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Thursday, May 31

Wakarusa music, camping festival kicks off

posted: 05/31/2012 4:58 p.m.

Thousands of music fans from all across the country have arrived in Franklin County for the first night of the annual Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival, and more are on the way.

Mistrial declared in John Edwards corruption case

updated: 05/31/2012 3:35 p.m.

A mistrial has been declared in the campaign fraud trial against ex-presidential candidate John Edwards.

Snake-handling pastor dies of rattler bite

posted: 05/31/2012 1:07 p.m.

A West Virginia preacher who handled snakes for years to prove faith in God has died of what witnesses say was a timber rattler’s bite.

Wal-Mart withdraws from ALEC

posted: 05/31/2012 12:55 p.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has withdrawn its membership in a conservative political group that has come under fire as part of the Trayvon Martin case, saying it has strayed from its core mission to advance free-market principles.

Conway to receive almost $5.8M in airport funding

posted: 05/31/2012 12:50 p.m.

Officials say the city of Conway will receive almost $5.8 million in federal funding to build a new airport.

VIDEO: Staying consistent on Central's agenda

posted: 05/31/2012 12:33 p.m.

Coach Scooter Register has done nothing but improve his teams in his two seasons at Little Rock Central.

Pulaski Tech breaks ground on culinary building

updated: 05/31/2012 12:27 p.m.

Officials with Pulaski Technical College broke ground on their new culinary arts building at a Thursday morning service at the school's south Little Rock campus.

SpaceX Dragon returns to Earth

posted: 05/31/2012 11:42 a.m.

The history-making Dragon spacecraft is back on Earth.

Appeals Court rules Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional

posted: 05/31/2012 11:37 a.m.

A federal appeals court Thursday declared that the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to married same-sex couples, a groundbreaking ruling all but certain to wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

US economic growth slower than estimated

posted: 05/31/2012 11:32 a.m.

The U.S. economy grew more slowly in the first quarter than previously estimated, reflecting smaller gains in inventories and bigger government cutbacks.

A Southern voice in film

posted: 05/31/2012 11:28 a.m.

With the Little Rock Film Festival dominating the local movie scene, our critic Philip Martin muses in On Film on what — if anything — makes a movie Southern in Friday’s MovieStyle.

Court: Heart of gay marriage law unconstitutional

posted: 05/31/2012 9:55 a.m.

An appeals court ruled Thursday that the heart of a law that denies a host of federal benefits to gay married couples is unconstitutional.

VIDEO: Pickup plows into Minn. bar, injuring 5 patrons

posted: 05/31/2012 9:29 a.m.

A pickup truck has crashed into a Twin Cities bar, sending five patrons to the hospital. announces LR service to Dallas, Memphis

posted: 05/31/2012 9:19 a.m. has added Little Rock to its schedule with initial fares as low as $1 during the first week of sales.

UA finalizing contract with Pepsi

posted: 05/31/2012 8:57 a.m.

The University of Arkansas said Thursday it is nearing completion of a contract naming Pepsi as its exclusive non-alcoholic cold beverage sponsor and provider.

No bids received on historic Riceland Hotel

posted: 05/31/2012 8:44 a.m.

No one placed a bid on the historic Riceland Hotel in Stuttgart when it went up for auction this week.

Windstream cutting up to 400 management jobs

updated: 05/31/2012 8:17 a.m.

Windstream said Thursday that it will cut about 400 management positions in a restructuring that will save it up to $40 million.

NYC proposes ban on sale of oversized sodas

posted: 05/31/2012 7:35 a.m.

New York City plans to ban the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks in an effort to combat obesity.

11-year-old played dead to survive Syria massacre

posted: 05/31/2012 7:24 a.m.

When the gunmen began to slaughter his family, 11-year-old Ali el-Sayed says he fell to the floor of his home, soaking his clothes with his brother's blood to fool the killers into thinking he was already dead.

Hot Springs man accused in beating death

posted: 05/31/2012 6:53 a.m.

Authorities have arrested a 52-year-old man on suspicion of second-degree murder in the beating death of a Hot Springs man.


posted: 05/31/2012 6 a.m.

Need some plans? We've got 'em! Check out Arkansas Weekend's Events Calendar to see what's going on in the metro and around the Natural State.

13 bound, slain in Syria

posted: 05/31/2012 5:08 a.m.

Thirteen bound corpses, many apparently shot execution-style, have been discovered in eastern Syria, U.N. observers said Wednesday, days after the massacre of more than 100 people provoked international anger and the coordinated expulsion of Syrian diplomats from world capitals.

Regional planners resurrect freeway

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

The North Belt Freeway, left for dead last month, was revived Wednesday by central Arkansas leaders reluctant to throw away years of planning for the $500 million interstate route in north Pulaski County.

In the news

posted: 05/31/2012 5:07 a.m. will appear on Florida’s ballots after the independent candidate, who is running for a seat in the 25th Congressional District, legally changed his name from Eddie Gonzalez to the website address.

Ex-head of Liberia gets 50 years for war crimes

posted: 05/31/2012 5:06 a.m.

Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia and a once-powerful warlord, was sentenced Wednesday to 50 years in prison over his role in atrocities committed in Sierra Leone during its civil war in the 1990s.

LR Christian Academy rejects Mormon as pupil

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

Samuel Duncan, already reading at age 4, was excited about attending prekindergarten at Little Rock Christian Academy in the fall.

Names and faces

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

Conway Twitty, who started as a teen rock idol in the 1950s and crossed over to country music to become a star, will be honored with a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail. The marker will be unveiled today in Friars Point. Twitty was born in Friars Point in 1933, as Harold Lloyd Jenkins, named after the silent movie star. He changed his name in 1957 by borrowing from Conway, Ark., and Twitty, Texas.

State’s speller stays upbeat after elimination from bee

posted: 05/31/2012 5:04 a.m.

Trevor Paulsen, a sixth-grade student at Harrisburg Middle School, spelled two words correctly in front of judges at the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee Wednesday, but did not score well enough on the written part of the competition to advance to today’s finals.

Fate of Broadway Bridge still up in air

posted: 05/31/2012 5:04 a.m.

Doubts surfaced Wednesday about the viability of building a new Broadway Bridge connecting Little Rock and North Little Rock next to the present one, which would be used as an Arkansas River crossing for pedestrians and cyclists.

Debt disclosed, Ellington says

posted: 05/31/2012 5:03 a.m.

The wife of congressional candidate Scott Ellington is being sued in Craighead County Circuit Court by creditors trying to collect over $26,000 in credit-card debt.

Ex-officer gets 2 years in Delta case

posted: 05/31/2012 5:02 a.m.

Former Marvell police officer Robert Wahls was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for extortion and money laundering in connection with an FBI investigation into drug trafficking and public corruption in the Arkansas Delta.

Congress hopefuls set runoff strategies

posted: 05/31/2012 5:01 a.m.

The congressional candidates in the two June 12 runoffs are taking different routes to try to get to their goal of securing the Democratic Party nomination for their district.

New reason told for jailing doctor who helped CIA

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

Tribal court documents show that the Pakistani doctor who was sentenced to 33 years in prison after helping the CIA track down Osama bin Laden had not been charged with treason, as some Pakistani officials had initially reported.

Homicide charge filed in fatal wreck

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

A Louisiana man arrested after a fatal crash on Cantrell Road last week has been charged with negligent homicide after blood tests found traces of marijuana and a prescription depressant, police said.

Eisenhower family at impasse on memorial design

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

President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s family welcomed design changes by architect Frank Gehry for a memorial honoring the World War II general but said Wednesday that any monument should be “simple, sustainable and affordable” to honor his values.

Tea Party choice in Texas runoff for U.S. Sentate

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

Republican Ted Cruz, a newcomer backed by Tea Party activists, threatened to make Texas the latest state where insurgents have upset established political leaders in U.S. congressional races.


posted: 05/31/2012 4:59 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball: 9-10-24-52-56 Powerball: 14 Estimated jackpot: $146 million

Sex offenders turn to courts to overturn online bans

posted: 05/31/2012 4:59 a.m.

Registered sex offenders who have been banned from social-networking websites are fighting back in the nation’s courts, successfully challenging many of the restrictions as infringements on free speech and their right to participate in common online discussions.

1 arrested over stolen Staind guitar

posted: 05/31/2012 4:58 a.m.

A Little Rock man was arrested after he attempted to sell a guitar that was stolen from the band Staind after the group’s performance at Riverfest this past weekend, police said.

Loree Olinghouse: Candid, generous to family, youths

posted: 05/31/2012 4:57 a.m.

In the mid-1970 s, Loree Olinghouse took in a young man from Taiwan who needed a place to stay while attending the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Obama phones Romney on nod

posted: 05/31/2012 4:56 a.m.

President Barack Obama on Wednesday congratulated Mitt Romney on securing the Republican presidential nomination, a gesture coupled with a new line of attack on the Republican challenger that portrays his economic record while governor of Massachusetts as a failure.

Ex-justice reiterates dissent

posted: 05/31/2012 4:56 a.m.

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens used his 40 minutes Wednesday evening before a crowd at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock to emphasize his continued dislike of a 2010 majority opinion to which he penned a lengthy dissent.

Beryl spins off tornado near N.C. coast, totaling 3 homes

posted: 05/31/2012 4:55 a.m.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl spun off a tornado that destroyed three homes and damaged dozens of others near the North Carolina coast Wednesday as the system sped toward the Atlantic, authorities said.

Boy, 6, drowns in Lake Monticello

posted: 05/31/2012 4:55 a.m.

A 6-year-old Wilmar boy drowned Wednesday afternoon in Lake Monticello in northwest Drew County while swimming near the shore of the lake, authorities said.

The nation in brief

posted: 05/31/2012 4:54 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “When it comes to Mitt Romney and his economic philosophy the facts are clear — it didn’t work then, and it won’t work now.” David Axelrod, President Barack Obama’s senior campaign adviser, on Romney’s record as Massachusetts governor Article, 4A

The world in brief

posted: 05/31/2012 4:53 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are strangling the regime economically.” White House deputy national security adviser Denis McDonough, on Bashar Assad’s government in Syria Article 1A

Iran: ‘Flame’ virus hit oil sector

posted: 05/31/2012 4:52 a.m.

Computer technicians battling to contain a complex virus last month resorted to the ultimate firewall measures — cutting off Internet links to Iran’s Oil Ministry, rigs and the hub for nearly all the country’s crude exports.

Nelson: Tax foes misleading public

posted: 05/31/2012 4:52 a.m.

Opponents of raising the severance gas tax rate are spouting “claptrap” and trying to mislead the public, the major proponent of a proposed initiated act to raise the tax said Wednesday.

U.K. high court turns down WikiLeaks founder’s appeal

posted: 05/31/2012 4:51 a.m.

Britain’s Supreme Court on Wednesday denied WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s appeal against extradition to Sweden to face questions about allegations of rape, sexual assault and unlawful coercion.

Heat over meat pies cools U.K.’s snack-tax plan

posted: 05/31/2012 4:49 a.m.

Britain’s government has cooled on its plan to impose a new sales tax on hot savory snacks, including the humble Cornish pasty and sausage roll, after being criticized for unfairly attacking the poor.

Man arrested on child-porn counts

posted: 05/31/2012 4:48 a.m.

An Alexander man was arrested and charged Wednesday with possessing more than 236 images and videos of child pornography, according to Saline County authorities.

Yemeni strikes kill 20 militants

posted: 05/31/2012 4:47 a.m.

Yemeni warplanes and artillery strikes killed 20 al-Qaida-linked militants Wednesday in the country’s south, according to the Defense Ministry and military officials.

Ex-editor arrested in hacking scandal

posted: 05/31/2012 4:47 a.m.

Andy Coulson, a former tabloid editor in Rupert Murdoch’s media empire and later director of communications for Prime Minister David Cameron, was arrested by the Scottish police Wednesday and charged with lying under oath about whether he knew phone hacking was going on at the newspaper he edited, News of the World.

Sentence illegal, appeals court says

posted: 05/31/2012 4:46 a.m.

The state Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled that a Drew County circuit judge ordered an illegal sentence for a woman by requiring her to complete a drug treatment program as part of her 365-day sentence in the state Department of Community Correction.

Scheduling splits football coaches

posted: 05/31/2012 4:45 a.m.

The SEC is tweaking its football and basketball schedules with the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M, and the football coaches are having a tougher time deciding on what changes to make than their basketball counterparts.

2 women killed in separate wrecks

posted: 05/31/2012 4:44 a.m.

Two Arkansas women were killed in separate accidents on Arkansas 102 and Arkansas 27 Sunday and Tuesday, according to preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality reports.

Mother arrested in prison escape

posted: 05/31/2012 4:44 a.m.

The mother of one of two inmates who escaped from an Arkansas jail has been arrested on the suspicion that she provided him with a hacksaw blade, authorities said.

NBA CONFERENCE FINALS: Heat survive Rondo, Celtics

posted: 05/31/2012 4:43 a.m.

The biggest postseason comeback in Miami Heat franchise history wasn’t enough.

NLR man gets 30 years over child pornography

posted: 05/31/2012 4:43 a.m.

A 37-year-old North Little Rock man who claimed to have a “love affair” with a 9-year-old girl was ordered Wednesday to spend 30 years, the maximum sentence available, in federal prison for forcing her to pose for sexually explicit photographs.

Diagnosis sought in trial

posted: 05/31/2012 4:42 a.m.

A mentally ill capitalmurder defendant testified Wednesday that, advised by actor Morgan Freeman, he is battling demons to regain his role as king of Egypt.

Panthers confident in ability

posted: 05/31/2012 4:41 a.m.

Prairie View A&M is quite familiar with the underdog role.

Magnolia woman killed in her house

posted: 05/31/2012 4:41 a.m.

Authorities are investigating the death of a 74-year-old woman who was found dead after an apparent burglary at her home in Magnolia.

NCAA DIVISION I BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: Return delivery: Hogs need Astin at old form

posted: 05/31/2012 4:40 a.m.

Arkansas’ baseball team is hoping Barrett Astin can pitch this weekend in the Houston NCAA Regional as well as he did when the Razorbacks played in the Houston College Classic during the first week in March.

Arkansas Court of Appeals

posted: 05/31/2012 4:40 a.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals released opinions Wednesday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at PROCEEDINGS OF MAY 30, 2012 CHIEF JUDGE LARRY D. VAUGHT CACR11-235. Dewana Dione Runion v.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 05/31/2012 4:39 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: Rivercrest Drive North Little Rock: Kierre Road Pulaski County: Harper Road


posted: 05/31/2012 4:38 a.m.

INDEX Some obituaries may appear in certain editions of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and not in others. This list shows the names of all people whose obituaries are in at least one edition. For obituaries not in this edition, please see our Web site, Arkansas Online, Some obituaries may appear in certain editions of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and not in others. This list shows the names of all people whose obituaries are in at least one edition. For obituaries not in this edition, please see our website, Arkansas Online, at

LIKE IT IS: John L. knows record will speak for itself

posted: 05/31/2012 4:38 a.m.

John L. Smith is not campaigning to have “interim” taken off his head coach title, at least not off the field.

Other days

posted: 05/31/2012 4:37 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO May 31, 1912 Governor Donaghey, by proclamation, yesterday declared the incorporated town of Springdale raised to a city of the second class. This was following the action of the Board of Municipal Incorporations, which on Wednesday investigated the reports of the citizens that the population exceeded 2,000 and declared the city to be raised to a city of the second class. W.G. Ownsby is mayor of Springdale, and the population is 2,058.

Daily record

posted: 05/31/2012 4:36 a.m.

Births, Marriages and Divorces

COMMENTARY: Spurs most ignored dynasty in sports

posted: 05/31/2012 4:36 a.m.

America — at least in its own imagination — stands for certain things.

Exciting changes!

posted: 05/31/2012 4:35 a.m.

WHAT’S WRONG with newspapers today? The same thing that’s always been wrong with newspapers: the people running them.

Meaningful work?

posted: 05/31/2012 4:34 a.m.

Education is a word that covers a lot of very different things, from vital, lifesaving medical skills to frivolous courses to absolutely counter-productive courses that fill people with a sense of grievance and entitlement, without giving them either the skills to earn a living or a realistic understanding of the world required for a citizen in a free society.

Who will stop the massacres?

posted: 05/31/2012 4:34 a.m.

The observers dispatched by the UN Security Council to monitor an illusory “ceasefire” in Syria have been reduced to adding up the bodies of massacred civilians. In Houla, a collection of impoverished villages near the city of Homs, they counted 108 after a rampage last Friday by a government-backed militia. The dead included 34 women and 49 children.

. . . Of outrageous fortune

posted: 05/31/2012 4:33 a.m.

Requests have dribbled in for a column firing conventional wisdom’s arrows, perhaps on account of the primaries being pretty much over and the general election pairings pretty much set.


posted: 05/31/2012 4:32 a.m.

Where is Obama’s logic?

Farmland values climb in state, nation

posted: 05/31/2012 4:30 a.m.

High commodity prices and an increase in investors have driven up farmland values in the state and country.

Second thoughts

posted: 05/31/2012 4:30 a.m.

Would he be happy camper?

Off the wire

posted: 05/31/2012 4:29 a.m.

FOOTBALL Pro Bowl to be held in Hawaii After a promise from players that the game will be more competitive, the NFL will hold the Pro Bowl in Honolulu on Jan. 27, a week before the Super Bowl. Commissioner Roger Goodell had made it clear canceling the all-star game was a possibility after the uninspired play of this year’s 59-41 AFC victory. Following discussions between the league and the players’ union, the NFL announced that Aloha Stadium would host the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive year. It will be the 33rd Pro Bowl in Hawaii.

State sports briefs

posted: 05/31/2012 4:29 a.m.

Delta State’s Rushing to lead UCA women Central Arkansas will announce the hiring of Delta State’s Sandra Rushing as its new head women’s basketball coach in a news conference at 3 p.m. today.

Questions linger on Entergy move

posted: 05/31/2012 4:27 a.m.

The Arkansas Public Service Commission on Wednesday questioned whether Entergy Arkansas has made sufficient progress toward answering concerns the commission has about the utility joining a Midwestern transmission operator.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Burnett pitches gem as Pirates turn back Reds

posted: 05/31/2012 4:27 a.m.

A.J. Burnett (North Little Rock) doesn’t have a trophy case filled with awards or a closet packed with All-Star jerseys.

Homes’ pending sales fall in April

posted: 05/31/2012 4:26 a.m.

The number of Americans signing contracts to buy previously owned homes fell in April by the most in a year, indicating the U.S. housing recovery remains uneven.

NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL: Kopitar’s score lifts Kings in OT

posted: 05/31/2012 4:25 a.m.

Anze Kopitar scored a spectacular goal on a breakaway with 11:47 left in overtime Wednesday night and the Los Angeles Kings beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Changes don’t help Travelers in loss

posted: 05/31/2012 4:25 a.m.

The first day back at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock after a six-game road trip brought changes for the Arkansas Travelers.

Hornets win draft lottery, No. 1 pick

posted: 05/31/2012 4:24 a.m.

The New Orleans Hornets, recently sold by the NBA to New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, won the NBA’s draft lottery Wednesday and the No. 1 pick overall. The Hornets, after a difficult season in which they traded All-Star Chris Paul, have a shot to add another superstar, with Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis considered the best player available. The Hornets moved up from the fourth spot, where they had a 13.7 percent chance, to earn the top pick. “Just a first step for us to winning it all,” Benson said in a TV interview after the lottery.

EU proposes ‘banking union’

posted: 05/31/2012 4:24 a.m.

The European Union’s executive office on Wednesday said the 17-country eurozone needs a “banking union” that can centrally oversee and — if needed — bail out the sector, which has become a weak link in the continent’s financial system.

Fishing this week

posted: 05/31/2012 4:23 a.m.

HOT SPOTS 1. GREERS FERRY LAKE Hybrid and white bass are biting well and are feeding on shad. Bream fishing is good using crawlers, crickets and small crankbaits. Walleye are grouping better and eating better. Catfish are biting well on a variety of baits fished on flats next to channels. Crappie have slowed, but they can still be found around brush in 15-25 feet of water. Bass fishing is fair shallow and a little better out to around 40 feet using Texas-rigged worms, jigs and Carolina rigs.

Venus loses, joins sister on sideline

posted: 05/31/2012 4:22 a.m.

Used to be that Venus Williams was the one who was highly ranked, the one considered a title contender, the one who would dominate foes so thoroughly that matches would be tidily wrapped up in an hour.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Yeti leaves key rivals in shade

posted: 05/31/2012 4:22 a.m.

Field and clinical tests prove Yeti coolers are as good as advertised. For what they cost, they’d better be.

Job lack deep for workers in prime

posted: 05/31/2012 4:22 a.m.

The proportion of Americans in their prime working years who have jobs is smaller than it has been at any time in the 23 years before the recession, according to federal statistics, reflecting the profound and lasting effects that the downturn has had on the nation’s economic prospects.

9 Farm Service offices in state closing

posted: 05/31/2012 4:21 a.m.

Nine Farm Service Agency offices in Arkansas will be closed as part of an effort by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to consolidate offices to reduce spending under a plan approved by Agriculture Secretary Thomas A. Vilsack.

Grill serves charm with flair

posted: 05/31/2012 4:20 a.m.

There’s a scene in the Ron Howard movie The Paper where a hard-hitting investigative reporter (Randy Quaid) goes to the bar midway through a news cycle to meet a source. In the David Fincher movie Zodiac, the same kind of reporter (played by Robert Downey Jr.) is, at the heaviest part of the newspaper’s involvement with the Zodiac killer, drinking his lunch at a bar that faces an alley — by movie’s end, he’s shed of the paper and rummied on his houseboat.


posted: 05/31/2012 4:20 a.m.

Art & Exhibits CENTRAL ARKANSAS ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER MacArthur Park, East Ninth and Commerce streets. “The Rockefeller Influence,” through Aug. 19.

Fast Forward

posted: 05/31/2012 4:20 a.m.

NEXT WEEK Spin the wheels: Limber up and get ready for some serious biking with the CARTI Tour de Rock, June 9 at the Burns Park Soccer Complex in North Little Rock. The U.S. Bank Advanced Ride, with options from 30-100 miles, starts at 7 a.m. The Arkansas Children’s Hospital Family Fun Ride, an easier 10-mile course, starts at 10 a.m. Registration is $35 by Friday, $40 after and $5 for children 5-12. Proceeds benefit Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute. Call (501) 296-3429 or visit

MARKET REPORT: Spain triggers sell-off; Dow falls

posted: 05/31/2012 4:19 a.m.

Fearing a financial rupture in Europe, investors around the world fled from risk Wednesday. They punished stocks and the euro, and the yield on a benchmark U.S. bond appeared to hit its lowest point since World War II.

Iraq opens its 4th energy-bidding round

posted: 05/31/2012 4:19 a.m.

Iraq opened on Wednesday its fourth postwar bidding round for oil and natural gas exploration, with 39 foreign energy companies registered to compete for exploration rights in a dozen areas of the country.

China will not issue another large stimulus

posted: 05/31/2012 4:17 a.m.

Chinese officials are tempering expectations of another huge stimulus plan amid reports the country is green-lighting more infrastructure projects to stabilize its slowing economy.

THE TV COLUMN: Empty cups, blinding light and Ducky drama

posted: 05/31/2012 4:17 a.m.

Doesn’t TV just drive you nuts sometimes?

Business news in brief

posted: 05/31/2012 4:15 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The unemployment rate is screwy right now because the labor market is so weak that people have stopped trying.” Heidi Shierholz, an economist at the Economic Policy Institute Article, 1D


posted: 05/31/2012 4:15 a.m.

Firm sues Tyson over fats-to-fuels patent Tyson Foods Inc., the largest U.S. meat processor, was sued by Finland’s Neste Oil Oyj, accused of infringing on a patent on motor fuels made partly from chicken fat.

this week’s EVENTS

posted: 05/31/2012 4:14 a.m.

ONGOING Water Conservation HEBER SPRINGS — All customers serviced by the Heber Springs Water Utility are urged to practice water conservation while repairs are being made on two filter units at the watertreatment plant, causing limited watertreatment volumes. If water usage isn’t significantly reduced, the utility may be required to call for a mandatory conservation order. Customers are asked to report all leaks by calling (501) 362-3422 or (501) 362-5501.

A BIGhero

posted: 05/31/2012 4:14 a.m.

Trevor Blanton of Searcy may be small in stature, but this little hero is big in so many ways.

Homemakers recount 100 years of club history

posted: 05/31/2012 4:12 a.m.

About 60 women gathered at the White County Fair Grounds to celebrate 100 years of homemaking clubs. This year marks 100 years since the first Extension Homemakers Club was established in Arkansas. It was originally called the Home Demonstration Club.

flavor: Napoli’s brings good cheer to downtown

posted: 05/31/2012 4:11 a.m.

The bright red, green and white stripes — reminiscent of the Italian flag — painted on the glass at Napoli’s, reminiscent of the Italian flag, are a welcoming sight in a downtown area in the midst of revitalization.

Summer reading programs inspire youths to read

posted: 05/31/2012 4:10 a.m.

During the summer, children lose about two months of grade-level equivalency in mathematical computation skills and reading achievement, according to the National Summer Learning Association website. That’s why most libraries offer free summer reading programs for children and teenagers.

A field of bears - Stop and say hello to some friendly forest folk

posted: 05/31/2012 4:09 a.m.

They wave to you as you pass their home, just a friendly bunch of bears willing to share their “hunny” if you want to invest the time for a visit.

Portfest highlights first weekend of June

posted: 05/31/2012 4:08 a.m.

Portfest will return to the shores of the White River on Friday and Saturday.


posted: 05/31/2012 4:08 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: In my view, religion is just a crutch for weak people. The sooner we forget about God and learn to rely only on ourselves, the better off we’ll be. As far as I’m concerned, religion is a fraud. What do you think of that? — M.K. DEAR M.K.: My fi rst reaction to your letter, frankly, was one of great sadness, because your mind and heart seem absolutely closed to any other viewpoint.

Relay for Life set for Friday at Spring Park

posted: 05/31/2012 4:08 a.m.

The Relay For Life of Cleburne County will be held Friday, beginning at 6 p.m. in Spring Park in Heber Springs and will end at 6 a.m. Saturday. The Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is a team-organized event to raise funds to fight cancer and increase awareness of cancer within the community.


posted: 05/31/2012 4:07 a.m.

Happy birthday. Success is easier for you to create than it once was. Having picked up some shortcuts, you’ll skip to what works. In June, you’ll rally the troops and lead them to victory. Relationships fortify you in July, and one in particular stands out. In August, you benefit from someone’s financial generosity. Put on a show in September.

this week’s EVENTS

posted: 05/31/2012 4:07 a.m.

TODAY Planning Meeting HOT SPRINGS — The Hot Springs Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board meeting will be held at 3 p.m. at the Transportation Depot, 100 Broadway Terrace. The agenda includes a project status report, the Unified Planning Work Program, the annual budget and other public business. For more information, call Dianne Morrison, MPO study director, at (501) 321-4804. SATURDAY Blood Drive

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Wife in her 40s must study need for mother’s approval

posted: 05/31/2012 4:07 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My husband and I are in our 40s, have twin girls and would like one more child. We are working on the third child and the only reservation is telling my mother. She is a college-educated woman in her 60s who seems to have some odd definition of the number of children a person should have.


posted: 05/31/2012 4:07 a.m.

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts this weekend: Casting Crowns call Tickets — $29, $36.50, $46.50, with a limited number of artist circle seats available — go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for Casting Crowns’ Come to the Well Tour concert, 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster. com. The arena will use its paperless ticket system. Late Night at Lantern Conway’s Lantern Theatre will begin its 2012 Late Night at the Lantern series with a production of Sam Shepard’s True West, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at the theater, 1021 Van Ronkle St., Conway.

MUSIC: Bon Iver’s Vernon brings folk grooves to LR

posted: 05/31/2012 4:06 a.m.

It has been quite the whirlwind for Justin Vernon of Bon Iver since 2008. That was the year he dropped on the world an elegiac, folksy album of heartbreak and beauty titled For Emma, Forever Ago.

State parks planning for summer of fun

posted: 05/31/2012 4:06 a.m.

With Memorial Day over, the summer season is in full swing, and several state parks in the Tri-Lakes region have planned a variety of events for people of all ages to enjoy as they learn more about the outdoors.

Symbol of the future

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

“Isn’t it beautiful?” Janet Hugo’s opening comment at a ceremony dedicating the new $17.5 million Student Life Complex at the Arkansas School of Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts drew loud applause from the audience, who sat facing the five-story tower of the new building.

MUSIC: Eureka Springs to get happy blues from Foster

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

A man who knew a lot about blues gave singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster some advice when she felt a need to sing the blues standard, “Stormy Monday,” in his Austin, Texas, club.

Hernandez to bare big Heart

posted: 05/31/2012 4:04 a.m.

After more than two decades as bassist for polka-rock band Brave Combo, Cenobio “Bubba” Hernandez left in 2007 to pursue other projects, including a solo career. This occasionally brings him to central Arkansas for a show, and he’s back this weekend to unveil his Big Pounding Heart.

MUSIC: Prine joins Sykes and pals for Hot Springs Weekend

posted: 05/31/2012 4:04 a.m.

Keith Sykes probably has had to learn to say “no” to many a musician who has inquired about joining the fun at Sykes’ annual get-togethers in Hot Springs. But he was not about to turn down old pal and musical buddy John Prine when he said he’d like to play at this year’s show.


posted: 05/31/2012 4:04 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Today, it is hard to find anyone who doesn’t own a cell phone. In the United States alone, people upgrade to a new phone every year or so. This means there are millions of phones waiting to be recycled.

Saline County Library promotes summer reading for all ages

posted: 05/31/2012 4:04 a.m.

The summer sizzler, the beach book and the book made for the long plane ride — these are the clichés for summer reading, but in actuality, most people don’t find a lot of time for books in the summer.

Super Quiz: Americana

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

1. At what annual event do you supposedly hear “The envelope, please” ? 2. What company used the slogan “57 Varieties” ? 3. From what English port did the Mayflower set sail in 1620? 4. In what field of endeavor did Sammy Fain excel? 5. What was the deputy’s name on The Andy Griffith Show?


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

The target date to open the first of two central Arkansas Dunkin’ Donuts outlets, 6805 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, is the first or second week of July (somewhere between July 2 and 13), according to owner Conan Watters. The restaurant will offer a full Dunkin’ Donuts menu, including breakfast sandwiches and wraps, lunch sandwiches, hash browns, “the gamut of coffees and iced coffees” and, of course, 57 varieties of doughnuts.

Philly cheese steaks - hold the steak!

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

There are many kinds of vegetarians out there, but my version falls closer to the “selectatarian ” category. I’m a used-to-be-meat-free-but-gotsidetracked-by-the-bacon vegetarian. I do eat meat once in a while, but I like to limit it to special occasions.

flavor: A special treat for Father’s Day

posted: 05/31/2012 4:02 a.m.

Ilove baby back ribs. Maybe it’s because they seem to have more meat and a less pronounced pork flavor.

Selected restaurants

posted: 05/31/2012 4:01 a.m.

Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges.

Conway singer/songwriter pursues dream in Nashville

posted: 05/31/2012 4:01 a.m.

Erin Enderlin sometimes feels like she should pinch herself to see if her life is real. The Conway native is in Nashville, Tenn., pursuing her dream of becoming a country music star. She’s already worked with some of the best in the industry and has had several of her original songs recorded by some well-known artists.

Firefighters train on the water Saturday

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

In 2011, 15 people died in boating accidents in the state, and 30 people were injured, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

this week’s EVENTS

posted: 05/31/2012 3:59 a.m.

ONGOING FAST Registration CONWAY — Registration is under way for Conway Regional Therapy Centers’ Functional Athletic Speed Training sports-performance program. FAST is designed to enhance the performance of young athletes in almost every sport, including basketball, football, baseball, soccer, track, volleyball, tennis, cheerleading, wrestling, cross country, softball, swimming and golf. Athletes are divided into groups based on their grades, with the divisions including grades 7-9, grades 10-12 and college.

Conway singer/songwriter pursues dream in Nashville

posted: 05/31/2012 3:58 a.m.

Erin Enderlin sometimes feels like she should pinch herself to see if her life is real. The Conway native is in Nashville, Tenn., pursuing her dream of becoming a country music star. She’s already worked with some of the best in the industry and has had several of her original songs recorded by some well-known artists.

Mayflower ready to open farmers market

posted: 05/31/2012 3:58 a.m.

Dale Bierman has about 20 kinds of tomatoes growing in his garden, from heirlooms to traditionals to exotics. Throw in the 18 varieties of peppers, along with both blackeyed and purple hull peas, squash and zucchini, among other vegetables, and he has the makings for a fine summer meal.

A field of bears

posted: 05/31/2012 3:57 a.m.

They wave to you as you pass their Quitman home, just a friendly bunch of bears willing to share their “hunny” if you want to invest the time for a visit. “The Bear House,” as Larry Carter’s home is affectionately known by locals, is on Rose Bud Road, also known as Arkansas 124. It is where he grew up. In fact, his old home place still stands near the road,and his new home is on the Carter family’s old garden spot.

flavor: A surprisingly satisfying snack: Roasted chickpeas

posted: 05/31/2012 3:56 a.m.

Dinner parties deser ve snacks, too. And while dips and chip s and ve ge t abl e spreads are all fine and good, there’s something wonderful about spicy roasted chickpeas.

MUSIC: Hot ‘Country Girl’ propels Bryan to new level

posted: 05/31/2012 3:56 a.m.

They may not be entirely visible at first, but there are definite tiers of country music stardom.

Philly cheese steaks - hold the steak!

posted: 05/31/2012 3:55 a.m.

There are many kinds of vegetarians out there, but my version falls closer to the “selectatarian” category. I’m a used-to-be-meat-free-butgot-sidetracked-by-the-bacon vegetarian. I do eat meat once in a while, but I like to limit it to special occasions.

A special treat for Father’s Day

posted: 05/31/2012 3:53 a.m.

Ilove baby back ribs. Maybe it’s because they seem to have more meat and a less pronounced pork flavor.

Gifts for Dad

posted: 05/31/2012 3:52 a.m.

Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Here are a couple of suggestions that will please the dad in your life: Soda Stream: Here’s an appliance that the gadget-lover will find fun and economical. Imagine making up a bottle of soda water to your exact liking by customizing the carbonation. You can buy an extra bottle so there is always refrigerated soda on hand, and it costs nothing but the water that you use.

Anderson named distinguished professor emeritus

posted: 05/31/2012 3:51 a.m.

Joseph Anderson, former chairman of the University of Central Arkansas’ department of mass communication and theater, was named Distinguished Professor Emeritus during commencement May 12 at UCA.

CAMN graduates 28 Naturalists in Training

posted: 05/31/2012 3:51 a.m.

Pinnacle Mountain State Park was the site for a graduation ceremony of the Central Arkansas Master Naturalists group on May 17. CAMN members brought a variety of foods for the sandwich, summer-salad potluck held in conjunction with the graduation of 28 Naturalists in Training.


posted: 05/31/2012 3:01 a.m.

ADKINS Hit country singer Trace Adkins takes to the stage at the Magic Springs Timberwood Amphitheater in Hot Springs as part of the Pepsi Concert Series on Saturday. The gates open at 6 p.m., followed by opening act Blane Howard at 7 and Adkins at 8. Admission to Magic Springs is $44.99, $29.99 for ages 55 and older or under 48 inches. Reserved seats for the concert are an additional $5. Call (501) 624-0100.

Wednesday, May 30

UCA to announce new women's basketball coach

posted: 05/30/2012 5:52 p.m.

The University of Central Arkansas has called a 3 p.m. news conference Thursday to announce its new women’s head basketball coach, the school said in a release.

North Little Rock man gets 30 years for child pornography

posted: 05/30/2012 4:51 p.m.

The United States Attorneys Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas announced in a release Wednesday afternoon that Charles Coulter, 37, was sentenced to 30 years, the statutory maximum for production of child pornography.

Man arrested on child porn charges in Saline Co.

posted: 05/30/2012 4:15 p.m.

An Alexander man was arrested on charges that he had child pornography on his computer at his Saline County residence.

Obama congratulates Romney on GOP nod

posted: 05/30/2012 3:21 p.m.

President Barack Obama called Mitt Romney on Wednesday to congratulate him on winning the Republican nomination, just as the Democrat’s campaign opened a new critique of Romney by focusing attention on his economic record as governor of Massachusetts.

Officer in 'Delta Blues' case sentenced to 2 years

posted: 05/30/2012 2:29 p.m.

One of the five police officers indicted in a massive investigation into drug trafficking and corruption in eastern Arkansas has been sentenced to 2 years in prison.

US officials: American kidnapped in Benin

posted: 05/30/2012 2:21 p.m.

The U.S. Embassy in Benin says an American citizen has been kidnapped in the West African nation.

Assange loses extradition battle

posted: 05/30/2012 11:30 a.m.

Britain's Supreme Court on Wednesday denied WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's appeal against extradition to Sweden to face questions about allegations of rape, sexual assault and unlawful coercion.

Judges sentence Charles Taylor to 50 years imprisonment

posted: 05/30/2012 11:22 a.m.

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years imprisonment Wednesday for arming and supporting murderous rebels in Sierra Leone in return for “blood diamonds,” a landmark sentence activists hope will send a clear message to despots around the world that they will be held to account for sponsoring atrocities.

Sales contracts for US homes dropped in April

posted: 05/30/2012 11:19 a.m.

A gauge of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes fell in April from nearly a two-year high in the previous month.

Trace Adkins takes top spot in Weekend Ten

posted: 05/30/2012 11:18 a.m.

Country singer Trace Adkins, who’ll headline at the Magic Springs Timberwood Amphitheater in Hot Springs Saturday, takes the lead in our list of Top Ten activities in Thursday’s Weekend section.

Miss. governor advocates school prayer in speech to teens

posted: 05/30/2012 10:44 a.m.

First-term Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant told a group of teenagers that he believes it should be possible for public schools to have some sort of nondenominational prayer to open the day.

Thunderstorms possible through Thursday

posted: 05/30/2012 9:58 a.m.

Scattered thunderstorms are developing across central Arkansas and more storms are possible late Wednesday and Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

Computer virus briefly hits Iran's oil industry

posted: 05/30/2012 9:52 a.m.

Iran's key oil industry was briefly affected by the powerful computer virus known as "Flame" that has unprecedented data-snatching capabilities and can eavesdrop on computer users, a senior Iranian military official said Wednesday.

UA waives tuition for Arkansans 60 and older

posted: 05/30/2012 9:24 a.m.

The University of Arkansas says it will offer free tuition for credit courses for Arkansans 60 or older who wish to continue their education.

ASU gets $350K for Dyess Colony restoration

posted: 05/30/2012 8:40 a.m.

Arkansas State University has been awarded a $350,000 grant for some of the work it is doing to restore the Dyess Colony Administration Building.

Police investigating death of Magnolia woman, 74

posted: 05/30/2012 8:20 a.m.

Authorities are investigating the death of a 74-year-old Magnolia woman who was found dead after an apparent burglary at her home.

Judges sentence Charles Taylor to 50 years

posted: 05/30/2012 7:44 a.m.

International judges sentenced former Liberian President Charles Taylor to 50 years in prison Wednesday, saying he was responsible for "some of the most heinous and brutal crimes recorded in human history" by arming and supporting Sierra Leone rebels in return for "blood diamonds."

Woman killed in Yell County wreck

posted: 05/30/2012 7:15 a.m.

A Havana woman was killed Tuesday afternoon in a wreck in Yell County, authorities said.

Retired Supreme Court justice to speak in LR

posted: 05/30/2012 6:55 a.m.

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is slated to speak about his time on the high court at a lecture in central Arkansas.

TRAFFIC ALERT: I-430 south interchange work starts

updated: 05/30/2012 10:43 a.m.

The busiest highway interchange in Arkansas is about to become a lot more difficult to travel.

Romney’s Texas win makes him nominee

posted: 05/30/2012 6 a.m.

Mitt Romney clinched the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday with a win in the Texas primary, a triumph of endurance for a candidate who came up short four years ago and had to fight hard this year as voters flirted with a carousel of party rivals.

VIDEO: North Little Rock staying the course

posted: 05/30/2012 6 a.m.

Not much is phasing North Little Rock this spring, and for good reason.

West gives boot to Syria envoys

posted: 05/30/2012 5:58 a.m.

Eyewitness accounts from the Syrian massacre emerged Tuesday, describing shadowy gunmen who slaughtered whole families in their homes and targeted the most vulnerable in poor farming villages.

8 states get ‘No Child’ waivers

posted: 05/30/2012 5:57 a.m.

President Barack Obama freed eight states from provisions of the No Child Left Behind education-testing law after they pledged to turn around lowperforming schools and tie teacher evaluations to student achievement.

Influential guitarist Doc Watson dies

posted: 05/30/2012 5:56 a.m.

Doc Watson, a singer and guitarist who expanded the instrument’s role in traditional American music and influenced generations of musicians with his playing skills, died Tuesday. He was 89.

Obama presents 13 Medals of Freedom

posted: 05/30/2012 5:55 a.m.

President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Freedom to more than a dozen political and cultural figures Tuesday, including rocker Bob Dylan, astronaut John Glenn and novelist Toni Morrison.

Foot in box sent to Canada party HQ

posted: 05/30/2012 5:54 a.m.

A severed human foot was mailed to the headquarters of Canada’s Conservative Party and another body part was discovered when police intercepted a second suspicious package, police said Tuesday.

Beryl dumps rain, sparks flood watches

posted: 05/30/2012 5:53 a.m.

Residents along the Southeast coast were warned of possible flooding Tuesday from former Tropical Storm Beryl that left up to 10 inches of rain in northern Florida and was moving northeastward before heading back toward the coast and into the Atlantic.

High court refuses to hear 2 Taser use-of-force cases

posted: 05/30/2012 5:52 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court stayed out of a pair of lawsuits in which two women said police used excessive force by shooting them with Tasers.

Other Supreme Court actions

posted: 05/30/2012 5:52 a.m.

In other actions at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, justices : Overturned an appeals court decision that would have released Lorenzo Johnson, a Pennsylvania man convicted of helping to kill a woman in an alley nearly two decades ago.

Syrian who left U.S. dies filming

posted: 05/30/2012 5:51 a.m.

A student filmmaker who was a well-known Syrian activist was killed while he filmed the ongoing violence in his homeland, Syracuse University said Tuesday.

Turkey seeking abortion curbs

posted: 05/30/2012 5:50 a.m.

Turkey’s health minister said Tuesday that the government wants to reduce the number of abortions, days after the prime minister likened the practice to murder.

