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Little Rock man charged for shooting slot machine

posted: 02/13/2012 5:24 p.m. Comments 2

An Arkansas man is facing charges in Mississippi after police say he shot a casino slot machine after complaining that it took his money.

US regulators approve Google's $12.5M bid for Motorola

posted: 02/13/2012 5:10 p.m. Discuss

Google’s $12.5 billion acquisition of cellphone maker Motorola Mobility has won approvals from U.S. and European antitrust regulators, moving Google a major step closer to completing the biggest deal in its 13-year history.

Cabot teacher arrested on sexual assault charges

posted: 02/13/2012 3:42 p.m. Comments 2

A Cabot junior high school teacher was arrested Monday on 13 total counts involving sexual assault on a student.

Valentine's Day Ideas

posted: 02/13/2012 3:16 p.m. Gallery Discuss

Here is a list of some Valentine's Day events that you and your special someone can do to celebrate.

Bill calls for no raises for elected Arkansas officials

posted: 02/13/2012 2:51 p.m. Comment 1

The state elected officials would not receive a pay raise and 13 new judgeships would be created under a bill headed to the House floor for a vote.

Woman dies in south Arkansas house fire

posted: 02/13/2012 2:26 p.m. Discuss

Authorities said one person has died and a volunteer fire chief suffered smoke inhalation after a house fire in Columbia County.

Pulaski County Special School District put on fiscal distress

posted: 02/13/2012 2:22 p.m. Discuss

The Arkansas education board has placed the Pulaski County Special School District in fiscal distress.

Tenpenny selected to U.S. Army All-American Bowl

posted: 02/13/2012 2:21 p.m. Discuss

North Little Rock running back Altee Tenpenny is having a pretty good start to 2012.

Washington state legalizes same-sex marriage

posted: 02/13/2012 2:15 p.m. Discuss

Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed into law a bill that legalizes same-sex marriage in Washington state, making it the nation’s seventh to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.

North Carolina Supreme Court hears student bra-search case

posted: 02/13/2012 2:12 p.m. Discuss

The North Carolina Supreme Court is going to decide whether officials at an alternative school should have required students to participate in a bra search based on a tip that pills were being bought to class.

New Arkansas lottery director wants to boost sales

posted: 02/13/2012 1:59 p.m. Discuss

The new director of Arkansas’ lottery says he wants to focus on boosting ticket sales and that he does not plan to hire vice presidents for the commission.

Pair robs Sonic in England but gets empty bank bag

posted: 02/13/2012 1:06 p.m. Comments 4

A robbery of a Sonic Drive-In in England ended with the suspects escaping with no money.

Education chief: Readying No Child waiver proposal

posted: 02/13/2012 1 p.m. Comments 2

The state Department of Education is preparing to submit its waiver to the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Two attempt residential copper theft, get away

posted: 02/13/2012 1 p.m. Discuss

Two individuals caused $4,000 of damage to a North Little Rock home Saturday in a failed attempt to steal copper.

Copper wire stolen from cell phone tower

posted: 02/13/2012 12:55 p.m. Discuss

Copper wire has been stolen from a cell phone tower.

Rhode Island supermarket sells $336.4M Powerball ticket

posted: 02/13/2012 11:49 a.m. Discuss

The winning ticket in Saturday's $336.4 million Powerball jackpot was sold at a Stop & Shop supermarket in Newport, but no one has come forward yet to claim the prize, Rhode Island lottery officials said Monday.

U.S. envoy to meet with North Korea about nuclear program

posted: 02/13/2012 11:31 a.m. Discuss

A U.S. envoy will hold talks with North Korea on its nuclear program in Beijing next week.

Arkansas Speaker: Don't 'reinvent the budget wheel'

updated: 02/13/2012 12:36 p.m. Discuss

Arkansas lawmakers are returning to the Capitol to consider a $4.7 billion budget that calls for increasing spending on Medicaid and public schools.

Down with love

posted: 02/13/2012 11:02 a.m. Discuss

Valentine’s Day is justly maligned, Bobby Ampezzan writes in Tuesday’s Style section.

Officials investigate Houston's cause of death

updated: 02/13/2012 2:34 p.m. Gallery Discuss

Whitney Houston was under water and apparently unconscious when she was found in a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub, police said Monday, as the singer's family prepared to send her body to her native New Jersey for a funeral.

Obama sends 2013 budget proposals to Congress

updated: 02/13/2012 11:16 a.m. Comments 86

President Barack Obama unveiled a $3.8 trillion spending plan on Monday for 2013 that seeks to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade but does little to restrain growth in the government's huge health benefit programs, a major cause of future deficits.

