, 1A

Final out proves elusive for Texas

posted: 10/28/2011 4:47 a.m.

Neftali Feliz, Scott Feldman and Mark Lowe became a pitching trio that will live in World Series infamy.

Cardinals pick up Wainwright’s option

posted: 10/28/2011 4:45 a.m.

The St. Louis Cardinals have picked up a two-year, $21 million contract option on injured pitcher Adam Wainwright, helping set their rotation for next year. Wainwright, a 20-game winner in 2010, is rehabbing from elbow surgery in February that sidelined him for the entire season. He threw his final bullpen session before St. Louis played Texas in Game 6 of the World Series on Thursday.

THE RECRUITING GUY: UA commitment picked to play on Team USA

posted: 10/28/2011 4:44 a.m.

Arkansas commitment and cornerback Ray Buchanan Jr. is one of six defensive backs to be selected to represent the United States in the International Bowl to be played in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 1.

Muschamp gets 1st crack at alma mater

posted: 10/28/2011 4:43 a.m.

Florida Coach Will Muschamp already has faced two former teams and a former boss this season.

Razorbacks report

posted: 10/28/2011 4:40 a.m.

Petrino: Less talk, more walk Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino sounded a little worn out by the slow-start issues that have hounded his team the last month, opening his Thursday news conference with comments about team leadership and the need for speed early on Saturday at Vanderbilt.

Great American Conference report

posted: 10/28/2011 4:39 a.m.

Winning necessary for Tigers Todd Knight and David Sharp both addressed the likelihood of Ouachita Baptist being included in the NCAA Division II playoffs as expected of a couple of football coaches immersed in the grind of the season.

NFL notes

posted: 10/28/2011 4:38 a.m.

BEARS Harris released LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears released veteran safety Chris Harris on Thursday after he asked for a trade, ending his second run with the team. Coach Lovie Smith said the move had been building over several weeks of subpar play. “We don’t all of a sudden wake up one morning and just say, ‘Hey, we’re going to go this direction,’ ” Smith said. “It’s a pattern and I feel good about the decision that we had to make.”

Paving of roads on NLR wish list

posted: 10/28/2011 4:35 a.m.

When funding dried up for North Little Rock’s street overlay program in 2007, city workers had to shift their emphasis to patching potholes rather than repaving streets.

UCA’s Chen to stay off job days longer

posted: 10/28/2011 4:34 a.m.

The University of Central Arkansas on Thursday extended the paid leave of an associate vice president while administrators conduct a comprehensive review of the school’s international program, records show.

State nearer to college-funding change

posted: 10/28/2011 4:33 a.m.

The state’s interim higher education chief presented a proposed funding model Thursday designed to comply with a new state law that makes graduation rates a factor in determining funding.

Reform highlights

posted: 10/28/2011 4:32 a.m.

Highlights from the proposals approved by the NCAA’s board of directors at its quarterly meeting Thursday in Indianapolis : Gave each conference the option of adding $2,000 per scholarship toward the full cost of attendance, or money beyond that supplied to cover tuition, room and board, books and fees.

In state, Cain rips policies of Obama

posted: 10/28/2011 4:31 a.m.

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain drew applause Thursday night as he repeatedly attacked the current administration’s economic policies.

Athletes rewarded in reforms

posted: 10/28/2011 4:31 a.m.

The scandal-plagued NCAA is moving swiftly to clean up its image.

Public sees design for last link in river trail

posted: 10/28/2011 4:30 a.m.

More than 40 people attended a public hearing Thursday to view a proposed design to fill in the “missing link” of the Arkansas River Trail along the river’s south bank just west of downtown Little Rock.

Gift of pickup manna from heaven for church pantry

posted: 10/28/2011 4:28 a.m.

At the Greenland Baptist Church food pantry in New Edinburg, LaTonya Jackson had to borrow a pickup each time she needed to get food from the Arkansas Foodbank branch in nearby Warren. In inclement weather, she had to make sure to carry a tarp to cover the precious cargo.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 10/28/2011 4:26 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: Cantrell Road North Little Rock: Lakeview Road Pulaski County: Kanis Road

Gene McGlauflin: Savvy in business, daring on his skis

posted: 10/28/2011 4:22 a.m.

About five years ago at Christmas, Gene McGlauflin gave his family copies of an 11-page packet of business advice he had written, from creative problem-solving to principles of investment.

High school football report

posted: 10/28/2011 4:22 a.m.

Wildcats still winning with youth A youth movement hasn’t kept Watson Chapel from winning, especially in the 5A-Southeast.

Arkansas Supreme Court

posted: 10/28/2011 4:21 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court released opinions Thursday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts. PROCEEDINGS OF OCT. 27, 2011 CHIEF JUSTICE JIM HANNAH 09-1333. Bank of America, N.A. v.

Buck Island start of trail launched

posted: 10/28/2011 4:21 a.m.

The first leg of a new Lower Mississippi River Water Trail has been established through the conservation of Buck Island near Helena-West Helena, the American Land Conservancy announced this week.

Editor honored at NYC dinner

posted: 10/28/2011 4:20 a.m.

Paul Greenberg, editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editorial page, was the honored guest at The Human Life Foundation’s ninth annual Great Defender of Life dinner Thursday in New York City.

League title on line for NLR, Bryant

posted: 10/28/2011 4:20 a.m.

North Little Rock Coach Brad Bolding said in August that he believed the Charging Wildcats could put defenses in a bind this fall.

Daily record

posted: 10/28/2011 4:20 a.m.

Meeting announcements published exclusively on Arkansas Online, the newspaper’s website, can be found at meetings/. An electronic form is available on the website to submit support group meeting announcements or changes. Readers can access that form by going to www2.arkansasonline. com/contact/supportgroupform/ and submitting the appropriate information.

Well, it’s about time

posted: 10/28/2011 4:19 a.m.

THE GOOD news is that Dustin McDaniel, the state’s attorney general, is going to stop treating the public’s money as if it were his and his alone to decide how it should be spent.

GOP: Mitt’s your man

posted: 10/28/2011 4:18 a.m.

Memo to Republicans: If you don’t nominate Mitt Romney, you’re nuts.

Exotic animals belong in wild

posted: 10/28/2011 4:18 a.m.

The photographs of the carnage left on the ground outside a Zanesville, Ohio, barn are heartbreaking. Forty-eight exotic animals killed—including 18 rare Bengal tigers, 17 lions, three leopards and three mountain lions after their owner freed them from confinement before committing suicide.

CLASS 7A SEMIFINALS: Bentonville perseveres, slips past host Conway

posted: 10/28/2011 4:17 a.m.

Shayne Wiedemann was too precise for Conway.

It’s hard to tell ’em apart

posted: 10/28/2011 4:16 a.m.

IT WAS another attack on civilians in Afghanistan, this time on a medical center where women and children were lined up seeking maternity care, vaccinations and the like. Once the suicide bomber had done his bloody work, at least 35 victims were dead under the collapsed building.

OTHERS SAY: Don’t make us laugh

posted: 10/28/2011 4:15 a.m.

Anew study says that men are funnier than women—but just barely. In fact, the most remarkable finding in the University of California at San Diego report is that men are only a little funnier than women, despite the public perception that they are way more hilarious.


posted: 10/28/2011 4:15 a.m.

Stumbling over loyalties As an intelligent liberal and longtime reader of this paper, I frequently read Bradley Gitz’s column. He often seems confused by conservative politicians. He can’t seem to understand why so many Republican presidential candidates are verbal stumble bums (to use his term).

CLASS 5A SEMIFINALS: LR Christian sweeps to final

posted: 10/28/2011 4:14 a.m.

Once Little Rock Christian got its act together Thursday, the Lady Warriors never looked back.

Fun, fright and the Feds

posted: 10/28/2011 4:14 a.m.

We should celebrate the triumphs of civilization, since even in these most modern of times the news is often full of the most uncivilized inhumanity.

School Board picks Carreiro

posted: 10/28/2011 4:13 a.m.

Jody Carreiro was elected Little Rock School Board president by his board colleagues Thursday.

Hays: Tax vote not 2012 oracle

posted: 10/28/2011 4:13 a.m.

North Little Rock voters shouldn’t look at a Nov. 8 sales tax election as a tip to whether Mayor Patrick Hays will seek a seventh four-year term next year, Hays said Wednesday.

CLASS 6A SEMIFINALS: Mountain Home overcomes late deficit, moves into final

posted: 10/28/2011 4:12 a.m.

Mountain Home advanced to its first volleyball state championship match since winning back-to-back titles in 1976-77 by fighting back from a five-point deficit late in the fourth game Thursday to defeat Benton 25-13, 25-18, 20-25, 26-24 in the semifinals of the Class 6A state tournament at The Hangar.

Police beat

posted: 10/28/2011 4:12 a.m.

Man’s body found in parked pickup Little Rock police found the body of a man Thursday evening in a truck at War Memorial Golf Course.

Jacoby, Tang run down state overall singles titles

posted: 10/28/2011 4:10 a.m.

As long as he was running, Pulaski Academy sophomore Jake Jacoby was winning.

Clay shapes dirt-track surface

posted: 10/28/2011 4:07 a.m.

Joe Clay has made many more laps around I-30 Speedway since he retired than he ever did as a sprint car driver.

Some are ready to dismiss champ

posted: 10/28/2011 4:04 a.m.

It’s easy for outsiders to cross Jimmie Johnson off the list of title contenders. They don’t work side by side with the fivetime defending NASCAR champion every week and have no idea just how hard it is to beat him.

COMMENTARY: IndyCar has issues beyond accident

posted: 10/28/2011 4:03 a.m.

IndyCar made gains this year in building a buzz about the series that many believed would carry over into the 2012 season.

Rain forces schedule change

posted: 10/28/2011 4:01 a.m.

After rain stopped Thursday night’s racing at I-30 Speedway, today’s schedule has been changed for the 24th annual Comp Cams Short Track Nationals.


posted: 10/28/2011 4:01 a.m.

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

Getting it straight

posted: 10/28/2011 4 a.m.

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

Week 8 top performances

posted: 10/28/2011 4 a.m.

CLASS 7A AUSTIN ALLEN, Fayetteville, completed 21 of 27 passes for 315 yards and 3 touchdowns. BRANDON COX, Conway, caught 6 passes for 161 yards and returned 1 punt 85 yards for a touchdown. ZACH CONQUE, Little Rock Catholic, completed 19 of 25 passes for 304 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Other days

posted: 10/28/2011 4 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 28, 1911 The scattering of waste paper on the streets of Argenta was ordered stopped yesterday by Chief of Police Gabe Pratt. The streets of Argenta for some time have presented the appearance of a waste paper basket, but Chief Pratt has decided that this must stop. The merchants of the city have agreed to assist in the abating of this nuisance.

Today’s games

posted: 10/28/2011 3:59 a.m.

CLASS 7A/6A 7A/6A-CENTRAL Bryant at North Little Rock, 7 p.m. LR Catholic at LR Central, 7 p.m. Russellville at Conway, 7 p.m. Van Buren at Cabot, 7 p.m. 7A-WEST Fayetteville at Springdale Har-Ber, 7:30 p.m.

Up next

posted: 10/28/2011 3:58 a.m.

NO. 10 ARKANSAS AT VANDERBILT WHEN 11:21 a.m. Central on Saturday WHERE Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, Tenn. TV/RADIO KATV, Ch. 7/Razorback Sports Network

Second thoughts

posted: 10/28/2011 3:57 a.m.

Manager is just fine with beer Count Joe Maddon among those who think major league baseball teams should be allowed to make their own clubhouse decisions regarding alcohol consumption.

Off the wire

posted: 10/28/2011 3:57 a.m.

GOLF McIlroy leads by 1 U.S. Open champion Rory Mc-Ilroy shot an 8-under-par 64 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the Shanghai Masters, the lucrative invitational tournament that isn’t sanctioned by any of the major tours. The 22-year-old star from Northern Ireland had eight birdies — five on the back nine — in his bogey-free round on Lake Malaren’s Jack Nicklaus-designed Masters course.

State sports briefs

posted: 10/28/2011 3:51 a.m.

BASKETBALL Golden Suns picked to win GAC If the Great American Conference women’s basketball coaches are right, Arkansas Tech will be celebrating a third consecutive conference title in March. The Golden Suns, who won the past two Gulf South Conference Western Division and tournament titles, were picked to win the first GAC title in a poll of league coaches announced Thursday.

Growth at 2.5% for U.S.

posted: 10/28/2011 3:45 a.m.

The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 2.5 percent between July and September — nearly twice as much as in the second quarter — as Americans spent more money and companies stepped up capital investment, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

EU debt deal lights fire under stocks

posted: 10/28/2011 3:44 a.m.

An agreement to contain the European debt crisis electrified the stock market Thursday, driving the Dow Jones industrial average up nearly 340 points and putting the Standard & Poor’s 500 index on track for its best month since 1974.

Limit on punitive damages is fought

posted: 10/28/2011 3:42 a.m.

Attorneys for a group of Arkansas farmers who last year were awarded $42 million in punitive damages argued before the state Supreme Court on Thursday that a state law making a punitive award of that size illegal is unconstitutional.

Plan rekindles European hopes

posted: 10/28/2011 3:41 a.m.

European leaders clinched a deal Thursday they hope will mark a turning point in their twoyear debt crisis, agreeing after a night of tense negotiations to have banks take bigger losses on Greece’s debts and to boost the region’s weapons against market turmoil.

Exxon profit climbs as oil prices increase

posted: 10/28/2011 3:38 a.m.

Exxon Mobil Corp., the world’s largest company by market value, said Thursday that its net income exceeded $10 billion for a third-consecutive quarter as higher crude-oil prices made up for the biggest production drop in three years.

Jobless-aid claims decline slightly

posted: 10/28/2011 3:37 a.m.

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits dipped slightly last week, though not by enough to suggest that hiring is picking up.

Won’t spin off PC division, HP says

posted: 10/28/2011 3:35 a.m.

Hewlett-Packard Co. has decided against spinning off or selling its personal-computer division — a plan first brought to light in August by Leo Apotheker, the technology conglomerate’s former chief executive officer.

Business news in brief

posted: 10/28/2011 3:34 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We have reached an agreement, which I believe lets us give a credible and ambitious and overall response to the Greek crisis.” French President Nicolas Sarkozy Article, 1D Fixed mortgage rates barely budge WASHINGTON — The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage was nearly unchanged for a second-straight week after rising from a record low.


posted: 10/28/2011 3:32 a.m.

P.A.M. $1.7 million in red for 3rd quarter P.A.M. Transportation Services Inc. said late Thursday that the settlement of a 2004 workers’ compensation claim and a revenue gain from the year-ago period affected the third-quarter performance of the Tontitown carrier, which reported a net loss.

Getting it straight

posted: 10/28/2011 3:32 a.m.

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

An American SCREAM

posted: 10/28/2011 3:31 a.m.

Fear is the American vice, as well as the only thing most of us actually need fear. Every age is an age of anxiety, and Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter latches on to something deep and true within many of us.

REVIEW: Puss in Boots

posted: 10/28/2011 3:28 a.m.

Dream Works’ cunning casting of the silky Spaniard Antonio Banderas as a swashbuckling Puss in Boots pays off, brilliantly, in Puss in Boots, a star vehicle for the nursery rhyme kitty cat from the Shrek movies.

REVIEW: The Rum Diary

posted: 10/28/2011 3:26 a.m.

The stench of cheap booze, stale cigarettes, newsprint and pre-air-conditioning sweat wafts off the screen in The Rum Diary, Johnny Depp’s second shot at paying tribute to his friend, the late journalist Hunter S. Thompson. Though it only rarely reaches the level of gonzo farce that it might have been, Diary is still an agreeably drunken stagger through the novel Thompson based on his formative year as a writer — 1960 — which he spent drunk, getting into trouble and first tangling with “The Man” in Puerto Rico.


posted: 10/28/2011 3:24 a.m.

Gattaca director Andrew Niccol’s sense of the zeitgeist is as on the money as ever with In Time, a sci-fi parable that plays like Occupy Wall Street: The Movie.

ON FILM: Director’s anxiety used in developing character

posted: 10/28/2011 3:22 a.m.

Jeff Nichols says Take Shelter was in part born out of a practical problem; after his first movie, Shotgun Stories, was released to terrific reviews in 2007, “the American independent film movement had kind of collapsed.” Lots of studios were cutting back, shuttering their boutique labels.

Paranormal bolts out of gate

posted: 10/28/2011 3:21 a.m.

Paranormal Activity 3 vanquished the box-office ghosts last weekend, taking in a whopping $52.6 million upon its premiere in the United States.


posted: 10/28/2011 3:20 a.m.

The Mexican hit Saving Private Perez has a fairly irresistible and subversive comic premise. An ailing mother demands that her oldest son — a Tony Montana-like gangster identified as the most powerful man in Mexico — do what the U.S. Army can’t : go to Iraq and rescue his younger brother, an American soldier being held captive by insurgents.


posted: 10/28/2011 3:18 a.m.

In Spanish director Mateo Gil’s Blackthorn, a promising premise is undone by uninspired, by-the-numbers filmmaking and the failure of charisma on the part of its key actors. This is all the more disappointing because Gil — an untested director but the writer of The Sea Inside and Open Your Eyes (and its lesser Hollywood remake Vanilla Sky) — seems to have a solid handle on the technical aspects of filmmaking.

Screen gems

posted: 10/28/2011 3:17 a.m.

There will be a strong Arkansas flavor at this year’s Indie Memphis Film Festival. (The 14th annual festival will be held Thursday through Nov. 6 in and around the Playhouse on the Square theater, 66 S. Cooper St. in Midtown Memphis.) Indie Memphis, with its focus on regional filmmaking, will host five short films by Arkansas directors.


posted: 10/28/2011 3:15 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, R Six years after the Guantanamo Bay sequel, Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) reunite when a mysterious package mistakenly arrives at Kumar’s door on Christmas Eve. He attempts to redirect it to Harold’s house and the “high grade” contents — and Harold’s father-in-law’s prize Christmas tree — go up in smoke.


posted: 10/28/2011 3:14 a.m.

Also new this week Blackthorn 82 R Butch Cassidy (Sam Shepard) did indeed survive the 1908 standoff/ shootout with the Bolivian military that killed the Sundance Kid. He’s been living quietly under the name James Blackthorn in a secluded Bolivian village, and, tired of his long exile from the U.S., heads home, hoping to see his family again before he dies. But an encounter with an ambitious young criminal (Eduardo Noriega) derails his plans.


posted: 10/28/2011 3:12 a.m.

Happy birthday. This year you solve small problems, and big ones solve themselves. With your own brand of practical magic, you’ll turn a dysfunctional scene into a highly profitable scenario. A key introduction happens in November.


posted: 10/28/2011 3:11 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I have two travel hints that can be used by those traveling via air or any other means who must pass through security screenings. The first hint involves using a carry-on bag. For this, I use an old laptop computer case. It has straps and handles, which make carrying it easy. It also has many pockets and compartments in which to place many varied items.


posted: 10/28/2011 3:11 a.m.

DEAR F.B.: I want to believe in God, but I can’t. There’s so much evil in the world that I just can’t believe God exists, or if He does, that He cares about us.

Super Quiz: Nicknames

posted: 10/28/2011 3:07 a.m.

1. “The Desert Fox” (E.R.) 2. “The Lone Eagle” (C.L.) 3. “The King of Swing” (B.G.) 4. “Lady Day” (B.H.) 5. “The World’s Most Perfectly Developed Man” (C.A.)

Film clips

posted: 10/28/2011 2:13 a.m.

At area theaters 68 ABDUCTION, PG-13 A young man (Taylor Lautner) spots a photo on a missing persons website and realizes his whole life has been a lie, carefully fabricated to hide something mysterious and very dangerous. (106 minutes)

Cardinals stun Texas to force Game 7

posted: 10/28/2011 12:26 a.m.

Twice down to their last strike, the St. Louis Cardinals kept rallying to win one of baseball's greatest thrillers.

Thursday, October 27

Stocks surge on European debt deal, GDP growth

posted: 10/27/2011 4:15 p.m.

Stocks are surging after European leaders agreed on a deal to slash Greece’s debt load and prevent the financial crisis there from engulfing larger countries like Italy. The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest gain since Aug. 11th.

Whirlpool's statement on plant closing

posted: 10/27/2011 3:57 p.m.

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) today announced changes to its North American manufacturing operations. After a thorough study of its Global Operating Platform announced in August, the company will close its manufacturing facility in Fort Smith, Arkansas by mid-2012. The closure will impact approximately 1000 active employees (90 salaried and 884 hourly). In addition, there are approximately 800 employees on layoff from this facility.

Whirlpool Closing Fort Smith Plant

updated: 10/27/2011 3:49 p.m.

A spokesman for the United Steel Workers union at the Whirlpool plant in Fort Smith said Thursday the plant will close in mid-2012 eliminating more than 1,000 jobs.

Whirlpool to close Fort Smith plant next year

updated: 10/27/2011 4:12 p.m.

The Whirlpool Corp. plant in Fort Smith will close in mid-2012, eliminating more than 1,000 jobs, a spokesman for the United Steel Workers union there said Thursday afternoon. The company was holding a meeting with employees.

UPDATE: Womack Issues Statement On Whirlpool

posted: 10/27/2011 2:36 p.m.

A statement from Rep. Steve Womack's office this afternoon appeared to confirm rumors of the closure of the Whirlpool plant in Fort Smith.

41 Arkansas hospitals team up for stroke registry

posted: 10/27/2011 2:21 p.m.

Forty-one hospitals in Arkansas will join forces with the state Health Department and American Heart Association to create a stroke registry.

NCAA approves major scholarship changes at meeting

posted: 10/27/2011 1:54 p.m.

On Thursday, the Division I Board of Directors approved a package of sweeping changes that gives conferences the option of adding more money to scholarship offers, schools the opportunity to award scholarships for multiple years, imposes tougher academic standards on recruits and changes the summer basketball recruiting model.

Wal-Mart women limit bias suit to California workers

posted: 10/27/2011 1:46 p.m.

Lawyers for women who originally sued Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for sex discrimination on behalf of 1 million co-workers nationwide amended the lawsuit today, limiting it to gender-bias claims by California workers.

Errors not enough for new trial, court rules

posted: 10/27/2011 1:07 p.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court has overturned a lower court ruling giving a new trial to a Perry County man serving a 145-year prison sentence.

