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Thursday, October 31

Police seek woman in LR forged-checks case

posted: 10/31/2013 5:20 p.m.

Authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying a woman who is believed to have used a check stub she found in a Little Rock woman's trash for unauthorized purchases, the Pulaski County sheriff's office said Thursday.

Hundreds lose power in downtown, southwest Little Rock

updated: 10/31/2013 6:26 p.m.

Two power failures, one in downtown Little Rock and the other in a southwest section of the city, have left hundreds of Entergy customers without electricity Thursday afternoon.

ASU to build campus in Mexico by 2015

posted: 10/31/2013 3:59 p.m.

Construction on a new Arkansas State University campus in Mexico will begin in early February, the university's chancellor said in a statement Thursday.

Hurricane scenario helps ready state emergency responders

posted: 10/31/2013 1:10 p.m.

CONWAY — Emergency responders on Thursday used a hurricane scenario to test the state's ability to receive out-of-state emergency aid.

Pair assaults man, attempts to steal phone

posted: 10/31/2013 12:56 p.m.

Two men are being sought after a Wednesday robbery in which, police say, they punched a man and attempted to flee with his phone.

Bentonville doctor arrested on suspicion of theft

posted: 10/31/2013 12:55 p.m.

A doctor was arrested Thursday in connection with an investigation concerning a theft case.

Bentonville man pleads guilty to raping two girls

posted: 10/31/2013 12:35 p.m.

A Bentonville man was sentenced to 25 years in prison after admitting to raping two girls.

Man escapes armed robbery; nearly $5,000 reported stolen

posted: 10/31/2013 12:34 p.m.

A Little Rock man narrowly escaped an armed robbery Wednesday night, but not before the robbers made away with nearly $5,000 worth of his belongings.

Dismissal of judge's civil-rights suit upheld

posted: 10/31/2013 12:24 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — A federal appeals court panel has upheld the dismissal of an Arkansas judge's civil-rights lawsuit against a judicial disciplinary commission.

Police seek woman involved in LR gas station robbery

posted: 10/31/2013 12:08 p.m.

Little Rock police said Thursday that they are looking for a woman who robbed a Shell Super Stop gas station on Rodney Parham Road.

Gunman surprises victims, robs west Little Rock Applebee’s

posted: 10/31/2013 12:02 p.m.

Authorities are searching for a man who robbed two Little Rock restaurant employees at gunpoint early Wednesday morning.

Exxon Mobil’s 3rd-quarter profit falls 18%

posted: 10/31/2013 11:04 a.m.

DALLAS — Exxon Mobil Corp.’s quarterly profit fell 18 percent from last year, but the oil and gas giant still made nearly $8 billion in three months.

Watchdog: Syria destroyed chemical arms equipment

posted: 10/31/2013 11:03 a.m.

BEIRUT — Syria has destroyed critical equipment for producing chemical weapons and poison gas munitions, the global chemical weapons watchdog said Thursday as fierce clashes raged in the country’s north, close to one of the sites where toxic agents are believed to be stored.

Iraqi premier: Terror 'got a second chance' in Iraq

posted: 10/31/2013 10:59 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Iraq's prime minister says terrorists "got a second chance" to thrive in Iraq, largely as the result of the rise of al-Qaida fighters in neighboring Syria's civil war.

MovieStyle: The Legend returns

posted: 10/31/2013 10:55 a.m.

Harrison Ford is an icon. Asa Butterfield isn't — at least not yet.

Changes pursued in U.S. security clearance system

posted: 10/31/2013 10:36 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Federal officials say they are retooling aspects of the nation's security clearance system, including the process of re-evaluating the behavior of employees and contractors who have access to sensitive information, according to testimony at a Senate hearing Thursday.

More than foot of rain falls during Texas storms

posted: 10/31/2013 10:21 a.m.

AUSTIN, Texas — Strong storms dumped more than a foot of rain in central Texas, prompting officials to rescue people from trees and cancel classes in a few Austin-area school districts.

Shell prepares Arctic offshore exploration plan

posted: 10/31/2013 10:18 a.m.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A spokesman for Shell Alaska says the company in the next few weeks will submit an Arctic offshore exploration plan but hasn't decided whether it will move forward with drilling next year.

Thousands protest in Greece over planned new tax

posted: 10/31/2013 10:16 a.m.

ATHENS, Greece — Thousands of protesters clogged the Greek capital's streets Thursday to demonstrate against a new property tax. The anger was registered across society, with retirees, disabled groups, shipyard workers and high school teachers among those taking part in demonstrations.

Preliminary report on medical copter crash released

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

MEMPHIS — The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on a medical helicopter crash that killed a pilot and two hospital workers in west Tennessee.

Drought abates a little more in Arkansas

posted: 10/31/2013 10:05 a.m.

The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor on Thursday showed small improvements, with eastern Arkansas becoming a little less dry.

High court jump-starts death-row inmate's argument

posted: 10/31/2013 9:41 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court says a lower court erred when it dismissed a petition from an inmate condemned to die for the rape and murder of a shopping mall security guard.

FAA OKs air passengers using gadgets on planes

posted: 10/31/2013 9:33 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate.

Pakistan premier: Talks with domestic Taliban started

posted: 10/31/2013 9:27 a.m.

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's prime minister said Thursday that talks with the domestic arm of the Taliban have started, though he gave no details about who was taking part or what was on the agenda.

Woman accused of trying to stab man with knife

posted: 10/31/2013 9:24 a.m.

Authorities in Benton arrested a woman on accusations she attempted to stab her boyfriend with a knife in their apartment.

Average U.S. rate on 30-year mortgage at 4.10%

posted: 10/31/2013 9:18 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell for the second straight week and are at their lowest levels in four months.

Death penalty proposal due on marathon suspect

posted: 10/31/2013 9:14 a.m.

BOSTON — Federal prosecutors have refused to say whether they've recommended the death penalty for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a deadline approaches for them to send their proposal to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Sentencing delayed in SAU horse theft case

posted: 10/31/2013 9:08 a.m.

MAGNOLIA — Sentencing has been delayed until December for a former Southern Arkansas University student who pleaded guilty to stealing horses from the school's stables.

Wal-Mart reinstates disabled Colorado greeter

posted: 10/31/2013 8:27 a.m.

DURANGO, Colo. — Wal-Mart is giving a disabled Colorado man his job back after he was fired as a store greeter for clocking in late for lunches.

Intoxicated woman under picnic table left kids alone, police say

posted: 10/31/2013 8:27 a.m.

A North Little Rock woman found intoxicated under an outdoor picnic table early Wednesday had earlier left two young children alone so she could go drinking, authorities said.

NYC moves closer to tobacco-buying age of 21

posted: 10/31/2013 8:12 a.m.

NEW YORK — Young New Yorkers who want to light up will soon have to wait for their 21st birthdays before they can buy a pack of smokes after lawmakers in the nation's most populous city voted overwhelmingly to raise the tobacco-purchasing age from 18 to 21.

Central banks give one another access to currency

posted: 10/31/2013 8:08 a.m.

FRANKFURT, Germany — Six of the world's leading central banks, including the U.S. Federal Reserve, say they will provide one another with ready supplies of their currencies on a standing basis, extending arrangements set up to steady the global financial system during post-2007 turbulence.

Report: Snowden gets tech-support job in Russia

posted: 10/31/2013 8 a.m.

MOSCOW — Anatoly Kucherena, a lawyer for former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden, says his client has found a technical support job at a Russian website.

U.K. prosecutor: Brooks, Cameron aide Coulson had affair

updated: 10/31/2013 10:08 a.m.

LONDON — In a blockbuster court declaration in Britain's phone hacking trial, prosecutor Andrew Edis says two of Rupert Murdoch's senior tabloid executives — Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks — had an affair lasting at least six years.

Official: 92 bodies of migrants found in Niger

posted: 10/31/2013 7:49 a.m.

DAKAR, Senegal — Authorities in the nation of Niger have recovered 92 bodies of migrants who died of thirst after the trucks they were traveling in broke down in a desolate no-man's-land at the feet of the Sahara desert, officials said Thursday.

Texarkana man convicted in death of toddler

posted: 10/31/2013 7:11 a.m.

TEXARKANA — A Texarkana man has been convicted of battery and aggravated assault in the death of his girlfriend's 23-month-old son.

Authorities seize marijuana from national forest

posted: 10/31/2013 7:06 a.m.

BENTON — State and federal authorities say several marijuana plants have been seized from the Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas.

Fort Smith gets $1 million grant for trail project

posted: 10/31/2013 7:03 a.m.

FORT SMITH — The Walton Family Foundation has awarded $1 million to Fort Smith to build a walking trail along the Arkansas River.

10 things to know for Thursday

posted: 10/31/2013 6:48 a.m.

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

Rain expected to clear for Halloween trick-or-treaters

posted: 10/31/2013 6:46 a.m.

Widespread rain will shift out of Arkansas on Thursday morning and scattered storms are possible in the afternoon, but skies should clear for Halloween trick-or-treaters by the evening, the National Weather Service said.

Budget gap at slimmest since 2008

posted: 10/31/2013 5:18 a.m.

The U.S. posted its smallest budget deficit in five years as employment gains and higher taxes propelled revenue to a record, while spending fell by the most since the Eisenhower administration.

Social Security payouts to rise by 1.5%

posted: 10/31/2013 5:16 a.m.

Social Security benefits will rise 1.5 percent in January, giving millions of retired and disabled workers an average raise of $19 a month to keep up with the cost of living.

Foiled attacks raise fear extremists targeting Tunisia’s tourist industry

posted: 10/31/2013 5:15 a.m.

A suicide bomber and a teenager carrying a backpack loaded with explosives attacked two sites popular with tourists in Tunisia on Wednesday, officials said.

Bears get into car, devastate interior

posted: 10/31/2013 5:13 a.m.

A Colorado man who had some serious vandalism done to his car said he think he knows the culprits — a family of bears that has been roaming his neighborhood.

Schools advised on food allergies

posted: 10/31/2013 5:13 a.m.

The federal government is issuing its first guidelines to schools on how to protect children with food allergies.

Budget talks seek a gentler ’14 ax

posted: 10/31/2013 5:12 a.m.

Congressional aides are looking at reductions to mandatory programs outside of Social Security and Medicare to replace automatic spending cuts hurting research and the Pentagon, said two aides involved in the process.

Senator: Benghazi hush puts nominees on hold

posted: 10/31/2013 5:11 a.m.

A Republican senator said Wednesday that he would block President Barack Obama’s nominees for Federal Reserve chairman and Homeland Security chief in a dispute over last year’s attack in Benghazi, Libya.

Russia denies G-20 spying reports

posted: 10/31/2013 5:10 a.m.

Russia denied reports in the Italian media and elsewhere Wednesday that Russian spy agencies distributed special USB thumb drives doctored to let them eavesdrop on delegations attending last month’s Group of 20 summit meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Israel’s settlement plans raise outcry

posted: 10/31/2013 5:08 a.m.

Israel announced plans Wednesday to build more than 1,500 homes in Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, dealing a setback to newly relaunched peace efforts hours after Israel had freed a group of long-imprisoned Palestinians.

5 arrested in fiery auto attack, China says

posted: 10/31/2013 5:06 a.m.

Chinese authorities announced Wednesday the arrest of five men described as Islamic jihadists who are accused of helping orchestrate an attack near Tiananmen Square that left five people dead.

Earth-size planet found near far sun

posted: 10/31/2013 5:04 a.m.

Scientists have found a planet way out in the cosmos that’s close in size and content to Earth — an astronomical first.

The world in brief

posted: 10/31/2013 5:03 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s a message to the international community that Israel is a state that doesn’t abide by international law and continues to put obstacles in the way of peace.” Nabil Abu Rdeneh, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, condemning plans for 1,500 new homes in Israeli settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank

The nation in brief

posted: 10/31/2013 5:02 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Yea. Whoop-de-do. That’s my opinion.” Lance Colvin, a retired office worker in Kirkland, Wash., in response to an announcement that Social Security benefits will rise 1.5 percent in January

Names and faces

posted: 10/31/2013 5:02 a.m.

Troubled singer Chris Brown is heading to rehab. A representative for the R&B star announced Tuesday that Brown, 24, has decided to go to rehab a day after he was released from jail after his arrest for purportedly punching another man in Washington, D.C.

In the news

posted: 10/31/2013 5:01 a.m.

Robert Gates, who retired as defense secretary two years ago, will become president of the Boy Scouts of America, taking the helm of a national executive board that remains tangled in controversy over the organization’s policies toward gays.

Pryor backs measure prohibiting job discrimination against gays

posted: 10/31/2013 4:53 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor said Wednesday that he will support legislation prohibiting employers from making hiring decisions based on sexual orientation.

There’s talk of delaying private option, state lawmaker says

posted: 10/31/2013 4:52 a.m.

State Rep. Ann Clemmer, R-Benton, said Wednesday that state lawmakers are discussing the possibility of delaying the use of federal Medicaid dollars to purchase private health insurance through health insurance exchanges for an estimated 250,000 uninsured Arkansans.

LR builder’s fraud earns prison term

posted: 10/31/2013 4:48 a.m.

A scheme that Little Rock real estate developer Roger Stephen Clary concocted in 2008 to artificially inflate his financial worth in an unstable economy ended up costing him 2½ years in prison on Wednesday, in addition to the $1.6 million he must repay.

Letters tie artwork to daughter, LR attorney tells appeals court

posted: 10/31/2013 4:47 a.m.

Before his death in 2006, the father of Little Rock restaurateur Capi Peck wrote her letters expressing his desire for her to own his multimillion-dollar sculpture by Alexander Calder.

Veterans home is censured

posted: 10/31/2013 4:46 a.m.

A state regulatory agency cited the Arkansas State Veterans Home in Fayetteville with its third violation this year in a report released Wednesday that details improper wound care.

Judge to review files in desegregation case

posted: 10/31/2013 4:46 a.m.

A federal judge said Wednesday that he will privately review state documents that are at the center of a discovery dispute between the state and the Little Rock School District in their preparation for a Dec. 9 desegregation-case court hearing.

McDaniel joins referendum-rule suit

posted: 10/31/2013 4:43 a.m.

The General Assembly was well within its authority to enact measures to “root out sloppy practices and outright fraud in the complicated business of bringing initiative and referendum petitions to a vote” when lawmakers approved Act 1413 of 2013, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel claims in response to an ACLU-backed lawsuit that disputes the legality of the law.

LR official facing battery count resigns

posted: 10/31/2013 4:43 a.m.

A week after he was arrested and charged with the domestic battery of his live-in girlfriend, a Little Rock administrator resigned from his position with the city.

U.S. high court rejects Mann bid

posted: 10/31/2013 4:42 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court won’t review the case of an Arkansas doctor sentenced to life in prison for orchestrating a bombing that severely injured the then-chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board.

State seeks death in Conway killing

posted: 10/31/2013 4:41 a.m.

The state plans to pursue the death penalty for a Morrilton man if he is convicted of capital murder in a June 16 shooting outside a Conway motel, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Newport bridge bid 1 of 13 awarded for state roadways

posted: 10/31/2013 4:41 a.m.

The Arkansas Highway Commission on Wednesday opened bids on 13 projects worth $109.8 million, including a new bridge over the White River at Newport.

2 Arkansans dead after road crashes

posted: 10/31/2013 4:40 a.m.

Two Arkansans died Tuesday in separate accidents on state roads, according to preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality crash reports.

Alzheimer’s group to host therapist

posted: 10/31/2013 4:39 a.m.

Alzheimer’s Arkansas will host a Driving and Dementia program at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. next Thursday at the Alzheimer’s Arkansas office, 201 Markham Center Drive in Little Rock.

Lecture to discuss after-school efforts

posted: 10/31/2013 4:39 a.m.

Terry Peterson, a leader of multiple national after-school learning programs, will speak at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service’s 2013 Forest Rozelle Lecture today.

Tsunami book’s author plans talk

posted: 10/31/2013 4:39 a.m.

Sonali Deraniyagala, a professor at Columbia University in New York, will speak at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service on Monday.

2 held, charged in Oct. 21 Jacksonville slaying

posted: 10/31/2013 4:38 a.m.

Two Jacksonville men were in custody by Wednesday afternoon on murder charges prompted by a fatal Oct. 21 shooting.

Police beat

posted: 10/31/2013 4:37 a.m.

LR stop ends in drug find, arrest A Mexican man was arrested this past weekend after police said they found 2 pounds of methamphetamine in his vehicle during a traffic stop.


posted: 10/31/2013 4:36 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball: 2-36-40-49-54 Powerball: 10 Estimated jackpot: $50 million.

Arkansas Court of Appeals

posted: 10/31/2013 4:35 a.m.

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

Daily record

posted: 10/31/2013 4:34 a.m.

Meeting announcements published exclusively on Arkansas Online, the newspaper’s website, can be found at An electronic form is available on the website to submit support group meeting announcements or changes. Readers can access that form by going to and submitting the appropriate information.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 10/31/2013 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.

Getting it straight

posted: 10/31/2013 4:33 a.m.

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


posted: 10/31/2013 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.

Other days

posted: 10/31/2013 4:29 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 31, 1913 CAMDEN — The Cleveland avenue branch of the School Improvement Association has devised a novel scheme for raising funds. Each pupil is requested to secure all the eggs laid by hens and guinea hens on Sunday and bring them to school on Monday.

EDITORIALS: And so it begins …

posted: 10/31/2013 4:28 a.m.

WELL NOW, one down, dozens to go. Maybe a lot more, if the past is but prologue. Not that a promise made by a politician should ever be depended on, but the most popular one since “Read my lips, no new taxes” has now proven about as durable as a string of Mardi Gras beads. And a badly made one at that.

COLUMNISTS: America bewitched

posted: 10/31/2013 4:27 a.m.

HATFIELD, England As Halloween night approaches, the Salem, Mass., city tourism industry went into overdrive. “Come to Salem and B-Prepared-2-B-Scared ! It’s Halloween City!” runs one current slogan.

Saudi men shouldn’t drive

posted: 10/31/2013 4:24 a.m.

Saudi Arabia’s ban on female drivers has prompted some pretty outrageous justifications—and that was before last weekend’s demonstrations, in which 60 women got behind the wheel in a rolling protest.

Feel lucky, punkin?

posted: 10/31/2013 4:24 a.m.

“Remember when …” There they are—the two most frequently used words in the lexicon of over-30s.

Through the smoke

posted: 10/31/2013 4:23 a.m.

Historically, two sins have been especially perilous in American politics. One is promising something plain and definitive—“Read my lips: No new taxes” —then not keeping the promise.


posted: 10/31/2013 4:22 a.m.

Want to help? Do it In response to the tirade launched by Alan Daugherty upon the “buffoons” and “fast-food workers” who are so “uneducated” and “inept/incompetent,” perhaps he can direct his attention to the state Department of Human Services job listings site, where he will find many opportunities to do what he says needs to be done.

WORLD SERIES: RED SOX 6, CARDINALS 1: Sox win 3rd title in 10 years, first at home since 1918

posted: 10/31/2013 4:21 a.m.

There hasn’t been a party like this in New England for nearly a century.

DIVISION II TITLE GAME: GAC bid a finalist for game

posted: 10/31/2013 4:13 a.m.

The Great American Conference is still relatively new to NCAA Division II, but the 11-team league based in Russellville is already trying to make its mark.

Razorbacks report: Nothing new on film flap

posted: 10/31/2013 4:11 a.m.

Tapegate has dried up.

LIKE IT IS: Hogs fullback gets most out of opportunity

posted: 10/31/2013 4:08 a.m.

Kiero Small gave up on his dream once.

SEC report: Mizzou’s kicker still positive

posted: 10/31/2013 4:07 a.m.

Missouri kicker Andrew Baggett managed to inject a little humor when he met with reporters this week after missing a 24-yard field goal on the last play of the Tigers’ 27-24, double-overtime loss to South Carolina last Saturday night.

COMMENTARY: 10-6 not looking good for Cowboys

posted: 10/31/2013 4:04 a.m.

Of all the players the Cowboys have signed off a couch this year, Brian Waters was my favorite. He was good, and he was funny, an unbeatable combination.

Big Papi now Most Valuable Papi

posted: 10/31/2013 4:03 a.m.

David Ortiz walked off with the World Series MVP prize Wednesday night, capping a dominant week in which he led the Boston Red Sox over St. Louis with a mix of power, patience and a most timely pep talk.

Hilltoppers tops to SBC coaches

posted: 10/31/2013 4:02 a.m.

Coaches don’t seem to know what to make of a rebuilt Sun Belt Conference just yet.

UCA picked midpack in both Southland polls

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

It’s a transition year for the Central Arkansas men’s and women’s basketball teams, and that was reflected in the Southland Conference preseason polls released Wednesday.

Fishing this week

posted: 10/31/2013 3:58 a.m.

HOT SPOTS ARKANSAS RIVER (LITTLE ROCK POOL) Crappie are being caught 5-6 feet deep around brush piles. Bass are biting well on square-billed crankbaits and jigs fished along the jetties.

NFL notes

posted: 10/31/2013 3:56 a.m.

CHIEFS TE Brock waived KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs have waived tight end Kevin Brock and elevated offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Comfort makes a difference in woods

posted: 10/31/2013 3:55 a.m.

Whenever I write about hunting from a certain reclining chair, readers always want to know where to get one.


posted: 10/31/2013 3:54 a.m.

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Hamburg gets its chance against hot Warren

posted: 10/31/2013 3:53 a.m.

The game Hamburg Coach Mike Cox has talked about for months is almost here. Friday night at Campbell Field, Hamburg hosts Warren in a game that will decide the 8-4 A title and the conference’s top seed in the playoffs.

High school football report

posted: 10/31/2013 3:52 a.m.

Qualls commits to ATU Rogers Heritage senior quarterback Josh Qualls orally committed Wednesday morning to Arkansas Tech.

Robert Yates’ picks

posted: 10/31/2013 3:48 a.m.

LAST WEEK 91-13, 87.5 percent SEASON 695-136-5, 83.4 percent SELECTIONS IN BOLD Friday


posted: 10/31/2013 3:47 a.m.

CLASS 5A ETHAN ADAMS, Forrest City, completed 13 of 28 passes for 218 yards and 2 touchdowns. BRYAN ALLEN, Forrest City, ran 10 times for 127 yards and 1 touchdown.

CLASS 7A VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT: Hreha helps Cats sweep Belles

posted: 10/31/2013 3:46 a.m.

Junior outside hitter Alexa Hreha made 14 kills and came up with 16 digs in helping Conway earn a sweep of conference rival Mount St. Mary in Wednesday’s quarterfinal action of the Class 7A volleyball state tournament at Panther Arena.

OVERALL TENNIS TOURNAMENT: Jacoby nearing his Overall goal

posted: 10/31/2013 3:45 a.m.

Jake Jacoby tends to seek realistic milestones, and he has one in mind for today.

CLASS 6A VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT: Jonesboro looks at home in opener

posted: 10/31/2013 3:44 a.m.

Playing on its home court worked in Jonesboro’s favor Wednesday night as it extracted revenge on Greenwood, which knocked the Lady Hurricane out of the quarterfinals of the Class 6A volleyball state tournament last season.

CLASS 3A VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT: Paris downs pesky Piggott in 5 games

posted: 10/31/2013 3:43 a.m.

Paris survived a five-game battle with Piggott on Wednesday to advance the semifinals of the Class 3A volleyball state tournament for the second consecutive year.

CLASS 5A: Shiloh downs LR Christian

posted: 10/31/2013 3:42 a.m.

Little Rock Christian tried different players and tactics in an effort to slow down Reagan Robinson on Wednesday, but nothing worked.

Volleyball tournament results and schedules

posted: 10/31/2013 3:41 a.m.

CLASS 7A Cabot High School WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS Bentonville def. Springdale Har-Ber 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-17 ) Conway def. Mount St. Mary 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-22 )

Wednesday’s Overall tennis results

posted: 10/31/2013 3:40 a.m.

Results from the first round and quarterfinals of the High School Overall tennis tournament being played at Burns Park Tennis Center in North Little Rock: Boys SINGLES First round Luke Anderson, Mulberry, def. Matt Phillips, Valley View, 6-1, 6-4

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONF.: Cincinnati’s Key opens up offense

posted: 10/31/2013 3:39 a.m.

Brendon Kay threw for 321 yards and a touchdown, Cincinnati held Memphis to 232 yards of offense, and the Bearcats beat the Tigers 34-21 on Wednesday night.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/31/2013 3:37 a.m.

Vonn knows way around a golf course Move over, Tiger Woods.

Off the wire

posted: 10/31/2013 3:36 a.m.

BASKETBALL Iverson retires for good Allen Iverson officially retired from the NBA on Wednesday, ending a 15-year career during which he won the 2001 MVP award and four scoring titles.

State sports briefs

posted: 10/31/2013 3:33 a.m.

VOLLEYBALL UALR holds off Arkansas State Trailing 2-1 after three sets, UALR rallied to win the final two sets to earn a 3-2 (28-26, 23-25, 11-25, 25-17, 15-12 ) victory over Arkansas State on Wednesday in front of a crowd of 448 at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.

GM chief hints at dividend

posted: 10/31/2013 3:33 a.m.

Another solid quarterly performance at General Motors prompted the strongest talk yet of the automaker paying a dividend for the first time in five years, or perhaps buying back stock.

Fed leaves bond-buy pace unchanged

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

The Federal Reserve has decided to press on with $85 billion in monthly bond purchases, saying it needs to see more evidence that the economy will continue to improve.

Communicate, plan, innovate, Wal-Mart tells supplier audience

posted: 10/31/2013 3:30 a.m.

Any supplier hoping to do a lion’s share of business with global retail behemoth Wal-Mart Stores Inc. must produce ingenious products, be able to plan years in advance and communicate regularly with Wal-Mart’s buyers along the way.

Trucker screens focus of two bills

posted: 10/31/2013 3:28 a.m.

Companion bills introduced Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representative and U.S. Senate would close a loophole in federal law and allow trucking companies to share reports on drivers who fail hair testing as part of employee drug screenings.

Murphy Oil’s quarterly profit jumps 26%

posted: 10/31/2013 3:27 a.m.

Murphy Oil Corp. turned a profit of $284.8 million in the third quarter, up 26 percent from the same period a year ago, the El Dorado company said Wednesday.

Entergy bonuses: 20% live in state

posted: 10/31/2013 3:24 a.m.

Fewer than one in five of the Entergy Corp. employees who qualify for incentive packages that will be funded in part by Arkansas customers of the utility actually live in the state, company executives told the state Public Service Commission on Wednesday.

Consumer prices rise just a bit in September; inflation seen in check

posted: 10/31/2013 3:23 a.m.

U.S. consumer prices increased only slightly in September, as higher energy costs offset flat food prices. The figures are the latest evidence that slow economic growth is keeping inflation tame.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks slip on Fed policy report

posted: 10/31/2013 3:22 a.m.

The stock market retreated from all-time highs Wednesday after the Federal Reserve said the U.S. economy still needed help from its stimulus program.

Business news in brief

posted: 10/31/2013 3:21 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’re in the very heart of the product launch activity right now, and we’re going to build on the momentum that we’ve established here. We’re commanding good prices, we’re controlling costs.” Dan Ammann, General Motors chief financial officer


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LR bank announces $1.59 million profit Metropolitan National Bank earned $1.59 million in the third quarter, the Little Rock-based bank said Wednesday.

Cafe reboots via tasty numbers

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Robert Tju, co-owner of Little Rock’s highly successful Sushi Cafe, travels a lot and keeps up with restaurant trends across the country.

RESTAURANTS: Pizza Hole fills open spot in downtown Little Rock

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When the Louisiana Street U.S. Pizza franchise operation suddenly closed earlier this year, it left a pizza hole in the downtown dining landscape.


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1 CANDY The ghosts, goblins and ghouls should be out in force today as Halloween activities take over the state. Many churches and neighborhoods will host special carnivals and trick-or treat events, but you can also seek out bigger organized events like Boo at the Zoo (6-9 p.m. today, $10- $20) at the Little Rock Zoo.


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Events are free unless otherwise noted.

Fast Forward

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NEXT WEEK The Gambler: Country singer, songwriter, producer and actor Kenny Rogers comes through Arkansas on his Through the Years world tour with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium, 100 W. Eighth St., El Dorado.

THE TV COLUMN: It’s the Great Pumpkin is classic Halloween treat

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In this day of multimillion-dollar, computer-generated DreamWorks and Disney/Pixar 3-D animation, will little kids still enjoy Peanuts?


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Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: 1 piano, 4 hands Duo Arete — four-hand piano duo Tatiana Roitman and Kristina Marinova — will perform at 7 p.m.

MUSIC: ‘Bluer Than Blue’ singer Johnson is all smiles

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

Michael Johnson has been bluer than blue, but not of late.

MUSIC: Heathens back with new CD

posted: 10/31/2013 2:58 a.m.

There are fewer — and more far-flung — Heathens these days in the Band of Heathens, who have been one of the more acclaimed groups in Austin, Texas, for nearly a decade.

ARE WE THERE YET?: Remnant of Trail of Tears passes through park

posted: 10/31/2013 2:57 a.m.

As numerous highway markers attest, the metaphorical Trail of Tears took a bunch of actual routes through Arkansas.

MUSIC: Don’t Stop Please wants to please its audience

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Don’t Stop Please is still out to please, at least when it comes to writing, recording and producing its music, booking shows and continuing to be a self-made band.

Selected restaurants

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Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges. To read recent restaurant reviews in their entirety, visit


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The Riverfront Steakhouse, in the Wyndham Riverfront, 2 Riverfront Place, North Little Rock, recently instituted an 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday lunch buffet, each day with a different theme and price: Tuesday, Southern, $9.95; Wednesday, Italian, $8.95; Thursday, Mexican, $8.95; and Friday, catfish and ribs, $12.95.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: ‘Someone very nice’ doesn’t match ‘he hates when I call’

posted: 10/31/2013 2:44 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I have been seeing someone very nice and we have a lot of fun together, but when it comes to intimacy, we are always fighting. He is not very loving, is not affectionate (will hold my hand on occasion and say I look nice and we will sit next to each other to watch a movie). He does not share any emotions, and if I ask for a feeling, he freaks out and says “no questions.”


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Happy birthday. The year features new passions and desires. You may grow in distinctly different ways from a partner, but this only serves to connect you more deeply.


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DEAR HELOISE: As a family, one of the things we love to do each year at Halloween is carve pumpkins. Each family member picks a pumpkin, and then we all sit together and carve them a day or two before Halloween. Do you have any hints on how we can keep our carved pumpkins lasting longer?


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DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Our congregation just elected me a deacon, and while I’m honored and all that, down inside I’m nervous and not sure I’m really up to it. I even wonder if God doesn’t want me to do it. Do you think I should resign? — K.D.S.

Super Quiz: Something fishy

posted: 10/31/2013 2:40 a.m.

1. In the Bible, he was swallowed by a giant fish. 2. The bottom of your shoe and also the only one of a particular type 3. An American train robber and outlaw named Sam 4. An American explorer named Zebulon

Vilsack says farm bill needs carrot for cities

posted: 10/31/2013 12:59 a.m.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday said it’s essential that the farm bill remain tied to federal food and nutrition programs to ensure that the legislation can get the needed backing of big-city, as well as small-town and rural, lawmakers.

State-exchange sign-ups slim

posted: 10/31/2013 12:57 a.m.

Blaming problems with a federal website, insurance company executives told Arkansas lawmakers that fewer than 200 people have signed up for coverage through the insurance exchange set up for the state under the healthcare overhaul law since enrollment began Oct. 1.

Pupils too few, district desperate

posted: 10/31/2013 12:56 a.m.

Officials in the Stephens School District are looking for a partner school district willing to keep their school open, but time is running short, the School Board president said.

For I-30 job in urban zone, a new scheme

posted: 10/31/2013 12:50 a.m.

For the first time, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will use an alternative method of construction on a project to widen a congested segment of Interstate 30 that includes a bridge over the Arkansas River between Little Rock and North Little Rock.

Police ‘pot’ escort gets 8 1/2 years

posted: 10/31/2013 12:50 a.m.

A former Little Rock police officer who a judge said failed to show remorse and lied on the witness stand last week was sentenced Wednesday to 8½ years in prison for helping transport marijuana through the city on March 22, 2012, while on duty.

NSA hacking search-engine links in secret

posted: 10/31/2013 12:28 a.m.

The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents obtained from former agency contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials.

Angry, too, Sebelius says facing irked lawmakers

posted: 10/31/2013 12:25 a.m.

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, apologized Wednesday for the frustration that millions of Americans have experienced while trying to shop for insurance on the website, even as she defended the problem-plagued roll out of President Barack Obama’s health-care law and tried to explain the cancellation of hundreds of thousands of individual insurance policies.

ABF, Teamsters seal new pact

posted: 10/31/2013 12:25 a.m.

A five-year labor agreement between ABF Freight System Inc. and the Teamsters has been ratified and will go into effect Sunday.

ANALYSIS: Hogs learning tough lessons

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The transition period from the shaky interim regime of John L. Smith to Bret Bielema at Arkansas has been as bumpy as some analysts projected heading into the second half of the SEC season.

Calendar of events starting Oct. 31

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Calendar of events starting Oct. 31

Museum of Contemporary Art closes Friday

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The Ozark Bathhouse is for lease, and the National Park Service in Hot Springs will accept proposals for the building until Feb. 27.

Ghost hunters search for paranormal activity

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QUITMAN — Have you ever glimpsed a shadow from the corner of your eye or heard a footstep in the night when no other living soul was near? If your answer is yes, the North Arkansas Paranormal Detectives want you to know you are not alone.

Baked Chicken With Zucchini and Ricotta Stuffing

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I was planning an impromptu dinner party recently and trying to come up with a savory fall dish that captured a bit of our Southern Indian summer.

Beyond the grave: Your guide to the last stop

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For some, cemeteries strike feelings of fear or sadness, but for Tom Bailey of Franklin, cemeteries are his workplace.

State’s largest Christmas tree soon to go up in Conway

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Halloween is being celebrated today, but planning for Christmas has taken front and center in stores and on city agendas for months.

This week's events in the Three Rivers area

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The events scheduled for the Three Rivers area beginning Oct. 31.

Individual tarts make great Halloween party treats

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Most people limit their culinary creativity at Halloween to deciding what assortment of prepackaged candies they’ll offer to the little action heroes, fairy princesses and monsters who show up at the door yelling, “Trick-or-treat!”

Zombies, Uncle Si and turtles ... oh, my!

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Trick-or-treaters ringing doorbells tonight will be wearing costumes running the gamut, but expect to see a lot of zombies, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Uncle Si from Duck Dynasty.

Beyond the grave: North Arkansas Paranormal Detectives search for answers

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Have you ever glimpsed a shadow from the corner of your eye or heard a footstep in the night when no other living soul was near?

Ghoulish treats: Delight and scare Halloween revelers of all ages

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Whatever your Halloween practices are, most of us enjoy passing out treats and watching the kids dress up.

Tri-Lakes calendar of events starting Oct. 31

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Tri-Lakes calendar of events starting Oct. 31

Conway native publishes Luyet family history book

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Robert Hoyt of Bowling Green, Ky., formerly of Conway, has just published his fourth family history and genealogy book.

The holiday spirit: Glitz & Garland shopping event aids hospital, area chamber

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Yes, many people say that Christmas sales come too early in the year. However, in Benton, hopefully shoppers will get into the holiday spirit by noon Friday.

Ghoulish goodies: Delight, scare Halloween revelers of all ages

posted: 10/31/2013 midnight

Whatever your Halloween practices are, most of us enjoy passing out treats and watching the kids dress up. Chances are, when discussing the day with anyone over 40, you often hear, “That’s not how we used to do it.” Gone are the days of kids freely roaming the neighborhoods in costumed masses and gathering sugar-shock amounts of candy.

Ghoulish goodies: Delight, scare Halloween revelers of all ages

posted: 10/31/2013 midnight

Whatever your Halloween practices are, most of us enjoy passing out treats and watching the kids dress up.

Fall warmer: Mulled Cranberry Apple Cider

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Evenings are finally chilly enough to warrant a mug of something warm and spiced.

Evergreen Cemetery gives glimpse into Judsonia’s past

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JUDSONIA — In some Southern circles, they are called “cities of the dead,” and at this time of year, interest in them rises higher than an October harvest moon. In the case of Judsonia’s historic Evergreen Cemetery, though, folks are drawn by more than just macabre curiosity.

Wednesday, October 30

Agriculture secretary urges passage of farm bill

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is urging passage of the nation's farm bill.

Benton man accused of punching officer, assaulting woman

posted: 10/30/2013 4:51 p.m.

A Benton man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after, police say, he punched an officer who was investigating a reported assault.

Facing The Music: Midweek Music Roundup

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Here's what's on tap for live music this Wednesday and Thursday in and around Little Rock:

Clemmer makes bid for U.S. House seat official

posted: 10/30/2013 2:46 p.m.

Rep. Ann Clemmer announced Wednesday afternoon that she would be seeking the Republican nomination for the 2nd Congressional District seat that will be vacated by departing congressman Tim Griffin.

ASU 3rd, UALR 6th in Sun Belt coaches' poll

posted: 10/30/2013 1:37 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Sun Belt Conference basketball coaches have picked Arkansas State to finish third and Arkansas-Little Rock sixth in a preseason poll.

U.S. court won't take up Mann bombing case

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LITTLE ROCK — The U.S. Supreme Court says it won't review the case of an Arkansas doctor sentenced to life in prison for plotting a bombing that nearly killed the chairman of the state's medical board.

SAU calf roper awarded 'Credit Card' scholarship

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MAGNOLIA — Southern Arkansas University has named the first recipient for a scholarship established in honor of a rodeo team horse that was stolen and killed.

HIV-like virus suppressed in monkey experiment

posted: 10/30/2013 1:03 p.m.

NEW YORK — Doctors may one day be able to control a patient's HIV infection in a new way: injecting swarms of germ-fighting antibodies, two new studies suggest.

Man gets life for couple's 2011 slaying in Tulsa

posted: 10/30/2013 1 p.m.

TULSA — One of two men accused of robbing and killing a young couple in a Tulsa park two years ago pleaded guilty under a deal that let him avoid the death penalty in exchange for a life prison sentence.

Report: NSA broke into Yahoo, Google data centers

posted: 10/30/2013 12:58 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The Washington Post is reporting that the National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world. The Post cites documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with officials.

