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Heber Springs man arrested, charged in girl's rape

posted: 01/07/2013 6:02 p.m. Discuss

The Heber Springs Police Department has arrested and charged Matthew Tinkle with one count of rape against a 14-year-old girl.

Court date pushed back for Hot Springs lawyer

posted: 01/07/2013 5:18 p.m. Comment 1

A judge has rescheduled a hearing for a Hot Springs lawyer with whom Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel admitted having an extramarital relationship.

Arkansas lawmakers eye surplus for Medicaid deficit

posted: 01/07/2013 3:19 p.m. Comment 1

The incoming leaders of the state House and Senate say they’re interested in using money from the state’s projected surplus to avoid the program cuts proposed to fill a $138 million Medicaid shortfall.

Tanker strikes San-Oakland Bay Bridge

posted: 01/07/2013 3:08 p.m. Discuss

A tanker struck the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of leaking oil and the bridge was open to traffic, officials said.

McDaniel to talk to press after admitting relationship

posted: 01/07/2013 3 p.m. Comment 1

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is expected to talk to reporters this week after admitting last month that he’d had an extramarital relationship with a Hot Springs lawyer.

Cooper of Cooper Communities dies at 74

posted: 01/07/2013 3 p.m. Discuss

John A. Cooper Jr. of Bella Vista, chairman and chief executive officer of Cooper Communities Inc., died at Mercy Northwest Arkansas hospital in Rogers late Sunday from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a breathing ailment.

4 women fatally shot at Tulsa apartment

posted: 01/07/2013 2:45 p.m. Discuss

Police in Tulsa said four women were found shot to death inside an apartment and authorities are searching for a suspect in the deaths.

Court date reset in three Arkadelphia slayings

posted: 01/07/2013 12:30 p.m. Discuss

A court date has been rescheduled for a suspect in the slayings of two young Arkansas girls and their stepfather.

Dallas starts tearing down Oswald apartment

posted: 01/07/2013 12:22 p.m. Discuss

Dallas has begun demolishing an apartment complex where Lee Harvey Oswald briefly lived before the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Little Rock officer hit by car while pursuing shoplifter

updated: 01/07/2013 1:35 p.m. Comments 3

A Little Rock police officer has been taken to the hospital after being knocked to the ground Monday by a vehicle at a gas station in southwest Little Rock.

Greenwood's Jones named national coach of the year

posted: 01/07/2013 11:50 a.m. Discuss

Greenwood's Rick Jones was named national football coach of the year by the National Federation of State High School Associations on Monday.

Mega Millions, Powerball drawings switch to KATV

posted: 01/07/2013 11:44 a.m. Comments 2

The twice-weekly draws for two popular multistate lotteries will now be seen on a new network, officials said Monday.

10 banks agree to pay $8.5 billion for foreclosure abuse

posted: 01/07/2013 11:13 a.m. Discuss

Ten major banks and mortgage companies have agreed to pay $8.5 billion to settle complaints that they wrongfully foreclosed on the loans of homeowners who should have been allowed to stay in their homes.

How to get your hands on a real steal

posted: 01/07/2013 11:07 a.m. Comment 1

Crime doesn’t pay ... for criminals.

Little Rock to open center to combat truancy

posted: 01/07/2013 10:50 a.m. Comments 3

A new center set to open this week will create space for holding youths picked up on the streets during the school day as part of an effort to combat truancy.

Clinton returns to work after clot hospitalization

posted: 01/07/2013 10:37 a.m. Discuss

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton returned to work Monday, after a month-long absence caused first by a stomach virus, then a fall and a concussion and finally a brief hospitalization for a blot clot near her brain.

U.K. jails mom for killing son over Koran study

posted: 01/07/2013 10:33 a.m. Comments 2

A British judge Monday sentenced a woman he called a “devoted and loving mother” to at least 17 years in prison for beating her son to death after he failed to memorize passages from the Koran.

UA incubator client gets National Science Foundation grant

posted: 01/07/2013 10:03 a.m. Discuss

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $150,000 grant to CycleWood Solutions Inc., a University of Arkanas-affiliated company.

