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New York seventh graders recieve suspension for bullying

posted: 06/30/2012 4:37 p.m.

Four seventh-grade students from upstate New York who were caught on video mercilessly taunting a 68-year-old bus monitor have received their punishment.

Saline County fire causes evacuations

posted: 06/30/2012 4:33 p.m.

The Arch Street fire department and the Office of Emergency Management are currently working on containing a fire in Saline County, according to Sgt. Theodore Haase with the Pulaski County sheriff's office.

National Guard helps patrol Colorado fire damage

posted: 06/30/2012 2:59 p.m.

More than 150 National Guard soldiers and airmen are helping Colorado Springs police staff roadblocks and patrol streets after a deadly wildfire killed two people and destroyed nearly 350 homes.

Prisoner injures self after escape attempt

posted: 06/30/2012 2:57 p.m.

A convicted rapist from Sebastian County serving a 13-year prison sentence slashed his wrists and throat after seeing he was about to get caught during an escape attempt.

Two inmates charged in jail fire

posted: 06/30/2012 12:46 p.m.

The Rapides Parish sheriff says two inmates have been accused of burning a hole in a window so they could lower a string to an accomplice on the street and reel up drugs to prisoners and in the process started a fire.

Entergy Arkansas crews assist in storm recovery

posted: 06/30/2012 12:32 p.m.

About 140 Entergy Arkansas workers departed Saturday morning from statewide Entergy service centers to assist in power restoration following violent storms in the Eastern part of the United States.

Mali: Islamists attack Timbuktu heritage sites

posted: 06/30/2012 12:03 p.m.

A resident of the northern Mali city of Timbuktu says Islamists who control the town are trying to destroy tombs classified as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Fire danger ’extreme’ across Arkansas

posted: 06/30/2012 11:19 a.m.

The Arkansas Forestry Commission has listed the entire state to be at “extreme” risk of wildfires, the most severe warning category for fire.

Sebastian County deputy arrested for jail smuggling

posted: 06/30/2012 11:15 a.m.

A Sebastian County sheriff’s deputy faces three felony charges for allegedly smuggling a cellphone and other items into the county jail.

Syrian troops recover rebellious Damascus suburb

posted: 06/30/2012 10:23 a.m.

Syrian troops have regained control of a rebellious Damascus suburb after a 10-day assault that left dozens dead, hundreds wounded and caused a major humanitarian crisis, activists said Saturday.

Some Democrats remain skittish about health care

posted: 06/30/2012 10:21 a.m.

The constitutional win for President Barack Obama and Democrats on health care overhaul is reopening political cuts within the party.

Storms knock out power of 2M across eastern US

posted: 06/30/2012 10:13 a.m.

Violent storms swept through the eastern part of the United States Friday night, killing a northern Virginia woman when a tree fell onto her home, damaging subway cars in Washington, D.C., and knocking out power to more than 2 million people in the middle of a heat wave.

Arkansas officials say heat causes cattle deaths

posted: 06/30/2012 9:37 a.m.

University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service officials say the record heat has contributed to the deaths of cattle and other livestock in the state.

Iran: Selling oil 'easily’ despite sanctions

posted: 06/30/2012 9:35 a.m.

Iran says it is having no trouble selling oil despite U.S. sanctions imposed over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program.

Arkansas highway officials urge caution on July 4

posted: 06/30/2012 9:20 a.m.

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department says motorists should use extra care and attention as they travel through highway work zones over the Independence Day holiday.

Justice Department: No crime, so Holder won’t be prosecuted

posted: 06/30/2012 6 a.m.

The Justice Department declared Friday that Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to withhold information about a bungled gun-tracking operation from Congress does not constitute a crime and he won’t be prosecuted for contempt of Congress.

Highway measure clears Congress, goes to Obama

posted: 06/30/2012 5:58 a.m.

Congress on Friday cleared a bill that will keep money flowing for highway and mass-transit projects for the next 27 months. Lawmakers acted a day before the programs were to expire.

GOP looks at fast-track repeal

posted: 06/30/2012 5:56 a.m.

Should they win control of both chambers of Congress and the White House in November, Republicans say they would consider using a fast-track budget process to repeal parts of President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare overhaul.

Obama flies in, sees ruin in Colorado

posted: 06/30/2012 5:55 a.m.

Firefighters searching for bodies in the nearly 350 homes burned by the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history found a second body Friday at a residence where another person was discovered dead earlier.

GI-killing suspect denied trial delay

posted: 06/30/2012 5:51 a.m.

A military judge ruled Friday against delaying the trial of the Fort Hood shooting suspect, an Army psychiatrist who remains banned from the courtroom because his beard violates Army regulations.

States look to ditch Medicaid expansion

posted: 06/30/2012 5:50 a.m.

Republicans in at least four states want to abandon an expansion of Medicaid in President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, and more than a dozen other states are considering it in the wake of the Supreme Court decision removing the threat of federal penalties.

Senate confirms top nuke regulator

posted: 06/30/2012 5:48 a.m.

The Senate on Friday confirmed Allison Macfarlane to lead the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as it grapples with aging reactors, long-term atomic waste disposal and a response to last year’s disaster in Japan.

Roberts’ health-care vote stuns both sides

posted: 06/30/2012 5:47 a.m.

When he was up for confirmation to the Supreme Court, John Roberts famously compared his job to an umpire in baseball, making sure that everybody plays by the rules.

Judge blocks release of Manson-case tapes

posted: 06/30/2012 5:45 a.m.

A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the release of tapes to the Los Angeles Police Department that investigators believe could shed new light on unsolved murders connected to Charles Manson and his followers.

Bail for Zimmerman argued at hearing

posted: 06/30/2012 5:44 a.m.

George Zimmerman’s lawyer sparred with prosecutors over the former neighborhood-watch volunteer’s finances Friday in a lengthy hearing that concluded with a judge saying he would need more time to decide whether to grant him bail again.

High court rejects indecency case

posted: 06/30/2012 5:42 a.m.

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to consider an appeal by the Federal Communications Commission of an appeals court ruling that overturned the agency’s fine against CBS for its broadcasting a fleeting image of singer Janet Jackson’s breast during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show.

Charles sees princely rise in U.K. government pay

posted: 06/30/2012 5:41 a.m.

Prince Charles got a bit more costly for British taxpayers in the past year, according to palace figures released Friday.

‘Mariah’s Act’ aims for safer driving

posted: 06/30/2012 5:39 a.m.

Arkansan Merry Dye has some simple advice for people who like to text while driving: “Turn your phone off and put it away.” Now the federal government is poised to spend more than $100 million to help Dye spread her message. On Friday, as part of a broad highway spending bill, the House and Senate passed “Mariah’s Act,” legislation named for Dye’s daughter Mariah West, an 18-year old from Rogers who died in a car crash while she was texting with friends.

Judge OKs worship in schools in N.Y.

posted: 06/30/2012 5:37 a.m.

New York can’t refuse to allow religious groups to use city public schools for worship services, a federal judge ruled in a lawsuit brought by a Bronx church.

Space crew returns to China after 13-day mission

posted: 06/30/2012 5:36 a.m.

China’s first female astronaut and two other crew members emerged smiling from a capsule that returned safely to Earth on Friday from a 13-day mission to an orbiting module that is a prototype for a future space station.

Egypt’s leader forewarns military

posted: 06/30/2012 5:34 a.m.

In front of tens of thousands of cheering supporters, Egypt’s first Islamist and civilian president-elect vowed Friday to fight for his authority and symbolically read an oath of office on Cairo’s Tahrir Square on the eve of his official inauguration.

Kenya envoy exits ahead of audit report

posted: 06/30/2012 5:32 a.m.

The U.S. ambassador to Kenya, once a confidant of President Barack Obama, abruptly announced Friday — days before the release of an internal audit — that he was resigning, citing “differences with Washington.” His departure will leave the top embassy post vacant at a time when Kenya is increasingly being drawn into a battle with militant Islam.

Militants hit Afghan compound, kill 10

posted: 06/30/2012 5:31 a.m.

Suicide bombers blew themselves up at the gate of a government compound in eastern Afghanistan before dawn Friday, opening the way for armed insurgents to storm the facility and touching off an hours-long gun battle that left 10 people dead, officials said.

Syrians see bloodiest day of year

posted: 06/30/2012 5:30 a.m.

Syria’s opposition Friday reported the deadliest 24-hour period so far in the uprising against President Bashar Assad and said rebel fighters had seized two Syrian generals, one of them the highest-ranking officer to fall into insurgent hands.

Church of Nativity joins endangered list

posted: 06/30/2012 5:29 a.m.

The Palestinians on Friday persuaded the U.N. cultural agency to list the Church of the Nativity — the place where Christians believe Jesus was born — as an endangered World Heritage site despite misgivings by churches in charge of the basilica.

The world in brief

posted: 06/30/2012 5:27 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Differences with Washington regarding my leadership style and certain priorities lead me to believe that it’s now time to leave.” Scott Gration on resigning as the U.S. ambassador to Kenya Article, this page

Getting it straight

posted: 06/30/2012 5:26 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 06/30/2012 5:26 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Everything you put water on, it was just swallowing it.” Rich Rexach, a firefighter battling a blaze that destroyed nearly 350 homes near Colorado Springs, Colo., making it the most destructive wildfire in the state’s history Article, 1A

Names and faces

posted: 06/30/2012 5:25 a.m.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are divorcing, bringing an end to one of Hollywood’s most unexpected marriages. After five years of marriage, Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise on Thursday, said Cruise’s lawyer Bert Fields.

In the news

posted: 06/30/2012 5:24 a.m.

Savannah Guthrie, 40, a lawyer and former White House correspondent for NBC News, was named as Matt Lauer’s co-host for the Today show, one day after Ann Curry’s tearful exit.

U.S. grants state waiver on No Child

posted: 06/30/2012 5:23 a.m.

Arkansas schools and school districts are now excused from complying with the key provision of the federal No Child Left Behind Act that requires 100 percent of public school students to score at grade level on state math and literacy exams by 2013-14.

Threat by Pryor flushes step on flood insurance out of bill

posted: 06/30/2012 5:21 a.m.

With lawmakers set to leave the Capitol for Congress’ July Fourth recess, Sen. Mark Pryor threatened to derail a combination of bills to force removal of a provision that would have required tens of thousands of Arkansans to buy federal flood insurance.

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Feel free to offer road input

posted: 06/30/2012 5:16 a.m.

Dear Mahatma: I wonder if Little Rock has a priority list of needed road improvements. Specifically, when will Kanis Road be straightened and widened? If improved, Kanis could be a major artery and an alternate to Chenal Parkway. — Margaret

Crews, aircraft combat wildfire

posted: 06/30/2012 5:15 a.m.

More than 560 acres burned in Clark and Hot Spring counties in fires that started early Friday afternoon. At least five structures were destroyed as of Friday evening, although none were homes.

Ray Winder Field coming down

posted: 06/30/2012 5:14 a.m.

A piece of Little Rock history toppled to the ground Friday as the red jaws of a demolition excavator splintered the bleachers at Ray Winder Field, the home of the Arkansas Travelers’ Class AA baseball team for more than 70 years.

State works on plan to refinance student loans

posted: 06/30/2012 5:13 a.m.

Arkansas is planning when and how to refinance $194 million in student loans in the private market when a federal loan program expires in 2014.

LR’s fire marshals on fireworks watch

posted: 06/30/2012 5:12 a.m.

The Little Rock Fire Department will have fire marshals patrolling the streets this weekend and leading up to the Fourth of July in search of people using fireworks in the city limits during the countywide burn ban.

Whirlpool workers say goodbye

posted: 06/30/2012 5:11 a.m.

It was a white, 25-foot, side-by-side refrigerator with ice and water spigots on the freezer door.

Medicaid’s expansion now decision for state

posted: 06/30/2012 5:05 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul this week also delivered a big decision for Gov. Mike Beebe: whether to allow Arkansas to participate in an expansion of Medicaid. Beebe is expected to address the issue at a Monday news conference, said Matt DeCample, the governor’s spokesman.

State group honors 2 newspaper editors

posted: 06/30/2012 5:04 a.m.

The Arkansas Press Association honored Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editors Danny Shameer and Bill Simmons with service awards at its 2012 Super Convention in downtown Little Rock.

Can’t answer contract query, McDaniel says

posted: 06/30/2012 5:03 a.m.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said he doesn’t have the authority to answer certain questions about a scratch-off ticket contract held by the state Lottery.

Irascible England man forced chase, officers say

posted: 06/30/2012 5:03 a.m.

After a night of drinking and setting off fireworks inside his home, an England man led authorities across county lines in a high-speed pursuit early Thursday morning before he was arrested, deputies said.

Guard unit to head to Texas base for training

posted: 06/30/2012 5:02 a.m.

The Arkansas National Guard’s 1039th Engineer Company will say goodbye to Arkansas this morning and head to Fort Bliss, Texas, the last stop before it deploys to Afghanistan.

Man admits his guilt in conspiracy, gets 18 years

posted: 06/30/2012 5:01 a.m.

Johnny Hubbard, one of four defendants charged in the killing of a Jonesboro businessman last August, pleaded guilty Friday in Craighead County Circuit Court.

Pulaski Tech picks its next president

posted: 06/30/2012 5 a.m.

The Pulaski Technical College board of trustees selected a Wisconsin educator on Friday to serve as the college’s next president.

Truck hits van, killing PB man

posted: 06/30/2012 4:59 a.m.

A Pine Bluff man was killed Thursday afternoon when his van was struck by a truck in Gould, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality accident report.

Appeal filed after slander suit tossed

posted: 06/30/2012 4:58 a.m.

A slander suit filed against two members of the Hot Springs Board of Directors in April 2011 has been dismissed, but an appeal has been filed with the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Shortage forces community to ban all outdoor water use

posted: 06/30/2012 4:57 a.m.

The Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association has banned all outdoor water use until further notice because the community’s distribution system is in “critical condition.” A large water-main break discovered early Friday contributed to the problem, General Manager Scott Randall said.

Russellville urged to cut water usage

posted: 06/30/2012 4:57 a.m.

Struggling to keep up with the demand for water amid a drought and 100-degree temperatures, Russellville’s water utility asked customers Friday to avoid watering yards during peak hours.

Arson ruled out in Kensett blaze

posted: 06/30/2012 4:56 a.m.

The cause of a January fire that destroyed four buildings in Kensett has been ruled undetermined, authorities said.

Council postpones vote on alcohol tax

posted: 06/30/2012 4:55 a.m.

The Bryant City Council has postponed voting on an ordinance that would allow voters to decide whether they want to establish a tax on alcohol sold in the city’s restaurants and private clubs with alcohol permits.

Municipal league elects new officers

posted: 06/30/2012 4:54 a.m.

The Arkansas Municipal League elected Camden Mayor Chris Claybaker as president and Pea Ridge Mayor Jackie Crabtree as first vice president in its new slate of officers for 2012-13, a news release said.

For helping 2 flee police, fine $1,000

posted: 06/30/2012 4:54 a.m.

A 27-year-old Little Rock man has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor hindering-apprehension charge for his role in helping two murder suspects elude authorities.

Air worries prompt UCA to install fans

posted: 06/30/2012 4:53 a.m.

Summer classes that normally would have been held in the University of Central Arkansas’ A.E. Burdick Hall will be moved to other buildings on campus so the school can install ceiling fans in classrooms.

Police beat

posted: 06/30/2012 4:51 a.m.

Paper carrier held in break-in tries Police said an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette deliveryman was arrested after he was caught on an apartment complex security camera trying to break into cars while on his route.

Mega Millions

posted: 06/30/2012 4:50 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 28-34-39-45-53 Mega Ball: 34 Estimated jackpot: $75 million Megaplier: 04

Getting it straight

posted: 06/30/2012 4:49 a.m.

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

Daily record

posted: 06/30/2012 4:49 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.

Other days

posted: 06/30/2012 4:48 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 30, 1912 FORT SMITH — After a preliminary hearing Everett Halstead, a well-known local loan man, who was arrested on complaint of C.T. Mitchell, an attorney of Stigler, Okla., who charged Halstead had stolen a diamond ring from him while Mitchell was negotiating a $1,000 loan, was dismissed by Justice Fisher.


posted: 06/30/2012 4:47 a.m.

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

Gold undertones

posted: 06/30/2012 4:46 a.m.

Historical sources describe the menorah looted by the Romans when they destroyed the Second Temple in Jerusalem in A.D. 70 as made of gold, as God instructed Moses in Exodus.

Evangelicals draft pastor code of conduct

posted: 06/30/2012 4:44 a.m.

The National Association of Evangelicals, a wide-reaching organization that includes more than 45,000 churches of various denominations, has drafted a code of ethics for ministers. Early signees include big-name pastors in the evangelical world, including Rick Warren and Max Lucado.

Sartain leads investigation of nuns

posted: 06/30/2012 4:43 a.m.

A Vatican investigation has triggered debate over an issue sensitive to the Catholic Church: Should nuns be allowed to speak out against Catholic teachings?

Russian Jews launch $1 million excellence prize

posted: 06/30/2012 4:42 a.m.

A charity founded by Russian Jewish billionaires is establishing a $1 million annual award for excellence in virtually any field, to honor those people who attribute their success to Jewish values. The prize will be administered in partnership with the Israeli government, highlighting the strong ties between Israel and Russia.


posted: 06/30/2012 4:41 a.m.

$23.5 million buys megachurch’s arena NEW YORK — The Madison Square Garden Co. says it bought the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., for $23.5 million from a Los Angeles-area megachurch. The company says it will invest $50 million in the arena and restore it to a first-class musical venue.


posted: 06/30/2012 4:39 a.m.

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel St., Pine Bluff, will present the Pine Bluff Coterie and Community Band during a patriotic music event, I Love This Land, at 7:30 p.m. Monday. (870) 543-0198.

EDITORIALS: Welcome, golfers

posted: 06/30/2012 4:35 a.m.

HERE’S hoping all our golfing visitors feel welcomed this weekend when. . . . Well, let’s leave “feel” out of it these 100-degree days, shall we?

COLUMNISTS: A win, and an issue

posted: 06/30/2012 4:34 a.m.

The Supreme Court’s dramatic decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act gives President Barack Obama a major political victory. But the controversial measure now becomes a major election issue and its future will remain in doubt at least until voters render their verdict this November.

OTHERS SAY: Europe teeters

posted: 06/30/2012 4:34 a.m.

If Europe had a euro for every economic summit meeting its leaders hold, the continent wouldn’t have a financial crisis. It would be awash in cash.

We’re not the only ones

posted: 06/30/2012 4:33 a.m.

Speaking of the heat—and there’s a lot being said about it that we can’t print—you might have noticed that the deer are moving around. A lot. In the middle of the day at that.

There’s still an election to come

posted: 06/30/2012 4:32 a.m.

The Supreme Court’s decision Thursday to let the core elements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act stand kicks the fate of the Barack Obama administration’s signature initiative where it properly belongs—into the domain of politics—where a Mitt Romney administration would still have ample opportunity to dismantle the main elements of the law.

For the grandchildren

posted: 06/30/2012 4:31 a.m.

With the births of my second granddaughter and first grandson, I realize more than ever how fleeting is the period of awareness that allows us to expand the essence of who we are. With that in mind, I offer some sincere notes to Keirston, Elizabeth and Trenton from their grandfather, who continually falls short of his own well intentioned messages.


posted: 06/30/2012 4:29 a.m.

Revise food-stamp policy Not only does the food-stamp program need to go on a diet, I would suggest that our federal government implement a 21st Century version of the commodities distribution program that existed during the 1970s.


posted: 06/30/2012 4:24 a.m.

Veronica Felibert came prepared to play her way into the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship through the Monday qualifier.

Procedural step opens bid door for UA facilities

posted: 06/30/2012 4:21 a.m.

A basketball practice facility, student-athlete academic and career development center and indoor training facility for baseball and track with a combined estimated cost of $45.8 million to $57.6 million is a step closer to becoming reality at Arkansas.

Long: Fans rally around program

posted: 06/30/2012 4:19 a.m.

Arkansas has sold more than 50,000 season tickets for its six 2012 football games at Reynolds Razorback Stadium, with more than 45,000 of those renewals coming after Bobby Petrino’s firing as head coach April 10.

WIMBLEDON: Federer takes 5, escapes 0-2 hole

posted: 06/30/2012 4:11 a.m.

A day after Rafael Nadal’s stunning exit at Wimbledon, the only other men who have won the tournament since 2003 — six-time champion Roger Federer and defending champion Novak Djokovic — found themselves trailing less-accomplished opponents, too.

Sprinters still not talking about tie

posted: 06/30/2012 4:09 a.m.

Maybe the response just slipped. Or maybe the question completely caught her off guard.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Travs deliver doubles, victory

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

Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock has been tough on power hitters since it opened in 2007. This year, 40 home runs have been hit by the Arkansas Travelers and their opponents here, the lowest total in the Texas League.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Hill second to hit for cycle twice in one season

posted: 06/30/2012 4:05 a.m.

Aaron Hill hit for the cycle for the second time in 12 days and Ian Kennedy pitched seven strong innings, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 9-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

Evans: Winning easier after breakthrough

posted: 06/30/2012 4:04 a.m.

Cadel Evans thinks one Tour de France title will make it easier to win another one. And he’s ready to add that second championship right now.

U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING/GYMNASTICS TRIALS: Favorites shut out in 200 breaststroke

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

Brendan Hansen and Eric Shanteau were the favorites, but that didn’t matter to Scott Weltz.

U.S. OLYMPIC TRACK AND FIELD TRIALS: Spearmon best in diluted 200 field

posted: 06/30/2012 3:59 a.m.

Some of the biggest names in American sprinting were on the sideline and not in the starting blocks for the opening round of the 200 meters as Wallace Spearmon Jr. turned in the best time Friday at the Olympic trials.

Former Razorback qualifies in Jamaica

posted: 06/30/2012 3:56 a.m.

Veronica Campbell-Brown (Arkansas Razorbacks) qualified for the London Olympics in the women’s 100-meter final with a time of 10.82 seconds Friday night in the Jamaican Olympic trials.

LPGA report

posted: 06/30/2012 3:54 a.m.

Umbrella provides little relief — There was no escaping the heat, especially for the afternoon groups, at the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship on Friday.


posted: 06/30/2012 3:51 a.m.

MORNING FLIGHT (TEE NO. 1) 7:10 a.m. Nicole Hage, Maude-Aimee Leblanc, Maria Hernandez 7:21 a.m. Jennifer Song, Dewi Claire Schreefel, Janice Moodie 7:32 a.m. Karlin Beck, Kathleen Ekey, Sarah Jane Smith

PGA TOUR AT&T NATIONAL: Mahan handles heat with 65

posted: 06/30/2012 3:49 a.m.

A punishing golf course in temperatures that topped 100 and Hunter Mahan still managed to make Friday at Congressional feel like a breeze.

GOLF ROUNDUP: Couples enjoys heating pad, lead

posted: 06/30/2012 3:48 a.m.

The heat is on at the Senior Players Championship. Fred Couples is taking advantage of it.

Track planning to avert jam

posted: 06/30/2012 3:46 a.m.

Simmering drivers in overheating cars, all vying for an open lane and struggling to get out of heavy traffic — and that was just the fans on the way to Kentucky Speedway a year ago.

Comeback kid

posted: 06/30/2012 3:43 a.m.

A look at Roger Federer’s comeback victories after losing the first two sets: 2000 U.S. OPEN R128 Def. Peter Wessels, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 3-4, retired.

Rookie Dillon dominates race

posted: 06/30/2012 3:42 a.m.

Pole-sitter Austin Dillon led most of the final 113 laps to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway on Friday night. It was the first Nationwide victory for Dillon, a rookie who captured the truck series title a year ago.

Off the wire

posted: 06/30/2012 3:41 a.m.

FOOTBALL Georgia dismisses RB Georgia tailback Isaiah Crowell was dismissed from the team Friday by Coach Mark Richt after the sophomore was arrested on felony weapons charges. Police found a gun in Crowell’s vehicle early Friday morning.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/30/2012 3:39 a.m.

Saving ball goes wrong for Bauer Arizona Diamondbacks right hander Trevor Bauer will always remember his major-league debut — for a different reason than most rookies.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/30/2012 3:28 a.m.

FISHING Conway man leads Big Bass Bonanza Gary Hensley of Conway narrowly led the Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza on Friday with a 5.94-pound bass he caught in the Dardanelle Pool of the Arkansas River.

Arkansas’ corn acreage grows

posted: 06/30/2012 3:18 a.m.

Arkansas farmers followed a national trend this year by increasing the number of acres of corn planted in the state by 17.8 percent, according to a report released Friday.

Bogus reports called defense

posted: 06/30/2012 3:11 a.m.

The chief executive of Barclays said the bank submitted false data on borrowing costs during the credit crisis in 2007 and 2008 to protect its reputation from suspicions that it was in trouble, a decision he said was wrong.

Low-rate trend worries Fed official

posted: 06/30/2012 3:09 a.m.

James Bullard, president of the St. Louis branch of the Federal Reserve, said Friday he is worried about the Fed’s policy of almost zero-percent interest rates, which has been in place for more than three years.

Up 19% in quarter, First Federal’s stock state’s top performer

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

First Federal Bancshares, the Harrison-based bank that was in financial distress early last year, had the best performing stock among Arkansas public companies in the second quarter, climbing almost 19 percent.

Madoff’s brother admits his guilt, too

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

Peter Madoff pleaded guilty Friday to a conspiracy charge in Manhattan federal court three years to the day after his brother, Bernard, was sentenced to 150 years in prison for directing the biggest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history.

Worldwide, stocks soar on Europe rescue agreement

posted: 06/30/2012 3:04 a.m.

Financial markets around the world stormed higher Friday after European leaders produced a breakthrough plan to rescue banks, relieve debt-burdened governments and restore investor confidence.

Spending shows little life in May

posted: 06/30/2012 3:03 a.m.

Consumer spending was flat in May, falling less than 0.1 percent, the Commerce Department said Friday.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/30/2012 3:01 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “If you have a policy that is going on five, six, seven, eight years to 10 years, now it is not business cycles anymore.” James Bullard, president of the St. Louis branch of the Federal Reserve Article, 1D

Butler staying at Arkansas

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

Todd Butler will remain as Arkansas’ hitting coach and recruiting coordinator, Razorbacks’ head coach Dave Van Horn confirmed on Friday.


posted: 06/30/2012 2:58 a.m.

Former Alltel president picked for AT&T board AT&T Inc. has named Scott Ford to its 12-member board of directors.

Drinks on the house

posted: 06/30/2012 2:57 a.m.

What could be more delightful than adding something to your home that gives you nothing back but hours of enjoyment, relaxation and memories?

Breaking ground

posted: 06/30/2012 2:52 a.m.

THIS MONTH Work smart — get outside early in the day.

Personal space

posted: 06/30/2012 2:48 a.m.

Mark Gross Where I live: I live in a patio home in west Little Rock.

In the garden

posted: 06/30/2012 2:46 a.m.

Q Many of my roses, Knock-Outs and a few other types, have been diagnosed with rose rosette disease. I first noticed that many of my 40 Knock-Out roses in the front yard looked kind of odd — there are strange branches shooting out that are very pink-stemmed that are tipped with a tight knot of rose blooms that also didn’t look quite right.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Zoo hopes to expand chia exhibit by breeding

posted: 06/30/2012 2:43 a.m.

Dear Otus, My hat’s off to the Little Rock Zoo and its new chia exhibit. Our family came down last Saturday and it was worth the price of admission alone.

Your front door color is key to psyche

posted: 06/30/2012 2:41 a.m.

I’ve been asked the color of my eyes, my mood and even my parachute. But no one’s ever asked the color of my front door.

Plants that reseed: Luck, genetics keep them going

posted: 06/30/2012 2:40 a.m.

Q: The packets for annual seeds say to plant them after any danger of frost. How do so many annuals seem to survive the winter?


posted: 06/30/2012 2:38 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: I need your help to settle an argument I have with my no-good brother-in-law from Illinois. At night he always drives with his fog lights on in addition to his headlights. He says he can see better with them on.

HOG CALLS: Mitchell following Franklin’s example

posted: 06/30/2012 2:37 a.m.

Tenarius Wright isn’t the only Arkansas Razorback picking up where Jerry Franklin left off.

Tools & toys

posted: 06/30/2012 2:34 a.m.

Soggy Doggy Doormat What’s to love: It’s a super absorbent doormat that’s cute and absorbs more water and dirt than most other doormats.

Keep it clean

posted: 06/30/2012 2:31 a.m.

Eucoclean 3-in-1 Stories of bed bugs infesting people’s homes and hotel rooms still run rampant, and the squeamish and suggestible among us are thrown into nightmares of crawling clothes and pest-filled mattresses — real or imagined.


posted: 06/30/2012 2:29 a.m.

Happy birthday. Led by your heart, love changes you this year. Relationships have a strong influence on where you’ll live and work. Activities that center on communication, writing, mechanical skills and design bring success over the next 10 weeks.


posted: 06/30/2012 2:28 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Here are a few “favorite hints” learned from older family members. Read on, and you might learn something new: DEAR HELOISE: My grandfather-in-law lived to be 105 years of age. When he was 90, I asked him what he attributed his longevity to.


posted: 06/30/2012 2:27 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’m studying at a university in your country, and I would like to find out about your religion. I come from a country with very few Christians, and I don’t know anything about Jesus. How can I find out? — I.Z.

Super Quiz: Inventors

posted: 06/30/2012 2:26 a.m.

1. Hans Geiger: Geiger ———2. George Gallup: Gallup ———3. Benjamin Tyler Henry: Henry ———4. Sir Francis Beaufort: Beaufort ———5. Robert Bunsen: Bunsen ———

Friday, June 29

Police looking for possible suspect in two robberies

posted: 06/29/2012 4:36 p.m.

Officials with the Conway Police Department have released photos of a suspect that is believed to have taken part in two bank robberies.

Tesla coils to 'play' at Museum of Discovery

updated: 06/29/2012 5:51 p.m.

Twin harmonic Tesla coils "played" several songs, including Led Zeppelin, today at the Museum of Discovery during a test of the upcoming display.

Fire on border of Clark, Hot Spring counties forces evacuations

updated: 06/29/2012 5:13 p.m.

A fire on the border of Clark County and Hot Spring County is forcing the evacuation of about 75-100 people.

McDaniel won't review lottery contract

posted: 06/29/2012 3:22 p.m.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says his office won’t review a contract between the state’s lottery commission and a ticket vendor or whether the games’ former director acted properly when he amended the agreement on his own.

Ex-EPA administrator to work on Sierra Club campaign

posted: 06/29/2012 2:11 p.m.

A former administrator with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency who resigned amid claims by Republicans that he was biased against the oil and gas industry is going to work for the Sierra Club.

Congress approves student loans, highway jobs bill

posted: 06/29/2012 1:22 p.m.

Congress has passed a massive measure that will salvage some 2.8 million jobs and shield college students from sharply higher interest rates on college loans. The bill would also shore up the federal flood insurance program.

AG asks for hearing on desegregation case

posted: 06/29/2012 1:02 p.m.

Arkansas is asking a federal judge to set a hearing on its request to be released from a 1989 desegregation agreement with three Little Rock-area school districts.

Four charged with illegally trafficking guns in Tennessee

posted: 06/29/2012 12:50 p.m.

Federal authorities have charged four men with illegally selling more than 300 guns.

Egypt's Morsi vows to free sheik jailed in US

posted: 06/29/2012 12:36 p.m.

Egypt’s president-elect Mohammed Morsi has vowed to free the blind sheik jailed in the U.S. for a plot to blow up New York City landmarks.

Chimps attack American at South Africa sanctuary

posted: 06/29/2012 12:33 p.m.

Chimpanzees at a sanctuary for the animals in eastern South Africa pulled an American researcher who was leading a tour into their enclosure, bit him severely and dragged him nearly half a mile.

Earth adds leap second Saturday night

posted: 06/29/2012 12:25 p.m.

Saturday night will stretch longer by a second. A leap second.

Marijuana shipped by FedEx leads to arrests

posted: 06/29/2012 12:22 p.m.

Two Baxter County residents were using FedEx to receive shipments of marijuana from California, authorities said Friday.

Drinks on the house

posted: 06/29/2012 11:48 a.m.

Why go out for drinks when you can relax and entertain at home?

Education department grants waiver to Arkansas

posted: 06/29/2012 11:35 a.m.

The U.S. Department of education has granted Arkansas flexibility from some requirements of the No Child Left Behind initiative.

US consumer spending, wages flat in May

posted: 06/29/2012 11:32 a.m.

The Commerce Department said Friday that consumer spending was essentially flat in May, falling less than .1 percent.

Syrian groups say bloody day left high toll of civilians

posted: 06/29/2012 11:29 a.m.

Syrian opposition groups that track casualties reported Friday that the previous day was the deadliest so far this year, and possibly in the entire Syrian uprising, with as many as 190 civilians killed in a 24-hour period.

YaYa's reopening Monday after fire

posted: 06/29/2012 11:05 a.m.

A popular restaurant on Little Rock's west side that closed after a fire caused more than $10,000 in damage this week expects to reopen Monday.

Supreme Court dismisses media companies' appeal

posted: 06/29/2012 10:49 a.m.

The Supreme Court has turned down media companies' plea to lift a prohibition on owning both a newspaper and a television station in the same market.

No detection of chemicals in Burdick Hall

updated: 06/29/2012 12:14 p.m.

The University of Central Arkansas announced on Friday morning that no toxic chemicals were found in Burdick Hall despite two evacuations of the building and two investigations into why several students and teachers mysteriously fell ill while in the building.

Judge won't toss death penalty in Trumann case

posted: 06/29/2012 10:28 a.m.

A judge says prosecutors can still seek the death penalty against a Trumann man accused of killing a police officer — even though the state Supreme Court recently ruled Arkansas' execution law was unconstitutional.

Agriculture secretary presses House on farm bill

posted: 06/29/2012 10:13 a.m.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is pressing the Republican-led House to vote on a long-term farm policy bill.

Judge hears arguments at Zimmerman bond hearing

posted: 06/29/2012 9:50 a.m.

Prosecutors and a lawyer for the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin are wrangling over the money George Zimmerman received after he was charged with second-degree murder.

Two indicted in 1998 disappearance of Texas teen

posted: 06/29/2012 9:16 a.m.

A Texas Panhandle grand jury has indicted two men in the 1998 disappearance of a teen whose body has never been found.

Arkansas granted No Child Left Behind waiver

posted: 06/29/2012 9:14 a.m.

Arkansas is one of five states that have been granted relief from key requirements of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law, bringing the total to 24 states given waivers, an Obama administration official said Friday.

Timekeepers add leap second Saturday night

posted: 06/29/2012 9:05 a.m.

Saturday night will stretch longer by a second, a leap second.

Romney: Ruling brings new urgency to election

posted: 06/29/2012 8:58 a.m.

Mitt Romney says the Supreme Court’s health care decision has injected “greater urgency” in the presidential contest.

Triple-digit temperatures reported across state

updated: 06/29/2012 2:45 p.m.

A heat advisory covers much of the state Friday as temperatures again soar into the triple-digits.

Two killed, one hurt when vehicle overturns

posted: 06/29/2012 8:14 a.m.

Two people were killed and a third injured when a vehicle overturned late Thursday night on Highway 1 in Jonesboro, authorities said.

Razorbacks planning for new athletic facilities

posted: 06/29/2012 7:27 a.m.

The University of Arkansas athletic department is moving forward with planning for three major construction projects: a basketball practice facility, a student-athlete success center and a baseball and track indoor training facility.

Obama to view fire damage in swing state Colorado

posted: 06/29/2012 7:03 a.m.

As President Barack Obama surveys damage from raging wildfires and thanks first responders in Colorado, he also will be seeking to show voters in one of the nation's most tightly contested political swing states that he is a compassionate leader who can command in a crisis.

Today marks last day for Fort Smith Whirlpool workers

posted: 06/29/2012 6:52 a.m.

Friday's the last day of work for nearly all the remaining employees at Whirlpool Corp.'s Fort Smith plant.

Crews contain forest fire in Lonoke County

posted: 06/29/2012 6:49 a.m.

A blaze that grew into a forest fire in Lonoke County has been contained.

Obama’s health law upheld

posted: 06/29/2012 5:58 a.m.

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the core of President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, preserving a law that would expand insurance to millions of people and transform an industry that makes up 18 percent of the nation’s economy.

House votes Holder in contempt; blacks lead session boycott

posted: 06/29/2012 5:54 a.m.

Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday became the first sitting Cabinet member held in contempt of Congress, a rebuke pushed by Republicans seeking to unearth the facts behind a bungled gun tracking operation and dismissed by most Democrats as a political stunt.

Colorado fire takes 346 homes; body in 1

posted: 06/29/2012 5:51 a.m.

Colorado Springs officials said Thursday that hundreds of homes have been destroyed by a raging wildfire that has encroached on the state’s second-largest city and threatened the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Court bars sending sex offender to U.S.

posted: 06/29/2012 5:49 a.m.

Britain’s High Court on Thursday blocked a U.S. government bid to extradite a sex criminal to Minnesota, saying the state’s restrictive treatment program for sex offenders was far too draconian.

Mexico identifies 2 airport suspects

posted: 06/29/2012 5:48 a.m.

Mexican authorities have identified two federal police officers accused of shooting dead three of their colleagues at Mexico City’s international airport this week and say the gunmen were part of a trafficking ring that flew in cocaine from Peru.

Killer-asteroid hunters hope to launch private telescope

posted: 06/29/2012 5:46 a.m.

Who will protect us from a killer asteroid? A team of ex-NASA astronauts and scientists thinks it’s up to them.

Free speech cited, ’05 law tossed

posted: 06/29/2012 5:45 a.m.

People can’t be prosecuted for lying about receiving military medals, the U.S. Supreme Court said, invoking free speech rights to strike down a federal law intended to protect the integrity of armed services awards.

U.S. spares 2 from sanctions

posted: 06/29/2012 5:44 a.m.

The Obama administration on Thursday cleared China and Singapore from possible U.S. economic penalties, citing their sharp cuts in imports of Iranian oil, as an American deadline arrived for banks to stop processing petroleum transactions with Tehran.

Bosnian Serb cleared of 1 genocide count

posted: 06/29/2012 5:42 a.m.

The Yugoslav war-crimes tribunal acquitted former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic of one charge of genocide Thursday but will allow his trial to go forward on 10 other war-crimes counts related to atrocities in Bosnia’s 1992-95 war.

Turkey reinforces Syrian border

posted: 06/29/2012 5:41 a.m.

Turkey deployed anti-aircraft guns, rocket launchers and other weapons along its border with Syria on Thursday, a military buildup that came as world powers showed new urgency to resolve the crisis before it ignites the region.

Florida officials link Debby to 7 fatalities

posted: 06/29/2012 5:39 a.m.

Florida officials said Thursday that Tropical Storm Debby was responsible for seven deaths in the state.

Darr looks ahead to elections for fix

posted: 06/29/2012 5:37 a.m.

In his 2010 campaign, Lt. Gov. Mark Darr pledged to challenge the constitutionality of the federal health-care law, and he said Thursday that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the law’s constitutionality is not a loss but “a wake-up call.”

Man, 59, charged in sexual assault

posted: 06/29/2012 5:36 a.m.

Richard Whitehead, 59, of Conway was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault, Conway police spokesman Latresha Woodruff said in an e-mail.

LR’s Cantrell Road closed as crew battles house fire

posted: 06/29/2012 5:36 a.m.

A fire off Cantrell Road in west Little Rock shut down the thoroughfare in both directions for a time Thursday afternoon, Fire Department officials said.

4 from Arkansas vote yes on contempt

posted: 06/29/2012 5:35 a.m.

Each of Arkansas’ four House members voted Thursday to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, escalating a rift between the Republican-held House and the Democratic administration of President Barack Obama.

Two wrecks in state fatal to three

posted: 06/29/2012 5:35 a.m.

Three people were killed in two crashes on Arkansas roadways Wednesday, according to preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality reports.

Health-care law upheld, what does it mean now?

posted: 06/29/2012 5:33 a.m.

The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold all but one provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act means that for now, at least, one of the most far-reaching overhauls of the nation’s health-care system will be the law of the land. New rules for insurers that have taken effect will remain in place, while new opportunities to gain health-care coverage will begin in 2014.

After ruling, parties weigh in on state’s staying out of suits

posted: 06/29/2012 5:32 a.m.

Democrats lauded and Republicans panned Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s 2-year-old decision not to sue over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the act is constitutional.

Aging Supreme Court raises stakes in presidential race

posted: 06/29/2012 5:30 a.m.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not known for delivering laugh lines. But she drew chuckles from a group of liberal lawyers not long ago while recalling how Justice Elena Kagan, 52, had suggested during an oral argument before the Supreme Court that people born before 1948 were old.

Obama glad, but Romney vows repeal

posted: 06/29/2012 5:28 a.m.

The Supreme Court’s decision Thursday to uphold the Affordable Care Act prompted swift responses from the two presidential candidates, moving the debate squarely into the political sphere and setting it up to figure prominently for the remainder of the campaign.

Law intact, hospitals expect more money

posted: 06/29/2012 5:25 a.m.

Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding much of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act means more money for hospitals even with the cut in Medicare funding contained in the law.

CNN, Fox too quick on reports

posted: 06/29/2012 5:24 a.m.

