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Tuesday, July 31

U.S. beats Tunisia 110-63 in men’s Olympic hoops

posted: 07/31/2012 6:16 p.m.

Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love scored 16 points apiece, Kevin Durant added 13 and the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team crushed Tunisia 110-63 on Tuesday night, turning a close game into a blowout with a spectacular second half.

Cuba Gooding Jr. sought on warrant in New Orleans

posted: 07/31/2012 4:01 p.m.

New Orleans police say an arrest warrant has been issued for actor Cuba Gooding Jr. after an incident at a Bourbon Street bar.

Phelps sets record with 19 Olympic medals as U.S. wins relay

posted: 07/31/2012 3:28 p.m.

Michael Phelps broke the record for medals won by an Olympic athlete with 19 as the U.S. took gold in the 800-meter freestyle relay.

Man pleads guilty in multistate fake ID case

posted: 07/31/2012 2:56 p.m.

A Richmond-area man pleaded guilty Tuesday to participating in a multistate document fraud ring, all but wrapping up the federal government’s prosecution of a case that has resulted in 28 convictions.

‘You plant and you pray’

posted: 07/31/2012 2:50 p.m.

As of last week, roughly 75 percent of the state was classified as being in “extreme drought” conditions by the National Drought Mitigation Center. That’s the second-highest classification for drought, based on amounts of rainfall received compared to normal levels. Thirty-three percent of the state fell into the worst drought classification, known as exceptional drought.

Conway band’s Crowded Car

posted: 07/31/2012 2:50 p.m.

“Crowded Car,” the title track from Conway’s Don’t Stop Please’s newest EP, kicks off with a jazzy, late-night sway. The choppy rhythm of guitar. The mournful exhale of saxophone. And the request, “Throw back your golden hair and show me your smile.”

End of an era: Say goodbye to Dream Teams

posted: 07/31/2012 2:50 p.m.

On paper, they could have been the ’72 Soviets, ’04 Argentinians or ’06 Greeks. Heading into the 1984 Olympics, the Italians’ talented, deep national team looked primed to invade Los Angeles and topple the host Americans in one of the biggest upsets in sports history. These aerial Azzurri had already proven themselves giant killers by beating the Soviets in the previous Moscow Games. Since then, the USSR had knocked off the U.S. in the World Championship tournament. Italy excelled at half-court or uptempo sets and was much more experienced than the collegiate American squad, including North Carolina’s Michael Jordan, Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing, and the first two Razorbacks selected for an Olympic basketball team — Joe Kleine and Alvin Robertson.

Chaka’s con

posted: 07/31/2012 2:38 p.m.

Chaka Cumberbatch is a name that has a catchy ring to it — maybe because it’s the alias for Little Rock’s beloved heroine.

Santo Dos

posted: 07/31/2012 2:38 p.m.

My Spanish has never been very good. So, as I’ve been hearing people tell me for the past three years that Santo Coyote out of North Little Rock means good Mexican food, I’ve never been disinclined to agree, though I’ve never made it around to check it out for myself.

Zack Cox traded to Marlins

posted: 07/31/2012 2:08 p.m.

Former Arkansas baseball standout Zack Cox was traded to the Miami Marlins on Tuesday after spending the last two years in the St. Louis Cardinals' minor league system.

Joe Johnson tells Brooklyn he is a lifelong Razorback; apparently nobody cares

posted: 07/31/2012 1:55 p.m.

A Brooklyn billboard promoting Joe Johnson's time with the Razorbacks has caused a stir.

Obama orders new Iran sanctions

posted: 07/31/2012 1:46 p.m.

President Barack Obama is leveling new sanctions on banks in China and Iraq that the White House says have helped Iran evade international sanctions.

Arkansas Best shares rise on quarterly report

posted: 07/31/2012 12:55 p.m.

Shares of trucking company Arkansas Best Corp. surged in afternoon trading Tuesday after the company reported its net income doubled in the second quarter versus a year earlier.

New construction programs approved for UALR

posted: 07/31/2012 12:42 p.m.

The Department of Construction Management and Civil and Construction Engineering at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock was approved to offer two new degree programs in architectural and construction engineering and a master of science degree in construction management on Monday.

Gay-marriage ban backers seek high court review

posted: 07/31/2012 12:41 p.m.

Backers of California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule a federal appeals court that struck down the measure as unconstitutional.

US women gymnasts end 16-year wait for Olympic gold

posted: 07/31/2012 12:39 p.m.

The U.S. won its first Olympic women’s gymnastics team gold medal in 16 years today at the London Games.

Romney to announce running-mate pick via app

posted: 07/31/2012 12:31 p.m.

Want to be among the first to know who Mitt Romney picks for a running mate? There’s an app for that.

Two arrested in LR homicide

posted: 07/31/2012 12:17 p.m.

Two people have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a man outside his mobile home in Little Rock.

Stephens Media papers in central Arkansas face layoffs, report says

posted: 07/31/2012 11:53 a.m.

Several Stephens Media-owned newspapers in central Arkansas will be forced to lay off a number of reporters and editors, a report says.

Snoop Dogg becomes Snoop Lion, readies reggae CD

posted: 07/31/2012 11:26 a.m.

Snoop Dogg says he was “born again” during a visit to Jamaica in January, is changing his name to Snoop Lion and is ready to make music that his “kids and grandparents can listen to.”

UALR Supercomputer Center approved for business

posted: 07/31/2012 11:25 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Computational Research Center at the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology was approved for business Monday by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

Newton to lead education excellence initiative

posted: 07/31/2012 11:23 a.m.

Gary Newton, the executive vice president of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, has been named as the first president and chief executive officer of Arkansas Learns, an alliance focused on education.

Consumer spending flat, but confidence improving

posted: 07/31/2012 11:06 a.m.

Consumer spending was flat in June after a 0.1 percent drop in May and income rose 0.5 percent, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.

Extension Homemakers Clubs mark 100 years

posted: 07/31/2012 11:05 a.m.

When Joyce Hall’s mother-in-law was no longer able to drive herself to her Extension Homemakers Club meetings, Hall took her.

Grandma’s punch bowl: Dug out, dusted off, filled with favorites

posted: 07/31/2012 11:03 a.m.

Somewhere in your home sits a precious glass piece.

Ozark man drowns in quarry

posted: 07/31/2012 10:10 a.m.

The Johnson County sheriff’s office has said a 63-year-old Ozark man drowned while swimming in a rock quarry with friends.

Reid, Boehner announce stopgap spending deal

updated: 07/31/2012 1:52 p.m.

The top Republican and Democrat on Capitol Hill have announced an agreement to keep the government running for six months when the current budget year ends Sept. 30.

Consumer confidence up in July

posted: 07/31/2012 9:07 a.m.

U.S. consumer confidence rose in July after four months of declines, as a brighter outlook for short-term hiring offset longer-term worries about the economy.

Romney denies criticizing Palestinian culture

posted: 07/31/2012 8:44 a.m.

Mitt Romney said Tuesday that he wasn’t criticizing Palestinian culture at a fundraiser in Jerusalem on Monday.

Home prices rise in major US cities

posted: 07/31/2012 8:27 a.m.

Home prices rose in May from April in every city tracked by a leading index, a sign that increasing sales and tight inventories are supporting a modest housing recovery.

Dierks woman accused of running over husband

posted: 07/31/2012 8:24 a.m.

A Dierks woman has been arrested on a second-degree murder charge on accusations she ran over her husband, authorities said

Pakistan, US sign troop supply deal

posted: 07/31/2012 8:11 a.m.

Pakistan and the United States signed a deal regulating the shipment of American troop supplies to and from Afghanistan on Tuesday, prompting Washington to agree to release more than $1 billion in frozen military aid.

Democrats pick first Hispanic for convention keynote

posted: 07/31/2012 7:52 a.m.

Marking a first for Hispanics, the Democratic party has chosen the mayor of San Antonio to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.

Consumer spending flat in June

posted: 07/31/2012 7:47 a.m.

Consumer spending in the U.S. stagnated in June as Americans used the biggest gain in incomes in three months to boost savings, indicating a weak handoff to the second half of the year.

Romney lauds Polish spirit, creativity

posted: 07/31/2012 7:40 a.m.

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney said Tuesday that Poland’s economy is a model of small government and free enterprise that other nations should emulates.

Man shoots himself after arrest, police say

posted: 07/31/2012 7:22 a.m.

Authorities in Jonesboro are investigating after a handcuffed man fatally shot himself while sitting in the back of a patrol car.

Electricity grid fails across half of India

posted: 07/31/2012 7:18 a.m.

India’s energy crisis cascaded over half the country Tuesday when three of its regional grids collapsed, leaving 620 million people without government-supplied electricity in one of the world’s biggest-ever blackouts.

Humanitarian problems grow in Aleppo

updated: 07/31/2012 9:11 a.m.

Humanitarian conditions have grown even more dire in the besieged Syria city of Aleppo with activists reporting Tuesday dwindling stocks of food and cooking gas and only intermittent electricity supplies as droves of residents flee 11 days of intense clashes between rebels and regime forces.

US embassy in Norway evacuated over bomb scare

posted: 07/31/2012 6:53 a.m.

The U.S. Embassy in Norway was evacuated Tuesday after its security staff found a suspicious object beneath a nearby automobile.

Bank-bomb case suspect due in court

posted: 07/31/2012 6:46 a.m.

An Arkansas man accused of strapping a fake bomb to a woman’s ankle and then trying to forcing her to withdraw money from a bank is due in federal court.

Teen escapee arrested in Maumelle

updated: 07/31/2012 10:20 a.m.

Authorities are searching Tuesday for a 16-year-old boy who escaped from a juvenile facility in Maumelle, returned with a handgun and then fled again.

Arkansas Best net income more than doubles

posted: 07/31/2012 6:18 a.m.

Arkansas Best Corporation said Tuesday that its second quarter net income more than doubled last year's results for the period thanks in part to an $8 million tax benefit.

Theater suspect faces 142 counts, 24 for murder

posted: 07/31/2012 5:15 a.m.

Prosecutors on Monday filed 142 charges — including 24 for first-degree murder — against James Holmes, the former graduate student who is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 during a shooting at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater early July 20.

Post office can’t pay, so it faces first default

posted: 07/31/2012 5:08 a.m.

The U.S. Postal Service is bracing for a first-ever default on billions in payments that are due to the Treasury, adding to widening uncertainty about the mail agency’s solvency as the number of first-class letters plummets and Congress deadlocks on ways to stem the red ink.

Prison-search call, hearing coincided

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

An e-mail from an Illinois Department of Corrections administrator ordered wardens at 10 prisons to conduct “mass shakedowns” of staff members as they left work last week, at the same time workers were telling lawmakers about problems at the facilities.

Iran nuke-sanctions bill emerges

posted: 07/31/2012 5:06 a.m.

House and Senate negotiators reached agreement Monday on a new round of stifling sanctions on Iran, targeting energy, shipping and insurance sectors with punitive measures to derail Tehran’s suspected push for nuclear weapons.

Defense cuts exempt from layoff alert

posted: 07/31/2012 5:05 a.m.

The federal law requiring worker notification of mass layoffs doesn’t apply to defense companies and other government contractors affected by the possibility of across-the board budget cuts beginning early next year, the U.S. Department of Labor said.

Report tags 5 with Fast, Furious blame

posted: 07/31/2012 5:04 a.m.

After an 18-month investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, a Republican congressional draft report concludes that five officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives share much of the blame for what went wrong with the gun-smuggling probe in Arizona.

Romney praises Jewish culture

posted: 07/31/2012 5:02 a.m.

Mitt Romney told Jewish donors Monday that their culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians, angering Palestinian leaders who suggested his comments were racially biased and out of touch with the realities of the Middle East. Romney’s campaign later said his remarks were mischaracterized.

Top Syrian diplomat in London defects

posted: 07/31/2012 4:58 a.m.

Syria’s top diplomat in London said he could no longer represent the regime and defected Monday, and civilians have fled the commercial hub of Aleppo in droves during the 10 days of fierce battles between rebels and government forces.

Blackout strikes northern India

posted: 07/31/2012 4:53 a.m.

A power grid failure blacked out northern India for hours Monday, halting trains, forcing hospitals and airports onto backup power and providing a dark, sweltering reminder of the nation’s inability to meet its energy needs as it strives to be an economic power.

Clinton: Will Egypt honor equal rights?

posted: 07/31/2012 4:51 a.m.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the jury was out on whether Egypt’s Islamist political parties will equally represent non-Muslims.

The world in brief

posted: 07/31/2012 4:48 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It is a racist statement and this man doesn’t realize that the Palestinian economy cannot reach its potential because there is an Israeli occupation.” Saeb Erekat, a senior aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, after Mitt Romney said the culture of Israelis helped them become more economically successful than Palestinians Article, this page

The nation in brief

posted: 07/31/2012 4:47 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I don’t think it’s too hard to predict the path of this proceeding.This is not a whodunit. ... The only possible defense is insanity.” Craig Silverman, a former chief deputy district attorney in Denver, as prosecutors filed 142 charges against James Holmes in the Colorado shooting Article, 1A

Getting it straight

posted: 07/31/2012 4:46 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 07/31/2012 4:45 a.m.

A staff writer for The New Yorker has resigned and his best-selling book has been halted after he acknowledged inventing quotes by Bob Dylan. Jonah Lehrer, 31, released a statement Monday through his publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, saying that some Dylan quotes appearing in Imagine: How Creativity Works did “not exist.”

In the news

posted: 07/31/2012 4:44 a.m.

Aimee Copeland, 24, who lost her left leg, right foot and both hands to a rare flesh-eating disease, is making significant strides in her physical rehabilitation at a Georgia facility, her father said, adding that she does 200 crunches in seven minutes during each of her physical therapy sessions, 400 leg lifts in seven minutes, plus several pushups and other exercises.

Cables, gas lines thwart tree-planting regulation

posted: 07/31/2012 4:36 a.m.

Rectangles of dirt sit on both sides of the fence at the parking lot on West Third Street between Center and Louisiana streets in Little Rock, but the owners say there’s not a place to plant — at least not to plant trees.

CATA plans chief-hunt timeline

posted: 07/31/2012 4:29 a.m.

A job offer for a new executive director at Central Arkansas Transit Authority would come by mid-December under a preliminary timeline that members of a search committee agreed to Monday.

Altus man’s murder trial to start

posted: 07/31/2012 4:26 a.m.

An Altus man scheduled to go on trial for first-degree murder on Wednesday in Franklin County Circuit Court told a mental evaluator last spring that he shot his girlfriend accidentally.

LR man, 26, pleads innocent in slaying

posted: 07/31/2012 4:25 a.m.

A Little Rock man accused of robbing and killing a man for drugs in November 2011 pleaded innocent in Little Rock District Court on Monday.

Judge OKs use of porn images in rape case

posted: 07/31/2012 4:24 a.m.

Prosecutors can use more than 100 sexually explicit images found on the home computer of a 31-year-old Sherwood man as evidence at his rape trial next month, a Pulaski County circuit judge ruled Monday.

LR schools check-in set for this week

posted: 07/31/2012 4:22 a.m.

The Little Rock School District’s annual check-in period for new and returning students is set for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at each student’s assigned school.

Databases seen as terrorism curb

posted: 07/31/2012 4:21 a.m.

While the Colorado movie theater massacre does not meet the FBI’s definition of terrorism, the behavior of the suspected gunman leading up to the tragedy was similar to that of a terrorist, a University of Arkansas professor said.

PB chief’s status still publicly unknown

posted: 07/31/2012 4:19 a.m.

Will she stay or will she go?

Police find body in Ouachita forest

posted: 07/31/2012 4:18 a.m.

Police have recovered the body of an unidentified woman in Ouachita National Forest, according to a Monday news release from the Saline County sheriff’s office.

Woman held after man hit by truck dies

posted: 07/31/2012 4:17 a.m.

A Dierks man was run over by a pickup in Lockesburg on Sunday afternoon after arguing with a woman in the truck, according to the Arkansas State Police.

Eisenhowers to speak at SAU

posted: 07/31/2012 4:15 a.m.

David and Julie Eisenhower will speak at Southern Arkansas University in September.

UALR alumni board names chief

posted: 07/31/2012 4:14 a.m.

Rebecca Ward, a clinical social worker in private practice in Little Rock, has been named the new president of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Alumni Association board of directors.

Other days

posted: 07/31/2012 4:04 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 31, 1912 FORT SMITH — Fort Smith and thousands of visitors from the surrounding country celebrated “Peach and Melon Day” today, and so great was the success of the movement that it was decided to make the affair an annual event here. Great quantities of fruit were distributed free among the visitors.

Daily record

posted: 07/31/2012 4:03 a.m.

Meeting announcements published exclusively on Arkansas Online, the newspaper’s website, can be found at An electronic form is available on the website to submit support group meeting announcements or changes. Readers can access that form by going to and submitting the appropriate information.


posted: 07/31/2012 4:02 a.m.

‘Butterscotch baritone’ from musicals— Tony Martin, the romantic singer who appeared in movie musicals from the 1930s to the 1950s and sustained a career in records, television and nightclubs from the Depression era into the 21st century, has died. He was 98.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 07/31/2012 4:01 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.


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

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

COLUMNISTS: Milton Friedman’s centenary

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

If Milton Friedman were alive today—and there was never a time when he was more needed—he would be 100 years old. He was born July 31, 1912. But Professor Friedman’s death at age 94 deprived the nation of one of those rare thinkers who had both genius and common sense.

Haunting choices

posted: 07/31/2012 3:59 a.m.

I’d rather not pen a column like this one. Yet some events can’t be ignored, especially when so many in the community are talking about them.

EDITORIALS: Bridgebusters, Inc.

posted: 07/31/2012 3:58 a.m.

IT WASN’T exactly news. It couldn’t have surprised anyone who’s followed the long, winding saga and now approaching end of the Broadway Bridge connecting the two Little Rocks.

Welfare reform worked

posted: 07/31/2012 3:56 a.m.

What if we knew how to reduce by half the number of Americans dependent on welfare? What if we could—at the same time—significantly reduce poverty among children and single mothers?

Not slow enough for ya?

posted: 07/31/2012 3:55 a.m.

Republican state legislators urged the Beebe administration last week to go slowly and methodically on deciding whether to expand Medicaid under federal health-care reform.


posted: 07/31/2012 3:48 a.m.

How to serve justice I agree with Philip Martin’s opinion in the Perspective section that the “death penalty” from the NCAA would not accomplish much in the Penn State case. The football players and coaches who are there now had nothing to do with Jerry Sandusky and his horrific crimes against innocent young men.

Helmets on, caution practiced

posted: 07/31/2012 3:42 a.m.

The first day of Sylvan Hills football practice had been over roughly three hours, but there was still a reminder of how dangerous Arkansas heat can be during the summer.

UA preps for Italy excursion

posted: 07/31/2012 3:35 a.m.

Arkansas’ basketball team has started practicing before the football team.

SEC PREVIEW MISSISSIPPI: Rebels looking to earn respect

posted: 07/31/2012 3:26 a.m.

South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier was asked about having an open date before playing Arkansas this season, but he turned the answer into an Ole Miss zinger.

LIKE IT IS: ASU regroups from disjointed Dyer saga

posted: 07/31/2012 3:21 a.m.

It was supposed to be a Red Wolves celebration.

Evers set bar high in SAU record book

posted: 07/31/2012 3:19 a.m.

The late Orville Henry will be remembered primarily for coverage of the Arkansas Razorbacks, but people who shared the old Arkansas Gazette sports department with him during the late 1950s admired his swift skills as a copy reader and headline writer.

AMERICAN LEGION STATE: Brown finishes error-prone foe

posted: 07/31/2012 3:17 a.m.

Bryant and relief pitcher Tyler Brown made short work of Paragould 7-Up on Monday night.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Travelers squander Lopez’s two HRs

posted: 07/31/2012 3:15 a.m.

Roberto Lopez hit two home runs, but newcomer Jarrett Grube gave up five runs in five innings and the Arkansas Travelers lost 9-3 to the Tulsa Drillers at Oneok Field in Tulsa on Monday night.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Angels’ Morales hits two home runs in sixth

posted: 07/31/2012 3:14 a.m.

Kendrys Morales homered from both sides of the plate during a nine-run sixth inning, capping the burst with a grand slam in the Los Angeles Angels’ 15-8 rout of the Texas Rangers on Monday night.


posted: 07/31/2012 3:13 a.m.

BRAVES Maholm, Johnson acquired ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves have boosted their rotation and added a right-handed bat to their bench by acquiring left-hander Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson from the Chicago Cubs.

Horton heads to work for final day at Arkansas

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

Harold Horton will head off to the Arkansas campus today to raise money in support of Arkansas Razorbacks athletics like he has for thousands of work days just like it. At the end of the day, Horton, 72, will step away from his job as executive director of the Razorback Foundation, and fundraising for Arkansas athletics might never be the same.

ROUNDUP: Chinese men rally to win team title again

posted: 07/31/2012 3:09 a.m.

When there’s gold to be gotten, don’t ever doubt the Chinese men’s gymnastics team.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Father of Arizona receiver expected success

posted: 07/31/2012 3:06 a.m.

Long before highly recruited Arizona receiver Devon Allen became a hot commodity among college coaches, Louis Allen saw something special in his son.

SWIMMING: Teen gets first gold in 100 backstroke

posted: 07/31/2012 3:04 a.m.

Missy Franklin stared out at the horde of reporters, suddenly sounding very much like a high school senior-to-be. “I don’t like being up here alone,” she said nervously.


posted: 07/31/2012 3:01 a.m.

All times Central NBC (9 A.M.-4 P.M) SWIMMING — Qualifying; BEACH VOLLEYBALL — Qualifying (LIVE); MEN’S VOLLEYBALL — U.S. vs. Germany (LIVE);

Monday’s results

posted: 07/31/2012 2:59 a.m.

All times Central WOMEN’S BASKETBALL First Round WEDNESDAY’S GAMES Canada vs. France, 3 a.m. China vs. Angola, 5:15 a.m. Australia vs. Brazil, 8:30 a.m. Britain vs. Russia, 10:45 a.m. Croatia vs. Czech Republic, 2 p.m. United States vs. Turkey, 4:15 p.m.

Eyes on London

posted: 07/31/2012 2:57 a.m.

A legend shows up Even Kobe Bryant wanted a picture with him. Brazilian basketball legend Oscar Schmidt visited the U.S. men’s basketball practice on Monday and was somewhat surprised he was recognized by players too young to have seen him play. Schmidt scored nearly 50,000 points during his career.

Second thoughts

posted: 07/31/2012 2:56 a.m.

Reds get broadcaster to go bald The Cincinnati Reds’ recent 10-game winning streak has forced their broadcaster to kiss his hair goodbye.

Off the wire

posted: 07/31/2012 2:54 a.m.

FOOTBALL Ex-Hog Ugoh retires Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Tony Ugoh (Arkansas Razorbacks ) announced his retirement Monday afternoon after the team’s morning practice. Ugoh, 28, signed with the Chiefs on Thursday to compete for the left tackle position with Eric Winston and Branden Albert.

State sports briefs

posted: 07/31/2012 2:53 a.m.

BASKETBALL Wings win national title The Arkansas Wings Elite won their ninth national championship, defeating the Chicago Next Level Players 54-29 in the 11th-grade Division I level Monday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. The Wings were led by Little Rock Hall’s Bobby Portis, who finished with 16 points.

Apple-Samsung fight over patents reaches U.S. court

posted: 07/31/2012 2:48 a.m.

With billions of dollars and control of the U.S. smartphone and computer-tablet markets at stake, jury selection began Monday in a closely watched trial between two of the world’s leading tech companies over patents.

Spain’s economy still shrinking

posted: 07/31/2012 2:47 a.m.

The Spanish economy remains stuck in its second recession in three years after contracting 0.4 percent in the second quarter of 2012, according to official data.

Group: Shelve ethanol statute

posted: 07/31/2012 2:43 a.m.

Livestock and poultry producers on Monday formally asked the Obama administration to suspend the nation’s renewable fuels standard because it is causing “severe economic harm” as corn prices surged to a record.

Chrysler reports second-quarter profit of $436 million

posted: 07/31/2012 2:40 a.m.

Chrysler, now majority owned by Italy’s Fiat SpA, reported a $436 million second-quarter profit Monday. It was a huge turn around from a year ago, when the company lost $370 million, mainly because it refinanced government bailout loans.

Geithner stresses joint aid for debt

posted: 07/31/2012 2:38 a.m.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and his German counterpart stressed the need Monday for coordinated action in the face of the eurozone debt crisis and faltering global growth, but left open joint steps Europe and the United States would take to shore up the world economy.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks nudge lower after rally

posted: 07/31/2012 2:34 a.m.

A two-day rally that sent stocks soaring last week fizzled Monday.


posted: 07/31/2012 2:31 a.m.

Southworth to add 15 jobs at Manila plant Southworth Products Corp., which makes ergonomic custom lifts, plans to hire 15 workers and invest $750,000 to add a new line to its plant in Manila, about 20 miles west of Blytheville.

Business news in brief

posted: 07/31/2012 2:30 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We believe that we are operating a far better company than the Acxiom of just a year ago.” Scott Howe, chief executive officer of Acxiom Corp.

AUGUST CALENDAR: Moonshine and melons

posted: 07/31/2012 2:28 a.m.

August needs two full moons to explain all the madness this month — a full moon on Aug. 2 to account for so many yard sales in the drooping blaze of summer, and a full moon on Aug. 31 to explain why the state’s two watermelon festivals happen the same weekend. 1 Whale-of-a-tale Moby Dick author Herman Melville’s birthday, 1819, and fashion tip to Cap’n Ahab: Remember, nothing is so passe as a white whale after Labor Day.

LISTEN UP: Domestic duo share equally His and Hers

posted: 07/31/2012 2:15 a.m.

Joey + Rory His and Hers Sugar Hill B+ The Tennessee husband and wife team release their third album today and it features a clean split of the vocal duties — Joey gets half and Rory gets half. The sound for His and Hers is closer to bluegrass than pop-happy Nashville country.

HOW COME?: Where are all the women?

posted: 07/31/2012 2:11 a.m.

Every four years we tune in to watch men and women showcase spectacular athleticism over a host of somewhat banal courses — a track, a swimming pool, a target range. No gridiron with uprights. No skidmarked racecourse. No pretty ballpark.

After 111, relief seen - by a few degrees

posted: 07/31/2012 2:10 a.m.

Arkansas roasted in triple digit temperatures Monday as a high-pressure system that withdrew from the state earlier this month returned.

WHAT’S IN A DAME: Stewart, Sanders tryst: Is it a stunt?

posted: 07/31/2012 2:08 a.m.

So Bella was not Team Vampire.

Mize brings along her own band for 2nd LR visit

posted: 07/31/2012 2 a.m.

Cheyenne Marie Mize made her latest EP, We Don’t Need, in a church, whereas her previous album came from a funeral home.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Arts in Motion steps out with tango

posted: 07/31/2012 1:58 a.m.

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: One to tango The Arkansas Arts Center will host a special arts program titled “The Arts in Motion: Tango,” an evening of dance for beginners through experts, 7-10 :30 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Arts Center in MacArthur Park, Ninth and Commerce streets, Little Rock.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: When iceberg meets iceberg

posted: 07/31/2012 1:57 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: So my wife is a one-upper, and after 30-plus years of marriage, it is really getting to me. And I know for a fact that we lost a close friendship of a couple over this issue — I’m still friends with the husband — and it’s been brought up by other friends, too.


posted: 07/31/2012 1:56 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll pioneer a new path this year.You’ll be praised for solving a difficult problem in August. Someone will pull strings behind the scenes to help you accomplish a seemingly impossible task.


posted: 07/31/2012 1:55 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: When preparing a meatloaf, I wanted to line the loaf pan with foil so that I could remove the meatloaf. Instead of trying to make the foil fit inside the pan, I molded it to the outside of the pan.


posted: 07/31/2012 1:54 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I consider myself a spiritual person, but I’m not religious in a traditional sense. I mean, I don’t go to a church or believe in doctrines or things like that, but I still believe we all have a spiritual side that we need to cultivate. I suppose you’d argue with that, but what would you say? — J.Z.

Super Quiz: Complete the capital city’s name and provide the country

posted: 07/31/2012 1:54 a.m.

1. Bag 2. Can 3. Mad 4. War 5. Bud

Democrats pick Clinton to nominate Obama

posted: 07/31/2012 1:41 a.m.

Democrats on Monday tapped former President Bill Clinton to formally nominate President Barack Obama as the party’s pick for president.

Helmets on, caution practiced

posted: 07/31/2012 1:39 a.m.

The first day of Sylvan Hills football practice had been over roughly three hours, but there was still a reminder of how dangerous Arkansas heat can be during the summer.

July homicides most since December ’93

posted: 07/31/2012 1:35 a.m.

The three homicides over the past three days have made July the deadliest month in Little Rock in nearly 20 years.

Lottery’s new jackpot game set for launch

posted: 07/31/2012 1:32 a.m.

Arkansas’ lottery will start selling tickets for a new draw game on Aug. 27 with ticket sales for the game projected at $6 million in the next year, the lottery’s director told the Arkansas Lottery Commission on Monday.

Conway firm seeks state-grown talent

posted: 07/31/2012 1:32 a.m.

A 4-year old technology company said Monday that it wants to mine Arkansas-grown talent to help it add 121 jobs as it tries to expand its mobile phone privacy application internationally.

Casino backer disputes filing

posted: 07/31/2012 1:31 a.m.

A committee promoting a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow a private company to own and operate casinos in Arkansas says an anti-casino committee misconstrues the amendment and that the proposal wouldn’t grant an illegal monopoly over casino gambling or bar electronic games of skill already used at two existing Arkansas tracks.

Assault charges dropped against convicted killer

posted: 07/31/2012 1:28 a.m.

Prosecutors on Monday dropped felony assault and battery charges against a 49-year-old North Little Rock woman accused of threatening to kill her daughter — 15 years after the woman killed her ex-husband, the daughter’s father.

Acxiom 1st-quarter profit up

posted: 07/31/2012 1:24 a.m.

With a chief executive officer just completing his first year in the post, Acxiom Corp. generated higher net income in the first quarter of fiscal 2013, the data marketing company said Monday.

Dismissal of Dyer follows traffic stop

posted: 07/31/2012 1:11 a.m.

Michael Dyer’s football career at Arkansas State is over, but questions about his dismissal from the team still remain unanswered.

Monday, July 30

Malzahn mum on Dyer exit

posted: 07/30/2012 6:59 p.m.

Arkansas State coach Gus Malzahn didn't say much Monday afternoon regarding the dismissal of former running back Michael Dyer.

Lochte falters again, but Franklin, Grevers shine

posted: 07/30/2012 4:37 p.m.

Michael Phelps has yet to win a gold medal, and Ryan Lochte's star is fading.

UN chief: Syrian tanks attacked observer convoy

posted: 07/30/2012 3:47 p.m.

Syrian tanks attacked a convoy carrying the head of the U.N. observer mission, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday. He again told the government to halt its violent crackdown on those fighting to overthrow Assad’s regime.

Murder suspect vocal during brief court appearance

posted: 07/30/2012 3:29 p.m.

A man suspected of killing a firefighter and injuring two other Jacksonville emergency responders by driving into an accident scene appeared in court Monday, rambling loudly over his attorney while officials worked to set up his next hearing.

Greece toughens border policing over Syria war

posted: 07/30/2012 3:23 p.m.

Greece is quadrupling the number of guards at its border with Turkey and boosting other defenses in part because of a potential influx of Syrian refugees, a government minister said Monday.

Mother, 2 children dead in suspected murder-suicide

posted: 07/30/2012 3:21 p.m.

A suburban St. Louis mother and her two children are dead in what officials suspect was a murder-suicide.

Saline County launches community smart phone app

posted: 07/30/2012 3:07 p.m.

The Saline County sheriff's office launched a free smart phone app Monday that provides important news to county residents.

Judge says Arizona’s abortion ban can take effect

posted: 07/30/2012 2:38 p.m.

Arizona’s ban on abortions starting at 20 weeks of pregnancy will take effect this week as scheduled after a federal judge ruled Monday that the new law is constitutional.

Post office nears historic default on $5 billion payment

posted: 07/30/2012 2:04 p.m.

The U.S. Postal Service is bracing for a first-ever default on billions in payments due to the Treasury.

Nashville, Memphis high in youth traffic deaths

posted: 07/30/2012 1:53 p.m.

The Centers for Disease Control ranks Nashville and Memphis high on the list of cities where young people are killed in traffic crashes.

Slayings suspect diagnosed with schizophrenia

posted: 07/30/2012 1:53 p.m.

An Arkansas man suspected of killing his parents and abducting his 12-year-old sister was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia five years ago after he was charged with assault.

16 in Amish sect reject beard-cutting plea deals

posted: 07/30/2012 1:05 p.m.

Sixteen people charged in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio have rejected plea-bargain offers and will go to trial next month.

Arkansas Lottery to launch new game

posted: 07/30/2012 12:54 p.m.

Arkansas’ lottery is launching a new “Natural State Jackpot” draw game next month.

LR hits 110, sets new daily heat record

updated: 07/30/2012 2:20 p.m.

The official temperature for Little Rock has reached a record of 110 degrees.

Former Army recruiter gets life sentences in Manchester deaths

posted: 07/30/2012 12:36 p.m.

A former Army recruiter has been sentenced to three life sentences without the possibility of parole in the deaths of a Manchester mother and her two young sons.

Devices to prevent child heat deaths unreliable, agency says

posted: 07/30/2012 12:31 p.m.

Aftermarket devices intended to prevent heat-stroke deaths among children left in cars aren’t reliable enough to substitute for other measures parents can take, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

LR police investigating fatal shooting

posted: 07/30/2012 12:16 p.m.

A 50-year-old Little Rock man was fatally shot during an altercation early Monday outside his residence.

West Fork man wins $1 million in lottery

posted: 07/30/2012 12:04 p.m.

Frank Karnes of West Fork redeemed a $20 ticket worth $1 million on Friday, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery said Monday.

Colorado suspect charged with 24 murder counts

posted: 07/30/2012 11:23 a.m.

Colorado shooting suspect James Eagan Holmes was formally charged Monday with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempt murder.

Venus, Serena Williams advance at Olympics

posted: 07/30/2012 11:18 a.m.

Venus Williams began her bid for a record fourth gold medal in Olympic tennis Monday by beating Sara Errani of Italy, 6-3, 6-1.

So seedy!

posted: 07/30/2012 11:11 a.m.

August is a time of all things seedy: Watermelons (the Hope Watermelon Festival and Cave City Watermelon Festival) and grapes (Tontitown Grape Festival) and even mustard (National Mustard Day).

US, Germany stress cooperation to end euro crisis

posted: 07/30/2012 10:54 a.m.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and his German counterpart are stressing the need for "ongoing international cooperation and coordination" in the face of the eurozone debt crisis and faltering global growth.

PrivacyStar to add 121 jobs in Conway

updated: 07/30/2012 1:12 p.m.

PrivacyStar, a company that provides comprehensive privacy on smart phones, announced Monday morning it will be expanding its corporate headquarters into Conway, adding 121 new jobs to the area.

Woman's body found in Ouachita National Forest

posted: 07/30/2012 10:24 a.m.

Authorities are investigating Monday the death of a woman whose body was found in the Ouachita National Forest.

Top Syrian diplomat in London defects

updated: 07/30/2012 12:19 p.m.

Syria’s top diplomat in London said he could no longer represent the regime and defected Monday, as civilians fled the commercial hub of Aleppo in droves amid 10 days of fierce battles between rebels and government forces.

Wal-Mart names former KPMG exec to board

posted: 07/30/2012 9:53 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Monday that it is adding the former chairman of accounting firm KPMG International Chairman to its board, effective immediately.

Trooper's conduct in Dyer traffic stop investigated, police video released

updated: 07/30/2012 10:59 a.m.

Police say an internal investigation has been conducted regarding a traffic stop from earlier this year involving an Arkansas State University football player who was recently dismissed from the team for an unspecified rules violation.

Romney comments anger Palestinians

posted: 07/30/2012 9:29 a.m.

Mitt Romney told Jewish donors Monday that their culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians, outraging Palestinian leaders who suggested his comments were racially biased and out of touch with the realities of the Middle East.

Colorado shooting suspect charged with 24 counts of murder

updated: 07/30/2012 11:41 a.m.

Colorado prosecutors plan to file formal charges Monday against James Eagan Holmes, the former neuroscience student accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater.

Suspect held, victim ID'd in Fort Smith-area slaying

posted: 07/30/2012 7:17 a.m.

Sheriff’s deputies in Sequoyah County, Okla., have identified the victim in a weekend shooting death and have arrested a suspect.

Obama to welcome new ambassadors

posted: 07/30/2012 7:13 a.m.

A dozen new foreign ambassadors were scheduled to present their credentials to President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday.

Police: Man fatally run over after argument

updated: 07/30/2012 7:37 a.m.

A 55-year-old Dierks man was fatally run over after he got out of a pickup during an argument Sunday in Lockesburg, authorities said.

Train fire kills 32 in India

updated: 07/30/2012 8:14 a.m.

A fire swept through a train car packed with sleeping passengers in southern India on Monday, killing at least 32 people and sending panicked survivors rushing for the only clear exit once the train stopped, officials said.

Syria mounts new strikes on Aleppo

posted: 07/30/2012 6:59 a.m.

Syrian government forces mounted new ground attacks against rebel-controlled neighborhoods in Syria’s commercial hub of Aleppo, the state media said Monday, but failed to dislodge the opposition from their strongholds, according to activists.

370 million lose power in India

posted: 07/30/2012 6:55 a.m.

Northern India’s power grid crashed Monday, halting hundreds of trains, forcing hospitals and airports to use backup generators and leaving 370 million people — more than the population of the United States and Canada combined — sweltering in the summer heat.

Geithner meeting German finance minister, Draghi

posted: 07/30/2012 6:52 a.m.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was to meet his German counterpart and the head of the European Central Bank on Monday after a flurry of pledges to save the euro.

110 degree heat forecast in Arkansas

updated: 07/30/2012 11:54 a.m.

The National Weather Service was forecasting Monday temperatures as high as 110 degrees and a high danger of wildfire in Arkansas.

In Israel visit, Romney calls Jerusalem capital

posted: 07/30/2012 4:23 a.m.

Standing on Israeli soil, U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Sunday declared Jerusalem to be the capital of the Jewish state and said the United States has “a solemn duty and a moral imperative” to block Iran from achieving nuclear-weapons capability.

Syria rebukes Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey

posted: 07/30/2012 4:18 a.m.

The Syrian regime accused regional powerhouses Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey of trying to destroy the country and vowed Sunday that it would defeat rebels who have captured large swaths of the commercial hub Aleppo.

Egypt opens tombs to reinvigorate tourism

posted: 07/30/2012 4:15 a.m.

More than 4,500 years since the paint was first applied, the reds, yellows and blues still stand out on the walls of the tomb of Queen Meresankh III.

Debt inspectors said to help Greece find cuts

posted: 07/30/2012 4:13 a.m.

Finance Ministry officials said Sunday that international debt inspectors will help Greece prepare a package of spending cuts and policy changes so it can keep getting billions in bailout funds crucial to its economy.

Maine stuck in glut of lobsters

posted: 07/30/2012 4:11 a.m.

Lobsters are flooding the market in Maine.

Dad shoots 2 kids, then kills himself

posted: 07/30/2012 4:09 a.m.

A man who had recently separated from his wife shot his two children, killing his 7-year-old daughter, before committing suicide, prosecutors said.

Tennessee adds hurdles for elderly Medicaid pay

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

In an experiment being watched nationally, Tennessee has revised its Medicaid long term-care options to make it harder for certain low-income elderly people to qualify for state-paid nursing-home care.

NYPD to launch anti-terror system

posted: 07/30/2012 4:06 a.m.

The New York Police Department will soon launch an all-seeing “Domain Awareness System” that combines several streams of information to track both criminals and potential terrorists.

For centenarians, voting in elections never gets old

posted: 07/30/2012 4:04 a.m.

“I vote, because I should have a voice in government,” Philip Greenberg was saying one sunny morning recently as he sat in the parlor of Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services, his residence since 2005. “That’s a problem when no one takes advantage of it.”

Congo president slams Rwanda over uprising

posted: 07/30/2012 4:03 a.m.

Congo’s president accused Rwanda of backing a new rebellion in Congo’s east and called its support an “open secret.” President Joseph Kabila spoke to journalists late Saturday in a rare appearance and said that the government will investigate accusations that Uganda may also be backing the M23 rebellion in the east, though the country said it was not involved.

Romanian survives impeachment vote

posted: 07/30/2012 4:02 a.m.

Romanian President Traian Basescu survived a second attempt to impeach him in five years on Sunday as a voter boycott invalidated a referendum led by Prime Minister Victor Ponta to oust him.

