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Saturday, March 31

SEC Baseball: LSU defeats Arkansas in walk-off fashion

posted: 03/31/2012 10:41 p.m.

Ty Ross hit a walk-off single to give LSU a 2-1 victory over Arkansas on Saturday night at Alex Box Stadium.

Thunderstorms to move across southeast Arkansas

posted: 03/31/2012 5:10 p.m.

Isolated severe thunderstorms are a possibility in the southeastern part of the state tonight, according to a forecast from the National Weather Service.

Dog owners consider downtown park features

posted: 03/31/2012 3:47 p.m.

Dog owners met today to discuss adding amenities, such as a splash pad, a bathing station and wireless internet, to a proposed downtown dog park.

Chavez returns to Cuba for treatment

posted: 03/31/2012 3:04 p.m.

President Hugo Chavez says he’s returning to Cuba for another round of cancer treatment.

Union Pacific train visits NLR

posted: 03/31/2012 1:04 p.m.

A steam locomotive rolled into North Little Rock Friday during its multiple-city tour to celebrate Union Pacific Railroad's 150th anniversary.

Illinois, Kansas, Maryland tickets win $640M lottery jackpot

posted: 03/31/2012 12:20 p.m.

Three lottery tickets sold in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland hit the world record-breaking $640 million Mega Millions jackpot, lottery officials said Saturday, leaving millions of players across the country with busted multi-millionaire dreams.

Clinton seeks increased US-Gulf cooperation on Iran

posted: 03/31/2012 10:05 a.m.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the United States seeks improved strategies with Arab Gulf states on maritime security and missile defense to counter the threat of Iran.

Repaired cruise ship to travel to Malaysia

posted: 03/31/2012 9:59 a.m.

A cruise ship with 1,000 people on board that was disabled by a fire and was drifting in southern Philippine waters has been repaired and is headed toward Malaysia, the Philippine coast guard said Saturday.

Good Friday a holiday in Cuba after pope trip

posted: 03/31/2012 9:30 a.m.

Cuba has announced it is declaring next week’s Good Friday a holiday following an appeal by Pope Benedict XVI.

Enough oil in world to justify squeeze on Iran, says Obama

posted: 03/31/2012 4:08 a.m.

President Barack Obama said Friday that he was plowing ahead with potential sanctions against countries that keep buying oil from Iran, including allies of the United States, in a deepening campaign to starve Iran of money for its disputed nuclear program. The world oil market is tight but deep enough to keep the squeeze on Iran, Obama said.

Wisconsin’s Ryan aligns behind Romney

posted: 03/31/2012 4:06 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination Friday, urged conservatives to “coalesce” around the party’s front-runner and joined Romney in attacking President Barack Obama’s economic record.

Obama drops in on 2 states

posted: 03/31/2012 4:06 a.m.

President Barack Obama told donors Friday that the November election may be “more important” than the 2008 race as he sought to raise almost $2 million in Vermont and Maine.

Wisconsin board OKs recall vote

posted: 03/31/2012 4:05 a.m.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will become the first governor in the state’s history to face a recall election, a state board ruled Friday after finding that critics had collected more than enough signatures to force a vote.

Legal-status application easing offered

posted: 03/31/2012 4:04 a.m.

The Obama administration is proposing to make it easier for illegal aliens who are family members of American citizens to apply for legal permanent residency.

Israeli troops kill Palestinian protester

posted: 03/31/2012 4:04 a.m.

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian protester Friday in Gaza as thousands in the Palestinian territories, Israel and neighboring countries participated in an annual protest against the Jewish state’s land policies.

Dartmouth drops hazing charges

posted: 03/31/2012 4:04 a.m.

Dartmouth College said Friday that it has dropped charges against 27 students it recently accused of hazing, though allegations against the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity still stand.

Hitler’s parents’ marker off grave

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

The tombstone marking the grave of Adolf Hitler’s parents, a place of pilgrimage for neo-Nazis, has been removed from an upper Austrian village cemetery at the request of a descendant, and the grave is ready for a new burial, officials said Friday.

French police arrest 19 in raids

posted: 03/31/2012 4:02 a.m.

Police led predawn raids Friday across France in a crackdown against suspected Islamist extremists, arresting 19 people and carting off automatic rifles and other guns in authorities’ latest response to a wave of terrorism that has shaken the country.

Britons’ tempers piping hot over pastry-snack tax

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

The British government’s intention to tax the humble Cornish pasty, a cheap pastry savory snack much beloved by workers and students, has caused a media storm, with tabloid headlines portraying the new tax as an attack by the Conservative-led government on working-class life.

Afghan drugs, kills 9 militia cohorts

posted: 03/31/2012 3:59 a.m.

A member of an Afghan militia promoted by the U.S. military to protect rural villages drugged his colleagues and killed at least nine of them as they slept Friday, the third deadly episode involving the irregular guard force in March.

Mali coup leader planning elections

posted: 03/31/2012 3:59 a.m.

Mali’s coup leader responded to the threat of sanctions Friday by saying he plans to hold elections and rapidly return the country to its established order but gave no timetable for immediate action, falling short of demands by West African countries.

Bin Laden hid in 5 safe houses, widow says

posted: 03/31/2012 3:58 a.m.

Osama bin Laden lived in five safe houses while on the run in Pakistan and fathered four children, two of them born in government hospitals, his youngest widow has told investigators.

Japan to allow visits in nuke no-go zone

posted: 03/31/2012 3:56 a.m.

Japan is letting up to 16,000 people back into their homes around its leaking nuclear power plant, easing restrictions in the no-go zone for the first time since last year’s disasters.

Lay down arms first, envoy urges Syrian regime

posted: 03/31/2012 3:56 a.m.

Clashes and protests broke out Friday across many parts of Syria, further complicating a peace mission by United Nations envoy Kof i Annan, who urged the government to lay down its weapons first to immediately end the country’s year-long crisis.

Hacked by media, U.S. envoy claims

posted: 03/31/2012 3:54 a.m.

U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul met with cheers and with criticism in Russia after he confronted a camera crew from state-controlled television, suggesting that they had accessed his schedule by hacking his e-mail or his telephone.

Glaze, former state justice, dies at 74

posted: 03/31/2012 3:53 a.m.

Tom Glaze, a former Arkansas Supreme Court justice whom law colleagues referred to as fair, dedicated and someone who gave great attention to detail, died Friday at his home in North Little Rock after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease.

UALR plan critiqued as ‘campus creep’

posted: 03/31/2012 3:53 a.m.

Members of the University of Arkansas board of trustees expressed concern Friday about one university’s plan to offer a four-year degree at a location about 30 minutes from its campus, labeling it “campus creep.”

UA notebook

posted: 03/31/2012 3:52 a.m.

Campus buildings named for 3 people The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has named three campus buildings for people, including two former chancellors.

Traskwood confession holds 2 sides of suspect

posted: 03/31/2012 3:50 a.m.

Two portraits of capital-murder defendant Marissa Wright emerged Friday in an audio recording of her confession to killing two men buried in her backyard.

After essay about wife, man kills her, then self

posted: 03/31/2012 3:50 a.m.

A Pennsylvania man who had recently written in The New York Times about his love for his Alzheimer’s-stricken wife killed her and himself in what their family called an act of “deep devotion.”

U.S. can maintain nuke arsenal without tests, study says

posted: 03/31/2012 3:49 a.m.

A study by the National Academy of Sciences has found that the United States can maintain its nuclear arsenal without resuming the testing program it suspended nearly 20 years ago, addressing a key issue in the debate over ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

Attorney: VA center needs no new permit

posted: 03/31/2012 3:47 a.m.

A proposed change to Little Rock’s zoning ordinances intended to impose new review requirements on certain businesses ranging from convenience stores to community welfare agencies can’t be applied to a proposed veterans day center that will primarily serve homeless vets, City Attorney Tom Carpenter said Friday.

The world in brief

posted: 03/31/2012 3:47 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The government must stop first and then discuss a cessation of hostilities with the other side.We are appealing to the stronger party to make a gesture of good faith. ... The deadline is now.” Ahmad Fawzi, spokesman for United Nations envoy Kofi Annan, on the situation in Syria Article, 7A

UA board balks at UAMS’ cost to oust CARTI

posted: 03/31/2012 3:47 a.m.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences wants to part ways with its on-site radiation therapy provider, fearing the organization’s newly expanded mission could compete with the teaching hospital’s Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

The nation in brief

posted: 03/31/2012 3:46 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s important that we coalesce as conservatives around Mitt Romney and focus on the big task at hand, which is defeating Barack Obama in the fall.” U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin Article, 2A

Getting it straight

posted: 03/31/2012 3:45 a.m.

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

UA System OKs tuition, fee increases

posted: 03/31/2012 3:44 a.m.

Student tuition and fees will rise at University of Arkansas System campuses across the state.

Names and faces

posted: 03/31/2012 3:44 a.m.

Rock ‘n’ roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis has married for a seventh time in Mississippi, and the new bride is his cousin’s ex-wife. Judith Ann Coghlan Lewis, 62, worked several years as Lewis’ caretaker at his home in Nesbit, Miss., just south of Memphis — a job she said she was sent to do by her then-husband and one of Lewis’ ex-wives, who were brother and sister.

In the news

posted: 03/31/2012 3:43 a.m.

Jesse Thorsen, 28, an Army Reserve soldier who went on national television in his military fatigues to endorse Rep. Ron Paul’s GOP presidential campaign after the Iowa caucuses, has had a letter of reprimand placed in his personnel file for violating Army policies that bar soldiers from participating in political events while in uniform, a spokesman said.

LR offers inn’s tenants 3 days’ aid

posted: 03/31/2012 3:43 a.m.

Residents of the Heritage House Inn huddled around folding tables set up on the grass in front of the motel’s office early Friday morning to meet with Little Rock officials offering to help them relocate after a judge ordered the entire facility at 7500 S. University Ave. vacated.

Players dream of $640 million lottery jackpot

posted: 03/31/2012 3:42 a.m.

With a record Mega Millions jackpot estimated at $640 million, Sheila Roy of Little Rock and thousands of other Arkansans felt “real lucky” as Friday night’s drawing neared.

Mega Millions

posted: 03/31/2012 3:42 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 2-4-23-38-46 Mega Ball: 23 Estimated jackpot: $640 million Megaplier: 03

Vacating plea called unlikely

posted: 03/31/2012 3:41 a.m.

Shortly before concluding a hearing Friday for Keith Allen Deaton, a Batesville man hoping for relief from a life sentence, a federal judge looked him in the eye and gave him sobering news.

Spa City 6th-grader wins geography bee

posted: 03/31/2012 3:40 a.m.

Motorists who drive in circles trying to get to their destinations or rely on a GPS device for verbal directions might ask 11-year-old Christian Boekhout for help.

MEN’S NCAA NATIONAL SEMIFINALS: Cats-Cardinals rivalry to fans

posted: 03/31/2012 3:40 a.m.

Kentucky Coach John Calipari likes to say there are no rivalry games at this point in the season.

Dog park in works for LR’s downtown

posted: 03/31/2012 3:39 a.m.

Downtown dog owners are working on getting their own park for off-leash quality time.

Crystal Bridges debuts C, magazine with inside story

posted: 03/31/2012 3:39 a.m.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced Friday a new magazine for its members and gave an update on the number of visits to the museum.

ARKANSAS SPRING FOOTBALL: Offense shines live

posted: 03/31/2012 3:37 a.m.

Tyler Wilson passed for 320 yards and four touchdowns and Dennis Johnson ran for three scores as Arkansas held its first scrimmage Friday, going for 145 plays at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: At 30 mph, lights work downtown

posted: 03/31/2012 3:36 a.m.

Dear Mahatma: My faulty memory recalls that several years ago Little Rock spent a huge sum to program traffic lights in downtown to facilitate traffic flow. The funds appear to have been wasted. There is no chance to proceed several blocks along Broadway or Chester without stopping repeatedly for red lights. Green light, your turn, Mahatma. — Tired of Sitting Still

Risperdal fraud trial ends early for week

posted: 03/31/2012 3:35 a.m.

The Arkansas attorney general’s Medicaid-fraud trial against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson adjourned early for the weekend Friday.

Parties’ chairmen to talk on elections

posted: 03/31/2012 3:34 a.m.

The chairmen of the state Democratic and Republican parties are scheduled to speak about the 2012 elections during a Political Animals Club luncheon in Little Rock on April 11.

SEC BASEBALL: Tigers hammer Hogs, Baxendale

posted: 03/31/2012 3:34 a.m.

LSU hit three home runs and struck out 15 Arkansas batters to defeat the No. 3 Razorbacks 10-6 on Friday in the series opener at Alex Box Stadium.

Maumelle says curb addresses not required

posted: 03/31/2012 3:33 a.m.

City officials in Maumelle are advising residents that having their addresses painted on the curbs in front of their homes is not required by city code.

El Dorado speech set by Bill Clinton

posted: 03/31/2012 3:33 a.m.

Former President Bill Clinton will speak to recipients of the El Dorado Promise college scholarship program April 17.

Matchup pits returning stars

posted: 03/31/2012 3:32 a.m.

Welcome to the other game at the Final Four.

Daily record

posted: 03/31/2012 3:30 a.m.

Births, Marriages and Divorces

Young considers his options

posted: 03/31/2012 3:29 a.m.

Arkansas All-SEC guard BJ Young is considering whether to leave for the NBA or return to the Razorbacks for his sophomore season.

Obituaries

posted: 03/31/2012 3:28 a.m.

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

LPGA KRAFT NABISCO CHAMPIONSHIP: 68 puts Tseng back to the top

posted: 03/31/2012 3:28 a.m.

After taking one round off from her domination of the LPGA Tour to get rested and reinvigorated, Yani Tseng is right back in her usual spot atop the leader board.

Other days

posted: 03/31/2012 3:27 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO March 31, 1912 At the regular meeting of the School Board held last evening, it was decided to close the Parham school for two weeks, beginning with Monday, April 1, on account of the smallpox scare in that neighborhood.

Police beat

posted: 03/31/2012 3:26 a.m.

Phone shop robber briefly locked in A man who robbed a Little Rock cell-phone store Thursday afternoon was briefly locked in a back room of the business before kicking the door open and asking for directions to escape, police said.

NEWS BRIEFS

posted: 03/31/2012 3:25 a.m.

Inmates challenge ban on ritual tobacco SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A Lakota traditional healer is arguing that tobacco is an integral part of American Indian religious ceremonies, and denying its use is akin to taking away the Bible from a Christian.

HIGH SCHOOL

posted: 03/31/2012 3:24 a.m.

7A/6A-CENTRAL RUSSELLVILLE 2, LR CENTRAL 0 Senior Cody Jones struck out nine and allowed four hits as the Cyclones shut out the visiting Tigers on Friday. Eric Turner’s second-inning home run gave Russellville a 1-0 lead.

Assemblies of God grows at 4% clip, best in survey

posted: 03/31/2012 3:24 a.m.

The Assemblies of God, a denomination born in Arkansas, posted the largest jump in membership among church groups in the newly released 2012 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches. The church topped the 3 million member mark for the first time, but George O. Wood, general superintendent of the Pentecostal group, isn’t satisfied.

SPRING TRAINING: Collmenter’s struggles continue

posted: 03/31/2012 3:24 a.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks Manager Kirk Gibson is tired of the questions. Josh Collmenter is in the rotation.

Trying times for TBN

posted: 03/31/2012 3:23 a.m.

Televangelists Paul and Jan Crouch have faced plenty of mountains building their religious broadcast empire — among them allegations of a homosexual tryst and a prolonged battle with the Federal Communications Commission — but the most recent attack on the founders of Trinity Broadcasting Network comes from their own flesh and blood.

ON RELIGION: Christianity sturdy enough to criticize

posted: 03/31/2012 3:22 a.m.

The full-page New York Times advertisement by the Freedom From Religion Foundation was certainly blunt — starting with its headline telling “liberal” and “nominal” Catholics that “It’s Time to Consider Quitting the Catholic Church.” Conservative Catholics were outraged and called the newspaper’s leaders hypocrites, claiming that they would never dare to run such a fierce and offensive ad that targeted believers in other faiths, especially Islam.

Calendar

posted: 03/31/2012 3:21 a.m.

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT Crossgate Worship Center, 3100 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs, will present Jubilation Jazz in a free concert of Christian music arranged for big band at 6:30 p.m. April 14. A love offering will be taken. (501) 262-9779 or info@crossgate.org.

Oh, don’t help . . . please

posted: 03/31/2012 3:20 a.m.

THINGS aren’t going swimmingly south of the (state) border.

STATE COLLEGES

posted: 03/31/2012 3:20 a.m.

SUN BELT UALR 3, WESTERN KENTUCKY 1 BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Chance Cleveland struck out 11 batters over seven innings and Sean Bignall had a hand in all three UALR runs as the Trojans claimed a series-opening victory Friday night at Nick Denes Field.

The flexibility doctrine

posted: 03/31/2012 3:19 a.m.

“On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this can be solved, but it’s important for him [Putin] to give me space. . . . This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.” —Barack Obama to Dmitri Medvedev, March 26, 2012

Gordon gets $37.5M deal with Royals

posted: 03/31/2012 3:18 a.m.

Alex Gordon, who had a breakout 2011 season after a mediocre first four years in the majors, agreed to a $37.5 million, four-year deal that includes a player option for 2016 to remain with the Kansas City Royals.

Coloring outside the lines

posted: 03/31/2012 3:18 a.m.

Green jobs or, as our president calls them, the “jobs of the future,” have been notoriously tough to define and count. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently did it, though, and now it is the results that are notorious.

OTHERS SAY: Privacy vs. the new boss

posted: 03/31/2012 3:17 a.m.

Prospective employers typically ask job applicants for references. But in the age of the Internet, some want much more.

SEMIFINAL MATCHUP: Kentucky vs. Louisville

posted: 03/31/2012 3:17 a.m.

WHEN 5:09 p.m. Central today WHERE The Superdome, New Orleans RECORDS Kentucky 36-2, Louisville 30-9

Guest writer: Leadership lacking

posted: 03/31/2012 3:16 a.m.

Congress has the opportunity to pass a significant piece of legislation, The Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act (HR733/S362). The bills have substantial bipartisan support in both chambers with 226 co-sponsors in the House, and 44 co-sponsors in the Senate. Despite the overwhelming support for this bill, Congress remains unable to act.

Drawn-out drama

posted: 03/31/2012 3:15 a.m.

The smoke finally has cleared in Fayetteville’s drawn-out saga of how Marilyn Heifner broke the Freedom of Information law and the law won.

SEMIFINAL MATCHUP: Kansas vs. Ohio St.

posted: 03/31/2012 3:14 a.m.

WHEN 7:49 p.m. Central today WHERE The Superdome, New Orleans RECORDS Kansas 31-6, Ohio State 31-7

LETTERS

posted: 03/31/2012 3:14 a.m.

Morons on both sides The ongoing health-care debate has made me embarrassed to call myself an American. Those on the right drone endlessly about “Obamacare,” which they claim is turning America into a socialist state. Meanwhile, those on the left act as though the reform actually fixes our nation’s odious health-care system.

State’s jobless rate remains at 7.6%

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

Arkansas’ unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.6 percent in February, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.

Game-by-game results

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

KENTUCKY (36-2 ) Marist............................................ W, 108-58 Kansas............................................. W, 75-65

Farmers address possible new bill

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

Farmers from six states asked a congressional agriculture panel Friday to consider the diversity of crops in the South when preparing a draft of a new farm bill.

Corn prices turn farmers’ heads

posted: 03/31/2012 3:11 a.m.

For the first time since 1940, Arkansas farmers will plant more corn acres than cotton.

Kentucky’s Davis AP Player of Year

posted: 03/31/2012 3:06 a.m.

Anthony Davis was named The Associated Press’ college basketball Player of the Year on Friday, the first Kentucky player and second freshman to win the award.

Missouri’s Haith earns AP honor

posted: 03/31/2012 3:05 a.m.

Frank Haith has capped his first season at Missouri by being selected The Associated Press’ Coach of the Year. Haith took over the Tigers after seven years at Miami.

COMMENTARY: Fisher shows he’s still useful

posted: 03/31/2012 3:04 a.m.

The homecoming began with the national anthem. The fans couldn’t even wait until it ended.

NBA standings and summaries

posted: 03/31/2012 3:02 a.m.

NUGGETS 99, BOBCATS 88 DENVER (99) Chandler 3-5 0-0 6, Faried 2-4 8-10 12, McGee 4-9 3-3 11, Lawson 5-11 3-4 14, Afflalo 7-12 4-7 19, Harrington 5-12 0-2 10, Brewer 7-11 3-3 17, Miller 2-4 0-0 4, Koufos 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 38-73 21-29 99.

FLORIDA DERBY: Top 3-year-old faces challenge

posted: 03/31/2012 3:01 a.m.

Before Union Rags gets to the Kentucky Derby, another challenge awaits.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 03/31/2012 2:59 a.m.

Colt loses race after side trip — There are tough beats for bettors.

12 of Arkansas’ 16 public firms show quarterly stock rise

posted: 03/31/2012 2:59 a.m.

First Federal Bancshares of Arkansas jumped 58 percent in the first quarter, outperforming the stock of every other public company in the state.

Consumer spending jumps 0.8%

posted: 03/31/2012 2:58 a.m.

U.S. consumers increased their spending in February by the most in seven months. But income barely grew, and the savings rate fell to its lowest point in more than two years.

Rick Lee’s Oaklawn Park selections and analysis

posted: 03/31/2012 2:58 a.m.

Profit plays Arkansas Democrat-Gazette handicapper Rick Lee has been given a fictional $1,000 bankroll to work with during the 2012 Oaklawn Park meeting. He can make as many plays as he wants daily.

Female jockey, filly take crack at riches

posted: 03/31/2012 2:57 a.m.

The $10 million Dubai World Cup has a favorite in So You Think, and also a sentimental choice in Game On Dude.

Trims, tax increases total $36 billion in Spanish plan

posted: 03/31/2012 2:57 a.m.

Spain’s new conservative government on Friday unveiled a $36 billion deficit-reduction package that it hopes will convince its partners in Europe and wary international investors that it won’t need a bailout.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks’ 1st quarter best since ’98

posted: 03/31/2012 2:55 a.m.

Rising consumer spending boosted stocks Friday, and Wall Street closed its best first quarter since 1998.

Regulators shut Michigan bank

posted: 03/31/2012 2:54 a.m.

Federal regulators closed a bank in Michigan on Friday, bringing to 16 the number of U.S. banks that have failed so far this year.

Razorbacks report: DJ rolls, but Davis a no-go

posted: 03/31/2012 2:53 a.m.

Knile Davis was held out of Friday’s first spring scrimmage, but Dennis Johnson made sure Arkansas’ offense ran smoothly.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 03/31/2012 2:53 a.m.

BHP shale fuel assets seen as losing value BHP Billiton, the second-largest producer in the natural-gas producing Fayetteville Shale, may have to write off $9 billion from the value of its shale gas assets, for which the world’s largest miner paid $20.1 billion last year, according to analysts with Credit Suisse.

Business news in brief

posted: 03/31/2012 2:53 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “You can get the same yield today on 680,000 acres of cotton as you could from 2.5 million acres in the 1940s.” Scott Stiles, extension economist for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Article, 1D

Second thoughts

posted: 03/31/2012 2:51 a.m.

Ads on jerseys if price right Is the NBA ready for advertisements on jerseys, a la European soccer clubs or WNBA teams? If Mark Cuban has his say, it will happen sooner rather than later. Cuban, the always creative owner of the Dallas Mavericks told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram he’s been pushing the idea for awhile.

Off the wire

posted: 03/31/2012 2:48 a.m.

FOOTBALL Payton, others to appeal Saints Coach Sean Payton is appealing his season-long suspension from the NFL for his role in New Orleans’ bounty system. And he’s not the only one looking for a little relief from the penalties handed down by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

State sports briefs

posted: 03/31/2012 2:46 a.m.

BASKETBALL Joe Foley camp dates announced The Joe Foley Women’s Basketball Camp dates were announced by UALR this week. Team camps will be held June 5-7 and July 25-27.

Run!

posted: 03/31/2012 2:43 a.m.

Bamboo is a grass that looks like a tree, and Dale Almond is an Arkansan who looks like he came from the Australian Outback, bringing his bamboo didgeridoo.

Take root in tree encyclopedia

posted: 03/31/2012 2:40 a.m.

Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees & Shrubs by Michael A. Dirr (Timber Press, $79.95) You could spend the next few years driving from nursery to nursery, peppering the plant people with probing questions about trees and shrubs. You could park yourself deep in the woods, absorbing all you could about species after species.

Coffee table style adapts to demand for gadget space

posted: 03/31/2012 2:39 a.m.

Two-level coffee tables are nothing new, but because people want places to set laptops, tablet computers and smart phones, designers are coming out with three-level tables.

Big, heaping platter of bamboo:Yummy!

posted: 03/31/2012 2:36 a.m.

Bamboo — it’s what’s for dinner.

Word’s growth bamboozles

posted: 03/31/2012 2:35 a.m.

Bamboo has more than 700 species, and even that number falls short of counting all the ways to say bamboo: Bamboo curtain: the Communist states of east Asia — a Cold War expression, not so much bandied about these days with the Chinese making iPhones.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Airport renaming dusts up a sizzlin’ hot stink

posted: 03/31/2012 2:32 a.m.

Dear Otus, I bet the city council sure feels stupid after the Supreme Court decision about the Clinton Airport name change. Their ineptitude bordered on being a crime. Any chance they’ll go back to Little Rock National?

CLICK & CLACK’S CAR TALK

posted: 03/31/2012 2:31 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: The dashboard of our 2004 Honda lit up like a Christmas tree. We had the car towed to our local Honda dealer. When we were presented with the repair bill, we were dismayed to see that we had been charged $80 three times for ”diagnostics.”

In the garden

posted: 03/31/2012 2:30 a.m.

Q I saw this in the forest this morning: It has a bunch of caterpillars in it. ... Should I be worried about this?

HOG CALLS: Peoples making transition smoothly

posted: 03/31/2012 2:27 a.m.

Going into the Arkansas Razorbacks’ scrimmage Friday, it seemed some defensive despair loomed almost everywhere.

Ask the expert

posted: 03/31/2012 2:25 a.m.

I have a garden hose which is still in pretty good condition but has a leaky connector, some crushed fittings and some splits. I don’t want to throw away a perfectly good hose if it can easily be repaired. On the other hand, I don’t want to deal with the mess and leaks. What should I do?

Tools & toys

posted: 03/31/2012 2:24 a.m.

Dual Scrubbing Roller Mop What’s to love: I’ve used mops before with attached bristles for scrubbing tough spots, but this one has an actual scrub brush attached to the mop head, making clean-ups easier and more efficient.

Personal space

posted: 03/31/2012 2:23 a.m.

Erin L. Hohnbaum Where I live: I live in Little Rock’s Hillcrest neighborhood with my adopted dog, Penny.

Keep it clean

posted: 03/31/2012 2:21 a.m.

The Lint Lizard According to some experts, your clothes dryer is basically a fire trap ready to burn your house down. They warn that while the built-in lint trap usually does a decent enough job, sometimes lint gets through and builds up in the machine and vent, forming little lint communities that can create a fire hazard.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 03/31/2012 2:18 a.m.

Happy birthday. The relationship sector of your life gets a blast of exciting energy in April. The one you’ve known forever sparks new interest and curiosity in your heart. May brings a promotion.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 03/31/2012 2:17 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: My son was in school, and someone shook a bottle of typewriter correction fluid and got stains all over his brand-new shirt. Is there anything that can help remove this type of stain?

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 03/31/2012 2:16 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Why didn’t Jesus allow the people to make Him a king? He certainly had the crowds behind Him during those last days of His ministry. — L.S.

Super Quiz: British history

posted: 03/31/2012 2:13 a.m.

1. Who became prime minister again in 1951? 2. Which monarch celebrated a “Golden Jubilee” in 1887? 3. Which monarch was executed in 1649? 4. What stone is used for coronations?

Friday, March 30

SEC Baseball: Arkansas pitching struggles in 10-6 loss

posted: 03/30/2012 11:05 p.m.

LSU used a four-run fifth inning to break Friday night's game open and defeat Arkansas 10-6 at Alex Box Stadium.

What would you do with the Mega Millions jackpot?

posted: 03/30/2012 5:12 p.m.

Buy a party barge? Do mission work? Give it away? Quit working and travel? These are some of the responses when we asked area ticket-buyers what they'd do with the money?

Jonesboro murder suspect unfit for trial, doctors say

posted: 03/30/2012 4:34 p.m.

A Craighead County judge has ordered more mental health treatments for a Jonesboro man in an effort to make him mentally fit to stand trial for first-degree murder.

Pearcy man found dead in home

posted: 03/30/2012 4:27 p.m.

A man was found dead in his home in Pearcy last night, according to a report from the Garland County sheriff's office.

State gets $5.7M to improve low-achieving schools

posted: 03/30/2012 3:58 p.m.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says Arkansas will receive $5.7 million in grants to improve the schools that are performing the poorest.

Arkansas' Young considering NBA draft

posted: 03/30/2012 2:18 p.m.

BJ Young’s career at Arkansas might be over after just one season.

Facebook Friday: 'Like' us for a chance to win!

posted: 03/30/2012 1:48 p.m.

Arkansas residents have the next 8 hours to join in the state's largest-ever lottery pool.

Hearing for Conte murder trial dismissal rescheduled

posted: 03/30/2012 1:03 p.m.

The hearing to dismiss the murder trial of Richard Conte has been continued until April 13, according to Faulkner County Prosecutor Cody Hiland.

Activist gets 2 years for defrauding US

posted: 03/30/2012 12:35 p.m.

A Kashmir activist who prosecutors said aided a “decades-long” operation by Pakistan’s spy agency to influence U.S. policy was sentenced to two years in prison.

FDA: Tobacco companies must report ingredients

posted: 03/30/2012 11:26 a.m.

Tobacco companies will be required to report levels of dangerous chemicals found in cigarettes, chew and other products, under the latest rules designed to tighten restrictions on the tobacco industry.

Mega Millions top prize estimated at $640 million

posted: 03/30/2012 11:24 a.m.

The Mega Millions is definitely living up to its name.

Activists report fresh clashes in Syria

posted: 03/30/2012 11:23 a.m.

Fresh clashes between Syrian soldiers and rebels flared up across many parts of Syria Friday as U.N. envoy Kofi Annan urged the government to lay down its weapons first to immediately end the nation’s year-long crisis.

Spreading the word about bamboo

posted: 03/30/2012 11:20 a.m.

Dale Almond, 59, of Maumelle, better known as “Mr. Bamboo,” is out to convince people that his namesake plant should be everybody’s favorite, writes Ron Wolfe in Saturday’s HomeStyle section.

Obama signs transportation bill extension

posted: 03/30/2012 11:17 a.m.

President Barack Obama has signed a three-month extension of a transportation bill to keep federal highway and transit aid flowing. The move prevents a widespread shutdown of construction projects.

Retired justice Glaze dies at 74

posted: 03/30/2012 11:10 a.m.

Retired Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Tom Glaze, 74, died early Friday. Glaze, who retired from the bench in 2008, was elected to the state’s highest court in 1986.

US expands sanctions on Syrian defense officials

posted: 03/30/2012 10:52 a.m.

The Obama administration is expanding sanctions on top members of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s defense and security apparatus.

Judge: US House candidate can say he was astronaut

posted: 03/30/2012 10:20 a.m.

A congressional candidate in California’s Central Valley can note on ballots that he used to be an astronaut.

BP argues government must turn over documents

posted: 03/30/2012 10:14 a.m.

BP PLC accused the federal government of improperly withholding thousands of scientific documents that could show how the government estimated the amount of oil that spewed from the company’s Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Recall election ordered for Wisconsin governor

posted: 03/30/2012 10:02 a.m.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will face a recall this spring after an election was ordered Friday following the collection of more than 900,000 signatures.

Severe weather to pass Arkansas next week

posted: 03/30/2012 9:57 a.m.

A revised outlook by the Storm Prediction Center shows Arkansas will not be in the path of severe weather next week.

Arkansas jobless rate stays at 7.6% for February

updated: 03/30/2012 11:28 a.m.

Arkansas' unemployment rate was unchanged in February, staying at unchanged at 7.6 percent, according to labor data released Friday. The U.S. job rate remained steady as well, at 8.3 percent.

Biden: Supreme Court to affirm health care

posted: 03/30/2012 9:10 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden says he’s confident the Supreme Court will uphold the constitutionality of the health care law.

UA trustees pass tuition increases

updated: 03/30/2012 11:19 a.m.

It will cost more this fall to attend each of the University of Arkansas's four- and two-year institutions.

Mega-long odds for winning record jackpot

posted: 03/30/2012 8:44 a.m.

A world-record $540 million Mega Millions jackpot has lottery players lining up for tickets early Friday and many wondering if there’s any way to guarantee becoming an overnight multimillionaire.

VIDEO: Batman pulled over in highway stop

posted: 03/30/2012 8:23 a.m.

Police in Maryland pulled over a black Lamborghini last week because of unusual plates.

Police: Man threatens woman pregnant with his child

posted: 03/30/2012 7:33 a.m.

A North Little Rock man was jailed Thursday after he threatened a woman who is 9 months pregnant with his child, authorities said.

Man held in knife attack on wife

posted: 03/30/2012 7:24 a.m.

A North Little Rock man was arrested Thursday on accusations he assaulted his wife with a knife.

Fire guts NLR duplex

posted: 03/30/2012 6:37 a.m.

A duplex in North Little Rock was heavily damaged in a fire that sparked early Friday.

$3.5 trillion GOP plan shears programs, taxes

posted: 03/30/2012 3:41 a.m.

The House on Thursday adopted a $3.5 trillion Republican budget calling for major cuts in Medicare and other programs as lawmakers gear up for an election-year battle over what to do about government debt.

Birth-control bill gains in Missouri

posted: 03/30/2012 3:40 a.m.

The Missouri Senate on Thursday approved legislation letting employers refuse to provide health insurance coverage for birth control in some instances.

Congress passes bill to keep transit work going for now

posted: 03/30/2012 3:39 a.m.

Congress pushed through a 90-day stopgap measure Thursday to extend current highway funding, averting a halt in road and infrastructure projects because of the inability of lawmakers to agree on a broader transportation measure.

Restriction on teacher-pupil sex tossed out

posted: 03/30/2012 3:39 a.m.

The state Supreme Court ruled 4-3 Thursday that a law making it a crime for high school teachers to have sexual relationships with adult students unconstitutionally infringes on educators’ fundamental right to privacy.

Tape of gunman shows no injury

posted: 03/30/2012 3:38 a.m.

Trayvon Martin’s family and supporters seized on newly released police video of a handcuffed George Zimmerman to dispute Zimmerman’s claim that he shot and killed the unarmed black teenager after the youth attacked him.

LR’s Heritage House ordered emptied till it meets codes

posted: 03/30/2012 3:37 a.m.

Nearly four dozen people living at the Heritage House Inn must find new places to live by Monday evening after a Pulaski County circuit judge ordered the motel to be shut down until every room meets city fire and building codes.

Elder Bush backs Romney

posted: 03/30/2012 3:37 a.m.

Former President George H.W. Bush endorsed Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney on Thursday, urging the party to end a divisive primary and rally behind Romney’s candidacy.

Obama camp spending, hiring

posted: 03/30/2012 3:34 a.m.

The costly Republican primary has been draining Mitt Romney’s wallet and giving President Barack Obama time to build an expansive campaign architecture with offices in 45 states and hundreds of employees.

LR schools say state hurt desegregation

posted: 03/30/2012 3:34 a.m.

The state of Arkansas’ responsibility to desegregation efforts in the Pulaski County school districts goes beyond “just writing checks,” a Little Rock School District attorney argued Thursday in a federal court challenge to state-sponsored charter schools.

Rate of autism diagnoses climbs, CDC study finds

posted: 03/30/2012 3:33 a.m.

The likelihood of a child’s being given a diagnosis of autism, Asperger’s syndrome or a related disorder increased more than 20 percent from 2006 to 2008, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Oil firms’ tax breaks survive bid

posted: 03/30/2012 3:33 a.m.

An attempt to roll back oil-company tax breaks was blocked in the Senate, despite a Rose Garden push by President Barack Obama, who said five oil companies are doing “just fine” as consumers struggle with painfully high gas prices at the pump.

UCA studies new food-vendor pact

posted: 03/30/2012 3:32 a.m.

The University of Central Arkansas board of trustees will consider approving a 10-year contract Monday with Aramark, just as a police investigation of the food vendor’s $700,000 offer to renovate the UCA-owned president’s house last year is nearing an end.

In the news

posted: 03/30/2012 3:31 a.m.

James Klemovich, 76, a diabetic who also has a pacemaker and has undergone a triple bypass heart surgery, survived 10 days in the Nevada desert by melting snow to drink and using other skills he learned as a Boy Scout in an ordeal that saw his friend, Laszlo Szabo, 75, die after he left their stranded vehicle to find help.

Man’s mom, 2 attorneys, sister testify

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

A federal judge heard a full day of testimony Thursday from four people connected to a Batesville man who has served 35 years of a life sentence for a murder that may not have occurred.

Governors tour lean-beef plant

posted: 03/30/2012 3:29 a.m.

Governors of three states donned coats, hair nets and goggles to tour a main production plant for lean, finely textured beef.

Assad says peace plan is a go if rebels back off

posted: 03/30/2012 3:28 a.m.

Syria’s President Bashar Assad said Thursday that he will spare no effort to make U.N. envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan a success but demanded that armed opponents battling his regime commit to halting violence.

Risperdal warning label too weak, expert testifies

posted: 03/30/2012 3:28 a.m.

The warning label for the drug Risperdal was inadequate in 2000 because it failed to disclose the possibility that users faced an increased risk of developing diabetes, even though two studies by the manufacturer showed patients taking the medication were more susceptible to the disease, an expert for the state told Pulaski County jurors Thursday.

Search revives 18-year mystery

posted: 03/30/2012 3:26 a.m.

Nearly 18 years ago, Cleashindra Hall vanished from a home at 5309 Faucett Road in Pine Bluff.

Summit points up Sunni-Shiite split

posted: 03/30/2012 3:26 a.m.

Sunni Muslim rulers largely shunned an Arab League summit hosted by Shiite-led Iraq on Thursday, illustrating how the sectarian split and the rivalry with Iran define Middle Eastern politics in the era of the Arab Spring.

37 die in ambush on NATO convoy

posted: 03/30/2012 3:24 a.m.

A NATO supply convoy came under attack by Taliban insurgents in western Afghanistan, with 37 dead reported in the firefight and NATO airstrikes that ensued, Afghan officials said Thursday.

UAPB cleaning up books, auditor says

posted: 03/30/2012 3:24 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is on track to remedy problems with financial oversight identified in a recent internal investigation, the University of Arkansas System’s chief auditor said Thursday.

Polish plan sets 67 as retirement age

posted: 03/30/2012 3:23 a.m.

Poland’s two governing parties agreed Thursday on a plan to raise the full retirement age to 67, though the prime minister had to accept a watering down of his pension overhaul to placate his junior partner.

LR’s take of 1% tax meeting projection

posted: 03/30/2012 3:23 a.m.

Revenue from the 1 percentage-point increase in Little Rock’s citywide sales tax that was approved in September is on par with the city’s projections, according to the first revenue report released by the state Department of Finance and Administration.

Egypt’s Cabinet faces no-confidence bid

posted: 03/30/2012 3:22 a.m.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-led parliament began drawing up a no-confidence motion against the military-appointed government Thursday, further escalating the Islamists’ increasingly public power struggle with the country’s ruling generals.

Boss still at Game & Fish after sessions

posted: 03/30/2012 3:22 a.m.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Director Loren Hitchcock successfully fended off criticism about his management style over the course of four hours of executive session by the agency’s commissioners.

N.M. police union to halt pay policy

posted: 03/30/2012 3:21 a.m.

Under pressure over its policy of paying officers involved in shootings, the Albuquerque Police Officers’ Association in New Mexico said Thursday that it was ending the practice.

Web restriction on sex offenders gains a reprieve

posted: 03/30/2012 3:20 a.m.

Some freed sex offenders will be able to send e-mails and browse the Web for a while longer while the state Board of Parole researches whether it can adopt a policy that bars convicted sex offenders from using the Internet without infringing on their First Amendment rights.

Mali faces isolation, sanctions after coup

posted: 03/30/2012 3:20 a.m.

Seeking to force from power the mutinous soldiers who seized control of Mali last week, the body representing countries in the region announced late Thursday that it would close all its land borders with the landlocked Mali, as well as freeze the nation’s bank account if the junta does not step aside.

Signs mark 4 trails in state to honor heritage, history

posted: 03/30/2012 3:17 a.m.

A new program designed to promote Arkansas heritage and encourage people to travel in the state focuses on four history-laden routes that took immigrants, American Indians, Confederate and Union troops, and the mail through the state.

Racing over tracks, driver hit

posted: 03/30/2012 3:16 a.m.

The driver of a car was in “very critical condition” Thursday after he tried to beat a train across the tracks at a Little Rock crossing, Little Rock police said.

Street work shuts River Rail stretch

posted: 03/30/2012 3:14 a.m.

River Rail streetcar service from Second Street to the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock will be out of service until Thursday because of construction near part of the tracks, Central Arkansas Transit Authority announced.

Justices: Library tax case in wrong court

posted: 03/30/2012 3:13 a.m.

The state Supreme Court dismissed the Eureka Springs Carnegie Library’s challenge to Carroll County’s tax collections Thursday, ruling that the library should have brought its suit in county court rather than circuit court.

DNA tests’ handling muddied case, justices told

posted: 03/30/2012 3:13 a.m.

An attorney representing a man convicted of two 1997 murders argued before the state Supreme Court on Thursday that the state withheld evidence regarding mishandled DNA tests.

Road wrecks kill two in Arkansas

posted: 03/30/2012 3:11 a.m.

Two people died from injuries suffered in accidents Tuesday and Thursday on Arkansas roads, according to preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality reports.