Cigarette likely sparked oxygen tank fire, police say

posted: 10/27/2011 1:02 p.m.

A Pulaski County man escaped injury Thursday morning after a fire which police say likely started when a cigarette he was smoking ignited his oxygen tank.

Man charged with cruelty in Chihuahua death

posted: 10/27/2011 12:36 p.m.

A man accused in El Dorado of using his hands to kill a miniature Chihuahua is charged with felony animal cruelty.

High school football team bus fired upon after game

posted: 10/27/2011 12:30 p.m.

Kansas City police are investigating after shots were fired at a bus carrying a high school football team.

Whirlpool to have meeting with Fort Smith workers

posted: 10/27/2011 12:02 p.m.

Whirlpool Corp. says that it will hold a meeting with employees at its factory in Fort Smith.

Security Council votes to lift Libya no-fly zone on Oct. 31

posted: 10/27/2011 11:14 a.m.

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to lift the no-fly zone over Libya on Oct. 31 and end its authorization of military action to protect civilians.

Turkish man reportedly freed from quake debris

posted: 10/27/2011 11:10 a.m.

Turkey’s state-run news agency reported that rescuers have pulled out a man alive from the rubble of a collapsed building four days after a powerful earthquake hit eastern Turkey, killing 532 people.

Exxon Mobil profit rises 41 percent

posted: 10/27/2011 10:37 a.m.

Exxon Mobil’s quarterly profit rose 41 percent because the company sold oil and natural gas at higher prices, making up for lower production.

NLR murder suspect enters not guilty plea

posted: 10/27/2011 10:24 a.m.

A North Little Rock man accused of fatally shooting a woman has entered a not guilty plea.

Superb 'Take Shelter' opens in Arkansas

posted: 10/27/2011 10:02 a.m.

The big news in Arkansas this week is the opening of favorite son Jeff Nichols’ highly anticipated psychological drama Take Shelter, which our Philip Martin calls “a movie of plausible horrors and tender moments, the sort of film that — if you are susceptible — can fill you up with inchoate feelings, unexplainable longings and phantom pains ... the sort of movie to make you hug those you love.”

Beebe named one of top public officials in nation

posted: 10/27/2011 9:52 a.m.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe made a national splash this week, being named as one of nine public officials of the year in Governing magazine.

Judge denies attempted dismissal of Edwards case

posted: 10/27/2011 9:41 a.m.

A federal judge in North Carolina has denied an attempt by John Edwards to get criminal charges against him dismissed, clearing the way for a trial to begin next year.

Cain in Springdale for GOP dinner; tickets sold out

posted: 10/27/2011 8:55 a.m.

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is due in northwest Arkansas for the Washington County Republican Committee’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner.

14 E. coli cases reported in St. Louis County

posted: 10/27/2011 8:52 a.m.

Health officials are trying to determine the cause of an outbreak of E. coli in St. Louis County that has sickened 14 people this week.

Ohio woman set to reclaim exotic animals from zoo

updated: 10/27/2011 1:59 p.m.

The Ohio Agriculture Department ordered Thursday that six exotic animals be quarantined instead of transferred from a zoo to a woman whose husband freed them and dozens of other wild animals, then killed himself, the office of Gov. John Kasich said Thursday.

Economy grew 2.5 percent in 3rd quarter

updated: 10/27/2011 11:05 a.m.

The U.S. economy grew modestly over the summer after nearly stalling in the first six months of the year, lifted by stronger consumer spending and greater business investment.

Family hopes remains missing relative's

posted: 10/27/2011 7:39 a.m.

A western Arkansas family is hoping that remains found in a creek bed south of Fort Smith are those of a missing relative.

Pea Ridge man found competent for murder trial

posted: 10/27/2011 7:07 a.m.

A Benton County circuit judge has ruled that a Pea Ridge man charged with capital murder is mentally fit to stand trial.

Weekend Calendar

posted: 10/27/2011 6:31 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 For more event check our searchable events database at

Arabs press Assad on strife

posted: 10/27/2011 5:52 a.m.

Arab officials held a “frank and friendly” meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad on Wednesday, the head of the delegation said at the beginning of a regional effort to resolve a bloody seven-month revolt, the most serious challenge yet to the four-decade Assad dynasty.

Obama talks up student loan plan

posted: 10/27/2011 5:49 a.m.

President Barack Obama announced plans Wednesday to reduce federal loan payments for some college students, a program the White House says could help more than 50,000 Arkansans.

Acquittal in ’96 slaying leaves 2 families in tears

posted: 10/27/2011 5:47 a.m.

Members of two families once brought together by marriage gushed with conflicting emotions after a jury acquitted a man accused of killing his then-mother-in-law.

NATO puts off decision to halt Libyan air patrols

posted: 10/27/2011 5:42 a.m.

NATO unexpectedly postponed a definite decision to end its bombing campaign in Libya as consultations continued Wednesday with the United Nations and the country’s interim government over how and when to wind down the operation.

Vet in critical state after Oakland clash

posted: 10/27/2011 5:40 a.m.

A clash between Oakland police and Occupy Wall Street protesters left an Iraq war veteran hospitalized Wednesday after a projectile struck him in a conflict that came as tensions grew over demonstration encampments across the San Francisco Bay Area.

Arkansas pair, U.S. settle FEMA aid case

posted: 10/27/2011 5:40 a.m.

After U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor took their cause to the floor of the Senate, a Stone County couple reached a settlement Wednesday with the Treasury Department, agreeing to pay back a portion of disaster relief that federal officials say was paid in error.

Inquiry at end on crash by subchief

posted: 10/27/2011 5:38 a.m.

An internal Little Rock police investigation into why investigators and Assistant Chief Carlos Corbin have different versions of what happened in a crash that totaled Corbin’s cityowned vehicle is nearly finished.

Beebe: Won’t take stand on gas-tax bump

posted: 10/27/2011 5:38 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday that he isn’t going to take a stand for or against a proposed ballot measure to increase the severance tax on natural gas to raise money for roads, but he mentioned that he might vote for it.

Romney clarifies Ohio union-rights stance

posted: 10/27/2011 5:37 a.m.

A day after he refused to endorse an Ohio ballot measure that limits public employee union rights, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he is “110 percent” behind the effort.

Testimony in drug case leads judge to deny bail

posted: 10/27/2011 5:37 a.m.

A detention hearing for a defendant in a federal public corruption and drug-trafficking case included testimony Wednesday about illegal gambling machines at a business tied to the charges.

Debt-panel Democrats offer deal

posted: 10/27/2011 5:35 a.m.

Top supercommittee Democrats have proposed a “grand bargain” -like offer to their Republican colleagues on the panel, picking up where negotiations between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner broke off this summer over a $3 trillion package of spending cuts and new taxes.

Cars in yards drive LR plan for tickets

posted: 10/27/2011 5:35 a.m.

After receiving more than 2,000 complaints about cars parked in yards, Little Rock officials say they’re ready to start ticketing vehicles instead of leaving notices to move cars, boats and other vehicles stationed on the grass instead of the driveway.

NLR police trail truck, arrest man in slaying

posted: 10/27/2011 5:34 a.m.

North Little Rock police arrested a man Wednesday in the early morning shooting death of a woman on West 16th Street.

Appeals court dismisses battery count against dad

posted: 10/27/2011 5:32 a.m.

The state Court of Appeals dismissed Wednesday a charge of third-degree battery against Adam Everetts, ruling that he cannot be tried again because that would violate his constitutional protection against double jeopardy.

Travelers pack Cancun airport ahead of storm

posted: 10/27/2011 5:31 a.m.

Tourists fleeing Hurricane Rina crowded Cancun’s airport Wednesday even as the cyclone lost some of its punch on a course for Mexico’s resort-studded Caribbean coast.

New plan tackles worries on Cantrell widening, agency says

posted: 10/27/2011 5:31 a.m.

State highway officials have scheduled a second public meeting to discuss changes to a Cantrell Road widening project that they say addresses concerns from residents and business owners.

Edwards’ lawyers fight for dismissal

posted: 10/27/2011 5:30 a.m.

Lawyers for John Edwards worked Wednesday to undercut the federal government’s criminal case against the former presidential candidate before it ever gets to a jury.

Raised Walker Hall cost approved

posted: 10/27/2011 5:30 a.m.

Trustees of the University of Arkansas System on Tuesday approved a request by Fayetteville campus officials to increase the maximum cost of the renovation and addition of Vol Walker Hall to $36.6 million.

Only images of extinct woodpecker released

posted: 10/27/2011 5:30 a.m.

A snippet of film shot by an amateur ornithologist in 1956 is providing researchers and bird enthusiasts with a rare opportunity to observe the behavior of the imperial woodpecker, a giant resident of Mexico’s Sierra Madre now presumed extinct.

Jailed Oklahoman awaiting sentence

posted: 10/27/2011 5:29 a.m.

An Oklahoma woman will remain in federal custody awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty Friday to two felonies.

Court tosses convicted ex-Garland mayor’s suit

posted: 10/27/2011 5:28 a.m.

A civil lawsuit filed by former Garland Mayor Yvonne Dockery was dismissed by a federal court judge earlier this month, according to recently filed federal court documents.

Thousands flee as flooding hits Bangkok

posted: 10/27/2011 5:28 a.m.

Tens of thousands of Bangkok residents jammed bus stations and highways Wednesday to flee Thailand’s flood-threatened capital as the city’s governor ordered official evacuations in two swamped northern districts for the first time since the crisis began.

LR man sought in shooting death

posted: 10/27/2011 5:28 a.m.

Police named a suspect Wednesday in the shooting death of a Little Rock man early Sunday morning.

Monticello builds up its case for a new community center

posted: 10/27/2011 5:27 a.m.

City leaders in Monticello are hoping that a series of forthcoming public meetings will intensify support for building a 150,000-squarefoot community center on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus.

Hikers injured on trail recovering in Missouri

posted: 10/27/2011 5:26 a.m.

Married hikers who were hurt while exploring the Lost Valley trail area of the Buffalo National River are recovering at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Mo.

Top Turk vows building purge

posted: 10/27/2011 5:25 a.m.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said the government will take action to make sure that illegal buildings and squatter homes are destroyed after an earthquake collapsed poorly made buildings, killing hundreds.

Gunfire kills one, hurts one in PB

posted: 10/27/2011 5:25 a.m.

Pine Bluff police were searching for suspects Wednesday in a shooting that left one man dead and another injured.

Global food expert to give LR lecture

posted: 10/27/2011 5:21 a.m.

Catherine Bertini will speak at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock today.

U.S. to reach out to Iranians with ‘virtual embassy’

posted: 10/27/2011 5:21 a.m.

The Obama administration is setting up an Internet-based “embassy” to reach out to Iranians hoping to broaden their understanding of the United States, while at the same time studying new sanctions to raise the pressure on Iran’s government over its disputed nuclear program and purported ties to terrorism.

Tax writer proposes exemption

posted: 10/27/2011 5:20 a.m.

The House’s top tax writer proposed Wednesday exempting from taxes 95 percent of the profits that American companies earn overseas and bring back to the U.S.

Charles Edwin Larkins: Ex-military man aided area elderly

posted: 10/27/2011 5:19 a.m.

Charles Edwin Larkins always made time to offer his business expertise to people visiting the Conway Senior Citizen Center.

The world in brief

posted: 10/27/2011 5:18 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is the first time I am using the term ‘evacuation,’ the first time I’m really asking you to leave.” Sukhumbhand Paribatra, governor of flood-threatened Bangkok Article, this page

The nation in brief

posted: 10/27/2011 5:18 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’m sorry if I created any confusion in that regard. I fully support Gov. [John] Kasich’s — I think it’s called Question Two in Ohio. Fully support that.” Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, speaking to reporters a day after he refused to endorse an Ohio ballot measure that limits public employee union rights Article, this page

LR’s South End sets its eighth cleanup

posted: 10/27/2011 5:17 a.m.

The South End Neighborhood Association Coalition will participate in the eighth annual Great Arkansas Cleanup on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Names and faces

posted: 10/27/2011 5:17 a.m.

Amy Winehouse drank herself to death. The Grammy winning soul diva died with empty vodka bottles in her room and lethal amounts of alcohol in her blood — more than five times the British drunken driving limit, a British coroner ruled Wednesday. Coroner Suzanne Greenaway gave a verdict of “death by misadventure,” saying Wednesday that the singer suffered accidental alcohol poisoning when she resumed drinking after weeks of abstinence.

In the news

posted: 10/27/2011 5:16 a.m.

Gov. Rick Perry, a Texas Republican and 2012 presidential candidate, told two Florida news organizations that he has “no doubt” that President Barack Obama is an American citizen and said his recent comments that seemed to indicate otherwise were just him “having some fun with Donald Trump.”


posted: 10/27/2011 5:15 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball: 1-18-21-39-55 Powerball: 6 Estimated jackpot: $173 million Power Play: 3

THEATER REVIEW: That’s so 1980s - and so much fun

posted: 10/27/2011 5:14 a.m.

Those who lived through the 1980s — and the enhanced hair that took over fashions, women, men and hit songs — may be skeptical about embracing a celebration of such an unsavory era. But fear not, in the hands and feet of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s young company of actors and dancers, it’s all good, as the kids say 30 years later.

Crash kills 2, hurts 9 at LR intersection

posted: 10/27/2011 5:13 a.m.

Two people were killed and nine others injured in a three-vehicle accident in Little Rock last week, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality report made available on Wednesday.

NO. 10 ARKANSAS AT VANDERBILT: Looking for a quick fix

posted: 10/27/2011 5:11 a.m.

Arkansas is off to its best start under Bobby Petrino with a 6-1 record heading into Saturday’s game at Vanderbilt, but Petrino’s Razorbacks can’t get off to a good start on a week to-week basis.

SUN BELT BASKETBALL: ASU picked 1st in Sun Belt poll

posted: 10/27/2011 5:09 a.m.

Forgive Arkansas State men’s basketball Coach John Brady if he doesn’t sound bowled over after his Red Wolves were picked by conference coaches to win the Sun Belt Conference West Division.

LIKE IT IS: Expansion, realignment talk of the town

posted: 10/27/2011 5:05 a.m.

It is unsettling, puzzling and the center of too many conversations.

Rangers’ title try delayed by rain

posted: 10/27/2011 5:03 a.m.

Colby Lewis and his Texas teammates casually tossed a ball in left field, trying to avoid the tarp.

Big 12 mulling options

posted: 10/27/2011 5 a.m.

The Big 12 is still deciding between West Virginia and Louisville. Could be one or the other, or maybe neither.

SEC report

posted: 10/27/2011 4:58 a.m.

Ongoing shuffle for QBs Another week, another new starting quarterback in the SEC.

Sociology events set for LR hotel

posted: 10/27/2011 4:54 a.m.

The 37th annual meeting of the Mid-South Sociological Association will be held at Little Rock’s Doubletree Hotel through Saturday.

New Blaine man, 47, dies in wreck

posted: 10/27/2011 4:54 a.m.

A New Blaine man was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Arkansas 22 in Yell County on Tuesday night, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality report.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 10/27/2011 4:53 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.

Razorbacks report

posted: 10/27/2011 4:53 a.m.

Praise for UA wideouts Chalk Vanderbilt Coach James Franklin up as an admirer of Arkansas’ receivers, even while hoping his Commodores can slow that unit when the two teams meet Saturday.

COMMENTARY: Robinson still has USC spirit in him

posted: 10/27/2011 4:51 a.m.

One of the perks of this job is a Tuesday afternoon talking sports with John Robinson, the “old fart” as he calls himself, still as giddy as a USC cheerleader.


posted: 10/27/2011 4:50 a.m.

Fayetteville looked every bit the top seed in Wednesday’s quarterfinals of the Class 7A state volleyball tournament.

Arkansas Court of Appeals

posted: 10/27/2011 4:49 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

Getting it straight

posted: 10/27/2011 4:48 a.m.

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

Daily record

posted: 10/27/2011 4:47 a.m.

Meeting announcements published exclusively on Arkansas Online, the newspaper’s website, can be found at meetings/. An electronic form is available on the website to submit support group meeting announcements or changes. Readers can access that form by going to www2.arkansasonline. com/contact/supportgroupform/ and submitting the appropriate information.

STATE HIGH SCHOOL OVERALL TENNIS: Defending champion slows pace, moves into semifinals

posted: 10/27/2011 4:47 a.m.

Austin Crawford slumped onto the bench on the tennis court at Burns Park and took a swig of red sports drink.

CLASS 6A: Strayhorn propels Marion

posted: 10/27/2011 4:45 a.m.

The defending champion Marion Lady Patriots finally made their first appearance at the Class 6A state volleyball tournament on Wednesday evening and had to fight off the Texarkana Lady Razorbacks 3-1 (25-10, 25-12, 26-28, 25-22 ) to advance to today’s semifinals.

Bell, Williams commit to UA

posted: 10/27/2011 4:40 a.m.

Arkansas men’s basketball Coach Mike Anderson added two more oral commitments for the 2012 recruiting class Wednesday when guard Anthlon Bell and forward JaCorey Williams pledged to sign with the Hogs. Bell, 6-3, 180 pounds, of Bartlett, Tenn., picked the Razorbacks over approximately 11 other scholarship offers, including ones from Missouri, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Richmond, and Kent State.

Police beat

posted: 10/27/2011 4:35 a.m.

30-year-old jailed in LR bank heist Little Rock police arrested a man Wednesday morning in the Oct. 20 robbery of the Simmons First National Bank branch on Merrill Drive.

Nall turns struggles into success for the Reddies

posted: 10/27/2011 4:34 a.m.

Nathan Nall still isn’t sure if his play for Henderson State last Saturday was good enough to permanently snatch back the Reddies’ starting quarterback job.


posted: 10/27/2011 4:34 a.m.

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


posted: 10/27/2011 4:33 a.m.

Longtime television executive — Daniel Burke, considered one of the architects of the modern television industry and a former president and chief executive of Capital Cities/ABC, died Wednesday. He was 82.

Other days

posted: 10/27/2011 4:32 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 27, 1911 Dr. J.H. Squires, agronomist of the technical division of the E.I. duPont de Nemours Powder Company of Wilmington, Del., visited the Department of Agriculture yesterday. Dr. Squires intends to make a study of the various soils in Arkansas with reference to the advisability of remedying hard pan conditions by the use of dynamite.

Tough tests await Clemson, Stanford

posted: 10/27/2011 4:32 a.m.

With the potential game of the year a week away, and No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama taking the weekend off, the other national championship contenders will be jostling for position behind the SEC powers on Saturday.

The media and bullying

posted: 10/27/2011 4:32 a.m.

Back in the 1920s, the intelligentsia on both sides of the Atlantic were loudly protesting the execution of political radicals Sacco and Vanzetti, after what they claimed was an unfair trial. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote to his young leftist friend Harold Laski, pointing out that there were “a thousandfold worse cases” involving black defendants, “but the world does not worry over them.”

An educated man

posted: 10/27/2011 4:31 a.m.

“THE MOST generous scholar I’ve ever met.”—Margaret Bolsterli, retired English professor at the University of Arkansas. She was talking about Willard Gatewood, who taught history, not English, but had time for all who needed him. For to Dr. Gatewood, learning was not divided into neat, artificial categories that never meet, and have only a nodding acquaintance at best.

Fishing this week

posted: 10/27/2011 4:30 a.m.

HOT SPOTS 1. LAKE ATKINS Crappie are finally starting to move into the coves. They are being caught on minnows, rosy red minnows and jigs. Bass have picked up after a few slow weeks. Catfish are being caught in deep water using minnows and cut bait. Bream are also deep and are being caught on small jigs and worms. White bass are being caught in coves where the shad are schooling.

OTHERS SAY: Approve the pipeline

posted: 10/27/2011 4:30 a.m.

In a perfect world, the U.S., China and other leading energy consumers would move with great determination toward cleaner, renewable sources and away from oil and coal.

Guest writer: Halt starvation diet

posted: 10/27/2011 4:29 a.m.

“Starve the Beast” has failed.

A game filled with errors

posted: 10/27/2011 4:29 a.m.

Before Moneyball leaves movie theaters and the public consciousness, I need to say a few things. Not that many sports issues get me riled up, but Moneyball, the first letter capitalized or not, gets me going.

Oral Roberts ‘great’ for Southland

posted: 10/27/2011 4:28 a.m.

The addition of Oral Roberts University to the Southland Conference was welcomed by both Central Arkansas basketball coaches.

A plan for occupation

posted: 10/27/2011 4:27 a.m.

Politicians of both stripes tend to agree that this Occupy Wall Street consternation, if it is to take the next step toward becoming an actual political movement, must get specific on policy.

Johnson aims to stay in contention

posted: 10/27/2011 4:26 a.m.

It’s easy for outsiders to cross Jimmie Johnson off the list of title contenders. They don’t work side by side with the five-time defending NASCAR champion every week, and have no idea just how hard it is to beat him.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Short cashes in at Table Rock

posted: 10/27/2011 4:25 a.m.

Kevin Short of Mayflower won the Bassmaster Central Open on Saturday on Table Rock Lake in Missouri, giving him his fifth Bassmaster victory and his third in three years.

Siloam Springs Finishes Season

posted: 10/27/2011 4:23 a.m.

For the first time since 2002, Siloam Springs is not going to play for a state volleyball championship.

Driver hasn’t lost fondness for I-30 Speedway

posted: 10/27/2011 4:23 a.m.

When Greg Wilson pulls into the gate at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway today, he’ll be happier than he was when he last exited it.


posted: 10/27/2011 4:23 a.m.

Unfair and dismissive Not surprisingly, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette opinion columnists resoundingly sneered at the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators. Bradley Gitz characterizes them as “nutty” ; Mike Masterson calls them the “unwashed, whining, smelly mob” ; Paul Greenberg seems to view their anger and frustration as trivial and self-indulgent.

GREENWOOD VS. GREENBRIER: Nothing less than best will do

posted: 10/27/2011 4:21 a.m.

Greenbrier flubbed its big chance last year, but it gets a shot at redemption under nearly identical circumstances Friday.

Authentic Amruth pleases palate

posted: 10/27/2011 4:20 a.m.

We haven’t had quite the boom in Indian restaurants that we experienced with sushi or Mexican places in recent years. But the Little Rock metro area now has at least four (not counting a food truck or two). Three of them are in west Little Rock, and two of them — Amruth, which has been around a couple of years, and the relatively new Taj Mahal — literally a stone’s throw from each other.

