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Tuesday, December 31

WholeHogSports Student-Athlete of the Year: Start to finish, Cappelen strong in '13

posted: 12/31/2013 6:22 p.m.

Sebastian Cappelen became the second Razorback to win the SEC individual championship and earned All-Region, All-Conference and All-American honors in 2013.

Moore, Cappelen tie for third

posted: 12/31/2013 5:16 p.m.

Arkansas golfers Taylor Moore and Sebastian Cappelen tied for third, each posting a a 4-under 206, in the Patriot All-America Invitational on Tuesday.

Victims robbed of phone, cash in west LR shopping center

posted: 12/31/2013 3:31 p.m.

Police are searching for two men who were purportedly involved in a robbery in a west Little Rock shopping center Monday night.

Man accused in dispatcher's death freed on bond

posted: 12/31/2013 2:55 p.m.

The man who was accused of murdering his then-girlfriend in Garland County is currently out of jail after his bond was reduced following a recent hearing.

CRIME MAP: 14 burglaries, 5 robberies reported in LR on Monday

posted: 12/31/2013 1:59 p.m.

The Little Rock Police Department took reports of 14 residential burglaries and five robberies across the city Monday.

Self-defense claim in deadly shooting disputed

posted: 12/31/2013 1:36 p.m.

FORT SMITH — The girlfriend and the sister of an Arkansas man who was shot and killed in Oklahoma are disputing the claim of the 95-year-old man who fired the shot.

Three-car wreck slows I-30 bridge traffic in LR

posted: 12/31/2013 1:27 p.m.

A three-car accident on the Interstate 30 bridge in Little Rock caused a significant traffic jam early Tuesday afternoon.

Cellphone-finding app leads police to 2 suspected burglars

posted: 12/31/2013 1:20 p.m.

An application that allows users to find their misplaced smart devices helped lead Little Rock police to a large amount of stolen property on Monday evening.

U.S. home-price gains slow in October

posted: 12/31/2013 11:23 a.m.

WASHINGTON — U.S. home prices rose in October from the previous year at the fastest pace in almost eight years. But price gains slowed in most U.S. cities from September to October, suggesting the increases are leveling off.

Thank your lucky peas

posted: 12/31/2013 11:20 a.m.

Eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is thought to bring good luck in the year to come.

Family play strengthens bonds

posted: 12/31/2013 11:19 a.m.

After “lose weight,” “quit smoking” and “save money,” another commonly made New Year’s resolution might be “spend more time with the kids.”

Hot Springs school loses 116-12

posted: 12/31/2013 10 a.m.

Southern set an NCAA record by scoring the first 44 points of the game en route to a 116-12 rout of Champion Baptist College on Monday.

State leaders call for Darr's resignation

updated: 12/31/2013 3:47 p.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe has asked Lt. Gov. Mark Darr to resign his post following Darr’s admission that he misspent campaign funds and failed to keep complete records.

Man arrested in NLR hotel robbery

posted: 12/31/2013 9:21 a.m.

North Little Rock police have arrested a man in the robbery last week of a Holiday Inn Express.

South Sudan opponents agree to talk peace

posted: 12/31/2013 8:46 a.m.

JUBA, South Sudan — The United States special envoy to South Sudan says the country's warring factions have agreed to attend peace talks in Ethiopia.

Mayor: N.D. town dodged a bullet in crude explosion

updated: 12/31/2013 8:56 a.m.

CASSELTON, N.D. — A southeastern North Dakota town narrowly escaped tragedy when a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded nearby, the mayor said Tuesday, calling for changes in how the fuel is transported across the U.S.

Amtrak to suspend some services in Southeast for maintenance

posted: 12/31/2013 8:23 a.m.

JACKSON, Miss. — Amtrak passenger train service will shut down in Mississippi and other areas in the Southeast for several days in January and February for rail maintenance by Norfolk Southern Railway.

Activists: Missile hits bus in Syria, killing 10

posted: 12/31/2013 8:17 a.m.

BEIRUT — A missile struck a bus Tuesday in a rebel-held area of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, setting it on fire and killing at least 10 people, activists said.

Ice on bridges cause wrecks, traffic delays

posted: 12/31/2013 7:58 a.m.

Multiple traffic accidents were reported Tuesday morning because of ice settling on bridges and overpasses.

10 things to know for Tuesday

posted: 12/31/2013 7:33 a.m.

Your daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

Sebastian County prosecutor to head Arkansas group

posted: 12/31/2013 7:31 a.m.

FORT SMITH — Sebastian County's prosecuting attorney will start serving as the president of the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association this week.

Revelers start ringing in 2014 with fireworks

posted: 12/31/2013 7:21 a.m.

CANBERRA, Australia — Exploding fireworks sprayed from Sydney's iconic opera house and harbor bridge at midnight Tuesday as the world began ushering in a new year.

$11,000 in ethics fines fall on Darr

posted: 12/31/2013 5 a.m.

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr signed a settlement agreement with the Arkansas Ethics Commission on Monday agreeing to pay an $11,000 fine after the commission found probable cause that he had violated 11 state campaign and ethics rules.

In the news

posted: 12/31/2013 4:11 a.m.

Janice “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele, whose 36-character name was too long to fit on her Hawaii driver’s license and state identification card, received cards with her full name after her problem prompted the state Department of Transportation to change its policy and expand how many characters can appear on the documents.

Russia blasts raise concern for Olympics

posted: 12/31/2013 4:10 a.m.

MOSCOW — Two suicide bombings in as many days have killed 31 people and raised concerns that Islamic militants have begun a terrorist campaign in Russia that could stretch into the Sochi Olympics in February. Russian and international Olympic officials insisted that the site of the games, protected by layers of security, is completely safe.

LR utility: Surplus pipe missing

posted: 12/31/2013 4:04 a.m.

More than $70,000 of surplus pipe is missing from a Little Rock Wastewater Utility storage area, and sewer officials think the material was hauled off by a friend of a high-ranking manager already under police scrutiny in connection with questionable expenditures, a utility spokesman said Monday.

Health coverage letters set to go out

posted: 12/31/2013 4:02 a.m.

Thousands of Arkansans waiting to learn whether they’re eligible for health coverage under the state’s expanded Medicaid program should receive confirmation notices by early next week, according to a spokesman for the state Department of Human Services.

U.S. picks 6 states for drone testing

posted: 12/31/2013 4 a.m.

LAS VEGAS — Federal officials named six states Monday to develop test sites for drones — a critical next step for the burgeoning industry that stands to one day produce thousands of unmanned aircraft for use by businesses, farmers and researchers.

Firm to shed gas line, seeks new one crossing Pegasus

posted: 12/31/2013 3:57 a.m.

A Louisiana company wants to retire a segment of a 59-year-old natural-gas pipeline that runs about 200 feet from the site where Exxon Mobil’s Pegasus crude-oil pipeline ruptured in Mayflower last spring.

Names and faces

posted: 12/31/2013 3:54 a.m.

The glory days returned for the Today show — for one day at least — as NBC’s morning show reunited Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley on Monday for a one-day nostalgia turn as cohosts.

Third worker fired after boy vanishes

posted: 12/31/2013 3:51 a.m.

BOSTON — A third employee of Massachusetts’ social services agency has been fired for her involvement in the case of a 5-year-old boy who has not been seen for months and is feared dead.

The nation in brief

posted: 12/31/2013 3:51 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I just don’t like the concept of drones flying over barbecues in New York to see whether you have a Big Gulp in your backyard or whether you are separating out your recyclables according to the city mandates.” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., referring to a New York City ban on supersize soft drinks, on expanding the use of unmanned aircraft

Coverage gap arises in overhaul

posted: 12/31/2013 3:50 a.m.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — About 5 million people will be without health care next year that they would have gotten simply if they lived somewhere else in America.

Police brand mom poisoner; 1 kid dies

posted: 12/31/2013 3:49 a.m.

PHOENIX — An Arizona woman tried to fatally stab her ex-husband and poison her four children with prescription narcotic drugs, including a teenage daughter who was found dead in her home on Christmas Day, police said Monday.

Priest’s bail set after sex-case appeal win

posted: 12/31/2013 3:49 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA — A Roman Catholic official whose conviction in a clergy sex-abuse scandal was overturned by a Pennsylvania appeals court could be freed this week after a judge set his bail Monday at $250,000.

Fort Hood killer’s jail queries aired

posted: 12/31/2013 3:48 a.m.

DALLAS — The former Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people at Fort Hood made several requests of the Texas jail where he was held before he stood trial, including requesting a Bible and another asking for the name of the company that made the cheese in his sandwiches.

The world in brief

posted: 12/31/2013 3:47 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “On five separate occasions, the government has attacked me, to try to kill me. … We are living in a real jungle here in Congo, and the international community cannot allow this to go on.” Joseph Mukunguila, a 66-year-old pastor known as “The Prophet,” whose followers attacked the state television station, the airport and the main military base in Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, on Monday before being repelled by the country’s military

Israeli chief takes heat for release

posted: 12/31/2013 3:46 a.m.

JERUSALEM — Israel released more than two dozen Palestinian prisoners convicted in deadly attacks against Israelis early today as part of a U.S.-brokered package to restart Mideast peace talks.

Congo army quashes attacks in capital

posted: 12/31/2013 3:44 a.m.

DAKAR, Senegal — Armed assailants who identified themselves as disciples of a selfstyled prophet attacked the state television station, the airport and the main military base in Congo’s capital in what many feared was a coup attempt early Monday, before being repelled by the country’s military, officials and witnesses said.

Thai officers protest restraints on use of force

posted: 12/31/2013 3:43 a.m.

BANGKOK — Thai police staged a protest Monday to show their frustration after weeks of dealing with aggressive and often violent anti-government demonstrators, with officers saying the order for them to show restraint has left them vulnerable and humiliated.

Sunni sit-in cleared after talks succeed in resolving protest

posted: 12/31/2013 3:42 a.m.

BAGHDAD — Iraqi police took down tents and cleared a Sunni sit-in in a western city after protesters there agreed to end their months-long demonstration after talks with the Shiite-led government, an official said Monday.

Broke state’s election laws, Hallum says

posted: 12/31/2013 3:40 a.m.

Former state Rep. Hudson Hallum admitted in documents released Monday that he violated several state election laws during and after his 2011 special election campaign, including incorrectly reporting a $50,000 contribution from his father as a bank loan to his campaign.

Vets-home site selection delayed

posted: 12/31/2013 3:39 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs will choose a site for its new veterans home by the end of January, rather than making the selection, as originally planned, by the end of today.

Police: LR shooting suspects in ‘feud’

posted: 12/31/2013 3:38 a.m.

The Little Rock man wanted by police in shooting up a four-block stretch of a neighborhood Friday morning is involved in an ongoing “feud” with the suspect who remains at large in a Tuesday murder.

Giraffe fight at LR Zoo leads to death of 13-year-old animal

posted: 12/31/2013 3:38 a.m.

A 13-year-old male giraffe died at the Little Rock Zoo early Sunday after he and another male giraffe fought inside a barn, zoo officials said Monday.

Public utilities agency chooses chief of staff

posted: 12/31/2013 3:36 a.m.

The Arkansas Public Service Commission has selected Deputy Attorney General Dennis Hansen to serve as the agency’s chief administrative law judge and the commissioners’ chief of staff.

Alexander approves ’14 budget

posted: 12/31/2013 3:35 a.m.

ALEXANDER — After a debate about increasing the number of public-safety employees and giving raises to city workers, City Council members here unanimously passed the proposed 2014 budget on Monday.

Obituaries

posted: 12/31/2013 3:34 a.m.

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

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 12/31/2013 3:34 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: 12/31/2013 3:33 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 31, 1913 Tonight the whole of Argenta will hold a watch party. Plans have been made by dozens of households for parties and dances to celebrate the coming of the New Year and to see the Old Year depart. Nearly every one in town will attend the different functions, where they will dance or play games until the New Year comes in. Seldom has Argenta as a whole given over in one night to such revelry, but as the preparations show, tonight will be one to be long remembered. At every corner of the town tonight there will be a watch party.

Bus rider arrested after Marshals’ tip

posted: 12/31/2013 3:32 a.m.

A tip from the U.S. Marshals Service in Tennessee led Arkansas State Police to arrest a bus passenger wanted for a slaying in Tennessee.

Daily record

posted: 12/31/2013 3:32 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. Marriage Licenses Adebisi Oluwamayode, 33, and Chiaju Ukegbu, 30, both of Little Rock.

LR to commemorate execution of Dodd

posted: 12/31/2013 3:31 a.m.

Events commemorating the most famous hanging in Arkansas Civil War history will be among January observances of the war’s 150th anniversary, the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has announced.

2 killed in crashes on state highways

posted: 12/31/2013 3:31 a.m.

A pair of crashes Monday left two Arkansans dead and two others injured, according to fatal crash reports from the Arkansas State Police.

Police beat

posted: 12/31/2013 3:31 a.m.

Driver goes slow, charged with pot Pulaski County sheriff ’s office investigators made a drug arrest after stopping a car Sunday morning for driving too slow.

Two bodies found in early morning Miller County house fire

posted: 12/31/2013 3:30 a.m.

DODDRIDGE — Two people died in a Miller County house fire on the Arkansas-Louisiana border Monday morning, authorities said.

Whirlpool to start cleanup work plan

posted: 12/31/2013 3:29 a.m.

FORT SMITH — Whirlpool Corp. announced Monday that it was moving ahead with implementing a plan to clean up a hazardous chemical that has contaminated soil and groundwater under its closed Fort Smith plant and that seeped into the groundwater under an adjoining neighborhood.

New Year’s Day closings

posted: 12/31/2013 3:29 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules may be affected by the New Year’s Day Holiday on Wednesday.

EDITORIALS: It wasn’t all bad

posted: 12/31/2013 3:27 a.m.

NO SIR, you don’t have to use the couch. Take a chair right there. Or, if you please, just lie down. These sessions are all about making you comfortable enough to. . . well, to do whatever we need to do. If that means stretching out, by all means do. You can look at me face-to-face, or you could sit with your back to me, or you could walk around the room. Just do what makes you comfortable.

COLUMNISTS: A hundred years ago …

posted: 12/31/2013 3:25 a.m.

The new year is beginning with the shadow of an old year flitting around the retina of our consciousness. That year is 1914, the year that Europe was convulsed in the world’s worst war—9 million dead.

You thought 2013 was hard?

posted: 12/31/2013 3:25 a.m.

At his end-of-the-year news conference, President Barack Obama called the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act his single biggest mistake of 2013. That’s putting it mildly. Supporters of Obamacare can’t wait to put this year behind them: From dropped insurance coverage for millions of Americans to the delay of the law’s employer mandate and the problems with healthcare.gov, 2013 has been nothing short of a disaster.

OTHERS SAY: Change we can believe in

posted: 12/31/2013 3:24 a.m.

Reforms signed into law last week of how the military deals with sexual assault are eminently sensible and clearly overdue. Whether the changes go far enough in combating these pernicious crimes is another question. President Obama rightly appears skeptical: He delivered an ultimatum to military leaders to deliver results within a year or face even more change.

For what we’re given: A little appreciation

posted: 12/31/2013 3:24 a.m.

Those who follow these opinions already understand I’m prone to lift off (without warning ) on a subject that relates to each of us whether we live in Smackover, Camden or Pea Ridge.

Sagacity and impolitic politics

posted: 12/31/2013 3:23 a.m.

On this last day of a year better than some, let us avail ourselves of the popular cliché, the best-and-worst format, to recall 2013 in Arkansas politics.

LETTERS

posted: 12/31/2013 3:21 a.m.

His face rings a bell … I kept thinking that Pastor Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty resembled someone I had seen before. Yes, the Ayatollah Khomeini, that meanfaced holy man who established a theocracy in his country.

Jones: Garrett staying

posted: 12/31/2013 3:20 a.m.

IRVING, Texas — Jerry Jones has another long offseason to ponder what the Dallas Cowboys owner called “unthinkable” — three consecutive season-ending losses that left the Cowboys at 8-8 and out of the playoffs.

Redskins’ Shanahan top dog of fired 5

posted: 12/31/2013 3:19 a.m.

Five NFL head coaches were relieved of their duties less than 12 hours after the end of the regular season Monday, with Washington’s Mike Shahanan, a two-time Super Bowl winner, the most prominent name, though hardly the most surprising.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWLS: Ducks quash Brown’s bash

posted: 12/31/2013 3:18 a.m.

SAN ANTONIO — No. 10 Oregon first felt overlooked by the BCS, and then came to the Alamo Bowl overshadowed by Mack Brown’s final game at Texas.

Kennedy’s status uncertain for ASU

posted: 12/31/2013 3:17 a.m.

JONESBORO — Adam Kennedy was back with his Arkansas State teammates flinging passes Monday morning, as he has been since the team returned from a holiday break Saturday.

Hogs reflect vintage ’90s style

posted: 12/31/2013 3:15 a.m.

High Point Coach Scott Cherry could relate to what his players were experiencing as they struggled to handle the ball against Arkansas’ defensive pressure during an 89-48 loss to the Razorbacks on Saturday night.

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Dillard’s fast start ignites UALR rout

posted: 12/31/2013 3:13 a.m.

Junior guard Ben Dillard was in UALR’s starting lineup for the first time this season, and he took advantage of the opportunity.

Second thoughts

posted: 12/31/2013 3:12 a.m.

Tebow still big man on SEC circuit The SEC Network is turning to one of the conference’s most wellknown figures for its pregame show.

Off the wire

posted: 12/31/2013 3:12 a.m.

MOTOR SPORTS Schumacher’s condition grim Doctors offered a grim assessment of Michael Schumacher’s head injuries Monday, providing no prognosis for the Formula One driving great after his skiing accident in the French Alps. Schumacher, 44, has been placed in a medically induced coma to relieve pressure on his brain, which suffered bruising and bleeding when the retired seven-time world champion fell and struck a rock Sunday while skiing during a family vacation.

COMMENTARY: Bonds, Clemens eventually belong in Hall

posted: 12/31/2013 3:10 a.m.

DALLAS — I sent in my Baseball Hall of Fame ballot this week.

TOP 25 MEN: Forte, Oklahoma State rout Robert Morris

posted: 12/31/2013 3:10 a.m.

STILLWATER, Okla. — Phil Forte scored 20 points and Oklahoma State looked sharp after a nine-day break, beating Robert Morris 92-66 on Monday night.

SWAC MEN: Golden Lions can’t overcome early deficit

posted: 12/31/2013 3:06 a.m.

KT Harrell led the way with 19 points as Auburn rolled past Arkansas-Pine Bluff 91-59 on Monday night in Auburn, Ala.

Southern’s 44-0 start sets NCAA mark

posted: 12/31/2013 3:04 a.m.

Southern scored the first 44 points of the game, setting an NCAA record en route 116-12 rout of Hot Springs’ Champion Baptist College on Monday night in Baton Rouge.

THE RECRUITING GUY: 4-star St. Louis tackle mulls Arkansas, Alabama

posted: 12/31/2013 3:03 a.m.

The long recruiting process for highly recruited offensive lineman Brian Wallace Jr. has come down to Arkansas and Alabama.

MUSIC CITY BOWL: QB wipes egg off face

posted: 12/31/2013 3:02 a.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mississippi quarterback Bo Wallace wanted redemption for his poor play in the Egg Bowl last month against Mississippi State.

TODAY’S BOWL GAMES

posted: 12/31/2013 3 a.m.

Advocare Bowl Arizona (7-5 ) vs. Boston College (7-5 ) TIME/TV 11:30 a.m./ESPN LINE Arizona by 7½ SERIES RECORD First meeting. KEY MATCHUP The game features two of the premier running backs in the country — Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey and Boston College’s Andre Williams. Both were named first-team AP All-Americans while Williams edged Carey for the Doak Walker Award. Williams has rushed for 2,102 yards this season while Carey has 1,716. PLAYERS TO WATCH Arizona: QB B.J. Denker.

COMMENTARY: More officiating gaffes hurt NFL

posted: 12/31/2013 2:59 a.m.

When fans and media are talking more about the officiating than what Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, LeSean McCoy and Brandon Boykin do to get their teams in the playoffs, there’s a problem the NFL would rather not be confronted with.

Rested Chiefs turn attention to playoffs

posted: 12/31/2013 2:58 a.m.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t take any chances in a regular-season finale that had no bearing on their playoff situation, resting virtually all of their starters in an overtime loss to San Diego.

Playoff schedule

posted: 12/31/2013 2:57 a.m.

All times Central WILD-CARD ROUND SATURDAY’S GAMES Kan. City at Indianapolis, 3:35 p.m.

High school roundups

posted: 12/31/2013 2:56 a.m.

BOYS BENTON HARMONY GROVE 46, FORDYCE 24 Jake Scoggins led the Cardinals (11-2 ) with 18 points in a victory over the Redbugs in the championship game of the Herb Russell Invitational at Ouachita High School. Drake Wilks added 16 for Harmony Grove, which held an 18-13 lead at the half. CLARKSVILLE 48, HOT SPRINGS LAKESIDE 30 Jerren Thompson led the Panthers (7-2 ) with 16 points in a victory over the Rams in the championship game of the Spa City Shootout in Hot Springs.

State sports briefs

posted: 12/31/2013 2:56 a.m.

BASKETBALL UCA’s Miles honored by Southland Central Arkansas senior guard LaQuentin Miles was named the Southland Conference men’s player of the week Monday.

Baptist Health out $2.4 million in ’12

posted: 12/31/2013 2:50 a.m.

Baptist Health registered a loss of $2.4 million in 2012, according to the Little Rockbased hospital chain’s filing with the Internal Revenue Service as a nonprofit organization.

Cooper cancels plan for merger

posted: 12/31/2013 2:49 a.m.

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has pulled out of its pending $2.5 billion merger with Apollo Tyres of India.

Southwest encounters turbulence

posted: 12/31/2013 2:48 a.m.

A major airline suddenly can’t seem to get passengers to their destinations on time, posting worst-in-the-industry on-time rates.

November pending-home sales steady

posted: 12/31/2013 2:46 a.m.

The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy existing homes in November remained essentially unchanged from October, suggesting sales are stabilizing after several months of declines.

U.S. lags providing ultrafast Internet

posted: 12/31/2013 2:45 a.m.

San Antonio is the seventh-largest city in the United States, an economically vibrant metropolis of 1.4 million people sprawled across south-central Texas. But the speed of its Internet service is no match for the Latvian capital, Riga, a city of 700,000 on the Baltic Sea.

With Latvia’s entry, eurozone on guard for dirty money

posted: 12/31/2013 2:44 a.m.

RIGA, Latvia — When Latvia adopts the euro Wednesday, it will bring with it a banking sector that is swelling with suspicious money from Russia and the east — just as the currency bloc is trying to clamp down on such havens.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 12/31/2013 2:43 a.m.

Wal-Mart stays quiet on Duck Dynasty flap The public debate over Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson’s remarks about homosexuals and blacks in a recent article in GQ magazine will not include feedback from Bentonville-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc., a leading retailer of merchandise from the blockbuster A&E reality TV show.

24% of U.S. flights left out of airline delay statistics

posted: 12/31/2013 2:42 a.m.

Airline delays and cancellations have dropped significantly in the past few years. At least that’s what federal statistics show. But the numbers may not be telling the whole story.

Business news in brief

posted: 12/31/2013 2:40 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Although [Southwest Airlines] have transitioned in recent years to more of a revenue-focused airline, they’ve always been an airline that got the operation right.” Seth Kaplan, managing partner at Airline Weekly, about Southwest’s latest ranking as the airline with the worst on-time percentage. Article, 1D Wells Fargo, Fannie Mae settle loan case WASHINGTON — Wells Fargo & Co. said Monday that it agreed to pay $591 million to Fannie Mae to settle disputes over soured mortgages that the bank sold to the seized housing finance giant during the subprime housing boom.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks quiet; investors close books

posted: 12/31/2013 2:39 a.m.

NEW YORK — The stock market ended a quiet Monday mostly where it began as many investors shut their books for what has been an extraordinary year on Wall Street.

LISTEN UP: Movies to stage, a scream between

posted: 12/31/2013 2:36 a.m.

Soundtrack American Hustle Legacy B+ The best compilation-designed soundtracks work well in a film and as a stand-alone music experience.

JANUARY CALENDAR: A New Year waddles this way, fat with choices yet to make

posted: 12/31/2013 2:35 a.m.

1 New Year’s Day. Paul Revere’s birthday, 1735.

Dillard’s retailors menswear

posted: 12/31/2013 2:33 a.m.

If contemporary clothes make the contemporary man, a menswear department needs the right designers to get him in the door.

Profusion of parties for New Year’s Eve

posted: 12/31/2013 2:31 a.m.

No plans tonight? It’s not too late to plan last-minute New Year’s Eve revelry.

Prolific Pellegrino puts his mark on sci-fi roles

posted: 12/31/2013 2:28 a.m.

Apparently there is an unwritten rule in Hollywood: Mark Pellegrino must appear in every other sci-fi, horror and fantasy television show — and a good many such films as well.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 12/31/2013 2:25 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Every year, I always make a long list of New Year’s resolutions, but since I never keep them I’ve decided this time to make just a few. Does the Bible say anything about making resolutions? — D.W.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/31/2013 2:25 a.m.

Happy birthday. A rivalry heats up in January inspiring you to do what it takes to be the top competitor. In February, you’ll make a presentation and gain the respect and influence you need to make a move. A transportation upgrade is featured in March.

To be actress Meryl Streep, it takes a whole lot of work

posted: 12/31/2013 2:23 a.m.

NEW YORK — “A big chunk of meat” is how Meryl Streep describes the sprawling, combative dinner scene at the core of August: Osage County, opening nationwide Jan. 10.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: How to cheer the gravely ill

posted: 12/31/2013 2:22 a.m.

While I’m away, readers give the advice.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 12/31/2013 2:21 a.m.

DEAR READERS: With all the post-holiday sales, many head out to the stores and the mall. Here are some hints to keep you safe: Park as close to a store entrance or elevator as possible.

Super Quiz: Who uttered these last words?

posted: 12/31/2013 2:20 a.m.

1. “France, armee, tete d’armee, Josephine” ; N.B.; emperor 2. “I’ll finally get to see Marilyn” ; J.D.; baseball star 3. “That was a great game of golf, fellers” ; B.C.; singer/actor

Getting it straight

posted: 12/31/2013 1:25 a.m.

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

Monday, December 30

Lt. Gov. Darr fined $11,000 for ethics violations

posted: 12/30/2013 5:59 p.m.

Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Darr will have to pay $11,000 in 30 days as part of a settlement offered with the Arkansas Ethics Commission, documents obtained Monday by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette show.

Baxter County teen accused in string of car break-ins

posted: 12/30/2013 4:23 p.m.

A 17-year-old boy was taken into custody Friday after, police say, he committed a string of car break-ins within a two-day span.

Four NFL head coaches fired on ‘Black Monday’

posted: 12/30/2013 4:17 p.m.

A total of six head coaches have been fired as of Monday afternoon, the first day of the NFL offseason for 20 teams in the league and a day commonly referred to as “Black Monday” in professional football circles.

LR Zoo: Giraffe dies after fight with another giraffe

posted: 12/30/2013 4:10 p.m.

A fight between two giraffes at the Little Rock Zoo has resulted in the death of one.

Wanted Tennessee man, 21, arrested on bus near Texarkana

posted: 12/30/2013 3:58 p.m.

A 21-year-old Tennessee man wanted for a killing was arrested on a bus early Monday morning on Interstate 30 near Texarkana, the Arkansas State Police said in a statement.

LRPD seeks leads, offers reward for suspect in Christmas Eve shooting

posted: 12/30/2013 2:53 p.m.

The Little Rock Police Department is offering up to $1,000 for information about a man believed to be involved with a shooting that left a 26-year-old man dead on Christmas Eve.

Crews battle blaze at Pulaski County Masonic Lodge

updated: 12/30/2013 4:51 p.m.

A large fire did extensive damage to a Pulaski County Masonic Lodge on Monday.

CRIME MAP: 22 burglaries, 1 robbery reported in LR over weekend

posted: 12/30/2013 1:37 p.m.

The Little Rock Police Department took reports of 22 burglaries and one robbery over the weekend.

AG deputy joining PSC as administrative judge

posted: 12/30/2013 1:18 p.m.

The Arkansas attorney general says one of his deputies will be the new chief administrative law judge and chief of staff at the Arkansas Public Service Commission.

Semi wreck slows traffic on Cantrell Road

updated: 12/30/2013 11:45 a.m.

A Monday morning accident involving an tractor-trailer on Cantrell Road was likely caused by light snow accumulation on the road, a Little Rock police officer said.

Southwest Airlines struggles with being on time

posted: 12/30/2013 11:08 a.m.

The rankings also mark the first time since at least 1995, when the current DOT reporting system began, that Southwest ranked last for any month.

Style: Party like it's 2014

posted: 12/30/2013 11 a.m.

No plans for New Year's Eve?

Armed group attacks state radio, TV in Congo

posted: 12/30/2013 10:56 a.m.

DAKAR, Senegal — Assailants armed with machetes and automatic weapons attacked the state television station, the airport and the main military base in Congo's capital in what appeared to be a coup attempt early Monday, before being repelled by the country's military, officials and witnesses said.

Tennessee man charged with murder for 2nd time

posted: 12/30/2013 10 a.m.

MEMPHIS — A Tennessee man charged with murder in the death of a man over the weekend had been charged with killing a teenager four years ago.

Arkansas sees light snow; cold front pushing in

posted: 12/30/2013 10 a.m.

Areas in Arkansas are expected to see light snow through late Monday morning, and cold fronts will bring more possibilities of winter precipitation later in the week, the National Weather Service said in a statement.

Bahrain says weapons seized, car bomb defused

posted: 12/30/2013 9:56 a.m.

MANAMA, Bahrain — Bahraini officials seized stocks of weapons, including some being smuggled in by sea, and defused a car bomb during two days of security raids in the restless Gulf nation, the country's public security chief said Monday.

Little Rock man killed by train in Bossier City, La.

posted: 12/30/2013 8:33 a.m.

BOSSIER CITY, La. — Bossier City authorities have identified a Little Rock man as the pedestrian who was killed when struck by a train Saturday.

Possible Garland County annexation election pushed back

posted: 12/30/2013 8:18 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS — A possible election to annex certain unincorporated areas of Garland County that are adjacent to Hot Springs' city limits has been pushed back.

Successive suicide bombings in Russia kill more than 30

posted: 12/30/2013 8:02 a.m.

MOSCOW — A suicide bomber killed 14 people aboard an electric bus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd during the Monday morning rush hour, and authorities believe it was the work of the same group that set off a bomb at the railway station a day earlier.

Tulsa school-overcrowding fixes investigated

posted: 12/30/2013 7:43 a.m.

TULSA — Public school officials are looking at solutions to persistent overcrowding in east Tulsa elementary schools.

Memphis man charged with bilking VA for travel expenses

posted: 12/30/2013 7:41 a.m.

MEMPHIS — Prosecutors say a Memphis man has been charged with improperly billing the Veterans Affairs Medical Center more than $5,000 in mileage for trips to and from Mississippi that he never made.

Lawsuit over Memphis workers' pay grinds forward

posted: 12/30/2013 7:40 a.m.

MEMPHIS, — A lawsuit over a 4.6 percent pay cut for Memphis workers continues to grind its way toward a May 19 trial date.

10 things to know for Monday

posted: 12/30/2013 7:36 a.m.

Your daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:

Fort Hood shooter's jail requests: Bible, cheese

posted: 12/30/2013 7:31 a.m.

DALLAS — The former Army psychiatrist behind the Fort Hood shooting massacre made several requests of the county jail where he was being held before trial.

Schumacher critical, outlook uncertain after fall

posted: 12/30/2013 7:20 a.m.

GRENOBLE, France — Doctors treating Michael Schumacher refused Monday to predict an outcome for the seven-time Formula One champion, saying they were taking his critical head injury "hour by hour" after a skiing accident.

Bond hearing set for man in dispatcher's death

posted: 12/30/2013 7:13 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS — A bond hearing is set to get underway for a man charged in the 2011 death of an Arkansas police dispatcher.

Northern Ireland peace talks face Monday deadline

posted: 12/30/2013 7:12 a.m.

LONDON — Catholic and Protestant leaders of Northern Ireland face a Monday deadline to settle some of the lingering issues still bedeviling the province's peace process.

In the news

posted: 12/30/2013 4:36 a.m.

Sonia Sotomayor, the U.S. Supreme Court justice who grew up in the Bronx, N.Y., was chosen to lead the 60-second countdown to 2014 on Tuesday night in Times Square and push the ceremonial button to signal the descent of the New Year’s Eve ball.

Sign-up rolls on U.S. portal top 1 million

posted: 12/30/2013 4:36 a.m.

HONOLULU — A December surge propelled health-care sign-ups through the government’s rehabilitated website past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration said Sunday, reflecting new vigor for the problem-plagued federal insurance market.

German magazine tells NSA’s spying methods

posted: 12/30/2013 4:34 a.m.

LONDON — A German magazine lifted the lid on the operations of the National Security Agency’s hacking unit Sunday, reporting that American spies intercept computer deliveries, exploit hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijack Microsoft’s internal reporting system to spy on their targets.

On lethal injection, judge to hear sides

posted: 12/30/2013 4:33 a.m.

A lawsuit challenging the legality of Arkansas’ death penalty statute reaches a crossroads next month when the sides go before a Pulaski County circuit judge to argue whether the new lethal-injection law should be allowed to take effect.

Revised GED adds cost, quicker results

posted: 12/30/2013 4:32 a.m.

The GED test — a battery of exams that measure mastery of high school course work for those who haven’t completed high school — is all new for 2014.

Cache of sales receipts hints at al-Qaida’s business side

posted: 12/30/2013 4:30 a.m.

TIMBUKTU, Mali — The convoy of cars bearing the black al-Qaida flag came at high speed, and the manager of the modest grocery store thought he was about to get robbed.

Bomb rocks military building near Cairo

posted: 12/30/2013 4:27 a.m.

CAIRO — A bomb exploded outside a military intelligence building northeast of Egypt’s capital Sunday, wounding four people and damaging the structure as protests and security scares roiled the country just weeks before a key vote.

Names and faces

posted: 12/30/2013 4:26 a.m.

Miley Cyrus hasn’t taken much of a holiday break.

Fugitive in killings found in Oklahoma

posted: 12/30/2013 4:26 a.m.

DENVER — A man suspected of killing three people and setting fire to a home in southern Colorado has been captured in Oklahoma after a nationwide manhunt, authorities said Sunday.

Utah bald eagle deaths confound

posted: 12/30/2013 4:25 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — Bald eagles are dying in Utah — 20 in the past few weeks alone — and no one can figure out why.

The nation in brief

posted: 12/30/2013 4:24 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We experienced a welcome surge in enrollment as millions of Americans seek access to affordable health care coverage.” Marilyn Tavenner, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in a blog post announcing a significant increase in health-care enrollment figures for December

Dead robber linked to other heists

posted: 12/30/2013 4:24 a.m.

PHOENIX — A suspect killed by Phoenix police in a bank robbery attempt is thought to be the same man accused in the shooting death of a Mississippi police officer and the wounding of another, the FBI said Sunday.

Cuban toast loses fizz as time passes

posted: 12/30/2013 4:23 a.m.

MIAMI — In their first years of exile from Cuba in the 1960s, Gustavo Perez Firmat’s family uttered the toast as a wish they waited to fulfill.

The world in brief

posted: 12/30/2013 4:22 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “What is happening in Lebanon is that Hezbollah is stationing thousands of missiles and rockets in apartments, in the heart of the civilian population, and is thus perpetrating two war crimes simultaneously.” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, on violence between Israel and Lebanon, saying he holds the Lebanese government and Hezbollah responsible for Sunday’s rocket fire

Suicide bomber kills 16 in Russia

posted: 12/30/2013 4:21 a.m.

MOSCOW — A suicide bomber struck a busy railway station in southern Russia on Sunday, killing at least 16 people and wounding scores more, officials said, in a stark reminder of the threat Russia is facing as it prepares to host February’s Olympics in Sochi.

Rocket fired from Lebanon hits Israel

posted: 12/30/2013 4:20 a.m.

JERUSALEM — At least one rocket fired from Lebanon fell in northern Israel on Sunday without causing damage or injury, and Israel responded with artillery fire, according to the Israeli military, in the latest disruption of a fragile cease-fire that has kept the area largely quiet for the past seven years.

Salvadorans evacuated after volcano belches

posted: 12/30/2013 4:18 a.m.

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Authorities in El Salvador evacuated an area around the Chaparrastique volcano after the peak shot a cloud of gas and ash about 3 miles into the air Sunday.

Trail from LR to Hot Springs added to plan

posted: 12/30/2013 4:17 a.m.

A rail-to-trail path from Little Rock to Hot Springs wouldn’t be just a tourist destination, proponents say, but would also encourage bicycle transportation and prompt the growth of offshoot bike trails and lanes in cities — key amenities for future residents.

NLR libraries plan 2014 exhibits

posted: 12/30/2013 4:17 a.m.

Photographic displays on such topics as the universe, life during the Atomic Age, the Beatles’ arrival in America and an Arkansas political cartoonist’s works are among planned exhibits for 2014 at North Little Rock’s William F. Laman Public Library System.

PB retailer drums up giving

posted: 12/30/2013 4:15 a.m.

PINE BLUFF — A Pine Bluff business owner is hoping that his recent donations to two local charitable organizations will lead to a citywide effort of giving in 2014.

Pastoral services aid care

posted: 12/30/2013 4:14 a.m.

Anxiety and grief became a part of Dayna Kilby’s drive to work every day after the tornado that hit Joplin in 2011.

Old doors become art at Alma police station

posted: 12/30/2013 4:14 a.m.

ALMA — An abstract wood mural titled Alma: Doorway to the Ozarks that’s hanging in the lobby of the renovated police station is aptly named.

Several Rogers projects set to go

posted: 12/30/2013 4:12 a.m.

ROGERS — Residents are likely to see plenty of cones and barrels as street projects move to the forefront of Rogers’ capital projects for 2014.

Northwest Arkansas firms add jobs

posted: 12/30/2013 4:11 a.m.

ROGERS — Northwest Arkansas businesses of all sizes added workers this year, fueling economic growth leaders hope carries into 2014 and beyond.

Girl, 12, recovering after fall into pond

posted: 12/30/2013 4:11 a.m.

A 12-year-old girl is recovering Sunday after she nearly drowned in a pond near her home Friday, Pulaski County sheriff’s deputies said.

Hot Springs caregiver arrested on fraud

posted: 12/30/2013 4:10 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS — A local woman who had been working as a caregiver to a Hot Springs couple was arrested Christmas Day after police said she misused the couple’s debit card for her own personal use, including gambling and drinking expenses.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 12/30/2013 4:10 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.

New Year’s Day closings

posted: 12/30/2013 4:09 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules may be affected by the New Year’s Day holiday Wednesday.

Bomb squad aims to defuse situations

posted: 12/30/2013 4:09 a.m.

BENTONVILLE — The X-rays of the bomb looked wrong. Cpl. Kerry Pippin and Sgt. Luke Rosebaugh of the Bentonville Police Department leaned closer to the 32-inch TV screen connected to the computer to get a better look. If the image is wrong, they might not be able to defuse the bomb.

Police beat

posted: 12/30/2013 4:06 a.m.

PB woman accused of stealing cologne A Pine Bluff woman accused of shoplifting more than $1,000 worth of cologne from a department store was arrested Saturday.

Obituaries

posted: 12/30/2013 4:06 a.m.

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

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 12/30/2013 4:05 a.m.

Polish composer of music in 130 films WARSAW, Poland — Wojciech Kilar — a Polish pianist and composer of classical music and scores for many films, including Roman Polanski’s Oscar-winning The Pianist and Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula — died Sunday. He was 81.

Other days

posted: 12/30/2013 4:05 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 30, 1913 Mayor Charles E. Taylor has received from Mayor Henry A. Read of Fort Smith, a new traffic ordinance recently passed by the City Council of that city.

Four Arkansans killed in wrecks on state roadways

posted: 12/30/2013 4:04 a.m.

Four people died after separate accidents last week, according to preliminary Arkansas State Police crash reports.

EDITORIALS: Dept. of Crimethink

posted: 12/30/2013 4:03 a.m.

“Any time somebody is made to pay—rightly or wrongly—for comments they make publicly, there are always some folks who’ll email or tweet or even, gasp, write to us, usually questioning the value of the whole First Amendment.

COLUMNISTS: The news that wasn’t

posted: 12/30/2013 4:02 a.m.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. The year 2013 is coming to an end, so newspapers, magazines and websites are filled with Top 10 lists. You know the drill: The 10 Best Movies, 10 Most Interesting Celebrities, the Top 10 Books/CDs/Box Sets of the past year. For foreign policy mavens, this ritual takes the form of the Top 10 Most Important/Surprising/ Dramatic Foreign Policy Events of 2013.

OTHERS SAY: Outlawed opposition

posted: 12/30/2013 4 a.m.

Three years have passed since the first sparks that led to the Arab Spring, a wave of revolt against authoritarian regimes that unleashed hopes for democracy in a region long without it. But events last week showed that Egypt has abandoned the path to democracy.

Could we run out of pilots?

posted: 12/30/2013 3:59 a.m.

The Air Force is flying into gale force winds as commercial airlines start a hiring spree while military aviators struggle with low morale due to cutbacks and idle jets. And the Air Force may see a shortage as pilots vote with their feet.

Neighborhood attraction: Sense of community

posted: 12/30/2013 3:59 a.m.

The gradual de-icing of streets on Dec. 10 freed central Arkansans to return to life in the world outside their homes.

Incoherent inequality

posted: 12/30/2013 3:58 a.m.

President Barack Obama’s expedient “pivot” to the topic of inequality has revealed continuing incoherence in understanding of the concept.

LETTERS

posted: 12/30/2013 3:57 a.m.

To give second chance I saddened me to read that a 93-year-old man raised in a Christian home would renounce his faith because of mythological saviors who fizzled out.

NFL WEEK 17: Curtain falls on Dallas again

posted: 12/30/2013 3:54 a.m.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles completed a worst-to-first turnaround under rookie coach Chip Kelly.

Rodgers, Packers pull it out

posted: 12/30/2013 3:52 a.m.

CHICAGO — Aaron Rodgers is back leading the Green Bay Packers and that could be bad news for every other playoff team.

Broncos (13-3) earn rest, bye

posted: 12/30/2013 3:51 a.m.

OAKLAND, Calif. — With one sterling half, Peyton Manning accomplished all he needed to in the regular-season finale by seizing another prestigious record and home-field advantage in the playoffs.