Man, 43, drowns after fall in lake

posted: 03/30/2012 3:10 a.m.

A Baxter County man who fell off a Norfork Lake boat dock during an epileptic seizure drowned Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

Names and faces

posted: 03/30/2012 3:10 a.m.

A Los Angeles judge on Thursday ended Lindsay Lohan’s long-running probation in a 2007 drunkendriving case after a string of violations, jail sentences and rehab stints.

Pole installation to shut LR ramp

posted: 03/30/2012 3:09 a.m.

Crews installing two high mast poles at the Interstate 430/630 interchange in Little Rock will require a lane closure Sunday morning, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Work will close overpass at I-40

posted: 03/30/2012 3:09 a.m.

Crews working on the rehabilitation of a section of Interstate 40 in eastern Prairie County will require the Biscoe Farm Road overpass to be closed temporarily this weekend, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Powerball

posted: 03/30/2012 3:09 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball: 11-16-29-50-58 Powerball: 33 Estimated jackpot: $50 million

Police beat

posted: 03/30/2012 3:08 a.m.

Shooting leaves NLR man critical A man was in critical condition Thursday night at a local hospital after an early Thursday shooting that left him bleeding in a North Little Rock street.

The nation in brief

posted: 03/30/2012 3:08 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is the manana Congress. There’s always going to be a tomorrow.” Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., on Congress’ will to address fiscal problems Article, 1A

Getting it straight

posted: 03/30/2012 3:07 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.

Daily record

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

Meeting announcements published exclusively on Arkansas Online, the newspaper’s website, can be found at www2.arkansasonline.com/tools/ 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 www2.arkansasonline. com/contact/supportgroupform/ and submitting the appropriate information.

The world in brief

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

QUOTE OF THE DAY “What disturbs the breeze of our Arab Spring and fills our hearts with sadness is the scenes of slaughter and torture committed by the Syrian regime against our brothers and sisters in Syria.” Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, leader of Libya’s National Transitional Council Article, this page

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 03/30/2012 3:06 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.

Freshman Dean catching up fast

posted: 03/30/2012 3:05 a.m.

Demetrius Dean has been catching a lot of passes while also trying to catch his breath through Arkansas’ first four spring practices.

Arkansas Supreme Court

posted: 03/30/2012 3:05 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 courts. state.ar.us.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 03/30/2012 3:05 a.m.

Influential writer, social activist — Adrienne Rich, an award-winning poet whose socially conscious verse influenced a generation of feminist, gay-rights and anti-war activists, has died. She was 82.

Dyer’s presence already big help

posted: 03/30/2012 3:05 a.m.

It’s been hard for Arkansas State fans not to notice running back Michael Dyer over the past week.

Other days

posted: 03/30/2012 3:04 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO March 30, 1912 Secretary of State Hodges yesterday received a letter from the Pine Bluff chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution stating that the chapter intends to present a handsome flag to the battleship Arkansas, and asking whether or not Arkansas has a state flag. Mr. Hodges replied that there is no Arkansas state flag.

Obituaries

posted: 03/30/2012 3:04 a.m.

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

LPGA KRAFT NABISCO CHAMPIONSHIP: Taking a major lead

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

Almost everything worked out for Amy Yang on Thursday in the opening round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

EDITORIALS: The End is Near

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

THE CANDIDATES for the GOP’s presidential nomination this year—well, most of them—may tell you it ain’t over till it’s over. Only one might like to say different. So he could start raking in still more campaign contributions, this time for the election that counts, the one in November.

COLUMNISTS: ‘Stop voting for me’

posted: 03/30/2012 3:02 a.m.

You might recall that Texas Governor Rick Perry had some trouble getting people to vote for him when he was running for president. And now that he’s not running, he is having some trouble getting people to stop voting for him for president.

Arkansas stays with staff ace

posted: 03/30/2012 3:02 a.m.

Arkansas will stick with its ace, but make other changes tonight when the Razorbacks open a threegame series against LSU in Baton Rouge.

The president’s gaffe sets stage

posted: 03/30/2012 3:01 a.m.

Mitt Romney has wasted no time in capitalizing on President Barack Obama’s open-mic mega-error—when he was caught Monday telling outgoing Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that he would have “more flexibility” to deal with controversial issues after Election Day and that Vladimir Putin needs to give him “space.”

OTHERS SAY: Keep your passwords

posted: 03/30/2012 3:01 a.m.

Silicon Widgets Inc. doesn’t want to hire a new VP for marketing who’s all over YouTube with hilarious videos lampooning the uselessness of Widgets. We get that. So in addition to reference calls and record checks, HR departments would be crazy not to add a vigorous Internet search to check on what’s out there for all the world to see.

LIKE IT IS: Calipari set to get credit, blame for Cats

posted: 03/30/2012 3:01 a.m.

If the Kentucky Wildcats don’t win the NCAA national championship, it is John Calipari’s fault.

LETTERS

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

Freedom of speech alive Michael Fowler’s recent letter is rife with misunderstanding. The fact that American citizens have the right to their opinions is so obvious as to make writing in the contrary nonsensical.

AGFC hears new date proposals

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

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission heard proposed hunting regulations for the 2012-2013 hunting seasons Thursday in Little Rock, including some significant deer hunting items.

Arkansas not short on quarterback talent

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

Tyler Wilson, Brandon Allen and Brandon Mitchell pose one of college football's top quarterback trios this spring.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Oakland uses home runs for split of Japan series

posted: 03/30/2012 2:59 a.m.

With his first major league home run, Yoenis Cespedes helped the Oakland Athletics gain a split of their season-opening series against the Seattle Mariners.

Duke deja vu

posted: 03/30/2012 2:58 a.m.

It was six years ago that Duke University forced its lacrosse coach to resign and canceled the 2006 lacrosse season in caving to a tremendous tsunami of public outcry that, in the end, wound up being a sea of falsity.

THE RECRUITING GUY: PA tight end impressed by Hogs

posted: 03/30/2012 2:58 a.m.

Pulaski Academy tight end Hunter Henry, accompanied by his parents, visited Arkansas on Wednesday and said he came away impressed.

TDs on punt returns score inaugural award for Adams

posted: 03/30/2012 2:57 a.m.

Former Arkansas All-American Joe Adams was selected as the winner of the first Johnny Rodgers Award on Thursday as college football’s top return specialist.

Economy grows at 3% annual rate

posted: 03/30/2012 2:57 a.m.

The economy in the U.S. grew at a 3 percent annual rate in the last three months of 2011, the same as previously estimated, while corporate profits climbed at the slowest pace in three years, raising the risk that business investment and hiring will cool.

Razorbacks set for spring scrimmage

posted: 03/30/2012 2:56 a.m.

Arkansas will go through its first extended football scrimmage of the spring today at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The practice, which is open to the public, begins around 3:50 p.m., with stretching and a few drills before the live tackling begins.

NIT CHAMPIONSHIP: Guard play gets title for Stanford

posted: 03/30/2012 2:55 a.m.

Guards Chasson Randle and Aaron Bright each scored 15 points for Stanford, and the Cardinal routed Minnesota 75-51 to win the NIT title Thursday night.

Chinese firm passes Exxon in oil

posted: 03/30/2012 2:55 a.m.

Exxon Mobil is no longer the world’s biggest publicly traded producer of oil. For the first time, that distinction belongs to a 13-year-old Chinese company called PetroChina.

Second thoughts

posted: 03/30/2012 2:54 a.m.

Ryan a hit with ring, not at plate Brendan Ryan took advantage of his trip to Japan this week.

Off the wire

posted: 03/30/2012 2:54 a.m.

BASKETBALL Mulkey has Bell’s palsy Baylor women’s Coach Kim Mulkey has been diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, a form of facial paralysis that she says won’t change the way she coaches in the Final Four.

State sports briefs

posted: 03/30/2012 2:53 a.m.

TRACK AND FIELD Hyter qualifies for hurdles final In her first race of the outdoor season, Arkansas senior Brittany Hyter made the final of the 400-meter hurdles Thursday at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 03/30/2012 2:52 a.m.

Owner to make race call HOT SPRINGS — Trainer Gary “Red Dog” Hartlage said On Fire Baby remains a candidate for two races next month at Oaklawn Park — the $300,000 Grade II Fantasy Stakes on April 11 and the $1 million Grade I Arkansas Derby on April 14.

Best Buy plans to close 50 stores

posted: 03/30/2012 2:52 a.m.

Best Buy Co., the world’s largest consumer-electronics retailer, plans to close 50 U.S. big-box stores this year to reduce costs after fourth quarter sales trailed analysts’ estimates. The shares slid.

Rick Lee’s Oaklawn Park selections and analysis

posted: 03/30/2012 2:51 a.m.

Profit plays Arkansas Democrat-Gazette handicapper Rick Lee has been given a fictional $1,000 bankroll to work with during the 2012 Oaklawn Park meeting. He can make as many plays as he wants daily.

State college report

posted: 03/30/2012 2:51 a.m.

Bentley advances to leadoff The only thing keeping Cameron Bentley from the top of UALR’s batting order was in his own mind.

Studies point to pesticides as bees’ killer

posted: 03/30/2012 2:48 a.m.

Scientists have been alarmed and puzzled by declines in bee populations in the United States and other parts of the world. Some have suspected that pesticides played a part, but to date their experiments have yielded conflicting, ambiguous results.

Reactor owner: Bailout critical

posted: 03/30/2012 2:46 a.m.

The power company behind Japan’s nuclear crisis is seeking another $22 billion from a state-backed fund to avoid insolvency as the cost of compensation and stabilizing damaged reactors grows.

Biofuel grass is planted in state

posted: 03/30/2012 2:45 a.m.

For the past month, MFA Oil of Columbia, Mo., has been planting hundreds of acres of a tall grass in northeast Arkansas that it hopes will become a viable energy source.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks mixed as nerves creep in

posted: 03/30/2012 2:43 a.m.

Stocks rallied to finish mixed Thursday after spending most of the day in the red. Investors were reminded that Europe has not solved its debt crisis and the U.S. economy is far from healed.

Business news in brief

posted: 03/30/2012 2:41 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s like a bad Western movie where one guy turns to the other and says,‘It’s quiet out here,’ and the other says,‘Yeah, too quiet.’” Lawrence Creatura, a portfolio manager at Federated Investors, talking about stock market trading Article, this page

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 03/30/2012 2:40 a.m.

Earnings grow 15% for Murphy Oil’s CEO David Wood, chief executive officer of El Dorado based Murphy Oil Corp., earned about $10.6 million last year, the company said in a federal filing Thursday.

Mirror Mirror contends with Disney’s 1937 masterpiece

posted: 03/30/2012 2:33 a.m.

There’s nothing Hollywood likes better than a story with legs, even very short legs, and when the new live-action fairy tale Mirror Mirror opens today, it will be telling a tale that’s been around for about 500 years — namely, Snow White, the story of a girl, some bad produce and love triumphant. Naturally, there will be some changes to the story. There always are.

REVIEW: Wrath of the Titans

posted: 03/30/2012 2:29 a.m.

In their own way, the filmed adventures of the Greek gods have long been a standard for special effects wizardry.

Ticket sales sate Hunger Games

posted: 03/30/2012 2:26 a.m.

Lionsgate hit a bull’s-eye last weekend with The Hunger Games, as the story of expert archer Katniss Everdeen and her battle for survival debuted to a record-breaking $152 million at the box office.

REVIEW: Jeff, Who Lives at Home

posted: 03/30/2012 2:24 a.m.

If Jason Segel has a singular talent as an actor, it’s his ability to embody several different edges all at once.

REVIEW: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

posted: 03/30/2012 2:22 a.m.

As the title implies, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is about a seemingly impossible activity. As you might have learned in biology class, salmon tend to breed and be born in cold streams in the Northern Hemisphere. Introducing them to Yemen’s warm waters would simply lead to their quick demise and a very short fishing season. Or at least that’s what British government biologist Alfred Jones (Ewan McGregor) says.

Screen gems

posted: 03/30/2012 2:20 a.m.

The natural conclusion to an independent film’s life cycle is distribution. After what can seem like years on the festival circuit or screening your film at churches and colleges, having a hard-copy DVD can be the final step for many filmmakers.

Film clips

posted: 03/30/2012 2:19 a.m.

At area theaters 80 ACT OF VALOR, R A cast of real-life, active-duty Navy SEALs races to stop a deadly terrorist plot against the United States, but each time they think they’ve accomplished their mission, a new piece of intelligence reveals another shocking twist.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 03/30/2012 2:14 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) Titanic 3D, PG-13 Steerage passenger Leonardo DiCaprio and socialite Kate Winslet, “on top of the world” as the prow of the mega-liner heads toward the iceberg, will now come right out of the screen at you in 3-D.

PREVIEWS

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

New this week Jeff, Who Lives at Home 88 R Jason Segel plays a slacker who still lives with his mother (Susan Sarandon), spends the vast majority of his time smoking marijuana and waiting for some kind of sign that will change his life.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 03/30/2012 2:11 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll wield influence, though that’s not what you’re after. You just want to know that you’ve made a difference in the world, and you’ll be sure that you’ve done that.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 03/30/2012 2:10 a.m.

DEAR LADIES: Are you wearing the right bra size? Do you know that a majority of women aren’t ? Here are instructions to find your correct size: For the band size, measure snugly around your rib cage, just under your bust. Take this number and add 5 — this is your band size.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 03/30/2012 2:09 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: We never thought we’d get into this situation, but our credit card debt is about to sink us. I guess it just got too easy for us to buy things without thinking of the cost.

Super Quiz: Science and nature

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

1. What term is used to describe the tendency of a body to resist acceleration? 2. What are the largest living arboreal animals? 3. Layers or veins of coal are referred to as coal ———. 4. What takes 27 days, seven hours and 43 minutes?

ON FILM: Bully’s R rating shows MPAA’s capriciousness

posted: 03/30/2012 1:41 a.m.

I normally don’t use this space to advocate that you see — or refrain from seeing — any particular movie. I figure that you’re all big boys and girls, and that you can make up your own minds about the entertainment products you download.

Thursday, March 29

Heritage House Inn ordered closed by judge

posted: 03/29/2012 8:11 p.m.

Heritage House Inn will shut down and its tenants evacuated after a judge ruled Thursday that the hotel couldn't stay open in its current condition.

Baxter County man drowns after seizure

posted: 03/29/2012 5:29 p.m.

A Baxter County man drowned Thursday afternoon after suffering from an epileptic seizure, according to the Baxter County sheriff's office.

Blytheville woman wins $1M on $2 ticket

posted: 03/29/2012 5:11 p.m.

A Blytheville woman won $1 million on a $1 Mega Million ticket, according to an Arkansas Scholarship Lottery release.

14 dead in Honduran prison fire amid inmate riot

posted: 03/29/2012 4:06 p.m.

Honduran authorities say at least 14 people have died at a prison after armed inmates started a fire during a riot Thursday.

Train collides with vehicle in southwest Little Rock

updated: 03/29/2012 4:30 p.m.

A train collided with a vehicle Thursday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. in southwest Little Rock at South University Avenue and Forbing Road.

Arkansas students plan march for Trayvon Martin case

posted: 03/29/2012 2:08 p.m.

University of Arkansas students are planning a march in protest to the Trayvon Martin shooting.

Police investigating 1994 cold case search doctor's property

updated: 03/29/2012 4:48 p.m.

Authorities in Jefferson County spent about six hours searching a property owned by of a Pine Bluff doctor who was questioned in the 1994 disappearance of an 18-year-old honors student.

Beebe ready for trip to China

posted: 03/29/2012 1:53 p.m.

Governor Mike Beebe is looking forward to his trip to China next week for a number of reasons.

UALR economist predicts 'unremarkable growth'

posted: 03/29/2012 1:08 p.m.

An economic forecaster with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock says the state's economy is steadily improving, but the growth is "unremarkable."

Pulaski County data part of national autism study

posted: 03/29/2012 12:51 p.m.

Pulaksi County numbers were included in the nationwide autism study released today that examined the rate of occurrence in 14 regions.

Beebes take part in StoryCorps interview project

updated: 03/29/2012 12:54 p.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe was at Little Rock Central High School on Thursday morning taking part in the StoryCorps interview project, documenting his life story.

Waltons give $27.5 million to college

posted: 03/29/2012 12:11 p.m.

Arizona State University’s efforts to promote sustainability have received a $27.5 million boost thanks to a donation from the foundation funded by Wal-Mart chairman Rob Walton and his wife, Melanie.

Polk County school nominated to be a Green Ribbon school

posted: 03/29/2012 12:01 p.m.

The Arkansas Department of Education says it’s nominated the Acorn Public School in western Arkansas to be honored as a “Green Ribbon School” for its achievements in environmental education.

Arkansas Supreme Court strikes down teacher-student sex law

posted: 03/29/2012 11:21 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court has dismissed the sexual assault convictions of a former Elkins teacher, finding by a 4-3 margin that a state law criminalizng sexual contact between teachers and students up to the age of 21 is unconstitutional.

Judge hears testimony in 1976 murder case

posted: 03/29/2012 11:20 a.m.

A judge is listening to testimony before considering whether newly discovered medical evidence that might call into question a 1976 murder conviction can be considered.

House Republicans ready to pass budget

posted: 03/29/2012 11:09 a.m.

Republicans looked ready on Thursday to push through the House an election-year, $3.5 trillion budget.

Chinese firm surpasses Exxon in oil production

posted: 03/29/2012 11:06 a.m.

Exxon Mobil is no longer the world’s biggest publicly traded producer of oil. For the first time, that distinction belongs to a 13-year-old Chinese company called PetroChina.

US economy grew 3 percent in final quarter of 2011

posted: 03/29/2012 11:04 a.m.

The Commerce Department reported no change Thursday in its previous 3 percent growth estimate for the economy in the October-December quarter.

Court to hear arguments in death row case

posted: 03/29/2012 11:03 a.m.

A lawyer for an Arkansas death row inmate is challenging the DNA analysis that led to his conviction in a double murder more than a decade ago.

'Mirror, Mirror' likely won't top the classic 1937 version

posted: 03/29/2012 11:02 a.m.

Mirror, Mirror is the first but probably not best cinematic version of the Grimm Brothers’ classic fairy tale Snow White that will be released this year.

Obama: End tax breaks for big oil

posted: 03/29/2012 10:29 a.m.

President Barack Obama says Americans are getting hit twice — once at the gas pump, and once more by sending billions of dollars in tax subsidies to oil companies.

Vicksburg casino closes amid pending foreclosure

posted: 03/29/2012 10:23 a.m.

Grand Station Casino has closed in Vicksburg, affecting 230 employees.

Smithsonian showcases replica of monster snake

posted: 03/29/2012 10:22 a.m.

A prehistoric monster snake the length of a school bus has made its way to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

Screening, better diagnosis cited for autism rise

posted: 03/29/2012 10:17 a.m.

Autism cases are on the rise again, largely because of wider screening and better diagnosis, federal health officials said Thursday.

Man in ICU after NLR shooting

posted: 03/29/2012 10:14 a.m.

An overnight shooting in North Little Rock has left a man in the hospital ICU.

Search on for LR man wanted for questioning in missing-person case

posted: 03/29/2012 9:11 a.m.

Little Rock police are now searching for the man they think is tied to the disappearance of his girlfriend.

Severe weather in store for Arkansas next week

posted: 03/29/2012 8:38 a.m.

After a week of sun and high temps, Arkansas is in the path for severe weather next week, according to models from the Storm Prediction Center.

Best Buy to close 50 US stores, cut costs

posted: 03/29/2012 8:29 a.m.

Best Buy Co. is closing 50 stores in the U.S. in fiscal 2013 and is looking to cut costs by $800 million by fiscal 2015. The biggest U.S. specialty electronics retailer also says it lost money in its fiscal fourth quarter partly because of a restructuring charge, but its adjusted results topped Wall Street’s expectations.

Great Odin's raven! Anchorman 2 in the works

posted: 03/29/2012 8:16 a.m.

Will Ferrell’s swashbuckling newscaster Ron Burgundy had his own breaking news to announce Wednesday night: A sequel to “Anchorman” is finally happening.

Fayetteville officer shot in standoff cleared in shootout

posted: 03/29/2012 8:10 a.m.

Fayetteville police officials say an officer who was shot during a standoff has been cleared to return to duty once he recovers from his wound.

Rubio endorses Romney, says GOP primary should end

posted: 03/29/2012 7:57 a.m.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida endorsed Mitt Romney as the party’s presidential nominee Wednesday night, saying it’s increasingly clear that Romney will win the nomination and that continuing the primary fight will only damage the effort to defeat President Barack Obama.

Adams named Rodgers Award winner

posted: 03/29/2012 7:53 a.m.

Former Arkansas wide receiver Joe Adams was named the recipient of the inaugural Johnny "The Jet" Rodgers National College Football Return Specialist Award on Thursday.

No changes in US health care while court decides

posted: 03/29/2012 7:43 a.m.

Nothing much changes for Americans’ medical care while the Supreme Court mulls the fate of President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Police video shows Zimmerman in handcuffs

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

A security video that shows neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman being led in handcuffs from a police car after he fatally shot Trayvon Martin is adding to the debate over whether the shooting was a case of self-defense.

Former Sebastian County judge dies

posted: 03/29/2012 6:42 a.m.

Fort Smith police say a retired Sebastian County official has died.

Justices weigh law’s fate without mandate

posted: 03/29/2012 4:38 a.m.

Supreme Court justices examined whether most of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law could survive even if its most contentious provision — the requirement that Americans obtain insurance — were struck down.

Bluegrass banjo legend Earl Scruggs dies at 88

posted: 03/29/2012 4:37 a.m.

Earl Scruggs, the bluegrass banjo player whose hard-driving picking style influenced a generation of players and helped shape the sound of 20th-century country music, died Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn.

Not planning for loss, White House asserts

posted: 03/29/2012 4:36 a.m.

The White House said Wednesday that it is too early to devise contingency plans that anticipate the Supreme Court striking down any part of President Barack Obama’s health-care law.

Still in race despite cuts, Gingrich says

posted: 03/29/2012 4:35 a.m.

Despite severely trimming his lagging campaign to cut costs, Newt Gingrich vowed Wednesday to stay in the Republican presidential race until frontrunner Mitt Romney has the necessary support to become the nominee.

Oklahoma judge tosses abortion law

posted: 03/29/2012 4:33 a.m.

An Oklahoma judge Wednesday struck down a state law requiring women seeking abortions to have ultrasound images placed in front of them and to listen to a detailed description of the fetus before the procedure.

Opposition town devastated, Syrians say

posted: 03/29/2012 4:32 a.m.

Syrian activists said Wednesday that a government offensive in northern Syria during which troops overran a major opposition stronghold has left behind scenes of destruction, with corpses in the streets, homes burned to the ground and shops that have been pillaged and looted.

U.S., Pakistani military leaders hold talks

posted: 03/29/2012 4:31 a.m.

Two U.S. generals met with Pakistan’s army chief Wednesday in a high-stakes meeting aimed at nudging Islamabad to resume a cooperative relationship with the United States.

Pope urges Cubans to seek true freedom

posted: 03/29/2012 4:30 a.m.

Beneath looming images of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and the Virgin Mary, Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday stood in Revolution Square, the heart of the Castro government, and issued a call for “authentic freedom” in what is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most repressive nations.

Restored da Vinci on exhibit

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

An intense and contentious restoration of the last great work by Leonardo da Vinci goes before the public today at the Louvre Museum, revealing The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne in the full panoply of hues and detail painted by the Renaissance master 500 years ago.

No damages in Privacy Act case for HIV-positive pilot, court rules

posted: 03/29/2012 4:28 a.m.

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a private pilot whose HIV-positive status was improperly shared between government agencies cannot collect damages for the emotional distress he suffered when he was punished for hiding his medical condition from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Evidence from ’76 now turns on timing

posted: 03/29/2012 4:27 a.m.

Thirty-five years ago, 18-year-old Keith Allen Deaton of Batesville pleaded guilty to a capital-murder charge in exchange for a sentence of life in prison without parole.

Court to hear LR charter schools debated

posted: 03/29/2012 4:25 a.m.

The disagreement between the state and the Little Rock School District over the establishment of publicly funded, open-enrollment charter schools in Pulaski County will get an airing in federal court today.

Searchers find body of 4-year-old in river

posted: 03/29/2012 4:23 a.m.

A search team using canoes found the body of a 4-year-old boy in the South Fork River on Wednesday morning after an extensive search that began Saturday, when authorities now believe the child fell into the rapid waters.

First witness in drug trial grilled again

posted: 03/29/2012 4:21 a.m.

A California psychiatrist testifying for the state conceded Wednesday that he doesn’t know any Arkansas physicians who have been deceived by the labeling of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.

Ousted member: Won’t sit with housing agency board

posted: 03/29/2012 4:20 a.m.

Community activist Robert Webb has attended the last two Metropolitan Housing Alliance board meetings, sat at the table with other board members and voiced several concerns, but according to the state attorney general’s office, the Little Rock city attorney and the chairman of the Housing Alliance board, he is no longer a board member.

Murder plea nets 45-year sentence

posted: 03/29/2012 4:19 a.m.

Almost 22 years after 33-year-old Treva Parks was found beaten to death in her Little Rock apartment, the man whose blood and palm prints were found at the scene was sentenced to 45 years in prison Wednesday for killing her.

Slaying suspect chatty, officers testify

posted: 03/29/2012 4:19 a.m.

Capital-murder defendant Marissa Wright showed a fondness for dropping coy hints, blurting out confessions and bantering with law enforcement officers — from detectives to a jailer to a transport officer — witnesses testified Wednesday in a pre-trial hearing.

NLR parks going on a wild goose (egg) chase

posted: 03/29/2012 4:18 a.m.

North Little Rock park officials are tracking pairs of geese in the city’s Burns Park to detect nesting sites as a way to continue efforts to reduce the fowl’s numbers.

LR museum director fired for second time

posted: 03/29/2012 4:16 a.m.

H.L. McGill, the director of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, has been fired again, just over a year after he was fired and then later rehired on the recommendation of Gov. Mike Beebe’s administration.

NW Arkansas’ growth rate up

posted: 03/29/2012 4:16 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas’ urban population grew at among the fastest rates in the country from 2000 to 2010, according to new information from the U.S. census.

LR city manager, attorney get raises

posted: 03/29/2012 4:15 a.m.

The Little Rock city Board of Directors approved raises Tuesday night for the city manager and the city attorney — the first raises for both in several years.

Nobel physicist plans UALR talk

posted: 03/29/2012 4:14 a.m.

Nobel laureate David Gross will lecture on physics at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on April 12.

Interstate subject of author’s talk

posted: 03/29/2012 4:14 a.m.

Matt Dellinger will discuss his book, Interstate 69: The Unfinished History of the Last Great American Highway, on Monday at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

Lake Hamilton fire chief resigns

posted: 03/29/2012 4:14 a.m.

Lake Hamilton Volunteer Fire Chief Matt Simpson has resigned as chief “effective immediately due to irreconcilable differences with a board member.” Simpson declined to identify the Fire Department board member or say specifically what led to his resignation.

3rd pleads guilty in killing of janitor

posted: 03/29/2012 4:13 a.m.

A third man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of a Searcy janitor.

Housing complex approved near UA

posted: 03/29/2012 4:12 a.m.

Fayetteville city planning commissioners have approved a 180-unit hilltop development geared to the University of Arkansas’ growing student population.

UAPB hires head of Physical Plant

posted: 03/29/2012 4:11 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has hired Robert Wall Jr. as the new Physical Plant director.

Higher education notebook

posted: 03/29/2012 4:11 a.m.

Leader since ’97, Niece set to retire University of the Ozarks President Rick Niece plans to retire at the end of the 2012-13 academic year, he announced Wednesday.

In kidnap, torture case, term 72 years

posted: 03/29/2012 4:10 a.m.

A 41-year-old Pine Bluff man was sentenced to 72 years in prison Wednesday for torturing, disfiguring and maiming his longtime girlfriend.

Bethune plans memoir reading

posted: 03/29/2012 4:10 a.m.

Former Congressman Ed Bethune will read from his memoir, Jackhammered, a Life of Adventure, at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Fine Arts Building.

Two Rivers district goes with bonds for addition

posted: 03/29/2012 4:09 a.m.

The Two Rivers School District based in Yell County will sell second-lien bonds to pay for an elementary school addition to the district’s high school.

Surveillance topic of writer’s LR talk

posted: 03/29/2012 4:08 a.m.

Award-winning author and magazine journalist Shane Harris will discuss his book, The Watchers: The Rise of America’s Surveillance State, at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service on Tuesday.

In the news

posted: 03/29/2012 4:08 a.m.

Hamilton Smythe III can rest a bit easier now that a bee colony estimated at between 40,000 and 60,000 bees has been removed from the walls of his Memphis home to be relocated to builder and bee hobbyist Tom Archer’s rural home near Marion, Ark., where he already keeps one colony.

Names and faces

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

Bee Gees star Robin Gibb has undergone further surgery after a sustained illness, a publicist said Wednesday. Gibb is recovering in the hospital after intestinal surgery over the weekend and has been forced to cancel a number of commitments, publicist Doug Wright said.

Getting it straight

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

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

Powerball

posted: 03/29/2012 4:06 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball: 11-16-29-50-58 Powerball: 33 Estimated jackpot: $50 million

The world in brief

posted: 03/29/2012 4:06 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The truth is a desire of the human person, the search for which always supposes the exercise of authentic freedom. Many, however, prefer shortcuts, trying to avoid this task.” Pope Benedict XVI, at a Mass in Cuba’s Revolution Square Article, this page

The nation in brief

posted: 03/29/2012 4:01 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Romney has to earn this. It’s not going to be given to him.” Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, on rival Mitt Romney and the contest for their party’s nomination Article, this page

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 03/29/2012 4:01 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: Broadmoor Drive North Little Rock: Smokey Lane Pulaski County: Frazier Pike

Arkansas Court of Appeals

posted: 03/29/2012 4 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 courts.state.ar.us.

Daily record

posted: 03/29/2012 3:59 a.m.

Births, Marriages and Divorces

Police beat

posted: 03/29/2012 3:58 a.m.

Man with gun robs Walgreens in LR An armed robber held up a southwest Little Rock drugstore Wednesday morning and then fled on foot, police said.

Obituaries

posted: 03/29/2012 3:57 a.m.

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

Other days

posted: 03/29/2012 3:56 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO March 29, 1912 E.R. Rossen was arraigned yesterday before United States Commissioner W.S. Allen on the charge of sending an unsuitable letter through the post office. Rossen recently filed a suit for divorce against his wife, Mabel Rossen, in the Chancery Court. A few days ago it is charged, he mailed at Dallas, Tex., a letter to his wife, containing matter which the federal statutes prohibit from going through the mails.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 03/29/2012 3:55 a.m.

Ex-Times art critic, magazine founder NEW YORK — Hilton Kramer, the former chief art critic at The New York Times and founding editor of The New Criterion magazine, has died. He was 84.

The cynicism of it

posted: 03/29/2012 3:55 a.m.

THE PRESIDENT of the United States really needs a minder. Or at least an aide who’ll always tell him when the microphone that’s catching his every embarrassing word is open, and broadcasting his buddybuddy chitchat with some foreign leader to the whole country. And the whole world.

Dear Al Sharpton, leave

posted: 03/29/2012 3:54 a.m.

The last thing the family of Trayvon Martin needs is Al Sharpton.

A bet on Mr. Putin

posted: 03/29/2012 3:54 a.m.

The return of Vladimir Putin to the Russian presidency ought to have caused the Obama administration to reshape its policy toward the Kremlin. Putin based his election campaign in large part on anti-Americanism ; he has increasingly pursued policies contrary to vital U.S. interests, such as his military support for the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad and his threats against NATO’s European missiledefense system.

A broccoli emergency?

posted: 03/29/2012 3:53 a.m.

Beware of people who take logical arguments to illogical extremes. With them, it’s always, “What’s next?” Or, “Yeah, but.” All they’re doing is changing the subject. They don’t like their chances in the reasonable and valid argument actually before them.

LETTERS

posted: 03/29/2012 3:52 a.m.

Our society’s true heroes Can one not be judged by whom he considers a hero? In today’s society, it might well be sports stars, celebrities, politicians or merely people of more financial wealth or education than one’s own. But the critique is flawed, don’t you think? Does the mere ability for success in one field of endeavor make one a good person ? Does the same lack of success make a subordinate failure? Should not “how” one succeeded and what was truly gained be a factor in the equation?

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Suzuki, Ackley lift Seattle in 11

posted: 03/29/2012 3:51 a.m.

Ichiro Suzuki gave his fans in Japan a performance to cheer about.

UALR’s Guy opts to transfer

posted: 03/29/2012 3:50 a.m.

Steve Shields’ already thin list of returning guards has gotten a bit thinner.

ASU on fast track for spring

posted: 03/29/2012 3:49 a.m.

Cliff Mitchell settled into a chair Wednesday in the Templeton Room at Arkansas State’s football facility and summed up the shift in the Red Wolves’ offensive tempo under new coach Gus Malzahn.

Playoff OT rules now for all games

posted: 03/29/2012 3:48 a.m.

Even though the NFL’s new rule for postseason overtime has never come into play, it’s being expanded for the regular season, too.

LIKE IT IS: No denying Calipari, Pitino two of a kind

posted: 03/29/2012 3:46 a.m.

Probably millions of words have been written or spoken this week about how Louisville’s Rick Pitino and Kentucky’s John Calipari don’t like each other.

ARKANSAS SPRING FOOTBALL: Arkansas’ ‘thumper’ settles in at old spot

posted: 03/29/2012 3:45 a.m.

Not long after suffering a high ankle sprain early in his first fall camp at Arkansas in 2009, highly touted middle linebacker Tenarius “Tank” Wright ceased being a linebacker.

COMMENTARY: Star needed for Triple Crown series

posted: 03/29/2012 3:44 a.m.

Thoroughbred racing badly needs a 3-year-old star.

EXHIBITION: Wainwright not sharp in outing

posted: 03/29/2012 3:43 a.m.

Before the St. Louis Cardinals’ 9-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, pitcher Adam Wainwright felt he was ready for the start of the season.

Arkansas’ Pisani honored by SEC

posted: 03/29/2012 3:42 a.m.

Arkansas’ Jaime Pisani has added another milestone to her growing list of accomplishments.

Lewis’ splash inspires Tseng

posted: 03/29/2012 3:41 a.m.

Yani Tseng has already worked on her leap at her pool back home in Orlando, Fla., trying to come up with something special for that airborne moment between winning the LPGA Tour’s Kraft Nabisco Championship and splashing down in Poppie’s Pond for the traditional posttournament dip.

Lewis lands endorsement

posted: 03/29/2012 3:40 a.m.

Stacy Lewis has signed a sponsorship deal with KPMG as she defends her title this week in the LPGA Tour’s first major championship of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Lewis (Arkansas Razorbacks) joins four-time major champion Phil Mickelson as part of the company’s sponsorship program. While corporate deals are common in men’s golf, most sponsorship in women’s golf is related to apparel or golf equipment — not a major financial services firm. Terms of the sponsorship agreement were not disclosed.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Fishing without a license costly

posted: 03/29/2012 3:39 a.m.

For Paul Crowder, the difference between fame and shame was $10.50.

Second thoughts

posted: 03/29/2012 3:38 a.m.

Cleveland gets power acquisition The Cleveland Indians’ newest acquisition has power to all fields.

Off the wire

posted: 03/29/2012 3:37 a.m.

MOTOR SPORTS Changes coming to Bristol Bristol Motor Speedway owner Bruton Smith said Wednesday he’ll make changes to the track after spending a week reviewing input from fans. Smith did not reveal what exactly he’ll do to the track, but said in a statement an announcement could come in about two weeks. “The race fans have spoken,” Smith said.

NBA standings

posted: 03/29/2012 3:32 a.m.

x-clinched playoff spot WEDNESDAY’S GAMES Detroit 87, Cleveland 75 Minnesota 88, Charlotte 83 Toronto 105, Denver 96 New York 108, Orlando 86 Chicago 98, Atlanta 77 Boston 94, Utah 82 New Jersey 100, Indiana 84 San Antonio 117, Sacramento 112 New Orleans at Golden State, (n) Phoenix at LA Clippers, (n) TODAY’S GAMES All times Central Washington at Indiana, 6 p.m. Dallas at Miami, 7 p.m. New Orleans at Portland, 9 p.m. Oklahoma City at LA Lakers, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday’s summaries PISTONS 87, CAVALIERS 75 DETROIT (87) Prince 11-21 3-4 29, Maxiell 6-9 0-0 12, Monroe 4-13 0-2 8, Knight 7-15 0-0 16, Stuckey 0-2 0-0 0, Bynum 3-9 2-2 8, Jerebko 0-2 3-4 3, Wilkins 1-4 0-0 2, Wallace 0-1 1-2 1, Daye 3-7 1-2 8. Totals 35-83 10-16 87. CLEVELAND (75) Gee 1-6 0-0 3, Jamison 7-21 1-1 17, Thompson 3-12 3-4 9, Irving 9-19 3-3 22, Parker 2-5 0-0 5, Samuels 2-3 0-0 4, Harris 3-10 3-3 9, Walton 0-0 0-0 0, Casspi 2-7 0-1 4, Sloan 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 30-87 10-12 75. Detroit.................... 21 28 19 19 — 87 Cleveland..............

Razorbacks report: Defense working new talent

posted: 03/29/2012 3:31 a.m.

The answers Arkansas defensive coordinator Paul Haynes offered to reporters Wednesday spoke to his eagerness to accelerate the learning curve for a defense that is young in places.

State sports briefs

posted: 03/29/2012 3:30 a.m.

FOOTBALL Wonder Boys promote assistants Arkansas Tech football Coach Steve Mullins promoted Jo Nixon to defensive coordinator and Matt Kitchens to linebackers coach on Wednesday. Nixon spent last season as the Wonder Boys’ secondary coach and Kitchens spent last season as a graduate assistant. Nixon takes the place of Jeff Byrd, who was the Wonder Boys’ defensive coordinator and linebackers coach before he resigned to become defensive coordinator at NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Tennessee-Martin. Nixon was previously a defensive coordinator at NAIA Langston (Okla.) University in 2006-2008 and at FCS Alabama State in 2009.

This week’s golf events

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

PGA TOUR EVENT Shell Houston Open SITE Humble, Texas SCHEDULE Today-Sunday COURSE Redstone GC Tournament Course (par 72, 7,457 yards) PURSE $6 million WINNER’S SHARE $1,080,000 DEFENDING CHAMPION Phil Mickelson ARKANSANS ENTERED Bryce Molder TV Golf Channel. Today-Friday, 2 p.m.-5 p.m; NBC, Saturday-Sunday 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

Fishing this week

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

HOT SPOTS 1. BEAVER LAKE Bream fishing is fair using crickets and worms. Crappie and white bass are biting well on crawdads and Lit’l Fishies. Bass are being caught on spinners, swim baits, Wiggle Warts, jigs or jerk baits. Walleye are hitting stick baits, little crankbaits and live minnows.

Calendar

posted: 03/29/2012 3:28 a.m.

NOTE For additions to this calendar, fax the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at (501) 378-3869. Events also may be e-mailed to bhendricks@arkansasonline.com MARCH 31 25th annual Conway Days Bass Classic. Lake Erling, Bradley. First place, $1,000. Paul Allen (870) 894-3534 or Jerry Caskey (870) 904-2835. 31 Batesville chapter of Ducks Unlimited state skeet shoot. Rocky Wilmuth Youth Shooting Sports Complex. Lisa McCord (870) 412-3089 or lmccord@batesville schools.org. 31 15th annual Bill Sanders-Bo Piper Memorial Benefit Bass Tournament.

Income measure up 3.7% in state

posted: 03/29/2012 3:27 a.m.

Arkansas' per-capita income increased 3.7 percent to $34,014 last year compared with 2010, trailing the nation’s growth of 4.3 percent and the increases of 41 states, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis said Wednesday.

U.S. durable-goods orders rise 2.2%

posted: 03/29/2012 3:26 a.m.

Orders for U.S. durable goods rose in February, the fourth monthly gain in the past five and spurred by demand for cars, computers and capital equipment.

Report: Hawker hits deal for loan

posted: 03/29/2012 3:25 a.m.

Hawker Beechcraft Inc., the aircraft manufacturer owned by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Onex Corp., has struck a deal with lenders that will provide a $120 million loan as it negotiates with creditors to avoid default.

MF Global exec pleads the Fifth

posted: 03/29/2012 3:23 a.m.

Edith O’Brien, the MF Global Holdings Ltd. assistant treasurer who has become a key figure in the disappearance of as much as $1.6 billion in customer funds, declined to answer questions from House lawmakers Wednesday.

Bank CEO’s pay package $7.5 million

posted: 03/29/2012 3:21 a.m.

Bank of America gave its chief executive officer a pay package worth $7.5 million last year, six times as large as the year before. It happened while the company’s stock lost more than half its value and the bank lost its claim as the biggest in the country.

Slow credit flow worries Europe

posted: 03/29/2012 3:19 a.m.

The European Central Bank says the flow of credit to businesses slowed in February — a sign that the bank’s enormous loans to the financial system have yet to spur a fragile eurozone economy.

MARKET REPORT: Commodity prices drag on stocks

posted: 03/29/2012 3:18 a.m.

Falling commodity prices punished materials and energy companies Wednesday, pushing Wall Street’s major stock indexes to a lower close.

Annie’s surges in trading after IPO

posted: 03/29/2012 3:17 a.m.

Shares of Annie’s Inc., the maker of bunny-shaped crackers, surged Wednesday in its trading debut, after raising $95 million in an initial public offering that priced the shares above the range.

Pentair, Tyco unit to merge in $4.53 billion all-stock deal

posted: 03/29/2012 3:16 a.m.

Diversified industrial company Pentair said Wednesday that it’s combining its operations with Tyco’s flow control business in an all-stock deal worth about $4.53 billion, uniting two of the biggest players in water and fluid products systems.