A rush to quickly report the Supreme Court’s decision on President Barack Obama’s healthcare law Thursday tripped up some news organizations that got it wrong and had to quickly correct themselves.

Fight not over, state’s Republicans in Congress say

posted: 06/29/2012 5:22 a.m.

Arkansas’ Republican members of Congress said they will push harder to repeal the 2010 healthcare overhaul after Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld broad aspects of the law.

Nobody found hiding on ship

posted: 06/29/2012 5:20 a.m.

A cargo ship that U.S. authorities thought might be carrying stowaways was expected to leave Port Newark today after a search of more than 160 sealed containers turned up no one.

The world in brief

posted: 06/29/2012 5:18 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Dr. Karadzic and myself both thought it was a courageous decision of the trial chamber to say at this stage of the case that there was no genocide in the municipalities in Bosnia in 1992.” Peter Robinson, the attorney of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic who was acquitted Thursday of one charge of genocide but still faces 10 other war-crimes counts Article, this page

The nation in brief

posted: 06/29/2012 5:17 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Our constitutional tradition stands against the idea that we need Oceania’s Ministry of Truth.” Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in a ruling in which the court struck down the Stolen Valor Act, comparing the law against lying about receiving military medals to George Orwell’s novel 1984 Article, this page

Names and faces

posted: 06/29/2012 5:16 a.m.

Saying that “this is not as I ever expected to leave this couch,” Ann Curry told viewers Thursday morning that she was leaving the Today show cohost seat that she was given just more than a year ago.

In the news

posted: 06/29/2012 5:15 a.m.

Hillary Rodham Clinton landed in her 100th country as U.S. secretary of state during a trip to Latvia and holds the record for visiting the most countries as chief diplomat, the State Department said.

State’s insured expected to soar

posted: 06/29/2012 5:12 a.m.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — largely upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday — will extend coverage to more than a half a million uninsured Arkansans when it is fully implemented in 2014, state health officials said Thursday.

Drought ‘extreme’ over 31% of state

posted: 06/29/2012 5:10 a.m.

With nearly a third of Arkansas now experiencing “extreme” drought, some small water utilities in the state have been sounding the alarm, urging their customers to stop washing their cars and watering their lawns and gardens.

Candidate asked to apologize for Beret claim

posted: 06/29/2012 5:08 a.m.

The Arkansas Democratic Party has asked 3rd Congressional District candidate Ken Aden to apologize for exaggerating his military record.

Peabody Hotel lease to be sold

posted: 06/29/2012 5:02 a.m.

The five ducks that waddle in a twice-daily march through the Peabody Hotel’s lobby will continue their ritual promenade and swim for a few more weeks while final negotiations to sell the Statehouse Convention Center’s anchor hotel wrap up.

2 LR captains promoted to assistant chief

posted: 06/29/2012 4:59 a.m.

Little Rock Chief of Police Stuart Thomas promoted two captains to the rank of assistant chief Thursday, one more than was advertised, in a move he said is necessary to manage the 80 new officers he plans to hire within a year.

Medicaid initiative gets start Sunday

posted: 06/29/2012 4:58 a.m.

State Medicaid officials and two of the state’s largest private insurers said Thursday that revamping how payments are made to providers will lower costs, improve health-care quality and possibly attract business to the state.

Grant spurs work to aid kids at risk of homelessness

posted: 06/29/2012 4:57 a.m.

For a homeless child, it’s not uncommon to attend three or more schools in a single year. As a result, it’s not uncommon for those children to face serious academic problems, making them more likely to be homeless adults.

Declaration on loan to museum

posted: 06/29/2012 4:54 a.m.

When America’s Founding Fathers created the Declaration of Independence, they needed a way to get the word out.

New class space, stadium in NLR school proposal

posted: 06/29/2012 4:52 a.m.

A preliminary design for the extreme makeover of the North Little Rock High School-West Campus calls for a reoriented football stadium and four four-story classroom wings — one for each grade level nine through 12.

Better protect trafficked kids, advocates say

posted: 06/29/2012 4:51 a.m.

When children caught up in sex-trafficking operations are found by law-enforcement agents, they usually face one of two possible paths.

Babbs back, put at helm of athletics

posted: 06/29/2012 4:46 a.m.

Junious Babbs, a retired associate superintendent for secondary schools in the Little Rock School District, is returning to the system to be the interim athletic director for up to a year.

LR school meals to go up 10 cents

posted: 06/29/2012 4:46 a.m.

Student prices for breakfast and lunch are going up in the Little Rock School District.

Psychiatrist plans talk on urban life

posted: 06/29/2012 4:45 a.m.

Dr. Mindy Fullilove, a research psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute, will speak today at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 06/29/2012 4:42 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.

Daily record

posted: 06/29/2012 4:41 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.

Dorothy Kellum Linsley: Arkansas artist opened LR store

posted: 06/29/2012 4:40 a.m.

When Dorothy Kellum Linsley decided to expand her artistic endeavors to pottery with a class at the Arkansas Arts Center, she didn’t settle for the basics, her son said.

Other days

posted: 06/29/2012 4:39 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 29, 1912 Prof. J.L. Bond, supervisor of rural schools, has sent out a bulletin to the teachers of rural schools, making suggestions regarding the preparations for the opening of the school sessions.


posted: 06/29/2012 4:38 a.m.

Robbie on 1960s hit My Three Sons — Don Grady, who was one of television’s most beloved big brothers as Robbie Douglas on the long-running 1960s hit My Three Sons, died Wednesday. He was 68.


posted: 06/29/2012 4:37 a.m.

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

EDITORIALS: After the quake

posted: 06/29/2012 4:36 a.m.

THE ONE THING we can all be sure of about decisions out of the Supreme Court of the United States is that we can’t be sure about them. Wasn’t the swing vote on the court supposed to be that of Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy?

OTHERS SAY: A health-care victory

posted: 06/29/2012 4:35 a.m.

With a historic and just decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, the nation has moved a giant step closer to a health-care system that will work for all Americans.

COLUMNISTS: Why John Roberts did it

posted: 06/29/2012 4:34 a.m.

It’s the judiciary’s Nixon-to-China : Chief Justice John Roberts joins the liberal wing of the Supreme Court and upholds the constitutionality of Obamacare. How? By pulling off one of the great constitutional finesses of all time.

Guest writer: End it completely

posted: 06/29/2012 4:33 a.m.

Last Friday, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that our state’s lethal-injection statute is unconstitutional. Arkansas still has a death penalty, but with no legal means of carrying it out, all executions are on hold until the Legislature passes a new law.

A tax by any other name

posted: 06/29/2012 4:33 a.m.

There was always a compromise to be had—a way out of striking down the individual mandate without giving Congress the power to force people to buy health insurance (or broccoli). A few sharp-eyed commentators pushed it. One was Joey Fishkin on Balkinization.

Another dubious distinction

posted: 06/29/2012 4:32 a.m.

The Arkie jokes are bad enough (barefoot and pregnant gets old). The state rankings are even worse (dead last is never any fun, and neither is 48th or 49th).


posted: 06/29/2012 4:31 a.m.

Tactics all about votes Barack Obama did an end run around Congress and basically gave a two-year amnesty to illegal aliens. From 2008-2010, the Democrats controlled Congress and had 60 votes in the Senate. They could have given all 12 million illegal aliens amnesty and American citizenship immediately and the Republicans could have done nothing to stop it.


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

In Stephen L. Clark’s letter published June 20th, he wrote: “Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, has thrown down the gauntlet to Arkansas pastors, promising to ‘hold religious leaders accountable for negative statements about homosexuality.’” An editing error introduced the wrong word, gantlet.

NBA’s Kentucky two-step

posted: 06/29/2012 4:27 a.m.

Best in the country and No. 1 and 2 in the NBA Draft. The celebration goes on for Kentucky’s kids.


posted: 06/29/2012 4:24 a.m.

Stacy Lewis makes good money on the LPGA Tour, but she doesn’t make PGA Tour money.

WIMBLEDON: 100th-ranked Rosol ousts Nadal

posted: 06/29/2012 4:17 a.m.

Rafael Nadal bumped into his unknown and unheralded opponent as they headed to a break between games. Perhaps it was incidental contact.

Pinnacle a major preview

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

Several LPGA Tour players headed to next week’s U.S. Women’s Open in Kohler, Wis., are finding the NW Arkansas Championship to be an ideal tuneup.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Late-night call excites Jonesboro point guard

posted: 06/29/2012 4:04 a.m.

On June 15, new rules put in place by the NCAA allowed college basketball coaches to make unlimited calls and text messages to recruits that have completed their sophomore years in high school.

COMMENTARY: BCS necessary step to reach playoff

posted: 06/29/2012 4:01 a.m.

What’s wrong with the new college football playoff plan?


posted: 06/29/2012 3:59 a.m.

NO. 1 PAR 4 LENGTH 320 yards NO. 2 PAR 5 LENGTH 549 yards

NBA Draft report

posted: 06/29/2012 3:58 a.m.

Unibrow might not make cut — Anthony Davis made the unibrow look trendy during Kentucky’s run to the national championship and it picked up speed as the NBA Draft drew closer and the 6-10 freshman was a lock to be the No. 1 overall pick.


posted: 06/29/2012 3:56 a.m.

Rolex World Ranking in parenthesis ROUND 1 OF 3 TEE NO. 1 7:10 A.M. Lisa Ferrero (326), Lizette Salas (222), Jacqui Concolino (424)

Championship report

posted: 06/29/2012 3:55 a.m.

Pak out to regain old form — Se Ri Pak is back at Pinnacle Country Club for the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship after a two-year hiatus.

U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS: Phelps adds third spot on team

posted: 06/29/2012 3:53 a.m.

After a couple of duels with his biggest rival, Michael Phelps made this one look easy.

Thursday’s results

posted: 06/29/2012 3:51 a.m.

At The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England Purse: $25.03 million (Grand Slam) Surface: Grass-Outdoor

U.S. OLYMPIC TRACK AND FIELD TRIALS: Tie drama doesn’t slow sprinters

posted: 06/29/2012 3:49 a.m.

Looking so smooth and seemingly exerting little effort, Allyson Felix glided to an easy heat victory in the 200 meters.

U.S. OLYMPIC GYMNASTICS TRIALS: Mikulak shows depth with top score

posted: 06/29/2012 3:47 a.m.

Sam Mikulak walked down the hall after arguably the biggest day of his career, oblivious.


posted: 06/29/2012 3:46 a.m.

DODGERS Cuban outfielder gets big deal ESPN reported Thursday that Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig has reached agreement on a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Burnett first Pirate to win 8 in row since 1974

posted: 06/29/2012 3:44 a.m.

A new catcher didn’t affect A.J. Burnett’s groove.

TEXAS LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME: Schmidt sparks North All-Stars

posted: 06/29/2012 3:43 a.m.

The Texas League’s best team had the biggest hand in making sure the North Division won the Texas League All-Star Game in its home stadium Thursday night.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/29/2012 3:42 a.m.

Another one for the Trout reel Mike Trout added another clip to his expanding highlight reel Wednesday night.

Off the wire

posted: 06/29/2012 3:40 a.m.

HOCKEY Crosby gets 12-year deal The Pittsburgh Penguins and center Sidney Crosby agreed to a 12-year, $104.4 million contract extension Thursday, despite concussion like symptoms that sidelined him for most of the past two seasons.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/29/2012 3:38 a.m.

VOLLEYBALL Pulliza, Norton headed to China Arkansas Coach Robert Pulliza and outside hitter Jasmine Norton will spend two weeks with the U.S. national team at the China-USA Challenge Invitational in China.

Tepid growth hits job market

posted: 06/29/2012 3:37 a.m.

The U.S. economy is growing too slowly to pull the job market out of a slump, according to data released Thursday that suggests June will be another weak month for hiring.

Barclays inquiry tip of iceberg

posted: 06/29/2012 3:36 a.m.

More global banks are being investigated in the reported financial-market manipulation that led to fines of $453 million against Barclays Bank, British Treasury chief George Osborne said Thursday, driving financial stocks lower.

JPMorgan trading loss said to widen

posted: 06/29/2012 3:34 a.m.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s losses on a bad trade have grown to as much as $9 billion, exceeding the firm’s initial estimates, according to a New York Times report that cites unnamed sources.

Program rewards savers of electricity

posted: 06/29/2012 3:32 a.m.

Summer Advantage, a voluntary program of Entergy Arkansas designed to reward customers for saving electricity, has attracted 548 customers since its start June 1. The company hopes to continue to sign up customers.

Europeans agree to bank bailouts

posted: 06/29/2012 3:30 a.m.

European leaders have agreed to use the continent’s permanent bailout fund to recapitalize struggling banks and agreed to the idea of a tighter union in the long term.

Nissan to add 1,000 jobs in Mississippi

posted: 06/29/2012 3:28 a.m.

Nissan Motor Co. said it will hire at least 1,000 more workers and build the Sentra car at its Canton, Miss., plant as the Japanese car maker expands North American production to help counter a strong yen.

MARKET REPORT: Dow revives, ends just 25 down

posted: 06/29/2012 3:27 a.m.

A late recovery on Wall Street wiped out most of the stock market’s losses Thursday, leaving the Dow Jones industrial average just 25 points down.


posted: 06/29/2012 3:26 a.m.

Aircraft cabinet firm to move to Sherwood Custom Aircraft Cabinets Inc. is moving from North Little Rock to Sherwood and will create new jobs in the process.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/29/2012 3:25 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “If Bob Diamond had a scintilla of shame, he would resign. If Barclays’ board had an inch of backbone between them, they would sack him.” Matthew Oakshott, a member of the House of Lords, speaking about the chief executive officer of Barclays Bank Article, 1D

REVIEW: Magic Mike

posted: 06/29/2012 3:24 a.m.

There are films that sneak up and surprise you with their depth and carefully crafted plot points. Then there are films that cause certain (female) moviegoers to yell upon entering the theater, “I got my dollar bills ready!”


posted: 06/29/2012 3:18 a.m.

To get through our difficult lives, some of us have lucky rings, rabbit’s feet or other charms. John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) has a weed-huffing teddy bear.

REVIEW: Your Sister’s Sister

posted: 06/29/2012 3:17 a.m.

Your Sister’s Sister is one of those films that you might very well want to see if you’re interested in the theory and practice of film making, if you’re a particular fan of any of the three principal actors or if you simply want to keep current with what’s happening in the world of American independent cinema.

Sweet something

posted: 06/29/2012 3:14 a.m.

It has gotten to the point where you can picture writer/director Wes Anderson and one of his frequent collaborators — let’s say Roman Coppola — sitting around their ironically ornamented studio office tossing ideas back and forth like a pint-size Nerf football, trying to conjure up the next project that fits into Anderson’s famously particular aesthetic.

No. 1 Brave makes Pixar 13-0

posted: 06/29/2012 3:11 a.m.

It was a highly animated weekend at the box office, as moviegoers spent more than $85 million to see Brave and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted — each family-oriented, nonlive action films.

REVIEW: Lola Versus

posted: 06/29/2012 3:09 a.m.

The title Lola Versus is misleading insofar as it conjures up all sorts of action packed imagery — the unsuspecting might walk in hoping for something reminiscent of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World or maybe even a Kill Bill clone featuring up-and-coming indie princess Greta Gerwig as the lead blonde seeking vengeance against her ex-lovers with quick cuts and flashy graphics.


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

Your Sister’s Sister, the latest film from director Lynn Shelton (Humpday), stars Mark Duplass as Jack, a man in alcoholic depression, who takes his best friend, Iris (Emily Blunt), up on her offer to use her family’s remote cabin as a place to clear his head and recharge his spirit. But when he arrives there, he finds Iris’ older sister, Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt), ensconced there after the breakup of her longtime relationship.

Film clips

posted: 06/29/2012 2:53 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.


posted: 06/29/2012 2:50 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) The Amazing Spider-Man, PG-13 Andrew Garfield plays the title teenager-turned web-slinging-superhero 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 alter-ego.


posted: 06/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

New this week Madea’s Witness Protection PG-13 The gentle chief financial officer of a Wall Street investment bank (Eugene Levy) with growing family problems who escapes into the witness protection program — hiding out, natch, with Madea (writer-director Tyler Perry) — when it turns out his firm has been operating a mob-backed Ponzi scheme and that he has been set up as the fall guy.


posted: 06/29/2012 2:46 a.m.

Happy birthday. A strange series of events begins at the start of July, and you’ll make sweet success of what comes.The next six months will challenge you in the way that windmills challenged Don Quixote.


posted: 06/29/2012 2:45 a.m.

DEAR READERS: What’s with people who have poor cell phone manners? Here are some hints: Lower your voice and watch your language.


posted: 06/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I admit I wasn’t a very good mother, and now my children don’t want anything to do with me. They didn’t even call or send me a card on Mother’s Day. I know I can’t undo the past, but is there anything I can do to change this? — V.R.

Super Quiz: Frankenstein (1931 film)

posted: 06/29/2012 2:43 a.m.

1. Who portrayed “the monster” in the 1931 film? 2. What was the name of scientist Henry Frankenstein’s assistant? 3. What was the devoted assistant’s deformity? 4.What does the scientist exclaim when the monster first moves? 5. What mishap results in the monster knowing only hate, horror and murder?

Thursday, June 28

Little Rock hits new June high of 107 degrees

posted: 06/28/2012 4:07 p.m.

Little Rock experienced it's second record-high temperature in three days on Thursday afternoon, reaching 107 degrees.

VIDEO: Holder in contempt, House votes

updated: 06/28/2012 5:54 p.m.

The House has approved a precedent-setting resolution to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress. It was the first time a sitting Cabinet member has been held in contempt.

New statewide system emphasizes quality health care

posted: 06/28/2012 3:54 p.m.

Arkansas is launching a new system in which health providers are rewarded for quality of care and not volume.

All lanes back open on Cantrell Road following fire

updated: 06/28/2012 5:18 p.m.

Firefighters are currently working to stop a grass fire on Cantrell Road that has spread to a home.

Jonesboro police accuse woman of posing as nurse

posted: 06/28/2012 2:51 p.m.

Authorities have arrested a woman who was allegedly pretending to be a nurse at a Jonesboro hospital.

VIDEO: Ducks would leave town if Peabody sale goes through

updated: 06/28/2012 2:41 p.m.

If an agreement to sell the Peabody in Little Rock goes forward as planned, the ducks that live in the luxury hotel will be looking for a new home.

Agreement reached to sell Peabody Hotel

updated: 06/28/2012 12:18 p.m.

An agreement has been reached to sell The Peabody Hotel in downtown Little Rock.

Colorado wildfire destroys hundreds of homes

posted: 06/28/2012 11:37 a.m.

Colorado Springs officials said Thursday that hundreds of homes have been destroyed by a raging wildfire that has encroached on the state’s second-largest city and threatened the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Moonrise, Magic and Ted the talking bear, oh my!

posted: 06/28/2012 11:32 a.m.

In this week’s MovieStyle, critic Piers Marchant regards the much anticipated (by some of us anyway) new Wes Anderson film Moonrise Kingdom and finds it a welcome, if familiar addition to Anderson’s distinctive oeurve.

Report: JPMorgan trading losses may reach $9 billion

posted: 06/28/2012 11:17 a.m.

Shares of JPMorgan Chase & Co. tumbled 4 percent Thursday morning as a published report said that the bank’s losses on a bad trade may reach as much as $9 billion — far higher than the estimated $2 billion loss disclosed last month.

State, local politicians react to health care reform law

updated: 06/28/2012 4:24 p.m.

Politicians from around the state joined other Arkansans with their own opinions of Wednesday's ruling by the United States Supreme Court that upheld a majority of the healthcare reform act put in place by the federal government.

VIDEO: Reactions to health-care decision mixed in LR

posted: 06/28/2012 10:02 a.m.

Immediate reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul were mixed Thursday morning in Little Rock.

2 terror suspects arrested in London

posted: 06/28/2012 10:01 a.m.

A British security official tells The Associated Press that two Muslim converts have been arrested in London on suspicion of terror offenses.

Greenwood pharmacist accused of selling marijuana

posted: 06/28/2012 9:25 a.m.

Authorities have arrested a Greenwood pharmacist on suspicion of selling medical marijuana.

High court upholds key part of Obama health law

updated: 06/28/2012 10:42 a.m.

The Supreme Court has upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Curry out as co-host of NBC's 'Today' show

posted: 06/28/2012 8:24 a.m.

A tearful Ann Curry said goodbye after one year as co-host of NBC's "Today" show Thursday, saying "this is not as I expected to ever leave this couch after 15 years."

Nearly a third of state in 'extreme drought'

updated: 06/28/2012 8:04 a.m.

Nearly a third of Arkansas is now considered in an extreme drought and no widespread rain is forecast in the foreseeable future.

Man shot during scuffle outside Searcy

posted: 06/28/2012 7:19 a.m.

Police say a man shot during a scuffle Wednesday night is expected to make a full recovery.

Roundup planned of feral cats near Heber Springs

posted: 06/28/2012 7:10 a.m.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says it will trap a colony of feral cats at an access point to the Little Red River near Heber Springs.

Brad Paisley to play Verizon Arena

posted: 06/28/2012 7:08 a.m.

Country music star Brad Paisley will play Verizon Arena in October, officials announced Thursday.

Bank-robbing time in county 2:30 p.m.

posted: 06/28/2012 6:20 a.m.

Two banks were robbed almost simultaneously Wednesday afternoon on opposite ends of Pulaski County.

Damage $12,000 from fire at bistro

posted: 06/28/2012 6:16 a.m.

A fire in a cooking vent at Ya-Ya’s Euro Bistro on Wednesday afternoon caused about $12,000 in damage, officials said.

Lady Antebellum

posted: 06/28/2012 6:05 a.m.

Seven-time Grammy Award-winning trio Lady Antebellum is a hot ticket and the group didn’t disappoint in North Little Rock on Thursday night.

In the news

posted: 06/28/2012 5:42 a.m.

Henry Kissinger, 89, the former secretary of state who served under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, said in Poland that he doesn’t think the statement, “Who do I call if I want to call Europe?” originated with him, adding: “I am not sure I actually said it. But it’s a good statement so why not take credit for it?” Raul Rodriguez, 46, who contended Texas’ version of a stand-your-ground law allowed him to fatally shoot a Houston-area neighbor after an argument about a noisy party, has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 2010 murder of Kelly Danaher, 36.

Fire at heels, Coloradans hightail it out

posted: 06/28/2012 5:41 a.m.

Fire crews fought to save the U.S. Air Force Academy, and residents begged for information on the fate of their homes Wednesday after a night of terror sent thousands of people fleeing a raging Colorado Springs wildfire.

Accord reached on highway bill

posted: 06/28/2012 5:41 a.m.

Congressional negotiators Wednesday agreed on legislation to maintain current transportation spending for 27 months, focus federal dollars on highways and bridges and give states more flexibility in using money from Washington.

Military records debunk candidate's rhetoric

posted: 06/28/2012 5:40 a.m.

Third Congressional District candidate Ken Aden has claimed he’s a Green Beret, but his military records indicate he washed out of Special Forces training, not once but three times.

Old law fuels drive to form atheist lobby

posted: 06/28/2012 5:38 a.m.

Eighty-four years after Little Rock’s last highly publicized blasphemy trial, a group representing the nation’s “nontheistic community” today hopes to begin organizing a state chapter to lobby the Legislature.

Barclays to settle rate manipulation case

posted: 06/28/2012 5:36 a.m.

Department’s criminal division on a related matter. It also will pay nearly $93 million to British regulators.

The nation in brief

posted: 06/28/2012 5:36 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There’s more water that anybody, no matter how old they are, has ever remembered seeing. It’s not just people on the river, it’s neighborhoods, it’s places that have never been flooded.” Alan Brock, Wakulla County, Fla., commission chairman, on the aftermath of Tropical Storm Debby Article, this page Vote on Holder a go, Boehner says WASHINGTON — Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that the House will move forward with a contempt-of-Congress vote today against Attorney General Eric Holder over the botched gun-tracking operation known as Fast and Furious.

Debby deals Florida parting blow

posted: 06/28/2012 5:34 a.m.

Debby destroyed homes and businesses, washed away roads and flooded neighborhoods in Florida before the once-large tropical storm drifted out to sea Wednesday, leaving behind a sopping mess.

Getting it straight

posted: 06/28/2012 5:33 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: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette SUSAN SCANTLIN Editor, Northwest Arkansas P.O. Box 7 Springdale, Ark. 72765 or call (479) 365-2960 during business hours Monday through Friday.

Names and faces

posted: 06/28/2012 5:32 a.m.

The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that, thanks to Seth Mac-Farlane, it has the papers of Carl Sagan, who spoke to mass audiences about the mysteries of the universe and the origins of life. While MacFarlane never owned the late scientist’s papers, he covered the undisclosed costs of donating them to the library.

Campaign cash probe looks at chamber

posted: 06/28/2012 5:32 a.m.

Attorney General Eric Schnei derman of New York has begun investigating contributions to tax-exempt groups that are heavily involved in political campaigns, focusing on a case involving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has been one of the largest outside groups seeking to influence recent elections but is not required to disclose its donors.

Air Force sex scandal sees 2 more charged

posted: 06/28/2012 5:32 a.m.

Two more instructors at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio have been charged in a growing sexual scandal involving trainers and female recruits at one of the nation’s busiest military training centers.

The world in brief

posted: 06/28/2012 5:31 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “You could see it as a last piece in a jigsaw peace process, which has been very slowly and carefully put together over 20 years.” Diarmaid Ferriter, a professor of modern history at University College Dublin, on the shaking of hands between Queen Elizabeth II and a former Irish Republican Army commander Article, this page 2 bodies found in Ontario mall ruin ELLIOT LAKE, Ontario — Officials recovered two bodies after dismantling a piece of a partially collapsed Ontario shopping mall Wednesday and said they are confident no other victims are inside. The renewed rescue effort came after angry residents shouted down fears that the unstable structure made the work too risky to continue.

43 being smuggled die in Tanzania

posted: 06/28/2012 5:30 a.m.

Forty-three Ethiopians and Somalis who paid to be smuggled from their homelands in search of better living conditions died in the back of a crowded, suffocating truck, an official said Wednesday.

Former IRA chief, queen shake hands

posted: 06/28/2012 5:30 a.m.

Queen Elizabeth II shook hands with a former Irish Republican Army commander Wednesday during a meeting in Belfast that seemed destined for the history books as a milestone in Anglo-Irish relations.

Syria TV station blown up; sides differ on blame

posted: 06/28/2012 5:29 a.m.

Syria said Wednesday that rebels stormed a pro-government television station in a Damascus suburb, killing employees and blowing up the station in a pre-dawn assault, but rebels said the attackers were defectors from the elite Republican Guard, considered to be the most loyal core defenders of President Bashar Assad.

Knocking prompts search of ship’s containers in N.J.

posted: 06/28/2012 5:28 a.m.

Dockworkers rushed to unload stacked shipping containers from a cargo ship that arrived in New Jersey from the Middle East on Wednesday after a Coast Guard inspection team heard knocking for about two hours that suggested stowaways might be inside one of the boxes.

Despite OK by federal judge, Florida freezes voter purge

posted: 06/28/2012 5:27 a.m.

A federal judge Wednesday rejected a request from the Obama administration to put an immediate stop to the state of Florida’s noncitizen voter purge program. But an attorney for the state said the program would remain halted until the state can get better information on who is a citizen.

Moroccan carpet weavers share craft

posted: 06/28/2012 5:26 a.m.

Carpet weavers from a rural village in Morocco used driftwood they gathered from the banks of the Mississippi River to build large wooden looms in New Orleans — their first stop on a U.S. tour demonstrating their craft.

In U.K., plan offered to reset House of Lords

posted: 06/28/2012 5:26 a.m.

Prime Minister David Cameron set out ambitious plans Wednesday to replace Britain’s 700-year-old House of Lords, the country’s unelected upper chamber, with a smaller, mostly elected body, taking on a task that has frustrated political leaders for decades.

State’s website to let public follow budget

posted: 06/28/2012 5:24 a.m.

A few months after Arkansas received a failing grade for Internet access to state government-spending information, Arkansas’ database for expenditures is to go live Sunday.

Transit changes in state get look

posted: 06/28/2012 5:23 a.m.

The long-range transportation planning agency for central Arkansas wants to take a closer look at forming a regional mobility authority to finance transportation-related projects such as the North Belt Freeway.

Ex-detainee sues sheriff, chief

posted: 06/28/2012 5:23 a.m.

A former Phillips County jail inmate is suing the county’s sheriff and the Helena-West Helena police chief, saying in a federal lawsuit that they and their officers violated his constitutional rights last year.

Human trafficking discussed

posted: 06/28/2012 5:22 a.m.

Leaders from several Arkansas anti-human-trafficking groups on Wednesday took another step toward changing what they say is a weak state law.

Board gets 1st report on housing chief

posted: 06/28/2012 5:21 a.m.

Members of the Metropolitan Housing Alliance board received a preliminary report Wednesday from special counsel hired to investigate personnel complaints against the agency’s executive director but did not take any action. Board Chairman Richard Stephens said the board will meet again early next week to discuss the results of the investigation and likely vote on what action to take.

PB man sentenced in shooting death

posted: 06/28/2012 5:20 a.m.

A Pine Bluff man will serve at least 47 years in prison in a July shooting death, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 06/28/2012 5:19 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.

West LR water safe, utility tells residents

posted: 06/28/2012 5:19 a.m.

Several residents of west Little Rock noticed discolored tap water Tuesday, but it is completely safe, Central Arkansas Water spokesman Samantha Williams said.

Police beat

posted: 06/28/2012 5:19 a.m.

Teens, 15 and 16, shot on LR street Two Little Rock teens were hospitalized after they were shot late Tuesday night on Maple Street, police said.

OSHA narrows focus in death at UA

posted: 06/28/2012 5:18 a.m.

The federal investigation into the death of a construction worker on the University of Arkansas’ Football Operations Center will focus on the subcontractor that employed him, a spokesman for the investigating agency said Wednesday.

Self-defense cited in woman’s death

posted: 06/28/2012 5:17 a.m.

A Pine Bluff man told authorities early Tuesday that he fatally shot a woman robbing him in self-defense, a police news release said.

Board at Pulaski Tech set to interview 2 for top post

posted: 06/28/2012 5:16 a.m.

The Pulaski Technical College board of trustees will meet today and Friday to interview two people for the college president’s job.

LR cooling center set for hottest days

posted: 06/28/2012 5:15 a.m.

The Salvation Army cooling center will be available for forthcoming 100-degree days, officials said Wednesday.

Josephine Ann Andria Durham: Nurse, enjoyed helping, cooking

posted: 06/28/2012 5:15 a.m.

As a recovery-room nurse for about 15 years in Little Rock, Jo Durham had her patients for only a few hours, but she made an effort to touch their lives, her family said.

Chamber president to give gas-tax view

posted: 06/28/2012 5:13 a.m.

A top chamber of commerce official will give his view of a proposed initiated act to raise the state severance tax on natural gas when he addresses the Political Animals Club of Little Rock.

Bentonville voters reject 6.7-mill rise

posted: 06/28/2012 5:13 a.m.

Voters soundly rejected a Bentonville School District millage increase Tuesday.

Texarkana voters pass 2.5-mill tax extension

posted: 06/28/2012 5:13 a.m.

City officials say they hope to start road repairs by year’s end after voters approved two ballot issues Tuesday in a special election.

Magnolia residents OK sales tax of 0.25 cent

posted: 06/28/2012 5:12 a.m.

Despite a low voter turnout, the city’s 0.25-cent sales-tax initiative passed by an overwhelming 616-276 on Tuesday in a special election.

Daily record

posted: 06/28/2012 5:12 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.

Springdale crash fatal to driver, 20

posted: 06/28/2012 5:11 a.m.

A Springdale man was killed in a single-vehicle accident Monday night on Pleasure Heights Road in Springdale, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality report.

County-treasurer hopeful exits race

posted: 06/28/2012 5:11 a.m.

The Republican candidate for Faulkner County treasurer has withdrawn from the race.


posted: 06/28/2012 5:04 a.m.

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Other days

posted: 06/28/2012 5:03 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 28, 1912 In the “Agents’ Bulletin ” for June, issued by the Missouri Pacific-Iron Mountain system, is a panoramic view of Little Rock taken from the top of the dome of the new state capitol. Beneath the picture is a concise description of Little Rock. Each agent on the Missouri Pacific-Iron Mountain system receives a copy of this bulletin, thus acquainting many people in as many sections of the United States with Little Rock.

Young guns

posted: 06/28/2012 5:02 a.m.

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

OTHERS SAY: And not a drop to drink

posted: 06/28/2012 5:01 a.m.

Worried about your lawn this time of year? Think of the farmers.

More political glossary

posted: 06/28/2012 5:01 a.m.

If there were a Hall of Fame for political rhetoric, the phrase “social justice” would deserve a prominent place there. It has the prime virtue of political catchwords: It means many different things to many different people.


posted: 06/28/2012 5 a.m.

New deer regulation cruel I believe Game and Fish’s new regulation banning pet deer is cruel and not well-thought-out. I believe this will mean that it will be illegal to help an orphaned fawn, that we should just let it suffer and starve to death.

Obamacare by any other name

posted: 06/28/2012 5 a.m.

For Republicans, nothing captures what they loathe about Barack Obama’s presidency more perfectly than Obamacareit’s Big Government run amok and an existential threat to American liberty. But it turns out Republicans like what’s actually in the law.

Misinterpretation muddle

posted: 06/28/2012 4:59 a.m.

Y’all keep those letters to the editor coming. They normally make my day. Be not deterred by the fact that I’m getting ready to slap a couple of letterwriters upside the head—metaphorically, of course.

THE TV COLUMN: Mindless hour for sun-fried brains, Wipeout, returns

posted: 06/28/2012 4:57 a.m.

The most guilty of summer’s guilty pleasures returns today. Time to sit back, dumb down and enjoy.


posted: 06/28/2012 4:57 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your faith is strong, and when you believe something is possible, you pursue it with great conviction. A brilliant move pumps up your professional life in August. There’s a change in your social lineup as you welcome new friends at the year’s end. A May investment will pay handsomely in five years. Aries and Taurus people adore you.


posted: 06/28/2012 4:57 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I heard a preacher say once that you can be joyful, even if you aren’t happy. I don’t see how that’s possible, because if I’m not happy, then I’m certainly not joyful. Maybe you can explain what he might have meant. — C.B. DEAR C.B.: What he said is true: We can be joyful, even when our circumstances are bad and life has turned against us.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Partner A gets an F for hogging the weekend ‘me time’

posted: 06/28/2012 4:56 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: Partner A works long hours outside the home. Partner B is a stay-at-home parent. Weekend rolls around. Partner A wants to spend one day on a personal hobby/activity that would involve interactions with good friends, but not family. B wishes A would spend time with family instead.

Library of Congress exhibit lists valued tomes

posted: 06/28/2012 4:56 a.m.

Most great book lists concentrate on works of the highest literary or scholarly merit. Think of the Harvard Classics, Harold Bloom’s Western Canon, the Modern Library’s selection of “the 100 best novels of the 20th century.” Here, the compilers imply, are our cultural masterpieces, the Mount Everest all literate people should scale in their lifetime. You haven’t read Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason or James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake? Get cracking and break out the ropes, climbing shoes and pitons.


posted: 06/28/2012 4:54 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I use my mother’s set of dishes, and I love having them as a reminder of her in something she chose more than 45 years ago. The plates have many black marks on them from knives used through the years. I don’t know how (or if it is even possible) to remove those marks. Do you have any suggestions?

Super Quiz: Historical Americans

posted: 06/28/2012 4:53 a.m.

1. He attempted to surrender West Point to the British. 2. He led a witch hunt for alleged communists during the 1950s. 3. Noted for “I shall return.” 4. Noted for “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” 5. Revolutionized Southern agriculture with the planting of peanuts and sweet potatoes 6. Proclaimed a security risk for his reluctance to proceed with developing the hydrogen bomb 7. Noted photographer of Western wilderness areas and mountain panoramas 8. Pianist who at 23 won the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow 9. Founder of the Christian Science movement Answers 1. Benedict Arnold 2. Joseph McCarthy 3. Gen. Douglas MacArthur 4. Nathan Hale 5. George Washington Carver 6. J. Robert Oppenheimer 7. Ansel Adams 8. Van Cliburn 9. Mary Baker Eddy

No clock needed for Hornets’ pick

posted: 06/28/2012 4:51 a.m.

Only a malfunctioning phone will cause New Orleans Hornets General Manager Dell Demps to use the full five minutes he’ll get to make 6-11 Kentucky star Anthony Davis the first overall pick in tonight’s NBA Draft.

3 UA football players deny guilt, face Aug. 27 trial

posted: 06/28/2012 4:50 a.m.

Arkansas football players Marquel Wade, Maudrecus Humphrey and Andrew Peterson pleaded not guilty to felony burglary and theft charges Wednesday and have been assigned a trial date of Aug. 27 in Washington County Circuit Court before Judge William Storey.

Favorites romp for Charles

posted: 06/28/2012 4:49 a.m.

Roger Federer gave Prince Charles a bow, then gave Fabio Fognini a royal thumping.


posted: 06/28/2012 4:48 a.m.

Stacy Lewis won’t be sneaking up on anyone this weekend in the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club.

LIKE IT IS: New playoff plan a step in right direction

posted: 06/28/2012 4:45 a.m.

Hold on just a minute. Everyone needs to stop shouting the BCS is dead, long live the new king.

Twins sign Baxendale

posted: 06/28/2012 4:43 a.m.

DJ Baxendale, whose pitching helped carry Arkansas to the College Worlds Series this season, signed Wednesday with the Minnesota Twins. Baxendale, a 6-2 right-hander from Jacksonville, was a 10th-round draft pick by the Twins earlier this month before the Razorbacks won the Hous-

Second thoughts

posted: 06/28/2012 4:42 a.m.

It’s nothing to flip over, Dusty says Cincinnati Reds Manager Dusty Baker has made sure that closer Aroldis Chapman won’t be doing any more somersaults after finishing a game.

COMMENTARY: It’s only a new deal with pay for play

posted: 06/28/2012 4:40 a.m.

Hard to believe it took scholars from some of the nation’s biggest universities this long to dump the hated BCS and figure out a new format for a college football playoff.

Off the wire

posted: 06/28/2012 4:39 a.m.

BASEBALL Howard to begin rehab Ryan Howard will begin a rehab stint tonight, a day after Chase Utley returned to the Philadelphia Phillies’ lineup. Howard, the 2006 NL MVP, hasn’t played since tearing his left Achilles’ tendon on the final swing of the 2011 season in Game 5 of the NL division series against St. Louis. Howard will serve as the designated hitter for Class A Lakewood. He could return to the Phillies within three weeks. Utley homered in his first at-bat after missing the first 76 games with a chronic problem in both knees.

U.S. SWIMMING TRIALS: 2nd round goes to Phelps, tops Lochte in 200 freestyle

posted: 06/28/2012 4:38 a.m.

Round 2 goes to Michael Phelps.

Fishing this week

posted: 06/28/2012 4:38 a.m.

1. ARKANSAS RIVER (LITTLE ROCK POOL) Bream fishing is good using crickets. Crappie are being caught using minnows. Bass fishing has been fair using topwater baits early in the day. Try sandbar drops later in the mornings. Catfish are being caught with stink bait, chicken liver and cut shad. St. Francis 2. ARKANSAS RIVER (MAUMELLE POOL) River Bream fishing is excellent using crickets and worms. Crappie fishing is good using minnows and jigs fished in deep water. Bass fishing is fair. Use topwater baits in the mornings and topwaters and shaky head worms in the evenings. Catfish are being caught on slicks and cut bait.


posted: 06/28/2012 4:36 a.m.

NOTE For additions to this calendar, fax the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at (501) 378-3869. Events also may be e-mailed to JUNE 30 Free boating education class. William Carl Garner Visitor Center, Heber Springs. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jason Parrie (501) 362-9067. JULY 10 Ducks Unlimited District 7 meeting. Lakeside Farms, Widener. Mike Morrison (901) 277-0265. 11 Deer Management Assistance Program workshop. Pulaski Academy, 12701 Hinson Rd., Little Rock. Alan Bennett (501) 944-1946 or 12 Ducks Unlimited District 3 & 4 meeting. Grecian Steakhouse, Paragould. Tom Smalling (870) 236-0708. 14 Bella Vista Chapter of Ducks Unlimited golf tournament. Scottsdale Golf Course, Bella Vista. Craig Wall (479) 225-2131. 17 Van Buren Chapter of Ducks Unlimited poker tournament. Sister’s Gourmet Bistro. David Martin (501) 806-7761. 21 Sherwood Bass Club tournament. Lake Chicot. Bayou ramp. Ron Plate (501) 258-0753. AUGUST 2 Ducks Unlimited District 2 meeting. Rivertowne BBQ, Ozark. Da

Kenseth staying mum on ’13 ride

posted: 06/28/2012 4:36 a.m.

Matt Kenseth has kept his name out of the rumor mill for most of his NASCAR career.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Campsites closed in Ouachita

posted: 06/28/2012 4:34 a.m.

Visitors to the Ouachita National Forest are finding fewer recreational opportunities this summer because of flood concerns and bureaucratic mixups.

Congressional still sporting Open flavor

posted: 06/28/2012 4:33 a.m.

Jim Furyk must feel as if he’s going from one U.S. Open to another one.

Lewis makes donation to UA

posted: 06/28/2012 4:32 a.m.