Nodding disease hits Uganda

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

Augustine Languna’s eyes welled up and then his voice failed as he recalled the drowning death of his 16-year-old daughter. The women near him looked away, respectfully avoiding the kind of raw emotion that the head of the family rarely displayed.

Panetta: Assad advancing own fall

posted: 07/30/2012 3:59 a.m.

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s use of helicopter gunships to counter a civil uprising will prove to be “a nail in Assad’s coffin,” U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Sunday at the outset of a five-day Mideast tour.

Two NATO troops die in Afghanistan

posted: 07/30/2012 3:58 a.m.

The NATO military coalition on Sunday said two servicemen were killed in an insurgent attack in the west of Afghanistan raising the toll of international servicemen killed in July to at least 44.

The world in brief

posted: 07/30/2012 3:57 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It is sometimes said that those who are the most committed to stopping the Iranian regime from securing nuclear weapons are reckless and provocative and inviting war. The opposite is true. We are the true peacemakers.” Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, during a visit to Israel Article, 1A

The nation in brief

posted: 07/30/2012 3:55 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s much easier when they want to vote straight ticket.” Ida Silverstein, a volunteer who helps elderly residents vote at Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services in Houston Article, this page

Names and faces

posted: 07/30/2012 3:54 a.m.

Charlie Sheen says he’s not insane anymore.

In the news

posted: 07/30/2012 3:53 a.m.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson said there is “no timetable” as his son, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., is treated for depression and gastrointestinal issues at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, adding, “We hope he will fully recover.”

Insurance-map snub spurs $3 million in levee repairs

posted: 07/30/2012 3:38 a.m.

The 5-mile-long levee that protects Fort Smith’s north and west side from Arkansas River flooding doesn’t exist on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood insurance rate maps, but the city is spending $3 million to change that.

Civil War events planned for August

posted: 07/30/2012 3:37 a.m.

Seminars, exhibits and a living-history program will be some of the highlights for events in August sanctioned by the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission to commemorate the war’s 150th anniversary.

Arkansas fugitives found in 2 states

posted: 07/30/2012 3:36 a.m.

Authorities recaptured two escaped Arkansas inmates during the weekend after the two left their work-release sites in Blytheville on July 18, officials said.

Fliers forced to hoof it to cars

posted: 07/30/2012 3:31 a.m.

It was 95 degrees at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport on a recent day as Wayne Barnes walked and tugged his luggage toward the airport’s farthest parking area — the economy lot.

Meeting to discuss Arkansas 25 plan

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

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will hold a public meeting on Aug. 9 in Conway to display plans that would relocate a section of Arkansas 25 north of Interstate 40.

Russellville to get say on road work

posted: 07/30/2012 3:29 a.m.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will hold a public hearing in Russellville about improvements to Arkansas 124 and Arkansas 326.

Woman killed in rollover accident

posted: 07/30/2012 3:29 a.m.

An Everton woman was killed in a rollover accident on Arkansas 235 in Searcy County early Sunday morning, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality report.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 07/30/2012 3:28 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.

Other days

posted: 07/30/2012 3:27 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 30, 1912 “Chimmie” O’Brien, the erstwhile leader of the “dirty dozen,” and intimate with the interior arrangement of the city jail, by virtue of many sojourns there, yesterday entered into a compact with the city officials, to the effect on his part that he would be good until September 1.


posted: 07/30/2012 3:26 a.m.

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

COLUMNISTS: Rich should pay fair share

posted: 07/30/2012 3:25 a.m.

President Barack Obama is confronting mostly Republican opponents over whether to extend the Bush tax cuts to the richest 1 percent of taxpayers. Between 1979 and 2007, the richest 1 percent received three-fifths of all the income gains in the country.

EDITORIALS: Didn’t you just know it?

posted: 07/30/2012 3:24 a.m.

WE KNEW IT! And it’s about time somebody finally proved it!

We don’t need this tax increase

posted: 07/30/2012 3:23 a.m.

No piece of legislation before the U.S. Congress requires action more urgently than extending the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003. Failure to act will deal a devastating blow to our fragile economy by slowing growth and killing jobs—at the worst possible time.

The meaning of Roanoke

posted: 07/30/2012 3:22 a.m.

Much has been made of President Barack Obama’s “You didn’t build that” comments in Roanoke, Va. Obama supporters have, of course, defended his statement and pointed out that those particular words were just a small part of a larger defense of the easy-to-defend proposition that government is important.

OTHERS SAY: London, do well

posted: 07/30/2012 3:21 a.m.

The British economy is sinking deeper into a double-dip recession. Property values there remain depressed. Public employment and services have been slashed, and there may be more pain for many years to come.


posted: 07/30/2012 3:20 a.m.

Dummies’ politics primer Bradley Gitz refers to Americans as “ignorant” and a “nation of dummies” because we do not understand how shipping our jobs to foreign countries is actually beneficial. He enlightens us with wisdom from a Dartmouth economist who has concluded that companies create more and better jobs in the U.S. by sending American jobs to foreign countries.


posted: 07/30/2012 3:17 a.m.

The hiccups outnumbered the highlights, and for a while the U.S. racked up fouls faster than points.

France gets relay ‘revenge’

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

Payback. This time, it was France chasing down the United States — and Ryan Lochte, no less — to win another riveting relay at the Olympics.

SEC PREVIEW KENTUCKY: Phillips, ’Cats not feeling heat

posted: 07/30/2012 3:06 a.m.

Two months of Kentucky football awaits before the Wildcats’ defending national champion men’s basketball team opens its season.

Analysis: Pig Trail trouble a lesson after Penn State

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

Arkansas' firing of football coach Bobby Petrino was back in the news last week as sports journalists struggled to rank athletic department scandals following the disaster within Penn State's football program. One thread connecting them is the need to recognize, and act on, the teachable moments that come our way. There are few connections otherwise.

Auburn brothers finish 1-2

posted: 07/30/2012 2:59 a.m.

In an emotional final round, Matt Lee of Auburn University out fished his kid brother Jordan at Beaverfork Lake on Sunday to earn a berth in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP: Johnson speechless after 4th Indy title

posted: 07/30/2012 2:54 a.m.

Jimmie Johnson stamped another exclamation point on his racing resume, winning his fourth career Brickyard 400 with a dominant drive at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Witherspoon, Travelers top Drillers

posted: 07/30/2012 2:52 a.m.

Travis Witherspoon hit home runs in his first two at bats and the Arkansas Travelers beat the Tulsa Drillers 6-2 on Sunday in Tulsa for their fourth consecutive victory.

MAUMELLE CLASSIC: Approach works well for Mabrey

posted: 07/30/2012 2:50 a.m.

Matt Mabrey said three days ago that he wasn’t happy with the way he’d been striking the golf ball, but that he didn’t want to make any changes in the middle of a tournament.

COMMENTARY: Jets’ Ryan again takes aim at Patriots

posted: 07/30/2012 2:46 a.m.

Three years on the job, and Rex Ryan still hasn’t slain the dragon that stands between him and the AFC East title. . . and the ultimate prize he’s after.

AMERICAN LEGION STATE: Bryant cools down Texarkana

posted: 07/30/2012 2:45 a.m.

Texarkana’s hot bats were no match for Jordan Taylor on Sunday night at Desalvo Stadium.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Greinke tagged with loss in Los Angeles debut

posted: 07/30/2012 2:43 a.m.

Zack Greinke was out pitched by Jeremy Hellickson in his Los Angeles Angels’ debut, losing to the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 Sunday.


posted: 07/30/2012 2:41 a.m.

All times Central NBC SWIMMING — Qualifying Heats Beach VOLLEYBALL — Qualifying Round (LIVE); WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL — U.S. vs. Brazil (LIVE);

For the record

posted: 07/30/2012 2:41 a.m.

World records broken SWIMMING WOMEN’S 400M INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY Ye Shiwen, China, 4:28.43 (Previous Record: Stephanie Rice, Australia, 4:29.45, Aug. 10, 2008).

Second thoughts

posted: 07/30/2012 2:36 a.m.

Fitzgerald traveling for a cause A few days before the start of Arizona Cardinals training camp, Larry Fitzgerald made a quick trip — halfway around the world to Uganda for some charity work alongside former President Bill Clinton.

Off the wire

posted: 07/30/2012 2:34 a.m.

GOLF Park wins; Lewis second Inbee Park of South Korea shot a 6-under-par 66 on Sunday to win the LPGA Evian Masters for the first time, beating veteran Karrie Webb and overnight co-leader Stacy Lewis (Arkansas Razorbacks) by two shots in Evianles-Bains, France. It was Park’s second LPGA Tour title and the first since the U.S. Open in 2008.

Smart homes come a-knocking

posted: 07/30/2012 2:32 a.m.

Lowe’s executives are hesitant to say that we’ve arrived at the home of the Jetsons, with everything in your house automated and controlled by computers and wireless devices, but they say we’re not far off.

City in N.D. sees a niche as drone hub

posted: 07/30/2012 2:30 a.m.

The use of unmanned aerial drones, whose stealth and lethal accuracy helped revolutionize modern warfare high above the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, is now raising eyebrows across the plains of North Dakota.

Nintendo 3DS faces gaming challenges

posted: 07/30/2012 2:29 a.m.

Nine year-old Oscar Auerswald Carroll’s hazel eyes widened with bewilderment when asked which game device he preferred — his Nintendo 3DS or his mother’s iPhone 4. After a long pause, the soon to-be fourth-grader chose his 3DS “because it has two screens.”

U.S. set to lease wind-farm plots 10 miles off coast

posted: 07/30/2012 2:27 a.m.

The federal government is poised to auction to wind farm developers 2,434 square miles of the continental shelf in the Atlantic Ocean, which would allow wind farms to sprout 10 miles off the shores of six states, from Massachusetts to Virginia.

U.S. training prosecutors to deal with cyber-crimes

posted: 07/30/2012 2:25 a.m.

Confronting a growing threat to national security, the Justice Department has begun training hundreds of prosecutors to combat and prosecute cyber espionage and related crimes, senior department officials said.

Digital library project gets $1 million grant

posted: 07/30/2012 2:24 a.m.

A nonprofit effort to digitize the nation’s libraries and create a Digital Public Library of America won a $1 million federal grant last week from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Incredible 4G LTE’s 4-inch screen fit for smaller hands

posted: 07/30/2012 2:23 a.m.

Bigger isn’t always better, and I’m glad one company has figured that out.

Technology news in brief

posted: 07/30/2012 2:20 a.m.

New Mac operating system released NEW YORK — Apple Inc. released its new operating system for Mac computers last week, with features borrowed from mobile devices and a tighter integration with online file storage.

Apple wins delay on U.K. notice

posted: 07/30/2012 2:19 a.m.

Apple Inc. won’t have to publish a notice telling British customers that Samsung Electronics Co. didn’t copy its tablet designs until after an appeal in the intellectual property dispute is heard in October, a U.K. court ruled.

ON COMPUTERS: Free online course offerings a taste of college

posted: 07/30/2012 2:19 a.m.

Wow! This is the way to go!

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 07/30/2012 2:16 a.m.

ALEXANDER Aaron T. and Heather K. Shaw, 14914 Sammy Jo Cove, July 20, 2012, Chapter 7. April D. Agnew, 14067 Magnolia Glen, July 24, 2012, Chapter 13. Roque Perez, P.O. Box 195, July 24, 2012, Chapter 13.

Just 7 months left

posted: 07/30/2012 2:13 a.m.

Training for the Little Rock Marathon begins next Monday.

Happy trails

posted: 07/30/2012 2:10 a.m.

SEE YOU IN THE FALL Here’s a hot thought: The highest temperature ever recorded in Arkansas was 120 degrees on Aug. 10, 1936. The dubious honor goes to Ozark, usually a fairly cool spot in Franklin County.

Why body sizzles in summer’s heat

posted: 07/30/2012 2:08 a.m.

If the human body is about 98.6 degrees, why are equivalent outdoor temperatures so uncomfortable, even dangerous?

Olympics aren’t just for ablest among us

posted: 07/30/2012 2:07 a.m.

The best swimmer you’ve never heard of made the U.S. team for the Athens Summer Games at the age of 12, where she shocked her rivals and came home with three gold medals. She picked up six more, four of them gold, in Beijing and is wrapping up preparations for London, after being in a full-time training program supported by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Man’s eating-disorder battle breaks stereotypes

posted: 07/30/2012 2:04 a.m.

Rob hated to run. But he hated to stop even more.

Richard Simmons still jumping for joy

posted: 07/30/2012 2:03 a.m.

At 64, Richard Simmons is still the self-appointed “clown prince” of fitness.

MASTER CLASS: Trunk twisting warms up lower back

posted: 07/30/2012 2:01 a.m.

Lower back muscles are notoriously difficult to warm up prior to activity. Even after performing a cardiovascular exercise for five to 10 minutes, the lower back can remain stiff and inflexible in the first part of your strength routine.

Am I good enough?

posted: 07/30/2012 1:59 a.m.

Maybe you’re thinking, “Am I fit enough to even start training for a marathon ?” Maybe, “What if I’m no good?” Consider this: The average time for all runners of the last Little Rock Marathon was 5:01:27, or a pace of about 5.2 miles per hour.

Training group’s goal: Get to the starting line, healthy

posted: 07/30/2012 1:58 a.m.

Here’s a bullet-point outline of what to expect from the Little Rock Marathon training program. Still more good information can be gleaned at the website,


posted: 07/30/2012 1:56 a.m.

Whether they’re taking place in the courtroom, the hospital or the family kitchen, TV dramas can break your heart, tease your brain and leave you wanting more.


posted: 07/30/2012 1:56 a.m.

Happy birthday. Doing your favorite activities will be a priority this year, and there’s much to look forward to. In August, you’ll collaborate to brilliant effect. Your sunny outlook goes well with the environment you find yourself in charge of in September.


posted: 07/30/2012 1:55 a.m.

DEAR READERS: My Monday column has included a “Sound Off” or “Sound On” feature for many years. It has run at the end of the column, but I think it deserves to move up. It is very popular, and it can be enlightening, too.


posted: 07/30/2012 1:54 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’m headed to college in a few weeks, and I’m scared because it’ll be my first time away from home, and I don’t know anyone or what to major in. I’m also afraid of losing my faith, because I’ve seen it happen to others. Any advice? — D.L.McF.

Super Quiz: Happy

posted: 07/30/2012 1:53 a.m.

1. An item specifically marketed at children, sold at McDonald’s 2. A 2006 mostly animated film about penguins 3. The time of day when a bar sells alcoholic drinks at a reduced price 4. The Sioux believed that the spirit of a deceased person went here.

Booking numbers at hotels in LR up

posted: 07/30/2012 1:52 a.m.

Bookings at Little Rock hotels are almost back to pre-recession 2008 levels, according to occupancy numbers reported to the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau over the past six months.

Time running out for petition names

posted: 07/30/2012 1:50 a.m.

Three of the groups attempting to get measures on the November ballot have a few weeks left to collect thousands more signatures after the secretary of state deemed many of the submitted signatures invalid.

Slain couple traveled state evangelizing

posted: 07/30/2012 1:48 a.m.

When Jonita Polk began attending Warriors for Christ Ministries in 2008 to become a minister, the leaders, Bobby and Annette Whitlow, taught her how to be “on the battlefield for Christ.” “No matter what we’re going through, we’re victorious,” Polk said. “[Bobby would say], ‘Stay around the fire.’ Stay connected to the power source and that power source is Jesus.”

Summer busy time for fire pilots

posted: 07/30/2012 1:45 a.m.

When the call came to respond to a wildfire in western Pulaski County on a recent Tuesday afternoon, the three state Forestry Commission pilots at Hot Springs Memorial Airport slipped into their usual routine.

Drug-sniffing K-9 to patrol PB area

posted: 07/30/2012 1:43 a.m.

Officials with the Jefferson County sheriff’s office said they hope their newest deputy will give drug dealers and other lawbreakers a serious case of a cold sweat once he begins patrolling the streets later this summer.

UA-Fayetteville sets 28,000 enrollment goal

posted: 07/30/2012 1:41 a.m.

As the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville closes in on an enrollment milestone, the leader of the state’s 141-yearold land-grant institution is now talking about an even larger student body.

Mayor Hays to visit California tugboat

posted: 07/30/2012 1:39 a.m.

North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Hays will break out his deck shoes to take a short ride on the historic tugboat Hoga on Tuesday, a trip he said he hopes is the boat’s initial move toward the Arkansas River.

Arkansas State dismisses Dyer

posted: 07/30/2012 1:03 a.m.

Michael Dyer’s brief stint as an Arkansas State running back is over.

Sunday, July 29

ASU's Dyer dismissed from team

posted: 07/29/2012 7:20 p.m.

Michael Dyer's career with Arkansas State is over before playing a game.

Texan demands DEA pay for damage from drug sting

posted: 07/29/2012 3:29 p.m.

The owner of a North Texas trucking company has demanded compensation from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, saying its use of one of his drivers as an undercover agent ultimately led to the employee’s death and damage to his truck.

Two NATO service members killed in Afghanistan

posted: 07/29/2012 2:57 p.m.

The NATO military coalition on Sunday said two service members were killed in an insurgent attack in the west of the country.

Iran leader: Stop exporting oil, make new economy

posted: 07/29/2012 2:54 p.m.

Iran’s supreme leader has outlined a new approach to overcome Western sanctions — stop selling oil and build knowledge-based industries instead.

Tighter security planned at Muskogee courthouse

posted: 07/29/2012 2:32 p.m.

Tighter security measures are to be implemented at the Muskogee County courthouse this week.

Miscarriage won’t affect charges in Colo. shooting

posted: 07/29/2012 2 p.m.

A former prosecutor says the man suspected of shooting and killing 12 people and wounding 58 others at a Colorado theater won’t face an additional homicide charge after one of the victims who was critically injured suffered a miscarriage.

Romanians vote on whether to impeach president

posted: 07/29/2012 1:56 p.m.

Romania's unpopular president was fighting for his political life on Sunday as Romanians voted on whether to impeach him, part of a political battle that has raised questions about the rule of law in the fledgling European Union member.

Missouri woman killed when ATV collides with train

posted: 07/29/2012 1:29 p.m.

An eastern Missouri woman is dead after an all-terrain vehicle collided with an Amtrak train in St. Louis County.

Drought may mean fewer, smaller animals at fairs

posted: 07/29/2012 1:21 p.m.

State and county fairs in the sweltering and drought-stricken Midwest may see some skinnier pigs and smaller squash this year.

Missouri narcotics unit featured in new reality show

posted: 07/29/2012 12:49 p.m.

Narcotics investigators in Franklin County, Mo., may soon have their own TV show.

Commission seeks IDs of newspaper commenters

posted: 07/29/2012 12:37 p.m.

The Shelby County Commission has gone to court to get the identities of people who posted comments on a newspaper website in response to stories about Memphis suburbs planning to create their own school districts.

Fla. man who lost hand charged with feeding gator

posted: 07/29/2012 12:02 p.m.

A Florida airboat captain whose hand was bitten off by a 9-foot alligator faces charges of feeding of the animal.

Teenager, 14, killed crossing Houston highway

posted: 07/29/2012 11:43 a.m.

Police say a 14-year-old boy was killed trying to run across a busy section of Interstate 10 in Houston.

Adviser: Romney would back strike against Iran

posted: 07/29/2012 11:36 a.m.

Mitt Romney would back an Israeli military strike against Iran aimed at preventing Tehran from obtaining nuclear capability, a top foreign policy adviser said early Sunday, outlining the aggressive posture the Republican presidential candidate will take toward Iran in a speech in Israel later in the day.

Police: Three shot in Miami after man visits family

posted: 07/29/2012 11:25 a.m.

Miami police say a man kept driving after a woman jumped out of his car, making his way to visit relatives and then shooting at least three people.

Senate race to decide future of many Republicans

posted: 07/29/2012 10:52 a.m.

The result of the Texas race for the U.S. Senate this week will get top Republican politicians in Austin working on their plans for the future.

Hundreds protest toughening Spain’s abortion law

posted: 07/29/2012 10:49 a.m.

Several hundred people have held a demonstration against a government proposal to make it harder for women to get abortions in Spain.

Morgan City redistricting plan approved

posted: 07/29/2012 10:45 a.m.

The Justice Department has approved Morgan City’s plan to reconfigure its City Council districts.

Syria lashes out at Saudi, Qatar, Turkey

posted: 07/29/2012 10:28 a.m.

The Syrian regime accused regional powerhouses Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey of trying to destroy the country and vowed Sunday that it would defeat rebels who have captured large swathes of the commercial hub Aleppo.

Officials: US drone strike kills 4 in NW Pakistan

posted: 07/29/2012 9:49 a.m.

Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. missile strike has killed four people near the Afghan border.

Former Oklahoma school superintendent investigated

posted: 07/29/2012 9:40 a.m.

The former superintendent of the Billings school district in northern Oklahoma is under investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

Heat affecting dairy cows at MTSU

posted: 07/29/2012 9:38 a.m.

The lingering drought is starting to have an effect on dairy cows.

District Attorney: Mass. dad shoots 2 kids, 1 fatally, kills self

posted: 07/29/2012 9:34 a.m.

A man who had recently separated from his wife shot his two children, killing his 7-year-old daughter, before committing suicide, prosecutors said.

In the news

posted: 07/29/2012 4:47 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, a Michigan Republican who is chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said he will continue to lead the panel that develops U.S. tax policy as he begins chemotherapy treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Syrian rebels hold out

posted: 07/29/2012 4:46 a.m.

The Syrian government launched an offensive Saturday to retake rebel-held neighborhoods in the nation’s commercial hub of Aleppo, unleashing artillery, tanks and helicopter gunships against poorly armed opposition fighters.

Overseas, Army to shift tools of war with new missions in mind

posted: 07/29/2012 4:44 a.m.

In a significant indication of where the Army anticipates it will be deployed over coming years, and what it will be doing there, the service is planning to relocate some of its vast overseas stores of combat equipment and alter the contents of other warehouse stocks to reflect the changing nature of the mission after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

that’s life : Sentimental saver or hoarder: That is the question

posted: 07/29/2012 4:44 a.m.

I constantly walk the line between being a sentimental saver and a hoarder.

HIV patients defying death, facing old age

posted: 07/29/2012 4:44 a.m.

A person living with the AIDS virus once had no hope of growing old. But within the next eight years, more than half of all Americans with the disease are likely to be over 50.

Office research finds 500 types of bacteria

posted: 07/29/2012 4:43 a.m.

It’s true what they say: Keyboards are crawling with bacteria.

Water fee all wet, Viennese say

posted: 07/29/2012 4:43 a.m.

In Vienna’s legendary coffeehouse tradition, a free glass of tap water with your coffee has been a cherished part of everyday life.

Frack-sand plan road to ruin, Amish say

posted: 07/29/2012 4:42 a.m.

County Road 37 is one of those breathtaking country lanes that winds through green hills and — in this hot summer — corn that is head high in July.

Divers find U-Boat forced to sink in ’44 off U.S.

posted: 07/29/2012 4:41 a.m.

Divers have discovered a World War II-era German submarine nearly 70 years after it sank under withering U.S. attack in waters off Nantucket.

No end seen to doctor shortage

posted: 07/29/2012 4:40 a.m.

In the Inland Empire, an economically depressed region in Southern California, President Barack Obama’s health-care law is expected to extend insurance coverage to more than 300,000 people by 2014. But coverage will not necessarily translate into care: Local health experts doubt there will be enough doctors to meet the area’s needs.

Kevin William Kresse

posted: 07/29/2012 4:40 a.m.

For as long as there have been artists born in Arkansas, many have grown up and moved out of the state to pursue their craft.

Obama, GOP tussle over taxes

posted: 07/29/2012 4:40 a.m.

President Barack Obama used his Saturday radio and Internet address to finger GOP lawmakers for a stalemate that could increase taxes on Americans next year.

Mourners honor 3 theater victims

posted: 07/29/2012 4:39 a.m.

The woman whom Matt McQuinn loved and whose life he saved by taking three bullets for her wept as pastors spoke of his heroism and sacrifice during his funeral Saturday, and of the senselessness of the shooting rampage at a Colorado movie theater where he and 11 others were killed a week ago.

Missouri Wal-Mart stores evacuated

posted: 07/29/2012 4:37 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said bomb threats caused evacuations at five of its Missouri stores, but no explosives were found and nobody was hurt.

U.S., Israel friends, but keep eyes on each other

posted: 07/29/2012 4:36 a.m.

The CIA station chief opened the locked box containing the sensitive equipment he used from his home in Tel Aviv, Israel, to communicate with CIA headquarters in Virginia, only to find that someone had tampered with it. He sent word to his superiors about the break-in.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: Blue-eyed classmate won her with a wink

posted: 07/29/2012 4:36 a.m.

After eighty something years, the details of how Earl “Shorty” Biggs and Lola Coats met are vague memories.

Pal: Gun suspect a ‘gentle giant’

posted: 07/29/2012 4:36 a.m.

A Maryland man accused of threatening to shoot up his workplace and who police say called himself “a joker” is a “gentle giant” who collected firearms for target practice and had expressed concerns about someone breaking into his apartment, a friend said Saturday.

‘Red Shoe’ golf, gala aid McDonald House

posted: 07/29/2012 4:35 a.m.

What do Dorothy Gale from Kansas and Ronald McDonald from McDonaldland have in common? Besides being iconic figures for American children, they have a similar taste in footwear. And, at least when it comes to the charity that bears Ronald’s name, they also share something else — a longing for home.

Colorado firm wins birth-control ruling

posted: 07/29/2012 4:34 a.m.

A Colorado company won a judge’s ruling preventing the federal government from requiring it to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives as part of its employeehealth plan.

Researchers study light as astronauts’ sleep aid

posted: 07/29/2012 4:33 a.m.

A new sunrise takes place every 90 minutes. Docking maneuvers sometimes occur at odd hours. Then there’s that feeling of apparent weightlessness.

LOCAL HEROES: Many thanks

posted: 07/29/2012 4:33 a.m.

First lady Ginger and Gov. Mike Beebe mingled with honorees and their families July 20 at a Gold Circle Reception before the 35th Annual Community Service Awards at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

LIFELONG HEALTH: Coffee research continues to stir debate

posted: 07/29/2012 4:31 a.m.

Many of us can’t wait for that first cup of coffee in morning. Many need the caffeine to wake up and get going. As a nation, the daily average for all Americans is 1.9 cups for men and 1.4 cups for women.

Scary Uganda outbreak confirmed to be Ebola

posted: 07/29/2012 4:31 a.m.

The deadly Ebola virus has killed 14 people in western Uganda this month, Ugandan health officials said Saturday, ending weeks of speculation about the cause of a strange disease that had many people fleeing their homes.


posted: 07/29/2012 4:31 a.m.

More than three times the expected number of wizards showed up July 19 at the Main Library of the Central Arkansas Library System in Little Rock.

Egypt’s leader faces backlash

posted: 07/29/2012 4:30 a.m.

An alliance of pro-democracy advocates Saturday criticized Egypt’s new Islamist president for unilaterally choosing a prime minister with no track record, while leading without transparency and alienating political groups with liberal leanings.

Yemenis rally for protesters

posted: 07/29/2012 4:30 a.m.

Thousands of Yemenis rallied in the capital Sana on Saturday, urging authorities to release 117 protesters arrested during the year-long popular uprising against former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Germany ceases aid for Rwanda

posted: 07/29/2012 4:29 a.m.

Germany has joined other nations in stopping financial support for Rwanda after the United Nations accused the East African nation of backing rebels in eastern Congo.

China murder case moves ahead

posted: 07/29/2012 4:28 a.m.

The wife of Chinese politician Bo Xilai has agreed to be defended by two government-appointed lawyers in the murder case against her, two lawyers with knowledge of the case said Saturday.

Nigeria officials target residents of floating slum

posted: 07/29/2012 4:28 a.m.

The Makoko slum floats on the murky lagoon that separates mainland Nigeria from the island that gave birth to its largest city, a permanent haze of smoke rising from homes built on timber stilts.

STRIKE A POSE: Splashy and sassy

posted: 07/29/2012 4:27 a.m.

The fourth annual Little Rock Fashion Week culminated in a star-studded Posh Expression Fashion Experience — the third of the week’s three fashion shows — July 21 in Little Rock’s Robinson Center Exhibit Hall. Prior to the show, guests perused the wares of various vendors on the upper level of the hall.

Baboon rescuer, 81, dies in fire at reserve

posted: 07/29/2012 4:27 a.m.

Conservationist Rita Miljo, who cared for and reintroduced packs of baboons back into the wilds of South Africa, died in a fire that destroyed much of the headquarters of the sanctuary she built, a sanctuary official said Saturday. She was 81.

China halts waste plant

posted: 07/29/2012 4:26 a.m.

Angry demonstrators entered a government office in the port city of Qidong, near Shanghai, on Saturday and smashed computers and destroyed furniture to protest a waste-discharge plant that they said would pollute the water supply.

Museum readies its 300-Bible opening

posted: 07/29/2012 4:25 a.m.

As she tried to remove the priceless Bible from its glass case, Moscow University professor Irina Pozdeyeva could barely lift the almost 2,000-page book.

Insurgents kill 2 NATO troops

posted: 07/29/2012 4:24 a.m.

Two NATO servicemen were killed by insurgents in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, the Western military alliance said, the latest in a surge of Taliban attacks against foreign forces and Afghan civilians.

Refugees transform Turkish tourist spot

posted: 07/29/2012 4:23 a.m.

People in the region call it Tuscany with minarets.

Golan Druse caught in middle

posted: 07/29/2012 4:23 a.m.

The raging civil war just across the cease-fire line in Syria is posing an uncomfortable political choice for the Druse people in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights.

Nuke-development sites up for national-park label

posted: 07/29/2012 4:21 a.m.

Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory was such a well-kept secret during World War II that most Americans still don’t know it sits off one of busiest highways in the South.

Heat a death sentence for inmates?

posted: 07/29/2012 4:21 a.m.

Last summer’s record-breaking heat wave had a grim effect on Texas, playing a role in the deaths of roughly 150 people. Many of them were found in their homes or apartments, but a few were discovered somewhere else — in their prison cells.

TEEING UP FUN: Golf championship buffet serves a taste of Arkansas

posted: 07/29/2012 4:21 a.m.

Players at the 106th annual Southern Amateur Championship took a break from the action July 18 at an all-Arkansas buffet at Chenal Country Club.

WALKING FOR A CAUSE: Teams, backers are honored for fighting juvenile diabetes

posted: 07/29/2012 4:20 a.m.

Team captains and sponsors for the Sept. 15 Central Arkansas JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes were treated to lunch July 18 in the Great Hall of the Governor’s Mansion.

MALE CALL: Tagging matching combos eases plight of colorblind

posted: 07/29/2012 4:19 a.m.

Q. I have trouble with colors. I’m not sure if I am partly colorblind or if my color judgment is not great. When I match up a tie with one of the colors in my tweed jacket, my girlfriend says they don’t go together. Do you have any rules that will help?

The nation in brief

posted: 07/29/2012 4:19 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “In moments of crisis, true character comes out. His immediate response was to protect the woman he loved.” Herb Shaffer, pastor at Maiden Lane Church of God in Springfield, Ohio, on his nephew, Matt McQuinn, who was killed when he leapt in front of his girlfriend during a shooting rampage at a Colorado movie theater Article, 5A

Names and faces

posted: 07/29/2012 4:18 a.m.

Dancing with the Stars is repeating some steps for its fall season.

TV news shows

posted: 07/29/2012 4:17 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney; Robert Gibbs, adviser to President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign; Kevin Madden, adviser to Romney’s presidential campaign. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.

Getting it straight

posted: 07/29/2012 4:17 a.m.

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


posted: 07/29/2012 4:17 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball are: 5-6-13-36-50 Powerball: 13 Estimated jackpot: $139 million

The world in brief

posted: 07/29/2012 4:16 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There is no such agreement, we are not even thinking about this matter.” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, saying the notion that his country might grant Syrian President Bashar Assad asylum was a rumor started to make Russia look bad Article, 1A


posted: 07/29/2012 4:14 a.m.

Mallory-Wessinger Kathleen Wren Wessinger became the bride of John Alexander Mallory Jr. on Saturday in Second Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Steve Hancock officiated.

HEY GOOD LOOKIN’: Kudos far from recycled for pretty areas of state

posted: 07/29/2012 4:06 a.m.

Pine Bluff/Jefferson County and Hot Springs/Garland County were honored for keeping up their good looks July 17 at the Governor’s Mansion.

DEAR ABBY: Birth of son revives anger at mother’s sad childhood

posted: 07/29/2012 4:05 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I’m a 25-year-old, happily married woman with a great life. Ever since the birth of my son a little over a year ago, I find myself angry at things that happened in my childhood that I thought I had “gotten over.” Abby, I was mentally, physically and sexually abused by my father.


posted: 07/29/2012 4:03 a.m.

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral was the setting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21, for the marriage of Frances Susan Penick and David Stockley Mitchell Jr. The Very Rev. Jonathon Jensen officiated.


posted: 07/29/2012 4 a.m.

Abigail Elise Overacre and James Christopher Davis were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 21, in Fellowship Bible Church. The Rev. Bill Wellons officiated.


posted: 07/29/2012 3:59 a.m.

Jessica Rene Morton became the bride of Tyler Matthew Tate at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 21, in Oasis Church, North Little Rock. Todd West officiated.

Student test results a mixed bag

posted: 07/29/2012 3:44 a.m.

Arkansas students produced a mix of results on the state’s End-of-Course Exams in math and science last spring, with nearly all eighthgrade test-takers showing mastery of algebra I concepts and other test-takers making gains in geometry.

Man who killed Trumann officer sentenced to die

posted: 07/29/2012 3:43 a.m.

Jurors sentenced Jerry Lard to death Saturday morning for the April 12, 2011, shooting death of a Trumann police officer.

Warrants still not entered in state database

posted: 07/29/2012 3:42 a.m.

Phillips County Sheriff Ronnie White has so far failed to comply with a judge’s 2-month-old order requiring the sheriff to “immediately” enter fugitive warrants into state and national crime databases.

Parents slain, sister taken; son, 33, held

posted: 07/29/2012 3:40 a.m.

A Little Rock man was arrested Saturday night in the deaths of his parents and the kidnapping of his sister Saturday afternoon, police said.

Heroin case unusual, lawmen say

posted: 07/29/2012 3:39 a.m.

Heroin arrests in Arkansas are rare.

UA grad: Internship unpaid but D.C. experience priceless

posted: 07/29/2012 3:38 a.m.

A former student-body president at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville now has what he said is “the best internship in the world,” next to the West Wing of the White House.


posted: 07/29/2012 3:38 a.m.

Mary Margaret Burnett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis R. Burnett of Little Rock, and Devon Michael Harris, son of Charlene Harris of Morrison, Tenn., and Michael Harris of Anchorage, Ala.; Sept. 1.


posted: 07/29/2012 3:37 a.m.

Carole and George Harrison of Maumelle celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Mount Magazine State Park. The couple were married July 27, 1962. She is the former Carole Hoffman and a retired registered nurse from White River Medical Center in Batesville.

UA to study wider role for its online course offerings

posted: 07/29/2012 3:37 a.m.

As forprofit school enrollment skyrockets and public universities face mounting budget constraints, the president of the University of Arkansas System is talking about expanding online distanceeducation programs at each of its campuses — potentially toward a single system-wide program.

GOP sets its course for state

posted: 07/29/2012 3:37 a.m.

Emboldended by their gains two years ago, several hundred Arkansas Republicans rallied in Hot Springs at their party’s state convention with the aim of ousting President Barack Obama, gaining control of another congressional seat, and stripping majority-party control of the state House and Senate from the Democrats.

Bridal policy

posted: 07/29/2012 3:36 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.

Public-safety roots run deep in LR clan

posted: 07/29/2012 3:36 a.m.

Little Rock police officer Robert Lusk retired Friday after spending most of his 30 years with the department patrolling the streets.

Arkansas historytellers

posted: 07/29/2012 3:35 a.m.

The whole history of epistemology — that is, the history of everything we know — has witnessed two monster paradigm shifts: the first, the mass production of books; the second, the mass production of bytes.

LIKE IT IS: SEC’s best easy pick for all but one rebel

posted: 07/29/2012 3:33 a.m.

When the tally was revealed of how members of the media had predicted the finish of the SEC standings for the coming football season, no one was surprised to see Ole Miss received one first-place vote.

2 killed in crashes on Arkansas roads

posted: 07/29/2012 3:32 a.m.

Two people died Friday in separate single-vehicle accidents, according to preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality accident reports.

PB police chief up for new job

posted: 07/29/2012 3:32 a.m.

A school district in Georgia has chosen the Pine Bluff police chief to run its publicsafety department.

LET’S TALK: Message? Don’t take loved ones for granted

posted: 07/29/2012 3:32 a.m.

Lately, I’ve been getting the same message... repeatedly.

COLUMN ONE: Ruins and Renewal

posted: 07/29/2012 3:32 a.m.

Yesterday the city fell. The siege had been going on for months. Three weeks ago the enemy breached the walls. A lone voice here and there, an occasional street preacher, tried to warn the people, but to no avail.

Experts, novices on tap for brewers’ contest in Fort Smith

posted: 07/29/2012 3:31 a.m.

FORT SMITH — Aaron Mastropaolo fancies himself a tour guide for neophyte beertasters sampling the wares of home-brewing aficionados.

CRITICAL MASS: Jacobs breathes life into zombies

posted: 07/29/2012 3:31 a.m.

This is another attempt to figure out a formula for the monthly books column. These are some fairly recently published numbers: This Dark Earth John Hornor Jacobs Gallery Books, $15 B+ While zombie apocalypses are generally not my thing — I just can’t stand AMC’s The Walking Dead — I am a fan of good writing.

Mother whose girl died in robbery gets 21 years

posted: 07/29/2012 3:31 a.m.

A Van Buren woman was sentenced Monday to 15 years in an Oklahoma prison after being convicted in April of second-degree murder in the February 2010 shooting death of her 1-year-old daughter during a robbery.

Rail workers find body at LR tracks

posted: 07/29/2012 3:30 a.m.

Railroad workers found a body along the tracks near the 3300 block of South Woodrow Street early Saturday morning while spraying for weeds, Little Rock police said.

3 get jail terms in 2010 robbery

posted: 07/29/2012 3:29 a.m.

Three men in a 2010 armed robbery of a local pharmacy were sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Hot Springs.

West Memphis I-40 bridge lane to close

posted: 07/29/2012 3:29 a.m.

One lane of the Interstate 40 bridge over the Mississippi River at West Memphis will be closed Monday through Thursday as part of a routine inspection.

POP NOTES: Rhett Miller’s Dreamer paints a beautiful gloom

posted: 07/29/2012 3:28 a.m.

A steady diet of today’s country music will leave you starving for country music.

Ex-principal charged in assault on fiancee

posted: 07/29/2012 3:28 a.m.

Christopher Webb, the former Farmington High School principal accused of assaulting a woman and killing a dog, was booked into jail and released after posting bond Thursday.

Pet of the week

posted: 07/29/2012 3:27 a.m.

Pepper is our pet of the week. He is a 6-year-old shorthaired Dachshund who is full of love. Pepper is sweet dog with a handsome red coat who would make a great addition to any family.

OUR TOWN: Little Rock notebook

posted: 07/29/2012 3:26 a.m.

Opinion released on tech park The Arkansas attorney general’s office has released a nonbinding opinion saying that the Little Rock Technology Park does not fall under Arkansas procurement laws.


posted: 07/29/2012 3:26 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: 07/29/2012 3:26 a.m.

50 YEARS AGO July 29, 1962 If predictions of the gubernatorial candidates two days before the primary are realized, Arkansas will have the most unusual governor’s race in any state’s history.

HOG FUTURES ERIC HAWKINS: Speedy receiver pictures big things

posted: 07/29/2012 3:25 a.m.

The 18th in a series profiling new additions to the Arkansas football team.

Public may nominate, assist with interviews

posted: 07/29/2012 3:24 a.m.

The David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History welcomes nominations from anyone, about anyone. To retrieve the form, go to PryorCenter.UARK. edu and click on the dropdown menu under About the Pryor Center and click Suggest an Interview. The first hyperlink calls up the nomination form.

SEC PREVIEW LSU: ‘Long journey’ to lead QB role

posted: 07/29/2012 3:23 a.m.

The 12th in a series previewing SEC football team

THE TV COLUMN: List of Emmy nominations holds few surprises

posted: 07/29/2012 3:23 a.m.

It’s been a week and a half since the 2012 Emmy nominations were announced, so I’m betting it’s finally safe to have a civil discussion on the subject.

Gold road not paved for U.S.

posted: 07/29/2012 3:21 a.m.

It’s go time for the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team. It’s gold time.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Chamber music, jazz events both boasting deep lineups

posted: 07/29/2012 3:20 a.m.

