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Monday, December 31

Blood clot located in Clinton’s head, doctors say

posted: 12/31/2012 4:10 p.m.

Doctors treating Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for a blood clot say the clot formed in her head but they stress that they are confident she will make a full recovery.

CADC sets energy-assistance application days

posted: 12/31/2012 1:36 p.m.

The Central Arkansas Development Council on Monday announced “mass intake days” during which it will take applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Police to patrol for drunken New Year's Eve drivers

posted: 12/31/2012 12:30 p.m.

Law enforcement officers in Arkansas plan to be on the roads to catch drunken drivers on New Year’s Eve.

2.1-magnitude quake strikes near Clinton

posted: 12/31/2012 12:27 p.m.

A magnitude-2.1 earthquake struck Monday morning near the Van Buren County town of Clinton, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Pentagon prepares to warn 800,000 civilian workers of furloughs

posted: 12/31/2012 12:21 p.m.

The Defense Department is preparing to notify its 800,000 civilian employees that some of them may have to take unpaid leave next year if lawmakers can’t agree on a budget deal, according to a U.S. defense official.

Chargers fire coach Norv Turner, GM A.J. Smith

posted: 12/31/2012 12:16 p.m.

The San Diego Chargers have fired general manager A.J. Smith and coach Norv Turner after missing the playoffs for the third straight season.

Bears fire coach Lovie Smith after 9 seasons

posted: 12/31/2012 11:35 a.m.

The Chicago Bears have fired coach Lovie Smith after the team missed the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons.

Jets oust general manager; Reid out as NFL teams make changes

posted: 12/31/2012 11:19 a.m.

Mike Tannenbaum was fired as general manager of the New York Jets and Andy Reid was let go by the Philadelphia Eagles, ending the longest active coaching tenure in the National Football League.

Tribune Co. leaves bankruptcy after 4 years

posted: 12/31/2012 11:02 a.m.

Tribune Co. has emerged from a Chapter 11 restructuring more than four years after the media company sought bankruptcy protection.

Year in chew review

posted: 12/31/2012 10:45 a.m.

The 365 days just past, as with previous years, were fraught with the comings and goings, and sometimes both, of restaurants new and old, Eric E. Harrison writes in Tuesday’s Style section.

Chavez suffers new complications in cancer fight

posted: 12/31/2012 10:37 a.m.

President Hugo Chavez’s new complications after cancer surgery prompted his closest allies to call for Venezuelans to pray for him Monday, presenting an increasingly bleak outlook and prompting growing speculation about whether the ailing leader has much longer to live.

Events mark Civil War battle's 150th anniversary

posted: 12/31/2012 10:23 a.m.

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission announced a series events for January to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Arkansas Post.

Buffalo Bills fire coach Chan Gailey

posted: 12/31/2012 10:18 a.m.

Chan Gailey has been fired by the Buffalo Bills after three losing seasons.

Winter weather advisory set for two NW Arkansas counties

posted: 12/31/2012 10:09 a.m.

Madison and Franklin counties in Northwest Arkansas are under a winter weather advisory Monday, the National Weather Service said.

Chiefs fire Crennel, make no move on GM Pioli

posted: 12/31/2012 9:58 a.m.

The Kansas City Chiefs have fired coach Romeo Crennel after a 2-14 season marked by blowout losses, fan rebellion and a murder-suicide involving one of his players.

Nigeria president likens nation’s unrest to Syria's

posted: 12/31/2012 9:19 a.m.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has likened attacks by a radical Islamist sect in his West African nation to the ongoing civil war in Syria, an unlikely acknowledgment from the seat of power about the violent unrest gripping the country.

Philadelphia Eagles fire Andy Reid as coach after 14 seasons

posted: 12/31/2012 9:16 a.m.

Andy Reid was fired today after 14 seasons as coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, the longest active tenure in the National Football League.

FDA approves first new tuberculosis drug in 40 years

posted: 12/31/2012 9:14 a.m.

The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved a Johnson & Johnson tuberculosis drug that is the first new medicine to fight the deadly infection in more than four decades.

White House, GOP reach deal on 'fiscal cliff'

updated: 12/31/2012 8:14 p.m.

The contours of a deal to avert the ‘fiscal cliff’ are emerging that would raise tax rates on couples making over $450,000 a year, raise the estate tax rate and extend unemployment benefits for one year.

Asian nations give enthusiastic welcome to 2013

posted: 12/31/2012 8:06 a.m.

Sydney’s skyline burst with tons of exploding fireworks as revelers cheered in the new year from the city’s crammed harbor in the world’s first major celebration for 2013.

9 die as tour bus crashes on icy Oregon highway

posted: 12/31/2012 7:37 a.m.

The stretch of rural Oregon interstate where a tour bus crashed through a guardrail and plummeted 100 feet down a steep embankment is so notorious that state transportation officials have published a specific advisory warning of its dangers.

Kanye West, Kim Kardashian expecting first child

posted: 12/31/2012 7:30 a.m.

The Kardashian clan is getting bigger: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are expecting their first child.

List: No love for 'fiscal cliff,’ 'spoiler alert’

posted: 12/31/2012 7:29 a.m.

Spoiler alert: This story contains words and phrases that some people want to ban from the English language. “Spoiler alert” is among them. So are “kick the can down the road,” “trending” and “bucket list.”

Afghans: Next force transition starts in 2 months

posted: 12/31/2012 7:27 a.m.

Afghan officials say that the next phase of transferring security from NATO to Afghan control will begin in two months and aims to cover nearly 90 percent of the country’s population.

15 people killed in blasts in north, central Iraq

posted: 12/31/2012 7:25 a.m.

Bombings across Iraq killed 15 people and wounded at least another 24 on Monday, officials said — the latest apparent attacks by militants aimed at undermining security and confidence in the government.

Israel eases building materials blockade on Gaza

posted: 12/31/2012 7:23 a.m.

Israel has started allowing long-banned building materials into the Gaza Strip, its first key concession to the Palestinian territory’s ruling Hamas movement under the cease-fire that ended eight days of fighting last month, the military said Monday.

India rape sets off debate over women’s rights

posted: 12/31/2012 7:22 a.m.

India’s army and navy canceled New Year’s celebrations Monday out of respect for a New Delhi student whose gang-rape and murder has set off an impassioned debate about what the nation needs to do to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.

I-40 lane in Lonoke County to shut for work

posted: 12/31/2012 7:04 a.m.

Crews continuing to perform maintenance on a bridge on Interstate 40 in Lonoke County will require a lane closure this week, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has said.

Fewer than 5,000 still without power in state

updated: 12/31/2012 5:35 p.m.

About 7,000 homes and businesses remain without power several days after a snowstorm blasted Arkansas on Christmas Day.

Blast kills 19 Shiite pilgrims

posted: 12/31/2012 5:24 a.m.

At least 19 Shiite pilgrims, including four women, were killed Sunday when their convoy of three buses in southwestern Pakistan was struck by a remotely detonated bomb, officials said. At least 25 other people were wounded in the attack in the Mastung District of Baluchistan province.

Afghan violence falls in ’12, but attacks on allies increase

posted: 12/31/2012 5:19 a.m.

Violence in Afghanistan fell in 2012, but more Afghan troops and police who now shoulder most of the combat were killed, according to statistics compiled by The Associated Press.

Rape victim’s body back in India

posted: 12/31/2012 5:16 a.m.

The body of a young woman who was raped in New Delhi this month by several men in a moving bus was taken home Sunday, a day after the police said that six men accused of attacking her had been charged with murder.

Partyers, police pack Times Square

posted: 12/31/2012 5:15 a.m.

When revelers pack Times Square for the annual New Year’s Eve celebration tonight, police will observe a tradition of their own: giving them lots of company.

NYC subway suspect to have mental exam

posted: 12/31/2012 5:13 a.m.

A 31-year old woman accused of shoving a man to his death in front of a subway train because she believed he was Muslim laughed and smiled during a court hearing where she was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Former Israeli foreign minister formally charged

posted: 12/31/2012 5:11 a.m.

Israel’s Justice Ministry filed its indictment against former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in a Jerusalem court on Sunday, charging him with breach of trust and fraud in a case that could further harm his political career.

Obama wants law limiting guns in 2013

posted: 12/31/2012 5:09 a.m.

President Barack Obama said Sunday that the day of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was the worst of his presidency and that he wanted new legislation limiting access to some types of firearms passed within the first year of his second term.

Alaskan drill ship evacuated, stable

posted: 12/31/2012 5:08 a.m.

All 18 crew members were safely evacuated Saturday from a Shell drill ship in the Gulf of Alaska and the company was towing the rig farther from land in anticipation of another stormy night.

Clot puts Clinton in N.Y. hospital

posted: 12/31/2012 5:07 a.m.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was admitted to a New York hospital Sunday after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from the concussion she suffered earlier this month.

Landlord charged in tenants’ deaths

posted: 12/31/2012 5:05 a.m.

A 74-year-old Maine man was charged in the shooting deaths of two tenants inside an apartment he rented out at his home, possibly over a dispute about where they parked their cars during a snowstorm, state police said Sunday.

C. African Republic coalition proposed

posted: 12/31/2012 5:03 a.m.

The leader of the African Union, Benin’s President Thomas Boni Yayi, has proposed a government of national unity to resolve the rebel conflict in Central African Republic.

Turkey seeks truce with Kurdish rebels

posted: 12/31/2012 5:02 a.m.

Turkey is holding talks with the Kurdish rebels’ jailed leader to press the autonomy-seeking guerrilla group to relinquish arms and end its decades-long conflict, a senior official was quoted as saying Sunday.

Immigrant freed after 5 days in jail

posted: 12/31/2012 5:01 a.m.

A Lafayette man has been released after five days in jail for what an advocacy group says was a phony immigration hold placed by the Lafayette Parish sheriff’s office.

The world in brief

posted: 12/31/2012 4:58 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I beg my rebellious brothers, I ask them to cease hostilities, to make peace with President [Francois] Bozize and the Central African people.” Thomas Boni Yayi, president of Benin and leader of the African Union, seeking an end to rebellion in the Central African Republic. Article, this page

The nation in brief

posted: 12/31/2012 4:55 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is something that, you know, that was the worst day of my presidency. And it’s not something that I want to see repeated.” President Barack Obama, on the shooting of 26 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Article, this page

Names and faces

posted: 12/31/2012 4:53 a.m.

Classified documents being made public Friday detail how BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile was comfortable at the heart of the British government during his heyday in the 1980s, lunching with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at her country home, sending her jokey thank-you notes and lobbying for tax breaks and contributions for his charitable works.

In the news

posted: 12/31/2012 4:52 a.m.

George H.W. Bush, the 41st president, who’s been hospitalized in Houston since Nov. 23 with complications from bronchitis, continues his recovery, contradicting a mistaken posting of his obituary by Der Spiegel on the German news weekly’s website that was quickly taken down.

Afghan mud season a Guard challenge

posted: 12/31/2012 4:51 a.m.

As snow and ice pounded the state last week, blowing out lights and dimming holiday spirits, Arkansas National Guardsmen halfway around the world continued to brave a war where one day blends into the next hunting for roadside bombs high in the mountains of Afghanistan.

Salamander species faces slippery recovery

posted: 12/31/2012 4:43 a.m.

The Ozark hellbender is in trouble.

State historian takes Ouachita Baptist job

posted: 12/31/2012 4:39 a.m.

State Historian Wendy Richter will return to an archivist position at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia on Tuesday.

Fort Smith man arrested in slaying

posted: 12/31/2012 4:37 a.m.

Authorities in western Arkansas said a 23-year-old man has been arrested in the shooting death of a young woman.

Sentencing reset for owner of club

posted: 12/31/2012 4:36 a.m.

Sentencing for Helena-West Helena nightclub owner Wayne Webb, who pleaded guilty in August to money laundering, has been reset for Jan. 30.

Icy patch causes crash fatal to one

posted: 12/31/2012 4:35 a.m.

A Malvern man died and another man was injured after a patch of ice caused a Saturday morning crash in Hot Spring County.

New Year’s Day closings

posted: 12/31/2012 4:35 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules may be affected by New Year’s Day on Tuesday.

Arkansas achievers

posted: 12/31/2012 4:34 a.m.

Dr. Mike Pinter, professor of mathematics and director of the Teaching Center at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., was named 2012 Tennessee Professor of the Year.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 12/31/2012 4:34 a.m.

Nobel Prize-winning biologist — Rita Levi-Montalcini, a biologist who conducted underground research in defiance of Fascist persecution and went on to win a Nobel Prize for helping unlock the mysteries of the cell, died at her home in Rome on Sunday. She was 103 and had worked well into her final years.

Other days

posted: 12/31/2012 4:33 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 31, 1912 Mayor Taylor has been giving some of his time lately to the investigation of the best system of placing signs on street corners to designate the names of the streets. The old plan of the signs placed on telephone poles and on buildings at the street corners he considered too antiquated to continue.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 12/31/2012 4:32 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.

Obituaries

posted: 12/31/2012 4:32 a.m.

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

EDITORIALS: Good riddance, 2012

posted: 12/31/2012 4:31 a.m.

ONE AFTER the other, the years make their way into retirement. It has become our pleasure to offer each of them a stiff drink and a soft chair on their last day. As with you, 2012. We hope you won’t think us rude if we urge you not to linger. Could you take your last drink of the year to go? Maybe in a plastic to-go cup? For if you stick around any longer, something bad may happen. Again.

Twenty questions

posted: 12/31/2012 4:30 a.m.

Here are 20 vital questions for New Year 2013. In every case, the answer is ”probably not.” 1. Will the telephone companies, the credit card issuers and every other organization stop torturing their customers with automated phone systems that deny the right to speak to a human being?

COLUMNISTS: What to expect next year

posted: 12/31/2012 4:29 a.m.

A year ago, we predicted President Barack Obama would edge Mitt Romney 48-47 with 286 electoral votes, plus we’d get a Democratic Senate and Republican House; the numbers were a bit off, but who’s counting?

OTHERS SAY: Don’t play with this fire

posted: 12/31/2012 4:28 a.m.

The global battle to wipe out polio has come closer than ever to success, but obstacles remain. The hurdles are not only the highly infectious nature of the disease but also war, corruption, weak public health systems and failing states.

Guest writer: Accept acceptance

posted: 12/31/2012 4:28 a.m.

In a recent uncomfortable circumstance, I found myself practicing the art of tolerance.

The government we deserve

posted: 12/31/2012 4:27 a.m.

As this column is being written, it is unclear whether we are headed over the “fiscal cliff” or whether some last-ditch agreement will prevent it. Either way, our fiscal mess remains.

LETTERS

posted: 12/31/2012 4:27 a.m.

Have courage to fight We knew it was coming. I believe it will happen again unless we have the courage to trash-can political correctness and arm our teachers so they can protect our children.

NFL WEEK 17: Rookies rise, lift Redskins

posted: 12/31/2012 4:25 a.m.

Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris needed only four months to put the Washington Redskins in a place they haven’t been in over a decade — on top of the NFC East.

ASU attaches bull’s-eye on Kent State’s Archer

posted: 12/31/2012 4:09 a.m.

Arkansas State’s football team reconvened after a holiday break on a freshly plowed field inside Liberty Bank Stadium on Friday night. The Red Wolves practiced Saturday, Sunday and will have one more workout today before heading to Mobile, Ala., to finish preparations for Sunday’s GoDaddy.com Bowl.

Minnesota's Peterson, at 2,097, nine short of record

posted: 12/31/2012 4:07 a.m.

Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson ran right past everyone this season.

COMMENTARY: QBs rise, coach takes fall at N.C. State

posted: 12/31/2012 4:03 a.m.

The grand experiment that began in April 2011 is coming to an end. When Tom O’Brien decided he would rather have two seasons of Mike Glennon than one season of Russell Wilson at quarterback, it set in motion a chain of events that concludes today and took three careers in radically different directions.

In Pagano’s return, Colts roll on

posted: 12/31/2012 3:57 a.m.

Chuck Pagano put on his dancing shoes and savored every moment of Sunday’s post game celebration.

Broncos take top AFC seed

posted: 12/31/2012 3:55 a.m.

Peyton Manning figured one one-handed catch deserved another.

Sources: Eagles’ Reid out

posted: 12/31/2012 3:52 a.m.

Andy Reid is out after 14 years coaching the Philadelphia Eagles, three people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press following Sunday’s 42-7 season-ending loss to the New York Giants.

49ers recover, earn playoff bye

posted: 12/31/2012 3:51 a.m.

Michael Crabtree’s career day sent the San Francisco 49ers to another NFC West crown and into the playoffs with some much-needed momentum.

NBA: Clippers’ streak hits 17

posted: 12/31/2012 3:48 a.m.

Jamal Crawford scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Utah Jazz 107-96 on Sunday night for their 17th consecutive victory, becoming the third NBA team to record a perfect month.

Summaries

posted: 12/31/2012 3:47 a.m.

GIANTS 42, EAGLES 7 Philadelphia............... 0 7 0 0 — 7 NY Giants................. 21 14 0 7 — 42 First Quarter NYG—Randle 3 pass from Manning (Tynes kick), 10:36. NYG—Randle 38 pass from Manning (Tynes kick), 6:24. NYG—Wilson 15 pass from Manning (Tynes kick), 1:18.

TODAY’S BOWL GAMES

posted: 12/31/2012 3:45 a.m.

All times Central Music City NORTH CAROLINA STATE (7-5 ) VS. VANDERBILT (8-4 ) TIME/TV 11 a.m. ESPN WHERE LP Field, Nashville, Tenn. LINE Vanderbilt by 7 1/2 SERIES RECORD Vanderbilt 1-0.

NBA standings and summaries

posted: 12/31/2012 3:43 a.m.

CLIPPERS 107, JAZZ 96 UTAH (96) Carroll 2-5 1-2 6, Millsap 2-7 5-9 9, Jefferson 13-22 4-5 30, Tinsley 3-7 1-2 8, Foye 3-8 2-3 10, Hayward 5-15 5-5 16, Watson 0-3 0-0 0, Favors 3-6 5-6 11, Burks 1-4 0-0 2, Kanter 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 33-80 25-34 96.

Second thoughts

posted: 12/31/2012 3:42 a.m.

One place perfect fit for Timmy Florida would like Tim Tebow returned if New York is through with him.

Off the wire

posted: 12/31/2012 3:39 a.m.

HOCKEY NHL, union to talk today The NHL and the players’ association are ready to get back to the bargaining table. There were no formal negotiations Sunday, but all signs pointed to talks today in an effort to end the lockout and save the season.

State sports briefs

posted: 12/31/2012 3:36 a.m.

Grizzle, former Razorback lineman, dies in Fort Smith Jim Grizzle, who played defensive end for the Arkansas Razorbacks and lettered in 1961-1963, died Sunday in Fort Smith after being hospitalized Friday. He was 71.

Robots let telecommuters get ‘physical’ at work

posted: 12/31/2012 3:34 a.m.

Engineer Dallas Goecker attends meetings, jokes with colleagues and roams the office building just like other employees at his company in Silicon Valley.

iFixit peers into latest gadgets

posted: 12/31/2012 3:30 a.m.

Jake Devincenzi was thrilled to get his hands on Google’s new Nexus 4 smart phone. He admired its sleek black case and large touch screen, and he couldn’t wait to tear it apart.

Google treads on Microsoft business turf

posted: 12/31/2012 3:27 a.m.

It has taken years, but Google seems to be cutting into Microsoft’s stronghold — businesses.

2 social sites test selling, shipping

posted: 12/31/2012 3:24 a.m.

Google and Facebook made their names by helping people find information or friends online. But in recent weeks the two rivals have made some surprising moves in a different direction — the business of selling and delivering goods.

ON COMPUTERS: ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’:A Windows 8 story

posted: 12/31/2012 3:20 a.m.

So Joy decided to upgrade her Windows 7 computer to Windows 8, figuring how can we serve the readers if we don’t have the latest Microsoft operating system? Just so.

Wii U looks to offer remote harmony

posted: 12/31/2012 3:18 a.m.

Nintendo has switched on a television service that transforms the tablet-like controller for its new Wii U game console into a remote that changes the channel on the TV and puts programs from the Internet just a few finger taps away.

Marvell ordered to pay in patent case

posted: 12/31/2012 3:17 a.m.

Carnegie Mellon University was awarded $1.17 billion by a federal jury in Pittsburgh last week in a unanimous verdict that found the Marvell Technology Group had sold billions of semiconductors using technology developed at the university without a license.

Samsung trounces its smart-phone competition in ’12

posted: 12/31/2012 3:17 a.m.

Samsung’s lead over Apple in smart-phone manufacturing increased sharply in 2012, research firm IHS reported this month, as the South Korean company took the lead in overall cellphone manufacturing for the first time.

Fujitsu to miss shipment goal for PCs

posted: 12/31/2012 3:16 a.m.

Fujitsu Ltd., Japan’s biggest provider of computer services, said the company will miss its annual shipment target for personal computers as demand in Europe slumps amid the sovereign-debt crisis.

Technology news in brief

posted: 12/31/2012 3:09 a.m.

FCC eases rules for in-flight Internet The Federal Communications Commission moved Friday to ease licensing requirements for in-flight Internet services.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 12/31/2012 3:09 a.m.

ALEXANDER Kimberly L. Wilson, 15401 Walnut Glen Drive, Dec. 21, 2012, Chapter 13. ALMA Patricia Ann Oliver (aka Patricia Ann Duboise; dba Airedale Express ), 3423 Clear Creek Road, Dec. 20, 2012, Chapter 13.

Boathouse doesn’t hibernate; members hone technique

posted: 12/31/2012 3:07 a.m.

When winter makes staying indoors safer than venturing out, the Arkansas Boathouse Club tucks away its oars and settles in for a long winter’s... conditioning program.

Happy trails: Layher Nature Trail at Bayou Bartholomew

posted: 12/31/2012 3:05 a.m.

LAYHER NATURE TRAIL AT BAYOU BARTHOLOMEW Location: Interstate 530, Exit 42 (Hazel Street) in Pine Bluff. Short gravel road to trailhead is 100 yards north of interstate on east side of Hazel.

ASK THE TRAINER: Ditch resolutions for daily weigh-in

posted: 12/31/2012 3:03 a.m.

Hey, everyone, I have good news. You survived the holidays, the world did not end and you don’t have to make a New Year’s resolution !

New workouts: 10 Minute Solution: Tighten & Tone Pilates

posted: 12/31/2012 3:02 a.m.

Title: 10 Minute Solution: Tighten & Tone Pilates What’s the goal: Get a complete Pilates-style workout, 10 minutes at a time, without going to a studio or using a machine.

PRACTICALLY ACTIVE: Some resolutions and solutions for 2013

posted: 12/31/2012 3 a.m.

Resolutions, schmesolutions !

Catch to recovery, stroke has 4 phases

posted: 12/31/2012 2:59 a.m.

The motion used to exercise on a rowing machine is called “the stroke.” Experts at the Arkansas Boathouse Club say each stroke should flow fluidly into the next, and yet there are four phases of the motion.

Chickenpox vaccine is advised for folks over 60

posted: 12/31/2012 2:42 a.m.

Q: Should a 65-year-old who has never had chickenpox be vaccinated against it?

MASTER CLASS: Bare-bones workouts gain popularity

posted: 12/31/2012 2:41 a.m.

Among today’s most popular trends are no-frills group workouts that require very little equipment but are very high in intensity.

Air flow’s resistance is key

posted: 12/31/2012 2:38 a.m.

Let’s say the logo on the rowing machine at your gym reads “Concept2.” You’ll never have to do the same workout twice.

REALLY?

posted: 12/31/2012 2:38 a.m.

Should mistletoe always be removed from forests?

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/31/2012 2:35 a.m.

Happy birthday.You need a clear mind to pursue your dreams. You’ll rearrange your life to get it. January brings a meeting and the start of a beautiful relationship.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 12/31/2012 2:32 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Here is this week’s sound off, about flour bags: “Why can’t flour manufacturers create a bag or other container that is easy to open and close again?

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 12/31/2012 2:32 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: If you could ask God to do just one thing in your life during the coming year, what would it be? — M.M.

Super Quiz: Animal cities

posted: 12/31/2012 2:31 a.m.

1. ———cow, Russia 2. ——ape ———, South Africa 3. ———eland, Ohio 4. ————, N.Y. 5. ————auk——— , Wis.

Power returns for thousands more in state

posted: 12/31/2012 12:48 a.m.

Progress continued Sunday in restoring power to Arkansans who were left in the dark following the snowstorm that struck the state Christmas Day.

Winter, holidays no cheer for I-40

posted: 12/31/2012 12:44 a.m.

The most troublesome spot on the Arkansas highway system these days is the section of Interstate 40 being rebuilt between Hazen and Brinkley.

In 1st, public to get peek at historical land records

posted: 12/31/2012 12:42 a.m.

The public can access thousands of historical land records for the first time with the completion of renovations to the land commissioner’s office in January.

More than 10 years after slayings, Conway murder trial set to begin

posted: 12/31/2012 12:40 a.m.

More than a decade after two men were slain execution-style in a Conway home, the trial of a former physician charged in their deaths is to begin next month.

Negotiations resume to avoid ‘fiscal cliff’

posted: 12/31/2012 12:34 a.m.

Negotiations over a last-ditch agreement to head off large tax increases and sweeping spending cuts in the new year appeared to resume Sunday afternoon after Republican senators withdrew their demand that a deal must include a new way of calculating inflation that would lower payments to beneficiaries programs like Social Security and slow their growth.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Just in time for New Year, some favorite and fun apps

posted: 12/31/2012 12:32 a.m.

It’s hard to believe, but we have only a few hours left of 2012.

Bielema brings in Shannon

posted: 12/31/2012 12:23 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema said during a recent media teleconference he had “a linebackers coach in place that I think will probably amaze a lot people.” Randy Shannon amazing enough for you?

Envoy to Syria: Nation will fall if war goes on

posted: 12/31/2012 12:21 a.m.

The international envoy seeking to end Syria’s civil war warned Sunday that the failure of the government and the rebels to pursue a political solution could lead to the “full collapse of the Syrian state” and threaten the world’s security.

Sunday, December 30

Shannon to coach linebackers at Arkansas

posted: 12/30/2012 8:13 p.m.

Bret Bielema hired Randy Shannon to be Arkansas' linebackers coach, it was announced Sunday evening.

Grocery stores crowded as power returns in Arkansas

posted: 12/30/2012 4:43 p.m.

As crews work to restore electricity to thousands of homes in central Arkansas, a number of people are heading to grocery stores to replace food they’ve had to throw out after losing power for several days.

Arkansas town known for dead birds bans fireworks

posted: 12/30/2012 4:40 p.m.

An Arkansas town has issued a fireworks ban after dead blackbirds rained down from the sky on the last two New Year’s Eves.

St. Louis County makes $2 million tax error

posted: 12/30/2012 2:21 p.m.

St. Louis County’s Department of Revenue neglected to add a surcharge on tax bills for about 200,000 property owners, leading to a loss of about $2 million that will be recouped.

Deal reached for stopping spike in milk prices

posted: 12/30/2012 2:02 p.m.

The top leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October, a move that would head off a possible doubling of milk prices next month.

Man arrested in shooting death of Arkansas woman

posted: 12/30/2012 1:48 p.m.

Authorities in western Arkansas said a 23-year-old man has been arrested in the shooting death of a young woman.

Bomb at Egyptian-run church in Libya kills 2

posted: 12/30/2012 1:42 p.m.

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry said an explosion at an Egyptian Coptic church in Libya’s third largest city, Misrata, has killed two people and wounded two others.

Senate leaders offer dour take on ’cliff’ talks

updated: 12/30/2012 4:47 p.m.

The top Senate negotiators on the effort to prevent the government from going over the “fiscal cliff” offered a pessimistic assessment Sunday, barely 24 hours before a deadline to avert tax hikes on virtually every American worker. But negotiations continued, with Vice President Joe Biden taking on a new role.

Pentagon spending on prescription drugs soars

posted: 12/30/2012 1:01 p.m.

Defense Department spending on prescription drugs in the past decade has soared, reflecting the aging military retirees its health care program covers.

Former President Bush remains hospitalized

posted: 12/30/2012 12:53 p.m.

Former President George H.W. Bush remains hospitalized in Houston recovering from an illness that began with a bronchitis-related cough.

Israeli leader’s party criticizes president

updated: 12/30/2012 1:02 p.m.

Israel’s president and prime minister are trading charges over making peace with the Palestinians.

Former Supreme Court justice among 2012 Arkansas deaths

posted: 12/30/2012 11:14 a.m.

A retired state Supreme Court justice who fought election fraud as a trial attorney during the 1960s was among the notable Arkansans who died in 2012.

19 killed in attack on Shiites, says Pakistan official

posted: 12/30/2012 10:59 a.m.

A suicide bomber driving a vehicle packed with explosives rammed into a bus carrying Shiite Muslim pilgrims in southwest Pakistan on Sunday, killing 19 people, a government official and eyewitnesses said.

Times Square packed with security for New Year’s

posted: 12/30/2012 10:55 a.m.

The New York Police Department is assigning thousands of extra patrols in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, but they won’t all be in plain sight.

35,000 Entergy Arkansas customers are without power

posted: 12/30/2012 10:46 a.m.

Crews have restored power to all but 35,000 Entergy Arkansas customers after a Christmas Day snowstorm left 194,000 of its customers without electricity.

2 Iraqi Sunni protesters wounded by gunfire

posted: 12/30/2012 10:41 a.m.

Gunshots wounded at least two people Sunday at demonstrations in western Iraq when bodyguards and security forces protecting a senior Sunni politician opened fire to disperse protesters, a local official said, marking the first casualties in more than a week of rallies.

First gay Anglican bishop reflects on tenure in NH

posted: 12/30/2012 10:39 a.m.

New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson said he chafed for several years at being branded the first openly gay bishop of the Anglican Church until he realized that he was wasting a pulpit from which he could advocate for equality.

Obama wants gun violence measures passed in 2013

posted: 12/30/2012 10:19 a.m.

President Barack Obama is voicing skepticism about proposals to place armed guards at schools in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 first graders. He says he wants legislation aimed at containing gun violence passed next year.

Israel indicts ex-minister Lieberman

posted: 12/30/2012 10:16 a.m.

Israel’s Justice Ministry filed its indictment against former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in a Jerusalem court on Sunday, charging him with breach of trust and fraud in a case that could further harm his political career.

Russia sends another naval ship to Syria, reports say

posted: 12/30/2012 10:11 a.m.

Russian news agencies said the navy is sending another ship to the Syrian port of Tartus, where Russia has a naval base.

Spanish police arrest 17 suspected pimps

posted: 12/30/2012 10:07 a.m.

Spain’s Interior Ministry said police have arrested 17 people on suspicion of smuggling Nigerian women into Spain and forcing them into prostitution using threats including claims they would cast Voodoo spells on them if they didn’t comply.

Anglican leader Rowan Williams steps down

updated: 12/30/2012 10:04 a.m.

The head of the Church of England is leaving office after a decade as the spiritual leader of the world’s 80 million-strong Anglican Communion.

Black boxes examined in fatal Russian plane crash

updated: 12/30/2012 10:33 a.m.

Investigators on Sunday examined flight recorders and other evidence to try to determine the cause of the airliner crash in Moscow that killed five people, an official said.

More French troops go to Central African Republic

posted: 12/30/2012 9:53 a.m.

As rebels advance in Central African Republic, France has deployed an additional 180 troops to protect its interests.

Nobel scientist Levi-Montalcini dies in Rome, 103

posted: 12/30/2012 9:51 a.m.

Rome’s mayor said biologist Rita Levi-Montalcini, who conducted underground research in defiance of Fascist persecution, and went on to win a Nobel Prize for helping unlock the mysteries of the cell, has died at her home in the city. She was 103.

Al-Qaida offers bounty for U.S. ambassador

updated: 12/30/2012 9:49 a.m.

Al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen has offered to pay tens of thousands of dollars to anyone who kills the U.S. ambassador in Sanaa or an American soldier in the country.

Psychiatric test for suspect in NYC subway death

posted: 12/30/2012 9:36 a.m.

A woman charged in the death of an immigrant who was pushed off a New York City subway platform has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

2012 STORIES OF THE YEAR: THE BEST OF THE REST: Who? What?

posted: 12/30/2012 4:10 a.m.

Arkansas’ out-of-nowhere hiring of Bret Bielema and Gus Malzahn’s gut punch to Arkansas State shocked the state 26 days ago, making it the state’s surefire No. 2 sports story of 2012. No. 1?

COLLEGE MEN: Hogs shake Demons with defense

posted: 12/30/2012 4:07 a.m.

Arkansas shot 29 fewer free throws than Northwestern (La.) State on Saturday night, but the Razorbacks’ defense made it an insignificant statistic.

Budget fight in D.C. going down to wire

posted: 12/30/2012 4:03 a.m.

Senate leaders and their aides began searching Saturday for a formula to extend tax cuts for most Americans that could win bipartisan support in the Senate and final approval in the divided House by the new year, hoping to prevent tax increases and budget cuts that could threaten the fragile economy.

Top Arkansas sports stories of 2012: NO. 3: HIGH EXPECTATIONS, HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT

posted: 12/30/2012 4:02 a.m.

Smith can’t hoist Hogs after Petrino firing John L. Smith seemed like a logical choice to carry on the Arkansas football program’s momentum after Bobby Petrino’s fall from grace.

No hope Assad will leave, Russian says

posted: 12/30/2012 4:01 a.m.

Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, said Saturday that there was “no possibility” of persuading President Bashar Assad to leave Syria, leaving little hope for a breakthrough in the standoff. He also said opposition leaders’ insistence on Assad’s departure as a precondition for peace talks would come at the cost of “more and more lives of Syrian citizens” in a conflict that has already killed tens of thousands.

Salvager awaits Christmas boon

posted: 12/30/2012 3:59 a.m.

After two decades in the software business with companies such as Oracle and Hewlett-Packard, James Kao grew disillusioned by the waste created when people ditched the latest technology dreamed up by his industry.

Turtle study yields look at dark side of humans

posted: 12/30/2012 3:59 a.m.

Clemson University student Nathan Weaver set out to determine how to help turtles cross the road. He ended up getting a glimpse into the dark souls of some humans.

Registration opens for Inaugural Ball

posted: 12/30/2012 3:57 a.m.

People who wish to attend the official Inaugural Ball with President Obama and wife after his swearing-in ceremony next month were able to begin signing up Friday for tickets, a source at the Presidential Inaugural Committee said.

‘Pot’ growers find national forests roomy

posted: 12/30/2012 3:57 a.m.

A few minutes after 4 a.m., agents in camouflage cluster in a dusty California field in Kern County. “Movement needs to be slow, deliberate and quiet,” the team leader whispers. “Lock and load now.” They check their ammunition and assault rifles, not exactly sure who they might meet in the dark: heavily armed Mexican drug traffickers, or just poorly paid field workers camping miserably in the brush.

LIKE IT IS: Time to sweep 2012’s mess out the door

posted: 12/30/2012 3:57 a.m.

It seems like the perfect day to say goodbye to an imperfect year.

Emancipation Proclamation to celebrate 150 years

posted: 12/30/2012 3:54 a.m.

As New Year’s Day approached 150 years ago, all eyes were on President Abraham Lincoln in expectation of what he warned 100 days earlier would be coming — his final proclamation declaring all slaves in states rebelling against the Union to be “forever free.” A tradition began Dec. 31, 1862, as many black churches held Watch Night services, awaiting word that Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation would take effect amid a bloody Civil War. Later, congregations listened as the president’s historic words were read aloud.

For Curiosity, first a rock, then a trek

posted: 12/30/2012 3:53 a.m.

Since captivating the world with its acrobatic landing, the Mars rover Curiosity has fallen into a rhythm: drive, snap pictures, zap at boulders, scoop up dirt. Repeat.

COMMENTARY: Forget stats, Romo needs to throw it

posted: 12/30/2012 3:53 a.m.

One of the NFL’s most misleading statistics is the Dallas Cowboys’ 0-4 record when Tony Romo passes for 400 yards.

New storm piling it on in snow-socked regions

posted: 12/30/2012 3:52 a.m.

Snow from a widespread winter storm began falling Saturday over most of the Northeast and the upper Ohio River Valley, the second in less than a week for the regions.

Across Maine, gays get in line to marry

posted: 12/30/2012 3:52 a.m.

Arriving in a limo, Donna Galluzzo and Lisa Gorney had all the trappings of a traditional wedding: rings, flowers, wedding vows, an entourage and a friend to officiate.

Markey gains support for Senate

posted: 12/30/2012 3:50 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Edward Markey of Massachusetts is quickly sewing up support for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in a prospective special election.

A blessed plenty

posted: 12/30/2012 3:49 a.m.

Just being here seeped history, especially in such esteemed company.

N.H. readies for lengthy, complex trial of 2 oil giants

posted: 12/30/2012 3:49 a.m.

Nearly a decade after it was first filed, a lawsuit accusing two oil giants of widespread groundwater contamination in New Hampshire is expected to present jurors with the most complex and time-consuming trial in state history.

Morsi tells Egypt to key on economy

posted: 12/30/2012 3:48 a.m.

Egypt’s Islamist president warned against any unrest that could harm the drive to repair the country’s battered economy in his first address before the newly convened upper house of the parliament Saturday, urging the opposition to work with his government.

Medicine suspected in 33 deaths

posted: 12/30/2012 3:47 a.m.

Pakistani authorities are investigating allegations that cough syrup has killed 33 people over the past three days, a government official said Saturday, the second time in recent months medicine is suspected of causing multiple deaths.

In the lane: Mickelson, Young hit the boards

posted: 12/30/2012 3:47 a.m.

Rebounding has been a problem area for Arkansas, but BJ Young and Hunter Mickelson helped it be a strength for the Razorbacks on Saturday night.

Indian gang-rape victim mourned; charges filed

posted: 12/30/2012 3:46 a.m.

As protests grew in India on Saturday over the death of a young woman who was raped in New Delhi this month by several men in a moving bus, police said six men accused of attacking her had been charged with murder.

Reports: Nigerian sect slits throats of 15

posted: 12/30/2012 3:45 a.m.

Gunmen suspected to belong to a radical Islamist sect attacked a village in northeast Nigeria, tying up men, women and children before slitting their throats, killing at least 15 in the troubled region’s latest attack, witnesses said Saturday.

Regime fading,Assad said to be fearful

posted: 12/30/2012 3:44 a.m.

His official portrait still refers to Bashar Assad as “The Hope” of the Syrian nation, but signs are increasing that the man who presides over Syria’s government has little of it left for himself.

Russian plane’s fiery runway crash fatal to 4

posted: 12/30/2012 3:42 a.m.

A passenger airliner careened off the runway at Russia’s third-busiest airport and partly onto a highway while landing Saturday, broke into pieces and caught fire, killing at least four people.

In the news

posted: 12/30/2012 3:39 a.m.

Nouel Alba, 37, a New York woman accused of trying to swindle donors by posing as a relative of a child killed in the Connecticut school shootings, also has been accused of soliciting money after superstorm Sandy through Web messages listing bogus charities.

Names and faces

posted: 12/30/2012 3:39 a.m.

Katie Holmes’ return to Broadway will be much shorter than she would have liked. Producers said Thursday that Holmes’ play Dead Accounts, a drama by Theresa Rebeck, will close next Sunday after 27 previews and 44 performances. The show, which opened to poor reviews Nov. 29, stars Norbert Leo Butz as Holmes’ onstage brother, who returns to his Midwest home with a secret. Rebeck created the first season of NBC’s Smash and several well-received plays, including Seminar and Mauritius.

TOP 25/SEC MEN: Louisville breaks Kentucky’s grip

posted: 12/30/2012 3:39 a.m.

Russ Smith scored 21 points and Chane Behanan had 20 and No. 4 Louisville ended a four game losing streak against rival Kentucky with an up and-down 80-77 victory Saturday.

Powerball

posted: 12/30/2012 3:39 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball: 36-46-50-52-55 Powerball: 14 Estimated jackpot: $40 million

TV news shows

posted: 12/30/2012 3:39 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.; Sen. Jon Kyl, RAriz.; Rep. Chris Van Hollen, DMd.; Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock. NBC’s Meet the Press — President Barack Obama. 9 a.m., KARK-TV, Channel 4, Little Rock. CBS’ Face the Nation — Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. 9:30 a.m., KTHV-TV, Channel 11, Little Rock. CNN’s State of the Union

The nation in brief

posted: 12/30/2012 3:38 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s historic.We’ve waited our entire lives for this.” Steven Bridges, 42, who exchanged vows with his partner Michael Snell, 53, in Portland, Maine, on Saturday, the first day gay marriage was allowed in the state Article, this page Bush moved out of intensive care HOUSTON — Former President George H.W. Bush’s condition continued to improve Saturday, prompting doctors to move him out of intensive care, a spokesman said.

The world in brief

posted: 12/30/2012 3:38 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “As a woman, and mother, I understand how protesters feel.Today we pledge that the victim will get justice.” Sonia Gandhi, president of India’s governing Congress Party, after police said the six men accused of raping a young woman on a bus have been charged with murder Article, 11A

SUN BELT WOMEN: UALR women fall in 2nd OT

posted: 12/30/2012 3:37 a.m.

The UALR women’s basketball team battled back from a 13-point second-half deficit to force overtime, but couldn’t hang on to leads in the two extra periods and lost 56-54 to Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La.

Power slowly returning

posted: 12/30/2012 3:36 a.m.

Entergy Arkansas Inc. work crews shifted their focus Saturday to restoring broken connections to individual homes after repairing larger transmission lines damaged by the Christmas night winter storm.

COKE CLASSIC: NLR’s offense stuns Springdale

posted: 12/30/2012 3:36 a.m.

Springdale was no match for Kevaughn Allen and the North Little Rock offense Saturday night in the championship game of the Coca-Cola Classis.

SPA CITY SHOOTOUT GIRLS: Leopards rough up Trojans

posted: 12/30/2012 3:35 a.m.

It was going to be tough for Hot Springs to catch up with Malvern in the fourth quarter Saturday. It became even tougher when the Lady Trojans lost their top two scorers in the opening minute of the final quarter.

SUN BELT MEN: UALR off mark, drops third in row

posted: 12/30/2012 3:33 a.m.

The UALR men’s basketball team was full strength for all of Saturday’s game at Louisiana-Lafayette, and Will Neighbour turned in his best game in more than a month.

BATTLE AT THE BRIER BOYS: Change in plans a winner

posted: 12/30/2012 3:32 a.m.

The Sheridan Yellowjackets were scheduled to play in a tournament in Mountain Home this weekend, but after winter weather intervened they settled for winning the Battle at the Brier.

BAIL BONDS INVITATIONAL: Bowling shoulders load as Benton tops Episcopal

posted: 12/30/2012 3:31 a.m.

Junior forward Josh Bowling scored 25 points as the Benton Panthers rallied from a 10-point half time deficit to defeat Episcopal Collegiate 65-47 on Saturday afternoon in the championship game of the 1st Arkansas Bail Bonds Invitational.

DE QUEEN SCHOOL SETS BAR HIGH: Elementary refuses to accept mediocrity

posted: 12/30/2012 3:28 a.m.

De Queen Elementary School is on Treating Plant Road in southwest Arkansas’ timber and poultry-processing country — just a hop and a skip from the Oklahoma line.

Weathering the storm

posted: 12/30/2012 3:27 a.m.

Ido not believe that the prayers and wishes of my neighbors and colleagues for a “White Christmas” made any impression on whatever impenetrable mind imagines our universe. They did not bring this storm upon us by expressing—orally or on Facebook—their desire for a blanket of snow.

Ross wrapping up 12-year D.C. stint

posted: 12/30/2012 3:27 a.m.

The town-hall meetings are done. So are the constituent breakfasts, committee hearings and roll-call votes. No more drives across the state to Little Rock or Memphis in the early morning darkness to catch flights to Washington.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Wisconsin defensive lineman interested in UA

posted: 12/30/2012 3:25 a.m.

While Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema and his coaching staff are working hard on the 2013 recruiting class, the Razorbacks also are looking ahead to the 2014 class.

Colleges, industry forging job ties

posted: 12/30/2012 3:25 a.m.

Arkansas colleges and universities are cooperating with businesses and community organizations to ensure that their graduates are prepared to fill shifting gaps in the state’s work force.

Brantley hanging up robe after 26 years on the bench

posted: 12/30/2012 3:24 a.m.

After more than a quartercentury deciding custody disputes, interpreting wills and deciphering complex legal issues as a circuit judge, Ellen Brantley is looking forward in retirement to world travel and light laundry.

Police chief in NLR joins mayor’s office

posted: 12/30/2012 3:23 a.m.

Danny Bradley, North Little Rock’s police chief for the past 12 years, will permanently move into a newly created position of chief of staff under new Mayor Joe Smith sometime around March 1, both said Friday.

NLR aldermen OK lot swap downtown

posted: 12/30/2012 3:22 a.m.

North Little Rock aldermen agreed in the year’s last City Council meeting to exchange the former site of the infamous Checkmate Club for a spot on Main Street that the city is to someday turn into a town square.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Schmoozing BOSS gets good results from 7mm

posted: 12/30/2012 3:21 a.m.

I’ve had a change of heart regarding the 7mm Remington Magnum.

Fort Smith to speed sidewalk work

posted: 12/30/2012 3:21 a.m.

Fort Smith residents will see sidewalks repaired and built 10 times faster than the current rate by 2014, Street Department Director Greg Riley said.

2 NLR brothers charged with murder

posted: 12/30/2012 3:19 a.m.

Two North Little Rock brothers were arrested Saturday on warrants charging them with capital murder in the death of an as-yet-unidentified man in North Little Rock, police said.

ALAMO BOWL: Picking Ash doesn’t burn Longhorns

posted: 12/30/2012 3:18 a.m.

David Ash wasn’t sure he would start the Alamo Bowl. No one will remember after the way he finished Texas’ rocky season with a validating victory.

Woman, 35, dies in 2-pickup crash

posted: 12/30/2012 3:17 a.m.

A Jacksonville woman died Saturday after her pickup collided with another truck in Pulaski County, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality accident report.

Narcissa Phillips Wilmans Jackson: Didn’t let turning 100 slow her at all

posted: 12/30/2012 3:17 a.m.

Nonnie Jackson had such a zest for life that living to 100 was only the beginning.

ARMED FORCES BOWL: Reserve QB thwarts Air Force’s defense

posted: 12/30/2012 3:17 a.m.

When Rice freshman quarterback Driphus Jackson was thrust into action in the Armed Forces Bowl, he drove the Owls within 2 yards of a tying touchdown before his errant pitch.

Junior college QB walking on at Arkansas

posted: 12/30/2012 3:14 a.m.

Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College quarterback A.J. Derby has agreed to walk on at Arkansas and compete for the starting job in the spring. Derby, 6-5, 235 pounds, 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash, was a highly recruited prospect coming out of Iowa City and signed with the Hawkeyes in 2010. He redshirted his freshman year before moving to linebacker in 2011. He transferred to Coffeyville in January and completed 149 of 321 passes for 1,936 yards and 22 touchdowns and threw 14 interceptions this past season.

New Year’s Day closings

posted: 12/30/2012 3:14 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules may be affected by New Year’s Day on Tuesday.

Obituaries

posted: 12/30/2012 3:14 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: 12/30/2012 3:13 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 30, 1912 CAMDEN — General Lute B. Stone, former tax assessor, present candidate for postmaster, and a well known possum hunter, is proudly displaying today a white possum which he caught last night. The possum is pure white, without a single spot of any kind upon it. Its ears and tail are coal black, giving it a peculiar appearance. It is a young possum, and General Stone contemplates trying to make a pet of it.

Terry Lee Dew

posted: 12/30/2012 3:12 a.m.

Dr. Terry Dew bends over a sedated pug stretched out on an operating table and explains how the dog’s deep facial folds irritate its corneas.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: Popcorn girl’s heart zinged from the start

posted: 12/30/2012 3:11 a.m.

Duie Talley didn’t ask the name of the pretty girl who sold him popcorn from a cart on the sidewalk just after he left work one afternoon in 1947.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 12/30/2012 3:11 a.m.

2 days on ice enough — Horses returned to the track Friday morning at Oaklawn Park after training was interrupted for two days following a winter storm Tuesday that blanketed Hot Springs with about 10 inches of snow.

Health clinic co-founder learned altruism early

posted: 12/30/2012 3:10 a.m.

When Amy Johnson was growing up in Fort Smith, one thing she never worried about was health insurance.

Week 17 capsules

posted: 12/30/2012 3:10 a.m.

TV GAMES — All times Central Texans at Colts Noon, CBS LINE — Texans by 7 LAST MEETING Houston beat Indianapolis 29-17, Dec. 16 LAST WEEK Houston lost to Minnesota 23-6 ; Indianapolis beat Kansas City 20-13 RANKINGS Texans: offense (8), defense (16); Colts: offense (9), defense (19) NOTES Houston can clinch first-round bye and AFC’s top seed for first time with victory or losses by Denver and New England. Texans have won 3 of last 5 in series but has never won 2 consecutive vs. Colts, never swept season series and are 0-10 in Indianapolis.

FUNDRAISE THE ROOF: Dance party

posted: 12/30/2012 3:08 a.m.

It was a happy 10th anniversary for “Celebrate the Moments of the Season,” which took place Dec. 16 at The Peabody Little Rock hotel. The event was a benefit for the Tidwell Project Inc., which was organized to provide youth in economically disadvantaged communities with exposure to the performing art of dance.

SCHOLARSHIP BALL: All that glitters ...

posted: 12/30/2012 3:07 a.m.

Twenty-seven young women were introduced to society Dec. 22 in the Grand Ballroom of The Peabody Little Rock at the 62nd annual Debutante Scholarship Ball sponsored by The Central Arkansas Sphinx Foundation and the Pi Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha.

Game sketch

posted: 12/30/2012 3:06 a.m.

RECORDS Arkansas 8-4 ; Northwestern State 5-4 STARS Arkansas sophomore guard BJ Young (26 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists) and junior guard Mardracus Wade (17 points, 6 assists, 4 steals)

ROUNDUPS

posted: 12/30/2012 3:05 a.m.

BOYS BEEBE 58, CABOT 52 Austin Burroughs led the Badgers with 18 points in a victory over the Panthers (4-6 ) in the semifinals of the Badger Classic. Tanner Chatman added 14 and Zach Baker 10 for Beebe (8-3 ). Ryan Stafford led Cabot with 16 points and Kyle Thielemier scored 10.

LIFELONG HEALTH: Healthful resolutions: Diet, exercise, thinking

posted: 12/30/2012 3:05 a.m.

The New Year is almost here and I can imagine that millions of Americans are resolving to live a healthier life. Come Tuesday, the stereotypical resolutions to eat less and exercise more will once again push to the forefront of our collective consciousness, only to be (guiltily) forgotten weeks later.

Friday’s late game

posted: 12/30/2012 3:03 a.m.

TEXAS TECH 34, MINNESOTA 31 Minnesota.............. 10 7 7 7 — 31 Texas Tech.............. 14 10 0 10 — 34 First Quarter Minn—FG Wettstein 41, 8:31. TT—Grant 99 kickoff return (Bustin kick), 8:17. Minn—R.Williams 2 run (Wettstein kick), 5:46. TT—Edwards 13 pass from Brewer (Bustin kick), 4:01. Second Quarter Minn—Kirkwood 3 run (Wettstein kick), 14:26. TT—FG Bustin 28, 8:36. TT—Doege 4 run (Bustin kick), :05. Third Quarter Minn—Crawford-Tufts 17 pass from Nelson (Wettstein kick), 12:07.

NBA standings and summaries

posted: 12/30/2012 3:03 a.m.

BUCKS 104, HEAT 85 MIAMI (85) James 11-20 3-5 26, Battier 1-4 0-0 3, Bosh 5-14 2-2 12, Chalmers 1-5 2-4 5, Wade 10-19 4-7 24, Anthony 0-0 0-0 0, Allen 1-6 0-0 2, Miller 1-1 0-0 3, Cole 1-2 0-0 2, Harrellson 2-5 1-2 5, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Te.Harris 0-0 3-4 3. Totals 33-76 15-24 85. MILWAUKEE (104) Daniels 1-9 0-0 2, Mbah a Moute 8-15 2-3 19, Sanders 8-11 0-0 16, Jennings 8-16 7-7 25, Ellis 6-18 0-0 14, Dunleavy 5-12 5-5 18, Udoh 0-3 0-0 0, Ilyasova 2-7 2-2 6, Udrih 1-3 0-0 2, Henson 1-4 0-0 2, To.Harris 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-98 16-17 104. Miami.............. 20 24 27 14 — 85 Milwaukee......... 25 31 13 35 — 104

Second thoughts

posted: 12/30/2012 3:01 a.m.

Badgers beef up for bowl They came. They ate. They conquered.

DEAR ABBY: Thought of raising 3 boys too much for new hubby

posted: 12/30/2012 3:01 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: My sister, the mother of three boys, is now unable to take care of them. My family is asking me and my new husband to take them in.

FREE BATES!: Maid and valet win contest At Downton Abbey party

posted: 12/30/2012 3:01 a.m.

More people dressed in the Edwardian costumes of the lord and lady of the manor than the tidy house staff uniforms of the folks who work “downstairs,” but it was a maid and a valet who placed first in the costume contest Dec. 19 at the Little Rock preview of Downton Abbey’s new season.

NEXT GENERATION: Black Men of America fete guests, honorees

posted: 12/30/2012 3 a.m.

The elegant ballroom of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center was the setting Dec. 21 for the 100 Black Men of Greater Little Rock’s annual Christmas Gala.

MALE CALL: Board shorts not best pick; 1 suit a workable solution

posted: 12/30/2012 3 a.m.

Q. I just read your article about swim trunks for travel and wondered if you might have advice regarding my forthcoming problem. In about a month I have three business trips in seven days. Although that may make it sound like I have a highroller job, the truth is I have and can only afford one really good business suit. I need it for each of these visits and worry that it will smell and/ or be wrinkled by the end. Any thoughts?

Off the wire

posted: 12/30/2012 3 a.m.

TENNIS Djokovic wins in Abu Dhabi Novak Djokovic retained his title at the World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Saturday by rallying past Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4. The top ranked Serb swept past David Ferrer in straight sets to reach the final, but he got a tough test from the 11th-ranked Almagro. Almagro, a late replacement at the tournament for Rafael Nadal, rallied from 3-1 down in the tiebreaker to take the first set.

State sports briefs

posted: 12/30/2012 2:58 a.m.

FOOTBALL Klenakis candidate at Nevada Former Arkansas offensive line coach Chris Klenakis, who finished up his third season on the Razorbacks coaching staff, is on the short list of candidates to replace Nevada Coach Chris Ault, who announced Friday he was retiring after 28 years at the school, according to a source familiar with the coaching search. Klenakis coached at Nevada from 1990-99 and was offensive coordinator from 1997-99. He was the first offensive coordinator in NCAA history to lead the nation in rushing offense in 2009 and passing offense in 1997.

Ladies nights amp up sales

posted: 12/30/2012 2:58 a.m.

Neighbors Joan Wiese and Laurie Yeager recently got together for an evening out. But instead of meeting at a restaurant or at home, they went shopping — at the Mustard Seed, a landscape and garden center in Chaska, Minn., that was hosting a “ladies night.” “It’s nice to have a girls’ night out in a more relaxed atmosphere,” said Wiese, who liked the unusual product offerings, including the scented flameless candles she and Yeager bought to share. “And wine is good,” Wiese said approvingly as she sipped her free glass of chardonnay.

CRITICAL MASS: Cinema rewind

posted: 12/30/2012 2:58 a.m.

I’ve seen everything, man. That’s not quite true; there are some movies I didn’t get to see before sitting down to write my assessment of the best films of 2012. The DVD screener of Les Miserables that Universal sent wouldn’t play, the Weinstein Company didn’t make Django Unchained available, I didn’t see the German drama Barbara or the Canadian documentary Pink Ribbons Inc. (which comes highly recommended by a colleague). Somehow I was the only one in my critics’ group who didn’t see Holy Motors.

POP NOTES: Droll and dark, Lund makes Cabin Fever fun

posted: 12/30/2012 2:53 a.m.

Corb Lund’s new album was made in part after the Canadian singer songwriter had spent considerable time alone in a cabin in the woods outside Edmonton, Alberta. That’s telling because there is a heady sense of imagination that curls off of Cabin Fever (New West) like so much evocative smoke off a roaring winter fire.

LET’S TALK: Hints to create a peaceful new year

posted: 12/30/2012 2:52 a.m.

Happy New Year... almost. 2012 is at its rollicking end and some of you are glad to see it go. Wait a minute, haven’t you been less than sorry to see the last few years go?

THE TV COLUMN: Sports, reality shows still at top of ratings heap

posted: 12/30/2012 2:51 a.m.

In these days of fragmented audiences, 10 million viewers is considered a huge smash hit for a series.

VOLUNTEER SPIRIT: Former president honors Clinton center volunteers

posted: 12/30/2012 2:51 a.m.

A speech by former President Bill Clinton highlighted a Dec. 18 awards ceremony for volunteers at the Clinton Presidential Center. The event took place in the center’s Great Hall.

RED CARPET UPSTART: What this film festival needs is a formal international ball

posted: 12/30/2012 2:50 a.m.

At the 2010 Little Rock Film Festival, Cody Carson looked around and “I saw everything going on and I thought, ‘The one thing missing is a formal international filmmakers ball.’” Now he and Sharl Hill and Kimberly Jones are trying to make that happen. They may one day look at the inaugural ball Dec. 15 at the Little Rock Club downtown and marvel at how it all got started.

Weddings

posted: 12/30/2012 2:49 a.m.

Doramus-Clawater Rebekah Grace Clawater and Mark Christopher Doramus Jr. exchanged marriage vows Sat urd ay i n Christ Church Cathedral in Houston. The Rev. J. Pittman McGehee officiated.

THREE, TWO, ONE ...

posted: 12/30/2012 2:48 a.m.

On a walking tour of Times Square, something supercalifragilisticexpialidocious happened. With the guide at my side, I was strolling along the streets without causing any casualties. No banging into clumps of tourists or wiping small children off my shoe. It was as if the guide, a Mary Poppins in a Yankees cap, had cast a spell, clearing the Great White Way for our party of two.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Hamburg a slice of modern Germany

posted: 12/30/2012 2:46 a.m.

Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city and its most important port. Like other great European “second cities” — such as Marseille, Glasgow and Barcelona — this northern port city has a special pride. Popular with Germans (but a rare stop for Americans ), Hamburg has a real feel and edgy charm — and an honest grip on where it came from and where it’s going.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: ‘Compliant’ license date still unclear

posted: 12/30/2012 2:44 a.m.

“To use a state driver’s license as ID for TSA airport screening, starting Jan. 15, TSA will accept only ‘compliant’ licenses.” That’s the crux of the muddle contained in a report circulating around digital space these days, and fortunately it’s wrong. But it’s wrong only regarding the date: You will need a compliant license going forward, but a few years down the line, not now. The real deadlines, according to the Department of Homeland Security, are December 2014 for travelers under age 50 and December 2017 for everybody else. So, for the immediate future, you can keep using your current license — or whatever other approved ID you use.

Baggage fees fly higher to end ’12

posted: 12/30/2012 2:43 a.m.

Airlines are raking in more baggage fees.

Airlines’ newest way to make money: Drinks

posted: 12/30/2012 2:42 a.m.

Airlines have found a way to take the edge off the stress of flying and make a few extra bucks along the way: fancy new cocktails, craft beers and elegant wines.

Airlines’ museum lets its visitors fly

posted: 12/30/2012 2:41 a.m.

I just flew an airplane. Sort of, and not very well. But for a few moments, my pulse quickened as I sat in a flight simulator in the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum, attempting not to stall out and crash.

Anniversaries

posted: 12/30/2012 2:41 a.m.

Faustine and Clarence Smith of Little Rock celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary Dec. 22 with a dinner at the Cultural Arts Center. The couple were married Dec. 27, 1961. She is the former Faustine M. Staggers and retired from the Pulaski County Special School District. He is retired from Little Rock Furniture Co. They are the parents of Clarence Smith Jr. and John D. Smith, both of Little Rock. The couple have seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Mary Jo and Dr. Walter S. Mizell of Little Rock celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Dec. 27 with a family dinner at Chenal Country Club.

Bridal policy

posted: 12/30/2012 2:40 a.m.

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.

Gossip Girl, Office, 30 Rock find apt time to say ‘so long’

posted: 12/30/2012 2:38 a.m.

In this season’s opening episodes of Gossip Girl the gang was once again on the trail of a missing Serena. (She’s disappeared before.) She was keeping secret the fact that she had slept with a boyfriend of Blair’s (not the first time); the two women weren’t on speaking terms (as usual). Dan was writing a tell-all (again). And Rufus was making waffles. (It’s what he does.) If it seems as if the show had visited this territory before, it had.

Rearview-safety rules stuck

posted: 12/30/2012 2:36 a.m.

The memories come back to Judy Neiman: The SUV door slamming. A slight bump as she backed up in the bank parking lot. The emergency room doctor’s sobs as he said her 9-year-old daughter Sydnee, who previously had survived four open-heart surgeries, would not make it this time.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Symphony to take show on road to LR churches

posted: 12/30/2012 2:36 a.m.

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will launch a series of smaller-scale chamber orchestra concerts in central Arkansas churches in 2013.

Brits study mortality rates of musicians there, in U.S.

posted: 12/30/2012 2:35 a.m.

Rock ’n’ roll will never die — but it’s a hazardous occupation.

TV ON DVD: Girls like Sex and the City for a younger generation

posted: 12/30/2012 2:33 a.m.

What is it? Girls, Season 1, 10 half-hour episodes from HBO Home Entertainment How much? DVD $39.98, Blu-ray /DVD combo pack $49.99 When? Now (Season 2 starts Jan. 13) Girls? Aren’t these grown women? Well, strictly in a biological sense, maybe. Emotionally, not quite.

Virginia divided over uranium project

posted: 12/30/2012 2:33 a.m.

Beneath an estate that’s been farmed by the Coles family since just after the Revolutionary War lies the nation’s largest untapped uranium deposit, a potential $10 billion bonanza amid rolling hills, oak trees, pastures and a historic plantation home.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Kids need grandparents

posted: 12/30/2012 2:31 a.m.

While I’m away, readers give the advice.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/30/2012 2:31 a.m.

Happy birthday. Maintain a positive self-concept. The care and treats you give yourself lead to good fortune. Stop comparing yourself to your peers.You’re truly in a league of your own and will prove that with this year’s unusual success story.

COLUMN ONE: Have you noticed?

posted: 12/30/2012 2:29 a.m.

Nobody resigns in disgrace any more. Disgrace may be just as common as ever—such is the human condition—but not resignations. Even when they’re clearly called for. As when a public official presides over a massive screw up. Like overspending $3.1 million out of an already bountiful $10-million budget for the “advancement” of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. (If that’s advancement, what would be regression?)

We were pirates, too

posted: 12/30/2012 2:28 a.m.

This article is drawn from the recent book The Dawn of Innovation: The First American Industrial Revolution, by Charles R. Morris.

Mexico gaining tomato allies

posted: 12/30/2012 2:27 a.m.

As tomato growers in Florida and some other states fight a 16-year-old agreement that they contend allows farmers in Mexico to export tomatoes at a price below their costs, the Mexican farmers are finding allies in the United States.

Cash on delivery

posted: 12/30/2012 2:26 a.m.

Two years after the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, which allowed unlimited corporate and union money into American politics, there is one line that continues to echo: “The appearance of influence or access. . . will not cause the electorate to lose faith in our democracy.” That line lasts because it’s a testable prediction. It’s not a question of precedent or constitutional interpretation, but of public opinion—and as such, we all feel competent to judge it. Loss of faith, the Supreme Court allowed, is itself an argument against our increasingly unregulated campaign spending regime.

Pay gap widens between fast-food employees, CEOs

posted: 12/30/2012 2:26 a.m.

Tyree Johnson scrubs up in a McDonald’s bathroom and puts on fresh deodorant. He then stashes his toiletries in a travel bag and hops on an El train. His destination : another McDonald’s.

Civic involvement the backbone of a better America

posted: 12/30/2012 2:25 a.m.

The pundits often describe our country as fractious and disconnected—but Americans’ commitment to strengthen our communities through service reflects a far different story. Volunteerism and civic involvement in our nation is alive and well. Last year alone, the number of formal volunteers reached its highest level in five years, as 64.3 million Americans volunteered through an organization, an increase of 1.5 million from 2010.

Let’s not be Chelm-ish

posted: 12/30/2012 2:24 a.m.

When I was a kid, I loved Isaac Bashevis Singer’s stories. My favorite was a tale called “The Snow in Chelm.” In the village of Chelm, it snows one night, and the snow-covered ground glitters like diamonds, silver and pearls. The town elders, meeting during the snowfall, agree that the snow is a precious treasure that must be protected from the trampling feet of the townspeople.

Craft-brewer Yuengling let market evolve to him

posted: 12/30/2012 2:23 a.m.

As a teenager stacking barrels after school at his family’s brewery in Pottsville, Richard L. “Dick” Yuengling Jr. was encouraged by plant workers to avoid a career in the family business. America’s taste for national brands such as Budweiser, Coors and Miller, they said, was going to put them all out of a job.

BEST-SELLERS

posted: 12/30/2012 2:23 a.m.

Fiction 1. THE RACKETEER, by John Grisham. An imprisoned ex-lawyer schemes to exchange information about a murdered federal judge for his freedom. 2. GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn. A woman disappears on her fifth anniversary; is her husband a killer? 3. THREAT VECTOR, by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney. As China threatens to invade Taiwan, the covert intelligence expert Jack Ryan Jr. aids his father’s administration but his agency is no longer secret.

EDITORIALS: On to the Bad Old Days

posted: 12/30/2012 2:21 a.m.

NO SESSION of the Arkansas legislature would be complete without some damfool piece of legislation being disinterred from the historical woodwork. Next year’s oh so-solemn proceedings haven’t even officially begun and already Embarrassment No. 1 is in the hopper. It’s a bill that would require federal agencies to get the local sheriff’s approval—in writing—before daring to conduct any kind of search-and-seizure mission here in the (once) Sovereign State of Arkansas.

California manufacturers weigh the costs of new greenhouse emissions rules

posted: 12/30/2012 2:21 a.m.

The Morning Star Co.’s three plants in California emit roughly 200,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year as they turn tomatoes into ketchup, spaghetti sauce and juice used by millions of consumers around the world.

Automakers see potential in Russia

posted: 12/30/2012 2:20 a.m.

Sleek and glistening, General Motors sedans creep off the assembly line here. They are as new as cars can get. And so is the assembly line, where the first test cars emerged this month.

COLUMNISTS: Making history

posted: 12/30/2012 2:20 a.m.

The Arkansas history scene has been busy lately with interesting developments on many fronts. Two long-time heritage agency administrators retired lately, Cathie Matthews and Wendy Richter. Matthews was director of the state Department of Arkansas Heritage for 15 years, by far the longest tenure in that post. Matthew’s agency contained a variety of history-related agencies and programs, most notably the state’s two largest history museums, the Old State House and the Historic Arkansas Museum, and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

The recession that lingers

posted: 12/30/2012 2:19 a.m.

The respectfully nicknamed Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, and the wounds from that economic collapse have been slow to heal. Yet even a robust recovery, as the nation experienced after the double-dip recessions of the early 1980s, would have helped only so much. Inevitably, human pain lingers.

OTHERS SAY: Orphans held hostage

posted: 12/30/2012 2:18 a.m.

The adoption of children from abroad is fraught with emotions, and adoptions from Russia are no exception. Russia is the third-most favored place for adoptions by U.S. families, after China and Ethiopia. The adoptions have often led to bruised feelings of national pride. At the same time, many of the children enjoy a better life than if they had languished in Russia’s grim institutions. It was with an eye toward improving the process of such adoptions that the United States and Russia approved a bilateral agreement in November.

Drawing the sting

posted: 12/30/2012 2:17 a.m.

There’s a term well-known to those in the legal profession: “drawing the sting.” In essence, it means you disclose damaging information in a case against yourself before the other side has a chance to bring it out with its own spin and headlines.

With all deliberate caution

posted: 12/30/2012 2:03 a.m.

Discussions among state legislative insiders appear to be starting to coalesce on punting Medicaid expansion to a special session later in the year.

LETTERS

posted: 12/30/2012 2:02 a.m.

Posing two questions We have many holidays during the year, including Christmas Day. How many do we address as Happy Holiday ? None, right? So why are some nuts trying to change Merry Christmas to Happy Holiday? Our calendar says: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day and all the others, but no Happy Holiday.

COVER STORY: Remembering Dick Clark as a new year rings in

posted: 12/30/2012 2 a.m.

Showbiz lost a legend when Dick Clark died April 18 at the age of 82. But his New Year’s legacy lives on.

Soaps last week

posted: 12/30/2012 1:59 a.m.

(This column represents on-air summaries for the week of Dec. 24-28.) The Bold and the Beautiful: As the family gathered at the Forrester mansion for Christmas, Pam sensed Stephanie’s presence, while Eric found a way to get through the holiday without her.

Brad Allen: Duck-calling champion makes home in Judsonia

updated: 12/28/2012 11:46 a.m.

Like a ventriloquist with duck decoys. That’s how Brad Allen describes his world’s championship duck calling. Allen, who lives in a log home on 8 acres just outside Judsonia, has been calling in competitions since 1998.

It happened in ’12: Year in review — history, weather, people, jobs

updated: 12/28/2012 4:08 p.m.

Right now you might think 2012 will go down as the White Christmas Year because of the many inches of snow that fell Dec. 25 and 26.

Hospitality administration program lands back on the menu at ASU-Heber Springs

updated: 12/28/2012 10:44 a.m.

After a short hiatus, the hospitality program at Arkansas State University-Heber Springs is back and looking to get the community involved.

ASU-Heber Springs rekindles hospitality program after hiatus

updated: 12/28/2012 11:31 a.m.

After a short hiatus, the hospitality program at Arkansas State University-Heber Springs is back and looking to get the community involved. The degree program, which offers an associate degree in hospitality administration, began in 2009 when the administration began to notice how big the hospitality industry is in the area.

Chain Reactions: Pickerels offer hot bite on cold winter days

updated: 12/28/2012 11:49 a.m.

Chain pickerels don’t get very big. The world record weighed only 9 pounds, 6 ounces. Average fish in most waters seldom exceed 2 pounds. Chains aren’t great table fish, either. Their flesh is sweet and firm, but the fillets are filled with tiny bones, requiring troublesome preparation for the frying pan.

Christmas is a learning experience

updated: 12/28/2012 10:18 a.m.

I learn something new every Christmas. Here are a few things I learned this year from my experience and those of friends and family members:

School’s relocated thrift store exceeding expectations

updated: 12/28/2012 10:15 a.m.

The Van Buren County Special School relocated its thrift store from downtown Clinton to a new site on U.S. 65 in Choctaw on June 1, and the store is already bulging at the seams.

Nelda Kennedy: Quitman woman lauded along path of ‘fantastic life’

updated: 12/28/2012 10:48 a.m.

Nelda Kennedy didn’t know a thing about the Arkansas Educational Television Network until she met Jane Krutz in 1970. Now, more than 40 years later, Kennedy has received the Jane Krutz Volunteer Service Award from the AETN Foundation.

Chain reactions: Pickerels provide hot bite on cold winter days

updated: 12/28/2012 10:54 a.m.

Chain pickerels don’t get very big. The world record weighed only 9 pounds, 6 ounces. Average fish in most waters seldom exceed 2 pounds.

Deadly snow brings out extra efforts

updated: 12/28/2012 4:12 p.m.

“Everyone wants to see a white Christmas, and this was the first one in a long time,” said Matt Brumley, director of Saline Memorial Hospital’s ambulance service. “But when it comes to getting out and helping people and getting people where they need to be safely or for any emergency service, it is not something to be desired.”

Christmas is a learning experience-TL

updated: 12/28/2012 4:14 p.m.

I learn something new every Christmas. Here are a few things I learned this year from my experience and those of friends and family members:

Interviews to remember from 2013

updated: 12/28/2012 4:18 p.m.

Editor’s note: These people were selected by staff writer Wayne Bryan as the most memorable people whose stories appeared in the Tri-Lakes Edition during 2012. Many were highlighted as Front and Center interviews, while others made the front page for their endeavors or achievements during 2012 or during a lifetime. Some were also selected for their service and sacrifice many years ago.

Dream or nightmare?: Holiday snow brings new challenges to area

updated: 12/28/2012 11:25 a.m.

Those dreaming of a white Christmas in the Three Rivers area got their wish this year, along with all the inconveniences and hazards of a heavy snowfall in an area not used to so much accumulation.

AETN Foundation honors Quitman volunteer

updated: 12/28/2012 11:52 a.m.

Nelda Kennedy, 84, a lifelong resident of Quitman, has been honored by the Arkansas Educational Television Network Foundation.

This week's events

updated: 12/28/2012 11:42 a.m.

These are events in the Three Rivers area, beginning Jan. 1.

Habitat home to benefit Cabot veteran

updated: 12/28/2012 11:33 a.m.

As part of Habitat for Humanity’s ongoing Habitat for Heroes program, Habitat of Faulkner County is set to build a home for a veteran in need in the Cabot area. The land, at 619 Briarwood in Cabot, was donated to Habitat in April from an Iowa-based company.

Chain reactions: Pickerels provide hot bite on cold winter days-TL

updated: 12/28/2012 4:21 p.m.

Chain pickerels don’t get very big. The world record weighed only 9 pounds, 6 ounces. Average fish in most waters seldom exceed 2 pounds.

Waiting on 2013: Year of adversity provides Vilonia family lessons of faith, family

updated: 12/28/2012 10:08 a.m.

Patti Carson’s Christmas present didn’t come in a box.

Christmas is a learning experience

updated: 12/28/2012 11:22 a.m.

Editor’s Note: This column originally ran on Jan. 3, 2010. Tammy Keith is on vacation and likely snowbound as many Arkansans are at press time.

This week's events-RVO

updated: 12/28/2012 10:38 a.m.

These are scheduled events in the River Valley and Ozark area starting Dec. 31.

Saturday, December 29

Young's 26 leads Arkansas past Demons

posted: 12/29/2012 9:33 p.m.

BJ Young scored 26 points and recorded a career-high 13 rebounds as Arkansas defeated Northwestern State 79-61 Saturday at Bud Walton Arena.

Arkansas-Northwestern State Live Blog

posted: 12/29/2012 6:30 p.m.

Join in an interactive live blog as Arkansas hosts Northwestern State at Bud Walton Arena.

21 missing Pakistani policemen found shot dead

posted: 12/29/2012 4:46 p.m.

Government officials said 21 tribal policemen believed to have been kidnapped by the Taliban have been found shot dead in northwest Pakistan.

2 officers hurt in New Jersey station shooting released

posted: 12/29/2012 4:38 p.m.

Two of three police officers shot and wounded by an arrested man inside a southern New Jersey police station have been released from a hospital.

2 teens, 12-year-old charged in Durham slaying

posted: 12/29/2012 4:35 p.m.

Two teenagers and a 12-year-old girl have been charged in the shooting death of a North Carolina man during a carjacking.

Nashville to fast-track ID badges

posted: 12/29/2012 4:13 p.m.

School officials in Nashville said that all school employees in the district will have standardized identification badges in the coming weeks.

Former President Bush moved out of intensive care

posted: 12/29/2012 4:07 p.m.

A spokesman said former President George H.W. Bush’s condition continues to improve and that he was moved Saturday out of intensive care and into a regular hospital room.

Vega recalls 30,000-plus motorcycle helmets

posted: 12/29/2012 2:11 p.m.

Vega Helmet Corp. is recalling more than 30,000 XTS motorcycle helmets after testing found that a few did not meet crash protection safety standards.

Entergy Arkansas fields complaints about power outages

updated: 12/29/2012 4:43 p.m.

Arkansas’ largest utility welcomed cold customers to its Little Rock headquarters Saturday and pledged that linemen from throughout the South were working as quickly as possible to restore electricity knocked out by a Christmas Day blizzard.

2012 marked turning point for Arkansas Republicans

posted: 12/29/2012 2:02 p.m.

The very bad year for Arkansas Democrats ended on an equally gloomy note.

Berlusconi criticizes Monti’s campaign about-face

posted: 12/29/2012 1:27 p.m.

Ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi has sharply criticized the decision by Mario Monti to run in Italy’s general elections and has vowed to launch a parliamentary inquiry into the 2011 fall of his government and appointment of Monti as Italy’s premier.

Mexican navy kills 4 trying to rob drug boss’ body

posted: 12/29/2012 1:23 p.m.

Mexican marines have slain four gunmen who apparently were trying to steal the body of a Zetas cartel chieftain killed by the military a day before in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

$100 million school shooting claim about security, Connecticut lawyer says

posted: 12/29/2012 1:12 p.m.

A lawyer who’s asking to sue Connecticut for $100 million on behalf of a 6-year-old Newtown school shooting survivor who heard violence over the school’s intercom system said the potential claim is about improving school security, not money.

Last-minute fiscal cliff talks in Senate

updated: 12/29/2012 4:51 p.m.

Senate leaders groped for a last-minute compromise Saturday to avoid middle-class tax increases and possibly prevent deep spending cuts at the dawn of the new year as President Barack Obama warned that failure could mean a "self-inflicted wound to the economy."

Venezuela VP in Cuba to visit ailing Chavez

posted: 12/29/2012 12:57 p.m.

Venezuela's vice president arrived in Havana on Saturday in a sudden and unexpected trip to visit President Hugo Chavez as he recovers from cancer surgery.

Arab League chief says Palestinians to petition UN

posted: 12/29/2012 12:47 p.m.

Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby said two decades of talks with Israel have been “a waste of time” and that Palestinians will soon take a new statehood bid to the U.N.

State Department strengthens Haiti travel warning

posted: 12/29/2012 12:20 p.m.

The State Department has issued a revised Haiti travel advisory, warning Americans planning to travel to the Caribbean island nation about robbery, lawlessness, infectious disease and poor medical facilities.

Attackers in India rape case to face murder charge

posted: 12/29/2012 12:04 p.m.

Indian police charged six men with murder on Saturday, adding to accusations that they beat and gang-raped a woman on a New Delhi bus nearly two weeks ago in a case that shocked the country.

Woman accused of hate-crime murder in subway push

updated: 12/29/2012 5 p.m.

A 31-year-old woman was being held by the police Saturday in connection with the death of a man who was pushed onto the tracks of a Queens subway station and crushed by an oncoming train.

64,000 Entergy Arkansas customers remain without power

updated: 12/29/2012 2:07 p.m.

Entergy Arkansas said about 64,000 customers remain without electricity after a Christmas Day ice and snow storm knocked out power to 194,000.

Long-awaited New Hampshire pollution trial ready to start

updated: 12/29/2012 10:45 a.m.

Nearly a decade after it was first brought, a lawsuit accusing two oil giants of widespread groundwater contamination in New Hampshire is expected to present jurors with the most complex and time-consuming trial in state history.

Maine same-sex couples marry in first hours of law

updated: 12/29/2012 3:28 p.m.

Maine's gay marriage law has taken effect, and some couples took advantage of it right away.

Cough syrup suspected in 33 deaths in Pakistan

posted: 12/29/2012 10:10 a.m.

Pakistani authorities are investigating allegations that cough syrup has killed 33 people over the past three days, a government official said Saturday, the second time in recent months medicine is suspected of causing multiple deaths.

Russian foriegn minister says Assad won't go

updated: 12/29/2012 1:33 p.m.

Russia's foreign minister said Saturday that Syrian President Bashar Assad has no intention of stepping down and it would be impossible to try to persuade him otherwise.

Egypt president warns against new unrest

posted: 12/29/2012 9:58 a.m.

Egypt's Islamist president has warned against any unrest that could harm the drive to repair the country's economy in a sharply worded speech pushing the opposition to work with his government.

Road trip on tap for NASA's Mars rover in new year

posted: 12/29/2012 9:51 a.m.

NASA's newest Mars rover is gearing up for a road trip. But first, it has to drill into a rock.

4 dead in Moscow airliner crash

updated: 12/29/2012 10:23 a.m.

A passenger airliner careered off the runway at Russia's third-busiest airport while landing on Saturday, broke into pieces and caught fire, killing at least four people.

Royalty deal averts strike at U.S. ports

posted: 12/29/2012 3:28 a.m.

Dockworkers and their employers reached a tentative agreement on royalty payments Friday, averting a strike that would have shut down U.S. ports from Maine to Texas for the first time in 35 years.

Anti-U.S. adoption bill gets Putin OK

posted: 12/29/2012 3:26 a.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning the adoption of Russian orphans by U.S. families, the Kremlin announced Friday.

‘Fiscal cliff’ deal closer, Obama, McConnell say

posted: 12/29/2012 3:25 a.m.

President Barack Obama said Friday evening that progress had been made in make-or-break talks on the fiscal crisis, and he pronounced himself cautiously “optimistic,” as Senate leaders worked furiously on an agreement toward a bill to avert the worst of the economic punch from landing Tuesday.

Indian gang-rape victim dies

posted: 12/29/2012 3:21 a.m.

A young woman who had been in critical condition since she was raped two weeks ago by a group of men who lured her onto a bus in Delhi died early today, an official at the hospital in Singapore that was caring for her said.

Syrian airports in rebels’ sights

posted: 12/29/2012 3:20 a.m.

Syrian rebels stepped up their siege of a government helicopter base and clashed with soldiers near Aleppo’s international airport Friday in an effort to chip away at the air power that poses the biggest challenge to their advances against the regime of President Bashar Assad.

U.S. readies policy in case of furloughs

posted: 12/29/2012 3:20 a.m.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management posted new guidance to federal workers for administrative furloughs on its website Thursday afternoon.

Las Vegas dealer suspect in slaying

posted: 12/29/2012 3:18 a.m.

Blood was found inside a car borrowed by a Las Vegas Strip card dealer last seen with a missing 10-year-old girl and later arrested in the razor-blade slashing of a co-worker at the Bellagio resort, a prosecutor said Friday.

Arrest made in N.Y. ambush

posted: 12/29/2012 3:18 a.m.

The neighbor of a convicted felon who ambushed firefighters on Christmas Eve, killing two, bought the guns for him and lied to the seller, knowing that the guns’ recipient wasn’t allowed to have them, authorities said Friday.

Mega Millions

posted: 12/29/2012 3:17 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 10-13-32-40-41 Mega Ball: 32 Estimated jackpot: $25 million Megaplier: 4

Senate renews surveillance act

posted: 12/29/2012 3:15 a.m.

The Senate gave final congressional approval Friday to a bill renewing the government’s authority to monitor overseas phone calls and emails of suspected foreign spies and terrorists — but not Americans — without obtaining a court order for each intercept.

Bush’s health improving, family says

posted: 12/29/2012 3:14 a.m.

Former President George H.W. Bush remained in intensive care at a Houston hospital Friday but his condition continues to improve, a spokesman said.

Senate approves Sandy-victim aid

posted: 12/29/2012 3:13 a.m.

The Senate on Friday approved a $60.4 billion emergency spending aid package for victims of Hurricane Sandy that had been backed by Senate Democrats.

In Kashmir, Indian forces kill 2, hurt 7

posted: 12/29/2012 3:12 a.m.

Indian forces Friday killed two suspected rebels in a gunbattle and wounded seven civilians later during anti-India protests in southern Kashmir, police said.

C. African Republic to get help

posted: 12/29/2012 3:09 a.m.

Central African Republic’s neighbors agreed Friday to dispatch a contingent of soldiers to intervene in the troubled country, where a coalition of rebel groups is seeking to overthrow the president of nearly a decade.

COLLEGE WOMEN: Riled Watkins lifts UA women

posted: 12/29/2012 3:08 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Tom Collen said he is never surprised when he sees a team play a bit lethargic after the Christmas break.

Expect Demons, Hogs to run, gun

posted: 12/29/2012 3:06 a.m.

Maybe the 35-second shot clock should just be turned off tonight in Walton Arena.

Longhorns, Beavers restoring respectability

posted: 12/29/2012 3:03 a.m.

Oregon State generated the school’s biggest one-year turnaround and could secure its third 10-victory season by beating Texas in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday.

Rivalry restores relevance

posted: 12/29/2012 3:02 a.m.

Having spent seven seasons as a quarterback with Dallas in the 1990s, Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett is well-versed on the team’s rivalry with the Washington Redskins.

UALR MEN: Osse on point with freshmen

posted: 12/29/2012 2:58 a.m.

Kemy Osse wasn’t expecting to hear UALR Coach Steve Shields bark out his name along with the other starters last week.

Townsel’s big night lifts ASU men to victory

posted: 12/29/2012 2:57 a.m.

Arkansas State senior guard Ed Townsel scored a career-high 31 points and Raeford Worsham added 18 as the Red Wolves picked up their first Sun Belt Conference victory by defeating Louisiana-Lafayette 87-70 Thursday night at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro. Townsel made 9 of 15 shots from the floor and 10 of 11 free throws as ASU (7-5, 1-2 ) shot 46.4 percent from the field. It was the Red Wolves’ first conference victory after losing road games to Florida International and Florida Atlantic in November, and it snapped a two-game losing skid.

TOP 25 MEN: Missouri falls to UCLA in overtime

posted: 12/29/2012 2:56 a.m.

Shabazz Muhammad hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 1:01 left in overtime to help UCLA upset No. 7 Missouri 97-94 on Friday night and extend the Bruins’ winning streak to five games.

INDEPENDENCE BOWL: Warhawks’ bowl debut disaster

posted: 12/29/2012 2:54 a.m.

Louisiana-Monroe had the better story line and what amounted to a home-field advantage.

Dodging ban, family adopts Russian girl, 5

posted: 12/29/2012 2:54 a.m.

Jason and Kendra Skaggs of Bella Vista said their newly adopted Russian daughter, Polina, 5, will be one of six children allowed to join their American families.

Senators band together in bid to curb filibusters

posted: 12/29/2012 2:53 a.m.

A bipartisan group of senators proposed Friday to clamp modest limits on filibusters, hoping to head off a bitter partisan fight over the issue when the new Congress convenes next week and approves its rules.

In the news

posted: 12/29/2012 2:51 a.m.

Daw Nan Mauk Lao Sai, chairman of Burma’s Shwe FM radio station, said she paid $49,000 for a handknit woolen sweater made by Nobel laureate and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi “because I value the warmth and security it will give,” adding that the money is going to a good cause — the education of poor children in the country.

Names and faces

posted: 12/29/2012 2:51 a.m.

FBI files on Marilyn Monroe that could not be located earlier this year have been found and reissued, revealing the names of some of the movie star’s communist-leaning friends who drew concern from government officials and her own entourage. But the records, which previously had been heavily redacted, do not contain any new information about Monroe’s death 50 years ago. Letters and news clippings included in the files show the bureau was aware of theories the actress had been killed, but they do not show that any effort was undertaken to investigate the claims.

THURSDAY’S HOLIDAY BOWL: Passing Griffin III big for Baylor QB

posted: 12/29/2012 2:51 a.m.

Routing the UCLA Bruins almost seemed like a sidelight for Baylor Bears quarterback Nick Florence.