Former University of Arkansas golfer Stacy Lewis donated $100,000 to the Razorbacks women’s golf program Wednesday to help build an indoor facility for putting and chipping at Blessings Golf Course in Fayetteville. Lewis, the world’s No. 2 women’s golfer, made the announcement Wednesday at Pinnacle Country Club, site of the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship, which begins Friday. Lewis, 27, is second on the LPGA money list with $906,000 in earnings this year. “I say it all the time, I would not be where I am if I had gone to any other university,” said Lewis, who now lives in Florida.

LPGA NW Arkansas Championship report

posted: 06/28/2012 4:31 a.m.

Wayne Callahan and his group got their money’s worth during the LPGA pro-am Wednesday at Pinnacle Country Club.

This date in baseball

posted: 06/28/2012 4:30 a.m.

1907 Twelve Washington baserunners stole bases against catcher Branch Rickey as the Senators defeated the New York Yankees 16-5. 1910 Joe Tinker of the Chicago Cubs became the first major leaguer to steal home twice in the same game, an 11-1 victory over Cincinnati. 1919 Carl Mays of Boston pitched two complete games against the New York Yankees. The Red Sox won the first game 2-0 and lost the nightcap 4-1. 1949 Joe DiMaggio played his first series of the year after a bone spur operation and hit.455, with 4 home runs and 9 RBI, as the New York Yankees swept Boston at Fenway Park. 1970 Pittsburgh swept the Chicago Cubs 3-2 and 4-1 in the Pirates’ final games at Forbes Field. 1984 Dwight Evans of the Boston Red Sox completed the cycle with a threerun, 11th-inning home run to beat the Seattle Mariners 9-6. 1986 Phil Niekro of the Cleveland Indians and Don Sutton of the California Angels became the first 300-game winners to start against each other in the 20th century. Neither Niekro nor Sutton got a decision as

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Consecutive HRs in 7th lift Marlins over Cards

posted: 06/28/2012 4:30 a.m.

John Buck and pinch hitter Logan Morrison connected for consecutive home runs in the seventh inning, rallying the Miami Marlins past St. Louis 5-3 Wednesday night and ending their eight-game losing streak against the Cardinals.


posted: 06/28/2012 4:29 a.m.

KEN BAKER, No. 4 Centennial Valley Golf Club, 173 yards, 4-iron. Witnesses : Johnny Tyler, Phil Kordsmeire and Jim Fulmer TYLER GREEN, No. 7 War Memorial Golf Course, 314 yards, Cobra Amp. Witnesses: Greg Bortherton, Tina Brotherton. JOHN MCCARTY, No. 11 War Memorial Golf Course, 141 yards, 8-iron. Witnesses : Don Carvalho, Carl Hines and George Fleisch. JIM WEISNED, No. 6 Stone Links Golf Course. Witnesses: Kent Hyde, Al Smith and Bert Fitzhugh KATHY WELLS, No. 14 Eagle Hill Golf & Athletic Club, 116 yards, 9-wood. Witness: Johnnie Lowe. JOHN ASHBY, No. 4 Centennial Valley Golf Club, 181 yards, 4-iron. Witnesses : Daniel Goodwin, Jackson Goodwin and Scott Ashby.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/28/2012 4:29 a.m.

Former Vols RB now a Red Wolf Former Tennessee running back David Oku signed a letter of intent to play football at Arkansas State on Wednesday and enrolled for summer classes in Jonesboro, according to a release from the school.

Bird, 55, leaves as Pacers’ chief

posted: 06/28/2012 4:28 a.m.

Larry Bird is calling it quits with the Indiana Pacers.

Coach hopes to delay runoff

posted: 06/28/2012 4:25 a.m.

Bobby Kersee is requesting that USA Track and Field extend its deadline to give his athletes more time to recover. The coach for Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh is pushing for a Tuesday runoff race, should that be the option his sprinters decide to do. To run any sooner, Kersee said, wouldn’t be fair to his athletes. USATF officials said they will wait until after the women’s 200 meters Saturday night at the Olympic track and field trials to finalize plans for breaking a third-place tie in the 100. Felix and Tarmoh technically have until Sunday, when the trials end, to decide betwen a runoff — a winnertake-all race to break the tie — or a coin flip to determine who gets the last spot on the London-bound team in the event.

NBA Draft Order

posted: 06/28/2012 4:24 a.m.

At the Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.

Aid banks directly, Spain says

posted: 06/28/2012 4:23 a.m.

Spain insisted Wednesday that it will continue to push for European financial aid to be delivered directly to its troubled banks, rather than count as government debt, warning that these were crucial moments for the euro currency union.

Board selects ag chief for state

posted: 06/28/2012 4:22 a.m.

The Arkansas Agriculture Board moved quickly Wednesday to select Butch Calhoun, director of the state Department of Rural Services, to be the state’s second agriculture secretary, replacing retiring Agriculture Secretary Richard “Dick” Bell.

EU court reduces Microsoft fine

posted: 06/28/2012 4:22 a.m.

A European Union court handed a small victory to Microsoft on Wednesday by reducing a fine for breaking antitrust laws, though it upheld the 2008 decision to impose the penalty on the software giant.

Monsanto says drought likely to benefit seed firm

posted: 06/28/2012 4:21 a.m.

Monsanto Co., the world’s biggest seed company, said it stands to gain from the worst U.S. Midwest drought in a decade because the difficult conditions may demonstrate its superior yields and create seed shortages for competitors.


posted: 06/28/2012 4:21 a.m.

Windstream receives FCC pricing flexibility The Federal Communications Commission has granted Windstream Corp. pricing flexibility for Houston, Tulsa and Lincoln, Neb., under its “special access” rules.

Sexual conduct at State Hospital sparks inquiry

posted: 06/28/2012 4:21 a.m.

State Hospital leaders are investigating whether staff followed monitoring procedures after patients were caught in two acts of “inappropriate sexual conduct” on the same unit where a female patient reported that a male patient raped her April 30.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/28/2012 4:20 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Our genetics tend to do well in warm, dry conditions. It’s not something that you hope for, but we have an edge in that.” Hugh Grant, Monsanto chief executive officer Article, 1D Google unveils own tablet computer SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Wednesday unveiled a small tablet computer bearing its brand.

MARKET REPORT: Housing, factories cheer investors

posted: 06/28/2012 4:20 a.m.

A rare double shot of good news about the U.S. economy sent stocks higher Wednesday. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 92 points despite fear about Europe’s debt turmoil.

Analysts give Facebook mixed ratings

posted: 06/28/2012 4:20 a.m.

The Wall Street analysts who know Facebook best are giving the company’s stock a mixed review. Think: like, not love.

Durable-goods orders climb 1.1%

posted: 06/28/2012 4:19 a.m.

U.S. factories received more orders for long-lasting manufactured goods in May, rebounding after two weak months.

Federal alert calls silica at fracking sites a health risk

posted: 06/28/2012 4:11 a.m.

Sand used during hydraulic fracturing poses a health risk for workers in the oil and gas industry because the dust can affect the lung’s ability to absorb oxygen, according to an alert issued by federal officials.


posted: 06/28/2012 4:10 a.m.

1 BOBBY Bobby Brown rejoins the original members of New Edition (Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell, Johnny Gill, Michael Bivins and Ralph Tresvant) for the R&B group’s 30th Reunion Tour concert, 6 p.m.

Fast Forward

posted: 06/28/2012 4:10 a.m.

NEXT WEEK War: In the summer of 1862, as the Civil War raged and the state Confederate government tried to escape encroaching Union forces, Hot Springs served as temporary state capital. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of its brief tenure as seat of Arkansas government, downtown Hot Springs is hosting A Capital Weekend, July 6-8, with exhibits, music, living history and dancing. Most events are free, but tickets to The Magnolia Ball, 7 p.m. July 7, are $75. Call (501) 624-2701 or visit nps. gov/hosp. NEXT MONTH Raw: Big-name wrestling stars are coming to North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena on the WWE Raw World Tour, 7:30 p.m. July 21. Tickets are $17- $97. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit

Yummy Yamato is big bargain

posted: 06/28/2012 4:10 a.m.

If you set out looking for a great hibachi or sushi meal, Jacksonville is probably not the first place you’d think to look.


posted: 06/28/2012 4:07 a.m.

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Pretty Lights tickets Tickets — $36.50 for the first 1,000, $41.50 for the next 1,000, $43.50 for all subsequent tickets sold — go on sale at Ticketmaster outlets at 10 a.m. Friday for the Pretty Lights Illumination Tour concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at Little Rock’s Riverfest Amphitheatre. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit Period costumes The Arts & Science Center of Southeast Arkansas is seeking 1950s and ’60s clothing to use as costumes for its July 25-29 production of the musical Hairspray.

MUSIC: 30th Reunion Tour revitalizes New Edition

posted: 06/28/2012 4:07 a.m.

In past years, R&B group New Edition has reportedly had its problems due to member Bobby Brown’s behavior — which led to his departure from the group in 1986 — and rivalries that cut short 1997’s ill-fated Home Again reunion tour.

MUSIC: Band wears Wussy badge with musicality, attitude

posted: 06/28/2012 4:06 a.m.

Many rock bands deliberate long and hard on choosing a name, wanting something that is perhaps descriptive or intriguing, but almost never potentially offensive. Not so with Chuck Cleaver, whose latest band is named Wussy.

Selected restaurants

posted: 06/28/2012 4:06 a.m.

Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges. Restaurant reviewers’ visits are anonymous and all expenses are paid by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Bargain means a meal (without beverage or dessert) typically less than $12.


posted: 06/28/2012 4:05 a.m.

There has been a palace coup, or a revolution, or something at Early Bird, 5923 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock. You will recall that Carson Runnells took over the Heights space and telephone number, (501) 227-7222, from Seoul Korean Cuisine & Grill and owner Dong Ryeol Lee. It turns out, however, that Lee, who had previously operated Eastern Flames in west Little Rock and Hanaroo downtown, hadn’t gone away. We had heard he was occasionally on the premises and apparently was just leasing it or had some other agreement with Runnells, who was promoting a “fresh food” concept for breakfast, lunch and, part of the time, dinner. Hours and menu were irregular, and patrons reported being unable to get anybody to answer the phone.


posted: 06/28/2012 4:03 a.m.

A bar anchors the left wall of the room.

Fulton County Fair pageants accepting entries

posted: 06/28/2012 3:58 a.m.

The Zeta Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi has announced plans for the 2012 Fulton County Fair beauty pageants and photogenic contests. Pageants will be held during the Fulton County Fair on Aug. 6-11. Contestants must be residents of Fulton County or attend school in the county.

For the love of

posted: 06/28/2012 3:57 a.m.

The tines of a pitchfork sank into the fertile soil of Marilee Coker’s flower bed in her backyard in Searcy. She was digging up iris rhizomes for an upcoming sale on Saturday. Popping the mass of roots out of the loosened dirt, Coker explained that the rhizome would be soaked in bleach water to kill any bacteria and prevent diseases from transferring from garden to garden.

Despite budget cuts, schools get repairs

posted: 06/28/2012 3:57 a.m.

The fresh-paint smell was strong inside Jacksonville High School’s cafeteria Friday as a couple of painters rolled bright-white paint over the walls. Despite budget cuts, most of the schools in Jacksonville are getting much needed facelifts and repairs.

Mountain View schools, Folk Center keep musical heritage alive

posted: 06/28/2012 3:55 a.m.

Roots music is a trend in which young musicians play the traditional music styles of their ancestors, and in Mountain View, the roots of music are deeply embedded in bluegrass.

Lighter stovetop chicken and broccoli casserole makeover

posted: 06/28/2012 3:54 a.m.

Everyone has a favorite comfort food. Mine is creamy chicken and broccoli casserole. It’s full of ooey-gooey melted cheese, creamy sauce, noodles and chicken, with some broccoli thrown in for good measure. It’s simple and delicious, but unfortunately, the classic recipe is not very healthy.

Feasts for the 4th: Tips to keep food safe

posted: 06/28/2012 3:54 a.m.

If Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, Independence Day can be characterized as the unofficial party day. With traditions of fireworks and freedom combined with hamburgers and hot dogs char-grilled to perfection, Americans take full advantage of this midsummer break.

Pork Tenderloin with Strawberry-Mango Salsa

posted: 06/28/2012 3:53 a.m.

Strawberry season is in full swing across most of the country, so chances are you’re buying lots of them. You are aren’t you?

Screenwriting competition seeking shorts and features

posted: 06/28/2012 3:53 a.m.

The Ozark Foothills FilmFest is accepting entries for its sixth annual Screenwriting Competition. The competition, the only one of its kind in Arkansas, is limited to writers who have not yet had a work produced or optioned. Entries are accepted in two categories: feature screenplay, 90 to 130 pages; and short screenplay, 30 pages or less.

Educational displays accepted at Fulton County Fair

posted: 06/28/2012 3:51 a.m.

Fulton County Civic clubs and organizations and schools are encouraged to have an educational display at the Fulton County Fair, Aug. 6-11. Tabletop displays will be accepted, and the club or school must furnish its own table and backdrop. The exhibit cannot be more than 4 feet wide. Each booth will be scored, and cash awards will be awarded. A copy of the scorecard is available from the Fulton County Fair office by emailing or calling (870) 895-5565. Educational exhibits can be entered online at www., or the booth can be entered on a paper entry form. All entries are due by July 25.

Jacksonville celebrates Olympic Day today

posted: 06/28/2012 3:51 a.m.

Paralympic swimmer Dr. Grover Evans will join the Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department for a celebration of Olympic Day at 10 a.m. today at Excell Park. He will share his life story, tell the youth about his Olympic experiences and answer questions about the Olympic movement and its values and ideals. Free youth activities will begin at 11 am. Excell Park is at 1500 Ray Road in Jacksonville at the corner of Ray and Southeastern roads. For more information, call (501) 982-0818.

2012 Heritage and Heroes Open House and Air Show

posted: 06/28/2012 3:48 a.m.

The 2012 Heritage and Heroes Open House and Air Show will be held Sept. 8 and 9 at the Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville.

Patriotic Spectacular full of live entertainment

posted: 06/28/2012 3:47 a.m.

The Patriotic Spectacular/Military Appreciation Day, held each Independence Day weekend in Jacksonville, honors the military heroes that call central Arkansas home. This year’s celebration will take place Sunday in Jan Crow Stadium at Jacksonville High School, 2400 Linda Lane. The event provides an evening of entertainment and fireworks for the whole family.

More can see the doctor

posted: 06/28/2012 3:45 a.m.

Non-emergency medical care could be more accessible and quicker for Clark County residents after the opening of two facilities next to Baptist Health Center in Arkadelphia.

On the alert

posted: 06/28/2012 3:45 a.m.

In May, Suzanne Crowley said she was afraid to fall asleep at night, afraid her blood-sugar levels would crash or soar. After Sunday night, the Bryant resident says she can rest better knowing her diabetic-alert dog Koda is nearby to let her know if her glucose levels fall too low.

Jessieville’s Ault family earns honor for farming

posted: 06/28/2012 3:44 a.m.

Reclining in his easy chair, looking out the picture window at pastureland backed up to mountains, Darrell J. Ault Sr. remembers traveling by wagon to his current home in Garland County.

flavor: Feasts for the 4th: Tips to keep food safe

posted: 06/28/2012 3:43 a.m.

If Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, Independence Day can be characterized as the unofficial party day. With traditions of fireworks and freedom combined with hamburgers and hot dogs char-grilled to perfection, Americans take full advantage of this midsummer break.

Lighter stovetop chicken and broccoli casserole makeover

posted: 06/28/2012 3:43 a.m.

Everyone has a favorite comfort food. Mine is creamy chicken and broccoli casserole. It’s full of ooey-gooey melted cheese, creamy sauce, noodles and chicken, with some broccoli thrown in for good measure. It’s simple and delicious, but unfortunately, the classic recipe is not very healthy.

Pork Tenderloin with Strawberry-Mango Salsa

posted: 06/28/2012 3:42 a.m.

Strawberry season is in full swing across most of the country, so chances are you’re buying lots of them. You are, aren’t you?

All-American fun

posted: 06/28/2012 3:42 a.m.

This year, Independence Day comes in the middle of the workweek, but there is no shortage of holiday events or fireworks displays in the Tri-Lakes region.

Driven to read

posted: 06/28/2012 3:41 a.m.

All the familiar characters were there — Curious George, the Little Mermaid, Dr. Seuss characters, Lemony Snicket and many more. United for Reading, a book drive for the United Way of Central Arkansas’ Day of Action on June 21, paid off in a big way.

Havana family earns Yell County farming honor

posted: 06/28/2012 3:40 a.m.

Richard and Shelly Chwalinski (pronounced fuh-lin-ski ) have their sons to thank for introducing them to each other.

Conway family approved for Habitat house

posted: 06/28/2012 3:40 a.m.

Teresa Del Campo of Conway, a mother of seven, has only owned one house in her life — and it had holes in it.

Community School of Music plans summer strings camp

posted: 06/28/2012 3:38 a.m.

The University of Central Arkansas Community School of Music’s fourth annual Summer Strings Camp will be held July 22-28.

Landowners in several counties can sign up for Point Remove project

posted: 06/28/2012 3:38 a.m.

Farmers and landowners in portions of Conway, Yell, Pope and Van Buren counties have until Sunday to submit applications to receive financial assistance to implement conservation practices through the Point Remove Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative project.

flavor: Add mango, strawberries to pork tenderloin for sweet, savory dish

posted: 06/28/2012 3:37 a.m.

Strawberry season is in full swing across most of the country, so chances are you’re buying lots of them. You are, aren’t you?

Feasts for the 4th

posted: 06/28/2012 3:36 a.m.

If Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, Independence Day c an b e char ac ter i z e d as the unofficial party day. With traditions of fireworks and freedom combined with hamburgers and hot dogs char-grilled to perfection, Americans take full advantage of this midsummer break.

Stovetop makeover yields lighter chicken and broccoli casserole

posted: 06/28/2012 3:36 a.m.

Everyone has a favorite comfort food. Mine is creamy chicken and broccoli casserole. It’s full of ooey-gooey melted cheese, creamy sauce, noodles and chicken, with some broccoli thrown in for good measure. It’s simple and delicious, but unfortunately, the classic recipe is not very healthy.

A no-fail summer dessert: Five-Minute Ice Cream Sundae Pie

posted: 06/28/2012 3:33 a.m.

Desserts can be tricky for a Seriously Simple cook, especially as the temperature goes up. Making pie dough or baking a fancy cake isn’t what I have in mind in the heat of the season. This icy confection says it all — five minutes for a wow-factor sweet.

Morrilton to hold Fabulous 4th celebration

posted: 06/28/2012 3:32 a.m.

The Fabulous Fourth celebration will be held from 5-10 p.m. Wednesday at Cherokee Park in Morrilton.

UCA students fare well at media contest

posted: 06/28/2012 3:32 a.m.

The University of Central Arkansas’ Vortex earned the General Excellence award for literary magazines in the recent Arkansas College Media Association awards.

UCA STEMTeach program to begin this fall

posted: 06/28/2012 3:31 a.m.

The University of Central Arkansas is among three state universities selected to implement UTeach in the fall.

Food donations needed for library day camps

posted: 06/28/2012 3:30 a.m.

Donations of food and serving items are needed for day camps being held in July and August at the Twin Groves and Mount Vernon libraries, said Judy Lovell, assistant director of the Faulkner County Library.

Health Foundation presents scholarships to 15 area students

posted: 06/28/2012 3:28 a.m.

Scholarships totaling $24,000 were awarded to 15 area health care students by the Conway Regional Health Foundation recently.

Sen. Gilbert Baker to be ‘roasted’ July 5

posted: 06/28/2012 3:27 a.m.

The Faulkner County Republican Committee will hold its annual Lincoln Day Dinner on July 5 at the Centennial Valley Country Club, 1600 Centennial Club Drive.

Students receive awards at UCA Film Festival

posted: 06/28/2012 3:27 a.m.

Among the students receiving awards at the University of Central Arkansas Film Festival were Brandon Bristol of Greenbrier and Karmichael Jones of Russellville.


posted: 06/28/2012 2:26 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball: 6-34-40-46-58 Powerball: 6 Estimated jackpot: $40 million

Wednesday, June 27

Baxendale signs with Twins

posted: 06/27/2012 6:41 p.m.

DJ Baxendale has signed with the Minnesota Twins, ending his career as a pitcher at Arkansas.

2 enter pleas in Delta Blues probe

posted: 06/27/2012 6:10 p.m.

Two people accused of being involved in a massive drug ring in eastern Arkansas have pleaded guilty to drug-related charges in federal court.

Agriculture Board picks Calhoun as next secretary

posted: 06/27/2012 6 p.m.

The Arkansas Agriculture Board has chosen Butch Calhoun as the next state agriculture secretary.

Jacksonville police search for bank robbery suspect

posted: 06/27/2012 4:29 p.m.

Jacksonville police are searching for a man who robbed a bank Wednesday afternoon.

New website will allow Arkansans to track spending

posted: 06/27/2012 4:16 p.m.

Arkansans soon will be able to track state spending through a new government website. The website — — will be available Sunday.

VIDEO: Delta Trust in LR robbed

updated: 06/27/2012 3:41 p.m.

Authorities are looking for a man who robbed a west Little Rock bank Wednesday afternoon.

Gas dips below $3 in parts of LR area

posted: 06/27/2012 2:25 p.m.

Gas prices at a number of stations in the LIttle Rock area dipped below $3 Wednesday, pleasing motorists who saw substantially higher prices just months ago.

Salvation Army opens cooling center

posted: 06/27/2012 2:09 p.m.

The Salvation Army will open a cooling center to help combat the heat.

LPGA's Lewis donating $100,000 to Razorbacks

posted: 06/27/2012 1:31 p.m.

Stacy Lewis, the world's No. 2 ranked female golfer, has donated $100,000 to the University of Arkansas, the school announced Wednesday.

VIDEO: Ya Ya's in LR damaged in fire

updated: 06/27/2012 1:22 p.m.

A popular restaurant in west Little Rock is cleaning up after a fire early Wednesday afternoon.

Vet-targeted website to be turned over to feds

posted: 06/27/2012 12:12 p.m.

A company Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says preyed on veterans for their education benefits has agreed to pay a total of $2.5 million to 20 states and turn over its website to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

A new edition of New Edition

posted: 06/27/2012 11:46 a.m.

In past years, R&B group New Edition has reportedly had its problems due to member Bobby Brown’s behavior — which led to his departure from the group in 1986 — and rivalries that cut short 1997’s ill-fated Home Again reunion tour, Helaine R. Williams writes in Thursday’s Arkansas Weekend Section.

Durable goods rose 1.1 percent in May

posted: 06/27/2012 11:39 a.m.

Businesses placed more orders with U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods in May.

Queen, ex-IRA chief shake hands

posted: 06/27/2012 11:34 a.m.

Queen Elizabeth II and a former Irish Republican Army commander offered each other the hand of peace Wednesday in a long-awaited encounter symbolizing Northern Ireland’s progress in achieving reconciliation after decades of violence.

Colorado blaze too dangerous to assess damage, officials say

posted: 06/27/2012 11:20 a.m.

Heat and flames from a destructive wildfire threatening Colorado’s second-largest city were far too intense Wednesday morning for authorities to fully assess the damage it caused overnight.

Football Hogs plead not guilty to felony charges

posted: 06/27/2012 11:09 a.m.

Marquel Wade, Maudrecus Humphrey and Andrew Peterson pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to felony charges stemming from arrests in May.

Pacers part ways with Larry Bird

posted: 06/27/2012 10:52 a.m.

The Indiana Pacers have parted ways with Larry Bird.

More activities hop on Pops

posted: 06/27/2012 10:48 a.m.

Don’t look now, but the Fourth of July is only a week away. Yup, the year’s halfway over. If the Mayans are right, we’re running out of time.

Suspect shot after chase in Desha County

posted: 06/27/2012 10:44 a.m.

Authorities say an Arkansas City man was wounded Wednesday in an exchange of gunfire with the sheriff in Desha County.

Google likely to unveil new tablet Wednesday

posted: 06/27/2012 10:29 a.m.

A small tablet computer bearing Google's brand is expected Wednesday.

Faulkner County escapee caught in Hot Springs

updated: 06/27/2012 1:49 p.m.

Hot Springs police have arrested a Faulkner County inmate Wednesday who escaped from a work detail Tuesday morning.

2 teachers receive national award

posted: 06/27/2012 9:50 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Education says two teachers have been honored for excellence in math and science teaching.

Syria: TV station attacked, 7 staffers killed

posted: 06/27/2012 8:59 a.m.

Gunmen raided the headquarters of a pro-government Syrian TV station early Wednesday, killing seven employees, kidnapping others and demolishing buildings, officials said. The government blamed terrorists and described the killings as a "massacre."

Car overturns in collision in NLR

posted: 06/27/2012 8:19 a.m.

Traffic was slowed on the north side of the Broadway Bridge Wednesday morning after a wreck toppled a car.

Clinton: US pleased so far by new Egypt president

posted: 06/27/2012 7:58 a.m.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the Obama administration is pleased so far with commitments made by Egypt’s Islamist president-elect, Mohammed Morsi, but will reserve judgment on his government until it is up and running.

Bentonville voters reject tax increase for school

posted: 06/27/2012 7:49 a.m.

Voters in Bentonville have rejected a millage increase that would have paid for a new high school in Centerton.

Arson ruled out in Kensett fire; cause unknown

posted: 06/27/2012 7:44 a.m.

Authorities say the cause of a January fire that destroyed four buildings in Kensett has been ruled undetermined.

Historic preservation awards $1.6 M in grants

posted: 06/27/2012 7:16 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe says the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program has awarded $1.6 million in grants for projects in 35 Arkansas counties.

VIDEO: Destructive Colorado blaze doubles size overnight

updated: 06/27/2012 9:43 a.m.

A stubborn and towering wildfire jumped firefighters' perimeter lines in the hills overlooking Colorado Springs, forcing frantic mandatory evacuation notices for more than 32,000 residents, including the U.S. Air Force Academy, and destroying an unknown number of homes.

TRAFFIC REMINDER: I-430 ramp closes today

posted: 06/27/2012 6:34 a.m.

A ramp onto southbound Interstate 430 will close today and remain shut into next year while crews continue construction on a new interchange in west Little Rock.

Court backs carbon limits set by EPA

posted: 06/27/2012 5:09 a.m.

The Environmental Protection Agency was “unambiguously correct” in moving to set limits on industrial and automotive emissions of greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide, a federal appeals court said Tuesday.

Avoid border or risk wrath, Turks’ premier warns Syria

posted: 06/27/2012 5:07 a.m.

Turkey warned Syria to keep its forces away from the countries’ troubled border or risk an armed response — a furious reply on Tuesday to last week’s downing of a Turkish military plane by the Damascus regime.

To win Germany over, officials seek sway over eurozone budgets

posted: 06/27/2012 5:06 a.m.

Top European officials have called on countries that use the euro to surrender more control over their national budgets, a move apparently aimed at easing Germany’s fears of sharing debt burdens with struggling governments like Spain or Italy.

Talks fail to resolve Fast, Furious impasse

posted: 06/27/2012 5:05 a.m.

Obama administration officials and House Republican staff members failed on Tuesday to resolve a document dispute that could lead to a precedent-setting contempt of Congress vote Thursday against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

In the news

posted: 06/27/2012 5:03 a.m.

Rielle Hunter, who has written a book, What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me, told ABC’s Good Morning America that she and the former presidential candidate “are no longer a couple,” although Edwards will still be involved with their 4-year-old daughter, Quinn, who lives with Hunter.

Police look into free sewer work

posted: 06/27/2012 5:03 a.m.

Little Rock police are investigating how participants were chosen for a pilot sewer-line-replacement study after two city directors received free work on their sewer lines from the Little Rock Wastewater Utility.

Names and faces

posted: 06/27/2012 5 a.m.

The Spice Girls reunited onstage Tuesday to announce the details of a musical based on their songs.

Queen, N. Ireland clergy pray for peace

posted: 06/27/2012 5 a.m.

Queen Elizabeth II prayed together Tuesday with Catholic and Protestant leaders from across Northern Ireland as this long-divided land demonstrated its rising faith in a shared future and braced for a peacemaking milestone that has been a quarter-century in the making.


posted: 06/27/2012 5 a.m.

It’s an unconventional career move from supreme allied commander of NATO troops to being some kind of Ryan Seacrest.

Weakening Debby rains on vacations

posted: 06/27/2012 4:59 a.m.

Debby is ruining things for a lot of visitors despite weakening to a tropical depression and leaving Florida’s Gulf Coast behind.

Senate works out freeze for college-loan interest

posted: 06/27/2012 4:58 a.m.

The Senate’s top Democrat and Republican have reached a deal that would prevent interest rates on college loans from doubling beginning this weekend for millions of students, they announced Tuesday.

Filmmaker, humor essayist Nora Ephron dead at 71

posted: 06/27/2012 4:57 a.m.

Nora Ephron, an essayist and humorist who became one of her era’s most successful screenwriters and filmmakers, making romantic comedy hits such as Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally, died Tuesday night in Manhattan. She was 71.

In Utah, Hatch wins GOP vote

posted: 06/27/2012 4:56 a.m.

Sen. Orrin Hatch won the Republican primary in Utah on Tuesday, turning back a challenge from Tea Party forces hoping to jolt the party again by defeating an incumbent who occasionally strayed from the movement’s focus on shrinking the federal government.

Mega Millions

posted: 06/27/2012 4:54 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 3-16-23-35-36 Mega Ball: 20 Estimated jackpot: $65 million Megaplier: 4

Wildfire nears academy

posted: 06/27/2012 4:54 a.m.

More than 2,100 residents were being evacuated from the Air Force Academy’s grounds Tuesday night as heavy smoke billowed from a wildfire that has burned homes near Colorado Springs.

American’s body leaves Iraq

posted: 06/27/2012 4:52 a.m.

The body of an American contractor found dead in Baghdad was flown back to the U.S. on Tuesday after a two-week bureaucratic debate over whether the Iraqi government would perform an autopsy.

GOP applauds step to stem leaks

posted: 06/27/2012 4:51 a.m.

Republican senators on Tuesday welcomed a move by the director of national intelligence to snuff out leaks of classified information but insisted that a special counsel is needed to investigate the Obama administration and recent disclosures.

The nation in brief

posted: 06/27/2012 4:50 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is sheer, basic, low-level politics at its best. I don’t think that’s going to create a single job.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, as House Republicans prepared to vote this week on holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress Article, 1A Virginia university reinstates chief CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The University of Virginia trustees voted unanimously on Tuesday to reinstate the president they had forced to resign over concerns that the university was not adapting fast enough to financial and technological pressures.

The world in brief

posted: 06/27/2012 4:50 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Any military element that approaches the Turkish border from Syria and poses a security risk and danger will be regarded as a threat and treated as a military target.” Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Article, 1A Militants routed from Somali town MOGADISHU, Somalia — Hundreds of pro-government troops swept into a Somali town north of the capital Tuesday, forcing al-Shabab fighters to flee in the latest success against the al-Qaidalinked militants, witnesses and a military official said.

Egypt court: Military can’t arrest civilians

posted: 06/27/2012 4:49 a.m.

An Egyptian court suspended Tuesday a government decision allowing military police and intelligence agents to arrest civilians, a setback for the country’s military rulers after the decree drew an outcry from opponents who accused them of trying to impose martial law.

Israel evacuates settlement

posted: 06/27/2012 4:47 a.m.

Israel began the evacuation of an illegal West Bank settlement outpost Tuesday after persuading dozens of residents to leave the enclave without the violence that has plagued similar pullouts in the past.

Russia, U.S. talk nuclear security

posted: 06/27/2012 4:46 a.m.

The United States and Russia are planning to enhance cooperation in nuclear-reactor design while maintaining joint efforts to prevent nuclear materials from falling into the wrong hands, officials said Tuesday.

Ugandans stop digging for 100

posted: 06/27/2012 4:45 a.m.

Rescue workers equipped only with hand-held tools gave up their search Tuesday and waited for bulldozers to arrive to help find about 100 people who residents said were missing after landslides struck Uganda’s mountainous east.

LR to look at millage extension

posted: 06/27/2012 4:42 a.m.

The Little Rock Board of Directors will decide Tuesday whether to ask voters in a special election to extend a property-tax millage for street and drainage improvements.

Official OKs police-hire list for LR posts

posted: 06/27/2012 4:42 a.m.

Despite the objections of a Little Rock police officers association, city officials are recommending two contested promotion lists go to the chief of police’s desk for selection.

JPs approve jail funding, but wait for cities to pay

posted: 06/27/2012 4:41 a.m.

The Pulaski County Quorum Court approved an amended ordinance Tuesday night that will transfer $242,000 from the county’s general fund to the jail operation budget when cities in the county commit to paying their share of jail expansion costs.

Nelson requests inquiry by SEC

posted: 06/27/2012 4:40 a.m.

Sheffield Nelson asked the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday to investigate an Exxon Mobil subsidiary and Southwestern Energy, alleging that they have misled the public and their shareholders in the course of opposing an increase in the severance tax on natural gas.

County gives NLR $100,000 for Levy Spur Trail

posted: 06/27/2012 4:39 a.m.

A $100,000 assist from Pulaski County to North Little Rock will help move along conversion of the old Levy Spur rail line into a paved, lighted trail for walkers, joggers and cyclists through the city’s Levy area, city officials said Tuesday.

Deployed PB native dies on duty in Afghanistan

posted: 06/27/2012 4:38 a.m.

Sgt. Michael Strachota was killed in Afghanistan over the weekend while on his last mission before he was to come home on leave to celebrate his son’s third birthday.

Human-trafficking law in state called deficient

posted: 06/27/2012 4:38 a.m.

Arkansas’ 7-year-old human-trafficking law is weak and no one has ever been prosecuted under it, an assistant attorney general and several anti-trafficking groups said Tuesday.

Officer’s trial date delayed in Delta case

posted: 06/27/2012 4:36 a.m.

The federal jury trial for Marlene Kalb, a former Helena-West Helena patrol lieutenant, was rescheduled Tuesday to begin Dec. 10, canceling the previous July 30 trial date.

School monitor office continues downsizing

posted: 06/27/2012 4:35 a.m.

The federal Office of Desegregation Monitoring, which is responsible for monitoring desegregation plan compliance in the Pulaski County Special School District, has proposed a $233,438 budget for 2012-13 that reflects reduced staffing and office rental costs.

Self-defense cited in woman’s death

posted: 06/27/2012 4:33 a.m.

A Pine Bluff man told police he shot and killed a woman in self-defense during a robbery attempt early Tuesday morning, police said.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS: Grandson of media magnate Hearst

posted: 06/27/2012 4:33 a.m.

Hearst Corp. board Chairman George Randolph Hearst Jr., the oldest grandson of the media titan William Randolph Hearst, died Monday, the company said. Hearst was 84.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 06/27/2012 4:29 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: Napa Valley Drive North Little Rock: McCain Boulevard Pulaski County: Oak Grove Road

‘Fake beard bandit’ gets 11-year term

posted: 06/27/2012 4:29 a.m.

A Tulsa man investigators dubbed the “fake beard bandit” was sentenced in federal court Tuesday to 11 years and three months in prison after he pleaded guilty to eight bank robberies and one attempted robbery in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Daily record

posted: 06/27/2012 4:28 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.

Banker gets sentencing date in laundering case

posted: 06/27/2012 4:27 a.m.

Kelly Harbert, a former Little Rock banker who did volunteer work for several central Arkansas nonprofit organizations, is scheduled to be sentenced July 26 on fraud and money laundering charges.


posted: 06/27/2012 4:26 a.m.

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

Jindal to headline state GOP dinner

posted: 06/27/2012 4:26 a.m.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will headline the 2012 Reagan-Rockefeller Dinner of the Arkansas Republican Party in Hot Springs on July 27, the GOP announced Tuesday.

Ex-controller gets 10 days in jail

posted: 06/27/2012 4:25 a.m.

The former fiscal controller of Henry Corp. was sentenced to five years’ probation Monday and ordered to spend 10 days in jail for his role in stealing from the Little Rock property management company.

Police beat

posted: 06/27/2012 4:24 a.m.

Victim points out woman as thief A Little Rock woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon after she returned to the area where police said she and an accomplice robbed a man about two weeks before.

Other days

posted: 06/27/2012 4:24 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 27, 1912 About $5,000 worth of gambling devices, recently seized by Sheriff Norman A. Beller and his deputies in Argenta, were burned yesterday on the lawn north of the county courthouse. The paraphernalia consisted of roulette, Klondike, poker, “crap” and other tables and a quantity of cards, dice and chips, employed in the operating of gambling games. The stuff was saturated with coal oil and the match was applied by Sheriff Beller, and in a short while the pile of mahogany tables was reduced to ashes.

Highway wreck kills 2 in Gentry

posted: 06/27/2012 4:23 a.m.

Two men were killed in a two-vehicle crash at Arkansas 43 and Arkansas 12 in Gentry late Monday night, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality report.

Let’s get this right

posted: 06/27/2012 4:21 a.m.

THERE was some grumbling around Arkansas over the weekend when the papers came out with the news from on high. Specifically from the state’s highest court. Even though much of the attention of late has been on that other Supreme Court, the one on the federal level. But last week Arkansas’ own Supremes made news, too.

Invitation to the Dance

posted: 06/27/2012 4:20 a.m.

Executive Privilege. It’s a constitutional principle but it might as well be an old dance, the steps are so familiar. First a congressional committee demands some documents from an administration.

Saudi Arabia’s Olympic games

posted: 06/27/2012 4:19 a.m.

The Olympic charter declares that discrimination by gender is “incompatible with belonging” to the Olympic movement, and that “the practice of sport is a human right.” These noble principles have long been ignored in Saudi Arabia, which has never sent a female athlete to the adult games.

OTHERS SAY: Drones remain best tool

posted: 06/27/2012 4:19 a.m.

The United States has been at war with a shadowy, elusive enemy for more than a decade. It is a war without borders and front lines, fought by an enemy that hides behind civilian populations and in dark corners. The terrorist group al-Qaida carried out an infamous and devastating attack on Sept. 11, 2001, and has been plotting attacks ever since; its members would love to repeat that success. It is only through the vigilance, courage and successful tactics of the men and women in the U.S. armed forces and intelligence services that those plots have been thwarted.


posted: 06/27/2012 4:18 a.m.

Shouldn’t pay for the lazy I find Ruud DuVall’s latest letter ridiculous. What rock is he living under?

Digging historic Washington

posted: 06/27/2012 4:18 a.m.

The sun was already high in the June sky by the time I and Paul Austin, the executive director of the Arkansas Humanities Council, arrived at Historic Washington State Park. In a small field in the middle of one of this state’s most historic communities, tarps helped keep the early summer sun off the professional archaeologists and volunteers who were hard at work.

BCS playoff-bound

posted: 06/27/2012 4:16 a.m.

The BCS, often criticized and occasionally despised since its implementation in 1998, will be dead and gone by the 2014 season. In its place will be a four-team playoff of national semifinals and a championship game.

Serena shrieks, slips by

posted: 06/27/2012 4:14 a.m.

On one point Tuesday at Wimbledon, Serena Williams dumped a forehand into the net and dropped to a knee, her jaw clenched as she let out a shriek.

HOG FUTURES: Mississippi WR ready to help Hogs

posted: 06/27/2012 4:12 a.m.

Olive Branch (Miss.) Coach Scott Samsel knew D’Arthur Cowan could be a special football player when he saw Cowan as a sophomore. Seeing promising athletes is nothing new to Samsel or Olive Branch, which churned out 18 college football signees in February.

LIKE IT IS: Practice facility important for recruiting

posted: 06/27/2012 4:10 a.m.

A blue-chip basketball recruit, Jordan Mickey, said he had a great visit to the University of Arkansas and that the facilities were nice.

LPGA NW ARKANSAS CHAMPIONSHIP: A golfer, a caddie and a son

posted: 06/27/2012 4:09 a.m.

Life for Karen Stupples on the LPGA Tour can sometimes seem a little like EastEnders and Coronation Street, the British soap operas she grew up watching in Deal, England.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/27/2012 4:06 a.m.

Bring up Buckner next time A wild pitch by President Barack Obama on Monday has led to some swings and mostly misses by his and Republican rival Mitt Romney’s camps.

Off the wire

posted: 06/27/2012 4:06 a.m.

MOTOR SPORTS Kenseth to leave team NASCAR points leader Matt Kenseth, one of the longest-tenured drivers in the series, is leaving Roush Fenway Racing at the end of the season. He will be replaced in the No. 17 Ford — the car he has driven for all but one of his 452 career starts — by Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kenseth’s long relationship with Ford will apparently come to an end. He is believed to be headed to Joe Gibbs Racing, either in Joey Logano’s No. 20 Toyota or a fourth unannounced team. Kenseth did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday but tweeted about his departure. “I’m very thankful to Jack Roush for the opportunities he’s given me over the past 14 years. Together we have enjoyed a lot of success,” he posted. “And as a team we are committed as ever to the remainder of the 2012 season and chasing a 3rd sprint cup title for Jack and RFR.” Kenseth has won 22 Cup races overall, and the 2003 championship. In the Nationwide Series, Kenseth has won 26 races driving for Rous

COMMENTARY: No hits, no three-peat for Gamecocks

posted: 06/27/2012 4:05 a.m.