Chargers rally, nab final spot

posted: 12/30/2013 3:48 a.m.

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Chargers must feel they’re living charmed lives these days.

Sunday’s results

posted: 12/30/2013 3:47 a.m.

FOOTBALL NFL Tennessee 16, Houston 10 Minnesota 14, Detroit 13 Carolina 21, Atlanta 20 Pittsburgh 20, Cleveland 7 NY Giants 20, Washington 6 Cincinnati 34, Baltimore 17 Indianapolis 30, Jacksonville 10 NY Jets 20, Miami 7 Denver 34, Oakland 14 San Diego 27,

Setting the stage

posted: 12/30/2013 3:45 a.m.

Seahawks top seed Malcolm Smith returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown, Marshawn Lynch added a 2-yard scoring run and the Seahawks clinched the NFC West title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a 27-9 victory over the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Seattle (13-3 ) matched the franchise record for victories in a season and finally wrapped up the No. 1 seed after losses to San Francisco and last week to Arizona, which snapped a 14-game home winning streak.

Second thoughts

posted: 12/30/2013 3:43 a.m.

Rousey adds snub to Tate after tapout Mixed Martial Arts can be a brutal sport, there is little doubt about that.

Off the wire

posted: 12/30/2013 3:42 a.m.

MOTOR SPORTS Schumacher in critical Michael Schumacher, the seven-time Formula One world champion, required emergency brain surgery after sustaining a serious head injury while skiing in the French Alps on Sunday, his manager said. When Schumacher arrived at a hospital in Grenoble, “he suffered from a head injury and was in a coma”

COMMENTARY: Conference should pay UCF’s Fiesta bill

posted: 12/30/2013 3:39 a.m.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — It seems only appropriate that Central Florida President John Hitt and many others in the school’s Fiesta Bowl travel party spent the first 24 hours without their luggage after the airline lost it upon the team’s arrival in Arizona.

Saturday’s late high school roundups

posted: 12/30/2013 3:35 a.m.

BOYS GURDON 66, CROSSETT 61 Despite 16 points, 18 rebounds and 7 blocked shots from Dakotah Pennington, Crossett (2-2 ) suffered a loss to the Go-Devils in the semifinals of the Hampton Invitational.

NFL report

posted: 12/30/2013 3:34 a.m.

Gonzalez: 17 seasons are enough Tight end Tony Gonzalez, 37, reaffirmed Sunday that he doesn’t plan to play another NFL game after the Atlanta Falcons lost 21-20 to the Carolina Panthers.

Saints to take show outdoors

posted: 12/30/2013 3:33 a.m.

NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees couldn’t quite suppress a smirk as he deadpanned the New Orleans Saints’ prescription for playing better on the road, which is where they’ll be for the playoffs.

Seahawks wrap up NFC West, top seed

posted: 12/30/2013 3:33 a.m.

SEATTLE — After failing on two previous occasions, the Seattle Seahawks finally ensured the road to the Super Bowl in the NFC goes through the Pacific Northwest.

TODAY’S BOWL GAMES

posted: 12/30/2013 3:32 a.m.

Armed Forces Bowl Middle Tennessee St. (8-4 ) vs. Navy (8-4 ) TIME/TV 10:45 a.m./ESPN LINE: Navy by 6½. SERIES RECORD: First meeting. KEY MATCHUP The differing offenses and quarterbacks. Navy gets most of its yardage on the ground, ranking second nationally with 322 yards rushing per game. Sophomore Keenan Reynolds has run for 1,260 yards and 29 touchdowns, the NCAA record for a quarterback.

SUN BELT WOMEN: Ford’s spark drives UALR

posted: 12/30/2013 3:31 a.m.

UALR senior guard Taylor Ford had more than a week to mull over one of her worst games. Then, she responded with one of her best.

Arizona women drop UAPB

posted: 12/30/2013 3:30 a.m.

Sophomore Keyahndra Cannon scored a season-high 14 points to lead Arizona (4-7 ) to a 67-54 victory over UAPB Sunday at McKale Center, Tucson, Ariz.

AP TOP 25 MEN: Young’s grand performance lifts Gators

posted: 12/30/2013 3:30 a.m.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Although Pat Young wasn’t keeping count, everyone around him was.

Sunday’s scores

posted: 12/30/2013 3:29 a.m.

MEN EAST Buffalo 55, Drexel 52 CCSU 85, Albertus Magnus 82 Niagara 68, Brown 65 Rider 89, Penn 88 Saint Joseph’s 73, Boston U. 67 West Virginia 82, William & Mary 45 SOUTH American U. 71, Md.-Eastern Shore 58 Coll. of Charleston 72, The Citadel 48 ETSU 73, Valparaiso 62 Florida 76, Savannah St. 34 Georgia St. 89, East Carolina 82 Georgia Tech 58, Charlotte 55 Hampton 101, Winthrop 95, 2OT Maryland 85, Tulsa 74 UAB 69, Alabama A&M 57 MIDWEST Creighton 90, Chicago St. 58 Dayton 72, Murray St. 51 Drake 75, IUPUI 52 E. Kentucky 90, IPFW 68 Miami (Ohio) 67, S. Illinois 65 Missouri St. 81, SE Missouri 78 Notre Dame 87, Canisius 81, OT SIU-Edwardsville 102, Robert Morris-Chicago 78 Wichita St. 81, Davidson 70 Wright St. 46, Bowling Green 43 Youngstown St. 85, South Dakota 59 SOUTHWEST Duquesne 88, Texas-Pan American 69 TCU 77, Texas Southern 64 W. Illinois 64, Alcorn St. 62, OT FAR WEST N. Colorado 84, North Dakota 66 Oregon 97, Morgan St. 76 Sacramento St. 69, UC Riverside 67 Southern Cal 82, Howard 60 Stanford 79,

Brown ready for finale

posted: 12/30/2013 3:28 a.m.

SAN ANTONIO — Mack Brown didn’t want to go out like this, and No. 10 Oregon didn’t want its season to end here. That makes tonight’s Alamo Bowl a finale for two programs making the best of disappointment: Texas (8-4 ) wanting a fond farewell for Brown after the tension surrounding his resignation, and the Ducks (10-2 ) denied a BCS bowl for the first time in five years.

SATURDAY’S LATE GAME

posted: 12/30/2013 3:27 a.m.

BUFFALO WILD WINGS BOWL KANSAS ST. 31, MICHIGAN 14 Michigan.............. 3 3 0 8 — 14 Kansas St. .......... 14 7 0 10 — 31 First Quarter KSt—Lockett 6 pass from Waters (Patterson kick), 7:19. Mich—FG Wile 22, 3:32. KSt—Lockett 29 pass from Waters (Patterson kick), :43. Second Quarter Mich—FG Wile 26, 7:09. KSt—Lockett 8 pass from Waters (Patterson kick), 4:30. Fourth Quarter KSt—FG Patterson 22, 8:09. KSt—Hubert 1 run (Patterson kick), 2:25. Mich—Toussaint 3 run (Hayes pass from Gallon), 1:15. Attendance—53,284.

TODAY’S GAMES

posted: 12/30/2013 3:27 a.m.

UAPB men at Auburn WHEN 8 p.m. Central WHERE Auburn Arena, Auburn, Ala. RECORDS UAPB 2-8 ; Auburn 6-3 SERIES Auburn leads 4-0 TV Comcast Sports Southeast INTERNET uapblionsroar.com PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS UAPB POS. NAME, HT., YR. PPG RPG G Tevin Hammond, 6-0, Jr. 12.8 1.5 G Ghiavonni Robinson,

Electric utilities resist expansion of rooftop solar

posted: 12/30/2013 3:25 a.m.

If you wonder why America’s utilities are rattled by the rapid growth in rooftop solar — and are pushing back — William Walker has a story for you.

Sing the body electric - it’s here

posted: 12/30/2013 3:23 a.m.

Amal Graafstra doesn’t need a key or password to get into his car, home or computer.

Efforts on gas-stingy furnaces fall short

posted: 12/30/2013 3:22 a.m.

Natural-gas furnaces, by far the most popular way to warm U.S. homes, should be a solid target for new energy-efficiency standards to lower heating bills.

Products digitizing dwelling multiply

posted: 12/30/2013 3:20 a.m.

If Raffi Kajberouni locks himself out of his Santa Clarita, Calif., home, he’s not worried. Or, if a friend arrives at his two-story house before him, there’s no waiting outside for Kajberouni to arrive.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Enter ’14 with apps for tunes, instruction, play

posted: 12/30/2013 3:19 a.m.

Are you ready for 2014? Yeah, me neither. Seriously, where did the year go?

ON COMPUTERS: Where are those brain-boosting online games?

posted: 12/30/2013 3:17 a.m.

There was quite a bit of interest in the small research study “Video Games Make Adults Smarter” that we wrote about a few weeks ago.

Deal to boost cable-device efficiency

posted: 12/30/2013 3:16 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The U.S Department of Energy, environmental groups and the companies that deliver television signals to 90 million homes announced an agreement to tame “vampires,” the term used for devices that use electricity even when they are turned off.

Technology news in brief

posted: 12/30/2013 3:14 a.m.

Apple beats Android on Christmas Day Here’s one category where Android is still no match for Apple: mobile shopping.

Google loses bid for wiretap rehearing

posted: 12/30/2013 3:13 a.m.

Google Inc. lost a bid for a rehearing before a federal appeals court that said the operator of the world’s most-used search engine must face claims that its Street View program violated federal wiretap law.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 12/30/2013 3:13 a.m.

ALEXANDER Christopher S. Telfer, 12215 Big Ridge Circle, Dec. 23, 2013, Chapter 7. Kevin M. and Elizabeth M. Lindsey, 9722 Reed Road, Dec. 20, 2013, Chapter 7. Rickey E. Shirley, 15815 Valley Drive, Dec. 24, 2013, Chapter 13. ARKADELPHIA Jerry Dewayne Dickens, P.O. Box 1043, Dec. 18, 2013, Chapter 7. BATESVILLE Robert Haigwood, 155 Haigwood Drive, Dec. 20, 2013, Chapter 13. BAUXITE David M. Leslie, 12419 Hood Road, Dec. 19, 2013, Chapter 13. BENTON Hazel E. and Jimmy Lee Horn Jr., 2201 Northshore Drive, Dec. 23, 2013,

Tesla’s Model S keeps high safety rating

posted: 12/30/2013 3:12 a.m.

Tesla Motors Inc., the electric-car maker being reviewed by U.S. regulators over battery-related fires, jumped in New York trading last week after saying the safety rating for its Model S sedan is being reaffirmed for the 2014 model year.

New year hike plans involve 31 state spots

posted: 12/30/2013 3:05 a.m.

Arkansas State Parks will continue a New Year’s tradition Tuesday by inviting the public to venture forth on guided hikes.

It’s never too late to skate, ice-gliders age 70-91 declare

posted: 12/30/2013 3:03 a.m.

SPRINGDALE — Elizabeth Reagan of Fayetteville donned her first pair of ice skates more than 80 years ago in her hometown of St. Paul, Minn. Eschewing the twirls, turns and jumps of figure skating, little Elizabeth skated laps as fast as she could.

Two Rivers Park remembers its roots

posted: 12/30/2013 3:02 a.m.

Central Arkansas has its share of mysterious protuberances left upon the landscape 1,000 years ago by ancient mound-building people. But the big bump in Two Rivers Park is not one of them.

Is cheerleading a sport? Answer still up in the air

posted: 12/30/2013 3 a.m.

It requires strength, balance, technique and teamwork; results in sprains, fractures and the occasional knee surgery; encompasses recruiters, governing bodies and national champions. But should cheerleading, or “cheer,” be considered a sport?

PRACTICALLY ACTIVE: Resolved: Improve lifestyle in the coming year

posted: 12/30/2013 2:58 a.m.

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.

HOG CALLS: Chances to improve nearing end for Hogs

posted: 12/30/2013 2:57 a.m.

The Arkansas Razorbacks have only one unimpeded week to improve and this is it.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 12/30/2013 2:55 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: You’ll probably laugh at this, but one of my biggest problems after Christmas is getting our children to write thank-you notes.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/30/2013 2:55 a.m.

Happy birthday. You may not sky dive or swim with dolphins, but you’ll accomplish bucket-list worthy items that inspire a new list. You’ll bond with a loved one over January’s adventure.

REALLY?

posted: 12/30/2013 2:53 a.m.

What are the health benefits of swimming versus other aerobic exercises?

Only caged hummers risk obesity

posted: 12/30/2013 2:53 a.m.

Can hummingbirds get fat?

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 12/30/2013 2:52 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Here is this week’s Sound Off, about animals in stores: “Recently at a store, I noticed a woman with a small dog being carried in her arms. I asked to speak to a manager about the health issues of an animal being allowed in a store, and he said if a person says he needs one for medical reasons, store personnel cannot question the person about it.

Super Quiz: Americana

posted: 12/30/2013 2:51 a.m.

1. What was the real name of frontiersman “Buffalo Bill” ?

MASTER CLASS: Freedom means more work - and that’s good

posted: 12/30/2013 2:51 a.m.

Free weight training provides a number of benefits above and beyond the benefits machines offer. Whether your goal is increased muscle mass or weight loss, training with free weights might just be the ticket to accomplishing your goals in 2014.

Four runs rev up a new year

posted: 12/30/2013 2:49 a.m.

The Arkansas Running Klub is inviting central Arkansas runners and walkers to join the North Little Rock club’s annual Winter Series of four aid-supported runs.

Sunday, December 29

Syria evacuates 5,000 from town near Damascus

posted: 12/29/2013 3:05 p.m.

The Syrian government evacuated some 5,000 people Sunday from an embattled industrial town near Damascus where al-Qaida-linked rebels have been battling government troops for more than two weeks, the state news agency said.

Bombing wounds 4 soldiers in northeast Egypt

posted: 12/29/2013 3:03 p.m.

A bomb exploded outside a military intelligence building northeast of Egypt's capital Sunday, wounding four people and damaging the structure as protests and security scares roiled the country just weeks before a key vote.

LR firefighters work to quench blaze behind Embassy Suites hotel

updated: 12/29/2013 2:45 p.m.

Little Rock firefighters worked to end a blaze that ignited in an abandoned building behind the Embassy Suites hotel Sunday afternoon.

"Hobbit" conquers box office, stays at top spot

posted: 12/29/2013 12:37 p.m.

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" continued to top the box office, landing at No. 1 over the Christmas holiday for the third weekend in a row.

Former Formula 1 champion Schumacher injured while skiing

posted: 12/29/2013 12:01 p.m.

Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher sustained a head injury Sunday in a skiing accident in the French Alps, French authorities and his manager said.

CDC finds flu activity picking up in Tennessee

posted: 12/29/2013 11:56 a.m.

Flu activity in Tennessee is picking up in this state, particularly among young and middle-age adults.

Shooting, bombings across Iraq kill 14

posted: 12/29/2013 11:33 a.m.

Attacks across Iraq, including a suicide bombing targeting soldiers on patrol and a drive-by shooting, killed at least 14 people Sunday, officials said.

South Sudan: 25,000 strong 'White Army' returns home

posted: 12/29/2013 10:45 a.m.

South Sudan's minister of information says that most of the 25,000-strong militia that had been marching toward a potentially vicious military confrontation has disbanded and returned home.

Lebanon announces $3 billion grant from Saudi Arabia

posted: 12/29/2013 10:35 a.m.

Lebanon's president said Sunday that Saudi Arabia has pledged $3 billion to buy weapons from France to help support and strengthen the Lebanese army.

Some 20,000 protest in Ukraine's Kiev

posted: 12/29/2013 10:32 a.m.

About 20,000 people protested in Ukraine's capital on Sunday, maintaining more than a month of rallies opposing the government's decision to shelve a key deal with the European Union.

Fresh political violence grips Bangladesh; 1 dead

posted: 12/29/2013 10:15 a.m.

Security forces and opposition activists clashed in Bangladesh's capital on Sunday, leaving at least one person dead, as thousands of police took to the streets to foil a mass rally calling on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to cancel upcoming elections.

Worker abuse by diplomats a problem, advocates say

posted: 12/29/2013 10 a.m.

The arrest of an Indian consular official in New York accused of forcing her maid to toil for little pay has highlighted a problem advocates say is all too common — workers for foreign governments who bring along the baggage of human trafficking to the U.S.

Man slain in Arizona linked to Mississippi officer's death

posted: 12/29/2013 9:30 a.m.

A suspect killed by Phoenix police in a bank robbery attempt is believed to be the same man accused in the shooting death of a Mississippi police officer and the wounding of another, the FBI said Sunday.

Rockets fired from Lebanon into Israel

posted: 12/29/2013 9:26 a.m.

Rockets from Lebanon struck northern Israel on Sunday, causing no injuries but sparking an Israeli reprisal shelling in a rare flare-up between the two countries.

16 killed in suicide bombing in Russia's south

updated: 12/29/2013 11:07 a.m.

A suicide bomber struck a busy railway station in southern Russia on Sunday, killing herself and at least 15 others and wounding scores more, officials said, in a stark reminder of the threat Russia is facing as it prepares to host February's Olympics in Sochi.

Federal health market surpasses 1 million signups

posted: 12/29/2013 9:14 a.m.

The Obama administration says that following a December surge more than 1.1 million people have now enrolled for health insurance through the federal government's improved website.

Egypt’s police storm campus, break up strike

posted: 12/29/2013 5:23 a.m.

Riot police moved onto Egypt’s main Islamic university Saturday, firing tear gas and breaking up a strike by students that threatened to disrupt midterms.

Benghazi mob’s motives murky

posted: 12/29/2013 5:19 a.m.

A U.S. diplomat was meeting for the first time with the Islamist leaders of eastern Libya’s most formidable militias.

Law puts up high barrier for Russian GPS stations

posted: 12/29/2013 5:15 a.m.

Tucked into the defense budget bill that President Barack Obama signed into law Thursday is a measure that virtually bars Russia from building about a half-dozen monitor stations on U.S. soil that critics fear Moscow could use to spy on the United States, or worse — direct weaponry.

Hustle film mixes Abscam facts, fiction

posted: 12/29/2013 5:13 a.m.

The aggressive FBI anti-corruption operation known as Abscam captured the public imagination in 1980 with a cinematic cast of characters: phony Arab sheiks, real mobsters, corrupt local politicians, U.S. lawmakers on the take — all of it orchestrated by a cigar-chomping con artist paid by the federal government to set up stings.

56,944 working full time for state

posted: 12/29/2013 5:11 a.m.

The number of full-time state employees increased by 65 last fiscal year, the second-slowest growth in the number of state employees during at least the past 27 years, official statistics show.

E-cigarettes on campuses a cloudy issue

posted: 12/29/2013 5:09 a.m.

In 2009, Arkansas legislators voted to ban smoking on state-supported college campuses, or at least most people thought they did.

In Mexico City, a few holiday drinks can lead to ‘jail-lite’

posted: 12/29/2013 5:06 a.m.

On the way home from a pre-Christmas fiesta, Mauricio Rodriguez, after “two tequilas,” felt clear-headed and focused, “not dizzy or anything.”

Afghans in valley say their arsenal is full

posted: 12/29/2013 5:04 a.m.

Astride his dappled gray stallion, Mohammad Karim looked like a weathered warrior, though he wielded a grain sack instead of a carbine.

’14 U.S. goal: 35,000 refugees

posted: 12/29/2013 5:03 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The United States accepts more refugees for permanent residency than any other nation — more than 3 million people since 1975 and typically more than half the total resettled anywhere each year.

Pitt’s foundation considers lawsuit

posted: 12/29/2013 5:02 a.m.

NEW ORLEANS — Actor Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation, which has built 100 energy-efficient new homes in the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged Lower Ninth Ward, is considering legal action against the manufacturer of an innovative glass-infused wood that was used in some of the homes’ outdoor steps and front porches.

Scouts to accept gay boys Jan. 1

posted: 12/29/2013 5:02 a.m.

The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting New Year’s Day, a historic change that has prompted the organization to ponder a host of potential complications — ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades.

Airstrike on Syria market deadly

posted: 12/29/2013 5:01 a.m.

BEIRUT — A Syrian government airstrike hit a crowded vegetable market in a rebel-held neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo on Saturday, shattering cars and storefronts and killing at least 21 people, activists said.

Hawaii maneuvers to pull library upset

posted: 12/29/2013 5:01 a.m.

Not far from these wind-swept shores, Barack Obama was born and raised, soaking in an island sensibility that his family says he’s carried with him throughout his journey as president.

Tribal militia marching to S. Sudan state capital

posted: 12/29/2013 5:01 a.m.

JUBA, South Sudan — Twenty-five thousand young men who make up a tribal militia known as the “White Army” were marching toward a contested state capital in South Sudan, an official said Saturday, dimming hopes for a cease-fire.

N.M. mom faces jail in son’s death

posted: 12/29/2013 5 a.m.

An Albuquerque mother is facing child abuse charges in the death of her young son.

Gunmen kill Thai protester

posted: 12/29/2013 4:59 a.m.

BANGKOK — Gunmen killed an anti-government activist and wounded two others in Thailand’s capital Saturday, while protesters elsewhere blocked candidates from registering for coming elections, deepening a political crisis that threatens to derail democracy in the Southeast Asian nation.

Demise of benefits creates doubts

posted: 12/29/2013 4:59 a.m.

The end of unemployment checks for more than a million people Saturday is driving out-of-work Americans to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum-wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions.

Iraq lawmaker’s arrest leads to battle: 7 dead

posted: 12/29/2013 4:57 a.m.

BAGHDAD — Iraqi troops detained a Sunni lawmaker sought on terrorism charges Saturday and killed his brother and five of his guards after they opened fire on the arresting officers. The clash also left one Iraqi soldier dead.

The world in brief

posted: 12/29/2013 4:56 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Bor has already been the site of two violent clashes in less than two weeks. Its people, many of whom are sheltering in the U.N. compound, cannot withstand another battle.” Akshaya Kumar, a South Sudan analyst for the U.S.-based Enough Project, on civilians living in Bor who are caught in the crossfire of violence in the area Article, 7A

The nation in brief

posted: 12/29/2013 4:55 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There hasn’t been a whole lot of fallout. If a church said they wouldn’t work with us, we’d have a church right down the street say, ‘We’ll take the troop.’” Brad Haddock, a Boy Scouts of America national executive board member, on the reaction of sponsors to the group’s new policy of accepting openly gay youths starting Wednesday

Arab speaks out through her rap

posted: 12/29/2013 4:55 a.m.

CAIRO — As soon as the beat started, the young woman bobbed her head to the rhythm, raised her hands to get the crowd clapping and then unleashed a flood of rap lyrics that tackled some of the biggest social challenges women face in the Arab world.

TV news shows

posted: 12/29/2013 4:54 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — A look at game changers in 2013. 8 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.

Names and faces

posted: 12/29/2013 4:54 a.m.

Pop star Britney Spears has begun her early retirement in Las Vegas with a show that looks strikingly like the eye-popping Cirque du Soleil productions found elsewhere on the Strip.

NYC to review terror fight

posted: 12/29/2013 4:54 a.m.

NEW YORK — At a recent briefing in Lower Manhattan, the New York Police Department gave an auditorium full of private security executives plenty to worry about.

In the news

posted: 12/29/2013 4:53 a.m.

Bill Clinton, the former president, will swear in Bill de Blasio, who managed Hillary Rodham Clinton’s successful 2000 Senate campaign, as New York City’s 109th mayor at a ceremony Wednesday on the steps of City Hall in Lower Manhattan.

Nevadans discuss Mark Twain name bid

posted: 12/29/2013 4:53 a.m.

RENO, Nev. — Nevada officials have launched a new bid to give Mark Twain recognition in the state where he assumed his pen name 150 years ago, but it doesn’t come without opposition.

Mexican official’s messages offer hope of asylum in U.S.

posted: 12/29/2013 4:52 a.m.

LA RUANA, Mexico — Jittery families cram into his tiny office daily. Hundreds more have appeared at the San Diego border 1,500 miles away, clutching an official-looking letter bearing his name, gambling that its description of the violence in this blistering stretch of central Mexico will help them gain asylum in the United States.

Friction soars between Turkish chief, cleric in U.S.

posted: 12/29/2013 4:52 a.m.

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s embattled prime minister Saturday ratcheted up the rhetoric against a U.S.-based Muslim cleric seen as a threat to his government, directly suggesting for the first time that followers have infiltrated the police and judiciary and are pushing a corruption probe against his allies.

N.Y. teen, cousin killed in Jamaica

posted: 12/29/2013 4:51 a.m.

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Police in Jamaica are investigating the slaying of a New York teenager who vanished along with her cousin.

REMEMBERING 2013: Geezers, gators and Gus

posted: 12/29/2013 4:44 a.m.

It was a good year for Arkansas alligator hunters, a 38-year-old right-fielder from Pine Bluff, a craggy-faced 46-year-old jockey who took his sweet time reaching a long awaited milestone, a 58-yearold who still likes to drive in the fast lane and two accomplished golfers — ages 44 and 61 — who told all the flat-bellies to get off their yards.

COLLEGE MEN: Home run hits 22; Hogs 18-0 in 2013

posted: 12/29/2013 4:39 a.m.

Arkansas completed a perfect 2013 in Walton Arena by beating High Point (N.C.) University 89-48 on Saturday night before an announced crowd of 9,110.

Sewer impact fees issue sent to city’s board

posted: 12/29/2013 4:39 a.m.

The long-debated question of whether Little Rock Wastewater Utility will charge sewer impact fees has been sent back to the city Board of Directors for a vote after the utility’s Rate Advisory Committee changed its mind about whether the fees are needed.

Teens try out Google’s new device

posted: 12/29/2013 4:37 a.m.

Tara Moses, a senior at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts in Hot Springs, suspiciously eyed the device on the table in front of her during a recent conference with the school’s director, Corey Alderdice.

Backups to play for title tonight

posted: 12/29/2013 4:36 a.m.

Nick Foles and Kyle Orton were backup quarterbacks when the season began.

Guide gives hikers Devil’s Den tour

posted: 12/29/2013 4:36 a.m.

Terry Elder, a Devil’s Den State Park interpreter, described key features of the park Saturday as shadows from clouds drifted along the Boston Mountains behind her.

BOWL HIGHLIGHTS

posted: 12/29/2013 4:35 a.m.

Kick returns lift Tar Heels T.J. Logan returned a kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown, and Ryan Switzer scored on an 86-yard punt return to help North Carolina beat Cincinnati 39-17 in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday for its first Belk Bowl victory in four attempts.

State’s southeast hopes fixing old rail line leads to economic spike

posted: 12/29/2013 4:35 a.m.

PINE BLUFF — Officials in southeast Arkansas are hoping the renovation of an aging industrial railroad line will help spark economic development in 2014.

SEC WOMEN: UA women (13-0) perfectly content

posted: 12/29/2013 4:33 a.m.

It took the Arkansas women’s basketball team only six minutes to shake off any rust from an eight-day holiday layoff Saturday afternoon at Walton Arena.

Kwanzaa’s 3rd day implores action

posted: 12/29/2013 4:33 a.m.

Day three of the seven-day community Kwanzaa celebration in Little Rock featured a saxophonist, a drummer and a “call to action,” as one organizer put it, in central Arkansas. Saturday’s celebration focused on “ujima,” the third of seven themes of Kwanzaa, which runs Dec. 26 through Jan. 1 every year.

LIKE IT IS: No way to sugarcoat Arkansas’ 3-9 season

posted: 12/29/2013 4:32 a.m.

Burning a few vacation days at year’s end gives the batteries time to charge for SEC basketball, and it gives time to reflect.

Nursing careers require patience in early going

posted: 12/29/2013 4:32 a.m.

Shortly after Misti Peterson graduated from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in 2011 as a registered nurse, she began to question her decision to enter the field.

COMMENTARY: Looking back on a ridiculous year

posted: 12/29/2013 4:31 a.m.

Here are the top stories from 2013 — for better or worse: How does one wedgie a 300-pound man: Football players are supposed to get their bullying done by high school, targeting the second-chair clarinet player or the president of audio-visual club or anyone wearing skinny jeans.

Education notebook

posted: 12/29/2013 4:30 a.m.

2 Arkansans given presidential awards Jennifer Richardson, a science teacher in Greenbrier, and Christi Snow, a math teacher in Springdale, are among 102 teachers across the country to be named recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Obituaries

posted: 12/29/2013 4:30 a.m.

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

Shootout suspects caught in Brinkley

posted: 12/29/2013 4:30 a.m.

Two men were arrested Saturday in Brinkley in connection with a string of crimes that began Christmas Day in Mississippi, according to the Arkansas State Police.

Lawmakers ask for disaster declaration

posted: 12/29/2013 4:29 a.m.

All six members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation have sent letters to President Barack Obama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency supporting Gov. Mike Beebe’s request for a disaster declaration.

More I-540 work set for NW Arkansas

posted: 12/29/2013 4:29 a.m.

Motorists can expect more orange barrels along Interstate 540 as the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department implements projects paid for with sales taxes dedicated to road construction or bonds issued for interstate rehabilitation.

TOURNAMENT SCORES

posted: 12/29/2013 4:28 a.m.

COCA-COLA CLASSIC Boys Saturday’s results Championship NLR 69, Springdale 57

Pet of the week

posted: 12/29/2013 4:28 a.m.

Desaro is our pet of the week. This 6-year-old chow mix would like to find a loving family with which he could grow old.

1ST ARK. BAIL BONDS GIRLS: Bulldogs showing some bite

posted: 12/29/2013 4:27 a.m.

After ending the first half with a five-minute scoring drought, the Fayetteville Lady Bulldogs found their offensive rhythm again in the third quarter when they outscored the North Little Rock Lady Charging Wildcats 16-5 on the way to a 53-38 victory Saturday in the championship game of the 1st Arkansas Bail Bonds Tournament at The Hangar.

Police beat

posted: 12/29/2013 4:27 a.m.

Delivery driver hit runners, police say An Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper delivery worker hit four runners with his van while driving his route in west Little Rock on Saturday morning, Little Rock police said.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 12/29/2013 4:26 a.m.

Noted tightrope walker known as Henry’s PARIS — The celebrated French tightrope walker and chair-balancer known as Henry’s, who balanced high above the Alps, Niagara Falls and for months over a supermarket in his hometown, has died.

SPA CITY SHOOTOUT GIRLS: Trojans start slow, finish big

posted: 12/29/2013 4:26 a.m.

Hot Springs didn’t let an early deficit get it down.

Other days

posted: 12/29/2013 4:26 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 29, 1913 For the purpose of aiding in the formation of a movement intended to bring about a close relationship between fathers and sons all over America, Mayor Taylor of Little Rock, in company with hundreds of other heads of cities the country over, has issued a New Year proclamation to the fathers and sons of the city asking a sounder relationship of families and the up building of community interests.

Benton rallies past Fayetteville for title

posted: 12/29/2013 4:25 a.m.

Benton fought back from a 13-point, third-quarter deficit to edge Fayetteville 50-48 in overtime to win the boys championship at the 1st Arkansas Bail Bonds Tournament.

Son cycles to assist dad’s cancer battle

posted: 12/29/2013 4:24 a.m.

A Texas man with ties to Texarkana has pedaled more than 3,000 miles to raise money for his father’s cancer treatment.

ROUNDUPS

posted: 12/29/2013 4:24 a.m.

BOYS BENTON HARMONY GROVE 56, CUTTER MORNING STAR 46 Chuck McCormick led the Cardinals (10-2 ) with 20 points in a victory over the Eagles in the semifinals of the Herb Russell Invitational at Ouachita High School.

COCA-COLA CLASSIC BOYS: Beard, Allen handle it for NLR

posted: 12/29/2013 4:23 a.m.

Make it back-to-back Coca-Cola Classic championships for North Little Rock.

College to search for new president

posted: 12/29/2013 4:23 a.m.

POCAHONTAS — Black River Technical College in northeast Arkansas will soon be looking for a new president after the school’s board of trustees Friday voted not to extend President Wayne Hatcher’s contract.

Fort Smith group studies feasibility of medical school

posted: 12/29/2013 4:23 a.m.

The Fort Smith Regional Healthcare Foundation is looking into opening an osteopathic medical school in Fort Smith.

Week 17 capsules

posted: 12/29/2013 4:21 a.m.

TV GAMES All times Central Ravens at Bengals Noon, CBS LINE — Bengals by 6½

3rd high school on Fort Smith to-do list

posted: 12/29/2013 4:21 a.m.

Officials with the Fort Smith School District plan to open a third high school in about five years because of consistent growth across the district.

Couple’s parole session ends in several charges

posted: 12/29/2013 4:20 a.m.

A couple attending a scheduled meeting with parole officers were arrested Friday in Mountain Home after authorities connected them to a summer theft in Lakeview, according to the Baxter County sheriff’s office and Lakeview police.

Bears-Packers rivalry gets juiced

posted: 12/29/2013 4:19 a.m.

Aaron Rodgers is coming back, a huge boost for the Green Bay Packers.

USA Metal building catches fire in Lowell

posted: 12/29/2013 4:18 a.m.

LOWELL — Metal, rubber, oil and antifreeze burned Thursday in a fire at USA Metal Recycling. Employees were draining fuel and oil from a vehicle when the fire started, Lowell Fire Chief Mike Morris said.

Playoff scenarios

posted: 12/29/2013 4:18 a.m.

AFC CLINCHED DENVER — AFC West and first-round bye NEW ENGLAND — AFC East CINCINNATI — AFC North

Higginson corrals a fleet of Humvees

posted: 12/29/2013 4:17 a.m.

HIGGINSON — Officials in the north Arkansas town of Higginson have a new fleet of vehicles for use during emergencies or natural disasters.

Powerball

posted: 12/29/2013 4:17 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball are: 8-35-44-51-56 Powerball: 18 Estimated jackpot: $40 million

Eagles at Cowboys

posted: 12/29/2013 4:15 a.m.

7:30 p.m., NBC LINE — Eagles by 7

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 12/29/2013 4:15 a.m.

Track does 2-year deal with TVG HOT SPRINGS — Oaklawn Park will return to the TVG lineup when the 2014 live meeting begins Jan. 10.

SEC MEN: Harrison twins fire up, lift Kentucky to victory

posted: 12/29/2013 4:13 a.m.

Kentucky Coach John Calipari was so focused on coaching his team that he barely noticed star forward Julius Randle was on the bench being treated for cramps.

Henry Edward Lee

posted: 12/29/2013 4:11 a.m.

Henry Lee still remembers the outrage that greeted his decision to turn a former punkrock venue called DMZ into Vino’s in 1990.

SEC MEN: Brown’s three-pointer seals it for Mizzou

posted: 12/29/2013 4:11 a.m.

Jabari Brown hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 55.1 seconds left to help No. 25 Missouri beat North Carolina State 68-64 on Saturday night.

TOP 25 MEN: Syracuse takes battle of unbeatens

posted: 12/29/2013 4:10 a.m.

Jim Boeheim stared up in frustration at the Carrier Dome scoreboard, his No. 2 Orange in big trouble against eighth ranked Villanova.

SOUTHLAND MEN: Omaha too strong for Central Arkansas

posted: 12/29/2013 4:09 a.m.

Nebraska-Omaha had an answer for anything Central Arkansas tried Saturday afternoon at the Farris Center in Conway.

NBA standings

posted: 12/29/2013 4:08 a.m.

THURSDAY’S GAMES Atlanta 127, Cleveland 125,2OT

NBA summaries

posted: 12/29/2013 4:08 a.m.

CELTICS 103, CAVALIERS 100 CLEVELAND (100) Clark 4-9 1-2 12, Thompson 3-5 1-2 7, Varejao 1-2 4-4 6, Irving 13-22 2-2 32, Miles 0-5 0-0 0, Waiters 6-16 5-8 17, Zeller 2-5 1-2 5, Jack 5-8 2-2 14, Bennett 2-6 1-2 5, Dellavedova 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 37-79 17-24 100.

Nonprofit in fund drive to update kids’ car seats

posted: 12/29/2013 4:08 a.m.

The end of the year is a time to reflect back on so many changes. Recently, Brenda Hall and Mary Giles, nurse and principal, respectively, of the Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled preschool, stood outside the building under a balmy winter sun and talked about car seats.

TODAY’S GAMES

posted: 12/29/2013 4:07 a.m.

UALR WOMEN VS. SOUTH DAKOTA STATE WHEN 2 p.m. WHERE Jack Stephens Center, Little Rock RECORDS UALR 4-5 ; South Dakota State 9-5

SUNDAY SOIREE: Tidwell’s time to shine

posted: 12/29/2013 4:06 a.m.

There are usually 52 Sundays on the Gregorian calendar, and in Little Rock, the one right before Christmas is usually given over to the annual fundraiser for the Tidwell Project Inc.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: Auburn-haired beauty was a feast for his eyes

posted: 12/29/2013 4:04 a.m.

Bill Welch was famished after a long day of work on the fall night he strode down Main Street in Jonesboro toward the only food vendor in town still open, but when he spotted Dorothy Ragusa, all he wanted to do was dance.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Northside defensive end shows off body of work

posted: 12/29/2013 4:04 a.m.

Fort Smith Northside defensive end Daytrieon Dean will be one of several junior prospects from Arkansas participating Friday in the U.S. Army All-American combine in San Antonio.

DEAR ABBY: Abusive grown-up daughter best left to her own devices

posted: 12/29/2013 4:03 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I am the mother of three grown children. I have a good marriage, a successful career and a close relationship with my two younger children.

RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL: Louisville QB plays like pro, tops Miami

posted: 12/29/2013 4:01 a.m.

Leading up to the Russell Athletic Bowl, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater batted back questions about whether the game would be his last in college.

A PREMIERE EVENT: Let’s go Downton

posted: 12/29/2013 4:01 a.m.

Hemlines are rising and waistlines are dropping as Season 4 of the beautifully costumed drama Downton Abbey takes viewers into the Jazz Age. At AETN’s preview of the season’s first episode on Dec. 19, costumed guests looked as if they could be extras on the set.

BOWL SUMMARIES

posted: 12/29/2013 4 a.m.

RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL NO. 18 LOUISVILLE 36, MIAMI 9

Accessories, cosmetics in shades of nude

posted: 12/29/2013 4 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA — Whether you’re chocolate or ivory, cafe au lait or cinnamon-hued, a bevy of beauty and fashion items exist in your perfect shade of nude.

FRIDAY’S LATE GAME: Sankey’s 2 TDs lift Huskies to victory

posted: 12/29/2013 3:58 a.m.

Marques Tuiasosopo was doused with a Gatorade bath and carried off the field by his victorious players.

Weddings

posted: 12/29/2013 3:58 a.m.

Sims-Melhorn Kelley Lauren Melhorn became the bride of John DeMet Sims on Saturday in Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic Church. The Rev. Erik Pohlmeier officiated.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Feds shouldn’t inhibit public’s access to public land

posted: 12/29/2013 3:57 a.m.

A recent op-ed piece by Robert Stich supporting the expansion of Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge had more facets than a Murfreesboro diamond.

Calendar

posted: 12/29/2013 3:57 a.m.

NOTE For additions to this calendar, fax the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at (501) 378-3869. Events also may be emailed to bhendricks@arkansasonline.com

Anniversaries

posted: 12/29/2013 3:55 a.m.

ALEXANDER — Lois and F. Elvis Wright will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in Avilla Missionary Baptist Church’s fellowship hall.

Bridal policy

posted: 12/29/2013 3:55 a.m.

ENGAGEMENTS — The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes engagement announcements without photographs.

HOLIDAY JAZZ AND FASHION: Jazz Brunch by The Links tees up support for blacks

posted: 12/29/2013 3:55 a.m.

Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers brought the jazz and Dillard’s at Park Plaza provided the fashions for the Holiday Jazz Brunch and Fashion Show on Dec. 21 at Chenal Country Club.

Engagements

posted: 12/29/2013 3:54 a.m.

Jaclyn Brooke Abundis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fabian Abundis of Little Rock, and Patrick Dorez White, son of Linda White and Tommy Fulcher, both of Helena-West Helena; Feb. 22.

Second thoughts

posted: 12/29/2013 3:53 a.m.

Phillips gigs Manning on bobbled ball Upon further review, Denver quarterback Peyton Manning shouldn’t have set the NFL record for touchdown passes in a season last weekend, Houston Texans interim coach Wade Phillips said.

LIGHT NIGHT: Clinton delights Romanians at bridge-lighting ceremony

posted: 12/29/2013 3:53 a.m.

An hour before the switches were thrown Dec. 19, the lights were already arcing along an ever wider half-radius around the First Security Amphitheatre.

MALE CALL: Bow ties return as accessory for young men of style, flair

posted: 12/29/2013 3:51 a.m.

Q. The only bow ties I have ever worn were blacktie formal wear, but I’m thinking of adding them to my business wardrobe. Are the color-matching rules for bow ties the same as for other ties, and are there any specific don’ts with bow ties?

Off the wire

posted: 12/29/2013 3:51 a.m.

BASKETBALL Cavs suspend Bynum The Andrew Bynum experiment appears over for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

State sports briefs

posted: 12/29/2013 3:50 a.m.

BASKETBALL Hendrix women beat East Texas Baptist Hendrix College opened the La Quinta Inn & Suites Holiday Classic with a 66-57 victory over East Texas Baptist on Saturday at Grove Gymnasium in Conway.

CRITICAL MASS: Reeling in the year

posted: 12/29/2013 3:49 a.m.

Every movie year is backloaded. Major studios usually save the releases they’re proudest of — or at least the ones they think most likely to grab Oscar or Golden Globe glory — for the final quarter of the year.

What’s in a name: Family & more

posted: 12/29/2013 3:49 a.m.

To lose your maiden name completely. To change it personally and keep it professionally. To hyphenate or not to hyphenate.

Warmth a factor for winter weddings

posted: 12/29/2013 3:46 a.m.

NEW YORK — No bride has ever asked designer Mark Badgley, half of the Badgley Mischka duo, about incorporating a cold-weather look into her wedding ensemble. Coats and boots just aren’t the stuff of fantasy wedding dreams, he says.

Seibert is animation visionary

posted: 12/29/2013 3:45 a.m.

It’s a quirky animated show called Bee & PuppyCat, about a twenty something professional who has intergalactic adventures with a mysterious creature she calls PuppyCat.

Making small talk is still a necessary skill

posted: 12/29/2013 3:44 a.m.

MINNEAPOLIS — Benjamin Peterson isn’t one for small talk.

Startup’s niche: Music super fans

posted: 12/29/2013 3:43 a.m.