Class 5A/4A report

posted: 10/27/2011 4:19 a.m.

Warren’s Hall has surgery Warren Coach Bo Hembree said senior safety Justin Hall won’t play again this season after having his spleen removed following Friday night’s 19-13 loss to McGehee.

Class 5A/4A top performances

posted: 10/27/2011 4:18 a.m.

CLASS 5A NEAL BURCHAM Greenbrier, completed 28 of 33 passes for 380 yards and 3 touchdowns and ran 7 times for 22 yards and 1 touchdown. JORDAN CHILDRESS, Batesville, ran 28 times for 167 yards and 4 touchdowns. COLE CONNELLEY, Monticello, ran 16 times for 171 yards and 2 touchdowns and recovered 1 fumble.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/27/2011 4:17 a.m.

T.O. show no longer in the NFL Arena Football League fans may want to get their popcorn ready.

Off the wire

posted: 10/27/2011 4:14 a.m.

FOOTBALL Hillis practices Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis (Conway, Arkansas Razorbacks) returned to practice on Wednesday. Hillis, who missed last week’s game against Seattle with a strained hamstring, practiced Wednesday for the first time since getting hurt in Cleveland’s Oct. 16 loss at Oakland.

Robert Yates’ selections

posted: 10/27/2011 4:13 a.m.

LAST WEEK 87-15, 85.3 percent SEASON 662-158-7, 80.5 percent SELECTIONS IN BOLD FRIDAY’S GAMES CLASS 7A/6A 7A/6A-CENTRAL Bryant at North Little Rock, 7 p.m. LR Catholic at LR Central, 7 p.m. Russellville at Conway, 7 p.m. Van Buren at Cabot, 7 p.m.

Aces in the hole

posted: 10/27/2011 4:12 a.m.


State sports briefs

posted: 10/27/2011 4:11 a.m.

BASKETBALL Wonder Boys picked to win GAC Arkansas Tech was tabbed by Great American Conference coaches as favorites to win the first league title in men’s basketball Wednesday.

EU plan to hinge on props for banks

posted: 10/27/2011 4:08 a.m.

European leaders announced Wednesday that they had agreed on plans to shore up the region’s banking system, seeking to contain a spreading debt crisis and prevent a new recession.


posted: 10/27/2011 4:07 a.m.

1 GREEN The DreamWorks Theatricals Presentations touring production of Shrek The Musical (music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek! and the Dream-Works animated film) will be onstage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at Robinson Center Music Hall, West Markham Street and Broadway, Little Rock.

THE TV COLUMN: Once upon a time, there was a Grimm show

posted: 10/27/2011 4:06 a.m.

NBC has waited rather late in the new fall season to bring back one old favorite and introduce another series inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

THEATER: Not over ’til fat ogre sings

posted: 10/27/2011 4:05 a.m.

A disgruntled, bad-tempered, swamp-dwelling ogre reluctantly becomes a knight-errant to reclaim the deed to his land, and discovers along the way true friendship — albeit with an annoying wise-cracking donkey; fights a fearsome dragon (who falls in love with the donkey, by the way); and finds true love with a quarrelsome princess.

State new-car titles last month rose 23%

posted: 10/27/2011 4:04 a.m.

Arkansas new-vehicle registrations jumped 23 percent in September, the 12th consecutive month that they have improved compared with the same month of the previous year, a Kentucky research firm says.

UALR shortens opera Hansel

posted: 10/27/2011 4:03 a.m.

In the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel,” a trail of bread crumbs threatens to turn into a trail of gingerbread crumbs as a pair of precocious and peripatetic children encounter a forest-dwelling nibble witch looking to bake them into cookies.

Acxiom reports falloff in profit

posted: 10/27/2011 4:03 a.m.

Acxiom Corp. on Wednesday reported quarterly results that beat analysts’ expectations even as profit slid more than 7 percent to $12.3 million compared with a year earlier.

Mates of State’s family plays, stays together

posted: 10/27/2011 4:02 a.m.

If Bill and Hillary Clinton changed careers and became musicians, their search for a catchy name might have led them to consider Mates of State but, alas, that name is already taken. The husband/ wife team of Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner has been calling themselves Mates of State since 1997, back during the Clinton administration.

Pretty Lights to shine in Verizon Arena

posted: 10/27/2011 4:01 a.m.

See the pretty lights, a Pink Floyd concert poster once proclaimed, and that was good enough for Derek Vincent Smith, who, like Sam Beam (Iron & Wine) and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), chose a new name (Pretty Lights) for his career as a performance artist.

Durable-goods orders show vigor

posted: 10/27/2011 4:01 a.m.

Orders for U.S. durable goods other than transportation gear rose in September by the most in six months.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Let’s say sayonara, until you decide which gal you want

posted: 10/27/2011 4 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I’ve been dating a guy for about a month. We both are clear about how much we like each other, and despite living about an hour apart, we’ve spent a considerable amount of time together and talk on the phone almost daily.

Denver’s Monarch buys LR complex

posted: 10/27/2011 3:59 a.m.

A Colorado real-estate investment group has purchased the Block 2 Apartments in downtown Little Rock and plans to acquire other complexes in the city.

Fast Forward

posted: 10/27/2011 3:58 a.m.

NEXT WEEK Rock on: Hatebreed, Five Finger Death Punch and All That Remains will perform at the Metroplex, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $29 in advance, $35 day of show. Call (800) 653-8000.

Boeing 3rd-quarter profit up 31%

posted: 10/27/2011 3:57 a.m.

Boeing reported a $1.1 billion quarterly profit Wednesday that beat expectations because of strong growth in its defense business.


posted: 10/27/2011 3:56 a.m.

Also in entertainment and the arts this weekend: Allen retrospective “Al Allen: A Retrospective,” works by the Arkansas painter who died in 2008, goes on display Friday in the exhibit hall of the William F. Laman Public Library System’s main library, 2801 Orange St., North Little Rock.

With profit off 2%, Ford stock slides

posted: 10/27/2011 3:55 a.m.

With its 10th straight quarterly profit under its belt, Ford Motor Co. is becoming a victim of its own success.

Wal-Mart redirecting fashion focus

posted: 10/27/2011 3:53 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Wednesday that it will close its New York City apparel office as it refocuses on everyday clothing needs at low prices.


posted: 10/27/2011 3:53 a.m.

Art & Exhibits CENTRAL ARKANSAS ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER MacArthur Park, East Ninth and Commerce streets. “Museum School Faculty Exhibition: Past and Present,” through Nov.


posted: 10/27/2011 3:52 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: We usually have a large family gathering every Christmas, but this year one of my cousins isn’t coming because she’s gotten involved in a religious group that says she shouldn’t have anything to do with her family. Is this a cult or something? — C.J.

MARKET REPORT: Again, debt-crisis hope lifts stocks

posted: 10/27/2011 3:51 a.m.

Stock indexes finished higher Wednesday after reports surfaced that China will go to the aid of Europe by investing in a financial-rescue fund.


posted: 10/27/2011 3:51 a.m.

Happy birthday. There will be a healing in your personal life this year. The chapter is complete, and you’ll turn a fresh page. In December, professional changes liven things up. You’ll toy with groovy new ways of doing things, and your playful approach wins applause. You’ll wander a bit in May and June and collect new friends.

Super Quiz: Southeast Asia

posted: 10/27/2011 3:50 a.m.

1. Southeast Asia is east of ———, south of ——— and north of Australia. 2. What is the most widely practiced religion in Southeast Asia? 3. What is the largest country in both area and population? 4. Name at least two countries that were part of the former French Indochina.

Earnings report

posted: 10/27/2011 3:50 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Wednesday included: Corning Inc., the specialty glass and ceramics maker, a profit of $811 million, or 51 cents a share, up from $785 million, or 50 cents a share, a year ago. Revenue jumped 30 percent to $2.08 billion. Shares rose 41 cents to close at $14.13.


posted: 10/27/2011 3:50 a.m.

DEAR READERS: A recent letter from a reader about whether it is fair for a guest to ask a hostess to buy specialty foods struck a chord with you: Frank from Middletown, N.Y., says: “Guests should offer to bring their own foodstuffs. It’s better to be safe than make someone sick.” Gail, via e-mail, says: “My husband has special dietary needs, and I am a vegetarian.


posted: 10/27/2011 3:49 a.m.

The west Little Rock branch of The Faded Rose, 400 N. Bowman Road, Little Rock, was supposed to close this coming Saturday; owner Ed David released a statement saying the economic downturn made it impractical to renew his lease when it expires in November.

Getting it straight

posted: 10/27/2011 3:49 a.m.

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

Business news in brief

posted: 10/27/2011 3:48 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The Boeing bashers, who have been vocal into the quarter, will be disappointed.” Rob Stallard, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets, talking about the financial report released by Boeing Co. on Wednesday Article, 1D


posted: 10/27/2011 3:48 a.m.

Caterpillar: Growth in state considered The chief executive officer of Peoria, Ill.-based Caterpillar Inc. said Wednesday that Arkansas is among states that will be considered for expansion.

this week’s EVENTS

posted: 10/27/2011 3:47 a.m.

ONGOING Museum Schedule CABOT — The Museum of American History at 401 S. Second St. will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4, Nov. 18, Dec. 2 and Dec. 16. Gallery Exhibition BATESVILLE — An art exhibit featuring works by Margaret LeJeune and Dustyn Bork, assistant professors of art at Lyon College, will be on display through Nov. 4 at the Kresge Gallery at Lyon College. TODAY Painting Workshop

Volunteer luncheon set in Heber Springs

posted: 10/27/2011 3:46 a.m.

Volunteers are vital to a community, and if there is a community that knows that, it’s Heber Springs.

Brothers in arms

posted: 10/27/2011 3:45 a.m.

Todd Bell, belly to the ground, shot a 300 Winchester Magnum rifle as Patrick Mc-Carty kept track of each shot toward the 850-yard long-range targets. “That one was off to the left,” Bell said. “Yep,” McCarty replied as he jotted it down in his notebook.

Mayor makes good on campaign promise, honors veterans

posted: 10/27/2011 3:45 a.m.

Doyle Wallace may be the mayor of Bald Knob, but his involvement in a Bald Knob Veterans Memorial is a personal venture.

flavor: Apple Yogurt Cake: A mildly sweet way to bake with apples

posted: 10/27/2011 3:44 a.m.

When I cook, I look for ways to achieve maximum pleasure while minimizing the amount of work, ingredients and inconvenience. The results don’t always bear talking about, but this recipe — oh, this one does. It’s a moist cake with a crumb that’s almost creamy, swirled with cinnamon, and juicy with small bites of apple. It will take you 10 minutes to make, and this recipe never gets old.

Festivals, exhibition offer plenty to do over Halloween weekend

posted: 10/27/2011 3:43 a.m.

October is the perfect time to take in the fall foliage and visit Arkansas State Parks and various festivals. From cave tours to picking pumpkins, the Three Rivers area is filled with plenty to do and see for the whole family. Below are a few late-October events that are listed at

Youth Center worker reaps benefits of helping others

posted: 10/27/2011 3:43 a.m.

Impacting the life of a child in need is important. But for one woman, changing the course of destruction and despair in the lives of hundreds of at-risk children for more than 25 years is a divine mission.

Roasting is the trick for Autumn Harvest Chicken Salad

posted: 10/27/2011 3:42 a.m.

Chicken-salad likes and dislikes can be about as individual as eye color, yet that is the appeal of the dish: You can create, add, take away, or combine just about any flavors and textures to make it your own.

Professor appointed assistant dean for pre-professional programs

posted: 10/27/2011 3:42 a.m.

Debbie Duke was recently appointed assistant dean for pre-professional programs in Hardy University’s College of Sciences.

Science of Songs

posted: 10/27/2011 3:41 a.m.

Last week, 15 students were hard at work in their music class.

Village urban hunt quiet, safe

posted: 10/27/2011 3:40 a.m.

A two week urban deer hunt in Hot Springs Village was uneventful, Village officials said, perhaps even more uneventful than they had planned.

this week’s EVENTS

posted: 10/27/2011 3:39 a.m.

ONGOING Gallery 726 Featured Artist HOT SPRINGS — Gallery 726, at 726 Central Ave., will feature the artwork of Hot Springs Village artist Sue Shields through Monday. “Capturing the Essence” is the theme of her collection of portraiture and figurative work. For more information about her art, visit www.sueshieldsfineart. com.

Golf tourney raises funds for hospital

posted: 10/27/2011 3:39 a.m.

More than 230 golfers helped raise more than $60,000 for Saline Memorial Hospital at the recent Swing Fore Saline Charity golf tournament.

Benton to become Spook City

posted: 10/27/2011 3:38 a.m.

On Saturday as the sun goes down, the streets and shops of downtown Benton will turn into Spook City, a fun and safe environment for Halloween sponsored by the Benton Downtown Merchants Association.

Imagination Library to hold Reindeer Run

posted: 10/27/2011 3:37 a.m.

Registration is under way for the 2011 Reindeer Run for Reading, to be held Nov. 19 at Bishop Park. The race is presented by and will benefit Imagination Library of Saline County, which has enrolled 329 children to date in the program, which promotes early literacy by sending a book a month to the home of children under 5 years old.

flavor: Making ‘risotto’ without rice

posted: 10/27/2011 3:37 a.m.

Not long ago, the traditional Italian rice dish called risotto seemed like the hot new thing. You could find it featured on the menus of every Italian restaurant, even those specializing in regions other than risotto’s northern Italian homeland — not to mention in many non-Italian restaurants. And soon, food lovers were also learning the ins and outs of making risotto perfectly at home.

Roasting is the trick for chicken-salad recipe

posted: 10/27/2011 3:36 a.m.

Chicken-salad likes and dislikes can be about as individual as eye color, yet that is the appeal of the dish: You can create, add, take away, or combine just about any flavors and textures to make it your own.

Fund accepting applications

posted: 10/27/2011 3:35 a.m.

The Central Arkansas Development Council’s Single Parent Scholarship Fund is accepting applications in Clark, Hot Spring and Saline counties. The deadline to apply is Nov. 15.

Outpatient rehab comes to Hot Springs Village

posted: 10/27/2011 3:33 a.m.

St. Joseph’s Mercy continues to expand its services with the addition of outpatient rehabilitation at Mercy Clinic in Hot Springs Village. St. Joseph’s Mercy Outpatient Rehabilitation offers specialized treatment in a variety of areas, including orthopedics, geriatrics, hand therapy, women’s health, sports injuries and sports performance.

Colleges to hold town meeting

posted: 10/27/2011 3:32 a.m.

National Park Community College and Henderson State University will have representatives available to learn what four-year and graduate programs the residents of Hot Springs and surrounding areas would like to have offered in Hot Springs. The meeting will take place from 5:30-7 :30 p.m. Tuesday in the Martin Eisele Auditorium at the Frederick M. Dierks Center for Nursing and Health Sciences, off Rockefeller Drive at NPCC.

OBU brass and percussion ensembles to perform

posted: 10/27/2011 3:32 a.m.

Ouachita Baptist University’s brass and percussion ensembles will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday in McBeth Recital Hall. The free concert is open to the public and will feature the Percussion Ensemble, directed by Ryan Lewis; the Trumpet Ensemble, directed by Craig Hamilton; the Horn Ensemble, directed by Heather Thayer; and the Low Brass Ensemble, directed by Justin Isenhour.

this week’s EVENTS

posted: 10/27/2011 3:30 a.m.

TODAY Ghost Stories and S’mores CONWAY — Teens and tweens are invited to listen to ghost stories and make s’mores from 7:30-10 :30 p.m. at the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St.. This is a drop-in event and is free. For more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482.

Funding extended for Talent Search program

posted: 10/27/2011 3:29 a.m.

Henderson State University’s Talent Search program, which provides intervention services for middle and high school students who aspire to continue their education beyond high school, has received refunding of more than $1 million over five years.

going green

posted: 10/27/2011 3:29 a.m.

Students, faculty and the community gathered at Dover Elementary School on Friday to celebrate Columbus, Shady, Oakie Dokie, Treasure Tree and Shadow.

Heber Springs sets luncheon for area volunteers

posted: 10/27/2011 3:26 a.m.

Volunteers are vital to a community, and if there is a community that knows that, it’s Heber Springs.

Writer to visit University of Central Arkansas

posted: 10/27/2011 3:25 a.m.

Creative writer Heather Sellers will visit the University of Central Arkansas as artist in residence Nov. 8 and 9.

Acxiom pledges $200,000 to UCA’s computer-science program

posted: 10/27/2011 3:24 a.m.

University of Central Arkansas Interim President Tom Courtway announced earlier this month that Acxiom Corp. has pledged $200,000 over the next five years in support of the university’s department of computer science.

flavor: Making ‘risotto’ without rice

posted: 10/27/2011 3:24 a.m.

Not long ago, the traditional Italian rice dish called risotto seemed like the hot new thing. You could find it featured on the menus of every Italian restaurant, even those specializing in regions other than risotto’s northern Italian homeland — not to mention in many non-Italian restaurants.

Apple Yogurt Cake is mildly sweet

posted: 10/27/2011 3:23 a.m.

When I cook, I look for ways to achieve maximum pleasure while minimizing the amount of work, ingredients and inconvenience. The results don’t always bear talking about, but this recipe — oh, this one does. It’s a moist cake with a crumb that’s almost creamy, swirled with cinnamon, and juicy with small bites of apple. It will take you 10 minutes to make, and this recipe never gets old.

Church Women United sets World Community Day

posted: 10/27/2011 3:22 a.m.

Church Women United will hold its World Community Day at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 4 at First United Methodist Church, 1610 Prince St.

Walk for Payne benefit slated for Nov. 12

posted: 10/27/2011 3:22 a.m.

The Vilonia High School chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, with the help of other school clubs, is organizing the Walk for Payne to be held Nov. 12 at the VHS track. Students, teachers, friends and others are invited to walk in support of Angela Payne, a VHS junior who recently underwent surgery in her latest battle with cancer.

Light display preparation to affect park gate

posted: 10/27/2011 3:21 a.m.

Preparation for the annual Winter Wonderland Christmas light display at Pleasant View Park will begin Tuesday. During this time, the main gate at Pleasant View Park will be locked. Parking for walk-in access is available off Pleasant View Road. For more information, call the Recreation and Parks Department at (479) 968-1272.

ATU board selects firm for residence hall construction

posted: 10/27/2011 3:10 a.m.

Van Horn Construction of Russellville was selected to build a $10.1 million residence hall scheduled to open in fall 2013 at Arkansas Tech University.

Film scholar to visit Hendrix College, discuss Columbo and crime television

posted: 10/27/2011 3:10 a.m.

Amelie Hastie, a scholar of film and television, will give a lecture about the television series Columbo as part of the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language series exploring the theme “Crime.” The talk will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in Reves Recital Hall at Hendrix College. A book signing and reception will follow in Trieschmann Gallery. The event is free and open to the public.

Wagner’s Siegfried to continue Met series

posted: 10/27/2011 3:07 a.m.

A new production of Wagner’s Siegfried will continue the 2011-12 season of Captured Live from the Met at the University of Central Arkansas at 2 p.m. Nov. 6.

ACTS Jr. to perform ‘Once Upon a Time’

posted: 10/27/2011 3:07 a.m.

The Community Connections theater program ACTS Jr. will hold its fall performance, “Once Upon a Time,” at 6:30 Nov. 11 at New Life Church, 633 S. Country Club Road.

One for the Table:: Autumn Harvest Chicken Salad

posted: 10/27/2011 3:06 a.m.

Chicken-salad likes and dislikes can be about as individual as eye color, yet that is the appeal of the dish: You can create, add, take away, or combine just about any flavors and textures to make it your own.

Color Fest features area artists

posted: 10/27/2011 3:05 a.m.

The staff of the Ponca Elk Education Center is holding Color Fest 2011, a public outdoor fine-art exhibition featuring Arkansas artists. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Maumelle residents celebrate Arbor Day

posted: 10/27/2011 3:05 a.m.

Trees are a big deal in Maumelle.

Wednesday, October 26

VIDEO: Nina, Pinta replicas dock in Pine Bluff

posted: 10/26/2011 8:13 p.m.

A piece of Christopher Columbus has landed in Arkansas.

What was your best Christmas ever?

posted: 10/26/2011 5:46 p.m.

We know that the holidays are a special time of year. Maybe even the most wonderful time of the year, if you believe crooner Andy Williams.

Rain postpones World Series Game 6

posted: 10/26/2011 4:35 p.m.

Game 6 of the World Series was postponed Wednesday because of a wet forecast, delaying the Texas Rangers' bid to clinch their first championship.

Pryor releases holds on Treasury nominees

posted: 10/26/2011 2:54 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor says he’s no longer blocking the Treasury Department’s nominees after the agency reached an agreement with an Arkansas couple who received disaster aid the Federal Emergency Management Agency now calls improper.

Groups file new petition to stop SWEPCO coal plant

posted: 10/26/2011 1:10 p.m.

Opponents of a $2.1 billion power plant in southwestern Arkansas want the state Public Service Commission to stop construction of the plant.

UPDATE: Douglas Found Not Guilty

updated: 10/26/2011 1:49 p.m.

A jury has found Raymond Douglas not guilty of first-degree murder. Douglas looked up at the ceiling and gave a thumbs up sign as the verdict was read. His sister, who was sitting several rows behind him, fell to the floor, crying. Ronald Davis Jr., the Little Rock attorney who represented Douglas, described his client as “overwhelmed” by the jury’s verdict.

Man linked to Ohio State scandal sentenced to prison

posted: 10/26/2011 12:36 p.m.

A federal judge on Wednesday handed down a three-year sentence to the tattoo parlor owner whose purchase of Ohio State University football memorabilia triggered a far-reaching football scandal and an ongoing NCAA investigation.

Man thought to be Gacy victim found alive

posted: 10/26/2011 12:13 p.m.

Siblings who feared that their brother was one of serial killer John Wayne Gacy’s eight unidentified victims were amazed and overjoyed to learn that he’s been living in Florida for decades.

Beebe says Obama won't win Arkansas in 2012

updated: 10/26/2011 2:01 p.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe says he doesn’t expect President Barack Obama to win Arkansas’ six electoral votes next year and said he’ll “probably” vote for the fellow Democrat.

Coroner: Amy Winehouse died from too much alcohol

posted: 10/26/2011 11:49 a.m.

Amy Winehouse died with lethal amounts of alcohol in her blood — more than five times the British drunk driving limit, a British coroner ruled Wednesday.