The sixth season of the Faulkner Chamber Music Festival will feature more than a week of performances, master classes and lectures at two Conway institutions of higher learning.

Left in his wake

posted: 07/29/2012 3:20 a.m.

Ryan Lochte strolled the deck of the Olympic Aquatics Centre wearing diamonds in his mouth and lime-green sneakers on the feet that powered him through the water faster than anyone else.

COMMENTARY: It’s simple math: Greinke had to go

posted: 07/29/2012 3:17 a.m.

Anyone in this locale who appreciates baseball, the possibilities of human nature or both is going to miss Zack Greinke.

Edwards getting feel for new crew chief

posted: 07/29/2012 3:17 a.m.

Taken aback by speculation that his crew chief change was made largely because of the No. 99 team’s disappointing performance this season, Carl Edwards spent a good portion of a 20-minute interview session explaining that former crew chief Bob Osborne really is dealing with significant health issues.

Black flag benefits Keselowski

posted: 07/29/2012 3:15 a.m.

Brad Keselowski took the lead when Elliott Sadler was penalized for jumping a late restart, then held on to win Saturday in a controversial finish to the first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Johnson delivers in pinch, Cubs beat Cardinals

posted: 07/29/2012 3:15 a.m.

Reed Johnson saw only one pitch in the game, and that was all he needed to have a big impact with a little hit.

NASCAR Nationwide Indiana 250 results

posted: 07/29/2012 3:14 a.m.

At Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis, Ind. Lap length: 2.5 miles (Start position in parentheses) 1. (8) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 100 laps, 0 points, $58,225. 2. (13) Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge, 100, 43, $51,293.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Arkansas, Arizona fighting to end for linebacker

posted: 07/29/2012 3:13 a.m.

It’s an Arkansas and Arizona battle for junior college linebacker Myke Tavarres, and his decision could come soon.

Former Arkansas holder holding his own in NFL

posted: 07/29/2012 3:12 a.m.

For the first two months of Dowell Loggains’ Arkansas football career in 2000, Joe Ferguson called him “Darryl” in quarterback meetings.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: No room for mother here

posted: 07/29/2012 3:12 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My mother has recently decided she wants to move in with my family. My husband and I are not happy about this decision.

TV ON DVD: Simian spy series from ’70s is silly fun, now on new set

posted: 07/29/2012 3:11 a.m.

What is it? Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp, 17 half-hour episodes and bonus content on three discs from Film Chest How much? $24.98 When? Now Who is Lancelot Link? Lancelot Link is an agent for the Agency to Prevent Evil (APE).

Sacks keep Williams safe

posted: 07/29/2012 3:11 a.m.

The Minnesota Vikings accelerated their rebuilding project this year with an aggressive purge of expensive veteran starters.

Major 7-on-7 summer tournaments

posted: 07/29/2012 3:10 a.m.

JUNE 1 Slingin’ in the South, Ark.-Monticello El Dorado 30, Stuttgart 7 JUNE 2 Air Devil, West Memphis High School West Memphis 17, Forrest City 8 Air Raid, Harding University, Searcy Searcy 30, Pulaski Academy 0

Dolphins, Tannehill reach agreement

posted: 07/29/2012 3:10 a.m.

The Miami Dolphins agreed to terms with Ryan Tannehill, the former Texas A&M quarterback drafted eighth overall. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed Saturday.


posted: 07/29/2012 3:09 a.m.

Happy birthday. First your imagination will take you places, and then the rest of you will catch up. August is filled with precious moments, most of which involve a favorite person.

COMMENTARY: Phelps waterlogged for one night

posted: 07/29/2012 3:09 a.m.

The crowd at the Olympic Aquatics Centre arrived late, as if they were trying to stall the inevitable. Anyone with a prized ticket to the first big showdown of the London Games had to know Michael Phelps was in trouble earlier in the day when he barely qualified for the final of the event he owns two gold medals in.

Land of the leatherback

posted: 07/29/2012 3:08 a.m.

Descendants of ancient seafarers, they travel thousands of miles to reach their destination — an isolated beach where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic Ocean at the northern tip of Grenada — the tiny West Indies island nation just north of Venezuela.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: ATVs need lots of love, along with new parts

posted: 07/29/2012 3:07 a.m.

With hunting seasons approaching, many of us will use our all-terrain vehicles a lot in the coming weeks.


posted: 07/29/2012 3:07 a.m.

NBC WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS — team competition; SWIMMING — qualifying heats; WOMEN’S CYCLING — Road Race (LIVE);

ROUNDUP: Arrow points to silver for U.S.

posted: 07/29/2012 3:06 a.m.

On the final arrow, the United States lost Olympic gold in men’s team archery.

Auburn domination

posted: 07/29/2012 3:05 a.m.

Two brothers from one school beat their archrivals for a chance to fish against each other for a berth in the Bassmaster Classic.

Seven ways to a smoother family getaway

posted: 07/29/2012 3:04 a.m.

This time of year, many families are planning getaways. But figuring out all the details — from which hotels are child-friendly to how many diapers to pack for that five-hour flight (more is better) — can be critical for a smooth trip.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Gems lie within smaller museums, shorter lines

posted: 07/29/2012 3:03 a.m.

For many travelers, a visit to one of the great treasure hest museums — Paris’ Louvre, London’s British Museum, Rome’s Vatican — is the highlight of a European trip. But sometimes a march through endless galleries dense with other tourists can be a mood killer, as you battle the throngs to scratch yet another biggie off your to-do list.

AMERICAN LEGION STATE: Thompson joins hit parade for Texarkana

posted: 07/29/2012 3:03 a.m.

Texarkana’s Daniel Thompson broke out of a slump Saturday afternoon in North Little Rock, hitting 2 two-run singles to help carry the Razorbacks to a 16-5 winners bracket semifinal victory over the Sylvan Hills Bruins in the American Legion senior state tournament at Desalvo Stadium in Burns Park.

College format tests young anglers

posted: 07/29/2012 3:02 a.m.

By design, the Bassmaster College Series National Championship is an endurance test that strains the skills and emotions of participants.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Airline alliances are here to stay, but the perks ...

posted: 07/29/2012 3:01 a.m.

These days, when you see an airline executive’s comments about his line’s strategies, you’re apt to see a lot of stuff about “alliances.” That’s no surprise; alliances are becoming increasingly important to the airlines — and to you, as travelers. And although they’ve been expanding recently, some holes remain.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Osuna, Ramirez pace Travs’ victory

posted: 07/29/2012 3:01 a.m.

Renny Osuna had three singles and Carlos Ramirez doubled twice, and scored three runs to lift the Arkansas Travelers to a 6-2 victory over the Tulsa Drillers on Saturday night at Oneok Field in Tulsa.

Smith fires 69, moves into lead

posted: 07/29/2012 3:01 a.m.

Hunter Smith finished his round, submitted his scorecard and left the golf course — not knowing he had just taken the lead.

that’s life: Sentimental saver or hoarder: That is the question

posted: 07/29/2012 3 a.m.

I constantly walk the line between being a sentimental saver and a hoarder.

Second thoughts

posted: 07/29/2012 2:59 a.m.

Ex-Saint thankful for bounty A statue of Steve Gleason blocking a punt in the New Orleans Saints’ first game at the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina in 2006 was unveiled Friday afternoon.

Off the wire

posted: 07/29/2012 2:59 a.m.

GOLF Lewis shares lead Stacy Lewis (Arkansas Razorbacks ) made a birdie on the last hole to share the lead with South Korea’s Inbee Park after the third round of the LPGA Evian Masters on Saturday in Evian-les-Bains, France.

Regional calendar

posted: 07/29/2012 2:59 a.m.

AUGUST 3-4 West Plains (Mo.) Motor Speedway, 20th annual Show Me Modified Championship, $2,000 to win Friday, $3,000 to win Saturday


posted: 07/29/2012 2:58 a.m.

News & Notes Pitcher Mitch Mustain (Springdale) was promoted to Class A Kannapolis by the Chicago White Sox on July 21. Mustain won in his first appearance with the Intimidators on Monday at Savannah, allowing 1 run (earned) on no hits with 1 walk and striking out 1 in 2 innings.

Plucking along

posted: 07/29/2012 2:58 a.m.

The harp leaned against her shoulder as Ellen Jordan of Judsonia effortlessly plucked its strings to release a hypnotic melody.


posted: 07/29/2012 2:58 a.m.

WHITE SOX Liriano acquired MINNEAPOLIS — Francisco Liriano will be staying in the American League Central. The Minnesota Twins traded the left-hander to the division rival Chicago White Sox on Saturday night for shortstop Eduardo Escobar and left-hander Pedro Hernandez.

‘HEALTHY COMMUNITY’: Medical center’s A Day of Caring is a day of hope, help

posted: 07/29/2012 2:57 a.m.

Each year about 2,000 people benefit from a day of hope, a day of help and A Day of Caring. But it’s not only the under insured who benefit. The more than 500 volunteers also benefit from this mission to create a healthy community.

Razorbacks report: Ice Cube ready to call Hogs

posted: 07/29/2012 2:57 a.m.

Arkansas offensive stars Tyler Wilson and Knile Davis made a “cool” new friend on their swing to New York City and Bristol, Conn., last week. Davis and Wilson bumped into the actor Ice Cube while at the ESPN studios in Bristol on Thursday.

Family shares Christian message through music

posted: 07/29/2012 2:56 a.m.

Virginia Tipton has been singing since she was a little girl, and about 50 years ago, she and her husband, Jack Tipton, began singing in their church.

High school report

posted: 07/29/2012 2:56 a.m.

Seven enough for title Melbourne’s title in the Beast of the East 7-on-7 tournament at Hoxie a week ago was a noteworthy accomplishment.

Inside the rings

posted: 07/29/2012 2:55 a.m.

Solo out to block Chastain U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo went on a Twitter rant against former player Brandi Chastain on Saturday for comments made during the broadcast of the Americans’ 3-0 victory over Colombia at the Olympics.

Ozarka College-Mountain View to unveil amphitheater Tuesday

posted: 07/29/2012 2:55 a.m.

Ozarka College-Mountain View invites the community to a ribbon-cutting of the college’s newly constructed amphitheater from 6-7 :30 p.m. Tuesday.

For the record

posted: 07/29/2012 2:54 a.m.

World records broken ARCHERY MEN’S 72 ARROWS RANKING ROUNDINDIVIDUAL Im Dong Hyun, South Korea, 699 (Previous record: Im Dong Hyun, South Korea, 696, May 2, 2012).


posted: 07/29/2012 2:54 a.m.

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outdoors: Summer fishing AFTER DARK

posted: 07/29/2012 2:54 a.m.

During summer, you can catch fish during daylight hours, especially during cloudy periods or when water is muddy. But for many species, such as catfish, white bass, largemouths, stripers and crappie, the odds of success often improve if you fish the hours between dusk and dawn. During hot weather, many fish work the late shift, and anglers should, too. These tips can help.

Drought sending meat, egg prices into climb

posted: 07/29/2012 2:53 a.m.

The drought gripping more than half the country is a big reason why consumers can expect to pay 3 percent to 4 percent more for groceries next year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said this week.

front & center: Dennis Rittle

posted: 07/29/2012 2:52 a.m.

Dennis Rittle believes in education — so much so that he earned five degrees after he was married with children. He is the first college graduate of his immediate family, and his passion for education has spilled over into his career as the new vice president of academic affairs at Ozarka College in Melbourne.

Little Angels calendar to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters

posted: 07/29/2012 2:51 a.m.

A calendar of Little Angels to benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters charity foundation is in the production process. Photography sessions and calendar sales raise support for the charity. The calendar will feature sweet faces and the inspirational stories of 12 Big Brothers/Big Sisters, along with their Little Brother or Little Sister.

Evening college classes offered at Cabot High School

posted: 07/29/2012 2:50 a.m.

Arkansas State University-Beebe will hold college classes at Cabot High School, including World Civilization to 1660 and Principles of Academic Success 3 on Mondays; Principles of Accounting 1, Introduction to Psychology, Pre-College Literacy (Developmental English and Reading), Foundations of Algebra 1 (Developmental Algebra) and College Algebra on Tuesdays; The United States to 1876 and College Literacy on Wednesdays; and History of Arkansas and Freshman English 1 on Thursdays.

Ozark Folk Center State Park announces 2012 Celebrity Concerts

posted: 07/29/2012 2:49 a.m.

Ozark Folk Center State Park has announced the 2012 Celebrity Concert lineup. Tickets are on sale for all concerts and are available by calling (870) 269-3851.

Center on the Square to present Roger Miller’s Big River

posted: 07/29/2012 2:49 a.m.

Center on the Square Performing Arts will bring the Tony Award winning musical Big River to Harding Academy’s auditorium at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

New Vision Newport class 10 now accepting applications

posted: 07/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

The Newport Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the 2012-2013 New Vision Newport leadership class. This chamber-sponsored program will offer class members leadership skills, a greater knowledge of various aspects of the community, on-site visits to businesses and manufacturers in the area, a trip to Little Rock and team building and relationship-building skills.

Adler joins advancement team at Lyon College

posted: 07/29/2012 2:47 a.m.

Kenton Adler has been appointed to a new position in Lyon College’s Office of Institutional Advancement. Adler has been with Lyon since 1998 as a member of the Information Services staff. He is also a piper in the pipe band.

Reports predict back-to-school spending boost

posted: 07/29/2012 2:47 a.m.

Retailers are looking forward to a rebound in backto-school and back-to-college spending this year, after a 2011 season in which sales were flat or slightly declining.

Family traces farming history to 1850s, earns county honor

posted: 07/29/2012 2:46 a.m.

David Martin said his family has been farming forever.

Battle won on trucker-tracking rule

posted: 07/29/2012 2:46 a.m.

A proposal to make truckers electronically track their driving hours was cited last year by U.S. House Speaker John Boehner as one of seven “job-killing” rules President Barack Obama should stop.

THAT’S BUSINESS: Megabus extends its low-fare express service to Little Rock

posted: 07/29/2012 2:45 a.m.

The Brits are keen on public transportation. And the Stagecoach Group has become a major player in the United Kingdom in eight years. Now it is setting its sights on the United States.

Scam claims ‘stimulus’ program will pay electric bill

posted: 07/29/2012 2:45 a.m.

First Electric Cooperative wants members to be aware of a scam that is threatening the identities of thousands of victims across the country and has made its way to central Arkansas.

Fulton County Fair to feature equine events

posted: 07/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

The Fulton County Fair will feature three events for horse lovers this year. The annual Fair Horse Show will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 7 in the Everett Show Barn. The horse show will feature halter classes, showmanship at halter, western pleasure, a lead-line class for children 5 and younger, and trail classes. A new Horse Show Queen, Junior Horse Show Queen and Horse Show Princess will be named during the show.

Fort Smith employing automation

posted: 07/29/2012 2:43 a.m.

Inside the numerous manufacturing plants across Fort Smith, bright yellow and orange robots are hard at work, doing mundane and sometimes dangerous tasks that their human counterparts no longer want to do.

Sweet dream for sodas: Taste, no calories

posted: 07/29/2012 2:41 a.m.

Coke and Pepsi are chasing after the sweet spot: a soda with no calories, no artificial sweeteners and no funny aftertaste.

U.S. shale-gas output increases 24% in year

posted: 07/29/2012 2:40 a.m.

Natural-gas production from shale formations rose in May on increased supplies from the Marcellus deposit even after prices fell to a 10-year low, Energy Department data show.

Getting it straight

posted: 07/29/2012 2:39 a.m.

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

Microlending spreads to U.S. small businesses

posted: 07/29/2012 2:39 a.m.

For Kamal Mansoor, a small sum of money made all the difference. In 2011, the Iraqi immigrant received a $15,000 loan from Opening Doors Inc., a microlender in Sacramento — exactly what he needed to open K.A.S. Auto Sales.


posted: 07/29/2012 2:38 a.m.

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COVER STORY: Reality TV that’ll make you want to jump in a lake

posted: 07/29/2012 2:36 a.m.

It’s the middle of summer and too hot for some to even get out on the lake and fish.

that’s life: Sentimental saver or hoarder: That is the question

posted: 07/29/2012 2:35 a.m.

I constantly walk the line between being a sentimental saver and a hoarder.

Dedication to duty

posted: 07/29/2012 2:34 a.m.

After 26 years in law enforcement, Capt. Shawn Garner of the Arkansas State Police said it surprises some people to learn that he didn’t really dream of being a police officer when he was growing up.

A lifesaver

posted: 07/29/2012 2:32 a.m.

Kathy Davidson said she expects to attract a lot of attention when she drives the new 40-foot-long, brightly colored Mercy Mobile Health Services van into town.

Bryant duct-tape boat races return

posted: 07/29/2012 2:31 a.m.

It’s once again time for would-be nautical engineers to get to their drafting boards (or a couple of sticky notes) and start their plans for turning polyvinyl chloride pipe and duct tape into a fast boat, or at least one that can keep them afloat for a few minutes.

Hot Springs outpatient clinic moves to new facility

posted: 07/29/2012 2:30 a.m.

The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System’s Hot Springs-based Community Based Outpatient Clinic is moving into a brand new facility, with services transitioning on Wednesday. The new facility is at 177 Sawtooth Oak St. in Hot Springs. The main phone number for the new clinic is (501) 520-6250.

front & center: T. Paul Dean

posted: 07/29/2012 2:29 a.m.

Principles that T. Paul Dean learned at an early age still guide his career as general manager of Danfoss Scroll Technologies.

outdoors: Summer fishing after dark

posted: 07/29/2012 2:28 a.m.

During summer, you can catch fish during daylight hours, especially during cloudy periods or when water is muddy.

Sold out

posted: 07/29/2012 2:27 a.m.

If you’re wondering why hip-hop has often been angry, sneering, nihilistic and dystopic, you can blame the war on drugs, and how it feels to be on the wrong side of it.

Cargo, the terrorists’ Trojan horse

posted: 07/29/2012 2:26 a.m.

M illions of cargo containers are unloaded from ships each year at American seaports, providing countless opportunities for terrorists to smuggle and unleash a nuclear bomb or weapon of mass destruction on our shores.

Don’t worry, be conservative

posted: 07/29/2012 2:26 a.m.

W ho is happier about life—liberals or conservatives? The answer might seem straightforward. After all, there is an entire academic literature in the social sciences dedicated to showing conservatives as naturally authoritarian, dogmatic, intolerant of ambiguity, fearful of threat and loss, low in self-esteem and uncomfortable with complex modes of thinking.

Utility assistance program ended

posted: 07/29/2012 2:26 a.m.

The Central Arkansas Development Council is no longer accepting applications for the regular summer Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Funds for the program have been depleted. Crisis applications will continue to be accepted until funds are depleted.

We can’t unlock what’s behind his eyes

posted: 07/29/2012 2:25 a.m.

“There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.” — widely attributed to Goethe I can imagine the most horrible things.

Rage against the machine

posted: 07/29/2012 2:25 a.m.

In the presidential race, it’s striking to note that the Republican and Democratic candidates’ campaigns contain only vague echoes of the two significant popular movements of the last few years: the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street.


posted: 07/29/2012 2:25 a.m.

TODAY Celebration Concert BENTON — First United Methodist Church will hold a concert celebrating the music of Franz Schubert at 4 p.m. in the church’s sanctuary, 200 N. Market St. A reception will follow the concert at 5:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Change the vice presidency, not vice president

posted: 07/29/2012 2:25 a.m.

W ith Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, well into the process of selecting a running mate, and pundits breathlessly speculating on how this or that candidate might help or hurt the ticket, it’s a good moment to pause and ask: Why do we have a vice president in the first place?


posted: 07/29/2012 2:24 a.m.

Fiction 1. SHADOW OF NIGHT, by Deborah Harkness. An Oxford scholar/witch and a vampire geneticist pursue history, secrets and each other in Elizabethan London. 2. I, MICHAEL BENNETT, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. A New York detective takes refuge with his 10 children in an upstate cabin.

Tough life choices for today’s young adults

posted: 07/29/2012 2:24 a.m.

Entering adulthood used to be like wading into a gently sloping lake. You got your feet wet with a degree or job. Then maybe you found an apartment, and eventually a life partner. Soon, you were swimming in deep water.

Ministry works with parolees to rebuild lives

posted: 07/29/2012 2:23 a.m.

A Faulkner County ministry is helping men and women released from prison find a fresh start in life, but the ministry’s leaders said parolees face challenges in overcoming the stigma of their crimes.

For sale: One church, used mainly on Sundays

posted: 07/29/2012 2:21 a.m.

Linda Lewis wants to see the 1833 church building she owns in Atkins saved because her father preached there, and David Lindsey wants to see it preserved because it’s part of history.

Sympathy Pains

posted: 07/29/2012 2:20 a.m.

When Kat Dull of Conway suspected she was pregnant, her husband, Joe, got morning sickness. It was just that once, but it inspired Dull, a University of Central Arkansas associate professor, to write a screenplay about it.

Take the money and run

posted: 07/29/2012 2:20 a.m.

IT’S A no-brainer. Here the federal government is offering to pay the full cost for every additional patient Arkansas enrolls in its Medicaid program under the new Affordable Care Act, yet state government hesitates. Why wait? Take the money!

Faulkner County Library to hold grant-writing workshop

posted: 07/29/2012 2:19 a.m.

Judith Killen will return to the Faulkner County Library for chapter 2 of her workshop on successful grant writing from 5-9 p.m. Aug. 6.

Why’d it have to be snakes?

posted: 07/29/2012 2:19 a.m.

While working about the house recently, I came across a large copperhead snake, a reminder that living in the country amid rock piles and brush thickets does have a certain danger about it. Our ancestors certainly knew the dangers posed by poisonous snakes—and a whole lore has grown up around these reptiles.

front & center: Robert Hall

posted: 07/29/2012 2:18 a.m.

Robert Hall laid out his ingredients on the kitchen counter and asked of his guests, “How about a little shrimp?” The meal he had planned was one he said he “throws together on the fly” — rosemary shrimp, sautéed French beans, sliced red bell pepper, and gnocchi with pesto.

Germany’s attack on tolerance

posted: 07/29/2012 2:18 a.m.

Financially troubled Europe has plenty to worry about. Yet some in the Old World have decided this is a good time to pick a fight with Islam and Judaism over a ritual that both have practiced for many centuries: circumcision of young males.

A bridge too far

posted: 07/29/2012 2:17 a.m.

What happened to an unsuspecting state Highway and Transportation Department was that it encountered—well, what would you call it?

Hendrix College to present work of playwright graduate

posted: 07/29/2012 2:17 a.m.

James Mainard O’Connell graduated from Hendrix College in 2003. He has written Conduit, a play that follows the experiences of Lisa Thomas, a young journalist, as she works to uncover the truth about a black teenager’s death in New Brunswick, N.J., during the 2008 election season.


posted: 07/29/2012 2:17 a.m.

Appreciation overdue Returning from our summer visit with kin recently, I surprised myself in my unexpected evaluation of our Arkansas paper, the Democrat-Gazette. I found it better-suited to my interests than four hometown papers I browsed in Dallas, Austin and Lufkin, Texas, as well as Albuquerque.

Beauty versus ugly

posted: 07/29/2012 2:16 a.m.

I was watching a pair of hummingbirds hover above the patio when the depth of their color and beauty set me wandering off on yet another of my pondering tangents.

Van Buren County Fair is Sept. 8-15

posted: 07/29/2012 2:16 a.m.

Pageants will kick off the festivities Sept. 8 for the 75th annual Van Buren County Livestock Show & Fair Association at the county fairgrounds, 2334 U.S. 65 S. The fair will end on Sept. 15.

Faulkner County Library accepting food for fines

posted: 07/29/2012 2:15 a.m.

The Faulkner County Library is offering forgiveness of library fines in exchange for food.

Yes, snipe hunting is real

posted: 07/29/2012 2:14 a.m.

If you read all the way to the bottom of news articles about setting early migratory bird-hunting seasons, you saw those names: woodcock, snipe, rail, gallinule, moorhen.

outdoors: Summer fishing after dark

posted: 07/29/2012 2:13 a.m.

During summer, you can catch fish during daylight hours, especially during cloudy periods or when water is muddy.

Conway Community Arts to present Snow White

posted: 07/29/2012 2:07 a.m.

The Conway Community Arts Association will present its first children’s play, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Maurice Berger, Thursday through Aug. 5 at The Lantern Theatre, 1021 Van Ronkle St. in downtown Conway.

Hector High School Alumni Banquet set

posted: 07/29/2012 2:06 a.m.

The Hector High School Alumni Banquet will be held Friday in the Hector High School cafeteria.


posted: 07/29/2012 2:06 a.m.

SATURDAY Ancestor Fair MORRILTON — The Conway County Genealogical Society will sponsor the 16th annual Arkansas River Valley Ancestor Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the multipurpose building on the county fairgrounds on U.S. 64 in downtown Morrilton.

Saturday, July 28

Slaying suspect claimed mental illness in 2007

updated: 07/29/2012 12:56 p.m.

Records show that an Arkansas man suspected of killing his parents and abducting his sister claimed to be mentally ill in 2007 before eventually pleading guilty to assaulting a family or household member.

Black couple says racism forced wedding relocation

posted: 07/28/2012 5:02 p.m.

A Jackson couple says the church where they planned to get married turned them away because they are black.

US intelligence sees poverty plummet by 2030

posted: 07/28/2012 2:24 p.m.

Poverty across the planet will drop sharply by 2030, with a rising middle class of some two billion people pushing for more rights and resources.

Lochte wins 400 IM in blowout; Phelps finishes 4th

posted: 07/28/2012 2:01 p.m.

Ryan Lochte turned his much-anticipated duel with Michael Phelps into a blowout, pulling away to win the Olympic 400-meter individual medley by more than 3 seconds Saturday night.

Three men sentenced in Arkansas pharmacy robberies

posted: 07/28/2012 1:53 p.m.

Three men have been sentenced in connection with two Hot Springs pharmacy robberies in 2010.

Body found along railroad tracks in Little Rock

posted: 07/28/2012 1:21 p.m.

Police in Little Rock say a body has been found along railroad tracks in the city.

More rain needed for Mississippi soybeans

posted: 07/28/2012 12:26 p.m.

Agriculture experts at Mississippi State University say Mississippi’s soybean crop needs more moisture to complete what has at times been a dry season.

London mayor: Olympic ceremony attack ’nonsense’

posted: 07/28/2012 12:24 p.m.

London’s mayor says a fellow member of Britain’s governing Conservative Party was talking nonsense when he criticized the Olympic opening ceremony as too political.

Audit of Memphis police property room finds issues

posted: 07/28/2012 12:21 p.m.

An audit of the Memphis Police Department’s property and evidence room found that too many employees had the power to delete information from the electronic property log.

Researcher: Big drought means smaller ’dead zone’

posted: 07/28/2012 11:27 a.m.

A Louisiana researcher says the “dead zone” that develops every spring and summer in the Gulf of Mexico is smaller than usual this year.

Shelby County court looks to assist troubled vets

posted: 07/28/2012 11:24 a.m.

Shelby County has formed a veterans court to keep veterans from ending up in jail by providing them with mentors and getting them enrolled in treatment programs.

Baton Rouge bus system gets $5.2M grant

posted: 07/28/2012 11:21 a.m.

The U.S. Transportation Department will provide $5.2 million to buy new buses for the East Baton Rouge Parish transit system.

Hyundai recalls some Santa Fe, Sonata for air bags

posted: 07/28/2012 11:16 a.m.

Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling some Santa Fe SUVs and Sonata sedans because of problems with their air bags.

USDA official promises Arkansas farmers help

updated: 07/28/2012 1:20 p.m.

The deputy U.S. secretary of agriculture wound up a three-state tour with a visit to northeast Arkansas, where he told farmers that he’s certain they will receive financial assistance following back-to-back years of natural disasters.

Officials: Ebola breaks out in Uganda

posted: 07/28/2012 10:04 a.m.

The deadly Ebola virus has killed 14 people in western Uganda this month, Ugandan health officials said on Saturday, ending weeks of speculation about the cause of a strange disease that had many people fleeing their homes.

Egypt’s president faces backlash from allies

posted: 07/28/2012 9:53 a.m.

An alliance of pro-democracy advocates has criticized Egypt’s new Islamist president for lacking transparency and alienating political groups with liberal leanings.

Three shot dead in Pennsylvania; girl taken, found safe in Ohio

posted: 07/28/2012 9:41 a.m.

Police say a man in south-central Pennsylvania shot three people to death, then fled with his 4-year-old daughter before the pair was found about 250 miles away across the state line in Ohio.

Aurora victims being laid to rest in Ohio, Texas

posted: 07/28/2012 9:38 a.m.

More than 200 people have gathered in western Ohio to mourn one of the victims of the deadly shooting spree in a Colorado movie theater.

Obama, GOP continue confrontation on taxes

posted: 07/28/2012 9:35 a.m.

President Barack Obama blamed Republicans on Saturday for a stalemate that could increase taxes on Americans next year while a leading Senate Republican cast Obama and his Democratic Party as obstructionists who want to place the tax burden on businesses during an economic slowdown.

Jerry Lard sentenced to death in Trumann officer death

updated: 07/28/2012 12:38 p.m.

A judge has sentenced an Arkansas man to death for killing a police officer who was pleading for his life.

Arkansas man fit to proceed in capital murder trial

posted: 07/28/2012 9:22 a.m.

A Rogers man accused of killing a woman was found fit to proceed in his criminal case, but his attorney wants an acquittal due to a mental disease or defect.

Syrian helicopters fire on Aleppo

posted: 07/28/2012 3:50 a.m.

Syrian army helicopters fired on neighborhoods in the embattled city of Aleppo on Friday morning, killing at least a dozen people, activists said, as outside observers reacted with growing alarm to the prospect of a siege in Syria’s largest city.

Venezuelan envoy found dead

posted: 07/28/2012 3:47 a.m.

The acting Venezuelan envoy to Kenya was found dead at her official residence in Nairobi, and police said Friday that she was murdered by strangulation.

China slaying case stirs lawyers’ fears

posted: 07/28/2012 3:46 a.m.

Gu Kailai, the wife of deposed Chinese Politburo member Bo Xilai, is expected to be tried for murder in less than two weeks, but lawyers retained by her family have been unable to contact her and fear the trial may be unfair, according to people close to Gu’s family.

Tough bill against Iran urged

posted: 07/28/2012 3:45 a.m.

Republicans and Democrats are pressuring congressional negotiators to produce legislation imposing the severest penalties on Iran, targeting its energy sector and financial institutions as the United States seeks to weaken Tehran economically and derail its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Derecho-storm toll 2 dead in Northeast

posted: 07/28/2012 3:43 a.m.

The storm that rolled across the United States on Thursday, killing at least two, leaving thousands without power and scrubbing more than 1,000 flights, was a weak version of a rare windstorm known as a derecho.

‘I’m a joker’ is quoted in at-job gunfire threat

posted: 07/28/2012 3:41 a.m.

Calling himself “a joker,” a Maryland man with an arsenal of guns threatened to shoot up a business he was being fired from, and was wearing a T-shirt that read “Guns don’t kill people. I do” when police confronted him, authorities said Friday.

$1.2 trillion deficit seen, with jobless rate of 8%

posted: 07/28/2012 3:39 a.m.

The Obama administration forecast the federal budget deficit at $1.21 trillion this year, down from $1.33 trillion projected in February, as government spending slows.

No crime found in sewer study, payment to IRS by LR utility

posted: 07/28/2012 3:38 a.m.

A Little Rock police investigation into the Little Rock Wastewater Utility found no criminal wrongdoing in how participants were chosen for a sewer study that included two Little Rock city directors and no criminal wrongdoing in a more than $24,000 payment made to the Internal Revenue Service on behalf of a former employee.

Filing: Coloradan psychiatric patient

posted: 07/28/2012 3:37 a.m.

The former graduate student accused in the deadly Colorado movie theater shooting was being treated by a psychiatrist at the university where he studied, according to court papers filed Friday.

Peabody buyer has helm pick

posted: 07/28/2012 3:34 a.m.

The new owners of Little Rock Peabody are courting Davidson Hotels & Resort Properties as the first choice to manage the recently sold hotel.

Jesse Jackson Jr. in clinic for depression

posted: 07/28/2012 3:34 a.m.

Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., whose whereabouts haven’t been disclosed since he mysteriously took a medical leave several weeks ago, is being treated for depression at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, according to a statement Friday from the hospital.

Afghan president issues order to curb corruption

posted: 07/28/2012 3:33 a.m.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who is under pressure from the international community to do more to battle corruption, has issued a list of government changes that orders his ministries, prosecutors and judiciary to fight bribery, nepotism and cronyism.

Lane shifting is in last half at I-430/ I-630

posted: 07/28/2012 3:33 a.m.

Construction on the Interstate 430/Intestate 630 interchange in west Little Rock was expected to enter a new phase this morning with the temporary closure of two loop ramps and lane shifts narrowing northbound I-430 to one lane for up to 24 hours at a time.

Romney hustles to fix games gaffe

posted: 07/28/2012 3:31 a.m.

Mitt Romney appeared on NBC’s Today show Friday morning and insisted that he was “absolutely convinced” Londoners were ready for the Olympic Games.

State to fire back at cities on bridge plan

posted: 07/28/2012 3:30 a.m.

The director of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department isn’t letting two mayors’ rejection of a proposal to convert the Broadway Bridge into a pedestrian crossing stand as the final word on the matter.

$137 million more a wish for colleges

posted: 07/28/2012 3:27 a.m.

The Higher Education Coordinating Board approved recommendations Friday for a $137 million increase in annual state funding to Arkansas’ public colleges and universities in fiscal 2014.

Murdered lawman’s dad, wife tell of loss

posted: 07/28/2012 3:26 a.m.

Donald Schmidt Sr. thought the flashlight shining through his window during the early hours of April 13, 2011, was his son, Trumann police officer Jonathan Schmidt, trying to signal him, he testified Friday.

Judges asked to consider election

posted: 07/28/2012 3:26 a.m.

A white challenger beating a black incumbent senator in the May 22 primary election proves Senate District 24 was drawn to disenfranchise black voters, the plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the state’s district boundaries said Friday.

Fired school official fights law

posted: 07/28/2012 3:23 a.m.

A fired private-school athletic director claims that no law required her to report a sexual relationship between a teacher and a student and, consequently, prosecutors overstepped their authority by charging her for not alerting officials to the relationship.

N. Korean vets vow loyalty at armistice memorial

posted: 07/28/2012 3:23 a.m.

Elderly North Korean veterans pledged loyalty to their 20-something leader in Pyongyang during Korean War armistice commemorations Friday that were being closely watched after Kim Jong Un reshuffled the military and revealed he’s married.

Louisiana’s Jindal stops in state, rips Obama

posted: 07/28/2012 3:22 a.m.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Friday night that Americans should elect former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as president of the United States to protect the American dream.

U.N. fails to reach accord on arms trade

posted: 07/28/2012 3:20 a.m.

Member states failed to reach agreement Friday on a new U.N. treaty to regulate the multibillion-dollar global arms trade, and some diplomats and supporters of the proposal blamed the United States for triggering the unraveling of the month-long negotiating conference.

State told before span fell of peril in its lights

posted: 07/28/2012 3:16 a.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard warned Kentucky transportation officials that lights on the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge were not working properly a month before a barge struck it and caused a 322-foot section to collapse into the Tennessee River, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

The world in brief

posted: 07/28/2012 3:15 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s impossible to imagine a future in Syria where the current people in power remain in power. So in that view, it’s just a matter of time before this regime collapses.” Maj. Gen. Robert Mood, former head of the U.N. observer mission in Syria.

The nation in brief

posted: 07/28/2012 3:13 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We owe it to the American people to exhaust every possible nonmilitary option to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability.” U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill. Article, 2A

Names and faces

posted: 07/28/2012 3:12 a.m.

Fred Willard said his recent lewd conduct arrest at an adult movie theater was “very embarrassing” but insisted he did nothing wrong. “It’s the last time I’m going to listen to my wife when she says, ‘Why don’t you go and see a movie?’,” Willard said during an appearance Thursday on Jimmy Fallon’s NBC show Late Night.

In the news

posted: 07/28/2012 3:02 a.m.

Karen Klein, 68, a Greece, N.Y., school-bus monitor who was shown in a video being relentlessly bullied by a group of boys, said she will retire, adding that she “enjoyed working with the kids” and isn’t “quitting because of what happened” but because she has decided it’s “time to leave.”

HOG FUTURES RAY BUCHANAN JR.: Buchanan mimics father’s talk, walk

posted: 07/28/2012 2:56 a.m.

Arkansas defensive back signee Ray Buchanan Jr. takes his name and his game from his father.

Caldwell chosen to replace late state Senate candidate

posted: 07/28/2012 2:54 a.m.

The Republican Party of Arkansas nominated Ronald Caldwell of Wynne to be its nominee to challenge state Rep. Jerry Brown, D-Wynne, for Senate District 23.

At UA summer program, kids give engineering a go

posted: 07/28/2012 2:53 a.m.

Jackson Black passed his hand over the small electronic musical instrument that he had just created at the Explore Engineering Program at the University of Arkansas.

Mega Millions

posted: 07/28/2012 2:53 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 2-3-4-8-43 Mega Ball: 17 Estimated jackpot: $52 million Megaplier: 03

SAU probe links 3 to cattle theft

posted: 07/28/2012 2:52 a.m.

Law enforcement agencies on the trail of three suspects in the theft of Southern Arkansas University horses have also uncovered allegations of cattle thefts.

Police arrest Emerson man in Magnolia killing in May

posted: 07/28/2012 2:52 a.m.

An Emerson man was arrested Friday in the May slaying of Glenda Stroman, 72, of Magnolia.

Teenager gets 20 years for robbing repairman

posted: 07/28/2012 2:51 a.m.

A 16-year-old Little Rock boy was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday for robbing a man repairing a home six months ago.


posted: 07/28/2012 2:51 a.m.

The queen and James Bond gave the London Olympics a royal entrance Friday in an opening ceremony that rolled to the rock of the Beatles, the Stones and The Who.

PB woman files to run for mayor

posted: 07/28/2012 2:50 a.m.

Debe Hollingsworth filed to run for the city’s top job Friday, the first day candidates are allowed to enter contested political races in the city.

Slaying suspect: Aimed to rob

posted: 07/28/2012 2:50 a.m.

A Little Rock man arrested Friday in a November slaying told police he planned to rob a man of some marijuana but wound up at the wrong apartment.

SEC PREVIEW GEORGIA: ’Dogs defense fully stocked

posted: 07/28/2012 2:48 a.m.

A large pack of Georgia defensive players, including All-America safety Baccari Rambo, considered leaving early for the NFL Draft after the Bulldogs’ run to the SEC East title last season.

Greinke ends up an Angel

posted: 07/28/2012 2:45 a.m.

The Los Angeles Angels landed one of Major League Baseball’s most sought after pitchers Friday, and significantly altered the Arkansas Travelers’ starting rotation in the process.


posted: 07/28/2012 2:43 a.m.

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

Oklahoma State sinks hooks into national title

posted: 07/28/2012 2:43 a.m.

Not even a dead fish and a premature exit from the water could stop Oklahoma State from winning the Bassmaster College Series National Championship on Friday at Hurricane Lake in Benton.

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: In-median hat passing is a no-no

posted: 07/28/2012 2:43 a.m.

Dear Road Maven: I lately have seen people wearing high visibility safety vests soliciting contributions from motorists in busy Little Rock intersections — Markham and Chenal, and Markham and University. Is this inherently unsafe or a violation of local laws? — Faithful Reader

Mann 1st to place from state

posted: 07/28/2012 2:40 a.m.

Each time Tyler Mann was called to a mat in the Junior and Cadet National Championships last week in Fargo, N.D., his mother had to remind the announcers what state the wrestler was from.

Other days

posted: 07/28/2012 2:40 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 28, 1912 MURFREESBORO — A building contract was let this week by the Ozark Mining Company for the immediate erection of buildings and installation of diamond washing machinery on the company’s property, two miles out from this place.

Daily record

posted: 07/28/2012 2:40 a.m.

Marriages and Divorces

Police beat

posted: 07/28/2012 2:39 a.m.

Mom charged, too, over baby’s abuse The mother of a 6-monthold who police say suffered multiple fractures and brain swelling at the hands of a caretaker was charged Friday with permitting the abuse.

Higher education notebook

posted: 07/28/2012 2:39 a.m.

Protesting, 2 balk at sports-fee report EL DORADO — Two Higher Education Coordinating Board members refused to approve a routine report on athletic expenditures Friday, citing concerns about the reliance on student athletic fees to fund university sports programs.

AMERICAN LEGION STATE: Bryant settles behind Schalchlin

posted: 07/28/2012 2:38 a.m.

Tyrce Schalchlin helped turn a slugfest into a pitcher’s duel.

Mitt Romney abroad

posted: 07/28/2012 2:36 a.m.