Brittany Hodak is not a rock star. But she’s close. With business partner Kim Kaupe, Hodak, 30, a native of Fort Smith and an honors graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, created and runs the New York-based ZinePak.

WEDDINGS: ROBBYN ARDEN COLEMAN-JOSHUA SAMPSON TOLLESON

posted: 12/29/2013 3:43 a.m.

Robbyn Arden Coleman and Dr. Joshua Sampson Tolleson were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, in Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church. The Revs. Britt Skarda and Lynn Lindsey officiated.

WEDDINGS: ANNA MEREDITH SEBOURN-DAVID ERNEST ENGLE

posted: 12/29/2013 3:40 a.m.

Wedding vows were exchanged by Anna Meredith Sebourn and David Ernest Engle at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, in the Clinton Presidential Center, officiated by the Rev. Brittany Richardson Watson of Highland Valley United Methodist Church.

REISSUES: Album remix salutes New Orleans pianist

posted: 12/29/2013 3:38 a.m.

New Age pianist George Winston called the late New Orleans pianist James Booker “my biggest overall piano influence.” The cultural gumbo that makes up New Orleans’ unique musical style is, as Louis Armstrong said, something you know when you hear it.

Ministering on the FLY

posted: 12/29/2013 3:36 a.m.

The Rev. Frank Colladay Jr. stood at the end of the gate waiting. On the arriving plane was a passenger whose husband had just died of a heart attack on another flight. Her name was Linda Gilbert. The two had never met before.

SINGERS REJOICE: Just in time for Christmas, a fundraiser with an auction

posted: 12/29/2013 3:35 a.m.

The Arkansas Chamber Singers held its ninth annual Capitol Event fundraiser at The Little Rock Club on Dec. 20.

Von Trapp lodge still a tourist curiosity

posted: 12/29/2013 3:32 a.m.

Even if it’s good for business, NBC’s revival of The Sound of Music wasn’t one of the von Trapps’ favorite things.

Santa sells in cash-loving Dubai

posted: 12/29/2013 3:30 a.m.

Just days before Christmas, Ben Elliott-Scott was busy touching up the paint on a foam snowman and blasting trees with man-made flurries to turn them a wintery white.

Rome’s heartbeat lies off tourist path

posted: 12/29/2013 3:29 a.m.

Stand within the Colosseum’s massive bowl, and you can practically hear the roar of the ancient crowd. But to capture the sounds of today’s Rome, it’s best to get away from the flurry of tourists and settle into a quaint trattoria like Da Tonino, where everyone within its rustic walls chatters away in Italian.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: The year in travel: Not bad

posted: 12/29/2013 3:28 a.m.

Looking back, I’d conclude that 2013 wasn’t a great year for travel, but it wasn’t a bad one, either. Here are some of the highlights.

2013 brought surprises, good and bad, to viewers

posted: 12/29/2013 3:26 a.m.

TV in 2013 continued to surprise.

iPhone’s China hurdles high

posted: 12/29/2013 3:25 a.m.

Apple Inc. haggled for six years to clinch the deal that will let it sell the iPhone through China Mobile Ltd.

Trains hauling oil, coal, grains sideline Amtrak

posted: 12/29/2013 3:24 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Freight congestion has caused lengthy delays and even cancellations on a popular Amtrak route in recent months, a situation that could worsen as one of the nation’s largest rail companies plans to increase shipments of fossil fuels on much of the route.

First big record deal was 54-foot stocking

posted: 12/29/2013 3:22 a.m.

Brittany Hodak set a Guinness world record in December 2005, while she was still a student at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

Gifts for ourselves buoying retail sales

posted: 12/29/2013 3:21 a.m.

Trinkel De La Paz, 24, loves the deep discounts offered by retailers around Christmas because they enable her to be a more generous Santa.

TV ON DVD: Mary Hartman still relevant nearly 40 years after debut

posted: 12/29/2013 3:20 a.m.

What is it? Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, The Complete Series, 325 episodes on 38 discs from Shout! Factory How much? $249.95

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Effect of bad habits ripples

posted: 12/29/2013 3:19 a.m.

While I’m away, readers give the advice.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/29/2013 3:19 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your perspective shift makes it seem like the whole world has changed. Social horizons open, and you’ll enjoy interesting new company. Your mind’s eye is extra powerful in January and March: What pops into your imagination will come true.

Center offers food startups a hand

posted: 12/29/2013 3:18 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — Ryan Craig and his wife, Melissa, decked out in white smocks, hairnets and masks, look like surgeons as they cut locally grown shiitake mushrooms and prepare Arkansas Black apples for dehydration in a gleaming industrial kitchen.

Fed toolbox bigger after 100 years

posted: 12/29/2013 3:15 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The press called it an early Christmas present for President Woodrow Wilson when on Dec. 23, 1913, Congress passed legislation creating the Federal Reserve. Hours later, Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act into law.

Cartoons of the Year

posted: 12/29/2013 3:15 a.m.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editorial cartoonist John Deering shares some of his best from 2013

Court: Patent-suit losers should pay fees

posted: 12/29/2013 3:14 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Patent owners who lose infringement lawsuits should have to pay the winners’ legal fees more often, a U.S. appeals court said in adding its views to a debate before Congress and the Supreme Court.

Limited-edition liquor lines make bars’ patrons feel elite

posted: 12/29/2013 3:13 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — There’s something different about the gin and tonics they mix at Rickhouse bar on San Francisco’s Kearny Street. And it tastes a lot like — exclusivity.

COLUMN ONE: Lost in the great maze

posted: 12/29/2013 3:11 a.m.

“Simplify, simplify, simplify!” —Henry David Thoreau, Walden If there were a single guide to all the policies foreign and domestic of our present administration, it would be: “Complicate, complicate, complicate!”

Golf-product firm taps local sources for work, supplies

posted: 12/29/2013 3:11 a.m.

CARY, N.C. — Yarn is twisted in Hickory. Leather is sourced from High Point. Liners come from Burlington.

Populism turns out to be unpopular

posted: 12/29/2013 3:11 a.m.

Democrats, presumably craving a respite from discussing health-care reform, are having one of their periodic fights over how liberal to be.

Guest column: Why parents turn to public charter schools

posted: 12/29/2013 3:10 a.m.

For three years, parents in west Little Rock, like waves before them, begged the Board of the Little Rock School District to provide public secondary education where none exists. It didn’t.

Oh, internet, tell us some pretty story

posted: 12/29/2013 3:10 a.m.

I have always liked the internet.

Houston-based pipeline firm moves into tanker business

posted: 12/29/2013 3:08 a.m.

Pipeline giant Kinder Morgan Energy Partners will spend nearly $1 billion to move into the tanker business after agreeing to buy two companies that ship oil between U.S. ports, the companies said.

The power of efficient gun design

posted: 12/29/2013 3:07 a.m.

Mikhail Kalashnikov, who died Monday at 94, once designed and built a lawnmower for his own use. Mass-produced mowers weren’t available in the Soviet Union.

The world’s elites take to the streets

posted: 12/29/2013 3:05 a.m.

We live in an era in which globalization is said to be benefiting elites in countries around the world while leaving behind the masses who lack the education or skills to compete.

EDITORIALS: Fervor versus Judgment

posted: 12/29/2013 3:05 a.m.

IT’S HARD to remember that long ago time, way back in October, when Republican recalcitrants in the House managed to shut down most of the U.S. government and, with it, their party’s hopes in next year’s congressional elections.

Guest column: Consider an investment in Arkansas

posted: 12/29/2013 3:05 a.m.

Last year almost 18 percent of donations to charitable organizations were given during December, according to the 2012 Charitable Giving Report prepared by Blackbaud of Charleston, S.C., which supplies software and services for nonprofit organizations.

BEST-SELLERS

posted: 12/29/2013 3:04 a.m.

Fiction 1. SYCAMORE ROW, by John Grisham. A sequel, about race and inheritance, to A Time to Kill.

COLUMNISTS: Arkansas County’s origins

posted: 12/29/2013 3:04 a.m.

Arkansas County recently celebrated its bicentennial.

Where’s the payoff?

posted: 12/29/2013 3:03 a.m.

Higher education is one of the more expensive investments many people will ever make. The average cost of a year in college, including tuition, fees, room and board, now runs about $23,000—enough to buy a new car.

COVER STORY: Charlie Brown, Rudolph join holiday specials

posted: 12/29/2013 3:02 a.m.

Happy New Year!

Snow-packed roads

posted: 12/29/2013 3:02 a.m.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department’s inadequate efforts to effectively clear major highways after a winter storm dropped snow, sleet and freezing rain across much of Arkansas earlier this month raised some heated ire among some readers across the state.

Soaps last week

posted: 12/29/2013 3:02 a.m.

(This column represents on-air summaries for the week of Dec. 23-27.) The Bold and the Beautiful: Spurned Liam arrived at Brooke’s house to speak to Hope, but Brooke didn’t know where she was.

Challenges for new year

posted: 12/29/2013 3:01 a.m.

The story of 2013 in Arkansas politics is that Republicans should have had everything going their way—with Obamacare detested ever more widely and intensely in a state that ought to be desperate for it—but didn’t.

LETTERS

posted: 12/29/2013 3 a.m.

Destiny in an obituary The tragic story of an anonymous American citizen—how do you want your obituary to read?

Transformed Gates Enjoys Huge Senior Season

posted: 12/29/2013 2 a.m.

Rogers Heritage football coach Perry Escalante said Brandon Gates didn’t draw the attention he deserved prior to his senior season, but his performance this year sure took care of that.

Flannigan Runs Rogers Back To Playoffs

posted: 12/29/2013 2 a.m.

Shawn Flannigan’s first season at Rogers High was an eye-opener.

O’Grady Breaks Out In Big Way

posted: 12/29/2013 2 a.m.

C.J. O’Grady fi rst flirted with the idea of a position switch on the football field in a couple of practices during his sophomore season. But it wasn’t until a trip to a summer 7-on-7 tournament prior to this season when a change for O’Grady would become oft cial.

Ford’s Drive Pushes Tigers To Top

posted: 12/29/2013 2 a.m.

t didn’t take Kasey Ford much time to leave a good first impression on Bentonville football coach Barry Lunney.

As Quick As A Cat

posted: 12/29/2013 2 a.m.

Sain Mathew showed this fall he is more than just a track star.

FOR THE RECORD

posted: 12/29/2013 2 a.m.

SPORTS CALENDAR BASEBALL !" McDonald County (Mo.) High School is hosting a six-week baseball camp starting Jan. 25. McDonald County baseball coach Nick Martin will direct the program in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy. Classes are available for players in grades 1-12 and are limited to six players per coach. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fi elding and baserunning. Proceeds from the program benefit amateur baseball in Anderson, Mo. Space is limited. Registration is now under way. For more information, visit www. USBaseballAcademy.com, or call toll-free 866-622-4487.

Wary Becomes Solid Stopper For Rogers

posted: 12/29/2013 2 a.m.

Rogers High football coach Shawn Flannigan remembers well the day when Zack Wary arrived for off season workouts after the 2010 season.

Sherry Burnett: Hard work leads Malvern judge from humble start to success

posted: 12/29/2013 midnight

Her start in life “wasn’t a perfect beginning,” but it put Sherry Burnett on a path that led her to become the Malvern District Court judge.

This week's events in the Three Rivers area

posted: 12/29/2013 midnight

Three Rivers calendar of events starting Jan. 1

Heber Springs woman, 83, earns degree at ASU-Beebe

posted: 12/29/2013 midnight

A 20-something with a Starbucks cup in one hand, an iPhone in the other and wearing a school-mascot sweatshirt and jeans might describe the “typical” college student, but at 83 years old, Marjorie Peterson is the opposite of what someone would envision as a recent college grad.

Urban deer hunts arrow needs of hunters, residents

posted: 12/29/2013 midnight

This is the second year for Russellville to host an Urban Archery Deer Hunt, and because of the success of the first hunt, Animal Control Director Mike Vernon said he sees no reason not to continue with the hunt.

Jacksonville girl gets more than victory from visit to Duck Dynasty headquarters

posted: 12/29/2013 midnight

JACKSONVILLE — Mary Kate Denis of Jacksonville lined up at the Duck Commander celebration in Monroe, La., with the hundreds of Willie, Uncle Si, Phil, Jase, Korie and Miss Kay look-alikes to patiently await her turn on stage. Wearing a suit from Goodwill, a red, white and blue plaid shirt, a fake beard, a patriotic bandana and water boots, she walked away as the winner of the 15- to 17-year-old age division for her portrayal of Willie, a favorite on the television show Duck Dynasty.

Film noir to 3D-CGI: Ritz Theatre brings the movies to Malvern

posted: 12/29/2013 midnight

One way to mark time through the decades of the 20th and 21st centuries is by the movies Americans were watching in any given year.

All aboard: Toy-train museum in Heber Springs ‘a family legacy’

posted: 12/29/2013 midnight

When Susan Ruland met her future husband, Wayne, in New Jersey, she discovered that his mother raised four children without a washer and dryer because their basement was filled with toy trains.

By the horns: Twin Groves man finds success wrestling steers

posted: 12/29/2013 midnight

Wefus Tyus, 46, of Twin Groves grew up on a dairy farm with horses, but he said he got bored just trail riding.

Newport woman among state’s top administrators for long-term care

posted: 12/29/2013 midnight

NEWPORT — Jenna Austin, administrator of Lindley Health and Rehab Center in Newport, was recently recognized as one of the top-three long-term-care administrators in the state for 2013.

Pam Kirksey: Bald Knob woman finds passion for helping seniors

posted: 12/29/2013 midnight

Pam Kirksey has worked at the Bald Knob Senior Center 55-Plus since 2010, and she still finds joy in her job every day.

Uglier the sweater, the better

posted: 12/29/2013 midnight

I’ve never been to an ugly-Christmas-sweater party, but I’ve helped dress several people for them this year.

Heber Springs toy-train museum ‘a family legacy’

posted: 12/29/2013 midnight

HEBER SPRINGS — When Susan Ruland met her future husband, Wayne, in New Jersey, she discovered that his mother raised four children without a washer and dryer because their basement was filled with toy trains.

The best Christmas ever: Keith Sutton came to South America to catch a red-tailed catfish, left with something more

posted: 12/29/2013 midnight

Christmas Day, 2000 — that special time of year had arrived once again.

RVO Calendar of events starting Dec. 29

posted: 12/29/2013 midnight

RVO Calendar of events starting Dec. 29

On cloud nine: Cabot woman flies to the top

posted: 12/29/2013 midnight

When Lynn Baxter of Cabot started flying agricultural planes in 2004, she had no idea she would earn a national award.

Mark Tyler: School grows under St. John principal

posted: 12/29/2013 midnight

Mark Tyler of Morrilton always liked history, and he said law school and education were his two choices for his career goals.

Ugly sweaters still trending for Christmas

posted: 12/29/2013 midnight

I’ve never been to an ugly-Christmas-sweater party, but I’ve helped dress several people for them this year.

Tri-Lakes calendar of events starting Dec. 29

posted: 12/29/2013 midnight

Tri-Lakes calendar of events starting Dec. 29

Housing slump past, plant aids local economy

posted: 12/29/2013 midnight

If the production of housing and furniture materials is any indication of the housing industry and of the national economy as a whole, things are looking up, and a better future is ahead.

More gold found in Salvation Army kettles in Conway

posted: 12/29/2013 midnight

Another Salvation Army kettle in Conway struck gold this month.

The best Christmas of all time: Fishing trip to South America to catch a red-tailed catfish results in something more

posted: 12/29/2013 midnight

Christmas Day, 2000 — that special time of year had arrived once again. As is the tradition in our family, we all woke up at the crack of dawn and gathered around the beautifully decorated Christmas tree in our living room. I played Santa Claus, passing out gifts to my wife, Theresa, and our sons. All our family members smiled and laughed as they opened their presents. Everyone was joyous.

Saturday, December 28

Arkansas-High Point Live Blog

posted: 12/28/2013 6:26 p.m.

Join in an interactive live blog as Arkansas hosts High Point at Bud Walton Arena on Saturday.

2 Mississippi men wanted in crime spree arrested in Brinkley

posted: 12/28/2013 5 p.m.

Two Mississippi men that were sought in connection with a crime spree are in custody Saturday afternoon, the Arkansas State Police said in a statement.

Atlanta robbery linked to Mississippi officer shooting

posted: 12/28/2013 4:34 p.m.

FBI officials believe the shooting of two Tupelo police officers is linked to an attempted bank robbery in Atlanta earlier the same day.

Anti-pollution program tested at Missouri lake

posted: 12/28/2013 2:59 p.m.

A new campaign to keep Missouri's lakes clean of trash and pollution is getting its first test at Table Rock Lake along the Arkansas border.

Egyptian student dies during protests at campus

posted: 12/28/2013 2:56 p.m.

Riot police moved into Egypt's main Islamic university on Saturday, claiming that striking students were disrupting end-of-term exams. They fired tear gas and battled demonstrators in a melee that left one protester dead and an administration building torched, officials and students said.

Separate avalanches in Wyoming kill 2 within hours

posted: 12/28/2013 2 p.m.

A second person has died in an avalanche in Wyoming's Jackson area.

Tunisian parties reach compromise on constitution

posted: 12/28/2013 1:27 p.m.

The head of Tunisia's transitional parliament says rival political parties reached agreement on contentious points in a draft constitution, and the document will go to the legislature Jan. 3.

Texas police stop SUV, find driver hauling $1.6 million in pot

posted: 12/28/2013 1 p.m.

Abilene police say they've found marijuana worth an estimated $1.6 million in an SUV they pulled over after getting calls about a reckless driver on a highway.

Child dies in weather-related Missouri crash

posted: 12/28/2013 12:36 p.m.

Authorities say a 5-year-old boy has died in a weather-related crash in east-central Missouri.

Light winter precipitation anticipated for Arkansas starting Saturday

posted: 12/28/2013 12:18 p.m.

A strong cold front that will enter Arkansas starting late Saturday night is expected to bring light winter precipitation, the National Weather Service in Little Rock said in a statement.

School in northeast Arkansas will search for new president

posted: 12/28/2013 12:08 p.m.

Black River Technical College in northeast Arkansas will soon be looking for a new president.

Death toll in Beirut blast rises to 7

posted: 12/28/2013 11:44 a.m.

Lebanon's state news agency says a teenager wounded in Friday's car bombing in central Beirut has died, raising the death toll in the attack to seven.

Helicopter crashes at airport near NYC, 2 injured

posted: 12/28/2013 11:33 a.m.

A helicopter has crashed at an airport outside New York City, injuring two people.

Off-duty Oklahoma trooper fatally shoots man, police say

posted: 12/28/2013 11:31 a.m.

Authorities say an off-duty Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper shot and killed a man suspected of trying to rob the trooper at his home.

1 protester killed in new Thai political violence

posted: 12/28/2013 11:03 a.m.

Gunmen killed an anti-government activist and wounded two others in Thailand's capital on Saturday, while protesters elsewhere blocked candidates from registering for upcoming elections, deepening a political crisis that threatens to derail democracy in the Southeast Asian nation.

South Sudan: 'White Army' militia marches to fight

posted: 12/28/2013 10:21 a.m.

Twenty-five thousand young men who make up a tribal militia known as the "White Army" are marching toward a contested state capital in South Sudan, an official said Saturday, dimming hopes for a cease-fire.

Fire on express train in India kills at least 26

posted: 12/28/2013 9:41 a.m.

A fire engulfed a coach of an express train in southern India on Saturday, killing at least 26 passengers, many of whom became trapped and suffocated after the doors failed to open, officials said.

Activists: Syrian airstrike kills 21 in Aleppo

posted: 12/28/2013 9:19 a.m.

A Syrian government airstrike hit a crowded vegetable market in a rebel-held neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo on Saturday, killing at least 21 people, activists said.

In the news

posted: 12/28/2013 5:47 a.m.

Tyler Armstrong, a 9-year-old from Yorba Linda, Calif., climbed Argentina’s Aconcagua mountain with his father, Kevin, and a Tibetan sherpa to become the youngest person in recorded history to reach the summit, which at 22,841 feet is the tallest peak in the Western and Southern hemispheres.

Extra jobless aid ends now for 1.3 million

posted: 12/28/2013 5:45 a.m.

WASHINGTON — More than 1 million Americans are bracing for a post-Christmas jolt as extended federal unemployment benefits end this weekend, entailing potentially significant implications for the recovering U.S. economy and setting up a battle when Congress reconvenes in the new year.

Judge backs NSA on call data

posted: 12/28/2013 5:43 a.m.

NEW YORK — The National Security Agency’s mass collection of telephone data does not violate the Constitution, a federal judge in New York ruled Friday, setting up a conflict within the federal courts and increasing the likelihood that the Supreme Court eventually will have to resolve the issue.

LR exec was told of trailer at plant

posted: 12/28/2013 5:41 a.m.

A former Little Rock Wastewater Utility employee said he alerted City Manager Bruce Moore about the utility’s operations manager living rent-free at a sewage-treatment plant back in 2011 — a housing situation that continued until early this month.

2 in state targeted in password hacking

posted: 12/28/2013 5:40 a.m.

Two Northwest Arkansas men made hundreds of thousands of dollars deciphering private email passwords for clients, and some of the illegal hacking was done from a computer at the Crawford County Courthouse in Van Buren, according to an FBI affidavit.

Morsi backers, police clash; 5 die

posted: 12/28/2013 5:38 a.m.

CAIRO — With water cannons and tear gas, Egyptian riot police battled Friday with hundreds of rock-throwing supporters of former President Mohammed Morsi in clashes across the country that left five dead, according to officials.

Names and faces

posted: 12/28/2013 5:37 a.m.

A&E Television Networks will resume production of Duck Dynasty with family patriarch Phil Robertson after the family expressed regret for his remarks in GQ magazine about homosexuality.

Assault reports soar for military

posted: 12/28/2013 5:36 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The number of reported sexual assaults across the military shot up by more than 50 percent this year, an increase that defense officials say suggests that victims are becoming more willing to come forward after a year that shined a spotlight on the crimes and put pressure on the military to take aggressive action.

South Sudan OKs cease-fire

posted: 12/28/2013 5:35 a.m.

JUBA, South Sudan — South Sudan’s government agreed Friday at a meeting of East African leaders to end hostilities against rebels accused of trying to overthrow the country, but the cease-fire was quickly thrown into doubt because the head of the rebellion was not invited.

Newtown files illuminate details

posted: 12/28/2013 5:34 a.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Police in Connecticut released thousands of pages Friday from the investigation into the Newtown school shootings, providing the most detailed picture yet of the rampage, Adam Lanza’s fascination with murder and school employees’ efforts to protect the children.

23 passengers die in Indian train fire

posted: 12/28/2013 5:31 a.m.

NEW DELHI — A fire engulfed two coaches of an express train in southern India early today, killing at least 23 passengers, many of whom became trapped and suffocated after the doors failed to open, officials said.

Mega Millions

posted: 12/28/2013 5:30 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions:

2 more international peacekeepers killed in Central African Republic

posted: 12/28/2013 5:29 a.m.

DAKAR, Senegal — Two more African Union peacekeepers were killed Thursday night in the Central African Republic, officials said Friday, bringing to 11 the number of international peacekeepers who have died in less than a month and underscoring the dangerous nature of the unfolding conflict in the nation.

The nation in brief

posted: 12/28/2013 5:28 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This blunt tool only works because it collects everything.The collection is broad, but the scope of counterterrorism investigations is unprecedented.” U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley, who ruled that the National Security Agency’s data collection does not violate the Constitution

Denver shops get 1st ‘pot’ licenses

posted: 12/28/2013 5:28 a.m.

DENVER — The first group of Denver businesses approved to sell recreational marijuana got their licenses Friday, with the owners posing for pictures and saying they never thought they’d see the day when they’d get a permit to sell the product.

Anger flashes in cold, dark homes in Michigan

posted: 12/28/2013 5:26 a.m.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Staring at a sixth day without power in a house as cold as a refrigerator, a frustrated John Johnson finally was able to borrow a generator from a neighbor Friday.

Californian pleads guilty in terror case

posted: 12/28/2013 5:24 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — A California man who used the Internet and Facebook to connect with al-Qaida pleaded guilty Friday to a federal terrorism charge after admitting he attempted to assist the terrorist organization by providing weapons training, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

Document rush urged by ACLU

posted: 12/28/2013 5:23 a.m.

NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union has urged a federal judge to force the U.S. government to quickly turn over documents it needs to help change a system in which thousands of immigrants are detained for months or years.

The world in brief

posted: 12/28/2013 5:22 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is a time when this plaza would be crowded, full of hope and colors, and now it’s black with this criminal act.” Elie Ward, manager of the Sultan Ibrahim restaurant in Beirut, after a bomb exploded in the city’s downtown area, killing at least six people and injuring dozens

Bomb kills six in central Beirut

posted: 12/28/2013 5:21 a.m.

BEIRUT — A powerful bomb shook central Beirut on Friday, killing at least six people and injuring dozens more, officials said.

Lead Okinawan OKs Marines’ shift

posted: 12/28/2013 5:19 a.m.

SEOUL, South Korea — For nearly two decades, fierce local opposition has stalled a plan to relocate a U.S. Marine base on the island of Okinawa. But Friday, Japan’s prime minister persuaded Okinawa’s governor to sign off on the construction of a replacement facility — a step that was hailed in Washington as a diplomatic breakthrough.

Turkish riot police repel protesters

posted: 12/28/2013 5:17 a.m.

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish riot police blasted opposition protesters with water cannons, tear gas and plastic bullets in Istanbul on Friday in scenes reminiscent of the summer’s mass anti-government demonstrations.

Egyptian upheaval takes heavy toll on Coptic Christians

posted: 12/28/2013 5:15 a.m.

KERDASA, Egypt — Three times a week without fail, the sound of ancient chants reverberates from the blackened walls of the Church of the Archangel Michael. Once aglow with precious icons and flickering candlelight, the Coptic church outside Cairo now stands nearly bare, looted and burned by an angry mob more than four months ago.

Cheetahs in zoo kill straying deer

posted: 12/28/2013 5:14 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Two cheetahs at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo came across unexpected prey, and the result was predictable, zoo officials said.

For library books late, some face time in jail

posted: 12/28/2013 5:14 a.m.

AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas man who was arrested for failing to return an overdue library book this fall ignited an online flurry of snarky comments and headlines about the Lone Star State extending its tough-on-crime bravado to books.

Louisiana nurse kills himself after slaying 3, wounding 3

posted: 12/28/2013 5:13 a.m.

LOCKPORT, La. — A nurse embroiled in a custody fight with his ex-wife killed his current wife, his former mother-in-law and his onetime boss in a rampage that spanned two parishes in Louisiana and left three people wounded as well, authorities said Friday.

Artillery kills 13 at Yemen funeral

posted: 12/28/2013 5:11 a.m.

SANA, Yemen — Artillery shells hit a funeral tent Friday in a southern Yemeni city, killing 13 people after clashes between the government and local gunmen, according to a security official and a witness.

Boy, 15, faces murder count in LR slaying

posted: 12/28/2013 5:10 a.m.

Little Rock homicide detectives used social media to help them arrest one suspect in a fatal shooting Monday, one of two homicides in the city this week.

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: LR drivers don’t get crosswalks

posted: 12/28/2013 5:04 a.m.

This column exists in part to blow off steam and maybe do some good. In that vein, here comes a long, exasperated letter from Too Young to Die. She’s a resident of this town who endangers her life by walking around in it.

Man arrested after crash into convention center

posted: 12/28/2013 5:03 a.m.

A Roland man was arrested in a hotel stairwell after witnesses told police that he erratically drove his Mercedes into the Statehouse Convention Center early Friday morning.

Agency signs off on Whirlpool plan

posted: 12/28/2013 5:01 a.m.

FORT SMITH — The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality on Friday laid out the steps that Whirlpool Corp. must take to take to address the contamination on its closed Fort Smith plant site and an adjoining residential neighborhood.

Snowy owl stops over, and birders give a hoot

posted: 12/28/2013 5:01 a.m.

Brian Prince and Craig Sims stood in a loading bay at the Little Rock Port Authority and pointed across the street toward LM Wind Power, where for several weeks they’d seen a snowy owl perching on turbine blades and gliding between trees and roofs in the area.

Lawsuit on Alltel fee to go forward

posted: 12/28/2013 5 a.m.

A Jan. 9 scheduling hearing in Saline County Circuit Court is set for an 8-yearold class-action lawsuit over early termination fees charged to Alltel cellphone customers.

Wife sues U.S., doctor over veteran’s death

posted: 12/28/2013 4:58 a.m.

FORT SMITH — A Fort Smith woman who testified before a U.S. House of Representatives veterans subcommittee last fall about the dangers of overprescribing pain medication for veterans has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the United States and a Fayetteville Veterans Affairs doctor over the 2011 death of her husband.

Sheriff says teen battered family

posted: 12/28/2013 4:58 a.m.

A 15-year-old Hempstead County boy was arrested in the beating of his mother and three siblings on Christmas Eve, including a boy in a wheelchair, a law-enforcement official said.

Boone County JPs tweak budget

posted: 12/28/2013 4:56 a.m.

In a special meeting Thursday night, the Boone County Quorum Court approved a budget for 2014 that spends $123.45 less than one vetoed six days earlier by County Judge James Norton.

Ashdown tallying cost of repair bills

posted: 12/28/2013 4:56 a.m.

Ashdown city officials are bracing for what they expect will be costly repairs because of two vehicle accidents and a train derailment since October that damaged city property.

Van Buren man jailed in stabbing

posted: 12/28/2013 4:56 a.m.

A 34-year-old Van Buren man was arrested Thursday night on a warrant charging him in the stabbing of another Van Buren man on Christmas eve, according to the Van Buren Police Department.

Tax collector accused of theft

posted: 12/28/2013 4:55 a.m.

The Miller County tax collector was arrested Thursday and charged with felony theft of property involving the county’s tax collector office, authorities said Friday.

Police impersonator stops driver

posted: 12/28/2013 4:54 a.m.

A Hempstead County woman reported that a man was impersonating a police officer near Spring Hill about 11:15 p.m. Sunday, Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton said this week.

Gunshot kills teen at Swifton house

posted: 12/28/2013 4:53 a.m.

SWIFTON — A 14-year old Jackson County boy died Thursday when he was shot in a Swifton home, police said.

Jail opens in ’14, barring weather

posted: 12/28/2013 4:53 a.m.

Construction on the new Garland County jail stayed on schedule in 2013 and should be finished in late summer, Garland County Judge Rick Davis said Thursday.

Students check out library’s Web link

posted: 12/28/2013 4:52 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — Students in Fayetteville schools have a new way to connect with the Fayetteville Public Library.

Daily record

posted: 12/28/2013 4:51 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.

Ex-diamond workers sought

posted: 12/28/2013 4:51 a.m.

Crater of Diamonds State Park has started a historical project to find workers who were employed by the Martin Plant, a commercial industry for processing diamonds.

3 millionth visitor has luck of Irish

posted: 12/28/2013 4:50 a.m.

A visitor from Ireland was the 3 millionth person to tour the Clinton Presidential Center on Friday.

Marshals museum on track, exec says

posted: 12/28/2013 4:50 a.m.

FORT SMITH — Organizers with the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith said they are still on track for a September groundbreaking for the multimillion-dollar facility.

Churches lighten up with signs

posted: 12/28/2013 4:49 a.m.

ST. LOUIS — Pastor Mike Butzberger insists he only had holiday spirit in mind when his Florida church’s marquee read: “Christmas — Easier to spell than Hanukkah.” But after a passer-by told him she found the message offensive and a local television station inquired about it, the Lighthouse Baptist Church preacher hustled to blunt any uproar by begrudgingly changing the sign to: “Jesus Loves You.”

LR couple create religious series for kids

posted: 12/28/2013 4:49 a.m.

The many birds of the Holy Land provided inspiration for a Little Rock couple’s DVD series on the teachings of Jesus — one that has reached the top of the Christian book sellers charts.

Chapter and verse

posted: 12/28/2013 4:47 a.m.

It’s on many a Christian’s bucket list: Read the Bible in a year. It’s a common resolution, and one that some find perennially difficult to keep.

ON RELIGION: Poll: Pope Francis tops year’s religion stories

posted: 12/28/2013 4:46 a.m.

Popes come and popes go, with a new pope elected every few years or decades.

Muslim Sisterhood conducts front line of protests in Egypt

posted: 12/28/2013 4:46 a.m.

CAIRO — They tirelessly hold rallies, whether at night or under cold rain, chanting for the return of Egypt’s ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. They clash with police, hurling back fuming tear gas canisters and getting dragged by their veils and thrown behind bars. At protests in universities, they get into fistfights with rival female students.

Calendar

posted: 12/28/2013 4:45 a.m.

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT First Assembly of God, 221 N. Elm St., Jacksonville, will present The Talley Trio in a free concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 6. An offering will be taken. (501) 982-5018.

National society honors Rogers history teacher

posted: 12/28/2013 4:44 a.m.

ROGERS — A social-studies teacher at Heritage High School will receive the state honor for American history from the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Meth lab cleanups booming

posted: 12/28/2013 4:44 a.m.

MEMPHIS — A tall man and a slender woman wiggled into their white hazardous-materials suits, putting on protective masks and gloves before venturing into the dark, two-story home where police say a methamphetamine lab recently exploded.

Police beat

posted: 12/28/2013 4:43 a.m.

LR street sprayed twice with gunfire A Little Rock neighborhood was sprayed with bullets on two occasions Friday, injuring one woman, fatally injuring a dog and damaging several vehicles, including a Central Arkansas Transit Authority bus, police reported.

Obituaries

posted: 12/28/2013 4:42 a.m.

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

Jimmy W. Hinson: From state service to serving as Santa

posted: 12/28/2013 4:41 a.m.

Jimmy W. Hinson, 74, who for the past decade filled the role of Santa Claus for Arkansas’ disabled population and disadvantaged children, passed away Christmas Day.

Other days

posted: 12/28/2013 4:40 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 28, 1913 HOT SPRINGS — Cooper Brothers, liverymen, have a unique lease from the government and will prepare in its next building to continue to carry it out. This is a bath house for horses, supplied with the same hot water that all bath houses receive. It has been planned to give this bath house a thorough trial on broken down and stiff racers, and Simon Cooper is of the opinion that the hot water will be of as great benefit to horses as to men.

Pictures on phone lead to sex charge

posted: 12/28/2013 4:40 a.m.

MEMPHIS — Memphis police said an officer has been charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.

COLUMNISTS: Life of the adjunct

posted: 12/28/2013 4:39 a.m.

On Nov. 20, just two weeks before their final exam for the semester, students enrolled in a night class in political science at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., received a rude surprise. They were told by a dean that their professor, Stefan Veldhuis, who had been teaching at the public community college in San Bernardino County for nearly a decade, had been abruptly fired the day before.

The Grand Unraveling

posted: 12/28/2013 4:37 a.m.

HERE’S THE good news, kind of: Unlike this state’s lieutenant governor, some of those responsible for carrying out Obamacare’s grand plans on the state level have had the grace to resign after messing up.

We the (better) people

posted: 12/28/2013 4:36 a.m.

This is not going to be a column about New Year’s resolutions for Congress. We all know that the paper they would be written on, or the digital energy, would be wasted. This is about resolutions for the rest of us, we the people, regarding our civic duties.

EDITORIALS: Why is he still there?

posted: 12/28/2013 4:35 a.m.

NO NEWS can be bad news, too. Today’s example: Mark Darr is still lieutenant governor of Arkansas—despite continued revelations about his combination of fecklessness and arrogance in office.

Correction

posted: 12/28/2013 4:35 a.m.

Contrary to yesterday’s editorial about the life and times of the actor Peter O’Toole, the play Becket had no connection with Shakespeare.

Ducks and dumb decisions: Rights uninfringed

posted: 12/28/2013 4:35 a.m.

As the year comes to a close, it’s only natural to look forward while musing over what’s now past. For some, that means making resolutions: to lose weight, to ask for that raise, to get that new job, to be kinder.

Power of the press

posted: 12/28/2013 4:31 a.m.

It’s interesting in this craft of publishing facts and opinions how printed words carry so much power and potential for either good or destruction.

LETTERS

posted: 12/28/2013 4:31 a.m.

On secular hypocrisy I recently read a letter in the newspaper in which the author decried the lawsuit by Hobby Lobby which seeks to overturn the mandatory Obamacare requirement for providing abortion coverage, which violates the owners’ religious beliefs. The letter-writer seemed to argue that permitting a private employer to decide what benefits are offered to its employees could then be extrapolated to allow the employer to force its beliefs on its employees.

Bell tries to get in tune with Hogs

posted: 12/28/2013 4:30 a.m.

Arkansas’ basketball team returned to practice on Christmas night after being off since a 72-60 victory over South Alabama last Saturday night in North Little Rock.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWLS

posted: 12/28/2013 4:28 a.m.

Syracuse rallies past Minnesota Terrel Hunt scrambled 12 yards for a touchdown with 1:14 remaining to lift Syracuse to a 21-17 victory over Minnesota in the Texas Bowl on Friday night in Houston.

Romo has surgery, season over

posted: 12/28/2013 4:28 a.m.

IRVING, Texas — Tony Romo’s season is over, and the Dallas Cowboys will have to win without their star quarterback in a third consecutive playoffs-or-bust finale.

Rodgers’ return opens up options for Packers’ offense

posted: 12/28/2013 4:26 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The buffet line is open again for the Green Bay Packers’ offense.

Second thoughts

posted: 12/28/2013 4:25 a.m.

Donovan is king of all Gators Florida Coach Billy Donovan is the dean of SEC basketball coaches in terms of being at his school for the longest period of time.

Off the wire

posted: 12/28/2013 4:25 a.m.

BASEBALL Ibanez gets deal Veteran outfielder Raul Ibanez has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels. The club announced the deal Friday.

HOG CALLS: Winston’s legacy reaches far beyond field

posted: 12/28/2013 4:22 a.m.

Prejudice isn’t always horrific.

ROUNDUPS

posted: 12/28/2013 4:22 a.m.

BOYS BATESVILLE 46, HAZEN 36 Kenton Crawford scored 10 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 4 steals as the Pioneers (1-7 ) broke into the victory column against Hazen in the consolation round of the Goldfish Classic in Lonoke. Chris Robinson added 7 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals for Batesville. BENTON 44, GREENE COUNTY TECH 25 Josh Bowling scored 12 points and the Panthers held the Eagles scoreless in the first quarter on their way to a victory in the semifinals of the 1st Arkansas Bail Bonds Tournament in Mountain Home. BENTON HARMONY GROVE 62, MAGNET COVE 15 Hayden Burchfield scored 14 points and the Cardinals (9-2 ) held the Panthers to six first-half points in taking a first-round victory in the Herb Russell Invitational at Ouachita High School. Chuck McCormick added 13 for Harmony Grove, which led 38-6 at the half. DREW CENTRAL 56, HAMBURG 54 Mahli Arrington led the Pirates (8-5 ) with 17 points as they held off the Lions in the Southeast Arkansas Invitational in Monticello. Edmond Hunter added 12 for

1ST ARKANSAS BAIL BONDS: NLR turns it on in third quarter

posted: 12/28/2013 4:20 a.m.

MOUNTAIN HOME — The North Little Rock Lady Charging Wildcats cruised into another tournament championship game as they mercy-ruled the Rogers Lady Mounties 76-43 on Friday evening in the semifinals of the 1st Arkansas Bail Bonds Tournament at The Hangar.

SPA CITY SHOOTOUT: Clarksville turns it up on defense

posted: 12/28/2013 4:20 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS —Clarksville’s chances of repeating as the Spa City Shootout champion and its chances of winning a third consecutive tournament title at Summit Arena looked in jeopardy early in the third quarter Friday.

1ST ARKANSAS BAIL BONDS: Fayetteville in title game

posted: 12/28/2013 4:19 a.m.

MOUNTAIN HOME — Fayetteville advanced to today’s championship game by holding off a late rally from the Sylvan Hills Bears, earning a 46-40 victory in the semifinals of the 1st Arkansas Bail Bonds Tournament.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULES AND RESULTS

posted: 12/28/2013 4:19 a.m.

COKE CLASSIC Arkansas-Fort Smith BOYS FRIDAY’S RESULTS Winners’ bracket North Little Rock 87, Texas High 45 Springdale 64, Fort Smith Northside 50 Consolation bracket Bryant 70, Subiaco 59 Arkadelphia 57, Southside 41 TODAY’S GAMES Championship NLR vs. Springdale, 6 p.m. Third-place game Texas High vs. Fort Smith Northside, 4:30 p.m. Fifth-place game Bryant vs. Arkadelphia, 3 p.m. Seventh-place game Subiaco vs. Fort Smith Southside, 1:30 p.m.

K-State jumps into overdrive, into bowl picture

posted: 12/28/2013 4:18 a.m.

TEMPE, Ariz. — Kansas State followed up last year’s BCS bowl run with a thud, opening the season with a loss to FCS member North Dakota State at home.

MILITARY BOWL: QB Cato brings thunder for Herd

posted: 12/28/2013 4:17 a.m.

next year.

Sankey leads Huskies by Cougars

posted: 12/28/2013 4:14 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Bishop Sankey ran for 95 yards and two scores to tie Washington’s career touchdown record and the Huskies went on to beat BYU 31-16 in the Fight Hunger Bowl on Friday night.

TODAY’S GAMES

posted: 12/28/2013 4:13 a.m.

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl MICHIGAN (7-5 ) VS. KANSAS STATE (7-5 ) TIME/TV 9:15 p.m. Central (ESPN) WHERE Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz. LINE Kansas State by 5. SERIES RECORD First meeting. KEY MATCHUP Michigan’s rushing offense against Kansas State’s defense.

TEXAS BOWL: Hunt’s late TD seals Syracuse’s victory

posted: 12/28/2013 4:12 a.m.

Gophers. He took the leave of absence in October and returned a couple of weeks later.

Falcons tight end Gonzalez almost ready for retirement

posted: 12/28/2013 4:11 a.m.

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Tony Gonzalez is having a harder time saying goodbye to the NFL than he imagined.

Playoff scenarios

posted: 12/28/2013 4:10 a.m.

AFC CLINCHED Denver (AFC West and firstround bye), New England (AFC East), Cincinnati (AFC North), Indianapolis (AFC South), Kansas City (playoff spot). DENVER (AT OAKLAND) Clinches homefield advantage throughout AFC playoffs with a victory or a tie, or with a New England loss or tie NEW ENGLAND (VS. BUFFALO) Clinches first-round bye with a victory or a tie, or with a Cincinnati loss or tie and an Indianapolis loss or tie. Clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with a victory and a Denver loss. C

Bluegrass battle intense every time

posted: 12/28/2013 4:09 a.m.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — There is no downplaying the rivalry between Louisville and Kentucky, no matter how hard players from both schools tried.

