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Stories for April 2, 2012

Hope woman burned man while he slept, police say

posted: 04/02/2012 5:54 p.m. Discuss

Hope police are looking for a woman who purportedly set a man on fire while he slept Sunday, according to a release.

Officers investigate vandalism at 3 churches

posted: 04/02/2012 4:09 p.m. Comment 1

Three churches had windows broken on the same day in Lonoke County.

1-year-old Oregon boy drowns in washing machine

posted: 04/02/2012 4:03 p.m. Discuss

Oregon police say the parents of a 1-year-old boy who drowned in a washing machine will likely not face charges.

6 confirmed dead in Oakland school shooting

posted: 04/02/2012 4:02 p.m. Comment 1

Officials say six people are dead and three are wounded after a shooting attack at a California Christian university.

7 teenagers charged with alcohol possession

posted: 04/02/2012 3:33 p.m. Comments 2

Seven underage people have been charged with possession of alcohol, according to a report from the Baxter County sheriff's office.

Storms damage areas of Arkansas

updated: 04/02/2012 7:24 p.m. Discuss

Severe thunderstorms damaged a motel and a mobile home and knocked trees onto a highway in southern Arkansas, but no injuries have been reported.

Authorities arrest Cabot man for assaulting woman, dog

updated: 04/02/2012 3:35 p.m. Comments 2

Lonoke County authorities arrested a Cabot man Monday morning for assaulting a woman and her dog, according to a report.

Two arrested in motor thefts

posted: 04/02/2012 1:15 p.m. Discuss

Two people were arrested on theft charges last week, according to a report from the Baxter County sheriff's office.

3 cases of deadly bat fungus reported

posted: 04/02/2012 12:53 p.m. Discuss

Missouri conservationists say the state has its first confirmed cases of white-nose syndrome, a fatal bat-to-bat disease that has killed more than 5 million bats around the country.

Mitsubishi halts Fort Smith turbine plant construction

posted: 04/02/2012 12:01 p.m. Discuss

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., a Japanese maker of heavy machinery, will suspend construction of its wind turbine manufacturing plant in Fort Smith because of sluggish demand in the U.S.

Mass layoffs at an all-time high in Arkansas

posted: 04/02/2012 11:58 a.m. Comments 14

Mass layoffs hit an all-time high in Arkansas in 2011, according to a recent report.

Arkansas surgeon general arrested at his home

updated: 04/02/2012 12:05 p.m. Comments 11

Arkansas Surgeon General Joe Thompson was arrested Saturday night following an incident with a security guard.

Immigration officials arrest more than 3,100

posted: 04/02/2012 11:30 a.m. Comments 6

Federal officials say they arrested more than 3,100 immigrants convicted of serious crimes and fugitives in a six-day nationwide sweep.

Ex-NFL QB Ryan Leaf arrested 2nd time in Montana

posted: 04/02/2012 11:25 a.m. Discuss

Two days after posting bail for drug and burglary charges, former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been arrested a second time in Montana.

UCA board approves Aramark contract extension

updated: 04/02/2012 2:21 p.m. Discuss

The University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees approved a 10-year contract extension on the school's deal with with Aramark as the sole food supplier on campus in a Monday afternoon meeting.

UPDATE: Police investigate shooting at Rogers middle school

updated: 04/02/2012 5:27 p.m. Discuss

Students at Kirksey Middle School were kept in classrooms Monday morning while police investigated a shooting that took place at the school Sunday night.

Sen. Pryor receives Bumpers leadership award

updated: 04/03/2012 12:57 p.m. Video | Comments 2

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor received a leadership award for his work to channel federal funding to a UAMS health education program April 2.

Manufacturing in US grew at faster pace in March

posted: 04/02/2012 11:06 a.m. Discuss

Manufacturing in the U.S. expanded at a faster pace in March, driven by gains in employment and production.

Police look for veteran's artifacts

posted: 04/02/2012 10:45 a.m. Comment 1

The Miller County sheriff’s office says it’s still looking for artifacts that were stolen from the estate of a World War II veteran who was a member of the company that inspired the “Band of Brothers” book and miniseries.