Sheley asks for new trial in Galesburg conviction

posted: 10/26/2011 11:41 a.m.

Convicted killer Nicholas Sheley has asked for a new trial in the first of eight murder cases against him to go to court because he believes a judge improperly allowed jurors to see crime-scene and autopsy photos.

Ford 3Q profit falls 2% to $1.6 billion

posted: 10/26/2011 11:35 a.m.

Ford Motor Co.’s third quarter profit dropped slightly as the company took a charge for hedging on commodities. But sales rose and the results beat Wall Street’s forecasts.

Turkish leader pledges action on illegal housing

posted: 10/26/2011 11:34 a.m.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the government will take action to make sure that illegal buildings and squatter homes are destroyed after an earthquake collapsed poorly made buildings, killing hundreds.

Being green

posted: 10/26/2011 11:27 a.m.

A disgruntled, bad-tempered, swamp-dwelling ogre reluctantly becomes a knight-errant to reclaim the deed to his land, and discovers along the way true friendship — albeit with an annoying wise-cracking donkey; fights a fearsome dragon (who falls in love with the donkey, by the way); and finds true love with a quarrelsome princess. It’s not just the stuff of hit animated films any more, Eric E. Harrison writes in Thursday’s Arkansas Weekend section.

Student accused of threatening teacher, brandishing knife

posted: 10/26/2011 11:12 a.m.

A 12-year-old student at Simon Intermediate School in Conway is accused of shaking a pocketknife while threatening to kill his teacher.

Public meeting set on Cantrell Road widening

posted: 10/26/2011 10:18 a.m.

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department has set a public meeting for next week to discuss revised plans for widening part of Cantrell Road in Little Rock.

Dispute with Muslim workers at Tyson plant managed

posted: 10/26/2011 10:05 a.m.

A dispute over prayer time for Muslim workers at a Tyson Food plant in Noel has been tentatively resolved.

Pine Bluff shootings leave 1 dead, 1 injured

posted: 10/26/2011 9:50 a.m.

A man was shot dead Tuesday night in Pine Bluff, making it the city's 12th homicide of 2011, police say.

Atlanta police arrest Wall Street protesters

updated: 10/26/2011 11:32 a.m.

With helicopters hovering overhead, police moved into a downtown Atlanta park and arrested around 50 Occupy Wall Street protesters who had been encamped there for about two weeks early Wednesday.


posted: 10/26/2011 9:09 a.m.

Henson family grateful

Judge dismisses ex-Garland mayor’s civil lawsuits

posted: 10/26/2011 9:06 a.m.

A federal judge has dismissed lawsuits filed by a convicted former Arkansas mayor against various state and federal officials and members of the media.

Police say teen accidentally killed by father

posted: 10/26/2011 9:04 a.m.

Police in Harrisburg say a 19-year-old man died after accidentally being shot by his father.

Suspect in custody in NLR homicide

posted: 10/26/2011 8:19 a.m.

Police say a suspect is in custody in the fatal shooting of a woman early Wednesday in North Little Rock.

UA poll shows economy top concern in state

posted: 10/26/2011 7:59 a.m.

Arkansans are concerned about the economy but are still optimistic about the direction of the state, according to results of the latest Arkansas Poll.

Acxiom revenue up, earnings down in second quarter

posted: 10/26/2011 7:24 a.m.

Acxiom said Wednesday that its revenue and income from operations were both up in the second quarter compared to the same period last year.

Man finds skull in Sebastian County creek

posted: 10/26/2011 6:33 a.m.

Sebastian County authorities say a human skull has been found in a creek near Jenny Lind.

Pine Bluff Dollarway forfeits 4 victories

posted: 10/26/2011 5:37 a.m.

Pine Bluff Dollarway has forfeited four victories this fall, including three in the 8-4 A Conference, because of an ineligible player, Coach Cortez Lee said Tuesday afternoon. Lee said school officials became aware of a potential problem Friday morning, and the player was held out of Friday night’s 32-27 victory over Hamburg.

Europe’s crisis fix on debt in doubt

posted: 10/26/2011 5:24 a.m.

A plan to resolve Europe’s escalating debt crisis was in doubt Tuesday after officials said key parts of the package may not be ready in time for a leaders’ summit today.

Gadhafi prayed over by a nephew, buried in unmarked grave

posted: 10/26/2011 5:06 a.m.

Moammar Gadhafi, the dictator who ruled Libya for 42 years, was buried early Tuesday in an unmarked grave with only a few people allowed to attend. The modest Islamic ceremony closed the book on the eight-month civil war that ousted him and ended in the gruesome spectacle of people lining up for days to view his decomposing corpse on display in a cold-storage unit.

Saleh, again, promises to resign

posted: 10/26/2011 5 a.m.

Yemen’s president called in the U.S. ambassador Tuesday and told him he would sign a deal to step down, a U.S. official said. President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has made that pledge several times before, spoke as violence shook his capital.

Perry floats flat-tax idea with briefer filing form

posted: 10/26/2011 4:56 a.m.

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has proposed a tax overhaul that would cut corporate rates and give individuals the option of paying a 20 percent flat tax on income.

Toll at 459, Turks taking all aid

posted: 10/26/2011 4:56 a.m.

Turkey set aside its national pride on Tuesday and said it would accept international aid offers as the death toll from Sunday’s 7.2-magnitude quake climbed to at least 459.

Of school choice and Tim Tebow

posted: 10/26/2011 4:55 a.m.

A couple dozen school superintendents whose districts are part of the Western Arkansas Educational Cooperative were having their annual retreat last week at DeGray Lodge.

Truck bomb kills 5 in Afghanistan

posted: 10/26/2011 4:53 a.m.

Afghan health officials say a bomb hidden in a fuel truck killed at least five people in a central province just north of Kabul.

Leno hosts jokester in chief

posted: 10/26/2011 4:53 a.m.

President Barack Obama is waiting for the Republican presidential field to narrow itself down Survivor-style before he starts paying attention to the contenders running to replace him, he said.

In swap, Israel gets 1, Egypt gets 25

posted: 10/26/2011 4:52 a.m.

Israel on Tuesday officially approved a deal to swap 25 Egyptian prisoners for a U.S.-Israeli citizen arrested in Egypt four months ago on accusations of espionage.

5 NYC officers arrested in gun-smuggling case

posted: 10/26/2011 4:51 a.m.

Five New York Police Department officers smuggled firearms and slot machines they thought were stolen and some even used bolt cutters to pilfer hundreds of boxes of cigarettes from tractor-trailers as part of a 12-person theft ring that was under federal surveillance the entire time, authorities said Tuesday.

Males ages 11-21 should get HPV shots, panel recommends

posted: 10/26/2011 4:50 a.m.

The HPV shot given to girls should also be given to boys, in part to help prevent the spread of the virus through sex, a government medical panel said Tuesday.

5 indicted in Iran exports case

posted: 10/26/2011 4:50 a.m.

Five people and four companies have been indicted on charges of plotting to export 6,000 radio-control devices to Iran, including 16 of the items that were found in improvised explosive devices in Iraq, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

Occupiers in California city routed, 85 arrested

posted: 10/26/2011 4:49 a.m.

Police in riot gear cleared anti-Wall Street protesters from the front of Oakland’s City Hall on Tuesday morning, leaving a sea of overturned tents, protest signs and trash strewn across the plaza.

Defense: Detail detainee fate

posted: 10/26/2011 4:48 a.m.

A detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, can be executed if he’s convicted of a capital crime and kept forever if he’s acquitted. Defense attorneys for the next accused terrorist to be tried at Guantanamo Bay want jurors told this from the start.

Armoring service raided in Mexico

posted: 10/26/2011 4:46 a.m.

The Mexican army says it has found an auto shop that makes vehicles bullet-resistant for drug gangs.

No N. Korea deal, but progress seen

posted: 10/26/2011 4:46 a.m.

An intensive round of talks between the United States and North Korea over Pyongyang’s nuclear program ended Tuesday without a deal to resume formal negotiations, but top diplomats from both sides reported progress on the steps that will be needed to finally get there.

Ex-king speaks, draws applause

posted: 10/26/2011 4:45 a.m.

A former king stripped of his citizenship for fleeing a brutal communist dictatorship was applauded by the Romanian parliament Tuesday as he made his first address to the chamber in 65 years.

Flooding halts flights in Bangkok

posted: 10/26/2011 4:45 a.m.

Advancing flood waters in Thailand breached barriers protecting Bangkok’s second-largest airport Tuesday, halting commercial flights, as the prime minister warned that the capital could be swamped by up to 5 feet of water if flood walls fail.

Leading Tunisia party talking coalition

posted: 10/26/2011 4:44 a.m.

The moderate Islamist party that appears to have won Tunisia’s landmark elections was in talks with rivals Tuesday about forming an interim coalition government to lead the birthplace of the Arab Spring through its transition to democracy.

In the news

posted: 10/26/2011 4:42 a.m.

Jay Garfield and Jim Henle, professors at Smith College, played a trick to liven up their introductory class in logic, but their hoax that the Massachusetts campus was going vegetarian and would only buy food from local growers sparked protests at the women’s college and even got the two pranksters fired — although the latter was just President Carol Christ’s little joke.

Names and faces

posted: 10/26/2011 4:42 a.m.

Jack Hanna has urged a state panel to draw up strict rules for owning exotic animals in Ohio, where a man set loose more than 50 creatures last week and then killed himself — but the TV personality has stopped short of advocating a complete ban on such animals. Hanna, the former Columbus Zoo director, said he told a working committee during its closed meeting Monday that Ohio must make sure that what just happened never happens again.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/26/2011 4:41 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The net benefit will be more money in Americans’ pockets, with greater investment in the private economy instead of the federal government.” Rick Perry, Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate, on his proposed tax overhaul offering an optional 20 percent flat tax on income Article, 3A

Occupy LR shifts camp to new site

posted: 10/26/2011 4:41 a.m.

To avoid violating city ordinances and antagonizing city authorities, participants in the Occupy Little Rock movement took down their tents early Tuesday afternoon and moved out of Clinton Presidential Park.

The world in brief

posted: 10/26/2011 4:40 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are still hurting. I am still feeling that six months of my life.Yes, they should kill him.” Muhammad al-Jady, a 53-year-old Libyan, on the death of former-dictator Moammar Gadhafi after months of civil war Article, 1A

Big reputations made in Series

posted: 10/26/2011 4:39 a.m.

Albert Pujols made the first big dent in this World Series, then it was Mike Napoli’s turn. Bases loaded, eighth inning, tie game. A ballpark full of fans on their feet, “Nap-Oh-Lee” flashing on the scoreboard, crowd chanting his name.

Report: Big 12 gets going

posted: 10/26/2011 4:38 a.m.

The Big 12 has approved bringing in West Virginia to replace Missouri when the Tigers complete their move to the SEC, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

UCA trip had a Cancun end

posted: 10/26/2011 4:37 a.m.

Former University of Central Arkansas President Allen Meadors and a longtime colleague spent two nights in Cancun, Mexico, at UCA expense during the time they had planned to visit a Mexican college more than 200 miles from the resort coastal town.

La Russa pays for poor call

posted: 10/26/2011 4:36 a.m.

Bobby Valentine thought about the bizarre events he had seen in Game 5 of the World Series, when 19thcentury technology fouled up Tony La Russa and the St. Louis Cardinals.

VIDEO: School-choice forum draws 300

updated: 10/26/2011 12:14 p.m.

The issue of school choice and its effect on traditional public schools — particularly in regard to open-enrollment charter schools and the Little Rock School District — was at the center of a spirited town hall meeting attended by about 300 people Tuesday night at Philander Smith College.

LIKE IT IS: Great debate leads to great Hall of Fame

posted: 10/26/2011 4:34 a.m.

It is, without a doubt, the most interesting meeting of the year for the board of directors of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Switch tosses curve to firm, tobacco panel

posted: 10/26/2011 4:33 a.m.

When the Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission chose a new company to evaluate its programs, nobody told the RAND Corporation, the company that has served in this role since the commission was established.

HOG CALLS: Assume at your own risk with Vandy

posted: 10/26/2011 4:32 a.m.

Call it Assumption Junction, the misdirected tracks where sure-thing expresses derail.

Board delays watershed vote

posted: 10/26/2011 4:32 a.m.

Amid cheers and applause from aggravated residents, the Pulaski County Planning Board postponed a vote on a proposed land-use plan for the Lake Maumelle Watershed until its November meeting at the earliest.

Kept lid on ’96 murder, jury hears ex-wife say

posted: 10/26/2011 4:30 a.m.

Reta Flowers switched from tearful to surly and back again during two hours of testimony Tuesday in the second trial of her ex-husband, who is accused of killing her mother.

LR directors OK redrawn districts despite dissent

posted: 10/26/2011 4:29 a.m.

Several neighborhoods west of Interstate 430 will find themselves in a new ward next year and a handful of resident associations will be split under changes to Little Rock’s ward boundaries approved Tuesday, despite requests from residents for more time and tweaks.

NO. 10 ARKANSAS AT VANDERBILT: Looking for a late push

posted: 10/26/2011 4:28 a.m.

Arkansas ignited its running game for 206 yards and three touchdowns behind Dennis Johnson in its 29-24 victory at Ole Miss last week.

Motion: Allow Prempro jurors to discuss trial

posted: 10/26/2011 4:27 a.m.

On Tuesday, just five days after a federal jury rejected a Marmaduke woman’s claims that Wyeth Pharmaceuticals failed to issue adequate warnings about the breast-cancer risks associated with Prempro, attorneys sought permission to discuss the trial with jurors.

Site in PB will get Civil War marker

posted: 10/26/2011 4:26 a.m.

An Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial historical marker has been approved to be erected in Jefferson County, it was announced this week.

Man gets last chance to stay out of prison

posted: 10/26/2011 4:26 a.m.

A 21-year-old Little Rock man who killed a friend in a 2009 alcohol-related car crash got his “last chance” Tuesday to stay out of prison from a Pulaski County circuit judge who imposed a six-year suspended sentence because he violated terms of his release from prison.

Prison inmate joins general population

posted: 10/26/2011 4:24 a.m.

As part of a settlement in a lawsuit, the Arkansas Department of Correction agreed to move an inmate at a state prison from a maximum-security single-man cell into the general prison population.

Siloam Springs Advances

posted: 10/26/2011 4:23 a.m.

Siloam Springs left the door open a crack for Magnolia and then promptly slammed it shut.

LISA Academy debuts new $6 million campus building

posted: 10/26/2011 4:22 a.m.

Little Rock’s newest public high school building has enabled the city’s oldest charter school to meet its state-set enrollment cap of 600 students this year, with room to grow later to 1,000, LISA Academy Superintendent Cuneyt Akdemir said Tuesday.

COMMENTARY: Rangers embracing Year of Napoli

posted: 10/26/2011 4:22 a.m.

The Texas Rangers’ No. 7 hitter carried the team through the American League Championship Series.

STATE VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENTS: Late rally propels Northside

posted: 10/26/2011 4:21 a.m.

Fort Smith Northside rallied from a 2-1 game deficit and then survived four match points to eliminate Mount St. Mary 3-2 in Tuesday’s opening round of the Class 7A state volleyball tournament at Buzz Bolding Arena.

Gunfire that killed son called accident

posted: 10/26/2011 4:20 a.m.

Authorities say a Harrisburg man accidentally shot his 19-year-old son to death.

High marks for Stricklen

posted: 10/26/2011 4:20 a.m.

Expectations have always been high for Shekinna Stricklen.

Victim of beating in Jonesboro dies

posted: 10/26/2011 4:19 a.m.

Jonesboro police say a man who was found beaten and unconscious on a city street has died.

Game pits youth vs. experience

posted: 10/26/2011 4:18 a.m.

Experience will go against youth when Arkansas plays its Red-White basketball game at 3 p.m. Sunday in Walton Arena.

CLASS 6A: Lake Hamilton recovers

posted: 10/26/2011 4:17 a.m.

Lake Hamilton found the first round of the Class 6A volleyball state tournament a little tougher than it thought it was going to be as the Lady Wolves needed four games to defeat Little Rock Parkview 25-11, 25-12, 14-25, 25-10 on Tuesday at Mountain Home High School.

Magnolia selects next police chief

posted: 10/26/2011 4:17 a.m.

A longtime Arkansas State Police trooper has been selected as the next police chief in Magnolia.

Northside receiver grabs receptions record

posted: 10/26/2011 4:16 a.m.

Keeping up with this Jones is easier now.

Bail set at $2 million in slaying, chase

posted: 10/26/2011 4:16 a.m.

A judge on Tuesday set bail at $2 million for a Little Rock man accused of fatally shooting another man Monday evening and then fleeing from officers with a 2-year old boy in the vehicle.

Foley, UALR picked high

posted: 10/26/2011 4:15 a.m.

UALR women’s basketball Coach Joe Foley hinted Tuesday there might have been outside influence behind his peers picking his squad finish third in the Sun Belt Conference West Division.

Veterans Hospital to hold health fair

posted: 10/26/2011 4:15 a.m.

A health fair for women veterans will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday at the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock.

High school football report

posted: 10/26/2011 4:14 a.m.

Dollarway forfeits four games Pine Bluff Dollarway has forfeited four victories this fall, including three in the 8-4 A, because of an ineligible player, Cardinals Coach Cortez Lee said Tuesday afternoon.

Man, 20, arrested on robbery charge

posted: 10/26/2011 4:14 a.m.

Police said Tuesday that they arrested a Searcy man on an aggravated robbery charge in the weekend shooting death of a janitor.

Police beat

posted: 10/26/2011 4:13 a.m.

Man wanted in four robberies Authorities were searching for a man Tuesday night who police said was involved in three Little Rock robberies in the past three days and is also wanted in a North Little Rock bank holdup.

Daily record

posted: 10/26/2011 4:10 a.m.

Meeting announcements published exclusively on Arkansas Online, the newspaper’s website, can be found at meetings/. An electronic form is available on the website to submit support group meeting announcements or changes. Readers can access that form by going to www2.arkansasonline. com/contact/supportgroupform/ and submitting the appropriate information.


posted: 10/26/2011 4:10 a.m.

OBITUARIES 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: 10/26/2011 4:09 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: Roosevelt Road North Little Rock: Mission Road Pulaski County: Oak Grove Road

Grover C. Bolin Sr.: Railroad worker had athlete’s scars

posted: 10/26/2011 4:08 a.m.

When Grover C. Bolin Sr. was a child, he’d often hop a train, but wouldn’t bother getting a ticket.


posted: 10/26/2011 4:07 a.m.

Trailblazer in artificial intelligence John McCarthy, a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence and professor emeritus at Stanford University, has died at age 84.

Other days

posted: 10/26/2011 4:06 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 26, 1911 In a minute examination of the city records this morning it was found that at the present time Argenta has about 25 miles of concrete sidewalks and the citizens are daily asking City Clerk Gurlach for individual permits to do their own work without having to form an improvement district, many of the streets have been entirely paved with sidewalks on both sides by the citizens on their own accord and of course for their own advantage.

EDITORIALS: Endangered species

posted: 10/26/2011 4:06 a.m.

“But it saddens to see the Blue Dogs in Congress becoming fewer and fewer. Over in Oklahoma, Dan Boren—another Blue Dog congressman—has announced he’s not going to run for re-election, either. Considering the popularity of this Democratic president, maybe these Democratic congressmen just see the writing on the wall. Or maybe they really are sick of Washington’s games and constant rudeness. Who wouldn’t be? Also, couldn’t they be sick of both their party and life (such as it is) in Washington?”

In death, chance for new life

posted: 10/26/2011 4:05 a.m.

Just as the fall of Hosni Mubarak and the death of Saddam Hussein ended chapters of despotism in their countries, Moammar Gadhafi’s death will allow Libya to move forward.

OTHERS SAY: A Libya, NATO triumph

posted: 10/26/2011 4:04 a.m.

Few if any tears are being shed for Moammar Gadhafi, however bloody his end. He was a brutal despot and international terrorist whose four decades of murderous rule over Libya lasted far too long.

The sound of music

posted: 10/26/2011 4:03 a.m.

I was just a bystander and had nothing to do with it. That much should be made clear from the first. Yes, it was a most improbable occurrence. But I can testify it took place. I was there. And was as awestruck as everybody else.

A void in Fordyce

posted: 10/26/2011 4:01 a.m.

It was bad news last month when this newspaper reported on its front page that the Klappenbach Bakery was closing its doors in Fordyce. For 36 years, the bakery had graced the downtown of the Dallas County seat. After Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, it was the thing people most associated with Fordyce.

SWAC staggers fight suspensions

posted: 10/26/2011 4 a.m.

Repercussions from a postgame fight with Southern University of Baton Rouge won’t be felt as harshly for Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday.

More Brummett

posted: 10/26/2011 4 a.m.

In addition to the columns published regularly on the Voices page on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, John Brummett will write a fourth column each week that will be available to subscribers online each Wednesday. Read more at

Mega Millions

posted: 10/26/2011 3:58 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 13-33-40-44-46 Mega Ball: 8 Estimated jackpot: $57 million Megaplier: 4

Graduation rates improving at UA

posted: 10/26/2011 3:58 a.m.

A greater number of University of Arkansas athletes graduated based on an NCAA snapshot serving as an academic barometer of a program’s success, according to NCAA data released Tuesday.

Getting it straight

posted: 10/26/2011 3:58 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.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/26/2011 3:54 a.m.

NBA fans let down by owners Miami Hearld columnist Dan LeBatard may have a show on ESPN2 calling himself highly questionable, but when it comes to the NBA’s labor negotiations, LeBatard said recently it’s the NBA owners’ tactics that are highly questionable.

Off the wire

posted: 10/26/2011 3:53 a.m.

BASKETBALL Players proposed cap move The NBA players’ association, not Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, proposed the elimination of the salary cap during negotiations aimed at ending months of labor strife, a league official said Tuesday. NBA senior vice president Mike Bass said union executive director Billy Hunter made “several misstatements” during an hour-long podcast with on Monday. Among them was the revelation of the salary cap plan, which Bass said was actually an exception to the cap, not the elimination of it.

Unilever adds 125 jobs in Jonesboro

posted: 10/26/2011 3:53 a.m.

Unilever, one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies, will add about 125 jobs at its plant in Jonesboro and invest $40 million for improvements at the 500,000-square-foot operation, the Netherlands-based company said Tuesday.

Consumer mood sags in October

posted: 10/26/2011 3:51 a.m.