CRIME MAP: 7 burglaries, 4 robberies reported Tuesday in Little Rock

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The Little Rock Police Department took reports of seven burglaries and four robberies across the city Tuesday.

Ex-Little Rock officer gets more than 8 years in drug case

posted: 10/30/2013 11:16 a.m.

An ex-Little Rock police officer who escorted what he believed to be a 1,000-pound shipment of marijuana through the city while on duty in 2012 has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison.

Arkansas Weekend: Hey, pumpkin!

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The ghosts, goblins and ghouls should be out in force as Halloween activities take over the state, according to Thursday's Arkansas Weekend section.

U.S. judge sends wage case back to state court

posted: 10/30/2013 9:45 a.m.

FORT SMITH — For a second time, a federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed by workers at a Gerber Products plant in Fort Smith should be heard in state court.

Memphis sex trafficker gets 44+ years

posted: 10/30/2013 9:34 a.m.

MEMPHIS — A Memphis man has been sentenced to 44 years and eight months in federal prison for using violence to force eight women and two teens to work for him as prostitutes.

Trove of Iraqi Jewish belongings to go on display

posted: 10/30/2013 9:09 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The tattered Torah scroll fragments, Bibles and other religious texts found in a flooded Baghdad basement 10 years ago testify to a once-thriving Jewish population that's all but disappeared from Iraq.

Sebelius apologizes for health law 'debacle'

updated: 10/30/2013 9:50 a.m.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's top health-care official told Congress on Wednesday that she's responsible for the "debacle" of cascading technical problems that overwhelmed a government website intended to make shopping for health insurance clear and simple.

Saudi writer who opposed ban on women driving held

posted: 10/30/2013 8:56 a.m.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Police have detained a Saudi columnist who supported ending his country's ban on women driving, activists said Wednesday.

10 things to know for Wednesday

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

Arrest made in Jacksonville murder case

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A 21-year-old Jacksonville man was arrested overnight in connection with a fatal shooting earlier this month, authorities said.

Assad says support for armed groups must end

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DAMASCUS, Syria — A Syrian state-run TV channel says President Bashar Assad has told the Arab League-U.N. envoy that foreign support for the armed opposition must end if any political solution to the country's conflict is to succeed.

U.S. consumer prices rise just 0.2% in September

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WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer prices increased only slightly in September as higher energy costs were offset by flat food prices. The figures are the latest evidence that slow economic growth is keeping inflation tame.

Social Security benefits to rise by 1.5%

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WASHINGTON — Social Security benefits for nearly 58 million people will increase by 1.5 percent next year.

Killen appeal before U.S. Supreme Court

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JACKSON, Miss. — The U.S. Supreme Court will consider Friday whether to hear an appeal from a former Ku Klux Klansman convicted in the 1964 slayings of three civil-rights workers.

Police say 5 arrested in Tiananmen Gate attack

posted: 10/30/2013 7:32 a.m.

BEIJING — Police announced the arrests Wednesday of five people in connection with this week's suicide car crash in the heart of China's capital, calling it a planned terror attack — Beijing's first in recent history — and identifying the attackers as members of a Muslim minority.

Egypt arrests deputy leader of Brotherhood's party

posted: 10/30/2013 7:14 a.m.

CAIRO — Egyptian security forces arrested a key Muslim Brotherhood figure on the run since the July coup that ousted the country's Islamist president after a raid on his hideout early Wednesday, the Interior Ministry said.

Pakistan: 3 percent of drone deaths were civilians

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ISLAMABAD — The Pakistani government said Wednesday that three percent of the people killed in U.S. drone strikes in the country since 2008 were civilians, a surprisingly low figure given past official calculations and estimates from independent organizations.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to visit Arkansas

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LITTLE ROCK — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is traveling to Arkansas this week amid questions about the nation's farm policies.

Heavy rain, flash floods predicted in Arkansas

updated: 10/30/2013 7:04 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — A flash flood watch is in place for much of Arkansas as forecasters predict a deluge of rain in the next two days.

India bus inferno kills 45; many burned alive

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HYDERABAD, India — An overnight bus crashed into a highway barrier and burst into flames Wednesday in southern India, killing 45 passengers who were locked inside the cabin — many of them burned alive in the inferno, officials said.

Clemmer to make announcement on U.S. House bid

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LITTLE ROCK — The Republican primary for a central Arkansas congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin could get more crowded.

Magnolia man killed after car hits culvert, overturns

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A 73-year-old Magnolia man died Tuesday night when his car ran off a highway and overturned.

Man crossing highway fatally struck by truck

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A Tillar man was killed Tuesday when he got out of his vehicle and was hit by a truck while crossing a highway.

White House always in loop, top spy says

posted: 10/30/2013 5:28 a.m.

The nation’s top spymaster said Tuesday that the White House had long been aware in general terms of the National Security Agency’s overseas eavesdropping, defending the agency’s intelligence-gathering methods and suggesting possible divisions within the Obama administration.

Assad fires official over talk to U.S.

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Syria’s president fired a deputy prime minister who met Western officials to discuss the possibility of holding a peace conference, saying the official acted without permission. The Tuesday decree was the latest blow to diplomatic efforts to get the country’s warring parties to the negotiating table.

Slain boys’ moms appeal to panel

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The mother of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin told a U.S. Senate panel that “stand-your ground” self-defense laws are confusing, open to abuse and should be changed.

Texas asks court to block abortion ruling

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Texas asked a federal appeals court in New Orleans for an emergency order blocking a U.S. judge’s ruling striking down some state abortion restrictions as it seeks to enforce new limits on the procedure that were set to take effect Tuesday.

Conservatives swarm D.C., urging a House GOP immigration bill

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For the business group from Utah, the lobbying blitz started well before its plane touched down in the nation’s capital.

China hunts SUV-havoc suspects

posted: 10/30/2013 5:14 a.m.

A day after a sport utility vehicle mowed down dozens of pedestrians near Tiananmen Square and exploded at the foot of the nation’s most hallowed monument, killing five people, authorities appeared to be focusing on suspects from Xinjiang, the region in China’s far west that has been the scene of increasingly violent resistance to Beijing’s hardline policies.

Judges quit in Egyptian trial of dozens

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The judges presiding over the trial of nearly three dozen members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, including its top leader, stepped down Tuesday after security agencies refused to let the defendants attend the courtroom sessions, judicial officials said.

Iran gives activist actress 18 months

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An Iranian court has sentenced an actress known for her reformist political activism to 18 months in prison on security charges, newspapers reported Tuesday.

3 Canterbury Tales part of treasure trove loaned to Yale library

posted: 10/30/2013 5:04 a.m.

Yale University has received what it calls the largest and most comprehensive privately owned collection of Middle English texts, including the last three privately held copies of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales.

The world in brief

posted: 10/30/2013 5:02 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is a communicable disease — with population movements it can travel to other areas. So the risk is high of spread across the region.” Oliver Rosenbauer, spokesman for the World Health Organization, which said 10 cases of polio were confirmed in Syria, where a civil war causes thousands to flee to neighboring countries each day

The nation in brief

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “It is one of the first things I learned in intelligence school in 1963. It’s a fundamental given.” James Clapper, director of national intelligence, who defended the National Security Agency’s practice of spying on foreign leaders because, he said, other countries spy on the United States

Names and faces

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The Jonas Brothers are disbanding. Nick, Joe and Kevin announced Tuesday that they’re ending their highly successful run.

In the news

posted: 10/30/2013 5 a.m.

Sandra Day O’Connor, the retired Supreme Court justice, officiated at a same-sex wedding at the Supreme Court in Washington, at least the second such ceremony at the court since its June decision that expanded federal recognition of same-sex marriage.

Razorbacks report: Malzahn defends integrity

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Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn addressed the video exchange flap with Arkansas in the opening comments of his weekly news conference Tuesday and didn’t want to discuss the matter any further.

COMMENTARY: A conservative argument

posted: 10/30/2013 5 a.m.

Conservatives tend to distrust or disapprove of government for three reasons.

Food-aid cut to hit 500,000 in state

posted: 10/30/2013 4:54 a.m.

More than a half-million Arkansans relying on the federal food-stamp program will see their benefits cut in November.

LR directors support utility’s water-rights sale

posted: 10/30/2013 4:49 a.m.

After more than an hour of discussion Tuesday night, most of Little Rock’s City Directors said they can support a plan from Central Arkansas Water to sell a portion of its water rights in DeGray Lake to Hot Springs.

Rep. Shepherd in House speaker race

posted: 10/30/2013 4:47 a.m.

State Rep. Matthew Shepherd, R-El Dorado, said Monday he’ll be a candidate for 2015 House speaker.

Credit firm CEO to get cash prize

posted: 10/30/2013 4:46 a.m.

A Jackson, Miss., man who began a low-interest credit union with 800 people in the mid-South 20 years ago and has developed it to 28,000 members in four states, including Arkansas, has won the John P. McNulty Prize.

Pedestrian death case delayed in Fort Smith

posted: 10/30/2013 4:45 a.m.

The arraignment of a Fort Smith driver in the death of a pedestrian early Sunday has been delayed, Sebastian County Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Shue said Tuesday.

Complaint filed on PB mayor

posted: 10/30/2013 4:44 a.m.

The son of a Pine Bluff alderman has filed a complaint with the Arkansas Ethics Commission against Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth, saying that the mayor has, among other things, tried to force the closure of his restaurant because he failed to pay his taxes.

5 killed in accidents on Arkansas roads

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Five people died in separate accidents on state roads since Friday, according to preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality crash reports.

Firm gets $113 million payout after plant blast

posted: 10/30/2013 4:42 a.m.

Oklahoma City-based LSB Industries Inc. will get a $113 million insurance payment after a May 2012 explosion damaged one of its chemical plants in south Arkansas.

Two get lengthy prison sentences in drug operation

posted: 10/30/2013 4:41 a.m.

A federal judge ordered lengthy prison terms Tuesday for two upper-level members of Texarkana drug-trafficking operations busted up by federal agents in 2011.

NLR schools cool to state bid to end desegregation funding

posted: 10/30/2013 4:40 a.m.

North Little Rock School Board members on Tuesday balked at a state proposal to end annual desegregation aid to the district in 2014 with a final, reduced payment of about $5.7 million.

$1 million UAMS gift funds new cancer post

posted: 10/30/2013 4:39 a.m.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has received a $1 million-donation to help fund cancer research and honor a longtime physician.

Oaklawn Foundation scholarships jump to 100

posted: 10/30/2013 4:38 a.m.

Scholarships worth a total of $300,000 will be awarded to 100 Garland County residents through the Oaklawn Foundation for the 2014-15 academic school year, the foundation said in a news release.

Watershed task force to double meeting length

posted: 10/30/2013 4:37 a.m.

The Lake Maumelle Watershed Task Force approved Tuesday extending its meeting times by two hours for its final six meetings. The task force also approved hearing rewrite suggestions of the watershed-zoning code from individual members and a committee at its next meeting.

7 properties added to register

posted: 10/30/2013 4:36 a.m.

Seven properties in Arkansas have been newly listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the country’s official list of historically significant properties, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Director Frances McSwain announced Friday.

$551,354 more OK’d for assessor’s office

posted: 10/30/2013 4:35 a.m.

The Pulaski County Quorum Court approved a $550,000 budget increase for the county assessor’s office and the budgets of 16 other county departments and agencies at a meeting Tuesday night.

Woman dies after couple loses way

posted: 10/30/2013 4:34 a.m.

An elderly Bradley County woman was found dead Tuesday morning, more than 16 hours after she and her husband became lost on a rural road while trying to find their way home from Monticello, authorities said.

Sentencing report filed for horse thief

posted: 10/30/2013 4:33 a.m.

A sentencing date remains pending in McCurtain County, Okla., for the woman who helped steal horses from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia in 2011.

Devices to keep eye on sickest patients

posted: 10/30/2013 4:32 a.m.

Cameras and audio devices installed in critical-care rooms at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison will give patients and staff members immediate access to specialists in Little Rock, officials said.

Aldermen’s exit foils court talks to end suit

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

A settlement conference in a wrongful-termination lawsuit ended abruptly after Rogers aldermen declined to participate for fear of being in violation of the state’s open meetings law.

Bathhouse added to park’s request

posted: 10/30/2013 4:29 a.m.

A request for proposals to lease three buildings in Hot Springs National Park issued by the National Park Service in July has been amended to include the Ozark Bathhouse and extend the deadline to Feb. 27, 2014.

Police chief to be arraigned Friday

posted: 10/30/2013 4:28 a.m.

A Boone County police chief arrested Monday on felony theft and other charges is scheduled to be arraigned later this week, Boone County Sheriff Mike Moore said Tuesday.

Mega Millions

posted: 10/30/2013 4:27 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 20-33-50-53-54 Mega Ball: 7 Estimated jackpot: $75 million Megaplier: 3

Plan floated to balance LR budget for ’13

posted: 10/30/2013 4:27 a.m.

The Little Rock Board of Directors will vote next week on how to amend its 2013 budget to deal with a shortfall in sales-tax returns.

Police beat

posted: 10/30/2013 4:26 a.m.

Masked thief takes bank’s cash in NLR A man in a surgical mask walked out of a downtown North Little Rock bank with cash after a robbery Tuesday morning.


posted: 10/30/2013 4:24 a.m.

The following burglaries are from reports collected from the Little Rock and North Little Rock police departments. The names listed are of those who reported a burglary and the dates are when the crime is believed to have taken place.

Daily record

posted: 10/30/2013 4:20 a.m.

Meeting announcements published exclusively on Arkansas Online, the newspaper’s website, can be found at An electronic form is available on the website to submit support group meeting announcements or changes. Readers can access that form by going to and submitting the appropriate information.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 10/30/2013 4:19 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: 10/30/2013 4:18 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 30, 1913 ST. LOUIS — Sweet potatoes, dumplings and chunks of bread flew across the broad nave of Thomas Hall, the dining room of Washington University, and smote the pates of undergraduates and waiters, in a “food fight” waged between students at opposite tables last night. l


posted: 10/30/2013 4:15 a.m.

Longtime congressman for Missouri Ike Skelton, a Democratic congressman who was ousted in the Republican sweep of 2010 after serving his Missouri district for more than 30 years, died Monday in Arlington, Va. He was 81.


posted: 10/30/2013 4:15 a.m.

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


posted: 10/30/2013 4:11 a.m.

STEP RIGHT up, folks. Immediate seating. Orchestra, mezzanine, balcony, it doesn’t matter. There’s not a bad seat in the house.

COLUMNISTS: The way we were — and are

posted: 10/30/2013 4:09 a.m.

There are certain passages in much loved and much read and re-read books that have the power to show us how much has changed while they’ve remained the same word-for-word.

Guest writer: Reform imperative

posted: 10/30/2013 4:08 a.m.

As our country continues efforts to recover from recent economic struggles, this is a critical time to find ways to grow. A simple answer with tremendous economic impact is available: immigration reform.

Celebrating Arkansas cuisine

posted: 10/30/2013 4:07 a.m.

One of the smartest, most forward-thinking people in New Orleans is an attorney named Liz Williams. She was born into a family of Sicilian heritage in that melting pot of a Southern city near the mouth of the Mississippi River.


posted: 10/30/2013 4:07 a.m.

The grapes seem sour The great Mensa-empowered authority speaks again! Editorialist Paul Greenberg apparently just did not want Shane Broadway serving as Arkansas Director of Higher Education, and the editorial page continues to rave on now that Broadway serves permanently in that position.

WORLD SERIES: CARDINALS VS. RED SOX: Ortiz’s big bat lifts Sox in Series

posted: 10/30/2013 4:04 a.m.

The banner hangs from a light pole on the sidewalk outside Fenway Park.

South Alabama work in progress

posted: 10/30/2013 3:58 a.m.

South Alabama is enjoying its best season since its football program was formed five years ago.

LIKE IT IS: Malzahn wouldn’t be a part of any film flap

posted: 10/30/2013 3:54 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema was rightfully upset about getting an edited version of a game film from Auburn.

COMMENTARY: Wainwright-Lester matchup a classic

posted: 10/30/2013 3:49 a.m.

This was baseball the old-fashioned way. None of this nonsense about a quality start. None of this feel-good stuff about keeping your team in the ballgame.

Rivals pick UALR; Foley isn’t so sure

posted: 10/30/2013 3:48 a.m.

UALR Coach Joe Foley knows why his women’s basketball team was picked Tuesday by league coaches to win the Sun Belt Conference.

NBA: Heat holds off Bulls after losing big lead

posted: 10/30/2013 3:47 a.m.

They got their rings before the game, then a challenge as it was winding down.

CLASS 7A TOURNAMENT: Springdale Har-Ber makes its point

posted: 10/30/2013 3:46 a.m.

Getting new life on a point they had apparently lost, Springdale Har-Ber’s Lady Wildcats rallied for a five-game victory over North Little Rock in Tuesday’s opening round of the Class 7A volleyball state tournament.

CLASS 3A TOURNAMENT: Mansfield shuts out Episcopal in opener

posted: 10/30/2013 3:43 a.m.

Mansfield began defense of its state title Tuesday afternoon with a smooth and quick 3-0 victory over Episcopal Collegiate in the opening match of the Class 3A volleyball state tournament at Brandon Burlsworth Youth Center.

CLASS 5A TOURNAMENT: Shiloh’s sophomores overcome jitters

posted: 10/30/2013 3:42 a.m.

Shiloh Christian Coach Shyrah Schisler told Reagan Robinson the ball was coming to her during a timeout late in the fifth set of the Lady Saints’ match against Greene County Tech on Tuesday.

CLASS 6A TOURNAMENT: Greenwood picks up steam against Texarkana

posted: 10/30/2013 3:41 a.m.

All Greenwood needed was a little reminder Tuesday in the opening round of the Class 6A volleyball state tournament.

Scores and schedules

posted: 10/30/2013 3:40 a.m.

CLASS 7A Cabot High School TUESDAY’S RESULTS Cabot def. Bryant 3-1 (25-19, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15 ) Fort Smith Northside def. Springdale 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 27-25 )

Dad gets a big kick out of son’s success

posted: 10/30/2013 3:38 a.m.

Greenwood Coach Rick Jones let his son sleep in Saturday morning.

High school football report

posted: 10/30/2013 3:36 a.m.

Marvell opts to not play final games Marvell Coach Jessie McGruder said the school doesn’t plan to play its final two games this fall after forfeiting last Friday night’s 6-2 A game at Carlisle because of insufficient player numbers.

Friday’s games

posted: 10/30/2013 3:33 a.m.

CLASS 7A/6A 7A/6A-CENTRAL Greenwood at Conway, 7 p.m. LR Catholic at LR Parkview, 7 p.m. LR Hall at FS Northside, 7 p.m. FS Southside at Russellville, 7 p.m.


posted: 10/30/2013 3:32 a.m.

CLASS 3A TREYTON ANDERSON, Green Forest, carried 8 times for 103 yards and scored 5 touchdowns and completed 3 of 6 passes for 91 yards and 1 touchdown. KOHL BLICKENSTAFF, Harding Academy, had 9 receptions for 244 yards and 3 touchdowns.

More watch baseball than Rams-‘Hawks

posted: 10/30/2013 3:31 a.m.

No surprise: St. Louis is a baseball town. The Cardinals played a pivotal World Series game at home the same day that the struggling Rams hosted Monday Night Football.

Molina, Hosmer, Perez all honored

posted: 10/30/2013 3:31 a.m.

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina won his sixth consecutive Gold Glove award Tuesday, making him one of four players in the World Series rewarded for superior defense this season.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/30/2013 3:28 a.m.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you There is no doubt that Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is having a great World Series, maybe the greatest ever.

Off the wire

posted: 10/30/2013 3:26 a.m.

BASEBALL Cabrera has surgery Miguel Cabrera underwent muscle repair surgery Tuesday and the Detroit slugger is expected to be ready for spring training.

Retail steady, despite car-sale lag

posted: 10/30/2013 3:22 a.m.

Retail sales in the U.S. outside of auto dealers climbed in September, indicating households were sustaining the economic expansion before the government shutdown shook confidence.

U.S. consumers turn gloomy on economy after impasse in D.C.

posted: 10/30/2013 3:20 a.m.

Americans’ confidence in the economy fell this month to the lowest level since April, as many worried about the effect of a 16-day partial government shutdown. The decline stands to weigh on spending and economic growth.

Sears expects loss, looks at options

posted: 10/30/2013 3:18 a.m.

Sears, which runs 2,500 Kmart and Sears stores, is considering separating its Lands’ End catalog business and Sears Auto Center businesses from the rest of the company and plans to continue closing some of its unprofitable stores and is selling some store leases in Canada.

Experts espy no tapering by Fed

posted: 10/30/2013 3:15 a.m.

When the Federal Reserve last met in mid-September, almost everyone expected it to start reducing the stimulus it’s given the U.S. economy to help it rebound from the recession.

JPMorgan settlement terms said to be rejected by U.S.

posted: 10/30/2013 3:13 a.m.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s proposed terms for ending state and federal investigations of the bank’s mortgage bond sales were rejected by the Justice Department this week, two people familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday.

Earnings report

posted: 10/30/2013 3:12 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Tuesday included: Arch Coal Inc., among the world’s biggest coal producers, a loss of $128.4 million, down from a profit of $45.8 million, or 22 cents per share, a year ago.

MARKET REPORT: Dow, S&P hit highs as Fed meets

posted: 10/30/2013 3:11 a.m.

Investors drove the Dow Jones industrial average to an all-time high Tuesday on expectations that the Federal Reserve will keep its economic stimulus program in place.

Business news in brief

posted: 10/30/2013 3:11 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Consumers continue to hold in despite all the uncertainty going into the shutdown.” Millan Mulraine, TD Securities USA LLC director of U.S. rates research


posted: 10/30/2013 3:09 a.m.

Louisiana group buys Spa City hospice firm Hospice Holdings of Arkansas, which is owned by a Louisiana health-care management firm, said Tuesday it has acquired Hospice Home Care of Hot Springs.

Darkness descends on Halloween menus

posted: 10/30/2013 3:06 a.m.

Halloween menus, if there are such things beyond raiding the kids’ plastic jack-o’ -lanterns, tend to get all punny and cutesy with the likes of boo-berry cupcakes, wormy pasta dishes and, always, some sort of hard-cooked egg that is supposed to be a bloodshot eye. Har-har, indeed.

Have no fear - these spooky treats are easy

posted: 10/30/2013 3:03 a.m.

Whipping up a batch of Halloween-inspired treats shouldn’t require a scary amount of time or energy.

FRONT BURNER: Bacon, cheese pep up buttermilk cornbread

posted: 10/30/2013 3:01 a.m.

I hope you’ll forgive me for sharing two cornmeal-and-flour baked-good recipes in a row. When I wrote about the cheddar and apple cake last week I didn’t realize one of Arkansas’ premiere food festivals was just 10 days away.

Return to kitchen a Devine suggestion

posted: 10/30/2013 2:59 a.m.

Former Little Rock resident Rocquelle Devine seems to be on her way to becoming the next Rachael Ray … or perhaps even the next Martha Stewart.

Savory garlic, panko crumbs encrust shrimp

posted: 10/30/2013 2:54 a.m.

Serve this quick shrimp dish over angel-hair pasta or with chunks of crusty bread.

UNCORKED: 3 friends are behind blended ‘meritage’

posted: 10/30/2013 2:51 a.m.

I enjoy a fairy tale and even more when it involves wine. In the 1980s, Napa Valley’s Franciscan Winery began making its Magnificat wine.

7 day menu planner

posted: 10/30/2013 2:51 a.m.

SUNDAY: Serve the family Honey-Orange Glazed Ham today.

IDEA ALLEY: Cake, bagel recipes are offered for Kats

posted: 10/30/2013 2:46 a.m.

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

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: 4 Blue Bell flavors celebrate holidays

posted: 10/30/2013 2:43 a.m.

Just about everywhere you look in the grocery stores now you’ll see a selection of seasonal flavors and scents, and Blue Bell is right on track. Some of its popular ice cream flavors are now back in our local store freezers for a limited time.

Slim Pickings

posted: 10/30/2013 2:42 a.m.

WHAT: Greek cream cheese/yogurt STATS: Vary by brand.

Positive Punishment

posted: 10/30/2013 2:39 a.m.

It’s hard to discipline children. You can’t hit them. Timeouts are not effective. Now, a study by the University of Pittsburgh says yelling at teens and ’tweens — particularly when it involves cursing or insults — can be just as harmful as hitting. So what can you do?

Creature feature

posted: 10/30/2013 2:36 a.m.

This week, a potpourri of pet-related topics.

Balancing chore load aids peace in families

posted: 10/30/2013 2:34 a.m.

When women initiate arguments at home, 80 percent of them are over division of labor.

PARENTING: Horrid teens are result of irresponsible parents

posted: 10/30/2013 2:33 a.m.

The “their biology makes them do it!” hypothesis concerning the oft-horrid behavior of today’s teens keeps on rolling along, charming parents of such- teens into the comforting belief that said behavior has absolutely nothing to do with their parenting.


posted: 10/30/2013 2:31 a.m.

Q My ex wants to go trick or-treating with our son and me. He always has; that’s not the problem. The problem is that he wants to bring his new girlfriend and her kids. I haven’t met her or her kids nor has our son, and I’m afraid it will just be too uncomfortable. What’s good ex-etiquette ?


posted: 10/30/2013 2:31 a.m.

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: Don’t people who are being treated to a meal have an obligation to eat what they order? Whenever my husband and I take my son and daughter in-law out, “Claire” eats less than half of each dish (and, by the way, never takes home what she hasn’t eaten). It’s not as if Claire’s dieting. She just seems to want to try one of everything. Shouldn’t she finish the meal that she ordered and we’re paying for? — Mary C.


posted: 10/30/2013 2:29 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your star quality shines this year. The work situation gets easier because a friend keeps you on the path to success.


posted: 10/30/2013 2:29 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I am an emergency-room nurse. I would like to inform all of your readers to buy all peanut-free treats to offer at Halloween or at any party given in your home, church function or other gathering for adults and children. There is no shortage of peanut-free food products, and it is the only way to be 100 percent sure that you do not cause a death.


posted: 10/30/2013 2:28 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: For over a week I sat in our local hospice house watching my elderly aunt die, and the experience has really shaken me. It suddenly came to me that someday the same thing is probably going to happen to me, and I dread it. Why do we have to die? — N.N.

Super Quiz: Geography

posted: 10/30/2013 2:28 a.m.

1. What is the capital city of Libya? 2. What Mexican town is known as the birthplace of the drink tequila? 3. Name two American states with the letter combination “ex” in their name. 4. What border is straddled by the Cheviot Hills?

Expanded-Medicaid roll grows by just 450 in state

posted: 10/30/2013 12:58 a.m.

The pace of enrollment in Arkansas’ expanded Medicaid program slowed last week, with just 450 applicants completing the process, compared with 3,625 the week before, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Human Services said Tuesday.

Attorney says Cotton broke House’s rules

posted: 10/30/2013 12:53 a.m.

An attorney for the state Democratic Party said Tuesday that he’s asking the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, a U.S. Senate candidate, violated House rules for campaign fundraising.

State’s tourism strategy keys on easier planning

posted: 10/30/2013 12:52 a.m.

Sipping from a fire hose is one way an Arkansas tourism marketing team described the process of wading through a sea of information when planning a vacation using the Internet.

3 run for GOP nod in 2nd District

posted: 10/30/2013 12:51 a.m.

Businessman French Hill, retired Army Col. Conrad Reynolds and state Rep. Ann Clemmer said Tuesday they are seeking the Republican nomination in central Arkansas’ 2nd Congressional district.

Bed linen links man, slaying, deputy states

posted: 10/30/2013 12:48 a.m.

Pillowcases that match the bedspread wrapped around a dead woman link a 36-year-old Wrightsville man to the July slaying, a Pulaski County sheriff’s deputy testified Tuesday.

Agency chief gives apology for balky site

posted: 10/30/2013 12:34 a.m.

Marilyn Tavenner, the official in charge of President Barack Obama’s health-insurance marketplace, apologized Tuesday to millions of Americans who have been frustrated in trying to buy insurance under the new health-care law.

Wal-Mart surprises 25,000 with new jobs

posted: 10/30/2013 12:24 a.m.

Phil Keene was surprised with news Tuesday that he will be the new store manager at a Wal-Mart in Chesterfield, Mo. The average pay for a Wal-Mart store manager is $170,000 per year.

Malzahn follows through on vow

posted: 10/30/2013 12:01 a.m.

Gus Malzahn has turned Auburn’s football team upside down — in a good way — going into his Arkansas homecoming game.

Tuesday, October 29

McDaniel again rejects marijuana measure's wording

posted: 10/29/2013 6:16 p.m.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has again rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure aimed at legalizing marijuana in the state.

Lawyer: Man on death row wins new trial

posted: 10/29/2013 5:53 p.m.

ASHDOWN — A defense lawyer says a judge has ordered a new trial for an Arkansas man who was sentenced to death for a 1997 double slaying.

Going Deep: Harding Players, Students Show Class in Comforting Opponent: Going Deep: Harding Players, Students Show Class in Comforting Opponent

posted: 10/29/2013 5:16 p.m.

When a small group of Henderson State football players traveled to Searcy to visit injured teammate Robert Jordan they were surprised to see he already had visitors. Another group of players were by Jordan’s hospital bedside — members of the Harding University squad. “Phil Mion (HU safety) heard that Robert stayed to have his surgery at White County Medical Center, and would be there for a few days. We figured it would be the right thing to do to go check on him,” Harding receiver Alex Finley told the Henderson State sports information department. “Even if he is our opponent, we would never wish that kind of injury on anyone. He’s a great player, and it was sad to see that happen to him. Another reason we went was because Phil knew he was a Miami guy, and most likely didn’t have his family there with him.”

Three sentenced for drug trafficking in Texarkana

posted: 10/29/2013 4:50 p.m.

Three southwest Arkansas men were each sentenced this week to at least eight or more years in prison for their parts in a drug trafficking ring bust coined “Operation Stateline Sweep” by federal authorities.

Report: Prison inmate health costs more than double in state

posted: 10/29/2013 4:38 p.m.

A Pew Charitable Trusts report shows health care spending on prison inmates in Arkansas more than doubled from 2001 to 2008.

Alworth's stolen Super Bowl ring found 21 years later

posted: 10/29/2013 4:01 p.m.

ENCINITAS, Calif. — NFL Hall of Famer Lance Alworth is getting his Super Bowl ring back, 21 years after it was stolen.

Off The Record: Calling all budding taxidermists

posted: 10/29/2013 3:13 p.m.

Local artist Morgan Hill is calling for participants in a taxidermy workshop planned for Nov. 16 and 17. Classes will be taught by Alice Kwapis, founder of the Detroit Academy of Taxidermy, if there is enough interest in the workshop, says Hill. The workshop provides supplies and knowledge necessary to mount a small rabbit, either in a full-body mount in Saturday’s class or a shoulder mount in Sunday’s class.

J.B. Hunt maintains 15-cent dividend

posted: 10/29/2013 2:02 p.m.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. said Tuesday that it will maintain the 15-cent quarterly dividend it has paid over the past year.

Whooping cough on rise in region

posted: 10/29/2013 1:46 p.m.

NEW ORLEANS — Whooping cough has set a post-1960s record in Louisiana and things are worse in Texas, where nearly 2,900 cases have been reported, and Arkansas, where numbers are double those of a year ago. Louisiana health officials are asking doctors to keep an eye out for it.

Oklahomans urged to buy earthquake insurance

posted: 10/29/2013 1:36 p.m.

TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma's insurance commissioner is advising residents to purchase earthquake insurance after a national report suggested that seismic activity in the central part of the state is here to stay.

Missing Bradley County elderly couple found, one dead

posted: 10/29/2013 11:51 a.m.

An elderly woman is dead after she and her husband became stranded overnight during a leisurely ride through the county around the county.

Coaches pick UALR women to win Sun Belt title

posted: 10/29/2013 11:44 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Coaches in the Sun Belt Conference have picked Arkansas-Little Rock to win the women's basketball league title this season.

Hill, Reynolds announce congressional bids

updated: 10/29/2013 12:35 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — A Little Rock banking executive and a retired Army colonel from Conway say they're running for the central Arkansas congressional seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin.

Getting physical

posted: 10/29/2013 11:33 a.m.

When Alandise Harris entered ninth grade at Little Rock Central High School, he dreamed of a successful football career at the historic school. However, his prep football career was over before it started. Instead, the burly Harris became a basketball phenom. A four-year letter winner, four-year all-conference choice and three-year all state selection. “My intention was to play both, but I came out too late, not knowing everything you have to do to play football,” he says. “I wasn’t out there in the summer and didn’t have a physical.” Just as fate drew Harris to basketball, it’s drawn him and his bruising game to Fayetteville. After former Arkansas coach John Pelphrey spurned him during his initial college search, Harris excelled at the University of Houston for his first two years of school. But when his mother, Alberta Harris, died suddenly in November 2010, Harris wanted the comforts of home. That’s when new coach Mike Anderson welcomed him to Fayetteville. “It’s a great feeling, and I think it’s worked out in the end,” Harris says. “I’ve doubled the competition and publicity level from [Houston], and I think it will help me with my future plans.”

It’s all in her head

posted: 10/29/2013 11:30 a.m.

Nearly hidden between discarded brushes and sculptures ready to come alive with paint, sits a copy of Jane Hankins’ favorite background noise.

Infinite whirl of music

posted: 10/29/2013 11:24 a.m.

What follows is a list of instruments used by Fayetteville band Don’t Stop Please in creating their “pop” music: trombone, organ, harmonica, mandolin, synth, accordion, trumpet, tuba, double bass, cello, ukulele, banjo, melodica, saxophone and clarinet. There’s more. The old standbys of drums, guitar, piano, electric and upright bass, percussion and keyboards. That’s it. Perhaps. Unless there’s an instrument or two more hidden in the textures upon textures of Don’t Stop Please’s long, strange trip of experimental jazz, folk and rock ’n’ roll on their full-length debut album.

Outside drop in autos, U.S. retail spending rises

posted: 10/29/2013 11:16 a.m.

WASHINGTON — A sharp drop in auto sales lowered U.S. retail spending in September. But Americans spent more on most other goods, showing some confidence in the economy before much of the government shut down.

Luna Maya Burritos weighs in

posted: 10/29/2013 11:15 a.m.

Remember The Hop on Cantrell Road? The tiny little drive-up with the impossible location? The location that was also a pie place, and then a burger place for a hot minute? Well, another eatery is in this spot. And this time it’s all about burritos.

Family: Discipline teens without losing it

posted: 10/29/2013 11:12 a.m.

It’s hard to discipline children. You can’t hit them. Timeouts are not effective. Now, a study by the University of Pittsburgh says yelling at teens and ’tweens — particularly when it involves cursing or insults — can be just as harmful as hitting. So what can you do?

Food: Shades of black

posted: 10/29/2013 11:08 a.m.

This year, do Halloween in a more elegant way.

The way the cornbread crumbles

posted: 10/29/2013 11:08 a.m.

Warm up those cast-iron skillets, Little Rock. It’s time for the third annual Arkansas Cornbread Festival. The festival draws competitors from both professional and amateur kitchens and allows attendees to take part in judging cornbread entries in traditonal and non-traditional categories. Participants are also encouraged to provide a side item for competition.

SoCal via New York City pop

posted: 10/29/2013 11:02 a.m.

Johnathan Rice’s new album, the September-released Good Graces, doesn’t sound like a record mostly written during a New York City winter. The nine-track recording, Rice’s third full-length and first since 2007’s Further North, pulses with a sunshiny, guitar-powered pop rock rhythm through most of its tracks, even when Rice’s singing about “going nowhere, at the speed of light.”

Backyard botanicals

posted: 10/29/2013 10:56 a.m.

Business partners Adelia Kittrell and Liz Sanders might be from different parts of the state — Kittrell from the hills of the Ozarks, Sanders from Hot Springs, the country’s original spa city — but the two have more than a few things in common. They’ve both worked on the Heifer Ranch in Perryville. They live just blocks from each other in Little Rock’s downtown SoMa district. And they’re both interested in herbs, homemade teas and natural remedies, which led them to start making their own products, first for fun, and now under the brand name Main Street Apothecary. As the team works on expanding their lines of soaps and teas, they’re also experimenting with formulas for creams, salves and tinctures, with the possibility of a storefront — an actual apothecary — in mind for the future.

Club to open in old Montego Cafe space

posted: 10/29/2013 10:53 a.m.

If you’re distracted by some bass rattling while walking to Bruno’s for dinner in the next few weeks, it’s likely coming from 315 Main St. Level, a new dance club/ultralounge/restaurant/happy hour spot, is set to open Thursday (aka Halloween) in the space formerly known as Montego Cafe. The spot will be open 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and includes lounge seating on the ground floor and a dance floor below.

Quick Picks

posted: 10/29/2013 10:47 a.m.

One week after Little Rock’s dirtiest 5K (the Mud Run), the happiest 5K arrives with The Color Run and its fun dash in the River Market through color packets made with food-grade corn starch. The first start window is at 9 a.m. with waves of runners released every few minutes after that. Registration is $45 per individual runner/walker and $40 for runners/walkers in teams of four. Register at Some proceeds benefit Little Rock Parks & Recreation.

East Coast marks anniversary of superstorm Sandy

posted: 10/29/2013 10:44 a.m.

NEW YORK — Residents of coastal neighborhoods battered by superstorm Sandy one year ago Tuesday are marking the day in ways both public and private, remembering the fierce floodwaters that destroyed their livelihoods but also the communities that came together to help each other pull through.

Bank of America in North Little Rock robbed

updated: 10/29/2013 2:23 p.m.

Authorities are looking for a man who robbed a North Little Rock bank.

Don’t judge my cornbread

posted: 10/29/2013 10:37 a.m.

In anticipation of the third annual Arkansas Cornbread Festival, Tales from the South recorded a special episode in early October featuring cornbread stories, and I was reminded of my own first experience cooking cornbread. It might seem too early for a Thanksgiving anecdote, but just consider this in keeping with the American spirit of celebrating holidays well in advance.

Syria sacks deputy premier who met U.S. officials

posted: 10/29/2013 10:37 a.m.

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria's president sacked a deputy prime minister who met U.S. officials over the weekend for acting without permission, the official government news agency said Tuesday.