Rising fuel prices haven’t slowed Midwest economy

posted: 04/02/2012 10:31 a.m. Discuss

Rising fuel prices haven’t slowed the economy in nine Midwest and Plains states, and a report released Monday suggests the region will continue growing unless there is a major economic shock.

Get real (TV, that is)

posted: 04/02/2012 10:10 a.m. Discuss

Although he never experienced reality TV, pop artist Andy Warhol is looking more prophetic by the day, Michael Storey writes in Tuesday’s Style section.

Court rejects civil suits over lies to grand jury

posted: 04/02/2012 10:03 a.m. Discuss

The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that witnesses who lie to a grand jury are protected from civil lawsuits.

Airlines did a better job for passengers in 2011

posted: 04/02/2012 10:01 a.m. Discuss

Airline performance improved last year as judged by four measures — passengers who endured lost bags, delayed flights, lousy service or bumpings from full flights, according to an annual report to be released Monday.

High court upholds jails’ strip searches

posted: 04/02/2012 9:32 a.m. Comment 1

The Supreme Court has ruled that jailers may subject people arrested for minor offenses to invasive strip searches, siding with security needs over privacy rights.

Petrino in stable condition following motorcycle accident

updated: 04/02/2012 4:43 p.m. Comments 24

Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino was involved in a motorcycle accident Sunday night, Arkansas State Police says.

Bill Clinton: Obama can argue he steadied economy

posted: 04/02/2012 7:35 a.m. Comments 52

Former President Bill Clinton says he believes President Barack Obama can win re-election if he can convince voters that he steadied a shaky economy.

Motor home crash kills 5 from family

posted: 04/02/2012 7:28 a.m. Discuss

Authorities have identified the five members of a Minnesota family killed when a motor home crashed in Kansas, sending 13 others to hospitals.

Lottery director says winning ticket still unclaimed

posted: 04/02/2012 7:11 a.m. Discuss

The director of the Maryland Lottery says no one in the state has stepped forward with a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket yet.

Recycling program kicks off in LR today

posted: 04/02/2012 7:03 a.m. Comments 8

The new recycling program begins today in Little Rock.

18-month old missing after attack on mother

updated: 04/02/2012 6:07 p.m. Discuss

Authorities are searching for an Arkansas man suspected of abducting his 18-month-old daughter after crashing his car into the girl’s mother’s and then beating and stabbing the woman with an ice pick.

Guatemalan man drowns in Arkansas rock quarry

posted: 04/02/2012 6:37 a.m. Discuss

Authorities say a 28-year-old man has drowned at a rock quarry near Mayflower.

Arabs pledge $100 million to free Syria

posted: 04/02/2012 5:14 a.m. Discuss

Arab states in the Persian Gulf have agreed to provide a monthly stipend of several million dollars to pay a “salary” to opposition fighters in Syria and encourage more defections from President Bashar Assad’s army, participants at an international conference on the Syrian crisis said Sunday.

Romney campaign gathers steam

posted: 04/02/2012 5:11 a.m. Comment 1

President Barack Obama’s administration launched a multipronged assault on Mitt Romney’s values and foreign policy credentials Sunday, while a fresh set of prominent Republicans rallied behind the GOP front runner as the odds-on nominee, further signs the general election is overtaking the primary season.

Health-care mandates precede overhaul law

posted: 04/02/2012 5:08 a.m. Comments 3

The individual insurance requirement in President Barack Obama’s overhaul law that the Supreme Court is reviewing isn’t the first federal mandate involving health care.

Suu Kyi wins seat, Burmese party says

posted: 04/02/2012 5:05 a.m. Discuss

Supporters of Burma’s opposition icon Aung San Suu Kyi broke out in euphoric cheers Sunday after her party said she won a parliamentary seat in a landmark election, setting the stage for her to take public office for the first time.