Razorbacks report: Kingsley showing progress

posted: 12/28/2013 4:08 a.m.

Moses Kingsley came to Arkansas with a reputation for blocking shots and rebounding, but the 6-10 freshman is showing some offense, too.

TOP 25 MEN: Little drama seen in Ohio St. victory

posted: 12/28/2013 4:05 a.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — So much for the undercard.

College football

posted: 12/28/2013 4:04 a.m.

THURSDAY’S LATE GAME POINSETTIA BOWL UTAH ST. 21, NO. 23 N. ILLINOIS 14 Utah St. ............. 3 3 7 8 — 21 N. Illinois........... 0 7 0 7 — 14 First Quarter USU—FG Diaz 31, 6:56. Second Quarter USU—FG Diaz 39, 14:09. NIU—Lynch 1 run (Sims kick), 8:17. Third Quarter USU—Swindall 5 pass from Garretson (Diaz kick), 11:57. Fourth Quarter USU—DeMartino 1 run (Natson pass from Garretson ), 4:14. NIU—Brescacin 15 pass from Lynch (Sims kick), 1:44. Attendance—23,408. USU NIU First downs 17 19 Rushes-yards.................. 45-168 38-99 Passing............................... 121 216 Comp-Att-Int.................. 17-28-2 20-35-1 Return Yards........................ 0 15 Punts-Avg........................ 3-45.0 4-35.5 Fumbles-Lost..................... 1-0 1-1 Penalties-Yards................. 2-20 4-46 Time of Possession......... 32:21 27:39 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Utah St., DeMartino 23-143, Marshall 6-40, Glover-Wright 1-3, Natson 5-3, Garretson 6- (minus 6), Team 4- (minus 15). N. Illinois, Lynch 18-39, Stingi

Boston Marathon bombing year’s top sports story

posted: 12/28/2013 4:03 a.m.

NEW YORK — The Boston Marathon bombing has been chosen as the sports story of the year in an annual vote conducted by The Associated Press.

Deadly pig virus spreading in U.S.

posted: 12/28/2013 4:02 a.m.

A virus responsible for killing a large portion of the nation’s pig herd is accelerating, experts said Friday.

Target: Patrons’ PINs in code

posted: 12/28/2013 4:01 a.m.

ATLANTA — Target said Friday that debit-card personal identification numbers were among the financial information stolen from millions of customers who shopped at the retailer earlier this month.

Textron to restructure Beechcraft

posted: 12/28/2013 4 a.m.

ST. LOUIS — Textron Inc.’s chief executive said Friday that his aviation company’s $1.4 billion purchase of Beechcraft Corp. will require “restructuring and optimization of costs.” But whether that includes job cuts at Beechcraft’s home base in Kansas, or elsewhere, hasn’t been decided.

Filmmakers follow incentives overseas

posted: 12/28/2013 3:59 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — In the old days, filmmakers flocked to Hollywood for its abundant sunshine, beautiful people and sandy beaches. But fueled by generous tax breaks, filmmaking has gone where the money is: Vancouver, British Columbia, London and Wellington, New Zealand.

Cuban businesses fight to survive

posted: 12/28/2013 3:58 a.m.

HAVANA — The dented metal pizza trays are packed away, so too the old blender that never worked when it was needed. Gone is the sweet smell of rising dough that infused Julio Cesar Hidalgo’s Havana apartment when he and his girlfriend were in business for themselves, churning out pizzas for hungry costumers.

Japanese inflation sets briskest pace since 2008

posted: 12/28/2013 3:55 a.m.

TOKYO — Japan’s inflation accelerated at its fastest pace since 2008 last month, taking the rate closer to policymakers’ target while threatening to erode household spending power unless employers increase wages.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 12/28/2013 3:54 a.m.

2 firms to represent creditors of Allens Cooley LLP of New York and Eichenbaum Liles P.A. of Little Rock have been authorized as legal counsel for the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Allens Inc. bankruptcy case.

Business news in brief

posted: 12/28/2013 3:53 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We remain confident that PIN numbers are safe and secure.” Molly Snyder, Target Corp. spokesman Article, 1D Key well in Tuscaloosa shale is clogged NEW ORLEANS — One of the largest leaseholders in the Tuscaloosa marine shale oil field that spans central Louisiana and southwest Mississippi said it has run into problems with a key well in the area.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks close flat on low volume

posted: 12/28/2013 3:51 a.m.

NEW YORK — Wall Street’s six-day rally stalled Friday as stocks ended the day mostly flat in quiet trading.

Sprint shares jump amid reports of T-Mobile merger

posted: 12/28/2013 3:50 a.m.

Shares of Sprint Corp., the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier, jumped 8.3 percent amid speculation the company is getting closer to merging with rival T-Mobile USA Inc.

Personal space

posted: 12/28/2013 3:50 a.m.

Rebecca M. Stalcup Where I live: I live in the Katillus neighborhood of west Little Rock with my husband, Brandon, and our four children : Gavin, 12; Holland, 10; Avaleigh, 7; and Farah, 5.

Tools & toys

posted: 12/28/2013 3:49 a.m.

Bagup What’s to love: Now you have a use for those plastic shopping bags you keep meaning to take back to the store and recycle. What does it do: Snap a plastic bag into place using the hoops, attach the handle and you are ready to go. You can sweep up spills, Christmas tree needles and pet messes. Into the bag they go. Use indoors or out.

Ask the expert

posted: 12/28/2013 3:48 a.m.

I have a 22-year-old, one-story, slab house with brick veneer. There are no significant cracks in the concrete floors (I’ve pulled up all the carpets over the past year) other than some hairline cracks. However, we have acquired significant brick/ mortar cracks outside with ½ to 1½ inches of separation of old window caulking (can see behind the brick!), separation of fascia boards, cracking of the exterior door in the same area which I can’t open without major grunting, and the problem is worsening as I write. It all started about two years ago. We’ve been in the home six years. To whom do we turn, to ask, to fix, etc.? Help!

Less is more

posted: 12/28/2013 3:46 a.m.

Living large. For decades, it has been the goal of many Americans, built on the belief that bigger is better.

In the garden

posted: 12/28/2013 3:43 a.m.

Q I am considering planting giant reed grass for privacy. Is it clumping or running? I searched the Internet without a clear answer. I would really would like to put this at my back fence but don’t want to sabotage myself or my neighbors if it is running. What do you think?

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Foreign-speaking foreigners threaten top border

posted: 12/28/2013 3:39 a.m.

Note: Otus is spending this week rejuvenating in his Head Cat hyperbolic chamber. Sixty-eight percent of the 4,287 readers responding to an online poll requested a rerun of this Honorary Stephen Leacock Award-winning column from Nov. 4, 1995.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 12/28/2013 3:38 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I lost my husband to cancer two years ago, and holidays are especially hard for me now. I can’t help but remember all the good times we had at Christmas and at other times, and now I’m all alone. How can I cope with this? — R.T.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/28/2013 3:37 a.m.

Happy birthday. Even as you strive to improve this year, loved ones celebrate and love you “as is.” Next month brings a financial breakthrough. If you look for romance in February, you’ll find it. A restructuring of your daily schedule in spring will bring about a long-desired change and a surge of self-esteem.

CLICK & CLACK’S CAR TALK

posted: 12/28/2013 3:30 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: When driving down the freeway, I heard a scraping sound, shortly followed by my car slowing down, no matter how hard I pushed on the gas. I barely made it to the service road without getting hit by other traffic. When the tow truck driver came, he noticed green liquid (coolant) leaking out. The mechanic towed the car and said my water pump had frozen, and that broke my timing belt. He said it was the first time he had ever seen it, and he doesn’t know of a way I could have avoided it. I need to know if it was something I did, that I can avoid doing in the future. I am paranoid about the situation and worried that it will happen again. — Joanna

Tea towels aren’t just for drying

posted: 12/28/2013 3:29 a.m.

They’re versatile. They’re inexpensive. And they’re often handmade to boot. The tea towel is more than a dish rag or an eco-friendly substitute for disposable Bounty or Viva these days. It’s a bit of graphic art, available in a plethora of patterns and illustrated amusements. We scoured stores and websites for a range of the designs, then asked designers for ways to use a tea towel.

Keep it clean

posted: 12/28/2013 3:28 a.m.

Planet All-Purpose Spray Cleaner When a company has the word “planet” in the name, you have to figure that their products will be environmentally friendly.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 12/28/2013 3:27 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I was looking for a quick-and-easy dessert to make for my daughter. I had some pre-sliced bananas in the freezer. I took them out and put them in my small blender, then added a small amount of milk and blended. An easy homemade ice cream.

Super Quiz: Phrases from Shakespeare

posted: 12/28/2013 3:27 a.m.

1. “By the pricking of my thumbs, ————————.” 2. “—————————, it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven.”

ORDER IN THE HOUSE: Prudent deletions simplify, unclutter home life

posted: 12/28/2013 3:26 a.m.

“One of the top five New Year’s resolutions each January is to get more organized,” says Central Arkansas-based professional organizer Becca Clark, owner of Creative Convenience (convenientlyorganized.com) “Everyone knows the benefits of having a more efficient and effective life — saving time, money and stress — but actually putting the actions in place to get organized is the hard part.” Clark advises not listing “get organized” as a general goal for the new year but instead breaking it down more specifically into tangible tasks.

Downsizing spreads to the driveway also

posted: 12/28/2013 3:24 a.m.

Houses aren’t the only place Americans are shrinking their spaces. More people are choosing more modest modes of transportation.

TODAY'S GAMES

posted: 12/28/2013 2:40 a.m.

UCA men vs. Nebraska-Omaha WHEN Noon WHERE Farris Center, Conway RECORDS Central Arkansas 2-7, Nebraska-Omaha 9-4 RADIO KUCA-FM, 91.3, in Conway INTERNET ucasports.com PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS

Getting it straight

posted: 12/28/2013 2:13 a.m.

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

FOR THE RECORD

posted: 12/28/2013 12:23 a.m.

PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP PREP GIRLS ROGERS HERITAGE 47, OKC STORM 37 The Lady War Eagles jumped to a nine-point halftime lead and went on to the double-digit win Saturday in the consolation bracket of the Mid-Del Holiday Tournament in Oklahoma City.

Late Surge Lifts Bentonville

posted: 12/28/2013 12:22 a.m.

The Bentonville girls picked a good time to get on a roll.

Fayetteville Clips Greenwood

posted: 12/28/2013 12:22 a.m.

For the second straight day, the Fayetteville Lady Bulldogs started off shooting the ball well and built a double-digit lead on the Greenwood Lady Bulldogs twice before holding off a furious late rally for a 58-53 victory Friday night in the winners’ bracket semifinals of the First Arkansas Bail Bonds Tournament.

Bulldogs Rout Northside, Advance To Finals

posted: 12/28/2013 12:22 a.m.

Springdale High made a statement Friday night.

Daniels Seals Victory

posted: 12/28/2013 12:22 a.m.

The Springdale High girls haven’t played in a championship game of any sort for about 10 years.

Friday, December 27

Newport boy killed in shooting, police say

posted: 12/27/2013 4:02 p.m.

Deputies are investigating a shooting that killed a 14-year-old boy Thursday night, the Jackson County sheriff's office said in a statement Friday.

Police investigate Little Rock neighborhood shooting

updated: 12/27/2013 2:17 p.m.

Little Rock police are investigating a shooting that occurred around noon Friday in the area of 25th and Lewis streets, where several cars and possibly a few houses were shot at by an unknown gunman.

Memphis officer held over child porn on phone, police say

posted: 12/27/2013 1:07 p.m.

A Memphis police officer has been arrested after authorities found child pornography on his cellphone, the Memphis Police Department said in a statement Friday.

Bentonville teen, woman killed in Missouri crash

posted: 12/27/2013 1:04 p.m.

PINEVILLE, Mo. — Two people have been killed and four people were injured in a crash in southwest Missouri.

Russellville man wins $1 million in lottery

posted: 12/27/2013 12:41 p.m.

A Russellville man is $1 million richer after he purchased a lottery ticket at a tobacco store, Arkansas Lottery officials announced Friday.

Target: Customers' encrypted PINs were obtained

posted: 12/27/2013 11:55 a.m.

ATLANTA — Target says that customers' encrypted PIN data was removed during the data breach that occurred earlier this month.

LR police identify suspect in Christmas Eve shooting

posted: 12/27/2013 11:33 a.m.

Police have identified a suspect in the Christmas Eve shooting that left a 26-year-old man dead, the Little Rock Police Department said Friday.

Denver issues recreational pot sales licenses

posted: 12/27/2013 11:12 a.m.

DENVER — The first batch of Denver businesses approved to sell recreational marijuana are getting their licenses.

N.Y. judge rules NSA phone surveillance is legal

posted: 12/27/2013 11:11 a.m.

NEW YORK — A federal judge Friday found that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records is legal and a valuable part of the nation's arsenal to counter the threat of terrorism.

HomeStyle: When bigger isn't better

posted: 12/27/2013 11:02 a.m.

Living large. For decades, it has been the goal of many Americans; built on the belief that bigger is better, writes Linda S. Haymes in HomeStyle.

Man drives into Statehouse Convention Center, police say

posted: 12/27/2013 10:49 a.m.

Authorities are clearing up debris at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock after a Roland man drove his 2007 Mercedes-Benz through the building early Friday.

Arkansas wins judgment in 'robocall' suit

posted: 12/27/2013 10:36 a.m.

A federal judge has ruled in Arkansas' favor in a lawsuit over violations of telemarketing laws, one of five "robocall" suits Attorney General Dustin McDaniel filed last year.

LR teen charged with capital murder

posted: 12/27/2013 9:26 a.m.

Police have arrested a Little Rock teenager in a man's fatal shooting earlier this week, Little Rock Police Department spokesman Lt. Sidney Allen said Friday.

More than 93,000 applicants for Arkansas private option

posted: 12/27/2013 8:39 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Human Services says more than 93,000 people have filed applications for health insurance under Arkansas' private option plan to expand Medicaid.

South Sudan government agrees to end hostilities

updated: 12/27/2013 9:11 a.m.

NAIROBI, Kenya — South Sudan's government on Friday agreed to end hostilities, regional leaders said at the end of a crisis summit, raising hopes for a potential breakthrough in efforts to cease violence that has displaced more than 120,000 people in the world's newest country.

Thai army chief urges calm, doesn't rule out coup

posted: 12/27/2013 8:19 a.m.

BANGKOK — Thailand's army chief Friday urged both sides in the country's bitter political dispute to show restraint, but did not explicitly rule out the possibility of a coup.

Car bomb kills politician, 5 others in Lebanon

posted: 12/27/2013 8:04 a.m.

BEIRUT — A powerful car bomb tore through a business district in the center of the Lebanese capital Friday, killing a prominent pro-Western politician and at least five other people.

Police file on Newtown shooting to be released

posted: 12/27/2013 7:57 a.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The planned release Friday of thousands of pages of police documents from the investigation into last year's school massacre in Newtown could shed additional light on the world of the 20-year-old gunman.

Police: 4 dead after Louisiana shootings; 3 injured

posted: 12/27/2013 7:45 a.m.

RACELAND, La. — A south Louisiana man attacked his former in-laws, his current wife, and the head of a hospital where he'd worked, killing three before killing himself, authorities said.

10 things to know for Friday

posted: 12/27/2013 7:23 a.m.

Your daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

Egypt: Police clash with pro-Morsi protesters

posted: 12/27/2013 7:21 a.m.

CAIRO — Egyptian security forces fired tear gas and clashed with hundreds of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi around the country Friday as authorities tightened security measures in the capital after Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and its allies renewed calls for mass rallies.

Philippines probing drug link to Mexican cartel

posted: 12/27/2013 7:10 a.m.

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government is investigating how a Mexican drug cartel may have entered the country after police seized a large cache of high-grade crystal methamphetamine intended for the local market, officials said Friday.

Manila man dies after vehicle flips

posted: 12/27/2013 6:57 a.m.

A Manila man was killed Friday morning after the vehicle he was driving overturned, authorities said.

In the news

posted: 12/27/2013 3:49 a.m.

Pope Francis prayed for persecuted Christians a day after 35 people were killed in bombings outside a church in Iraq, telling a crowd at St Peter’s Square that some discrimination and restrictions on Christians’ religious freedom today are greater than in the time of the first Christians.

State-run sites shaky as U.S. one stabilizes

posted: 12/27/2013 3:49 a.m.

From Maryland to Hawaii, the health-care overhaul’s state-run enrollment operations are running into technical difficulties, creating new headaches for the White House even as the federal insurance website finds its footing.

State’s ’12 per-capita income tops 81% of national average

posted: 12/27/2013 3:48 a.m.

Arkansas’ per-capita income in 2012 rose above 81 percent of the national income average, the highest ever, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

State Medicaid enrollments up by over 68,000

posted: 12/27/2013 3:47 a.m.

Enrollment in Arkansas’ expanded Medicaid program rose to more than 68,000 as of Saturday, up from about 67,000 a week earlier, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Human Services said Thursday.

Egypt gets busy stifling outlawed Brotherhood

posted: 12/27/2013 3:45 a.m.

CAIRO — Egypt’s security authorities began a sweep of arrests of Muslim Brotherhood members Thursday and warned that holding a leadership post in the group could now be grounds for the death penalty after the group was officially declared a terrorist organization.

In early ’14, LR district to hand out 800 laptops

posted: 12/27/2013 3:42 a.m.

Laptop computers are going into the backpacks of children in the Little Rock School District.

Names and faces

posted: 12/27/2013 3:39 a.m.

Comedian Ellen DeGeneres wants to be in Bridesmaids 2. The returning Oscar host said she’s working with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig to promote the Academy Awards because she’s angling for a part in the sequel, even though no such film has been announced. Feig has demurred about a Bridemaids sequel since the movie’s success in 2011. The director’s most recent film, The Heat with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, also blasted box office expectations and inspired rumors of a sequel.

Captive American begs for help

posted: 12/27/2013 3:38 a.m.

ISLAMABAD — An American development consultant abducted by al-Qaida in Pakistan more than two years ago has urged President Barack Obama to help secure his freedom in an impassioned video message released by the group.

Newtown tributes preserved with care

posted: 12/27/2013 3:37 a.m.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Hundreds of thousands of cards, letters, stuffed animals and children’s artwork from around the world flooded into Newtown in the days and weeks after the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Thai violence spawns call for vote delay

posted: 12/27/2013 3:36 a.m.

BANGKOK — After chaotic clashes between the police and anti-government protesters Thursday in Bangkok that left one police officer dead and dozens of people injured on both sides, the Election Commission of Thailand urged the postponement of national elections set for Feb. 2, further clouding the way forward for Thailand after a month of debilitating street protests.

Six peacekeepers killed in Africa

posted: 12/27/2013 3:34 a.m.

BANGUI, Central African Republic — Elodiane Baalbe hid underneath her bed as gunfire echoed around her on Christmas Day in the capital of Central African Republic. When it finally died down Thursday, she made a dash for safety, hiding behind houses as she fled her neighborhood.

The nation in brief

posted: 12/27/2013 3:33 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY ”I would expect all sorts of litigation related to this, but nobody is interested in filing that now because they need the cooperation of these same people to get their systems up and running.” Joe Onek, a longtime Washington attorney and health-law expert, as states running their own health-insurance enrollment operations experience technical difficulties

Lights off 7th day in ice-hit North

posted: 12/27/2013 3:33 a.m.

GARDINER, Maine — Utility officials Thursday said that it could be days longer before power is restored to everyone after a weekend ice storm that turned out the lights from Michigan to Maine and into Canada.

Catholic cleric’s conviction overturned

posted: 12/27/2013 3:32 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA — A Roman Catholic Church official who has been jailed for more than a year for his handling of priest sex-abuse complaints had his conviction reversed and was ordered released Thursday.

In Mississippi schools, blues a learning tool

posted: 12/27/2013 3:31 a.m.

TUNICA, Miss. — In cotton country a couple of miles east of the Mississippi River, just off a road known as the blues highway, fourth-graders at Tunica Elementary School are exploring the Delta’s homegrown music to learn about rhythm, rhyme and chord progression.

Innocent is Ohioan’s plea in girl’s slaying

posted: 12/27/2013 3:30 a.m.

WOOSTER, Ohio — An Ohio man pleaded innocent Thursday in the rape and strangulation of a 9-year-old girl whose body was found in a trash bin at the trailer park where they were neighbors.

The world in brief

posted: 12/27/2013 3:29 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Don’t let any of the incidents happening now affect the will of Egyptians. Never.” Egyptian military chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, addressing military graduates

African talks center on S. Sudan

posted: 12/27/2013 3:29 a.m.

JUBA, South Sudan — African leaders tried Thursday to advance peace talks between South Sudan’s president and political rivals he accuses of attempting a coup to topple the government of the world’s newest country.

Prosecutor in Turkish probe removed

posted: 12/27/2013 3:27 a.m.

ISTANBUL — An Istanbul prosecutor who had been overseeing a corruption investigation of the prime minister’s inner circle was removed from the case Thursday, in a new sign of a power struggle within Turkey’s judiciary and police forces.

Bike-rigged bomb fatal to 5 in India; 6 injured

posted: 12/27/2013 3:25 a.m.

KOLKATA, India — A bomb blast in India’s northeast on Thursday killed at least five people and wounded another six, police said.

Feedback mixed on reversal of cancellations

posted: 12/27/2013 3:25 a.m.

RALEIGH, N.C. — A month after President Barack Obama announced people could keep insurance policies scheduled for cancellation under the federal health overhaul, the reversal has gotten a mixed response from insurers, state regulators and consumers.

Kin weighing offers on brain-dead girl

posted: 12/27/2013 3:24 a.m.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Relatives of a 13-year-old Northern California girl who was declared brain dead after complications from a tonsillectomy are debating whether to accept offers from nursing homes and other groups that have proposed moving the girl so she can be kept on life support.

California transgender law has schools making adjustments

posted: 12/27/2013 3:23 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — With a law that spells out the rights of transgender students in grades kindergarten through 12 set to take effect in California, school districts are reviewing locker room layouts, scheduling sensitivity training for coaches, assessing who will sleep where during overnight field trips and reconsidering senior portrait dress codes.

Two networks join Medicare cost-lowering

posted: 12/27/2013 3:16 a.m.

Two Arkansas health-care provider networks will begin participating in a program next week in which they will be able to earn rewards for lowering the cost of providing care to patients covered by Medicare, a federal agency announced this week.

Driver charged in fatal LR crash

posted: 12/27/2013 3:15 a.m.

A Maumelle woman spent Christmas Day in jail after surrendering to investigators on manslaughter charges stemming from a March 31 crash that killed two people and injured another.

Beet-juice mixture, belly plows to keep state roads ice free

posted: 12/27/2013 3:13 a.m.

Road departments will use beet juice and “belly” plows this winter to try to keep ice off roads in Northwest Arkansas.

Hamilton again up on bench for NLR

posted: 12/27/2013 3:12 a.m.

A weekend meant to be spent with grandchildren and celebrating a family member’s birthday took an abysmal turn for North Little Rock District Judge Jim Hamilton after he awoke on the morning of Sept. 21, a Saturday, with a severe headache.

13 on panel to study homelessness

posted: 12/27/2013 3:12 a.m.

JONESBORO — If not for the support of her family and friends, Heather Clements believes she would have been homeless after a 2010 divorce.

Pediatric dental coverage is a separate insurance on exchange

posted: 12/27/2013 3:10 a.m.

Wendi Cheatham’s daughter was having trouble reading in third grade. A trip to the eye doctor revealed that her eyes weren’t properly tracking words and objects.

Daily record

posted: 12/27/2013 3:09 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.

Suspect in knifing subject of warrant

posted: 12/27/2013 3:08 a.m.

A felony warrant was issued Thursday for a man Van Buren police said stabbed and critically wounded another man during a fight on Christmas Eve.

Police beat

posted: 12/27/2013 3:07 a.m.

Suspect is named in LR carjackings Little Rock police identified a 19-year-old suspect in a pair of carjackings from over the summer.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 12/27/2013 3:06 a.m.

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

Obituaries

posted: 12/27/2013 3:05 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: 12/27/2013 3:05 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 27, 1913 TEXARKANA — Joe Gazzola, a grocer, who weighs more than 200 pounds, made a record “getaway” several nights ago when confronted by armed highwaymen. Instead of giving up his money he left his team and ran down the street calling for help at every jump. After pursuing him about three blocks, the highwaymen gave up the chase and disappeared into the alley.

EDITORIALS: The chronic actor

posted: 12/27/2013 3:03 a.m.

SEAMUS Peter O’Toole was an alcoholic and actor but, thankfully, not in that order. He would win worldwide recognition after he played the title role in David Lean’s magnificent Lawrence of Arabia, which was not only a grand spectacle but historically accurate in its broad outlines.

COLUMNISTS: The front page rule?

posted: 12/27/2013 3:03 a.m.

Should the United States engage in secret, covert or clandestine activity if the American public cannot be convinced of the necessity and wisdom of such activities should they be leaked or disclosed?

OTHERS SAY: Claims don’t hold water

posted: 12/27/2013 3:02 a.m.

Soap companies don’t seem to think soap really gets people, or dishes, clean. About half the liquid soaps they sell in the United States are fortified with bacteria-killing chemicals.

What’s the deal, Canada?

posted: 12/27/2013 3:02 a.m.

Warships from the U.S. Navy will someday be sailing alongside the Royal Canadian Navy supply ships HMCS Queenston and HMCS Chateauguay, perhaps on a NATO exercise or a humanitarian relief mission. That might get awkward if a historically minded American sailor notices that Queenston and Chateauguay are battles where British Canada defeated this country in the War of 1812.

Guest writer: But just barely

posted: 12/27/2013 3:01 a.m.

Igot married to Susan Wade in March of 1969—but just barely.

Move Grandparents Day

posted: 12/27/2013 2:59 a.m.

National Grandparents Day falls in September, on the first Sunday after Labor Day. There’s at least some anecdotal evidence that time of year was chosen because of its “autumn of life” symbolism.

LETTERS

posted: 12/27/2013 2:57 a.m.

Absurd comparisons John Podesta, President Obama’s senior level adviser, compares House Republican leadership to the Jonestown Cult. More recently in the Democrat-Gazette, a letter to the editor compared the Tea Party to the Baader-Meinhof Gang. Then we have some in Eureka Springs comparing the display of American flags to a Nazi celebration.

UA women get it done with defense

posted: 12/27/2013 2:49 a.m.

Breaking 50 points has been tough against Arkansas’ women’s basketball team this season.

UA men’s coach stays in the now

posted: 12/27/2013 2:48 a.m.

The NCAA Tournament is three months away, but ESPN.com already has come out with its first of many projections for the 65-team field.

COLLEGE BOWL GAMES

posted: 12/27/2013 2:47 a.m.

Pittsburgh grinds out bowl game victory James Conner rushed for 229 yards — breaking a Pittsburgh bowl record held by Tony Dorsett — and Chris Blewitt kicked a tie-breaking field goal with 1:17 remaining, lifting the Panthers to a 30-27 victory over Bowling Green on Thursday night in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit.

Packers QB OK to play against Bears

posted: 12/27/2013 2:46 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Aaron Rodgers has been cleared to return from a left collarbone injury, just in time to start Sunday for the Packers against the Chicago Bears in a game to decide the NFC North title.

Second thoughts

posted: 12/27/2013 2:44 a.m.

Laker fans feel Heat these days The Los Angeles Lakers’ loss to the Miami Heat on Wednesday had columnist Jeff Miller of the Orange County (Calif.) Register feeling nostalgic for the days when the Lakers were on top of the basketball world.

Off the wire

posted: 12/27/2013 2:44 a.m.

BASKETBALL NBA admits blown call The NBA said Thursday that its referees made a mistake when they ejected Los Angeles forward Blake Griffin in the Clippers’ 105-103 loss at Golden State on Wednesday night. Griffin was ejected for his second technical with 10:43 left after scuffling with Andrew Bogut, following Warriors forward Draymond Green to the showers after they got into it at the end of the third.

COMMENTARY: Forget budget,Yankees must get Tanaka

posted: 12/27/2013 2:42 a.m.

You needn’t wonder how the New York Yankees reacted when Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was finally put up for auction Tuesday night (delirium) or what the battle plan promises to be (outbid the world).

LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA BOWL: Connor bowls over Bowling Green

posted: 12/27/2013 2:41 a.m.

DETROIT — The way James Conner and Tyler Boyd played in their first postseason game, it’s no wonder Pittsburgh Coach Paul Chryst is excited about next season.

Notes

posted: 12/27/2013 2:41 a.m.

FLORIDA Florida hires Duke’s Roper GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida is turning to Duke’s Kurt Roper to improve the SEC’s worst offense. Coach Will Muschamp is counting on Roper’s previous success in the league and his experience with an up-tempo scheme to get it done. Muschamp announced Roper’s hire Thursday, three days after he agreed to take the job.

POINSETTIA BOWL: Utah St. holds Lynch in check

posted: 12/27/2013 2:40 a.m.

SAN DIEGO — Safety Brian Suite intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble by Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch to help Utah State beat No. 23 Northern Illinois 21-14 on Thursday night in the Poinsettia Bowl.

TODAY’S GAMES

posted: 12/27/2013 2:38 a.m.

Miliary Bowl TIME/TV 1:30 p.m. Central (ESPN) WHERE Annapolis, Md. LINE Marshall by 2½ SERIES RECORD First meeting KEY MATCHUP Marshall QB Rakeem Cato against Maryland’s depleted secondary. Cato has thrown for 3,579 yards and has at least one TD pass in 31 consecutive games.

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS ROUNDUPS

posted: 12/27/2013 2:38 a.m.

GOLDFISH CLASSIC Chapel routs Hazen LONOKE — Leonard Robinson came off the bench to score a game-high 23 points as Watson Chapel rolled to an 82-46 victory over Hazen in a first-round game played at the Gina Cox Center.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Razorback coaches show interest that’s fit for King

posted: 12/27/2013 2:37 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson’s style of play relies heavily on great guard play, and highly-recruited junior shooting guard King McClure is a major target of the Razorbacks.

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS ROUNDUPS

posted: 12/27/2013 2:36 a.m.

GOLDFISH CLASSIC Late shot lifts Batesville LONOKE — Summer Strecker’s putback with 2.6 seconds remaining allowed Batesville to escape with a 51-49 victory over Bald Knob and earned the Lady Pioneers their first victory of the season in a first-round game played at the Gina Cox Center.

Sylvan Hills slips by Mountain Home

posted: 12/27/2013 2:36 a.m.

MOUNTAIN HOME — A 10-0 run to end the third quarter wound up being the difference as the Sylvan Hills Bears knocked off the host Mountain Home Bombers 62-56 on Thursday night in the opening round of the 1 st Arkansas Bail Bonds Tournament at The Hangar.

Tournament schedules and results

posted: 12/27/2013 2:35 a.m.

COKE CLASSIC Arkansas-Fort Smith BOYS THURSDAY’S RESULTS North Little Rock 76, Arkadelphia 46 Springdale 64, Bryant 55 Texas High 83, Fort Smith Southside 56 Fort Smith Northside vs. Subiaco TODAY’S GAMES Winners’ bracket North Little Rock vs. Texas High, 6 p.m. Springdale vs. Fort Smith Northside, 7:45 p.m. Consolation bracket Bryant vs. Subiaco, 2:30 p.m. Arkadelphia vs. Fort Smith Southside, 4:15 p.m.

NFL players still hiding, playing with concussions

posted: 12/27/2013 2:34 a.m.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Detroit Lions tight end Dorin Dickerson is the latest NFL player to stay in a game with a concussion.

Mitsubishi plant in state still in limbo

posted: 12/27/2013 2:32 a.m.

Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas Inc. continues to evaluate how — or if — it will use a $100 million, 200,000-square-foot plant that remains unopened in Fort Smith.

Holiday sales up 3.5% for retailers

posted: 12/27/2013 2:31 a.m.

U.S. retail sales rose 3.5 percent during the Christmas shopping season this year, helped by deep discounts at malls and purchases of children’s apparel and jewelry, MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse said Thursday.

UPS late, so Amazon to refund

posted: 12/27/2013 2:30 a.m.

Online retailer Amazon. com offered its customers $20 gift cards and refunds on shipping charges Thursday after United Parcel Service said overwhelming volume left it unable to deliver some packages by Christmas.

Filings by jobless fall more than forecast; continuing claims up

posted: 12/27/2013 2:28 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Fewer Americans than projected filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, an indication the labor market is improving, economists said.

30-year mortgage rate rises to 4.48%

posted: 12/27/2013 2:27 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages crept higher this week but remained low by historical standards.

Volkswagen passes GM as China’s top foreign carmaker

posted: 12/27/2013 2:26 a.m.

SHANGHAI — Volkswagen is poised to sell more vehicles in China than General Motors for the first time in nine years, regaining its place as the biggest foreign carmaker in the world’s largest auto market.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 12/27/2013 2:24 a.m.

Allens’ filing seeks timeline for buyout Allens Inc. has asked in a bankruptcy court filing that parties interested in buying the struggling canned vegetables company to submit bids by Jan. 14. Allens, of Siloam Springs, also is asking that a sale hearing be held Jan. 24.

Business news in brief

posted: 12/27/2013 2:24 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Slightly higher rates are unlikely to be enough to derail the housing-market recovery as improvement in labor markets and other economic fundamentals keeps the recovery on track.” Gennadiy Goldberg, TD Securities U.S. strategist

MARKET REPORT: Dow posts 50th record close of ’13

posted: 12/27/2013 2:22 a.m.

NEW YORK — The stock market continued its upward climb Thursday as traders went back to work after the Christmas holiday, adding to what has already been a historic year for the market.

PREVIEWS

posted: 12/27/2013 2:21 a.m.

New this week 47 Ronin 73 PG-13 After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai seek the help of a half-breed they once rejected (Keanu Reeves) as they fight their way across a savage world of mythic beasts, shapeshifting witches and wondrous terrors. With Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki,

REVIEW: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

posted: 12/27/2013 2:15 a.m.

An intermittently engaging biopic anchored by a strong if rather one-note performance by the suddenly hot Idris Elba, Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom plays exactly like what it is — an adaptation of the beloved Mandiba’s autobiography.

REVIEW: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

posted: 12/27/2013 2:14 a.m.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty shouldn’t be any good at all.

HOME MOVIES

posted: 12/27/2013 2:13 a.m.

Staying in on New Year’s Eve? Take advantage of the opportunity to swig glasses of bubbly and watch some of Home Movies’ favorite 2013 releases on Blu-ray and DVD: Mud (PG-13, 130 minutes) Arkansan Jeff Nichols’ Mud, filmed around Stuttgart, concerns two nearly feral boys (Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland) who, while roaming the riverbanks that edge their home, run across a fascinating fugitive (Matthew McConaughey) who entices them to help him evade bounty hunters on his trail as well as reunite with his problematic true love (Reese Witherspoon ).

The Wolf of Wall Street

posted: 12/27/2013 2:11 a.m.

The biggest subject for American artists might be “appetite,” the fuse that forces so many of our folk heroes and anti-heroes forward into infamy.

‘Felt like being on the deck of the Titanic,’ The Wolf of Wall Street writer says

posted: 12/27/2013 2:08 a.m.

“It’s human nature to want to be successful, to make it over the club that won’t have you,” says four-time Emmy-winning writer-producer Terence Winter when asked how he can tell stories of crooked politicians and gangsters that don’t send viewers reaching for the remote.

Hobbit outpaces Anchorman

posted: 12/27/2013 2:06 a.m.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug collected $31.5 million for Time Warner and MGM to lead U.S. and Canadian ticket sales for a second straight weekend.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 12/27/2013 2:05 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Who were the so-called “wise men” who came to worship Jesus when He was born? The Bible doesn’t seem to say much about them. — J.K.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/27/2013 2:04 a.m.

Happy birthday. This year features a new way of moving through life. In the next three months, you’ll increasingly be active, first physically and then socially and intellectually. A romantic declaration will be featured in January. Take “before” pictures, because February brings an “after” to your domestic scene. A promotion comes in May.

REVIEW: Grudge Match

posted: 12/27/2013 2:03 a.m.

The boxing movie Grudge Match adopts a desperate rope-a-dope strategy. It does everything in its power to delay and distract you from its inevitable climax — when its stars, 70-year-old Robert De Niro and 67-year-old Sylvester Stallone, “brawl” in the ring.

Film clips

posted: 12/27/2013 2:03 a.m.

At area theaters 82 ABOUT TIME, R A young man, scion of a family where the men have the ability to travel through time, can’t change history, but he can change his life by traveling back and getting a girlfriend — a task that’s not as easy as it seems. (123 minutes)

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 12/27/2013 2:02 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I just purchased an oriental rug. Do you have hints for how to take care of it? I want to keep it looking good.

Super Quiz: Best Picture Oscar winners

posted: 12/27/2013 2:01 a.m.

1. The Windy City 2. An anagram for “swing”

Bentonville Rolls, Springdale Advances

posted: 12/27/2013 2 a.m.

It didn’t matter if Jordan Martin was being guarded or not, she was determined to drive to the basket time and time again.

Springdale Survives

posted: 12/27/2013 2 a.m.

Tereke Eckwood got a pair of Jordan shoes for his 17th birthday Thursday.

Lady Mounties Start Quickly, Hang On

posted: 12/27/2013 2 a.m.

The Rogers Lady Mounties opened up a 9-2 advantage right out of the gate and never trailed in knocked off the Paragould Lady Rams 52-45 Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the First Arkansas Bail Bonds Tournament.

FOR THE RECORD

posted: 12/27/2013 2 a.m.

PREP BASKETBALL BOYS ROGERS HIGH 57, FESTUS, MO. 46 Rogers High opened the US Bank/Rolla (Mo.) High Invitational with an 11-point victory Thursday afternoon. The Mounties (4-4 ) will face either host Rolla or Fulton, Mo. today at 7:30 p.m.

Bentonville Cruises To Victory

posted: 12/27/2013 2 a.m.

Bentonville used its defense to fuel the offense Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, December 26

McDaniel launches investigation into Target security breach

posted: 12/26/2013 4:53 p.m.

The state attorney general has started an investigation into the local impact of the Target security breach that officials said exposed about 40 million shoppers' card information.

U.S. 67 lane closures set for road work in White County

posted: 12/26/2013 3:22 p.m.

SEARCY — Construction work is causing the closure of lanes of U.S. 67 in White County this week.

Obama signs bipartisan budget deal, defense bill

updated: 12/26/2013 3:30 p.m.

HONOLULU — President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan budget deal Thursday easing spending cuts and a defense bill cracking down on sexual assault in the military, marking a modest end to a challenging year for the White House and Congress.

Memphis police identify man killed in shooting

posted: 12/26/2013 11:59 a.m.

Memphis police are investigating a shooting that left a 19-year-old Memphis man dead, the police department said in a statement Thursday.

Region searched for shooter of 2 officers

posted: 12/26/2013 11:41 a.m.

TUPELO, Miss. — Investigators from multiple agencies are canvassing the South for leads after a Tupelo police officer was killed and a second was critically injured in a shootout Monday with suspected bank robbers.

Memphis police: Man charged in brother's Christmas death

posted: 12/26/2013 11:36 a.m.

Police have charged a man in his brother's fatal shooting that occurred early Christmas morning, the Memphis Police Department said in a statement Thursday.

Amazon refunds shipping as UPS misses some Christmas deliveries

posted: 12/26/2013 11:02 a.m.

Amazon.com, the largest online retailer, offered $20 gift cards and refunds on shipping charges after United Parcel Service said overwhelming volume left it unable to deliver some packages by Christmas.

Maine, Michigan hustle to restore power

posted: 12/26/2013 11:01 a.m.

LITCHFIELD, Maine — Snow was falling Thursday morning in places still hustling to get power back on after a weekend ice storm that turned out the lights from Michigan to Maine and into Canada.

MovieStyle: Marty, Mandiba and Mitty

posted: 12/26/2013 11 a.m.

Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street is the biggest movie in another week of big movies; it’s a divisive black comedy starring Leonardo DiCaprio as you’ve never seen him before. But is it any good?

Turkey's Erdogan says he is target of graft probe

posted: 12/26/2013 10:59 a.m.

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's prime minister says he believes he is the ultimate target of a corruption and bribery probe of his allies that has shaken the government.

Top 10 videos of 2013

posted: 12/26/2013 10:47 a.m.

As 2013 draws to a close, we're taking a look back at the year's most popular news videos on Arkansas Online. Some reflect the most intriguing news stories — natural disasters, political scandals and extraordinary crimes — and others reflect the happier side of life in Arkansas.

NLR man accused of chasing man with knife

posted: 12/26/2013 8:48 a.m.

A North Little Rock man was arrested after he chased another man with a knife late Wednesday night, authorities said.

Weekly U.S. jobless claims drop 42,000 to 338,000

posted: 12/26/2013 8:22 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits dropped by 42,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 338,000, the biggest drop since November 2012. But economists say the figures from late November and December are warped by seasonal volatility around the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holidays.

Crashes, icy roads prompt closure of I-40 in Oklahoma

posted: 12/26/2013 8:16 a.m.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has closed part of Interstate 40 eastbound in Oklahoma City because of multiple accidents and icy conditions.

American abducted in Pakistan calls for U.S. help

posted: 12/26/2013 7:49 a.m.

ISLAMABAD — A 72-year-old American development worker who was kidnapped in Pakistan by al-Qaida more than two years ago appealed to President Barack Obama in a video released Thursday to negotiate his release, saying he feels "totally abandoned and forgotten."

China marks Mao's birthday with controlled tribute

posted: 12/26/2013 7:43 a.m.

BEIJING — China's leaders bowed three times before a statue of Mao Zedong on the 120th anniversary of his birth Thursday in carefully controlled celebrations that also sought to uphold the market-style reforms he would have opposed.

10 things to know for Thursday

posted: 12/26/2013 7:37 a.m.

Your daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

Greenpeace activists allowed to leave Russia

posted: 12/26/2013 7:35 a.m.

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Russian authorities on Thursday issued visas to seven of 30 members of a Greenpeace ship crew that allow them to leave the country after dropping criminal charges against them over a protest outside an Arctic oil rig.

Philippine rebels vow to build 25,000-strong force

posted: 12/26/2013 7:33 a.m.

DAVAO, Philippines — Philippine communist rebels have vowed to intensify attacks against government troops and build a 25,000-strong guerrilla force, but the military mocked the target as a "dream."

Activists: Syria will let food into rebel town

posted: 12/26/2013 7:31 a.m.

