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Friday, November 30

Camden Fairview comes back for first state title

posted: 11/30/2012 11:10 p.m.

Coach Buck James told his team at halftime, we can win this game 28-10.

Syracuse seniors sink Arkansas

posted: 11/30/2012 10:16 p.m.

Facing a team with no seniors, Syracuse's fourth-year players showed the value of having them Friday night on the road.

Arkansas-Syracuse Live Blog

posted: 11/30/2012 7 p.m.

Join in an interactive live blog as Arkansas hosts sixth-ranked Syracuse Friday at Bud Walton Arena.

Class 5A state championship live blog

posted: 11/30/2012 6:30 p.m.

Join in on the discussion for tonight's Class 5A state championship game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

Jacksonville police arrest 2 for aggravated robbery

posted: 11/30/2012 4:28 p.m.

The Jacksonville Police Department has arrested two men who were involved in an aggravated robbery at the Tobacco Store, 601 W. Main St., at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Entergy Arkansas purchases Hot Spring facility

posted: 11/30/2012 3:18 p.m.

Entergy Arkansas completed its purchase of a Hot Spring Energy Facility on Friday.

Purported ham thief held; bail at $30,000

posted: 11/30/2012 1:02 p.m.

A Little Rock man accused of selling a truckload of meat he was supposed to deliver to Florida has been ordered held in lieu of $30,000 bond.

Clinton School sets December lectures

posted: 11/30/2012 12:48 p.m.

The Clinton School of Public Service has announced its speakers for December 2012.

State lawmakers study impact of schools ruling

posted: 11/30/2012 12:37 p.m.

Arkansas lawmakers say they’re unsure what steps to take next year to address a state Supreme Court ruling that said school districts that collect more in property tax revenue than state-mandated school funding levels can keep the money.

Bentonville, Fayetteville depart for state championship

posted: 11/30/2012 12:33 p.m.

The Bentonville and Fayetteville high school football teams departed for Little Rock this morning. They meet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday for the 7A state football championship.

Arkansas man killed in Louisiana traffic accident

posted: 11/30/2012 noon

Caddo Parish sheriff’s deputies say a 34-year-old Bradley, Ark., man was killed in a single vehicle accident north of Shreveport.

Texarkana businesses raided in gambling probe

posted: 11/30/2012 11:49 a.m.

Authorities in Texarkana say seven people were cited Thursday during raids of private clubs where illegal gambling machines were in operation.

Sandy slowed U.S. consumer spending, pay in October

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

Americans cut back on spending last month while their income remained flat.

Shimmer is sizzling right now in home design

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

We all know how the right necklace or earrings can dress up an outfit.

Rep. Griffin named to committee, strikes 2014 campaign

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

U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin of Little Rock said Friday he had been named to the powerful House Ways Committee and will not seek higher office in two years.

Israel pushing settlement in disputed area of Jerusalem

posted: 11/30/2012 11:16 a.m.

As the U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to upgrade the Palestinians’ status Thursday night, Israel took steps toward building housing in a controversial area of East Jerusalem known as E1, where Jewish settlements have long been seen as the death knell for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

ABF announces expansion to Europe, Turkey

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

Fort Smith-based ABF Global Supply Chain Services announced Friday that it is now serving Europe and Turkey with ocean transport.

Travelers name interim general manager

posted: 11/30/2012 10:40 a.m.

The Arkansas Travelers announced the restructuring of the organization's front office on Tuesday.

State Capitol lighting ceremony set for Saturday

posted: 11/30/2012 10:35 a.m.

The State Capitol will hold its annual lighting ceremony at dusk Saturday, the Secretary of State's office said.

Griffin lands spot on Ways and Means Committee

updated: 11/30/2012 12:43 p.m.

Griffin, a Republican from Little Rock who was re-elected earlier this month to a second term, had previously been mentioned as a possible candidate for governor or U.S. Senate in 2014.

AIDS Memorial Quilt coming to Clinton Center

posted: 11/30/2012 9:45 a.m.

The William J. Clinton Presidential Center will host a day-long reading Saturday of names of people who have died from AIDS during a display of the single largest traveling section of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

I-540 lanes to shut 2 days for bridge work

posted: 11/30/2012 9:43 a.m.

The southbound lanes of Interstate 540 between Arkansas 45 and Arkansas 255 will be closed Monday and Tuesday of next week, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department's Fort Smith headquarters said.

Work on Ninth Street in LR spurs new restrictions

posted: 11/30/2012 9:30 a.m.

Construction on a project extending Ninth Street in Little Rock near the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport will create new restrictions beginning next week, officials said.

Health officials dispose of stolen pork

posted: 11/30/2012 9:27 a.m.

Arkansas health officials are disposing of $42,000 worth of meat after a Little Rock truck driver was accused of not delivering the hams and hot dogs and selling them himself from a refrigerated trailer.

In Syria, airport road reopens but Internet still cut

posted: 11/30/2012 7:28 a.m.

Syrian rebels battled regime troops south of Damascus on Friday, and Internet and most telephone lines remained cut a second day, but the government reopened the road to the capital’s airport in a sign that the fighting could be subsiding, activists said.

Jury to be picked in $1 million lottery-ticket case

posted: 11/30/2012 7:25 a.m.

Jury selection is to get under way in a legal battle over a $1 million lottery ticket that one woman threw away and another plucked out of the trash.

Womack joins online sales-tax call

updated: 11/30/2012 9:06 a.m.

GOP U.S. Rep. Steve Womack is backing a law that would allow states to levy sales tax on online and catalog purchases.

Congo rebels extend stay in Goma

posted: 11/30/2012 7:21 a.m.

Rebels in Congo believed to be backed by Rwanda postponed their departure Friday from the key eastern city of Goma by 48 hours for “logistical reasons,” defying for a second time an ultimatum set by neighboring African countries and backed by Western diplomats.

Heifer to put animals on display at headquarters

posted: 11/30/2012 7:18 a.m.

Heifer International is inviting people to its headquarters to learn about the animals it places with poor families around the world so they can become self-sufficient.

German Parliament approves Greek debt deal

posted: 11/30/2012 7:11 a.m.

German lawmakers overwhelmingly backed a deal aimed at trimming Greece’s debt load and keeping the country financially afloat, but the country’s finance minister insisted it would be irresponsible to raise hopes of more radical debt forgiveness soon.

Eurozone unemployment hits another record high

posted: 11/30/2012 7:09 a.m.

Figures released Friday from Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics office, showed that the recession in the eurozone pushed unemployment in the region up to 11.7 percent in October.

Man with dementia missing, LR police say

updated: 11/30/2012 9:09 a.m.

Authorities are looking for a 60-year-old man who walked away from a Little Rock residence Thursday afternoon.

Obama offers ‘cliff’ plan

posted: 11/30/2012 5:21 a.m.

President Barack Obama offered Republicans a detailed plan Thursday for averting the year-end “fiscal cliff ” that calls for $1.6 trillion in new taxes, $50 billion in fresh spending on the economy and an effective end to congressional control over the size of the national debt.

Syria loses Net service; rebels fear offensive ahead

posted: 11/30/2012 5:20 a.m.

Internet service went down Thursday across Syria, and international flights were canceled at the Damascus airport when a nearby road was closed by heavy fighting in the country’s civil war.

U.S. economic pace picks up in quarter

posted: 11/30/2012 5:19 a.m.

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.7 percent annual rate from July through September, much faster than first estimated.

Birthrate in U.S. hits record low

posted: 11/30/2012 5:19 a.m.

The U.S. birthrate plunged last year to a record low, with the decline being led by alien women hit hard by the recession, according to a study released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.

Ice on Mercury a hot topic

posted: 11/30/2012 5:18 a.m.

Mercury is as cold as ice. Indeed, Mercury, the closest planet to the sun, possesses a lot of ice, scientists working with NASA’s Messenger spacecraft reported Thursday.

Iraq attacks target Shiite areas, kill 43

posted: 11/30/2012 5:17 a.m.

Back-toback explosions tore through tents housing Shiite pilgrims in southern Iraq on Thursday, the deadliest in a wave of bombings that killed at least 43 people nationwide, officials said.

N.Y. not liable in boat accident, state court rules

posted: 11/30/2012 5:17 a.m.

New York’s top court on Thursday rejected damages claims against state inspectors who continually recertified a tour boat for 48-passenger capacity before it overturned on an Adirondack lake in 2005 and 20 people drowned.

WikiLeaks-case GI calls lockup a ‘cage’

posted: 11/30/2012 5:16 a.m.

An Army private charged in the biggest security breach in U.S. history testified Thursday that he felt like a doomed, caged animal after he was arrested in Baghdad on accusations of sending classified information to the website WikiLeaks.

Quicker Afghan exit backed

posted: 11/30/2012 5:15 a.m.

The Senate voted Thursday for an accelerated withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan after more than a decade of fighting.

Officer’s kindness a hit on Facebook

posted: 11/30/2012 5:13 a.m.

A tourist’s snapshot of a New York City police officer giving new boots to a barefoot, homeless man in Times Square has created an online sensation.

Egyptian Islamists push through draft of charter

posted: 11/30/2012 5:13 a.m.

Islamists rushed Thursday to approve a draft constitution for Egypt without the participation of liberal and Christian members, aiming to pre-empt a court ruling that could dissolve their panel and further inflame the clash between the opposition and President Mohammed Morsi.

U.K. report calls for new watchdog law for press

posted: 11/30/2012 5:12 a.m.

After nine months of hearings sparked by phone hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid, a landmark report released Thursday recommended new, independent oversight of newspapers in what was seen as a day of reckoning for the British press.

Burma uses force on mine protesters

posted: 11/30/2012 5:12 a.m.

Security forces used water cannons, tear gas and smoke bombs Thursday to clear protesters from a copper mine in northwestern Burma, wounding villagers and Buddhist monks in the biggest use of force against demonstrators since the reformist government of President Thein Sein took office last year.

Chat over chili and salad kept private

posted: 11/30/2012 5:10 a.m.

President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney met privately for a lunch at the White House that ended with pledges “to stay in touch.” It was the first meeting for the two men since the Nov. 6 election, which Obama won with 332 electoral votes to Romney’s 206.

Groups speak for poor

posted: 11/30/2012 5:09 a.m.

Over the past week, as lawmakers and President Barack Obama have struggled to reach a deficit-reduction deal, Arkansans who run social programs and a labor union have sent a message to Washington: Don’t let the poor and needy and schools get pushed off the “fiscal cliff.” The fiscal cliff is a combination of deep cuts in domestic and military programs, which are scheduled to automatically go into effect in January, and the expiration of the George W. Bush-era tax cuts. The result, say many economist and political observers, will send the country back into a recession.

In the news

posted: 11/30/2012 5:08 a.m.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a Rhode Island independent whose use of the term “holiday tree,” rather than “Christmas tree,” last year sparked protests, gave the public 30 minutes’ notice for this year’s tree-lighting ceremony at the Statehouse — this coming after his spokesman said earlier that he would skip the treelighting altogether.

Names and faces

posted: 11/30/2012 5:08 a.m.

Lindsay Lohan was charged Thursday with crimes in New York and Los Angeles.

Getting it straight

posted: 11/30/2012 5:07 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Frank Fellone Deputy Editor P.O. Box 2221 Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 378-3475 during business hours Monday through Friday.

The nation in brief

posted: 11/30/2012 5:07 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Despite the claims that the president supports a balanced approach, the Democrats have yet to get serious about real spending cuts.” House Speaker John Boehner Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 11/30/2012 5:07 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I fear that cutting the Internet may be a prelude to a massacre in Damascus.” Adib Shishakly, a Syrian opposition figure from Cairo Article, 1A

Lottery chief gets OK to aid settlement bid

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

Arkansas’ lottery would pay about $54,000 toward resolving a lawsuit filed against the association that administers the Powerball game under a proposed settlement, Director Bishop Woosley said Thursday.

Man Accused Of Raping 17-Year-Old

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

A state prisoner who was part of a furlough program is accused of raping a 17-year-old girl while free, according to court records.

DWI arrest adds to woes for ex-Fayetteville lawyer

posted: 11/30/2012 4:59 a.m.

A former Fayetteville lawyer with two outstanding warrants and about $1 million in civil court judgments against him was arrested Nov. 23 in Eureka Springs on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

Busywork cuts into time with kids, counselors say

posted: 11/30/2012 4:58 a.m.

College and career counseling is one of the many responsibilities of high school counselors, who also coordinate student schedules, respond to crisis situations, comfort students in distress, and arrange meetings with students, their parents and teachers as needed.

College to pursue 1.7-mill increase

posted: 11/30/2012 4:58 a.m.

The National Park Community College board of trustees officially voted Wednesday to move forward with seeking a special election in April for a 1.7-mill increase.

Fort Smith, housing partner settle unpaid loan

posted: 11/30/2012 4:57 a.m.

A partnership that failed to repay a $150,000 housing loan to Fort Smith will repay part of the loan and extend low-rent benefits to tenants for an additional five years, according to city officials.

MUSIC REVIEW: Messiah features superb arias

posted: 11/30/2012 4:56 a.m.

The enormous sanctuary of First Pentecostal Church in North Little Rock was the setting Thursday night for the 83rd — yes, 83rd — annual performance of Messiah by the Arkansas Choral Society.

UA project among 8 sharing $2 million in energy grants

posted: 11/30/2012 4:56 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville is among eight groups in four states sharing in a $2 million energy grant awarded Oct. 30 as the result of a legal settlement between a major utility and environmentalists.

1.95-carat diamond found at state park

posted: 11/30/2012 4:56 a.m.

A Florida man found a 1.95-carat brown diamond at Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park, the second-largest diamond found there this year.

Power-line work to shut Interstate 30 lanes

posted: 11/30/2012 4:55 a.m.

Entergy Arkansas Inc. crews installing new power lines will require temporary lane closings Sunday on Interstate 30 in Benton, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said. The work, at the Saline River just east of Exit 114, will require Entergy crews to pull power lines across the traffic lanes on I-30. All lanes in each direction will be closed for 15-minute intervals beginning at 8:30 a.m., weather permitting.

Crystal Bridges ex-director returns to his Kansas roots

posted: 11/30/2012 4:55 a.m.

Bob Workman, the first person to head the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, is returning to the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University, where he began his career in 1978.

Bobby Jack Pearl: Touted as master of the steel guitar

posted: 11/30/2012 4:55 a.m.

Bobby Jack Pearl’s lifelong passion for music started after his fingers floated across the strings of a steel guitar as a child.

Colleges in program mentor public schools

posted: 11/30/2012 4:54 a.m.

For a half-dozen years throughout Arkansas, colleges and universities have been mentoring educators at local public schools under the state-funded Education Renewal Zone program.

City sues over way fire units funded

posted: 11/30/2012 4:51 a.m.

The city of Beebe has sued White County over U.S. census figures the county is using to decide how much state tax money to allocate local fire departments.

State legislator to speak on sentencing overhaul

posted: 11/30/2012 4:51 a.m.

A state lawmaker who helped pass an overhaul to Arkansas’ sentencing and prisons law will discuss the changes with other state leaders at a conference Saturday.

Mena ceremony for children set

posted: 11/30/2012 4:50 a.m.

A candlelighting for families who have had a child, grandchild or sibling die will be held Dec. 9 in Mena.

Educators try new discipline

posted: 11/30/2012 4:49 a.m.

When teenagers make bad choices, such as taking illegal or contraband drugs to school, they face lengthy suspensions or expulsions that can set them back academically and increase their chances of dropping out of school.

Man, 43, shot, killed walking on a trail

posted: 11/30/2012 4:49 a.m.

A 43-year-old Coal Hill man walking on a trail beside Horsehead Creek in west-central Johnson County was fatally shot Wednesday by a man who mistook him for a deer, according to the Johnson County sheriff’s office.

Woodruff County to get war marker

posted: 11/30/2012 4:48 a.m.

A Civil War historical marker has been approved for Woodruff County to commemorate the Fitzhugh’s Woods Battle site, the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission announced.

2,200 young readers earn trip to Horse Tales show at UA

posted: 11/30/2012 4:47 a.m.

Some 2,200 fourth-grade students from schools around Northwest Arkansas spent part of Thursday with Frederik the Great.

Calico County eatery unsure of next move

posted: 11/30/2012 4:46 a.m.

Owners of a popular restaurant that was damaged by fire early Monday said they hope to reopen in the same location next year.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 11/30/2012 4:41 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: Young Road North Little Rock: Randolph Road Pulaski County: Burlingame Road

Getting it straight

posted: 11/30/2012 4:40 a.m.

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

Police beat

posted: 11/30/2012 4:40 a.m.

Knife-wielder took wallet, man says Little Rock police are searching for a man who they said robbed another man who had just left an ATM earlier this month.

Daily record

posted: 11/30/2012 4:40 a.m.

Marriages and Divorces

Obituaries

posted: 11/30/2012 4:39 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: 11/30/2012 4:39 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Nov. 30, 1912 Editor’s note: There were no newspapers available in the Democrat-Gazette archives for Nov. 30, 1912.

Arkansas Supreme Court

posted: 11/30/2012 4:39 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court released opinions Thursday.The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts. state.ar.us.

EDITORIALS: The bigger they are . . .

posted: 11/30/2012 4:38 a.m.

WHEN IT comes to a really juicy helping of schadenfreude, nobody enjoys it more than newspaper types. We’d take second helpings of it if we could. Maybe it has to do with our having to correct errors on a daily basis. Musicians just play on. Photographers can airbrush their bad shots. Husbands have perfected the art of admitting mistakes. (“Okay, so maybe that’s not the most right I’ve ever been.”) But newspapers have to correct the record.

We fought the good fight

posted: 11/30/2012 4:38 a.m.

Over the years, one of the more troubling characteristics of the Democratic Party and the left in general has been a shortage of loyalty and an abundance of self-loathing. It would be a shame if we Republicans took a narrow presidential loss as a signal that those are traits we should emulate.

Too sexy for his shirt

posted: 11/30/2012 4:37 a.m.

It may turn out that the editors of the English-language edition of the Chinese Communist Party’s mouthpiece, The People’s Daily, were only kidding when they ran a 55-image slideshow based on “Kim Jong Un Named The Onion’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2012.” But if it turns out that they weren’t, the explanation for how such an article ended up in China’s most important tribunal isn’t so hard to parse. In three distinct ways, The Onion’s satire was perfectly engineered to appeal to editorial biases—some might call them blind spots—at the English edition of The People’s Daily.

OTHERS SAY: Defend insanity defense

posted: 11/30/2012 4:37 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused this week to review the murder conviction of an Idaho man who was prevented by state law from offering an insanity defense. The court’s abdication of its responsibility encourages other states to dismantle a central principle of Anglo-American law: that a defendant should not be held criminally responsible when mental illness makes it impossible for him to tell right from wrong.

America the ugly

posted: 11/30/2012 4:36 a.m.

If you’ve heard of Lindsey Stone, you already know the story of her now-infamous Facebook post. If you haven’t heard of her, here is a short synopsis: Stone and friend Jamie Schuh were touring Washington, D.C., last month. Part of the pair’s antics included photographing some attempts at anti-establishment humor, such as when Stone posed with a cigarette in front of a “No Smoking” sign.

LETTERS

posted: 11/30/2012 4:36 a.m.

Certainly a pattern here I have seen absolutely no evidence that would ever cause me to believe lowering tax rates on “investors” (a code word for someone who has more money than he can spend) would create jobs.

Hobbled Raiders show grit

posted: 11/30/2012 4:28 a.m.

The losses keep piling up for Middle Tennessee, but so have the victories.

CLASS 6A CHAMPIONSHIP: GREENWOOD VS. EL DORADO: Burgess snugly fits Greenwood’s QB mold

posted: 11/30/2012 4:27 a.m.

Jabe Burgess was maybe in the third grade when it was discovered that he could spin it, Greenwood Coach Rick Jones said.

Cardinals (13-0) take 3rd title crack

posted: 11/30/2012 4:25 a.m.

Camden Fairview’s resume since 2006 includes 6 conference championships, 6 seasons with at least 10 victories and 5 semifinal playoff appearances.

LIKE IT IS: New coach needs to be able to tackle Texas

posted: 11/30/2012 4:24 a.m.

Only the most-optimistic thought Jeff Long would have a new head football coach for the Arkansas Razorbacks this week.

COMMENTARY: Gagliardi found gain from no pain

posted: 11/30/2012 4:23 a.m.

Sometimes we miss things even before they’re gone.

Playoff chance stirs UCA safety

posted: 11/30/2012 4:22 a.m.

Seeing his teammates advance to the second round of NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs last season was all the motivation Radarius Winston needed to get back on the field.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Battle of the Border loaded with top talent

posted: 11/30/2012 4:21 a.m.

The second Battle of the Border on Saturday at Little Rock Hall will feature some of the nation’s best basketball talent, including several prospects being sought by Arkansas.

BIG EAST FOOTBALL: Banged-up QB needed to save Cards

posted: 11/30/2012 4:20 a.m.

Teddy Bridgewater couldn’t take a snap from center because of a broken wrist, and had a hitch in his step because of a sore ankle.

NFL: Brees’ bad day ends TD streak

posted: 11/30/2012 4:19 a.m.

The Atlanta Falcons moved to the brink of clinching a division championship.

Arkansas, UCA set to open NCAAs

posted: 11/30/2012 4:18 a.m.

Arkansas’ women’s volleyball team will make its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, but its first in six years, when the Razorbacks (22-9 ) open against Wichita State (22-9 ) at 4 p.m. today in Lawrence, Kan.

SUN BELT WOMEN: UALR women slow down Troy

posted: 11/30/2012 4:17 a.m.

The UALR women’s basketball team opened its Sun Belt Conference schedule Thursday night against a team that played a style it hadn’t seen this season.

SEC WOMEN: Watkins delivers boost off bench

posted: 11/30/2012 4:16 a.m.

Arkansas senior center Sarah Watkins asked Coach Tom Collen if she was going to start against Texas Southern on Thursday.

SUN BELT MEN: UALR overcomes sluggish start

posted: 11/30/2012 4:15 a.m.

Steve Shields was relieved his UALR men’s team escaped with a 58-56 victory over Troy in its Sun Belt Conference opener Thursday night.

TOP 25 MEN: Irish whip Cats with experience

posted: 11/30/2012 4:14 a.m.

Notre Dame’s experience and raucous home crowd were too much for eighth-ranked Kentucky and its heralded freshmen.

Ashley does it all for Zebras

posted: 11/30/2012 4:13 a.m.

Greenwood has Drew Morgan, but Pine Bluff has Walter Ashley.

Kaufman makes plays for Tigers

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

Bentonville Coach Barry Lunney didn’t hesitate when asked who was the difference in the Tigers’ 24-17 victory over Fayetteville on Nov. 2.

Game and Fish expands WMA, votes to fix dam

posted: 11/30/2012 4:10 a.m.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission voted Thursday to increase the size of the Harold Alexander Wildlife Management Area and repair the dam at the Spring River State Fish Hatchery.

Kim matches course record, leads

posted: 11/30/2012 4:09 a.m.

Meen Whee Kim tied the PGA West’s Stadium Course record with a 9-under-par 63 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament.

Earnhardt popular repeat

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

Dale Earnhardt Jr. tied Bill Elliott’s record of 10 consecutive victories as NASCAR’s most popular driver, and was just as nervous accepting it Thursday as he was when he received his first honor.

This week’s games

posted: 11/30/2012 3:43 a.m.

TODAY CLASS 5A FINAL *Batesville vs. Camden Fairview, 7 p.m. CLASS 4A SEMIFINALS Ozark at Highland Prairie Grove at Stuttgart CLASS 3A SEMIFINALS Prescott at Glen Rose Fountain Lake at Harding Academy CLASS 2A SEMIFINALS Mineral Springs at Bearden Walnut Ridge at Junction City SATURDAY CLASS 6A FINAL *Pine Bluff vs. Greenwood, noon CLASS 7A FINAL

Off the wire

posted: 11/30/2012 3:37 a.m.

FOOTBALL Mathieu off to NFL Cornerback Tyrann Mathieu will enter the 2013 NFL Draft. Mathieu won the 2011 Chuck Bednarik Award as the best defensive player in college football and was a Heisman Trophy finalist. Mathieu, 20, in August was dismissed from the LSU football program three weeks before the start of his junior season by Coach Les Miles for violating team rules.

Second thoughts

posted: 11/30/2012 3:37 a.m.

Big man sinks to new low It’s almost a cliche.

State sports briefs

posted: 11/30/2012 3:36 a.m.

BASEBALL 4 Hogs among Baseball America top 100 Four Arkansas players are listed on Baseball America’s top 100 college prospects for the 2013 major-league draft. Junior right-hander Ryne Stanek was ranked as the No. 3 prospect, junior right-hander Colby Suggs was No. 16, junior right-hander Barrett Astin was No. 65 and junior infielder Dominic Ficociello was No. 74. Stanek was 8-4 record with a 2.82 ERA in 17 games last season. He appeared in 30 games, all in relief, and finished 7-1 with a 1.38 ERA. Astin pitched in a team-high 32 games last season, 29 out of the bullpen, and went 3-5 with a team-high 11 saves and a 1.99 ERA. Ficociello started 67 games during the 2012 season and hit.290 with 6 home runs and 41 RBI.

Getting it straight

posted: 11/30/2012 3:36 a.m.

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

NFL notes

posted: 11/30/2012 3:35 a.m.

STEELERS QB testing shoulder PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger can hold his newborn son Ben Jr. in his injured right arm just fine. When the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback will be able to say the same about a football, even he’s not sure.

CLASS 5A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

posted: 11/30/2012 3:35 a.m.

Batesville (10-3 ) COACH Dave King, 17th season, 141-57-2 ASSISTANTS Stuart Smith, defensive coordinator, linebackers; Kevin Miller, offensive coordinator, wide receivers; Gary Rhodes, offensive line; Tim Howard, offensive line; T.J. Stroud, secondary, special teams; Patrick Smith, running backs, special teams; Patrick Rowe, defensive ends MASCOT Pioneers CONFERENCE 5A-East RECORD 9-3, 6-1 5A-East, second RANKING No. 2 in Class 5A ENROLLMENT 623 (based on 2012-2014 classification cycle; 21st among 32 Class 5A schools)

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ROUNDUPS

posted: 11/30/2012 3:34 a.m.

BOYS ACADEMICS PLUS 63, ROSE BUD 50 Will Redwine scored 22 points as the Falcons (8-7 ) defeated the Ramblers in the semifinals of the Nemo Vista Invitational. Kyle Coffman added 18 for the winners, who will face the host team in Saturday’s championship game. BENTON HARMONY GROVE 55, MOUNT VERNON-ENOLA 32 Drake Wilks and Bryce Sossamon scored 13 points each as the host Cardinals (4-2 ) defeated the War Hawks in the semifinals of the Bill Gibbs Memorial Tournament. Blake Keathley led Mount Vernon-Enola with 10 points.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS

posted: 11/30/2012 3:34 a.m.

CITIZENS BANK CLASSIC Van Buren Boys Wednesday’s results FS Southside 67, Shiloh Christian 65, OT Greenwood 50, Farmington 47 Thursday’s results Bentonville 63, Charleston 38 Van Buren 63, Morrilton 49 Girls Wednesday’s result Shiloh Christian 57, Springdale 37 Today’s games Farmington 36, Gentry 34 Van Buren 49, Charleston 39

October vehicle tags tally at 10,059

posted: 11/30/2012 3:32 a.m.

More than 10,000 new vehicles were registered in Arkansas last month, the most registrations in the state since May, a Kentucky automotive research firm said Thursday.

Honda whips out retooled Civic

posted: 11/30/2012 3:32 a.m.

In the quickest turnaround in the 39-year history of the Civic, Honda Motor Co. is introducing a modified U.S. model, just 19 months after the current car appeared.

Suitors up to 110, Hostess tells court

posted: 11/30/2012 3:31 a.m.

Hostess Brands Inc. said Thursday that it’s in talks with 110 potential buyers for its brands, which include Wonder Bread, Ding Dongs and Twinkies.

Sandy faulted as retailers report weak sales gains for November

posted: 11/30/2012 3:31 a.m.

Major retailers such as Kohl’s, Target and Macy’s on Thursday reported weak sales in November as a strong start to the Christmas shopping season — including a good showing on the day after Thanksgiving — wasn’t enough to offset the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Kroger’s 3rd-quarter profit surpasses expectations

posted: 11/30/2012 3:29 a.m.

Kroger Co. is raising its earnings outlook for the year after the nation’s largest traditional supermarket chain reported a third-quarter profit that topped Wall Street expectations.

MARKET REPORT: Economic reports give stocks a boost

posted: 11/30/2012 3:29 a.m.

Optimism that a budget deal will be reached in Washington sent stocks modestly higher Thursday. A pair of economic reports also brightened the mood.

Business news in brief

posted: 11/30/2012 3:28 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The longer these brands are off the shelves, the less they’re going to be valued.” Joshua Scherer, a financial adviser for Hostess Brands Inc., on the plan to quickly sell the bankrupt company Article, 1D

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 11/30/2012 3:28 a.m.

Niche soybeans hold promise, say 2 from UA A niche market for edamame, natto and other soybean products could be worth up to $15 million to Arkansas growers, two University of Arkansas economists said.

ON FILM: Time to catch up on watching films

posted: 11/30/2012 3:27 a.m.

This is the time of year when it’s good to be a film critic.

‘Tell, don’t show’ is style of Killing Them Softly

posted: 11/30/2012 3:26 a.m.

Killing Them Softly 88 Cast: Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Vincent Curatola, Ray Liotta, Trevor Long, Max Casella, Sam Shepard Director: Andrew Dominik Rating: R, for violence, sexual references, strong language and some drug use Running time: 97 minutes Killing Them Softly might be a mob story, but the body count is rather low, and the characters spend more of their time talking than shooting.

REVIEW: Anna Karenina

posted: 11/30/2012 3:25 a.m.

Anna Karenina 88 Cast: Keira Knightley, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jude Law, Matthew Macfadyen, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Kelly Macdonald, Emily Watson Director: Joe Wright Rating: R, for some sexuality and violence Running time: 130 minutes “Sumptuous” is the word for Joe Wright’s self-consciously stylish and highly entertaining movie of Count Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina — the film is at least half fashion show, an opportunity to feast on visuals.

3 debuts can’t dispatch Twilight

posted: 11/30/2012 3:23 a.m.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2, the finale in the teen vampire series, kept the top spot in U.S. and Canadian cinemas over Thanksgiving weekend, driving sales to a record for the five-day period.

Christmas Lights

posted: 11/30/2012 3:22 a.m.

Just see those Christmas lights twinkling, wink, blink, blinking too.

REVIEW: Smashed

posted: 11/30/2012 3:22 a.m.

Kate is a first-grade schoolteacher. Her husband, Charlie, writes intermittently about the local music scene for an alternative weekly. They have a few beers in their comfortably rumpled Los Angeles bungalow when Kate gets home from school, then spend a lot of late nights in clubs, checking out bands.

REVIEW: A Late Quartet

posted: 11/30/2012 3:21 a.m.

While classical music sometimes seems to exist in a bubble protected from the real world, the people who play it struggle with the same issues everyone else does. That’s the foundation for documentarian Yaron Zilberman’s new movie, A Late Quartet, which follows a celebrated string quartet called The Fugue, who may never pick up their bows again.

PREVIEWS

posted: 11/30/2012 3:20 a.m.

New this week Anna Karenina 88 R This latest adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's epic 19th century Russian novel (script by Tom Stoppard) features Keira Knightley as the title debutante in an unhappy marriage with a much older man, who finds new romance with a dashing young count. With Jude Law, Matthew MacFadyen, Olivia Williams, Aaron Johnson; directed by Joe Wright.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 11/30/2012 3:19 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) The Flat, not rated A documentary by Arnon Goldfinger, based on what happened when his family came together to clean out the Tel Aviv apartment of his grandmother, who died at the age of 98 and had lived there for more than 70 years. What they found: an incredible story about the friendship between the grandfather, a Zionist and Jewish lawyer, and a Nazi commander. Dec. 7 Playing for Keeps, PG-13

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 11/30/2012 3:19 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My uncle says he’s going to stop giving to his church because he doesn’t think they ought to be spending some of their budget on churches and people in other countries. Is he right to think this way, or is he just being a tightwad? — K.G.S.

BOX OFFICE

posted: 11/30/2012 3:19 a.m.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday — excluding the numbers from Wednesday and Thursday last week — followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood. com are: 1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2, Summit, $43,641,448, 4,070 locations, $10,723 average, $227,366,118, two weeks.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 11/30/2012 3:19 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll work more for love than for money.You’ll find projects that challenge you and fit in with your self-improvement goals. Then in February, all bets are off. You’ll be confident, comfortable and committed to making yourself happy — all the while creating more attraction around you. A windfall comes in April.

Film clips

posted: 11/30/2012 3:18 a.m.

At area theaters 89 ARGO, R Based on supposedly recently declassified documents. Ben Affleck directs and plays a CIA rescue specialist who concocts (with Alan Arkin and John Goodman ) a cockeyed plot to create a fake movie as a way of rescuing six Americans who escaped the 1979 Iranian takeover of the American embassy and subsequent 444-day hostage crisis. (120 minutes) 84 BRAVE, PG A courageous young Scottish princess (voice of Kelly Macdonald) inadvertently unleashes chaos in the kingdom while battling tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts and finding the meaning of true bravery.

Super Quiz: Greatest male screen legends

posted: 11/30/2012 3:18 a.m.

1. No. 1: H.B. 2. No. 2: C.G. 3. No. 3: J.S. 4. No. 4: M.B. 5. No. 5: F.A.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 11/30/2012 3:18 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Looking for a way to pack Christmas ornaments, I found that the divided boxes that wine comes in work great. The 12 sleeves hold a lot of ornaments and are the right size.

Panel: Educate on insurance exchange

posted: 11/30/2012 2:58 a.m.

Although it’s still unclear exactly what shape Arkansas’ health-insurance exchange will take before enrollment starts next October, an advisory committee said Thursday that new state lawmakers need to be quickly brought up to speed about the status of the private marketplace where an estimated 500,000 uninsured Arkansans can shop for coverage.

Lincoln: Historical or fiction?

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

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is a historical bio-pic more concerned with depicting the 16th president’s log-rolling politics than his log-splitting childhood.

Gun-maker moving to Fort Smith

posted: 11/30/2012 12:33 a.m.

Playing the latest movie clips of British spy James Bond and his signature Walther PPK semiautomatic pistol, Arkansas and Fort Smith dignitaries on Thursday attended an announcement that German firearm-maker Carl Walther GmbH’s new U.S.-based operation will locate in Fort Smith. Walther Arms Inc., the company’s U.S. arm that was created this summer, will move into an existing plant owned by Umarex USA, which manufactures and markets airguns, paintball products, airsoft guns and blank-firing pistols, company officials said Thursday.

UA looks at stadium expansion

posted: 11/30/2012 12:31 a.m.

Six days into its search for a head football coach, the University of Arkansas announced Thursday plans to conduct a market and cost analysis for the expansion of Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Hogs on Orange alert, expect Boeheim’s best

posted: 11/30/2012 12:29 a.m.

Jim Boeheim, in on 900 career victories, will be on the opposing bench again when Arkansas goes against No. 6 Syracuse at 7:30 tonight in Bud Walton Arena.

Vote raises Palestine’s U.N. status

posted: 11/30/2012 12:23 a.m.

More than 130 countries voted Thursday to grant Palestine the upgraded status of nonmember state in the United Nations, a defeat for Israel and the United States and a boost for President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, who was weakened by the recent eight days of fighting in Gaza.

Millage decision favors schools

posted: 11/30/2012 12:06 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state cannot force wealthier school districts to surrender excess property-tax revenue to subsidize poorer districts.

Panel: Health exchange’s format fuzzy

posted: 11/30/2012 12:05 a.m.

Although it’s still unclear exactly what shape Arkansas’ health-insurance exchange will take before enrollment starts next October, an advisory committee said Thursday that new state lawmakers need to be quickly brought up to speed about the status of the private marketplace where an estimated 500,000 uninsured Arkansans can shop for coverage.

UCA trustee left a loan off ethics report

posted: 11/30/2012 12:04 a.m.

University of Central Arkansas Trustee Victor Green failed to disclose a business loan he got from First Security Bank in early 2011 with the help of longtime Trustee Rush Harding III, who heads an investment business owned by the bank.

4 architects make pitches for Robinson Center redo

posted: 11/30/2012 12:03 a.m.

The Little Rock Advertising and Promotion Commission heard proposals from four architects vying to help renovate the Robinson Center and Robinson Center Music Hall on Thursday.

LR man arrested in theft of meat

posted: 11/30/2012 12:02 a.m.

A Little Rock truck driver arrested Tuesday after police accused him of ramming a pickup with his tractor-trailer cab wound up arrested again Thursday, this time accused of stealing a load of meat he was supposed to deliver to Miami two weeks ago, police said.

Little Rock man receives 35 years for killing father of 19

posted: 11/30/2012 12:01 a.m.

A 27-year-old Little Rock man was sentenced to 35 years in prison Thursday for killing a man who had a sexual relationship with the defendant’s girlfriend.

Thursday, November 29

15 defendants, 118 lbs. of meth, 76.8 years of sentences

posted: 11/29/2012 5:28 p.m.

Fifteen Springdale defendants in a drug smuggling ring received a combined sentence of 76.8 years, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge.

UA exploring cost analysis for stadium expansion

updated: 11/30/2012 11:31 a.m.

While the search for a new football coach continues, the University of Arkansas issued a request Thursday for contractors and architects to submit proposals as part of a cost analysis project to expand Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

UALR to receive $750,000 from NASA

posted: 11/29/2012 4:13 p.m.

UALR will receive $750,000 from NASA for robot vision research, a release from the school announced.

U.N. recognizes state of Palestine

updated: 11/29/2012 5:06 p.m.

The U.N. General Assembly has voted by a more than two-thirds majority to recognize the state of Palestine.

Ex-official gets prison in Katrina grant plot

posted: 11/29/2012 2:56 p.m.

A former New Orleans city councilman has been sentenced to six months in prison for plotting to misuse federal money intended to help a nonprofit organization after Hurricane Katrina.

Same-sex marriage cases could go to Supreme Court

posted: 11/29/2012 2:54 p.m.

The running fight over gay marriage is shifting from the ballot box to the Supreme Court.

Internet down nationwide in Syria

posted: 11/29/2012 11:49 a.m.

The Syrian government shut down the Internet across the country and cut cell-phone services in select areas Thursday as rebels and government troops waged fierce battles near the capital’s airport, wounding two Austrian peacekeepers and forcing international airlines to suspend flights, activists said.

Schools can keep excess funds, court rules

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

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that school districts can keep property tax revenue raised through the Uniform Tax Rate even if the district collects more than the funding levels required by state law.

Boehner: Democrats need to propose spending cuts

posted: 11/29/2012 11:16 a.m.

After meeting with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, House Speaker John Boehner said Democrats still haven’t recommended cuts to government benefit programs as part of a deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”

Man with stolen truckload of hams questioned in LR

updated: 11/29/2012 11:29 a.m.

Authorities are questioning a man who was selling hams in Little Rock from a truckload reported stolen out of South Carolina.

Happy families are all alike ...

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

And every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. And this week’s MovieStyle has no shortage of unhappy families.

State open-records law ruling before high court

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

An attorney for a west Arkansas city says the state Supreme Court should order legislators to define what constitutes a meeting under the state’s Freedom of Information act after a judge ruled part of the law was unconstitutional.

Arms firms to expand in Fort Smith, add up to 120 jobs

posted: 11/29/2012 10:11 a.m.

An arms company will join an existing, affiliated firm in Fort Smith and together they will undergo a $7 million expansion and add up to 120 jobs in the next five years, officials said Thursday.

Allen named player of the year

posted: 11/29/2012 9:48 a.m.

Fayetteville QB Austin Allen, an Arkansas commitment has been named Gatorade Arkansas Football Player of the Year.

Roadside blasts kill at least 12 Afghan civilians

posted: 11/29/2012 9:17 a.m.

Two roadside bombs exploded Thursday in eastern and southern Afghanistan, killing at least 12 people and injuring 16 others, officials said.

Space heater blamed for LR house fire

updated: 11/29/2012 11:01 a.m.

Officials are investigating the cause of a blaze at a home on Lewis Street.

Blytheville school picks 2 finalists for president

posted: 11/29/2012 8:39 a.m.

Arkansas Northeastern College has narrowed its search for the school’s next president to two finalists.

Report: Britain needs independent press regulator

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

Britain needs a new independent media regulator to eliminate a subculture of unethical behavior that infected segments of the country’s press, a senior judge said Thursday at the end of a year-long inquiry into newspaper wrongdoing.

Islamist-led assembly votes on Egypt constitution

posted: 11/29/2012 8 a.m.

An Islamist-dominated panel tasked to write a new constitution for Egypt began voting Thursday on the document’s final draft.

U.S. economy grew at 2.7% rate in summer

posted: 11/29/2012 7:54 a.m.

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.7 percent annual rate from July through September, much faster than first thought.

Congo rebels pulling back; fate of Goma uncertain

posted: 11/29/2012 7:53 a.m.

Rebels, who last week seized one of the most important cities in eastern Congo and advanced beyond, said Thursday that they had pulled back several miles to the town of Sake and were on track to leave the key city by Friday, in accordance with a deadline imposed by the international community.

Russian children find lion cub, take it to school

posted: 11/29/2012 7:51 a.m.

Most primary school classes get a goldfish to keep, a hamster or a turtle if they’re lucky — but children from one village in southern Russia got to play with a lion cub.

Hostess to seek OK for executive bonuses

posted: 11/29/2012 7:48 a.m.

Hostess Brands Inc. plans to ask for a judge’s approval Thursday to give its top executives bonuses totaling up to $1.8 million as part of its wind-down plans.

Palestinians seen certain to win recognition as a state

posted: 11/29/2012 7:42 a.m.

The Palestinians are seen as certain to win U.N. recognition as a state Thursday in a General Assembly vote that Israel and the United States warn could delay hopes of achieving an independent Palestinian homeland through peace talks with Israel.

Beebe sets Fort Smith development announcement

posted: 11/29/2012 7:26 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe has scheduled a trip to Fort Smith for an economic development announcement Thursday.

Burma cracks down on mine protest; dozens hurt

posted: 11/29/2012 7:23 a.m.

Security forces used water cannons, tear gas and smoke bombs Thursday to clear protesters from a copper mine in northwest Burma, wounding villagers and Buddhist monks just hours before opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in the area to hear their grievances.

2 tickets strike gold in record Powerball jackpot

posted: 11/29/2012 6:52 a.m.

The richest Powerball jackpot ever — and the second-largest top prize in U.S. lottery history — has been won. The question now becomes: Who are the lucky winners waking up to new lives as multimillionaires?