Swift top entertainer for second time

posted: 04/02/2012 5:02 a.m. Discuss

Taylor Swift won her second consecutive entertainer-of-the year award at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night, just 24 hours after she was saluted by first lady Michelle Obama for her charity work on The Kids’ Choice Awards.

Korean families split up for American schooling

posted: 04/02/2012 4:59 a.m. Discuss

As American teenagers go, Sally Kim is pretty typical. She’s crazy about singer Bruno Mars and the Plain White T’s rock band, spends way too much time on Facebook and can’t wait to start college in the fall.

Archives releases 1940 Census data

posted: 04/02/2012 4:58 a.m. Discuss

When the 1940 Census records are released today, Verla Morris can consider herself a part of living history.

Cell phone linked to accident; 2 die

posted: 04/02/2012 4:54 a.m. Discuss

A man who police said was on his cell phone while driving drifted onto the dirt shoulder of a road north of Denver and killed two men and critically injured a teenage boy Saturday, authorities said.

Clinton challenges Iran to prove nukes not aim

posted: 04/02/2012 4:53 a.m. Discuss

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday urged Iran to back up its declaration that Islam bars weapons of mass destruction by agreeing to a plan that would prove it does not intend to develop nuclear arms.

Mali’s coup leader to keep constitution

posted: 04/02/2012 4:52 a.m. Discuss

The junior officer who overthrew Mali’s democratically elected leader late last month and dissolved the nation’s constitution made a public U-turn Sunday, declaring amid enormous international pressure that he was reinstating the 1992 constitution and planning to hold elections.

U.K. drafts electronic-spying plan

posted: 04/02/2012 4:49 a.m. Discuss

The U.K. government is preparing proposals for a nationwide electronic surveillance network that could potentially keep track of every message sent by any Briton to anyone at any time, an industry official briefed on the government’s moves said Sunday.

Pilgrims to Jerusalem observe Palm Sunday

posted: 04/02/2012 4:48 a.m. Discuss

Hundreds of Christian pilgrims marked Palm Sunday in the Holy Land on Sunday, holding Masses and processions retracing Jesus’ triumphant return to Jerusalem.

The world in brief

posted: 04/02/2012 4:44 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The world must judge [Syrian President Bashar] Assad by what he does, not by what he says. And we cannot sit back and wait any longer.” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, as the U.S. and Arab nations agreed to send money and communications equipment to Syrian opposition fighters Article, 1A

The nation in brief

posted: 04/02/2012 4:43 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s so crazy to think that a society that has Social Security and Medicare would not find this [health-care law] constitutional.” Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist who advised both the Obama administration and Massachusetts lawmakers as they developed the state mandate in the 2006 law Article, 1A

Names and faces

posted: 04/02/2012 4:42 a.m. Discuss

Host Will Smith opened the 25th annual Kids’ Choice Awards promising a record amount of the show’s trademark green gunk, which can come from a hidden bucket, dumped from the rafters or exploded from little orange blimps. “No one is safe from the slime!” screamed Smith.

In the news

posted: 04/02/2012 4:41 a.m. Discuss

Tivadar Tulassay, the rector of Budapest based Semmelweis University, has resigned after the school stripped Hungarian President Pal Schmitt of his doctorate for copying most of his thesis, saying, “The supervisory authority’s loss of trust toward my person has become palpable.”

2 cities get count in census increased

posted: 04/02/2012 4:40 a.m. Comments 2

More than a year after the release of the 2010 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau has already revised the populations of two Arkansas cities as it corrects errors made in counting the nation’s residents.

Canines, handlers help out lawmen

posted: 04/02/2012 4:38 a.m. Discuss

Anyone who’s been lost in Johnson County in the past few years, whether on purpose or by accident, has likely met bloodhound Finnagus Sage and his handler, Sue Christian.

Back raising tax for roads, say 2 in race

posted: 04/02/2012 4:31 a.m. Comments 4

Two of the three candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in a southeast Arkansas Senate district say they intend to vote for a proposed constitutional amendment to temporarily raise the state’s sales tax by a half percent to improve highways and roads.