No detective is needed to search and find what went wrong in South Carolina’s failed quest to capture a third consecutive baseball national championship.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Molina homers for 3rd game in row, lifts Cards

posted: 06/27/2012 4:03 a.m.

MIAMI — Yadier Molina is keeping things simple and his approach is working.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/27/2012 4:01 a.m.

BASEBALL Bates signs with Royals Former Arkansas outfielder Sam Bates signed Tuesday with the Kansas City Royals after being selected in the 28th round of the major league draft earlier this month. Bates is the second former Razorback to sign a professional contract in the past two days, following third baseman Matt Reynolds, who signed Monday with the New York Mets. Bates, of Cabot, started 37 games as a senior and hit.240 with 6 home runs and 25 RBI. In two seasons with the Razorbacks, Bates played in 70 games, including 56 starts, and had a.239 batting average with 6 home runs and 32 RBI. Bates played two years at Crowder College in Neosho, Mo., before transferring to Arkansas. — Rick Fires Reynolds honored again Former Arkansas third baseman Matt Reynolds was named a third-team All-American by Perfect Game and second-team All-South Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association, the school announced Tuesday. Reynolds, who just completed his junior season, already had been named a third-team All-Ameri

Box score key

posted: 06/27/2012 4:01 a.m.

AB: at-bats ; R: runs; H: hits; BI: runs batted in; BB: walks; SO: strike outs; AVG: post-game batting average; E: errors; LOB: runners left on base; 2B: doubles; 3B: triples; HR: home runs; SB: stolen base; CS: caught stealing; S: sacrifice; SF: sacrifice fly; GIDP: grounded into double play; DP: double plays; TP: triple plays; IP: innings pitched; ER: earned runs; NP: number of pitches; ERA: post-game earned run average; W: winning pitcher; L: losing pitcher; S: save; BS: blown save opportunity; H: hold (pitcher holds lead but doesn’t qualify for save); IBB: intentional walk; HBP: batter hit by pitcher; PB: passed ball; WP: wild pitch; T: length of game.

This date in baseball

posted: 06/27/2012 4 a.m.

1917 Catcher Hank Gowdy of the Boston Braves became the first major league player to enter military service in World War I. 1939 The Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Braves played a 23-inning, 2- tie. Whit Wyatt pitched the first 16 innings for the Dodgers. Both clubs played a 26-inning tie in 1920, also at Braves Field. 1958 Billy Pierce of the Chicago White Sox retired 26 consecutive Washington batters before pinch-hitter Ed Fitzgerald hit a double just inside the right-field line for the only hit. Pierce then struck out Albie Pearson on three pitches and beat the Senators 3-0. 1973 Texas Rangers pitcher David Clyde, 18, pitched 5 innings, struck out 8 and allowed 1 hit in his first major league start. Texas beat the Minnesota Twins -3 before 35,698 fans — the Rangers’ first home sellout at Arlington Stadium. 1980 Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Jerry Reuss pitched a no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants in an 8-0 victory at Candlestick Park. 1986 San Francisco rookie Robby Thompson set a major league recor

Baseball calendar

posted: 06/27/2012 4 a.m.

July 10 All-Star game, Kansas City, Mo. July 13 Deadline for amateur draft picks to sign. July 22 Hall of Fame induction, Cooperstown, N.Y.

OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS: Hansen, Vollmer redeemed

posted: 06/27/2012 3:59 a.m.

Brendan Hansen was done with swimming after two doses of Olympic heartache.

NW Arkansas Championship report

posted: 06/27/2012 3:58 a.m.

Talk about timing it right.

Wimbledon at a glance

posted: 06/27/2012 3:57 a.m.

A look at Wimbledon on Tuesday: WEATHER Cloudy with occasional rain that ended play in the evening; high of 70 degrees MEN’S SEEDED WINNERS No. 2 Rafael Nadal, No. 4 Andy Murray, No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 9 Juan Martin del Potro, No. 10 Mardy Fish, No. 12 Nicolas Almagro, No. 16 Marin Cilic, No. 19 Kei Nishikori, No. 22 Alexandr Dolgopolov, No. 27 Philipp Kohlschreiber MEN’S SEEDED LOSERS No. 14 Feliciano Lopez, No. 20 Bernard Tomic, No. 32 Kevin Anderson WOMEN’S SEEDED WINNERS No. 2 Victoria Azarenka, No. 4 Petra Kvitova, No. 6 Serena Williams, No. 9 Marion Bartoli, No. 12 Vera Zvonareva, No. 21 Roberta Vinci, No. 24 Francesca Schiavone, No. 25 Zheng Jie, No. 26 Anabel Medina Garrigues, No. 28 Christina McHale, No. 31 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova WOMEN’S SEEDED LOSERS No. 19 Lucie Safarova, No. 32 Svetlana Kuznetsova STAT OF THE DAY 0 — Australian men reaching the second round, the first time that’s happened at Wimbledon since 1938 QUOTE OF THE DAY “I never saw him play when I was a kid.

Celtics get pick in trade dispute

posted: 06/27/2012 3:56 a.m.

The NBA has awarded the Boston Celtics a 2013 second-round pick of the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of a trade disclosure dispute ruling involving Jeff Green, who sat out this season after heart surgery. Commissioner David Stern determined Tuesday there was no evidence of bad faith or intent to withhold information on the part of the Thunder, but that their cardiologists had knowledge about Green that was not shared with their own team management and should have been disclosed to the Celtics. Boston acquired Green at the 2011 trade deadline in a deal that sent Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City. NBA teams are required to disclose to each other in connection with trades a player’s past history that could affect his ability to play in the future.

NBA DRAFT: Rockets loading up on picks

posted: 06/27/2012 3:55 a.m.

The Minnesota Timberwolves were in the market for a capable perimeter shooter, ideally a veteran with experience in Coach Rick Adelman’s system to help balance a front court heavy roster. The Houston Rockets could be looking for something much, much bigger.

Steel mill sets $115 million expansion

posted: 06/27/2012 3:51 a.m.

A steel mill near Blytheville will receive $115 million for expansion, but company officials have so far remained silent on the possibility of new jobs.

Canada division looking to hire

posted: 06/27/2012 3:50 a.m.

Wal-Mart Canada said Tuesday that it will open 47 hiring centers across that nation as it seeks to fill an anticipated 4,000 new jobs, a move that’s driven in part by the company’s purchase last year of leasehold rights of 39 former Zellers Inc. stores.

Gloom keeps grip on consumers

posted: 06/27/2012 3:49 a.m.

Americans can’t seem to shake their uneasy feeling about the economy.

U.S. home prices rise in 19 major cities

posted: 06/27/2012 3:48 a.m.

Home prices rose in nearly all major U.S. cities in April from March, further evidence of a housing market that is slowly improving even while the job market slumps.


posted: 06/27/2012 3:47 a.m.

USDA loan to help build nursing home Clay County Electric Cooperative Corp. has been selected to receive a $500,000 rural economic development loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the agency said in a news release Tuesday.

Regional lenders fill credit gap

posted: 06/27/2012 3:46 a.m.

The biggest U.S. banks are extending less credit amid a faltering economic recovery as regional lenders step in to fill the gap.

Canada gas firm starts probe after Chesapeake e-mails report

posted: 06/27/2012 3:45 a.m.

A company vice president referring to a call with Encana to discuss oil and gas leases being auctioned off in northern Michigan in 2010, according to Reuters, which didn’t state from where it obtained the messages.

Justices’ move frees up more cash for Madoff victims

posted: 06/27/2012 3:44 a.m.

Victims of Bernard Madoff will get back more money after the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it wouldn’t hear a challenge to the way cash recovered in the Ponzi scheme was divided.

MARKET REPORT: Homebuilders stocks lead rally

posted: 06/27/2012 3:44 a.m.

Homebuilders led stocks up Tuesday, helping major indexes recoup some losses from the day before. Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. surged after the media conglomerate said it may split into two companies.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/27/2012 3:43 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Consumers were somewhat more positive about current conditions, but slightly more pessimistic about the short-term outlook.

Patriotic potluck

posted: 06/27/2012 3:41 a.m.

Independence Day, for many, is a day of lounging at “the lake” with family and friends, noshing on burgers, hot dogs, potato salad and baked beans between bouts of shooting off bottle rockets and firecrackers.

Getting it straight

posted: 06/27/2012 3:38 a.m.

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


posted: 06/27/2012 3:37 a.m.

We love infusing soups, stews, beverages and more with the flavor of fresh herbs and spices. We hate the hassle of tying said herbs and spices in cheesecloth, when we remember to buy cheesecloth. So when we saw this Herb Infuser from Pampered Chef we were intrigued. The perforated, soft silicone tube can also be used to infuse water, lemonades and iced teas with herbs or fruit. Heat resistant to 480 degrees and dishwasher safe.

FRONT BURNER: Red peppers star in pimento cheese

posted: 06/27/2012 3:36 a.m.

Ever since my revelation last year that pimento cheese is, in fact, one of the best foods ever created, I’ve been on the lookout for new recipes.

Cooking for two: Savory pancakes are what’s for supper

posted: 06/27/2012 3:36 a.m.

We’ve been on a pancakes-for-dinner kick as of late. Our flapjack of choice isn’t sweet and syrupy, but savory and studded with fresh vegetables. Sometimes we make them with corn. Other times they’re filled with bits of bacon and red bell pepper. These savory pancakes are made with cornbread mix, black-eyed peas and a touch of Southwest seasoning. When paired with thick slices of ripe tomatoes and broccoli slaw, the cakes make a tasty vegetarian supper.

Grilled slabs of cabbage sweet, smoky on the side

posted: 06/27/2012 3:35 a.m.

Besides adding smoke flavor, grilling cabbage brings out the vegetable’s natural sweetness. The result makes for an easy accompaniment to grilled meats, particularly pork. Or it can be the basis for a twist on your favorite coleslaw recipe. The best part: The cabbage can be grilled, cooled and refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Grilled Cabbage 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for the grill rack 1 medium green or red cabbage (about 2 1/2 pounds) Sea salt Ground black pepper Special equipment: Grill basket Prepare grill for direct medium-high heat. Have ready a spray water bottle for taming any flames.


posted: 06/27/2012 3:34 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I notice in your column that you often tell people to commit their lives to Jesus, but what exactly does that mean? I think I believe in Jesus, but is that enough? I’m facing some health problems, and I don’t want to make a mistake and miss out on heaven. — K.G. DEAR K.G.: I’m thankful you want to make sure you will go to heaven when you die, because no matter how short or long your life turns out to be, some day you will die — and then it will be too late. The Bible warns, “How shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3).


posted: 06/27/2012 3:33 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll advance a variety of interests this year as you systematically work your way through books, workshops and classes on the subjects that interest you. Acquiring knowledge leads to new friendships, jobs and adventures. September makes love your main focus. December brings family additions. Cancer and Scorpio people adore you.

7 day menu planner

posted: 06/27/2012 3:33 a.m.

SUNDAY: For something a little different on family day, try Japanese Steak Salad With Sesame Dressing (see recipe). Serve with crusty rolls. The family will line up for Berry Crisp for dessert: Heat oven to 375 degrees. Toss 3 pints fresh raspberries or blackberries with 2 tablespoons sugar in a medium baking dish. Separately, combine 1 cup coarse fresh bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons melted butter and 2 tablespoons sugar. Scatter topping evenly over berries and bake 40 minutes or until topping is golden and berries are bubbly. Cool slightly and serve. Plan ahead: Save some steak salad and dessert for Monday. MONDAY: Make Ginger Beef and Noodle Bowls with Sunday’s leftovers. Combine 2 (14-ounce ) cans beef broth, 3/4 cup thinly sliced green onions and 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice wine vinegar in a saucepan; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 8 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, divide 6 cups cooked refrigerated vermicelli (or other thinly cut noodles) and leftover steak among 4 large soup bowls. Return broth mixtu

UNCORKED: Like liberty, wine in U.S. a struggle

posted: 06/27/2012 3:32 a.m.

With Independence Day just around the corner, it seems the perfect time to reflect on America’s journey to becoming a wine producing country. In the 16th century, the first settlers found an abundance of native vines growing on the East Coast. The first challenge for winemakers in Virginia and the Carolina colonies was not finding an indigenous grape that would thrive, but finding one that could satisfy European palates.

Creature feature

posted: 06/27/2012 3:31 a.m.

About every five weeks my dog, Simone, visits her groomer for a “spa day,” during which she’s bathed in a fragrant oatmeal shampoo and gets her hair trimmed and nails clipped. In the past year, she’s been to the veterinarian twice, for a senior wellness check-up and to have her teeth cleaned.

HEART & SOUL: Straying far from the herd

posted: 06/27/2012 3:30 a.m.

Sheep need shepherds and when the shepherd can’t be there, they need guardians. With the passing of our oldest farm dog last year, our team of four-legged guardians dwindled to two: Bella, who mostly barks at birds, and Boo, the best guard dog ever.

Medication minefield

posted: 06/27/2012 3:29 a.m.

Not too many years ago, if you got sick, you went to see your family doctor, who maybe prescribed some medicine to make you well. You took your prescription to the corner drugstore, where you knew the guy behind the counter and he knew you.

PARENTING: There is no talking children out of tantrums

posted: 06/27/2012 3:28 a.m.

A reader in Buffalo, N.Y., resonated with a recent column in which I opined that a punishment is worthless unless it establishes a permanent memory.


posted: 06/27/2012 3:27 a.m.

DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD : Would I be considered cheap if I asked to have my own check when I go out to dinner with my sisters-inlaw and some other friends? I enjoy these monthly girls’ nights out. But since I don’t drink and everyone else does (try three bottles of wine and multiple rounds of Cosmos), splitting the check evenly at the end of the evening doesn’t seem fair. My husband says to go with the flow and not cause trouble or look cheap. But I hate paying $100 when my meal costs only half as much. — Gigi C. DEAR GIGI: We wouldn’t call it cheap if you asked the waiter for your own check, but your friends might. After all, they probably don’t want to admit to themselves that they’ve been taking advantage of you.

Super Quiz: The King’s Speech

posted: 06/27/2012 3:25 a.m.

1. Who played the title role? 2. By what nickname was the king known in the film? 3. What were the names of the king’s two daughters? 4. In what year were there three British kings? 5. What was Geoffrey Rush’s character’s major occupation during the film? 6. Which king abdicated? 7. Who was the American divorcee whom he married? 8.Who portrayed the king’s wife, Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother)? 9. The “speech” was delivered on Sept. 3 of what year? Answers 1. Colin Firth 2. “Bertie” 3. Elizabeth and Margaret 4. 1936 (also 1066) 5. Speech therapist 6. Edward VIII 7. Wallis Simpson 8. Helena Bonham Carter 9. 1939


posted: 06/27/2012 3:25 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Are there any recycling ideas for used kitchen sponges? I buy the kind with the sponge on one side and scrubber on the other. I use one for a couple of weeks (regularly disinfecting it with bleach), but hate to throw it away when I replace it.

IDEA ALLEY: Sweets to soothe the heat ravaged

posted: 06/27/2012 3:24 a.m.

Our sweet streak continues this week, Allyites. Today we’re all peanut butter and bananas.

Slim pickings

posted: 06/27/2012 3:23 a.m.

WHAT: Kind Nuts & Spices bars STATS: Vary by flavor. Each contains 200 to 210 calories and 14 to 16 fat grams. For more information visit

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Snapple answers call with not-so-sweet teas

posted: 06/27/2012 3:22 a.m.

Snapple is a company that never sleeps. Or at least the people who create the tea-based beverages never do. It seems like every time I turn around they’re introducing new flavors, and they’ve done it again with the new Lightly Sweetened Teas that are sweetened with a touch of real sugar. They come in Peach Passionfruit and Cherry Pomegranate flavors.

Tuesday, June 26

Arkansas has plan for health care law, commissioner says

posted: 06/26/2012 5:53 p.m.

Arkansas’ insurance commissioner says the state is well-positioned to implement the federal health care overhaul if it’s upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Conway man arrested for raping juvenile

posted: 06/26/2012 5:09 p.m.

An employee with Hendrix College was arrested over the weekend for allegedly repeatedly raping a juvenile female.

Man dies in Fayetteville after working in high heat

posted: 06/26/2012 3:12 p.m.

A coroner says a 39-year-old has died from heat stroke after working in the extreme heat this weekend at the University of Arkansas.

Besting the burger

posted: 06/26/2012 2:52 p.m.

There are burgers and then there are burgers. The first is the grilled bit of beef we slap on a bun and call a meal. The latter are the titans of the breed, monstrosities of immense proportions that turn those who conquer them into legends. Well, more or less.

Meet and eat

posted: 06/26/2012 2:51 p.m.

A burger? It’s a simple creation. Beef and bun. That’s the basics. A food found from backyards to fast-food restaurants to high-end digs. A universal dish.

In search of the chief beef

posted: 06/26/2012 2:49 p.m.

This is my list of the best cheeseburgers in Little Rock and the surrounding area. Just a cheeseburger. Your list will vary. Know that this list is pliable. It might have changed by the time you’re reading this. It’s not that I’m not a man of principles. I most assuredly am. But my taste buds betray me. My taste buds are like a floozy — they will run off with the next cheeseburger they meet. Granted, I haven’t had every cheeseburger in the metro. Who has the time or the waistline for that task? But I’ve eaten many. I’m not a cheeseburger connoisseur, but a cheeseburger aficionado for sure. And I’m always searching for a new, better-tasting cheeseburger. My taste buds demand it. A friend mentioned Burge’s in the Heights. I haven’t had a cheeseburger there. Not yet. But I will. So here is my list — in alphabetical order. An always-incomplete, always-in-progress list.

Fairly odd burgers

posted: 06/26/2012 2:45 p.m.

A classic cheeseburger is hard to beat — that is, unless you’re stacking it up against the best off-the-wall burger the house can muster. And I don’t just mean the farthest off the wall. Anyone can cover a cheeseburger in chocolate (and I have) and call it creative. That doesn’t make it great. But by the same token, I’m not looking for the standard varieties. It’s hardly “unconventional” these days to add mushrooms and Swiss or barbecue sauce and bacon. Sure, those can make for great burgers, but they’re so common as to be expected. That’s not what I want, either. Everybody does that. I want different, and that may not even take very much. A new thought can change the whole flavor of a burger. When it’s done right, it’s delicious. Here are my picks for the folks who have the best nontraditional burgers in the metro.

Where’s the beef?

posted: 06/26/2012 2:41 p.m.

Right now you’re probably thinking, “What the hell is a vegetarian doing reviewing burgers?” Let me answer that question: a survey conducted by Vegetarian Times revealed that 3.2 percent of our country’s population refrains completely from eating meat (about half of those people consider themselves vegan, meaning they consume no animal products whatsoever). That may not seem like a large chunk of the population, but the portion of America’s omnivores incorporating meatless meals and jumping on the Meatless Monday bandwagon is about 10 percent. Combined, that’s about 30 million Americans eating a significant number of meat-free meals. Restaurants are answering the call for vegetarian dishes and meat substitutes, including an on-par replacement for America’s favorite food obsession, the hamburger. That’s why this vegetarian is reviewing burgers. Now, although we are grateful for those restaurants who offer burgers made from name-brand frozen veggie patties, we narrowed this review to those who go above and beyond by whipping up their own unique patties.

Mural support

posted: 06/26/2012 2:37 p.m.

Graphic artist and muralist Steven Otis drew inspiration from several unconventional sources, including a Mr. Potato Head from outer space, when conceptualizing his new mural in SoMa. It was this visionary thought process that resulted in such a far-out piece of public art. What he dubbed the “Yes We Can Can” mural reflects the community’s homegrown way of thinking.

Seeking a friend ... makes the end funny

posted: 06/26/2012 2:31 p.m.

I can only imagine it was a slow day at the scriptwriter’s office when the idea was floated to do a quirky romantic comedy and set it against the backdrop of the imminent destruction of all life on Earth. I mean, wow. That’s kind of heavy, right?

European plan calls for surrender of more budget control

posted: 06/26/2012 2:30 p.m.

Top European officials have called on countries that use the euro to surrender more control over their national budgets, a move apparently aimed at easing Germany's fears of sharing debt burdens with struggling governments like Spain or Italy.

A new favorite

posted: 06/26/2012 2:29 p.m.

One of the true joys in dining is finding a “new place.” Yes, we all have our favorites, and they’re favorites for a reason: you like the food or the ambiance or both. But sometimes plans go awry and you end up somewhere you didn’t plan on, someplace new (to you). Then you end up telling your friends about it, and, next time, the plan is to go there. For me, Osaka is that kind of place.


posted: 06/26/2012 2:23 p.m.

Wussy. Yes, that’s the band’s name. The band that includes ex-Ass Ponys frontman Chuck Cleaver on guitar and vocals, along with Lisa Walker on guitar and vocals, Mark Messerly on bass and keyboards, Joe Klug on drums and keyboards, and newcomer John Erhardt on pedal steel.

Report: Nuclear safety chief bullied workers

posted: 06/26/2012 2:09 p.m.

An internal investigation has concluded that the departing chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission engaged in bullying and intimidation, creating a tense working environment at the agency.

Mexico reports Navy helicopter missing for 4 days

posted: 06/26/2012 1:59 p.m.

The Mexican Navy says a helicopter carrying four crew members has gone missing over an area of western Mexico where drug cartels are active.

More evidence to be presented in Texas bomb plot

posted: 06/26/2012 1:35 p.m.

Prosecutors will continue presenting evidence against a Saudi man accused of buying chemicals and other materials online to try to build a bomb.

Probable cause Razorbacks security detail broke law, commission says

posted: 06/26/2012 1:33 p.m.

The Arkansas Ethics Commission found probable cause that a state police captain who provided security for former Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino broke the law when he accepted tickets and a Sugar Bowl ring from the Arkansas football program.

Faulkner County inmate walks away from work detail

posted: 06/26/2012 12:15 p.m.

Officials with the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office are searching for an inmate that walked away from his work detail Tuesday morning.

Medication responsibility: Your druggist can help

posted: 06/26/2012 11:38 a.m.

Not too many years ago, if you got sick, you went to see your family doctor, who maybe prescribed some medicine to make you well. ...

Nucor announces steel plant expansion in Blytheville

posted: 06/26/2012 11:11 a.m.

Nucor Corp. said Tuesday that Nucor-Yamato Steel Co., a joint venture between Nucor and Yamato Kogyo Co. Ltd., has approved a $115 million plan to expand the production of hot rolled sheet piling at Nucor’s steel mill in Blytheville.

Turkey threatens Syria with retaliation over jet

posted: 06/26/2012 11:07 a.m.

Turkey warned Tuesday that any Syrian military unit approaching its border will be treated as a direct threat, a serious escalation in tensions days after Syria shot a Turkish military plane out of the sky.

An American feast for the Fourth

posted: 06/26/2012 11:03 a.m.

Low fuss and festive American dishes star in food editor Kelly Brant’s Independence Day menu.

Lafayette baby dies after being left in hot car

posted: 06/26/2012 10:55 a.m.

Lafayette Parish sheriff’s deputies say an 11-month-old baby died after being left in a hot car.

Purported robber fatally shot during struggle

posted: 06/26/2012 10:52 a.m.

A woman was fatally shot in Pine Bluff early Tuesday during a struggle that was reported to have started when she robbed a man at gunpoint, authorities said.

Federal court upholds EPA’s greenhouse gas rules

posted: 06/26/2012 10:26 a.m.

A federal appeals court is upholding the first federal regulations to reduce the gases blamed for global warming.

Remains recovered in deadly Oklahoma train crash

posted: 06/26/2012 10 a.m.

Oklahoma’s medical examiner’s office says it has received the remains of three Union Pacific crew members killed when two trains collided head-on in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

Rogers woman sentenced for looting after tornado

posted: 06/26/2012 9:53 a.m.

An Arkansas woman was sentenced to three years in prison for stealing valuables from a Duquesne home after the southwest Missouri town was hit by a tornado.

UA outfielder signs with Kansas City Royals

posted: 06/26/2012 9:47 a.m.

A former University of Arkansas outfielder has signed with the Kansas City Royals, the university said Tuesday.

Presidential runoff loser flees Egypt amid investigation

posted: 06/26/2012 9:06 a.m.

Ahmed Shafiq, Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister and loser of the presidential runoff, left Egypt Tuesday with most of his family for the United Arab Emirates hours after the prosecutor general opened an investigation into allegations he wasted public funds during his 8-year term as a civil aviation minister in the ousted regime.

Two dead in collision between pickup, Mack truck

posted: 06/26/2012 9:04 a.m.

Both drivers were killed late Monday night in a collision in Gentry between a Mack truck and a pickup, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police report.

Home prices rise in many major US cities

posted: 06/26/2012 9:03 a.m.

Home prices rose in nearly all major U.S. cities in April from March, further evidence that the housing market is slowly improving even while the job market slumps.

US futures rise ahead of new housing data

posted: 06/26/2012 8:53 a.m.

Stock futures are rebounding as investors again focus on domestic economic issues rather than Europe, where the debt crisis is creating new burdens for countries like Spain.

CDC starts free AIDS test at drugstores

posted: 06/26/2012 8:50 a.m.

Would you go to a drugstore to get tested for AIDS?

$115 million expansion planned for Blytheville plant

posted: 06/26/2012 8:20 a.m.

A steel mill in Blytheville is set to receive a $115 million expansion, company officials said Tuesday.

Surveillance released in armed robbery of LR hotel

posted: 06/26/2012 7:45 a.m.

Authorities on Tuesday released surveillance images from an armed robbery of a Little Rock hotel in the hopes they would spur tips leading to an arrest.

Ozone advisory issued for central Arkansas

posted: 06/26/2012 7:27 a.m.

An ozone advisory has been issued for four counties in central Arkansas.

VIDEO: Flooding reported as Debby storms over Fla.

posted: 06/26/2012 7:07 a.m.

Parts of the main interstate highway across northern Florida were closed by flooding Tuesday as Tropical Storm Debby hung stubbornly offshore over the Gulf of Mexico, threatening up to two feet of rain in places.

Justices limit moves on illegals by Arizona

posted: 06/26/2012 5:41 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court scaled back Arizona’s first-of-its kind crackdown on illegal aliens, striking down three provisions in a decision that asserts the federal government’s exclusive role to set immigration policy.

Amid crisis, lawmakers redid their investments

posted: 06/26/2012 5:37 a.m.

Thirty-four members of Congress took steps to recast their financial portfolios during the financial crisis after meetings or phone calls with top Treasury or Federal Reserve officials, according to a Washington Post examination of appointment calendars and congressional disclosure forms.

Park rangers set to recover body

posted: 06/26/2012 5:30 a.m.

The National Park Service sent more rangers to Mount Rainier National Park to help recover the body of a colleague who fell to his death during a rescue operation, but it could be midweek before anyone can reach the site, a spokesman said Monday.

Supreme Court developments

posted: 06/26/2012 5:29 a.m.

In other Supreme Court actions on Monday, justices: Agreed to take up a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that federal regulators should treat runoff from logging roads in industrial timberlands the same way as pollution discharged from a factory.

Storm Debby soaks Florida coast

posted: 06/26/2012 5:25 a.m.

Practically parked off Florida’s Gulf Coast since the weekend, Tropical Storm Debby raked the Tampa Bay area with high wind and heavy rain Monday in a drenching that could top 2 feet over the next few days and trigger widespread flooding.

3 from freight trains missing in Oklahoma collision

posted: 06/26/2012 5:23 a.m.

Two freight trains that collided in an Oklahoma wheat field weren’t blowing their horns or flashing their lights as they hurtled toward each other, according to a long-haul trucker who watched helplessly from a highway as the locomotives collided head-on.

Western wildfires endanger tourism

posted: 06/26/2012 5:21 a.m.

Wildfires across the West have put tourist destinations from Montana to New Mexico in danger just at the height of midsummer family road-trip season.

Turkey: Syria fired at 2nd plane

posted: 06/26/2012 5:19 a.m.

Syrian forces opened fire on a Turkish rescue aircraft as it searched for crewmen missing after a warplane was downed in the Mediterranean, prompting a warning from the Turkish military, the country’s deputy prime minister said Monday.

Egyptian president moves into office

posted: 06/26/2012 5:17 a.m.

The new Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi moved first thing Monday morning into the office once occupied by his ousted predecessor Hosni Mubarak and started work on forming a government even before he had a clear picture of what he could do after the ruling military stripped most of the major powers from his post.

Landslides bury 3 Uganda villages

posted: 06/26/2012 5:14 a.m.

Landslides induced by torrential rains destroyed three villages in the mountainous district of Bududa in eastern Uganda, killing scores of people, officials said Monday.

3 police killed in Mexican airport shooting

posted: 06/26/2012 5:07 a.m.

Two federal police officers suspected of working for drug traffickers opened fire on fellow officers in a crowded food court at Mexico City’s international airport on Monday, killing three policemen as panicked witnesses dove for cover, officials said.

The world in brief

posted: 06/26/2012 5:01 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We do not have any hostile intentions against the Turkish people or the Turkish government.” Jihad Makdissi, Syria’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, saying his country was acting in defense when it shot down a Turkish jet Friday Article, this page

The nation in brief

posted: 06/26/2012 5 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Arizona may have understandable frustrations with the problems caused by illegal immigration while that process continues, but the state may not pursue policies that undermine federal law.” Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in a ruling that scaled back Arizona’s illegal immigration law Article, 1A

Names and faces

posted: 06/26/2012 4:58 a.m.

A reopened police investigation has concluded that actor Dylan McDermott’s mother was killed in 1967 by her now-dead gangster boyfriend.

In the news

posted: 06/26/2012 4:57 a.m.

Valerie Bruno of Price, Utah, has filed a formal complaint against juvenile-court Judge Scott Johansen with the Utah Judicial Conduct Commission, contending she felt intimidated when Johansen told her that he would reduce her 13-yearold daughter’s sentence for cutting off the hair of a 3-year-old girl with scissors if she chopped off the teen’s ponytail in court.

Heat spares few Arkansans, sets 100-degree-plus records

posted: 06/26/2012 4:55 a.m.

At least five Arkansas cities set records for searing temperatures Monday as a ridge of high pressure over the central United States pushed the thermometer to triple digits in the Natural State.

Arkansans comment on alien case

posted: 06/26/2012 4:52 a.m.

Groups who favor further restrictions on illegal aliens by the state of Arkansas said they found elements of victory in Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down key parts of an Arizona law aimed at deterring illegal immigration. So did those who oppose further restrictions.

Arkansas loses sentencing law for young killers

posted: 06/26/2012 4:50 a.m.

In a case with origins in Arkansas, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that a mandatory life sentence without possibility for parole for children who commit murder constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment” that is forbidden by the U.S. Constitution.

State law wouldn’t violate ruling, supporters insist

posted: 06/26/2012 4:50 a.m.

A U.S. Supreme Court opinion Monday that allows corporate contributions in state-level elections has no bearing on a proposed Arkansas initiated act that would restrict corporations and unions from donating directly to candidates, supporters of the Arkansas proposal said.

Panel: Captain who ran security for Petrino broke law with gifts

posted: 06/26/2012 4:47 a.m.

The Arkansas Ethics Commission has found probable cause that state police Capt. Lance King violated state law when he accepted season football tickets, bowl tickets and a Sugar Bowl ring from the University of Arkansas’ football program.

Attorney to waive claim to back pay

posted: 06/26/2012 4:45 a.m.

The case of Faulkner County’s former civil attorney’s paid leave of absence for drug and-alcohol rehabilitation in Malibu, Calif., took another turn Monday.

Judge allows due-process suit

posted: 06/26/2012 4:42 a.m.

A federal judge cleared the way Monday for a lawsuit filed by the boyfriend of murder victim Nona Dirksmeyer to proceed to trial.

4 friends fuel blaze in Pulaski County, deputies say

posted: 06/26/2012 4:39 a.m.

A group of friends literally added fuel to a fire that went on to consume more than 5 acres of timber in west Pulaski County on Sunday night, investigators said.

Don’t transfer leaders, LR School Board asked

posted: 06/26/2012 4:37 a.m.

Parents and community members with ties to two Little Rock School District elementary schools appealed Monday to Superintendent Morris Holmes and the School Board to reverse plans to transfer the Western Hills and Williams Traditional Magnet principals.

Separate wrecks in state fatal to 2

posted: 06/26/2012 4:35 a.m.

A McRae woman and a Fayetteville man died in separate vehicle accidents on Arkansas roadways Sunday, according to preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality reports.

Judge can’t revoke LR man’s bond

posted: 06/26/2012 4:34 a.m.

A Pulaski County circuit judge said Monday that he had no authority to revoke the bond of a 21-year-old Little Rock man accused in two shootings and described by prosecutors as a “highly dangerous” gang member.

50-year term given in child-porn case

posted: 06/26/2012 4:32 a.m.

David Smith, 38, of Sherwood was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Hot Springs to 50 years for production of child pornography, a news release from U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge said.

2 streetcar stops to be shut today

posted: 06/26/2012 4:31 a.m.

River Rail streetcars won’t have service on Third Street or to the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock today, shutting down two platform stops because of construction work by CenterPoint Energy.

Trial date changes in Jonesboro killing

posted: 06/26/2012 4:30 a.m.

A judge has set an October trial date for a Jonesboro woman charged with capital murder in the death of her husband.

Man faces 1,000 child-porn counts

posted: 06/26/2012 4:29 a.m.

A Benton man faces 1,000 counts of possession of child pornography after an investigation traced downloaded images to his computer, according to the Saline County sheriff’s office.

PB man, 29, gets 6 years in murder

posted: 06/26/2012 4:28 a.m.

A 29-year old Pine Bluff man was sentenced to six years in prison for second-degree murder Friday in Circuit Judge Jodi Dennis’ court, according to the judge’s office.

Work set to close entrance to I-430

posted: 06/26/2012 4:27 a.m.

New work on the Interstate 430/630 interchange in west Little Rock will leave the southbound entrance ramp to I-430 from South Shackleford and Hermitage roads closed for several months beginning Wednesday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Police beat

posted: 06/26/2012 4:23 a.m.

OnStar leads police to stolen vehicle A woman’s OnStar service helped police track down the four teens who took her car at gunpoint, Little Rock police said.

Carl Farler: So frugal, he made lures with cat hair

posted: 06/26/2012 4:22 a.m.

One winter, Carl Farler proved just how frugal he could be when instead of buying fly-tying fur for fishing lures, he decided to get creative.

Daily record

posted: 06/26/2012 4:21 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.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 06/26/2012 4:19 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: 06/26/2012 4:18 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 26, 1912 FORT SMITH — Justice courts were criticized for piling up expense accounts against the city with unimportant criminal cases by the Grand Jury of the Fort Smith district, which adjourned today with 70 indictments. The jury declared many citizens have been named deputy constables so that they may be entitled to carry revolvers.


posted: 06/26/2012 4:18 a.m.

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

EDITORIALS: Fish gotta swim . . .

posted: 06/26/2012 4:17 a.m.

HMMM. Maybe the senator from Florida that so many are hoping will become Mitt Romney’s running mate this year isn’t ready for prime time. He may not understand how big-time politics works. He seems so. . . naive.

COLUMNISTS: A political glossary

posted: 06/26/2012 4:15 a.m.

Since this is an election year, we can expect to hear a lot of words—and the meaning of those words is not always clear. So it may be helpful to have a glossary of political terms.

Time is ripe for visa program

posted: 06/26/2012 4:15 a.m.

Every harvest season, U.S. produce growers have a narrow window in which the success of an entire year’s work is dependent on human labor. With some crops, this window is only a few days. But finding a secure, reliable work force to bring in the harvest can be extremely difficult.

Not fair? It’s karma

posted: 06/26/2012 4:14 a.m.

U. S. Sen. John Boozman whines about mistreatment of Arkansas in the farm bill voted out of the Senate last week.

And one more thing . . .

posted: 06/26/2012 4:13 a.m.

EVER SINCE Marco Rubio came out of nowhere—certainly not the Republican establishment in Florida—to become one of his party’s bright hopes on the national level, his star has waxed and waned. And sometimes gone into eclipse.

A new sheriff in waiting

posted: 06/26/2012 4:12 a.m.

The newly elected Benton County sheriff says he plans to spend some time down in Washington County shadowing Sheriff Tim Helder so he can learn firsthand some ins and outs of sheriffing.


posted: 06/26/2012 4:11 a.m.

To grow to maturity A recent Terry Mattingly column mentioned part of the president’s commencement address in 2009 at Notre Dame, which stated, “It is beyond our capacity as human beings to know with certainty what God has planned for us or what he asks of us.” The word of God and I disagree.

U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS: Lochte in with Phelps

posted: 06/26/2012 4:08 a.m.

Ryan Lochte held off Michael Phelps in the 400-meter individual medley at the U.S. Olympic team trials in swimming, but both claimed Olympic team slots in a hard fought race Monday night.

Touring Europe in sneaks

posted: 06/26/2012 4:03 a.m.

The SEC isn’t annexing Italy, France, Belgium and the Netherlands as part of a European expansion plan secretly drawn up by Commissioner Mike Slive, athletic directors and ESPN at the conference’s spring meetings.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: ’Cats sweep Gamecocks

posted: 06/26/2012 3:58 a.m.

Arizona Coach Andy Lopez thought he had the makings of a national championship team four years ago. Better late than never.

Mets sign UA's Reynolds

posted: 06/26/2012 3:54 a.m.

Matt Reynolds didn’t take long to begin his professional career.

LIKE IT IS: Sandusky deserves worse than life in jail

posted: 06/26/2012 3:51 a.m.

If Jerry Sandusky is sentenced to the absolute maximum of 442 years it will not be enough.

BCS plan awaits OK from oversight committee

posted: 06/26/2012 3:47 a.m.

All that stands in the way of a major college football playoff are 12 university presidents.

Top boxers kept division between them

posted: 06/26/2012 3:44 a.m.

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, boxing’s welterweights, lightweights and featherweights were dominated, respectively, by Sugar Ray Robinson, Isiah “Ike” Williams and Willie Pep.


posted: 06/26/2012 3:43 a.m.

MLB Byrd suspended 50 games NEW YORK — Outfielder Marlon Byrd was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball on Monday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Latos does it all (almost) in Cincinnati’s victory

posted: 06/26/2012 3:41 a.m.

A complete game. Thirteen strikeouts. Two hits, too. Mat Latos made his Cincinnati Reds teammates feel as if they weren’t really needed.

WIMBLEDON: Venus’ return hits another snag with 1st-round exit

posted: 06/26/2012 3:39 a.m.

For the first time since her debut at the All England Club 15 years ago, five-time Venus Williams failed to get past the first round of Wimbledon.

TEXAS LEAGUE: McClure wins game, friends

posted: 06/26/2012 3:35 a.m.

There was some heat and pressure on the new kid.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Texas power forward Mickey mighty impressed

posted: 06/26/2012 3:32 a.m.

Texas power forward Jordan Mickey, one of the nation’s top prospects, arrived in Fayetteville on Sunday afternoon for an unofficial visit to Arkansas and left about noon Monday.

Short game ruins Roachell’s round

posted: 06/26/2012 3:28 a.m.

Summar Roachell swung her arms in frustration after her second to-last putt stopped a few inches short.


posted: 06/26/2012 3:26 a.m.

At Hayward Field, Eugene, Ore. (All race distances in meters; q-qualified ; top 3 iin finals make team) MEN 800 FINAL 1, Nick Symmonds, Nike/Oregon TC Elite, 1 minute, 43.92 seconds. 2, Khadevis Robinson, Nike, 1:44.64. 3, Duane Solomon Jr., Saucony, 1:44.65.

Smock lives up to father’s prediction

posted: 06/26/2012 3:24 a.m.

Four years ago at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, triple jumper Amanda Smock failed to qualify for the Beijing Games. Her father, Glen Thieschafer, accompanied her on that trip to Hayward Field and when they returned home to Minnesota, he took the credential from around his neck, scratched out “2008” and scribbled “2012.”

Second thoughts

posted: 06/26/2012 3:22 a.m.

Heat get ‘to hoist’ that trophy A lockout shortened the NBA season this year, but the championship celebration was right on schedule.

Off the wire

posted: 06/26/2012 3:20 a.m.

BASKETBALL Parker could miss Olympics San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker said he might miss the Olympics after revealing he almost lost his eye in a New York nightclub incident earlier this month.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/26/2012 3:19 a.m.

ATHLETICS Ten chosen for UA hall Ten former Arkansas Razorbacks from football, basketball baseball and track and field have been elected to the UA Sports Hall of Honor 2012 induction class, the UA has announced.

New-home sales in May rise 7.6%, hit best pace in 2 years

posted: 06/26/2012 3:17 a.m.

Americans bought new homes in May at the fastest pace in more than two years, the Commerce Department said Monday. The increase suggests a modest recovery is continuing in the U.S. housing market, despite weaker job growth.

Spain files bank-aid request

posted: 06/26/2012 3:14 a.m.

Spain has made a formal request for a loan to help clean up its troubled banking sector, the Economy Ministry said Monday.

Baldor settles claims of bias

posted: 06/26/2012 3:10 a.m.

Baldor Electric of Fort Smith has agreed to pay $2 million in back wages and interest to settle allegations of systemic discrimination against women and minorities in its hiring practices, the U.S. Department of Labor said Monday.

Brewers confirm acquisition talks

posted: 06/26/2012 3:08 a.m.

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV and Grupo Modelo SAB confirmed Monday that they are negotiating Modelo’s sale to InBev.