Suicide bomber hurts prominent Pakistani militant, kills 7

posted: 11/29/2012 6:47 a.m.

A suicide bomber Thursday attacked a prominent Pakistani militant commander in the country’s northwest who is believed to have a nonaggression pact with the army, wounding him and killing seven people, officials said.

Wave of attacks in Iraq kills at least 43 people

updated: 11/29/2012 9:04 a.m.

Back-to-back explosions tore through tents housing Shiite pilgrims in southern Iraq on Thursday, the deadliest in a wave of bombings that killed at least 43 people nationwide, officials said.

Obama: Keep middle class from tax rise

posted: 11/29/2012 4:37 a.m.

President Barack Obama called again on Congress on Wednesday to extend Bushera tax cuts for all incomes under $250,000 and leave a broader restructuring of the tax code until next year, as he pressures Republicans to let tax rates rise for the highestearning Americans.

Bombs in Syria kill 34

posted: 11/29/2012 4:35 a.m.

Two suicide bombers detonated their explosives-packed vehicles near a cluster of commercial buildings in a suburb of Damascus on Wednesday, killing at least 34 people and covering the street with debris and pools of blood.

Courts on strike in Egypt; constitution writers hustle

posted: 11/29/2012 4:33 a.m.

Courts and factions engaged in a frantic last minute scramble Wednesday in a struggle for power over the culmination of Egypt’s political transition after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

Panel: Afghan politics hindered bank probe

posted: 11/29/2012 4:32 a.m.

Political interference stymied an investigation into the collapse of Afghanistan’s largest bank, according to an independent report of how the men at Kabul Bank and their friends and relatives got rich off $861 million in fraudulent loans.

Stricter oversight coming, House panel cautions VA

posted: 11/29/2012 4:31 a.m.

The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee warned the Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday to expect much more aggressive oversight in the coming months as lawmakers review the department’s conference and travel spending.

D.C. holds groundbreaking for veterans memorial center

posted: 11/29/2012 4:31 a.m.

Jill Biden and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta joined an effort Wednesday to build an education center at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to tell the stories of generations of veterans killed in combat, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Report to House ethics panel finds Texan likely bent rules

posted: 11/29/2012 4:30 a.m.

An independent House panel has concluded that there is substantial reason to believe Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, violated ethics rules and federal law by conducting campaign meetings on House property and using campaign money to pay expenses for his daughter’s residence.

Classroom fireball injures 7 students

posted: 11/29/2012 4:30 a.m.

A small explosion and fire Wednesday in a central Pennsylvania eighth-grade science classroom required hospital treatment for seven students and a teacher.

Collins next to be critical of Rice

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

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she still harbors serious doubts about the Obama administration’s explanation of its response to the deadly attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, further clouding Susan Rice’s prospects as secretary of state and dealing another serious blow to the White House.

Colonel feared WikiLeaks suspect suicidal

posted: 11/29/2012 4:28 a.m.

An Army private accused of sending reams of classified U.S. documents to the secret-spilling website WikiLeaks was kept in tight pretrial confinement partly because another prisoner had recently committed suicide, the former security chief at the Quantico, Va., Marine Corps base testified Wednesday.

Today, Obama Romney to chat

posted: 11/29/2012 4:27 a.m.

President Barack Obama will host his former political rival Mitt Romney for a private lunch at the White House today, their first meeting since the election.

Palestinian bid painted as peace step

posted: 11/29/2012 4:26 a.m.

A bid for U.N. recognition of a state of Palestine is a last-ditch attempt to rescue troubled Mideast peace efforts, a Palestinian spokesman said Wednesday, rejecting Israel’s claim that it is an attempt to bypass negotiations.

Pulling out, Congolese rebels say

posted: 11/29/2012 4:25 a.m.

Rebels believed to be backed by Rwanda began retreating from the territory they seized last week and pulled out of the region of Masisi, their military leader said Wednesday, in the first concrete sign that international pressure has stemmed the advance of the fighters.

Mars dirt stirring a buzz

posted: 11/29/2012 4:24 a.m.

The Mars rover Curiosity has found something — something noteworthy, in a pinch of Martian sand. But what is it?

Arctic ice melt fills U.N. report

posted: 11/29/2012 4:24 a.m.

An area of Arctic sea ice bigger than the United States melted this year, according the U.N. weather agency, which said the decline illustrates that climate change is happening “before our eyes.” In a report released at U.N. climate talks in the Qatari capital of Doha, the World Meteorological Organization said the Arctic ice melt was one of a myriad of extreme and recordbreaking weather events to hit the planet in 2012.

Prayer-group-death suspect, 23, recants

posted: 11/29/2012 4:23 a.m.

An attorney for a Kansas City man charged with killing the wife of his prayer group leader said Wednesday that he made up his confession after other group members dropped him off at a police station.

In the news

posted: 11/29/2012 4:22 a.m.

Todd Barrow, 49, saved the day after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch deliveryman saw flames climbing up the side of an apartment building at 2:30 a.m. and banged on doors to rouse the building’s occupants, including a woman and her three teenagers who lived in the unit closest to the blaze.

Names and faces

posted: 11/29/2012 4:22 a.m.

The South Korean rapper behind YouTube’s most-viewed video ever has set what might be a Mission: Impossible for himself.

Powerball

posted: 11/29/2012 4:22 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball: 5-16-22-23-29 Powerball: 6 Estimated jackpot: $550 million

The nation in brief

posted: 11/29/2012 4:21 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The truce is over.” Republican Jeff Miller of Florida, chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, warning the Department of Veterans Affairs to expect much more aggressive oversight as lawmakers review its spending Article, 3A

The world in brief

posted: 11/29/2012 4:21 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “God will not forgive the criminal perpetrators.” Ismail Zlaiaa, a 54-year-old resident of Jaramana, Syria, where suicide bombers killed at least 34 people Wednesday Article, 1A

Casino proponents sued over contract

posted: 11/29/2012 4:16 a.m.

An employment agency has filed a complaint against three companies linked to the chief proponent of an unsuccessful proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed for four casinos in Arkansas.

No backup for cuts in Medicaid, state says

posted: 11/29/2012 4:15 a.m.

The state has no backup plan for as many as 15,000 nursing-home residents and those receiving community and home-based care who need help in feeding, walking and other basic needs if $329 million in proposed Medicaid cuts proceed, the state’s Medicaid director told lawmakers Wednesday.

El Dorado festivals receive $5 million from foundation

posted: 11/29/2012 4:15 a.m.

The Murphy Foundation committed $5 million Wednesday to help El Dorado develop its vision of becoming a city of festivals.

Hotel murder nets parolee 105 years

posted: 11/29/2012 4:14 a.m.

A 42-year-old Little Rock parolee who testified that he was too smart to leave behind evidence incriminating him in a January homicide and holdup was convicted of firstdegree murder Wednesday and sentenced to 105 years in prison.

Bonuses OK’d 13-0 for county workers

posted: 11/29/2012 4:14 a.m.

Cheers broke out from an estimated 100 Pulaski County employees Tuesday night after the county Quorum Court quickly approved a proposal giving a one-time, longevity-based bonus to all county employees, including elected officials.

Corning man, 53, killed in Drasco

posted: 11/29/2012 4:13 a.m.

A Corning man was shot to death at a home in the Cleburne County town of Drasco, authorities said Wednesday.

NLR woman, 53, dies in house fire

posted: 11/29/2012 4:13 a.m.

A 53-year-old woman died in a house fire in North Little Rock early Wednesday.

Medicaid Beebe’s topic for day

posted: 11/29/2012 4:12 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe on Wednesday urged Arkansans to learn more about Medicaid expansion and to talk with their lawmakers, though he said he isn’t intentionally pushing people to back the idea that is opposed by some Republican legislators.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 11/29/2012 4:12 a.m.

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

West Fork woman in van dies in crash

posted: 11/29/2012 4:10 a.m.

A West Fork woman died Wednesday in a two-vehicle accident on Arkansas 170, two miles west of Interstate 540, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality accident report.

Forrest City man charged in slaying

posted: 11/29/2012 4:09 a.m.

Authorities charged a Forrest City man Tuesday with capital murder in a shooting in the southern part of the St. Francis County town Monday.

Billy Eugene Elmore: Carlisle farmer, avid fan of Hogs

posted: 11/29/2012 4:08 a.m.

Billy Eugene Elmore was a man of few words, but spoke volumes through his actions, his daughter said.

4 sentenced in Delta drug-trafficking

posted: 11/29/2012 4:07 a.m.

Four more defendants in the ongoing drug-trafficking and public-corruption investigation known as Operation Delta Blues were sentenced to prison Tuesday and Wednesday in connection with earlier guilty pleas.

U.S. 65 police chase ends in driver’s death

posted: 11/29/2012 4:07 a.m.

Witnesses told authorities that a man fatally shot himself as officers approached his pickup after a police chase Tuesday on U.S. 65 in Van Buren County, the Arkansas State Police said Wednesday.

LR collision kills motorcycle rider

posted: 11/29/2012 4:06 a.m.

A Little Rock man died after a collision Tuesday morning between his motorcycle and a sport utility vehicle.

Statewide contested runoff races

posted: 11/29/2012 4:06 a.m.

This is a list of unofficial results in contested county and municipal races from Tuesday’s runoff elections. Incumbents are denoted by an asterisk (*), Democrats by (D), Republicans by (R), Indpendents by (I) and Greens by (G). The results can also be found by visiting our website at www. arkansasonline.com/

SUV driver arrested in August hit-and-run

posted: 11/29/2012 4:05 a.m.

A Carlisle man who told police he had struck a deer at the same location and time where a pedestrian was hit and killed by a vehicle has been arrested, authorities said.

Sheriff says bones likely missing man

posted: 11/29/2012 4:04 a.m.

Authorities in south Arkansas say human remains discovered by a hunter in Columbia County likely belong to a man who disappeared in March.

Pedestrian killed on I-30 on-ramp

posted: 11/29/2012 4:04 a.m.

A homeless man died Tuesday after a vehicle entering an interstate struck him in Saline County, according to a preliminary crash report.

Amnesty offered on some warrants

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

The Saline County sheriff’s office is offering amnesty for people named in nonviolent warrants starting Saturday and lasting through Dec. 21, a Wednesday news release said.

Arkansas Court of Appeals

posted: 11/29/2012 4:02 a.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals released opinions Wednesday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts. state.ar.us. PROCEEDINGS OF NOV. 28, 2012 CHIEF JUDGE LARRY D. VAUGHT CACR12-423. Michael Everett Ball v.

Police beat

posted: 11/29/2012 4:02 a.m.

Jailed teen faces carjack case, too A North Little Rock teen faces a fifth aggravated-robbery charge on accusations he carjacked a woman in the River Market area nearly two weeks ago, Little Rock police said Wednesday.

Other days

posted: 11/29/2012 4:01 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Nov. 29, 1912 Yesterday was indeed a day of thanksgiving for many derelicts adrift on the ebb and flow of life, and there are many kindhearted people in Little Rock who are the richer for having made the day pleasant for many hard driven women and thinly clad children. It cannot be said of Little Rock people that they let the harvest festival day pass without remembering those less fortunate. All morning the telephone in the office of the United Charities Association at the city hall was kept ringing by people who wished to give dinners to the poor.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 11/29/2012 4:01 a.m.

Motivational speaker, author, 86 DALLAS — Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, who wrote more than 30 books on living a balanced life, has died in Texas. He was 86.

Daily record

posted: 11/29/2012 4:01 a.m.

Births, Marriages and Divorces

OBITUARIES

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

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

What’s a constable?

posted: 11/29/2012 3:58 a.m.

IT WAS dour old John Adams, the first vice president of the United States, who described that job as “the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived.” At the time that founding father could have had no idea that the people of a future state would contrive another constitutional office whose clearest function is to invite mischief—that of constable.

Messy process, noble results

posted: 11/29/2012 3:58 a.m.

If only we could hustle President Barack Obama and Congress into a screening room and require repeated viewings of Lincoln. And if only we could lock ourselves in there as well, because the smartest film ever made about politics offers nuanced insights about the messy reality of governance, and about a democratic process run by flawed mortals whose noble aims often require ignoble means.

OTHERS SAY: Mr. Obama’s Moment

posted: 11/29/2012 3:57 a.m.

You might expect political winners to be more ready than losers to compromise. Magnanimity in victory, and all that. It often works the other way, though. Victors misread their triumph and overplay their hands.

A second-term priority?

posted: 11/29/2012 3:57 a.m.

Superstorm Sandy capped a year of bad weather in the United States. Droughts in the Midwest that dried up fields from Iowa to Texas. Heat waves along the Atlantic Seaboard and points inland last summer. An oddball winter that left typically snowy states in the Upper Midwest practically snowless while other areas were repeatedly blanketed with the white stuff.

The 15-minute solution

posted: 11/29/2012 3:56 a.m.

Two mornings after the big election, I got invited to visit with a small group of politically keen senior adults—a kind of coffee club, I suppose, composed of 15 or so—that appeared to lean a little to the amiable right.

LETTERS

posted: 11/29/2012 3:56 a.m.

All political maneuvering It seems the Democrats are in full blame-the-Republicans mode. The first cut to be made if the Medicaid expansion is not done is level 3 care; state Medicaid Director Andy Allison says he doesn’t know how many might die if that happens. The insinuation is that Republicans will be responsible. Standard Democratic playbookexpand first, then fight the proposed cuts and blame Republicans for not caring about the poor.

UA goal: Cut out silly fouls

posted: 11/29/2012 3:48 a.m.

Arizona State and Wisconsin shot a combined 60.8 percent from the free-throw line against Arkansas last weekend in Las Vegas.

CLASS 5A CHAMPIONSHIP: BATESVILLE VS. CAMDEN FAIRVIEW: Fairview tackle chasing title of his own

posted: 11/29/2012 3:47 a.m.

Camden Fairview Coach Buck James won a state championship in his final game as a high school player.

LIKE IT IS: Some names can be crossed off Hogs’ list

posted: 11/29/2012 3:46 a.m.

Honestly, it’s almost as if someone is trying to sabotage Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long’s coaching search.

COMMENTARY: Big three deserve big no in HOF vote

posted: 11/29/2012 3:45 a.m.

It could have been the greatest Hall of Fame class since Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb were installed in the very first vote back in 1936.

Early league start concerns Sun Belt coaches

posted: 11/29/2012 3:41 a.m.

Steve Shields seems to have settled on a starting lineup for his UALR men’s basketball team heading into its eighth game of the season.

SOUTHLAND MEN: McClure’s shot beats horn, Eastern Illinois

posted: 11/29/2012 3:39 a.m.

De-Shone McClure hit a jumper as time expired to lead Central Arkansas to a 74-72 victory over Eastern Illinois on Wednesday night.

TOP 25 MEN: Duke puts together run, tops Ohio State

posted: 11/29/2012 3:38 a.m.

Mason Plumlee had 21 points and a career-high-tying 17 rebounds as No. 2 Duke rallied late and held on to beat No. 4 Ohio State 73-68 on Wednesday night.

Steroids debate at Cooperstown

posted: 11/29/2012 3:38 a.m.

The most polarizing Hall of Fame debate since Pete Rose will now be decided by the baseball shrine’s voters: Do Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa belong in Cooperstown despite drug allegations that tainted their huge numbers?

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Rifles, ammo receive high marks

posted: 11/29/2012 3:37 a.m.

Bucks are now largely nocturnal in my area, so I finally relaxed my standards Tuesday and put a doe in the freezer.

2006 victory put UCA on Division I radar

posted: 11/29/2012 3:36 a.m.

When Central Arkansas visited Georgia Southern in 2006, Nathan Brown called it an opportunity to take down Goliath.

2 more set to bolt SBC for C-USA

posted: 11/29/2012 3:36 a.m.

Long-standing Sun Belt Conference members Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic appear poised to leave the league seven months after the departure of North Texas and Florida International.

Martin becomes disruptive force

posted: 11/29/2012 3:35 a.m.

Eric Martin’s high school teammates used to call him “Caveman.” The nickname didn’t stick for long at Nebraska, even though his teammates say it suits the senior defensive end.

Paul Petrino finalist for top job at Idaho

posted: 11/29/2012 3:33 a.m.

Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino interviewed for the vacant head coaching position at Idaho on Wednesday, a source in the coaching industry said. Petrino interviewed in person with Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear, who narrowed his search to five finalists over the weekend. Former Idaho head coach Chris Tormey, who is the defensive coordinator at Wyoming, and San Jose State offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren also have been identified as finalists, according to the Idaho Statesman.

Louisville leaving Big East

posted: 11/29/2012 3:32 a.m.

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Wednesday that its presidents and chancellors unanimously voted to add Louisville as the replacement for Maryland.

Hillbillies, Rebels experienced

posted: 11/29/2012 3:32 a.m.

Following postseason victories over 2-4 A opponents the past two weeks, Highland will try to take another step toward its first state championship since 1981 when it hosts 1-4 A power Ozark in a semifinal playoff game Friday night in Hardy.

Little flashy about Stuttgart or Prairie Grove

posted: 11/29/2012 3:31 a.m.

Old-school football will be on display Friday night in Stuttgart when the Ricebirds (11-1 ) host Prairie Grove (12-0 ) in the semifinals of the Class 4A playoffs.

Beavers embracing challenge

posted: 11/29/2012 3:30 a.m.

Glen Rose Coach Mark Kehner has been itching to face another opponent from the 6-3 A, the most top-heavy Class 3A conference in the state this fall.

Cardinals still play for Neal

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

Former Camden Fairview defensive lineman Khiry Neal will attend the Cardinals’ Class 5A state championship game against Batesville on Friday night at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. Fairview Coach Buck James said Neal, who is paralyzed, will be in a suite in the press box, along with 13 members of his family and/or medical team. Neal was a promising 6-4, 275-pound sophomore defensive tackle when he contracted a freak staph infection shortly after the start of fall practice in August 2010. He was left a quadriplegic.

No secrets between 3A rivals

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

Another year, another semifinal playoff meeting between Harding Academy and Fountain Lake.

Off the wire

posted: 11/29/2012 3:27 a.m.

BASEBALL Reds sign Broxton for $21M The Cincinnati Reds signed Jonathan Broxton to a three-year, $21 million contract on Wednesday, giving the NL Central champions a potential closer and a chance to reconfigure their starting rotation. Broxton came to the Reds last July in a trade with Kansas City and was part of their push toward the playoffs. He filled in as the closer when Aroldis Chapman came down with a tired shoulder and had four saves in six chances overall with a 2.82 ERA, impressing the Reds.

Second thoughts

posted: 11/29/2012 3:27 a.m.

LeBron and jersey back on top LeBron James is No. 1 again — this time, in jersey sales.

State sports brief

posted: 11/29/2012 3:27 a.m.

BASEBALL Baxendale to miss season following surgery Arkansas freshman catcher Blake Baxendale underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery Wednesday to repair an injury to his throwing elbow and will redshirt the 2013 season, according to Razorbacks Coach Dave Van Horn. Van Horn said Baxendale should be able to play summer ball considering recovery time from the surgery is generally significantly shorter for position players than pitchers, who are often sidelined 12 to 15 months.

WEDNESDAY’S ROUNDUPS

posted: 11/29/2012 3:26 a.m.

BOYS ENGLAND 57, DREW CENTRAL 53 Josh Fudge scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Lions (1-3 ) earned their first victory of the year, beating the Pirates in the DeWitt Invitational. Devonte Patterson added 15 points and handed out six assists for England, while Derrell Drayer scored 10 points. POCAHONTAS 58, RIVERSIDE 49 Jacob Futrell led the Redskins with 22 points in a victory over the Rebels in the Williams Baptist College Invitational at Walnut Ridge. Brandon Allen added 13 for Pocahontas. Kollin Stone and Logan Mevrer each scored 10 for Riverside.

Fishing this week

posted: 11/29/2012 3:26 a.m.

HOT SPOTS BEAVER LAKE Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting fairly well on spoons, drop-shot rigs and deep-diving crankbaits. White bass are biting well on Rooster Tails and topwater lures.

NFL notes

posted: 11/29/2012 3:26 a.m.

JAGUARS Babin claimed off waivers JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — With a league-low 13 sacks, the Jacksonville Jaguars were looking for more production from their pass rush.

New-home sales dip 0.3% in October

posted: 11/29/2012 3:22 a.m.

U.S. sales of new homes fell slightly in October, and September sales were slower than initially thought. The October sales pace was dragged lower by steep declines on the East Coast, partly related to Hurricane Sandy. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new-home sales dipped 0.3 percent in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 368,000. That’s down marginally from the 369,000 pace in September, which was revised lower from an initially reported 389,000.

BP banned from new U.S. pacts

posted: 11/29/2012 3:21 a.m.

The Obama administration put a temporary stop to new federal contracts with British oil company BP on Wednesday, citing the company’s “lack of business integrity” and criminal proceedings stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.

Canadians pull out of deal to purchase Whirlpool property

posted: 11/29/2012 3:20 a.m.

Fort Smith city and economic development officials are once again seeking a buyer for the idle Whirlpool Corp. plant after a potential buyer pulled out of the deal.

Costco sets special $7 dividend payout

posted: 11/29/2012 3:20 a.m.

Costco will spend $3 billion to pay a special dividend of $7 per share next month ahead of higher tax rates expected in January.

Bailout to diminish Spanish banks

posted: 11/29/2012 3:19 a.m.

European Union authorities have approved the payment of about $47.5 billion in bailout loans to four of Spain’s struggling banks — provided each of them cuts their loans and investments by 60 percent.

Fed survey finds most of U.S. on growth track

posted: 11/29/2012 3:18 a.m.

A pickup in consumer spending and steady home sales helped lift economic growth in October and early November in most parts of the United States, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday. The one exception was the Northeast, which was slowed by Hurricane Sandy.

MARKET REPORT: Talk of budget deal lifts stocks

posted: 11/29/2012 3:17 a.m.

Stocks rose Wednesday on signs that lawmakers are edging toward a deal that would help the U.S. avoid the “fiscal cliff.” The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 106.98 points at 12,985.11. It had been down as much as 112 points in early trading.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 11/29/2012 3:17 a.m.

NYC-based L&R buys ex-USA Drug division L&R Distributors Inc. of New York said Wednesday that it has agreed to acquire SAJ Distributors, a former division of USA Drug stores of Little Rock.

Business news in brief

posted: 11/29/2012 3:16 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Over the past 18 months, new-home sales have been on the gentle rising trend although they remain at a very depressed level.” Steven Wood, chief economist at Insight Economics Article, 1D

Curry in a Hurry heating up

posted: 11/29/2012 3:15 a.m.

We last reviewed Curry in a Hurry less than a year ago. In our experiences, we waited too long for our lunches and thought them undersized but enjoyed the cook’s penchant for piquant and declared the fare “authentic,” as only a Yankee writing for the South about Indian subcontinental cuisine can.

Telemundo’s Caso Cerrado interprets court TV

posted: 11/29/2012 3:14 a.m.

The plaintiff — a young man — is angry, feeling violated and no longer willing to be the lover of the woman standing a few feet away. Their affair is a sordid one: He’s her literary professor; she posted a humiliating sex video of him on YouTube.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Fog finally lifts for woman in 23-year bad marriage

posted: 11/29/2012 3:13 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I’m getting a dose of reality. I’m divorcing my husband (of 23 years) seven years after the affair and sitting unhappily on the fence. My sister has always been my best friend, with whom I could share it all... but the blinders about reciprocity, support and validation are slipping off.

THEATER: White Christmas has all the old-time trimmings

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

If you are dreaming of a white Christmas, you can do more than just hum that ohso-hummable tune. The Arkansas Repertory Theatre has chosen White Christmas — a musical adaptation of a classic Paramount Pictures movie of the same name, complete with Irving Berlin songs, including “Blue Skies,” “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” and, naturally, the title song — as its holiday show.

THEATER: Mice run afoul of St. Nick in Children’s Theatre play

posted: 11/29/2012 3:10 a.m.

Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t learn something by attending a production at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre.

MUSIC: 1 + 1 + 30 instruments = Four Shillings Short

posted: 11/29/2012 3:09 a.m.

Four Shillings Short is perhaps an apt description for a musical duo that plays, between the two of them, some 30 instruments from around the world.

MUSIC: Roots rocker digs deep into musical heritage

posted: 11/29/2012 3:08 a.m.

Paul Thorn’s roots rock resume includes the normal musical stuff — singer-songwriter, guitarist and bandleader — but there’s stuff on it that few other musicians get to include, such as middleweight boxer, chair maker and folk artist. And Thorn gets to proudly note that he grew up, and still lives, in Tupelo, Miss., the birthplace of Elvis Presley.

Fast Forward

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

NEXT WEEK Beers: Country music star Eric Church hits Verizon Arena in North Little Rock on The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Church’s special guests are Justin Moore and Kip Moore. Tickets are $49- $59. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com. NEXT MONTH And more beers: The Old State House Museum gets foamy and festive at Home(Brew) for the Holidays, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 14, where holiday-theme home brews compete for prizes.

HELPFUL HINTS

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

DEAR HELOISE: When we moved into our home 23 years ago, we placed “stickers” in the bathtub to prevent slips. How do we remove them now? — Sharon S., Thousand Oaks, Calif. DEAR READER: Start by using a hair dryer, on high heat, to warm and soften the adhesive. If this doesn’t work, start peeling up a corner of the sticker.

THE WEEKEND TEN

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

1 REP Two song-and-dance men help their former Army commander hold onto his Vermont inn and win the hearts of two singing sisters in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, based on the 1954 classic movie, opening Friday at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main St., Little Rock. Curtain times: 7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 30.

CALENDAR

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

Art & Exhibits CENTRAL ARKANSAS ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER MacArthur Park, East Ninth and Commerce streets. Lecture: fiber artist Lia Cook, 6 p.m. Sunday. (501) 396-0345.

ON CHRISTIANITY

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

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Our daughter came home from college the other day and announced she’d moved in with her boyfriend. She knows what the Bible says about this, but she doesn’t care. We didn’t raise her this way and she knows we don’t approve, but what can we do? — W.W.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 11/29/2012 3:04 a.m.

Happy birthday. It’s one of your most romantic years, as you approach love with a great deal of commitment and imagination.You release fear and become increasingly selfless in relationships. A major accomplishment is featured in January. May features exciting plans.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

posted: 11/29/2012 3:04 a.m.

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts this weekend : MUSIC Four B’s German cellist Birgit Erichson and pianist Naoki Hakutani will give the U.S. premiere of Swiss composer-conductor Turiung Bram’s Six Pieces for Cello and Piano as part of a recital titled “The Four B’s : Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Bram,” at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, Fine Arts Building, at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock.

Super Quiz: Next state alphabetically

posted: 11/29/2012 3:04 a.m.

1. Arizona 2. Kansas 3. Tennessee 4. Vermont 5. Wisconsin 6. Nebraska

TRANSITIONS

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

While we’re waiting for the identity of the new executive chef at the Capital Hotel in Little Rock, we got word that Darryl Downs has been promoted to manager of the hotel’s Capital Bar & Grill, a position that had been open since Lee Edwards departed for Local Lime. Downs spent several years as owner/manager of Cheers in Maumelle and his credits also include stints at Trio’s, Cajun’s Wharf and Capers.

Selected restaurants

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

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

Malzahn has incentive for victory

posted: 11/29/2012 12:52 a.m.

Arkansas State Coach Gus Malzahn could earn more than just the Sun Belt Conference trophy with a victory against Middle Tennessee on Saturday at Liberty Bank Stadium in Jonesboro.

LSU ups pay; Miles stays put

posted: 11/29/2012 12:50 a.m.

LSU Coach Les Miles, who said he had received “preliminary” interest from Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long for the Razorbacks’ vacant football head coaching position, agreed to a raise and contract extension at LSU on Wednesday as the Razorbacks’ search carried on.

Highway bids reach highest total ever

posted: 11/29/2012 12:34 a.m.

The Arkansas Highway Commission held its largest bid opening ever Wednesday, which served to underscore the increase in road construction in the state that will commence over the next few years.

State river navigation system hits snag

posted: 11/29/2012 12:24 a.m.

Starting Saturday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will close the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System lock near the Mississippi River for three weeks of repair, the longest shutdown in memory for long-distance shipping on the river navigation system, Corps officials say.

Farm bill stretch said best for state

posted: 11/29/2012 12:21 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford said Wednesday that he expects the House and Senate to extend the current federal farm bill before the end of the year rather than try to iron out differences in versions passed earlier this year.

Villines unfurls plan for bridge, way to pay for it

posted: 11/29/2012 12:20 a.m.

Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines on Wednesday unveiled his proposal for a red-white-and-blue Broadway Bridge and said he plans to offer a $20 million commitment from the county to pay for the double-arch design.

Smith credits voter surge for NLR win

posted: 11/29/2012 12:19 a.m.

North Little Rock’s Mayor-elect Joe Smith will be getting back to his job of managing the city today while also preparing to take charge as the city’s first new chief executive in 24 years.

Cosmo editor called home in end

posted: 11/29/2012 12:18 a.m.

The late Helen Gurley Brown, unabashed in her disdain for her home state, valued family above all and perhaps saw Arkansas as a formative place in her life, for good or bad.

State works out way to stop I-30 flooding

posted: 11/29/2012 12:17 a.m.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has figured out how to stop the flooding that has interrupted traffic three times along a section of Interstate 30 in Little Rock, but it doesn’t yet have the more than $800,000 estimated to take care of the problem.

No bail for suspect in killing of girl, 6

posted: 11/29/2012 12:11 a.m.

The Bentonville man charged in the death of a 6-year-old girl will remain in jail after Circuit Judge Robin Green ordered him held without bail Wednesday.

Obituaries

posted: 11/29/2012 12:02 a.m.

The Rev. Larry Wayne Roberts Sept. 5, 1947 - Nov. 19, 2012 The Rev. Larry Wayne Roberts, 65, of Pineville, Mo., went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday morning, Nov.19, 2012, at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, Mo. after a courageous battle with cancer, kidney failure and diabetes.

Yell County sheriff’s deputy honored: Sergeant responds to shots-fired call, just the beginning of his tireless efforts

updated: 11/28/2012 11:54 a.m.

Deputy Kenneth Poore of the Yell County Sheriff’s Department said he was just doing his job when he made an arrest during a domestic call, but his superiors thought he went above and beyond his duty. Sgt. Poore, 47, of Dardanelle was named 2012 Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for the 2nd Congressional District in Arkansas. The award is sponsored by the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office.

Conway senior center renamed, officials now eyeing expansion

updated: 11/28/2012 noon

While the Faulkner County Senior Citizens Program will continue a tradition on Saturday with its 32nd annual pancake breakfast, silent auction, craft and bake sale, its flagship center in Conway is undergoing some changes.

C.O.P.S. go shopping: Cabot officers take kids to buy Christmas gifts

updated: 11/28/2012 9:47 a.m.

Area police officers will step into a new role this season: Santa. They won’t be dressed in red suits, but there will be plenty of toys. This year, officers have the opportunity to participate in Cabot Officers Playing Santa, or C.O.P.S.

Growing better with time: Pope County senior center expansion gets under way

updated: 11/28/2012 11:49 a.m.

An addition to the Pope County Senior Activity Center in Russellville is set to be completed in March; then seniors will have plenty of room to sit at lunch, and they can exercise in a brand-new room. Dave Gateley, site coordinator for the center, said a 2,700-square-foot area is being added to the 10,000-square-foot facility. Construction began about two weeks ago, he said.

Crispy Potato-Apple Pancakes: A no-fail method to tasty latkes

updated: 11/28/2012 12:06 p.m.

Latkes — crispy potato pancakes — are the star dish for a Hanukkah party. But, honestly, potato pancakes are a wonderful dish year-round. This version combines the Idaho russet with diced apple. The starch and moisture in the russet potato helps the pancakes keep their shape and fry crisply, while the apple adds a faint sweet flavor. Maple-flavored applesauce is the perfect complement.

CEO leaving Mercy Hot Springs

updated: 11/28/2012 9:36 a.m.

Tim Johnsen, CEO and president of Mercy Medical Center in Hot Springs, has resigned effective Dec. 7. An announcement released Tuesday said Johnsen will become president of Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

This week's events

updated: 11/28/2012 10:27 a.m.

These are events scheduled for the Three Rivers area, beginning Nov. 29.

Royal treatment: Newark students rally around classmate for homecoming queen

updated: 11/28/2012 9:41 a.m.

The final vote is still a day away, but students at Cedar Ridge High School are pretty sure they know who is going to be crowned 2012 Homecoming Queen. Even the two other girls nominated are pretty sure the third has it in the bag. They’re not bitter. They couldn’t be happier. The title couldn’t go to a more deserving student.

Conway senior center to hold annual pancake breakfast on Saturday

updated: 11/28/2012 11:58 a.m.

Christmas is a time of tradition. One of the longest-standing holiday traditions in Faulkner County is the annual pancake breakfast, silent auction, craft and bake sale sponsored in early December by the Faulkner County Senior Citizens Program. This year’s event, the 32nd, will be held from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Conway Senior Wellness and Activity Center, known until recently as the Conway Senior Citizen Center, at 1620 Donaghey Ave.

An easy Japanese twist on holiday entertaining

updated: 11/28/2012 9:34 a.m.

“Do you have any ideas to help me throw a different kind of holiday party?” That’s one of the questions home cooks ask me most often at this time of year. They’re tired of cooking yet another big sit-down dinner; tired of putting out huge buffet spreads of the usual hors d’oeuvres to serve with choices of red and white wine or beer, and maybe a punchbowl; tired of dessert parties that look beautiful and taste delicious but leave all the grownups wishing they hadn’t indulged quite so much — and all the children supercharged on sugar.

At a theater near you: Lincoln battle scene depicts Jenkins Ferry

updated: 11/28/2012 9:22 a.m.

The movie Lincoln, now attracting crowds across the country, begins with a violent Civil War battle, set on marshy ground during a heavy rain. In the fighting, African-American Union soldiers ferociously kill Confederate soldiers who are trying to surrender.

Searcy's Shark Swim Team continues success

updated: 11/28/2012 9:46 a.m.

Temperatures outside may be dropping, but that’s no reason for kids in Searcy to stop clocking time in the pool. For the Searcy-based Sharks Swim Team, the sport is a year-round event.

This week's events

updated: 11/28/2012 1:48 p.m.

These are events scheduled for the River Valley and Ozark area, beginning Nov. 29.

Reddies’ season bigger than final loss

updated: 11/28/2012 9:28 a.m.

While the Griffons of Missouri Western State University smacked down the Henderson State University Reddies on their home field last Saturday in an NCAA Division II playoff game, HSU and its football program still ended up a winner.

Events help usher in Christmas spirt in Three Rivers area

updated: 11/28/2012 9:54 a.m.

Kick off the holiday season with these events in the Three Rivers area. Don’t see information on your town’s event? Call your local chamber of commerce or city hall to ask for details:

A Japanese twist on holiday entertaining

updated: 11/28/2012 12:03 p.m.

“Do you have any ideas to help me throw a different kind of holiday party?” That’s one of the questions home cooks ask me most often at this time of year. They’re tired of cooking yet another big sit-down dinner; tired of putting out huge buffet spreads of the usual hors d’oeuvres to serve with choices of red and white wine or beer, and maybe a punchbowl; tired of dessert parties that look beautiful and taste delicious but leave all the grownups wishing they hadn’t indulged quite so much — and all the children supercharged on sugar.

Door to Balloon: Quick care for heart attacks

updated: 11/28/2012 9:25 a.m.

Time is everything for a person having a heart attack. “Time lost is muscle lost,” said Dr. Scott Archer, emergency department medical director at Saline Memorial Hospital In Benton. It is a common saying in cardiac medicine because when blood flow to the heart is blocked with a myocardial infarction, the most common type of heart attack, the heart muscle is deprived of oxygen and can be permanently damaged. So, a patient’s chance of survival depends on the hospital’s ability to quickly assess and treat the blockage.

Mexican restaurant provides authentic dining experience

updated: 11/28/2012 9:51 a.m.

Once upon a time, diners were willing to trade less-than-excellent service for something different or exotic, such as Mexican food, but today’s consumers aren’t so forgiving, according to the National Restaurant Association.

Wednesday, November 28

Miles given raise, extension at LSU

updated: 11/28/2012 4:40 p.m.

Les Miles has been given a pay raise and contract extension at LSU less than 24 hours after his name was reported in the search for Arkansas' new football coach.

Beebe to make economic announcement Thursday

posted: 11/28/2012 2:25 p.m.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe and members of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission will be on hand for an announcement Thursday afternoon involving an economic expansion.

Florida man finds 1.95-carat diamond at Arkansas park

posted: 11/28/2012 2:06 p.m.

A Florida man vacationing with his father in Arkansas unearthed a brown diamond Tuesday at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro.

Holly held without bond on murder and rape charges

posted: 11/28/2012 1:55 p.m.

Circuit Judge Robin Green ruled in a hearing Wednesday that the state has probable cause to hold Zachary Holly, 28, on charges of capital murder, rape, kidnapping and residential burglary. Authorities had not previously discussed the rape charge.

Pine Bluff distributor’s assets bought from Walgreen Co.

posted: 11/28/2012 12:23 p.m.

New York-based L&R Distributors Inc. has announced it will take over the assets of Pine Bluff-based SAJ Distributors and the private label Select Brand from Walgreen Co.

$5 million donation to support El Dorado entertainment district

posted: 11/28/2012 11:13 a.m.

The Murphy Foundation says it has donated $5 million to help create an entertainment district in downtown El Dorado, where the nonprofit organization is based.

Clinton man dies after pursuit, state police say

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

Arkansas State Police say a 24-year-old Clinton man apparently shot himself after a pursuit from a state trooper.

Cleburne County shooting death investigated

posted: 11/28/2012 11:04 a.m.

Authorities in Cleburne County are investigating the shooting death of a man Tuesday night.

Saline County sheriff to offer warrant amnesty period

posted: 11/28/2012 10:55 a.m.

The Saline County sheriff's office says offenders wanted on nonviolent warrants can avoid arrest and jail time as part of an amnesty program.

Family of Zachary Holly's wife releases statement

posted: 11/28/2012 10:43 a.m.

The family of the wife of the man arrested in connection with the death of 6-year-old Jersey Bridgeman released a statement Wednesday through Joshua Bryant, a lawyer.

ACC presidents vote to add Louisville as member

posted: 11/28/2012 10:29 a.m.

The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced its presidents and chancellors have unanimously voted to add Louisville as the replacement for Maryland.

The Rep dreaming of 'White Christmas'

posted: 11/28/2012 10:24 a.m.

If you are dreaming of a white Christmas, you can do more than just hum that oh-so-hummable tune.

White House: Obama to meet Romney on Thursday

posted: 11/28/2012 10:05 a.m.

The White House says President Barack Obama will meet privately Thursday with his vanquished rival Mitt Romney, their first face-to-face encounter since the election.

Powerball sales brisk as $550 million drawing nears

updated: 11/28/2012 1:29 p.m.

Powerball tickets are in high demand at some local retailers on the day of a drawing that could reward one lucky player with a half billion dollars.

U.S. new-home sales dip 0.3% in October

posted: 11/28/2012 9:22 a.m.

U.S. sales of new homes fell slightly in October, and the September sales pace was slower than initially thought.

BP suspended from new U.S. government contracts

posted: 11/28/2012 9:20 a.m.

The Obama administration put a temporary stop to new federal contracts with British oil company BP on Wednesday, citing the company’s “lack of business integrity” and criminal proceedings stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.

Postal chief lays out plan for agency survival

posted: 11/28/2012 8:26 a.m.

The head of the financially struggling U.S. Postal Service says the agency must be allowed to ease the terms of prepayments into a retiree health-care fund and eliminate general mail delivery on Saturdays.

NATO visits southeast Turkey for Patriot missiles

posted: 11/28/2012 8:13 a.m.

A NATO team assessing sites for the possible deployment of Patriot missiles to protect Turkey’s border with Syria on Wednesday inspected military installations in a province in southeastern Turkey, the country’s state-run news agency reported.

Palestinians say U.N. bid is last-ditch peace effort

updated: 11/28/2012 9:24 a.m.

A bid for U.N. recognition of a state of Palestine is a last-ditch attempt to rescue troubled Mideast peace efforts, a Palestinian spokesman said Wednesday, rejecting Israel’s charge that it is an attempt to bypass negotiations.

Iran showcases new warships near strategic waters

posted: 11/28/2012 7:52 a.m.

Iran’s state TV is showcasing additions to its Navy including a missile-launching warship around the size of a frigate.

Suit over winning lottery ticket set for trial

posted: 11/28/2012 7:37 a.m.

The case over who owns a winning $1 million Arkansas lottery ticket is set to go to trial next week.

Human remains thought those of missing man, 77

posted: 11/28/2012 7:27 a.m.

Authorities in south Arkansas say human remains discovered by a hunter in Columbia County may belong to an elderly man who went missing in March.

Beebe to address Farm Bureau convention

posted: 11/28/2012 7:25 a.m.

The Arkansas Farm Bureau is starting its annual convention.

Egyptian court suspends work to protest Morsi move

updated: 11/28/2012 8:07 a.m.

Egypt’s two highest appeals courts suspended their work Wednesday to protest presidential decrees that gave the country’s Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi nearly absolute powers, state television reported.

One killed in NLR house fire

updated: 11/28/2012 7:45 a.m.

Authorities say one person has died in an overnight fire in North Little Rock.

Gunmen in Yemen kill Saudi army officer

updated: 11/28/2012 9:18 a.m.

Gunmen in Yemen opened fire on the car of a Saudi Arabian army officer working with his embassy’s military section Wednesday, killing him and his Yemeni bodyguard, officials from both countries said.

Beebe native eliminated from 'The Voice'

posted: 11/28/2012 6:22 a.m.

A Beebe singer who had been competing on the popular television show The Voice was eliminated in a live program Tuesday night.

Syria: Twin car bombs in Damascus kill 34 people

updated: 11/28/2012 11:04 a.m.

Twin car bombs ripped through a Damascus suburb Wednesday, killing at least 34 people and leaving dozens critically wounded, according to state media and hospital officials.

‘Leave, leave,’ 200,000 tell Egypt’s Morsi

posted: 11/28/2012 5:37 a.m.

The same chants used against Hosni Mubarak were turned against his successor Tuesday as more than 200,000 people packed Egypt’s Tahrir Square in the biggest challenge yet to Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

France to back Palestinians’ U.N. bid

posted: 11/28/2012 5:33 a.m.

France will vote in favor of the Palestinians’ request to heighten their profile at the United Nations, the French foreign minister told Parliament on Tuesday, embracing a move that Israel and the United States oppose.

Unmoved by Rice account, 3 say

posted: 11/28/2012 5:31 a.m.

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice told lawmakers Tuesday that her initial explanation of the deadly Sept. 11 raid in Libya was wrong, but her concession failed to mollify three Republican senators who signaled that they would oppose her nomination to be secretary of state.