Heat up your wardrobe as cool weather approaches

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

Fall fashion is here and chilly winter air is quickly approaching. Bundle up with these cool-weather fashion trends fresh from the recent runway season.

Detroit manager quizzed about bankruptcy decision

posted: 10/29/2013 10:17 a.m.

DETROIT — Detroit's emergency manager says he took the city into bankruptcy in July after making no progress with creditors.

Robbery victim shot at after following assailants

posted: 10/29/2013 10:16 a.m.

A 26-year-old DeWitt man and his girlfriend were shot at Monday when they followed three men who robbed him at gunpoint in Little Rock, authorities said.

Pistorius prosecutors to add 2 firearm charges

posted: 10/29/2013 10:14 a.m.

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Prosecutors in the Oscar Pistorius case will add two firearm charges believed to relate to recklessly firing guns in public to the indictment against the double-amputee athlete, who is already due to go on trial for murder and illegal possession of ammunition.

Iran-U.N. nuke talks advance; new round Nov. 11

posted: 10/29/2013 9:58 a.m.

VIENNA — U.N. efforts to investigate suspicions that Iran has worked on nuclear arms appeared to gain traction Tuesday, with both sides coming out of talks speaking of progress after nearly two years of deadlock and agreeing to meet again Nov. 11 in Tehran.

Senators argue over state stand-your-ground laws

posted: 10/29/2013 9:56 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans and Democrats are debating the merits of state stand your ground laws, with Democrats urging a review and Republicans saying the policy is a matter of self-defense.

Medicare chief apologizes for 'Obamacare' glitches

posted: 10/29/2013 9:50 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Stressing that improvements are happening daily, the senior Obama official closest to the administration's malfunctioning health care website apologized Tuesday for problems that have kept Americans from successfully signing up for coverage.

Islamic attack: 128 dead in Nigeria state capital

posted: 10/29/2013 9:47 a.m.

DAMATURU, Nigeria — Nigerian military and hospital reports indicate a 5-hour-long battle between Islamic extremists and troops in the capital of Nigeria's Yobe state killed at least 95 militants, 23 soldiers and eight police officers.

Group pushing for Robinson renovation launches campaign

updated: 10/29/2013 2:13 p.m.

A group urging voters to pass an initiative that would fund the multimillion-dollar renovation of Robinson Auditorium launched its campaign on the center's front steps Tuesday.

Suspect found hiding under trash in Dumpster after chase

posted: 10/29/2013 9:28 a.m.

A North Little Rock man who ran from police at a Maumelle apartment complex was later found hiding under trash in a Dumpster on the property, according to an arrest report.

Man arrested in robbery of Air Jordan shoes

posted: 10/29/2013 9:06 a.m.

A 19-year-old Little Rock man accused of punching a man and then grabbing his Air Jordan shoes off his feet has been arrested.

Greek ex-minister: We spied on 2 U.S. ambassadors

posted: 10/29/2013 9:05 a.m.

ATHENS, Greece — A former foreign minister of Greece revealed Tuesday that his country's intelligence services had eavesdropped on the phone conversations of U.S. ambassadors to Athens and Ankara in the 1990s.

Jury being chosen in U.K. phone-hacking case

posted: 10/29/2013 9:02 a.m.

LONDON — Jury selection continued Tuesday in the long-awaited phone hacking trial of former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson.

U.K.'s Cameron unveils plans for Islamic Market Index

posted: 10/29/2013 8:46 a.m.

LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron is taking strides to tap the burgeoning interest in Islamic finance, announcing the launch of a new Islamic Market Index in London and plans for Britain to be the first non-Muslim country to issue an Islamic bond.

Parolee accused of threatening woman with knife

posted: 10/29/2013 8:46 a.m.

A North Little Rock man is accused of threatening to kill a woman while wielding a knife Monday night.

Couple accused of throwing boiling water on each other

posted: 10/29/2013 8:33 a.m.

A man and his girlfriend were both arrested Monday after they each said the other threw boiling water during a disturbance at their Little Rock home, police said.

Libyan gunmen steal more than $50 million from bank van

posted: 10/29/2013 8:07 a.m.

TRIPOLI, Libya — A Libyan security official says gunmen have stolen more than $50 million after attacking a van belonging to the country's Central Bank on a road along the Mediterranean coast.

Wholesale prices dipped 0.1% in September

posted: 10/29/2013 8:05 a.m.

WASHINGTON — A big decline in food costs helped hold down wholesale prices in September, contributing to a 0.1 percent decline, the first drop since April.

Suit settled in death of man infected by amoeba

posted: 10/29/2013 7:59 a.m.

NEW ORLEANS — The parents of a St. Bernard Parish man whose death in 2011 was linked to a rare brain-eating amoeba have settled their lawsuit against the manufacturers of two household devices that they blamed for their son's deadly infection.

Bolshoi ballet dancer: Didn't order acid attack

posted: 10/29/2013 7:57 a.m.

MOSCOW — A Bolshoi ballet dancer who is accused of ordering an acid attack on the company's ballet chief pleaded innocent Tuesday as his trial began in Moscow.

10 things to know for Tuesday

posted: 10/29/2013 7:26 a.m.

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

Memorial service set for 3 killed in copter crash

posted: 10/29/2013 7:20 a.m.

MEMPHIS — A memorial service is set for a pilot and two hospital workers killed in a medical helicopter crash in Tennessee a week ago.

UA opens new terrace at student union

updated: 10/29/2013 12:34 p.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas plans to unveil an addition to its student union: a terrace designed as a more casual place for students to relax.

Arkansas lawmakers to discuss substance abuse

posted: 10/29/2013 7:17 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers are gathering at the Capitol to discuss efforts to prevent and treat substance abuse.

Corn harvest done, rain on way in Arkansas

posted: 10/29/2013 7:11 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Federal agriculture officials say Arkansas' corn harvest is complete while harvesting of sorghum and rice is almost done.

White coup plotters in S. Africa get 5 to 35 years

posted: 10/29/2013 7:10 a.m.

JOHANNESBURG — A South African judge has given up to 20 members of a white extremist group sentences ranging from five to 35 years in the country's first post-apartheid treason trial.

Sparkman man killed in single-vehicle wreck

posted: 10/29/2013 6:53 a.m.

A Sparkman man was killed Monday night when his truck overturned in Dallas County, authorities said.

Wal-Mart kicks off on-the-spot promotions

posted: 10/29/2013 6:53 a.m.

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores is banking on on-the-spot surprise promotions of about 25,000 U.S. store employees to help send a message that it offers economic security and opportunity.

Teen driver killed, two passengers hurt when vehicle overturns

posted: 10/29/2013 6:47 a.m.

A 19-year-old driver from Strawberry was killed and two passengers hurt Monday night when their vehicle overturned in Lawrence County, authorities said.

Lead Hill police chief arrested on theft charge

posted: 10/29/2013 6:45 a.m.

LEAD HILL — Authorities in north Arkansas say the Lead Hill police chief was arrested on suspicion of selling guns that he seized from a resident.

Ward man dies after vehicle hits overpass column

posted: 10/29/2013 6:37 a.m.

A 53-year-old Ward man died Monday after his vehicle struck an overpass column on U.S. 67 in White County.

In the news

posted: 10/29/2013 6:04 a.m.

Marco Antonio Delgado, a West Texas lawyer and former Carnegie Mellon University trustee, was found guilty of conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars in drug money for a Mexican cartel and faces up to 20 years in prison.

One Texas limit on abortion falls

posted: 10/29/2013 5:58 a.m.

A federal judge in Texas on Monday blocked an important part of the state’s new abortion law, which would have required doctors performing the procedure to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

Names and faces

posted: 10/29/2013 5:54 a.m.

A charge against Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Chris Brown was reduced to a misdemeanor, and he was ordered released. Brown made his first appearance in a Washington courtroom Monday afternoon. He had been charged with felony assault after he was arrested Sunday after an altercation outside a Washington hotel.

Polish democratic leader, 86, dies

posted: 10/29/2013 5:54 a.m.

WARSAW, Poland — Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Eastern Europe’s first democratic prime minister after communism, key adviser to Poland’s Solidarity freedom movement and United Nations human-rights envoy to Bosnia in the 1990s, has died. He was 86.

Ellis Island Museum reopens after Sandy

posted: 10/29/2013 5:53 a.m.

NEW YORK — The island that ushered millions of immigrants into the United States and became a monument to its mosaic of ancestries reopened to visitors Monday for the first time since superstorm Sandy on the eve of the storm’s anniversary.

Syria chemical-arms hunters miss deadline

posted: 10/29/2013 5:52 a.m.

BEIRUT — International inspectors overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile have missed an early deadline in an extremely tight schedule after security concerns prevented them from visiting two sites linked to Damascus’ chemical program.

Getting it straight

posted: 10/29/2013 5:50 a.m.

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

N.C. fair ride operator appears in court

posted: 10/29/2013 5:50 a.m.

RALEIGH, N.C. — A carnival-ride operator facing assault charges over injuries at the North Carolina State Fair made his first appearance in court Monday, with a prosecutor saying there are still unanswered questions about what happened.

6 returnees explain fleeing to N. Korea

posted: 10/29/2013 5:48 a.m.

SEOUL, South Korea — Six South Koreans repatriated from North Korea over the weekend said they had fled to the North through China in recent years to escape bankruptcies and family troubles in the South and in search of a better life, the South Korean news media and government officials said Monday.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/29/2013 5:47 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I knew things were bad. It was somewhat shocking … just how dire it was.” Bankruptcy expert Kevyn Orr, testifying Monday about high crime, blight, and conditions of police equipment and facilities in Detroit when he became the city’s emergency manager in March

Senator plans to block nominees

posted: 10/29/2013 5:46 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham threatened Monday to hold up all nominations for federal government positions until survivors of last year’s deadly attack on the diplomatic post in Libya appear before Congress.

Governor: Suits drove Detroit Chapter 9

posted: 10/29/2013 5:45 a.m.

DETROIT — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder testified Monday that lawsuits filed against him, the Detroit emergency manager and others by city debt holders proved to be the final straw that led him to authorize the city to file for bankruptcy.

Plea-change date set in lab scandal

posted: 10/29/2013 5:44 a.m.

BOSTON — A chemist at the center of a Massachusetts lab scandal that has jeopardized the prosecution of thousands of drug cases has indicated that she is likely to plead guilty to criminal charges.

Briton arrested in hack on NASA, Army, EPA

posted: 10/29/2013 5:43 a.m.

NEWARK, N.J. — A British man has been arrested and charged with hacking into computer systems of the U.S. Army, NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies at a cost of millions of dollars to the federal government.

The world in brief

posted: 10/29/2013 5:42 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’m astounded at the scale, or rather the extravagance, of this surveillance.” Friedrich Merz, chairman of a group that fosters German-U.S. ties and former caucus leader for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats in Parliament, on purported eavesdropping by the National Security Agency, including hacking the chancellor’s cellphone

Beijing car crash kills 5, hurts 38

posted: 10/29/2013 5:42 a.m.

BEIJING — A sport utility vehicle plowed through a crowd in front of Beijing’s Forbidden City before crashing and catching fire Monday, killing the three occupants and two tourists and injuring 38 visitors and security officers, police said.

Egypt prosecutor to investigate satirist

posted: 10/29/2013 5:40 a.m.

CAIRO — Egypt’s top prosecutor Monday ordered an investigation into a complaint that alleges satirist Bassem Youssef harmed national interests by ridiculing the country’s military in his TV program.

Congolese army seizes 5th rebel-held town

posted: 10/29/2013 5:39 a.m.

RUMANGABO, Congo — Congolese soldiers, who just one year ago abandoned their posts and fled in the face of an advancing rebel army, succeeded Monday in taking back a fifth rebel-held town, in what appears to be a turning point in the conflict.

Fat test criticized as troops turn to liposuction to avoid unsightly record

posted: 10/29/2013 5:38 a.m.

SAN DIEGO — Soldiers often call plastic surgeon Adam Tattelbaum in a panic. They need liposuction — fast.

Court: Won’t delay desegregation trial

posted: 10/29/2013 5:35 a.m.

A federal appeals court said Monday that it will not delay a December trial in a lower court on the state’s request to be released from a 1989 agreement in the Pulaski County school desegregation lawsuit.

Man says guilty in porn case

posted: 10/29/2013 5:35 a.m.

A Fort Smith man arrested in connection with charges of possession of child pornography in 2012 pleaded guilty to one of six counts Monday morning in the U.S. District Court for Western Arkansas.

Wrongful-death trial delayed

posted: 10/29/2013 5:34 a.m.

The scheduled Nov. 12 jury trial of two Little Rock police officers accused of wrongfully causing the 2010 death of 67-year-old Eugene Ellison was put on hold Monday.

Mistrial-causing juror sentenced

posted: 10/29/2013 5:32 a.m.

A former juror whose sudden withdrawal from an armed robbery trial last month caused a mistrial was sentenced to 10 days in jail on Monday by a Pulaski County Circuit judge who said her excuses were self-serving and unbelievable.

Daily record

posted: 10/29/2013 5:31 a.m.

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

Ex-quarry in NLR on path to be park

posted: 10/29/2013 5:30 a.m.

The former Big Rock Quarry, a popular hiking and scenic spot in North Little Rock, gained City Council approval Monday evening to become future city parkland in a property exchange with a parcel inside the city’s Burns Park.

Hot Springs man charged in slaying

posted: 10/29/2013 5:29 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS — Hot Springs police arrested a man Monday afternoon in a shooting death late Thursday in a movie theater parking lot.

Clemmer to reveal election intentions

posted: 10/29/2013 5:29 a.m.

State Rep. Ann Clemmer, R-Benton, declined to say Monday whether she’s decided to run for the 2nd Congressional District seat next year but plans to make an announcement about her intentions Wednesday.

Party leaders plan Animals Club talk

posted: 10/29/2013 5:28 a.m.

The chairmen of the state Republican and Democratic parties will address the Political Animals Club on Nov. 6.

Inmate goes into cardiac arrest, dies

posted: 10/29/2013 5:28 a.m.

NEWPORT — An inmate at the Jackson County jail in Newport died Sunday evening, Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas said.

Author to discuss Mideast protests

posted: 10/29/2013 5:27 a.m.

Mustafa Akyol, a Turkish political commentator and author, will speak at noon today at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 10/29/2013 5:27 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.

Police beat

posted: 10/29/2013 5:27 a.m.

DWI is charge after 4-car crash A 64-year-old man is facing a driving while intoxicated charge among other traffic offenses after authorities said he caused a four-vehicle collision on Interstate 30 Monday.

UA group bestows $1 million in ’ 13-14

posted: 10/29/2013 5:26 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville’s alumni organization has for the first time awarded $1 million in scholarships in a single academic year, officials announced Monday.

State auditor hopeful files finance report 10 days late

posted: 10/29/2013 5:25 a.m.

Democratic state auditor candidate Regina Stewart Hampton of Little Rock filed a campaign finance report for last quarter 10 days late, but she won’t file a tardy report again, a spokesman for Hampton said Monday.


posted: 10/29/2013 5:24 a.m.

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


posted: 10/29/2013 5:24 a.m.

Hollywood stuntman-turned-director Hal Needham, a veteran Hollywood stuntman who later embarked on a less risky career as a director of action movies including Smokey and the Bandit and The Cannonball Run, both of which starred his friend Burt Reynolds, died Friday in Los Angeles. He was 82.

Other days

posted: 10/29/2013 5:23 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 29, 1913 Belated reports received yesterday tell of the great damage done by the snowstorm of Sunday and Monday, which swept through northwest Arkansas. Telegraph, telephone and mail service was impaired to such an extent that it was impossible to obtain detailed reports of the storm earlier. Eight inches of snow fell at Harrison Monday, and while telephone wires are down all over Boone county, it is believed the damage is heavy.


posted: 10/29/2013 5:22 a.m.

The following burglaries are from reports collected from the Little Rock and North Little Rock police departments.The names listed are of those who reported a burglary and the dates are when the crime is believed to have taken place. Cammack Village data are not included.

Crawford County near budget choice

posted: 10/29/2013 5:21 a.m.

As Crawford County officials prepare to finalize the budget for 2014, administrators must decide what changes, if any, will be made to the distribution of proceeds from a 1 percent county sales tax to the departments considered part of “public safety.” Crawford County’s 1 percent sales tax was implemented Oct. 1, 1999, according to Finance and Administration Department records. The tax ordinance must be renewed every eight years and will next appear on the Crawford County primary election ballot in 2015.

EDITORIALS: Competition works

posted: 10/29/2013 5:21 a.m.

OF COURSE Little Rock’s school board would oppose a possible new charter school in the western part of the city. Did anybody really expect anything else?

COLUMNISTS: A juicy (but fake) outrage

posted: 10/29/2013 5:20 a.m.

Outrage drove Captain Ahab relentlessly after that great white whale, and apparently, it drives Sen. Dick Durbin, too. Durbin, the unctuous Democrat running for re-election in President Barack Obama’s political home state, is consumed by outrage. And he’s famous for chasing the Republicans on the high seas of his anger.

Well, sure

posted: 10/29/2013 5:19 a.m.

In the course of a visit to Austin, the one in Texas. our always adept secretary of Health, Human Services and Passing the Buck aknowledged that there might have been a glitch or two in her handling of Obamacare’s not so gala rollout, but. . . . well, here’s how she put it: “In an ideal world there would have been a lot more testing, but we did not have the luxury of that. And the law said the go-time was October. 1.

OTHERS SAY: A drive for rights

posted: 10/29/2013 5:18 a.m.

Give women the vote and what outrageous thing happens next? In Saudi Arabia, they start demanding the keys to the car.

Facebook’s new danger

posted: 10/29/2013 5:17 a.m.

When Facebook recently lifted its restriction on public posts by teenagers, some privacy scholars applauded the move as a win for parents—offering them a chance to teach their children about digital accountability. They may be overstating the case, however. If information and communication technologies aren’t designed to help users—especially younger ones—guard their information, appeals to good judgment and discipline won’t go very far.

Bad choices, bad end: Another star fallen

posted: 10/29/2013 5:16 a.m.

The madness in this troubled world we share never ends.

What Asa will need

posted: 10/29/2013 5:10 a.m.

“Interesting stat from this morning … Asa Hutchinson was +8 internally in July and +8 now. Ross spent $700k and didn’t move. Bad sign.”—A posting Friday afternoon on Twitter from Terry Benham, a Republican political consultant in Little Rock.


posted: 10/29/2013 5:10 a.m.

Would’ve helped mom A couple of months ago, I watched my mother die in excruciating pain, her mind fogged by morphine. We turned on Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon,” and I held her beautiful face in my arms as she squeezed out her final, painful breath.

3 die in separate accidents in state

posted: 10/29/2013 5:08 a.m.

Three people died after separate accidents on state roads Sunday and Monday, according to preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality crash reports.

LR police identify Kanis Road body

posted: 10/29/2013 5:07 a.m.

Little Rock police have identified the female body found along Kanis Road on Saturday as 40-year-old Dawntea Arthur.

Guns seized, sold; top officer charged

posted: 10/29/2013 5:07 a.m.

LEAD HILL — Lead Hill Police Chief Kenny Barnes was arrested Monday after authorities said he seized guns and sold them for personal gain, according to the Boone County sheriff’s office.

Harsin’s eye on bowl eligibility

posted: 10/29/2013 5:06 a.m.

Bryan Harsin almost missed out on his first appearance at the Little Rock Touchdown Club.

NBA OPENER: Heat gets new ring; Rose back

posted: 10/29/2013 5:03 a.m.

MIAMI — LeBron James gets another ring. Derrick Rose gets to play again.

WORLD SERIES: CARDINALS VS. RED SOX: Plain ol’ pitchers’ duel

posted: 10/29/2013 5:02 a.m.

Jon Lester pitched the Boston Red Sox within a whisker of yet another World Series championship.

Police investigate death of inmate

posted: 10/29/2013 5 a.m.

Law enforcement officials are investigating the Saturday death of an inmate at the Sebastian County jail in Fort Smith.

LIKE IT IS: Saban says: Sit in your seats, help Tide roll

posted: 10/29/2013 4:58 a.m.

Last week while Auburn was waiting to hear if quarterback Nick Marshall would be well enough to play against Florida Atlantic, Alabama was busy knuckling under to pressure.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/29/2013 4:57 a.m.

Shanahan’s decisions under fire In 14 years as head coach of the Denver Broncos, Mike Shanahan had a 146-91 record and guided the Broncos to Super Bowl championships in 1998 and 1999.

Off the wire

posted: 10/29/2013 4:56 a.m.

BASKETBALL Women ponder date change The NCAA women’s basketball committee is backing a move to play the Final Four two days earlier, starting next season. The Final Four would go to a Friday-Sunday format instead of the Sunday-Tuesday configuration in place since 2003.

COMMENTARY: There’s little D these days in Dallas

posted: 10/29/2013 4:55 a.m.

Close your eyes Bob Lilly, Chuck Howley, Lee Roy Jordan and Mel Renfro.

World Series notebook

posted: 10/29/2013 4:54 a.m.

Big Papi on pace for record ST. LOUIS — Maybe the St. Louis Cardinals should give David Ortiz the Barry Bonds treatment and just stop pitching to him.

NFL: Defense bails out Seattle in victory over St. Louis

posted: 10/29/2013 4:52 a.m.

ST. LOUIS — The Seattle Seahawks struggled on offense against the scrappy St. Louis Rams, so they had to leave Monday night’s game in the hands of one of the NFL’s most stingy defenses.

NFL notes

posted: 10/29/2013 4:46 a.m.

EAGLES Vick unlikely for Sunday It was another Monday without a starting quarterback for the Eagles. For the fourth consecutive week, coach Chip Kelly could not definitively say who his quarterback would be. This is what Kelly would say: Michael Vick underwent an MRI exam on his strained left hamstring and Nick Foles was undergoing tests on his concussion, including the Im-PACT test.

THE RECRUITING GUY: QB Storey: ‘I’m 100 percent Hog’

posted: 10/29/2013 4:45 a.m.

Charleston junior quarterback Ty Storey, a member of the 2015 class who is orally committed to Arkansas, has attended games at Texas A&M and Oklahoma the past two weekends but said there is no reason for Razorbacks fans to be concerned.

Razorbacks report: Hogs staff emphasizes takeaways

posted: 10/29/2013 4:42 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema called his team’s minus-9 turnover margin in SEC play frustrating Monday.


posted: 10/29/2013 4:39 a.m.

TENNESSEE QB’s status uncertain KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee faces an uncertain quarterback situation as it heads into Saturday’s game at No. 9 Missouri.

Offensive tackle flips, picks Aggies over Hogs

posted: 10/29/2013 4:39 a.m.

Junior college offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor, who orally committed to Arkansas in July, switched his pledge to Texas A&M on Monday after taking an official visit over the weekend to College Station, Texas. Eluemunor, who plays at Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna Community College, said on his Twitter account that he changed his mind because Texas A&M “felt like home” and he liked the direction the Aggies program is headed.

Volleyball state tournaments

posted: 10/29/2013 4:37 a.m.

CLASS 7A Cabot High School Today’s games Game 1 North Little Rock vs. Springdale Har-Ber, noon Game 2 Fayetteville vs. Mount St. Mary, 2 p.m. Game 3 Bryant vs. Cabot, 4 p.m. Game 4 Fort Smith Northside vs. Springdale, 6 p.m. Wednesday’s games Game 5 Bentonville vs. Winner Game 1, noon Game 6 Conway vs. Winner Game 2, 2 p.m. Game 7 Fort Smith Southside vs. Winner Game 3, 4 p.m. Game 8 Rogers Heritage vs. Winner Game 4, 6 p.m. Thursday’s semifinals Game 9 Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 4 p.m. Game 10 Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 6 p.m.

High school basketball

posted: 10/29/2013 4:37 a.m.

TODAY’S GAMES Abundant Life at Guy-Perkins Bradford at Pangburn Calico Rock at Concord Cossatot River at Trinity Christian Cotter at Norfork County Line at Sacred Heart Emerson at Stephens Eureka Springs at Western Grove Hillcrest at Tuckerman Izard County at Valley Springs Jasper at Scranton Kingston at Omaha Kirby at Blevins Lead Hill at Viola Mammoth Spring at Black Rock Mount Vernon-Enola at Shirley Mulberry at Acorn Nemo Vista at WS Greers Ferry Oden at Ouachita Riverside at Bay Rural Special at Wonderview SS Bee Branch at St. Joe Sparkman at Caddo Hills St. Paul at Bergman Umpire at Nevada

State sports briefs

posted: 10/29/2013 4:32 a.m.

VOLLEYBALL Begic honored again by Sun Belt UALR’s Edina Begic was named Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.

7A-CENTRAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP MEET: LR Catholic senior runs away with title

posted: 10/29/2013 4:31 a.m.

CABOT —Brendan Taylor said he was “low on iron” when he finished seventh in the 2012 7A-Central cross country meet.

Rookie coach’s challenge keeps Grizzlies winning

posted: 10/29/2013 4:28 a.m.

The last time Dave Joerger jumped from assistant to head coach, he made sure the toughest and biggest player on the roster had his back.

Apple’s quarter sees 9% decline

posted: 10/29/2013 4:01 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple’s latest quarterly earnings fell 9 percent as more people bought the company’s lower-priced iPhones and iPads.

Factory output increases 0.1%

posted: 10/29/2013 4:01 a.m.

WASHINGTON — U.S. factories barely increased their output in September, adding to other signs that the economy was slowing even before the government shutdown began Oct. 1.

S.D. ranchers digging out after storm

posted: 10/29/2013 3:58 a.m.

PHILIP, S.D. — Joe Carley has nearly finished burying the cattle he lost in an early fall blizzard that killed tens of thousands of cattle in western South Dakota. Now, he’s figuring out how to dig himself out of the financial hole left after about a quarter of his cows and maybe a third of his calves died in the storm.

Forecast lowered as Merck sales fall

posted: 10/29/2013 3:56 a.m.

Merck & Co., the second-biggest U.S. drugmaker, reported a profit that beat analyst estimates after sales of the vaccine Gardasil and rheumatoid arthritis medicine Remicade rose, but the company narrowed its 2013 profit forecast.

Pending home sales fall short of forecast, plummet 5.6%

posted: 10/29/2013 3:54 a.m.

Fewer Americans than forecast signed contracts to buy previously owned homes in September, the fourth straight month of declines, as rising mortgage rates slowed momentum in the housing market.


posted: 10/29/2013 3:51 a.m.

ABF and Teamsters reach 8th extension ABF Freight Systems Inc. has agreed to an eighth extension with the Teamsters as the two sides await approval of a supplemental contract.

Business news in brief

posted: 10/29/2013 3:50 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The economy is in a shutdown-related soft patch in the fourth quarter. There is a lot of underlying strength in the U.S. economy; it’s just that these episodes continue to undermine it.” Nariman Behravesh, IHS Inc. chief economist

MARKET REPORT: S&P 500 extends record-setting run

posted: 10/29/2013 3:48 a.m.

NEW YORK — The Standard & Poor’s 500 index notched another record close Monday by a tiny margin as good news from J.C. Penney helped offset disappointing earnings from several U.S. companies.

Hartford profit rises as firm shifts focus

posted: 10/29/2013 3:45 a.m.

Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.’s profit surged in the third quarter as the insurer focused on propertyand-casualty coverage after divesting life and annuity units.

Mortgage-bond expert says curbs overreaction to ’07 crisis

posted: 10/29/2013 3:44 a.m.

The U.S. mortgage market has experienced an “irrational restriction” of credit as lenders and regulators overreact to the loose lending during the bubble that burst in 2007, mortgage-bond pioneer Lewis Ranieri said Monday.

WHAT’S IN A DAME: A royal fruitcake for fresh prince

posted: 10/29/2013 3:40 a.m.

It has been a long time since we did a Windsors wrap-up, so let’s check in with Prince(s) and the Royal-ution. Here’s the latest Buckingham business: The littlest royal — son of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge William and Kate — was christened last week and welcomed into the Church of England as Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge … in a dress. No, in a replica of the lace-and-satin gown traditionally worn by every royal since 1841 … that, by George — or shall we say Boy George? — looks like a dress.

NOVEMBER CALENDAR: Fete, feast, fall back

posted: 10/29/2013 3:39 a.m.

November is the month of thanks — or as Elvis said, “Thanka verra much!” — and as Daffy Duck said, “Thanks for the sour persimmons, cousin.” — and for the cornbread, Hot Sardines, banana pudding and everything else on the table.

MUSIC: Sci-fi fans follow N.Y. band

posted: 10/29/2013 3:36 a.m.

Fans of science fiction and such bands as Rush, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Queen have found a 21st-century band to follow in Coheed and Cambria.

LISTEN UP: Prism shines new light on evolving Katy Perry

posted: 10/29/2013 3:34 a.m.

Katy Perry Prism Capitol B Is Katy Perry growing up? Maybe. The jump from Teenage Dream to Prism’s electro-pop, crafted with her creative team (including Swedish musical guru Max Martin), seems darker in its songs of love lost and found and peppered with spiritual/self-help cliches.

THE TV COLUMN: Little People, Big World sprouts new season on TLC

posted: 10/29/2013 3:30 a.m.

Here’s big news.


posted: 10/29/2013 3:28 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: For years I looked forward to retiring, and at first I really enjoyed it. Then we moved to a different part of the country. We don’t know anybody here, and anyway, I feel so useless with nothing to do. Did we make a mistake by moving here? — G.R.


posted: 10/29/2013 3:27 a.m.

Happy birthday. Don’t worry about changing the world this year. An issue you have with your father or an authority figure will be resolved for good in November. December features a lucrative run of business. January brings an image change thanks to a career move.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: This time, call the authorities

posted: 10/29/2013 3:26 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I live in a complex that has a lot of families in it, though it’s just my husband and me.

Twerkin’ Teddy, fox are hot as Halloween draws closer

posted: 10/29/2013 3:24 a.m.

NEW YORK — What does the fox say? Ka-ching at the moment, at least for some Halloween costume sellers and two Norwegian TV hosts, who asked the question in a goofy video that landed them on U.S. talk shows and music charts.


posted: 10/29/2013 3:18 a.m.

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: After the Tsunami The Clinton School of Public Service will screen the documentary After the Tsunami, written and produced by Arkansas filmmaker Larry Foley, at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Great Hall, Clinton Presidential Center, 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock.


posted: 10/29/2013 3:18 a.m.

DEAR READERS: How many times have you gone shopping and, as you pay for the purchases, been asked for your ZIP code? Did you ever wonder why the retailers are asking for this information? Do you have to give it to them? Not really, unless using a credit card where the issuer requests a ZIP code for security purposes. It’s all about marketing and getting information about you. Asking the ZIP code gives a retailer access to your address, which helps it mail you advertisements, coupons and junk mail from that store and maybe others.

Super Quiz: Prime

posted: 10/29/2013 3:16 a.m.

1. Term for Canada’s top position in its parliamentary government 2. What does “prime” mean as a verb?

Portal back; Arkansas 5 send questions to Sebelius

posted: 10/29/2013 12:57 a.m.

The federal government’s online portal allowing people to sign up for subsidized coverage went back online Monday, a day after enrollment through the portal — as well as through independent state websites — was halted by the failure of a component of the computerized system.

Attorney files suit to obtain Darr’s number

posted: 10/29/2013 12:37 a.m.

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr is not entitled to redact his personal cellphone number from state billing records, a critic of the Springdale Republican’s administration claims in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed Monday.

Ex-LR coach gets 10-year term

posted: 10/29/2013 12:36 a.m.

A former Mount St. Mary Academy teacher and coach who sexually abused an underage student then disobeyed a court order against contacting her was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday, three days after the victim turned 20.

Hay sculptures add taste of farm life to Crystal Bridges

posted: 10/29/2013 12:33 a.m.

BENTONVILLE — Sculptor Tom Otterness’ exhibition of whimsical, larger-than-life “hay people” near the entrance to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art resonates with residents while providing visitors a taste of the bucolic life found in pockets all around the city.

Siloam Springs firm files for relief

posted: 10/29/2013 12:07 a.m.

Allens Inc., a canned and frozen-food company whose headquarters are in Siloam Springs, voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Arkansas.

Germans urge investigation of U.S. spying

posted: 10/29/2013 12:04 a.m.

BERLIN — German lawmakers called for an investigation of American spy activity, and Spain condemned phone taps as the U.S. denied President Barack Obama knew about the hacking of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone in 2010.

Storm wallops Europe; 13 die on northern path

posted: 10/29/2013 12:02 a.m.

LONDON — A coastal storm powered by hurricane-force gusts slashed its way through Britain and western Europe on Monday, felling trees, flooding lowlands and snarling traffic in the air, at sea and on land. At least 13 people were reported killed.

Saint Jean to cut 300 by year’s end in Heber Springs

posted: 10/29/2013 midnight

The loss of a key General Motors contract is forcing Saint Jean Industries to cut 300 employees from its Heber Springs plant by the end of the year.

Auburn film edit troubles Bielema

posted: 10/29/2013 midnight

Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema might have added another layer of frost to his already cool relationship with Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn on Monday by claiming the Tigers did not follow SEC protocol in their video exchange with Arkansas.

Monday, October 28

Appeals court denies request to delay deseg trial

posted: 10/28/2013 5:38 p.m.

A federal appeals court has rejected the Little Rock School District's motion to delay a coming trial on Arkansas' request to end long-running desegregation payments to three school districts.

Going Deep: Ranks Portis Among Top Freshmen

posted: 10/28/2013 5:31 p.m.

This season could be one of the better for incoming freshmen in college basketball history.’s Jeff Borzello lumps Arkansas freshman forward Bobby Portis into a list of the better frosh this season, albeit at the bottom.

Professional clown in Ft. Smith pleads guilty to child-porn charge

posted: 10/28/2013 4:38 p.m.

A 48-year-old Fort Smith man who performs as a clown at children's events has pleaded guilty to one count of downloading child pornography in federal district court, a U.S. attorney said in a statement Monday.

Blast heard near U.S. Embassy in Yemeni capital

updated: 10/28/2013 4:22 p.m.

SANAA, Yemen — Security officials and residents of Yemen's capital say that a large explosion followed by heavy gunfire have been heard near the U.S. Embassy.

Blogger sues Darr over cell phone number

posted: 10/28/2013 2:06 p.m.

A lawyer and blogger is suing Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr for withholding his personal cell phone number from an open records request.

Jackson County inmate dies in custody

posted: 10/28/2013 1:53 p.m.

An inmate in the Jackson County jail went into cardiac arrest and died a short time later, authorities said Monday.

'Torrential rain' expected for Arkansas this week

posted: 10/28/2013 1:40 p.m.

The National Weather Service says severe storms are possible this week in Arkansas along with periods of "torrential rain."

Police identify body found near Kanis Road

posted: 10/28/2013 1:27 p.m.

A body found near Kanis Road on Saturday morning has been identified as a 40-year-old woman, police said Monday.

ASU's Harsin talks uphill climb to bowl eligibility

posted: 10/28/2013 1:22 p.m.

On Monday morning, Arkansas State Coach Bryan Harsin was ready to keep game-planning for the Red Wolves' forthcoming match-up with South Alabama. After heavy fog rolled into northeast Arkansas, Harsin thought that maybe he would be forced to cancel his appearance at the Little Rock Touchdown Club. But ASU official Jeff Hankins wasn’t going to allow it.

Canner Allens files for bankruptcy

posted: 10/28/2013 1:11 p.m.

A Siloam Springs-based canning company on Monday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Penn State: 26 people get $59.7 million over Sandusky

posted: 10/28/2013 12:36 p.m.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Penn State says it is paying $59.7 million to 26 young men over claims of child sexual abuse at the hands of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

State GOP lawmakers vent concerns on health law

posted: 10/28/2013 11:54 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' Republican U.S. House members and senator are venting concerns about the federal health-care law's implementation in a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Facing The Music: Monday Night Music

posted: 10/28/2013 11:51 a.m.

Here’s what’s on tap for live music Monday in and around Little Rock:

Off The Record: John Logan’s Red opens at The Rep

posted: 10/28/2013 11:47 a.m.

The Rep’s most recent production, Red, about mid-century abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, opens Friday and continues its run through Nov. 10. In conjunction with The Rep, the Arkansas Arts Center opens its exhibit Mark Rothko in the 1940s: The Decisive Decade this week as well.

First Taste: Bruno’s Little Italy

posted: 10/28/2013 11:46 a.m.

Tucked in our 2013 Halloween issue, out today, is one story with a decidedly less spooky vibe. You’ll find my full take on Bruno’s on page 22 and, for the record, it’s 90% positive. This place is one to watch.

Hurricane-force gusts batter U.K., Europe; 7 dead

updated: 10/28/2013 12:07 p.m.

LONDON — A major storm with hurricane-force gusts lashed southern Britain, the Netherlands, France and Germany on Monday, knocking down trees, flooding low areas and causing travel chaos. Seven deaths were reported.

Report: U.S. monitored 60 million calls in Spain

posted: 10/28/2013 11:02 a.m.

MADRID — A Spanish newspaper published a document Monday that it said shows the U.S. National Security Agency spied on more than 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month alone — the latest revelation about purported U.S. spying on allies.

Style: Talking turkey

posted: 10/28/2013 11 a.m.

November is the month of thanks — or as Elvis said, “Thanka verra much!” — and as Daffy Duck said, “Thanks for the sour persimmons, cousin.” — and for the cornbread, Hot Sardines, banana pudding and everything else on the table, Ron Wolfe writes in the November calendar in Tuesday's Style section.

Signed contracts to buy U.S. homes plunge in September

posted: 10/28/2013 11 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy previously owned homes fell in September to the lowest level in nine months. The decline reflects higher mortgage rates and home prices that have made purchases more costly.

Heber Springs mayor says company plans layoffs

posted: 10/28/2013 10:59 a.m.

HEBER SPRINGS — Saint Jean Industries Inc. has announced plans to lay off up to 300 of the 340 employees at its Heber Springs plant where parts and accessories for automobiles are made.

Ex-teacher gets 10 years for phoning victim in sex case

updated: 10/28/2013 10:52 a.m.

A former teacher who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a student has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after repeatedly contacting the victim while serving a four-month jail sentence in the case.

I-30 bridge clogged after 4-vehicle wreck; one hurt

updated: 10/28/2013 10:38 a.m.