The nation in brief

posted: 12/29/2012 2:50 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The American people are not going to have any patience for a politically selfinflicted wound to our economy.” President Barack Obama Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 12/29/2012 2:50 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The airports are now considered the most important thing the rebels can focus on because all of the strikes now come from the air.” Anti-regime activist Mohammed Saeed in Syria Article, 2A

Judge approves school-case settlement

posted: 12/29/2012 2:49 a.m.

A federal judge approved a settlement through which the Pulaski County Special School District agreed to pay $875,000 to cover two decades of litigation and desegregation monitoring by attorneys for the Joshua intervenors, representatives of black students in a 30-yearold desegregation case.

COKE CLASSIC: Everyone pitches in as NLR moves to title game

posted: 12/29/2012 2:49 a.m.

North Little Rock cut it close in the fourth quarter Friday night, but the Charging Wildcats held off a rally by Fort Smith Northside to advance to the Coke Classic championship game.

No-power list in state drops below 100,000

posted: 12/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

Entergy Arkansas’ chief executive officer said Friday that utility crews are “working as fast as we can” to repair power-line damage from the Christmas storm that’s expected to reach into the tens of millions of dollars.

BATTLE AT THE BRIER: Young delivers for Searcy

posted: 12/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

Searcy’s Emaje Young scored 30 points to lead the Lions to a 63-60 victory over Vilonia on Friday in the semifinals of the Battle at the Brier.

SPA CITY SHOOTOUT BOYS: Clarksville turns it up on offense

posted: 12/29/2012 2:47 a.m.

Clarksville looked right at home Friday in the Spa City Shootout at Summit Arena.

SPA CITY SHOOTOUT GIRLS: Lady Leopards pressure 28 turnovers, beat Belles

posted: 12/29/2012 2:45 a.m.

Malvern’s defense and rebounding picked up where it left off before the team went on Christmas break, even if its offense struggled.

Car subsidy last set in ’80 rises in NLR

posted: 12/29/2012 2:45 a.m.

North Little Rock aldermen approved the city’s 2013 budget of $59.02 million and bumped up their monthly automobile allowance by $150 — the first increase since 1980 — in the last regular City Council meeting of the year Thursday night.

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Lights out means all must stop

posted: 12/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

Oh Student of the Vehicular World: Can you remind our fellow motorists that an intersection without power to traffic lights becomes a four-way stop and not a drag strip? — Groovy Dear Groovy: Thank you for sending this on Wednesday morning, apparently right after you either made it to work, or didn’t make it to work, or went shopping for post-Christmas bargains, and encountered much snow, ice and impatient drivers along the way.

Sanctions cut in asphalt case

posted: 12/29/2012 2:43 a.m.

In separate orders, Faulkner County Circuit Judge Rhonda Wood has vacated sanctions against an attorney representing county Administrator Jeff Johnston in a felony theft-of-property case and ordered the circuit clerk to assign the case to a new judge.

Gospel-radio owner solicits $75,000 to save Passion Play

posted: 12/29/2012 2:43 a.m.

The owner of a gospel radio network said God is working through him to save the Great Passion Play.

NBA standings, summaries

posted: 12/29/2012 2:43 a.m.

SPURS 122, ROCKETS 116 HOUSTON (116) Parsons 11-15 0-0 24, Morris 2-9 2-4 7, Asik 2-4 0-4 4, Lin 9-16 2-4 21, Harden 10-22 10-13 33, Smith 2-2 0-0 4, Douglas 5-12 0-0 14, Cook 1-2 1-1 3, Aldrich 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 45-86 15-26 116. SAN ANTONIO (122) Leonard 1-3 0-0 2, Duncan 13-20 4-4 30, Splitter 3-4 3-4 9, Parker 11-19 9-10 31, Green 5-8 2-2 17, Diaw 1-2 0-0 2, Ginobili 7-12 4-4 23, Jackson 2-5 0-0 5, De Colo 0-1 0-0 0, Mills 1-3 0-0 3, Blair 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 44-77 22-24 122. Houston........ 29 36 27 24 — 116

Helena police no longer to set bail

posted: 12/29/2012 2:42 a.m.

Helena-West Helena police will no longer set bail and fine amounts or collect bonds, the city’s mayor and police chief said Friday.

Congress passes bill to honor McMath

posted: 12/29/2012 2:41 a.m.

The Senate passed a bill Thursday that would name Little Rock’s main U.S. post office after former Arkansas Gov. Sid McMath.

Former state Sen. Bryles dies at 55

posted: 12/29/2012 2:40 a.m.

Former state Sen. Steve Bryles, who represented the Delta region for a decade and helped shape the Legislature’s response to the Lake View school-funding decision, died Friday morning.

TODAY’S GAMES

posted: 12/29/2012 2:40 a.m.

Arkansas men vs. NW (La.) State WHEN 7 p.m. WHERE Walton Arena, Fayetteville RECORDS Arkansas 7-4 ; Northwestern State 5-3 SERIES Arkansas leads 7-1 TELEVISION RSN telecast KATV Channel 7 Little Rock, KFTA Channel 24 Fayetteville, KAIT Channel 8 Jonesboro

A.B. Morara: Prisoner of war kept spirits up

posted: 12/29/2012 2:39 a.m.

On Feb. 6, 1945, A.B. Morara and thousands of other prisoners of war began a 500-mile march that would last more than 80 days across treacherous, snowy German terrain. However, it wasn’t surviving the trek that showed Morara’s true character — he and another POW let a friend, stricken with dysentery, lean on them for miles so he wouldn’t be left behind to die.

Flu cases curtail hospital visiting

posted: 12/29/2012 2:39 a.m.

North Arkansas Medical Center in Harrison says it’s restricting visitors because of an outbreak of influenza in the area.

TODAY’S GAMES

posted: 12/29/2012 2:38 a.m.

All times Central Armed Forces Bowl RICE (6-6 ) VS. AIR FORCE (6-6 ) TIME/TV 10:45 a.m. ESPN WHERE Fort Worth, Texas LINE Air Force by 3 SERIES RECORD Air Force leads 5-1 WHAT’S AT STAKE Both teams are trying to finish with a winning record. Rice is going for its fifth victory in a row. This is only the Owls’ third bowl game in 51 years. Air Force is playing in its school-record sixth consecutive bowl game and fourth Armed Forces Bowl (1-2 ) in that span.

FRIDAY’S ROUNDUPS

posted: 12/29/2012 2:36 a.m.

BADGER CLASSIC BOYS BEEBE 64, ROBINSON 31 Austin Burroughs scored 11 points and Zach Baker had 10 as the host Badgers (7-3 ) routed the Senators (1-8 ). BROOKLAND 53, ARKANSAS BAPTIST 48 Sophomore Dillon Groves led the Bearcats (11-3 ) with 14 points in a victory over the Eagles (7-6 ). Junior Will Ballard added 11 points and grabbed six rebounds, and junior guard C.J. Henry scored nine points and handed out eight assists.

TOURNAMENT SCORES

posted: 12/29/2012 2:35 a.m.

COKE CLASSIC Fort Smith Boys Friday’s results Winners’ bracket North Little Rock 62, Fort Smith Northside 50 Springdale 66, Fort Smith Southside 42 Consolation bracket Arkadelphia 48, Subiaco 46 Texas High 76, Bryant 66 Today’s games Championship North Little Rock vs. Springdale, 6 p.m. Third-place game Northside vs. Southside, 4:15 p.m. Fifth-place game Arkadelphia vs. Texas High, 2:45 p.m. Seventh-place game Bryant vs. Subiaco, 1 p.m.

Second thoughts

posted: 12/29/2012 2:34 a.m.

Everyone checks out early here Associated Press columnist Jim Litke doesn’t think much of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s warning to players in October that the Pro Bowl might be dropped if they don’t pick up their play.

State’s millage case a rehash, brief says

posted: 12/29/2012 2:33 a.m.

Two school districts that recently won a funding case against the state asked the Arkansas Supreme Court on Friday to reject the state’s request for a rehearing.

Influenza cited in 5 state deaths

posted: 12/29/2012 2:33 a.m.

Influenza has contributed to at least five deaths in Arkansas so far this season, state epidemiologist Dirk Haselow said Friday.

Pickup hits, kills woman in street

posted: 12/29/2012 2:32 a.m.

A West Memphis woman died Thursday after she stepped into the street and was struck by a pickup, according to Arkansas State Police preliminary accident reports.

Unidentified man shot dead in NLR

posted: 12/29/2012 2:32 a.m.

A man was shot to death Thursday night in North Little Rock, a police spokesman said Friday.

Off the wire

posted: 12/29/2012 2:31 a.m.

FOOTBALL Jones-Drew has foot surgery Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew had surgery on his left foot Friday and will be out at least until May. The operation came 10 weeks after Jones-Drew hurt his foot at Oakland on Oct. 21. The Jaguars placed Jones-Drew on injured reserve and filled his roster spot by signing rookie defensive tackle Jerome Long off Kansas City’s practice squad. Jones-Drew, who led the league in rushing in 2011, finished with 414 yards and a touchdown this season.

2 face capital-murder charges in shooting death of man, 90

posted: 12/29/2012 2:31 a.m.

Two men accused of breaking into the home of a 90-yearold Paragould man last month and shooting him to death were charged with capital murder Thursday, Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said.

Obituaries

posted: 12/29/2012 2:30 a.m.

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

State sports briefs

posted: 12/29/2012 2:30 a.m.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Northside hires coach from Georgia Mike Falleur, a longtime coach in Georgia, was named Fort Smith Northside’s new coach Friday morning.

Other days

posted: 12/29/2012 2:30 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 29, 1912 Dr. Charles H. Brough of the University of Arkansas, who yesterday was elected president of the Arkansas Teachers’ Association, declared last night the cause of education is progressing more in Arkansas now than ever before in history. Among the things of which he said the state should be proud of are the lengthening of the school term from 78 days to 117 days, the increase of salaries of teachers from $36 to $58 and the enlargement of the common school fund from $3,500,000 to more than $5,000,000 within five years.

Police beat

posted: 12/29/2012 2:30 a.m.

2nd suspect in bank robbery is arrested Little Rock police arrested a man Friday who they say robbed a bank branch in west Little Rock earlier this month.

Foiling feeder filchers

posted: 12/29/2012 2:29 a.m.

People who feed wild birds commit their time and money to keep their feathered friends happy and nearby. For most it’s a labor of love.

Daily record

posted: 12/29/2012 2:29 a.m.

Marriages and Divorces

Night visions

posted: 12/29/2012 2:28 a.m.

On the surface, dreams can seem to be a collection of random images and feelings that make little sense. But in many of the world’s religions, dreams are more than sleep-induced fantasies, and analyzing them can lead to spiritual growth and discovery.

Jewish prayer ritual at holy site divisive

posted: 12/29/2012 2:27 a.m.

The face-off at the security gate outside the Western Wall one Friday this month was familiar: For more than two decades, women have been making a monthly pilgrimage to pray at one of Judaism’s holiest sites in a manner traditionally preserved for men, and the police have stopped them in the name of maintaining public order.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Solstice? Equinox? It’s all Latin to most of us

posted: 12/29/2012 2:27 a.m.

Dear Otus, Dang. First we don’t have the end of the world as the Mayans predicted, then we have to deal with the onset of winter. I never can figure out this solstice and equinox stuff.

NEWS BRIEFS

posted: 12/29/2012 2:26 a.m.

‘Lost tribe’ Jews move to Israel JERUSALEM — Dozens of Jews who claim to be the descendants of a lost biblical Jewish tribe immigrated to Israel on Monday from their village in northeastern India, celebrating their arrival after a five-year struggle to get in.

ON RELIGION: Church-state rhetoric hot on religion beat in 2012

posted: 12/29/2012 2:26 a.m.

’Twas the Sunday night before the election and the Rev. Robert Jeffress took to the pulpit to offer a message that, from his point of view, was shocking and rather nuanced.

Calendar

posted: 12/29/2012 2:25 a.m.

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, 4807 W. Sixth Ave., Pine Bluff, will host a Gospel Explosion at 6:30 p.m. today, featuring Galilee Choir, True Vessel, Voices of Harmony, Kindling Star Choir and other groups. (870) 643-4974.

In the garden

posted: 12/29/2012 2:25 a.m.

Q I actually spent a little time in my garden this week and I was shocked to see that my hydrangeas are trying to grow again. I have them mulched at the base, but I don’t think I can get mulch high enough to cover them. Should I put sheets or blankets over them whenever it gets cold? I know that flower buds have set for next year and I don’t want to lose them.

Auf wiedersehen, Deutsch

posted: 12/29/2012 2:24 a.m.

THE UNIVERSITY of Arkansas’ campus at Fayetteville apparently isn’t the only one where the war on the liberal-arts curriculum is being waged, and with great success, too. The foreign-language requirement is a particular target of our new barbarians who, if they cannot eliminate it, at least try to water it down. The latest casualty is the German program at the university’s Little Rock campus, which has been, to use Dean Deborah Baldwin’s euphemism, “suspended.”

How to redeem Mittself

posted: 12/29/2012 2:24 a.m.

As I look back at the 2012 presidential campaign, it now all seems so obvious.

Personal space

posted: 12/29/2012 2:24 a.m.

Melissa Thoma Where I live: I have lived in the Hall High neighborhood for more than 20 years with husband Martin, our Shih Tzu Penny, and two cats — Murry (named for Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, a long story) and Bad Omen (even longer story ).

OTHERS SAY: Don’t punish the kids

posted: 12/29/2012 2:23 a.m.

Remember the old National Lampoon cover that had a picture of a nervous-looking dog with a gun pointed at his head? “If you don’t buy this magazine, we’ll kill this dog,” was the caption. That was meant as satire. But the Russian parliament has done its own version of the joke, which it is not playing for laughs.

Doesn’t Congress care?

posted: 12/29/2012 2:23 a.m.

In the waning days of the 112th Congress, federal lawmakers must not overlook the needs of human-trafficking victims, many of whom are physically or psychologically abused and pushed into prostitution.

Note to our readers

posted: 12/29/2012 2:23 a.m.

Charles Krauthammer is on vacation this week.

Guest writer: Finding a new path

posted: 12/29/2012 2:22 a.m.

“So tell me,” the banker said.

Forced into material change

posted: 12/29/2012 2:22 a.m.

The National Rifle Association yet again is being classically demonized a la the late Chicago agitator Saul Alinsky (and roundly criticized by a naive mainstream press) for daring to advocate placing armed guards in schools to protect innocent students.

HOG CALLS: Time for Scott to show his abilities

posted: 12/29/2012 2:21 a.m.

CBS’ 60 Minutes isn’t all that’s programmed to begin with seconds ticking.

LETTERS

posted: 12/29/2012 2:21 a.m.

He was present there I have heard the statement that we have taken God out of schools, so we shouldn’t be surprised when evil knocks down the school doors.

Ask the expert

posted: 12/29/2012 2:19 a.m.

As the beginning or a new year approaches, I am ready to revamp my living and entertaining areas. I am looking for creative, fun, easy, and inexpensive ways to renew and freshen up my place, short of investing in new furniture. What suggestions do you have for me?

Tools & toys

posted: 12/29/2012 2:19 a.m.

GoHook What’s to love: Super-handy hook that can hold up to 3 pounds between the magnetic ends.

New-car registrations in ’12 top past 3 years

posted: 12/29/2012 2:19 a.m.

More new vehicles have been registered in Arkansas in the first 11 months of this year than in any of the previous three years, according to figures provided Friday by a Kentucky auto-research firm.

Banks on better footing in 2012

posted: 12/29/2012 2:18 a.m.

U.S. banks are ending the year with their best profits since 2006 and fewer failures than at any time since the financial crisis struck in 2008. They’re helping support an economy slowed by high unemployment, flat pay, sluggish manufacturing and anxious consumers.

Weather hinders gas runs in state

posted: 12/29/2012 2:17 a.m.

Ice-covered roads hampered gasoline deliveries to service stations in central Arkansas this week, distributors said, leaving supplies short for the stations not closed because of power failures.

Pending home sales seen at recent high

posted: 12/29/2012 2:16 a.m.

A measure of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes increased last month to its highest level in 2 1/2 years, the latest sign of improvement in the housing market.

Large new ideas for smaller spaces

posted: 12/29/2012 2:16 a.m.

High-rise uptown condos and strands of suburban apartment communities continue to be built, proof that bigger is not better for everyone.

Some tree roots spread wide, don’t go deep

posted: 12/29/2012 2:16 a.m.

Q: When large deciduous trees were felled intact by recent storms, I was surprised to see only a small disk of surface roots and a thin plate of soil. What happened to the root balls and deep taproots?

Many common suburban customs repulse, endanger birds

posted: 12/29/2012 2:15 a.m.

Unless you’re channeling Tippi Hedren in an Alfred Hitchcock movie, you are probably like most people in believing life would be for the proverbial birds without our feathered friends flying about.

After hard year, Europe’s Champagne sales fall flat

posted: 12/29/2012 2:14 a.m.

Europeans are finding fewer reasons to pop open a bottle of Champagne as another year of economic troubles and high unemployment saps the region’s appetite for the finer things.

It’s a war of wits against squirrels

posted: 12/29/2012 2:14 a.m.

Of all the varmints that interfere with human attempts to feed birds, squirrels are easily the most difficult to control. The common gray squirrel and the fox squirrel can learn to foil even the cleverest attempts to stop them.

China toughens Internet controls

posted: 12/29/2012 2:13 a.m.

China’s government tightened Internet controls Friday with approval of a law that requires users to register their names after a flood of online complaints about official abuses rattled Communist Party leaders.

Feeders’ dark side: Hawks, bully birds

posted: 12/29/2012 2:12 a.m.

Not all seed gobblers are mammals. Crows, grackles, blackbirds, cowbirds and starlings are troublesome birds at feeders. They come in great flocks, eat more than their fair share of the food and intimidate songbirds, which many bird-watchers would prefer to see.

Coal-to-gas power plant a risky venture

posted: 12/29/2012 2:11 a.m.

In the woods of east Mississippi, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Co. is pouring billions of dollars into construction of a power plant that burns coal but would emit less carbon dioxide using a process called coal gasification.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks sink as ‘cliff’ clock ticks

posted: 12/29/2012 2:11 a.m.

Stocks fell Friday for a fifth day on concern that Washington lawmakers will fail to reach a budget deal before a self-imposed year-end deadline.

CLICK & CLACK’S CAR TALK

posted: 12/29/2012 2:10 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: I traded in our old Prius for a 2012 Prius last spring. I’m getting ready to put on the snow tires that I kept from the old car. Those tires are P185/65 R15, and the all-season tires on the new Prius are P195/65 R15. The dealer said the snows will work fine, but the slightly different tire will affect the speedometer and odometer. What’s your take on this? Is there a conversion formula?

Lockheed wins $5.6 billion in defense deals

posted: 12/29/2012 2:10 a.m.

Lockheed Martin Corp. on Friday received Defense Department contracts worth as much as $5.6 billion for 31 additional F-35 jets and the last two of six advanced military communications satellites, the Pentagon said.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 12/29/2012 2:09 a.m.

NW airport to regain direct flights to LA Arkansas’ only nonstop air service to Los Angeles, on low-cost carrier Allegiant Air, is scheduled to return to Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport with twice-weekly flights, starting June 7.

Keep it clean

posted: 12/29/2012 2:07 a.m.

Clorox Water Lily Compostable Cleaning Wipes The name Clorox conjures up thoughts of bleach and strong smelling chemicals for tough cleaning.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/29/2012 2:02 a.m.

Happy birthday. Strip away some of your self-imposed rules, and a spark of new energy sends you unstoppable through the first three months of the year. In April, reassess. You’ll likely need to refresh your skills and assemble a different team for the next turn of events.

Business news in brief

posted: 12/29/2012 2:01 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is needed for the healthy development of the Internet.” Li Fei, deputy director of the Chinese legislature’s Legal Work Committee, on a new law requiring Internet users to register their real names with service providers. Article, 1D

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 12/29/2012 2 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: My husband thought we should share a family tradition with your readers because he loves it. Our family lives all around the U.S., and we are always trying to find time to visit. Before we leave after a visit, we hide little folded (and dated) notes around their homes with messages about our stay, our love of them, wishing we could see them again soon, and silly thoughts about little things that will mean something to them.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 12/29/2012 1:59 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Do you think the Internet will ever replace going to church? I think it could, because people can stay in touch through the Internet just like they do in church.

Super Quiz: English proverbs

posted: 12/29/2012 1:58 a.m.

1. Barking dogs seldom ————. 2. Beggars can’t be ————. 3. Brevity is the soul of ————. 4. Cold hands, warm ————. 5. Don’t upset the ————.

Friday, December 28

Toyota acceleration settlement gets preliminary OK

posted: 12/28/2012 6:01 p.m.

A U.S. judge gave preliminary approval Friday to a $1 billion-plus settlement with Toyota Motor Corp. in cases involving problems of sudden, unintended acceleration by its vehicles, a plaintiffs’ attorney said.

Coroner IDs body as girl seen with slash suspect

posted: 12/28/2012 5:58 p.m.

Authorities say a body found in an undeveloped North Las Vegas housing tract belongs to a missing 10-year-old girl last seen with a suspect in a casino slashing case.

Amnesty sought for 125 Venezuelans jailed, exiled

posted: 12/28/2012 5:57 p.m.

Venezuelan opposition leaders are asking President Hugo Chavez’s government to consider amnesty for 125 people in prison or exile.

Woman killed walking across West Memphis street

posted: 12/28/2012 5:54 p.m.

Arkansas State Police say a West Memphis woman is dead after she was struck by a pickup truck while walking across a street.

Entergy: 100,000 get power back, 94,000 still waiting

updated: 12/28/2012 5:33 p.m.

Approximately 100,000 Entergy customers have had power restored to their homes and places of business, according to a release from the company.

Livestock commission director, ex-Sen. Bryles dies

posted: 12/28/2012 12:34 p.m.

Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission Director Steve Bryles, a former state senator, has died at age 55.

Daughter of Charlie Rich dies at 56

posted: 12/28/2012 11:34 a.m.

Laurie Rich Lee, the daughter of the Arkansas native country singer Charlie Rich, died Dec. 22, at the age of 56.

Port shutdown averted with dockworkers' tentative deal

posted: 12/28/2012 11:11 a.m.

Dockworkers and their employers reached a tentative agreement on royalty payments Friday, averting a strike that would have shut down eastern U.S. ports for the first time in 35 years.

Senate votes to extends foreign-surveillance law

posted: 12/28/2012 11:10 a.m.

The Senate gave final congressional approval Friday to a bill renewing the government’s authority to monitor overseas phone calls and e-mails of suspected foreign spies and terrorists — but not Americans —without obtaining a court order for each intercept.

Simple strategies save seed for the songbirds

posted: 12/28/2012 11:08 a.m.

People who feed wild birds commit their time and money to keep their feathered friends happy and nearby. For most it’s a labor of love, writes Jerry Butler in HomeStyle.

Fresh fighting in Central African Republic; U.S. leaves

posted: 12/28/2012 9:36 a.m.

Renewed fighting between government forces and rebels seeking to overthrow the president broke out Friday in Central African Republic’s third-largest city, a military official said, hours after the U.S. ambassador and his team were evacuated from the capital.

2.2-magnitude temblor strikes near Quitman

posted: 12/28/2012 8:27 a.m.

A magnitude-2.2 earthquake shook Thursday afternoon about 7 miles northwest of Quitman, the U.S. Geological Survey said Friday.

Pakistan seeks help to rescue 23 missing police

posted: 12/28/2012 8:17 a.m.

Pakistani officials pressured tribal elders Friday to help rescue 23 policemen believed to have been kidnapped by the Taliban during attacks on their posts in the country’s troubled northwest tribal region.

Kansas City stabbing leaves cab driver scarred

posted: 12/28/2012 8:14 a.m.

A Kansas City man is charged with stabbing a cab driver and fleeing with her cab.

Oklahoma City gun dealers report spike in sales

posted: 12/28/2012 8:12 a.m.

Oklahoma City gun dealers say there has been a sharp spike in sales in the past two months.

China requiring people to visit their aged parents

posted: 12/28/2012 8:11 a.m.

Visit your parents. That’s an order. So says China, whose national legislature on Friday amended its law on the elderly to require that adult children visit their aged parents “often” — or risk being sued by them.

Sheriff-elect defends staffing decisions

updated: 12/28/2012 2:33 p.m.

Little River County Sheriff-elect Gary Gregory said nine members on the current sheriff’s staff who will not be retained will be replaced with personnel he has “confidence in being true and faithful to the citizens.”

Syrian rebels step up siege of northern airbase

posted: 12/28/2012 7:52 a.m.

Syrian rebels stepped up their siege of a military base in north of the country Friday as government warplanes bombed surrounding areas to support the defenders, activists said.

Putin signs anti-U.S.-adoptions bill

posted: 12/28/2012 7:50 a.m.

President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed a bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children, part of a harsh response to a U.S. law targeting Russians deemed to be human-rights violators.

FBI removes many redactions in Marilyn Monroe file

posted: 12/28/2012 7:46 a.m.

The FBI has re-issued files it kept on Marilyn Monroe, removing dozens of redactions from entries related to surveillance of the actress for communist ties.

Air Force chief to visit 188th in Fort Smith

posted: 12/28/2012 6:54 a.m.

The Air Force’s chief of staff is to visit the 188th Fighter Wing in Fort Smith as the base is likely set for closure under a defense spending bill.

Rising temperatures take freeze out of rain

updated: 12/28/2012 11:16 a.m.

Temperatures are forecast to creep up a few degrees throughout the morning, switching any freezing drizzle in central Arkansas to light rain, the National Weather Service said early Friday.

Consumers’ spirits sink in December; fears of ‘cliff’ cited

posted: 12/28/2012 1:44 a.m.

U.S. consumer confidence tumbled in December, seen to be driven lower by fears of sharp tax increases and government spending cuts set to take effect next week.

Diminishing storm blows to Northeast

posted: 12/28/2012 1:41 a.m.

A muted version of a winter storm that has killed more than a dozen people across the eastern half of the country plodded across the Northeast on Thursday, trapping airliners in snow or mud and frustrating travelers still trying to return home after Christmas.

Envoy calls for Syria transition

posted: 12/28/2012 1:39 a.m.

Lakhdar Brahimi, the international envoy on a mission to Damascus seeking an end to the escalating civil conflict in Syria, said Thursday that a transitional government should be granted full executive powers until new elections can be held.

Desert Storm chief Schwarzkopf dies

posted: 12/28/2012 1:38 a.m.

Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who topped an illustrious military career by commanding the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait in 1991 but kept a low public profile in controversies over the later war against Iraq, died Thursday. He was 78.

Morsi orders treason probe of opposition

posted: 12/28/2012 1:36 a.m.

Egypt’s chief prosecutor ordered an investigation Thursday into allegations that opposition leaders committed treason by inciting supporters to overthrow Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

Police-Tweets let public see

posted: 12/28/2012 1:35 a.m.

Riding side by side as a police officer answers a call for help or investigates a brutal crime gives people an up-close look at the gritty and sometimes dangerous situations officers can experience on the job.

Arsonist, firemen’s killer shot himself, police say

posted: 12/28/2012 1:34 a.m.

The gunman who lured two firefighters to their deaths died of a self-inflicted shot to the head and wasn’t hit by return fire from a police officer, New York State Police said Thursday.

Saying EPA on right path, chief to leave

posted: 12/28/2012 1:33 a.m.

Lisa Jackson said Thursday she will step down as head of the Environmental Protection Agency after four years during which she oversaw the first efforts to curb carbondioxide emissions to combat global-warming risks.

U.S. indicts four in drug-sale plot

posted: 12/28/2012 1:32 a.m.

Federal prosecutors in North Dakota have charged four men with conspiring to import and sell controlled substances used to make synthetic hallucinogenic drugs.

Michigan gets emergency-manager law

posted: 12/28/2012 1:31 a.m.

Gov. Rick Snyder put a new emergency-manager law on the books in Michigan on Thursday, weeks after voters repealed a version that gave sweeping powers to a single person to overhaul financially distressed communities.

Pay $1.2 million, maid’s ex-boss told

posted: 12/28/2012 1:31 a.m.

A naval officer from the United Arab Emirates has been ordered to pay $1.2 million to a former domestic worker who accused him of imprisoning her and forcing her to work long hours for little pay.

Putin promises to sign U.S. adoption-ban bill

posted: 12/28/2012 1:30 a.m.

President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he would sign into law a bill banning the adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens, retaliating against a U.S. law that punishes Russians accused of violating human rights and dealing a setback to bilateral relations.

Rape in India stirs protection pledge

posted: 12/28/2012 1:29 a.m.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pledged Thursday to take action to protect the nation’s women, while the victim of a gang rape on a New Delhi bus was flown to Singapore for treatment of severe internal injuries.

Turncoat killings taking toll on Afghan security forces

posted: 12/28/2012 1:28 a.m.

A wave of betrayals has left at least 17 Afghan policemen dead in the past 10 days — all slain in their sleep, at the hands of those close to them.

In the news

posted: 12/28/2012 1:27 a.m.

Clay Logan, who has been handling the New Year’s Eve possum drop in Brasstown, N.C., for years, said he will use a substitute this year after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sued to stop the event, adding that he’s considering putting a stuffed animal or roadkill in the see-through box that is covered with tinsel and lowered to the ground at midnight.

Early deadlines

posted: 12/28/2012 1:27 a.m.

Because of icy roads in the state, deadlines were earlier than usual for today’s editions, and some late news and sports scores may not be included. The latest information is available at arkansasonline.com.

Names and faces

posted: 12/28/2012 1:27 a.m.

Haiti’s singer-turned-president is returning to the international stage.

Powerball

posted: 12/28/2012 1:26 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball: 11-13-23-43-54 Powerball: 4 Estimated jackpot: $40 million

The nation in brief

posted: 12/28/2012 1:26 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “You tell me what will attract Republican votes, and I will tell you.” Vice President Joe Biden, asked what the Obama administration is seeking in a potential budget plan Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 12/28/2012 1:26 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I intend to sign the law, as well as a presidential decree changing the procedure of helping orphaned children, children left without parental care, and especially children who are in a disadvantageous situation due to their health problems.” Russian President Vladimir Putin, on a bill banning the adoption of Russian children by U.S.

Nine employees ousted from jobs by new Little River County sheriff

posted: 12/28/2012 1:20 a.m.

Little River County Sheriff-elect Gary Gregory will have a mostly new staff his first day in office after choosing not to rehire seven deputies, a transport deputy and the chief dispatcher.

No class, but a few stay on job at UA

posted: 12/28/2012 1:19 a.m.

At first glance, the University of Arkansas campus may appear empty and lifeless during the winter break, but there’s activity behind several of the building’s brick and limestone facades.

Hector receives $10,000 after fire

posted: 12/28/2012 1:18 a.m.

Officials in Hector said they’ve received $10,000 in community donations after a former elementary school was destroyed by a fire.

Fire destroys Magazine home

posted: 12/28/2012 1:18 a.m.

An early morning fire destroyed a home in Magazine on Thursday, but all 10 people in the home at the time got out safely.

Man killed in his Conway driveway

posted: 12/28/2012 1:18 a.m.

A Conway man died Thursday after a pickup struck him in the driveway of his home, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality accident report.

Obituaries

posted: 12/28/2012 1:16 a.m.

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

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 12/28/2012 1:16 a.m.

Singer of No. 1 R&B hit ‘Rescue Me’ ST. LOUIS — Fontella Bass, a St. Louis-born soul singer who hit the top of the R&B charts with “Rescue Me” in 1965, has died. She was 72.

Other days

posted: 12/28/2012 1:15 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 28, 1912 Secretary of State Earle W. Hodges yesterday announced the jury of award to select a design for the official state flag of Arkansas, and the judges named will meet at the Hotel Marion January 2 to select the official state flag from the designs submitted. More than 30 designs already have been submitted at the request of the Pine Bluff chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the one selected by the judges will be submitted by Mr. Hodges to the General Assembly for approval.

Daily record

posted: 12/28/2012 1:15 a.m.

Births

Numbers and the new year

posted: 12/28/2012 1:14 a.m.

This year expires in three days, which means another year gets underway in four. The changing of the calendar is a good time for a status check. How does Arkansas measure up in various categories and comparisons with other states?

OTHERS SAY: Where’s the urgency?

posted: 12/28/2012 1:13 a.m.

If your paycheck is a little thinner in January, don’t fault your boss. The blame rests squarely at the ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Sandy Claus Bill

posted: 12/28/2012 1:13 a.m.

WHILE the national spotlight is on the looming Fiscal Cliff and whether the country will go over it, plunging into the roaring waters below—cue scary music—the usual high-rollers (with your money, Dear Taxpayer ) have seen their chance. They’ve put together the mother of all log-rolling, patronage-dispensing, pork-distributing appropriation bills, and are about to sneak it through the Senate while the country’s attention is elsewhere.

Random thoughts

posted: 12/28/2012 1:12 a.m.

When I was growing up, an older member of the family used to say, “What you don’t know would make a big book.” Now that I am an older member of the family, I would say to anyone, “What you don’t know would fill more books than the Encyclopedia Britannica.” At least half of our society’s troubles come from know-it-alls, in a world where nobody knows even 10 percent of all.

Where the NRA is right

posted: 12/28/2012 1:12 a.m.

Even his supporters concede that Wayne LaPierre is not the most sympathetic of characters. But the leader of the NRA was at least half-right last week, and as what you might call a target of his derision, I think it’s pretty generous of me to say that.

Guest writer: Nation divisible

posted: 12/28/2012 1:11 a.m.

Much has been written and discussed on the issue of secession petitions in the past few weeks, and it seems that very few citizens on either side of the argument understand the facts concerning this right. The first and foremost truth that should be acknowledged regarding this topic is the verdict of secession being legal or illegal. Since this issue comes under the jurisdiction of the American Constitution, let’s start in 1776.

LETTERS

posted: 12/28/2012 1:11 a.m.

Bid wise men farewell The Library of Congress Cataloging Data lists this for my children’s favorite story: The king, the mice and the cheese by Nancy and Eric Gurney (1965). “Summary: A king runs into trouble when he tries to protect his cheese from the palace mice.” In the story, the king turns again and again to his wise men to address his most urgent problem, first, how to get rid of the mice. Then cats, dogs, lions and eventually elephants. Each time the king calls, his advisers take action, and each time, the palace is worse for the remedy.

Young’s generosity pays off

posted: 12/28/2012 1:09 a.m.

Arkansas sophomore guard BJ Young proved last season he could be a big-time college scorer.

Jackson mulls 2013 options

posted: 12/28/2012 1:05 a.m.

Running back Steven Jackson will have the option to explore free agency after the season, raising the question of whether Sunday’s finale at Seattle will be his final game in a St. Louis Rams uniform.

COMMENTARY: Hilltoppers fall short in game, hiring

posted: 12/28/2012 1:04 a.m.

The wintry conditions Wednesday weren’t the only snow job perpetrated on the public.

NBA summaries and standings

posted: 12/28/2012 1:01 a.m.

WEDNESDAY’S GAMES HEAT 105, BOBCATS 92 MIAMI (105) James 9-19 7-8 27, Haslem 0-4 0-0 0, Bosh 6-12 1-3 14, Chalmers 5-10 3-4 17, Wade 10-19 8-10 29, Battier 3-5 0-0 9, Anthony 0-0 0-0 0, Miller 0-2 0-0 0, Cole 2-6 0-0 4, Jones 2-4 0-0 5. Totals 37-81 19-25 105. CHARLOTTE (92) Kidd-Gilchrist 2-6 2-2 6, Warrick 8-12 2-3 18, Biyombo 3-8 1-3 7, Walker 9-20 5-7 27, Henderson 5-19 4-5 14, Sessions 7-12 4-6 19, Diop 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 34-78 19-28 92. Miami.................. 27 28 23 27 — 105

COCA-COLA CLASSIC BOYS: Stark’s all-around play big spark for Springdale

posted: 12/28/2012 1:01 a.m.

Dashuan Stark did a little bit of everything for the Springdale Bulldogs, and that was more than enough to ensure an openinground victory Thursday at the Coca-Cola Classic.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Fast-rising prospect shows interest in Razorbacks

posted: 12/28/2012 12:59 a.m.

Arkansas’ hiring of Joel Thomas as running backs coach has highly touted California running back Terrell Newby interested in the Razorbacks.

LITTLE CAESAR’S PIZZA BOWL: Hilltoppers’ gamble comes up short

posted: 12/28/2012 12:58 a.m.

On this night, Dan Enos was fine with letting the other coach make the game’s most important decision.

MILITARY BOWL: Change doesn’t throw off Fales

posted: 12/28/2012 12:57 a.m.

So what if San Jose State lost its coach before the Military Bowl. David Fales was still the quarterback, and that was plenty.

Punter puts best foot forward

posted: 12/28/2012 12:56 a.m.

The job description alone should scare away all but the most confident of souls.

House to meet Sunday on ‘fiscal cliff’ impasse

posted: 12/28/2012 12:54 a.m.

The House will hold its first Sunday session in more than two years as lawmakers seek to resolve a budget impasse before at least $600 billion in spending cuts and tax increases begin New Year’s Day.

Notes

posted: 12/28/2012 12:48 a.m.

COWBOYS Brent ‘well above limit’ DALLAS — Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was driving with a suspended license and had a bloodalcohol content more than twice the legal limit at the time of the car crash that killed teammate and friend Jerry Brown, according to documents released by police Thursday. The 24-year-old Brent was tested after the crash in the early hours of Dec. 8 at 0.189 percent, well above the Texas limit of 0.08.

Second thoughts

posted: 12/28/2012 12:48 a.m.

OK, so it’s not exactly like home Southern California may really enjoy being in El Paso, Texas, for Monday’s Sun Bowl game against Georgia Tech, but it’s been hard to tell that from the Trojans’ stunts.

Off the wire

posted: 12/28/2012 12:48 a.m.

HOCKEY U.S. rolls at junior worlds The United States routed Germany 8-0 Thursday at the world junior ice hockey tournament in UFA, Russia, behind a goal and two assists each from Alex Galchenyuk and Riley Barber. This was the first Group B game for the Americans, who are tied for first place with Canada. The Canadians downed Germany 9-3 on Wednesday.

TOURNAMENT ROUNDUPS

posted: 12/28/2012 12:47 a.m.

BATTLE AT THE BRIER BOYS SEARCY 57, RUSSELLVILLE 50 Emaje Young accounted for 20 points and seven rebounds as the Lions (3-7 ) defeated the Cyclones. James Wade added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for Searcy.

TOURNAMENT RESULTS AND SCHEDULES

posted: 12/28/2012 12:46 a.m.

COCA-COLA CLASSIC Fort Smith Boys Thursday’s results Fort Smith Southside 58, Arkadelphia 40 North Little Rock 81, Bryant 60 Springdale 66, Subiaco Academy 34 Fort Smith Northside vs. Texas High Today’s games Game 5 Bryant vs. Game 4 loser, 2:30 p.m. Game 6 Subiaco vs. Arkadelphia, 4:15 p.m. Game 7 North Little Rock vs. Winner Game 4, 6 p.m. Game 8 Springdale vs. Fort Smith Southside, 7:45 p.m. Saturday’s games Seventh-place game, 1 p.m. Fifth-place game, 2:45 p.m.

TODAY’S GAMES

posted: 12/28/2012 12:45 a.m.

Arkansas women vs. Coppin State WHEN 7 p.m. WHERE Walton Arena, Fayetteville RECORDS Arkansas 11-1 ; Coppin State 4-7 SERIES Arkansas leads 2-0 RADIO KABZ-FM, 103.7, Little Rock; KQSMFM, 92.1; Fayetteville, KFPW-AM, 1230, Fort Smith; KURM-AM, 790, Rogers CHALK TALK Arkansas has won eight consecutive games and cracked The Associated Press Top 25 poll this week at No. 25. It’s the Razorbacks’ first national ranking in two years. — Bob Holt UAPB women at New Orleans WHEN 6 p.m. Central WHERE Lakefront Arena, New Orleans RECORDS UAPB 3-6 ; New Orleans 1-11 CHALK TALK Cassidy Wright scored 21 points in a victory over New Orleans in Pine Bluff last week, hitting four three-pointers.

TODAY’S GAMES

posted: 12/28/2012 12:45 a.m.

Independence Bowl OHIO (8-4 ) VS. LOUISIANA-MONROE (8-4 ) WHERE Shreveport TIME/TV 1 p.m. Central/ESPN LINE Louisiana-Monroe by 7. SERIES RECORD First meeting WHAT’S AT STAKE Louisiana-Monroe wants to make a good impression after advancing to the postseason for the first time since moving up to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1994. The Warhawks haven’t won nine games in a season since 1993.

Business news in brief

posted: 12/28/2012 12:44 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The housing market’s in a steady recovery that’s likely to continue.” Neil Dutta, Renaissance Macro Research LLC Article, 1D

November’s new-home sales up a robust 4.4%

posted: 12/28/2012 12:41 a.m.

Americans bought new homes last month at the fastest pace in more than 2 1/2 years, further evidence of a sustained housing recovery.

Port-strike deadline looms over Obama

posted: 12/28/2012 12:40 a.m.

President Barack Obama is facing pressure to block a strike that would gridlock eastern U.S. ports and risk damaging industries from retail to manufacturing.

Citigroup, 4 others fined over lobbyist payments

posted: 12/28/2012 12:39 a.m.

Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp.’s Merrill Lynch are among five firms that will pay $4.48 million to settle regulatory claims they used funds from municipal and state bond deals to pay lobbyists.

Toyota puts sales at 9.7 million

posted: 12/28/2012 12:39 a.m.

Toyota expects to sell a record 9.7 million vehicles this year, bouncing back by 22 percent from a disaster-struck 2011. It has set an even higher target of 9.91 million vehicles for 2013.

MARKET REPORT: Budget impasse whipsaws stocks

posted: 12/28/2012 12:37 a.m.

Small developments in Washington’s tense budget standoff yanked stocks back and forth Thursday.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 12/28/2012 12:36 a.m.

River’s barge traffic threatened ST. LOUIS — Barge industry trade groups warned Thursday that Mississippi River commerce could essentially come to a halt as early as next week in an area south of St. Louis.

Movie previews

posted: 12/28/2012 12:33 a.m.

New this week Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel 88 PG-13 Filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland takes a documentary look at the socalled “Empress of Fashion,” who launched the career of Twiggy, advised Jackie Onassis and worked for 25 years as the fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar until becoming editor in chief at Vogue.

REVIEW: Deadfall

posted: 12/28/2012 12:32 a.m.

Deadfall 82 Cast: Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Kate Mara, Sissy Spacek, Kris Kristofferson, Treat Williams Director: Stefan Ruzowitsky Rating: R, for strong violence, language and sexuality Running time: 95 minutes An excellent cast and an admirable refusal to give in to its audience’s pleas for relief from its blue-gray bleakness aren’t enough to raise Stefan Ruzowitsky’s Deadfall above your run-of-the-mill snowbelt-set nihilistic noir. It’s not bad, it’s just not the film we (or presumably the filmmakers) hoped it would be.

REVIEW: Les Miserables

posted: 12/28/2012 12:27 a.m.

Les Miserables 87 Cast: Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Tveit, Daniel Huttlestone Director: Tom Hooper Rating: PG-13, for suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements Running time:

With Django Unchained, Tarantino again makes merry with mayhem

posted: 12/28/2012 12:26 a.m.

Django Unchained 85 Cast: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, Walton Goggins, Dennis Christopher, Don Johnson, Franco Nero, Russ Tamblyn, Amber Tamblyn, Tom Wopat, Bruce Dern Lee Horsley, Jonah Hill, Don Stroud, Ted Neeley, Michael Parks Director: Quentin Tarantino Rating: R, for strong graphic violence throughout, a vicious ÿght, language and some nudity Running time: 165 minutes To make a successful revenge thriller, you have to be a significant sadist. You need to put your protagonists in direct harm’s way, take away their families and loved ones, torture them, get them incredibly close to their goal only to snatch it away from them again and again, and all against horrible, compassionless, evil forces that stack the odds entirely against them.