GOP 3 offer option for young aliens

posted: 11/28/2012 5:30 a.m.

Three Republican senators have introduced legislation to allow young people brought illegally to the United States by their parents to receive legal residency if they seek higher education or enlist in the military.

Congo rebels offer to go, then list demands

posted: 11/28/2012 5:30 a.m.

Rebel leaders in Congo said Tuesday that they had “no problem” withdrawing from the strategic eastern city of Goma, which they captured last week, but they then went on to present such a long set of demands that an immediate pullout seemed unlikely.

Treaty work draws Republican frowns

posted: 11/28/2012 5:29 a.m.

A U.N. treaty promoting equal rights for the disabled faced an uncertain future Tuesday in the Senate as Republicans objected to taking up an international treaty during a lame-duck session of Congress and expressed concerns about ceding authority to the United Nations.

Obama to hit road on ‘fiscal cliff’

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

President Barack Obama plans to make a public case this week for his strategy for dealing with the looming “fiscal cliff,” traveling to the Philadelphia suburbs Friday as he pressures Republicans to allow tax increases on top earners while extending tax cuts for families earning $250,000 or less.

Diagram linked to Iran suggests work on a nuke

posted: 11/28/2012 5:27 a.m.

Iranian scientists have run computer simulations for a nuclear weapon that would produce more than triple the explosive force of the World War II bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, according to a diagram obtained by The Associated Press.

4 women sue over combat ban

posted: 11/28/2012 5:26 a.m.

Four female servicemen filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the Pentagon’s ban on women serving in combat, hoping the move will add pressure to drop the policy just as officials are gauging the effect that lifting the prohibition will have on morale.

Syrian jets strike olive-oil factory, leaving 20 dead

posted: 11/28/2012 5:26 a.m.

Syrian warplanes bombed an olive-oil factory packed with farmers Tuesday, killing at least 20 people in the latest regime strike to rip through a crowd of civilians, activists said.

Samples taken of Arafat’s body

posted: 11/28/2012 5:24 a.m.

Remains of Yasser Arafat, the longtime Palestinian leader who died in 2004, were exhumed from his tomb in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday as part of an inquiry into whether he might have been poisoned, Palestinian officials said.

As term nears end, Pakistan sets a vote

posted: 11/28/2012 5:22 a.m.

Pakistan plans to hold landmark national elections in May, the country’s information minister said Tuesday. The vote would mark the first time a civilian government completed a full five-year term in the country and transferred power through the ballot box.

China press picks up sexy-Kim story

posted: 11/28/2012 5:21 a.m.

The online version of China’s Communist Party newspaper has hailed a report by The Onion naming North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as the “Sexiest Man Alive” — apparently unaware it is satire.

In the news

posted: 11/28/2012 5:20 a.m.

Dalya Qualls, spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, said bomb threats were called in to 30 courthouses and other government buildings across Tennessee, including the federal building in Memphis, forcing many to be evacuated, but no explosives were found.

Names and faces

posted: 11/28/2012 5:19 a.m.

Teenage actor Angus T. Jones of the comedy Two and a Half Men apologized Tuesday for a series of interviews denouncing his own show. Speaking to religious media outlets, the 19-year-old Jones had called the CBS comedy “filth” and “very inappropriate” and talked about how his religious awakening has affected his attitude toward life and work. Jones, who started on the show when he was 10, plays Jake Harper, son of the uptight character portrayed by Emmy winner Jon Cryer.

The nation in brief

posted: 11/28/2012 5:19 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn’t get concerning evidence that was leading up to the attack on the consulate.” Republican Sen. John McCain, after a private meeting in which U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice answered questions about her explanations about the cause of the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya Article, 2A

The world in brief

posted: 11/28/2012 5:19 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We want to change this whole setting.

Foutch holds alderman’s position in NLR’s Ward 3

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

North Little Rock Alderman Bruce Foutch overcame an incumbents’ jinx in the city’s Ward 3 Tuesday to win a runoff against North Little Rock School Board member Darrell Montgomery.

Congressman earns promotion in Army

posted: 11/28/2012 5:10 a.m.

Rep. Tim Griffin has received a promotion — not in the U.S. House of Representatives, but at his other job with the U.S. Army Reserve, where he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Housing agency’s new chief signs on

posted: 11/28/2012 5:10 a.m.

An attorney for the Metropolitan Housing Alliance confirmed Tuesday that a contract for the agency’s new executive director has been signed.

Dana Marie Minton: CPA gave back to her community

posted: 11/28/2012 5:09 a.m.

For more than 30 years, Dana Marie Minton saved people from their bad spending habits.

THEATER REVIEW: Cirque show dazzles on, above the stage

posted: 11/28/2012 5:08 a.m.

Cirque Dreams founder, director and producer Neil Goldberg promised in a recent interview that his company’s Cirque Dreams Holidaze show, which opened a four-performance run Tuesday night at Little Rock’s Robinson Center Music Hall, would be both kaleidoscopic and unique.

Court denies asphalt-case reassignment

posted: 11/28/2012 5:08 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Tuesday denied Faulkner County Administrator Jeff Johnston’s request that his criminal case be randomly assigned to another judge.

Plan lowers rise in garbage fee

posted: 11/28/2012 5:07 a.m.

A proposed increase in waste collection fees built into Little Rock’s 2013 budget was reduced by more than half in a new proposal Tuesday, but several city directors said they were unhappy with any increase.

Trial starts in killing at hotel

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

Prosecutors have the defendant’s car and they have his clothes, including a bandanna spattered with the slain man’s blood, but they can’t prove he is a killer, a defense attorney told a Pulaski County jury Tuesday in opening statements in the capital murder trial of Henry Alexander Harmon.

Bauxite ex-official: Hassled, slandered

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

Deborah Purifoy, a former Bauxite alderman, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the city, two former police chiefs, one police officer and Mayor Johnny McMahan, who survived a recall effort Nov. 6 that Purifoy led.

Discovery museum names CEO

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

The Museum of Discovery’s board of trustees announced Tuesday that Kelley Bass will take over as chief executive officer of the museum on Jan. 1.

2 die in separate wrecks in state

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

A Pope County man died Saturday from injuries he suffered in a Friday crash and a Cecil man died after his car struck an oncoming truck early Monday night, according to Arkansas State Police crash reports.

Voters in PB elect Holcomb alderman, Gustek treasurer

posted: 11/28/2012 5:04 a.m.

The Holcomb legacy on the Pine Bluff City Council will continue.

Berry’s Coon Supper event a money raiser

posted: 11/28/2012 5:03 a.m.

A pre-Coon Supper reception held by former U.S. Rep. Marion Berry will now serve as a scholarship fundraiser, his family announced Tuesday.

5 slain Sullivans focus of LR talk

posted: 11/28/2012 5:03 a.m.

Kelly Sullivan Loughren will discuss the legacy of the “Fighting Sullivans” at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock on Monday.

Public art subject at Art Center talk

posted: 11/28/2012 5:02 a.m.

Jack Becker, founder and executive director of Forecast Public Art, a nonprofit organization based in St. Paul, Minn., will present a lecture on “Artists, Architects and Community: The Public Art Equation” at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Arkansas Arts Center, 501 E. 9th St., in Little Rock.

Local runoff elections in Central Arkansas

posted: 11/28/2012 5:02 a.m.

This is a list of unofficial results from Tuesday’s runoff elections for county and municipal races in central Arkansas. Incumbents are denoted by an asterisk (*), Democrats by (D), Republicans by (R), Independents by (I) and Greens by (G). Results from all counties will run in Thursday’s editions. For a complete listing visit our website at www.arkansasonline.com/ election2012local/.

Obituaries

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

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

COMMENTARY: There’s room for rivalry

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

The established order in Arkansas changes before our very eyes. The Republicans will soon control the state Legislature and fill all our seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 11/28/2012 4:59 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: West 65th Street North Little Rock: Lakeview Road Pulaski County: Crystal Hill Road

Other days

posted: 11/28/2012 4:59 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Nov. 28, 1912 Superintendent of Public Works Henry Levinson is receiving letters daily from bidders who were unsuccessful in obtaining the contract recently awarded for the Third street viaduct, in which the city of Little Rock and the administration is being complimented for the manner in which the contract was awarded. The contractors declare that the fairness and absence of any secrecy in awarding the bids have impressed them as being a credit to the city.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 11/28/2012 4:59 a.m.

Kidney-transplant pioneer, Nobel winner BOSTON — Dr. Joseph E. Murray, who performed the world’s first successful kidney transplant and won a Nobel Prize for his pioneering work, has died. He was 93.

Daily record

posted: 11/28/2012 4:59 a.m.

Marriages, Births and Divorces

Police beat

posted: 11/28/2012 4:58 a.m.

LR robber sought after bank holdup Police are looking for a man who robbed a Little Rock bank late Tuesday afternoon.

The death of scholarship

posted: 11/28/2012 4:57 a.m.

There’s a new study of Sophocles out, which is the good news from a book review in the New Criterion, one of the last bastions of literate commentary among America’s little magazines. The bad news, according to the reviewer, is that the new book is largely unintelligible. That is, it’s written in the muddy style that has come to be known as deconstructionist literary criticism. The title of the review: “Sophocles, jargonized.”

History as a plastic art

posted: 11/28/2012 4:56 a.m.

GENTLE READER may have noted the regular contributions of Paul Krugman to this page. He provides a welcome counterweight to our editorial opinions, for his column functions as both an alternate view and sitting duck. It’s a weekly temptation to point out some of his more myopic observations about politics, economics and you-name-it that we regularly pass by, but when he plays historian, a decent respect for the past won’t permit us to pass over his imagined version of it in silence.

The man behind J.R.

posted: 11/28/2012 4:54 a.m.

So many actors memorize and recite lines for entire careers without meeting the role that would define them. The few who do become as familiar as friends or relatives, crucial elements of our lives for a time or forever.

Change, personified

posted: 11/28/2012 4:54 a.m.

Davy Carter, the incoming speaker of the Arkansas House, is the personification of the demographic and political changes roiling Arkansas. Earlier this month, the men and women who will serve in the House when the Legislature convenes in January voted 52-45 to make the 37-year-old banker and attorney from Cabot the first Republican speaker since Reconstruction.

LETTERS

posted: 11/28/2012 4:52 a.m.

Reduction worth pennies I’m tired of reading about Gov. Mike Beebe and the legislators patting themselves on the back for reducing the sales tax on groceries. I will admit, 6 percent was a little much when Beebe took office.

At first, Thurman idolized Orange

posted: 11/28/2012 4:47 a.m.

Scotty Thurman, who 18 years ago helped Arkansas pull off an improbable victory over Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament, grew up in Ruston, La., rooting for the Orange.

CLASS 5A CHAMPIONSHIP: BATESVILLE VS. CAMDEN FAIRVIEW: King of Batesville

posted: 11/28/2012 4:45 a.m.

Batesville playing for the Class 5A state championship isn’t a surprise. Then again, it is.

Father of free agency dies at 95

posted: 11/28/2012 4:44 a.m.

Marvin Miller, the soft-spoken union head who led baseball players in a series of strikes and legal battles that won free agency, revolutionized sports and made athletes multimillionaires, died Tuesday. He was 95.

LIKE IT IS: ASU deserves better than Big Easy snub

posted: 11/28/2012 4:42 a.m.

It appears the Sun Belt Conference has allowed the New Orleans Bowl to slap Arkansas State in the face. Again.

COMMENTARY: Going rounds with Camacho taxing

posted: 11/28/2012 4:41 a.m.

My one encounter with the late Hector “Macho” Camacho started with the cautious push of a security gate button. Out bounded the attack dogs. Up rose the heart rate.

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS: Sophomore sparks NLR

posted: 11/28/2012 4:40 a.m.

Sophomore KeVaughn Allen scored 17 points and North Little Rock made Johnny Rice’s home debut as the Charging Wildcats’ head coach a successful one in a 62-53 victory over Jacksonville on Tuesday night.

TOP 25 MEN: Zeller, Indiana dominate

posted: 11/28/2012 4:39 a.m.

Cody Zeller showed everyone Tuesday night why he’s considered the best big man in America.

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS: CAC’s defense does its job

posted: 11/28/2012 4:39 a.m.

Central Arkansas Christian Coach Steve Quattlebaum could find a lot of issues with his team’s play Tuesday night at Little Rock Christian, but he wasn’t complaining about a 51-35 victory over the Warriors.

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS: Fair starts slow but heats up

posted: 11/28/2012 4:38 a.m.

It didn’t matter that Little Rock Fair’s offense took a while to get started, considering Pulaski Robinson’s offense never really got going.

Van Enk picks up slack for Cabot

posted: 11/28/2012 4:37 a.m.

Apparently a week off can make all the difference. One week after from giving up 90 points at Conway, the Cabot Lady Panthers beat the Paragould Lady Rams 45-37 at Panther Arena. “The girls really come out more focused and ready to play when we’re at home,” Cabot Coach Carla Crowder said. “We played them last year, and the girls knew they’d have everybody back from a team that played in the finals, so they knew it would be a challenge.” Cabot looked like it might be in trouble when senior point guard Jaylin Bridges picked up her fourth foul with 1:19 remaining in the third quarter, but Ally Van Enk took up a lot of the slack with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Wildcats take dip in Stoops pool

posted: 11/28/2012 4:37 a.m.

Kentucky has hired Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops as the Wildcats’ football coach.

Bearden tangles with ‘a bad man’

posted: 11/28/2012 4:35 a.m.

Bearden beat Gurdon 28-26 in late October and 18-14 in a second-round playoff game Nov. 16.

Fayetteville gets Starr struck

posted: 11/28/2012 4:35 a.m.

Ryan Starr was lined up for the most important field-goal attempt of his career Friday night at North Little Rock when a squeeze bottle hurled from the home stands sailed into the field about a foot in front of holder Austin Allen.

Walnut Ridge building reputation

posted: 11/28/2012 4:34 a.m.

Walnut Ridge may be 230 miles from Junction City, but Dragons Coach David Carpenter said his players know exactly what they are getting Friday in the semifinals of the Class 2A playoffs.

Second thoughts

posted: 11/28/2012 4:32 a.m.

Losing out a winning proposition Alabama Coach Nick Saban doesn’t think Florida should benefit from not playing in the SEC Championship Game, like his team did last year when it made the BCS National Championship Game despite not playing for the league title.

Off the wire

posted: 11/28/2012 4:31 a.m.

BASEBALL Ruiz suspended 25 games Philadelphia Phillies All-Star Carlos Ruiz was suspended Tuesday for the first 25 games of next season following a positive test for an amphetamine. The 33-year-old catcher had a career year in 2012, hitting.325 with 16 home runs and 68 RBI in 114 games. “I am sincerely regretful for my mistake in taking a prohibited stimulant,” Ruiz said in a statement issued by the Major League Baseball Players Association.

State sports briefs

posted: 11/28/2012 4:31 a.m.

GOLF LPGA tournament set for June in Rogers The LPGA Wal-Mart Northwest Arkansas Championship will be held June 17-23 at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, tournament officials announced Tuesday. The three-round tournament will be played June 20-23. Tournament officials also announced that its top two sponsors, Wal-Mart and Procter & Gamble, also have renewed their sponsorship commitments for three more years through 2015.

HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUPS

posted: 11/28/2012 4:30 a.m.

BOYS ACADEMICS PLUS 61, LISA ACADEMY 40 Zach Nails scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Falcons (7-7 ) defeated LISA Academy. Will Redwine added 11 for Academics Plus. BEEBE 57, SYLVAN HILLS 47 Austin Burroughs scored 24 points to lead host Beebe over Sylvan Hills. Zach Baker added 20 points for Beebe (2-0 ). Ronnie Hinton and David Johnson led Sylvan HIlls (1-1 ) with 13 points each. CARLISLE 63, RIVERVIEW 61 Carlisle made 10 of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter to overcome a three-point deficit at the end of the third. Dathan Hill led the Bison (1-0 ) with 23 points, while Chris Hart and Austin Reed scored 12 each. Dez Pettis led Riverview with 23 points and Rashad Bailey had 15.

UCA report

posted: 11/28/2012 4:30 a.m.

Time off concerns Conque — Earning a first-round bye in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs was important for Central Arkansas, but Coach Clint Conque said Tuesday he is concerned about the layoff.

NFL notes

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

EAGLES Babin released PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles have released two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Babin in the first major roster move for a team that’s lost seven consecutive games. Babin had just 5.5 sacks after recording 18 last year. He signed a five-year, $28 million deal last summer after going to his first Pro Bowl with Tennessee following the 2010 season. The move came Tuesday, a day after a 30-22 home loss to Carolina. Coach Andy Reid said the Eagles cut Babin to give more playing time to younger players.

College football notes

posted: 11/28/2012 4:25 a.m.

SOUTHERN MISS Johnson fired Southern Mississippi has fired Coach Ellis Johnson after one disastrous season that saw the program plummet from Conference USA champion to the worst record in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

TOP PERFORMANCES

posted: 11/28/2012 4:25 a.m.

CLASS 7A AUSTIN ALLEN, Fayetteville, completed 19 of 37 passes for 277 yards and 2 touchdowns. JORDAN DENNIS, Fayetteville, caught 9 passes for 116 yards and 1 touchdown. ISAAC JACKSON, Fort Smith Southside, threw touchdown passes of 33 and 30 yards to REECE STRICKLAND. HEATH LAND, North Little Rock, completed 9 of 13 passes for 201 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Confidence index up sharply in November

posted: 11/28/2012 4:02 a.m.

Consumer confidence climbed to a four-year high in November and demand for business equipment rose, signaling resilience in the U.S. economy as the new year approaches, economists said.

Arkansas home sales show 6% October gain

posted: 11/28/2012 4:01 a.m.

Sales of new and previously owned homes in Arkansas rose almost 6 percent in October compared with the same month last year, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Tuesday.

High-tech industries key to higher income in state, report finds

posted: 11/28/2012 4:01 a.m.

More than 1,200 high-paying jobs have been created in Arkansas in the past four years as a result of knowledge-based initiatives, the authors of a research report said Tuesday.

Economic forecast: Slow, rough

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

The global economy could easily slide back into recession if its major problems — such as U.S. budget standoffs and Europe’s lack of jobs — are left to fester, a leading international economic body said Tuesday.

Past year ‘volatile,’ Wal-Mart officer says

posted: 11/28/2012 3:59 a.m.

Wal-Mart supplier representatives from across the region converged on the John Q. Hammons Convention Center on Tuesday morning to hear the latest updates from the world’s largest retailer.

Apple fires maps manager after series of miscues mar iPhone 5 debut

posted: 11/28/2012 3:59 a.m.

Apple Inc. has fired the manager responsible for its troubled mapping software, seeking to win back the trust of users disappointed after the program debuted in September, according to people familiar with the move.

Card swipe-fee deal draws appeal

posted: 11/28/2012 3:58 a.m.

The tentative approval of Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc.’s proposed $7.25 billion settlement of a merchant fee price-fixing case will be challenged in a federal appeals court, according to a notice filed by objecting plaintiffs in Brooklyn, N.Y.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks fall on Reid’s pessimism

posted: 11/28/2012 3:57 a.m.

Stocks slumped on Wall Street on Tuesday after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he was frustrated by the lack of progress in talks over the U.S. budget impasse in Washington.

Business news in brief

posted: 11/28/2012 3:50 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I think these companies are just looking to reward shareholders so shareholders can keep more of their money instead of the government.” John Blackwell, managing director of equity trading at Stephens Inc.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 11/28/2012 3:50 a.m.

Tennessee’s Acadia to purchase AmiCare Acadia Healthcare Co. Inc. of Franklin, Tenn., said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy Fayetteville-based AmiCare Behavioral Centers for $113 million.

Slim pickings: Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Veggie Pasta

posted: 11/28/2012 3:49 a.m.

WHAT: Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Veggie Pasta STATS: Varies by flavor. The original contains 260 calories and 4 fat, 47 carbohydrate, 3 fiber and 10 protein grams (there’s also a threecheese version).

Meyer lemon cookies get zip from pepper

posted: 11/28/2012 3:48 a.m.

Meyer lemons flavor these not-too-sweet cookies. The delicate lemon flavor is enhanced with a touch of black pepper, and their crisp texture makes these cookies an almost savory treat.

FRONT BURNER: 4 leftover lemons yield stovetop curd

posted: 11/28/2012 3:47 a.m.

After making this week’s cookie recipe — Meyer Lemon and Black Pepper Cookies — I was left with four naked lemons. A reminder you should always read a recipe from start to finish before taking on the endeavor.

Gadgets & Gizmos: Corningware mini pie plates

posted: 11/28/2012 3:46 a.m.

These 5 1/2-inch round mini pie plates from Corningware’s French White collection are ideal for single-serve desserts and casseroles. The high-gloss pie plates are oven, microwave and freezer safe and look special enough to use as serving pieces. The fluted rim makes shaping pie crusts easy. Dishwasher safe.

A White House recipe produces beer made right at home

posted: 11/28/2012 3:44 a.m.

Why brew beer at home? It’s not a quick process ; most beers take four weeks or longer before they’re ready to drink. It’s not cheap; while a batch of beer can cost less per bottle than buying craft beer, it can’t compete on price with mainstream brands. It’s not difficult, but the terminology and technical details can seem daunting to a beginner. What brewing at home does offer is the chance to try beers that can’t be found in stores, like the White House Honey Ale.

Cooking for two: Parmesan crust coats pork paillards

posted: 11/28/2012 3:43 a.m.

You’ve seen a recipe like this before: three-part coating process, thin piece of meat, quick cooking in a pan. The addition of sage and hint of cheese in the mix give it a seasonal edge.

Brussels sprouts saute their way into acceptance

posted: 11/28/2012 3:42 a.m.

Brussels sprouts can generate some pretty strong opinions. As with cilantro or goat cheese, you either love them or hate them.

UNCORKED: Wine and cheese enough for guests

posted: 11/28/2012 3:42 a.m.

Each year as the hustle and bustle of Christmas arrives, my most important aspiration is to simply enjoy time with family and friends. A few years ago I realized having friends in our home did not require extensive planning and stress or even a complicated menu and seating charts. I found our best and most memorable times were around the living room coffee table sharing conversation while sipping from mismatched wine glasses.

IDEA ALLEY: Handmade crepes used for egg rolls

posted: 11/28/2012 3:41 a.m.

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

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: ‘Seasonal Seven’ spice up holidays

posted: 11/28/2012 3:41 a.m.

Now that Thanksgiving is in our rear-view mirror, it’s time to look toward Christmas and the coming new year to see what our culinary needs are going to be. There will be potlucks, family dinners and parties galore, and many of us will be called upon to provide dishes to go along with those events.

Stores, clubs and books good for what ales you

posted: 11/28/2012 3:40 a.m.

RESOURCES While it’s true that you can’t find much of what you need for brewing beer at the grocery store, the supplies and know-how for your first batch aren’t hard to find.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 11/28/2012 3:39 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: It’s been a hard year for me, and to be honest I’m really dreading the Christmas season. I lost my husband and my sister this year, and Christmas just won’t be the same. Is it a sin to feel this way? — D.L. DEAR D.L.: God knows what you’ve been going through, and I want to assure you that he understands your feelings. The Bible reminds us that Christ was “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3, KJV).

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 11/28/2012 3:39 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll live thoughtfully. Next month, you’ll be the strong leader of an effective organization. In December, you’ll join a group, make friends and increase your influence. Love grows gradually through January. February financial shifts favor you. Work gets complex, pays better and provides entertainment, too. Leo and Pisces people adore you.

7day menu planner

posted: 11/28/2012 3:39 a.m.

SUNDAY: Treat the family to Beef Sirloin Kebabs With Roasted Red Pepper Dipping Sauce (see recipe). Serve with brown rice and Roasted Cauliflower. Heat oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl, combine 8 cups bite-size sliced cauliflower florets (from 1 head), 2 tablespoons olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss to coat. Spread on a foillined baking sheet. Roast 25 to 30 minutes, stirring once, until browned in spots.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 11/28/2012 3:38 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Do you use real or imitation vanilla extract? What is the difference ? The first is cost. Real vanilla is more expensive because of the time it takes for the plant to grow and the way it is harvested. Imitation vanilla is manufactured at a cheaper cost.

Super Quiz: Name the country that is the No. 1 producer of ...

posted: 11/28/2012 3:38 a.m.

1. Wool 2. Dom Perignon Champagne 3. Murano glass 4. Wheat 5. Panama hats

HEART & SOUL: Canines present a united wish list

posted: 11/28/2012 3:36 a.m.

The minute my tired feet entered the kitchen I knew something was up. The dogs were lined up waiting, trying desperately to be patient, but Duke was the only one sitting still.

Dirty little secrets

posted: 11/28/2012 3:35 a.m.

You’re probably going to want to wash your hands after reading this. Cold and flu season has arrived — not as eagerly anticipated as deer season, but still a hunt of sorts, with germs in the cross hairs.

PARENTING: Early is good in learning musical instruments

posted: 11/28/2012 3:34 a.m.

QWhat is an appropriate age for a child to begin learning a musical instrument ? I’ve looked into lessons in my area, and teachers accept children as young as 2 or 3 for violin and piano lessons.

Creature feature

posted: 11/28/2012 3:34 a.m.

During the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, pet owners typically share concerns about what holiday foods — and nonfoods — are unsafe. They wonder what to do if their pet gets into the stash of chocolate Santas or sneaks a piece of Grandma’s fudge. And what about decorative plants such as poinsettias, mistletoe and holly — are they jolly or folly when it comes to the critters?

MONEY MANNERS

posted: 11/28/2012 3:33 a.m.

DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: My wife and I bought a house for her parents to rent from us. We leased it to them for 25 percent less than the going rate and for 30 percent less than what it costs us to own it. Unfortunately, my in-laws turned out to be difficult, demanding tenants. Just for example, they took it upon themselves to order carpeting for the entire house, and billed it to us.

Holly Attacked in Jail

posted: 11/28/2012 3:04 a.m.

The accused murderer of a 6-year-old Bentonville girl was attacked by a jail trusty Tuesday morning.

LETTERS

posted: 11/28/2012 2:08 a.m.

Reduction worth pennies I’m tired of reading about Gov. Mike Beebe and the legislators patting themselves on the back for reducing the sales tax on groceries. I will admit, 6 percent was a little much when Beebe took office. First, he reduced the tax by half, to 3 percent. I spend about $100 a week on my groceries; that saves me about $3.00. Wow, I can buy myself a hamburger each week. Next the grocery tax was reduced to to 1.5 percent, another $1.50. Now Beebe proposes reducing it further, down to one-eighth of a percent. Now I can make it a cheeseburger.

Reports: Miles offered UA job

posted: 11/28/2012 12:48 a.m.

Arkansas’ search for its next head football coach took a strange turn Tuesday.

Age limit for judges targeted

posted: 11/28/2012 12:32 a.m.

The Arkansas Judicial Council plans to ask state lawmakers in the 2013 session to repeal a state law that prods judges to retire at age 70, the council’s president said Tuesday.

Mega Millions

posted: 11/28/2012 12:19 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 5-12-26-42-49 Mega Ball: 24 Estimated jackpot: $49 million Megaplier: 4

Medicaid woes tied to state’s economy

posted: 11/28/2012 12:18 a.m.

Arkansas’ rapidly approaching $298 million Medicaid shortfall can be attributed largely to the state’s economy, which has performed better than that of most other states, Gov. Mike Beebe and public health officials said Tuesday.

Smith eclipses Steele in NLR

posted: 11/28/2012 12:17 a.m.

Joe Smith rallied his campaign supporters during the past three weeks to win a runoff election Tuesday against state Rep. Tracy Steele and become the first new mayor of North Little Rock in more than two decades.

Appeal over for bomber’s wife

posted: 11/28/2012 12:12 a.m.

Sangeeta “Sue” Mann, the wife of a Russellville doctor convicted in a grenade attack on the chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board, was ordered Tuesday to report to prison by the afternoon of Jan. 7 to begin her year-long sentence.

Letter rebuts cities’ mayors on jail budget

posted: 11/28/2012 12:12 a.m.

Cities in Pulaski County used “wrong, outdated and irrelevant” figures in proposing to pay 15 percent less than the county had requested for their share of the cost to house 80 additional prisoners at the county jail, according to Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines.

12 injured after bus crashes into field

posted: 11/28/2012 12:10 a.m.

A bus carrying a Morrilton church group crashed into a Conway County field Tuesday after its driver became ill, injuring 12 people, two critically, authorities said.

State pleads case to Air Force chief

posted: 11/28/2012 12:03 a.m.

Arkansas’ congressional delegation on Tuesday asked the Air Force chief of staff to visit the state in the latest move to save two Arkansas National Guard programs that the Pentagon wants to cut.

Payouts hurried to beat tax raise

posted: 11/28/2012 12:03 a.m.

Publicly traded companies in Arkansas are approving bigger and earlier dividend payouts to shareholders to avoid tax increases that might take effect in 2013.

Tuesday, November 27

Reports link Miles to Arkansas; agent says otherwise

updated: 11/27/2012 11:52 p.m.

Arkansas has targeted LSU head coach Les Miles to fill the Razorbacks' vacancy at the same position, multiple reports stated Tuesday.

Smith wins NLR mayor's runoff

updated: 11/27/2012 10:05 p.m.

Joe Smith has won the runoff election for North Little Rock mayor, becoming the city's first new leader in 24 years.

Check Arkansas Online for tonight's runoff election results

posted: 11/27/2012 7:07 p.m.

Check back with Arkansas Online line for up-to-the-minute results from tonight's runoff elections.

Dillard's Inc. offers 2 cash dividends

posted: 11/27/2012 5:12 p.m.

Dillard's Inc. will offer two cash dividends to stockholders, its board of directors announced Monday in a news release.

Nude AIDS activists arrested in Boehner’s office

posted: 11/27/2012 5:05 p.m.

Three women AIDS activists saying they wanted to highlight the “naked truth” about potential spending cuts in HIV programs were arrested Tuesday after taking their clothes off in the lobby of House Speaker John Boehner’s office.

Kentucky hires Stoops as head coach

posted: 11/27/2012 4:08 p.m.

Kentucky has found its new football coach.

Unarmed suspect robs Little Rock bank

updated: 11/27/2012 4:46 p.m.

Little Rock police are on the scene of a bank robbery that occurred at the First Security Bank, located at 4936 W. Markham in Little Rock, on Tuesday afternoon.

Hundreds gather for Jersey Bridgeman's funeral

posted: 11/27/2012 2:53 p.m.

The family of Jersey Bridgeman, their friends and co-workers, child advocates and police crowded into the chapel at Rollins Funeral Home this afternoon to honor Jersey’s memory.

Johnsen resigns as president of Hot Springs Mercy

posted: 11/27/2012 1:44 p.m.

Tim Johnsen, president of Hot Springs Mercy Hospital, has resigned to take another position, the medical center announced on its website.

Wife of convicted doctor ordered to jail

posted: 11/27/2012 1:04 p.m.

The wife of a Russellville doctor convicted in a bombing that nearly killed the chief of the Arkansas Medical Board is being ordered to report to prison.

Study: Increased university research creates jobs in state

posted: 11/27/2012 12:41 p.m.

Arkansas is well-positioned to expand research-based job-creation opportunities, a study released Tuesday in Little Rock finds.

Record Powerball jackpot boosted to $500 million

posted: 11/27/2012 11:44 a.m.

The record Powerball jackpot is now even bigger.

At least 12 injured in church bus wreck in Conway County

updated: 11/27/2012 1:43 p.m.

A church bus with several senior-citizen passengers wrecked in Conway County Tuesday morning.

Gun, cash taken in LR home invasion

posted: 11/27/2012 11:04 a.m.

A Little Rock man told police he was robbed of a handgun and cash Monday night when two men held him at gunpoint in his home.

Hail to the home-brewed ale

posted: 11/27/2012 11:04 a.m.

Why brew beer at home?

Seeing the good side of germs

posted: 11/27/2012 11:01 a.m.

Cold and flu season has arrived — not as eagerly anticipated as deer season, but still a hunt of sorts, with germs in the cross hairs, writes Laura Lynn Brown in Wednesday's Family section.

UAMS researcher gets $1.1 million grant from NIH

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

A researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has received a $1.1 million grant to study an eye disease that’s responsible for one-fifth of all blindness cases.

EZ Mart in LR robbed at gunpoint

posted: 11/27/2012 10:50 a.m.

Authorities are looking for two men who held up an EZ Mart convenience store in Little Rock on Monday night.

Top BBC figures acknowledge 'errors' in reporting scandals

posted: 11/27/2012 10:16 a.m.

Two of the most senior figures at the BBC said Tuesday that there had been “basic” and “elementary” failures of the organization’s journalism when it wrongly implicated a former Conservative Party politician in sexual abuse, compounding a scandal that cost the BBC’s director-general his job.

China’s party paper falls for 'Onion' joke about Kim

posted: 11/27/2012 10:14 a.m.

The online version of China’s Communist Party newspaper has hailed a report by The Onion naming North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as the “Sexiest Man Alive” — not realizing it is satire.

Museum of Discovery taps Bass as next CEO

updated: 11/27/2012 11:51 a.m.

The Museum of Discovery has named an assistant dean at UALR as its new chief executive officer.

Former baseball union head Miller dies at 95

posted: 11/27/2012 9:54 a.m.

Marvin Miller, the union leader who created free agency for baseball players and revolutionized professional sports with multimillion dollar contracts, died Tuesday. He was 95.

Man hit by car in NLR

posted: 11/27/2012 9:16 a.m.

A pedestrian suffered injuries believed to be minor when he was hit by a car Tuesday morning in downtown North Little Rock.

Central Arkansas libraries replace fines with food

posted: 11/27/2012 9:07 a.m.

The Central Arkansas Library System is giving patrons the opportunity to replace overdue library fines with nonperishable food items.

U.S. consumer confidence at highest in more than 4 years

posted: 11/27/2012 9:06 a.m.

U.S. consumer confidence rose this month to its highest level in almost five years, pushed up by steady improvement in hiring.

Arkansas disc golf champ faces Idaho drug charges

posted: 11/27/2012 8:56 a.m.

A former disc golf world champion from Arkansas and creator of a disc dyeing system remains jailed in Idaho after being arrested with 28 pounds of marijuana in his hotel room.

Griffin promoted in Army Reserve

posted: 11/27/2012 8:48 a.m.

Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin of Arkansas has been promoted to lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.

France to recognize Palestinian state at U.N.

posted: 11/27/2012 8:40 a.m.

The French foreign minister says France plans to vote in favor of recognition of a Palestinian state at the U.N. General Assembly this week.

8 men accused in cockfight plead guilty

posted: 11/27/2012 8:26 a.m.

Eight men accused in a northeast Arkansas cockfighting ring have pleaded guilty to possessing an instrument of a crime.

Police: Man found fatally shot in Forrest City

posted: 11/27/2012 8:18 a.m.

Authorities in Forrest City are investigating after a man was found shot to death inside a pickup.

Home prices increase in most major U.S. cities

posted: 11/27/2012 8:15 a.m.

Home prices increased in September in most major U.S. cities, more evidence of a housing recovery that is providing a lift to the fragile economy.

U.S. orders for core capital goods up 1.7%

posted: 11/27/2012 8:14 a.m.

U.S. companies in October increased their orders of machinery and equipment that signal investment plans by the largest amount in five months, a hopeful sign for future economic growth.

Record Cyber Monday shopping 30% more than ’11, IBM says

posted: 11/27/2012 8:12 a.m.

Shoppers spent 30 percent more online during Cyber Monday than they did in 2011, according to a report Tuesday from International Business Machines Corp.

Russia’s Cossacks start patrolling Moscow streets

updated: 11/27/2012 9:04 a.m.

Renowned for their sword-fighting prowess and notorious for their anti-Semitism in czarist Russia, the Cossacks are taking on new foes: beggars, drunks and improperly parked cars.

Fewer Memphis schools to close in revised plan

posted: 11/27/2012 8:02 a.m.

The unified school board tasked with merging the Shelby County and Memphis public schools has revised the list of schools picked to close.

Springfield, Mo., zoo has 3rd giraffe birth in 3 months

posted: 11/27/2012 7:59 a.m.

The giraffes apparently are happy at the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield.

Syrian planes bomb olive press; many killed

updated: 11/27/2012 8:08 a.m.

Syrian warplanes bombed an olive press factory in the country’s north Tuesday, killing and wounding dozens of people, including farmers who were waiting to convert their olives to oil, activists said.

Insurgent attacks kill 15, wound dozens in Iraq

updated: 11/27/2012 10:12 a.m.

Insurgents launched attacks against security forces and civilians in central and northern Iraq on Tuesday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens, officials said.

Clashes resume in Cairo ahead of opposition rally

posted: 11/27/2012 7:24 a.m.

Egyptian protesters and police clashed in Cairo on Tuesday just hours ahead of a planned rally by opponents of the country’s Islamist president demanding he rescind decrees that granted him near-absolute powers.

Wikileaks GI to argue his detention merits release

posted: 11/27/2012 7:15 a.m.

An Army private charged in the biggest security breach in U.S. history is trying to avoid trial by claiming he was already punished enough when he was locked up alone in a small cell and forced to sleep naked for several nights.

Obama to appeal to public on fiscal cliff

posted: 11/27/2012 7:13 a.m.

President Barack Obama plans to make a public case this week for his strategy for dealing with the looming fiscal cliff, traveling to the Philadelphia suburbs Friday as he pressures Republicans to allow tax increases on the wealthy while extending tax cuts for families earning $250,000 or less.

Israel’s ex-minister Livni announces return to politics

posted: 11/27/2012 7:08 a.m.

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni announced her return to politics Tuesday, telling supporters that she was forming a new party to run in January parliamentary elections on a platform promising an aggressive push for peace with the Palestinians.

Remains of Palestinian leader Arafat exhumed

posted: 11/27/2012 7:06 a.m.

Yasser Arafat’s political heirs Tuesday opened his grave and foreign experts took samples of the iconic Palestinian leader’s remains as part of a long-shot attempt — eight years after his mysterious death — to determine whether he was poisoned.

Congo says rebels have 'declared war'

posted: 11/27/2012 7:05 a.m.

The spokesman for Congo’s military said the M23 rebels controlling the crucial eastern city of Goma have “declared war” by refusing to leave the town and defying a deadline set by neighboring nations.

Beebe to make research-related announcement

posted: 11/27/2012 7:03 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe is preparing to make an announcement related to research that leads to business development.

Auditor sets unclaimed-property auction

posted: 11/27/2012 7:02 a.m.

The Arkansas auditor’s office has scheduled its monthly online auction of unclaimed property.

Driver killed after car crosses line, hits truck

posted: 11/27/2012 6:29 a.m.

A driver was killed Monday when the car he was driving veered into the oncoming lane and struck another vehicle, authorities said.

White House: Tax-rise risk a yule downer

posted: 11/27/2012 5:37 a.m.

Despite early signs of robust sales, White House economists warned Monday that the uncertainty of a potential increase in taxes next year for middle-class taxpayers under the looming “fiscal cliff” could hurt consumer confidence during the crucial Christmas shopping season.

Egypt’s Morsi stands by his immunity decrees

posted: 11/27/2012 5:28 a.m.

Egypt’s president told the country’s top judges Monday that he did not infringe on their authority when he seized near absolute power, setting up a prolonged showdown on the eve of a mass protest planned by opponents of the Islamist leader.

Health-law challenge gains return to court

posted: 11/27/2012 5:20 a.m.

The Supreme Court has revived a Christian college’s challenge to President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, with the acquiescence of the Obama administration.

U.S., Russia space vets picked for 1-year flight

posted: 11/27/2012 5:19 a.m.

A former space shuttle commander will attempt the longest spaceflight ever by an American.

Supreme Court actions

posted: 11/27/2012 5:18 a.m.

In other actions at the Supreme Court on Monday, justices: Declined to consider whether the Constitution requires the insanity defense to be an option for criminal defendants, leaving intact John Joseph Delling’s murder conviction in Idaho. Five states — Idaho, Montana, Utah, Nevada and Kansas — have passed laws abolishing the insanity defense since 1979, though it was reinstated in Nevada by that state’s supreme court.

Sandy’s N.Y. toll totals $42 billion

posted: 11/27/2012 5:17 a.m.

Hurricane Sandy ran up a nearly $42 billion bill in New York, and the state and New York City congressional leaders are preparing big requests for federal disaster aid.

Rebels seize dam in Syria’s north

posted: 11/27/2012 5:16 a.m.

Fresh from declaring they had seized an important military airport and an air-defense base just outside Damascus, Syrian rebels Monday said they overran a hydroelectric dam in the north of the country.

Congo rebels boost patrols in key city

posted: 11/27/2012 5:14 a.m.

Rebels widely believed to be backed by Rwanda and Uganda held their positions in the key eastern Congolese city that they seized last week, letting a midnight deadline for their withdrawal expire today.

Burned factory made clothes for Wal-Mart

posted: 11/27/2012 5:13 a.m.

The garment factory in Bangladesh where a weekend fire killed at least 112 people had been making clothes for Wal-Mart without the giant U.S. retailer’s knowledge, Wal-Mart said Monday.

The world in brief

posted: 11/27/2012 5:10 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “These international, Western brands have a lot of responsibility for these fire issues.” Kalpona Akter, the executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, who said she found clothing labels for a variety of global retailers in the ruins of a deadly factory fire in the country Article, this page

The nation in brief

posted: 11/27/2012 5:09 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s common sense; it’s intelligent.Why don’t you spend some money now to save money in the future? And that’s what prevention and mitigation is.” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on his funding request for measures to protect the state in the event of major storms in the future Article, this page

Getting it straight

posted: 11/27/2012 5:07 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 11/27/2012 5:06 a.m.

Elton John publicly dedicated his only concert in Beijing to Chinese artist and political critic Ai Weiwei, sending a murmur of shock through an audience accustomed to tight censorship of entertainment. Minutes into a more than two-hour show Sunday night, John told the audience that the performance was dedicated “to the spirit and talent of Ai Weiwei,” according to several audience members.

In the news

posted: 11/27/2012 5:05 a.m.

Matthew Alan Hamilton, 38, of Beaverton, Ore., has been charged with drunken driving and driving with a suspended license after he crashed through an overpass guard rail and dangled above a busy highway for nearly an hour until he could be rescued this weekend, police said, adding that Hamilton had a blood alcohol content of 0.50 percent, more than six times the 0.08 percent limit in Oregon.

LR board approves Branch to fill seat

posted: 11/27/2012 4:55 a.m.

The Little Rock School Board on Monday selected Tommy D. Branch Jr., a trainer for the Arkansas Youth Services Division, to fill the School Board Zone 6 vacancy created by the Nov. 1 death of Michael Peterson.

District judge to retire from active duty in ’13

posted: 11/27/2012 4:46 a.m.