Texas man convicted of disaster relief fraud

posted: 02/13/2012 10:23 a.m. Discuss

A Southeast Texas man faces up to 30 years in prison over a Hurricane Ike scam involving a home belonging to his mother.

Memphis steel mill seeks tax break for expansion

posted: 02/13/2012 10:05 a.m. Discuss

Nucor Steel Memphis is seeking a tax break on a $113 million expansion the company said will add 27 jobs.

Texas lawyer to face misconduct suit

posted: 02/13/2012 9:57 a.m. Discuss

Opening statements have been scheduled in a case the State Bar of Texas has brought against an attorney who has helped wrongly convicted ex-inmates get state compensation.

Weather Advisory Cancelled

updated: 02/13/2012 4:49 p.m. Discuss

Snow caused slicked roads and several school closures Monday morning in Northwest Arkansas.

Gov. Beebe to visit China on trade mission

posted: 02/13/2012 9:18 a.m. Comments 2

Gov. Mike Beebe is traveling to China in April for an economic development trade mission, his third international trip since he took office in 2007. Gov. Beebe to visit China on trade mission

Truck hauling medical supplies crashes

posted: 02/13/2012 9:04 a.m. Discuss

A truck hauling medical supplies crashed Monday morning.

Bahrain police suppress protesters

posted: 02/13/2012 8:38 a.m. Discuss

Security forces in Bahrain have fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters trying to occupy a landmark square in the nation’s capital ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Shiite-led uprising in the Gulf kingdom.

Oklahoma bans thousands from casinos

posted: 02/13/2012 8:32 a.m. Comments 3

Officials reported that about 11,000 people are banned from casinos and gaming centers throughout Oklahoma because of compulsive gambling.

Obama seeks $8 billion for community college job training

posted: 02/13/2012 8:17 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama wants community colleges and businesses to work together to train 2 million workers in high-growth industries.

Snow, sleet sweep into Arkansas

updated: 02/13/2012 12:48 p.m. Video | Gallery Discuss

Snowfall across the state is expected to transition to freezing rain and then rain as warmer temperatures move into the region.

Al-Qaida chief backs rebel forces in Syria

posted: 02/13/2012 5:13 a.m. Discuss

Al-Qaida’s leader has called for the ouster of Syria’s “pernicious, cancerous regime,” raising fears that Islamic extremists will try to exploit an uprising against President Bashar Assad that began with peaceful calls for democratic change but is morphing into a bloody, armed insurgency.

Amid riots, Greece OKs more cuts

posted: 02/13/2012 5:09 a.m. Discuss

Greek lawmakers today approved harsh new austerity measures demanded by bailout creditors to save the debt-crippled nation from bankruptcy, after rioters in central Athens torched buildings, looted shops and clashed with riot police.

Michigan, Arizona in Santorum’s sights

posted: 02/13/2012 5:05 a.m. Discuss

Rick Santorum is pursuing an aggressive strategy to challenge Mitt Romney in the state where the Republican presidential front-runner grew up.

HOG CALLS: Hogs’ front line displays its potential

posted: 02/13/2012 5:05 a.m. Discuss

Of course the football player and the scorer hogged the newspaper ink after the Razorbacks’ 76-65 SEC basketball victory over South Carolina on Saturday afternoon at Walton Arena.

Admiral: U.S. forces ready to confront Iranian hostility

posted: 02/13/2012 5:03 a.m. Discuss

The top U.S. Navy official in the Persian Gulf said Sunday that he takes Iran’s military capabilities seriously but insists his forces are prepared to confront any Iranian aggression in the region. Vice Adm. Mark Fox, commander of the 5th Fleet, told reporters at the naval force’s Bahrain headquarters that the Navy has “built a wide range of potential options to give the president” and is “ready today” to confront any hostile action by Tehran.

Pakistan militant pact told

posted: 02/13/2012 5:01 a.m. Discuss

Pakistan’s leading militants have called on fighters to honor an agreement not to attack the Pakistani military in the most important sanctuary for the Taliban and al-Qaida along the Afghan border.

Adele scores 6 Grammy victories

posted: 02/13/2012 4:59 a.m. Discuss

Adele, who captured the world’s heart with an album about a broken romance, emerged as the top winner at Sunday’s Grammy Awards, winning six trophies including the prestigious trifecta of record, song and album of the year.