No deal will mean estate tax goes up next week

posted: 12/28/2012 12:25 a.m.

Unless Congress and President Barack Obama reach a budget and tax deal by Monday night, heirs to estates will face hefty increases in their tax bills. As part of the 2001 George W. Bush-era tax cuts, Congress lowered the tax rate on estates from 55 percent to the current 35 percent. Exemptions were increased so that couples do not have to pay taxes on the first $10 million of their estates, up from $2 million in 2001.

Power still off for 165,000 in state

posted: 12/28/2012 12:24 a.m.

Utility crews restored power to about 100,000 of the nearly 265,000 customers who lost service during a Christmas night snowstorm, but falling limbs, melting ice and snapping electrical lines hindered workers Thursday.

Animal shelter calling for help

posted: 12/28/2012 12:22 a.m.

About 400 dogs and cats were toughing out the cold weather at the Pulaski County Humane Society animal shelter Thursday as the facility, without power since Christmas Day, struggled to operate.

Fire-hit eatery aiming to reopen

posted: 12/28/2012 12:22 a.m.

Owners of the popular Fort Smith restaurant Calico County, which closed after a fire one month ago, hope to reopen by June.

The Hobbit hangs on at No. 1

posted: 12/28/2012 12:22 a.m.

The Hobbit, the first of director Peter Jackson’s three movies based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novel, was the topgrossing film at U.S. and Canadian theaters for a second weekend with about $37 million in sales.

Off the street, not out of the cold

posted: 12/28/2012 12:21 a.m.

The only light that 8-yearold Bryant Kwon O’Neal has seen inside the Our House shelter since 3:30 p.m. on Christmas Day was the glow of a handheld video game, which he played until the batteries ran out.

REVIEW: Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

posted: 12/28/2012 12:20 a.m.

As chic as a Chanel suit, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel is tailored to display the irrepressible spirit of a fashion magazine editor whose imagination and vision were unrivaled during her 50-year career.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 12/28/2012 12:20 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) Hyde Park on Hudson, R While dallying with his mistress, Daisy (Laura Linney), President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and his wife, Eleanor (Olivia Williams), host the king and queen of England, who come seeking U.S. support on the edge of World War II, for a weekend in June 1939 at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park in upstate New York. With Olivia Colman, Samuel West; directed by Roger Michell.

HOME MOVIES

posted: 12/28/2012 12:19 a.m.

Josef von Sternberg, The Blue Angel, (1930) Kino Classics, not rated, 106 minutes You’ve probably heard of The Blue Angel, but you don’t really know anything about it, do you? I didn’t, although the name of Marlene Dietrich vaguely comes to mind.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 12/28/2012 12:19 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My wife insists on taking our two children to church, but I’m not sure I agree. They don’t get anything out of it, and sometimes they’re just a distraction to the people around us. Why bother? — R.C.J. DEAR R.C.J.: You don’t say how old your children are; many churches, of course, provide nursery facilities for very young children.

BOX OFFICE

posted: 12/28/2012 12:19 a.m.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com are: 1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Warner Bros., $36,940,000, 4,100 locations, $9,010 average, $150,093,000, two weeks. 2. Jack Reacher, Paramount, $15,600,000, 3,352 locations, $4,654 average, $15,600,000, one week.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/28/2012 12:19 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your efforts to develop your career won’t work out exactly the way you plan, but they will work out brilliantly when you stay aware of all of the opportunities around you and roll with the opening and closing doors. January sparks an exciting relationship. February brings family growth.

Film clips

posted: 12/28/2012 12:18 a.m.

At area theaters 68 ALEX CROSS, PG-13 Tyler Perry takes on the role of the title homicide detective/psychologist, who may have met his match in a serial killer (Matthew Fox). (101 minutes) 89 ARGO, R Ben Affleck directs and plays a CIA rescue specialist who concocts (with Alan Arkin and John Goodman) a cockeyed plot to create a fake movie as a way of rescuing six Americans who escaped the 1979 Iranian takeover of the American embassy and subsequent 444-day hostage crisis. Based on supposedly recently declassified documents.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 12/28/2012 12:17 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Is there a difference between nonstop and direct flights? I am trying to book a flight and am a little confused.

Super Quiz: A synonym of the given word is the name of a book of the Bible.

posted: 12/28/2012 12:17 a.m.

1. Departure 2. Maxims 3. Origin 4. Figures 5. Adjudicators 6. Washroom

UA women bolstered by ranking

posted: 12/28/2012 12:06 a.m.

Arkansas’ women’s basketball team will play with a national ranking attached to its name for the first time in two years when the Razorbacks (11-1 ) take on Coppin State (4-7 ) at 7 tonight in Walton Arena.

Arkansas State retains running backs coach Drinkwitz

posted: 12/28/2012 12:04 a.m.

Arkansas State’s position group most loaded with returning players will be playing for the same coach next season.

5,500 electric workers to mend Arkansas’ grid

posted: 12/28/2012 12:03 a.m.

More than 5,500 workers with contractors from several states will work to restore electricity to hundreds of thousands Arkansans affected by a winter snowstorm that hit on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Storm packs hotels, keeps staffs hopping

posted: 12/28/2012 12:02 a.m.

The 120 rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Little Rock are filled with people seeking shelter after Tuesday night’s winter storm left many in central Arkansas without electricity.

Thursday, December 27

Mayor: Little Rock crews working 24/7 to clear debris

posted: 12/27/2012 3:12 p.m.

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola says dozens of public works employees are working to salt streets and clear trees and limbs as the city recovers from the Christmas Day storm.

Tarantino unchained

posted: 12/27/2012 11:18 a.m.

Director Quentin Tarantino is in his full twisted glory in his latest film, Django Unchained.

Man gets DUI after driving on AA co-founder’s lawn

posted: 12/27/2012 10:56 a.m.

Vermont State Police say a man faces a drunken-driving charge after driving onto the lawn of a historic home once owned by the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

'Rescue Me’ singer Fontella Bass dies

posted: 12/27/2012 10:30 a.m.

Fontella Bass, a St. Louis-born soul singer who hit the top of the R&B charts with “Rescue Me” in 1965, has died.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to leave agency early next year

posted: 12/27/2012 10:28 a.m.

Lisa Jackson said she will step down as head of the Environmental Protection Agency after four years during which she oversaw the first efforts to curb carbon- dioxide emissions to combat global-warming risks.

Militants kill 2 officers in Pakistan; 21 missing

posted: 12/27/2012 10:26 a.m.

Government officials say dozens of militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons attacked two tribal police posts in northwest Pakistan, killing two policemen. Twenty-one other policemen are missing and presumed kidnapped.

Egypt’s prosecutor orders probe against opposition

posted: 12/27/2012 10:25 a.m.

Egypt’s chief prosecutor ordered Thursday an investigation into the leaders of the country’s opposition after a lawyer accused them of incitement to overthrow the regime of newly elected Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, a prosecution official said.

No deal in sight as 'fiscal cliff' deadline nears

updated: 12/27/2012 10:38 a.m.

Progress toward avoiding the “fiscal cliff” seemed stalled Thursday, as the Senate’s top Democrat accused Republican House Speaker John Boehner of acting in dictatorial ways that prevent a solution to looming tax increases and spending cuts.

Report: U.S. law enforcement deaths down in 2012

posted: 12/27/2012 9:49 a.m.

The number of law enforcement officers who died performing their duties in the U.S. declined by about 20 percent in 2012 after rising the two previous years, a nonprofit organization reported Thursday.

Trial set in lawsuit over officer shooting

posted: 12/27/2012 9:44 a.m.

A September trial date is set for a Fort Smith woman’s lawsuit against a former police officer in the officer’s shooting death of her husband.

New Little River County sheriff fires 9 workers

posted: 12/27/2012 8:15 a.m.

Outgoing Little River County Sheriff Danny Russell says Sheriff-elect Gary Gregory is dismissing seven deputy sheriffs, a transport deputy and the chief dispatcher.

U.S. jobless-aid applications fall to 5-year low

updated: 12/27/2012 10:33 a.m.

The average number of people seeking unemployment benefits over the past month fell to the lowest level since March 2008, a sign that the job market is healing.

Light sleet, freezing rain forecast for Friday

updated: 12/27/2012 12:10 p.m.

A new weather system is expected to deliver some wintry precipitation to north and central Arkansas.

South Africa: Mandela rests at home

posted: 12/27/2012 6:51 a.m.

The doctors treating former South African leader Nelson Mandela believe he should remain in Johannesburg for now to be close to medical facilities that can provide care to the 94-year-old, the government said Thursday.

Storm whips into Northeast delivering snow, rain

updated: 12/27/2012 7:39 a.m.

A powerful winter storm delivered snow to inland parts of the Northeast and driving rain and wind to areas along the coast Thursday, a day after it swept through the nation’s middle, dumping a record snowfall in Arkansas and ruining holiday travel plans for thousands.

Hector receives $10,000 in donations after fire

posted: 12/27/2012 6:48 a.m.

Officials in Hector say they’ve received $10,000 in community donations after a former elementary school burned to the ground.

U.N. envoy, Moscow call for revival of Syria plan

posted: 12/27/2012 6:39 a.m.

Russia and the U.N envoy for Syria both said Thursday that they want to revive a long-shelved peace initiative that would call for a transitional government to run the country until elections can be held.

Putin says he will sign anti-U.S. adoptions bill

updated: 12/27/2012 11:24 a.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he will sign a contentious bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children.

Syrian general, highest-ranking yet, defects

posted: 12/27/2012 1:49 a.m.

Syria’s leadership suffered a new setback Wednesday with the publicly broadcast defection of its military-police chief, the highest-ranking officer to abandon President Bashar Assad since the uprising against him began nearly two years ago.

Snowstorm slams U.S. midsection, heads east

posted: 12/27/2012 1:48 a.m.

A powerful winter storm system pounded the nation’s midsection Wednesday and headed toward the Northeast, where people braced for the high winds and heavy snow that disrupted holiday travel, knocked out power to thousands of homes and were blamed in at least six deaths.

Mega Millions

posted: 12/27/2012 1:47 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 2-3-18-34-48 Mega Ball: 36 Estimated jackpot: $25 million Megaplier: 4

Lawmaker’s name-calling spurs suit by Iran siblings

posted: 12/27/2012 1:47 a.m.

Four children of an influential ex-Iranian president are suing a radical lawmaker for describing the ex-president’s family as a corrupt “octopus,” heating up a struggle between hard-liners and moderates simmering since a contested 2009 election.

Gay rights, child safety focus of state laws for ’13

posted: 12/27/2012 1:47 a.m.

Measures on homosexual rights and child safety are among the top state laws taking effect at the start of 2013, along with attempts to prevent identity theft and perennial efforts to restrict abortion and illegal immigration.

Newspaper’s gun-permit release in New York spurs online debate

posted: 12/27/2012 1:46 a.m.

A newspaper’s publication of the names and addresses of handgun permit holders in two New York counties has sparked some heated online discussions.

New laws around U.S.

posted: 12/27/2012 1:45 a.m.

As 2013 begins, many states are enacting new laws dealing with gay rights, child safety, abortion, immigration and other perennial concerns. Some other topics states are dealing with in new laws include: ANIMAL WELFARE Pennsylvania will prohibit use of carbon monoxide chambers to destroy animals at shelters and will make it easier for shelters to get drugs for a more humane method. Activists say animals are often old, young, sick or hurt and not good candidates for gas chamber euthanasia. Some provisions are about to take effect, while others will be in place later in 2013.

Geithner pledges debt-ceiling stopgap

posted: 12/27/2012 1:45 a.m.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said his department will take “extraordinary measures” to postpone a U.S. default for about two months while President Barack Obama and Congress work out a deficitreduction deal.

The nation in brief

posted: 12/27/2012 1:45 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The way I’ve been describing it is as a low-end blizzard, but that’s sort of like saying a small Tyrannosaurus rex.” John Kwiatkowski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis Article, 1A Rising fever puts elder Bush in ICU HOUSTON — Former President George H.W. Bush is in an intensive-care unit in Houston after a “stubborn” fever that kept him in the hospital over Christmas got worse, a spokesman said.

Inouye’s Senate seat filled

posted: 12/27/2012 1:44 a.m.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Wednesday appointed Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz to succeed the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye.

Snowslide kills 2nd near Tahoe

posted: 12/27/2012 1:44 a.m.

A second avalanche death was reported Tuesday as heavy snow continued to fall in the Sierra Nevada mountain range and cold rain drenched the Sacramento Valley late Christmas Day.

The world in brief

posted: 12/27/2012 1:44 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I agree with hundreds of thousands of Russians who want children removed from political debate.

State 1 of few to get rare ‘thundersnow’

posted: 12/27/2012 1:43 a.m.

Arkansans saw myriad weather conditions Tuesday — rain, sleet, freezing rain, snow fog, snow and even a blizzard in spots — as a large storm system gave Arkansas its first white Christmas in years.

Adoptions ban in Russia sent for Putin’s OK

posted: 12/27/2012 1:43 a.m.

The upper chamber of Parliament on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill to ban adoptions of Russian children by U.S. citizens, sending the measure to President Vladimir Putin, who has voiced support but has not yet said if he will sign it.

Blast at fireworks depot strews fire, fear in Nigeria

posted: 12/27/2012 1:42 a.m.

An explosion ripped through a warehouse full of fireworks in Nigeria’s largest city Wednesday, sparking a fire that threatened surrounding city blocks and sending a plume of thick smoke high into the sky. At least one person died and 15 others were wounded, emergency officials said.

Help heal rifts, Morsi urges

posted: 12/27/2012 1:41 a.m.

Egypt’s president said Wednesday that the disputed constitution just approved in a referendum establishes a new republic, and he called on the opposition to join a dialogue to heal rifts over the charter and shift the focus to repairing the economy.

Writing tied to reading circuitry

posted: 12/27/2012 1:38 a.m.

When writing a lowercase “b,” children attending schools in Ozark learn that the “bat,” representing the straight line, comes before the “ball,” representing the circle, a school principal said.

Obituaries

posted: 12/27/2012 1:38 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: 12/27/2012 1:37 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 27, 1912 Chief of Police Frank Campbell has issued a warning to the public that the automobile speed law from now on will be rigidly enforced, and that a speed of 15 miles an hour on the streets and six miles an hour in turning street corners must not be exceeded. Chief Campbell said he was giving this warning publicity to avoid the necessity of making arrests. He believes that an overwhelming majority of automobile owners are in favor of a strict enforcement of the law, and declares that the irresponsible revelers must observe it.

Deputy named in fatal shooting

posted: 12/27/2012 1:37 a.m.

Columbia County authorities have released the name of a deputy sheriff who shot and killed a McNeil man.

Police beat

posted: 12/27/2012 1:37 a.m.

Robbed man collars suspect A Benton man subdued one of the two men who he said robbed him outside a Little Rock Wal-Mart store on Monday, police reports said.

Stranger on interstate a big help

posted: 12/27/2012 1:36 a.m.

The headlights, bright and unexpected, roused us from a fitful sleep.

LR club shooting injures 5 people

posted: 12/27/2012 1:36 a.m.

Five people were hit by gunfire and a sixth person was struck by a car fleeing the scene of a Little Rock nightclub shooting early Christmas Day.

2 PB pedestrians hit by car, killed

posted: 12/27/2012 1:35 a.m.

Two Pine Bluff men were killed Tuesday after stepping in front of a car on Olive Street, according to an Arkansas State Police report.

EDITORIALS: Editorial endorsements

posted: 12/27/2012 1:33 a.m.

OH, MENCKEN. Thou shouldst be living at this hour.

COLUMNISTS: The party of packing

posted: 12/27/2012 1:33 a.m.

Compare the rate of murder by gun in the United States to the rate in any other advanced industrial nation, and you’re forced to draw one of two conclusions: Either there are far more homicidal people in this country than just about any place else on Earth, or far more guns. We must either be home to more people who succumb to murderous rage or who kill out of the coldest of calculations, or it’s easier to pick up a gun and start shooting here than in any comparable country.

The freedom to move

posted: 12/27/2012 1:32 a.m.

Mobility is one of the great unsung American freedoms. I don’t mean that you can get in your car and drive to another town. I mean that you can pick up altogether—family, belongings and pets—and start all over again in another city.

Today’s quote

posted: 12/27/2012 1:32 a.m.

We looked upon a world unknown, On nothing we could call our own. . . .

LETTERS

posted: 12/27/2012 1:32 a.m.

Vital questions remaining The headline on the recent editorial about Susan Rice’s withdrawal damned with faint praise, did it not? The difference between it and what was in the body of the editorial was much clearer than who may have been behind the attack in Benghazi.

Compromise? Not the NRA

posted: 12/27/2012 1:31 a.m.

Editor’s note: This is an expanded version of a post over the weekend on John Brummett’s blog at brummett. arkansasonline.com.

Redskins caught up in moment

posted: 12/27/2012 1:29 a.m.

Compare what was said Wednesday by Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan. One sounds like a stereotypical coach. The other could be mistaken for an overeager player.

Closer Hanrahan heads to Red Sox

posted: 12/27/2012 1:28 a.m.

If Joel Hanrahan can do for the Boston Red Sox what he did against them, they should be happy with their new closer.

UCLA, Baylor get points across

posted: 12/27/2012 1:28 a.m.

Now, this could be a Holiday Bowl.

LIKE IT IS

posted: 12/27/2012 1:27 a.m.

Wally Hall’s column does not appear today.

Second thoughts

posted: 12/27/2012 1:26 a.m.

Losing out has never paid so well If the 2012-2013 NHL season were to be canceled, it looks like the Phoenix Coyotes may benefit from the shutdown.

COMMENTARY: Time nearly up for Philadelphia coach

posted: 12/27/2012 1:26 a.m.

Is it fair to write the epitaph before the funeral ?

Off the wire

posted: 12/27/2012 1:25 a.m.

BASEBALL Jones arrested The wife of former Atlanta Braves star Andruw Jones accused him of dragging her down a staircase, grabbing her neck and saying wanted to kill her, according to police records. A police report obtained by The Associated Press said the fight happened around 1:30 a.m. Eastern on Christmas Day, after Nicole Jones asked her husband to help her prepare their suburban Atlanta home for Christmas morning. Andruw Jones, 35, was free on bond after his arrest on a battery charge, according to Gwinnett (Ga.) County Jail records. It wasn’t known Wednesday whether he has an attorney. Nicole Jones told officers that she tried to escape upstairs, but her husband grabbed her by the ankle and dragged her down some stairs, got on top of her and said, “I want to kill you,” according to the report. “Due to Andruw’s level of intoxication, Nicole said that she was able to push him back and move away from him,” the report states. Nicole Jones then went to her parents’ house. Police said they found injuries on

Alvarez preps for Rose Bowl

posted: 12/27/2012 1:24 a.m.

Wisconsin is in the Rose Bowl for the third straight year. This time, the Badgers are bringing a familiar face with them on the sideline.

Military Bowl

posted: 12/27/2012 1:24 a.m.

BOWLING GREEN (8-4 ) VS. NO. 24 SAN JOSE STATE (10-2 ) WHERE Washington, D.C. TIME/TV 2 p.m. Central, ESPN LINE San Jose State by 7 SERIES RECORD First meeting WHAT’S AT STAKE A successful bowl comeback. Bowling Green hasn’t played in a postseason game since 2009, San Jose State since 2006. To see how far these schools have come in a short time, look at 2010 — when Bowling Green went 2-10 and San Jose State was 1-12. San Jose State’s quick turnaround cost the school its coach: Mike MacIntyre left for Colorado, leaving defensive coordinator Kent Baer to lead the Spartans against the Falcons. Ron Caragher, hired from San Diego to replace MacIntyre, will attend the game as an observer. KEY MATCHUP San Jose State’s high-scoring offense vs. Bowling Green’s stingy defense. The Spartans averaged 35.3 points (26th among FBS schools), while the Falcons allowed only 15.8 (9th). PLAYERS TO WATCH Bowling Green DT Chris Jones, Mid-American Conference defensive player of the year, has 12 1/2 sacks and 19 tackles for loss.

NFL notes

posted: 12/27/2012 1:23 a.m.

PRO BOWL Five Broncos in NEW YORK — Sensational comebacks have Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson headed for the Pro Bowl.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN

posted: 12/27/2012 1:23 a.m.

Bryan Hendricks’ column does not appear today.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 12/27/2012 1:21 a.m.

More Murphy stations to go up at Wal-Marts Murphy Oil USA Inc. will build more than 200 fuel stations at existing Wal-Mart Stores Inc. supercenters, Murphy Oil Corp., the owner of Murphy Oil USA, said Wednesday.

Home prices in October up over year ago

posted: 12/27/2012 1:20 a.m.

Home prices rose in most major U.S. cities in October compared with a year ago, pushed up by rising sales and a decline in the supply of available homes. Higher prices show that the housing market is improving even as it moves into the more dormant fall and winter sales period.

Film-ticket sales rise, cheering industry

posted: 12/27/2012 1:19 a.m.

The big deal for Hollywood is not the record $10.8 billion studios took in domestically in 2012 — it’s the fact that the number of tickets sold went up for the first time in three years.

Toyota to settle speed-off claims

posted: 12/27/2012 1:19 a.m.

Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday that it will take a $1.1 billion write-down to settle claims that its cars and light trucks lost value because of the automaker’s recalls for unintended acceleration-related issues.

China opens world’s longest high-speed rail line

posted: 12/27/2012 1:18 a.m.

China started service on its 1,428-mile-long high-speed train line, the longest in the world, Wednesday as the nation continues to boost its investment in rail networks, intensifying competition for airlines.

Aging baby boomers a boon, some say

posted: 12/27/2012 1:18 a.m.

With millions of baby boomers reaching retirement age, fears are mounting about the potential economic effect if they follow the pattern of previous generations by curbing spending while claiming Social Security and Medicare benefits.

Fees make comparing fares harder for fliers

posted: 12/27/2012 1:17 a.m.

Consumers’ ability to comparison shop for the lowest airfares is eroding as airlines offer a proliferating list of add-on services that range from early boarding to premium seating and baggage fees.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks slide on slow Christmas sales

posted: 12/27/2012 1:17 a.m.

U.S. stocks fell Wednesday for the third trading day in a row. Disappointing holiday sales weighed heavily on retail companies, and the unwelcome “fiscal cliff” package of higher taxes and lower government spending loomed nearer.

Calendar of events around Arkansas

posted: 12/27/2012 1:15 a.m.

Art & Exhibits CENTRAL ARKANSAS ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER MacArthur Park, East Ninth and Commerce streets. “Toys Designed by Artists,” through Jan. 6. “Collectors Show & Sale,” through Sunday. “Multiplicity” and “Fifty for Arkansas: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection,” through Jan. 6. “Foundation Collection,” “Masterworks” and “Paul Signac,” continuing.

Natchez always tastes new

posted: 12/27/2012 1:15 a.m.

When considering dining downtown, we think of the River Market District, natch.

The Weekend Ten: Top things to do, places to be

posted: 12/27/2012 1:14 a.m.

10 CODY Local celebrity and former The Voice contestant Cody Belew is returning home and putting on a show, 7 p.m. Saturday at Robinson Center Music Hall. He’ll be joined by Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers with Jeron Marshall. Tickets are $18- $45 plus taxes and fees. Call (501) 244-8800.

Fast Forward: Things to do next week, next month

posted: 12/27/2012 1:14 a.m.

NEXT WEEK Arkansas tales: If you have a short attention span or just love to see as many movies as you can in a brief span of time, you can check out Low Key Arts’ Arkansas Shorts — A Night of Short Film, Jan. 5 at Central Theater, 1008 Central Ave., Hot Springs. The opening reception starts at 7 p.m. followed by screenings of the 10-minutes-and-under films at 8. Admission is $7. Call (501) 282-9056.

THE TV COLUMN: So much quality TV, Top 10 list goes up to 11

posted: 12/27/2012 1:13 a.m.

There’s a whole lot of swill on TV.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/27/2012 1:13 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your focus on home, family and closer ties will bring success on many levels. Desire will be fulÿlled in March. Emotional attachments change, and relationships grow through April. June brings a favorable working arrangement.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 12/27/2012 1:13 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Last year, our son was killed in an auto accident shortly after Christmas; his car was hit by a drunk driver.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Healthy choices take root in hospitable soil of home

posted: 12/27/2012 1:13 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My family consists of 20-plus people. Every Thanksgiving we gather at my sister’s house and Christmas at mine.

MUSIC: American Princes take bow during two shows

posted: 12/27/2012 1:12 a.m.

American Princes took the usual narrative of musicians leaving Little Rock to chase the big time in New York and stood it on its head, as in, these were musicians who left New York and moved to Little Rock to pursue their dreams.

MUSIC: Former Drunk AJ Gaither pours up single shot

posted: 12/27/2012 1:12 a.m.

Having credentials as a former “fall-down drunk” doesn’t usually lead to a successful career as an entertainer, but AJ Gaither begs to differ. As the main man in the Fall Down Drunks, Gaither led a band that had gotten praise for its mix of blues, folk, punk rock and bluegrass, but now Gaither is going it alone.

MUSIC: After two jail stays, T.I. is learning, moving on

posted: 12/27/2012 1:12 a.m.

For T.I., the rapper, actor, novelist, reality-television star and former resident of the Forrest City Federal Correctional Complex in Arkansas, existential accountings are routine and often occur in the oddest of places. So he seems unfazed to find himself, on a recent Wednesday afternoon, in Hell’s Kitchen on the set of Current TV’s Joy Behar: Say Anything!, amiably fielding questions about federal weapons charges, the emotional veracity of his family’s VH1 show, T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle, and the long-term romantic prospects of his fellow pop stars Chris Brown and Rihanna.

Cirque du Soleil star finds film is Worlds Away

posted: 12/27/2012 1:12 a.m.

Cirque du Soleil star Erica Linz graduated from high school with a very interesting resume: an extensive background in gymnastics, music and theater.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 12/27/2012 1:11 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I was wondering if you have the address for mailing used greeting cards. I have a box of cards that I have received during the past few years, but not the address to send them to.

Super Quiz: Each answer is a word that contains the provided abbreviation for a month

posted: 12/27/2012 1:11 a.m.

1. The Titanic didn’t have enough of them: Feb.

CHEAP EATS: The secret’s in the oven at Brick Oven Pizza

posted: 12/27/2012 1:10 a.m.

I noticed Brick Oven Pizza Co. a few months ago while heading out to review another restaurant in Cabot. I mentally penciled it onto my to-do list, but then got sidetracked. You get the picture.

Selected restaurants

posted: 12/27/2012 1:08 a.m.

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

In the news

posted: 12/27/2012 12:51 a.m.

Joseph Hofstetter and Theodore Scardino, two volunteer firefighters wounded in Webster, N.Y., when a gunman shot at them as they responded to a blaze, killing two other responders, said in a statement released by Strong Memorial Hospital that they are “humbled and overwhelmed,” by the outpouring of support.

In state, lights out to 265,000

posted: 12/27/2012 12:50 a.m.

A storm system covered most of Arkansas with heavy snow and ice that snapped utility lines and knocked out power stations, leaving nearly 265,000 homes and businesses without electricity Wednesday.

Crippled LR, NLR taking stock

posted: 12/27/2012 12:50 a.m.

About 70 percent of Little Rock’s residents were without electricity Wednesday, and some face having no power for seven days or more as the city, along with North Little Rock and Pulaski County, slowed to a crawl under a blanket of snow and ice.

Early deadlines

posted: 12/27/2012 12:48 a.m.

Because of icy roads in the state, deadlines were earlier than usual for today’s editions, and some late news and sports scores may not be included. The latest information is available at arkansasonline.com.

Names and faces

posted: 12/27/2012 12:48 a.m.

District of Columbia police said they are investigating an incident in which NBC News journalist David Gregory displayed what he described as a high-capacity ammunition magazine on Meet the Press. Gun laws in the nation’s capital generally restrict the possession of high-capacity magazines, regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm. Gregory held up the magazine as a prop for Sunday’s segment, apparently to make a point during an interview, even though D.C. police say NBC had already been advised not to use it in the show. “NBC contacted [the Metropolitan Police Department] inquiring if they could utilize a high capacity magazine for their segment. NBC was informed that possession of a high capacity magazine is not permissible and their request was denied. This matter is currently being investigated,” police spokesman Gwendolyn Crump said in a written statement. She declined to comment further. While interviewing National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre for Sunday’s program, Gregory held u

Power-slicing ice of ’00 recalled

posted: 12/27/2012 12:39 a.m.

The president and chief executive officer of the state’s largest electrical utility was quick Wednesday to compare this week’s snowstorm to a holiday ice storm 12 years ago.

Weather gets upper hand in air, on road

posted: 12/27/2012 12:39 a.m.

Few travelers could outwit the snowstorm that slammed Arkansas on Tuesday.

Utility linemen answer call to get power back

posted: 12/27/2012 12:38 a.m.

Desi Hunter has missed a lot of special days with his family, but he’s never missed Christmas.

TOP SPORTS STORY OF 2012: April's fool

posted: 12/27/2012 12:27 a.m.

Bobby Petrino’s meteoric rise as Arkansas’ football coach crashed and burned after an April 1 joy ride gone awry.Athletic Director Jeff Long fired Petrino on April 10 after an athletic department investigation turned up details that Petrino had “engaged in a pattern of misleading and manipulative behavior... before and after the motorcycle accident.” Bobby Petrino’s April Fools face plant will live on as a defining moment in his career, a pivotal chapter in Arkansas football history and as the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ’s 2012 Sports Story of the Year.

Sales less merry, bright than retailers had hoped

posted: 12/27/2012 12:20 a.m.

Shoppers spent cautiously this Christmas, a disappointment for retailers who slashed prices to lure people into stores and now must hope for a post-holiday spending burst.

This week's events-Three Rivers

updated: 12/27/2012 1:25 p.m.

These are events scheduled for the Three Rivers area beginning Dec. 27.

Riding chilly: Area cyclists brave the cold

updated: 12/27/2012 1:10 p.m.

The temperature may be dropping, but Mac McDonald still has to get to work. And he’s going to ride his bike to get there.

Maumelle girl advances in business competition

updated: 12/27/2012 12:30 p.m.

Rachel Frank of Maumelle is a 10-year-old entrepreneur, and she is already considering expanding her business.

All for the kids: Area bikers hope to expand cause in new year

updated: 12/27/2012 1:16 p.m.

When Phil Bridges first started riding motorcycles, he never imagined that he’d one day be riding with a stack of baby gates strapped to his bike.

Marching to Miami: North Pulaski students headed to BCS game

updated: 12/27/2012 1:20 p.m.

In a few weeks, Brandan Beard and Nathan Crews will take the field in Miami for the Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game.

A savory-sweet turnover perfect for brunch

updated: 12/27/2012 12:46 p.m.

When I’m feeling indulgent, nothing quite hits the spot like a buttery, flaky turnover — particularly one stuffed with such delicious offerings as this one.

A sweet ending to the year: Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread

updated: 12/27/2012 1:03 p.m.

Chocolate and peppermint is a flavor match hard to beat. I’m a fan of this combination in mousses, ice cream, soufflés and cakes, so why not in a crumbly classic cookie like this shortbread? This is one of the many delectable cookies you’ll find in Betty Crocker’s Big Book Of Cookies, which is full of excellent ideas and tips to help the novice baker become a pro cookie-baker.

Brighter is better: Light show spreads Christmas spirit

updated: 12/27/2012 12:27 p.m.

Tony Circle in Conway is a Brighter place again this Christmas season with 85,000 lights set to music. Tony and Angi Brighter, 1305 Tony Circle in the Catherine Place subdivision, have added to their free light show each year, and more neighbors have joined the effort.

A sweet ending to the year: Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread

updated: 12/27/2012 12:41 p.m.

Chocolate and peppermint is a flavor match hard to beat. I’m a fan of this combination in mousses, ice cream, soufflés and cakes, so why not in a crumbly classic cookie like this shortbread? This is one of the many delectable cookies you’ll find in Betty Crocker’s Big Book Of Cookies, which is full of excellent ideas and tips to help the novice baker become a pro cookie-baker.

This week's events-RVO

updated: 12/27/2012 12:51 p.m.

These are events scheduled in the River Valley and Ozark area beginning Dec. 27.

A savory-sweet turnover perfect for brunch

updated: 12/27/2012 1:08 p.m.

When I’m feeling indulgent, nothing quite hits the spot like a buttery, flaky turnover — particularly one stuffed with such delicious offerings as this one.

Riding chilly: Area cyclists brave the cold

updated: 12/27/2012 12:34 p.m.

The temperature may be dropping, but Mac McDonald still has to get to work. And he’s going to ride his bike to get there.

Wednesday, December 26

South Africa: Mandela released from the hospital

posted: 12/26/2012 1:28 p.m.

South Africa's presidency says Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid icon and former president, has been released from the hospital.

Some Arkansans could be without power until 2013

updated: 12/26/2012 3:30 p.m.

Arkansas’ largest utility warned Wednesday that it could be 2013 before it can restore power to of its customers who lost electricity in a blizzard that dumped a foot of snow on some areas and knocked down trees and power lines throughout the state.

Name released of deputy in fatal shooting

posted: 12/26/2012 10:50 a.m.

Columbia County authorities have released the name of a deputy sheriff who shot and killed a McNeil man.

5 reported dead in Oklahoma City house fire

posted: 12/26/2012 10:37 a.m.

Oklahoma City firefighters say a woman and four children are dead after a blaze at a house on the city’s northwest side.

Starbucks cups to come with political message

posted: 12/26/2012 10:36 a.m.

Starbucks is using its coffee cups to jump into the political fray in Washington.

Beebe says National Guard helping ambulances

posted: 12/26/2012 10:28 a.m.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe dispatched members of the National Guard to help ambulance companies and county officials deal with emergencies that popped up as snow and ice fell.

Murphy Oil plans 200 new Wal-Mart fuel stations

posted: 12/26/2012 10:18 a.m.

Murphy Oil Corp. announced Wednesday that its subsidiary Murphy Oil USA Inc. has entered an agreement with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to build more than 200 new fuel stations at Wal-Mart supercenters.

U.N. envoy to Syria to visit Russia this weekend

posted: 12/26/2012 9:49 a.m.

The international envoy on Syria will visit Moscow this weekend for talks on the crisis, a senior Russian diplomat said Wednesday.

Officials: 4 killed in Iraq due to heavy rain

posted: 12/26/2012 9:44 a.m.

An unusually heavy rainstorm has collapsed shoddy houses in Iraq, killing a woman and three children, police and health officials said Wednesday.

Two pedestrians hit, killed in Pine Bluff

posted: 12/26/2012 8:15 a.m.

An early morning wreck on Christmas killed two in Pine Bluff, the Arkansas State Police said Wednesday.

Christmas Day wreck kills two, hurts four

updated: 12/26/2012 8:36 a.m.

A Christmas Day collision on Arkansas 36 in Faulkner County killed two and injured four, the Arkansas State Police said Wednesday.

Shinzo Abe returns as Japan’s prime minister

posted: 12/26/2012 6:43 a.m.

Old-guard veteran Shinzo Abe was voted back into office as prime minister Wednesday and immediately named a new Cabinet, ending three years of liberal administrations and restoring power to his conservative, pro-big-business party that has run Japan for most of the post-World War II era.

Russian parliament endorses anti-U.S. adoption bill

posted: 12/26/2012 6:41 a.m.

The upper chamber of Russia’s parliament Wednesday unanimously voted in favor of a measure banning Americans from adopting Russian children. It now goes to President Vladimir Putin to sign or turn down.

South Africa: Mandela in good spirits in hospital

posted: 12/26/2012 6:39 a.m.

South Africa’s presidency says former leader Nelson Mandela, who has been in a hospital since Dec. 8, is looking better and in good spirits.

Report: Top Syrian general joins opposition

posted: 12/26/2012 6:38 a.m.

The general who heads Syria’s military police has defected and joined the uprising against President Bashar Assad’s regime, one of the highest walkouts by a serving security chief during the country’s 21-month uprising, a pan Arab TV station has reported.

Obama cuts vacation short as 'fiscal cliff’ looms

posted: 12/26/2012 6:36 a.m.

With a yea-end deadline looming before the economy goes over the so-called fiscal cliff, President Barack Obama is cutting short his traditional Christmas holiday in Hawaii, planning to leave for Washington on Wednesday evening.

U.S. stock futures rise as Obama prepares to resume budget talks

posted: 12/26/2012 6:32 a.m.

U.S. stock-index futures advanced as President Barack Obama and Congress prepared to resume budget discussions as the year-end deadline to avoid a package of tax increases and spending cuts approaches.

Boy mourns for pet in print

posted: 12/26/2012 6:30 a.m.

The recorded phone message from 12-year-old Zachary Hulbert was forwarded from one crusty journalist to another in the Times Union’s newsroom, softening everyone who listened.

Cooking for two: Garlic-herb steaks end/start year right

posted: 12/26/2012 6:29 a.m.

These pan-seared steaks make a just-special-enough main dish for a weeknight New Year’s celebration. The steaks are seasoned with a garlic rub, and served with pan sauce of bourbon, butter and olive oil.

Resolved: Serve new recipes on New Year’s Eve

posted: 12/26/2012 6:29 a.m.

At the Thanksgiving and Christmas tables, tradition often dictates the menus. But when it comes to New Year’s Eve celebrations that feature appetizers, finger foods and other nibbles, the menu is wide open.

UNCORKED: For New Year’s, it must be bubbly

posted: 12/26/2012 6:29 a.m.

Following the hectic bustle of Christmas shopping, travel and choices galore, it’s refreshing knowing that buying the ideal wine for New Year’s Eve is an uncomplicated decision. The tradition poured into the magical midnight toast only seems possible if you see tiny bubbles dancing in the glass. Not to say other wines, beers and spirits are not welcome at the occasion, but something about the sound of Champagne flutes clinking in a toast as the clock strikes midnight makes it an unquestionable choice.

FRONT BURNER: Cornbread waffles? With chili ... really!

posted: 12/26/2012 6:29 a.m.

Chili is a Christmas Eve tradition in my married family (when I was growing up we always dined on pizza the night before Christmas). And one of my favorite ways to eat leftover chili is over cornbread waffles.

U.S. storm’s toll up to 6 dead as system heads east

updated: 12/26/2012 11:31 a.m.

A powerful storm system that erupted Christmas Day with Gulf Coast tornadoes and snow in the nation’s midsection headed for the Northeast on Wednesday, spreading blizzard conditions that slowed holiday travel.

Heavy snow blankets much of state; Entergy requests 4,000 helpers

updated: 12/26/2012 4:08 p.m.

A historic Christmas night winter storm dropped upwards of a foot of snow on parts of Arkansas, shutting down workplaces, downing trees and power lines and turning travel treacherous. Entergy Arkansas is requesting nearly 4,000 workers to help restore electricity, the utility said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

Other days

posted: 12/26/2012 2:26 a.m.

When John O’Hern, a visitor, had accumulated an abundance of Christmas cheer in the form of a vast assortment of drinks, and he realized he was intoxicated, he came to the conclusion that Central avenue, the city’s principal thoroughfare, was no place for him. The first convincing intimation that John had that he was not his normal self was when he collided with a waiter from a restaurant, carrying a tray loaded down with a dinner. John was profuse in his apologies. “I am drunk and the street is no place for me,” he said. “Is there a policeman about? I want him to lock me up, I deserve to be punished.”

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 12/26/2012 2:26 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: Maryland Avenue Pulaski County: Crystal Hill Road

COMMENTARY: UA flips to Sutton style with Bielema

posted: 12/26/2012 2:17 a.m.

Veteran Arkansas basketball fans remembering and respecting Eddie Sutton’s and Nolan Richardson’s contrasting approaches learned to appreciate both Hall of Fame coaches’ styles.

A few keep light on at work as rest of state takes holiday

posted: 12/26/2012 2:01 a.m.

Last-minute shoppers lined up at the Walgreens store at the corner of University Avenue and Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock almost an hour before the doors opened Christmas morning.

UAMS student-run center to focus on area’s needs

posted: 12/26/2012 2 a.m.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will provide free health screenings and information in a donated building at the corner of 12th and Cedar streets starting in January.

Unity set Hays’ tone, officials say

posted: 12/26/2012 2 a.m.

As mayor of North Little Rock for 24 years, Patrick Hays knew, he said recently, that his hometown would prosper more and raise its own quality of life by working with its neighbors rather than trying to go its own way.

Ice cuts power, makes driving risky

posted: 12/26/2012 12:18 a.m.

Freezing rain knocked out power to thousands in Arkansas on Tuesday and glazed bridges and overpasses before turning to snow in the evening.

I-40 detour traffic clogging, battering stretch of U.S. 70

posted: 12/26/2012 12:16 a.m.

After a year of construction on Interstate 40 near the White River, the shift of heavy traffic onto U.S. 70 is most evident along an 8-mile stretch between Biscoe and Brinkley.

Peace for Syria tops Benedict’s yule message

posted: 12/26/2012 12:15 a.m.

Speaking from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Benedict XVI called on Tuesday for religious freedom in China and peace for the “defenseless” in Syria in his annual Christmas Day message.

Killing ‘what I like doing best,’ slayer of firemen wrote

posted: 12/26/2012 12:14 a.m.

The ex-con who lured two firefighters to their deaths in a blaze of gunfire left a rambling typewritten note saying he wanted to burn down the neighborhood and “do what I like doing best, killing people,” police said Tuesday as they recovered burned human remains believed to be the gunman’s missing sister.

Christmas Day spreads twisters across far South

posted: 12/26/2012 12:13 a.m.

A Christmas Day tornado outbreak left damage across the Deep South while holiday travelers in the nation’s much colder midsection battled sometimes treacherous driving conditions from freezing rain and blizzard conditions.

Early deadlines

posted: 12/26/2012 12:13 a.m.

To ensure timely delivery of the newspaper despite icy roads in the state, deadlines were earlier than usual for today’s editions, and some late news and sports scores may not be included.

In the news

posted: 12/26/2012 12:12 a.m.

Rep. Ralph Hall, a Texas Republican who turns 90 in May, is now the oldest person ever to serve in the U.S. House, surpassing the record of North Carolina Rep. Charles Manly Stedman, who died in office in 1930 at age 89 years, 7 months and 25 days.

Newtown 24-hour candlelight vigil kept

posted: 12/26/2012 12:11 a.m.

Newtown celebrated Christmas amid piles of snow-covered teddy bears, long lines of stockings and heaps of flowers as volunteers manned a 24-hour candlelight vigil in memory of the 20 children and six educators gunned down at an elementary school just 11 days before the holiday.

Iraqi Kurds halt oil shipments to Baghdad

posted: 12/26/2012 12:11 a.m.

An Iraqi Kurdish official said Tuesday that the country’s self-ruled northern Kurdish region has suspended oil exports over a payment row with Baghdad, a development that could add to already souring relations between the Kurds and the Arabled central government.

Names and faces

posted: 12/26/2012 12:10 a.m.

New York City police whistle-blower Frank Serpico thinks Al Pacino played him better than he did himself. Pacino played the detective who exposed widespread police corruption in the 1973 movie Serpico. The Daily News interviewed the real-life Serpico in Ghent, in New York’s Hudson Valley, for a story published Sunday. The 76-year-old retiree spoke weeks after the death of fellow whistle-blowing ex-detective David Durk. Serpico smiled as an interviewer noted he is ranked No. 41, just behind Lassie, on the American Film Institute’s list of movie heroes. He says that’s “good company.” The newspaper said Serpico keeps busy trying to finish a book and taking solitary walks. Serpico’s and Durk’s efforts resulted in front-page newspaper stories and a city panel that recommended changes to prevent police corruption.

Dockworker talks set to avert strike

posted: 12/26/2012 12:10 a.m.

Federal mediators seeking to avoid a walkout of thousands of East Coast and Gulf Coast dockworkers from Massachusetts to Texas have called a meeting of them and shipping companies.