Robbers shoot man, take BMW in Little Rock

posted: 01/07/2013 9:46 a.m. Comments 35

A Little Rock man was shot twice and robbed of his car Sunday in the 3900 block of Springer Boulevard, authorities said.

Police: Driver flees after running over woman in Hillcrest

posted: 01/07/2013 9:25 a.m. Comments 8

Authorities are looking for a driver who fled the scene after running over a woman in a crosswalk in Little Rock's Hillcrest neighborhood Sunday morning.

Google executive chairman arrives in North Korea

posted: 01/07/2013 8:54 a.m. Discuss

Google’s chairman wants a first-hand look at North Korea’s economy and social media during his private visit Monday to the communist nation, his delegation said, despite misgivings in Washington over the timing of the trip.

In Israel, U.S. senator calls for gradual cut in foreign aid

posted: 01/07/2013 8:51 a.m. Discuss

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul on Monday called for a gradual reduction of American foreign aid, delivering the message in an unlikely venue — since Israel is among the top recipients of American assistance.

Bank of America in $10 billion-plus mortgage settlement

posted: 01/07/2013 8:28 a.m. Comment 1

Bank of America says it will spend more than $10 billion to settle mortgage claims resulting from the housing meltdown.

Crews replacing historic bridge in north Arkansas

posted: 01/07/2013 8:22 a.m. Discuss

Crews are working to replace a bridge over the North Fork River that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Hearings, trial closed in Indian rape case

posted: 01/07/2013 8:10 a.m. Discuss

An Indian magistrate ruled Monday that the media will not be allowed to attend pretrial hearings or the trial of the five men accused of raping and killing a young student in the Indian capital, a police official said.

Various groups back hunting on rolled fields

posted: 01/07/2013 8:07 a.m. Comments 10

Congressional delegations from Mississippi and Arkansas have backed legislation to clarify that hunting over a rolled rice field is not illegal field baiting.

Joplin church destroyed by tornado breaks ground

posted: 01/07/2013 8:05 a.m. Discuss

After a May 2011 tornado destroyed Peace Lutheran Church in Joplin, the congregation vowed it would not be the end of their church.

Prosecutors to outline evidence in Colorado theater deaths

updated: 01/07/2013 8:40 a.m. Discuss

Nearly six months after a bloody rampage in a Colorado movie theater left 12 people dead, prosecutors will go to court Monday to outline their case against the suspect, James Holmes.

Syrian troops repulse rebel attack in Aleppo

posted: 01/07/2013 8 a.m. Discuss

Syria’s state media said Monday that government troops repulsed a rebel attack on a police school in the northern city of Aleppo, one day after President Bashar Assad called on Syrians to fight an opposition driven by what he characterized as religious extremists.

Tulsa church: Mother not entitled to damages for abuse

posted: 01/07/2013 7:59 a.m. Discuss

A Tulsa megachurch is asking for the dismissal of a civil lawsuit that accuses employees of trying to cover up the rape of a 13-year-old girl by a worker on the church’s campus.

Beebe, lawmakers to preview legislative session

posted: 01/07/2013 7:46 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe and legislative leaders are previewing the top issues at this year’s legislative session in a forum with editors and reporters from around the state.

Death penalty sought in killing of 6-year-old girl

updated: 01/07/2013 10:22 a.m. Comments 7

A prosecutor says he plans to seek the death penalty for an Arkansas man accused of killing a 6-year-old girl who lived next door.

Louisiana man dies week after Arkansas hunting accident

posted: 01/07/2013 7:34 a.m. Discuss

Authorities say a Louisiana man has died one week after he was shot during an apparent hunting accident in south Arkansas.

Obama taps Brennan for CIA, Hagel for Pentagon

updated: 01/07/2013 1:47 p.m. Comments 11

Despite Republican misgivings, President Barack Obama announced Monday that he will nominate former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary, calling him “the leader our troops deserve.” He also chose White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.