GOP urges vote on birth-control mandate

posted: 02/13/2012 4:56 a.m. Discuss

Conservatives said Sunday that the flap surrounding President Barack Obama’s birth control mandate was far from over, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., saying he’ll push to overturn the requirement because it was another example of government meddling.

Venezuelan vote picks Chavez foe

posted: 02/13/2012 4:55 a.m. Discuss

State Gov. Henrique Capriles won Venezuela’s first-ever opposition presidential primary Sunday by a wide margin, emerging as the single candidate who will try to end President Hugo Chavez’s 13 years in power.

Midwest militia’s trial begins today

posted: 02/13/2012 4:54 a.m. Discuss

Seven members of a Midwest militia accused of plotting to overthrow the government are set to stand trial, where jurors will decide whether federal authorities prevented an attack by homegrown extremists or simply made too much of the boasts by weekend warriors who had pledged to “take our nation back.” Opening statements are set for today once a jury is seated in the trial of members of the Hutaree Christian militia, who are charged with conspiring to commit sedition, or rebellion, as well as weapon crimes.

Group reports oil spilling in Nigeria

posted: 02/13/2012 4:52 a.m. Discuss

An environmental group says there is a new spill on an oil well run by Italian firm Eni SpA in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta.

U.N. worker killed in Cairo

posted: 02/13/2012 4:48 a.m. Discuss

An Egyptian woman who worked for the United Nations as a freelance consultant was fatally shot in the head while driving through an upscale Cairo neighborhood on Sunday, security officials said.

Girl, 5, buried by avalanche, found alive

posted: 02/13/2012 4:46 a.m. Discuss

Rescuers pulled a 5-year-old girl alive from the rubble of a house flattened by an avalanche that killed both her parents and at least seven of her relatives in a remote mountain village in southern Kosovo.

The world in brief

posted: 02/13/2012 4:42 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The Iranians have every bit as much right to operate in international waters as we do... [and] we are very keen on not trying to over-pressurize the situation.” Vice Adm. Mark Fox, commander of the 5th Fleet, saying the Navy is prepared to confront any hostile action by Iran Article, 1A

The nation in brief

posted: 02/13/2012 4:40 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s riddled with constitutional problems.And this is what happens when the government tries to take over health care and tries to interfere with your religious beliefs.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on a revised birth control mandate Article, this page

Names and faces

posted: 02/13/2012 4:38 a.m. Discuss

The first Oscars of the year have been presented at the Scientific and Technical Awards, the motion picture academy’s annual celebration of the geeks and gizmos that make movie magic.

In the news

posted: 02/13/2012 4:38 a.m. Discuss

Lt. Jennifer Jessee of the U.S. Coast Guard said that the Delta Mariner, a cargo ship that tore off a 322-foot section of a bridge over the Tennessee River, will be moved to Paducah, Ky., for repairs and must pass an inspection before resuming its voyage to Cape Canaveral, Fla., where it was hauling rocket parts for NASA and the U.S. Air Force.

County’s tax roll growing

posted: 02/13/2012 4:36 a.m. Comment 1

An increase in used-car values and business inventories in 2011 led to a rise in property assessments that will generate 3 percent more tax revenue over 2010, according to reports released last week by the Pulaski County treasurer and the county assessor.

Chamber seeks contribution boost

posted: 02/13/2012 4:35 a.m. Discuss

The Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce is asking for a larger annual contribution for economic development from one of its public partners and more requests could be coming for others.

Some imagine Chester Street for new bridge

posted: 02/13/2012 4:34 a.m. Comments 3

Postponing replacement of the Broadway Bridge in favor of a new bridge at Chester Street has gained traction with local officials worried about the coming traffic nightmare when construction begins, but the idea is spinning its wheels with state highway officials.

Corps evaluates historic tower

posted: 02/13/2012 4:33 a.m. Discuss

An architectural historian with the Army Corps of Engineers described the ruins of Monte Ne as “a fascinating building” and “more than I expected” after spending four days examining it. Also, she said, it’s in no danger of collapsing anytime soon.

Stimulus funds provide boost to energy-efficiency programs

posted: 02/13/2012 4:31 a.m. Comments 3

When Della Poyson of Fayetteville asked for help with her electricity bill last fall, she learned about a federal program that pays for home improvements intended to reduce her energy use.

Office project sheriff’s dream come true

posted: 02/13/2012 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Tonight’s Jefferson County Quorum Court session won’t be just another routine meeting for Jefferson County Sheriff Gerald Robinson.