Consumer confidence in the U.S. unexpectedly sank in October and home prices stagnated in August, reports showed Tuesday.

Cabot OK’d to drill in state

posted: 10/26/2011 3:49 a.m.

Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., which has been fined hundreds of thousands of dollars in Pennsylvania after the contamination of water supplies, is joining the search for oil in south Arkansas.

State sports briefs

posted: 10/26/2011 3:48 a.m.

MOTOR SPORTS Advance tickets remain for STN Advance three-day passes for this weekend’s Comp Cams Short Track Nationals at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway will remain on sale through today, according to track spokesman Tracey Clay. Three-day passes are $45 for the event, which will be held Thursday-Saturday and is expected to draw more than 100 of the nation’s top sprint car teams. They may be purchased at the track ticket office, by calling the track at (501) 455-4567 or you can e-mail your name and credit card information to racing@I-30

3rd-quarter profit for UPS rises 5%; forecast kept flat

posted: 10/26/2011 3:47 a.m.

UPS Inc. on Tuesday said the global economy is leveling off, as growth in Europe and some U.S. units make up for sluggishness in the once-hot market for Asian imports.

Scores and schedules

posted: 10/26/2011 3:47 a.m.

CLASS 7A At Conway TUESDAY’S RESULTS Fort Smith Northside def. Mount St. Mary 3-2 (25-15, 17-25, 15-25, 25-22, 17-15 ) Fort Smith Southside def. LR Hall 3-0 (25-4, 25-11, 25-12 ) Rogers def. North Little Rock 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-20 ) Springdale Har-Ber def. West Memphis 3-0 (25-13, 25-11, 25-8 ) TODAY’S GAMES Fayetteville vs. Fort Smith Northside, noon Bryant vs. Fort Smith Southside, 2 p.m. Conway vs. Springdale Har-Ber, 4 p.m. Bentonville vs. Rogers, 6 p.m.

Delta below estimates in 3rd quarter

posted: 10/26/2011 3:45 a.m.

Higher fuel prices and weak passenger traffic caused Delta Airlines to post a smaller than-expected profit in the third quarter.

Razorbacks report

posted: 10/26/2011 3:44 a.m.

QBs get air time on ESPN — The Arkansas edition of ESPN’s documentary series Depth Chart will air at 6 p.m. today.

Insurer bets on private job-loss coverage

posted: 10/26/2011 3:42 a.m.

Yes, the government provides unemployment insurance, but is there a market for private unemployment insurance?

Earnings report

posted: 10/26/2011 3:40 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings on Tuesday included: Peabody Energy Corp., the coal-mining giant, a profit of $274.1 million, or $1 a share, up from $224.1 million, or 83 cents a share, a year ago. Revenue rose 9 percent to $2.04 billion. Shares fell $1.28 to close at $39.66.

Friday’s games

posted: 10/26/2011 3:40 a.m.

CLASS 7A/6A 7A/6A-CENTRAL Bryant at North Little Rock, 7 p.m. LR Catholic at LR Central, 7 p.m. Russellville at Conway, 7 p.m. Van Buren at Cabot, 7 p.m. 7A-WEST Fayetteville at Springdale Har-Ber, 7:30 p.m. FS Northside at Rogers, 7:30 p.m. Rogers Heritage at FS Southside, 7:30 p.m. Springdale at Bentonville, 7:30 p.m. 7A/6A-EAST Jacksonville at West Memphis, 7 p.m. Jonesboro at Marion, 7 p.m. LR Hall at Searcy, 7 p.m. Mountain Home at LR Parkview, 7 p.m. 6A-SOUTH El Dorado at Benton, 7 p.m. LR Fair at Sheridan, 7 p.m. Pine Bluff at LR McClellan, 7 p.m. Texarkana at Lake Hamilton, 7 p.m.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks fall on lowered forecasts

posted: 10/26/2011 3:39 a.m.

Stocks closed with steep losses Tuesday after disappointing corporate earnings and reports that a key meeting of European financial ministers had been canceled. Assets that tend to hold their value in a weak economy like U.S. government debt and gold rose.

Business news in brief

posted: 10/26/2011 3:38 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s not good for confidence when people see their main asset, their homes, decline in value. Our best-case scenario is we’ll muddle through.” Yelena Shulyatyeva, a U.S. economist at BNP Paribas Article, 1D


posted: 10/26/2011 3:37 a.m.

Wal-Mart reviewing procedures in China Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is reviewing management procedures at its stores in China as it reopened outlets in Chongqing after officials ordered all 13 in the city closed for two weeks for mislabeling ordinary pork as organic.

Post-trick treats

posted: 10/26/2011 3:36 a.m.

For many, the scariest part of Halloween is the full bowl of candy.

FRONT BURNER: Paprika spices up never-ending dish

posted: 10/26/2011 3:33 a.m.

Frequent readers are probably aware of my weakness for bacon and tomatoes.

Cooking for two: Skillet fajitas hit plates in just a jiffy

posted: 10/26/2011 3:32 a.m.

Firing up the grill for just half a pound of chicken is a lot of time and energy for a weeknight. So we turn to the trusted skillet for this fajita recipe.

Lentil, sweet potato salad screams ‘autumn is here’

posted: 10/26/2011 3:30 a.m.

Here, the sweet potato balances the earthiness of the lentils, and the maple syrup vinaigrette provides a seasonal complement.

7day menu planner

posted: 10/26/2011 3:29 a.m.

SUNDAY: Make the day special for the family with grilled sirloin steaks for dinner. Pair the steaks with colorful Edamame, Red Pepper and Ginger Salad (see recipe). Alongside, add mixed greens and rolls. Enjoy lemon sherbet for dessert. Plan ahead: Grill 1 pound extra steak and save any edamame salad for Monday.

IDEA ALLEY: Pumpkin pie goes together in a jiffy

posted: 10/26/2011 3:27 a.m.

Not all recipes that appear in Idea Alley have been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Dracula Denture cookies should bring lots of smiles

posted: 10/26/2011 3:25 a.m.

The best Halloween treats are often the ones that strike the right balance between scary and cute. As is the case with these sandwich cookies from Nestle. The recipe was a finalist in Nestle’s 2010 Spooktacular Baking Contest on Facebook.

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: V8 smoothies are lush fruit, vegetable blends

posted: 10/26/2011 3:24 a.m.

V8’s new V-Fusion Smoothies are a delicious treat for folks who want to get their vegetables in without chewing them. They’re thicker than the V-Fusion juices, and contain no added sugars, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.


posted: 10/26/2011 3:21 a.m.

Tongs are convenient. But they’re not right for every job. Sometimes you not only need to grab, you need to grab a bundle. Enter the Snapi. This clam shell-shaped serving utensil dishes up foods like corn on the cob and pasta with equal ease. Made of dishwasher-safe polymers, the Snapi features a hard plastic exterior and a soft grip base for one-handed use. The spring-loaded grabber locks for storage and comes in four colors : blue, green, red and white.

UNCORKED: Results of tough wine-pasta trials

posted: 10/26/2011 3:19 a.m.

I think we all assume pasta and wine are a straightforward pairing. Pick an Italian wine and the match should work. Over the past few weeks I have experimented with different pasta and wine combinations. It was arduous work but somebody had to do it.


posted: 10/26/2011 3:17 a.m.

COOKBOOK SIGNING Whitney Miller, cookbook author and Masterchef, is making the rounds in central Arkansas this week.

Slim pickings

posted: 10/26/2011 3:16 a.m.

WHAT: Morningstar Farms vegetarian breakfast biscuits STATS: The biscuits contain 270 calories and 8 fat grams. Sold in the freezer section in boxes of three.


posted: 10/26/2011 3:15 a.m.

Happy birthday. Even if you didn’t think you would be where you are at this time, rest assured your life is unfolding right on schedule. Many instances of serendipitous good fortune will prove that to you this year. Someone you meet in November becomes a partner of sorts. Investments pay in January and July.

Super myth

posted: 10/26/2011 3:14 a.m.

Consider the idea of the “supermom ” — a woman who seemingly has it all and has it all together. She works a full-time job, shuttles kids to and from school and extracurricular activities (on time, no less), cheers them on at soccer matches and baseball games, serves home-cooked dinners, dresses impeccably, keeps her home in tip-top, company’s-coming shape and maybe even sews Halloween costumes, whips up birthday cupcakes and designs Valentine’s cards for her offspring’s entire class.

HEART & SOUL: Tips tip pays off for getter and giver

posted: 10/26/2011 3:13 a.m.

A few months ago the kids and I went to dinner at a local restaurant. Our waiter was pleasant and attentive, so when the meal ended I gave him two nice tips. The first was in cash; the second was what I call my waiter speech.

Creature feature

posted: 10/26/2011 3:11 a.m.

We have a misfit cat named Dolly. She gets on our coffee table and lays on our Bible and knocks things onto the floor. What we can do to stop this? Don’t worry — Dolly isn’t a misfit, but simply behaving like a cat. Cats are curious and like to climb and explore. Cats also enjoy sitting in places above the floor — such as on your coffee table. Unfortunately, they sometimes sit on things we’d prefer them to leave alone.


posted: 10/26/2011 3:10 a.m.

Editor’s note: The best of this season’s new board books for children are colorful, creative and hard to resist. Here’s a partial listing of some favorites. Look for more next week.


posted: 10/26/2011 3:07 a.m.

DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: I recently asked a good friend to sponsor me in a charity run. “Megan” knows how much this charity means to me and how hard I’ve been training for the event, but she still said no. I get it that some people don’t like to be asked to contribute to others’ charities. But shouldn’t good friends make exceptions for each other? — Erin

PARENTING: Behavior modification is a doomed discipline

posted: 10/26/2011 3:06 a.m.

Once upon a time, I thought, as did and still do many people in my profession, that behavior modification was going to make the discipline of a child as simple and straightforward as teaching a rat to run a maze.

Super Quiz: Who?

posted: 10/26/2011 3:05 a.m.

1. Emperor who was born on Corsica 2. Hero whose body was preserved in a cask of brandy 3. President whose lasting legacy is the teddy bear 4. King who wore two shirts at his execution 5. Actress who continued to perform after one of her legs was amputated 6. U.S. millionaire who was obsessed with avoiding germs 7. Nurse who had a pet owl named Athena


posted: 10/26/2011 3:03 a.m.

What: Casper the Friendly Ghost, Complete Collection, 81 cartoons on three discs from Shout! Factory, $24.98. The concept: Casper may be a ghost, but he doesn’t like to scare people. He just wants to make friends. If only people and animals didn’t run away screaming when they saw him.


posted: 10/26/2011 3:01 a.m.

DEAR READERS: We printed an article about storing bananas and asked readers to send in their hints about favorite ways to buy, store and use bananas that are too ripe.


posted: 10/26/2011 3 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: A pastor in our community was indicted for mishandling his church’s money, and now the courts have decided the charges were true. What’s wrong with people like this? — A.McN.

Tuesday, October 25

House votes to honor first black Marines

posted: 10/25/2011 5:13 p.m.

The nation’s first black Marines received a rare national tribute Tuesday as the House voted to award the Montford Point Marines with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor given by Congress.

Obama to offer student loan relief

posted: 10/25/2011 5 p.m.

The White House says President Barack Obama plans to offer millions of student loan borrowers the ability to lower their payments and consolidate their loans.

Unilever adding 125 jobs in $40 million expansion

posted: 10/25/2011 2:37 p.m.

A Jonesboro hair care product manufacturer will invest in a $40 million expansion, creating an estimated 125 new jobs, company officials said Tuesday.

Downtown NLR bank robbed

posted: 10/25/2011 2:32 p.m.

Authorities are searching for a man who robbed a downtown North Little Rock bank Tuesday afternoon.

No immediate FOIA changes expected after ruling

posted: 10/25/2011 1:33 p.m.

State officials say a western Arkansas judge's ruling against the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act won't have much practical impact in the near future.

Haunting or found wanting?

posted: 10/25/2011 12:55 p.m.

It’s a good time of year for getting scared. And while creepy costume parties and late-night slasher marathons on TV might do the trick, nothing says Halloween quite like a good haunted house. Fortunately, central Arkansas is well stocked. We at Sync discovered this much when we did a survey to find the area’s most terrifying haunted house two years ago. We crawled, we jumped and we might have even screamed a little (don’t tell anyone) as we wound our way through darkened maze after darkened maze, never quite sure what we’d find around the next turn.

Jonesboro traffic alert

posted: 10/25/2011 12:51 p.m.

Large brush/Grass fire working in the area of 7913 Hwy 351 -

A pattern emerges

posted: 10/25/2011 12:37 p.m.

It’s a sign how far Arkansas’ football program has come in four years that there’s plenty of hand wringing in the wake of Arkansas’ 29-24 defeat of Ole Miss. The 6-1 Hogs, after all, are sitting just about as pretty as they ever have at this point in an SEC season. Their SEC-leading offense is a finely oiled machine, a plug-and-play marvel that won’t stop humming as long as Bobby Petrino is at the helm. Sure, quarterback Tyler Wilson doesn’t have Ryan Mallett’s arm — to end the first half, he under-threw a couple of receivers on deep passes that likely would have resulted in touchdowns.

VIDEO: LISA Academy formally opens new high school

posted: 10/25/2011 12:30 p.m.

LISA Academy on Tuesday formally opened its new high school building in west Little Rock in a ceremony that featured Gov. Mike Beebe, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, school officials and others.

Government panel says boys should get HPV vaccine

posted: 10/25/2011 12:21 p.m.

A government panel wants young boys as well as girls to get the HPV vaccine, in part to prevent them from spreading the sexually transmitted virus to girls.

Arkansans get a glimpse of Auroras

updated: 10/25/2011 12:47 p.m.

People across the state got a look at a rare sight on Monday night when an unexpected aurora was visible in the night sky.

US’s most powerful nuclear bomb being dismantled

posted: 10/25/2011 12:17 p.m.

The last of the nation’s most powerful nuclear bombs — a weapon hundreds of times stronger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima — is being disassembled nearly half a century after it was put into service at the height of the Cold War.

Trial delayed for man charged in firebombing

posted: 10/25/2011 12:07 p.m.

The trial of an Arkansas man charged in connection with an attack on an interracial couple’s home has been postponed.

LR police release surveillance photos of robbery

posted: 10/25/2011 11:52 a.m.

Little Rock police have released surveillance photos from the robbery of a Valero gas station on Fair Park Boulevard on Friday afternoon.

Halloween to-dos

posted: 10/25/2011 11:50 a.m.

This time of year, there’s no shortage of things to mark on your calendar. Though we're sure you’ve been invited to 1,739 private parties (you social butterfly, you) there’s still plenty of public events to attend from pumpkin carvings to poetry slams to dirty deeds (like the Mud Run pictured at right). Here’s a relatively exhaustive list of the Halloween-themed parties and events coming up in the next week.

Lego impressions

posted: 10/25/2011 11:22 a.m.

Let’s just get this out of the way up front: strolling through the new traveling exhibit that’s opened up at the President Clinton Library, called the Art of the Brick and displaying the sculptures of one Nathan Sawaya made entirely out of Lego blocks, you’re going to think to yourself “I could do this.” You almost can’t help it. If somehow you’re not thinking it quietly to yourself, you’re likely to hear someone else saying it out loud. That’s because Legos are one of those universal things. If you haven’t played with them at some point — and it’s a good bet most people have — you at least know what they are and how they work. So it’s understandable that one of the informational posters that accompanies the exhibit pretty much says exactly what you’re thinking: go home, build and create.

Operation in Africa a limited mission, US says

posted: 10/25/2011 11:18 a.m.

Obama administration officials insist the U.S. military operation against a ruthless guerrilla group in central Africa is a limited deployment with the specific goal of ending the threat of the Lord’s Resistance Army.

Repurposing all those treats

posted: 10/25/2011 11:18 a.m.

Leftover Halloween candy can be turned into a variety of sweet treats including brownies, candy bark, cheesecake and popcorn mix writes Kelly Brant in Wednesday’s Food section.

Dark storms on the horizon

posted: 10/25/2011 11:17 a.m.

Sometimes when you grow up too close to art, you can’t recognize the art in someone else’s interpretation. That’s much of my problem with Shotgun Stories, Arkansas native Jeff Nichols’ acclaimed view of the fictional Hayes brothers feud in the Arkansas Delta. In my small Mississippi hometown the differences of families like the Hayes were often gossip at the Sunday lunch table. I’ve also read many Southern gothic or gritty South writers. The film was nothing new or groundbreaking to me.

A little bit hellion

posted: 10/25/2011 11:13 a.m.

Lydia Loveless sings on “Can’t Change Me”: “My mouth is like a sinking boat/I keep throwing words out hoping I can keep afloat/But the more I dry out the more I get soaked.”

A recipe for sadness?

posted: 10/25/2011 11:13 a.m.

Working mothers who expect that they can happily handle it all — job, kids, husband, home — are setting themselves up for rough times, according to a new study: “Even Supermoms Get the Blues.”

Patties, poultry and produce

posted: 10/25/2011 11:06 a.m.

Having lived and worked in Maumelle for a few years, at a time when there were limited options beyond fast food for lunching out, I always get a little curmudgeon-y when I see a new restaurant open up. Back in my day, we had to be hungry uphill both ways in the snow or something. Kids (and adults) these days have all kinds of options.

LR police seek suspect in 3 robberies

posted: 10/25/2011 11:03 a.m.

A suspect is wanted in a string of robberies that took place within a two-day span in Little Rock.

Lawmakers seek tougher stance on China trade

posted: 10/25/2011 10:53 a.m.

House lawmakers are urging the administration to apply more pressure on what they call China’s “predatory” trading practices, but show division on whether to pass legislation punishing China for manipulating its currency.

Jonesboro Unilever plant to give jobs-related announcement

posted: 10/25/2011 10:50 a.m.

The Unilever plant in Jonesboro is planning a jobs-related announcement.

Bayer extends GM rice settlement deadline to November

posted: 10/25/2011 10:29 a.m.

Rice farmers have nearly a month to file for part of a $750 million settlement to claims they lost money because Bayer CropScience mistakenly sold genetically modified seed in the United States.

Dad had son in car during police chase, authorities say

posted: 10/25/2011 10:12 a.m.

A Little Rock man was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and first-degree murder after authorities say he fled the scene of a shooting with his toddler son in the car.

VIDEO: Newborn rescued from quake rubble

updated: 10/25/2011 11:21 a.m.

A 2-week-old baby girl, her mother and grandmother were pulled alive from the rubble of an apartment building on Tuesday in a dramatic rescue, 48 hours after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake toppled some 2,000 buildings in eastern Turkey.

Occupy protesters vote to leave park

updated: 10/25/2011 3:15 p.m.

Members of the Occupy Little Rock protest voted Monday night to relocate from the Clinton Presidential Park to a nearby parking lot after police warned they were violating city ordinance.

Gadahfi buried in unmarked grave

posted: 10/25/2011 8:59 a.m.

Moammar Gadhafi was buried early Tuesday morning in an unmarked grave in a modest Islamic ceremony.

Arkansas state trooper named Magnolia police chief

posted: 10/25/2011 8:44 a.m.

A long-time Arkansas state trooper has been selected as the next police chief in Magnolia.

Gadhafi’s son nearing Niger border, officals say

posted: 10/25/2011 8:34 a.m.

Moammar Gadhafi’s son and one-time heir apparent is now believed to be heading toward Niger, a desert nation just south of Libya where his brother and dozens of Gadhafi loyalists already have sought refuge, a government official said Tuesday.

Wal-Mart giving $5 million to museum

posted: 10/25/2011 7:57 a.m.

Wal-Mart said Tuesday that it is donating $5 million toward the construction of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Jonesboro man, found beaten, dies, suspects sought

posted: 10/25/2011 7:46 a.m.

Police in Jonesboro say a man who was found beaten and unconsciousness on a city street has died.

Bones found in SW Ark. not those of missing man

posted: 10/25/2011 6:56 a.m.

Human bones that were found during an archeological dig near Saratoga in January 2010 are not those of a Saratoga man who disappeared in 1992.

U.S. pulls envoy, so Syrians do same

posted: 10/25/2011 5:54 a.m.

The Obama administration pulled its ambassador out of Syria over security concerns, blaming President Bashar Assad’s regime for the threats that made it no longer safe for Robert Ford to remain. The Syrian government quickly ordered home its ambassador to the United States, raising the diplomatic stakes.

Quake’s rescued few; toll now 279

posted: 10/25/2011 5:53 a.m.

ERCIS, Turkey — Distraught Turkish families mourned outside a mosque or sought to identify loved ones among rows of bodies Monday as rescue workers scoured debris for survivors after a 7.2-magnitude quake that killed at least 279 people.

2 seek delay of Iran nuke disclosure

posted: 10/25/2011 5:52 a.m.

Russia and China are urging the chief U.N. nuclear inspector to scrap or delay U.S.-backed plans to reveal intelligence on Iran’s alleged nuclear-arms experiments, in a bluntly worded confidential document obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

Bachmann’s N.H. staff explicitly quits

posted: 10/25/2011 5:51 a.m.

Michele Bachmann’s staff in New Hampshire released a letter Monday stating unequivocally that they had in resigned en masse and that they expressly blamed a lack of communication between the staff and Bachmann’s campaign for the decision.

GOP talks up transportation jobs bill

posted: 10/25/2011 5:51 a.m.

House Republicans are pitching a six-year transportation construction plan as a major jobs bill that can win bipartisan approval before next year’s election, a key GOP lawmaker said Monday.

13 oppose bill’s detainee policy

posted: 10/25/2011 5:50 a.m.

Top Democrats on the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence committees are opposing provisions in a sweeping defense bill that would require military custody of terrorist suspects and limit the government’s authority to transfer detainees.

Troops kill, capture 200 in Haqqani crackdown

posted: 10/25/2011 5:49 a.m.

Tens of thousands of Afghan and NATO troops killed or captured 200 insurgents in eastern Afghanistan during two operations that targeted the violent Haqqani network that is blamed for the majority of attacks in Kabul, the U.S.-led coalition said Monday.

WikiLeaks to suspend publishing, seek funds

posted: 10/25/2011 5:47 a.m.

WAWikiLeaks announced Monday that it was suspending “publishing operations” to concentrate on raising money to keep the website in business.

Libyan leader vows Gadhafi death probe

posted: 10/25/2011 5:45 a.m.