LR Fire Department seeks cash

posted: 04/02/2012 4:29 a.m. Discuss

In light of a jump in the number of accidents involving Little Rock Fire Department vehicles, the department hopes the purchase of a $300,000 driving simulator will better train drivers and cut the accident rate in half.

State forests, parks hazard for hikers

posted: 04/02/2012 4:28 a.m. Discuss

Two people recently fell from bluffs while hiking in Northwest Arkansas.

Clinics don’t reach all, leader says

posted: 04/02/2012 4:26 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas’ network of federally funded community health clinics served more than 155,000 patients last year, but advocates who just returned from a week of lobbying in Washington say many more go without care.

6 more bank robberies tied to Rogers man, 33

posted: 04/02/2012 4:23 a.m. Discuss

A Rogers man accused of robbing four Benton County banks has now been charged with robbing six Washington County banks.

4 killed Saturday in auto accidents

posted: 04/02/2012 4:22 a.m. Discuss

Four people were killed Saturday in motor vehicle accidents in Garland, Columbia and Craighead counties, the Arkansas State Police reported.

REVIEW: Cosby has crowd in hysterics

posted: 04/02/2012 4:20 a.m. Discuss

Bill Cosby no longer does stand-up comedy.

Civil War events observed in April

posted: 04/02/2012 4:19 a.m. Discuss

Several battle re-enactments, programs and memorial ceremonies sanctioned by the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission will be held in April in observance of the war’s 150th anniversary.

Police beat

posted: 04/02/2012 4:12 a.m. Discuss

2 shot Sunday near armory Two people were shot early Sunday during a gathering at Ricks National Guard Armory in Little Rock, police said.

Other days

posted: 04/02/2012 4:10 a.m. Discuss

100 YEARS AGO April 2, 1912 The first barefoot boy of the season was seen on the streets yesterday. He paddled through the rain and grinned at the passerby who tried to guy him. His appearance is considered a sure sign of spring and probably of pneumonia.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 04/02/2012 4:10 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock and North Little Rock police, and the Pulaski County sheriff’s office will use radar to detect speeding at these locations.

Obituaries

posted: 04/02/2012 4:09 a.m. Discuss

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

EDITORIALS: How it’s supposed to be

posted: 04/02/2012 4:08 a.m. Discuss

THANK GOODNESS, thank the stars, thank the heavens, thank everything good you can think to thank.

COLUMNISTS: The second term?

posted: 04/02/2012 4:07 a.m. Discuss

Long ago in Washington political years, in the days of Jimmy Carter’s presidency, I grumbled to a senior diplomat that the administration had no strategy to start dismantling the trade embargo on Cuba. His reply still rings in my mind: “Don’t be so impatient. That is for the second Carter term.”

How it’s not

posted: 04/02/2012 4:06 a.m. Discuss

FIVE obituaries. All written as one. Obituaries of five people who died late last month, four of them children. The photos were taken from a family picture. Maybe one made at Christmas. Or at Easter. Or at another special time. Maybe a photograph made for no special reason—just because Mama wanted one of her and hers.

OTHERS SAY: NATO’s duty

posted: 04/02/2012 4:05 a.m. Discuss

Tragic mistakes all too often accompany combat operations, even when the military objectives are humanitarian. That is what seems to have happened in the Libyan farming village of Majer in August.

Bully deserved an R

posted: 04/02/2012 4:05 a.m. Discuss

The news media have been abuzz recently about the Motion Picture Association of America’s decision to adopt an R rating for the film documentary Bully, and understandably so. School bullying has reached epidemic proportions, and with the rise in social media, bullying insidiously follows children from the schoolyard into their homes, their dorm rooms and their computers.

Guest writer: Not about money

posted: 04/02/2012 4:04 a.m. Discuss

Money over everything, money over everything. Is that all we care about—dollar signs and body count?

If the spirits move us . . .

posted: 04/02/2012 4:03 a.m. Comments 5

A Bella Vista couple has spent the past decade traveling the world and capturing on film what they feel certain is clear evidence of spiritual manifestations in the forms of orbs and mysterious light forms.