Lawmakers see tactic for avoiding ‘cliff’

posted: 12/26/2012 12:10 a.m.

Lawmakers say Congress probably could resolve the “fiscal cliff” if Republican leaders let Democrats provide most of the votes to pass a compromise agreement.

The nation in brief

posted: 12/26/2012 12:09 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “He was equipped to go to war, kill innocent people.” Police Chief Gerald Pickering of Webster, N.Y., on the ex-con who lured two firefighters to their deaths in a blaze of gunfire Article, 1A Disruption besets Netflix in Americas SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix Inc., the world’s biggest video-streaming service, said access to its movies and television shows was restored after a disruption caused by Amazon Web Services storage and computing system.

American’s mini-library copied worldwide

posted: 12/26/2012 12:09 a.m.

It started as a simple tribute to his mother, a teacher and bibliophile. Todd Bol put up a miniature version of a one-room schoolhouse on a post outside his home in this western Wisconsin city, filled it with books and invited his neighbors to borrow them.

FBI terrorism force watched Occupy movement

posted: 12/26/2012 12:08 a.m.

The FBI used counter terrorism agents to investigate the Occupy Wall Street movement, including its communications and planning, according to newly disclosed agency records.

Poet’s Christmas cards elaborate, now collected

posted: 12/26/2012 12:08 a.m.

Take heart, holiday procrastinators: Famed poet Robert Frost once waited until July to get his Christmas cards in the mail.

Syrian rebels take town near the Turkish border

posted: 12/26/2012 12:07 a.m.

Syrian rebels fully captured a northern town near the Turkish border Tuesday after weeks of siege and heavy fighting, activists said.

Israel to build more homes in Jerusalem

posted: 12/26/2012 12:06 a.m.

Israel has advanced the process of building 942 more settler homes in east Jerusalem under a new fasttrack plan to tighten its grip on the territory, which the Palestinians claim as the capital of a future state.

Egyptians pass constitution

posted: 12/26/2012 12:06 a.m.

Egypt’s disputed Islamist-backed constitution passed with a 63.8 percent “yes” in a referendum, the election commission announced Tuesday, rejecting opposition allegations of significant vote fraud.

Afghan sergeant displayed ‘unstable behavior’

posted: 12/26/2012 12:05 a.m.

The police sergeant who killed an American contractor in Kabul is a native Iranian who came to Afghanistan and displayed “unstable behavior” but no known links to militants, an Interior Ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

Attacks, tribal fights kill 5 Yemen soldiers

posted: 12/26/2012 12:04 a.m.

Gunmen on motorbikes shot dead two Yemeni army officers in the country’s capital Tuesday, and clashes between the military and tribal fighters loyal to al-Qaida in a northeastern province killed three soldiers and 11 tribesmen, officials said.

The world in brief

posted: 12/26/2012 12:03 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Let’s all begin to build the renaissance of our country with free will, good intentions and strong determination, men, women, Muslims and Christians.” Mohammed Badie, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt Article, 6A Kazakh military jet crashes; 27 killed MOSCOW — Kazakhstan’s acting border-service chief was among 27 people killed in a military plane crash Tuesday near a southern city, another blow to the agency after he was appointed in June to deal with the aftermath of a mass killing involving a conscript.

Capitol holiday splendor fleeting

posted: 12/26/2012 12:02 a.m.

What holiday decorations go up, must come down.

Broiler fire ruins kitchen in Peabody

posted: 12/26/2012 12:01 a.m.

A fire early Tuesday morning in the kitchen of the Peabody Little Rock hotel spread through two floors of the hotel and did $1 million in damage, Fire Department officials said.

Petrino's second chance waits one last game

posted: 12/26/2012 midnight

Before the Bobby Petrino era begins at Western Kentucky, there's a bowl game to play — the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against Central Michigan.

Tuesday, December 25

Obituaries

posted: 12/25/2012 11:59 p.m.

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

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 12/25/2012 11:59 p.m.

Star of Odd Couple, Quincy Jack Klugman, an Emmy Award-winning actor who excelled in disarming everyman roles, notably in the sitcom The Odd Couple and in the police drama Quincy, M.E., died Monday in Los Angeles. He was 90.

You’re carded

posted: 12/25/2012 11:55 p.m.

NEXT YEAR’S session of the Legislature is almost here, Mr.

Once there were giants

posted: 12/25/2012 11:54 p.m.

Second Lieutenant Daniel K. Inouye “S distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 21 April 1945, in the vicinity of San Terenzo, Italy. While attacking a defended ridge guarding an important road junction, Second Lieutenant Inouye skillfully directed his platoon through a hail of automatic weapon and small arms fire, in a swift enveloping movement that resulted in the capture of an artillery and mortar post and brought his men to within 40 yards of the hostile force. Emplaced in bunkers and rock formations, the enemy halted the advance with crossfire from three machine guns.

OTHERS SAY: When is Cliffmas?

posted: 12/25/2012 11:54 p.m.

“We know precious little about what this deal is—this is negotiated in private behind closed doors, they leak one or two little elements and they expect everyone else to comment intelligently on it when we don’t know anything about it.” —U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah As a rule we don’t predict much beyond imminent humiliation for devotees of Mayan calendars. We’re especially guarded when the topic is official Washington, city of mirrors, where the trajectory of negotiations often is elusive.

The wings of winter

posted: 12/25/2012 11:54 p.m.

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour describes duck hunting this way: “The camaraderie and collegiality you get in duck hunting is totally different from other hunting because you’re together and form a bond of shared experience. You may be an ambassador or a governor. But when you duck hunt, you can always be a 17-year-old.” I thought about those words on my most recent duck hunt in east Arkansas as my hunting companions laughed, told jokes and generally acted like a bunch of 17-year-old boys. My host, mind you, is past the age of 80. I’m past the age of 50. It really didn’t matter.

Guest writer: Teachable moment

posted: 12/25/2012 11:53 p.m.

Once again, Arkansas comes in last. The recent report on vocabulary levels from the National Assessment of Educational Progress gives us yet another snapshot of low literacy in our state, but this time the problem is framed in a brand-new way. Let’s use it as a teachable moment.

LETTERS

posted: 12/25/2012 11:53 p.m.

ID law waste of time State Rep. Bryan King is at it again, trying to get a voter photo-ID law passed that will prevent voter impersonation at the polls. It apparently doesn’t bother him that voter impersonation is almost nonexistent, but he won’t let facts get in the way.

NFL’s injured come back strong

posted: 12/25/2012 11:51 p.m.

From Peyton Manning overcoming four neck surgeries to Adrian Peterson’s rebound from a shredded knee to Chuck Pagano’s fight with leukemia, this has been the Year of the Comeback in the NFL.

DIGEST

posted: 12/25/2012 11:51 p.m.

First meeting Florida freshman running back Emmit Smith and UCLA junior quarterback Troy Aikman first met 25 years ago today in a nowdefunct bowl game in Hawaii. No one had any clue what the pair would do in the NFL. 4C Tuesday’s results BASKETBALL NBA Boston 93, Brooklyn 76 LA Lakers 100, New York 94 Miami 103, Oklahoma City 97 Houston at Chicago, (n) Denver at LA Clippers, (n) COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 MEN (3) Arizona vs. (17) San Diego St., (n)

Assessing Petrino, Bielema

posted: 12/25/2012 11:50 p.m.

Jonathan Luigs expects Bobby Petrino to win big on the field as Western Kentucky’s coach.

NBA: Lakers take .500 as a holiday gift

posted: 12/25/2012 11:50 p.m.

The pieces of the puzzle that have been the Los Angeles Lakers’ confounding season are starting to fall into place.

NFL career short, not sweet

posted: 12/25/2012 11:49 p.m.

Former Arkansas All-America center Jonathan Luigs’ NFL career lasted just one season.

NBA: Thunder crash again in rematch

posted: 12/25/2012 11:47 p.m.

LeBron James finished with 29 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds, Dwyane Wade scored 21, and the Miami Heat survived a frantic finish to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-97 in an NBA Finals rematch Tuesday.

Second thoughts

posted: 12/25/2012 11:47 p.m.

Ishikawa gets Woods treatment Some golfers have great relationships with their national media. Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa is “treated like a rock star” by the Japanese media, writes The Associated Press’ Doug Ferguson.

2012 Year in Review: Amid bad, mad, sad ... a few glad

posted: 12/25/2012 11:46 p.m.

Jerry Sandusky will spend the rest of his life in prison, Penn State football played under NCAA sanctions and Joe Paterno died.

COMMENTARY: Penn State creates optimism despite sanctions

posted: 12/25/2012 11:46 p.m.

Star linebacker Michael Mauti’s college football career had just come to an end in November when he spotted the next generation of Penn State football players.

COMMENTARY: Long day ended with yawn, victory

posted: 12/25/2012 11:45 p.m.

Not at all recently, in fact some 50 years ago, a constable on patrol at Amagon in northeast Arkansas pulled over a college bus and handed out a speeding ticket.

Petrino will have to wait for ’Toppers

posted: 12/25/2012 11:43 p.m.

Before the Bobby Petrino era begins at Western Kentucky, there’s a bowl game to play — the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against Central Michigan.

MONDAY’S HAWAII BOWL: Hunt, SMU sack, smack bowl foe

posted: 12/25/2012 11:43 p.m.

Margus Hunt knew he had eight hours to fill on the flight over the Pacific Ocean, so he asked the SMU staff to put together film of Fresno State for him to study. He hit the Bulldogs like a tidal wave Monday night in the Hawaii Bowl.

Cardinals best in FBS when seeing red

posted: 12/25/2012 11:42 p.m.

Louisville is heading to the Sugar Bowl mainly because the Cardinals were the best in the nation inside opponents’ 20-yard line.

Oaklawn report

posted: 12/25/2012 11:41 p.m.

Multiple stakes winner Tiz Miz Sue’s first step toward her 6-year-old debut was a bullet workout Monday morning at Oaklawn Park.

Not done yet: Alternation gearing up for racing at 5

posted: 12/25/2012 11:40 p.m.

Gay Revoke, in 1964-1965, is the only horse to win consecutive runnings of the Oaklawn Handicap.

Smackdown

posted: 12/25/2012 11:33 p.m.

Recently, a 15-year-old named Kylie Tweeted her suicidal thoughts, and a Twitter account called KillYourselfKylie Tweeted back a series of ugly responses. These included “We have 3 bitches who should cut and drink bleach” and “I think i just made someone cut herself yayayyyy” and “We hate you just die.... ” That last note was followed by a list of six first names — apparently teenagers who knew Kylie.

HEART & SOUL: Year will require humility, fortitude

posted: 12/25/2012 11:32 p.m.

When Mrs. Appleyard showed up last year bearing New Year’s gifts, it was the first time I understood that spiritual gifts are made available to us when we need them most. Did we use what she gave us this past year?

PARENTING: First, find root of sudden behavior problem

posted: 12/25/2012 11:31 p.m.

Q: Our son started full-day kindergarten in September. For the first three months he had no problem with his behavior at school, but for the past few weeks he has gotten in trouble for talking, not listening, and he spit at a child at school today. Taking away privileges hasn’t made a difference in his behavior. He was always such a wellbehaved child so we are at our wits’ end as far as what to do. Any suggestions for punishment would be greatly appreciated.

MONEY MANNERS

posted: 12/25/2012 11:31 p.m.

DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: Something’s really bugging me. Every year, my son and his wife wrap the Christmas gifts for each of their five children in a different wrapping paper to make it easy for the kids to tell who gets what on Christmas morning. They also take the already wrapped presents I send for the children and rewrap them in whatever that year’s papers are. The thing is, they never include my gift tags when they do this, so my grandchildren don’t know that the gifts came from me. Am I being petty to be annoyed by this? — Nancy DEAR NANCY: If all you are is annoyed, you’re showing real restraint.

EX-ETIQUETTE

posted: 12/25/2012 11:30 p.m.

Q: My boyfriend’s ex continues to call him with her emotional issues: “Happy anniversary, it would have been 33 years” and “It’s been four years since my mom passed, I need to talk.” He tells me when she calls him, so that’s not the issue. They are both in the same line of work, and they have that in common. I haven’t said a word to him, but I’m wondering if I am overreacting. He says he wants to maintain a friendship for the sake of their grandchildren. What’s good ex-etiquette ?

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 12/25/2012 11:28 p.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Maybe no one else has this problem, but after the holidays I always get kind of depressed. It doesn’t make sense because we have a close-knit family and I always enjoy Christmas, but afterward I always feel this big letdown.

GADGETS & GIZMOS

posted: 12/25/2012 11:28 p.m.

Whether you’re baking for just the two of you or you like the convenience of built-in serving sizes, Chicago Metallic’s Cup Pie Set makes baking single-serve desserts, custards, pot pies and more easy.

Cabbage finds its flavor in sugar, vinegar, bacon

posted: 12/25/2012 11:27 p.m.

Smoky bacon, the sweet-sour play of brown sugar and red wine vinegar give this dish a nice balance of flavor.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/25/2012 11:27 p.m.

Happy birthday. The year starts in a swirl of mystery and excitement. One relationship stands out, and strong emotions will change your experience of daily life. Then February brings a development that lends practical assistance to one of your plans.A bonus comes in August. An unforgettable journey starts in September.

7-day menu planner

posted: 12/25/2012 11:27 p.m.

SUNDAY: Prepare Apple-Glazed Lamb Chops for family day. Trim fat from 4 (6-ounce ) lamb rib chops; set chops aside. Combine 1/4 cup unsweetened apple juice, 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar and 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard in a large resealable plastic bag. Add chops and marinate in refrigerator for 2 hours; turn bag occasionally. Heat broiler; remove chops from bag and reserve marinade. Place chops on broiler rack coated with cooking spray and place rack in broiler pan. Broil 5 to 6 inches from heat 9 minutes per side or to desired doneness, basting frequently with marinade. Serve the chops with brown rice and green beans. Add dinner rolls. For dessert, top angel food cake with strawberries. MONDAY: For an amazing meal, serve your guests Porcini-Dusted Tenderloin With Wine Sauce (see recipe) and make it a special New Year’s Eve celebration. Alongside, add oven-roasted potato wedges, a mixed-greens salad and whole-grain rolls. Ring in 2013 with a toast, serving chocolate cake and hot fudge sauce and vanilla

Super Quiz: First names

posted: 12/25/2012 11:26 p.m.

1. Newton: scientist

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 12/25/2012 11:26 p.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I know you printed a recipe for pumpkin pie spice, but I lost it. Could you please reprint it?

‘Recooked’ cheese tastes anything but

posted: 12/25/2012 11:25 p.m.

When it comes to food, “recooked” isn’t generally a term met with much affection. The dairy world, however, gives us a fine exception in ricotta cheese.

IDEA ALLEY: From soup to nuts, Kats deliver goods

posted: 12/25/2012 11:25 p.m.

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

Slim pickings

posted: 12/25/2012 11:25 p.m.

WHAT: Cool Whip Frosting STATS: Two tablespoons contain 60 calories and 3.5 fat, 8 carbohydrate, no fiber and no protein grams. One container (16 servings and therefore 960 calories; proceed with caution !) is enough for a 13-by-9-inch cake, two 8- or 9-inch cake layers or 24 cupcakes.

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Dread making bread? Now, there’s No Knead

posted: 12/25/2012 11:24 p.m.

Fleischmann’s yeast is one of the most popular brands in the country, and now the company has a new innovation to make your baking even easier. Simply Homemade No Knead Bread Mix is made to be ready in less than an hour, and it’s done in just three steps.

Thousands without power as storm moves through

updated: 12/25/2012 4:01 p.m.

Thousands of Entergy customers were without power Tuesday afternoon as a storm packing a wintry mix of snow and ice moved through the state.

Highway crews say ice gathering

posted: 12/25/2012 3:01 p.m.

Arkansas highway officials are warning motorists to stay home as freezing rain, sleet and snow fall over parts of the state.

Egypt constitution passes with 63.8 percent

posted: 12/25/2012 12:17 p.m.

The head of Egypt's election commission says the new constitution has passed with a 63.8 percent "yes" vote in a referendum.

Blytheville city tax case sent to prosecutor

posted: 12/25/2012 12:10 p.m.

A prosecutor has the results of a 10-month state and federal investigation into withholding taxes that weren't paid by Blytheville city officials.

Marshals Museum fundraising passes $10M mark

posted: 12/25/2012 12:07 p.m.

The planned U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith has reached $10 million in its fundraising drive, but still has to garner another $40 million to reach its $50 million goal.

Authorities: Storm blamed for man's death in Texas

updated: 12/25/2012 3:04 p.m.

Freezing rain and sleet made for a sloppy Christmas morning trek in parts of the nation's midsection on Tuesday, while residents along the Gulf Coast braced for thunderstorms, high winds and the possibility of tornadoes.

Five shot at LR business

updated: 12/25/2012 12:55 p.m.

Authorities say five people were shot in an incident at a business on Wright Avenue in Little Rock early Tuesday morning, including a 16-year-old girl who was listed in critical but stable condition.

Newtown observes Christmas amid signs of mourning

posted: 12/25/2012 10:12 a.m.

Newtown observed Christmas amid snow-covered teddy bears, stockings, flowers and candles left in memorial to the 20 children and six educators gunned down at an elementary school just 11 days before the holiday.

Pope decries slaughter of 'defenseless' Syrians

posted: 12/25/2012 10:10 a.m.

Pope Benedict XVI wished Christmas peace to the world Tuesday, decrying the slaughter of the "defenseless" in Syria and urging Israelis and Palestinians to find the courage to negotiate.

Man who killed 2 firemen left note on killing plan

updated: 12/25/2012 11:18 a.m.

Police In Webster, N.Y., say the man who lured firefighters to their deaths in a blaze of gunfire left a typewritten note saying he wanted to burn down the neighborhood and "do what I like doing best, killing people."

Fire causes estimated $1 million in damage at LR Peabody

updated: 12/25/2012 12:44 p.m.

A fire that started in a broiler at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock has completely destroyed a kitchen there, causing an estimated $1 million in damage, fire officials said.

Freezing rain causes 21-vehicle pileup in Oklahoma

posted: 12/25/2012 9:21 a.m.

Oklahoma highway officials have re-opened Interstate 40 in downtown Oklahoma City after a 21-vehicle pileup at its intersection with Interstate 35.

Forecasters warn of blizzard conditions in NE Arkansas

updated: 12/25/2012 10:06 a.m.

The National Weather Service says blizzard conditions could hit the northeastern corner of Arkansas late Christmas afternoon while the rest of the state sees periods of heavy and blowing snow.

Fresno State offense stymied in 43-10 loss to SMU

posted: 12/25/2012 6:29 a.m.

Margus Hunt knew he had eight hours to fill on the flight over the Pacific Ocean, so he asked the SMU staff to put together film of Fresno State for him to study. He hit the Bulldogs like a tidal wave Monday night in the Hawaii Bowl.

In the news

posted: 12/25/2012 5:08 a.m.

Sen. Michael Crapo, an Idaho Republican who previously has said he doesn’t drink because of his Mormon faith, has been charged in Alexandria, Va., with drunken driving after he registered a blood alcohol content of 0.11 percent, over the legal limit of 0.08, after a traffic stop for running a red light, police said.

Spirits festive for Christmas in Bethlehem

posted: 12/25/2012 5:08 a.m.

Thousands of Christians from the world over packed Manger Square in Bethlehem on Monday to celebrate the birth of Jesus in the ancient West Bank town where he was born.

2 firemen killed in N.Y. ambush

posted: 12/25/2012 5:07 a.m.

An ex-convict set a car and a house ablaze in his lakeside neighborhood to lure firefighters, then opened fire on them, killing two, engaging in a shootout with police and committing suicide while several homes burned. Authorities used an armored vehicle to evacuate the area.

CHRISTMAS THE NATURAL (STATE) WAY: LR school’s ornaments hang out in Washington, D.C.

posted: 12/25/2012 5:06 a.m.

Some gifted young Little Rock artists are sharing handmade holiday ornaments and a brief Arkansas history lesson with the nation’s capital this month.

Woman targets American

posted: 12/25/2012 5:06 a.m.

A female Afghan police sergeant shot and killed an American contractor in Kabul on Monday, police officials said, the first such shooting by a woman in a spate of insider attacks by Afghans against their foreign allies.

State steels for rare Christmas snowstorm

posted: 12/25/2012 5:05 a.m.

For the first time in more than 80 years, some Arkansans will see a truly white Christmas.

Early deadlines

posted: 12/25/2012 5:03 a.m.

So our employees had time to enjoy Christmas Eve, deadlines were earlier than usual Monday.

Egypt’s parliament awaits results on new constitution

posted: 12/25/2012 5:03 a.m.

Egypt’s president ordered parliament’s upper chamber to convene after the release of official results of a referendum on an Islamistbacked constitution that gives temporary legislative powers to the traditionally toothless chamber.

Names and faces

posted: 12/25/2012 5:02 a.m.

Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for British CNN host Piers Morgan to be deported from the U.S. over his gun-control views.

7 states propose allowing teachers to carry guns

posted: 12/25/2012 5:02 a.m.

As Congress gears up for a fight over possible new gun restrictions, lawmakers in some states have pushed in the opposite direction — to ease gun rules — since the Dec. 14 massacre of 20 first-graders and six women at a school in Newtown, Conn.

Children send handmade cards to Newtown

posted: 12/25/2012 5:02 a.m.

More messages of hope and solidarity poured into Newtown on Monday as the town prepared to observe Christmas Eve 10 days after the elementary school massacre that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and six teachers and administrators.

The nation in brief

posted: 12/25/2012 5:01 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It is incredibly irresponsible to leave our schools undefended — to allow mad men to kill dozens of innocents when we have a very simple solution available to us to prevent it.” Oklahoma state Rep. Mark McCullough, a Republican, as his state and several others consider laws allowing school workers to carry firearms Article, 3A Suspects stand trial in arson case INDIANAPOLIS — Residents whose Indianapolis homes were battered by a gas explosion and relatives of a couple who were killed packed a court hearing Monday for the three suspects charged with rigging the blast.

Federal workers get day off

posted: 12/25/2012 5 a.m.

’Twas the day before Christmas and all across the federal government, workers were enjoying an extra day off after President Barack Obama issued an executive order closing offices Monday and excusing all but postal service employees from duty.

Santa-tracking event turns 57

posted: 12/25/2012 5 a.m.

Volunteers pulled on their Santa hats and answered phones and monitored wall-size tracking screens as NORAD Tracks Santa began its 57th annual goodwill mission.

Senegal Muslims also observe Christmas

posted: 12/25/2012 4:59 a.m.

After prayers at the mosque, Ibrahim Lo is off to do some last minute Christmas shopping. Soon he is eyeing the rows of dolls wrapped in plastic bags on a wooden table as he searches for gifts for his four children.

1st inspector-general of Kenya police sworn in

posted: 12/25/2012 4:59 a.m.

Kenya on Monday swore in its first inspector-general of police, who vowed to fight terrorism and help prevent a repeat of ethnic violence that began in the country after the last general elections in 2007.

Syrian talks yield no negotiated solution

posted: 12/25/2012 4:58 a.m.

The international envoy to Syria said after talks with the country’s leader Monday that the situation was “worrying” and gave no indication of progress toward a negotiated solution for the civil war.

The world in brief

posted: 12/25/2012 4:57 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The situation in Syria is still worrying and we hope that all the parties will go toward the solution that the Syrian people are hoping for and look forward to.” Lakhdar Brahimi, U.N. envoy to Syria, after talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad Article, this page Al-Qaida militants killed in airstrike SANA, Yemen — A U.S. drone airstrike killed two al-Qaida militants Monday in a southern town, Yemeni security officials said, the latest in a years-long U.S. offensive against the branch the U.S. considers the violent extremists’ most dangerous.

City attorney: Motel’s delay not LR’s fault

posted: 12/25/2012 4:56 a.m.

A Pulaski County Circuit Court judge moved forward with sanctions against the city of Little Rock for what he said was intentional delay in allowing a once blighted extended-stay motel to reopen.

From old wars, peace of mind

posted: 12/25/2012 4:54 a.m.

Chris Alsbrook is a collector. And a latecomer, at that.

Passion Play fund started

posted: 12/25/2012 4:54 a.m.

The president of a gospel radio network is waging a last-minute effort to save the Great Passion Play near Eureka Springs.

Sharp County preps for alcohol

posted: 12/25/2012 4:53 a.m.

At least one restaurant in northern Sharp County is already serving drinks now.

Covering bed a way to cover history, 2 say

posted: 12/25/2012 4:53 a.m.

Two weavers have begun a two-year study of 26 pioneer bed coverlets.

Podiatrist adds hoofs to line

posted: 12/25/2012 4:52 a.m.

There aren’t many people qualified to work on the feet of both humans and horses.

De Queen gets grant to fluoridate water

posted: 12/25/2012 4:52 a.m.

De Queen is the latest Arkansas city to receive a grant to help cover the start-up costs to fluoridate its water system.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 12/25/2012 4:51 a.m.

Little Rock and North Little Rock police, and the Pulaski County sheriff’s offi ce will use radar to detect speeding at these locations. Police and sheriff’s deputies may conduct radar checks in other locations as well. Little Rock: Cantrell Road North Little Rock: Smokey Lane Pulaski County: Jacksonville-Conway Road

Too few men in primary grades

posted: 12/25/2012 4:51 a.m.

Men who teach are a minority in elementary classrooms.

SUV crash kills teen, hurts 4 others

posted: 12/25/2012 4:51 a.m.

A Smackover teenager was killed and four others were injured when a vehicle overturned in Union County early Monday morning.

Police beat

posted: 12/25/2012 4:50 a.m.

Man shot; caller says wrong person While on the way to the hospital to get treated for a gunshot wound Saturday night, a Little Rock man got a phone call: it was his shooter.

Obituaries

posted: 12/25/2012 4:49 a.m.

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

Christmas Day closings

posted: 12/25/2012 4:49 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules may be affected by the Christmas Day holiday today.

Obituary deadlines

posted: 12/25/2012 4:49 a.m.

Because of the weather forecast, today’s production deadlines were moved up. Obituaries for publication Wednesday must be submitted by noon today.

Shooting suspect held in Fort Smith

posted: 12/25/2012 4:49 a.m.

A Fort Smith man remained in the Sebastian County jail Monday in lieu of $75,000 bond after he was arrested Friday on a warrant charging him in the shooting of an Oklahoma man.

Other days

posted: 12/25/2012 4:48 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 25, 1912 Although Governor George W. Donaghey decided Monday night he did not care to become a moving picture hero, he yielded to the solicitation of Freeman Owens, representing the “Animated Weekly” company, yesterday morning and permitted Mr. Owens to picture him in the attitude of signing pardons. Mr. Owens also will make pictures of convict camps in the state, which will be thrown on the screen in all parts of the country.

The Shepherd’s Tale

posted: 12/25/2012 4:47 a.m.

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

A CHRISTMAS EDITORIAL: We wish you . . .

posted: 12/25/2012 4:47 a.m.

WE WISH YOU an Arkansas Christmas : A bright Christmas morning that wakes you at once. A cold Christmas night that lets you see your breath. The sun coming up over the open fields, the gentle mists that hide city towers. The bright sun and cool shadows that mark the Ozarks. The soft light that reveals the bottomlands and hardwoods of the Delta. The morning light glistening off the pines in the gentle rolling hills trailing off to the plains of the Southwest.

A break in time

posted: 12/25/2012 4:47 a.m.

After the repetitive course of the year, there comes a single glorious pause, both commencement and fruition at once, when time is measured not by the hours on the clock but by feelings in the heart.

One Solitary Life

posted: 12/25/2012 4:46 a.m.

He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never had a family or owned a home. He never set foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He never wrote a book, or held an office. He did none of the things that usually accompany greatness. While He was still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against Him.

True Santas of Christmas

posted: 12/25/2012 4:46 a.m.

The original version of this column was published in December of 2004, but remains just as relevant this morning.

Wonder of Christmas: Innocent again

posted: 12/25/2012 4:45 a.m.

Editor’s note: We hope you, our faithful readers, have enjoyed the past few weeks’ offerings of some of our columnists’ favorite columns while John Brummett took the last few Tuesdays off. His regular column will return January 1, but till then, enjoy this Christmas column, originally published Dec. 25, 2011.

Yes,Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

posted: 12/25/2012 4:45 a.m.

The following editorial, among the most famous ever written, appeared in the New York Sun in 1897: We take pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of the Sun.

LETTERS

posted: 12/25/2012 4:44 a.m.

Celebrating every day Two women in my life share Christmas on a daily basis. Their tender kindness and love go unseen by the public; you won’t see their smiling faces in the newspaper or on television.

New hire Thomas linked to Chaney

posted: 12/25/2012 4:43 a.m.

New Arkansas running backs coach Joel Thomas is eager to reunite with a mentor and take on the SEC challenge next season with the Razorbacks.

LIKE IT IS: Catching up with some Christmas wishes

posted: 12/25/2012 4:42 a.m.

Where did the time go? My intentions were good, but here it is Christmas Day and my list is still long for those who deserve something on this special day.

ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR: All year, Long: AD fires, hires, inspires

posted: 12/25/2012 4:42 a.m.

Athletic Director Jeff Long stood alone on a stage at Bud Walton Arena on the afternoon of April 10, and he stood tall.

Second thoughts

posted: 12/25/2012 4:41 a.m.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman played for San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh at Stanford and was on the Cardinal’s 2009 team that beat Southern Cal 55-21 in Los Angeles.

Osborne brought calm to Cornhuskers

posted: 12/25/2012 4:38 a.m.

It was homecoming 1991. Ninth-ranked Nebraska was favored by 35 points over Kansas State, still thought of as a woebegone program at the time with its best days still far on the horizon.

Paterno, Miller bookend year in deaths

posted: 12/25/2012 4:38 a.m.

He went to work where a statue of him stood outside the stadium, his place of business for more than a half-century. He would not live to see the statue hauled away.

State sports briefs

posted: 12/25/2012 4:37 a.m.

BASKETBALL UAM’s Forge honored by GAC Arkansas-Monticello senior guard Kori Forge has been named the Great American Conference men’s basketball player of the week after breaking the league’s single-game scoring record of 36 points in last Monday’s 79-71 nonconference victory over Southwest Baptist at home. Forge made 12 of 19 field goal attempts, including 6 of 12 from threepoint range. Forge also had a career-high eight assists. Throughout 10 games this season, Forge is currently leading the Great American Conference in scoring with an average of 22.3 points per game. FOOTBALL Former SAU coach Whittington dies Former Southern Arkansas University assistant football coach and longtime director of admissions James “Sonny” Whittington died Friday at the John R. Williamson Hospice House in El Dorado. He was 73. Born March 4, 1939 in Rison, Whittington first came to Southern Arkansas as a freshman from Rison in the fall of 1957 when the school was Southern State College. He finished his Mulerider career as an All-

Coaches come, coaches go

posted: 12/25/2012 4:36 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema has hired eight assistants, including one unnamed hire — linebackers coach who will be introduced once they complete their bowl responsibilities. Two full-time positions remain open.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Har-Ber junior gets acquainted with Bielema

posted: 12/25/2012 4:35 a.m.

CBS Sports Network national recruiting analyst Tom Lemming has defensive linemen Bijhon Jackson of El Dorado and Josh Frazier of Springdale Har-Ber on his list of the nation’s top 100 juniors.

Texas Tech suspends three players for bowl

posted: 12/25/2012 4:35 a.m.

A Texas Tech official said three Red Raiders won’t be playing against Minnesota in Friday’s Meineke Car Care Bowl because they violated team rules. Football program spokesman Blayne Beal on Monday would not divulge the rules violated. He said Red Raiders starting defensive back Cornelius Douglas, Chris Payne, a linebacker who played mostly on Texas Tech’s special teams, and backup defensive tackle Leon Mackey won’t play in the bowl game.

Eager Pagano returns to Colts

posted: 12/25/2012 4:34 a.m.

Chuck Pagano stepped to the podium Monday, hugged his team owner, thanked his family for its support and wiped a tear from his eye.

NFL notes

posted: 12/25/2012 4:32 a.m.

EAGLES Vick likely to start PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Nick Foles has a broken right hand, and Coach Andy Reid said Michael Vick will likely start against the New York Giants in Sunday’s season finale. Reid said Monday that Foles broke his throwing hand in the second quarter of a 27-20 loss to Washington, but returned to the game after X-rays at the stadium were negative. Vick hasn’t played since suffering a concussion during a loss to the Cowboys on Nov. 11. He was recently cleared to return. “There’s a pretty good chance Michael will be the starter,” Reid said. “That’s what we’re looking at right now. That’s the direction I’m going as we speak right now.” The Eagles (4-11 ) went 1-5 with the 23-year-old Foles as the starter. “I banged it up a little in the first half,” he said. “It didn’t affect my throwing at all.” A magnetic resonance imaging taken Monday revealed a hairline fracture, Reid said. Reid added because it’s a nondisplaced fracture, Foles should be 100 percent in abou

Playoffs or bust for Cowboys (8-7)

posted: 12/25/2012 4:32 a.m.

The Dallas Cowboys should know this drill by now.

Schedule-makers hit mark

posted: 12/25/2012 4:31 a.m.

The NBA’s hottest team will be playing at home in Los Angeles, and it’s the Clippers, not the Lakers. There’s an NBA Finals rematch in Miami, a holiday matinee in Brooklyn, N.Y., Kobe Bryant vs. the New York Knicks and the 20th anniversary of one of Michael Jordan’s most memorable games in Chicago.

Brewer becomes ‘glue guy’ for Knicks

posted: 12/25/2012 4:31 a.m.

Former Arkansas guard Ronnie Brewer said having a chance to win an NBA championship was his main reason for signing with the New York Knicks as a free agent last summer. He signed a one-year deal for the NBA veteran minimum of $1.4 million.

Arkansas women enter poll at No. 25

posted: 12/25/2012 4:30 a.m.

Arkansas’ women’s basketball team is nationally ranked for the first time in two years. The Razorbacks (11-1 ) are No. 25 in The Associated Press poll released Monday. It’s the first ranking for the Razorbacks since they were in the AP poll for eight consecutive games from late December to late January — going as high as No. 20 — during the 2010-2011 season. They started that season 14-1, but finished 22-12, including 6-10 in the SEC. Arkansas never got into the AP poll last season despite going 24-9 overall and 10-6 in SEC play, making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003 and going 4-3 against ranked teams, including a 72-71 overtime victory at No. 6 Tennessee. Arkansas has won eight in a row since losing to then-No. 13 Oklahoma 73-70 in Hawaii on Nov. 23. The Razorbacks beat then-No. 17 Kansas 64-64 at Walton Arena on Dec. 6. Arkansas plays Coppin State at 7 p.m. Friday in Walton Arena.

African athletes boost Syracuse

posted: 12/25/2012 4:30 a.m.

One is a wiry 6-10 and swoops down the court, manning the middle of Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim’s famed zone defense.

Shoppers go to the last; busy, say malls in state

posted: 12/25/2012 4:28 a.m.

Holiday shoppers descended on malls over the weekend and on Monday in a last-minute dash to buy gifts amid concerns about the nation’s economy and the impasse in Washington over taxes and spending.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 12/25/2012 4:27 a.m.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Louisiana’s harvests this year include record yields for at least five crops — corn, soybeans, cotton, grain sorghum and rice. Sugar cane is still being harvested and could be near a record.

Caution costly as markets log gains

posted: 12/25/2012 4:27 a.m.

Americans have missed out on almost $200 billion of stock gains as they drained money from the market over the past four years out of worries over the financial crisis.

Brands revive ‘Made in USA’

posted: 12/25/2012 4:26 a.m.

Brands reviving the “Made in the USA” slogan to attract buyers for American-produced goods are relying less on patriotism and more on data that shows consumers are willing to pay a premium for better quality, quicker availability and product safety.

Scientists seek tasty, low-salt cheese

posted: 12/25/2012 4:26 a.m.

From soup to nuts, supermarket shelves teem with products trumpeting their reduced-salt status. Not in the cheese cooler, though.

S&P slashes rating for Egypt to level of Greece, Pakistan

posted: 12/25/2012 4:25 a.m.

Egypt’s long-term credit rating was cut to the same junk level as Greece by Standard & Poor’s Monday as escalating political tension in the North African nation may render aid from the International Monetary Fund “inactive.” The most-populous Arab country’s rating was lowered by one level to Bsix steps below investment grade, with a negative outlook, S&P said.

At year end, ‘fiscal cliff’ adds tax-planning complications

posted: 12/25/2012 4:25 a.m.

The “fiscal cliff” has made year-end financial planning especially daunting this year.

Business news in brief

posted: 12/25/2012 4:25 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Some customers think that the Americanmade label may just be window dressing and companies can be reluctant to use it.” Dave Schiff, co-founder of Made Movement, a Boulder, Colo., advertising firm, about the hesitation by some companies to use the “Made in the USA” label. Article, 1D Oil prices slip ahead of Christmas NEW YORK — The price of oil fell slightly Monday during a shortened pre-Christmas trading day.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks dip on budget-deal doubt

posted: 12/25/2012 4:24 a.m.

Stocks fell in light trading Monday during a shortened holiday trading session with lawmakers running out of time to reach a budget deal that would prevent the U.S. government from going over the so-called fiscal cliff.

Bizarre but true

posted: 12/25/2012 4:23 a.m.

Did you know that Arkansas has not only a Fouke Monster, but a Heber Springs Water Panther? And that the Tantrabobus is an Ozark nickname for monsters?

WHAT’S IN A DAME: Society cooks up Taste of Hope gift

posted: 12/25/2012 4:23 a.m.

By now you’ve planned, prepared and even partaken of the Christmas dinner.

MUSIC: Singer-songwriters team up for show

posted: 12/25/2012 4:22 a.m.

Many musical acts that share a bill are often thrown together. The performers work a stage for one night, but when the show is over they go their separate ways.

MOVIES: Django, Les Mis out today

posted: 12/25/2012 4:22 a.m.

Several new movies get a Christmas-day release. Deadfall R Everything that could go wrong for siblings on the run from a casino heist pretty much does. With Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Sissy Spacek, Kris Kristofferson ; directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky. (93 minutes) Opens today Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel PG-13 Filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland takes a documentary look at the so-called “Empress of Fashion,” who launched the career of Twiggy, advised Jackie Onassis and worked for 25 years as the fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar

THE TV COLUMN: Was Sopranos final scene unskillfully executed?

posted: 12/25/2012 4:21 a.m.

It’s Christmas Day and the usual television programming is off enjoying time with family and friends.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 12/25/2012 4:21 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: A friend said once that the birth of Jesus was the most important event in human history. I don’t really agree. After all, lots of great people have been born over the centuries, so what makes Jesus so special? — A.B. DEAR A.B.: Today, Christians around the world will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ more than 2,000 years ago, and the reason is because they — like your friend — are convinced Jesus was the most important person who ever lived. We say this because Jesus Christ was more than just another great philosopher or religious teacher. The Bible tells us that He was God in human flesh — that is, He was fully man and fully God. At Christmas, God came down from heaven and became a tiny baby, and that baby was Jesus! Jesus wasn’t just a godly man, He was God himself in human form.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/25/2012 4:21 a.m.

Happy birthday. Intrigue surrounds you — an accidental beneÿ t of your recent choices. Relationships heat up over the next seven weeks.You’ll charm your way into an exclusive arrangement and experience the best of what’s available. You’ll take February’s training to the bank. April brings a proÿ table sale.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 12/25/2012 4:20 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: A lady wrote in about getting so many calendars at the end of each year and not knowing a good place to take them.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Digs about spending hurt

posted: 12/25/2012 4:20 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My friend has children. I don’t.

That Elf on the Shelf guy? Either love him or hate him

posted: 12/25/2012 4:20 a.m.

Christa Pitts, understandably, is a little taken aback when I confess that I’ve dreamed about her. A mean, mean dream.

Super Quiz: Christmas Day

posted: 12/25/2012 4:20 a.m.

1. What are the two traditional Christmas colors?

Ugly Christmas sweaters become hit of the party

posted: 12/25/2012 4:19 a.m.

A holiday sweater decorated with dancing snowmen in ski hats rarely has qualified as high fashion. But never have such festive frocks been so joyfully and openly ridiculed as they are today.

Monday, December 24

Arkansas women receive top 25 ranking

posted: 12/24/2012 5:06 p.m.

The Razorbacks (11-1) are No. 25 in The Associated Press poll released Monday.

Pope lights Christmas candle in his Vatican window

posted: 12/24/2012 11:52 a.m.

Pope Benedict XVI has lit a Christmas peace candle set on the windowsill of his private studio.

Little-known Arkansas facts

posted: 12/24/2012 11:21 a.m.

In Tuesday’s Style Helaine R. Williams asks: Did you know that Arkansas has not only a Fouke Monster, but a Heber Springs Water Panther? And that the Tantrabobus is an Ozark nickname for monsters?

Economy weighs on shoppers in final holiday dash to mall

posted: 12/24/2012 11:19 a.m.

Holiday shoppers descended on malls over the weekend in a last-minute dash to buy gifts amid concerns about the nation’s economy and the impasse in Washington over taxes and spending.

One teen killed, four hurt in early morning wreck

posted: 12/24/2012 9:58 a.m.

One teen was killed and four others were injured in a single-vehicle accident early Monday in Union County.

Victim chases after gunman after being shot in LR

posted: 12/24/2012 9:41 a.m.

Police say a Little Rock man suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being shot in the side Sunday afternoon.

N.Y. gunman had served time in grandmother's death

updated: 12/24/2012 1:41 p.m.

Police in New York state say a man who ambushed firefighters had served 17 years for manslaughter in the death of his grandmother.

Man shot at LR apartment complex

posted: 12/24/2012 9:26 a.m.

A Little Rock man was shot in the leg Sunday as he got out of his car at an apartment complex.

Attacker calls as victim on way to hospital, says shooting a mistake

posted: 12/24/2012 9:19 a.m.

Authorities are investigating after a Little Rock man was hit in the back of the head in a shooting that one of the attackers later admitted was supposed to be directed at someone else, police said.

Arkansas hires Thomas to coach running backs

posted: 12/24/2012 8:16 a.m.

Washington running backs coach Joel Thomas will join the Razorbacks' coaching staff, it was announced Monday.

Winter storm watches, warnings cover much of state

posted: 12/24/2012 7:26 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued winter storm watches and warnings for a large swath of Arkansas as a Christmas Day system looks to drop significant snow on the state.

DUI charge, Jan. 4 court date for Idaho Sen. Crapo

posted: 12/24/2012 7:13 a.m.

A conservative U.S. senator from Idaho who has said he doesn’t drink because of his Mormon faith has been charged with drunken driving.

Phone lines ready for 2012 NORAD Tracks Santa

posted: 12/24/2012 6:53 a.m.

Volunteers are pulling on their Santa hats, phone lines are in place and wall-size tracking screens are ready. NORAD Tracks Santa is primed for its 57th annual goodwill mission.

U.N. envoy worried after talks with Syria’s Assad

posted: 12/24/2012 6:46 a.m.

The international envoy tasked with pushing to end Syria’s civil war said after talks with President Bashar Assad on Monday that the situation is still “worrying” and gave no indication of progress toward a negotiated solution to the conflict.

Indian Jews from 'lost tribe’ move to Israel

posted: 12/24/2012 6:45 a.m.

Dozens of Jews who claim to be the descendants of a lost biblical Jewish tribe have emigrated to Israel from their village in northeastern India.

Afghan policewoman kills U.S. adviser in Kabul

updated: 12/24/2012 11:16 a.m.

An Afghan policewoman walked into a high-security compound in Kabul on Monday and killed an American contractor with a single bullet to the chest, the first such shooting by a woman in a spate of insider attacks by Afghans against their foreign allies.

In the news

posted: 12/24/2012 5:20 a.m.