FDA again delays decision on Eliquis, an anticlotting drug

posted: 06/26/2012 3:05 a.m.

Shares of Pfizer Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. fell Monday after federal regulators unexpectedly delayed for a second time a decision on whether to approve the companies’ highly touted experimental anti-clotting drug Eliquis.

Acxiom seeing growth under new leadership

posted: 06/26/2012 3:03 a.m.

Acxiom Corp., described as the “quiet giant” of the database marketing industry by The New York Times, has gotten a little louder.

Certain banks require customers to pay all costs in legal disputes

posted: 06/26/2012 2:55 a.m.

Some bank customers might be in for a surprise if they take their banks to court over checking or credit card disputes: A provision in account agreements says even when customers win, they lose.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks fall as Spain seeks help

posted: 06/26/2012 2:52 a.m.

Europe’s latest efforts to quell its financial crisis left investors exasperated Monday, causing steep losses in stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic.

Abu Dhabi fund sees world of opportunities

posted: 06/26/2012 2:49 a.m.

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority believes the world economy offers opportunities for it and other patient investors, despite an uncertain outlook, the government-run fund’s managing director said in a report released Monday.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/26/2012 2:48 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Our shared goal is to create lasting change so that anyone who comes looking for work at Baldor can be sure that discrimination will never be a factor in determining who gets the job.” Hilda Solis, U.S. secretary of labor Article, 1D


posted: 06/26/2012 2:46 a.m.

Public relations firm, Wal-Mart end pact Bentonville-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it has parted ways with a public relations firm whose employee was found to have posed as a reporter at an event staged by Wal-Mart critics.

JULY CALENDAR: Hot ... and half way

posted: 06/26/2012 2:44 a.m.

July is when bugs and beauty queens, cardboard boats, hot dogs, fireflies, flying saucers, blueberries and — oh, yes — fireworks make the middle month of summer really pop. 1 National Ice Cream Month. National Women’s Motorcycle Month. Rum raisin, rummmm!-raisin’ .

MUSIC: Lady A, Rucker own genre

posted: 06/26/2012 2:37 a.m.

Country trio Lady Antebellum and opening acts Darius Rucker and Thompson Square perform Wednesday at Verizon Arena in the Own the Night Tour.

MUSIC: Nada Surf rolls into Juanita’s

posted: 06/26/2012 2:31 a.m.

The common wisdom is that a dog year is supposed to equal seven human years. The math probably works out close to the same way for rock bands.

MUSIC: Pianist at McDonald’s serves up LR recital

posted: 06/26/2012 2:29 a.m.

Our story of a piano recital at a store on Main Street in Little Rock actually begins nearly three years ago at a McDonald’s on Broadway in Manhattan.

THE TV COLUMN: Clark to co-host celebrity military-exercise show

posted: 06/26/2012 2:25 a.m.

If you’re going to have a reality competition show honoring the military, who better to host than a soldier’s soldier, retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark?

Rest of Jackson 5 reunite for tour without Michael

posted: 06/26/2012 2:22 a.m.

Guided by a thumping bass line from their backing band, the Jackson brothers strut forward to a row of four microphones, thrusting their pelvises along the way, before launching into “Can’t Let Her Get Away,” a song their superstar sibling released on his Dangerous album. If they had Afros and matching powder blue suits, it might feel like 1977 again.

LISTEN UP: Chesney mostly swims in circles with Fishbowl

posted: 06/26/2012 2:20 a.m.

Kenny Chesney Welcome to the Fishbowl BNA B Well, this is an improvement over Kenny Chesney’s last one, the ponderous Hemingway’s Whiskey that marked the country singer’s return after a hiatus. Of course country fans didn’t seem to think so, as they adored Chesney as much as, if not more than, before the short time off.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Opposites aim for balance

posted: 06/26/2012 2:14 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I have been with my husband for a total of 10 years now, and we are both in our early 30s. I absolutely adore him.


posted: 06/26/2012 2:13 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll right something from your past and start anew in July. You like being rich in experiences, but you also want to be rich in money.


posted: 06/26/2012 2:11 a.m.

DEAR READERS: The summer driving season is here, and with more people on the roads, you might encounter more emergency vehicles than usual. What do you do when you see a police car or an ambulance with its lights and siren on?


posted: 06/26/2012 2:09 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’m 7 years old. Am I too young to give my life to Jesus? I tried to read the Bible some, but I don’t understand it. — P.S.

Super Quiz: The eyes have it

posted: 06/26/2012 2:07 a.m.

1. Who was nicknamed “Ol’ Blue Eyes” ? 2. Stories about the Battle of Bunker Hill popularized this “eyes” quotation. 3. Name of Ian Fleming’s Jamaican estate, also a James Bond film title 4. It’s also known as conjunctivitis. 5. Term for a specialist in medical and surgical eye problems

Monday, June 25

Authorities battle grass fire in Jacksonville

posted: 06/25/2012 5:21 p.m.

Officials with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, along with several fire companies, fought a grass fire on Monday afternoon in Jacksonville.

Widening sex scandal rocks Texas Air Force base

posted: 06/25/2012 4:42 p.m.

A widening sex scandal has rocked Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, one of the nation’s busiest military training centers.

Arkansas Red Cross places teams on alert for possible deployment

posted: 06/25/2012 3:55 p.m.

The American Red Cross in Arkansas has placed disaster teams on alert for possible deployment to Florida in response to Tropical Storm Debby

27 Texans serving life may get new sentences

posted: 06/25/2012 2:32 p.m.

A Texas prisons spokesman says the state has 27 inmates who may get new sentences under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that says states cannot mandate life in prison without parole for juvenile offenders.

Little Rock sets new temperature high

posted: 06/25/2012 1:59 p.m.

Little Rock experienced record heat Monday afternoon, with the temperatures reaching 104 at 1:45 p.m., breaking the previous high of 101 set in 1998.

Turkey: NATO should view Syria as attacking it

posted: 06/25/2012 1:50 p.m.

Turkey says it will push NATO to consider Syria's downing of a Turkish jet as an attack on the whole military alliance.

Crews search for missing man in Bull Shoals Lake

posted: 06/25/2012 1:47 p.m.

Authorities are searching for an Illinois man who disappeared in Bull Shoals Lake.

Florida governor declares statewide emergency

posted: 06/25/2012 12:44 p.m.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is declaring a statewide emergency because of Tropical Storm Debby.

Baldor Electric to pay $2 Mil. in bias investigation

posted: 06/25/2012 12:32 p.m.

Baldor Electric Co. of Fort Smith has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a discrimination allegation by the U.S. Labor Department, but the company says it did nothing wrong.

Police inactivate Silver Alert for armed woman

posted: 06/25/2012 11:59 a.m.

Hot Springs police have inactivated issued a Silver Alert for a missing woman who they say was armed

Obama offers mixed verdict on immigration ruling

posted: 06/25/2012 11:51 a.m.

President Barack Obama says he is pleased the Supreme Court struck down key parts of Arizona’s immigration law but concerned about what the high court left intact.

VIDEO: SUV crashes into west Little Rock post office

posted: 06/25/2012 11:43 a.m.

No injuries were reported when a sport utility vehicle crashed into the front of a west Little Rock post office.

Weak cold front may bring thunderstorms

posted: 06/25/2012 11:43 a.m.

A weak cold front may cause thunderstorms this afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service.

Study: Students who graduate in 4 years more successful

posted: 06/25/2012 11:43 a.m.

A report by the University of Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research has found students who earn their bachelor’s degrees within four years make higher salaries.

Lady Antebellum to 'Own the Night' at Verizon

posted: 06/25/2012 11:27 a.m.

Country trio Lady Antebellum and opening acts Darius Rucker and Thompson Square perform Wednesday at Verizon Arena in the Own the Night Tour.

US new-home sales rose at fastest pace in 2 years

posted: 06/25/2012 11:24 a.m.

Americans bought new homes in May at the fastest pace in more than two years.

Egyptian president moves into Mubarak’s old office

posted: 06/25/2012 11:22 a.m.

The new Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi moved first thing Monday morning into the office once occupied by his ousted predecessor Hosni Mubarak and started work on forming a government even before he had a clear picture of what he could do after the ruling military stripped most of the major powers from his post.

Missouri case tests party host's role in fatal accident

posted: 06/25/2012 11:01 a.m.

A Jackson County, Mo., judge is considering whether a woman can be tried for involuntary manslaughter after a minor who drank alcohol at a party was involved in a fatal accident.

2 die, 1 wounded in Mexico City airport shooting

posted: 06/25/2012 10:06 a.m.

Two people have been shot to death in front of a terminal at Mexico City’s international airport and another wounded.

Supreme Court rejects part of Arizona immigration law

posted: 06/25/2012 9:54 a.m.

The Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Arizona's crackdown on immigrants.

Burger King in LR robbed at gunpoint

updated: 06/25/2012 10:04 a.m.

Authorities are looking for two armed men who forced an employee of a Little Rock Burger King to unlock the restaurant's safe during a robbery early Monday morning.

Court rejects corporate campaign spending limits

posted: 06/25/2012 9:25 a.m.

The Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed its 2-year-old decision allowing corporations to spend freely to influence elections. The justices struck down a Montana law limiting corporate campaign spending.

Court rules no life without parole for juveniles

posted: 06/25/2012 9:24 a.m.

The Supreme Court says it's unconstitutional to sentence juveniles to life in prison without parole for murder.

Suspect dead, five wounded in Kentucky shootings

posted: 06/25/2012 9:16 a.m.

Authorities say a rural Kentucky man opened fire from his house, shooting two people in a vehicle and wounding three law enforcement officers before being fatally shot.

Obama ad seeks to refute 'doing fine’ criticism

posted: 06/25/2012 9:07 a.m.

President Barack Obama’s campaign is using a new television ad to refute Republican attacks on Obama’s recent assertion that the private sector is “doing fine.”

Arkansas guardsmen to deploy to Afghanistan

posted: 06/25/2012 9 a.m.

About 100 members of the Arkansas National Guard will soon deploy to Afghanistan on a mission to clear bombs from roads.

TRAFFIC ALERT: I-430 ramp to close through 2013

posted: 06/25/2012 8:35 a.m.

Crews this week will close a ramp onto southbound Interstate 430 as work continues on a new interchange at I-430 and Interstate 630.

VIDEO: Debby's slow march through Gulf drenches Florida

posted: 06/25/2012 7:50 a.m.

Tropical Storm Debby spun drenching rains Monday over northern Florida as it hung nearly stationary over the Gulf of Mexico, making its biggest threat flooding rather than winds.

Driver killed when car overturns in White County

posted: 06/25/2012 7:43 a.m.

A McRae woman died Sunday afternoon after her car ran off the highway, struck an embankment and overturned.

IRS denies waiver for NorthWest Arkansas Community College

posted: 06/25/2012 7:32 a.m.

The Internal Revenue Service says NorthWest Arkansas Community College had a history of late penalties when the agency denied an appeal from the college last month.

VIDEO: Vicious wildfires spread to Colo. tourist centers

posted: 06/25/2012 7:27 a.m.

Wildfires damaged more than a dozen Colorado homes over the weekend and forced evacuations for thousands more while shrouding top state tourist destinations in smoke and emptying hotels and campgrounds ahead of the Fourth of July holiday.

Heat, wildfire danger expected all week

posted: 06/25/2012 7:03 a.m.

A severe drought across Arkansas has the entire state under heightened risk for wildfires, the National Weather Service said Monday.

Man found dead in fire

posted: 06/25/2012 6:50 a.m.

Authorities say a 74-year-old man has died in a fire in Fort Smith.

Turkey, NATO plan talks over Syrian downing of jet

posted: 06/25/2012 4:49 a.m.

Turkey’s foreign minister said Sunday that his country would hold emergency talks with NATO in the next few days over the downing of one of its jet fighters by Syria, claiming the plane was attacked in international airspace.

Islamist’s win in Egypt sets off rejoicing

posted: 06/25/2012 4:45 a.m.

Islamist Mohammed Morsi was declared the winner Sunday in Egypt’s first free presidential election in history, closing the tumultuous first phase of a democratic transition and opening a new struggle with the still dominant military rulers who recently stripped the presidency of most of its powers.

Lawmakers trade millions in stocks

posted: 06/25/2012 4:42 a.m.

One hundred thirty members of Congress or their families have traded stocks collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars in companies lobbying on bills that came before their committees, a practice that is permitted under current ethics rules, a Washington Post analysis has found.

60-nation meeting to key on Peru cocaine trade

posted: 06/25/2012 4:40 a.m.

Peru’s struggle with a resurgent cocaine trade is in the spotlight as it hosts nearly 60 nations in a conference on illicit drugs beginning today.

5.7 China quake kills 4, hurts 100

posted: 06/25/2012 4:38 a.m.

A moderate earthquake toppled houses in a mountainous part of southwestern China, killing four people and injuring at least 100, state media said.

Toll of burned homes in Colorado at 248

posted: 06/25/2012 4:37 a.m.

The tally of homes destroyed by a two-week old wildfire in northern Colorado rose to 248 on Sunday as residents of a subdivision near Fort Collins learned that 57 more homes in their neighborhood had burned, authorities said.

1 dead, 1 missing as Debby lashes coast

posted: 06/25/2012 4:33 a.m.

Slow moving Tropical Storm Debby’s outer bands lashed Florida with rain and kicked up rough surf off Alabama on Sunday, prompting storm warnings for those states and killing at least one person.

Girl found in closet; mom held

posted: 06/25/2012 4:29 a.m.

A Kansas City woman was charged Saturday with abusing her 10-year-old daughter who weighed just 32 pounds when she was found locked in a closet that reeked of urine.

Paraguay allies pile on criticism

posted: 06/25/2012 4:27 a.m.

Paraguay’s new government battled a wave of criticism Sunday as several of the nation’s closest allies condemned the dismissal of President Fernando Lugo by lawmakers, some calling it a congressional coup.

Nigerian militant is dead, sect says

posted: 06/25/2012 4:25 a.m.

A top radical Islamist sect member blamed for a deadly Christmas Day church bombing in Nigeria has been killed by security forces, said the sect, which demonstrated in a prison break Sunday that his death has not affected its ability to keep fighting.

Greek leader to miss critical EU summit

posted: 06/25/2012 4:23 a.m.

Greece’s new prime minister will not be well enough after his eye surgery Saturday to travel to a critical European Union summit in Brussels, the government said Sunday.

The world in brief

posted: 06/25/2012 4:20 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I wouldn’t have been here between your hands as the first elected president without... the blood, the tears, and sacrifices of the martyrs.” Mohammed Morsi, paying tribute to Egyptians killed in last year’s uprising, after being declared the winner of Egypt’s presidential election Article, 1A

The nation in brief

posted: 06/25/2012 4:19 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I think it’s the best vacation ever. This is what the real world is about. There’s a lot of people that need help.” Mark Stein of Morristown, N.J., who spent the first night of a Colorado vacation setting up cots for wildfire evacuees with his family Article, this page

Names and faces

posted: 06/25/2012 4:17 a.m.

Former talk-show host Regis Philbin received a fond farewell at the 39th annual Daytime Emmys on Saturday as his old show, Live with Regis and Kelly, was saluted as best entertainment talk show (its first-ever nod in that category) and for best talk-show hosts.

In the news

posted: 06/25/2012 4:16 a.m.

Alex Trebek was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital after he suffered a mild heart attack, but the 71-year-old Jeopardy! host is expected to fully recover before the game show resumes production on a new season next month.

Unpaid taxes top $1 billion

posted: 06/25/2012 4:14 a.m.

More than $1 billion in unpaid taxes and fees is thought to be owed to the Arkansas government, equal to about a fifth of the state’s $4.7 billion fiscal 2013 general revenue budget.

Police group asserts favoritism in promotion

posted: 06/25/2012 4:12 a.m.

Some members of Little Rock’s Black Police Officers Association think that Police Chief Stuart Thomas is using two ongoing promotion processes as a chance to groom favorites.

The fallen are finally remembered

posted: 06/25/2012 4:09 a.m.

For 150 years, the tomb of a young Confederate soldier from Little Rock lay at the foot of a tree in Mount Holly Cemetery, unmarked and unknown to cemetery visitors.

State ranked 2nd in nation for lightning

posted: 06/25/2012 4:07 a.m.

Arkansas recorded the second-highest number of lightning flashes in the nation in 2011 with nearly 1.3 million cloud-to-ground occurrences, according to data released from the National Weather Service in North Little Rock.

U.S. wildlife agency wants snail delisted

posted: 06/25/2012 4:05 a.m.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service wants to remove the Magazine Mountain shagreen snail from the endangered species list, saying its population is stable and threats have been averted.

Prisons, food-aid alliance partner

posted: 06/25/2012 4:03 a.m.

The corn’s not going to pick itself.

Retiring general makes final tour

posted: 06/25/2012 4:02 a.m.

Gen. Norton Schwartz, chief of staff of the Air Force, returned home to Little Rock Air Force Base last week for his farewell tour of the base that was the foundation on which both his career and his personal life were built.

Jim Wallace Garison: Pilot with 237th Flyboys in Texas

posted: 06/25/2012 3:53 a.m.

Instead of just sitting back at a South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra concert in El Dorado, Jim Wallace Garison, then 89, wanted to boogie.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 06/25/2012 3:52 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: 06/25/2012 3:50 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 25, 1912 IMBODEN — A.H. Hatley, an octogenarian of Maynard, Randolph county, is cutting another set of teeth at his advanced age. About six years ago he had the remaining decayed snags extracted, and recently symptoms that reminded him of teeth-cutting of childhood days appeared, followed almost immediately by new teeth in the place of those extracted.


posted: 06/25/2012 3:49 a.m.

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

EDITORIALS: Deer camp city

posted: 06/25/2012 3:48 a.m.

THE FOLLOWING is more true than you might be able to convince your neighbors: Your statewide newspaper reported that Eureka Springs has declared itself a deer camp. No, really.

COLUMNISTS: Iranians just wanna have fun

posted: 06/25/2012 3:47 a.m.

One of the most pernicious misunderstandings in the West about Iranians is that they are dour religious fanatics.

OTHERS SAY: Approve pipeline already

posted: 06/25/2012 3:45 a.m.

Getting caught up in U.S. presidential politics can be risky for any foreign government.

A welcome first step

posted: 06/25/2012 3:44 a.m.

For hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth living in the United States, President Barack Obama’s recent Department of Homeland Security memo halting their deportations has provided a tremendous sense of relief.

Still feeling the losses

posted: 06/25/2012 3:42 a.m.

It’s winding up costing former Hogs coach Bobby Petrino even more than his average annual $3.6 million salary (and additional lagniappe lost) when he was canned nearly a dozen weeks back.

Open up a grave

posted: 06/25/2012 3:41 a.m.

Opportunity only knocks once. Repeated attempts to ratify or re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) first submitted to the states in 1972 have failed again and again, and even though the U.S. Supreme Court declared the ERA officially dead, some people just won’t let it rest in peace.


posted: 06/25/2012 3:39 a.m.

Nothing but a fantasy Women are not victims of the “patriarchy” as some recent letters here have implied, as far as I’m concerned.

U.S. OLYMPIC TRACK AND FIELD TRIALS: Making a ‘happy face’

posted: 06/25/2012 3:36 a.m.

Tyson Gay took a giant swig of water and then another before crouching into the starting blocks.

Lewis falls short of Lang, playoff

posted: 06/25/2012 3:33 a.m.

Stacy Lewis matched her best round of the season with a 7-under-par 64 to complete the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic on Sunday.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Travelers shut out Naturals

posted: 06/25/2012 3:25 a.m.

Shutout Weekend continued at Arvest Ballpark Sunday night.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP: ‘Dirt boy’ wins one on the road

posted: 06/25/2012 3:22 a.m.

Clint Bowyer knew he could get to Victory Lane this season, his first with Michael Waltrip Racing.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Wade, Arizona close in on title

posted: 06/25/2012 3:19 a.m.

Konner Wade threw his third consecutive complete game, Robert Refsnyder homered for the second game in a row and Arizona beat two-time defending national champion South Carolina 5-1 in the opener of the College World Series finals Sunday night.

Australian shoots 62, watches, wins

posted: 06/25/2012 3:17 a.m.

Marc Leishman shot an 8-under-par 62 on Sunday in the Travelers Championship, then went back to the clubhouse to eat, watch some soccer and wait to see where he would finish.

COMMENTARY: Ortiz’s jaw, reputation broken by Lopez

posted: 06/25/2012 3:13 a.m.

Josesito Lopez didn’t come to Staples Center on Saturday night just to fight, but to give the performance of his career.

INTERLEAGUE: Cardinals walk ‘n’ roll to sweep in Kansas City

posted: 06/25/2012 3:10 a.m.

Patience was more than just a virtue for the St. Louis Cardinals during a three-game visit to Kansas City.


posted: 06/25/2012 3:08 a.m.

WHEN Noon Central today WHERE Arvest Ballpark, Springdale RADIO KQSM-FM, 92.1, in Northwest Arkansas; KARN-AM, 920, in central Arkansas INTERNET;

U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS: Phelps in 400 IM - for now

posted: 06/25/2012 3:07 a.m.

Michael Phelps could have a showdown with rival Ryan Lochte on the very first day of the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.


posted: 06/25/2012 3:05 a.m.

At Hayward Field Eugene, Ore. (All race distances in meters; q-qualified ) MEN 100 METERS SEMIFINALS (Top two from each heat plus next two advance to finals) HEAT 1 1, Q-Michael Rodgers, unattached, 10.0 seconds.

Federer, Williams thinking Wimbledon, not age

posted: 06/25/2012 3:04 a.m.

Never accuse Roger Federer of being shy.

Off the wire

posted: 06/25/2012 3:02 a.m.

MOTOR SPORTS Alonso wins F1 European GP Fernando Alonso of Ferrari won an incident-filled European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain on Sunday to become the first driver to win two races this season, while Michael Schumacher earned a first podium finish since his return from a two year retirement in 2010, coming in third.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/25/2012 3 a.m.

No soup for Mets; ‘Jerry free’ The New York Mets’ new mascot is being retired after a three-day cup of coffee in the majors.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/25/2012 2:58 a.m.

Ex-Hog Akerfelds, 50, dies after 18-month cancer fight Darrel Akerfelds, who played football and baseball at Arkansas in the early 1980s, died Sunday from pancreatic cancer. He was 50.

Microsoft puts tablet on table

posted: 06/25/2012 2:50 a.m.

Microsoft’s lumbering crawl into mobile technology had many writing off the titan of computer software as a has-been.

SpaceX pad the prize in 3-way race

posted: 06/25/2012 2:48 a.m.

A record-breaking mission to the International Space Station has triggered another space race back on Earth, with Florida competing against Texas and Puerto Rico for the chance to land a new launchpad for Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, and its ambitious line of Falcon rockets.

Not ‘green’ enough, wind-farm critics say

posted: 06/25/2012 2:42 a.m.

The plains hognose snake is a tan, brown and gray blotchy creature that measures nearly 30 inches and dines on frogs, toads and salamanders.

China defends export curbs on rare earths

posted: 06/25/2012 2:38 a.m.

China is defending its export curbs on rare earth minerals used in high-tech products as an environmental measure and rejected a World Trade Organization challenge by the United States, Europe and Japan.

Renewable energy spending hit record in ’11

posted: 06/25/2012 2:36 a.m.

Global investment in renewable energy reached a record of $257 billion last year, with solar attracting more than half the total spending, according to a new U.N. report.

BlackBerry 10 phones get touch screen

posted: 06/25/2012 2:34 a.m.

The first BlackBerry device running Research In Motion Ltd.’s new operating software will not have a physical keyboard, only a touch-screen one.

ON COMPUTERS: DirectConnect 911 detects house fire, calls help

posted: 06/25/2012 2:32 a.m.

With “DirectConnect 911,” a smart phone can tell when your house is on fire and call 911. It works even if you’re in Timbuktu and can’t make it back. (Or maybe you live in Timbuktu.) It’s a combination smartphone app and hardware that detects smoke.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Storytellers, photo editors, travelers, database users can stay mobile with new apps

posted: 06/25/2012 2:30 a.m.

You can do anything on the computer with the right program. Mobile applications, known as apps, are making that true for smart phones and tablet computers as well. This week, we’ll take a look at four new apps designed to perform a variety of tasks.

Technology news in brief

posted: 06/25/2012 2:29 a.m.

U.S. supercomputer named fastest SAN JOSE, Calif. — Clocking in at 16.32 sustained petaflops, a supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has been named the world’s fastest computing system. A petaflop is computer-speak for a quadrillion calculations per second.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 06/25/2012 2:28 a.m.

ALEXANDER Chrystal Morgan, 13516 Melrose Drive, June 20, 2012, Chapter 7. ALMA Troy and Melody Sugg (aka Melody R. Middleton, Melody Dority, Melody Taber, Melody Gibson, Melody Mosby), 7130 Bushtown Place, June 18, 2012, Chapter 7.

ROCK HARD: They ... I ... climb because it’s there

posted: 06/25/2012 2:23 a.m.

Editor’s note: Once again writer Bobby Ampezzan will spend his summer tackling a new-to-him and overwhelmingly difficult fitness activity. This time it’s bouldering. Here is the first in a series of every-other-week reports.

Rolling company

posted: 06/25/2012 2:20 a.m.

A new business in downtown Little Rock offers newcomers a diverting way to meet people while they see a bit of the city. But be advised: You’ll have to put in some work for your fun.

Long sits rob seats of muscle memory

posted: 06/25/2012 2:16 a.m.

Gluteal amnesia: It’s a silly name for a concerning condition.

New workouts

posted: 06/25/2012 2:14 a.m.

Title: Shiva Rea Core Yoga What’s the goal? To harness your sacred strength and to activate your full potential and/or to imagine yourself far away in a tropical paradise or perched atop mounds of white sand as you oscillate your neck and let your arms be creative.

Phone applications dish out data

posted: 06/25/2012 2:11 a.m.

Whether you’re an iPhone, Android or BlackBerry user, that little piece of technology is always with you. More and more applications are offering to make your life easier, and more healthful.

For right bodies, squats are super

posted: 06/25/2012 2:09 a.m.

For bodies built to do them, the squat is the King of Exercises.

MASTER CLASS: Squeeze foam roller into workout

posted: 06/25/2012 2:08 a.m.

Foam rollers have become popular pieces of equipment for fitness enthusiasts. Whether you’re into running, strength training or yoga, these squishy cylinders can provide some benefits.

Portable push-ups move much muscle

posted: 06/25/2012 1:58 a.m.

Push-ups are one of the best exercises for strengthening the upper body. They are also one of the most convenient because they can be performed almost anywhere, take little time, require no equipment and work many muscles.

North shore bike store hub for scenic jaunts

posted: 06/25/2012 1:57 a.m.

Bobby’s Bike Hike is not the first bicycle rental shop in central Arkansas. Since 2007, David Fike has provided bike rentals, repairs and ride support in North Little Rock.


posted: 06/25/2012 1:55 a.m.

When it comes to comedy, what do you prefer? The gentle laughs of a family show like Leave It to Beaver? Or the no holds-barred wackiness of Community?


posted: 06/25/2012 1:54 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll have a strong sense of purpose. You’ll live where you fit in, and you’ll enjoy your lifestyle. July brings a chance to help your loved ones, and you’ll make a remarkable difference.


posted: 06/25/2012 1:53 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Organic food is more readily available now than before, but what exactly does “organic” mean? Here is some helpful information from the United States Department of Agriculture : If food has the “USDA Organic” seal, it means that it is certified organic and has met all of the standards necessary when inspected by a government approved certified inspector.


posted: 06/25/2012 1:52 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Do the angels in heaven pray for us? It would give me great comfort to know that they do, because I need all the prayers I can get. — M.McD.

Super Quiz: Beaver

posted: 06/25/2012 1:51 a.m.

1. What is the name for the home constructed by a beaver? 2. What was the family name in the TV show Leave It to Beaver ? 3. Term for a person who is often excessively industrious or zealous. 4. Which state is the “Beaver State” ?

Sunday, June 24

Brush fire destroys barns in central Arkansas

posted: 06/24/2012 4:44 p.m.

Faulkner County fire officials say one home was damaged, three barns were destroyed and 39 acres were burned in a brush fire near Greenbrier.

'Jeopardy!' host Trebek suffers mild heart attack

posted: 06/24/2012 3:18 p.m.

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek is in a Los Angeles hospital recovering from a mild heart attack.

Pawlenty tells Romney campaign to look elsewhere for running mate

posted: 06/24/2012 2:41 p.m.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he's told Mitt Romney's presidential campaign to look elsewhere for a running mate.

Three people missing after Oklahoma train collision

updated: 06/24/2012 4:22 p.m.

Three people are missing after two freight trains collided in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

Louisiana governor declares state of emergency

posted: 06/24/2012 1:43 p.m.

Parts of three states were under a tropical storm warning Sunday as Debby churned off the Gulf Coast, leaving wary residents to closely watch a storm whose path has so far been difficult to forecast.

Eye surgery prevents Greek PM from attending Summit

posted: 06/24/2012 1:36 p.m.

Greece's new Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will not be well enough to travel to a critical European Union summit in Brussels after undergoing an eye operation, the government said Sunday.

Chinese spacecraft docks with orbiting module

posted: 06/24/2012 1:26 p.m.

A Chinese spacecraft carrying three astronauts docked manually with an orbiting module on Sunday, a first for the country as it strives to match American and Russian exploits in spac

Cleric says Iraqi Prime Minister should resign

posted: 06/24/2012 12:20 p.m.

The firebrand Iraqi cleric heading the political party that has served as a swing vote in the nation's ongoing government crisis says the prime minister should resign if he cannot produce reforms.

Kenya protests US terror advisory for Mombasa

posted: 06/24/2012 11:09 a.m.

The Kenyan government is protesting a U.S. embassy travel advisory that warned of an imminent terror attack on the coastal town of Mombasa, saying the advisory amounts to "economic sabotage" in a city that is reliant on tourism.

Turkey calls for NATO meeting over Syria

posted: 06/24/2012 10:52 a.m.

Turkey on Sunday called for an extraordinary meeting of NATO after one of its planes was shot down by Syria in international airspace after it had mistakenly strayed into Syrian territory.

Arkansas mountain snail may drop from endangered list

posted: 06/24/2012 10:42 a.m.

A little snail that only lives on Mount Magazine is on the verge of achieving an important distinction: it could be removed from the endangered species list.

Morsi wins Egypt presidential race

posted: 06/24/2012 10:06 a.m.

Egypt’s election commission has declared Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood the winner of Egypt’s first free elections by a narrow margin over Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister under deposed leader Hosni Mubarak.

Body found in burned car in Mulberry

posted: 06/24/2012 9:59 a.m.

Authorities in northwestern Arkansas are investigating the discovery of a body inside a burned car.

Poll: 1-in-4 uncommitted now in White House race

posted: 06/24/2012 9:29 a.m.

One-quarter of the nation’s registered voters are uncommitted to a candidate in this year’s presidential race.

Issa: No evidence of White House cover-up

posted: 06/24/2012 9:26 a.m.

The House committee chairman leading the fight to get Justice Department documents about a troubled gun-tracking operation says there’s no evidence so far that White House officials were involved in misleading Congress or engaged in a cover-up.

Jet downing riles up Turkey

posted: 06/24/2012 5:55 a.m.

Turkey’s president said Saturday that his country would do “whatever is necessary” in response to the downing of a Turkish military jet by Syria, adding a new complication to the tense relationship between the former allies split by Turkey’s support for Syrian rebels trying to overthrow the government.

In the end, cases shake health-law confidence

posted: 06/24/2012 5:55 a.m.

With the Supreme Court set to render judgment on President Barack Obama’s health-care law as early as Monday, the White House and Congress find themselves in a position that many advocates of the legislation once considered almost unimaginable.

Anger Room lets customers vent

posted: 06/24/2012 5:54 a.m.

If ever there were a recession proof business, the Anger Room is it.

Earring whets archaeologists’ hopes

posted: 06/24/2012 5:53 a.m.

Archaeologists who found a 3,000-year-old gold ibex earring in the remains of the ancient Canaanite city identified with Armageddon expect that further discoveries will broaden historical insight about the site.

Study links Net chatter to movie box-office pull

posted: 06/24/2012 5:52 a.m.

Why did The Avengers blow the roof off the box office, while Battleship sank to the bottom of the sea? Blame Internet chatter. The number of times a film is mentioned in blog posts and social media strongly reflects how much money it is pulling in at the box office, according to a new model developed by Japanese physicists.

U.S. has eye on Southeast Asia

posted: 06/24/2012 5:52 a.m.

As the Obama administration revamps its Asian strategy in response to a rising China, the U.S. military is looking at a return to some familiar bases from its last conflict in Southeast Asia — the Vietnam War.

N. Korean kids learn early to hate U.S.

posted: 06/24/2012 5:51 a.m.

A framed poster on the wall of a kindergarten classroom shows bright-eyed children brandishing rifles and bayonets as they attack a hapless American soldier, his face bandaged and blood spurting from his mouth.

Video of Honduras raid said to clear U.S. agents

posted: 06/24/2012 5:51 a.m.

Aerial surveillance video of a fatal shootout during a counter narcotics mission in Honduras last month shows a long, dugout-style boat ramming a smaller canoe carrying Honduran and U.S. agents — and a seized cocaine shipment — followed by a brief but furious round of gunfire.

Abortion center struggles to stay open

posted: 06/24/2012 5:50 a.m.

It was only recently that Dr. Willie Parker began flying down from Washington, heading to work at a vaultlike building that sits unassumingly on a busy thoroughfare.

Island to depend on CEO owner

posted: 06/24/2012 5:50 a.m.

The 3,200 people living on a rural Hawaiian island that will soon be purchased by billionaire Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison have a laundry list of what they’d like to see him provide.

Racial lines show in funerals

posted: 06/24/2012 5:49 a.m.

When a black person dies in one of the rural counties around Madison, Ga., chances are the body will end up in the hands of Charles Menendez.

County goes after unlicensed dogs

posted: 06/24/2012 5:49 a.m.

With 18 full-time enforcers, a Michigan county is going door-to-door to find dogs that don’t have a license, an effort that could raise more than $250,000 in fees this summer.

Russian fears recession

posted: 06/24/2012 5:47 a.m.

President Vladimir Putin was all swagger last week at an annual economic forum, effectively wagging a finger at Europe over its fiscal problems and keeping the chief executives of some of the world’s most powerful oil companies waiting for hours in a hallway until he finally met with them.

Files detail Bain’s operations

posted: 06/24/2012 5:47 a.m.

Cambridge Industries, an automotive-plastics supplier whose losses had been building for three consecutive years, finally filed for bankruptcy in May 2000 under a mountain of debt that had ballooned to more than $300 million.

Vote results today, Egypt vows

posted: 06/24/2012 5:45 a.m.

Egypt will release results from disputed presidential elections today, the country’s top elections commission official said — an announcement that will put an end to the country’s nervewracking uncertainty about who is the official winner, but promises no end to the power struggles among Islamists, the military and other factions.

In court, still more missteps revealed

posted: 06/24/2012 5:45 a.m.

Mix-ups, miscommunication and errors continued to surface in the Phillips County judicial system last week as authorities worked to clear up a docket of yearsold cases left languishing in circuit court because of unserved fugitive warrants.

Paraguay leader stresses normalcy

posted: 06/24/2012 5:44 a.m.

Paraguay’s newly sworn-in president set about forming a new government Saturday as he promised to honor foreign commitments, respect private property and reach out to Latin American leaders to minimize diplomatic fallout and keep his country from becoming a regional pariah.

Retailers raking in big prizes in lottery

posted: 06/24/2012 5:44 a.m.

The owner of a tobacco shop that sells lottery tickets has won more than 350 prizes, including 25 flat-panel TV sets, through the Arkansas lottery’s Points for Prizes program in 2 1/2 years.

Greeks aim to revise bailout deal

posted: 06/24/2012 5:43 a.m.

Greece’s new coalition government said Saturday that it will seek to repeal some taxes, halt layoffs and extend by two years the deadlines for tough austerity measures imposed under its international bailout agreement.

Incentives reel in businesses, but state gains hard to gauge

posted: 06/24/2012 5:42 a.m.

A company’s announcement that it plans to open a factory or office in the state is often met with great fanfare.

Season ends in letdown

posted: 06/24/2012 5:41 a.m.

Arkansas’ players didn’t react much Friday night after Jake Wise swung at strike three from Matt Price to end the Razorbacks’ baseball season one victory short of the College World Series championship series.

Hamas threatens more attacks on Israel

posted: 06/24/2012 5:41 a.m.

Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers threatened to escalate fighting with Israel on Saturday after airstrikes killed several gunmen in the coastal territory, and Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel wounded one person and damaged an elementary school in the country’s south.

Politico website suspends reporter over digs at Romney

posted: 06/24/2012 5:40 a.m.

Politico, the website devoted to covering all facets of the political news cycle, said late Thursday that it had suspended one of its White House reporters for making numerous disparaging and vulgar comments about Mitt Romney.

State’s GOP decides on 21 for convention

posted: 06/24/2012 5:40 a.m.

The Republican Party of Arkansas elected 21 at large delegates Saturday to attend the 2012 Republican National Convention, all but one of whom had been recommended as delegates or alternates by the campaign of presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Panel to review higher ed filings

posted: 06/24/2012 5:40 a.m.

Nearly a year after it started looking for a new director for the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, a state board hopes to have a candidate selected for the job by the fall, its chairman said Friday.

Endangered rhino born in Indonesia

posted: 06/24/2012 5:39 a.m.

A highly endangered Sumatran rhinoceros gave birth to a calf Saturday in western Indonesia, a forestry official said. It is only the fifth known birth in captivity for the species in 123 years.

PAPER TRAILS: Rock of Ages was her reality

posted: 06/24/2012 5:39 a.m.

The Hollywood-based producer, director and cast of the new film Rock of Ages portrays the rock ’n’ roll scene of the 1970s and 1980s.

No asylum ruling yet from Ecuador

posted: 06/24/2012 5:38 a.m.

Ecuador’s Embassy in London said Saturday that Ambassador Anna Alban was traveling to her country’s capital to brief President Rafael Correa on the request for political asylum made by WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange.

14 balloonists take to skies over Maumelle, test skills

posted: 06/24/2012 5:38 a.m.

At 6:30 a.m. Saturday, 14 colorful hot-air balloons took flight over Maumelle.

Rebel groups disjointed, but all hate Assad

posted: 06/24/2012 5:36 a.m.

EDITOR’S NOTE — Arabicspeaking journalist Ben Hubbard was part of a three-member Associated Press team that spent two weeks with rebels in northern Syria, gathering firsthand information on the increasingly bloody rebellion against President Bashar Assad — the longest and deadliest uprising of the Arab Spring.

After 2 years, no verdict

posted: 06/24/2012 5:36 a.m.

It was one of the most high-profile civil cases in decades in Arkansas or Oklahoma federal courts.

2 in NLR seek end to vehicles in yards

posted: 06/24/2012 5:35 a.m.

Two North Little Rock aldermen say they want to prohibit vehicles from being parked in residential front and side yards, an idea that’s been shot down in previous years.

Shuffle at LR schools irks some

posted: 06/24/2012 5:34 a.m.

The Little Rock School Board’s June 14 approval of principal transfers among the system’s elementary schools left some parents and other community members unhappy with the changes.

In the news

posted: 06/24/2012 5:34 a.m.

Greg Burke, 52, the Fox News correspondent in Rome and a member of the conservative Opus Dei movement, will leave the network to become the senior communications adviser in the Vatican’s secretariat of state, officials said.

Drug’s creation likened to candy

posted: 06/24/2012 5:34 a.m.

The story of how a group of private and public research scientists and University of Arkansas business students came together to develop an osteoporosis drug that promises to rebuild bone is like a famous marriage of confections.

Names and faces

posted: 06/24/2012 5:33 a.m.

Ben Affleck is managing to live a relatively private life in a Hollywood fishbowl. He’s no longer tailed daily by the paparazzi, as he was when he dated Jennifer Lopez from 2002-04. It was a time when entertainment coverage was starting to explode and the couple were on the cover of every magazine and tabloid, and the top story on TV entertainment shows. “I definitely was in a tabloid cross hair,” he said in a recent interview.

TV news shows

posted: 06/24/2012 5:33 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Xavier Becerra, D-Calif. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock. NBC’s Meet the Press — Issa; Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; former Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M. 9 a.m., KARK-TV, Channel 4, Little Rock. CBS’ Face the Nation — Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas ; former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn.; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ;

Camden high school teacher charged with sexual assault

posted: 06/24/2012 5:32 a.m.

The agriculture teacher at Camden Fairview High School who was suspended from his job and arrested in May over accusations of having a sexual relationship with one of his students is now formally charged in the case.


posted: 06/24/2012 5:32 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball: 1-3-41-44-53 Powerball: 30 Estimated jackpot: $60 million

Man found on bottom of LR pool dies

posted: 06/24/2012 5:31 a.m.

A man found unconscious in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ therapy pool was pronounced dead Thursday, not long after members of a water aerobics class spotted him at the bottom of the pool.

Getting it straight

posted: 06/24/2012 5:31 a.m.

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

Pet of the week

posted: 06/24/2012 5:31 a.m.