After 20 years as a federal judge in the Western District of Arkansas, U.S. District Judge Jimm Hendren will assume “senior status,” which is considered retirement from active service for federal judges.

Utility to keep serving part of Sherwood

posted: 11/27/2012 4:45 a.m.

North Little Rock’s electric department will continue serving parts of neighboring Sherwood after its current franchise agreement ends in 2015, the Sherwood City Council decided in a narrow vote Monday night.

Man charged in lottery ticket theft

posted: 11/27/2012 4:44 a.m.

A Stuttgart man faces 229 charges after police arrested him and accused him of trying to cash stolen lottery tickets in a Little Rock convenience store, according to arrest reports.

Judge OKs request in shooting lawsuit

posted: 11/27/2012 4:43 a.m.

A federal judge Monday granted a request from opposing parties to try to settle a pending lawsuit involving a 2010 police shooting that left a Little Rock man dead.

Our House a focus on NBC news show

posted: 11/27/2012 4:41 a.m.

A family from the Our House shelter in Little Rock will be featured in a special segment on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams on Thursday at 9 p.m. The segment will be on the new face of homelessness in America, according to a shelter news release.

Forrest City police probe man’s death

posted: 11/27/2012 4:41 a.m.

Police were investigating the shooting death of a 20-year-old man Monday, Forrest City Police Chief Edward P. Reynolds said.

UAMS resident kept patient data

posted: 11/27/2012 4:39 a.m.

A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences resident physician who was terminated in 2010 kept some patient lists and notes, breaching the confidential data of about 1,500 patients, the hospital said Monday.

School districts in hunt for grants

posted: 11/27/2012 4:38 a.m.

The Springdale School District and a multistate consortium of school districts from Arkansas, New Mexico and Washington are among 61 finalists named Monday for federal Race to the Top grants.

Election division chief tapped for attorney’s post with state

posted: 11/27/2012 4:37 a.m.

The head of the secretary of state’s election division will now act as the main lawyer for the constitutional office, a spokesman said Monday.

Valor series recognized for excellence in media

posted: 11/27/2012 4:34 a.m.

Fedcap, a nonprofit that helps those facing job challenges, has awarded its 2012 Excellence in Media Award to “Saluting American Valor,” a 54-part newspaper and interactive series published by Stephens Media.

Police beat

posted: 11/27/2012 4:33 a.m.

LR man shot in arm on his way to work While on his way to work Monday morning, a Little Rock man was shot in the arm by a rifle-toting robber, police said.

Other days

posted: 11/27/2012 4:26 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Nov. 27, 1912 BATESVILLE — A book shower given today at the home of Miss Varina Cook by the Daughters of 1812, netted about 30 volumes for the battleship Arkansas, and the books will be forwarded to Little Rock tomorrow to go with others to the officers of the battleship.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 11/27/2012 4:25 a.m.

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

Daily record

posted: 11/27/2012 4:25 a.m.

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

Kathy ‘Kat’ Maria Hubbard: She danced, she fell, she fought

posted: 11/27/2012 4:24 a.m.

Kathy “Kat” Maria Hubbard was young at heart, despite battling cancer for years.

Obituaries

posted: 11/27/2012 4:23 a.m.

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

COLUMNISTS: And I had seeded rye

posted: 11/27/2012 4:22 a.m.

In my childhood, Hostess snack foods loomed as the symbol of freedom. Freedom from the cruel health food regimen and ethnic dietary peculiarities of my keepers. Freedom to eat and dance and flirt and wear loafers and be cute and silly and utterly American.

EDITORIALS: Land of the Pharaohs

posted: 11/27/2012 4:20 a.m.

NO DOUBT many an Egyptian misses Hosni Mubarak and the familiar tyranny they had grown accustomed to, the way Russians still pine for Stalin’s oppressive rule. At least there was no question of who was in charge back then—even if the next knock on the door might mean a government-paid vacation in Siberia, or worse.

The more the merrier

posted: 11/27/2012 4:19 a.m.

In a report speculating that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush may run for president in 2016, the New York Times observes: “When Senator Marco Rubio of Florida held a strategy session here to discuss his own political future last week, the question of Mr. Bush, a mentor, hung over the room; a decision by Mr. Bush, 59, to seek the Republican nomination would almost certainly halt any plans by Mr. Rubio, 41, to do so or abruptly set off a new intraparty feud.”

Base tax policy on fairness, not on Texas

posted: 11/27/2012 4:18 a.m.

Because it’s what they do, new majority Republicans at the state Legislature likely will cut income and capital gains taxes.

News of the day

posted: 11/27/2012 4:17 a.m.

Years ago, the late Dr. William B. Hudson said he felt my craft badly needed to emphasize more positive and relevant news, as opposed to continually showcasing the latest crime or death as the most significant news of the day.

LETTERS

posted: 11/27/2012 4:16 a.m.

Just barely managing The Perspective article about poverty in America was well-written. My husband and I happen to fall into that category along with 46 million other Americans.

Eagles choose winning option

posted: 11/27/2012 4:02 a.m.

The triple option, and national success, have returned to Georgia Southern football.

Media muzzle taken off Aggies' Manziel

posted: 11/27/2012 4 a.m.

The legend of Johnny Football has grown all season while Johnny Manziel piled up yards and the Texas A&M Aggies piled up victories.

LIKE IT IS: Have an opening, Petersen must be considered

posted: 11/27/2012 3:57 a.m.

From Boston to Berkeley, and many places in between, the hot topic is will Chris Petersen be the new head football coach.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Bolding relieved: Fayetteville all out of Allens

posted: 11/27/2012 3:55 a.m.

North Little Rock Coach Brad Bolding saw Arkansas redshirt freshman quarterback Brandon Allen while Allen was at Fayetteville and a sideline view of senior quarterback Austin Allen in action during the Charging Wildcats’ heartbreaking, 30-28 loss in Friday’s Class 7A semifinals.

COMMENTARY: Jones Jr. gave U.S. heavyweight lift

posted: 11/27/2012 3:53 a.m.

Few Americans can recite the names of the world heavyweight champions. (Yes, there are two of them, two natives of Ukraine.) Wladimir Klitschko holds three of the most recognized heavyweight belts.

Monday’s high school roundups

posted: 11/27/2012 3:52 a.m.

BOYS ACADEMICS PLUS 57, SHIRLEY 54 Raylond Lynch led the Dolphins (6-7 ) with 14 points in a victory over the Blue Devils in the first round of the Nemo Vista Invitational. Will Redwine added 13 and Tevas Carolina 10 for Academics Plus.

BROYLES AWARD FINALISTS: Broyles Award finalists flaunt sudden, sustained success

posted: 11/27/2012 3:51 a.m.

Winning the Broyles Award, which goes the top assistant coach in college football, is a younger man’s game this year.

Senior Bowl for Wilson, Hamilton

posted: 11/27/2012 3:49 a.m.

Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson confirmed Monday he planned to play in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., as his lone post season all-star appearance.

Loss to Arkansas alerts AD to Chizik’s failings

posted: 11/27/2012 3:43 a.m.

Gene Chizik’s Auburn Tigers had all the momentum from a national championship season and the accompanying exposure, and stockpiled highly rated recruits to keep the success going.

NFL: Panthers hand Eagles 8th loss

posted: 11/27/2012 3:39 a.m.

Cam Newton returned to his rookie form to outshine a seventh round draft pick starting his first game since high school.

TOP 25 MEN: Withey lifts No. 10 Jayhawks

posted: 11/27/2012 3:37 a.m.

Nobody else was doing much scoring for No. 10 Kansas on Monday night. Nobody else was rebounding or playing much defense, either.

WEEK 14 SCHEDULE

posted: 11/27/2012 3:35 a.m.

THURSDAY’S GAMES EAST Louisville (9-2 ) at Rutgers (9-2 ), 6:30 p.m.

Notes

posted: 11/27/2012 3:34 a.m.

BIG TEN Wisconsin RB honored PARK RIDGE, Ill. — Career touchdown leader Montee Ball of Wisconsin was selected the Big Ten’s top running back for the second consecutive year and was a first team all-conference pick by both the coaches and media.

NFL notes

posted: 11/27/2012 3:33 a.m.

SEAHAWKS Carroll mum RENTON, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll expects to have his starting cornerbacks available this Sunday in Chicago. After that is anyone’s guess.

NBA summaries

posted: 11/27/2012 3:31 a.m.

SPURS 118, WIZARDS 92 SAN ANTONIO (118) Green 1-3 0-0 2, Duncan 7-11 0-0 14, Blair 2-6 1-2 5, Parker 6-10 3-4 15, Neal 5-11 0-0 13, Ginobili 5-8 0-0 12, Mills 3-6 0-0 8, Diaw 6-7 3-4 16, Splitter 4-5 7-8 15, Bonner 4-6 0-0 11, De Colo 1-3 1-2 4, Joseph 0-1 0-0 0, Anderson 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 45-80 15-20 118.

NBA standings

posted: 11/27/2012 3:29 a.m.

MONDAY’S GAMES San Antonio 118, Washington 92 Brooklyn 96, New York 89, OT Detroit 108, Portland 101 Milwaukee 93, Chicago 92 Memphis 84, Cleveland 78 Oklahoma City 114, Charlotte 69 Utah 105, Denver 103 New Orleans at LA Clippers, (n)

Second thoughts

posted: 11/27/2012 3:27 a.m.

New affairs kept private for Dorrell Eight months after resigning her position on the Arkansas football staff, Jessica Dorrell has landed a new job after moving to South Carolina. Dorrell, 25, joined the staff of the South Carolina Association of School administrators in a part-time, undisclosed role, Molly Spearman, who is the organization’s executive director, said Monday.

Off the wire

posted: 11/27/2012 3:18 a.m.

BASEBALL Longoria extends deal Evan Longoria wants to be with the Tampa Bay Rays for his entire big league career. The slugging third baseman got his wish Monday when the Rays agreed to a $136.6 million, 10-year contract that adds six guaranteed seasons and $100 million to his previous deal.

State sports briefs

posted: 11/27/2012 3:16 a.m.

BASEBALL Arkansas signs seven Arkansas baseball coach Dave Van Horn signed seven players during the fall signing period Monday. “This class is dominated by pitching,” Van Horn said.

EU agreement will allow Greece more bailout cash

posted: 11/27/2012 3:14 a.m.

After a marathon negotiation session, finance ministers from the 17 European Union countries that use the euro struck an agreement with the International Monetary Fund on a program to reduce Greek debt and put Athens on the way to get the next installment of its much-needed bailout loans.

Volkswagen charts Chinese path

posted: 11/27/2012 3:12 a.m.

As Volkswagen plots a course toward its goal of becoming the world’s biggest automaker by 2018, the company is making it increasingly clear that its path to global dominance runs through places such as Lanzhou, in western China.

Backers say mall will go up

posted: 11/27/2012 3:10 a.m.

Backers of a planned 105-acre shopping mall in the growing Chaffee Crossing development in Barling say they’re not discouraged about a lawsuit contesting a Nov. 6 vote that approved alcohol sales for the town.

Leader of SEC to step down

posted: 11/27/2012 3:06 a.m.

Mary Schapiro will step down as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission next month after a tumultuous tenure in which she helped lead the U.S. government’s regulatory response to the 2008 financial crisis.

Fund manager on $5 million bail

posted: 11/27/2012 3:05 a.m.

A former hedge fund portfolio manager accused of enabling a quarter of a billion dollars in profits by passing along inside information in one of the largest insider trading fraud cases in history appeared in a Manhattan court for the first time Monday and was released on $5 million bail, though his movements were restricted.

UBS fined $47.5 million in rogue trader scandal

posted: 11/27/2012 2:58 a.m.

Britain’s Financial Services Authority fined UBS $47.5 million on Monday for failing to prevent a $2.3 billion loss caused by a former trader.

Cyber Monday buys seen at $1.5 billion

posted: 11/27/2012 2:56 a.m.

Americans clicked away for deals on Cyber Monday, which is expected to be the biggest online shopping day in history and the biggest online shopping day of the year for the third straight year.

More taxes for rich, Buffett re-urges

posted: 11/27/2012 2:55 a.m.

Billionaire Warren Buffett is again calling for higher taxes on the “ultrarich” and he’s urging Congress to compromise on spending cuts and tax increases.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks retreat after strong week

posted: 11/27/2012 2:54 a.m.

Wall Street came back to work after the Thanksgiving weekend and faced leftover worries about the “fiscal cliff” and the European debt crisis. Stocks retreated after one of their best weeks of the year.

Business news in brief

posted: 11/27/2012 2:52 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Chinese consumers are notoriously disloyal.Volkswagen’s challenge is continuing to build customer relationship management, and be geographically in the high-growth regions.” Bill Russo, president of market researcher Synergistics Article, 1D

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 11/27/2012 2:48 a.m.

IRS to sponsor 1-day tax-exempt workshop The Internal Revenue Service will hold a one-day workshop for small and medium-sized tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) organizations in Little Rock on Dec. 4 and 5.

DECEMBER CALENDAR: Ring-a-ding-ding, Santa!

posted: 11/27/2012 2:48 a.m.

December is Santa’s bag, man. In Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack lingo, it’s a gasser, pallie — this tinsel-tossin ’ ho-ho-ho-ville, coo-coo clambake. Chicks and Charlies, everybody digs the scene, especially with a little hey hey under the mistletoe.

AIDS Day events mark effects on blacks, women

posted: 11/27/2012 2:38 a.m.

It has been 31 years since the U.S. government began reporting the first AIDS cases.

LISTEN UP: Pitbull turns up heat with Global Warming

posted: 11/27/2012 2:32 a.m.

Pitbull Global Warming Polo Grounds/RCA B- Pitbull’s latest studio album, Global Warming, shows that the Miami rapper has what it takes to be an even bigger success. On his follow-up to Planet P, the beats are bigger and so are the guest artists (Usher, Jennifer Lopez and Christina Aguilera).

HOW COME?: Survival or silliness? The topic is touchy

posted: 11/27/2012 2:25 a.m.

In his 1984 essay “Laughter,” in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Donald W. Black points out that tickling is the only reflexive trigger for laughing; the others — “humor, incongruity, relief and sense of well-being” — are psychosomatic.

Conan O’Brien tormented by Tonight Show?

posted: 11/27/2012 2:23 a.m.

It has been a few years since Conan O’Brien left The Tonight Show and he still hasn’t moved on.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

posted: 11/27/2012 2:20 a.m.

Elsewhere in arts and entertainment this week: Duck call Willie Robertson, Harding University alumnus and star of the A&E series Duck Dynasty, will give a presentation at 7:30 p.m. today in Benson Auditorium at Harding in Searcy.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: E-mail deletes deplete heart

posted: 11/27/2012 2:18 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I recently found out that my boyfriend deletes all his e-mails, including ones from me. I was so surprised when I heard this because I’ve never met someone who doesn’t keep any personal e-mails!

Events at Clinton Center, Fayetteville

posted: 11/27/2012 2:17 a.m.

Other World AIDS Day events will include: World AIDS Day at the Clinton Presidential Center, 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. In commemoration of World AIDS Day, the center will display the single largest traveling section of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Why do British vocalists have ‘American’ accents?

posted: 11/27/2012 2:16 a.m.

For the newest James Bond movie, Skyfall, English singer Adele recorded a song with the same name. Though Adele speaks with a strong London accent, her singing voice sounds more American than British.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 11/27/2012 2:14 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Hurricane Sandy has affected so many lives! My readers probably are still cleaning up and dealing with the aftermath. Here is a short list of some must-have items to use (safely ) to clean up after any major disaster, including flood, fire, water damage, etc.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 11/27/2012 2:14 a.m.

Happy birthday. Love plays the starring role this year. December brings more questions than answers, and you’ll love being a student of life. After a stint of smart, diligent work at the start of the year, finances improve.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 11/27/2012 2:13 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: You had a letter recently from someone who got addicted to painkillers after his back surgery. Well, I’ve done the same thing, but what’s wrong with it? Why should I endure pain when I can pop a few pills and make it go away? — L.W.

Super Quiz: What’s in a name?

posted: 11/27/2012 2:12 a.m.

1. It’s used to identify all the members of one family. 2. You put them on Christmas trees. 3. The outer layer of your teeth 4. A series of contests to determine a winner

LR zoo breeds big cat romance

posted: 11/27/2012 12:58 a.m.

Quiet, laid back male, about 250 pounds and 8 feet long from nose to tail seeking female ready to start a family.

Lawmakers file measures for ’13 session

posted: 11/27/2012 12:56 a.m.

In advance of the session starting Jan. 14, a state legislator has filed a bill to terminate all parental rights of a person convicted of rape to a child conceived as a result of the rape.

Top honor stuns educator

posted: 11/27/2012 12:53 a.m.

She didn’t cry, but Avondale Elementary School kindergarten teacher Alexia Weimer was speechless when told Monday that she was the Arkansas Teacher of the Year.

Ward man to appear in court on murder charge

posted: 11/27/2012 12:52 a.m.

The Ward businessman set to appear before a judge this morning after his Saturday arrest in the fatal shooting of an employee was upset about the victim’s sales performance, according to investigators.

In 6-year-old’s death, neighbor is charged

posted: 11/27/2012 12:36 a.m.

Bentonville police arrested Zachary Holly, 28, Monday night in connection with the death of 6-year-old Jersey Bridgeman.

UP NEXT ARKANSAS STATE VS. MIDDLE TENNESSEE: ASU title at stake, bowl up in air

posted: 11/27/2012 12:08 a.m.

Arkansas State fans might want to monitor the score Saturday of a Big East match up between Connecticut and Cincinnati to see if a spot opens up in the BBVA Compass Bowl.

Labor board closes Wal-Mart inquiry

posted: 11/27/2012 12:07 a.m.

The National Labor Relations Board has closed its investigation into whether Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and one of its union-funded critic groups violated provisions of the National Labor Relations Act in the weeks leading to Black Friday sales.

ARKANSAS FOOTBALL: Long tells Hogs they’ll get coach within 2 weeks

posted: 11/27/2012 12:05 a.m.

Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long met with the Razorbacks football team Sunday night and told them he expected to name a head football coach within 10 to 14 days, sources close to the team said.

Voters today pick runoff winners in NLR, Alexander, PB, elsewhere

posted: 11/27/2012 12:04 a.m.

Voters will go to the polls today in North Little Rock and southwestern Pulaski County — as well as other places around the state — to decide election runoffs.

No-tax-rise vow shakier for Arkansas delegation

posted: 11/27/2012 midnight

As several of their colleagues retracted a pledge not to raise taxes Monday, some of Arkansas’ Republican lawmakers in Washington signaled they were open to a broad budget deal in the works even if it included a tax increase.

Monday, November 26

Neighbor arrested in Jersey Bridgeman homicide

updated: 11/26/2012 6:32 a.m.

A neighbor has been arrested as a suspect in the killing of a 6-year-old Arkansas girl whose high-profile child abuse case last year sent her father and stepmother to prison, police said.

Five finalists announced for Broyles Award

posted: 11/26/2012 4:07 p.m.

Five finalists for the Broyles Award were announced on Monday afternoon in a news release from the awards committee.

Benton police arrest sex offender for failure to comply

updated: 11/26/2012 2:53 p.m.

The Benton Police Department arrested William Marsh, a Level 3 sex offender, on Tuesday for failure to comply with registration and reporting requirements.

UAMS warns patients of privacy breach

posted: 11/26/2012 1:45 p.m.

UAMS is notifying about 1,500 patients that a former resident doctor who was fired in 2010 improperly kept medical records containing some personal information.

Salvation Army cuts ribbon on Angel Tree

updated: 11/26/2012 1:48 p.m.

The Salvation Army cut the ribbon on the 2012 Angel Tree at the Park Plaza Mall in Little Rock on Monday morning, creating the opportunity for volunteers to help the community.

Record U.S. space mission set for 2015

posted: 11/26/2012 12:16 p.m.

A former space shuttle commander whose twin brother is married to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will attempt the longest spaceflight ever by an American.

Search ends for boy swept to sea in California

posted: 11/26/2012 12:06 p.m.

The Coast Guard has ended a search for a teenager whose parents were killed when the three family members tried to rescue their dog from powerful surf in Northern California.

Events aid AIDS education

posted: 11/26/2012 10:49 a.m.

It has been 31 years since the U.S. government began reporting the first AIDS cases, Helaine R. Williams writes in Tuesday’s Style section. Medicines have come a long way, and the disease is not the death sentence it used to be.

Schapiro to step down as SEC’s chairman

posted: 11/26/2012 10:43 a.m.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro, who took the agency’s helm in 2009 as it reeled from public rebukes for failing to rein in Wall Street practices that exacerbated losses from the housing market collapse, is leaving the agency next month.

Israel, militants begin talks on truce details

posted: 11/26/2012 10:31 a.m.

Israel and Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip began indirect talks Monday in Egypt aimed at forging a new era of relations between the bitter enemies after a cease-fire that ended the heaviest fighting in nearly four years.

Acxiom taps Compton as senior VP of human resources

posted: 11/26/2012 10:21 a.m.

Acxiom Corp. announced Monday that it has appointed Jena Compton as senior vice president of human resources worldwide.

Kindergarten teacher named tops for ’13

posted: 11/26/2012 10:04 a.m.

Alexia Weimer, a kindergarten teacher at Avondale Elementary School in the Marion School District, has been named the state’s 2013 Teacher of the Year.

91-year-old German charged with Nazi crimes

posted: 11/26/2012 9:42 a.m.

A 91-year-old former member of the Nazis’ Waffen SS has been charged with murder in the 1944 slaying of a Dutch resistance fighter who was purportedly executed shortly after he was captured, prosecutors said Monday.

LR police arrest 4 after handcuffed man flees

updated: 11/26/2012 11:29 a.m.

A man who was attempting to cash in stolen lottery tickets fled from an officer after being handcuffed Monday, but authorities recaptured him about an hour later in a nearby hotel room, police said.

Cold front to deliver rain to Arkansas

posted: 11/26/2012 9:22 a.m.

A cold front will make its way into Arkansas on Monday, causing some thunderstorms to develop across the state.

Early morning shooting in Little Rock investigated

updated: 11/26/2012 12:39 p.m.

Authorities in Little Rock are investigating after a man was shot early Monday morning.

Man charged with murder in 4 Detroit slayings

posted: 11/26/2012 8:22 a.m.

A suburban Detroit man has been charged with murder in the 2011 slayings of four women found in car trunks.

Rebels patrol in Congo city as deadline nears

updated: 11/26/2012 10:33 a.m.

Rebels purportedly backed by Rwanda and Uganda stepped up their patrols Monday of this key eastern Congo city that they seized last week, even as a midnight deadline issued by a regional bloc for them to withdraw loomed.

Activists: Syrian rebels seize major dam in north

posted: 11/26/2012 8:16 a.m.

Syrian rebels Monday captured a hydroelectric dam on the Euphrates River in the country’s north after days of heavy fighting, seizing crates of ammunition from the government troops who were protecting the strategic facility in the latest battlefield success for opposition fighters, activists said.

Attack frees Nigeria police inmates, leaves 2 dead

updated: 11/26/2012 9:41 a.m.

Gunmen attacked a major police station near Nigeria’s capital Monday that holds members of a radical Islamist sect, freeing prisoners and killing two police officers in the latest assault on the nation’s security forces.

Egyptian minister says end of crisis 'imminent’

posted: 11/26/2012 8:08 a.m.

Egypt’s justice minister said Monday that a resolution was “imminent” to the political crisis over President Mohammed Morsi’s decision to grant himself sweeping new powers, a move that has touched off days of violent street protests.

Israel’s defense minister Barak quits politics

posted: 11/26/2012 8:06 a.m.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Monday abruptly announced he was quitting politics, injecting new turmoil into the Israeli political system weeks ahead of general elections.

James Rollins named new BancorpSouth CEO

posted: 11/26/2012 7:40 a.m.

James D. Rollins III has been named chief executive officer of BancorpSouth Inc., a financial holding company based in Tupelo, Miss.

City of Beebe files suit over fire insurance money

posted: 11/26/2012 7:38 a.m.

The city of Beebe has filed suit against White County over how the county distributes some funding to area fire departments.

Holiday buying up 13%

posted: 11/26/2012 5:19 a.m.

American shoppers spent nearly 13 percent more during this year’s four-day Thanksgiving weekend than they did last year, heading to stores and jumping online to push Black Friday beyond a one-day extravaganza.

Abbas: U.N. bid has wide backing

posted: 11/26/2012 5:17 a.m.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said a bid for United Nations observer status is the first step toward achieving his people’s rights and has wide support among General Assembly members.

Put revenue on table, GOP senator says

posted: 11/26/2012 5:15 a.m.

A Republican senator said Sunday “it’s fair to ask my party to put revenue on the table” as part of the solution to avoid the looming automatic tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts known as the “fiscal cliff.”

Congo in peace talks with rebel group

posted: 11/26/2012 5:13 a.m.

Congolese officials were in talks Sunday with representatives of M23, the rebel group that last week took control of the eastern Congo city of Goma, Ugandan officials said.

Plan would mandate quit-smoking classes

posted: 11/26/2012 5:12 a.m.

The first time Gerald Hyland of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in Virginia tried to cut smokers from the county’s payroll, more than a decade ago, it didn’t go over well. His suggestion that the county stop hiring smokers prompted angry criticism.

Marshal: Worker pierced pipe before blast

posted: 11/26/2012 5:11 a.m.

A natural-gas explosion that injured 18 people and damaged 42 buildings in Springfield’s entertainment district was blamed Sunday on a utility worker who accidentally punctured a high-pressure pipeline while looking for a leak.

Testing fraud lasted 15 years

posted: 11/26/2012 5:09 a.m.

It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to help aspiring public-school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove they are qualified to lead their classrooms.

Syrian rebels seize helicopter base

posted: 11/26/2012 5:06 a.m.

Syrian rebels captured a helicopter base just outside Damascus on Sunday in what an activist called a “blow to the morale of the regime ” near President Bashar Assad’s seat of power, while the bombardment of a village near the capital killed at least eight children.

NASA tracks huge dust storm on Mars

posted: 11/26/2012 5:05 a.m.

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and two planet based explorers are tracking a huge dust storm, offering scientists an opportunity to study the planet’s weather as never before.

Rise in fire toll is feared in Bangladesh

posted: 11/26/2012 5:04 a.m.

Fire raced up the floors of a Bangladeshi garment factory with no emergency exits, killing at least 112 people, some of whom jumped from the eight-story building where they made clothes for major global retailers.

6 die in Pakistan bombing

posted: 11/26/2012 5 a.m.

A bombing claimed by the Taliban killed at least six people and wounded some 90 others at a Shiite religious procession in northwest Pakistan on Sunday, police said, as the minority Muslim sect observes the annual Ashoura holiday.

19 slain men found in Chihuahua state

posted: 11/26/2012 4:59 a.m.

The slain bodies of 19 people have been discovered in Mexico’s northern border state of Chihuahua, officials reported Sunday, including 11 apparently long-dead men found in mass graves and eight others who were apparently tortured and killed in recent days.

2 bombings kill 11 at Nigerian church

posted: 11/26/2012 4:57 a.m.

At least 11 people were killed and about 30 injured when two vehicle bombs hit a Protestant church in a major military establishment in north-central Nigeria, officials said Sunday, a month after a church bombing in the same state killed seven.

The world in brief

posted: 11/26/2012 4:56 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are going to the United Nations with confidence, supported by all peace lovers.” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who said he is pressing ahead with a bid for United Nations observer status and has wide support among General Assembly members Article, 1A

The nation in brief

posted: 11/26/2012 4:50 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The firefighters did an excellent job evacuating the area, which certainly prevented additional civilian injuries and saved many lives.” Springfield, Mass., Fire Commissioner Joseph Conant, praising the actions of city firefighters who responded to reports of a gas leak before an explosion that damaged 42 buildings Article, this page

Names and faces

posted: 11/26/2012 4:49 a.m.

South Korean rapper PSY’s “Gangnam Style” has become YouTube’s most viewed video of all time. YouTube said in a posting on its Trends blog that “Gangnam Style” had been viewed 805 million times as of Saturday, surpassing Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” which had 803 million views.

In the news

posted: 11/26/2012 4:48 a.m.

Hunter Lacey, the owner of two Bar 3 Bar-BQ restaurants in Montana, will receive an undisclosed settlement from Dex Media Inc. after he sued the phone book company for placing an ad for the eateries in the “Animal Carcass Removal” section of its yellow pages, a listing that made him the butt of a Jay Leno joke.

Jonesboro library not quiet about marketing push

posted: 11/26/2012 4:41 a.m.

A billboard on U.S. 63 near the edge of town that promotes the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library spoils the ending of a Harry Potter novel for passers-by.

2 hold up Pulaski County store

posted: 11/26/2012 4:38 a.m.

Two men robbed a Pulaski County convenience store of more than $3,000 in cash and merchandise Saturday, according to a Pulaski County sheriff’s office report.

Friend’s shooting called accidental

posted: 11/26/2012 4:37 a.m.

A 60-year-old North Little Rock man was shot in the back Sunday after his friend fired a gun he said he thought was empty, said Phil Pounders, North Little Rock Fire Department battalion chief.

MUSIC REVIEW: Nutcracker sweeter than ever

posted: 11/26/2012 4:36 a.m.

Now as predictable during the Christmas season as Starbucks’ gingerbread latte and every bit as sweet, The Great Russian Nutcracker delighted a full audience Sunday afternoon with its colorful and reinvigorated pageant of dance.

Not-yet-full-moon walk draws fans

posted: 11/26/2012 4:36 a.m.

Seven-year-old Aine Pippenger was looking forward to strolling along the Big Dam Bridge Sunday evening during the third annual Full Moon Walk but got a little more exercise than she bargained for.

El Dorado man arrested in robbery

posted: 11/26/2012 4:34 a.m.

It didn’t take El Dorado police long to track down a man suspected of robbing a local convenience store on Thanksgiving Day.

Other days

posted: 11/26/2012 4:32 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Nov. 26, 1912 HOT SPRINGS — More than 100 men of the various churches of Hot Springs met yesterday afternoon in the First Baptist Church, under the auspices of the Pastors’ Association of Hot Springs, and passed resolutions commending the state fair and the men who make it possible, but condemning the automobile races held there last Sunday.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 11/26/2012 4:32 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.

Obituaries

posted: 11/26/2012 4:31 a.m.

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

EDITORIALS: On your marks . . .

posted: 11/26/2012 4:30 a.m.

WAIT uh minute now.

COLUMNISTS: Twinkie Manifesto

posted: 11/26/2012 4:30 a.m.

The Twinkie, it turns out, was introduced way back in 1930. In our memories, however, the iconic snack will forever be identified with the 1950s, when Hostess popularized the brand by sponsoring The Howdy Doody Show.

OTHERS SAY: Russia’s offenders

posted: 11/26/2012 4:29 a.m.

This month, the House of Representatives stepped out of the past and confronted today’s human rights debacle in Russia. By a vote of 365-43, the chamber repealed the 1974 Jackson-Vanik trade restrictions that were a cornerstone of the long struggle to win freedom for Soviet Jews to emigrate.

Let’s talk about hunger relief

posted: 11/26/2012 4:29 a.m.

The holiday season is a time to be grateful for what we have and to be compassionate toward those who are hurting. One in seven Americans relies on government assistance for food.

Guest writer: Unappreciated job

posted: 11/26/2012 4:28 a.m.

Once again, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette disappoints, this time in a recent editorial regarding constables.

Romney nails it

posted: 11/26/2012 4:27 a.m.

Most of us have heard of the observation attributed to Scottish historian Alexander Tytler that democracy can only exist “until the majority discovers it can vote itself largesse out of the public treasury,” after which it “always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits.”

LETTERS

posted: 11/26/2012 4:26 a.m.

This time, guilt’s good During this holiday season, we like to compile our list of reasons to be thankful. Certainly Arkansans can join with our neighbors to the south in being thankful for the recent admission of guilt and the agreement to pay $4.5 billion in fines and penalties on the part of BP, the British oil company.

ARKANSAS FOOTBALL: UA hire all about wins, losses, dollars, cents

posted: 11/26/2012 4:17 a.m.

No decision at the University of Arkansas in 2012 is likely to have a larger financial impact than the one facing Athletic Director Jeff Long in the coming days.

BCS RANKINGS: SEC game to identify Irish foe

posted: 11/26/2012 4:16 a.m.

Two years before the playoffs start in college football, the SEC is staging a semifinal to determine who plays Notre Dame in the BCS title game.

UALR MEN’S BASKETBALL: Trojans, down 17 at half, lack rally

posted: 11/26/2012 4:13 a.m.

UALR’s three game winning streak came to an abrupt end Sunday in the championship game of the Hoops for Hopes Classic.

PGA EUROPEAN TOUR: McIlroy ends dream year on top

posted: 11/26/2012 4:12 a.m.

Rory McIlroy made five consecutive birdies down the stretch to overtake Justin Rose and win the Dubai World Championship on Sunday, ending a historic year in which the 23-year old Northern Irishman won the PGA Championship and the European and PGA tour money titles.

Razorback rewind: Assistants in line for $719,756

posted: 11/26/2012 4:09 a.m.

Arkansas’ transition to a new coaching staff will be an expensive proposition, in terms of salaries for the new head coach and his staff, their potential buyouts, as well as the remaining payments to the Razorbacks’ current assistants.

COMMENTARY: Changes coming to Kentucky football

posted: 11/26/2012 4:05 a.m.

Before the football was snapped on the final play of Joker Phillips’ final game as Kentucky football Coach on Saturday, one of the referees working the Kentucky-Tennessee game turned his back to the field and stuck out his right hand.

49ers use defense to stop Brees

posted: 11/26/2012 4:03 a.m.

Colin Kaepernick ran for one score that he made look easy and threw for a touchdown in another performance that backed up Coach Jim Harbaugh’s decision to start him.

Falcons overcome mistakes, top Bucs

posted: 11/26/2012 4:01 a.m.

No one has led more late game-winning drives during the past five seasons than Matt Ryan, who has kept the Atlanta Falcons flying high with five fourth-quarter rallies this year alone.

NFL WEEK 12: A serious Sunday

posted: 11/26/2012 4 a.m.

Sunday’s highlights FALCONS 24, BUCCANEERS 23 Matt Ryan threw for 353 yards and overcame two big turnovers by leading another late touchdown drive to give the Atlanta Falcons a victory over the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Giants rattle Rodgers, Packers

posted: 11/26/2012 3:58 a.m.

Eli Manning threw for three touchdowns, giving him 200 for his career, and the New York Giants sacked Aaron Rodgers five times Sunday night in a 38-10 rout of the Green Bay Packers.

Ravens cook up play on 4 th-and-29

posted: 11/26/2012 3:57 a.m.

Fourth and-29 at their own 37, 1:37 left in regulation and trailing by three points.

TOP 25 MEN: Ragin’ Cajuns’ rally falls short

posted: 11/26/2012 3:55 a.m.

Louisiana-Lafayette had too many missed free throws in its bid for a major upset on the road against No. 15 Michigan State.

Peak’s effort lifts UA women

posted: 11/26/2012 3:52 a.m.

Junior Keira Peak had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Arkansas women’s basketball team to a 79-67 victory over Oregon on Sunday, finishing the Razorbacks’ three-day stay in the Waikiki Beach Resort Classic in Honolulu.

NBA: Knicks win after 2-loss Texas trip

posted: 11/26/2012 3:49 a.m.

Toasted in Texas, the New York Knicks fixed things on their home floor.

NBA summaries

posted: 11/26/2012 3:49 a.m.

KNICKS 121, PISTONS 100 DETROIT (100) Prince 3-11 0-0 6, Maxiell 2-2 0-0 4, Monroe 4-8 4-5 12, Knight 8-13 2-2 21, Singler 5-7 4-5 16, Stuckey 1-2 0-0 2, Bynum 3-6 3-3 9, Drummond 1-6 0-0 2, Maggette 2-5 4-5 9, Villanueva 7-15 0-2 17, Daye 1-1 0-0 2, English 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 37-78 17-22 100.

BCS report

posted: 11/26/2012 3:48 a.m.

Kelly has Irish atop in Year 3 LOS ANGELES — The post game roars from Notre Dame’s locker room echoed right through the Coliseum’s thick cement walls and metal beams Saturday night, moving around the 89-yearold arena like a long-absent force of nature.

Summaries

posted: 11/26/2012 3:45 a.m.

FALCONS 24, BUCCANEERS 23 Atlanta...................... 3 7 7 7 — 24 Tampa Bay................. 7 3 3 10 — 23 First Quarter Atl—FG Bryant 31, 7:38. TB—Martin 1 run (Barth kick), 1:12.

NBA standings

posted: 11/26/2012 3:40 a.m.

SUNDAY’S GAMES New York 121, Detroit 100 San Antonio 111, Toronto 106, 2OT Brooklyn 98, Portland 85 Philadelphia 104, Phoenix 101 Boston 116, Orlando 110, OT Denver 102, New Orleans 84

Today’s game

posted: 11/26/2012 3:39 a.m.

Panthers at Eagles 7:30 p.m., ESPN LINE — Panthers by 3 LAST MEETING Philadelphia beat Carolina 38-10, Sept. 13, 2009

Second thoughts

posted: 11/26/2012 3:38 a.m.

Bald and dutiful in Indianapolis Bald is still beautiful. Just ask Demi Moore and Natalie Portman, or, more recently, two Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders.

Off the wire

posted: 11/26/2012 3:36 a.m.

MOTOR SPORTS Vettel wins F1 title Sebastian Vettel captured his third consecutive Formula One championship title Sunday, overcoming a first-lap crash to finish sixth in a Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain in Sao Paulo.

State sports briefs

posted: 11/26/2012 3:33 a.m.

VOLLEYBALL Arkansas, Central Arkansas in tournament field Arkansas and Central Arkansas were each included in the NCAA Tournament field that was announced Sunday.

Bullet train challenges planners

posted: 11/26/2012 3:32 a.m.

Civil War veteran William Hood arrived at the mosquito-infested swamps near Bakersfield, Calif., in 1874 to build a rail line that would soar through the Tehachapi Mountains, linking the Bay Area and Southern California for the first time.

Mobile-app industry ravenous for new hires

posted: 11/26/2012 3:13 a.m.

Ross Waycaster designed the first of his four mobile applications as a high school senior in Tupelo, Miss., a game called Super Marrio Jump that’s been downloaded from the Apple store more than 20,000 times, earning him more than $16,000.

New software finds familiar faces far faster

posted: 11/26/2012 3:12 a.m.

By the time Joe Rosenkrantz took his seat in his company’s conference room, a video camera had already handled the introductions.

Nintendo launches Wii U in sea of gadgets

posted: 11/26/2012 3:08 a.m.

In the six years since the last major video-game system launched, Apple unveiled the iPhone and the iPad, Angry Birds invaded smart phones and Facebook reached a billion users. In the process, scores of video-game consoles were left to languish in living rooms alongside dusty VCRs and disc players.

ON COMPUTERS: Laptops reign supreme on kids’ Christmas lists

posted: 11/26/2012 3:06 a.m.

The number one item kids want for Christmas isn’t an iPhone or tablet, it’s a laptop computer, according to a survey at Ebates.com.

Nissan upgrades Leaf electric car, claims 142 miles per charge

posted: 11/26/2012 3:04 a.m.

An upgraded version of the Nissan Leaf electric car can travel farther without recharging and tells drivers how much battery life is left.

Sharp to book charge to shed workers

posted: 11/26/2012 3:02 a.m.

Sharp Corp., the world’s worst-performing major stock, will book a $311 million one-time charge this quarter to eliminate jobs.

Technology news in brief

posted: 11/26/2012 3:01 a.m.

Wary, U.S. agency drops BlackBerry Research In Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry is being dropped by the U.S. government agency that investigates plane accidents because of the device’s reliability issues.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 11/26/2012 2:59 a.m.

ALEXANDER Danielle Emis, 13776 Masters Drive, Nov. 20, 2012, Chapter 7. Laurie S. Barsotti, 2004 Crystal Lake Circle, Nov. 15, 2012, Chapter 13. Lisa D. Abston (aka Lisa D. Wyatt), P.O. Box 567, Nov. 15, 2012, Chapter 13. Robert Andrew and Lenore Christine Prachick, 19708 South Alexander Road, Nov. 21, 2012, Chapter 13.

A nest full of news about the Northern cardinal

posted: 11/26/2012 2:55 a.m.

Every schoolchild knows the red, red cardinal, but how many adults know anything about this vivid, common bird beyond its name?

Group exercise, giggles good mix

posted: 11/26/2012 2:49 a.m.

Is laughter a kind of exercise? That offbeat question is at the heart of a new study of laughing and pain that emphasizes how unexpectedly entwined our bodies and emotions can be.

Audubon frees Christmas Bird Count

posted: 11/26/2012 2:49 a.m.

The National Audubon Society has made two changes to its popular Christmas Bird Count.

ASK THE TRAINER: Lifestyle changes ultimate challenge

posted: 11/26/2012 2:44 a.m.

Last week I shared a question from a Comcast technician who asked me how to lose weight. By the time he drove out of my driveway, I had given him many tips on healthful eating and lifestyle habits that I hope he will adopt.

Scientific navel gazing discoveries

posted: 11/26/2012 2:43 a.m.

Apparently, everybody has an ecosystem living in our bellybuttons.

Runners can jingle their bells through 3 races

posted: 11/26/2012 2:41 a.m.

No jingling before December, that’s what I say.

MASTER CLASS: Variation on lunge challenges balance

posted: 11/26/2012 2:38 a.m.

Exercise modifications and variations are important. In some cases, one modification can convert exercise failure into success.

Hard-headed bird won’t be deflected

posted: 11/26/2012 2:35 a.m.

Zoe Caywood spends plenty of time outdoors, and so she’s not surprised to see cardinals strutting about and squabbling.

REALLY?

posted: 11/26/2012 2:34 a.m.

Does cold weather cause heart attacks? Looking at the medical literature, it is easy to see that winter can be a dicey season for heart patients.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 11/26/2012 2:32 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ve enjoyed a sense of rootlessness and freedom, but at the start of 2013, you’ll dig in once more and establish ties. Love bonds are cemented in words and ink.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 11/26/2012 2:32 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Here is this week’s sound off, about newspaper pages: “I absolutely detest the newspaper publishing a 3/4 page to wrap around the front page or other sections, including the comics. If the advertisers using this method understand the irritation, I think they might stop this practice. It is a total waste of the advertiser’s money.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 11/26/2012 2:30 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’ve fallen in love with this man I met over the Internet.

Super Quiz: Next, please

posted: 11/26/2012 2:30 a.m.

1. Washington, Adams, Jefferson, ————2. Red, orange, yellow, ————3. Mercury, Venus, Earth, ————4. Conrad Hilton Jr., Michael Wilding, Mike Todd, ————5. Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, —————

Group set to promote state aviation industry

posted: 11/26/2012 12:46 a.m.