Traffic in both directions on the Interstate 30 bridge over the Arkansas River is congested after a four-car accident occurred Monday morning, Arkansas State Police trooper Jerry Oglesby said.

LR woman robbed of purse while walking home

posted: 10/28/2013 9:46 a.m.

Little Rock authorities are looking for a man who purportedly robbed a woman while she was walking home on Sunday night.

Ellis Island museum reopens after Sandy's floods

posted: 10/28/2013 9:14 a.m.

NEW YORK — The island that ushered millions of immigrants into the United States is receiving visitors for the first time since superstorm Sandy.

Syrian troops retake Christian town from jihadis

posted: 10/28/2013 8:48 a.m.

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian government forces retook a Christian town north of Damascus on Monday after a week of fierce clashes with al-Qaida-linked fighters who had recently captured key parts of it, state media said.

Parolee accused of holding gun to woman's head

posted: 10/28/2013 8:42 a.m.

A parolee was arrested Sunday after he hit a woman and then held a gun to her head, according to a Little Rock police report.

Robbery in St. Louis nets hair extensions

posted: 10/28/2013 8:41 a.m.

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis police are investigating a smash-and-grab robbery that netted a thief thousands of dollars in hair extensions.

D.C. police: Chris Brown, companion threw punches

posted: 10/28/2013 8:36 a.m.

WASHINGTON — District of Columbia police say singer Chris Brown punched a man who tried to take a picture with him.

Three held in break-in, tire-iron attack

posted: 10/28/2013 8:24 a.m.

Three people were arrested Sunday on accusations they broke into a Little Rock home and assaulted the resident with a tire iron.

Memphis police reviewing tactical unit

posted: 10/28/2013 8:10 a.m.

MEMPHIS — Memphis' police department is conducting an internal review of its tactical unit after a barricade situation at a home earlier this month.

Police describe gruesome stabbings of NYC mom, kids

posted: 10/28/2013 8:06 a.m.

NEW YORK — When relatives of a Chinese immigrant mother of four young children banged on the family's door, it opened to a grisly sight: a man dripping with human blood who is now charged with stabbing the five to death with a butcher knife.

10 things to know for Monday

posted: 10/28/2013 8 a.m.

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

Police: Crash at Beijing's Forbidden City kills 5

posted: 10/28/2013 7:43 a.m.

BEIJING — A sport utility vehicle plowed through crowds in front of Beijing's Forbidden City before crashing and catching fire Monday, killing the three occupants and two tourists and injuring 38 visitors and security officers, police said.

State troopers find marijuana in gift-wrapped box

posted: 10/28/2013 7:39 a.m.

FORREST CITY — Arkansas State Police arrested two men after discovering three pounds of marijuana hidden inside a slow cooker that was wrapped like a birthday gift.

Program set for managing emergency responders

posted: 10/28/2013 7:06 a.m.

CONWAY — The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management is to host more than 150 participants for a program on managing emergency responders who come in from out-of-state during a disaster.

I-530, Arkansas 10 to be shut down for work

posted: 10/28/2013 7:05 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says lanes of Interstate 530 in Pine Bluff and Arkansas 10 in Little Rock will be closed this week.

Hope man killed in collision with truck

posted: 10/28/2013 6:44 a.m.

A driver from Hope died Sunday night after a collision with a truck toppled his vehicle, police said.

Teen driver dies after vehicle overturns

posted: 10/28/2013 6:31 a.m.

An 18-year-old driver died Sunday after her vehicle overturned on U.S. 278 west of Camden, authorities said.

In the news

posted: 10/28/2013 5:43 a.m.

Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner from Burma who spent years as a political prisoner in her homeland, was finally able to receive in person the honorary citizenship of Rome, which had conferred the honor on her in absentia in 1994.

GOP to press Sebelius

posted: 10/28/2013 5:41 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Republicans said Sunday that they intend to press Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the Obama administration’s troubled launch of, the online portal to buy insurance, and concerns about the privacy of information that applicants submit under the new system.

Congressmen defend NSA surveillance

posted: 10/28/2013 5:37 a.m.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama should “stop apologizing” for the National Security Agency surveillance program that has “saved thousands of lives,” U.S. Rep. Peter King said Sunday.

Israel to let Palestinian prisoners go

posted: 10/28/2013 5:34 a.m.

JERUSALEM — Israel agreed Sunday to release 26 long-serving Palestinian prisoners as part of a U.S.-brokered deal that led to the resumption of Mideast peace talks.

Lou Reed, punk-rock poet, dies at 71

posted: 10/28/2013 5:33 a.m.

NEW YORK — Lou Reed, the punk poet of rock ’n’ roll who profoundly influenced generations of musicians as leader of the Velvet Underground and remained a vital solo performer for decades after, died Sunday at 71.

Names and faces

posted: 10/28/2013 5:32 a.m.

Chris Brown was arrested early Sunday in Washington after a fight broke out near the W Hotel, police said, complicating an already snarled legal history for the Grammy Award-winning singer. Brown, 24, was charged with felony assault in an altercation that started just before 4:30 a.m., D.C. police spokesman Paul Metcalf said Sunday morning. Brown was being held in police custody until today, Metcalf said. A man was injured in the fight and reportedly taken to a hospital, police said, but they did not identify him or give details on his injuries. He had been released from the hospital as of early Sunday afternoon, Metcalf said. Brown remains on probation for the 2009 felony beating of his on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna just before the Grammy Awards. The photos of Rihanna’s bruised face caused outrage among many fans.

Fossil backlog from tar pits holds clues to prehistoric life

posted: 10/28/2013 5:31 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — Surrounded by a gooey graveyard of prehistoric beasts, a small crew diligently wades through a backlog of fossil finds from a century of excavation at the La Brea Tar Pits in the heart of Los Angeles.

Scientists discover early heat warning

posted: 10/28/2013 5:30 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Meteorologists potentially have found a way to predict some killer heat waves up to three weeks in advance, a new study says. The best they can do now is about 10 days.

Man held in deaths of mom, 4 kids

posted: 10/28/2013 5:29 a.m.

NEW YORK — A Chinese immigrant was arrested Sunday on five counts of murder in the deaths of his cousin’s wife and her four children in a stabbing rampage in their Brooklyn home.

Clinton asks voters to turn up at polls

posted: 10/28/2013 5:29 a.m.

DALE CITY, Va. — Conservative ideologues are reliable voters who could threaten Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s political chances, former President Bill Clinton warned Sunday as he joined his longtime buddy’s campaign for Virginia governor.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/28/2013 5:28 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The incompetence in building this website is staggering.” Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on glitches that have marred the rollout of federal health-insurance markets and will be the focus of hearings held by the panel this week Article, 1A Macy’s denies discrimination claim NEW YORK — No Macy’s employees were involved in the detention or questioning of a black actor who claims he was stopped because of his race while shopping at the flagship Manhattan store, Macy’s officials said Sunday.

Farmers sow results with apps

posted: 10/28/2013 5:28 a.m.

WESTFORD, Vt. — A new cybertool that helps map crops and monitor irrigation systems came to life after a University of Vermont researcher realized farmers just weren’t very good at keeping records.

Voter ID law causes hiccups in Texas

posted: 10/28/2013 5:27 a.m.

DALLAS — A newly enacted state law requiring voters to show photo identification is causing some hiccups at early-voting locations around Texas, according to a report published Sunday.

Tribal nuptial law gives pair loophole

posted: 10/28/2013 5:26 a.m.

CONCHO, Okla. — Since word about their forthcoming nuptials spread, Jason Pickel and Darren Black Bear have been thrust into the spotlight over one of the most hot-button issues in the state. Gay marriage is banned in Oklahoma, but the men will marry legally under American Indian tribal jurisdiction.

Moscow rally urges political prisoners’ release

posted: 10/28/2013 5:24 a.m.

MOSCOW — Several thousand opposition supporters marched through the Russian capital Sunday to demand the release of people they consider political prisoners.

The world in brief

posted: 10/28/2013 5:23 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We want to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a Sunday meeting during which the Cabinet agreed to release 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of a deal allowing peace talks to resume Article, 1A Spaniards protest release of prisoners MADRID — Several thousand people gathered in downtown Madrid on Sunday to protest a European court ruling that has led to the release of imprisoned Basque separatists convicted of terrorist attacks.

66 killed in attacks across Iraq

posted: 10/28/2013 5:23 a.m.

BAGHDAD — A series of attacks, including car bombings in Baghdad, an explosion at a market and a suicide assault in a northern city, killed at least 66 people Sunday across Iraq, officials said, in the latest in a wave of violence washing over the country.

Egypt panel votes on constitution draft

posted: 10/28/2013 5:22 a.m.

CAIRO — The panel offering amendments to Egypt’s suspended constitution began voting Sunday on a series of changes to the document, as deep divisions remain over portions on the effect Islamic law has on lawmaking and the powers of the military.

Blasts kill 5 in India before campaign rally

posted: 10/28/2013 5:21 a.m.

PATNA, India — A series of small bomb blasts killed five people and injured dozens Sunday in an east Indian city just before a campaign rally by the country’s main opposition prime ministerial candidate in a nearby park.

Anti-U.S. signs show Iran conflict

posted: 10/28/2013 5:20 a.m.

TEHRAN, Iran — Banners that have popped up throughout Tehran in the past week depict an American diplomat dressed in a jacket and tie, while under the negotiating table he is wearing military pants and pointing a gun at an Iranian envoy.

Huntsville Wal-Mart hits utility-line snag

posted: 10/28/2013 5:15 a.m.

Concerns about water and sewer service along the U.S. 412 bypass in Huntsville have slowed plans to build a Wal-Mart store there, a company spokesman said.


posted: 10/28/2013 5:13 a.m.

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

Pine Bluff notebook

posted: 10/28/2013 5:11 a.m.

Monthly garbage fees set to go up Beginning in November, Pine Bluff residents’ monthly garbage fees will increase from $15.59 per unit to $15.82 per unit.


posted: 10/28/2013 5:10 a.m.

Simpsons, Bob Newhart Show actress LOS ANGELES — Emmy Award-winning actress Marcia Wallace, who voiced the Simpsons role of Edna Krabappel and played wisecracking receptionist Carol Kester on the classic sitcom The Bob Newhart Show, has died at the age of 70.

Other days

posted: 10/28/2013 5:09 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 28, 1913 CONWAY — Dr. Frank A. Goodwin of Hot Springs today pleaded guilty to a charge of practicing medicine without a license and was fined $25 by Justice of the Peace M. Easterwood. Dr. Goodwin has been visiting Conway for a number of years, and with a black face comedian to draw crowd, delivered “lectures” on the streets to advertise his medicines. He formerly sold his medicines from the stand, but when the anti-peddling act became effective, he placed them on sale at a local drug store.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 10/28/2013 5:08 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.

Higher education notebook

posted: 10/28/2013 5:07 a.m.

State board advises raising school funds The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board recommends $960.7 million in operating funds for colleges and universities for the 2014-15 fiscal year, an increase of $133 million over 2013-14 funding levels.

Boards to address water-sale worries

posted: 10/28/2013 5:01 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS — City Manager David Watkins said last week that a decision about whether Central Arkansas Water will sell Hot Springs the rights to 20 million gallons of water a day from DeGray Lake will likely not be made until this week.

Police beat

posted: 10/28/2013 5 a.m.

LR driver arrested after car hits tree Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas detained a man Saturday evening after the man’s car hit a tree near the chief’s home, according to a police report.

Kansan killed on Fort Smith street

posted: 10/28/2013 5 a.m.

A Kansas man died after being struck by car as he walked across a street early Sunday in Fort Smith, according to a preliminary report by Arkansas State Police.

EDITORIALS: A ton of answers

posted: 10/28/2013 4:59 a.m.

OKAY, FOLKS, please take your seats. Thank you. Jay is out, um, sick today. Maybe sick this week. Hopefully he’ll be back before Thanksgiving. (Please, Lord, get him back here quick.) So I’m the back-up for White House briefings. I have pre-approved note cards with me, so you might have to give me a few secs between questions. We’ll start as soon as CNN and Fox quit fooling around back there. All the cameras ready? Okay, then. Right here, down front: Can you tell the country, and the world for that matter, that the United States’ government did not spy on the chancellor of Germany, an ally of ours, by listening in on her cell phone conversations ?

COLUMNISTS: Addicted to the End

posted: 10/28/2013 4:59 a.m.

Once upon a time, walking around shouting “The end is nigh” got you labeled a kook, someone not to be taken seriously. These days, however, all the best people go around warning of looming disaster. In fact, you more or less have to subscribe to fantasies of fiscal apocalypse to be considered respectable.

OTHERS SAY: The self-inflicted wound

posted: 10/28/2013 4:58 a.m.

Have you ever settled on something you really wanted to achieve, knocked yourself out to bring your dream to fruition and then, when it came true, decided you didn’t want it? Neither have we.

Skip the antibiotics

posted: 10/28/2013 4:57 a.m.

So far this year, more than 300 people have gotten sick from bacteria called Salmonella heidelberg. Almost three-fourths of them live in California.


posted: 10/28/2013 4:55 a.m.

Pssst … wanna buy land?

Scary monsters, super freaks

posted: 10/28/2013 4:53 a.m.

Halloween was my favorite day growing up because I was fascinated by vampires, werewolves and mummies. Even now there are few ways to better spend it than reading a scary book by a cozy fire, while the goblins and ghouls lurk outside. So with that in mind, some chilling books to settle in with, broken down by category.

HOG CALLS: Hogs won’t hold back at SEC meet

posted: 10/28/2013 4:50 a.m.

In their Arkansas Razorbacks cross country coaching tenures, men’s Coach Chris Bucknam never approached the SEC Championships off an individual performance like senior Kemoy Campbell winning the Wisconsin adidas Invitational two weekends ago, and women’s Coach Lance Harter never had a team nationally ranked higher than his No. 2 Razorbacks after beating 17 of 18 nationally ranked teams at Wisconsin including then-No. 1 Providence.

ARKANSAS RED-WHITE GAME: Harris, 26 points, gives fans preview

posted: 10/28/2013 4:45 a.m.

When Alandise Harris shined for Arkansas’ basketball team in last year’s Red-White game with 10 points and 13 rebounds, that was the end of his season.

Gordon triumphs; Chase race tied up

posted: 10/28/2013 4:43 a.m.

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Jeff Gordon pulled into the championship picture Sunday with a victory at Martinsville Speedway, his first this season.


posted: 10/28/2013 4:39 a.m.

Alex Smith threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns, and the Kansas City Chiefs (8-0 ) held off the Cleveland Browns late in the fourth quarter to preserve a 23-17 victory and remain the NFL’s lone undefeated team. 4C Saints pull away Drew Brees passed for five touchdowns and 332 yards, and the New Orleans Saints improved to 6-1 with a 35-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills. 4C Sunday’s games Kansas City 23, Cleveland 17 New Orleans 35, Buffalo 17 New England 27, Miami 17 Detroit 31, Dallas 30 NY Giants 15, Philadelphia 7 San Francisco 42, Jacksonville 10 Oakland 21, Pittsburgh 18 Cincinnati 49, NY Jets 9 Arizona 27, Atlanta 13 Denver 45, Washington 21 Green Bay 44, Minnesota 31

NFL WEEK 8: Megatron’s mega game

posted: 10/28/2013 4:38 a.m.

DETROIT — Calvin Johnson thought Matthew Stafford was going to spike the ball for at least another snap.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/28/2013 4:35 a.m.

Crime scene familiar one for Missouri To outsiders, Missouri’s double-overtime loss to South Carolina on Saturday night seemed to be little more than an upset that wrecked an undefeated season not many thought it would have in the first place.

Off the wire

posted: 10/28/2013 4:32 a.m.

GOLF Moore wins in a playoff Ryan Moore birdied the first hole of a playoff with Gary Woodland this morning to win the CIMB Classic after an overnight wait caused by thunderstorms in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Moore made a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole after Woodland was short with his chip from just off the green. Woodland and Moore finished regulation at 14-under 274 on Sunday with darkness descending on the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, forcing the playoff to be postponed until Monday morning. The players endured about 3½ hours of delays Sunday. The tournament was an official PGA Tour event for the first time. Moore received a twoyear PGA Tour exemption and a spot in the Masters. Bryce Molder (Conway) shot and even-par 72, finished in a tie for 14th place and earned $129,500. David Lingmerth (Arkansas Razorbacks) finished in a tie for 64th after a 1-under 71 to earn $14,630.

College football scores

posted: 10/28/2013 4:31 a.m.

EAST Alfred 32, Frostburg St. 7 American International 41, St. Anselm 21 Amherst 17, Tufts 7 Assumption 55, Pace 21 Bloomsburg 35, Cheyney 7 Bridgewater (Mass.) 26, Westfield St. 20 Brockport 17, Kean 7 Brown 42, Cornell 35 Bryant 42, Duquesne 14 Bucknell 48, Lehigh 10 Buffalo St. 34, Utica 19 CCSU 47, Salve Regina 13 California (Pa.) 35, Gannon 7 Clarion 41, Seton Hill 2 Colby 21, Bates 3 Colgate 34, Georgetown 14 Cortland St. 20, College of NJ 7 Dartmouth 56, Columbia 0 Delaware 35, Rhode Island 13 Dickinson 38, McDaniel 31 East Stroudsburg 43, Kutztown 26 Endicott 33, Coast Guard 7 Framingham St. 41, Plymouth St. 9 Gallaudet 16, Husson 13 Hobart 35, RPI 13 Houston 49, Rutgers 14 Howard Payne 47, E. Texas Baptist 36 Indiana (Pa.) 28, Mercyhurst 6 Ithaca 25, St. John Fisher 22 Johns Hopkins 34, Gettysburg 16 King’s (Pa.) 21, Delaware Valley 14, OT Lafayette 41, Holy Cross 23 Lebanon Valley 31, Misericordia 14 Lock Haven 26, Millersville 14 Lycoming 20, Albright 17, OT MIT 17, W. New England 14 Maine 37, Vill

State sports briefs

posted: 10/28/2013 4:30 a.m.

FOOTBALL ASU coach to speak at LRTD Club Arkansas State Coach Bryan Harsin will be today’s speaker at the Little Rock Touchdown Club. Harsin is in his first season as coach of the Red Wolves, who are 3-4 after a 23-7 loss to on Louisiana-Lafayette Tuesday night. He previously was an assistant at Boise State and Texas. He was a finalist for the Broyles Award in 2009 which goes to the nation’s top assistant coach. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. and the program will begin around 11:50 a.m. Admission is $20 for members and $30 for non-members.

Unbeaten Chiefs get a scare

posted: 10/28/2013 4:26 a.m.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs know that they’re going to get the opposing team’s best shot every time they step on the field.

Brees’ 5 TD passes lead Saints

posted: 10/28/2013 4:25 a.m.

NEW ORLEANS — The stern message from Sean Payton and Drew Brees left little doubt about the postseason aspirations of the New Orleans Saints.

NFL report

posted: 10/28/2013 4:23 a.m.

Terrelle Pryor recorded a 93-yard touchdown run on the Oakland Raiders’ first play from scrimmage in their 21-18 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the longest touchdown run ever by an NFL quarterback.

Manning leads Denver back

posted: 10/28/2013 4:22 a.m.

DENVER — Peyton Manning overcame four turnovers and Denver scored the last 38 points Sunday in a come-from-behind 45-21 victory over former Broncos Coach Mike Shanahan and his new team, the Washington Redskins.

Today’s game - All times Central

posted: 10/28/2013 4:14 a.m.

Seahawks at Rams 7:40 p.m. ESPN LINE — Seahawks by 11 1/2 LAST MEETING Seattle beat St. Louis 20-13 on Dec. 30, 2012 LAST WEEK Seattle beat Arizona 34-22 ; St. Louis lost to Carolina 30-15 RANKINGS Seahawks: offense (10), defense (2); Rams: offense (30), defense (22) NOTES Seattle’s 6-1 start is best in franchise history. … Seahawks have won 14 of past 16 meetings. Teams split last year, each winning at home.

College football report

posted: 10/28/2013 4:13 a.m.

Oregon passed Florida State and moved into second place behind Alabama in the BCS standings.

Saturday’s games

posted: 10/28/2013 4:12 a.m.

All times Central (Subject to change) EAST Virginia Tech at Boston College, 11 a.m. Illinois at Penn St., 11 a.m. Columbia at Yale, 11 a.m. Bryant at Robert Morris, 11 a.m. Temple at Rutgers, 11 a.m. N. Illinois at UMass, 11 a.m. Penn at Brown, 11:30 a.m. Stony Brook at Maine, 11:30 a.m. Wake Forest at Syracuse, 11:30 a.m. Bucknell at Colgate, noon Holy Cross at Fordham, noon Lafayette at Georgetown, noon Jacksonville at Marist, noon Cornell at Princeton

26TH COMP CAMS SHORT TRACK NATIONALS: Swindell, 58, oldest, fastest on dirt

posted: 10/28/2013 4:11 a.m.

By the time Sammy Swindell won his third Short Track Nationals title, it was no longer his birthday.

Harvick apologizes for Dillon comments

posted: 10/28/2013 4:09 a.m.

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Kevin Harvick apologized before Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway for comments about team owner Richard Childress’ grandsons. Harvick lashed out at Ty Dillon and older brother, Austin, following Saturday’s Truck Series race.

Hydrogen Highway still road less traveled in U.S.

posted: 10/28/2013 4:03 a.m.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Hydrogen Highway is falling out of memory for many.

YouTube readies music-subscription service

posted: 10/28/2013 3:59 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — As You-Tube prepares to launch its subscription music service by the end of the year, the digital music giant is seeking to capitalize on music fans’ desire to have access to their favorite songs everywhere they go.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: New OtterBox phone cases’ tiny annoyances detract little from overall quality

posted: 10/28/2013 3:58 a.m.

I stepped away from phone cases for a while, but two new ones from one of the top brands got my attention again.

ON COMPUTERS: Mechanical keyboards pricier but offer nicer feel

posted: 10/28/2013 3:50 a.m.

Bob uses what is called a mechanical keyboard.

Technology news in brief

posted: 10/28/2013 3:43 a.m.

Twitter to seek $1.4 billion from its IPO Twitter Inc. is seeking as much as $1.4 billion in the largest Internet initial public offering since Facebook Inc., betting it can convince investors of its ability to turn 500 million tweets a day into profits.

Yahoo ordered to offer Bing in Taiwan

posted: 10/28/2013 3:42 a.m.

Yahoo Inc. must switch to Microsoft Corp.’s Bing search service in Taiwan by today, a federal judge said last week in upholding an arbitration decision blocking Yahoo from postponing the transition until next year.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 10/28/2013 3:42 a.m.

ALEXANDER Brandon O. and Kristina M. Jacks, 15314 Kent, Oct. 17, 2013, Chapter 13. LaToya Slaughter (aka LaToya Williams ), 4008 Crestside Drive, Oct. 21, 2013, Chapter 13. Martha R. Gordon, 4716 Wood Forest Drive, Oct. 17, 2013, Chapter 13. Marty D. and Jana C. Williams, 12317 Germania, Oct. 18, 2013, Chapter 13.

Amazon raises minimum for free shipping

posted: 10/28/2013 3:41 a.m. Inc. raised the minimum order price to get free shipping by $10, to $35, a move that should reduce its shipping costs.

Moving is wheat, criterion the chaff

posted: 10/28/2013 3:40 a.m.

“How am I doing?” That’s a natural question when it comes to health and fitness, especially for men and especially as we age. You want to know whether all the hard work is paying off, or how far we have to go to catch up.

Bike injury data off the trail

posted: 10/28/2013 3:39 a.m.

Until his bike slid out of control while he was going 35 mph downhill around a sharp turn, Dr. Harold Schwartz thought cycling accidents were something that happened to other people. After recovering from a fractured pelvis, Schwartz, 65, the vice president for behavioral health at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut, has changed his mind.

Happy trails: Ouachita Trail, Maumelle spillway area

posted: 10/28/2013 3:38 a.m.

Location: Trailhead is on Spillway Road in Natural Steps, 0.28 miles west of Arkansas 300. Parking is limited.

Owls' keen eyesight among its otherworldly powers

posted: 10/28/2013 3:36 a.m.

Ghouls and goblins are figments of the imagination, but a very real flying creature can swoop from the air to flog or frighten us at any time of the day or night. Of all the Halloween “boo birds,” the owl is one most deserving of its reputation for spooky powers.

Heel or toe strike? Depends on runner

posted: 10/28/2013 3:34 a.m.

Heel strike or toe strike? With the fall marathon-training season in full stride, it is time once again to argue about running form. How a runner’s foot should strike the ground incites passionate debate among athletes and coaches, despite scant persuasive evidence to support either position. But a noteworthy new study could help to quell the squabbling by suggesting that each style of running has advantages and drawbacks, and that the right way to run almost certainly depends on what kind of runner you already are.

Running, treats stitched together for Monster Dash

posted: 10/28/2013 3:32 a.m.

When it comes to running a race, a wig, a rubber nose and a candy bag probably aren’t high on the list of necessary equipment. Unless you’re participating in the Halloween Monster Dash on Halloween night in Fayetteville.


posted: 10/28/2013 3:32 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Years ago, I decided I didn’t want anything to do with God, but now I’m facing some serious health issues and I know I made a mistake. You’ll probably say it’s not too late to turn to God, but I have a hard time believing it.


posted: 10/28/2013 3:29 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll give in to luxurious desires and pursue an end-of-the-year adventure. Good times and good business are entwined in January.


posted: 10/28/2013 3:28 a.m.

Is it true that sugar, molasses and honey never go bad?

Study asks why aging heart slows

posted: 10/28/2013 3:27 a.m.

Getting older means getting slower, and the heart is no exception.

Is it safe to eat food that’s past sell-by date?

posted: 10/28/2013 3:25 a.m.

“Sell by” and “best by” dates stamped on foods are not indicators of food safety, said Dana Gunders, food and agriculture staff scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council.


posted: 10/28/2013 3:24 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Here is this week’s Sound Off, about hotels and Internet charges: “I travel for work. With the high cost and added taxes of rooms, it seems wrong to be hit with an additional charge for Internet service, especially when the charges are for 12 and 24 hours of service and you’re using it only for a couple of hours. For those on a budget, it is a large expense that I really think hotels could offer to guests free of charge.” — C.L.

Super Quiz: Four-letter surnames

posted: 10/28/2013 3:23 a.m.

1. Mary: Entertainment Tonight 2. Carole: Tapestry

MASTER CLASS: Hip raise strengthens adductors, stabilizes joints

posted: 10/28/2013 3:22 a.m.

As we age, maintaining strength in the muscles that support our hip joints becomes increasingly more important to preserve joint health and function. Unfortunately, few people address these key muscle groups until they notice a marked decrease in performance.

Owl facts and figures

posted: 10/28/2013 3:21 a.m.

Some owl statistics: Among most owls, the adult female is 25 percent larger than the male.

So-called eyes really feathers

posted: 10/28/2013 3:16 a.m.

The eyes of all owls are prominent, but the eyes of one species are like Mrs. Pyle, my third-grade teacher — in the back of the head.

A fuel gulper, Boeing’s 747 is fading away

posted: 10/28/2013 2:33 a.m.

For decades, the Boeing 747 was the Queen of the Skies. But the glamorous double-decker jumbo jet that revolutionized air travel and shrank the globe could be nearing the end of the line.

Syria compiles chemical list ahead of time

posted: 10/28/2013 12:43 a.m.

GENEVA — Syria submitted a formal declaration of its chemical-weapons program and plans for destroying its arsenal three days ahead of the deadline, the international chemical-weapons watchdog said Sunday.

WORLD SERIES: RED SOX 4, CARDINALS 2: Walk-off pickoff for Sox

posted: 10/28/2013 12:42 a.m.

ST. LOUIS — There’s no telling how these wacky World Series games will end.

Pipeline operators urged to disclose

posted: 10/28/2013 12:39 a.m.

The National Transportation Safety Board has twice recommended that a federal agency require pipeline operators to disclose information on the products being shipped before an accident occurs so that emergency responders can be adequately prepared, but two of Arkansas’ state agencies said they do not recall getting such advance information.

Obstacle cleared in I-49 moniker

posted: 10/28/2013 12:18 a.m.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has gotten initial approval to designate two sections of highway as Interstate 49.

Pressure on for watershed code revisions

posted: 10/28/2013 12:17 a.m.

The Lake Maumelle Watershed Task Force is already a third of the way through its scheduled meetings, but task force members think the group is just getting started on revising the zoning ordinance that prompted the group’s creation.

Maumelle lifts banner ban

posted: 10/28/2013 12:16 a.m.

Sponsorship banners will start showing up on Maumelle’s soccer fields and other outdoor sports venues next year after the Maumelle City Council unanimously approved lifting a ban on such advertisements last week.

Teachers in 4 districts sign up for sheriff reserve-deputy training

posted: 10/28/2013 12:14 a.m.

Educato rs from four Boone County school districts are participating in the next round of a reserve deputy training program at the Boone County sheriff’s office.

Retailers hone ways to boost impulse buys in aisles, online

posted: 10/28/2013 12:01 a.m.

There’s a reason why gossip magazines, candy, lip balm and tchotchkes are within arm’s reach at the checkout. Retailers are counting on a shopper’s inability to resist these impulse buys, some of which have a high profit margin.

Sunday, October 27

Sebelius to face tough questioning on health law

posted: 10/27/2013 4:52 p.m.

President Barack Obama's health secretary is in the hot seat this week as House Republicans get a chance to question her about the troubled rollout of the health care law they long have tried to repeal.

Musician Lou Reed dead at 71

posted: 10/27/2013 2:16 p.m.

Lou Reed, the punk-poet of rock n' roll who profoundly influenced generations of musicians as leader of the 1960s cult band Velvet Underground and remained a vital solo performer for decades after, has died.

Wave of attacks kills at least 66 people in Iraq

posted: 10/27/2013 1:25 p.m.

A series of attacks including car bombings in Baghdad, an explosion at a market and a suicide assault in a northern city killed at least 66 people Sunday across Iraq, officials said, the latest in a wave of violence washing over the country.

NYPD: Cousin admitted fatally stabbing mom, 4 kids

posted: 10/27/2013 1:21 p.m.

A Chinese immigrant was arrested Sunday on five counts of murder in the deaths of his cousin's wife and her four children in a stabbing rampage in their Brooklyn home.

Syria has filed chemical weapon details, group says

posted: 10/27/2013 1:09 p.m.

Syria has filed details of its poison gas and nerve agent program and an initial plan to destroy it to the world's chemical weapons watchdog, the organization said Sunday.

'Bad Grandpa' sinks 'Gravity' to top box office

posted: 10/27/2013 12:15 p.m.

Apparently astronauts are no match for Jackass.

Mo. patrol chopper crash lands, minor injuries

posted: 10/27/2013 11:54 a.m.

One person had minor injuries after a Missouri State Highway Patrol helicopter crash landed during a training flight.

Singer Chris Brown arrested, charged with assault in DC

posted: 10/27/2013 11:48 a.m.

Police say singer Chris Brown has been arrested in Washington, D.C. after a fight broke out near the W Hotel.

Baxter County domestic assault suspect arrested in Mo.

posted: 10/27/2013 11:29 a.m.

A man who has been accused of hitting his wife with a crow bar and then kidnapping her has been arrested in Missouri, the Baxter County Sheriff's office said in a statement Sunday.

Somali journalist dies in hospital after attack

posted: 10/27/2013 11:16 a.m.

A Somali journalist died in hospital after being attacked by gunmen, a colleague said Sunday, bringing to seven the number of journalists killed in Somalia this year.

Moscow rally urges release of political prisoners

posted: 10/27/2013 10:40 a.m.

Several thousand opposition supporters are marching through the Russian capital to demand the release of people they consider political prisoners.

Groundbreaking art critic Arthur Danto dies at 89

posted: 10/27/2013 10:20 a.m.

A groundbreaking critic who championed Andy Warhol and other avant-garde artists and famously declared that the history of art was over has died. Arthur C. Danto was 89.

More than 100K in Houston area lose electricity

posted: 10/27/2013 10:13 a.m.

Storms in the Houston area have knocked out electricity to more than 100,000 CenterPoint Energy customers.

2 arrested after stabbing at Indiana University

posted: 10/27/2013 10:05 a.m.

Two Indiana University students were charged Sunday morning in connection with a stabbing that injured another student at a campus apartment building, school officials said.

Cheney: Republicans need to look to new generation

posted: 10/27/2013 10:03 a.m.

Dick Cheney says Republicans need to look to a new generation of leaders as the party deals with poor approval ratings following the government shutdown.

Roadside bomb kills 18 Afghan civilians, officials say

posted: 10/27/2013 9:39 a.m.

Police say a roadside bomb has killed 18 civilians and wounded five as they rode a small bus home after attending a wedding in a lawless district of eastern Afghanistan's Ghazni province.

Arkadelphia Lady Badgers

posted: 10/27/2013 6 a.m.

Conference: 4A-7

Benton Panthers

posted: 10/27/2013 6 a.m.

Conference: 6A/7A South

Tri-Lake basketball team schedules

posted: 10/27/2013 6 a.m.

Bryant Hornets

Arkadelphia Badgers

posted: 10/27/2013 6 a.m.

Conference: 4A-7

Uncharted heights: Murdock looking to lead Leopards to victorious season

posted: 10/27/2013 6 a.m.

Nine years ago, Jess Martin inherited a Malvern girls basketball program that had a bleak outlook.

True Love: Oliver is a football star, but giving up basketball has never been an option

posted: 10/27/2013 6 a.m.

There’s a good chance that Kris Oliver would be signing a basketball scholarship next month if he had stuck with the decision he made after his ninth-grade year.

Bauxite Lady Miners

posted: 10/27/2013 6 a.m.

Conference: 4A-7

Maumelle Lady Hornets

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Conference: 4A-4

Bryant Lady Hornets

posted: 10/27/2013 6 a.m.

Conference: 7A/6A South

Glen Rose Beavers

posted: 10/27/2013 6 a.m.

Conference: 3A-5

Bauxite Miners

posted: 10/27/2013 6 a.m.

Conference: 4A-7

Benton Lady Panthers

posted: 10/27/2013 6 a.m.

Conference: 7A/6A South

Bryant Hornets

posted: 10/27/2013 6 a.m.

Conference: 6A/7A South

Glen Rose Lady Beavers

posted: 10/27/2013 6 a.m.

Conference: 3A-5

Plans gel for 2 science-tilted schools

posted: 10/27/2013 5:17 a.m.

Recommendations for transforming Little Rock’s Forest Heights Middle School and Geyer Springs Elementary School into campuses with unique-to-the-district academic programs and grade structures are beginning to crystallize.

Terror case tests spy law

posted: 10/27/2013 5:15 a.m.

The Justice Department for the first time has notified a criminal defendant that evidence being used against him came from a wiretap obtained without a warrant, a move that is expected to set up a Supreme Court test of whether such eavesdropping is constitutional.

Federal budget’s next cuts hit bone

posted: 10/27/2013 5:13 a.m.

In the weeks that led to the huge across-the-board cuts to federal spending early this year, President Barack Obama’s administration warned of dire consequences for the Justice Department : FBI agents dropped from investigations, U.S. marshals pulled from their beats, federal prison guards furloughed.

Summer’s robberies soar 26% from 2012

posted: 10/27/2013 5:11 a.m.

Robbers stole from more people and businesses in Little Rock this summer than during the same season last year, an analysis of preliminary police figures shows.

U.S. billions slow to find some of Sandy’s victims

posted: 10/27/2013 5:11 a.m.

A year after superstorm Sandy catastrophically flooded hundreds of miles of eastern U.S. coastline, thousands of people still trying to fix their soaked and surf-battered homes are being stymied by bureaucracy, insurance disputes and uncertainty over whether they can even afford to rebuild.

Wildfire pares rare animals’ odds

posted: 10/27/2013 5:09 a.m.

GROVELAND, Calif. — The Rim fire that scorched a huge section of Sierra Nevada forests also severely altered the habitat that is home to several of California’s rarest animals: the great gray owl, the Sierra Nevada red fox and the Pacific fisher.

Boycott threatened at NYC’s Barneys

posted: 10/27/2013 5:08 a.m.

NEW YORK — The Rev. Al Sharpton threatened Saturday to boycott luxury retailer Barneys if the department store doesn’t respond adequately to allegations by black shoppers that they were racially profiled there.

Young Vietnamese favor imported ‘pot’

posted: 10/27/2013 5:06 a.m.

For the young Vietnamese “pot” smokers rolling up outside a Hanoi cafe, local cannabis is just not good enough. As with their Adidas caps, iPhones and Sanskrit tattoos, so with their choice of bud: Only foreign will do.

330,000 got insurance-aid data, IRS says

posted: 10/27/2013 5:05 a.m.

WASHINGTON — More than 330,000 people have managed to get deep enough into new government health-insurance websites to learn how much financial assistance they will receive purchasing coverage, the Internal Revenue Service said Saturday.

Social change seen creating crisis for boys

posted: 10/27/2013 5:05 a.m.

Zhang Mei Lian is worried about her 16-year-old son. Worried that he’s falling behind his female classmates in school. Worried that he isn’t athletic enough, that he doesn’t know how to repair things, such as computers or a broken light.

Armed 2 at Texas gun rally arrested

posted: 10/27/2013 5:03 a.m.

A gun rights rally outside the Texas Capitol was interrupted Saturday when state troopers handcuffed two pistol-wearing demonstrators and took them into custody, witnesses said.

Detroit sees downtown as good bet

posted: 10/27/2013 5:03 a.m.

It may be too broke to pay its bills or even respond to 911 calls on time, but Detroit is still thinking big.

Military families turn to home schooling

posted: 10/27/2013 5:02 a.m.

A growing number of military parents want to end the age-old tradition of switching schools for their children.

Toll from Sandy difficult to tally

posted: 10/27/2013 5:01 a.m.

TRENTON, N.J. — Tracking the toll of a disaster like superstorm Sandy is not like keeping score at a baseball game. Its damage to lives and property may never be known precisely, and there are multiple ways to tally it.

Flier asks to check guns, gets arrested

posted: 10/27/2013 5 a.m.

NEW YORK — A Tennessee man was arrested at Kennedy International Airport on Saturday after he asked to check two cases with firearms for his flight to North Carolina, authorities said.

Universal health care Vermont’s goal for 2017

posted: 10/27/2013 5 a.m.

As states open insurance marketplaces even as uncertainty swirls about whether they’re a solution for health care, Vermont is looking at a bigger goal, one that more fully embraces a government-funded model.