Al-Qaida leader in Afghanistan killed

posted: 05/30/2012 5:49 a.m.

The U.S.-led NATO force in Afghanistan killed al-Qaida’s secondhighest leader in the country in an airstrike on Sunday in eastern Kunar province, the coalition said Tuesday.

5.8 quake kills 16 in shaken Italy region

posted: 05/30/2012 5:48 a.m.

Less than 10 days after an earthquake devastated the Emilia Romagna region of northern Italy, a 5.8-magnitude tremor shook the area Tuesday morning, killing at least 16 people and destroying more buildings.

Judge: Give police tapes of Tate killer

posted: 05/30/2012 5:47 a.m.

Los Angeles police are entitled to audio recordings of conversations between a Manson Family member and his attorney, a Texas judge ruled Tuesday.

Israel suspected behind ‘Flame’ virus

posted: 05/30/2012 5:46 a.m.

Iran and other Middle East countries have been hit with a cunning computer virus that can eavesdrop on computer users and their co-workers and filch information from nearby cell phones, cybersecurity experts said Tuesday. Suspicion immediately fell on Israel as the culprit.

Some high earners paid no income tax

posted: 05/30/2012 5:46 a.m.

The percentage of U.S. taxpayers reporting adjusted gross income exceeding $200,000 who paid no U.S. income taxes increased in 2009 to 0.53 percent from 0.51 percent, meaning that one in 189 high earners avoided taxation, an Internal Revenue Service study found.

Moose on street chases, hurts 2 girls

posted: 05/30/2012 5:45 a.m.

Police in Alaska said two girls playing in the street were injured when they were stomped on by a moose.

Tennessee judge halts construction on mosque, cites improper notice

posted: 05/30/2012 5:44 a.m.

A judge in Tennessee ruled Tuesday that the public wasn’t properly notified about a meeting where local officials approved the plan for a proposed mosque, meaning construction of the disputed project will be stopped.

Vatican: Leaked papers violated trust

posted: 05/30/2012 5:44 a.m.

VATThe Vatican on Tuesday sought to put the widening scandal over leaked documents into a different light, saying the stolen papers didn’t just concern matters of internal church governance but represented the thoughts of people who in writing to the pope believed they were essentially speaking before God.

In the news

posted: 05/30/2012 5:42 a.m.

Dharun Ravi, 20, a former Rutgers University student convicted of using a webcam to spy on his male roommate kissing another man days before the roommate killed himself, issued an apology through his lawyer, saying he was sorry for his “thoughtless, insensitive, immature, stupid and childish choices.” Edna Yarmuth, 85, the mother of U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, is “doing fine” after being rescued from a Louisville, Ky., creek where her vehicle was partly submerged in the current after a crash, according to a statement by the Kentucky Democrat’s office.

Names and faces

posted: 05/30/2012 5:42 a.m.

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain will begin hosting a new show next year on CNN. The weekend show on food and travel represents a departure for CNN in both content and procedure. CNN usually does its programming in-house, but in this case an outside production company tied to Bourdain will make the series.

Getting it straight

posted: 05/30/2012 5:41 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 05/30/2012 5:40 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “States must show they are protecting children in order to get flexibility.These states met that bar.” Education Secretary Arne Duncan, on waivers granted to eight states from provisions of the No Child Left Behind education-testing law Article, 2A

The world in brief

posted: 05/30/2012 5:39 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s a live program that communicates back to its master. It asks, ‘Where should I go? What should I do now?’ It’s really almost like a science fiction movie.” Udi Mokady, chief executive of Cyber-Ark, on a computer virus that hit Iran and other Middle East countries Article, this page

Veterans home doctor says he hasn’t resigned

posted: 05/30/2012 5:38 a.m.

The Little Rock doctor who has served as medical director of the troubled Little Rock Veterans Home for more than five years denied Tuesday that he had given his 30-day notice.

Certify vote results, court orders state

posted: 05/30/2012 5:37 a.m.

The federal judges considering whether a state Senate district’s boundaries violate the Voting Rights Act ordered the state Tuesday to certify the results of the May 22 primary in which a black incumbent was defeated by a white candidate.

Lawmaker’s wife loses state job; hiring found to conflict with law

posted: 05/30/2012 5:36 a.m.

State officials have terminated the wife of state Rep. John Edwards of Little Rock from her $95,000-a-year job as deputy secretary of the Agriculture Department because her hiring in January 2011 conflicted with state law, department Secretary Richard Bell said.

Man pleads no contest in ’10 crash

posted: 05/30/2012 5:35 a.m.

A man who was paralyzed in a 2010 wreck that killed a 10-year-old boy, and the boy’s father and grandmother and grandfather pleaded no contest Tuesday to a first-degree murder charge.

Lottery-ticket theft brings arrest

posted: 05/30/2012 5:34 a.m.

The manager of a southwest Little Rock convenience store has been charged in connection with the theft of $1,557 in lottery scratch-off tickets, some of which were altered and are the subject of a lawsuit filed last month against the Arkansas Lottery Commission.

Eminent-domain curb vote for tech park fails

posted: 05/30/2012 5:34 a.m.

A proposed ordinance that would restrict the Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board’s use of a planned $22 million contribution from the city failed to get enough votes Tuesday to be added to next week’s Little Rock Board of Directors agenda.

Answers sought on short vote tally

posted: 05/30/2012 5:32 a.m.

In a sometimes tense meeting of the Faulkner County Election Commission on Tuesday, the panel agreed to ask state technological employees to meet with commissioners and explain why the county’s voting computer system failed to count more than 700 votes in last week’s primary election.

Colleges wrongly target veterans, officials write

posted: 05/30/2012 5:32 a.m.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and 21 other state attorneys general urged Congress on Tuesday to tighten funding rules for for-profit colleges, which, he said, have seen returning veterans as a “rich target” for aggressive college recruiters.

Riverfest crime drop seen, LR police say

posted: 05/30/2012 5:31 a.m.

While attendance numbers have not been compiled yet for last weekend’s Riverfest 2012, crime numbers for the three-day downtown festival were down compared with last year, according to the Little Rock Police Department.

Judge finalizes NLR district’s unitary status

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

U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall Jr., acting on the directions of a federal appeals court, on Tuesday declared the North Little Rock School District unitary and released from any further supervision of its desegregation efforts by federal officials.

Ex-coroner shot weeks ago dies; body at lab

posted: 05/30/2012 5:29 a.m.

A former Independence County coroner who was shot in front of his Batesville home May 10 has died, authorities said Tuesday.

Delays expected as I-430/630 reconfiguration begins

posted: 05/30/2012 5:28 a.m.

If rain falls as expected today, the reconfiguration of southbound lanes on Interstate 430 near the I-430 /630 interchange will take longer than planned, state highway officials said Tuesday.

Suspect in rape remains in jail

posted: 05/30/2012 5:28 a.m.

A North Little Rock man accused of raping a woman May 14 remained in jail Tuesday, according to court documents.

Victim named in boating accident

posted: 05/30/2012 5:27 a.m.

State authorities have identified the woman killed Saturday afternoon in a boating accident on DeGray Lake.

PB board fires superintendent

posted: 05/30/2012 5:26 a.m.

The Pine Bluff School Board voted to fire Superintendent Jerry Payne on Tuesday, repeating previous votes to end his employment after less than a year at the district.

Suit blames jailers in woman’s suicide

posted: 05/30/2012 5:26 a.m.

The mother of a pregnant woman who hanged herself in the Pulaski County jail in 2010, more than a year after accusing a jailer of raping her in the same facility, alleged in a federal lawsuit Tuesday that jailers were responsible for the death for ignoring “clear signs of mental distress.” The lawsuit filed by Sandra Leftridge, representing the estate of Jessie Ramonica Edwards, who was 28 and a mother of six, seeks compensatory and punitive damages from the county and unnamed jailers.

Forrest City blaze chars 5 buildings

posted: 05/30/2012 5:25 a.m.

A fire that broke out at an unoccupied building in downtown Forrest City destroyed five buildings and caused firefighters to work overnight to get the blaze under control.

Panel to discuss anti-hunger efforts

posted: 05/30/2012 5:24 a.m.

The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance will host a panel discussion on the fight against hunger in America on Tuesday.

PB murder suspect remains in custody

posted: 05/30/2012 5:24 a.m.

A suspect remained in custody Tuesday evening in the shooting deaths of two people in Pine Bluff.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 05/30/2012 5:23 a.m.

Little Rock and North Little Rock police, and the Pulaski County sheriff’s offi ce will use radar to detect speeding at these locations. Police and sheriff’s deputies may conduct radar checks in other locations as well. Little Rock: Old Forge Road North Little Rock: North Hills Boulevard Pulaski County: Oak Grove Road

Recount affirms win in GOP sheriff primary

posted: 05/30/2012 5:22 a.m.

Ronald O. Dunn picked up two previously uncounted votes from improperly marked paper ballots to win Tuesday’s recount of the May 22 Garland County Republican preferential-primary sheriff’s race over fellow Republican Thomas “Wild Bill” Hickox.

Sentence 10 years in beating death

posted: 05/30/2012 5:22 a.m.

A Poinsett County man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after a Poinsett County Circuit Court jury found him guilty in the 2011 beating death of a Trumann man.

Woman still held in death of husband

posted: 05/30/2012 5:21 a.m.

A Rover woman remained jailed Tuesday in the shooting death last week of her husband, after first telling police that he had committed suicide, authorities said.

2 from Texarkana jail still at large

posted: 05/30/2012 5:20 a.m.

Authorities searched Tuesday for two murder suspects who officials said escaped from a southwest Arkansas jail after they sawed through metal bars with a hacksaw blade, jumped out of a window and skirted a fence topped with razor wire.

Getting it straight

posted: 05/30/2012 5:19 a.m.

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

Daily record

posted: 05/30/2012 5:18 a.m.

Marriages and Divorces


posted: 05/30/2012 5:17 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: 05/30/2012 5:17 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO May 30, 1912 PINE BLUFF — Through an increased membership, with funds already in hand from the sale of Red Cross Christmas stamps, and with financial aid from the county and city, the Jefferson County Anti-Tuberculosis Society hopes to establish a free clinic and laboratory in this city within the next few months. Plans for the temporary hospital were outlined at a meeting of a special committee from the society.

Police beat

posted: 05/30/2012 5:16 a.m.

Police use Taser twice on NLR man North Little Rock police officers twice deployed a Taser on a man before taking him into custody and finding drug paraphernalia in his Spider-Man lunch box, police said.

Welcome home, sir

posted: 05/30/2012 5:15 a.m.

WORD is that you were captured in Korea in 1950. God bless you. Some of us have long-lost family who went off to that war and never came back. Not alive. Not dead. Just gone. The brass calls them MIA. Even all these years later, they’re still Missing In Action. Which is how you yourself were listed for years, for decades.

COLUMNISTS: Today’s outrage

posted: 05/30/2012 5:14 a.m.

Just as Americans are learning how to spell the name of Chen Guangcheng, the heroic Chinese dissident who is now safe in this country, we have a new name to learn, repeat, and shout if necessary: Shakil Afridi.

OTHERS SAY: Caught in the crossfire

posted: 05/30/2012 5:14 a.m.

How could Pakistan sentence someone to 33 years in prison for helping track down Osama bin Laden?

Romney’s veterans advantage

posted: 05/30/2012 5:13 a.m.

Gallup released a survey Monday that shows Mitt Romney with a double-digit lead over President Barack Obama among the nation’s veterans. Fifty-eight percent support Romney for president, compared with 34 percent who think Obama should be re-elected.

Arkansas’ new era

posted: 05/30/2012 5:12 a.m.

On an election night when the skies were clear and the humidity was low, I sat on the banks of the Ouachita River in Camden enjoying good company and a meal that featured everything from grilled steaks to fried catfish to alligator sausage. Those with whom I shared this feast were well-read, intelligent people, the kind of folks who are interested in current affairs.


posted: 05/30/2012 5:12 a.m.

Pick: Popular or qualified The runoff in the 1st District poses an all-too-familiar situation in politics. I believe the election is between the less-qualified candidate from the more populous area against the more qualified from the less populous area.

Impressive start bolsters Bearkats

posted: 05/30/2012 5:10 a.m.

College baseball games played in February usually don’t mean much, but the series opener for Sam Houston State this season was an exception.

Wildcats won’t dwell on slight

posted: 05/30/2012 5:08 a.m.

Kentucky Coach Gary Henderson didn’t attempt to be diplomatic when asked his reaction to the Wildcats not being among the 16 baseball teams that will host NCAA regional tournaments after going 18-12 in SEC play.


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

San Antonio is halfway to turning the NBA Western Conference final into a runaway.

SEC wants best teams in playoff

posted: 05/30/2012 5:03 a.m.

Football coaches from the powerhouse and recently expanded league were in unison Tuesday that they want a proposed four-team playoff to include the best teams in the country — and not be tied to conference champions.

Williams goes down swinging

posted: 05/30/2012 5:01 a.m.

For more than a decade, whatever the state of her health or her game, no matter the opponent or arena, Serena Williams always won first-round matches at major tournaments.

COMMENTARY: Wild-eyed liberal? Look to left of Obama

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

It would be all right with me if the voters of Arkansas were correct in deeming President Barack Obama to be an extreme liberal wholly out of touch with them.

LIKE IT IS: There’s never a dull moment with Spurrier

posted: 05/30/2012 4:59 a.m.

While waiting on John L. Smith and Mike Anderson and their turns for news conferences at the SEC spring meetings, your trusty scribe sat in with four other reporters and listened to Hugh Freeze.

COMMENTARY: Cowardly Lions follow yellow road

posted: 05/30/2012 4:58 a.m.

The Detroit Lions are once again a caricature, but because the farce revolves around what guys are doing off the field instead of on it, it’s more easily dismissed by some people.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Bobblehead day drives Samardzija to not bobble

posted: 05/30/2012 4:57 a.m.

Jeff Samardzija had plenty of extra motivation Tuesday. It was his own bobblehead day.

Daniel: It’s time to make change

posted: 05/30/2012 4:56 a.m.

Matt Daniel’s cell phone grew heavy when he called his Central Arkansas players over the weekend to tell them he was accepting the job as the head women’s basketball coach at Marshall University.

UA’s Reynolds on All-SEC first team

posted: 05/30/2012 4:54 a.m.

Matt Reynolds’ turnaround from a disappointing 2011 season is complete.

Lynch questionable for NCAA regional

posted: 05/30/2012 4:53 a.m.

While Arkansas’ baseball team went through its final on-campus practice Tuesday at Baum Stadium before departing for Houston, relief pitcher Cade Lynch was in a local hospital recovering from migraine headaches. The Razorbacks play Sam Houston State on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Houston Regional. “I wouldn’t say he’s out,” Arkansas pitching coach Dave Jorn said when asked about Lynch’s availability for the regional. “But at this point in time, I don’t know if you could count him in. “He’s on our roster. Whenever he’s healthy enough to fly and get to Houston, he’ll be there and then we’ll just see where we’re at.” Lynch, a junior left-hander from Jonesboro, is 3-1 this season with a 2.11 earned run average and 2 saves. His 47 innings pitched rank fifth on the team. Lynch’s headaches became so severe last week at the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala., he was hospitalized there. “Now it’s a matter of getting all [the medication] out of his system so he can get back to normal,” Jorn said. “

Devils, Kings beat odds to set up unlikely final

posted: 05/30/2012 4:52 a.m.

A little less than two years after battling for the services of highscoring free agent forward Ilya Kovalchuk, the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings are going after a bigger prize — the Stanley Cup.

Bobcats looking for lottery luck

posted: 05/30/2012 4:51 a.m.

After the worst season in NBA history, the Charlotte Bobcats could use a player such as Anthony Davis. Unfortunately for Michael Jordan’s team, it’s been a long time since lottery luck shined on the team needing it most. The Bobcats hope that trend ends tonight, when they have the best odds of earning the No. 1 pick in next month’s draft. Charlotte has a 25 percent chance of victory, the reward for its 7-59 record that was the lowest winning percentage (.106) in league history. Davis is the college player of the year after leading Kentucky to the national championship. He is considered the top prize available.

Home prices moving higher

posted: 05/30/2012 4:50 a.m.

Home prices rose in March from February in most major U.S. cities for the first time in seven months. The increase is the latest evidence of a slow recovery taking shape in the housing market.

Second thoughts

posted: 05/30/2012 4:49 a.m.

Gesture isn’t a hit with Royal Defiant Cleveland closer Chris Perez has thrown some gas on the simmering rivalry between the Indians and Kansas City Royals.

Off the wire

posted: 05/30/2012 4:49 a.m.

BASKETBALL Del Negro to return Vinny Del Negro will be back as coach of the Los Angeles Clippers after guiding them to the highest winning percentage in franchise history during the lockout-shortened season. The team said Tuesday that it has exercised its option on him to return for a third season. Del Negro led the Clippers to a 40-26 record, a winning percentage of 60.6 and the second round of the playoffs, where they were swept by the San Antonio Spurs. Del Negro has a 72-76 record in two seasons with the team.

State sports briefs

posted: 05/30/2012 4:48 a.m.

BASEBALL UALR’s Bignall semifinalist for Golden Spikes UALR’s Sean Bignall has been named one of 30 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award, which is given to the nation’s top amateur player. Bignall established school records for home runs (18) and total bases (149), while becoming the first player in school history to have 60 runs and 60 RBI in a season. He ended the regular season ranked fourth in the nation in home runs, fifth in slugging percentage (.696), fifth in total bases and sixth in RBI.


posted: 05/30/2012 4:47 a.m.

PHILLIES Halladay out 6 to 8 weeks NEW YORK — Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay is expected to miss six to eight weeks because of a strained right shoulder, the latest setback for the five-time NL East champions. Halladay was put on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, two days after he was hit hard and pulled from a start in St. Louis after just two innings because of shoulder soreness. The two-time Cy Young winner will be shut down for a minimum of three weeks, then work toward rejoining the rotation, Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said.


posted: 05/30/2012 4:46 a.m.

At Stade Roland Garros, Paris Purse: $23.47 million (Grand Slam) Surface: Clay-Outdoor SINGLES MEN FIRST ROUND Florian Mayer (32), Germany, def. Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Spain, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3. David Ferrer (6), Spain, def. Lukas Lacko, Slovakia, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1. Dmitry Tursunov, Russia, def. Go Soeda, Japan, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4. Sergiy Stakhovsky, Ukraine, def. Alexandr Dolgopolov (16), Ukraine, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3.

Consumer-mood index falls

posted: 05/30/2012 4:45 a.m.

Confidence among U.S. consumers unexpectedly fell in May to the lowest level in four months as Americans grew more pessimistic about the labor market.

Crippled law firm in NYC bankrupt

posted: 05/30/2012 4:44 a.m.

Dewey & LeBoeuf, the law firm crippled by financial miscues and partner exits, filed for bankruptcy Monday night, punctuating the largest law firm collapse in U.S. history.

Crisis leaves Europeans cold to euro

posted: 05/30/2012 4:20 a.m.

The debt crisis in Europe has exposed a dislike of the euro currency but little desire to abandon it, a survey of public opinion found Tuesday.

Cow-opractors soothe ravaged beast

posted: 05/30/2012 4:18 a.m.

Lucky, a 7-year-old dairy cow, had been limping for several weeks when her owner summoned veterinarian Sara Gilbertson.

State off, rolling on film alliance

posted: 05/30/2012 4:17 a.m.

The state’s film industry decided to strike while the movie’s hot. Arkansas’ largest film production, Mud, is gathering international acclaim, and state officials reaffirmed their commitment Tuesday to becoming more competitive.

Nissan to put electric cars to NYC test

posted: 05/30/2012 4:14 a.m.

Nissan is supplying New York City with fuel-efficient cabs, including six electric cars for testing, but acknowledged uncertainties Tuesday about an ongoing “debate” over charging standards for electric vehicles.


posted: 05/30/2012 4:12 a.m.

Report: State wages below U.S. average The average hourly wage for more than 500 jobs in the Little Rock metropolitan area is $19.15 an hour, based on information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Business news in brief

posted: 05/30/2012 4:11 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Dewey is a fabled firm with a lot of great lawyers, and a demise of this magnitude is unprecedented.” Richard J. Holwell, a former federal judge in Manhattan Article, 1D

MARKET REPORT: Dow posts 5th gain this month

posted: 05/30/2012 4:10 a.m.

Oil prices fell Tuesday, the euro sank to a 22-month low and the yield on the U.S. government’s 10-year Treasury note fell near a historic low after a report suggested that Spain will have more trouble repaying its debts.


posted: 05/30/2012 4:09 a.m.

OLIVE OIL TASTING Peter Kaldes will conduct an olive oil and tomato sauce tasting from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at The Savory Pantry, 214 Central Ave., Hot Springs.

DIY convenience

posted: 05/30/2012 4:08 a.m.

It has been years since I’ve bought a pouch of chili seasoning and almost a decade since I’ve purchased taco seasoning.

Cooking for two: Fish gets Greek ID with juice, oil, spice

posted: 05/30/2012 4:07 a.m.

Lemon juice, olive oil, fresh mint and parsley are bright flavors from the sun-drenched hills of the Eastern Mediterranean, where these products grow in abundance.

FRONT BURNER: Turkey adds twist to traditional loaf

posted: 05/30/2012 4:04 a.m.

When I was testing recipes for last week’s story on burgers, I decided to turn the extra ground turkey into a loaf.


posted: 05/30/2012 4:03 a.m.

Happy birthday. June’s developments keep you on your toes. There’s a new chapter unfolding, and a special relationship reflects the change in you. Through July, your perspective broadens and your resources double. August and November are the best months financially.You’ll reach expert status in September. Cancer and Sagittarius people adore you.

Chocolate cherry shake has a buttermilky tang

posted: 05/30/2012 4:03 a.m.

Chocolate and cherry are a classic combination that stands out in this milkshake. But what really sets this recipe apart is the buttermilk, which adds a delicate tang that enhances the cherry flavor. Add the cookies at the end and just stir it together if you like bigger chunks, or puree until smooth if you want to drink it through a straw.

UNCORKED: Giving wine gifts for bride, groom

posted: 05/30/2012 4:02 a.m.

Finding the perfect gift for a special bride and groom can have its challenges. The intention is genuine as you stare at the bridal registry printout — the blender, the fondue set or the electric popcorn popper. But sometimes maybe you want to give something that veers from practical and includes a personal touch.

7day menu planner

posted: 05/30/2012 4:02 a.m.

SUNDAY: The family won’t be able to resist Garlic-Thyme Marinated Flank Steak. In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup canola oil, 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves, 2 tablespoons smoked paprika, 3 cloves garlic (minced) and 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne). Place marinade and 2 pounds flank steak in a resealable plastic bag. Turn to coat. Refrigerate 6 hours to overnight, turning occasionally. Remove steaks; discard marinade.

Slim pickings

posted: 05/30/2012 4:01 a.m.

WHAT: Snack’ems Quaker and Cap’n Crunch cereal packs STATS: Vary by flavor. The Oatmeal Squares with Brown Sugar, for example, contain 110 calories and 1.5 fat, 23 carbohydrate, 2 fiber and 3 protein grams.

Gearing up for summer camp

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

A week’s worth of clothes for all weather conditions? Check.

HEART & SOUL: Making tantrums teaching moments

posted: 05/30/2012 3:59 a.m.

Summer’s here and expectations are high. It’s supposed to be a season of fun, but the additional time spent with our children can also be highly charged emotionally.

Confiscating contraband candy

posted: 05/30/2012 3:57 a.m.

Sometimes a packing faux pas isn’t about what parents neglect to include, but what they sneak in.

It’s a family affair at Fort Rock

posted: 05/30/2012 3:57 a.m.

Kids spending time at Fort Rock in Northwest Arkansas are in no danger of missing Mom and Dad, because the whole family goes to camp.

IDEA ALLEY: Beans and ham, with a cake finish

posted: 05/30/2012 3:55 a.m.

Recipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Truffles get vanilla; juice gets a ‘fusion’

posted: 05/30/2012 3:54 a.m.

I’ve written about Lindt chocolate products before, but it’s usually around Christmas or Easter, as many of Lindt’s products have a holiday theme. The company celebrated National Truffle Day on May 2 with the introduction of Lindor Vanilla Truffles.

PARENTING: Parenting style joins politics, God on taboo list

posted: 05/30/2012 3:53 a.m.

How they raise their kids is a touchy subject for lots of parents. When I was growing up, it was said that one should not engage in discussions of religion or politics. These days, engaging in conversation concerning how someone raises their children is just as likely to end the relationship as a discussion of their religious or political beliefs.


posted: 05/30/2012 3:52 a.m.

These lidded serving bowls from Target in cool, summery hues of blue will make transporting your potato salad to the potluck or picnic all the more fun. The sturdy (but not indestructible ) melamine bowls come in sets of small, medium and large and are ideal for serving and storing a variety of foods. The set nests together for easy, compact storage. Dishwasher safe. Available in blue, yellow and white. The largest bowl measures 5 3/4 inches high and 9 3/4 inches around.


posted: 05/30/2012 3:51 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: We waited for years to become parents, and finally, to our great joy it happened. But our baby had serious problems and died eight months later, and it has broken our hearts. Is he in heaven? That at least would be some comfort to us. — P.F.

Creature feature

posted: 05/30/2012 3:50 a.m.

Whenever I’m cutting up carrots, my dog begs for bites. She loves raw carrots! I only give her a teeny bite or two and it hasn’t caused any problems. I would like to know if vegetables are good for dogs. If they are, are there other vegetables that would be OK for her? Dogs are omnivores, which means they can eat all kinds of food, including meat, fruit and vegetables. However, you need to be selective about the fruits and vegetables you feed your dog, as not all are beneficial; some can actually be harmful.


posted: 05/30/2012 3:49 a.m.

QMy partner of five months has never had children. I have an 8-year-old daughter.


posted: 05/30/2012 3:48 a.m.

DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD : Some of my girlfriends who get allowances from their husbands believe the allowances are inadequate. So whenever they go to the store, they get $40 cash back on their debit cards and keep it for themselves. This way, they have some extra money, and their husbands never notice. I know it seems a little sneaky, but I don’t think my friends are doing anything wrong. After all, the money belongs to them as well as their husbands. But when I told my fiance about this, he was horrified.


posted: 05/30/2012 3:41 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I use clear glass measuring cups. It is a bother to bend over to check the level of liquids that I need to measure, especially if using a heavy bottle of vegetable oil or a half-gallon of milk. Also, I have a problem with measuring cups that have metric on one side and standard on the other side. I just turn the cup so the standard measurement is opposite me.

Super Quiz: Science

posted: 05/30/2012 3:40 a.m.

1. Trees that lose their leaves seasonally are classified as _. 2. Trees produce _ and reduce __ in the atmosphere. 3. What is the fourth planet from the sun? 4. What is the longest bone in the human body? 5. What is the collective term for all the petals of a flower?

Mega Millions

posted: 05/30/2012 1:40 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 2-14-29-53-55 Mega Ball: 31 Estimated jackpot: $32 million Megaplier: 3

Tuesday, May 29

Romney clinches GOP nomination with Texas win

posted: 05/29/2012 8:31 p.m.

Mitt Romney has clinched the Republican nomination for president with a win in the Texas primary.

Federal judge declares NLR schools unitary

posted: 05/29/2012 5:31 p.m.

A federal judge has declared the North Little Rock School District substantially desegregated, complying with an appeals court ruling last year that the schools could be released from court supervision.

New judge assigned to $1M lottery ticket case

posted: 05/29/2012 5:28 p.m.

A legal battle over a $1 million lottery ticket has been assigned to another Arkansas judge after the previous one stepped down from the case.

The reel deal

posted: 05/29/2012 4:06 p.m.

With a shorts program that organizers promise tops years past and the Little Rock Film Festival’s first 3D selection and screening, Europa, which also happens to have been made in Arkansas, there’s a lot to get excited about on the big screen this week as local and out-of-town filmmakers flock in to celebrate their art. But as Tuesday night’s tailgate party in honor of opening night film America’s Parking Lot proved, there’s plenty more to this year’s film fest than just film screenings. Sure, the films are ultimately the point, but having a good time isn’t a bad idea either.

Get ready for Trouble

posted: 05/29/2012 4 p.m.

Filmmaker Jim Hemphill’s first feature-length film was a horror film. Bad Reputation, a film about a high school girl who gets revenge on the popular clique who branded her a slut. A film the 40-year-old Chicago-born-but-Los-Angeles-living director and screenwriter has described as “I spit on John Hughes.” Bad Reputation was truly an independent film. Shot on digital video for $20,000. But the 2005 film was distributed through Warner Bros. and Twentieth-Century Fox. And it won the audience award for Best Film at the 2005 Chicago Horror Film Festival.

The LabRatz

posted: 05/29/2012 3:54 p.m.

A few weeks back, the Arkansas hip-hop collective LabRatz crowded the stage at Cornerstone Pub. What occurred during their short set is best described as a party. Decked out in LabRatz T-shirts, the group performed. Flashing LabRatz CDs. Throwing hands up. The good time flowing from the stage. That’s how you do it. That’s how you perform. And the music? Tight, melodic, bumping Little Rock-bred hip-hop with touches of Southern soul. Every member present guiding the tunes. Trading microphones and swapping verses. Providing hooks. Enjoying the moment and celebrating the music. Enjoying themselves. Moving the audience. Converting them.

Arkansas made

posted: 05/29/2012 3:51 p.m.

A little more than a year ago, filmmaking cousins Brian White and Christopher S. Thompson premiered [on a rainy night at the Riverdale 10 Cinemas] their debut project, an Arkansas-made feature-length film called The Gleaning . This weekend they return to the same stomping grounds, likely with better weather, as an official selection of the Little Rock Film Festival. In the time since, the film has garnered critical accolades as it has made the festival circuit. Last month it took home the Best Picture Thriller award at the Bare Bones Film Festival in Muskogee, Okla., and last year it got an honorable mention nod in the narrative feature category at the Los Angeles Reel Film Festival.

Use your head ...

posted: 05/29/2012 3:47 p.m.

Before organizing Hats in Hot Springs, the first three-day jubilee that celebrates “zany” head-toppers, Visit Hot Springs special events manager Chrissy Egleston didn’t know much about the accessories. But months of preparation have made her into quite the mad hatter. This weekend, Hill Wheatley Plaza in downtown Hot Springs will be brimming with bowlers, beanies and berets, and Egleston will be there with top hat in tow.

NLR police chase vehicle after traffic stop attempt

updated: 05/29/2012 4:16 p.m.

North Little Rock police pursued a vehicle in a car chase this afternoon, police say

Fly-on-the-wall filmmaking

posted: 05/29/2012 3:35 p.m.

Filmmaker Rebecca Schaper’s documentary A Sister’s Call, a project some 14 years in the making, is as engaging as it is difficult to watch. Not for lack of quality, though. On the contrary, it’s the subject matter and the candid nature in which it’s discussed that make it trying. Beginning as a story of how a family reached out to reconnect with one of its own, it swells to encompass ongoing battles against psychosis and past sexual abuse.

Group announces formation of Arkansas Film Commission

updated: 05/29/2012 3:55 p.m.

Officials gathered at the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce to announce the formation of the Arkansas Film Commission on Tuesday afternoon.

Light lunch

posted: 05/29/2012 3:14 p.m.

Despite a menu that changes daily and some recent expansion of the business to include dinner hours, there’s a certain sense of stability to E’s Bistro in North Little Rock, an eatery that lands somewhere between tea room and fine dining.

MIB back for a third helping

posted: 05/29/2012 2:59 p.m.

In a summer already rife with comic creation come to life on the big screen, director Barry Sonnenfeld delivers up a third installment of a franchise around a decade dormant, Men in Black 3, to once again pair cocksure, fast-talking Agent J (Will Smith) with stolid, unflinching Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) to save Earth from alien aggression.

Court refuses to review police use of stun guns

posted: 05/29/2012 2:54 p.m.

The Supreme Court has decided that it will not review the appropriateness of stun guns used by police on suspects.

Romney welcomes mass expulsion of Syrian diplomats

posted: 05/29/2012 2:27 p.m.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is calling for more “assertive measures” against Syrian President Bashar Assad, including arming the Syrian opposition.

Daniel leaves UCA for Marshall

posted: 05/29/2012 1:58 p.m.

Matt Daniel resigned as women's basketball coach at the University of Central Arkansas on Tuesday before accepting the same position at Marshall University.

Facebook's stock falls below $30 for first time

posted: 05/29/2012 1:43 p.m.

Facebook's stock has fallen below $30 for the first time since its much-awaited public debut this month.

SUV flips off I-430 in LR

updated: 05/29/2012 1:12 p.m.

There is a single-vehicle accident at I-430 and Rodney Parham.

Judges won't block state primary certification

posted: 05/29/2012 12:22 p.m.

A federal court panel on Tuesday refused to block the certification of an east Arkansas state Senate primary while they consider a lawmaker’s complaint that his district was redrawn to intentionally weaken the black vote.

Arrest made in lottery ticket thefts

posted: 05/29/2012 11:43 a.m.

Police have arrested an employee of a Little Rock gas station where partially-scratched lottery tickets were being sold, authorities said.

Lanes shifting Wednesday at I-630, I-430 interchange

posted: 05/29/2012 11:37 a.m.

Officials with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department are reminding drivers to avoid the Interstate 630 and Interstate 430 interchange on Wednesday due to the massive lane shuffling that will occur.

Rounds of thunderstorms to move across state

posted: 05/29/2012 11:27 a.m.

Thunderstorms will move across the state during the next few days, according to a report from John Robinson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

What not to wear-or pack-for summer camp

posted: 05/29/2012 11:22 a.m.

Summer camp season is gearing up, and most camps have a handy checklist of what to pack and what to leave home, writes Laura Lynn Brown in Wednesday’s Family section.

Homemade convenience: Don’t buy it, make it

posted: 05/29/2012 11:17 a.m.

Homemade versions of convenience foods like pie crust, toaster pastries, instant oatmeal and even barbecue sauce are easy to make.

Consumer confidence in the economy plunged in May

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

Americans confidence in the economy fell the most in eight months in May as worries about the weak jobs, housing and stock markets continue to rattle them.

Temblor shakes northern Italy, killing at least 15

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

A powerful earthquake killed at least 15 people and left 200 injured Tuesday as it rocked a swath of northern Italy. Factories, warehouses and churches collapsed, dealing a second blow to a region where thousands are still homeless from another temblor just nine days ago.

US, Europe expell Syrian ambassadors

updated: 05/29/2012 10:20 a.m.

Governments around the world expelled Syrian ambassadors and diplomats Tuesday, an unusual, coordinated blow to Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime following a gruesome massacre that the United Nations said involved close-range shootings of scores of children and parents in their homes.

Driver pleads no contest in Faulkner County road-rage deaths

updated: 05/29/2012 10:33 a.m.

A man charged in a 2010 road rage dispute that ended with the deaths of four family members has pleaded no contest to four counts of first-degree murder.

Danville woman found dead in car

posted: 05/29/2012 7:57 a.m.

Corinth Police Chief David Lancaster says no foul play is suspected after a woman was found dead in her vehicle Saturday in a Corinth convenience store parking lot.

Atkins woman dies in train collision

posted: 05/29/2012 7:22 a.m.

Authorities say a 26-year-old Atkins woman was killed after her vehicle was struck by a train.

Howard Co. cemetery added to National Register

posted: 05/29/2012 7:20 a.m.

A cemetery in Howard County has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Man falls to death from crane in Dallas standoff

posted: 05/29/2012 7:04 a.m.

Dallas police say a man who climbed a 150-foot construction crane at a college campus has fallen to his death, ending a 15-hour standoff.

10 reported dead in Italy 5.8-magnitude quake

posted: 05/29/2012 6:21 a.m.

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit northern Italy on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people in the same region still struggling to recover from another fatal tremor on May 20.

VIDEO: Pulaski Academy answering questions

posted: 05/29/2012 6 a.m.

Losing a lot of its offense of a state championship team isn't a problem Pulaski Academy can avoid.

Annan urges Syrians hold to cease-fire

posted: 05/29/2012 5:13 a.m.

International efforts to pressure Syria intensified Monday as U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan began negotiations in Damascus and the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff warned that continued atrocities would make military intervention more likely.

Obama notes ill blame poured on Vietnam vets

posted: 05/29/2012 5:09 a.m.

President Barack Obama paid tribute Monday to the men and women who have died defending America, singling out Vietnam veterans as an under appreciated and sometimes maligned group of war heroes and vowing that “it will not happen again.”

Turkish court indicts Israeli military brass over deadly sea raid

posted: 05/29/2012 5:06 a.m.

An Istanbul court approved indictments against four senior Israeli military figures on Monday for involvement in a deadly raid on a Turkish passenger vessel attempting to breach Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza in May 2010. A senior Israeli official said the Turkish government had apparently decided to kill what was left of the diplomatic relationship between the two countries.

Pope’s butler to assist Vatican inquiry

posted: 05/29/2012 5:04 a.m.

One of the Vatican’s biggest scandals in decades widened Monday with the pope’s butler — arrested for allegedly having confidential documents in his home — agreeing to cooperate with investigators, his lawyer said Monday.

Nuclear power denounced

posted: 05/29/2012 5:03 a.m.

Japan’s prime minister during last year’s nuclear crisis said at a parliamentary inquiry Monday that the country should discard nuclear power as too dangerous, saying the Fukushima accident had pushed Japan to the brink of “national collapse.”

U.S. Senate race tops primaries in Texas

posted: 05/29/2012 5:02 a.m.

Establishment Republicans recently fell to Tea Party members in Indiana and Nebraska. Could the same happen in Texas?

Blair: Chose to ‘manage,’ not confront, British media

posted: 05/29/2012 4:58 a.m.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair testified Monday that he never challenged the influential British press because doing so would have plunged his administration into a drawn-out and politically damaging fight.

Rains whip into Georgia, Florida

posted: 05/29/2012 4:55 a.m.

The remains of Tropical Storm Beryl soaked beach vacations and some Memorial Day remembrance services in southern Georgia and northern Florida on Monday and knocked out power to tens of thousands, though emergency officials said it hadn’t caused any major damage.

Campaigns mine Internet for votes

posted: 05/29/2012 4:53 a.m.

Voters who click on President Barack Obama’s campaign website are likely to start seeing display ads promoting his re-election bid on their Facebook pages and other sites they visit. Voters searching Google for information about Mitt Romney may notice a 15-second ad promoting the Republican presidential hopeful the next time they watch a video online.

Spain: No European bank bailout

posted: 05/29/2012 4:49 a.m.

Conservative Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy insisted Monday that the country’s banking sector would not need an international rescue as concern over the bailout of nationalized lender Bankia sent its stock price plummeting while Spain’s borrowing costs soared.

Qatar mall fire kills 13 kids, six others

posted: 05/29/2012 4:47 a.m.

Qatar’s Interior Ministry said 13 children were among the 19 people killed in a fire that broke out in one of the country’s fanciest shopping malls late Monday morning, raising questions about building safety in the booming Gulf state.

Israelis convicted in Palestinian’s death

posted: 05/29/2012 4:44 a.m.

A Jerusalem court on Monday convicted two Israeli police officers of negligent homicide for abandoning an injured Palestinian man on a roadside, where he was found dead two days later.

Egypt confirms presidential runoff candidates

posted: 05/29/2012 4:43 a.m.

The presidential election commission confirmed Monday that Ahmed Shafiq, Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister, will face Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in the June 16 and 17 runoff to choose Egypt’s first freely elected president.

6-year-old to take on spellers twice her age

posted: 05/29/2012 4:41 a.m.

In the past few weeks, 6-year-old Lori Anne Madison has won major awards in swimming and math, but one accomplishment has made her an overnight national celebrity: Lori Anne is the youngest person ever to qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The world in brief

posted: 05/29/2012 4:39 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We tried our best, but when we got there, the children were trapped inside.We are very sorry for what happened.We tried as much as we could to save these people.” Sheik Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani, the minister of state for interior affairs in Qatar, where a fire at a large shopping mall killed 19 people, including 13 children Article, this page

The nation in brief

posted: 05/29/2012 4:38 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “You were sometimes blamed for the misdeeds of a few.You came home and were sometimes denigrated when you should have been celebrated. It was a national shame, a disgrace that should have never happened.” President Barack Obama, honoring Vietnam War veterans at a Memorial Day speech in Washington Article, 1A

Names and faces

posted: 05/29/2012 4:37 a.m.

As he received an honorary doctorate Sunday, Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro told Bates College graduates that despite his own lack of formal education, he made out OK. During a 15-minute address, De Niro drew a steady stream of laughter from the 463 graduating seniors and more than 5,000 onlookers at the private, liberal arts college’s campus in Lewiston, Maine.

No business

posted: 05/29/2012 4:35 a.m.

Because the stock markets were closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day, there is no business section in today’s editions.

In the news

posted: 05/29/2012 4:35 a.m.

Darren Julien, a celebrity auctioneer, said that as part of his “Music Icons” auction next month he is selling Elvis Presley’s original crypt, where Presley was interred alongside his mother, Gladys, after he died Aug. 16, 1977, until both of them were reburied two months later at his Graceland home.

Airport seen as Delta key to prosperity

posted: 05/29/2012 4:33 a.m.

The decade-long process of developing a new airport in east Arkansas has been a turbulent ride filled with economic setbacks, internal strife and delays. But the Delta Regional Airport is finally taking shape.

Agency to lawyers: Keep investigating

posted: 05/29/2012 4:30 a.m.

For the second time in a year, the Metropolitan Housing Alliance Board of Commissioners has directed a private attorney to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct by its top staff and a board member.

Arkansans honor fallen soldiers

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

Gordon Hartley doesn’t like to talk about those he remembers on Memorial Day. It still hurts.

Riverfest ends, then it’s quick to go

posted: 05/29/2012 4:25 a.m.

Before the sun rose Monday, about 250 volunteers had already put in hours packing up supplies and equipment used for Riverfest.

Start-up slow for donations of cord blood

posted: 05/29/2012 4:23 a.m.

The Cord Blood Bank of Arkansas has collected only two units of umbilical-cord blood for use in an international donor network in its first year of operation, falling short of operators’ expectations.

Majority of state on drought watch

posted: 05/29/2012 4:20 a.m.

An unusually dry spring and little chance of rain ahead has prompted the National Drought Mitigation Center to forecast drought conditions for most of the state.

Hendrix sets video seats for Chinese

posted: 05/29/2012 4:19 a.m.

When students in two of Jay McDaniel’s Hendrix College classes gather this fall, they will be joined at times by students in northeast China.

Congress hopefuls reflect on sacrifices

posted: 05/29/2012 4:15 a.m.

The candidates for Arkansas’ four congressional districts spent Monday at cemeteries, memorials and home with their families.