Driver killed after car veers off road, hits bridge

posted: 01/07/2013 6:35 a.m. Comments 2

A Hartford man was killed Sunday when his car ran off a Sebastian County highway and struck a bridge, authorities said.

Tax issue is over, GOP leader says

posted: 01/07/2013 5:16 a.m. Discuss

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell made clear Sunday that he would oppose any effort by the Obama administration to increase tax revenue beyond the higher rates for top earners in the recent fiscal deal, saying he remained focused on finding ways to cut spending as the government grapples with debilitating debt.

Defense-job nod going to Hagel, insiders say

posted: 01/07/2013 5:13 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama will nominate former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary, a senior administration official said Sunday, choosing a former Senate colleague and a decorated Vietnam veteran and signaling he’s ready for a contentious confirmation fight likely dominated by questions about Hagel’s stands on Israel and Iran.

India, Pakistan trade shots in Kashmir

posted: 01/07/2013 5:10 a.m. Discuss

Pakistan and India traded accusations Sunday of violating the cease-fire in the disputed northern region of Kashmir, with Islamabad accusing Indian troops of a cross-border raid and India charging that Pakistani shelling destroyed a home on its side.

Cities try cross-training public-safety workers

posted: 01/07/2013 5:09 a.m. Discuss

A disgruntled employee had sprayed his workplace with gunfire — killing three and wounding six — before heading into this Silicon Valley community, shooting another innocent and then vanishing into a residential neighborhood.

Ivorian stampede’s death toll rises to 64

posted: 01/07/2013 5:07 a.m. Discuss

Ivory Coast’s health minister said Sunday that the death toll in the New Year’s stampede rose to 64.

Sandy takes a toll on fishing industry

posted: 01/07/2013 5:06 a.m. Discuss

While superstorm Sandy did highly visible damage to homes, boardwalks and roads, it also walloped the Northeastern fishing industry, whose workers are hoping for a small piece of any future disaster assistance that Congress might approve.

Egypt shakes up its Cabinet

posted: 01/07/2013 5:03 a.m. Discuss

Egypt swore in 10 new ministers on Sunday in a Cabinet shake-up aimed at improving the government’s handling of the country’s ailing economy ahead of talks this week with the International Monetary Fund over a badly needed $4.8 billion loan.

Evidence hearing starts today in theater killings

posted: 01/07/2013 5:01 a.m. Discuss

The suspect in the Colorado movie theater killings returns to court this week for a hearing that some say might be the closest thing to a trial the victims and their families will get to see.

Obama back from Hawaiian vacation

posted: 01/07/2013 4:55 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama has returned to Washington after a winter vacation in Hawaii that was interrupted by the “fiscal cliff” crisis.

Pakistan: 9 killed by U.S. drones

posted: 01/07/2013 4:54 a.m. Discuss

Suspected American drones fired several missiles into three militant hide-outs near the Afghan border Sunday, killing nine Pakistani Taliban fighters, intelligence officials said.

13 in Philippines die in gunbattle

posted: 01/07/2013 4:52 a.m. Discuss

Filipino army special forces and police killed 13 suspected criminals in a fierce gun battle Sunday in a northeastern province in the latest violence in the country in recent days.

Anti-terrorist squad criticized for killings

posted: 01/07/2013 4:50 a.m. Discuss

Indonesia’s U.S.-funded police anti-terrorist squad killed seven suspected militants in recent days, triggering renewed allegations that the force is not trying to take suspects alive — a trend that appears to be fueling the very extremism the predominantly Muslim country is trying to counter.

Where’s aid? Palestinian asks Arabs

posted: 01/07/2013 4:49 a.m. Discuss

The Palestinian self-rule government is close to being “completely incapacitated,” largely because Arab countries haven’t delivered hundreds of millions of dollars in promised aid, the Palestinian prime minister said in an interview Sunday.