Morrilton Devil Dogs

posted: 10/27/2013 5 a.m.

Conference: 5A-West

Heber Springs Lady Panthers

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Conference: 2-4A

Conway St. Joseph Lady Bulldogs

posted: 10/27/2013 5 a.m.

Conference: 2A-4 East

Conway Lady Wampus Cats

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Conference: 7A/6A Central

Pottsville Lady Apaches

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Conference: 4A-4

Pottsville Apaches

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Conference: 4A-4

Wonderview Lady Daredevils

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Conference: 1A-5 North

Mayflower Eagles

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Conference: 3A-5

Wonderview Daredevils

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Conference: 1A-5 North

Clinton Yellow Jackets

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Conference: 2-4A

Conway St. Joseph Bulldogs

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Conference: 2A-4 East

Vilonia Eagles

posted: 10/27/2013 5 a.m.

Conference: 5A West

Quitman Lady Bulldogs

posted: 10/27/2013 5 a.m.

Conference: 4-2A East

Leading through support: Central Arkansas Christian’s Falan Miller prepares for senior campaign

posted: 10/27/2013 5 a.m.

Falan Miller has some simple goals for her senior season with the Central Arkansas Christian Mustangs basketball team: “To win state and finish the year strong,” Miller said.

Central Arkansas Christian Lady Mustangs

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Conference: 4A-7

Conway Christian Lady Eagles

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Conference: 2A-4 East

River Valley & Ozark Basketball Schedules

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Conway Wampus Cats

Greenbrier Panthers

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Conference: 5A West

Mr. Football and Basketball: Pottsville’s Michael Perry is a familiar face to local sports fans

posted: 10/27/2013 5 a.m.

Pottsville senior Michael Perry hopes he doesn’t get an opportunity to start defending the Apaches’ 2013 Class 4A boys state basketball championship until early December. That’s when the championship game of the Class 4A football playoffs is, and Perry, Pottsville’s starting quarterback and the River Valley & Ozark Edition Football Player to Watch for 2013, has got some unfinished business left on the football field.

Quitman Bulldogs

posted: 10/27/2013 5 a.m.

Conference: 2A-4 East

Russellville Lady Cyclones

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Conference: 7A/6A Central

Atkins Red Devils

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Conference: 3A-4

Heber Springs Panthers

posted: 10/27/2013 5 a.m.

Conference: 2-4A

Conway Wampus Cats

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Conference: 7A/6A Central

Perryville Lady Mustangs

posted: 10/27/2013 5 a.m.

Conference: 3A-5

Perryville Mustangs

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Conference: 5-3A

Sacred Heart Lady Rebels

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Conference: 1A-5 North

Sacred Heart Rebels

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Conference: 1A-5 North

Dardenelle Sand Lizards

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Conference: 4A-4

Mayflower Lady Eagles

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Conference: 3A-5

Greenbrier Lady Panthers

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Conference: 5A West

Clinton Lady Yellow Jackets

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Conference: 2-4A

Maumelle Hornets

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Conference: 4A-4

Dardanelle Lady Sand Lizards

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Conference: 4-4A

Conway Christian Eagles

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Conference: 2A-4 East

Central Arkansas Christian Mustangs

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Conference: 4A-7

Atkins Lady Red Devils

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Conference: 4-3A

Morrilton Lady Devil Dogs

posted: 10/27/2013 5 a.m.

Conference: 5A West

Russellville Cyclones

posted: 10/27/2013 5 a.m.

Conference: 7A/6A-Central

Nigeria extremists getting outside help, captive says

posted: 10/27/2013 4:59 a.m.

LAGOS, Nigeria — Extremists from three neighboring countries are fighting in Nigeria’s northeastern Islamic uprising, said a purported captured extremist whose account reinforces fears that one of Africa’s most powerful Islamic militant groups is growing closer to al-Qaida affiliates and that radical movements are spilling across national boundaries.

Algeria says huge oil field discovered

posted: 10/27/2013 4:57 a.m.

ALGIERS, Algeria — Algeria’s energy minister said a new oil field containing an estimated 1.3 billion barrels has been discovered.

Syrian Kurds seize border point

posted: 10/27/2013 4:57 a.m.

Syrian Kurdish gunmen Saturday seized a major border crossing with Iraq from al-Qaida-linked groups after intense infighting among rebel groups that raised concerns of a spillover, activists and an Iraqi official said.

Senate hopefuls set tone for race

posted: 10/27/2013 4:55 a.m.

WASHINGTON — A year before Arkansans select a U.S. senator, the two candidates in the race are neck and neck in polls, and the themes that the Democrats and Republicans plan to stress in the campaign are being unveiled.

Saudi women take wheel, stir little fuss

posted: 10/27/2013 4:55 a.m.

More than 60 women across Saudi Arabia claimed they drove cars Saturday in defiance of a ban keeping them from getting behind the wheel, facing little protest by police in their push for easing restrictions on women in the kingdom.

Tito widow’s burial stirs nostalgia

posted: 10/27/2013 4:53 a.m.

Yugoslavia’s former first lady Jovanka Broz was laid to rest Saturday near the grave of her husband, Josip Broz Tito, mourned by a throng who remembered his ex-communist federation as a haven of peace, prosperity and equality more than 20 years after it broke up in bloodshed.

Walton seeks DWI record erasure

posted: 10/27/2013 4:53 a.m.

Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton has asked for her DWI arrest record in Texas to be expunged.

More inflation, some say

posted: 10/27/2013 4:52 a.m.

Inflation is widely reviled as a kind of tax on modern life, but as Federal Reserve policymakers prepare to meet this week, there is growing concern inside and outside the Fed that inflation is not rising fast enough.

LR ‘Pop Up’ event bolsters downtown

posted: 10/27/2013 4:52 a.m.

Three blocks of Seventh Street in Little Rock’s downtown area Saturday had “more people than you’ve ever seen walk on this street before,” one observer said of an effort to boost urban revitalization, particularly downtown.


posted: 10/27/2013 4:51 a.m.

Clinton to receive Medal of Freedom WASHINGTON— Former President Bill Clinton is to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Nov. 20.

Sculpture selected for park

posted: 10/27/2013 4:50 a.m.

Colorado artist Ted Schaal won a $60,000 commission to create a new sculpture that will be installed in Riverfront Park in downtown Little Rock.

Alabama gets a taste of its 1st legal moonshine

posted: 10/27/2013 4:49 a.m.

Alabama’s first legal distillery since Prohibition has opened in a county famous for producing illegal whiskey.

Lawyer sends $158 to suspended chief

posted: 10/27/2013 4:48 a.m.

A Little Rock lawyer mailed a $158 check Friday to the Bryant police chief, who was suspended a day earlier for charging the city for a steak dinner from a combined steakhouse and strip club while at a conference this summer.

Petrino, Bielema pit 3-5 vs. 3-5

posted: 10/27/2013 4:47 a.m.

Rebuilding in the cutthroat world of SEC football is a brutal task.

The world in brief

posted: 10/27/2013 4:47 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I just took a small loop. I didn’t drive for a long way, but it was fine.” May Al Sawyan, a 32-year-old mother of two in Saudi Arabia, who joined other women in defying a ban on driving by going to the grocery store and back Saturday

Geese again ruffling feathers in Burns Park

posted: 10/27/2013 4:46 a.m.

Jeff Caplinger began his morning one day last week in a golf cart chasing geese off the soccer fields in North Little Rock’s Burns Park.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/27/2013 4:46 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Detroit is not going to be saved by an individual project with a bunch of money poured into it.” Businessman Jerry Belanger, a critic of plans such as building a new hockey arena in Detroit, one of several proposed projects that would cost hundreds of millions of dollars in a city going through bankruptcy

Go big or go home

posted: 10/27/2013 4:46 a.m.

Judging by the contents of our livewell Tuesday, there aren’t any small crappie in DeGray Lake.

PAPER TRAILS: Smarting, but 2 back on the job

posted: 10/27/2013 4:45 a.m.

THEIR HAPPY ENDING: So how are reporter Cathy Frye, 43, and photographer Rick McFarland, 58, longtime, award-winning, married employees of this newspaper who made international headlines earlier this month with their own dramatic tale — a hike gone bad in the Texas desert — doing after their ordeal?

TV news shows

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Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Dick Cheney; Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Joe Manchin, D-W. Va. 8 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.

Names and faces

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Authorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia have banned a planned concert by U.S. pop singer Ke$ha after deciding it would hurt cultural and religious sensitivities. Concert organizer Livescape said it received a letter about the decision on the eve of the show that was to be held Saturday at a Kuala Lumpur stadium.

In the news

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Neil McArdle, 36, was sentenced to a year in jail in Britain for calling in a bomb threat to Liverpool’s St. George’s Hall rather than admit he had neglected to book the venue for his wedding with fiancee Amy Williams, who is still in a relationship with McArdle.

OUR TOWN: North Little Rock notebook

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City Council seeks input about parks A public hearing during the North Little Rock City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall will allow comment on a proposed land exchange of properties in the former Big Rock Quarry and Burns Park.

Immunity claimed in pond-death suit

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Little Rock has asked a judge to dismiss most of the gross indifference and negligence claims a husband made in a lawsuit after his wife died when her sport utility vehicle slid off a street and submerged in a freezing pond.

Sonja Yates Hubbard

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This time of year, most children only get free rein over a pile of sweets after trick-or-treating. Not Sonja Yates. Her after-school routine was the stuff of playground legend.

Two bodies found in burned home

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The bodies of two people were found in the remains of a Berryville home that was destroyed in an early-morning fire Saturday, a Berryville police detective said.

State police study Trumann shooting

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TRUMANN — The man shot by Trumann police officers during a Tuesday altercation has been identified as Jacob Ashton Brown, authorities said.

Big-rig crash kills Jonesboro man

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A Jonesboro man died early Friday after a head-on collision in Craighead County, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality crash report.

Education notebook

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District report set for Tuesday airing The Pulaski County Special School District will share its state-required annual report with the public at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the district’s administrative office building, 925 E. Dixon Road.

Boy, 13, reported to have rare sickness dies in LR

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TEXARKANA — Coleman Pearson, a 13-year-old Ben Lomond boy suspected of having eastern equine encephalitis, died Tuesday at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, a hospital spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

A NIGHT OF HOPE: Success raining down

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It takes a village? Well, the village came out to Walter and Terry Quinn’s River Ridge neighborhood home Oct. 15, hustling in out of the rain and drying off by rubbing elbows with some very generous benefactors of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund.

Pet of the week

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Beansie is our pet of the week. This 4-year-old black miniature poodle loves to snuggle in his favorite person’s lap. Beansie is friendly and gets along well with people of all ages and other animals.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: On double date, they bonded over a 007 movie

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Susie Ivy was willing to go out with Carroll Luten in May 1963 because spending time with him meant spending time with her bestie, Susie Wallace. Wallace’s boyfriend John was Carroll’s roommate.

Police beat

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Woman reports rape by another woman A Little Rock woman accused of raping another woman after an argument was arrested Saturday, Little Rock police said.

MALE CALL: Accessories, colors overrule jacket shades

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Q. I just bought a great light brown tweed sport jacket. I thought it would be a good change since my suits and other sport jackets are all blues and grays, but my girlfriend complains that I don’t look good in brown. I have dark hair and what she calls “Mediterranean coloring.” Is she right that this was a bad choice and/or is there something that will make the new jacket better?

LR Wal-Mart fire forces evacuation

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A small fire at a Little Rock Wal-Mart store prompted an evacuation Saturday, a Fire Department spokesman said.

SPARK OF CREATIVITY: Blinded by science

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What with Acxiom, Welspun and LM Windpower and Windstream, and four hospitals in town, it’s a wonder science isn’t a more prominent theme on the charity event circuit. That’s not a brand new idea.

Volunteer cleaners find body in woods

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Volunteers cleaning up trash along Kanis Road discovered a woman’s body in a wooded area near the road Saturday morning, Little Rock police said.

Driver is charged in August fatality

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HOT SPRINGS — A man accused of driving into the side of a house in August and causing the death of an 87-year-old woman has been formally charged with negligent homicide and other offenses.

REMEMBER MY NAME: Undertones of jazz enhance Black Hall of Fame evening

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The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame induction ceremony always proves to be a multifaceted event: a way to honor those who give of themselves; an educational tool; a fundraiser whose beneficiaries may prove future inductees; and a chance to get dressed up and have a great time.

Painting to close lane of LR bridge

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Bridge painting on Cantrell Road near downtown Little Rock will require a lane closure this week, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

READING IS FUNDAMENTAL: Fundraiser adds a chapter to literacy program for kids

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You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go … This melodious verse from the Dr. Seuss book Oh, the Places You’ll Go! was invoked by Dr. Aaron Strong, co-chairman of the third annual “Once Upon A Time” benefit for Reach Out and Read Arkansas.


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The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball are: 4-6-34-49-56 Powerball: 29 Estimated jackpot: $40 million


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

Other days

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100 YEARS AGO Oct. 27, 1913 FAYETTEVILLE — Mrs. Bruce Rollins, daughter in-law of ex-Mayor Rollins, with her young baby, had a narrow escape from being run over by an auto driven by Dr. J.P. Hight this afternoon.

HOBNOBBIN’ GOBLINS: Grown-ups gather at Zoo to scare up some merriment

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Zombies, superheroes and pirates walked among the animals at the Little Rock Zoo on Oct. 17 and trick-or-treated for wine and beer. These weren’t the pint-size mendicants that beg for sweets from your porch.

JP confirms her plans to run for county judge

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A member of the Pulaski County Quorum Court has entered the 2014 race for county judge.

HAPPY 35TH: It was a Watershed moment

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It was an evening of celebration on Oct. 18 as the Watershed Human and Community Development Agency marked its 35th anniversary with a banquet and program, A Portrait of Partnership and Service to God and Humanity.

Saline County gets Civil War marker

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A Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker has been approved for Saline County, the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission announced.

DEAR ABBY: Exercising dad really needs refresher course in manners

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DEAR ABBY: I meet my dad for dinner once a week, which we both enjoy and have done for years. Dad stays very healthy and enjoys running and biking, which I completely support and admire him for.


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NO. 21 SOUTH CAROLINA 27, NO. 5 MISSOURI 24, 2 OT Connor Shaw came off the bench in the second half and threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns and Elliott Fry kicked the game winning field goal to help No. 21 South Carolina stun No. 5 Missouri in two overtimes Saturday night in Columbia, Mo.


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Sue and Charles Grisham of North Little Rock celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary Oct. 20 with a reception at Park View Baptist Church. The couple were married Oct. 19, 1947.


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Lauren Shea Bratcher, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Boysen Bratcher Jr. of Marianna and the late Brenda Woods Bratcher, and Blake Foster Hart, son of Betty Neil Hart of Manila and Mr. and Mrs. James Gary Hart of Osceola ; Dec. 14.


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Burnett-Foster Ashley Kaye Foster and Bruce Armand Burnett Jr. were united in marriage Thursday in a beach wedding at the Sandals Resort on St. Lucia.

WORLD SERIES: CARDINALS 5, RED SOX 4: Getting a leg up

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ST. LOUIS — Allen Craig slid home and it sure looked as though he was out.

LIKE IT IS: Put Saban at UA, Hogs still might be 3-5

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Last week there was quite a bit of varying opinion being heard on talk radio about the state of Arkansas Razorbacks football.

DRESSING ROOM: Thea Foundation offers fashion design contest

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The North Little Rock-based Thea Foundation, whose mission is to advocate the importance of the arts in the development of youth, has entered its 11th annual scholarship season with the addition of a Fashion Design Scholarship Competition.

Second thoughts

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Pearson keeps hair to the end Emmett Pearson never got the shave he wanted.

Off the wire

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HOCKEY Silfverberg breaks hand Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg will be out for at least a month after a slash from Ottawa’s Jared Cowen broke his hand.

COMMENTARY: Education will lift League of Carnage

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I can’t give you the exact moment, but it was fueled by being in Philadelphia to watch Eagles third-string quarterback Matt Barkley chased by Cowboys defenders who had joined the team since it broke training camp in California.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP GOODY’S 500: Track, Johnson thwart Kenseth

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Matt Kenseth will be right behind Jimmie Johnson when the green flag drops at Martinsville Speedway today.


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After Friday qualifying; race today At Martinsville Speedway Martinsville, Va. Lap length: .526 miles (Car number in parentheses) 1. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 99.595 mph 2. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 99.344 3. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 99.344

SHORT TRACK NATIONALS: Nicholson scores surprising victory

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In perhaps the most surprising finish in the 26 years of the Short Track Nationals, Anthony Nicholson of Millington, Tenn., won Friday night’s preliminary feature at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway over a field that included many of the nation’s top sprint car drivers.


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Park on the River in Maumelle was the setting at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, for the marriage of Jordan Leslie Fisher and Lucas Carl Sandlin. Stuart Cash of Pleasant Valley Church of Christ officiated.


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Jennifer Lauren May became the bride of John Michael Gardiner at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in The Ebell of Los Angeles. Andrea Maier of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Glendale, Calif., officiated.

Week 8 capsules

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TV GAMES All times Central Browns at Chiefs Noon, CBS LINE — Chiefs by 7 1/2 LAST MEETING Cleveland beat Kansas City 30-7 on Dec. 9, 2012


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Kelley Elizabeth Hutchins and Milad Hashemi-Olia were united in marriage at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in University United Methodist Church, Austin, Texas.

It’s rare these days for top teams to meet in Series

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ST. LOUIS — The teams with the best records in each league used to meet in the World Series every year.

Red Sox fervor still runs rampant in Tiant family

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Thirty-five years after her husband’s final game for the Boston Red Sox, a brilliant two-hit shutout that set up a one-game playoff against the Yankees, Maria Tiant remains a fervent Red Sox fan.


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Lauren Elizabeth Stewart and Capt. John Clifton Melton exchanged marriage vows at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, in Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs. Chaplain Maj. Jeremy Miller officiated.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Mesmerized by close encounters of outdoors kind

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I have a new standard for evaluating my deer hunting performance.

Natural economy

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Owen Rein has a grizzly white beard and he lives away from people in a clearing in a holler 10 miles from Mountain View, but he’s not some magic bumpkin making baskets and chairs ’cause he don’t know nothin’ better.

CRITICAL MASS: Post-Beatles McCartney rocks on

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“ … Nice little folk songs for the grannies to dig” — John Lennon on Paul McCartney’s songwriting Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe notwithstanding, there were only four Beatles and only two of them walk the Earth today.

Virginia angler nets BASS Nation’s title

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RUSSELLVILLE – Jeff Lugar of McGaheysville, Va., unseated Doug Thompson of Mabelvale to win the BASS Nation Championship on Saturday at Lake Dardanelle.

Students earning a little extra credit

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A high school teacher and some of his students have contributed to the good crappie fishing at DeGray Lake by building and placing artificial habitat.

Powered from above the rim: Harding’s Riley Rose looks to Lord both on and off court

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As a sophomore for the Harding Academy Wildcats, Riley Rose averaged 17.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.3 steals per game. But to the 5-7 point guard, her individual statistics are not important. Rose has team goals in mind as she enters her third year as a starter for the Harding basketball team.

Batesville Pioneers

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Conference: 5A East

Jacksonville Lady Red Devils

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Conference: 5A-Central

Batesville Lady Pioneers

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Conference: 5A East

Bald Knob Bulldogs

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Conference: 2-3A

Rose Bud Lady Ramblers

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Conference: 2-3A

Rose Bud Ramblers

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Conference: 2-3A

Southside Batesville Southerners

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Conference: 4A-2

Riverview Lady Raiders

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Conference: 2-3A

West Side Greers Ferry Eagles

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Conference: 1A-2 South

McCrory Lady Jaguars

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Conference: 3-2A

Searcy Lady Lions

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Conference: 6A/7A East

Newport Lady Greyhounds

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Conference: 2-4A

Mountain View Yellowjackets

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Conference: 1-3A

Cabot Panthers

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Conference: 7A-6A East

North Pulaski Lady Falcons

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Conference: 5A-Central

Harding Academy Lady Wildcats

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Conference: 2-3A

Beebe Lady Badgers

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Conference: 5A East

Bald Knob Lady Bulldogs

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Conference: 2-3A

North Pulaski Falcons

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Conference: 5A-Central

Mountain View Lady Yellowjackets

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Conference: 1-3A

Augusta Red Devils

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Conference: 2A-3

Newport Greyhounds

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Conference: 2-4A

Riverview Raiders

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Conference: 2-3A

Jacksonville Red Devils

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Conference: 5A-Central

Beebe Lady Badgers

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Conference: 5A East

Searcy Lions

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Conference: 6/7A East

Ready to repeat: Reaves looking for another title, D-I scholarship

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How does Spencer Reaves top his monster junior season?

Bald Knob Bulldogs schedule

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Bald Knob Bulldogs

Beebe Badgers

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Conference: 5A East

McCrory Jaguars

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Conference: 3-2A

Three Rivers Basketball Schedules

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Searcy Lions

Cabot Lady Panthers

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Conference: 6A-7A Central

Harding Academy Wildcats

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Harding Academy Wildcats

Augusta Lady Red Devils

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Conference: 3A-4


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

Amish-romance novelist fills narrow literary niche

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Kathleen Fuller didn’t plan to become an author of Amish romance novels.

SPIN CYCLE: Alien, bat, ogre, meh. Eeeeeek! It’s Miley!

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Every year there is a cliche pop culture Halloween costume.

Arkansas Hogs square off against ‘other’ Hogs

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Arkansas’ Red-White basketball game today will feature a matchup for state bragging rights.

THE TV COLUMN: Smithsonian Channel covers 3 angles of Civil War

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With the Civil War sesquicentennial in full swing, interest in the most divisive era in the nation’s history is higher than ever.

LET’S TALK: Falconry bundle is $150,000; fantasy shopping is still free

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Wow. The fantasy gifts in this year’s Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog are mind-boggling !

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Broadway star McDonald to sing in Fort Smith, Conway

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Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway actress-singer Audra McDonald and a three-piece band will perform Broadway musical hits in two Arkansas venues this week: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Arkansas Best Performing Arts Center, Fort Smith Convention Center, 55 S. Seventh St., Fort Smith.

State sports briefs

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CROSS COUNTRY Harding sweeps GAC titles The Harding men’s and women’s cross country teams each won Great American Conference titles at the conference championship meet on Saturday that was hosted by Arkansas Tech in Russellville.

At the Smithsonian, beyond: Here’s Rein

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With the federal government back in business, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery has “A Measure of the Earth: The Cole-Ware Collection of American Baskets” on display until Dec. 8.

TV ON DVD: Music obstacles detonated, China Beach lands in stores

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What is it? China Beach, Complete Series, 62 episodes on 21 discs from Star Vista Entertainment How much? $199.95 When? Now

High school report

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No Portis sends Hall into shock For the first time in four years, Little Rock Hall Coach Jon Coleman is conducting the Warriors’ basketball practices without Bobby Portis in the middle.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: For peace, let ‘scoldings’ go

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DEAR CAROLYN: My only child, his wife and two children live a substantial distance away. My son and daughter-in-law have highly demanding, stressful careers. My husband and I are self-employed, so we can be flexible.


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Happy birthday. You’ll cultivate beneficial relationships this year. In November, you’ll meet people whose interests directly match yours, and the mutual fulfillment carries into 2014.

Along the Mother GANGES

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Dozens of men are gathered on the vast river at a precisely arranged pile of wood. With a shrouded corpse placed on top, this funeral pyre will be set alight by a relative of the deceased. For Hindus, cremation on the shores of the holy Ganges assures the departed eternal salvation.

This week’s high school football games

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MONDAY Camden Harmony Grove JV at Hampton, 7 p.m.


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At Burns Park, North Little Rock BOYS SINGLES Wednesday’s 11 a.m. matches Luke Anderson, Mulberry vs. Matt Phillips, Valley View


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CLASS 7A Cabot High School Tuesday’s games Game 1 North Little Rock vs. Springdale Har-Ber, noon Game 2 Fayetteville vs. Mount St. Mary, 2 p.m.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Orvieto, the epitome of Italian hill towns

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Orvieto is one of the most striking, memorable and enjoyable hill towns in central Italy. Less than 90 minutes from Rome, Orvieto sits majestically high above the valley floor atop a big chunk of “tufo” volcanic stone, overlooking cypress-dotted Umbrian plains.

Last week’s high school football results

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CLASS 7A/6A 7A/6A-CENTRAL Conway 45, LR Parkview 10 Greenwood 45, FS Southside 42 LR Catholic 31, FS Northside 28

Reasons for failure to connect

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Q: I recently had to fly to Northern Ireland after my brother’s death and had my travel agency make the reservation. I was booked on British Airways, arriving at 10 a.m. in one terminal and connecting to a flight at 11:15 a.m. in another.

NY fights Airbnb, tourist sublet site

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Each night, people in apartments all over New York are cleaning up, putting out fresh towels and clearing out — to rent their private space to strangers from around the world.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Travel pointers learned on recent European trip

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Dateline: Home. The main take-away from my recent trip experience is that you can still find comfortable accommodations in smaller European cities for less than $100 a day and eat some great dinners for around $30 per person, including house wine, and lunches for half that or less.

THE RECRUITING GUY: UA makes play for Mississippi WR

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One of Arkansas’ greatest needs for the 2014 recruiting class is play-making receivers and one, Dayall Harris of Jackson (Miss.) Callaway, plans to make an official visit to Fayetteville.

2 state banks said primed for expansion

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The next 12 to 24 months will “represent a golden age of bank mergers and acquisitions for a select few” banks, says an investment banking analyst in Little Rock.

Conway’s downtown lures investors

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Over the past decade, about $70 million in private and public dollars have been invested in downtown Conway, a figure that city leaders believe reflects the city’s reputation for diversity both in terms of its economy and residents.

Many small businesses still await Sandy grants

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A year after superstorm Sandy sent more than 6 feet of ocean water into their ice cream store and destroyed everything inside, Brian and Michelle McMullin are still waiting to hear if they’ll get grant money from New Jersey to help pay rebuilding costs.

SOUTHLAND: Howard settles in with 403 yards passing, 4 TDs

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CONWAY — Central Arkansas junior quarterback Ryan Howard recalled a conversation with left tackle Dominique Allen earlier in the week leading up to Saturday’s game against Stephen F. Austin.

Families shut out as flush investors move in on homes

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Home purchases by institutional buyers reached a record high in September, and all-cash buyers accounted for almost half of sales as investors responded to rising demand from renters.

THAT’S BUSINESS: LR designer launches new line of men’s suits

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Jamie Davidson thinks The Independent is tailor made for his new line of men’s suits and sport coats.

GREAT AMERICAN CONF.: Henderson State’s victory costly

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SEARCY — Henderson State endured plenty of pre-Halloween chills, thrills and spills Saturday on its way to a 45-30 Great American Conference victory over Harding.

BUSINESS MATTERS: Economic news bubbling in Arkansas’ NW corner

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Northwest Arkansas is making it seem so simple.

One decade later, Ford’s living roof still growing strong

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Ten years after Ford planted vegetation atop a truck-assembly plant, the largest living roof in the U.S. is flourishing and others have followed the automaker’s lead.

SWAC: Anderson ends UAPB skid at 7

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The defending Southwestern Athletic Conference champions finally have their first victory of the season.

Commodity-trading panel running short, gets set for furloughs

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The Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the main U.S. derivatives regulator that pried $1.7 billion in fines and other penalties from the firms it regulates during the past year, is furloughing workers because it doesn’t have enough money to pay them.

E-cigarette makers say smoke laws don’t apply

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They have the shape, feel and nicotine of tobacco cigarettes, but e-cigarettes should not be regulated like tobacco products, makers of the popular new product say.

Petrino’s recruiting classes 2009-2012

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2009 CLASS POS. PLAYER HOMETOWN/SCHOOL STATUS/PRO FOOTBALL OL Alvin Bailey Broken Arrow, Okla. 3-year starter/Seattle Seahawks WR Neal Barlow Pulaski Academy Transferred to Kansas

COLUMN ONE: A tale of two cities

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Cardinals Meet Red Sox in World Series. It was headline news in 1946, too. Which wasn’t the only similarity between now and then.

SEC: Missouri shanks it in second OT

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — Hobbled by a sprained left knee, Connor Shaw asked Steve Spurrier if he could play Saturday night at Missouri.

Life the on island

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Emile Durkheim, the father of sociology, died nearly a hundred years ago, but his insights about society and culture seem more relevant now than ever. To understand why, it’s worth turning to the French intellectual’s groundbreaking empirical study Suicide (1897).

Razorbacks report: Schedule not getting any easier

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Arkansas has grown accustomed to playing difficult schedules laced with top 25 opponents since joining the SEC.

America’s supposed decline is over-rated

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It’s been a banner month for the oracles of American decline. The shutdown of the federal government, the prospect of a default on the country’s debt, and the political dysfunction that made the United States seem rudderless on Syria and forced the cancellation of President Obama’s trip to Asia seemed to confirm that the end of American pre-eminence is upon us.

SEC: Tide introduce themselves to Vols

posted: 10/27/2013 3:13 a.m.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — One thing quarterback AJ McCarron and No. 1 Alabama won’t stand for is being labeled something as mundane as “the red team.” They prefer the defending national champions.

Birds vs. bigger flying machines

posted: 10/27/2013 3:13 a.m.

When a US Airways jet leaving Reagan National for New York struck birds as it took off, it had to return to Washington. A JetBlue flight departing from Westchester County Airport was rerouted after colliding with birds. Ditto for another JetBlue flight leaving Kennedy Airport.

Jose Canseco cannot tell a lie

posted: 10/27/2013 3:12 a.m.

A week ago I was in Hot Springs at the documentary film festival for the world premiere of Jose Canseco: The Truth Hurts and a post-movie discussion with Canseco and the film’s director, Bill McAdams Jr., who can be heard questioning Canseco in the film.

SEC: Backup QB leads Auburn

posted: 10/27/2013 3:12 a.m.

AUBURN, Ala. — Jeremy Johnson threw two long touchdown passes to Sammie Coates after replacing injured starter Nick Marshall and No. 11 Auburn overwhelmed Florida Atlantic 45-10 on Saturday night.

Perks of the ruling class

posted: 10/27/2013 3:11 a.m.

America has a two-party system. But it’s not Republicans versus Democrats. It’s the ruling class—Republicans and Democrats—against everyone else. Consider how President Obama gave Congress its very own Obamacare waiver in August.

ATLANTIC COAST: Hurricanes cap busy week with last-gasp comeback

posted: 10/27/2013 3:10 a.m.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Miami put its last-minute comeback hopes into Duke Johnson’s hands, and he delivered.

Injuries key as Clemson defeats Maryland

posted: 10/27/2013 3:10 a.m.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Tajh Boyd threw for a touchdown and ran for a score, Sammy Watkins had a school-record 14 catches for 163 yards and No. 9 Clemson wore down injury-riddled Maryland 40-27 on Saturday.

A better flu vaccine for the elderly

posted: 10/27/2013 3:09 a.m.

The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-19 killed 583,135 Americans, according to public health authorities at the time.

BIG 12/CONFERENCE USA: Sooners take Red Raiders down notch

posted: 10/27/2013 3:09 a.m.

NORMAN, Okla. — Blake Bell knew he would likely have to match Texas Tech’s high-powered offense with big plays of his own if Oklahoma was to knock the Red Raiders from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Yet again, Facebook’s new rules

posted: 10/27/2013 3:08 a.m.

No sooner had the ink dried on my last column—about the new Dave Eggers novel The Circle, in which he imagines a world without privacy—than Facebook announced two changes to its privacy settings. In its short nine-year existence, Facebook has made many changes to its privacy policies.

OTHER CONFERENCES: Oregon’s offense wears out UCLA

posted: 10/27/2013 3:07 a.m.

EUGENE, Ore. — Byron Marshall ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns and No. 3 Oregon wore down No. 12 UCLA’s stout defense for a 42-14 victory on Saturday night.


posted: 10/27/2013 3:07 a.m.

Fiction 1. STORM FRONT, by John Sandford. Minnesota investigator Virgil Flowers becomes involved in the hunt for an ancient inscribed stone smuggled out of the Middle East.

BIG TEN/ MID-AMERICAN: Kill provides motivation for Gophers

posted: 10/27/2013 3:06 a.m.

MINNEAPOLIS — When Philip Nelson picked Minnesota, he envisioned program-lifting victories like this.

EDITORIALS: So now they tell us

posted: 10/27/2013 3:06 a.m.

IT MAY take some of us a while to get the word, but at least a couple of U.S. senators, including one from Arkansas, have finally seen the light where Obamacare is concerned. And all it took was a trainwreck-in-process, specifically the one called Obamacare.

COLUMNISTS: Broadway’s 555 Building

posted: 10/27/2013 3:05 a.m.

I recently saw an old postcard depicting the long-gone 555 Building on Broadway in Little Rock. The card described the structure as “the largest service station in the world.”

Duke upsets Va.Tech, ends streak

posted: 10/27/2013 3:05 a.m.

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Anthony Boone ran for a touchdown, Ross Martin kicked field goals of 51 and 53 yards, and Duke ended a long history of losing to ranked teams with a 13-10 victory against No. 14 Virginia Tech on Saturday.

Outrage of the year

posted: 10/27/2013 3:04 a.m.

THE STUFF that gets passed in the closing hours of a legislative session in the Great (and unnoticing ) State of Arkansas. . . .

Gypsy caravan

posted: 10/27/2013 3:03 a.m.

The last couple of weeks have seen an inordinate amount of media attention focused on Europe’s Roma community, also known as gypsies.

GOLF ROUNDUP: Two tied for lead as Bradley slips

posted: 10/27/2013 3:03 a.m.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Chris Stroud and Ryan Moore both overcame mistakes and bogeys on the back nine Saturday to take a share of the lead after the third round of the CIMB Classic.

Dashing a dream?

posted: 10/27/2013 3:03 a.m.

Rhea Lana Riner of Conway represents what’s possible for a person with drive and a dream in a free society. In 1997, the mother of two conceived of a plan to sell children’s used clothing on consignment while retaining 30 percent of each sale.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 10/27/2013 3:02 a.m.

Oaklawn winners in Cup races At least a dozen horses with Arkansas ties were pre-entered Wednesday for this week’s Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita near Los Angeles.

When a gotcha’s not a gotcha

posted: 10/27/2013 3:02 a.m.

Republicans, trying to pull themselves up from their shutdown malfeasance, chortled last week that they had nabbed a “gotcha” moment on U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor.


posted: 10/27/2013 3:01 a.m.

Purple for the cause Pink is great. My mom died from breast cancer.

COVER STORY: ABC Family’s bag full of candy-coated Halloween fare

posted: 10/27/2013 2:59 a.m.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not much in the spirit of Halloween in early September.

Soaps last week

posted: 10/27/2013 2:58 a.m.

(This column represents on-air summaries for the week of Oct. 21-25.) The Bold and the Beautiful: Maya was heartbroken when she realized she got to Rick too late.


posted: 10/27/2013 2:49 a.m.

World Series glance WEDNESDAY’S GAME Boston 8, St. Louis 1 THURSDAY’S GAME St. Louis 4, Boston 2 SATURDAY’S GAME Boston at St. Louis, (n), Series tied 1-1 TODAY’S GAME All times Central Boston (Buchholz 12-1 ) at St. Louis (Lynn 15-10 ), 7:15 p.m.

Magic of love grants kids’ wishes

posted: 10/27/2013 2:44 a.m.

Cathy Tuggle found out in 2005 that you don’t have to be a fairy godmother to grant a wish. All you have to do is be passionate, love children and get involved with Make-A-Wish Mid-South.


posted: 10/27/2013 2:43 a.m.

7A/6A-WEST CONFERENCE BENTONVILLE 38, VAN BUREN 7 Van Buren 0 0 0 7 — 7 Bentonville 17 14 7 0 — 38 FIRST QUARTER BENT — Smith 1 run (Moehring kick), 9:12. BENT — Keliiliki 10 run (Moehring kick), 7:01. BENT — FG Moehring 30, 1:57. SECOND QUARTER BENT — Jackson 48 pass from Ford (Moehring kick), 8:38. BENT — Keliiliki 4 run (Moehring kick), 1:45. THIRD QUARTER BENT — Smith 3 run (Moehring kick), 8:43. FOURTH QUARTER VAN — Martin 14 pass from Eversole (Almond kick), 10:20.

Harrell Sparks Mounties Upset of Har-Ber

posted: 10/27/2013 2 a.m.

After two straight 7A/6A-West Conference losses, Rogers High quarterback Max Harrell gave the Mounties offense a much needed spark.

Har-Ber Rolled By Rogers Rushers

posted: 10/27/2013 2 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber knew what was coming and still couldn’t stop it.


posted: 10/27/2013 2 a.m.

Logan Genz and his Arkansas Tech teammates didn’t have much to celebrate at they sat inside the visitors locker room during a rain delay earlier this month at Cotton Boll Stadium in Monticello.

Heritage Snaps Skid In Big Way

posted: 10/27/2013 2 a.m.

Rogers Heritage used a big second half to pull away and keep its playoff hopes alive with a 43-10 victory over Springdale High on the road Friday night.

Bullying Charge On Football Field Ridiculous

posted: 10/27/2013 2 a.m.

It takes a lot to soar to the lead of silliest complaints ever filed, but a man in Texas may have pulled it off.

Springdale Just Beginning Tough Stretch

posted: 10/27/2013 2 a.m.

Springdale High players and coaches don’t have much time to dwell on the 43-10 loss to Rogers Heritage on Friday.

Tigers Take What Pointers Give Them

posted: 10/27/2013 2 a.m.

It took Bentonville’s football team just three plays to simply take advantage of what Van Buren was willing to relinquish.

Cook Goes To Work For Fayetteville

posted: 10/27/2013 2 a.m.

Brayden Cook has battled injuries for much of his time with the Fayetteville Bulldogs.

Happy birthday to my brother, my old friend

posted: 10/27/2013 midnight

My world got rocked when I was 7. I was an only child and only grandchild until then, and let me tell you, life was pret-ty good.

Daniel Tyler: Former troubled teen starts Deliver Hope in Conway

posted: 10/27/2013 midnight

Daniel Tyler, 28, has an office just a short walk from the Faulkner County Juvenile Detention Center in Conway, where he spent a few nights as a troubled teenager.