Murder suspects escape Miller County lockup

posted: 05/29/2012 4:13 a.m.

Two murder suspects escaped from the Miller County jail near Texarkana, authorities said Monday.

Captain files ethics complaint

posted: 05/29/2012 4:12 a.m.

Arkansas State Police Capt. Lance King has apparently filed a complaint against himself with the Arkansas Ethics Commission regarding gifts he accepted from the University of Arkansas football program.

U.S. 412 bypass tugs at Huntsville

posted: 05/29/2012 4:08 a.m.

Dozens of landowners have submitted petitions to voluntarily annex into Huntsville after a push to expand the Madison County city of about 2,350 residents, according to Mayor Kevin Hatfield.

Motorcyclist hits guardrail, dies

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

A Missouri man was killed Sunday night after his motorcycle struck a guardrail on Arkansas 59 near Sulphur Springs, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary fatality report.

March Fayetteville tornado state’s 10th

posted: 05/29/2012 4:04 a.m.

The Arkansas tornado count for 2012 has grown to 10, the National Weather Service said Monday.

Several sites in state near 100 degrees

posted: 05/29/2012 4:03 a.m.

Several places in central and western Arkansas approached 100-degree temperatures Monday — but didn’t quite meet triple-digit heat.

UALR team takes 3rd in Microsoft finals

posted: 05/29/2012 4:03 a.m.

A team from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock placed third in software design at Microsoft’s 2012 Imagine Cup U.S. Finals, a news release said.

Water-skier killed in 2-boat accident

posted: 05/29/2012 4:01 a.m.

A water-skier was killed after being run over by another boat on Clark County’s De-Gray Lake on Saturday afternoon, according to a spokesman with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Police beat

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

Mom threatened to kill, police say A Little Rock mother threatened to kill her daughter if she called police Sunday night as the daughter reported being struck to a 911 dispatcher, a police report says.

Pet of the week

posted: 05/29/2012 3:58 a.m.

Buster is our pet of the week. He is a Labrador mix who is around 1 year old. Buster was taken to the shelter, along with his sister, as an owner surrender. He loves to play with tennis balls and is learning how to fetch. Buster is a very friendly, happy-go lucky dog that would make a great addition to any family.

Arkansas achievers

posted: 05/29/2012 3:56 a.m.

Breast Care, a program of the Arkansas Department of Health, has announced the winners of the 2012 Josetta Wilkins Awards, which honor outstanding work in breast cancer awareness, education and prevention: Danielle Smith of Rose Bud is the daughter of Betty Jane “BJ” McAfee Smith, who died of breast cancer in 2005.

Other days

posted: 05/29/2012 3:55 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO May 29, 1912 At the beginning of the season it looked as if Little Rock was destined to become the “City of Sleeping Porches.” Almost every day a building permit was issued for a sleeping porch, but of late the demand has suffered a decline.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 05/29/2012 3:54 a.m.

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


posted: 05/29/2012 3:53 a.m.

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

EDITORIALS: The other Tom Cotton

posted: 05/29/2012 3:52 a.m.

DON’T BE fooled by that old country-boy smile. Or that outstanding résumé . Or the landslide victory Tom Cotton scored in the GOP primary in the state’s Fourth Congressional District last Tuesday.

COLUMNISTS: An artificial market

posted: 05/29/2012 3:50 a.m.

It’s tempting to call the shameful taxpayer subsidy for electric cars—vehicles that are unaffordable for all but a small number of wealthy Americans—this nation’s costly little secret.

This’ll work

posted: 05/29/2012 3:49 a.m.

Oil prices in the United States have fallen over the last few months and tensions have eased a bit in the Middle East. But despite these hopeful signs, the price of oil on international markets remains at record highs—and the International Monetary Fund warns that oil prices could double by 2022.

Playing the game

posted: 05/29/2012 3:48 a.m.

Let me tell you about athletic competition.

Minimum is never sufficient

posted: 05/29/2012 3:47 a.m.

Many of you have written to express support for my efforts to shed light on the lack of quality care that has become business as usual inside too many nursing homes. From what I can determine, this lucrative industry (and there are exceptions, of course) is profiting largely by cutting payrolls to enhance its bottom line.


posted: 05/29/2012 3:45 a.m.

Simply family values Presumably those who believe procreation is a “primary goal” of marriage not only oppose all forms of birth control, but also oppose vasectomies and tubal ligations, surgical procedures which, ideally, prevent procreation.

NCAA DIV. I BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: Arkansas gets ticket to Texas

posted: 05/29/2012 3:41 a.m.

Arkansas will have to win more games in Texas if the Razorbacks want to stay on the road to the College World Series.


posted: 05/29/2012 3:34 a.m.

An early Miami lead was wasted. Once the Heat took control again, they simply ran away from the Boston Celtics.

Top-spot edge goes to Gators

posted: 05/29/2012 3:30 a.m.

Florida heads into the NCAA Tournament as college baseball’s top team.

SEC MEETINGS: Big talk, little bit of news expected

posted: 05/29/2012 3:28 a.m.

A new scheduling format for football, the latest revenue-sharing numbers and the SEC’s position on the proposed changes in the Bowl Championship Series are expected to be unveiled at the conference’s spring meetings this week.

LIKE IT IS: SEC meetings to cap long spring for Long

posted: 05/29/2012 3:24 a.m.

When the SEC spring meetings begin today in Destin, Fla., it might be the first time since early April that Jeff Long has been able to focus entirely on the future of Arkansas Razorbacks athletics.

Sain sought share of raises in pay

posted: 05/29/2012 3:21 a.m.

The late Johnny Sain used to be quoted occasionally to the effect that nothing much changes in baseball except the financial figures.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Travelers can’t get relief from Missions

posted: 05/29/2012 3:20 a.m.

A four run sixth inning lifted the San Antonio Missions to a 7-4 victory Monday over the Arkansas Travelers before a crowd 2,914 at Wolff Stadium.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: ‘Added incentive’ drives Lynn, Cards to victory

posted: 05/29/2012 3:19 a.m.

Mike Matheny saw a difference in Lance Lynn as Lynn approached his second start this year against the Atlanta Braves, the only team to beat him this season.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Defenders stick together for visit

posted: 05/29/2012 3:17 a.m.

Arkansas is looking to fill several spots on the defense for next year and hosted three junior college prospects Friday.


posted: 05/29/2012 3:15 a.m.

NO. 1 RICE LOCATION Houston CONFERENCE Conference USA NICKNAME Owls 2012 RECORD 40-17, 17-7 COACH Wayne Graham (953-378 in 21 seasons at Rice)

METROPOLITAN HANDICAP: Nose just enough for Shackleford to pull out victory

posted: 05/29/2012 3:14 a.m.

Shackleford held off a furious rush to the finish by Caleb’s Posse and won the $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap by a nose on a steamy Monday at Belmont Park.


posted: 05/29/2012 3:11 a.m.

Double Elimination All times Central CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. At Davenport Field FRIDAY’S GAMES Virginia (38-17-1 ) vs. Army (41-13 ), 3 p.m. Oklahoma (38-22 ) vs. Appalachian St. (39-16 ), 7 p.m.

Second thoughts

posted: 05/29/2012 3:09 a.m.

Uniform could pay for college It took former New York Yankees star Don Larsen nine innings to do something no other baseball player has ever done. Now, after 55 years he’s decided to cash in.

Off the wire

posted: 05/29/2012 3:06 a.m.

TENNIS Azarenka advances Only 22 years old, recently a Grand Slam champion and ranked No. 1 for the first time, Victoria Azarenka is still learning to think like a top player.

JUNE CALENDAR: Movies, music & marriage

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

June is when things are in the air — bridal bouquets, hot-air balloons and strange visitors from Planet Krypton. Catch a bouquet, you’re the next to be married. Catch a hot-air balloon, you’re the next off your feet. Catch Superman, you’re the next Lois Lane.

FILM: Luminaries, Cantrell, action!

posted: 05/29/2012 2:52 a.m.

Attending the Little Rock Film Festival’s kickoff tonight? Got your Korto Momolu dress, iPhone extra charged for those celebrity sightings — you’re primed for that sweet red carpet treatment.

Hankins’ droll ladies come alive in 1st novel

posted: 05/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

One of the appeals of Little Rock artist Jane F. Hankins’ quirky, comical sculptures is that her works — from large-lipped fish to wide-hipped Southern ladies — are so filled with vibrant colors and expressive personalities, her creations threaten to leap out of their lakes or jump off their overstuffed sofas and come to life.

LISTEN UP: Cult wails and whales: Ex-Beatle’s groove lush

posted: 05/29/2012 2:46 a.m.

The Cult Choice of Weapon Cooking Vinyl B- Prodigious layers of guitar? Check. Stratospheric vocals? Yep. Propulsive rhythm section? Mmmhmm. A frontman with shamanistic tendencies? Oh, yeah.

THE TV COLUMN: Cougar Town leaps to TBS; CW studies ballet

posted: 05/29/2012 2:41 a.m.

Fans of ABC’s Cougar Town can breathe a sigh of relief. The series didn’t die at the end of Season 3 after all.

A handful of films to look for

posted: 05/29/2012 2:37 a.m.

Here’s a short list of some feature-length films to keep an eye out for: The Dynamiter, a film about “just kind of a rambunctious Southern kid from Mississippi, no job, aimless, during a very hot summer, and he’s kind of into starting fights and stuff, [but] he’s sort of keeping his weird family together,” Agee says.

Planning:There’s an app for that

posted: 05/29/2012 2:33 a.m.

One of the savvier things about the Little Rock Film Festival operations has been Festival Genius.

Bieber to play Verizon Arena

posted: 05/29/2012 2:22 a.m.

Teen heartthrob pop singer Justin Bieber has added a show in central Arkansas to his fall and winter concert tour.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Divorcee shuns counsel role

posted: 05/29/2012 2:19 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: Ever since my husband left me five years ago, it seems I attract women friends in the process of divorce who want me to give them emotional support.


posted: 05/29/2012 2:18 a.m.

Happy birthday. There’s a revolution starting inside of you. You question things that have been ingrained in your behavior and thoughts for years. The new you finds more to be excited about, and motivation will be high throughout the year.


posted: 05/29/2012 2:16 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Millions of people take medication daily, but some are skipping their medication, or they try to split pills to save money. This may seem like a good idea, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has some guidelines to follow before splitting any of your pills: Not all pills are safe to split. Time-released drugs, capsules and pills coated to protect your stomach should never be split.


posted: 05/29/2012 2:15 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Once a person decides to follow Jesus, can they lose their salvation later on if they commit a major sin? We’ve been discussing this in our Bible class, and I’m not sure what to think. — L.L.

Super Quiz: Starts with “war”

posted: 05/29/2012 2:13 a.m.

1. A large building for storing goods 2. All the clothing that a person owns 3. The chief official of a prison 4. To sing with trills, runs or quavers 5. A large room in a hospital with beds for people to stay in

Monday, May 28

Justin Bieber wanted for questioning in scuffle

posted: 05/28/2012 4:45 p.m.

Justin Bieber is wanted for questioning by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators after a photographer complained of being roughed up by the pop star at a shopping center.

Egypt crowd attacks candidate’s office

posted: 05/28/2012 4:35 p.m.

Security officials and witnesses say several hundred people have ransacked the campaign headquarters of an Egyptian presidential candidate who was ousted President Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister.

Man in crane at Texas college says he’s armed

posted: 05/28/2012 4:31 p.m.

Dallas police say a man is holed up in a construction crane at Southern Methodist University after threatening to shoot campus police if they approached him.

Michigan wildfire destroys nearly 100 buildings

posted: 05/28/2012 3:08 p.m.

NEWBERRY, Mich. — Homes and cabins make up a third of the nearly 100 structures destroyed by a wildfire burning across more than 30 square miles of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, officials said Monday.

Fire claims several buildings in Forrest City

posted: 05/28/2012 1:47 p.m.

Several buildings in downtown Forrest City have been gutted by fire and officials are working to determine the cause.

Two escape from Miller County jail

updated: 05/28/2012 2:01 p.m.

Two men both wanted for murder are on the loose after escaping overnight near Texarkana.

Brush fire claims 100 acres in southwest Arkansas

posted: 05/28/2012 1:15 p.m.

A Texarkana brush fire claimed about 100 acres and burned as almost all of Arkansas is at risk of wildfires.

Memorial Day service honors the fallen

updated: 05/28/2012 3:52 p.m.

Families and friends of veterans, along with various state and area officials joined with actively members and veterans of the military on Monday morning for a service honoring those that lost their lives in the defense of the United States.

Arkansas headed to Houston for NCAA Tournament

posted: 05/28/2012 12:04 p.m.

Arkansas will face Sam Houston State on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Baseball Tournament at Rice University.

45% of new U.S. veterans file for disability benefits

posted: 05/28/2012 5:11 a.m.

America’s newest veterans are filing for disability benefits at a historic rate, claiming to be the most medically and mentally troubled generation of former troops the nation has ever seen.

Syria denies responsibility for massacre

posted: 05/28/2012 5:07 a.m.

The Syrian government Sunday rejected claims that it had carried out a massacre that killed more than 100 villagers, including dozens of children, and the United Nations Security Council met in the afternoon to discuss the killings, which its top officials have sharply denounced.

Probe ordered into reports of strike killing Afghan family

posted: 05/28/2012 5:03 a.m.

Both President Hamid Karzai and NATO commanders ordered an investigation Sunday into reports that a family of eight had been killed in a coalition airstrike in eastern Afghanistan. NATO and Afghan provincial government officials gave different accounts of the episode.

Gay military students end year

posted: 05/28/2012 5:01 a.m.

Gay students at America’s military service academies are wrapping up the first year when they no longer had to hide their sexual orientation, benefiting from the end of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that used to bar them from seemingly ordinary activities like taking their partners openly to graduation events.

Spanish bank: Treat bailout as investment

posted: 05/28/2012 4:58 a.m.

Troubled Spanish lender Bankia will treat the $29.5 billion in state aid it will receive in the country’s biggest-ever bank bailout as an investment meant to make a profit for the Spanish government and not as a loan, its president said Sunday.

Town’s residents rebound after storm

posted: 05/28/2012 4:56 a.m.

Pia Rogers still goes home every day, even though all that remains of her two-story farmhouse are two granite front steps.

2 set themselves on fire in Lhasa

posted: 05/28/2012 4:54 a.m.

Two men engulfed themselves in towering flames outside a temple that is a popular tourist site in Lhasa, marking the first time a recent wave of people setting themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule has reached the tightly guarded Tibetan capital, a U.S. broadcaster reported Monday.

Wind relents, but N.M. fire grows

posted: 05/28/2012 4:53 a.m.

Crews fighting a wildfire in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico planned to take advantage of lighter winds Sunday by building protection lines on key flanks of the blaze and preparing to send water-dropping helicopters into the air for the first time in several days.

Golden Gate marks its 75th anniversary

posted: 05/28/2012 4:51 a.m.

Crowds formed along San Francisco’s waterfront, while San Francisco Bay was crowded with pleasure boats, tugboats and other vessels as the city celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.

WWII battleship takes final voyage

posted: 05/28/2012 4:51 a.m.

A famed battleship that saw action during World War II and the Korean War and carried President Franklin D. Roosevelt to a wartime summit traveled along the California coast Sunday on its final voyage.

Energy shortage threatens Pakistan

posted: 05/28/2012 4:49 a.m.

In the militant-infested northwestern Pakistan city of Peshawar, hundreds of businessmen recently marched in a mock funeral procession — but not to protest bombings or kidnappings. The “corpse” they carried was an electric meter.

Iran: Won’t stop uranium work

posted: 05/28/2012 4:48 a.m.

Iran will not halt its enrichment of uranium up to 20 percent, the country’s nuclear chief told state television Sunday, backing away from an earlier offer that suggested it might be prepared to cease production of the higher-grade nuclear material.

Palestinian Airlines resumes flights

posted: 05/28/2012 4:47 a.m.

Palestinian Airlines is back in the skies after being grounded for seven years by the deepening enmities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

3 allege vote fraud in Egypt

posted: 05/28/2012 4:44 a.m.

Three top candidates in Egypt’s presidential race filed appeals to the election commission ahead of the deadline Sunday, alleging violations in the first round vote that they say could change the outcome.

No Nepal charter as deadline passes

posted: 05/28/2012 4:43 a.m.

Nepal’s prime minister called new elections for November after the term of the Constituent Assembly expired at midnight Sunday without political leaders completing the task of writing a new constitution.

LA subway to end rider honor system

posted: 05/28/2012 4:42 a.m.

Locking gates are coming to Los Angeles subway stations, forcing riders who have long cheated on fares to start paying or get a lot more creative.

The world in brief

posted: 05/28/2012 4:39 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The kids of Houla are the kids of all of Syria. Killing the kids of Houla is like killing the kids of all of Syria.” Burhan Ghalioun, the head of the exile Syrian National Council, on an attack on a village in which the Syrian government is accused of killing more than 90 people, including dozens of children Article, 1A

The nation in brief

posted: 05/28/2012 4:39 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “For the most part, it allows us to be a complete person, as opposed to compartmentalizing our lives into different types of boxes.” Newly commissioned Air Force 2nd Lt. Dan Dwyer, on the effects the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy has had on homosexual students in the nation’s military academies Article, 2A

Names and faces

posted: 05/28/2012 4:37 a.m.

Lady Gaga canceled next week’s sold-out show in Indonesia after Islamist hard-liners threatened violence, claiming her sexy clothes and provocative dance moves would corrupt the youth. The controversy was a blow to the predominantly Muslim country’s reputation for combining free speech and democracy with a mostly moderate brand of the faith.

In the news

posted: 05/28/2012 4:37 a.m.

Shaun Meadows, an Air Force veteran who lost his legs in a 2008 explosion in Afghanistan, parachuted with a sky-diving team onto the front lawn of the 3,500-square-foot home provided to Meadows and his family by Operation Finally Home, a nonprofit organization that donates new, mortgage-free homes to wounded and disabled veterans.

State’s new election website had glitches

posted: 05/28/2012 4:35 a.m.

Secretary of State Mark Martin’s new nearly $400,000 election-night-reporting website lagged behind results reported by media outlets during Tuesday’s primary election, and some counties’ results still were missing from it Thursday afternoon.

Parties target vulnerable foes

posted: 05/28/2012 4:31 a.m.

With control of the Legislature at stake in the general election in about five months, leaders of the Legislature and the Democratic and Republican parties are targeting particular races as pivotal, but they’re not saying exactly which ones they are.

430/630 disruption ahead

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

Southbound traffic in the vicinity of the Interstate 430/630 interchange will be disrupted for a month or more with a new southbound exit to I-630, narrower main lanes and restricted speeds to accommodate the next stage of construction on the interchange-improvement project.

Airport looks at buying scanner

posted: 05/28/2012 4:25 a.m.

The state’s largest airport is weighing whether to purchase its own full-body scanner as part of a larger effort to reduce security checkpoint wait times, other parts of which were implemented last week in advance of the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Vendors see drop in sales at Riverfest

posted: 05/28/2012 4:22 a.m.

Raydean Wood’s “Rodeo Style Mud Bugs and More” Riverfest 2012 stand saw fewer crawfish and alligator-on a-stick eaters this year.

UAPB alum gears up for chancellor’s office

posted: 05/28/2012 4:20 a.m.

When Calvin Johnson takes the helm at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff as interim chancellor Tuesday, he will, in many ways, be returning home.

Program aims to create more bilingual teachers

posted: 05/28/2012 4:18 a.m.

When she entered kindergarten at Jones Elementary School in Springdale, Jessica Rodriguez didn’t speak a lot of English.

No suspects in death of man, 18

posted: 05/28/2012 4:17 a.m.

Little Rock Police do not have any suspects in the Saturday morning killing of an 18-year-old man just days after his high school graduation, a police spokesman said.

Ward tops class at school for deaf

posted: 05/28/2012 4:15 a.m.

Clinton Patrick Ward graduated as valedictorian of the Arkansas School for the Deaf.

Six freshmen named fellows at UA

posted: 05/28/2012 4:14 a.m.

Six incoming freshmen have been named Bodenhamer Fellows at the Honors College at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Motorcycle crash kills Oklahoman

posted: 05/28/2012 4:13 a.m.

An Oklahoma man was killed Saturday after he was knocked off his motorcycle into the path of an oncoming pickup, according to an Arkansas State Police fatality report.

Police beat

posted: 05/28/2012 4:11 a.m.

Attacker wielded brick, police say A North Little Rock man threatened to kill his girlfriend with a brick after an argument early Sunday, according to an arrest report.

Arkansas achievers

posted: 05/28/2012 4:10 a.m.

Fred Hopkins, a teacher at Eureka Springs Middle School, has been selected for a fellowship to attend the Siemens STEM Institute. The program will take place just outside Washington, D.C., at the headquarters of Discovery Communications and will feature guest speakers, field trips to observe real-world applications of STEM subject matter and opportunities for networking and collaborating with peers from across the nation.

Memorial Day closings

posted: 05/28/2012 4:09 a.m.

The following schedules of state, federal and local government offices may be affected by the Memorial Day holiday today. Note: Federal law addressing the display of the U.S. Flag on Memorial Day requires that the flag should fly at half-staff until noon, when it should be raised to its peak (4 US Code 1, section 7(m)).

B.L. “Bill” Holder: He was one tough math instructor

posted: 05/28/2012 4:08 a.m.

When students were choosing math courses at the college where Bill Holder taught, his classes came with a warning.

Other days

posted: 05/28/2012 4:07 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO May 28, 1912 It now begins to look as if City Attorney Harry C. Hale may not heed “the call of the breakers” at Atlantic City, as he anticipated when he composed a formal application to the City Council for a month’s vacation. Some of the aldermen who have examined the document profess to see a technical flaw which might make the granting of the leave of absence unconstitutional.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 05/28/2012 4:06 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.


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

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

EDITORIALS: Live, love and mourn

posted: 05/28/2012 4:04 a.m.

After great pain a formal feeling comes—The nerves sit ceremonious like tombs. . .

COLUMNISTS: What secrecy pledge?

posted: 05/28/2012 4:03 a.m.

There were no cameras around to record whether President Barack Obama was winking when, on his first full day in office, he signed an executive order and two presidential memorandums declaring that “every agency and department should know that this administration stands on the side not of those who seek to withhold information, but those who seek to make it known.”

A practitioner will see you now

posted: 05/28/2012 4:02 a.m.

I’m blessed with healthy kids, so whenever my wife wants to take them to the doctor, I suggest we just mail a check to the pediatrician’s office and keep the boys at home.

Guest writer: One oath’s enough

posted: 05/28/2012 4:01 a.m.

In May of 1860, Abraham Lincoln was in Springfield, Ill., trying to keep his mind on his law practice, as others, including Judge David Davis, were in Chicago seeking to make him the nominee of the Republican Party for president of the “not so” United States of America.

Mulling over the election

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

Last week’s primary election go to suit ya? While there were a couple of surprises for me, I believe the voters took care of business in a way that ought to serve them well.


posted: 05/28/2012 3:59 a.m.

Moment of reflection Here’s a challenge to the heart of America in all of us: This Memorial Day, take a moment to actually see and feel the heart-stopping display of American flags while driving by First Baptist Church on Rodney Parham in Little Rock. Then, breathe in a gulp of pure freedom and treasure that lump in your throat called patriotism.

96TH INDIANAPOLIS 500: Honorable victory

posted: 05/28/2012 3:56 a.m.

Dario Franchitti stamped his name in the record books, the latest three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.

NCAA BASEBALL: Travel plans pending as Hogs wait for word

posted: 05/28/2012 3:52 a.m.

Arkansas is faced with very few certainties concerning today’s announcement of the 64-team field for the NCAA Tournament.


posted: 05/28/2012 3:46 a.m.

San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich might have unwittingly started a new phenomenon.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP COCA-COLA 600: Kahne heats up, solidifies Hendrick

posted: 05/28/2012 3:44 a.m.

Kasey Kahne pulled away to victory in the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night, winning NASCAR’s longest race for the third time and gaining his stripes for Hendrick Motorsports by taking the checkered flag.

PGA TOUR COLONIAL: Oops! Johnson wins with gaffe

posted: 05/28/2012 3:41 a.m.

Zach Johnson was so caught up in the emotion of another Colonial title that he forgot to properly remark his ball before his final putt.

SUN BELT BASEBALL: Monroe celebrates, ASU contemplates

posted: 05/28/2012 3:38 a.m.

Logan Uxa’s actions after popping up for the final out Sunday illustrated the frustrations held by him and his Red Wolves’ teammates.

COMMENTARY: Baseball following outdated customs

posted: 05/28/2012 3:27 a.m.

The NFL, having seen the damage and heard the evidence and been hit with a flurry of lawsuits, is studying various methods to address concussions and their aftereffects.

Sources: Daniel leaving UCA for Marshall

posted: 05/28/2012 3:26 a.m.

Central Arkansas women’s basketball Coach Matt Daniel will be announced as the head coach at Marshall University this week, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette learned Sunday.

SEC TOURNAMENT: Bulldogs pitchers deliver SEC title

posted: 05/28/2012 3:23 a.m.

Ross Mitchell helped Mississippi State continue its streak of good pitching and claim the SEC tournament title with a 3-0 victory over Vanderbilt on Sunday.


posted: 05/28/2012 3:20 a.m.

SUNDAY’S RESULTS SEC CHAMPIONSHIP Mississippi State 3, Vanderbilt 0 SUN BELT CHAMPIONSHIP Louisiana-Monroe 4, Arkansas St. 2 ACC CHAMPIONSHIP Georgia Tech 8, Miami 5

TEXAS LEAGUE: Four-run fourth enough for Travs

posted: 05/28/2012 3:18 a.m.

The Arkansas Travelers used a four-run fourth inning on their way to a 5-3 victory over the San Antonio Missions on Sunday afternoon in front of 3,186 at Wolff Stadium.


posted: 05/28/2012 3:17 a.m.

WHEN 4:05 p.m. Central WHERE Wolff Stadium, San Antonio RADIO KARN-AM, 920, in central Arkansas WEBSITE

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Ace Halladay exits, Cardinals rough up Phillies

posted: 05/28/2012 3:15 a.m.

Another Philadelphia Phillies starter is ailing.

Orioles CF Jones signs extension

posted: 05/28/2012 3:13 a.m.

Adam Jones signed a six-year, $85.5 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, keeping the 26-year-old center fielder tied to the team through 2018.

SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: Chapman wins as focus wanes

posted: 05/28/2012 3:12 a.m.

After taking a nine stroke lead early in the final round of the Senior PGA Championship, Roger Chapman needed only to play out the remaining holes and savor the greatest moment of his professional career.

COMMENTARY: Sato couldn’t wait a minute to win it

posted: 05/28/2012 3:11 a.m.

In the early going of the Indianapolis 500, Bobby Rahal advised his driver to show a little patience.

Second thoughts

posted: 05/28/2012 3:04 a.m.

No Cardinal wears No. 2, except Red Baseball Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst, who still suits up before St. Louis Cardinals home games, is celebrating his 68th season in a big-league uniform this year, more than 60 of them with the Cardinals. He will be 90 on Feb. 2.

Off the wire

posted: 05/28/2012 3:02 a.m.

TENNIS Roddick loses opener Six major champions made their way through the first round of the French Open on Sunday’s opening day in Paris. One didn’t — Andy Roddick.

Cuba’s Internet cable MIA

posted: 05/28/2012 3 a.m.

It was all sunshine, smiles and celebratory speeches as officials marked the arrival of an undersea fiber-optic cable they promised would end Cuba’s Internet isolation and boost Web capacity 3,000-fold. Even a retired Fidel Castro had hailed the dawn of a new cyber-age on the island.

White House plans new offshore-well rules

posted: 05/28/2012 2:57 a.m.

Obama administration officials last week outlined plans for new rules designed to boost the reliability and power of emergency equipment safeguarding offshore wells, two years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster revealed shortcomings in the devices.

Yahoo banking on Axis plug-in

posted: 05/28/2012 2:54 a.m.

Joining the battle to redefine Internet search, Yahoo Inc. has a new browser enhancement called Axis that alters browsers made by other companies to display search results in a more convenient and visual format.

Electric-car drivers saving on insurance

posted: 05/28/2012 2:53 a.m.

Early adopters of electric vehicles have to dig deep into their wallets to make the purchase, but some are reaping unexpected savings on their insurance bills.

TV networks sue Dish over ad-free on-demand service

posted: 05/28/2012 2:46 a.m.

News Corp.’s Fox Broadcasting Co., Comcast Corp.’s NBC Universal and CBS Corp. sued Dish Network Corp., alleging that their copyrights are infringed by Dish’s Prime Time Anytime video-on-demand service that allows viewers to watch network programs commercial-free.

Sony ends joint venture with Sharp

posted: 05/28/2012 2:44 a.m.

Sony Corp. is ending its joint venture with rival electronics maker Sharp Corp. to produce and sell large liquid-crystal displays for TVs — part of its new strategy to buy panels rather than invest in manufacturing them.

Patent loss puts Kodak assets at risk

posted: 05/28/2012 2:43 a.m.

Eastman Kodak Co. lost a ruling in a two-year legal fight against Apple Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd. over a patent for digital image-preview technology, a decision that stands to hurt the value of assets Kodak is selling.

Study: Fatalities more likely in kit planes

posted: 05/28/2012 2:42 a.m.

Private planes assembled from kits have been involved in more crashes and deaths than other small aircraft because pilots are often ill-prepared to fly them, a U.S. safety study found.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Adobe Photoshop upgrade has better interface, tools, is well worth the money

posted: 05/28/2012 2:40 a.m.

Mention photo editing, graphic design or website design, and likely you’ll hear the word Adobe pop up.

ON COMPUTERS: Appreciate makes personalized app suggestions

posted: 05/28/2012 2:39 a.m.

There are more than 400,000 Android apps. What’s a body to do? Fortunately, there’s an app for finding apps.

Technology news in brief

posted: 05/28/2012 2:38 a.m.

Facebook tests revamped Timeline LOS ANGELES — Facebook didn’t wait long after its initial public offering of stock to begin shaking things up again and messing with its layout.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 05/28/2012 2:37 a.m.

ALTHEIMER John and Lisa Waddle, 25 Green Head Lane, May 21, 2012, Chapter 13. ALTUS Orville L. and Elsie Marie Williams, 8804 Green Point Drive, May 18, 2012, Chapter 7.

Flying high

posted: 05/28/2012 2:32 a.m.

High atop Mount Magazine, a single gray-crowned rosy-finch hopped among weeds and grass.

Arkansas ranks last, dead last, in bike list

posted: 05/28/2012 2:27 a.m.

The League of American Bicyclists last week declared Arkansas the nation’s least bike-friendly state.

New workouts

posted: 05/28/2012 2:25 a.m.

Title: Zayna Gold Presents Boston Body Barre What’s the goal: “Change your body forever.” Who’s it for? Women who do not have any pain and would like to get some.

Quiet whir of hybrid cars revives a long-ago hazard

posted: 05/28/2012 2:21 a.m.

Forget gas mileage: The most striking aspect of the new Ford Focus Electric is what it doesn’t have.

Flat fails to deflate Bike to Work team’s resolve

posted: 05/28/2012 2:19 a.m.

My favorite adventure on Bike to Work Day in central Arkansas involved a flat tire and employees of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service Bike to Work team.

Author builds yoga workout using six poses

posted: 05/28/2012 2:17 a.m.

Ingrid Yang turned to yoga a dozen years ago as a way to deal with injuries she got as a distance runner.

Run, walk, run, run, run, walk, run, run, run ...

posted: 05/28/2012 2:15 a.m.

Experts recommend that new runners start by walking, then walk faster, then alternate walking and running.

MASTER CLASS: Squat, flip, step add up to workout

posted: 05/28/2012 2:13 a.m.

While fitness is a relatively young industry compared to others, we’ve undergone several evolutions of activity. What was once popular is now old news, and yet the industry continues to grow at a rapid pace.

River is warning-free for canoe, kayak race

posted: 05/28/2012 2:09 a.m.

Canoes, kayaks and people on stand-up paddle boards can race — or mosey — down the Arkansas River on Saturday, thanks to this calm, dry weather.


posted: 05/28/2012 2:07 a.m.

From battles among the Greek gods to super-hi-tech computer shenanigans, there’s a lot of action on the small screen.


posted: 05/28/2012 2:04 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your adventurous mindset prevents you from becoming preoccupied with the mundane this year. You’ll cash in your ticket and take a wild ride in June.


posted: 05/28/2012 2:02 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Who knew so many readers had hints about recycling insulated foam boxes? Here is a small sample: Sonia in Nebraska says, “Foam boxes are perfect for protecting breakable items when traveling or shipping.”


posted: 05/28/2012 2:02 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: When I was in my teens, I was very active in our church’s youth group, and I took God very seriously. But now I’m all wrapped up in my family and my career, and I hardly ever think about God. What do you think happened? — K.R.

Super Quiz: In which of the novels by Charles Dickens does the character appear?

posted: 05/28/2012 2:01 a.m.

1. Jacob Marley: a former business partner 2. Bill Sikes: a villain and thief 3. Uriah Heep: a hypocritical clerk 4. Madame Defarge: wife of a wine shopkeeper

Sunday, May 27

Riverfest ends with fireworks

posted: 05/27/2012 11:44 p.m.

Riverfest 2012 ended in a display of fireworks Sunday night. The annual music festival drew thousands of fans who packed the amphitheater at the River Market to listen to Snoop Dog, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Little Big Town, among others.

Franchitti wins Indianapolis 500

posted: 05/27/2012 2:32 p.m.

Dario Franchitti has won the Indianapolis for the third time, taking advantage when Takuma Sato crashed on the final lap.

Nepal leaders fail to reach new constitution agreement

posted: 05/27/2012 2:25 p.m.

Nepal’s prime minister says political leaders failed to reach agreement on drafting a new constitution before the expiration of the term of the country’s Constituent Assembly.

McCain: Don’t count on Russia to force out Assad

posted: 05/27/2012 2:21 p.m.

Sen. John McCain says the U.S. shouldn’t count on Russia to force out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and he blames President Barack Obama for a “feckless foreign policy” that hasn’t contained the bloodshed.

Panetta: US on ’right track’ in Afghanistan

posted: 05/27/2012 10:33 a.m.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is defending the Obama administration’s plans to wind down the more than decade-long war in Afghanistan.

Lady Gaga cancels Indonesian show over security

posted: 05/27/2012 10:17 a.m.

It's final: Lady Gaga's show in Indonesia won't go on.

Syria denies responsibility for attack killing 90

posted: 05/27/2012 10:11 a.m.

The Syrian government denied Sunday its troops were behind an attack on a string of villages that left more than 90 people dead, blaming the killings on "hundreds of heavily-armed gunmen" who also attacked soldiers in the area.

NATO disputes report of casualties in airstrike

posted: 05/27/2012 10:07 a.m.

The U.S.-led coalition on Sunday disputed reports that eight civilians, including children, were killed in a NATO airstrike in a remote part of eastern Afghanistan.

Record heat takes aim at Indy 500 fans, drivers

posted: 05/27/2012 10:01 a.m.

Tens of thousands of fans are arriving at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for what could be the hottest Indianapolis 500 on record.

Authorities investigate Pine Bluff deaths

posted: 05/27/2012 9:48 a.m.

Police are investigating the deaths of two people in Pine Bluff.

U.N. counts 32 kids among slain in Syria

posted: 05/27/2012 5 a.m.

Gruesome video Saturday showed rows of dead Syrian children lying in a mosque, the aftermath of what activists called one of the deadliest regime attacks yet in Syria’s 14-month-old uprising.

Egyptian cites voting flaws, calls for recount

posted: 05/27/2012 4:59 a.m.

The thirdplace finisher in Egypt’s presidential race called Saturday for a partial vote recount, citing violations, his spokesman said.

Rio issuing land titles to slum dwellers

posted: 05/27/2012 4:57 a.m.

The home Jose Nazare Braga built in the Rocinha shantytown is his life’s work, an investment that grew from a shack to a three-story building over 30 years. A restaurant and a paper-goods store on the ground floor provide income, and his children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren live above.

College students studying less, data show

posted: 05/27/2012 4:55 a.m.

Over the past half-century, the amount of time college students actually study — read, write and otherwise prepare for class — has dwindled from 24 hours a week to about 15, survey data show.

CIA adds star, remembers fallen

posted: 05/27/2012 4:54 a.m.

The CIA is remembering those lost in the hidden, often dangerous world of espionage, adding a new star to the intelligence agency’s memorial wall and more than a dozen names to its hallowed Book of Honor.

Disability-benefits wait stirs up veterans groups

posted: 05/27/2012 4:53 a.m.

Military veterans groups called on President Barack Obama to repair what they called a failed bureaucracy that requires former service members to wait months for disability benefits.

Medical chief at vets’ home gives his notice

posted: 05/27/2012 4:53 a.m.

The medical director of the Little Rock Veterans Home, who has been cited for patient-care violations in every annual state and federal inspection over the past five years, on Thursday terminated his contract with the state effective next month.

Astronauts explore Dragon

posted: 05/27/2012 4:52 a.m.

Space station astronauts floated into the Dragon on Saturday, a day after its heralded arrival as the world’s first commercial supply ship.

Biden addresses West Point grads

posted: 05/27/2012 4:52 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday that the United States can now focus on new global challenges after a long decade of war in a commencement address to graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

State GOP gains reflected in vote

posted: 05/27/2012 4:51 a.m.

The voter turnout in Tuesday’s primaries makes Arkansas look like a two party state.

Fire forces out ghost-town locals

posted: 05/27/2012 4:51 a.m.

Residents near a privately owned New Mexico ghosttown attraction were ordered to evacuate Saturday as a blaze in the Gila National Forest continued to burn erratically, and in Colorado crews took to fighting a new fire along the Utah-Colorado border.

Pope’s butler arrested in scandal

posted: 05/27/2012 4:50 a.m.

The Vatican confirmed Saturday that the pope’s butler has been arrested in a case involving the leak of secret Catholic Church documents.

Experts weigh in on strength of Obama’s coattails in state

posted: 05/27/2012 4:49 a.m.

President Barack Obama’s poor showing in Tuesday’s primary doesn’t bode well for him at the Arkansas ballot box in November, but the prognosis for down-ballot Democrats depends on who is doing the talking. Democratic politicos — nationally and in Arkansas — say congressional and statehouse candidates aren’t likely to be decimated by anti-Obama sentiment. Democratic candidates in Arkansas are more in touch with the state’s conservative values, they say.

Iraqi urges end to infighting

posted: 05/27/2012 4:49 a.m.

Iraq’s president on Saturday urged the nation’s bickering factions to resolve the bitter political dispute that has gripped the government for nearly six months, warning that the crisis threatens to split the country.

Salafi Muslims in Tunis ignite fires

posted: 05/27/2012 4:48 a.m.

Salafi Muslims set fire to a police station west of Tunisia’s capital, Tunis, and forcibly shut bars and liquor shops for the second time in a week, according to the Interior Ministry.

SUN BELT TOURNAMENT: Big blast by Levy lifts ASU

posted: 05/27/2012 4:47 a.m.

Stuart Levy doesn’t look like a slugger. Just don’t try to tell that to No. 3 seed Florida International after ASU’s 12-4 victory Saturday at the Sun Belt Conference Tournament at Bowling Green Park.

Postal Service offering buyouts

posted: 05/27/2012 4:46 a.m.

The U.S. Postal Service said late Friday that it was offering buyouts to about 45,000 mail handlers, part of the financially troubled agency’s efforts to cut its staff and reduce its operating costs.

Hunger takes toll on children in Senegal

posted: 05/27/2012 4:45 a.m.

It’s 10 a.m., and the 2-year-old is still waiting for breakfast. Aliou Seyni Diallo collapses to his knees in tears and plops his forehead down on the dirt outside his family’s hut.

Women justices in state rise to 3

posted: 05/27/2012 4:44 a.m.

For the first time in Arkansas history, the state Supreme Court will have nearly as many women as men.

NYC museum toasts timelessness of beer

posted: 05/27/2012 4:44 a.m.

Beer was hip in New York long before hipsters were into craft brews, according to a new exhibit at the New York Historical Society that traces the history of beer all the way back to drunken Colonial times.

PAPER TRAILS: New York chef has local roots

posted: 05/27/2012 4:43 a.m.

BIG APPLE VITTLES: Seersucker, a 40-seat neighborhood restaurant in Brooklyn that serves up a taste of Southern comfort, opened about a year ago by Robert Newton and his girlfriend Kerry Diamond. And guess what? Numerous articles on Newton note that he was born in Mountain Home and attended Arkansas State University. Before opening Seersucker, he worked at restaurants Tabla, Aquavit and Le Cirque and as a private chef.

More young aliens seen earning degrees

posted: 05/27/2012 4:43 a.m.

Going to college seemed inconceivable when Adriana Sanchez, the 12-year-old daughter of farm workers, was taken from Mexico to Central California and the family members overstayed their visas.

Riverfest vendor off the mark

posted: 05/27/2012 4:40 a.m.

A Riverfest vendor was shut down Friday night after security officials discovered that among items he was selling were airsoft pistols and rifles, a breach of the rules for the annual Little Rock event.

LR puts out call for help in parks

posted: 05/27/2012 4:37 a.m.

With about 60 parks covering more than 6,100 acres, the Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department has its hands full keeping up with maintenance requests for trees and other natural features as well as many man-made amenities such as playgrounds.

WASHINGTON NEWS IN BRIEF: Chemical-testing bill hits home

posted: 05/27/2012 4:36 a.m.

Three Arkansas women traveled to Washington to take part in the “National Stroller Brigade” to push for passage of a bill that would increase testing of chemicals used in household products, such as flame retardants used in cribs and couches.

Researchers solve puzzle of castor oil

posted: 05/27/2012 4:36 a.m.

Castor oil has a bad rap among people who were force-fed spoonsful as children, but it’s no myth that the tonic has health effects.

Rutgers case saw pile of letters

posted: 05/27/2012 4:34 a.m.

The letters came from a man who was once beaten with a baseball bat in a racially motivated attack, the widow of a Minnesota judge, a group representing gay and transsexual people from South Asia, a gay member of the Navy, and the father of a woman who committed suicide, among others.

Fort Smith honors Bass Reeves

posted: 05/27/2012 4:34 a.m.

Rooster Cogburn was fiction. Bass Reeves was real. On Saturday, hundreds from Fort Smith and beyond expressed their thanks for that. In downtown Ross Pendergraft Park under a sweltering Memorial Day weekend sky, they celebrated the true life story of Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves.

Crystals hold promise in predicting volcanic eruptions

posted: 05/27/2012 4:34 a.m.