A task force the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission formed a half dozen years ago to promote aviation-related training is on the cusp of becoming a statewide trade group promoting the aerospace industry, one of the state’s top exporters.

In LR, not all police trained in pepper spray

posted: 11/26/2012 12:45 a.m.

While a majority of Little Rock police officers are trained to use pepper spray, police said that there is a group of “older officers” who have no such training.

In PB, businessman seeking to craft entertainment zone

posted: 11/26/2012 12:44 a.m.

Retired Pine Bluff businessman Jack Stradley has a clear vision for a sliver of the city’s downtown.

Milder winter forecast in state

posted: 11/26/2012 12:42 a.m.

A cooling of the southern Pacific Ocean means Arkansas will see normal rainfall patterns this winter, but higher temperatures will result in less of a chance of snow or ice storms, forecasters say.

Mint to make MacArthur $5 coin

posted: 11/26/2012 12:40 a.m.

The U.S. Mint is set to strike up to 100,000 $5 coins next year featuring Gen. Douglas MacArthur, a Little Rock native whose birthplace is now the site of a museum bearing his name in the capital city, as part of a commemorative series featuring five-star generals.

Auburn fires Chizik 2 years after BCS title

posted: 11/26/2012 12:24 a.m.

Gene Chizik led Auburn to a historic season but couldn’t keep the Tigers from descending to their lowest point in decades.

Egypt’s stocks plummet 10% on Morsi acts

posted: 11/26/2012 12:22 a.m.

Egypt’s benchmark stock index plunged by nearly 10 percent Sunday in the first trading session since the country’s Islamist president issued decrees to assume sweeping new powers, while police in central Cairo fired tear gas at protesters who accuse the Egyptian leader of a blatant power grab.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Apple iPad Mini pros: speed and smart-aleck Siri; cons: price and camera

posted: 11/26/2012 12:09 a.m.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a wonderful Black Friday.

Sunday, November 25

Egypt's stock market tumbles after Morsi's decree

posted: 11/25/2012 2 p.m.

Egypt's benchmark stock index plunged by nearly 10 percent Sunday in the first trading session since the country's Islamist president issued decrees to assume sweeping new powers, while police in central Cairo fired tear gas at protesters who accuse the Egyptian leader of a blatant power grab.

Israel successfully tests missile defense system

posted: 11/25/2012 1:06 p.m.

Israel says its new mid-range missile defense system has successfully passed a test.

19 bodies found in northern Mexico border state

posted: 11/25/2012 12:49 p.m.

Authorities in Mexico’s northern border state of Chihuahua say they have found 11 long-dead people in a mass grave and another eight who were apparently tortured and killed in recent days.

Woodson grocery store robbed at gunpoint

updated: 11/25/2012 2:26 p.m.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is investigating an aggravated robbery that took place on Saturday night at Woodson Grocery located at 8300 Woodson Lateral Road in Woodson.

GOP opposition to diplomat Rice begins to crack

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

Republican opposition to the possible nomination of Susan Rice to be secretary of state is showing signs of cracking.

Civil rights leader Lawrence Guyot dies at 73

posted: 11/25/2012 10 a.m.

Lawrence Guyot, a civil rights leader who survived jailhouse beatings in the Deep South in the 1960s and went on to encourage generations to get involved in various causes, has died outside Washington, D.C. at the age of 73.

Gaza cleric calls violation of Israel truce sinful

posted: 11/25/2012 9:56 a.m.

A leading Islamic cleric in the Gaza Strip has ruled it a sin to violate the recent cease-fire between Israel and the Hamas militant group that governs the Palestinian territory — according a religious legitimacy to the truce and giving the Gaza government strong backing to enforce it.

Pope tells new cardinals not to be lured by power

updated: 11/25/2012 9:50 a.m.

Pope Benedict XVI told his six new cardinals to resist the allure of power and instead be like Jesus and focus their work on spreading the Christian faith.

Gas company worker caused Massachusetts blast

updated: 11/25/2012 12:59 p.m.

The state fire marshal said a gas company worker responding to reports of a gas leak in western Massachusetts punctured a pipe that led to a massive explosion that injured 18 people.

11 dead in suicide bombs at army church in Nigeria

updated: 11/25/2012 11:27 a.m.

At least 11 people were killed and about 30 injured when twin car bombs hit a Protestant church in a major military establishment in northcentral Nigeria, officials said Sunday, a month after a deadly church bombing in the same state.

Syrian rebels capture air base near Damascus

posted: 11/25/2012 9:36 a.m.

Activists say Syrian rebels have captured a helicopter base near the capital Damascus.

U.S. pursuing rules to govern drone attacks

posted: 11/25/2012 4:31 a.m.

Facing the possibility that President Barack Obama might not win a second term, his administration accelerated work in the weeks before the Nov. 6 election to develop explicit rules for the targeted killing of terrorists by unmanned drones, so that a new president would inherit clear standards and procedures, according to two administration officials.

In California, regulations raise a stink

posted: 11/25/2012 4:29 a.m.

Go to the San Diego area for the sights. There is not a more majestic spot to watch the sun set over the Pacific. Or go for the sounds. The waves crash against the rocks, and the sea lions bark at one another on the bluffs.

Tuners proved key to Suu Kyi’s spirits

posted: 11/25/2012 4:29 a.m.

Ko Paul had been warned that the old Yamaha piano in the upstairs sitting room of the dilapidated lakeside mansion was in bad shape.

Fog spurs pileup near LA; 4 hurt

posted: 11/25/2012 4:29 a.m.

A seven-car pileup on the 22 Freeway in California overnight Friday was blamed on dense fog, which forecasters said would remain a problem through today.

Senate logjam raising the stakes

posted: 11/25/2012 4:26 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Bob Dole had just assumed the mantle of Senate majority leader, after the Republican landslide of 1994, when he confronted a problem.

Massachusetts city shaken after blast

posted: 11/25/2012 4:25 a.m.

Preliminary investigations show more than 40 buildings were damaged in a naturalgas explosion in Massachusetts that injured 18 people, building inspectors said Saturday.

Holiday hours curb Black Friday sales

posted: 11/25/2012 4:24 a.m.

Thanksgiving shopping took a noticeable bite out of Black Friday’s start to the holiday season, as the latest survey found retail sales in stores fell slightly from last year.

States lobby for voice in U.S. ‘fiscal cliff’ talks

posted: 11/25/2012 4:24 a.m.

Their states are still recovering from the recession, and now the nation’s governors are bracing again for cuts in federal aid.

Cubans lament safe exile of ex-tormenters

posted: 11/25/2012 4:23 a.m.

Havana activist Elizardo Sanchez says he bears no ill will for the Caamanos, neighbors who collaborated with State Security agents to harass him for years. After all, he heads the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation.

Civil War exhibit gets personal

posted: 11/25/2012 4:23 a.m.

Letters and diaries from those who lived through the Civil War offer a new glimpse at the arguments that split the nation 150 years ago and some of the festering debates that survive today.

China, India fight over passport maps

posted: 11/25/2012 4:21 a.m.

India responded Saturday to China’s newly revised passports, which show disputed territory near their shared border as part of China, by issuing Chinese citizens visas embossed with New Delhi’s own maps.

Cairo judges urge courts to strike

posted: 11/25/2012 4:20 a.m.

The association of judges in Cairo called Saturday for courts across Egypt to suspend all but their most vital activities to protest President Mohammed Morsi’s edict that grants himself unchecked power by setting his decrees above judicial review until the ratification of a new constitution.

TV news shows

posted: 11/25/2012 4:19 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash.; actor and director Ben Affleck. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.

Bomb in Pakistan hits Shiite procession, kills 7

posted: 11/25/2012 4:17 a.m.

A roadside bomb killed at least seven people, including three children, and wounded 30 others Saturday at a Shiite Muslim procession in northwestern Pakistan, police said, as minority Shiites prepared to observe the holy day of Ashoura.

6 new cardinals from outside Europe

posted: 11/25/2012 4:17 a.m.

Pope Benedict XVI responded to criticism that the club of churchmen who will choose his successor is too Eurocentric, elevating six new cardinals from Colombia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, the Philippines and the U.S. during a formal ceremony Saturday.

Weapons only Israeli deterrent, Hamas chief says

posted: 11/25/2012 4:16 a.m.

Gaza’s ruling Hamas will not stop arming itself because only a strong arsenal, not negotiations, can extract concessions from Israel, the No. 2 in the Islamic militant group said in an interview Saturday.

Congo, rebels urged to talk

posted: 11/25/2012 4:15 a.m.

Regional leaders meeting in Uganda on Saturday called for an end to the advance by M23 rebels toward Congo’s capital, and also urged the Congolese government to sit down with rebel leaders as residents fled some towns for fear of more fighting between the rebels and army.

Dallas villain Hagman felled by cancer

posted: 11/25/2012 4:14 a.m.

Larry Hagman, whose portrayal of one of television’s most beloved villains, J.R. Ewing, led the CBS series Dallas to world popularity, died Friday in Dallas. He was 81.

Hopes up for U.N. climate talks

posted: 11/25/2012 4:13 a.m.

During a year with a monster storm and scorching heat waves, Americans have experienced the kind of freakish weather that many scientists say will occur more often on a warming planet.

Chinese ex-lawyer claims persecution

posted: 11/25/2012 4:12 a.m.

An ex-lawyer who said he was wrongfully persecuted as part of a crime crackdown by China’s purged politician Bo Xilai this week filed a complaint with China’s highest prosecuting office.

Taliban-wounded girls resolute, back in class

posted: 11/25/2012 4:11 a.m.

For one month the dreams kept coming. The voice, the shots, the blood. Her friend Malala slumped over.

Experts to exhume, test Arafat’s bones

posted: 11/25/2012 4:08 a.m.

The remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed Tuesday as part of a renewed investigation into his death, a Palestinian investigator said Saturday.

For Clinton, whirlwind tour helped seal cease-fire

posted: 11/25/2012 4:06 a.m.

As Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton headed to the Middle East last Tuesday, news reports from Cairo advertised that an agreement was at hand. A quick round of calls by an aide on the plane to U.S. diplomats in Egypt and Israel made clear that the excitement was premature : Formidable differences remained.

UA coach Smith reassigned

posted: 11/25/2012 4:05 a.m.

University of Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long announced Saturday that he has reassigned football Coach John L. Smith to a position within the department, less than 24 hours after UA finished its 4-8 season with a 20-13 loss to Louisiana State University.

Man who fatally shot deputy had mental-health problems

posted: 11/25/2012 4:05 a.m.

The shootout that left one Alabama sheriff’s deputy dead and another in critical condition Saturday began when they checked on a man at his mobile home and he opened fire on them, authorities said.

18 killed in Chinese coal-mine accident

posted: 11/25/2012 4:03 a.m.

A coal-mine accident in China’s southwest killed 18 workers and trapped five more on Saturday, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Thousands rally, call for Thai leader’s resignation

posted: 11/25/2012 4:02 a.m.

Protesters calling for Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down rallied in the heart of Bangkok on Saturday, clashing with police in the first major demonstration against the government since it came to power last year.

Let search begin; Long hired Petrino in 15 days

posted: 11/25/2012 4:02 a.m.

Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long’s search for a new football coach officially began Saturday when he announced John L. Smith won’t be retained, but in reality the process began last spring.

Highs and lows

posted: 11/25/2012 4:01 a.m.

University of Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long announced Saturday that John L. Smith would not be retained as UA’s head football coach. Smith has made plenty of headlines since he was hired in April as the school’s interim coach.

The world in brief

posted: 11/25/2012 4:01 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There is a good deal of anger, chaos, confusion.Violence is spreading to many places and state authority is starting to erode slowly.” Mohamed ElBaradei, Nobel Peace laureate, raising alarm over Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s ruling granting himself unchecked power Article, this page

The nation in brief

posted: 11/25/2012 4 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We need to change the way we do business in the Senate. Right now, we have gridlock. We have delay. We have obstruction, and we don’t have any accountability.” Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico, a Democrat, on a possible rule change to minimize the minority party’s ability to block legislation Article, 4A

In the news

posted: 11/25/2012 3:59 a.m.

Herta Mueller, the Romanian-born author and 2009 winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, said in an interview published in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter that the choice to give this year’s award to Mo Yan is a “catastrophe” that never should have happened and accused the Chinese writer of praising the Asian country’s tough censorship laws.

LIKE IT IS: Cross Gruden, Patterson off Arkansas’ list

posted: 11/25/2012 3:59 a.m.

It has never been Jon Gruden.

SEC/TOP 25 FOOTBALL: Tide throttle ‘sad’ Tigers

posted: 11/25/2012 3:58 a.m.

Alabama left no doubt it’s tops in the state.

TOP 25 FOOTBALL: Fighting Irish take title-game stance

posted: 11/25/2012 3:56 a.m.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are headed to Miami.

COMMENTARY: Big Ten shows interest only money

posted: 11/25/2012 3:55 a.m.

The Big Ten opened its doors — and money vault — to Rutgers and Maryland this week in moves that will grow its membership to 14 schools. But hey, why stop there?

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Deer hunter’s transformation a story in itself

posted: 11/25/2012 3:55 a.m.

Funny how a deer hunter’s goals change as he ages.

Best table in house

posted: 11/25/2012 3:54 a.m.

I have hunted mallards within yards of perhaps the most famous “kitchen” in Arkansas.

Names and faces

posted: 11/25/2012 3:50 a.m.

Imagine having William Shatner supply your outgoing voice-mail message. Or maybe you’d prefer Morgan Freeman coolly telling callers to wait for the beep.

What drew state voters to the polls?

posted: 11/25/2012 3:47 a.m.

The marijuana proposal, President Barack Obama and state legislative races likely prompted voting by the 48.25 percent of Arkansas adults who turned out in the general election, several political scientists said.

ASU doing homework on Mexico, exploring it for satellite campus

posted: 11/25/2012 3:46 a.m.

A team of Arkansas State University administrators will visit Mexico this month to explore opening a new campus there.

Local runoff elections around Arkansas

posted: 11/25/2012 3:45 a.m.

These counties have local runoff elections scheduled for Tuesday. Early voting ends Monday. County clerks and election commissions have information on voting hours and locations. D denotes Democrats; R, Republican; and I, independent. Otherwise, candidates are nonpartisan. * denotes incumbent.

PAPER TRAILS: He’s solidly invested in city’s past

posted: 11/25/2012 3:43 a.m.

Jason Bean, 38, director of recreational life at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, and his wife, Sarah, 37, a hall director, live on campus with their children, Emma, 13, and Caleb, 11. The family’s home is their two-bedroom apartment in a dorm there.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Razorbacks’ signees bring complementary skills

posted: 11/25/2012 3:43 a.m.

Dave Telep, ESPN’s senior national basketball analyst, said he believes Arkansas filled its needs by adding Little Rock Hall power forward Bobby Portis and Huntington (W.Va.) Prep center Moses Kingsley during the early signing period.

Smith, Steele enter homestretch

posted: 11/25/2012 3:42 a.m.

Joe Smith and Tracy Steele have campaigned for most of this year on which one would be the better choice to become North Little Rock’s first new mayor in 24 years.

Weber working to stay on floor

posted: 11/25/2012 3:42 a.m.

At 6-feet-4, it is difficult not to notice Little Rock Hall center Katelyn Weber.

TOP 25 MEN: Pressey comes through in clutch for Missouri

posted: 11/25/2012 3:41 a.m.

Phil Pressey had a tough semifinal at the Battle 4 Atlantis. He made up for it in the third-place game.

Small business has its big day

posted: 11/25/2012 3:40 a.m.

After shoppers raided the big-box stores on Black Friday, several locally owned stores in Little Rock got their time in the limelight on Small Business Saturday, an event American Express created three years ago.

Ward 3 race pits Foutch, Montgomery

posted: 11/25/2012 3:39 a.m.

Voters in North Little Rock’s Ward 3 haven’t been merely unpredictable at the polls in past elections, but often downright picky in their selections.

SEC MEN: Wisconsin wears down Arkansas

posted: 11/25/2012 3:39 a.m.

The Arkansas men’s basketball team is leaving Las Vegas with two losses, but the Razorbacks also managed to take something positive back with them.

Arkansas State men vs. Lamar

posted: 11/25/2012 3:38 a.m.

WHEN 2:05 p.m. today WHERE Convocation Center, Jonesboro RECORDS ASU 3-1 ; Lamar 1-4 RADIO KFIN-FM, 107.9, Jonesboro SERIES Lamar leads 46-34 INTERNET astateredwolves.com

SUN BELT WOMEN: Freshman scores 20 to lead Trojans

posted: 11/25/2012 3:38 a.m.

Freshman forward Shanity James hauled in a pass from forward Hannah Fohne and floated a hook shot that put the UALR women’s basketball team in control and marked her arrival in the rotation.

Book chronicles life of native son Mills

posted: 11/25/2012 3:38 a.m.

When she was in high school in Springdale in the 1950s, Kay Goss remembers her father pointing out U.S. Rep. Wilbur Mills and saying to her: “There goes a leader.” Goss, the author of a biography on Mills, had gone with her father to the University of Arkansas to visit the congressman, who was then an up-and-coming House member.

Griffons keep Reddies down

posted: 11/25/2012 3:37 a.m.

Henderson State trailed by 17 points, but the Reddies saw an opening after recovering a fumble at the Missouri Western State 19 early in the third quarter of Saturday’s NCAA Division II playoff game.

Indian remains logged in state, due to return to earth

posted: 11/25/2012 3:36 a.m.

Disturbed from their eternal rest and dug out of the ground, the bones of Indians who farmed corn, squash and pumpkins in what is now western Arkansas are one step closer to returning to the earth.

Pedestrian among two killed in road accidents

posted: 11/25/2012 3:35 a.m.

A Gepp man and a Booneville woman died from injuries they received in separate motor-vehicle accidents Friday and Saturday on Arkansas highways, according to preliminary Arkansas State Police reports.

Gators settle for beating rival

posted: 11/25/2012 3:35 a.m.

Florida did all it could Saturday to keep alive its hopes of playing in the BCS Championship Game.

Judsonia man captures duck-call title 2nd time

posted: 11/25/2012 3:34 a.m.

For the second time in three years, Brad Allen of Judsonia won the World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest on Saturday.

Rodgers stymied by nine-man drop

posted: 11/25/2012 3:33 a.m.

Kevin Rodgers’ fade pass floated down the right side of the field in the fourth quarter Saturday afternoon and settled in the arms of Henderson State wide receiver Darius Davis.

SOUTHLAND MEN: UCA can’t hit late shots in loss

posted: 11/25/2012 3:32 a.m.

The Central Arkansas men’s basketball team had three chances in the final 17 seconds to tie Sacramento State on Saturday night at the Farris Center.

Blacksmith quit day job to pound metal

posted: 11/25/2012 3:32 a.m.

A Jonesboro group is trying to preserve a way of life that has become an art form.

Ward business owner jailed in employee’s fatal shooting

posted: 11/25/2012 3:30 a.m.

A Ward man was arrested Saturday and charged with first-degree murder in the death of a North Little Rock man earlier this month.

House burned, Gould mayor says

posted: 11/25/2012 3:30 a.m.

A fire early Saturday destroyed the home of Gould Mayor Earnest Nash, and the state fire marshal’s office will be contacted to help investigate the cause, Nash said.

Police beat

posted: 11/25/2012 3:28 a.m.

Pizza store robbed; 2 women arrested Police arrested two Little Rock women Friday in the robbery of a Little Caesars pizza outlet.

Pet of the week

posted: 11/25/2012 3:28 a.m.

Maci is the pet of the week. She’s a 1-year-old Jack Russell terrier mix who is very loyal and would do best in a home with friendly dogs who like to play.

Higher education notebook

posted: 11/25/2012 3:25 a.m.

3 named to Tech’s Hall of Distinction RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas Tech University’s board of trustees has chosen a Heber Springs couple and a Russellville man for induction into the university’s Hall of Distinction.

Other days

posted: 11/25/2012 3:25 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Nov. 25, 1912 OLA — Ola’s first electric lights were turned on last night. The plant is owned by Micks brothers, and is one of the best equipped lighting systems in the state.

Obituaries

posted: 11/25/2012 3:23 a.m.

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

Powerball

posted: 11/25/2012 3:22 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball are: 22-32-37-44-50 Powerball: 34 Estimated jackpot: $325 million

Festival of Fashion hits runway

posted: 11/25/2012 3:21 a.m.

Festival of Fashion will take place Friday in a winter wonderland of designer decorated trees, one of several events during Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute Auxiliary’s Festival of Trees at the Statehouse Convention Center.

Georgia pushes aside state rival

posted: 11/25/2012 3:19 a.m.

The Georgia Bulldogs collected a trophy at midfield for another victory over their state rival, then got some encouragement from the governor in their quest for a bigger reward.

Robert Walker Arrington

posted: 11/25/2012 3:19 a.m.

Dr. Robert Arrington has won numerous awards in his almost 40 years at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. The only prize he shows off is a photo that he carries on his cell phone.

Arkansas recruits waiting, watching

posted: 11/25/2012 3:18 a.m.

News of Arkansas’ decision not to retain John L. Smith as its head football coach did not come as a surprise to several of the recruits who have orally committed to the Razorbacks, but they said they are anxious to find out who will be the next coach.

PACIFIC-12/MOUNTAIN WEST/WESTERN ATHLETIC: Barner, Ducks bounce back, beat Beavers

posted: 11/25/2012 3:16 a.m.

After Oregon’s loss to Stanford last weekend, running back Kenjon Barner figured there were three ways for the Ducks to respond in the Civil War against Oregon State.

DRESSING ROOM: Designer Momolu offers a taste of spring to come

posted: 11/25/2012 3:16 a.m.

Little Rock designer Korto Momolu offered a “sneak preview” at her spring 2013 line during a Nov. 9 Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute fundraiser in the rooftop party room in the River Market Towers building. The event benefited CARTI.

BIG TEN/SUN BELT: Banned Buckeyes (12-0) unblemished

posted: 11/25/2012 3:16 a.m.

The only thing Urban Meyer lost during his first season at Ohio State was his cool — at the end of the last game.

BIG 12/CONFERENCE USA: Sooners ride Jones in shootout

posted: 11/25/2012 3:15 a.m.

After the first overtime game in the Bedlam rivalry, a wild celebration on Owen Field and yet another 500-yard passing game, it all settled in for Landry Jones.

FABULOUS FUNDRAISERS: A giving crowd

posted: 11/25/2012 3:14 a.m.

A “bumper crop” of attendees turned out for the 2012 National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon, hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The event took place Nov. 14 in the Peabody Little Rock ballroom. KTHV-TV, Channel 11, news anchor Craig O’Neill was master of ceremonies.

BIG EAST/ATLANTIC COAST: Pitt’s parting gift rout of Rutgers

posted: 11/25/2012 3:14 a.m.

PITTSBURGH — Rutgers officially isn’t swapping the Big East for the Big Ten for another two years.

LIFELONG HEALTH: Cardiovascular disease risk can be diminished

posted: 11/25/2012 3:13 a.m.

The risk of having cardiovascular disease — including heart disease or stroke — during a lifetime is 60 percent for men and 55 percent for women. Cardiovascular disease accounts for more deaths than the next seven causes combined.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: He wouldn’t take a hint so she bowled him over

posted: 11/25/2012 3:12 a.m.

Ruth Bear thought from the beginning that Larry Livers might be her Mr. Right, and tossed out hint after hint that he should ask her out. She finally took the lead and asked him out, and he went but said he wanted to be friends. Ruth thought that was a fine idea.

Stanford nabs division title

posted: 11/25/2012 3:12 a.m.

Stepfan Taylor rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns, Kevin Hogan passed for 160 yards and another score, and No. 8 Stanford beat No. 17 UCLA 35-17 Saturday to win the Pacific-12 Conference North title and a rematch with the Bruins in the conference championship game.

OPUS XXVIII: On a high note

posted: 11/25/2012 3:11 a.m.

The Capital Hotel glistened Nov. 17 as the elegantly dressed guests gathered in the lobby for 28th annual Opus event.

MALE CALL: Court appearance is time to dress conservatively

posted: 11/25/2012 3:10 a.m.

Q. I must appear in court as a witness in a fraud case. The lawyer told me to dress conservatively. What do you suggest?

STRUTTING THEIR STUFF: Children’s Hospital gets fashionable help at show

posted: 11/25/2012 3:10 a.m.

Sleek. Classy. Timeless. That best describes Linda Rowe Thomas’ Romas collection, revealed during Designing Hope. The Nov. 15 fashion showcase was held in the Genesis III Room at Next Level Events in Little Rock as a benefit for Camp Sunshine and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

BIRD IS THE WORD: Everyone came and played at girl’s bash to aid AETN

posted: 11/25/2012 3:09 a.m.

Big Bird was the star of the party Nov. 15 at U.S. Pizza in Hillcrest. Katie Hargis, in celebration of her daughter Lillie Cookman’s first birthday, invited friends and family to meet the big yellow bird and to make a donation to AETN, the state’s educational television network.

PGA EUROPEAN TOUR: World’s top two tied for top spot

posted: 11/25/2012 3:08 a.m.

Rory McIlroy sank a short birdie putt on the 18th hole Saturday to remain tied with Luke Donald as the world’s two top-ranked golfers pulled three shots clear of a star-studded field after the third round of the Dubai World Championship.

CREATING UNITY: Family-centered nonprofit celebrates 25th anniversary

posted: 11/25/2012 3:08 a.m.

Legacy: An Appreciation of Change was held Nov. 15 at the Little Rock Country Club. In celebrating the 25th anniversary of Centers for Youth and Families, the nonprofit organization took a look back at the merging of three organizations — Elizabeth Mitchell Children’s Center, the Junior League of Little Rock Parent Center and Stepping Stone Emergency Shelter — to create the current organization with its mission to build healthy children, families and communities.

DEAR ABBY: Jewels willed to grandkids hijacked by ‘grieving’ aunt

posted: 11/25/2012 3:07 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: My darling mother-in-law died recently. She was a wonderful woman, a caring and loving role model to her children and grandchildren. In her will she left a diamond ring to her daughter, “Mimi,” a diamond ring to me, and the remainder of her jewelry to her grandchildren.

Weddings

posted: 11/25/2012 3:07 a.m.

Lund-Busick Nuptial vows were exchanged by Aubree Elaine Busick and Brandon Christopher Lund on Nov. 17 at Church at Rock Creek. The Rev. Keith Jackson officiated.

Second thoughts

posted: 11/25/2012 3:05 a.m.

Thanks for the turkey... however Even while giving away free turkeys, the Kansas City Chiefs cannot escape the wrath of their suffering fans.

Off the wire

posted: 11/25/2012 3:05 a.m.

FOOTBALL Vick, McCoy ruled out Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy have been ruled out for the Eagles’ game against Carolina on Monday night because of concussions.

Engagements

posted: 11/25/2012 3:03 a.m.

Helen Ruth Leggett, daughter of Carol Leggett and Tom Leggett, and Zachary Edward Thicksten, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Thicksten ; July 6.

Anniversaries

posted: 11/25/2012 3 a.m.

OZARK — Patricia and David Troglin, formerly of Russellville, have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple were married Oct. 26, 1962. She is the former Patricia Clubb and is retired from Grace Manufacturing.

WEDDINGS: MEGAN CAROL BEESON and CALE WAYNE TURNER

posted: 11/25/2012 2:59 a.m.

Trapnall Hall was the setting at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, for the marriage of Megan Carol Beeson and Cale Wayne Turner. The Rev. Ken Davenport officiated.

WEDDINGS: ELIZABETH ANNE ROGERS and EVAN JOSEPH HAMILTON

posted: 11/25/2012 2:57 a.m.

Elizabeth Anne Rogers and Evan Joseph Hamilton exchanged marriage vows at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at All Souls Church in Scott. Officiating were Dick King of Indian Hills Church and Ben Jordan, retired pastor of All Souls Church.

State sports briefs

posted: 11/25/2012 2:57 a.m.

BOXING Silver Gloves set The Arkansas Silver Gloves championship will be held Friday and Saturday at the North Little Rock Community Center. The tournament will feature 23 Arkansas boxing clubs.

Week 12 capsules

posted: 11/25/2012 2:56 a.m.

TV GAMES — All times Central Broncos at Chiefs Noon, CBS 1 LINE — Broncos by 10 /2 LAST MEETING Kansas City beat Denver 7-3, Jan. 1, 2012

Calendar

posted: 11/25/2012 2:56 a.m.

NOTE For additions to this calendar, fax the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at (501) 378-3869. Events also may be e-mailed to bhendricks@arkansasonline.com

Friday’s scores

posted: 11/25/2012 2:56 a.m.

CLASS 7A Bentonville 28, FS Southside 21 Fayetteville 30, North Little Rock 28 CLASS 6A Greenwood 42, El Dorado 39 Pine Bluff 24, Jonesboro 0

This week’s games

posted: 11/25/2012 2:55 a.m.

FRIDAY CLASS 5A FINAL 7 P.M., WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM, LITTLE ROCK Batesville vs. Camden Fairview CLASS 4A .

JENNIE LARRAINE DIAZ and MANUEL ANTHONY WARRIOR JR.

posted: 11/25/2012 2:55 a.m.

Jennie Larraine Diaz and Manuel Anthony Warrior Jr., who goes by Tony, were united in marriage at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at an outdoor ceremony at Park on the River in Maumelle.

Bridal policy

posted: 11/25/2012 2:53 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.

Scratch a rock ...

posted: 11/25/2012 2:52 a.m.

Thomas Nagin has been traveling the world for years, calling it business. When people kept asking if they could go with him, he says, he finally got the idea that what he does might be a fragment out of the ordinary: risking crocodiles and angry gods in search of mineral treasures.

7A/6A-Central boys capsules

posted: 11/25/2012 2:52 a.m.

1. LITTLE ROCK HALL HEAD COACH Jon Coleman ASSISTANTS Todd Gates, Chris Gonterman 2011-2012 RECORD 27-3

7A/6A-Central girls capsules

posted: 11/25/2012 2:51 a.m.

1. LITTLE ROCK PARKVIEW HEAD COACH Lahoma Howard ASSISTANT Terrell McClung 2011-2012 RECORD 30-2 RETURNING STARTERS Roshunda Johnson, 5-9, Sr.; Levrick Grigsby, 5-7, Sr.; Derriel Banyard, 5-10, Sr.; Christyal Holloway, 5-10, Jr. SHOULD CONTRIBUTE Sausha Davey, 6-1, So.; Yazman Batch, 5-9, So.; Natalia Ready, 5-9, So.; Jaylyn Davis, 5-9, So.

7A/6A-Central schedule

posted: 11/25/2012 2:50 a.m.

JAN. 4 LR Catholic/MSM at FS Northside Conway at Russellville Greenwood at LR Parkview LR Hall at FS Southside

FCS PLAYOFFS

posted: 11/25/2012 2:50 a.m.

WAGNER 31, COLGATE 20 NEW YORK — Nick Doscher passed for two touchdowns and ran for another Saturday and Wagner stopped Colgate in a first-round Football Championship Subdivision playoff game.

THEATER: Cirque has all the bells and tinsel

posted: 11/25/2012 2:47 a.m.

For Neil Goldberg, founder, director and producer of Cirque Dreams, the company’s Cirque Dreams Holidaze show, coming into Little Rock’s Robinson Center Music Hall this week under the auspices of Celebrity Attractions, is special.

Oaklawn report

posted: 11/25/2012 2:47 a.m.

Borel, 46, closing in on 5,000 Jockey Calvin Borel will have to wait another day to reach 5,000 career victories.

NBA SUMMARIES

posted: 11/25/2012 2:46 a.m.

HAWKS 104, CLIPPERS 93 LA CLIPPERS (93) Butler 1-6 0-0 3, Griffin 9-17 4-6 22, Jordan 4-8 0-2 8, Paul 5-12 8-8 19, Green 3-5 0-0 7, Bledsoe 4-10 2-2 12, Barnes 2-5 0-0 6, Crawford 3-8 5-5 12, Odom 0-2 0-0 0, Hollins 1-1 0-0 2, Turiaf 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 32-75 21-25 93.

SPIRITS: Hickory, Apple Pie are spirits to lift up

posted: 11/25/2012 2:44 a.m.

Holiday drinking is problematic for some people, and it’s not difficult to understand why.

Ex-shale gas foe OKs deal to drill

posted: 11/25/2012 2:44 a.m.

Two years ago, Denise Dennis delivered a dramatic denunciation of Marcellus Shale natural gas development at a Philadelphia City Council hearing.

Pact to open China’s market to U.S. rice

posted: 11/25/2012 2:42 a.m.

An effort to open the Chinese market to U.S.-grown rice is drawing one step closer to completion as trade officials from both countries hammer out crop inspection protocols.

MUSIC: Dozen CDs set mood for Christmas’ 12 days

posted: 11/25/2012 2:42 a.m.

A song written by Joni Mitchell is becoming a modern Christmas favorite.

British in mood to split with EU

posted: 11/25/2012 2:40 a.m.

BRUSSELS — Bad times are forcing the 17 European Union nations that use the euro currency to move ever closer toward some kind of United States of Europe — one that could make decisions about how much member countries spend and how much tax they collect.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Two Jewish Guys to offer annual Hanukkah special

posted: 11/25/2012 2:39 a.m.

Little Rock lawyer Phil Kaplan and advertising executive Leslie Singer once again team up with public radio station KUAR FM, 89.1, for the 12th annual Jewish Guys Hanukkah Special, 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center, 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock.

TV ON DVD: Friends reunited on new Blu-ray collection

posted: 11/25/2012 2:36 a.m.

What is it? Friends, the Complete Series on Blu-ray, 236 episodes on 21 discs from Warner Home Entertainment.

THAT’S BUSINESS: Delta immigrant’s Hoover sauce is a taste of two cultures

posted: 11/25/2012 2:35 a.m.

Between Inverness and Belzoni on U.S. 49 in the Mississippi Delta there is a sign that says turn this way for Midnight and Louise.

Guest workers are key to debate

posted: 11/25/2012 2:34 a.m.

As Congress resumes talks on immigration-policy changes, the public debate is once again zeroing in on the merits of granting some type of so-called amnesty to 11 million illegal immigrants.

NBC prepping drama series about George Washington

posted: 11/25/2012 2:34 a.m.

NBC is developing a drama series about George Washington, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Washington: A Life. In that book, author Ron Chernow wrote that the country’s first president “ranks as the most famously elusive figure in American history, a remote, enigmatic personage more revered than truly loved.”

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Job situation isn’t only snag

posted: 11/25/2012 2:33 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My wife is hunting for a new job and has been for two-plus years. She keeps getting close and then getting turned down after two or three rounds of interviews. She has a graduate degree in her field and is doing everything “right,” from networking with alumni and talking to a career coach to asking for feedback from rejections.

Manufacturing study’s a tale of 2 worlds

posted: 11/25/2012 2:33 a.m.

Any discussion of American manufacturing is often a muddled one, steeped in nostalgia for a bygone era and accompanied by a certain misty-eyed conviction that it is a sector in decline.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 11/25/2012 2:32 a.m.

Happy birthday. Whatever you used up, you get more of in December, when practical and intangible resources are renewed.

Sight-filled San Diego

posted: 11/25/2012 2:31 a.m.

Simply arriving is the first adventure for visitors in California’s “other” city by the bay.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Ways to elevate the joy of first cruise

posted: 11/25/2012 2:27 a.m.

Sailing away from our port of embarkation, I join my fellow cruisers on deck to wave goodbye to Barcelona. As we gracefully float by a Disney ship docked at the next berth, its passengers wave happily to us. Insinuating that we’re envious of not being on a Magic Kingdom cruise ourselves, that ship’s thunderous horn gloats to the tune of “When You Wish Upon a Star.”

Damaged passport should be replaced

posted: 11/25/2012 2:26 a.m.

Adapted from the Washingtonpost.com Flight Crew chat conducted weekly by the Travel staff of The Washington Post: Q: A few years ago, my passport got very wet. Now the automatic readers at passport control sometimes can’t read it.

Better a mundane than a murderous Europe

posted: 11/25/2012 2:25 a.m.

Congratulations to the European Union for winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Smart phone app for hailing a cab great idea, but ...

posted: 11/25/2012 2:24 a.m.

You’re outside a restaurant, want a cab to your hotel, but spot no cabs in the area. So you get out your smart phone, call up a taxi application, and the system tells a participating cab where you are.

COLUMN ONE: The secret bureaucrat

posted: 11/25/2012 2:23 a.m.

Franz Kafka is one of those authors whose name has become an adjective, as in Shakespearean or Faulknerian or this dictionary entry: Kafka-esque — adj., referring to the nightmarish, surreal, illogical quality Franz Kafka evoked in works like The Metamorphosis, The Castle, and The Trial.

Airline fuel surcharges increasing cost of business travel

posted: 11/25/2012 2:23 a.m.

Rising fuel surcharges have become a sticking point in negotiations between airlines and corporate travel managers over the cost of airline tickets.

When a minivan is not a minivan

posted: 11/25/2012 2:22 a.m.

It looks like a minivan. It has sliding doors like a minivan. So why isn’t Ford calling its new seven-seater a minivan?

Redcoats at the Battle of the Bulge?

posted: 11/25/2012 2:22 a.m.

America has come a long way since its humble beginnings—and we have much to be thankful for. Sandra Day O’Connor is the current chief justice of the Supreme Court. 1944’s Battle of the Bulge was a successful endeavor during the Revolutionary War. And the “Father of the Constitution” was. . . Benjamin Franklin?

Quick change

posted: 11/25/2012 2:21 a.m.

He was once known for his drinking habits, his stylish mustache and his serial womanizing. Over the course of his colorful career he has served as a diplomat, a rebel chieftain, and a negotiator with al-Qaida hostage-takers.

The best way to investigate Benghazi

posted: 11/25/2012 2:20 a.m.

The drumbeat has started. On Wednesday, three Republican senators formally asked their colleagues to create a select committee to investigate the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans on the anniversary of September 11, 2001.

Better here than anywhere

posted: 11/25/2012 2:19 a.m.

What’s black and white and read all over? The old riddle is destroyed (like most song lyrics) when it’s set in print. It relies on the homophone “read” being perceived as “red” by the subject, and the subsequent confusion of images it conjures.

Lowering bar not the answer

posted: 11/25/2012 2:18 a.m.

I take this one personally. Let me tell you why.

Kim Jong Un, reformer

posted: 11/25/2012 2:17 a.m.

No one ever got rich by betting that North Korea was going to loosen up. Kim Jong Un’s “kingdom” is one of the world’s last totalitarian states, and it’s generally safe to assume that next year’s politics in a totalitarian regime will closely resemble last year’s.

BEST-SELLERS

posted: 11/25/2012 2:17 a.m.

Fiction 1. THE RACKETEER, by John Grisham. Malcolm Bannister, an imprisoned ex-lawyer, knows who murdered a federal judge. And he concocts a scheme to exchange this information for his freedom.

EDITORIALS: This much we know

posted: 11/25/2012 2:15 a.m.

THE INVESTIGATIONS continue unabated as the accusations and defenses multiply in the aftermath of the murderous attack on our consulate in Benghazi. But this much we know: American lives, including that of our ambassador to Libya, were lost.

COLUMNISTS: Here’s to Business Ben

posted: 11/25/2012 2:14 a.m.

Today is Governor Ben Laney’s birthday. Laney, who is often referred to as “Business Ben,” was a far more important governor than many people realize. He was a modernizing governor, a champion of a rational balanced budget, and he made economic development a major thrust of his administration.

Six hours in Burma

posted: 11/25/2012 2:14 a.m.

As President Obama flew to Southeast Asia this month, one of his advisers was quoted as saying that a renewed focus on Asia will be “a critical part of the president’s second term and ultimately his foreign policy legacy.” The focus on Asia is understandable, but the discussion of legacy seems a bit premature and helps explain why human rights activists were nervous that Mr. Obama might proclaim a premature victory in the Southeast Asian nation of Burma, also known as Myanmar.

Us, a prototype?

posted: 11/25/2012 2:13 a.m.

The big story of the looming Arkansas legislative session—other than the historic Republican control—will be whether to accept federally funded Medicaid expansion.

To define thankfulness

posted: 11/25/2012 2:11 a.m.

I wrote the initial version of this column in 2001 and decided to republish it during the Thanksgiving weekend because—even after 11 years—it seems to me that its content remains just as relevant, probably even more so.

LETTERS

posted: 11/25/2012 2:11 a.m.

Steele a worthy leader Foremost, I am sending this letter as a fact-checker with firsthand knowledge of Tracy Steele’s timeline of events.

COVER STORY: Cleveland, Divorced keep TV Land-ers laughing

posted: 11/25/2012 2:09 a.m.

If you haven’t checked in with TV Land lately, you’re in for a treat.

Soaps last week

posted: 11/25/2012 2:08 a.m.

(This column represents on-air summaries for the week of Nov. 19-23.) The Bold and the Beautiful: Bill revealed a different side of himself to Brooke, while Steffy gave Liam a set of conditions under which she would consider his offer to move back in.

Hit the track: Beebe RC racetrack draws crowds

updated: 11/23/2012 9:48 a.m.

Racing tiny cars may seem like child’s play, but at Thunder Valley RC Raceway, it’s a much more competitive matter. Twice a month, racers from around ages 6 to 60 gather in a warehouse-like building off a gravel road in Beebe to race radio-controlled cars that they spend hundreds of dollars and hours of work perfecting. The cars are either one-tenth or one-eighth to scale of a typical race car. The smaller cars run on the indoor tracks, while the larger models hit the dirt outside.

Having a hankering for Hostess

posted: 11/25/2012 midnight

I haven’t had a Twinkie or Ding Dong in 15 years, probably, not counting fried Twinkies at Toad Suck Daze. When I heard Hostess was going out of business, I immediately wanted one of the things. My mind went back to my childhood.

Bob Bledsoe: On a ministry of nature at a popular attraction

updated: 11/23/2012 9:07 a.m.

Before joining the management team at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs in 2002, Bob Bledsoe spent 20 years as a Baptist minister. He said overseeing the University of Arkansas’ botanical gardens is not that different from serving a church.

Better than average: Promise class of 2011 still in school

updated: 11/23/2012 9:02 a.m.

On May 18, 2011, 120 Arkadelphia High School students were announced as eligible for the first Arkadelphia Promise Scholarships during a rally held in the school’s gym. After graduation, 90 of those students were the first to enter college using the scholarships provided by a partnership of Southern Bancorp and the Ross

Banding together: Process allows wildlife agencies, hunters, birdwatchers to better understand ducks

updated: 11/23/2012 10:12 a.m.

For waterfowling enthusiasts, duck bands are among the most cherished mementos of the hunt. Fewer than one out of a thousand ducks wear the bands, so they are rare treasures, indeed. They are to the waterfowler what big antlers are to the deer hunter or long beards are to the turkey hunter: trophies. Wearing a lanyard of bands around your neck is a status symbol.