LETTERS

posted: 04/02/2012 4:01 a.m. Comment 1

GOP is ignoring facts It is acknowledged that in 2009 our economy had collapsed and we were headed for another 1929. Industries were in jeopardy and we were shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs a month. Barack Obama was dealt a terrible hand, and anything he did had to have a positive impact on the economy.

WOMEN’S NCAA TOURNAMENT: Irish knock out Huskies again

posted: 04/02/2012 4 a.m. Discuss

Notre Dame is back in the national championship thanks to Skylar Diggins’ leadership and Brittany Mallory’s clutch shooting.

SEC BASEBALL: Dribbler in 11th caps LSU’s sweep

posted: 04/02/2012 3:58 a.m. Discuss

LSU scored a run in the 11th inning to defeat Arkansas 3-2 and sweep a three-game series from the Razorbacks.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP GOODY’S FAST RELIEF 500: Newman accepts Bowyer’s late aid

posted: 04/02/2012 3:55 a.m. Discuss

Ryan Newman needed help and was running out of time. Finally, Clint Bowyer provided an opening with two laps to go at Martinsville Speedway.

MEN’S NCAA TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP: KENTUCKY VS. KANSAS: Mutual respect between Davis, Robinson

posted: 04/02/2012 3:52 a.m. Discuss

One of the best possible things in a college basketball player’s career is to be introduced in the starting lineup for the national championship game.

Yoo wins after Kim misses putt

posted: 04/02/2012 3:48 a.m. Discuss

Sun Young Yoo won the Kraft Nabisco Championship with an 18-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole Sunday, earning her first major title after I.K. Kim missed a 1-foot putt on the final hole of regulation.

COMMENTARY: Payton should take his appeal to court

posted: 04/02/2012 3:44 a.m. Discuss

Who dat saying they’ll suspend the Saints?

EXHIBITION: Lee solid in final spring outing

posted: 04/02/2012 3:41 a.m. Discuss

For Cliff Lee, it is time to clear out of Florida.

NBA SUMMARIES

posted: 04/02/2012 3:40 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY’S GAMES THUNDER 92, BULLS 78 CHICAGO (78) Deng 4-13 0-0 8, Boozer 4-8 0-0 8, Noah 1-8 3-3 5, Watson 2-7 0-0 4, Korver 5-13 1-2 14, Asik 0-2 0-0 0, Gibson 4-8 2-4 10, Brewer 3-8 1-2 7, Lucas 7-20 0-0 19, Scalabrine 0-1 1-2 1, Butler 0-3 2-2 2. Totals 30-91 10-15 78.

LR’s Smyly named Tigers’ No. 5 starter

posted: 04/02/2012 3:38 a.m. Discuss

Drew Smyly, the former Little Rock Central and Arkansas standout pitcher, has won a spot in the Detroit Tigers’ starting rotation.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 04/02/2012 3:37 a.m. Discuss

‘Grace’ to arrive Tuesday — Reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace is scheduled to arrive today at Oaklawn Park after working 5 furlongs in 1:02.40 on Sunday morning at Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

LOUISIANA DERBY: Long shot ‘Hero’ defies 109-1 odds

posted: 04/02/2012 3:34 a.m. Discuss

Gennadi Dorochenko purchased Hero of Order for $3,000. The horse is now worth a whole lot more to his Russian owner and trainer after Sunday at the Fair Grounds.

WOMEN’S NCAA TOURNAMENT

posted: 04/02/2012 3:32 a.m. Discuss

Skylar Diggins scored 19 points, Brittany Mallory hit two three-pointers in overtime and Notre Dame beat Connecticut 83-75 on Sunday night to reach the national championship game for the second consecutive year. The Fighting Irish (35-3 ) will play Baylor in the championship game on Tuesday. 6C

SEMIFINALS: Baylor in final, moves to 39-0

posted: 04/02/2012 3:27 a.m. Discuss

One victory away from an undefeated season.