BEIRUT — Syrian government officials promised to allow food into a rebel-held town near Damascus that has been under military blockade for months, on condition that residents raise the Syrian national flag and rebels hand over heavy weapons, said activists Thursday.

Russia: Arafat's death not caused by radiation

posted: 12/26/2013 7:23 a.m.

MOSCOW — A Russian probe into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has found no trace of radioactive poisoning, the chief of the government agency that conducted the study said Thursday.

African leaders in South Sudan for peace talks

posted: 12/26/2013 7:19 a.m.

JUBA, South Sudan — Fighting persisted in parts of South Sudan's oil-producing region as African leaders Thursday tried to mediate between the country's president and the political rivals he accuses of attempting a coup that the government insists sparked violence threatening to destroy the world's newest country.

Thai election body urges delay in polls amid clash

posted: 12/26/2013 7:17 a.m.

BANGKOK — Thailand's election commission Thursday called for forthcoming polls to be delayed as street battles between security forces and protesters seeking to disrupt the ballot killed a police officer and injured nearly 100 people, dealing fresh blows to the beleaguered government.

U.S. drone strike in Pakistan kills 3 militants

posted: 12/26/2013 7:11 a.m.

ISLAMABAD — A suspected American drone fired two missiles at a home in a northwestern tribal region of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan, killing at least three foreign militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said Thursday.

Warren woman killed in head-on crash

posted: 12/26/2013 6:58 a.m.

A driver was killed Wednesday in Bradley County when an oncoming vehicle crossed the centerline and hit her Chevrolet truck head-on, authorities said.

Arkadelphia man killed in Montgomery County crash

posted: 12/26/2013 6:44 a.m.

An Arkadelphia man was killed Wednesday when the car he was driving crossed the centerline in a curve and struck an oncoming vehicle in Montgomery County, authorities said.

Pope laments persecution of Christians

posted: 12/26/2013 5:36 a.m.

Pope Francis offered Christmas wishes Wednesday for a better world, praying for protection for Christians under attack, battered women and trafficked children, peace in the Middle East and Africa, and dignity for refugees fleeing misery and conflict around the globe.

NSA leaker raises specter of 1984 in video

posted: 12/26/2013 5:31 a.m.

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden invoked George Orwell and warned of the dangers of unchecked government surveillance Wednesday in a televised Christmas message to the British people that reflected his growing willingness to take a public role in the debate he started.

Embassy of U.S. hit by rockets in Kabul

posted: 12/26/2013 5:29 a.m.

A pair of rockets fired by the Taliban struck the U.S. Embassy in Kabul shortly before dawn Wednesday, sending hundreds of U.S. diplomats and aid workers based at the mission scrambling into fortified bunkers to start their Christmas Day, the embassy said.

Egyptian group labeled terrorist

posted: 12/26/2013 5:27 a.m.

Egypt’s military-backed interim government declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization Wednesday, intensifying its campaign of arrests and prosecutions targeting the group’s members and tightening the noose on its network of charities and businesses.

Christians in Iraq targeted; 37 killed

posted: 12/26/2013 5:25 a.m.

Militants in Iraq targeted Christians in three Christmas Day bombings in Baghdad, killing at least 37 people, officials said Wednesday.

N.J. club shooting kills 3, wounds 2

posted: 12/26/2013 5:24 a.m.

Three men were fatally shot during a Christmas morning fight at a New Jersey strip club that began when a man tried to enter the bar with a gun but was stopped by a bouncer, authorities said.

Capitol dome due for overhaul

posted: 12/26/2013 5:23 a.m.

A world-famous symbol of democracy is going undercover, as workers start a two-year, $60 million renovation of the U.S. Capitol dome.

Salvation Army seeks ring’s donor

posted: 12/26/2013 5:22 a.m.

A West Texas widow’s anonymous donation of a ring at a Salvation Army red kettle has prompted an effort to get the piece of jewelry that belonged to her late husband back to her.

Lights flickering on in ice-hit areas

posted: 12/26/2013 5:21 a.m.

Utility crews from Maine to Michigan and into Canada worked Wednesday to restore power to the more than half a million homes in the U.S. and Canada that were left in the dark by last weekend’s ice storm, and people slowly trickled out of shelters to spend Christmas Day in warm homes.

Louisiana home burns; 3 kids die

posted: 12/26/2013 5:19 a.m.

A Christmas Day mobile-home fire killed three children and injured seven others, Louisiana officials said.

3 Turkish Cabinet ministers quit

posted: 12/26/2013 5:18 a.m.

Three Cabinet ministers resigned Wednesday in Turkey, days after their sons were taken into custody in a sweeping corruption and bribery scandal that has targeted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s allies and rattled the government.

Activist-journalist beaten in Ukraine

posted: 12/26/2013 5:16 a.m.

A prominent Ukrainian civic activist and journalist was brutally beaten Wednesday outside Kiev in the latest in a string of attacks on activists and opposition members as weeks of protests calling for the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych and his Cabinet persist.

Israel said set to say new settlements on way

posted: 12/26/2013 5:15 a.m.

Israel likely will announce new plans for construction in Jewish settlements next week, an official said Wednesday, a move that is likely to trigger an international uproar and threaten peace talks with the Palestinians.

Cafe caters to veterans with meals, as safe spot

posted: 12/26/2013 5:14 a.m.

There’s a red-white-and-blue sign in the window of the Veteran’s Cafe and Grille that simply says, “Welcome Home.” And in the four years that Lou Mascherino and his wife, Rhonda, have operated the cafe it has become a home of sorts for vets — a combination diner, military museum and hangout for those who have served America.

Health law not first program to have rocky start

posted: 12/26/2013 5:14 a.m.

Although multiple problems have snarled the rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law, it’s not the first time a new, sprawling government program has been beset by early technical glitches, political hostility and gloom-and doom denouncements.

Fake knee surgery as effective as operation in Finnish study

posted: 12/26/2013 5:12 a.m.

A popular surgical procedure worked no better than fake operations in helping people with one type of common knee problem, suggesting that thousands of people are undergoing unnecessary surgery, a new study in The New England Journal of Medicine reports.

Saudi monarchy raps dissenters

posted: 12/26/2013 5:11 a.m.

With global attention focused on upheaval elsewhere in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia quietly intensified its clampdown on dissent in 2013, silencing democracy advocates and human-rights defenders with arrests, trials and intimidation in what activists say was one of the darkest years ever for their efforts in the U.S.-allied Persian Gulf state.

Assault death toll in Aleppo at 401, Syrian group says

posted: 12/26/2013 5:10 a.m.

A Syrian human-rights group said more than 400 people have been killed during a government bombardment of rebel-held areas of the northern city of Aleppo, and more than one-quarter of the victims are children.

India’s gay activists fear setback on AIDS

posted: 12/26/2013 5:08 a.m.

Gay-rights activists and health workers in India are warning that a Supreme Court ruling criminalizing homosexuality will undo years of progress in fighting AIDS by driving homosexual and transgender people underground.

China denounces visit to war shrine

posted: 12/26/2013 5:08 a.m.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Yasukuni war shrine today in a move that drew a quick rebuke from China.

The world in brief

posted: 12/26/2013 5:07 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Together we can find a better balance, end mass surveillance, and remind the government that if it really wants to know how we feel, asking is always cheaper than spying.” Edward Snowden, the leaker and former National Security Agency contractor, in a Christmas message broadcast on London’s Channel 4

The nation in brief

posted: 12/26/2013 5:06 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It is the symbol of our country. It is an icon that has to be preserved.” Kevin Hildebrand, U.S. Capitol architect’s office on a $60 million, two year project to repair the building’s dome

Names and faces

posted: 12/26/2013 5:05 a.m.

“Anything goes” was the guiding ethos for Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio in making their extravagant dark comedy of Wall Street excess, The Wolf of Wall Street.

In the news

posted: 12/26/2013 5:04 a.m.

Sgt. Jamie Rocque of the Melbourne Police Department in Florida said officers were giving warnings to drivers caught violating traffic laws on Christmas Day, along with lottery tickets that the officers purchased with their own money to spread a bit of holiday cheer while ensuring public safety.

Fighting tobacco use, state at No. 7

posted: 12/26/2013 5:03 a.m.

Alberta Faye Hires smoked for 37 years before she quit, using a 12-week cessation program paid for with the proceeds from a 13-year-old agreement resolving a lawsuit by states against tobacco companies.

Clinton foundation spends $226 million on programs in ’12

posted: 12/26/2013 5:02 a.m.

Former President Bill Clinton’s foundation spent $226 million in 2012 on programs with such aims as providing medicine to AIDS patients in Africa and curbing childhood obesity in the U.S., according to financial information released by the organization.

COMMENTARY: McFadden’s Raiders career near end

posted: 12/26/2013 5 a.m.

If this is the end, it was a rather fitting conclusion to the story of Oakland Raider Darren McFadden.

Hunting triggers fretting over Peabody ducks’ fate

posted: 12/26/2013 4:59 a.m.

The flooded prairies and backwaters along the Arkansas River are a dangerous place during hunting season for even the toughest ducks.

Preachers pray LR violence ends

posted: 12/26/2013 4:57 a.m.

As families nearby cleaned up wrapping paper and put the finishing touches on holiday meals, Jammie Ingram stood in the middle of 15th Street in Little Rock trying to stop the tears welling up in her eyes.

Providers of Christmas meals log busy day, say need on rise

posted: 12/26/2013 4:55 a.m.

Scores of people scurried across the parking lot outside the Trumann Sports Complex on Pecan Grove Road, loading boxes of food into trucks and vans.

Christmas surge in adoptions cheers shelters

posted: 12/26/2013 4:54 a.m.

A German shepherd-mix puppy nuzzled its head into Ariel Council’s neck as she stood at the counter of the Little Rock Animal Village with her husband, Phil Council, on Tuesday afternoon.

LR overseers of 2011 taxes get ’13 review

posted: 12/26/2013 4:50 a.m.

More than $80 million has been collected from the city taxes that voters approved two years ago, said the co-chairman of the citizen committee appointed to oversee the spending, adding that Little Rock residents should feel confident that the funds are being spent appropriately.

Towing firm’s sanctions threaten spot in LR’s rotation

posted: 12/26/2013 4:49 a.m.

A towing company with six cited violations is facing removal from Little Rock’s wrecker rotation list if the owner doesn’t appeal recent state-board sanctions, officials said.

Boyfriend eligible for death in killing

posted: 12/26/2013 4:48 a.m.

The death penalty is still on the table for a Fayetteville man accused of gunning down his girlfriend in a fit of rage, officials said. A confession to police also can be used at trial.

Hot Springs budget gets October sales-tax boost

posted: 12/26/2013 4:47 a.m.

After October sales tax collections were up 6.3 percent compared with 2012, the city is almost 2 percent ahead of projections for the year, Hot Springs Finance Director Dorethea Yates said.

NW Arkansas cities report sales-tax growth

posted: 12/26/2013 4:46 a.m.

Sales tax revenue in Rogers and Bentonville increased by more than 5 percent this month compared with the same period last year, with Fayetteville and Springdale also showing positive increases.

Dean, wife donate $100,000 to UA

posted: 12/26/2013 4:46 a.m.

A University of Arkansas dean and his wife have donated $100,000 to establish two scholarships at the school.

Malvern woman dies in 1-car crash

posted: 12/26/2013 4:44 a.m.

Arkansas State Police said a Malvern woman was killed after losing control of her vehicle on an icy patch of Interstate 30.

Flames consume old vacant school

posted: 12/26/2013 4:44 a.m.

Authorities suspect lightning is to blame for a fire that destroyed a vacant school building in rural Greene County.

Boy shows ‘tis the season’ to give

posted: 12/26/2013 4:43 a.m.

The phrase “Tis the season” means different things to different people. To one 12-yearold boy, it meant spending his shopping money on someone else this Christmas.

5 Spa City men get terms in drug sting

posted: 12/26/2013 4:43 a.m.

Five Hot Springs men arrested June 19 as part of a multiagency operation targeting drug trafficking and violent crime were sentenced Dec. 13 in U.S. District Court.

Civil War website adds 12 podcasts

posted: 12/26/2013 4:42 a.m.

Twelve new podcasts about the state’s Civil War history have been added to the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission website, commission officials announced.

Police beat

posted: 12/26/2013 4:41 a.m.

Crash shakes girl; driver dad faulted North Little Rock police officers arrested a Texas man after an early Christmas traffic accident that left his 12-year-old daughter with minor injuries.

Powerball

posted: 12/26/2013 4:36 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball: 23-28-38-39-56 Powerball: 32 Estimated jackpot: $74 million

Mega Millions

posted: 12/26/2013 4:36 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 23-34-53-58-73 Mega Ball: 2 Estimated jackpot: $35 million Megaplier: 3

No business section

posted: 12/26/2013 4:35 a.m.

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

Other days

posted: 12/26/2013 4:35 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 26, 1913 Tears filled the eyes of several of the prisoners in the city jail yesterday morning when Police Judge James Gerlach told them that they were free to go, and they expressed their gratitude for his kindness.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 12/26/2013 4:34 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.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 12/26/2013 4:33 a.m.

Studio drummer, Grammy Award winner LONG BEACH, Calif. — Studio drummer Ricky Lawson, a collaborator with musicians including Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston, died at a suburban Los Angeles hospital after a brain aneurysm.

Obituaries

posted: 12/26/2013 4:32 a.m.

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

EDITORIALS: The story that won’t stop

posted: 12/26/2013 4:31 a.m.

“Friday’s hearing wasn’t the first whitewash attempted in this long-running scandal. This one may have worked. For now. But the truth has a way of outing, if not now, then surely later.” —Arkansas Democrat-Gazette December 16, 2013

COLUMNISTS: Bits and barbarism

posted: 12/26/2013 4:23 a.m.

This is a tale of three money pits. It’s also a tale of monetary regress—of the strange determination of many people to turn the clock back on centuries of progress.

How to be happy

posted: 12/26/2013 4:22 a.m.

The head of the think tank where I work believes he has discovered the secret of happiness, and he wants to share it with everyone. Don’t worry: I’m not in a cult.

Our farm families

posted: 12/26/2013 4:22 a.m.

Newspaper people get to hang out with the coolest folks: Politicians, athletes, businessmen, singers and songwriters, cops and robbers.

Kindness above all

posted: 12/26/2013 4:21 a.m.

George Saunders writes critically admired short stories and teaches at Syracuse University, where he delivered a widely acclaimed commencement address last year.

LETTERS

posted: 12/26/2013 4:19 a.m.

Not risking life for us Recently you had an editorial about Little Rock’s excessive contribution to employee retirement plans.

2013 STORY OF THE YEAR: Bielema’s Hogs finish on wrong side of record

posted: 12/26/2013 4:13 a.m.

Now that it’s over, Arkansas football Coach Bret Bielema can see why SEC insiders projected the Razorbacks to struggle in his first season at the helm.

Cowboys invested in Orton

posted: 12/26/2013 4:10 a.m.

Kyle Orton and Jon Kitna sat at opposite ends of a couch in the Dallas Cowboys’ locker room Wednesday, turned toward each other and started chatting.

NBA: Thunder surge to huge victory

posted: 12/26/2013 4:09 a.m.

Not only was there no Kevin Durant-Carmelo Anthony showdown, there wasn’t much of a game, either.

NBA: Heat clip Lakers with Kobe missing

posted: 12/26/2013 4:07 a.m.

The Los Angeles Lakers missed having Kobe Bryant out on the court on Christmas Day. Same for LeBron James.

COMMENTARY: Footballs all the same, except this one

posted: 12/26/2013 4:06 a.m.

The football was not in his locker.

Tanaka released, can play in States

posted: 12/26/2013 4 a.m.

Masahiro Tanaka, the pitching ace who went 24-0 in 2013 as he led the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to a Japan Series title, will be allowed to sign with a major league team for the 2014 season, becoming the latest Japanese star to be allowed to leave for the United States before becoming a free agent.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Items for every gun collection, large and small

posted: 12/26/2013 3:59 a.m.

The new year is a great time to begin building a gun collection.

Survey: Low duck numbers in Delta

posted: 12/26/2013 3:59 a.m.

Waterfowl hunters are likely seeing a decrease in number of ducks in the state’s Delta region in recent weeks, according to an aerial survey.

Williams wins third AP Athlete of Year award

posted: 12/26/2013 3:57 a.m.

Serena Williams likes to make one thing clear: She is never satisfied, no matter how many matches and tournaments she wins. Driven as ever, Williams won plenty this year.

Arkansas year in review

posted: 12/26/2013 3:52 a.m.

JANUARY The Arkansas State football team capped a second consecutive 10-victory season by defeating Kent State 17-13 in the GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

TUESDAY’S LATE BOWL GAME: Reynolds, Cooks shine for Oregon State

posted: 12/26/2013 3:49 a.m.

Rashaad Reynolds got to celebrate the end of his college football career with a lei around his neck, an MVP trophy and bragging rights over a possible future NFL player.

NFL notes

posted: 12/26/2013 3:47 a.m.

SAINTS S Frederick signed METAIRIE, La. — The Saints signed safety Terrence Frederick off of Cleveland’s practice squad Wednesday.

MEN’S COLLGE BASKETBALL: Iowa State ramps up to take Classic

posted: 12/26/2013 3:46 a.m.

Iowa State is flying home from its holiday trip to Hawaii with three more victories and its best start in school history.

NBA standings and summaries

posted: 12/26/2013 3:46 a.m.

BULLS 95, NETS 78 CHICAGO (95) Dunleavy 5-10 2-2 13, Boozer 6-11 2-2 14, Noah 3-8 4-4 10, Hinrich 3-5 0-0 6, Butler 4-10 5-6 15, Gibson 9-15 2-2 20, Augustin 4-7 3-4 13, Snell 2-6 0-0 4, Mohammed 0-1 0-0 0, Murphy 0-0 0-0 0, Teague 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 36-74 18-20 95.

Calendar

posted: 12/26/2013 3:45 a.m.

NOTE For additions to this calendar, fax the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at (501) 378-3869. Events also may be emailed to bhendricks@arkansasonline.com

NFL standings

posted: 12/26/2013 3:43 a.m.

SUNDAY’S GAMES All times Central Houston at Tennessee, noon Detroit at Minnesota, noon

TODAY’S GAMES

posted: 12/26/2013 3:41 a.m.

Poinsettia Bowl UTAH STATE (8-5 ) VS. NO. 23 N. ILLINOIS (12-1 ) 8:30 P.M. CENTRAL (ESPN) LINE Utah State by 1.

Second thoughts

posted: 12/26/2013 3:37 a.m.

Raiders’ QB tries dousing agent’s fire The agent for Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor might think his client is being set up to fail by being handed a Week 17 start after losing the job previously to Matt McGloin.

THE WEEKEND TEN

posted: 12/26/2013 3:35 a.m.

1 BRET Rocker and TV “reality” show star Bret Michaels will take the microphone at Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom, 614 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, for a performance at 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Big burgers for little bucks

posted: 12/26/2013 3:32 a.m.

They say $1 doesn’t buy much anymore. Well, they have never been to Bar Louie on a Tuesday night.

CALENDAR

posted: 12/26/2013 3:30 a.m.

Events are free unless otherwise noted.

Fast Forward

posted: 12/26/2013 3:22 a.m.

Things to do next week and next month.

While Deen was fried, Lawson was merely singed

posted: 12/26/2013 3:18 a.m.

When celebrity chefs cut themselves, how much they bleed is a matter of brand.

MUSIC: Two Big Cats come home for a pair of shows

posted: 12/26/2013 3:16 a.m.

Step into the rock ’n’ roll time machine and take a trip back 20 years.

ARE WE THERE YET?: Weekend before new year offers in-state outings

posted: 12/26/2013 3:15 a.m.

One prescription for this weekend, tucked between the clamor of Christmas and noise of New Year’s Eve, is a dose of road-trip relaxation. A leisurely drive to a scenic state park — and then perhaps a hike to counteract the season’s copious calories — can provide an antidote to all the holiday hoopla.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame votes yes on KISS, no on Yes

posted: 12/26/2013 3:13 a.m.

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees were recently announced, which means rock fans still interested in the hall’s machinations or who at least have a rooting interest in the nominees can officially began hailing the voters for their decisions or airing their grievances.

Top 10 ranks TV character deaths in ’13

posted: 12/26/2013 3:11 a.m.

Death, be not proud. Or, on second thought, be proud. Be whatever you like. You never cared what anyone thought, anyway, especially on TV.

Food story of year bigger than Sriracha or Deen

posted: 12/26/2013 3:07 a.m.

It wasn’t Paula Deen’s career implosion. Nor the rise and fall of the Cronut. It wasn’t even the Sriracha apocalypse.

Selected restaurants

posted: 12/26/2013 3:04 a.m.

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

TELL ME ABOUT IT: How far into the weeds are you willing to be dragged?

posted: 12/26/2013 3:03 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: For the past few years, my friend, L., has been receiving personal training from K. They have a long, strange history that until recently had normalized.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/26/2013 3:02 a.m.

Happy birthday. You only dish out what you would like to eat. So your offerings to life are delicious, and life repays you by feeding you all that your heart, mind and body need.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 12/26/2013 3:01 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Is it time in your home to start taking down the decorations, Christmas tree and more? But what can be done with the Christmas tree?

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 12/26/2013 3 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Every year, Christmas just makes me feel guilty, because in spite of my best intentions I always end up spending too much money on gifts for people — often for things they don’t even need. It’s too late to do anything about it now, but why do I do this? — V.L.

Super Quiz: Potpourri

posted: 12/26/2013 2:59 a.m.

1. What gas causes the fizz in many soft drinks? 2. By what name is 3.14159 commonly known? 3. How many watts are there in one kilowatt? 4. What shape is an atoll?

Gift of life: After holidays, need for blood donations high

posted: 12/26/2013 midnight

While the holidays are prime time for charitable giving, American Red Cross officials hope that spirit continues well into January.

RVO Calendar of events starting Dec. 26

posted: 12/26/2013 midnight

RVO Calendar of events starting Dec. 26

A healthier, more delicious meatloaf

posted: 12/26/2013 midnight

The addition of richly flavored dried mushrooms and the whole-grain goodness of bulgur wheat increases the vitamins and minerals and decreases the saturated fat of this meatloaf. The loaf is free-form, rather than baked in a loaf pan, which means more delicious, browned crust. This recipe is large enough to feed a big group or, even better, have leftovers for a cold sandwich the next day.

A healthier, more delicious meatloaf

posted: 12/26/2013 midnight

The addition of richly flavored dried mushrooms and the whole-grain goodness of bulgur wheat increases the vitamins and minerals and decreases the saturated fat of this meatloaf.

Woo pig sooie!: Cave City man ‘calls’ his way into ESPN’s Fan Hall of Fame

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Canaan Sandy of Cave City attended his first Arkansas Razorbacks football game when he was just 2 months old, and he has been a Hogs fan ever since.

Reheat, rehash, repeat: Classic hash recipe makes something new and delicious from holiday leftovers

posted: 12/26/2013 midnight

One of the Christmas presents I’ve looked forward to every year since childhood doesn’t come with wrapping paper or ribbon. It doesn’t even arrive on Christmas Eve or morning. And you’ll never find it under the tree or tucked into a stocking hung by the chimney.

Batter up: Greenbrier athlete signs with UA for softball scholarship

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Autumn Russell became the first Greenbrier athlete — boy or girl — to sign a scholarship with the University of Arkansas last month when she put in writing her commitment to play softball.

OBU plans new football stadium

posted: 12/26/2013 midnight

A “100-Yard Campaign” is now underway to raise money for a new “front door” to the Ouachita Baptist University campus in Arkadelphia.

Tri-Lakes calendar of events starting Dec. 26

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Tri-Lakes calendar of events starting Dec. 26

Memories for Christmas: Conway family’s Christmas decorations accidentally donated

posted: 12/26/2013 midnight

When Lesley Oslica of Conway looked for her family’s treasured Christmas decorations this season, including four special Nativity sets, her heart sank.

Heber Springs woman, 83, earns degree at ASU-Beebe

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HEBER SPRINGS — A 20-something with a Starbucks cup in one hand, an iPhone in the other and wearing a school-mascot sweatshirt and jeans might describe the “typical” college student, but at 83 years old, Marjorie Peterson is the opposite of what someone would envision as a recent college grad.

Hash it out: Classic hash recipe makes something new and delicious from holiday leftovers

posted: 12/26/2013 midnight

One of the Christmas presents I’ve looked forward to every year since childhood doesn’t come with wrapping paper or ribbon.

Grapefruit and Honey Cake: A delicious not-too-sweet dessert

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Q: I’m not big on chocolate. What’s a yummy fruit dessert I can make when entertaining company?

Grapefruit and Honey Cake

posted: 12/26/2013 midnight

Q: I’m not big on chocolate. What’s a yummy fruit dessert I can make when entertaining company?

Wednesday, December 25

Thousands left without power across US and Canada

posted: 12/25/2013 4:54 p.m.

LITCHFIELD, Maine — Utility crews from Maine to Michigan and into Canada worked Wednesday to restore power to the more than half a million homes in the U.S. and Canada that were left in the dark by last weekend's ice storm and people slowly trickled out of shelters to spend Christmas Day at their finally-warm homes.

Las Vegas cab driver finds $300K in back seat

posted: 12/25/2013 2:44 p.m.

LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas cab driver Gerardo Gamboa thought someone left a bag of chocolates in the back seat of his vehicle, but the stash turned out to be $300,000 in cold hard cash.

Egypt names Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group

posted: 12/25/2013 2:04 p.m.

CAIRO — Egypt's military-backed interim government on Wednesday declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, criminalizing all its activities, its financing and even membership to the group from which the country's ousted president hails.

Survey says duck numbers have dropped in state

updated: 12/25/2013 4:06 p.m.

A survey says the numbers of ducks in parts of Arkansas are down from the five-year average.

Arkansas State to break ground on campus in Mexico

posted: 12/25/2013 12:42 p.m.

A Feb. 5 groundbreaking is scheduled for Arkansas State University's new campus in Mexico, a $50 million undertaking that's being funded with private money.

18 migrants dies in capsizing off Turks and Caicos

posted: 12/25/2013 11:48 a.m.

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands — Eighteen people believed to be migrants from Haiti died Wednesday when their overloaded sailboat overturned as their vessel was being escorted to shore in the Turks and Caicos Islands, officials in the British territory said.

Bipartisan bill seeks to boost foreign adoptions

posted: 12/25/2013 11:39 a.m.

Amid partisan conflict in Congress, dozens of lawmakers from both parties have united behind a bill that would encourage more adoptions of foreign orphans by Americans.

VIDEO: Zoo's lions, sloth bear get Christmas surprises

updated: 12/25/2013 12:28 p.m.

It took Thor the sloth bear awhile to warm up to the idea of a large gingerbread house in his enclosure at the Little Rock Zoo Wednesday.

3 Turkish Cabinet ministers resign over probe

posted: 12/25/2013 11:08 a.m.

ANKARA, Turkey — Three Cabinet ministers resigned in Turkey on Wednesday, days after their sons were taken into custody in a sweeping corruption and bribery scandal that has targeted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's allies and rattled the government.

Avoiding health insurance gaps takes persistence

posted: 12/25/2013 10:57 a.m.

CHICAGO — The deadline has passed, and so too the surprise grace period, for signing up for health insurance as part of the nation's health care law. Now what?

Christmas Day bombings in Iraq's capital kill 37

posted: 12/25/2013 10:55 a.m.

BAGHDAD — Militants in Iraq targeted Christians in three separate Christmas Day bombings in Baghdad, killing at least 37 people, officials said Wednesday.

Pope's Christmas wish: hope for a better world

posted: 12/25/2013 10:53 a.m.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis offered Christmas wishes Wednesday for a better world, praying for protection for Christians under attack, battered women and trafficked children, peace in the Middle East and Africa, and dignity for refugees fleeing misery and conflict around the globe.

Seniors, disabled get help feeding furry friends

posted: 12/25/2013 9:32 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — If Meals on Wheels didn't deliver donated dog food, Sherry Scott of San Diego says her golden retriever Tootie would be eating the pasta, riblets and veggie wraps meant for her. But thanks to partnerships between the program for low-income seniors and pet groups across the country, fewer people and pets are going hungry.

2-year renovation starts for Capitol's famous dome

posted: 12/25/2013 9:12 a.m.

WASHINGTON — A world-famous symbol of democracy is going under cover, as workers start a two-year, $60 million renovation of the U.S. Capitol dome.

Obituaries

posted: 12/25/2013 5 a.m.

Harold L. Andrews

In Bethlehem, message love, brotherhood

posted: 12/25/2013 4:13 a.m.

Thousands of Christian pilgrims from around the world packed the West Bank town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations Tuesday, lending warm holiday cheer to the biblical birthplace of Jesus on a cool, clear night.

Sign-up shutouts get time to enroll

posted: 12/25/2013 4:10 a.m.

The Obama administration said Tuesday that it would provide more time for people to sign up for health insurance if they could show that they missed the Tuesday deadline for applications because of problems with the federal health-care website.

Stamps set to climb 3 more cents

posted: 12/25/2013 4:08 a.m.

The U.S. Postal Service’s regulator Tuesday approved price increases amounting to 6 percent on most mail, a step the service’s board called a “last resort” forced by Congress’ failure to pass cost-cutting legislation.

Pump replaced in rare Christmas Eve spacewalk

posted: 12/25/2013 4:06 a.m.

Space-station astronauts repaired a crippled cooling system during a rare Christmas Eve spacewalk Tuesday, braving a “miniblizzard” of noxious ammonia as they popped in a new pump.

Opportunists zeroing in on VA program

posted: 12/25/2013 4:05 a.m.

With every slip and fall, every bruise and ache, the reality set in: Henry Schaffer, 86, could no longer live on his own. So his daughter, Kristi, began searching for a retirement home — and the money to pay for it.

Three in family ‘blessed’ by hearts from donors

posted: 12/25/2013 4:04 a.m.

Deanna Kremis remembers the exhilarating day her young sons first had the energy to race each other up a flight of stairs.

Storm leaves many in cold, dark

posted: 12/25/2013 4:03 a.m.

Repair crews worked around the clock Christmas Eve to restore power lost after a weekend ice storm, but thousands — from Maine to Michigan and into Canada — prepared for a holiday at home without electricity or packed up their wrapped gifts and headed off to stay with family or friends.

Secretive donor funds span repair

posted: 12/25/2013 4:02 a.m.

Three years after a flood wiped out part of a bridge spanning the Elkhorn River in Neligh, residents of the small northeastern Nebraska city received a festive surprise: an anonymous, $650,000 donation to rebuild the historic structure.

Mass grave found in S. Sudan

posted: 12/25/2013 4:01 a.m.

United Nations investigators discovered a mass grave in a rebel-held city in South Sudan, the United Nations said Tuesday, as a possible opening occurred for negotiations to avert civil war in the world’s newest country, where ethnic violence has broken out.

Muslim Africans hit street, tell French: Go

posted: 12/25/2013 3:59 a.m.

Dozens of Muslims marched down the streets of Bangui on Tuesday to demand the departure of French troops who were deployed to Central African Republic this month to try to pacify fighting and who have instead been accused of taking sides in the nation’s sectarian conflict.

Protest sailor gets Russian amnesty

posted: 12/25/2013 3:57 a.m.

A sweeping amnesty that is underway in Russia was extended Tuesday to a member of the crew of the Arctic Sunrise, a Greenpeace International ship seized on the open seas three months ago.

Snowden to make Christmas address for British channel

posted: 12/25/2013 3:55 a.m.

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden will speak directly to Britain in a televised Christmas message, stressing the importance of privacy and urging an end to government surveillance.

Winter storm delays travel, kills five in Britain, France

posted: 12/25/2013 3:53 a.m.

A severe winter storm caused major travel problems in parts of western Europe on Tuesday, stranding passengers traveling for Christmas at Paris and London airports and leaving hundreds of thousands of homes without power.

Nepal’s Maoists yield in deadlock

posted: 12/25/2013 3:50 a.m.

The party of Nepal’s former communist rebels agreed Tuesday to join the Constituent Assembly elected last month, easing a stalemate that has delayed formation of the body responsible for the Himalayan nation’s constitution.

The world in brief

posted: 12/25/2013 3:49 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The message of Christmas is a message of peace, love and brotherhood. We have to be brothers with each other.” Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal, the top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land

The nation in brief

posted: 12/25/2013 3:47 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Our highest priority is making sure that everyone who wants to enroll to have health-care coverage by Jan. 1 is able to do so, particularly since consumers had a hard time accessing healthcare.gov in October and November.” Julie Bataille, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services spokesman

Getting it straight

posted: 12/25/2013 3:46 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 12/25/2013 3:46 a.m.

Debbie Allen has received a nice Christmas present — the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award.

In the news

posted: 12/25/2013 3:45 a.m.

President Jose Mujica of Uruguay signed into law the government’s plan to create a regulated, legal market for marijuana.

4-year degrees up, but state lags

posted: 12/25/2013 3:45 a.m.

More Arkansans hold four-year college degrees than 20 years ago, but new census numbers show that only small pockets of the state have made significant strides in attracting and keeping better-educated residents.

Vet home cited for walk-off patient

posted: 12/25/2013 3:41 a.m.

A report released Monday cites the Fayetteville Veterans Home for failure to promptly assess patients labeled skip-out risks after a patient left unnoticed last month, but Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs officials said steps are being taken to correct the complaints that have been lodged against the home this year.

Initiative roles fuzzy, nameless amendment proposals stuck in limbo

posted: 12/25/2013 3:39 a.m.

In the final days of the 2013 legislative session, the General Assembly passed a law taking away the attorney general’s authority to create popular names for proposed constitutional amendments referred to voters by the Legislature.

State flowers grace D.C. tree

posted: 12/25/2013 3:36 a.m.

In the shadow of the National Christmas Tree, Arkansas wildflowers bloom — at least until the end of the month.

By air, highway, Arkansans head off for holidays

posted: 12/25/2013 3:34 a.m.

Ed Summers of Vilonia is used to greeting military personnel at the state’s largest airport, with it being one of his duties as a family readiness program manager for the 189th Airlift Wing of the Arkansas Air National Guard at Little Rock Air Force Base.

$10,000 of harm said done in jail fire

posted: 12/25/2013 3:31 a.m.

A Pulaski County jail inmate more than doubled the number of charges he faces and did more than $10,000 in damage when he set fire to his cell after smearing feces on its window Monday afternoon, investigators say.

Red-kettle giving is coming up short

posted: 12/25/2013 3:30 a.m.

The recent ice storm and a rare calendar occurrence that shortened the Christmas-shopping season by six days has cost one of the most recognizable charities thousands of dollars in donations.

Whirlpool: Start on neutralizing plant at least a year off

posted: 12/25/2013 3:29 a.m.

Whirlpool Corp. anticipates it taking a year to 18 months to begin the treatment to neutralize a hazardous chemical under its closed Fort Smith plant and to implement other remedies once the state approves a cleanup plan.

Boone County JPs to convene over budget veto

posted: 12/25/2013 3:26 a.m.

Boone County officials have scheduled two special meetings to vote on emergency spending measures necessary to fund county government operations at least through early 2014.

U.S. plays down Buffalo River risks

posted: 12/25/2013 3:26 a.m.

In its reply this week to a lawsuit filed in August over the issuance of loan guarantees for C&H Hog Farms in Mount Judea, near the Buffalo National River, the federal government denied that the pigs will generate nearly 1.8 million gallons of waste or wastewater that will be collected in open-air storage ponds.

3 storm sirens on tap for 2014 in Centerton

posted: 12/25/2013 3:25 a.m.

Residents have asked for storm sirens, and the city is gearing up to give them three.

Spouse faces murder charge

posted: 12/25/2013 3:24 a.m.

A man arrested in the death of his wife earlier this month was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder, according to a court affidavit.

Murder case a dilemma

posted: 12/25/2013 3:24 a.m.

A man accused of two counts of capital murder is creating a conundrum for a Miller County court.

Man, 26, killed in LR street a day after shooting nearby

posted: 12/25/2013 3:23 a.m.

A 26-year-old man was fatally shot on Adams Street Tuesday afternoon, the second killing in that area in less than 40 hours.

Hot Springs to set up fire district

posted: 12/25/2013 3:20 a.m.

The Hot Springs Board of Directors has decided to establish a new Thermal Basin Fire District.

Provost selected at Ozarka College

posted: 12/25/2013 3:20 a.m.

Dennis C. Rittle, the vice president of academic affairs at Ozarka College, will become its provost and executive vice president of learning beginning Jan. 1.

Advisory is lifted for Arkansas River

posted: 12/25/2013 3:19 a.m.

The Little Rock district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last Wednesday lifted a small-craft advisory for the Arkansas River.

3 now charged in 2012 slaying

posted: 12/25/2013 3:18 a.m.

The last of three suspects sought in the November 2012 shooting death of a Hot Springs man was arrested Friday afternoon. The other two were arrested last month.

Recall push stops for 3 in Texarkana

posted: 12/25/2013 3:17 a.m.

Three members of the Texarkana Board of Directors won’t face a recall election after all.

State prisons dial up seized-phones plan

posted: 12/25/2013 3:16 a.m.

Inmates aren’t allowed to have cellphones in Arkansas’ prisons, but that doesn’t stop them from trying.

Christmas closings

posted: 12/25/2013 3:11 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules may be affected by the Christmas Day holiday today.

Early deadlines

posted: 12/25/2013 3:10 a.m.

So our employees could enjoy some time off on Christmas Eve, deadlines were earlier than usual Tuesday.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 12/25/2013 3:10 a.m.

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

Getting it straight

posted: 12/25/2013 3:10 a.m.

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

Obituaries

posted: 12/25/2013 3:08 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: 12/25/2013 3:03 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 25, 1913 MOUNTAIN HOME — Harve Anglin who lives west of town in the Pilgrim Best neighborhood was tried here today on a charge of breach of peace, committed over the telephone.

EDITORIALS: Word from the wise

posted: 12/25/2013 3:02 a.m.

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

A CHRISTMAS EDITORIAL: We wish you …

posted: 12/25/2013 3:01 a.m.

WE WISH YOU an Arkansas Christmas : A bright Christmas morning that wakes you at once. A cold Christmas night that lets you see your breath.

One Solitary Life

posted: 12/25/2013 3 a.m.

He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

posted: 12/25/2013 3 a.m.

The following editorial, among the most famous ever written, appeared in the New York Sun in 1897: We take pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of the Sun.

Under the tree

posted: 12/25/2013 2:59 a.m.

Material things have never really been the focus of my family’s Christmas celebrations ; it’s being together and being grateful for all the blessings we have.

An Arkansas Christmas

posted: 12/25/2013 2:57 a.m.

The first Christmas I remember was 50 years ago today. Those memories of Dec. 25, 1963, are vivid because it was my brother’s last Christmas.

LETTERS

posted: 12/25/2013 2:56 a.m.

Bridge lights A headline in the December 20 paper reads “3 bridges light up, thrilling 5,000.” It takes more than that to thrill me.

Sportsman of the Year Duke pumped up after crowning achievement

posted: 12/25/2013 2:55 a.m.

It was a regal year for the state’s Duke of golf.

Jones: QB Romo not out so far

posted: 12/25/2013 2:51 a.m.

Dallas owner Jerry Jones says the Cowboys aren’t ruling Tony Romo out of a winner-take all game against Philadelphia because doctors could clear him after treating his back injury.

Division II cornerback gets honor

posted: 12/25/2013 2:50 a.m.

Lindenwood University defensive back Pierre Desir is the first winner of the Cliff Harris Award, which will be presented annually to the nation’s top small-college defensive player.

LIKE IT IS: Long list of Arkansans await Santa’s visit

posted: 12/25/2013 2:47 a.m.

‘Tis the day of Christmas and all through the state, people are ready to celebrate, but once again your trusty scribe ran out of time with too many still on his Christmas wish list.

COMMENTARY: Interception provides memorable moment

posted: 12/25/2013 2:43 a.m.

They will knock down Candlestick Park at some point, and the thunder from NaVorro Bowman’s electrifying play Monday still will be echoing when it happens.

Golf report

posted: 12/25/2013 2:40 a.m.

Tour tales from year interesting Steve Stricker made it clear that money was not important.

Reid: A mix, match game Sunday

posted: 12/25/2013 2:29 a.m.

Like someone selecting a wardrobe, Kansas City Chiefs Coach Andy Reid laid out his plans Tuesday for Sunday’s game at San Diego.

Fisher, Martin land two-sport Winston

posted: 12/25/2013 2:28 a.m.

The Winter of Winston continues for Florida State’s redshirt freshman quarterback.

NBA’s Christmas Day schedule less than stellar

posted: 12/25/2013 2:19 a.m.

If the NBA had a Christmas wish, it might be for a different holiday schedule.

Second thoughts

posted: 12/25/2013 2:16 a.m.

No Romo frightening for Dallas For all the attention Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo gets, both positive and negative, columnist Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News wrote he found an explanation why team owner Jerry Jones gave Romo a $108 million contract last March.

Off the wire

posted: 12/25/2013 2:12 a.m.

COLLEGE Army gets new coach Army has hired Jeff Monken as its football coach. Monken spent the last four seasons at Georgia Southern after learning the triple-option offense under Paul Johnson during stints as an assistant at Navy and Georgia Tech.

November new-home sales slip 2.1%

posted: 12/25/2013 2:11 a.m.

Sales of new homes slipped slightly in November after a big surge the previous month. The figures add to evidence that the housing market is struggling to sustain the pace of its recovery.

U.S. durable goods jump 3.5%

posted: 12/25/2013 2:11 a.m.

Businesses stepped up their orders for long-lasting manufactured goods in November, and a key category that signals business investment plans climbed at the fastest pace in 10 months.

S.C. city gets name in the pot for jobs making Boeing jets

posted: 12/25/2013 2:09 a.m.

It’s the only city outside Renton and Everett, Wash., where new Boeing passenger jets roll off the assembly line. Yet North Charleston has appeared more an onlooker than a player in the fast-moving 777X drama.

Collapse victims get cash promise

posted: 12/25/2013 2:02 a.m.

Eight months after the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed in Bangladesh, killing more than 1,100 workers, several prominent retailers and labor groups have joined with the Bangladesh government to create an estimated $40 million compensation fund to help the victims’ families.

Banking woes stir concerns in China

posted: 12/25/2013 2:01 a.m.

For the second time in six months, a shortage of cash in one corner of China’s banking industry has stirred anxiety in financial markets.

Employers take steps to prevent burnout, temper turnover

posted: 12/25/2013 1:58 a.m.