With Libyans lining up to view Moammar Gadhafi’s rotting corpse for a fourth day, the country’s interim leader promised Monday to investigate how the longtime dictator was captured alive then killed a short time later, after he came under strong international pressure to explain what happened.

Grenade blasts rattle Kenya

posted: 10/25/2011 5:43 a.m.

Grenade blasts at a blue-collar bar and a crowded bus stop rattled Nairobi on Monday as the country worried whether al-Qaida-linked militants from Somalia were carrying out their promise to launch reprisal attacks in Kenya’s capital.

2 in custody after school shooting

posted: 10/25/2011 5:43 a.m.

Two teenagers were in custody in the shooting of a 15-year-old fellow student who was wounded in the neck during a lunch period outside her North Carolina high school, and a sheriff said Monday the pair will be charged.

Pension system OKs less-teacher-pay shift

posted: 10/25/2011 5:42 a.m.

The trustees for the state’s largest public retirement system voted Monday to cut the system’s projected annual wage-inflation rate for its members, meaning they expect the members’ pay over the next 25 or so years to be less than previously was anticipated.

Must leave park today, Occupy protesters told

posted: 10/25/2011 5:40 a.m.

An hour after announcing the Occupy Little Rock protest would have to relocate to a new venue by the end of Monday night, Little Rock Chief of Police Stuart Thomas gave the group until 6 p.m. tonight to tear down its tents and leave the Clinton Presidential Park.

Murder nets 40-year term for man, 24

posted: 10/25/2011 5:39 a.m.

A Russellville man pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in Union County Circuit Court on Monday in the death of an El Dorado woman.

Benton OKs moving ahead on design for Alcoa Road

posted: 10/25/2011 5:38 a.m.

Benton has agreed to move forward with a design concept for widening Alcoa Road that includes raised medians along the circuitous five-mile stretch.

$210,000 gone, suspect’s kin says

posted: 10/25/2011 5:37 a.m.

One of three suspects accused of robbing a Sunday School class last month testified on Monday that he gave $10,000 to his own church last year.

PB looks to hire projects manager

posted: 10/25/2011 5:36 a.m.

The city of Pine Bluff plans to hire a Little Rock firm to manage multiple capital improvement projects made possible by a citywide sales tax that went into effect July 1.

Coleman Dairy’s ex-leader dies at 83

posted: 10/25/2011 5:36 a.m.

Walter Carpenter “Buddy” Coleman, a man known for his milk and involvement in sports and philanthropy, died Monday at his Little Rock home from unknown causes, his son Bob Coleman said.

Highway project goes to new firm after error found

posted: 10/25/2011 5:35 a.m.

A Colorado contractor whose bid for a large highway project fell short last week miscalculated part of the bid, but Arkansas highway officials were required to fix the error, resulting in the contractor being the lowest bidder.

Trial in 1990 murder case delayed

posted: 10/25/2011 5:34 a.m.

The capital murder trial of John Bentley Yancey, accused of killing a Little Rock woman 21 years ago, has been rescheduled for April 10.

History professor, ex-UA chancellor Gatewood, 80, dies

posted: 10/25/2011 5:33 a.m.

When Jeannie Whayne joined the history faculty at the University of Arkansas in 1990, she found an unofficial adviser in Willard Gatewood.

Suspect killed man then fled, police say

posted: 10/25/2011 5:33 a.m.

Little Rock police say a suspect is in custody accused of shooting another man to death Monday and fleeing from officers with a 2-year-old child in the vehicle.

State opens flu-shot clinics in every county

posted: 10/25/2011 5:32 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Health is holding mass influenza vaccine clinics in every county beginning this week and continuing through the first week of November.

House speaker appoints doctor to tobacco panel

posted: 10/25/2011 5:31 a.m.

The speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives has appointed a Little Rock doctor to a term on the Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission.

Vigil set to honor shooting victims

posted: 10/25/2011 5:31 a.m.

The University of Central Arkansas will host a memorial candlelight vigil Wednesday in honor of shooting victims Ryan Henderson and Chavares Block.

Senator quizzes colleges on jobs

posted: 10/25/2011 5:30 a.m.

State legislators sat quietly for 45 minutes Monday as education officials described a $14.7 million federal grant intended to help students quickly earn degrees and professional certificates that will prepare them for jobs in the state.

Police identify 1 dead, 1 hurt in Hot Springs shooting

posted: 10/25/2011 5:29 a.m.

A Hot Springs man who was shot and killed Saturday evening after an altercation at a party was identified Monday, along with a second Hot Springs man who was also shot and critically injured.

NLR tax called ‘burden’ for poor, elderly

posted: 10/25/2011 5:28 a.m.

North Little Rock’s proposed city sales tax increase would create “a heavy burden” on the city’s poor and elderly residents, said an Arkansas Tea Party announcement Monday, the first organized opposition to the tax.

Judge OKs continuance in man’s capital-murder trial

posted: 10/25/2011 5:27 a.m.

A Lonoke County circuit judge granted a continuation to defense attorneys in the trial of a man charged with capital murder in the death of a Cabot pawnshop owner.

Janitor in Searcy found shot dead

posted: 10/25/2011 5:26 a.m.

A janitor was found shot to death in the building where he worked, Searcy police said Monday.

Man accused in ’96 slaying starts 2nd trial

posted: 10/25/2011 5:25 a.m.

The second trial of a former Little Rock resident in the killing of his ex-mother-in-law began Monday.

Getting it straight

posted: 10/25/2011 5:24 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 10/25/2011 5:24 a.m.

Will Ferrell, who refined his impersonation of President George W. Bush on Saturday Night Live and later took his presidential act to Broadway, was awarded the nation’s top humor prize Sunday night. The TV star went on to make movies and co-found the popular website in a career that won the 44-yearold the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It was the Bush impression, though, that might have made the Washington crowd laugh — and cringe — the hardest Sunday.

In the news

posted: 10/25/2011 5:22 a.m.

Gov. Rick Perry, RTexas, was asked by Parade magazine whether he believed that President Barack Obama was born in the U.S. and said he has “no reason to think otherwise,” but, when pressed, said he didn’t know whether Obama’s birth certificate is real, adding that Donald Trump doesn’t trust Obama’s documents, before continuing: “It doesn’t matter. [Obama is] the President of the United States.” James Murdoch, son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, will appear before Britain’s Parliament Nov. 10 for a second round of questioning in the newspaper phone-hacking scandal.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/25/2011 5:21 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I think everyone came to the understanding we need more money in transportation.” Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., after announcement of the GOP’s sixyear transportation construction plan Article, this page

The world in brief

posted: 10/25/2011 5:21 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We hope that the Syrian regime will end its incitement campaign against Ambassador Ford. At this point, we can’t say when he will return to Syria.” Mark Toner, State Department spokesman, after the Obama administration pulled its ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, out of the country Article, 1A

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 10/25/2011 5:20 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: 65th Street North Little Rock: Ridge Road Pulaski County: Jacksonville-Conway Road

Daily record

posted: 10/25/2011 5:19 a.m.

Marriages, Births and Divorces

Getting it straight

posted: 10/25/2011 5:18 a.m.

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

Other days

posted: 10/25/2011 5:18 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 25, 1911 The first distribution of the $50,000 appropriation made by the last legislature for the aid of high schools was made last Thursday at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the State Board of Education, composed of Rev. Forney Hutchinson, Hot Springs; Superintendent George B. Cook and Superintendent B. W. Torreyson. The committee decided to divide the amount into three equal parts to be distributed at intervals of three months.

Wal-Mart to expand price matching

posted: 10/25/2011 5:15 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Monday it is temporarily expanding its ad-match guarantee for the Christmas shopping season to include covering the price difference if shoppers find certain items priced lower than Wal-Mart in the same market. If a customer presents a competitor’s printed advertisement with a lower price than what he paid at Wal-Mart for an identical item, the customer will receive the difference on a Wal-Mart gift card.


posted: 10/25/2011 5:11 a.m.

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


posted: 10/25/2011 5:10 a.m.

Nobel Prize-winning chemist BUFFALO, N.Y. — Dr. Herbert Hauptman, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1985 for his work uncovering the structure of molecules, has died. He had worked into his 90s at the research institute in Buffalo that now bears his name.

Too many college grads?

posted: 10/25/2011 5:10 a.m.

Americans who deem South Korea’s education system a model (President Barack Obama, among others) might be surprised at one message its leaders are delivering to their youth: Drop out, please.

EDITORIALS: Welcome, occupiers

posted: 10/25/2011 5:09 a.m.


OTHERS SAY: Farm follies

posted: 10/25/2011 5:08 a.m.

By any reasonable measure, the current system of federal support for agricultural is a scandalous misuse of taxpayer dollars. In fiscal 2010, the federal government spent about $5.1 billion on payments to commodity producers—regardless of need—and another $13 billion on “countercyclical” aid, heavily subsidized crop insurance and disaster programs. Most recipients were far from poor. The payments distort markets and antagonize our trading partners while encouraging wasteful farming.

Partying with despots

posted: 10/25/2011 5:08 a.m.

Hilary Swank is making news for her warm birthday wishes to one of the world’s most cold-blooded leaders, Chechen tyrant Ramzan Kadyrov.

Doo-wop doctrine

posted: 10/25/2011 5:05 a.m.

Ever wonder what makes you the way you are today? I’ve come to believe I’m the result of being a willing victim of 1960s puppy-love songs.

A cool drink of water

posted: 10/25/2011 5:04 a.m.

On the premise that nothing is more basic than good drinking water, we should give our full attention to the fury attending the underplayed issue of protecting, or not protecting, Lake Maumelle.


posted: 10/25/2011 5:02 a.m.

Support the jobs plan Some members of Congress say to fix the economy we must remove government regulations and keep taxes for the wealthy at a lower rate than the middle class. If people hear this long and loud enough, they begin to think of it as factual. It’s not. Recent history proves both wrong.

Lacewell beats drum for game

posted: 10/25/2011 5:01 a.m.

Larry Lacewell spent 11 seasons as Arkansas State’s head football coach, so it’s not surprising he supports the Red Wolves.

NO. 10 ARKANSAS AT VANDERBILT: Vanderbilt QB noted by name

posted: 10/25/2011 4:57 a.m.

It was a good weekend for the quarterbacking Rodgers brothers of Chico, Calif.

Arkansas voted 6th by media

posted: 10/25/2011 4:53 a.m.

Arkansas, which plays its Red-White intrasquad basketball game at 3 p.m. Sunday in Walton Arena, has been picked to finish sixth in the SEC race this season in a poll of 23 media members.

LIKE IT IS: Hogs need to request earlier wakeup calls

posted: 10/25/2011 4:52 a.m.

On a good week to move up in the Bowl Championship Series standings, the Arkansas Razorbacks slipped a spot.

WORLD SERIES: Double trouble

posted: 10/25/2011 4:50 a.m.

Mike Napoli hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning against Marc Rzepczynski, and the Texas Rangers rallied from a two-run deficit to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 Monday night and take a 3-2 World Series lead.

Otey, 88, Travs’ fixture for 40 years

posted: 10/25/2011 4:48 a.m.

Examining baseball rosters in the winter of 1948-1949, Ray Winder (the man, not the ballpark) got interested in a player on the Pampa (Texas) club of the Class C West Texas-New Mexico League. During the previous summer a Pampa infielder named R. C. Otey had batted.350 while hitting 16 home runs.

Freshmen give Ole Miss hope

posted: 10/25/2011 4:47 a.m.

It’s not often that a college football player — let alone a freshman — will give his coach advice.

Junior’s closing kick tops friend

posted: 10/25/2011 4:46 a.m.

Noah Findlay was pushed in more ways than one on Monday. The Catholic junior didn’t seem to mind at all.

SWAC considers split suspensions

posted: 10/25/2011 4:45 a.m.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff might not be without 25 players when it hosts Grambling State on Saturday after all.

Gregory stirring Trojans’ motion

posted: 10/25/2011 4:43 a.m.

Class was in session on the court for UALR sophomore point guard Nia Gregory.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Miami commit to visit Arkansas

posted: 10/25/2011 4:42 a.m.

Several of the nation’s top prospects plan to make official visits to Arkansas for the South Carolina and Tennessee games in Fayetteville, including Florida linebacker Reggie Northrup, who is committed to Miami.

U.S. eases rule for mortgage program

posted: 10/25/2011 4:23 a.m.

The Obama administration on Monday restarted a program to help some Americans refinance their homes, making it easier for those who owe more than their house is worth to get a new loan.

NFL: Jaguars top ragged Ravens behind Scobee’s 4 field goals

posted: 10/25/2011 4:20 a.m.

On one night, the Jacksonville Jaguars did almost everything better than the Baltimore Ravens.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/25/2011 4:19 a.m.

Torre, Sox to tangle once again Here we go again.

Off the wire

posted: 10/25/2011 4:18 a.m.

ATHLETICS NCAA mulling athlete grants NCAA President Mark Emmert backed a proposal to allow conferences to increase grants to student-athletes by $2,000, “to more closely approach” the full cost of attending college, beyond the athletic scholarships some athletes receive for tuition, fees, room, board and books. Emmert told the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics on Monday that the proposal will be finalized this week and he’ll ask the NCAA Division I Board of Directors to support it at their meeting Thursday.

State sports briefs

posted: 10/25/2011 4:17 a.m.

FOOTBALL UCA’s Love earns honor Central Arkansas sophomore safety Jestin Love was named the Southland Conference defensive player of the week Monday. Love had 9 tackles, 1 forced fumble and a 31-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Bears’ 38-24 victory at Lamar on Saturday. The Bears (5-3, 4-1 Southland Conference) host Southeastern Louisiana Saturday in Conway.

Razorbacks report

posted: 10/25/2011 4:16 a.m.

Johnson’s big game honored — Arkansas tailback Dennis Johnson earned SEC offensive player of the week honors on Monday after rushing for 160 yards and a touchdown in the Razorbacks’ 29-24 victory at Ole Miss.

NFL notes

posted: 10/25/2011 4:15 a.m.

RAIDERS Bye perfect for McFadden ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders’ bye week is coming at just the right time.

House opposes plan on airlines

posted: 10/25/2011 4:14 a.m.

The House voted Monday to exclude U.S. airlines from an emissions cap-and-trade program that the European Union plans to impose on all airlines flying to and from the continent beginning next year.

Chinese jail 2 over economic data leaks

posted: 10/25/2011 4:13 a.m.

Two Chinese officials have been jailed for leaking key economic data that can move global financial markets, in a breach that triggered a government crackdown to tighten secrecy, officials said Monday.

Greek banks plunge in trading

posted: 10/25/2011 4:12 a.m.

Shares in Greek banks plunged on the Athens Stock Exchange Monday amid expectations they will have to accept higher than agreed losses on the country’s government bonds as part of a new eurozone debt deal.

Profit falls for maker of Kleenex

posted: 10/25/2011 4:11 a.m.

Rising costs led Kimberly-Clark Corp., maker of Kleenex, Huggies and other household brands, to report an 8 percent decline in thirdquarter net income Monday. It also cut its revenue outlook and the high end of its earnings outlook.

Caterpillar raises ’12 expectations

posted: 10/25/2011 4:10 a.m.

Demand for construction and mining equipment should boost Caterpillar Inc.’s revenue through next year, even as the health of the global economy remains in doubt.

Business news in brief

posted: 10/25/2011 4:08 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Although there is a good deal of economic and political uncertainty in the world, we are not seeing it much in our business at this point.” Doug Oberhelman, chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks at highest since August

posted: 10/25/2011 4:08 a.m.

Stock indexes closed at the highest point since the U.S. debt limit showdown in August on Monday. The market was driven higher by a round of corporate takeovers and reports that Europe’s bailout fund will be larger than originally thought. The Nasdaq composite turned positive for the year.


posted: 10/25/2011 4:07 a.m.

Steel-joist production begins at Hope plant New Millennium Building Systems has begun production of steel joists in Hope with 58 employees.

WHAT’S IN A DAME: October: A month of fall fun and food

posted: 10/25/2011 4:06 a.m.

I decided I was going to do something different this October.

THEATER: ’80s Show has big hair, cast

posted: 10/25/2011 4:05 a.m.

That ’80s Show: We Built This ‘SMITTY’ on Rock and Roll 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Nov. 2-5, Wildwood Park for the Arts, 20919 Denny Road, Little Rock Tickets: $25- $35, $10 students; reserved seating (501) 378-0405 Expect lots of hair, leather and leg warmers as the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s Young Artists take their salute to the 1980s — before most of them were born — on the road, at least out west to Wildwood Park for the Arts.

LISTEN UP: Canadian band’s gifts reminiscent of the best

posted: 10/25/2011 4:03 a.m.

The Deep Dark Woods The Place I Left Behind Sugar Hill A There are a bunch of acts working the Americana/roots music turf these days, but few measure up to the songwriting, melodic and harmonic gifts of Canada’s The Deep Dark Woods.

Magic in Dreamland

posted: 10/25/2011 4:02 a.m.

At Ninth and State streets in downtown Little Rock, the historic brick building wedged against Interstate 630 survived long after all of its neighbors fell to make way for newer buildings, parking space, or simply empty lots.

THE TV COLUMN: Real World on quest for some ‘real’ Arkansans

posted: 10/25/2011 4 a.m.

Hey, all you reality TV junkies. Here’s your big chance.

Rocker devoted to feeding homeless, well-heeled alike

posted: 10/25/2011 3:58 a.m.

In three decades as one of the world’s biggest rock stars, Jon Bon Jovi has eaten in some of the world’s best restaurants, savoring the best food the planet has to offer.

Extreme Makeover builds 7 houses in 7 days in Joplin

posted: 10/25/2011 3:48 a.m.

When executives with Extreme Makeover : Home Edition contacted builder Sam Clifton about a project in Joplin, he told them it was a great idea, but building a single house wouldn’t send much of a message to a community that lost more than 7,000 of them to a devastating spring tornado.


posted: 10/25/2011 3:46 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: What is your definition of the soul? And how do we know we even have one? In my view, we aren’t any different from other animals, except for having some abilities they don’t have. — R.B.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: The prodigal slug moves in

posted: 10/25/2011 3:45 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My husband of three months invited his 26-year-old brother to live with us, in a small apartment, for nine months. I did not consent to this arrangement. He is coming in a few weeks, and I can’t get out of it.


posted: 10/25/2011 3:44 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your star qualities will be recognized, in part because you sense what your best ideas are and push forward until you see them in reality. There’s a career breakthrough in December. January offers new excitement on a personal level. You’ll see new parts of the world in March and June.


posted: 10/25/2011 3:38 a.m.

DEAR READERS: A recent column about items left in the bottom of a customer’s shopping cart drew a great response ! The question: Would you tell the cashier, tell the customer or look the other way?

Check your knowledge

posted: 10/25/2011 3:37 a.m.

1. Who does U.S. Naval Officer Pinkerton jilt? 2. This George Gershwin opera takes place in the fictitious Catfish Row. 3. Translate the German title of the opera Die Fledermaus. 4. Giuseppe Verdi did not write this opera for the opening of the Suez Canal. 5. What is the name of the barber in The Barber of Seville?

Monday, October 24

Buddy Coleman passes away at 83

posted: 10/24/2011 5:40 p.m.

Walter Carpenter 'Buddy' Coleman, a member of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame for his exploits in officiating, among other accomplishments, passed away Monday afternoon, he was 83.

Sheriff: 1 student shot, wounded at NC high school

posted: 10/24/2011 5:36 p.m.

A 15-year-old girl is in fair condition after being shot in the neck while outside on her lunch period at a high school near Fayetteville.

Lawyer: Gitmo trial in Cole Attack could be moot

posted: 10/24/2011 5:04 p.m.

A military lawyer for a Guantanamo prisoner facing a war crimes trial in the USS Cole attack has raised a new challenge to the Pentagon’s tribunals.

Judge blocks law requiring drug test for welfare benefits

posted: 10/24/2011 2:42 p.m.

A federal judge has blocked Florida’s new law requiring that welfare applicants pass a drug test to receive benefits.

Steel-joist company opens first Arkansas plant

posted: 10/24/2011 2:31 p.m.

A steel-joist manufacturer opened its first plant in Arkansas on Monday with a ribbon-cutting attended by Gov. Mike Beebe, who said the arrival of New Millennium Building Systems "breathes new life" into the Hope area.

Mom pleads guilty in virginity-for-sale case

posted: 10/24/2011 1:49 p.m.

A Utah woman accused of trying to sell her 13-year-old daughter’s virginity has pleaded guilty to sending sexually suggestive pictures of the girl to a man.

Rina strengthens into hurricane off Honduras

posted: 10/24/2011 1:47 p.m.

Forecasters say Rina has quickly strengthened into a hurricane off the coast of Honduras.

UPDATE: City asks Occupy LR to move

updated: 10/24/2011 6:47 p.m.

The Occupy Little Rock protesters who have set up camp near the Clinton Presidential Library might be asked to move as city officials decide what to do about the group.

Flu clinics to be held in every county in Arkansas

posted: 10/24/2011 1:08 p.m.

Every county in Arkansas will hold a flu-vaccine clinic this season, the satte Health Department said Monday.

School Board may seek delay in charter school development

posted: 10/24/2011 12:39 p.m.

The new unified school board in Shelby County is considering asking state legislators to stop the growth of charter schools while the board works out details of the school merger.

UAMS begins clinical trial of breast cancer vaccine

posted: 10/24/2011 12:34 p.m.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has started its clinical trial into the safety of a breast cancer vaccine.

Janitor, 24, shot dead in Searcy office building

posted: 10/24/2011 11:58 a.m.

Police say a janitor at a Searcy office building has been killed in a shooting.

US pulls envoy out of Syria over security concerns

posted: 10/24/2011 11:22 a.m.

The Obama administration pulled its ambassador out of Syria over security concerns, blaming President Bashar Assad’s regime for the threats that made it no longer safe for him to remain.

Five survivors pulled from rubble in Turkey

posted: 10/24/2011 11:16 a.m.

Five people were pulled out alive Monday from the rubble in eastern Turkey after a 7.2-magnitude quake leveled buildings and killed some 272 people. Four of them were rescued after one managed to call for help with his cell phone.

Greek banks battered by EU debt talks

posted: 10/24/2011 11:09 a.m.

Shares in Greek banks plunged on the Athens Stock Exchange Monday amid expectations they will have to accept higher than agreed losses on the country’s government bonds as part of a new eurozone debt deal.

Discovering Dreamland

posted: 10/24/2011 10:28 a.m.