Banding together: Process gives insight into lives of waterfowl

updated: 11/23/2012 9:12 a.m.

For waterfowling enthusiasts, duck bands are among the most cherished mementos of the hunt. Fewer than one out of a thousand ducks wear the bands, so they are rare treasures, indeed. They are to the waterfowler what big antlers are to the deer hunter or long beards are to the turkey hunter: trophies. Wearing a lanyard of bands around your neck is a status symbol.

It’ll soon be looking a lot like Christmas in the Three Rivers area

updated: 11/23/2012 9:56 a.m.

With Thanksgiving leftovers quickly disappearing, it’s time to start gearing up for the winter holiday season. To get in a festive mood, try checking out one of these events in the Three Rivers area. Don’t see information on your town’s event? Call your local chamber of commerce or city hall to ask for details:

Conway Women’s Chorus to appear Saturday at church

posted: 11/25/2012 midnight

The Conway Women’s Chorus will present an afternoon of music at 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 3255 Prince St. in Conway. Admission is $5. Billed as Glitz and Glam, the program will feature songs that have received a Grammy Award for Song of the Year, as well as traditional Christmas songs. “We will present several Christmas songs and have our traditional Christmas singalong,” said Joan Hanna of Wooster, director of the Faulkner Academy of Arts, which supports the Conway Women’s Chorus and the Conway Dinner Theater.

Benton honored for volunteers: Residents give 25 years of help in 2011

updated: 11/23/2012 9:04 a.m.

The governor’s office, the Arkansas Municipal League and the Arkansas Department of Human Services have selected the city of Benton for designation as an Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year. The Saline County seat is one of only 12 communities chosen for the recognition this year for residents’ volunteer services during 2011. Benton is the only city in the Tri-Lakes region given the award.

Helping hand: Romance farm takes on underloved horses

updated: 11/23/2012 9:45 a.m.

This summer’s drought was difficult for many across Arkansas. For some, it meant charred grass and crops. The cost of feeding livestock skyrocketed. For Sandy Kirby, owner of Sunshine Acres Ranch, it meant more horses in need of help.

Enchanted Forest: Brothers’ project now glows for community

updated: 11/23/2012 8:59 a.m.

For the Lee family in Malvern, visiting the backyard of the Burns family home on West Moline Street is a holiday tradition.

Having a hankering for Hostess

updated: 11/23/2012 8:56 a.m.

I haven’t had a Twinkie or Ding Dong in 15 years, probably, not counting fried Twinkies at Toad Suck Daze. When I heard Hostess was going out of business, I immediately wanted one of the things. My mind went back to my childhood.

Banding together: Process allows wildlife agencies, hunters, birdwatchers to better understand ducks, geese

posted: 11/25/2012 midnight

For waterfowling enthusiasts, duck bands are among the most cherished mementos of the hunt. Fewer than one out of a thousand ducks wear the bands, so they are rare treasures, indeed. They are to the waterfowler what big antlers are to the deer hunter or long beards are to the turkey hunter: trophies. Wearing a lanyard of bands around your neck is a status symbol. The value of duck bands far exceeds that of mere jewelry, however. Hunters who harvest banded birds and report band information play a vital role in waterfowl conservation. The information gathered provides insights into the lives of ducks and geese and is vital to their management.

This week's events

updated: 11/23/2012 9:23 a.m.

These are events scheduled for the Tri-Lakes area, beginning Nov. 26.

‘Especially rare’: Three generations achieve rank of Eagle Scout

posted: 11/25/2012 midnight

Three generations of Wilson men have achieved something so rare there aren’t even records to track it. Chris Wilson, 17, of Conway is the latest of the family’s Eagle Scouts, following in the footsteps of his father, Russell Wilson of Conway, and his grandfather, Dr. Joe T. Wilson Jr. of Jonesboro, all firstborn sons. “I love to be challenged when doing things,” Chris said. “Achieving Eagle Scout was the hardest challenge, so that’s what I went for.” The Conway High School senior said he joined Scouting when he was 10 because his father and grandfather “talked it up so much,” but he also loves the outdoors and wanted to try Scouting. “I was not pushed to do it,” he said. In an emotional moment at his Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony Nov. 18 in Conway, Chris gave his grandfather a pin as the person who influenced him the most.

This week's events

updated: 11/23/2012 10:25 a.m.

These are events scheduled for the Three Rivers area, beginning Nov. 26.

Cindy Mahan: Friendship Community Care CEO ‘driven’

posted: 11/25/2012 midnight

Cindy Mahan’s family in Marshall set an example early in her life that drove her to start a program to help disabled children 40 years ago in a drafty old school with one employee. Today, it has evolved into Friendship Community Care in Russellville, a statewide nonprofit organization with 1,000 employees and services for babies, children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The agency also oversees the senior centers in Pope, Yell and Johnson counties.

By the numbers: Holiday spirit switches on across region

updated: 11/23/2012 9:50 a.m.

Here's a look at upcoming holiday events, by the numbers.

Becky Pierce: Searcy store owner helps deck out the holidays

updated: 11/23/2012 10:07 a.m.

There is no busier time in a Hallmark store than the winter holiday season. Inside Becky’s Hallmark in Searcy, owner and namesake Becky Pierce has been preparing for the rush since January, when she first started selecting holiday merchandise. She never decorates the store’s trees the same way twice. This year she even found time to help glue together graham crackers, licorice and mints to create a 4-foot-tall gingerbread house for the front window. Over the winter holidays, the store experiences 10 times the crowd the business sees at Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day.

This week’s events in the River Valley & Ozark region

posted: 11/25/2012 midnight

Nov. 26 Holiday Potluck PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN — The Arkansas River Valley Audubon Society will have its annual Holiday Potluck at 7 p.m. at the Lutheran Camp on Petit Jean Mountain. Everyone is invited to bring a dish and enjoy the fellowship of nature lovers. For more information, call Coe Wilson at (501) 727-5559.

Having a hankering for Hostess

updated: 11/23/2012 9:37 a.m.

I haven’t had a Twinkie or Ding Dong in 15 years, probably, not counting fried Twinkies at Toad Suck Daze. When I heard Hostess was going out of business, I immediately wanted one of the things. My mind went back to my childhood.

Elementary school’s Turkey Trot yields big donation

posted: 11/25/2012 midnight

Lots of families will have food on their tables this holiday because Jim Stone Elementary School students ran laps earlier this month. The Turkey Trot, a food drive that’s been held a decade or more at the Conway school, brought in 2,000 food items and $2,300 for The Salvation Army Conway Corps. Jim Stone Principal Mark Lewis said the students collected a “humongous” amount of food. “They filled up a huge box truck,” he said. Lt. Russell Clay, corps officer, said it was the biggest single donation he’s seen in the 1 1/2 years he’s been in Conway.

Parade of Homes benefits Renewal Ranch

posted: 11/25/2012 midnight

As the holidays rush in, Renewal Ranch invites the public to its second annual Parade of Homes, set for 5-8 p.m. Dec. 8. Renewal Ranch is a nondenominational, faith-based program for men with alcohol or drug addictions.

Saturday, November 24

Arkansas-Wisconsin Live Blog

posted: 11/24/2012 6:30 p.m.

Join in an interactive live blog as Arkansas faces Wisconsin in the Las Vegas Invitational.

6 die in Italy when train slams into car on tracks

posted: 11/24/2012 1:18 p.m.

Italian authorities said six people died when a regional train slammed into a car that crossed the tracks.

112 killed in fire at Bangladesh garment factory

updated: 11/25/2012 1:04 p.m.

At least 112 people were killed in a fire that raced through a multi-story garment factory just outside of Bangladesh’s capital, an official said Sunday.

Egypt president must rescind new powers

posted: 11/24/2012 12:42 p.m.

Leading democracy advocate Mohammed ElBaradei said dialogue with Egypt's Islamist president is not possible until he rescinds his decrees giving himself near absolute powers.

Police investigate armed robbery in Bryant

updated: 11/24/2012 12:44 p.m.

The Bryant Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred in the Lowe's parking lot on Friday night.

NYC storm victims’ homes looted over Thanksgiving

posted: 11/24/2012 12:07 p.m.

Some residents of a New York City neighborhood that suffered fire and flooding during Superstorm Sandy said thieves looted their damaged houses over Thanksgiving.

1 dies in clash at Kabul University, Kabul police say

posted: 11/24/2012 11:45 a.m.

Kabul Police said one person is dead in a clash at Kabul University where people were marking the Shiite holy day of Ashoura.

4 killed during Shiite gathering in Yemeni capital

posted: 11/24/2012 11:37 a.m.

Yemeni security officials said that four Shiites were killed when unknown assailants fired a rocket-propelled grenade into a gathering of worshippers observing the holy day of Ashoura.

Smith out as Arkansas coach

updated: 11/24/2012 2:17 p.m.

Arkansas fired John L. Smith as head football coach Saturday, officially indicating the Razorbacks will have a new coach in 2013.

Arkansas State Police helping in Ward shooting death

posted: 11/24/2012 10:15 a.m.

Arkansas State Police investigators are helping investigate the shooting death of a man in the Lonoke County town of Ward.

Lebanese army arrests 5 Syrians over explosives

posted: 11/24/2012 10:10 a.m.

The Lebanese army said it has arrested five Syrians for possession of explosives, the latest incident fanning fears that Syria’s civil war is spilling across the border.

3 people arrested for museum robbery in Greece

posted: 11/24/2012 10 a.m.

Police said they have arrested three people in connection with an armed robbery that targeted the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, the birthplace of the ancient Olympics.

Back to school in Gaza after Israel offensive

updated: 11/24/2012 9:56 a.m.

Tens of thousands of children are returning to school in the Gaza Strip after eight days of cross-border fighting between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which rules the coastal enclave.

Egypt's top judges slam president's new powers

posted: 11/24/2012 9:45 a.m.

Egypt's official news agency said the country's highest body of judges has called the president's recent decrees an "unprecedented assault on the independence of the judiciary and its rulings."

NO. 7 LSU 20, ARKANSAS 13: Lost season stamped

posted: 11/24/2012 4:37 a.m.

Arkansas took the fight to BCS No. 7 LSU for most of a chilly afternoon at Reynolds Razorback Stadium, but the game ended in disappointment and defeat, painfully indicative of the Razorbacks’ season.

Morsi’s power decree incites anger in Egypt

posted: 11/24/2012 4:34 a.m.

Opponents of President Mohammed Morsi were reported to have set fire to his party’s offices in several Egyptian cities Friday in a spasm of protest and clashes after he granted himself broad powers above any court, declaring himself the guardian of Egypt’s revolution, and used his new authority to order the retrial of Hosni Mubarak.

Henderson State trying to spread word it’s real deal

posted: 11/24/2012 4:33 a.m.

Win or lose today, Henderson State’s 2012 football season will go down as the best in school history.

Truce holds as Israeli troops fire on Gazans at border fence, kill 1

posted: 11/24/2012 4:32 a.m.

Israeli troops fired on Gazans surging toward Israel’s border fence Friday, killing one person but leaving intact the fragile 2-day-old ceasefire between Hamas and the Jewish state.

Mexico releases Dallas trucker

posted: 11/24/2012 4:31 a.m.

A Dallas trucker imprisoned for seven months in Mexico on accusations that he had tried to smuggle in assault-rifle ammunition broke down in tears Friday as he returned to the United States, saying he had at times given up hope.

Pigeon’s message stumps experts

posted: 11/24/2012 4:30 a.m.

They have eavesdropped on the enemy for decades, tracking messages from Hitler’s high command and the Soviet KGB and on to the murky, modern world of satellites and cyberspace. But a lowly and yet mysterious carrier pigeon may have them baffled.

LIKE IT IS: Nothing miraculous about Hogs’ season

posted: 11/24/2012 4:30 a.m.

For most of the second half, there was hope and something to cheer.

EU angle saps Catalan independence ardor

posted: 11/24/2012 4:30 a.m.

As in towns across this wealthy northwestern region, the mazelike cobblestone streets of Girona’s medieval quarter are fluttering with flags in favor of Catalonia’s independence. Here, however, there is also a smattering of flags bearing the slogan: “Catalonia, A New European State.” It goes to the heart of a Catalan conundrum.

9 veterans of Iraq, Afghan wars to join Congress

posted: 11/24/2012 4:27 a.m.

As Tammy Duckworth sees it, her path to Congress began when she awoke in fall 2004 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She was missing both of her legs and faced the prospect of losing her right arm.

Reward is offered in dolphin killings

posted: 11/24/2012 4:26 a.m.

An investigation into the mysterious killing of dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico is gaining momentum, with a federal agent now in charge of the case and a $30,000 reward for catching the killer or killers.

House GOP pursues more tech visas again

posted: 11/24/2012 4:25 a.m.

House Republicans are planning a vote next week on immigration legislation that would both expand visas for foreign science and technology students and make it easier for those with green cards to bring their immediate families to the U.S.

Talks focus on higher effective tax rates

posted: 11/24/2012 4:24 a.m.

Congressional negotiators, trying to avert a fiscal crisis in January, are examining ideas that would allow effective tax rates to rise for high earners without technically raising the top tax rate of 35 percent. They hope the proposals will advance negotiations by allowing both parties to claim they stood their ground.

NCAA Division II playoffs

posted: 11/24/2012 4:24 a.m.

All times Central FIRST ROUND Saturday, Nov. 17 Shippensburg 58, Bloomsburg 20 Indiana (Pa.) 27, Shepherd 17 Indianapolis 31, Midwestern State 14 West Alabama 41, Miles 7 Lenoir-Rhyne 21, Fort Valley State 6 NW Missouri State 35, Harding 0 Missouri Western St. 57

Gas blast levels club, but no lives lost

posted: 11/24/2012 4:23 a.m.

A natural-gas explosion in one of New England’s biggest cities Friday leveled a strip club and heavily damaged a dozen other buildings but didn’t kill anyone, authorities said.

SWAC prefers classics over FCS

posted: 11/24/2012 4:23 a.m.

Monte Coleman took a seat inside the J. Thomas May Field House two weeks ago, less than an hour after his team pulled out a 42-41 victory over Prairie View A&M at Golden Lion Stadium.

Tide expect iron grip to be tried

posted: 11/24/2012 4:22 a.m.

So much has changed since the last time Alabama welcomed Auburn into its immense home stadium.

Iran slams Turkey’s missile plan

posted: 11/24/2012 4:21 a.m.

Iran lashed out Friday at Turkey for requesting that NATO supply it with Patriot surface-to-air missiles to deploy along the border with Syria, denouncing the step by Ankara as counterproductive.

Barkley’s backup faces top challenge

posted: 11/24/2012 4:18 a.m.

Not many young quarterbacks are forced to make their first career starts under the circumstances surrounding Max Wittek at the Coliseum tonight.

Powerball soars to $325 million, 4th-largest pot

posted: 11/24/2012 4:18 a.m.

Black Friday shoppers in many cities briefly detoured into lottery retailers, drawn off task by the prospect of winning a $325 million Powerball jackpot — the fourth-largest in the game’s history.

TOP 25/BIG TEN: Huskers hand it to Burkhead

posted: 11/24/2012 4:18 a.m.

Winning five consecutive games mostly without him didn’t mean Nebraska doesn’t need Rex Burkhead.

Bomber devastates Afghan city’s center

posted: 11/24/2012 4:17 a.m.

A suicide bomber driving a truck made his way to the heart of a provincial capital in Afghanistan on Friday and exploded his bomb, leveling many government and security buildings, badly damaging a prison and leaving the governor without an office.

Congo suspends its army staff chief

posted: 11/24/2012 4:16 a.m.

Congo’s president has suspended the army’s chief of staff after the publication of a United Nations report that reveals that Gen. Gabriel Amisi oversaw a criminal network selling arms to rebels in the country’s troubled east.

TOP 25/ MID-AMERICAN: Kent State warms up for title game

posted: 11/24/2012 4:15 a.m.

C.J. Malauulu returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown — 12 seconds after another Kent State touchdown — and the No. 23 Golden Flashes completed an undefeated season in the Mid-American Conference with their 10th consecutive victory, 28-6 over Ohio on Friday.

Qatar patient spurs alert on new illness

posted: 11/24/2012 4:15 a.m.

A patient from Qatar has been confirmed with a new virus related to SARS, and health officials are investigating whether it may have spread between humans after close contact in Saudi Arabia.

Powers broad in Morsi’s decree

posted: 11/24/2012 4:14 a.m.

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi issued decrees Thursday giving himself broad powers and effectively neutering the judiciary.

Sri Lanka criticizes U.N. on war report

posted: 11/24/2012 4:13 a.m.

Sri Lanka’s government criticized a United Nations report on the conclusion of the island’s civil war, saying Friday that the allegations against the government are “unsubstantiated and erroneous.” The External Affairs Ministry said the report “appears to be another attempt at castigating Sri Lanka for militarily defeating” the Tamil Tiger guerrillas who fought for a separate state.

In the news

posted: 11/24/2012 4:12 a.m.

Michelle Obama, the first lady, joined daughters Malia and Sasha and first dog Bo to welcome the White House Christmas tree, a 19-foot Fraser fir from Peak Farms in Jefferson, N.C., that will be displayed in the Blue Room.

Names and faces

posted: 11/24/2012 4:12 a.m.

Halle Berry’s ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry was arrested on investigation of battery Thursday after he and the Oscar-winning actress’s current boyfriend got into a fight at her Hollywood Hills home, police said.

Mega Millions

posted: 11/24/2012 4:11 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 8-37-44-47-48 Mega Ball: 27 Estimated jackpot: $41 million Megaplier: 04

Mountaineers top Cyclones, end skid

posted: 11/24/2012 4:11 a.m.

Tavon Austin turned a touch pass from Geno Smith into a 75-yard touchdown catch with 6:31 left, and West Virginia held on to beat Iowa State 31-24 Friday to break a five-game losing streak. In the first game between the schools, the Mountaineers (6-5, 3-5 ) trailed 24-23 when they took over on their 25 after Iowa State’s Edwin Arceo kicked a 49-yard field goal.

The nation in brief

posted: 11/24/2012 4:11 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Tomorrow’s going to be a nightmare for us. With everybody out shopping and the drawing on Saturday, we’ll be really busy.” Roxie Breece, an assistant manager at a Nebraska convenience store where clerks have sold far more Powerball tickets than usual ahead of a $325 million jackpot Article, 7A

The world in brief

posted: 11/24/2012 4:11 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I don’t like, and don’t want — and there is no need — to use exceptional measures. But those who are trying to gnaw the bones of the nation must be held accountable.” President Mohammed Morsi of Egypt Article, 1A

Hamilton, Wilson wrap up UA record runs

posted: 11/24/2012 4:10 a.m.

As Arkansas senior receiver Cobi Hamilton lay on the Reynolds Razorback Stadium turf midway through the fourth quarter of Friday’s game after taking a hard hit by LSU safety Micah Eugene, fans began chanting.

UA to go outside on online classes

posted: 11/24/2012 4:10 a.m.

University of Arkansas System campuses will soon rely on private, third-party companies to help them deliver online classes to larger numbers of students.

Books on Nooks to go to NLR high schoolers

posted: 11/24/2012 4:09 a.m.

Hundreds of books — 600-plus fiction and nonfiction and maybe a few textbooks — will be distributed later this school year to each 10th- and 11th-grader at North Little Rock High School.

Instant replay: Tribute touches Broyles

posted: 11/24/2012 4:08 a.m.

Frank Broyles, the most iconic athletic figure in Arkansas, was honored Friday with a larger-than-life bronze statue outside the football field and athletic center that bears his name.

They have eyes to see

posted: 11/24/2012 4:07 a.m.

THE HEADLINE in your statewide paper said it: Republicans rethink stance on immigration laws. Will wonders never cease? All it took was a shellacking in the Electoral College. Final result once Florida had been called: 332 electoral votes for President Obama, 206 for Mitt Romney.

ASU’s trapshooters aim high, hit target

posted: 11/24/2012 4:06 a.m.

James Wray pointed his 12-gauge shotgun at the Harrisburg trapshooting range and spoke into a voice-activated machine that would send the orange clay target skyward.

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: LR patrols sometimes on request

posted: 11/24/2012 4:05 a.m.

Dear Mahatma: I work downtown and see numerous traffic violations — driving the wrong way on a one-way street, turning left from the right lane of a one-way street, cruising through red lights as if they don’t exist. The police would reap huge revenue and even prevent accidents, rather than having speed traps on Napa Valley. — Downtown Driver Dear Downtown: Napa Valley happens to be one of the streets about which people complain to this column. And also to the Little Rock Police Department, apparently, if you’re seeing lots of enforcement there.

LSU 20, Arkansas 13

posted: 11/24/2012 4:03 a.m.

1st Quarter LSU 3, ARKANSAS 0 Arkansas moved swiftly on its first drive, with Cobi Hamilton catching 3 passes for 28 yards. A personal foul on Brandon Mitchell pushed back a Mekale McKay catch and run that had reached the LSU 6, but a Tyler Wilson scramble re-established first and-goal. Dennis Johnson broke a tackle inside the 5 on a play-action catch, but fumbled at the 2.

Another death underlines need for new airport

posted: 11/24/2012 4:01 a.m.

The death of a pilot trying to return to the Conway Municipal Airport when his plane’s engine failed after takeoff has renewed focus on the new airport, which is scheduled for completion in August 2014.

Scoring summary

posted: 11/24/2012 4:01 a.m.

LSU......................... 3 7 7 3 — 20 Arkansas.................. 0 0 10 3 — 13 FIRST QUARTER LSU TIME 4:45 (1:46 time of possession) SCORING PLAY Drew Alleman kicked a 49-yard field goal. LSU 3, ARKANSAS 0 SECOND QUARTER LSU TIME 1:12 (4:00 time of possession) SCORING PLAY Jarvis Landry caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Zach Mettenberger. Alleman kicked the extra point. LSU 10, ARKANSAS 0 THIRD QUARTER Arkansas TIME 10:32 (2:46 time of possession) SCORING PLAY John Henson kicked a 25-yard field goal.

Some cut short Thanksgiving, get in sales line

posted: 11/24/2012 4 a.m.

Throngs of shoppers in Little Rock were out hunting deals early Friday despite “Black Friday” promotions on the Internet and the fact that some stores had opened on Thanksgiving Day.

CLASS 7A: North Little Rock loss real kick in the gut

posted: 11/24/2012 4 a.m.

It was a Starr performance.

Devil’s Den starts a ‘Green Friday’

posted: 11/24/2012 3:58 a.m.

Fed up with turkey and Black Friday sales, many people avoided the retail bacchanalia by spending “Green Friday” at Devil’s Den State Park.

Shelter looks to expand digs

posted: 11/24/2012 3:57 a.m.

Ask 8-year-old Zadie Farrell what she enjoys about the youth program at the Our House shelter and she’ll rattle off a list. Her favorites include quiet time to do her math homework and baking chocolate chip cookies.

CLASS 7A: Bentonville goes for it, gets it

posted: 11/24/2012 3:56 a.m.

The play called for Cody Scroggins to see what Fort Smith Southside’s safety was going to do in pass coverage, then make his move.

Police await lab results in death of Bentonville girl, 6

posted: 11/24/2012 3:56 a.m.

The investigation into 6-year-old Jersey Bridgeman’s death entered a fifth day Saturday as police awaited results from the state Crime Laboratory.

Zebras abolish frets, Hurricane

posted: 11/24/2012 3:55 a.m.

The path Pine Bluff had taken to Friday’s Class 6A semifinals didn’t exactly have Coach Bobby Bolding feeling at ease.

3 brothers, 70 years of service

posted: 11/24/2012 3:54 a.m.

Brothers Ralph, Charles and Michael Grant said they were used to following orders — their mother, Anne, raised eight kids by herself, and she kept her brood in line.

CLASS 6A: Bulldogs hold off Wildcats

posted: 11/24/2012 3:54 a.m.

Greenwood’s streak continued, El Dorado’s finally came to an end.

Another kidnap suspect arrested

posted: 11/24/2012 3:53 a.m.

Another person has been arrested in connection with the kidnapping and assault of a woman who authorities said was held captive for three days and beaten and abused.

Tax preparer gets prison, fine for fraud

posted: 11/24/2012 3:52 a.m.

Jennifer Siriphounsavath, 30, of Fort Smith was sentenced in U.S. District Court Monday to 18 months in federal prison and ordered to pay the Internal Revenue Service $144,382 — the amount that she helped 14 clients avoid paying when she falsified their tax returns from about January 2008 through April 2010.

Finish line nears for new Eureka Springs High

posted: 11/24/2012 3:52 a.m.

Without a doubt, the toughest part about building the new Eureka Springs High School is that it’s located in such a hilly place.

Two held in contempt in estate distribution

posted: 11/24/2012 3:50 a.m.

A Miller County circuit judge has placed a man and woman in jail for contempt of court, stating they did not properly distribute their aunt’s estate.

CLASS 5A: Batesville stays grounded, disarms PA’s big-play plan

posted: 11/24/2012 3:50 a.m.

The Batesville Pioneers controlled the line of scrimmage and played keep-away from Pulaski Academy, dealing the Bruins a 40-21 defeat in the Class 5A state semifinals Friday in Little Rock.

City OKs marriage equality resolution

posted: 11/24/2012 3:49 a.m.

The Eureka Springs City Council passed a resolution last week in support of marriage equality for same-sex couples.

El Dorado drops plan to use old Reserve site

posted: 11/24/2012 3:48 a.m.

El Dorado city officials have decided to withdraw from a proposal for the city to take over the former site of the Rufus N. Garrett Jr. U.S. Army Reserve Center.

2-vehicle crash kills man; 3 hurt

posted: 11/24/2012 3:48 a.m.

A White Hall man died and three others were injured Friday in a two-vehicle collision in Jefferson County.

At Paragould shops, layaway lives on

posted: 11/24/2012 3:48 a.m.

Layaway was the golden standard of many stores before the days of store credit cards. But as the world became more focused on instant gratification, large retailers did away with layaway programs or changed terms drastically.

Police beat

posted: 11/24/2012 3:46 a.m.

Police: Woman left baby home alone A North Little Rock woman is accused of leaving an 11-month-old child locked in a room for at least an hour Thursday while she went to the liquor store and her mother’s home, police said.

Getting it straight

posted: 11/24/2012 3:44 a.m.

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

Obituaries

posted: 11/24/2012 3:44 a.m.

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

Other days

posted: 11/24/2012 3:43 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Nov. 24, 1912 In summing up real estate conditions for the past week, C. Phil Waters is of the opinion that there is no special location in which the public is interested. It appears it is Little Rock dirt in general they desire. Mr. Waters believes that his advice for a number of years past, that if one buys Little Rock dirt and it is only a hole in the ground, if it is obtained cheap enough and the purchaser will wait long enough, it will prove a good investment.

Bounce goes Prairie Grove’s way

posted: 11/24/2012 3:43 a.m.

Colby Elkins didn’t hesitate Friday night when he saw an onside kick bouncing his way late in the fourth quarter against Nashville.

Pope’s Infancy Narratives completes Jesus trilogy

posted: 11/24/2012 3:43 a.m.

Pope Benedict XVI completed his trilogy on the life of Jesus Christ with a new book on Jesus’ birth, insisting on its significance for Christians today and lamenting that God is still considered by many an obstacle to their freedom.

Camden Fairview beats Wynne to set up another title shot

posted: 11/24/2012 3:41 a.m.

The Camden Fairview Cardinals were able to win in Wynne, and that will give them another shot at winning a state championship.

CLASS 2A: Langston run lifts Hornets

posted: 11/24/2012 3:40 a.m.

Kendrick Langston scored on a 49-yard run with 1:09 to play to give Mineral Springs a 22-21 victory over Carlisle in the Class 2A quarterfinals.

Stuttgart finally gets a handle on Warren

posted: 11/24/2012 3:39 a.m.

Stuttgart was clinging to a seven-point lead early in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s Class 4A playoff game with Warren when the Ricebirds jarred a fumble from Lumberjacks quarterback Drake Jones that bounced along the muddy ground at Moseley Stadium.

Hunter provides last blow

posted: 11/24/2012 3:37 a.m.

It came down to last-minute drives for Charleston and Glen Rose, but quarterback Collin Hunter’s was the game-winner for Glen Rose.

CLASS 3A: Prescott puts pedal down, leaves Greenland in dust

posted: 11/24/2012 3:36 a.m.

Greenland Coach Lee Larkan made no secret during Thanksgiving week he was concerned about Prescott’s speed.

Fountain Lake rushes past Paris

posted: 11/24/2012 3:33 a.m.

Fountain Lake, the No. 2 seed from the 5-3 A Conference, held Paris, to 52 yards in the second half Friday night en route to a 27-6 victory in the quarter finals of the Class 3A state playoffs at Beckham Memorial Stadium.

Mistakes allow Dragons to soar

posted: 11/24/2012 3:32 a.m.

All it took was one mistake to get Junction City started, but the Salem Greyhounds kept contributing to the Dragons’ 34-6 victory Friday in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A playoffs.

Victory snap for Bearden

posted: 11/24/2012 3:32 a.m.

The Bearden Bears advanced to the semifinals of the Class 2A playoffs with a 35-7 quarter final victory over Magnet Cove on Friday night at Kenneth W. Hammons Stadium.

Harding rides Francis’ arm, 2nd-quarter spree in victory

posted: 11/24/2012 3:30 a.m.

Harding Academy broke open a tight game with three second-quarter touchdowns, then turned the game into a rout by scoring on its first three possessions of the second half in a 62-33 Class 3A playoff victory over McGehee at Owl Stadium.

TOP 25 WOMEN: Oklahoma overcomes UA’s Peak

posted: 11/24/2012 3:29 a.m.

Keira Peak’s big night couldn’t knock Oklahoma off balance Friday night.

MEN: Arizona State feels no pressure

posted: 11/24/2012 3:24 a.m.

Arkansas prides itself on playing unselfish basketball, but that share the-ball philosophy was virtually nonexistent Friday night against Arizona State.

Sikh prison guard’s beard case draws U.S. scrutiny

posted: 11/24/2012 3:24 a.m.

California’s policy barring beards on prison guards has come under scrutiny by the U.S. Justice Department after a discrimination lawsuit by a Sikh man who said he was denied a job because of his facial hair, which is part of his religious practice.

Building a community

posted: 11/24/2012 3:24 a.m.

White sheets covered the floor and gold and red tinsel adorned the walls as members of the Northwest Arkansas Sikh community gathered for worship services in Gravette on a cold October morning.

Bishop to return property

posted: 11/24/2012 3:23 a.m.

A Zimbabwe court has ordered a breakaway Anglican bishop to return church property he seized after his excommunication in 2007.

Methodists work to wipe out malaria

posted: 11/24/2012 3:22 a.m.

Arkansas United Methodists are investing in the fight against malaria in a big way — with a $1 million fundraising goal.

TOP 25 MEN: Goodwin helps get Wildcats going

posted: 11/24/2012 3:21 a.m.

Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin (Sylvan Hills) each scored 22 points and the No. 8 Wildcats ran away from winless Long Island-Brooklyn 104-75 on Friday night.

NUMBERS COUNT

posted: 11/24/2012 3:21 a.m.

1611 The King James Version of the Bible, commissioned by King James I of England, is published.

Why was there war in Gaza?

posted: 11/24/2012 3:20 a.m.

Why was there an Israel-Gaza war in the first place? Resistance to the occupation, say Hamas and many in the international media.

TOP PERFORMERS

posted: 11/24/2012 3:19 a.m.

CLASS 7A TEARRIS WALLACE, Bentonville, rushed for 175 yards on 41 carries and 1 touchdown. AUSTIN ALLEN, Fayetteville, completed 19 of 37 passes for 277 yards and 2 touchdowns, and also rushed for a touchdown.

Thanksgiving redeems, obscures

posted: 11/24/2012 3:19 a.m.

The original Thanksgiving, in which the new neighbors sat down to share bonhomie and barbecue with the local homeowners association, is apparently something of a myth. Who could’ve guessed?

OTHERS SAY: Settlement only beginning

posted: 11/24/2012 3:19 a.m.

Arecord-breaking environmental accident has produced a record-breaking criminal fine. The oil company BP has agreed to pay $4.5 billion to settle a series of criminal claims regarding the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, including negligence in the deaths of 11 oil-rig workers.

Guest writer: How to cut taxes

posted: 11/24/2012 3:18 a.m.

Arkansas’ state revenue is expanding because the business cycle’s current state is expansion, not contraction, albeit that growth is slow in a weak recovery that dates to June of 2009. State revenue is likely to exceed forecasts by more than $100 million, which means modest tax cuts can occur in 2013.

Proud nation disconnecting

posted: 11/24/2012 3:18 a.m.

Author Robert E. Hall and I share a common (and regrettable ) view of our increasingly disconnected society. I wish I didn’t see what we’ve so willingly accepted as our culture. Yet it’s downright unhealthy to deny truths when they are smacking you in the face.

TODAY’S GAMES

posted: 11/24/2012 3:17 a.m.

UALR men vs. SMU WHEN 8:30 p.m. WHERE Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico RECORDS UALR 3-2 ; SMU 5-0 SERIES Tied 1-1 RADIO KHLR-FM, 106.7, in Little Rock INTERNET ualrtrojans.com CHALK TALK UALR will play two games in Mexico this weekend coming off a pair of home victories. The Trojans will play either South Carolina or Missouri State on Sunday in the tournament while looking for their first victory away from the Jack Stephens Center.

LETTERS

posted: 11/24/2012 3:17 a.m.

Pay first. . . pray later The late Richard Dixon had a career as a history professor at Little Rock Junior College, Little Rock University, and the University of Little Rock. For many years, he was in charge of arrangements for the campus’ annual baccalaureate service. Because Richard had strong religious convictions, having that responsibility gratified him immensely. He was bitterly disappointed when the faculty eventually voted to discontinue holding baccalaureate services.

EU budget-deal flop a replay of debt crisis

posted: 11/24/2012 3:16 a.m.

European Union leaders on Friday failed to agree on the 27 nation bloc’s next seven-year budget, replaying the clash between rich and poor countries that has stymied the response to the euro debt crisis.

STATE COMPOSITE SCHEDULE

posted: 11/24/2012 3:16 a.m.

TODAY’S GAMES MEN SEC South Carolina vs. Missouri State at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 6 p.m. Miss. Valley State at LSU, 7 p.m. Arkansas vs. Creighton OR Wisconsin at Las Vegas, TBA Missouri vs. TBA at Nassau, Bahamas, TBA Sun Belt American at Florida Atlantic, noon Fla. International at Coastal Carolina, 6 p.m. Texas Southern at Middle Tenn., 6 p.m. La.-Monroe at Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m. Brescia (Ky.) at W. Kentucky, 7:30 p.m. UALR vs. SMU at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 8:30 p.m.

Rate cut on cars benefits buyers

posted: 11/24/2012 3:15 a.m.

Record-low interest rates have propped up a slow-to-recover housing industry. Even lower rates are helping the auto finance industry, with many firms seeing exponential growth — and consumers getting great deals.

Second thoughts

posted: 11/24/2012 3:15 a.m.

Jones tops firing list in Dallas The Dallas Cowboys’ 38-31 loss to the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving Day has Randy Galloway of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram fired up.

Wal-Mart’s Indian unit checked

posted: 11/24/2012 3:14 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s Indian joint venture has suspended several senior executives and delayed the opening of some stores in the country as part of an internal bribery investigation, the company said Friday.

Iran selling more oil to Asian economies

posted: 11/24/2012 3:13 a.m.

Iran is supplying more oil to Asia’s largest economies than at any time since the West tightened sanctions in July, threatening to undermine efforts to halt the country’s nuclear program and curbing gains in crude prices.

Software firm’s founder rejects HP’s allegations

posted: 11/24/2012 3:12 a.m.

Mike Lynch, who founded the British software company accused by Hewlett-Packard Co. of falsifying finances, said that while he may have used some of the contested accounting and sales methods, they were all legal.

Off the wire

posted: 11/24/2012 3:12 a.m.

GOLF Three share lead Rory McIlroy moved to the top of the leaderboard with a 5-under-par 67 Friday in the second round of the Dubai (United Arab Emirates) World Championship. The top-ranked golfer, who missed several makeable putts on the front nine and then saw an eagle putt roll past the hole on 14, tied Luke Donald (68) and Marc Warren (67) at 11-under 133.

Covering history

posted: 11/24/2012 3:11 a.m.

Quite the floor show was held recently during an evening reception at the downtown Little Rock antebellum home Curran Hall, which serves as the city of Little Rock’s Visitor Information Center.

China’s BYD introduces sedan

posted: 11/24/2012 3:10 a.m.

Ailing Chinese automaker BYD Co. is banking on the Si Rui, its new midsize sedan, to help spur a revival in sales.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks get Black Friday bounce

posted: 11/24/2012 3:09 a.m.

The stock market enjoyed some Black Friday cheer, rising sharply as shoppers braved the annual post-Thanksgiving rush. Major stock indexes closed one of their best weeks of the year.

European fund, Indian firm in race for Aston Martin stake

posted: 11/24/2012 3:09 a.m.

Aston Martin owner Investment Dar Co. has received competing bids from Investindustrial and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. for half the sports-car maker, three people familiar with the matter said Friday.

In the garden

posted: 11/24/2012 3:07 a.m.

Q Someone told me last week that if you top a sweetgum tree, it won’t produce gum balls for four or five years. Is this true? I have a huge sweetgum tree in the backyard that my wife loves for the shade it produces, but I hate the gum balls I have to deal with all year long. I want to cut it down, but if topping it will stunt the gum balls, I’m willing to try that.

HOG CALLS: No doubt, Broyles an Arkansan to the core

posted: 11/24/2012 3:04 a.m.

You don’t have to be a native Arkansan to be a lifetime Arkie.

Personal space

posted: 11/24/2012 2:58 a.m.

Robbi Davis Where I live: My husband, Scott, and I live in Pleasant Valley. We have two teenagers, Maggie and Parker, and four cats, Scooter, Harold, Moonpie and Augusta. We also have a tropical aquarium.

Ask the expert

posted: 11/24/2012 2:56 a.m.

I’m looking for fresh new ideas for holiday decorating instead of the same old standards. What tips or suggestions do you have for brightening up the tired old holly and reviving the jolly to make my home more festive?

Business news in brief

posted: 11/24/2012 2:55 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “More than 200 Brussels staff earn more than I do. Brussels continues to exist as if it’s in a parallel universe.” David Cameron, British prime minister, on proposed spending cuts for European Union institutions Article, 1D

Tools & toys

posted: 11/24/2012 2:55 a.m.

Mr. Lid What’s to love: A BPA-free stackable food-storage container with an attached lid. No more looking through drawers or cabinets to match the lid to the container.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 11/24/2012 2:55 a.m.

ASU scientists to study oil-seed crop’s viability Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will use 14 acres of agricultural land owned by ASU-Newport for a threeyear, $276,877 crop-research project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture division.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Tale about commode farm worth retelling

posted: 11/24/2012 2:53 a.m.

Dear Otus, We are personal friends of the Cotter family of Scott, but I lost your column about them and their commode farm. Could you reprint it while you’re on vacation?

Kale adds color to land in winter

posted: 11/24/2012 2:51 a.m.

Flowering kale and cabbage are a favorite cool-season plant, but I recently saw them from a new perspective — backlit by the late afternoon sun. I was amazed at the brilliant purples and mauves in some leaves and iridescent stripes in others.

Keep it clean

posted: 11/24/2012 2:50 a.m.

Windex Electronics Wipes We’re living in a world swamped with clever devices: smart phones, iPads, flat-screen TVs and various other electronic paraphernalia that, for many, are not just conveniences or useful tools. They are essential to life itself.

CLICK & CLACK’S CAR TALK

posted: 11/24/2012 2:48 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: I drive a long way for work — about 310 miles round trip. Fortunately, I only have to do that eight or nine times each month, but it is still a long commute. I drive a 2008 Toyota Prius and average 45 mpg going 70-75 mph and over the mountains to get there and back. I am considering the purchase of a replacement car, and have looked at the new Prius, the plug-in Prius and other hybrid and electric cars.

Popularity of floor cloths lies in function, durability

posted: 11/24/2012 2:47 a.m.

Floor cloths have a long history in American households.

Project facts

posted: 11/24/2012 2:45 a.m.

Creating the Curran Hall floor cloth was a big project.

Europeans first discovered ducking under a comforter

posted: 11/24/2012 2:44 a.m.

Hundreds of years ago, people living in Northern Europe discovered that sleeping under a lightweight blanket filled with airy goose or duck down on a frigid night beat huddling under five heavy wool blankets. Americans have since joined the slumber party.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 11/24/2012 2:40 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll receive more than you give in the next six weeks; it’s simply your turn. You’ll change behaviors and habits in December. The humongous effort you put into a January project won’t feel like work. That’s how you know it’s love.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 11/24/2012 2:39 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: My favorite use for a potato masher is to make interesting decorations and patterns on cake icing. Just use a light touch.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 11/24/2012 2:36 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: What is your definition of bad language? My wife gets after me for some of the language I use (which she says is blasphemous), but I don’t mean anything by it. Besides that, what used to be called “bad language ” is so common today that no one even thinks about it, so what’s the big deal? — J.J.

Super Quiz: Entertainment

posted: 11/24/2012 2:36 a.m.

1. Who played the title role in Magnum, P.I.? 2. For what TV role is Adam West best known? 3. Which judge of American Idol starred in the film Monsterin-Law ? 4. What is the last name of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie? 5. The name of what bird is also the name of a chess piece?

'Dallas', 'I Dream of Jeannie' Hagman dead at 81

posted: 11/24/2012 12:26 a.m.

Larry Hagman, who played the conniving and mischievous J.R. Ewing on the TV show Dallas, died Friday at Medical City in Dallas, of complications from his recent battle with cancer, his family said.

Friday, November 23

Starr's kick pushes Fayetteville into 7A finals

posted: 11/23/2012 11:32 p.m.

And with a kick, so ended a crazy game between Fayetteville and North Little Rock.

Bentonville, Fayetteville advance back to championship

posted: 11/23/2012 10:22 p.m.

Bentonville and Fayetteville are going to play again for the state championship in football.

Arkansas drops Vegas opener

posted: 11/23/2012 8:31 p.m.

Carrick Felix scored a career-high 24 points to lead Arizona State past Arkansas 83-68 on Friday, putting ASU in the final of the Las Vegas Invitational.

Arkansas-Arizona State Live Blog

posted: 11/23/2012 5:54 p.m.

Join in an interactive live blog as Arkansas faces Arizona State at Orleans Arena.

LSU sends Hogs out with a thud

updated: 11/23/2012 7:35 p.m.

In a series full of unpredictable outcomes, LSU came out as predicted Friday at Donald. W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Missing Little Rock man found in hospital

posted: 11/23/2012 4:41 p.m.