Penny is our pet of the week. She is a 6-month-old black Labrador/pointer mix with a cute patch of speckled fur on her chest. Penny is shy, but warmed up quickly to her foster parents. She weighs about 20 pounds and may gain another 10 as she grows, but will not be a large dog. Penny’s ideal home would be one where she can be close to her family most of the time. She is very loving, and, with some training and confidence, she will blossom.

Ozone warning issued for today

posted: 06/24/2012 5:31 a.m.

An ozone alert for central Arkansas has been issued for today, according to a news release from Metroplan.

2 teenagers die in PB accident

posted: 06/24/2012 5:30 a.m.

Two teenagers were killed Thursday night in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 65 in Pine Bluff, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality report.

The nation in brief

posted: 06/24/2012 5:30 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I don’t carry around a backpack [filled] with American flags and run around the world planting them.” Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, explaining that U.S. officials are looking for permission to operate from old installations in Asia as guests, mostly on a temporary basis Article, this page

Man’s Wal-Mart lawsuit can proceed, judge rules

posted: 06/24/2012 5:30 a.m.

Wal-Mart has failed to persuade a judge to throw out a lawsuit by a Mabelvale man who had been left for dead by robbers in a burning car on a Little Rock store’s parking lot.

The world in brief

posted: 06/24/2012 5:30 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It is not possible to cover over a thing like this.Whatever is necessary will no doubt be done.” Turkish President Abdullah Gul, in response to the downing of a Turkish military jet by Syria Article 1A

Education notebook

posted: 06/24/2012 5:29 a.m.

2 district unions ask Beebe for help The employee unions in the Pulaski County Special School District sent Gov. Mike Beebe last week a petition asking him to help them regain collective bargaining rights and preserve their union-negotiated contracts.

HOG FUTURES: RB brings toughness to UA

posted: 06/24/2012 5:28 a.m.

The fourth in a series featuring newcomers to the Arkansas football team.


posted: 06/24/2012 5:28 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: 06/24/2012 5:28 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 24, 1912 MEMPHIS — There is a prospect that Memphians may get to see the battleship Arkansas this summer. The people of Helena have asked the Navy Department to send the dreadnought there some time in July so that the people of Arkansas can present her with a silver service.

Panel cautions Cabot attorney

posted: 06/24/2012 5:27 a.m.

The state Committee on Professional Conduct cautioned Paul Schmidt, an attorney from Cabot, for representing a child’s mother several years after another attorney in his firm had represented the child’s father in a paternity and custody dispute.

Discovery museum chief plans to retire

posted: 06/24/2012 5:27 a.m.

Nan Selz, the executive director of Little Rock’s Museum of Discovery since 2004, will retire by the end of this year, museum officials announced Friday.

Senator opposes site’s permit

posted: 06/24/2012 5:26 a.m.

A state senator said Thursday night that he is opposed to changing or renewing a storm-water discharge permit for Umetco Minerals Corp.

Police beat

posted: 06/24/2012 5:25 a.m.

Guardsman jailed in gun-pointing A North Little Rock National Guardsman was arrested Friday evening after he pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend, police said.

Hope floats

posted: 06/24/2012 5:24 a.m.

Yem Prades knew he might never see his family again if he climbed aboard the boat that would take him out of Cuba, but he didn’t have much of a choice.

Oil-drilling rig getting prepared for job in Arctic

posted: 06/24/2012 5:23 a.m.

During the past year, some 400 workers at a shipyard on Seattle’s Harbor Island have been installing new diesel engines, welding bulkheads, painting and tackling other tasks to prepare the Kulluk, a Shell Oil rig, for drilling holes this summer in the sea bottom off Alaska’s North Slope.

Better-quality burgers drawing in the crowds

posted: 06/24/2012 5:22 a.m.

While the humble burger reigns as an iconic American food, a growing number of foodies are searching for something a little more special: Sandwiches made with fresh Angus beef, a better-quality roll and toppings such as aged cheddar or homemade pickles.

LIKE IT IS: Give ump an ‘E’ for fluctuating strike zone

posted: 06/24/2012 5:21 a.m.

When ESPN replayed the pitch using its K-Zone, which highlights the strike zone area, Perry Costello’s name was written down.

Most sanctioned state banks stabilizing

posted: 06/24/2012 5:20 a.m.

Arkansas’ most-troubled banks are doing a better job of addressing their problems than in recent years, a banking consultant says.

Lexus has eye on sales top spot

posted: 06/24/2012 5:20 a.m.

U.S. consumers are getting better deals on luxury cars and sport utility vehicles this year as the top brands clear out old models and race to be No. 1 in sales.

THAT’S BUSINESS: Typewriter or Internet, things have come full circle and news is still news

posted: 06/24/2012 5:19 a.m.

It’s been nearly three years since Leroy Donald passed away.

Annie’s aims to grow organic into profit

posted: 06/24/2012 5:19 a.m.

The night in March before Berkeley, Calif.-based Annie’s Homegrown began trading its stock for the first time, Chief Executive Officer John Foraker saw something that told him the natural foods company he heads had really arrived.

COMMENTARY: Silence speaks volumes about Heat

posted: 06/24/2012 5:18 a.m.

The national chorus accompanying the Miami Heat’s championship is perfect.

Burgundy’s reputation threatened by fraud

posted: 06/24/2012 5:18 a.m.

Accusations of wine fraud, which have been swirling around the international trade in rare vintages, have now struck home at the source of some of the world’s most prized bottles, the cellars of Burgundy.

Prices in Mexico top inflation target

posted: 06/24/2012 5:18 a.m.

Mexico’s consumer prices rose more than expected in early June, pushing annual inflation above the central bank’s target range even as signs of slower U.S. growth threaten to dampen demand for exports.

Arizona out to crash Tanner’s party

posted: 06/24/2012 5:16 a.m.

Arizona came to the College World Series as one of the hottest teams in the nation and swept three games to reach the championship round.

INTERLEAGUE: Rookie Keuchel pitches complete game

posted: 06/24/2012 5:15 a.m.

On Thursday, the parents of Houston rookie starter Dallas Keuchel (Arkansas Razorbacks ) surprised him with news that they had found last-minute bargain airline tickets from Tulsa to see his next start.

Melanie Marie Hurley

posted: 06/24/2012 5:15 a.m.

Melanie Hurley’s pingpong table is stained.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Travs hold Naturals to one hit

posted: 06/24/2012 5:14 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals proved they could win with two hits Friday, but their one hit Saturday was not enough against the Arkansas Travelers.

INTERLEAGUE: Resurgent offense puts Cardinals past Royals

posted: 06/24/2012 5:13 a.m.

St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny is under no illusions that his team will always be able to put up the kind of offense it has the first two games of its three-game series against Kansas City.

Mentors help turn boys into men

posted: 06/24/2012 5:13 a.m.

Death isn’t a topic that should have such a close, personal impact on young teens.

Arguelles making tough transition

posted: 06/24/2012 5:11 a.m.

For Noel Arguelles, life as a Cuban defector in the United States has been mostly about living up to expectations.

DRESSING ROOM: Animals, skin get a lift from a list of new items

posted: 06/24/2012 5:11 a.m.

I’m a fan of cuff bracelets — the bigger, the chunkier and the more ornate the better — so I’m positively salivating over a line to which I’ve recently been introduced.

SUMMER IN THE CITY: A time to chill

posted: 06/24/2012 5:10 a.m.

Sundresses and resort casual-clad guests mingled, fruity drinks embellished with pretty flowers in hand, at Summer in the City-Key West Gala, on June 16 at Pleasant Valley Country Club.

LIFELONG HEALTH: No-calorie sweeteners safe; are they effective?

posted: 06/24/2012 5:09 a.m.

An article in The New York Times recently examined the risks of artificial sweeteners. At first blush, it seems we are less likely to gain weight if we sweeten tea or coffee with an artificial, calorie-free sweetener. And today, far more dietbranded drinks are sold than their sugary counterparts. The price is the same, so why not?

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: With a rolling start, he got her bows and heart

posted: 06/24/2012 5:09 a.m.

Kenneth Beard remembers every detail of the bows Gertrude Johnson wore in her hair the first time he saw her.

ONE NIGHT ONLY: New wing ready to fly

posted: 06/24/2012 5:09 a.m.

Guests had their one and only chance to party in the new Stella Boyle Smith Atrium and the Charles “Boe” and Myrna V. Adams Rooftop Garden on June 14 in the new South Wing of Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

3 men have major advantage

posted: 06/24/2012 5:08 a.m.

As Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer step back on the grass at Wimbledon, each has reason to believe he’ll be hoisting the trophy in two weeks.


posted: 06/24/2012 5:08 a.m.

Patricia Ann Edwards, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Edwards of Little Rock, and Andy Thomas Phonsavatdy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daovong Phonsavatdy of Mabelvale; Aug. 4.

Bridal policy

posted: 06/24/2012 5:08 a.m.

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


posted: 06/24/2012 5:07 a.m.

Julienne and Richard Hall will celebrate their 71st wedding anniversary. The couple were married June 28, 1941. She is the former Julienne Dow. He is a civil engineer with Hall Surveying and Engineering. They are the parents of Jeanne Milazzo of Dallas and Rick Hall and Sue Ellen Hall, both of Texarkana. The couple have five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Decathlon stumble trips gold medalist

posted: 06/24/2012 5:07 a.m.

Olympic decathlon gold medalist Bryan Clay won’t defend his title in London after he stumbled in the 110-meter hurdles at the U.S. track trials Saturday.

SCHOLARSHIP BENEFIT: All White Affair helps fuel new careers in firefighting

posted: 06/24/2012 5:07 a.m.

In the tradition of the annual, celebrity-studded White Party given by rapper Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, the second annual Fire Chief’s All White Affair — studded with local celebrities — was held June 16 in the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock.

DEAR ABBY: Disgruntled hostess’s ways to get booted off guest list

posted: 06/24/2012 5:06 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I have set the guest list for my Fourth of July party. A few people I entertained last year will not be invited back this summer. Perhaps they’ll recognize themselves when they read the following list: (1) You arrived emptyhanded.

MALE CALL: Beltless waistbands: Jury’s still out, so buyer is judge

posted: 06/24/2012 5:06 a.m.

Q. I ordered a custommade suit today. The salesman is a huge fan of adjustable tabs on the waistband to avoid having a belt. He says they’re very European. I told him I’d consider it, but they just look ugly to me. Am I being provincial ?

THE RECRUITING GUY: Player from New Jersey likes Razorbacks’ style

posted: 06/24/2012 5:05 a.m.

Power forward Isaiah Watkins has an impressive list of schools trying to secure his basketball services and has approximately 40 scholarship offers, including one from Arkansas. Watkins, 6- 7, 220 pounds, of St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J., said he is attracted to Arkansas because of the Hogs’ style of play, which he believes fits his talents. “I know they’re a run-andgun offense and up-tempo,” Watkins said.

Non-Jewish couples adopt traditional wedding rituals

posted: 06/24/2012 5:05 a.m.

Jessie Engelman and her fiance plan to wed later this year in Jamaica, where they’ll sign a ketubah, the traditional Jewish marriage contract.

WARM WELCOME: Crowd fills gallery to hear human rights group leader

posted: 06/24/2012 5:05 a.m.

Chad Griffin, an Arkadelphia native and new president of the Washington-based Human Rights Campaign, packed the house June 11 at the Boswell Mourot Fine Art gallery.

100TH BIRTHDAY: Centennial event salutes the late Gov. Sid McMath

posted: 06/24/2012 5:04 a.m.

A Centennial Salute in honor of the late Gov. Sid McMath’s 100th birthday was held June 15 at the McMath Library.

Sandusky’s lawyers raise appeal issue

posted: 06/24/2012 5:04 a.m.

Jerry Sandusky’s lawyers said Saturday they tried to quit the night before his child sex abuse trial because they weren’t given enough time to prepare, raising an argument on the trial’s speed that could become the thrust of an appeal.


posted: 06/24/2012 5 a.m.

The Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans was the setting at 6 p.m.

Monk enjoying hoops overseas

posted: 06/24/2012 5 a.m.

Marcus Monk was teaching football and German at the same time.


posted: 06/24/2012 4:59 a.m.

Elizabeth Ashley Griffis and William Balch Hoofman were united in marriage at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, in the Cathedral of St. Andrew.

Hunter-Reay takes wild race in Iowa

posted: 06/24/2012 4:58 a.m.

Championship contenders and bigname stars were dropping left and right on a wacky Saturday night at Iowa Speedway.


posted: 06/24/2012 4:57 a.m.

Kelli Cooper Waters became the bride of David Louis Gershner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Park on The River in Maumelle. The Rev. Clark Colbert of First Baptist Church in Beebe officiated.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP TOYOTA/SAVE MART 350: Setup brings out road rage

posted: 06/24/2012 4:57 a.m.

It used to be that short tracks were the guaranteed place for bumping, banging and blown tempers. It’s now shifted to road courses, specifically Sonoma, where more than a few drivers will likely be raging mad by the end of today’s race.

Brazilian displays experience

posted: 06/24/2012 4:55 a.m.

Nelson Piquet Jr. held the lead on a late restart, then pulled away from the rest of the field Saturday to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America. The Brazilian, a former Formula One driver and the son of a three-time F1 champion, became a winner in his third career Nationwide start after starting the race from pole position.


posted: 06/24/2012 4:55 a.m.

Nuptial vows were exchanged by Lillian Grace Deacon and Dr.

Davis strong early,Thatcher late to share lead

posted: 06/24/2012 4:54 a.m.

Englishman Brian Davis shot a 6-under-par 64, and Roland Thatcher had a 65 Saturday to share the third-round lead in the Travelers Championship at 12 under.


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Wedding vows were exchanged by Valerie Jean Hendrix and Jonathan Patrick Shively at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16, in the Capital Hotel. Payte Baldwin of Dallas officated.


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Frazier-Williams Shannon Bay Williams and J. Brendan Frazier were united in marriage Saturday at Vine Street Christian Church in Nashville, Tenn. The Rev. Doyle Frazier officiated.

Park goes ahead by two

posted: 06/24/2012 4:48 a.m.

South Korea’s Inbee Park shot a 5-under-par 66 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.

Lavy giving it another try

posted: 06/24/2012 4:46 a.m.

University of Arkansas golfer Emma Lavy is taking another shot at playing with the professionals.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/24/2012 4:45 a.m.

Cena pins 300 wishes for charity John Cena’s signature phrase is “You can’t see me.” But when it comes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the pro wrestling superstar makes sure he’s seen.

Off the wire

posted: 06/24/2012 4:44 a.m.

TENNIS Roddick, Paszek earn titles Andy Roddick’s confidence was boosted by winning the Eastbourne Championships on the eve of Wimbledon when he beat defending champion Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-2 in the final at Eastbourne, England on Saturday. Tamira Paszek of Austria fought off five match points to defeat fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 in the women’s final. Roddick entered the event as a wild card after losing his opening match at Queen’s Club last week, a defeat that stretched his losing streak to six matches dating to mid-March.

News & Notes

posted: 06/24/2012 4:43 a.m.

Starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (Arkansas Razorbacks) made his major-league debut with the Houston Astros on June 17 at Texas. Keuchel allowed 1 run on 4 hits in 5 innings, earning a no-decision in the Astros’ 9-3 loss to the Rangers. The left-hander took Bud Norris’ spot in the Astros’ starting rotation after Norris was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained knee.


posted: 06/24/2012 4:42 a.m.

House subcommittee cuts NAWCA funding WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee on Thursday approved a bill that appropriates $22.3 million for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA ), more than $13 million less than last fiscal year. “While we understand the spending constraints the House Appropriations Committee is operating under, we are disappointed with the spending level recommended for the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund in the subcommittee’s bill,” said Dale Hall, chief executive officer for Ducks Unlimited.

that’s life: Telling a snake tale that’s true

posted: 06/24/2012 4:41 a.m.

It’s time to tell the snake story again.

Policing the area

posted: 06/24/2012 4:41 a.m.

Rochelle Mallory wrapped a police duty belt around her waist. The duty belt is essential to a law enforcement officer because it has anything an officer may need close at hand.

Desha farm family garners local, district recognition

posted: 06/24/2012 4:40 a.m.

Tom Vanemburg of Desha expressed some concern recently that his age — 71 — might preclude him from achieving additional recognition in the Arkansas Farm Family of the Year program. He need not have been concerned.


posted: 06/24/2012 4:39 a.m.

To submit an item for the Calendar of Events, mail information to Calendar of Events, Three Rivers Edition, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, AR, 72203; send faxes to (501) 378-3500 ; or email Deadlines for calendar-item submissions are noon Friday for Thursday editions and noon Tuesday for Sunday editions. ONGOING Searcy Burn Ban

Couple to be honored at gala for grief-recovery foundation

posted: 06/24/2012 4:38 a.m.

Dennis and Terri Rine of Searcy will be honored during the second annual Spark of Life Gala, to be held from 6-8 :30 p.m. Thursday at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock.

Faith Baptist Church and Care Cap Connections join forces

posted: 06/24/2012 4:38 a.m.

Faith Baptist Church in Cabot and Care Cap Connections will join forces from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday. This project, under the direction of founder Mary Philips, will introduce new volunteers to the Care Cap way of cutting, pinning, sewing and packaging comfortable kerchiefs for those who have gone through or are going through cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy. Teams are set up in a continuous production line, with one team beginning with the process and another completing it. This is strictly a volunteer project, and everyone is welcome to volunteer time. Those who don’t sew may cut, iron, pin, tag and package the caps or run an errand.

Jacksonport State Park offers Civil War Day Camp

posted: 06/24/2012 4:37 a.m.

Jacksonport State Park will hold a Civil War Day Camp for kids from 7 to 12 years old from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday through Friday at the park pavilion.

front & center: Jack Lowe

posted: 06/24/2012 4:35 a.m.

When Jack Lowe of Cherokee Village retired from piloting DC-10 s for FedEx, he went on a search for something to fill his time. “I had a little fire left after I retired in ’06,” he said with a laugh.

LET’S TALK: Tattered, torn, it’s still cash, not trash

posted: 06/24/2012 4:35 a.m.

We all get them at one time or another: a legal-tender note that’s so beaten up we wonder if we’ll be able to get rid of the thing. Not only is it so crumpled that no self-respecting vending machine would take it, but it has been taped together after some ungodly amputation befell it. We hope we can find some individual or merchant to accept it. We’ve already got the argument ready: “Look, it’s not as if it’s a counterfeit bill. It’s a real bill with issues.” Luckily, I’ve never been given a dollar bill I couldn’t eventually pass. So I’d never given any thought to what I’d do if that were ever the case... nor had I given real thought to the eventual fate of money once, in general, it gets too outrageously raggedy to use.

CRITICAL MASS: Ford’s latest is lean but rich

posted: 06/24/2012 4:35 a.m.

Someone once said, “so many books, so little time.” They were right. So let’s get moving.

outdoors: Go west, young fisherman … or north or south or east

posted: 06/24/2012 4:34 a.m.

In recent weeks, reports have continued to surface of Arkansans who have contracted the dangerous BOT-B virus.

7 studios’ work included with tattoo-photo exhibit

posted: 06/24/2012 4:34 a.m.

How do you entice tattoo aficionados — lovers of art, to be sure, but not necessarily museumgoers — to turn out for a photography show?

Celebrating independence in the Three Rivers area

posted: 06/24/2012 4:34 a.m.

The Fourth of July became a federal holiday in 1941, but Independence Day celebrations go back to the 18th century. The tradition continues this year with various celebrations around the Three Rivers area. According to the website, in June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies who were fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later, the delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence.

Batesville kids triathlon set for July at Lyon

posted: 06/24/2012 4:33 a.m.

The first Bad Boy Kids Triathlon will take place the morning of July 14 at Lyon College. Kids will swim, bike and run to benefit the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project. The triathlon is open to kids ages 5-16 and will cost $20 per person.

Extension homemakers attend state meeting

posted: 06/24/2012 4:33 a.m.

Sixteen White County extension homemakers attended the Arkansas Ex tension Homema kers Council State Meeting on June 5-7 in Hot Springs.

T Tauri Movie Camp approaches capacity

posted: 06/24/2012 4:32 a.m.

The eighth annual T Tauri Movie Camp has nearly reached capacity. The camp offers summer digital filmmaking workshops in narrative filmmaking, claymation and on-camera acting for youth ages 8 to 18. The workshops run from two to four days in length and take place July 16-28 in Batesville.

community: Lyon College students win Alpha Chi awards

posted: 06/24/2012 4:31 a.m.

Lyon College students recently won a record number of awards at the Alpha Chi Super-Regional Convention in Baltimore, Md. Advisers Tim Lindblom and Terrell Tebbetts attended the convention with student delegates Hannah Ellis, Megan Holifield and Jon-Michael Poff. Lyon College’s Alpha Chi chapter is Arkansas Iota, Chapter 52.

War exposed

posted: 06/24/2012 4:31 a.m.

On a fall day in 1893, an itinerant photographer began rooting through a huge collection of dust-covered glass negatives that had been stashed under the stairs of an old house on Pennsylvania Avenue.

THE TV COLUMN: New Sorkin HBO series looks to be newsworthy

posted: 06/24/2012 4:30 a.m.

Nothing gets the TV buzz going like a new project from writer/producer Aaron Sorkin.

Hope Outdoors archery tourney set for July 7

posted: 06/24/2012 4:30 a.m.

Hope Outdoors will hold a 3D pop-up archery tournament July 7 at the White County Fair Grounds Rodeo Arena in Searcy.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Why call the wrecking ball?

posted: 06/24/2012 4:30 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I have a bit of an open-ended question. When I’m unhappy, I tend to want to change everything — job, relationships, etc. — at once. It’s hard for me to decipher where I’m unhappy and what the best ways are to change things, rather than blow up my whole life. Are there ways to start to unpack all of this?

that’s life: Telling a snake tale that’s true

posted: 06/24/2012 4:29 a.m.

It’s time to tell the snake story again.

TV ON DVD: Short-lived 1987-’88 series gleeful for kids of the era

posted: 06/24/2012 4:29 a.m.

What is it? Rags to Riches, the complete series, 20 episodes on five discs from Image Entertainment.

Kids eat in the summer, too

posted: 06/24/2012 4:29 a.m.

From autumn through spring, public schools, aided with federal and state funds, try to make sure no child goes hungry during the school day. However, that safety net often ends with the last day of school. In the Tri-Lakes region, the Central Arkansas Development Council attempts to serve in that role by providing hundreds of meals for children in three locations while school is out through the organization’s Summer Food Service Program.


posted: 06/24/2012 4:28 a.m.

Happy birthday. You learned right from wrong years ago, but your ability to live right has new and exciting repercussions this year. A personal improvement you make in July ripples through your life and out into the world.

MUSIC: Headliner, opener deliver similar shots of roots rock

posted: 06/24/2012 4:28 a.m.

It’ll be outlaw roots rock from both barrels as Bloodshot label mates Scott H. Biram and Lydia Loveless bring their gritty songs, honest voices and rowdy ways to Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack in Little Rock’s River Market District at 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

City initiatives aim toward higher standard

posted: 06/24/2012 4:28 a.m.

With projects like the expansion and improvement on lower Military Road and with work about to begin on the Benton Event Center, the city’s civil leaders said their community needs a strong new identity to promote focused growth.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Murry’s is going Barefoot; Floridians play bluegrass

posted: 06/24/2012 4:28 a.m.

Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, 6323 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock, kicks off its theatrical shoes and goes Barefoot in the Park, Tuesday-July 22.

10 tours to satisfy curiosity

posted: 06/24/2012 4:27 a.m.

Who says America doesn’t make stuff anymore? With cars and coffee, hot sauce and jumbo jets, we’ve got 10 great places to see how the proverbial sausage is made.

Road trips are only as nice as the car’s comfort

posted: 06/24/2012 4:27 a.m.

It’s an American rite of passage: The family road trip.

A most stately mansion

posted: 06/24/2012 4:26 a.m.

Bill Cecil and his son were out hunting wild turkey in the rain in 2010 when he got a call that the president would be at the family homestead in a half-hour.

Partnership wants city to reach its potential

posted: 06/24/2012 4:26 a.m.

Few small American cities have as many assets for future growth as Hot Springs. Those qualities have kept the economy going during hard times better than in most communities in Arkansas.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Time traveling on Rome’s old Appian Way

posted: 06/24/2012 4:26 a.m.

The Appian Way — Rome’s gateway to the East — was Europe’s first super highway and the wonder of its day. Built in 312 B.C., it connected Rome with Capua (near Naples), running in a straight line for much of the way. Eventually it stretched 400 miles to Brindisi, from where Roman ships sailed to Greece and Egypt.

front & center: Blake Batson

posted: 06/24/2012 4:26 a.m.

Blake Batson likened his role as Clark County’s prosecuting attorney to fighting fires.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: ‘Feecation’ service cuts some trip fees but not the biggies

posted: 06/24/2012 4:25 a.m.

Feecation ( has mounted the latest online enticement to travelers: “Take a vacation from your fees” says the logo. Actually, what you get is more like a few hours off than a vacation, but the concept will interest many of you.

SPIN CYCLE: An unanticipated TV detox period: She will survive!

posted: 06/24/2012 4:24 a.m.

I’ve given up television. Yes, me, the junk programming junkie and bottom-feeder fodder fiend, am done with my addiction.

Women know

posted: 06/24/2012 4:20 a.m.

I’ve never been much of a believer in historical theories about the Indispensable Man. There may be some examples—Washington, Lincoln, Moses. . . but they are few. But the indispensable woman, I believe in.

Patriotism with a Chinese character

posted: 06/24/2012 4:20 a.m.

Rapeseed plants in Sichuan Province flowered a month late in 2008. People did not think much of it. In those days, people still believed experts, and the experts said the delayed flowering season was normal. They also said the thousands of frogs suddenly jumping onto streets was normal.

Blood, death and the changing of the seasons

posted: 06/24/2012 4:19 a.m.

Readers going through the cache of letters that were released last month from Osama bin Laden’s hideaway in Abbottabad, Pakistan, may have been taken aback by a reference—in the midst of discussions of tactics, regional politics and exchange rates for ransom money—to poetry.

Bad television doesn’t make television bad

posted: 06/24/2012 4:19 a.m.

Since its inception, television has been portrayed as an insidious presence, a stranger in the house passing out candy.

Home is where they let you live

posted: 06/24/2012 4:18 a.m.

“WHERE is your home?” the consular officer asked me. I was 13 years old. My parents and I had left Iran eight years earlier, at the onset of the 1979 revolution. Since then, they had bought a house and a business—a small roadside motel in California. I had gone to school and learned to speak English. Then, on a summer trip to visit my mother’s Iranian relatives in Germany, I made the mistake of calling America my home.

outdoors: Go west, young fisherman ... or north or south or east

posted: 06/24/2012 4:18 a.m.

In recent weeks, reports have continued to surface of Arkansans who have contracted the dangerous BOT-B virus.

Celebrate the local and unique

posted: 06/24/2012 4:18 a.m.

As I enjoyed a fresh chicken salad sandwich at a bustling little restaurant in Ballston Spa the other day, I vowed never to eat at Burger King again.


posted: 06/24/2012 4:17 a.m.

Fiction 1. KISS THE DEAD, by Laurell K. Hamilton. Investigating a teenager’s abduction, Anita Blake, vampire hunter, encounters a group of recently turned vampires. 2. GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn. A woman disappears on the day of her fifth anniversary; is her husband a killer? 3. CALICO JOE, by John Grisham. A pitcher beans a promising rookie, ending both their careers; years later, the pitcher’s son brings them together.

Saline County Farm Family wants to be good stewards of land

posted: 06/24/2012 4:17 a.m.

Steve Warrick and his family have three goals in mind as they go about the day-to-day operation of their 220-acre farm and ranch near Lonsdale: To be good stewards of the land; To raise a safe and quality beef product for the consumer; and To give God the glory for everything.

Small wins count, too

posted: 06/24/2012 4:17 a.m.

IT DOESN’T TAKE long to get bored hearing the barkers at the Arkansas Lottery yell hurry, hurry, step right up. After listening to them trying to sell their latest ideas for taking the suckers, and watching them slap the poster behind them with a pointer again and again—this will cure what ails ya!—most of us just walk away to the next set of clowns. Even better, to somebody selling something that we need. How about a new set of tires instead? Or a bag full of groceries. You know, something worth the money, something you can use.

COLUMNISTS: A giant-killer’s start

posted: 06/24/2012 4:16 a.m.

I recently attended a commemoration of the 100th birthday of the late Sid McMath, the post-World War II governor who dragged Arkansas into the 20th Century. As I waited for the program to begin, my mind wandered back to 1967 when I was a freshman at Henderson State and the former governor was the guest of honor at an ROTC event. Attired in his Marine Corps dress uniform, McMath made a striking impression.

OTHERS SAY: An Egyptian power grab

posted: 06/24/2012 4:15 a.m.

What should have been a watershed moment in Egypt has instead turned into a sour reminder of how difficult it will be to overcome an authoritarian past. Before voting was completed, the nation’s generals staged what amounted to a military coup by announcing that they, not the new president, would control the prime minister, parliament, the national budget and matters of war and peace—all without civilian oversight or accountability.

Get food stamps in shape

posted: 06/24/2012 4:15 a.m.

The food-stamp program needs to go on a healthy diet. The government currently provides massive subsidies to companies that produce unhealthy foods, and then provides incentives for food-stamp recipients to put these same unhealthy foods in their grocery carts.

Our mixed-up state

posted: 06/24/2012 4:14 a.m.

Some of us were pondering the other day whether Arkansas was devolving politically more into Alabama, as I have lamented, or Oklahoma, as I also have lamented.

Surveying the map

posted: 06/24/2012 4:14 a.m.

It is inaccurate to say that the popular vote for the presidency doesn’t matter, because what will occur on Nov. 6th will be 51 separate popular votes that definitely matter.

that’s life: Telling a snake tale that’s true

posted: 06/24/2012 4:13 a.m.

It’s time to tell the snake story again.


posted: 06/24/2012 4:13 a.m.

Thanks for hard work Has anyone noticed the new look of Allsopp Park beginning at the corner of Cantrell and Allsopp Park roads? It is clean, beautiful and inviting.

The rise of the different

posted: 06/24/2012 4:13 a.m.

Despite what you might have heard, the “rise of the rest” is not a new development. Nor was it unplanned.

All the right moves

posted: 06/24/2012 4:12 a.m.

It was hot at the Veterans Park Community Center indoor pool in Cabot as Zumba instructor Kristy Stewart sat in front of a fan in an attempt to cool down. She had just finished teaching a 50-minute aqua Zumba class.

It’s a Cyclones surprise: Boys win state track title

posted: 06/24/2012 4:12 a.m.

Contrary to what some believe, Arkansas high school track is not dying.

Soaps last week

posted: 06/24/2012 4:11 a.m.

(This column represents on-air summaries for the week of June 18-22.) The Bold and the Beautiful: Bill gave the clueless Liam one last chance to abandon his plan to marry Hope before Bill put his plan into action. Hope was devastated by an unexpected visitor, and when she didn’t show up at the church, Liam surmised he had been jilted. Kate overheard Marcus and Dayzee talking about Bill’s plans to sabotage the wedding and grilled Marcus for details as Hope desperately tried to make her wedding. She got to the church too late, however, since Liam had returned to the hotel, where he found a note that made him believe Hope had gotten cold feet.

Pottsville softball coach hits home run with award

posted: 06/24/2012 4:11 a.m.

Coach Greg Jones of Morrilton said his mother would be proud of him and his softball team.

COVER STORY: Charlie Sheen returns to sitcomville with Anger

posted: 06/24/2012 4:10 a.m.

Let’s be honest. A good chunk of those tuning in to Anger Management at 8 p.m. Thursday on FX will do so just to see if Charlie Sheen has returned to sanity.

Vicious vipers

posted: 06/24/2012 3:44 a.m.

The poisonous black mamba, which was actually gun-metal gray, rose up and flicked its tongue near the glass, its black, beady eyes watching the gawkers.


posted: 06/24/2012 3:44 a.m.

UPCOMING Fireworks Extravaganza HEBER SPRINGS — The Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a celebration of America’s independence beginning at 6 p.m. July 3 on the shores of Sandy Beach at Greers Ferry Lake. Reading Ezra will play Christian music at 6 p.m., and Highway 101 will perform at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks above the lake will begin at 9:30 p.m. For more information, contact Melisa Gardner at (501) 362-2444 or TODAY Peter Pan

Registration under way for theater Kids Kamp

posted: 06/24/2012 3:43 a.m.

No Kids Like Show Kids is the theme for Kids Kamp, scheduled for 4-8 p.m. July 23-27 at the Rialto Theatre in downtown Morrilton.

CCCA sets auditions for Snow White

posted: 06/24/2012 3:42 a.m.

The Conway Community Arts Association and the Lantern Theatre will hold auditions for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Lantern Theatre, 1021 Van Ronkle St. in downtown Conway.

front & center: Rhonda Wood

posted: 06/24/2012 3:41 a.m.

Circuit Judge Rhonda Wood of Conway suffered through piano lessons as a child just so she could watch Gilligan’s Island reruns at her teacher’s home.

outdoors: Go west, young fisherman … or north or south or east

posted: 06/24/2012 3:39 a.m.

In recent weeks, reports have continued to surface of Arkansans who have contracted the dangerous BOT-B virus.

Perry County 4-Hers achieve ‘Teen Star’ status

posted: 06/24/2012 3:38 a.m.

Two 4-H members from Perry County were named to the Teen Star list at the Teen Star-Hall of Fame Banquet on June 14 at the 4-H Center in Ferndale.

UCA to host reception, public reading for short-story meet

posted: 06/24/2012 3:38 a.m.

The University of Central Arkansas will assist in hosting the 12th International Conference on the Short Story in English.

Saturday, June 23

Tropical Storm Debby forms in Gulf

posted: 06/23/2012 4:08 p.m.

Tropical Storm Debby has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and forecasters say it will bring rain to the Gulf coast from southern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.

Wildfire keeps 2,300 people out of homes

posted: 06/23/2012 3:42 p.m.

Unpredictable winds and high temperatures were challenging crews in their battle Saturday against a Utah wildfire that forced more than 2,300 people to flee their homes.

Police: Two dead at Beverly Hilton in murder-suicide

posted: 06/23/2012 1:28 p.m.

Two people have been found dead in what investigators believe was a murder-suicide at the Beverly Hilton, just hours before the Daytime Emmy Awards are being held at the posh hotel, police said Saturday.

Obama key figure in Virginia Senate race featuring former governors

posted: 06/23/2012 1:12 p.m.

The dominant figure in a Virginia Senate race that could determine the direction of Congress is President Barack Obama — even though both candidates for the seat are former governors well-known to voters.

Hamas threatens Isreal attack escalation

posted: 06/23/2012 1:02 p.m.

Gaza's militant Hamas rulers threatened to escalate fighting with Israel on Saturday after airstrikes killed several gunmen in the coastal territory, and Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel wounded one person and damaged an elementary school in the country's south.

Syria: Shooting Turkish plane down not a hostile act

posted: 06/23/2012 12:25 p.m.

Syria said Saturday that it shot down a Turkish military jet because the aircraft had violated its airspace, but Turkey threatened retaliatory action as it searched for its two missing pilots.

Arkansas GOP to pick delegates to national convention

posted: 06/23/2012 11:02 a.m.

Arkansas Republicans are gathered in North Little Rock to select delegates to the GOP national convention.

Egypt to announce election results Sunday

posted: 06/23/2012 10:25 a.m.

The head of Egypt's election commission says official results from the disputed presidential runoff vote will be released Sunday.

Australia ends search for 90 missing from boat

posted: 06/23/2012 10:08 a.m.

Australia has ended a three-day search for survivors among more than 90 Afghan asylum seekers missing since a fishing boat carrying them capsized between Australia and Indonesia.

Afghanistan flooding kills at least 37

posted: 06/23/2012 10:03 a.m.

Flash floods have swept northern Afghanistan, killing at least 37 people, Afghan and U.N. authorities said Saturday.

Obama wants deals on student loans, transportation

posted: 06/23/2012 10:01 a.m.

President Barack Obama is pressing Congress to reach agreement on a transportation bill and a plan to prevent students from having their loan rates double.

Arkansas producers hit by armyworms to receive aid

posted: 06/23/2012 9:36 a.m.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated five Arkansas counties as primary natural disaster areas because of problems caused by armyworms.

Utah fire spurs evacuation

posted: 06/23/2012 3:38 a.m.

Residents of at least 2,300 homes in northern Utah were being evacuated Friday after high winds kicked up a fire started by target shooters.

Egypt simmers in post-vote wait

posted: 06/23/2012 3:37 a.m.

With tens of thousands of protesters rallying to support him, the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate for president called on the Egyptian authorities Friday to release the results of last weekend’s election as soon as possible and warned against trying to manipulate the “popular will.”

Obama touts aliens policy at conference of Hispanics

posted: 06/23/2012 3:35 a.m.

A week after unveiling a new immigration policy, President Barack Obama made a direct appeal to a large conference of Hispanics on Friday, facing a constituency with the potential to be crucial to his re-election campaign.

U.S. seizes disputed dinosaur

posted: 06/23/2012 3:35 a.m.

The U.S. government seized a rare dinosaur skeleton Friday in what observers for the Mongolian government and a dinosaur expert called an important step toward returning the skeleton to its home in Mongolia.

Two reprimanded over dog’s killing in Memphis

posted: 06/23/2012 3:34 a.m.

Two Memphis Animal Services employees have been reprimanded for mistakes made when a woman’s dog was mistakenly euthanized.

Monsignor convicted; hid abuse

posted: 06/23/2012 3:33 a.m.

Monsignor William Lynn, a former cardinal’s aide, was found guilty Friday of endangering children, becoming the first senior official of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States convicted of covering up sexual abuses by priests under his supervision.

Judge puts off order blocking pupil transfers

posted: 06/23/2012 3:32 a.m.

Thousands of students can continue to attend schools outside their home school districts under the Arkansas Public School Choice Act of 1989 after a federal judge Friday temporarily suspended a June 8 order that declared the law unconstitutional.

Congress student-loan deal seems near

posted: 06/23/2012 3:31 a.m.

Congressional bargainers seem near an agreement that would avert a July 1 doubling of interest rates on federal loans to 7.4 million college students and end an election-year battle between President Barack Obama and Congress, Senate aides from both parties said Friday.

State justices strike 2009 execution law

posted: 06/23/2012 3:31 a.m.

The state Supreme Court on Friday struck down as unconstitutional Arkansas’ lethal-injection law, saying it gave too much discretion to the Arkansas Department of Correction to decide how executions would be carried out and which chemicals would be used.

Plot suspect a loser, attorney tells court

posted: 06/23/2012 3:30 a.m.

The attorney defending a Saudi man accused of gathering bomb components at his Texas apartment in an unfulfilled plot to attack targets in the U.S. called his client a failure who never presented a true threat.

Unions seek to save nonfiscal rights

posted: 06/23/2012 3:30 a.m.

Teacher and support-staff unions in the Pulaski County Special School District are asking the courts to block the state and school district from the wholesale ending of union-negotiated contracts.

Bain firms specialized in sending work abroad, filings show

posted: 06/23/2012 3:29 a.m.

Mitt Romney’s financial company, Bain Capital, invested in a series of firms that specialized in relocating jobs done by American workers to new facilities in low-wage countries such as China and India.

Lawyer foresees conflict, exits job

posted: 06/23/2012 3:29 a.m.

Less than a week after Conway lawyer Joe Don Winningham agreed to help Faulkner County with civil legal matters at no charge, he resigned Friday in a letter that cited a potential conflict of interest and spoke of “the ‘silliness’ of the County politics.” County Judge Preston Scroggin contracted again with David Hogue — another Conway lawyer who, like Winningham, is a former deputy prosecutor — for civil legal assistance on an interim basis.

Judge voids release, jails paralyzed man

posted: 06/23/2012 3:28 a.m.

Although the defendant is paralyzed from the chest down and relies on a wheelchair as well as human assistance several times a day, a federal judge ordered a Benton man to jail Friday for “blatantly flouting” an earlier order that permitted him to remain free, albeit on home detention, until his January trial.

Lottery fills internal auditor post

posted: 06/23/2012 3:27 a.m.

The Arkansas Lottery Commission voted without objection Friday to hire a new internal auditor, filling the position left by an auditor who questioned the validity of one of the lottery’s largest contracts.

Prisons board OKs cash for 2 projects

posted: 06/23/2012 3:26 a.m.

The state Board of Corrections on Friday approved spending $3.7 million to move its workrelease center in Springdale into a bigger building and to provide space for manufacturing and skills-training programs for inmates at the East Arkansas Regional Unit near Brickeys.

Taliban storm resort hotel, kill 18

posted: 06/23/2012 3:26 a.m.

Heavily armed Taliban gunmen stormed a lakeside hotel near Kabul, sending terrified guests jumping from windows or into a lake to try to escape the onslaught.

Pakistan’s Parliament picks premier

posted: 06/23/2012 3:23 a.m.

The Pakistani Parliament on Friday elected Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, a former Cabinet minister, as prime minister, offering a brief respite from a wider confrontation between the government and judiciary that many say is pushing Pakistan toward an early general election.

Child struck by SUV at funeral home dies

posted: 06/23/2012 3:22 a.m.

A 3-year-old Alabama girl who was struck by a vehicle at a West Memphis funeral home Thursday during the visitation for her greatgrandmother died early Friday, authorities said.

Paraguay’s Senate votes to remove president

posted: 06/23/2012 3:21 a.m.