High court rejects appeal, won’t revisit murder laws

posted: 02/13/2012 4:27 a.m. Discuss

The state Supreme Court does not have to decide whether two statutes are “unconstitutionally vague” or whether they led to a more serious conviction for Vadarian Meadows, justices ruled last week.

Shooting in NLR fatal to woman

posted: 02/13/2012 4:24 a.m. Discuss

A woman was fatally shot Sunday evening at a North Little Rock housing project, police said.

Police beat

posted: 02/13/2012 4:13 a.m. Discuss

LR man stabbed, robbed near home A man told police he was stabbed in the back and robbed on a southwest Little Rock street near his home Sunday evening, police said.

Other days

posted: 02/13/2012 4:12 a.m. Discuss

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 13, 1912 An unidentified burglar effected an entrance to the office of the clerk of the Supreme Court in the old statehouse some time during Sunday night, opened the drawers in all the desks in the office, took out all the papers in them and scattered them over the floor.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 02/13/2012 4:11 a.m. Discuss

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

John D.Wright: His patients kept doctor on the run

posted: 02/13/2012 4:11 a.m. Discuss

For most of his medical career, Dr. John D. Wright was rushing out the door, ready to help his next patient.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 02/13/2012 4:10 a.m. Discuss

Last Lecture author, former columnist Jeffrey Zaslow, 53, the best-selling author of The Last Lecture, co-written with Randy Pausch about a professor dying of cancer, and a recent book about former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, died Friday in a car accident in northern Michigan.

Obituaries

posted: 02/13/2012 4:09 a.m. Discuss

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

COLUMNISTS: Money makes morals

posted: 02/13/2012 4:08 a.m. Discuss

Lately, inequality has re-entered the national conversation. Occupy Wall Street gave the issue visibility, while the Congressional Budget Office supplied hard data on the widening income gap. And the myth of a classless society has been exposed: Among rich countries, America stands out as the place where economic and social status is most likely to be inherited.

EDITORIALS: Whoa there, big fella

posted: 02/13/2012 4:07 a.m. Comment 1

THE HEADLINE on the front page of Wednesday’s paper said it all, or at least summed it all up: “3 bridge designs fail to inspire unity,/ spur call to move project.” Uninspired is the word, all right.

OTHERS SAY: No police state

posted: 02/13/2012 4:06 a.m. Discuss

The military-led government in Egypt appears to have learned few lessons from the disastrous mistakes leading up to President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster from power almost exactly a year ago. Denying democracy and continuing to impose the iron fist of dictatorship is the surest way to stoke a revolution, as Mubarak and other Arab dictators learned to their detriment. . . .

The Donald’s new hazards

posted: 02/13/2012 4:06 a.m. Discuss

It’s good to see that Donald Trump is taking steps to get into the cemetery business. After being such a lousy birther, I’m rooting for Trump to have some success as a deather.

PTAs of state, take heed

posted: 02/13/2012 4:05 a.m. Comment 1

Parent Teacher Associations across Arkansas, make sure you have checks and balances in place to ensure you aren’t scammed like elementary schools in Springdale and Bentonville have been over the past three years.

Guest writer: Not our problem

posted: 02/13/2012 3:54 a.m. Comment 1

The more I think about the Keystone XL pipeline, the more questions I have. Here are some of them: According to U.S. Rep. Edward Markey of Massachusetts, the oil that would flow down the pipeline is the dirtiest oil on the planet.

LETTERS

posted: 02/13/2012 3:53 a.m. Comments 7

Faults of Democrats Re the letter from Sharon Williams of Little Rock: First, as I see it, the media is on a constant campaign to tie any act of violence to the Tea Party, when in truth, I believe, none exist. Not true of the Occupiers.

PEBBLE BEACH NATIONAL PRO-AM: Mickelson catapults past Woods,Wi

posted: 02/13/2012 3:48 a.m. Discuss

He knew his game was getting close, and he broke through with flair Sunday in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

SEC WOMEN: Arkansas wins 8th in a row

posted: 02/13/2012 3:43 a.m. Discuss

Sarah Watkins and Ashley Daniels knocked down the shots when it counted most Sunday at Auburn, Arena.

Lewis, 4 others fall to Korda in playoff

posted: 02/13/2012 3:26 a.m. Discuss

Former Arkansas Razorbacks golfer Stacy Lewis did not win the LPGA’s season opening Women’s Australian Open, but just making it to a playoff won by American teenager Jessica Korda was some consolation.