The world in brief

posted: 01/07/2013 4:47 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “What we started will not stop.” Syrian President Bashar Assad, in his first public speech in six months, in which he laid out terms for a peace plan that keeps himself in power, ignoring international demands to step down Article, 1A

The nation in brief

posted: 01/07/2013 4:45 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I think this is a president right now who has drunk the tea. He is feeling very good about himself; he is feeling like there can be no opposition to his position.” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who said President Barack Obama was being overly dismissive of criticism of former Sen. Chuck Hagel, whom Obama is expected to nominate as defense secretary Article, 1A

Names and faces

posted: 01/07/2013 4:44 a.m. Discuss

Star Wars creator George Lucas is engaged.

In the news

posted: 01/07/2013 4:43 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama, who returned to the White House from vacationing in Hawaii, signed legislation authorizing $9.7 billion to aid victims of superstorm Sandy.

Couple envision statue of war hero

posted: 01/07/2013 4:31 a.m. Comment 1

A Fort Smith couple are organizing a committee to create a larger-than-life statue of the larger-than-life hometown World War II hero William Orlando Darby.

Searcy County tackles wildfires

posted: 01/07/2013 4:27 a.m. Discuss

You don’t have to tell Searcy County’s Randy Smyth that these are dangerous times to fight wildfires in Arkansas.

Police beat

posted: 01/07/2013 4:23 a.m. Discuss

Shooting in LR leaves 1 injured A person was taken to a hospital in a late-afternoon shooting Sunday.

Other days

posted: 01/07/2013 4:21 a.m. Discuss

100 YEARS AGO Jan. 7, 1913 JONESBORO — Cries of “Fire! Fire!” by a parrot yesterday morning saved the lives of the McCarthy family. They were sleeping in their living apartments adjoining the McCarthy studio, when they were awakened about 12:30 o’clock by the cries of the bird.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 01/07/2013 4:20 a.m. Discuss

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


posted: 01/07/2013 4:19 a.m. Discuss

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

COLUMNISTS: Battles of the budget

posted: 01/07/2013 4:19 a.m. Comments 5

The centrist fantasy of a Grand Bargain on the budget never had a chance. Even if some kind of bargain had supposedly been reached, key players would soon have reneged on the deal—probably the next time a Republican occupied the White House.

EDITORIALS: The missing wing

posted: 01/07/2013 4:18 a.m. Discuss

THE CURIOUS workings of the military mind grow curiouser and curiouser. Amidst all the authorizations, major investments and obscure pork projects in the 2013 defense authorization bill that finally cleared Congress (Whew!), there’s no provision for keeping what may be the consistently highest-rated outfit in the Air National Guard: the 188th Fighter Wing out of Fort Smith, Arkansas.

In all but name

posted: 01/07/2013 4:15 a.m. Discuss

It’s long been thought, researched and said that a public criticism of journalism is the use, and abuse, of confidential and anonymous sources. Why, it’s legitimately asked, do news organizations expect transparency on the part of politicians and governments when they hide behind sources who won’t be revealed?

Is the résumé dead?

posted: 01/07/2013 4:14 a.m. Discuss

Résumés may not be dead yet, but they are absolutely evolving—and not just moving from printed paper to digital copies. While some businesses still rely on traditional résumés in the hiring process, many are seeking a more complete picture of their future employees and turn to social-media sites to learn more about potential hires.

The end of marriage?

posted: 01/07/2013 4:13 a.m. Comments 34

Strange—while everyone is talking about gay marriage and its inevitability, no one seems to have noticed that marriage between men and women has been declining.


posted: 01/07/2013 4:12 a.m. Comments 3

It’s not media’s fault In an impassioned diatribe against the “media circus” following the Columbine, Sandy Hook and other similarly tragic shootings, a letter writer accused the media of being centered on the crazed killers rather than on the victims to the extent that the former are made more memorable than the latter.

NFL PLAYOFFS: Ravens end run of Luck

posted: 01/07/2013 4:10 a.m. Discuss

The Baltimore Ravens want one long final ride for Ray Lewis.

TOP 25 SEC WOMEN: UA women fall to Blair, A&M

posted: 01/07/2013 4:02 a.m. Comments 4

Texas A&M women’s basketball Coach Gary Blair had a party at his house in Fayetteville on Sunday night after the Aggies played Arkansas.