Business news in brief

posted: 03/29/2012 3:15 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Once a central bank becomes involved in fiscal policy, it eventually loses its independence and its credibility as an inflation-fighter.This is the story told not only by economic theory but also by historical experience.” Jens Weidmann, head of Germany’s Bundesbank Article, 1D

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 03/29/2012 3:15 a.m.

Sales, traffic better, Wal-Mart exec says Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has turned the corner on declining sales and store traffic, despite rising gasoline prices and high unemployment that has many of its customers financially stressed, a top executive officer told investors Wednesday.

THE WEEKEND TEN

posted: 03/29/2012 3:14 a.m.

1 BILL Master monologist, muchhonored humorist and national treasure Bill Cosby will take the stage at 3 p.m. Sunday at Robinson Center Music Hall, West Markham Street and Broadway, Little Rock. Tickets are $27- $72 plus handling fees. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com. See story Page 8E. 2 BEAT Electric rock violinist Mark Wood of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to Little Rock for the fifth time with his band, the Mark Wood Experience, to perform with about 120 young musicians (mostly from Mills and Conway high schools) who compose The Point 94.1’s Youth Rock Orchestra at 7 p.m. Saturday at Robinson Center Music Hall.

Denton’s likely to hook you

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

Benton’s Denton’s Trotline is a mom-and-pop operation in the truest sense.

THE TV COLUMN: String of big names to host renewed Punk’d

posted: 03/29/2012 3:11 a.m.

Every now and then the TV Column feels compelled to highlight stuff that would never be confused with being top-drawer entertainment.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: When in doubt, try treating boyfriend as an equal

posted: 03/29/2012 3:10 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I am 20 and my boyfriend is 21, both college juniors. We have been together for three years. He is cute, kind, smart, funny and wants to marry me. My only hesitation is his family. They pick on him constantly. His mother actually said she can’t believe that I would want to be his girlfriend.

EXHIBIT: It’s the Charles M. Schulz exhibit, Charlie Brown!

posted: 03/29/2012 3:09 a.m.

Sometimes silly, sometimes poignant, sometimes heartbreaking in its deceptively simple stories, the Peanuts comic strip and its creator, Charles M. Schulz, touched on something universal, from the warm comfort of a security blanket to the horror of kite-eating trees. With its cast of lovable characters, it was and still is hugely popular, even 12 years after Schulz’s death. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the gang are still everywhere, from television holiday specials to toothbrushes and dolls.

ARTBEAT: UCA hosts WoodSongs bluegrass radio show

posted: 03/29/2012 3:08 a.m.

Sometimes a music fan must travel long distances to see a memorable show, and sometimes the music comes to the fans. Such is the case with Michael Johnathon’s WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, coming to the University of Central Arkansas this weekend.

MUSIC: String players to rock out

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

Mark Wood, a frequent visitor to central Arkansas as a member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, is making his fifth trip to Little Rock to be an inspiration to young string players.

TRANSITIONS

posted: 03/29/2012 3:05 a.m.

Dona’s Little Italy was expected to open Wednesday (just after our press time) in the former Bruno’s Little Italy location, 315 N. Bowman Road, Little Rock. The menu features appetizers and salads ; traditional Italian veal, chicken, seafood and pasta dishes; and pizzas, calzones and strombolis. Hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. The telephone number is (501) 225-6168.

Selected restaurants

posted: 03/29/2012 3:01 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.

COMEDY: Cosby vows April Fools’ Day show will be new

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

Bill Cosby — comedian, producer, author, actor — is pleased that his Little Rock gig this Sunday is a matinee.

CALENDAR

posted: 03/29/2012 2:59 a.m.

Art & Exhibits CENTRAL ARKANSAS ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER MacArthur Park, East Ninth and Commerce streets. “Building the Collection: Art Acquired in the 1990s,” through May 13. “Foundation Collection,” “Masterworks” and Paul Signac, continuing. Studio Party: Jazzkapelle, 8 p.m. Saturday; $100- $250. “Finding Your Creative Niche” by the Garage Sale Queen, Kandy Jones, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.

Fast Forward

posted: 03/29/2012 2:58 a.m.

NEXT WEEK Hear the band: Those singing, fiddling ladies from across the pond return to Little Rock with “Celtic Woman: The Believe Tour.” Their performance of classic Irish songs and modern pop tunes will be 7:30 p.m. April 5 at Robinson Center Music Hall.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 03/29/2012 2:57 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: To be honest, I can’t get excited about going to heaven. I’m a Christian and I know I’ll go there when I die, but I enjoy my life and I don’t want to leave it behind. Is it wrong to feel this way? — C.M.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 03/29/2012 2:57 a.m.

Happy birthday. For the next 10 weeks, you’ll focus on intellectual growth. In June, you’ll put your time and sweat into achieving states of personal beauty and relationship harmony. Learning and applying your knowledge to improve your finances will be a favorite concentration. A family celebration in July will bring a lucky connection. Libra and Scorpio people adore you.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

posted: 03/29/2012 2:56 a.m.

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts this weekend: Papering the room Twin artists Veda and Meda Rives will be setting up an exhibit titled “Confluence, Divergence, Concurrence,” an installation of handmade paper arranged throughout the gallery space, today and Wednesday in the Hammons Gallery, Mabee Fine Arts Center at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 03/29/2012 2:56 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: When I’m having a dinner party, some of the guests invariably ask, “What can I do to help?” I’ve found that it’s good to take them up on the offer. I have small tasks listed on sticky notes and have the notes attached to a cupboard door. Those offering to help can choose wh a t t h ey ’d like to do. They pull the note off the cupboard, complete the task and throw away the note.

Super Quiz: Potpourri

posted: 03/29/2012 2:55 a.m.

1. What is the official currency of Ecuador? 2. How many seconds are there in an hour? 3. What is numismatics? 4. Where was St. Paul when he was converted by a vision? 5. Over whom did Oberon rule as king? 6. In what country was Buddha born? 7. Cagliari is the capital city of what island?

this week’s EVENTS

posted: 03/29/2012 2:55 a.m.

ONGOING Art Exhibit BATESVILLE — A collection of artwork by Mandy Maxwell will be on display through Sunday at the Batesville Area Arts Council Gallery, 246 E. Main St. For more information, visit batesvillearts.org. GED Testing NEWPORT — The Adult Education Department at Arkansas State University-Newport will offer the two-part GED test five more times during the spring 2012 semester. The following are Monday/Tuesday dates with the test beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Filmmaker returns for documentary premiere

posted: 03/29/2012 2:49 a.m.

Was it superstition or science or just a coincidence?

Prison inmate crews provide valuable community work

posted: 03/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

In Calico Rock’s King Park, 30 young men dug a trench to divert rainwater away from the ball fields and into a nearby creek. Officers on horseback and on foot supervised the white-clad workers. The men with shovels were inmates from the Arkansas Department of Correction’s North Central Unit at Calico Rock.

Art history

posted: 03/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

As part of a downtown mural project, Harding University art students are learning teamwork and the value of volunteering.

Little Rock Spouses’ Club ready to test its worldly knowledge

posted: 03/29/2012 2:47 a.m.

Question: What’s an easy way to test your knowledge of the world?

Events collect money for research, hair for patients’ wigs

posted: 03/29/2012 2:45 a.m.

About a year ago, 19-year-old Brittany Chandler donated 10 inches of her hair to help make wigs for people who have lost their hair to cancer, alopecia or other reasons.

CORRECTION

posted: 03/29/2012 2:43 a.m.

The Three Rivers Edition wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Donnie Sewell, Editor P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, AR 72203 or call 918-4527 during business hours Monday through Friday.

flavor: Moore’s Dairy Creme a family tradition

posted: 03/29/2012 2:41 a.m.

With a modern new sign and a parking lot filled with late-model cars and trucks, Moore’s Dairy Creme in Newark doesn’t reveal its quaint story immediately. Not until you get inside do you realize that the only similarities between a fast-food-chain restaurant and this special place in Newark are the items on the menu.

Searcy youth named Miss White County Rice

posted: 03/29/2012 2:31 a.m.

Meredith Williams of Searcy is the 2012 Miss White County Rice.

Faking that fried-chicken goodness without the fat

posted: 03/29/2012 2:30 a.m.

You can call this oven-fried chicken or crunchy baked chicken or breaded chicken or any number of things. I like calling this dish Fake Fried Chicken because I feel like I’m getting away with something sneaky.

Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program announces entertainers

posted: 03/29/2012 2:29 a.m.

The Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Searcy High School Performing Arts Center.

Festival film celebrates Batesville ‘Mug Tree Lady’

posted: 03/29/2012 2:28 a.m.

Ozark: A Celebration in Song, a film by Still on the Hill — a musical duo featuring Kelly Mulhollan and Donna Stjerna — will be screened at the Ozark Foothills Film-Fest at 6 p.m. Friday as part of the Variety Showcase in Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.

Yappy Hour is Sunday

posted: 03/29/2012 2:28 a.m.

The Dupree Park Dog Park is the location for Yappy Hour from 2-4 p.m. the first Sunday of every month. Dog lovers and owners are invited to participate Sunday by coming to the park to get their dogs out to play and socialize with other canines and people.

Flint knapping on tap Friday and Saturday

posted: 03/29/2012 2:27 a.m.

Mammoth Spring State Park will hold its 11th annual Knapin arrowhead and spearpoint demonstration Friday and Saturday at the ball-field area in the park.

Jacksonville Easter egg hunt is Saturday

posted: 03/29/2012 2:26 a.m.

Excell Park, at the junction of Ray Road and Southwestern Avenue in Jacksonville, will be the site for the city’s largest Easter-egg hunt on Saturday.

Run honors fallen service members

posted: 03/29/2012 2:25 a.m.

As they all waited in almost complete silence, besides mere chatting among one another, the once-scorching sun began to show mercy to the anxious and excited crowd.

this week’s EVENTS

posted: 03/29/2012 2:25 a.m.

ONGOING Tax-Return Preparation BRYANT — Free preparation of tax returns, including free e-filing, will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays at an AARP Tax-Aide site at Park Place Baptist Church, 22208 Interstate 30. To make an appointment, call Larry at (501) 303-6829. Walk-ins will be welcome but will be served after those with appointments. Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition BENTON — A representation of the creative efforts of Arkansas artists in grades K-12 will be on display through April 20 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library.

ASMSA $17.5M dorms almost done

posted: 03/29/2012 2:24 a.m.

Janet Hugo, director of the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, will retire at the end of the school year, but before leaving, she said, she will see the school reach a major accomplishment — one that did not seem possible just a few years ago.

Staying on top

posted: 03/29/2012 2:23 a.m.

Justin Koon is riding high right now, which is good because his ride is an irritated rodeo bull that weighs around a ton and tries to throw Koon off and run him down.

Volunteers across region ready their fight against cancer

posted: 03/29/2012 2:23 a.m.

As spring comes to Arkansas, it is a busy season for American Cancer Society volunteers throughout the Tri-Lakes region.

Thai Stir-Fried Greens With Oyster Sauce

posted: 03/29/2012 2:22 a.m.

Thai stir-fried greens have been in my weeknight cooking repertoire since I began cooking.

Fried chicken without the fat

posted: 03/29/2012 2:21 a.m.

You can call this oven-fried chicken or crunchy baked chicken or breaded chicken or any number of things.

flavor: Going bananas

posted: 03/29/2012 2:21 a.m.

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I enjoy a good, cheerful joke.

Applications due for First Electric scholarships and Youth Tour

posted: 03/29/2012 2:20 a.m.

Applications are due Monday for First Electric Cooperative’s scholarship program and the 2012 Rural Electric Youth Tour.

ASMSA accepting entries for first Science of Art photography contest

posted: 03/29/2012 2:19 a.m.

The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts is accepting entries for its inaugural Science of Art photography contest. The contest is open to all eighth- ninth- and 10th-graders in Arkansas. In addition to ASMSA, contest sponsors are the ASMSA Foundation, Williams Studio and the Mid-America Science Museum.

this week’s EVENTS

posted: 03/29/2012 2:19 a.m.

ONGOING Noonday Prayer CONWAY — St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 925 Mitchell St., will offer noonday prayer and Stations of the Cross at noon each weekday during Lent, through April 5. People of all faiths are welcome to participate in this short service of prayer and Scripture that will include Stations of the Cross. For more information, call (501) 329-8174.

Toad Store grand opening set for Friday

posted: 03/29/2012 2:18 a.m.

One of the rites of spring in Conway and a harbinger of Toad Suck Daze is the grand opening of the Toad Store.

GOING UP

posted: 03/29/2012 2:17 a.m.

Conway has about 10 times the population of Greenbrier, Conway’s neighbor to the north, but in January, the two cities had an equal number of singlefamily building permits issued.

Conway’s Falcons earn bid to world cheer competition

posted: 03/29/2012 2:16 a.m.

The Sonshine Academy Cheer Force Falcons have done something no cheerleading team in Conway has ever done — earned a bid to The Cheerleading Worlds competition in Orlando, Fla.

Greenbrier students compete in youth showcase

posted: 03/29/2012 2:16 a.m.

Eastside, Westside and Wooster elementary schools’ fifthgrade gifted-and-talented groups comp eted in this year’s Youth Entrepreneur Showcase.

flavor: Going bananas

posted: 03/29/2012 2:15 a.m.

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I enjoy a good, cheerful joke. Laughter and a sense of playfulness can help any cook become more creative, enabling him or her to stretch or even sometimes smartly break rules to come up with something new and delicious.

Thai Stir-Fried Greens With Oyster Sauce

posted: 03/29/2012 2:14 a.m.

Thai stir-fried greens have been in my weeknight cooking repertoire since I began cooking.

Fake Fried Chicken: All the goodness without all the fat

posted: 03/29/2012 2:13 a.m.

You can call this ovenfried chicken or crunchy baked chicken or breaded chicken or any number of things.

State Science and Engineering Fair showcases record participation

posted: 03/29/2012 2:13 a.m.

The 2012 Southwestern Energy Arkansas State Science and Engineering Fair will hold its 58th annual student competition Friday and Saturday at the University of Central Arkansas.

Summit keys on securing minerals

posted: 03/29/2012 2:08 a.m.

Officials from the United States, European Union and Japan are pledging to work closer on ways to ensure secure supplies of vital rare earth minerals and other critical materials.

Iran sites complicate an attack

posted: 03/29/2012 2:08 a.m.

Iran’s workshops for building nuclear centrifuges and components for the devices are widely dispersed and hidden, adding to the difficulties of a potential military strike by Israel, according to a new report by U.S. congressional researchers.

Wednesday, March 28

Florida teen found guilty of murdering 2 British tourists

updated: 03/28/2012 5:36 p.m.

A Florida jury has found a teenager guilty of first-degree murder in the slayings of two British tourists last April.

Horses, burros available for adoption in Searcy

posted: 03/28/2012 3:04 p.m.

An adoption event will be held this week in Searcy for residents who wish to take home horses and burros that have been rescued by the Bureau of Land Management.

Police searching for robbery suspect

posted: 03/28/2012 2:27 p.m.

Little Rock police are searching for a man who robbed a local store Wednesday morning.

Man charged with wrecking neighbor’s home

posted: 03/28/2012 12:59 p.m.

A White County man faces felony counts after his neighbor’s home was wrecked with a construction tractor.

JetBlue suspends captain who disrupted flight

posted: 03/28/2012 12:55 p.m.

JetBlue Airways is suspending the captain whose erratic behavior caused an emergency landing of an early morning flight from New York bound for Las Vegas.

Bad Boy Mowers expands Batesville facility

posted: 03/28/2012 12:36 p.m.

Bad Boy Mowers is expanding their Batesville facility, creating 150 new jobs.

Worker electrocuted, another injured in Wabbaseka accident

posted: 03/28/2012 11:29 a.m.

One person was electrocuted and another one injured while working on a power line in Wabbaseka on Wednesday.

Justices consider whether health-care law can stand without mandate

posted: 03/28/2012 11:21 a.m.

A day after debating the constitutionality of the heart of President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, the Supreme Court is turning to whether the rest of the law can survive if the crucial individual insurance requirement is struck down.

Joiner police chief arrested in elder abuse case

posted: 03/28/2012 11:12 a.m.

An Arkansas police chief has been accused of failing to report the alleged abuse of an elderly man who was reportedly neglected and malnourished.

US orders for long-lasting goods rise 2.2 percent

posted: 03/28/2012 11:07 a.m.

U.S. companies ordered more long-lasting goods last month, showing businesses are willing to buy equipment and machinery even after an investment tax credit was halved.

Lawmaker chastised for wearing hoodie in House

posted: 03/28/2012 10:40 a.m.

Rep. Bobby Rush has donned a hoodie during a speech on the House floor deploring the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, receiving a reprimand for violating rules on wearing hats in the House chamber.

Police referee hoops-fueled altercation at clinic

posted: 03/28/2012 10:38 a.m.

GEORGETOWN, Ky. — The Kentucky-Louisville basketball rivalry boiled over at a central Kentucky dialysis clinic where an altercation erupted between patients with competing loyalties.

The Cosby show

posted: 03/28/2012 10:20 a.m.

Bill Cosby — comedian, producer, author, actor — is pleased that his Little Rock gig this Sunday is a matinee, Eric E. Harrison writes in Thursday’s Arkansas Weekend section.

Wreck near Jacksonville snarls traffic

posted: 03/28/2012 9:53 a.m.

Authorities are working a wreck near Jacksonville that has traffic backed up substantially.

Searchers find body of missing Arkansas boy

updated: 03/28/2012 3:11 p.m.

Crews have found the body of the 4-year-old boy who disappeared at a campground in Fulton County over the weekend.

Woman dies after 20-foot fall from Arkansas cliff

posted: 03/28/2012 9:20 a.m.

The Crawford County sheriff’s office says a 60-year-old woman has died after she fell off a bluff in the Boston Mountains in western Arkansas.

NLR school evacuated after threat

updated: 03/28/2012 9:03 a.m.

A bomb threat prompted the evacuation of a North Little Rock school Wednesday morning, but a search of the area turned up nothing suspicious. The school got the all-clear to return to class around 8:50.

VIDEO: Passengers recount scare after pilot outburst

posted: 03/28/2012 7:46 a.m.

The CEO and president of JetBlue says the captain who ranted about a bomb on a flight to Las Vegas is a “consummate professional” whom he has “personally known” for years.

Clear Channel boss ’delighted’ to have Limbaugh

posted: 03/28/2012 7:26 a.m.

Advertisers and some radio stations may have abandoned Rush Limbaugh for calling a Georgetown law student a “slut.” But the CEO of the radio company that distributes Limbaugh’s show, Clear Channel, says he’s sticking with the conservative talk show host, calling him the “king” of radio.

HUD awards $181,750 to Arkansas for homeless vets

posted: 03/28/2012 6:43 a.m.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $181,750 to two public housing agencies in Arkansas to supply permanent housing and case management services for 100 homeless veterans in the state.

Mega Millions rolls to record $476 million

posted: 03/28/2012 6:02 a.m.

No one matched all six numbers in Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing, raising the jackpot to a record $476 million for Friday's draw.

Barricaded man fires at deputy, later surrenders

posted: 03/28/2012 5:55 a.m.

A suicidal man barricaded himself inside his Garland County home and at one point fired shots at a deputy before surrendering, authorities said.

Goodbye, old friend

posted: 03/28/2012 5:48 a.m.

I’ve been sitting here trying to compose a column on health-care reform or Trayvon Martin, only the two most important issues of the moment in America.

In the news

posted: 03/28/2012 4:48 a.m.

Ken Henderson, 49, who managed to swim to a natural-gas rig more than 30 hours after his fishing boat sank in the Gulf of Mexico, told the Conroe Courier that “hypothermia set in after a few hours” for his friend, Ed Coen, 48, leaving him unable to “swim anymore” and forcing Henderson to cut the string that connected the life jackets of the two men.

Justices raise doubts about law’s mandate

posted: 03/28/2012 4:47 a.m.

The Supreme Court’s Republican appointees suggested Tuesday that Congress went too far by requiring in President Barack Obama’s health-care law that Americans obtain insurance or pay a penalty.

Lottery delays contract vote

posted: 03/28/2012 4:44 a.m.

The Arkansas Lottery Commission put off making a decision Tuesday on the validity of its long-standing contract with ticket vendor Scientific Games until an internal audit can be completed, despite a threat from the vendor to withdraw a more than $2 million “good faith” settlement offer.

Stodola wants tax extension

posted: 03/28/2012 4:44 a.m.

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola plans to ask the city Board of Directors to ask voters to extend an existing property tax millage to pay for capital improvements, he announced Tuesday afternoon in his annual State of the City speech.

Drug firm: Fraud case unfounded

posted: 03/28/2012 4:42 a.m.

The state of Arkansas’ accusations of Medicaid fraud against Johnson & Johnson are based on bad science, the company’s attorney said Tuesday.

EPA goes after coal emissions

posted: 03/28/2012 4:40 a.m.

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first limits on greenhouse-gas emissions from U.S. power plants on Tuesday, ignoring protests from industry officials and Republicans who have said the regulation will raise electricity rates and kill off coal as a fuel source.

Syria OKs truce as clashes continue

posted: 03/28/2012 4:39 a.m.

Syria accepted a cease-fire drawn up by U.N. envoy Kofi Annan on Tuesday, but the diplomatic breakthrough was swiftly overshadowed by intense clashes between government soldiers and rebels that sent bullets flying into Lebanon.

Cuba dismisses pope’s call for change

posted: 03/28/2012 4:37 a.m.

Pope Benedict XVI stressed themes of freedom and change as he prayed before a powerful symbol of the Cuban nation ahead of a visit with the island’s president Tuesday. Communist leaders had a quick response: no to political change.

ACT, SAT require test takers’ photos after cheating case

posted: 03/28/2012 4:36 a.m.

The millions of students who take the SAT or ACT each year will have to submit photos of themselves when they sign up for the college entrance exams, under a host of new security measures announced Tuesday in the aftermath of a major cheating scandal on Long Island.

West African bloc suspends Mali over coup

posted: 03/28/2012 4:36 a.m.

The West African regional bloc Tuesday suspended Mali after last week’s coup and said it was sending a delegation there within 24 hours in a bid to restore democracy.

With new face, man sheds old mask

posted: 03/28/2012 4:35 a.m.

After 15 years of wearing a mask and living as a recluse, a 37-year old Virginia man disfigured in a gun accident got a new face, nose, teeth and jaw in what University of Maryland physicians say is the most extensive face transplant ever performed.

Names and faces

posted: 03/28/2012 4:33 a.m.

Harry Potter’s adventures finally are available electronically. The seven novels about J.K. Rowling’s boy wizard are for sale as e-books and audio books on the author’s Pottermore website, the site’s creators announced Tuesday. The new books are currently available in English, in U.S. and U.K. editions, with the first three titles priced at $7.99 for e-books and $29.99 for audio versions.

Getting it straight

posted: 03/28/2012 4:33 a.m.

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

Mega Millions

posted: 03/28/2012 4:32 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 9-19-34-44-51 Mega Ball: 24 Estimated jackpot: $363 million.

Studies see surgery as diabetes fix

posted: 03/28/2012 4:32 a.m.

New research indicates that weight loss surgery can reverse and possibly cure diabetes.

‘Joe the Plumber’ lawsuit rejected

posted: 03/28/2012 4:31 a.m.

Federal appeals judges Tuesday rejected a lawsuit by Samuel J. Wurzelbacher that claimed his rights were violated by a state records search after he voiced public concern over taxes to then-candidate Barack Obama.

A century in sand, bulb still works

posted: 03/28/2012 4:31 a.m.

At least one of five century-old incandescent light bulbs still works after being pulled from the cornerstone of a Cleveland-area building along with a time capsule.

The nation in brief

posted: 03/28/2012 4:30 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The federal government is not supposed to be a government that has all powers. It’s supposed to be a government of limited powers.” Justice Antonin Scalia, as the Supreme Court continued to hear arguments over President Barack Obama’s health-care law Article, 1A

House OKs bill helping startups; Obama gets it

posted: 03/28/2012 4:29 a.m.

Congress on Tuesday sent President Barack Obama legislation he endorsed making it easier for start-ups to raise capital without running afoul of federal regulations.

Gingrich cuts staff, lays out scenario to back Romney

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

Under pressure to help unify his party, Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich pledged Tuesday to support Mitt Romney if the former Massachusetts governor wins enough convention delegates to clinch the nomination by the end of the primary season in June.

Pilot’s breakdown cues emergency

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

A JetBlue captain who ranted about Iraq and Afghanistan and claimed that a bomb was on a Las Vegas-bound flight was locked out of the cockpit, tackled and restrained by passengers Tuesday, passengers said.

Hundreds join legal discourse on health care

posted: 03/28/2012 4:27 a.m.

The name of the case, Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida, suggests two organizations — a state and a federal agency — dueling it out in the U.S. Supreme Court in this week’s oral arguments on the nation’s health care mandate.

The world in brief

posted: 03/28/2012 4:26 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Regarding ideological cliches, every time this or that side uses phrases like ‘enemy No. 1,’ this always alarms me.”

Obama upbeat on Pakistani ties

posted: 03/28/2012 4:25 a.m.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday said he’s confident the United States and Pakistan will be able to build a relationship that both recognizes Pakistani sovereignty and addresses American security concerns.

Summit goal: Secure nuke fixings by 2014

posted: 03/28/2012 4:24 a.m.

Material that can be used to make nuclear bombs is stored in scores of buildings spread across dozens of countries. If even a fraction of it fell into the hands of terrorists, it could be disastrous.

Torn Japanese reactor has little water

posted: 03/28/2012 4:24 a.m.

One of Japan’s crippled nuclear reactors still has fatally high radiation levels and hardly any water to cool it, according to an internal examination Tuesday that renews doubts about the plant’s stability.

Apartments’ razing up to LR directors

posted: 03/28/2012 4:10 a.m.

The fate of the four vacant apartment buildings collectively known as Sin City because of their history of crime will be in the hands of the Little Rock Board of Directors on April 3.

Exams find no drugs in 2 bodies

posted: 03/28/2012 4:09 a.m.

A woman who authorities said stabbed her 7-year-old granddaughter and then set their house on fire, killing both of them, had not been taking medication for her bipolarism, a sheriff’s captain said Tuesday.

Hawk who flew coop back

posted: 03/28/2012 4:09 a.m.

If he could talk, Tucson the Harris hawk would have a lot to say about spending the past five weeks on the lam from the Little Rock Zoo.

Bigfoot hunter finds a fine, not a creature

posted: 03/28/2012 4:08 a.m.

Any expedition in the Buffalo National River area that charges a fee requires a permit from the federal government.

Doctors: Suspect in 2 murders competent

posted: 03/28/2012 4:07 a.m.

Marissa Wright, who faces two counts of capital murder in the slayings of two men found buried in her backyard, is mentally competent to stand trial, two psychologists agreed Tuesday.

River now focus in hunt for boy, 4; 2 shirts found

posted: 03/28/2012 4:07 a.m.

The sheriff leading the hunt for a 4-year-old boy last seen Saturday by the South Fork River near Cherokee Village called off ground searches Tuesday evening and will now focus strictly on the river.

4 new applicants seek higher ed job

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

Four new applicants are seeking to become director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, including one who already works at the agency.

Probation extended for person of interest

posted: 03/28/2012 4:05 a.m.

A Hot Spring County judge extended the probation of a man authorities have called a person of interest in the December slaying of a Hot Springs Village police dispatcher.

Thrift store in LR to close

posted: 03/28/2012 4:05 a.m.

Saturday will mark the end of an era for the Salvation Army Thrift Store in southwest Little Rock.

Suspect in shooting of trooper arrested

posted: 03/28/2012 4:04 a.m.

The man authorities said shot an Arkansas State Police trooper has been served with an arrest warrant for battery in the first degree of a law enforcement officer.

Hospital donation funds autism work

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

A $1.2 million donation from the New York-based Jane Botsford Johnson Foundation will fund autism research at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, a Tuesday news release said.

Today’s radar speed checks

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

Little Rock and North Little Rock police, and the Pulaski County sheriff’s offi ce will use radar to detect speeding at these locations. Police and sheriff’s deputies may conduct radar checks in other locations as well. Little Rock: Lee Avenue North Little Rock: Randolph Road Pulaski County: Marche Road

Getting it straight

posted: 03/28/2012 4:02 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.

Judge orders identity of Fox panelists released

posted: 03/28/2012 4:02 a.m.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Mary McGowan has ruled that state law does not allow the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission to withhold the names of the commission members who dismissed a complaint against Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox.

Obama opens NLR office

posted: 03/28/2012 4:01 a.m.

President Barack Obama has created jobs, expanded access to health care and improved the nation during his first term, and will be re-elected this year, Obama’s national campaign manager told about 100 people as the campaign’s Arkansas headquarters opened in North Little Rock.

Jacksonville firefighters probe handling of blaze that killed 5

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

While still investigating the cause of the fire that killed a woman and her four children last week, the Jacksonville Fire Department’s lead investigator is also investigating the response from firefighters who were called to the house more than 90 minutes before the family’s bodies were found by maintenance men.

Smell of smoke empties LR school

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

Henderson Middle School in the Little Rock School District was evacuated briefly Tuesday morning after a staff member reported smelling smoke, district spokesman Shikara Linsy said.

Steam engine set to arrive in NLR

posted: 03/28/2012 3:59 a.m.

Union Pacific’s vintage steam engine No. 844 is to arrive in North Little Rock at 1:45 p.m. Friday as part of celebrations marking the railroad’s 150th anniversary.

Obituaries

posted: 03/28/2012 3:59 a.m.

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

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 03/28/2012 3:58 a.m.

Oil heiress, National Review editor Priscilla L. Buckley, a journalist who was the longtime managing editor of National Review, the conservative magazine founded by her brother William F. Buckley Jr., died Sunday at her home in Sharon, Conn. She was 90.

Other days

posted: 03/28/2012 3:58 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO March 28, 1912 Congressman Joe T. Robinson was nominated for governor in yesterday’s Democratic primary by a majority that it is estimated will exceed 30,000 votes. Senator Jeff Davis is leading Stephen Brundidge for United States senator on the partial returns by about 6,000 votes, but the figures are not complete enough at 3:30 o’clock this morning to determine the result.

Len Blaylock: Ran for governor against Bumpers

posted: 03/28/2012 3:57 a.m.

Whether it was at the helm of Arkansas’ welfare department or as head of the state Republican Party, Len Blaylock had a knack for trimming waste and saving money, his daughter, Betty Freeze remembers.

8 former workers sue preschool firm

posted: 03/28/2012 3:57 a.m.

Eight former employees of Child Development Inc., a former nonprofit organization based in Russellville that administered Head Start programs in 13 Arkansas counties, are suing it and its Colorado based successor corporation, alleging they were victims of federal labor law violations and deserve compensation.

NAACP events to highlight shot teen, King anniversary

posted: 03/28/2012 3:56 a.m.

The NAACP plans to highlight concerns about the Trayvon Martin case during events in Little Rock next week that also commemorate the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s April 4, 1968, assassination.

Cities get grants to house veterans

posted: 03/28/2012 3:56 a.m.

Housing authorities in North Little Rock and Fayetteville have been awarded a total of $181,750 in federal grants to provide permanent housing and case management for 50 homeless veterans in Arkansas.

State angles for firm’s lake

posted: 03/28/2012 3:56 a.m.

More than a half century after International Paper built the 7,500-acre Lake Erling, named for a company vice president, the company is looking to rid itself of the property at the far southern end of Lafayette County.

Emergency plans focus of sessions

posted: 03/28/2012 3:55 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management will hold informational emergency preparedness events at several Sam’s Clubs from Thursday through Saturday.

Branson rebuilds before festivities

posted: 03/28/2012 3:55 a.m.

The year of Branson’s founding and its centennial have something in common: disasters.

Jonesboro fire totals 50-year-old building

posted: 03/28/2012 3:54 a.m.

A fire that began in the roof of a Jonesboro funeral home destroyed the 50-year-old building, Fire Chief Kevin Miller said Tuesday.

Arkansas achievers

posted: 03/28/2012 3:54 a.m.

The Arkansas Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts has named four teachers of the year. They are: Debbie West from Jonesboro’s Fox Meadow Intermediate Center, elementary grades category. West is a National Writing Project teacher consultant and the technology liaison for the Arkansas Delta Writing Project site at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Jamie Highfill, from Woodland Junior High School in Fayetteville, middle-level grades category. Highfill codirects the Northwest Arkansas Writing Project summer writing institute for teachers. Tara Seale, from Bryant High School, secondary grades category. Seale won the 2010 Arkansas Public School Resource Center Measures of Academic Progress Growth Award. Steven Lance, from the University of Central Arkansas, college level. Lance is a professor in the English Department at UCA. He is the author of several books. The Thea Foundation has announced the winners of its 2012 Performing Arts Scholarship Competition. John Hatfield, a senior at Russellville

Police beat

posted: 03/28/2012 3:54 a.m.

Shot by old foe, victim alleges A 32-year-old man was in stable condition Tuesday after being shot Monday night in a southwest Little Rock parking lot by, according to the victim, the same man who shot him “three or four years ago,” Little Rock police said.

Jacksonville pool reopens April 9

posted: 03/28/2012 3:53 a.m.

The indoor pool at the Jacksonville Community Center, No. 5 Municipal Dr., will hold a grand reopening April 9. The all-day event will include aquatic classes beginning at 9 a.m., food, prizes and membership promotions.

UAPB to pay chief $190,000 in exit

posted: 03/28/2012 3:52 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff chancellor will receive a lump sum of $190,000 as part of an early retirement agreement that includes a clause requiring him not to make disparaging comments about the University of Arkansas System and auditors.

EDITORIALS: News flash! And flashier!

posted: 03/28/2012 3:49 a.m.

We got the bubble-headed bleach-blonde Comes on at five She can tell you ’bout the plane crash With a gleam in her eye.

COLUMNISTS: A little perspective, please

posted: 03/28/2012 3:36 a.m.

To read this week’s press coverage, you’d think not just a landmark Supreme Court case was upon us, but a jurisprudential Armageddon. The moment of truth has arrived, the die is about to be cast, the Rubicon crossed. . . pick your own favorite cliché. There are so many out there.

20 lessons from 2012

posted: 03/28/2012 3:35 a.m.

This primary season has been long—so long, in fact, that it’s easy to forget all the ups and downs and political lessons learned. Before they fade from memory, let me recount 20 critical lessons for the benefit of future presidential candidates: 1. Never say “I don’t care about X” or “I don’t worry about X.” Chances are you should care and worry about X.

LETTERS

posted: 03/28/2012 3:35 a.m.

To open children’s minds So the Tennessee state Senate recently approved a bill aimed at encouraging public school teachers to “teach the controversy” regarding modern evolutionary theory. Liberals and scientists are already up in arms about it, but I think this “teach the controversy” method of instruction has its merits and, in fact, should be expanded to other disciplines.

Spring training’s birthplace

posted: 03/28/2012 3:34 a.m.

Tens of thousands of people have traveled to Florida and Arizona in recent weeks for baseball’s spring training. With the start of the regular season almost upon us, most Arkansans remain unaware that spring training’s birthplace is in this state.

Wilson extracts QB facts from NFL films

posted: 03/28/2012 3:28 a.m.

Tyler Wilson did much more than work on improving his technique and strength over the winter.

Payton, Saints mulling options

posted: 03/28/2012 3:27 a.m.

Sean Payton has planned the New Orleans Saints’ off season program, done some work on the draft and jotted down ideas for the start of training camp.

Mariners, Suzuki big draw in Japan

posted: 03/28/2012 3:26 a.m.

The Oakland Athletics will be the home team, but the Seattle Mariners and outfielder Ichiro Suzuki will be the crowd favorites when Major League Baseball opens its 2012 season today.

LIKE IT IS: Buckeyes bounce to a better beat on court

posted: 03/28/2012 3:26 a.m.

Last we heard from Ohio State, the Buckeyes were sneaking out of New Orleans with the Sugar Bowl trophy.

Second thoughts

posted: 03/28/2012 3:25 a.m.

No chance riders will be thrown Even thoroughbred racehorse owners can’t get enough of Tim Tebow.

Off the wire

posted: 03/28/2012 3:25 a.m.

BASKETBALL Bayless out for season Toronto Raptors guard Jerryd Bayless is expected to miss the rest of the season after partially tearing a left oblique muscle. The Raptors made the announcement Tuesday. Bayless left Toronto’s game against Orlando on Monday night with 5:25 left in the second quarter and did not return. He underwent tests Tuesday at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital. Bayless, in his second season with Toronto, is averaging 11.4 points and 3.8 assists in 22.7 minutes per game this season. He had stepped up his play lately, starting five games from March 11-17 and averaging 21.8 points and 7.6 assists.

COMMENTARY: Woods arrives in time for Masters

posted: 03/28/2012 3:24 a.m.

Even without a full-blown tournament victory in 28 months, Tiger Woods never was going to disappear from the short list of favorites to win the Masters.

Victory surprises Missouri St. golfer

posted: 03/28/2012 3:23 a.m.

Will Hogan was chatting with his father next to a large scoreboard at Little Rock’s Chenal Country Club on Tuesday afternoon, not concerned with his standing in a tournament he thought he had let slip away, when he learned he had actually won.

State sports briefs

posted: 03/28/2012 3:23 a.m.

TENNIS Harding men win 19th consecutive Harding’s men won its 19th consecutive match Tuesday at the Harding Tennis Courts in Searcy, shutting out outmanned Arkansas-Pine Bluff 9-0. UAPB, with five players, lost No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles by default. Harding (19-0 ) did not win all the matches easily. The Bisons’ No. 1 doubles team of Kittibodee Singnil and Jon Mark Rowden trailed 7-6 and were down a break before rallying to win the last three games and take a 9-7 victory over Eduardo Luque and David Gomez. Adam Edwards and Caleb McReynolds took an 8-6 victory over Nicholas Plaza and Jorge Villacis at No. 2 doubles. Harding won the five contested singles matches in straight sets, led by No. 1 player Singnil (9-0 ), who defeated Luque 6-0, 6-0. Also winning for Harding were Rowden (12-0 ), Henrique Ruiz (11-1 ), Alex Ford and Helio Hashimoto. Harding’s women (14-4 ) defeated UAPB 7-2, with two of the matches — No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles — won be default. The Lady Bisons won both of contested doubles m

KINGSTON REGIONAL: UConn returning to semifinals

posted: 03/28/2012 3:22 a.m.

Before the season started, Geno Auriemma figured his Connecticut Huskies wouldn’t be good enough to make it to the Final Four.

Coaches making winning a bonus

posted: 03/28/2012 3:21 a.m.

Ohio State Coach Thad Matta has already cashed in on the Buckeyes’ trip to the Final Four.

RALEIGH REGIONAL: Diggins works over Terps for Irish

posted: 03/28/2012 3:20 a.m.

Skylar Diggins practically did it all for Notre Dame on Tuesday night, and it was more than enough against Maryland.

Gamecocks reel in Martin

posted: 03/28/2012 3:17 a.m.

Prepare for “The Stare” at South Carolina games next season.

Coaches, Davis in no rush

posted: 03/28/2012 3:16 a.m.

The plan for Arkansas’ work with tailback Knile Davis when full-scale tackling commences Friday isn’t fully formed yet, offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said Tuesday.

NIT SEMIFINALS: Stanford leans on Brown

posted: 03/28/2012 3:15 a.m.

With his Stanford teammates struggling and the lead slipping away, Anthony Brown shot the ball with no hesitation.

EXHIBITION BASEBALL: Lee throws six shutout innings

posted: 03/28/2012 3:14 a.m.

Cliff Lee definitely looks ready for the regular season.

Cap penalties get owners’ approval

posted: 03/28/2012 3:13 a.m.

NFL owners ratified the agreement between the league and players’ union that takes away $36 million in salary cap space from Washington and $10 million from Dallas.

Tougher consumer-data rules sought

posted: 03/28/2012 3:07 a.m.

The government’s chief consumer protection agency intends to take direct aim at the industry that buys and sells information about U.S. consumers.

Maker of app to add 30 jobs

posted: 03/28/2012 3:06 a.m.

PrivacyStar, a Conway based smart-phone application company, plans to hire 30 employees this year at salaries ranging from $50,000 to $100,000, the firm’s chief executive officer, Jeff Stalnaker, said Tuesday.

March consumer confidence flat Rising gas prices, mending job market hold index steady

posted: 03/28/2012 3:06 a.m.

A widely watched barometer of consumer confidence barely budged in March, despite mixed economic signs.

Fee increase set to access federal court files online

posted: 03/28/2012 3:05 a.m.

Starting Sunday, it’s going to cost more to access federal court records on the website Public Access to Court Electronic Records, or PACER.

Walgreen earnings decline 8%

posted: 03/28/2012 3:05 a.m.

Walgreen Co.’s fiscal second-quarter earnings fell almost 8 percent, knocked down largely by its exit from the Express Scripts pharmacy network, but the drugstore operator still topped analyst expectations, and its shares outperformed broader market indexes Tuesday.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 03/28/2012 3:04 a.m.

Asda’s market share hits a record 17.9% Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s Asda supermarket chain increased its market share to a record 17.9 percent from 17.3 percent a year earlier, according to Kantar Worldpanel data released Tuesday.

Business news in brief

posted: 03/28/2012 3:04 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s not an unreasonable request to have more transparency among data brokers.” Jennifer Barrett Glasgow, Acxiom Corp. chief privacy officer Article, 1D American seeks to break contracts DALLAS — American Airlines is asking a bankruptcy judge to break its union contracts and impose cost-cutting terms on workers.

MARKET REPORT: Confidence report drops stocks

posted: 03/28/2012 3:03 a.m.

Major stock indexes dipped Tuesday as a lower reading on consumer confidence gave investors little reason to extend the recent rally.

Winter good to reserves of hay

posted: 03/28/2012 3:03 a.m.

Forage experts with the University of Arkansas say a mild winter helped cattle farmers avoid exhausting their hay reserves because of the growth of certain cool season grasses. Hay represents one of the biggest expenses for cattle producers, who feed the animals, typically, from November through April.

Let us count the ways avocados tempt tastebuds

posted: 03/28/2012 2:12 a.m.

Ahhh-vocados — they’re not just for guacamole. Although the yummy dip is probably one of their most popular uses, there are other reasons to love avocados.