Ageneration ago, it was the three I’s. A presidential challenger’s obligatory foreign trip meant Ireland, Italy and Israel. Mitt Romney’s itinerary is slightly different: Britain, Poland and Israel.

You know me-Al

posted: 07/28/2012 2:36 a.m.

IT HAD to happen. A couple of high-tech outfits—okay, maybe medium-tech—are at work developing an algorithm that can write news stories without any meddling from an actual human. Don’t ask us just what an algorithm is, but we do know that humans are highly unreliable and are rapidly being replaced by all kinds of electronic gizmos.

TEXAS LEAGUE: McAnulty, Travs handle Drillers

posted: 07/28/2012 2:35 a.m.

Paul McAnulty homered for the second consecutive game and extended his RBI streak to 13 consecutive games to lead the Arkansas Travelers to a 5-2 victory over the Tulsa Drillers on Friday night at Oneok Field in Tulsa.

Cauldwell irons out issues

posted: 07/28/2012 2:34 a.m.

Brandon Cauldwell said he hadn’t been making many putts recently, but a few well placed iron shots helped change that trend.

Lowest common denominator

posted: 07/28/2012 2:33 a.m.

One thing is starkly clear from the past month of the 2012 presidential campaign : We are headed toward a lowest-common-denominator, devil-you-know-vs.-devil-you-don’t election in which the winner will not so much triumph as survive.

OTHERS SAY: Thank you, sir

posted: 07/28/2012 2:32 a.m.

Before the moment passes, we join others in extending our appreciation for former President George W. Bush and first lady Laura’s ongoing support for efforts to break the deadly AIDS epidemic threatening Africa.

Guest writer: Defying tradition

posted: 07/28/2012 2:32 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education has put out a call to Arkansans who have tried college, taken some time off, made other choices, perhaps actually failed a class, feel they’re too busy—too old, too broke—to go back to school.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Bryant’s Wood gives up five home runs to Cards

posted: 07/28/2012 2:31 a.m.

Travis Wood (Bryant ) was consistent.

A real lifesaver

posted: 07/28/2012 2:31 a.m.

It doesn’t look all that significant dividing the northbound from southbound traffic lanes along Interstate 540 in Benton County. It might not even appear sturdy enough to stop a herd of rampaging bulls, much less a speeding car or truck.


posted: 07/28/2012 2:31 a.m.

Success is not assured Once I was a young married woman, at home with two babies. Then I became a young divorced woman working minimum-wage jobs and coping with perpetually bounced minimal child-support checks.

Penn State linebacker says few leaving harried team

posted: 07/28/2012 2:30 a.m.

Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti said Friday he knows of only two or three players who are planning to leave the Nittany Lions after the severe sanctions imposed earlier this week by the NCAA.

McGee making mark early

posted: 07/28/2012 2:28 a.m.

Garrick McGee has directed a makeover of Alabama-Birmingham’s football offices, including fresh paint and carpet and a new players lounge.

Phelps, Lochte ready to make their big splash

posted: 07/28/2012 2:26 a.m.

A retiring star with more gold medals than anyone. A friendly rival who intends to be the biggest star in London.

U.S. basketball has late arrival

posted: 07/28/2012 2:24 a.m.

The U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team is favored to win again, and some think it’s a matter of the players just showing up.

French president laments 1942 roundup

posted: 07/28/2012 2:24 a.m.

French President Francois Hollande made an emotional mea culpa this week on behalf of his country for its part in the World War II roundup and deportation of more than 13,000 Jews from Paris.

Today’s TV schedule

posted: 07/28/2012 2:21 a.m.

All times Central NBC SWIMMING — qualifying heats; Men’s CYCLING — road race (LIVE);

Retailers discover fair trade

posted: 07/28/2012 2:21 a.m.

Ralph Lauren — with his made-in-China U.S. Olympic uniforms — is learning what Christian retailers heard at their annual trade show last week in Orlando: Where and how items are made make a difference in the global economy.

NFL report

posted: 07/28/2012 2:20 a.m.

Lerner looking to sell Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner has begun talks with truck-stop magnate Jimmy Haslam on giving up controlling interest while committing to keep the team in Cleveland, the club president said Friday.

Call to priesthood strikes 3 Wisconsin brothers

posted: 07/28/2012 2:20 a.m.

When Luke Strand started college nine years ago, he wanted to get a marketing degree, a job in the business world, then a house and children.

Looking to the EAST

posted: 07/28/2012 2:19 a.m.

As the Asian-American population grows, religions with their roots in Asia are also growing.

Fasting in Finland a light issue for Muslims

posted: 07/28/2012 2:18 a.m.

How do you observe dawnto-dusk fasting when there is neither dawn nor dusk?

Eagles do away with distractions, ‘Dream Team’

posted: 07/28/2012 2:18 a.m.

All the rookies reported to training camp on time, some veterans even showed up early and a few star players now have new contracts.


posted: 07/28/2012 2:17 a.m.

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT First Baptist Church, 62 Pleasant Valley Drive, will host Dino, “America’s Piano Showman,” in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday. (501) 227-0010.

Chiefs healed, ready to start

posted: 07/28/2012 2:16 a.m.

The Kansas City Chiefs opened camp Friday with their fingers crossed.


posted: 07/28/2012 2:15 a.m.

1879 The Church of Christ, Scientist is founded by Mary Baker Eddy.

At 1.5%, economy growth rate dips

posted: 07/28/2012 2:13 a.m.

The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 1.5 percent from April through June as Americans cut back sharply on spending, the Commerce Department reported Friday.

Second thoughts

posted: 07/28/2012 2:13 a.m.

Red Sox rest easy; Wally OK The costume of the Boston Red Sox mascot, Wally the Green Monster, was recovered Friday afternoon after a brief search.

Spain’s jobless rate hits 24.63%

posted: 07/28/2012 2:12 a.m.

The number of unemployed keeps rising in Spain, official figures showed Friday, as the International Monetary Fund called on European leaders to quickly fulfill their promises to help the country and the 17-country eurozone.

Initial yields of corn are fair

posted: 07/28/2012 2:11 a.m.

Dow Brantley worked a combine Friday on one of the fields he farms near England.

Off the wire

posted: 07/28/2012 2:10 a.m.

GOLF Lewis keeps lead Stacy Lewis (Arkansas Razorbacks ) shot a 3-under-par 69 to keep the lead after the second round of the LPGA Evian Masters on Friday in Evian-Les-Bains, France, one stroke ahead of South Korea’s Ilhee Lee.

State sports briefs

posted: 07/28/2012 2:09 a.m.

GOLF First Tee reopens Sunday The First Tee of Central Arkansas will reopen following improvements to the course with free golf on Sunday.

TransCanada gets OK for pipeline leg

posted: 07/28/2012 2:08 a.m.

A Canadian company that wants to build an oil pipeline from Alberta’s tar sands region to Texas refineries has received a final permit for the Gulf Coast portion of the project and announced Friday that construction on the 485-mile section would start in the coming weeks.

Make yourself at home

posted: 07/28/2012 2:08 a.m.

If you’d seen Patricia Graves a few weeks ago, say, at a small Saturday evening party hosted by mutual friends, you’d have noticed a swollen red spot just above her right wrist. If you’re more curious than courteous, like me, you’d have asked, Hey, what’s that?

Chevron profit tops estimates

posted: 07/28/2012 2:08 a.m.

Chevron Corp., the second-largest U.S. energy company by market value, topped the highest second-quarter profit estimate from analysts after an 80 percent jump in refining returns helped make up for falling oil prices.

Electronics firm to add up to 50 Fayetteville jobs

posted: 07/28/2012 2:07 a.m.

Delta Group Electronics Inc., based in Albuquerque, N.M., said Friday that the work force at its Fayetteville plant could double to 100 after it was chosen as the “premier manufacturer” of Alternative Hydrogen Solutions’ fuel-saving and emissions-reducing systems.

China raises local stimulus spending; 1 city has $130 billion plan

posted: 07/28/2012 2:06 a.m.

China is stepping up stimulus spending at the local level, seeking to counter its economic slowdown, with one inland city announcing plans for $130 billion in investment projects.


posted: 07/28/2012 2:05 a.m.

Sanctioned LR bank sees loss in quarter Metropolitan National Bank lost about $423,000 in the second quarter, down from a profit of $273,000 in the same period last year, the Little Rock bank said Friday.

Clients like her way with pets

posted: 07/28/2012 2:05 a.m.

Perhaps the most veteran housesitter in all of Arkansas is Mary Miller of Fayetteville. She’s “The Housesitter” — she’s got the business cards to prove it — and has been doing it 25 years or more.

Business news in brief

posted: 07/28/2012 2:05 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It feels good to make a good yield.We’re still better off than those boys in the Midwest that can’t irrigate.” Dow Brantley, a Lonoke County farmer Article, 1D

MARKET REPORT: Dow tops 13,000 after euro vow

posted: 07/28/2012 2:05 a.m.

The U.S. stock market powered higher for a second day Friday after European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, pledged to protect the union of 17 countries that use the euro. The Dow Jones industrial average blew past 13,000, a key marker that it hadn’t hit since early May.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Denying teen signature fragrance will stunt her

posted: 07/28/2012 2:04 a.m.

Dear Otus, I don’t know if you’re a parent or not, but my 15-year-old daughter, Kaitlin, is beside herself because all her friends have a signature fragrance and I won’t allow her to get one. Honestly, I don’t see what the big deal is.

Barclays’ profit dives 76% in first half

posted: 07/28/2012 2:04 a.m.

Problems continued to mount Friday at Barclays, as the British bank disclosed that it is facing lawsuits related to the rate-rigging scandal and that regulators are investigating the company’s financial director on a different matter.

In the garden

posted: 07/28/2012 2 a.m.

Q I have three gorgeous crape myrtles, 25 to 30 feet high and planted in a line 15-plus feet apart. They don’t look stressed but haven’t bloomed this year. They have never been pruned but the canopies have started to grow together.

Hot plant tips for sizzling summer

posted: 07/28/2012 1:59 a.m.

It’s hot. It’s dry. Your garden resembles a moonscape, and those flowers that bloomed in spring now look like they’re putting out dreadlocks.

HOG CALLS: Hogs need good return from Wilson

posted: 07/28/2012 1:56 a.m.

Arkansas’ offensive coaches are almost as anxious for Demetrius Wilson not to be tackled as they are for Knile Davis to be tackled.

Tools & toys

posted: 07/28/2012 1:55 a.m.

KnotBone Adjustable Bungee What’s to love: It’s an adjustable bungee cord. What does it do: How cool is this? First, instead of hooks on either end, there are carabiner clips, locking the bungee into place.

Personal space

posted: 07/28/2012 1:52 a.m.

Catherine Rodgers Where I live: My husband, Dudley, our two Shih Tzus, Annie and Drake, and I currently have two homes. Our Pleasant Valley house that abuts the golf course is for sale and we’re moving to Countrywood.

Ask the expert

posted: 07/28/2012 1:49 a.m.

With burglaries seemingly on the rise, I am seriously considering investing in a home safe. What are my choices, how much do they cost, and what kind should I get?

Removing wall is a knockout trick

posted: 07/28/2012 1:48 a.m.

When it comes to renovation projects, contractors say homeowners often don’t (pardon the pun) think outside the box.


posted: 07/28/2012 1:46 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: The tires on my wife’s ’05 Infiniti FX35 are about six months old. We had no problems with them, until three weeks ago. When I was driving down the highway, the tire-pressure warning light came on.

‘Vacation’ and ‘vacated’ are different, insurer says

posted: 07/28/2012 1:45 a.m.

In most cases, housesitter or no, homeowner’s insurance will continue. There are obvious caveats to this, and Gary Stephenson, spokesman for State Farm Insurance, says each case is subject to individual review.

A written agreement averts bad outcome

posted: 07/28/2012 1:44 a.m.

The website offers a sample housesitting agreement. It advises that all parties share their full names, addresses and driver’s license numbers, clearly state the effective dates, and at least touch on the following rules: The housesitter should have the owners’ home ready to welcome them upon return.

Retirees housesit for travel benefits

posted: 07/28/2012 1:43 a.m.

The website, “a place for housesitters to advertise and match up with homeowners,” suggests that the standard arrangement is for rent-free accommodation in exchange for sitting.

Keep it clean

posted: 07/28/2012 1:40 a.m.

Lysol Power & Free Multi-Purpose Cleaner When you’re doing heavy duty, disinfecting cleaning, does the smell of bleach and aggressive cleaner threaten to knock you out — or at least drive you outdoors?


posted: 07/28/2012 1:38 a.m.

Happy birthday. In the next six weeks you will relinquish a tired grudge, and as you forgive, you are reborn. In August you repeat an action with intention and grow your personal power. Consistency may very well make you rich.


posted: 07/28/2012 1:37 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Are you experiencing an especially “buggy” summer? It’s to be expected. How can you protect yourself and your family from these annoying and pesky bugs? Here are some hints to keep mosquitoes at bay: Wear light-colored and baggy clothing, with long sleeves and pants, if possible.


posted: 07/28/2012 1:35 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: How is my life going to change if I start taking God seriously ? I want to, but I’m not sure what would be expected of me, because I’ve never met many real Christians. I know lots of casual Christians, of course, but not many who take it seriously. — P.M.

Super Quiz: Biological science

posted: 07/28/2012 1:34 a.m.

1. Who is credited with the idea of natural selection? 2. What is the science of the study of plants called? 3. Animals that eat both plants and animals are classified as this. 4. The elimination of every member of a species is known by this term.

Friday, July 27

I-430 Northbound lane shift beginning Saturday

posted: 07/27/2012 4:44 p.m.

The Big Rock Interchange (430/630) will go through another lane shift phase this weekend, which will include the closure of two loop ramps.

Inspections mean lane closures on I-40

posted: 07/27/2012 4:43 p.m.

Routine inspections of the Springhill overpass will require the closing of certain lanes next week.

Forestry Commission lowers fire danger level

posted: 07/27/2012 4:29 p.m.

The Arkansas Forestry Commission has lowered the wildfire danger from extreme to high in parts of the state because of scattered rain and higher humidity.

Britain stages a spectacular welcome for the world

posted: 07/27/2012 3:45 p.m.

Britain greeted the world Friday with an extravagant celebration that included Bond, the Bard and a Beatle — and a formal welcome from no less a figure than its jubilee queen.

Trial date changed for two former LR police officers

posted: 07/27/2012 3:32 p.m.

The trial date for two former Little Rock police officers facing drug-related charges has been changed.

Officials report first West Nile virus death in Mississippi

posted: 07/27/2012 2:50 p.m.

The Mississippi Department of Health has reported the first West Nile virus death in the state for 2012.

LR airport: Flyers should allot more time for travel

posted: 07/27/2012 2:34 p.m.

Relocations of baggage screening machines and ticket counters at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock could cause travelers to spend some additional time checking in before flying out.

Defense: Aurora shooting suspect was seeing psychiatrist

posted: 07/27/2012 2:11 p.m.

Court papers say the former graduate student accused in the Colorado movie theater shooting was being treated by a psychiatrist at the university where he studied.

Google: Didn't delete Street View data after all

posted: 07/27/2012 1:57 p.m.

After being caught spying on people across Europe and Australia with its Street View cars, Google had told angry regulators that it would delete the ill-gotten data, but it broke its promise.

White House projects $1.2 trillion deficit for 2012

updated: 07/27/2012 2:23 p.m.

New figures released Friday by the White House predict this year’s federal budget deficit will end up at $1.2 trillion.

Gorilla accidentally hangs himself at Prague Zoo

posted: 07/27/2012 1:22 p.m.

A gorilla has died in the Prague Zoo after accidentally hanging himself with a climbing rope, zoo officials said Friday.

State gets $4.3 million for Medicaid in settlement

posted: 07/27/2012 11:52 a.m.

Arkansas is getting more than $4 million to put toward the state Medicaid program from a settlement with a drug company accused of inflating prices.

Blytheville city worker accused of selling drugs

posted: 07/27/2012 11:31 a.m.

Police in Blytheville say a city worker is accused of selling drugs out of his city-owned vehicle.

Sitting on a house

posted: 07/27/2012 11:25 a.m.

Housesitting — it requires no license and no particular skills, writes Bobby Ampezzan in HomeStyle.

Romney works to smooth over Olympics rift with Brits

posted: 07/27/2012 11:22 a.m.

Mitt Romney worked Friday to calm the British ire he raised when he suggested that British officials might not be prepared to pull off a successful Olympics.

NLR Chamber seeks nominations for Business of the Year

posted: 07/27/2012 11:10 a.m.

The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its 2012 Business of the Year and Non-Profit Partner awards.

Judge delays trial for father of missing Iowa girl

posted: 07/27/2012 11:02 a.m.

A judge has delayed a drug and domestic abuse trial on charges pending against the father of one of two missing Iowa cousins.

Defendant took cyanide after guilty verdict

posted: 07/27/2012 11 a.m.

An autopsy report has found that a former Wall Street trader who collapsed in court after being found guilty of arson and later died committed suicide by taking cyanide.

Rain falls in some parts of Arkansas; others left dry

updated: 07/27/2012 11:29 a.m.

Severe thunderstorms brought much-needed rainfall but unwelcome wind damage in parts of Arkansas.

Syria regime to crumble, UN official predicts

posted: 07/27/2012 9:48 a.m.

Norwegian media quoted Friday the outgoing United Nations chief observer in Syria as saying it’s just a matter of time before Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime crumbles.

Temple Grandin to speak in Little Rock

posted: 07/27/2012 9:32 a.m.

Temple Grandin, one of the nation’s foremost experts on the treatment of livestock and an autism activist who was diagnosed with the disorder at age 2, will speak at an Aug. 13 luncheon at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock.

Facebook shares plunge to new low

updated: 07/27/2012 1:09 p.m.

Facebook’s stock hit a new low Friday after it reported lukewarm second-quarter results and didn’t give an outlook for the coming months.

Forestry Commission seeks budget increase

posted: 07/27/2012 9:15 a.m.

The Arkansas Forestry Commission wants legislators to approve a $1.9 million budget increase next year so it can restore 20 positions that were cut after the agency ran into financial trouble.

Iraq 'rebuilders' died by hundreds, US says

posted: 07/27/2012 8:27 a.m.

In the first tally of its kind, a federal investigative agency has calculated that at least 719 people, nearly half of them Americans, were killed working on projects to rebuild Iraq after the U.S. invasion in 2003.

Turf painting spreads as drought ravages lawns

posted: 07/27/2012 8:11 a.m.

With two-thirds of the nation covered by a drought that stretches from coast to coast, residents and businesses in normally well-watered areas are catching on to the lawn-painting practice employed for years in the West and Southwest to give luster to faded turf.

UN worries showdown in Aleppo imminent

posted: 07/27/2012 8 a.m.

A showdown between government troops and opposition forces in Syria's largest city, Aleppo, is imminent, the U.N.'s human rights office said Friday, as the Red Cross reported it is pulling some of its foreign staff from Damascus out of concern for the safety of its workers.

Man jailed over fake money

posted: 07/27/2012 7:55 a.m.

A 63-year-old man was arrested on drug and forgery charges after a probation officer making visit to the man's home saw gear for making counterfeit money.

US economic growth slows to 1.5%

posted: 07/27/2012 7:51 a.m.

The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of just 1.5 percent from April through June, as Americans cut back sharply on spending.

Jindal to address state's GOP

posted: 07/27/2012 7:28 a.m.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is scheduled to speak Friday evening to members of the Arkansas Republican Party.

Romney’s doubt about the games nettles Britons

posted: 07/27/2012 6:02 a.m.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney caused a stir in Britain on Thursday by questioning whether the country is prepared to host the Olympic Games without a hitch and scheduling a fundraiser with the former head of a troubled bank.

House to vote on rival tax-cut proposals

posted: 07/27/2012 6 a.m.

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said he will allow a vote next week on Democrats’ plan to extend most George W. Bushera income-tax cuts while ending them for top earners.

New alliance tackles health-care fraud

posted: 07/27/2012 5:59 a.m.

Stepping up their fight against health-care fraud, the Obama administration and major insurers announced Thursday that they will share raw data and investigative know-how on a scale not previously seen to try to shut off billions of dollars in questionable payments.

New voter-ID cases viewed as partisan

posted: 07/27/2012 5:57 a.m.

House Republicans on Thursday criticized the Justice Department’s decision to challenge new voter-ID laws in several states.

Lock put on suspect’s school files

posted: 07/27/2012 5:57 a.m.

Tightening the secrecy over the year that Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes spent studying neuroscience, a judge has barred the University of Colorado Denver from releasing any records about the former graduate student’s time there.

Police radios fail as Obama visits

posted: 07/27/2012 5:55 a.m.

This city’s year-old $18 million police radio system failed repeatedly during President Barack Obama’s Monday visit to Oakland and during protests surrounding it.

Some medics late to get call in Aurora

posted: 07/27/2012 5:54 a.m.

As police officers pleaded for all available medics to converge on the scene of the Colorado movie theater massacre last week, an ambulance and its two-man crew were idling just a few miles away.

Militants down Iraqi army copter

posted: 07/27/2012 5:54 a.m.

Militants downed an Iraqi army helicopter Thursday during clashes that killed at least 19 people including 11 policemen, a regional official said, in what appeared to be part of an al-Qaida surge to retake one of its former strongholds.

Games at hand, London a bit on edge

posted: 07/27/2012 5:53 a.m.

Security jitters were being felt across the British capital on the eve of the London Olympics, with the biggest mall in Europe briefly evacuated Thursday and noticeable security changes in place at Olympic Park.

Turncoat Syrian general offers to unite opposition

posted: 07/27/2012 5:52 a.m.

Syria’s most prominent defector offered himself up Thursday as a figure to unite the factious opposition, saying he failed to persuade his former friend, President Bashar Assad, to end a bloody crackdown that has killed thousands of Syrians.

Ola-area fire corralled; evacuees back home

posted: 07/27/2012 5:50 a.m.

Emergency workers Thursday contained a woodland wildfire that burned up to 1,500 acres near Ola in Yell County and prompted authorities to urge more than 1,200 residents to evacuate their homes.

U.N. raps 7 nations over wildlife trade

posted: 07/27/2012 5:49 a.m.

Seven nations stand to lose their ability to legally trade tens of thousands of wildlife species after U.N. conservation delegates agreed Thursday to penalize them for lacking tough regulations or failing to report on their wildlife trade.

In the news

posted: 07/27/2012 5:48 a.m.

Larry Seabrook, 61, a New York City Democrat and longtime city councilman, has been found guilty of orchestrating a broad corruption scheme to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars in city money to his relatives, friends and a girlfriend through a network of nonprofit organizations he controlled.

Names and faces

posted: 07/27/2012 5:48 a.m.

Kristen Stewart has apologized publicly to boyfriend and Twilight costar Robert Pattinson after tabloid reports that she had a brief but steamy affair with her Snow White and the Huntsman director, Rupert Sanders.

The nation in brief

posted: 07/27/2012 5:47 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “You won’t find anyone who has a bad word to say about him, and that was true even before he died.” Tom Teves, speaking about his son Alex Teves, who was killed in last week’s Colorado theater shooting Article, this page

The world in brief

posted: 07/27/2012 5:47 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Sometimes in a friendship you advise a friend many times, and then you discover that you aren’t having any impact, so you decide to distance yourself.” Manaf Tlass, a former Syrian brigadier general who abandoned President Bashar Assad’s regime this month and says he now aims to unite the country’s opposition Article 9A

Enthusiasm low, higher-ed board picks 2 applicants

posted: 07/27/2012 5:41 a.m.

The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board selected two applicants to interview to direct the Arkansas Department of Higher Education on Thursday, leaving the door open to consider potential candidates who have not yet applied for the job.

File period for elected city posts starts today

posted: 07/27/2012 5:40 a.m.

Today opens the threeweek period for municipal candidates to file to be on ballots in the Nov. 6 general election for city-elected positions in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Maumelle, Cammack Village and Wrightsville.

’09 law reining in teen drivers is saving lives, agency says

posted: 07/27/2012 5:38 a.m.

The state’s recently expanded graduated driver’s license program is credited with bringing down the number of accidents involving teenage drivers and the number of traffic deaths in the state, according to a report commissioned by law and health professionals.

Man hospitalized after 3-story fall

posted: 07/27/2012 5:38 a.m.

A student worker in Central Baptist College’s maintenance department was hospitalized Thursday after falling three stories, a school spokesman said.

Man charged in ’11 rape case

posted: 07/27/2012 5:37 a.m.

A North Little Rock man faces rape and kidnapping charges after breaking into a woman’s house last year and sexually assaulting her, reports state.

Denning gets aid for community center

posted: 07/27/2012 5:37 a.m.

The city of Denning will receive federal assistance to construct a community center that will also serve as a tornado shelter.

Court sides with women who took Prempro

posted: 07/27/2012 5:36 a.m.

A federal appeals court Thursday sided with two women who contend they developed breast cancer after taking the hormone therapy drug Prempro and sent their cases back for more proceedings.

District chief judge title goes to Miller

posted: 07/27/2012 5:35 a.m.

Brian Miller, who was confirmed as a U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas on April 10, 2008, after being nominated by President George W. Bush, on Monday officially became the district’s chief judge.

Investigator acquitted of witness tampering

posted: 07/27/2012 5:34 a.m.

Lester Ditto, a civilian internal-affairs investigator at the West Memphis Police Department, was acquitted Thursday of all three federal witness-tampering charges he faced.

Crashes in state fatal to 2 drivers

posted: 07/27/2012 5:34 a.m.

Two people have been killed in separate crashes on Arkansas roadways, according to preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality reports.

Forester requests more firefighters

posted: 07/27/2012 5:34 a.m.

The Arkansas Forestry Commission will ask for 13 more firefighting positions in its budget, State Forester Joe Fox said Thursday.

Ex-Ashley’s chef to give talk in LR

posted: 07/27/2012 5:33 a.m.

Lee Richardson, former executive chef at Ashley’s at the Capital Hotel in Little Rock, will speak Thursday at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

Head-on crash kills 4; kid among dead

posted: 07/27/2012 5:33 a.m.

Four people were killed in a head-on crash in Lonoke County on Wednesday night, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality report.

School superintendent suspended in Stephens

posted: 07/27/2012 5:32 a.m.

The Stephens School Board voted unanimously Monday night to suspend Superintendent Darrell Porter until further notice.

Voter-sign-up groups press state

posted: 07/27/2012 5:31 a.m.

Arkansas needs to be more specific about how it will comply with a 19-yearold federal law requiring states to help people register to vote when they apply for public benefits, four groups threatening to sue over the law said Tuesday.

Higher education notebook

posted: 07/27/2012 5:31 a.m.

Pulaski Tech set to add arts center Pulaski Technical College’s next big building, now under construction along Interstate 30 in southwest Little Rock, is a Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Center that’s scheduled to open for the fall 2013 semester.

Hope train depot opening delayed

posted: 07/27/2012 5:30 a.m.

The completion of an Amtrak station in Hope has been delayed because of problems with the platform.

Pension plan returns to bite in Hot Springs

posted: 07/27/2012 5:29 a.m.

City Manager David Watkins said he has been directed by the Hot Springs Board of Directors to devise a plan that will move the city forward in reducing the financial liability of its closed pension plan.

Guard made up story, sheriff says

posted: 07/27/2012 5:28 a.m.

A guard at Southwestern Electric Power Co.’s John W. Turk Jr. power plant in Hempstead County told authorities she was kidnapped and cut one of her abductors with a knife before making her escape.

NLR man found shot in car dies in hospital

posted: 07/27/2012 5:28 a.m.

One of two North Little Rock men who police found shot early Wednesday morning died Thursday afternoon.

LR genealogy fair planned Saturday

posted: 07/27/2012 5:27 a.m.

The Clinton Presidential Center will host a genealogy fair Saturday featuring Connie Potter, archivist and records administrator for the National Archives and Records Administration.

Fort Smith lawyer draws fine for practicing law in Virginia

posted: 07/27/2012 5:27 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct reprimanded a Fort Smith attorney Thursday for practicing law in Virginia without a license and failing to file documents on time.

Effort to overturn guilty verdict fails

posted: 07/27/2012 5:26 a.m.

A Pulaski County circuit judge refused Tuesday to overturn the second-degree murder conviction of a 47-year-old Little Rock woman whose attorneys were concerned that jurors might have improperly consulted law books to reach their unanimous verdict.

Fire chief hired in Springdale

posted: 07/27/2012 5:25 a.m.

The Civil Service Commission picked a new Springdale fire chief this week who came not only from outside the department but also out of state.

Rapid growth spurs plans for UA classrooms, labs

posted: 07/27/2012 5:25 a.m.

Officials at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville are moving forward with plans to add a classroom and laboratory building to the growing campus.

Daily record

posted: 07/27/2012 5:23 a.m.

Births, Marriages and Divorces

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 07/27/2012 5:23 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: Lee Avenue North Little Rock: West 47th Street and Massie Road Pulaski County: Garrison Road


posted: 07/27/2012 5:23 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: 07/27/2012 5:22 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 27, 1912 The property owners on West Seventh street held a meeting last night at S.P. Cansler’s store, Seventh and Marshall streets, and discussed the advisability of improving West Seventh street from Victory to Denison street, by pavement. Mayor Charles E. Taylor, Superintendent Henry Levinson and E.A. Kingsley, county engineer, spoke to the property owners, and then several of them expressed their opinions, which indicated that they desire some kind of a permanent paving.

Police beat

posted: 07/27/2012 5:22 a.m.

Traffic stop yields arrest in holdup A Little Rock man was arrested Thursday night in the May robbery of a McDonald’s manager outside his restaurant, police said.

Governor’s appointments

posted: 07/27/2012 5:21 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe has made these appointments, his office said Tuesday: Reappointed to the Home Health Service Agency Advisory Council for terms expiring June 30, 2015: Vicki Pennington, Bald Knob, and Samuel Denton, Bono.

Right the first time

posted: 07/27/2012 5:21 a.m.

THE ALWAYS quotable Charles Barkley once claimed he had been misquoted—in his own autobiography. But his fans and even the media forgave him. Quickly. He was—he is—one of the most outspoken athletes of his time, always good for a laugh, and he tells everything with the bark off. So what if a professional athlete happened to use a ghostwriter for his book and wasn’t all too thrilled about some of the comments he’d made in it? Sir Charles was just being Sir Charles.

OTHERS SAY: Sally Ride, icon of flight

posted: 07/27/2012 5:20 a.m.

Another of America’s pioneering heroes has fallen victim to pancreatic cancer. Just last fall, it was digital pioneer Steve Jobs. On Monday, it was America’s first woman in space, astronaut Sally Ride.

The president’s political liability

posted: 07/27/2012 5:20 a.m.

All along, I’ve felt Barack Obama would be a two-term president. He’s a cultural phenomenon who reflects America’s exciting, growing diversity, and presidents representing social shifts usually don’t bottom out after one term. Plus, he’s charismatic with an engaging family. Those attributes matter.

Divergent trends

posted: 07/27/2012 5:19 a.m.

Two facts leap forth in any objective analysis of events such as the deadly attack in a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colo.: 1. There have never been more federal gun-control laws in the United States than at this moment.


posted: 07/27/2012 5:18 a.m.

Political wisdom lacking Three pieces in a recent Perspective section attracted my attention: explorations by E.J. Dionne Jr. and by Sanford Levinson on the founders and the current political landscape, as well as Paul Greenberg’s column. A careful synthesis of Dionne’s and Levinson’s propositions on our current dysfunctionality juxtaposed against our Constitution and the founders’ intentions requires, I believe, a wisdom accumulated over time, as suggested by Greenberg.

At least we’re safe from fire

posted: 07/27/2012 5:18 a.m.

Cinemas like the one in Colorado where the shooting took place last week are closely regulated in virtually every respect but one.

Long says LSU date tradition to uphold

posted: 07/27/2012 5:16 a.m.

Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long said he does not like the idea of the Razorbacks losing LSU as their seasonending football opponent, a move which appears to be in the works.

Women in power at London

posted: 07/27/2012 5:14 a.m.

Claressa “T-Rex” Shields gives new meaning to the term girl power.

SEC PREVIEW AUBURN: Ready to step forward

posted: 07/27/2012 5:12 a.m.

The 10th in a series previewing SEC football teams. Auburn quarterback Kiehl Frazier left his mark on receiver Emory Blake during passing drills earlier this summer.

UA team slips into final, but OSU maintains lead

posted: 07/27/2012 5:10 a.m.

Zack Birge and Blake Flurry caught four bass weighing 4 pounds, 4 ounces at Lake Maumelle on Thursday to give Oklahoma State a 4-pound lead after the second round of the Bassmaster College Series National Championships.

COMMENTARY: Moment of silence isn’t much to ask

posted: 07/27/2012 5:06 a.m.

A minute of silence carved out of a three-hour opening ceremony isn’t too much to ask. It works out to little more than five seconds for each victim. Besides, the widows and families of the Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich Games have been waiting for 40 years.


posted: 07/27/2012 5:06 a.m.

JAGUARS Jones-Drew doesn’t show JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars unveiled their renovated locker room Thursday, a $3 million project that includes 80-inch televisions, two small waterfalls, a 41,000-watt stereo system and neon lights in every stall that can change eight colors. It did nothing to lure Maurice Jones-Drew back to town.


posted: 07/27/2012 5:05 a.m.

Tyler Green’s flushed face showed little enthusiasm Thursday after he watched a 25-foot putt curl into the cup for a 4-up lead at the turn during the final round of the Arkansas State Golf Association Boys Junior Match Play Championship.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Swift on rise as Travelers win again

posted: 07/27/2012 5:04 a.m.

Jimmy Swift’s sixth-inning home run gave the Arkansas Travelers a lead and was among his season-high four hits as the Travs beat the Springfield Cardinals 8-4 on Thursday night at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo.

Oaklawn adds to purses for stakes

posted: 07/27/2012 5:03 a.m.

Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs has raised the purse for 13 of its 32 stakes races for the 2013 live season and extended the distance of one of its major Kentucky Derby prep races.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Rookie’s HR helps propel Pittsburgh, Burnett

posted: 07/27/2012 5:03 a.m.

Prized prospect Starling Marte homered on his first major league pitch and the Pittsburgh Pirates jumped out to an early lead before holding on for a 5-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday night.

MEN’S SOCCER: Japan, Nagai pester Spain before Otsu taps in winner

posted: 07/27/2012 5:02 a.m.

GLASGOW, Scotland — Japan produced a major shock in men’s Olympic soccer Thursday, beating medal favorites Spain 1-0.

Second thoughts

posted: 07/27/2012 5 a.m.

LeGrand’s retirement just a start With all the negativity surrounding football — particularly college football, lately — here is a new chapter to a feelgood story that started a couple of months ago.

Off the wire

posted: 07/27/2012 5 a.m.

GOLF Lewis takes early lead Stacy Lewis (Arkansas Razorbacks ) made seven consecutive birdies and tied the LPGA Evian Masters record with a 9-under-par 63 to open a two-stroke lead after the first round Thursday in Evian-Les-Bains, France. The American, a two-time winner this year on the LPGA Tour, matched three-time champion Helen Alfredsson’s tournament record set in 2008. Lewis birdied Nos. 5-11 and 17 and 18. South Korea’s Hee Young Park opened with a 65, Ilhee Lee had a 66, and Japan’s Mika Miyazato and Colombia’s Mariajo Uribe followed at 67. Karen Stupples (Arkansas State) finished with an 81.

European bank chief hints at aid

posted: 07/27/2012 4:57 a.m.

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said Thursday that policymakers will do “whatever it takes” to preserve the euro, suggesting they may intervene in bond markets as surging yields in Spain and Italy threaten the existence of the 17-nation currency bloc.

League leaders

posted: 07/27/2012 4:56 a.m.

National League BATTING McCutchen, Pittsburgh........................... .368 MeCabrera, San Francisco...................... .356 Ruiz, Philadelphia.................................... .345 Votto, Cincinnati...................................... .342 DWright, New York.................................. .340 CGonzalez, Colorado............................... .325 Holliday, St. Louis.................................... .321 RUNS Bourn, Atlanta..............................................


posted: 07/27/2012 4:56 a.m.

BREWERS GM: Greinke available After a rough road trip seemingly knocked the Milwaukee Brewers out of contention, General Manager Doug Melvin acknowledges that the team is fielding trade inquiries for ace pitcher Zack Greinke. “I think people know that,” Melvin said Thursday. Melvin confirmed Greinke’s availability in comments to USA Today and Milwaukee’s WTMJ radio earlier Thursday.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Tenpenny still feeling ‘love’ from Razorbacks

posted: 07/27/2012 4:55 a.m.

North Little Rock running back Altee Tenpenny made his second trip to Fayetteville this year to participate in Arkansas’ junior-senior prospect camp Saturday.

Arkansas Razorbacks football report: 3 players are gone for now

posted: 07/27/2012 4:53 a.m.

Arkansas Coach John L. Smith, indicating he might not have been clear enough when he said at SEC media days that players not included in the football media guide would not be on the team, tried again Thursday.

Har-Ber sophomore does it all

posted: 07/27/2012 4:52 a.m.

Payton Stumbaugh was a freshman phenom at Springdale’s Central Junior High School.

High school track and field

posted: 07/27/2012 4:51 a.m.

BEST PERFORMANCES BOYS 100 METERS Zach Riley, Benton 10.62 Anthony Blakely, Mills 10.65 Orlando Robinson, Crossett 10.67 Darius Fletcher, Cam. Fairview 10.86 Alex Greene, Russellville 10.89 Derek Keaton, Camden Fairview 10.91 Dylan Yazel, Hackett 10.91 Ryan Green, Forrest City 10.93 James Sax, Vilonia 10.95 Jordan Peterson, Heber Springs10.96 OVERALL RECORD 10.52, Fred Rose, Texarkana, May 23, 2007, Meet of Champs, Cabot High School ALL-TIME BEST 10.50,

Previous champions

posted: 07/27/2012 4:50 a.m.

OVERALL YEAR SCHOOL CONF. PTS 2001-02 Fayetteville AAAAA-West 841.5 2002-03 Jonesboro AAAAA-East 755.5 2003-04 Conway AAAAA-Central 838 2004-05 Conway AAAAA-Central 767 2005-06 Fayetteville AAAAA-West 831.5 2006-07 Bentonville 7A-West 1,019.5 2007-08 Bentonville 7A-West 1,016 2008-09 Conway 7A-Central 1,016.5 2009-10 Conway 7A-Central 990.5 2010-11 Bentonville 7A-West 1,029 2011-12 Bentonville 7A-West 1,099 CLASS 7A YEAR SCHOOL CONF. PTS 2006-07 Bentonville 7A-West 1,019.5 2007-08

American Legion baseball

posted: 07/27/2012 4:49 a.m.

Senior State Tournament at Desalvo Stadium, North Little Rock Today’s games Game 1 Paragould vs. Sylvan HIlls, 10 a.m. Game 2 Bryant vs. Rogers Game 3 Bentonville vs. Texarkana, 4 p.m. Game 4 North Little Rock vs. Blytheville Saturday’s games Game 5 Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3, 10 a.m. Game 6 Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 4 Game 7 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 3, 4 p.m. Game 8 Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 4 Sunday’s games Game

Bentonville raises points record

posted: 07/27/2012 4:49 a.m.

Class 7A Bentonville continues to raise the bar, amassing a record 1,099 points during the 2011-2012 school year to capture its second consecutive Arkansas Democrat-Gazette all-sports title.

Experts: Insurers wary on fracking

posted: 07/27/2012 4:46 a.m.

Damage to a homeowner’s property because of the gas-extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing is likely not covered by his homeowner’s insurance policy, industry experts say.

First-time claims for jobless aid fall by most since 2011

posted: 07/27/2012 4:43 a.m.

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits dropped by 35,000 last week, the Labor Department said Thursday.

Facebook stock falls after report

posted: 07/27/2012 4:41 a.m.

Facebook Inc. reported stronger-thanexpected revenue and a gain in user numbers Thursday in its first earnings report as a public company.

MARKET REPORT: Central bank’s vow powers stocks

posted: 07/27/2012 4:40 a.m.

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s vow Thursday to “do whatever it takes” to keep the continent’s monetary union intact was the buy signal markets were waiting for.

Business news in brief

posted: 07/27/2012 4:39 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “All in all, the labor market is gradually healing.” Ryan Sweet, a senior economist at Moody’s Analytics Inc.


posted: 07/27/2012 4:38 a.m.

P.A.M. earnings rise for 3rd quarter in row P.A.M. Transportation Services Inc. of Tontitown on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $934,791, or 11 cents per share, up from $692,763, or 8 cents per share, for the same period a year ago.


posted: 07/27/2012 4:38 a.m.

New this week Darling Companion 83 PG-13 Kevin Kline and Diane Keaton play a couple whose crumbling marriage is further strained after the family dog disappears during a vacation.

Odd couple in Paris

posted: 07/27/2012 4:34 a.m.