NFC WILD-CARD: Lynch carries Seattle

posted: 01/07/2013 3:58 a.m. Discuss

Russell Wilson raced ahead to throw the final block on Marshawn Lynch’s go-ahead touchdown run, and the Seattle Seahawks finally had a victorious road show.

OAKLAWN COUNTDOWN 4 DAYS: New Derby road paved with points

posted: 01/07/2013 3:53 a.m. Discuss

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas isn’t a fan of the new “Road to the Kentucky Derby” points system.

COMMENTARY: NHL doesn’t deserve fans’ loyalty

posted: 01/07/2013 3:49 a.m. Discuss

They’ll forgive.

SUN BELT WOMEN: ASU clamps down on W. Kentucky

posted: 01/07/2013 3:48 a.m. Discuss

Sophomore guard Hanna Qedan made two free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining Sunday afternoon to secure a 63-58 victory over Western Kentucky in a Sun Belt Conference game at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.

TOP 25 MEN: Michigan offense rolling along

posted: 01/07/2013 3:46 a.m. Discuss

Trey Burke had 19 points and a career-high 12 assists, part of another stellar offensive performance from No. 2 Michigan in a 95-67 victory over Iowa on Sunday.

Lewis lets loose before, during, after

posted: 01/07/2013 3:45 a.m. Discuss

Ray Lewis did his part to ensure that his last home game wouldn’t also be the final chapter of his NFL career.

Kelly stays put, passing on NFL

posted: 01/07/2013 3:41 a.m. Discuss

Chip Kelly is staying at Oregon. Two people with knowledge of the decision confirmed Sunday night that Kelly is passing up a chance to coach in the NFL to remain with the Ducks. Bowl report

posted: 01/07/2013 3:35 a.m. Discuss

Haynes on site, waiting — The 2012 season Paul Haynes spent at Arkansas wasn’t under the most ideal of conditions, but Haynes, the newly hired Kent State coach, said he is hoping it helps him when he takes over the Golden Flashes for good after Sunday’s Bowl.

NBA standings and summaries

posted: 01/07/2013 3:32 a.m. Discuss

GRIZZLIES 92, SUNS 81 MEMPHIS (92) Gay 9-18 2-2 20, Randolph 9-11 3-5 21, Gasol 5-10 0-0 10, Conley 3-10 1-2 7, Allen 3-7 5-5 11, Haddadi 0-1 0-0 0, Bayless 2-2 4-4 9, Ellington 1-2 0-0 2, Arthur 2-3 1-2 6, Speights 3-5 0-0 6, Wroten 0-0 0-0 0, Selby 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-69 16-20 92.

Tonight’s BCS Championship game

posted: 01/07/2013 3:31 a.m. Discuss

TIME/TV 7:30 p.m. ESPN SITE Sun Life Stadium, Miami LINE Alabama by 9 1/2 SERIES RECORD Notre Dame leads 5-1

Second thoughts

posted: 01/07/2013 3:30 a.m. Discuss

Tide QB has own shoe deal It’s all about making the right call at the right time when you are a quarterback.

Off the wire

posted: 01/07/2013 3:27 a.m. Discuss

GOLF Opener delayed again Another attempt to start the PGA Tour season was blown away Sunday in Kapalua, Hawaii. Just more than an hour into the opening round of the Tournament of Champions, play was suspended when more 40 mph gusts came roaring down the Plantation Course at Kapalua and left officials no choice but to wipe out yet another round.

State sports briefs

posted: 01/07/2013 3:23 a.m. Discuss

FOOTBALL UA commitment reopens recruitment Deondre Skinner, a tight end from Patterson, La., who committed to Arkansas last May, said he is reopening his recruiting. Skinner, 6-4, 225 pounds, 4.59 seconds in the 40-yard dash, said he has not talked with new Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema and doesn’t believe he is wanted in Fayetteville.

NASA hosting an out-of-this world sale

posted: 01/07/2013 3:06 a.m. Discuss

Does anyone need a 15,000-foot landing strip? How about a place to assemble rocket ships? Or a parachute-packing plant? An array of aerospace tracking antennas? A launchpad?