Volkswagen turns off some employees’ email 30 minutes after their shifts end. Goldman Sachs is urging junior staff to take weekends off.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks get lift before Christmas

posted: 12/25/2013 1:57 a.m.

Stocks rose in a holiday-shortened trading day Tuesday, helped by a report that showed American companies were investing in their businesses at the fastest pace since January.

Business news in brief

posted: 12/25/2013 1:56 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Manufacturing is on firmer footing.We’ll see less fiscal drag in 2014. Increasing final demand will translate into more orders for durable goods.” Ryan Sweet, Moody’s Analytics Inc. senior economist Article, 1D

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 12/25/2013 1:55 a.m.

Fort Smith mall sold in $43.3 million deal Inland Real Estate Corp., a publicly traded real estate investment trust, has purchased the Fort Smith Pavilion mall for $43.3 million.

Nips, dips and chips

posted: 12/25/2013 1:55 a.m.

Dips, spreads, crackers and other nibbles are among the foods we look forward to this time of year (along with eggnog, sparkling wine, chocolate-covered cherries and fudge), and while the pre-Christmas parties and gatherings have come to pass, the season isn’t over yet.

FRONT BURNER: Some of 2013’s best in food-related stuff

posted: 12/25/2013 1:38 a.m.

As this is the last Front Burner column of 2013 I decided it would be a good time to look back at some of my favorite food-related discoveries of the year.

Cooking for two

posted: 12/25/2013 1:34 a.m.

Spritzed with a little olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper, salmon takes on a buttery texture when roasted in a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes.

Stars shine in cookbook with easy, varied recipes

posted: 12/25/2013 1:32 a.m.

We all wonder what celebrities eat, right? Well, thanks to a new book by a pair of music industry insiders, we have a first-hand glimpse of what is on the dinner tables in the homes of Michael Buble, Clay Aiken, Reba McEntire, Andrea Bocelli and other music royalty.

UNCORKED: Champagne mixes trio of grape juices

posted: 12/25/2013 1:31 a.m.

“I drink [Champagne] when I am happy and when I am sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it unless I’m thirsty.” — Madame Bollinger

7 day menu planner

posted: 12/25/2013 1:26 a.m.

SUNDAY: Prepare Apple-Glazed Lamb Chops for family day.

Slim pickings

posted: 12/25/2013 1:21 a.m.

WHAT: Daily Greens raw and cold-pressed green juices STATS: Varies by flavor.

IDEA ALLEY: Lasagna, sweets cover food bases

posted: 12/25/2013 1:20 a.m.

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

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Now meatball fans can pick gluten-free

posted: 12/25/2013 1:18 a.m.

Today is Christmas and I hope those of you who celebrate it are enjoying the day. I also hope Santa was good to you and that your tummies are or soon will be full from a good meal. And maybe there’s even a nap in your future.

BELIEVE IT OR HO-HO!

posted: 12/25/2013 1:17 a.m.

Arkansas made Christmas a state holiday in 1838 - 32 years before President Ulysses S. Grant declared Christmas a federal holiday!

Creature feature

posted: 12/25/2013 1:12 a.m.

When my dog was a puppy, I taught her to spin in a circle on command. Actually, I taught her the cue to spin. Simone spun all on her own when she was excited or wanted attention, which was pretty much all the time.

Pediatrician debunks five popular seasonal myths

posted: 12/25/2013 1:10 a.m.

Winter brings hot chocolate, holidays and some really stubborn seasonal myths.

PARENTING: Hurt feelings are the desired result of discipline

posted: 12/25/2013 1:10 a.m.

Q My 6-year-old daughter has recently learned to say, “You’re hurting my feelings.” This is part of her school’s anti-bullying program. The problem is she’s now saying it to me when I discipline her. What should I say to her? In exasperation I’ve said, “You hurt my feelings when you disobey me.” That seems to have some, admittedly small, effect.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 12/25/2013 1:07 a.m.

Jazz musician, Grammy-winner in 1987 SHUTESBURY, Mass. — Grammy-winning musician and composer Yusef Lateef, one of the first to incorporate world music into traditional jazz, has died. He was 93.

MONEY MANNERS

posted: 12/25/2013 1:07 a.m.

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: I don’t trust my late ex-husband’s lawyer. In accordance with my ex’s will, his entire estate has gone into a trust, from which I receive the income. And, also in accordance with his will, the trust is being managed by his attorney. The problem is, I don’t like this man, and I don’t trust him for a minute to act in my best interests. So how do I ensure that the trust is being properly managed? Must I go to the expense of hiring my own attorney to oversee this guy? That doesn’t seem fair. — J.H.

EX-ETIQUETTE

posted: 12/25/2013 1:05 a.m.

Q My ex cheated and broke up our family, which we worked hard to blend for over 20 years.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/25/2013 1:03 a.m.

Happy birthday. Those you meet in January highlight your outgoing, fun-loving nature. February begins a project that will continue through 2014. A temporary move in March helps you understand how others live.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 12/25/2013 1 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: For Christmas dinner, I will once again host family and friends and make a turkey as the main dish. Is it really true that turkey makes you tired when you eat it? — Carol J. in New Hampshire

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 12/25/2013 12:59 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Yesterday, my 9-year-old son asked me why we celebrate Christmas, and I didn’t know what to tell him, except that it marked Jesus’ birthday. What more could I have said? — M.M.L.

Super Quiz: Christmas? (Provide any suitable noun starting with the given letter.)

posted: 12/25/2013 12:56 a.m.

1. Christmas: B 2. Christmas: C 3. Christmas: D 4. Christmas: E

GADGETS & GIZMOS

posted: 12/25/2013 12:35 a.m.

This silicone-nylon composite trivet by Joseph Joseph is ideal for serving hot dishes while protecting the surface of the table or counter top.

Tuesday, December 24

Christmas Eve shooting leaves 1 dead in Little Rock

posted: 12/24/2013 4:35 p.m.

Police say a man was killed in a Tuesday afternoon shooting in Little Rock.

Little Rock police seek missing paraplegic

posted: 12/24/2013 3:08 p.m.

Police in Little Rock are searching for a missing man who they say is a paraplegic confined to a wheelchair and has several medical ailments.

Five things to know about tracking Santa's journey

posted: 12/24/2013 2:27 p.m.

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — For kids who can't wait for Santa to arrive, the North American Aerospace Defense Command has a Christmas treat.

Astronauts complete rare Christmas Eve spacewalk

posted: 12/24/2013 1:39 p.m.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — It's a wrap for NASA's Christmas Eve spacewalk.

Man in Santa Claus suit shot in D.C. with pellet gun

posted: 12/24/2013 1:03 p.m.

WASHINGTON — A man dressed as Santa Claus at a toy giveaway in southeast Washington, D.C., is recovering after being shot in the back with a pellet gun.

Family: Believe it or Ho-Ho?

posted: 12/24/2013 11:15 a.m.

A cat that squalls at Christmas is considered bad luck.

Last-minute gift buyers take to mall

posted: 12/24/2013 11:14 a.m.

Dianne Kennedy had a good reason for waiting until the final day to get her Christmas shopping done, but that didn't make the task any less daunting.

New signs to promote Walnut Ridge tourism

posted: 12/24/2013 11:11 a.m.

WALNUT RIDGE — New signs are going up in northeast Arkansas to promote tourism in the Walnut Ridge area.

Storm delays hit Gatwick airport, much of Britain

posted: 12/24/2013 11:08 a.m.

LONDON — A severe winter storm has caused major travel problems in Britain, leading to substantial delays Tuesday at London Gatwick Airport and on roads and rail lines at the height of the Christmas travel period.

Food: Snacks for celebrating

posted: 12/24/2013 11:06 a.m.

Dips, spreads, crackers and other nibbles are among the foods we look forward to this time of year (along with eggnog, sparkling wine, chocolate-covered cherries and fudge), and while the pre-Christmas parties and gatherings have come to pass, the season isn’t over yet.

Snowden to address Brits in Christmas program

posted: 12/24/2013 11:04 a.m.

LONDON — Britain's Channel 4 says National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden will speak directly to Britain in its annual "Alternative Christmas Message," a slot typically reserved for provocative or offbeat addresses.

U.S. mortgage applications tumble to a 13-year low

posted: 12/24/2013 10:08 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for mortgages has fallen 63 percent since a May peak, reflecting a cooling housing market and higher borrowing rates.

Bombing at Egypt police station kills 13

posted: 12/24/2013 10:06 a.m.

MANSOURA, Egypt — A powerful blast tore through a police headquarters in an Egyptian Nile Delta city early Tuesday, killing 13 people, wounding more than 100 and leaving victims buried under rubble in the deadliest bombing yet in a months-long wave of violence blamed on Islamic militants.

Russia buys $3 billion worth of Ukrainian bonds

posted: 12/24/2013 9:58 a.m.

MOSCOW — Russia has bought $3 billion worth of Ukrainian bonds in a bid to support its neighbor's economy, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday.

Memphis Symphony to pay tribute to Elvis

posted: 12/24/2013 9:24 a.m.

MEMPHIS — The Memphis Symphony Orchestra will give a performance That's All Right Mama when it launches a year-long celebration of 60 years of Rock and Roll and a salute to Elvis Presley.

Fire consumes Memphis funeral home

posted: 12/24/2013 9:16 a.m.

MEMPHIS — A Memphis funeral home has caught on fire with six bodies inside the facility when the blaze broke out.

U.N. finds mass grave in South Sudan, 75 feared dead

posted: 12/24/2013 9:14 a.m.

BERLIN — The United Nations said Tuesday that its staff members have found a mass grave in South Sudan's oil rich Unity State.

Man gets in car stopped at light, police say

posted: 12/24/2013 8:51 a.m.

An intoxicated Jacksonville man was arrested Monday afternoon after he got into a car stopped at a Little Rock traffic light, authorities said.

Vacant school burns down in northeast Arkansas

posted: 12/24/2013 8:50 a.m.

PARAGOULD — Authorities suspect lightning is to blame for a fire that destroyed a vacant school building in rural Greene County.

McDaniel again rejects wording of marijuana proposal

posted: 12/24/2013 8:39 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has again rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure that would legalize marijuana in Arkansas.

Woman, 66, accused of cutting man, throwing knife

posted: 12/24/2013 8:35 a.m.

A 66-year-old Pulaski County woman is accused of cutting a man with a knife and then throwing the weapon at him, according to a police report.

U.S. durable goods orders jumped 3.5% in November

posted: 12/24/2013 8:35 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Businesses stepped up their orders for long-lasting manufactured goods in November. And a key category that signals business investment plans climbed at the fastest pace in 10 months.

Work on U.S. 67 requires detour in White County

posted: 12/24/2013 8:26 a.m.

Highway officials will create a detour off U.S. 67 in White County two days this week while crews make repairs.

Report of man begging for gas money leads to chase, police say

posted: 12/24/2013 8:20 a.m.

A driver led police on a pursuit for several miles early Tuesday after an officer went to investigate a report he was begging for gas money in North Little Rock, authorities said.

Crowds gather in Bethlehem for Christmas

posted: 12/24/2013 7:42 a.m.

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Large crowds have begun to gather in the biblical town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations.

Utah turns to higher court to halt gay marriage

posted: 12/24/2013 7:38 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah state lawyers have again turned to a Denver-based federal appeals court in their bid to put a stop to gay couples getting married, saying the state should not be required to abide by one judge's narrow view of a "new and fundamentally different definition of marriage."

New Syrian airstrikes kill at least 15 in Aleppo

posted: 12/24/2013 7:33 a.m.

BEIRUT — A new round of Syrian government air raids on rebel-held areas of the northern city of Aleppo killed at least 15 people Tuesday, including three children, activists said.

Astronauts make rare Christmas Eve spacewalk

posted: 12/24/2013 7:29 a.m.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Two space station astronauts ventured out on a rare Christmas Eve spacewalk Tuesday, hoping to wrap up urgent repairs to a cooling system.

Ex-Fayetteville officer accused of rape

posted: 12/24/2013 7:04 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — A former Fayetteville police officer has a January court date to face rape charges.

GAC names basketball players of the week

posted: 12/24/2013 7:02 a.m.

RUSSELLVILLE — The Great American Conference has named Arkansas-Monticello guard Jared Harrison and Southern Arkansas guard Allie Wade as the GAC men's and women's basketball players of the week.

In the news

posted: 12/24/2013 5:39 a.m.

Shezanne Cassim, a 29-year-old U.S. citizen, was one of eight people sentenced to prison in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, after being convicted of defamation for making a satirical video about would-be “gangsta” youth in the Persian Gulf Arab city-state.

Desegregation wrap-up plan gets final-day Sherwood static

posted: 12/24/2013 5:38 a.m.

Monday’s deadline for reacting to a tentatively approved settlement of the state’s desegregation obligations in Pulaski County generated written concerns about restrictions in the agreement to the formation of new school districts.

Care sign-up deadline shifts again, by day

posted: 12/24/2013 5:35 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The official deadline arrived Monday for Americans to sign up through the new federal health-insurance exchange for health plans that begin Jan. 1. But, without any public announcement, President Barack Obama’s administration officials changed the rules so that people will have an extra day to enroll, according to two individuals with knowledge of the switch.

Deadline near, 10,000 call to get insurance help

posted: 12/24/2013 5:32 a.m.

More than 10,000 phone calls poured into the Arkansas Department of Human Services’ Batesville call center for help on health-insurance enrollment Monday as the deadline for federal coverage that would start Jan. 1 nears.

Consumer spending up 0.5%

posted: 12/24/2013 5:31 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Consumer spending rose in November by the most in five months as discounts drew early Christmas shoppers, giving the U.S. economy a little momentum at the end of 2013.

Snowden: Leaks gave society shot at change

posted: 12/24/2013 5:29 a.m.

MOSCOW — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden says he has accomplished what he set out to do after leaking NSA secrets that have caused a reassessment of U.S. surveillance policies.

Father of AK-47 design dies at 94

posted: 12/24/2013 5:26 a.m.

Lt. Gen. Mikhail Kalashnikov — the arms designer credited by the Soviet Union with creating the AK-47, the first in a series of rifles and machine guns that would associate his name with modern war and become the most abundant firearms ever made — died Monday in Izhevsk, the capital of the Udmurtia republic, where he lived. He was 94.

Names and faces

posted: 12/24/2013 5:25 a.m.

Universal Pictures has delayed the release of Fast & Furious 7 for almost a year, after the death of star Paul Walker. The studio announced Monday that the Fast & Furious sequel will be released in April 2015, instead of July next year. Shooting on the film was about halfway finished when the 40-year-old Walker died in a car crash outside of Los Angeles.

Kuwaiti Cabinet, near revamp, quits

posted: 12/24/2013 5:24 a.m.

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait — Kuwait’s Cabinet resigned Monday, the country’s official news agency reported, ahead of a reshuffle and plans by some legislators to submit a number of ministers to parliamentary grilling.

Rain, ice taper, but cold to continue

posted: 12/24/2013 5:24 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Parts of the country struck by a wild weekend storm will be covered with ice and without power through Christmas and beyond because of freezing rain and cold temperatures.

Gay nuptials continue in Utah

posted: 12/24/2013 5:23 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge Monday allowed gay marriage to continue in Utah, rejecting a request to put same-sex weddings on hold as the state appeals a decision that has sent couples flocking to county clerk offices for marriage licenses.

The nation in brief

posted: 12/24/2013 5:16 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We expected Utah to be the last place we could get married.” Adam Blatter, who married his domestic partner Monday, on a federal judge overturning Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage Friday, then rejecting a request from the state Monday to put a stop to the weddings

Pension funds give millions in bonuses

posted: 12/24/2013 5:16 a.m.

AUSTIN, Texas — The two largest public pension funds in Texas are set to pay $9.4 million in bonuses this year to managers overseeing investments for former state employees and teachers, a newspaper reported Monday.

The world in brief

posted: 12/24/2013 5:15 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’m calling for a boycott of the Olympic Games. What is happening today — releasing people just a few months before their term expires — is a cosmetic measure.” Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, one of two members of a Russian punk rock band freed from prison Monday in a move largely viewed as an attempt to soothe criticism of Russia’s humanrights record before the games in Sochi in February

Russian punk band out of prison

posted: 12/24/2013 5:11 a.m.

KRASNOYARSK, Russia — The last two imprisoned members of a Russian punk band walked free Monday and criticized the amnesty measure that released them as a publicity stunt, with one calling for a boycott of the Winter Olympics to protest Russia’s human-rights record.

45 killed in Syria as air raids widen

posted: 12/24/2013 5:09 a.m.

BEIRUT — Government forces widened a bombing campaign in rebel-held areas of northern Syria on Monday, striking the northern city of Aleppo and a town on the Turkish border in raids that left an estimated 45 people dead, activists said.

Sandy rebuilding slow; money impeded by bureaucracy

posted: 12/24/2013 5:07 a.m.

NEW YORK — As a second new year since superstorm Sandy approaches, many coastal residents still are waiting for New York, New Jersey and New York City to distribute billions of federal dollars that were intended to go directly to people struggling to rebuild their homes.

Foreigners trapped in S. Sudan as deaths climb

posted: 12/24/2013 5:06 a.m.

NAIROBI, Kenya — British, Canadian and Kenyan citizens are among 3,000 foreigners trapped in a South Sudan city experiencing bouts of heavy machine-gun fire, one of the most violent areas of a weeklong conflict that likely has killed more than 1,000 people, a top United Nations official said Monday.

Hard-hit areas cleaning up after storms

posted: 12/24/2013 5:04 a.m.

Flurries dusted Northwest Arkansas on Monday afternoon, and meteorologists predicted more snow to fall across the northern tier through the night while other areas are cleaning up from tornadoes that preceded the cold front.

Beebe seeks aid for 15 counties

posted: 12/24/2013 5:03 a.m.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has requested federal disaster aid for 15 counties affected by ice and snow during a Dec. 5-6 winter storm.

Osborne home given to city; Redfield planning to sell it

posted: 12/24/2013 5:01 a.m.

REDFIELD — The Little Rock home once owned by the late philanthropist Jennings Osborne and his family has been deeded to Redfield by a businessman who bought the property at an auction held last year, officials said Monday.

‘Priority’ schools to get aid

posted: 12/24/2013 4:59 a.m.

Arkansas is one of seven states that will receive a portion of $43.4 million to continue efforts to “turn around” low-performing schools, the U.S. Education Department announced Monday.

LR shelter sees more visitors after food-stamp cuts

posted: 12/24/2013 4:58 a.m.

Little Rock Compassion Center volunteers have noticed many new faces since the recent funding cut in the federal food-stamp program, and they are asking for donated food and volunteers to help deliver 1,000 meal baskets to the poor this week.

NLR rezoning request for elderly care denied

posted: 12/24/2013 4:57 a.m.

In front of a full City Council chamber Monday, North Little Rock aldermen turned down a request to allow a house in the Lakewood neighborhood be rezoned to let a business set up care for three elderly or disabled people.

Police find man fatally shot in car

posted: 12/24/2013 4:55 a.m.

Little Rock detectives are investigating the killing of a man who was found shot in his car early Monday morning.

Police say video shows ex-officer killing his wife

posted: 12/24/2013 4:55 a.m.

A former Lonoke County reserve deputy who is charged in the Thursday shooting death of his wife shot her before shooting himself, but told an Arkansas State Police detective she had shot him, according to a police affidavit released Monday.

Attorneys ordered to share videos

posted: 12/24/2013 4:54 a.m.

A Pulaski County Circuit judge on Monday ordered state attorneys to hand over video recordings to a former Arkansas State Hospital nurse’s attorney, including one that the plaintiff says could exonerate her.

Minnesotan to lead state teachers union

posted: 12/24/2013 4:54 a.m.

Tom Dooher, a longtime Minnesota teacher and leader, is the newly appointed executive director of the Arkansas Education Association, organization President Brenda Robinson has announced.

3 arrested in robbery of musician’s parents

posted: 12/24/2013 4:53 a.m.

VAN BUREN — Three Crawford County residents are expected to be charged in the home invasion last week in which a Chester couple were threatened at gunpoint and robbed of money and jewelry, sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jimmy Damante said.

2 killed after car strikes trees in LR

posted: 12/24/2013 4:52 a.m.

Two women were killed after their car crashed and caught fire late Sunday, police said.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 12/24/2013 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.

Alternative-teacher program recruiting

posted: 12/24/2013 4:50 a.m.

An alternative certification program that places teachers in classrooms is recruiting fellows for its second school year of operation.

UA student pleads innocent in deaths

posted: 12/24/2013 4:50 a.m.

A University of Arkansas student pleaded innocent Dec. 13 to two first-degree manslaughter charges.

Pet shelter open today, Christmas

posted: 12/24/2013 4:48 a.m.

Little Rock Animal Village will be open for adoptions today and Christmas Day, according to the city.

Obituaries

posted: 12/24/2013 4:48 a.m.

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

Obituary deadline

posted: 12/24/2013 4:47 a.m.

Because of production deadlines on Christmas Eve, obituaries for publication in Wednesday’s editions must be submitted by noon today.

Other days

posted: 12/24/2013 4:47 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 24, 1913 County Judge Joe Asher is meeting with hearty endorsement from Pulaski county farmers who believe his plan for planting pecan trees along the country roads will mean much toward increasing the appearance and beauty of the rural sections. He has received word from Dr. J. H. Estes and Dr. O. P. Robinson, both living on the Alexandria pike, to the effect that they are setting out the trees along the road in front of their respective farms. M. D. L. Cook, owner of a farm in Lonoke county, also has announced he will set out pecan trees along his pike forming a continuance of that started in Pulaski county.

Police beat

posted: 12/24/2013 4:47 a.m.

Boy, 12, shot while aiding older brother A 12-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the foot while helping his 18-year-old paraplegic brother into bed Monday evening, Little Rock police said.

NLR council OKs $60.1 million ’14 budget

posted: 12/24/2013 4:45 a.m.

City aldermen approved North Little Rock’s $60.1 million general fund budget Monday night, though several spoke with caution about how to approach the city’s future budgets.

2nd brother pleads guilty in ’12 killing

posted: 12/24/2013 4:44 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — A second brother from Prairie Grove has pleaded guilty for his role in the December 2012 murder of Ronnie Lee Bradley outside Prairie Grove.

Daily record

posted: 12/24/2013 4:44 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. Marriage Licenses Alpha Cobin II, 40, and Ebony Levingston, 28, both of Little Rock. Duran Colding, 25, and Della Rogers, 20, both of North Little Rock. Brandon Dixson, 21, and Shuai Zhang, 24, both of Little Rock. Nathaniel Inman, 23, and Randilyn Raiford, 23, both of North Little Rock. Micheal Jones, 42, and Martha Rose, 44, both of Fort Smith. Jeauxsef Keating, 19, of Bastrop, La. and Rebecca Allen, 20, of Collinston, La. Donald Kuhm, 64, of Millington, Tenn. and Nora Gilliam, 43, of Little Rock. William Lusk, 57, and Jennifer Sibley, 53, both of Little Rock. Syed Shah, 29, and Aisha Ahmad, 26, both of Little Rock. Jacob Stoute

EDITORIALS: Stop the presses!

posted: 12/24/2013 4:43 a.m.

Twas the night before Christmas and the newsroom was dour, There’d be no Christmas cheer for another two hours. The paper was edited and not far from done. All that was left was a checklist and sending A1. Then out of the quiet came an alert on the wire. Editors lurched to their screens to see what was on fire. For half a minute, they read … with nary a peep. Then the news editor let out with a “nuts!” and a bleep! “There’s been an accident somewhere over Atlanta, A sleigh has been found but there’s no sign of Santa!” Adrenaline kicked in, editors sprang into action. The newsroom filled up in a collective reaction. “Crumb!” said the proof-reader, “Darn” said the slot. “Someone call the bosses, tell them what we’ve got.” Orders went out, there was tension to spare. Cuss words ebbed and flowed in the dusty old air. The Opinion folks peeked out from their half-opened door, looking for controversy, which they adore. “What’s all the hubbub, what’s all the drama? pretty-please, tell us it’s the fault of Obama.” The

COLUMNISTS: North Pole myths

posted: 12/24/2013 4:35 a.m.

Forget Santa Claus’s ethnicity—what’s his nationality? Canada’s recent announcement that it may try to extend its territory to include the North Pole has led to a debate over who owns this Arctic area, about 1.3 times the size of the United States. Let’s consider some of the biggest misconceptions about the North Pole and how its landscape is changing.

Holiday heritage: A Christmas digest

posted: 12/24/2013 4:29 a.m.

In John Brummett’s absence, Dana Kelley offers one of his favorite columns, which originally appeared Dec. 26, 2003.

True Santas of Christmas

posted: 12/24/2013 4:27 a.m.

Merry Christmas 2013, everyone. The original version of the following column was published in December of 2004. But I like to run it regularly at Christmastime as a reminder, since its message remains eternally relevant.

LETTERS

posted: 12/24/2013 4:26 a.m.

Higher education pass What a relief for the citizens of Arkansas. The prosecutor looking into one of the circuses at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, the Advancement Office, found no criminal activity in the long series of missteps at the office. In the wonderful, wacky world of state-run higher education, where irresponsibility and wastefulness are the norm, we are hardly surprised by any of the stories coming from the various universities around the state.

Jail confusion results in short-lived freedom

posted: 12/24/2013 4:23 a.m.

FORT SMITH — Sebastian County sheriff’s deputies Monday arrested a jail inmate who was awaiting a transfer to state prison — four days after they mistakenly released him from jail.

Christmas Day closings

posted: 12/24/2013 4:22 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules may be affected by the Christmas Day holiday on Wednesday.

Repairs to U.S. 67 to require detour

posted: 12/24/2013 4:22 a.m.

Repair work will require closures Thursday and Friday of the northbound lane of U.S. 67 between mile markers 51 and 55 in White County, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Anderson salutes crowd at Verizon

posted: 12/24/2013 4:20 a.m.

Arkansas, which has won 21 consecutive games at Walton Arena since losing to Syracuse last season, finally has a winning streak at Verizon Arena, too.

Gus bus refuels with AP honor

posted: 12/24/2013 4:18 a.m.

AUBURN, Ala. — Gus Malzahn, the 48-year-old former Arkansas high school football coach who took Auburn from SEC chumps to SEC champs in a 13-game span, has been named college football’s national coach of the year by the Associated Press.

Romo out?

posted: 12/24/2013 4:17 a.m.

IRVING, Texas — Tony Romo limped so badly on one play against Washington, he barely made it to the spot where he had to hand off.

LIKE IT IS: Duke skipping tournament, not induction

posted: 12/24/2013 4:16 a.m.

Sunday’s announcement of the latest class of Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame inductees left no doubt this is another great class.

TOP 25 MEN: Cyclones cruise past Zips

posted: 12/24/2013 4:15 a.m.

HONOLULU — Georges Niang and Iowa State just keep rolling along. The program’s fastest start is within reach, and it looks as if the Cyclones could take down a few school records this season.

THE RECRUITING GUY: UA commitment engages kindergarten class

posted: 12/24/2013 4:13 a.m.

El Dorado defensive lineman Bijhon Jackson, an Arkansas commitment, got quite the reaction when he read to teacher Natalie Vaughn’s kindergarten class during its Christmas party at Hugh Goodwin Elementary on Friday.

BEEF ‘O’BRADY’S BOWL: Cooper, Pirates bust free in 4th

posted: 12/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Vintavious Cooper took over the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl in the fourth quarter in a performance reminiscent of a former East Carolina running back.

Second thoughts

posted: 12/24/2013 4:10 a.m.

Draft changes meant to stop sandbagging The NBA Draft’s order may be changing radically.

Off the wire

posted: 12/24/2013 4:09 a.m.

BASEBALL Twins finalize deals The Minnesota Twins have signed right-hander Mike Pelfrey and catcher Kurt Suzuki. The contracts were finalized Monday. Pelfrey agreed more than a week ago to an $11 million, two-year deal. Suzuki agreed Friday to a $2.75 million, one-year deal. Pelfrey went 5-13 with a 5.19 ERA in 29 starts last season, his first after elbow ligament replacement surgery on his elbow. He’ll return to the rotation with Kevin Correia, with Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes now at the top. One spot will be open in spring training. Suzuki, 30, will back up prospect Josmil Pinto, with Joe Mauer moving to first base and Ryan Doumit traded to Atlanta. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Twins sent outfielder Darin Mastroianni outright to Class AAA Rochester.

COMMENTARY: NFC North remains unpredictable

posted: 12/24/2013 4:07 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA — A wild turn of events provided the Chicago Bears with two chances to win the NFC North, and they’re going to need that do-over.

NBA: Knicks hold off Magic after Anthony’s injury

posted: 12/24/2013 4:05 a.m.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Carmelo Anthony had 19 points before leaving the game with a sprained left ankle in the third quarter, but the New York Knicks were able to stave off a fierce charge to preserve a 103-98 victory over the Orlando Magic on Monday night.

HAWAII BOWL: TODAY’S GAME

posted: 12/24/2013 4:03 a.m.

TIME/TV 7 p.m. Central today/ESPN LINE Oregon State by 3. SERIES RECORD Oregon State leads, 4-3. WHAT’S AT STAKE A winning record, for Oregon State, which started the year with six victories in seven games but lost five consecutive to end the season.

Notes

posted: 12/24/2013 4:03 a.m.

SMU Jones extended DALLAS — Coach June Jones has agreed to a three-year contract extension with SMU that lasts through 2017. Jones has won two Conference USA championships at SMU, which completed its first season in the American Athletic Conference this season. The Mustangs finished 5-7 overall, ending a streak of four consecutive bowl appearances.

NFL: 49ers pick off playoff spot

posted: 12/24/2013 4:01 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — In one emphatic finish, NaVorro Bowman, Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers sealed their postseason berth in a celebratory regular-season finale at Candlestick Park.

NFL playoff scenarios

posted: 12/24/2013 4 a.m.

WEEK 17 AFC EAST NEW ENGLAND Clinched division. Clinches a first-round bye with a victory or tie OR: 1) A Cincinnati loss or tie and an Indianapolis loss or tie. Clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with a victory and a Denver loss. MIAMI Clinches a playoff spot with a victory and a Baltimore loss or tie OR: 1) A victory and a San Diego victory. 2) A tie, a Baltimore loss and a San Diego loss or tie. 3) A tie and Baltimore and San Diego both tie.

Notes

posted: 12/24/2013 4 a.m.

BRONCOS Miller done for season ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos began the season without strongside linebacker Von Miller, and they’ll end it without him, too.

NFL standings

posted: 12/24/2013 3:58 a.m.

x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division SUNDAY’S GAMES St. Louis 23, Tampa Bay 13 Indianapolis 23, Kansas City 7 Denver 37, Houston 13 Buffalo 19, Miami 0 Carolina 17, New Orleans 13 Dallas 24, Washington 23 NY Jets 24, Cleveland 13 Cincinnati 42, Minnesota 14 Tennessee 20,

Women’s schedules

posted: 12/24/2013 3:57 a.m.

UALR (4-5 ) DATE OPPONENT TIME/RESULT Nov. 10 Sam Houston State W, 69-65 Nov. 13 at Missouri State L, 72-68 Nov. 19 at Southern Miss L, 72-60 Nov. 22 Memphis W, 68-63 (OT) Nov. 30 at Oral Roberts W, 53-51 Dec. 4 at Texas L, 60-26 Dec. 10 Incarnate Word W, 82-34

UA women (12-0)

posted: 12/24/2013 3:56 a.m.

DATE OPPONENT TIME/RESULT Nov. 8 Sam Houston State W, 81-45 Nov. 13 Oral Roberts W, 91-33 Nov. 16 Furman W, 74-45 Nov. 19 Middle Tennessee W, 66-51 Nov. 22 Missouri State W, 78-44 Nov. 24 Western Michigan W, 61-46 Nov. 29 SE Missouri State$ W, 88-37 Nov. 30 Binghamton$ W, 72-23 Dec. 4 at Kansas W, 64-53 Dec. 7 Northwestern State W, 74-53 Dec. 10 Tulsa W, 81-43 Dec. 20 Tennessee Tech W, 79-53 Dec. 28 Miss. Valley State 2 p.m. Jan. 2 South Carolina* 7 p.m. Jan. 5 at Missouri* 2 p.m. Jan. 9 at Florida* 6 p.m. Jan. 12 Mississippi State* 2 p.m. Jan. 15 at Georgia* 6 p.m. Jan. 19 Ole Miss* 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at Kentucky* noon Jan. 30 at Tennessee* 6 p.m. Feb. 2 Auburn* 2 p.m. Feb. 6 Florida* 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at South Carolina* 1 p.m. Feb. 13 Alabama* 7 p.m. Feb. 20 Vanderbilt* 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at LSU* 1 p.m. Feb. 27 at Texas A&M* 7 p.m. March 2 Missouri* 2 p.m. March 5-9 SEC Tournament Duluth, Ga. $ — New Mexico Tournament * — SEC game

Men’s schedules

posted: 12/24/2013 3:55 a.m.

UALR (4-7 ) DATE OPPONENT TIME/RESULT Nov. 11 North Florida L, 72-70 Nov. 16 at Florida L, 86-56 Nov. 18 at Middle Tennessee L, 76-59 Nov. 22 at Southern W, 85-82 (OT) Nov. 26 Southern Arkansas W, 90-58 Nov. 29 at Oklahoma L, 101-81 Dec. 3 Ark.-Fort Smith W, 88-74 Dec. 10 at Tulsa L, 78-64 Dec. 13 at Memphis L, 73-59 Dec. 20 Jacksonville State^ W, 75-70 Dec. 21 Southern Miss^ L, 74-60 Dec. 30 Grambling State 7 p.m. Jan. 2 at Texas State* 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at Texas-Arlington * 5 p.m. J

Arkansas men (9-2)

posted: 12/24/2013 3:54 a.m.

DATE OPPONENT TIME/RESULT Nov. 8 SIU-Edwardsville W, 99-65 Nov. 15 La.-Lafayette W, 76-63 Nov. 18 SMU W, 89-78 Nov. 25 California$ L, 85-77 Nov. 26 Minnesota$ W, 87-73 Nov. 27 Gonzaga$ L, 91-81 Dec. 3 SE Louisiana W, 111-65 Dec. 7 Clemson W, 74-68 Dec. 12 Savannah St. W, 72-43 Dec. 19 Tennessee-Martin W, 102-56 Dec. 21 South Alabama& W, 72-60 Dec. 28 High Point 7 p.m. Jan. 4 Texas-San Antonio 7 p.m. Jan. 6 at Texas A&M* 8 p.m. Jan. 11 Florida* noon Jan. 14 Kentucky* 8 p.m. Jan. 18 at Georgia* 12:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at Tennessee* 7 p.m. Jan. 25 Auburn* 7 p.m. Jan. 28 Missouri* 6 p.m. Feb. 1 at LSU* 4 p.m. Feb. 5 Alabama* 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at Vanderbilt* 3 p.m. Feb. 13 at Missouri* 6 p.m. Feb. 19 South Carolina* 8 p.m. Feb. 22 at Mississippi State* 3 p.m. Feb. 27 at Kentucky* 6 p.m. March 1 Georgia* 3 p.m. March 5 Ole Miss* 7 p.m. March 8 at Alabama* 3 p.m. March 12-16 SEC Tournament Atlanta $ — Maui Invitational & — Verizon Arena, North Little Rock * — SEC game

High school basketball

posted: 12/24/2013 3:53 a.m.

GOLDFISH CLASSIC Lonoke Boys Thursday Game 2 Batesville vs. Stuttgart, 1 p.m. Game 4 Watson Chapel vs. Hazen, 2:15 p.m. Game 6 England vs. Bald Knob, 4:45 p.m. Game 8 Lonoke vs. Des Arc, 7:15 p.m. Friday Game 10 Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 4, 11:30 a.m. Game 12 Loser Game 8 vs. Loser Game 6, 2:30 p.m. Game 14 Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 2, 5:30 p.m. Game 16 Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 6, 8:30 p.m. Saturday Fifth-place game, 12:30 p.m. Third-place game, 3:30 p.m. Championship, 6:30 p.m. Girls Thursday Game 1 e-Stem vs. Hazen, 1 p.m. Game 3 England vs. Stuttgart, 2:15 p.m. Game 5 Bald Knob vs. Batesville, 3:30 p.m. Game 7 Lonoke vs. Des Arc, 6 p.m. Friday Game 9 Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3, 10 a.m. Game 11 Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 5, 1 p.m. Game 13 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 3, 4 p.m. Game 15 Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 5, 7 p.m. Saturday Fifth-place game, 11 a.m Third-place game, 2 p.m. Championship, 5 p.m. 1ST ARKANSAS BAIL BONDS Mountain Home Boys Thursday Boys Paragould vs. Fayetteville, 5:30

College basketball

posted: 12/24/2013 3:52 a.m.

MEN EAST Buffalo 87, Binghamton 57 Fordham 83, Loyola of Chicago 69 Siena 67, Hofstra 59 St. Francis (NY) 77, NJIT 65 SOUTH Jacksonville 61, SC State 47 Tennessee 82, Morehead St. 67 Virginia 66, Norfolk St. 56 MIDWEST Cincinnati 102, Chicago St. 62 Cleveland St. 89, La Roche 42 Detroit 93,

State sports briefs

posted: 12/24/2013 3:51 a.m.

FOOTBALL Arkansas State signs two junior college players Arkansas State signed two junior college football players from Itawamba (Miss.) Community College.

Backers push for Atlantic oil drilling

posted: 12/24/2013 3:43 a.m.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Southern politicians and energy industry groups are increasing the push to allow drilling off the U.S. Atlantic Coast for oil and gas deposits that could be puny or mean big cash to a part of the country where it’s now largely absent.

Analysts question Darden shakeup

posted: 12/24/2013 3:43 a.m.

CHICAGO — Shareholders aren’t happy with Darden Restaurants’ plan to sell or spin off Red Lobster, which doesn’t solve the biggest problem: finding more customers.

Apple faces challenges in China

posted: 12/24/2013 3:42 a.m.

NEW YORK — Apple’s stock rose almost 4 percent Monday, a day after the company announced a long-anticipated agreement to take the iPhone to China Mobile, the world’s biggest phone company.

Las Vegas targets Christmas travelers

posted: 12/24/2013 3:40 a.m.

LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas mostly has shelved an attempt to rebrand itself as a family-friendly wonderland. But there’s one exception: the Christmas season, when visitor numbers crater and room vacancies soar.

Clothier declines takeover proposal

posted: 12/24/2013 3:39 a.m.

NEW YORK — Jos. A. Bank has rejected a takeover offer from competitor Men’s Wearhouse, saying the $1.54 billion bid is too low.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 12/24/2013 3:37 a.m.

3 Tyson execs earn $50 million for year Three executives at Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale earned more than $50 million in the company’s fiscal 2013, according to Tyson’s proxy statement filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Legal woes snag plan for Atlanta’s 2nd commercial airport

posted: 12/24/2013 3:33 a.m.

DALLAS, Ga. — It’s been nearly three months since Paulding County leaders went public with a plan to attract airline service and become home to the second commercial airport in metro Atlanta.

Business news in brief

posted: 12/24/2013 3:30 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “You’re talking about having to build up a massive amount of infrastructure to support any kind of offshore development.” Gary Gentile, senior editor for oil news at trade publication Platts, on a push to develop Atlantic Coast oil fields Article, 1D Target: Justice Department investigating NEW YORK — Target Corp. said Monday that the Justice Department is investigating the security breach at the retailer that’s being called the second-largest such occurrence in U.S. history.

MARKET REPORT: Tech stocks rise amid trading lull

posted: 12/24/2013 3:30 a.m.

NEW YORK — Stocks rose in quiet trading Monday as investors start to close the books on 2013.

Donald Trump files 2 ethics complaints against N.Y. attorney general

posted: 12/24/2013 3:29 a.m.

ALBANY, N.Y. — Donald Trump has filed two ethics complaints against New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, accusing him of misconduct.

Christmas adorns state Capitol with twinkling lights

posted: 12/24/2013 3:24 a.m.

The Arkansas Capitol is the people’s house, and a house needs decorating for Christmas.

THE TV COLUMN: TBS unwraps 24 hours of A Christmas Story

posted: 12/24/2013 3:21 a.m.

It’s Christmas Eve and you know what that means — 24 hours of A Christmas Story!

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 12/24/2013 3:20 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Every year, we say we’re going to try to keep our children’s attention focused on the real meaning of Christmas, but then all our good intentions go out the window once the holiday approaches.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/24/2013 3:20 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your stellar work ethic allows you to enjoy comforts you’ve long wanted to experience. A special person makes you see things differently and could inspire you to move, redecorate or shift your focus.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Volatility no basis for love

posted: 12/24/2013 3:16 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: What do you suggest one do when a couple is fighting and one partner tries to leave the room to go cool off, and the other refuses to let them leave? I mean physically blocks the door and tries to continue talking about the issue at hand?

Buying selected inventory after Christmas saves bucks

posted: 12/24/2013 3:16 a.m.

ATLANTA — It’s December, the malls have been bustling and “Sale” signs are everywhere. Good time to grab the deals? Not so fast.

Christmas songs are just ripe for twisted-up, humorous lyrics

posted: 12/24/2013 3:10 a.m.

NEW YORK — Milk and spiders? Nine lazy Hansons?

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 12/24/2013 3:09 a.m.

DEAR READERS: A recent column told you how to send your canceled stamps to Stamp Camp USA to be used and recycled by young people. Sadly, the organization has shut its doors.

Super Quiz: Eve

posted: 12/24/2013 3:08 a.m.

1. What “Eve” is today? 2. The common contraction for Allhallows’ Eve 3. What is the last “Eve” celebrated each year?

Christmastime tipping about showing gratitude

posted: 12/24/2013 3:07 a.m.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — With all the shopping and bopping around to parties and events this time of year, don’t forget a tradition that still lives.

Booksellers get their Christmas sales hopes up

posted: 12/24/2013 3:06 a.m.

All across the country, booksellers have a Christmas wish: that the ebook thrill is gone.

LISTEN UP: Beyonce creates a surprising, great album

posted: 12/24/2013 3:05 a.m.

A- Beyonce Beyonce Parkwood/Columbia Don’t be surprised that a new Beyonce album fell out of the stars without warning.

WHAT’S IN A DAME: A visit from St. Nick and pals

posted: 12/24/2013 3:03 a.m.

Dame presents a 2013 take on the original “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore.

Monday, December 23

Arkansas gets $5 million grant to improve education

posted: 12/23/2013 3:33 p.m.

Arkansas will receive about $5 million in federal grants to help raise student achievement and provide resources to the state's lowest-performing schools, the U.S. Secretary of Education said in a statement Monday afternoon.