A Little Rock man who had been reported missing has been found safe in the psychiatric unit of a Little Rock hospital.

China bans hospitals from refusing patients with AIDS

posted: 11/23/2012 3:16 p.m.

China’s Health Ministry has banned hospitals from turning away patients infected with HIV-AIDS.

Broyles statue unveiled

posted: 11/23/2012 12:59 p.m.

There is another memorial to the architect of modern-day athletics at the University of Arkansas.

Arkansas-LSU Live Blog

posted: 11/23/2012 12:28 p.m.

Join in an interactive live blog as Arkansas hosts LSU at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Worker burned in Gulf oil platform fire dies

posted: 11/23/2012 11:45 a.m.

The Philippine ambassador says one of the men critically burned in an offshore fire has died in a Baton Rouge hospital.

First lady welcomes Christmas tree

updated: 11/23/2012 12:09 p.m.

First lady Michelle Obama is kicking off the holiday season by welcoming the White House Christmas tree.

Earlier Black Friday kicks off shopping season

posted: 11/23/2012 11:12 a.m.

After testing how shoppers would respond to earlier hours last year, stores such as Target and Toys R Us opened as early as Thanksgiving evening this year.

Craftsman creates replica of historic floor cloth

posted: 11/23/2012 10:27 a.m.

Quite the floor show was held recently during an evening reception at the downtown Little Rock antebellum home Curran Hall, which serves as the city of Little Rock’s Visitor Information Center, writes Linda S. Caillouet in Saturday’s HomeStyle.

Powerball jackpot builds to $325 million for Saturday

posted: 11/23/2012 10:27 a.m.

The jackpot for Powerball’s Saturday drawing has climbed to $325 million, the fourth-largest in the game’s history.

EU chiefs fail to set budget

posted: 11/23/2012 10:07 a.m.

European Union leaders failed to agree on the bloc’s next seven-year budget, forcing them to hold another summit next year to seal the deal.

Conviction upheld in bi-state kidnapping case

posted: 11/23/2012 9:51 a.m.

A federal appeals panel has denied a new trial for kidnapper Patrick Hollowell.

Missouri man killed in Springdale

posted: 11/23/2012 9:32 a.m.

A Missouri man was hit and killed by a Ford Explorer while he was crossing Thompson Street on Thanksgiving evening.

Postcard mailed during WWII arrives at N.Y. home

posted: 11/23/2012 9:10 a.m.

A postcard mailed nearly 70 years ago has finally arrived at the former upstate New York home of the couple who sent it.

9 more Iraq, Afghan war veterans joining Congress

posted: 11/23/2012 8:56 a.m.

As Tammy Duckworth sees it, her path to Congress began when she awoke in the fall of 2004 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She was missing both of her legs and faced the prospect of losing her right arm.

Bomb in Palestinian camp in Damascus kills 4

posted: 11/23/2012 8:19 a.m.

A bomb blast in a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus killed four people and seriously wounded a member of a faction that has backed Syrian President Bashar Assad in the country’s bitter civil war, activists said Friday.

President’s backers, rivals clash in Egypt

posted: 11/23/2012 8:17 a.m.

Opponents and supporters of Mohammed Morsi clashed across Egypt on Friday, the day after the president granted himself sweeping new powers that critics fear can allow him to be a virtual dictator. At least 15 were reported injured.

Winter Wonderland to reopen in Jonesboro

posted: 11/23/2012 7:30 a.m.

A holiday display called Winter Wonderland is set to reopen in northeast Arkansas.

Gaza crowds surge at Israel border fence, 1 dead

updated: 11/23/2012 8:35 a.m.

Israeli troops fired Friday to push back Gaza crowds surging toward Israel’s border fence with the Hamas-ruled territory, killing one Palestinian and wounding 19 in the first violence since a truce between Israel and Hamas took hold a day earlier.

Pakistan to cut phone service to prevent attacks

posted: 11/23/2012 7:19 a.m.

Pakistan’s interior minister said Friday that the government will suspend cell-phone service in most parts of the country over the next two days to prevent attacks against Shiite Muslims during a key religious commemoration.

Afghan suicide attack kills 3, wounds more than 90

updated: 11/23/2012 7:39 a.m.

A Taliban suicide bomber detonated a truck full of explosives Friday in eastern Afghanistan, killing three Afghan civilians and wounding more than 90 people, including several Afghan and NATO troops, officials said.

Wal-Mart suspends some Indian workers amid bribery investigation

posted: 11/23/2012 7:14 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, said some workers at its joint venture in India have been suspended as it conducts inquiries into potential violations of U.S. anti-bribery laws.

Congo fires army chief after rebel seizure of Goma

posted: 11/23/2012 7:12 a.m.

Congo’s president has suspended the chief of staff of its army, after the publication of a United Nations Group of Experts report which alleges that Gen. Gabriel Amisi has overseen a criminal network selling arms to rebels in the country’s troubled east.

D.C. on pace for fewer than 100 homicides in 2012

posted: 11/23/2012 7:10 a.m.

The crack epidemic that began in the 1980s ushered in a wave of bloodletting in the nation’s capital and a death toll that ticked upward daily. Dead bodies, sometimes several in a night, had homicide detectives hustling between crime scenes and earned Washington unwelcome monikers such as the nation’s “murder capital.” At the time, some feared the murder rate might ascend to more frightening heights.

Gazans elated, Israel restrained over truce

posted: 11/23/2012 5:45 a.m.

Hamas leaders and thousands of flag-waving supporters declared victory over Israel on Gaza’s first day of calm under an Egyptian brokered truce Thursday as Israeli officials flew to Cairo for talks on easing a blockade on the battered Palestinian territory.

Holiday offers Northeast break

posted: 11/23/2012 5:42 a.m.

Victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York and elsewhere in the Northeast were comforted Thursday by kinder weather, free holiday meals and — for some — front-row seats to the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

EU budget talks hit snag after first day

posted: 11/23/2012 5:39 a.m.

The leaders of Britain and France staked out starkly different visions of the European Union’s future Thursday, leaving a summit on the EU budget teetering on the brink of failure after the first day.

Deadly Syrian airstrike closes hospital in Aleppo

posted: 11/23/2012 5:37 a.m.

Airstrikes by the Syrian government damaged a hospital in the northern city of Aleppo early Thursday and flattened a building next to it, killing at least 15 people and leaving as many as 40 missing in an attack that closed one of the city’s few functioning medical facilities, anti-government activists said.

Rice defends her Libyan remarks

posted: 11/23/2012 5:32 a.m.

Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, rejected criticism of her remarks about the deadly attack on an American diplomatic mission in Libya, saying they were based on initial intelligence community assessments.

Study questions mammograms

posted: 11/23/2012 5:32 a.m.

Roughly a third of all tumors discovered in routine mammography screenings are unlikely to result in illness, according to a new study that says 30 years of the breast-cancer exams have resulted in the over diagnosis of 1.3 million American women.

At federal auctions, oddities

posted: 11/23/2012 5:31 a.m.

To the government, it was a defunct offshore light tower that hadn’t helped ships navigate the waters off North Carolina in more than a decade. To a Minnesota entrepreneur, the platform out in the Atlantic is a launching pad for research into wind power and other technologies.

140-vehicle pileup kills 2

posted: 11/23/2012 5:30 a.m.

Two people died and more than 80 people were hurt Thursday when at least 140 vehicles collided in southeastern Texas in a pileup that left trucks twisted on top of one another and authorities rushing to pull survivors from the wreckage.

Is it the last straw for Iowa’s poll?

posted: 11/23/2012 5:28 a.m.

In the days since Republicans lost an election that many in the party thought was theirs, chatter has been bubbling about what the GOP should do to recover.

Congo rebels battle to keep town

posted: 11/23/2012 5:26 a.m.

Congolese soldiers and rebel fighters battled for hours over the eastern town of Sake on Thursday, forcing thousands of people to flee as the militants seeking to overthrow the government vowed to push forward despite mounting international pressure.

Islamist sect cited in Nigerian killings

posted: 11/23/2012 5:25 a.m.

Police on Thursday blamed a militant Islamist sect for attacks that witnesses say left 18 people dead over the past two days in Nigeria’s troubled north, part of a cycle of violence that is exacerbating religious tensions and that the government has been powerless to stop.

Royal Opera House chief to lead BBC

posted: 11/23/2012 5:24 a.m.

The British Broadcasting Corp. sought to overcome its worst crisis in years Thursday by appointing a former BBC news executive who heads the Royal Opera House as its new director general, urging him to rebuild public trust shredded by a scandal over botched reporting of sexual abuse.

Ex-Ivorian first lady draws Hague charges

posted: 11/23/2012 5:23 a.m.

The International Criminal Court unsealed an indictment Thursday against the wife of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo on charges including murder, rape and persecution. It was the first time in the court’s 10-year history it has charged a woman.

Egypt’s president puts himself above court rule

posted: 11/23/2012 5:21 a.m.

Egypt’s president Thursday issued constitutional amendments that placed him above judicial oversight and ordered the retrial of Hosni Mubarak in the killing of protesters in last year’s uprising.

The world in brief

posted: 11/23/2012 5:20 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The option of invading Gaza after this victory is gone and will never return.” Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas Article, 1A

The nation in brief

posted: 11/23/2012 5:19 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “When discussing the attacks against our facilities in Benghazi, I relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community. I made clear that the information was preliminary and that our investigations would give us the definitive answers.” Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Article, 2A

Names and faces

posted: 11/23/2012 5:18 a.m.

The producers of The Price is Right owe a former model on the show more than $7.7 million in punitive damages for discriminating against her after a pregnancy, a jury determined Wednesday.

No business section

posted: 11/23/2012 5:17 a.m.

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

In the news

posted: 11/23/2012 5:17 a.m.

Sam Koivisto, a Jacksonville, Fla., police officer, who told colleagues that if an order came to assassinate President Barack Obama, he “wouldn’t mind being the guy,” has retired from the force over his remarks, but told the Florida Times-Union that his comments had been blown out of proportion and that he had planned to retire in five months anyway.

Miller County to provide food services for inmates

posted: 11/23/2012 5:10 a.m.

The Miller County sheriff’s office will start providing meals to prisoners instead of using a food service company and expects to save the department $30,000 annually.

Black Friday shoppers start early

posted: 11/23/2012 5:05 a.m.

Trina Mitosinka didn’t spend Thanksgiving Day eating turkey and stuffing.

Deputy arrested in theft of 400 pills

posted: 11/23/2012 5:03 a.m.

A Saline County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Wednesday over accusations that he took 400 pain pills from an Alexander home, authorities said Thursday.

CEO of girl-empowerment nonprofit to speak in LR

posted: 11/23/2012 5:02 a.m.

Molly Barker, founder and chief executive of Girls on the Run, will speak Wednesday at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

Man gets 30 years in child-porn case

posted: 11/23/2012 5 a.m.

A Greenwood man was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison Monday on charges that he used his computer to produce or to attempt to produce sexually explicit images of two girls, ages 14 and 15 at the time of the offense, and that he downloaded child pornography from the Internet.

Panel to focus on stopping suicide

posted: 11/23/2012 4:59 a.m.

An upcoming community discussion on suicide prevention will focus on the warning signs of suicide and what to do — and what not to do — when encountering someone who may be suicidal.

3 killed in 2 accidents on state roads

posted: 11/23/2012 4:58 a.m.

Two men and a woman died in two separate wrecks late Wednesday and early Thursday, state police said.

Police beat

posted: 11/23/2012 4:58 a.m.

19-year-old held in rape of girl, 13 A North Little Rock man was arrested Thursday and charged with rape and drug paraphernalia possession, authorities said.

Thanksgiving Day Closings

posted: 11/23/2012 4:52 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules may be affected today by the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 11/23/2012 4:51 a.m.

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

Other days

posted: 11/23/2012 4:50 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Nov. 23, 1912 WASHINGTON — That industrial training, often supposed to be a recent innovation in American education, was introduced into Indian schools in Arkansas 80 or 90 years ago, is shown by Stephen B. Weeks of the United States Bureau of Education in a bulletin entitled “History of Public School Education in Arkansas,” just issued.

Obituaries

posted: 11/23/2012 4:49 a.m.

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

COLUMNISTS: Death in the forest

posted: 11/23/2012 4:48 a.m.

Used to be, every year around deer season, there was a story told in my family. A story about my grandfather. Most of the countless times I heard it, we were sitting around on his farm, 100 acres of southern Indiana land that he worked his entire life.

EDITORIALS: Give thanks today, too

posted: 11/23/2012 4:47 a.m.

BY THE TIME you read these words, Gentle and Grateful Reader, peace should have broken out in that most unlikely part of the world, the Middle East. Yes, peace is always a frail plant in that arid region, but let us celebrate and tend its appearance after eight days of headlines about war and rumors of a bigger one.

OTHERS SAY: ‘Pot’ laws no pipe dream

posted: 11/23/2012 4:46 a.m.

After his state became one of two where marijuana legalization was approved by voters Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper warned that “federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug, so don’t break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly.”

Can the GOP hold its own?

posted: 11/23/2012 4:45 a.m.

There are cheery faces and upbeat appraisals from the White House and Capitol Hill on the prospects of a grand bargain. You do sort of get the sense that both sides are developing faux amnesia so that their respective bases can make a deal.

Guest writer: A bully confesses

posted: 11/23/2012 4:44 a.m.

Bullying seems to be one of those behaviors that is easier to remember when one is the victim than when one is the perpetrator. It is not easy to talk about either way.

Movie misnamed

posted: 11/23/2012 4:43 a.m.

Hollywood epitomizes the triumph of style over substance, so it’s not surprising that a film like Lincoln would, in so many ways, be striking in its cinematic presentation.

LETTERS

posted: 11/23/2012 4:41 a.m.

It’s simply his politics I did not cast a vote for Barack Obama—not because of his race, nor because he was a Democrat. I simply do not agree with his politics.

Griffin outguns Cowboys in shootout in return to Texas

posted: 11/23/2012 4:37 a.m.

Welcome back to Texas, Robert Griffin III.

Arkansas vs. LSU

posted: 11/23/2012 4:32 a.m.

WHEN 1:30 p.m. today WHERE Reynolds Razorback Stadium (72,000), Fayetteville RECORDS Arkansas 4-7, 2-5 SEC; LSU 9-2, 5-2

HIGH SCHOOL PLAYOFFS: NLR out to take next step

posted: 11/23/2012 4:28 a.m.

Fayetteville vs. North Little Rock

LIKE IT IS: There is still plenty at stake for SEC teams

posted: 11/23/2012 4:26 a.m.

This is rival week in the SEC and across the country, and there are some great games scheduled.

Doctors tell family Camacho is brain dead

posted: 11/23/2012 4:20 a.m.

Famed Puerto Rican boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho is clinically brain dead, doctors said Thursday, but family members disagreed on whether to take him off life support and two of the fighter’s aunts said later that relatives had agreed to wait two more days.

COMMENTARY: AL MVP vote not snarled by stats

posted: 11/23/2012 4:17 a.m.

The eyes have it.

Spread brings success to HSU

posted: 11/23/2012 4:15 a.m.

Scott Maxfield was a 35-year-old, first-time offensive coordinator when he arrived in tiny Senatobia, Miss., 16 years ago, looking for a way to jump start his coaching career.

Coach money for Chanticleers

posted: 11/23/2012 4:14 a.m.

Coastal Carolina Coach Joe Moglia increased the stock value of a company from $700 million to $10 billion in seven years. So he doesn’t think anyone should be surprised he could get the Football Championship Subdivision Chanticleers to the playoffs in his first year.

Position-by-position matchups

posted: 11/23/2012 4:11 a.m.

OFFENSE Quarterback Zach Mettenberger’s first season as the starter in Baton Rouge hasn’t gone entirely as planned from a production standpoint.

TOP 25: TCU enjoys being added to festivities

posted: 11/23/2012 4:01 a.m.

TCU could get used to these Thanksgiving games. Given their first chance to play one since 1928, the Horned Frogs beat No. 16 Texas to get the biggest victory of their first season in the Big 12.

THE RECRUITING GUY: UA has eye on Robertson’s son

posted: 11/23/2012 3:59 a.m.

Arkansas landed the No. 14 recruiting class in the nation according to ESPN, but Coach Mike Anderson and his men’s basketball staff are still actively recruiting for the 2013 class.

Upset by Tigers? Don’t count on it

posted: 11/23/2012 3:57 a.m.

The Alabama-Auburn rivalry has a storied history, Hatfield vs.-McCoy level hatred and games and performances that inhabit the state’s psyche for decades.

It’s same old story for Rebels, Tigers

posted: 11/23/2012 3:55 a.m.

Reclassification may have separated Bentonville and Fort Smith Southside, but post season has brought the Class 7A powers back together.

Greenwood out to reroute title road

posted: 11/23/2012 3:52 a.m.

If Americans are stuffing themselves with turkey and pumpkin pie, then Greenwood must still be practicing.

Zebras defense faces big threat

posted: 11/23/2012 3:50 a.m.

Jonesboro has thrived on big plays this fall. Pine Bluff has excelled at stopping them.

Today’s games

posted: 11/23/2012 3:49 a.m.

CLASS 7A FS Southside at Bentonville Fayetteville at North Little Rock CLASS 6A El Dorado at Greenwood Jonesboro at Pine Bluff

State finals schedule

posted: 11/23/2012 3:48 a.m.

FRIDAY, NOV. 30 Class 5A, 7 p.m. SATURDAY, DEC. 1 Class 6A, noon SATURDAY, DEC. 1 Class 7A, 6:30 p.m. FRIDAY, DEC. 7 Class 2A, 7 p.m. SATURDAY, DEC. 8 Class 3A, noon SATURDAY, DEC. 8 Class 4A, 6:30 p.m. NOTE All games at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock

Top performers

posted: 11/23/2012 3:47 a.m.

CLASS 7A AUSTIN ALLEN, Fayetteville, completed 13 of 20 passes for 202 yards and 2 touchdowns and ran for 2 touchdowns.

Wynne flings way back to semifinals

posted: 11/23/2012 3:46 a.m.

The last time Wynne reached the playoff semifinals, Don Campbell was the coach and the Yellowjackets ran, ran, ran.

NFL standings

posted: 11/23/2012 3:45 a.m.

THURSDAY’S GAMES Houston 34, Detroit 31, OT Washington 38, Dallas 31 New England 49, NY Jets 19

Coach’s error picks up Texans

posted: 11/23/2012 3:44 a.m.

The Houston Texans took advantage of a big mistake by Detroit Lions Coach Jim Schwartz.

Brady, Patriots blast Jets early

posted: 11/23/2012 3:42 a.m.

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots put this game — and the New York Jets’ ugly season — away early.

TODAY’S GAMES

posted: 11/23/2012 3:39 a.m.

Arkansas men vs. Arizona State WHEN 6 p.m. Central WHERE Orleans Arena, Las Vegas RECORDS Arkansas 3-0 ; Arizona State 3-0

ARKANSAS MEN’S BASKETBALL: Hogs open brutal, testing stretch

posted: 11/23/2012 3:33 a.m.

The next five basketball games for Arkansas’ men’s basketball team look like an NCAA Tournament run.

WEDNESDAY’S LATE GAME: Aztecs off mark, still good enough

posted: 11/23/2012 3:31 a.m.

No. 25 San Diego State still isn’t shooting lights-out.

TOP 25 MEN: Bowers continues 2nd-half spree

posted: 11/23/2012 3:29 a.m.

The second half is becoming Laurence Bowers’ time to take over and that’s just fine with No. 13 Missouri.

Second thoughts

posted: 11/23/2012 3:26 a.m.

Swap isn’t a swipe at Steelers Ray Rice just wanted a souvenir for his basement.

State sports briefs

posted: 11/23/2012 3:23 a.m.

VOLLEYBALL Arkansas earns road victory Jasmine Norton had a match-high 15 kills and 10 digs and Roslandy Acosta had 11 kills and 12 digs to lead Arkansas to a 3-1 (25-22, 25-13, 23-25, 25-12 ) victory over LSU on Wednesday in Baton Rouge, La.

REVIEW: The Life of Pi

posted: 11/23/2012 3:18 a.m.

Taiwanese director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) poses intriguing philosophical questions while also providing some of the finest eye candy in recent memory. It’s fitting that The Life of Pi is hitting theaters around Thanksgiving because it offers viewers plenty to feast on.

Red Dawn remake even more outlandish than original

posted: 11/23/2012 3:17 a.m.

In the immediate aftermath of a particularly grisly presidential election season — one that saw red and blue states bloodied and battered in the process — you’ll be glad to hear Hollywood thinks they’ve found a potent healing balm. They’ve determined what this country really needs to restore our faith in one another is a good ol’ jingo party beat-down flick, even if it’s in the form of a remake of Red Dawn, a John Milius piece of claptrap from 1984.

REVIEW: 28 Hotel Rooms

posted: 11/23/2012 3:09 a.m.

Like Michael Winterbottom’s far more sexually explicit Nine Songs, Matt Ross’ 28 Hotel Rooms is a photorealistic depiction of a certain kind of curated human experience — it’s very much like eavesdropping on the private conversations between two privileged narcissists combating ennui through sex.

REVIEW: This Must Be the Place

posted: 11/23/2012 3:07 a.m.

Paolo Sorrentino’s new film, This Must Be the Place, takes its title and some of its quizzical, wide-eyed spirit from a Talking Heads song, the first word of which is “home.” “But I guess I’m already there,” David Byrne sings. It’s a beguiling and puzzling line — wouldn’t you know if you were home? — and one that suits Cheyenne, a retired rock star played with consummate oddness and utter sincerity by Sean Penn.

Final Twilight dawns brightly

posted: 11/23/2012 3:05 a.m.

In the end, Breaking Dawn couldn’t generate as much light as New Moon.

REVIEW: Rise of the Guardians

posted: 11/23/2012 3:02 a.m.

It takes a unique film to make Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy seem dreary or even unappealing. Rise of the Guardians takes a great idea for a family film and turns it into a cartoon that young children might like as their parents are eying the exit signs.

Home movies

posted: 11/23/2012 3:01 a.m.

Some recent DVD releases : 2 Days in New York (PG, 93 minutes) — There are two quick and felicitous points of reference for the ever-impressive Julie Delpy’s sprightly and determinedly small-scale 2 Days in New York — the Manhattan drawing-room comedies of Woody Allen and the Richard Linklater films (Before Sunrise and Before Sunset ) that introduced her to American audiences.

REVIEW: Wuthering Heights

posted: 11/23/2012 2:59 a.m.

Too often, great works of literature arrive on screen weighed down by their reputations, immobilized in a straitjacket of cultural prestige. Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights is a wild emanation of Victorian genius half-tamed by time and term papers, and Andrea Arnold’s new film adaptation is an admirable, frustrating attempt to strip away the novel’s inherited “classic” status and restore its raw and earthy passion.

Film clips

posted: 11/23/2012 2:58 a.m.

At area theaters 89 ARGO, R Based on supposedly recently declassified documents. Ben Affleck directs and plays a CIA rescue specialist who concocts (with Alan Arkin and John Goodman) a cockeyed plot to create a fake movie as a way of rescuing six Americans. (120 minutes)

PREVIEWS

posted: 11/23/2012 2:54 a.m.

New this week Red Dawn 79 PG-13 In this remake of John Milius’ 1984 uber-patriotic potboiler, young American patriots seek refuge in the woods and become guerrilla fighters to save their fellow citizens, liberate their town and take back their freedom from the foreign paratroopers who have taken over.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 11/23/2012 2:52 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) The Collection, R A wealthy father (Christopher McDonald) hires a group of mercenaries to rescue his daughter (Emma Fitzpatrick) from The Collector, a psychopathic serial killer who has kidnapped and taken her to an abandoned hotel he’s transformed into his own private maze of torture and death.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 11/23/2012 2:50 a.m.

Happy birthday. You have an instinct for success this year. You envision a desired result and carefully define your aims. You’ll recognize a pattern in January and use what you know to make a timely play.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 11/23/2012 2:50 a.m.

DEAR READERS: So many of you wrote in about reusing cat-litter tubs. Here are a few things you do with them: Diane in New Jersey wrote: “Use them to store sand/salt for icy driveways and walkways.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 11/23/2012 2:49 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I don’t know what her problem is, but my oldest sister (who’s almost 70 now) has hardly ever had a good word to say about anyone.

Super Quiz: Events of 2012

posted: 11/23/2012 2:49 a.m.

1. Feb. 6 marked the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne. 2. After 244 years, this encyclopedia discontinued its print edition. 3.This country’s Earth-observation satellite exploded shortly after launch. 4. This painter’s The Scream sold for a record $120 million.

ARKANSAS VS. NO. 7 LSU: Goodbyes on Black Friday

posted: 11/23/2012 12:38 a.m.

Twenty-two Arkansas seniors will put on their game-day Razorbacks gear for the last time today.

Millions at stake for state in ‘cliff’

posted: 11/23/2012 12:15 a.m.

Automatic federal spending cuts scheduled to take place in January would result in Arkansas losing $54.9 million in funding for a variety of programs, state officials said this week.

Volunteers put ‘giving’ in holiday

posted: 11/23/2012 12:14 a.m.

Having grown up in a family of 16 children, Peggy Osler knows how to make a meal, and Thanksgiving may be her specialty.

Democratic bastion sticks with its ways

posted: 11/23/2012 12:13 a.m.

Woodruff County doesn’t fit the profile : poorer than most, profoundly rural and 70 percent white.

LR asked to make bike safety priority

posted: 11/23/2012 12:12 a.m.

Diane McConnell is an avid bicyclist.

Hands tied, says township constable

posted: 11/23/2012 12:11 a.m.

Having won re-election to his unpaid post, Hill Township Constable Rick Scott says he is continuing his patrols in his neighborhood near Maumelle and will keep seeking money from the county to pay for such things as equipment, training and a salary.

Queen Anne shares for sale

posted: 11/23/2012 12:08 a.m.

One of Eureka Springs’ most famous homes is being sold but not in the traditional way.

Thursday, November 22

Black Friday deals draw big crowds to LR stores

updated: 11/23/2012 2:42 a.m.

Steep discounts drew thousands of people to stores in west Little Rock as Black Friday sales started even before Thursday was done.

Trouble not over for Jesse Jackson Jr.

posted: 11/22/2012 7:30 p.m.

Jesse Jackson Jr.’s resignation from Congress might end his once-promising political career but it doesn’t mark the end of troubles for the civil rights icon’s son.

Rice rejects criticism of her remarks on fatal Benghazi attack

posted: 11/22/2012 7:12 p.m.

Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, rejected criticism of her remarks about the deadly attack on an American diplomatic mission in Libya, saying they were based on initial intelligence community assessments.

Appalachian book project helps inmates in 6 states

posted: 11/22/2012 6:49 p.m.

For people behind bars in six Appalachian states, used books are one of the few forms of escape.

Best of Europe is not England

posted: 11/22/2012 5:49 p.m.

These are salutary times for the English. Their clubs have wealthy foreign backers, and their Premier League has just netted the biggest overseas television contract ever written, yet when Chelsea plays Manchester City in London on Sunday, they do so as European failures.

Internal emails offer details on bin Laden burial

posted: 11/22/2012 5:17 p.m.

Internal emails among U.S. military officers indicate that no sailors watched Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea from the USS Carl Vinson and traditional Islamic procedures were followed during the ceremony.

Extreme weather tough on transportation system

posted: 11/22/2012 4:35 p.m.

Wild weather is taking a toll on roads, airports, railways and transit systems across the country.

Former Ivory Coast leader’s wife wanted by ICC

posted: 11/22/2012 3:59 p.m.

The International Criminal Court unsealed an indictment Thursday against former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo’s wife on charges including murder, rape and persecution. It was the first time in the court’s 10-year history it has charged a woman.

Behind the scenes, some budget cuts may not be that hard

posted: 11/22/2012 3:24 p.m.

Saving billions of dollars in anticipated federal spending, at least for awhile, may not be that difficult.

Cash-strapped post office tests same-day delivery

posted: 11/22/2012 2:55 p.m.

Emboldened by rapid growth in e-commerce shipping, the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service is moving aggressively this holiday season to start a premium service for the Internet shopper seeking the instant gratification of a store purchase: same-day package delivery.

Obama urges nation to come together for holiday

posted: 11/22/2012 2:11 p.m.

President Barack Obama is urging Americans to put aside partisan differences and come together as a nation for Thanksgiving.

U.K.’s Prudential Set to Gain Cambodia License in First Quarter

posted: 11/22/2012 1:43 p.m.

Prudential Plc, the U.K.’s biggest insurer by market value, plans to begin selling insurance in Cambodia in the first quarter of next year to extend its presence in Asia across 13 markets.

California city building a “tsunami-resistant” port

posted: 11/22/2012 12:32 p.m.

It doesn’t matter if the earth sways in Chile, Alaska or Japan, the formation of the sea floor along the U.S. West Coast generally aims any tsunami surges at the tiny California port town of Crescent City. Churning water rushes into the boat basin and then rushes out, lifting docks off their pilings, tearing boats loose and leaving the city’s main economic engine looking as if it has been bombed.

Iran Faces Possible Health-Care Crisis

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

Iran is facing a possible crisis in its health-care system as a result of economic sanctions and alleged government mismanagement of diminishing state funds, according to officials here.

Virginia Tech has 22 sacks in last five games

posted: 11/22/2012 11:25 a.m.

Virginia Tech is preparing to face two quarterbacks when it plays Virginia on Saturday.

Debt settlement industry wants to operate in Ohio

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

Companies that charge up-front fees for working with consumers to settle tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt are pushing for a bill in the lame duck legislative session that would allow them to operate in Ohio.

Ivory Coast president names new Cabinet

posted: 11/22/2012 10:49 a.m.

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has named a new 29-member cabinet, putting his prime minister in charge of the finance ministry and keeping the same officials in key defense posts.

Israel and Hamas maintain cease-fire

posted: 11/22/2012 10:49 a.m.

A cease-fire agreed to under intense Egyptian and U.S. pressure between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas to halt eight days of bloody conflict seemed to be holding Thursday, averting a full-scale Israeli ground invasion of the Gaza Strip without resolving the underlying disputes.

Garment salesman arrested in 3 NY merchant deaths

posted: 11/22/2012 10:47 a.m.

A garment salesman was arrested on charges he systematically killed three shopkeepers as they worked alone in their clothing stores after a pharmacy worker recognized him from surveillance footage. Authorities believe the man had been poised to strike again.

Thanksgiving parade brings cheer to storm-hit NYC

updated: 11/22/2012 10:24 a.m.

The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off in New York on Thursday, putting a festive mood in the air in a city still coping with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Texas to take up water financing, but to what degree remains open question

posted: 11/22/2012 10:15 a.m.

Lawmakers tend to agree about the need to improve Texas’ water infrastructure, which saw most of its last massive projects completed three decades or more ago.

Lawyers: Terror case against 29 Ethiopians faulty

posted: 11/22/2012 9:38 a.m.

Defense lawyers have told the Ethiopian High Federal Court that terrorism charges against 29 Muslims are unconstitutional.

First-graders add twists to Thanksgiving story

posted: 11/22/2012 1:43 a.m.

So where exactly did those Pilgrims who celebrated the first Thanksgiving land when they got off the Mayflower?

Theft of copper foiled, police say

posted: 11/22/2012 1:43 a.m.

Pulaski County authorities arrested a man Tuesday in the attempted theft of copper from a North Little Rock rental property.

Israel, Hamas agree to stop deadly strikes

posted: 11/22/2012 1:42 a.m.

Israel and the Hamas militant group agreed to a cease-fire Wednesday to end eight days of the fiercest fighting in nearly four years, promising to halt airstrikes and rocket attacks that have killed scores and to discuss easing an Israeli blockade constricting the Gaza Strip.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 11/22/2012 1:42 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: Scott Hamilton Road North Little Rock: JFK Boulevard and H Avenue Pulaski County: Highway 365, Wrightsville

Greece fumes over delay

posted: 11/22/2012 1:41 a.m.

Greece reacted with dismay Wednesday after European finance ministers failed to agree to release vital rescue loans, with the prime minister warning that the stakes are higher than just his debtridden country’s future.

Obituaries

posted: 11/22/2012 1:40 a.m.

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

James Robert Cahill: Halloween was ‘his time to shine’

posted: 11/22/2012 1:39 a.m.

Whenever James Robert Cahill’s grandchildren went to his apartment for Sunday dinner, he avoided sitting with them beside the pool, with the sun beating down. And, if they went out to eat, it was always after dark.

Other days

posted: 11/22/2012 1:38 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Nov. 22, 1912 Little Rock is to have a new jobbing house and in a line in which heretofore no exclusive jobbing house has existed. This, it is claimed, makes the new venture of greater benefit to the jobbing interests of the whole city, because it adds to its completeness as a jobbing center. For, it is pointed out, no city can claim to be a jobbing center until it can supply every article the general merchant’s stock contains.

Thanksgiving low-key for the storm-battered

posted: 11/22/2012 1:37 a.m.

The things that Marge Gatti once cherished are lying on what’s left of her deck, spattered in mud, like a yard sale gone awry.

Committee wants contribution to UA

posted: 11/22/2012 1:37 a.m.

Members of the Town and Gown Advisory Committee want Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion commissioners to dedicate a fixed portion of their budget each year to the University of Arkansas.

CDC says abortions down 5% in tough times of 2009

posted: 11/22/2012 1:36 a.m.

U.S. abortions fell 5 percent during the country’s recession in the biggest one-year decrease in at least a decade, according to government figures released Wednesday.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 11/22/2012 1:36 a.m.

Longtime TV chef Mr. Food, 81 Art Ginsburg, the television chef known as Mr. Food, died at his home in Weston, Fla., on Wednesday after a struggle with pancreatic cancer. He was 81.

In election year, strife a side dish

posted: 11/22/2012 1:36 a.m.

Ah, Thanksgiving. A little turkey, some cranberry mold, maybe apple pie with ice cream, some football on TV. Getting together with the cousins. Catching up beside the fire. Togetherness.

Motorcycle rider hits guardrail, dies

posted: 11/22/2012 1:35 a.m.

A Conway man died Tuesday after his motorcycle struck a guardrail in east Little Rock, authorities said.

Thanksgiving Day closings

posted: 11/22/2012 1:34 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules may be affected by the Thanksgiving holiday today.

Confined Amish denied furloughs

posted: 11/22/2012 1:34 a.m.

Defendants convicted in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish lost a bid Wednesday to leave jail to attend a family wedding after prosecutors argued they might flee or commit similar attacks while on furlough.

Museum disavows spoof, says doors will stay open

posted: 11/22/2012 1:34 a.m.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will be open on Friday, regardless of what a spoof website claims.

Jackson gives up Congress seat

posted: 11/22/2012 1:33 a.m.

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who has been on a months-long medical leave because of bipolar disorder while facing separate federal investigations, resigned Wednesday from Congress, citing his health problems.

Farm rife with lucky gobblers

posted: 11/22/2012 1:32 a.m.

A gaggle of Greene County turkeys doesn’t know how lucky they are, regardless of Thanksgiving.

Indiana justices hear school-voucher suit

posted: 11/22/2012 1:32 a.m.

Indiana Supreme Court justices weighing the legality of the nation’s largest school-voucher program made clear during a packed hearing Wednesday that the program’s fate is likely to rest on whether it primarily benefits students’ parents or the religious institutions that run private schools.

E-mails shed light on bin Laden burial

posted: 11/22/2012 1:31 a.m.

Internal e-mails among senior U.S. military officers indicate that no sailors watched Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea from the USS Carl Vinson and traditional Islamic procedures were followed during the ceremony.

Groups in Russia boycott ‘agent’ law

posted: 11/22/2012 1:31 a.m.

Dozens of nongovernmental organizations operating in Russia are refusing to comply with a new law restricting their activities as part of the Kremlin’s crackdown on its critics.

Sides in police-shooting suit seek talks

posted: 11/22/2012 1:30 a.m.

The parties in a federal lawsuit pending against the city of Little Rock, two of its police officers and a local apartment complex over the 2010 shooting death of a resident indicated this week that they might resolve the case without a jury trial, currently scheduled to begin May 13.

Blasts near U.S. camp kill 2 Afghans

posted: 11/22/2012 1:30 a.m.

A pair of suicide bombers in Afghan military uniforms penetrated the most heavily guarded district of the capital early Wednesday, killing at least two Afghan security guards and wounding five civilians in blasts at a checkpoint near the main U.S. military headquarters and half a dozen other international facilities.

Congo’s leader next, rebels vow

posted: 11/22/2012 1:28 a.m.

The M23 rebels pressed ahead Wednesday with their seizure of territory and towns in eastern Congo and said they intend to topple the government of President Joseph Kabila.

Syrian planes strike Damascus suburbs, rebel supply route

posted: 11/22/2012 1:27 a.m.

Syrian warplanes bombed Damascus suburbs and rebel-held areas in the country’s north Wednesday as the government blasted the European Union for endorsing a newly formed opposition coalition.

Daily record

posted: 11/22/2012 1:27 a.m.

Births, Marriages and Divorces

Mexican agencies clash over attack

posted: 11/22/2012 1:27 a.m.

Nearly three months after a sport utility vehicle carrying two CIA employees was attacked south of Mexico City, divisions have emerged among the Mexican law enforcement agencies trying to determine the motive.

Fort Smith schools adapt to system

posted: 11/22/2012 1:26 a.m.

In Fort Smith, 92.68 percent of students tested last spring at Cavanaugh Elementary School showed they were on grade level in literacy, as did 89.43 percent of students in math.

ANALYSIS: Gaza deal seals major role for Egypt’s president

posted: 11/22/2012 1:26 a.m.

In the week since Gaza turned into a war zone, the palace of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in suburban Cairo has turned into the Middle East’s diplomacy central. The Islamist leader, who refuses to talk to Israelis or even say the country’s name, mediated for Israel and emerged as a major regional player.

Crash misburials in Poland grow by 2

posted: 11/22/2012 1:25 a.m.

Forensic testing has proved that two more victims of the 2010 plane crash in Russia that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others were misidentified and buried in the wrong graves, Polish prosecutors said Wednesday.

LR woman, 81, dies 1 week after suffering injuries in fall

posted: 11/22/2012 1:24 a.m.

A Little Rock woman died Saturday, a week after authorities said she disappeared and was found after falling downtown while crossing a street.

Party keys on Obama database

posted: 11/22/2012 1:24 a.m.

Democrats are looking to use President Barack Obama’s campaign database in forthcoming elections, beginning with next year’s gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey and extending to campaigns for years to come.

Police: Closing in on suspect in girl’s death

posted: 11/22/2012 1:24 a.m.

A suspect in the death of a 6-yearold girl whose father chained her to a dresser last year will be named soon, possibly as early as today, Bentonville Police Chief Jon Simpson said Wednesday.

In the news

posted: 11/22/2012 1:23 a.m.

Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio, news co-anchors for Maine’s WVII, announced on the air that they were quitting, later telling the Bangor Daily News that they were frustrated with management and cited a dispute over journalistic practices, while Mike Palmer, station vice president and general manager, said he wasn’t surprised by the pair’s actions because “sometimes people leave before they’re officially told to leave.”

Names and faces

posted: 11/22/2012 1:23 a.m.

A Los Angeles judge determined Tuesday that teen actress Ariel Winter’s mother should not regain custody of the Modern Family star and that the 14-yearold should remain in her sister’s care for the next several weeks.

Powerball

posted: 11/22/2012 1:23 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball: 8-18-24-30-39 Powerball: 26 Estimated jackpot: $250 million

The nation in brief

posted: 11/22/2012 1:22 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The constituents of the [2nd] District deserve a full-time legislator in Washington, something I cannot be for the foreseeable future. My health issues and treatment regimen have become incompatible with the House of Representatives.” Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., in a letter of resignation submitted to Republican House Speaker John Boehner Article,this page

The world in brief

posted: 11/22/2012 1:22 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Kabila has to go.We want our country back.” Col. Vianney Kazarama of the M23 rebel army in Congo, pledging to topple the government of President Joseph Kabila Article, this page

Burglaries

posted: 11/22/2012 1:21 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.

More than drama for Cowboys, ’Skins

posted: 11/22/2012 1:21 a.m.

Robert Griffin III, the Texas-bred quarterback who won the Heisman Trophy at Baylor, comes to his home state for the first time as a pro for the most traditional of Thanksgiving rivalries — Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins.

2 crashes kill 2 in state’s northeast

posted: 11/22/2012 1:20 a.m.

Two men died Tuesday in separate crashes in northeast Arkansas, according to preliminary crash reports.

Pioneers keep it together

posted: 11/22/2012 1:20 a.m.

Pulaski Academy is known for, among other things, onside kicks, not punting and not returning punts.

LIKE IT IS: State has so many reasons to be thankful

posted: 11/22/2012 1:17 a.m.

As most of the country is sharing a family feast today, here are a few things, in no particular order, Arkansans can be thankful for: Tomorrow is the last Arkansas Razorbacks football game of the season. Yet, these seniors should be commended for holding this team together through the train wreck that began on April Fool’s Day and continued through last Saturday in Starkville, Miss.

Suddenly a pause

posted: 11/22/2012 1:13 a.m.

EVENTS swirl. In the midst of war and rumors of war, partisan maneuvers and petty debates, the madness stops. It is time to stop, look around, and count our blessings. And there are many. Let us begin by offering thanks for those who have fought for us around the world and still guard us day and night: the armed forces of the United States of America.

Amid conflict, gratitude

posted: 11/22/2012 1:13 a.m.

He had lost a son many years before, the boy barely more than a toddler when he died. Now another son was dead and grief sat on him like the shawl that draped his shoulders as he rattled around the big, cold house. His wife was emotionally troubled and spent money they did not have. His subordinates were insubordinate, convinced he was out of his depth and that they could do a better job. And his country had split along a ragged seam of geography and race, boys from Maine and Vermont fighting it out against boys from Georgia and Tennessee, their bodies left broken, bloated, bloody and fly-swarmed, dead by the profligate thousands.

Guest writer: Lucky turkey

posted: 11/22/2012 1:12 a.m.

Every year, as the end of November draws near, Americans go bonkers anticipating one of the greatest events in our nation’s history. For weeks, families and friends plan where they will meet, what they will bring, and exactly what time they will start the big celebration. All gather under one roof to offer a solemn prayer for what they are about to receive: three hours of surroundsounded, flat-screened, smash-mouth football.

The nightmare before Christmas

posted: 11/22/2012 1:12 a.m.

At first, I thought it was a migraine coming on.

COMMENTARY: Despite new coach, Bryant runs Lakers

posted: 11/22/2012 1:12 a.m.

Right after Kobe Bryant made every one of his first five shots, you knew the Los Angeles Lakers weren’t going to let new Coach Mike D’Antoni lose his debut.

Another arithmetic lesson

posted: 11/22/2012 1:11 a.m.