Scientists dissecting the remains of the disastrous 1980 explosion of Mount St. Helens in Washington state say that crystal formations trapped in volcanic rocks hold important clues about when a magma-loaded mountain is about to blow — a discovery that could help volcanologists make more accurate predictions about future eruptions.

Racial disparity seen on school waiting lists

posted: 05/27/2012 4:33 a.m.

As many as 5,276 students are on waiting lists for the Little Rock School District’s six original magnet schools.

Finland gunman kills 2, hurts 7

posted: 05/27/2012 4:33 a.m.

A gunman killed two people and wounded seven early Saturday in a random shooting in a southern Finnish town, police said.

Spain bank’s chief offers upbeat view

posted: 05/27/2012 4:31 a.m.

The president of Bankia tried Saturday to calm fears about the future of the bank, saying Spain’s second-largest mortgage lender will emerge as a solid financial entity after it receives $29.5 billion in state aid in the country’s biggest-ever bank bailout.

Rover woman held in husband’s death

posted: 05/27/2012 4:31 a.m.

Yell County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Rover woman in the Thursday morning shooting death of her husband, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

County to recount sheriff’s race votes

posted: 05/27/2012 4:29 a.m.

Thomas “Wild Bill” Hickox has requested a recount of the unofficial results of Tuesday’s Republican preferential primary in the Garland County sheriff’s race.

In the news

posted: 05/27/2012 4:29 a.m.

Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s former president and current prime minister, was elected head of the country’s United Russia party, and he urged members not to fear opposition, because “when criticism of the party stops, it will mean that it has lost power.”


posted: 05/27/2012 4:28 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball are: 13-14-41-49-59 Powerball: 14 Estimated jackpot: $128 million

Teenager killed by LR gunfire

posted: 05/27/2012 4:28 a.m.

Terry Bullard, 18, of Little Rock died of a gunshot wound early Saturday morning in the parking lot north of Medium Art Lounge at 521 Center St., according to a Little Rock police report.

Names and faces

posted: 05/27/2012 4:28 a.m.

Britney Spears has been on the job just a few days, but she’s already proving to be a popular judge on The X Factor. The pop star is also growing into her role as critic on the Fox singing-contest show. The X Factor staged its first auditions for the coming season Thursday and Friday in Austin, Texas, and the Grammywinning singer was greeted by boisterous cheers and “I love you Britney!” calls from the crowd.

TV news shows

posted: 05/27/2012 4:27 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock. NBC’s Meet the Press — Former GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich; Gov. Martin O’Malley, DMd.; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. 9 a.m., KARK-TV, Channel 4, Little Rock. CBS’ Face the Nation —

Oklahoma woman hit by car, killed

posted: 05/27/2012 4:27 a.m.

An Oklahoma woman was killed Friday afternoon after being struck by a car in Crawford County, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary fatality report.

The nation in brief

posted: 05/27/2012 4:26 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I spent quite a bit of time poking around in here this morning, just looking at the engineering and the layout, and I’m very pleased.” Donald Pettit, NASA astronaut, from inside the docked Dragon capsule Article, 5A

The world in brief

posted: 05/27/2012 4:25 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force is unacceptable and unforgivable.The killing of innocent children and civilians needs to stop.” Maj. Gen. Robert Mood, head of the U.N. mission in Syria, after an attack left more than 90 people dead, including at least 32 children younger than 10 Article, 1A

Vote pits 2 in Nov. 6 judicial runoff

posted: 05/27/2012 4:25 a.m.

Two candidates will face each other in the Nov. 6 judicial runoff for one of the state’s Court of Appeals positions, according to unofficial results.

Wild, wide-open at Indy

posted: 05/27/2012 4:24 a.m.

96th Indianapolis 500 WHEN 11 a.m. Central today WHERE Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis DISTANCE 500 miles; 200 laps around the 2.5-mile rectangular track FRONT ROW Ryan Briscoe of Australia (pole; four-lap qualifying average of 226.484 mph), James Hinchcliffe of Canada; Ryan Hunter-Reay of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 2011 WINNER The late Dan Wheldon, who averaged 170.265 mph for his second victory at Indianapolis.

Texas man dies after fight, fall

posted: 05/27/2012 4:24 a.m.

A Texas man died Saturday morning after an altercation with another man outside a Conway apartment complex, police said.

Ex-representative to discuss memoir

posted: 05/27/2012 4:22 a.m.

Charlotte Tillar Schexnayder will discuss her new memoir, Salty Old Editor: An Adventure in Ink, on June 4 at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.


posted: 05/27/2012 4:21 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.

NBA PLAYOFFS: Rondo elevates Celtics

posted: 05/27/2012 4:20 a.m.

To Doug Collins, Boston’s Big Three is already a memory.

OUR TOWN: North Little Rock notebook

posted: 05/27/2012 4:20 a.m.

D.C. gardener to give plant tips Mike Lawn, former White House executive groundskeeper, will present gardening tips at North Little Rock’s Laman Library on Saturday, June 2, in conjunction with an exhibit on the White House Garden.

OUR TOWN: Little Rock notebook

posted: 05/27/2012 4:19 a.m.

Solid Waste worker employee of year Little Rock has chosen the Mahlon A. Martin Employee of the Year from three finalists.

Sauced up for season

posted: 05/27/2012 4:19 a.m.

A week after Darren Mc-Fadden returned to practice for the first time in seven months, the former Arkansas star was back in his home state, peddling a new barbecue sauce while exchanging greetings with fans.

Memorial Day closings

posted: 05/27/2012 4:17 a.m.

The following schedules of state, federal and local government offices may be affected by the Memorial Day holiday on Monday. Note: Federal law addressing the display of the U.S. Flag on Memorial Day requires that the flag should fly at half-staff until noon, when it should be raised to its peak (4 US Code 1, section 7(m)).

Education notebook

posted: 05/27/2012 4:16 a.m.

New directors to oversee principals The Pulaski County Special School District has hired directors of elementary and secondary education to oversee principals and manage the implemention of the new national Common Core State Standards in math and English language arts.

COMMENTARY: Phillies ace not shaken by slow start

posted: 05/27/2012 4:16 a.m.

Roy Halladay has extraordinary perspective on many things.

Other days

posted: 05/27/2012 4:15 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO May 27, 1912 Main street is now open to traffic as far north as Fourth street, and it is expected if good weather continues the paving will be completed as far north as Eighth street by the latter part of the week. Following the completion of this work, the combination cluster light and trolley poles will be installed and Main street for a distance of eight blocks will be Argenta’s “Great White Way.”

LIKE IT IS: Hogs’ new coach knows when to laugh

posted: 05/27/2012 4:14 a.m.

John L. Smith and Bobby Petrino worked together too long not to have many of the same coaching attributes.


posted: 05/27/2012 4:14 a.m.

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

NASCAR SPRINT CUP COCA-COLA 600: Earnhardt fueled by running out of gas last year

posted: 05/27/2012 4:13 a.m.

At first Dale Earnhardt Jr. was relieved he didn’t fall further back than seventh at last year’s Coca-Cola 600. Then he realized what he had lost for just about a gallon of gas.

Dufner, Johnson battle at Colonial

posted: 05/27/2012 4:10 a.m.

Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson have set up what will basically be a match-play final round for the winner’s plaid jacket today at the Colonial.

Judicial restraint

posted: 05/27/2012 4:10 a.m.

Ido not know Jo Hart, justice-elect to a pinnacle of prominence, the Arkansas Supreme Court.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Bentonville tight end already drawing looks

posted: 05/27/2012 4:08 a.m.

Bentonville tight end Jack Kraus just finished his sophomore year, but he already has scholarship offers from Illinois and Utah State.


posted: 05/27/2012 4:07 a.m.

Profiles of the 33 drivers in today’s Indianapolis 500, in starting order with age, hometown, engine, race team and biographical information (w-former winner; rrookie ; all chassis Dallara): ROW 1 RYAN BRISCOE, 30, Sydney, Australia; Chevy, Team Penske Won pole by narrowest margin in 500 history — 9.168 inches. Has fininished 5th, 14th, 7th and 25th this season. Has been among top six in points each of past four years but never won title. BEST INDY FINISH 5th in 2007 (Started 26th, finished 27th in 2011)

Deleen June Davidson

posted: 05/27/2012 4:07 a.m.

On a typically muggy Sunday in August 2005, singer and watercolorist Deleen Davidson loaded her mother, four cats, a change of clothing and a laptop into her car and fled Slidell, La., for Hot Springs to wait out a severe hurricane predicted to hit New Orleans and the Mississippi coast the next morning.


posted: 05/27/2012 4:06 a.m.

Spriggs-Zink Jennifer Ashley Zink and Steele Christian Spriggs were united in marriage Saturday in the Lafayette Building. The Rev. Wayne West officiated.

Wheldon’s widow accepts trophy

posted: 05/27/2012 4:01 a.m.

Susie Wheldon received a long standing ovation Saturday at the public drivers meeting for today’s Indianapolis 500 during a ceremony to honor her late husband, Dan Wheldon, last year’s Indy winner. She accepted the “Baby Borg,” a replica of the Borg-Warner trophy, on behalf of the two-time Indianapolis winner who was killed in a crash during the IndyCar season finale race at Las Vegas in October. Susie Wheldon held her 3-year-old son, Sebastian, while accepting the trophy, and she did not speak during the ceremony.

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES HISTORY 300: Keselowski opens weekend for Penske

posted: 05/27/2012 3:59 a.m.

CONCORD, N.C. — Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, leading the final 67 laps to give Penske Racing a winning start on auto racing’s biggest weekend.

Dinner, show to help start center

posted: 05/27/2012 3:58 a.m.

You don’t realize how much you take for granted until you see a group of preschoolers hunting Easter eggs for the first time. Or a 60-year-old couple getting to attend their first prom.

High school football report: Principals to decide 7A’s path

posted: 05/27/2012 3:58 a.m.

The Class 7A Principals’ Association will decide in July whether to certify all Class 7A football teams to the playoffs during the 2012-2013 school year, according to Johnny Johnson, outgoing athletic director of the Little Rock School District.

DRESSING ROOM: Custom belt designer in loop with ZZ Top

posted: 05/27/2012 3:56 a.m.

It has been more than eight years since belt designer Joe Brogdon of Little Rock and his upscale, handmade offerings were featured in a full-length Democrat-Gazette story by me on Jan. 15, 2004.

LIFELONG HEALTH: Institute has big plans for conquering obesity

posted: 05/27/2012 3:53 a.m.

The Biggest Loser is a popular prime-time TV show in which morbidly obese men and women struggle to lose weight while being supervised by nutrition experts, exercise trainers and psychologists. Personally I find the title offensive, as there is a clear subliminal message supporting the notion that all morbidly obese individuals are losers. Even worse, their approach to weight loss is unrealistic for a huge number of obese Americans, and once the show is over, the success of keeping the weight off is not that good.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: Her grandma proved to be able matchmaker

posted: 05/27/2012 3:52 a.m.

It might have taken a bit longer than some would like, but Lawrence Harrison eventually decided that his accompanist was the perfect girl to accompany him on a date.

MALE CALL: Quality pays big dividends in men’s clothing selection

posted: 05/27/2012 3:51 a.m.

Q. I cannot understand why people are paying hundreds and thousands of dollars for shirts and suits when I have shirts and ties I have bought on sale in the $20 range and suits that cost as little as $80. No, these are not used clothes. Your readers should know they can wear a jacket and tie on entry-level money.

DEAR ABBY: Clerk at grocery witnesses kindness that warms heart

posted: 05/27/2012 3:48 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: From time to time you print letters about acts of kindness, and I’d like to relate one I witnessed: I was working as a cashier in a grocery store. An elderly woman came through my line with about 10 items in her basket, including some strawberries and shortcakes.

Djokovic eyeing fourth consecutive major title

posted: 05/27/2012 3:39 a.m.

As daylight disappeared and wind whipped loose dirt around the court, Novak Djokovic watched one last ace fly off Roger Federer’s racket and end their semifinal at the 2011 French Open.

Chapman enters spotlight, whipping Senior PGA field

posted: 05/27/2012 3:38 a.m.

Roger Chapman arrived at Harbor Shores this week a virtual unknown.

Brodeur, 40, back in Cup final with New Jersey

posted: 05/27/2012 3:35 a.m.

With Martin Brodeur nearing his 40th birthday and entering the final year of his contract, this season at first had the look of a last hurrah for the New Jersey Devils’ goalie great.


posted: 05/27/2012 3:35 a.m.

WARD — Pat and Richard Bradshaw celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple were married May 26, 1962. She is the former Pat Nutt. He retired from the Air Force, and both are owners of Central Laundry Equipment. They are the parents of Teresa Craig of Cabot and Craig Bradshaw of Rogers. The couple have three grandchildren.

Bridal policy

posted: 05/27/2012 3:34 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.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Energy considered ‘stepchild’ in management

posted: 05/27/2012 3:34 a.m.

Last week’s column about high-energy attractants for deer piqued some interest among deer hunters who want to know more.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Hamilton lifts game-ending home run in 13th

posted: 05/27/2012 3:33 a.m.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Josh Hamilton hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the 13th inning, lifting the Texas Rangers to an 8-7 victory over the Toronto Blue jays.


posted: 05/27/2012 3:33 a.m.

Autumn Elizabeth Bewley, daughter of Gale and Gary J. Bewley of Jonesboro, and J.W. Adams II, son of Rebecca and Jimmy W. Adams of Sherwood; July 7.


posted: 05/27/2012 3:32 a.m.

WHO’S HOT JAMES MCCANN (Arkansas Razorbacks) saw his batting average rise to.258. In 22 at-bats during 7 games, McCann scored 4 runs on 7 hits, including 2 doubles, with 3 RBI. CHASE HUCHINGSON (Central Arkansas/Fayetteville) picked up a victory, but saw his ERA rise 0.38. He has a 5-3 record this season with a 3.18 ERA. Huchingson pitched 5 innings, allowing 4 hits, walking 2 and striking out 8 at Lakeland on May 18.


posted: 05/27/2012 3:31 a.m.

Ginger Marie Poole and David Lee Alexander were united in marriage at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Wildwood Park for the Arts. The Rev. James Large of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Las Cruces, N.M., officiated.

Stormy Sunday

posted: 05/27/2012 3:30 a.m.

Never have I gotten so wet so fast.


posted: 05/27/2012 3:29 a.m.

Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church was the setting at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19, for the marriage of Dr. Jessica Lee Miller and Dr. Jacob Otto Boeckmann. Officiating was the Rev. Britt Skarda assisted by Monsignor John O’Donnell.

Hygiene important part of river travel

posted: 05/27/2012 3:28 a.m.

Personal hygiene is an important but overlooked aspect of overnight river travel. To avoid illness and to maintain a feeling of freshness and positivity, it’s important to be clean and well-groomed. It’s easy, and the necessary supplies pack light and tight. First, you’ll need a bar of soap. A small bar like the kind you get in motels is perfect. You can stuff it in a small, plastic sandwich bag. Wash your hands often, especially before handling food.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Segura’s hit lifts Travelers

posted: 05/27/2012 3:28 a.m.

Jean Segura went 2 for 5 with a two-run single and the Arkansas Travelers snapped their three-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the San Antonio Missions.


posted: 05/27/2012 3:27 a.m.

Wedding vows were exchanged by Roshaunda Chanel McDaniel and James Samuel Franks Jr. at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Longley Baptist Church. The Rev. Curlee Robinson officiated.


posted: 05/27/2012 3:25 a.m.

Whitney Ann West became the bride of Kirk Herman Horton at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Park on the River in Maumelle. Phil Stowers officiated.

Arkansas Razorbacks report: Tide top the list for Hogs

posted: 05/27/2012 3:25 a.m.

Arkansas Coach John L. Smith and his staff will spend part of the summer putting together tentative game plans for the teams on the first half of their 2012 schedule.

CRITICAL MASS: Cinematic sizzlers on horizon

posted: 05/27/2012 3:23 a.m.

Maybe those British researchers at the University of Sheffield who claim that summer is arriving 18 days earlier than it did in the 1950s are right — Hollywood certainly seems to think that summer begins in mid-May.

SPIN CYCLE: A congenial trans-formation and Rihanna’s tipsy Tweets

posted: 05/27/2012 3:15 a.m.

Spin Cycle presents another installment of “All the News That’s Fit to Razz.” Jenna Talackova, 23, of Vancouver — who was born male and underwent a sex change operation four years ago — was the first-ever transsexual contestant to compete in the recent Miss Universe Canada pageant. She placed in the top 12, but did not make it to the final five.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Eureka Springs music fest salutes Camden bluesman

posted: 05/27/2012 3:13 a.m.

The Eureka Springs Blues Weekend will include a tribute to the late bluesman Michael Burks, who grew up in Camden and died May 6 in Atlanta at age 54, as part of a four-day collection of performances in and around the Carroll County city.

THE TV COLUMN: Music will fill the air at Memorial Day concert

posted: 05/27/2012 3:11 a.m.

Monday is Memorial Day and that means tonight’s the night for the annual National Memorial Day Concert on PBS.

TV ON DVD: Route 66’s traveling duo roved through ’60s culture

posted: 05/27/2012 3:09 a.m.

What is it? Route 66, the complete series, 116 episodes on 24 discs from Shout! Factory When? Now How much? $129.99 Is this a travelogue? No. It’s a scripted series from 1960-64 that follows the adventures of Tod Stiles (Martin Milner) and his friend, Buz Murdock (George Maharis), as they travel the country in Stiles’ late father’s Corvette.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: You suck it up, girlfriend

posted: 05/27/2012 3:07 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My boyfriend of over a year and I are going to be graduating with associate degrees in a couple of weeks. Yeah, we’re still not done yet, but halfway through a bachelor’s !


posted: 05/27/2012 3:06 a.m.

Happy birthday. You have many talents, but you’ll focus on one in particular and acquire the level of skill you’ve always wanted. You’ll enjoy the way your social environment shapes your plans in June. There will be many glorious encounters with someone who lets you be yourself.

Almost never-ending sale

posted: 05/27/2012 3:04 a.m.

After sweeping flies away from her face, Debra House began rifling through a bin of brass plates. She explained that they were used to stamp the wooden crates that carried soda bottles, and the plates came from a soft-drink manufacturing facility that had closed.

Sports agency cutting big deals for players

posted: 05/27/2012 3:03 a.m.

It may seem unlikely for a lawn-mower manufacturer and Major League Baseball to team up. But for the last two years, it has worked well.

Second thoughts

posted: 05/27/2012 3:03 a.m.

Train gave Cap’n to NY skipper New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi recalls being about 8 years old when a train derailed behind his grandparents’ farm and left enough stray boxes of Cap’n Crunch cereal to feed him and his four siblings for a full year.

Off the wire

posted: 05/27/2012 3:02 a.m.

CYCLING Zabriskie wins again Dave Zabriskie won his seventh national time trials title and second consecutive at the USA Cycling Pro Championship in Greenville, S.C. Zabriskie covered the 20.7-mile course in 40 minutes, 41.22 seconds on Saturday in Greenville, S.C. He beat Tejay Van Garderen’s time of 40:47.90. Brent Bookwalter was third, Thomas Zirbel fourth and Nathaniel English fifth. Zabriskie rides for the Garmin-Barracuda team.

that’s life: Don’t forget to pick up kids at camp

posted: 05/27/2012 3:02 a.m.

Editor’s note: Tammy Keith is on vacation, and her sons are now too old for camp. This column originally ran in May 2007.

State sports briefs

posted: 05/27/2012 3:02 a.m.

BASEBALL NCAA to announce regional hosts today Host sites will be announced today for the NCAA Division I tournament, but don’t expect Arkansas to be one. The NCAA will reveal the 16 regional sites for the tournament at 2:30 p.m. online at Arkansas (39-19 ) appeared in good shape to host a regional after starting the season 22-3, but those hopes faded with a poor second half that included an 0-2 showing in the SEC Tournament this past week.

Horse Tales Literacy Project encourages youth to read

posted: 05/27/2012 3:01 a.m.

There’s something magical about a horse. Combine that with the magic of reading, and it’s a winning combination.

MLB notes

posted: 05/27/2012 3:01 a.m.

BRAVES Chipper placed on DL ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves placed Chipper Jones on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a bruised left leg and recalled catcher J.C. Boscan from Class AAA Gwinnett. Jones is hitting.307 with 5 home runs and 24 RBI in his final season. He will retire after the season. The loss of Jones could be a key blow to the Braves’ hopes of remaining close in the NL East.

front & center: Ronnie Coots

posted: 05/27/2012 3 a.m.

Ronnie Coots hoped “to go quietly into the night” when he retires from the Batesville School District at the end of June, but his superintendent had other thoughts and sought to make the public aware of Coots’ 40-year career in education.


posted: 05/27/2012 3 a.m.

SEC SEMIFINALS MISSISSIPPI STATE 2, KENTUCKY 1 HOOVER, Ala. — Jonathan Holder picked up his third save of the SEC Tournament with a scoreless ninth inning Saturday afternoon as Mississippi State (38-22 ) advanced to the championship game with a victory over Kentucky (43-16 ). Mississippi State will play Vanderbilt for the championship today. The Bulldogs are seeking their seventh SEC Tournament title and first since 2005. VANDERBILT 8, FLORIDA 6 HOOVER, Ala.

ASMSA selects Community Leaders for 2012-2013

posted: 05/27/2012 2:59 a.m.

The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts has selected its Community Leaders for the 2012-2013 school year.

Baseball calendar

posted: 05/27/2012 2:59 a.m.

June 4 Amateur draft, Secaucus, N.J. July 10 All-Star game, Kansas City, Mo. July 13 Deadline for amateur draft picks to sign. July 22 Hall of Fame induction, Cooperstown, N.Y. July 31 Last day to trade a player without securing waivers. Aug 15-15 Owners’ meetings, site TBA. Sept. 1 Active rosters expand to 40 players. Oct. 5 Postseason begins, wild-card playoffs. Oct. 7 Division series begin. Oct. 13 League championship series begin. Oct. 24 World Series begins.

College to honor JoKay Smith with scholarship fund

posted: 05/27/2012 2:59 a.m.

The Ozarka College Foundation Board recently announced the creation of the JoKay Smith Memorial Scholarship fund. Once the endowment goal of $10,000 is reached, a scholarship will be given to a Fulton County student each year.

Wales’ option to Olympics

posted: 05/27/2012 2:58 a.m.

What’s it like to live in a faroff place most of us see only on a vacation?

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: In Split, echoes of Rome, modern pleasures coexist

posted: 05/27/2012 2:57 a.m.

While most of Croatia’s coastal towns seem tailor-made for tourism, Split is real and vibrant. Lounging alongside the Adriatic Sea on the famed Dalmatian Coast, Split is Croatia’s second-largest city (after capital Zagreb), making it a bustling metropolis, serious port city, major transit hub, and top sightseeing destination, all rolled into one.

outdoors: Home brews for catfish

posted: 05/27/2012 2:57 a.m.

Catfish love stinkbait, and every hard-core catfish angler has a top-secret stinkbait formula whiskerfish just can’t resist.

Titanic’s trail of tears

posted: 05/27/2012 2:56 a.m.

Twenty minutes before midnight on April 14, 1912, the ocean liner Titanic hit an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland and sank two hours and 40 minutes later at 2:20 a.m. An estimated 1,500 of the 2,229 people on board perished. But not all vestiges of that tragedy are at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Some are in Manhattan — most of them south of 18th Street.

Lyon students earn honors

posted: 05/27/2012 2:55 a.m.

Many Lyon College students earned honors at the college’s annual Honors Convocation on April 17. Various academic, athletic and student life awards were presented at the convocation.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Is Europe’s crisis reason to cancel vacation overseas?

posted: 05/27/2012 2:53 a.m.

I’m writing this column in Europe, where the headlines are full of “crisis” talk about a possible economic “collapse.” The talk has escalated since French and Greek voters seemed to be saying “enough, already” to Europe’s merchants of austerity. And the results in Greece, especially, really do increase the odds that it will have to pull out — or be thrown out — of the euro currency zone.

Batesville man experiences a stroke of success

posted: 05/27/2012 2:53 a.m.

Stroke is the No. 1 cause of disability in the nation and the fourth leading cause of death. However, White River Medical Center and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences work together every day to prevent patients who have experienced a stroke, like Batesville native Charles “Buck” Buchanan, from becoming a statistic.

Latest travel guides hit road for summer

posted: 05/27/2012 2:53 a.m.

Yes, it makes your suitcase heavier. Yes, it takes up more space.

honor graduates: BALD KNOB HIGH SCHOOL

posted: 05/27/2012 2:52 a.m.

Shelby Cooley, Highest Honor Shantin Smith, Highest Honor High Honors Graduate Ketelen Boyster Honor Graduates Lauren Davidson Payton Eby Brittany Holt Mykayla Jackson Bradyn Jeffus Forrest Rouse

Arkansas banks go low to vie for borrowers

posted: 05/27/2012 2:52 a.m.

Arkansas banks are having to dig deep and offer commercial loans at very low interest rates so they can make money as the state and country continue to climb out of the recession that formally ended nearly three years ago.


posted: 05/27/2012 2:52 a.m.

Honor Graduates Spencer Barnes Samuel Allen Beary Logan Michelle Bishop Crist Scott Blackwell Jr. Natasha Kenzie Bray Kimberly Gail Brown Lauren Ashley Cambias Kristi Linn Canard Kelli Lanell Carter Alexandra Chunn Ryan Mitchell Coles Robert Corbett Courtney Andrea Jean-Marie Davidson Jacob Edward Deskin Nathan S. Edwards Jr. Christopher Thomas Elms Katherine Quinn Emery Kassie Paige Foreman Randy Jerad Goodman


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Anna Engler Valedictorian Jackson Thomas Salutatorian


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Jordan Steele Valedictorian Clayton Butler Salutatorian Honor Graduates Colton “CJ” Dye Allison Lindsey Justin Lovell Cade McDougal Teia Moore Jordan Pelley Courtney Shetron Millicent Talley Nicholas Watts Brea Young


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Valedictorians Hannah McNabb Madison Rice Salutatorian Olivia Futrell


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Matthew Rice Valedictorian Tiffany Baker Salutatorian Graduates of Distinctions Elizabeth Bruce Stephanie Guffey Donysia Jennings Jakob Jones Jessica Jones Dylan Myers Caitlan Neighbors Maggie Stewart Easten Vernon Jared Wallace

Wal-Mart investors can cheer sales surge

posted: 05/27/2012 2:48 a.m.

Key events at Wal-Mart in 2011 Key events at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. during the past year: July: Wal-Mart announces plans for up to 300 new stores over the next 4 1/2 years in socalled food deserts where residents lack easy access to fresh produce and other healthy foods, a move that drew praise from first lady Michelle Obama.


posted: 05/27/2012 2:48 a.m.

Rachael Palumbo Valedictorian Dalina Perkey Salutatorian Honor Graduates Zachary Gilbreath Wesley Griggs Samantha Massey Amber Passmore Kelsey Pendergrass Amanda Perkins Whitney Rose Colt Shaver Brandon Turner John Turney


posted: 05/27/2012 2:47 a.m.

Emily Kathryn Hubbard Valedictorian Xylina M. Marshall Salutatorian Honor Graduates Pamela Beth Aitkens Ashlyn Jeanette Coles Dalton Wayne Conditt Jacob Bryson Conditt Lacey Dawn Fivecoat Lisa Leann Jones Lindsay Nicole Mauldin Shelby Kay Morrison John Mark Robison Maci Nicole Scudder Zedden J. Thomas Haley Ann Watson


posted: 05/27/2012 2:46 a.m.

Meagan Nicole Graves Valedictorian Rachel Joann Miller Salutatorian Distinguished Honor Graduates (3.75 GPA and above and a rigorous curriculum) Fletcher Braxton Dozier Meredith Paige Sanders Honor Graduates (3.5 to 3.74 GPA and a rigorous curriculum) Tyler Brian Yeager Shadow Elizabeth Graves

CEO’s ties to board at issue

posted: 05/27/2012 2:46 a.m.

Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s decision to cut directors’ pay and other perks will save the company up to $1.65 million a year, without addressing investors’ concerns that the board failed to rein in Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon’s borrowing and spending spree.


posted: 05/27/2012 2:46 a.m.

Kaidee Cruce Valedictorian Marissa Richardson Valedictorian Alexandria Gillins Salutatorian Nathaniel Osborne Salutatorian Honor Graduates: James Cartwright Justin Foll Kessia Fossler Carrie Henriksen Jerrika Hintson Isaac Push Mitchell Smith Jacob Turner Austin Wilkie

Oil and politics stir mixed reactions off coast of Louisiana

posted: 05/27/2012 2:45 a.m.

Visitors to this oil town might be forgiven for wondering whether the BP oil spill and subsequent drilling moratorium ever happened. “Now hiring” signs are plastered on billboards around town, and hotels such as the Crowne Plaza are chock-full of seminars training students to work on offshore rigs. Many offshore companies can’t find enough workers for the jobs they’re listing.


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Taylor Ruple Valedictorian Alexis House Salutatorian Honor Graduates Crystal Alexander Aliyah Brown Matthew Fischer Kaitlyn Ford Haley Hickingbotham Whitney House Victoria Mays Jessica Moser Aja Poole Francis Porto


posted: 05/27/2012 2:44 a.m.

Mason Brown Valedictorian Salutatorian Alexa Blankenship Honor Graduates Tiffany Angotti Seth Brown Kendra Busch Houston Cooper Amanda Elliott Callie French Kaily Greene Kayla Hale Kaitlyn Haney Cheyenne Honeycutt Amanda James KayLynn Jolicoeur Jessica Kelley McKeinzie Mitchell Kendal Rogers Shyannia Smoot Garrett Wooldridge

Airlines force families to fly solo

posted: 05/27/2012 2:44 a.m.

People flying this summer should be prepared to kiss their family members good-bye at the gate. Even if they’re on the same plane.


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Valedictorian Brittany Copp Salutatorian Kyle Williams Honor Graduates Meagan Barrett Latasha Briscoe Kieren Dunn Heather Harsson Leo Hinojosa Chloe Hurford Cordell Turner Jaylon Watson


posted: 05/27/2012 2:43 a.m.

To submit an item for the Calendar of Events, mail information to Calendar of Events, Three Rivers Edition, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, AR, 72203; send faxes to (501) 378-3500 ; or email Deadlines for calendar-item submissions are noon Friday for Thursday editions and noon Tuesday for Sunday editions. ONGOING Mission 5,000 Free Meal JACKSONVILLE — First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville provides a free meal to the community twice a week. Mission 5,000 is open from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday at the church’s Family Life Center, 308 W. Main St.

Delta to add 88 Boeing 717s to its fleet

posted: 05/27/2012 2:43 a.m.

Delta Air Lines plans to add 88 Boeing 717s to its fleet, picking up planes that Southwest Airlines didn’t want anymore.

Mazda, Fiat to work together on small convertible

posted: 05/27/2012 2:41 a.m.

Mazda Motor Corp. and Fiat SpA are working together on developing and manufacturing a roadster, or two-seater convertible, although the automakers will come up with different, distinctly styled models.

COLUMN ONE: The old lady in black

posted: 05/27/2012 2:40 a.m.

The most vivid memories aren’t those carved in stone but the ones etched in the mind. Memory deepens with the years, the way a river carves through rock, slowly creating canyons, revealing old layers, unveiling pain you’d kept decently covered before, bringing it all back.

that’s life: Don’t forget to pick up kids at camp

posted: 05/27/2012 2:39 a.m.

Editor’s note: Tammy Keith is on vacation, and her sons are now too old for camp. This column originally ran in May 2007.

Want to end partisan gridlock?

posted: 05/27/2012 2:39 a.m.

Gridlock and political dysfunction. Partisanship at record levels. Attack politics run amok. And public approval of Congress scraping the single digits (Sen. John McCain is fond of saying it’s down to blood relatives and paid staff).

Home of champions

posted: 05/27/2012 2:39 a.m.

Hundreds of Hornet fans and other city residents gathered at the Center of Bryant at Bishop Park on Wednesday night to recognize the players and coaches of the Bryant High School baseball and softball teams, who brought home the 7A State Championships in their sports last weekend.

Stories of valor and sacrifice

posted: 05/27/2012 2:38 a.m.

Valley Forge, Pa., is no stranger to heroes. The area is steeped in tales of valor and sacrifice. Look for more after this weekend.

Gaining a canned-do attitude

posted: 05/27/2012 2:37 a.m.

Canning or freezing fresh produce, maybe even fruits and vegetables grown at home, is not only economical and nutritious — it’s the American way.

Reading together, knowing the ending

posted: 05/27/2012 2:37 a.m.

When my mother was dying of pancreatic cancer, I would often go with her to chemo, and we would usually talk about books. Discussing what we were reading was something we had done all our lives. But it wasn’t until one day during her second month of treatment that we realized that we had created a very peculiar book club: one with only two members.

A world that is not of our making

posted: 05/27/2012 2:37 a.m.

ALONG THE BUFFALO RIVER, NEAR TYLER BEND “Nature sucks.” This is one of our household idioms—a phrase we occasionally imagine emanating from one of our innocent dogs, upon whom we have projected fictive personalities. “Nature sucks” when there are ticks to be pulled, or burrs to be picked out, or insolent squirrels chattering in the trees. When the sun pounds us to jelly, rain interrupts our plans or our hill ices, we mutter the mantra.

Green-tech high school surprisingly expensive

posted: 05/27/2012 2:36 a.m.

The Arkansas Board of Education has designated the Bismarck School District as “fiscally distressed” because it is spending more than it takes in and is drawing down its reserves.

Julia says ‘I Do’ to the Hubby State

posted: 05/27/2012 2:36 a.m.

he Life of Julia,” the “T Obama campaign’s new interactive web ad, follows a cartoon everywoman, Julia, through the milestones of a middle-class American life: education, work, motherhood, retirement. One milestone is pointedly missing: marriage.

Mountain Xpress offers free park-and-ride summertime shuttle to downtown, Hot Springs Mountain

posted: 05/27/2012 2:35 a.m.

The Mountain Xpress, a free shuttle bus that takes visitors through the downtown historic and arts district, and to the Convention Center, Hot Springs Mountain and the Mountain Tower, is in operation again this year.

Assault victims find their voice

posted: 05/27/2012 2:35 a.m.

Carla Butcher joined the Navy within days of 9/11, and soon shipped out for Malta. But during her first hours there, she was raped by a fellow sailor—and she spent the remainder of her four years in the service battling both post-traumatic stress disorder and a military justice system that seemed set up to prove she was the guilty party.

Graces Guild celebrates fifth anniversary with luncheon honoring Anita Cabe

posted: 05/27/2012 2:34 a.m.

The 2012 Graces Women’s Guild Luncheon, supporting The Muses Creative Artistry Project, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Hot Springs Country Club and will honor well-known philanthropist Anita Cabe.


posted: 05/27/2012 2:34 a.m.

Fiction 1. 11TH HOUR, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. Detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women’s Murder Club investigate a possible serial killer. 2. DEADLOCKED, by Charlaine Harris. Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse investigates a murder that has more to do with her than she imagines. 3. BRING UP THE BODIES, by Hilary Mantel. In this sequel to Wolf Hall, Thomas Cromwell conspires against Anne Boleyn, whom Henry VIII has turned against so that he can marry Jane Seymour.

front & center: Gay Neel

posted: 05/27/2012 2:33 a.m.

If youngsters in Clark County have to see Gay Neel, they are in some kind of trouble. She is director of the Clark County Juvenile Probation Office in Arkadelphia.

Click It or Ticket to boost seat-belt use, day and night

posted: 05/27/2012 2:32 a.m.

Motorists who refuse to wear their seat belts — beware. The 2012 national Click It or Ticket seatbelt-enforcement mobilization is now in force to help save lives by cracking down on those who don’t buckle up.

What judge? What court?

posted: 05/27/2012 2:32 a.m.

THERE may or may not be a judge, if he is a judge, from Arkansas, if there is such a state, who might or might not have just been appointed to lead a federal court dubbed FISA. If it exists. Which we doubt.

outdoors: Home brews for catfish

posted: 05/27/2012 2:31 a.m.

Catfish love stinkbait, and every hard-core catfish angler has a top-secret stinkbait formula whiskerfish just can’t resist.

COLUMNISTS: Kick-start the laundry

posted: 05/27/2012 2:31 a.m.

If my wife does not get home soon, I’m going to have to buy some new socks—or wash the clothes. I hate washing clothes despite the fact that modern washing machines make it a simple and fast process. I am barely old enough to remember my mother using an electric ringer washing machine—the first widely available technology to lighten the drudgery of clothes washing. Before the electrical washing machine came into widespread use after World War II, most Arkansas women devoted a whole day of hard labor each week to washing the family clothes. Ironing could add another long day to the process of keeping a family in clean clothes.

Facebook’s lucky friends?

posted: 05/27/2012 2:31 a.m.

Facebook has made a habit of advancing its interests at the expense of its customers, whether by weakening its privacy policy, tracking users’ movements around the Web or radically reconfiguring the way information is displayed on the site’s pages. So it probably shouldn’t surprise anyone that while the company’s initial stock offering was a boon to the company and insiders, it’s been a costly disappointment for the general public.

OTHERS SAY: The end of the world, not

posted: 05/27/2012 2:29 a.m.

It’s scientifically safe to make plans for 2013. The world will not end on Dec. 21 or the default date of Dec. 23, according to a newly discovered Mayan calendar.

Miss Brickfest Pageant is June 16

posted: 05/27/2012 2:29 a.m.

It’s time to make plans to enter or attend the Miss Brickfest Pageant, an annual event sponsored by the Alpha Omega Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha.

Obama is in trouble

posted: 05/27/2012 2:28 a.m.

Most Democrats think Barack Obama is a shoo-in for reelection. That overconfidence might end up making him a one-term president instead.

honor graduates: BENTON HIGH SCHOOL

posted: 05/27/2012 2:28 a.m.

Alexis Arnold Summa Cum Laude Taylor Douglas Summa Cum Laude Sarah Eddington Summa Cum Laude Eric Emmons Summa Cum Laude Hayley Ferguson Summa Cum Laude


posted: 05/27/2012 2:27 a.m.

David Russell Harrison Valedictorian Kaycie Lee Taylor Salutatorian High Honors Graduate David Russell Harrison


posted: 05/27/2012 2:27 a.m.

Deering is true talent Some time back, a gentleman wrote a Voices letter concerning John Deering in which he said John evidently was retained because of his tenure, not his ability. Having been a neighbor and acquaintance of John for about 30 years, I’ve seen a lot of his work that a lot of people haven’t had the privilege of seeing.


posted: 05/27/2012 2:26 a.m.

Distinguished Honor Graduates Ashley LeeAnn Burrows Jordan Ashley Paige Campbell Kayla Marie Clark Rebekah Nicole Davis Cassandra Anna Michelle King Kera Suzanne Lathan Olivia Michelle Lisenbey Collin Wade Michael Sierra Ashley Moon Catherine Lindsay Mull Nicholas Andrew Ware High Honor Graduates Lauren Brooke Cole Darrick Andrew Conroy Hannah Leigh Hicks Madeleine Rose Lowrey Fallon Alyse Mauldin Tyler


posted: 05/27/2012 2:25 a.m.

Zachary Richmond Hill Valedictorian Aaron I. Moulton Valedictorian Dylan Blakley Rogers Salutatorian Darcy Smith Salutatorian


posted: 05/27/2012 2:24 a.m.

Jessica Elizabeth Compton Valedictorian Logan Donn Morrison Salutatorian Honor Graduates Victoria Frances Buck Sarah Elizabeth Campbell Jonathan Caleb DuFresne Taylor Marie Fertig Michael Austin Hardage Coley Ray Henson Jessa Leeann Hughes Spencer Nicole Manis Justin Oglesby Jessica Lynn Pierce Brieanna Jayde Vinson Taylor Rae Wethington


posted: 05/27/2012 2:23 a.m.

TODAY Submissions Deadline BENTON — The deadline is today for submitting stories for Tales From the South, to be taped at 7 p.m. June 13 in the Christian Life Center of First United Methodist Church, 200 N. Market St. in Benton. The NPR show is broadcast at 7 p.m. Thursdays on KUAR 89.1 FM. Show officials are looking for stories from Benton and Saline County that can be read on the show by the authors. Story submissions must meet certain requirements. Full submission guidelines are available at

Artist enjoys creations of her own, others

posted: 05/27/2012 2:21 a.m.

The white winged horse catches the eye and draws admiration from many who pass by the statue as it rises into the trees beside the idyllic country road.

that’s life: Don’t forget to pick up kids at camp

posted: 05/27/2012 2:19 a.m.

Editor’s note: Tammy Keith is on vacation, and her sons are now too old for camp. This column originally ran in May 2007.

All aboard!

posted: 05/27/2012 2:18 a.m.

Dan and Mary Tursky are gardeners who showcase a variety of plants throughout their yard, but especially in one garden located on one side of their house just south of Perryville. There are roses, irises, daylilies and cactus, even petunias. But the real showstoppers of this garden are the G-scale trains that run through a variety of settings that include concrete buildings, all made by Dan.

Music Row taking note of Tech grad

posted: 05/27/2012 2:17 a.m.

Lance Carpenter was a student at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville when he decided he wanted to learn how to play the guitar.

front & center: Eldon Clary

posted: 05/27/2012 2:16 a.m.

When Eldon Clary decided to become a teacher, he had something more in mind than grading tests. He said he wanted to make a positive difference in the world.

Mustangs return to Petit Jean today

posted: 05/27/2012 2:15 a.m.

Mustangs will return to the Museum of Automobiles on Petit Jean Mountain for Mustangs on the Mountain. This annual Show & Shine event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. There is no fee to view the Mustangs from Arkansas and surrounding states.

Sweere receives 2012 Maumelle Newcomers’ Scholarship

posted: 05/27/2012 2:14 a.m.

Charlotte Mary Sweere, who just completed her senior year at Academics Plus Charter School in Maumelle, has been given the 2012 Maumelle Newcomers ’ Scholarship.

outdoors: Home brews for catfish

posted: 05/27/2012 2:13 a.m.

Catfish love stinkbait, and every hard-core catfish angler has a top-secret stinkbait formula whiskerfish just can’t resist.

Outdoor report: Arkansas River catches coming from backwaters, main channel

posted: 05/27/2012 2:09 a.m.

One of the hottest fishing spots in the state right now is found in the River Valley & Ozark region. The Morrilton pool of the Arkansas River currently provides good action for bream, bass and catfish and some fair catches of crappie.

AGFC stocking tagged catfish around state of Arkansas

posted: 05/27/2012 2:08 a.m.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Family and Community Fisheries Program is continuing its efforts to get families involved in fishing with a tagged-catfish campaign. Thousands of channel catfish from the AGFC’s warm-water hatchery facilities are currently being stocked at locations around the state.