At Ninth and State streets in downtown Little Rock, the historic brick building wedged against Interstate 630 survived long after all of its neighbors fell to make way for newer buildings, parking space, or simply empty lots, Linda S. Caillouet writes in Tuesday’s Style section.

New rules aim to help homeowners with refinancing

posted: 10/24/2011 10:19 a.m.

President Barack Obama will promote a series of executive branch steps aimed at jumpstarting the economy this week, beginning with new rules to make it easier for homeowners to refinance their mortgages.

Lawyer to teach course on West Memphis case

posted: 10/24/2011 10:08 a.m.

A lawyer who represented one of the defendants in the West Memphis murders of three Boy Scouts plans to teach a two-week course on the case at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Big jobs announcement set for Jonesboro

posted: 10/24/2011 9:57 a.m.

A significant jobs announcement is planned in Jonesboro on Tuesday, according to economic officials.

Harley to recall more than 308,000 motorcycles

posted: 10/24/2011 9:31 a.m.

Harley-Davidson is recalling about 308,000 motorcycles to fix a switch problem that can cause failure of the brake lights and possibly even the rear brakes themselves.

Wal-Mart to take price matching to new level

posted: 10/24/2011 9:24 a.m.

Wal-Mart announced a new strategy that it hopes will pull in procrastinators early by giving them a big incentive: a guarantee that they’ll get the lowest price no matter when they buy during the Christmas shopping season.

Latest salvo in Texarkana border war: Magazines

posted: 10/24/2011 8:26 a.m.

When Texarkana, Texas had a magazine published to promote the city, officials in Texarkana, Ark., took offense.

Beebe to dedicate Hope joist facility

posted: 10/24/2011 7:31 a.m.

A maker of steel joists in Hope is dedicating its upgraded factory. Gov. Mike Beebe is to be on hand for a 2 p.m. ceremony on Monday at New Millennium Building Systems.

Jonesboro intersection where driver killed to get stoplight

posted: 10/24/2011 7:10 a.m.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that the intersection of Parker Road and Stadium Boulevard is one of three spots along the highway corridor that will be under construction in coming months.

Arkansas church leveled by tornado rebuilding

posted: 10/24/2011 7:08 a.m.

The pastor of a church destroyed by an April tornado has moved into his new home.

Quake rocks Turkey, kills at least 138

posted: 10/24/2011 6:15 a.m.

Cries of panic and horror filled the air as a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey on Sunday, killing at least 138 people as buildings pancaked and crumpled into rubble. The death toll was expected to rise as rescuers sifted the rubble and reached outlying villages.

Sharia law to rule, Libya leader says

posted: 10/24/2011 6:12 a.m.

Libya’s transitional leader has declared liberation of the country, three days after the death of its leader of four decades, Moammar Gadhafi. Mustafa Abdul-Jalil also told thousands of supporters at a ceremony on Sunday that Islamic Sharia law would be the “basic source” of legislation in the country and that existing laws that contradict the teachings of Islam would be nullified.

Nearly 70% of Tunisians cast 1st free vote

posted: 10/24/2011 6:11 a.m.

Tunisians turned out in force for their country’s first truly free elections Sunday, voting that is expected to favor a longbanned Islamist party and is seen as a bellwether for prodemocracy movements across the Arab world.

Executive actions aim at lifting economy

posted: 10/24/2011 6:10 a.m.

With his jobs plan stymied in Congress by Republican opposition, President Barack Obama today will begin a series of executive-branch actions to confront housing, education and other economic problems over the coming months, heralded by a new mantra: “We can’t wait” for lawmakers to act.

Chicago police jail 130 at park protest

posted: 10/24/2011 6:08 a.m.

CAnti-Wall Street demonstrators of the Occupy Chicago movement stood their ground in a downtown park in noisy but peaceful defiance of police orders to clear out, prompting 130 arrests early Sunday, authorities said.

Don’t misread Iraq exit, Clinton warns Iranians

posted: 10/24/2011 6:07 a.m.

Iran should not misread the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq as affecting the U.S. commitment to the fledgling democracy, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday.

Hawk shot with nail gun caught

posted: 10/24/2011 6:07 a.m.

A red-tailed hawk that appears to have been shot in the head with a nail gun was captured in a San Francisco park and rushed to a wildlife center, a rescue group said.

Lady Liberty getting webcams

posted: 10/24/2011 6:06 a.m.

Give me your tired, your poor — your Internet-connected masses yearning to see.

Somalis flee ahead of expected clashes

posted: 10/24/2011 6:05 a.m.

Thousands of people fled a camp for the displaced near Somalia’s capital Sunday, fearing an imminent clash between African Union peacekeepers and the al-Qaida-linked militants who are trying to demonstrate their strength amid an assault on two fronts.

Europeans wrestle with debt at talks

posted: 10/24/2011 6:04 a.m.

European leaders outlined plans to aid banks and ruled out tapping the European Central Bank’s balance sheet to boost the rescue fund, inching toward a revamped strategy to contain the Greece-fueled debt crisis.

Karzai sides with Pakistan

posted: 10/24/2011 6:04 a.m.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said if the United States and Pakistan ever went to war, his country would back Islamabad, drawing a sharp rebuke Sunday from Afghan lawmakers who claimed the country’s top officials were adopting hypocritical positions.

U.S.-Philippine drill hits beach

posted: 10/24/2011 6:02 a.m.

More than 200 U.S. and Filipino marines staged an amphibious assault on a beach in a combat drill Sunday near a South China Sea shoal disputed by China and the Philippines.

’12 time to tackle tax cuts?

posted: 10/24/2011 6:01 a.m.

Tax-cut legislation was big in this year’s legislative session, and with the state’s second-ever “fiscal session” just three months away, some legislators are drawing up plans to cut more.

UCA home renovation deja vu for Meadorses

posted: 10/24/2011 6 a.m.

The house that brought down a university president has something in common with another government-owned home.

Attendance ‘average,’ fair says

posted: 10/24/2011 5:59 a.m.

Wide-eyed and flat on his back, 4-year-old Kayden Loyd slid down the Fun Slide at the Arkansas State Fair on Sunday and got off smiling.

Library starts new chapter with NLR sales-tax proposal

posted: 10/24/2011 5:57 a.m.

When children arrive for story time at the Laman Library’s Argenta branch downtown, space usually gets pretty cramped.

State opens asbestos rule for comment

posted: 10/24/2011 5:56 a.m.

In response to questions raised by industry members over changes to the state’s asbestos abatement regulation, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality will hold a meeting Tuesday to take suggestions for more revisions.

Benefit bonds community, pastor says

posted: 10/24/2011 5:55 a.m.

It’s the silver anniversary for the annual all-you-caneat catfish and chicken dinner in North Little Rock that draws thousands out to dine while hundreds of volunteers dish out food and keep lines moving.

Police chief to meet LR occupiers over illegal camp; won’t leave, they say

posted: 10/24/2011 5:54 a.m.

After taking a largely hands-off approach for the first three days of the Occupy Little Rock protest at the Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas said he would likely meet with the protesters today.

Osher institute extends learning

posted: 10/24/2011 5:54 a.m.

Chal Ragsdale, a professor of music at the University of Arkansas, dims the lights as a 53-year-old black-andwhite clip from The Ed Sullivan Show flickers across a screen.

Bomb threat defendant to stand trial

posted: 10/24/2011 5:53 a.m.

A man accused of calling in a bomb threat to the Tyson plant in Nashville was deemed competent at a hearing in federal court Friday and scheduled for trial next month.

Accidents on state roadways kill 2

posted: 10/24/2011 5:52 a.m.

Two people were killed on Arkansas roadways over a two-day period, according to Arkansas State Police fatality reports.

Ex-state official seeks trout hatchery funds

posted: 10/24/2011 5:51 a.m.

Kirk Dupps said he’s tired of waiting for the federal government to build a trout hatchery along the tail water below Beaver Dam. A former chairman of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Dupps has begun an effort to get it done with state funds.

Man, 24, charged in Spa City killing

posted: 10/24/2011 5:50 a.m.

A Hot Springs man was arrested Saturday after police say he fatally shot one man and critically injured another.

Group aims to build kids’ shelter

posted: 10/24/2011 5:50 a.m.

When Lindsey Graham learned that abused children had to be sent from Newton County because it had no children’s shelter, she decided to start one.

Man found in LR car with wound dies

posted: 10/24/2011 5:49 a.m.

A man was found unresponsive in his car by Little Rock police early Sunday and was pronounced dead at UAMS Medical Center, Sgt. Cassandra Davis said in a news release.

Fair ride shut after piece flies off, hits 2

posted: 10/24/2011 5:48 a.m.

A ride at the Arkansas State Fair was shut down Sunday after an object flew off it and struck two people on another ride, the fair’s general manager said.

Hogs helpin’ victims of tornadoes

posted: 10/24/2011 5:47 a.m.

When the wall of Dave Kerwin’s shop blew away, it took him with it.

LR panel set on homosexuality issues

posted: 10/24/2011 5:45 a.m.

The Clinton School of Public Service and the Just Communities of Central Arkansas organization will present a panel discussion titled “Straight Talk” about homosexual and transsexual issues in Arkansas.

New grooves on I-540 to improve rain traction

posted: 10/24/2011 5:44 a.m.

Whenever it rains, Phillip Pense notices that Interstate 540 north of the Bobby Hopper Tunnel gets a little slippery.

Texarkana plant gets incentives

posted: 10/24/2011 5:43 a.m.

In an effort to keep Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. operating in Texarkana, local communities pooled resources and landed government money for upgrades.

Now that Gadhafi is gone . . .

posted: 10/24/2011 5:42 a.m.

Now comes the hard part.

A star is born

posted: 10/24/2011 5:42 a.m.

WHO IS this Richard Kinder, and why is what he says both so funny and so true?

OTHERS SAY: Make baseball chaw-free

posted: 10/24/2011 5:41 a.m.

Besides the World Series duel between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers, another significant battle is occurring in Major League Baseball—over the use of smokeless tobacco by players.

Guest writer: Something else I can’t do

posted: 10/24/2011 5:40 a.m.

Computers and various peripheral paraphernalia have caused me to be very dubious of my innate abilities. Now, I have discovered something else I can’t do.

WORLD SERIES GAME 4 Texas Rangers 4, St. Louis Cardinals 0: Rangers silence Pujols, Cardinals

posted: 10/24/2011 5:38 a.m.

Derek Holland kept Albert Pujols in the ballpark and the Texas Rangers in this World Series.

Bowyer emerges victorious

posted: 10/24/2011 5:36 a.m.

Teamwork meant very little in the closing laps at Talladega Superspeedway.

NFL WEEK 7: Mad dash in Dallas

posted: 10/24/2011 5:35 a.m.

The only drama at the end of this one was whether rookie DeMarco Murray would set the Dallas Cowboys’ franchise single-game rushing record, a remarkable feat considering it’s gone from Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett to NFL rushing king Emmitt Smith.

Sunday’s highlights

posted: 10/24/2011 5:34 a.m.

Tebow lifts Broncos Tim Tebow rallied the Broncos for two touchdowns in the final 2:44 of the fourth quarter to force overtime, and Matt Prater’s 52-yard field goal gave Denver an improbable 18-15 victory over the stunned Miami Dolphins in Miami. The Broncos trailed 15-0 with 5:23 left, and Tebow was 4 for 14 for 40 yards. 5C

Hogs drop despite victory, upsets

posted: 10/24/2011 5:33 a.m.

Losses by previously unbeaten Oklahoma and Wisconsin didn’t move Arkansas up in the Bowl Championship Series rankings.

COMMENTARY: Wheldon’s death will bring changes

posted: 10/24/2011 5:31 a.m.

Sometimes you find out more about someone in death than you ever knew about them in life.

NFL report

posted: 10/24/2011 5:30 a.m.

Raiders’ McFadden injures foot Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (Pulaski Oak Grove, Arkansas Razorbacks) entered Sunday as the NFL’s leading rusher with 610 yards.

Packers improve to 7-0

posted: 10/24/2011 5:29 a.m.

Despite the disparate records, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers found plenty of competition from Christian Ponder in the rookie’s first start for the Minnesota Vikings.

Chiefs pick off Raiders

posted: 10/24/2011 5:29 a.m.

In the end, it didn’t much matter whether Kyle Boller or Carson Palmer played quarterback for the Oakland Raiders. The Kansas City Chiefs had their way with both.


posted: 10/24/2011 5:28 a.m.

NO. POS. PLAYER, TEAM (CONNECTION) No. 90 DE JAMAAL ANDERSON, Indianapolis (Little Rock Parkview/Arkansas) WEEK 7 at New Orleans Saints: Played, had 2 tackles, including 1 unassisted, and 1 sack. No. 78 OL STACY ANDREWS, New York Giants (Camden Fairview) WEEK 7 Bye week. No. 26 DB JORDAN BABINEAUX, Tennessee (Southern Arkansas) WEEK 7 vs. Houston Texans: Started, had 11 tackles, including 9 unassisted. No. 65 RG MIKE BRISIEL, Houston (Fayetteville) WEEK 7 at Tennessee Titans:

Tebow, Broncos stun Dolphins

posted: 10/24/2011 5:26 a.m.

For 54 minutes, Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos couldn’t score.

Razorback Report

posted: 10/24/2011 5:23 a.m.

Another 2nd-half shutdown — Somewhat forgotten in Arkansas’ 29-24 victory over Ole Miss was the Razorbacks nearly shutting out a second consecutive opponent in the second half.

SATURDAY’S LATE TOP 25: Flat start after delay dooms Sooners

posted: 10/24/2011 5:21 a.m.

Oklahoma took the field without its usual pregame ritual of charging out the tunnel at the conclusion of an introduction video that gets the crowd and players pumped up.

HOG CALLS: Anderson brings fresh start for Hogs

posted: 10/24/2011 5:21 a.m.

Mike Anderson begins this Arkansas Razorbacks’ basketball season embracing the present and forgetting the past.

Instant replay

posted: 10/24/2011 5:21 a.m.

Bielema quizzed by some Bret Bielema made the right call but Wisconsin lost, so many fans aren’t thrilled with the coach the day after the Badgers’ first defeat of the season.

Tuberville, Texas Tech revel in victory

posted: 10/24/2011 5:20 a.m.

Tommy Tuberville got his significant victory with Texas Tech in Norman, Okla., a place where practically no one else could.

Birdie binge lifts Donald to victory, money title

posted: 10/24/2011 5:19 a.m.

Under the greatest pressure, Luke Donald delivered his finest performance.

Game five may be Wilson’s farewell

posted: 10/24/2011 5:18 a.m.

When C.J. Wilson starts Game 5 of the World Series, it could be his last outing for the Texas Rangers. The left-hander can become a free agent next month.

Amazon cuts publishers out of book cycle

posted: 10/24/2011 5:17 a.m.

Amazon. com Inc. has taught readers that they do not need bookstores. Now it is encouraging writers to cast aside their publishers.

Google takes cameras to the Amazon

posted: 10/24/2011 5:16 a.m.

This community in the heart of the Amazon is so remote that villagers had until recently never heard of one of the world’s best-known companies, Google.

Chinese take lead in solar panels

posted: 10/24/2011 5:15 a.m.

The recent high-profile failure of Fremont, Calif.-based solar manufacturer Solyndra can be traced to sprawling cities in China, where low-cost manufacturers have come to dominate the global industry by pushing down the price of solar panels to a point where most U.S. companies can’t compete.

SpaceX exec lobbies for part of contract for U.S. space flights

posted: 10/24/2011 5:13 a.m.

As House lawmakers voted on stop-gap legislation earlier this month to keep the U.S. government running, Elon Musk was in a meeting room just down the hall in the Capitol.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Updates to iPod line nice additions, but little need for recent buyers to upgrade

posted: 10/24/2011 5:12 a.m.

In case you didn’t hear, Apple released something new.

ON COMPUTERS: Anybody lost? These apps will show the way

posted: 10/24/2011 5:11 a.m.

Google Latitude and Apple’s Find My Friends are two free apps that help you, well, find your friends. Find My Friends works only with Apple’s latest mobile operating system, but Google’s Latitude works with anything. Still, if you really want to know what’s going on, you might want a tracking device, like PocketFinder.

Startup investments rise 31 percent

posted: 10/24/2011 5:10 a.m.

NEW YORK — Venture capitalists invested more money in more U.S. startups in the third quarter than they did a year earlier — especially in the software industry.

BlackBerry maker tells of software

posted: 10/24/2011 5:05 a.m.

Black-Berry maker Research In Motion Ltd. announced a new operating system last week in hopes of grabbing some attention away from the iPhone and Android phones.

U.S. seeks China’s website policies

posted: 10/24/2011 5:05 a.m.

The U.S. government has asked China to turn over details of its policies for censoring websites.

Happy trails

posted: 10/24/2011 5:03 a.m.

WETLANDS, BRIDGES LOOP Location: Park at the Clinton Presidential Center, 1200 President Clinton Ave., in downtown Little Rock. Walk north to the 13-acre wetlands along the river.

Get ready to roll in annual Mud Run

posted: 10/24/2011 5:03 a.m.

Mud is very nice to feel all squishy-squash between the toes, but when it clogs your ears and coats your eyeglasses and slips into your innermost undergarments... there had better be a sublimely funny reason.

Biomechanics kicks soccer into relevance for football

posted: 10/24/2011 5:02 a.m.

Paradigm shifts in sports fascinate me, in part because they’re virtually always unscientific. Everyone is doing things one way, then a pioneer realizes that another technique simply feels better. While athletes can immediately choose between the old and the new, scientists spend years deciding whether the new technique is truly an advancement.

Triathletes have rare chance to do off-road epic

posted: 10/24/2011 5:01 a.m.

Complete the similes.

The Mudder of all letdowns

posted: 10/24/2011 4:59 a.m.

I woke my once-in-a-lifetime neighbors with a blood-lusty shriek. The dim lamplight inside the Doubletree hotel room flickered. A single-serving Wolfgang Puck coffee hit the flaxen wallpaper.


posted: 10/24/2011 4:58 a.m.

It’s that time again. The new TV shows are out and the network axes are already falling. That means it’s time for the annual “Save My Show” contest.

Mayor will park it in Car-Free week

posted: 10/24/2011 4:58 a.m.

For the first Mayor’s Challenge to Go Car-Free, Nov. 5-11, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola plans to park his car for a week.

Running to best others, or trying to beat yourself?

posted: 10/24/2011 4:57 a.m.

What’s your orientation ?

Restless reader

posted: 10/24/2011 4:56 a.m.

Felon Fitness How to Get a Hard Body Without Doing Hard Time, by Trey Teufel and William S. Kroger (Adams Media paperback, October 2011), 214 pages, $15.95.

MASTER CLASS: Pushing limits of basic moves

posted: 10/24/2011 4:55 a.m.

Progressive training is an important strategy for those who aren’t content with their current fitness level.

Risking arrest, dehydration in Chicago, a defining race

posted: 10/24/2011 4:52 a.m.

Chatter on the Arkansas Road Runners Club of America message board about races canceled or unfinished reminded Alison Fowler of the first marathon she did in Chicago in 2007.

In the news

posted: 10/24/2011 4:49 a.m.

Craig Callen, a Mansfield, Ohio, dentist, is offering to buy kids’ trick-ortreat candy this Halloween for $1 per pound, with a 5-pound limit per child, and is throwing in toothbrushes to sweeten the deal.

The world in brief

posted: 10/24/2011 4:49 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Whatever I pick doesn’t matter. I hope it will improve the situation of Tunisia’s youth.” Fatima Toumi, 52, an illiterate housewife, after voting Sunday Article, 2A Satellite crashes; location uncertain BERLIN — A defunct German research satellite crashed to Earth somewhere in Southeast Asia on Sunday, a U.S. scientist said — but no one is still quite sure where.

Names and faces

posted: 10/24/2011 4:48 a.m.

Country music singer Loretta Lynn was hospitalized over the weekend with the early stages of pneumonia, according to a representative of the performer.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/24/2011 4:47 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This movement will not be a serious movement until we take a stand, and getting arrested is just one way of taking a stand.” Max Farrar, 20, a college junior, on arrests of Occupy Chicago participants Article, this page

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 10/24/2011 4:46 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: Reservoir Road North Little Rock: JFK Boulevard and H Street Pulaski County: Faulkner Lake Road


posted: 10/24/2011 4:45 a.m.

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

Other days

posted: 10/24/2011 4:45 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 24, 1911 For the first time in several months, the Little Rock recruiting station of the United States Army will make a special effort to secure negro recruits. Major Ewing, in charge of the station, has received a telegram from the department at Washington asking that the Little Rock station and its subsidiaries submit the names of exceptionally desirable negro applicants, either with or without record of prior service.


posted: 10/24/2011 4:42 a.m.

Reaping rewards of work People are marching on Wall Street and other areas in protest of the unequal division of money in society. There are some who say they can’t get a job, yet while they are protesting, marching and setting up camps, they are certainly not applying for jobs. I am sure they would be very happy to work for one of those greedy companies that make all that money they want distributed. One way to get the rich man’s money is to work for him. It’s called a job.

Police beat

posted: 10/24/2011 4:40 a.m.

Robbed and shot, LR victim says A man who was dropped off near Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock with two gunshot wounds in his torso Sunday night told officers he was shot during a robbery, police said.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/24/2011 4:17 a.m.

What Dez says isn’t totally true Dez Bryant, in what sounds like a clear endorsement of an Oklahoma State education, thinks the Dallas Cowboys are unbeatable.

Off the wire

posted: 10/24/2011 4:17 a.m.

MOTOR RACING Simoncelli killed in race Italian driver Marco Simoncelli died Sunday after crashing and being hit by two other drivers at the Malaysian MotoGP motorcycle race. He was 24. After the crash, Simoncelli was taken to a local hospital where he died of chest, head and neck injuries, race organizers said. “He was already unconscious when the medical team arrived,” MotoGP medical director Michele Macchiagodena said.

Technology news in brief

posted: 10/24/2011 4:16 a.m.

Google, Samsung unveil new software Google Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. last week announced new mobile-phone software, pitching facial recognition programs that enhance security and photo sorting to challenge Apple Inc.’s record-breaking iPhone.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 10/24/2011 4:14 a.m.