Republican state legislators request that I stop invoking the prospect of grandma getting kicked out of the nursing home.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Popular rifle prone to malfunctions

posted: 11/22/2012 1:11 a.m.

In the Sunday classifieds was an item from an attorney in Wynne seeking people who sustained hearing loss after firing Remington 597 rifles.

LETTERS

posted: 11/22/2012 1:11 a.m.

All just hunks of meat During this last campaign and election, I noticed how America was sliced and diced into demographic groups, as if we were cuts of meat. We were severed into Hispanic, white, black, Asian and Muslim as if we were hunks of pork.

Ricebirds, ’Jacks meet for real

posted: 11/22/2012 1:10 a.m.

This time, it’s for real. A little more than three months after meeting in a preseason scrimmage, Warren and Stuttgart tangle again in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A playoffs Friday night at Moseley Stadium in Stuttgart.

ASU’s Lashlee among nominees

posted: 11/22/2012 1:09 a.m.

Rhett Lashlee is winding down his second season as an offensive coordinator, but his first season at Arkansas State installing Coach Gus Malzahn’s hurry-up, no-huddle offense already has put the Springdale native in good company.

ASU linebacker out for a half

posted: 11/22/2012 1:08 a.m.

Arkansas State linebacker Don Jones will miss the first half of the Red Wolves’ Dec. 1 season-finale against Middle Tennessee. Jones was ejected in the first quarter the Red Wolves’ 41-34 victory Saturday against Troy after incurring a personal foul penalty at the end of a play. Under conference bylaws, the ejection requires a player to be suspended a minimum of one game. The school appealed the suspension, and based on the fact Jones had sat out three quarters the suspension was reduced to the first half of the game against the Blue Raiders. ASU has a bye this week, but its game against Middle Tennessee could decide whether ASU claims its second consecutive conference title. Jones, a 6-1, 208-pound senior from Town Creek, Ala., ranks third on the team with 66 tackles and is sixth with 4 1/2 tackles for loss.

WOMEN: Gault, defense get the job done

posted: 11/22/2012 1:08 a.m.

Taylor Gault’s three-point shooting upstaged one of the country’s best scorers Wednesday.

Robert Yates’ selections Friday’s games

posted: 11/22/2012 1:07 a.m.

SELECTIONS IN BOLD CLASS 7A FS Southside at Bentonville Fayetteville at North Little Rock CLASS 6A El Dorado at Greenwood Jonesboro at Pine Bluff CLASS 5A Camden Fairview at Wynne Batesville at Pulaski Academy CLASS 4A Ozark at Booneville Heber Springs at Highland Warren at Stuttgart Nashville at Prairie Grove CLASS 3A Glen Rose at Charleston Prescott at Greenland Harding Academy at McGehee Paris at Fountain Lake CLASS 2A Bearden at Magnet Cove Mineral Springs at Carlisle Junction City at Salem Walnut Ridge at Murfreesboro NOTE All games begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and students, according to the Arkansas Activities Association.

MEN: ASU cashes in Golden opportunity

posted: 11/22/2012 1:06 a.m.

Cameron Golden hit a three-pointer with four seconds remaining and Arkansas State held off Central Arkansas 73-72 on Wednesday night in front of a crowd of 4,127 at the Farris Center.

Goodwin, Wildcats roll past Eagles

posted: 11/22/2012 1:04 a.m.

Freshman Archie Goodwin (Sylvan Hills) scored 28 points and Alex Poythress added 20 to help No. 8 Kentucky rally past stubborn Morehead State 81-70 on Wednesday night.

MEN: Lockhart sparks UALR off bench

posted: 11/22/2012 1:04 a.m.

The UALR men’s basketball season is less than two weeks old, but Taggart Lockhart has already seen his role shift a bit.

High school football report

posted: 11/22/2012 1 a.m.

Stafford runs up numbers Jonesboro senior tailback Martin Stafford reached two milestones in Friday night’s 45-21 victory over Lake Hamilton in the quarterfinals of the Class 6A playoffs.

Today’s games

posted: 11/22/2012 12:59 a.m.

All times Central Texans at Lions 11:30 a.m., CBS 1 LINE — Texans by 3 /2 LAST MEETING Houston beat Detroit 28-21, Oct. 19, 2008 LAST WEEK Houston beat Jacksonville 43-37 OT; Detroit lost to Green Bay 24-20 RANKINGS Texans: offense (6), defense (4); Lions: offense (2), defense (10) NOTES Houston only NFL team that can clinch spot in playoffs with victory and losses from handful of other teams. Texans have won 4 in a row overall and are 4-0 on road.

Second thoughts

posted: 11/22/2012 12:59 a.m.

Talk about going all in on a hand Ideas often percolate in your brain that work in theory but not so much in reality.

Off the wire

posted: 11/22/2012 12:58 a.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL Chizik quiet about probe Auburn Coach Gene Chizik declined to comment on reports that the NCAA is investigating alleged improprieties involving the football program. “I’m not going to comment on speculation,” Chizik said Wednesday. “It won’t be a distraction to me. I’m just focused on the Iron Bowl.” The Birmingham News reported Wednesday that NCAA investigators have interviewed at least one assistant coach and several players this week as the Tigers prepare for their season finale Saturday against No. 2 Alabama.

State sports briefs

posted: 11/22/2012 12:58 a.m.

BASKETBALL Williams Baptist scales Mid-Continent Chasity Hamilton scored 11 points as Williams Baptist College rolled to a 64-48 victory over Mid-Continent College of Mayfield, Ky., in Walnut Ridge on Tuesday night. Sharonda Brabson added nine points and 10 rebounds — seven of which came on the offensive end — for Williams Baptist, and Michaela Thompson scored nine points.

Fishing this week

posted: 11/22/2012 12:58 a.m.

HOT SPOTS ARKANSAS RIVER (MAUMELLE POOL) Bream fishing is still fair using crickets and worms. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs fished around brush and stumps. Bass are biting well in the mornings on spinnerbaits and top-water lures. Catfishing is good using worms, brood minnows and chicken livers.

Waterfowl report

posted: 11/22/2012 12:56 a.m.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s weekly waterfowl report: NORTHEAST ARKANSAS DAVE DONALDSON BLACK RIVER WMA Upper Island GTR Good to above average mast production. 269.7 msl. Target level is 269.5 msl. Lower Island GTR Good to above average mast production. 268.05 msl. Target level is 268.0. Upper Reyno GTR Good to above average mast production. 266.6 msl.

Standings

posted: 11/22/2012 12:55 a.m.

TODAY’S GAMES All times Central Houston at Detroit, 11:30 a.m. Washington at Dallas, 3:15 p.m. New England at NY Jets, 7:20 p.m. SUNDAY’S GAMES Denver at Kansas City, noon Minnesota at Chicago, noon Oakland at Cincinnati, noon Pittsburgh at Cleveland, noon Buffalo at Indianapolis, noon Tennessee at Jacksonville, noon Atlanta at Tampa Bay, noon Seattle at Miami, noon Baltimore at San Diego, 3:05 p.m. St. Louis at Arizona, 3:25 p.m. San Francisco at New Orleans, 3:25 p.m. Green Bay at NY Giants, 7:20 p.m.

Razorbacks report: Miles-Nash may play limited role

posted: 11/22/2012 12:53 a.m.

Arkansas defensive lineman Colton Miles-Nash might be available for special teams work for Friday’s game against BCS No. 7 LSU at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

By the numbers

posted: 11/22/2012 12:52 a.m.

2 Passes completed by Matt Jones during first nine possessions for Arkansas 2 Passes completed by Jones during 25 seconds on Arkansas’ final drive 46 Yards passing for Jones before final drive 81 Yards passing by Jones during 25-second drive 140 Houston Nutt’s record at War Memorial Stadium after 21-20 victory over LSU What they said after the game “We won a game in the last 13 seconds, and today we lost a game in the last 36 seconds. So, Sometimes you say they balance themselves out. Well, I guess we were a victim of that today.” — LSU Coach Nick Saban “It’s just a blessing from the heavens.” — Arkansas Coach Houston Nutt “You see a little opening, but you’ve just got to give him a chance. You can’t throw it out of bounds.

Insider probe seen pursuing big fish

posted: 11/22/2012 12:50 a.m.

The arrest of a former hedge-fund portfolio manager in what prosecutors are calling one of the most lucrative insider-trading schemes ever is an indication that prosecutors are setting their sights higher — toward a wealthy business leader the suspect’s firm was connected to, an expert said.

Stores’ doors closed by law

posted: 11/22/2012 12:49 a.m.

Here in the birthplace of Thanksgiving, where the Pilgrims first gave thanks in 1621 for their harvest and their survival, some residents are giving thanks this year for something else: the Colonial-era blue laws that prevent retailers from opening their doors today.

New jobless-benefits claims fall

posted: 11/22/2012 12:48 a.m.

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid remained elevated for a second straight week because Hurricane Sandy forced many people to seek temporary benefits.

Deere’s sales climb, but profits fall below analysts’ projections

posted: 11/22/2012 12:47 a.m.

Tractor maker Deere & Co. is taking a cautious view of 2013, as drought and economic uncertainty hold back spending in some of the world’s biggest farm economies.

Thieves take bronze sculptures

posted: 11/22/2012 12:46 a.m.

Little Rock police are searching for about $20,000 in bronze sculptures that were taken from a downtown park.

Hostess, union fail to reach deal

posted: 11/22/2012 12:46 a.m.

Hostess Brands Inc. must return to a liquidation scenario after mediation with its bakers’ union failed to avert a shutdown that will eliminate more than 18,000 jobs, the judge overseeing the Twinkie maker’s bankruptcy said Wednesday.

Zoo, penguin parents proud as peacocks over new chick

posted: 11/22/2012 12:45 a.m.

Zookeepers don’t yet know the sex of the first penguin chick hatched at the zoo, but they have already seen some of its personality.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks edge up before holiday

posted: 11/22/2012 12:45 a.m.

The stock market crept higher Wednesday ahead of Thanksgiving. Major market indexes got a slight lift after news broke of a cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Obama pardons Cobbler

posted: 11/22/2012 12:45 a.m.

President Barack Obama stepped out into the sun in the Rose Garden at the White House on Wednesday to greet his guest of honor, a 40-pound turkey named Cobbler.

Small businesses gear for Saturday

posted: 11/22/2012 12:44 a.m.

After the crowds have shopped at large stores and sprawling malls on Black Friday, many smaller businesses are hoping Saturday will be their day.

Hispanics making own Thanksgiving niche in U.S.

posted: 11/22/2012 12:44 a.m.

As Americans clog Little Rock streets and stores in a pre-Thanksgiving rush, Rafael Martinez sat next to quiet tortilla-making machinery at Tortilleria Brenda on West 65th Street.

Business news in brief

posted: 11/22/2012 12:44 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There’s little doubt as to where the government’s sights are. I don’t think it takes Sherlock Holmes to figure it out.” John Sylvia, co-chairman of the securities litigation practice at the Mintz Levin law firm in Boston, on investigations of insider trading at affiliates of SAC Capital Advisors Article, 1D

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 11/22/2012 12:43 a.m.

Murphy Oil abandons well off Congo coast Murphy Oil Corp. has abandoned a well it was drilling off the coast of the Republic of Congo after it proved “unsuccessful,” the company said in a news release Wednesday.

THE TV COLUMN: Marvin Marvin to premiere on Nickelodeon

posted: 11/22/2012 12:41 a.m.

If you want to consider yourself hip and in the loop with the youngsters, you’d better know who Lucas Cruikshank is.

New faces, same reliable Igibon

posted: 11/22/2012 12:39 a.m.

Igibon Japanese Food House was a fairly early entrant into the area’s Japanese restaurant competition, practically a stone’s throw from Mount Fuji a little farther south on North Rodney Parham Road.

Appeals judge is pick to be justice

posted: 11/22/2012 12:39 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe has tapped longtime friend and state Court of Appeals Judge Cliff Hoofman of Enola to serve on the seven-member state Supreme Court for the next two years.

Prosecutors’ gym fees fodder of opinion

posted: 11/22/2012 12:38 a.m.

State law does not appear to contemplate using public funds to purchase a private gym membership for a prosecuting attorney or his deputy prosecuting attorneys, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said in an advisory opinion requested by the co-chairmen of the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Mentally unfaithful husband has one question to face

posted: 11/22/2012 12:35 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I’ve long thought I’d rather be married to my wife’s friend (they met after our marriage ), because Friend and I have more similar interests and personalities. Wife has even nonjealously commented on our apparent compatibility.

MUSIC: Tyler, Northern Lights shine on Rev Room

posted: 11/22/2012 12:33 a.m.

Jonathan Tyler is veritably champing at the bit to release his band’s next album. After all, it has been more than two years since his major label debut album, Pardon Me, was released in April 2010 by an Atlantic Records subsidiary.

DANCE: Great Russian Nutcracker turns 20 in a tutu

posted: 11/22/2012 12:31 a.m.

Approximately three dozen young central Arkansas dancers will join the 40 pros from the Moscow Ballet as the 20th anniversary production of The Great Russian Nutcracker comes to Little Rock, 3 p.m. Sunday at Robinson Center Music Hall.

Selected restaurants

posted: 11/22/2012 12:29 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. Visit arkansasonline.com/restaurants.

RESTAURANTS: All American Wings flies high with flavors

posted: 11/22/2012 12:29 a.m.

Let me start this review by saying I’ve never been a big fan of chicken wings, whether spicy or not. They’ve just never been my idea of a meal.

Fast Forward

posted: 11/22/2012 12:28 a.m.

NEXT WEEK Snowy: The stage at The Arkansas Repertory Theatre at 601 Main St. will be transformed into a cozy Vermont inn and Irving Berlin songs will fill the air as The Rep presents White Christmas. Based on the classic 1954 film of the same name, this musical runs Nov. 30-Dec. 30 with showtimes at 7 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $30- $60. There will be two preview performances at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Nov. 29, with pre-show discussion at 6:15 both nights.

CALENDAR

posted: 11/22/2012 12:27 a.m.

Art & Exhibits CENTRAL ARKANSAS ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER MacArthur Park, East Ninth and Commerce streets. Lecture: fiber artist Lia Cook, 6 p.m. Dec. 2.

THE WEEKEND TEN

posted: 11/22/2012 12:26 a.m.

1 BALLET The Moscow Ballet is back with its 20th anniversary production of The Great Russian Nutcracker, at 3 p.m. Sunday at Robinson Center Music Hall, West Markham Street and Broadway, Little Rock. The production will feature 40 professional dancers and three-dozen local children in this Russian version of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky’s holiday tale. Tickets are $36.50-$ 79.10 (including fees) with special enhanced packages available. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit nutcracker.com/buytickets or ticketmaster.com.

Super Quiz: Legends of the sliver screen

posted: 11/22/2012 12:25 a.m.

1. He portrayed the king in The King and I. 2. He portrayed Moses in The Ten Commandments. 3. She was royalty on screen before becoming Princess Consort of Monaco. 4. His signature role as Atticus Finch earned him an Oscar. 5. She eventually became the U.S. ambassador to Czechoslovakia.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 11/22/2012 12:25 a.m.

DEAR READERS: In a recent column, I explained how to layer scents of a favorite perfume. I asked how many perfumes you have, and the responses varied greatly!

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 11/22/2012 12:24 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Does our holiday of Thanksgiving come from a religious event that’s found in the Bible, like Christmas or Easter do? — T.O’C. DEAR T.O’C.: Unlike Christmas and Easter (which commemorate the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus), our celebration of Thanksgiving doesn’t come directly from a specifi c event in the Bible. But it does come indirectly from the Bible — because every year God’s people came together to thank God for his blessings.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 11/22/2012 12:24 a.m.

Happy birthday. The next four weeks bring happy coincidences and fortunate encounters. Then it will be as if you’re balancing on skates in late December and January. Challenges knock you around, and victories pull you up and help you glide gracefully to life’s music. An investment pays in April. July changes your career course. Aquarius and Pisces people adore you.

MIRACLE ON MARKHAM: Two flings, one prayer answered

posted: 11/22/2012 12:06 a.m.

It has been 10 years since one of the most memorable games in the history of Arkansas football, when a pair of Matt Jones heaves sent the Hogs to Atlanta.

Review finds Medicaid cuts of $329 million

posted: 11/22/2012 12:06 a.m.

Arkansas Medicaid Director Andy Allison told reporters Wednesday that $329 million in cuts to the $5 billion program over the next two fiscal years would be “awful but realistic.” He and his staff examined every Medicaid dollar that the federal government doesn’t require the state to spend and made difficult choices, he said. It was the most systemic, meticulous review ever undertaken by the Department of Human Services, he said.

State fights Net payday loan firms

posted: 11/22/2012 midnight

State officials shut payday-lending stores across Arkansas in 2009, but the attorney general’s office still is targeting a different type of short-term, high-interest lender — out-of-state companies serving Arkansans over the Internet.

Thanksgiving means it’s time for a treat: Leftovers

posted: 11/22/2012 midnight

Less than a month ago, many of us celebrated Halloween. But it may surprise you to learn that I sometimes think about Halloween again as Thanksgiving approaches. Why? The answer is simple. Making smart use of leftovers from your Thanksgiving feast, just like coming up with the perfect Halloween costume, usually involves the art of disguise.

Making Thanksgiving easier: These tips and recipes can save the day

posted: 11/22/2012 midnight

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” This well-known first line of the Dickens novel The Tale of Two Cities isn’t specifically meant to describe holidays, but often is the perfect description of the crazy swirl of extended family, overly ambitious menus and attempts to recreate Great Aunt Clara’s stuffing recipe on Thanksgiving. Even the most accomplished in the kitchen can be frazzled with the array of demands on Turkey Day, the Super Bowl of Cooking. These last-minutes tips can help a drowning cook survive the unexpected waves of culinary expectation and emerge as a world champion, at least to the guests, and all diners will say “Thanks!”

Making the Thanksgiving meal easier: Tips, recipes can help save the day

updated: 11/21/2012 2:04 p.m.

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” This well-known first line of the Dickens novel The Tale of Two Cities is the perfect description of the crazy swirl of extended family, overly ambitious menus and attempts to recreate Great Aunt Clara’s stuffing recipe on Thanksgiving.

‘We made it’: Wye Mountain woman gives kidney to friend

posted: 11/22/2012 midnight

Amy Gray Light and Cathy May, both 54, have shared a love of red wine, a passion for animals and, now, a kidney. “If it weren’t for Cathy, I would not be here today,” Light said. “What do you say to someone who gives you life?” Light laughed, because the whole story is almost too terrible, and too good, to be true. They met 12 years ago in a fun-loving group of friends who live on the mountain in Bigelow and call themselves the Women of Wye, or WOW. “We’ve all been together through thick and thin,” May said. May found out that Light has a rare disease, von Hippel-Lindau, or VHL, that causes cancerous tumors to pop up everywhere in her body, including her brain and her kidneys. Light has half a pancreas and was down to a remnant of one kidney. About five years ago, Light told her WOW friends she needed a kidney transplant to live.

Making Thanksgiving easier: These tips and recipes can save the day

updated: 11/21/2012 2:31 p.m.

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” This well-known first line of the Dickens novel The Tale of Two Cities is the perfect description of the crazy swirl of extended family, overly ambitious menus and attempts to recreate Great Aunt Clara’s stuffing recipe on Thanksgiving.

On a wing and a prairie: Arkansas town turns duck-crazy each year

updated: 11/21/2012 2 p.m.

Most folks around the state will be thinking about one bird today, the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving feast. Yes, I’m talking turkey. (And, no, I couldn’t resist.) While a fair portion of such birds will be devoured in one southeast Arkansas community today, it is another bird that will truly be the star attraction.

On a wing and a prairie: Arkansas town turns duck-crazy each year

updated: 11/21/2012 2:29 p.m.

Most folks around the state will be thinking about one bird today, the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving feast. Yes, I’m talking turkey. (And, no, I couldn’t resist.) While a fair portion of such birds will be devoured in one southeast Arkansas community today, it is another bird that will truly be the star attraction.

This week's events

updated: 11/21/2012 2:12 p.m.

These are events scheduled for the Three Rivers area, beginning Nov. 22.

On a wing and a prairie: One Arkansas town turns duck-crazy each year

posted: 11/22/2012 midnight

Most folks around the state will be thinking about one bird today, the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving feast. Yes, I’m talking turkey. (And, no, I couldn’t resist.) While a fair portion of such birds will be devoured in one southeast Arkansas community today, it is another bird that will truly be the star attraction. To explain this phenomenon, I rewind to a day in a flooded bean field in east-central Arkansas. All the surrounding waters had frozen overnight. My hunting partners and I, however, had a deep hole in the corner of that field. Upon arriving in a shower of sleet pellets, we found the blind and decoys to be in the only open water for miles. Just 15 minutes later, we watched as several hundred birds circled above our heads. The group flew off for a minute; then nearly 100 mallards peeled back our direction, set their wings and fell into the decoys.

This week’s events in the River Valley & Ozark region

posted: 11/22/2012 midnight

Nov. 22 Thanksgiving Dinner CONWAY — A Centennial Thanksgiving will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New Life Church, 633 Country Club Road. This is the fifth year for Centennial Bank to offer the free meal, an event started about 20 years ago by Catherin and Bob Blankenship of Conway.

This week's events

updated: 11/21/2012 2:38 p.m.

These are events scheduled for the Tri-Lakes area, beginning Nov. 22.

A growing tradition: Romance Christmas Tree Farm looks to seasons to come

updated: 11/21/2012 1:50 p.m.

The day after Thanksgiving won’t include a food coma or holiday shopping for the McKay family. For the 12th season in a row, family and friends will gather at the Romance Christmas Tree Farm to kick off the season. The farm has stood in the same spot along Arkansas 5 since the early 1980s. In 2000, Mitch McKay; his wife, Whitney; and their neighbors Kevin and Janet Newcom purchased the land and took over the care of the farm.

Santa calling: Parks staff opens Santa’s switchboard

updated: 11/21/2012 2:21 p.m.

Members of the Hot Springs Parks and Recreation Department are making a list of children in the area and passing it along to Santa. They will be checking it more than twice, but they are not asking if the children have been naughty or nice. Instead, the staff will gather information from parents so children can receive a special call from the North Pole. When the little ones are handed the phone, they’ll be greeted by Mrs. Clause or by Santa himself.

Annual feast takes revelers back in time

updated: 11/21/2012 1:57 p.m.

While most holiday events involve carols, cookies and strings of lights, Arkansas State University-Beebe is going old-school to celebrate the season. The university is going Renaissance.

‘Tis the season ... for one of the kitchen’s most versatile berries

posted: 11/22/2012 midnight

When I was a kid and my parents took us out for breakfast, I always ordered a glass of cranberry juice. I loved the way it sparkled like rubies in a glass. Most of all, I loved its mouth-puckering tartness that sent shivers down my jaws when I drank it. (Even typing that sentence caused the same reaction.) Now that I’m all grown up, I no longer drink cranberry juice. Maybe my taste preferences have changed, or maybe I’ve just become a wimp. Fresh cranberries, however, I adore. And since cranberry season peaks between October and December, now is the perfect time to buy them.

Cabot caricature artist captures personalities

updated: 11/21/2012 1:54 p.m.

Jared Hogue just wants to make people laugh. Instead of a slew of jokes or contorted faces, Hogue inspires chuckles through his caricatures. Though they may look like exaggerated cartoons to some, Hogue considers his portraits art, just like any other medium.

State senator tapped to help fund center

updated: 11/21/2012 2:23 p.m.

When local police or state human-services-agency personnel are told of an incident of child abuse — action is taken, and the suspected abuser is held and possibly charged. Then comes an investigation, and it is time for the abused child to tell his or her story to the authorities.

Village tour of homes to benefit Bethlehem House

posted: 11/22/2012 midnight

When Beth Tyler suggested to residents of The Village at Hendrix that a holiday open house be held to benefit a charity, the name of the same nonprofit organization kept coming up: Bethlehem House. That’s exactly what Tyler was thinking. “The idea just came to me,” Tyler said of the tour. “We thought that a tour of homes and the fact that Bethlehem House is trying to finish off its capital campaign for its new home were really a nice pairing,” Tyler said. “So many support [the homeless shelter] already.” It’s the first neighborhood tour, she said.

Real leaders: Two regional schools named Leader Colleges

updated: 11/21/2012 2:26 p.m.

A couple of two-year colleges in the Tri-Lakes region have won national honors for their work in keeping students in school until they graduate.

15th annual Fill the Boot campaign starts Nov. 23

posted: 11/22/2012 midnight

Firefighters have some big boots to fill again this year — their own. The 15th annual Christmas Fill the Boot campaign starts Friday to provide toys, clothes and food for needy Faulkner County children and their families. Conway firefighters in Union 4106 will be stationed at several locations in Conway and Vilonia, holding out boots to collect donations from passing vehicles. Firefighter Billie Carter, chairman of the event, said more than 240 families and 1,000 children were helped last year.

Wednesday, November 21

Obama pardons Thanksgiving turkeys

posted: 11/21/2012 5:49 p.m.

President Barack Obama pardoned two turkeys in an annual Thanksgiving rite on Wednesday, saying he wanted to offer the birds a second chance.

Arkansas candidates get early start on 2014 races

posted: 11/21/2012 3:45 p.m.

The 2014 campaign for Arkansas’ top offices had already begun before voters cast their ballots in this year’s election. Now it’s about to go into full swing.

Jury finds man guilty in LR-based sex-trafficking case

posted: 11/21/2012 3:30 p.m.

A federal jury in Iowa has found a 28-year-old New Jersey man guilty of running a nationwide sex trafficking and prostitution ring.

Hobby Lobby appeals morning-after pill decision

posted: 11/21/2012 3:20 p.m.

Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is asking a federal appeals court to block part of the federal health care law that requires the Christian family-owned arts and crafts company to provide insurance coverage for emergency contraception pills.

Internment camp letters found in Denver building

posted: 11/21/2012 2:57 p.m.

Some letters arriving from Japanese-American internment camps during World War II were very specific, asking for a certain brand of bath powder, cold cream or cough drops — but only the red ones. Others were just desperate for anything from the outside world.

One teen dead, four hurt in Bryant wreck

posted: 11/21/2012 2:18 p.m.

Authorities are investigating the cause of a single-vehicle accident in Bryant early Wednesday morning that killed one teen and injured four others.

Jesse Jackson Jr. submits letter of resignation

posted: 11/21/2012 1:48 p.m.

Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., a once rising political star who has been on a mysterious medical leave for months for treatment of bipolar disorder, has resigned from Congress, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday.

Police: Cell-phone flasher arrested with marijuana

posted: 11/21/2012 12:59 p.m.

Police in Boise who responded to a complaint about an Arkansas man using his cell phone to show his genitals to a woman arrested the man when they found nearly 30 pounds of marijuana in his motel room.

Investigation of Bentonville girl's death continues

posted: 11/21/2012 11:54 a.m.

A homicide investigation in the death of 6-year-old Jersey Bridgeman entered its second day Wednesday.

Ex-legislator named to state Supreme Court

posted: 11/21/2012 11:15 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe has appointed former highway commissioner and current appeals court judge Cliff Hoofman to a seat on the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Visions of sugar plums

posted: 11/21/2012 10:28 a.m.

About three dozen young central Arkansas dancers will join the 40 pros from the Moscow Ballet as the 20th anniversary production of The Great Russian Nutcracker comes to Little Rock, 3 p.m. Sunday at Robinson Center Music Hall, Eric E. Harrison writes in Thursday’s Arkansas Weekend section.

LR Zoo announces penguin chick's birth

posted: 11/21/2012 9:56 a.m.

The Little Rock Zoo has hatched its first penguin chick, officials announced Wednesday.

Conway man dies in motorcycle wreck in LR

updated: 11/21/2012 4:31 p.m.

A Conway man died Wednesday after he wrecked his motorcycle on a Little Rock road, authorities said.

NATO: Turkey wants use of air defense missiles

posted: 11/21/2012 9:45 a.m.

Turkey’s government requested the deployment of NATO’s Patriot surface-to-air missiles Wednesday to bolster its defenses along its border with Syria.

False e-mail, website target Crystal Bridges

posted: 11/21/2012 9:24 a.m.

A false website created this week claims incorrectly that the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will shut its doors Friday in a show of solidarity with striking Wal-Mart workers.

Arkansas 187 Bridge to shut for work

posted: 11/21/2012 9:08 a.m.

Routine maintenance on the Arkansas 187 Bridge over the White River at Beaver will require closures starting Monday, according to Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department officials.

I-540 lanes to shut 4 days in Fort Smith

posted: 11/21/2012 8:47 a.m.

The southbound lanes of Interstate 540 between Arkansas 45 and Arkansas 255 will be closed from Tuesday through Friday next week, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department's Fort Smith headquarters said.

Gen. Allen resumes command duty in Afghanistan

posted: 11/21/2012 8:22 a.m.

Gen. John Allen has returned to Kabul to resume his duties as the top U.S. and NATO commander of the war in Afghanistan, more than a week after the Pentagon announced it is investigating potentially “inappropriate” correspondence between the four-star general and a woman linked to the David Petraeus sex scandal.

U.S. jobless claims fall 41,000 as Sandy effect subsides

updated: 11/21/2012 11 a.m.

Fewer Americans filed applications for unemployment benefits last week as damage to the labor market caused by superstorm Sandy began to subside.

M23 rebels vow to take Congo as troops defect

posted: 11/21/2012 8:14 a.m.

Thousands of Congolese soldiers and policemen defected to the M23 rebels Wednesday as rebel leaders vowed to take control of all Congo, including the capital, Kinshasa.

2 dead in crash on Searcy’s Beebe Capps Expressway

posted: 11/21/2012 8:08 a.m.

Authorities say two people were killed in a car crash in White County.

Syrian warplanes bomb Damascus suburbs

posted: 11/21/2012 8:05 a.m.

Syrian warplanes bombed Damascus suburbs and rebel-held areas in the country’s north Wednesday as the government blasted the European Union for endorsing a newly formed opposition coalition.

Egypt protesters firebomb Al-Jazeera Cairo office

posted: 11/21/2012 7:54 a.m.

Egyptian protesters firebombed one of the offices of satellite broadcaster Al-Jazeera on Wednesday and attacked a police chief who tried to negotiate an end to three days of violent protests in central Cairo.

Teen driver killed in head-on collision

posted: 11/21/2012 6:49 a.m.

An 18-year-old driver from Paragould died Tuesday when his vehicle crossed the centerline and struck an oncoming vehicle head-on.

Israel, Hamas agree to Gaza cease-fire

updated: 11/21/2012 12:31 p.m.

A bomb exploded aboard an Israeli bus near the nation’s military headquarters in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, wounding 27 people, delivering a major blow to diplomatic efforts to forge a truce to end a week of fighting between Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers. Thousands of Palestinians fled their homes in Gaza fearing Israeli airstrikes.

Beebe native lands in top 8 on 'The Voice'

posted: 11/21/2012 6:30 a.m.

A Beebe native competing on the popular singing competition "The Voice" has advanced again and is now among the final eight contestants vying for a recording contract.

Israel, Hamas try; truce elusive

posted: 11/21/2012 5:31 a.m.

Israel and the Hamas militant group edged closer to a cease-fire Tuesday to end a week-long Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, but after a day of furious diplomatic efforts involving the U.S. secretary of state, the U.N. chief and Egypt’s president, a deal remained elusive and attacks persisted from both sides of the border.

Assad foes grab guns, tanks after base falls

posted: 11/21/2012 5:30 a.m.

After a nearly two-month siege, Syrian rebels overwhelmed a large military base in the north of the country and made off with tanks, armored vehicles and truckloads of munitions that rebel leaders say will give them a boost in the fight against President Bashar Assad’s army.

Ex-Sen. Rudman, debt foe, dies at 82

posted: 11/21/2012 5:28 a.m.

Warren Rudman, who warned against soaring federal deficits as a pugnacious two-term senator from New Hampshire and who became the strongest Republican critic of the Reagan administration during the Iran-Contra affair of the 1980s, died Monday at George Washington University Hospital. He was 82.

U.S., Mexico sign water accord

posted: 11/21/2012 5:28 a.m.

The United States and Mexico agreed Tuesday to rewrite rules on sharing water from the Colorado River, capping a five-year effort to create a united front against future droughts.

Elmo actor faces sex-abuse suit, quits

posted: 11/21/2012 5:27 a.m.

Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash resigned from Sesame Street on Tuesday amid allegations that he sexually abused underage boys, bringing an end to a 28-year career in which he turned the furry red monster into one of the most beloved — and lucrative — characters on TV and in toy stores.

U.S. details health-insurer rules

posted: 11/21/2012 5:26 a.m.

Health insurers would be able to vary their premiums only on the basis of age, tobacco use, family size or geography under proposed U.S. rules meant to protect people with pre-existing illnesses.

FBI arrests 4 on terrorism charges

posted: 11/21/2012 5:26 a.m.

Three California men excited at the prospect of training in Afghanistan to become terrorists prepared, authorities say, by simulating combat with paintball rifles, wiping their Facebook profiles of any Islamic references and concocting cover stories.

Workers block busy U.S. port

posted: 11/21/2012 5:25 a.m.

Custodial and maintenance workers picketed Tuesday at one of the nation’s busiest ports, blocking trucks from picking up and delivering goods on what had been expected to be a busy day before the Thanksgiving holiday.

1861 Lincoln order on ports is for sale

posted: 11/21/2012 5:24 a.m.

A document signed by President Abraham Lincoln ordering Union blockades of Confederate ports, marking the official start of the Civil War, is for sale.

U.N. sanctions Congolese rebels

posted: 11/21/2012 5:23 a.m.

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to sanction the leaders of Congo’s M23 rebel force, which hours earlier occupied the eastern Congolese city of Goma as U.N. peacekeepers stood by without resisting.

Church of England: No female bishops

posted: 11/21/2012 5:22 a.m.

The Church of England’s governing body Tuesday narrowly blocked a move to permit women to serve as bishops, leaving the church facing more years of contentious debate.

Middle East conflict jars Obama’s overseas agenda

posted: 11/21/2012 5:21 a.m.

The Middle East once again reordered administration priorities as President Barack Obama’s intent to reassert U.S. influence in Asia was overshadowed by an escalating conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Probe in Ireland boots 3 doctors

posted: 11/21/2012 5:20 a.m.

The Irish government removed three doctors Tuesday from roles in its investigation into the death of an ailing woman who was denied an abortion in an Irish hospital, a case that has exposed Ireland to worldwide criticism.

Ex-Murdoch news chiefs to face bribery counts

posted: 11/21/2012 5:20 a.m.

A former senior aide to Prime Minister David Cameron and the onetime chief of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspapers will be charged with bribery offenses in the latest legal action stemming from Britain’s phone-hacking scandal, prosecutors said Tuesday.

In the news

posted: 11/21/2012 5:18 a.m.

Christian Schuster, 12, present as his grandmother and three siblings were shot dead, survived by pretending to be dead as he lay under his slain brother’s body, while his 8-year-old sister was spared because she was outside the New Town, N.D., house, sledding on a nearby hill, said the Rev. Grant Patterson.

Names and faces

posted: 11/21/2012 5:18 a.m.

Donnie Wahlberg said he hopes his Blue Bloods co-star Jennifer Esposito is OK, but has no idea when, or if, she’s returning to the show. CBS suspended the actress from the police drama that stars Tom Selleck, contending she can’t fulfill the fulltime demands of the show. Esposito fired back on Twitter, accusing the network of “absolutely shameful behavior.”

Getting it straight

posted: 11/21/2012 5:17 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 11/21/2012 5:17 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work ‘Sesame Street’ is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer. I am deeply sorry to be leaving and am looking forward to resolving these personal matters privately.” Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash, who resigned from Sesame Street amid allegations he sexually abused underage boys Article, 2A

The world in brief

posted: 11/21/2012 5:17 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There has never been a battle before with this much booty.” Gen. Ahmad al-Faj of the Syrian rebels Joint Command, a grouping of rebel brigades that was involved in the siege of a large military base Article, 1A Pole arrested in assassination plot WARSAW, Poland — A Polish academic who authorities say was fascinated with Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik and upset over the economy has been arrested on suspicion of plotting to kill the nation’s president and blow up Parliament.

More data released on how schools did

posted: 11/21/2012 5:15 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Education, which announced the achievement status of the state’s 1,102 public schools and public charter schools on Monday, said it will release more school and district achievement data in coming weeks.

5 cities chip in for jail, but not full $640,000

posted: 11/21/2012 5:14 a.m.

The mayors of Little Rock, North Little Rock, Jacksonville, Sherwood and Maumelle have proposed paying a total of $544,053 to the county to house 80 additional prisoners at the county jail next year. The money is 15 percent less than Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines had requested.

Ampezzan named High Profile editor

posted: 11/21/2012 5:09 a.m.

Bobby Ampezzan has been named the next editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Sunday High Profile section.

State: 3 main roads to see lane closures over holiday

posted: 11/21/2012 5:08 a.m.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will have minimal lane closures on major highways during the Thanksgiving weekend.

Housing board offers top post to 2nd aspirant

posted: 11/21/2012 5:06 a.m.

The Metropolitan Housing Alliance’s Board of Commissioners extended an offer Tuesday to a second candidate for its open executivedirector position after another candidate turned down the job offer and stopped returning phone calls and e-mails.

LR School Board seat draws 6

posted: 11/21/2012 5:06 a.m.

Six people applied by Tuesday’s deadline to fill the Little Rock School Board’s Zone 6 position that was left vacant by the Nov. 1 death of member Michael Peterson.

Woman burned in house fire dies

posted: 11/21/2012 5:05 a.m.

Fire officials in Conway said an 89-yearold woman who was badly burned in a house fire has died.

LR man, 33, waives extradition, returned

posted: 11/21/2012 5:05 a.m.

Nearly four months after his arrest in Memphis, the Little Rock man accused of killing his parents and kidnapping his sister was returned to Little Rock custody Monday afternoon.

Judge denies UA tax appeal

posted: 11/21/2012 5:03 a.m.

Washington County Judge Marilyn Edwards on Monday denied the University of Arkansas’ appeal for immunity or exemption from real and personal property taxes.

Truck crash kills Harrisburg man

posted: 11/21/2012 5:03 a.m.

A Harrisburg man died Tuesday morning after his truck ran off a highway just south of Jonesboro.

Barling police chief’s funeral set for today

posted: 11/21/2012 5:02 a.m.

Family and friends of Barling Police Chief Tracy Powell will gather at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Fort Smith today to say goodbye to a law enforcement official described by one colleague as a “model cop.” Powell, of Van Buren, died Sunday at Sparks Health System after being diagnosed with bone cancer just more than two months ago. He was 47.

Vote on Barling liquor sales against the law, suit claims

posted: 11/21/2012 5:02 a.m.

A Nov. 6 vote approving the retail sale of alcohol in Barling should be declared void because it violated Arkansas law, according to lawsuit filed Tuesday in Sebastian County Circuit Court.

Police charge two men in killing of 90-year-old

posted: 11/21/2012 5:01 a.m.

Police charged two men with capital murder in the death of a 90-year-old Paragould man killed Monday during a break-in at his home.

Monkey-masked bandit hits bank

posted: 11/21/2012 5 a.m.

A man clad in camouflage and a monkey-mask made off with an undisclosed amount of cash in a southwest Little Rock bank robbery Tuesday afternoon.

2 TV-series stars to talk in Searcy

posted: 11/21/2012 5 a.m.

Harding University will host alumni Willie and Korie Robertson, stars of the hit TV series Duck Dynasty, on Tuesday.

COMMENTARY: The people have spoken

posted: 11/21/2012 5 a.m.

If elections indeed have consequences, then rich people’s taxes must rise.

Springdale foundation gives hospital $1 million

posted: 11/21/2012 4:59 a.m.

The Schmieding Foundation of Springdale said Tuesday that it is giving Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock a $1 million gift to pay for research, clinical support and education advancing the care of cancer and blood-disorders patients at the hospital.

Crystal Bridges choosier with requests for art loans

posted: 11/21/2012 4:59 a.m.

Before the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened a year ago this month, the Bentonville museum loaned about 60 works to other museums.

No contest the plea in sex case

posted: 11/21/2012 4:58 a.m.

A former admissions director at Philander Smith College in Little Rock was sentenced Tuesday to five days in jail after pleading no contest Oct. 30 to a felony charge of promoting prostitution.

Getting it straight

posted: 11/21/2012 4:55 a.m.

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

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 11/21/2012 4:54 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.

Thanksgiving Day closings

posted: 11/21/2012 4:53 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules may be affected by the Thanksgiving Day holiday on Thursday.

Daily record

posted: 11/21/2012 4:52 a.m.

Births, Marriages and Divorces

Obituaries

posted: 11/21/2012 4:52 a.m.

OBITUARIES Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes. Obituary deadlines To allow sufficient time for production of the unusually large Thanksgiving Day newspaper, obituaries for publication in Thursday’s editions must be submitted by noon today. INDEX Some obituaries may appear in certain editions of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and not in others.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 11/21/2012 4:52 a.m.

Dancer on The Mickey Mouse Club INDIANAPOLIS — Former Mouseketeer Bonita Lynn Fields Elder, an agile dancer who showcased those skills on the 1950s children’s show The Mickey Mouse Club and later performed on Broadway, has died in Indiana at age 68.

Other days

posted: 11/21/2012 4:52 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Nov. 21, 1912 In a statement issued yesterday, Gov. Geo. W. Donaghey announced that he would recommend to the next legislature that it petition Congress to take over the city of Hot Springs and control it. He also declared that if elected to the United States Senate, he would do everything in his power to bring such a transfer to a successful termination. The governor’s statement was in reply to articles published by Memphis and Hot Springs newspapers severely criticizing him because he prevented the charging of admission to the automobile races in Hot Springs last Sunday. The governor’s action, it is said, caused a loss estimated at $6,000 to the State Fair Association.

COLUMNISTS: Tomorrow

posted: 11/21/2012 4:51 a.m.

Akind of moveable feast, Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of November, and this year that’s November 22nd. People are traveling today, or making arrangements to meet kin who are. Plans are almost complete, the menu is taking shape, all is being readied.

This is where we came in

posted: 11/21/2012 4:50 a.m.

ELECTION, shmelection. When it comes to keeping the enterprise known as the United States of America solvent, aka avoiding the Fiscal Cliff, the country is right back where it was November 6, 2012. With pretty much the same cast of characters in this practiced face-off : The President vs. Congress, specifically the Republican-dominated House.

OTHERS SAY: Texas secession is roadkill

posted: 11/21/2012 4:50 a.m.

It’s hard to take seriously the thousands of people who have signed a petition urging Texas to amicably divorce from the rest of the Union. Even in the fiercely independent Lone Star State, this idea is roadkill.

Cherished tradition ruined

posted: 11/21/2012 4:49 a.m.

Call me old-fashioned, but the plan by major big-box retai