COVER STORY: Hatfields & McCoys target three nights on History

posted: 05/27/2012 2:08 a.m.

And now for something completely different.

Morrilton youth among young Arkansas fish-art contest winners

posted: 05/27/2012 2:07 a.m.

Wildlife Forever has announced the winners of the 2012 State-Fish Art Contest. A panel of fish artists and honorary judges selected 142 winners from a field of thousands to be “the best of the best” in their state and grade categories and for the international entries in each grade category.

Soaps last week

posted: 05/27/2012 2:07 a.m.

(This column represents on-air summaries for the week of May 21-25.) The Bold and the Beautiful: Bill strongly resisted Katie’s plans for their future together. A chastened Rick told Brooke she had been right all along about the scheming Amber. Caroline explained to Thomas why she had been forced to keep her family’s secret for so long. Bill dispatched Alison to get damaging information on Hope from Dr. Barton, then later ordered her to find out everything she could about Deacon, Hope’s father.

Sacred Heart wins stock market game

posted: 05/27/2012 2:06 a.m.

Economics Arkansas held a luncheon honoring the winners of the Spring 2012 Arkansas Stock Market Game on May 2 at Verizon Arena. The first-place finishers in the Senior High Division /Region 1 were students Abby Bailey, Whiteny Bean and Irene Taylor, along with teacher Martha Briggler, from Sacred Heart Catholic School in Morrilton.

Community arts group to launch Late Night series

posted: 05/27/2012 2:05 a.m.

Late Night theater is coming to Conway.


posted: 05/27/2012 2:04 a.m.

Anna Engler Valedictorian Jackson Thomas Salutatorian


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Highest Honor Graduates Malinda Boyd Jennifer Fields Thomas Galloway Carlee Hinkle Katelyn Hinmon Hollie Hopson Katie Pennington Julia Smith


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Bridgett Oaks Valedictorian Lindsey Bray Salutatorian Honor Graduates Lonnie Curtis Tristen Guerrero Jessica Montgomery Tiffani Myers


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Brianne Bland Co-Valedictorian Brittney Diaz Co-Valedictorian Monica Castro Salutatorian Honor Graduates Ashley Lee Maitab Lee Tras Pfeifer


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Meghan Elizabeth Ayres Valedictorian Kayelyn Nell Smith Salutatorian Honor Graduates Cassie Nicole Hartwick Katie Lou Parish


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Raegan Growns Valedictorian Meng Lee Salutatorian Honor Graduates Kendra Bair Jordan Chancellor Edith Cienfuegos Laura Cienfuegos Harley Emery Jonathan Gentry Heather Harris David Henderson Aaron Hughes Christopher Punzo Tyler Ray Smith Sierra Swanson Jordan Thomas Jacqueline Vergara Jacquelyn Yates


posted: 05/27/2012 1:58 a.m.

Graduation Speakers with Highest Honors Emily Blackard Aaron Dale Kelley Harris Rachel Harris


posted: 05/27/2012 1:56 a.m.

Paige Almond Co-Valedictorian Jennifer Ryan Co-Valedictorian Griffin Peeples Salutatorian


posted: 05/27/2012 1:55 a.m.

ONGOING FAST Registration CONWAY — Registration is under way for Conway Regional Therapy Centers’ Functional Athletic Speed Training sports performance program. FAST is designed to enhance the performance of young athletes in almost every sport, including basketball, football, baseball, soccer, track, volleyball, tennis, cheerleading, wrestling, cross country, softball, swimming and golf. Athletes are divided into groups based on their grades, with the divisions including grades 7-9, grades 10-12 and college. Programs include football, movement skills and total athlete.

Saturday, May 26

Pakistan: US missile attack kills 4

posted: 05/26/2012 3:26 p.m.

Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. drone has fired two missiles at a shop in the country's northwest, killing four suspected militants.

Activists: Toll from Syrian attack more than 90

posted: 05/26/2012 2:30 p.m.

Government troops shelled a string of villages in central Syria before pro-regime thugs swept through the area, shooting people in the streets and in their homes in attacks that killed more than 90 people, activists said Saturday.

Obama honors veterans during Memorial Day weekend

posted: 05/26/2012 12:07 p.m.

President Barack Obama is paying tribute to veterans during Memorial Day weekend, honoring those willing to sacrifice their lives for their country.

Iraqi president calls for dialogue to solve crisis

posted: 05/26/2012 11:42 a.m.

Iraq's president on Saturday urged the nation's bickering factions to resolve the bitter political dispute that has gripped the government for nearly six months, warning that the crisis threatens to split the country.

Egyptian candidate Shafiq praises uprising

posted: 05/26/2012 10:39 a.m.

Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq has paid tribute to the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak and vowed not to try and "recreate" the old regime.

Astronauts enter world's 1st private supply ship

posted: 05/26/2012 10:23 a.m.

The space station astronauts have entered the Dragon.

Bud weakens off Mexico's coast

posted: 05/26/2012 10:13 a.m.

Bud is weakening and becoming increasingly disorganized in the Pacific just off Mexico.

Man dies after shooting

updated: 05/26/2012 11:07 a.m.

A man was shot last night near 6th and Louisiana streets, police say.

Finland gunman kills 2, police say

posted: 05/26/2012 9:47 a.m.

An 18-year-old gunman killed two people and wounded seven others in what appeared to be a random shooting in a southern Finnish town, police said Saturday.

Vatican confirms pope's butler arrested

posted: 05/26/2012 9:33 a.m.

The Vatican has confirmed that the pope's butler was arrested in an embarrassing leaks scandal.

50 civilians slain, Syria activists say

posted: 05/26/2012 3:36 a.m.

President Bashar Assad’s forces killed at least 50 civilians, including 13 children, in central Syria on Friday, activists said, in one of the highest death tolls in one area since an internationally-brokered cease-fire went into effect last month.

Somali troops retake key town

posted: 05/26/2012 3:34 a.m.

African Union and Somali troops seized a town on the outskirts of Mogadishu from Islamist militants on Friday after three days of fighting, the biggest victory over al-Shabab since the pro-government forces took control of the capital last August.

Cameron: Apt eye on News Corp. bid

posted: 05/26/2012 3:30 a.m.

Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday that he had no regrets about his decision to put Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt in charge of deciding whether Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. could proceed with a bid to take over British Sky Broadcasting.

Female reservists’ suit targets combat ban

posted: 05/26/2012 3:29 a.m.

Two female members of the Army Reserve have sued the U.S. Department of Defense and the Army in a bid to reverse military policies banning women from serving in combat roles.

Dragon docking makes history

posted: 05/26/2012 3:28 a.m.

The private company SpaceX made history Friday with the docking of its Dragon capsule to the International Space Station.

Higher-grade uranium cited at Iran plant

posted: 05/26/2012 3:28 a.m.

U.N. nuclear inspectors in Iran have found uranium enriched beyond the highest previously reported levels of 20 percent in samplings taken from its new underground fuel-enrichment plant, according to a quarterly report on Iran’s nuclear program.

Surgeon general resolves charges

posted: 05/26/2012 3:26 a.m.

Misdemeanor criminal charges lodged against the Arkansas surgeon general after his arrest during a confrontation with Little Rock police have been resolved, with prosecutors offering Dr. Joe Thompson the opportunity to clear his record.

Judge in lottery win fight recuses

posted: 05/26/2012 3:25 a.m.

A judge who on Thursday ordered a new trial over who should get a $1 million lottery prize that he had awarded May 1 recused himself Friday from presiding over the new trial, blaming lawyers.

Judge strikes law on wedded gays

posted: 05/26/2012 3:25 a.m.

A judge in California has ruled that the federal law that prohibits recognition of same-sex unions is unconstitutional because it denies long-term health-insurance benefits to legal spouses of state employees and retirees.

State Hospital given more time

posted: 05/26/2012 3:24 a.m.

In the wake of a patient report of rape at the State Hospital, federal Medicaid officials have extended the deadline by which the hospital must fix documented problems with patient treatment or lose the federal funding.

Suspect in killing of boy hospitalized

posted: 05/26/2012 3:24 a.m.

The man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz was hospitalized for fear he might attempt suicide Friday, the 33rd anniversary of the boy’s disappearance, as investigators worked to corroborate the suspect’s confession.

Obama primary foe goes to court

posted: 05/26/2012 3:23 a.m.

A Tennessee lawyer who won 42 percent of the vote in the Democratic presidential primary earlier this week filed a federal lawsuit Friday claiming the party had violated his constitutional rights and disenfranchised tens of thousands of Arkansas voters by refusing to award delegates to him.

French leader visits Afghanistan

posted: 05/26/2012 3:22 a.m.

President Francois Hollande of France made a surprise visit to French troops in Kapisa province Friday, assuring them that their mission in Afghanistan would be over this year.

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Cars yield to walkers, law states

posted: 05/26/2012 3:22 a.m.

Dear Driveby Mahatma: I’m unemployed, had to sell my car a couple of years ago and walk a lot. I get screamed at by drivers for crossing at an intersection in a safe manner, often at Central Avenue and Grand Avenue in Hot Springs. Doesn’t a pedestrian have the right-of-way at any intersection or crosswalk? — Concerned Caller Dear Concerned: That’s Drivetime, not Driveby. The latter generally refers to traffic matters that involve firearms.

Bail hearing set for jailed officers

posted: 05/26/2012 3:20 a.m.

Two Little Rock police officers accused of escorting shipments of marijuana through the city remained on paid leave and in jail Friday as a judge set a hearing for June 4 to determine whether he will set bail that would allow their release pending a trial.

Hurricane Bud fades to tropical storm

posted: 05/26/2012 3:18 a.m.

Bud weakened to a tropical storm Friday as heavy rain began to pelt a string of laid-back beach resorts and small mountain villages on Mexico’s Pacific coast south of Puerto Vallarta.

Weekend travelers set to see lower gas

posted: 05/26/2012 3:17 a.m.

Arkansans who flock to parks and other destinations over the Memorial Day weekend can expect to find lower gas prices than last year and sunny weather, with one potential interstate traffic bottleneck to avoid.

100 water bills include wrong return address

posted: 05/26/2012 3:15 a.m.

Almost 100 Central Arkansas Water customers received return envelopes from Arkansas Urology with their recent monthly bills because of a billing company error, Graham Rich, chief executive officer of the utility, said Friday.

Witness: Breivik spared, then shot him

posted: 05/26/2012 3:15 a.m.

A Norwegian who survived Anders Behring Breivik’s shooting rampage on Utoya island capped two weeks of witness statements from survivors Friday, describing how the self confessed killer first mistook him for a fellow right-wing extremist and spared him, then shot him when he found him again.

Service remembers 3 tornado victims

posted: 05/26/2012 3:14 a.m.

Three Franklin County residents who died after two tornadoes ripped through the area on May 24 and May 25, 2011, were remembered Friday in a memorial service attended by about 100 people.

Egypt faces two extremes with presidential runoff

posted: 05/26/2012 3:12 a.m.

The runoff to become Egypt’s first freely elected president is likely to be a contest between two of the most powerful and polarizing forces in Egyptian society representing different visions for the future character of the nation: the Muslim Brotherhood and the military.

Man gets 30 years for store robbery

posted: 05/26/2012 3:11 a.m.

The second of two men accused of robbing and pistol-whipping a Sherwood store clerk before instigating a shootout with an off-duty police officer accepted a 30-year prison sentence after prosecutors announced the recent discovery of potential evidence — a pistol hidden in a storage shed.

River Rail shortens routes for Riverfest

posted: 05/26/2012 3:10 a.m.

Two River Rail streetcars will service only the North Little Rock loop and the Main Street Bridge through the weekend because of the annual Riverfest festival in Little Rock, a Central Arkansas Transit Authority news release said.

Kenya abductions blamed on police

posted: 05/26/2012 3:10 a.m.

Human-rights officials accused the Kenyan police Friday of eliminating suspected terrorists after armed men dragged a terror suspect out of a car. He was the third terror suspect to be abducted since April.

Judge vacates U.S. attorney office sanction

posted: 05/26/2012 3:09 a.m.

U.S. District Judge Bill Wilson agreed Friday to vacate a $4,000 sanction he imposed earlier this year against the U.S. attorney’s office.

Front-runner’s focus crime, not cartels

posted: 05/26/2012 3:09 a.m.

Shortly after sunrise one day last month in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, police found 14 butchered bodies in a van outside City Hall, a salvo in a seesawing battle of horrors between Mexico’s two most powerful drug cartels.

Mom of boy bitten by dog faces charge

posted: 05/26/2012 3:08 a.m.

The mother of a 3-year-old boy who was attacked by a pet pit bull terrier has been charged with second-degree endangerment of the welfare of a minor, said Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery.

Sale off of blood branded Reagan’s

posted: 05/26/2012 3:07 a.m.

A European auction house on Thursday canceled the planned online sale of a vial containing dried blood residue said to be from Ronald Reagan after complaints from the late U.S. president’s family and foundation.

2 bombers kill 1, hurt 17 in Turkey

posted: 05/26/2012 3:06 a.m.

A car bomb exploded outside a police station Friday in central Turkey, killing one policeman and wounding 17 people, the interior minister said. The two people in the car also were killed.

Stevens legal team calls penalty ‘pathetic’

posted: 05/26/2012 3:05 a.m.

The legal team that defended Sen. Ted Stevens in his corruption trial has harshly criticized the punishment handed out to a pair of prosecutors found to have engaged in reckless professional misconduct in the case as “laughable” and “pathetic.” A Justice Department report, released Thursday, said Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph Bottini and James Goeke failed to disclose information to the Stevens legal team that was favorable to the lawmaker. The department’s Office of Professional Responsibility concluded the failure to turn over the material was not intentional.

Lonoke County enacts recount

posted: 05/26/2012 3:04 a.m.

The Lonoke County Election Commission did a primary election recount Friday night after officials realized they had failed to count one precinct’s ballots, but no outcomes changed.

Motorcycle crash results in fatality

posted: 05/26/2012 3:02 a.m.

One man was killed Thursday afternoon in a motorcycle accident on Arkansas 35 in southern Saline County, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality report.

Parkview Magnet valedictorian: Lee

posted: 05/26/2012 3:02 a.m.

Seok Lee graduated as valedictorian of Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School.

The world in brief

posted: 05/26/2012 3:01 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s a very big risk for our soldiers. ... It leads me to believe that Francois Hollande doesn’t understand defense matters and world geopolitics.” French lawmaker Guy Teissier, on his president’s plan to pull all combat troops out of Afghanistan while leaving about 1,400 French advisers and trainers in the country Article, this page

Justices deny drug-court appeal

posted: 05/26/2012 3:01 a.m.

The state Supreme Court upheld a circuit court’s decision to deny post-conviction relief to Michael Tornavacca, who argued that his right to due process was violated when he was kicked out of a drug-court program without a chance to defend himself.

The nation in brief

posted: 05/26/2012 3 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Looks like we’ve got us a Dragon by the tail.” NASA astronaut Donald Pettit, after the SpaceX Dragon became the first privately owned craft to dock with the International Space Station Article, this page

SEC hires buck national trend

posted: 05/26/2012 3 a.m.

The Southeastern Conference — which includes schools in the deep South — is the only one of the six major BCS conferences that will have a majority of minority coaches next season in men's basketball when the league expands to 14 teams after adding Texas A&M and Missouri.

Getting it straight

posted: 05/26/2012 2:59 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 05/26/2012 2:58 a.m.

Gregg Allman is getting married for the seventh time. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member has told several interviewers this week that he’s engaged to his 24-year-old girlfriend, Shannon Williams, and Allman’s publicist and manager confirmed the news Friday morning. Allman talked about the unexpected love he felt for Williams in an interview with The Associated Press earlier this year for a story about his memoir, My Cross to Bear, but admitted he was leery about taking the relationship further because of his past difficulties in his love life.

In the news

posted: 05/26/2012 2:56 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the 18th annual TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp in Arlington, Va., about losing his first wife and his daughter to a car accident in 1972, saying that there will come a day when the thought of a lost loved one “brings a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eye.” Stacey Smalls, 41, has been charged in Philadelphia with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of her 18-month-old twins, named Adam and Eve.

High E. coli levels close 3 swim spots

posted: 05/26/2012 2:54 a.m.

Three swimming locations in Arkansas will be closed for Memorial Day weekend because of high E. coli bacteria levels.

Mega Millions

posted: 05/26/2012 2:52 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 9-15-21-40-54 Mega Ball: 11 Estimated jackpot: $24 million Megaplier: 04

96TH INDIANAPOLIS 500: Hinchcliffe plays ‘Manica’ card

posted: 05/26/2012 2:51 a.m.

James Hinchcliffe still isn’t over the disappointment of losing the Indianapolis 500 pole by 9 inches to Ryan Briscoe.


posted: 05/26/2012 2:51 a.m.

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

Arkansas achievers

posted: 05/26/2012 2:50 a.m.

Kayla Reynolds and Brayden McCurley are the recipients of the Operation RoundUp scholarship for the spring 2012 semester at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home. Robert Van Cleave of Benton has been named the Army Corps of Engineers’ Little Rock District 2012 Engineer of the Year for his work as design coordinator and geotechnical engineer for the Clearwater Dam Major Rehabilitation Project. Van Cleave began work as a geotechnical engineer in 2001 for the Corps’ Little Rock District.

Memorial Day closings

posted: 05/26/2012 2:49 a.m.

The following schedules for state, federal and local government offices may be affected by the Memorial Day holiday on Monday. Note: Federal law addressing the display of the U.S. flag on Memorial Day requires that the flag should fly at half-staff until noon, when it should be raised to its peak. (4 US Code 1, section 7(m).

Daily record

posted: 05/26/2012 2:49 a.m.

Births, Marriages and Divorces

ASU trails 5-0, can’t catch up

posted: 05/26/2012 2:47 a.m.

Arkansas State’s baseball team took the field at Bowling Green Ballpark on Friday with a chance to secure a spot in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship game.

Higher education notebook

posted: 05/26/2012 2:45 a.m.

School names fund for its chancellor MOUNTAIN HOME — A new fund to help students with financial emergencies at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home will be named after retiring Chancellor Ed Coulter.

Other days

posted: 05/26/2012 2:44 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO May 26, 1912 Governor George W. Donaghey yesterday pardoned all the Pulaski county convicts who were in the possession of E.N. Wiegel, whose contract for the working of the Pulaski county prisoners expired January 1. At the expiration of his contract Wiegel retained all the convicts who were then under his control and whose terms had not expired. Some of these had long sentences to serve and would have been under the control of Wiegel for nearly two years more had not the governor stopped in and set them all free.

Riverfest schedule

posted: 05/26/2012 2:43 a.m.

TODAY MILLER LITE AMPHITHEATER STAGE Noon Dry County 1:15 p.m. The Frontier Circus 2:45 Good Time Ramblers 4:15 Michael Shipp 5:45 Starroy 7:15 Jonathan Tyler & Northern Lights 9:00 p.m. Lynyrd Skynyrd BUD LIGHT STAGE 1:00 p.m. Belair 2:00 Amsterdam 3:15 Holy Shakes 4:30 Benjamin Del Shreve 6:00 Mutemath 7:45 Chevelle 9:30

Scientist: DNA on needle in beer can

posted: 05/26/2012 2:43 a.m.

A needle stored with a beer can appeared to contain an extremely tiny amount of Roger Clemens’ DNA, which turned out to be good news and bad news for both sides in the perjury trial of the seven-time Cy Young Award winner.

That’s Dufner in front, again

posted: 05/26/2012 2:42 a.m.

Jason Dufner lists Ben Hogan as his hero.

Police beat

posted: 05/26/2012 2:41 a.m.

Handed note, teller gives up bank cash North Little Rock police are investigating a Friday afternoon bank robbery on Camp Robinson Road.

76ers hoping youth prevails

posted: 05/26/2012 2:40 a.m.

Kevin Garnett won’t be posting any comments from the Philadelphia 76ers owners on his mental bulletin board. The Philadelphia fans won’t be getting all riled up over comments deriding their loyalty.

Monkey muggers beset city

posted: 05/26/2012 2:38 a.m.

The first interloper stepped in front of her on the sidewalk and silently held up his hand. The second appeared behind her and beckoned for her bag. Maeve O’Connor was trapped.

Video traces steps to same-sex rites

posted: 05/26/2012 2:37 a.m.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville has offered a blessing ceremony for same-sex couples for the past six years. The decision to approve the rite came after a long period of discernment and discussion among parishioners.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Burnett, Alvarez allow Pirates to slide by Cubs

posted: 05/26/2012 2:36 a.m.

Pedro Alvarez is usually in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ lineup every day because of his bat.


posted: 05/26/2012 2:35 a.m.

62 is the percentage of 2,013 Americans ages 18-24 (often called Millennials) who describe Christianity as judgmental.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Travs swept by Singleton, Hooks

posted: 05/26/2012 2:35 a.m.

Jonathan Singleton went 2 for 4 with two home runs to help the Corpus Christi Hooks complete a three-game sweep of the Arkansas Travelers with a 7-2 victory on Friday night at Whataburger Field.

My church, su iglesia

posted: 05/26/2012 2:35 a.m.

Catholics in Arkansas Ten largest Catholic churches in Arkansas by number of registered parishioners 1. St. Raphael, Springdale — 20,857 2. St. Vincent de Paul, Rogers — 13,350 3. St. Joseph, Conway — 5,950 4. Immaculate Conception, Fort Smith — 5,804 5. St. Joseph, Fayetteville — 5,570 6. Christ the King, Little Rock — 4,946 7. St. Stephen, Bentonville — 4,700 8. Christ the King, Fort Smith — 3,609 9. St. Theresa, Little Rock — 3,414 10.

SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: Irwin, 66, fires 66 to move up

posted: 05/26/2012 2:33 a.m.

Hale Irwin shot his age, and was so frustrated afterward he might switch putters before playing again.

SEC TOURNAMENT: Bulldogs knock out Tigers in 10th

posted: 05/26/2012 2:31 a.m.

Matthew Britton’s single up the middle brought home the winning run in Mississippi State’s 4-3, 10-inning victory over top-seeded LSU Friday in the SEC Tournament.


posted: 05/26/2012 2:31 a.m.

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 815 W. 16th St., will present a free concert by the Gloryland Pastor’s Choir at 3 p.m. Sunday. (501) 374-2891.


posted: 05/26/2012 2:28 a.m.

TEXAS-ARLINGTON 7, SAM HOUSTON STATE 6 SAN MARCOS, Texas — Preston Beck’s home run in the bottom of the ninth inning sent No. 4 seed Texas-Arlington to the championship game of the Southland Conference Tournament with a victory over No. 1 seed Sam Houston State on Friday at Bobcat Ballpark.

Who was right?

posted: 05/26/2012 2:28 a.m.

NOBODY’S perfect. Dentists can have bad days. So can preachers. Certainly editorial writers do. And cops do, too.

The joy of winning

posted: 05/26/2012 2:27 a.m.

It was our much-anticipated quarterly lunch with Tim Kurkjian, baseball analyst extraordinaire, wherein George Will and I bathe in a constant flow of obscure statistics, Kurkjian oddities and ribald anecdotes, like the one about the Red Sox beat writer who accidentally walked in on a players’ prayer meeting and was greeted by the burly right fielder, newly bornagain and not yet practiced in the language of Christian fellowship, bellowing


posted: 05/26/2012 2:26 a.m.

Midland might want to consider skipping over Shawn Haviland in its rotation the next time the RockHounds face Northwest Arkansas. The Naturals hit 3 home runs Friday and scored 6 runs in 5 innings against Haviland in a victory in front of a crowd of 6,096 at Arvest Ballpark. Haviland, who took the loss, has allowed 33 runs (25 earned) in 22 1/3 innings over his 5 starts against the Naturals dating back to last season. It amounted to a perfect opportunity for the Naturals to break out and end their five-game losing streak.

OTHERS SAY: Bashing Bain

posted: 05/26/2012 2:26 a.m.

President Barack Obama isn’t backing down from his campaign ad attacking Mitt Romney’s private equity firm, Bain Capital. Actually, “attack” may be too weak a description for a video that likens Bain to “a vampire” and depicts Mr. Romney as a plutocrat who callously destroyed hundreds of steel jobs for his own enrichment.

NHL PLAYOFFS: Rookie puts Devils in final

posted: 05/26/2012 2:25 a.m.

A year after missing the playoffs for the first time since 1996, the New Jersey Devils are going back to the Stanley Cup final, thanks to a rookie, a 40-year old goaltender and a coach who’d never been to the postseason in the NHL.

The party of Ron Paul

posted: 05/26/2012 2:24 a.m.

After social conservatives rallied to Pat Robertson in Iowa in 1988, and soon took over the formal structure of the Republican Party in many states, it rapidly became very difficult to win a GOP nomination for anything higher than dogcatcher without a perfect pro-life position. And yet the electoral implications beyond nomination politics haven’t been particularly severe. Some social conservatives’ issues have played well in general elections ; some positions have hurt the GOP; others have had little effect one way or another.

Guest writer: Time to make good

posted: 05/26/2012 2:23 a.m.

If ever there was a time when Arkansas could make up for missing a long-ago opportunity to lead the nation, that time is today. The lost opportunity occurred at the constitutional convention in 1868 when a proposal to give women the vote was laughed out of the Old State House. If Arkansas had enfranchised women then, it would have been the first state in the nation to do so and could now be proud of it.

On Pensacola Beach

posted: 05/26/2012 2:22 a.m.

For those who love a beach getaway within a day’s drive, here is my annual vacation travelogue devoted to you.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP: Penske takes winning approach

posted: 05/26/2012 2:22 a.m.

Brad Keselowski got the first of many surprises at his first meeting with racing great Roger Penske.


posted: 05/26/2012 2:21 a.m.

To change the world What you respect will always enter your life. What you don’t respect will exit your life. In his 1960 presidential inaugural address, John F. Kennedy stated that as Americans, we should ask not what our country can do for us, but what we can do for our country. We need to embrace the idea of pride through performance. It’s better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have one and not be prepared. A short pencil is far better than a long memory. Begin today journaling your thoughts. Don’t wait for someone else to write your history. People don’t really care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Median CEO pay rose 6% in 2011

posted: 05/26/2012 2:20 a.m.

Profits at big U.S. companies broke records last year, and so did pay for chief executive officers.

Second thoughts

posted: 05/26/2012 2:19 a.m.

Olympics in need of old events With the Summer Olympics just a couple of months away, New York Times writer Victor Mather decided earlier this week to look back at some events from Olympic Games of the past — some that, if returned, could spice up this year’s London Games just a bit.

Mood in aisles of stores cheerier

posted: 05/26/2012 2:19 a.m.

Despite Europe’s economic troubles, American consumers are feeling better about the economy than at any time since the start of the recession.

Exec calls Greece a ‘failed state’

posted: 05/26/2012 2:18 a.m.

Greece is a “failed state” and the population and business community don’t see a path out of the crisis, said Juergen Fitschen, who takes over as Deutsche Bank AG’s co-chief executive officer next week.

Off the wire

posted: 05/26/2012 2:17 a.m.

BASKETBALL Knicks give Woodson deal Mike Woodson will return as the New York Knicks’ coach after leading them to their first playoff victory in 11 years. The Knicks removed the interim tag Friday and announced they had given Woodson a multiyear contract extension, rewarding him for a finish to what had been a turbulent season. Woodson led the Knicks to an 18-6 record after replacing Mike D’Antoni on March 14.

State sports briefs

posted: 05/26/2012 2:15 a.m.

GOLF Arkansas women finish 23rd The Arkansas women’s team shot a final-round 301 Friday to finish 23rd overall at the NCAA Championships in Franklin, Tenn. The Razorbacks finished at 1,214 for the tournament, 62 strokes over par on the 6,264-yard Vanderbilt Legends Course. Arkansas had previously shot rounds of 303, 301, 309. Alabama won its first women’s golf title, shooting a final-round 6-over 294 to finish at 19-over 1,171.

The right tool

posted: 05/26/2012 2:13 a.m.

Put a new tool in the hands of some people, guys especially, and they become giddy at the prospect of all the jobs they can now do. For me, it means one more thing to feel stupid about, and one less excuse to blow off a project that surely could wait another week.

U.S. declines to call China manipulator, says progress made

posted: 05/26/2012 2:12 a.m.

The U.S. government said Friday that China has made progress in allowing its currency to rise against the dollar and declined to accuse the nation of manipulating its currency to gain a trade advantage.

Reach deal, judge urges firm, unions

posted: 05/26/2012 2:11 a.m.

As American Airlines made its final stand Friday in U.S. bankruptcy court, the judge finished the lengthy hearing on a surprising note by telling the courtroom that the airline and its unions need to work toward a deal.

In emerging markets, Toyota turning to 8 compact models

posted: 05/26/2012 2:09 a.m.

Toyota is looking to emerging markets for growth, targeting 50 percent of its global vehicle sales in such countries by 2015 and rolling out eight compact models during the next few years.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Have piranha returned to Lake Jack Lee?

posted: 05/26/2012 2:08 a.m.

Dear Otus, When I was a kid, our family used to camp at the Grand Marais Campground near Felsenthal. Then one year when I was about 10, my dad said we’d never go back and forbade us from ever swimming in Lake Jack Lee.

White House lawn is exhibit topic

posted: 05/26/2012 2:05 a.m.

“The White House Garden” exhibit is new to Laman Library, offering a stroll through 200 years of history made on the grass. Photos and historic documents tell the story, today through July 21 at the library in North Little Rock.

Trees that weep: Born or created?

posted: 05/26/2012 2:04 a.m.

Why do some trees weep?

MARKET REPORT: Spanish woes send stocks down

posted: 05/26/2012 2:04 a.m.

Another flare-up in Europe’s debt crisis knocked U.S. markets lower Friday. This time, it was more trouble at a major Spanish bank.

Sugar fight takes another bitter turn

posted: 05/26/2012 2:03 a.m.

The Sugar Association is battling the Corn Refiners Association over the latter’s desire to call high-fructose corn syrup a form of sugar.


posted: 05/26/2012 2:01 a.m.

Dillard’s executive sells 25,000 shares Paul Schroeder Jr., vice president and general counsel of Dillard’s Inc., netted about $1.1 million Friday through exercise of a derivative security, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Business news in brief

posted: 05/26/2012 2 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Europe is in recession and China is slowing. ... But the American consumer is unmoved. In fact, they are downright optimistic.” Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in New York Article, 1D State auctioning unclaimed property Arkansas State Auditor Charlie Daniels launched a week-long eBay auction of unclaimed property Friday morning.

In the garden

posted: 05/26/2012 2 a.m.

Q I’m hoping you can help me with a problem we are having with our grass. We live out in the country in the middle of a field. We have always had several varieties of grasses in our “yard.” However, this year, what grass we have seems to have been taken over by stickers.

Personal space

posted: 05/26/2012 1:58 a.m.

Edwina Wilson Where I live: My husband, Jerry, and I live in Chenal Downs in a house we built three years ago.

Ask the expert

posted: 05/26/2012 1:56 a.m.

I recently bought an old house and would like to do as much of the renovation work myself as possible. I want to rip out the later additions, but don't want to take out something historically important. Any tips or advice on how to tell the difference between old and new? And what projects can the average do-it yourselfer attempt and which ones should be left to the professionals?

Tools & toys

posted: 05/26/2012 1:55 a.m.

Craftsman Lighted Pliers What’s to love: A built-in light on your pliers that illuminates your work area.


posted: 05/26/2012 1:48 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: My fiance and I are planning to buy a car that fits our lifestyle and our budget. We are looking at the Honda Fit, the Toyota Matrix and, my favorite, the Honda Element. Anyway, here’s some information about us: We live in the mountains outside of Las Vegas (at 8,000 feet!), so we get lots of snow.

Keep it clean

posted: 05/26/2012 1:47 a.m.

OxiClean Dishwashing Booster OxiClean is best known for its laundry products and stain-busters. Now it is taking on the dishes. While food may accidentally land on your clothes, it always ends up dirtying your plates and glasses.


posted: 05/26/2012 1:41 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll respond extremely positively to an unexpected event, triggering a wave of good fortune over the next 10 weeks. In June, a favorable trade has you smiling. Family visits are featured in July. September brings your chance for a job or position you’ve long wanted. Unusual settings will be featured in November. Libra and Sagittarius people adore you.


posted: 05/26/2012 1:40 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Jewelry boxes can hold only so much, so try displaying your jewelry in a decorative way: Pick up vases from a crafts store or resale shop with different-size necks. Shepherd hook and clip-on earrings can hang around the opening, and bracelets and necklaces can dangle around the neck.


posted: 05/26/2012 1:38 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My yoga teacher is interested in all kinds of religions, and she says that what we need to do to find God (or “spiritual enlightenment,” as she terms it) is to empty our minds of everything, and then we’ll experience the divine.

Super Quiz: National inventors Hall of Fame (areas of expertise and first letter of surname provided)

posted: 05/26/2012 1:35 a.m.

1. Radio: M 2. Automobile: F 3. Telegraph: M 4. Vulcanization of rubber: G 5. Photography: E 6. Electric lamp: E

HOG CALLS: Hogs coach isn’t one to put on airs

posted: 05/26/2012 1:29 a.m.

John L. Smith learned long ago his own importance doesn’t grow with the important post he assumed April 23.

Friday, May 25

Riverfest 2012 kicks off

posted: 05/25/2012 7:40 p.m.

Riverfest 2012 opened up on Friday evening, letting in thousands looking forward to sun, fun and activities.

New Jersey man charged in boy's death

posted: 05/25/2012 5:29 p.m.

A New Jersey man accused of luring 6-year-old Etan Patz into a New York City convenience store in 1979 and killing him has been charged with second-degree murder.

West Arkansas plane crash injures 2

posted: 05/25/2012 5:08 p.m.

Authorities in western Arkansas say two people suffered minor injuries when the small plane they were in crashed while trying to make an emergency landing in Ozark.

Shiloh coach Floyd diagnosed with MS

posted: 05/25/2012 4:19 p.m.

Shiloh Christian football coach Josh Floyd was diagnosed with early stages of multiple sclerosis on Thursday, but the 32-year-old said he doesn't plan for the disorder to alter his lifestyle or job performance.

Police: Indiana gunman shoots self following hostage situation

updated: 05/25/2012 5:24 p.m.

Police say a gunman who held hostages at an Indiana real estate office is being taken to a hospital after shooting himself in the head.

Typical CEO made $9.6M last year, AP study finds

posted: 05/25/2012 12:13 p.m.

Profits at big U.S. companies broke records last year, and so did pay for CEOs.

Hearings rescheduled in officers' drug trafficking case

posted: 05/25/2012 12:05 p.m.

Two former officers with the Little Rock Police Department accused of attempting to aide a drug trafficking made their first appearances in court on Friday afternoon.

Man found dead in Salesville

posted: 05/25/2012 11:33 a.m.

A man was found dead in Salesville this morning, a report from the Baxter County sheriff's office said.

Taking the tool box to the next level

posted: 05/25/2012 11:24 a.m.

Looking for a reason to buy more tools? Power tools? See Saturday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and get started on that wish list.

Hurricane Bud roars toward Mexican coast

posted: 05/25/2012 11:20 a.m.

Hurricane Bud lost a little of its sting early Friday, but remained a potent Category 2 storm as it headed toward a string of laid-back beach resorts and small mountain villages on Mexico’s Pacific coast south of Puerto Vallarta.

Partial results indicate Muslim Brotherhood candidate headed to Egypt runoff

posted: 05/25/2012 11:19 a.m.

The candidate of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood won a spot in a runoff election, according to partial results Friday from the first round of voting.

Accused coach Sandusky’s charity to shut down

posted: 05/25/2012 11:15 a.m.

Second Mile, the charity for needy children founded by former Penn State University assistant football coach and accused pedophile Jerry Sandusky, said it will shut down.

Dragon capsule docks at space station

posted: 05/25/2012 11:12 a.m.

The privately bankrolled Dragon capsule arrived at the International Space Station for a historic docking Friday, captured by astronauts wielding a giant robot arm.

UN agency finds higher enrichment at Iranian site

posted: 05/25/2012 10:58 a.m.

The U.N. nuclear agency has found traces of uranium enriched at an Iranian site to a level that is slightly closer to the threshold needed to arm nuclear missiles.

Dragon arrives at space station

posted: 05/25/2012 10:36 a.m.

Space station astronauts have captured the Dragon.

Prosecutors drop case against surgeon general

posted: 05/25/2012 10:20 a.m.

Prosecutors have agreed to drop one charge and dismiss two others in six months against Arkansas’ surgeon general over a confrontation he had with police at his home in March.

Woman faces child endangerment charges after dog attack

posted: 05/25/2012 9:43 a.m.

A Baxter County woman faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child after her son was attacked by the family's dog.

Memphis contractor sentenced to prison for illegal dumping

posted: 05/25/2012 8:44 a.m.

An excavation company owner in Memphis was sentenced to eight months in prison and ordered to make restitution to property owners for illegally dumping construction debris.

Troubled Hope hospital receives loan

posted: 05/25/2012 8:27 a.m.

A deal to help Medical Park Hospital in Hope out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy enables Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana to make the facility a loan and eventually buy the property.

Wife in murder-for-hire case held on $1M bond

posted: 05/25/2012 8:14 a.m.

A judge has set a $1 million bond for the wife of a Jonesboro businessman who is charged with capital murder for allegedly conspiring to have him killed.

Government to present DNA evidence in Clemens case

posted: 05/25/2012 8:05 a.m.

Roger Clemens' genetic makeup helped make him one of the most successful pitchers in baseball history. Now prosecutors hope that Clemens' own DNA will help them convict him of a federal crime.

Judges urged to let vote outcome stand in disputed district

posted: 05/25/2012 5:56 a.m.

The federal judges considering whether a state Senate district’s boundaries violate federal law should not prevent the state from certifying the results of Tuesday’s election in which a black incumbent lost to a white candidate, Arkansas’ attorney general told the judges Thursday.

U.N.: Slayings, torture in Syria

posted: 05/25/2012 5:53 a.m.

The Syrian regime and an increasingly organized rebel force are carrying out illegal killings and torturing their opponents, but government forces are still responsible for most of the violence stemming from the country’s uprising, a U.N. panel said Thursday.

Iran nuke talks end, will pick up in June

posted: 05/25/2012 5:52 a.m.

Tough negotiations between Iran and world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program ended Thursday with a plan to meet next month for another round of talks but with agreement on little else.

30 die in conflict over land in Mali

posted: 05/25/2012 5:52 a.m.

At least 30 people from the Peul ethnic group were killed in clashes over land rights at the border between Burkina Faso and Mali this week, and as many as 1,000 others have fled fearing more violence, according to the governor of Burkina’s northern region.

Mortgage-fee suits curbed

posted: 05/25/2012 5:50 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court limited the ability of homebuyers to sue mortgage lenders for overcharges at settlement in a victory for the real-estate and banking industries.

At inner-city school, Romney faces some resistance

posted: 05/25/2012 5:48 a.m.

Mitt Romney struggled to find support for his education proposals while campaigning at an inner-city school Thursday, one day after declaring education the “civilrights issue of our era.” The visit, the first by the likely Republican presidential nominee to such a school, came as he begins to court a broader cross section of the electorate he needs to defeat President Barack Obama in November.

Food-stamp fraud targeted

posted: 05/25/2012 5:47 a.m.

Some food-stamp recipients are illegally selling their benefit cards for cash and then asking the government for replacement cards, the Agriculture Department said.

Senate rejects student-loan plans

posted: 05/25/2012 5:46 a.m.

The Senate rejected dueling Democratic and Republican plans on Thursday for averting a July 1 doubling of interest rates on federal college loans for 7.4 million students, pushing back efforts to resolve the electionseason showdown until next month.

Senate panel votes to punish Pakistan

posted: 05/25/2012 5:46 a.m.

A Senate panel expressed its anger Thursday over Pakistan’s conviction of a doctor who helped the United States track down Osama bin Laden, voting to cut aid to Islamabad by $33 million — $1 million for every year of the physician’s 33-year sentence for high treason.

Egypt sees generation gap in vote

posted: 05/25/2012 5:45 a.m.

Egypt’s landmark election for a new leader, in which voting took place for a second day Thursday, has brought out a generation gap in many families around the country, with elders looking to old, known faces and their children yearning for something new.

LR utility’s payment to IRS probed

posted: 05/25/2012 5:43 a.m.

A 2006 payment of more than $24,000 to the Internal Revenue Service by the Little Rock Wastewater Utility on behalf of a former employee will be examined by police at the request of City Manager Bruce Moore. Moore said he made the request Thursday after he and several city directors received an anonymous letter Wednesday that detailed the payment and included copies of the check paid directly to the IRS in 2006 on behalf of former employee Deborah Vought, as well as the payment voucher approved and initialed by the utility’s executive director, Reggie Corbitt.

Judge restarts lottery ruckus

posted: 05/25/2012 5:42 a.m.

A White County circuit judge on Thursday threw out his May 1 ruling awarding a $1 million lottery ticket prize to a woman who said she bought the ticket and wouldn’t have thrown it away had she known it was a winner.

LR murder retrial gets ultimate OK

posted: 05/25/2012 5:41 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday decided that an Arkansas defendant can be retried on murder charges even though a Little Rock jury stated that during its lower-court deliberations it had decided he was innocent of those charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

UA System approves raises

posted: 05/25/2012 5:37 a.m.

For the first time in several years, most of the University of Arkansas System’s campuses will start the next fiscal year with plans to provide faculty pay increases.

In the news

posted: 05/25/2012 5:35 a.m.

Rahul Nagvekar, 14, of Sugar Land, Texas, won the National Geographic Bee, its $25,000 college scholarship and trip to the Galapagos Islands, beating out runner-up Vansh Jain, a 13-yearold from Minocqua, Wis., and third-place finisher 13-year-old Varun Mahadevan of Fremont, Calif.

Names and faces

posted: 05/25/2012 5:35 a.m.

Tim McGraw is giving away 25 mortgage-free houses — one for each stop on this summer’s “Brothers of the Sun” tour with Kenny Chesney — to wounded or needy servicemen. McGraw will kick off the campaign with a Memorial Day concert for members of the military at New York City’s Beacon Theatre during Fleet Week. “My sister’s a veteran, my uncle’s a veteran, my grandfather was a veteran, one of my best friends is a veteran,” McGraw said in an interview.

The nation in brief

posted: 05/25/2012 5:34 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We need Pakistan, Pakistan needs us, but we don’t need Pakistan double-dealing and not seeing the justice in bringing Osama bin Laden to an end.” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., part of a Senate panel that voted to cut aid to Pakistan after the conviction of a doctor who helped the United States track down bin Laden Article, this page

The world in brief

posted: 05/25/2012 5:34 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are like a baby crawling toward democracy... The first thing is to get rid of old leadership, the old business class backed by the army. My parents don’t see that.” Ibrahim Haroun, 28 of Cairo, who voted in Egypt’s presidential elections this week Article, this page

Dragon zips near station in test run for docking

posted: 05/25/2012 5:33 a.m.