Police: Jonesboro man arrested after home ignites, meth lab found

posted: 12/23/2013 2:44 p.m.

Police say a 39-year-old Jonesboro man was arrested Friday night after his home caught fire and authorities found several items used to make methamphetamine inside, according to a Jonesboro Police Department report.

Prison system sends seized phones to charity

posted: 12/23/2013 1:16 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Inmates aren't allowed to have cellphones in Arkansas' prisons, but that doesn't stop them from trying.

Health-care sign-up deadline extended by 1 day

posted: 12/23/2013 12:50 p.m.

CHICAGO — Monday's deadline for signing up for insurance under the new health-care law has effectively been extended through Tuesday in case of heavy demand on the government website.

Ashdown man charged with stealing Social Security money

posted: 12/23/2013 12:37 p.m.

ASHDOWN — Police in Ashdown have arrested a man who purportedly stole about $4,500 in Social Security payments that were made to a dead man.

U.S. moves troops in prep for more action in S. Sudan

posted: 12/23/2013 12:25 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is moving additional Marines and aircraft from Spain to the Horn of Africa to provide embassy security and help with evacuations from violence-wracked South Sudan.

Abbas says Jesus was a 'Palestinian messenger'

posted: 12/23/2013 12:24 p.m.

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — In a Christmas message, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has referred to Jesus as a "Palestinian" messenger of hope.

Beebe seeks disaster declarations for 15 counties

posted: 12/23/2013 11:40 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe has asked President Barack Obama to declare 15 Arkansas counties that accrued more than $8.6-million in damage from a December winter storm as major disaster areas, the governor's office said in a statement Monday morning.

Style: Christmas at the Capitol

posted: 12/23/2013 11:09 a.m.

The Arkansas Capitol is the people’s house, and a house needs decorating for Christmas, writes Ron Wolfe in Style.

Man robbed at gunpoint outside apartment complex

posted: 12/23/2013 11 a.m.

A Little Rock man was robbed at gunpoint Sunday night by two men who approached him as he tried to enter his apartment complex.

U.S. consumer spending rose 0.5% in November

posted: 12/23/2013 10:58 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Americans increased their spending in November by the most in five months, and their income edged up modestly.

Rifle designer Mikhail Kalashnikov dead at 94

posted: 12/23/2013 10:42 a.m.

MOSCOW — Mikhail Kalashnikov, whose work as a weapons designer for the Soviet Union is immortalized in the name of the world's most popular firearm, has died at the age of 94.

SUV stolen at gunpoint outside LR home

posted: 12/23/2013 10:41 a.m.

A 39-year-old Little Rock man was robbed of his sport utility vehicle at gunpoint Sunday outside his home, authorities said.

2 men hit Craigslist-ad responder with rock, rob him

posted: 12/23/2013 10:31 a.m.

A 33-year-old man was hit on the head with a rock and robbed after he met a man to buy an iPhone that had been advertised on the online classifieds website Craigslist, police said.

Garland County escapee recaptured

posted: 12/23/2013 10:20 a.m.

A Garland County inmate who escaped while being escorted from a hospital back to jail has been recaptured, authorities said.

Cause still under investigation in downtown LR fire

posted: 12/23/2013 9:30 a.m.

The cause of a fire that burned an estimated $80,000 in damage to a downtown Little Rock home Sunday remains under investigation, officials said Monday.

Attacks across Iraq kill at least 26 people

posted: 12/23/2013 9:23 a.m.

BAGHDAD — A new wave of attacks across Iraq including an attack on a TV station killed at least 26 people on Monday, officials said, as the government pressed on with its offensive to hunt down al-Qaida-linked militants in the country's volatile western desert.

Two killed in fiery wreck in west Little Rock

updated: 12/23/2013 1:46 p.m.

Two people were killed Sunday night in a single-vehicle accident Sunday night in west Little Rock, authorities said.

Little Rock man found fatally shot in car

posted: 12/23/2013 9:14 a.m.

A 26-year-old man died after police found him slumped over and suffering from an apparent gunshot wound early Monday in Little Rock.

Canadians, Brits still in S. Sudan city U.S. evacuated

posted: 12/23/2013 9:09 a.m.

NAIROBI, Kenya — British, Canadian and Kenyan citizens are among 3,000 foreigners trapped in a South Sudan city experiencing bouts of heavy machine gun fire, one of the most violent areas of a week-long conflict that has likely killed more than 1,000 people, a top U.N. official said Monday.

UA dean, wife donate $100,000 to start scholarships

posted: 12/23/2013 9:02 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — A University of Arkansas dean and his wife have donated $100,000 to establish two scholarships at the school.

Brief filed in Oklahoma gay marriage ban lawsuit

posted: 12/23/2013 8:34 a.m.

TULSA — Lawyers for two same-sex couples suing for the right to marry and to have a marriage from another jurisdiction recognized in Oklahoma have filed an additional brief after a federal ruling that found a same-sex marriage ban in Utah violated the U.S. Constitution.

Man accused of pointing handgun at woman

posted: 12/23/2013 8:28 a.m.

A man is accused of pointing a handgun at a woman in the Little Rock apartment they share, authorities said.

Thai protesters try to block election sign-up

posted: 12/23/2013 8:01 a.m.

BANGKOK — Anti-government protesters determined to unseat Thailand's prime minister surrounded a Bangkok sports stadium Monday in an unsuccessful attempt to block political parties from registering for February elections.

Syrian activists raise Aleppo death toll to 65

posted: 12/23/2013 7:20 a.m.

BEIRUT — Syrian activists have raised to 65 the death toll from airstrikes around a market area in the northern city of Aleppo the previous day.

10 things to know for Monday

posted: 12/23/2013 7:02 a.m.

Your daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:

Judge allows gay marriage in Utah to continue

updated: 12/23/2013 12:33 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge said Monday that he will allow gay marriage in Utah to continue, denying a request from the state to halt same-sex weddings until the appeals process plays out.

In the news

posted: 12/23/2013 4:28 a.m.

Mike Huckabee, the former Republican governor of Arkansas who ran for president in 2008, spoke on Fox News Sunday about a possible 2016 candidacy, saying “maybe at this point it is 50-50 ” and that he’ll make his decision after the 2014 midterm elections.

Storm leaves nearly million without power

posted: 12/23/2013 4:27 a.m.

CONCORD, N.H. — The first full day of winter brought a wild mix of weather across the U.S. on Sunday: ice and high wind in the Great Lakes and New England areas, flooding in the South, snow in the Midwest and record-shattering temperatures in the 60s and 70s along the mid-Atlantic.

Prosecutors urge change in parole system

posted: 12/23/2013 4:26 a.m.

Some state prosecutors say the recent slaying of a North Little Rock woman, and the subsequent arrest of her parolee boyfriend, is a signal that more changes are needed in the state’s parole system.

Apple announces China Mobile pact

posted: 12/23/2013 4:25 a.m.

Just about any way you slice it, 763 million customers is a huge potential pie.

20-year funding pact to run jail in Pulaski County up for debate

posted: 12/23/2013 4:23 a.m.

The Pulaski County jail’s funding structure is up for debate in 2014, when the 20-year-old agreement between the county and cities that house inmates there expires.

S. Sudan loses control in oil state

posted: 12/23/2013 4:21 a.m.

KAMPALA, Uganda — South Sudan’s central government lost control of the capital of a key oil-producing state Sunday, the military said, as renegade forces loyal to a former deputy president seized more territory in fighting that has raised fears of full-blown civil war in the world’s newest country.

Names and faces

posted: 12/23/2013 4:20 a.m.

Despite all the hard work she put in for the songs and videos from her new album, Beyonce had her doubts minutes before its surprise release Dec. 13.

Health-plan deductibles worry experts

posted: 12/23/2013 4:19 a.m.

CHICAGO — As a key enrollment deadline hits today, many people without health insurance have been sizing up policies on the new government health-care marketplace and making what seems like a logical choice: They’re picking the cheapest one.

Ukrainians gather to harry president

posted: 12/23/2013 4:18 a.m.

KIEV, Ukraine — About 100,000 people rallied in Ukraine’s capital Sunday to demand the ouster of the president and his Cabinet as mass anti-government protests entered their second month.

Al-Qaida in Yemen apologizes, says fighter hit hospital on own

posted: 12/23/2013 4:17 a.m.

CAIRO — In a rare public apology, the militant leader of al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen has said one of his fighters disobeyed orders and attacked a hospital attached to the Defense Ministry during a December assault that killed 52 people.

Egypt ralliers get 3-year terms

posted: 12/23/2013 4:16 a.m.

CAIRO — Three of the most prominent secular activists involved in Egypt’s 2011 revolution were convicted Sunday of holding a rally without authorization and attacking police officers, receiving three-year prison terms and hefty fines in the first use of a contested new law restricting protests.

The nation in brief

posted: 12/23/2013 4:15 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There was no abuse here. They were doing exactly what they were told to do.” Michael Morell, who served on an advisory panel for the president, on the National Security Agency’s authority in the collection of millions of Americans’ phone records.

Ex-CIA official defends NSA’s phone snooping

posted: 12/23/2013 4:15 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency didn’t abuse its authority in collecting the bulk phone records of millions of Americans, and the spy program should continue under a new structure, former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell said Sunday.

Environmentalists: Green efforts offset

posted: 12/23/2013 4:14 a.m.

DE KALB, Miss. — America’s newest and cleanest coalfired power plant comes with a catch: The heat-trapping carbon dioxide removed from its smokestack pollution will help force more oil out of the ground.

The world in brief

posted: 12/23/2013 4:12 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The medics say they are removing people in parts; they aren’t sure how many there are.” Hassoun Abu Faisal, an activist with the Aleppo Media Center, on Syrian airstrikes in Aleppo on Sunday that left several dead, extending the aerial bombardment to an eighth consecutive day.

Airstrikes slam Aleppo, killing 32

posted: 12/23/2013 4:11 a.m.

BEIRUT — Syrian aircraft pummeled opposition areas in the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday, killing at least 32 people and extending the government’s aerial bombardment of the rebel-held half of the divided city to an eighth consecutive day.

Thai opposition vows to hound premier

posted: 12/23/2013 4:09 a.m.

BANGKOK — Buoyed by an election boycott called by Thailand’s main opposition party, the head of the country’s anti-government protest movement vowed Sunday to hound caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra “until she is dead or until she leaves” office.

Municipalities assess fallout after 3 twisters

posted: 12/23/2013 4:07 a.m.

At least three tornadoes struck Arkansas counties, killing one and injuring others, when a round of storms hit the state Friday and Saturday, meteorologists confirmed Sunday.

Troopers cracking down on DWIs

posted: 12/23/2013 4:05 a.m.

Arkansas motorists will see more sobriety checkpoints and greater police visibility through the holiday season, according to state law-enforcement officials.

CATA natural-gas conversion stalls

posted: 12/23/2013 4:04 a.m.

The Central Arkansas Transit Authority’s plan to convert its bus fleet from running on diesel fuel to using compressed natural gas remains stuck in neutral with time running out.

PB leaders unite against violence after Thanksgiving slaying

posted: 12/23/2013 4:02 a.m.

PINE BLUFF — In the frigid, early morning hours of Thanksgiving Day, a 3-yearold girl roamed the dirty parking lot of a Pine Bluff apartment complex alone.

Kids learn a big lesson on caring

posted: 12/23/2013 4 a.m.

CONWAY — These Christmas shoppers were wide-eyed, giggling and eager to spend money on things like Spider-Man pajamas and underwear, Barbie dolls, board games, a doll stroller and warm jackets.

Obituaries

posted: 12/23/2013 3:58 a.m.

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

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 12/23/2013 3:57 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.

Obituary deadline

posted: 12/23/2013 3:57 a.m.

Because of production deadlines on Christmas Eve, obituaries for publication in Wednesday’s editions must be submitted by noon Tuesday.

Other days

posted: 12/23/2013 3:56 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 23, 1913 FORT SMITH — That the life of a well-to-do resident of this city has been threatened by means of an infernal machine became known today. It was learned that for the past several days a close watch has been kept on all mail arriving at the local post office. Postal authorities declined to comment on the affair. It is known that the man has received a letter informing him that he is to receive an infernal machine through the mails. The bomb is expected to be mailed from an Oklahoma town on the Frisco railroad south of here. Although some regard the matter as a joke the government officials are investigating.

Christmas Day closings

posted: 12/23/2013 3:56 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules may be affected by the Christmas Day holiday on Wednesday.

EDITORIALS: ‘We aren’t settling’

posted: 12/23/2013 3:55 a.m.

SOMETIMES YOU just have to start over. That’s true of cars, investing, marriages, college majors, careers, gardening, Eagle Scout projects, dinner, brick-laying and certainly writing. If nothing’s going right, clear the decks and set sail again.

COLUMNISTS: Story of the year

posted: 12/23/2013 3:55 a.m.

The lie of the year, according to Politifact, is “If you like your health-care plan, you can keep it.” But the story of the year is a nation waking up to just how radical Obamacare is—which is why it required such outright deception to get it passed in the first place.

OTHERS SAY: Iran’s empty gestures

posted: 12/23/2013 3:53 a.m.

President Obama said this month that he assessed the chance of reaching a permanent accord with Iran on its nuclear program as no “more than 50-50.” For his part, Secretary of State John F. Kerry told Congress that he “came away from our preliminary negotiations” with Teheran “with serious questions about whether or not they’re ready and willing to make some of the choices that have to be made.” Events in the past week have made clear that those bearish judgments were justified.

When a man loves four women

posted: 12/23/2013 3:53 a.m.

As gay marriage has gained acceptance across the country, its opponents have often claimed that the inevitable next steps would be recognition of bigamy, polygamy, bestiality and incest. So when a judge struck down part of Utah’s anti-polygamy law last week, those critics were quick to say they told us so.

The best part: In sheer anticipation

posted: 12/23/2013 3:52 a.m.

Our terrier Paris watches me when I eat.

Books for Christmas

posted: 12/23/2013 3:51 a.m.

It’s time to again trot out the idea that books make the perfect Christmas gifts. So for those last-minute shoppers, some recommendations: William Manchester’s three-volume The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill (the last of which was ably finished by Paul Reid after Manchester’s death). Now packaged as a box set by Little, Brown and Company, Manchester provides (with all due respect to Martin Gilbert), the definitive biography of the 20th Century’s most interesting and indispensable leader, in part because he writes about Churchill the way Churchill used to write about history, with the emphasis on drama, personalities and eloquence over nitpicking detail.

LETTERS

posted: 12/23/2013 3:50 a.m.

A big-picture review The Republican hysteria over the Affordable Care Act continues unabated. I don’t think they can be reasoned with. To the rest of the population, maybe a big-picture review is in order.

Boating advisory issued for river

posted: 12/23/2013 3:48 a.m.

The Army Corps of Engineers has issued a small-craft advisory for the Arkansas River from Russellville downstream.

High school basketball

posted: 12/23/2013 3:47 a.m.

GOLDFISH CLASSIC Lonoke Boys Thursday Game 2 Batesville vs. Stuttgart, 1 p.m. Game 4 Watson Chapel vs. Hazen, 2:15 p.m. Game 6 England vs. Bald Knob, 4:45 p.m. Game 8 Lonoke vs. Des Arc, 7:15 p.m. Friday Game 10 Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 4, 11:30 a.m. Game 12 Loser Game 8 vs. Loser Game 6, 2:30 p.m.

Wade re-emerges for Arkansas

posted: 12/23/2013 3:40 a.m.

Arkansas guard Mardracus Wade scored as many points in 29 seconds against South Alabama on Saturday night as he had combined in the Razorbacks’ previous eight games.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Champs weather obstacles

posted: 12/23/2013 3:38 a.m.

Title game results CLASS 7A Bentonville 39, Cabot 28 CLASS 6A El Dorado 31, Pine Bluff 24 CLASS 5A Morrilton 27, Batesville 24 CLASS 4A Booneville 14, Warren 12 CLASS 3A Charleston 42, Glen Rose 19 CLASS 2A Junction City 60, Des Arc 0 The 2013 high school football season ended Saturday night with six state champions crowned over two weekends at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

NFL WEEK 16: ‘Houdini’ pulls it off

posted: 12/23/2013 3:37 a.m.

SUNDAY’S RESULTS St. Louis 23, Tampa Bay 13 Indianapolis 23, Kansas City 7 Denver 37, Houston 13 Buffalo 19, Miami 0 Carolina 17, New Orleans 13 Dallas 24, Washington 23 NY Jets 24, Cleveland 13 Cincinnati 42, Minnesota 14 Tennessee 20,

Playoff picture

posted: 12/23/2013 3:36 a.m.

AFC SEED, TEAM RECORD 1. z-Denver 12-3 NEXT at Oakland on Sunday 2. y-New England 11-4 NEXT Buffalo on Sunday 3. y-Cincinnati 10-5 NEXT Baltimore on Sunday 4. y-Indianapolis 10-5 NEXT Jacksonville on Sunday 5. x-Kansas City 11-4 NEXT at San Diego on Sunday 6. Miami 8-7 NEXT New York Jets on Sunday

New ASU coach tries to work fast

posted: 12/23/2013 3:35 a.m.

JONESBORO - Fredi Knighten’s eyes grew wide and he sat up in his chair when asked to speak about his new head coach for the first time.

Second thoughts

posted: 12/23/2013 3:33 a.m.

Latest name certainly has familiar ring The Charlotte Hornets are coming back.

Off the wire

posted: 12/23/2013 3:32 a.m.

FOOTBALL Bears DT arrested Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton was charged with assault and public intoxication after refusing to leave a bar and fighting with employees in a Dallas suburb. Grapevine Police Sgt. Robert Eberling said Melton was arrested early Sunday at Chill Sports Bar after becoming belligerent.

COMMENTARY: Finally, happy ending for Southern Cal

posted: 12/23/2013 3:31 a.m.

LAS VEGAS — They have dealt with reality attacks for as long as they’ve been at USC.

Getting it straight

posted: 12/23/2013 3:29 a.m.

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

College basketball

posted: 12/23/2013 3:28 a.m.

MEN EAST Colgate 79, Ursinus 51 Drexel 59, St. Francis (Pa.) 49 Hartford 66, St. Peter’s 56 Marist 76, Penn 62 Penn St. 92, Mount St. Mary’s 82 Purdue 73, West Virginia 70 Rhode Island 62, New Hampshire 45 Rutgers 75, Army 72 Seton Hall 92, E. Washington 70 Stony Brook 76,

Saints denied clinching victory

posted: 12/23/2013 3:27 a.m.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The New Orleans Saints will have to wait another week for a chance to clinch a playoff spot. It will be their last chance.

Chiefs come up flat against Colts

posted: 12/23/2013 3:26 a.m.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After a haphazard performance filled with penalties and turnovers, the Kansas City Chiefs had every reason to feel glum about a potential playoff rematch with the Indianapolis Colts.

Eagles-Cowboys now Sunday night

posted: 12/23/2013 3:25 a.m.

NEW YORK — The showdown between Philadelphia and Dallas for the NFC East title is being moved to prime time next Sunday night. For the third consecutive season, the Cowboys will play a division rival in the finale with the East championship at stake.

NFL report

posted: 12/23/2013 3:24 a.m.

Meester goes out with style The Jacksonville Jaguars honored retiring center Brad Meester with a reception. The pass-catching kind.

TD record Manning’s again; Broncos nab AFC West title

posted: 12/23/2013 3:23 a.m.

HOUSTON — Peyton Manning had to prepare for a two-point conversion and couldn’t celebrate when he set the NFL record for touchdown passes in a season in 2004.

TOP 25/SEC WOMEN: Blue Devils score top-5 victory

posted: 12/23/2013 3:22 a.m.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky is undefeated no more.

Eagles don’t play around in rout

posted: 12/23/2013 3:19 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA — With little on the line until next week, Chip Kelly didn’t rest his starters until they finished whipping the Chicago Bears.

Summaries

posted: 12/23/2013 3:18 a.m.

BRONCOS 37, TEXANS 13 Denver............. 3 13 0 21 — 37 Houston........... 3 3 7 0 — 13 First Quarter Den—FG Prater 32, 8:50. Hou—FG Bullock 45, 2:02. Second Quarter Den—D.Thomas 36 pass from Manning (Prater kick), 14:54. Hou—FG Bullock 35, 6:06. Den—FG Prater 25, :56. Den—FG Prater 44, :00. Third Quarter Hou—Martin 15 pass from Schaub (Bullock kick), 10:33. Fourth Quarter Den—Decker 10 pass from Manning (Prater kick), 13:26. Den—Decker 20 pass from Manning (Prater kick), 6:57. Den—J.Thomas 25 pass from Manning (Prater kick), 4:28. Attendance—71,761.

Sunday’s best

posted: 12/23/2013 3:18 a.m.

PASSING PLAYER, TEAM OPPONENT C-A-YDS-TD-INT Peyton Manning, Denver at Houston 32-51-400-4-0 Andy Dalton, Cincinnati vs. Minnesota 27-38-366-4-0 Drew Brees, New Orleans at Carolina 30-44-282-1-2 Joe Flacco, Baltimore vs. New England 22-38-260-0-2 Eli Manning, New York Giants at Detroit 23-42-256-1-1 RUSHING PLAYER, TEAM OPPONENT CAR-YDS-TD LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia vs. Chicago 18-133-2

Today’s game

posted: 12/23/2013 3:17 a.m.

Falcons at 49ers 7:40 p.m., ESPN LINE — 49ers by 14 LAST MEETING San Francisco beat Atlanta 28-24 in NFC Championship Game LAST WEEK Atlanta beat Washington 27-26 ; San Francisco beat Tampa Bay 33-14 RANKINGS Falcons: offense (16), defense (29);

TOP 25 MEN: UAPB’s problems begin long before it takes court

posted: 12/23/2013 3:16 a.m.

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s rough day started hours before tip-off in a heavy snowstorm.

BEEF ‘O’ BRADY’S BOWL: Defenses in pressure situation

posted: 12/23/2013 3:14 a.m.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — While a weekend of sun and 80-degree temperatures at the beach in Florida is nice, East Carolina and Ohio haven’t lost sight of their mission in the Beef ‘O’Brady’s Bowl.

SATURDAY’S N.O. BOWL: Wave just off mark with kick

posted: 12/23/2013 3:11 a.m.

NEW ORLEANS — Tulane appeared to have overcame a jittery start to its first bowl game in 11 years, only to be stunned by a cruel ending to kicker Cairo Santos’ otherwise distinguished college career Orleans Darkwa scored three touchdowns as the Green Wave rallied from a 21-0 deficit, but Santos’ 48-yard field-goal try in the final seconds missed wide left as Louisiana-Lafayette held on for a 24-21 victory Saturday night in the New Orleans Bowl.

Unit files 1st cybercrime case

posted: 12/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

When Microsoft opened its sleek new Cybercrime Center last month, the company said the center was designed to showcase some of its latest technologies and to bring together different units to fight issues such as malware and intellectual-property theft.

Tech startup reinvents the bicycle wheel

posted: 12/23/2013 3:04 a.m.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A Massachusetts startup is launching a new device that transforms almost any bicycle into an electric-hybrid vehicle using an app on a smartphone.

More-efficient drilling raising output in shale

posted: 12/23/2013 3:02 a.m.

TROUT RUN, Pa. — When David Dewberry arrived in Pennsylvania in 2010, the veteran of the migratory worldwide oil-and-gas workforce said he needed more than a month to drill a typical Marcellus Shale naturalgas well.

U.S. high-tech companies turn to Mexico

posted: 12/23/2013 3 a.m.

TIJUANA, Mexico — In an industrial park 5 miles east of downtown Tijuana, Ariel Ceja toils in a white room bustling with assembly workers hunched over blue tables.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Gadgets make good gifts for technology buff’s stocking

posted: 12/23/2013 2:58 a.m.

Although it’s only a couple of days until Christmas, I had to squeeze in some more tech gadgets that would make fun gifts.

ON COMPUTERS: Digital pedometers put workouts on right track

posted: 12/23/2013 2:56 a.m.

We’ve tried several of the new watches that count your steps and measure your fitness, but the one we stuck with turned out to be the least difficult to use and among the least expensive.

GPS system helps oil rig choppers land

posted: 12/23/2013 2:51 a.m.

LAFAYETTE, La. — Imagine zooming from 200 feet in the sky onto a small green circle in the middle of a vast, dark ocean.

Technology news in brief

posted: 12/23/2013 2:50 a.m.

Google loses appeal of Microsoft case WASHINGTON — Google’s Motorola Mobility unit lost an appeals-court bid to invalidate a Microsoft patent used to win a ban on U.S. imports on some mobile phones.

U.N. projects sharp rise in electrical trash

posted: 12/23/2013 2:49 a.m.

BERLIN — The mountain of refrigerators, cellphones, TV sets and other electrical waste disposed of annually worldwide is forecast to grow by a third by 2017, according to a United Nations study.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 12/23/2013 2:44 a.m.

ALEXANDER Marques L. and Dominique R. Gatewood (aka Dominique R. Neasley ), 13206 Meadowview Drive, Dec. 13, 2013, Chapter 13. ALMA Christian and Deborah Martin (aka Chris Martin), 1207 Bur Place, Dec. 17, 2013, Chapter 13. ARKADELPHIA Jerry Dewayne Dickens, P.O. Box 1043, Dec. 18, 2013, Chapter 7.

Analyst: Mexico to expand solar market

posted: 12/23/2013 2:44 a.m.

Demand for solar panels in Mexico will more than triple next year to 250 megawatts, and the country will become Latin America’s biggest market by 2016, according to GTM Research.

3 Bridges Marathon a new kid on block

posted: 12/23/2013 2:43 a.m.

Anyone hoping for an ice-free weekend has ardent allies in the running community, including hundreds of people in central Arkansas with big plans for their Saturday: a new marathon.

Restless Reader: Evolution

posted: 12/23/2013 2:40 a.m.

Evolution by Joe Manganiello (Gallery Books, 2013), 256 pages, hardback (from $26), paperback ($15.29) or Kindle ($11.47) Given the dozens of fitness books that cross your desk every quarter, how did you decide to write about this one by actor Joe Manganiello?

Exercise boosts brainpower, studies suggest

posted: 12/23/2013 2:39 a.m.

It has long been accepted that exercise cuts the risk of heart disease, and recent studies suggest a raft of more general benefits, such as reducing the risk of certain types of cancer and even preventing the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

Happy Trails: Lake Leatherwood

posted: 12/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

LAKE LEATHERWOOD, EUREKA SPRINGS Location: Entrance to the city park is 3.2 miles north of South Main Street off U.S. 62. Go 1.46 miles and park at the marina. Head north on Fisherman’s Trail.

Christmas Bird Count a valuable, humane idea

posted: 12/23/2013 2:32 a.m.

For many years, in what was an annual Christmas tradition all across the nation, hunters would go out and kill as many birds and game animals as they possibly could. It was called the Side Hunt — a mass slaughter in which people chose sides and then competed to see who could bring in the biggest kill.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 12/23/2013 2:30 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Why is the birth of Jesus worth observing any more than the birth of any other religious leader? After all, He wasn’t the only person to be the founder of a great religion.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/23/2013 2:30 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll spend hours doing what you love. Your favorite people create memories with you in January. Travel in June and September. What you learn about another culture will help business.

REALLY?

posted: 12/23/2013 2:29 a.m.

If someone is right-handed, will his right foot also be dominant? Will his right eye be his dominant eye?

MASTER CLASS: Getting an exercise program design ‘just right’

posted: 12/23/2013 2:28 a.m.

I think of fitness training in the same way a chef thinks about preparing a meal.

Sleep aid claims unsubstantiated

posted: 12/23/2013 2:25 a.m.

Ten percent to 20 percent of Americans take over-the-counter sleep aids each year, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 12/23/2013 2:24 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Here is this week’s Sound Off, about watering while raining: “I get so frustrated when I see sprinklers going while it is raining. It is such a waste of water. I understand that some businesses and apartment complexes have them automatically set, but there should be some way to bypass it for the day if it is raining.

Super Quiz: Provide the missing lyrics

posted: 12/23/2013 2:24 a.m.

1. “A beautiful sight … Walking in a winter wonderland.” 2. “Gold I bring to crown Him again … Over us all to reign.” 3. “He sees you when you’re sleeping … He knows if you’ve been bad or good.”

Teen athletes lose to pull-up rival, 70

posted: 12/23/2013 2:23 a.m.

This wasn’t going to be a fair fight.

HOG CALLS: One size doesn’t fit all with Hogs basketball

posted: 12/23/2013 1:53 a.m.

A spin around the talk radio dial drives home how long it has been since Nolan Richardson coached the Razorbacks at their basketball zenith.

Sunday, December 22

Little Rock crews battle downtown house fire

posted: 12/22/2013 10:29 p.m.

Crews responded Sunday night to a large fire that had flames shooting from the windows of a downtown building.

Authorities arrest 6 in Oklahoma heroin investigation

posted: 12/22/2013 4:36 p.m.

Federal and local law officers have arrested six people and seized 4.4 kilograms of heroin in northeastern Oklahoma.

U.S. may take more steps to aid Americans in South Sudan

posted: 12/22/2013 4:14 p.m.

President Barack Obama told Congress Sunday that he may take further military action to protect Americans in violence-plagued South Sudan.

15 Mississippi counties report storm damage; 2 deaths

posted: 12/22/2013 4:13 p.m.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says 15 counties have reported damage from Saturday's storms. The death toll remains at two, one each in Coahoma and Jasper counties, with several injuries reported statewide.

Brothers reunite at Arkansas Tech graduation

posted: 12/22/2013 2:41 p.m.

An Arkansas Tech University graduate was reunited with his brother in a surprise at ATU's graduation ceremony Saturday.

Missouri professor part of major human fossil find

posted: 12/22/2013 2:06 p.m.

A University of Missouri-Columbia professor is part of a group of international researchers who have discovered a 1.4 million-year-old human hand bone.

1 dead when EF2 tornado strikes in Hughes

updated: 12/22/2013 4:06 p.m.

St. Francis County authorities say a woman was killed when a tornado struck near Hughes.

More than 10,000 still without power after storm in Oklahoma

posted: 12/22/2013 12:23 p.m.

More than 10,000 electric customers remain without power in Oklahoma following a winter storm that dumped freezing rain and ice on the state.

Egypt activists get 3 years in prison for protest

posted: 12/22/2013 11:11 a.m.

Three of the most prominent secular activists involved in Egypt's 2011 revolution were convicted Sunday of holding a rally without authorization and attacking police officers, receiving three-year prison terms and hefty fines in the first use of a controversial new law.

'The Hobbit' holds off 'Anchorman 2' with $31.5 million

posted: 12/22/2013 11:04 a.m.

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" held off "Anchorman 2" on a busy weekend at the box office.

NY school all-in on trend of all-digital textbooks

posted: 12/22/2013 11:03 a.m.

At Archbishop Stepinac High School, the backpacks got a whole lot lighter this year because nearly every book — from freshman biology to senior calculus — is now digital, accessible on students' laptops and tablets.

Hot Springs man killed in wreck on icy Oklahoma roadway

posted: 12/22/2013 10:56 a.m.

Oklahoma authorities say an Arkansas man is the third person to die in an auto accident due to icy roads following a winter storm in the state.

About 1,100 Entergy customers without power in Arkansas

updated: 12/22/2013 12:54 p.m.

About 1,100 Entergy customers in Arkansas are without power following thunderstorms, heavy rainfall and high winds that crossed the state Saturday.

Memphis police: Man arrested, charged in first-degree murder

posted: 12/22/2013 10:01 a.m.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested and charged in first degree murder, the Memphis Police Department said in a statement Sunday morning.

Kiev anti-government protest draws 100,000

posted: 12/22/2013 9:19 a.m.

About 100,000 demonstrators are gathering in the center of the Ukrainian capital to demand the ouster of the president and government, as mass anti-government protests enter their second month.

Government airstrikes kill at least 32 in Syria

updated: 12/22/2013 1:20 p.m.

Syrian aircraft pummeled opposition areas in the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday, killing at least 32 people and extending the government's furious aerial bombardment of the rebel-held half of the divided city to an eighth consecutive day.

He might be back: Huckabee eyeing White House run

posted: 12/22/2013 9:13 a.m.

Former Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas won the Iowa caucuses in 2008 before quitting the presidential race.

SPIN CYCLE: The Stufz celebrities really need

posted: 12/22/2013 4:15 a.m.

Only three more shopping days until Christmas!

Telling tails

posted: 12/22/2013 4:13 a.m.

Little Rock’s animal shelter: It’s the four-legged, furry version of death row, right? Something out of a Charles Dickens novel, where animals howl and meow in dirty cages until their time is up.

ARTBEAT: Art, artists in gift-size galleries

posted: 12/22/2013 4:11 a.m.

A beautiful book is no substitute for seeing art in person, but the following volumes make great complements for shows we might have seen and provide insight and an experience of great art.

POP NOTES: Boxed sets for ultra-fans, options for the rest of us

posted: 12/22/2013 4:10 a.m.

Who says you can’t have it all? All as in everything an artist recorded for a record label (or labels) packaged into one pricey boxed set.

THE TV COLUMN: Treehouse Masters special will tide fans over

posted: 12/22/2013 4:08 a.m.

In 1980, I got to spend the entire day all by myself at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Although I was a well-grown man, I’m not too proud to admit I spent most of the time exploring the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse in Adventureland.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Pal’s remark raises hackles

posted: 12/22/2013 4:07 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My best friend, who is also my roommate, sometimes makes comments to me such as, “You act so different around X group of friends,” even though there have been hardly a handful of times when we have all been in one room.

TV ON DVD: Far-out Farscape box offers four seasons, no miniseries

posted: 12/22/2013 4:06 a.m.

What is it? Farscape, 15th Anniversary Edition, 88 episodes on 27 disks from Flatiron Film Co.

S. Sudan gunfire hits 3 U.S. rescue aircraft

posted: 12/22/2013 4:06 a.m.

NAIROBI, Kenya — Gunfire hit three U.S. military aircraft trying to evacuate Americans in a remote region of South Sudan that on Saturday became a battleground between the country’s military and renegade troops, officials said. Four U.S. service members were wounded in the attack in the same region where gunfire downed a United Nations helicopter the day before.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/22/2013 4:05 a.m.

Happy birthday. Success can be a seductive trap, but when you win at life, you turn the victory into an opportunity to help and promote others. That’s why you’ll slowly grow more powerful and stay balanced and grounded at the same time.

First insurance deadline is here

posted: 12/22/2013 4:04 a.m.

Americans who want to enroll in individual insurance plans being offered under the health-care overhaul law face a deadline of Monday to sign up for coverage that will start Jan. 1.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Rushing takes over at Point

posted: 12/22/2013 4:04 a.m.

Stephen Rushing is replacing the retiring Jim Swiggart as general director of Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony, west of Eureka Springs.

Storm’s mixed bag menaces travelers

posted: 12/22/2013 4:03 a.m.

CHICAGO — A storm with a 2,000-mile footprint threatened to frustrate Christmas travelers from Texas to Nova Scotia with a little of everything Mother Nature has to offer, including freezing rain, ice and snow, flooding, thunderstorms and possibly some tornadoes in the South.

Agency seeking input on plan for leeway on child-abuse list

posted: 12/22/2013 4:02 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services has begun soliciting public comments on a proposal that would allow people accused of child abuse to request removal from the state’s Child Maltreatment Central Registry — unless the abuse led to the death of a child.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Miles will buy even less in ’14

posted: 12/22/2013 4:02 a.m.

Delta and United have recently devalued their frequent-flier programs for travel starting next spring. United’s changes are effective in February. Delta, for some reason, decided to make two changes, one effective Feb. 1 and another effective June 1. Cutting off the puppy dog’s tail an inch at a time rather than all at once? American and US Airways, presumably preoccupied with the merger, haven’t responded yet, but you can almost certainly expect some changes.

Innocence Project files for ’94 killing evidence

posted: 12/22/2013 4:01 a.m.

On June 12, 1994, Belynda Goff told police she awoke before dawn to find her husband sprawled in a pool of blood in the entryway to their Green Forest apartment.

Feeding time an unnerving reindeer game

posted: 12/22/2013 4 a.m.

Standing in the middle of a herd of about 150 reindeer at Williams Reindeer Farm in Palmer, Alaska, I reached out to pet one of the animals. How thick and soft its fur is, I marveled, almost bouncy to the touch, like a natural version of artificial turf.

Arkansas co-ops electrify hamlets in Guatemala Villagers, linemen tearful when lights are switched on

updated: 12/20/2013 6:29 a.m.

After years of waiting for electricity, 95-year-old Felicita Lopez Vazquez recently turned on a light bulb in her home in a remote village in Guatemala with the help of a team of Arkansans.

Travel bookings

posted: 12/22/2013 3:58 a.m.

NEW YORK — Whether you’re planning a trip in the new year and need some practical advice, or you’d like to give a coffee-table book filled with inspirational photos to someone on your Christmas list, there’s a travel-theme book for you. Here are a few recently published books to consider, including the relaunch of Frommer’s guidebooks.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Europe with kids in tow is a whole ’nother scene

posted: 12/22/2013 3:57 a.m.

When parents tell me they’re going to Europe and ask me where to take their kids, I’m sometimes tempted to answer, “To Grandma and Grandpa’s on your way to the airport.”

British bird-watchers compete fiercely

posted: 12/22/2013 3:55 a.m.

GREAT YARMOUTH, England — Garry Bagnell is cruising down an English country road when his beeper lights up with a bulletin. A shorelark — a distinctive bird with yellow and black markings — took a wrong turn somewhere over Norway and is getting its bearings on a beach an hour’s drive north.

Wealthy shoppers go frugal this season

posted: 12/22/2013 3:54 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Last holiday season, literary agent Linda Chester bought herself a fur coat, a red Ralph Rucci evening gown and suede leggings from Norman Ambrose. This season, the bicoastal fashion lover settled for costume jewelry earrings from SoHo designer Iradj Moini.

Dreams of prayer raise fears of violence

posted: 12/22/2013 3:53 a.m.

JERUSALEM — A small but growing movement by Jewish activists demanding the right to pray at the site of their destroyed temple in the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City is creating a potentially explosive clash with the Muslim world, which considers the spot holy and bans Jews from public worship there.

Magna Carta copy at center of exhibit on rights expansion

posted: 12/22/2013 3:53 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The only copy of the Magna Carta in the United States is the centerpiece of a new museum gallery that opened Dec. 11 at the National Archives that traces the evolution of U.S. rights and freedoms for blacks, women and immigrants.

LET’S TALK: Lazy but heartfelt holiday greetings to you and yours

posted: 12/22/2013 3:52 a.m.

As a writer, I can’t help but harbor the uncomfortable feeling that by purchasing prewritten greeting cards, I’m cheating somehow.

Declassified documents detail NSA spying’s start

posted: 12/22/2013 3:51 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The director of national intelligence Saturday declassified more documents that outline how the National Security Agency was first authorized to start collecting bulk phone and Internet records in the hunt for al-Qaida terrorists and how a court eventually gained oversight of the program, after the Justice Department complied with a federal court order to release its previous legal arguments for keeping the programs secret.

Acquaint other pets before committing

posted: 12/22/2013 3:51 a.m.

Animals that enter Little Rock Animal Village are not created equal. Some are in demand the moment they cross the threshold, such as a litter of German shepherd puppies or a pure-bred Great Dane.

Fewer take Navy’s sex-assault survey

posted: 12/22/2013 3:50 a.m.

NORFOLK, Va. — Participation in an anonymous survey aimed at determining how big of a problem sexual assault is in the Navy and Marines is lagging this year compared with previous years, the Navy said.

Rescue Waggin’ arrives to keep them doggies moving

posted: 12/22/2013 3:50 a.m.

It’s almost noon and the line of outdoor kennels are decorated with hot pink papers and white collars. It’s Rescue Waggin’ day, and 21 puppies are about to take a very long trip to meet their new families.

Two make quick work of space-station repairs

posted: 12/22/2013 3:49 a.m.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Astronauts removed an old space station pump Saturday, sailing through the first of a series of urgent repair spacewalks to revive a crippled cooling line.

Homeless couple married for free

posted: 12/22/2013 3:49 a.m.

HOUSTON — A law-enforcement minister and Santa Claus helped a homeless couple in Houston tie the knot without the couple having to pay a $40 fee.

This year, gift cards are a Santa favorite

posted: 12/22/2013 3:48 a.m.

Gift cards, viewed by some as impersonal and thoughtless, have become a retail fixture, with gift-card spending expected to reach an all-time high this Christmas.

Morsi faces trial in prison breaks

posted: 12/22/2013 3:48 a.m.

CAIRO — Egyptian prosecutors Saturday referred the country’s toppled president to a third criminal trial on charges of organizing prison breaks during the 2011 uprising, spreading chaos and abducting police officers in collaboration with foreign militants.

Rebel forces capture Syrian hospital

posted: 12/22/2013 3:47 a.m.

BEIRUT — Syrian rebels seized control of a hospital near Aleppo, giving a boost to anti-government forces in the northern city after days of relentless airstrikes on opposition-held neighborhoods there, activists said Saturday.

Arkansas co-ops electrify hamlets in Guatemala

posted: 12/22/2013 3:47 a.m.

After years of waiting for electricity, 95-year-old Felicita Lopez Vazquez recently turned on a light bulb in her home in a remote village in Guatemala with the help of a team of Arkansans.

U.N. chief visits storm-hit Philippine areas

posted: 12/22/2013 3:46 a.m.

TACLOBAN, Philippines — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday visited central Philippine villages that were decimated by Typhoon Haiyan and promised to try to raise at least $800 million to help the region recover from last month’s devastating storm.

Horse slaughter hits roadblock

posted: 12/22/2013 3:45 a.m.

GALLATIN, Mo. — On a sleet-covered gravel road in rural Missouri, a sign warns motorists that the road ahead is closed. But it isn’t because of inclement weather. It’s closed to keep people away.

Thai opposition party to boycott next election

posted: 12/22/2013 3:45 a.m.

BANGKOK — Thailand’s main opposition Democrat Party said Saturday that it would boycott February’s general election, deepening a weeks-long political crisis over protesters’ efforts to oust the government and force political changes.

900 lauded at UA commencement

posted: 12/22/2013 3:43 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — As more than 900 University of Arkansas students filed into Barnhill Arena on the Fayetteville campus, temperatures hovered in the low 30s and a light rain fell Saturday, the first official day of winter.

Lost statues finding way home

posted: 12/22/2013 3:43 a.m.

PREAH VIHEAR PROVINCE, Cambodia — Rising out of the jungle on white pillars, the new Preah Vihear Museum’s largest building stands empty. But Cambodian officials hope that one day it will be the place where nine ancient statues depicting a dramatic battle scene are reunited from around the world.