ALMA Jonathan R. and Erica M. Sanders (aka Erica M. Cash, Erica M. Shores, Erica M. Williams), 407 Riley Drive, Oct. 13, 2011, Chapter 7. ARKADELPHIA Lee Edward and Cynthia Michelle Young, 111 W. Dodson, Oct. 14, 2011, Chapter 13. ASHDOWN Latrina L. Tate, 229 Cindy Drive, Oct. 19, 2011, Chapter 13. AUSTIN Deena K. Carrow, 54 Bobby Lee Road, Oct. 17, 2011, Chapter 13.


posted: 10/24/2011 4:13 a.m.

Happy birthday. There’s music in you, and you’ll express it. Your song may literally be music, or it may come out in the form of artful living. November brings improved transportation. Family developments spice up the action in December. A January trade favors you. A special connection invigorates your social arena in February. Aries and Pisces people adore you.


posted: 10/24/2011 4:13 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I have some friends who keep telling me I need to find out how to live from the Bible. But I’ve gotten along just fine so far by using ordinary common sense to make my decisions, so why should I bother with the Bible? — K.G.


posted: 10/24/2011 4:09 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I just read your item from a lady in Maine about safely packing picture frames. Her idea is good. However, I’d go one step further and pack only the frames. I shipped my son’s favorite framed airplane photos to him, each separately wrapped and cushioned from each other, corners safely protected in a sturdy cardboard box with many “Glass” and “Caution: Breakable” labels.

Super Quiz: Answer ends in “hill”

posted: 10/24/2011 3:12 a.m.

1. English prime minister during World War II 2. The U.S. Congress (informally) 3. Some people make a mountain out of it. 4. The first important battle of the American Revolutionary War 5. English comic noted for his long-running TV show 6. Idiom meaning “too old to be useful” 7. Where Louis Armstrong found his thrill 8. The Rough Riders charged up it. 9. Site of the University of North Carolina Answers 1. Winston Churchill 2. Capitol Hill 3. Molehill 4. Bunker Hill 5. Benny Hill 6. Over the hill 7. Blueberry Hill 8. San Juan Hill 9. Chapel Hill

Sunday, October 23

Little Rock man found shot to death in car

posted: 10/23/2011 2:36 p.m.

Little Rock police are investigating the shooting death of a 44-year-old man found dead in his car.

Turkish inmates escape quake-hit prison

posted: 10/23/2011 1:44 p.m.

Turkey’s state-run television says a group of inmates have escaped from a prison in Turkey’s quake-hit region.

Dennis Quaid to sell Montana ranch for $14M

posted: 10/23/2011 1:10 p.m.

Actor Dennis Quaid is trying to sell his 420-acre southern Montana ranch near Yellowstone National Park for $14 million.

Fixtures stripped from Arkansas home of stroke patient

posted: 10/23/2011 1 p.m.

Police in Jonesboro are investigating the significant theft of items from the home of a woman who is out-of-state recovering from a stroke.

More than 6K properties sit vacant in Arkansas

posted: 10/23/2011 12:39 p.m.

More than 6,000 properties are sitting vacant in Arkansas because the owners are delinquent in paying their taxes.

Texarkanas fight over control of treatment plant

posted: 10/23/2011 12:30 p.m.

The two separate governments responsible for Texarkana are squabbling over who will lead the upgrade of a shared wastewater treatment plant.

7.2-magnitude quake hits Turkey

posted: 10/23/2011 9:16 a.m.

A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey Sunday, collapsing about 45 buildings, according to the deputy prime minister.

Museum Readies Volunteers

posted: 10/23/2011 5:57 a.m.

Gail Slagle walked into the gallery for the first time a little more than a month ago. Once a week, three times a month, since the beginning of the year, she has studied art history in preparation for her work as a volunteer at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. “To walk in the museum and see them hanging on the wall, it was pretty exciting,” she said.

At the end, Gadhafi didn’t get off a shot

posted: 10/23/2011 5:35 a.m.

After 42 years of absolute power in Libya, Moammar Gadhafi spent his last days in states of defiance, anger and delusion, surviving on rice and pasta that his guards scrounged from the emptied civilian houses he moved between every few days, according to a senior security official captured with him.

Parks stand to benefit from tax rise in NLR

posted: 10/23/2011 5:32 a.m.

Two years behind schedule, a partially completed baseball complex in North Little Rock’s Burns Park is to finally open in 2012, but unless a sales tax increase passes Nov. 8 the complex will lack several amenities, officials said recently.

3 arms of law a 1-2-3 punch

posted: 10/23/2011 5:30 a.m.

The three investigations that led to scores of arrests and hundreds of federal drug charges in three Arkansas cities this month required years of long hours, undercover work and a lot of money.

Cain wearing cape of outsider

posted: 10/23/2011 5:30 a.m.

Herman Cain, the Republican presidential candidate with the sharp wit and easy-to-remember tax plan, is a cancer survivor, radio host and former chief executive of Godfather’s Pizza. On the campaign trail, he talks up his business experience, casting himself as a “problem solver” and Washington outsider.

Who is killing Mexican city’s drug thugs?

posted: 10/23/2011 5:26 a.m.

The callers to the radio program were voicing their support for the Matazetas, the Zeta killers.

Drought drives dowser demand

posted: 10/23/2011 5:26 a.m.

Spencer Powell and his drilling crew assembled behind the Living Word Harvester Church at a spot where, according to Powell’s ancient craft, they would find water.

Battlefield medicine one course in 39th’s training

posted: 10/23/2011 5:25 a.m.

Despite uncertainty about future troop levels in Afghanistan, Arkansas’ largest National Guard unit is on track to make a scheduled deployment there late next summer.

For rich, good times roll

posted: 10/23/2011 5:24 a.m.

On a recent Thursday night in Hollywood, NBA player James Harden was holding court, but there wasn’t a basketball in sight.

Car firm takes U.S. cash, stalls creation of U.S. jobs

posted: 10/23/2011 5:23 a.m.

WASHINGTON — An electric-car company backed by more than a half-billion dollars in Energy Department loan guarantees has missed early manufacturing goals and has gradually pushed back plans for U.S. production and the creation of thousands of jobs.

Courts step in to resolve states’ redistricting fights

posted: 10/23/2011 5:22 a.m.

The once-a-decade process of redrawing congressional districts is moving from the smoke-filled back room to the courtroom. Lawsuits related to redistricting have been filed in more than half the states, asking judges to decide issues that include whether the new maps take partisan gerrymandering too far or discriminate against voters who are members of minority groups.

American Indian activist mourned

posted: 10/23/2011 5:21 a.m.

Elouise Cobell was remembered Saturday as a warrior whose compassion and grit drove her to dedicate the last 16 years of her life to holding the U.S. government accountable for billions lost or stolen from her fellow American Indians.

Study favors fuel depots in space

posted: 10/23/2011 5:21 a.m.

By considering a proposal to put filling stations in the sky, NASA is looking to accelerate plans to send astronauts to distant destinations.

Illinois lawmaker lands a sweet deal in Senate

posted: 10/23/2011 5:20 a.m.

There’s a sweet story set in the nation’s capital, a tale devoid, mostly, of political knife fights and grenades.

Agency reviews use of fire retardant

posted: 10/23/2011 5:20 a.m.

The U.S. Forest Service has backed off claims about the effectiveness of the huge red plumes of fire retardant that big airplanes drop on wildfires, but the agency does not expect to cut back on using it.

Quick-action fund has few state critics

posted: 10/23/2011 5:19 a.m.

When Gov. Mike Beebe proposed the Quick Action Closing Fund as a tool for economic development during his 2006 campaign, his opponent called it a “slush fund.” Some in Texas have claimed that a similar fund controlled by Gov. Rick Perry has become just that, with allegations of taxpayer money being handed out to campaign contributors and companies in which the governor has a financial stake.

Saudi crown prince dies in N.Y. after long illness

posted: 10/23/2011 5:19 a.m.

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, the heir apparent to the Saudi throne and one of the kingdom’s most powerful princes until illness sapped his strength in recent years, has died.

Didn’t embellish parents’ story, Rubio says

posted: 10/23/2011 5:19 a.m.

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a Republican whose name has circulated recently as a possible vice presidential candidate, lashed out Friday at those who accused him of embellishing his family’s history. He asserted that his family’s inability to return to Cuba was a defining event in all their lives, regardless of when his parents first arrived in the United States.


posted: 10/23/2011 5:18 a.m.

Area Couples Wed

Rice memoir tells of tension in post-9/11 White House

posted: 10/23/2011 5:18 a.m.

Condoleezza Rice clashed repeatedly with Vice President Dick Cheney over what to do with captured terrorism suspects and at one point threatened to resign when she felt circumvented, according to a memoir of her time in Washington, due out next month.

Kenyans prepare for ground battle

posted: 10/23/2011 5:17 a.m.

Kenyan troops in Somalia closed in Saturday on the rebel-held town of Afmadow, where they may fight their first ground battle against al-Qaidalinked militants since launching an offensive last weekend, a military spokesman said.


posted: 10/23/2011 5:17 a.m.

Area Couples Announce Plans

Iraqis face post-U.S. future

posted: 10/23/2011 5:15 a.m.

For the first time in decades, Iraqis face a future on their own, with neither Saddam Hussein’s iron fist nor the United States’ military might to hold them together.

Male support crucial element of Komen race

posted: 10/23/2011 5:15 a.m.

Catcalls and whistles are usually considered rude. But during the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, it’s the language of love, at least when women are hooting and hollering at the male supporters lining the route of the breast-cancer charity event.

NO. 9 ARKANSAS 29, MISSISSIPPI 24: Breathtaking victory

posted: 10/23/2011 5:14 a.m.

Arkansas flirted with disaster virtually all afternoon against Mississippi on Saturday.

Clinton visits Afghan neighbors

posted: 10/23/2011 5:13 a.m.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday urged Afghanistan’s Central Asian neighbors to play a role in securing and rebuilding the country as American forces withdraw over the next three years.

Syrian forces search for dissenters in suburbs

posted: 10/23/2011 5:12 a.m.

Thousands of Syrian security forces fanned out Saturday through suburbs of the capital, Damascus, in search of regime opponents, while five others were killed in raids across the country, activists said.


posted: 10/23/2011 5:11 a.m.

Albert Pujols let his bat make all the noise, and it was pretty loud.

Flood likely to persist for weeks, Thai warns

posted: 10/23/2011 5:11 a.m.

Thailand’s prime minister said Saturday that catastrophic floods may take up to six weeks to recede, as residents living in Bangkok’s outskirts sloshed through waist-high waters in some areas, and the human toll from the crisis nationwide rose to 356 dead and more than 110,000 displaced.

India bridge falls, killing at least 13

posted: 10/23/2011 5:09 a.m.

Officials said Saturday that a wooden bridge spanning a river in the northeastern Indian district of Darjeeling collapsed as local mountain villagers gathered on it for a meeting, and at least 13 people were killed.

Study links online pals, brain tissue

posted: 10/23/2011 5:09 a.m.

People who have more Facebook friends have more gray matter in their brains, U.K. researchers said, a finding sure to spur further research on the relationship between social networking and the mind.

LIKE IT IS: Arkansas does enough to avoid calamity

posted: 10/23/2011 5:08 a.m.

On a sun-drenched Saturday that could have been created for football, the Arkansas Razorbacks got bowl eligible by scoring 29 consecutive points against the worst football team in the SEC.

COMMENTARY: Polamalu fine by NFL out of bounds

posted: 10/23/2011 5:07 a.m.

Roger Goodell had some work to do before jetting off across the pond to try and convince the British that they really do need more American football.

Week 7 capsules

posted: 10/23/2011 5:06 a.m.

TV GAMES — All times Central Texans at Titans Noon, CBS LINE — Titans by 3 LAST MEETING Tennessee beat Houston 31-17 on Dec. 19, 2010. LAST WEEK Houston lost to Baltimore 29-14, Tennessee had bye.

Martin, Johnson take front row at Talladega

posted: 10/23/2011 5:05 a.m.

For the first time since Dan Wheldon’s fatal accident, the focus was back on the racetrack.

NFL Arkansans

posted: 10/23/2011 5:02 a.m.

STATISTICAL KEY tt-total tackles, ut-unassisted tackles, pd-passes defensed, int-interception, ff-forced fumbles, fr-fumble recovery, TD-touchdown, rec-catches, att-rushing attempts, yds-yards

Oaklawn report

posted: 10/23/2011 5:01 a.m.

Unbeaten Rocket in Juvenile Unbeaten Rocket Twentyone is expected to be pre-entered today for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

Celebrations welcome Libyans home

posted: 10/23/2011 5:01 a.m.

The fighters who finished off the last of fallen leader Moammar Gadhafi’s forces returned to a hero’s welcome in the birthplace of the Libyan revolution Saturday as thousands of flag-waving residents poured into the streets to cheer the convoy.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Receiver shows shining moment not a fluke

posted: 10/23/2011 4:59 a.m.

Arkansas commitment Keon Hatcher is having a banner senior season at receiver despite drawing extra attention from opponents.

High school football rankings

posted: 10/23/2011 4:58 a.m.

OVERALL RK., TEAM CONF. REC. RK., TEAM CONF. REC. 1. Bentonville 7A-West 8-0 6. El Dorado 6A-South 7-1 2. Pulaski Academy 7-4 A 8-0 7. West Memphis 7A/6A-East 7-1 3. N. Little Rock

An inspirational Echo

posted: 10/23/2011 4:57 a.m.

Bonita Paul’s memorial is rendered in light pink letters on the back of her tank top.

Week 9 games

posted: 10/23/2011 4:55 a.m.

CLASS 7A/6A 7A/6A-CENTRAL Bryant at North Little Rock, 7 p.m. LR Catholic at LR Central, 7 p.m. Russellville at Conway, 7 p.m. Van Buren at Cabot, 7 p.m. 7A-WEST Fayetteville at Spr. Har-Ber, 7:30 p.m. FS Northside at Rogers, 7:30 p.m. Rog. Heritage at FS Southside, 7:30 p.m. Springdale at Bentonville, 7:30 p.m. 7A/6A-EAST Jacksonville at West Memphis, 7 p.m. Jonesboro at Marion, 7 p.m. LR Hall at Searcy, 7 p.m. Mountain Home at LR Parkview, 7 p.m. 6A-SOUTH El Dorado at Benton, 7 p.m. LR Fair at Sheridan, 7 p.m. Pine Bluff at LR McClellan, 7 p.m. Texarkana at Lake Hamilton, 7 p.m.

SOUTHLAND: Bears come back again on road, outlast Cards

posted: 10/23/2011 4:54 a.m.

Central Arkansas started slow on the road again.

Indiana twins give birth on same day

posted: 10/23/2011 4:54 a.m.

Identical twins in Indiana now have another birthday in common: They delivered babies on the same day at the same hospital.

GREAT AMERICAN: QB makes call on Reddies’ big play

posted: 10/23/2011 4:52 a.m.

The path of Nathan Nall’s junior season has included a few more bumps than the quarterback would have liked.

Deal on Greece still seen elusive

posted: 10/23/2011 4:52 a.m.

A top bank lobbyist insisted Saturday that banks and the eurozone are far from reaching a deal to cut Greece’s debt, despite claims by eurozone finance ministers that they will ask banks to take steeper losses on their Greek bonds.

Nevada GOP moves caucuses

posted: 10/23/2011 4:51 a.m.

Nevada Republicans voted Saturday to shift the date of the state’s presidential caucuses to Feb. 4 and avoid penalties from the national party for meddling with the election calendar.

PAPER TRAILS: It’s Sweet Connie’s sweet side

posted: 10/23/2011 4:51 a.m.

CRAFTY GAL: So Connie Hamzy of Little Rock, long immortalized in the opening lyrics of Grand Funk Railroad’s 1970s rock anthem “We’re an American Band,” is famous for one thing and it isn’t for being sweet. The song took the local rock groupie’s reputation to a national level, and she’s since appeared on an array of talk shows and in books and magazine articles sharing stories from her countless backstage adventures.

Utility looks to Texas for water-saving tips

posted: 10/23/2011 4:50 a.m.

Little Rock is wetter and a few degrees cooler during the summer than Austin, but the local water utility director has looked to the Texas capital and other cities in the South for ideas on how to encourage customers to conserve water.

GREAT AMERICAN: OBU back gets off bike, into end zone

posted: 10/23/2011 4:49 a.m.

Chris Rycraw spent most of Saturday’s game riding an exercise bike because of a bum ankle.

Find has geologists all atremble

posted: 10/23/2011 4:49 a.m.

The discovery of prehistoric earthquakes in Lee County has geologists studying further to determine if those quakes were larger and more volatile than the series that shook the New Madrid fault system about 70 miles to the north in 1811-12.

Ozarks mansion promotes ‘more thoughtful’ building

posted: 10/23/2011 4:48 a.m.

Steven Huff of Virginia is building a second home in the Ozark Mountains. At 72,000 square feet, it will be one of the largest residences in the United States, with 13 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms.

In the news

posted: 10/23/2011 4:48 a.m.

Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor who was once considered a potential Republican presidential contender before admitting to an affair in 2009, will join Fox News as a paid political commentator through the 2012 presidential elections.

Names and faces

posted: 10/23/2011 4:48 a.m.

NPR will no longer distribute the member stationproduced program World of Opera to about 60 stations across the country because show host Lisa Simeone helped organize an ongoing Washington protest, a network official said Friday evening. Instead, North Carolina-based classical music station WDAV, which produces the show, said it will distribute the nationally syndicated program on its own beginning Nov. 11.

TV news shows

posted: 10/23/2011 4:47 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock. NBC’s Meet the Press — Clinton; Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul; White House adviser David Plouffe. 9 a.m., KARK-TV, Channel 4, Little Rock.

MUSIC REVIEW: Orchestra, guest shine during ‘Fire and Light’

posted: 10/23/2011 4:47 a.m.

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s aptly named “Fire and Light” program at Robinson Center Music Hall was a mixture of passion, illumination, playfulness and intensity.

Education notebook

posted: 10/23/2011 4:47 a.m.

LR debate team in N.Y. for contest Members of the debate team at Little Rock’s Parkview Magnet High School are in New York City through Monday to participate in the Empire Mock Trial Championships.

SWAC roundup

posted: 10/23/2011 4:47 a.m.

GRAMBLING STATE 30, MISS. VALLEY ST. 24, OT GRAMBLING, La. — D.J. Williams threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Mario Louis in overtime to give Grambling State a victory over winless Mississippi Valley State.


posted: 10/23/2011 4:46 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball: 3-8-23-30-58 Powerball: 13 Estimated jackpot: $148 million Power Play: 4

SEC: Alabama shows up in 2nd half, whips Tennessee

posted: 10/23/2011 4:46 a.m.

Alabama fans can finally move on from the big rival to the really big game.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/23/2011 4:46 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Every 10 years, redistricting litigation joins death and taxes as a virtual certainty.” Justin Levitt, a Loyola Law School professor, who said lawsuits related to redistricting have been filed in 28 states so far Article, 5A

Johnson memories fodder for address

posted: 10/23/2011 4:45 a.m.

Christy Carpenter, chief executive officer of the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute and daughter of an aide to President Lyndon Baines Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird, will share her memories about the prominent Texans when she addresses the Little Rock Political Animals Club meeting Nov. 2.

Sherwood man dies in motorcycle crash

posted: 10/23/2011 4:45 a.m.

A Sherwood man was killed in a motorcycle crash Friday afternoon on U.S. 67/167, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality report.

SEC: Rodgers sparks Vanderbilt’s offense

posted: 10/23/2011 4:44 a.m.

It may be time to start thinking of Jordan Rodgers as something other than Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ little brother.

Newton County last using postal routes

posted: 10/23/2011 4:43 a.m.

Newton County is the last county in the state using postal routes instead of physical addresses for mail delivery and emergency services, but the conversion is under way.

SEC: Ranks thinned, but LSU rolls

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It didn’t matter who was throwing long passes to Rueben Randle, and it certainly didn’t matter that LSU was missing three key players.

World Bank official schedules LR talk

posted: 10/23/2011 4:41 a.m.

Markus Kostner, the social-development practice leader for the East Asia and Pacific Region at the World Bank, will speak Wednesday at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.

OUR TOWN: Little Rock notebook

posted: 10/23/2011 4:40 a.m.

Work starts soon on new fire station City Manager Bruce Moore said he expects the city to break ground next month on a new fire station in west Little Rock.

SUN BELT: Home skid ends at 18 for Western Kentucky

posted: 10/23/2011 4:40 a.m.

Western Kentucky ended an 18-game home losing streak Saturday behind Bobby Rainey’s career-high three touchdowns and 206 rushing yards in a 42-23 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette.

Dennis a menace to Rebels

posted: 10/23/2011 4:38 a.m.

Dennis Johnson was just looking for a first down.

Instant replay

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Sacking Mackey not easy Senior defensive end Jake Bequette had one of Arkansas’ three sacks of Ole Miss quarterback Randall Mackey, but came close to many more.

Pet of the week

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Rex is the pet of the week. He is a handsome 9-month-old yellow Labrador mix with orange floppy ears and a curly tail. He is friendly, playful and very snuggly. Rex is great with other dogs, cats and children and has a medium energy level. He is learning manners in his foster home. Rex is kennel-trained and knows how to sit on command. He’s a smart, sweet dog who goes with the flow and would be a fun addition to any family. His big, brown eyes are irresistible.

CRITICAL MASS: For this critic, Jeff Nichols is so good it hurts

posted: 10/23/2011 4:33 a.m.

As a rule, I don’t read reviews of movies (or other works) that I intend to review myself before I write (and publish) my own pieces.


posted: 10/23/2011 4:33 a.m.

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

Other days

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100 YEARS AGO Oct. 23, 1911 Argentans who work in Little Rock and those from across the river who work on the Argenta side, saw the first frost of the year yesterday morning. Although no killing frost formed, there was a light frost and it was easily perceptible on the long free bridge. In fact, before the sun arose to dissipate the crystalline formation, the “pikeway” to Little Rock was almost white.

Hogs mull feeble 1st-half efforts

posted: 10/23/2011 4:32 a.m.

The Arkansas Razorbacks got off to another slow start Saturday.

Donald Kenneth Weir

posted: 10/23/2011 4:30 a.m.

The story of Arkansas and frozen yogurt is a dramatic one. It opens in the early 1980s with a former insurance salesman sampling the treat at a department store in Dallas, returning home and opening a yogurt store that then, practically overnight, morphs into a national franchise. The story of Arkansas and frozen yogurt ends in 2000 with TCBY, short for The Country’s Best Yogurt, cooling off after its explosive start and being sold to a company in Salt Lake City.