The world’s first private supply ship Thursday flew tantalizingly close to the International Space Station, acing a critical test in advance of the actual docking.

Tornado lifts wedding to media heights

posted: 05/25/2012 5:31 a.m.

On the plains of central Kansas, tornadoes are so unremarkable that wedding guests barely flinched as a couple exchanged their vows while a twister loomed in the distance.

Killed NYC boy in ’79, man says

posted: 05/25/2012 5:30 a.m.

A New Jersey man who confessed to choking a 6-year-old New York City boy to death in 1979 was arrested on a murder charge on Thursday, police said, the first arrest in a case that helped give rise to the nation’s missing-children movement.

2 LR officers arrested in drug-escort probe

posted: 05/25/2012 5:28 a.m.

Two Little Rock police officers were arrested Thursday on charges they escorted three shipments of marijuana totaling more than a half ton through the city while on duty.

Conduct panel sanctions Hurst for a late filing

posted: 05/25/2012 5:27 a.m.

Q. Byrum Hurst, a lawyer and candidate for U.S. Congress, was sanctioned Thursday by the state Supreme Court’s Committee on Professional Conduct.

UAMS to launch computer revamp

posted: 05/25/2012 5:26 a.m.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will spend $87 million to convert to a new computer system that will allow for the easier creation and sharing of electronic patient records.

NLR schools delay hunt for new chief

posted: 05/25/2012 5:24 a.m.

The North Little Rock School Board voted 6-0 Thursday to suspend its search for a new superintendent until after the September school elections, a move recommended by their consultants in the search process.

Justices say transfer to adult court valid

posted: 05/25/2012 5:23 a.m.

A state law that leaves it up to prosecutors to decide whether to try some youths as adults withstood a constitutional challenge by a minor referred to as “C.B.” who is accused of escaping from a detention facility and killing a guard in the process.

Boy dead of gunshot lay for hours

posted: 05/25/2012 5:22 a.m.

Little Rock police say a 14-year-old was accidentally shot and killed in a home on Grand Avenue early Wednesday afternoon, but the shooting went unreported until Thursday morning.

Securities case sees $375,000 fine

posted: 05/25/2012 5:19 a.m.

A 46-year-old former Hot Springs developer, already on his way to prison, accepted a $375,000 fine Wednesday to resolve a securities-fraud lawsuit by the Arkansas Securities Commission for his role in selling shares in a wood-pellet plant in Camden that was never constructed.

LR driver jailed after fatal crash

posted: 05/25/2012 5:18 a.m.

A driver involved in a fatal four-vehicle crash on Cantrell Road on Wednesday afternoon was being held at the Pulaski County jail Thursday in lieu of $2 million bond on a gun charge.

Court upholds life sentence for man who wed daughter

posted: 05/25/2012 5:17 a.m.

In a unanimous decision, the state Supreme Court upheld Thursday the conviction and life sentence of a man who married his daughter after years of sexual abuse.

LR begins tax projects

posted: 05/25/2012 5:16 a.m.

Little Rock residents can now see signs of their tax dollars at work — literally.

Mountain Pine board reinstates school chief

posted: 05/25/2012 5:15 a.m.

The Mountain Pine School Board decided Wednesday at a special board meeting to reinstate Superintendent Bobby Gray on Thursday after more than two months of keeping him on paid administrative leave.

State identifies 3 killed in blast

posted: 05/25/2012 5:14 a.m.

The State Medical Examiner confirmed Wednesday the identities of three victims of Monday’s oil tank explosion, said Union County Coroner Curtis Butterfield.

UA trustees notebook

posted: 05/25/2012 5:14 a.m.

Loan to buy assets of CARTI approved HOT SPRINGS — The University of Arkansas board of trustees Thursday approved plans for the University of Arkansas at Medical Sciences to borrow $9.5 million to purchase the assets of the CARTI branch on its campus.

Heifer Foundation appoints Neill as chief

posted: 05/25/2012 5:13 a.m.

The Heifer Foundation board of trustees appointed Ardyth Neill as president of the organization after nearly nine months as interim president, a spokesman said Thursday.

Judge postpones trial in ’10 death

posted: 05/25/2012 5:12 a.m.

The trial of a man accused in the 2010 shooting death of a Mountain Pine man that was to begin Wednesday has been continued until later in the year, and the charge was amended.

New hearing for Ticketmaster denied

posted: 05/25/2012 5:11 a.m.

The state Supreme Court will not give Ticketmaster another chance to argue that it is not subject to the state’s ticket-scalping law, which will allow a lawsuit pending in federal court to go forward.

Various Memorial Day events planned

posted: 05/25/2012 5:09 a.m.

Arkansans can celebrate Memorial Day weekend and honor fallen veterans with various activities throughout the state, including observances at veterans cemeteries.

Arkansas Supreme Court

posted: 05/25/2012 5:08 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. PROCEEDINGS OF MAY 24, 2012 CHIEF JUSTICE JIM HANNAH 11-1163. C.B. v. State, from Jefferson Circuit. Affirmed.

Other days

posted: 05/25/2012 5:07 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO May 25, 1912 City Collector James Lawson yesterday submitted the names of about 1,500 owners of dogs in Little Rock to Police Chief Fred Cogswell and the police will immediately round up all who have not paid license and order them into court. The chief said yesterday that old excuses such as “Sorry, but Tray died last week,” and “We sent Fido to the country day before yesterday,” will not serve this year.

Police beat

posted: 05/25/2012 5:06 a.m.

Police say man shot in buttocks A North Little Rock man was hospitalized Thursday afternoon after he was shot in the buttocks by an acquaintance, police said.

Daily record

posted: 05/25/2012 5:05 a.m.

Marriages and Divorces

Getting it straight

posted: 05/25/2012 5:04 a.m.

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

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 05/25/2012 5:04 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: Boyle Park Road North Little Rock: JFK Boulevard and H Avenue Pulaski County: Lawson Road


posted: 05/25/2012 5:03 a.m.

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

Killer in the cabinet

posted: 05/25/2012 5:02 a.m.

THERE’S a danger in attending some of those awards ceremonies : A fellow might learn something.

The assault on private equity

posted: 05/25/2012 5:01 a.m.

Forty years ago, corporate America was bloated, sluggish and losing ground to competitors in Japan and beyond. But then something astonishing happened. Financiers, private equity firms and bare-knuckled corporate executives initiated a series of reforms and transformations.

Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee

posted: 05/25/2012 5 a.m.

“A never to be forgotten day,” was how the queen described the ceremonies marking her 60 years on the throne. “No one ever, I believe, has met with such an ovation as was given to me, passing through those six miles of streets. . . . The crowds were quite indescribable and their enthusiasm truly marvellous and deeply touching. The cheering was quite deafening, and every face seemed to be filled with real joy.”

OTHERS SAY: Floods kill, too

posted: 05/25/2012 5 a.m.

Why do tornadoes teach us lessons, but not floods?

What, no state gun?

posted: 05/25/2012 4:59 a.m.

How did we let this happen? Florida is usually in the vanguard when it comes to fetishizing guns. We used to be able to take pride in knowing that this is where the NRA gets to act out its wildest fantasies.

Birthrate math and meaning

posted: 05/25/2012 4:58 a.m.

No matter where you get your news, last week’s headlines all included a bombshell announcement from the Census Bureau that for the first time ever, the head count of babies in America included a minority majority.


posted: 05/25/2012 4:57 a.m.

The sky hasn’t fallen yet How come we don’t hear anything anymore about doing away with “don’t ask, don’t tell?” Wasn’t that supposed to signal the end of democracy ? Weren’t our soldiers supposed to quit in droves to the point where we could no longer defend our country ? Weren’t there insurmountable reasons for this discrimination to go on forever?

UA's Davis headed for contact

posted: 05/25/2012 4:55 a.m.

Arkansas opens the football season Sept. 1 against a championship team from Alabama, but the Razorbacks’ opponent is defending Ohio Valley Conference co-champion Jacksonville State, not the defending national champion Crimson Tide.

NBA PLAYOFFS: Heat’s stars stay hot

posted: 05/25/2012 4:53 a.m.

Dwyane Wade and LeBron James were more than enough to finish off the Indiana Pacers. Wade scored 41 points and James 28 in a 105-93 victory in Game 6 Thursday night that sent the Heat back to the NBA Eastern Conference finals.

Segui casts ‘darts’ at Clemens

posted: 05/25/2012 4:51 a.m.

David Segui remembered “darts” but not dates.

O’Neill gets ban, pause for Belmont

posted: 05/25/2012 4:50 a.m.

California racing officials supported a hearing officer’s decision to suspend Doug O’Neill, trainer of Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I’ll Have Another, for at least 45 days Thursday, knocking 135 days off the original penalty for a 2010 violation for a performanceenhancing mixture found in one of the horses under his care.

Will to win big one drives Power

posted: 05/25/2012 4:49 a.m.

Will Power has 18 victories since moving to America, where he is one of the most decorated drivers in open-wheel racing, but his resume has some glaring holes.

COMMENTARY: Gutierrez rises on I’ll Have Another

posted: 05/25/2012 4:46 a.m.

Wednesday was yet another day of wonder for Mario Gutierrez.

AGFC director delays retirement

posted: 05/25/2012 4:44 a.m.

Loren Hitchcock agreed Thursday to postpone his retirement until the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission hires a new director during the Commission’s monthly meeting.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Indians excited about sweep, beating Verlander

posted: 05/25/2012 4:43 a.m.

After the final out, closer Chris Perez let out a scream and punched the air in celebration.

Wednesday’s games

posted: 05/25/2012 4:43 a.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE NY Mets 3, Pittsburgh 1 Milwaukee 8, San Francisco 5 Philadelphia 4, Washington 1 Cincinnati 2, Atlanta 1 Colorado 8, Miami 4 Houston 5, Chicago Cubs 1 St. Louis 6, San Diego 3 Arizona 11, LA Dodgers 4 AMERICAN LEAGUE Boston 6, Baltimore 5 Tampa Bay 5, Toronto 4 (11) LA Angels 3, Oakland 1 (11) Seattle 5, Texas 3 Cleveland 4, Detroit 2 NY Yankees 8, Kansas City 3 Chi. White Sox 6, Minnesota 0

THE RECRUITING GUY: Florida QB humbled by offer from Arkansas

posted: 05/25/2012 4:40 a.m.

Last week was a good week for Florida quarterback Tyler Cogswell.


posted: 05/25/2012 4:39 a.m.

Picking off runners at third base is highly unusual at any level of baseball. On Thursday, Dylan Cross seemed to make it a habit.

SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE BASEBALL: Lumberjacks knock off Bears

posted: 05/25/2012 4:38 a.m.

Bobby Loveless hit two home runs, including an eighth-inning grand slam, and sixthseeded Stephen F. Austin eliminated No. 7 seed Central Arkansas from the Southland Conference Tournament, beating the Bears 7-2 at Bobcat Ballpark on Thursday.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Hooks’ 9-run third sinks Travs

posted: 05/25/2012 4:36 a.m.

The Corpus Christi Hooks used a nine-run third inning to break a 3-3 tie on their way to a 13-4 victory over the Arkansas Travelers on Thursday night at Whataburger Field.

NHL PLAYOFFS: No guarantees for New York

posted: 05/25/2012 4:35 a.m.

Eighteen years ago, Mark Messier set the stage for one of hockey’s most dramatic moments.

Second thoughts

posted: 05/25/2012 4:34 a.m.

Cincinnati keeps its eye on ball Before the 2011 season, the University of Cincinnati baseball team implemented a comprehensive vision training program that got surprisingly good results.

Off the wire

posted: 05/25/2012 4:33 a.m.

FOOTBALL WR Nicks breaks foot New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is expected to be sidelined up to three months after breaking his right foot at an organized team activity early Thursday in East Rutherford, N.J. Nicks fractured the fifth metatarsal of his right foot as he was running a route during individual drills in the Timex Performance Center field house, the team said in a release later in the afternoon. Nicks is scheduled to have surgery today to have a screw inserted into the broken bone.

State sports briefs

posted: 05/25/2012 4:32 a.m.

FOOTBALL Ex-Red Wolf Joiner sentenced to 3 years Former Arkansas State defensive end Brandon Joiner’s NFL career will have to wait after he was sentenced to three years in prison for a 2007 robbery that occurred while he attended Texas A&M. Joiner, 23, of Killeen, Texas, was sentenced Wednesday.


posted: 05/25/2012 4:31 a.m.

KENTUCKY 5, MISSISSIPPI STATE 1 HOOVER, Ala. — Thomas McCarthy almost outhit Mississippi State by himself Thursday and starter Jerad Grundy overcame some early jitters as Kentucky (43-15 ) moved into the semifinals of the SEC Tournament at Regions Park.


posted: 05/25/2012 4:30 a.m.

Today’s game ARKANSAS STATE VS.TROY WHAT Sun Belt Conference Tournament pool-play game WHERE Bowling Green Park, Bowling Green, Ky. WHEN Approximately 3 p.m. Central today after game between Florida International and Middle Tennessee. RADIO KWHF-FM, 95.9; KBTMAM, 1230, in Jonesboro. INTERNET HEAD TO HEAD ASU lost 2 of 3 games in a regular-season series at Troy in late March SEEDING/RECORDS No. 2 ASU is 33-21 ;

State’s April home sales drop 10%

posted: 05/25/2012 4:29 a.m.

Home sales in Arkansas fell 10 percent in April compared with April last year, continuing a slow start to the real estate market for 2012, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Thursday.

Bank’s $1,000 to city pays off

posted: 05/25/2012 4:27 a.m.

Investment bank Morgan Keegan Inc. gave $1,000 to a committee backing voter passage of a bond authorization for the city of Rogers in September, and the bank earned $502,000 selling the approved debt.

No reprieve for Greeks at summit

posted: 05/25/2012 4:26 a.m.

European leaders insist they want to keep Greece in the eurozone but are putting off any agreement on how they hope to accomplish that. Greece says it, too, wants to stay in the eurozone, but until after elections it’s uncertain whether it can implement the austerity that Europe has set as a condition for doing so.

2,000 fewer in week seek jobless benefits

posted: 05/25/2012 4:24 a.m.

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits changed little last week, signaling modest job growth.

FDIC: U.S. bank earnings rise 23%

posted: 05/25/2012 4:22 a.m.

U.S. banks had net income of $35.3 billion in the first quarter, increasing earnings by 23 percent compared with the corresponding period in 2011 on lower loan-loss provisions, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said.

Revised data for first quarter show deeper U.K. slump

posted: 05/25/2012 4:21 a.m.

Britain in the first quarter returned to a deeper recession than estimated earlier, according to official data released Thursday, because of a larger slump in the construction industry. The data put additional pressure on the government of Prime Minister David Cameron, which has adopted austerity measures to reduce debt, to consider ways to spur economic growth.

MARKET REPORT: Dow posts 4th gain of month

posted: 05/25/2012 4:20 a.m.

Hewlett-Packard helped pull the Dow Jones industrial average to a slight gain Thursday, giving t he index only its fourth gain this month.

Carrefour quickens new CEO transition

posted: 05/25/2012 4:19 a.m.

Retail titan Carrefour, a global competitor to Bentonville-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc., has accelerated its transition to a new chief executive officer, handing the job to Georges Plassat as the company struggles to shore up sales hit by Europe’s protracted debt crisis.

Business news in brief

posted: 05/25/2012 4:18 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The breakup of the eurozone will be a disaster. Greece could leave, and others could leave, and this would be a huge financial tsunami.” Dariusz Kowalczyk, senior economist at Credit Agricole CIB Article, 1D


posted: 05/25/2012 4:18 a.m.

Car-Mart 4th quarter sees net income rise America’s Car-Mart Inc. of Bentonville reported fourth-quarter net income Thursday of $9.6 million, or 97 cents per share, for the period that ended April 30, up from $8.4 million, or 78 cents a share, a year ago.


posted: 05/25/2012 4:17 a.m.

New this week Bernie 90 PG-13, A black comedy from Richard Linklater, based on the true crime story of East Texas mortician Bernie Tiede (Jack Black). With Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey, Rick Dial. Directed by Richard Linklater. (104 minutes) See review at Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 86 PG-13, A group of British retirees are lured to move to India by exotic advertising. With Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson.


posted: 05/25/2012 4:17 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) Crooked Arrow, PG-13 An American Indian lacrosse team from a poor high school goes up against tony prep schools in a tournament. With Brandon Routh, Michael Hudson, Gil Birmingham; directed by Steve Rash. June 1 For Greater Glory, R Andy Garcia plays the secular general who led a Catholic uprising against the Mexican government in the 1920s. With Eva Longoria, Oscar Isaac; directed by Dean Wright.

REVIEW: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

posted: 05/25/2012 4:16 a.m.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 86 Cast: Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Maggie Smith, Ronald Pickup, Celia Imrie, Dev Patel, Tena Desae Director: John Madden Rating: PG-13 for sexual content and language Running time: 124 minutes Simply by casting some of the best British actors around, director John Madden finds a convenient way to get around a story that would otherwise seem played out. With two Dames reciting their lines, even the most tired of cliches become oddly fresh.

REVIEW: Monsieur Lazhar

posted: 05/25/2012 4:15 a.m.

Monsieur Lazhar 88 Cast: Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nelisse, Emilien Neron Director: Philippe Falardeau Rating: PG-13, for thematic material, a disturbing image and language Running time: 94 minutes In French and Arabic with English subtitles It is Simon’s (Emilien Neron) turn to pick up the milk for his Montreal grade-school class before school starts for the day. And so he is the first to see — the favorite teacher has hanged herself from a ceiling pipe in the classroom.

The Avengers sink Battleship

posted: 05/25/2012 4:15 a.m.

LThe box-office debut of Battleship — an attempt to transform the kids’ strategy pastime into a summer blockbuster — looked like a very different board game over the weekend : trouble.

Screen gems

posted: 05/25/2012 4:14 a.m.

A dark comedy starring Jack Black and a Sundance Film Festival award-winning surrealist film set in the Deep South are among the late additions to next week’s Little Rock Film Festival’s lineup.

ON FILM: Parking Lot turns spotlight on fans

posted: 05/25/2012 4:12 a.m.

If you’ll accept that I’ve disclosed enough about my ongoing relationship with the Little Rock Film Festival, I’ll tell you what I think about their opening night film.

Get your alien fix here

posted: 05/25/2012 4:12 a.m.

Men in Black 3 86 Cast: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Michael Stuhlbarg, Emma Thompson Director: Barry Sonnenfeld Rating: PG-13, for sci-fi action violence, and brief suggestive content Running time: 106 minutes After the first 20 minutes or so of Barry Sonnenfeld’s Men in Black 3, we were in despair.

Film clips

posted: 05/25/2012 4:05 a.m.

At area theaters 89 THE AVENGERS, PG-13 The title superheroes of all those preceding Marvel-based, big-screen comic book adventures, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America: The First Avenger (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in a majormovie mash-up. Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency SHIELD, pulls together a team to battle the unexpected enemy threatening global safety and security.

Super Quiz: Country of birth

posted: 05/25/2012 4:05 a.m.

1. Albert Einstein 2. Mary Pickford 3. Omar Sharif 4. Anthony Quinn 5. Florence Nightingale 6. Cary Grant


posted: 05/25/2012 4:04 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I don’t necessarily disagree with what preachers say about Jesus and everything, but I honestly don’t feel any need for God.


posted: 05/25/2012 4:04 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 are: 1. The Avengers, Disney, $55,644,102, 4,249 locations, $13,096 average, $457,665,517, three weeks. 2. Battleship, Universal, $25,534,825, 3,690 locations, $6,920 average, $25,534,825, one week.


posted: 05/25/2012 4:03 a.m.

Happy birthday. After a bit of compromise and some juggling, a relationship settles into a wonderful groove in July.You’ll find work you love and will commit to it with great diligence in August. It is most auspicious to build your savings up through September and October. You’ll be cheering loved ones on in December.


posted: 05/25/2012 4:01 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Do you know how long you should wait before buying new tires?

REVIEW: We Have a Pope

posted: 05/25/2012 4:01 a.m.

Tender and poignant, Nanni Moretti’s We Have a Pope is a mild comedy of manners about a crucial crisis of conscience. The man at the center of the drama is not just a man, but Cardinal Melville (French actor Michel Piccoli), who has just been named supreme pontiff by the papal conclave convened in the wake of the death of an unidentified pope. (Moretti uses archival footage from the funeral of John Paul II, but for our purposes we can probably assume that the story takes place in a completely fictional universe.)

Thursday, May 24

Two LR police officers arrested on federal drug charges

updated: 05/24/2012 7:04 p.m.

Two Little Rock Police Department officers have been arrested on federal drug charges alleging that they escorted drug shipments through the city while on duty, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas said Thursday.

UPDATE: Man involved in 4-vehicle accident not dead

updated: 05/24/2012 4:19 p.m.

A previous report from the Little Rock police department indicating that a multiple-vehicle accident on Wednesday in Little Rock had claimed a second victim Thursday morning was false.

Police investigating pair of armed robberies

posted: 05/24/2012 11:57 a.m.

Authorities in Little Rock are investigating a pair of armed business robberies that occurred within about three hours of each other Wednesday night and Thursday morning in Little Rock.

Congress candidate Hurst reprimanded by court

posted: 05/24/2012 11:25 a.m.

A lawyer running for Congress in Arkansas’ 4th District has been dealt a reprimand by the Arkansas Supreme Court and fined $1,000.

Government announcing new steps to combat food-stamp fraud

posted: 05/24/2012 11:22 a.m.

Some food-stamp recipients are illegally selling their benefit cards for cash and then asking the government for replacement cards.

UN panel: Syrian forces, opposition committing crimes

posted: 05/24/2012 11:18 a.m.

The Syrian regime and an increasingly organized rebel force are carrying out illegal killings and abusing their opponents, but government forces are still responsible for most of the violence stemming from the country’s uprising, a U.N. panel said Thursday.

Arkansas home sales drop 10 percent

posted: 05/24/2012 11:16 a.m.

The number of homes sold in Arkansas in April decreased by 10 percent compared with a year ago while the average price rose by 8.3 percent.

'Men in Black III' kicks off summer season at the movies

posted: 05/24/2012 11:12 a.m.

You can’t wear white until after Memorial Day, but the Summer Movie season is already in full swing, as this week Men In Black 3 joins The Avengers and Battleship in the blows-up-real-good sweepstakes.

Court: No double jeopardy in murder trial

posted: 05/24/2012 10:17 a.m.

The Supreme Court says a man can be retried on murder charges despite a jury forewoman’s statement that they were unanimously against finding him guilty.

UPDATE: 13-year-old accidentally shot teen found dead in LR home

updated: 05/24/2012 12:49 p.m.

A 14-year-old boy found dead in a Little Rock home early Thursday morning died when a 13-year-old resident was playing with a gun that accidentally fired, police said.

Small earthquake reported near Mountain View

posted: 05/24/2012 8:44 a.m.

A small earthquake was recorded near Mountain View early Thursday morning.

Lake wind advisory in effect for much of Arkansas

posted: 05/24/2012 8:34 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a lake wind advisory for 45 counties in Arkansas.

Sebastian County clerk defeated, still faces suit

posted: 05/24/2012 8:27 a.m.

The Sebastian County clerk who faces a harassment lawsuit filed by employees has lost his bid for another two-year term.

Mental evaluation for suspect in trooper shooting

posted: 05/24/2012 7:16 a.m.

A man accused of shooting an Arkansas state trooper in Hempstead County is to undergo a mental evaluation.

NYPD: Person implicated in Etan Patz death

posted: 05/24/2012 7:13 a.m.

The New York City police commissioner said Thursday a person who's in custody has implicated himself in the death of Etan Patz, the 6-year-old boy whose disappearance 33 years ago on his way to school helped launch a missing children's movement that put kids' faces on milk cartons.


posted: 05/24/2012 6 a.m.

Places to go; Things to do and see.

Egyptians flock to the polls

posted: 05/24/2012 4:51 a.m.

The first day of Egypt’s landmark presidential election Wednesday was regarded as largely free of fraud and violence, as voters endured long lines and blistering heat to elect a leader more than 15 months after autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak’s ouster.

Iran told steps to ease nuclear worries

posted: 05/24/2012 4:47 a.m.

Six world powers laid out detailed proposals Wednesday for Iran to ease the urgency of international concerns about its nuclear program, including a freeze on its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent purity, close to bomb grade, in return for modest benefits.

Qualified to fix economy, Romney says

posted: 05/24/2012 4:45 a.m.

Originally planning to focus on education, Mitt Romney instead reignited the debate over his business credentials Wednesday, welcoming scrutiny of the private-equity firm he cofounded and declaring he’s a far more qualified steward of the economy than President Barack Obama.

Clinton, military urge GOP backing of sea treaty

posted: 05/24/2012 4:43 a.m.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and military leaders implored conservative Republicans on Wednesday to approve a 30-year-old high seas treaty, saying it would create jobs, open a new path to oil, gas and other resources and bolster national security.

9/11 lawyers seek Bush, Obama testimony

posted: 05/24/2012 4:42 a.m.

Defense lawyers in the Sept. 11, 2001, case at Guantanamo are seeking the testimony of former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama in a motion to dismiss charges, according to a legal motion released Wednesday.

U.S. hacks al-Qaida sites to post terror’s toll on Yemenis

posted: 05/24/2012 4:41 a.m.

State Department cyber-experts recently hacked into websites being used by al-Qaida’s affiliate in Yemen and substituted the group’s anti-American rhetoric with information about civilians killed in terrorist strikes, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday.

Syria blames sanctions for cash drain, scarce fuel

posted: 05/24/2012 4:41 a.m.

Sanctions against Syria’s oil industry are taking a substantial toll, draining $4 billion from the country’s economy so far and causing widespread fuel shortages, a top official of the government of President Bashar Assad said Wednesday.

Senators offer chief list of agent misdeeds

posted: 05/24/2012 4:41 a.m.

Senators investigating the Secret Service prostitution scandal said Wednesday that dozens of reported episodes of misconduct by agents point to a culture of carousing in the agency and urged Director Mark Sullivan to get past his insistence that the romp in Cartagena was a one-time mistake.

The nation in brief

posted: 05/24/2012 4:40 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Right now we have an economy in trouble, and someone who spent their career in the economy is more suited to help fix the economy than someone who spent his life in politics and as a community organizer.” GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, in an interview in which he welcomed a focus on economic issues and scrutiny of his career in private equity Article, 2A

25 recordings on registry list

posted: 05/24/2012 4:39 a.m.

From rare audio interviews of former slaves to recordings by Donna Summer and the Grateful Dead, 25 sounds that shaped the American cultural landscape are being inducted into the National Recording Registry.

Victim of hazing called volunteer

posted: 05/24/2012 4:32 a.m.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Robert Champion was known for his opposition to the hazing rampant in the Florida A&M University marching band, but he was vying to be lead drum major and wanted the respect he could earn by enduring a brutal ritual known as “crossing over.” With chances for initiation ending with the football season, fellow band members say, Champion agreed to run through a bus lined with people kicking and beating him with drumsticks, mallets and fists.

Aider of bin Laden hunt sentenced

posted: 05/24/2012 4:29 a.m.

The Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA in the hunt for Osama bin Laden was sentenced Wednesday to 33 years in prison for treason, officials said, in a further blow to relations between Islamabad and Washington.

Russian jet crashes in Czech Republic

posted: 05/24/2012 4:28 a.m.

A Russian military jet malfunctioned while landing Wednesday in the Czech Republic on Wednesday, injuring six people as it rolled off the runway, broke apart and caught fire, Czech and Russian officials said. At least one man was in life-threatening condition.

Turkey seeks charges in Gaza ship raid

posted: 05/24/2012 4:26 a.m.

A Turkish court was asked Wednesday to approve murder charges against members of Israel’s military for the killings of nine people aboard a Turkish ship trying to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza in 2010, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported.

Scientists put out call for Bigfoot DNA to test

posted: 05/24/2012 4:22 a.m.

European researchers are planning to use new techniques to analyze DNA that could help crack the mystery of whether Bigfoot exists.

Plastic bags get heave-ho in LA

posted: 05/24/2012 4:22 a.m.

Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation to approve a ban on plastic bags at supermarket checkout lines.

Russia tests new missile

posted: 05/24/2012 4:21 a.m.

Russia’s military reported a successful test Wednesday of a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile that generals said was designed to overpower the U.S. missile-defense system.

In the news

posted: 05/24/2012 4:19 a.m.

Joaquin Amador Serrapio Jr., 20, a Miami-Dade College student who told investigators he was just trying to get a reaction from President Barack Obama’s supporters when he posted messages on Facebook, including “Who wants to help me assassinate Obummer while hes at UM this week?”, has pleaded guilty in Miami to threatening to kill or harm the president.

Names and faces

posted: 05/24/2012 4:19 a.m.

A prominent British TV presenter said Wednesday that CNN talk-show host Piers Morgan gave him a primer on phone hacking. BBC quiz-show host and television news presenter Jeremy Paxman told a media ethics inquiry headed by Lord Justice Brian Leveson that Morgan delivered his warning in 2002 over lunch at the headquarters of the Mirror newspaper, which he was then editing.

The world in brief

posted: 05/24/2012 4:18 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Egyptians feel like we were born again today.” Osama Abdel, an Egyptian businessman, on the beginning of the first presidential election in the country since last year’s ouster of autocratic President Hosni Mubarak Article, 1A

Sixers put away Celtics

posted: 05/24/2012 4:15 a.m.

NBA playoffs TUESDAY’S GAME Miami 115, Indiana 83, Miami leads series 3-2 WEDNESDAY’S GAME Philadelphia, 82, Boston 75 Series tied 3-3 TODAY’S GAME All times Central Miami at Indiana, 7 p.m. PHILADELPHIA — The buzz at the start was for Allen Iverson’s ceremonial return.

Smith uncertain of players’ status

posted: 05/24/2012 4:12 a.m.

Arkansas Coach John L. Smith said Wednesday the most recently arrested Razorbacks football players will not be back in school until they resolve legal issues and that there is no certainty they will all return to the program.

SEC TOURNAMENT: Two and through

posted: 05/24/2012 4:09 a.m.

Arkansas has plenty of time to rest up for the NCAA Tournament.

Charges not likely for Taylor

posted: 05/24/2012 4:07 a.m.

After a Mississippi woman recanted her accusations of rape, Maumelle police said Wednesday it is unlikely former middleweight boxing champion Jermain Taylor will face sexual assault charges stemming from an alleged meeting Friday at a motel room.

Sun Belt expands with UTA

posted: 05/24/2012 4:06 a.m.

Who’s in, who’s out? The Sun Belt Conference announced the addition of Texas-Arlington to the league as of July 1, 2013 on Wednesday. It’s the third addition, joining Georgia State and Texas State, the conference has made since April 9. After the departures of Denver, Florida International and North Texas over the next year, the makeup of the conference UALR and Arkansas State joined in 1991 will have significantly changed.

Two ignored warning, walked in on burglar

posted: 05/24/2012 4:04 a.m.

Two men who were shot — one fatally — late Tuesday morning were trying to stop a burglary at a Capitol View house in Little Rock and had been warned minutes earlier by the homeowner not to put themselves in danger.

2 at State Hospital fired over unit laxity

posted: 05/24/2012 4:03 a.m.

The State Hospital fired two employees Wednesday for failing to properly monitor patients after a female patient’s allegation that a male patient raped her in an adult psychiatric unit there April 30.

LIKE IT IS: Tournament a Saline County success story

posted: 05/24/2012 4:03 a.m.

The waiter at Copeland’s asked what the program and hats were about.

COMMENTARY: Boxing will cash in wherever it can

posted: 05/24/2012 4:02 a.m.

The guy he really should be boxing will be in a jail cell when Manny Pacquiao enters the ring next, not that it’s the furious little fighter’s fault. Neither was the faux uproar that erupted when shoddy journalism and the rush to judgment collided with predictable results.

INDIANAPOLIS 500: Castroneves all business at Indy

posted: 05/24/2012 4:01 a.m.

Helio Castroneves stood stoically in his garage eating lunch.

Runoff-ready, congressional hopefuls say

posted: 05/24/2012 4:01 a.m.

No Democratic candidate in the congressional primaries for the 1st and 4th districts got enough votes to secure the nomination, but the top four vote getters said they plan to keep on doing what they did until the June 12 runoff.

PB School Board gets an earful

posted: 05/24/2012 4 a.m.

More than 100 people concerned about the Pine Bluff School District confronted the School Board on Wednesday night in a public forum.

Devils turn back Rangers, lead 3-2

posted: 05/24/2012 4 a.m.

Ryan Carter broke a tie with 4:24 left, and the New Jersey Devils survived for a 5-3 victory over the New York Rangers after blowing a three-goal lead in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday night.

England man guilty in slaying of aunt

posted: 05/24/2012 3:59 a.m.

Tevin Alexel Bradley was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for setting up a McAlmont robbery which targeted his drug-dealing cousin, but ended up with the men’s aunt being shot and killed by another of the defendant’s cousins.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Cardinals top Padres, complete 3-game sweep

posted: 05/24/2012 3:59 a.m.

Carlos Beltran hit his National League-leading 14th home run and the Cardinals beat up on former St. Louis postseason star Jeff Suppan for a 6-3 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night and a three-game sweep.

Widow is 4th arrest in killing of spouse

posted: 05/24/2012 3:57 a.m.

A Jonesboro woman who called police after finding her fatally shot husband in their home on Aug. 24, 2011, was arrested in his slaying Wednesday.

Park’s spray pad a hit with kids

posted: 05/24/2012 3:56 a.m.

A dozen children escaped the heat Wednesday as they splashed, jumped, shrieked and climbed through water sprays and over boulder mountains built by the Little Rock Department of Parks and Recreation.

C. ARK. SOFTBALL CLASSIC: Nashville’s Renfro shines for South

posted: 05/24/2012 3:56 a.m.

Both teams in the second game of the Central Arkansas All-Star doubleheader got bases-loaded triples on Wednesday.

LR River Market streets to begin closing early Friday for Riverfest

posted: 05/24/2012 3:56 a.m.

Little Rock streets in the River Market area will close starting Friday at 3 a.m. in preparation for Riverfest 2012, according to police and festival officials.

Bears cannot keep advantage

posted: 05/24/2012 3:56 a.m.

SOUTHLAND TOURNAMENT SE LOUISIANA 6, UCA 3 SAN MARCOS, Texas — Southeastern Louisiana’s bullpen closed the door on Central Arkansas’ chances to win its first Southland Conference Tournament game, beating the Bears 6-3 on Wednesday night in a first-round game at Bobcat Ballpark The seventh-seeded Bears (25-29 ) led for 5 1/2 innings in their first postseason tournament appearance since moving to Division I. But once the second-seeded Lions (37-19 ) got the lead, reliever Dylan Hills and closer Stefan Lopez shut down the Bears, allowing 1 hit and striking out 5 over the final 3 innings, to earn a meeting with host Texas State today. Lopez recorded his NCAA-leading 20th save.

SUN BELT TOURNAMENT: ASU pounds Middle Tennessee

posted: 05/24/2012 3:54 a.m.

Arkansas State’s hot hitting continued Wednesday at the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Hooks whip Travs

posted: 05/24/2012 3:53 a.m.

Brandon Barnes hit a three-run home run as part of a five-run first inning to lead the Corpus Christi Hooks to a 9-5 victory over the Arkansas Travelers on Wednesday night at Whataburger Field.

Fishing this week

posted: 05/24/2012 3:52 a.m.

HOT SPOTS 1. ARKANSAS RIVER (LITTLE ROCK POOL) Bream fishing is good using crickets and worms in the backwater. Crappie can be caught on minnows and jigs in backwater brush. Bass are being caught on jigs and buzzbaits fished along river jetties. Catfishing is excellent using skipjacks and rice slicks.

McIlroy believes he’s the best now

posted: 05/24/2012 3:52 a.m.

Winning the U.S. Open last year didn’t just earn Rory McIlroy his first major title, it made him believe he was ready to become the best player in the world.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Youngster bags heck of a story

posted: 05/24/2012 3:51 a.m.

Turkey hunting is an affliction you can catch at any age, but it is incurable when contracted at an early age.

Union files suit against league

posted: 05/24/2012 3:50 a.m.

The players union claimed Wednesday that the NFL imposed a secret salary cap during the uncapped 2010 season that cost the players at least $1 billion.

Second thoughts

posted: 05/24/2012 3:49 a.m.

Mascot mayhem continues There will never again be a high school team called the Braves, Chiefs or Indians in the state of Oregon, after the Pacific Northwest state officially outlawed all mascots connected to Native American themes during a state board of education meeting.

Off the wire

posted: 05/24/2012 3:49 a.m.

CLEMENS TRIAL Segui may testify Prosecutors finally have some momentum in their perjury case against Roger Clemens, even if it means dragging in former major-leaguer David Segui, a witness who is apparently so reluctant to testify that the judge threatened from the bench: “If he doesn’t show up, he’ll be arrested like anyone else.” U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton indicated Wednesday he was leaning heavily toward allowing prosecutors to call Segui and another witness to counter an overall impression left by Clemens’ lawyers during the 6-week-old trial.

Longtime superintendent dies

posted: 05/24/2012 3:49 a.m.

Don R. Roberts, a longtime urban school district superintendent and a former Arkansas Department of Education chief under Govs. Bill Clinton and Frank White, died Tuesday in Little Rock.

State sports briefs

posted: 05/24/2012 3:49 a.m.

GOLF Podzielinski paces Arkansas The Arkansas women’s golf team shot 301 on Wednesday and is in 20th place at 28-over 604 at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship being played at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn. Redshirt sophomore Emily Podzielinski had an eagle in her even-par round of 72 to lead Arkansas in the second round. She is tied for 64th overall with a 78-72—150 for the tournament, which concludes Friday. Podzielinski made the turn at 3 under with two birdies, a bogey and her eagle on the ninth hole.

Trumann voters defeat sales tax

posted: 05/24/2012 3:48 a.m.

The overwhelming defeat of a 1 percent sales tax Tuesday that would have raised revenue for several city departments doesn’t mean Trumann can’t make ends meet, Mayor Sheila Walters said Wednesday.

1 pilot dies in plane collision

posted: 05/24/2012 3:47 a.m.

A Bono agricultural pilot was killed and a second man injured Wednesday when their planes collided over a field in Greene County, authorities said.

Languishing, civil-rights suit dismissed

posted: 05/24/2012 3:46 a.m.

A federal civil-rights lawsuit filed last year that sought to represent a class of disabled people requiring mentalhealth services from the State Hospital has been dismissed because of the remaining plaintiff’s failure to pursue it.


posted: 05/24/2012 3:46 a.m.

SPLASH! This weekend throngs will flock to downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock for the 35th annual Riverfest. We think three days of music, games and sports merits the entire Weekend Ten. Three-day passes are $20.75 in advance at Walgreens locations, $25 online, $30 at the gate.

Two in District 9 take judgeships

posted: 05/24/2012 3:45 a.m.

A circuit judge and a former prosecutor have won the races for two district judge positions serving Faulkner and Van Buren counties.

PB voters pass 0.4-mill tax rise

posted: 05/24/2012 3:44 a.m.

The property-tax rate in Pine Bluff will increase by 0.4 mill after voters approved two millage increases Tuesday that will help fund city-run pension programs, officials confirmed Wednesday.

Bumpy’s is on path to bueno

posted: 05/24/2012 3:43 a.m.

We really, really, really want to like Bumpy’s Tex Mex Grill & Cantina, newly established in what had held the west Little Rock branch of the Faded Rose on Bowman Road.

Local contested races

posted: 05/24/2012 3:43 a.m.

DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE This is a list of unofficial results in contested races for city and county offices that were on the ballot in Tuesday's primaries and general election. Any primary runoffs will be June 12; non-partisan judicial runoffs will be Nov. 6. Incumbents are denoted by an asterisk (*), Democrats by (D) and Republicans by (R). Some results may be incomplete.

THE TV COLUMN: ABC fills music competition void with Duets

posted: 05/24/2012 3:42 a.m.

The Voice is over for the season, so is American Idol. It’ll be fall before we get Fox’s rebooted The X Factor and another round of The Voice.

Arkansas House of Representatives GOP primary

posted: 05/24/2012 3:42 a.m.

District 39 12 of 12 precincts 100% Joshua Clausen 797 50% Mark Lowery 806 50% District 66 29 of 29 precincts 100% Phil Grace 1,284 43% x-Josh Miller 1,679 57% District 70 17 of 17 precincts 100% Price Dooley 562 28% x-David Meeks (i) 1,461 72% District 76 23 of 23 precincts 100% x-Dennis Altes (i) 1,626 57% Mathew Pitsch 1,225 43% District 80 29 of 29 precincts 100%

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Boyfriend who won’t share children isn’t sharing his life

posted: 05/24/2012 3:42 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I am in a committed relationship with a divorced man who is the father of two young adults, 22 and 24.

MUSIC: Duo pads lineup, plans expanded tour radius

posted: 05/24/2012 3:41 a.m.

When last seen at The Afterthought, Larry Brick and Rachel Fields were a duo. This weekend, they return with a band. Those who have seen them in Eureka Springs most likely have seen them perform as a six-person group.

Arkansas House of Representatives Democratic primary

posted: 05/24/2012 3:41 a.m.

District 7 44 of 44 precincts 100% r-John Baine 785 44% Albert Glover 494 28% James McMenis 487 28% r-Advances to runoff District 9 26 of 26 precincts 100% Robert Cornelius 831 19% x-Sheilla Lampkin (i) 3,456 81% District 10 52 of 52 precincts 100% r-Dorothy Hall 1,554 35% r-Mike Holcomb 1,814 41% Gene Yarbrough 1,050 24% r-Advances to runoff District 12 35 of 35 precincts 100% x-Chris Richey 2,078 56%

Super Quiz: Film titles

posted: 05/24/2012 3:41 a.m.

1. The ——— Stuff and The Kids Are All ——— 2. War ———— and A Man Called ——— 3. The ——— Club and ———— at Tiffany’s 4. A ——— Mind and Life Is ——— 5. American ——— and Sleeping ———

New federal judge takes her seat

posted: 05/24/2012 3:41 a.m.

Kristine Baker, the newest federal judge in the Eastern District of Arkansas, was sworn in late Monday afternoon in a private ceremony, putting her officially “on the job” just two weeks after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Court rejects challenge by NLR killer

posted: 05/24/2012 3:40 a.m.