FRONT BURNER: Cocoa coated chicken is capital

posted: 03/28/2012 2:11 a.m.

A recipe in a recent Susan Nicholson’s 7Day Menu Planner piqued my interest.

TIDBITS

posted: 03/28/2012 2:10 a.m.

FIELD DAY Ozark Folk Center State Park, Mountain View, Herbal Field Trip & Medicinal Herb Workshop, April 6-7 at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View. For the April 6 field trip participants should take a sack lunch, water, and a walking stick and dress for the weather. Participants will travel by bus to the homestead of Stone County “plants man” Paul White. His property showcases greenhouses, ephemeral wildflowers and herbs, spring-fed creeks and a restored wetland. The trails range in difficulty from easy to very challenging. Expect frequent resting and interpretive programming. Participants must be physically able to hike the terrain.

GADGETS & GIZMOS

posted: 03/28/2012 2:10 a.m.

To test these Pyrex Measuring Spoons we didn’t dip or scoop or level or weigh. Well, eventually we did those things, but what we did first was toss them in a drawer full of other kitchen tools and forget about them.

Cooking for two: Shrimp stir-fry goes together in a flash

posted: 03/28/2012 2:09 a.m.

Peppery, stir-fried shrimp served over a bed of lemony rice and peas makes a quick Chinese-style dinner.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 03/28/2012 2:09 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My uncle has become very absorbed with questions about when the world is going to end. He studies everything he can, from preachers on TV to articles about that Mayan calendar thing. Why do you suppose he’s so fascinated by this? — D.McK. DEAR D.MCK.: Only your uncle could answer your question. Some day, you might ask him. It would be interesting to know if he has an answer, or if he’s simply drifted into this study out of curiosity or as a hobby.

Savory supper-time pies fine for lunch tomorrow

posted: 03/28/2012 2:08 a.m.

Why should pie be limited to dessert?

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 03/28/2012 2:07 a.m.

Happy birthday. You will diversify this year, letting go of the known route in favor of adventure. A fresh assignment brings success in a relatively short amount of time. In June, you’ll enjoy improved behavior and performance from those who are accountable to you in some way. A coach or loving partner spurs you to personal heights in August. Capricorn and Libra people adore you.

7 day menu planner

posted: 03/28/2012 2:07 a.m.

SUNDAY: Zesty Roasted Chicken and Potatoes (see recipe) is perfect for family day. Serve it with green beans with sliced almonds and biscuits. Buy a coconut cake for dessert.

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Would you like fries with all those sweets?

posted: 03/28/2012 2:07 a.m.

Over the past several years, I’ve written about products from Alexia, a company that makes a delicious array of frozen side dishes. Last year I mentioned the Sweet Potato Puffs, and at the time wrote about “Reinvent a Classic,” a contest that gave consumers an opportunity to vote for a flavor to join the company’s lineup.

HEART & SOUL: Burnout means time to draw line

posted: 03/28/2012 2:06 a.m.

The burnout sneaked up on me. After years of writing about how to balance our lives, I should have spotted the severe imbalance in mine. Then one day I stared at the computer for way too long, and still had no clue where to begin or what to do. It was time for a vacation.

Natural outcomes

posted: 03/28/2012 2:06 a.m.

Most women call a doctor’s office the minute they test positive for pregnancy. Most women faithfully go into that doctor’s office for all their appointments, carefully follow that doctor’s advice and at the end of their pregnancy go to a hospital and let that doctor dictate how they give birth.

Creature feature

posted: 03/28/2012 2:06 a.m.

There was a story in the paper a few weeks ago that mentioned Canine Good Citizen training for dogs. What is that and how is it different from regular obedience classes? The Canine Good Citizen program, developed by the American Kennel Club about 13 years ago, stresses responsible ownership for pet owners and basic good manners for dogs — all dogs, not just AKC-recognized breeds.

PARENTING: Humility differentiates self-esteem, confidence

posted: 03/28/2012 2:05 a.m.

QI recently heard you speak in San Diego and need some clarification. While I understand that researchers have found that high self-esteem is not what it was cracked up to be, I want my kids to approach the challenges of life with confidence in their abilities. There’s got to be a reconciliation point here. What is it?

MONEY MANNERS

posted: 03/28/2012 2:05 a.m.

DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: When I lost my job two years ago, my wife and I could no longer afford the home we were renting. So my sister and her husband suggested that our two families rent one large house together, which we’ve done. We allocate the rent on the basis of the number of bedrooms each family uses, and we split the house expenses, like the utility and cable bills, 50/50. When this arrangement began, they had three children living with them and we had one, and everything was fine. But recently my brother-in-law’s two teenage daughters from a previous marriage have moved in. I think it’s no longer fair for the two families to evenly split the bills that go up with usage — bills like water, gas and electricity. Don’t you think we should divide these expenses based on the size of each family, now that there’s seven of them and only three of us? My brother-in-law sees no reason to. — Chris DEAR CHRIS: Your brother-in-law must be blind. Of course there’s a reason to. It’s called fairness.

The winner is ... Kyla Kane

posted: 03/28/2012 2:05 a.m.

Congratulations to Kyla Kane of Dardanelle, the winner of The Hunger Games contest. Her name was drawn at random from the entries with all correct answers. She will receive a $25 gift certificate to a local bookstore. The correct answers can be found at arkansasonline.com/hungergames.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 03/28/2012 2:05 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Jellies, jams, preserves, fruit butters — what is the difference? It can be confusing, so here are a few “sweet” hints to help you buy the one that’s right for you: Jellies are made from fruit juice, and when cooked, they gel. Jam is made from crushed, pureed fruit. It usually is a bit thicker than jelly.

Super Quiz: Each answer is a five-letter word with a “u” in the middle

posted: 03/28/2012 2:04 a.m.

1. A marsupial has one. 2. You may do it if embarrassed. 3. Something a volcano may do 4. Don’t jump out of an airplane without one. 5. In Britain, a flautist has one. 6. Something the apostle Thomas did 7. It was once a plum. 8. Not sharp 9. It may be worn by a person with a hernia. Answers 1. Pouch 2. Blush 3. Erupt 4. Chute 5. Flute 6. Doubt 7. Prune 8. Blunt 9. Truss

UNCORKED: Hints for pairing wine with entree

posted: 03/28/2012 2:04 a.m.

Finding the perfect wine to enjoy with your meal can range from an all-out ordeal to a matter of blind chance. With the vast array of wine and food choices, the combinations are seemingly endless.

Slim pickings

posted: 03/28/2012 2:04 a.m.

When it comes to yogurt these days, Greek is the word.

IDEA ALLEY: Kat’s cake request conjures up recipes

posted: 03/28/2012 2:03 a.m.

Recipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Tuesday, March 27

Obama supporters rally at campaign center opening

updated: 03/27/2012 7:25 p.m.

Dozens of supporters showed up for the opening of the Arkansas campaign center for President Barack Obama on Tuesday afternoon.

Lottery Commission to further discuss auditor concerns

posted: 03/27/2012 5:34 p.m.

The Arkansas Lottery Commission met today to discuss the auditor's concerns about a contract with Scientific Games.

Tyson: 'Pink slime' worry may cut beef supply

posted: 03/27/2012 5:05 p.m.

Tyson Foods Inc. says the negative publicity over “pink slime” has hurt demand for beef and will reduce beef supply in the long term.

LR police search for missing woman

posted: 03/27/2012 3:26 p.m.

Little Rock police are searching for a woman, whose family says has been missing since Saturday.

Faulkner County child was not sedated at time of death, coroner says

posted: 03/27/2012 2:53 p.m.

A 7-year-old Mayflower girl and her grandmother were not sedated at the time of their deaths, toxicology reports show.

Judge sets hearing over ex-lawmaker’s bid

posted: 03/27/2012 2:11 p.m.

A Pulaski County judge will hold a hearing next week over the Arkansas Democratic Party’s effort to block former lawmaker and Harlem Globetrotter Fred Smith from the primary ballot.

Death penalty overturned for man who killed 3

posted: 03/27/2012 2:06 p.m.

The Arizona Supreme Court has thrown out the death sentence of a Tucson man who bludgeoned his girlfriend and her two children to death in 1984, ruling that the murders weren’t especially heinous.

Fire destroys Jonesboro funeral home

posted: 03/27/2012 1:58 p.m.

Authorities in Jonesboro say a funeral home has been destroyed in a fire.

Hawk that escaped from LR Zoo found in Oklahoma

posted: 03/27/2012 1:55 p.m.

A Harris hawk who escaped from the Little Rock Zoo last month has been returned to the facility after being found in Oklahoma, officials said.

Theft suspects thought to have switched vehicles

posted: 03/27/2012 12:56 p.m.

Little Rock police released photos Monday afternoon of two people they believe have been breaking into cars and stealing items from them.

Mayor calls for vote to continue, reduce capital improvements millage

posted: 03/27/2012 12:53 p.m.

Mayor Mark Stodola says he wants voters to consider continuing but reducing a capital improvements millage to pay for needed street improvements and drainage projects.

March in support of Florida teen set for Texarkana

posted: 03/27/2012 12:44 p.m.

A march will be held this week in Texarkana in honor of the Florida teenager who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch captain.

Police search for suspect in Blytheville homicide

posted: 03/27/2012 12:35 p.m.

Blytheville police are searching for a suspect after a Monday morning shooting left one man dead.

Children's Hospital gets $1.2 million for autism research

posted: 03/27/2012 12:14 p.m.

The Jane Botsford Johnson Foundation announced it will give $1.2 million to Arkansas Children's Hospital, which will be designated for autism research.

Police arrest 2 women in death of toddler

posted: 03/27/2012 12:06 p.m.

Tulsa police say two women have been arrested on first-degree murder complaints after a 19-month-old boy was found unresponsive in a car during a traffic stop.

Trial begins over anti-psychotic drug

posted: 03/27/2012 11:51 a.m.

An attorney representing the state of Arkansas says a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson should be penalized over the risks associated with the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal.

Mountain Home man arrested on methamphetamine charges

posted: 03/27/2012 11:43 a.m.

A Mountain Home man was charged with selling methamphetamine, according to a report from the Baxter County sheriff's office.

Justices question whether insurance mandate is constitutional

posted: 03/27/2012 11:22 a.m.

Several U.S. Supreme Court justices questioned the constitutionality of the requirement in President Barack Obama’s health-care law that Americans acquire insurance or pay a penalty.

US consumer confidence is roughly flat in March

posted: 03/27/2012 11:14 a.m.

The Conference Board said Tuesday that its Consumer Confidence Index fell slightly to 70.2 in March. That’s down from a revised 71.6 in February — the highest level it’s been since the same month in 2011.

Wining and dining

posted: 03/27/2012 11:08 a.m.

Pairing wine and food can be a daunting task, but it needn’t be a gamble. Knowing the top 10 food-friendly wines, and which foods each complements, makes enjoying a glass of wine with dinner as easy as pulling the cork, writes Lorri Hambuchen.

More expecting moms make the natural choice

posted: 03/27/2012 11:06 a.m.

Most women call a doctor’s office the minute they test positive for pregnancy.

When did gas top $3?

posted: 03/27/2012 10:39 a.m.

With gas prices edging up in Arkansas, it is difficult to remember a time when motorists weren't paying more than $3 a gallon at the pump.

Part of school evacuated after reports of smoking wires

posted: 03/27/2012 10:22 a.m.

Sections of Henderson Middle School were evacuated Tuesday morning after reports of wires smoking at the facility.

EPA issues first greenhouse-gas limits for power plants

updated: 03/27/2012 11:05 a.m.

The Environmental Protection Agency issued the first limits on greenhouse-gas emissions from U.S. power plants, the largest source of carbon dioxide linked to climate change.

Woman ruled fit to stand trial in Traskwood murders case

updated: 03/27/2012 10:26 a.m.

A judge says he won't step aside from trying the case of a woman charged with capital murder after two bodies were found buried in her backyard.

Man threatens officer at gunpoint, report says

posted: 03/27/2012 9:36 a.m.

A man threatened an officer with a gun Friday night in Jessieville, according to a report from the Garland County sheriff's office.

18-year-old accused of selling methamphetamine

posted: 03/27/2012 9:35 a.m.

Authorities arrested a Mountain Home man after they say he sold methamphetamine.

Man shot multiple times in LR incident

posted: 03/27/2012 9:27 a.m.

Police are searching for a suspect after a Monday evening shooting sent one man to the hospital.

Syria accepts UN peace plan but bloodshed persists

posted: 03/27/2012 8:46 a.m.

Syria has accepted a peace plan by U.N. envoy Kofi Annan that includes a cease-fire by the Syrian government, but the bloodshed persisted Tuesday as intense clashes between government troops and rebels spilled across the border into Lebanon, officials said.

Program to recognize Arkansas' century-old farms

posted: 03/27/2012 8:26 a.m.

The Agriculture Department is seeking farm families that have owned and farmed the same land for a century or more.

Salvation Army closing Geyer Springs thrift store

posted: 03/27/2012 7:25 a.m.

The Salvation Army Thrift Store at Geyer Springs and 65th Street in Little Rock will close at the end of this month.

Trooper shot in traffic stop released from hospital

posted: 03/27/2012 6:58 a.m.

An Arkansas State Police trooper who was shot during a traffic stop has been released from the hospital.

Search for missing 4-year-old shifts to river

updated: 03/27/2012 7:28 p.m.

Crews searching an area for a 4-year-old boy missing since Saturday discovered a shirt Tuesday afternoon in an spot that cadaver dogs were investigating earlier in the day, according to reports.

House Agriculture Committee to hold Arkansas hearing

posted: 03/27/2012 6:45 a.m.

Rep. Rick Crawford will host the House Agriculture Committee as it holds a 2012 Farm Bill Field Hearing in Jonesboro.

Obama campaign opening Arkansas HQ tonight

posted: 03/27/2012 6:42 a.m.

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is celebrating the opening of its Arkansas headquarters as it tries to rally support in a state where the president remains deeply unpopular.

On health law, 9 first take up suits’ timing

posted: 03/27/2012 5:34 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court opened historic arguments on President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul by debating whether it should rule this year at all.

As shells fall, Muslim group vows to pursue democracy if Assad goes

posted: 03/27/2012 5:24 a.m.

Syrian forces fired shells at a central city that has come to symbolize the anti-government uprising Monday, activists said, while the country’s Muslim Brotherhood branch said it would work for a democratic state if President Bashar Assad falls.

High court orders trial for ‘Israel’ passport suit

posted: 03/27/2012 5:19 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court said a lower court should consider a suit filed under a law that lets Americans born in Jerusalem designate Israel as their place of birth on their passport.

Slain teen on suspension for ‘pot’; mom cries foul

posted: 03/27/2012 5:17 a.m.

The family and supporters of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin found themselves on the defensive Monday after revelations he had been suspended for marijuana before he was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Police also confirmed a report that the watchman claimed Martin was the aggressor, punching him in the nose and smacking his head on a sidewalk.

Santorum gunning for health-care law

posted: 03/27/2012 5:14 a.m.

Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum appeared at the Supreme Court on Monday afternoon to declare as president he would seek to repeal President Obama’s health-care law, arguing that only the “creator” can grant rights, not the government.

Man is charged in dorm murder

posted: 03/27/2012 5:10 a.m.

Authorities say a man has been charged with capital murder and the sale of a controlled substance in the death of a Mississippi State University student shot Saturday in a dormitory.

Pope softens message on Cuban soil

posted: 03/27/2012 5:07 a.m.

Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Cuba on Monday in the footsteps of his more famous predecessor, gently pressing the island’s longtime communist leaders to push through “legitimate” changes their people desire while also criticizing the excesses of capitalism.

County district to pay intervenors’ fees

posted: 03/27/2012 5:05 a.m.

A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis on Monday ordered the Pulaski County Special School District to pay nearly $150,000 in legal fees and costs to the class of black students in Pulaski County known as the Joshua intervenors.

Obama prods China: Restrain N. Korea

posted: 03/27/2012 5:03 a.m.

President Barack Obama took North Korea’s untested new leader, Kim Jong Un, to task Monday, demanding that China curb his recent behavior and declaring that South Korea’s success will inevitably triumph over the failure and isolation of the North.

Afghan forces kill 3 in NATO ranks

posted: 03/27/2012 4:59 a.m.

Afghan security forces shot and killed three international troops Monday, one of them an American, in two attacks. They were the latest in a rising number of attacks in which Afghan forces have turned their weapons on their foreign partners.

Uganda jails 100 after fatal protest

posted: 03/27/2012 4:57 a.m.

Ugandan police said Monday that authorities have arrested more than 100 people suspected of involvement in a street protest last week in which a policeman was killed. Opposition politicians accused the president of behaving like former Ugandan dictators.

Supreme Court actions

posted: 03/27/2012 4:54 a.m.

In other Supreme Court action on Monday, justices: Told a lower court in an 8-0 ruling to reconsider deadlines for some securities lawsuits, in a dispute about whether investment banks must face accusations that they manipulated dozens of initial public offerings.

The world in brief

posted: 03/27/2012 4:53 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We need to have a serious conversation with the North Koreans where they understand that we’re going to do things differently in the future.” Ben Rhodes, White House deputy national security adviser Article, this page

The nation in brief

posted: 03/27/2012 4:51 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “They killed my son and now they’re trying to kill his reputation.” Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, the teenager shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer, blaming police for leaking information that her son had been suspended from school for marijuana Article, this page

Names and faces

posted: 03/27/2012 4:49 a.m.

The last frontier on Earth is out-of-this-world, desolate, foreboding, and moonlike, James Cameron said after diving to the deepest part of the ocean. “My feeling was one of complete isolation from all of humanity,” the film director said Monday, shortly after returning from the strange, cold, dark place 7 miles below the western Pacific Ocean that only two men have been to.

In the news

posted: 03/27/2012 4:48 a.m.

Mazie Baalman, owner of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and a sponsor of an annual Easter egg hunt in Colorado Springs, Colo., said organizers have canceled this year’s event, citing aggressive parents who last year jumped a rope barring adults to ensure their children got eggs.

UA System seeks rise in tuition, fees as high as 5.28%

posted: 03/27/2012 4:46 a.m.

The University of Arkansas System’s four-year campuses plan to raise student tuition and fees between 3.21 percent and 5.28 percent for the 2012-13 academic year.

Let state out of school case, court is urged

posted: 03/27/2012 4:43 a.m.

The state has substantially complied with its obligations under a 1989 Pulaski County school desegregation case settlement — including total payments of more than $1 billion in desegregation-related aid — and is now entitled to release from those obligations, the attorney general’s office said Monday.

Tickets rile LR yard-parkers

posted: 03/27/2012 4:41 a.m.

When Clarence Harris left his house in the Capitol View neighborhood on Saturday, he found a ticket on the old truck parked in his front yard. Several of his neighbors on the one-block street that dead-ends at Interstate 630 also had tickets for illegally parked cars.

Foe criticizes tax credits of state legislator

posted: 03/27/2012 4:38 a.m.

State Rep. Clark Hall has illegally claimed two homestead tax credits since 2004 for properties that are in his wife’s name, the campaign of an opponent in the Democratic congressional primary said Monday.

Trial begins in fraud lawsuit

posted: 03/27/2012 4:36 a.m.

With as many as 50 people on the witness list, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s Medicaid fraud lawsuit against drug maker Johnson & Johnson opens trial this morning, with a victory for state lawyers potentially worth at least $1.25 billion for the Arkansas Medicaid program.

Ex-lawman going to prison for plot

posted: 03/27/2012 4:34 a.m.

A former Little Rock police officer convicted of scheming to rob an armored car company was sentenced Monday to 3 1/2 years in prison, a year-and-a-half less than the minimum recommended by federal guidelines.

Church’s hill slice rejected by NLR

posted: 03/27/2012 4:32 a.m.

Park Hill homeowners filled the North Little Rock City Council chambers Monday night and went home winners in a contentious debate over a proposed hillside cut that has taken almost two years to decide.

4-year-old boy missing 3 days focus of search

posted: 03/27/2012 4:28 a.m.

More than 100 people were searching for a third day Monday on foot, horse and helicopter for a 4-year old boy who was last seen Saturday during an outing near the South Fork River north of Hardy.

State officials hash out health-care pay tweaks

posted: 03/27/2012 4:27 a.m.

Arkansas Surgeon General Joe Thompson, along with other state officials, met with health-care providers Monday to discuss the state’s plan to begin overhauling how care is paid for in the state and to give more details on how the new system will work.

Obama campaign opens NLR office

posted: 03/27/2012 4:24 a.m.

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign will open an Arkansas office in North Little Rock today.

2 women, silver SUV sought in car break-ins

posted: 03/27/2012 4:23 a.m.

Shannon Cardwell and Lindsey Lassiter set out on the morning of March 17 to continue their old tradition: a 6-mile walk on a Saturday.

Body in LR creek is park neighbor

posted: 03/27/2012 4:19 a.m.

Little Rock police on Monday identified the body of a woman pulled from a creek Friday as 46-year-old Beth Rutledge of 2312 Ridge Park Drive.

State to sell coins, jewelry on eBay

posted: 03/27/2012 4:18 a.m.

State Auditor Charlie Daniels will auction unclaimed property for seven days on eBay beginning Friday at 10 a.m.

NLR to raise sewer rates next week

posted: 03/27/2012 4:17 a.m.

Sewer rates will begin to rise for North Little Rock Waste Water customers on April 1 to allow the city to meet a state-mandated requirement to correct sewage overflows problems.

State rejects 2 bids for highway work

posted: 03/27/2012 4:16 a.m.

Apparent low bids for two central Arkansas highway projects have been rejected, an Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department spokesman said Monday.

Spanish-language nutrition class set

posted: 03/27/2012 4:15 a.m.

An eight-week nutrition class in Spanish will begin Wednesday the Seis Puentes Community Center, 4202A Camp Robinson Road in North Little Rock.

Conway man dies after fire at home

posted: 03/27/2012 4:14 a.m.

A Conway man died early Monday after suffering severe burns in a fire at his house Sunday night, authorities said.

Daily record

posted: 03/27/2012 4:13 a.m.

Meeting announcements published exclusively on Arkansas Online, the newspaper’s website, can be found at www2.arkansasonline.com/tools/ 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 www2.arkansasonline. com/contact/supportgroupform/ and submitting the appropriate information.

Other days

posted: 03/27/2012 4:12 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO March 27, 1912 When neighbors yesterday afternoon saw smoke issuing from the kitchen of the home of Mrs. M.M. Gaynon, 423 East Third street, someone hastily turned in an alarm of fire. Fire Companies Nos. 2 and 4 rushed to the scene, but were able to find no traces of fire in the deserted house until they reached the kitchen; there, sitting on the gas range, was a pot of meat completely ruined.

Jane Krutz: State public TV loses its 1st lady

posted: 03/27/2012 4:12 a.m.

Jane Krutz, whose unmistakable drawl and Indefatigable personality graced Arkansas public television on air membership drives for nearly 50 years, has died.

Obituaries

posted: 03/27/2012 4:10 a.m.

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

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 03/27/2012 4:09 a.m.

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

Getting it straight

posted: 03/27/2012 4:08 a.m.

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

EDITORIALS: Scrutiny on the bounties

posted: 03/27/2012 4:07 a.m.

THE SPORTS WIRES were burning up mid-week. And it had nothing to do with March Madness and basketball.

COLUMNISTS: Back to the future?

posted: 03/27/2012 4:06 a.m.

When a 1942 Supreme Court decision that most people never heard of makes the front page of the New York Times in 2012, you know that something unusual is going on.

OTHERS SAY: Let birther movement die

posted: 03/27/2012 4:04 a.m.

It’s settled. President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. But some opponents who can’t find stronger arguments to make against Obama’s presidency still resort to claiming he’s not really an American.

Beware the liberal blitzkrieg

posted: 03/27/2012 4:04 a.m.

America is in the midst of a gravely serious debate about religious liberty. It was touched off by news that President Barack Obama’s health-care law will coerce some religious groups to violate conscience by covering certain products and services in their health plans or face steep fines.

Time to worry yet?: Prospects for 2014

posted: 03/27/2012 4:03 a.m.

Mike Ross was telling me the other day that no one outside a 10-block radius of the state Capitol yet cares about the governor’s race of 2014.

Shocked by Ward case

posted: 03/27/2012 3:53 a.m.

Dave Sheldon has been a veteran private investigator and a deputy coroner in two Arkansas counties, which means he has helped investigate and attend many deaths.

LETTERS

posted: 03/27/2012 3:52 a.m.

More to replace them The La Pantera Negra methamphetamine bust is yet another pyrrhic victory in the 40-year-long cat-and mouse game called the war on drugs. Give it another year or two, and there will be just as many or more methamphetamine dealers to replace the 31 taken off the streets in this bust.

ARKANSAS FOOTBALL: Hogs switching it up, add pads

posted: 03/27/2012 3:47 a.m.

The pads will be on when the Arkansas Razorbacks head to Reynolds Razorback Stadium to resume spring practices today.

WOMEN’S NCAA TOURNAMENT: Topping Summitt

posted: 03/27/2012 3:45 a.m.

Baylor has just two victories to go for 40-0. Tennessee’s future is far less certain.

Payton could appeal, coach

posted: 03/27/2012 3:41 a.m.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell might allow Sean Payton to coach the Saints while he appeals his season long suspension for his role in the team’s bounties program.

Ex-Hog Smyly working way up

posted: 03/27/2012 3:39 a.m.

Drew Smyly was among five pitchers vying for the fifth spot in the Detroit Tigers’ starting pitching rotation when spring training began.

LIKE IT IS: Beating Williams worth a smile to successor

posted: 03/27/2012 3:35 a.m.

Bill Self couldn’t help himself.

FRESNO REGIONAL

posted: 03/27/2012 3:33 a.m.

Nneka Ogwumike had 29 points and nine rebounds Monday night despite constant double teams, sending top-seeded Stanford past No. 2 seed Duke for the Cardinal’s fifth consecutive Final Four berth.

Inexplicably, ‘Rube’ outsmarted them

posted: 03/27/2012 3:32 a.m.

In 1929, a left-handed pitcher called Rube Robinson quietly concluded a remarkable career by going 2-2 in eight games for the Atlanta Crackers in the Southern Association. Now, 83 years later (47 years after his death), he is soon to be inducted by the Texas League Hall of Fame.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Tight end returns to UA to get look at Petrino

posted: 03/27/2012 3:30 a.m.

Top tight end prospect Christian Morgan arrived in Fayetteville on Monday night and will visit the Razorbacks today for the third time since September.

Saban gets 2-year extension

posted: 03/27/2012 3:28 a.m.

Alabama Coach Nick Saban said he received offers for other jobs after claiming the second national title in three years. Instead of bolting, he has received a raise and contract extension worth $5.62 million a year that he said represents his intention to finish his career in Tuscaloosa.

BCS considering options

posted: 03/27/2012 3:26 a.m.

BCS leaders finally are starting to get into some specifics in their discussions about possible — maybe even likely — changes in college football’s postseason and how to determine a champion.

Sources: Martin Gamecocks coach

posted: 03/27/2012 3:24 a.m.

Frank Martin has agreed to become South Carolina’s next men’s basketball coach, said people familiar with the decision.

FRESNO REGIONAL: Sisters send Stanford past Duke

posted: 03/27/2012 3:22 a.m.

Nneka Ogwumike will end her senior season right where she has the rest: at the Final Four.

2011-2012 men’s AP All-America team

posted: 03/27/2012 3:19 a.m.

FIRST TEAM PLAYER HT. WT. CLASS SEASON AVERAGES Thomas Robinson, Kansas 6-10 237 Jr. 17.9 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 53.1 fg pct Anthony Davis, Kentucky 6-10 220 Fr. 14.3 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 4.6 bpg

Trainer decides to knock on Wood with Alpha

posted: 03/27/2012 3:18 a.m.

It’s a hectic yet hopeful time for Kiaran McLaughlin in his pursuit of winning the Kentucky Derby.

Run to the Roses

posted: 03/27/2012 3:16 a.m.

NO. 1 UNION RAGS TRAINER Michael Matz JOCKEY Julien Leparoux SIRE Dixie Union FUTURE ODDS 4-1 NEXT Florida Derby, Gulfstream Park, Hallandale, Fla., Saturday. NOTEWORTHY Fountain of Youth winner worked 4 furlongs in 49.10 Sunday at Palm Meadows under exercise rider Peter Brette. ... Has four wins in five career starts.

EXHIBITION: Pedroia, Lester mark readiness

posted: 03/27/2012 3:14 a.m.

Dustin Pedroia homered in his first at-bat — and that was all the evidence he needed.

Major league baseball notes

posted: 03/27/2012 3:11 a.m.

TIGERS Cabrera to play LAKELAND, Fla. — Injured Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera said he is certain he’ll be in the lineup on opening day.

Payton, Parcells talking, that’s all

posted: 03/27/2012 3:10 a.m.

Could Bill Parcells be coming back to the sideline?

Second thoughts

posted: 03/27/2012 3:06 a.m.

Fishing for compliment for Trout ESPN writer Jerry Crasnick says it’s starry-eyed to imagine a Baseball Hall of Fame plaque of Mike Trout, but argues that the Los Angeles Angels’ top prospect, an Arkansas Travelers outfielder last year, is making a name for himself in the big leagues.

Off the wire

posted: 03/27/2012 3:04 a.m.

BASKETBALL Stoudemire out indefinitely Amare Stoudemire has a bulging disk in his back and is out indefinitely, a damaging blow to the New York Knicks with a month left in the regular season.

State sports briefs

posted: 03/27/2012 3:02 a.m.

GYMNASTICS Arkansas receives No. 2 seed, host site No. 10 Arkansas received the No. 2 seed on Monday as the host for the NCAA South Central Gymnastics regional April 7.

Bernanke: Fed action must continue

posted: 03/27/2012 3 a.m.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said on Monday that he’s encouraged by the unemployment rate’s decline to 8.3 percent, but suggested continuation of the Fed’s policy of low interest rates will be needed to sustain progress.

Pending home sales hold steady

posted: 03/27/2012 2:58 a.m.

The number of Americans signing contracts to buy previously owned homes held in February near an almost two-year high, a sign that the real estate market may be stabilizing.

Pretrial halt to drilling denied

posted: 03/27/2012 2:54 a.m.

A conservation group’s effort to stop expansion of natural gas drilling in the Ozark National Forest has hit a snag after a federal judge denied its request for an injunction that would have prevented new wells in the forest.

Australia blocks Chinese firm’s work

posted: 03/27/2012 2:52 a.m.

Australia has banned Chinese technology giant Huawei from bidding to help build a nationwide high-speed Internet network due to concern about cyber attacks traced to China.

Merkel open to raising firewall

posted: 03/27/2012 2:50 a.m.

Germany has backed down from its resistance to boosting Europe’s financial firewalls, after Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday she was open to temporarily boosting the eurozone’s bailout funds to $930 billion. But the move still falls short of what may be needed to protect Italy and Spain from collapse.

Kenya reports first oil find; production likely years away

posted: 03/27/2012 2:47 a.m.

Kenya’s president announced Monday that oil has been discovered in his East African nation for the first time, and a foreign oil firm said the find is similar to the valuable light crude previously discovered in neighboring Uganda.

Casino that almost wasn’t nearly is

posted: 03/27/2012 2:44 a.m.

Revel, a $2.4 billion Atlantic City casino resort that almost didn’t get built, cleared its final major hurdle on Monday.

U.S. probing Motor Coach after reports of bus defects

posted: 03/27/2012 2:42 a.m.

Federal safety regulators have begun investigating buses made by Motor Coach Industries Inc. over the past 20 years, saying the drive shafts can fall out and cause drivers to lose control.

MARKET REPORT: Dow up 160.90 after Fed speech

posted: 03/27/2012 2:41 a.m.

Stocks leapt to multi-year highs and recorded one of their biggest gains of the year Monday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke suggested that the economy still needs help to produce faster job growth.

Business news in brief

posted: 03/27/2012 2:39 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We cannot yet be sure that the recent pace of improvement in the labor market will be sustained.” Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman Article, 1D

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 03/27/2012 2:37 a.m.

Commission plugs well tied to quakes The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission last week completed plugging a disposal well for waste water from hydraulic fracturing in the Fayetteville Shale in north-central Arkansas, one of four linked to thousands of minor earthquakes between 2010 and 2011.

APRIL CALENDAR: Time to celebrate!

posted: 03/27/2012 2:35 a.m.

April is the month when even stranger things happen than flying saucers. Books fly off the shelf. Rabbits are on the fly with colored eggs. And fools spring the old rubber-fly-in the-soup trick again (only in Arkansas this time of year, it’s probably a real fly).

MUSIC: Daughtry breaks Idol spell

posted: 03/27/2012 2:29 a.m.

Finishing fourth in the fifth sounds like a losing outcome in a Hot Springs horse race, but it proved to be anything but for musician Chris Daughtry, who famously finished fourth on American Idol’s fifth season.

Charity health clinics pay back and forward

posted: 03/27/2012 2:27 a.m.

Dr. Gina McNew, who began working as a doctor seven years ago, opened the Vilonia Medical Clinic in December. There, she specializes in internal medicine and immediately after opening her practice, she began her Pay It Forward program.

WHAT’S IN A DAME: iPhone ‘assistant’ Siri proves all thumbs

posted: 03/27/2012 2:25 a.m.

I have a new personal assistant.

THE TV COLUMN: TNT offers crib sheet on forthcoming season

posted: 03/27/2012 2:23 a.m.

In my experience, most viewers are creatures of habit and routine. They get used to their favorite programs on certain nights and don’t pay attention when changes are announced.

LISTEN UP: Richie falls flat putting country spin on pop hits

posted: 03/27/2012 2:20 a.m.

Lionel Richie Tuskegee Mercury D It’s as bad as you would expect, but not the way you would expect. Lionel Richie, the king of radio-friendly soft soul, makes this supposed country move by partnering with country stars to refashion his old hits. So on “Endless Love,” which at least was a duet to begin with, he replaces Diana Ross with Shania Twain, and “All Night Long” has Jimmy Buffett, etc., etc.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: It’s too soon to cohabitate

posted: 03/27/2012 2:14 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I’m a gainfully employed graduate in my early 20s, and my parents and I have a pretty open and trusting relationship — almost daily contact, despite the 3,000-mile gap between us.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

posted: 03/27/2012 2:11 a.m.

In arts and entertainment news this week: Designer signing Interior designer Phoebe Howard, whose “Mrs. Howard” advice column appears in Southern Living, will sign copies of her new book, The Joy of Decorating: Southern Style With Mrs. Howard, in collaboration with Susan Sully, 5:30-7 p.m.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 03/27/2012 2:08 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your year opens with a touch of glamour as you improve your personal environment. The next six weeks feature a change in your social lineup.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 03/27/2012 2:07 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Here’s one more reason to buy a shredder for your ID protection. Did you know that your pharmacy is a source for your personal information? You normally get a printout with the prescription showing your personal information.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 03/27/2012 2:06 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I picked up our old family Bible the other day and started reading it (which I’d never done before), but to be honest I didn’t get much out of it.

Super Quiz: Science

posted: 03/27/2012 2:04 a.m.

1. Where in the body does a cataract form? 2. What type of animal is an iguana? 3. What is the average of 1, 10 and 100? 4. Most DNA is found in what part of the cell? 5. After leaving Germany, Albert Einstein worked at what American university?

Monday, March 26

North Little Rock council rejects hill cut proposal

posted: 03/26/2012 8:54 p.m.

The North Little Rock City Council will not allow a church along Interstate 40 to cut into the hillside below homes in a neighborhood to add a parking lot.

Man dies after Conway house fire

posted: 03/26/2012 5:21 p.m.

A Conway man who suffered multiple burns in a house fire has died.

Two arrested for drug possession in Lonoke County

posted: 03/26/2012 4:29 p.m.

The Lonoke County Sheriff's Office arrested two people in connection with illegal drug activity Monday afternoon.

LRPD looking for recent car thieves

posted: 03/26/2012 4:21 p.m.

Little Rock police released photos Monday afternoon of two people they believe have been breaking into cars and stealing items from them.

Inventor-based event coming to Little Rock

posted: 03/26/2012 4:03 p.m.

Local entrepreneurs, inventors and small business owners will have an avenue to share their products on soon in Little Rock.

Santorum To Visit NWA, Little Rock

posted: 03/26/2012 2:34 p.m.

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum will speak at the Benton County Lincoln Day Dinner on May 4, his state campaign chairman confirmed Monday.

Tuition increases on agenda for UA trustees

posted: 03/26/2012 2:05 p.m.

The University of Arkansas’ board of trustees will meet this week to discuss tuition increases at campuses around the state.

'Person of interest' found in fatal MSU shooting

posted: 03/26/2012 1:51 p.m.

Authorities say a man arrested in Tennessee on an outstanding robbery warrant is also a person of interest in the death of a Mississippi State University student who was gunned down in a campus dorm.

Family says Trayvon Martin was suspended over 'pot'

posted: 03/26/2012 12:46 p.m.

An unarmed Florida teenager fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer was suspended from school because traces of marijuana were found in his book bag, a spokesman for the teen’s family said Monday.

'Pink slime’ maker suspends some plant operations

posted: 03/26/2012 12:44 p.m.

The company that makes “pink slime” suspended operations Monday at three of four plants where the beef ingredient is made, saying officials would work to address recent public concern about the product.

Court orders state, district pay fees in LR schools case

posted: 03/26/2012 11:55 a.m.

An appeals court has ordered the state of Arkansas and the Pulaski County Special School District to pay attorneys’ fees related to a ruling that Arkansas cannot cut millions of dollars spent on desegregation programs in Little Rock-area schools.

Judge denies halt on Ozark drilling permits

posted: 03/26/2012 11:53 a.m.

A federal judge has denied an environmental group’s request for an order to prevent drilling for natural gas in the Ozark National Forest.

Justices fire off questions in health-care case

posted: 03/26/2012 11:16 a.m.

The Supreme Court plunged into debate Monday on the fate of the Obama administration’s overhaul of the nation’s health-care system, starting with pointed questions about a legal issue that could derail the case.

Body found in Boyle Park creek identified

updated: 03/26/2012 11:23 a.m.

Little Rock authorities have identified the woman whose body was found last week in Rock Creek.

Obama to Russia: More flexibility after elections

posted: 03/26/2012 11:09 a.m.

President Barack Obama told Russia’s leader Monday that he would have more flexibility after the November election to deal with the contentious issue of missile defense, a candid assessment of political reality that was picked up by a microphone without either leader apparently knowing.

Court to rule on drug-sniffing dogs

posted: 03/26/2012 11:09 a.m.

The Supreme Court will decide whether detailed documentation is necessary in court to prove that drug-sniffing dogs are effective at finding contraband and drugs.

Contracts for US homes dipped in February

posted: 03/26/2012 11:05 a.m.

The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy U.S. homes dipped in February from nearly a two-year high.

UALR professor receives $25K grant

posted: 03/26/2012 11:03 a.m.

A UALR professor has received a $25,000 grant from the Darragh Foundation for the conservation and stabilization of the War Relocation Center cemetery in Rohwer.

Studies: Surgery can put diabetes into remission

posted: 03/26/2012 10:57 a.m.

New research provides clear proof that weight-loss surgery can reverse and possibly cure Type 2 diabetes. Doctors say it should be offered sooner to more people with the disease — not just as a last resort.

UA students to battle for prizes in business competition

posted: 03/26/2012 10:56 a.m.

Students from the University of Arkansas will compete against teams from around the world and nation for more than $1 million in prizes in the Rice Business Plan Competition.

Dierks Bentley coming to Little Rock on May 12

posted: 03/26/2012 10:49 a.m.

Dierks Bentley is coming to Little Rock.

'Idol' rocker returns

posted: 03/26/2012 10:41 a.m.

Finishing fourth in the fifth sounds like a losing outcome in a Hot Springs horse race, but it proved to be anything but for musician Chris Daughtry, who famously finished fourth on American Idol’s fifth season, writes Jack W. Hill in Tuesday’s Style section.

Obama warns N. Korea, Iran their options are few

posted: 03/26/2012 10:11 a.m.

President Barack Obama warned North Korea and Iran on Monday that their options are few, and their friends fewer, as those nations refuse to back down from actions the world sees as menacing.

Search stops for men missing in mountains

posted: 03/26/2012 9:59 a.m.

Rangers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have suspended searches for two missing men.

4 hospitalized by bag odor at Boston airport

posted: 03/26/2012 9:45 a.m.

A noxious odor coming from a passenger’s bag at Boston’s Logan International Airport sent four Transportation Security Administration officials to the hospital.

Fayetteville Woman Killed Crossing I-540

posted: 03/26/2012 9:34 a.m.

Diane Niss was killed Sunday night when she was hit by a vehicle as she tried to cross I-540, according to a report from the Arkansas State Police.

Arkansas man killed in Louisiana crash

posted: 03/26/2012 9:27 a.m.

Police in Lafayette, La., say an Arkansas man was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a pickup.

Food-services contract on UCA board agenda

posted: 03/26/2012 9:17 a.m.

The Board of Trustees for the University of Central Arkansas will take up the college's food services contract when it holds its next meeting in April.

Former LR police officer gets 42 months in conspiracy

updated: 03/26/2012 2:18 p.m.

A former Little Rock Police Department officer convicted of plotting to rob an armored car company has been sentenced to 42 months in prison.

NLR council may take up hillside cut

posted: 03/26/2012 8:25 a.m.

The North Little Rock City Council may take up the excavation to a hillside in Park Hill to make room for a church parking lot tonight at its meeting.

Joplin builders clash over home sizes, values

posted: 03/26/2012 8:11 a.m.

Builders and some homeowners in Joplin are arguing over the size and value of homes being constructed in the part of the city destroyed by last year’s tornado.

Wife defends soldier accused in Afghan rampage

updated: 03/26/2012 10:20 a.m.

The wife of a U.S. soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians says her husband showed no signs of PTSD before he deployed, and adds that she doesn’t feel like she’ll ever believe he was involved in the killings.

Cameron: Earth’s deepest spot desolate, foreboding

posted: 03/26/2012 7:23 a.m.