Dylan Gowens, 5, whose family lost their Galena, Kan., home in a fire last month, and is living in a Joplin, Mo., hotel, was the victim of a Grinch who stole Christmas presents for the boy from a mini-storage unit his mother was renting.

Syria airstrike at bakery kills 60, group says

posted: 12/24/2012 5:19 a.m.

A government airstrike on a bakery in a rebel-held town in central Syria killed more than 60 people Sunday, activists said, casting a pall over a visit by the international envoy tasked with negotiating an end to the country’s civil war.

As ‘cliff’ nears, legislators playing the blame game

posted: 12/24/2012 5:19 a.m.

Lawmakers bickered Sunday over who’s to blame for lurching the country toward a yearend “fiscal cliff,” bemoaning the lack of a deal days before the deadline but bridging no differences in the debate.

Egypt opposition claims vote fraud

posted: 12/24/2012 5:18 a.m.

Egypt’s opposition said Sunday that it will keep fighting the Islamist backed constitution after the Muslim Brotherhood, the main group backing the charter, claimed it passed with a 64 percent “yes” vote in a referendum.

Christmas to go on as bells toll for kids

posted: 12/24/2012 5:17 a.m.

Bells and lights and gifts: These have always shown it’s Christmastime. But this year, in this town, the bells toll in mourning. The brightest lights glare from TV satellite trucks. And gifts? Some around town suggest that presents and other rituals really ought to be put off in this joyless season.

NRA vows to oppose new gun restrictions

posted: 12/24/2012 5:16 a.m.

Leaders of the National Rifle Association said Sunday that they would fight any new gun restrictions introduced in Congress, and they made clear that they were not interested in working with President Barack Obama to help develop a broad response to the Connecticut school massacre.

Names and faces

posted: 12/24/2012 5:16 a.m.

Jake Tapper is leaving the White House beat at ABC News to become CNN’s chief Washington correspondent and anchor of a onehour weekday news program.

The nation in brief

posted: 12/24/2012 5:16 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “If it’s a panel that’s just going to be made up of a bunch of people that, for the last 20 years, have been trying to destroy the Second Amendment, I’m not interested in sitting on that panel.” National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre, rejecting a task force led by Vice President Joe Biden that is examining ways to reduce gun violence Article, 2A Senators doubt Hagel confirmation WASHINGTON — Two senators predicted Sunday that former Sen. Chuck Hagel would face a difficult confirmation if nominated by President Barack Obama to be defense secretary.

Audits for illegal aliens on payrolls hit record

posted: 12/24/2012 5:15 a.m.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reached its highest number yet of companies audited for suspicion of having illegal aliens on their payrolls this past fiscal year.

After Sandy, few tests at toxic sites

posted: 12/24/2012 5:15 a.m.

For more than a month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has said that the recent superstorm didn’t cause significant problems at any of the 247 Superfund toxic waste sites it’s monitoring in New York and New Jersey.

Obama to plan pullout

posted: 12/24/2012 5:14 a.m.

President Barack Obama will decide in the coming weeks how many American troops to send home from Afghanistan next year. A major factor in his decision will be the question of how successful U.S. troops have been in preparing the Afghans to secure their country at bases like this one, located in one of the country’s most violent areas — the birthplace of the Taliban.

Arrests lead to al-Maliki protests in Iraq

posted: 12/24/2012 5:13 a.m.

Thousands of protesters demonstrated Sunday in Iraq’s western Sunni heartland after the arrest of bodyguards assigned to the finance minister, briefly blocking the main highway linking Baghdad with neighboring nations Jordan and Syria.

The world in brief

posted: 12/24/2012 5:13 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We don’t think the results reflect the true desires of the Egyptian people.” Khaled Dawoud, spokesman for the Egyptian opposition National Salvation Front on the country’s passed constitutional referendum Article, 1A Rebels seize town in Central Africa BANGUI, Central African Republic — Rebels in Central African Republic have taken the key town of Bambari under their control just days after they said they were halting their advance, officials and residents said Sunday.

Historic theater to get face-lift

posted: 12/24/2012 5:10 a.m.

Plans to restore the carriage entrance of the New Theatre aim to recreate the elegance of a building that has lain dormant on downtown’s 10th Street since the late 1970s.

Obituaries

posted: 12/24/2012 5:09 a.m.

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

Christmas Day closings

posted: 12/24/2012 5:08 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules may be affected by the Christmas Day Holiday on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 12/24/2012 5:08 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: North Hughes Street North Little Rock: McCain Boulevard Pulaski County: Rixie Road

Other days

posted: 12/24/2012 5:08 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 24, 1912 Governor George W.

Fire upgrade spurs bridge concerns

posted: 12/24/2012 5:07 a.m.

A discussion about buying new fire engines for volunteer fire departments has led Benton County officials to study the county’s bridges to see if they can handle the increasing load of heavy vehicles.

Obituary deadlines

posted: 12/24/2012 5:07 a.m.

Because of production deadlines on Christmas Eve, obituaries for publication in Tuesday’s editions must be submitted by noon today.

Education notebook

posted: 12/24/2012 4:58 a.m.

LR official aims to boost security The safety and security measures in the Little Rock School District will be upgraded in 2013 if Superintendent Morris Holmes’ plans come to fruition.

Texarkana gives OK to ’13 budget

posted: 12/24/2012 4:58 a.m.

The Texarkana city budget was approved recently after questions about rising costs and some programs’ funding being cut to keep a finance position.

Police beat

posted: 12/24/2012 4:57 a.m.

Waffle House trip ends in 2 arrests An Ohio man was arrested early Sunday morning after being chased by North Little Rock police in a pursuit where all traffic laws were “obeyed,” arrest reports said.

State board faces choice on Weiner High’s fate

posted: 12/24/2012 4:57 a.m.

The Harrisburg School District plans to close Weiner High School, but the decision will be left up to the state.

Man with knife killed by deputy, police say

posted: 12/24/2012 4:56 a.m.

A McNeil man was shot and killed by a Columbia County sheriff’s deputy after he approached the deputy with a knife late Saturday morning, according to investigators.

Train strikes, kills couple at U.S. 65

posted: 12/24/2012 4:56 a.m.

Two people died after their car was struck by a train in Desha County early Thursday morning.

Merry online shopping

posted: 12/24/2012 4:53 a.m.

Nothing says Christmas to me like the words “free shipping.” The last hurdle on my way to full-online shopping has been cleared by retailers who got the message I sent last year: I am not paying for shipping.

Bring some light

posted: 12/24/2012 4:52 a.m.

After superstorm Sandy and the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, there’s no denying it’s been a heartbreaking and fatiguing few months. The suffering we’ve either seen on our television screens or experienced directly makes many of us want to cry out: “Enough already.” It’s natural, and totally understandable, to be tired, sad and cynical. Yet it’s precisely now that we need to muster our strength, look out for each other and figure out ways to keep lending everyone a helping hand.

Ring the bell

posted: 12/24/2012 4:51 a.m.

Christmas Eve’s a sorry riddle — Two sides split right down the middle: Half want Santa’s sleigh to fly Left! — A blue streak in the sky; But half say no, and point him Right! — Up all night, a red-eye flight. Rudolph leads the “Fly Right” corps, With Tiny Tim, Mark Darr and more, Including Dasher, Dancer, Vixen, Steve Womack and his pal, Blitzen — All inspired by Rudolph’s nose To load the sleigh with bright-red bows. Frosty adds his rotund heft To those who holler, “Left! — fly left!” Mark Pryor, Mike Beebe join the cause To save what’s left of Santa Claus, And Comet, Cupid, elves, et al. March left-left-left, around the mall. Jack Frost and his fellow sprite Rick Crawford enter scene: Stage right. Bob Cratchit pours the chocolate sauce To middle left, across Mike Ross; Tom Cotton takes a right-brain view On what goes down the chimney flue. Two turtle doves and three French hens Take wing, just like Tim Griffin’s friends: Ten lords a’leaping to the right, At quite a terrifying height, And coming down ka-thu

Jingle all the way

posted: 12/24/2012 4:50 a.m.

Numerous studies have shown that during the Holiday Season, a season that in more reasonable times was known as the Christmas Season, there is an inexplicable rise in depression. In fact, high-dollar, overpaid, overeducated psychologists, psychiatrists and sociologists have a high-falutin’ name for it that even us low-falutin ’ folks can understand—depression.

The GOP Bible Belt blues

posted: 12/24/2012 4:50 a.m.

Mitt Romney apparently got a larger percentage of the white vote than any presidential candidate since 1984. The problem was that the white vote in 1984 was 88 percent of the electorate. It is now only 72 percent.

LETTERS

posted: 12/24/2012 4:49 a.m.

For needy, not greedy I remember a joyous Christmas morning, I awoke to find a little brown paper bag at the foot of my bed containing an apple, an orange, some nuts and candy. I was told it was from Santa Claus.

Express yourself

posted: 12/24/2012 4:49 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette welcomes your opinions. Unfortunately, not all letters received can be published in the space available. Clarity, brevity and originality are particularly valued in letters to the editor.

NFL WEEK 16: Dallas loses game, not playoff shot

posted: 12/24/2012 4:48 a.m.

Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys are in the same situation they would have been if they had been able to complete their comeback against New Orleans.

In the spotlight

posted: 12/24/2012 4:48 a.m.

Robert Griffin III threw two touchdown passes in his first game back from a knee injury, Kai Forbath set the NFL record for consecutive field goals to begin a career and the Washington Redskins held on to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20 for their sixth consecutive victory. Nick Foles drove the Eagles to the Redskins 5 before his intentional grounding penalty ended the game. The Redskins (9-6 ) can clinch the NFC East with a victory over Dallas at home next Sunday. The Redskins haven’t won it since 1999 and last reached the playoffs in 2007. They could still back into the postseason with a loss. 4C

Second thoughts

posted: 12/24/2012 4:45 a.m.

Coin thieves get big jump, steal on Fisk In the annals of oddball crime, former Boston Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk can now see his name inscribed.

Calipari works to harness Goodwin

posted: 12/24/2012 4:45 a.m.

One sparkled, the other struggled.

Off the wire

posted: 12/24/2012 4:43 a.m.

Nick Swisher has agreed to join the Cleveland Indians.“Hey Cleveland, are you ready? Because I’m coming home,” Swisher posted on his Twitter account today. Swisher, 32, who spent the past four Major League Baseball seasons with the New York Yankees, has agreed to a four-year contract worth $56 million, making him the biggest free-agent signing in Indians history, MLB.com reported. Swisher also has a $14 million option for 2017, it said. Cleveland hired Terry Francona as manager after finishing fourth in the American League Central following a 94-loss season.

Redskins win sixth consecutive

posted: 12/24/2012 4:43 a.m.

Robert Griffin III showed he can win games without using his legs. One more victory puts the Washington Redskins in the playoffs.

NFL report

posted: 12/24/2012 4:42 a.m.

Rookies making marks Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck surpassed Cam Newton’s year-old record for yards passing by a rookie when he had 123 in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Ravens stomp slumping Giants

posted: 12/24/2012 4:42 a.m.

A celebration four weeks in the making featured laughs and hugs, a surprise appearance by team owner Steve Bisciotti and the distribution of hats announcing the Baltimore Ravens’ stature as AFC North champions.

Rookie Luck puts Colts in playoffs

posted: 12/24/2012 4:41 a.m.

The expectations placed upon Andrew Luck almost seemed unfair.

Wilson, Seahawks take down 49ers

posted: 12/24/2012 4:41 a.m.

Fueled by its deafening home crowd, the Seattle Seahawks locked up their spot in the postseason Sunday night.

Retailers tap e-mail to pull in customers

posted: 12/24/2012 4:39 a.m.

Even as retailers debate the efficacy of social-media marketing on Facebook and Twitter, they have no doubts about the power of a decades-old technology to drive sales. The killer app is called e-mail.

High-tech machines let it snow

posted: 12/24/2012 4:39 a.m.

Mother Nature has been a fickle manager of snowfall lately, sending an avalanche of powder to ski resorts across the country two years ago, followed by the least amount of snowfall in decades last winter.

For efficiency, UPS looks down road

posted: 12/24/2012 4:38 a.m.

When Keith Short began delivering packages for UPS 23 years ago, he used bulky pads of paper to track parcels and pens that froze in the cold.

Hardware giants HP, Intel invest in software to diversify offerings

posted: 12/24/2012 4:37 a.m.

Even though Hewlett-Packard’s purchase of Autonomy has turned into a multibillion-dollar misadventure, that hasn’t stopped it or other Silicon Valley tech giants from making more big bets to bolster their software offerings.

Technology news in brief

posted: 12/24/2012 4:36 a.m.

Facebook says it is testing a service that will charge users $1 to guarantee that messages they send to people they are not connected to arrive in users’ inboxes, rather than in an often-ignored folder called “other.” Launched in 2011, the “other” folder is where Facebook routes messages it deems less relevant. Not quite spam, these include messages from people who users most likely don’t know, based on Facebook’s reading of users’ social connections. Many users ignore this folder.

ON COMPUTERS: New computer creates files-transfer headache

posted: 12/24/2012 4:36 a.m.

Getting a new computer can be a hassle if you’ve got lots of programs left behind on your old one. You would think that using a drive image program to copy everything from the old drive to DVD or other storage medium would work just fine. Surprise!

Dead Sea Scrolls go high-tech

posted: 12/24/2012 4:35 a.m.

More than six decades since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls — and thousands of years after they were written — Israel last week put 5,000 images of the ancient biblical artifacts online in a partnership with Google.

Hulu says its revenue for year up 65%

posted: 12/24/2012 4:34 a.m.

Online video service Hulu said last week that revenue this year will grow about 65 percent to $695 million.

Facebook fights order on fake names

posted: 12/24/2012 4:34 a.m.

Facebook will fight a German privacy watchdog’s demand to allow users to register with fake names, insisting last week that its current practice fully complies with the law.

Manly approach often goes astray

posted: 12/24/2012 4:33 a.m.

Here’s a prediction almost guaranteed to come true: January will see many middle-aged men resolve to get in shape once and for all.

Why do accomplished runners inspire a backlash of resentment?

posted: 12/24/2012 4:31 a.m.

From the moment it appeared online in November, an editorial in the journal Heart became a Rorschach test for opinions about runners.

ASK THE TRAINER: Back pain common problem for many

posted: 12/24/2012 4:30 a.m.

Q: Many friends call me a gym rat, and I would have to agree. I am in my mid-40 s, thin and fit, exercise five or six days a week and walk 18 holes of golf any time the weather permits. Despite my level of fitness, I (as well as a number of people I know) suffer from lower back pain. Can you explain why this is and offer some suggestions for strengthening this sensitive area to reduce future pain?

Happy trails: State Capitol

posted: 12/24/2012 4:30 a.m.

STATE CAPITOL Location: Go inside to the visitor center and get the brochure “A Walk on the Hill.” Begin your exterior hike at the corner of Woodlane and Fourth streets.

Don’t ask celery or carrots to save you from stress

posted: 12/24/2012 4:29 a.m.

Facing down a man-eating lion is not the same as facing down an Excel spreadsheet, but try explaining that to your body’s stress receptors.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 12/24/2012 4:29 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Why was Jesus born in a stable instead of in someplace impressive, like a palace? Wouldn’t people have paid more attention to him if his parents had been important people instead of ordinary peasants? I’ve always wondered about this. — K.R. DEAR K.R.: You can be confi dent that God was in control of every detail of Jesus’ birth, including where he would be born, and to whom. And you also can be confident that it was God’s will for his son to be born in a stable instead of a palace.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/24/2012 4:29 a.m.

Happy birthday. Six months from now, you’ll be in a much improved place because of the choices and sacriÿ ces you make in the next ÿ ve weeks. Putting your personal ambitions aside for a few weeks, you’ll rise to a higher vantage point where you will see an ideal next move. Aries and Virgo people adore you.

REALLY?

posted: 12/24/2012 4:28 a.m.

Pain can interfere with sleep; does lack of sleep make the pain worse?

Grapefruit, its juice don’t mix with drugs

posted: 12/24/2012 4:28 a.m.

Twenty years ago, Canadian researchers discovered that grapefruit interferes with the body’s metabolism of certain drugs, including the immunosuppressant cyclosporine and at least one drug used to treat high blood pressure.

Fitness plans need attitude adjustment

posted: 12/24/2012 4:28 a.m.

Rod Dishman, director of the exercise psychology laboratory at the University of Georgia, is annoyed when students enroll in one of the fitness classes offered at his university. Because it’s a class in walking.

Mobile devices detract from crossing the street

posted: 12/24/2012 4:28 a.m.

Research suggests that people who cross the street while using mobile devices are dangerously distracted from the task at hand: getting across quickly and safely.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 12/24/2012 4:27 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Here is this week’s sound off, about measuring lines on laundrydetergent caps: “When pouring laundry detergent, you have to look for lines and numbers inside the cap for measurements.

Super Quiz: Eve

posted: 12/24/2012 4:27 a.m.

1. In what book is Eve, the first woman, mentioned ? 2. The last day of the year 3. Provide a homonym for eve 4. A less common name for Halloween 5. Who portrayed the title character in the ÿ lm All About Eve? 6. She starred on TV as Our Miss Brooks. 7. What eve is June 23? 8. Who wrote the poem “The Eve of St. Agnes” ? 9. What or who is Mitochondrial Eve? Answers 1. The Bible 2. New Year’s Eve 3. Eave 4. All Hallow’s Eve 5. Anne Baxter 6. Eve Arden 7. Midsummer’s Eve (also called St. John’s Eve) 8. John Keats 9. The most recent common maternal ancestor of modern humans

MASTER CLASS: Goals should be quantifiable

posted: 12/24/2012 4:27 a.m.

With Old Man Winter breathing down our necks and the new year upon us, the fitness swell begins to gain momentum for 2013. Naturally, we begin to consider our fitness goals for the coming year and wonder how we can achieve them.

Repairs left to do won’t block trail

posted: 12/24/2012 4:26 a.m.

North Little Rock has completed work on sections of the Arkansas River Trail where detours were not an option.

NBA: Anthony spearheads Knicks’ rally, victory

posted: 12/24/2012 4:21 a.m.

Carmelo Anthony scored 19 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, rallying the New York Knicks to a 94-91 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night.

HOG CALLS: Offensive line priority for Bielema

posted: 12/24/2012 1:41 a.m.

Barring developments, former Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino recruited only two offensive linemen equal or better to who Houston Nutt brought to the Razorbacks.

He’s got next

posted: 12/24/2012 12:47 a.m.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has 1,898 rushing yards this season, leaving him 102 yards shy of joining the exclusive club of running backs who’ve rushed for 2,000 yards in a season and 207 yards from the single-season rushing record held by former Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson.

UA coach no Ebenezer Anderson

posted: 12/24/2012 12:46 a.m.

Arkansas forwards Marshawn Powell and Jacorey Williams sounded a little concerned about Coach Mike Anderson giving the players a break for Christmas.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Christmas websites offer activities, tips on de-stressing

posted: 12/24/2012 12:37 a.m.

Merry Christmas Eve to everyone!

Public not using donation boxes

posted: 12/24/2012 12:17 a.m.

In 2008, in an attempt to cut down on the number of people panhandling on the streets of downtown Little Rock, officials with the Little Rock Downtown Partnership and the Southside Main Street Project placed 28 “Change for the Better” donation boxes on well-traveled corners.

Man killed in ’11 rescue deemed hero

posted: 12/24/2012 12:12 a.m.

Margie Self doesn’t hesitate to call her late son-inlaw a hero.

NLR finance chief puts off retirement

posted: 12/24/2012 12:11 a.m.

After 33 years as North Little Rock’s finance director, Bob Sisson said he is putting off retirement a little while longer to help the new mayoral administration get started.

Agency aims to spark creativity

posted: 12/24/2012 12:11 a.m.

Metroplan wants to tap the imaginations of central Arkansas residents to figure out what the region should look like in 30 years.

City saddles up, wise-men style

posted: 12/24/2012 12:09 a.m.

Every Christmas season for the past 10 years, a retired camel from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus has been on the downtown Fayetteville square providing rides.

Sunday, December 23

Navy SEAL died of apparent suicide, officials say

posted: 12/23/2012 4:24 p.m.

U.S. military officials are investigating the apparent suicide of a Navy SEAL commander in Afghanistan.

Hagel would face tough confirmation, senators say

updated: 12/23/2012 3:13 p.m.

Two senators predicted Sunday that former Sen. Chuck Hagel would face a difficult confirmation if nominated by President Barack Obama to be defense secretary.

De Queen receives fluoridation grant

posted: 12/23/2012 1:19 p.m.

The western Arkansas city of De Queen has received a more than $17,000 grant to cover the startup costs of adding fluoride to its water system.

Puntland troops rescue hostages on hijacked ship

posted: 12/23/2012 1:16 p.m.

Forces of Somalia's semiautonomous Puntland region raided a hijacked ship and safely rescued 22 hostages who had been held captive for nearly three years, authorities said Sunday.

Construction of Texarkana roads slated for 2013

posted: 12/23/2012 12:40 p.m.

Drivers in Texarkana, Ark., can expect to see orange construction barrels in the new year.

South Africa: Mandela's hospital stay extended

posted: 12/23/2012 10:36 a.m.

Former South African leader Nelson Mandela will probably spend Christmas Day in a hospital because his doctors want to be satisfied his health has improved satisfactorily before sending him home, a South African media outlet reported Sunday.

Power restored to most Entergy Arkansas customers

posted: 12/23/2012 10:35 a.m.

Power has been restored to most Entergy Arkansas customers who lost electricity in this week’s storms and high winds.

Egypt opposition alleges vote fraud in referendum

posted: 12/23/2012 10:20 a.m.

Egypt's opposition called Sunday for an investigation into allegations of vote fraud in the referendum on a deeply divisive Islamist-backed constitution after the Muslim Brotherhood, the main group backing the charter, claimed it passed with a 64 percent "yes" vote.

Airstrikes kills tens near Hama, Syrian activists say

updated: 12/23/2012 4:36 p.m.

Anti-regime activists in Syria said a government airstrike has killed tens of people in a town near the central city of Hama.

Former President Bush still hospitalized

posted: 12/23/2012 10:07 a.m.

Doctors said former President George H.W. Bush needs to “build up his energy” before he can be released from a Houston hospital.

Memorial service for Inouye held in Hawaii

updated: 12/23/2012 4:32 p.m.

The late Sen. Daniel Inouye was remembered Sunday as an American hero whose legacy as a war veteran and longtime senator would be felt across Hawaii for years to come.

Audits of businesses for illegal immigrants rising

posted: 12/23/2012 9:53 a.m.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reached its highest number yet of companies audited for illegal immigrants on their payrolls this past fiscal year.

Lieberman fears country may go over ‘fiscal cliff’

updated: 12/23/2012 11:23 a.m.

Sen. Joe Lieberman says he feels “it’s more likely than not” that the country will go over the “fiscal cliff” now that House anti-tax rebels rejected Speaker John Boehner’s plan because it would raise rates on million-dollar earners.

Monti says he won’t run for Italian premier

posted: 12/23/2012 9:39 a.m.

Italy’s caretaker Premier Mario Monti said Sunday he won’t run in February elections, but if political parties that back his anti-crisis agenda ask him to head the next government he would consider the offer.

Iraqi protestors block highway to Jordan, Syria

posted: 12/23/2012 9:32 a.m.

Witnesses said thousands of protesters have demonstrated in Iraq’s western Sunni heartland following the arrest of bodyguards assigned to the finance minister, who draws support from the area.

Egypt’s charter seen getting ‘yes’ majority

posted: 12/23/2012 4:27 a.m.

Egypt’s Islamist-backed constitution received a “yes” majority in a final round of voting on a referendum that saw a low voter turnout, but the deep divisions it has opened up threaten to fuel continued turmoil.

Toys, cash pour in for sad Newtown

posted: 12/23/2012 4:27 a.m.

Newtown’s children were showered with gifts Saturday — tens of thousands of teddy bears, Barbie dolls, soccer balls and board games — but they were only a part of the tokens of support from around the world for the city in mourning.

Russia: Won’t shoo Assad out

posted: 12/23/2012 4:25 a.m.

The foreign minister of Russia, which is among Syria’s most reliable allies, said Saturday that several countries were offering asylum to President Bashar Assad to get him to leave Syria but that Moscow would not mediate on their behalf, according to Russian news services.

U.S. unmasked in the abstract

posted: 12/23/2012 4:21 a.m.

College graduates have less leisure time than high school dropouts. More people are injured on toilets than by skiing or snowboarding. More households have dogs as pets than cats, but cat lovers are more likely to have multiple pets. And more foreigners visited New York (9.3 million) than any other U.S. city (Los Angeles was a distant second with 3.7 million ).

Wisteria’s Key West fans thwart its development for now: Records suggest U.S. still owns scruffy isle

posted: 12/23/2012 4:21 a.m.

In the middle of Key West Harbor, there’s a modern-day Gilligan’s Island just a short dinghy ride from Schooner’s Wharf. It’s 21 acres of wild green space with a rusting barbecue grill and an empty beer keg swinging from a tree.

U.S. judge gives final OK to settlement in BP case

posted: 12/23/2012 4:21 a.m.

A federal judge has given final approval to BP’s settlement with a bulk of businesses and individuals who lost money because of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Officer’s a traffic-stopper

posted: 12/23/2012 4:20 a.m.

Ah, Christmas in Rhode Island. Exquisitely decorated mansions in Newport. A red nose on the giant termite that sits atop a Providence exterminator’s building. And a policeman doing disco and salsa moves in the middle of rushhour traffic.

Museum planned for Oswald house

posted: 12/23/2012 4:18 a.m.

A Dallas suburb is transforming into a museum the home that Lee Harvey Oswald visited and stored the rifle he used to kill President John F. Kennedy.

Experts inspect tsunami dock

posted: 12/23/2012 4:18 a.m.

Hiking over primitive coastal trails, a team reached a dock that apparently floated from Japan after last year’s tsunami and just washed ashore on a Washington beach, and an official said the group found Japanese writing inside the structure.

CIA blasts bin Laden movie

posted: 12/23/2012 4:17 a.m.

The acting director of the CIA, Michael Morell, has criticized a new movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, saying it exaggerates the role of coercive interrogations in producing clues to the whereabouts of the leader of al-Qaida.

New drugs aim to make cancer cells self-destruct

posted: 12/23/2012 4:17 a.m.

For the first time ever, three pharmaceutical companies are poised to test whether new drugs can work against a wide range of cancers independently of where they originated — breast, prostate, liver, lung. The drugs go after an aberration involving a cancer gene fundamental to tumor growth. Many scientists see this as the beginning of a new genetic age in cancer research.

Waters low, rivers yield historical gems

posted: 12/23/2012 4:16 a.m.

From sunken steamboats to a millennium old map engraved in rock, the drought-drained rivers of the nation’s midsection are offering a rare and fleeting glimpse into years gone by.

Hemingway’s cats need license, court says

posted: 12/23/2012 4:15 a.m.

As any visitor to Ernest Hemingway’s house knows, the grounds there boast more than just Papa’s typewriter, his white iron-framed bed and the oft-used urinal he took home from Sloppy Joe’s bar.

Bird counts offer climate clues

posted: 12/23/2012 4:14 a.m.

Armed with flashlights, recordings of bird calls, a small notebook and a stash of candy bars, scientist Rich Kostecke embarked on an annual 24-hour Christmastime count of birds along the Texas Gulf Coast. Yellow rail. Barn owl. Bittern. Crested Cara-Cara. Kostecke rattled off the names and scribbled them in his notebook.

Pope appoints sex-crimes lawyer

posted: 12/23/2012 4:12 a.m.

Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday appointed a priest who handled sexual abuse cases under the ousted Cardinal Bernard Law in Boston as the Vatican’s new sex-crimes prosecutor.

Taliban attack kills Pakistani politician

posted: 12/23/2012 4:12 a.m.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility Saturday for a suicide bomb attack that killed a senior politician in northwest Pakistan who was one of the group’s most vocal critics. At least eight other people were killed in the attack and more than 15 others were wounded, senior government officials and doctors at a local hospital said.

Bill has FBI, others obtain sheriffs’ OK

posted: 12/23/2012 4:11 a.m.

Federal law enforcement officials would be required to get permission slips from county sheriffs before making arrests in Arkansas under legislation proposed by state Rep. Denny Altes, RFort Smith.

Senate Democrats in mood to limit filibuster

posted: 12/23/2012 4:10 a.m.

Frustrated by what they view as a broken institution, a group of senators has revived a push to streamline the legislative process in the Senate and reduce the number of filibusters, a technique used by the minority party to stall legislation.

In India, thousands decry woman’s rape

posted: 12/23/2012 4:10 a.m.

Thousands of protesters streamed into the heart of New Delhi on Saturday to demand justice and better policing in the wake of the rape of a 23-yearold medical student.

Power mostly restored in state

posted: 12/23/2012 4:09 a.m.

Utility companies continued working to restore power Saturday as forecasters warned of plummeting temperatures and a possibility of a white Christmas.

Allies aid corruption, Karzai says

posted: 12/23/2012 4:08 a.m.

Afghanistan’s president on Saturday accused the countries that fund his government and military with enabling the widespread corruption that undermines his efforts to establish rule of law in the war-wracked country.

Science center on UCA’s radar

posted: 12/23/2012 4:07 a.m.

When University of Central Arkansas trustees toured the school’s Lewis Science Center last summer, they were not impressed.

PAPER TRAILS: He makes the season brighter

posted: 12/23/2012 4:06 a.m.

Rick Chudomelka is not unlike the character George Bailey in the Christmas film, It’s a Wonderful Life.

TV news shows

posted: 12/23/2012 4:05 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Sens. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; former Rep. Asa Hutchinson, who’s leading a National Rie Association program that will develop a model security plan for schools that relies on armed volunteers; Sarah Brady, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence; Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J.; Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.

Dying ashes distress Britons

posted: 12/23/2012 4:04 a.m.

Like a long-kept secret, the grove of ash trees sprang up unbidden out of soil left fallow after years of cultivation. An army of saplings now covers more than 30 acres of former farmland near this peaceful village, delighting the conservationists who bought the property less than a decade ago for use as a wildlife reserve.

Russian adoptees rally against bill

posted: 12/23/2012 4:03 a.m.

As word spread last week that a house of the Russian parliament had voted to prohibit adoptions of Russian children by American parents, Russian adoptees in the U.S. made appeals to President Vladimir Putin, asking Russia not to hold needy children hostage to international politics.

Clinic steps away for many students

posted: 12/23/2012 4:03 a.m.

A new health center located on the Jasper School District campus will help more children see a doctor when they are sick or have a toothache.

LR program for parolees aims to streamline support services

posted: 12/23/2012 4:02 a.m.

Every month more than 100 new parolees are released and return to live in Little Rock.

Spanish lottery brings joy, relief

posted: 12/23/2012 4:01 a.m.

Winners of Spain’s cherished Christmas lottery — the world’s richest — celebrated Saturday in more than a dozen locations where the top lucky tickets were sold, a moment of uplift for a country enduring another brutal year of economic hardship.

UA professor, author publishes works on triptych art

posted: 12/23/2012 4:01 a.m.

With a retail price of $95, it’s not likely that University of Arkansas art history professor Lynn Jacob’s new coffee table book about the evolution of the Netherlandish triptychs will be under a lot of Christmas trees.

Science strives to easily chart circadian clock

posted: 12/23/2012 4 a.m.

Are you a morning lark or a night owl? Scientists use that simplified categorization to explain that different people have different internal body clocks, commonly called circadian clocks. Sleep-wake cycles, digestive activities, and many other physiological processes are controlled by these clocks.

2 killed at club in Birmingham

posted: 12/23/2012 3:59 a.m.

Police on Saturday arrested a suspect in the shooting deaths of two people overnight at a nightclub near Birmingham.

Study suggests snakes harbor virus in winter

posted: 12/23/2012 3:59 a.m.

Every year as the days grow warmer, the Eastern equine encephalitis virus reemerges along the eastern coast of the United States, where it causes devastating disease in horses and, more rarely, humans.

Thais divided on plan to set up lottery-ticket machines

posted: 12/23/2012 3:58 a.m.

Siripong Khwanthong sidled up to a lottery seller along a crowded street near Bangkok’s Patpong pleasure district, studied the selection and settled on a ticket ending in 37. “The number just came to me,” he said. “Maybe I’ll be lucky tomorrow.” If the government has its way, Siripong soon will be buying lottery tickets from machines. And that’s fine with him: Not only would it be more convenient, but it also could save money by cutting out the surcharge that street vendors command selling “lucky” numbers, which can add as much as 50 percent to the $2.70 ticket price.

Phony-spy case intrigues Israel

posted: 12/23/2012 3:55 a.m.

Israel is among the most security-conscious countries on earth. F-16 warplanes scream overhead. Anti-missile systems become national heroes. The spy agency Mossad enjoys near legendary status.

The world in brief

posted: 12/23/2012 3:50 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It is with deep humility and gratitude that I received the news that the Holy Father is entrusting me with this service to the Church.” The Rev. Robert W. Oliver, a canon law specialist at the Archdiocese of Boston, who was named the Vatican’s new sex-crimes prosecutor Article, 9A

The nation in brief

posted: 12/23/2012 3:49 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is just the proof of the love that’s in this country.” Newtown, Conn., Postmaster Cathy Zieff, on donations of toys, food and money flowing in for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre Article, 1A

Names and faces

posted: 12/23/2012 3:48 a.m.

Ashton Kutcher filed court papers Friday to end his seven-year marriage to actress Demi Moore. The actor’s divorce petition cites irreconcilable differences and does not list a date that the couple separated. Moore announced last year that she was ending her marriage to the actor 15 years her junior, but she never filed a petition. Kutcher’s filing does not indicate that the couple have a prenuptial agreement.

In the news

posted: 12/23/2012 3:47 a.m.

Hugo Chavez, the 58-year-old Venezuelan president, continued to recover from a cancer-related operation in Cuba, with the Venezuelan government saying his condition is becoming increasingly stable after he experienced a respiratory infection and suffered bleeding during the operation.

Ex-parks director charged in fee theft

posted: 12/23/2012 3:47 a.m.

The recently fired director of the De Queen Parks and Recreation Department was arrested on a theft charge over accusations she pocketed money from teaching CPR classes.

Conway college hits $10 million to build

posted: 12/23/2012 3:46 a.m.

Central Baptist College says it has raised more than $10 million aimed at financing various construction projects over the next 10 years.

Funds approved for SAU projects

posted: 12/23/2012 3:46 a.m.

The Southern Arkansas University board of trustees agreed Wednesday to issue and refinance bonds, meaning there will be additional funds for several projects at the Magnolia campus and the Southern Arkansas University-Tech branch in East Camden.

Judge: Jailed pair can’t send letters

posted: 12/23/2012 3:45 a.m.

A husband and wife accused of kidnapping and murder can no longer send letters to each other in jail, according to an order signed last week by a federal judge.

Ethel Goodstein-Murphree

posted: 12/23/2012 3:42 a.m.

Although it will be months before she returns to her real office, Ethel Goodstein-Murphree is already in love with the place.

Decrepit jail shut since ’09 gets makeover

posted: 12/23/2012 3:40 a.m.

Reopening the Little River County jail should save the county about $125,000 annually and create about seven jobs, County Judge Clayton Castleman said.

Powerball

posted: 12/23/2012 3:40 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball: 1-18-35-39-44 Powerball: 11 Estimated jackpot: $40 million

Police seek 1 fugitive in Texarkana case

posted: 12/23/2012 3:40 a.m.

Only one of the 66 defendants indicted for conspiracy to traffic drugs in the Texarkana area last year is still at large.

Springdale UPS driver strikes YouTube gold

posted: 12/23/2012 3:39 a.m.

Ken Jones fired up his cell-phone camera in late November to make a video for his family.

DRESSING ROOM: White by Vera Wang marches down ’13 aisle

posted: 12/23/2012 3:38 a.m.

Ladies, have you gotten — or are you expecting — a very important question this holiday season, one that will have you shopping a very special January “White sale” ?

Lamoureux hires Faris as aide

posted: 12/23/2012 3:37 a.m.

Incoming Senate President Pro Tempore Michael Lamoureux, R-Russellville, has hired a former Democratic state senator to be his Senate aide, Lamoureux said Thursday.

Man gets 60 years in child-porn case

posted: 12/23/2012 3:36 a.m.

A Johnson County man was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 60 years in prison for taking photographs of a naked underage girl last year, according to court records.

Kids get benefits that Seeds sows

posted: 12/23/2012 3:36 a.m.

Every parent, Beth Ashbaugh included, has pleaded with their kids to eat their vegetables.

Man who ordered hit on wife requests new trial

posted: 12/23/2012 3:36 a.m.

David Camp is serving a life sentence in prison for paying another man to murder his wife in a Nashville department store.

Panel studies how UA and city mesh

posted: 12/23/2012 3:35 a.m.

Members of the Town and Gown Advisory Committee familiarized themselves last week with long-range city and University of Arkansas plans in an effort to address concerns that come with population growth on campus and in Fayetteville.

Fee rises sought for Buffalo River

posted: 12/23/2012 3:35 a.m.

Buffalo National River proposes to increase fees at eight campgrounds, starting in March.

Fort Smith hunts man on gun, battery charges

posted: 12/23/2012 3:34 a.m.

A firstdegree battery warrant was issued Friday for a 23-yearold man accused of shooting an Oklahoma man early Thursday in Fort Smith, according to Fort Smith police.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: Hit-and-run kiss helped get pair on track for life

posted: 12/23/2012 3:33 a.m.

Mary Jo Craig and her girlfriends breezed into a party on the Arkansas Tech college campus in Russellville in May 1949, the night they graduated from high school, their diplomas in hand.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 12/23/2012 3:33 a.m.

Bass guitarist on ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida ’ Lee Dorman, a bass guitarist for the psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly, who played on one of the genre’s most recognizable songs, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” died Friday in Laguna Niguel, Calif. He was 70.

Obituaries

posted: 12/23/2012 3:33 a.m.

Obituary deadlines Because of production deadlines on Christmas Eve, obituaries for publication in Tuesday’s editions must be submitted by noon Monday. OBITUARIES Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

Other days

posted: 12/23/2012 3:32 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 23, 1912 Little Rock’s poor and unfortunate will not be forgotten Christmas day. Neither will the inmates of the state and county charitable and penal institutions have cause for sadness on that day. All will have Christmas dinners, and, in most of the institutions, arrangements have been made to provide gifts. Wherever possible there will be Christmas trees, and programs of music and readings appropriate to the season.

Pet of the week

posted: 12/23/2012 3:32 a.m.

Tanner is our pet of the week. He is 2, and all he wants for Christmas is a new forever home with a fenced-in backyard. Tanner is a friendly boy with a lot of energy who loves to play and would be a great addition to any active household.

Police beat

posted: 12/23/2012 3:32 a.m.

Shots fired in lot at Riverdale Wal-Mart Multiple shots were fired in the Riverdale area Saturday afternoon, but Little Rock police said no one was injured.

OPEN BAR: First-degree fun

posted: 12/23/2012 3:31 a.m.

Judges, old lawyers and new, and faculty and staff of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s William H. Bowen School of Law arbitrated its annual Dean’s Holiday Party on Dec. 13 at Trapnall Hall downtown.

Education notebook

posted: 12/23/2012 3:30 a.m.

To save, district looks at LPNs Pulaski County Special School District leaders are exploring the possibility of filling some of the district’s 21 nursing jobs with licensed practical nurses, who are more limited in the services they can provide and, as a result, not as costly as registered nurses.

No dogs among nogs

posted: 12/23/2012 3:29 a.m.

A host of tasters gathered Dec. 14 in the lobby of Little Rock’s Historic Arkansas Museum for the Eighth Ever Nog-off — “a culinary celebration of this favorite holiday drink, and friendly competition for the best eggnog in town,” as described on the museum’s website.

Christmas Day closings

posted: 12/23/2012 3:29 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules may be affected by the Christmas Day holiday.

Arkansas achievers

posted: 12/23/2012 3:28 a.m.

Dr. Susan Hanrahan, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Arkansas State University, has been named the 2012 outstanding member of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. She is also a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Allied Health and holds national leadership positions with the association and the Allied Health Research Institute.

ADVOCATES LUNCHEON: Friend of Children Award presented to 2 at luncheon

posted: 12/23/2012 3:27 a.m.

Geania Dickey and Dr. Gary Wheeler were presented with the Friend of Children Award at the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families annual luncheon, Dec. 10, at the Clinton Presidential Center.

ARKANSAS 95, ALABAMA A&M 68: Marking Marshawn

posted: 12/23/2012 3:26 a.m.

Junior forward Marshawn Powell enjoyed one of the best moments of his Arkansas basketball career at the same place where he suffered one of his worst moments.

MALE CALL: Contrast stitching on coat is for adventurous dresser

posted: 12/23/2012 3:26 a.m.

Q. Recently I was at my dentist and, knowing that I enjoy dressing well, she mentioned something she saw while at a custom shop with her husband. He was buying a new suit and the tailor wanted to know if he wanted contrast stitching. She thought that sounded odd, and still felt the same after seeing an example. Have you heard of this and if so what do you think — stylish or overboard?

Bielema off to flying start

posted: 12/23/2012 3:25 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema said Saturday he’s already secured a running backs coach and a linebackers coach, though he won’t announce the names of the new hires until after their teams play in bowl games.

Fisher chooses family; waived

posted: 12/23/2012 3:24 a.m.

The Dallas Mavericks waived Derek Fisher (Little Rock Parkview, UALR) on Saturday at the request of the veteran guard, who said he was having a difficult time being away from his family in Los Angeles.

Quapaw Quarter guild gets festive at Festivus

posted: 12/23/2012 3:23 a.m.

There was no aluminum pole, and the airing of grievances and feats of strength were optional, but there was plenty of good food and holiday cheer at Festivus for the Best of Us on Dec. 11 at the Governor’s Mansion.

RED KETTLE CHRISTMAS: Salvation Army women marshal $2,000 at coffee

posted: 12/23/2012 3:23 a.m.

Donations placed in the Salvation Army red kettle on Dec. 10 at The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary’s annual Christmas Coffee raised more than $2,000. The event at the Governor’s Mansion was free, but donations were accepted to help needy Arkansas families during Christmas.

LIKE IT IS: Clues lead to Bielema escaping Alvarez’s reach

posted: 12/23/2012 3:22 a.m.

Some people may call them red flags, but in this case, they were more like clues as to what was going on in Madison, Wis.

COMMENTARY: Rangers fans hit with Newtown honor

posted: 12/23/2012 3:21 a.m.

One night this past week about 200 people jammed a north Arlington bar, all of them devout Texas Rangers fans, all of them, however, with something else on their minds beyond the slow-go of the team’s off-season.

LIFELONG HEALTH: Grieving after a loss normal, not a disease

posted: 12/23/2012 3:20 a.m.

As each year ends, we look toward the future, to new beginnings, a clean slate, and we resolve to make the new year a better year than the last. So grief is the last topic I would prefer to write about now. But sadly, we cannot choose the time when tragedy strikes our nation or ourselves.

Johnson’s records not enough

posted: 12/23/2012 3:20 a.m.

Matt Ryan got what he wanted, helping the Atlanta Falcons win a game they needed to earn homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

Anniversaries

posted: 12/23/2012 3:19 a.m.

Irma and Dr. Roosevelt Brown of Little Rock celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday at Union African Methodist Episcopal Church by renewing their wedding vows. The couple were married Dec. 23, 1962. She is the former Irma Hunter and is a retired president of Shorter Junior College and a former state representative and former state senator.

WEDDINGS: STEPHANIE MICHELLE HENKEL and TIMOTHY ANDREW TIMMONS

posted: 12/23/2012 3:18 a.m.