The Intouchables 86 Cast: Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot, Clotilde Mollet, Cyril Mendy Directors: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano Rating: R, for language and some drug use Running time: 112 minutes In French with English subtitles The Intouchables is a tale of two cities — both of them Paris — and two citoyens: Philippe (Francois Cluzet), a wealthy, white, mansion-bound aesthete paralyzed from the neck down in a paragliding accident; and Driss (Omar Sy), a younger, earthier Senegalese immigrant from the projects Philippe hires to be his caretaker.

REVIEW: Step Up Revolution

posted: 07/27/2012 4:32 a.m.

Step Up Revolution 85 Cast: Ryan Guzman, Kathryn McCormick, Misha Gabriel Hamilton, Michael ‘Xeno’ Langebeck, Stephen Boss, Mario Ernesto Sanchez, Peter Gallagher, Cleopatra Coleman Director: Scott Speer Rating: PG-13, for some suggestive dancing and language Running time: 97 minutes Nobody buys a ticket to see a Step Up movie expecting to hear Harold Pinter-esque dialogue or to decipher elaborate plots.


posted: 07/27/2012 4:32 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, PG The latest film in a series based on books by author/ cartoonist Jeff Kinney, in which pre-teen hero Greg is still having his worst summer ever. With Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris, Devon Bostick, Steve Zahn; directed by David Bowers. Aug. 3 The Magic of Belle Isle, PG Morgan Freeman plays an alcoholic novelist attempting to recapture his creativity by renting a cabin on a small island who strikes up a tender friendship with the single mother (Virginia Madsen) who lives next door. With Kenan Thompson, Emma Fuhrmann; directed by Rob Reiner.

REVIEW: Darling Companion

posted: 07/27/2012 4:31 a.m.

Darling Companion 83 Cast: Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins, Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass, Ayelet Zurer, Sam Shepard, Jay Ali Director: Lawrence Kasdan Rating: PG-13, for some sexual content including references, and language Running time: 103 minutes I must admit I enjoyed Lawrence Kasdan’s Darling Companion on several levels, even as I realized that it’s not — by any standard criteria — a terribly good movie.

REVIEW: The Watch

posted: 07/27/2012 4:30 a.m.

The Watch 73 Cast: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, Rosemarie DeWitt, Will Forte, Mel Rodriguez, Doug Jones, R. Lee Ermey Director: Akiva Schaffer Rating: R for some strong sexual content including references, pervasive language and violent images Running time: 100 minutes Director Akiva Schaffer has made dozens of genuinely amusing shorts as part of the comedy-musical team Lonely Island. Whenever one aired on Saturday Night Live, it was a safe bet that it would probably be funnier than the sketches that came before or after it.

ON FILM: Anyone with a pulse should see this

posted: 07/27/2012 4:29 a.m.

Usually this column is reactive — I’m writing about a movie that has just been released to theaters or on DVD. This is the way newspapers operate; we tend to inform readers about what’s new and presumed exciting. But today, I want to write about a movie that’s a couple of years old, but that you probably didn’t get a chance to see because it never played in Arkansas theaters, and because I didn’t review it when it was initially released to home video.

Batman beats own record for 2-D debut

posted: 07/27/2012 4:28 a.m.

The Dark Knight Rises earned a sizable $160 million over the weekend, making it the biggest 2-D opening ever, but falling slightly below expectations following the mass shooting at a Colorado screening of the film.


posted: 07/27/2012 4:27 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 are: 1. The Dark Knight Rises, Warner Bros., $160,887,295, 4,404 locations, $36,532 average, $160,887,295, one week. 2. Ice Age: Continental Drift, 20th Century Fox, $20,416,978, 3,886 locations, $5,254 average, $88,840,284, two weeks.

Screen gems

posted: 07/27/2012 4:26 a.m.

“Image Is Everything,” according to the tagline of the seventh annual Arkansas Black Independent Film Festival taking place in Little Rock Sept. 6-9. Festival directors Wayne and Angela Burt set out six years ago to create an event that could showcase “independent films with positive messages and historical significance written and produced by black filmmakers.”

Film clips

posted: 07/27/2012 4:25 a.m.

At area theaters 67 ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, R President Lincoln owes his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers to the murder of his mother by a supernatural creature. (105 minutes) 87 THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, PG-13 Andrew Garfield plays the title teenager-turned-web-slingingsuperhero in “a different side of the Peter Parker story,” involving a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his late father, the quest to understand his parents’ disappearance and the lab of his father’s former partner and his Lizard alterego.

Super Quiz: Capital cities and countries

posted: 07/27/2012 4:25 a.m.

1. Br, Br 2. Pa, Pa 3. Al, Al 4. Ta, Ta 5. Lu, Lu


posted: 07/27/2012 4:17 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Do you have to belong to a church to be saved? If so, how can I be sure I’m joining the right one? I didn’t grow up in a religious family, and I’m afraid I find it all very confusing. But I know I need God. — G.R.


posted: 07/27/2012 4:13 a.m.

Happy birthday. You know what you believe in, and you let yourself be guided by those principles. Fortune favors you as you stand up for your beliefs without flaunting them. You’ll be well paid for your work in August. An attraction builds through the fall.


posted: 07/27/2012 4:12 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Here are some hints to keep in mind when you are online: Potential employers, college admissions and loan representatives may check out your profile as part of the information-gathering process.

Jury convicts man of killing police officer

posted: 07/27/2012 3 a.m.

A jury deliberated for less than an hour Thursday evening before finding Jerry Lard of Trumann guilty of capital murder for the April 2011 fatal shooting of a Trumann police officer.

Mayors to state: Forget side-by-side span plan

posted: 07/27/2012 2:46 a.m.

The mayors of Little Rock and North Little Rock turned down an Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department proposal for the cities to assume ownership of the aging Broadway Bridge as a pedestrian crossing.

House OKs Griffin measure to stay new U.S. regulations

posted: 07/27/2012 2:45 a.m.

The House on Thursday approved a measure authored by Arkansas’ U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin that would place a moratorium on major new federal regulations.

No rain; 33% of state now in high drought

posted: 07/27/2012 2:44 a.m.

This summer’s searing heat and low rainfall totals have created one of the worst droughts in Arkansas since the 1980s, weather experts said.

Expand rolls for Medicaid, board urges

posted: 07/27/2012 2:42 a.m.

Expand Arkansas’ Medicaid program to serve an additional 250,000 poor Arkansans, the state Board of Health urged Thursday.

U.S. indicts 8 on heroin charges

posted: 07/27/2012 2:40 a.m.

A federal indictment unsealed Thursday links two heroin-related deaths and seven other heroin overdoses, all among young adults and teenagers in central Arkansas, to eight men accused of operating a heroin-distribution conspiracy.

Homeless man held in deaths

posted: 07/27/2012 2:39 a.m.

Two days after a pregnant Little Rock woman was found dead in her grandmother’s former home, police arrested and charged a homeless man in her slaying.

HOG FUTURES: AUSTIN FLYNN: California kid enjoying Arkansas lifestyle, team

posted: 07/27/2012 2:09 a.m.

Austin Flynn had spent his whole life in southern California before joining the Arkansas football team in January as a junior college transfer.

Simmons First National's profit slides

posted: 07/27/2012 1:58 a.m.

40 cents a share that were projected by four analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters.

Tweakable fake ‘pot’ now banned in state

posted: 07/27/2012 1:06 a.m.

Some manufacturers of “synthetic marijuana” keep changing the chemical compounds to stay one step ahead of the law, said an Arkansas sheriff who helped get one of those substances banned Thursday.

Thursday, July 26

Sandusky shower abuse victim to sue Penn State

posted: 07/26/2012 7:01 p.m.

For months, the identity of the boy who was sexually assaulted in the locker room showers by Jerry Sandusky was one of the biggest mysteries of the Penn State scandal. Now, for the first time, a man has come forward publicly to claim he was that boy, and is threatening to sue the university.

Lard found guilty in Trumann officer's death

posted: 07/26/2012 5:58 p.m.

Jerry Lard of Trumann has been found guilty of capital murder for the shooting death of a Trumann police officer.

Resident finds body of missing SAU student in lake

posted: 07/26/2012 4:55 p.m.

A 19-year-old athlete who went missing in Lake Catherine earlier this week has been found.

Eight face federal indictment for heroin

posted: 07/26/2012 4:53 p.m.

Eight individuals were indicted on federal charges that they conspired to distribute heroin.

Arkansas pushing Wilson, Davis into Heisman talk

posted: 07/26/2012 3:10 p.m.

If it seems to the average college football fan that Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson and running back Knile Davis have been everywhere this summer, it's with good reason.

Bryant police investigate Wal-Mart theft

posted: 07/26/2012 2:49 p.m.

Authorities in Bryant are on the lookout for two suspects after an early morning theft at a local Wal-Mart.

NLRPD to destroy 600 guns, paraphernalia

posted: 07/26/2012 2:29 p.m.

Local authorities are getting rid of some weapons and drugs.

Police search for suspect in armed robbery

posted: 07/26/2012 2:16 p.m.

Conway police are searching for a suspect in a Thursday afternoon armed robbery.

Vimy Ridge Road closure set

posted: 07/26/2012 2 p.m.

Replacement of a deteriorated underground storm drainage structure will require the closure of Vimy Ridge Road between Alexander Road and County Line Road on Friday and Saturday, the Little Rock Public Works Department announced.

US steps up fight on health-care fraud

posted: 07/26/2012 1:17 p.m.

The Obama administration is upping the ante in the fight against health-care fraud, joining forces with private insurers and state investigators on a scale not previously seen in an attempt to stanch tens of billions of dollars in losses.

Foreseeing Syrian massacre, US says

posted: 07/26/2012 1:14 p.m.

The Obama administration warned Thursday of a possible Syrian massacre in the city of Aleppo.

Obama not seeking new gun laws, White House says

posted: 07/26/2012 1:09 p.m.

The White House said Thursday that President Barack Obama is not pushing for new gun-control legislation even though he still supports a ban on assault weapons.

Prempro case returned to lower court

posted: 07/26/2012 12:06 p.m.

A federal appeals court sided Thursday with two women who developed breast cancer after taking the hormone-therapy drug Prempro.

Bromance language, or we’ll always halve Paris

posted: 07/26/2012 11:07 a.m.

In this week’s MovieStyle, Andrew Westney assays the French buddy comedy The Intouchables — the second-highest grossing movie in French history, by the way — and finds it “more funny and charming than heartstring-pulling.”

Lonoke County wreck kills 4

posted: 07/26/2012 10:22 a.m.

Authorities said Thursday that four people were killed in a fiery head-on collision in Lonoke County.

Severe weather outlook issued

posted: 07/26/2012 10:15 a.m.

Scattered thunderstorms are likely Thursday afternoon and evening as a cold front approaches Arkansas from the northwest, National Weather Service meteorologist John Robinson said Thursday morning.

Romney meets with British leaders

posted: 07/26/2012 9:42 a.m.

With the Olympic Games as a backdrop, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday plunged into a series of meetings with British leaders, including Prime Minister David Cameron.

US House honors Colorado shooting victims

posted: 07/26/2012 9:24 a.m.

The House adopted a resolution Thursday honoring the Colorado theater-shooting victims and the first responders in Aurora.

Pakistan bomb kills 11; NATO route shut

posted: 07/26/2012 9:16 a.m.

A truck packed with explosives blew up in a crowded market in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, killing 11 people, as security concerns led officials to temporarily close a supply route to NATO troops in Afghanistan.

Will save euro, Draghi vows

posted: 07/26/2012 9:11 a.m.

European Central Bank head Mario Draghi raised expectations Thursday that the central bank might step in and help lower the high borrowing costs that are putting pressure on government finances in Europe.

"White power" graffiti mars church walls

posted: 07/26/2012 8:28 a.m.

Authorities are investigating vandalism at a Baxter County church where racially charged graffiti was spray-painted on the walls and fire extinguishers were sprayed into the heating and cooling vents.

Drought intensifies in state

posted: 07/26/2012 8:17 a.m.

About one-third of Arkansas was in exceptional drought, the most intense category of drought, in the week that ended Tuesday, up from 10 percent the previous week, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday.

US jobless claims fall

posted: 07/26/2012 7:46 a.m.

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits dropped by 35,000 last week, a figure that may have been distorted by seasonal factors.

Teenager accused in Jonesboro killing

posted: 07/26/2012 7:24 a.m.

A teenager accused in the shooting death of a Jonesboro man told police that he wanted to rob a “dice game” because he needed money to buy more minutes for his cell phone, according to reports.

19 killed as Iraqi forces, militants clash

posted: 07/26/2012 7:17 a.m.

Militants downed an Iraqi army helicopter Thursday in clashes that have killed at least 19 people including 11 policemen, a regional official said, in what appeared to be part of an al-Qaida surge to retake one of its former strongholds.

Coleman Dairy to open Monticello facility

posted: 07/26/2012 7:07 a.m.

Little Rock-based Coleman Dairy has announced plans to open a new distribution center in Monticello.

Yell County wildfire contained

updated: 07/26/2012 11:58 a.m.

Officials said early Thursday that a 1,400-acre wildfire that prompted evacuations in Yell County has been fully contained.

Senate OKs tax-cut bill, but rich left out

posted: 07/26/2012 5:15 a.m.

Democrats pushed a year-long extension of tax cuts for all but the highest-earning Americans through the Senate on Wednesday.

Geithner defends actions in rate case

posted: 07/26/2012 5:14 a.m.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told lawmakers Wednesday that he acted appropriately when he learned in 2008 that a key international interest rate could be manipulated by large banks.

Syrian tanks stream to city to battle rebels

posted: 07/26/2012 5:12 a.m.

Syrian troops rushed dozens of tanks and reinforcements Wednesday toward Aleppo, the country’s commercial capital, in a bid to crush a rebel advance that has spread to wide swaths of the sprawling city.

Gun sales increase after massacre

posted: 07/26/2012 5:11 a.m.

Firearms sales increased in the wake of the Colorado movie massacre as buyers express fears about personal safety and lawmakers use the shooting to seek new weapons restrictions.

Olympic traffic tests London’s transport plans

posted: 07/26/2012 5:10 a.m.

London 2012: Traffic jams on the roads, train problems underground and a fancy cable car frozen in the air.

Help for vets subject of hearing

posted: 07/26/2012 5:09 a.m.

Layers of bureaucracy have bogged down efforts by the federal government to help troops return to civilian life, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki told Congress on Wednesday.

Walker-recall fight totaled at $81 million

posted: 07/26/2012 5:08 a.m.

The tab on this year’s unsuccessful bid to oust Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came to almost $81 million, more than double the amount spent on any previous single race in the state, according to a report by Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Senate panel backs bill to stem security leaks

posted: 07/26/2012 5:04 a.m.

The Senate Intelligence committee has approved legislation designed to clamp down on national security leaks as Republicans accuse the administration of intentionally disclosing classified information to burnish President Barack Obama’s image in an election year.

Republicans look at stopgap budget

posted: 07/26/2012 5:03 a.m.

Some Republican lawmakers who have insisted on deep budget cuts said they will agree to a $1.05 trillion stopgap measure to fund the U.S. government.

Obama addresses gun control

posted: 07/26/2012 5:02 a.m.

President Barack Obama on Wednesday embraced some degree of control on the sale of weapons but said he also would seek a national consensus on combating violence. He said responsibility for curtailing bloodshed also rests with parents, neighbors and teachers to ensure that young people “do not have that void inside them.” Speaking just six days after the movie-theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., that left 12 dead, Obama pledged to work with lawmakers of both parties to stop violence, not only the sudden massacres that have bedeviled the nation but also the steady drip of urban crime that has cost many young lives.

N. Koreans learn new leader has wife, they have first lady

posted: 07/26/2012 5 a.m.

North Korea’s state-run news media ended weeks of speculation about the identity of the poised young woman seen with the young leader Kim Jong Un at various recent public events, announcing Wednesday that she is his wife.

Medicaid makes for longer lives, study suggests

posted: 07/26/2012 4:59 a.m.

As states consider whether to expand their Medicaid insurance programs under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, new research details potential public-health effects of the decision.

Pakistan refuses order to reopen Zardari case

posted: 07/26/2012 4:58 a.m.

Pakistan’s government told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that it will not reopen an old corruption case against the president, defying a judicial order that has already brought down one prime minister and now threatens his replacement.

Democratic, GOP tax cuts compared

posted: 07/26/2012 4:56 a.m.

A comparison of Democratic and Republican bills to extend expiring tax cuts through 2013. The Senate approved the Democrat plan and voted down the GOP one: Income tax rates: Republicans would extend the current rates of 10, 15, 25, 28, 33 and 35 percent for another year. Democrats would do the same, but not for individuals earning more than $200,000 annually and couples making $250,000. Those households, which now pay top rates of 33 or 35 percent, would instead pay up to 36 or 39.6 percent.

Sanctions won’t sway Iran, says top leader

posted: 07/26/2012 4:56 a.m.

Westernled sanctions and diplomatic pressure will not force Iran to halt its nuclear program, Iran’s supreme leader said Wednesday.

Philippines guards witnesses of massacre

posted: 07/26/2012 4:55 a.m.

Several witnesses to a 2009 election-related massacre of 57 people have been placed under government protection after a spate of killings of other witnesses to the country’s worst political bloodletting in recent years, officials said Wednesday.

Iranians deny Bulgaria bomb

posted: 07/26/2012 4:54 a.m.

Iran called Israeli allegations that it was responsible for last week’s suicide bombing of a bus carrying Israeli tourists in Bulgaria “baseless” Wednesday and accused Israel of carrying out a terrorist operation.

Thousands of India troops try to quell ethnic attacks

posted: 07/26/2012 4:53 a.m.

Thousands of Indian troops marched through a northeast region Wednesday to quell ethnic violence that has killed at least 38 people, but roving bands of rioters continued sporadic attacks, ripping apart homes and setting them on fire.

In the news

posted: 07/26/2012 4:52 a.m.

Don MacKenzie purchased a 17-pound lobster at a Waterford, Conn., restaurant, then released the crustacean back into Long Island Sound, telling The Day of New London that the lobster, nicknamed “Lucky Larry” by area children, would have to be about 80 years old to reach his current size and, after all that time, didn’t “deserve a bib and butter.” Felix Baumgartner, 43, a sky diver, jumped from an enclosed capsule that had been lifted by a giant helium balloon to an altitude of more than 18 miles and landed safely near Roswell, N.M.

The world in brief

posted: 07/26/2012 4:52 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The sooner it ends the sooner the slaughter will end and also the sooner you can try and repair what will now be deep, deep hatreds amongst parts of the community there.” Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, calling on the West to help Syrian rebel factions once they manage to oust President Bashar Assad’s regime Article, 1A

Names and faces

posted: 07/26/2012 4:49 a.m.

A Los Angeles judge Wednesday appointed the son of Tito Jackson to serve as temporary guardian of Michael Jackson’s children in the absence of the family matriarch and in the midst of a feud over the pop superstar’s estate. Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff temporarily suspended Katherine Jackson as the children’s guardian because she is in Arizona and hadn’t spoken with them in several days. He appointed Tito Joe “TJ” Jackson to serve as temporary guardian with the ability to control the hilltop home where the children live and to take on other supervision duties.


posted: 07/26/2012 4:48 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball: 3-14-35-38-46 Powerball: 16 Estimated jackpot: $121 million

The nation in brief

posted: 07/26/2012 4:48 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Our warriors are trained not to fail on the battlefield.We must be committed not to fail them on the home front.” Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, testifying before Congress on efforts to help veterans transition to civilian life Article, 3A

WOMEN’S OLYMPIC SOCCER: Stirring comeback

posted: 07/26/2012 4:36 a.m.

Twice, Hope Solo stretched to her left to stop the ball. Twice, she couldn’t quite reach it.

SEC PREVIEW TENNESSEE: Dooley: Vols on way up

posted: 07/26/2012 4:32 a.m.

Derek Dooley’s rhetoric at SEC media days was nearly as hot as the seat he sits on as he enters his third season as Tennessee’s football coach.

Leaders feeling froggy

posted: 07/26/2012 4:30 a.m.

Zack Birge and Blake Flurry fished like pros on the Arkansas River, catching five bass that weighed 17 pounds, 4 ounces to give Oklahoma State a commanding lead Wednesday after the first round of the Bassmaster College Series National Championships.

LIKE IT IS: Some folks aren’t so high on Hogs anymore

posted: 07/26/2012 4:28 a.m.

One thing quickly became obvious last week at SEC media days.

COMMENTARY: Dodgers’ message to fans: There’s hope

posted: 07/26/2012 4:26 a.m.

So the contending Los Angeles Dodgers just decided to fill a hole in the middle of the season with $38 million and an underachieving former star whose biggest swings involve his mood.

Brits quick to fix Korean flag flap

posted: 07/26/2012 4:23 a.m.

London Olympic organizers mistakenly displayed the South Korean flag on a jumbo screen instead of North Korea’s before a women’s soccer match Wednesday, prompting the North Koreans to refuse to take the field for nearly an hour.

ASGA JUNIOR GIRLS MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP: Benton’s fast start buries Bakalekos

posted: 07/26/2012 4 a.m.

If Wednesday was Kaylee Benton’s farewell to the Arkansas golf scene, she made sure to leave on top.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Weaver’s short day a success thanks to offense

posted: 07/26/2012 3:58 a.m.

Five innings on a muggy afternoon were enough this time for Jered Weaver.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Cardinals bring big bats, top Travs

posted: 07/26/2012 3:57 a.m.

The Springfield Cardinals hit four home runs in a 13-7 victory over the Arkansas Travelers on Wednesday night at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: AGFC self-reported infractions

posted: 07/26/2012 3:56 a.m.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission changed a subtle but significant element of its argument about eliminating private duck hunting blinds at two northeast Arkansas wildlife management areas at last Thursday’s appearance before the legislature’s Arkansas Game and Fish Oversight Committee.

Fresh despite week, Els heads to Canada

posted: 07/26/2012 3:55 a.m.

Ernie Els arrived at the Canadian Open with one trophy already in tow. He’s hoping to leave with another.

Second thoughts

posted: 07/26/2012 3:54 a.m.

This colt can bolt with best Watch out Usain Bolt, here comes Usain Colt.

Off the wire

posted: 07/26/2012 3:54 a.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL Four-year ban avoided Penn State faced the threat of a four-year ban on playing football before the NCAA issued its punishment this week for how it handled the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, a university spokesman said Wednesday. David La Torre said the potential for the multiyear “death penalty” was floated during discussions between Penn State President Rodney Erickson and NCAA officials before Monday, when Penn State was issued a $60 million fine, a four-year bowl game ban, reduced football scholarships and the forfeiture of 112 victories.

State sports briefs

posted: 07/26/2012 3:53 a.m.

TRACK AND FIELD Booth going into Hall of Fame Dick Booth, an Arkansas assistant coach for a combined 27 years during two stints, is being inducted into the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame it was announced Wednesday. Booth, who coaches field events, is going into his second year as an Alabama assistant. He also was an assistant at Florida for two years after leaving Arkansas and was Louisiana-Lafayette’s head coach between his stints at Arkansas.

Fishing this week

posted: 07/26/2012 3:52 a.m.

HOT SPOTS 1. LAKE HINKLE Bream fishing is good using crickets. Crappie are biting fairly well on jigs. Bass are biting well on spinners. Catfish are biting well on worms and chicken livers.

Sales of new homes tumble

posted: 07/26/2012 3:50 a.m.

Americans bought fewer new homes in June after sales jumped to a two-year high in May.

Caterpillar’s earnings jump 67%

posted: 07/26/2012 3:38 a.m.

Caterpillar’s second-quarter profit soared 67 percent because of growing demand for its construction and mining equipment, and the company boosted its outlook for the year.

Citigroup creator says megabanks should be split up

posted: 07/26/2012 3:36 a.m.

Sanford Weill, who ushered in the era of big banks with the creation of Citigroup Inc., said Wednesday that U.S. lenders should be broken up to protect taxpayers.

Boeing boosts year outlook, beats analysts’ expectations

posted: 07/26/2012 3:34 a.m.

Boeing Co. posted a surprise improvement in second-quarter net income Wednesday as demand for passenger jets thrived and its defense business held its own.

European losses clip Ford profit

posted: 07/26/2012 3:34 a.m.

Plummeting sales in Europe hurt Ford’s second-quarter profit and forced the company to lower its full-year earnings forecast released Wednesday.

MARKET REPORT: Weak earnings a drag on stocks

posted: 07/26/2012 3:33 a.m.

Weak earnings reports from big U.S. companies sent the Standard & Poor’s 500 index down slightly Wednesday, but the Dow Jones industrial average eked out a gain.

BP, driller faulted on hazard prevention

posted: 07/26/2012 3:24 a.m.

BP and the drilling contractor it hired to operate the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon focused too closely on workers’ personal safety at the expense of preventing major hazards, such as those that ultimately caused the rig to blow up in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, killing 11 people, federal investigators said Tuesday.

U.K. in deeper recession, data show

posted: 07/26/2012 3:23 a.m.

Britain is suffering a far deeper recession than thought, official figures showed Wednesday in a development that is likely to increase the pressure on the government to ease up on its tough austerity approach.

Earnings report

posted: 07/26/2012 3:21 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Wednesday included: PepsiCo Inc., the soft drinks and snacks company, a profit of $1.48 billion, or 94 cents a share, down from $1.89 billion, or $1.17 a share, a year ago. Revenue fell to $16.5 billion. Shares rose $1.51 to close at $70.30.

Commission foresees fewer problems with state water plan update

posted: 07/26/2012 3:20 a.m.

When the Arkansas Natural Resources Conservation Commission unveiled a proposed state water plan more than 20 years ago, it sparked opposition from environmental groups who said it didn’t do enough to protect rivers and farmers who objected to any attempt to restrict the use of groundwater for irrigation. As the commission prepares to update the plan, which was last revised in 1990, it’s hoping for a different reaction, said Edward Swaim, chief of the commission’s Water Resources Management Division.

Parties replace election board representatives

posted: 07/26/2012 3:19 a.m.

The state Democratic and Republican parties have replaced their representatives on the state Board of Election Commissioners.

Baxter County JPs sue to stop tax vote

posted: 07/26/2012 3:19 a.m.

Five members of the Baxter County Quorum Court have filed a lawsuit against the county to stop a proposed special election for a salestax increase.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 07/26/2012 3:18 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: Valley Drive North Little Rock: North Hills Boulevard Pulaski County: Willow Springs Drive

County clerk to IRS: Cancel tax penalties

posted: 07/26/2012 3:18 a.m.

Interest and late fees on payroll taxes dating back to almost 10 years have already cost Craighead County about $288,000.

Getting it straight

posted: 07/26/2012 3:17 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.

Sentence 10 years for restroom video

posted: 07/26/2012 3:17 a.m.

A man accused of surreptitiously filming employees at White County Medical Center has pleaded guilty to four counts of video voyeurism.

Senate hopeful returns donation by McDaniel

posted: 07/26/2012 3:15 a.m.

A Republican state Senate candidate who is unopposed in the general election said Wednesday that he returned a $1,000 contribution from Democratic Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s political action committee because it would have been inappropriate to keep it.

Paragould man, 24, held in deadly blaze

posted: 07/26/2012 3:15 a.m.

A Paragould man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after a 6-year-old girl died in a house fire.

State OKs $62 million in highway work bids

posted: 07/26/2012 3:14 a.m.

A 5.6-mile widening project on U.S. 167 in Dallas and Cleveland counties tops a list of 37 highway and road construction bids awarded by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department on Wednesday morning.

Police beat

posted: 07/26/2012 3:14 a.m.

Drugs, gun, money seized; 2 arrested Search and seizure raids at two Little Rock businesses Wednesday yielded several pounds of synthetic marijuana known as K2 and several ounces of the synthetic stimulant known as bath salts, according to reports.

Daily record

posted: 07/26/2012 3:14 a.m.

Meeting announcements published exclusively on Arkansas Online, the newspaper’s website, can be found at meetings/. An electronic form is available on the website to submit support group meeting announcements or changes. Readers can access that form by going to supportgroupform/ and submitting the appropriate information.


posted: 07/26/2012 3:13 a.m.

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

Jim Craig: Red Gate Liquor major part of life

posted: 07/26/2012 3:13 a.m.

For Jim Craig, liquor was a part of the family.

UA trustees clear renovation projects

posted: 07/26/2012 3:12 a.m.

Trustees of the University of Arkansas System on Tuesday approved requests by campus officials in Fayetteville and Monticello to move forward on projects involving historic properties.


posted: 07/26/2012 3:12 a.m.

Deltic Timber profit up in second quarter Deltic Timber Corp. reported after the stock markets closed Wednesday that second-quarter net income totaled $3.5 million, or 28 cents per share, compared with $2 million, or 16 cents per share, a year ago. Net sales were $37.1 million compared with $32.3 million in the second quarter of 2011.


posted: 07/26/2012 3:12 a.m.

Sherman Hemsley, the actor who made the irascible George Jefferson of The Jeffersons one of television’s most memorable characters and a symbol for urban upward mobility, has died. He was 74.

Business news in brief

posted: 07/26/2012 3:11 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “While a housing recovery is under way... fits and starts are to be expected and clearly this summer is one of the ‘fits.’” Dan Greenhaus, chief economic strategist at BTIG LLC, in a note to clients Article, 1D

Man gets 40 years on gun conviction; murder trial next

posted: 07/26/2012 3:11 a.m.

A 27-year-old Little Rock man accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years in prison and fined $15,000 by a Pulaski County jury.

Other days

posted: 07/26/2012 3:10 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 26, 1912 The muffler cut-out ordinance was signed by Mayor Taylor yesterday afternoon, and, according to the provisions of the ordinance, went into effect immediately. Chief of Police Fred M. Cogswell stated last night that possibly two days will be allowed the automobile drivers to get into line with the requirements of the measure, and that the motorcycle policeman will again be in evidence to see that the provisions of the ordinance are complied with.

THEATER REVIEW: Argenta Cabaret cast, band first-rate

posted: 07/26/2012 3:10 a.m.

Even the orchestra is beautiful.

Metal object kills driver of pickup

posted: 07/26/2012 3:09 a.m.

A Newport man was killed Tuesday afternoon on Arkansas 224 in Jackson County when a piece of metal went through his windshield and struck him in the head, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality report.

Rawls chosen as Oxford editor for music issue

posted: 07/26/2012 3:08 a.m.

Alex Rawls, a music journalist from Louisiana, will be the guest editor of The Oxford American 2012 Southern Music Issue, the publication announced Wednesday.

Jury to start deliberations in witness-tampering case

posted: 07/26/2012 3:08 a.m.

The fate of a civilian internal-affairs investigator at the West Memphis Police Department, who federal prosecutors say tried to cover up an officer’s crime to protect the police “brotherhood,” is now in the hands of a federal jury.


posted: 07/26/2012 3:06 a.m.

The following burglaries are from reports collected from the Little Rock and North Little Rock police departments. The names listed are of those who reported a burglary and the dates are when the crime is believed to have taken place. Cammack Village data are not included. Little Rock 72202 1200 Geyer St., Apt. 601, residence, Jamicia Harris, 5 p.m. July 15, property value unknown. 2310 W. Daisy L Gatson Bates Dr., Apt. A, residence, Michael Monnikendam, 3:30 p.m. July 16, property value none.

Pressure cooking chicken

posted: 07/26/2012 3:06 a.m.

THE NEWS these days seems filled with the Penn State scandal, the 2012 Olympics, and the latest poll in the still early but already wearing American presidential election. Meanwhile, Iran marches towards its nuke. The world frets, and that country’s nuclear program proceeds.

Teenager charged in shooting death

posted: 07/26/2012 3:05 a.m.

A Jonesboro teenager was arrested Wednesday and charged with capital murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated residential burglary, according to a Jonesboro police news release.

The art of not answering

posted: 07/26/2012 3:04 a.m.

From time to time, political candidates come by the office so that we can ask them questions and they not answer them. The art of not answering questions is more difficult than you’d think.

OTHERS SAY: He never lost faith

posted: 07/26/2012 3:04 a.m.

In the annals of those who fight for freedom and human dignity in the face of totalitarianism, there must be a special place for individuals who dare take the first steps when the monolith of power seems so foreboding. Oswaldo Paya took them in Cuba, showing people that they did not have to remain silent in Fidel Castro’s prison of crumbling communism.

Remember John Kerry?

posted: 07/26/2012 3:03 a.m.

The president is a polarizing figure whose re-election is imperiled by his handling of the nation’s No. 1 issue. However, he’s blessed with an opponent who is easy to attack—a rich Massachusetts patrician with seemingly flexible convictions and a personality that impedes any visceral connection with voters.


posted: 07/26/2012 3:03 a.m.

Tread carefully on terms When the Jonesboro school shooting happened years ago, there were people blaming video games before anyone knew who the gunmen were, much less anything about them. We may know who Colorado’s gunman was, but we do not know his state of mind. Because the gunman reportedly called himself the Joker, Dr. Drew Pinsky on CNN Headline News called him “delusional.” We don’t know the gunman really believed that, though.

In short, it’s a bad sign

posted: 07/26/2012 3:03 a.m.

Are you following this debacle of failed and fraudulent petition drives for ballot initiatives in Arkansas?

Trial in horse theft put off indefinitely

posted: 07/26/2012 3:02 a.m.

The trial of a 19-year old woman in the theft of five horses from Southern Arkansas University has been continued, and a new trial date has not been set, Prosecuting Attorney Robin Carroll’s office said.

Man get 5 years each on 2 counts

posted: 07/26/2012 3:01 a.m.

A man pleaded guilty Monday to felony charges of negligent homicide and aggravated assault stemming from separate events in 2011, including a fatal car wreck and a confrontation where a man was set on fire.

Oceans is prime seafood catch

posted: 07/26/2012 2:52 a.m.

Folks who write about restaurants get a lot of requests for recommendations and advice: “Where should I take my mom for Mother’s Day brunch?” “Can you suggest a place with a party room that seats at least 45 where we can hold our wedding rehearsal dinner?” “Where’s a good place to go for seafood?” Once upon a time, not too very long ago, the response to the last question was a head shake and a rueful “Red Lobster.”


posted: 07/26/2012 2:52 a.m.

Art & Exhibits CENTRAL ARKANSAS ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER MacArthur Park, East Ninth and Commerce streets. “Tattoo Witness: Photographs by Mark Perrott,” through Sept. 9. “The Rockefeller Influence,” through Aug. 19. Doodle 4 Google Arkansas State Finalists Exhibition, through Sunday. “The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft,” through Aug. 5. 11th National Drawing Invitational: New York, Singular Drawings, through Sept. 9. “Foundation Collection,” “Masterworks” and Paul Signac, continuing. Tattoo artist demonstration by Robert Berry, 2-4 p.m. Aug. 5. Art of Motion: Tango, 7-10 :30 p.m. Aug. 9, $10. Museum School art classes and workshops for children and adults; call or visit website for schedule and costs.

Fast Forward

posted: 07/26/2012 2:51 a.m.

NEXT WEEK Party on the lawn: Get ready for the start of school with one big summer blowout, Lamanpalooza, 5-8 :30 p.m. Aug. 3 at the William F. Laman Public Library, 2801 Orange St., North Little Rock. This year’s party will feature a Yarnell’s ice cream truck, the Kiddie Train, animals from the Museum of Discovery, chalk art, police and fire vehicles and stilt-wearing balloon-makers, as well as chances to win prizes, including an iPad2 or an Xbox Kinect. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Marshall Mitchell will perform music for the wee ones and at 7 p.m. it’ll switch over to classic rock and pop with The Rockets.


posted: 07/26/2012 2:51 a.m.

BIG TOP Stunt riders, acrobats, animals and clowns are going to party down at North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus presents Barnum Bash. Showtimes are 7 p.m. today-Saturday, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10.75- $50.75. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit 2 BAND Recently reunited rock band Creed will be the latest in the 2012 Pepsi Concert Series at Magic Springs Water and Theme Park on U.S. 70 (East Grand Avenue) in Hot Springs, Saturday. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 8. Lawn seating is free with general park admission, $44.99, $29.99 for those under 48 inches tall and ages 55 and older. VIP seating is an additional $10; reserved seating is $5. Call (501) 624-0100 or visit

THE TV COLUMN: Neighborhood bar comedy starts a little flat

posted: 07/26/2012 2:51 a.m.

Judging by last week’s cable-heavy Emmy nominations, the best TV continues to ease inexorably over to cable from the broadcast networks.


posted: 07/26/2012 2:50 a.m.

Happy birthday. Keep your ears and eyes open through the next six weeks as exciting changes and subtle shifts are happening behind the scenes. In September, you’ll feel like a veil is lifted. November and March bring accomplishment and financial bonus. February features a contract.You’ll like seeing a different part of the world in April. Libra and Sagittarius adore you.


posted: 07/26/2012 2:50 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: How can I know if the woman I’m dating is the right one for me? We’ve both been through terrible marriages and we don’t want to make another mistake. But how can we know if God is in favor of our relationship? — D.J.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: She’s secretive, moody, critical, unhappy, and I love her

posted: 07/26/2012 2:50 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My girlfriend has secrecy issues. She rarely tells me what she is doing or has done. If I ask her a question, she will analyze my words and tell me I did not ask in the correct way so she won’t answer. I then change the question, but she tells me only the first question counts. Then she gets angry and I apologize because I don’t want to have an argument over something not worth it. All this happens over the phone because I am in the States and she is in Asia. (I plan to move to her city soon.) She says she has obsessive compulsive disorder so I have to be careful what I say. Once her OCD kicks in, it takes her a long time to be happy again, so I always end up acquiescing.

MUSIC: One-name singer eyes fame beyond TV credits

posted: 07/26/2012 2:49 a.m.

Meiko has a surname, she just doesn’t want to use it. It’s her and her clothing designer sister Keiko’s way of drawing attention to their Japanese heritage. A native of Roberta, Ga. — not far from Macon, where Otis Redding came from — Meiko now lives in Los Angeles, where her songwriting and performing skills have her on a fast track to greater fame.

Luke Andrews to sing at Mena

posted: 07/26/2012 2:49 a.m.

The Luke Andrews Show, featuring rocker/ folk singer Luke Andrews and opening act blues/folk singer Philomene Hoffman, will be onstage at 7:30 p.m.

MUSIC: Stickyz show holds memories of Helm for Heathens

posted: 07/26/2012 2:48 a.m.

Arkansas lost a musical legend in April when Levon Helm died. Many a band honored his legacy in subsequent days by performing his songs or telling of their love for the man. One band took it a step further by writing a song about him while in Helm’s native state for a show of their own, as luck would have it.


posted: 07/26/2012 2:48 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Kids can get into some mischief or trouble in the bathroom. Even adults need to be mindful. Here are some hints from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for keeping your bathroom safe and guest-friendly.

Olney to flaunt song canon, stage panache in Spa City

posted: 07/26/2012 2:48 a.m.

David Olney is no newcomer on the Nashville, Tenn., music scene, having been around Music City since the early 1970s. But he isn’t likely to be mistaken for a country musician — what with his lack of a cowboy hat. He instead prefers a fedora.

Super Quiz: Just two

posted: 07/26/2012 2:48 a.m.

1. The Osmond stars 2. The Bumsteads 3. The singing Judds 4. Mrs. Ricardo and Mrs. Mertz 5. Sam I Am dish


posted: 07/26/2012 2:48 a.m.

Owner-executive chef Travis Meyer reports he has closed Cinco Entrees in the River Market’s Ottenheimer Market Hall, 400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. “We are opening our own place in Little Rock to include lunch, dinner and drinks under a new name,” he explains. We’ll keep you posted. Meanwhile, he’ll continue to operate his Meyer Dogs food cart around downtown, and you’ll be able to follow its progress on Facebook.

CHEAP EATS: Bubba’s: Southern food and ‘redneck decor’

posted: 07/26/2012 2:46 a.m.

Until last weekend, I’d forgotten just how congested the River Market District is on Saturday mornings, especially when the Farmers Market is in full swing. With bumper to bumper traffic and parking hard to find, it does make for a bit of an adventure.

Bubba’s: Southern food and ‘redneck decor’

posted: 07/26/2012 2:46 a.m.

Until last weekend, I’d forgotten just how congested the River Market District is on Saturday mornings, especially when the Farmers Market is in full swing. With bumper to bumper traffic and parking hard to find, it does make for a bit of an adventure.

this week’s EVENTS

posted: 07/26/2012 2:43 a.m.

The White County Republican Committee will meet at 7 p.m. at the Wilbur Mills Court Building, 301 W. Arch in Searcy. State Sen. Missy Irvin of Mountain View will present the program. All are invited, and new members may file to join the committee. For more information, call Joel Pritchett at (501) 827-0777 or email WinShape Camp Registration

Ash Flat women Rock This House

posted: 07/26/2012 2:43 a.m.