Diving to the deepest part of the ocean, filmmaker James Cameron says the last frontier on Earth looks an awful lot like another planet: desolate and foreboding.

Search continues for 3-year-old lost at camp

updated: 03/26/2012 11:26 a.m.

Police and volunteers were searching in and along a northeastern Arkansas river on Monday for a 3-year-old boy who went missing from a Boy Scout camp over the weekend.

Woman, 60, injured in fall from Boston Mountain bluff

posted: 03/26/2012 6:52 a.m.

A 60-year-old woman is in critical condition after tumbling about 20 feet from a bluff in the Boston Mountains of western Arkansas.

U.S. paid Afghans $866,000 for massacre, officials say

posted: 03/26/2012 5:31 a.m.

The United States has paid $50,000 in compensation for each Afghan killed and $11,000 for each person wounded in the shooting rampage purportedly committed by a U.S. soldier in southern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Sunday.

Lawyers train for marathon in high court

posted: 03/26/2012 5:28 a.m.

The three days of Supreme Court arguments that start today on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health-care law will be a legal marathon, and the lawyers involved have been training.

Frenchman faces plot charges

posted: 03/26/2012 5:24 a.m.

A Frenchman suspected of helping his brother plot attacks against Jewish schoolchildren and paratroopers was handed preliminary murder and terrorism charges Sunday.

Last chance for Syria, says Russian president

posted: 03/26/2012 5:21 a.m.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told the U.N. and Arab League envoy to Syria on Sunday that his mission may be the final opportunity for Syria to avoid “a protracted bloody civil war” and promised Russia’s full support.

Abuse trial offers window to church

posted: 03/26/2012 5:18 a.m.

A landmark priest-abuse trial that opens today in Philadelphia will delve into the operations of the Roman Catholic archdiocese and accusations that child sex-abuse complaints were buried for decades in secret archives as the priests they named went unpunished.

2 hawks swoop down on people

posted: 03/26/2012 5:16 a.m.

Two hawks that have taken up residence near an East Tennessee apartment building aren’t taking chances when it comes to protecting their nest.

Santorum vows to keep plugging

posted: 03/26/2012 5:15 a.m.

Another victory in hand but still trailing rival Mitt Romney, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum vowed to continue his campaign despite an increasingly steep climb to the nomination.

Killing gets hate-crime look

posted: 03/26/2012 5:11 a.m.

The U.S. Justice Department is looking into bringing a hate-crime charge against the gunman in the killing of black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin if there is sufficient evidence the slaying was motivated by racial bias and not simply a fight that spiraled out of control, legal experts and former prosecutors say.

Ryan-GOP budget plan in play as campaign issue

posted: 03/26/2012 5:09 a.m.

The new debt-slashing budget plan pushed by House Republicans heated up as a presidential campaign issue Sunday as the proposal’s architect, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, sparred with top Democrats over its political fallout and economic consequences.

Tennessee looks at risque-dressing ban

posted: 03/26/2012 5:07 a.m.

Three years ago, Rep. Joe Towns failed to make Tennessee the first state to fine teenagers for wearing saggy britches. Now the Memphis Democrat is trying a measure that would prohibit “risque dressing” in schools — and its chances of passage are looking good.

U.S., South Korea warn North

posted: 03/26/2012 5:05 a.m.

North Korea has moved a rocket to a northwestern site in preparation for a launch next month, South Korean officials said Sunday, as Pyongyang pushes ahead with a plan that Washington has called a cover for testing long-range missiles.

Pakistan warned over NATO supplies

posted: 03/26/2012 4:59 a.m.

The Taliban on Sunday threatened to attack Pakistani lawmakers and their families if they support allowing NATO to resume shipping supplies through the country to troops in neighboring Afghanistan.

Israeli court refuses request on settlement

posted: 03/26/2012 4:57 a.m.

The Israeli Supreme Court on Sunday rejected the state’s request to postpone dismantling a large, unsanctioned West Bank settler enclave until late 2015, dealing a serious blow to settler hopes to keep dozens of rogue outposts standing.

Iraqi fugitive official demands probe in bodyguard’s death

posted: 03/26/2012 4:54 a.m.

Iraq’s fugitive vice president demanded Sunday that global human rights groups investigate whether one of his bodyguards was tortured to death.

7.1 Chile quake sways buildings

posted: 03/26/2012 4:53 a.m.

A magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck central Chile on Sunday night, the strongest and longest that many people said they had felt since a quake devastated the area two years ago. Some people were injured by falling ceiling material, but there were no reports of major damage.

The world in brief

posted: 03/26/2012 4:52 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Bad behavior will not be rewarded.” President Barack Obama, in a visit to South Korea, accusing North Korea of a pattern of acting out in hopes of being “bribed into ceasing and desisting acting provocatively” Article, this page

The nation in brief

posted: 03/26/2012 4:51 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Even though a lot of folks are saying this race is over, the people in Louisiana said,‘No, it’s not.’” Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who is pressing on with his GOP presidential campaign after a primary win in Louisiana Article, this page

Names and faces

posted: 03/26/2012 4:49 a.m.

Aretha Franklin has a lot more than her 70th birthday to celebrate: She’s reuniting with one of her musical mentors, Clive Davis, for a new album.

In the news

posted: 03/26/2012 4:46 a.m.

Dr. Allen Taylor, cardiology chief at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, said it was unlikely that former Vice President Dick Cheney got special treatment when he was given a new heart at age 71 after spending about 20 months on a wait list, adding, “You can’t leapfrog the system. ... It’s a very regimented and fair process and heavily policed.”

State delegation says law too costly

posted: 03/26/2012 4:43 a.m.

Two years after President Barack Obama signed a health-care overhaul into law, and on the eve of extended arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court to test its constitutionality, the tug-of-war over the act continues as feverishly as ever.

LR apartments up for razing

posted: 03/26/2012 4:39 a.m.

The roofs of the abandoned apartment buildings formerly known as Sin City have sagged into a halfhearted smile over the missing teeth of boarded-up and broken windows.

$493,467 pact set on fixing up Cantrell Road

posted: 03/26/2012 4:36 a.m.

A longtime crash-prone location on busy Cantrell Road near downtown Little Rock is in line for nearly a half-million dollars in improvements.

LR Children’s to tailor pitch by region

posted: 03/26/2012 4:35 a.m.

Little Rock-based Arkansas Children’s Hospital plans to tailor its fund raising pitch to every corner and region of the state, much as it has tailored its medical outreach to match their demands.

Logan County to take time charting jail plan

posted: 03/26/2012 4:33 a.m.

Logan County officials will take between nine months and a year to address the questions involved in designing, financing, building and operating a new county jail, planning officials said.

Longest-serving JP, near exit, looks back

posted: 03/26/2012 4:32 a.m.

Lining one wall of the Pulaski County Quorum Court chamber are 18 group photographs of justices of the peace dating back to 1977.

Bentonville schools seek tax rise

posted: 03/26/2012 4:30 a.m.

Bentonville School District officials plan to ask voters to approve a 7.3-mill increase June 26 to pay for a $135.7 million second high school for 2,000 students.

Lost 3-year-old has 80 searching

posted: 03/26/2012 4:29 a.m.

Almost 80 law-enforcement officers and volunteers were searching Sunday for a 3-year-old boy who was reported missing Saturday at a Boy Scout camp in Fulton County, police said.

3 road accidents claim 4 lives in state

posted: 03/26/2012 4:28 a.m.

A man and a teenager who were run over by a tractor-trailer on a highway east of Lake Village early Sunday were among four people killed in weekend accidents in Chicot, Columbia and Independence counties, the Arkansas State Police reported.

Firefighters save 2 stranded teens

posted: 03/26/2012 4:27 a.m.

Firefighters on Sunday rescued two teenagers who became stranded while attempting to go over the Lake Maumelle spillway in a rubber boat, a spokesman for the Pulaski County sheriff’s office said.

Officer shot in leg in standoff near UA

posted: 03/26/2012 4:27 a.m.

A Fayetteville police officer was shot in the leg during an exchange of gunfire with a man at an apartment complex near the University of Arkansas campus Saturday night, police said.

GOP cake mocks health-care law’s birth

posted: 03/26/2012 4:25 a.m.

The chairman of the state Republican Party delivered a cake Friday to the state Democratic Party’s headquarters in Little Rock to commemorate the second anniversary of Democratic President Barack Obama’s signing of the federal health-care law approved in 2010 by a Democratic-controlled Congress.

OUR TOWN: Little Rock notebook

posted: 03/26/2012 4:20 a.m.

Prescribed burn set for watershed Central Arkansas Water announced Friday that it will be conducting a prescribed burn in the Lake Maumelle watershed today in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy, the Arkansas Forestry Commission and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Other days

posted: 03/26/2012 4:19 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO March 26, 1912 FAYETTEVILLE — Posters were distributed at the University of Arkansas and in the city of Fayetteville today announcing the publication of another issue of the X-Ray, “the Green Sheet” is scheduled to appear at most any hour this week.

Obituaries

posted: 03/26/2012 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.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 03/26/2012 4:18 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.

EDITORIALS: And the joke’s on us

posted: 03/26/2012 4:17 a.m.

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.” —Groucho Marx SOME DAYS it’s hard to keep from laughing at the absurdity of it all.

COLUMNISTS: Are you a victim, too?

posted: 03/26/2012 4:16 a.m.

It’s been two years since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became the law of the land—an anniversary that is no cause for celebration. While liberals toast the president’s ignominious landmark law, the American people have come to their own conclusion : The law was a serious mistake, and it’s time for it to go.

Army must answer now

posted: 03/26/2012 4:15 a.m.

Even before U.S. officials identified Staff Sgt. Robert Bales as the suspect in the grisly mass murder in Afghanistan, clues about his past had been leaking out and accelerated with his naming.

Guest writer: Return to our roots

posted: 03/26/2012 4:14 a.m.

Nearly every week in China presents another cultural lesson for me. As an Arkansan who made such a stark transition to China, I am more than amazed each time a new event happens.

Little car, big deal

posted: 03/26/2012 4:13 a.m.

Something big is expected to appear on the world scene (and perhaps economy) come August.

LETTERS

posted: 03/26/2012 4:11 a.m.

A world without TB On March 24, 1882, Dr. Robert Koch unveiled his research and isolated mycobacterium tuberculosis, the cause of tuberculosis. TB is a communicable airborne infection treated with antibiotics, but without treatment it can be fatal.

MEN’S NCAA TOURNAMENT: Bears’ early growl doesn’t faze ’Cats

posted: 03/26/2012 4:09 a.m.

Quincy Acy and Baylor didn’t back down from Kentucky. Acy sent that message early in the game with a hard foul on Terrence Jones. Kentucky’s answer was devastating.

SEC BASEBALL: Hogs persevere, win game, series

posted: 03/26/2012 4:04 a.m.

Arkansas’ first SEC road series ended much better than it began.

PGA TOUR ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL: Tiger’s roar returns with 5-shot victory

posted: 03/26/2012 3:44 a.m.

This one wasn’t marked with a fist pump, a cap slam or anything overly demonstrative. But it didn’t take much to read Tiger Woods’ lips.

MIDWEST REGIONAL: Jayhawks squeal as Heels reel

posted: 03/26/2012 3:41 a.m.

Tyshawn Taylor broke out of his slump in a big way Sunday, scoring 22 points and leading Kansas back to the Final Four with an 80-67 victory over former coach Roy Williams and top seeded North Carolina.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP AUTO CLUB 400: Shortened race goes to Stewart

posted: 03/26/2012 3:38 a.m.

When dark clouds ominously obscured the sky north of Auto Club Speedway early in Sunday’s race, NASCAR’s drivers all realized they were probably in for a short day on a long track.

COMMENTARY: Carpenter key to Cardinals’ title hunt

posted: 03/26/2012 3:33 a.m.

Chris Carpenter has been shut down for an indefinite period because of a nerve irritation affecting his right shoulder. This in turn has irritated the nerves of Cardinals fans.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 03/26/2012 3:32 a.m.

9th race marred by spills — Sunday afternoon’s final race at Oaklawn Park was marred by the death of one horse and an injury to jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. in an unrelated incident.

Daddy Nose Best triumphs

posted: 03/26/2012 3:30 a.m.

Daddy Nose Best waited for racing room on the far turn late Sunday afternoon at Sunland Park Racetrack, then jockey Julien Leparoux asked him to run.

WOMEN’S SUMMARIES

posted: 03/26/2012 3:25 a.m.

RALEIGH REGIONAL MARYLAND 81, TEXAS A&M 74 TEXAS A&M (24-11 ) Bone 4-10 2-2 10, Carter 2-14 8-8 13, Standish 8-14 1-2 19, White 3-7 1-2 7, Elonu 2-8 1-2 5, Collins 4-4 0-0 10, Gilbert 5-7 0-0 10, Assarian 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-64 13-16 74.

RALEIGH REGIONAL: Terrapins rally, eliminate Aggies

posted: 03/26/2012 3:22 a.m.

Maryland’s players didn’t panic when they fell behind by 18 in the first half and trailed by 11 midway through the second. This group of Terrapins have proven they can come back from any deficit, and it’s a big reason why they’re within a game of the Final Four.

SEC ROUNDUP

posted: 03/26/2012 3:20 a.m.

VANDERBILT 5, GEORGIA 3 NASHVILLE — Vanderbilt scored four runs with two outs in the eighth on a two-run triple and three wild pitches to take a conference series at home.

Second thoughts

posted: 03/26/2012 3:17 a.m.

Who stole the goon’s underwear?

Off the wire

posted: 03/26/2012 3:15 a.m.

BOXING Writer Bert Sugar dies Bert Sugar, an iconic boxing writer and sports historian who was known for his trademark fedora and cigar, died Sunday of cardiac arrest. He was 75.

State sports briefs

posted: 03/26/2012 3:09 a.m.

SOFTBALL Razorbacks drop finale to Florida Arkansas threatened in the early innings, but couldn’t capitalize on runners in scoring position to drop a 5-0 series finale against Florida in Fayetteville.

Google Maps get kicked to curb over fees

posted: 03/26/2012 3:07 a.m.

When it comes to offering online maps to their users, some companies have been leaving Google Maps and setting out for less familiar territory.

U.S. buzz rises for electric hogs

posted: 03/26/2012 3:05 a.m.

When Harry Mallin commutes to work on his motorcycle, he stops at gas stations only to pick up a Diet Coke.

Wireless monitors send vital signs straight to doctor

posted: 03/26/2012 3:02 a.m.

It’s hard to find a better example of how technology is revolutionizing patient care than the tiny edible sensor Proteus Biomedical of Redwood City, Calif., plans to begin selling this fall in the United Kingdom.

Employers ask job applicants for Facebook passwords

posted: 03/26/2012 2:59 a.m.

When Justin Bassett interviewed for a new job, he expected the usual questions about experience and references. So he was astonished when the interviewer asked for something else: his Facebook username and password.

NetZero to return, this time wireless

posted: 03/26/2012 2:56 a.m.

It’s like the 1990s never left: Billy Crystal hosted the Oscars. Internet stock initial public offerings are back. And NetZero is returning with free Internet service — only this time it’s wireless.

100 million Net-linked TVs predicted to be on by 2016

posted: 03/26/2012 2:55 a.m.

A new report from researcher NPD In-Stat predicts that 100 million homes in North America and Western Europe will own television sets that blend traditional programs with Internet content by 2016. These new hybrid devices, capable of displaying interactive content related to TV shows, are a bid to hold the viewer’s attention in a device-cluttered world.

New iPad more costly to make, researcher says

posted: 03/26/2012 2:54 a.m.

Apple appears to be making less of a profit from each new iPad than it did when it launched the previous model a year ago, according to a research firm’s analysis.

ON COMPUTERS: Adrenaline works with hard drive, adds speed

posted: 03/26/2012 2:53 a.m.

You may already know that keeping your computer free of spyware and viruses, having at least three gigabytes of RAM, and avoiding programs that hog your computer’s memory are a good way to keep your computer from slowing down.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Belkin wireless router broadcasts on 2 speedy bands, offers guest signal for security

posted: 03/26/2012 2:51 a.m.

I have a very interesting product this week, but it’s going to require a bit of explanation.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 03/26/2012 2:50 a.m.

ALMA Justin and Cindy Craig (aka Cindy Sill), P.O. Box 896, March 19, 2012, Chapter 7. Kevin L. and Dana R. Quick (aka Dana Farquhar, Dana Williams), 201 Country Lane Drive, March 21, 2012, Chapter 13.

Technology news in brief

posted: 03/26/2012 2:45 a.m.

Android apps a target of malware SAN JOSE, Calif. — Lurking among the flood of games, tax guides and other mobile applications being downloaded onto mobile devices using Google’s popular Android software is a fast-growing array of apps that can slap the gadget’s owner with unanticipated fees, rifle bank accounts and cause untold other problems.

Nia mixes it up with yoga, martial arts and dance

posted: 03/26/2012 2:38 a.m.

Six women, most of them barefoot, gear up for a Saturday morning fitness class at the Jesse Odom Community Center in Maumelle.

Desperately seeking some good ol’ days

posted: 03/26/2012 2:32 a.m.

When it’s workout time at Core Fitness Chicago, out comes the sledgehammer. And the 80-pound bag of mulch. And the 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee — for pushing across a rooftop parking lot while someone steps lightly on the brake.

Time flowing to register for white-water school

posted: 03/26/2012 2:29 a.m.

The rivers and creeks are running, and meanwhile, time’s running out to register for the Arkansas Canoe Club’s annual School of Whitewater Paddling.

Intense gym work pushes stroke rehab, whenever it begins

posted: 03/26/2012 2:27 a.m.

Kris Brott was more amazed than alarmed when her tongue suddenly seemed to turn upside down in her mouth.

MASTER CLASS: Hybrid plank is lots of bang for buck

posted: 03/26/2012 2:24 a.m.

Pilates and yoga have popularized many exercises that were once considered more rehabilitative than fitness oriented. As a result, the average fitness buff has been exposed to hundreds more exercises than his parents ever heard of.

Check qualifications of trainers with Net

posted: 03/26/2012 2:22 a.m.

Countless personal trainers offer in-home nutrition and fitness guidance to customers they meet only through the Internet. How can the customer know if the trainer is qualified ?

Tips from trio rated tops in the fitness profession

posted: 03/26/2012 2:16 a.m.

North America’s top fitness professionals don’t necessarily train celebrities and professional athletes or badger overweight reality-TV contestants into shape.

Guide sharpens photo expertise

posted: 03/26/2012 2:15 a.m.

National Audubon Society Guide to Landscape Photography, Second Edition by Tim Fitzharris (Firefly Books, 2011), 192 pages, $24.95.

Happy trails

posted: 03/26/2012 2:12 a.m.

LOVIT WATCHABLE WILDLIFE TRAIL Location: Go 25 miles west of Hot Springs on U.S. 270 to Shangri-La Drive and turn right. Take the first left and go two blocks to parking area and kiosk.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 03/26/2012 2:08 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your friends and family love you the way you are, but you have other plans. You embrace change and enjoy the new person you are becoming. There’s a trade-off in April, and you’ll be glad you made it.

ON TV CONTEST

posted: 03/26/2012 2:07 a.m.

Miss Canfield of Leave It to Beaver. Mrs. Westlake of The Cosby Show. Mr. Moore of Head of the Class. They’re all TV teachers, and the more you know, the better off you’ll be.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 03/26/2012 2:06 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: What is the best way to clean laminate flooring?

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 03/26/2012 2:05 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I know I did some bad things when I was young, but I don’t even remember them because I was strung out on drugs and hardly knew what I was doing.

Super Quiz: Identify the author who created the locale

posted: 03/26/2012 2:04 a.m.

1. Pooh Corner; A.A.M. 2. The Emerald City; L.F.B. 3. Baskerville Hall; A.C.D. 4. Bleak House; C.D. 5. Northanger Abbey; J.A.

Sunday, March 25

Arkansas authorities search for missing child

posted: 03/25/2012 4:59 p.m.

Authorities are searching for a child who disappeared Saturday.

SEC Baseball: Hogs outlast Dogs to take road series

posted: 03/25/2012 4:51 p.m.

Arkansas won its first conference road series by defeating Mississippi State 8-5 in 11 innings on Sunday at Dudy Noble Park.

James Cameron dives to deepest spot on Earth

posted: 03/25/2012 4:26 p.m.

Director James Cameron has begun his journey to someplace only two men have gone before — to the Earth's deepest point.

Police officer wounded during standoff near UA

posted: 03/25/2012 3 p.m.

A Fayetteville police officer suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg during a standoff Saturday night in Fayetteville, according to Sgt. Craig Stout, public information with the Fayetteville Police Department.

Supreme Court to hear clash over floating home

posted: 03/25/2012 2:47 p.m.

A case flowing out of a nearly six-year battle between a South Florida city and a man who lost his floating home is going before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Afghans: US paid $50K per shooting death

posted: 03/25/2012 2:03 p.m.

The U.S. paid $50,000 in compensation for each villager killed and $11,000 for each person wounded in a shooting rampage allegedly carried out by a rogue American soldier in southern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Sunday.

Death of police officer prompts policy change

posted: 03/25/2012 1:53 p.m.

Police officers are sent in pairs to certain calls since a Fort Smith officer was shot to death five years ago.

France files charges against gunman’s brother

posted: 03/25/2012 1:01 p.m.

French prosecutors have filed preliminary murder and terrorism charges against the brother of a gunman who killed Jewish schoolchildren and paratroopers in attacks that stunned the country.

Woman gets 42 years in Colorado missing boys case

posted: 03/25/2012 12:24 p.m.

A former Colorado woman accused of pocketing more than $150,000 in government support for her adoptive sons without reporting the boys’ disappearance years earlier has been sentenced to 42 years in prison.

Obama health care battle reaches Supreme Court

posted: 03/25/2012 11:46 a.m.

The monumental fight over a health care law that touches all Americans and divides them sharply comes before the Supreme Court this week.

Taliban warn Pakistan lawmakers over NATO supplies

posted: 03/25/2012 11:27 a.m.

The Taliban have threatened to attack Pakistani lawmakers and their families if they support allowing NATO to resume shipping supplies through the country to troops in Afghanistan.

Chavez travels to Cuba for radiation therapy

posted: 03/25/2012 10:46 a.m.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has arrived in Cuba to begin radiation therapy in his latest round of cancer treatment.

Arkansas superintendent wins national educator award

posted: 03/25/2012 10:15 a.m.

Teachers from Arkansas and California have been named winners of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s 2012 Outstanding Young Educator Award.

House GOP budget plan heats up as campaign issue

posted: 03/25/2012 9:58 a.m.

The debt-slashing budget plan by House Republicans is heating up as a presidential campaign issue, as its author Rep. Paul Ryan and a top White House adviser spar over its impact.

Student shot on Mississippi State campus

posted: 03/25/2012 9:34 a.m.

A student was shot to death at a Mississippi State University residence hall late Saturday night, prompting campus-wide alerts as authorities searched for suspects who fled the scene.

Charges ruled out in fatal airstrike

posted: 03/25/2012 6:34 a.m.

The U.S. military has decided that no servicemen will face disciplinary charges for their involvement in a NATO airstrike in November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, an accident that plunged relations between the two countries to new depths and has greatly complicated the allied mission in Afghanistan.

Texans fascinated about Texas

posted: 03/25/2012 6:33 a.m.

No one can remember whether the brassiere factory on Kingsley Street put up barbed wire to keep intruders out.

Study finds clothes make a difference

posted: 03/25/2012 6:32 a.m.

Does what a person wears affect how well he works?

Space-junk scare sends crew into escape craft

posted: 03/25/2012 6:29 a.m.

Crew members aboard the International Space Station temporarily scrambled into spacecraft capable of returning them to Earth early Saturday as remnants of a discarded Russian satellite passed nearby, the latest episode spotlighting the growing amount of space debris encircling the planet.

Louisiana a win for Santorum

posted: 03/25/2012 6:29 a.m.

Rick Santorum won the Louisiana Republican presidential primary Saturday, beating front-runner Mitt Romney in yet another conservative Southern state.

Drone crews feeling combat stresses

posted: 03/25/2012 6:28 a.m.

Drone crews protect U.S. ground troops by watching over them 24 hours a day from high above. Sitting before video screens thousands of miles from their remote-controlled aircraft, the crews scan for enemy ambushes and possible roadside bombs while also monitoring what the military calls “patterns of life.” Only rarely do drone crews fire on the enemy. The rest of the time they sit and watch. For hours on end. Day after day.

Justices face health-law ‘noise’

posted: 03/25/2012 6:27 a.m.

Justice Clarence Thomas likens all the outside political pressure that the Supreme Court is facing over its review of the Obama administration’s sweeping health-care law to the distraction faced by a free-throw shooter confronted with fans waving wildly behind the basket. Neither, in his view, has much impact in the end.

Blaze kills 2 adults, 6 children in West Virginia

posted: 03/25/2012 6:27 a.m.

Eight people, including a woman celebrating her 26th birthday and six young children at a family slumber party, died Saturday when fire tore through a two-story home while they slept, officials and witnesses said.

Delays sour U.S. detainees on plea deals

posted: 03/25/2012 6:26 a.m.

When Omar Khadr, a former child soldier for al-Qaida, agreed to plead guilty in a high-profile case before a military commission 17 months ago, the terms of his plea deal strongly signaled that after November 2011 he would be transferred to his native Canada to serve the remainder of his sentence.

Tiny plan for retirees astonishes legislators

posted: 03/25/2012 6:25 a.m.

A little-known retirement system for just over a dozen Arkansas Supreme Court employees has caught the attention of some state lawmakers who say they were surprised to learn about it a few weeks ago.

Ex-jurist seeks a comeback

posted: 03/25/2012 6:25 a.m.

On the campaign trail, Roy Moore wears a metal pin of a cross on his suit jackets, praises “almighty God” and refers to the United States as a “Christian nation.” But there is one demonstration of his faith that Moore, the Republican nominee for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, promises not to make.

Auditor again raises red flag in lottery deal

posted: 03/25/2012 6:24 a.m.

The auditor of the Arkansas Lottery Commission is questioning whether a contract that the lottery has had almost from its beginning is valid, which poses a multimillion-dollar potential problem for the lottery.

1942 ruling at hub of health-care law fight

posted: 03/25/2012 6:24 a.m.

If the Obama administration persuades the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold its health-care overhaul law, it will be in large part thanks to a 70-year-old precedent involving an Ohio farmer named Roscoe Filburn.

Plan to raze ’36 home stirs passions at ASU

posted: 03/25/2012 6:23 a.m.

When Scott Darwin began teaching at Arkansas State University in 1969, he lived next door to the stately two-story house on Aggie Road that was once the home of ASU’s first president.

Investigators: GI likely struck twice

posted: 03/25/2012 6:23 a.m.

U.S. investigators believe the U.S. soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians split the slaughter into two episodes, returning to his base after the first attack and later slipping away to kill again, two American officials said Saturday.

UA shifts students to Gmail for free

posted: 03/25/2012 6:22 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville plans to outsource its student e-mail to Google, joining a long list of colleges and universities that were enticed by the technology giant’s offer of free e-mail service and applications.

In the news

posted: 03/25/2012 6:22 a.m.

Dick Cheney, 71, the former vice president who two years ago suffered his fifth heart attack since the age of 37, had a heart transplant and is recovering at a Virginia hospital, his office said.

Names and faces

posted: 03/25/2012 6:22 a.m.

A pregnant Jessica Simpson on the cover of Elle magazine was apparently too much for some customers of a Safeway store in Tucson, Ariz., where a worker covered it with cardboard. The April edition features a photo of the singer/ actress/fashion designer with one hand over her breast and another wrapped around her nude belly. The Arizona Daily Star reported that the manager of the store received multiple complaints, prompting a worker to cover the image with cardboard.

TV news shows

posted: 03/25/2012 6:22 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — White House adviser David Plouffe; Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock. NBC’s Meet the Press — Plouffe; Gov. Brian Schweitzer, D-Mont.; former Gov. Haley Barbour, RMiss.; Ben Jealous, president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. 9 a.m.,

Mayor wants vote on hillside

posted: 03/25/2012 6:21 a.m.

Mayor Patrick Hays wants the North Little Rock City Council on Monday to decide whether to allow a long-debated hillside cut below homes in the Park Hill neighborhood for a church parking lot, he said last week, though opponents say they want more public debate.

Powerball

posted: 03/25/2012 6:21 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball: 1-15-35-37-47 Powerball: 8 Estimated jackpot: $40 million

The nation in brief

posted: 03/25/2012 6:21 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I walked up there and caught a glimpse of some fatalities and it’s something that’s hard to grasp.The fact that there are [six] dead children, it’s unimaginable.” Danny Jones, mayor of Charleston, W.Va., after a fire in the town Saturday killed eight people Article, 4A

WASHINGTON NEWS IN BRIEF: Pryor clause in small-banks bill

posted: 03/25/2012 6:21 a.m.

A bill designed to promote investment that passed in the Senate on Thursday contained a provision co-authored by Arkansas’ U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor that aims to help small banks raise capital.

1st gorilla born in LR to leave

posted: 03/25/2012 6:21 a.m.

Mosi, the first gorilla to ever be born at the Little Rock Zoo, is leaving home.

In South Korea, Obama tours DMZ

posted: 03/25/2012 6:20 a.m.

President Barack Obama made a symbolic visit to the world’s most militarized border today, touring a military outpost just outside the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea.

Siloam Springs tests single-sex classrooms

posted: 03/25/2012 6:19 a.m.

When Tammie Murray first began teaching one of the two all-male third-grade classes at Southside Elementary School, she blew a whistle to get the attention of her students when she learned they don’t hear as well as girls.

The world in brief

posted: 03/25/2012 6:19 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Right now I’m in control of all the country.” Capt. Amadou Sanogo, leader of the coup in Mali that ousted democratically elected President Amadou Toumani Toure Article, 9A

French gunman’s brother now focus

posted: 03/25/2012 6:18 a.m.

Police and a lawyer said Saturday that the brother of an Islamist fanatic behind a deadly shooting rampage in France celebrated his martyr-like death and may have helped him.

Shootout wounds trooper, man, 66

posted: 03/25/2012 6:18 a.m.

An Arkansas State Police trooper and a Hope man were reported to be in stable condition Saturday after being wounded in a roadside shootout Friday night.

Titanic researcher to talk in Camden

posted: 03/25/2012 6:17 a.m.

Joseph MacInnis, a member of a scientific team that went to the wreck of the Titanic, will speak April 23 in Camden.

Liberal legislators object to Egypt-charter process

posted: 03/25/2012 6:17 a.m.

Egypt’s Islamists looked poised Saturday to gain control of another lever of power that will determine the country’s future political direction as parliament chose a panel to draw up the country’s new constitution. Liberal lawmakers denounced the process as a “farce” and walked out in protest.

PAPER TRAILS: Beatrice’s life comes full circle

posted: 03/25/2012 6:16 a.m.

Beatrice’s life comes full circle WHAT HAPPENED TO: Beatrice Biira? Biira’s connection to Arkansas began in 1991, when she was 9, living in Uganda, and the Little Rock-based Heifer International, which works to alleviate hunger, gave her family a goat.

Egypt teen dies in clash over soccer

posted: 03/25/2012 6:15 a.m.

Egyptian soldiers and police clashed with thousands of angry soccer fans in a Suez Canal city over the suspension of their club after a deadly riot last month, witnesses said Saturday. A medical official said a teenager was killed.

Mali coup leader: In control, seeking peace talks

posted: 03/25/2012 6:15 a.m.

Mali’s U.S.-trained coup leader said Saturday that he is in control of the country, has no fears of a countercoup and wants peace talks with the rebels whose northern rebellion was the trigger that led him to oust a democratically elected president.

Syrian rebels take heavy fire; day’s death toll put at 40

posted: 03/25/2012 6:13 a.m.

Syrian troops shelled rebellious areas Saturday in central and northern Syria in the latest push to quash the uprising against President Bashar Assad, but faced fierce resistance from army defectors, activists said.

Kennedy link dogs Romney

posted: 03/25/2012 6:12 a.m.

When Gov. Mitt Romney signed legislation in April 2006 requiring most Massachusetts residents to have health coverage, Sen. Edward Kennedy stood by his side. They were on stage at historic Faneuil Hall in Boston, a setting that had a special resonance for the two.

Pet of the week

posted: 03/25/2012 6:12 a.m.

Chica is our pet of the week. She is a wonderful 2-year-old Russian Blue with patches of white. This pretty girl likes to play and loves to sit in the window or on a cat tree where she can see far and wide. Chica came to FuRR with her friend, Izzie, a medium-longhair tortoiseshell cat. She and Izzie are looking for a wonderful, loving home together or separately.

Education notebook

posted: 03/25/2012 6:12 a.m.

Food by the item set to cost more The cost of individual food items sold in the school cafeterias in the Pulaski County Special School District are increasing by varying amounts, effective Monday.

With big plan, Louisiana hopes to hold off sea

posted: 03/25/2012 6:11 a.m.

On a warm winter morning, Earl Armstrong Jr. eases his airboat out of the slip, past a fishing crew hacking up a shark on the pier and a canal strung with hunting camps on stilts, into the broad waters of West Bay.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 03/25/2012 6:11 a.m.

Guided NAACP victories at high court John Payton, who as president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund guided it to several major victories before the Supreme Court, died Thursday in Baltimore. He was 65 and lived in Washington.

Obituaries

posted: 03/25/2012 6:10 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: 03/25/2012 6:09 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO March 25, 1912 A break in diplomatic relations between the United States government and the city administration is threatened daily at the city hall, owing to the fact that City Attorney Harry Hale and Fred Isgrig, secretary to Mayor Taylor, give a free performance every afternoon in the corridors on the second floor, testing their voices to high G.

Police beat

posted: 03/25/2012 6:08 a.m.

Gunman shoots 1 in 2nd go at trio An unknown gunman was trying to rob a trio of men for a second time Friday night at a Little Rock apartment complex when he shot one of the men.

Miles Grant James

posted: 03/25/2012 6:08 a.m.

It started with lettuce and tomatoes.

Brothers now in spirit of Arts Center benefit

posted: 03/25/2012 6:06 a.m.

The Hastings family of Little Rock and their family business, Moon Distributors, have had a long relationship with the Arkansas Arts Center.

Young wideouts getting their shot

posted: 03/25/2012 6:06 a.m.

Arkansas has been dreading as well as preparing for this.

Weddings

posted: 03/25/2012 6:05 a.m.

Choate-Kirkpatrick Kathryn Allison Kirkpatrick and David Edward Choate were united in marriage Saturday in Immanuel Baptist Church. The Rev. Gary Hollingsworth officiated. Rebecca S. and Dan C. Kirkpatrick of Little Rock are the parents of the bride. The groom is the son of Marilyn and Ed A. Choate of Conway. Honor attendants were Mary Kirkpatrick Doddridge, Rebecca Grace Kirkpatrick and Farris De-Board.

SEC BASEBALL: Stanek, Hogs thump ’Dogs

posted: 03/25/2012 6:03 a.m.

Arkansas’ No. 2 pitcher looked a lot like a No. 1 starter Saturday afternoon.

Tiger stalking victory

posted: 03/25/2012 6:02 a.m.

Even with an unusual sequence of events that cost Tiger Woods a comfortable lead Saturday, he walked off the 18th green at the Arnold Palmer Invitational as close as he has ever been to ending 30 months without a PGA Tour victory.

LAUREN KAYE GODSEY - JOHN DANIEL NEAL

posted: 03/25/2012 6:01 a.m.

Nuptial vows were exchanged by Lauren Kaye Godsey and John Daniel Neal at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in First Baptist Church, Maumelle. The Rev. Dave Morley of First Baptist, Cabot, officiated.

KAMI SUE TAYLOR - DAVID ALFORD COLEMAN

posted: 03/25/2012 5:59 a.m.

Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church was the setting at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 17, for the marriage of Kami Sue Taylor and David Coleman. Officiating were Mayor Mark A. Stodola, uncle of the bride, and the Rev.

LIKE IT IS: Once again, Donovan can’t match Pitino

posted: 03/25/2012 5:58 a.m.

It is why he is always the star of his basketball program.

MICHELLE FAYE CARNEY - DENNIS GENE DEWITT

posted: 03/25/2012 5:58 a.m.

Wedding vows were exchanged by Michelle Faye Carney and Dennis Gene Dewitt at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in First Baptist Church. The father of the groom officiated.

COMMENTARY: Time for old Tiger to show up again

posted: 03/25/2012 5:56 a.m.

Tiger’s back.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP: Kahne, teammates upbeat despite poor results

posted: 03/25/2012 5:55 a.m.

Kasey Kahne waited nearly two years between signing with NASCAR’s winningest team and finally climbing into his new ride.

JENNIFER MICHELE WILLIAMS - JARANIMO MARKS

posted: 03/25/2012 5:54 a.m.

Jennifer Michele Williams and Jaranimo Marks were united in marriage at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Second Baptist Church. Elder Robert Davis officiated.

Fontana run continues for team

posted: 03/25/2012 5:53 a.m.

Joey Logano kept Joe Gibbs firmly entrenched in Victory Lane at Auto Club Speedway.

Chevrolet, Power on IndyCar pole

posted: 03/25/2012 5:51 a.m.

The first test of IndyCar’s new engine competition was no contest at all.

DIV. II CHAMPIONSHIP: W. Washington wins Div. II title

posted: 03/25/2012 5:50 a.m.

Five players with 10 or more points, and that didn’t even include the leading scorer for the season. Pretty much sums up how Western Washington got to its first title game and won it.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: After he threw rocks, her recall stunned him

posted: 03/25/2012 5:50 a.m.

“Nice” definitely wasn’t one of the first words Rhonda Parker would have used to describe Eugene Dunn.

LIFELONG HEALTH: Side effects of statins can outweigh efficacy

posted: 03/25/2012 5:48 a.m.

I must start with a warning. If you are taking a medication for whatever reason and learn it has a possible side effect, do not stop taking the drug without informing your doctor.

SUMMARIES

posted: 03/25/2012 5:48 a.m.

SATURDAY’S GAMES WEST REGIONAL LOUISVILLE 72, FLORIDA 68 FLORIDA (26-11 ) Boynton 4-11 2-4 12, Young 5-7 1-2 11, Walker 3-10 4-6 12, Beal 6-12 0-0 14, Murphy 4-5 4-4 14, Rosario 1-1 1-1 3, Wilbekin 1-1 0-0 2, Prather 0-1 0-1 0. Totals 24-48 12-18 68. LOUISVILLE (30-9 ) Siva 3-7 2-2 9, C. Smith 3-4 1-2 8, Dieng 4-11 0-0 8, Kuric 3-9 0-0 8, Behanan 7-10 2-2 17, R. Smith 6-13 6-7 19, Price 0-0 0-0 0, Swopshire 1-3 0-0 2, Justice 0-1 0-0 0, Ware 0-1 0-0 0, Blackshear 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 27-60 12-15 72.

DEAR ABBY: Grandpa’s apathy toward granddaughter vexes mom

posted: 03/25/2012 5:46 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: My daughter just celebrated her first birthday, and I’m trying to come to terms with the fact that my father isn’t a “baby person.” He has tried holding “Krissy” only twice.

WEST REGIONAL: Donovan, Gators schooled again

posted: 03/25/2012 5:46 a.m.

Rick Pitino nearly came unhinged and his point guard watched the end of the game from the bench. When it was over, though, it was Pitino and Louisville making plans for the Final Four and his protege, Billy Donovan, and the Florida Gators wondering what had happened.

Bearded men don’t score with women, study claims

posted: 03/25/2012 5:46 a.m.

My husband likes to let his beard grow in. In this way, he’s like a lot of young(ish) men you might find these days on sports fields and in hipster bars. The hairy look has even had its day in Hollywood — in the run-up to the 2010 Oscars, my Los Angeles Times colleagues Chris Lee and John Horn pondered who should win the Oscar for best beard.

Social calendar

posted: 03/25/2012 5:46 a.m.

April 5 The Fashion Event, 6 p.m. at Chenal Country Club. A fashion show benefi ting Easter Seals Arkansas. For more information, go to eastersealsar.com. 27 Symphony on the Green, 6:30 p.m. at Chenal Country Club. Jazz music, dance demonstrations and dinner benefi ting the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. For more information, call (501) 661-9516 or e-mail jmcabe@att.net.

Anniversaries

posted: 03/25/2012 5:45 a.m.

Alene and Mack Carger will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m. today with a reception at Cabot Nursing Rehabilitation Center. The couple were married March 27, 1937. She is the former Alene Spurlin. He is retired from local radio and television, as well as The Grand Ole Opry. They are the parents of Albertina Winter of Beebe, Roberta Dupree of Romance, Michael Carger of Cabot and Dwain Carter of Grove, Okla.

Bridal policy

posted: 03/25/2012 5:45 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.

Engagements

posted: 03/25/2012 5:45 a.m.

Sarah Amanda Duty, daughter of Diann and Jess Duty of Benton, and Rocky Michael Carter, son of Regina Carter and Michael Carter, both of Bryant; Sept. 22.

Casual wear over-stretches boundaries of good taste

posted: 03/25/2012 5:44 a.m.

When the world finally collapses, it may be under a massive pile of ripped jeans from Abercrombie & Fitch.

MALE CALL: More casual, more dressy are both developing trends

posted: 03/25/2012 5:44 a.m.

Q. I’m sensing a new direction in men’s clothes. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it does seem to be there. At first, I thought it was that guys are dressing up more. But then, I seem to be seeing more casual clothes. I know this is a contradiction. Am I on to something?

EAST REGIONAL: Sullinger, free throws carry Buckeyes

posted: 03/25/2012 5:43 a.m.

Ohio State Coach Thad Matta sized up his team in the middle of the season and had it figured for an early loss when the NCAA Tournament came around.

DES MOINES REGIONAL: Simmons puts charge in Tennessee

posted: 03/25/2012 5:42 a.m.

Tennessee was down 14 points against 11th-seeded Kansas, an unheralded bunch that few thought could test the secondseeded Lady Volunteers.

LET’S TALK: Insurance rate hike a rude bit of reality

posted: 03/25/2012 5:41 a.m.