A panel of three appeals judges ruled Wednesday that the state provided enough evidence of intent to justify a North Little Rock man’s 2011 conviction of first-degree murder.

Selected restaurants

posted: 05/24/2012 3:40 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) is typically less than $12. Moderate is $12 to $25. Expensive is $25 and up. To read recent restaurant reviews in their entirety, visit

MUSIC: Joe Walsh in state to amp up Riverfest

posted: 05/24/2012 3:40 a.m.

Joe Walsh is, to use a couple of his own song titles, just an “ordinary average guy” for whom “life’s been good.” Of course, Walsh is more than a tad better than ordinary and average at playing guitar, which has made life better than just good as the 64-year-old has made his way through famous stints in The James Gang and The Eagles, along with solo projects, plus recordings with Steve Winwood, Bob Seger, Lionel Richie, The Beach Boys, Warren Zevon, John Entwistle, Andy Gibb, Keith Moon, Dan Fogelberg and Rick Derringer.

Woman sentenced for impeding case

posted: 05/24/2012 3:39 a.m.

Myra Terry, who prosecutors say aided a woman who killed two men in Saline County and buried them in her backyard, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of hindering apprehension, abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.


posted: 05/24/2012 3:38 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Remember the demonstrations in school: a raw egg cradled in an insulated foam head dropped onto the gym floor, teaching how fragile our heads are? With summer on the way and kids spending more hours outdoors, here’s a reminder about biking safety: Pick a helmet that fits you well, is smooth on the outside and has a sticker certifying that it meets the Consumer Product Safety Commission standard. Fitting the commission standard is a law — to be sure you’re safe.

Drugs killed NLR inmate, sheriff says

posted: 05/24/2012 3:37 a.m.

A North Little Rock man who began having seizures at the Pulaski County jail in February and later died at a local hospital died of an accidental drug overdose, a sheriff’s office spokesman said on Wednesday.


posted: 05/24/2012 3:36 a.m.

Art & Exhibits CENTRAL ARKANSAS ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER MacArthur Park, East Ninth and Commerce streets. “The Rockefeller Influence,” Friday-Aug.

Gladys Marie Briscoe: Political activist saw need, met it

posted: 05/24/2012 3:36 a.m.

When Gladys Briscoe moved to Good Shepherd Ecumenical Retirement Center in Little Rock, she thought her political activist days were over, her daughter said. However, it didn’t take long before she started a resident’s council, got Aldersgate Road widened and a stoplight installed at the end of the street.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 05/24/2012 3:35 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: Cedar Hill Road North Little Rock: 47th Street and Massie Road Pulaski County: Ironton Cutoff


posted: 05/24/2012 3:34 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: 05/24/2012 3:34 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO May 24, 1912 FORT SMITH — On the ground that her husband “continually nagged her by declaring he was so popular with other women that he was unable to make them let him alone,” Mattie L. Taylor has sued Geo. J. Taylor, a local merchant, for divorce in the Chancery Court.

Fast Forward

posted: 05/24/2012 3:34 a.m.

NEXT WEEK Independent film: The movie world comes to Arkansas for cinema buffs and casual fans with the sixth annual Little Rock Film Festival, Tuesday-June 3. The premieres, screenings, receptions and discussions will take place on both sides of the river. This year’s special guests are director Jay Russell and actress Lea Thompson. Passes are $40 for Bronze (films only); $100 for Silver (films, panels and parties ); $250 for Gold all-access. Call (501) 205-0400 or visit NEXT MONTH Independent folk/ Water music: Grammywinning indie folk band Bon Iver is coming to the Riverfest Amphitheatre along with opening act, The Staves, 7 p.m. June 3. Tickets are $49. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit


posted: 05/24/2012 3:33 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’d like to be a Christian, but I don’t think I’m good enough. I know you’ll probably say that Jesus died for imperfect people, and I suppose that’s true, but I feel like I’ll never be good enough to be His follower. Am I missing something? — R.F.F. DEAR R.F.F.: Yes, you are missing the great truth that God loves us and accepts us just as we are.


posted: 05/24/2012 3:33 a.m.

AME bishop, civil-rights activist LOS ANGELES — Hamel Hartford Brookins, a bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church for 30 years and a longtime civilrights activist, has died in Los Angeles. He was 86.

Arkansas Court of Appeals

posted: 05/24/2012 3:33 a.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals released opinions Wednesday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at PROCEEDINGS OF MAY 23, 2012 CHIEF JUDGE LARRY D. VAUGHT CA11-1205. Farris E. Holliman, Sheila D.


posted: 05/24/2012 3:32 a.m.

Happy birthday. It’s a year for advancing your personal interests and exploring your talents. From the start of June, you realize that you have a knack for finding the best opportunities. As long as you follow through, you will succeed. July focuses you on love and all you do for others. September brings a lifestyle upgrade. Cancer and Scorpio people adore you.

Daily record

posted: 05/24/2012 3:32 a.m.

Births, Marriages and Divorces

About these charts

posted: 05/24/2012 3:31 a.m.

Results are unofficial. Because of deadline requirements, totals in this list may be incomplete and may not match totals elsewhere in this edition.

What struck you most?

posted: 05/24/2012 3:31 a.m.

WHICH OF Tuesday’s election returns struck you as most interesting in an otherwise uninteresting, even dull, elections season?

The big lies in politics

posted: 05/24/2012 3:30 a.m.

The fact that so many successful politicians are such shameless liars is not only a reflection on them, it is also a reflection on us. When people want the impossible, only liars can satisfy them, and only in the short run. The current outbreaks of riots in Europe show what happens when the truth catches up with both the politicians and the people in the long run.

Everyone to their corners

posted: 05/24/2012 3:29 a.m.

Ididn’t think the biggest story of the night was that more than 60,000 people, constituting 42 percent, voted against President Barack Obama in the Democratic primary. I was surprised and relieved it wasn’t more.

Third-party movement fizzles

posted: 05/24/2012 3:28 a.m.

So Americans Elect wasn’t a subterfuge for Michael Bloomberg, Colin Powell or Jon Huntsman after all. Too bad. Americans have demonstrated their desire for an alternative to the status quo.


posted: 05/24/2012 3:27 a.m.

Rockefeller and the GOP Recently, the opinion pages of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette have discussed Winthrop Rockefeller and his many accomplishments as governor. This has offered the opportunity for some to speculate that Rockefeller would not be a Republican today because of the Tea Party influence in the GOP.

To revamp, HP to ax 27,000 jobs

posted: 05/24/2012 3:26 a.m.

Hewlett-Packard Co. said Wednesday that it will cut its global work force by 27,000 employees by October 2014, while reporting a drop in sales and profit for its second quarter.

New-home sales gain 3.3%

posted: 05/24/2012 3:25 a.m.

Americans bought more new homes last month, the latest evidence that the U.S. housing market could be starting to recover.

3 allege oil, gas notary lapses

posted: 05/24/2012 3:24 a.m.

Three landowners are suing Cleburne County Circuit Clerk Karen Giles, claiming that deputy clerks in her office falsely notarized oil and gas leases in the county.

State banks’ assets up 17% in 4 years, topping U.S. pace

posted: 05/24/2012 3:23 a.m.

Assets at Arkansas banks have jumped more than 17 percent in the past four years, outpacing the 6.5 percent growth of banks in the United States, according to statistics from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

European summit tackles crisis

posted: 05/24/2012 3:21 a.m.

French President Francois Hollande challenged Germany’s handling of the financial crisis on Wednesday as he headed to his first European Union summit with calls for joint borrowing and cash injections to struggling banks.

Late auto-loan payments drop 27% from year ago

posted: 05/24/2012 3:19 a.m.

The rate of late payments for auto loans fell nationally in the first three months of the year to the lowest level in more than a decade, even as lenders financed more vehicle purchases for high-risk borrowers.

Congress studying Facebook IPO

posted: 05/24/2012 3:15 a.m.

Two congressional committees are looking into the troubled initial public offering of Facebook Inc., aides said Wednesday.

MARKET REPORT: Dow pulls out of early nose dive

posted: 05/24/2012 3:12 a.m.

A big final-hour comeback pulled the Dow Jones industrial average nearly back to where it started Wednesday.

IHOP operator accused of $3 million scheme

posted: 05/24/2012 3:11 a.m.

TThe operator of six IHOP restaurants in Ohio and one in Indiana organized a scheme with the help of some employees to hide profits from IHOP’s parent company, federal investigators said Wednesday.

Business news in brief

posted: 05/24/2012 3:11 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s very clear now that the housing market has turned a corner.” Richard DeKaser, deputy chief economist at Parthenon Group LLC Article, 1D


posted: 05/24/2012 3:10 a.m.

Entergy in Louisiana to join power group The Louisiana Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved Entergy Louisiana and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana joining a regional transmission organization that controls the electricity grid in 13 Midwest states.

Getting it straight

posted: 05/24/2012 3:09 a.m.

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

this week’s EVENTS

posted: 05/24/2012 3:08 a.m.

ONGOING Mission 5,000 Free Meal JACKSONVILLE — First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville provides a free meal to the community twice a week. Mission 5,000 is open from 5:30-6 :30 p.m. each Wednesday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday at the church’s Family Life Center, 308 W. Main St. Everyone is invited for food and fellowship. For more information, call the church at (501) 982-8176. TODAY Kids’ College Registration

End of a tradition

posted: 05/24/2012 3:08 a.m.

On a warm May morning, Harry and Dorothy Roland sat on the front porch of their Pangburn home reminiscing about how their collection of daylilies had seemingly taken on a life of its own. A lizard scampered by Harry’s feet. Bluebird Hill Farm is a peaceful place with a view of rolling hills beyond the multitude of daylily beds.

Food pantry rises from the ashes

posted: 05/24/2012 3:07 a.m.

A February fire may have slowed down Bill and Treva Mills of Kensett just a bit, but it didn’t stop them from opening the Kensett Community Outreach Inc. food pantry.

Boutique benefits animal shelter

posted: 05/24/2012 3:06 a.m.

T he cost of running an animal shelter can be staggering, especially when there are more than 700 animals each year that need to be tested, given shots and fed.

flavor: An Asian approach to grilling shrimp

posted: 05/24/2012 3:05 a.m.

With Memorial Day weekend approaching, we are officially entering the start of the summer outdoor cooking season.

Simple and elegant pork scaloppini

posted: 05/24/2012 3:05 a.m.

Defined as thin cuts of meat, sauteed and cooked in a rich sauce, the scaloppini technique for cooking pork, chicken and veal is simple and elegant. Lemon, garlic, thyme, rosemary, parsley and white wine all meld together to form a succulent sauce with the renderings of the thinly sliced pork cutlets.

A richly flavored vegetarian chili

posted: 05/24/2012 3:04 a.m.

When it comes to vegetarian chili recipes, the choices are endless — some as simple as pouring a can of beans and tomatoes in a pot and adding a bit of spice, while others are an all-day simmering affair. This one rests comfortably in between these two approaches and has the most rich and layered flavor of any chili (vegetarian or not) I’ve ever tried. The addition of sweet potatoes was inspired by a recipe in Bon Appetit that added butternut squash to chili, and I loved the idea.

63rd annual Fulton County Homecoming Festival set for Memorial Day weekend

posted: 05/24/2012 3:04 a.m.

The 63rd annual Fulton County Homecoming Festival will be held in Salem on Friday and Saturday. The festival, held on the Fulton County Courthouse Square, will get under way Friday.


posted: 05/24/2012 3:03 a.m.

White River Medical Center licensed practical nurse Rhonda Thompson is the March/ April recipient of the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Thompson works for Senior Haven at WRMC and has worked at the hospital for five years. “The real reward is that great feeling of helping someone during their time of need,” Thompson said. The Daisy Award is a bimonthly award that recognizes nurses for excellence. Daisy Award recipients are nominated by patients and ultimately chosen by the WRMC Staff Nurse Advisory Council.

Ward Library begins annual summer reading program

posted: 05/24/2012 3:03 a.m.

The Ward Public Library, at 405 Hickory St., Suite 100, has kicked off its summer reading program.

Jacksonport State Park offering weekend activities

posted: 05/24/2012 3:01 a.m.

Jacksonport State Park will offer the following free activities this weekend : At 6:30 p.m. Friday, visitors can “Steamboat Captains” in the campground. A park interpreter in period costume will explore the life of steamboat captains and answer questions.

this week’s EVENTS

posted: 05/24/2012 2:59 a.m.

TODAY Creative Writing BRYANT — The Mabel Boswell Memorial Library will hold Creative Writing, a program for people 16 and older taught by Jennifer Watson, at 6 p.m. No registration is required. For more information, call (501) 847-2166. FRIDAY – MONDAY Memorial Day Palooza HOT SPRINGS — Lake Catherine State Park officials will hold Memorial Day Palooza on Friday through Monday. Park interpreters will lead hikes, lake tours and nature programs.


posted: 05/24/2012 2:59 a.m.

Haley and Hannah Birch have shared just about everything since they were born April 28, 1994, just two minutes apart in Madison, Miss., but perhaps nothing quite as special as being named co-valedictorians and summa cum laude graduates at Malvern High School. “It’s pretty cool that we get to share this experience together,” said Hannah, the younger of the two. “We share the same ACT score of 33 and the same GPA of 4.22.” Haley interjected with a big smile: “She finally caught up with me. Since the ninth grade, I had the higher ACT score, but this time, we both had the same score.

Promise opens college to class of 2012

posted: 05/24/2012 2:58 a.m.

More than 100 members of the Class of 2012 at Arkadelphia High School came into the school’s gym May 17 to became the second class to sign up for Arkadelphia Promise scholarships.

Motorcycle event to aid wounded vets

posted: 05/24/2012 2:57 a.m.

A weekend of parades, contests, shows and camaraderie will honor those who served in the U.S. armed forces and will also aid in the care of wounded veterans.

Simple and elegant pork scaloppini

posted: 05/24/2012 2:56 a.m.

Defined as thin cuts of meat, sauteed and cooked in a rich sauce, the scaloppini technique for cooking pork, chicken and veal is simple and elegant. Lemon, garlic, thyme, rosemary, parsley and white wine all meld together to form a succulent sauce with the renderings of the thinly sliced pork cutlets.

flavor: An Asian approach to grilling shrimp

posted: 05/24/2012 2:56 a.m.

With Memorial Day weekend approaching, we are officially entering the start of the summer outdoor cooking season.

A richly flavored vegetarian chili

posted: 05/24/2012 2:54 a.m.

When it comes to vegetarian chili recipes, the choices are endless — some as simple as pouring a can of beans and tomatoes in a pot and adding a bit of spice, while others are an all-day simmering affair. This one rests comfortably in between these two approaches and has the most rich and layered flavor of any chili (vegetarian or not) I’ve ever tried. The addition of sweet potatoes was inspired by a recipe in Bon Appetit that added butternut squash to chili, and I loved the idea.

this week’s EVENTS

posted: 05/24/2012 2:53 a.m.

ONGOING FAST Registration CONWAY — Registration is under way for Conway Regional Therapy Centers’ Functional Athletic Speed Training sports-performance program. FAST is designed to enhance the performance of young athletes in almost every sport, including basketball, football, baseball, soccer, track, volleyball, tennis, cheerleading, wrestling, cross country, softball, swimming and golf. Athletes are divided into groups based on their grades, with the divisions including grades 7-9, grades 10-12 and college.

Final roll call ...: Monument to honor fallen sheriff’s officers

posted: 05/24/2012 2:52 a.m.

Three Faulkner County sheriff ’s deputies have died in the line of duty in the past almost 100 years, and they’re finally getting a memorial.

Chicken-dance marathon

posted: 05/24/2012 2:49 a.m.

About 5,000 Conway elementary school students flapped their arms and performed in chicken-dance marathons on Friday and Monday to celebrate how they’ve helped orphans in Kenya, plus needy fellow classmates.

Faulkner County Library to premiere documentary film

posted: 05/24/2012 2:48 a.m.

The Faulkner C ounty Librar y will premiere the documentary film Faulkner County at Work at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Leadership Russellville graduation is June 1

posted: 05/24/2012 2:48 a.m.

The Leadership Russellville Class 2012 will graduate at the First Friday Luncheon at noon June 1 at Lake Point Conference Center at Arkansas Tech University. The class will unveil its community project, and the Leader of the Year will be announced.

School district’s open meetings to include board rezoning options, public input

posted: 05/24/2012 2:47 a.m.

The Pulaski County Special School District will hold two more public meetings, scheduled per legislation to rezone the school district’s population as measured by the most recent (2010) U.S. census, and to take any actions required by law regarding board zoning, said Deborah Roush, the district’s executive director of communications.

Ahh! A richly flavored vegetarian chili

posted: 05/24/2012 2:46 a.m.

When it comes to vegetarian chili recipes, the choices are endless — some as simple as pouring a can of beans and tomatoes in a pot and adding a bit of spice, while others are an all-day simmering affair.

Pork dish provides perfect combination of simple and elegant

posted: 05/24/2012 2:45 a.m.

Defined as thin cuts of meat, sauteed and cooked in a rich sauce, the scaloppini technique for cooking pork, chicken and veal is simple and elegant. Lemon, garlic, thyme, rosemary, parsley and white wine all meld together to form a succulent sauce with the renderings of the thinly sliced pork cutlets.

Consider trying an Asian approach to your grilling

posted: 05/24/2012 2:44 a.m.

With Memorial Day weekend approaching, we are officially entering the start of the summer outdoor cooking season.


posted: 05/24/2012 1:19 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball: 4-7-26-53-59 Powerball: 32 Estimated jackpot: $110 million

Wednesday, May 23

Four-vehicle accident kills one driver, injures others

updated: 05/23/2012 4:57 p.m.

A multiple-vehicle accident on Cantrell Road in Little Rock resulted in one death and multiple injuries Wednesday afternoon.

DeSoto Co. considers suit over ozone listing

posted: 05/23/2012 3:12 p.m.

DeSoto County has asked a law firm to explore the county’s chances of overturning a federal decision that groups it with Memphis and Crittenden County, Ark., on ozone levels.

Beebe sees growth of Arkansas businesses internationally

posted: 05/23/2012 1:57 p.m.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said that he has seen progress in the growth of Arkansas businesses on an international scale, something that makes the future look bright.

Morrison backs Jeffress in House race

posted: 05/23/2012 1:55 p.m.

D.C. Morrison says he’s backing former rival Gene Jeffress in the runoff for the Democratic nomination for a south Arkansas congressional seat.

SEC Baseball Tournament: Ole Miss blanks and eliminates Arkansas

posted: 05/23/2012 12:57 p.m.

Ole Miss shutout Arkansas and defeated the Razorbacks 2-0 to eliminate Arkansas from the SEC Tournament Wednesday at Regions Park.

One death reported in Greene County plane crash

updated: 05/23/2012 1:36 p.m.

One person was killed in a plane crash in Greene County, authorities said.

Taylor not likely to face charges

posted: 05/23/2012 noon

Former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor will not face charges for sexual assault after a woman accused the fighter of raping her Friday night during an evening where they had a dispute in a motel room, Maumelle police said.

Riverfest celebrates 35 years with hot dogs, wet dogs, Snoop Dogg

posted: 05/23/2012 11:29 a.m.

Thursday’s Arkansas Weekend section’s Weekend Ten is devoted to all things Riverfest, in honor of the three-day music-and-more festival’s 35th anniversary.

Egyptians vote in first free presidential election

posted: 05/23/2012 11:24 a.m.

Egyptians streamed to polling stations Wednesday to freely choose a president for the first time in generations.

Wider Secret Service misbehavior revealed at Senate hearing

posted: 05/23/2012 11:19 a.m.

The lawmaker leading an inquiry into the Secret Service prostitution scandal reported dozens of “troubling” episodes of past misbehavior Wednesday.

Europe’s leaders seek ways to boost growth

posted: 05/23/2012 11:16 a.m.

The leaders of the 27 countries that make up the European Union are meeting in Brussels to try to keep the debt crisis on the continent from spiraling out of control.

Police release name of officer, victim in LR shooting

posted: 05/23/2012 10:32 a.m.

Authorities on Wednesday released the identity of a police officer who fatally shot a suspect believed to have killed one man and critically wounded another during a botched burglary.

SEC Baseball Tournament: Arkansas-Ole Miss Live Blog

posted: 05/23/2012 9:27 a.m.

Join in an interactive live blog as Arkansas faces Ole Miss in an elimination game Wednesday at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala.

Significant delays likely on I-430 southbound next Wednesday

posted: 05/23/2012 8:37 a.m.

Highway officials say delays are expected next Wednesday when crews make significant changes to the southbound lanes of Interstate 430 at Interstate 630, where a major interchange project is under way.

Trooper who helped in federal probes honored

posted: 05/23/2012 7:42 a.m.

An Arkansas state trooper who provided assistance in two federal investigations in eastern Arkansas has been named Trooper of the Year.

Regulators probe bank's role in Facebook IPO

posted: 05/23/2012 7:36 a.m.

Regulators are examining whether Morgan Stanley, the investment bank that shepherded Facebook through its highly publicized stock offering last week, selectively informed clients of an analyst's negative report about the company before the stock started trading.

Justin Bieber to perform at Verizon Arena

posted: 05/23/2012 6 a.m.

Justin Bieber will perform at the Verizon Arena January 10, 2013.

Hart apparent Supreme Court winner

posted: 05/23/2012 5:43 a.m.

Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Josephine “Jo” Hart overcame a fundraising disadvantage to claim an apparent victory Tuesday for a seat on the state Supreme Court.

2 dead, 1 clings to life after bursts of gunfire

posted: 05/23/2012 5:42 a.m.

Two men were fatally shot, and a third man was critically wounded late Tuesday morning in what Little Rock detectives believe was a botched burglary.

Nuclear chief: Iran deal near

posted: 05/23/2012 5:39 a.m.

The chief of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency said Tuesday that he expects to sign a deal with Iran opening the way for fuller investigation of Tehran’s disputed nuclear program, in a potential sign of hope for world powers’ efforts to curb the Iranian efforts.

Africans probe Mali attack

posted: 05/23/2012 5:38 a.m.

West Africa’s regional bloc said Tuesday that it will impose sanctions on those it finds responsible for allowing an attack on Mali’s president at his office.

Religious order’s chief admits hiding priest’s misdeeds

posted: 05/23/2012 5:37 a.m.

The head of the Legion of Christ religious order admitted Tuesday to covering up news that his most prominent priest had fathered a child and announced a review of all past accusations of sexual abuse against Legion priests.

White supremacist gets 40 years for bombing

posted: 05/23/2012 5:37 a.m.

A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a white supremacist to 40 years in prison for a 2004 bombing that wounded a black city official in suburban Phoenix.

1.5 million missed in 2010 Census, U.S. reports

posted: 05/23/2012 5:36 a.m.

The 2010 Census missed more than 1.5 million members of minority groups after struggling to count blacks, Hispanics, renters and young men, but was mostly accurate, the government said Tuesday.

Recession forecast if tax breaks expire

posted: 05/23/2012 5:35 a.m.

A new government study released Tuesday says that allowing Bush-era tax cuts to expire and a scheduled round of automatic spending cuts to take effect would probably throw the economy into a recession.

Judges uphold settlement for Blackfeet

posted: 05/23/2012 5:35 a.m.

A panel of appellate judges upheld Tuesday a $3.4 billion settlement between the U.S. government and hundreds of thousands of American Indian plaintiffs whose land trust royalties were mismanaged by the Interior Department.

Found remains of 10 vets buried

posted: 05/23/2012 5:34 a.m.

Veterans and civilians stood side by side to honor 10 Ohio veterans whose remains were buried Tuesday with full military honors several months after they were found in a funeral home basement.

After delay, private rocket lifts off

posted: 05/23/2012 5:33 a.m.

The SpaceX Dragon capsule is on its way to a rendezvous with the International Space Station and possibly heralding a new era of space transportation.

To cut costs, Army raises standards

posted: 05/23/2012 5:32 a.m.

In sharp contrast to the peak years of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the Army accepted no recruits with misconduct convictions, or drug or alcohol issues last year, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Royal Gurkha tradition under siege in Nepal

posted: 05/23/2012 5:30 a.m.

Deo Man Limbu sat in a veterans hall lined with pictures of old soldiers and reflected on his years of service, his battles and his dreams. The retired major with Britain’s legendary Gurkhas faced the Argentines in the 1982 Falklands War, when being a member of one of the world’s most feared fighting forces had its advantages.

Auction offers Reagan blood

posted: 05/23/2012 5:29 a.m.

A Channel Islands auction house says it’s selling a vial that is said to contain blood residue from Ronald Reagan — a move denounced Tuesday by the late U.S. president’s family and his foundation.

Abductions spark Beirut violence

posted: 05/23/2012 5:28 a.m.

The leader of Lebanon’s Shiite militant group Hezbollah appealed for calm Tuesday after people blocked roads and burned tires in Beirut to protest the kidnapping of 11 Lebanese Shiites in neighboring Syria.

N. Korea faults U.S. for its nuke steps

posted: 05/23/2012 5:26 a.m.

North Korea vowed to push ahead with its nuclear program because of what it called U.S. hostility, even as an outside analysis of satellite images suggests the nation has accelerated work at its nuclear-test site over the past month.

Powell holds off backing Obama

posted: 05/23/2012 5:25 a.m.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell declined Tuesday to renew the presidential endorsement he gave Barack Obama four years ago, saying he wasn’t ready “to throw my weight behind someone” at this time.

With Kentucky in the bag, Romney close to title

posted: 05/23/2012 5:24 a.m.

Mitt Romney won the Kentucky Republican presidential primary Tuesday, inching closer to the GOP nomination he is expected to win.

Ohio tightens rules on exotic animals

posted: 05/23/2012 5:23 a.m.

Legislation that tightens regulations on the ownership of exotic animals in Ohio was headed to the governor for his expected signature Tuesday, months after authorities were forced to shoot dozens of lions, tigers and other dangerous wildlife released from a farm last fall.

N.M. jet-fuel spill feared to be larger

posted: 05/23/2012 5:22 a.m.

A decades-old jet-fuel spill threatening Albuquerque’s water supply could be as large as 24 million gallons, or twice the size of the oil spill from the Exxon Valdez, state environment officials acknowledged Tuesday.

Reno air races to change course

posted: 05/23/2012 5:22 a.m.

Organizers of the national air-racing championships secured $100 million in necessary insurance and announced plans Tuesday to change the September race course for the fastest planes to keep them farther from spectators after last year’s mass-casualty crash near a grandstand.

Passenger’s claim diverts jet to Maine

posted: 05/23/2012 5:15 a.m.

A US Airways jet traveling Tuesday from Paris to North Carolina was diverted to Maine after a French passenger handed a note to a flight attendant claiming that she had a surgically implanted device.

N. Ireland police nab bombs, jail 1

posted: 05/23/2012 5:14 a.m.

Residents of a Londonderry street voiced their anger Tuesday at Irish Republican Army die-hards after police seized at least two bombs in an apartment in the Northern Ireland city.

Hundreds missing in unrest resurface on Chile’s vote rolls

posted: 05/23/2012 5:13 a.m.

Walter Ulises Pizarro Molina is registered to vote in Chile’s presidential elections next year, although he disappeared after being arrested 35 years ago during the country’s dictatorship.

9 die in Karachi in attack on rally

posted: 05/23/2012 5:12 a.m.

Gunmen opened fire on a political rally Tuesday in the Pakistani city of Karachi in violence that left nine people dead and sparked rioting, police said.

Names and faces

posted: 05/23/2012 5:11 a.m.

Johnny Depp has been made an honorary member of the Comanche tribe. Depp is in New Mexico, shooting the film adaptation of The Lone Ranger. He pl ays “Ranger” sidekick Tonto in the film. Comanche Nation tribal member LaDonna Harris said Tuesday that the tribal chairman presented Depp with a proclamation at her Albuquerque home last Wednesday.

The nation in brief

posted: 05/23/2012 5:10 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Today marks the beginning of a new era in exploration, a future in space that will create good-paying jobs here on the Florida coast as well as throughout the United States of America.” Charles Bolden, NASA administrator, after the successful launch of the SpaceX Dragon capsule Article, this page Big cat killed near California mall LOS ANGELES — Police on Tuesday shot and killed a mountain lion that somehow made its way to a downtown Santa Monica office building courtyard near an outdoor mall and a blufftop park.

The world in brief

posted: 05/23/2012 5:09 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We will work day and night until these beloved people are with us.” Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Lebanon’s Shiite militant group Hezbollah, after the kidnappings of 11 Lebanese Shiites in neighboring Syria Article, this page Only 1 found guilty of killing S. African VENTERSDORP, South Africa — A court found a black farmworker guilty Tuesday of murdering a white supremacist in rural South Africa. A younger farmworker was acquitted of murder, but found guilty on other charges.

2 seats on Court of Appeals up in air

posted: 05/23/2012 5:08 a.m.

Faulkner County Circuit Judge Rhonda Wood of Conway and Brandon Harrison of Fort Smith appear headed to seats on the Arkansas Court of Appeals.

GOP taps Cotton; Democrats in a runoff

posted: 05/23/2012 5:06 a.m.

Two Democratic candidates for the state's 4th Congressional District will face each other in a runoff for the chance to compete against Republican Tom Cotton, who secured his party's nomination Tuesday.

COMMENTARY: At least they’re consistent

posted: 05/23/2012 5 a.m.

John Brummett is a regular columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Email him at Read his blog at

Ellington, Hall face 1st District runoff

posted: 05/23/2012 4:59 a.m.

Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington and state Rep. Clark Hall of Marvell will compete in a June 12 runoff for the 1st Congressional District Democratic nomination, according to the complete but unofficial election results. Ellington led his two rivals Tuesday evening and early today but failed to get the bare majority to avoid a runoff.

Challenger gives Obama a run

posted: 05/23/2012 4:55 a.m.

President Barack Obama won the Arkansas presidential primary Tuesday, but a little-known challenger from Tennessee drew large numbers of votes.

Election results

posted: 05/23/2012 4:50 a.m.

These incomplete, unofficial totals are the latest available before press time and, because of deadline constraints, may not match figures elsewhere in today’s newspaper. For the latest totals, go to Arkansas Online.

Elliott bests primary rival in District 31

posted: 05/23/2012 4:49 a.m.

State Sen. Joyce Elliott on Tuesday handily turned back a challenge from state Rep. Fred Allen in the Democratic primary in Senate District 31.

2 face runoff in juvenile-court contest

posted: 05/23/2012 4:48 a.m.

The race to decide who will hold the next juvenilecourt judgeship serving Perry and Pulaski counties seemed headed for a runoff after none of the three candidates seeking the post appeared to win a majority in Tuesday’s election to decide the race.

Albert Pike area to be open days

posted: 05/23/2012 4:45 a.m.

The U.S. Forest Service plans to reopen portions of the Albert Pike Recreation Area for daytime use this week, bringing visitors back to the site where rapidly rising nighttime floodwaters killed 20 people in 2010.

Sherwood man loses 2nd plea for parole

posted: 05/23/2012 4:42 a.m.

The Sherwood man who fatally shot a teenaged intruder in his yard in 2007 has been denied parole for a second time, the Parole Board announced Tuesday.

County teachers seek hearings

posted: 05/23/2012 4:42 a.m.

The Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers president on Tuesday handdelivered about 500 letters from Pulaski County Special School District teachers seeking hearings on the district-imposed changes in their 2012-13 contracts.

For board, applicants fall flat

posted: 05/23/2012 4:41 a.m.

The North Little Rock School District’s plan to hire a new superintendent for the coming 2012-13 school year was in doubt Tuesday, the day after applications were due for the position now held by Ken Kirspel.

38 high school seniors score National Merit Scholarships

posted: 05/23/2012 4:40 a.m.

Thirty-eight Arkansas high school seniors are among 2,500 students nationally to be named this week as recipients of National Merit Scholarships that are sponsored by colleges and universities.

Application deadline June 15 for Single Parent Scholarship

posted: 05/23/2012 4:39 a.m.

The Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Pulaski County is accepting applications.

U.S. board joins probe of deadly oil-tank blast

posted: 05/23/2012 4:38 a.m.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board sent an investigation team Tuesday to determine the cause of an explosion and fire that killed three workers.

Justice Stevens to speak in LR

posted: 05/23/2012 4:37 a.m.

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens will speak at the Statehouse Convention Center on May 30.

Carroll County court goes after old debt

posted: 05/23/2012 4:36 a.m.

Carroll County is trying to collect almost $2 million in outstanding fines, fees and restitution that hasn’t been paid to the circuit court in Judicial District 19E.


posted: 05/23/2012 4:35 a.m.

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

Police beat

posted: 05/23/2012 4:33 a.m.

LR police say man stabbed sibling A Little Rock man was stabbed in the stomach by his half-brother Monday night after the two began arguing about paying the bills, according to a police report.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 05/23/2012 4:21 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: East Sixth Street North Little Rock: Lakeview Road Pulaski County: Marche Road


posted: 05/23/2012 4:20 a.m.

Inventor of wireless remote in 1950s CHICAGO — Eugene Polley, the inventor of the first wireless TV remote control, has died.

Other days

posted: 05/23/2012 4:20 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO May 23, 1912 State Superintendent George B. Cook and Prof. J.L. Bond, supervisor of rural schools, are urging that school contests of various kinds be held in connection with all county fairs and industrial exhibits this fall. They have outlined a plan which they believe can easily be adopted in every county where such an exhibit is to be held.

Daily record

posted: 05/23/2012 4:19 a.m.

Births, Marriages and Divorces

NBA PLAYOFFS: Pacers’ injuries help Heat rise

posted: 05/23/2012 4:13 a.m.

At a glance MONDAY’S GAMES Boston 101, Philadelphia 85 Oklahoma City 106, LA Lakers 90 Oklahoma City wins series 4-1 TUESDAY’S GAME Miami 115, Indiana 83 Miami leads series 3-2 TODAY’S GAME Boston at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Central Boston leads series 3-2 MIAMI — Miami took a big step forward. Indiana lost two forwards.

Joplin walk honors 161 dead a year after tornado

posted: 05/23/2012 4:06 a.m.

They walked for Skyular Logsdon, who barely had time to learn how to walk himself.

Ground broken to replace 4 schools

posted: 05/23/2012 4:04 a.m.

Standing just a few yards from home plate Tuesday at Joplin High School’s former baseball field, Callie Van Ostran was reminded of the fear and uncertainty in the aftermath of the nation’s deadliest tornado in decades.

Innocent plea after LR chase, shootout

posted: 05/23/2012 4:02 a.m.

A Louisiana man at the center of a Monday night shootout and foot chase with two bail bondsmen in northwest Little Rock pleaded innocent Tuesday, according to court documents.

Taylor secures attorney

posted: 05/23/2012 4:01 a.m.

Four days after a Mississippi woman accused him of rape, professional boxer Jermain Taylor hired legal counsel Tuesday in advance of a possible meeting with Maumelle police to discuss the accusations.

Justice-of-peace primaries see 2 challengers lead

posted: 05/23/2012 4 a.m.

Only one of the three incumbent Pulaski County justices of the peace was ahead of his challenger in their respective primary contests Tuesday night.

Incumbent judges hold their seats

posted: 05/23/2012 3:59 a.m.

Two longtime incumbents retained their positions in the North Little Rock and Jacksonville district court races Tuesday night, with one race decided by just five votes, according to preliminary results.

SEC TOURNAMENT: Pushed to the brink

posted: 05/23/2012 3:59 a.m.

Mississippi State’s baseball team appeared to be taking a big risk Tuesday by starting a freshman pitcher who didn’t win a game during the regular season.

PB voters OK 0.4-mill tax rise

posted: 05/23/2012 3:59 a.m.

Two insolvent pension programs for Pine Bluff ’s police and fire departments appear to have been saved as voters favored two millage increase proposals Tuesday evening.

Incumbent constable beats GOP challenger

posted: 05/23/2012 3:59 a.m.

Incumbent Rick Scott held off challenger Dennis Sobba to win the Republican primary Tuesday for Hill Township constable in Pulaski County.

Boyd, Tosh get nods in sheriff primaries

posted: 05/23/2012 3:58 a.m.

A Craighead County chief deputy defeated two Democratic challengers in a primary Tuesday and avoided a runoff election, just as his boss did 14 years ago.

Arkadelphians reject 1% sales tax

posted: 05/23/2012 3:58 a.m.

With six of seven polling places reporting Tuesday night, a 1 percent sales tax on prepared food and lodging appears defeated.

Washington County transit tax a loser

posted: 05/23/2012 3:57 a.m.

Voters defeated a proposed Washington County public-transit tax.

Title shot swiped, Wolves move on

posted: 05/23/2012 3:57 a.m.

Sun Belt Tournament ARKANSAS STATE VS.

Uncontested races

posted: 05/23/2012 3:56 a.m.

This is a list of congressional, legislative and appeals and circuit court candidates who face no opposition in Tuesday’s election. Party affiliation is denoted by (D) for Democrat and (R) for Republican. Judicial races are nonpartisan (NP). An asterisk follows the name of incumbents. Primary candidates may have an opponent in the Nov. 6 general election.

About these charts

posted: 05/23/2012 3:55 a.m.

Results are unofficial. Because of deadline requirements, totals in this list may be incomplete and may not match totals elsewhere in this edition.

Few problems at polling sites

posted: 05/23/2012 3:54 a.m.

No major problems appeared to develop during Tuesday’s primary election, according to the secretary of state’s office, although a few Pulaski County voters had difficulties locating their polling sites.

Shock in fall Faulkner County sheriff race

posted: 05/23/2012 3:52 a.m.

Andy Shock, who ran with the current sheriff's endorsement, won a four-way race for the Republican nomination for Faulkner County sheriff Tuesday.

Incumbent sheriffs win primaries in 2 counties

posted: 05/23/2012 3:50 a.m.

Incumbent Democratic sheriffs in Johnson and Scott counties have won in Tuesday’s primary, according to unofficial election results.

Central Arkansas contested races

posted: 05/23/2012 3:50 a.m.

This is a list of unofficial results in contested county and municipal races and ballot issues in Tuesday’s primary and nonpartisan judicial elections in central Arkansas. Any primary runoffs will be June 12; nonpartisan judicial runoffs will be Nov. 6. Incumbents are denoted by an asterisk (*), Democrats by (D) and Republicans by (R). Results from all counties will run in Thursday’s editions. For a complete listing, visit our website at

UA to use $1 million in gifts for display honoring Walton

posted: 05/23/2012 3:47 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville will use a combined $1 million in private gifts to fund a new display featuring Wal-Mart Stores Inc. founder Sam Walton in the building that houses the college of business that bears his name.

LIKE IT IS: Taylor’s good guy reputation taking a hit

posted: 05/23/2012 3:47 a.m.

Sometimes news stories, or in this case a column, feel good.

COMMENTARY: Howard needs to end Magic drama

posted: 05/23/2012 3:45 a.m.

No more fluctuating and vacillating.

Rules is rules

posted: 05/23/2012 3:44 a.m.

AT FIRST blush, you might think John Wolfe is being treated badly by the big meanies in his party. His (on-going ) tale made the front page here in Arkansas last week when the national Democratic Party said he would not be granted any delegates in the Democratic primary—no matter how many votes he got.

COLUMNISTS: Then . . . nothing happened

posted: 05/23/2012 3:44 a.m.

Sometimes turning points in presidential campaigns are scarcely noted at the time. Because they’re events that didn’t happen, a low road not taken, a tactic not employed, a decisive mistake not made. Like last week’s nonevent in Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

OTHERS SAY: Ballot buffoonery

posted: 05/23/2012 3:43 a.m.

If one-fiftieth of 1 percent of Arizonans demanded that Ken Bennett, the state’s Republican secretary of state, go to work in the nude, would he comply? Not likely. After all, Mr. Bennett, the former Republican president of the Arizona Senate, is planning to run for governor in two years. It wouldn’t pay to pander to crackpotsand humiliate himself in the bargain. Or would it?

NAACP follows the lead

posted: 05/23/2012 3:43 a.m.

When leaders lead, especially on difficult social issues that demand the end of an injustice or the expansion of liberty, people will follow. The NAACP’s resolution supporting marriage equality is the most important sign yet that President Barack Obama’s public support of it had the power to change hearts and minds.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Wainwright throws four-hitter, relishes shutout

posted: 05/23/2012 3:43 a.m.

Adam Wainwright was so excited after throwing a shutout for the St. Louis Cardinals, he acknowledged he got emotional.


posted: 05/23/2012 3:42 a.m.

Can’t turn back the clock A recent letter by Judy Sigmon of Fayetteville declared that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement should do its job and deport “every illegal it can find.” Really? Methinks it’s about 20 years too late for that.

Enchanted by the Spa City

posted: 05/23/2012 3:41 a.m.

Jon Roberts of Austin, Texas, is one of the nation’s foremost community-development consultants, and he’s enchanted by Hot Springs. His company, TIP Strategies, completed an economic-development plan for the Spa City last September. “Hot Springs could be one of America’s truly great cities,” Roberts says.

NHL PLAYOFFS: Penner’s OT goal puts King in final

posted: 05/23/2012 3:39 a.m.

Dustin Penner scored 17:42 into overtime and the Los Angeles Kings are headed to the Stanley Cup final for the second time as a franchise after beating the Phoenix Coyotes with a 4-3 victory in Game 5 of the Western Conference final Tuesday night.

UCA won’t settle for taste of success

posted: 05/23/2012 3:38 a.m.

Central Arkansas Coach Allen Gum had a good feeling about his baseball team’s mentality after the Bears beat Mississippi State 2-0 last Tuesday in Starkville, Miss.

HEART & SOUL: Flexible attitude buoys the spirit

posted: 05/23/2012 3:37 a.m.

There are so many ways to make a positive difference in the world. Find one. Be selfless. Do something that challenges you. Be polite.

Second thoughts

posted: 05/23/2012 3:37 a.m.

Second HR ball just as nice for fan What’s more unusual than a team hitting back-to-back home runs? How about one fan catching both of them.

Creature feature

posted: 05/23/2012 3:37 a.m.

We want to get a dog but my son has asthma. We’ve read that Labradoodles are “hypoallergenic” and are OK for people with asthma and allergies. That’s why we’re considering getting one. Is there really such a thing as a hypoallergenic dog? There are no “truly hypoallergenic breeds of dogs or cats,” according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Shelter from the storm

posted: 05/23/2012 3:36 a.m.

Life has a way of throwing curveballs when you least expect them. Just ask Catherine Griffin of Little Rock. She and her husband, John, had made plans for their later years. And their plans ended up coming to fruition, just not via the path they’d imagined.

PARENTING: ‘Expert’ in ‘attachment parenting’ full of bunk

posted: 05/23/2012 3:36 a.m.