Bethlehem House still seeking funding

posted: 10/27/2013 midnight

CONWAY — An open house held for the new Bethlehem House homeless shelter in Conway caused a temporary increase in donations, but funding is still needed, Executive Director Judi Lively said.

Hicks-family fall tradition: Corn maze close to heart

posted: 10/27/2013 midnight

CABOT — Though the Hicks family has been hosting field trips and church groups at their farm in the fall for the past four years, this year is a little different.

Tri-Lakes calendar of events starting Oct. 27

posted: 10/27/2013 midnight

Calendar of events starting Oct. 27

Happy birthday to my brother, my friend

posted: 10/27/2013 midnight

My world got rocked when I was 7.

Walk on the dark side: Eerie and macabre found along Spa City’s Central Avenue

posted: 10/27/2013 midnight

A walk down Central Avenue on a warm day is one of the great joys of being in Arkansas.

Woman keeps husband’s dream alive: Lester Flatt park once housed Grand Ole Opry stars

posted: 10/27/2013 midnight

In its heyday, Lester Flatt Memorial Park in Otto was a mecca for Grand Ole Opry stars.

Roy Wilson: Historian helps his students build better futures

posted: 10/27/2013 midnight

Roy Wilson said he likes to look into the past, but his work has always been about the future.

This week's events in the Three Rivers area

posted: 10/27/2013 midnight

The events scheduled for the Three Rivers area beginning Oct. 27.

NPCC president stepping down

posted: 10/27/2013 midnight

HOT SPRINGS — On Wednesday afternoon, Sally Carder, president of National Park Community College, walked into the Eisele Auditorium of the Frederick M. Dierks Center for Nursing and Health Sciences on campus, following a meeting with the college’s board of trustees.

The little armored one

posted: 10/27/2013 midnight

Arkansas has its share of unusual animals, but none more so than the nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus).

Nancy Weaver: CEO has passion for helping children in need

posted: 10/27/2013 midnight

Nancy Weaver has a devotion to helping others, and her new position as chief executive officer of Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches has given her an opportunity to do that in a big way.

That's Life

posted: 10/27/2013 midnight

My world got rocked when I was 7.

Safety tips for little ones on Halloween

posted: 10/27/2013 midnight

With Halloween just around the corner, parents taking their children out trick-or-treating for the first time might not know what to expect.

Wife keeps husband's dream alive: Park once housed Grand Ole Opry stars

posted: 10/27/2013 midnight

In its heyday, Lester Flatt Memorial Park in Otto was a mecca for Grand Ole Opry stars.

Calendar of events starting Oct. 27.

posted: 10/27/2013 midnight

Calendar of events starting Oct. 27.

Voice of Danville football retires

posted: 10/27/2013 midnight

DANVILLE — His health is tenuous these days, but Jack Wilson Sr.’s voice is still strong after 61 years of announcing, “Here come the Little Johns!”

The little armored one

posted: 10/27/2013 midnight

Arkansas has its share of unusual animals, but none more so than the nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus). This timid mammal looks like it was hastily fabricated from spare animal parts.

Natural talent: Cabot woman wins Best of Show at fair

posted: 10/27/2013 midnight

Marj Hart of Cabot has no formal artistic training, but if you look at her artwork or the ribbons attached to them, you might think otherwise.

Saturday, October 26

Saline County man, clerk arrested in helping rob gas station

posted: 10/26/2013 5:21 p.m.

Two Saline County residents have been arrested following a Murphy USA gas station robbery, of which the business's clerk purportedly helped rob, Benton Police Department spokesman Lt. Kevin Russell said in a statement Saturday.

High court test of surveillance law could be ahead

posted: 10/26/2013 3:10 p.m.

The Justice Department says for the first time that it intends to use information gained from one of the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance programs against an accused terrorist, setting the stage for a likely Supreme Court test of the Obama administration's approach to national security.

Dog blamed for Wash. apartment fire

posted: 10/26/2013 2:16 p.m.

Fire officials say a dog reaching for treats turned on a stove and started a fire causing smoke damage to an apartment in the central Washington city of Wenatchee.

Jonesboro man killed in Craighead County car wreck

posted: 10/26/2013 1:47 p.m.

A Jonesboro man was killed early Friday morning in a Craighead County car wreck, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police report.

Okla. City company to receive $113 million after blast

posted: 10/26/2013 1:04 p.m.

An Oklahoma City-based company says it will receive a $113 million insurance payment after a May 2012 explosion damaged one of its chemical plants in south Arkansas.

Woman's body found near Kanis Road

posted: 10/26/2013 11:27 a.m.

A woman's body was discovered near Kanis Road on Saturday morning by local church members who were cleaning up trash.

Iran hangs 16 'rebels' to avenge ambush

posted: 10/26/2013 11:16 a.m.

Iran hanged 16 "rebels" of an unspecified armed group on Saturday in retaliation for the death of 14 border guards in clashes near the frontier with Pakistan, a semiofficial news agency reported.

Malaysia bans Ke$ha concert, cites 'culture' clash

posted: 10/26/2013 11:14 a.m.

Authorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia have banned a planned concert by U.S. pop singer Ke$ha after deciding it would hurt cultural and religious sensitivities.

Group: Egyptian ex-army officer was suicide bomber

posted: 10/26/2013 9:28 a.m.

Al-Qaida-inspired militants say the suicide bomber who carried out a failed assassination attempt on Egypt's interior minister last month was a sacked military officer.

Health-portal fix promised by December

posted: 10/26/2013 4:23 a.m.

President Barack Obama’s hobbled health-insurance exchange website will be fixed by December, the management consultant asked to salvage the site said Friday in the first timeline provided for correcting the flaws.

Europeans demand U.S. curbs on spying

posted: 10/26/2013 4:20 a.m.

BRUSSELS — Indignant at reports of U.S. electronic espionage overseas, the leaders of Germany and France said Friday that they will insist President Barack Obama’s administration agree by year’s end to limits that could put an end to purported American eavesdropping on foreign leaders, businesses and innocent citizens.

South open to supernatural ties

posted: 10/26/2013 4:19 a.m.

A doctor who used a guillotine to perform amputations, a wealthy family marred by insanity and a man murdered inside his sealed and boarded-up mansion are among the stories that frighten willing listeners who line up in towns throughout the South to tour supposedly haunted places.

Syria TV: Insurgent chief dead

posted: 10/26/2013 4:19 a.m.

Syrian state-run TV reported Friday that the leader of a powerful al-Qaida-linked rebel group had been killed — a claim that if confirmed would be a blow to fighters trying to topple President Bashar Assad. At least one rebel commander denied the report.

1983 invasion by U.S. saluted in Grenada

posted: 10/26/2013 4:19 a.m.

The planes began flying over Grenada around dawn, their low rumble awakening people in the tiny Caribbean island where a military government had seized power days before and executed the prime minister.

Six held in North return to S. Korea

posted: 10/26/2013 4:18 a.m.

Six South Koreans who had been held in North Korea on charges of illegal entry returned to their home country Friday, after Pyongyang released them in a gesture that could help to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Saudi women’s plan to drive draws threat

posted: 10/26/2013 4:18 a.m.

Saudi officials stepped up warnings Friday over a planned protest in which women will get behind the wheel to challenge male-only driving rules, saying that even online support for the demonstration could be grounds for arrest.

Jury wanted Ramseys indicted

posted: 10/26/2013 4:17 a.m.

The grand jury that reviewed evidence in the death of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey believed her parents were involved in the crime but didn’t say who killed the beauty queen, according to documents released Friday, 14 years after the grand jury made its recommendation.

Dozens die in Nigerian fighting

posted: 10/26/2013 4:16 a.m.

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Suspected Islamic militants attacked several police targets in northeast Nigeria’s Yobe state Friday, razing at least three offices and provoking gunbattles that killed scores of extremists and security forces, a police officer said.

Classes start again 2 days after killing

posted: 10/26/2013 4:15 a.m.

Students at the Massachusetts school where a schoolmate purportedly killed a teacher returned Friday, surrounded by extra safety measures as well as tributes to the victim, including trees adorned with pink ribbons, her favorite color.

Kenyan leader must attend most of trial

posted: 10/26/2013 4:15 a.m.

PARIS — The International Criminal Court on Friday told Kenya’s deputy president, William Ruto, that he must attend most of his trial, overturning an earlier ruling that would allow him to be present only on key occasions.

Madagascar turns out for post-coup vote

posted: 10/26/2013 4:13 a.m.

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar — Residents of the island nation of Madagascar cast their votes Friday in a presidential election that many hope will restore security, improve lives and mark the end of political and economic turmoil suffered since a 2009 coup.

Baby’s body found at recycling center

posted: 10/26/2013 4:13 a.m.

An autopsy was planned on a baby girl whose body was found on a conveyor belt by a worker sorting out cans and plastics at a Southern California recycling center.

Conservatives fly immigration flag

posted: 10/26/2013 4:12 a.m.

Evangelical pastors, corporate leaders, elected Republican officials and small-government activists arrive in Washington on Monday to lobby lawmakers to revamp U.S. immigration policies before the year’s end.

Nearly 300 oil spills in N.D. kept in dark

posted: 10/26/2013 4:11 a.m.

North Dakota, the nation’s No. 2 oil producer behind Texas, recorded nearly 300 oil pipeline spills in less than two years, state documents show. None was reported to the public, officials said.

GOP official out after Daily Show interview

posted: 10/26/2013 4:09 a.m.

Don Yelton, a Republican official in North Carolina, was forced to resign after an appearance this week on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart in which he made a series of racially charged remarks.

4 suits cite error said to imperil health-care law

posted: 10/26/2013 4:09 a.m.

WASHINGTON — If computer glitches are not enough of a problem, President Barack Obama’s health-care law also has a legal glitch that critics have seized on in an attempt to cause it to unravel in more than half the nation.

Reporter’s notes seized in search

posted: 10/26/2013 4:08 a.m.

A Coast Guard investigator accompanying state police to serve a search warrant in a weapons investigation at a Maryland home seized unrelated government documents and notes from a journalist who was the suspect’s wife.

Eavesdropper posts call by ex-NSA director aboard Amtrak train

posted: 10/26/2013 4:08 a.m.

Former National Security Agency chief Michael Hayden learned a lesson about eavesdropping aboard an Amtrak train to Newark: Don’t talk on the phone where people can hear you.

After shutdown, Obama returns to campaign mode in N.Y.

posted: 10/26/2013 4:07 a.m.

NEW YORK — Regrouping with Democrats after this month’s fiscal fight, President Barack Obama on Friday cast the spending-and-debt standoff with Republicans in Congress as “a symptom of a larger challenge” but one offering Democrats the chance to show voters the virtues of their vision for government ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

The world in brief

posted: 10/26/2013 4:06 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I came to vote because it’s time for this crisis to end, and I am happy that this transition will finally end.” Ando Razakafiononana, 33, who was voting in Friday’s presidential election in Madagascar, which has suffered from political and economic turmoil since a 2009 coup

The nation in brief

posted: 10/26/2013 4:05 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This has the potential to sink Obamacare.” Michael Cannon, a health-policy expert at the Cato Institute, commenting on lawsuits filed over a legal glitch in President Barack Obama’s health-care law

ARcare doctor on top in pay

posted: 10/26/2013 4:05 a.m.

The chief executive of Arkansas’ largest community health center was paid more than $500,000 in 2011, more than twice as much as any other community health center director in the state, according to a report submitted to a legislative committee Friday.

Names and faces

posted: 10/26/2013 4:04 a.m.

Screenwriter Michael Arndt is exiting Star Wars: Episode VII with director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan assuming scripting duties. Lucasfilm made the unexpected announcement Thursday.

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Cost keeps county ID off plates

posted: 10/26/2013 4:04 a.m.

Dear Mahatma: Can you find out why license tags no longer show the county in which you live? That was much more interesting and easier to remember than just a group of numbers. Why can’t they bring back the old way? — Sue

In the news

posted: 10/26/2013 4:03 a.m.

Chris Christie, 51, the Republican governor of New Jersey who is seeking re-election next month, has “no medical limitations” and is fit to serve in office, his doctor said in a report, adding that the admittedly overweight governor has adopted a healthy lifestyle and steadily shed pounds since undergoing gastric bypass surgery.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: 46 and counting

posted: 10/26/2013 4 a.m.

It took a come-from-behind effort Friday night at Jim Rowland Stadium, but Greenwood’s streak is still alive.

Sentencing delayed for ex-officer

posted: 10/26/2013 3:58 a.m.

A former Little Rock police officer who admitted escorting a truckload of marijuana across the city last year saw his sentencing hearing interrupted Friday when a federal prosecutor took exception to statements he told the judge and threatened him with a possible perjury charge.

WORLD SERIES: CARDINALS VS. RED SOX: It’s time for a taste of St. Louis

posted: 10/26/2013 3:57 a.m.

From the Green Monster to the Gateway Arch. From the Charles River to the mighty Mississippi. From clam chowder to toasted ravioli.

Police chief, LR dismissed in wrongful-death suit

posted: 10/26/2013 3:57 a.m.

A federal judge on Friday dismissed Little Rock and Police Chief Stuart Thomas as defendants in a wrongful-death lawsuit stemming from an off-duty officer’s fatal shooting of 67-year-old Eugene Ellison at his Little Rock apartment on the night of Dec. 9, 2010.

Huckabee: Worried about GOP in 2014

posted: 10/26/2013 3:55 a.m.

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday that he worries that conservative groups, which are recruiting primary challengers for Republican congressmen, will weaken the party, increasing the chances that Democrats will reclaim the House in 2014.

UCA must find way to stop Stephen F. Austin’s offense

posted: 10/26/2013 3:54 a.m.

Facing Stephen F. Austin’s high-powered offense is a tough task for any Southland Conference team.

Gebhart resigns AD post

posted: 10/26/2013 3:52 a.m.

Fayetteville High School Athletics Director Barry Gebhart resigned Friday following his arrest earlier this week for the Internet stalking of a child.

Cardinals doing fine sans Pujols

posted: 10/26/2013 3:50 a.m.

Tony La Russa was always protective of his players, so it comes as no surprise that the former St. Louis Cardinals manager swims against the current when it comes to Albert Pujols.

World Series report

posted: 10/26/2013 3:49 a.m.

No DH, Napoli to the bench ST. LOUIS — It’s not just the stadium and uniforms that will change when the World Series shifts to Busch Stadium for Game 3 tonight. With the switch to the National League city, there won’t be a designated hitter.

Ducks flying into toughest stretch

posted: 10/26/2013 3:48 a.m.

Oregon begins the most challenging part of its schedule today.

Bus-stop shelters in CATA plans

posted: 10/26/2013 3:47 a.m.

The Central Arkansas Transit Authority will develop a long-range plan to provide shelter from the elements at more of its bus stops.

SEC teams finding Missouri is for real

posted: 10/26/2013 3:46 a.m.

Missouri’s football program looked more than a little over matched in its first season in the SEC.

PB festivities to observe Civil War battle in city

posted: 10/26/2013 3:45 a.m.

PINE BLUFF — The 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s Battle of Pine Bluff will be celebrated today throughout the city with events, guest speakers and actors in period costumes.

Raiders embrace Kingsbury’s swagger

posted: 10/26/2013 3:43 a.m.

Texas Tech is off to an unbeaten start under Coach Kliff Kingsbury, but players say no one should be surprised.

Legislators set up vets-home panel

posted: 10/26/2013 3:42 a.m.

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday approved the creation of a subcommittee to monitor the state Department of Veterans Affairs’ efforts to find a site and an appropriate design for the new veterans home.

Bowden returns with Seminoles on the rise again

posted: 10/26/2013 3:42 a.m.

Even gruff, tough Florida State center Bryan Stork was deeply moved.

Ex-prison guard turns himself in regarding rape

posted: 10/26/2013 3:42 a.m.

A former Arkansas Department of Correction guard surrendered Friday after authorities said he followed a woman home from a Little Rock bar and raped her.

Today’s GAC games

posted: 10/26/2013 3:41 a.m.

HENDERSON STATE AT HARDING WHEN 2 p.m. WHERE First Security Stadium in Searcy

Task force selects Hendren as chair

posted: 10/26/2013 3:40 a.m.

The legislative task force created to examine health-insurance options for public-school employees selected its leadership Friday during the group’s first meeting.

Golden Lions looking to end skid

posted: 10/26/2013 3:39 a.m.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff is 0-7 for the second time in Monte Coleman’s six-year tenure as coach, but the 2008 team wasn’t expected to contend for the Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division title. This year’s team was.

Man guilty in ’11 party death

posted: 10/26/2013 3:39 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS — A former Hot Springs man was convicted of second-degree murder and second-degree battery Thursday after a twoday trial in Garland County Circuit Court stemming from a shooting at a party in October 2011 in which one man was killed and another man was critically injured.

Drug operation nabs 11 in NW Arkansas

posted: 10/26/2013 3:38 a.m.

BENTONVILLE — Authorities arrested 11 people in a drug operation that reached as far as Mexico, U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge said Friday.

Swindell steps on it, secures his spot in tonight’s main event

posted: 10/26/2013 3:38 a.m.

Twenty-one years passed between Sammy Swindell’s first and second Short Track Nationals championships.

Police beat

posted: 10/26/2013 3:37 a.m.

Dog attacks boy, 5, at grandma’s house A 5-year-old was taken to Arkansas Children’s Hospital after he was attacked by his grandmother’s dog early Friday morning.

LR neighborhood hosting cleanup

posted: 10/26/2013 3:36 a.m.

Little Rock’s South End Neighborhood Association Coalition Inc. is planning a neighborhood cleanup in conjunction with Keep Arkansas Beautiful today from 8 a.m. until noon.

Daily record

posted: 10/26/2013 3:35 a.m.

Meeting announcements published exclusively on Arkansas Online, the newspaper’s website, can be found at An electronic form is available on the website to submit support group meeting announcements or changes. Readers can access that form by going to and submitting the appropriate information.

7A/6 A-EAST: Cabot rolls with Launius’ 4 TDs

posted: 10/26/2013 3:35 a.m.

Senior Zach Launius rushed for 174 yards and four first-half touchdowns as Cabot, the No. 2-ranked team in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette top 10, overpowered West Memphis 49-7.

Sheriff’s bid to alter Kansas plea rejected

posted: 10/26/2013 3:35 a.m.

A Kansas judge has denied Grant County Sheriff Ray Vance’s request to withdraw his no-contest plea in connection with a 2010 hunting-license charge, a Kansas prosecutor said Friday.

THEATER REVIEW: Sorcerer’s Apprentice casts spell on old tale

posted: 10/26/2013 3:34 a.m.

What, no mouse?

Conway hiccups, jets away

posted: 10/26/2013 3:33 a.m.

It took a while for Conway to get going Friday night, but once it did, there was little Little Rock Parkview could do to stop it.

Appellate Judge Pittman to hang up robes in 2014

posted: 10/26/2013 3:33 a.m.

Judge John Pittman said Friday that he will not seek re-election in 2014 after 22 years on the Court of Appeals.

I-530 resurfacing closes lanes in PB

posted: 10/26/2013 3:33 a.m.

Work on Interstate 530 in Pine Bluff will require lane closures next week, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Jones, Russellville pound Hall

posted: 10/26/2013 3:33 a.m.

Russellville scored five first-half touchdowns, four on scoring passes, to take a 35-2 lead on its way to a 49-8 victory over Little Rock Hall on Friday night in Little Rock.

Gay-union ballot measure rejected

posted: 10/26/2013 3:32 a.m.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Friday rejected a proposed popular name and ballot title for a potential constitutional amendment to allow same-sex marriage in the state.


posted: 10/26/2013 3:32 a.m.

ROGERS 59, SPRINGDALE HAR-BER 42 ROGERS — Three players rushed for more than 100 yards as Rogers (5-3, 2-3 7A/6A-West ) defeated Springdale Har-Ber (5-3, 3-2 ).

I-30 bridge check closes outside lanes

posted: 10/26/2013 3:31 a.m.

A routine inspection of the Interstate 30 Bridge over the Arkansas River between Little Rock and North Little Rock will require lane closures Sunday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.


posted: 10/26/2013 3:30 a.m.

Protesting pastor will return to U.S.

7A/6 A-SOUTH: Turnovers help El Dorado down Pine Bluff

posted: 10/26/2013 3:30 a.m.

El Dorado took advantage of seven Pine Bluff turnovers and got a 98-yard kickoff return from Jaqualoyn Willis on Friday to upend the Zebras 21-14 in a key 7A/6A-South clash at Memorial Stadium.

Coptic Christians struggle to preserve art, practice

posted: 10/26/2013 3:30 a.m.

THE RED MONASTERY, Egypt — Locked inside a sixth century church in a desert monastery are some of the jewels of early Christianity — ancient murals in vivid pinks, greens and reds depicting saints, angels and the Virgin Mary with a baby Jesus, hidden for centuries under a blanket of black soot.

Eastburn seals Wolves’ victory

posted: 10/26/2013 3:29 a.m.

An 88-yard drive for Chris Eastburn’s fourth-quarter touchdown run helped Lake Hamilton turn a 14-point deficit into a 35-21 victory over Benton on Friday night.

5 A-WEST: Saints QB ready for opportunity

posted: 10/26/2013 3:29 a.m.

Dillon Sharp didn’t have much time to think about starting in the biggest game of his high school career.

Song and verse

posted: 10/26/2013 3:28 a.m.

It’s honky-tonking, beer-drinking, hell-raising music but the lyrics of country melodies are also often deeply spiritual.

Red Devils ring up 42, stop there

posted: 10/26/2013 3:27 a.m.

Jacksonville junior running back Lamont Gause rushed for 249 yards and three touchdowns, with 236 of those yards coming in the first half, as the Red Devils posted a 42-21 victory over host Little Rock Christian in a game that took a drastic shift after the first half ended.

5 A-CENTRAL: Defense begins roll for PA

posted: 10/26/2013 3:27 a.m.

Kevin Kelley wasn’t too sure of the defensive plan his assistant coaches had laid out heading into Pulaski Academy’s game at Mills on Friday night.

ON RELIGION: Greek Orthodox bishop’s call to evangelize a jolt

posted: 10/26/2013 3:26 a.m.

It happens all the time: Church leaders stand at podiums and urge members of their flocks to go and share their faith, striving to win converts.


posted: 10/26/2013 3:24 a.m.

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 815 W. 16th St., will present a concert by the a cappella choir of Wiley College at 4 p.m. today. (501) 374-2891.


posted: 10/26/2013 3:22 a.m.

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

Mega Millions

posted: 10/26/2013 3:22 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 6-16-45-54-60 Mega Ball: 15 Estimated jackpot: $65 million Megaplier: 02


posted: 10/26/2013 3:22 a.m.

Inventor of Lorenzo’s Oil to save son ROME — Augusto Odone, a former World Bank economist, defied skeptical scientists to invent a treatment to try to save the life of his little boy, who was wasting away from a neurological disease, and to give hope to other children afflicted with the same genetic defect.

Goblins tailback punishes Panthers

posted: 10/26/2013 3:21 a.m.

Harrison found itself on the winning side for only the second time this season Friday night as the Goblins pounded Clarksville 35-6 in a 5A-West Conference game at F.S. Garrison Stadium.

Bears get in rush in victory over Lions

posted: 10/26/2013 3:21 a.m.

Tra Doss of Sylvan Hills (6-2, 3-2 5A-Central ) accounted for five scores Friday night in the Bears’ 49-22 victory over Little Rock McClellan (0-8, 0-5 ). Doss’ first three rushes of the second half all went for touchdowns, and he threw two touchdown passes, including one in the second half that helped Sylvan Hills pull away after leading 14-6 at the half.

5 A-SOUTH: Hope holds off top-ranked Camden Fairview

posted: 10/26/2013 3:20 a.m.

Hope jumped out to a 17-0 first-half lead on Camden Fairview on Friday night at Hammond Stadium, then held off the Cardinals to pull off a 17-12 upset.

Other days

posted: 10/26/2013 3:20 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 26, 1913 “Buck” Patterson yesterday succeeded in entering the Arkansas penitentiary, after a week’s fruitless effort.


posted: 10/26/2013 3:20 a.m.

BATESVILLE 38, BLYTHEVILLE 6 BLYTHEVILLE — Joey Rodriguez rushed for three touchdowns as Batesvillle (6-2, 5-0 ) stayed unbeaten in the 5A-East Conference by downing Blytheville (1-7, 0-5 ).

THEATER REVIEW: Red theme abstract, like subject’s work

posted: 10/26/2013 3:19 a.m.

You might not recognize the name, but if you’ve seen modern art from the last century, you’ve seen Mark Rothko’s work. Big canvases. Solid colors over other solid colors.

Hot Springs man slain in cinema parking lot

posted: 10/26/2013 3:19 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS — A man was shot and killed late Thursday during an altercation in a movie theater parking lot on Higdon Ferry Road, Hot Springs police said Friday.

Brewer’s big night carries Cougars over 0-8 Falcons

posted: 10/26/2013 3:18 a.m.

Quarterback Curly Brewer rushed for 4 touchdowns, threw 1 touchdown pass, completed 2 two-point conversion passes and ran for a two-point conversion to lead Helena-West Helena Central (5-3, 4-1 ) to a 43-6 victory over the North Pulaski Falcons (0-8, 0-5 ) Friday night at North Pulaski.

SUPER SIX: Hernandez runs for 215 to carry Leopards (7-1)

posted: 10/26/2013 3:18 a.m.

Malvern hopped on its “war horse” once again Friday night and pulled away for its fifth consecutive victory.

1-4A CONFERENCE: Cummings’ three TDs lift Wolves to victory

posted: 10/26/2013 3:17 a.m.

Lincoln tied a school record Friday with its seventh victory of the season.

EDITORIALS: Steaks all around!

posted: 10/26/2013 3:17 a.m.

CALL IT the talker of the week.

4-4A CONFERENCE: QB Robinson keeps Hornets alive when it was ‘do or die’

posted: 10/26/2013 3:16 a.m.

Junior quarterback Tyshaun Robinson used his legs, as well his arm, to lead the Maumelle Hornets to a 31-18 victory over the Pottsville Apaches at Hornet Stadium on Friday night.

COLUMNISTS: Bio-fuel has been a boon

posted: 10/26/2013 3:16 a.m.

When Congress expanded the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2007, it did so with three important policy objectives in mind.

Ethanol is all wrong

posted: 10/26/2013 3:15 a.m.

How did we reach the point where the government is promoting a dreadful fuel that gets worse fuel economy than gasoline or diesel, drives up food prices, damages car engines and has unintended environmental consequences?

Howell, Badgers roll in rout over overmatched Panthers

posted: 10/26/2013 3:15 a.m.

Senior quarterback Jakahari Howell accounted for 239 yards running and passing and five touchdowns in Arkadelphia’s 49-7 victory over Ashdown (6-2, 3-2 ).


posted: 10/26/2013 3:14 a.m.

2-4 A LONOKE 66, MARIANNA 18 LONOKE — Senior wide receiver Blake Mack had 172 total yards and two touchdowns to help Lonoke to a home victory.

OTHERS SAY: Folks are still hungry

posted: 10/26/2013 3:14 a.m.

We get the picture that Washington is one beat-up town after its brutal budget fight. But politicians in the White House and on Capitol Hill can’t wait for wounds to heal.


posted: 10/26/2013 3:13 a.m.

Shortsightedness is costly Now that the shutdown is over, I’m finding it was a very distasteful waste of time and presented an amazing level of governmental breakdown on the part of virtually all of our elected officials.

7-4A: Eagles outscore Miners, win by 1

posted: 10/26/2013 3:12 a.m.

Backup quarterback Cory McGonigal threw the winning two-point conversion to twin brother Chad to lift Arkansas Baptist to a 58-57 victory over the Bauxite Miners in 7-4 A conference action Friday night at Eagle Field.

Friday’s games

posted: 10/26/2013 3:11 a.m.

CLASS 7A/6A 7A/6A-CENTRAL Conway 45, LR Parkview 10 Greenwood 45, FS Southside 42 LR Catholic 31, FS Northside 28 Russellville 49, LR Hall 8

Tables turn at papers

posted: 10/26/2013 3:10 a.m.

The newspaper industry was flourishing when I came aboard in 1971. It was said owning a newspaper was tantamount to having a press to print money. The biggest expenses came from the costs of newsprint, ink, delivery systems, but first and foremost, the newsrooms.

CLASS 3A: QB Francis passes for 488, 6 TDs

posted: 10/26/2013 3:10 a.m.

Harding Academy’s Alex Francis completed 24 of 31 passes for 488 yards and 6 touchdowns, leading the Wildcats, the No. 2-ranked team in Class 3A, to a 45-21 victory Friday over Mayflower, the No. 4 team in Class 3A.

2-3A: Late scores enough for Bald Knob

posted: 10/26/2013 3:09 a.m.

Tristen Falwell’s 76-yard touchdown reception with 1:04 left helped push Bald Knob to its first 3A-2 conference victory of the season, 36-27, over Rose Bud on Friday night at Rambler Stadium.

Ask the expert

posted: 10/26/2013 3:08 a.m.

I have bought a lot in an older neighborhood and want to build a new house that blends in with the other houses. What are some thoughts on what to do, what to avoid? What are some of the most common ways people attempting such a project err and end up with a house that doesn’t look accurate ?

Personal space

posted: 10/26/2013 3:07 a.m.

Burt Taggart III Where I live: I live in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Little Rock with my wife, Lindsey, and our children Adel, Sam and Mira. We have lived in our home for 10 years.

SUPER SIX: Episcopal knocks off Barton

posted: 10/26/2013 3:07 a.m.

Episcopal Collegiate Coach Richie Marsh wasn’t surprised by Allie Freeman IV’s performance Friday night, and he gladly took the boost defensive back Will McCastlain provided.

CLASS 2A: Junction City shuts down Parkers Chapel

posted: 10/26/2013 3:05 a.m.

Junction City’s defense dominated Parkers Chapel on Friday night at Victor Nipper Stadium in a 49-0 victory.

In the garden

posted: 10/26/2013 3:05 a.m.

Q My son gave me a braided hibiscus tree last spring. I would like to know if it can survive our winter in my garage. It has also grown quite large. Can I trim the branches back, and if so, by how much?

Tools & toys

posted: 10/26/2013 3:04 a.m.

Animal Clips What’s to love: A cord holder that brightens up your workspace.


posted: 10/26/2013 3:03 a.m.

5-2 A CUTTER MORNING STAR 25, CONWAY CHRISTIAN 14 CONWAY — Zack Wren intercepted two passes, returning the second 60 yards for the clinching touchdown with 1:16 remaining, to lift Cutter Morning Star over Conway Christian.

Top performers

posted: 10/26/2013 3:03 a.m.

CLASS 7A D.J. BROWN, Little Rock Catholic, ran for 73 yards on 21 carries, caught 5 passes for 117 yards and returned a kickoff 75 yards. BRAYDEN COOK, Fayetteville, had 31 carries for 196 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Creature discomforts

posted: 10/26/2013 3:02 a.m.

Eeeek! — a mouse in the house. Now what?

Second thoughts

posted: 10/26/2013 3 a.m.

Too much Mojo can cause a stir Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas has lost his Mojo.

Off the wire

posted: 10/26/2013 2:58 a.m.

GOLF Bradley leads by 4 Keegan Bradley had five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine Friday to shoot a 6-under 66 and open up a four-stroke lead over Ryan Moore after the second round of the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Identify common household rodents

posted: 10/26/2013 2:58 a.m.

Anything mice can do, rats can do bigger.

State sports briefs

posted: 10/26/2013 2:57 a.m.

FOOTBALL Irwin-Hill on list Arkansas punter Sam Irwin-Hill was named Friday to the watch list for the Ray Guy Award by the Augusta Sports Council. Irwin-Hill, a junior from Bendigo, Australia, averages 43.8 yards per punt this season to rank seventh in the SEC and 22nd nationally.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Serpent causes chaos at Springdale pet exorcism

posted: 10/26/2013 2:56 a.m.

Dear Otus, Last Sunday was Bring Your Possessed Pet Day at Our Lady of Agacharse y Cubrirse Church and I took my dog Mocoso to be exorcised (see photo).

Pain easing at the pump

posted: 10/26/2013 2:56 a.m.

The average price of regular gasoline in Arkansas has dropped about 10 cents a gallon in the past month, and analysts see another 10-cent drop in the next 30 days, if not more.


posted: 10/26/2013 2:55 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’ve always had the attitude that it’s best to just ignore things you can’t do anything about, such as death. But now I can’t ignore it, because I finally got up enough courage to go to the doctor for some pain I’ve been having, and he has given me six months to live.

Rogers-linked firm sees CEO exit post

posted: 10/26/2013 2:52 a.m.

Christopher Hyman, the chief executive officer of global services provider Serco Group PLC — parent company of the firm that plans to employ 1,800 people in Northwest Arkansas — has resigned amid an investigation into claims the company overcharged the U.K. government for monitoring criminals.


posted: 10/26/2013 2:52 a.m.

Happy birthday. You are your own source of strength at the top of this new cycle, and it’s more than enough to get you to a cherished goal by February.


posted: 10/26/2013 2:51 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: I want one more crack at a convertible, having had a wonderful Dodge Dart convertible in earlier years (it was stolen in Detroit when I left it with a company to replace the top and they parked it on the street — boo hoo!). Background: I’m 93 years old, drive a 2000 Subaru Outback (also a great car but has high mileage and a roof). I have extensive driving experience — across the country twice, 3,300 miles last summer (Mill Valley, Calif.; Durango, Colo.; Moab, Utah; across Nevada and back home).

Tech-industry profits lift stocks

posted: 10/26/2013 2:51 a.m.

Strong third-quarter results from technology companies drove investors into stocks Friday, giving the market its third straight weekly gain.

Durable goods orders up 3.7%

posted: 10/26/2013 2:50 a.m.

A jump in demand for commercial airplanes spurred orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods last month. But orders for most other goods fell as businesses cut spending, a possible sign of concern about the partial government shutdown that began Oct. 1.

Websites let homeowners create own fabric, wallpaper designs

posted: 10/26/2013 2:48 a.m.

When Renee Pedro bought a house with mid-20 th-century decor, she decided to embrace the look.


posted: 10/26/2013 2:47 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I read where someone had “repackaged” medications to take on a trip.

HOG CALLS: There is no quick-fix for Razorbacks

posted: 10/26/2013 2:47 a.m.

Because it sounded like typical coachspeak, few paid much attention to Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash’s assertions that “We have a long, long way to go.” Ash’s assertions began last spring after Bret Bielema had taken over as the Razorbacks coach.

Super Quiz: Science

posted: 10/26/2013 2:46 a.m.

1. What is a jenny? 2. With which body part is a chiropodist concerned? 3. What is a thunderhead? 4. Which is the only mammal capable of flying?

7th Street pops into focus today

posted: 10/26/2013 2:46 a.m.

A section of Seventh Street in downtown Little Rock will be temporarily transformed today into an active, urban community as two local groups aim to show what could happen with more investment in the area.

P.A.M. Transportation reports 171% profit surge

posted: 10/26/2013 2:45 a.m.

P.A.M. Transportation Services Inc. reported earnings of $2.39 million for the third quarter of 2013, a 171 percent year-over-year increase.

Mouse lore

posted: 10/26/2013 2:44 a.m.

Everybody knows all about mice — from Mickey Mouse and other cartoons and picture books.

U.S. shipments propel UPS’ earnings

posted: 10/26/2013 2:44 a.m.

United Parcel Service Inc., the world’s largest package delivery company, posted third-quarter earnings Friday that beat analysts’ estimates after carrying more U.S. shipments at higher rates.

Keep it clean

posted: 10/26/2013 2:43 a.m.

Clorox Comfort Choice Gloves Anyone who has watched Gone With the Wind knows that “you can always tell a lady by her hands.” Of course, cleaning and washing make keeping those hands nice and smooth a little difficult.

Water use is forecast to fall in state’s shale

posted: 10/26/2013 2:41 a.m.

Water usage for natural gas drilling in the Fayetteville Shale is expected to decline steadily, reflecting the industry’s slowdown in the state, according to a new report by the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission.

Toyota settles acceleration case

posted: 10/26/2013 2:40 a.m.

Toyota Motor Corp. on Friday reached a confidential settlement with the victims of a deadly crash in Oklahoma to avoid punitive damages in a case where a jury found a 2005 Camry’s onboard electronics system was defective and caused it to accelerate suddenly.

Diapers, detergent profit P&G

posted: 10/26/2013 2:39 a.m.

Procter & Gamble’s fiscal first-quarter net income rose 8 percent as the world’s largest consumer products company sold more of its detergent and diapers globally and cut costs.

Japanese prices stop slide after 4 years

posted: 10/26/2013 2:38 a.m.

A gauge of Japan’s prices showed an end to four years of declines, signaling progress in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s campaign to stamp out deflation and drive a sustained economic revival.

Business news in brief

posted: 10/26/2013 2:37 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The more you look into it, the more disappointing it gets. It kind of raises doubts about the sustainability of the manufacturing sector to continue to underpin economic growth.” Tim Quinlan, Wells Fargo Securities LLC economist, on the September durable-goods report


posted: 10/26/2013 2:36 a.m.

Van Buren bank hit with FDIC sanction The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has issued a second sanction against Van Buren-based First Community Bank of Crawford County, the federal regulator said Friday. The sanction was dated Sept. 12 but was not disclosed publicly until Friday.

Mounties Rush Past Har-Ber

posted: 10/26/2013 2 a.m.

Rogers High coach Shawn Flannigan moved Max Harrell back to quarterback, and the Mounties offense had its best outing since going to the triple option three seasons ago

Heritage Dominates Second Half In Blowout

posted: 10/26/2013 2 a.m.

Rogers Heritage players and coaches got to relax as the game clock wound down in Jarrell Williams Bulldog Stadium on Friday night.

Fayetteville Fights Past Panthers

posted: 10/26/2013 2 a.m.

A week ago Siloam Springs showed its ability to play with the big boys in the 7A/6A-West Conference. The Panthers proved Friday that last week was no fluke.

Greenland Falls, Blanked In First Half

posted: 10/26/2013 2 a.m.

Green Forest kept its unblemished 3A-1 record intact with a dominating first half in a 42-21 victory over Greenland on Friday at Jonathan Ramey Memorial Field.

No Shimer, No Problem For Saints

posted: 10/26/2013 2 a.m.

Dillon Sharp didn’t have much time to think about starting in the biggest game of his high school career.