I called my automobile insurance agent the other day. The corporate office had sent notice of yet another rate increase.

CRITICAL MASS: Writer skewers unexamined life

posted: 03/25/2012 5:41 a.m.

At the very outset of her new book of essays, When I Was a Child I Read Books (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26), novelist Marilynne Robinson looks around and assesses the landscape, noticing that “we now live in a political environment characterized by wolfishness and filled with blather.” She is borrowing vocabulary from Walt Whitman, whose 1871 essay “Democratic Vistas” she’d invoked the paragraph before, and whose spirit of self-interrogation combined with cosmic involvement informs the Decalogue of essays that follow.

Failed TV show part of film fest

posted: 03/25/2012 5:40 a.m.

What do you get when you combine a screenwriter /mentalist, a female archery champion, Jimmy Driftwood, an embattled governor and a white German shepherd in circa 1950s Stone County? You get an utterly doomed pilot for a TV show about a dog named Sheppy.

Such fine folk

posted: 03/25/2012 5:40 a.m.

It’s the first Monday night in March and a small auditorium at the Arkansas Arts Center bubbles with acoustic energy. For nearly three hours, musicians in iterations of one, two, three and four play and sing old tunes, mountain tunes, folk tunes.

FRESNO REGIONAL: Senior leads Duke to 27-point rout

posted: 03/25/2012 5:40 a.m.

Shay Selby is the one who slept on the cross-country flight to get herself adjusted to West Coast time. She’s the one who kept reminding her teammates this was a business trip.

THE TV COLUMN: They’re back! Mad Men opener is fast-paced

posted: 03/25/2012 5:37 a.m.

If you think it’s been awhile since you saw Mad Men, you’re right.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Hurt her now or ruin her life

posted: 03/25/2012 5:36 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: In two months I’m due to be married. I’ve been with my fiancee for five years.

Around the horn: Rotation still set for Hogs

posted: 03/25/2012 5:35 a.m.

Rotation still set for Hogs Ryne Stanek said Arkansas fans shouldn’t get too worried about the recent struggles of DJ Baxendale, the Razorbacks No. 1 pitcher.

TV ON DVD: 2 Above Suspicion mysteries gripping, well-acted, brutal

posted: 03/25/2012 5:35 a.m.

What is it? Above Suspicion, Set 1, more than four hours’ worth of mysteries on two discs from Acorn Media.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 03/25/2012 5:34 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ve pushed yourself hard. Now take a breather. Even though the next three months feel like a lovely coast, you’ll learn from this period of your life. May brings family bonding. In late June, work gets more challenging and, after you rise to the occasion, more lucrative, too. Love makes life exciting in August.

SPIN CYCLE: Hoot and holler: Fort Smith Hooters Girl honored

posted: 03/25/2012 5:34 a.m.

Kaylee Farris of Fort Smith tells the camera why she likes our fair state.

THE RECRUITING GUY: UCLA commitment still interested in Arkansas

posted: 03/25/2012 5:33 a.m.

One of the top defensive prospects in the nation, linebacker Deon Hollins Jr. of Missouri City (Texas) Marshall, committed to UCLA on Tuesday but said he still plans to visit Arkansas.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: StoryCorps trailer returns to record Arkansans’ tales

posted: 03/25/2012 5:32 a.m.

StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving and sharing the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs, will record interviews in Little Rock, Thursday through April 30.

Notre Dame QB spot breeding competition

posted: 03/25/2012 5:32 a.m.

The four-way competition to become Notre Dame’s starting quarterback is just getting started — and it could be a long haul.

Jones to start final season on DL

posted: 03/25/2012 5:30 a.m.

Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones will miss the start of his farewell season.

Torn ligament sidelines Cincinnati’s Madson for season

posted: 03/25/2012 5:28 a.m.

Instead of closing for the Cincinnati Reds, Ryan Madson will miss the 2012 season because of a torn ligament in his right elbow.

Meet you in Manhattan

posted: 03/25/2012 5:27 a.m.

Mad Men fans, it’s time for a cocktail. The return of the AMC show tonight after a hiatus of a year and a half is cause for celebration, and there’s no better place to raise your glass than in Manhattan at one of Don Draper’s favorite haunts.

Second thoughts

posted: 03/25/2012 5:26 a.m.

Kazakhs not singing spoof song Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat character has sparked a diplomatic row after his spoof version of the Kazakhstan anthem was played instead of the real one at a medal ceremony.

Off the wire

posted: 03/25/2012 5:26 a.m.

BOXING Wach knocks out Fields Mariusz Wach stopped Tye Fields in the sixth round and retained his WBC international heavyweight title in Atlantic City, N.J. Wach (27-0, 15 KOs) won by knockout on Saturday and was never seriously hurt by Fields. Wach unloaded a series of lefts and rights at the head and sent Fields into the ropes and face first onto the canvas.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Perryville event raises money, talk of turkeys

posted: 03/25/2012 5:25 a.m.

Miss Laura and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new ones recently at the Perry County Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation banquet at Perryville.

Crossing the pond for cheap

posted: 03/25/2012 5:24 a.m.

With gasoline prices soaring, this is not the best year to book a last-minute international flight. But if you’re lucky enough to score a cheap ticket to another continent, you might be surprised how far you can stretch a dollar. With global markets in perpetual flux, the euro crisis did a lot to help the U.S. dollar in cities across the world.

Wales offers lots of lovelies at a bargain

posted: 03/25/2012 5:23 a.m.

Searching for a scenic and unusual vacation? Wales is a winner. Accessible countryside, commanding castles and numerous archaeological attractions make this European destination worthy of your tourist time. It’s also the birthplace of poet Dylan Thomas, and home to the quirky yet notable World Bog Snorkeling Championship. Here’s how to make the most of your travel budget when you visit.

Unexpected diversion

posted: 03/25/2012 5:22 a.m.

Nobody likes unexpected car repairs, but I considered this one providential.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Cruise isn’t the place to be anchored by luggage

posted: 03/25/2012 5:22 a.m.

When I put my luggage into a taxi at the start of my first-ever cruise, it was a shock. I’d never packed so much before: deck wear, nicer evening wear, and rugged travel clothing to use on land. I’d even brought four pairs of shoes... if you count my flip-flops.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Prudent planners avoid the distress of travel ‘gotchas’

posted: 03/25/2012 5:21 a.m.

You get to your departure airport — even worse, you arrive at your destination — only to find you’ve forgotten to do or get something you critically need. Gotcha! In the worst case, your destination doesn’t even let you out of the airport. Obviously, the time to worry about the gotchas is before you start your trip, not during it. Here are some key gotchas to check before you leave.

NBA summaries

posted: 03/25/2012 5:21 a.m.

CLIPPERS 101, GRIZZLIES 85 MEMPHIS (85) Gay 4-9 2-3 11, Randolph 6-16 2-2 14, Gasol 3-12 0-0 6, Conley 4-6 0-0 9, Allen 3-5 4-4 11, Cunningham 0-3 0-0 0, Arenas 1-5 0-0 2, Speights 3-4 1-2 7, Mayo 5-12 1-3 13, Pargo 1-3 0-0 3, Haddadi 0-0 0-0 0, Pondexter 3-3 0-0 9. Totals 33-78 10-14 85. LA CLIPPERS (101) Butler 6-11 0-0 12, Griffin 6-9 8-12 20, Jordan 3-4 0-0 6, Paul 6-13 7-9 19, Foye 5-11 4-5 18, Martin 2-4 0-0 4, Young 6-13 4-5 16, Simmons 1-3 0-0 3, Bledsoe 0-2 0-0 0, Evans 1-2 1-2 3, Thompkins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-72 24-33 101. Memphis.................. 17 25 19 24 — 85

Whimsical lyrics added on whim

posted: 03/25/2012 5:16 a.m.

The signature tune of the Pulaski County chapter of the Rackensack Folklore Society is surely “Down in the Arkansas.” The song typically ends the monthly meeting with all hands invited to join in. Author unknown, says Brode Morgan, it has numerous verses. He supplied a copy with about 30 separate verses.

Bull Shoals to host TBF main event

posted: 03/25/2012 5:15 a.m.

Ninety-four of the best anglers in The Bass Federation will compete in the Federation National Championship March 29-31 on Bull Shoals Lake.

Firm works bank magic from behind scenes

posted: 03/25/2012 5:14 a.m.

In unmarked offices in Athens on a dusty block choked with strip clubs and burned-out buildings, several dozen employees of a Wall Street firm spent months poring over bank-loan portfolios as Greece struggled with its debt crisis.

HOT SPRINGS STAKES: City Sage, Borel prevail

posted: 03/25/2012 5:13 a.m.

William Sims’ City Sage held off Our Dark Knight by a neck to win the $75,000 Hot Springs Stakes for older sprinters Saturday afternoon at Oaklawn Park.

Firm helping entrepreneurs get foot in door

posted: 03/25/2012 5:13 a.m.

In a small, spartan office in a strip center just down the street from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. headquarters, a small group of people has some big ideas about getting new products onto retailers’ shelves.

Motion replicates feat

posted: 03/25/2012 5:12 a.m.

Last year, Animal Kingdom won the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes and then the Kentucky Derby in his next start for trainer Graham Motion and owner Team Valor.

Castaway favorite for Sunland Derby

posted: 03/25/2012 5:11 a.m.

Castaway, winner of one division of the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park, heads a field of nine entered in today’s $800,000 Sunland Park Derby. Castaway, one of two horses trained by Bob Baffert in the field, will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano, who rode Castaway to a 5-length victory in Hot Springs on Feb. 20.

Wal-Mart shoppers go Amazon

posted: 03/25/2012 5:09 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s customers were latecomers to online shopping. Now increasingly they’re trolling for deals at Amazon.com Inc., putting pressure on Wal-Mart to fix its lagging e-commerce operation.

SEC GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS: Early mishaps trip up UA gymnasts at SEC meet

posted: 03/25/2012 5:09 a.m.

Arkansas stumbled at the start Saturday at the SEC Gymnastics Championships.

Pine Bluff boxer tunes in, earns 5th trip to nationals

posted: 03/25/2012 5:08 a.m.

One hour before his 152-pound title bout in the Mid-South Golden Gloves championship, Pine Bluff’s Donald Griffin juked to the beat pouring from his white headphones.

Offshore oil a mixed blessing for Falklands

posted: 03/25/2012 5:08 a.m.

Falkland islanders are so accustomed to making do with what they’ve got that many still heat their homes with peat stoves, grow their own vegetables, repair their Land Rovers themselves and raise chickens for their soft-boiled eggs.

Mexico’s middle class on the rise

posted: 03/25/2012 5:05 a.m.

A wary but tenacious middle class is fast becoming the majority in Mexico, breaking down the rich-poor divide in a profound demographic transformation that has farreaching implications here and in the United States.

SEC ROUNDUP

posted: 03/25/2012 5:03 a.m.

FLORIDA 5, SOUTH CAROLINA 4 COLUMBA, S.C. — Nolan Fontana delivered a tie-breaking, two-out, tworun triple in the ninth inning Saturday to lift Florida (22-2, 5-1 SEC) to a victory over South Carolina (17-7, 1-5 SEC) and clinch the series victory at Carolina Stadium. It’s the third time this season the Gators have won in their final at-bat. Fontana entered the game just 1 for 33 in his career against the Gamecocks, but he finished 2 for 5 in the series finale.

F-35 jets $1 billion over target, U.S. says

posted: 03/25/2012 5:02 a.m.

Lockheed Martin Corp.’s first 63 F-35 fighter jets are exceeding their combined target cost by $1 billion, showing the Pentagon’s costliest program lacks a reliable design and efficient manufacturing, according to U.S. congressional auditors.

STATE COLLEGE ROUNDUP

posted: 03/25/2012 5:02 a.m.

SUN BELT ARKANSAS STATE 6, LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 4 LAFAYETTE, La. — Claude Johnson went 4 for 5 and scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning to lead Arkansas State to a victory Saturday, a day after losing its Sun Belt Conference series opener at “Tigue” Moore Field. Tied at 2-2 to start the sixth, Johnson led off with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Emery and scored on a sacrifice fly by Dustin Jones.

Former Exxon ship, known for oil spill, is sold for scrap

posted: 03/25/2012 5 a.m.

The ship formerly called Exxon Valdez has been sold for scrap, 23 years after the worst oil-tanker spill in U.S. history. The event led to new designs for oil carriers.

NFL notes

posted: 03/25/2012 4:59 a.m.

BENGALS Ex-Razorback agrees CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Bengals signed former Indianapolis defensive end Jamaal Anderson (Little Rock Parkview, Arkansas Razorbacks) on Saturday and agreed to another contract with defensive tackle Pat Sims, who had been an unrestricted free agent. Anderson was Atlanta’s first-round pick in 2007.

Many look to French class as ticket out of China

posted: 03/25/2012 4:59 a.m.

Thousands of people in China are trying to write their own ticket out of the country — in French.

NATIONAL LEAGUE SCHEDULES

posted: 03/25/2012 4:58 a.m.

EAST ATLANTA APRIL 5-8........... at NY Mets 9-11......... at Houston 13-15........ Milwaukee 16-18........... NY Mets 19-22......... at Arizona 23-25. at LA Dodgers 27-30........ Pittsburgh MAY 1-3......... Philadelphia 4-6.......... at Colorado 7-9..... at Chicago (N) 11-13...... at St. Louis 14-15......... Cincinnati 16-17............... Miami 18-20.at Tampa Bay 21-24..... at Cincinnati 25-27..... Washington 28-30.......... St. Louis JUNE 1-3..... at Washington 5-7............... at Miami 8-10.......... Toronto 11-13... NY Yankees 15-17.....

AMERICAN LEAGUE SCHEDULES

posted: 03/25/2012 4:57 a.m.

EAST BALTIMORE APRIL 6-8............ Minnesota 9-11........ NY Yankees 1315......... at Toronto 16-19.. at Chicago (A) 20-22.... at LA Angels 24-26............ Toronto 27-29............ Oakland 30...... at NY Yankees MAY 1-2..... at NY Yankees 4-6............. at Boston 7-10.................. Texas 11-13....... Tampa Bay 14-15...... NY Yankees 16-17.. at Kansas City 18-20 at Washington 21-23............. Boston 25-27...... Kansas City 28-30........ at Toronto JUNE 1-3....... at Tampa Bay 5-7............. at Boston 8-10....

COLUMN ONE: Mail call

posted: 03/25/2012 4:57 a.m.

Dear Curious, In response to your question—who’s going to win this year’s presidential election—allow me to borrow Mark Twain’s response on a similar occasion: Ma’am, I am gratified to answer your question. I don’t know.

Today’s game

posted: 03/25/2012 4:57 a.m.

ARKANSAS AT MISSISSIPPI ST. WHEN Noon Central WHERE Dudy Noble Field, Starkville, Miss. RECORDS Arkansas 21-3, 4-1 SEC; Mississippi State 16-8, 2-3. TV Fox Sports Net RADIO RSP statewide radio network, which includes KQSM-FM, 92.1 in Fayetteville; KURM-AM, 790, in Bentonville-Rogers ; KASR-FM, 92.7, in Conway; KHGG-FM, 103.1, in Fort Smith;

Classic role

posted: 03/25/2012 4:56 a.m.

The canon of great literature, philosophy, and art is thriving—in the marketplace, if not on college campuses. For the last 20 years, a company called the Great Courses has been selling recorded lectures in the humanities and sciences to an adult audience eager to brush up its Shakespeare and its quantum mechanics. The company produces only what its market research shows that customers want. And that, it turns out, is a curriculum in the monuments of human thought, taught without the politically correct superiority and self-indulgent theory common in today’s colleges.

President Mensch

posted: 03/25/2012 4:55 a.m.

Last Sunday, Germany swore in Joachim Gauck as its 11th postwar president.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 03/25/2012 4:55 a.m.

Peitz still has faith in Najjaar HOT SPRINGS — Trainer Dan Peitz said he’s pointing late-running Najjaar for the $1 million Grade I Arkansas Derby on April 14 at Oaklawn Park.

Still invisible: Existing while black remains ‘suspicious’

posted: 03/25/2012 4:55 a.m.

They do not see you. For every African American, it comes as surely as hard times, setback and tears, that moment when you realize somebody is looking right at you and yet, not seeing you-as if you had become cellophane, as if you had become air, as if somehow, some way, you were right there and yet at the same time, not.

Time, death and the changing seasons

posted: 03/25/2012 4:54 a.m.

Vernise took a leave of absence from her job. She hated to do it, in part because her attorneys had been so good to her, letting her take off whenever she needed to and a bonus at Christmas besides. But she didn’t see any way around it. He was her husband, and it was her place to take care of him.

Will Scotland go its own way?

posted: 03/25/2012 4:53 a.m.

"The Breakup of Britain” ? It sounds like a fantasy fiction title. To many people across the world, including the English themselves, it is inconceivable that this deep-rooted United Kingdom, the oldest royal democracy in the world, could split apart.

SATURDAY’S RESULTS

posted: 03/25/2012 4:53 a.m.

PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational At Bay Hill Club & Lodge Orlando, Fla. Purse: $6 million Par 72, 7,419 yards Third of four rounds 205 (-11 ) Tiger Woods.................. 69-65-71 206 (-10 ) Graeme McDowell........ 72-63-71 208 (-8 ) Ernie Els........................ 71-70-67 Ian Poulter..................... 71-69-68 209 (-7 ) Charles Howell III.......... 73-68-68 Johnson Wagner........... 71-69-69 210 (-6 ) Kevin Na........................ 73-68-69 Charlie Wi...................... 66-68-76 211 (-5 ) Bud Cauley.................... 70-73-68

Give us a break-please

posted: 03/25/2012 4:52 a.m.

Bill Maher has a request for America : “Please Stop Apologizing.” In a New York Times op-ed bearing that title, HBO’s politico-celebrity calls for an end to politicians’ insincere demands for apologies from those who have supposedly offended them—and to the equally insincere apologies they so often elicit. Exhibit A, according to Mr. Maher, is the recent flap over actor Robert De Niro’s quip—for which he subsequently apologized—that Americans might not be ready for a “white first lady.”

State sports briefs

posted: 03/25/2012 4:52 a.m.

TRACK AND FIELD Arkansas State ends competition at LSU Relays Arkansas State finished its first outdoor meet of the season Saturday at the LSU Relays in Baton Rouge. Chelsea Weaver finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 11 minutes, 18.83 seconds. The women’s distance medley relay team of Sam Salinas, Jamie Curry, Tilda Helgesson and Kristina Aubert finished second in 12:20.42.

BEST-SELLERS

posted: 03/25/2012 4:52 a.m.

Fiction 1. THE THIEF, by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott. Isaac Bell tries to save scientists from German spies. 2. LONE WOLF, by Jodi Picoult. The children of a man who studies wolves must make difficult decisions when he is seriously injured in an accident. 3. A RISING THUNDER, by David Weber. Honor Harrington defends the Star Empire of Manticore in a new and terrible war. 4. FAIR GAME, by Patricia Briggs. Two werewolves, an Alpha and an Omega, help the FBI track a serial killer who is murdering preternatural beings.

EDITORIALS: The Huckabee show

posted: 03/25/2012 4:51 a.m.

WHAT AN experiment in the making. And not just an experiment for a high school science fair—in which the outcome is known, or should be, before the student even begins mixing the concoctions. The result this time is anything but a given. For political watchers—or rather, political gawkers—this is almost exciting. If this were a book, we’d be tempted to turn to the last page to see how it all came out.

The nature of war

posted: 03/25/2012 4:51 a.m.

As America commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, it is important to keep in mind that the war touched lives well beyond the battlefield. This was brought home to me recently when I read a brief memoir of an encounter between foraging federal troops and the Jones family at modern Caddo Gap, deep in the Ouachita Mountains.

Civility nearer?

posted: 03/25/2012 4:50 a.m.

Almost 25 years ago, a group of people en route from the Mexican border for what they thought would be a better life in the United States never realized that dream.

Revenge of the Chief: Firings all around

posted: 03/25/2012 4:50 a.m.

A few years back the apparatchiks that run the NCAA ordered my alma mater, the University of Illinois, to get rid of our beloved Chief Illiniwek.

Glimpses of leadership

posted: 03/25/2012 4:49 a.m.

When you see tactical retreat in an insurgent conservative Republican at the state Legislature, where meltdown is conceivable next year from intransigence and zeal, you should thank the heavens.

LETTERS

posted: 03/25/2012 4:48 a.m.

Blame belongs to all It’s your fault. . . and mine.

COVER STORY: Time for stars to slime at Kids’ Choice Awards

posted: 03/25/2012 4:47 a.m.

Are you ready for some slime?

that’s life: It may be too late for Worst Cooks Boot Camp

posted: 03/25/2012 4:42 a.m.

I think I’ve found a reality TV show I can win.

Ride for 65 Roses

posted: 03/25/2012 4:41 a.m.

Amber Carson wasn’t a cyclist — until after her niece Aven, now 5, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was about a month old — but Carson’s brother was.

Two Three Rivers projects win Henry Awards

posted: 03/25/2012 4:40 a.m.

Ann Hooper said she knew the Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society was a finalist for a Henry Award, but it wasn’t until the awards presentation that she knew the society had won.

Greystone is back on course

posted: 03/25/2012 4:39 a.m.

Aug. 26, 2011, was a sad day for most of the homeowners in Cabot’s Greystone subdivision. It was the day two golf courses at Greystone closed. For many, those greens are what attracted them to Greystone in the first place. But thanks to a group of aggressive buyers, both courses will be opening soon.

calendar

posted: 03/25/2012 4:38 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 trnews@arkansasonline.com. Deadlines for calendar-item submissions are noon Friday for Thursday editions and noon Tuesday for Sunday editions. SATURDAY Easter Celebration BATESVILLE — The Old Independence Regional Museum will celebrate Easter from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be Easter games, crafts and stories.

Lyon College joining American Midwest Conference

posted: 03/25/2012 4:37 a.m.

Lyon College will join the American Midwest Conference effective July 1. Competition will begin in all sports for the 2012-13 academic year.

front & center: Dennis Wiles

posted: 03/25/2012 4:37 a.m.

Dennis Wiles picked up a copy of John Grisham’s A Painted House from the corner of his desk. Grisham autographed the book to Wiles as “one cotton picker to another.” Turning to Page 6, Wiles began reading aloud about Luke and Pappy sitting on the tailgate of Pappy’s truck and a family of hill people who are looking for work picking cotton:

Town hall meeting to be held Tuesday

posted: 03/25/2012 4:36 a.m.

The first in a series of town hall meetings for 2012 will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Carmichael Community Center Auditorium, 802 S. Elm St.

Youth Ministry Days set at Williams Baptist College

posted: 03/25/2012 4:35 a.m.

The 2012 Youth Ministry Days at Williams Baptist College, aimed at student ministers and others who lead youth in churches, will be held Tuesday and Wednesday. Student ministry specialist Scott Stevens will be the featured speaker.

outdoors: How to cook your goose

posted: 03/25/2012 4:34 a.m.

Quick Tip After killing a goose, quickly remove the entrails and allow it to cool. If that’s not done, residual body heat may render the meat unsavory. Read below to learn how to perform a field dressing. The first time it happened was both surprising and delightful. I had just concluded a successful snowgoose hunt. Twelve geese had fallen to our guns, and our hosts started quarreling over who should take them home. They seemed startled when I offered to take the birds.

Summer Writing Institute accepting applications

posted: 03/25/2012 4:33 a.m.

The Arkansas Delta Writing Project at Arkansas State University is accepting applications for its 2012 Summer Writing Institute for Teachers, which will be held in ASU’s department of teacher education June 7-29.

The Amazing Adventures of My Dog Sheppy returns to the big screen

posted: 03/25/2012 4:33 a.m.

The Ozark Foothills FilmFest will screen The Amazing Adventures of My Dog Sheppy at 7 p.m. Wednesday, the film’s first public screening in more than 50 years. The film will be shown at the historic Landers Theater, 332 E. Main, as part of a double feature.

Master Gardeners offer scholarship

posted: 03/25/2012 4:32 a.m.

The Master Gardeners of White County are accepting applications for their college scholarship for fall 2012. Applicants must be a White County resident or a student in White County and must be seeking an agricultural degree at any college or university This annual scholarship is awarded to a student based on academic performance, leadership, community involvement and other factors.

First Security Bank donates cookbook proceeds to charity

posted: 03/25/2012 4:31 a.m.

First Security Bancorp Chairman/CEO Reynie Rutledge presented the Arkansas Foodbank with a $25,000 check on Feb. 23 — the proceeds from more than 5,000 cookbooks sold during the holidays.

that’s life: It may be too late for Worst Cooks Boot Camp

posted: 03/25/2012 4:31 a.m.

I think I’ve found a reality TV show I can win.

Traildogs, music series win tourism awards

posted: 03/25/2012 4:30 a.m.

Two Tri-Lakes organizations recently received awards during the 38th Governor’s Conference on Tourism, which recognized them for their efforts to aid tourism in the state.

Garland judges developing court for defendants with mental-health issues

posted: 03/25/2012 4:17 a.m.

Two Garland County District Court judges, who have successfully established special courts for defendants with drug and alcohol problems, as well as special hearings for veterans who have run into trouble with the law in the county, are now looking to establish special procedures for criminal defendants who may have mental-health issues.

EARLY BLOOMERS?

posted: 03/25/2012 4:15 a.m.

The warm weather may be too tempting for some gardeners, who are intent on having the first ripe tomato of summer.

Spring outdoor events on tap at state parks

posted: 03/25/2012 4:13 a.m.

DeGray Lake Resort State Park in Bismarck is gearing up for spring. Kayaking, lake tours, night hikes, demonstrations, games and other activities will be offered daily through April 1.

calendar

posted: 03/25/2012 4:12 a.m.

THURSDAY Cajun Feast BENTON — The annual Benton Area Chamber of Commerce Cajun Feast will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Christian Life Center. The menu will include Cajun food, and for an extra price, 2 pounds of crawfish can be purchased.

Benton AGFC project gets funding

posted: 03/25/2012 4:11 a.m.

A project consisting of two archery ranges, a fishing pier and restrooms at a municipal pond in the city of Bryant is among eight such outdoor recreational facilities that will be constructed with $500,000 in funds approved for that use at a recent meeting of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

April 1 is project grant deadline

posted: 03/25/2012 4:11 a.m.

The Hot Springs Village Community Foundation awards grants to area organizations in the spring and fall of each year. The foundation also donates money to various area special projects, such as Woodlands, Village Fireworks, Village SCAT and many others.

CADC to assist Tri-Lakes customers

posted: 03/25/2012 3:54 a.m.

The Central Arkansas Development Council will provide crisis-intervention assistance to families with disconnect notices in the Crisis Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP ) program. Applications for regular assistance will be accepted until Friday or until funds are depleted.

front & center: Jack Larsen

posted: 03/25/2012 3:53 a.m.

up close getting to know John Axel ‘Jack’ Larsen Birth date: April 7, 1937 Birthplace: Oak Park, Ill. Family: Wife, Crystal; son, Eric; daughter, Kristin; and five grandchildren Biggest influence: I changed high schools three times. That helped me learn the importance of making friends, of being involved in activities, and it also taught me to be independent. First job: In the seventh grade, I worked in a greenhouse transplanting plants.

outdoors: How to cook your goose

posted: 03/25/2012 3:29 a.m.

The first time it happened was both surprising and delightful. I had just concluded a successful snow-goose hunt. Twelve geese had fallen to our guns, and our hosts started quarreling over who should take them home. They seemed startled when I offered to take the birds.

UCA’s Chang orchestrates an enjoyable life

posted: 03/25/2012 3:28 a.m.

Amy Chang becomes animated when she talks about music. Her face lights up, and she talks with her hands — almost as if she were conducting an orchestra, which is appropriate, since she has been a professional orchestral conductor for more than 20 years.

that’s life: It may be too late for Worst Cooks Boot Camp

posted: 03/25/2012 3:15 a.m.

I think I’ve found a reality TV show I can win.

‘We’re honored’

posted: 03/25/2012 3:14 a.m.

The skirl of bagpipes drifted across downtown Conway on a recent afternoon, causing some motorists to roll down their vehicle windows to listen for the source.

Hattieville woman to be honored by Friends of Conway County Library

posted: 03/25/2012 3:05 a.m.

To get an inkling of 84-year-old retired Hattieville school teacher Bernie Beeson’s personality, all anyone has to do is look at the Christmas card she sent last year to friends and family.

Playing the bagpipes not for faint of heart, or breath

posted: 03/25/2012 2:58 a.m.

Roy Eggensperger of Conway, who gives bagpipe lessons, said learning to play the instrument takes time.

Diabetes Alert Day offers food, fun, free screenings

posted: 03/25/2012 2:57 a.m.

Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, in partnership with its Outpatient Therapy Center, will hold a Diabetes Alert Day on Tuesday in the hospital annex.

calendar

posted: 03/25/2012 2:56 a.m.

ONGOING Noonday Prayer CONWAY — St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 925 Mitchell St., will offer noonday prayer and Stations of the Cross at noon each weekday during Lent, through April 5. People of all faiths are welcome to participate in this short service of prayer and Scripture. For more information, call (501) 329-8174. TODAY Daffodil Show

ATU’s College to Career Center to offer advising sessions

posted: 03/25/2012 2:55 a.m.

When Arkansas Tech students return to classes Monday, some students in the College of Business will be able to take advantage of advising from the College to Career Center.

front & center: Lowell McClanahan

posted: 03/25/2012 2:54 a.m.

Lowell McClanahan said he has lived three lives: as a Navy aviator, a corporate executive and, most recently, as the interim chief financial officer for the city of Conway.

outdoors: How to cook your goose

posted: 03/25/2012 2:53 a.m.

The first time it happened was both surprising and delightful.

Photographer to conduct workshops in Bee Branch

posted: 03/25/2012 2:53 a.m.

A series of workshops on the basics of photography, “The Eye … The Difference,” will begin Saturday. Created by Bill Ward of Bee Branch, the classes are available for different experience levels and will all be conducted on Saturdays at his cabin in Bee Branch.

Little Red River Beef Cattle Conference is Wednesday

posted: 03/25/2012 2:52 a.m.

On Wednesday, cattlemen and industry experts will gather to discuss issues affecting the cattle industry at the Little Red River Beef Cattle Conference, held at the Cleburne County Livestock Auction House in Heber Springs.

Great Outdoors Expo is Saturday

posted: 03/25/2012 2:51 a.m.

Hunting, camping, fishing and outdoor sports will take center stage Saturday at the Greenbrier Event Center for the Great Outdoors Expo.

Saturday, March 24

SEC Baseball: Arkansas bounces back with shutout win

posted: 03/24/2012 5:48 p.m.

Arkansas scored six in the sixth inning and recorded a shutout to bounce back from its first road loss with a 8-0 win over Mississippi State on Saturday at Dudy Noble Park in Starkville, Miss.

Investigators: Woman’s death not connected to other killings

posted: 03/24/2012 4:23 p.m.

Investigators don’t believe the death of an Arkansas woman found in western Tennessee last year is connected to other unsolved killings in the area.

Man shot during robbery

posted: 03/24/2012 4:16 p.m.

A man was shot Friday night during a robbery, according to a report from Little Rock police.

French authorities investigate gunman's brother

posted: 03/24/2012 3:42 p.m.

The brother of the man behind a deadly shooting rampage in France celebrated his martyr-like death and may have helped him, police and a lawyer said Saturday.

'Hunger Games' takes in $68M on opening day

posted: 03/24/2012 2:05 p.m.

The feast is on: "The Hunger Games" has taken in $68.25 million domestically in its first day, a record for a non-sequel.

Volunteers train in mobile kitchen for disaster

posted: 03/24/2012 1:46 p.m.

Volunteers moved their operations outside and cooked hot dogs and baked beans in a mobile kitchen in the Salvation Army parking lot today to prepare themselves for disaster relief.

Lockheed to pay $15.8 million to settle suit

posted: 03/24/2012 12:51 p.m.

Lockheed Martin will pay $15.8 million to settle a lawsuit that claims it overcharged the government for tools used on military aircraft programs.

Memphis receives $25,000 to demolish vacant homes

posted: 03/24/2012 12:43 p.m.

Memphis is one of five cities that has gotten a $25,000 grant from the National Association of Realtors to demolish about 20 vacant, blighted homes.

Santorum looks for support in Louisiana

posted: 03/24/2012 11:10 a.m.

Rick Santorum is looking to Louisiana for a rebound as Republican voters go to the polls Saturday in the state’s GOP primary.

State trooper wounded in Hempstead County shooting

posted: 03/24/2012 11:03 a.m.

A state trooper was wounded last night during a gunfire exchange at a traffic stop in Hempstead County, according to Arkansas State Police.

Judge considers deal in youth prison suit

posted: 03/24/2012 10:45 a.m.

A federal judge is considering whether to approve a lawsuit agreement that would move juvenile offenders out of a privately run prison that has been hounded by allegations of abuse.

5.1-magnitude Chile earthquake leaves no damage

posted: 03/24/2012 10:40 a.m.

A 5.1-magnitude temblor has shaken awake residents of Chile’s capital, but no damage or injuries have been reported.

Lawmakers, US agency favor Hatch Act changes

posted: 03/24/2012 10:01 a.m.

Lawmakers in both houses say it’s time to update a 1939 law that often prevents state and local government employees from running for elective office.

Ex-casino dealer pleads guilty in Louisiana cheating plot

posted: 03/24/2012 9:27 a.m.

A former dealer at a Lake Charles casino has pleaded guilty to conspiring to rig roulette games.

Doctor is World Bank pick

posted: 03/24/2012 5:25 a.m.

The White House on Friday named Jim Yong Kim, the president of Dartmouth College and a global health expert, as its nominee to lead the World Bank.

Romney attacks health revamp

posted: 03/24/2012 5:23 a.m.

On the second anniversary of President Barack Obama’s signing of the law overhauling the U.S. healthcare system, Mitt Romney set out to achieve two goals: renew his vow to repeal it and diminish assertions that the Massachusetts law he backed was a model for it.

Obama says teen killing prompts soul-searching

posted: 03/24/2012 5:22 a.m.

President Barack Obama spoke in highly personal terms Friday about how the killing in Florida of a 17-yearold black youth named Trayvon Martin had affected him, saying that “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” The comments by Obama were his first on the case in which a neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, has claimed self-defense after shooting Martin several weeks ago. The case has generated anger about the state’s so-called Stand Your Ground Law, which gives people wide latitude to use deadly force rather than retreat during a fight.

Judge dismisses King papers suit

posted: 03/24/2012 5:21 a.m.

A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the estate of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. seeking documents and other material connected to the civilrights leader from a Mississippi TV news anchor.

Noises in the night a mystery

posted: 03/24/2012 5:13 a.m.

It was a quiet night last Sunday when the sounds began, and some residents have barely slept since.

New Zealand’s odd road rule set to exit

posted: 03/24/2012 5:12 a.m.

New Zealand is finally yielding to the rest of the world on a unique road rule that confounded foreign drivers for decades.

2 in House face longer inquiries

posted: 03/24/2012 5:11 a.m.

The House Ethics Committee announced Friday that it was extending its reviews of two members of Congress who have been accused in separate cases of improprieties involving their outside business interests.

2 killed as planes crash miles apart

posted: 03/24/2012 5:10 a.m.

At least two people have been killed after two small planes crashed north of Denver near Longmont in a possible midair collision, authorities said Friday.

Biden: GOP a Medicare killer

posted: 03/24/2012 5:09 a.m.

Campaigning in South Florida, Vice President Joe Biden lashed out against House Republicans’ proposed changes to Medicare, telling a roomful of retirees that the plan would jeopardize future health care for millions of older Americans.

Federal death penalty tossed for Iowa woman

posted: 03/24/2012 5:08 a.m.

A judge removed one of the two women on federal death row Friday, saying lawyers for the Iowa woman convicted in the 1993 execution-style murders of five people failed to present evidence about her troubled mental state that could have spared her from capital punishment.

EU bans Assad’s wife, relatives

posted: 03/24/2012 5:07 a.m.

European Union foreign ministers imposed sanctions Friday on Asma Assad, the British-born wife of the Syrian president, banning her from traveling to EU countries and freezing any assets she may have there.

Mutineers fear countercoup in Mali

posted: 03/24/2012 5:06 a.m.

Television screens throughout the landlocked country of Mali temporarily went black Friday as residents near the building that houses the state broadcaster saw troops who fear a possible countercoup erecting heavy barricades a day after a military takeover.

Burma vote off in north

posted: 03/24/2012 5:05 a.m.

Election authorities in Burma have postponed voting in three of 48 constituencies in the April 1 by-election because of what the militarybacked government says are security concerns.

China to let be organs of executed

posted: 03/24/2012 5:04 a.m.

China said Friday that it planned to end within three to five years the practice of transplanting organs from executed prisoners, a step that would address what for decades has been one of the country’s most criticized practices in regard to human rights.

U.S. soldier charged with 17 counts of murder

posted: 03/24/2012 5:03 a.m.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was charged on Friday with 17 counts of premeditated murder, a capital offense that could lead to the death penalty, in the massacre of Afghan civilians, the U.S. military said.

Anteater, iguana carcasses seized

posted: 03/24/2012 5:02 a.m.

Police in northern Vietnam have seized 5 tons of pangolin and iguana carcasses destined to be shipped to restaurants in China.

In the news

posted: 03/24/2012 5:01 a.m.

Johnny Rodrigues, the head of a conservationists’ alliance in Zimbabwe, said his group is investigating the legality of a hunting trip in the country by U.S. magnate Donald Trump’s sons after photos showed up online of Donald Jr. and Eric posing with dead game animals.

Names and faces

posted: 03/24/2012 5 a.m.

Singer Whitney Houston, who was found dead in her hotel room on the eve of the Grammy Awards last month, accidentally drowned in a bathtub, the Los Angeles County coroner said Thursday.

Mega Millions

posted: 03/24/2012 5 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 6-17-19-20-21 Mega Ball: 20 Estimated jackpot: $290 million Megaplier: 4

The nation in brief

posted: 03/24/2012 4:58 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “You know, if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” President Barack Obama, speaking about how the shooting in Florida of a 17-year-old black youth named Trayvon Martin had affected him Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 03/24/2012 4:56 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Their behavior continues to be murdering and totally unacceptable in the eyes of the world.” British Foreign Secretary William Hague, ahead of a meeting in which the EU imposed more sanctions on members of the Syrian regime to stop violence in the country Article, this page

Drug trial to start as negotiations falter

posted: 03/24/2012 4:55 a.m.

One of the world’s largest drug manufacturers is facing potential penalties of more than $1 billion in a lawsuit set to begin Monday in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Motel owner denies breach of 2005 order

posted: 03/24/2012 4:54 a.m.

A lawyer for an extended stay motel filed a response in Pulaski County Circuit Court denying that the motel’s owner was in contempt of court for new code and safety violations found when the city cracked down on inspections after a 5-year-old girl was found abandoned at the motel.

Rescuers recover body fast-running creek took

posted: 03/24/2012 4:52 a.m.

Forty hours after a woman’s body was spotted in a Little Rock creek by a passer-by Wednesday night, firefighters pulled the body out of the water late Friday morning.

State’s Asian population grows 77% in 10 years

posted: 03/24/2012 4:51 a.m.

Arkansas’ Asian population increased 77 percent between 2000 and 2010, according to a new report from the U.S. Census.

PB woman slain, teen daughter hurt

posted: 03/24/2012 4:50 a.m.

A Pine Bluff man was arrested in the slaying of a woman after an early morning standoff with police in which he held her teenage daughter hostage, police said Friday.

LR hotel set to turn dirt; date unknown

posted: 03/24/2012 4:49 a.m.

A chain-link fence now surrounds the former parking lot where a new downtown Little Rock hotel is to be built.

Judge Joe Brown to speak at UAPB

posted: 03/24/2012 4:48 a.m.

Joe Brown, a former Tennessee judge who has a courtroom drama television show, will give a speech April 10 at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Running a yellow light a ticket risk

posted: 03/24/2012 4:47 a.m.

Dear Mahatma: My daughter was driving with several girlfriends through a town about an hour south of Pine Bluff. She was stopped by police for driving through a yellow light. After checking her paperwork, the policeman gave her a verbal warning and sent her on her way. Is this really an infraction of the law?

MUSIC REVIEW: Krauss and troupe feel the love in LR

posted: 03/24/2012 4:46 a.m.

Alison Krauss and her fourman string band were never louder Friday night than when they paused for applause.

Man in fight absolved in death

posted: 03/24/2012 4:45 a.m.

A man charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of a Jonesboro man pleaded guilty to third-degree battery Friday, a prosecutor said.

Obituaries

posted: 03/24/2012 4:44 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: 03/24/2012 4:43 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO March 24, 1912 The State Museum Association, having for its purpose the preservation of the old statehouse, was organized yesterday, the meeting being held in the office in the old building formerly occupied by the State Land Commission. The movement for this organization was inaugurated by the Current Events Club of Little Rock, and the preliminary meeting yesterday was presided over by Judge Jacob Trieber.

Getting it straight

posted: 03/24/2012 4:42 a.m.

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

Daily record

posted: 03/24/2012 4:42 a.m.

Births, Marriages and Divorces

800 travel for pope’s Masses in Cuba

posted: 03/24/2012 4:41 a.m.

As the days draw down before Mariana O’Naghten sees Pope Benedict XVI in Cuba, she heads to the chapel of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in South Miami for a daily hour of prayer.

United by faith and satellite

posted: 03/24/2012 4:40 a.m.

Five years ago, Brand New Church in Bergman was thriving and drawing worshippers from well outside the small Boone County town. A sizable group would make the 50-plus-mile trek from Mountain Home every Sunday, prompting the church to open a second location there in 2007.

Church surprises priest with Mexico trip

posted: 03/24/2012 4:39 a.m.

Pope Benedict XVI is headed to Guanajuato, Mexico, this week, and at least one Roman Catholic from Arkansas has traveled there to see the pontiff.

Closed Cleveland parishes win Vatican ruling

posted: 03/24/2012 4:38 a.m.