Paraguay’s Senate removed President Fernando Lugo from office in a rapid impeachment trial Friday, and the leftist former priest said he was stepping aside even though he considered his ouster a blow to democracy.

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Pets suffer in hot cars, so get help

posted: 06/23/2012 3:20 a.m.

O Prolific Communicator: Only today my wife and I saw a small poodle in a vehicle outside a grocery. Though the windows were cracked, the wee canine was in obvious distress. Store employees were unconcerned; the dog’s owners showed up shortly after. If one sees a similar incident, what should be done? Please refresh our memories about the penalties for such abuse. — Sam.

The world in brief

posted: 06/23/2012 3:19 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Some of the guests jumped from the window into the hotel yard.They were hiding under trees or any safe place they could find.Three of the guests jumped into the lake and hid in the water.” Mohammad Zahir, criminal-investigation director for Kabul police, on a Taliban attack on a lakeside hotel near the Afghan capital Article, this page

The nation in brief

posted: 06/23/2012 3:18 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This monumental case will change the way business is done in many institutions. People will not shield predators any longer.” Seth Williams, the Philadelphia district attorney, on the conviction of Monsignor William Lynn of covering up child-sexual abuses by priests under his supervision Article, this page

Names and faces

posted: 06/23/2012 3:18 a.m.

Ann Curry showed up again for work at NBC’s Today show Friday as the network maintained its silence on reports that she’s about to be replaced. Curry was in her familiar co-host role with Matt Lauer on Friday, helping introduce musician Kenny Chesney for a performance outside the show’s Rockefeller Center studio.

Mega Millions

posted: 06/23/2012 3:16 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 10-16-19-32-36 Mega Ball: 13 Estimated jackpot: $55 million Megaplier: 03

In the news

posted: 06/23/2012 3:16 a.m.

David Blankenhorn, president of the Institute for American Values who testified in favor of California’s gay-marriage ban during a trial on the measure’s constitutionality, said in an opinion piece in The New York Times that he now thinks “that the time for denigrating or stigmatizing same-sex relationships is over,” adding that years of opposing same-sex unions had done nothing to strengthen the institution of marriage among heterosexuals.

MUSIC REVIEW: Operatic Magic Flute a sweet tune in Ozarks

posted: 06/23/2012 3:15 a.m.

There was plenty of magic, along with some darn fine singing, in Friday’s opening night performance at Opera in the Ozarks, 5 miles of twisty serpentine curves on U.S. 62 west of Eureka Springs.

W. Memphis victim’s mother sues

posted: 06/23/2012 3:11 a.m.

The mother of one of the three West Memphis 8-yearolds killed in 1993 has filed a lawsuit against the city’s Police Department, asking to see the items in her son’s possession when he died.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Striking out in Omaha

posted: 06/23/2012 3:10 a.m.

Arkansas’ chance to play for a baseball national championship was denied by the team that has won the past two national titles.

Beebe leaves today for France mission

posted: 06/23/2012 3:09 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe will leave for France today to discuss agricultural issues with the French government and to meet with companies considering expanding or locating in Arkansas.

‘Unhealthy’ pollution levels prompt state alert for today

posted: 06/23/2012 3:07 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is predicting “unhealthy levels” of air pollution today, issuing a “Code Orange” rating, officials said.

Man in Paragould is stabbed to death

posted: 06/23/2012 3:05 a.m.

Authorities in Paragould said a man died after he was stabbed in the upper body during a fight.

Sandusky found guilty on 45 of 48 counts

posted: 06/23/2012 3:02 a.m.

Jerry Sandusky was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years, accusations that shattered the Happy Valley image of Penn State football and led to the firing of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno.

Illnesses cause 2nd evacuation of UCA hall

posted: 06/23/2012 3:01 a.m.

Summer classes normally held in Burdick Hall at the University of Central Arkansas will meet elsewhere on campus for the time being, the school announced late Friday.

Separate crashes in state fatal to two

posted: 06/23/2012 2:57 a.m.

Two people were killed Thursday night in separate accidents on Arkansas roadways, according to preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality accident reports.

Police beat

posted: 06/23/2012 2:56 a.m.

3 more charged in holdup, beating Three people were arrested Friday morning and charged in the June 9 robbery of a Pizza Hut manager, police reports state.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Tossing it away on walk

posted: 06/23/2012 2:55 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals found a strange way to win another one-run game Friday night at Arvest Ballpark.

Daily record

posted: 06/23/2012 2:55 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.

Road rockier this time, but Heat rally for title

posted: 06/23/2012 2:53 a.m.

A year ago, with an easier path, the Miami Heat fell short of their championship goal. This time, things seemed much tougher to the Heat — which made the reward that much sweeter.

Defending champ repeating feat

posted: 06/23/2012 2:50 a.m.

Defending champion Fredrik Jacobson is in a familiar spot at the Travelers Championship.


posted: 06/23/2012 2:49 a.m.

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

Park seizes lead with eight birdies

posted: 06/23/2012 2:49 a.m.

South Korea’s Inbee Park birdied her final two holes for a 7-under-par 64 and a one-stroke lead Friday in the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.

Other days

posted: 06/23/2012 2:48 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 23, 1912 Secretary George R. Brown of the Board of Trade stated yesterday that he had received a letter from one of the citizens of Little Rock urging that in the interest of a “sane” Fourth of July that the Boy Scouts of Arkansas be invited to Little Rock for a celebration. Mr. Brown referred the communication to the Entertainment Fund Committee.

Israel funds few non-Orthodox rabbis, expands funding to liberals

posted: 06/23/2012 2:47 a.m.

With the holy city of Jerusalem visible in the background, a man and woman standing side by side lead prayers for about 50 congregants who have come to welcome the Sabbath in this suburb’s Reform synagogue.

Eye on Arkansans

posted: 06/23/2012 2:47 a.m.

A look at how athletes with Arkansas ties fared at the U.S. Olympic trials: FRIDAY’S RESULTS MEN KEVIN LAZAS (UA) Is ninth in the decathlon with 3,972 points through five events going into today’s final day of competition.

INTERLEAGUE: Pirates’ Burnett wins seventh consecutive start

posted: 06/23/2012 2:45 a.m.

Brought over from the New York Yankees in the off season to help transform a team with 19 consecutive losing seasons, A.J. Burnett is doing plenty of winning for the Pittsburgh Pirates.


posted: 06/23/2012 2:45 a.m.

Australia court halts school-chaplain pay CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s highest court said Wednesday that the government exceeded its constitutional powers by paying for chaplains to run programs in public schools.


posted: 06/23/2012 2:44 a.m.

CARDINALS Jay, Matt Carpenter activated KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The St. Louis Cardinals are finally starting to get healthy. Outfielder Jon Jay and first baseman Matt Carpenter were activated from the disabled list before Friday night’s game at Kansas City, while right-hander Chris Carpenter threw to batters for the first time since March 18, when he was sidelined because of a nerve condition in his shoulder.

More than skin deep

posted: 06/23/2012 2:44 a.m.

Colorful tattoos cover almost every inch of Trevor Sarver’s arms. Even the tops of his hands, his knuckles and palms are tattooed, not to mention his entire torso. His left arm is emblazoned with a design featuring the words “Rock ’n’ Roll,” but a closer look reveals that many of Sarver’s tattoos have a religious message.

Texas League standings

posted: 06/23/2012 2:43 a.m.

FRIDAY’S GAMES NW Arkansas 1, Arkansas 0 Tulsa 8, Springfield 4 Corpus Christi 13, Frisco 7 San Antonio 8, Midland 3 TODAY’S GAMES All times Central Arkansas at NW Arkansas, 7 p.m. Corpus Christi at Frisco, 7 p.m. San Antonio at Midland, 7 p.m. Springfield at Tulsa, 7:05 p.m.

Kansas City takes fourth hit to staff

posted: 06/23/2012 2:42 a.m.

Felipe Paulino tore a ligament in his right elbow and likely will become the fourth Royals pitcher to have elbow ligament replacement surgery this season, tempering the positive news that catcher Salvador Perez is finally coming off the disabled list.

Today’s game

posted: 06/23/2012 2:41 a.m.

ARKANSAS TRAVELERS AT NW ARKANSAS NATURALS WHEN 7 p.m. Central WHERE Arvest Ballpark, Springdale RADIO KARN-AM, 920, in central Arkansas; KQSM, 92.1-FM, in NW Arkansas


posted: 06/23/2012 2:41 a.m.

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel St., Pine Bluff, will present the Pine Bluff Coterie and Community Band during a patriotic music event, I Love This Land, at 7:30 p.m. July 2. (870) 543-0198.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/23/2012 2:40 a.m.

Catcher sued over wild throw A New Jersey woman who was struck in the face by a baseball at a Little League game is suing the young catcher who threw it.

Close that campus

posted: 06/23/2012 2:40 a.m.

BELIEVE IT or not, there are still some schools that allow the kids to walk off campus when lunchtime rolls around. Which might have made perfect sense in a long-ago past before kids’ lunch boxes came into vogue. Or before canning. Or before fire was tamed. But come on, in 2012?

Naked lawlessness

posted: 06/23/2012 2:39 a.m.

“With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations [of immigrants brought here illegally as children] through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed.” —President Barack Obama, March 28, 2011 WASHINGTON—Those laws remain on the books. They have not changed.

Let’s hope it was a joke

posted: 06/23/2012 2:38 a.m.

For those who don’t tweet, or twitter, or twit, or tweeze, or whatever it’s called, you might not have heard the news. We wouldn’t if it hadn’t made news. And being in the news business, we read all about it: Twitter went down Thursday for a few hours.

Off the wire

posted: 06/23/2012 2:38 a.m.

FOOTBALL NFL union wants new probe NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith on Friday called for the NFL to scrap the results of a months-long investigation into the New Orleans Saints’ alleged bounty program.

OTHERS SAY: Is USDA playing chicken?

posted: 06/23/2012 2:38 a.m.

Under a proposed change in federal food-safety rules, up to 175 chicken carcasses a minute would whiz by a single government inspector as he attempted to check them for signs of contamination or other problems. Talk about poultry in motion.

Who was on trial?

posted: 06/23/2012 2:37 a.m.

Sports Illustrated columnist Jeff Pearlman succinctly described on Tuesday what federal prosecutors should have known before they ever charged former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens with lying to Congress.

The wrong message

posted: 06/23/2012 2:36 a.m.

I strongly disapprove of President Barack Obama’s recent rule change that now grants certain illegal aliens the right to remain in the U.S. and to apply for work permits.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/23/2012 2:36 a.m.

SOFTBALL Golden Suns name coach Arkansas Tech named Kristina McSweeney its softball coach Friday. McSweeney spent the past four seasons at Seminole State College, a junior college in Sanford, Fla. McSweeney led the Trojans to top-five finishes in the NJCAA national tournament in 2009 and 2010 and was 174-66 from 2009-2012.

Mix me a countertop

posted: 06/23/2012 2:35 a.m.

Industrial kitchens are all the rage. Just look at the number of stainless-steel refrigerators, dishwashers and stoves on the market today. So it makes sense that another industrial material — concrete — would also be on the rise.

‘Regulating’ the benefactors

posted: 06/23/2012 2:33 a.m.

In this country, you gotta get the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Bumper crop of giant crab ticks scuttling north

posted: 06/23/2012 2:32 a.m.

Dear Otus, We sat horrified during the recent “Blood Suckers of Arkansas” talk at Hobbs State Park. The expert predicted an apocalyptic infestation of ticks the likes of which hasn’t been seen since biblical times.

New tax a hard sell for EU nations

posted: 06/23/2012 2:31 a.m.

A plan for European Union countries to tax financial transactions and use the proceeds to fund future bank bailouts ran aground Friday, with just 10 out of 27 countries prepared to support it.

All parts of plant tasty, author says

posted: 06/23/2012 2:30 a.m.

An apple infamously did the trick for Adam and Eve, but for Willi Galloway, it was the seedpod of a forgotten radish that opened her eyes. It was that crunchy, spicy pod, tossed back as an impromptu snack, that changed the Portland, Ore.-based writer and editor’s perspective on kitchen gardening.

U.S. gasoline down 43 cents since April

posted: 06/23/2012 2:29 a.m.

Concerns over the fragile global economy have triggered a 17-cent drop in gasoline prices in Arkansas in the past month and speculation by some analysts that national average prices could tumble below $3 a gallon this summer for regular grade fuel.

Recycled steel key to stronger tops

posted: 06/23/2012 2:29 a.m.

Concrete isn’t the only industrial material being reworked for residential use. Recycled steel is the material of choice for Gravette based Dream Fab LLC. The company produces Impervicote countertops, a proprietary manufacturing process that combines 14-gauge steel and a powder coating into a surface that’s impervious to heat, acidic foods and the elements.


posted: 06/23/2012 2:28 a.m.

Library changes good I’d like to address concerns about recent renovations at Mullins Library on the University of Arkansas campus. Students have repeatedly chosen Mullins Library as the best place to study on campus in Arkansas Traveler polls.

Darden eateries see drop in sales

posted: 06/23/2012 2:27 a.m.

Darden Restaurants Inc. is struggling to revive sales at its Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants. A key sales figure fell at the chains during the latest quarter, and the company issued a profit forecast that fell short of Wall Street expectations.

In the garden

posted: 06/23/2012 2:27 a.m.

Q I have a lot behind my home that is being taken over by English ivy. It is taking over my fence and trees just beyond my backyard. Is there anything that will kill this stuff? I keep pulling it and cutting it off my fence — which is a never-ending battle.

State new-vehicle titles jump 50%

posted: 06/23/2012 2:26 a.m.

New-vehicle registrations in Arkansas last month continued an upward monthly trend that’s been interrupted only once since November, an auto research firm says.

SEC digs into Facebook’s IPO

posted: 06/23/2012 2:25 a.m.

The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the Nasdaq stock exchange and its role in the troubled initial public offering of Facebook, according to people briefed on the inquiry.

Locked-out workers at sugar firm to vote on pact for 3rd time

posted: 06/23/2012 2:24 a.m.

For nearly 11 months, they picketed in sub-zero temperatures, marched on company headquarters, prayed with religious leaders and traveled 200 miles on a hay wagon. Now, the locked-out union workers at American Crystal Sugar Co. will decide whether they’re tired of walking and talking.

HOG CALLS: Harold Horton is Arkansas to the core

posted: 06/23/2012 2:24 a.m.

To Harold Horton, the Razorbacks always are Arkansas’ bond.

Downgrades seen hitting borrowers

posted: 06/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

When a major bank’s credit rating is cut, it deals a psychological blow — to customers, the public and financial markets.

Ask the expert

posted: 06/23/2012 2:22 a.m.

I read, with interest, your May 19 installment of Ask the Expert. I have the opposite problem with my bedroom door — it will not catch the strike plate. Looking at the strike plate and the plunger as they connect, it appears the door latch is lower than the hole in the strike plate. For an aging baby boomer, the prospect of using a chisel and hammer to raise the strike plate is a daunting task, to say the least. Do you have any suggestions on the easier way to adjust the door closure?

Ikea to open 25 India stores despite supplier regulations

posted: 06/23/2012 2:21 a.m.

Swedish retailer Ikea plans to invest $1.9 billion to set up shop in India despite its lingering concerns about the country’s supply chain regulations, the company said Friday.

Personal space

posted: 06/23/2012 2:21 a.m.

Rebecca Ward Where I live: My husband, Don, and I live in Canal Pointe. We have one goldfish named Recycle and several koi: Emmet, Igor, Franco, Elvis, Sam and Casper.

MARKET REPORT: Bank stocks up despite rating cut

posted: 06/23/2012 2:21 a.m.

The stock market bounced back Friday, a day after suffering its second-worst loss this year. Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and other big lenders posted solid gains even though many of them had their credit ratings cut Thursday.

Tools & toys

posted: 06/23/2012 2:19 a.m.

Eton Rukus Solar What’s to love: Working outside, at the pool or for a party on the patio, the tunes will keep on playing with this portable Bluetooth sound system with a high efficiency solar panel.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/23/2012 2:18 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Banks are going to figure out a way to extract revenue from the customer in any way, shape or form.” Stanley J.G. Crouch, chief investment officer at money manager Aegis Capital Article, 1D


posted: 06/23/2012 2:17 a.m.

Heads of WalmartLabs to leave, take time off Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said the co-heads of its Silicon Valley innovation group, WalmartLabs, are leaving the company.


posted: 06/23/2012 2:15 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: My son is driving a 2001 Chrysler Concorde, and it’s now on its last leg. He drives fast — he just got a speeding ticket for going 96 mph! He goes to college out of state, and it’s a long, boring drive home; that’s the excuse I got for the ticket.

Keep it clean

posted: 06/23/2012 2:14 a.m.

Casabella Quick Clean The Casabella company, focusing its attention on cleaning, organizing and kitchen wares, is trying to make cleaning implements less painful and more aesthetically pleasing.


posted: 06/23/2012 2:07 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll find security and a sense of joy as you spend time on home and hearth in the next three weeks. Your improvements have long-term effects. You’ll like how a relationship evolves through August. November brings your chance to go for a position that rarely opens up.


posted: 06/23/2012 2:06 a.m.

DEAR READERS: The column about hints from older family members inspired a mountain of mail, and here are some of the best: Susan writes: “One hint that has stuck with me through the years was to lay my clothes out the night before; that way, I am not rushed or wasting time in the morning.”


posted: 06/23/2012 2:06 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Who do you think is behind the Internet — God or the devil?

Super Quiz: Science and “U”

posted: 06/23/2012 2:05 a.m.

1. Space and everything that exists in it 2. Seventh planet from the sun 3. Constellation also known as the Great Bear 4. An element used for nuclear fuels and weapons 5. A sore commonly found in the stomach, where it is called peptic

College World Series: South Carolina eliminates Arkansas from CWS

posted: 06/23/2012 1:46 a.m.

South Carolina eliminated Arkansas from the College World Series with a 3-2 victory Friday at TD Ameritrade Park.

Friday, June 22

VIDEO: Hot air balloons illuminate city's skyline

updated: 06/23/2012 10:44 a.m.

Hot air balloons dotted the city's sky last night as pilots drifted above crowds in the park.

Ex-Penn St. assistant Sandusky convicted of abuse

posted: 06/22/2012 9:34 p.m.

Jerry Sandusky was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years, accusations that had sent shock waves through the college campus known as Happy Valley and led to the firing of Penn State's beloved Hall of Fame coach, Joe Paterno.

Beebe to meet French officials on trip

posted: 06/22/2012 5:22 p.m.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe is heading to France for an agricultural and economic-development trip.

Judge halts man’s suit against Ticketmaster

posted: 06/22/2012 4:46 p.m.

A federal judge has halted proceedings in an Arkansas lawsuit against Ticketmaster until a lawsuit against the company in California is resolved.

Texas woman gets 14 years for texting child porn

posted: 06/22/2012 4:29 p.m.

A Texas woman has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for texting images of child pornography.

Obama criticizes Romney's firm for outsourcing

posted: 06/22/2012 4:21 p.m.

President Barack Obama is calling attention to rival Mitt Romney’s former private equity firm and its investments in companies that moved jobs to low-wage countries.

Mother admits killing, discarding baby

posted: 06/22/2012 4:14 p.m.

A young Memphis mother admitted Friday that she smothered her 9-month-old baby and discarded her in a trash bin.

New Jersey woman hit with ball sues Little League player

posted: 06/22/2012 2:12 p.m.

MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A New Jersey woman who was struck in the face with a baseball at a Little League game is suing the young catcher who threw it.

Burdick Hall classes relocated after brief evacuation

posted: 06/22/2012 1 p.m.

Officials with the University of Central Arkansas briefly evacuated Burdick Hall for the second time this month after another report of teachers and students feeling ill.

Mom files suit to see slain son's possessions

posted: 06/22/2012 12:38 p.m.

The mother of one of three Arkansas Cub Scouts brutally murdered 19 years ago is suing the West Memphis Police Department to allow her to see the possessions her son had with him when he died.

Panetta urges greater emphasis on mental fitness

posted: 06/22/2012 12:34 p.m.

The military is dealing with an increasing number of suicides, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says commanding officers must make clear that seeking help for the stresses of war is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Concrete countertops are hard to resist

posted: 06/22/2012 11:22 a.m.

Industrial kitchens are all the rage. Just look at the number of stainless steel refrigerators, dishwashers and stoves on the market today.

EU countries divided on financial transaction tax

posted: 06/22/2012 11:18 a.m.

A plan for European Union countries to tax financial transactions and use the proceeds to fund future bank bailouts ran aground on Friday, with just nine out of 27 countries ready to support it, raising the prospect the tax will be implemented in the end only by a subset of EU countries.

Authorities seek suspect on theft charge

posted: 06/22/2012 11:17 a.m.

Authorities are searching for a woman facing a felony theft charge.

Taliban kill 18 people after storming hotel

posted: 06/22/2012 11:11 a.m.

Taliban insurgents stormed into a lakeside hotel north of Kabul and opened fire on guests inside, killing 18 people — most civilians — before the 12-hour long rampage ended Friday morning, Afghan officials said.

Taliban storm Afghan hotel, killing 18 people

posted: 06/22/2012 11:11 a.m.

Taliban insurgents stormed into a lakeside hotel north of Kabul and opened fire on guests inside, killing 18 people — most civilians — before the 12-hour long rampage ended Friday morning, Afghan officials said.

Pakistan responds to US diplomat harassment claim

posted: 06/22/2012 11:02 a.m.

Pakistan is responding to U.S. complaints that diplomats are being harassed by the government, saying that all diplomats in the country are treated in accordance with international law.

Arkansas Supreme Court rules execution law unconstitutional

updated: 06/22/2012 9:54 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court has struck down the state's execution law, calling it unconstitutional.

Obama addresses Latino leaders a day after Romney

posted: 06/22/2012 8:59 a.m.

President Barack Obama is drawing attention to his breakthrough directive on illegal immigration and is pressing his jobs agenda before Hispanic leaders.

Marijuana plants lead to arrest in Hempstead County

posted: 06/22/2012 8:56 a.m.

A Hempstead County man arrested this week after police uncovered marijuana plants growing on his property told investigators he was addicted to the drug and wanted to grow it himself to avoid giving business to "Mexican cartels," authorities said.

VIDEO: Online video of NY bullying stirs passion, anger

posted: 06/22/2012 8:16 a.m.

A video of four seventh-grade boys mercilessly taunting a 68-year-old bus monitor in New York state that went viral has turned the victim into an international fundraising juggernaut and opened her tormentors to an onslaught of threats and abuse.

One death reported after West Memphis funeral home crash

updated: 06/22/2012 12:44 p.m.

Authorities say a truck in West Memphis crashed into a funeral home, injuring three adults and two children who were attending a visitation.

Man arrested in death of pregnant woman

posted: 06/22/2012 7:51 a.m.

Authorities in Oklahoma have arrested a 26-year-old man on two first-degree murder complaints in the death of a 20-year-old woman who was pregnant.

VIDEO: Champs! James' triple-double lifts Heat to title

posted: 06/22/2012 7:26 a.m.

Music blared and confetti fell, the only celebration LeBron James really wanted in Miami.

Driver killed when pickup overturns multiple times

posted: 06/22/2012 7:16 a.m.

A Greenbrier man was killed Thursday night when his truck overturned multiple times in Faulkner County, authorities said.

VIDEO: Taliban storm Afghan hotel, kill 18 people

updated: 06/22/2012 7:40 a.m.

Heavily armed Taliban insurgents killed 18 people — most of them civilians — in an attack Friday on a lakeside hotel just north of Kabul, Afghan officials said

Game and Fish approves budget, considers dove season

posted: 06/22/2012 6:56 a.m.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has approved a $72.9 million budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

Romney promises Hispanics policy fix

posted: 06/22/2012 4:50 a.m.

Mitt Romney told Hispanic elected officials Thursday that President Barack Obama takes their votes for granted and has failed to lead on immigration issues, while offering few details on his own plan other than pledging a “longterm solution” to replace a temporary Obama measure.

Board backs off 3 sites for tech park

posted: 06/22/2012 4:48 a.m.

The three residential sites under consideration for the Little Rock Technology Park will be “taken off the table,” according to a letter from Mary Good, the chairman of the Technology Park Authority board.

Paraguay’s leader impeached

posted: 06/22/2012 4:47 a.m.

The lower house of Paraguay’s opposition-controlled Congress voted Thursday to impeach leftist President Fernando Lugo for his role in a deadly clash involving landless farmers, adding to the South American nation’s political turmoil and prompting frightened residents of the capital to shutter businesses and pull children from school.

Speaker tells Obama to give in

posted: 06/22/2012 4:47 a.m.

House Speaker John Boehner demanded Thursday that the Obama administration give in and turn over documents related to a botched guntracking operation, insisting that’s the only way to stop a House vote to hold the attorney general in contempt.

Despite rain, spirits soar at Stonehenge

posted: 06/22/2012 4:45 a.m.

Rain-sodden crowds welcomed a spectacularly wet summer solstice at Stonehenge in true British fashion Thursday — with stoicism and wit.

New York bus monitor says don’t charge boys

posted: 06/22/2012 4:45 a.m.

A New York school bus monitor who was videotaped being verbally assaulted by four middle-schoolers has told police she does not want the boys to face charges.

Bryson resigns as commerce secretary

posted: 06/22/2012 4:44 a.m.

John Bryson announced his resignation as President Barack Obama’s commerce secretary Thursday after an episode in which he had a seizure and was involved in a sequence of automobile accidents.

Court rejects indecency fines for 2

posted: 06/22/2012 4:44 a.m.

The Supreme Court declined Thursday to address whether the government still has the authority to regulate indecency on broadcast television but excused two broadcasters from potential fines for several past violations of rules against cursing and nudity.

The nation in brief

posted: 06/22/2012 4:43 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This bill represents significant reform. It cuts subsidies, it cuts the deficit, and it creates jobs.” Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., head of the Senate Agriculture Committee, on the farm bill that passed the Senate Article, 1A Heat breaks records in Northeast BOSTON — Record-breaking heat scorched sections of the Northeast for the second-straight day Thursday.

Other Supreme Court actions

posted: 06/22/2012 4:42 a.m.

In other Supreme Court decisions Thursday, the justices: Ruled in a 5-4 decision that people who committed crackcocaine crimes before more lenient penalties took effect and received their prison sentences afterward should benefit from the new rules. The court resolved a dispute in favor of Corey Hill and Edward Dorsey, who were arrested in 2007 and 2008 for selling crack cocaine, but weren’t sentenced until after the Fair Sentencing Act went into effect in August 2010. That law reduces the difference between sentences for crimes committed by crack-cocaine and powder-cocaine users.

Pakistani court orders Zardari’s pick arrested

posted: 06/22/2012 4:41 a.m.

The battle between Pakistan’s judiciary and government took a fresh twist Thursday when a court issued an arrest warrant for a close ally of President Asif Ali Zardari, effectively blocking his nomination as the country’s next prime minister.

At a glance

posted: 06/22/2012 4:40 a.m.

Main components of the Senate’s five-year farm and food bill: The bill spends nearly $500 billion over its five-year life, or nearly $969 billion over 10 years. About 80 percent of the spending goes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps. The bill would cut $23 billion from current spending levels, according to Congressional Budget Office estimates.

Getting it straight

posted: 06/22/2012 4:40 a.m.

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

Scores missing in boat capsizing

posted: 06/22/2012 4:40 a.m.

A boat carrying about 200 people capsized south of Indonesia, and scores were feared drowned Thursday in an apparent attempt to reach Australia to seek asylum. Indonesian and Australian navies launched efforts to rescue survivors.

Names and faces

posted: 06/22/2012 4:39 a.m.

Two Hollywood unions are scrutinizing worker safety and welfare on Lindsay Lohan’s TV movie Liz & Dick after the actress posted on Twitter that she was exhausted because of long production days. Larry Thompson, producer of the Lifetime movie starring Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor, said Wednesday that no violations were found Tuesday when a representative from the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists visited the set. The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists confirmed that its representatives visited the production. It said it “will continue to visit” to enforce guild rules. The stage employees union also said it’s keeping a watchful eye on the production’s working conditions. Lohan was treated last week by paramedics for exhaustion and dehydration.

Syrian pilot defects in MiG-21

posted: 06/22/2012 4:39 a.m.

The pilot of a warplane who had been reported missing by Syrian air force authorities during a training mission Thursday flew to neighboring Jordan where he sought and was granted asylum, and Syria denounced him as a traitor.

In the news

posted: 06/22/2012 4:38 a.m.

Debbe Ebben, 24, a beauty queen who shaved her head in March to raise more than $4,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which donates money for childhood-cancer research, has been crowned Miss Alaska and said she likely will keep her hair short when she represents the state at the Miss America pageant in January.

The world in brief

posted: 06/22/2012 4:38 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This signals the erosion of the regime’s capacity to use all its forces, the idea of sending planes is no longer an option, neither against an internal or an external enemy.” Retired Lebanese Gen. Elias Hanna, an expert on Syria military capabilities, on the defection of a Syrian air force officer who landed his warplane in Jordan

Farm bill advances over Arkansas nays

posted: 06/22/2012 4:37 a.m.

The Senate on Thursday approved a farm bill that would cost nearly $1 trillion over the next 10 years, financing dozens of price-support and crop-insurance programs for farmers and food assistance for low-income families.

Killer’s fate hinges on sanity ruling

posted: 06/22/2012 4:37 a.m.

Norwegian prosecutors said Thursday that doubts about Anders Behring Breivik’s mental state mean he should be sent to a psychiatric institution instead of prison for the deaths of 77 people in a July 22 bomb and shooting rampage.

State to close troubled LR vets home

posted: 06/22/2012 4:36 a.m.

The state is closing the Little Rock Veterans Home, which has been under scrutiny since May for collecting about $600,000 in illegal fees from 18 of its most disabled residents, for missing inventory and for years of lax oversight.

California negotiators reach budget deal

posted: 06/22/2012 4:36 a.m.

Just 10 days before the start of the new fiscal year, California Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic controlled Legislature reached a budget deal Thursday to close a nearly $16 billion budget gap. The agreement came after days of negotiations, with legislative leaders reluctant to make the cuts that Brown said were urgently needed.

Two Illinoisans: Won’t back marriage law

posted: 06/22/2012 4:35 a.m.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez have refused to defend the state’s law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, saying it violates the state constitution’s equal-protection clause.

Severe drought covering 83.5% of parched state

posted: 06/22/2012 4:34 a.m.

More than 83 percent of Arkansas is now in a severe drought, and with no rain in sight, forecasters say conditions stand to worsen rapidly.

Flood exits Duluth, hits other areas

posted: 06/22/2012 4:34 a.m.

DULUTH, Minn. — Residents of Duluth began Thursday to assess the damage from flooding caused by historic rainfall, even as areas farther south continued to fight rising waters.

$25 million more needed for lockups

posted: 06/22/2012 4:34 a.m.

Despite the passage of a corrections overhaul bill and a falling prison inmate population, state funding for the Department of Correction would increase by more than $25 million in the state fiscal year that begins July 2013 under a proposal presented Thursday to the state Board of Corrections.

Prosecutor: Won’t repay for gym

posted: 06/22/2012 4:33 a.m.

The prosecuting attorney for the 21st Judicial District said Thursday that he and his staff need to be as physically fit as any other law enforcement officer and he doesn’t plan on reimbursing the state for years of private gym memberships paid for with public funds.

At LR high rise, flood follows fire

posted: 06/22/2012 4:32 a.m.

It’s getting down right biblical at Plaza Towers.

Design for new schools gets OK

posted: 06/22/2012 4:30 a.m.

The North Little Rock School Board approved a two-story floor plan for new elementary schools Thursday at a meeting in which it also took an early step toward issuing more than $200 million in construction bonds.

NBA FINALS: King James, Heat crowned

posted: 06/22/2012 4:30 a.m.

The king finally has his ring.

Bid to get back law license fails

posted: 06/22/2012 4:30 a.m.

In a 5-2 decision, the state Supreme Court declined Thursday to reinstate the law license of a lawyer who pleaded guilty to a felony over a decade ago.

Court: Breath test in other county legal

posted: 06/22/2012 4:29 a.m.

A law enforcement officer who arrested someone for driving under the influence and then transported him across a county line for a breath test acted reasonably, and the test did not constitute an illegal search, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Officers arrest man in rape of LR girl, 13

posted: 06/22/2012 4:28 a.m.

An 18-year-old Little Rock man faces rape charges after he had sex with a 13-year-old girl and gave her a sexually transmitted disease, police said.

Arizona on roll to final

posted: 06/22/2012 4:28 a.m.

Arizona Coach Andy Lopez couldn’t imagine taking a hotter team to the College World Series final.

LR man found fit to stand trial in friend’s death

posted: 06/22/2012 4:27 a.m.

A 35-year-old Little Rock man was ruled fit to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge after a 90-minute hearing Thursday.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 06/22/2012 4:27 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: Napa Valley Drive North Little Rock: North Hills Boulevard Pulaski County: Kanis Road

Auditor sees state VA gains

posted: 06/22/2012 4:26 a.m.

A state auditor said Thursday that the state Department of Veterans Affairs has made progress in addressing some of the problems turned up by an audit released last month.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: South Carolina forces Hogs into decisive rematch

posted: 06/22/2012 4:26 a.m.

South Carolina is still alive in its pursuit of a third consecutive national championship.

Fracking a worry at energy meeting

posted: 06/22/2012 4:25 a.m.

About 100 people attended a public meeting Thursday at Philander Smith College in Little Rock to discuss energy policy and the future of Arkansas.

MUSIC REVIEW: Eroica shows classics’ lighter sides

posted: 06/22/2012 4:24 a.m.

The first half of the recital by the Eroica Trio (Erika Nickrenz, piano; Susie Park, violin; and Sara Sant-Ambrogio, cello) Thursday night at the City Auditorium was just for fun.

Irwin reaches for a new height

posted: 06/22/2012 4:24 a.m.

When Arkansas track and field assistant Doug Case first saw Andrew Irwin pole vault, one thought popped into his mind. “This guy is going to be a national champion, and more than once,” Case said.

Head-on crash kills DeValls Bluff man

posted: 06/22/2012 4:24 a.m.

A DeValls Bluff man was killed in a head-on crash on U.S. 70 in DeValls Bluff on Wednesday, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality report.

LR blaze started in bed

posted: 06/22/2012 4:23 a.m.

Fire investigators said the June 11 Little Rock apartment building fire that displaced 200 residents, injured five and killed one was caused by someone smoking in bed.

Aaron T. Morgan: Postmaster, pilot, reader, veteran

posted: 06/22/2012 4:22 a.m.

When Aaron T. Morgan became postmaster in El Dorado, he exhibited professionalism but added a personal touch, his daughter said.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/22/2012 4:22 a.m.

Ex-Giant’s departure still stinks A couple of weeks ago, Joseph Armento mailed $3.36 to New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs in a gesture to keep the veteran with the 6-yearold fan’s favorite team.

Off the wire

posted: 06/22/2012 4:22 a.m.

BASEBALL Peralta suspended, appeals Tampa Bay reliever Joel Peralta was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball on Thursday for having pine tar on his glove. Peralta has appealed, and can continue to play until the process is completed. Peralta was ejected from Tuesday night’s game in Washington after umpires found pine tar on his mitt.

Cities, county hold blood drive contest

posted: 06/22/2012 4:21 a.m.

Local public safety organizations are set for a day-long blood drive today.

COMMENTARY: Clemens verdict improves Hall shot

posted: 06/22/2012 4:21 a.m.

The government spent several years and several million dollars trying to prove that Roger Clemens lied to Congress under oath about using performance-enhancing drugs. They failed miserably.

Daily record

posted: 06/22/2012 4:21 a.m.

Births, Marriages and Divorces

Arkansas Supreme Court

posted: 06/22/2012 4:20 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court released opinions Thursday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at PROCEEDINGS OF JUNE 21, 2012 JUSTICE DONALD L. CORBIN CR11-1209. Brian T. Jordan v. State, from Benton Circuit. Affirmed. 11-1092. In the matter of the guardianship of A.M., a minor; Brittany Mahavier v. Teresa Mahavier, from Benton Circuit. Reversed and remanded. JUSTICE ROBERT L. BROWN 12-345. In Re Petition for Readmission of Harold Wayne Madden to the Arkansas Bar, an original action.

Police beat

posted: 06/22/2012 4:19 a.m.

Police nab 3 boys in school break-in Three Little Rock boys were arrested after breaking into Cloverdale Middle School and attempting to take several tablet computers, police said.

THE RECRUITING GUY: UA in safety’s top four

posted: 06/22/2012 4:18 a.m.

One of Florida’s top football prospects, safety Paris Bostick of Tampa Plant High School, has Arkansas among his top four schools and is planning to make an official visit to Fayetteville.

Sandusky awaits verdict

posted: 06/22/2012 4:15 a.m.

Jerry Sandusky was either a “predatory pedophile” who lured young boys to Penn State with gifts and access to big-time football, or a victim of now-grown men who lied to get a payout, attorneys argued Thursday as the former coach’s child sex abuse case went to a jury.

BCS changes:Who wins, who loses?

posted: 06/22/2012 4:13 a.m.

College football is headed toward a new era, with a four-team playoff deciding the champion starting in 2014.

Getting it straight

posted: 06/22/2012 4:13 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.


posted: 06/22/2012 4:12 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: 06/22/2012 4:11 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 22, 1912 Oliver Crisp, the 10-yearold son of Isaac Crisp, 1200 West Markham street, was run down by an automobile about 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon at Third and Louisiana streets. The lad was thrown to the street by the machine, which was driven by Leo Schwartz, but aside from a few bruises apparently was not injured. When asked if he wanted to be taken home, he said he preferred to remain downtown to sell papers.

INTERLEAGUE: Rookie ‘crazy’ about winning single for Detroit

posted: 06/22/2012 4:11 a.m.

Quintin Berry slapped a base hit through a drawn in infield, then took off for first base. He raised both hands in the air in celebration, rounded the bag and took off his helmet.

Sad but for the best

posted: 06/22/2012 4:10 a.m.

THE EDUCATION reporters and editors over on the other side of our always busy newsroom have been in what the military calls a Target Rich Environment for a week. A bombshell of a court ruling on desegregation that could have national implications, a whole new way to evaluate the state’s teachers is in the works, the state’s throwing out superintendents in failing school districts. . . . Let’s just note that the state’s Board of Education met on a Sunday last week. Somebody put on another pot of coffee.

The stained-glass ceiling

posted: 06/22/2012 4:10 a.m.

If Mitt Romney wins the presidential election this fall, he’ll have Harry Reid partly to thank. The Republican presidential nominee and the Senate Democratic leader don’t have much in common politically. But they’re both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints—that is, they’re both Mormons.

Baseball calendar

posted: 06/22/2012 4:09 a.m.

JULY 10 All-Star game, Kansas City, Mo. JULY 13 Deadline for amateur draft picks to sign. JULY 22 Hall of Fame induction, Cooperstown, N.Y. JULY 31 Last day to trade a player without securing waivers. AUG 15-16 Owners’ meetings, Denver. SEPT. 1 Active rosters expand to 40 players. OCT. 5 Postseason begins, wildcard playoffs. OCT. 7 Division series begin. OCT. 13 League championship series begin. OCT. 24 World Series begins. NOVEMBER TBA Deadline for teams to make qualifying offers to their eligible former players who became free agents, fifth day after World Series. NOVEMBER TBA Deadline for free agents to accept qualifying offers, 12th day after World Series. NOV. 7-9 General managers meetings, Indian Wells, Calif. DEC. 2 Last day for teams to offer 2013 contracts to unsigned players. DEC. 3-6 Winter meetings, Nashville, Tenn. 2013 JAN. 15 Salary arbitration filing. JAN. 18 Salary arbitration figures exchanged. FEB. 1-21 Salary arbitrating hearings, Phoenix. FEB. 14 Voluntary reporting date for pitchers, cat

This date in baseball

posted: 06/22/2012 4:09 a.m.

1925 The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 24-6 with Kiki Cuyler and Pie Traynor each hitting a grand slam and Max Carey getting two hits in the first and eighth innings. 1930 Lou Gehrig hit three home runs to lead the New York Yankees to a 20-13 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics in the second game of a doubleheader. Babe Ruth, who hit three home runs in the nightcap the previous day, hit two homers in the opener and one in the nightcap for the Yankees. Ruth tied major league records for five home runs in two games and six home runs in three games. 1944 Jim Tobin of the Boston Braves threw a five-inning 7-0 no-hitter in the second game of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies. 1947 Cincinnati’s Ewell Blackwell almost duplicated Johnny Vander Meer’s double no-hit record by following up his June 18 outing over Boston. Brooklyn’s Eddie Stanky singled with one out in the ninth to end Blackwell’s bid. Blackwell ended up with a 4-0 two-hitter. 1962 Baltimore Orioles first baseman Boog

The world is your oyster

posted: 06/22/2012 4:09 a.m.

It is the time of year to dish out advice to graduates. Here is mine. Some time in your life, live outside the United States. Not only will you be in another world, you will more clearly see the world you came from, and who you are.

Box score key

posted: 06/22/2012 4:09 a.m.