West Fork Holds Off Elkins

posted: 10/26/2013 2 a.m.

Quarterback Colton Wise threw for two touchdowns and also ran for another to help West Fork claim a tough 27-22 win over Elkins in a key 3A-1 Conference football victory Friday night at Tiger Stadium.

Lincoln Surges Past Gravette, 41-7

posted: 10/26/2013 2 a.m.

Lincoln tied a school record Friday with its seventh victory of the season.

Prairie Grove 35, Pea Ridge 28

posted: 10/26/2013 2 a.m.

Pea Ridge exploited Prairie Grove’s banged-up defense much of the game Friday. But in a crunch the Tigers’ defense spearheaded a late comeback.

Pioneers Run Past Bobcats

posted: 10/26/2013 2 a.m.

Gentry coach Brian Little believes a balanced offense can only bring good results for his team.

Defense propels Farmington to sixth win

posted: 10/26/2013 2 a.m.

The Farmington defense scored two touchdowns and made two goal line stops Friday as the Cardinals beat Ozark 39-23 at Alan Holland Field.

Long Pass Sets Stage For Bentonville Rout

posted: 10/26/2013 2 a.m.

Cody Scroggins made it past behind the Van Buren defense and just waited for Kasey Ford to get him the ball.

Friday, October 25

Hefley throws 6 first half scores, Pulaski Academy routs Mills

posted: 10/25/2013 9:24 p.m.

Little Rock Mills and Pulaski Academy combined for seven first-half turnovers. Fortunately for the Bruins, Will Helfley threw for almost as many touchdown passes in the same amount of time.

McDaniel rejects wording of same-sex marriage proposal

posted: 10/25/2013 6:02 p.m.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure for a constitutional amendment to authorize same-sex marriage.

Week 8 games will help conference title picture become clearer

posted: 10/25/2013 5:59 p.m.

It's the eighth week of the Arkansas high school football season, and Friday night’s match-ups may decide a few conference-title winners early.

Going Deep: Arkadelphia Duo Plans to Stay Together

posted: 10/25/2013 5 p.m.

Arkansas’ best prep football duo plans to stay together at the collegiate level. Arkadelphia seniors — quarterback Jakahari Howell (6-0, 175) and running back Kris Oliver (5-10, 175) — have helped Arkadelphia to a 7-0 record (they play 6-1 Ashdown Friday night) and a No. 1 ranking in Class 4A.

Facing The Music: Weekend Music Roundup

posted: 10/25/2013 3:16 p.m.

Here's live music of note for the weekend in the Little Rock metro.

Fifth suspect sought in Benton armed robberies

posted: 10/25/2013 3:06 p.m.

Benton police are searching for a fifth person believed to be involved in a home invasion and armed robbery that occurred early Sunday morning.

11 more charged, meth seized, in Operation West End Gambler

posted: 10/25/2013 2:48 p.m.

Eleven people have been charged with offenses connected to drug trafficking and 20 pounds of methamphetamine seized in Operation West End Gambler, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge. Authorities have also seized more than $60,000 in cash.

63 burglaries reported, nearly $98,000 taken in Little Rock in week

posted: 10/25/2013 2:04 p.m.

Little Rock police took reports of 63 burglaries in which nearly $98,000 in property and cash was taken as well as 20 separate robberies in a week's time.

UA schedules annual Red-White game

posted: 10/25/2013 1:36 p.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas has scheduled the annual Red-White basketball game and released the rosters for the two teams.

7 historic Arkansas properties join national register

posted: 10/25/2013 1:29 p.m.

Seven Arkansas properties, including the state's first skyscraper, have been added to the National Register of Historic Places, state officials said Friday.

Arkansas Best maintains 3-cent dividend

posted: 10/25/2013 12:57 p.m.

Fort Smith-based Arkansas Best Corp. has again declared a quarterly cash dividend of 3 cents, the freight transportation services company said Friday.

7.3-magnitude quake rocks Japan

updated: 10/25/2013 12:54 p.m.

TOKYO — An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck Saturday morning off Japan's east coast, near the crippled Fukushima nuclear site, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Japan's emergency agencies declared a tsunami warning for the area.

Ex-correctional officer wanted in rape case surrenders

posted: 10/25/2013 12:38 p.m.

A former Arkansas Department of Correction officer wanted on a warrant in a rape case has turned himself in, authorities said Friday.

Gebhart resigns as Fayetteville athletic director

updated: 10/25/2013 7:42 p.m.

Barry Gebhart has resigned as athletic director of the Fayetteville School District following his arrest Tuesday in connection with Internet stalking of a minor.

P.A.M. Transportation posts 172% rise in 3rd-quarter profit

posted: 10/25/2013 12:38 p.m.

P.A.M. Transportation Services Inc. on Friday announced third-quarter net income of $2.39 million, up 172 percent from the $880,907 profit the company posted in the third quarter of 2012.

I-30 bridge lanes to shut for inspection

posted: 10/25/2013 12:19 p.m.

A bridge inspection on Interstate 30 will require lane closures Sunday on the I-30 bridge over the Arkansas River between Little Rock and North Little Rock, highway officials said.

FDA proposes rules for safer pet food

posted: 10/25/2013 12:05 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Amid incidents of pets dying from dog treats, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing long-awaited rules to make pet food and animal feed safer.

House in Little Rock heavily damaged in fire

posted: 10/25/2013 11:59 a.m.

A fire heavily damaged a house in Little Rock late Friday morning, officials said.

Ex-officer's sentencing delayed after perjury accusation

posted: 10/25/2013 11:23 a.m.

A sentencing hearing was delayed after prosecutors told a judge they believed the former Little Rock officer facing a prison term lied Friday when he took the stand.

HomeStyle: Mouse in house!

posted: 10/25/2013 11:12 a.m.

As the weather cools, they venture in to find food and warmth. And make themselves right at home in your home.

German spy chiefs to head to U.S. for talks

posted: 10/25/2013 11:09 a.m.

BRUSSELS — German spy chiefs will travel to Washington shortly to talk with U.S. officials about the spying allegations that have so angered Europe, including whether Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone was monitored by the National Security Agency.

UPS more than doubles third-quarter profit

posted: 10/25/2013 10:59 a.m.

DALLAS — A pickup in deliveries helped UPS more than double its profit from a year ago, when Big Brown took a hit from pension-restructuring costs.

Jurors wanted child-abuse charges against Ramseys

posted: 10/25/2013 10:43 a.m.

DENVER — Grand jurors who reviewed evidence in the death of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey indicted both of her parents on charges of child abuse resulting in death and being an accessory to a crime, including first-degree murder, according to documents released Friday.

El Dorado women get 7 years total for roles in bank robbery

posted: 10/25/2013 10:32 a.m.

A pair of El Dorado women have been sentenced to a total of seven years in prison for their roles in a 2011 bank robbery, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Conner Eldridge said.

Centennial Bank parent maintains dividend

posted: 10/25/2013 9:55 a.m.

Home BancShares Inc., the Conway-based parent company of Centennial Bank, has maintained the quarterly cash dividend paid to shareholders over the past three quarters.

Salvation Army puts out call for helpers

updated: 10/25/2013 11:32 a.m.

The Salvation Army of central Arkansas has planned a service fair next week to recruit seasonal workers and volunteers, including bell ringers for its annual Red Kettle Campaign.

Huckabee criticizes partisan gridlock, says run for president still possible

updated: 10/25/2013 1:24 p.m.

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee on Friday criticized the partisan stalemate in Washington, called on the Republican Party to find unity and said it's possible he'll make another bid for the White House.

Expansion planned at Pocahontas college's nursing program

posted: 10/25/2013 8:45 a.m.

POCAHONTAS — A technical college in northeast Arkansas will build a new nursing and science facility, thanks to a $9.5 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development.

Pulaski County school district sets annual-report forum

posted: 10/25/2013 8:02 a.m.

The Pulaski County Special School District will present to the public a recap of the district's 2012-13 operations at Tuesday. The 6 p.m. meeting will be held at the district's headquarters, 925 E. Dixon Road.

Wildlife officer honored for heroism in flooding

posted: 10/25/2013 7:12 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is honoring the heroism of a wildlife officer who died May 31 during flooding in western Arkansas.

Greek police arrest 2 suspected of buying baby

posted: 10/25/2013 7:12 a.m.

ATHENS, Greece — Greek police said Friday that they have arrested a childless couple in Athens on suspicion of buying an 8-month-old Roma girl and trying to register her as their own, amid international uproar over another little girl who was found living with unrelated Gypsies in Greece.

Ozark Bathhouse up for business proposals

posted: 10/25/2013 7:11 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS — The National Park Service is accepting proposals from businesses who want to open shop in an historic bathhouse in Hot Springs.

10 things to know for Friday

posted: 10/25/2013 7:05 a.m.

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

Tennessee Guard recruiter held in superiors' shooting

posted: 10/25/2013 7:02 a.m.

MEMPHIS — Subdued by fellow soldiers and arrested by local police, a Tennessee National Guardsman was being held Friday and awaiting charges in the shooting of two of his superiors at an armory north of Memphis.

In the news

posted: 10/25/2013 5:42 a.m.

Robert Gates, the former defense secretary under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, warned at a conference in Washington that the seductive power and precision of armed drones had led many in the White House and Congress to view war as a “bloodless, painless and odorless” affair.

Names and faces

posted: 10/25/2013 5:33 a.m.

Kenny Rogers still records and performs — when the mood strikes him — but he’s glad he no longer lives the life of a pop star. “I wouldn’t be out there today if you paid me,” he joked. Rogers long ago cemented his legacy in the world of popular music, and there will be another reminder of this when he’s finally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday with Bobby Bare and the late “Cowboy” Jack Clement.

Foreign spy offices told files at risk

posted: 10/25/2013 5:33 a.m.

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials are alerting some foreign intelligence services that documents detailing their secret cooperation with the United States have been obtained by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, according to government officials.

Portugal to resume hunt for British girl

posted: 10/25/2013 5:31 a.m.

LISBON, Portugal — More than six years after a British girl, Madeleine McCann, vanished from her bedroom during a family vacation in Portugal and five years after Portuguese police gave up trying to find her, authorities reopened the case Thursday, citing new evidence.

EU unites over fury at U.S. spying

posted: 10/25/2013 5:30 a.m.

BRUSSELS — European leaders united in anger Thursday as they attended a summit overshadowed by reports of widespread U.S. spying on its allies — allegations German Chancellor Angela Merkel said had shattered trust in President Barack Obama’s administration and undermined the crucial trans-Atlantic relationship.

8 states to work on zero-emission-vehicle fuel sites

posted: 10/25/2013 5:29 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — The governors of eight states, including California and New York, pledged Thursday to work together to create charging stations and other fueling infrastructure needed to get 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on those states’ roadways by 2025 to curb greenhouse gas pollution.

Conviction upheld in ’98 embassy blasts

posted: 10/25/2013 5:28 a.m.

NEW YORK — In a boost to U.S. efforts to gain intelligence from terrorism suspects before prosecuting them, a federal appeals court Thursday upheld the conviction of an ex-Guantanamo detainee in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.

First-flight claims have 3 states wound up

posted: 10/25/2013 5:27 a.m.

Ohio and North Carolina drew a line on the tarmac Thursday in the fight over who was first to make a powered airplane flight.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/25/2013 5:26 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is more than a website problem.The website should have been the easy part. I’m also concerned about what happens next. Will enrollment glitches become provider payment glitches? Will patients show up at their doctor’s office or hospital only to be told that they aren’t covered, or even in the system?” Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., on problems plaguing the federal insurance exchange central to President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul

2 shot near Tennessee Navy base

posted: 10/25/2013 5:26 a.m.

MILLINGTON, Tenn. — A member of the National Guard opened fire at an armory outside a U.S. Navy base in Tennessee, wounding two soldiers before being subdued and disarmed by others soldiers, officials said Thursday.

Obama pushes GOP on immigration

posted: 10/25/2013 5:25 a.m.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday launched a new effort to pass immigration legislation by the end of the year, urging House Republicans to “take a closer look at the polls” and approve the languishing Senate measure.

Pirates take 2 Americans from U.S. ship

posted: 10/25/2013 5:24 a.m.

Pirates attacked an American-flagged oil industry vessel off the Nigerian coast early Thursday and abducted the captain and the chief engineer, both U.S. citizens, the Nigerian navy and a private security firm reported. The abductions appeared to be the first involving U.S. hostages in that region in at least two years.

Kenyan police summon reporters

posted: 10/25/2013 5:23 a.m.

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenyan police want to question two journalists and the chief executive of their employer over an investigative TV report that suggested four terrorists may have escaped after killing 67 people in a Nairobi mall attack last month, an official said Thursday.

1 dies, 40 hurt in Mexican factory blast

posted: 10/25/2013 5:22 a.m.

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — An explosion inside a candy factory in the border city of Ciudad Juarez on Thursday left one person dead and at least 40 injured, Mexican authorities said. Several workers remain missing.

LR district to get ‘face to face’ over desegregation aid

posted: 10/25/2013 5:20 a.m.

The Little Rock School District will take a more personal approach to its efforts to reach a settlement with the state of Arkansas over desegregation aid, the district’s School Board decided Thursday.

The world in brief

posted: 10/25/2013 5:20 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The United States of America and Europe face common challenges.We are allies. But such an alliance can only be built on trust.

61 more women set free by Syria

posted: 10/25/2013 5:19 a.m.

BEIRUT — Dozens of female detainees were quietly freed by Syrian authorities, activists and a lawyer said Thursday, the latest in a three-way prisoner exchange occurring despite rival factions largely opposing any bartered deals in the civil war.

N. Korea says it’ll release 6 from South

posted: 10/25/2013 5:18 a.m.

SEOUL, South Korea — In a surprise move that could help ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea said Thursday that it would release six South Koreans it has been holding in detention, according to South Korean officials.

Night curfews reduced in Egypt

posted: 10/25/2013 5:17 a.m.

CAIRO — Egypt’s government announced Thursday it once again shortened a nighttime curfew put in place more than two months ago in much of the country over unrest after the ouster of the country’s president.

Democrats urge delay in health-care rules

posted: 10/25/2013 5:16 a.m.

WASHINGTON — After uniting against Republican efforts earlier this month to delay President Barack Obama’s health-care law, a growing number Democrats in Congress now want to extend the enrollment deadline, and one senator wants to delay the penalty for not complying.

D.C. chase driver had delusions, police say

posted: 10/25/2013 5:14 a.m.

HARTFORD, Conn. — A woman who was shot to death after a car chase outside the U.S. Capitol this month had been under delusions that government cameras kept her under constant surveillance, and her boyfriend contacted police several times to express concerns about the safety of their daughter, according to records released Thursday.

State sees dip in parched areas

posted: 10/25/2013 5:12 a.m.

Though dry conditions continue in portions of Arkansas, 17.34 percent of the state was in moderate drought Tuesday, a drop from 22.63 percent a week ago, according to a weekly report released Thursday by the Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In the same report, 0.66 percent of the state — in Union County — remained in severe drought, the same as last week, and 48.72 percent of the state was classified as abnormally dry, down from 50.16 percent a week ago.

Legislators to work on bill to curb towing fees

posted: 10/25/2013 5:11 a.m.

Legislators said Thursday that they want to do more to stop the excessive fees that people sometimes encounter when their vehicles are towed without their consent.

State justices hear felon-as-agent case

posted: 10/25/2013 5:10 a.m.

An El Dorado hospital should not have to face a wrongful-death lawsuit because the deceased patient’s son who filed it is a convicted felon, a lawyer for the hospital told the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday.

Arkansas flier found dead in Oklahoma wreckage

posted: 10/25/2013 5:09 a.m.

An Arkansas man was killed when his plane crashed in the Ouachita Mountains in southeast Oklahoma, officials reported.

Ross says slash tax on upgrades to factory gear

posted: 10/25/2013 5:06 a.m.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross said Thursday that he wants to cut the state’s sales and use tax on the partial replacement and repair of machinery used in manufacturing.

Former prison guard sought in rape

posted: 10/25/2013 5:05 a.m.

Pulaski County sheriff ’s deputies are seeking a former Arkansas Department of Correction guard who authorities said followed a woman home from a Little Rock bar and raped her.

JPs approve sheriff’s budgets

posted: 10/25/2013 5:03 a.m.

The Pulaski County Quorum Court on Thursday approved all five of the sheriff’s office budgets and moved the vote on a steep budget increase request from the assessor’s office until Tuesday to verify the request’s impact on the general fund.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 10/25/2013 5:03 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.

President of college in Spa City to retire

posted: 10/25/2013 5:02 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS — National Park Community College President Sally Carder announced her retirement to faculty and staff members Wednesday afternoon after notifying the board of trustees.

Jackson joining Donaghey board

posted: 10/25/2013 5:01 a.m.

Little Rock nonprofit organization founder Keith Jackson is the newest member of the board of the George W. Donaghey Foundation.

Daily record

posted: 10/25/2013 5:01 a.m.

Meeting announcements published exclusively on Arkansas Online, the newspaper’s website, can be found at 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 supportgroupform/ and submitting the appropriate information. Births The following is a list of those births reported to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette by area hospitals. It may not be a complete list since parents may ask the hospital not to publicly release the news of a birth.

Molester convicted in retrial, gets 40 years

posted: 10/25/2013 5:01 a.m.

Asked to choose between two depictions of Andrew Montgomery “Andy” Holland, a Pulaski County jury sided with prosecutors Thursday who called the convicted sex offender a force of destruction who left broken men in his wake.

Police beat

posted: 10/25/2013 4:59 a.m.

2 with guns wrest cash from registers Little Rock police are looking for two men who robbed a convenience store Wednesday.

Man gets 7 years in child-porn case

posted: 10/25/2013 4:58 a.m.

A 50-year-old Hot Springs man was sentenced Thursday to more than seven years in federal prison without parole for downloading child pornography from the Internet, announced Conner Eldridge, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Arkansas.

UAM campuses accept $635,000 to upgrade Net

posted: 10/25/2013 4:57 a.m.

MONTICELLO — Two University of Arkansas at Monticello satellite campuses received a combined $635,000 on Thursday to update Internet download speeds.

Rogers man admits he bilked investors

posted: 10/25/2013 4:56 a.m.

FORT SMITH — A Rogers man charged in federal court in a million-dollar investment scam earlier this year has pleaded guilty in the case to charges of mail fraud, securities fraud and money laundering, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

State offering grants for Heritage Month

posted: 10/25/2013 4:55 a.m.

Organizations from across Arkansas are invited to apply for grants to help pay for projects and events that the groups plan for Heritage Month, to be observed in May, the Department of Arkansas Heritage announced.

Man shot in head dies after 3 days

posted: 10/25/2013 4:54 a.m.

A Little Rock man died Wednesday, three days after he was shot, Little Rock police said.

Rep’s Red subject of panel discussion

posted: 10/25/2013 4:54 a.m.

Bob Hupp, producing artistic director at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, will host a panel discussion on the theater’s production of Red today at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.

Arkansas Supreme Court

posted: 10/25/2013 4:54 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court released opinions Thursday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at PROCEEDINGS OF OCT. 24, 2013 JUSTICE COURTNEY HUDSON GOODSON CV-12-1065. Virginia McCreary Skalla v.


posted: 10/25/2013 4:53 a.m.

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

William Neal Harrison: Professor coached writers beyond UA

posted: 10/25/2013 4:49 a.m.

Even though his health was declining, the founder of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville creative writing program still sent detailed critiques to former students.

Other days

posted: 10/25/2013 4:48 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 25, 1913 While scores of outcasts hopefully await the day they will be released from the towering walls which keep them prisoners, “Buck” Patterson is just as anxious to be placed behind those barriers against the world. Patterson, after recently having been found in a local hotel apparently suffering from poison and given medical treatment, has disappeared. He was committed to the penitentiary to serve five years for manslaughter and pen officials believe that, growing impatient because his commitment has not arrived, he has started to walk to Russellville, where he can secure the ruling which means five wasted years of his life.

EDITORIALS: Now he tells us …

posted: 10/25/2013 4:48 a.m.

ONLY NOW does Obamacare’s namesake call the press to the Rose Garden, which is much better tended than his signature program, to acknowledge what everybody already knows: There are, well, a few problems with his signature program. Problems are now known as glitches in the specialized language used to minimize politicians’ mistakes, however colossal. As if they were but technical problems. Just press 4. . . .

COLUMNISTS: About that football club …

posted: 10/25/2013 4:47 a.m.

Bob Costas is one of the premier sportscasters and a very smart guy, so it was somewhat surprising to see him join the chorus of those decrying the fact that the owner of the Washington Redskins is resisting pressures to change the name of his football team.

Press 4 if you’re mad . . .

posted: 10/25/2013 4:46 a.m.

Please listen carefully as our menu options have changed. Press 1 if failure is not an option. President Barack Obama pressed the wrong button. He got the Affordable Care Act passed and then rested on his laurels. How sad to see our tech-savvy commander-in-chief, who blew billions on a website that is worse than any state’s DMV, direct frustrated consumers to a 1-800 number like an infomercial host on late-night cable.

OTHERS SAY: No excuse

posted: 10/25/2013 4:44 a.m.

The successful launch of the Washington (state) Health Benefit Exchange stands in sharp contrast to the high-tech turmoil in the other Washington.

Guest writer: An election lesson

posted: 10/25/2013 4:44 a.m.

The decision by Congressman Tim Griffin to not seek reelection for his congressional seat in Arkansas’ 2nd District has spurred a flurry of rumors and leaks to the press about who will vie to replace him.

Call team the Red Herrings

posted: 10/25/2013 4:43 a.m.

Of all the miseries endured by the residents of Washington, D.C., it’s inexplicable—and indefensible—that the debate over the name of the city’s professional football team has hit paydirt among national headlines.


posted: 10/25/2013 4:42 a.m.

Ayn Rand struck again Tim Griffin equals Atlas Shrugged. MIKE BROWN Redfield Brought back memory A while back, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ran an item written by Paul Greenberg about his visit to Archer City, a small town in Texas.

Colquitt adept to lead Bruins

posted: 10/25/2013 4:39 a.m.

Tyler Colquitt has been playing football so long at Pulaski Academy that he wonders, jokingly, if people are starting to question if he’ll ever leave the independent private school in west Little Rock.

Early on, all praise for Portis

posted: 10/25/2013 4:37 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson said Bobby Portis doesn’t have to take the basketball program back to the NCAA Tournament all by himself.

WORLD SERIES: CARDINALS 4, RED SOX 2: Red Sox reciprocate

posted: 10/25/2013 4:36 a.m.

BOSTON — Just when it seemed Michael Wacha had cracked, the St. Louis Cardinals began scooting around the bases and tied the World Series.

LIKE IT IS: South Carolina at Missouri tops weak week

posted: 10/25/2013 4:34 a.m.

Arkansas will be enjoying its first open weekend of the season while Florida and Georgia get their second off day.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/25/2013 4:32 a.m.

Dye flings dirt over playoff panel member Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s appointment to the newly formed College Football Playoff selection committee has borne its share of criticism. But Kevin Sherrington of The Dallas Morning News points out that she’s just as qualified to serve on the committee as the other members are.

Off the wire

posted: 10/25/2013 4:32 a.m.

GOLF Moore takes lead Ryan Moore had 10 birdies in a 9-under 63 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic. Keegan Bradley opened with a 65 on Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club’s West Course in the event also sanctioned by the Asian Tour.

COMMENTARY: Muschamp now coaching for his job

posted: 10/25/2013 4:30 a.m.

Will Muschamp is a good football coach — a very good football coach.

Lasoski gets jump with Open victory

posted: 10/25/2013 4:29 a.m.

Danny Lasoski still has never won the Short Track Nationals, but his performance Wednesday night put him on a short list of favorites.

Frustrations with Eagles have endured

posted: 10/25/2013 4:28 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA — The City of Brotherly Love is hardly imbued with that spirit when it comes to the Eagles these days.

THE RECRUITING GUY: 6-7 Houston athlete catches on as football recruit

posted: 10/25/2013 4:27 a.m.

Receiver Frank Iheanacho has gone from unknown to one of the nation’s hottest prospects and has received numerous scholarship offers, including one from Arkansas since the start of the season.

Har-Ber defensive end gets offer from Hogs

posted: 10/25/2013 4:24 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber defensive end Jake Hall became the fifth in-state prospect to receive a scholarship offer from Arkansas when he and his family met with Coach Bret Bielema Wednesday night.

SEC: Prescott does it all as Bulldogs hold on

posted: 10/25/2013 4:23 a.m.

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Dak Prescott threw for 268 yards and 2 touchdowns and also caught a 17-yard touchdown pass to lead Mississippi State past Kentucky, 28-22 on Thursday night.

Josey has faith in knee, offense

posted: 10/25/2013 4:22 a.m.

A hush fell over Missouri’s Memorial Stadium with 5:17 remaining in the third quarter last Saturday. In an otherwise raucous 36-17 romp over Florida, all anyone suddenly cared about was Henry Josey’s health.

Coach: ASU going back to basics

posted: 10/25/2013 4:22 a.m.

JONESBORO — J.D. McKissic wasn’t able to offer much insight into how Arkansas State can revive a suddenly sluggish offense late Tuesday night.

NFL: Newton, Panthers keep Bucs winless

posted: 10/25/2013 4:20 a.m.

TAMPA, Fla. — Cam Newton is playing some of the best football of his three-year NFL career, and the surging Carolina Panthers are back over.500 for the first time in five years.

Great American Conference report

posted: 10/25/2013 4:20 a.m.

It is hard to say who made the biggest play in the Harding Bisons’ 36-33 victory at Ouachita Baptist on Saturday, but Donatella Luckett certainly gets a mention.

NFL notes

posted: 10/25/2013 4:19 a.m.

BRONCOS Manning practices ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Peyton Manning returned to practice Thursday after the Denver Broncos held him out a day earlier because of a minor ankle injury. Joining Manning on the practice field was right tackle Orlando Franklin, who missed last week’s game with a sprained left ankle.

GREENWOOD AT FORT SMITH SOUTHSIDE: Greenwood rides streak to Southside

posted: 10/25/2013 4:18 a.m.

The bar has been raised so high at Greenwood that perfection on the scoreboard isn’t enough, at least at this point in the 2013 season.

Week 7 top performers

posted: 10/25/2013 4:16 a.m.

CLASS 7A JARVIS COOPER, West Memphis, ran 16 times for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns. MATT CUMMINS, Conway, kicked a 50-yard field goal. STANLEY GAINES, West Memphis, rushed for 77 yards and 1 touchdown and had 2 sacks. BRANDON GATES, Rogers Heritage, carried 33 times for 243 yards and 1 touchdown. TY GALYEAN, Rogers, ran 18 times for 119 yards.

Today’s games

posted: 10/25/2013 4:14 a.m.

CLASS 7A/6A 7A/6A-CENTRAL Conway at LR Parkview, 7 p.m. FS Northside at LR Catholic, 7 p.m. Greenwood at FS Southside, 7 p.m. Russellville at LR Hall, 7 p.m. 7A/6A-WEST Fayetteville at Siloam Springs, 7:30 p.m. Rogers Heritage at Springdale, 7:30 p.m. Springdale Har-Ber at Rogers, 7:30 p.m. Van Buren at Bentonville, 7:30 p.m. 7A/6A-SOUTH Lake Hamilton at Benton, 7 p.m. Pine Bluff at El Dorado, 7 p.m. Sheridan at LR Fair, 7 p.m. Texarkana at Bryant, 7 p.m. 7A/6A-EAST West Memphis at Cabot, 7 p.m. Jonesboro at Searcy, 7 p.m. LR Central at Mountain Home, 7 p.m. North Little Rock at Marion, 7 p.m.

Bryant files suit over conference assignment

posted: 10/25/2013 4:14 a.m.

Bryant is suing the Arkansas Activities Association over its conference assignment for the 2014-2016 cycle, school district Superintendent Randy Rutherford said. The expected move comes roughly a month after the AAA’s 20-member board of directors voted unanimously to deny Bryant’s appeal to remain in the 7A/6A-South in the next cycle. The AAA, which administers rules and regulations agreed upon by member schools, has assigned Bryant to 7A/6A-Central in 2014-2016.

College football schedule

posted: 10/25/2013 4:13 a.m.

All Times Central (Subject to change) TODAY FAR WEST Boise St. (5-2 ) at BYU (5-2 ), 6 p.m.


posted: 10/25/2013 4:12 a.m.

BASKETBALL NBA NBA—Suspended Phoenix F Markieff Morris one regular season game, without pay, for elbowing Oklahoma City F-C Serge Ibaka in the face in a game on Oct. 22. PHOENIX SUNS—Waived G-F James Nunnally.


posted: 10/25/2013 4:12 a.m.

INJURY REPORT NEW YORK (AP) — The updated National Football League injury report, as provided by the league: SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS at JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS — 49ERS: OUT: WR Quinton Patton (foot). DNP: WR Jon Baldwin (illness), DT Glenn Dorsey (hamstring), DT Ray McDonald (biceps), DT Justin Smith (shoulder). LIMITED: G Alex Boone (shoulder), T Anthony Davis (shoulder), RB Frank Gore (ankle)

High school basketball

posted: 10/25/2013 4:11 a.m.

THURSDAY’S RESULTS BOYS Conway St. Joseph 62, LISA Academy 52 TONIGHT’S GAMES Armorel at Riverside Bradley at Blevins Cossatot River at Emerson Guy-Perkins at Western Grove Haas Hall at Lead Hill Kirby at Ouachita LISA Academy at KIPP Delta Marmaduke at Crowley’s Ridge Mount Vernon-Enola at Concord Oden at Sparkman Shirley at Wonderview St. Joe at Rural Special St. Paul at Eureka Springs Timbo at Bruno-Pyatt Viola at Sloan-Hendrix WS Greers Ferry at Sacred Heart White Co. Central at Bradford Bad Boys Mowers Classic at Izard County Flippin vs. Maynard Nemo Vista vs. Hillcrest Norfork Classic Valley Springs vs. Cotter SS Bee Branch vs. Norfork

Commission honors fallen wildlife officer

posted: 10/25/2013 4:11 a.m.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission began its October meeting Thursday with an emotional tribute to Joel Campora, a wildlife officer who died May 31 in rural Scott County along with Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter while trying to rescue a family from a flood.

State sports briefs

posted: 10/25/2013 4:09 a.m.

ATHLETICS UA football, men’s basketball grad rates low in SEC Arkansas’ football and men’s basketball graduation success rates (GSR) were the lowest in the Southeastern Conference for players who entered school from 2003 to 2006, according to NCAA statistics released Thursday. The Razorbacks’ football team had a graduation rate of 54 percent over that time, while the basketball team had a graduation rate of 10 percent.

World Series report

posted: 10/25/2013 4:08 a.m.

BOSTON — Former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera made a tantalizing — but not at all serious — offer to baseball Commissioner Bud Selig on Thursday: another farewell tour, this time in the NL.

Fed goal: 30 days’ liquidity for banks

posted: 10/25/2013 4:02 a.m.

Banks would have to hold enough easy-to-sell assets to survive a 30-day credit drought under a rule proposed Thursday by the Federal Reserve that likely will have the greatest effect on banks with big trading operations such as JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Jobless claims slide to 350,000

posted: 10/25/2013 4:01 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits dropped 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 350,000 last week, the Labor Department said Thursday. The less-volatile four-week average jumped by nearly 11,000 to 348,250.

Net slips, but Ford tops forecast

posted: 10/25/2013 4:01 a.m.

DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that its net income fell 22 percent in the third quarter, to $1.27 billion, as the company took special charges related to restructuring its European operations and its U.S. pension obligations.

U.S. sees trade gap get wider in August

posted: 10/25/2013 4 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit widened slightly in August, dragged lower by a modest decline in exports as U.S. farmers sold fewer agricultural products overseas.

August had jump in job openings

posted: 10/25/2013 3:59 a.m.

Job openings in the U.S. increased in August to the highest level in three months, signaling progress in the labor market.


posted: 10/25/2013 3:58 a.m.

Stock buy gives fund 8.5% of USA Truck Stone House Capital Management LLC of New York has purchased 900,000 shares of USA Truck, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Business news in brief

posted: 10/25/2013 3:57 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It was a really, really great quarter.” Bob Shanks, Ford Motor Co. chief financial officer Article, 1D Tyson halts shipping cattle from Canada Tyson Foods Inc. will stop the purchase of cattle shipped directly to the company from Canada because of changes in the rules on country-of-origin labeling.

MARKET REPORT: Ford profit helps drive stocks up

posted: 10/25/2013 3:56 a.m.

NEW YORK — Another dose of strong corporate earnings, this time from Ford, Southwest Airlines and others, helped push the stock market higher Thursday.

Amazon narrows loss with sales gain

posted: 10/25/2013 3:55 a.m.’s revenue rose more than Wall Street expected in its fiscal third quarter, but the online retailer posted another loss that was attributed to ongoing investments in its business.

Earnings report

posted: 10/25/2013 3:54 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Thursday included: Altria Group Inc., the tobacco company, a proÿt of $1.39 billion, or 70 cents a share, up from $657 million, or 32 cents a share, a year ago. Revenue rose 6.6 percent to $4.8 billion. Shares fell 42 cents to close at $35.96.


posted: 10/25/2013 3:52 a.m.

New this week Inequality for All 87 PG In Jacob Kornbluth’s documentary, former Clinton administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich champions the middle class and demonstrates how the widening income gap has had a devastating impact on the American economy. (89 minutes)


posted: 10/25/2013 3:52 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) Attila, not rated American soldiers awaken the wrath of 15-centuries-dead Attila the Hun, and his mummy will stop at nothing to kill the intruders. With Poncho Hodges, Chris Conrad, Todd Grant Kimsey, Matt Kriger; directed by Emmanuel Itier. Opens Thursday

REVIEW: Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

posted: 10/25/2013 3:51 a.m.

Strip the danger out of Borat and the injuries out of Jackass and you’ve got a bead on Bad Grandpa, a fitfully funny, semiscripted Jackass outing built around elaborately staged pranks played on the unsuspecting.


posted: 10/25/2013 3:49 a.m.

Before Midnight directed by Richard Linklater (R, 108 minutes) The sequel to Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004), again directed by Richard Linklater, picks up nine years after viewers left Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) trading witty, romantic and devastating remarks in Paris.

ON FILM: Don’t peg Mustain as just a sports film

posted: 10/25/2013 3:48 a.m.

“You are witnessing the beginning of what could be the Mitch Mustain era at Arkansas.” — ESPN announcer Mike Patrick after Mitch Mustain completed a 43-yard pass to his high school teammate Damian Williams during his first drive as a collegiate quarterback I don’t know what you were like when you were 17 or 18 years old, but I know I was an idiot.

CHEETAHS never prosper

posted: 10/25/2013 3:46 a.m.

The Counselor is a special film in that it manages to make viewers indifferent to the fates of Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. Moonlighting novelist Cormac McCarthy, the mind behind Blood Meridian, All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men and The Road, has managed to craft a story involving sex, drugs, religion, philosophy and grisly deaths that leaves one almost wanting to thank the characters for removing themselves from the gene pool.

Box office still in Gravity’s grip

posted: 10/25/2013 3:44 a.m.

Carrie was unable to spook the unflappable Gravity at the box office this past weekend, as the hit 3-D space drama easily claimed No. 1 for the third week in a row.


posted: 10/25/2013 3:41 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’ve noticed several times in your column that you say salvation is a “free gift” from God. Does this mean I don’t have to be good in order to go to heaven? That doesn’t seem right. — M.D.


posted: 10/25/2013 3:40 a.m.

Happy birthday. You identify with the misfits, and this very same group will help you rule the mainstream. November shows you running things. December and July are financial highs. February highlights your tie with an affectionate someone. Trying to do things the easy way will lead to mistakes. Go for integrity in all things. Aquarius and Capricorn people adore you.

Film clips

posted: 10/25/2013 3:39 a.m.

At area theaters 70 BAGGAGE CLAIM, PG-13 Paula Patton plays a flight attendant who racks up 30,000 miles and countless comedic encounters trying to find Mr. Right so she can get engaged before her youngest sister’s wedding — in a month. (96 minutes)


posted: 10/25/2013 3:37 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Did you know that conserving water now can reduce your water bill later? Most water companies do “winter averaging.” To determine the sewer portion of your bill, the water company monitors the water usage in the winter months, usually mid-November to mid-March.

Super Quiz: Fair and otherwise

posted: 10/25/2013 3:36 a.m.

1. What kind of bird does the “Ugly Duckling” turn out to be? 2.Which king called his unattractive wife the “Flanders Mare” ? 3. By what name was Joseph Merrick better known?

REVIEW: Inequality for All

posted: 10/25/2013 3:36 a.m.

Some of us have long known that Robert Reich, who served as secretary of labor in Bill Clinton’s administration, is a pretty engaging speaker. He has always been sort of a “fighting young priest who can talk to the youth” sort of economist — the kind you wish you’d had explaining rational choice theory and monetarism back when you were in school. You might have still ended up with a skull full of mush but at least you’d have been entertained.

REVIEW: Parkland

posted: 10/25/2013 3:34 a.m.

The story of the John F. Kennedy assassination is as deeply ingrained into our national consciousness as any Shakespearean tragedy or Greek myth. The whole affair — from the Texas School Book Depository, Zapruder film, and Jackie’s pink Chanel suit to Jack Ruby and the magic bullet — is like biblical allegory minus the obvious moral conclusion to draw.


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posted: 10/25/2013 3:26 a.m.

ROGERS HIGH 25 BENTONVILLE BLACK 14 THE GAME: Rogers High quarterback Grayson Lee ran for 90 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the Mounties past Bentonville Black on Thursday in Northwest Arkansas Conference football action at Tiger Stadium.

Health website’s late trial told

posted: 10/25/2013 12:41 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Federal officials did not fully test the online health insurance marketplace until two weeks before it opened to the public Oct. 1, contractors told Congress on Thursday.

Bielema not losing sight of big picture

posted: 10/25/2013 12:40 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema made it sound like Arkansas’ coaching staff is as frustrated with the Razorbacks’ five game losing streak as Arkansas fans.

Prison numbers swell to new high

posted: 10/25/2013 12:39 a.m.

PINE BLUFF — The Arkansas Department of Correction reached a historic-high inmate population Thursday as changes made this summer to the state’s parole system continue to cram county jails with inmates awaiting beds to open up in the already crowded state prisons.