Rock This House event information Where: Ash Flat Church of Christ Family Life Center When: 6:30-9 :30 p.m. Aug. 24 and 8:30-11 :30 a.m. Aug. 25 What: Women’s gathering for all denominations, featuring speakers, music, storytelling, drama and more Tickets: $10, which includes dinner on Aug. 24 and breakfast on Aug. 25 ASH FLAT — Organizers hope the spirit of the Lord will be rocking the house at the Ash Flat Church of Christ next month.


posted: 07/26/2012 2:42 a.m.

Alisa Lancaster picked up a large yellow rubber ducky and explained why she had so many of the bath toys sitting around her office. Lancaster is on the board of directors for the Christian Health Center in Batesville, and she is planning a Rubber Ducky Regatta as a fundraiser for the clinic’s new building.

Plum Betty, humble yet deeply satisfying

posted: 07/26/2012 2:41 a.m.

The combination of cooked fruit layered with breadcrumbs or cubes, which defines the humble betty, doesn’t sound like much.

Augusta Grill a fixture in Woodruff County town

posted: 07/26/2012 2:41 a.m.

This rural town of about 3,000 may not be well-known for a certain kind of produce like its Three Rivers neighbors Bald Knob is for strawberries or Cave City is for watermelon, but everyone in this homey hamlet knows the Augusta Grill.

Movie campers learn how to make stop-motion film with clay characters

posted: 07/26/2012 2:41 a.m.

With a blue marker, Reginald Davis wrote out a story line on a white board as a group of boys who were attending the eighth annual T Tauri Movie Camp in Batesville worked on making clay figures for their public-service announcement for libraries.

this week’s EVENTS

posted: 07/26/2012 2:39 a.m.

Henderson State University’s Small Business Technology and Development Center will conclude its Quickbooks seminar from 9 a.m. to noon at the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce. This final session will be geared toward experienced users with an emphasis on the basics of day-to-day use.

Piping UP

posted: 07/26/2012 2:39 a.m.

A big church organ, especially a pipe organ, is a living individual to those who play or maintain it. “They have a life of their own,” said Gary Coleman, who has been caring for the Wicks pipe organ at First United Methodist Church in Benton for around 20 years and sings below the pipes every Sunday as a member of the church choir. “This one breathes and has changed over time and reacts to the weather.” He also said that sometimes he feels the 40-year-old organ doesn’t like him.

Football camp in Bauxite offers pro-baller’s tips to young players

posted: 07/26/2012 2:39 a.m.

Most 12-year-old football players still have to focus on the fundamentals. If the lessons learned from their coaches were not enough, the tips and help provided by NFL veterans during a football camp at Bauxite High School’s football stadium last weekend should make a lasting impression. Most of the boys attending the Reaching for the Stars Football Camp on Saturday and Sunday were members of the Bauxite Mini Miners, players from the school system’s fourth fifth- and sixth-grade football teams.

Spa City’s water supply top priority for new city manager

posted: 07/26/2012 2:38 a.m.

One of the first things David Watkins sees every morning is the waters of Lake Hamilton.

Youth of Saline County build their 4th Habitat house

posted: 07/26/2012 2:38 a.m.

Youth in Saline County began swinging hammers June 9 to build the fourth Youth United sponsored Habitat for Humanity home in the central United States.

POA reminds residents to register, vaccinate pets

posted: 07/26/2012 2:37 a.m.

The Property Owners Association reminds residents to register and vaccinate all household pets. The registration fee is $10.50 per animal and requires proof of a valid rabies vaccination from a licensed veterinarian.

Grilled wings ...

posted: 07/26/2012 2:37 a.m.

Being creative in cooking sometimes means breaking the rules or borrowing a sauce from a traditional dish and using it in a nontraditional way.

Here’s a zesty, lightly smoky potato salad

posted: 07/26/2012 2:36 a.m.

A simple, fresh, impromptu potato salad is a wonderful way to add a little extra greenery to a meal, and if you treat the salad right, it doesn’t need to be heavy or mayonnaise-laden at all.

Plum Betty, humble yet deeply satisfying

posted: 07/26/2012 2:36 a.m.

The combination of cooked fruit layered with breadcrumbs or cubes, which defines the humble betty, doesn’t sound like much. But something special happens when it’s all baked together and the bread gets soft and gooey with the juices of the fruit.

Arkadelphia Lions Club to sponsor Freedom from Blindness Day

posted: 07/26/2012 2:36 a.m.

The Arkadelphia Lions Club will join with other clubs across a four-state area to hold a fundraiser dedicated to the prevention of blindness. The event will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Arkadelphia Walmart Supercenter.

City of Hot Springs accepting applications for volunteer advisory group positions

posted: 07/26/2012 2:35 a.m.

The city of Hot Springs will accept applications until 5 p.m. Aug. 10 for 21 volunteer advisory positions on various city advisory boards, commissions and committees. Applicants must be registered voters of the city of Hot Springs.

Hot Springs Village Townhouse Association accepting applications for board of directors

posted: 07/26/2012 2:35 a.m.

The Hot Springs Village Townhouse Association holds elections each fall for positions on its board of directors. These positions are for a term of three years. Positions will run from Jan. 1, 2013, through Dec. 31, 2015. Application packets are available in the Hot Springs Village Townhouse Association Office, 1 Perralena Lane in Valencia Courts, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., or can be downloaded at

this week’s EVENTS

posted: 07/26/2012 2:33 a.m.

Conway Advocates for Bicycling will meet for breakfast at 8 a.m. at Something Brewing, 1156 Front St. A community ride around Conway will follow breakfast.

A wildlife ‘oasis’

posted: 07/26/2012 2:32 a.m.

It is exceptionally hot and dry on Petit Jean Mountain this summer — so hot and so dry that Fern Bess can only compare it to the summer of 1980.

Students receive gift cards for back-to-school shopping spree

posted: 07/26/2012 2:32 a.m.

Shikyra Harris, 12, waited patiently with the other Faulkner County students at The Salvation Army office in Conway to ride the school bus to Target for back-to-school shopping.

Morrilton Chamber makes nominations for board of directors

posted: 07/26/2012 2:31 a.m.

The Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce Nominating Committee has nominated Matt Szymanski of Arkansas Kraft, Bryce Mobley of Mobley Construction and Jeff Hagans of Hagans Dodge as candidates for the board of directors for the Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce.

A ‘phenomenal tradition’ continues with 100th annual St. Joseph Bazaar

posted: 07/26/2012 2:31 a.m.

If the nuns could see it now. The annual St. Joseph Bazaar in downtown Conway, to be held Aug. 2-4, is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

flavor: Grilled wings ...

posted: 07/26/2012 2:30 a.m.

Being creative in cooking sometimes means breaking the rules or borrowing a sauce from a traditional dish and using it in a nontraditional way.

Plum Betty, humble yet deeply satisfying

posted: 07/26/2012 2:30 a.m.

The combination of cooked fruit layered with breadcrumbs or cubes, which defines the humble betty, doesn’t sound like much. But something special happens when it’s all baked together and the bread gets soft and gooey with the juices of the fruit.

Here’s a zesty, lightly smoky potato salad

posted: 07/26/2012 2:29 a.m.

A simple, fresh, impromptu potato salad is a wonderful way to add a little extra greenery to a meal, and if you treat the salad right, it doesn’t need to be heavy or mayonnaise-laden at all.

UCA to host Community Development Institute

posted: 07/26/2012 2:29 a.m.

More than 100 community leaders from Arkansas and surrounding states will meet at the University of Central Arkansas campus Aug. 6-10 to participate in the annual Community Development Institute.

Artist to exhibit collected works at library

posted: 07/26/2012 2:28 a.m.

Beginning Wednesday, Jane Huner will present her collected works at the Fairfield Bay Library, 369 Dave Creek Parkway.

Registration open for Kids’ Triathlon

posted: 07/26/2012 2:28 a.m.

Registration is open for the 15th annual First Security Conway Kids’ Triathlon, with about 250 kids signed up so far.

Conway County 14th annual Fabulous Fourth

posted: 07/26/2012 2:27 a.m.

Conway County’s Fabulous Fourth was held July 4 as a collaborative effort of area governmental agencies and volunteers. The event drew nearly 20,000 attendees and featured a Blackhawk helicopter, a climbing wall, free concessions and more. Photos courtesy of RANDY DURDIN.

Saint Mary’s volunteers to hold summer sale

posted: 07/26/2012 2:26 a.m.

Volunteers at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center will hold a twoday sale featuring a wide variety of men’s and women’s scrub tops and pants, as well as shoes and accessories.

Moll in new role with ATU student services

posted: 07/26/2012 2:26 a.m.

When Ray Moll was offered an opportunity to serve as associate dean for student success at Arkansas Tech University, his only concern was that he might lose the connection with students he enjoyed as a faculty member.

June auto registrations up

posted: 07/26/2012 1:51 a.m.

Automobile registrations in Arkansas were up 24 percent in June compared with a year earlier, a Kentucky auto research firm says.

Bridge renewal gets state rebuff

posted: 07/26/2012 1:39 a.m.

Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department officials slapped down the idea of rehabilitating the aging Broadway Bridge on Wednesday, saying the option of fixing the bridge, rather than replacing it, isn’t viable.

Ola residents urged to flee fire

posted: 07/26/2012 1:38 a.m.

A woodlands wildfire just outside the Yell County town of Ola prompted authorities to urge its roughly 1,200 residents to evacuate their homes Wednesday.

HOG FUTURES TAIWAN JOHNSON: Lineman bringing plenty of potential to Hogs

posted: 07/26/2012 1:35 a.m.

The 15th in a series profiling new additions to the Arkansas football team.

Arkansas criticized in study on voting

posted: 07/26/2012 1:32 a.m.

A study released Wednesday criticized Arkansas, saying voting machines in three of the state’s counties do not leave a sufficient paper trail to help officials in the event of a contested election or computer crash.

5 GOP lawmakers urge state to redo Medicaid

posted: 07/26/2012 1:29 a.m.

Some Republican lawmakers said Wednesday that the state should fix the Medicaid program it has before it considers expanding it under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Woman found dead called home squatter

posted: 07/26/2012 1:26 a.m.

The woman found dead in a vacant southwest Little Rock home early Tuesday had been squatting in the property that used to belong to her grandmother.

Delta ring’s second boss gets 22 years

posted: 07/26/2012 1:23 a.m.

The co-leader of a sprawling drug ring that dealt hundreds of pounds of cocaine and marijuana in eastern Arkansas was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison Wednesday.

Shooting death an accident, NLR murder suspect says

posted: 07/26/2012 1:18 a.m.

A 47-year-old North Little Rock man accused of killing his roommate told police that he and the dead man fought over a dominoes game, and that he pulled a gun to scare off the man, but the weapon accidentally fired.

Doctors: Accused not brain damaged

posted: 07/26/2012 midnight

Psychologists testifying for the state Wednesday rebutted earlier testimony that Jerry Lard has a mental deficiency and could not premeditate the slaying of a Trumann police officer.

Wednesday, July 25

Report: Suspect described killings in package

posted: 07/25/2012 6:56 p.m.

The University of Colorado, Denver confirms it received a suspicious package on campus that it turned over to authorities.

Wal-Mart sued by disabled over payment machines

posted: 07/25/2012 5:44 p.m.

Disability rights advocates filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., claiming the retail giant refuses to make payment machines accessible to customers who use wheelchairs and scooters.

Woman dies after fall from Lovers Leap

posted: 07/25/2012 4:39 p.m.

Authorities in Carroll County say a woman has fallen to her death from a 200-foot high cliff known as Lovers Leap.

Venezuela deports alleged drug lord to Colombia

posted: 07/25/2012 3:48 p.m.

Venezuelan authorities on Wednesday deported an alleged Colombian drug lord who is accused of smuggling cocaine to the U.S. and running Colombia’s biggest right-wing criminal gang.

U.S. women open Olympics with win over France

posted: 07/25/2012 3:31 p.m.

Abby Wambach used her size and strength to put in a header, Alex Morgan scored twice and Carli Lloyd added another with a 25-yard rocket to help the two-time defending goal medalists rally for a 4-2 victory over France on Wednesday.

Fire continues in Yell County, jumps highway

updated: 07/25/2012 6:33 p.m.

Officials in Yell County are now saying that the wildfire near Ola has jumped the highway.

Bieber paparazzo faces criminal charges in pursuit

posted: 07/25/2012 2:42 p.m.

A paparazzo photographer faces criminal charges in connection with a high-speed chase of Justin Bieber earlier this month, marking the first use of a state law designed to clamp down on photographers’ reckless pursuit of celebrities.

North Korea refuses to take field because of flag flap

posted: 07/25/2012 2:24 p.m.

The North Korean women’s soccer team has refused to take the field for its match against Colombia at the Olympics because of a dispute about its flag at the stadium.

Ohio bridge bomb plot suspect pleads guilty

posted: 07/25/2012 12:07 p.m.

One of five men charged with plotting to bomb an Ohio highway bridge pleaded guilty Wednesday and agreed to testify against his co-defendants.

Obama to address National Urban League

posted: 07/25/2012 noon

President Barack Obama is addressing his most solidly supportive constituency, black voters, as he wraps up a four-day, five-state trip.

Police: Cal Ripken's mom abducted, now safe

posted: 07/25/2012 11:57 a.m.

Police say Cal Ripken Jr.’s mother is safe after an armed man abducted her from her home northeast of Baltimore.

Lawsuit filed over proposed Baxter County election

posted: 07/25/2012 11:35 a.m.

Five members of the Baxter County Quorum Court have filed a lawsuit against the county to stop a proposed special election for a sales-tax increase.

Crews search for missing SAU student

posted: 07/25/2012 11:18 a.m.

Authorities on Wednesday will resume their search for a 19-year-old Malvern athlete who disappeared while swimming in Lake Catherine.

Arkansas auto registrations rise in June

posted: 07/25/2012 11:15 a.m.

Arkansas auto registrations in June up from last year but down from May.

Turkey blocks Syria trade; rebels fight on

posted: 07/25/2012 11:10 a.m.

Turkey sealed its border with Syria to trucks Wednesday, effectively cutting off a trade relationship once worth almost $3 billion with the embattled nation, as regime forces fought to evict rebels from the country’s largest city.

GOP: Geithner failed to tell Congress about Libor

posted: 07/25/2012 11:07 a.m.

Republican lawmakers Wednesday criticized Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for failing to alert Congress four years ago that banks were manipulating a key global interest rate.

Send in the clowns!

posted: 07/25/2012 11:03 a.m.

Once again, it’s time for the circus, the Greatest Show on Earth.

US home sales drop 8.4% in June

posted: 07/25/2012 10:02 a.m.

Americans bought fewer new homes in June after sales jumped to a two-year high in May.

Two found shot in NLR

posted: 07/25/2012 9:57 a.m.

North Little Rock police officers on patrol early Wednesday morning found two men shot near the Silver City Courts housing complex.

Springdale district to settle teacher's suit

posted: 07/25/2012 9:18 a.m.

The Springdale School District said it’s settling a lawsuit filed by a former teacher who accused the district of racial discrimination.

UA alumni board adds 6 members

posted: 07/25/2012 9:13 a.m.

The Arkansas Alumni Associated Board of Directors announced six new members Wednesday, with John C. Reap named the incoming president.

North Korean leader married, state TV says

posted: 07/25/2012 7:46 a.m.

North Korea state TV is reported Wednesday for the first time that leader Kim Jong Un is married.

Man pleads guilty in Searcy to video voyeurism

posted: 07/25/2012 7:31 a.m.

A man accused of surreptitiously filming employees at the White County Medical Center has pleaded guilty to four counts of video voyeurism.

Gabrielle Giffords tours European physics lab

posted: 07/25/2012 7:27 a.m.

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was touring the European particle physics laboratory Wednesday as part of her first trip abroad since being shot in the head in January 2011.

Ex-Philippine president Arroyo freed on bond

posted: 07/25/2012 7:13 a.m.

Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo walked Wednesday out of a government hospital, where she had been detained for nearly eight months on election-rigging charges after a court found that evidence against her was weak and granted bail.

Court’s ruling on health law alters outlook

posted: 07/25/2012 6:13 a.m.

The Supreme Court decision on President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul would probably lead to an increase in the number of people who wouldn’t become insured and a modest reduction in the cost to the federal government, compared with estimates before the court ruling, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.

8 face criminal counts in British hacking case

posted: 07/25/2012 6:11 a.m.

After a year of controversy over the widespread phone hacking by one of Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid newspapers, British prosecutors filed criminal charges Tuesday against eight of the most prominent figures in the scandal, including Andy Coulson, who was Prime Minister David Cameron’s communications chief at No. 10 Downing St. until the scandal forced his resignation last year.

Arizona sheriff testifies in profiling suit

posted: 07/25/2012 6:09 a.m.

An Arizona sheriff known nationally for his hard-line stance on illegal immigration took the witness stand Tuesday and faced allegations that his trademark immigration sweeps amount to racial profiling against Hispanics.

Troops added to guard Olympics

posted: 07/25/2012 6:08 a.m.

Days before the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games, the British government Tuesday called up an extra 1,200 troops to help safeguard the event amid intensifying concerns over the security plan

Bulgaria bombing wasn’t solo mission

posted: 07/25/2012 6:06 a.m.

A sophisticated group of conspirators was involved in the suicide bombing in Bulgaria that killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver last week, and they spent about a month in Bulgaria before the attack, the country’s prime minister said Tuesday.

Dozens killed in clashes as Tajik forces move against rebel group

posted: 07/25/2012 6:05 a.m.

Tajik government forces unleashed a large operation Tuesday against a rebel group in apparent retaliation for the fatal stabbing of a top security official, triggering clashes that killed dozens.

U.S., New Orleans police agree on overhaul plan

posted: 07/25/2012 6:04 a.m.

A court-supervised agreement Tuesday to overhaul the New Orleans Police Department will require the troubled agency to implement the most sweeping police overhaul ever negotiated by the Justice Department.

Priest in sex-abuse cover-up gets prison

posted: 07/25/2012 6:03 a.m.

The first U.S. church official convicted of covering up sex abuse claims against Roman Catholic priests was sentenced Tuesday to three to six years in prison by a judge who said he “enabled monsters in clerical garb... to destroy the souls of children.” Monsignor William Lynn, the former secretary for clergy at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, “helped many but also failed many” in his 36-year church career, Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said.

Romney hits Obama on leaks

posted: 07/25/2012 6:01 a.m.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama of trying to gain a political edge in their race by leaking classified information about the U.S. military raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Copters hit at Syrian city’s rebels

posted: 07/25/2012 6 a.m.

With warplanes circling overhead, Syrian attack helicopters pounded rebel-held neighborhoods in Aleppo on Tuesday in an escalation of the battle for the country’s commercial capital and largest city, residents and activists said.

France between sex-harassment laws

posted: 07/25/2012 5:59 a.m.

The hooting and catcalls began as soon as the Cabinet minister, wearing a blue-and-white flowered dress, stood.

$2.2 million search for Earhart wreckage ends

posted: 07/25/2012 5:57 a.m.

A $2.2 million expedition that hoped to find wreckage from famed aviator Amelia Earhart’s final flight is on its way back to Hawaii without the dramatic, conclusive plane images searchers were hoping to attain.

Pentagon lifting limits on F-22s

posted: 07/25/2012 5:57 a.m.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has approved an Air Force plan to begin lifting flight restrictions on the F-22 stealth fighter jet, after the ongoing correction of oxygen-deficit problems that grounded and restricted the fleet for months.

LR tech park housing panel talks mission

posted: 07/25/2012 5:52 a.m.

Wherever the Little Rock Technology Park is built, a group of volunteers said Tuesday that it plans to help secure “affordable and decent housing” to surround it.

Bauxite mayor will face recall election

posted: 07/25/2012 5:51 a.m.

A former Bauxite City Council member turned in more than 100 signatures to the Saline County clerk’s office Tuesday, putting Mayor Johnny McMahan up for recall in November.

Donations pique interest of FEC

posted: 07/25/2012 5:50 a.m.

The Federal Election Commission sent letters Monday to 3rd District U.S. Rep. Steve Womack and his former opponent, Ken Aden, requesting more information about their first-quarter campaign filings.

Bee Branch man drives off road, dies

posted: 07/25/2012 5:46 a.m.

A Bee Branch man was killed after his car struck an embankment on Arkansas 92 in Van Buren County on Tuesday, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality report.

Appeals court asked to allow school transfers

posted: 07/25/2012 5:45 a.m.

Attorneys for parents who challenged the state’s School Choice Act asked a federal appeals court Monday to allow their children and others to attend schools outside of their home districts despite a racial restriction in the law barring such transfers.

Parents of slain Florida teen thank group for raising alert

posted: 07/25/2012 5:45 a.m.

When Trayvon Martin’s parents lost a son, they gained a cause.

Utility’s station plan found in clear

posted: 07/25/2012 5:43 a.m.

Central Arkansas Water didn’t commit any violations regarding plans yet to be approved for a pump station in the Maumelle Watershed, the Pulaski County Planning Board determined Tuesday.

Utility awaits U.S. OK to reforest watershed

posted: 07/25/2012 5:42 a.m.

Leafy thickets of dense shrubbery and native trees will replace hundreds of acres of golf-course-destined zoysia grass at the Winrock Grass Farm in the Lake Maumelle Watershed thanks to a federal grant.

Woman charged in PB shooting

posted: 07/25/2012 5:41 a.m.

A Pine Bluff woman was charged Tuesday with capital murder in Monday’s workplace shooting death of Latange Long, 34, Prosecuting Attorney Kyle Hunter’s office said.

NLR ad-board chief Trevino set to resign

posted: 07/25/2012 5:40 a.m.

Karen Trevino, North Little Rock’s executive director for its Advertising and Promotion Commission, told commissioners Monday that she is resigning effective Aug. 15.

Judge: Release full tape if possible

posted: 07/25/2012 5:40 a.m.

A Little Rock man won a partial victory Tuesday in his lawsuit to obtain a complete copy of the video of his traffic stop by a state trooper when a Pulaski County circuit judge ruled that Arkansas State Police should release a fuller version — if possible.

Group adds Darr to executive panel

posted: 07/25/2012 5:39 a.m.

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr will serve on the executive committee for the National Lieutenant Governors Association for the next year.

After autopsy, police call death LR’s 26th homicide

posted: 07/25/2012 5:34 a.m.

Police are investigating the death of a 25-year-old Little Rock woman at her home Tuesday morning as the city’s 26th homicide.

Sheriff: Boy, 6, drowns in pond

posted: 07/25/2012 5:33 a.m.

The St. Francis County sheriff’s office is investigating the drowning of a 6-year-old boy.

PB lawyer’s license taken for 2 months

posted: 07/25/2012 5:32 a.m.

The state Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct has suspended the law license of Pine Bluff attorney Jeffery H. Kearney for two months.

CATA gets natural-gas-buses grant

posted: 07/25/2012 5:31 a.m.

Central Arkansas Transit Authority received notice Tuesday that it is receiving a $1 million federal grant to allow the public transit agency to buy buses fueled by compressed natural gas, Executive Director Betty Wineland said.

The nation in brief

posted: 07/25/2012 5:29 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The president has made abundantly clear that he has no tolerance for leaks and he thinks leaks are damaging to our national security interests.” Jay Carney, White House press secretary, after Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama of leaking classified information about the U.S. military raid that killed Osama bin Laden Article, this page

In the news

posted: 07/25/2012 5:28 a.m.

Katie Medley, who went with her husband to a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colo., as a last date before they would become parents, has given birth to a son, Hugo Jackson Medley, at University of Colorado Hospital while Caleb Medley lies in a medically induced coma after being shot at the theater.

Names and faces

posted: 07/25/2012 5:27 a.m.

The man convicted of gunning down the mother, the brother and the 7-yearold nephew of Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday. Hudson, who attended every day of William Balfour’s trial in Chicago earlier this year, sat next to her sister at the hearing and at one point dabbed her eyes with a tissue.

Mega Millions

posted: 07/25/2012 5:26 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 5-9-38-46-51 Mega Ball: 5 Estimated jackpot: $45 million Megaplier: 4

The world in brief

posted: 07/25/2012 5:25 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I am not guilty of these charges. I did not authorize, nor was I aware of, phone hacking under my editorship.” Rebekah Brooks, former editor of News of the World, after criminal charges were filed against her and seven other figures in the widespread phone-hacking case Article, 1A

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 07/25/2012 5:25 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: John Barrow Road North Little Rock: Pike Avenue Pulaski County: Kelly Road

Daily record

posted: 07/25/2012 5:24 a.m.

Births, Marriages and Divorces


posted: 07/25/2012 5:23 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: 07/25/2012 5:23 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 25, 1912 SEARCY — Frank Owens was found guilty in White County Circuit Court today of disturbing the peace during July, 1911, and was fined $5. The costs were heavy, and when the verdict was read the boy began crying, and said he had no money and offered to give the sheriff his note, which was refused. Judge Lankford, who is holding court, told the sheriff he would sign the note, which he did, and the boy was released.

The Army finally gets it

posted: 07/25/2012 5:22 a.m.

IN ONE episode a few years back, Dilbert’s pointy-haired boss on the funnies page unveiled a new policy for the company’s employees: No violence against co-workers in the workplace. Dilbert’s response: What was the policy before this?

From the mouths of pre-teens

posted: 07/25/2012 5:21 a.m.

The weekend included a family trip early in the morning to an Arkansas pasture. The kids wanted to look for deer. So the trip was scheduled for first thing in the morning. If you live in Arkansas, you know why. Unlike people, the deer know better than to come out during the heat of day. Your best chance to spot them is as they work their way back to the woods after a night of feeding.

Democracy, know thyself

posted: 07/25/2012 5:20 a.m.

Somewhere in one of Barack Obama’s campaign speeches this election year, like a piece of barbed wire in an otherwise light and puffy soufflé of empty platitudes, was this remarkable comment: “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” There are certain phrases, like this one, so memorable that they come to stand for the whole of a speech. Indeed for a whole attitude, for the whole spirit of a man and an age.

OTHERS SAY: A step to verify valor

posted: 07/25/2012 5:19 a.m.

On June 28, the Supreme Court ruled that the 2006 Stolen Valor Act infringes on constitutionally protected speech. The lawwhich sought to punish individuals who falsely present themselves as recipients of the Medal of Honor or other military decorations—was deemed unconstitutional because, in the court’s view, the First Amendment protects even an individual’s right to lie.

Guest writer: A legacy undone

posted: 07/25/2012 5:18 a.m.

The statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium stirred different emotions in many people.

Don’t let fear win

posted: 07/25/2012 5:18 a.m.

You are in a dark room with dozens of strangers. You are all looking at the same thing. There is that strange semisynthetic smell of butter in the air. You are laughing. You are crying. A voice shouts something, and everyone shushes or chuckles. You whisper to your friends in the next seat. You spill your popcorn between the rows.

Pie-eating time in Jasper

posted: 07/25/2012 5:16 a.m.

The invitation proved irresistible. Rhonda Watkins of Jasper asked me to judge the homemade pie competition held in conjunction with the 15th annual Buffalo River Elk Festival. The judging would take place on a Saturday morning with proceeds from a pie auction going to the Single Parent Scholarship Fund. How could I turn down a chance to eat free pie?


posted: 07/25/2012 5:16 a.m.

Start learning at home Anne Michaud’s recent column demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding of today’s public schools, in my opinion. She makes some good points about summer vacations being long, but she has obviously not spent much time in a classroom. Schools are not day-care centers, and teachers are not baby sitters. They do not exist to solve the logistical problems of working parents. Their job is to teach academic subjects to children.

SEC PREVIEW: Bulldogs, Mullen want to close SEC West gap

posted: 07/25/2012 5:14 a.m.

The eighth in a series previewing SEC football teams.

NBC goes for total coverage

posted: 07/25/2012 5:12 a.m.

The Summer Olympics opening ceremony takes place Friday, but the first of 5,535 hours that NBC is showing of the Games begins today with qualifying rounds in women’s soccer. With so many different options, viewers need a road map to make sense of it all.

Collegiate anglers go for title

posted: 07/25/2012 5:09 a.m.

Teams of bass anglers representing 71 colleges and universities will compete in the Bassmaster College Series National Championship today through Sunday in Little Rock.

LIKE IT IS: Saban enjoys reign, even if he doesn’t let on

posted: 07/25/2012 5:08 a.m.

Nick Saban walked briskly to the lectern and looked out at the 400 or so reporters who had arrived as much as an hour early to get a seat for the Alabama coach’s turn at SEC media days.

COMMENTARY: Trade best move for Seattle, Suzuki

posted: 07/25/2012 5:06 a.m.

The Seattle Mariners without Ichiro Suzuki didn’t look much different, on the surface, than they did with him. They struggled to hit at Safeco Field and fell to the New York Yankees 4-1 on Monday. If this was the dawning of a new era, it began with an anticlimactic thud.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Phillies overcome Lee’s struggles to top Brewers

posted: 07/25/2012 5:05 a.m.

The Philadelphia Phillies don’t appear to be ready to give up on the season yet.

Saints begin bounty recovery

posted: 07/25/2012 5:04 a.m.

Drew Brees says he’s “excited about the unknown” as the New Orleans Saints look to bounce back from the bounty scandal.

Finally, coach-as-god culture takes one to the gut

posted: 07/25/2012 5 a.m.

I’m not hearing from anybody happy with the NCAA’s punishment of Penn State.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Travelers back Pena’s pitching

posted: 07/25/2012 4:56 a.m.

Ariel Pena took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and didn’t allow a run while striking out eight batters in seven innings to lead the Arkansas Travelers to a 5-0 victory over the Springfield Cardinals on Tuesday at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo.

OLYMPIC BASKETBALL: Americans step up to win ‘big game’

posted: 07/25/2012 4:55 a.m.

Gold medal at stake or nothing at all, the U.S. Olympic basketball team was bringing its best Tuesday.

Kendall ‘done,’ retires as player

posted: 07/25/2012 4:53 a.m.

Catcher Jason Kendall needed just two games, three at-bats and two throws to second base to realize he’d had enough.

Penn State losing sponsor, too

posted: 07/25/2012 4:52 a.m.

State Farm is pulling its ads from Penn State football broadcasts, while General Motors is reconsidering its sponsorship deal and Wall Street is threatening to downgrade the school’s credit rating, suggesting the price of the sexual abuse scandal could go well beyond the $60 million fine and other penalties imposed by the NCAA.

1973 signing class broke barriers at UA

posted: 07/25/2012 4:49 a.m.

Growing up in Bridgeton, N.J., in the 1960s, Brison Manor recalled seeing a team picture of the 1964 Arkansas Razorbacks, who finished 11-0 and won a share of the national championship.

Smith: No bar set to ensure return

posted: 07/25/2012 4:42 a.m.

Arkansas Coach John L. Smith, speaking Tuesday from the ESPN studios in Bristol, Conn., said he and his team are hoping to convince Athletic Director Jeff Long to keep him on board by season’s end.

Second thoughts

posted: 07/25/2012 4:40 a.m.

Loser horse finally able to cash in A horse that never posed in the winner’s circle is living the good life this summer on a scenic Kentucky farm, and his losses could mean a big victory for retired thoroughbreds.

Off the wire

posted: 07/25/2012 4:40 a.m.

FOOTBALL Cardinals’ Wilson extended The Arizona Cardinals have signed five-time Pro Bowl safety Adrian Wilson to a contract extension that runs through the 2015 season. The deal was reached Tuesday as the team reported to its training camp in Flagstaff, Ariz. The 32-yearold Wilson had two years remaining on the five-year, $39 million contract he signed in June 2009. His salary would have counted $6.5 million and $7.5 million toward the cap.

State sports briefs

posted: 07/25/2012 4:39 a.m.

Crews search for ex-Mulerider A search for a former Southern Arkansas football player was suspended Tuesday after crews spent parts of two days searching Lake Catherine in Garland County.

Retailer opposes pact on swipes

posted: 07/25/2012 4:36 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville is among the retailers urging rejection of a proposed $6 billion settlement with card issuers Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and major banks over alleged fee fixing.

UPS lowers expected earnings

posted: 07/25/2012 4:34 a.m.

UPS, the world’s largest package delivery company, on Tuesday lowered its forecast for all of 2012 and said its third-quarter earnings will fall below last year’s results.

Apple profit below expectations

posted: 07/25/2012 4:33 a.m.

Apple Inc.’s second-quarter profit and sales fell short of analysts’ projections for only the second time since 2003 as customers held off on iPhone purchases while waiting for a new model to be introduced later in the year.

Spain closer to needing full bailout, analysts say

posted: 07/25/2012 4:28 a.m.

Spain’s bailout of its own regional governments is pushing the nation closer to a full international rescue, analysts said Tuesday.

MARKET REPORT: Dow sees another triple-digit dip

posted: 07/25/2012 4:27 a.m.

A parade of grim news Tuesday, from weak corporate earnings to a pullback at U.S. factories to Europe’s debt crisis, sent investors fleeing stocks for a thirdstraight day.

Earnings report

posted: 07/25/2012 4:26 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Tuesday included: AT&T Inc., the largest telecommunications company in the U.S., a profit of $3.9 billion, or 66 cents a share, up from $3.6 billion, or 60 cents a share, a year ago. Revenue rose 0.3 percent to $31.6 billion. Shares fell 75 cents to close at $34.63.

Business news in brief

posted: 07/25/2012 4:25 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “With two months left in the fiscal year, we still don’t know what’s going to happen.” Paul Hamm, Army Corps of Engineers supervisory project manager for the Grand Prairie and Bayou Meto irrigation projects Article, 1D


posted: 07/25/2012 4:25 a.m.

Simmons First plans new share buyback Simmons First National Corp. plans to begin a new repurchase of up to 850,000 shares even as it is concluding the buyback of about 650,000 shares, the Pine Bluff bank said Tuesday.

FRONT BURNER: Icy treats deliver relief and a buzz

posted: 07/25/2012 4:24 a.m.

With the return of 100-degree temperatures, I turned to one of my favorite childhood snacks for relief: the popsicle.

Breezy bites

posted: 07/25/2012 4:23 a.m.

Summer began about a month ago but we can’t forget that there is still August and part of September to endure before we can settle into the cooling comfort of autumn. That means we still need to look for foods that require little or no cooking to avoid heating up the kitchen.

Brown sugar infuses dessert with a rich butterscotch flavor

posted: 07/25/2012 4:22 a.m.

Tender, rich and temptingly sweet, Clementine’s butterscotch brownies balance that brown-sugary goodness with a nice hint of salt to make this the perfect treat for almost any occasion. Clementine’s Butterscotch Brownies 3/4 cup PLUS 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup PLUS 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar 5 tablespoons butter, melted 1 extra-large egg OR 1 large egg PLUS 1 teaspoon egg white Scant/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup PLUS 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped toasted walnuts Heat oven to 325 degrees.

Cooking for two: Chicken stir-fry wears a peanut sauce

posted: 07/25/2012 4:21 a.m.

You can’t ask for more color or crunch, with relatively little effort. A quick combination of peanut butter, soy sauce and hot water creates just enough sauce to coat the vegetables and chicken. Another nut butter, such as almond or cashew, can be substituted.

IDEA ALLEY: Salsa, salad, dills: Garden’s bounty

posted: 07/25/2012 4:20 a.m.

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

UNCORKED: Dressing often key in salad, wine fit

posted: 07/25/2012 4:15 a.m.

Salad was once merely a refreshing collection of leaves and herbs dressed with oil and seasoning, but many of our creations are becoming all-out meals. Our summer menus are much like those in every other household trying to beat the heat and keep it light. Salad (and not just the mixed greens standby) is a staple each week at dinner, so I am always looking for the ideal wine pairing and have started fine-tuning our salads to maximize the match.

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Lifeway, Chex, Lindt add products to lines

posted: 07/25/2012 4:14 a.m.

Lifeway Foods markets a line of cultured dairy products that contain live and active probiotic cultures. The company was founded by Russian immigrant Michael Smolyansky, who began making kefir in his Chicago-area basement in 1986.

Super Quiz: First Husbands

posted: 07/25/2012 4:13 a.m.

1. Jennifer Aniston 2. Amy Irving 3. Sarah Jessica Parker 4. Carmen Electra 5. Julia Roberts 6. Pamela Anderson


posted: 07/25/2012 4:12 a.m.

GOLD RUSH Gold is popping up a lot in unexpected places these days, namely restaurant and food truck menus. Local examples: Hot Dog Mike’s $1,501 Hot Dog, consisting of a beef frank topped with a whole lobster tail, saffron aioli and edible gold dust; and the Golden Lobster Rolls at Little Rock’s Kiyen’s Seafood Steak and Sushi, which feature 14-karat gold flecks. A New York food truck is selling something it calls the “Douche Burger” for a whopping $666. The burger contains lobster, caviar, truffles and a beef patty wrapped in six sheets of gold leaf. So how much gold can a person safely consume?


posted: 07/25/2012 4:11 a.m.

With its silly name — The Bananza — and limited skill set, we were reluctant to try this banana slicer. Sure, we’re all for uniformly sliced bananas in our ’nana pudding and floating in our morning cereal, but is it that complicated to slice a banana with a knife? Difficult, no. Time consuming, maybe. Dangerous, sometimes.

7day menu planner

posted: 07/25/2012 4:10 a.m.

SUNDAY: Impress the family with Cumin-Crusted Pork Tenderloin. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Mix 3 tablespoons cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon paprika and 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt. Rub all over 2 (1-pound ) pork tenderloins. Coat pork and an oven-safe skillet with cooking spray, and heat skillet on medium. Cook pork, turning until browned on all sides.


posted: 07/25/2012 4:08 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: How patient are you supposed to be with someone who has had a real need, but ends up taking advantage of you? My nephew moved in with us over a year ago while going through a diffi cult divorce, but now he shows no sign of moving on with his life.


posted: 07/25/2012 4:06 a.m.

Happy birthday. You know what you want and you’ll do what it takes to get it this year. Your partner in fun and crime will be by your side every minute in August — so much so that you may crave solo time in September. October focuses on getting finances in line so you’re ready to take an important step in January. Cancer and Sagittarius adore you.

Slim pickings

posted: 07/25/2012 4:06 a.m.

WHAT: Skinnygirl Daily On-the-Go Bars STATS: Vary by flavor. About 200 calories and 6 to 8 fat grams per bar. More information at


posted: 07/25/2012 4:06 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Summer is in full swing, and that means barbecues, picnics and camping. These usually include hamburgers and hot dogs. Here are a couple of hints to help make a better burger, and with a twist: Add taco seasoning to the meat, then add Monterey Jack or jalapeno cheese. Serve with salsa, jalapeno slices, guacamole or sour cream as condiments. Add a dry ranch or Italian dressing mix to the meat. Serve with blue-cheese crumbles, roasted garlic and red onions.

PARENTING: Punish equally, don’t referee sibling pugilists

posted: 07/25/2012 4:03 a.m.

QMy 21-month-old has started hitting. Whenever he hits his 4-year-old sister, I put him in his crib until he calms down. Recently, however, his sister has started hitting back. I don’t want her thinking that I go easier on him when it comes to discipline. How do I implement fair and effective punishment for the same offense for children of different ages?

Apptime, kiddo

posted: 07/25/2012 4:02 a.m.

No more plopping preschoolers in front of videos to “zone out.” With the emergence of touchscreen tablets and e-readers, screen time has become interactive and thus less guilt-inducing for parents who need a short break. Every purposeful swipe of our children’s fingers seems to offer a reassuring signal that their minds are at work, contemplating what to do next.

HEART & SOUL: Revising history of abuse can hurt

posted: 07/25/2012 4 a.m.

Several years after her former husband died, a friend became concerned by how he was being remembered. It seemed the youngest children of his second marriage were rewriting family history to transform their father into something he hadn’t been.


posted: 07/25/2012 3:59 a.m.

DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: Two of my co-workers frequently travel together. One usually brings her husband, while the other travels solo.

Creature feature

posted: 07/25/2012 3:51 a.m.

Do you have a question about pets? We’ll get you an answer from an authority. Send your question to Rhonda Owen, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, Ark.


posted: 07/25/2012 3:50 a.m.

QMy 3-year-old son only sees his dad three days/two nights a week. I recently found out that his girlfriend stays over on the nights my son is there.

In LR visit, Holder commends black police executives

posted: 07/25/2012 3:49 a.m.

At a stopover in Little Rock on Tuesday before flying on to New Orleans to announce sweeping police changes, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told about 500 black police executives from across the country that they are “the conscience of law enforcement.” Holder addressed a luncheon crowd of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. The group is holding its 36th annual training conference and exhibition at the Statehouse Convention Center.

HOG FUTURES DEATRICH WISE: Hogs fans in for treat, says Wise's ex-coach

posted: 07/25/2012 3:11 a.m.

The 14th in a series profiling new additions to the Arkansas football team.

State climbs to 42 in kids’ well-being

posted: 07/25/2012 3:02 a.m.

Arkansas ranked 42nd among states in a national ranking of child well-being based on factors related to poverty, education, health and family.