SUN BELT WOMEN: Blue Raiders deny Trojans

posted: 02/13/2012 3:21 a.m. Discuss

The UALR women’s basketball team played good enough defense for 30 minutes to stay close with the Sun Belt Conference’s best team on Sunday. But the Trojans never mounted a serious offensive charge to keep it that way against Middle Tennessee in front of an announced crowd of 3,502 at the Murphy Center.

COMMENTARY: Unfair to expect ‘Linsanity’ to continue

posted: 02/13/2012 3:16 a.m. Discuss

From Palo Alto High to Harvard, from Ivy League hoops to the NBA.

Rangers finalize contract with Napoli

posted: 02/13/2012 3:13 a.m. Discuss

Mike Napoli and the Texas Rangers finalized a $9.4 million, one-year contract Sunday to avoid a salary arbitration hearing. Napoli set career highs last season by hitting.320 with 30 home runs and 75 RBI in 113 games in his first season with Texas, making starts at catcher, first base and designated hitter.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SPRING TRAINING: Iwakuma drawing attention at Mariners camp

posted: 02/13/2012 3:12 a.m. Discuss

Spring training is officially underway with Seattle’s pitchers and catchers holding their first workout.

TOP 25 MEN: Big shots lift No. 22 Wolverines

posted: 02/13/2012 3:10 a.m. Discuss

Evan Smotrycz broke up a pass at one end of the court, then Tim Hardaway Jr. rattled in a shot from the baseline at the other.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 02/13/2012 3:07 a.m. Discuss

Split race won’t cut into purse — If the Grade III Southwest Stakes for 3-year-olds is split into divisions Monday at Oaklawn Park is split, each half will carry the original $250,000 purse, Oaklawn General Manager Eric Jackson said.

NBA: Bryant, Lakers escape Raptors

posted: 02/13/2012 3:05 a.m. Discuss

After leading by 18 points in the first half, the Los Angeles Lakers were staring at a four-point deficit with less than two minutes to play.

Today’s games

posted: 02/13/2012 3:03 a.m. Discuss

UAPB MEN AT ALCORN STATE WHEN 7:30 p.m. Central WHERE Whitney Complex, Alcorn, Miss.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/13/2012 3 a.m. Discuss

Duke won’t be dancing with stars PGA Tour golfer Ken Duke had an interesting day on the course Thursday.

Off the wire

posted: 02/13/2012 2:59 a.m. Discuss

TENNIS U.S. team finishes Switzerland The United States completed its 5-0 rout of Switzerland in the first round of the Davis Cup on Sunday, with 19-year-old Ryan Harrison and John Isner winning the closing singles matches in Fribourg, Switzerland.

State sports briefs

posted: 02/13/2012 2:58 a.m. Discuss

BASKETBALL Van Horn to speak at Tip-Off Club Arkansas baseball Coach Dave Van Horn will be speak at the Downtown Tip-Off Club’s luncheon today from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock.

Employers, workers clash on overtime

posted: 02/13/2012 2:55 a.m. Comment 1

High tech workers across the country would see smaller paychecks under an industry-led campaign to revise labor laws to further limit overtime benefits.

Desert hot spot for solar energy

posted: 02/13/2012 2:53 a.m. Comment 1

Construction cranes rise like 40-story storks above the Mojave Desert. In their midst, the “power tower” emerges, wrapped in scaffolding and looking like a multistage rocket.

U.K. opens largest offshore wind farm

posted: 02/13/2012 2:47 a.m. Discuss

The United Kingdom opened the world’s biggest offshore wind farm Thursday, marking the start of a $52 billion push to expand sea-based generation more than 10-fold by the end of the decade.

Netflix’s original series highlights shift

posted: 02/13/2012 2:44 a.m. Discuss

Like most fresh faces that arrive in Hollywood, Netflix wanted to be a movie star.

Four directors to exit Yahoo board in response to investor frustration

posted: 02/13/2012 2:41 a.m. Discuss

Yahoo Inc. is cleaning out its boardroom.

Oracle in deal to extend cloud holdings

posted: 02/13/2012 2:39 a.m. Discuss

Oracle, once wary of Web based applications, has now embraced the cloud.

Intel pays $6.5 million, halts antitrust lawsuit

posted: 02/13/2012 2:33 a.m. Discuss

Intel Corp. is paying $6.5 million as part of a deal to terminate an antitrust lawsuit filed against the chip maker by the New York attorney general’s office.

Global smart-phone shipments jump 55% in 4th quarter

posted: 02/13/2012 2:32 a.m. Discuss

Global smart-phone shipments surged 55 percent in the fourth quarter as demand for Apple Inc.’s iPhone 4S countered declines by Research In Motion Ltd. and Nokia Oyj, International Data Corp. said.