AB: at-bats ; R: runs; H: hits; BI: runs batted in; BB: walks; SO: strike outs; AVG: post-game batting average; E: errors; LOB: runners left on base; 2B: doubles; 3B: triples; HR: home runs; SB: stolen base; CS: caught stealing; S: sacrifice; SF: sacrifice fly; GIDP: grounded into double play; DP: double plays; TP: triple plays; IP: innings pitched; ER: earned runs; NP: number of pitches; ERA: post-game earned run average; W: winning pitcher; L: losing pitcher; S: save; BS: blown save opportunity; H: hold (pitcher holds lead but doesn’t qualify for save); IBB: intentional walk; HBP: batter hit by pitcher; PB: passed ball; WP: wild pitch; T: length of game.

OTHERS SAY: Scrambled plans

posted: 06/22/2012 4:08 a.m.

Leaders of the U.S. Senate chickened out this week. Yielding to paranoia from beef and pork producers, they nixed a bipartisan amendment that would lead to more humane treatment for the hens that produce most of the eggs consumed by Americans.

Remember the riots

posted: 06/22/2012 4:08 a.m.

Apart from his fame, Rodney King, whose life ended last Sunday when he was found in the bottom of his swimming pool, was one of untold millions that have struggled with the oft-unshakable demons of alcoholism.


posted: 06/22/2012 4:07 a.m.

Comics’ truths universal I would like to address Philip Martin’s unfavorable view of comic books and the movies based on them.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Travs’ streak ends, but Arenas returns

posted: 06/22/2012 4:06 a.m.

The Arkansas Travelers saw their three-game winning streak snapped Thursday night, but they also saw their most experienced starting pitcher over the past two years return from a foot injury.

Stocks plunge as worry piles up

posted: 06/22/2012 4:06 a.m.

Investors yanked money out of stocks Thursday after new reports from the U.S. and China pointed to a sharp slowdown in manufacturing.

All-Star report

posted: 06/22/2012 4:05 a.m.

The Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Week’s 11-year run in Fayetteville ended Thursday night with the football game at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Home resales slump in May

posted: 06/22/2012 4:05 a.m.

Sales of previously owned U.S. homes declined in May, showing an uneven recovery in residential real estate.

Jobless benefits applications dip

posted: 06/22/2012 4:02 a.m.

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits dipped last week but not by enough to signal a better month of hiring in June.

AHSCA ALL-STAR FOOTBALL GAME: Victory goes through Dallas

posted: 06/22/2012 4:02 a.m.

Fayetteville Coach Daryl Patton thought he knew how good a quarterback Dallas Hardison was.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/22/2012 3:58 a.m.

UA athletics budget goes up 8.8 percent The University of Arkansas athletic department is projecting revenues of $75.6 million for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, according to figures obtained Thursday by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Mathis aces on early holes

posted: 06/22/2012 3:57 a.m.

David Mathis hoped to start strong at the Travelers Championship after missing the cut last week at the U.S. Open.

State 2nd in gauge of money insecurity

posted: 06/22/2012 3:57 a.m.

Arkansas was secondworst in the nation from 2008 to 2010 in terms of “economic insecurity,” according to a report released Thursday.

Changkija tops LPGA leaderboard

posted: 06/22/2012 3:56 a.m.

Sandra Changkija birdied six of her final eight holes for a career-best 8-under-par 63 and a three-stroke lead Thursday during the suspended first round of the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic. Play was suspended at 4:20 p.m. because of the threat of lightning in the area, and called off for the rest of the day at 6:30 p.m.

A hair off target

posted: 06/22/2012 3:50 a.m.

Contrary to what commoners might believe, being a princess has a formidable collection of downsides to go with all those flashy crown jewels. Even in animated fairy tales, the job can be as confining as it is cushy.


posted: 06/22/2012 3:46 a.m.

New this week Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 67 R President Lincoln owes his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers to the murder of his mother by a supernatural creature.


posted: 06/22/2012 3:46 a.m.

Bel Ami 82 Cast: Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, Phillip Glenister Directors: Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod Rating: R, for strong sexuality, nudity and brief language Running time: 102 minutes I confess I don’t really know whether Robert Pattinson can actually act — his work in the Twilight series seems appropriately negligible and he failed to register in Water for Elephants, but the word from Cannes was good on his central performance in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis. The jury is still out on whether he’ll ever be sprung from the gilded prison of the neurasthenic vampire Edward Cullen.

Lincoln vampire fantasy carefully drained of camp

posted: 06/22/2012 3:43 a.m.

The sun was just about to set over Lake Pontchartrain on a humid Louisiana day in May when Abraham Lincoln was summoned into action in a grassy field to wrestle to the hard, unforgiving ground the murderous nemesis who took the life of his mother years earlier.

REVIEW: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

posted: 06/22/2012 3:43 a.m.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World 84 Cast: Keira Knightley, Steve Carell, Melanie Lynskey, Adam Brody, Gillian Jacobs, Connie Britton, Patton Oswalt, T.J. Miller, Melinda Dillon, William Petersen, Rob Corddry Director: Lorene Scafaria Rating: R, for language including sexual references, some drug use and brief violence Running time: 101 minutes Writer-director Lorene Scafaria certainly has guts.

Madagascar tops box office again

posted: 06/22/2012 3:42 a.m.

Two A-list stars failed to attract moviegoers to the box office last weekend, as a musical featuring Tom Cruise and a comedy starring Adam Sandler lost out to Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.


posted: 06/22/2012 3:42 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: How can I know if it’s time for me to change churches? The one I’ve been going to for the last few years doesn’t have any community service projects that I can get involved in, which is something I’d really like to do now that I’m retired. — L.F. DEAR L.F.: I’m grateful you want to help others in your community; far too many people assume their usefulness is over once they retire. But it doesn’t need to be that way; some of God’s choicest servants made their greatest impact later in life. Moses (for example) was 80 when God called him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.


posted: 06/22/2012 3:39 a.m.

Happy birthday. It’s a fulfilling year. You sense that by leading just one person to be more loving you make a remarkable difference in the world, but you find it impossible to stop there. Many will experience your kind heart. A change in your living arrangement makes life easier in September. You’ll join a new team in October. Gemini and Taurus people adore you.

Film clips

posted: 06/22/2012 3:39 a.m.

At area theaters 70 AMERICAN REUNION, R Those madcap American Pie characters return to East Great Falls for their 10-year high-school reunion to reminisce and get reinspired. (113 minutes) 89 THE AVENGERS, PG-13 The title superheroes of all those preceding Marvel-based, big-screen comic book adventures, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America: The First Avenger (Chris Evans),

IMF chief raises alarm over euro

posted: 06/22/2012 3:38 a.m.

The head of the International Monetary Fund said Thursday that the euro is under “acute stress” and urged leaders to consider measures including jointly issuing debt to alleviate the pressure on the eurozone’s debt-stricken members.

Screen gems

posted: 06/22/2012 3:38 a.m.

The heavily attended Movies in the Park — the summer series of free outdoor movies at the Riverfest Amphitheatre on Wednesday evenings — is in full swing.


posted: 06/22/2012 3:37 a.m.

DEAR READERS: In a recent column, a reader named Sylvia wrote about a problem she was having with her bath towels looking as if someone had spilled bleach on them. Well, you had a lot to say on the issue: 1. “I found out that the culprit for my towel spotting was the new whitening toothpastes people are buying to whiten their teeth,” said Sally, via e-mail.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/22/2012 3:37 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “After a fairly substantial period of constantly lower [joblessness] claims, a new, more unwelcome trend higher has taken hold.A meaningful pickup in monthly job additions looks unlikely.” Dan Greenhaus, chief economic strategist at BTIG LLC Article, 1D 30-year rate an all-time low again WASHINGTON — The average U.S. rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage fell this week to a record low for the seventh time in eight weeks. Cheap mortgages have helped drive a modest recovery in the weak housing market this year.

Super Quiz: Dog breeds

posted: 06/22/2012 3:37 a.m.

1. Breed associated with Winston Churchill and England 2. Breed that shares its name with the Canadian province where it originated 3. The name originated from the German word pudelhund (water dog)

REVIEW: Girl in Progress

posted: 06/22/2012 3:37 a.m.

On one wall of her bedroom Ansiedad (Cierra Ramirez), the teenage heroine of Girl in Progress, has an outline of the stages of her planned coming of age.

Adidas touts World Cup boost

posted: 06/22/2012 3:36 a.m.

Adidas AG, the world’s second-biggest sporting-goods maker, said it expects record soccer sales of more than $2 billion this year, aided by the European championships in Ukraine and Poland.

DQ gears up for NYC, touting options

posted: 06/22/2012 3:35 a.m.

Dairy Queen’s chief executive said Thursday that customers should have a variety of menu choices as the fast-food chain enters New York City, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pressing for restrictions on the size of soft drinks sold at restaurants.


posted: 06/22/2012 3:34 a.m.

Finance authority OKs 14 rental-unit projects The Arkansas Development Finance Authority’s board of directors has approved 14 applications for assistance in developing or renovating 747 affordable multifamily rental units across the state, according to a news release Thursday.

Thursday, June 21

College World Series: Gamecocks shut down, shut out Arkansas

posted: 06/21/2012 11:55 p.m.

Freshman Jordan Montgomery and Matt Price combined on a three-hitter Thursday night, lifting two-time defending national champion South Carolina to a 2-0 victory over Arkansas at the College World Series.

Sandusky’s son says his father abused him

posted: 06/21/2012 4:42 p.m.

A lawyer for an adopted son of Jerry Sandusky says the man has told authorities the former Penn State assistant football coach abused him.

Lonoke's most wanted captured in Conway

posted: 06/21/2012 3:33 p.m.

Lonoke authorities caught their most wanted suspect Thursday.

Jury selected for man accused in US bomb plot

posted: 06/21/2012 1:51 p.m.

The jury has been selected for the trial of a Saudi man accused of gathering bomb components with the intention of targeting sites across the United States, including the home of former President George W. Bush.

Paragould police investigate stabbing death

posted: 06/21/2012 1:39 p.m.

uthorities in Paragould say a man has died after he was stabbed in the upper body during a fight.

Manufacturing reports cause stocks to plunge

posted: 06/21/2012 1:36 p.m.

A quiet start on Wall Street is quickly turning into a rout as the bad news piles up.

Death row inmate’s case sent back for more proceedings

updated: 06/21/2012 1:53 p.m.

A federal appeals court says an Arkansas death row inmate’s case should head back to the district court for a hearing because of claims about a cellmate who testified in his case.

Official: Fatal fire at LR apartment building started by cigarette

updated: 06/21/2012 12:49 p.m.

A fire that killed a woman and injured several others at a Little Rock high-rise apartment building was started when a cigarette ignited bedding, authorities said Thursday.

LRAFB Community Council receives Abilene Trophy

posted: 06/21/2012 12:23 p.m.

Representatives from the Abilene, Texas Chamber of Commerce awarded the Little Rock Air Force Base Community Council Wednesday with the Abilene Trophy.

Three youths arrested for Cloverdale Middle School robbery

posted: 06/21/2012 12:14 p.m.

Three youths are in custody after an overnight robbery at Cloverdale Middle School.

Man found unconscious in pool, dies at UAMS

updated: 06/21/2012 1:55 p.m.

A man found unconscious at the bottom of an exercise pool at UAMS Medical Center has been pronounced dead.

US home sales slipped 1.5 percent in May

posted: 06/21/2012 11:09 a.m.

Americans bought fewer homes in May than April, suggesting a sluggish job market could threaten a modest recovery in housing.

MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice among El Dorado headliners

posted: 06/21/2012 11:04 a.m.

MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice and Jake Owen are among the headliners for this year's MusicFest El,Dorado.

The Brave, the Bel and the End of the World

posted: 06/21/2012 11:04 a.m.

In this week’s MovieStyle, our critic Dan Lybarger takes a look at Brave, the lastest computer animation extravaganza from Pixar, and finds that its technical virtues outshine the its rather ordinary story but concludes that “Pixar’s disappointments are still more captivating than most studios’ masterpieces.”

Beebe urges civility in state, local government

posted: 06/21/2012 10:53 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe is making a plea for cooperation and civility in state and local government.

Unions must give fee increase notice, Court rules

posted: 06/21/2012 10:41 a.m.

The Supreme Court says a union must give nonmembers an immediate chance to object to unexpected fee increases that all workers are required to pay in closed-shop situations.

Court: Use new drug sentencing law in crack cases

posted: 06/21/2012 10:38 a.m.

The Supreme Court says criminals who were arrested but not yet sentenced for crack cocaine offenses should be able to take advantage of newly reduced sentences.

Commerce Secretary John Bryson resigns

updated: 06/21/2012 11:44 a.m.

Commerce Secretary John Bryson says he is resigning after suffering a seizure earlier this month in the Los Angeles area.

Video shows Zimmerman's account of fight with Trayvon Martin

posted: 06/21/2012 10:12 a.m.

A newly released video shows Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman at the scene of Trayvon Martin’s fatal shooting a day later giving police a blow-by-blow account of his fight with the teen.

Supreme Court throws out FCC indecency policy

posted: 06/21/2012 10:11 a.m.

The Supreme Court has thrown out fines and sanctions against broadcasters who violated the Federal Communications Commission policy regulating curse words and nudity on broadcast television.

Scholarship honors murdered student-ballerina from Benton

posted: 06/21/2012 9:23 a.m.

A dancer at the University of Oklahoma has received a scholarship in honor of a student-ballerina who was kidnapped and murdered in 1996 shortly after completing her senior year.

Judge throws out 3 of 51 counts against Sandusky

posted: 06/21/2012 9:20 a.m.

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had three of the 51 child sex-abuse charges against him dismissed Thursday before attorneys began closing arguments in the high-profile case that led to the firing of longtime head coach Joe Paterno.

Two sought in armed robbery of LR store

posted: 06/21/2012 9:01 a.m.

Authorities are looking for two men who held up a convenience store on South University Avenue late Wednesday night.

Nearly all of Arkansas in severe drought

posted: 06/21/2012 8:48 a.m.

The past week's dry weather has led to nearly all of Arkansas being classified in severe drought status.

$350k bond set for suspect in Junction City death

posted: 06/21/2012 8:14 a.m.

A judge has set a $350,000 bond for a Junction City man charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend.

Westbound, eastbound I-40 reopens after wreck at 201 mile marker

updated: 06/21/2012 4:06 p.m.

Both eastbound and westbound lanes at Interstate 40 near the 201 mile marker have reopened following a Thursday morning wreck and fire in a construction zone.

Road crews to work on Interstate 540

posted: 06/21/2012 7:14 a.m.

Arkansas officials say Interstate 540 through Fayetteville will be affected by a road improvement project.

Suspect in deputy attack pleads innocent to attempted murder charge

posted: 06/21/2012 7:10 a.m.

A Van Buren man accused of ramming into a Crawford County sheriff's vehicle has pleaded innocent to attempted first-degree murder.

AP sources: GOP open to talks before contempt vote

posted: 06/21/2012 7:05 a.m.

House Republican officials say they're willing to negotiate an end to a potential constitutional confrontation in a document dispute, but only if the Obama administration turns over more emails and memos related to the flawed "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking operation.

Phillips County drops 197 felony cases

posted: 06/21/2012 6:02 a.m.

Prosecutors dropped nearly 200 Phillips County felony cases Wednesday, citing law enforcement failures to serve fugitive warrants in a timely manner.

Panel wants Holder held in contempt

posted: 06/21/2012 6 a.m.

Republicans on the House oversight committee Wednesday voted to recommend holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress in a dispute over internal Justice Department documents related to the botched guntrafficking operation called “Fast and Furious.”

Tech-park selection still a go, board says

posted: 06/21/2012 5:58 a.m.

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board voted Wednesday to move forward with existing siteselection plans, ignoring large portions of a Little Rock Board of Directors request to slow down and look at sites that “can be obtained without the objections of residents.”

More city units tell how tax to be spent

posted: 06/21/2012 5:58 a.m.

Little Rock officials plan to use accumulating sales-tax revenue to build a community center and pool, rebuild an adult leisure center destroyed in a 2009 fire, build two fire stations and repave dozens of roads throughout the city.

Baptists let ‘Southern’ be a choice

posted: 06/21/2012 5:56 a.m.

Baptists who like the “Southern Baptist” message but not the “Southern Baptist” name should call themselves “Great Commission Baptists,” the nation’s largest Protestant body decided after vigorous debate.

Mubarak stable, lawyer says; no vote winner yet

posted: 06/21/2012 5:54 a.m.

Confusion about an overnight report that former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was near death persisted Wednesday, as one of his lawyers disputed the account and said Mubarak had been moved to a hospital because of a head wound caused by a fall in a prison bathroom.

Mother says 2 up for parole an insult

posted: 06/21/2012 5:53 a.m.

Saying her family “does not feel justice was served,” the mother of a University of Central Arkansas student who was killed in a driveby shooting on campus in 2008 urged a state board Wednesday to deny parole to two men who pleaded guilty to charges related to the shooting.

Drugmaker wants delay on legal fees

posted: 06/21/2012 5:52 a.m.

State attorneys seeking $181 million in legal expenses from Johnson & Johnson on top of a $1.2 billion fine must wait until an appeal is decided, which could take up to two years, or submit additional proof that they are entitled to the money, the New Jersey drugmaker claims.

Plaza Towers residents return after fatal blaze

posted: 06/21/2012 5:51 a.m.

Residents of Plaza Towers, who were displaced by a fatal fire June 11 at the high-rise apartments, began returning home Wednesday afternoon.

Free flights to D.C. to honor veterans

posted: 06/21/2012 5:49 a.m.

This October, almost 180 World War II veterans from Arkansas will board two US Airways Airbus planes bound for Washington, D.C., from Little Rock.

Also allow new district transfers, court urged

posted: 06/21/2012 5:46 a.m.

A federal judge should allow all interdistrict transfers under the Arkansas School Choice Act, which he struck down this month, regardless of a student’s race or previous eligibility to switch schools under the law, attorneys said Wednesday.

Artwork of 4 Arkansas teens on display in U.S. Capitol

posted: 06/21/2012 5:44 a.m.

U.S. Capitol visitors with an eye for art can view American masterpieces, such as John Trumbull’s Signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Surrender of Lord Cornwallis, that are lining the building’s dome. And for the next year, artwork by four young Arkansans will also hang in the Capitol.

U.S. prosecutors ask circuit jurist to end sanctions

posted: 06/21/2012 5:43 a.m.

Federal prosecutors say Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen should withdraw his sanctions against them since the federal judge whose findings formed the basis for the penalties has rescinded his decision to punish them.

4 homes hit by Faulkner County fire

posted: 06/21/2012 5:42 a.m.

A forest fire either heavily damaged or destroyed two mobile homes and two houses in a rural area of Faulkner County on Wednesday, authorities said.

Ex-LR police officer Bracey sees battery charge dropped

posted: 06/21/2012 5:41 a.m.

The Little Rock police officer fired months after he was charged in a domestic disturbance won’t be headed to court.

U.S. seeks flood-suits immunity

posted: 06/21/2012 5:40 a.m.

The U.S. government claims it has immunity from lawsuits stemming from the 2010 flood at Albert Pike Recreation Area in the Ouachita National Forest, recently filed motions to dismiss indicate.

NLR hopes to raze old building

posted: 06/21/2012 5:39 a.m.

A building at Fourth and Poplar streets in North Little Rock’s downtown has housed a church, offices and a business school, but what it’s most famous — or, more accurately, infamous — for is its wild times as the Checkmate Club.

No parole, victim’s widow urges board

posted: 06/21/2012 5:37 a.m.

The widow of a man who died in a hit-and-run accident while riding in a bicycle event last year told the state Board of Parole on Wednesday that the woman responsible should serve more time before she’s released from prison.

Big-rig accident halts I-40 traffic

posted: 06/21/2012 5:36 a.m.

An overturned tractortrailer shut down eastbound lanes on Interstate 40 for an hour and a half between the Morgan and Mayflower exits Wednesday morning, according to the Arkansas State Police.

Tobacco panel chooses director

posted: 06/21/2012 5:35 a.m.

The Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission has selected Faye Shepherd as its new director, after months of searching.

UA kick-starts dissertation workshop

posted: 06/21/2012 5:33 a.m.

Taking notes on a yellow legal pad, Kathryn Sloan posed a question to the three doctoral students sitting around her.

Fort Smith clown arrested in child-pornography case

posted: 06/21/2012 5:31 a.m.

A 47-yearold Fort Smith man who advertises himself as a professional clown was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of possessing child pornography.

Police seek robber of McGehee bank

posted: 06/21/2012 5:30 a.m.

Authorities in three states searched Wednesday for a man who robbed the First National Bank in McGehee of an undisclosed amount of cash.

Spa City, county forge agreement on jurisdiction

posted: 06/21/2012 5:28 a.m.

Garland County Judge Rick Davis said a “memorandum of understanding” is being forged between the county and Hot Springs regarding the city’s extra-territorial jurisdiction policy.

MUSIC REVIEW: Martin, Rangers clearly ‘A’ list

posted: 06/21/2012 5:24 a.m.

In this age of grade inflation and fame awarded to Kardashians, one hesitates to dub anything a once-in-alifetime event. But last night’s bluegrass concert by Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers at Robinson Center Music Hall puts a severe test to that rule. The mixture of comedy and high-octane bluegrass music is certainly unique among touring acts. One couldn’t help but feel after the end of the two-hour show that this chance would never come again.

Some evacuated after water leak

posted: 06/21/2012 5:22 a.m.

At least one floor of the Plaza Towers apartments at 6115 W. Markham St. in Little Rock was evacuated late Wednesday night because of a water leak, a Fire Department spokesman said.

Huntsville sets square as lure

posted: 06/21/2012 5:21 a.m.

After the project is finished to make U.S. 412 a fourlane roadway from Springdale to Huntsville, Huntsville city and business leaders want travelers to have a reason to take a quick trip to the center of the Madison County city.

Corning officer fatally shot man, state police say

posted: 06/21/2012 5:20 a.m.

Arkansas State Police officials will turn their findings over to a prosecutor once they complete their investigation into the death of a Clay County man shot by a Corning police officer Tuesday evening.

Blazes, mailbox damage tied to fireworks

posted: 06/21/2012 5:19 a.m.

The Pulaski County sheriff’s office and Little Rock Fire Department are investigating a series of fires and damage to mailboxes caused by teenagers shooting fireworks, officials said Wednesday.

French bank gunman seized; hostages OK

posted: 06/21/2012 5:18 a.m.

French police stormed a bank and captured a gunman who took four bank employees hostage Wednesday while claiming he was acting for religious reasons. The six-hour standoff jarred a region still reeling from a terrorist shooting rampage that killed seven people earlier this year.

Trial postponed in doctor’s slaying

posted: 06/21/2012 5:17 a.m.

A trial was postponed for the stepson of a prominent Mountain Home doctor who was stabbed to death in his home six years ago.

In the news

posted: 06/21/2012 5:17 a.m.

Mickey Bradley, an inspector with New Jersey’s Bergen County sheriff’s office, told The Record newspaper that he bought the Web address for $17 after coming up with the idea of the new Facecrook website, which features the names, photos and last locations of fugitives wanted by the department.

Names and faces

posted: 06/21/2012 5:17 a.m.

Carrie Underwood says she is all about the music, not politics. Yet the 29-year-old countrymusic star has found herself in a media storm after voicing support for sa m e - s ex marriage.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 06/21/2012 5:16 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: Western Hills Avenue North Little Rock: McCain Boulevard Pulaski County: Willow Springs Road

1st day of summer hazardous in East

posted: 06/21/2012 5:16 a.m.

The official start of summer Wednesday delivered temperatures in the high 90s to the Eastern Seaboard, setting records in some spots and getting awfully close in others, with people wilting at graduation ceremonies, students trying to learn in sweltering classrooms and authorities warning folks to check on elderly neighbors.

Getting it straight

posted: 06/21/2012 5:16 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.

Police beat

posted: 06/21/2012 5:15 a.m.

Girlfriend held in LR stabbing A Little Rock woman faces battery charges after she stabbed her boyfriend during an argument at their residence Wednesday morning, police said.

Daily record

posted: 06/21/2012 5:14 a.m.

Births, Marriages and Divorces


posted: 06/21/2012 5:13 a.m.

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


posted: 06/21/2012 5:12 a.m.

Critic vital in elevation of movies NEW YORK — Andrew Sarris, a leading movie critic during a golden age for reviewers who popularized the French reverence for directors and inspired debate about countless films and filmmakers, died Wednesday. He was 83.

Homes evacuated, zoo bear escapes in Minnesota flood

posted: 06/21/2012 5:12 a.m.

Residents evacuated their homes and animals escaped from pens at a zoo as floods fed by a steady torrential downpour struck northeastern Minnesota, inundating the city of Duluth, officials said Wednesday.


posted: 06/21/2012 5:12 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 72204 3316 W. 12th St., residence, Jin Lin, 7 p.m. June 9, property valued at $600.

Sports artist Neiman dies

posted: 06/21/2012 5:10 a.m.

Painter and sketch artist LeRoy Neiman, best-known for evoking the kinetic energy of the world’s biggest sporting and leisure events with bright quick strokes, died Wednesday at age 91.

Other days

posted: 06/21/2012 5:10 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 21, 1912 FORT SMITH — Sixteen years for committing a forgery that netted him less than $30 was the sentencing imposed upon F.L. Wright of Spiro, Okla., by Judge Hon in the Circuit Court here today. He was indicted four times, each indictment containing two counts. Wright pleaded guilty to all cases against him and received two years on each count. Wright passed four bogus checks.

Arkansas achievers

posted: 06/21/2012 5:09 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has announced recipients of the Shelby Breedlove Transfer Scholarship. They are: Karen Dixon, Pulaski Technical College.

Farm bill’s sugar program survives vote

posted: 06/21/2012 5:09 a.m.

The Senate voted Wednesday not to tamper with the Depression-era program that protects U.S. sugar growers as it sped toward completion of a $500 billion bill to operate farm and food programs over the next five years.

Arkansas Court of Appeals

posted: 06/21/2012 5:09 a.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals released opinions Wednesday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at PROCEEDINGS OF JUNE 20, 2012 CHIEF JUDGE LARRY D. VAUGHT CACR10-1144. Joseph Scamardo Jr.

Getting it straight

posted: 06/21/2012 5:08 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.


posted: 06/21/2012 5:08 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball: 11-17-29-56-57 Powerball: 14 Estimated jackpot: $50 million

The nation in brief

posted: 06/21/2012 5:08 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Our purpose has never been to hold the attorney general in contempt.

Death the Deliverer

posted: 06/21/2012 5:07 a.m.

AT LAST conflicting reports, Hosni Mubarak was suspended somewhere between life and death, just as the Egyptian dictator’s last precarious year has been spent somewhere between justice and only political justice. Egypt itself still hangs somewhere between revolution and whatever comes afterward—probably more suspense, upheaval and uncertainty. Which will not end with Hosni Mubarak’s eventual departure from this vale of tears.

Obama’s spending in May outpaced fundraising take

posted: 06/21/2012 5:07 a.m.

President Barack Obama spent more on his re-election effort last month than he raised, ending May with $109.7 million cash on hand, according to Federal Election Commission reports filed Wednesday.

The immigration ploy

posted: 06/21/2012 5:06 a.m.

President Barack Obama’s latest political ploy—granting new “rights” out of thin air, by executive order, to illegal immigrants who claim that they were brought into the country when they were children—is all too typical of his short-run approach to the country’s long-run problems.

CIA said to keep eye on Syria-rebel arms

posted: 06/21/2012 5:05 a.m.

A small number of CIA officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey, helping allies decide which Syrian opposition fighters across the border will receive arms to fight the Syrian government, U.S. officials and Arab intelligence officers said.

OTHERS SAY: The end of an era

posted: 06/21/2012 5:05 a.m.

The death of Rodney Glen King brought to an end an era that defined modern Los Angeles and affected any person who lived through it.

The world in brief

posted: 06/21/2012 5:05 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I am not a doctor, but we have objective elements that allow us to think and affirm that we’re dealing with someone who suffers from considerable psychological problems and that his act is linked to these problems.” French Prosecutor Michel Valet, on the suspect in a hostage standoff Article, 2A

Birthers versus deathers

posted: 06/21/2012 5:04 a.m.

Gov. Rick Scott may be a zombie.

3 U.S. soldiers among 21 slain in Afghan bombing

posted: 06/21/2012 5:04 a.m.

A suicide bomber killed 21 people, including three U.S. soldiers, at a checkpoint in a packed market Wednesday in eastern Afghanistan — the third assault targeting Americans in as many days.

Turkish airstrikes hit Kurds in reprisal

posted: 06/21/2012 5:03 a.m.

Turkish warplanes and attack helicopters have struck Kurdish rebel targets inside Iraq after a rebel attack killed eight Turkish soldiers, Turkey’s military said Wednesday — the latest attempt by Turkey to fight off a persistent threat from Kurdish insurgents seeking regional autonomy.

Disappointing Democrats

posted: 06/21/2012 5:02 a.m.

Two higher-education political scientists got quoted the other day to the effect that Arkansas Democrats finally may have landed on something helpful with this ethicsreform initiative.

New Greek premier in place

posted: 06/21/2012 5:02 a.m.

Greek conservative party head Antonis Samaras was sworn in as prime minister Wednesday at the helm of a three-party coalition that will uphold the country’s international bailout commitments.


posted: 06/21/2012 5:01 a.m.

To the scene of the crime Cynthia Howell of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette recently wrote of Gov. Mike Beebe urging high school graduates of the class of 2012—some graduating with hopes to pursue pediatric oncology, aerospace engineering, foreign language translation and creative writing—to return to the state. Some must leave Arkansas and attend colleges and universities offering their degrees; many certainly do not return.

Sold tsunami short, Japan utility says

posted: 06/21/2012 5 a.m.

The operator of the Japanese nuclear plant devastated by last year’s tsunami issued a final report on the disaster Wednesday, outlining organizational and communication problems that have not yet been resolved.

Russians convicted, fed secrets to China

posted: 06/21/2012 4:59 a.m.

A Russian court Wednesday convicted two professors of a St. Petersburg university of handing over missile secrets to China, the latest in a string of espionage cases that reflected underlying tensions between Moscow and Beijing despite declarations of cooperation and friendship.

No bailout needed, Spain insists

posted: 06/21/2012 4:58 a.m.

Spain’s finance minister insisted again Wednesday that the country does not need a full-blown bailout, even as the country’s sky-high borrowing costs remained at dangerous levels.

Postseason ban for UAPB men

posted: 06/21/2012 4:57 a.m.

George Ivory said he believes the postseason ban given Wednesday to his Arkansas-Pine Bluff men’s basketball team for the 2012-2013 season should be overturned.

Arkansas’ APR at its highest point

posted: 06/21/2012 4:56 a.m.

Arkansas’ status with the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate, which caused the Razorbacks’ men’s basketball team to lose a scholarship last season, has bounced back.

Timely hitting helping Hogs

posted: 06/21/2012 4:55 a.m.

Normally, Arkansas’ baseball team would be in trouble when its Nos. 3 and 4 hitters go a combined 1 for 14 at the plate in two games.

Fed extends bond-buy program

posted: 06/21/2012 4:54 a.m.

The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that it will extend a bond-buying program known as Operation Twist to help spark an economy that’s being held back by a weakened job market.

BCS crew gives OK to playoff

posted: 06/21/2012 4:53 a.m.

The BCS commissioners reached a consensus Wednesday on a model for a four-team, seeded playoff that will be presented to the university presidents next week for approval.

Murphy Oil puts Cosse at helm

posted: 06/21/2012 4:52 a.m.

Murphy Oil Corp. has appointed Steve Cosse as the new president and chief executive officer of the company, according to a statement released Wednesday by the company’s board of directors.

Rain postpones elimination game

posted: 06/21/2012 4:51 a.m.

Kent State and two-time defending national champion South Carolina will meet this morning after rain postponed their College World Series elimination game Wednesday night.

Study weighs prices at Wal-Mart stores, on Web, at Amazon

posted: 06/21/2012 4:48 a.m.

A new study by Kantar Retail, part of a British research firm with offices around the world, found that Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s supercenters offer the lowest prices on 36 national brand items when compared with prices in its online operation and with online-only competitor Inc.

LIKE IT IS: Foundation has lots of candidates nearby

posted: 06/21/2012 4:47 a.m.

When Harold Horton steps down as executive director of the Razorback Foundation on July 31, there will be no shortage of applicants.

COMMENTARY: Others ride to LeBron’s rescue this time

posted: 06/21/2012 4:45 a.m.

History is rarely this neat.

NBA FINALS: THUNDER VS. HEAT: Thunder vow to show fight

posted: 06/21/2012 4:44 a.m.

History says the Oklahoma City Thunder aren’t coming back from their 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals.

Simpson gets back to work

posted: 06/21/2012 4:41 a.m.

Webb Simpson said it never crossed his mind to take the week off after winning the U.S. Open.

Hendrick says Letarte rebuilt Junior

posted: 06/21/2012 4:40 a.m.

Rick Hendrick gave little warning to his crew chiefs when he decided to make widespread organizational changes after the 2010 season.

INTERLEAGUE: Westbrook’s complete game propels Cardinals

posted: 06/21/2012 4:39 a.m.

Jake Westbrook pitched his first complete game in over two years, giving up only an unearned run in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 3-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

BP wins leases near Gulf-spill site

posted: 06/21/2012 4:39 a.m.

BP Plc was a high bidder Wednesday on more than 40 leases to drill in the central Gulf of Mexico where two years ago its Macondo well exploded, causing the largest U.S. offshore oil spill.

Baseball calendar

posted: 06/21/2012 4:37 a.m.

JULY 10 All-Star game, Kansas City, Mo. JULY 13 Deadline for amateur draft picks to sign. JULY 22 Hall of Fame induction, Cooperstown, N.Y.

10 to miss NCAA Tournament

posted: 06/21/2012 4:37 a.m.

Poor academic scores could create a very different kind of madness in March.

Arizona goes with Heyer as starter

posted: 06/21/2012 4:36 a.m.

It will be Round 2 between Florida State and Arizona at the College World Series today, with both teams expected to start the same pitchers as when they met in the opening round.

Fishing this week

posted: 06/21/2012 4:33 a.m.

HOT SPOTS 1. BUFFALO RIVER The river is low and getting lower, and the water temperature is averaging in the upper 70s. Warm-water streams and rivers have been fishing very well with anglers catching plenty of quality fish. Spotted bass are holding near woody debris. Smallmouth are in the deeper channels. Sunfish have been caught using about anything.

P&G cites slow growth in 4th-quarter outlook cut

posted: 06/21/2012 4:33 a.m.

Procter & Gamble Co. on Wednesday lowered its fourth-quarter earnings and revenue forecasts, the latest company to sound warning bells about slowing global economic growth.

Italy can’t wait to play England

posted: 06/21/2012 4:32 a.m.

Italy hasn’t met England in a major tournament in 22 years, and the excitement among the Azzurri for Sunday’s European Championship quarterfinal match is palpable.

MARKET REPORT: Fed ‘twists,’ but stocks still fall

posted: 06/21/2012 4:32 a.m.

The Federal Reserve’s latest plan to help the economy failed to impress Wall Street on Wednesday. Stocks finished slightly lower for the day, and not much better than they were before the Fed announcement.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Duck numbers up, habitat dips

posted: 06/21/2012 4:31 a.m.

Duck hunters received good news and bad news from the Prairie Pothole Region this month.

Imperial Sugar tender offer wraps up

posted: 06/21/2012 4:31 a.m.

Louis Dreyfus Commodities LLC said Wednesday that its tender offer for shares of Imperial Sugar Co. attracted 72 percent of the company’s stock, more than enough to allow it to complete the deal.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/21/2012 4:30 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “If we don’t see further improvement in the labor market, we will be prepared to take additional steps if appropriate.” Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman Article, 1D

TEXAS LEAGUE: Witherspoon shines in debut; Travelers win

posted: 06/21/2012 4:30 a.m.

The Arkansas Travelers started the second half of the Texas League schedule Tuesday night with a fresh record, a fresh face in center field and their third consecutive victory.


posted: 06/21/2012 4:29 a.m.

UA division issues hay harvest warning Dry conditions are hurting Arkansas’ hay crop, causing the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service to issue a warning Wednesday.


posted: 06/21/2012 4:29 a.m.

1 FLUTTER Downtown Paris and nearby Mount Magazine State Park are gearing up for a weekendlong salute to winged friends. The Mount Magazine International Butterfly Festival, with walks, seminars, crafts and swarms of butterflies, will be Friday-Saturday. General admission is free. Call (479) 963-2244 or visit To the southeast, the folks in Malvern are getting ready for a festival of their own.


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Art & Exhibits CENTRAL ARKANSAS ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER MacArthur Park, East Ninth and Commerce streets. “Tattoo Witness: Photographs by Mark Perrott,” Friday-Sept. 9. “The Rockefeller Influence,” through Aug. 19. Doodle 4 Google Arkansas State Finalists Exhibition, through July 29. “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.

Jones finally got serious, turned into great WR

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Shaquille Jones has come a long way from the child who would rather drink from the water fountain than play sports.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Boyd powers East to victory

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Warren Boyd ended his career with jewelry.

Fast Forward

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NEXT WEEK Big pop: Home-grown American Idol Kris Allen takes to the Timberwood Amphitheatre stage for the 2012 Pepsi Concert Series, 8 p.m. June 30 at Magic Springs & Crystal Falls, 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. Admission to the park is $44.99, $29.99 for ages 55 and older or under 48 inches. Reserved seating is an additional $5 or $10. Call (501) 624-0100 or visit

Shop still has stake in steaks

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Some restaurants succeed because they offer truly one-of-a-kind fare. Stick around long enough and they’re called “institutions,” as in, “Jacques and Suzanne’s was a Little Rock institution.” The real trick in the restaurant business is to steer clear of one-ofa-kind food.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: MVP Wolff does it all for East

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Hardly anyone was surprised when the Most Valuable Player award was announced with 2:00 left in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star girls basketball game Wednesday night at Walton Arena.

THE TV COLUMN: Bieber special takes a peek behind scenes

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Bieber fever is coming to North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena in January, but you don’t have to wait until then to scream along with the preteens.

Second thoughts

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Time to get those new gloves Even without throwing a pitch, Tampa Bay’s Joel Peralta left his mark on Tuesday’s game with the Washington Nationals.

Off the wire

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BASKETBALL Ariza, Okafor dealt to Wizards The New Orleans Hornets have traded forward Trevor Ariza and center Emeka Okafor to the Washington Wizards for forward Rashard Lewis and a secondround draft pick. The Wizards said Wednesday they are sending New Orleans the 46th pick in this year’s NBA Draft, which originally belonged to Dallas.

State sports briefs

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FOOTBALL Memphis QB Reed plans transfer to Hogs Former Memphis quarterback Taylor Reed plans to transfer to Arkansas and redshirt this season and be eligible for the 2013 season. Reed, 6-3, 215 pounds, 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash, asked for his release from the Tigers not long after going through spring practice. He signed with Memphis in 2011 out of El Dorado and started 9 of 11 games as a freshman, completing 169 of 295 passes for 1,690 yards and 10 touchdowns with 4 interceptions.


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Happy birthday.You may not feel like you’re on a quest at the start of the year, but you’ll gather information, inspiration and team members in the next seven weeks. By mid-August, your mission is under way. A financial exchange keeps your project rolling and growing through September. December brings family fun. Aries and Aquarius people adore you.


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DEAR REV. GRAHAM: By the time you get this I’ll be out of college, and I don’t have any idea what to do next. Maybe I just wasted the last four years. Do you believe God has a plan for everyone, or is it just up to us to decide what we’ll do with our lives? — D.B.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Use ‘not sure what love is’ drama as chance for change

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DEAR CAROLYN: I was thrown/hurt/confused recently when my boyfriend of two years told me he has never really been in love and isn’t sure what it’s supposed to feel like. He then tried to exempt me, but initially he said it as a blanket response to my asking why he never says, “I love you.” He has said it, but always when I’ve said it first. We’re 31 and 32.

MUSIC: Trees back in Hot Springs with Church That Fits

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Lost in the Trees sought to find a special place to play on the band’s return to The Spa City to promote their latest CD titled A Church That Fits Our Needs.

Ice-T focuses on words in hip-hop documentary

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Ice-T is infatuated with the clever wordplay associated with rap music.

flavor: 4 secrets for healthy, delicious banana bread

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Over the years I have perfected my banana bread recipe — one of my favorite solutions for using overripe bananas. I use all whole-grain flour or whole-grain flour mixed with white all-purpose flour, and rely as much as I can on the natural sweetness of the bananas to cut the total amount of granulated sugar called for in the recipe. I also like to roughly mash, or chop, my bananas so there are big chunks of fruit to bite into. I always throw in a handful of toasted chopped walnuts, and sometimes I’ll add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg and some dark chocolate chips.


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Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts this weekend: Oklahoma rockers Oklahoma-based rock band Hinder will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Timberwood Amphitheatre at Magic Springs Water and Theme Park, U.S. 70 (East Grand Avenue), Hot Springs, part of the park’s 2012 Pepsi Concert Series. Gates open at 6 p.m. Admission is included in what you pay to get into the park — $44.99, $29.99 per “junior” (under 48 inches tall) and “senior” (age 55 and up); for an extra $5 or $10 you can upgrade into reserved seating. Call (501) 624-0100 or visit


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DEAR HELOISE: I would like to know if there is an organization that collects the pull tabs from soda cans. Should I throw them out, or do you know where I could send them?

this week’s EVENTS

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The Arkansas Arts Center’s Artmobile, a 40 -foo