Natural-gas-tax drive sputters

posted: 07/25/2012 2:56 a.m.

40,000 signatures.” Nelson, a former gas company executive and two-time Republican nominee for governor, said he has suspended efforts to collect the 41,160 signatures needed to replace those disqualified on the gastax petitions by the secretary of state. He said he doesn’t expect that to change unless the state Municipal League offers to collect more signatures or Unless there is a large swell of public support, the campaign to increase the state natural-gas severance tax rate through an initiated act is over, the proposal’s lead supporter said Tuesday.

At trial, 2 doctors cite brain damage

posted: 07/25/2012 2:55 a.m.

Jerry Lard suffered brain damage from several blows to the head as an adolescent and from a chronic methamphetamine addiction, physicians testified Tuesday in Lard’s capital-murder trial.

Airport revamps logo, installs screens for ads

posted: 07/25/2012 2:54 a.m.

The Little Rock airport’s marketing materials have undergone a revamp, in visuals and in technology — an early step in $67 million worth of improvements to the airport.

In state, house sales flat, prices up

posted: 07/25/2012 2:38 a.m.

Arkansas home prices rose 8.7 percent and the number of sales was essentially unchanged in June compared with the same month last year, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Tuesday.

2 state water projects thirsty for new funds

posted: 07/25/2012 2:37 a.m.

With no further federal funding in hand, the managers of two huge east Arkansas irrigation projects are scrambling to secure enough money to at least keep the projects moving forward once construction and design contracts are complete.

Online sales taxes a fair requirement, Womack testifies

posted: 07/25/2012 2:35 a.m.

Online retailers should pay the same in state taxes as their competitors who operate actual stores, said Rep. Steve Womack, a Rogers Republican who testified Tuesday at the House Judiciary Committee.

Tuesday, July 24

Family indicted on charges of intending to distribute 'bath salts'

posted: 07/24/2012 5:25 p.m.

A Heber Springs family is being brought up on federal charges that they distributed a synthetic drug.

Here for the beer

posted: 07/24/2012 2:37 p.m.

It’s shortly after 9 Saturday night at The Capital Bar and Grill, and as is usually the case on weekend nights, the downtown Little Rock bar is lively. The tables are full, with all the bar seats claimed. Groups wait near the entrance for spots. There’s jazz in the background from the Ted Ludwig Trio. One table removed from where Ludwig plays is Tom Korder, brewery operations manager for Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Company. Wearing a red Goose Island shirt and khaki shorts, Korder is relaxing. Finally. Ready for some food. It’s been a long 30 or so hours for Korder. He arrived after lunch Friday, spent Friday night at Sonny Williams Steak Room for a sold-out Goose Island beer dinner and most of the day Saturday at Grapes Grains and Growls. (He did get a quick River Trail ride in Saturday morning.)

Turning the tables

posted: 07/24/2012 2:31 p.m.

Last week’s issue posed the question, “Why do central Arkansans overwhelmingly decide to dine at chains over local restaurants?” Central Arkansas has more than 700 restaurants, at last count, and the top performers are typically revealed via the Little Rock and North Little Rock convention and visitors bureaus and the gross-receipts tax, also known as the “hamburger tax.” Consistently topping the lists in those two cities are Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s, Golden Corral and Chili’s, just to name a few. (See last week’s story at for the top 10 restaurants in Little Rock and North Little Rock.)

Kerby does it again

posted: 07/24/2012 2:16 p.m.

When a new Kevin Kerby album arrives at your desk, you take time out and listen to the record. Again and again. And you enjoy it again and again. Kerby has long been one of those songwriters about town who has consistently created great music. It’s a streak that stretches back to before his days in Ho-Hum, and includes time in Ho-Hum, Mulehead — with its four albums of Arkansas rock — and other bands. Following the end of Mulehead, Kerby wrote and recorded two solo albums. First came The Secret Lives of All Night Radios, and then, picking up backing band Battery, Beautiful & Bright.

Relatives mourn three children killed in El Paso crash

posted: 07/24/2012 1:58 p.m.

Relatives and friends are mourning the deaths of three youths who were among five killed when a man accused of driving drunk crashed into their vehicle in West Texas.

It’s sexy and she wrote it

posted: 07/24/2012 1:50 p.m.

Mandy Harbin has a seemingly innocent career as a technical writer. But after hours (and on the weekends), she’s hitting the keyboard, weaving passionate love stories as a romance writer. Her novel Darkest Sin makes the transition from e-book to paperback this winter.

Charting a new course

posted: 07/24/2012 1:37 p.m.

It’s weird sitting at a bar and knowing I’m at Homer’s. Or at least I think so. No, not that Homer’s. The original Homer’s is still around, out by Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. And the original Homer’s is still a home-cooking destination.

Civil-rights activists with state ties honored

posted: 07/24/2012 12:34 p.m.

The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives honored civil-rights activists with Arkansas ties Tuesday morning during its awards breakfast.

Clinton National Airport unveils technology upgrades

updated: 07/24/2012 12:56 p.m.

Committee members with the Little Rock Airport Commission, along with various city officials, introduced the first round of technological improvements to the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport at a Tuesday morning press conference.

Of trilogies & tragedies

posted: 07/24/2012 12:01 p.m.

It would be unfitting to begin any discussion of director Christopher Nolan’s epic conclusion of his Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, without first acknowledging the tragedy that took place in the wee hours of the film’s wide release. At a midnight showing of the film on Friday in Aurora, Colo., a lone gunman walked into the theater, launched gas canisters into the gathered crowd and opened fire. Twelve people died that morning, and 58 others were wounded. Police arrested heavily armed, 24-year-old James Holmes near his vehicle in the parking lot shortly after the incident.

Nelson suspends severance tax campaign

posted: 07/24/2012 11:41 a.m.

The backer of a plan to raise the state’s severance tax on natural gas says he’s suspending his campaign to gather more signatures to get the measure on the November ballot.

Home sales up 8.7 percent in June

posted: 07/24/2012 11:19 a.m.

Arkansas home prices rose 8.7 percent in June and home sales were basically unchanged compared with June last year, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Tuesday.

Brewer, former Hog, signs with Knicks

posted: 07/24/2012 11:09 a.m.

Fayetteville native and former University of Arkansas basketball standout Ronnie Brewer signed with the New York Knicks on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

Are the new electronic ‘baby sitters’ better than TV?

posted: 07/24/2012 11:07 a.m.

Research indicates that plopping a toddler down with an iPad or other interactive screen device may be better than time spent in front of the boob tube.

Light, fresh dishes help diners and cooks keep their cool

posted: 07/24/2012 11:05 a.m.

As summer heats up, many cooks look for meals that require little or no cooking to avoid heating up the kitchen.

Monsignor gets 3 to 6 years in sex abuse cover-up

posted: 07/24/2012 11:02 a.m.

A Roman Catholic monsignor who became the first U.S. church official branded a felon for covering up sex abuse claims against priests was sentenced Tuesday to three to six years in prison.

Syria unleashes helicopters on rebels in Aleppo

posted: 07/24/2012 10:42 a.m.

With warplanes circling overhead, Syrian attack helicopters pounded rebel-held neighborhoods in Aleppo on Tuesday in an escalation of the battle for the country’s commercial capital and largest city, residents and activists said.

Romney accuses Obama of leaking classified materials

posted: 07/24/2012 10:34 a.m.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is accusing President Barack Obama of leaking for political gain classified details about the U.S. military raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Trial for fake bomb suspect rescheduled

posted: 07/24/2012 10:33 a.m.

A trial has been rescheduled for a man accused of strapping what he said was a bomb to an elderly woman’s ankle and then forcing her to withdraw money from a bank.

Pine Bluff shooting suspect due in court

posted: 07/24/2012 10:28 a.m.

An Arkansas woman accused of shooting and killing a co-worker at a Pine Bluff plant is expected to make her first court appearance.

Bulgaria: Sophisticated conspiracy in bus bombing

posted: 07/24/2012 8:29 a.m.

Bulgaria’s prime minister said Tuesday that a sophisticated group of conspirators were involved in the suicide bombing that killed five Israelis and a Bulgarian bus driver, and that they spent a month in the country before the attack.

Block grants awarded to 6 Arkansas communities

posted: 07/24/2012 8:29 a.m.

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission is awarding more than $888,000 to assist six communities.

Britain deploys 1,200 more troops for Olympics

posted: 07/24/2012 8:14 a.m.

Britain’s government opted Tuesday to deploy 1,200 more troops to protect Olympic venues, a move that reflects a lack of confidence that private security contractor G4S can deliver all it promised for the games.

Black teens having less sex, narrow gap with whites, US finds

posted: 07/24/2012 8:06 a.m.

The share of U.S. black teenagers who have had sex dropped 22 percentage points in the past two decades, a turn in behavior that brings the group closer in-line with the overall teen sex rate, government data show.

Paragould man held on manslaughter charge

posted: 07/24/2012 8:01 a.m.

A Paragould man has been arrested on a manslaughter charge after a 6-year-old girl died in a house fire.

Man accused of biting boy’s face

posted: 07/24/2012 7:52 a.m.

A Houston-area man has been accused of grabbing an 11-year-old boy and biting him on the face.

Arkansas woman sentenced in child's death

posted: 07/24/2012 7:42 a.m.

A judge in Sequoyah County, Okla., has sentenced a Van Buren woman to 15 years in prison in the death of her 1-year-old daughter.

New Egyptian prime minister named

posted: 07/24/2012 7:33 a.m.

Egypt’s president Tuesday designated a young, U.S.-educated irrigation minister as the new prime minister to form a government.

Wal-Mart opposes $6 billion card-fee settlement

posted: 07/24/2012 7:23 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is urging retailers to reject a proposed $6 billion settlement that Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and major banks have agreed to pay retailers over purported fee fixing.

UK to charge 8 in hacking scandal

posted: 07/24/2012 7:13 a.m.

British authorities are charging former David Cameron aide Andy Coulson, former Rupert Murdoch protege Rebekah Brooks, and six others for their roles in Britain’s ever-widening tabloid phone-hacking scandal, a senior prosecutor said Tuesday.

Child drowns in St. Francis County

posted: 07/24/2012 7:04 a.m.

The St. Francis County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the drowning of a 6-year-old boy.

U.S. House OKs naming post office for Arkansan

posted: 07/24/2012 5:55 a.m.

The House voted Monday evening to name the U.S. post office in Rose Bud after Nick Bacon, an Arkansan given the military’s top honor for combat valor in Vietnam.

Suspect silent in 1st hearing on massacre

posted: 07/24/2012 5:49 a.m.

His hair a frizz of neon orange, his hands shackled, James Holmes sat wordlessly through his first court appearance Monday, a starkly different figure from the once-promising student his acquaintances remember or the black-clad gunman accused of striding into a crowded movie theater and fatally shooting 12 people.

Syria talks of how chemical weapons might be deployed

posted: 07/24/2012 5:45 a.m.

The Syrian government appeared to confirm that it has stockpiles of chemical weapons, in a statement it released Monday that said the weapons would never be used in its domestic conflict against Syrian civilians but could be deployed “in the case of exterior aggression.” The government’s statement was read at a news conference in Damascus by Jihad Makdissi, the Foreign Ministry spokesman, in an answer to mounting international concerns over the security of Syria’s chemical stockpiles.

Insurgents’ 40 attacks kill 110, hurt 300 in Iraq

posted: 07/24/2012 5:43 a.m.

In a coordinated display intended to show they remain a viable force, Iraqi insurgents launched at least 40 attacks throughout the country Monday morning, setting off car bombs, storming a military base, attacking policemen in their homes and ambushing checkpoints, Iraqi authorities said.

Spain’s deepening recession feeds Europe’s fears of bailout

posted: 07/24/2012 5:40 a.m.

Europe’s debt crisis flared on Monday as fears intensified that Spain would be next in line for a huge government bailout.

Ride, 1st American woman in space, dies

posted: 07/24/2012 5:38 a.m.

Sally Ride, who blazed trails into orbit as the first American woman in space, died Monday of pancreatic cancer. She was 61.

Obama courts Veterans of Foreign Wars

posted: 07/24/2012 5:35 a.m.

President Barack Obama on Monday courted support among the nation’s oldest and biggest combat veterans’ organization.

U.S. adds cash to AIDS fight

posted: 07/24/2012 5:33 a.m.

Science now has the tools to slash the spread of HIV even without a vaccine — and the U.S. is donating an extra $150 million to help poor countries put them in place, the Obama administration told the world’s largest AIDS conference Monday.

Crash kills 14 aliens; 23 crammed in truck

posted: 07/24/2012 5:32 a.m.

With little more than photographs and fingerprints, authorities were trying to identify 14 suspected illegal aliens who were killed when a pickup packed with nearly two dozen people crashed in south Texas in one of the nation’s deadliest alien-smuggling accidents.

Pittsburgh mall reports 2nd bear

posted: 07/24/2012 5:30 a.m.

Officials said a second bear has been spotted at a suburban Pittsburgh mall where another bear was captured after getting stuck inside a department store.

U.S. drone strike takes 9 lives in Pakistan

posted: 07/24/2012 5:29 a.m.

U.S. drones fired eight missiles at a compound owned by a powerful militant commander in northwest Pakistan on Monday, killing nine suspected insurgents, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

Spain fire traps family on cliff; 2 fall, die

posted: 07/24/2012 5:28 a.m.

As a wildfire closed in on them, five members of a vacationing French family abandoned their car and stumbled through thick smoke down a steep hillside in a desperate bid to reach the waters of the Mediterranean. Instead of a beach, they found themselves at the edge of a cliff with no choice but to jump or try to climb down.

Palestinian travel restraints cut

posted: 07/24/2012 5:26 a.m.

Egypt is allowing freer temporary entry for Palestinians into the country in an unprecedented move that eases long-imposed travel restrictions, particularly on Gazans, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said Monday.

In the news

posted: 07/24/2012 5:25 a.m.

Savannah Dietrich, 17, a Louisville, Ky., teen who defied a court order by Tweeting the names of two teenagers who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting her, won’t be charged after the motion to hold her in contempt was withdrawn, said David Mejia, an attorney for one of the accused boys.

Names and faces

posted: 07/24/2012 5:23 a.m.

Mariah Carey will join American Idol as a judge next season, Fox television announced Monday, lending her star power to the show that remains a ratings leader but has seen its viewership and pop-culture status diminish.

The nation in brief

posted: 07/24/2012 5:23 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We would never presume that it would be slam-dunk. We will work very hard on this case to prosecute it, just like we would any other case.” District Attorney Carol Chambers, on the case against James Holmes, who is accused of opening fire at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, killing 12 and wounding 58 Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 07/24/2012 5:18 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It would be reprehensible if anybody in Syria is contemplating use of such weapons of mass destruction, like chemical weapons.” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, on a Syrian statement confirming stockpiles of chemical weapons there Article, 1A

NLR updates parking ordinance

posted: 07/24/2012 4:56 a.m.

Somewhat reluctantly, North Little Rock aldermen approved another option Monday for residents to control where and how their neighbors can park several vehicles.

Manila man ejected in 1-car crash, dies

posted: 07/24/2012 4:53 a.m.

A Manila man was killed on Arkansas 77 after he was ejected from his car Sunday night in Mississippi County, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality report.

Cell-phone records allowed

posted: 07/24/2012 4:52 a.m.

Cell phone records tying a Little Rock man to two suspected killers can be used against the 26-year-old at his trial, along with statements the man made to police, a Pulaski County circuit judge ruled Monday.

26 state high schoolers get National Merit aid

posted: 07/24/2012 4:49 a.m.

Twenty-six members of Arkansas’ high school Class of 2012 are among more than 2,000 graduates to be named this month as recipients of college- and university-financed National Merit Scholarships.

Lied in probe of officer, ex-dispatcher testifies

posted: 07/24/2012 4:48 a.m.

A former dispatcher for the West Memphis Police Department testified Monday that two summers ago, she pried officer Scott McCall’s hands off the neck of a handcuffed man who shouted that two recently slain officers were “pigs” who “got what they deserved.” Debra Deweese testified as a federal witness-tampering trial against the department’s Internal Affairs investigator, Lester Ditto, entered its second week.

Drowning victim identified

posted: 07/24/2012 4:42 a.m.

Little Rock police released the name Monday morning of the man who died in an accidental drowning early Sunday night.

I-40 lane in NLR to close for 2 days

posted: 07/24/2012 4:40 a.m.

The inside eastbound lane of Interstate 40 in North Little Rock will be closed Wednesday and Thursday because of the routine inspection of an overpass, according to a news release from the state Highway and Transportation Department.

Police beat

posted: 07/24/2012 4:39 a.m.

Ceiling clinger held in burglary While searching for a suspect in one burglary, police found another in progress and the suspect hanging from the ceiling of a Little Rock business early Monday morning.

Daily record

posted: 07/24/2012 4:32 a.m.

Meeting announcements published exclusively on Arkansas Online, the newspaper’s website, can be found at An electronic form is available on the website to submit support group meeting announcements or changes. Readers can access that form by going to and submitting the appropriate information.

Charles H. Pullin: Preacher, 86, loved to aid those in need

posted: 07/24/2012 4:31 a.m.

The Rev. Charles H. Pullin was a minister up to the end, officiating a wedding ceremony about five hours before his death.

Other days

posted: 07/24/2012 4:30 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 24, 1912 Everything is in readiness for the laying of the corner stone of the new Argenta High School building, which will take place at Fourth and Willow streets at 5 o’clock, Thursday afternoon. It is expected many of the fraternal and labor organizations of the city will participate in the parade, which will form at City park at 4 o’clock.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 07/24/2012 4:29 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.

Getting it straight

posted: 07/24/2012 4:28 a.m.

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


posted: 07/24/2012 4:28 a.m.

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

COLUMNISTS: A time to speak plain

posted: 07/24/2012 4:27 a.m.

Even squirrels know enough to store nuts so that they will have something to eat when food gets scarce. But the welfare state has spawned a whole class of people who spend everything they get when times are good, and look to others to provide for their food and other basic needs when times turn bad.

EDITORIALS: Be still-just for once

posted: 07/24/2012 4:26 a.m.

TURN the dial this way and that, and it’s all the same—the same separate but equal banalities you hear after every one of these dreadful things, this time even before all the dead in Aurora, Colo., have been given a decent burial: (Click) . . . . which is why the United States should have more gun control laws.

Invitation to a block party

posted: 07/24/2012 4:22 a.m.

Maybe we could raise Orval Faubus from the dead so that he could call out the Arkansas National Guard to stand between our state’s people and health insurance.

Learn from our successes

posted: 07/24/2012 4:21 a.m.

Some 25,000 delegates are gathering in Washington this week for the 2012 International AIDS Conference. This is a moment of exceptional promise. Gains in AIDS treatment are remarkable—and continuing.

Viewpoints differ

posted: 07/24/2012 4:20 a.m.

Ijust don’t know what to make of some officials that the voters of Madison County and Huntsville have elected to effectively lead them.


posted: 07/24/2012 4:19 a.m.

Agriculture a priority In a few weeks, current farm bill policies will expire. To protect farm families and Arkansas’ rural economy, Congress must work to complete a new farm bill.


posted: 07/24/2012 4:16 a.m.

A potential exodus of star athletes. No hope of playing in the postseason. More than a decade of accomplishments erased from the record books. And Joe Paterno’s legacy in shreds.

Yankees grab hold of Ichiro

posted: 07/24/2012 4:05 a.m.

Ichiro Suzuki is headed to a new team and, after all these years, maybe a shot at playing in the World Series.

What sanctions mean to Penn State

posted: 07/24/2012 4:02 a.m.

SCHOLARSHIPS REDUCED FROM 25 TO 15 PER YEAR FOR NEXT 4 YEARS Starting with the 2013 recruiting class and running through 2016, Penn State can sign only 15 recruits a year. Most schools can sign 25.

SOUTHERN AMATEUR: Bear Den ‘holds own as course’

posted: 07/24/2012 3:59 a.m.

Southern Golf Association officials praised Chenal Country Club’s performance as a first-time host of the Southern Amateur Championship, even as they stood sweltering in the sun Saturday for a fourth consecutive day.

LR man, 25, gets 40 years for killing

posted: 07/24/2012 3:58 a.m.

A 25-year-old Little Rock man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Monday for killing another man in January 2010 using a gun that police had returned to him the day before the slaying.

LIKE IT IS: Penalties harsh, unprecedented, justifiable

posted: 07/24/2012 3:56 a.m.

A nut case walks into a movie theater and kills 12 innocent people. He’ll end up in prison, maybe death row, without much delay.

Scott, Broyles had a good run, too

posted: 07/24/2012 3:52 a.m.

At first glance, Arkansas Razorbacks return man Joe Adams appeared to have no chance with the 61-yard punt he fielded in the Tennessee game last fall.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Johnson, Travelers crumble in ninth

posted: 07/24/2012 3:51 a.m.

The Arkansas Travelers were an out away from completing a three-game sweep of the Tulsa Drillers on Monday night at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock.

Principal quits after his arrest

posted: 07/24/2012 3:50 a.m.

Farmington High School Principal Chris Webb resigned late Monday.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Weed linebacker’s interest in Arkansas growing

posted: 07/24/2012 3:49 a.m.

It’s no secret Arkansas is looking for linebackers for the 2013 recruiting class, and the Razorbacks are hosting one of the better junior-college linebackers, Myke Tavarres of Weed (Calif.) College of the Siskiyous, on an unofficial visit Wednesday through Friday.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Samardzija keeps focus on field, Pirates in check

posted: 07/24/2012 3:45 a.m.

Jeff Samardzija knew about the reports that had his teammate and friend Ryan Dempster on the verge of being traded to the Atlanta Braves as he got ready to take the mound Monday night for the Chicago Cubs.

Golden won’t go into probe details

posted: 07/24/2012 3:44 a.m.

Miami Coach Al Golden on Monday wouldn’t discuss details of new accusations of violations within the Hurricanes program.

Wilson, Davis meet East Coast media

posted: 07/24/2012 3:42 a.m.

Arkansas running back Knile Davis and quarterback Tyler Wilson begin a two-day tour today that will put them face-to-face with some of college football’s movers and shakers.

What they’re saying

posted: 07/24/2012 3:40 a.m.

MIKE WISE The Washington Post “The NCAA president dropped the ball by not forbidding Penn State to play football for at least a year in the wake of a child sexual abuse scandal, a tragedy that went all the way to the top of the university and its main cash cow, Joe Paterno’s poisoned program.

Bowden moves to top; ‘Wish I could have earned it’

posted: 07/24/2012 3:38 a.m.

Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said Monday the NCAA’s unprecedented punishment of Penn State’s football program “cannot replace those boys who were molested.”


posted: 07/24/2012 3:34 a.m.

What is the impact on student-athletes ?

Second thoughts

posted: 07/24/2012 3:32 a.m.

Let him eat cake, lots of it Roberto Hernandez walked into the Cleveland Indians clubhouse at Progressive Field on Sunday for the first time this season.

Off the wire

posted: 07/24/2012 3:29 a.m.

FOOTBALL Panthers acquire WR Murphy The Oakland Raiders have traded wide receiver Louis Murphy to the Carolina Panthers for an undisclosed conditional draft choice. The team announced the trade Monday, just days before the start of training camp.

King of burgers’ income falls 4%

posted: 07/24/2012 3:27 a.m.

McDonald’s Corp. reported a net income drop of 4 percent in the second quarter Monday even though it saw growth in every region of the world.

U.S. sells stakes in bailed-out banks

posted: 07/24/2012 3:24 a.m.

The U.S. Treasury Department said it started selling stakes Monday in 12 banks that received taxpayer funds after the financial crisis.

Ways to pay give paths to defraud

posted: 07/24/2012 3:22 a.m.

Researchers at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville have teamed with the Retail Industry Leaders Association to evaluate theft-prevention measures, given the rise of electronic payment options now available.

Bank reduces ATMs by 9%

posted: 07/24/2012 3:20 a.m.

Bank of America Corp., the lender targeting $8 billion in expense cuts, reduced its automated teller network almost 9 percent this year by yanking most of the devices deployed at U.S. gas stations and malls.

China oil firm bids $15 billion for Nexen

posted: 07/24/2012 3:17 a.m.

China moved Monday toward its biggest overseas energy acquisition, with Chinese offshore oil and gas giant CNOOC Ltd. saying it has agreed to buy Canadian producer Nexen Inc. for $15.1 billion.

Smirnoff gone, so will spark of Oxford American remain?

posted: 07/24/2012 3:15 a.m.

Now what? Twenty years after a high school dropout from California founded a magazine that would feature the works of such Southern writers as John Grisham, William Faulkner and Wendell Berry, the publication faces yet another hurdle — life without its founder and longtime editor.

Democrat-Gazette to deliver several Stephens newspapers

posted: 07/24/2012 3:14 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette plans to distribute eight of Stephens Media’s weekly newspapers beginning this week or next week, said Larry Graham, the Democrat-Gazette’s circulation director in Little Rock.

Apple undervalues profit in tax move

posted: 07/24/2012 3:11 a.m.

Apple Inc. is set to report second-quarter financial results today. Analysts are expecting net income of $9.8 billion. But whatever figure Apple reports won’t reflect its true profit, because the company hides some of it with an unusual tax maneuver.

Woman shot, killed at PB plant

posted: 07/24/2012 3:09 a.m.

A handful of shaken Central Moloney employees formed an office prayer circle Monday afternoon after an employee at the plant was shot and killed on the property.

Oil prices fall on Europe debt worry

posted: 07/24/2012 3:09 a.m.

Oil prices fell Monday on concern that Europe’s sovereign-debt crisis is deepening and after a Chinese central bank adviser warned the country’s economic expansion may slow further.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks tumble on Spain woes

posted: 07/24/2012 3:07 a.m.

Fear that Spain may need a bailout sent its borrowing costs soaring, the euro to a two-year low against the dollar and stocks around the world tumbling as investors pulled back Monday from all manner of risk.

No state plan to probe faults in gas petition

posted: 07/24/2012 3:07 a.m.

The secretary of state doesn’t plan to ask state police to investigate whether fake signatures were submitted in an effort to get an initiative petition on the November ballot, his spokesman said Monday.

Casino proposal short on support

posted: 07/24/2012 3:01 a.m.

Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow a private company to own and operate multiple casinos in Arkansas fell short of turning in the signatures of 78,133 registered voters to qualify the proposal for the Nov. 6 general election ballot, a spokesman for the secretary of state’s office said Monday.

Driver: Lard said he’d kill if stopped

posted: 07/24/2012 2:59 a.m.

Two months before Jerry Lard fatally shot a Trumann police officer during a traffic stop in April 2011, Lard warned others that he would do so if ever pulled over, a friend testified in Lard’s capital murder trial Monday.


posted: 07/24/2012 2:59 a.m.

Electric utility set to seek rate increase Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. expects to ask for a rate increase early next month, the Little Rock-based corporation said in a filing last week with the Arkansas Public Service Commission.

Business news in brief

posted: 07/24/2012 2:58 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “When they put an ATM in a mall or gas station, they have to rent that space in the same way that Sunglass Hut has to pay for their space. They did the math and probably concluded that these guys aren’t profitable.” Bart Narter, a senior banking analyst at consulting firm Celent on Bank of America trimming its automated teller machine network by almost 9 percent Article, 1D

Cutting-edge comics

posted: 07/24/2012 2:56 a.m.

First, there were the cave drawings, those rudimentary scrawlings on stone walls depicting tales of hunts and other conquests. Then fast forward to ancient Greek society where they emblazoned urns and painted murals, conveying everything from the first Olympic victories to the tragic love affairs of gods and mortals.

LISTEN UP: Ocean conveys depth in R&B debut album

posted: 07/24/2012 2:51 a.m.

Frank Ocean Channel Orange Def Jam A “You don’t know how little you matter until you’re all alone in the middle of Arkansas with a little rock,” Frank Ocean declares at the beginning of “Crack Rock,” a fairly harrowing account of a junkie’s descent that feels journalistically straightforward and kind of like a John Oates-sung Hall & Oates B-side from 1979.

When heckling turns ugly

posted: 07/24/2012 2:44 a.m.

No moment in popular culture is more charged and anxious than when a stand-up comic battles with a heckler. It usually ends with a knockout insult and a huge laugh. But when things turn ugly, as happened several times recently, it can expose the gap between comedians and patrons who see this clash very differently.

WHAT’S IN A DAME: Women take stress of work to heart, too

posted: 07/24/2012 2:38 a.m.

Women Can’t Win, Example No. 38,394: Heart attacks.

THE TV COLUMN: Prime-time special to feature Fallon’s singing

posted: 07/24/2012 2:36 a.m.

Jimmy Fallon is a funny guy.

Alcohol-induced disruptions typical

posted: 07/24/2012 2:32 a.m.

Hecklers aren’t limited to New York and Los Angeles.

Hairspray set in Pine Bluff

posted: 07/24/2012 2:29 a.m.

Hairspray will have a sort of Pine Bluff homecoming this week as the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 Main St., Pine Bluff, stages the musical at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

TELEVISION: Top stars, if paid per viewer, would be less rich, data hints

posted: 07/24/2012 2:28 a.m.

Chelsea Handler may not have a lot of viewers, but she gets paid a lot of dough for the ones she does have on Chelsea Lately. Jon Stewart is likewise laughing all the way to the bank. And it’s time for CNN’s Anderson Cooper to come out... as possibly overpaid.

How some biggies stack up

posted: 07/24/2012 2:24 a.m.

The Los Angeles Times looked at a select group of top stars and determined a ranking based on annual salary (determined from agency sources and reported figures) divided by the average ratings from the most recent season or quarter.


posted: 07/24/2012 2:20 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Are you having trouble and spending more than you should? Do you buy things you really don’t need or can’t afford? How do you know if you have a problem controlling your spending? Here are a few behaviors that may signal that you have a shopping compulsion: Buying things on a credit card that you never would buy with cash.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Grieving kin needs support

posted: 07/24/2012 2:18 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My relationship with a close family member has taken a turn for the worse. She had a tragic loss almost a year ago, and is clearly still grieving.


posted: 07/24/2012 2:16 a.m.

Happy birthday. Dreams are the fuel that speed you through this year. Whatever shape your refueling station takes, make a point to stop in, rest and recharge your batteries in August. September brings a financial decision.


posted: 07/24/2012 2:15 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My wife is pressuring me to go ahead and make our funeral arrangements since we’re getting older, but I’m reluctant to do it. I just as soon leave that to our children when the time comes. What do I care what happens after we die? — M.K.

Super Quiz: Separations

posted: 07/24/2012 2:14 a.m.

1. Costa Rica from Colombia 2. Texas from Mexico 3. The stomach from the large intestine 4. Afghanistan from India 5. Genesis from Leviticus

SEC PREVIEW SOUTH CAROLINA: Spurrier building East beast

posted: 07/24/2012 2:08 a.m.

These are heady days for the South Carolina football program.

Monday, July 23

Sally Ride, first US woman in space, dies at 61

posted: 07/23/2012 4:49 p.m.

Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, has died. She was 61.

Earmarks ban may shutter Arkansas irrigation work

posted: 07/23/2012 2:21 p.m.

Irrigation projects at Grand Prairie and Bayou Meto are at risk of losing funding because of the congressional ban on earmarks.

Rain a mixed blessing for Arkansas cotton crop

posted: 07/23/2012 1:58 p.m.

Agriculture experts say the Arkansas cotton crop is looking healthy and is heading for an early harvest, but it’s not without its problems.

US missiles kill nine suspected militants in Pakistan

posted: 07/23/2012 1:48 p.m.

Pakistani intelligence officials said Monday that U.S. drones have fired eight missiles at a compound in the country's northwest tribal region near the Afghan border, killing nine suspected militants.

Sale set for oil and gas leases off Texas coast

posted: 07/23/2012 1:05 p.m.

The Department of the Interior will offer more than 20 million acres off the Texas coast for oil and gas exploration in a lease sale.

Tennessee trying to turn research into products, jobs

posted: 07/23/2012 1:01 p.m.

Tennessee ranks eighth in the country for the volume of federal grants its university research centers receive, but those dollars are not paying off in terms of new products, companies and jobs.

Men sentenced under hate-crime law in Houston case

posted: 07/23/2012 12:52 p.m.

Three white men convicted of attacking a black man at a Houston bus stop last summer have received prison sentences ranging from 2 1/2 years to more than six years in the first Texas case to fall under a federal hate-crime law.

Police investigate early morning shooting

updated: 07/23/2012 2:02 p.m.

Police are investigating an early Monday morning shooting that put two people in the hospital.

NW Arkansas cable barrier project continues on I-540

posted: 07/23/2012 11:57 a.m.

A $5 million project to install cable barriers in the Interstate 540 median in Northwest Arkansas is more than halfway complete.

One dead in Pine Bluff shooting

updated: 07/23/2012 12:32 p.m.

Police are investigating a shooting Monday morning in Pine Bluff that has left one woman dead.

Nelson to talk on severance-tax proposal

posted: 07/23/2012 11:35 a.m.

A former Republican gubernatorial candidate and ex-natural gas executive is planning a news conference this week about a proposed severance-tax increase on natural gas in Arkansas.

NCAA hits Penn State with $60M fine, vacates Paterno wins since '98

updated: 07/23/2012 2:44 p.m.

The NCAA has slammed Penn State with an unprecedented series of penalties, including a $60 million fine and the loss of all coach Joe Paterno's victories from 1998-2011, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.

Europe shaken by fear Spain will need full bailout

posted: 07/23/2012 11:06 a.m.

Fears that Spain is next in line for a full-blown government bailout intensified Monday after a weekend of bad news about Europe’s fourth-biggest economy.

Comics no longer just for kids

posted: 07/23/2012 11:04 a.m.

Today’s comic books have evolved into more adult-themed, sophisticated forms such as graphic novels.

Hot Springs National Park gets trading cards

posted: 07/23/2012 10:25 a.m.

A set of free trading cards at Hot Springs National Park features lesser known events from the Civil War and the civil rights movement.

Syria threatens to use chemical weapons if attacked

posted: 07/23/2012 10:15 a.m.

The Syrian regime threatened Monday to use its chemical and biological weapons in case of a foreign attack, in its first ever acknowledgement that it possesses weapons of mass destruction.

Jury selection begins in Drew Peterson trial

posted: 07/23/2012 10:04 a.m.

Jury selection is to begin Monday in Drew Peterson’s long-delayed murder trial, in which prosecutors want the former suburban Chicago police officer’s wives to effectively testify from their graves about his threats to kill them.

AIDS meeting: Science here to slash HIV's spread

posted: 07/23/2012 9:58 a.m.

The leading U.S. AIDS researcher says science has provided the tools needed to slash new infections even without a vaccine — if countries will put them in place.

NASA says test flight of new heat shield a success

posted: 07/23/2012 9:49 a.m.

NASA says an experimental heat shield for future spacecraft landings has successfully survived a test launch that brought it through the earth’s atmosphere at speeds of up to 7,600 mph.

Windstream seeks $900M add-on debt through loan amendment

posted: 07/23/2012 9:06 a.m.

Windstream Corp., the Little Rock-based telecommunications-services provider with $8.7 billion of debt, is seeking as much as $900 million of term loans under its current credit agreement.

Israeli police investigating settlement land deal

posted: 07/23/2012 9:06 a.m.

An Israeli anti-settlement group says police are investigating whether residents of a rogue West Bank settlement enclave forged land deals with Palestinians.

Holmes to be formally charged in one week

updated: 07/23/2012 11:20 a.m.

Wearing orange-red hair and looking dazed, the man accused of going on a deadly shooting rampage at the opening of the new Batman movie appeared Monday in court for the first time.

US stocks sharply lower as Europe fear surges

posted: 07/23/2012 8:51 a.m.

Fear over European debt surged Monday and drove stocks sharply lower around the world. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 220 points in early trading.

Coordinated attacks kill 106 in Iraq

posted: 07/23/2012 7:45 a.m.

Bombings and shootings ripped across Iraq on Monday, killing at least 106 people in the deadliest day in more than two years.

Trial to resume for man charged in Trumann officer’s death

posted: 07/23/2012 7:36 a.m.

Testimony is to resume in Paragould the trial of a Trumann man charged in the shooting death of a Trumann police officer.

Suspect acted ‘bizarre,’ says owner of club

posted: 07/23/2012 5:51 a.m.

Shooting suspect James Holmes applied to join a Colorado gun range last month but never became a member because of his behavior and a “bizarre” message on his voice-mail greeting, the range’s owner said Sunday.

Poverty on track to rise to ’60s levels

posted: 07/23/2012 5:44 a.m.

The ranks of America’s poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net.

New Syrian rebel group aims to take city

posted: 07/23/2012 5:42 a.m.

A new rebel group boasting some 1,000 fighters launched an operation Sunday to capture Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, while government troops using helicopter gunships and heavy artillery rolled back opposition gains in the capital, Damascus.

Bombs pepper Iraq; 19 dead, dozens hurt

posted: 07/23/2012 5:40 a.m.

Bombs struck two Sunni towns at sundown Sunday, just as Iraqi Muslims were preparing to break their holy day’s fast, killing 18 and wounding more than 50, officials said. Two earlier bomb blasts killed a policeman and wounded dozens of people.

N. Orleans razes hotel for hospital

posted: 07/23/2012 5:30 a.m.

In a matter of seconds, a 17-story hotel was imploded Sunday after months of delay.

China storms, floods leave at least 55 dead

posted: 07/23/2012 5:29 a.m.

Officials have raised the death toll to at least 37 in the heaviest rainstorm to hit Beijing in six decades. At least 18 other storm deaths were reported elsewhere in China.

Fracking data debated

posted: 07/23/2012 5:25 a.m.

In the debate over natural-gas drilling, the companies are often the ones accused of twisting the facts. But scientists say opponents sometimes mislead the public, too.

Turkish copter crashes; 4 killed

posted: 07/23/2012 5:23 a.m.

A Turkish paramilitary helicopter crashed Sunday in a southeastern region where troops are fighting Kurdish rebels, killing four security personnel on board, officials said. Eight others were injured.

City bounces back after bankruptcy

posted: 07/23/2012 5:23 a.m.

Cobblestones show through the decrepit pavement in Sheila Dodson’s downtown neighborhood, prostitutes ply the sidewalks in broad daylight and many of the century-old Victorian homes stand empty. Yet this is where Dodson wants to raise her family.

Somali militants kill trio of ‘spies’

posted: 07/23/2012 5:20 a.m.

Somalia’s most powerful militant group publicly executed three of its members Sunday, saying the trio had spied on the militants for the U.S. and British intelligence agencies.

Madagascar troops quell mutiny

posted: 07/23/2012 5:19 a.m.

A group of mutinous soldiers in Madagascar took over a military camp near the Indian Ocean island’s main airport early Sunday, but were eventually driven out in an assault by government forces, the military said.

Norway marks massacre anniversary

posted: 07/23/2012 5:18 a.m.

Norway on Sunday paused to commemorate the 77 victims of a bomb and gun massacre that shocked the peaceful nation one year ago, a tragedy that the prime minister said had brought Norwegians together in defense of democracy and tolerance.

Afghan gunman slays 3 civilian contractors

posted: 07/23/2012 5:15 a.m.

A person wearing an Afghan national security force uniform turned his weapon Sunday against civilian contractors with the U.S.-led military coalition, killing three.

The world in brief

posted: 07/23/2012 5:14 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We gave the orders to march on Aleppo with the aim of liberating it.” Col. Abdul-Jabbar Mohammed Akidi, leader of the Brigade of Unification band of Syrian rebel fighters Article, 1A

The nation in brief

posted: 07/23/2012 5:13 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “He lawyered up. He’s not talking to us.” Dan Oates, Aurora, Colo., police chief, on the cooperation of theater shooting suspect James Holmes Article, 1A

Names and faces

posted: 07/23/2012 5:11 a.m.

Authorities said Sunday that they believe Katherine Jackson, the mother of Michael Jackson and the guardian of his three minor children, is safe in Arizona with family members after she was reported missing. The disclosure came after another concerned family member officially reported her missing Saturday night amid a dispute over the estate of her superstar son.

In the news

posted: 07/23/2012 5:10 a.m.

Mike Overby, an organizer of the annual Coeur d’Alene Art Auction, in Reno, Nev., said a war shirt worn by Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce American Indian tribe that can be seen in a painting in the Smithsonian Institution sold for $877,500.

Erdman new leader of American Legion

posted: 07/23/2012 5:04 a.m.

The new leadership of the American Legion Department of Arkansas is looking to bring more and younger veterans in its membership.

Posts rise for cables for safety on I-540

posted: 07/23/2012 4:58 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas’ first highway-median cable barrier, designed to stop out-of control vehicles from crossing the median on Interstate 540 in Benton and Washington counties, started sprouting posts in the Rogers area last week.

Man, 38, drowns in Arkansas River

posted: 07/23/2012 4:56 a.m.