TEAM SCHEDULES

posted: 04/02/2012 3:24 a.m. Discuss

KENTUCKY (37-2 ) Marist............................................ W, 108-58 Kansas............................................. W, 75-65

Men’s NCAA Tournament report

posted: 04/02/2012 3:21 a.m. Discuss

Wildcats forward impresses NEW ORLEANS — Louisville Coach Rick Pitino, after Saturday’s NCAA national semifinal defeat, had the courage to compare Kentucky freshman forward Anthony Davis to Bill Russell.

Second thoughts

posted: 04/02/2012 3:18 a.m. Discuss

Jockey has little regard for decorum French jockey Mickael Barzalona reinforced his reputation as an unabashed showboat Saturday night when riding Monterosso to victory in the $10 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse.

Off the wire

posted: 04/02/2012 3:16 a.m. Discuss

TENNIS Djokovic wins Key Biscayne Top-ranked Novak Djokovic won his third Sony Ericsson Open title Sunday, holding every service game to beat Andy Murray 6-1, 7-6 (4) in Key Biscayne, Fla. Djokovic improved to 20-2 this year and 90-8 since the start of 2011. He didn’t lose a set in six rounds at Key Biscayne.

State sports briefsL: UA receiver Whitehurst arrested

posted: 04/02/2012 3:14 a.m. Discuss

UA receiver Whitehurst charged with possession FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas freshman receiver Kane Whitehurst was arrested early Sunday by University of Arkansas police and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Harry Potter trying some e-book magic

posted: 04/02/2012 3:01 a.m. Discuss

When the Harry Potter books finally went on sale in electronic form last week, it was as if Harry himself had cast the “Alohomora” spell on them — the one that unlocks doors.

Foxconn vows to fix China work conditions

posted: 04/02/2012 2:59 a.m. Discuss

Responding to a critical investigation of its factories, the manufacturing giant Foxconn has pledged to sharply curtail working hours and significantly increase wages inside Chinese plants making electronic products for Apple and others.

Firm aims to pull plug, charge cars cordlessly

posted: 04/02/2012 2:57 a.m. Comments 2

Will the electric car recharger be the next technology to go wireless?

Drones to scan satellite’s liftoff site

posted: 04/02/2012 2:46 a.m. Discuss

Before the launch of a top-secret spy satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base, a fleet of small drones will be doing some spying of their own.

Sales of flat-panel TVs seen as cooling

posted: 04/02/2012 2:45 a.m. Discuss

U.S. flat-panel television shipments are expected to dip for the first time on an annual basis this year, ending an unbroken string of growth since the segment was created.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Full-featured Galaxy Nexus phone runs newest version of Android beautifully

posted: 04/02/2012 2:43 a.m. Discuss

I’m always eager to delve into a company’s products for the first time, and Samsung is no exception.

ON COMPUTERS: ‘Smart Defrag’ helps scatterbrained computers

posted: 04/02/2012 2:42 a.m. Discuss

Adding more RAM (random access memory) to a computer always speeds things up. Of course you have to pay for that extra memory, though these days it’s not much. One move that’s free is done regularly by people who manage systems for most companies is called defragging.

Autodesk adds design, cloud tools

posted: 04/02/2012 2:41 a.m. Discuss

Autodesk Inc., a maker of architectural and engineering software, announced new design tools and a revamped cloud-computing platform called Autodesk 360 that lets customers use the programs over the Internet.

IHeart Radio delays introducing ads

posted: 04/02/2012 2:39 a.m. Discuss

Clear Channel Chef Executive Officer Bob Pittman says the radio company will keep part of its iHeart Radio online service ad-free for at least a few more months, explaining that a consumer backlash against ads on Pandora Media Inc.’s competing service serves as a “cautionary tale.”

Technology news in brief

posted: 04/02/2012 2:38 a.m. Discuss

Standards for smaller SIM cards stall Apple Inc. and Nokia Oyj’s proposals for smaller SIM cards face a second round of debate after talks stalled following the Finnish mobile-phone company’s threat to withhold its patents.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 04/02/2012 2:36 a.m. Discuss

ALMA Bruce Darvin Curtis, 3320 Ridge Road, March 22, 2012, Chapter 7. Heath J. and Randi N. Peters (aka Randi N. Stricklin), 111 Sharp Chapel Road, March 23, 2012, Chapter 13.