ON COMPUTERS: Car Chip plugs in port to track driver’s habits

posted: 02/13/2012 2:31 a.m. Discuss

Bob’s brother-in-law used to race toward the next traffic light, brake hard, and scare the living daylights out of Joy when he was a teenager. Too bad the “Car Chip” wasn’t around then: His driving could have been monitored.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: App-happy Kindle Fire great as e-reader, but some features far too complicated

posted: 02/13/2012 2:30 a.m. Discuss

I hear you, readers. You’ve asked, and I’m happy to answer.

Fisker stalls auto plant, lays off 66

posted: 02/13/2012 2:29 a.m. Discuss

Fisker Automotive Inc. has stopped work at a former General Motors auto plant in Delaware where it plans to build Project Nina, a family-size plug-in hybrid that is expected to sell for about $50,000.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 02/13/2012 2:28 a.m. Discuss

ALEXANDER Darlene Crosby-Murdock, 1400 Cherry Hill Drive, Feb. 6, 2012, Chapter 7. James E. Herndon, 7004 Greenway Cove, Feb. 2, 2012, Chapter 7.

Technology news in brief

posted: 02/13/2012 2:23 a.m. Discuss

Google testing entertainment device Google Inc., owner of the world’s largest search engine, is developing an entertainment device that will use wireless home networks, according to a recent filing at the Federal Communications Commission.

It takes your breath away

posted: 02/13/2012 2:22 a.m. Discuss

This balmy winter of 2011-2012 has no doubt benefited amateur runners building distance for the state’s biggest marathon March 4. No doubt.

God took a rest day, so should exercisers

posted: 02/13/2012 2:21 a.m. Discuss

At the gym last week I saw a guy lifting weights, working out his shoulders while two friends urged him on. He alternated two similar exercises with heavy weights, repeating one exercise 10 times and then the other one 10 times, never resting between sets.

Plucky Grand Prix runners halt briefly for awards

posted: 02/13/2012 2:20 a.m. Discuss

A horde of runners walked away from the River Trail 15K clutching trophies and plaques Feb. 4 — more plaques than could possibly have been earned that morning.

Researchers:Work those cells!

posted: 02/13/2012 2:18 a.m. Discuss

When ticking off the benefits of physical activity, few of us would include intracellular housecleaning. But a new study suggests that the ability of exercise to speed the removal of garbage from the body’s cells may be one of its most valuable, if least visible, effects.

Bird count’s raw data pure gold for scientists

posted: 02/13/2012 2:17 a.m. Discuss

The 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count begins Friday in Arkansas and across the continent.

Study’s ‘cyberbikes’ tone elderly brains

posted: 02/13/2012 2:14 a.m. Discuss

Exercising with an interactive computer game improved brain function among the elderly in a small study by researchers at Union College and Skidmore College.

Happy trails

posted: 02/13/2012 2:11 a.m. Discuss

AUDUBON CENTER Location: The center in southeast Little Rock’s Granite Mountain area is at 4500 Springer Blvd., 1.1 miles south of East Roosevelt Road.

MASTER CLASS: Raise heart rate? Yes, you cancan!

posted: 02/13/2012 2:01 a.m. Discuss

If you’re an avid exerciser, you know that all cardiovascular exercise is not created equal.

ON TV CONTEST

posted: 02/13/2012 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Prison Break. Chuck. Empty Nest. Northern Exposure. While not medical shows per se, they’re all shows that had doctor characters.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 02/13/2012 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. Loving bonds are forged in adventure and travel throughout the year. Your commitment to a cause in March will make a difference in the world while introducing you to a new social network.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 02/13/2012 1:57 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: Years ago, I had a sticky mess on my pantry floor and discovered that a soda can had burst. After cleaning it up, I placed the 12-pack boxes in a plastic container to contain the liquid if they exploded again.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 02/13/2012 1:56 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Our son came home from college over Christmas and told us about a religion course he took. He said the professor scoffed at people who believed the Bible was God’s Word, and said modern scholarship proves it’s just a collection of ancient myths. It’s shaken our son’s faith, but what can we tell him? We’re not Bible scholars. — R.M.

Super Quiz: Noted Austrians

posted: 02/13/2012 1:56 a.m. Discuss

1. His family was the inspiration for The Sound of Music. 2. He headed the Third Reich. 3. He founded the new science of genetics. 4. He designed the Volkswagen Beetle.

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