When groups of ethnic Polish, Slovene, Slovak and Hungarian Catholics in Cleveland began protesting orders by their local bishop that closed their churches, they were given little chance of reversing the decision.

NUMBERS COUNT

posted: 03/24/2012 4:37 a.m.

52 is the percentage of 1,648 U.S.

Calendar

posted: 03/24/2012 4:37 a.m.

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT The youth department of Greater New Hope Baptist Church, 1723 W. 44th St., North Little Rock, will present “The Crucifixion” at 6 p.m. March 31. (501) 758-4651.

Exit chancellor, suddenly

posted: 03/24/2012 4:35 a.m.

HOW SUDDEN. How brief.

Obamacare: The reckoning

posted: 03/24/2012 4:35 a.m.

Obamacare dominated the 2010 midterms, driving its Democratic authors to a historic electoral shellacking. But since then, the issue has slipped quietly underground.

OTHERS SAY: Smartphones don’t cry

posted: 03/24/2012 4:34 a.m.

Staring at a face reflected in the gleaming surface of a new iPad, or hearing Siri’s synthesized voice answer questions on an iPhone, it’s easy to imagine that there’s something more than just microchips and wires inside those smart machines. There isn’t. But scientists envision a day when computing devices and their software will not only be as smart as the humans who designed them but also be able to upgrade themselves.

Shake and erase could work

posted: 03/24/2012 4:33 a.m.

The New Republic’s Jonathan Cohn noted a fascinating irony about the Etch-a-Sketch controversy over whether Republican front-runner Mitt Romney intends to remake himself as a moderate in the general election. It broke “the same day that Romney embraced the new Paul Ryan budget—a radically conservative plan that, if enacted, would take health insurance from tens of millions of people while effectively ending the federal government except for entitlements and defense spending.”

Guest writer: To breathe easier

posted: 03/24/2012 4:32 a.m.

As the NAACP State Conference president for Arkansas, I am responsible for hearing and addressing all types of concerns. In Arkansas, far too many of the complaints I hear relate to deprivation of what should be a basic human right for all, the right to breathe clean air.

Balancing profits and care

posted: 03/24/2012 4:31 a.m.

Nursing homes must balance the desire to earn money with their moral and legal responsibility to properly care for the most defenseless among us.

LETTERS

posted: 03/24/2012 4:30 a.m.

It doesn’t make sense Some things are absolutely moronic.

Time to move to front of line

posted: 03/24/2012 4:27 a.m.

Arkansas sophomore Brey Cook said he’s at full strength and ready to compete for a starting offensive tackle job this spring after being sidelined late last season by mononucleosis.

SEC BASEBALL: MSU beats up UA’s Baxendale

posted: 03/24/2012 4:26 a.m.

Hunter Renfroe didn’t have a home run going into Friday night.

Woods, Wi grab lead at Bay Hill

posted: 03/24/2012 4:25 a.m.

Even when he was winning with regularity, Tiger Woods rarely made it look this easy at Bay Hill.

Gymnasts look for momentum

posted: 03/24/2012 4:23 a.m.

Arkansas’ gymnastics team isn’t all about the SEC Championships, because the Razorbacks have bigger goals in mind.

NASCAR AUTO CLUB 400: Hamlin picks his path, claims Sprint Cup pole

posted: 03/24/2012 4:21 a.m.

Denny Hamlin went low when most drivers went high at Auto Club Speedway, and he ended up in pole position for Sunday’s race.

TODAY’S GAME: Syracuse, Ohio St. not thinking zone

posted: 03/24/2012 4:19 a.m.

One of the old axioms of college basketball is that you play zone against a team that plays zone.

SOUTH REGION: Acy powers Baylor past Xavier

posted: 03/24/2012 4:19 a.m.

Quincy Acy picked up the slack for his roommate to help push Baylor to another regional final.

MIDWEST REGION: Tar Heels get scare, win in overtime

posted: 03/24/2012 4:16 a.m.

The last of the little guys gave North Carolina a massive scare.

Kansas facing tough challenge

posted: 03/24/2012 4:15 a.m.

Pat Summitt and her Tennessee Lady Volunteers’ NCAA Tournament history is staggering. For Kansas, it’s spotty at best.

EXHIBITION: Liriano keeps Yankees at bay

posted: 03/24/2012 4:13 a.m.

Francisco Liriano gave up four hits over five shutout innings in the Minnesota Twins’ 6-4 loss to a New York Yankees split squad on Friday. “Pitching is all about location,” Liriano said. “I think I’ve been locating my pitches better than last year. My fastball, change up, slider, everything is working pretty good.” Coming off five hitless innings against Pittsburgh last Sunday, Liriano struck out five and walked one.

Second thoughts

posted: 03/24/2012 4:12 a.m.

Ben-Gals mom gets no respect The life of an NFL cheerleader is apparently an arduous one full of grueling workouts, punishments for not reaching goals and workplace drama.

Off the wire

posted: 03/24/2012 4:11 a.m.

BASKETBALL Miles to coach Nebraska Nebraska has lured Colorado State’s Tim Miles to Lincoln to take over as coach of its men’s team. Colorado State Athletic Director Jack Graham announced Friday night Miles had resigned so he could take the job with the Cornhuskers. Miles, who toured Nebraska’s facilities Friday, will be introduced at a news conference today. Miles, 45, who replaces Doc Sadler (Greenwood), just finished his fifth year at Colorado State.

NFL notes

posted: 03/24/2012 4:10 a.m.

SAINTS Payton apologizes METAIRIE, La. — Sean Payton apologized Friday for the bounty scandal under which New Orleans Saints players were offered payouts for big hits on opponents, saying he takes “full responsibility” for the system that operated for three years under his watch.

Golf leaderboard

posted: 03/24/2012 4:10 a.m.

PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational At Bay Hill Club and Lodge Course Orlando, Fla. Purse: $6 million Par 72, 7,419 yards Second of four rounds Tiger Woods....................... 69-65—134

SUMMARIES

posted: 03/24/2012 4:08 a.m.

FRIDAY’S GAMES SOUTH REGIONAL KENTUCKY 102, INDIANA 90 INDIANA (27-9 ) Watford 9-20 6-8 27, Sheehey 5-8 0-0 10, Zeller 9-14 2-2 20, Hulls 5-12 0-0 12, Oladipo 6-8 3-4 15, Moore 0-0 0-0 0, Abell 2-3 2-2 6, Pritchard 0-2 0-0 0, Roth 0-2 0-0 0, Elston 0-0 0-1 0. Totals 36-69 13-17 90. KENTUCKY (35-2 ) Jones 5-9 1-2 12, Kidd-Gilchrist 7-15 10-10 24

NBA standings

posted: 03/24/2012 4:06 a.m.

FRIDAY’S GAMES Milwaukee 112, Charlotte 92 Phoenix 113, Indiana 111 Toronto 96, New York 79 Orlando 93, Cleveland 80 Atlanta 93, New Jersey 84 Miami 88, Detroit 73 Oklahoma City 149, Minnesota 140, 2OT Philadelphia 99, Boston 86 San Antonio 104, Dallas 87 Portland at LA Lakers, (n) Denver at Utah, (n) TODAY’S GAMES — All times Central Memphis at LA Clippers, 2 p.m.

NBA summaries

posted: 03/24/2012 4:05 a.m.

BUCKS 112, BOBCATS 92 MILWAUKEE (112) Delfino 1-6 0-0 2, Ilyasova 6-8 2-2 15, Gooden 7-14 0-0 14, Jennings 6-14 0-0 12, Ellis 4-12 5-10 13, Dunleavy 6-7 1-1 15, Udoh 3-5 0-0 6, Udrih 4-6 0-0 9, Mbah a Moute 8-12 4-8 20, Livingston 1-1 0-0 2, Harris 1-2 0-0 2, Brockman 0-1 0-0 0, Sanders 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 48-90 12-21 112. CHARLOTTE (92) Maggette 2-9 6-6 10, Thomas 5-11 0-0 10, Biyombo 1-6 3-4 5, Augustin 0-2 0-0 0, Henderson 13-19 3-3 29, D.Brown 5-9 3-4 13, White 0-2 0-0 0, Mullens 2-8 1-1 5, Williams 1-3 0-0 2,

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 03/24/2012 4:04 a.m.

Porter eyeing weights — The “weight” is on.

HOG CALLS: Maybe glare can shift off Collen, Blair

posted: 03/24/2012 4:02 a.m.

A personality bigger than the game has been outsized by the game itself.

State sports briefs

posted: 03/24/2012 4:01 a.m.

FOOTBALL UCA releases schedule Central Arkansas announced its 2012 schedule Friday, which includes road games at SEC member Mississippi and Murray State of the Ohio Valley Conference. The Bears open the 2012 season at Ole Miss on Sept. 1 before traveling to Murray State on Sept. 8. UCA’s home opener at Estes Stadium in Conway is Sept. 15 against NAIA member Bacone (Okla.) College. The Bears begin their Southland Conference schedule on Sept. 22 in Conway against defending league champion Sam Houston State.

Major league baseball notes

posted: 03/24/2012 4:01 a.m.

CARDINALS Ace out indefinitely JUPITER, Fla. — Chris Carpenter has nerve irritation that has caused weakness in his pitching shoulder and the St. Louis Cardinals’ ace will be sidelined indefinitely.

SEC roundup

posted: 03/24/2012 4 a.m.

FLORIDA 8, SOUTH CAROLINA 2 COLUMBIA, S.C. — Florida (21-2, 4-1 SEC) jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning and belted four home runs on its way to defeating South Carolina (17-6, 1-4 ). Vickash Ramjit led Florida with three hits, including two home runs. Preston Tucker and Brian Johnson had two hits apiece as a part of a 10-hit day for the Gators. Florida starter Brian Johnson (4-0 ) allowed 2 runs on 5 hits with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. South Carolina starter Forrest Koumas (1-2 ) lasted only oneplus inning, allowing 6 runs on 4 hits with 5 walks and 3 strikeouts.

State college roundup

posted: 03/24/2012 3:59 a.m.

SUN BELT LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 9, ARKANSAS STATE 2 LAFAYETTE, La. — Dylan Butler went 2 for 4 with a home run and 3 RBI as Louisiana-Lafayette (13-8, 3-1 ) gave Arkansas State (11-10, 3-1 ) its first Sun Belt Conference loss this season at Tigue Moore Field. Jordan Nicholson allowed 2 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings to earn the victory for the Ragin’ Cajuns. Jacob Lee took the loss for ASU. He allowed 5 runs on 5 hits in 7 innings, striking out 4 and walking 3.

Texas shale gushes oil to delight of drillers

posted: 03/24/2012 3:59 a.m.

Energy companies in search of oil riches rivaling the biggest finds from Brazil to Montana are targeting Texas shale, where new wells have triggered a 230-fold increase in crude output in three years.

FDA action on antibiotic use ordered

posted: 03/24/2012 3:57 a.m.

A federal court judge has ordered the Food and Drug Administration to take action on its own 35-year-old rule that would stop farmers from mixing popular antibiotics into animal feed, a practice that is widely believed to have led to a surge in dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria.

Glitches end IPO for Bats system

posted: 03/24/2012 3:57 a.m.

Bats Global Markets Inc., the 6-year-old stock exchange, saw its debut as a public company go haywire Friday as a system error caused incorrect price quotes and trading of Apple Inc. shares was halted because of a transaction on the Bats platform.

New-home sales fall 2nd month

posted: 03/24/2012 3:56 a.m.

Sales of new homes fell in February for the second straight month, a reminder that the depressed U.S. housing market remains weak despite some improvement.

Talks said in motion for American merger

posted: 03/24/2012 3:54 a.m.

US Airways Group Inc., seeking support for a possible American Airlines merger, is discussing a takeover plan with some creditors of the bankrupt carrier and their advisers, people with knowledge of the talks said.

Cessna, Chinese pair for jet deal

posted: 03/24/2012 3:53 a.m.

Business jet maker Cessna Aircraft Co. signed agreements Friday with Chinese partners to build business jets in China and explore other aviation opportunities.

FBI files say Madoff duped employees to further scam

posted: 03/24/2012 3:52 a.m.

After several drinks at a Greek restaurant on Manhattan’s Third Avenue in the summer of 2006, two computer programmers at Bernard Madoff ’s investment firm asked their supervisor whether the boss’ business was a scam.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks cap tough week with gain

posted: 03/24/2012 3:51 a.m.

Stocks eked out a small gain at the end of a rough week in which the market was weighed down by prospects of a global economic slowdown.

Li & Fung’s stock rises after 24% profit boost

posted: 03/24/2012 3:49 a.m.

Li & Fung Ltd. said orders are picking up in the U.S., its biggest market, after the world’s largest supplier of clothes and toys to retailers reported a bigger-than-expected jump in 2011 profit. The stock surged.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 03/24/2012 3:48 a.m.

Bonanza Creek plans 36 new wells in state Denver-based Bonanza Creek Energy Inc. said in its annual report released Friday that it plans to spend $58 million drilling 36 oil wells in the Cotton Valley formation in south Arkansas this year, and an additional $20 million expanding a natural-gas processing facility in Columbia County.

Business news in brief

posted: 03/24/2012 3:47 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Despite renewed hopes over the turn of the year for an imminent turn in housing, it appears that it is too early for such optimism to translate into a rapid pickup in real activity.” Yelena Shulyatyeva, an analyst at BNP Paribas Article, 1D

Personal space

posted: 03/24/2012 3:47 a.m.

Mark Abernathy Where I live: I live in North Little Rock’s Lakewood subdivision with my wife, Lyne, and our chocolate Labrador retriever, Murphy.

In the garden

posted: 03/24/2012 3:46 a.m.

QSince spring is so early this year and the temperatures are above normal, is it OK to plant small tomato plants in pots to be replanted in the garden when they are a reasonable size? We live in Russellville.

Tools & toys

posted: 03/24/2012 3:45 a.m.

State-shaped Tables What’s to love: Pick a state and 900 Blok will make a side or coffee table in the shape of your state in the color of your choice. Makes for a great conversation starter. So — what state is that?

Clean up your act

posted: 03/24/2012 3:44 a.m.

Blue skies, chirping birds and higher temperatures signal the beginning of springtime, and that can only mean one thing: It’s time to clean.

Ask the expert

posted: 03/24/2012 3:43 a.m.

I’ve noticed some green mold growing on the section of my roof underneath a large oak tree. I’ve lived here for three years and this is the first spring I’ve noticed this happening. What is causing this? Is this something I should be worried about? Should I have it removed and, if so, what’s the best way to go about doing so?

Keep it clean

posted: 03/24/2012 3:41 a.m.

Deo-Go Thanks to deodorant buildup, my T-shirts get ugly yellow stains on the underarm. What can I do? You can try a specialty stain-remover like Deo-Go, a liquid gel specifically designed to remove “unsightly yellow sweat stains and deodorant build-up from shirts and blouses... without harming the fabric.” How does it work? It works much like any other stain remover. You spray the solution on the area, scrub it, let it sit for a half hour, then wash the shirt (separately from your other clothes). Its makers claim a 9-ounce bottle ($11.49) can treat up to 15 garments.

Problem areas in houses share similar challenges

posted: 03/24/2012 3:40 a.m.

Everyone’s home is different. One person may not like to clean his bathroom, while his neighbor may hate cleaning the kitchen. That means every home will be different in terms of the areas that need the most cleaning in the springtime.

Must-have list includes supplies that fit the task

posted: 03/24/2012 3:40 a.m.

Cleaning products are many in today’s market. It’s hard to know what to use for which surface in your home. For spring cleaning, Uneedamaid Cleaning Services owner Vanessa Hearnsberger says every homeowner should have the following: An electrostatic extension duster to help reach ceiling fans and the top of the kitchen cabinets.

Decide if item stays, gets stored or is sold

posted: 03/24/2012 3:37 a.m.

One of the most difficult aspects of spring cleaning is organizing and decluttering a home. Clutter is a common problem, says Suzi James of Spectrum Organizing LLC in Little Rock.

Group harvests latest crop of favorite plants, products

posted: 03/24/2012 3:36 a.m.

A fresh gardening season means a slew of new plants and products, including almost a dozen winning the 2012 Green Thumb Awards from the Direct Gardening Association, formerly known as the Mailorder Gardening Association.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: La Nina, El Estornudo affect pollen quantity

posted: 03/24/2012 3:35 a.m.

Dear Otus, My husband and I retired from Wisconsin in November, so this is our first spring here.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 03/24/2012 3:34 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My aunt was always a wonderful and kind Christian, but now she has Alzheimer’s disease and has totally changed. She gets angry and lashes out at people, and we can’t understand what’s happened. Is she guilty in God’s eyes for the way she’s acting? — C.F.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 03/24/2012 3:33 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll be drawn to mysterious situations, and your work is more delightful because you don’t quite know how things will turn out. Relationships either feel right or not, which makes navigating your personal life rather simple. Heed your instincts, and love is light and enjoyable. May and July are stellar for fi nance.

CLICK & CLACK’S CAR TALK

posted: 03/24/2012 3:32 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: I’ve been a fan for years. I had a great 2000 Ford Crown Victoria, which I always had serviced at a local muffler/repair shop. Last year, I gave the car to my daughter in Michigan. When she took it to her own mechanic for a tune-up, he discovered that all eight fuelinjector clips had broken off and the fuel injectors were held in position by plastic zip ties!

Super Quiz: Art, music and literature

posted: 03/24/2012 3:32 a.m.

1. What Italian city is the site of Michelangelo’s David? 2. Who is the main adversary of Brer Rabbit? 3. Who composed the “Blue Danube” waltz? 4. Who follows the White Rabbit down a hole? 5. In what French palace is the famous Hall of Mirrors ?

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 03/24/2012 3:31 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: A wonderful assistant at my eye doctor’s office gave me a small bottle of lens cleaner and an eyeglass-cleaning cloth. She suggested I keep them at work, instead of at home, and that I should clean my glasses every day while at work.

MUSIC REVIEW: Krauss and troupe feel the love in LR

posted: 03/24/2012 midnight

Alison Krauss and her four-man string band were never louder Friday night than when they paused for applause.

Friday, March 23

Bulldogs snap Arkansas' win streak

posted: 03/23/2012 10:41 p.m.

Mississippi State scored two runs in each of the first four innings and the Bulldogs upset No. 3 Arkansas 11-2 on Friday night at Dudy Noble Field.

Ex-coach’s son, 2 others sentenced in drug case

posted: 03/23/2012 5:58 p.m.

Three people have been sentenced on federal drug charges stemming from the same undercover investigation that snared a central Mississippi high school football coach.

9 cars involved in I-30 accident

updated: 03/23/2012 4:43 p.m.

Nine cars were involved in a wreck Friday afternoon.

Whitney Houston full autopsy report to offer more details

posted: 03/23/2012 3:52 p.m.

Officials say the release of Whitney Houston's full autopsy report may offer more clues about whether the singer suffered a heart attack before her drowning death.

Central Arkansas announces 2012 football schedule

posted: 03/23/2012 3:50 p.m.

Central Arkansas released its 2012 football schedule today, with a season-opening trip to Ole Miss highlighting the slate.

Greece extends date for bond exchange

posted: 03/23/2012 3:10 p.m.

Greece’s finance ministry says it has extended to April 4 the deadline for holders of Greek bonds issued under foreign law or by state enterprises to accept to swap them with new securities worth less than half their original value.

2 convicted in Memphis drug trafficking case

posted: 03/23/2012 2:49 p.m.

A Memphis jury has convicted two cousins charged with being contract killers for a drug ring linked with a Mexican cartel.

Museum receives tile from Jefferson Davis’ home

posted: 03/23/2012 2:04 p.m.

A roof tile that was part of Jefferson Davis’ retirement home in Mississippi has been donated to a museum in Batesville.

US soldier charged in Afghan shooting rampage

posted: 03/23/2012 2:01 p.m.

The U.S. military says Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales has been officially charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder in a shooting rampage in southern Afghanistan.

StoryCorps to record, share Arkansans' lives

posted: 03/23/2012 12:34 p.m.

Arkansans will have the opportunity to share stories from their lives with StoryCorps, an organization that records and shares the stories of Americans.

Man arrested after TV news crew encounter

updated: 03/23/2012 6:11 p.m.

A TV crew from Memphis investigating a man's suspicious death was threatened by gunpoint to leave his home, according to multiple news reports.

Department of Health upgrades TB test, treatment

posted: 03/23/2012 12:06 p.m.

The Arkansas Department of Health announced today that it will be implementing an improved test to diagnose tuberculosis and an updated drug treatment regimen for TB patients.

Jacksonville duplex deaths ruled accidental

updated: 03/23/2012 12:58 p.m.

A family of five found dead inside a Jacksonville duplex succumbed to smoke inhalation, an official said Friday.

Body spotted in Boyle Park recovered

posted: 03/23/2012 11:22 a.m.

A body spotted in high water in Boyle Park Wednesday has been recovered.

Loyal fans flock to theaters for 'The Hunger Games' premiere

updated: 03/23/2012 12:28 p.m.

Thousands of devout readers of 'The Hunger Games' saga found their way to theaters around Little Rock on Thursday night to catch the first showings of the movie based on the first book.

Indiana judge orders Sugarland to testify in April

posted: 03/23/2012 11:11 a.m.

Singers Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of the country duo Sugarland have been ordered to give depositions next month in lawsuits over August’s deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse.

Spring brings birds, buds and buckets!

posted: 03/23/2012 11:09 a.m.

It’s spring and that can mean only one thing: It’s time to clean up your act.

Titanic bandleader’s letter among auction items

posted: 03/23/2012 11:08 a.m.

A New Hampshire auction house is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic by offering more than 180 pieces of memorabilia from the maritime tragedy, including a letter from the bandleader who chose to play on as the ship sank.

US new-home sales fell in February for 2nd month

posted: 03/23/2012 11:08 a.m.

Sales of U.S. new homes fell in February for the second straight month, a reminder that the depressed housing market remains weak despite some improvement.

AOK Railroad reconnecting track at McAlester

posted: 03/23/2012 11:04 a.m.

Arkansas-Oklahoma Railroad Co. says it’s completing a bridge over the North Canadian River to reconnect a stretch of railroad between McAlester and Shawnee.

I-430 ADVISORY: Ramp to be closed this weekend

posted: 03/23/2012 10:41 a.m.

A ramp on Interstate 430 South will be closed this weekend starting tonight as crews erect beam girders for the new flyover bridge.

Obama says it’s ‘imperative’ that Florida shooting be probed

updated: 03/23/2012 11:02 a.m.

President Barack Obama called the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in a Florida suburb a “tragedy” on Friday and said that “every aspect” of the case that has rallied civil rights activists should be investigated.

Oil jumps on Iran export report

posted: 03/23/2012 9:56 a.m.

Oil prices briefly spiked near $108 per barrel following a report that Iranian oil exports dropped significantly this month.

Obama taps Jim Yong Kim for World Bank

updated: 03/23/2012 11:05 a.m.

President Barack Obama nominated Dartmouth College president and global health expert Jim Yong Kim to lead the World Bank, an unconventional pick that could help to quell criticism in the developing world over the U.S. stranglehold on the international organization’s top post.

Ross Perot gives $1 million to Texarkana College

posted: 03/23/2012 9:29 a.m.

Dallas billionaire Ross Perot has visited his hometown to donate $1 million to a financially struggling Texas college he attended.

African Union force to step up hunt for Kony

posted: 03/23/2012 9:11 a.m.

Officials say the African Union will send 5,000 soldiers to hunt for rebel leader Joseph Kony in a mission officials describe as necessary to remove the Lord’s Resistance Army from Central Africa.

Give up Marxism, pope urges Cubans

posted: 03/23/2012 8:26 a.m.

Pope Benedict XVI has denounced the drug-fueled violence wracking Mexico and is urging Cubans to use dialogue to find new models to replace Marxism, as he begins a pilgrimage to both countries.

Official: No sign French suspect had al-Qaida ties

posted: 03/23/2012 8:24 a.m.

French authorities have no evidence that al-Qaida commissioned a French gunman to go on a killing spree that left seven people dead, or that he had any contact with terrorist groups, a senior French official said Friday.

Broken water line floods Blytheville ER

posted: 03/23/2012 7:58 a.m.

The emergency room at a Blytheville hospital is open again after a broken water line flooded the ER this week.

I-40 eastbound reopens in Prairie County

updated: 03/23/2012 10:31 a.m.

Eastbound Interstate 40 in Prairie County is closed because of an accident, officials said Friday.

Police: Forged court document lands Cabot woman in jail

posted: 03/23/2012 7:53 a.m.

A Cabot woman's attempt to hide her criminal history from an employer only resulted in new charges, according to a North Little Rock Police Department report.

EU imposes sanctions on Assad’s wife, relatives

posted: 03/23/2012 7:48 a.m.

EU foreign ministers on Friday imposed sanctions on the wife and three other close relatives of Syrian President Bashar Assad, freezing their assets and banning them from traveling to the EU in a continuing attempt to stop the violent crackdown on opposition.

Woman killed in altercation in PB

posted: 03/23/2012 7:39 a.m.

Authorities in Pine Bluff have arrested a suspect in the death of a woman who appears to have been fatally stabbed.

Monette pastor accused of assault appears in court

posted: 03/23/2012 7:24 a.m.

A northeast Arkansas pastor says he’s prepared to face his criminal charges after he was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

Obama orders agencies to hurry on Keystone leg

posted: 03/23/2012 5:37 a.m.

President Barack Obama firmly defended his record on oil drilling Thursday, ordering the government to fast-track an Oklahoma pipeline while accusing Congress of playing politics with a larger Canadato-Gulf Coast project.

French terror suspect slain in police assault

posted: 03/23/2012 5:35 a.m.

A 23-year-old Frenchman who claimed responsibility for killing four men and three children was shot dead Thursday after security forces stormed the apartment where he had been holed up for 32 hours, French officials said.

General cites Afghan war need

posted: 03/23/2012 5:33 a.m.

The top commander in Afghanistan said Thursday that he prefers a significant American force of 68,000 to combat insurgents in 2013, signaling a potential halt in the drawdown and complicating any effort by President Barack Obama to speed up troop withdrawals after more than a decade of war.

Komen execs quit after funding row

posted: 03/23/2012 5:32 a.m.

At least five high-ranking executives with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer charity have resigned in the aftermath of the organization’s decision to eliminate its funding for Planned Parenthood.

Report: Ex-Irish premier got secret pay

posted: 03/23/2012 5:31 a.m.

Former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern received at least $276,000 in secret payments while in office and repeatedly lied about this under oath, a fact-finding judicial investigation ruled Thursday in a long-awaited verdict.

Bill to boost investments in startups passes Senate

posted: 03/23/2012 5:30 a.m.

A bill that would make fundamental changes in how small companies can raise money from investors passed the Senate easily Thursday, but with changes that mean the measure must still be reconciled with a bill previously approved by the House.

House: Ax Medicare board

posted: 03/23/2012 5:30 a.m.

The Republican-controlled House voted Thursday to scrap a Medicare cost-control board that has yet to be named but is called for in President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul law.

U.S. sees water wars in future

posted: 03/23/2012 5:29 a.m.

Freshwater shortages and more droughts and floods will increase the likelihood that water will be used as a weapon between countries or to further terrorist aims in key strategic areas, including the Middle East, South Asia and North Africa, a U.S. intelligence assessment released Thursday says.

IRS says Tea Party not unfairly studied

posted: 03/23/2012 5:28 a.m.

The Internal Revenue Service is not making it harder for Tea Party groups to attain tax-exempt status because of their political views, the agency’s chief told Congress on Thursday.

Insider-trading ethics bill OK’d

posted: 03/23/2012 5:27 a.m.

The Senate gave final approval Thursday to an ethics bill that bans insider trading by members of Congress, clearing the measure for President Barack Obama, who called for such legislation in his State of the Union address two months ago.

Mississipians face hate-crime counts

posted: 03/23/2012 5:26 a.m.

Three white men, including a teenager who pleaded guilty to murder and hate-crime charges in Mississippi state court for running over a black man with his truck, were charged Thursday with federal hate crimes.

Security firms use floating armories to fight pirates

posted: 03/23/2012 5:25 a.m.

Private security firms are storing their guns aboard floating armories in international waters so ships that want armed anti-piracy guards for East Africa’s pirate-infested waters can cut costs and circumvent laws limiting the import and export of weapons, industry officials say.

Military declares coup in Mali

posted: 03/23/2012 5:24 a.m.

Drunken soldiers looted Mali’s presidential palace hours after they declared a coup Thursday, suspending the constitution and dissolving the institutions of one of the few established democracies in a troubled corner of Africa.

U.S. soldier faces 17 murder counts

posted: 03/23/2012 5:22 a.m.

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will be charged today with 17 counts of murder, assault and a string of other offenses in the massacre of Afghan villagers as they slept, a U.S. official said Thursday.

China’s oath for lawyers stirs dismay

posted: 03/23/2012 5:21 a.m.

Prominent rights lawyers in China issued sharp criticisms Thursday of an order from the Justice Ministry that requires new lawyers and those reapplying for licenses to swear an oath of loyalty to the Communist Party.

Syrian violence flares despite call

posted: 03/23/2012 5:20 a.m.

Syrian troops shelled and raided opposition areas and clashed with rebel fighters around the country Thursday despite U.N. efforts to stop the bloodshed so aid could reach suffering civilians.

Killed U.S. teacher, say Yemen militants

posted: 03/23/2012 5:18 a.m.

Al-Qaida’s Yemen branch said Thursday that it killed an American teacher because he was trying to spread Christianity in the mainly Muslim Arab nation.

1 of 2 is acquitted in Boston killings

posted: 03/23/2012 5:17 a.m.

A jury on Thursday acquitted one man in the execution-style slayings of three adults and a toddler on a Boston street and deadlocked on murder charges against another.

Sarkozy proposes law on visiting extremist websites

posted: 03/23/2012 5:16 a.m.

France’s president proposed a sweeping law Thursday that would see repeat visitors to extremist websites put behind bars, one of several tough measures floated in the wake of a murderous shooting rampage.

New rules would tighten way U.S. tracks residents

posted: 03/23/2012 5:15 a.m.

The Justice Department is close to approving guidelines that would allow the intelligence community to lengthen the period of time it retains information about U.S. residents, even if they have no known connection to terrorism.

Somali town taken back from militants

posted: 03/23/2012 5:14 a.m.

Ethiopian and Somali troops seized a town in Somalia controlled by al-Shabab militants who fled after battles with troops, residents said Thursday.

U.N. council backs Sri Lanka initiative

posted: 03/23/2012 5:13 a.m.

A U.S. initiative calling for the Sri Lankan government to account for the loss of civilian life at the end of its civil war three years ago has won support from a clear majority of the United Nations Human Rights Council in the face of an exhaustive government campaign to block it.

UAPB chief gives notice, to exit in May

posted: 03/23/2012 5:12 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff chancellor will resign in the wake of an internal audit that led to the firing of four campus employees and triggered an Arkansas State Police investigation.

Police costs $30,000 at LR Occupy site

posted: 03/23/2012 5:07 a.m.

After spending more than $30,000 in extra payroll costs for daily security, the Little Rock Police Department will no longer routinely station a police cruiser at the Occupy Little Rock site.

Jacksonville fire kills woman, 4 children

posted: 03/23/2012 5:05 a.m.

Jacksonville police and fire officials are investigating the cause of an early morning fire that left a woman and four children dead Thursday.

Appeal of Smith dismissal urged

posted: 03/23/2012 5:04 a.m.

A prosecutor on Thursday filed notice that he wants to appeal a Chicot County Circuit Court judge’s dismissal of the felony theft charge of which the judge convicted former state Rep. Fred Smith, D-Crawfordsville, in January of 2011.

Freed from debris, body is swept away

posted: 03/23/2012 5:04 a.m.

Fighting high water and a fast current, Little Rock firefighters held on to a woman’s body for nearly 40 minutes while trying to free her from debris that pinned her beneath a city park bridge Wednesday night.

Host’s gunfire ends party, police say; suspect not found

posted: 03/23/2012 4:56 a.m.

After a nearly three-hour standoff Thursday morning, Little Rock SWAT officers entered a house looking for a suspect who wasn’t there.

Charge against lawyer dropped midtrial after agency withheld data

posted: 03/23/2012 4:54 a.m.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Little Rock took the relatively rare step Thursday of permanently dismissing charges against Forrest City lawyer Mike Easley in the middle of his nonjury trial.

2 years of work net drug cache

posted: 03/23/2012 4:53 a.m.

A twoyear investigation has removed more than 100 pounds of methamphetamine from the streets of Northwest Arkansas.

Police: Pastor charged after harboring girl

posted: 03/23/2012 4:52 a.m.

A Monette Church of Christ pastor who police said helped harbor a Nebraska teenager in the Craighead County town for two months was charged Thursday with one count of sexual assault.

New Texarkana roadway under repair

posted: 03/23/2012 4:51 a.m.

Although Texarkana drivers have enjoyed predominately clear roads lately, repairs on State Line Avenue are causing backups reminiscent of olden days.

Police: Man names attacker, later dies

posted: 03/23/2012 4:50 a.m.

Authorities said a Faulkner County man died after he was shot once in the throat and stabbed in the shoulder.

9 locations studied as historic site nominees

posted: 03/23/2012 4:48 a.m.

The State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will consider nine Arkansas properties for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places at an April 4 meeting.

Scholar of poverty, race to speak in LR

posted: 03/23/2012 4:47 a.m.

John Powell, a race, poverty and regional-equity scholar, will speak next Friday at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

Ashbrook to talk about U.K. estate

posted: 03/23/2012 4:47 a.m.

The 11th Viscount Ashbrook will speak Wednesday at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service about Arley Hall and its gardens.

Group seeking money for courthouse roof fix

posted: 03/23/2012 4:46 a.m.

Friends of the Garland County Courthouse, formed in 2011 to raise money to repair the leaky courthouse roof, plans fundraising events to offset the reconstruction cost.

College wins IRS penalty appeal

posted: 03/23/2012 4:45 a.m.

The Internal Revenue Service has granted an appeal of $40,000 in penalties Northwest Arkansas Community College faced after reporting errors were discovered.

‘Castle in Clouds’ shut for work

posted: 03/23/2012 4:43 a.m.

The lodge at Queen Wilhelmina State Park, known as the “Castle in the Clouds,” will have a much wider panoramic view of Rich Mountain after a $6.7 million renovation.

Park road work to cause delays

posted: 03/23/2012 4:42 a.m.

temporary lane closures as they prepare for the construction work, which is to begin in April.

15 in LR celebrate ’10 health-care law

posted: 03/23/2012 4:40 a.m.

About 15 people gathered Thursday on the steps of the state Capitol to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the health-care overhaul law and to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold it.

Fire chief to retire from job he loves

posted: 03/23/2012 4:40 a.m.

Chief Dan White will wrap up 40 years of public service when he hands the reins of the Bentonville Fire Department to Brent Boydston, assistant chief, next month.

Pulaski Tech sets job fair for April 4

posted: 03/23/2012 4:38 a.m.

Pulaski Technical College will host a job fair for students, alumni and residents April 4.

Indian research focus of lecture

posted: 03/23/2012 4:36 a.m.

George Sabo III, a University of Arkansas at Fayetteville anthropology professor, will discuss his research of ancient civilizations in the central Arkansas River valley during a lecture next Thursday at Arkansas State University.

In the news

posted: 03/23/2012 4:35 a.m.

Douglas Shulman, the Internal Revenue Service chief, told a House subcommittee that the agency issued 59.2 million refund checks totaling $174.4 billion through March 10, with the average refund check worth about $2,946, down marginally from last year’s $3,022.

Names and faces

posted: 03/23/2012 4:35 a.m.

Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer promised Alabama fans Wednesday that she would do everything possible to make sure some of her future movies are made in her home state. Spencer, who won this year’s best-supporting actress Oscar for her performance as the maid Minny in The Help, told the crowd in Montgomery that her home would always be in Alabama.

Getting it straight

posted: 03/23/2012 4:34 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Frank Fellone Deputy Editor P.O. Box 2221 Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 378-3475 during business hours Monday through Friday.

The nation in brief

posted: 03/23/2012 4:33 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Anyone who says that we’re somehow suppressing domestic oil production isn’t paying attention.” President Barack Obama, defending his record on oil drilling and ordering the government to fast-track an Oklahoma pipeline Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 03/23/2012 4:18 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Is there any way the army will remove its checkpoints for two hours? All of that is empty talk, politics, and we’ve gotten fed up with all of these decisions.” Syrian activist Fadi al-Yassin, dismissing a U.N. Security Council statement calling for daily two-hour cease-fires to allow for dialogue as impossible to implement Article, 7A

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 03/23/2012 4:17 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.

Getting it straight

posted: 03/23/2012 4:17 a.m.

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

Daily record

posted: 03/23/2012 4:16 a.m.

Births, Marriages and Divorces

Obituaries

posted: 03/23/2012 4:15 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: 03/23/2012 4:14 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO March 23, 1912 A petition has been prepared by a local attorney, which will be circulated throughout Argenta within a few days petitioning Earle W. Hodges, secretary of state, to place upon the ballot for the general election to be held in Argenta on September 3 next, a measure permitting the playing of baseball and operating of theaters upon any day of the week within the limits of the city of Argenta. In order to be placed upon the ballot, it will be necessary for the petition to contain the signatures of eight per cent of the duly qualified electors of Argenta.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 03/23/2012 4:14 a.m.

Ex-chairman of McDonnell Douglas Sanford N. McDonnell, who succeeded his uncle as chairman of the aerospace company McDonnell Douglas and, through the 1980s, modernized its management systems, remade the corporate culture and sharply increased earnings, died Monday at his home in Clayton, Mo. He was 89.

Burglaries

posted: 03/23/2012 4:13 a.m.

The following burglaries are from reports collected from the Little Rock and North Little Rock police departments. The names listed are of those who reported a burglary and the dates are when the crime is believed to have taken place. Cammack Village data are not included. Little Rock 72202 2200 Riverfront Dr., Apt. 1105, residence, Quentin Smith, 11 a.m. March 11, property value none.

Arkansas achievers

posted: 03/23/2012 4:12 a.m.

Pulaski County Assessor Janet Troutman Ward has been honored with a Patriot Award by Arkansas Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, an agency of the Department of Defense. The award recognizes individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees in National Guard and Reserve units.

Police beat

posted: 03/23/2012 4:11 a.m.

Police: Radiator thief caught in act A Sherwood man was arrested Thursday afternoon after police say they saw him trying to steal items from a Little Rock auto-parts business.

EDITORIALS: A big win in Illinois

posted: 03/23/2012 4:10 a.m.

THERE WOULD have been a big story out of Illinois after its presidential primary Tuesday if only Mitt Romney had lost as big as he won. It would have meant that the Republican front-runner wasn’t the Republican front-runner any more, which has happened before in this up-anddown-and-up-again race for the GOP’s presidential nomination. Instead, he won by double digits rather than just squeaking past Rick Santorum as he’d done in Michigan and Ohio.

COLUMNISTS: Uphold health care!

posted: 03/23/2012 4:09 a.m.

Two years ago, Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a landmark, once-in-a-generation legislation that was decades in the making.

Throw it out!

posted: 03/23/2012 4:08 a.m.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional down to its very DNA. The Supreme Court can save itself and the country years of litigation by striking down the entire law when it issues its decision this summer.

The values gap

posted: 03/23/2012 4:07 a.m.

Some truths are so plain that they become camouflage. They blend so seamlessly into our thinking that their profundity becomes obscured.

LETTERS

posted: 03/23/2012 4:06 a.m.

Poets and political heroes A road could have diverged in a columnist’s head, but Paul Greenberg, ever sure of where he was going, took off down the path of political hero worship and feigned justice in the case of John Hinckley. It seems to me he’s claiming Hinckley’s motive was primarily to eliminate a “great president” rather than to impress Jodie Foster.

Saints in repair, mulling options

posted: 03/23/2012 4:01 a.m.

Sean Payton’s many motivational ploys included a life-size poster of an exit door on the locker room wall at Saints headquarters. It served as a not-so-subtle reminder that finding the way out of the organization was easy for those who failed to buy into his way.

UA, MSU toss matching aces

posted: 03/23/2012 3:57 a.m.

Arkansas’ baseball team took advantage of a friendly early schedule that saw the Razorbacks play 19 of their first 22 games at home.

Italian trip set for Hogs

posted: 03/23/2012 3:54 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson wants to get an early start to the 2012-2013 basketball season.

LIKE IT IS: Fans get their fix on old Kentucky radio

posted: 03/23/2012 3:52 a.m.

Driving through Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee offered some rare air. Listening to sports talk radio shows.

COMMENTARY: Smith deflects critics, Manning talk

posted: 03/23/2012 3:50 a.m.

Alex Smith is just too good at dealing with this crazy stuff and deflecting the drama. It’s understandable. As Smith noted Wednesday, he has “been through way worse than this” during his time with the San Francisco 49ers.

Jones ‘fulfilled,’ plans to retire after season

posted: 03/23/2012 3:49 a.m.

Flanked by his family, his former manager and a group of teammates he hates to leave behind, Chipper Jones delivered the news that’s been looming for years: It’s time to call it a career.

EXHIBITION BASEBALL: Morales returns; Weaver hit hard

posted: 03/23/2012 3:48 a.m.

Kendrys Morales and the Los Angeles Angels have been waiting for this day for a long time.

UA gets Texas A&M at home next season

posted: 03/23/2012 3:46 a.m.

Arkansas will continue to play 30 regular-season SEC games in 2013 even though the conference is expanding to 14 teams. Former Big 12 Conference members Missouri and Texas A&M are joining the conference for the 2013 season, with Missouri competing in the SEC Eastern Division and Texas A&M competing in the SEC Western Division. Arkansas will play three-game series against each team from the SEC West and a three-game series against four teams from the SEC East.

Kentucky set for Indiana rematch

posted: 03/23/2012 3:45 a.m.

At Kentucky, the bar is set a lot higher than most places. It’s national championship or bust.

WEST REGIONAL: Dieng blocks Spartans’ advance

posted: 03/23/2012 3:43 a.m.