Israelis on border rejected by league

posted: 12/22/2013 3:42 a.m.

CAIRO — The Arab League said it rejects a continued Israeli troop presence on the eastern border of a future state of Palestine, a proposal Palestinians say was floated by the U.S. earlier this month.

Teen shot at Colorado school dies

posted: 12/22/2013 3:42 a.m.

LITTLETON, Colo. — A suburban Denver high school student who was shot in the head by a classmate died Saturday afternoon, hospital officials said in a statement.

Clinton returns to roots to nurture political tree

posted: 12/22/2013 3:42 a.m.

When it came time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of a dam on the Little Red River this fall, former President Bill Clinton came running. But once he arrived in the state, Clinton had more on his mind than public works.

Farmers hanging on while corn prices slip

posted: 12/22/2013 3:41 a.m.

American farmers have prospered during a three-year boom in corn and cropland prices. As values have soared since 2011, farmers bought more acres and upgraded their harvesters to produce a record corn crop of almost 14 billion bushels in 2013.

The world in brief

posted: 12/22/2013 3:41 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’m standing here with a very heavy and sad heart.” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he visited the Philippine villages that were decimated by Typhoon Haiyan, promising to help raise recovery funds

THAT’S BUSINESS: The sad last chapter of Mace David Howell

posted: 12/22/2013 3:38 a.m.

The photograph of Mace David Howell Jr. on the front page of the Democrat-Gazette of Sept. 22, 2003, looks like an image out of the 1920s.

BUSINESS MATTERS: Chief has lots to say at Chaffee Crossing

posted: 12/22/2013 3:37 a.m.

How are things at Chaffee Cross … Before the question was even finished, Ivy Owen had an answer.

For Christmas trees, tenacity is key

posted: 12/22/2013 3:36 a.m.

The moment Fred and Kimberly Clark have waited for since planting firs, pines and other evergreens eight years ago finally arrived earlier this month.

Health-care law clouds Senate bids

posted: 12/22/2013 3:35 a.m.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Thanks to the fiasco that followed the launch of President Barack Obama’s health-care law, Democrats are bracing for hard-fought Senate races in states they hoped to win with ease just two months ago.

WASHINGTON NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 12/22/2013 3:34 a.m.

U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., John Boozman, R-Ark., and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., released a letter Wednesday asking administration officials to protect the interests of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. in China ahead of meetings of the U.S.-China Joint Committee on Commerce and Trade in Beijing. Congressmen from other states also signed the letter.

Chip-based credit cards slow to take hold in U.S.

posted: 12/22/2013 3:33 a.m.

The huge data breach at Target last week has again highlighted how the United States remains relatively insecure when it comes to credit-card technology.

Melvin Carl Redman

posted: 12/22/2013 3:33 a.m.

ROGERS — Mel Redman might not have a long white beard, but he’s Santa enough for the folks of Northwest Arkansas.

District to use grant to personalize school

posted: 12/22/2013 3:32 a.m.

Springdale educators aim to make high school more meaningful, relevant and personal for students as they carry out a proposal that won a federal Race to the Top grant of $25.88 million from the U.S. Education Department.

Downpours hit much of state, swelling rivers

posted: 12/22/2013 3:31 a.m.

Heavy rains fell over much of the state Saturday as the first day of winter announced itself with a rather springlike storm.

’13 white Christmas not in cards, forecasters say

posted: 12/22/2013 3:30 a.m.

Arkansans aren’t likely to see a white Christmas as they did last year when up to 15 inches of snow fell in some parts of the state.

Health Department seeks more vaccines

posted: 12/22/2013 3:30 a.m.

A proposed change in immunization rules for Arkansas children requires shots to prevent hepatitis A and meningitis.

Bike jerseys benefit shelter’s kids

posted: 12/22/2013 3:29 a.m.

Imagine the bike rack outside Our House, that shiny tangle of metal and spokes and wheels over there. It’s overflowing, and no wonder. For many of those at Little Rock’s shelter for the working homeless, those two-wheelers — inexpensive mountain bikes and city cruisers — aren’t there for recreation alone. Many are primary transportation — to a job, a job interview, the bus stop, a friend’s place.

NLR objects to assisted-living house

posted: 12/22/2013 3:28 a.m.

A proposal to allow three elderly and disabled individuals to live in a house in North Little Rock’s Lakewood subdivision is meeting resistance from city officials who say the arrangement is set up as a business.

DRESSING ROOM: LR fashion events widen to Texas and Louisiana

posted: 12/22/2013 3:27 a.m.

The two most high-profile Little Rock-based fashion events — Designers Choice Fashion Preview and Little Rock Fashion Week — have both expanded into other states.

PAPER TRAILS: Fairbanks move quite an episode

posted: 12/22/2013 3:27 a.m.

ALASKAN ADVENTURE: Conway native Sheri Coker and her husband, Robert, a research scientist, moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, last spring and it’s been an adventure since. Their move (a 5,000-mile journey with four dogs in tow to a rental house that turned out to be uninhabitable) was so action-packed that the real estate agent who helped them find a house to buy nominated them for HGTV’s Living Alaska! reality show.

ROAD TRIP: Ticket to treatment

posted: 12/22/2013 3:26 a.m.

Miss Arkansas Amy Crain and other local beauty queens greeted guests Dec. 13 at Passport to a Cure — Road Trip Arkansas. The Arkansas-theme event held at the Little Rock Marriott was a fundraiser for the Arkansas Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Man, 61, arrested in child-porn case

posted: 12/22/2013 3:25 a.m.

The Arkansas attorney general’s office announced that investigators have arrested a 61-year-old White County man and accused him of possessing child pornography.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: Little girl met older boy who was star in her eyes

posted: 12/22/2013 3:25 a.m.

Like so many stars of stage and screen before him, David D. “Buzz” Crouch couldn’t tell you who was his biggest fan after his sixth-grade stage debut. Blanche Turner watched the play with her older sister, and in her eyes, David was the star of the show.

High diesel bills prompt Ashdown fireman’s arrest

posted: 12/22/2013 3:25 a.m.

Ashdown Assistant Fire Chief Wes Redfearn, 41, was arrested Monday on a charge of theft of property over accusations he was stealing diesel fuel and filling up his personal truck.

OUR TOWN: Little Rock notebook

posted: 12/22/2013 3:24 a.m.

Digital literacy aim of January classes As many as 20 adults who need help understanding computers and the Internet can attend one of four free adult digital literacy classes in Little Rock next month.

Fine, probation given for perjury

posted: 12/22/2013 3:23 a.m.

A Johnson County sheriff ’s deputy convicted of perjury was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine Friday, Prosecuting Attorney David Gibbons said.

Stormwater permit under review again

posted: 12/22/2013 3:23 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is reviewing one of the most commonly held permits in the state, the general permit for stormwater runoff.

MIRACLE BALL: Bright ‘Beginnings’

posted: 12/22/2013 3:23 a.m.

One of the most amazing transformations every Christmas season isn’t that of the Capitol dome or the Governor’s Mansion — it’s the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation and auxiliary’s overhaul of Children’s Hall from an empty box into an elegantly themed ballroom.

DEAR ABBY: Father lets grown daughter keep blocking remarriage

posted: 12/22/2013 3:22 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I’m 50 and my boyfriend, “Ray,” is 55. We have been together for 11 years. He’s divorced with two children. I am single and childless. We owned our own homes until a year ago, when we sold them and bought a house together. We each pay half the bills. We love each other, get along great, have similar values and can’t imagine not being together.

2 die in accidents on Arkansas roads

posted: 12/22/2013 3:22 a.m.

Two crashes on state roads Thursday and Friday resulted in two deaths and one injury, according to police reports.

Prosecutor leaving job after 32 years

posted: 12/22/2013 3:21 a.m.

SEARCY — Chris Raff announced Monday that he will not seek re-election as prosecuting attorney next year.

Anniversaries

posted: 12/22/2013 3:20 a.m.

Ruth Ann and Don Jack of Little Rock celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday at home. The couple were married Dec. 21, 1963. She is the former Ruth Ann Miller.

Obituary deadline

posted: 12/22/2013 3:20 a.m.

Because of production deadlines on Christmas Eve, obituaries for publication in Wednesday’s editions must be submitted by noon Tuesday.

Other days

posted: 12/22/2013 3:20 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 22, 1913 LEAD HILL — The proficiency of a pack of hounds in trailing a scent cost Lewis Smith, a trapper of Peel, Ark., at least $50 worth of hides and a badly skinned elbow early last week while Smith was en route to Lead Hill, horseback, to sell his furs. He had the bundle of hides tied to his saddle.

Weddings

posted: 12/22/2013 3:20 a.m.

Engle-Sebourn Wedding vows were exchanged by Anna Meredith Sebourn and David Ernest Engle on Saturday at the Clinton Presidential Center. The Rev. Brittany Richardson Watson officiated.

Education notebook

posted: 12/22/2013 3:19 a.m.

Official will retire after 43-year stint Jim Boardman, the Arkansas Department of Education’s assistant commissioner for research and technology, is retiring after working at the state agency for 43 years.

OUR TOWN: North Little Rock notebook

posted: 12/22/2013 3:18 a.m.

2013 to be last year for old tree, decor This should be the last year of use for North Little Rock’s familiar 25-foot-tall Christmas tree outside the City Services Building and worn street decorations, Mayor Joe Smith said recently.

Police beat

posted: 12/22/2013 3:18 a.m.

2 dogs told to ‘kill’ officer, police say A woman set her two pitbull-lab-mix dogs on a Little Rock Animal Services Division officer Friday afternoon, telling them to “kill her,” according to an arrest report.

The nation in brief

posted: 12/22/2013 3:17 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The U.S. is slowly issuing these cards to users. It’s harder to commit fraud against these cards.

QUAPAW POWWOW: QQA’s Festivus celebrates ‘saving places’ at yearly fete

posted: 12/22/2013 3:16 a.m.

The Quapaw Quarter Association celebrated “saving places” at its third annual Festivus for the Best of Us, which took place Dec. 10 in the Grand Hall of the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion.

TV news shows

posted: 12/22/2013 3:16 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.; Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo. 8 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.

Names and faces

posted: 12/22/2013 3:16 a.m.

The publisher of two tabloid magazines said it never intended to imply that Tom Cruise had cut all ties to his daughter after his divorce and announced Friday that it had reached a settlement with the actor over its two stories. Bauer Publishing and Cruise’s lawyer wrote in a joint statement that the terms of the settlement were confidential.

Engagements

posted: 12/22/2013 3:15 a.m.

Tiffany Nicole Mattingly, daughter of Ruth and Burle Mattingly of Hot Springs Village, and Marcus Rachard Bobo, son of the late Juanita and Atkins Bobo of Grand Blanc, Mich.; March 22.

In the news

posted: 12/22/2013 3:15 a.m.

C.W. Whitson of Spring Hill, Tenn., who won $1 million in the Tennessee Lottery in March 2010, said, “I guess I’m just lucky” after his latest win of $2 million in the state’s Play It Again drawing.

A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: Eggnog experiments entered in ninth Ever Nog-Off event

posted: 12/22/2013 3:14 a.m.

Bootleg Eggnog made by David Burnette of South on Main was the winner at the ninth Ever Nog-Off on Dec. 13 at the Historic Arkansas Museum.

MALE CALL: Don’t sell yourself ‘short’ when choosing a suit size

posted: 12/22/2013 3:13 a.m.

Q. I never button my suit jackets or blazers. It shows off my shirt and tie and also allows me to buy slimmer fitting jackets. I’m between 5 feet 9 and 5 feet 10 and I’m thinking of buying jackets in size 40 short just to get that look, but I’m on the fence about it. Is there ever a time to buy something “short” even if your height is “regular” ?

Becoming Santa: Experts counsel would-be Kringles

posted: 12/22/2013 3:11 a.m.

CHICAGO — Playing Santa Claus, or perhaps more properly portraying one of Santa’s “helpers,” can be a lot of fun. But jolly old elves aren’t just born; it’s something you have to work at. Doing it right is worth the effort.

WEDDINGS: VIRGINIA MITCHELL MCCRAY-JOHN CLINTON ROGER MUSSELMAN

posted: 12/22/2013 3:06 a.m.

Virginia Mitchell McCray and John Clinton Roger Musselman exchanged marriage vows at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church. The Rev. Robert Cook, along with the Rev. Brian Campbell of Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church in Norfolk, Va., officiated.

WEDDINGS: MARY ELIZABETH RENICK-TIMOTHY ROBERT HAUSER

posted: 12/22/2013 3:03 a.m.

Mary Elizabeth Renick became the bride of Timothy Robert Hauser at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in Christ the King Catholic Church. Monsignor Lawrence Frederick officiated.

LAUREN ASHLEY NELMS-JEFFREY JAMES BYERS

posted: 12/22/2013 3 a.m.

St. John’s Chapel by the Creek in Benton was the setting at 4 p.m.

One last run does it for Arkansas

posted: 12/22/2013 2:56 a.m.

More than eight minutes passed in the second half of Saturday night’s game in Verizon Arena with Arkansas scoring only two points.

LIKE IT IS: Early bowl games no reason to get excited

posted: 12/22/2013 2:54 a.m.

On Saturday, just four days before Christmas, there were four bowl games.

Second thoughts

posted: 12/22/2013 2:53 a.m.

Balfour says he’s still got what it takes Grant Balfour is one of the most intense pitchers in major league baseball.

Off the wire

posted: 12/22/2013 2:53 a.m.

BASEBALL Rangers pick up Choo The Rangers have made another Texas-sized deal to improve their offense. Free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo agreed to a $130 million, seven-year contract with the Rangers, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Saturday.

COMMENTARY: Kentucky freshmen have room to grow

posted: 12/22/2013 2:52 a.m.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Julius Randle had just scored a career-high 29 points.

Hall rallies, dumps Bentonville

posted: 12/22/2013 2:52 a.m.

Little Rock Hall Coach Jon Coleman wondered how his team would respond after last week’s emotional loss to Little Rock Parkview. He got the answer he was looking for Saturday night.

Strong first quarter enough for Patriots

posted: 12/22/2013 2:51 a.m.

Junior guard Jaylen Franklin led the way with 27 points to lead sluggish Little Rock Parkview to an 83-59 victory over Maumelle in the nightcap of the Arkansas Hoops Challenge on Saturday night at Maumelle High School.

Pointer sparks Jonesboro

posted: 12/22/2013 2:51 a.m.

Jonesboro Coach Wes Swift had to draw up a new a game plan on game day. It worked.

Panthers roll after slow start

posted: 12/22/2013 2:50 a.m.

After they got off to a slow start, the Clarksville Panthers were able to bounce back in a big way Saturday.

Mustangs energized from start

posted: 12/22/2013 2:50 a.m.

Forrest City didn’t look tired at all Saturday at the Arkansas Hoops Challenge.

In the lane: Hogs put on show at home

posted: 12/22/2013 2:49 a.m.

Arkansas’ two players from Little Rock provided a spark for the home crowd Saturday night.

SEC/TOP 25 WOMEN: Lady Vols suffer first loss of season

posted: 12/22/2013 2:47 a.m.

STANFORD, Calif. — Amber Orrange scored on a left-handed lay-in and was fouled with 25.8 seconds left then converted the free throw, helping seal No. 6 Stanford’s 76-70 victory against thirdranked Tennessee on Saturday that handed the Lady Volunteers their first loss.

SEC MEN: Kentucky handles pesky Belmont

posted: 12/22/2013 2:47 a.m.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A flurry of first-half three-pointers helped Belmont build an early lead over No. 19 Kentucky, but the Bruins’ bid to upset a second powerhouse program ran out of steam.

SUN BELT WOMEN: ASU looks to Gamble in 2nd half, tops UCA

posted: 12/22/2013 2:46 a.m.

Aundrea Gamble scored 17 of her game-high 21 points in the second half as Arkansas State defeated Central Arkansas 73-61 on Saturday afternoon at the Farris Center in Conway.

SUN BELT MEN: Southern Miss shoots down UALR

posted: 12/22/2013 2:45 a.m.

Southern Miss (11-2 ) shot 60.9 percent over the final 20 minutes and turned a fivepoint halftime lead into a 74-60 victory over UALR (4-7 ) on Saturday in the final of the BVI Tropical Shootout at the Multi-Purpose Complex in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

STATE COLLEGE ROUNDUPS

posted: 12/22/2013 2:45 a.m.

GAC MEN ARKANSAS-MONTICELLO 90, ANGELO STATE 81 Arkansas-Monticello (8-2 ) overcame a 12-point deficit and earned its sixth consecutive victory, beating Angelo State (10-2 ) on Saturday at Steelman Fieldhouse in Monticello.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Early birds snatching up .22 rimfire ammunition

posted: 12/22/2013 2:44 a.m.

Several readers who are frustrated at the shortage of.22 rimfire ammunition believe the government is choking the market as a backdoor attempt at gun control.

Easy doesn’t do it

posted: 12/22/2013 2:43 a.m.

Killing mature bucks on heavily hunted public land is hard, but Michaiah Stanley has it down to a science.

NEW MEXICO BOWL: Washington State hands it over to Colorado State

posted: 12/22/2013 2:42 a.m.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — With less than 2 minutes to play and Colorado State trailing by eight points, Shaquil Barrett knew the Rams needed the ball back quickly to finish an improbable comeback against Washington State on Saturday.

LAS VEGAS BOWL: USC ignores adversity,finishes 10-4

posted: 12/22/2013 2:41 a.m.

LAS VEGAS — Cody Kessler realizes Southern California could have quit on this season after the Trojans’ first head coach was fired.

Changes paying off for Florida State lineman in 2013

posted: 12/22/2013 2:40 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston used to pry starting left tackle Cam Erving to speak.

COLUMN ONE: ’Tis the season

posted: 12/22/2013 2:39 a.m.

To many Americans, the season wouldn’t be complete without at least a few scenes from It’s a Wonderful Life. The movie wasn’t a box-office hit when it was released in the 1940s, but it’s become a seasonal favorite since—and even acquired some critical acclaim along the way.

THE RECRUITING GUY: UA offer serves as inspiration for Froholdt, others

posted: 12/22/2013 2:39 a.m.

Arkansas fans blew up the Twitter account of Danish junior defensive end Hjalte Froholdt, adding approximately 400 followers in about eight minutes Dec. 2 following his oral commitment to the Razorbacks.

THE SMARTS OF PUBLIC POLICY

posted: 12/22/2013 2:39 a.m.

This fall, Georgetown University announced the creation of a new school of public policy, thanks to a gift of $100 million from an alumnus. In October, the University of New Hampshire announced that it would use a $20 million gift to launch a public policy school of its own.

The fuss over ‘ personhood’

posted: 12/22/2013 2:37 a.m.

Tommy lives in a cage in Gloversville, N.Y. He has filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus with a state court, asking for release from captivity. But Tommy is a chimpanzee (the petition was filed on his behalf by an animal welfare group), and New York grants the right of habeas review to “persons.” So Tommy must persuade a judge that he is a person if he is to have his day in court.

Razorbacks report: Interest high for Hogs’ job

posted: 12/22/2013 2:37 a.m.

More than 15 coaches had called Arkansas to discuss the team’s defensive line coach opening by the time departing coach Charlie Partridge had been introduced as Florida Atlantic University’s new head coach Tuesday, Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema said.

Guest column: Innovation hub’s many happy returns

posted: 12/22/2013 2:36 a.m.

All across the nation, major metropolitan areas are engaged in efforts to promote entrepreneurship and innovation by providing facilities, programming, and networking opportunities that increase the chances for success.

A spoonful of sugar-forget the medicine

posted: 12/22/2013 2:35 a.m.

“There is a profound cynicism at the root of his, as of all, sentimentality.” — P.L. Travers, reviewing Walt Disney’s Snow White in 1937 Iam watching the 79-year-old “speculative fiction” writer Harlan Ellison on YouTube talking about Walt Disney, the author Pamela “P.L.” Travers, her fictional creation Mary Poppins and the just-released film Saving Mr. Banks, which is Disney’s best hope for Oscar glory at the next Academy Awards ceremony.

White House bunglers remain employed

posted: 12/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

When the Obama administration realized that healthcare.gov was fundamentally broken rather than merely glitchy, aides called former management consultant Jeff Zients to fix it. This week, he was replaced by Kurt DelBene.

JUNCTION CITY 60, DES ARC 0: Zero to 60 in a blink

posted: 12/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

Junction City didn’t need Jamario Bell or a last-second comeback to defend its state championship.

BEST-SELLERS

posted: 12/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

Fiction 1. COMMAND AUTHORITY, by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney. President Jack Ryan and his son, a covert intelligence expert, try to counter a Russian threat in Tom Clancy’s last novel before his death. 2. SYCAMORE ROW, by John Grisham.

Dancy again at his best in big game

posted: 12/22/2013 2:32 a.m.

Junction City’s victory in the Class 2A state title game Saturday couldn’t have looked any more different than the one it won a year ago.

Who goes to work to have fun?

posted: 12/22/2013 2:31 a.m.

One of our core values is “O to inject fun and quirkiness into everything we do,” Neil Blumenthal, a founder of online eyeglass retailer Warby Parker, recently told the New York Times.

CHARLESTON 42, GLEN ROSE 19: Tossing and burning

posted: 12/22/2013 2:30 a.m.

Charleston completed a wire-to-wire trip as the top-ranked team in Class 3A with an easy 42-19 victory over Glen Rose in the state championship game Saturday night at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

Early hiccup doesn’t faze Tigers

posted: 12/22/2013 2:29 a.m.

Ty Storey’s first pass Saturday night ended up in the wrong hands.

Not everyone can recognize faces

posted: 12/22/2013 2:28 a.m.

Imagine entering a boardroom and meeting for the first time each of the company’s 15 directors. These are important people in your life; you’ll be expected to recognize them when you next meet.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 12/22/2013 2:26 a.m.

Expanded wagering set to start Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs will have an expanded wagering menu when the 2014 live meeting begins Jan. 10.

State sports briefs

posted: 12/22/2013 2:26 a.m.

Silver Gloves rescheduled for Dec. 27-28 The Arkansas Silver Gloves Boxing Association and the North Little Rock Parks and Recreation Center will host the rescheduled Arkansas Silver Gloves Championship Tournament on Dec. 27-28 at the North Little Rock Community Center.

Arkansas hall of fame adding 11 more in 2014

posted: 12/22/2013 2:26 a.m.

A professional golfer and a pair of former University of Arkansas football players are among the 11 members of the 2014 class who will join the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame at its 56th annual induction banquet Feb. 28 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

Hog suit roots on

posted: 12/22/2013 2:25 a.m.

Since many who love the Buffalo National River might be wondering on this Sunday before Christmas (when visions of spiral-sliced ham could be dancing in so many heads), I can report there is a development in that federal lawsuit filed in connection with C&H Hog Farms.

What we can learn here

posted: 12/22/2013 2:24 a.m.

Ignorance of the law is no excuse. That’s unless you happen to be a journeyman pizza vendor holding the mostly pointless office of lieutenant governor of Arkansas.

LETTERS

posted: 12/22/2013 2:24 a.m.

Working to advance In response to your recent editorial in which you refer to the University of Arkansas Advancement Division, with advancement in quotes, apparently for “humorous” effect: I work for the University of Arkansas Advancement Division, which I figure makes me almost as biased on the subject as your editorial writer seems. I am writing to offer some perspective.

2014 Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame inductees

posted: 12/22/2013 2:24 a.m.

A look at the 11 people who make up the 2014 induction class for the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame

COVER STORY: Christmas specials include Mr. Stink, St. Olaf Choir

posted: 12/22/2013 2:22 a.m.

Here we are in the home stretch. There are only a few days left to see all the Christmas movies you can, so make them count.

EDITORIALS: Ducks in a row

posted: 12/22/2013 2:20 a.m.

WHAT’S THE old classic? No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public? Who said that first, P.T. Barnum? We read that on the internet, so it’s got to be true. Or maybe it was Mark Twain, according to another site. Maybe it was Moe, Larry and Curly. In harmony. (Hello, hello, hello. . . .) On the internet, anything is possible.

SANTA PAWS FOR A CAUSE: Friends of Animal Village celebrate with St. Nicholas

posted: 12/22/2013 2:17 a.m.

Santa Claus was wearing fur, to be sure, but the best-looking coats of the evening were sported by several four-footed guests of the Friends of the Animal Village’s first Santa Paws Cocktail Party in partnership with Oxford American magazine. The event took place Dec. 14 at the magazine’s South Main offices in Little Rock.

Bad Santa! Bad!

posted: 12/22/2013 2:17 a.m.

There are several things no Santa should ever do: drink, smoke, swear or grope moms.

COLUMNISTS: Stories of Christmas Eve

posted: 12/22/2013 2:16 a.m.

I have the misfortune of having been born on Christmas Eve. That means I have gone through life with my birthday being overlooked in the general hubbub of the Christmas holidays.

Underachievers of 2013

posted: 12/22/2013 2:15 a.m.

President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had their annus horribilis. Here are 10 others who grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory this year: 1. Anti-gay-marriage forces. They lost at the Supreme Court and in the court of public opinion, even among conservatives.

Cousins Does It All For Pioneers

posted: 12/22/2013 2 a.m.

Gentry football coach Brian Little has only one regret, after watching senior quarterback Jarod Cousins pile up yardage in huge chunks both through the air and on the ground this season.

Nodier Fights Through Ankle Injury, Move

posted: 12/22/2013 2 a.m.

Brandon Nodier went from sidelined with a bum ankle to frantically searching for a helmet and mouthpiece in a matter of seconds in late October.

Harris Guides Memorable Season

posted: 12/22/2013 2 a.m.

Being picked to finish fifth in an eight-team conference is nothing new for Lincoln.

Hobbs Provides Offensive Punch

posted: 12/22/2013 2 a.m.

Justice Hobbs was ready from day one to add an extra ingredient into the Farmington offense this football season.

IMMEDIATE IMPACT

posted: 12/22/2013 2 a.m.

It’s not hard to assess the importance Tyler Cummings has had on the Lincoln program.

HIGH SCHOOL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

posted: 12/22/2013 1:54 a.m.

Dragons cruise to Class 2A title Junction City didn’t need a lastsecond comeback to defend its state championship. Instead, the Dragons did it with ridiculous ease. Junior quarterback Randall Holyfield ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more scores in Junction City’s 60-0 victory over Des Arc in the Class 2A state championship game Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

Powerball

posted: 12/22/2013 1:53 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball: 25-36-40-45-51 Powerball: 8 Estimated jackpot: $60 million

THE NWA MEDIA TEAM

posted: 12/22/2013 1 a.m.

OFFENSE DREW HARRIS SCHOOL: Lincoln CLASS: Junior POSITION: Quarterback HEIGHT: 6-0 WEIGHT: 170 NOTABLE: Completed 110 of 204 passes for 1 793 yards and 20 touchdowns. … Ran for 810 yards and seven touchdowns on 118 attempts. … Moved from wide receiver to quarterback as a sophomore after Cheyenne Vaughn transferred to Stilwell, Okla.

Tri-Lakes calendar of events starting Dec. 22

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Tri-Lakes calendar of events starting Dec. 22

Forming a future: YouthBuild Batesville graduates its first class

posted: 12/22/2013 midnight

The Batesville YouthBuild program has only been in place since March, but a few weeks ago, eight men and women made up its first graduating class.

RVO Calendar of events starting Dec. 22

posted: 12/22/2013 midnight

RVO Calendar of events starting Dec. 22

Randy Harmon: Going above and beyond lands firefighter of the year honor

posted: 12/22/2013 midnight

Randy Harmon said he “had no idea” why his peers would vote him the Bryant Firefighter of the Year for 2013. But for his co-workers, the choice was simple.

ASU-Beebe staff members snag awards at statewide conference

posted: 12/22/2013 midnight

BEEBE — When Catherine Burton attended the Arkansas College Personnel Association Conference in Little Rock in November, she didn’t know she would walk away a winner. The association provides programs, services, opportunities, leadership and guidance to Arkansas higher-education institutions to help develop programs that address statewide needs.

Worst of ice storm’s damage far west of Hot Springs on national-forest land

posted: 12/22/2013 midnight

Freezing rain, sleet and light snow on Dec. 5 and 6 caused significant tree damage and closed many roads across the Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis national forests, said officials with the United States Forest Service and the Arkansas Forestry Commission.

Making memories best part of family Christmas

posted: 12/22/2013 midnight

Christmas at the Smiths is another one for the record books.

Marilyn Williamson: Main Street Mission founder: ‘God placed me here’

posted: 12/22/2013 midnight

Marilyn Williamson of Russellville is 70, but in many ways, she’s the same girl who gave her lunch money to someone who needed it more, or sat with the wallflower at the dance.

Morning in a duck blind: Waterfowlers look forward to each season’s first morning in the duck blind

posted: 12/22/2013 midnight

After a short boat ride, George, Bob and I arrive at the blind, which is situated in a small clearing in the flooded hardwoods. It’s still dark, so we use flashlights to illuminate our way inside. Everyone checks their shotguns to be sure they’re unloaded before handing them in; then each of us arranges his gear so it’ll be within reach when shooting time comes.

Morning in a duck blind

posted: 12/22/2013 midnight

After a short boat ride, George, Bob and I arrive at the blind, which is situated in a small clearing in the flooded hardwoods.

This week's events in the Three Rivers area

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The events scheduled for the Three Rivers area beginning Dec. 22.

Program combines educational, occupational assistance for students

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Brenton Winn, a senior at Vilonia High School, doesn’t know what he wants to do after he graduates.

A heart with a mission: Conway fourth-grader collects toys for Arkansas Children’s Hospital

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Mary Melton, a fourth-grader at Jim Stone Elementary School in Conway, decided to help patients at Arkansas Children’s Hospital have a happier Christmas this year.

Todd Childers: Charlotte man teaches others using story of his own

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Though Todd Childers has become a role model for the men who are in treatment at John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte, he didn’t come into his job as an instructor for the program easily.

Making memories best part of Christmas

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Christmas at the Smiths is another one for the record books. OK, we don’t actually keep a record book. But, this was a good one.

Art from nature: Cabot artist brings out the beauty in gourds

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CABOT — When people see gourds, they might think of fall or Thanksgiving, but when Sharon Clark sees a gourd, she envisions a potential work of art.

Morrilton wins state football championship

posted: 12/22/2013 midnight

In 2010, Cody McNabb left his position as defensive coordinator at Russellville to become the head coach at Morrilton, which had won only one game in 2009.

More construction due for Oak Street in downtown Conway

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Oak Street in Conway is about to be under construction again.

New director says libraries build ‘creative thinkers’

posted: 12/22/2013 midnight

Tina Murdock, the new regional director of the Faulkner-Van Buren County Library System, said it’s still hard for her to believe how she got the job in Conway.

This year, I will …: Resolutions, goals on agenda for Tri-Lakes leaders

posted: 12/22/2013 midnight

New Year’s resolutions being offered by leaders in the Tri-Lakes Edition coverage area aren’t only about self-improvement, but also about changing their behavior, working on time management and striving harder to help their family and friends, as well as their communities.

Saturday, December 21

Charleston wins Class 3A football championship against Glen Rose

updated: 12/22/2013 12:15 a.m.

Ty Storey's first pass Saturday night ended up being intercepted in the Class 3A state title game. The Charleston junior quarterback made up for it fairly quickly, though.

Tornado watch, flood warnings issued in Arkansas

posted: 12/21/2013 4:52 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch in southeastern Arkansas and flood warnings and watches in much of the remainder of the state.

Group drops effort to recall Texarkana directors

posted: 12/21/2013 3:48 p.m.

A group called Miller County Patriots is dropping efforts to recall three members of the Texarkana, Ark., Board of Directors.

At least 5 deaths in Texas blamed on swine flu

posted: 12/21/2013 3:45 p.m.

Texas health officials have issued new guidelines for treating flu patients amid the spreading illness and at least five deaths blamed on swine flu.

Obama keeps eye on tense situation in South Sudan

posted: 12/21/2013 3:42 p.m.

President Barack Obama said Saturday that continued violence and militancy in South Sudan may cost the world's newest country the support of the United States and others nations.

Junction City beats Des Arc to win Class 2A state title

updated: 12/21/2013 7:12 p.m.

A year ago, Junction City needed every play to upend Bearden for the Class 2A state title. Saturday's victory over Des Arc didn't require nearly as much work.

Wreck on I-40 east in Pope County snarls traffic

posted: 12/21/2013 1:50 p.m.

A wreck on eastbound Interstate 40 in Pope County is causing major traffic delays Saturday afternoon.

Man dead, woman injured in Ashley County car wreck

posted: 12/21/2013 12:39 p.m.

One man was killed and another woman was injured in a car wreck Saturday morning in Ashley County, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatal crash report.

Egypt sends ousted president to third criminal trial

posted: 12/21/2013 12:15 p.m.

Egyptian prosecutors on Saturday referred the country's toppled president to a third criminal trial on charges of organizing prison breaks during the 2011 uprising, spreading chaos and abducting police officers in collaboration with foreign militants.

U.S. holiday travelers brace for foul, wet weather

posted: 12/21/2013 11:46 a.m.

Freezing rain. Snow. Thunderstorms. Even tornadoes. Much of the nation braced for foul weather on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, as a wet winter storm created travel worries from Chicago and Detroit to Boston and New York.

3 U.S. military aircraft hit in Sudan, 4 wounded

posted: 12/21/2013 11:44 a.m.

Gunfire hit three U.S. military aircraft trying to evacuate American citizens in a remote region of South Sudan that on Saturday became a battle ground between the country's military and renegade troops, officials said. Four U.S. service members were wounded in the attack in the same region where gunfire downed a U.N. helicopter the day before.

Memphis police: 21-year-old man killed in shooting

posted: 12/21/2013 11:26 a.m.

Memphis police are investigating a shooting that killed a 21-year-old man Friday night.

Storms knock out power for 6,000 Entergy customers

updated: 12/21/2013 2:51 p.m.

About 6,000 Entergy customers are without power Saturday afternoon, according to the company's online outage map.

Central Arkansas sees flash flooding, heavy rainfall

updated: 12/21/2013 10:24 a.m.

Several central Arkansas areas are experiencing flash flooding and heavy rainfall, and tornado watches have been issued for five southern counties on Saturday morning, the National Weather Service in Little Rock said.

NASA astronauts begin urgent spacewalking repairs

posted: 12/21/2013 9:30 a.m.

Astronauts ventured out Saturday on the first of a series of urgent repair spacewalks to revive a crippled cooling line at the International Space Station.

In the news

posted: 12/21/2013 5:37 a.m.

Bartolomeo Gagliano, an Italian serial killer who failed to return to prison after a two-day, good-behavior pass to visit his elderly mother, was recaptured in France after a manhunt, Italy’s justice minister said.

Israelis, heads of aid groups in spies’ files

posted: 12/21/2013 5:37 a.m.

Leaked documents reveal more than 1,000 targets of U.S. and British surveillance in recent years, including the office of an Israeli prime minister, heads of international aid organizations, foreign energy companies and a European Union official involved in antitrust battles with American technology businesses.

Obama upbeat on 2014

posted: 12/21/2013 5:33 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Citing strong progress on the economy, President Barack Obama said at his annual year-end news conference Friday that 2014 “can be a breakthrough year for America” after a long season of recession and slow recovery.

Economy jumps 4.1% in 3rd quarter

posted: 12/21/2013 5:27 a.m.

WASHINGTON — U.S. economic growth in the third quarter was revised sharply higher Friday to a solid annual rate of 4.1 percent, mostly because of stronger consumer spending.

21-18 panel vote clears health-exchange grant

posted: 12/21/2013 5:25 a.m.

A $10.6 million federal grant to help the state continue to work with the federal government in a health-insurance exchange narrowly cleared the Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday.

Names and faces

posted: 12/21/2013 5:24 a.m.

Justin Timberlake, so often shuttling between movies and music, for once didn’t have to choose. In the film Inside Llewyn Davis, Timberlake plays a supporting role as a cheery, sweater-wearing 1960s folk musician. But he also collaborated with producer T Bone Burnett on the movie’s memorable period songs.

Judge strikes down Utah law banning same-sex marriage

posted: 12/21/2013 5:23 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban Friday in a decision that marks a drastic shift toward gay marriage in a conservative state where the Mormon church has long been against it.

Obama to nominate Baucus for China ambassadorship

posted: 12/21/2013 5:23 a.m.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Friday that he will nominate Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus to become ambassador to China.

London theaters get safety check

posted: 12/21/2013 5:21 a.m.

LONDON — Authorities inspected all 52 of London’s famed West End theaters Friday, trying to reassure theatergoers that the city’s elegant but aging venues are safe after chunks of plaster fell from the Apollo Theatre’s ceiling, injuring 79 people.

Mega Millions

posted: 12/21/2013 5:20 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions:

The nation in brief

posted: 12/21/2013 5:19 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “In the absence of such evidence, the State’s unsupported fears and speculations are insufficient to justify the State’s refusal to dignify the family relationships of its gay and lesbian citizens.” U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby, on how Utah’s law passed by voters in 2004 violates gay couples’ rights to due process and equal protection

Travelers fret over bad weather

posted: 12/21/2013 5:18 a.m.

ST. LOUIS — Holiday travelers in the Midwest and parts of the East and South watched Friday as a band of foul weather stretching across the nation’s midsection threatened to mar the opening weekend of one of the year’s busiest travel periods.

Senate confirms overhaul specialist as IRS chief

posted: 12/21/2013 5:17 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Friday to confirm a retired corporate and government turnaround specialist to head the Internal Revenue Service, an agency recovering from scandal as it gears up to play a big role in implementing the president’s health-care law.

India demands apology for ‘atrocious’ U.S. behavior toward diplomat

posted: 12/21/2013 5:15 a.m.

NEW DELHI — India’s information minister lashed out at the United States on Friday and demanded an apology for the treatment of a diplomat who was arrested in New York, saying America cannot behave “atrociously” and get away with it.

Catholic groups granted bar against care-act rule

posted: 12/21/2013 5:14 a.m.

PITTSBURGH — Organizations affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Erie Diocese on Friday were granted a permanent injunction against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, after government attorneys conceded that they have no new evidence to offer in defense of the rule.

The world in brief

posted: 12/21/2013 5:12 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I think we’re going to see an increase in cross-border traffic for those hoping to access our brothels.” Don Hutchinson, vice president of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, a religious group that opposes the decriminalization of prostitution, on the ruling that struck down Canada’s laws against the sex trade

Highest court strips Canada of laws against prostitution

posted: 12/21/2013 5:11 a.m.

TORONTO — Canada’s highest court struck down the country’s anti-prostitution laws Friday, a victory for sex workers who had argued that a ban on brothels and other measures made their occupation more dangerous. The ruling drew criticism from the conservative government and religious leaders.

U.K. will help destroy chemicals from Syria

posted: 12/21/2013 5:10 a.m.

LONDON — The United Kingdom will help the international mission to destroy Syria’s chemical-weapons program, officials said Friday, joining a complex operation with prominent roles for the U.S., Denmark and Norway.

Oil fields said rebels’ in S. Sudan

posted: 12/21/2013 5:09 a.m.

JUBA, South Sudan — Armed rebels were said to be in control of some of South Sudan’s oil fields Friday, raising questions of how long the country’s oil will flow and whether neighboring countries will enter the conflict which showed no signs of ending.

Reagan wounder gets longer visits

posted: 12/21/2013 5:07 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981 will get to spend more time outside a mental hospital where he has been confined for most of the past three decades, a judge ruled Friday.

Weapon talks not in plans, legislators say

posted: 12/21/2013 5:05 a.m.

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee will try to persuade state lawmakers to take up legislation during the fiscal session to allow more public-school employees to carry weapons on campus.

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: To get I-40 fixed, jams inevitable

posted: 12/21/2013 5:04 a.m.

Dear Mahatma: I traveled over Interstate 40 during the Thanksgiving break and was delayed in a miles-long traffic jam around Forrest City, where there was a construction project. Can’t we do better? — Turkey Traveler

Grand jury indicts 2 in rice conspiracy

posted: 12/21/2013 5:03 a.m.

A Stuttgart rice scientist who was arrested last week and detained by a federal judge in Little Rock until he could be transported to a Kansas court this week has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Kansas on accusations of stealing trade secrets from a biotechnology company to sell to associates in China.

Rent deal proposed for NLR nonprofit

posted: 12/21/2013 5:02 a.m.

North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith wants to offer the Argenta Community Development Corp. the chance to move out of downtown and into a city-owned building rent-free for two years to help the nonprofit stay afloat, he said.

State panel awards $50,000 to deputy’s widow

posted: 12/21/2013 5:01 a.m.

The Arkansas Claims Commission has awarded $50,000 to the widow of a Sebastian County deputy sheriff who died while on duty, but declined to grant her additional “hazardous duty” benefits.

Jurors find officer lied about acts at ’12 trial

posted: 12/21/2013 5 a.m.

CLARKSVILLE — A Johnson County Circuit Court jury Friday convicted a Johnson County sheriff’s deputy of perjury and began deliberating on her sentence.

Auditor report tells of Darr’s irritation

posted: 12/21/2013 5 a.m.

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr told a legislative auditor last month that he cannot receive more income from the state than his salary under the Arkansas Constitution but that there isn’t a constitutional amendment that says he “has to be screwed” either, according to the auditor’s written report on the conversation.

Sherwood sued over ’08 advance

posted: 12/21/2013 4:58 a.m.

A risk management company filed a lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court this week against Sherwood, contending the city hasn’t repaid a $200,000 advance provided to help with costs associated in the cleanup and recovery from tornado damage in April 2008.

Police beat

posted: 12/21/2013 4:58 a.m.

Boyfriend accused of battering infant Four months after an infant was found battered, Little Rock police arrested the child’s mother’s boyfriend and charged him with first-degree battery.

Court ruling favors bomb-hurt doctor

posted: 12/21/2013 4:56 a.m.

A circuit judge ruled this week in favor of the former Arkansas State Medical Board chairman who was injured in a 2009 bombing, saying he is entitled to both compensatory and punitive damages.

LR commission OKs Visitors Bureau budget

posted: 12/21/2013 4:55 a.m.

The Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau expects an increase in expenses next year, partially because of the planned temporary closing of Robinson Center for renovations, according to the 2014 budget approved Tuesday.

One held after mom killed in Searcy

posted: 12/21/2013 4:54 a.m.

SEARCY — Police arrested a Searcy woman early Friday in the shooting death of her mother outside the business where the older woman worked.

Getting it straight

posted: 12/21/2013 4:54 a.m.

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