Kite flying has come a long way from paper and string

posted: 04/02/2012 2:32 a.m. Discuss

Remember the childhood joy of flying homemade kites? All you needed was yesterday’s newspaper, a couple of flat sticks, glue, a ball of string and a few strips of cloth purloined from Mama’s rag box.

New workouts

posted: 04/02/2012 2:29 a.m. Discuss

Title: Core Fusion 30 Day Sculpt What’s the goal? Thirty 20-minute workouts using warm-ups and workout segments taken from four earlier exercise DVDs and remixed.

Post-run recovery veiled in variables

posted: 04/02/2012 2:27 a.m. Discuss

I ran my first marathon last month. It went well, and despite my fears, I had fun. I met my goals — qualified for the Boston Marathon with nearly half an hour to spare and came in second in my age group. But the big surprise was my coach’s advice the next day.

Barefoot runners fall behind in metabolic-efficiency study

posted: 04/02/2012 2:26 a.m. Discuss

Proponents of barefoot running have argued that modern athletic shoes compromise natural running form. But now a first-of-its-kind study suggests that in the right circumstances, shoes make running physiologically easier than going barefoot.

Festival No. 24 covers all things mountain bike

posted: 04/02/2012 2:25 a.m. Discuss

There’s more to mountain biking than just rocketing over trails to get where you’re going without breaking your neck. Mountain bikers also enjoy the journey.

Restless reader

posted: 04/02/2012 2:23 a.m. Discuss

Train Like a Mother: How to Get Across Any Finish Line and Not Lose Your Family, Job or Sanity by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea (Andrews McMeel Publishing, March), 214 pages, $14.99.

Good sleep hygiene puts insomnia to rest

posted: 04/02/2012 2:22 a.m. Discuss

Janelle Ricci hasn’t been sleeping well. It’s been more than a year, in fact, since she has had a decent night’s sleep.

Athletes and heart ills to be workshop focus

posted: 04/02/2012 2:20 a.m. Discuss

The death of an apparently healthy athlete shakes public faith in exercise and in medical care. How can devastating heart problems go undetected ?

MASTER CLASS: New moves are good, when needed

posted: 04/02/2012 2:20 a.m. Discuss

Adding exercises is a great way to infuse some life into your fitness program, but each movement should be selected for a very specific outcome.

Women wanting to hike get offer

posted: 04/02/2012 2:18 a.m. Discuss

Park interpreter MaryAnne Stansbury believes some women would like to try hiking but they’re afraid to venture onto trails by themselves. To ease them into the woods, she plans two “ladies only” Sunday morning walks in April at Pinnacle Mountain State Park.

Kite season remains aloft in Benton, Siloam Springs

posted: 04/02/2012 2:17 a.m. Discuss

The American Kite fliers Association includes Arkansas in its Region 8, along with Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana.

ON TV CONTEST

posted: 04/02/2012 2:14 a.m. Discuss

When it comes to TV teachers, are you a dunce or an honor student?

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 04/02/2012 2:13 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. This year, you will know your star quality and be recognized for your originality. You know what you’re good at, and in the next six weeks, you reach new heights of greatness with it.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 04/02/2012 2:11 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: I was working with instant glue and got some on my clothes and hands. I eventually was able to peel the glue off my hands, but it seems impossible to remove the stains from my clothing. I would appreciate any help that you could give me.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 04/02/2012 2:11 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Does the devil really exist? If so, what does he look like? I’ve always assumed the devil is just a myth, but I’m open to changing my mind. — J.K.K.

Super Quiz: History

posted: 04/02/2012 2:10 a.m. Discuss

1. What was to be blown up in the Gunpowder Plot? 2. What agency’s motto was “We Never Sleep” ? 3. Who became “King of the Jews” in 10 B.C.? 4. Nineveh was the capital of what empire?

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