Dr. Stephanie Michelle Henkel became the bride of Dr. Timothy Andrew Timmons at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in Central United Methodist Church, Fayetteville. The Rev. Steve Pulliam officiated.

Dallas talks playoffs, not Payton

posted: 12/23/2012 3:18 a.m.

The New Orleans Saints visit Cowboys Stadium for the first time Sunday, just a few miles from the home where suspended Coach Sean Payton waits to return from a year-long ban with a voided contract that sparked speculation about him replacing Jason Garrett in Dallas.

West Memphis’ Rose replaces Cochran

posted: 12/23/2012 3:17 a.m.

Mark Rose of West Memphis has joined the Wal-Mart fishing team for the 2013 FLW Tour season. Rose will replace George Cochran of Hot Springs, who retired this year after 32 years as a professional fisherman. “I have so much respect and admiration for what George has accomplished and his longevity in our sport,” said Rose, who has earned more than $1.6 million dollars in winnings over his 14-year career on the FLW Tour.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Sunrise frames duck hunting in new light

posted: 12/23/2012 3:16 a.m.

Human hands cannot duplicate this light, nor can a camera.

WEDDINGS: CAITLIN BROOKE SIMPSON and ANDREW GORDON WEST

posted: 12/23/2012 3:16 a.m.

Caitlin Brooke Simpson and Dr. Andrew Gordon West were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in Calvary Baptist Church. The Rev. Ed Simpson officiated. Parents of the bride are Karen and Jim Simpson Jr., 30 River Ridge Circle. She is the granddaughter of Margaret and Carl Brooks and Louise and Marlon Simpson, all of Little Rock.

Good day for gadwalls

posted: 12/23/2012 3:16 a.m.

It doesn’t matter who you invite to the party. It’s who shows up that’s important.

BASS sets 2013 field for Elite Series

posted: 12/23/2012 3:14 a.m.

The field for the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series contains 102 top professional anglers from 25 states and Japan. It is the largest lineup since 2008. The group contains 11 Bassmaster Anglers of the Year (21 total titles) and 11 Bassmaster Classic champions representing 17 Classic victories. Alabama will field 16 anglers, followed by 13 from Texas and 12 from Oklahoma. The season begins March 14 on the Sabine River in Orange, Texas, and ends in August at the Lake St. Clair Championship in Detroit.

Engagements

posted: 12/23/2012 3:14 a.m.

Caitlin Marie Stevens, daughter of Sandy and Bob Stevens of Little Rock, and Elijah Washington Cunningham VI, son of Elijah and Rita Cunningham, also of Little Rock; March 9.

SEC/SOUTHLAND MEN: Depleted Dogs battle by Bears

posted: 12/23/2012 3:14 a.m.

Freshman center Gavin Ware powered Mississippi State to a 79-72 victory over Central Arkansas on Saturday afternoon at the Mississippi Coliseum.

DEAR ABBY: Husband needs to be told he could be child’s father

posted: 12/23/2012 3:13 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: While searching for two of my husband’s childhood friends, with his knowledge, I believe I may have found a child he doesn’t know is his. I’m not positive that the child is his, but the time frame and location indicate that he could be, and there’s a strong resemblance to my husband’s brother. (I have seen photos on the Internet.) I am curious whether my hunch is correct, but I’m afraid of asking the questions, not knowing how they would be received.

TOP 25 MEN: Wyatt scores 33, Temple holds off No. 3 Syracuse

posted: 12/23/2012 3:13 a.m.

Khalif Wyatt scored 33 points and Anthony Lee had 21 — both career highs — and Temple, despite not making a field goal in the final 5:30, upset No. 3 Syracuse 83-79 on Saturday in the Chevrolet Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden.

Kaput or not kaput?

posted: 12/23/2012 3:13 a.m.

Now is the season to wish someone Frohe Weihnachten.

SUN BELT WOMEN: UALR women rely on defense

posted: 12/23/2012 3:11 a.m.

The motion offense of UALR’s women sputtered over the course of 40 minutes against South Alabama.

Getting it straight

posted: 12/23/2012 3:10 a.m.

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

SOUTHLAND WOMEN: 30 turnovers sour Sugar Bears

posted: 12/23/2012 3:10 a.m.

Megan Herbert became Central Arkansas’ career rebound ing leader, but the Sugar Bears committed a season-high 30 turnovers in a 53-44 loss at Southern Mississippi on Saturday at Reed Green Coliseum.

SUN BELT MEN: Red Wolves fall to Golden Flashes

posted: 12/23/2012 3:10 a.m.

Arkansas State guard Rakeem Dickerson toed the free-throw line with a chance to draw the Red Wolves even with less than six minutes left against Kent State.

Weddings

posted: 12/23/2012 3:10 a.m.

Marshall-Day Wedding vows were exchanged by Lindsay Brooke Day and Todd Wesley Marshall on Dec. 1 at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs. The Rev. Michael Blumn officiated.

SUN BELT MEN: Trojans cannot overcome Jags

posted: 12/23/2012 3:09 a.m.

South Alabama forward Augustine Rubit scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Jaguars to a 77-62 victory over UALR on Saturday in front of 1,875 at the Mitchell Center.

SUN BELT WOMEN: ASU overwhelms Louisiana-Lafayette

posted: 12/23/2012 3:08 a.m.

Arkansas State was looking for a salve a week ago after losing its fifth road game of the season.

NEW ORLEANS BOWL: Sticking with Broadway justified

posted: 12/23/2012 3:08 a.m.

Whether Terrance Broadway was throwing, running or throwing on the run, he gave East Carolina fits and justified Louisiana-Lafayette Coach Mark Hudspeth’s decision to let his sophomore quarterback finish the season as his starter.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Florida 4-star running back mulls Arkansas visit

posted: 12/23/2012 3:07 a.m.

If highly recruited running back Alex Collins takes his fifth official visit, Arkansas stands a good chance of getting it.

REISSUES: ‘Whole shebang’ trend a boon for completists

posted: 12/23/2012 3:07 a.m.

Remake, remodel, re-release. Record companies get especially busy with reissues this time of year, packaging remastered recordings, perhaps a booklet with essays and photos and, to lure fans, bonus tunes — unreleased material, alternate versions or remixes.

Bar gizmos mostly a joke

posted: 12/23/2012 3:06 a.m.

For the home bartender or the fancier of fine wines, Christmas easily becomes a festival of unwanted gifts, of gizmos and gadgets whose pointless ingenuity makes “thank you” the most difficult phrase to pronounce in the English language.

Appeal filed for Ascolese

posted: 12/23/2012 3:06 a.m.

Linebacker Vin Ascolese, who signed with Arkansas in February but failed to be academically cleared, said he’s optimistic an appeal by Arkansas and his family to the NCAA will allow him to enroll in January. Ascolese, 6-2, 220 pounds, 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash, attended Hudson County School of Technology in North Bergen, N.J., but it didn’t offer athletics so he played football at North Bergen High School.

NBA STANDINGS AND SUMMARIES

posted: 12/23/2012 3:05 a.m.

HAWKS 92, BULLS 75 CHICAGO (75) Deng 5-14 1-1 11, Boozer 2-6 4-4 8, Noah 5-9 0-0 10, Hinrich 3-11 0-0 7, Belinelli 2-5 0-0 4, Butler 4-5 0-0 9, Gibson 2-5 0-0 4, Robinson 3-8 1-1 9, M.Teague 4-8 0-2 8, Mohammed 1-3 0-0 2, Radmanovic 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 32-76 6-8 75. ATLANTA (92) Korver 4-8 2-2 13, Smith 6-12 0-0 12, Horford 9-12 2-2 20, J.Teague 5-12 0-0 11, Williams 6-12 1-1 16, Morrow 3-7 1-1 7, Tolliver 0-1 1-2 1, Pachulia 2-6 2-2 6, Johnson 3-4 0-0 6, Scott 0-1 0-0 0, Jenkins 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 38-77 9-10 92. Chicago.................... 21 16 17 21 — 75 Atlanta...................... 17 36 25 14 — 92 3-Point Goals—Chicago 5-14 (Robinson 2-4, Butler 1-1, Radmanovic 1-2, Hinrich 1-4, Belinelli 0-1, M.Teague 0-1, Deng 0-1 ), Atlanta 7-19 (Williams 3-6, Korver 3-6, J.Teague 1-2, Smith 0-1, Tolliver 0-1, Morrow 0-1, Jenkins 0-2 ). FouledOut—None. Rebounds—Chicago 38 (Noah 9), Atlanta 48 (Horford 10). Assists—Chicago 20 (Robinson 5), Atlanta 24 (J.Teague 8). Total Fouls—Chicago 14, Atlanta 9. Technicals—M.Teague, M

HARDWOOD SHOWCASE: Small ball works for hosts

posted: 12/23/2012 3:04 a.m.

The Jacksonville Red Devils defended their home court in the final game of the Hardwood Showcase with a 72-62 victory over the Chicago Orr Spartans.

Arkansas Activities Association All-State football team

posted: 12/23/2012 3:04 a.m.

CLASS 7A/6A 7A-CENTRAL DB Jake Ferguson, Cabot; LB Jacob Vaughn, Cabot; RB/KR Jeff Anderson, Conway; DE Jerrell Credit, Conway; OL Brannon Kotch, Conway ; DE Daiquon Jackson, FS Northside; QB Gray Stanton, FS Northside; TE John Hunton, FS Southside; QB Isaac Jackson, FS Southside ; RB/LB David Price, FS Southside; LB Matt Schenk, FS Southside; S/WR Garrett Wolfe, FS Southside; WR Reggie Harris, LR Central;

SPIN CYCLE: Ashley, J.P. are hitched! (Well, as of press time)

posted: 12/23/2012 3:02 a.m.

Chris Harrison introduces an extraordinary installment of the ABC “reality” dating show he hosts: “Welcome to a very special episode” of The Bachelorette!

Second thoughts

posted: 12/23/2012 3 a.m.

Lineman couldn’t block out problem Offensive linemen take pride in protecting their quarterbacks and making sure they are healthy and upright.

Off the wire

posted: 12/23/2012 3 a.m.

BASEBALL Mariners sign Ibanez Raul Ibanez and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Saturday night. The deal allows Ibanez to earn an additional $1.25 million in performance bonuses, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced. Ibanez returns to the team he began his big league career with from 1996-2000, then rejoined from 2004-2008.

State sports briefs

posted: 12/23/2012 2:59 a.m.

FOOTBALL Towers to be released Star City senior linebacker Zack Towers is scheduled to be released from Arkansas Children’s Hospital on Wednesday, according to a tweet from his older brother, Ty Towers. Zack Towers has been hospitalized since leaving the Bulldogs’ Nov. 1 regular-season finale against Crossett with a head injury. “Zack is doing well,” Ty Towers wrote on his Twitter page. “Still in a coma but making baby steps everyday!” Towers underwent brain surgery at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff before being moved to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock on Nov. 4. He spent much of November in critical or serious condition before he began making improvement. Ty Towers is a quarterback at Ouachita Baptist.

PLAYOFF SCENARIOS

posted: 12/23/2012 2:59 a.m.

AFC CLINCHED New England, AFC East; Houston, AFC South; Denver, AFC West; Baltimore, playoff spot HOUSTON (VS. MINNESOTA) Clinches first-round bye with: Win or tie, or New England loss or tie, or Denver loss Clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with: Win, or Tie AND Denver loss or tie, or New England loss or tie AND Denver loss DENVER (VS. CLEVELAND) Clinches first-round bye with: Win AND New England loss or tie, or Tie AND New England loss BALTIMORE (VS. NY GIANTS)

THE TV COLUMN: ABC airs heartwarming, uncut Sound of Music

posted: 12/23/2012 2:59 a.m.

It’s no wonder that The Sound of Music has become a perennial holiday favorite. It has something for everyone.

LET’S TALK: Life is always uncertain, so live, love every moment

posted: 12/23/2012 2:57 a.m.

If you’re reading this, then the great Mayan Calendar Take Out did not happen and we’re all still here.

Week 16 capsules

posted: 12/23/2012 2:57 a.m.

TV GAMES — All times Central Saints at Cowboys Noon, FOX 1 LINE — Cowboys by 2 /2 LAST MEETING New Orleans beat Dallas 30-27, Nov. 24, 2010 LAST WEEK New Orleans beat Tampa Bay 41-0 ; Dallas beat Pittsburgh 27-24 OT RANKINGS Saints: offense (3), defense (32); Cowboys: offense (8), defense (tied 14th) NOTES New Orleans has won 6 of last 7 games in series.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Weekend Theater replaces Osage County with Doubt

posted: 12/23/2012 2:56 a.m.

The Weekend Theater will take down August: Osage County by Tracy Letts, for which the rights have been recalled, and replace it on the April 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20 schedule with Doubt by John Patrick Shanley.

TV ON DVD: Feeling of film noir raises Peter Gunn’s cool quotient

posted: 12/23/2012 2:54 a.m.

What is it? Peter Gunn, The Complete Series, 114 half-hour episodes on 12 discs from Timeless Media Group When? Now How much? $99.99 Who is Peter Gunn? Peter Gunn (Craig Stevens) is a detective — tough but charming. And he’s not the sort of detective you usually find running around in dark alleys or tailing shady bad guys through the bad part of town.

SCHEDULE

posted: 12/23/2012 2:52 a.m.

WEEK 16 SATURDAY’S GAME Atlanta 31, Detroit 18 TODAY’S GAMES All times Central Tennessee at Green Bay, noon Indianapolis at Kansas City, noon New Orleans at Dallas, noon Minnesota at Houston, noon Oakland at Carolina, noon Buffalo at Miami, noon Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, noon New England at Jacksonville, noon Washington at Philadelphia, noon St. Louis at Tampa Bay, noon San Diego at NY Jets, noon Cleveland at Denver, 3:05 p.m. Chicago at Arizona, 3:25 p.m. NY Giants at Baltimore, 3:25 p.m. San Francisco at Seattle, 7:20 p.m.

In the lane: Lock door, Hogs fans all over!

posted: 12/23/2012 2:51 a.m.

Alabama A&M Coach Willie Hayes didn’t expect to see so many fans in Verizon Arena on Saturday night when the Bulldogs played Arkansas in North Little Rock.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: How to deal with the truth

posted: 12/23/2012 2:50 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: Recently, someone wrote in about their significant other lying to them about things that might make them angry and you suggested that they try to make telling the truth as easy as possible. That makes a lot of sense and I have tried to put this into practice, since I have also had this issue with the person I’m dating.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 12/23/2012 2:50 a.m.

Network tunes out Oaklawn — Oaklawn Park’s races were available on both major horse racing networks in 2012, but that won’t be the case next year.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/23/2012 2:49 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll win the alliance, support and loyalty you desire. Your gentle persuasion will work just the way you want it to, and you’ll enjoy the results over the next three weeks. March brings your turn at a high-stakes game. You’ll make changes to your domestic scene in June.

Tiny island, epic tales

posted: 12/23/2012 2:48 a.m.

The danger of going to Malta for a relaxing vacation is that a history lesson might break out.

COLUMN ONE: Still fighting the problem

posted: 12/23/2012 2:48 a.m.

There’s something awfully familiar about this endless national debate and general tantrum over illegal immigration. And the result? Mainly a lot of anger and resentment.

Loss of innocents

posted: 12/23/2012 2:47 a.m.

Newtown, Conn., is about 20 miles from the town where my wife grew up. It’s the kind of place that rewards rambling New England drives: There are big old Victorian houses flanking the main street, a hill with a huge flagpole rising in the center of town and a large pasture just below, with shaded side roads radiating outward from the greensward, and then horse farms in the hills beyond.

Best Books 2012

posted: 12/23/2012 2:47 a.m.

This compilation has become an annual holiday tradition—like homemade eggnog or last year’s fruitcake. Or last-minute Christmas shopping. We’ve rounded up the usual suspects of Interesting Readers and asked the usual question: What was the best book you read in 2012—and why? It doesn’t have to be new, just new to you. Re-readings don’t count—unless you can make a great case.

Prohibition details pour into ‘sexiest’ exhibit

posted: 12/23/2012 2:45 a.m.

A hatchet used to bust up saloons, the verdict sheet from Al Capone’s trial and lawman Eliot Ness’ sworn oath of office are among the more sobering artifacts in a new exhibit documenting the driest period in U.S. history.

The heroes of Newtown

posted: 12/23/2012 2:45 a.m.

As the nation continues to deal with the grief and heartache left behind by the murder of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, let there also be a moment set aside for exultation. Let a banner be raised for the heroes of Newtown, Conn.: the educators who sprang into action to protect the young students in their charge.

Airlines add Net on flights overseas

posted: 12/23/2012 2:43 a.m.

Airline passengers can already get online 30,000 feet over Oklahoma. Soon U.S. airlines will offer Internet connections over the ocean, too.

The men in the trenches

posted: 12/23/2012 2:42 a.m.

Under a pale moon, one could just see the grave-like rise of ground which marked the German trenches 200 yards away. Fires in the English lines had died down, and only the squelch of the sodden boots in the slushy mud, the whispered orders of the officers and the NCOs, and the moan of the wind broke the silence of the night. The soldiers’ Christmas Eve had come at last.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Barcelona day trips hit heights, beach and Dali

posted: 12/23/2012 2:42 a.m.

It’s hard to top Barcelona, Spain’s most cosmopolitan and fun city. I love the place, but I’m not alone. Every year, 10 million visitors swoop into town, rambling the Ramblas, touring hidden corners of the Old City, and marveling at playful Modernista architecture.

Yuletide outlaws

posted: 12/23/2012 2:41 a.m.

Each year, as wreaths and colored lights are hung on any structure that can support their weight, another holiday tradition begins: the bemoaning of the annual War on Christmas.

BEST-SELLERS

posted: 12/23/2012 2:40 a.m.

Fiction 1. THREAT VECTOR, by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney. As China threatens to invade Taiwan, the covert intelligence expert Jack Ryan Jr. aids his father’s administration—but his agency is no longer secret. 2. GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn. A woman disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary ; is her husband a killer? 3. THE RACKETEER, by John Grisham. An imprisoned ex-lawyer schemes to exchange information about a murdered federal judge for his freedom. 4. NOTORIOUS NINETEEN, by Janet Evanovich.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: TripAdvisor finds steep slope in costs at ski destinations

posted: 12/23/2012 2:40 a.m.

If you’re looking at a ski vacation this winter, you’re likely to find acceptable snow and facilities in most developed ski centers. So you obviously want to look at the cost and the overall destination experience at options available to you. TripAdvisor, the “world’s largest travel site,” recently issued a release in which it summarized “trip index” cost data for 20 of the country’s most important ski destinations.

The child’s menagerie

posted: 12/23/2012 2:39 a.m.

Christmas was when they sent in the reinforcements. By then the regular troops were weary, though still stalwart, still brave. Some had lost limbs, others an eyeball. The soles of one guy’s feet kept peeling off. He was my favorite: a hippo. My mother patched his pads many times.

COVER STORY: Suggestions for filling Christmas dead zone

posted: 12/23/2012 2:38 a.m.

Christmas arrives Tuesday, but your regular TV schedule will be messed up for another month.

Arkansas banks see sour loans drop 21%

posted: 12/23/2012 2:37 a.m.

Over the past five quarters, Arkansas banks have reduced their nonperforming loans by 21 percent, a drop that pleases federal regulators.

2nd crop causes baiting law flap for rice farmers

posted: 12/23/2012 2:37 a.m.

Some Arkansas rice farmers who took advantage of 2012’s warm spring to get a jump on planting saw a rare opportunity this fall for a second harvest, called a “ratoon” crop.

Expiring drug patents to plunge

posted: 12/23/2012 2:36 a.m.

They call it the patent cliff. Brand-name drugmakers have feared it for years. And now generic-drug makers fear it, too.

Soaps last week

posted: 12/23/2012 2:36 a.m.

(This column represents on-air summaries for the week of Dec. 17-21.) The Bold and the Beautiful: Brooke was flabbergasted over being confronted over her feelings for Bill, who was pressed by Taylor to admit he betrayed Katie by kissing Brooke. Brooke confessed and apologized to Katie. Caroline threatened Steffy not to cross a Spencer while dating another Spencer. Bill’s attitude toward her loved ones surprised Katie.

THAT’S BUSINESS: University and Markham will become a hot intersection

posted: 12/23/2012 2:35 a.m.

You knew it would come to this. McDonald’s has lost count of how many hamburgers it has sold.

‘Too big to jail’ rationale meant no charges for HSBC, critics say

posted: 12/23/2012 2:34 a.m.

When the U.S. Justice Department announced its record $1.9 billion settlement against British bank HSBC on Dec. 11, prosecutors called it a powerful blow to a dysfunctional institution accused of laundering money for Iran, Libya and Mexico’s murderous drug cartels.

B is for Bizarre

posted: 12/23/2012 2:32 a.m.

HOW LONG is this show going to go on in Washington, and must it? They say closing time for its co-stars is midnight, December 31st. That’s when the president and the speaker of the House need to agree on the federal budget Or Else, but politicians never met a deadline they couldn’t postpone, as in Can, Kick Down the Road.

Merry (almost) Christmas

posted: 12/23/2012 2:31 a.m.

Christmas has been widely celebrated in Arkansas since before it became a state. For generations, children have anticipated Christmas with its gifts as the most wonderful event of the year. Indeed, the state was only two years old in 1838 when the General Assembly adopted legislation declaring Christmas and July Fourth as official holidays. The federal government did not recognize Christmas as a national holiday until 1885.

Daniel Inouye, hero

posted: 12/23/2012 2:31 a.m.

Daniel K. Inouye’s death was appropriately noteworthy last week in Washington. Inouye was a giant in Hawaiian politics. He served the islands in Congress since statehood in 1959, the first Japanese American in the House and Senate.

The bottom line

posted: 12/23/2012 2:30 a.m.

Every so often I receive a message from a valued reader that resonates with my thoughts and feelings on an issue.

A disastrous dalliance

posted: 12/23/2012 2:30 a.m.

“Never sleep with someone whose troubles are worse than your own.” —Nelson Algren, A Walk on the Wild Side At least the Arkansas Democratic Party, otherwise in a free fall, still had a one-man farm team.

LETTERS

posted: 12/23/2012 2:29 a.m.

Must defeat addiction I have held a weapon in my hands on a few (very few) occasions—my son’s Italian rifle, a Luger owned by a friend—and have always felt a thrill of revulsion at the realization that these objects exist for but one reason: to kill something.

This week's events

updated: 12/21/2012 10:15 a.m.

These are events scheduled for the Three RIvers area, beginning Dec. 23.

Hands on: The fun and challenge of handgun hunting

updated: 12/21/2012 2:37 p.m.

The forested bottomlands along the lower White River in southeastern Arkansas are full of squirrels. I’ve hunted fox squirrels and gray squirrels in these woodlands for years. But this day, there was a new twist to my hunt. Instead of a rifle or shotgun, I was hunting with a .22 handgun.

The good old days: Former Wampus Cats reunite to remember

updated: 12/21/2012 2:44 p.m.

Sixty years after their last football season together, six Conway Wampus Cats continue to gather occasionally to relive their experiences.

Putting life into perspective

updated: 12/21/2012 10:16 a.m.

Christmas was suddenly put into perspective when we heard about Newtown, Conn. I was at work, even though I was supposed to be off, because meeting a deadline was more important to me than spending a day with my husband.

Putting life into perspective

updated: 12/21/2012 9:55 a.m.

Christmas was suddenly put into perspective when we heard about Newtown, Conn. I was at work, even though I was supposed to be off, because meeting a deadline was more important to me than spending a day with my husband.

The fun and challenge : Handgun Hunting

updated: 12/21/2012 9:46 a.m.

The forested bottomlands along the lower White River in southeastern Arkansas are full of squirrels. I’ve hunted fox squirrels and gray squirrels in these woodlands for years. But this day, there was a new twist to my hunt. Instead of a rifle or shotgun, I was hunting with a .22 handgun.

FilmFest planning in full swing

updated: 12/21/2012 10:30 a.m.

Though the festival’s kickoff is still months away, planning for the 12th annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest has begun. The fest, which recently received a Mid-America Arts Alliance Performing Arts grant, is quickly gaining the rest of the funding needed to put on the event, which is scheduled for April 3-7 in Batesville.

Sweet tradition: Cops play Santa for Saline County children

updated: 12/21/2012 10 a.m.

A group of law enforcement officers were gathered in the main aisle of the Walmart Supercenter in Benton on Tuesday night as a group of young people waited in line to see their assigned police escort. It wasn’t a mass arrest but the annual Shop With Our Cops event, which sends children who might not otherwise have any Christmas presents on a shopping trip with law enforcement officers from Saline County.

Putting life into perspective

updated: 12/21/2012 2:12 p.m.

Christmas was suddenly put into perspective when we heard about Newtown, Conn. I was at work, even though I was supposed to be off, because meeting a deadline was more important to me than spending a day with my husband.

Alan Tucker: Russellville man takes to the streets for Christmas

updated: 12/21/2012 2:31 p.m.

Alan Tucker’s journey as Santa started because he was a hippie with a Volkswagen. The 62-year-old Russellville resident said he’s had a beard off and on through the years, “because I grew up in the hippie days.”

HOME SWEET HOME: Mountain View artist brings latest work to Batesville

updated: 12/21/2012 10:33 a.m.

It’s been a little more than a year since Dusty Mitchell was voted off the Bravo TV competition show Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. He made it to the top five on the show, and though Mitchell said he would have liked the chance to show the judges more of his personal style, he’s grateful for the exposure.

Hitting the mark with a handgun: The fun and challenge of handgun hunting

updated: 12/21/2012 10:09 a.m.

The forested bottomlands along the lower White River in southeastern Arkansas are full of squirrels. I’ve hunted fox squirrels and gray squirrels in these woodlands for years. But this day, there was a new twist to my hunt. Instead of a rifle or shotgun, I was hunting with a .22 handgun.

Midnight event helps Boys and Girls Club

updated: 12/21/2012 10:03 a.m.

A New Year’s Eve Gala will be held in Hot Springs Village to raise funds for the Paul Bewie Boys and Girls Club. A Boys and Girls Club in Hot Springs Village? Jeremy Dean, interim director of the club, said he gets that reaction all the time.

This week's events-RVO

updated: 12/21/2012 2:25 p.m.

These are events scheduled for the River Valley & Ozark area starting Dec. 23.

Bridging the gap: Jacksonville bridge club builds friendly competition

updated: 12/21/2012 10:26 a.m.

The Martin Street Youth Center typically serves a younger, louder crowd, but on Wednesday mornings, the place stays pretty quiet. For long stretches, the only sounds are cards being flipped onto tabletops and quiet recognition of a good play. From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each Wednesday, members of the Jacksonville Duplicate Bridge Club break out the tables and work to refine their skills.

Habitat for Heroes program builds ramp for veteran

updated: 12/21/2012 2:09 p.m.

Richard Oglesby, a Vietnam veteran and single amputee, said he has worried about how he’d get out of his Conway home if there were a fire that forced him to leave through the front door. That’s not a concern now that Habitat for Humanity of Faulkner County volunteers have built a wheelchair ramp for him.

Artists at play: Area artists display work in toys exhibit

updated: 12/21/2012 1:59 p.m.

Toys can be seen everywhere this holiday season — even in the Winthrop Rockefeller Gallery of the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. There, visitors will find 59 pieces of art in the 38th Toys Designed by Artists exhibition, which will remain on display through Jan. 13.

This week's events

updated: 12/21/2012 9:54 a.m.

These are events scheduled for the Tri-Lakes area, beginning Dec. 23.

Jo Ann Diffee: Bismarck gallery owner still explores her inner artist

updated: 12/21/2012 9:43 a.m.

In a brick building that used to be the post office in Bismarck, Jo Ann Diffee displays some of her life’s work, along with the work of some of her friends and colleagues, and those works are for sale. Diffee’s gallery on Arkansas 7 in the Hot Spring County community offers all kinds of art objects, including portraits on canvas, pottery, jewelry and one doll. The quality of the art draws attention and generates enough sales that she has operated the gallery for 10 years and has plans for things to stay that way.

Teachers seek endowment for memorial scholarship

updated: 12/21/2012 2:04 p.m.

Savannah Hintze, who was killed in a car wreck three weeks before graduating from Russellville High School in 2011, was described as “remarkable” and “positive” by teachers and friends. They haven’t forgotten her and want her memory to live on through the Savannah Kaitlyn Hintze Memorial Scholarship to Arkansas Tech University.

Howard Morris: Superintendent looks back on decades of work

updated: 12/21/2012 10:07 a.m.

It’s a rare thing for a person to forget his retirement date. Howard Morris isn’t having trouble with his memory; he’s just surprised the date came up so fast. It’s a testament to how much he loves his work.

Young in spirit: Old-timers football game for good cause

updated: 12/21/2012 2:48 p.m.

The young guys will try to avenge last year’s loss to the oldies when Heber Springs holds its annual old-timers football game on Jan. 19.

Saturday, December 22

Hogs roll to third straight win

posted: 12/22/2012 9:19 p.m.

Marshawn Powell and BJ Young combined for 33 points as Arkansas beat Alabama A&M in North Little Rock.

Arkansas-Alabama A&M Live Blog

posted: 12/22/2012 6:29 p.m.

Join in an interactive live blog as Arkansas faces Alabama A&M at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.

Power restored to thousands of customers in Arkansas

posted: 12/22/2012 4:09 p.m.

Entergy Arkansas said power has been restored to thousands of customers who lost electricity in this week’s storms and high winds.

Egypt's disputed charter headed toward approval

posted: 12/22/2012 4:05 p.m.

Egypt's Islamist-backed constitution headed toward likely approval in a final round of voting on Saturday, but the deep divisions it has opened up threaten to fuel continued turmoil.

Up to 6 inches of snow expected in Arkansas, Oklahoma

updated: 12/23/2012 4:42 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued winter storm watches for parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma this Christmas.

Yet another Senate race on the horizon in Massachusetts

updated: 12/22/2012 3:50 p.m.

Massachusetts voters weary from one of the nation's costliest and most divisive U.S. Senate races are all but certain to find themselves thrown back into another tumultuous election now that President Barack Obama has nominated Sen. John Kerry for secretary of state.

Bombing kills 4, wounds 11 in Iraq

posted: 12/22/2012 3:32 p.m.

An explosion at a shop selling CDs killed 4 people in a town northeast of the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Saturday.

4 South Koreans freed after being kidnapped in Nigeria

posted: 12/22/2012 2:11 p.m.

Four South Korean construction workers and a Nigerian colleague who were kidnapped in southern Nigeria have been freed.

Russia says it won't host Assad but others welcome

posted: 12/22/2012 1:25 p.m.

Russia's foreign minister said Moscow would welcome any country's offer of a safe haven to Syrian President Bashar Assad, but underlined that Moscow itself has no intention of giving him shelter if he steps down.

Conflicting reports of Egypt's central bank governor status

updated: 12/22/2012 4:20 p.m.

State television reported early Saturday that Egypt's central bank governor resigned, but the Cabinet later denied the report.

Anglican leader backs gun control in the U.S.

posted: 12/22/2012 12:48 p.m.

The spiritual leader of the world’s 80 million-strong Anglican Communion threw his support behind stricter gun laws in the U.S. on Saturday, saying the easy availability of powerful weapons drew vulnerable people toward violence.

Head of national nuke security agency departing

posted: 12/22/2012 12:25 p.m.

The man who has led the nation's nuclear security agency since 2007 said he's stepping down next month.

Annual bird counts give scientists climate clues

posted: 12/22/2012 12:17 p.m.

Conservationists and bird enthusiasts across the Western Hemisphere are taking part in a massive, annual bird count that they hope will help scientists understand how birds adapt to climate change and habitat loss.

Longtime assistant Allen reassigned to high school relations director

posted: 12/22/2012 12:15 p.m.

Bobby Allen, who has spent 15 seasons coaching multiple positions on the Arkansas defense, has been reassigned to the role of high school relations director for the Razorbacks, coach Bret Bielema said Saturday.

Connecticut town in mourning inundated with gifts, money

posted: 12/22/2012 11:54 a.m.

The Connecticut town in mourning over the loss of 20 children and six school workers in the December school massacre has been overwhelmed by gifts from across the world.

Pope pardons ex-butler who stole, leaked documents

posted: 12/22/2012 10:57 a.m.

Pope Benedict XVI granted his former butler a Christmas pardon Saturday, forgiving him in person during a jailhouse meeting for stealing and leaking his private papers in one of the gravest Vatican security breaches in recent times.

Christmas away from home for baby needing surgery

posted: 12/22/2012 10:49 a.m.

A 7-month-old Arkansas girl will spend her first Christmas far from her Springdale home because she needs a life-saving operation.

Italy parliament dissolved; Monti to divulge plans

posted: 12/22/2012 10:29 a.m.

Italy's president has dissolved parliament following Premier Mario Monti's resignation, formally setting the stage for general elections in February in which Monti's participation remains unclear.

Egypt's vice president quits

posted: 12/22/2012 10:21 a.m.

Egypt's state TV said Vice President Mahmoud Mekki has resigned.

Jonesboro police say more fake cash surfaces

posted: 12/22/2012 9:40 a.m.

Jonesboro police said fake $10 and $20 bills are continuing to circulate in the city.

Bombing at political rally kills 9 in Pakistan

updated: 12/22/2012 10:50 a.m.

A suicide bomber in Pakistan killed nine people including a provincial government official at a political rally held Saturday by a party that has opposed the Taliban, officials said.

Britain: Charges possible in royal prank call case

posted: 12/22/2012 9:35 a.m.

Prosecutors are weighing whether to press charges over a royal hoax call that preceded a nurse’s apparent suicide, police said Saturday.

Yemen court sentences 3 militants to up to 6 years

posted: 12/22/2012 9:32 a.m.

Yemen’s state security court has sentenced three al-Qaida militants to up to six years in prison for planning attacks on security forces, foreign diplomatic missions and state institutions.

NRA: Schools all need guards

posted: 12/22/2012 3:12 a.m.

Seven days after the massacre of 26 children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the National Rifle Association called Friday for the placement of armed guards in all of the nation’s roughly 100,000 schools.

Obama: We can get it done

posted: 12/22/2012 3:03 a.m.

President Barack Obama said Friday that he still believes that Congress can pass a deal to avert the approaching “fiscal cliff,” and he urged both parties to craft at least a minimal package he can sign into law before Jan. 1.

Russians advance U.S. adoption ban

posted: 12/22/2012 3:02 a.m.

The Russian parliament gave final approval Friday to a proposed ban on the adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens, drawing a sharp response from the United States, which urged officials not to play politics with the lives of orphans.

Obama nominates Kerry for secretary of state post

posted: 12/22/2012 3:01 a.m.

President Barack Obama nominated Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts as secretary of state Friday, choosing an elder of the Democratic Party’s foreignpolicy establishment and a crucial political ally in the Senate to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton.

After crash, signal at crossing retimed

posted: 12/22/2012 3:01 a.m.

Union Pacific is adjusting the timing of the West Texas railroad crossing signal where a collision last month killed four military veterans riding in a parade, a company spokesman said Friday.

Storm leaves trail of snow, moves east

posted: 12/22/2012 3 a.m.

The first widespread snowstorm of the season weakened as it moved east Friday, but not before it dumped more than 1 1/2 feet of snow in Michigan and made travel difficult in the Great Lakes region.

Dentist’s firing of assistant over sexual attraction upheld

posted: 12/22/2012 2:58 a.m.

A dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant that he found attractive simply because he and his wife viewed the woman as a threat to their marriage, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday.

Warm tributes paid to Inouye

posted: 12/22/2012 2:58 a.m.

With reverential words and warm memories, President Barack Obama on Friday led the admirers paying tribute to the late Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, a war hero and senator for 50 years who was hailed for his leadership and modesty.

Election-eve strife hits Egypt

posted: 12/22/2012 2:58 a.m.

Thousands of Islamists fought with their opponents Friday in Egypt’s second-largest city, Alexandria, a day before the second leg of voting on a proposed Islamist-backed constitution that has polarized the nation.

Trio of astronauts arrives at station

posted: 12/22/2012 2:58 a.m.

A Soyuz capsule packed with three astronauts successfully docked Friday with the International Space Station, bringing the size of the full crew at the orbiting laboratory to six.

Bells toll nationwide for Newtown

posted: 12/22/2012 2:57 a.m.

The chiming of bells reverberated throughout Newtown on Friday, commemorating one week since the crackle of gunfire in an elementary school killed 20 children and six adults in a massacre that has deeply shaken the community — and the nation.

Rebels intensify attacks in Syria

posted: 12/22/2012 2:56 a.m.

Syria’s rebels stepped up attacks on strategic sites including a sprawling military complex in the country’s north Friday, and reports emerged that President Bashar Assad’s forces continued to fire Scud missiles at rebel areas.

Getting it straight

posted: 12/22/2012 2:55 a.m.

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

The world in brief

posted: 12/22/2012 2:55 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The welfare of children is simply too important to be linked to other issues in our bilateral relationship.” Michael McFaul, the U.S. ambassador to Russia, on a proposed ban on the adoption of Russian children by U.S.

Yemenis display shake-up support

posted: 12/22/2012 2:54 a.m.

Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis rallied across the country Friday to support a military shakeup this week that limited the powers held by loyalists of the country’s ousted leader, including his son.

The nation in brief

posted: 12/22/2012 2:53 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Call me a hopeless optimist, but I actually still think we can get it done.” President Barack Obama, on a deal to avert the approaching “fiscal cliff” Article, 1A

McDaniel’s records released

posted: 12/22/2012 2:53 a.m.

A Hot Springs lawyer who had an “inappropriate” relationship with Attorney General Dustin McDaniel reached out to his office a week after a man she referred to as an “old friend” was fatally shot at her Hot Springs home, according to documents released by the attorney general’s office late Friday.

Names and faces

posted: 12/22/2012 2:52 a.m.

PSY has reached a new milestone on YouTube. The South Korean rapper’s video for “Gangnam Style” has reached 1 billion views, according to YouTube’s counter. It’s the first time any clip has surpassed that mark on the streaming service owned by Google Inc.

Insurance setup with U.S. OK’d

posted: 12/22/2012 2:52 a.m.

Republicans who oppose state participation in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act were stymied Friday as the Arkansas Legislative Council approved an $18.6 million federal grant to set up the state’s insurance exchange.

Defense bill passes, not all as state wanted

posted: 12/22/2012 2:51 a.m.

The 2013 defense authorization bill headed to the president’s desk Friday after Congress passed the $633 billion compromise measure, which includes more than $40 million in military construction projects for Arkansas but leaves the future of an Air National Guard wing in jeopardy.

In the news

posted: 12/22/2012 2:50 a.m.

Betty Russell, a Mobile, Ala., woman who will soon turn 77, said she was asleep on her couch as a tornado ripped off part of her roof and damaged most of her home, adding: “I didn’t know I was that heavy a sleeper. It had caved in the south side of my house, and honestly I didn’t hear it. I cannot believe I didn’t hear it, but I didn’t.”

Prempro verdict favors drugmaker

posted: 12/22/2012 2:49 a.m.

Handing another Little Rock courtroom victory to Pfizer Inc., a federal jury on Friday found that while one of the company’s subsidiaries failed to adequately warn doctors about the risks of taking its hormone drug, the failure didn’t cause a Conway woman’s breast cancer.

Rough sledding a slippery slope for Razorbacks

posted: 12/22/2012 2:49 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson said he knows the Razorbacks’ rigorous nonconference schedule can impact the team in one of two ways.

Health group receives funding

posted: 12/22/2012 2:49 a.m.

The Legislative Council on Friday approved state grants to Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma Inc. for HIV-prevention and syphilis education.

Fired housing chief settles with agency

posted: 12/22/2012 2:49 a.m.

A settlement agreement between the Metropolitan Housing Alliance and former Executive Director Shelly Ehenger awarding her $120,000 in compensation in exchange for her agreement not to seek litigation of an Equal Opportunity Employment Commission complaint was signed Friday.

Power back for most after storm

posted: 12/22/2012 2:48 a.m.

Power was restored Friday to a majority of the nearly 50,000 Arkansas homes and businesses that lost service amid strong winds and thunderstorms the day before.

More hospitals in line to join trauma system

posted: 12/22/2012 2:46 a.m.

All but two of 21 hospitals that were notified earlier this year that time was running out to become part of a new statewide trauma system have since had site visits or scheduled them, state health officials said Thursday.

Fort Smith halts new billboard work

posted: 12/22/2012 2:46 a.m.

Fort Smith has imposed a four-month moratorium on the construction of new billboards while city planners study the possible effects of digital billboards.

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Law: Keep windshield view clear

posted: 12/22/2012 2:45 a.m.

Dear Mahatma: I write in regard to signs and stickers liberally placed on vehicle windows. What are the laws regarding the placement of such vision-blocking stuff? Does any lawenforcement agency ever issue citations for whatever laws apply to window signs? — R. Robert

BEEF ‘O’ BRADY’S BOWL: Bortles, Knights leave with bang

posted: 12/22/2012 2:45 a.m.

Central Florida will head into the new-look Big East off a strong showing in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl.

Beaver district keeping an eye on water quality

posted: 12/22/2012 2:43 a.m.

An annual event in which volunteers fan out in boats to help Beaver Lake overseers test water quality provides a snapshot of water clarity, nutrient levels and algae content, but it will be years before the testing will yield meaningful, long-term results, officials there said.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE: Arkansas women pull it together

posted: 12/22/2012 2:43 a.m.

It took a little longer than expected, but Arkansas made sure to give Tom Collen a nice 59th birthday.

Mattress firm asks that suit stay shut

posted: 12/22/2012 2:43 a.m.

A mattress company Friday asked a judge to deny a request to reopen a lawsuit involving thousands of its products that it says were illegally diverted to a company affiliated with the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries.

Judge throws out suit seeking parole

posted: 12/22/2012 2:43 a.m.

A Pulaski County circuit judge has thrown out a lawsuit by an inmate who claimed that state prison officials have wrongly classified him as a violent offender, a designation that has denied him parole.

UALR names interim director

posted: 12/22/2012 2:42 a.m.

Priscilla McChristian will serve as interim director of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Institute on Race and Ethnicity, Chancellor Joel Anderson announced Thursday.

Verizon hardly Hogs’ hot spot

posted: 12/22/2012 2:40 a.m.

The Arkansas men’s basketball team consistently has drawn enthusiastic crowds for its annual visits to Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, but the fans haven’t had much to cheer about in recent seasons.

Mega Millions

posted: 12/22/2012 2:38 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 3-18-32-41-56 Mega Ball: 19 Estimated jackpot: $12 million Megaplier: 3

Held in 1 death, man charged in dad’s killing

posted: 12/22/2012 2:37 a.m.

A Little Rock man, arrested and charged with murder in October, now faces a second murder charge in the death of his father.

Foot-patrol plans put off in Paragould

posted: 12/22/2012 2:36 a.m.

A Paragould Police Department proposal to begin foot patrols in high-crime areas with officers carrying semiautomatic rifles and requesting photo identification from people they stop has raised concern among residents and the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas.

Man, 29, arrested in assault, stabbing

posted: 12/22/2012 2:36 a.m.

Police on Wednesday arrested a man who, they said, repeatedly stabbed a Searcy woman and then raped her 12-year-old daughter.

Victory locks in Falcons

posted: 12/22/2012 2:35 a.m.

The Atlanta Falcons have proven they’re good enough to dominate a division leader.

TOP 25 MEN: Zeller, No. 6 Hoosiers stop Owls

posted: 12/22/2012 2:34 a.m.

Cody Zeller had 24 points and six rebounds, Christian Watford scored 17 points and No. 6 Indiana routed Florida Atlantic 88-52.

GIRLS: Central battles back stumbles

posted: 12/22/2012 2:32 a.m.

Little Rock Central’s girls were athletic enough to erase a deficit, but too impatient to take a lead.

Education agency moves to new digs

posted: 12/22/2012 2:32 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education has moved around the corner.