‘Ultra HDTV’ sets expected to draw eyes at flagging show

posted: 01/07/2013 3:03 a.m. Discuss

At the biggest trade show in the Americas, which kicks off Tuesday in Las Vegas, television makers will be doing their best to convince consumers that HDTVs are old hat and that they should make room for “Ultra HDTV.”

Inquiry of tech firms’ tax tactics nears end

posted: 01/07/2013 3:01 a.m. Discuss

Congressional investigators are wrapping up their scrutiny of the accounting practices of Apple and other technology companies that allocate revenue and intellectual property offshore to lower the taxes they pay in the United States.

Microsoft’s CEO calls 2012 ‘epic,’ but reports on success are mixed

posted: 01/07/2013 2:59 a.m. Discuss

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has been known to use hyperbolic adjectives, but was he on the mark when he described 2012 as “the most epic in Microsoft history” ?

Ban on satellite exports is lifted

posted: 01/07/2013 2:57 a.m. Discuss

U.S.-made communications satellites used to orbit the Earth to relay phone calls, link ships to shore and broadcast television programs will become legal for civilian export under new legislation that President Barack Obama signed into law recently.

ON COMPUTERS: Three programs make the free-favorites list

posted: 01/07/2013 2:56 a.m. Discuss

Our readers like free and so do we. Here are a few of our favorites.

Study sees low interest in electric cars

posted: 01/07/2013 2:53 a.m. Discuss

Mainstream car shoppers are simultaneously ignorant and apathetic about plug-in electric vehicles. That’s the essential finding of a new study from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Yelp reviews on lockups: Not many stars

posted: 01/07/2013 2:52 a.m. Discuss

SACRuben Switzer wasn’t happy with his accommodations at a well-known Los Angeles establishment, so he went online to vent.

Biogen discontinues work on ALS drug

posted: 01/07/2013 2:50 a.m. Discuss

A closely watched experimental drug to treat Lou Gehrig’s disease failed to work in a late-stage clinical trial, the drug’s developer, Biogen Idec, said Thursday. The company said it would discontinue further work on the drug.

Technology news in brief

posted: 01/07/2013 2:48 a.m. Discuss

China fines firms for fixing LCD prices Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Display Co., the world’s biggest makers of flat panels, were among six companies fined by China’s government for participating in a price-fixing scheme.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 01/07/2013 2:47 a.m. Discuss

ALMA Bobbie Pryor, 723 Richland Road, Dec. 31, 2012, Chapter 7. Steven Dale Renfro, 1409 Collum Lane West, Dec. 31, 2012, Chapter 7. ALTHEIMER Michael Collins, P.O. Box 387, Dec. 31, 2012, Chapter 13.

Developed for invalids, Pilates Reformers challenge all fitness levels

posted: 01/07/2013 2:43 a.m. Discuss

When asked to describe a Pilates Reformer, even the most knowledgeable can be at a loss for words.

Overweight have edge on survival, study says

posted: 01/07/2013 2:40 a.m. Discuss

It’s a common medical refrain: Carrying extra pounds raises the risk of ills such as heart disease and diabetes and therefore the risk of a premature death.

Apps and gadgets for food and feet

posted: 01/07/2013 2:37 a.m. Discuss

When I received the results of a routine cholesterol test, I was certain there had been some kind of mistake. I’m young, unstressed and healthy, or so I imagined. I work out, too, and most impartial observers — and some partial ones — would describe me as “lean.” Plus, I eat a nutritious diet, I swear. So why did my LDL levels surpass my IQ — or, for that matter, Einstein’s ?

Walking sticks offer balance

posted: 01/07/2013 2:36 a.m. Discuss

Many urban hikers add an old-fashioned piece of gear to their hitting-the-road getup of athletic shoes, gloves, high-tech sunglasses and jackets with easy-access pockets to hold phones and iPods: walking sticks.