Louisville figured its game against Michigan State to be low-scoring, a natural expectation with two of the nation’s best defenses butting heads.

EAST REGIONAL: Orange overcome Badgers’ defense

posted: 03/23/2012 3:42 a.m.

Syracuse will be playing for a spot in the Final Four because of numbers.

Ups offset downs for UA women

posted: 03/23/2012 3:40 a.m.

Arkansas women’s basketball Coach Tom Collen said a disappointing finish against Texas A&M can’t spoil all the Razorbacks accomplished this season.

NBA: Celtics end Bucks’ winning streak at 6

posted: 03/23/2012 3:35 a.m.

Paul Pierce scored 25 points to help the Boston Celtics snap the Milwaukee Bucks’ sixgame winning streak, 100-91 on Thursday.

Arkansas men’s basketball report: Cleveland heading to UAB?

posted: 03/23/2012 3:33 a.m.

Arkansas assistant coach T.J. Cleveland has been mentioned by the Birmingham News as a possible candidate for Alabama-Birmingham’s vacant head coaching job.

THE RECRUITING GUY: California receiver has eye on Razorbacks, NFL career

posted: 03/23/2012 3:30 a.m.

Arkansas caught the attention of California receiver Darrell Daniels by being the second school to offer him a scholarship, and that’s helping the Hogs in their quest to bring him in for visit.

WEEKEND SERIES

posted: 03/23/2012 3:29 a.m.

Series breakdown Quality pitching is one of the best things about watching SEC baseball games on Friday nights, and tonight’s matchup shouldn’t disappoint Arkansas will send DJ Baxendale to the mound to face Mississippi State’s Chris Stratton. The two staff aces have a combined 9-0 record, and Stratton leads the league with 44 strikeouts.

Second thoughts

posted: 03/23/2012 3:28 a.m.

Big Apple Tebow’s town now In less than 24 hours, Tim Tebow’s image has already picked up a smudge in New York.

Off the wire

posted: 03/23/2012 3:28 a.m.

GOLF Wi, Dufner tied Coming off a final round at Innisbrook in which he made a 13 on one hole, Charlie Wi hit an 8-iron over the water to six feet for birdie on the 18th for a 6-under par 66, giving him a share of the lead on Thursday with Jason Dufner in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla.

NBA summaries

posted: 03/23/2012 3:27 a.m.

PACERS 85, WIZARDS 83 INDIANA (85) Granger 5-12 5-5 16, West 6-10 1-2 13, Hibbert 8-14 3-6 19, Collison 2-7 1-2 6, George 4-9 4-4 13, Hansbrough 0-2 5-6 5, Hill 0-5 0-0 0, Amundson 3-5 0-1 6, Barbosa 1-4 0-2 2, Jones 2-6 0-0 5. Totals 31-74 19-28 85. WASHINGTON (83) Singleton 6-10 1-1 16, Booker 4-8 0-0 8, Nene 3-9 0-2 6, Wall 4-11 8-10 16, Crawford 7-15 5-6 21, Vesely 1-1 2-2 4, Seraphin 3-5 2-2 8, Mack 2-3 0-0 4, Mason 0-5 0-0 0, Ubiles 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 30-71 18-23 83. Indiana.................... 18 13 26 28 — 85

State sports briefs

posted: 03/23/2012 3:26 a.m.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS Arkansas’ Long among finalists for AD award Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long has been selected as one of five finalists for the 2012 SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily Athletic Director of the Year.

NFL notes

posted: 03/23/2012 3:25 a.m.

BEARS RB Bush signs LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Michael Bush is joining the Chicago Bears, perhaps to team with Matt Forte and give the team two hard and effective runners who can alternate punishing defense.

Gas prices on relentless climb

posted: 03/23/2012 3:24 a.m.

The price of a gallon of gasoline has climbed more than 15.5 percent in Arkansas since the beginning of the year, and industry officials say the days of lower prices across the nation are not yet in sight.

Unemployment filings at 4-year low

posted: 03/23/2012 3:23 a.m.

The number of people seeking unemployment aid fell last week to a four-year low, reinforcing the view that the job market is slowly strengthening.

Home buyers see loan top 4%

posted: 03/23/2012 3:22 a.m.

The average U.S. rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage rose above 4 percent this week for the first time in five months. The sharp increase suggests the window to buy or refinance a home at historically low rates is closing.

FedEx: Economies still sluggish

posted: 03/23/2012 3:21 a.m.

FedEx said Thursday that the U.S. and global economies aren’t growing as strongly as expected. It expects a mild recession in Europe this year.

Ford starts building Indian auto factory in spite of slack sales

posted: 03/23/2012 3:19 a.m.

Ford Motor Co. laid the cornerstone for a new $1 billion dollar factory in India on Thursday, pressing ahead with expansion plans despite an uncertain outlook for Asia’s No. 3 economy where growth in car sales has recently waned.

Pork producers agree to changes

posted: 03/23/2012 3:18 a.m.

As pork producers build new barns and retrofit old ones to give hogs more space, they say consumers opposed to keeping pregnant sows in tight cages can expect to pay for their clearer consciences with higher food prices.

Key Europe indicator falls; China’s manufacturing slips

posted: 03/23/2012 3:14 a.m.

A key indicator of business sentiment in Europe unexpectedly fell deeper into recession territory Thursday, compounding concerns about the global recovery after signs of slowing manufacturing in China. Major stock indexes in Europe slipped and the euro fell against the dollar after a survey of purchasing managers suggested that growth in the eurozone shrank during the first three months of the year. That would be the second negative quarter in a row, meeting the definition of a recession.

MARKET REPORT: China, Europe news hits stocks

posted: 03/23/2012 3:14 a.m.

Signs that China’s economy is weakening and Europe’s is slowing sent U.S. stocks lower on Thursday.

Business news in brief

posted: 03/23/2012 3:12 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are committed to significantly increasing our manufacturing output and aggressively expanding our business in India.” Michael Boneham, managing director, Ford Motor Co., India Article, 1D

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 03/23/2012 3:12 a.m.

Suit against Murphy, others dismissed A lawsuit that accused Murphy Oil Corp. of El Dorado and about 100 other oil and gas companies for causing Hurricane Katrina in 2005 has been dismissed from federal court in the Southern District of Mississippi.

PREVIEWS

posted: 03/23/2012 3:11 a.m.

New this week Casa de mi Padre 77 R Will Ferrell plays the son of a rancher who gets into a war — in Spanish — with a local drug lord (Gael Garcia Bernal). Subtitled. With Diego Luna, Genesis Rodriguez; directed by Matt Piedmont. (84 minutes) Crazy Horse 87 Not rated Director Frederick Wiseman takes a documentary look at Le Crazy Horse de Paris, Europe’s mostfamous and elegant strip club. (134 minutes)

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 03/23/2012 3:10 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) Mirror Mirror, PG A “fresh and funny” retelling of the Snow White story, with Julia Roberts as the evil Queen, and Lily Collins in the role of a princess in exile who links up with seven “courageous rebel” dwarfs as she fights to reclaim her birthright and win her prince (Armie Hammer). With Nathan Lane, Mare Winningham, Michael Lerner, Sean Bean; directed by Tarsem Singh. March 30 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, PG-13

REVIEW: October Baby

posted: 03/23/2012 3:09 a.m.

October Baby 82 Cast: Rachel Hendrix, Jason Burkey, John Schneider, Jennifer Price, Jasmine Guy Directors: Andrew Erwin and Jon Erwin Rating: PG-13, for thematic material Running time: 101 minutes Writing about a “faith-based” film is a bit like writing about Tim Tebow.

Hunger Games fans just can’t consume enough buzz

posted: 03/23/2012 3:08 a.m.

When Warner Bros. released the first photograph of the new Superman, the studio clearly wanted to spark some advance fan boy and fan girl chatter. Super-advance.

HOME MOVIES

posted: 03/23/2012 3:07 a.m.

Battle Royale (Unrated, 114 minutes) — Just in time for The Hunger Games, the Japanese cult film based on the 1999 best-seller by Koushun Takami — about a group of ninth-graders forced to fight to the death under order of the government — finally gets a DVD release in this country. It’s a disturbing, energetic film that could never have been made in Hollywood, and one that’s rightly considered a modern classic by some. That said, it’s not to everyone’s taste, including this reviewer’s. Grade: 87

21 Jump Street leapfrogs rivals

posted: 03/23/2012 3:06 a.m.

The high school-set 21 Jump Street taught its competition a lesson at the box office last weekend, easily collecting the majority of ticket sales.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 03/23/2012 3:05 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: All I’ve ever wanted to be is a famous pop singer. But I tried out recently for a television contest and they said I didn’t have what it takes. Now I’m really depressed. Why didn’t God let me achieve my dreams?

BOX OFFICE

posted: 03/23/2012 3:04 a.m.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com are:

Screen gems

posted: 03/23/2012 3:04 a.m.

Spring is here, and with it comes a new crop of films from University of Central Arkansas at Conway filmmakers via the Digital Filmmaking Program.

Film clips

posted: 03/23/2012 3:03 a.m.

At area theaters 80 ACT OF VALOR, R A cast of real-life, active-duty Navy SEALs races to stop a deadly terrorist plot against the United States, but each time they think they’ve accomplished their mission, a new piece of intelligence reveals another shocking twist. (101 minutes)

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 03/23/2012 3:02 a.m.

Happy birthday. To celebrate your birthday, you’ll seal a deal and start a new chapter. The next 10 weeks bring many laughing hours with friends. April features romantic intrigue. A summer training program or educational pursuit will be rigorous. It all pays off when you find a way to make money with very little effort at the end of the year. Libra and Virgo people adore you.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 03/23/2012 3:01 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I have an antique, handmade wedding dress that needs to be cleaned. Since there are no tags, what would you suggest I wash it in? It looks like mostly lace, sheer and taffeta.

Super Quiz: Americana

posted: 03/23/2012 3 a.m.

1. In what sport might you see a Hail Mary pass? 2. In the ’50s, he was known as “Mr. Television.” 3. Who had a fabulous bovine companion named Babe? 4. Forty-one male passengers signed this document in 1620. 5. In what novel does Lennie accidentally kill his boss’ daughter-in-law ?

REVIEW: Rampart

posted: 03/23/2012 2:59 a.m.

Director Oren Moverman understands that Woody Harrelson is a real actor and makes movies to prove it. Where other directors see comic facility and zaniness, he sees complexity, turbulence and trouble.

REVIEW: Crazy Horse

posted: 03/23/2012 2:59 a.m.

Let me admit up front that the octogenarian documentarian Frederick Wiseman is a hero of mine, that I have long admired his methods.

REVIEW: Casa de Mi Padre

posted: 03/23/2012 2:58 a.m.

Back when he was the linchpin of a particularly talented Saturday Night Live crew in the late ’90s, Will Ferrell was known as the go-to guy, someone who would do any character in any sketch at any time.

Thursday, March 22

Bales to be charged with murder in Afghan killings

posted: 03/22/2012 5:41 p.m.

A U.S. official says Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will be charged with 17 counts of murder in the massacre of Afghan villagers.

McDaniel again rejects wording of tax amendment

posted: 03/22/2012 5:36 p.m.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has again rejected the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment that would require Arkansas citizens to vote on any new tax increase.

Houston died from drowning, coroner says

posted: 03/22/2012 4:50 p.m.

Whitney Houston died from drowning in a hotel bathtub, but coroner’s officials said Thursday that heart disease and chronic cocaine use were contributing factors to the singer’s death.

Police: Man arrested after soliciting teens on Facebook

posted: 03/22/2012 4:20 p.m.

A 29-year-old Rogers man was arrested Thursday in connection with several felonies after he solicited sex from two teenage girls on Facebook, according to a news release from the Rogers Police Department.

Anderson wants Hogs to play in Italy

updated: 03/22/2012 5:41 p.m.

Arkansas basketball coach Mike Anderson said Thursday the Razorbacks hope to play exhibition games in Italy prior to next season.

Duckmaster serves as ambassador for LR Peabody Hotel

posted: 03/22/2012 2:56 p.m.

Lloyd Withrow serves as the Duckmaster at The Peabody Hotel, but his job goes far beyond leading the ducks to the fountain.

Prosecutor wants to appeal order on ex-lawmaker

posted: 03/22/2012 2:47 p.m.

A prosecutor says he wants to appeal a judge’s order that cleared former Arkansas lawmaker and Harlem Globetrotter Fred Smith’s record in a felony theft case that state Democrats say makes the ex-legislator ineligible to run for office.

St. Louis bridge accident spurs others

posted: 03/22/2012 2:44 p.m.

Police in St. Louis believe an accident on a Mississippi River bridge caused a string of wrecks that eventually involving 11 vehicles.

Former butler found guilty in Bass extortion

posted: 03/22/2012 2:09 p.m.

A former butler has been found guilty of charges he tried to extort millions of dollars from philanthropist Anne H. Bass during a 2007 home invasion at her estate.

State police search for missing Stephens man

posted: 03/22/2012 1:18 p.m.

The Arkansas State Police issued a Silver Alert Thursday for a missing man from Stephens, Ark., according to a release.

Flags to fly at half-staff in honor of fallen fireman

posted: 03/22/2012 12:54 p.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe has ordered Arkansas flags to be flown at half-staff to honor a Jacksonville firefighter who died in the line of duty this week.

Wal-Mart, Sam's Club won't use 'pink slime' meat

posted: 03/22/2012 12:53 p.m.

Add Wal-Mart to the list of businesses that won't be selling meat with the filler known as “lean, finely textured beef.”

Remains identified as missing Montana teacher

posted: 03/22/2012 12:23 p.m.

The FBI says a body found in North Dakota has been identified as a missing Montana teacher kidnapped in January.

Embattled UAPB chancellor stepping down

posted: 03/22/2012 11:09 a.m.

The chancellor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff announced Thursday that he was resigning.

Unemployment applications hit 4-year low

posted: 03/22/2012 11:04 a.m.

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid fell to a four-year low last week, bolstering the view that the job market is strengthening.

Soldiers loot Mali presidential palace after ousting leader

posted: 03/22/2012 11 a.m.

Soldiers looted the presidential palace Thursday hours after saying they were taking control of one of the few established democracies in this corner of Africa. There were conflicting reports on President Amadou Toumani Toure’s whereabouts.

'The Hunger Games' arrives with great expectations

posted: 03/22/2012 10:47 a.m.

Finally, after a “dizzying year of hype,” The Hunger Games is finally here. Will it live up to the elevated expectations of its legions of fans?

US intel: Water may cause war in coming decades

posted: 03/22/2012 10:37 a.m.

Drought, floods and a lack of fresh water may cause significant global instability and conflict in the coming decades, as developing countries scramble to meet demand from exploding populations while dealing with the effects of climate change, U.S. intelligence agencies said in a report released Thursday.

US now counts 17 dead in Afghan massacre

posted: 03/22/2012 10:26 a.m.

U.S. defense officials say the death toll in the massacre of Afghan villagers is now 17.

Mom, 4 children found dead in Jacksonville duplex

updated: 03/22/2012 6:08 p.m.

Multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating after a mother and her four young children were found dead inside a duplex where firefighters were called out early Thursday morning.

Suspect not inside home where shooting occurred

updated: 03/22/2012 11:48 a.m.

Police say no one was inside a home in Little Rock where SWAT officers were searching for a gunmen who had been involved in an earlier shooting.

Faulkner County man dies after shooting, stabbing

posted: 03/22/2012 8:57 a.m.

Authorities say a Faulkner County man has died after he was shot once in the throat and stabbed in the shoulder.

New venue sought for man charged in Searcy death

posted: 03/22/2012 8:37 a.m.

An attorney for a black man charged in the shooting death of a white Searcy man is seeking a new location for a trial after fliers promoting the Ku Klux Klan were circulated in nearby Pangburn.

Wal-Mart to pay $2.1 million for California overcharging

posted: 03/22/2012 8:07 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has agreed to pay a $2.1 million penalty for charging California customers prices higher than those posted, in violation of a 2008 judgment ordering the retail chain to stop, state Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced Wednesday.

US unemployment aid applications hit 4-year low

posted: 03/22/2012 7:54 a.m.

The number of people seeking unemployment aid in the U.S. fell to a four-year low last week, bolstering the view that the job market has strengthened.

Stormy weather ahead for much of Arkansas

updated: 03/22/2012 7:58 a.m.

Arkansas residents, some already reeling from floods, are bracing for another round of storms Thursday.

Monette pastor set for court after missing teen found

posted: 03/22/2012 7:03 a.m.

A pastor from Monette who is charged in connection with a missing Nebraska teenager is scheduled to make his first court appearance.

Fire destroys house in Jacksonville

posted: 03/22/2012 6:56 a.m.

A house in Jacksonville is considered a total loss after catching fire early Thursday morning.

Authorities searching for body in Boyle Park

updated: 03/22/2012 10:29 a.m.

Authorities plan to resume searching for a body in high water at Boyle Park after being unable to locate it Wednesday night.

Shooting suspect fatally shot in French raid

updated: 03/22/2012 9:06 a.m.

The French interior minister says the suspect a killing rampage has died after jumping from his apartment window after police stormed his apartment following a 32-hour standoff.A 23-year-old Frenchman who claimed responsibility for killing four men and three children was shot dead Thursday as security forces stormed the apartment where he had been holed up for more than 30 hours, French officials said.

CALENDAR: What to do this week

posted: 03/22/2012 6 a.m.

Events, activities and more.

Romney gets endorsement of Jeb Bush

posted: 03/22/2012 5:07 a.m.

Fresh off a decisive victory in Illinois, Mitt Romney won critical establishment support Wednesday from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and got new help from former Sen. Bob Dole as Romney looked to unite the Republican Party behind his candidacy. He said he’s “almost there” after pursuing the GOP nomination for six years.

Panel: Close 6 U.S. court sites in state

posted: 03/22/2012 5:05 a.m.

A committee has proposed closing six federal court sites across the state as part of a nationwide costcutting measure in the judicial system, federal officials said Wednesday.

State to finance study of adding I-40 tolls

posted: 03/22/2012 5:05 a.m.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has the go-ahead to hire a consultant to study the feasibility of making Interstate 40 from North Little Rock to Memphis a toll road.

Files show van driver’s hospital ties

posted: 03/22/2012 5:04 a.m.

The Jacksonville man charged in the Monday night death of a firefighter has been enrolled in a conditional-release program through the State Hospital since he was acquitted on grounds of mental defect on battery and terroristic threatening charges in 2011, court records show.

Rising water sends 20 fleeing

posted: 03/22/2012 5:04 a.m.

At least 20 people fled their homes Wednesday in Faulkner County as creeks overflowed from rain that has deluged much of the state since Monday evening.

Nations unite on U.N. bid in Syria

posted: 03/22/2012 5:02 a.m.

Overcoming months of division, the U.N. Security Council delivered a diplomatic setback to President Bashar Assad of Syria on Wednesday, unanimously embracing efforts by Kofi Annan, the former secretary-general, to negotiate a cease-fire in the year-old Syria conflict, funnel aid to victims and begin a political transition in the country.

Facebook leads police to burglary suspect at camp

posted: 03/22/2012 5:02 a.m.

An Occupy Little Rock activist was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with three felonies stemming from an October 2010 burglary.

Landowners can contest EPA

posted: 03/22/2012 5:01 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court blunted a commonly used Environmental Protection Agency enforcement tool, siding with landowners and companies that said the federal agency was abusing its power. The justices Wednesday unanimously ruled in favor of an Idaho couple blocked by the EPA from building a home on land the agency says is restricted wetlands. The justices said the couple can go directly to court to challenge an EPA order re-

Bill clears Congress for coin to honor Marshals Service

posted: 03/22/2012 5:01 a.m.

The House passed a bill Wednesday directing the U.S. Mint to design and produce a coin to honor the U.S. Marshals Service. Proceeds from the sale of the coin would be used to fund a museum for the service in Fort Smith.

Sunday farmers market on its way

posted: 03/22/2012 5 a.m.

South Main Street residents will have a place by early May to buy locally grown vegetables and fruits, homemade jams and, eventually, Arkansas-produced meats, cheeses and other products.

UCA worker loses 8 hours’ pay

posted: 03/22/2012 4:59 a.m.

The University of Central Arkansas disciplined an employee this week after an internal investigation revealed that he used campus equipment during working hours to promote a sales-tax proposal in Conway.

Nations, court tug over Gadhafi aide

posted: 03/22/2012 4:59 a.m.

Mauritania will hand over former Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senoussi, one of Moammar Gadhafi’s closest associates who also is wanted by the International Criminal Court, for trial in his home country, a Libyan official said Wednesday.

Spying attempt draws 13-year term

posted: 03/22/2012 4:57 a.m.

A former government space scientist was sentenced Wednesday to 13 years in prison after admitting that he tried to sell space and defense secrets to Israel in what turned out to be an FBI sting operation.

Civil War panel OKs new markers in NLR

posted: 03/22/2012 4:57 a.m.

A Confederate gunboat set afire as Union troops advanced on Little Rock in 1863 will be memorialized with an Arkansas Civil War sesquicentennial historical marker, one of three new markers to be in North Little Rock.

Magic Springs alcohol permit OK’d

posted: 03/22/2012 4:57 a.m.

Magic Springs Water and Theme Park received state approval Wednesday for the sale of on-premise beer and wine at previously permitted venues within the park and at one new location.

N.H. gay marriage survives repeal attempt

posted: 03/22/2012 4:57 a.m.

An attempt to repeal New Hampshire’s same-sex marriage law failed Wednesday in the state House of Representatives, with members of the Republican-dominated chamber voting 211-116 to kill the bill.

Small-business legislation weathers Senate test vote

posted: 03/22/2012 4:56 a.m.

Legislation making it easier for small businesses to raise money survived a test vote in the Senate on Wednesday, increasing the chances it could emerge as one of the few bipartisan bills to pass Congress during this election year.

Head-on collision kills LR woman

posted: 03/22/2012 4:56 a.m.

A Little Rock woman was killed in a head-on crash Tuesday night on Mabelvale Cutoff Road, according to a Little Rock crash report.

Teens venture to NW Arkansas from Marvell

posted: 03/22/2012 4:55 a.m.

Johnnieshia Frazier looked out the window of a bus Wednesday morning as it chugged along the streets surrounding the University of Arkansas.

Frank H. Shell: Baseball catcher, veteran, preacher

posted: 03/22/2012 4:54 a.m.

Frank H. Shell did whatever it took to win a baseball game, even if that meant putting aside personal discomfort, his son said.

Home resales across country firm last month

posted: 03/22/2012 4:54 a.m.

Sales of previously owned U.S. houses held in February near an almost two-year high, adding to evidence that the market that triggered the recession is firming.

Spokesman for governor is promoted

posted: 03/22/2012 4:54 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe named his spokesman, Matt De-Cample, as communications director for his office Wednesday.

Monette minister held in sex assault

posted: 03/22/2012 4:53 a.m.

Authorities arrested a Monette Church of Christ pastor Tuesday and charged him in the sexual assault of a 17-year-old Nebraska girl who had been missing since January.

In the news

posted: 03/22/2012 4:53 a.m.

Rod Blagojevich, the 55-year-old former Illinois governor serving a sentence on corruption charges, has been dyeing his hair for years and now that he is in prison, where dyes are banned, his trademark dark, helmet hair will soon turn gray, said his barber for two decades, Peter Vodovoz.

Names and faces

posted: 03/22/2012 4:52 a.m.

Get ready for more drama from Sylvester, Twan and Pimp Lucius: R. Kelly is delivering more chapters of “Trapped in the Closet.” The outrageous musical series started off as five videos for the R&B singer’s dramatic-cliffhanger songs in 2007. It quickly became a cult classic, and he added more chapters, put the accompanying videos on a DVD and also teamed up with IFC to premiere the series. It grew to 22 chapters.

Work on I-430/630 to shut down ramp

posted: 03/22/2012 4:52 a.m.

Crews erecting beam girders for the new flyover bridge from Interstate 430 south to Interstate 630 east in Little Rock will require a weekend ramp closure beginning Friday night, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Powerball

posted: 03/22/2012 4:52 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball: 32-43-53-55-56 Powerball: 6 Estimated jackpot: $70 million.

The nation in brief

posted: 03/22/2012 4:52 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Rick, I think, he’s got a real problem. In every race, Romney is going to pick up delegates. It’s getting close to the point where he’s got to take a hard look at it.” Former Sen. Bob Dole, on whether Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum should consider dropping out of the race Article, 1A

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 03/22/2012 4:52 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: Mississippi Avenue North Little Rock: Remount Road Pulaski County: Ironton Road

Daily record

posted: 03/22/2012 4:51 a.m.

Meeting announcements published exclusively on Arkansas Online, the newspaper’s website, can be found at www2.arkansasonline.com/tools/ 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 www2.arkansasonline. com/contact/supportgroupform/ and submitting the appropriate information.

The world in brief

posted: 03/22/2012 4:50 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s time for criminals to stop using the Palestinian cause to justify their terrorist actions.” Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, denouncing Monday’s deadly shooting attack at a Jewish school in France and condemning the gunman’s linking it to the killings of Palestinian children Article, this page

French terror suspect in standoff

posted: 03/22/2012 4:50 a.m.

Riot police set off explosions outside an apartment building early today in an effort to force the surrender of a gunman who boasted of bringing France “to its knees” with an al-Qaida-linked terror rampage that killed seven people.

Obituaries

posted: 03/22/2012 4:50 a.m.

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

Somali captors release British tourist

posted: 03/22/2012 4:50 a.m.

A British tourist seized by Somali raiders from a secluded, upmarket resort on the Kenyan coast more than six months ago in an attack that claimed her husband’s life was set free by her captors Wednesday, ending a drama that had helped fuel Kenya’s rationale for invading southern Somalia.

Philly must pay Scouts’ legal fees

posted: 03/22/2012 4:49 a.m.

Philadelphia must pay nearly $900,000 after a failed effort to evict the Boy Scouts of America over the Scouts’ ban on homosexuals, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Governor’s appointments

posted: 03/22/2012 4:49 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe announced he made the following appointments Monday: Christian “Trey” Ashcraft, Pine Bluff, appointed to the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission for a term expiring Jan. 14, 2021, replacing Wade Williams.

Other days

posted: 03/22/2012 4:48 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO March 22, 1912 Most of the troubles encountered by the garbage department since collection has been started in the city have been due to misconception of the duties of the garbage man, according to Superintendent Wagner. One citizen went to Superintendent Wagner’s house the other day to request that garbage be removed from his premises.

EDITORIALS: What’s in a name?

posted: 03/22/2012 4:48 a.m.

OF COURSE Little Rock’s national airport would be renamed the Clinton National Airport. The sound principle of not naming public facilities for prominent personages until they’re safely dead now tends to be honored mainly in the breach. How many Mike Huckabee recreation areas and rest stops now dot the once pristine Arkansas landscape?

Part of Keystone XL seen on expedite list

posted: 03/22/2012 4:47 a.m.

President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended his energy policies amid criticism from Republicans by highlighting projects designed to increase U.S. supplies, including a pipeline that is part of TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL.

COLUMNISTS: A department of injustice

posted: 03/22/2012 4:47 a.m.

As his trial on corruption charges approached in the fall of 2008, Ted Stevens railed to me in an email: “What did I do, Michael? What did I do?” The wounded rage smoldering in that rhetorical question to a reporter reflected his belief that he had done nothing wrong. He continued to insist on his innocence after a Washington jury found him guilty of lying on financial-disclosure forms.

The game of the name

posted: 03/22/2012 4:46 a.m.

So I wrote on my blog that I would limit to that digital platform my sarcastic diatribes on the newly renamed Clinton National Airport in Little Rock.

Body said to be missing teacher’s

posted: 03/22/2012 4:46 a.m.

Authorities said Wednesday that they believe a body found outside Williston, N.D., is that of a missing Sidney, Mont., high school math teacher who disappeared Jan. 7 during a morning run.

Stand up, liberals

posted: 03/22/2012 4:46 a.m.

Every week on the lecture trail, I meet progressives who are demoralized and/ or infuriated by Barack Obama’s performance as president. They insist that they will not work for him again or even vote for him. Many have signed petitions saying as much. They are finished with President Obama.

LETTERS

posted: 03/22/2012 4:45 a.m.

It’s our labor, our wealth John Locke in his Second Treatise of Civil Government set forth the idea that a man’s labor belonged to him. It is his wealth.

Bernanke: Risk from Europe eased

posted: 03/22/2012 4:44 a.m.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told a congressional panel Wednesday that U.S. banks could withstand shocks from Europe if the debt crisis there significantly worsened.

17 face charges in Brazil oil leak

posted: 03/22/2012 4:43 a.m.

Chevron Corp., Transocean Ltd. and 17 of the companies’ executives were formerly accused Wednesday by Brazilian federal prosecutors of environmental crimes related to an oil leak off Rio de Janeiro’s coast.

Fisher signs with Oklahoma City

posted: 03/22/2012 4:43 a.m.

OKLAHOMA CITY — After winning five NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers, Derek Fisher chose the West-leading Oklahoma City Thunder as the team where he wants to go for No. 6.

Lawmakers probe ‘fake’ pharmacies

posted: 03/22/2012 4:41 a.m.

Members of Congress investigating shortages of crucial drugs are targeting fake pharmacies purportedly set up solely to buy and resell the drugs at huge markups.

Gators, Eagles keep on going

posted: 03/22/2012 4:40 a.m.

They hand out the biggest trophy — the NCAA championship trophy — on the first Monday in April, not the first Monday in March.

Verizon accords trouble senator

posted: 03/22/2012 4:40 a.m.

Verizon Wireless’ deals to buy airwaves from cable companies and cooperate with them may amount to a “truce” among rivals at the expense of consumers, a lawmaker examining the transactions said Wednesday.

EU seeks new sway on public contracts

posted: 03/22/2012 4:39 a.m.

The European Union is seeking new powers to block foreign companies from winning lucrative government contracts unless their home countries open their own public-sector deals to European firms.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 03/22/2012 4:39 a.m.

US Airways said Wednesday that beginning July 11 it will offer daily nonstop service between Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport in Highfill and Washington Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.

Truck driver turnover rate rises to 89%

posted: 03/22/2012 4:39 a.m.

Trucking companies are struggling to find qualified drivers even as the U.S. unemployment rate remains at the highest level in almost 30 years.

NFL: NFL hits Saints hard

posted: 03/22/2012 4:38 a.m.

Coaching suspensions New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton on Wednesday became the first NFL head coach suspended for any reason. The following is a list of previous coaching suspensions handed out by the NFL: 2012 New Orleans Coach Sean Payton for the 2012 season, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams indefinitely and assistant coach Joe Vitt six games, because of the team’s bounty system that targeted opposing players over a three-year period.

Business news in brief

posted: 03/22/2012 4:38 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Although a blowup in Europe would be very costly to the American economy, I think we are in much better shape to meet those challenges than we were a few years ago.” Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve chairman Article, 1D CenterPoint seeks OK for trading point Houston-based CenterPoint Energy Inc. filed a request Wednesday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to establish a trading point for natural gas at the Perryville Hub in northern Louisiana.

MARKET REPORT: U.S. stocks end quiet day mixed

posted: 03/22/2012 4:37 a.m.

U.S. stocks closed mixed Wednesday after a quiet trading day that left the indexes little changed.

Hartford Financial making exit from annuity business

posted: 03/22/2012 4:36 a.m.

Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. is exiting the annuity business so it can focus on its property and casualty insurance, group benefits and mutual funds.

THE WEEKEND TEN

posted: 03/22/2012 4:34 a.m.

1 KRAUSS Alison Krauss and Union Station, along with country performer Jerry Douglas, are making a stop at Robinson Center Music Hall, West Markham Street and Broadway in Little Rock, for a concert of old and new favorites, 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $60.50 plus additional fees. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com. See story, Page 8E.

Jets land Tebow in trade

posted: 03/22/2012 4:33 a.m.

Tim Tebow is coming to New York.

CALENDAR

posted: 03/22/2012 4:33 a.m.

Art & Exhibits CENTRAL ARKANSAS ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER MacArthur Park, East Ninth and Commerce streets. “Building the Collection: Art Acquired in the 1990s,” through May 13. 54th annual Delta Exhibition and Masters of American Watercolor, through Wednesday. “Foundation Collection,” “Masterworks” and Paul Signac, continuing. Studio Party: Jazzkapelle, 8 p.m. March 31; $100-$ 250. Spring Film Series: The Art of Poetry: Poetry, 7 p.m. April 4.

Fast Forward

posted: 03/22/2012 4:33 a.m.

NEXT WEEK Rocking the Rock: High school students are preparing to rock out as The Point 94.1’s Youth Rock Orchestra takes the stage with the Mark Wood Experience, 7 p.m. March 31 at Robinson Center Music Hall. The students, primarily from Mills High School and Conway High School, will perform a set list of songs by Journey, Adele, The Rolling Stones and others. Tickets are $20. Call (501) 244-8800 or visit youthrockorchestra.com.

Dizzy’s menu portions dazzle

posted: 03/22/2012 4:33 a.m.

A little more than two years ago, Darla Huie broke the hearts of Bentonites by loading up most of the contents of her restaurant, Dizzy’s Grill & Bistro (the first restaurant in dry Saline County to get a liquor permit, by way), and about 90 percent of her employees into a caravan of vehicles and moving up Interstate 30 to Little Rock’s River Market District.

THE TV COLUMN: Numbers connect father, son in Fox’s Touch

posted: 03/22/2012 4:32 a.m.

Fox has done all it could to make sure you’re aware of its new drama Touch.

ON CHRISTIANITY

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DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My hearing has gotten worse as I’ve grown older, and finally I’ve just stopped going to church because I can’t understand what’s being said (in spite of my expensive hearing aids). Is God displeased with me for dropping out of church? — E.C.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Arkansas makes it 10 in a row

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Arkansas extended its winning streak to 10 games with a 10-2 victory over Nevada on Wednesday night at Baum Stadium before an announced crowd of 1,954.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

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Happy birthday. You’ll renew your commitment to a person or project in the next three weeks. A restless spirit has you making changes and improvements through April. You’ll set up deals in May and get praise and attention for it in the months to follow. June and October are lucrative. July brings magical nights. Scorpio and Sagittarius people adore you.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Altar whiplash makes her stick her neck out this time

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DEAR CAROLYN: My last relationship was several years ago. We’d been together for four years and engaged for one. Right before we were supposed to do the deed, he informed me that he never wanted to marry me, never wanted to be in a relationship, and he’d been lying a lot. This was the exact opposite of how he had been behaving. Quite the shock.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

posted: 03/22/2012 4:29 a.m.

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts this weekend: Old-time band California old-time string band The Old Tire Swingers — Paul Chesterton, banjo; Nick Kennedy, guitar; Frick Dau, upright bass; and Nathanael Felon, mandolin — will perform bluegrass, country, Americana and Appalachia-influenced music as part of the Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival at 8 p.m. Saturday at Low Key Arts Building, 118 Arbor St., Hot Springs.

LIKE IT IS: Sweet 16 offers up some sweet matchups

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In a perfect world of perspiring arts, the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 would consist of four No. 1 seeds playing four No. 4 seeds and four No. 2s vs. four No. 3s.

MUSIC: Great new CD makes The See a must-see act

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What follows are eight reasons for you to leave the comfort of your home on a Saturday night and venture out to see — stand back — The See, a Little Rock-based indie-rock band that is celebrating the release of its staggeringly awesome new LP Pretending and Ending at Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack in Little Rock. 1. This list could actually stretch to 15 reasons: That’s because there are 15 tracks on Pretending and Ending, which follows the 2009 EP Bars of Gold, and they are all pretty stellar.

MUSIC: Patty and some old friends revisit Arkansas

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Sandi Patty has been on the comeback trail for several years and is returning to central Arkansas, a frequent destination in the early years of her nearly 35-year career.

HELPFUL HINTS

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DEAR HELOISE: I check all pockets before putting items into the washer. I often find tissues, paper towels, etc., in my husband’s pockets. I also make sure to clean the filter screen after each load. — Willa O., Bella Vista DEAR HELOISE: I am trying to get rid of fleas in my home. I do not want to use harsh chemicals. Please help me.

Super Quiz: History

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1. In which city did Karl Marx write Das Kapital? 2. Who was known as “The Iron Lady” ? 3. Which U.S. president was born on an island? 4. Which U.S. president extended the New Deal into the Fair Deal? 5. Who said, “In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes” ?

MUSIC: Krauss, band fresh off Grammy wins

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Alison Krauss and band are flying again — or maybe they’re rolling down the road — these days, thanks to a paper airplane.

TRANSITIONS

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Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes will open the first two of what its local developer says may be as many as 50 Arkansas and north Louisiana outlets in the next couple of months: April 9 is the target date to open at 3954 Central Ave., Hot Springs.

Selected restaurants

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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.

COMMENTARY: Goodell puts hammer down on Saints

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Thou shalt not mess around with The Commissioner.

UAPB’s Shelton resigns after 3 years

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Even after a second consecutive one-victory season, Cary Shelton was wanting one more chance to turn around the Arkansas-Pine Bluff women’s basketball team.

this week’s EVENTS

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ONGOING Art Exhibit BATESVILLE — A collection of artwork by Mandy Maxwell will be on display through April 1 at the Batesville Area Arts Council Gallery, 246 E. Main St. For more information, visit batesvillearts.org. GED Testing NEWPORT — The Adult Education Department at Arkansas State University-Newport will offer the two-part GED test five more times during the spring 2012 semester.

Minnesota advances to semifinals of NIT

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Rodney Williams and Andre Hollins scored 24 points each to help Minnesota advance to the semifinals of the NIT with a 78-72 victory over Middle Tennessee on Wednesday night.

A long way from the garage

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Robert Foster wasn’t happy with the lawn mowers on the market. Either they didn’t hold up or they were too expensive.

Right on track

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Double red doors on the front of Ruland Junction open up to a fantasyland filled with toy trains, some more than 100 years old. After seven years of preparation, Wayne Ruland is putting the finishing touches on his toy-train museum at 401 S. 12th St. in Heber Springs. The museum is in honor of his father, Ed.

Cardinals ace to miss opener

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St. Louis Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter won’t start opening day after a setback in his recovery from a bulging disk in his neck.

Two weekends of history

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Mark Mobley removed a gray felt hat from his head and leaned a musket against a library table at the Old Independence Regional Museum in Batesville.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Rising water puts dent in plan

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WHITE RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE — Halfway up East Bayou, Brad Hendricks killed his motor and reclined in a gesture of relaxation.

Country store offers homemade meals

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What began as a conversation between friends and coworkers almost two years ago has blossomed into a thriving family business in the small community of Floral. Mansfield General Store Inc. opened its doors in September 2010 with just a few groceries, some hardware and a tiny deli. More recently, the business has started offering hot breakfast and lunch specials, with entrees such as biscuits and gravy, meatloaf, chicken and dressing, Mexican chicken and homemade pies.

Meatballs for Easter? Why not?

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Rick Rodgers, author of I Love Meatballs, has put together a lovely recipe collection that is helpful for the home cook in the current climate of meatball madness. You can find restaurants across the country paying homage to the peasant meatball.

EXHIBITION BASEBALL: Santana’s outing encourages Mets

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Johan Santana cleared another hurdle in his comeback from shoulder surgery.

Why do they call them ‘spring’ rolls?

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With springtime officially here this week, I thought it would be fun to share a seasonally themed recipe. And the first thought that came to mind was spring rolls.

Second thoughts

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Manning first rush escapes Denver Broncos fans can hurry up and wait to buy their Peyton Manning gear.

NBA standings

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Wednesday’s summaries THUNDER 114, CLIPPERS 91 L.A. CLIPPERS (91) Young 3-11 3-3 12, Griffin 3-11 1-2 7, Jordan 4-6 4-6 12, Paul 3-12 5-5 13, Foye 9-15 0-0 23, Williams 4-10 1-1 11, Martin 1-5 2-2 4, Bledsoe 0-3 1-2 1, Evans 1-2 2-2 4, Thompkins 1-2 0-0 2, Gomes 0-1 0-0 0, Leslie 0-1 2-4 2. Totals 29-79 21-27 91. OKLAHOMA CITY (114) Durant 10-18 11-11 32, Ibaka 7-10 1-1 15, Perkins 3-3 0-0 6, Westbrook 8-20 2-2 19, Sefolosha 1-2 2-2 5, Harden 3-8 2-2 10, Collison 2-3 0-0 4, Mohammed 3-3 1-2 7,

this week’s EVENTS

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ONGOING Scavenger Hunt BENTON/BRYANT — The Saline County Library will hold a scavenger hunt through Friday at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton and the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant in celebration of The Hunger Games book trilogy and Friday’s movie release. The scavenger hunt is intended for ages 13 and older but is open to anyone who has read the books.

‘The Innovation Generation’

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The stereotypical slacker student was not to be found when more than 2,000 students from across the United States presented class projects at the 13th annual Environmental and Spatial Technologies Conference in Hot Springs on March 15.

State sports briefs

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BASKETBALL Brown named All-American After the most successful individual season in school history, Philander Smith guard Ken Brown is being recognized for his accomplishments. The senior from St. Louis was named a first-team NAIA All-American earlier this week, after he averaged 31.9 points per game and helped lead the Panthers to a 15-15 record in their first season in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. Brown’s scoring average led the NAIA.

Don’t wreck spring break

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With schools, from kindergartens to universities, out this week for spring break as temperatures flirt with the 80s, many Arkansans will make their first visits of the year to nearby lakes and rivers, and some will even venture to beaches a day’s drive away.

Developers revitalizing ‘eyesore’ building

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Five businessmen hope to revitalize North 10th Street by transforming a former “eyesore” into an office and retail center.

NFL notes

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NFL Replay rule changes? NEW YORK — Instant replay could undergo some changes when NFL owners meet next week. The owners will get proposals to eliminate referees from instant replay reviews and expand what the booth official rules on, and also to allow a player to return during the season from the injured reserve list. The league’s competition committee, prompted by the Buffalo Bills, will propose having the booth official make all decisions on replay reviews. He also would be allowed to review all turnovers just as he now reviews all scoring plays.

Meatballs for Easter? Why not?

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Rick Rodgers, author o