HARDWOOD SHOWCASE: 23-0 run sends Bossier by McClellan

posted: 12/22/2012 2:32 a.m.

Bossier City, La., turned a close game at halftime into a blowout in the second half as the Bearkats defeated Little Rock McClellan 75-46 Friday night in Jacksonville.

Motel owner given acquittal in slaying

posted: 12/22/2012 2:31 a.m.

A Boone County jury Thursday night acquitted the owner of the Scenic 7 Motel near Harrison of first-degree murder in the October 2011 shooting death of a young man he had taken in as his own to raise more than a decade earlier.

In 3 counties, 63 seek to sell alcohol

posted: 12/22/2012 2:30 a.m.

When Arkansas’ Alcoholic Beverage Control division meets Jan. 16, it will consider 63 applications to sell beer in three counties that previously forbade the sale of alcohol — Benton, Madison and Sharp counties Voters in those counties approved alcohol sales Nov. 6 for the first time since the 1940s.

NBA: Grizzlies win fourth in a row

posted: 12/22/2012 2:30 a.m.

Rudy Gay scored 26 points and Zach Randolph had 17 points and 13 rebounds to help the Memphis Grizzlies win their fourth consecutive game, 92-82 over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

Initial OK given in city’s loose-dog fines

posted: 12/22/2012 2:29 a.m.

Fort Smith city directors gave tentative approval Tuesday to some changes in the city’s animal-control ordinance and removed other proposed changes to allow for more study.

Falcons at Lions

posted: 12/22/2012 2:29 a.m.

7:30 p.m. Central, ESPN LINE — Falcons by 4 LAST MEETING Atlanta beat Detroit 23-16, Oct. 23, 2011. LAST WEEK Atlanta beat New York 34-0. Detroit lost to Arizona 38-10.

Council gives raise to research director

posted: 12/22/2012 2:29 a.m.

The Legislative Council on Friday voted to boost the annual salary of the director of the Bureau of Legislative Research by more than $6,000 to $154,904.

BOYS: Jonesboro leads on three-pointers, Ross

posted: 12/22/2012 2:29 a.m.

Jonesboro used three-point shooting to stay with Benton early, but it rode the coattails of junior guard Kahron Ross late to pick up another nonconference victory.

Body of Brookland man found in ditch

posted: 12/22/2012 2:28 a.m.

A body found in a ditch alongside U.S. 49B near Brookland has been identified as a 41-yearold Brookland man.

Dorcas House receives $200,000 gift

posted: 12/22/2012 2:28 a.m.

Dorcas House, a facility for women who are recovering from domestic violence and addiction, has received $200,000 in federal funds, according to Chris Masingill, cochairman of the Delta Regional Authority.

Joel Osteen tour to visit NLR on March 15

posted: 12/22/2012 2:27 a.m.

Joel Osteen, the pastor of the nation’s largest church, will hold “A Night of Hope” at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock on March 15.

Harsin keeping Thompson at ASU

posted: 12/22/2012 2:26 a.m.

Arkansas State defensive coordinator John Thompson will be sticking around Jonesboro after serving as interim coach against Kent State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Jan. 6.

12 days of Christmas

posted: 12/22/2012 2:26 a.m.

After the gifts are opened on Tuesday and the day winds to a close, Christmas will be over for many. The tree will come down and the decorations will be put away as thoughts turn to the new year ahead.

ON RELIGION: Leader’s post-Columbine words still ring true

posted: 12/22/2012 2:25 a.m.

Blame it on the guns.

UA staff members see pay increase

posted: 12/22/2012 2:24 a.m.

Arkansas’ bump in pay for Coach Bret Bielema’s football staff is extending beyond the assistant coaches, with the new director of football operations and the on-campus recruiting coordinator set to receive heftier salaries than their predecessors.

Walter Lee Carter: Business owner, buoyed by faith

posted: 12/22/2012 2:24 a.m.

At 65 years old, Walter Lee Carter ran his only marathon.

Obituaries

posted: 12/22/2012 2:23 a.m.

Obituary deadlines Because of production deadlines on Christmas Eve, obituaries for publication in Tuesday’s editions must be submitted by noon Monday. OBITUARIES Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

Other days

posted: 12/22/2012 2:23 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 22, 1912 CAMDEN — The work of connecting the approach to the Martin free bridge over the Ouachita river at this city to the roadway built on a dump leading to the bridge has been started.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 12/22/2012 2:23 a.m.

Award-winning playwright, writer King NEW YORK — Larry L. King, a writer and playwright whose magazine article about a campaign to close down a popular bordello became a hit Tony Award-nominated musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and a movie starring Burt Reynolds, died Thursday.

NEWS BRIEFS

posted: 12/22/2012 2:23 a.m.

Millions in checks left at holy site JERUSALEM — Worshippers usually leave notes to the Almighty at one of Judaism’s holiest sites. But half a billion dollars?

Calendar

posted: 12/22/2012 2:22 a.m.

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, 4807 W. Sixth Ave., Pine Bluff, will host a Gospel Explosion at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 29, featuring Galilee Choir, True Vessel, Voices of Harmony, Kindling Star Choir and other groups. (870) 643-4974.

Daily record

posted: 12/22/2012 2:22 a.m.

Meeting announcements published exclusively on Arkansas Online, the newspaper’s website, can be found at www.arkansasonline.com/tools/meetings/.

Burglaries

posted: 12/22/2012 2:22 a.m.

The following burglaries are from reports collected from the Little Rock and North Little Rock police departments. The names listed are of those who reported a burglary and the dates are when the crime is thought to have taken place.

Police beat

posted: 12/22/2012 2:21 a.m.

LR man admits role in robbery A Little Rock man arrested Thursday on a traffic warrant later admitted to police he took part in the armed robbery of a fast-food restaurant in October, according to an arrest report.

TODAY’S GAMES

posted: 12/22/2012 2:21 a.m.

Arkansas men vs. Alabama A&M WHEN 7 p.m. WHERE Verizon Arena, North Little Rock RECORDS Arkansas 6-4 ; Alabama A&M 2-6 SERIES First meeting

COLUMNISTS: The roots of mass murder

posted: 12/22/2012 2:21 a.m.

Every mass shooting has three elements: the killer, the weapon and the cultural climate. As soon as the shooting stops, partisans immediately pick their preferred root cause with corresponding pet panacea. Names are hurled, scapegoats paraded, prejudices vented. The argument goes nowhere.

They know what to do

posted: 12/22/2012 2:20 a.m.

“What can you possibly say when 20 kids are gunned down as they learn their ABCs in elementary school? And six of their teachers. Those of us in Arkansas know something about what it’s like to stand there aghast, tears streaming, hands-on-head.

OTHERS SAY: Report pulls no punches

posted: 12/22/2012 2:20 a.m.

Independent investigators pulled no punches in their report on the security breach in Benghazi that left U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead in September. The specific mistakes and general cluelessness of the State Department that left the mission vulnerable form a devastating critique of institutional failure.

Science fiction

posted: 12/22/2012 2:19 a.m.

This week marked the centennial of the grossest fraud of 20th Century science: Piltdown man. It is a case worth remembering.

Good news to report

posted: 12/22/2012 2:19 a.m.

A few days back, on Thursday, this column ran an editorial headed, “Can we agree on one thing?” It called for security guards at schools. And noted that we’d never seen a security guard at one campus we had reason to visit.

Transparency in UA timeline

posted: 12/22/2012 2:19 a.m.

Critical editorials published in this newspaper have raised the ire of University of Arkansas Chancellor David Gearhart and others with ties to the university.

HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUPS

posted: 12/22/2012 2:18 a.m.

BOYS BAUXITE 57, PULASKI ROBINSON 39 Bauxite got out to a 33-13 halftime lead and earned an easy 7-4 A victory. Ben Madison and Tyler Hill led Bauxite (7-4, 3-0 ) with 18 points each. D.J. King led Pulaski Robinson (1-6, 0-3 ) with seven points.

LETTERS

posted: 12/22/2012 2:18 a.m.

This tide sinking all boats An expressed—beloved by someeconomic theory is that cutting taxes on high-income people is good for all. The rationale: These successful people will use their extra money in a manner that stimulates growth of jobs and more tax revenue for the needed services.

NBA standings

posted: 12/22/2012 2:18 a.m.

FRIDAY’S GAMES Philadelphia 99, Atlanta 80 Toronto 93, Orlando 90 Milwaukee 99, Boston 94, OT Chicago 110, New York 106 Indiana 99, Cleveland 89

NBA SUMMARIES

posted: 12/22/2012 2:17 a.m.

GRIZZLIES 92, MAVERICKS 82 DALLAS (82) Da.Jones 2-2 1-1 6, Marion 6-11 2-2 14, Kaman 4-12 0-0 8, Collison 0-1 0-0 0, Mayo 3-11 3-4 10, Wright 5-6 2-4 12, Carter 5-14 1-1 14, Do.Jones 4-9 5-5 13, Crowder 1-9 0-0 2, Beaubois 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 31-76 14-17 82.

NFL standings

posted: 12/22/2012 2:16 a.m.

TODAY’S GAME All times Central Atlanta at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. SUNDAY’S GAMES Tennessee at Green Bay, noon

TODAY’S BOWL GAMES

posted: 12/22/2012 2:15 a.m.

NEW ORLEANS BOWL East Carolina (8-4 ) vs. La.-Lafayette (8-4 ) TIME/TV 11 a.m. Central, ESPN LINE Louisiana-Lafayette by 5 WHERE Superdome, New Orleans

Ask the expert

posted: 12/22/2012 2:14 a.m.

My husband and I are expecting a child in a few months. What are some quick, easy ways to childproof our home before the stork arrives?

Second thoughts

posted: 12/22/2012 2:14 a.m.

Seriously, these guys are pros?

Personal space

posted: 12/22/2012 2:13 a.m.

Shelby Brewer Where I live: In the fabulous, historic Quapaw Tower in downtown Little Rock. I have lived in this apartment building for several years, but I recently moved into this apartment. I love living downtown. I also work downtown so I have a very short commute.

Off the wire

posted: 12/22/2012 2:11 a.m.

ATHLETICS Douglas honored by AP Gymnast Gabby Douglas was selected The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year, edging swimmer Missy Franklin in a vote by U.S. editors and news directors that was announced Friday.

State sports briefs

posted: 12/22/2012 2:10 a.m.

FOOTBALL Mena coach takes LR Christian job Mena Coach Jeff Weaver is leaving after four seasons to become coach at Little Rock Christian. Weaver, 42, replaces Justin Kramer, who resigned last month after going 16-24 the past four seasons.

State jobless rate dips to 7%, but work force is shrinking

posted: 12/22/2012 2:09 a.m.

Arkansas’ unemployment rate fell to 7 percent in November from 7.2 percent in October, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.

Consumer spending jumps 0.4%

posted: 12/22/2012 2:07 a.m.

Consumer spending increased in November as Americans pushed aside the threat of higher taxes in 2013, bought gifts for the holidays and made up for lost shopping time caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Firm to curb Fayetteville Shale funds

posted: 12/22/2012 2:05 a.m.

Southwestern Energy Co. plans to spend less money in the Fayetteville Shale next year, a move energy analysts attribute to relentlessly low natural-gas prices.

In the garden

posted: 12/22/2012 2:04 a.m.

Q I have a tree that I planted as a dogwood in March, and in spite of continued watering, it had withered leaves all summer. I had given it up for dead, but now it has sprouted all these red berries. I wasn’t aware that dogwoods produced berries.

Activist halts bid for seat at Tyson

posted: 12/22/2012 2:04 a.m.

The chief executive of the Humane Society of the U.S. has dropped a plan to seek a seat on the board of Springdale-based Tyson Foods Inc.

Tools & toys

posted: 12/22/2012 2:03 a.m.

Brickweb What’s to love: Now you can install a brick facade — inside or outside — yourself.

Hostess sifting bids to buy brands, assets

posted: 12/22/2012 2:02 a.m.

Twinkies, Wonder Bread and Devil Dogs are likely to return to shelves in coming months, but probably not under the same owners.

Workshops, videos for do-it-yourselfers

posted: 12/22/2012 2:02 a.m.

There are other options for those hoping to learn home-fix-it skills with classes, seminars and videos.

Riveting class

posted: 12/22/2012 2:01 a.m.

Who knew toilet bowls and electrical outlets could be so empowering?

Simple fixes can lower energy use

posted: 12/22/2012 2:01 a.m.

With a nearly 90-year-old house in Rye, N.Y., Melanie Cadenhead spends a large part of every winter being cold.

Boiler users gain delay on air-rule compliance

posted: 12/22/2012 2:01 a.m.

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday established the first nationwide caps on mercury and other pollutants from industrial boilers while bowing to industry demands to give companies more time to comply.

Super Quiz: History

posted: 12/22/2012 2 a.m.

1. With which president is the name Monica Lewinsky associated ? 2. What city was founded by William Penn? 3. By what name is the Red Cross known in Muslim countries ? 4. In what year did the U.S. enter World War I?

Walgreen profit drops almost 26%

posted: 12/22/2012 1:58 a.m.

Walgreen’s fiscal firstquarter earnings sank nearly 26 percent as costs tied to a couple of big deals and superstorm Sandy helped put a bigger-than-expected dent in the drugstore chain’s performance.

Panel urges tougher British bank rules

posted: 12/22/2012 1:55 a.m.

Regulators in Britain should have the power to split up banks, a government-commissioned report concluded Friday, adding that proposed changes to the rules do not go far enough to prevent a future crisis.

Keep it clean

posted: 12/22/2012 1:54 a.m.

Mydrap Do you find yourself growing frustrated with stained table linens? To put it mildly, are you or someone in your household a slob?

HOG CALLS: Gulley’s experience pays off quickly

posted: 12/22/2012 1:53 a.m.

Though the new wears off, Fred Gulley’s story line doesn’t get old.

MARKET REPORT: Budget jitters set in, stocks dive

posted: 12/22/2012 1:49 a.m.

Investors sent Washington a reminder Friday that Wall Street is a power player in talks to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” Stocks fell sharply after House Republicans called off a vote on tax rates and left federal budget talks in disarray 10 days before tax increases and government spending cuts are scheduled to take effect.

‘Grafted’ veggies getting more nods

posted: 12/22/2012 1:49 a.m.

In many of the seed catalogs arriving soon in mailboxes, the headliners will be grafted vegetables, in which one or more varieties grow from a single rootstock. Tomatoes seem to be the grafted transplants most frequently offered, providing greater disease tolerance, bigger harvests, increased vigor and better taste.

Professional lists must-have tools

posted: 12/22/2012 1:47 a.m.

Instructors Joe Morrison, a retired mechanic from American Airlines, and his son, Adam Morrison, who works in residential and commercial maintenance for Mulheam Wilson Constructors, offered lots of good, practical advice in the “Handy Around the House: Home Repair 101” seminar as an Arkansas Extended Learning Center class.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 12/22/2012 1:45 a.m.

Census form to be mailed to farmers Farmers, ranchers and other producers can expect to receive a 2012 Census of Agriculture form in the mail in early January as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service updates the report, which is compiled every five years.

Business news in brief

posted: 12/22/2012 1:44 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “[Southwestern] will do some minimum level of exploration at almost any price, but they are not going to even approach previous levels until natural gas prices pass about $4.” James Williams, energy analyst, WTRG Economics Article, 1D

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Song whitewashes Rudolph’s tale of anguish

posted: 12/22/2012 1:42 a.m.

Dear Otus, It has been our family tradition for 32 years to gather on Christmas Eve and read your annual “True Story of Rudolph” while we play our copy of “Jingle Cats” singing “Silent Night.” I do hope you plan to run the column again this year.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 12/22/2012 1:41 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Can you give me some advice on how to keep our children from getting so focused on their presents on Christmas morning that we end up forgetting the true meaning of Christmas? We face this problem every year. — L.W.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/22/2012 1:41 a.m.

Happy birthday. Because you want the person you love to be your best friend, you’ll strive to create a relationship that works on many levels and will find much success with this endeavor this year. January and May are your luckiest months financially.

CLICK & CLACK’S CAR TALK

posted: 12/22/2012 1:41 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: Can you help my sister’s family? They were victims of Hurricane Sandy this fall, and although their cars are running, they did get saltwater up to the electrical system in both vehicles. Their mechanic said the cars are totaled, and there’s nothing to be done. Is he correct, or can you help? — Sue

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 12/22/2012 1:40 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I am a nursing assistant, and I work in a nursing home. I thought I would suggest a few gift ideas for residents of nursing, assisted-living and group homes that are really appreciated.

Friday, December 21

Records show McDaniel called lawyer twice from office

updated: 12/21/2012 6:33 p.m.

State phone records show that Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel called a lawyer with whom he admitted an extramarital relationship twice from his office, but did not communicate with her using his state-issued cell phone.

Defense bill to move A-10s from Fort Smith

posted: 12/21/2012 5:16 p.m.

Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman say they are disappointed in a defense spending bill that’s headed to the White House without a provision to block the Air Force from moving it’s A-10s from Fort Smith.

Still time for fiscal cliff agreement, Obama says

posted: 12/21/2012 5:14 p.m.

President Barack Obama issued a stern summons to congressional leaders Friday to approve legislation before year’s end to prevent tax increases on millions of middle class Americans and prevent an expiration of long-term unemployment benefits for the jobless.

Entergy brings in 470 workers to aid restoration

updated: 12/21/2012 4:34 p.m.

Entergy Arkansas said it brought in 470 additional workers to assist with power restoration after this week’s storms and high winds.

Ross: Not reconsidering 2014 run for Arkansas governor

posted: 12/21/2012 2:31 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Mike Ross said Friday that he’s not reconsidering a run for governor in 2014 after Attorney General Dustin McDaniel admitted to having an extramarital relationship, but the retiring Democratic lawmaker wouldn’t completely rule out the idea.

Monti resigns as Italian prime minister after 13 months

posted: 12/21/2012 12:58 p.m.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti resigned, ending a 13-month tenure and clearing the way for elections that will focus on his crisis-fighting austerity policies.

NRA calls for armed guards in schools, taps Hutchinson to lead plan

updated: 12/21/2012 2:56 p.m.

The National Rifle Association called for stationing police officers in schools as the proper response to the Dec. 14 school shooting in Connecticut and blamed “blood-soaked films” and video games for the violence.

Fix-it class empowers homeowners

posted: 12/21/2012 11:05 a.m.

Who knew toilet bowls and electrical outlets could be so empowering?

Obama nominates Kerry for secretary of state

updated: 12/21/2012 1:08 p.m.

President Barack Obama has nominated Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state, saying Kerry’s entire life “has prepared him for this role.”

Forecaster: Good chance for a White Christmas in parts of state

posted: 12/21/2012 9:27 a.m.

Arkansans dreaming of a White Christmas may be onto something this year.

Boehner: GOP didn't want to appear to raise taxes

posted: 12/21/2012 9:26 a.m.

House Speaker John Boehner said members of his Republican caucus refused to back his tax measure because they didn’t want to be accused of raising taxes.

State unemployment rate drops to 7%

posted: 12/21/2012 9:21 a.m.

Arkansas’ unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point in November to 7.0 percent, the state Department of Workforce Services said Friday.

Coalition soldier missing in Afghanistan

posted: 12/21/2012 8:50 a.m.

A search is under way in southern Afghanistan for a soldier from the NATO-led coalition, believed to be the first to have disappeared since a U.S. Army sergeant was captured by the Taliban more than three years ago, a military spokesman said Friday.

Survey team to check Jefferson County for possible tornado

posted: 12/21/2012 8:48 a.m.

A survey team from the National Weather Service will tour part of Jefferson County to determine whether a tornado touched down there as storms moved through early Thursday.

Bells toll for Connecticut victims one week after shooting

posted: 12/21/2012 8:40 a.m.

The chiming of bells reverberated throughout Newtown on Friday, commemorating one week since the crackle of gunfire in a schoolhouse killed 20 children and six adults in a massacre that has shaken the community — and the nation — to its core.

Cotton: Hagel not right pick for defense secretary

posted: 12/21/2012 8:36 a.m.

Fourth District Congressman-Elect Tom Cotton is urging President Obama not to nominate Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense.

Harrison man acquitted in stepson's shooting death

posted: 12/21/2012 8:34 a.m.

A 74-year-old Harrison man has been acquitted on a murder charge in the shooting death of his stepson.

Walgreen 1st-quarter profit sinks nearly 26%

posted: 12/21/2012 8:32 a.m.

Walgreen Co.’s fiscal first-quarter earnings sank nearly 26 percent as the nation’s largest drugstore chain filled fewer prescriptions and absorbed costs tied to acquisitions and superstorm Sandy.

Russian lower house passes anti-U.S. adoption measure

posted: 12/21/2012 8:14 a.m.

The lower house of the Russian parliament Friday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would ban adoption of Russian children by Americans, sending the contentious legislation a step closer to President Vladimir Putin’s desk.

De Queen parks director charged with theft, fired

posted: 12/21/2012 8:09 a.m.

The fired director of De Queen’s parks department has been charged with felony theft of thousands of dollars in payments for CPR classes that was to be paid to the Red Cross

N. Korea says it has detained a U.S. citizen

posted: 12/21/2012 8:05 a.m.

North Korea said Friday that it has detained an American citizen who has confessed to unspecified crimes.

Travelers hope to be on their way after snowstorm

posted: 12/21/2012 8:03 a.m.

Travelers facing canceled flights and closed roads were hoping to finally head to their holiday destinations Friday as a widespread snowstorm that dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of the Midwest moved across the Great Lakes toward Canada.

Mexico’s Maya heartland greets dawn of new era

posted: 12/21/2012 8 a.m.

Ceremonial fires burned and conches sounded off as dawn broke over the steps of the main pyramid at the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza on Friday, making what many believe is the conclusion of a vast, 5,125-year cycle in the Mayan calendar.

U.S. consumer spending rises as incomes rebound

posted: 12/21/2012 7:48 a.m.

Spending by U.S. consumers climbed in November as Americans pushed aside the threat of higher taxes next year, buying gifts for the holidays and making up for shopping lost to superstorm Sandy.

Pope presses gay-marriage opposition

posted: 12/21/2012 7:46 a.m.

The pope pressed his opposition to gay marriage Friday, denouncing what he described as people manipulating their God-given identities to suit their sexual choices — and destroying the very “essence of the human creature” in the process.

Islamists, opponents clash in northern Egypt

posted: 12/21/2012 7:43 a.m.

Thousands of Islamists clashed with their opponents Friday in Egypt’s second largest city, Alexandria, on the eve of the second leg of voting on the country’s contentious constitution that has deeply polarized the nation.

Body found near Brookland golf course identified

posted: 12/21/2012 6:59 a.m.

A body found in a ditch alongside U.S. 49-B near Brookland has been identified as a 41-year-old Brookland man.

Thousands still without power after storms, winds

posted: 12/21/2012 6:33 a.m.

More than 10,000 Entergy customers were without power Friday morning, a day after strong storms and heavy winds moved through the region.

State Department: Serious failures left Libya mission weak

posted: 12/21/2012 3:08 a.m.

The State Department on Thursday acknowledged major weaknesses in security and errors in judgment exposed in a scathing independent report on the deadly Sept. 11 assault on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. Two top State officials appealed to Congress to fully fund requests to ensure that diplomats and embassies are safe.

House approves defense billions

posted: 12/21/2012 3:05 a.m.

The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a $633 billion defense bill for next year despite Pentagon complaints that it spares outdated but politically popular weapons at the expense of the military’s ability to fight.

Snow piles up across Midwest

posted: 12/21/2012 3:05 a.m.

The first widespread snowstorm of the season crawled across the Midwest on Thursday, with whiteout conditions stranding holiday travelers and sending drivers sliding over slick roads — including into a fatal 25-vehicle pileup in Iowa.

Egyptian takes back resignation

posted: 12/21/2012 3:04 a.m.

Egypt’s top prosecutor retracted his resignation Thursday, a decision that stands to stir a new uproar in the country after he was accused of pressuring a judge not to release protesters opposed to the Islamist president.

GOP agrees to consider proposals by gun panel

posted: 12/21/2012 3:02 a.m.

The Obama administration will push to tighten gun laws in response to last week’s schoolhouse massacre in Connecticut, Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday, and Speaker John Boehner said the GOP-controlled House would consider the proposals.

Indiana pays more in ’11 stage collapse

posted: 12/21/2012 3:01 a.m.

The Indiana attorney general’s office sent out $6 million in checks Thursday to 59 victims of 2011’s deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse.

Inouye remembered for gallantry, grace

posted: 12/21/2012 3:01 a.m.

Sen. Daniel Inouye, the second longest serving senator in U.S. history after Robert Byrd, was remembered Thursday as a man who gallantly defended his country on the battlefield and gracefully sought to better it during the 50-plus years he represented his beloved state of Hawaii.

Ex-Marine aiding school faked record

posted: 12/21/2012 3 a.m.

A former Marine applauded for voluntarily guarding a central California elementary school misrepresented his service history, U.S. Marine Corps officials said Thursday.

Iraqi minister accuses ‘militia’ of seizing aides

posted: 12/21/2012 2:59 a.m.

Iraq’s finance minister on Thursday accused a “militia force” of kidnapping members of his staff, saying he holds the prime minister personally responsible for their safety.

U.N. urges ban on female circumcision

posted: 12/21/2012 2:58 a.m.

The U.N. General Assembly unanimously approved a resolution Thursday calling for a global ban on female genital mutilation, a centuries-old practice stemming from the belief that circumcising girls controls women’s sexuality and enhances fertility.

Pakistanis back to battling polio

posted: 12/21/2012 2:57 a.m.

Under police guard, thousands of health workers pressed on with a polio-immunization program Thursday after nine were killed elsewhere in Pakistan by suspected militants who oppose the vaccination campaign.

Putin: Not propping up Assad

posted: 12/21/2012 2:56 a.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin distanced himself further from Syria’s embattled leader Thursday, suggesting that Bashar Assad’s regime is growing weaker while warning that his decline could exacerbate the country’s crisis.

Adoption questions spur Putin to rip U.S.

posted: 12/21/2012 2:55 a.m.

At a much anticipated news conference Thursday, President Vladimir Putin skirted the question of whether he would support a ban on adoptions of Russian children by U.S. citizens, which was approved by Russian parliamentarians but requires his signature to become law.

In Mexico, spiritualists celebrate the dawn of a ‘new world’

posted: 12/21/2012 2:54 a.m.

The crystal skulls have spoken: The world is not going to end.

Ohio exotic-animal law OK’d by judge

posted: 12/21/2012 2:53 a.m.

A federal judge upheld Ohio’s new restrictions on exotic animals on Thursday after several owners sued the state over the law.

Edict on life-skills services mires insurance talks

posted: 12/21/2012 2:53 a.m.

State insurance-exchange planners and providers of services for the developmentally disabled agreed to keep talking Thursday about how to comply with a Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandate. The law requires that people learning skills for the first time be treated the same as those who are undergoing rehabilitative care.

In the news

posted: 12/21/2012 2:53 a.m.

Sarah Childs, a Denham Springs, La., woman who is in a dispute with some of her neighbors, can hang Christmas lights on her house that are in the shape of an extended middle finger, ruled U.S. District Judge James Brady as he issued an order temporarily barring city officials from interfering with the display and scheduled a Jan. 7 hearing on the matter.

Names and faces

posted: 12/21/2012 2:53 a.m.

Lady Gaga has sent along a package of gifts to Daniel Borowy, a teenager shot on the first day of school at a Baltimore high school. After the shooting, a grass-roots campaign attempted to catch Lady Gaga’s attention with hopes that the pop star would visit Borowy in the hospital.

Getting it straight

posted: 12/21/2012 2:52 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: 12/21/2012 2:52 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We clearly fell down on the job with regard to Benghazi.” Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, on the deadly Sept.

The world in brief

posted: 12/21/2012 2:52 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s time for the North Koreans to get moving on their issues.” “We are not preoccupied that much with the fate of the Assad regime.” Russian President Vladimir Putin, on his longtime ally Syrian President Bashar Assad Article, this page

2 propose relocating pressroom at Capitol

posted: 12/21/2012 2:51 a.m.

Two departing state lawmakers Thursday unveiled draft legislation to strip reporters of their rent-free office in the state Capitol.

UA tops baseball’s early poll

posted: 12/21/2012 2:51 a.m.

Arkansas’ baseball team will start the 2013 season on top.

Citing schedule, Ross skips adieu

posted: 12/21/2012 2:50 a.m.

Arkansas’ U.S. Rep. Mike Ross canceled a planned final speech on the House floor Thursday, citing a busy legislative schedule.

NLR School Board OKs pay increases in district

posted: 12/21/2012 2:48 a.m.

The North Little Rock School Board approved a pay increase for district employees Thursday that fell short of a plan drafted by a committee of teachers that it rejected earlier in the same meeting.

ARKANSAS 79, ROBERT MORRIS 74: Arkansas sputters, spurts, survives

posted: 12/21/2012 2:48 a.m.

Arkansas struggled to hit free throws and three-pointers Thursday night against Robert Morris University. The Razorbacks also had too many careless turnovers.

3 road accidents fatal to 3 in state

posted: 12/21/2012 2:47 a.m.

Three people died and one was injured in three accidents on Arkansas roads Thursday, according to preliminary Arkansas State Police accident reports.

January date rules out judge in asphalt case

posted: 12/21/2012 2:47 a.m.

A judge who had tangled with the defense for Faulkner County Administrator Jeff Johnston will not preside over Johnston’s felony theft-of-property case after all.

COMMENTARY: Bettman expanding NHL’s problems

posted: 12/21/2012 2:46 a.m.

In case you missed the latest news -—the NHL has a hard enough time getting people to pay attention when games are actually being played — Commissioner Gary Bettman went nuclear last week, filing a lawsuit against his own players.

Prempro verdict elusive; jury to try again

posted: 12/21/2012 2:46 a.m.

A federal jury resumes deliberations at 9 this morning over a Conway nurse’s claim that makers of the hormone drug Prempro didn’t adequately disclose to doctors the medication’s cancer risk, which she says contributed to her developing breast cancer.

In the lane: Mickelson gets going in second half

posted: 12/21/2012 2:46 a.m.

Sophomore forward Hunter Mickelson scored more points in the second half against Robert Morris University than he had scored in any of his previous 40 games for Arkansas to help carry the Razorbacks to a 79-74 victory Thursday night at Walton Arena.

Firm requests reopening of 2007 mattress lawsuit

posted: 12/21/2012 2:45 a.m.

A New Jersey company has asked a judge to reopen a lawsuit over claims that thousands of Tempur-Pedic mattresses meant for Hurricane Katrina victims and other people in need were illegally diverted to a company affiliated with the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries.

Man jailed after chase in woods

posted: 12/21/2012 2:45 a.m.

Saline County authorities arrested a man Thursday who led them on a chase the day before through the woods.

SOUTHLAND WOMEN: Sugar Bears roar to victory on road

posted: 12/21/2012 2:44 a.m.

Central Arkansas used a decisive second-half run to pull away from Louisiana-Monroe for a 62-49 victory at Fant-Ewing Coliseum on Thursday in Monroe, La.

TOP 25 MEN: Plumlee carries Duke past Elon

posted: 12/21/2012 2:44 a.m.

Duke’s shooters didn’t need to be as accurate as usual — not with Mason Plumlee dominating inside the way he did.

Anti-bullying plan gets OK

posted: 12/21/2012 2:44 a.m.

The Little Rock School Board on Thursday approved a framework of a plan for reducing student bullying that includes a new pre-kindergarten-through-high school curriculum, a streamlined bully-reporting system and the formation of a district/ community anti-bully advisory committee.

Police beat

posted: 12/21/2012 2:43 a.m.

LR police seek two in robbery attempt Little Rock police are looking for Robert Fitzgerald Walker, 23, and David Lee Walker, 25, both of Conway, in connection with the attempted robbery of a clothing store last weekend.

Top prospect Parker picks Duke

posted: 12/21/2012 2:42 a.m.

Jabari Parker still had just about everyone guessing. Then, he pulled out that blue T-shirt with a white “D,” and, finally, it became clear.

Daily record

posted: 12/21/2012 2:42 a.m.

Meeting announcements published exclusively on Arkansas Online, the newspaper’s website, can be found at www.arkansasonline.com/tools/meetings/.

NBA standings and summaries

posted: 12/21/2012 2:41 a.m.

TIMBERWOLVES 99, THUNDER 93 OKLAHOMA CITY (93) Durant 12-21 8-8 33, Ibaka 6-13 1-2 14, Perkins 0-2 0-0 0, Westbrook 9-28 11-13 30, Sefolosha 3-9 2-3 9, Collison 0-1 0-0 0, Jackson 2-6 0-0 4, Thabeet 0-0 0-0 0, Maynor 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 33-82 22-26 93.

Timberwolves trip up Thunder

posted: 12/21/2012 2:41 a.m.

Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder have been blowing by the rest of the Western Conference in these first two months, playing with the swagger born of their run to the NBA Finals last season.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 12/21/2012 2:41 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.

Clippers put together depth, streak

posted: 12/21/2012 2:40 a.m.

These are heady days for the longsuffering Los Angeles Clippers. They’ve tied a franchise record with an 11-game winning streak and at 19-6 are tied for the second-best record in the NBA.

POINSETTIA BOWL: Linebacker leads way with 2 TDs

posted: 12/21/2012 2:40 a.m.

For the longest time, it seemed as if the Poinsettia Bowl was going to be touchdown-free.

Getting it straight

posted: 12/21/2012 2:40 a.m.

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

Other days

posted: 12/21/2012 2:39 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 21, 1912 The Little Rock dentists will co-operate with the United Charities in the examination of the teeth of school children now being conducted.

Obituaries

posted: 12/21/2012 2:38 a.m.

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

THE RECRUITING GUY: Spaight draws raves from junior-college coach

posted: 12/21/2012 2:38 a.m.

The mere mention of Arkansas signee Martrell Spaight of Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College drew an animated response from defensive coordinator Paige Anders.

EDITORIALS: Semi-arguments

posted: 12/21/2012 2:37 a.m.

WHAT CAN you possibly say when 20 kids are gunned down as they learn their ABCs in elementary school? And six of their teachers.

Wisconsin finds Bielema’s replacement

posted: 12/21/2012 2:36 a.m.

Several schools tried to lure Gary Andersen away from Utah State.

Now, about magazine size

posted: 12/21/2012 2:36 a.m.

The debate we’d like to hear—a debate without all the hollering, hyperbole and hysteria—is one about the size of magazines for guns.

Back, better than ever

posted: 12/21/2012 2:36 a.m.

Most days, Adrian Peterson went through rehab drills looking as if he were never injured.

COLUMNISTS: December 21st

posted: 12/21/2012 2:35 a.m.

So little time, so much to do, what with Christmas almost here. Cards to mail, last minute presents to buy, stockings to hang. It must have been like that the day they found him out by the railroad tracks in Pine Bluff.

2014 recruit commits to Arkansas

posted: 12/21/2012 2:34 a.m.

El Dorado junior defensive lineman Bijhon Jackson gave Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema an early Christmas gift when he called Bielema Thursday night and orally committed to the Hogs.

Ban assault weapons

posted: 12/21/2012 2:34 a.m.

In fewer than 10 horrible minutes last Friday morning, a gunman took the lives of 26 people, including 20 small children. That he could do that much damage that quickly speaks volumes about a major American problem with guns.

Microphones cause jabbering at the line

posted: 12/21/2012 2:34 a.m.

The best spies in the NFL these days aren’t behind enemy lines but on the quarterback’s own side of the ball.

Guest writer: Seeking certainty

posted: 12/21/2012 2:33 a.m.

Confidence in the strength and resilience of our nation’s economy has allowed the United States to maintain the world’s leading economy for decades. In difficult economic times, investors both at home and abroad know that the United States is always the best bet.

Second thoughts

posted: 12/21/2012 2:32 a.m.

Big Texans catch a ride from Foster Former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders used to buy his offensive linemen steak dinners. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gave his blockers new cars a few years ago.

Off the wire

posted: 12/21/2012 2:32 a.m.

BASKETBALL Fisher to miss games Dallas Mavericks point guard Derek Fisher will miss at least two more games because of a strained right knee. He didn’t play Thursday night against Miami and will skip a two-game trip to Memphis and San Antonio.

State sports briefs

posted: 12/21/2012 2:32 a.m.

FOOTBALL Henry earns All-USA honor Pulaski Academy senior tight end Hunter Henry has been named first team All-USA by USA Today. Henry, 6-5, 240 pounds, caught 107 passes for 1,449 yards and 15 touchdowns this fall. A two-time Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas selection, Henry has orally committed to Arkansas.

Thursday’s college scores

posted: 12/21/2012 2:31 a.m.

MEN EAST La Salle 88, Iona 74 Princeton 62, Rider 45 SOUTH Duke 76, Elon 54 Hampden-Sydney 75, Marygrove 50 Memphis 62, Lipscomb 56 N. Kentucky 54, Hampton 52

Resist rush to nonsolutions

posted: 12/21/2012 2:31 a.m.

It’s tempting to react impulsively in the face of the incomprehensible slaughter at Sandy Hook Elementary School: The guy used an assault rifle, that’s the problem!

TODAY’S GAME

posted: 12/21/2012 2:31 a.m.

Arkansas women vs. Northwestern State WHEN 7 p.m. WHERE Walton Arena, Fayetteville RECORDS Arkansas 10-1 ; Northwestern State 4-4

Tonight’s game

posted: 12/21/2012 2:30 a.m.

BEEF ‘O’ BRADY’S BOWL Ball State (9-3 ) vs. Central Florida (9-4 ) TIME/TV 6:30 p.m. Central (ESPN) LINE Central Florida by 7 WHERE Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla.

LETTERS

posted: 12/21/2012 2:30 a.m.

Now isn’t that special!

Notes

posted: 12/21/2012 2:30 a.m.

REDSKINS Griffin appears ready ASHBURN, Va. — Robert Griffin III looks good to go.

Two rail studies planned for state

posted: 12/21/2012 2:26 a.m.

Imagine high-speed passenger trains of the future zipping from Memphis to Little Rock to Texarkana at speeds up to 200 mph.

U.S. economy grew 3.1% over summer

posted: 12/21/2012 2:26 a.m.

The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.1 percent over the summer as exports increased, consumers spent more and state and local governments added to growth for the first time in three years.

NYSE sold in $8.2 billion deal

posted: 12/21/2012 2:25 a.m.

The owner of the 220-year-old New York Stock Exchange on Thursday agreed to an $8.2 billion deal that would give control to upstart competitor IntercontinentalExchange.

Judd Apatow gets a bit personal in his sequel to Knocked Up

posted: 12/21/2012 2:22 a.m.

Judd Apatow is an easy enough target — he’s like the little indie band that suddenly (or after 10 years of touring the sticks) became hugely popular. All the hard cores who were with him before he got famous — all 15 or 20 of the original Freaks and Geeks devotees — naturally resent his success and feel like they’ve been robbed of something precious. They all contend he was better before he got popular.

REVIEW: Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D

posted: 12/21/2012 2:20 a.m.

Thanks to their training, discipline and imaginations, the folks behind Cirque du Soleil regularly make something beautiful and awe-inspiring out of activities that usually break bones. Because these men and women do with their bodies what George Lucas and Peter Jackson can do with computers, the Canadian company would seem a natural for the big screen.

REVIEW: The Guilt Trip

posted: 12/21/2012 2:18 a.m.

The Guilt Trip doesn’t take viewers anywhere they haven’t been before, but any journey where the wisecracking cynic Seth Rogen is nagged by Barbra Streisand isn’t a complete waste.

ON FILM: Critics organization picks 2012 favorites

posted: 12/21/2012 2:16 a.m.

I’ve written all kinds of things over the years, but before this week I don’t think I’d ever written a news release. I did so this week to announce the results of the Southeastern Film Critics Association annual poll. (I’m serving as the group’s president this year, which means I was among the lucky ones who had to tabulate the ballots.)

Hobbit breaks December record

posted: 12/21/2012 2:12 a.m.

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit led the box office with a haul of $84.6 million, a record-setting opening better than the three previous Lord of the Rings films.

REVIEW: The Central Park Five

posted: 12/21/2012 2:09 a.m.

The horrors of a runaway justice system portrayed in The Central Park Five could be the basis of a big-budget, high-grossing Hollywood crime drama. But Hollywood lost out — this taut, expertly crafted film, based on what happened to five Harlem teenagers accused of raping a woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989, is a documentary.

Film clips

posted: 12/21/2012 2:07 a.m.

At area theaters 68 ALEX CROSS, PG-13 Tyler Perry takes on the role of the title homicide detective/psychologist, who may have met his match in a serial killer (Matthew Fox). (101 minutes)

MARKET REPORT: Amid ‘cliff’ doubt, stocks gain

posted: 12/21/2012 2:05 a.m.

The stock market ended higher Thursday after flipping between small gains and losses throughout the morning. Uncertainty about federal budget negotiations was a distraction for many traders.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 12/21/2012 2:04 a.m.

Turk plant enters commercial phase Commercial operation began Thursday at the $2.1 billion, 600-megawatt John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant in Hempstead County, Southwestern Electric Power Co. said in a news release.

Business news in brief

posted: 12/21/2012 2:04 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’re going to have some weakness closing out this year and starting off next year.We really want to see business investment coming back because, ultimately, that’s going to lead to hiring.” Omair Sharif, economist at RBS Securities Article, 1D

REVIEW: Lay the Favorite

posted: 12/21/2012 2:04 a.m.

Lay the Favorite seems like a safe bet. It’s got some capable performers, and Stephen Frears, the mind behind The Hit, Prick Up Your Ears, Dangerous Liaisons and The Queen, is behind the camera. Curiously, Lay the Favorite performs like an injured Thoroughbred. It’s simply not ready for the race.

Home movies

posted: 12/21/2012 2:03 a.m.

William Friedkin, Killer Joe, NC-17, 102 minutes I saw Killer Joe in 1998 when it was an off-Broadway play starring Scott Glenn in the title role, along with some relatively unknown guy named Michael Shannon, who since that time has gained critical acclaim thanks to films like Take Shelter and the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 12/21/2012 1:59 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) Deadfall, R Everything that could go wrong for siblings on the run from a casino heist pretty much does. With Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Sissy Spacek, Kris Kristofferson; directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky.

PREVIEWS

posted: 12/21/2012 1:57 a.m.

New this week Dabangg 2 Not rated Salman Khan returns as Chulbul Pandey, a formerly corrupt cop turned Robin Hood. With Kareena Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha; directed by Arbaaz Khan.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/21/2012 1:55 a.m.

Happy birthday. It’s your year for emotional fitness, and positive new associations and habits will form in the months to come. You’ll change or hone your style in January. Friendship will open a professional door in February.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 12/21/2012 1:54 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: My front-entry garden has been used by a neighborhood cat for his litter box. I have not been able to remove this odor. Do you have a solution?

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 12/21/2012 1:53 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: How can anyone believe Jesus was born of a virgin? Maybe they believed in such things 2,000 years ago, but we know better today. — S.D.

Super Quiz: Luke 2: 1-22

posted: 12/21/2012 1:51 a.m.

1. Who sent out a decree that all the world should be taxed? 2. What city did Joseph go to in order to be taxed? 3. Who went with him? 4. Why did she have her child in a manger?

ARKANSAS 79, ROBERT MORRIS 74: Fight to the finish

posted: 12/21/2012 1:49 a.m.

Game sketch RECORDS Arkansas 6-4 ; Robert Morris 8-5 STARS Arkansas sophomore guard BJ Young (23 points) and sophomore forward Hunter Mickelson (16 points). Robert Morris junior guards Karvel Anderson (17 points) and Coron Williams (17 points). TURNING POINT The Razorbacks had a 20-5 run to take a 57-46 lead with 11:18 left. KEY STAT Arkansas outscored Robert Morris 44-18 on points in the lane.