The cover story in last week’s (May 21) Time magazine is all about “why attachment parenting drives some mothers to extremes — and how Dr. Bill Sears became their guru.” That is the article’s subtitle. All I can say, somewhat hopefully, is “at last.” Because my next book, due out in the fall, contains a chapter on attachment parenting’s destructive propaganda, I have done considerable research of late on the subject. For those of you who are not familiar with this latest parenting trend, attachment parenting is all about parents and children sleeping together, mothers “wearing” their infants (constantly carrying them around in slings), breastfeeding these same children until they are 2 or 3, and generally centering their lives on their kids in perpetuity.

Off the wire

posted: 05/23/2012 3:36 a.m.

FOOTBALL Wright, Childs sign Former Arkansas wide receivers Jarius Wright and Greg Childs are among six draft picks who have signed with the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced Tuesday. Wright and Childs, both from Warren, were taken in the fourth round. Wright holds the UA career record for receptions (168), single-season records for receptions (66), yards (1,117) and touchdowns (12) and the singlegame record for yards (281). He also tied the school’s single-game record for receptions with 13. Childs had 18 receptions for 273 yards and 2 touchdowns last season coming off knee surgery. The others to sign were safety Robert Blanton, kicker Blair Walsh, linebacker Audie Cole and defensive tackle Trevor Guyton.


posted: 05/23/2012 3:36 a.m.

DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: A restaurant claims I owe more than $400 for a meal I had there two years ago. According to the letter, the credit-card system wasn’t working that night, so they took my card number but failed to charge the card. They enclosed a copy of my driver’s license, a copy of my now-expired MasterCard and a very faint copy of a charge slip for $400 with an illegible signature. Am I obligated to pay this bill? It has been years, I don’t remember this happening, and even if I did eat there, how do I know I didn’t pay the bill in cash at the time? — A.S. DEAR A.S.: Why would you have let the restaurant make a copy of your driver’s license and credit card if you were paying with cash?


posted: 05/23/2012 3:36 a.m.

Q: My boyfriend has been divorced for four years.

State sports briefs

posted: 05/23/2012 3:36 a.m.

GOLF UA women struggle in first round at NCAAs Arkansas sophomore Emily Tubert fired a 1-over-par 73, leading the Razorbacks in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship at Franklin, Tenn., on Tuesday. But the Razorbacks finished with a 15-over 303 as a team at Vanderbilt University’s Legends Course, leaving them 17 strokes behind first-round leader Alabama (286). “It’s been a common denominator with this group to get out to a slow start,” Arkansas Coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. “But I think with this course, the more rounds you get in, the better they are going to be. We did a lot of good things and there are some holes out there we can take advantage of. ... I fully expect them to bounce back [today].” Behind Alabama at the top of the team standings was Virginia (288), Duke (289) and North Carolina (290). UCLA and Arizona State were tied for fifth place at 292. Virginia’s Portland Rosen shot a 6-under 66 on Tuesday to lead the individual standings, holding a one-stroke lead over Purdue’s Laura

A beef with burgers

posted: 05/23/2012 3:34 a.m.

We’re fully aware that with the warmer-than-average winter many of you never stopped grilling. But we’re also fully aware this coming holiday weekend — Memorial Day — is the unofficial start of summer. And that means burgers.

Debt crisis a global risk, report warns

posted: 05/23/2012 3:33 a.m.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Europe’s debt crisis risks spiraling and seriously damaging the world economy.

Order center plans to relocate

posted: 05/23/2012 3:32 a.m.

Nashville, Tenn.’s loss is Maumelle’s gain as Dillard’s Inc. prepares to move its Internet-order center to central Arkansas.


posted: 05/23/2012 3:32 a.m.

The person who invented the self-cleaning oven definitely deserves recognition. But the person who invented this Nonstick Oven Liner from Chef’s Planet deserves more.


posted: 05/23/2012 3:31 a.m.

Mothers worry about feeding their families. The Mom 100 Cookbook: 100 Recipes Every Mom Needs in Her Back Pocket by Katie Workman (Workman, $16.95) can help ease that anxiety.

FRONT BURNER: Leftover buttermilk makes creamy treat

posted: 05/23/2012 3:31 a.m.

I don’t buy fresh buttermilk very often. I’ve found the powder works quite well in most baked goods, and I never have to worry about it spoiling before I use the whole container.

New-vehicle registrations slip 18%

posted: 05/23/2012 3:31 a.m.

Registration of new vehicles in Arkansas declined in April, the first time in 19 months, a Kentucky automotive research firm says.

Cooking for two: Eggs in puttanesca a full-bodied feast

posted: 05/23/2012 3:31 a.m.

This dish is a twist on the classic eggs in purgatory, but with a spicier, heartier sauce. The sauce can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week or frozen for up to 3 months.


posted: 05/23/2012 3:31 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: All my cousin ever thinks about is the latest fashions, and how she’ll look if she gets some new jewelry or has her hair done differently, and things like that. I questioned her once, but she said she didn’t see anything wrong because she thinks God must want us to look good. Does He? — B.R. DEAR B.R.: I’m sure God doesn’t want us to neglect the way we look or pretend that our physical appearance doesn’t matter — because it does. Our outer appearance often refl ects what we’re like on the inside; for example, a slovenly, unkempt person is usually an undisciplined person. The writer of Song of Songs compared his beloved’s beauty to “a lily among thorns” (Song of Songs 2:2).

Concentration brings out simply saucy reductions

posted: 05/23/2012 3:30 a.m.

Time to concentrate, not on recipes with lots of ingredients, but on reductions.


posted: 05/23/2012 3:30 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll be touched by the sentiments expressed to you today. The people who know you and those who want to know you will form a delightful mix. Your intentions for June will be realized by month’s end. Your excitement grows through September as you realize that your vision of life is being fleshed out before your eyes.

Best Buy’s quarter tops forecasts

posted: 05/23/2012 3:30 a.m.

Best Buy Co., the largest U.S. consumer-electronics retailer, reported first-quarter profit that exceeded analysts’ estimates, helped by demand for smart phones.

7day menu planner

posted: 05/23/2012 3:30 a.m.

SUNDAY: For a tasty meal on family day, try Spicy Teriyaki Grilled Chicken and Pineapple. Combine/4 (12-ounce ) bottle of your favorite teriyaki marinade and 8 (5- to 6-ounce ) boneless, skinless chicken breasts and marinate 10 minutes to 1 hour in the refrigerator; marinate 8 fresh pineapple rings separately in the remaining marinade for the same amount of time. Remove chicken and pineapple and discard marinades. Over medium-high heat, grill chicken 3 to 4 minutes per side or until cooked through. Grill pineapple 2 to 3 minutes total. Halve rings and serve with chicken. On the side, add jasmine rice, coleslaw and bread. Spoon fresh strawberries over vanilla ice cream for dessert. Plan ahead: Save enough chicken and pineapple and buy enough coleslaw and strawberries for Monday. Save enough ice cream for Thursday. MONDAY: Today’s Memorial Day picnic is easy because you already have leftover chicken, pineapple, coleslaw and strawberries. Add Dilly Potato Salad (see recipe), canned baked beans and rolls to the s

UNCORKED: Fayetteville event wine fan’s favorite

posted: 05/23/2012 3:30 a.m.

The Art of Wine is one of my favorite wine events in Arkansas, and this year marks the 12th anniversary of the annual celebration. This Northwest Arkansas event, June 7-9, will draw guests from across the country, with proceeds supporting the Walton Arts Center’s awardwinning arts and education programs.

Slim pickings

posted: 05/23/2012 3:29 a.m.

WHAT: Special K Pastry Crisps in new flavors STATS: One pouch (two crisps) contains 100 calories, 2 fat grams, no fiber and 1 protein gram. More information at We bought them at Target on University Avenue in Little Rock.


posted: 05/23/2012 3:29 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: What are the differences in heavy cream, light cream and whipping cream?

Super Quiz: Name the ship

posted: 05/23/2012 3:29 a.m.

1. Fletcher Christian led a mutiny. 2. Once thought to be unsinkable 3. It’s now a hotel in Long Beach, Calif. 4. Thor Heyerdahl’s famous raft 5. Now a memorial in Pearl Harbor 6. Christopher Columbus’ flagship 7. It spilled a massive amount of crude oil off Alaska in 1989. 8. It was struck and sunk by the MS Stockholm in 1956. 9. Robert Fulton’s famous steamship Answers 1. HMS Bounty 2. RMS Titanic 3. RMS Queen Mary 4. Kon-Tiki 5. USS Arizona 6. Santa Maria 7. Exxon Valdez 8. SS Andrea Doria 9. Clermont (North River Steamboat)

IDEA ALLEY: Enchiladas, cake to elicit Kat purrs

posted: 05/23/2012 3:29 a.m.

Recipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Beverage, spices fit on summer store list

posted: 05/23/2012 3:28 a.m.

Anheuser-Busch has created a drink that’s ideal for summer. The Bud Light Lime-A-Rita is a malt beverage that blends the traditional margarita flavors (minus the tequila) with a splash of Bud Light Lime. They’ll be sold in 12-packs of 8-ounce cans, 24-packs of 12-ounce bottles and single 24-ounce cans.

U.S. home sales up 3.4% in April; more first-timers

posted: 05/23/2012 3:26 a.m.

Americans are buying more homes in every region of the country, the latest indication that the housing market could be on the mend.

MARKET REPORT: Greek worries blindside stocks

posted: 05/23/2012 3:25 a.m.

Just how nervous are investors about Greece? All it took to derail a day of stock market gains was a headline saying that Greece was preparing to leave the euro, an outcome most analysts had already expected.


posted: 05/23/2012 3:23 a.m.

Teachers voting to oust Wal-Mart board The California State Teachers’ Retirement System will vote its 5.3 million Wal-Mart Stores Inc. shares against the entire board’s re-election amid a probe into purported bribery in Mexican operations.

Business news in brief

posted: 05/23/2012 3:22 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “First-time homebuyers are slowly making their way back.” Jennifer Lee, an economist at BMO Capital Markets Article, 1D Facebook fizzle puts heat on bank Facebook Inc. shares had another bad day Tuesday, falling 8.9 percent, or $3.03, to close at $31. The shares lost 11 percent Monday, after closing at $38.23 on Friday, the company’s first day of trading.

Mega Millions

posted: 05/23/2012 1:11 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 10-14-35-43-52 Mega Ball: 16 Estimated jackpot: $16 million Megaplier: 2

Tuesday, May 22

Ellington leads Democratic House primary in east Arkansas

posted: 05/22/2012 11:39 p.m.

A prosecutor who negotiated a deal in the West Memphis murders case was flirting with the number of votes that would land him the Democratic nomination in east Arkansas’ 1st Congressional District.

Ingram beats Crumbly for disputed Senate post

posted: 05/22/2012 11:30 p.m.

State Rep. Keith Ingram has defeated state Sen. Jack Crumbly in the Democratic primary for an east Arkansas seat that is the focus of a federal redistricting lawsuit.

GOP candidate Cotton gets nomination for US House

updated: 05/22/2012 11:46 p.m.

Republican candidate Tom Cotton has won the GOP nomination for the U.S. House, District 4, according to The Associated Press.

Primary protest votes show displeasure with Obama

posted: 05/22/2012 10:53 p.m.

Some presidential primary voters in Kentucky and Arkansas are taking a swipe at President Barack Obama, denying the incumbent nearly 4 out of every 10 votes cast on the Democratic side.

Sen. Elliott survives primary

updated: 05/22/2012 11:21 p.m.

A longtime Little Rock legislator has fended off a challenge in the Democratic primary for a central Arkansas Senate seat.

Robertson concedes race for State House

updated: 05/22/2012 10:28 p.m.

Democrat hopeful Mark Robertson has officially conceded his race for the District 33 seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives.

Federal agency to investigate El Dorado explosion

posted: 05/22/2012 9:01 p.m.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has deployed a four-person investigation team to look into an explosion at an abandoned oil well near El Dorado that left three workers dead.

Democratic presidential candidate Wolfe in LR for primary

posted: 05/22/2012 8:37 p.m.

Democratic presidential candidate John Wolfe was in Little Rock campaigning during today's Arkansas primaries, hoping to steer votes away from President Barack Obama.

Cotton, Ellington get nods for US House

updated: 05/22/2012 12:14 a.m.

With over 80 percent of state precincts reporting, Scott Ellington and Tom Cotton won nods for U.S. House seats, according to unofficial numbers at midnight.

Romney wins GOP primaries in Arkansas, Kentucky

updated: 05/22/2012 8:39 p.m.

Mitt Romney has swept the Kentucky and Arkansas Republican presidential primaries, inching closer to the GOP nomination he is certain to win.

Griffin, Womack advance unopposed in races

posted: 05/22/2012 7:39 p.m.

Incumbent Republicans in two U.S. House districts had no primary opposition and are advancing to the November general election, where they’ll face Democratic opponents.

Polls close in primary election

posted: 05/22/2012 7:34 p.m.

Polls have closed for Arkansas voters casting ballots in this year’s primary election.

Cotton: Runoff 'would be great'

updated: 05/22/2012 6:43 p.m.

Republican Tom Cotton says he will still be pleased if his primary race for U.S. Congress goes to a runoff election.

2010 census missed more than 1.5M minorities

posted: 05/22/2012 5:24 p.m.

The 2010 census missed more than 1.5 million minorities after struggling to count black Americans, Hispanics, renters and young men, but was mostly accurate.

Joplin residents mark year since deadly tornado

posted: 05/22/2012 5:17 p.m.

Residents marking the anniversary of the deadly Joplin tornado are marching in a somber procession along the path of the twister.

Part of Albert Pike area reopening

posted: 05/22/2012 5:08 p.m.

Part of the Albert Pike Recreation Area where 20 people drowned in 2010 is reopening for day use.

SEC Baseball Tournament: Mississippi State routs Arkansas in first round

posted: 05/22/2012 4:29 p.m.

Mississippi State scored six runs in the ninth inning and the Bulldogs defeated No. 25 Arkansas 9-1 in the first round of the SEC tournament at Regions Park.

Fort Smith woman arrested for fake bomb threat

posted: 05/22/2012 4:21 p.m.

Police say they’ve arrested a 34-year-old Fort Smith woman on suspicion of phoning in a bomb threat to her child’s junior high school.

US House races headline Arkansas primary

posted: 05/22/2012 3:54 p.m.

Candidates for Arkansas’ only U.S. House seat held by a Democrat were hoping to win their parties’ nominations outright Tuesday in the state’s primary, capping an otherwise lackluster campaign season devoid of any major statewide matchups.

Inner city baseball revival

posted: 05/22/2012 2:37 p.m.

For the most part, the bustle is gone. It’s gone, with Winkler’s Drive-In, the carhops, jukeboxes and the pinball machines, too. If it’s bustle you want, just walk a block south to Interstate 630. Thousands of cars, streaming west to a hundred separate communities. Sixty years ago, nobody was in that much of a hurry. The place to be was right here.

All the river's a stage

posted: 05/22/2012 2:31 p.m.

Riverfest 2012. Three nights. Two full afternoons. Three main music stages. Downtown Little Rock. Let’s get right down to business. Here’s the lineup for all three main music stages with notes about select acts:

Blues rock masters

posted: 05/22/2012 2:18 p.m.

Warren Haynes has the day off. Weird. It seems as though Haynes is always busy. He is, after all, the guitarist and singer of his Warren Haynes Band and Gov’t Mule, plus a member of The Allman Brothers Band, and a guitarist who has played with The Dead, Phil Lesh & Friends and made numerous other guest appearances.

Rock-solid riffs

posted: 05/22/2012 2:15 p.m.

There are guitar riffs and then there are rock guitar riffs. Great, big, chunky, meaty riffs. Evil-sounding rock riffs. The kind Jimmy Page, Angus Young, Eddie Van Halen and Satan cook up during a jam session.

Cadillac Black's country fuzz

posted: 05/22/2012 2:06 p.m.

Country fuzz — what’s that sound? It’s the music The Cadillac Black plays. Whiskey-fueled country butting heads with Southern rock ‘n’ roll. Or, as Cadillac Black’s Neil Mason explains, country fuzz is “really trying to brand all the different influences we’ve had over the years.”

Waking up to notoriety

posted: 05/22/2012 2:04 p.m.

Exuberant. That’s the best way to describe the music of Bowling Green sextet Sleeper Agent. The band — Tony Smith on guitar and vocals, Alex Kandel on vocals, Justin Wilson on drums, Lee Williams on bass, Scott Gardner on keyboards and Josh Martin on guitars — plays a combustible blend of the sink-or-ascend rock of the Pixies with the sunny pop melodies of a Ronettes-style girl group.

Battleship sinks itself

posted: 05/22/2012 2:02 p.m.

In a recent Rolling Stone interview, director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner and other legendary films, as well as the upcoming Prometheus) says about the cinematic craft: “Remember, it’s not a science class — it’s a movie.”

Coal-fired in Conway

posted: 05/22/2012 2 p.m.

There is a certain roundabout nature to Conway’s new Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen in that it is not exactly Italian. And though it’s a branch of the chain, Russo’s New York Pizzeria, it’s not actually out of New York either. It hails from Texas, where the franchise was founded by the first-generation American son of an Italian family who moved there from the Empire State. And now it comes to Arkansas.

Rankin meets voters in Hot Springs

posted: 05/22/2012 1:21 p.m.

Beth Anne Rankin said she expects to win Tuesday's primary for the Republican nomination to U.S. Congress in the Fourth District despite minimal policy differences between her and her two opponents.

Update: Suspect identified in Thayer Street shooting

updated: 05/22/2012 6:18 p.m.

Police responded to a suspected burglary in progress and shots were fired this afternoon, Little Rock Police Department spokesman Sgt. Cassandra Davis said.

State auditor to hold online auction for abandoned items

posted: 05/22/2012 12:06 p.m.

The Arkansas state auditor is auctioning off more unclaimed property on eBay.

SEC Baseball Tournament: Arkansas-Mississippi State Live Blog

posted: 05/22/2012 noon

Join in an interactive live blog as Arkansas faces Mississippi State in the first round of the SEC Tournament Tuesday in Hoover, Ala.

Finding families for foster children

posted: 05/22/2012 11:09 a.m.

In the late 1990s, with their now-37-year-old son then grown, John and Catherine Griffin of Little Rock talked and planned of one day becoming foster parents and opening their hearts and home to other children needing a loving family, writes Linda S. Caillouet in Wednesday’s Family section.

Beyond beef: Burger tips, recipes

posted: 05/22/2012 11:05 a.m.

From beef and bison to tuna and mushroom caps, there’s a burger to please almost any taste. Regardless of the filling — whether its red meat, poultry, fish or vegetable — most burgers will benefit from a little added fat and flavor. For tips and recipes, read Wednesday’s Food section.

Dillard's moves online operation to Arkansas

posted: 05/22/2012 10:31 a.m.

Department store owner Dillard's is laying off 125 workers in Nashville as it moves online fulfillment to a central Arkansas center.

US sales of previously occupied homes increase in April

posted: 05/22/2012 9:11 a.m.

Americans bought more previously owned homes in April, a hopeful sign that the weak housing market is gradually improving.

Powell not ready to endorse Obama for re-election

posted: 05/22/2012 8:55 a.m.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is declining to renew the endorsement he gave Barack Obama two years ago, when he called Obama "a transformational figure." Pressed in a network interview to say whether he's backing Obama, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff demurred Tuesday.

Louisiana bondsmen engage in shootout

posted: 05/22/2012 8:17 a.m.

Two bondsmen from Louisiana tracked a suspect to Little Rock and engaged in a shootout yesterday, police said.

Voting under way as polls open across state

updated: 05/22/2012 9:13 a.m.

Voting is under way across Arkansas after polls opened at 7:30 a.m. with candidates competing in Democratic and Republican primaries and judicial races.

USDA to spend $32 million on wetland restoration

posted: 05/22/2012 7:55 a.m.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is to spend $32 million this year on wetland preservation and restoration projects in seven states along the Mississippi River.

OECD warns risk of 'severe recession' in eurozone

posted: 05/22/2012 7:40 a.m.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's top economist says the 17-country eurozone risks falling into a "severe recession" and called on governments and Europe's central bank to act quickly to stop the slowdown spilling over into the global economy.

Private rocket blasts off for space station

updated: 05/22/2012 11:17 a.m.

A commercial rocket has blasted off with a load of supplies for the International Space Station.

Brummett Live: Arkansas primary election

posted: 05/22/2012 6 a.m.

Join us at 7:30 p.m. for Arkansas Online's 2012 Arkansas primary election live blog discussion, hosted by columnist and blogger John Brummett.

World leaders to end Afghan war in 2014

posted: 05/22/2012 2:50 a.m.

President Barack Obama and leaders from around the globe locked in place an exit path for Afghanistan on Monday that will keep their troops fighting and dying there for two more years, acknowledging there never will be a point at which the outcome will be perfect.

Bomb kills 97 at drill for Yemen ceremony

posted: 05/22/2012 2:49 a.m.

A suicide bomber who blew himself up at a military parade rehearsal Monday in Yemen’s capital killed 96 soldiers in one of the deadliest attacks in the city in years, officials said.

Dioceses sue over Obama mandate

posted: 05/22/2012 2:46 a.m.

Roman Catholic dioceses, schools and other groups sued the Obama administration Monday in eight states and the District of Columbia over a federal mandate for most employers to provide workers free birth control as part of their health insurance.

Clinton, Suu Kyi discuss sanctions against Burma

posted: 05/22/2012 2:45 a.m.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi have discussed the recent easing of U.S. sanctions and the need to protect against Burma’s backsliding on reforms, the State Department said Monday.

Edwards jury still deliberating

posted: 05/22/2012 2:45 a.m.

The jury deciding the fate of John Edwards in North Carolina has finished a second day of deliberations without reaching a verdict.

Drone-strike decisions shift to White House

posted: 05/22/2012 2:44 a.m.

White House counterterror chief John Brennan has seized the lead in choosing which terrorists will be targeted for drone attacks or raids, establishing a new procedure for both military and CIA targets, officials said.

SpaceX set to try launch again

posted: 05/22/2012 2:44 a.m.

Private rocket maker SpaceX aimed for a liftoff today after fixing the engine problem that caused a launch abort over the weekend, stalling the world’s first commercial space station supply flight.

Nuclear commission head to step down

posted: 05/22/2012 2:43 a.m.

Gregory B. Jaczko, whose threeyear tenure as chairman of the Nuclear Reg ulatory Commission has been marked by bitter battles with colleagues and with Congress, announced Monday that he would step down as soon as a successor was confirmed.

Court denies kids’ benefits

posted: 05/22/2012 2:42 a.m.

Children conceived with a dead father’s frozen sperm are not entitled to Social Security benefits if they were not eligible to inherit property from him under state law, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday.

U.N. pushes for Iran inspection

posted: 05/22/2012 2:42 a.m.

The head of the U.N. nuclear agency pushed for a breakthrough pact with Iran on Monday to resume inspections into suspected secret atomic weapons work and possibly set in motion further deal making when envoys from Tehran and world powers gather later this week in Baghdad.

Romney cuts Obama money lead to 2-to-1

posted: 05/22/2012 2:41 a.m.

Republican challenger Mitt Romney, chasing President Barack Obama’s cash advantage, expects to raise at least $10 million in a dozen events during a three-day fundraising swing through the New York area that included a video meeting with donors in China.

Italy tallies earthquake toll

posted: 05/22/2012 2:40 a.m.

Firefighters, surveyors, engineers and volunteers struggled through nearly continuous aftershocks Monday to catalog damage and deter looters one day after an earthquake killed seven people and left more than 6,000 homeless in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy.

Audit tags ex-UALR dean with violations

posted: 05/22/2012 2:40 a.m.

A former College of Business dean at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock filed for and received more than $15,000 in expenses he was not entitled to and failed to report leave amounting to about $16,346 in salary, an internal audit found.

Mali’s leader attacked in palace

posted: 05/22/2012 2:38 a.m.

Demonstrators forced their way into the office of Mali’s interim president on Monday and attacked the elderly leader, who was later brought to a local hospital unconscious, a witness and an associate of the president said.

Obama urges Joplin graduates to spread spirit of town’s rally

posted: 05/22/2012 2:38 a.m.

President Barack Obama told Joplin High School graduates on Monday night that they are an inspiration to the world.

Major contested races

posted: 05/22/2012 2:36 a.m.

This list is of contested races for president, Congress, the Legislature and some judicial positions. The candidates will be on the ballot for Tuesday’s Democratic and Republican primaries and the nonpartisan judicial general election. Any primary runoffs will be June 12; nonpartisan judicial runoffs will be Nov. 6, the same day as the general election. Incumbents denoted by an asterisk (*). DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

The world in brief

posted: 05/22/2012 2:32 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The war on terrorism will continue until we win, whatever the sacrifices are.” President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi of Yemen after a suicide bomber disguised in a military uniform killed 96 soldiers Article 1A

Primary, court races go to polls in state today

posted: 05/22/2012 2:31 a.m.

Election Day Polling places are open today from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The nation in brief

posted: 05/22/2012 2:31 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I don’t think there’s ever going to be an optimal point where we say,‘This is all done.This is perfect. This is just the way we wanted it.’ This is a process, and it’s sometimes a messy process.” President Barack Obama after he and global leaders set an exit path that will keep their troops in Afghanistan for two more years Article, 1A

Names and faces

posted: 05/22/2012 2:29 a.m.

Roman Polanski returned to France’s Cannes Film Festival, where he presented a short film sponsored by Prada.

State lottery scholarship projection up

posted: 05/22/2012 2:29 a.m.

The Arkansas Lottery Commission on Monday approved a budget projecting the lottery will raise $98 million for college scholarships next fiscal year, starting July 1, after the lottery’s director said the lottery probably will raise more than $96 million for scholarships in the current year, which will end June 30.

In the news

posted: 05/22/2012 2:28 a.m.

Aimee Copeland, 24, the Georgia woman who is fighting a flesh-eating disease that has claimed most of her left leg and both hands, is breathing without the aid of a ventilator, said her father, Andy Copeland, adding: “The deep breathing has been wonderful for her.”

Chief named for FBI division

posted: 05/22/2012 2:28 a.m.

The man who supervised the FBI’s spy-catching operations for almost two years, including the investigation of an Army intelligence analyst accused of passing classified information to WikiLeaks, has been named chief of the FBI’s Arkansas operations, the FBI said Monday.

Jermain Taylor subject of police probe

posted: 05/22/2012 2:27 a.m.

Former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor is under investigation after a Mississippi woman reported to police that the boxer sexually assaulted her Friday night during an evening when they used drugs and quarreled inside a Maumelle motel room.

Beebe: Go forth, come home

posted: 05/22/2012 2:27 a.m.

High-achieving members of the Little Rock School District’s Class of 2012 are planning careers in fields such as pediatric oncology, aerospace engineering, song writing, foreign-language translating, art conservation, international mission work and creative writing.

Justice in genocide said to need realism

posted: 05/22/2012 2:25 a.m.

After a genocide in Rwanda that left nearly 1 million people dead and about 200,000 people accused of committing and orchestrating violent crimes, the African nation faced “the biggest judicial challenge in legal history,” a government leader said in Little Rock on Monday.

Oil tank explodes, killing 3 workers

posted: 05/22/2012 2:24 a.m.

An explosion at an abandoned oil tank site west of El Dorado killed three employees of Long Brothers Oil Co. on Monday, a Union County Emergency Management official said.

County district advises new zones

posted: 05/22/2012 2:24 a.m.

The Pulaski County Special School District is recommending school board election zones that would cluster schools in the same zone based on “feeder” patterns and account for rapid population growth in some parts of the district.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: 2009 CWS run inspiring Hogs

posted: 05/22/2012 2:24 a.m.

Arkansas will begin the SEC Tournament as a sixth seed when it takes the field today against Mississippi State.

2 die in wrecks on state’s roads

posted: 05/22/2012 2:23 a.m.

Two men were killed in car accidents on Arkansas roadways Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, according to preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality reports.

Agency bans sale of phenazepam

posted: 05/22/2012 2:22 a.m.

Arkansas Department of Health Director Dr. Paul Halverson announced on Monday an emergency rule banning the sale and distribution of phenazepam, a news release said.

$500,000 bail set for slaying suspect

posted: 05/22/2012 2:22 a.m.

Bail was set at $500,000 on Monday for a man arrested in the shooting death of a Pope County man, the prosecutor said.


posted: 05/22/2012 2:21 a.m.

Russell Westbrook scored 28 points, Kevin Durant added 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder surged ahead in the second half to beat Los Angeles 106-90 in Game 5 on Monday night and eliminate the Lakers from the playoffs.

Police find man shot at NLR house

posted: 05/22/2012 2:21 a.m.

Emergency crews transported a man to a hospital Monday after he was shot about noon in a North Little Rock neighborhood, police said.

Max in bloom

posted: 05/22/2012 2:20 a.m.

It’s been a while since I’ve written about Max, the timid golden retriever who at 2 1/2 can no longer be considered a puppy. Yet in mind and heart, I suspect the boy will always remain youthful.

Pulaski County candidates

posted: 05/22/2012 2:20 a.m.

This is a list of contested Pulaski County races for Tuesday’s Democratic and Republican primaries and nonpartisan judicial general election. Any primary runoffs will be June 12; nonpartisan judicial runoffs will be Nov. 6, the same day as the general election. Incumbents are denoted with an asterisk (*). DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

State joins fight on spending case

posted: 05/22/2012 2:19 a.m.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced Monday he has joined other attorneys general in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider whether its 2010 decision eliminating restrictions on corporations’ independent political spending applies to state and local elections.

Clemens’ accuser pinpoints 3 clients

posted: 05/22/2012 2:18 a.m.

Brian McNamee finally got to name names in front of the jury. Andy Pettitte. Chuck Knoblauch. Mike Stanton.

Body found near Grubbs sent to lab

posted: 05/22/2012 2:18 a.m.

Authorities sent the body of a man found near Grubbs on Monday to the state Crime Laboratory to determine the cause of death, Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas said.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 05/22/2012 2:17 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. Little Rock: John Barrow Road North Little Rock: McCain Boulevard Pulaski County: Tates Mills Road

LIKE IT IS: Horse racing needs Triple Crown winner

posted: 05/22/2012 2:17 a.m.

Once again, the world of thoroughbred racing has a shot at something it really needs... or something it doesn’t, another slap of disappointment.

Getting it straight

posted: 05/22/2012 2:16 a.m.

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

Spahn misses benefits of dimes deal

posted: 05/22/2012 2:16 a.m.

Warren Spahn, the great left hander, might have busted the baseball salary barrier years ahead of anyone else if he had been willing to take a gamble 60 years ago.

Police beat

posted: 05/22/2012 2:16 a.m.

LR man charged in sword threat A Little Rock man faces a charge of aggravated assault after a neighbor was threatened with a sword, according to a police report.


posted: 05/22/2012 2:15 a.m.

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

Ann McCaleb: Biologist stayed active in politics

posted: 05/22/2012 2:14 a.m.

An anti-tax and property rights advocate, Ann McCaleb was a Republican at heart, but ran on the Democratic ticket for a better chance at winning the District 8 seat on the Pulaski County Quorum Court in 1988, according to a 2009 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette article.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Razorbacks latest to offer scholarship to Georgia QB

posted: 05/22/2012 2:14 a.m.

Arkansas became the 15th school to offer a scholarship to Georgia quarterback Joshua Dobbs on Thursday.


posted: 05/22/2012 2:14 a.m.

Bee Gees singer, songwriter Robin Gibb, a singer and songwriter who joined two of his brothers in forming the Bee Gees pop group that helped define the sound of the disco era with the bestselling 1977 soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever, has died. He was 62.

Other days

posted: 05/22/2012 2:13 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO May 22, 1912 A total of 17 electric light globes belonging to the city were broken Saturday night on route No. 9, and City Electrician John W. Bleidt and his assistants have arrested eight boys, charged with the offense. The penalty for the offense is a fine of not less than $25.

First Tee replacing burnt-grass greens

posted: 05/22/2012 2:13 a.m.

After bad experiences the past two summers, The First Tee of Central Arkansas is taking a mulligan.

Daily record

posted: 05/22/2012 2:13 a.m.

Marriages and Divorces

The week that was

posted: 05/22/2012 2:12 a.m.

FOR LOVERS of freedom the world over and Americans in particular, there can be no doubt about what was the signal event of the week just past: The arrival in this land of the free of a champion of freedom—direct from one of the world’s last great, tottering totalitarianisms.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Greene gets going with Cards, hits go-ahead HR

posted: 05/22/2012 2:11 a.m.

Prospect Tyler Greene is finally getting a full shot with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Our picks this election

posted: 05/22/2012 2:11 a.m.

TO SUM UP, here are the candidates we’re endorsing this primary season. Today—please don’t forget—is election day, and the polls will be open from 7:30-to-7 :30. Here are our choices, starting at the top of the ticket: Mitt Romney for president of the United States—because he has a vision of what this country has been and can be again: a land of opportunity.

The GOP metamorphosis

posted: 05/22/2012 2:09 a.m.

Editor’s note: Join John Brummett for live blogging and online chatting about today’s primary returns, beginning at or about 7:30 p.m., at brummett.

Fayetteville three commit to UA

posted: 05/22/2012 2:08 a.m.

Three Fayetteville High School football players who have been teammates since middle school have pledged to stay together when they enter college next fall.


posted: 05/22/2012 2:08 a.m.

Marketing his loyalty Let’s hand it to the “aw-shucks ” Republican candidate for the 4th Congressional District, Tom Cotton. This seemingly sincere attorney—an occasional resident of the stategraces our television screens with an “Opie-esque” appeal for public endorsement. His high school coach and principal dang near have him blushing with the turn of a phrase.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Naturals cure for Travelers

posted: 05/22/2012 2:08 a.m.

The Arkansas Travelers ended an eight-game home stand with a victory Monday, sending them on a road trip through Texas that starts Wednesday having won five of their past six games.

Lowe’s profit rises in quarter

posted: 05/22/2012 2:07 a.m.

Lowe’s Cos.’ first-quarter profit climbed 14 percent as warmer weather helped boost sales earlier in the quarter. But the world’s second-biggest home-improvement company lowered its full-year earnings forecast Monday, saying it’s still cautious because of the weak housing market and other economic conditions.

Hogs pick six captains; Wilson, Davis lead way

posted: 05/22/2012 2:06 a.m.

Tyler Wilson and Knile Davis, two of Arkansas’ top offensive players, lead the list of six team captains for the Razorbacks in 2012.

SEC TOURNAMENT: Arkansas vs. Mississippi State

posted: 05/22/2012 2:05 a.m.

1 p.m. today, Regions Park, Hoover Ala GAME BREAKDOWN Arkansas and Mississippi State begin postseason play with some momentum after completing three-game sweeps to end the regular season.

NHL PLAYOFFS: Devils even series, stir up Rangers’ frustrations

posted: 05/22/2012 2:03 a.m.

The Eastern Conference final between the rival New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils finally got ugly.

Studies: Graduates’ job outlook nicer

posted: 05/22/2012 2:02 a.m.

Good news for the class of 2012: Reports show a friendlier job market than the one college graduates faced a few years ago.

NBA PLAYOFFS: Celtics add Bass to the mix

posted: 05/22/2012 2:01 a.m.

They started as a Big Three and grew to a Big Four when Rajon Rondo earned the right to be mentioned along with the other Boston Celtics All-Stars.

Facebook’s stock takes a dive

posted: 05/22/2012 2 a.m.

After Facebook stock narrowly stayed above the initial public offering price during its first day of trading Friday, the price fell hard and fast Monday, knocking nearly 11 percent off the company’s record-breaking initial valuation.

Second thoughts

posted: 05/22/2012 1:59 a.m.

Perez turns to criticism to get fans Cleveland Indians pitcher Chris Perez has an ax to grind with hometown fans.

Chinese group to buy AMC theaters

posted: 05/22/2012 1:59 a.m.

A Chinese conglomerate said Monday it will buy a major U.S. cinema chain, AMC Entertainment Holdings, for $2.6 billion in China’s biggest corporate takeover in the United States to date.

Off the wire

posted: 05/22/2012 1:58 a.m.

TENNIS Nadal wins Italian Open Rafael Nadal showed he’s still the man to beat on clay, defeating Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-3 Monday in Rome at a rain-delayed final to win his record sixth Italian Open and regain the No. 2 ranking.

Member of board gave tips, jury told

posted: 05/22/2012 1:57 a.m.

A federal prosecutor accused former Goldman Sachs board member Rajat Gupta on Monday of feeding inside investment tips to a corrupt hedge-fund manager, while a defense attorney told a jury that Gupta’s relationship between the Wall Street heavyweights was above board.

State sports briefs

posted: 05/22/2012 1:57 a.m.

BASEBALL Four from UCA make conference team After Central Arkansas earned its first berth in the Southland Conference Tournament, four of its players were named to the All-Southland Conference team Monday.

Yahoo to sell half its stake in Alibaba for $7.1 billion

posted: 05/22/2012 1:57 a.m.

Struggling Internet company Yahoo Inc. has secured a lifeline after agreeing to sell half of its prized stake in Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba for about $7.1 billion, with most of the cash going to shareholders.

MARKET REPORT: Apple leads way as stocks gain

posted: 05/22/2012 1:56 a.m.

Apple, the world’s most valuable company, climbed nearly 6 percent on Monday, helping propel major U.S. stock indexes to gains after a solid week of losses. The Standard & Poor’s 500, where Apple accounts for 4 percent of the index, enjoyed its best day in nearly five weeks. The Nasdaq composite index, where Apple accounts for an even heftier 12 percent, notched its biggest gain of the year.

Eating up the check

posted: 05/22/2012 1:56 a.m.

It has probably happened to you more than once: You examine your restaurant check and discover you’ve been charged for something you didn’t order.


posted: 05/22/2012 1:55 a.m.

Firms not backing Wal-Mart directors Two leading proxy advisory firms are telling Wal-Mart shareholders to vote against certain board members up for re-election, saying the directors neglected their responsibility in an alleged bribery scheme in its Mexican operations.

Business news in brief

posted: 05/22/2012 1:54 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “While there has been some acceleration in consumer spending recently, it was aided by unseasonably warm weather.” Robert Niblock, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Lowe’s Cos. Article, 1D

LISTEN UP: Lambert’s 2nd is a winner

posted: 05/22/2012 1:54 a.m.

Adam Lambert Trespassing 19/RCA B+ It began as it always does for any American Idol finalist — get that first album out ASAP. So to no surprise Adam Lambert’s 2009 For Your Entertainment sounded tentative, rushed. No such problems here. Lambert had time to marinate Trespassing in his glam, disco and pop-metal roots with confidence, adding touches of electronica, house and more.

WHAT’S IN A DAME: MealTrain makes it easier to be hospitable

posted: 05/22/2012 1:51 a.m.

A few weeks back I admitted I’m Bad With Babies.

HOW COME?: Where in the Sam Hill did we get that saying?

posted: 05/22/2012 1:50 a.m.

A friend recently said, “Well, let’s go up to the peanut gallery... where’d that expression come from?” How come we use these figurative expressions instead of saying the thing directly? How come these figures of speech, which begin life as local or occupational expressions, end up here and there, across centuries and oceans?

THE TV COLUMN: Glee seniors graduate to show-within-a-show

posted: 05/22/2012 1:48 a.m.

Tears are bound to flow at 8 p.m. today when the seniors on Fox’s Glee graduate.

Why not Lohan as Taylor? They have a lot in common

posted: 05/22/2012 1:45 a.m.

Nobody, Larry A. Thompson says, should have to endure the emails that he has gotten since deciding last month to cast Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor in a television film for the Lifetime cable channel.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Tryouts, poets, music camps

posted: 05/22/2012 1:44 a.m.

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts this week: Hairspray auditions The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., Pine Bluff, will hold auditions at 6:30 p.m. May 29-30 for its production of the musical Hairspray (music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman, book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the John Waters film).

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Cut mooching son off now

posted: 05/22/2012 1:43 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My 46-year-old, divorced son is working full time and lives within walking distance of me in his own apartment. To compare, his 50-year-old divorced sister who works full time also lives within walking distance in her own apartment.


posted: 05/22/2012 1:42 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll appreciate the opportunity this year affords. You have stellar ideas, and you’ll love it when you get the chance to try them out.Your friendship circle widens in June.


posted: 05/22/2012 1:40 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Regarding Sue from Arkansas about her mom’s family photos being lost (Heloise here: She had shipped the photos to her new address.): The same thing happened to me. We finally found my package in Alaska, as the postal abbreviations for Alaska (AK) and Arkansas (AR) are easily confused!


posted: 05/22/2012 1:40 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I know some of the things I do are wrong, and yet I just keep doing them. I tell God I’m sorry and won’t do them again and ask Him to forgive me, but I still give in when I’m tempted. I guess I’m not a very strong person. — J.McK.

Super Quiz: Diner lingo

posted: 05/22/2012 1:39 a.m.

1. Boiled leaves 2. Adam’s ale 3. Hold the hail 4. Bucket of cold mud 5. Life preservers 6. Mike and Ike

Monday, May 21

More than 88K vote early ahead of state primary

posted: 05/21/2012 6:17 p.m.

More than 88,000 Arkansans have cast their ballots ahead of the May 22 primary and non-partisan judicial election.

Explosion in El Dorado kills three

updated: 05/21/2012 5:37 p.m.

An explosion in El Dorado left three dead on Monday afternoon.

Woman accuses Jermain Taylor of sexual assault

posted: 05/21/2012 5:14 p.m.

Maumelle police are investigating a woman's claim that she was sexually assaulted by Arkansas boxing champion Jermain Taylor.

Two arrested after home search

posted: 05/21/2012 4:04 p.m.

Two people were arrested on drug charges Saturday in Mountain Home, according to a report from the Baxter County sheriff's office.

Man becomes 3rd to survive plunge at Niagara Falls

posted: 05/21/2012 3:07 p.m.

Authorities say a man plunged at least 180 feet over Niagara Falls and survived — only the third person known to have gone over without a safety device and lived.

Magic fire coach Stan Van Gundy, GM also gone

posted: 05/21/2012 2:59 p.m.

The Orlando Magic have fired coach Stan Van Gundy after a rocky season.

Lottery commission begins search for auditor

posted: 05/21/2012 2:17 p.m.

The Arkansas Lottery Commission on Monday began the process to find a new internal auditor after the previous auditor resigned.

Fayetteville trio commits to Arkansas

posted: 05/21/2012 1:56 p.m.

Quarterback Austin Allen, linebacker Brooks Ellis and safety Alex Brignoni verbally committed to Arkansas on Monday, giving the Razorbacks their largest group of in-state commitments from one school since three Warren High School seniors signed with the program in 2008.