An unidentified man died Sunday night after he walked into the Arkansas River and went under, Little Rock police spokesman Sgt. Cassandra Davis said, Around 8:30 p.m. at the boat launch at Murray Park, bystanders responded to a woman screaming for help and pulled the 38-year-old man out of the water, said Little Rock Fire Department spokesman Capt. Jason Weaver said.

Fort Smith historic district expanding

posted: 07/23/2012 4:54 a.m.

Fort Smith’s Belle Grove Historic District is growing.

Historic-review board to look at 11 sites

posted: 07/23/2012 4:52 a.m.

The State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will consider nine Arkansas properties for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places on Aug. 1, a news release from program Director Frances McSwain announced.

2 killed, 4 injured in pair of crashes

posted: 07/23/2012 4:51 a.m.

Two Arkansans were killed in separate car and motorcycle accidents on Arkansas roadways Saturday, according to preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality reports.

Police beat

posted: 07/23/2012 4:51 a.m.

Police arrest three in fight at arena Three people were arrested Saturday after refusing to leave the Tri-County Rodeo Arena and fighting with deputies, according to a Pulaski County sheriff’s office report.

Arkansas achievers

posted: 07/23/2012 4:50 a.m.

Thomas Spradley of Little Rock, a sophomore at Hendrix College, has received the John E. Stuckey First Year Chemistry Award at the college’s annual Honors Day Convocation. The award honors the student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in first-year chemistry courses.


posted: 07/23/2012 4:49 a.m.

Beat the Devil columnist Cockburn, 71 Alexander Cockburn, the radical and acerbic journalist who had written columns in both the conservative Wall Street Journal and the leftist Nation, died Friday in Germany. He was 71.

Other days

posted: 07/23/2012 4:46 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 23, 1912 An ordinance making it unlawful for the driver of any motor vehicle to use a cut-out, or other apparatus which will allow the exhaust gases to escape without passing through a suitable silencer, was passed by the City Council at the regular meeting last night.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 07/23/2012 4:43 a.m.

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


posted: 07/23/2012 4:42 a.m.

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

EDITORIALS: Welcome to the fray

posted: 07/23/2012 4:41 a.m.

IT ALWAYS does a body good to see young people care enough to get involved. Whether through their church or school or club or just on their own.

COLUMNISTS: Pathos of the plutocrat

posted: 07/23/2012 4:40 a.m.

“Let me tell you about the very rich.

Do(ne) the right thing

posted: 07/23/2012 4:40 a.m.

“Nobody has 20 grand just lying around, unless you’re a drug dealer.” —Tammy Miller, Mountain Home FOR A couple of years now, dozens of families in Arkansas have been left to wonder if they still owe tens of thousands of dollars to the feds. After floods hit the state in 2008, the friendly people at the Federal Emergency Management Agency ran to and fro and up and down in the land helping families sign up for aid.

OTHERS SAY: Climate change? Maybe

posted: 07/23/2012 4:39 a.m.

Can you blame the scorching weather on climate change? Not really. Or at least not yet.

Beware essay mills

posted: 07/23/2012 4:38 a.m.

Cheating is widespread these days. Students take stuff off the Internet, uncredited, with little remorse. What is there to stop them?

Guest writer: A fond farewell

posted: 07/23/2012 4:37 a.m.

Twenty-two years and ready to leave Arkansas for good! Lynne and I have lived on our ranch in Bruno, on some acreage in Springfield, in a townhouse in Conway, and for over six years made weekly trips to Fayetteville and Little Rock. For the past five years we have lived in Mountain Home.

More outsourcing, please!

posted: 07/23/2012 4:33 a.m.

The quality of public debate deteriorates in tandem with the knowledge base and critical reasoning skills of our citizenry. This is especially obvious when it comes to something that ignorant people are especially ignorant about, which is economics.


posted: 07/23/2012 4:32 a.m.

Grasped at straw men Kudos on the straw-man argument in the latest charter-school editorial. What a great way to fool everybody! So clever to invent this charter-hating monster who wickedly chortles at the demise of any charter school.

SEC PREVIEW: Spurrier respectful of Vandy

posted: 07/23/2012 4:11 a.m.

South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier isn’t shy about taking jabs at other SEC teams, but he doesn’t find anything funny about opening the season at Vanderbilt on Aug. 30.

LR airport to track wait time

posted: 07/23/2012 4:08 a.m.

The state’s largest airport wants to remove the guesswork in how long lines are at its passenger security-checkpoint area.

Meltdown countdown

posted: 07/23/2012 4:03 a.m.

It took less than an hour for Adam Scott to lose a four-stroke lead and the British open title:

100-year-old church digs up past

posted: 07/23/2012 4 a.m.

Church leaders revealed traces of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church’s past Sunday after removing a 1950 time capsule set into the church’s cornerstone.

TOUR DE FRANCE: Celebration waits as Wiggins works

posted: 07/23/2012 3:59 a.m.

It was a rare sight at the Tour de France: The yellow jersey holder charging down the streets of Paris at the head of the field, trying to set up a teammate for a sprint victory on the final stage.

BASEBALL HALL OF FAME: Larkin: Induction ultimate validation

posted: 07/23/2012 3:57 a.m.

Barry Larkin lost it before he even started. Vicki Santo never wavered as she honored her late husband, Ron.

Hospital charging $150 for noncritical ER care

posted: 07/23/2012 3:55 a.m.

A Fort Smith hospital has begun requiring nonemergency patients to pay $150 if they insist on being treated in the emergency room rather than accepting the hospital’s referral elsewhere for medical treatment.

COMMENTARY: Nothing certain about next Hall class

posted: 07/23/2012 3:54 a.m.

St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith said he “passed the torch” to Barry Larkin on the final day of the 1996 season, Smith’s last, when Larkin and the Cincinnati Reds played in St. Louis.

Veterans ask for police training

posted: 07/23/2012 3:53 a.m.

Veterans who want to be police officers should have the option of paying for their own training so they can be more easily employable, the director of the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training said Thursday.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Four-run burst propels Travelers

posted: 07/23/2012 3:52 a.m.

Four runs in the sixth inning was all the Arkansas Travelers needed in a 4-1 victory over the Tulsa Drillers on Sunday night in front of an announced crowd of 3,748 at Dickey-Stephens Park.

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES: Sadler finds cure-all at Chicagoland

posted: 07/23/2012 3:51 a.m.

Elliott Sadler spent most of the week in bed with a stomach virus, and wasn’t able to eat anything beyond a single biscuit Sunday morning.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Cardinals find offense, sweep punchless Cubs

posted: 07/23/2012 3:49 a.m.

For the third consecutive game, a St. Louis Cardinals starter thrived and there was more than enough offense to support him.


posted: 07/23/2012 3:47 a.m.

A look at honorees inducted this weekend into the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum: Barry Larkin BORN April 28, 1964, in Cincinnati POSITION Shortstop TEAM Cincinnati Reds

Tour de France results

posted: 07/23/2012 3:46 a.m.

From Rambouillet to the Champs-Elysees in Paris 20TH (FINAL) STAGE 1. Mark Cavendish, Britain, 3:8.7 2. Peter Sagan, Slovakia, same time.

Final round report

posted: 07/23/2012 3:44 a.m.

Donald displays top trait — Luke Donald was never closer than six shots of the lead after the opening round of the British Open. But in another example of his consistency, he wound up tied for fifth with a guy who played in the final group Sunday.

Major disappointments

posted: 07/23/2012 3:40 a.m.

Add one more to the infamous list of players who flirted with their first major championship victory only to collapse with victory within sight: ADAM SCOTT 2012 BRITISH OPEN (ROYAL LYTHAM AND ST. ANNES) Bogeyed final four holes after leading Ernie Els by four shots when approaching the 15th tee.

McDowell’s view: ‘It’s hard to watch’

posted: 07/23/2012 3:39 a.m.

Thirteen seconds elapsed from the moment Adam Scott anchored the broomstick-length putter to his sternum and watched the 7-foot par putt slide by on the left side of the cup at No. 18, causing his knees to buckle.

Second thoughts

posted: 07/23/2012 3:37 a.m.

Eat less or hang with a lineman ESPN’s Ed Werder sat down with Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen on Saturday in Lake Tahoe, Nev., to discuss the coming season.

Off the wire

posted: 07/23/2012 3:35 a.m.

FOOTBALL Former coach Carlen dies Jim Carlen, who coached South Carolina’s only Heisman Trophy winner and led West Virginia and Texas Tech to success, died Sunday. He was 79.

Surgical robots cutting edge, contentious

posted: 07/23/2012 3:31 a.m.

Dr. John Lenihan sits at a computer console about 20 feet from his hysterectomy patient lying on the operating table.

Mars rover has to stick landing

posted: 07/23/2012 3:27 a.m.

In less than two weeks, an engineer named Ray Baker will be staring into his computer screen late at night at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, hopeful and helpless — or, as he puts it, “sweating blood.” The night will have been 10 years and $2.5 billion in the making, incorporating the work of 5,000 people in 37 states.

Microsoft’s Office to get tablet touch in latest incarnation

posted: 07/23/2012 3:25 a.m.

New versions of Microsoft’s word processing, spreadsheet and e-mail programs will sport touch-based controls and emphasize Internet storage to reflect an industry wide shift away from the company’s strengths in desktop and laptop computers.

Phone app aids charting potholes

posted: 07/23/2012 3:22 a.m.

Boston officials are testing an app called Street Bump that allows a driver to automatically report potholes or other road hazards with a smart phone as soon as he hears a “thud.” The developers of the app say it has sparked interest from other cities in the U.S., Europe, Africa and elsewhere that are imagining other ways to harness the technology.

Yahoo direction uncertain with new CEO

posted: 07/23/2012 3:20 a.m.

Although the hiring of Marissa Mayer as Yahoo Inc.’s new chief executive officer last week was widely praised in Silicon Valley, the choice reignited a long-standing debate over the core business of the once-pioneering but now struggling Internet company.

Apple must admit defeat, judge rules

posted: 07/23/2012 3:18 a.m.

Apple Inc. was ordered by a judge to publish a notice on its U.K. website and in British newspapers alerting people to a ruling that Samsung Electronics Co. didn’t copy designs for the iPad.

IBM shift to software boosts earnings

posted: 07/23/2012 3:16 a.m.

International Business Machines Corp.’s decade-long shift to higher-margin software sales helped the company overcome a slowdown in technology spending last quarter and boost its full-year earnings forecast.

TiVo agrees to acquire ad-research company

posted: 07/23/2012 3:14 a.m.

TiVo Inc., a maker of digital video recorders, has agreed to buy TRA Inc., a research company that links households’ TV viewing to purchasing habits, for about $20 million to improve analytics.

ON COMPUTERS: Programs convert files, help get close to nature

posted: 07/23/2012 3:13 a.m.

If you think new programs are a tad expensive, how about some free ones? Can’t beat the price.

Drug court offers faith-based options

posted: 07/23/2012 3 a.m.

One of the first defendants in what would become Garland County District Judge Ralph Ohm’s drug court arrived at the courthouse wearing a yellow do-rag, a jean jacket and a pair of green parachute pants she had found in a trash bin.

Technology news in brief

posted: 07/23/2012 3 a.m.

Rise in semiconductor sales foreseen Semiconductor revenue worldwide will grow 4.6 percent to $315 billion this year, helped by strong demand for smart phones, tablets and automotive electronics, according to a report last week from research firm IDC.

Blind school tells Easter Seals: Vacate

posted: 07/23/2012 3 a.m.

The 52,000-square-foot building on Lee Avenue in the Hillcrest neighborhood is nearly empty. The paint on the outside is flaking off and vines are growing up the sides.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 07/23/2012 2:59 a.m.

ARKADELPHIA Debbi Kaye Byrd (dba June Bugs), P.O. Box 544, July 18, 2012, Chapter 13.

Movin’ and groovin’

posted: 07/23/2012 2:54 a.m.

The lovely, smiling ladies dancing up a sweat to Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Pitbull, One Direction and Rihanna could be your mother, your grandmother, maybe your former teacher.

ROCK HARD: Boulder therapy? C’mon, get a grip!

posted: 07/23/2012 2:41 a.m.

In the preface to her book Bouldering USA, Alli Rainey Wendling suggests rock climbing could be the nation’s antidote to depression.

Radiation least part of Parker spider bite

posted: 07/23/2012 2:37 a.m.

The Amazing Spider-Man retells the origins of Marvel’s wall crawling superhero. In the comic, a bite from a radioactive spider gives Peter Parker strength, agility and — in some versions of the story — the ability to shoot webbing out of his wrist.

New workouts

posted: 07/23/2012 2:36 a.m.

Title: Kids Get Movin’ Have we seen that before? Yes, this is a rerelease of a disc from 2006.

Knee replacement surgery outpaces arthritis rate

posted: 07/23/2012 2:33 a.m.

If you live long enough — that is, beyond 50 or 60 — chances are one or more of your joints, probably your knees or hips, will become arthritic. And if pain or stiffness begin to limit your ability to enjoy life and perform routine tasks, chances are you’ll consider replacing the troublesome joint.

Lusty eaters who stay thin subjects of study

posted: 07/23/2012 2:30 a.m.

Maureen Michael likes food. Most days, she has three or four meals, and on occasion she eats yet another in the middle of the night. But she rarely worries about her weight, and at 5-foot-8 and 155 pounds, she looks quite trim.

CPR no longer mouth to mouth

posted: 07/23/2012 2:29 a.m.

The American Heart Association estimates that 70 percent of Americans do not know how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

141ST BRITISH OPEN: Els wins as Scott flails at British Open

posted: 07/23/2012 2:29 a.m.

Crushingly for Adam Scott, he was absolutely correct.

MASTER CLASS: Ignored psoas need combo of exercises

posted: 07/23/2012 2:26 a.m.

Frankly, fitness programs and exercise equipment tend to address the eight major muscle groups on each side of the torso, arms and legs. While these muscle groups are certainly the largest, many tiny support muscles are also involved in the musculoskeletal system.

Paterno statue gone, sanctions on way

posted: 07/23/2012 2:25 a.m.

The statue of Joe Paterno was taken down from outside the Penn State football stadium Sunday, the same day the NCAA announced it would be issuing sanctions against the university whose top officials were accused in a report of burying child sex abuse allegations against a now-convicted retired assistant.


posted: 07/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

So, chuckle-worthy sitcoms got their praise in the last contest. Now it’s time to break out the tissues.


posted: 07/23/2012 2:21 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your imaginative powers put you in the spotlight. Ebullient attitudes rule August. Personal and professional endeavors ignite your passion. You’ll make tough demands of yourself in September, and as long as they are in line with what you enjoy, you’ll be successful.


posted: 07/23/2012 2:19 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I have a complaint about my doctor’s office. They requested and wrote down the phone number to reach me in the daytime because I work full time, as many people do. Lo and behold, they leave messages on my home phone.


posted: 07/23/2012 2:18 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: If Jesus died to pay for all our sins (as the Bible says), then why do we still have to confess them and commit our lives to Him to be saved? Isn’t salvation supposed to be a free gift from God? — J.H.

Super Quiz: Nothing

posted: 07/23/2012 2:17 a.m.

1. Benjamin Franklin quote about death and taxes. 2. Line that follows “Blue skies smiling at me.” 3. Last line of the film Grand Hotel: “People come, people go, ————” 4. U.S. political party of the 1850s.

Sunday, July 22

Man spends 50 years caring for the Cave City dead

posted: 07/22/2012 3:48 p.m.

Hubert Dickey has spent the last 50 years taking care of the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Cave City.

Miller to serve as chief judge in eastern Arkansas

posted: 07/22/2012 2:37 p.m.

A federal judge who weighed in on a long-running desegregation case last year will soon take over as the chief judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Wreck on 1-40 Eastbound could cause delays

posted: 07/22/2012 2:16 p.m.

Arkansas State Police have confirmed that an accident occurred on Interstate 40 near Mayflower on Sunday afternoon around 1:45 p.m.

Texas police officer killed by suspected drunk driver

posted: 07/22/2012 1:33 p.m.

A police officer returning home after his shift has died after colliding with a suspected drunk driver in Johnson County south of Fort Worth.

Fayetteville nursing home to close in 60 days

posted: 07/22/2012 1:25 p.m.

Officials with Washington Regional Medical Center say the medical facilities nursing home — City Hospital in Fayetteville — will be closed.

Japan probes alleged cover-up at nuclear plant

posted: 07/22/2012 1:02 p.m.

Japanese authorities are investigating subcontractors on suspicion that they forced workers at the tsunami-hit nuclear plant to underreport the amount of radiation they were exposed to so they could stay on the job longer.

Ernie Els wins stunning Open when Scott collapses

posted: 07/22/2012 12:35 p.m.

Ernie Els has won his fourth major championship in an astonishing finish, rallying to beat Adam Scott in the British Open when the Aussie bogeyed the last four holes.

8-year-old killed in fatal crash in New Orleans

posted: 07/22/2012 12:23 p.m.

Police say an 8-year-old boy was killed when a sport utility vehicle he was in lost control in a curve in an off ramp of Interstate 10 in eastern New Orleans.

11 record highs set Saturday in Arkansas, 3 tied

posted: 07/22/2012 11:58 a.m.

The National Weather Service reports 11 record high temperatures for July 21 were recorded across Arkansas and three other record highs were tied.

Officials hoping for safe convention in Tampa

posted: 07/22/2012 11:56 a.m.

Tampa has hosted four Super Bowls, but the protesters expected to cram into the city for the Republican National Convention will be a different sort of crowd.

Feinstein: Election year not ideal for gun debate

posted: 07/22/2012 11:51 a.m.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein says the nation needs to have a “sane” discussion on gun control and ban military-style assault weapons.

Fire at Valero refinery in Meraux extinguished

posted: 07/22/2012 11:47 a.m.

Authorities say a three-alarm fire that broke out early Sunday morning at the Valero refinery here did not cause any injuries or force any evacuations.

Credit line blocked for bloated Jefferson project

posted: 07/22/2012 11:39 a.m.

Rep. Cameron Henry has blocked the use of almost $10 million in lines of credit intended for the Jefferson Performing Arts Center, saying he wants Jefferson Parish officials to explain why the project costs have skyrocketed.

Congress candidate claims India presidential win

posted: 07/22/2012 10:54 a.m.

The candidate from India's governing Congress party, former Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, has claimed victory in the election for the country's next president, a largely ceremonial position.

Obama to comfort families of movie theater victims

posted: 07/22/2012 10:38 a.m.

President Barack Obama again steps into the role of consoler-in-chief during a visit Sunday with distraught families of those gunned down in a minute and a half of horror at a midnight movie showing in Colorado.

Early voting begins for Texans, turnout will be critical

posted: 07/22/2012 10:34 a.m.

Early voting for the Texas primary runoffs begins Monday, and well-funded candidates will blitz the airwaves with ads and local politicians will be going door-to-door and working the phones to bring out the vote.

Middle Tennessee cities look to use more technology

posted: 07/22/2012 10:31 a.m.

Cities throughout Middle Tennessee are looking to use more technology, but cost is a barrier for many.

2 swimmers drown in rough Florida current

posted: 07/22/2012 10:29 a.m.

Lifeguards are warning beachgoers of dangerous rip currents after two swimmers drowned and a third died from a heart attack after being rescued in Panama City Beach.

Colorado governor: Police learning more about Holmes

posted: 07/22/2012 9:39 a.m.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says the mass killing of a dozen people and wounding of another 58 at a movie theater may not have been political terrorism, but it was the act of a deranged, demonic person who wanted to create intense fear.

Penn State president orders Paterno statue removal

posted: 07/22/2012 9:32 a.m.

Penn State University will remove the famed statue of Joe Paterno outside its football stadium, eliminating a key piece of the iconography surrounding the once-sainted football coach accused of burying child sex abuse allegations against a retired assistant.

Study: Voter ID could harm 48,000 Mississippi residents

posted: 07/22/2012 9:27 a.m.

Mississippians could make up 10 percent of all Americans impeded from voting by new voter identification laws.

Kids left to Camp Hamas

posted: 07/22/2012 4:49 a.m.

The Islamic militant Hamas has won a battle with the U.N. over the hearts of Gaza’s children, moving unopposed into the summer camp sector this year after the world body ran out of money.

City mourns, danger eases in Colorado

posted: 07/22/2012 4:49 a.m.

Federal and local authorities disarmed the booby-trapped apartment Saturday of a man suspected in last week’s deadly mass shooting at a movie theater.

Murdoch resigns string of positions

posted: 07/22/2012 4:47 a.m.

After more than a year of scandal in his British newspaper empire, Rupert Murdoch has resigned his directorships in a string of companies that control titles that include The Sun tabloid, The Times and The Sunday Times, raising fresh speculation of an eventual sale of the newspapers that were a major steppingstone during the decades in which he built his global media empire.

Man held in LA-area stabbings

posted: 07/22/2012 4:46 a.m.

Police arrested a suspect in the stabbings of three Los Angeles-area homeless people in recent weeks, a man they said goes by a name signed on “death warrants” found with the wounded victims.

Costa Rica tops the happiness chart

posted: 07/22/2012 4:46 a.m.

An advertisement that greets passengers at the international airport in San Jose says, “Welcome to the happiest country of the world.” Inflated claim? Maybe, but a study indeed ranks Central America’s verdant nation of Costa Rica as the planet’s most content.

Soul of Harlem gone but legacy lives on

posted: 07/22/2012 4:45 a.m.

The marquee loomed dark outside Sylvia’s the night Sylvia Woods, known to so many as the Queen of Soul Food, died at 86.

No-warrant wiretaps raise concerns

posted: 07/22/2012 4:45 a.m.

On “at least one occasion” the federal government violated the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches in using its power to wiretap people in the U.S. without a warrant, a federal court said.

NAACP’s manual guides HIV talk

posted: 07/22/2012 4:44 a.m.

Houston pastor Timothy Sloan has felt for years that he needed to talk about HIV and AIDS with his congregation.

Rebels take fight to key Assad city

posted: 07/22/2012 4:44 a.m.

Riding a wave of momentum, Syrian rebels made a run on Aleppo on Saturday in some of the fiercest fighting seen in the country’s largest city, which has been a key bastion of support for President Bashar Assad over the course of the 17-month-old uprising.

D.C. aggressively tackling HIV, seeing results

posted: 07/22/2012 4:43 a.m.

Angela Byrde, 27, is getting the second HIV test of her life — at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Lab looks at insoles as a step for security

posted: 07/22/2012 4:42 a.m.

A new lab is working to perfect special shoe insoles that can help monitor access to high-security areas, like nuclear power plants or special military bases.

Cuba’s big daiquiri holds record hopes

posted: 07/22/2012 4:42 a.m.

Cuban mixologists whipped up a giant daiquiri Saturday morning in the Old Havana tavern that bills itself as the birthplace of the tropical cocktail and where regular barfly Ernest Hemingway made it popular.

Rebuilding Haiti rife with obstacles

posted: 07/22/2012 4:41 a.m.

The deadly earthquake that leveled Haiti’s capital more than two years ago brought a thread of hope: a promise of renewal. With the United States taking the lead, international donors pledged billions of dollars to help the country “build back better,” breaking its cycle of dependency.

In Norway, tolerance tested

posted: 07/22/2012 4:40 a.m.

Norway’s commitment to face xenophobia with tolerance on the first anniversary of deadly bomb and gun attacks is being put to the test by hostile reactions to an influx of Gypsies from eastern Europe.

2 attacks in Pakistan kill 18; polio worker slain, too

posted: 07/22/2012 4:40 a.m.

A Taliban suicide car bomber attacked a rival militant commander’s compound in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least 10 people, as heavily armed assailants killed eight members of the coast guard in the southwest, officials said.

Sudan accused of South air raid

posted: 07/22/2012 4:39 a.m.

South Sudan’s military spokesman said Saturday that Sudanese warplanes bombed a South Sudanese village just two weeks before a U.N.-imposed deadline on peace and oil negotiations between the two nations.

Suspect recalled as bookish loner

posted: 07/22/2012 4:38 a.m.

James Eagen Holmes came from a well-tended San Diego enclave of two-story homes with redtiled roofs, where neighbors recall him as a clean-cut, studious young man of sparing words.

U.S. cuts military aid to Rwanda

posted: 07/22/2012 4:37 a.m.

The U.S. government said Saturday that it has cut this year’s planned military assistance to Rwanda amid concerns that the government in Kigali is supporting rebel movements in neighboring Congo.

Batman events canceled

posted: 07/22/2012 4:37 a.m.

Warner Bros. Pictures has canceled appearances by the cast and filmmakers of The Dark Knight Rises in Mexico and Japan after Friday’s attack in a Colorado theater during a midnight premiere of the newest Batman movie.

No one has heart to tell mom girl died

posted: 07/22/2012 4:36 a.m.

Ashley Moser drifted in and out of consciousness in the intensive-care unit, bullets lodged in her throat and abdomen. In her waking moments, she called for her 6-year-old daughter, Veronica Moser-Sullivan.

Human-trafficking charges dismissed

posted: 07/22/2012 4:36 a.m.

A federal judge dismissed human-trafficking charges Friday against executives and business associates of a labor-recruiting company accused of exploiting hundreds of farm workers from Thailand by putting them into debt, confiscating their passports and threatening to deport them.

U.S. drug fight moves to a new front - Africa

posted: 07/22/2012 4:35 a.m.

In a significant expansion of the war on drugs, the United States has begun training an elite unit of counternarcotics police in Ghana and planning similar units in Nigeria and Kenya as part of an effort to combat the Latin American trafficking organizations that are increasingly using Africa to smuggle cocaine into Europe.

Some not happy with news of new Great Wall findings

posted: 07/22/2012 4:35 a.m.

Zhang Lingmian was collecting walnuts in the countryside north of Beijing last autumn when a friend from a nearby village mentioned a mysterious structure in the mountains that had stumped locals.

Griffin puts immigration idea on hold

posted: 07/22/2012 4:34 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, who publicly promised in December that he’d introduce legislation easing some immigration restrictions, never filed the paperwork.

Filing for expenses dwindles since suit

posted: 07/22/2012 4:33 a.m.

Nearly four months ago, a lawsuit challenging the Legislature’s system of reimbursing lawmakers for expenses was settled. Since then, the amounts paid have dwindled, largely because fewer than half of the members of the House of Representatives have asked for office-expense reimbursements.

New Orleans rejuvenated, still troubled

posted: 07/22/2012 4:33 a.m.

Carmen Mills had enough. Her husband was carjacked. Then there was a murder on her block in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans, long a rough part of a city that was falling to pieces.

Expanding Medicaid still up in air in Arkansas

posted: 07/22/2012 4:31 a.m.

It’s been a busy month for Arkansas health-care policymakers, politicians and advocates with skin in the Medicaid game as they weigh expanding the program.

Natural-gas jobs no longer solid

posted: 07/22/2012 4:30 a.m.

Howard Miller moved to Arkansas from Texas in 2010 to work as a drilling consultant for Southwestern Energy in the Fayetteville Shale. But after two years with the company, the 62-year-old now will alternate every two weeks between Arkansas and West Virginia, where he will work for another company because he can no longer find enough work in his home state.

Colleges rely heavily on athletic fees

posted: 07/22/2012 4:29 a.m.

When other money falls short, Arkansas universities turn to students to fill out their athletics budgets.

The world in brief

posted: 07/22/2012 4:28 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The concept of build back better is a good one, but we were way over-optimistic about the pace we could do it.” Brian Curran, former U.S. ambassador, on American efforts to help Haiti recover from a 2010 earthquake Article, this page

At peach festival, a fruitless search

posted: 07/22/2012 4:28 a.m.

The theme of the 71st Johnson County Peach Festival was “Peace, Love and Peaches.” On Saturday, organizers had no difficulty delivering the peace and the love.

The nation in brief

posted: 07/22/2012 4:27 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This apartment was designed to kill anyone who entered it. If you think we’re angry, sure as hell we’re angry.” Dan Oates, Aurora, Colo., police chief, on the explosives-laden apartment of theater shooting suspect James Holmes Article, 1A

Reggae parasite rocks at ASU

posted: 07/22/2012 4:27 a.m.

While wading in the Caribbean Sea and studying marine life, Arkansas State University biology professor Paul Sikkel often listens to the music of Bob Marley.

800 names to go, say alcohol-sale backers

posted: 07/22/2012 4:26 a.m.

A Madison County group is trying to gather at least 800 more signatures by Aug. 8 to put the question of alcoholic-beverage sales on the November election ballot.

TV news shows

posted: 07/22/2012 4:26 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock. NBC’s Meet the Press — Hickenlooper ; Michael Chertoff, former secretary of Homeland Security Department; William Bratton, former Los Angeles chief of police; and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, DN.Y. 9 a.m., KARK-TV, Channel 4, Little Rock.

PAPER TRAILS: Cash show airs on TV, hits stores

posted: 07/22/2012 4:25 a.m.

HERE’S JOHNNY! The first Johnny Cash Music Festival, held last August in Jonesboro to raise funds to restore Cash’s boyhood home in Dyess, is airing nationally.

Getting it straight

posted: 07/22/2012 4:25 a.m.

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

Group seeks 1,000 for cancer study

posted: 07/22/2012 4:24 a.m.

The American Cancer Society in Central Arkansas is seeking participants for a cancer study it plans to launch in August.

Names and faces

posted: 07/22/2012 4:24 a.m.

Fred Willard, 72, will be allowed to enroll in counseling courses to resolve a lewd-conduct arrest that cost the actor a television job. The Los Angeles city attorney’s office determined that Willard’s case was eligible for a diversion program that will keep him from being formally charged with lewd conduct if he completes the required courses, said spokesman Frank Mateljan.

LR panel OKs zoning changes in land-use plan

posted: 07/22/2012 4:24 a.m.

The Little Rock Planning Commission approved a series of 24 zoning changes Thursday for the Central Little Rock Land Use Plan.

Principal facing charges in attack

posted: 07/22/2012 4:23 a.m.

Farmington High School Principal Christopher Webb faces felony charges after police reported finding him nude, covered in blood, attacking a woman inside his home Thursday.

In the news

posted: 07/22/2012 4:23 a.m.

Paolo Gabriele, Pope Benedict XVI’s butler who was jailed on suspicion of stealing and leaking Vatican documents, has been released from custody and placed under house arrest pending a decision on whether he will stand trial.

Bail $1 million for 2 LR shooting suspects

posted: 07/22/2012 4:22 a.m.

Bail was set Friday at $1 million each for the two men accused of killing a man and wounding two others in a shooting Tuesday in Little Rock.


posted: 07/22/2012 4:21 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball are: 9-31-38-54-56 Powerball: 20 Estimated jackpot: $110 million

Man arrested minutes after bank robbed

posted: 07/22/2012 4:21 a.m.

Lawrence County sheriff deputies arrested a man 11 minutes after authorities said he robbed the Citizens Bank at Imboden on Friday, Sheriff Jody Dotson said.

Pickup crash kills Quitman woman

posted: 07/22/2012 4:20 a.m.

A Quitman woman died after she was thrown from her truck in a single-vehicle accident near Quitman on Friday morning, according to a preliminary report from the Arkansas State Police.


posted: 07/22/2012 4:20 a.m.

Peter Williamson said he had a good feeling as he watched his 25-foot birdie putt roll toward the cup on the third playoff hole Saturday in the final round of the 106th Southern Amateur Championship.

Civil War event deadline relaxed

posted: 07/22/2012 4:19 a.m.

The registration deadline has been extended to Friday for a Civil War symposium in Fayetteville scheduled for Aug. 9-11, an Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission official announced.

Charles Francis Lewis Jr.: Told Ben Hogan: ‘We’ll play even’

posted: 07/22/2012 4:19 a.m.

When he played a round against golf legend Ben Hogan, Charles “Junior” Lewis refused the strokes offered by Hogan.

OUR TOWN: North Little Rock notebook

posted: 07/22/2012 4:18 a.m.

Lamanpalooza party set Aug. 3 Lamanpalooza, the Laman Library’s annual end-of-summer-reading celebration, will be from 5-8 :30 p.m. Aug. 3 at the library, 2801 Orange St. in North Little Rock.

Quitman logger sentenced to 18 months

posted: 07/22/2012 4:17 a.m.

Quitman logger Tracy Clemons was sentenced Friday to 18 months in federal prison and was ordered to repay $228,463.80 to Deltic Timber Corp. of El Dorado in connection with his November jury conviction for stealing wood from the company.

Scott soaring, leading by 4

posted: 07/22/2012 4:15 a.m.

The ball tumbled over the edge of a pot bunker and appeared to put Adam Scott in the worst spot he had been all day at the British Open on Saturday.

OUR TOWN: Little Rock notebook

posted: 07/22/2012 4:15 a.m.

New wastewater budget approved The Little Rock Sanitary Sewer Committee approved a revised version of the Little Rock Wastewater Utility’s 2012 budget, partly because of a delay in passing a rate increase.

Education notebook

posted: 07/22/2012 4:10 a.m.

County schools’ faster Net nearer Internet service to several Pulaski County Special School District schools is on the verge of becoming faster and more powerful.

SEC PREVIEW ALABAMA: Tide aim to stay on latest glory roll

posted: 07/22/2012 4:08 a.m.

Alabama, eager to pile on to its football glory, would like to bypass a lull like the one from 2010 and deliver back-to-back BCS national championships.

LIKE IT IS: Wilson’s toughness an enduring trademark

posted: 07/22/2012 4:04 a.m.

Tyler Wilson has been a rock.

COMMENTARY: ‘Linsanity’ doesn’t belong in Houston

posted: 07/22/2012 4:01 a.m.

If 100 people were asked whether the New York Knicks were smart to let Jeremy Lin leave for the Houston Rockets, half might say yes.

Getting it straight

posted: 07/22/2012 4 a.m.

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

TOUR DE FRANCE: Favored Wiggins wraps up victory with ‘bang’

posted: 07/22/2012 4 a.m.

For Bradley Wiggins, the champagne on the Champs-Elysees is about to flow.


posted: 07/22/2012 3:57 a.m.

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

Patrick looks for another good run

posted: 07/22/2012 3:57 a.m.

Chicagoland Speedway is about the closest thing Danica Patrick has to a home track in NASCAR.

Other days

posted: 07/22/2012 3:56 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 22, 1912 The corner stone of the Pulaski Heights M.E. church, South, was laid at 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon with appropriate exercises in the presence of several hundred people, mostly residents of that suburb.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Missouri lineman, defensive end impress at camp

posted: 07/22/2012 3:54 a.m.

Arkansas’ football prospect camp for juniors and senior drew a wealth of talent, including newly committed Pulaski Academy tight end Hunter Henry, who watched the camp with his parents.

Buescher takes over on last lap to win

posted: 07/22/2012 3:53 a.m.

James Buescher took the lead from Timothy Peters on the last lap, then held off a charge from Brendan Gaughan to win the NASCAR truck series race at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday night.

Dollins paces Tigers to title

posted: 07/22/2012 3:51 a.m.

Bentonville Coach Barry Lunney has confidence in first-year starting quarterback Reese Dollins.

SEC report: SEC guru still fitting schedules

posted: 07/22/2012 3:47 a.m.

SEC adviser Larry Templeton, who is heading up a transition committee that is dealing with scheduling issues caused by the conference’s expansion to 14 teams, said the intradivisional home and road games this season will have no bearing on 2013.

LIFELONG HEALTH: Affordable Care Act poses financial puzzle

posted: 07/22/2012 3:44 a.m.

Whether you are celebrating or upset, it is clear that for the moment the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. Americans, liberal and conservative, have significant reservations for numerous different reasons.

High school football report: Coaches may extend down time

posted: 07/22/2012 3:43 a.m.

The Arkansas Activities Association will probably survey member schools next spring regarding the extension of the summer dead period for athletes from two weeks to three weeks, AAA Executive Director Lance Taylor said.


posted: 07/22/2012 3:42 a.m.

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Major 7-on-7 summer tournaments

posted: 07/22/2012 3:41 a.m.

JUNE 1 Slingin’ in the South, Arkansas-Monticello El Dorado 30, Stuttgart 7

Judy Kohn Tenenbaum

posted: 07/22/2012 3:40 a.m.

Judy Tenenbaum hopes a little theater on the north side of the Arkansas River can help close the divide between the capital and its spunky twin city.

Dance class spins into center

posted: 07/22/2012 3:38 a.m.

What started as a 2-yearold’s desire to take dance lessons like her big sister has gone from tiny classes taught at East End Elementary School to a program with its own brand-new building.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Survey says AGFC employees don’t like leaders

posted: 07/22/2012 3:38 a.m.

Unveiling the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s much-awaited employee morale survey provided palpable drama in the commission’s boardroom Wednesday.

LAUDED AT LUNCH: A bank for life-saving

posted: 07/22/2012 3:38 a.m.

Two state legislators were applauded July 10 for their work on behalf of the Cord Blood Bank of Arkansas.

DRESSING ROOM: Rhea Lana consignment sets back-to-school sale

posted: 07/22/2012 3:37 a.m.

Has the “recovering” economy not recovered yet for you... or your children, for whom you must find school clothes as the “good ol’ golden rule days” approach ? Good thing Rhea Lana’s Children’s Consignment of Greater Little Rock is having its Back to School Event.

Bow fit remains more important than power in archery

posted: 07/22/2012 3:36 a.m.

Professional archers are experts on gear, but a beginner looking to get into the sport can get overwhelmed by the broad selection of modern equipment.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: Spunky little waitress got his respect, a ring

posted: 07/22/2012 3:36 a.m.

Michael Wimsett wasn’t exactly being a model customer the day Erma Henson met him. In fact, she demanded that her boss throw him out of the restaurant where she worked.

Fishing foursome

posted: 07/22/2012 3:35 a.m.

If two is company and three is a crowd, what is four?

‘Real women’ gain currency in TV ads

posted: 07/22/2012 3:34 a.m.

The thin woman in the red bathing suit in some of the Special K cereal commercials can quit checking herself out in the mirror now. She can even start her day with a Danish!

Governor’s Award

posted: 07/22/2012 3:34 a.m.

Mark Sloan, Rachel Eaton and Meredith Williams, finalists for the Arkansas 4-H Governor’s Award, had lunch with Gov. Mike Beebe on July 9 at the Governor’s Mansion.

PRETTY IN PINK: Here’s to the heroes!

posted: 07/22/2012 3:33 a.m.

Named Hot Pink Heroes, 12 teams and 47 individuals were recognized July 13 as top fundraisers for the Komen Arkansas Race for the Cure at a luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion.

DEAR ABBY: Husband worked up about clothes wife wears to office

posted: 07/22/2012 3:33 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I’m married to the love of my life. My wife is a beautiful woman, 50 years old, in great shape and she looks 35. My problem is whenever we go out, if I ask her to wear something sexy for me, she always says, “I’m too old to dress like that” and refuses.

Bridal policy

posted: 07/22/2012 3:31 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.


posted: 07/22/2012 3:30 a.m.

Mary Margaret Burnett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis R. Burnett of Little Rock, and Deven Michael Harris, son of Charlene Harris of Morrison, Tenn., and Michael Harris of Anchorage, Ala.; Sept. 1.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Pirates, Burnett continue rolls, win wacky one

posted: 07/22/2012 3:29 a.m.

A Pittsburgh fan would have to be well into his 20s to remember a Pirates team this good. They would have to be a little older to recall an inning quite like the one that lifted their team to yet another victory Saturday.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Travs win, lose Segura to Angels

posted: 07/22/2012 3:28 a.m.

The Arkansas Travelers got a victory and a loss at Dickey-Stephens in North Little Rock on Saturday.


posted: 07/22/2012 3:26 a.m.

WHO’S HOT MICHAEL FAULKNER (Arkansas State) saw his batting average rise to.213. In 10 at-bats during 4 games, Faulkner scored 3 runs on 4 hits and had 1 RBI and 2 stolen bases.

Santo’s induction worth clicking heels

posted: 07/22/2012 3:25 a.m.

Ron Santo once promised that if the Chicago Cubs ever won the World Series, he would go out on the grass at Wrigley Field, leap up and click his two prosthetic heels.

British Open report

posted: 07/22/2012 3:22 a.m.

No Brits in range of leader — The week began with hopes of the first English winner of a British Open in England since Tony Jacklin at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 1969. Going into the final round, the best hope is the No. 1 player in the world.

Schembechler’s loss is Hall of Fame’s gain

posted: 07/22/2012 3:21 a.m.

Barry Larkin, an honor student and a two sport standout in his senior year at Cincinnati’s Moeller High School, went to the University of Michigan on a scholarship to play for coach Bo Schembechler’s Wolverines.

Spreading darkness not slowing down Stallings

posted: 07/22/2012 3:19 a.m.

Scott Stallings trudged back to the clubhouse after making par on the 10th hole, his third round suspended because of the darkness that enveloped Annandale Golf Club.

Adorned attendant’s dress fits practical bride just fine

posted: 07/22/2012 3:19 a.m.

I’m practical. Never dreamed of having a lavish gown. Didn’t want to endure a long hunt for bargains.