ASK THE TRAINER: Trainers, classes get you over hump

posted: 01/07/2013 2:33 a.m. Discuss

Q: My work teaching adolescents consumes most of my willpower and energy. I tell myself I will walk when I get home, but all I want to do when I get home is put my feet up and enjoy the silence. I would like to get in shape to have more energy and better health, yet I cannot make the commitment to do what must be done for myself. I want to know how a trainer could help me and what would be involved in time and money.

Tips to jump-start your body tune-up

posted: 01/07/2013 2:32 a.m. Discuss

There’s no time like the present to begin eating more healthfully: 1. Freshen up your food life. Keep fresh fruit, whole-grain crackers, fiber-rich cookie bars, nuts and fresh vegetables on hand.

LA yogi to visit Barefoot Studio; dance begins

posted: 01/07/2013 2:31 a.m. Discuss

When her late father, Jennings Osborne, fell ill in 2010, Breezy Osborne-Wingfield found support in online yoga classes taught by Noah Maze.


posted: 01/07/2013 2:29 a.m. Discuss

Q: Is there a scientific reason that adopting year-round daylight saving time would not be feasible?

MASTER CLASS: Maneuver life by flapping like a fish

posted: 01/07/2013 2:28 a.m. Discuss

If you’re fresh out of ideas for your 2013 resolution, I’ll share mine with you. Live life more like a salmon (Alaskan to be precise).


posted: 01/07/2013 2:19 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You get what you really want for your birthday: free time. Love and promises come in February. March starts a trend that affects your lifestyle.


posted: 01/07/2013 2:19 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: We recently visited my parents’ grave. We noticed that there is a lot of mold on the headstone. Could you tell me how to remove it?


posted: 01/07/2013 2:18 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Why do some people get all wrapped up in trying to predict the end of the world? We’ve always experienced wars and natural disasters, and we always will. All those prophecies about the end of the world are just nonsense, in my opinion. — M.H.

Super Quiz: Writers who died young

posted: 01/07/2013 2:17 a.m. Discuss

1. Regarded as Scotland’s national poet (37) 2. She wrote Jane Eyre (38). 3. Poet who died from a fever contracted while in Greece (36) 4. The novelist Mary Shelley was this poet’s second wife (29).

Elite matchup hinges on ‘big fellows up front’

posted: 01/07/2013 12:55 a.m. Discuss

Sometimes, the buildup to a game can overwhelm what actually happens on the field.

Funding for state hits snag

posted: 01/07/2013 12:39 a.m. Comments 3

With the announcement last week that Sen. John Boozman has joined the Senate Appropriations Committee, making him the third Arkansas lawmaker now sitting on a congressional spending panel, it would appear that Arkansas is well positioned to secure federal dollars for state projects.

Smith: NLR likely to hire chief in-house

posted: 01/07/2013 12:36 a.m. Comments 2

With the current chief of police taking a new position in City Hall, the mayor of North Little Rock said the city’s new police chief will likely come from within the department’s ranks.

NLR moving to end school suit

posted: 01/07/2013 12:34 a.m. Comments 2

The aldermen who were present when the North Little Rock City Council spent New Year’s Eve 2008 piecing together three tax increment financing districts said last week that they are in favor of reversing that decision at the first council meeting of the year.

Statewide, UAMS shares its cadavers

posted: 01/07/2013 12:28 a.m. Discuss

Medical students have studied anatomy using cadavers for ages, but some other health-care students in the state have begun doing the same in recent years thanks to Arkansans who donate their bodies to science and the state’s medical school.

Won’t stop, Assad vows; crowd cheers

posted: 01/07/2013 12:19 a.m. Discuss

Syrian President Bashar Assad rallied a chanting and cheering crowd Sunday to fight the uprising against his authoritarian rule, dismissing any chance of dialogue with “murderous criminals” that he blames for nearly two years of violence that have left 60,000 dead, according to United Nations estimates.

GODADDY.COM BOWL: ASU’s defense bends, confounds Kent State

posted: 01/07/2013 12:06 a.m. Comments 8

Arkansas State’s seniors were the catalysts for back-to-back conference titles and had won 19 games in two seasons before Sunday night.






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