State health-exchange website’s visits plunge

posted: 10/25/2013 12:37 a.m.

Traffic to a state website offering information on Arkansas’ health-insurance exchange has fallen “dramatically” since enrollment began Oct. 1, the state Insurance Department said in a report to a legislative committee on Thursday.

Two execs in state on bonus list, Entergy says in seeking rate rise

posted: 10/25/2013 12:36 a.m.

Only two of the 53 Entergy Corp. executives eligible for long-term incentive compensation in Entergy Arkansas’ rate case currently before the Public Service Commission live in Arkansas, the state’s largest utility said Thursday.

Board OKs buying land for possible school site

posted: 10/25/2013 12:34 a.m.

The Little Rock School Board on Thursday granted one long-standing request from residents in the northwest part of the city but demurred on another.

Prosecutors OK’d to back accused killer

posted: 10/25/2013 12:13 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court decided Thursday to let the state’s prosecuting attorneys weigh in on the side of a Phillips County capital-murder defendant who is challenging a circuit judge’s authority to appoint a special prosecutor.

Chief suspended for strip-club tab

posted: 10/25/2013 12:07 a.m.

Bryant Police Chief Mark Kizer has been suspended for five days for securing reimbursement from the city for a steak dinner purchased at an upscale Orlando, Fla., strip club this summer.

Thursday, October 24

Ex-correctional officer sought in rape case

updated: 10/24/2013 4:54 p.m.

Authorities are searching for a man suspected of following a woman home from a Little Rock bar and sexually assaulting her.

Going Deep: Travs Logos are Cool But Not Big Draw for Me

posted: 10/24/2013 3:38 p.m.

Minor league sports, especially baseball, is all about promotions. The Arkansas Travelers have promoted their butts off leading up to the unveiling of their new look Wednesday night. Golden ticket baseballs hidden around central Arkansas and a social media frenzy leading up to a big unveiling party at Dickey-Stephens Park. The designs are sharp. I love how the “Swamp Camo” is a blend of Arkansas cypress trees and sage grass. There apparently is a new mascot coming, too, (i’ll miss Shelly) — a creature that is a omen of good luck (whatever that is). Anyway, there was a lot of hype leading

Missing plane found; Arkansas pilot dead

posted: 10/24/2013 3:04 p.m.

POTEAU, Okla. — The wreckage of a small plane that disappeared while flying from Searcy, Ark., to Elk City, Okla., has been found in southeastern Oklahoma and the pilot found dead.

Three arrested in Bryant after guns, stolen items found

posted: 10/24/2013 2:28 p.m.

Three men were arrested early Thursday morning after authorities found them in possession of weapons and several stolen items.

One held in shooting on Navy property in Tennessee

updated: 10/24/2013 1:55 p.m.

MILLINGTON, Tenn. — A gunman opened fire at a U.S. Navy facility in Tennessee before being taken into custody Thursday, wounding two service members and prompting a lockdown, the military said.

Study ties neighborhood, education to stroke-death risk

posted: 10/24/2013 12:29 p.m.

State researchers found in a multiyear study that economic environment and education are tied to an increased risk of stroke death more than the commonly cited factors of hypertension and ethnicity.

Hot Springs man gets 7+ years for child porn

posted: 10/24/2013 12:18 p.m.

A 50-year-old Hot Springs man has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for downloading child pornography, authorities said Thursday.

Walmart Foundation boosts nutrition program by $2.5 million

posted: 10/24/2013 12:12 p.m.

The Walmart Foundation said Thursday a $2.5 million grant to support a program that teaches families how to select and cook nutritious foods on a budget.

Gunman gets cash after threatening to kill gas station clerk

posted: 10/24/2013 12:02 p.m.

Two men escaped with cash after robbing a Little Rock gas station at gunpoint late Wednesday night, authorities said.

Facing The Music: Thursday Night Music

posted: 10/24/2013 11:50 a.m.

Find out what's happening when it comes to Thursday night music in and around Little Rock.

Two students robbed at gunpoint near Arkansas Baptist College

posted: 10/24/2013 11:40 a.m.

Authorities are looking for a robber who held up two students early Thursday near Arkansas Baptist College.

Domestic dispute leads to damage at NLR business

posted: 10/24/2013 11:31 a.m.

A North Little Rock business will have to undergo a few repairs after a domestic dispute in a car led the driver to crash in front of it.

CRIME MAP: 12 burglaries, $15,000+ reported taken in Little Rock on Wednesday

posted: 10/24/2013 11:18 a.m.

The Little Rock Police Department took reports of 12 burglaries and one robbery across the city Wednesday.

Health site builders said more testing was needed

posted: 10/24/2013 11:17 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Two contractors responsible for building the website said Thursday that they would have liked more time to test it.

U.S. job openings rise in August, but hiring flat

posted: 10/24/2013 11:09 a.m.

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers advertised more jobs in August but hiring was essentially flat, further evidence of a job market that has weakened after a promising start to the year.

8 states vow 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles by 2025

posted: 10/24/2013 11:08 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — The governors of eight states including California and New York pledged Thursday to get 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on roads by 2025 in an effort to curb greenhouse gas pollution.

Wal-Mart plans to accelerate China growth, add 110 stores

posted: 10/24/2013 11:04 a.m.

Wal-Mart executives outlined plans Thursday to open up to 110 new stores in China over the next three years while closing some poorly performing stores and remodeling older locations.

MovieStyle: Cormac McCarthy presents his case

posted: 10/24/2013 11:02 a.m.

Acclaimed novelist Cormac McCarthy tries his hand at screenwriting and the talent flocks to him: Ridley Scott directs Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Brad Pitt in The Counselor.

Outback Steakhouse held up in North Little Rock

posted: 10/24/2013 11:02 a.m.

A gunman escaped with cash after holding up an Outback Steakhouse in North Little Rock on Wednesday night, authorities said.

Victim dies three days after being shot in Little Rock

posted: 10/24/2013 10:14 a.m.

A man who was found shot Sunday has died from his injuries, police say.

Couple tried to buy tires with counterfeit, police say

posted: 10/24/2013 9:52 a.m.

An attempt to pay for nearly $1,000 in tires with fake money landed two Jacksonville residents in jail on Wednesday, police said.

Man tried to pilfer 78 cans of beer, police say

posted: 10/24/2013 8:48 a.m.

A Little Rock man was arrested Wednesday on accusations he attempted to steal a large quantity of beer from a local gas station.

Funeral set in Ashdown for Arkansas teenager

posted: 10/24/2013 8:45 a.m.

ASHDOWN — Memorial services are set for Friday for an Arkansas teenager whose death may have been caused by a rare infection spread by mosquitoes.

Rx-drug collections planned for Saturday

updated: 10/24/2013 9:44 a.m.

Law-enforcement agencies around the state will hold special collection events Saturday for those who want to clear their medicine cabinets of unwanted prescription drugs.

Report: Portugal reopens Madeleine McCann case

posted: 10/24/2013 7:37 a.m.

LISBON, Portugal — Portugal's public broadcaster says prosecutors are reopening the police investigation into the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann, after a review of evidence found new leads in the case.

Harding announces graduate nursing program

posted: 10/24/2013 7:17 a.m.

SEARCY — Harding University has announced plans for a new Master of Science Nursing degree program.

National Park Community College leader retiring

posted: 10/24/2013 7:16 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS — The first female president of National Park Community College is retiring next summer.

3 patient deaths probed at Memphis VA hospital

posted: 10/24/2013 7:12 a.m.

MEMPHIS — The Veterans Health Administration says inspectors have investigated the deaths of three patients who died in the emergency department at the Memphis VA Medical Center.

State Agriculture Hall of Fame seeks nominations

posted: 10/24/2013 7:11 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame is looking for nominations from the public for its class of 2013.

2 charged in meth case want trial delay

posted: 10/24/2013 7:10 a.m.

POCAHONTAS — Two men charged in a federal methamphetamine investigation in northeast Arkansas are asking that their November trial be delayed.

Study: Gold star nutrition ratings appear to work

posted: 10/24/2013 7:09 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A nutritional rating system using gold stars affixed to price labels on grocery store shelves appears to have shifted buying habits, potentially providing another tool to educate consumers on how to eat more healthfully, according to a new study.

Syria releases 61 women detainees, activists say

posted: 10/24/2013 7:07 a.m.

BEIRUT — Syrian authorities have released a total of 61 women detainees, an activist group said Thursday, the latest in a three-way prisoner exchange that was one of the more ambitious negotiated deals in the country's civil war in which rival factions remain largely opposed to any bartered peace.

10 things to know for Thursday

posted: 10/24/2013 7:06 a.m.

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

McDaniel rejects wording of political-spending item

posted: 10/24/2013 7:04 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure aimed at limiting corporate spending to influence elections in Arkansas.

U.S. ambassador summoned by Germany over NSA spying

posted: 10/24/2013 7:03 a.m.

BERLIN — Germany's Foreign Ministry summoned the U.S. ambassador Thursday after allegations that American intelligence may have targeted Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone.

Texarkana man killed after train hits vehicle

posted: 10/24/2013 6:19 a.m.

A Texarkana man is dead after his vehicle was struck by a train near Lewisville.

Doctor's office helps fulfill a child's dream

posted: 10/24/2013 6 a.m.

In November, a Saline County youngster will have a wish fulfilled with the help of Dr. Melanie Spann, her staff at Lifeline Chiropractic in Bryant and many of her patients. While every good deed is special, the doctor has a habit of making them happen. “We are always doing philanthropy,” Spann said. “I feel fortunate to have a practice in the community, and it’s important to give back.”

This week's events in the Tri-Lakes Area

posted: 10/24/2013 6 a.m.

Oct. 24 Affordable Care Act Class in Benton BENTON — The Saline County Library will host a public informational class regarding the Affordable Care Act at 5:30 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. The class will cover insurance enrollment processes and options, as well as qualifications. No registration is required. Note: This class is informational only. Individual assistance with the actual enrollment process is available by appointment only at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant and at the Herzfeld Library in Benton on alternating Mondays. For more information, call (501) 778-4766 or (501) 847-2166.

Popcorn made for sharing

posted: 10/24/2013 6 a.m.

Popcorn is not just for movies anymore. It’s found as an appetizer in gastropubs, a garnish or side dish in restaurants and as snack food on store shelves and in mall kiosks. Brides and event planners tint the fluffy kernels to match the party theme. Butter and salt are no longer popcorn’s only friends — gourmet flavors, some that are familiar and some not, are showing up in the supermarket and in adventurous home kitchens as well. And with popcorn balls on many people’s favorite treat list, October is the optimum time to observe National Popcorn Popping Month.

Campfire cooking: Crowd makes meals during National Dutch Oven Gathering

posted: 10/24/2013 6 a.m.

Cooking outdoors is fun, especially while camping in a state park, but for most people, the idea brings to mind a wienie roast or hamburgers on a grill, at most. That was not the case for 450 folks from 34 states and Canada who rendezvoused for the National Dutch Oven Gathering at DeGray Lake Resort State Park on Friday and Saturday.

Democrats: Fire culprits

posted: 10/24/2013 5:51 a.m.

Frustrated Democrats lamented Wednesday that persistent problems with new healthcare exchanges have inflicted damage on the public’s perception of the health overhaul — with some lawmakers insisting that President Barack Obama should ensure that those responsible lose their jobs.

Lobbyists swarm as House, Senate zero in on farm bill

posted: 10/24/2013 5:47 a.m.

As the House and Senate prepare to meet next week to work out differences in their farm bills, lobbying efforts are intensifying to get last-minute changes into the 1,000-page legislation that sets the nation’s farm and nutrition policies.

Germany’s leader scolds Obama on U.S. spying

posted: 10/24/2013 5:44 a.m.

The German government said Wednesday that it had received information that the cellphone of Chancellor Angela Merkel was under surveillance by U.S. intelligence services, and that she had called President Barack Obama to make clear that such practices — if confirmed — were “completely unacceptable.”

Baby Prince George christened

posted: 10/24/2013 5:42 a.m.

Dressed in a lace gown designed in the 1840s and doused with water from the River Jordan, 3-month-old Prince George, third in line to the British throne, was christened Wednesday in London.

Politically caustic tweets cost White House insider his job

posted: 10/24/2013 5:39 a.m.

A White House insider in the thick of negotiations over nuclear issues with Iran was fired after he was exposed as the voice of a Twitter feed that for more than two years criticized public figures and colleagues, a White House official confirmed late Tuesday.

Teen with pellet gun shot, killed

posted: 10/24/2013 5:38 a.m.

Northern California sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a 13-year-old boy after repeatedly telling him to drop what turned out to be a pellet gun that looked like an assault rifle, sheriff’s officials and family members said Wednesday.

Greenpeace activists given ‘hooligan’ label by Russia

posted: 10/24/2013 5:36 a.m.

Russia’s main investigative agency said Wednesday that it has dropped piracy charges against jailed Greenpeace activists and charged them instead with hooliganism, which could still mean years in prison.

14-year-old student held in slaying of math teacher

posted: 10/24/2013 5:35 a.m.

A 14-year-old high school student described by classmates as soft-spoken and pleasant was accused of killing a well liked math teacher whose body was found in the woods behind the Danvers school.

U.S. scores comparison a mixed bag

posted: 10/24/2013 5:33 a.m.

So how do U.S. eighth-graders do in math and science compared with their peers around the globe? Turns out it matters which state they live in, according to a study to be released today.

Tsarnaev defense: Misled by brother?

posted: 10/24/2013 5:32 a.m.

A strategy available to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers to save him from the death penalty in the Boston Marathon bombing is the argument that he fell under the murderous influence of his older brother, legal experts say.

McConnell earns praise of Kentucky Democrats

posted: 10/24/2013 5:31 a.m.

In the midst of a double-barreled re-election fight, Mitch McConnell is earning praise back home from some unlikely corners for brokering the deal that ended the partial government shutdown and averted a potential default on U.S. debt.

Ozone hole at pole ebbs a bit this year

posted: 10/24/2013 5:29 a.m.

Warm air at high altitudes this September and October helped shrink the man-made ozone hole near the South Pole ever so slightly, scientists say.

Oswald’s ring, Kennedy items in auction today

posted: 10/24/2013 5:28 a.m.

On the morning of Nov. 22, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald left his wedding ring in a cup on the dresser and left $170 in one of its drawers before he headed for work at the Texas School Book Depository.

Marines don’t forget Beirut

posted: 10/24/2013 5:26 a.m.

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — In a moment of quiet reflection, Ed Ayers sat in front of a wall etched with the names of 241 Americans who were slaughtered 30 years ago when a suicide bomber drove a truck into a four-story military barracks in Beirut. He wept as he remembered his own peacekeeping service before his unit was replaced by the troops who were attacked.

Work at nuke site in N. Korea noted

posted: 10/24/2013 5:24 a.m.

Satellite imagery shows North Korea has made new tunnel entrances at its nuclear test site in a sign it is preparing to conduct more underground explosions there in the future, a U.S. research institute said Wednesday.

Iran faces rigor, Kerry tells Israelis

posted: 10/24/2013 5:23 a.m.

Secretary of State John Kerry sought to assure Israel on Wednesday that the United States would insist on strict constraints on Iran’s nuclear program in its newly reinvigorated negotiations with Tehran.

Reports: 13 women are set free by Syria

posted: 10/24/2013 5:21 a.m.

The Syrian government released 13 female detainees, an official and an activist group said Wednesday, in a move that was seen as part of an ambitious regional prisoner exchange.

Bishop expelled after housing-costs inquiry

posted: 10/24/2013 5:19 a.m.

Pope Francis expelled a German bishop from his diocese Wednesday pending the outcome of a church inquiry into the bishop’s $43 million new residence complex.

India rips Pakistan over attacks

posted: 10/24/2013 5:17 a.m.

India on Wednesday accused Pakistani troops of firing guns and mortars on at least 50 Indian border posts overnight in disputed Kashmir, calling it the most serious cease-fire violation between the nuclear-armed neighbors in a decade.

Chinese paper: Reporter of wrongdoing jailed

posted: 10/24/2013 5:16 a.m.

A Chinese newspaper made a rare front page appeal Wednesday for police to release one of its reporters after he was detained for writing reports alleging financial misdeeds at a large, state-owned construction equipment company.

Nobelists call for end to nuke arms

posted: 10/24/2013 5:14 a.m.

Nobel Peace Prize laureates called on world leaders Wednesday to bring about the “universal, legal and verifiable elimination of nuclear weapons.” The statement, which came at the end of a three-day annual gathering of peace prize winners, also called for peaceful solutions to armed conflicts in Syria and elsewhere.

Trial tests bust’s fitness for Detroit

posted: 10/24/2013 5:14 a.m.

An attorney representing Detroit urged a judge Wednesday to allow the city to resolve staggering financial problems through bankruptcy, arguing that without it about 65 cents of every tax dollar eventually would be gobbled up by debts and other obligations.

Norway counseled Kenya mall suspect

posted: 10/24/2013 5:13 a.m.

Norway’s domestic intelligence service tried to prevent one of the suspected gunmen in the Nairobi mall attack from joining Somali militants more than three years ago but failed to talk him out of it, the agency’s chief said in an interview Wednesday.

The world in brief

posted: 10/24/2013 5:12 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is a crisis of confidence that will be hard to overcome.” — Guenther Geis, dean of the cathedral chapter in the Limburg, Germany, diocese, on Pope Francis’ decision to indefinitely expel Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst pending an inquiry of the bishop’s new $43 million residence complex

The nation in brief

posted: 10/24/2013 5:11 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “She was the nicest teacher anyone could ever have. She always had a warm smile on her face.” — Chris Weimert, 17, a former pupil of Colleen Ritzer, a 24-year-old math teacher in Massachusetts whose body was found behind Danvers High School in a slaying authorities say was committed by a 14-year-old student

Names and faces

posted: 10/24/2013 5:10 a.m.

Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch will return to public TV in January, keeping company on Sunday nights with the Downton Abbey crowd.

Getting it straight

posted: 10/24/2013 5:10 a.m.

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

In the news

posted: 10/24/2013 5:09 a.m.

Mitt Romney, the ex-presidential candidate, is building a 5,900-square-foot house in Utah with a study where a bookcase swivels open and leads into a hidden room with cabinets designated for office storage, according to architecture plans obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune.

Judges rule on doctor shuffle

posted: 10/24/2013 5:03 a.m.

A woman who was denied workers’ compensation-funded medical care after her physician died is allowed to continue the treatment with a new doctor, the Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.

Impact fees roil wastewater-rate panel

posted: 10/24/2013 5 a.m.

With members divided over what to do, the Little Rock Wastewater Utility’s rate advisory committee argued to a stalemate Wednesday evening on whether to continue supporting a recommendation to the city Board of Directors for impact fees on new sewer lines.

7-city lecture tour targets hog farm

posted: 10/24/2013 5 a.m.

The Buffalo River Watershed Alliance is sponsoring a seven-city tour to spread the message that large-scale farming operations rarely show up alone.

Mom of 1 slain boy: Forgiveness first

posted: 10/24/2013 4:58 a.m.

Pam Hobbs committed to forgiving the three men convicted of killing her son and two of his friends before later coming to believe that they were innocent, she told a Little Rock audience Wednesday.

Emergency team’s president to speak

posted: 10/24/2013 4:52 a.m.

Jeff Wood, the president and co-founder of Team Rubicon, will speak today at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.

Ex-lawmaker seeks county judge job

posted: 10/24/2013 4:51 a.m.

Former Arkansas legislator Barry Hyde on Wednesday became the first candidate to enter the race to be Pulaski County judge, seeking the Democratic nomination in the first race since 1988 in which County Judge Buddy Villines will not be running.

Train crash fatal to driver on tracks

posted: 10/24/2013 4:50 a.m.

A Texarkana man died early Wednesday when his vehicle was struck by a train in Lafayette County, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police crash report.

Daily record

posted: 10/24/2013 4:50 a.m.

Meeting announcements published exclusively on Arkansas Online, the newspaper’s website, can be found at An electronic form is available on the website to submit support group meeting announcements or changes. Readers can access that form by going to and submitting the appropriate information.

McDaniel rejects ballot title on election-spending proposal

posted: 10/24/2013 4:48 a.m.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Wednesday rejected a proposed ballot title and popular name for a possible ballot measure to limit spending by corporations in elections in Arkansas.

Police beat

posted: 10/24/2013 4:47 a.m.

LR police hunting gas-station robber Little Rock police are searching for a man who they say robbed a gas station Tuesday.

Arkansas Court of Appeals

posted: 10/24/2013 4:47 a.m.

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

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 10/24/2013 4:46 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: 10/24/2013 4:45 a.m.

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


posted: 10/24/2013 4:45 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball: 3-23-31-34-47 Powerball: 13 Estimated jackpot: $216 million

EDITORIALS: Exit Tim Griffin

posted: 10/24/2013 4:39 a.m.

IF THERE has been a more maligned Arkansas politician in the last few years than Tim Griffin, the congressman from the Second District, then you’d have to. . . .

COLUMNISTS: How Turkey betrayed us

posted: 10/24/2013 4:38 a.m.

A new report has sent a jolt through the world of spies and spy-handlers with revelations of a major betrayal by a key ally of the United States and the West.

Members of the jury …

posted: 10/24/2013 4:37 a.m.

News item: A 19-year-old Port St. Lucie, Fla., woman was arrested after she squirted her boyfriend with a water pistol while he was playing an Xbox video game quietly in his bedroom.

Of the opinion . . .

posted: 10/24/2013 4:37 a.m.

Recently a letter-writer dared this paper to refuse to print letters that claim as fact things that aren’t true.

A new game plan

posted: 10/24/2013 4:36 a.m.

Back in the 2000s when he was dabbling in punditry before finding his calling as a legislator, Republican state Sen. David Sanders of Little Rock talked a right-wing foundation into giving him a grant.


posted: 10/24/2013 4:35 a.m.

Part of the problem Sen. Mark Pryor stated the shutdown was an embarrassment for the country. I believe that Mr. Pryor is a part of the problem that exists in Washington.

Jason Molitor: Ministry director faced fears to help

posted: 10/24/2013 4:33 a.m.

When Jason Molitor’s college friends learned that he had a fear of heights, they often found work for him atop high places as a source of amusement.

Other days

posted: 10/24/2013 4:33 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 24, 1913 ZINC — Because it would cost $1 fare for her dog, while babies could ride free, a Mrs. Welchel of near Lead Hill, recently “put one over on the railroad company” by dressing her dog in baby clothes.


posted: 10/24/2013 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.


posted: 10/24/2013 4:29 a.m.

Economics professor, won Nobel Prize PITTSBURGH — Lawrence R. Klein, a longtime University of Pennsylvania professor who won the Nobel Prize in economics, has died. He was 93.

WORLD SERIES: RED SOX 8, CARDINALS 1: Klutzy Cardinals help Sox win

posted: 10/24/2013 4:28 a.m.

Given a bit of help by the umpires and a lot more by the St. Louis Cardinals, the Boston Red Sox turned this World Series opener into a laugher.

Jersey boys paying tribute to Thomas

posted: 10/24/2013 4:26 a.m.

Bret Bielema’s relationship with Robert Thomas has been one of his closest bonds with a player in his first season as Arkansas’ head coach.

Texarkana kids meet in Series

posted: 10/24/2013 4:21 a.m.

Michael Wacha remembered passing Will Middlebrooks a few years ago back in Texarkana, the small northeast Texas city where they grew up just across the border from Arkansas.

COMMENTARY: Texas Tech proving naysayers wrong

posted: 10/24/2013 4:20 a.m.

The bandwagon expands daily, with front-running fans eager to adopt an undefeated college football team in the mix for a BCS title.

Outdoor calendar

posted: 10/24/2013 4:19 a.m.

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

SEC report: No. 5 Tigers taking games step at a time

posted: 10/24/2013 4:16 a.m.

Missouri played a role in a slew of upsets in the SEC last week, when the Tigers beat Florida, Auburn beat Texas A&M, Tennessee beat South Carolina, Ole Miss beat LSU and Vanderbilt beat Georgia.

SEC BASKETBALL: 7 All-Americans propel Kentucky to No. 1

posted: 10/24/2013 4:15 a.m.

Kentucky’s basketball practices look a lot like a McDonald’s High School All-American game.

Targeting reversals quirk in system

posted: 10/24/2013 4:10 a.m.

More than 50 major college football players have been flagged this season for delivering high hits that can result in automatic ejection under the targeting rule. But almost 30 percent of those players were allowed to stay in the game when video replay revealed the call was in error.


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RAMS St. Louis brings in 2 QBs ST. LOUIS — Kellen Clemens joked he might be getting more than the usual allotment of practice snaps this week.

Stafford sets fondness for the Cowboys aside

posted: 10/24/2013 4:07 a.m.

Matthew Stafford grew up rooting for his hometown Dallas Cowboys and looking up to quarterback Troy Aikman.

7-0 Kansas City leading charmed season thus far

posted: 10/24/2013 4:06 a.m.

Chiefs Coach Andy Reid stepped to the podium Wednesday and, as usual, was about to begin his news conference by delivering a quick run-through of the injury report.

Arkadelphia double trouble for Ashdown

posted: 10/24/2013 4:05 a.m.

Ashdown Coach Matt Richardson said he’s discovered a way to stop Arkadelphia’s dynamic 1-2 punch of senior quarterback Jakahari Howell and senior tailback Kris Oliver.

High school football report

posted: 10/24/2013 4:04 a.m.

Westside moving forward Jonesboro Westside Coach Chad Mitchell said it’s sometimes better to take two steps backward before taking one step forward.


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CLASS 5A ETHAN ADAMS, Forrest City, completed 14 of 18 passes for 268 yards and 1 touchdown. HOUSTON ANGEL, Little Rock Christian, completed 21 of 44 passes for 221 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Robert Yates’ picks

posted: 10/24/2013 3:59 a.m.

LAST WEEK 83-19, 81.4 percent SEASON 604-123-5, 82.9 percent SELECTIONS IN BOLD

World Series report

posted: 10/24/2013 3:58 a.m.

Not a great start from Wainwright BOSTON — Adam Wainwright had one of his toughest games of a stellar season, and his St. Louis teammates gave him little help.

Red Wolves have backcourt options

posted: 10/24/2013 3:57 a.m.

Trey Finn and Ed Townsel still talk about how last season ended for Arkansas State’s basketball team.

Beltran has bruised ribs, status uncertain

posted: 10/24/2013 3:56 a.m.

Carlos Beltran reached over the bullpen wall to deprive David Ortiz of a second-inning grand slam, then rubbed his right side in pain. Beltran soon left the game and the ballpark, headed to the hospital for X-rays.

Fishing this week

posted: 10/24/2013 3:55 a.m.

HOT SPOTS ARKANSAS RIVER (LITTLE ROCK POOL) Bass are biting well on crankbaits and Zoom Brush Hogs. Catfishing is good below the dam using shad. Bream are biting well on night crawlers fished 4-5 feet deep.

Howard, Houston good fit after L.A.

posted: 10/24/2013 3:53 a.m.

Dwight Howard is happy again.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Composition essential to photos

posted: 10/24/2013 3:52 a.m.

A high school journalism teacher in Arkansas recently requested that we rerun this column from November 2011 about shooting tasteful hunting photographs, and we are happy to oblige.

NBA owners approve Finals format change

posted: 10/24/2013 3:51 a.m.

Beginning with the 2014 NBA Finals, the higher-seeded team will host Games 1, 2, 5 and 7. The lower seed gets Games 3, 4 and 6, following the same format the NBA uses in all other rounds.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/24/2013 3:50 a.m.

Golf analyst: Ethics query went too far Golf Channel analyst and contributor Brandel Chamblee made waves last week by questioning the on-course ethics of Tiger Woods.

Off the wire

posted: 10/24/2013 3:48 a.m.

HORSE RACING Borel injured at Keeneland Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel sustained a concussion when he was thrown from his mount after it broke down Wednesday at Keeneland.

State sports briefs

posted: 10/24/2013 3:47 a.m.

Travs get new logos, uniforms The Arkansas Travelers will play their 107th season of baseball in 2014 decked out in a brand new look.

Boeing raises forecast; shares soar

posted: 10/24/2013 3:43 a.m.

Shares of Boeing Co., the world’s largest plane maker, jumped the most in 17 months Wednesday after the company raised its 2013 profit forecast and beat analysts’ third-quarter estimates with an increase in jetliner deliveries.

Caterpillar cuts forecast for 2013

posted: 10/24/2013 3:41 a.m.

Caterpillar Inc., the biggest maker of construction and mining equipment, cut its 2013 sales and profit forecast Wednesday and said revenue will be little changed next year after a slump in orders from commodity producers.

Agency looking to help startups

posted: 10/24/2013 3:38 a.m.

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday took a step toward implementing a law passed last year that would allow startup companies to issue stock over the Internet to a national pool of small investors in a system similar to crowd funding, initially a way to raise money to make an independent movie or help out a good cause.

Knight: Pursuit of carrier ongoing

posted: 10/24/2013 3:37 a.m.

Knight Transportation Inc. remains interested in acquiring USA Truck, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Knight said Wednesday.

Countrywide found liable on bad loans

posted: 10/24/2013 3:35 a.m.

Bank of America Corp.’s Countrywide unit was found liable Wednesday for defrauding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by selling them thousands of defective loans.

Eurozone’s debt load builds in second quarter

posted: 10/24/2013 3:34 a.m.

The eurozone’s debt burden rose further in the second quarter, official figures showed Wednesday, despite years of austerity that one prominent European Union economist says intensified the financial crisis.

Europe’s central bank outlines lender review

posted: 10/24/2013 3:33 a.m.

The European Central Bank detailed the parameters of a widely anticipated review of eurozone banks Wednesday, promising that it would thoroughly examine lenders’ abilities to withstand shocks and their exposure to risk.

MARKET REPORT: Oil, Caterpillar reports weigh on stocks

posted: 10/24/2013 3:32 a.m.

A four-day streak of record closes ended for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index Wednesday after Caterpillar reported weak earnings and falling oil prices hurt energy stocks.

Earnings report

posted: 10/24/2013 3:32 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Wednesday included : Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., the drug maker, a profit of $692 million, or 42 cents a share, compared with a loss of $711 million, or 43 cents a share, last year when the company took a $1.83 billion charge for a failed hepatitis-C drug.

Business news in brief

posted: 10/24/2013 3:31 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It has been a painful year and has required wide ranging and substantial actions across the company.” Doug Oberhelman, Caterpillar chairman and chief executive officer


posted: 10/24/2013 3:27 a.m.

Listeria taint cited in firm’s meat recall A Kansas company is recalling about 22,800 pounds of chicken, ham and beef products that were possibly contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Wednesday.

Many happy returns at Bruno’s

posted: 10/24/2013 3:26 a.m.

“We are happy to participate in the revitalization of Main Street and happy to serve the patrons of central Arkansas once again,” concludes the long “A History of Bruno’s Little Italy” portion of the restaurant’s menu.


posted: 10/24/2013 3:22 a.m.

1 ROTHKO The Arkansas Arts Center and the Arkansas Repertory Theatre are linking up for a groundbreaking collaboration centering on one of the 20th century’s most prominent modernists: The Arts Center, MacArthur Park, East Ninth and Commerce streets, Little Rock, opens “Mark Rothko in the 1940s: The Decisive Decade” Friday in its Winthrop Rockefeller Gallery.


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For complete calendar listings, visit Events are free unless otherwise noted.

Fast Forward

posted: 10/24/2013 3:12 a.m.

NEXT WEEK Harmony: Celebrate togetherness and diversity at the annual Walk for CommUNITY, 3-5 p.m. Nov. 3 at the River Market Pavilions. The walk, presented by Just Communities of Central Arkansas, includes not only the walk through downtown, but also games, music, dancing and pizza.

THE TV COLUMN: Syfy’s Zombie Night (below) par for the course

posted: 10/24/2013 3:09 a.m.

There are no flies on Syfy.


posted: 10/24/2013 3:06 a.m.

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Dead, on their feet ImprovLittleRock is giving the “improv treatment” to George Romero’s 1968 classic horror movie Night of the Living Dead, 10 p.m.

ARE WE THERE YET?: History runs deep at Smackover oil field state park

posted: 10/24/2013 3:05 a.m.

When the word “brine” pops up, it’s easy to think “pickles.” That was one good reason for the former Arkansas Oil and Brine Museum, just south of Smackover, to change its name to the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources.

MUSIC: Tillis, Morgan born in tune

posted: 10/24/2013 3:03 a.m.

Two women who have made their own ways in country music, while following in the footsteps of their country musician fathers, are bringing their “Grits and Glamour” tour to Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas tonight.

THEATER: Play about artist Rothko as colorful as his works

posted: 10/24/2013 3:02 a.m.

Red, along with yellow and blue, are considered primary colors, with red almost leaping off the artist’s palette. Theatrically speaking, Red is a play about the nature of creative genius and the workings of a great mind.

MUSIC: Murphey gallops into Eureka Springs

posted: 10/24/2013 3 a.m.

Michael Martin Murphey could not believe his ears when WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour host Michael Johnathon called and invited him to perform on the show live in Eureka Springs for the town’s 66th annual Original Ozark Folk Festival this weekend.


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Robert Tju, co-owner of Sushi Cafe, says work is in progress, with a January target opening date, on the restaurant’s new, smaller second outlet, possibly to be called Sushi Cafe Hub, inside the Eleven Two Eleven Center on Cantrell Road just west of Interstate 430.

Selected restaurants

posted: 10/24/2013 2:54 a.m.

Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges. To read recent restaurant reviews in their entirety, visit

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Tepid union still ‘friendly,’ so divorce not inevitable just yet

posted: 10/24/2013 2:52 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: Is there an age at which divorce causes more or less damage to children? My kids are in elementary and middle school. My husband and I have grown apart and live like friendly roommates. I’m very unhappy, but I think the kids perceive our home as warm and secure.


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Happy birthday. It’s your year to turn a mediocre situation into something truly remarkable. Group efforts are favored in November, and together you’ll make the important difference you couldn’t make alone.


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DEAR READERS: Some parts of the country are getting into colder weather. Preparing your home for winter is important, especially in areas with extreme weather. It not only can help reduce your energy bill, but also prolong the life of your house.


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DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’ve had three bad church experiences, and I’m not going to let myself in for another one. The problem was always people who couldn’t get along with others, mainly because they wanted to be in charge and control everything. Why is that? I still believe in God, but I’ve had it with church. — K.W.

Super Quiz: Animals first

posted: 10/24/2013 2:49 a.m.

1. ———— power 2. ———— hole 3. ———— nip 4. ———— bar

Men tell of unwanted touching

posted: 10/24/2013 12:53 a.m.

Two men who have accused a 49-year-old Little Rock man of molesting them as boys struggled to describe the purported assaults to a jury Wednesday, the second day of the convicted sex offender’s trial.

Cookie-dough firm to put plant in state

posted: 10/24/2013 12:45 a.m.

South Coast Baking Co. will invest $8.7 million in Northwest Arkansas and hire 150 people who will earn an average of $25 an hour to make its frozen cookie dough, the company announced Wednesday.

New-vehicle titles in state fall again

posted: 10/24/2013 12:40 a.m.

New-vehicle registrations in Arkansas fell 19 percent to 6,418 titles in September, the fifth time this year a month has shown a decline, Cross-Sell of Lexington, Ky., which provides analysis for the auto industry, said Wednesday.

Fayetteville AD arrested following Internet probe

posted: 10/24/2013 12:23 a.m.

An undercover investigation led to the arrest of the Fayetteville School District athletics director Tuesday night.

Winning site for tech park is downtown

posted: 10/24/2013 12:08 a.m.

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board voted Wednesday in favor of a downtown site for the city’s research and technology park, pushing two other finalists off the table and focusing efforts on evaluating that location.

Court aides’ pay veers badly, legislators hear

posted: 10/24/2013 12:05 a.m.

The salaries for court reporters and trial-court assistants are beset by inequities, but resolving them would cost several hundred thousand dollars a year under certain options, a legislative staff member told lawmakers Wednesday.

Loan-fraud jury acquits attorney

posted: 10/24/2013 12:02 a.m.

A U.S. District Court jury deliberated for an hour and 25 minutes Wednesday morning before acquitting Rogers attorney David Fisher of conspiracy to commit bank fraud in a case in which his three co-defendants pleaded guilty.

2 remembered as ‘real good people’

posted: 10/24/2013 12:01 a.m.

An Oklahoma philanthropist who died in a plane crash in Madison County on Monday was a University of Arkansas graduate and an avid Razorbacks fan, friends and relatives said Wednesday.

Quick Apple Kuchen, a German fall favorite

posted: 10/24/2013 midnight

German grandmothers have been passing along the kuchen tradition for generations: mixing up sweet yeast dough to form coffee cakes filled with fresh fruit of the season and rich, creamy custard made with real cream. If authentic kuchen, which is a German word for “cake,” has been a common thread weaving through your family for generations, you probably won’t appreciate this recipe. The only kuchen my family eats comes to our table as a gift from an expert peach kuchen-maker who works with my husband.

Conway Dinner Theater slates dates for Crimes of the Heart

posted: 10/24/2013 midnight

The Conway Dinner Theater will transform its stage into an old-fashioned kitchen where all the action takes place in its the coming production of Crimes of the Heart, by Beth Henley. It’s there at the dinner table that the audience will come to know the Magrath sisters, who have come home to Hazelhurst, Miss., to await news of their grandfather, who is dying in a local hospital. As the plot unfolds, the audience will learn that each sister has committed a crime of passion, and each is trying to deal with the consequences. Crimes of the Heart will be presented as a dinner theater Nov. 1 and Nov. 8, with the meal being served at 6 p.m., and as a “theater-only” performance at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 and Nov. 9 at the Faulkner Academy of Arts, 2201 Washington Ave. in Conway.

Military museum might be home to more than historical exhibits

posted: 10/24/2013 midnight

Visitors to the Museum of Veterans and Military History on College Street in Vilonia have claimed to see apparitions in the windows, hear the laughter of a child and glimpse mysterious orbs of light. Museum officials said objects mysteriously move or vanish — as far as hauntings go, not too sinister. During the early 1900s, the museum served as a girls dormitory for the Arkansas Holiness College. Museum members have been told that an underground tunnel led from the dorm to the college. The tunnel provided the girls a place to walk out of the “elements,” said Robert Swain, a museum member, Civil War historian and missionary. Swain grew up in Vilonia and has heard many stories regarding the building’s history.

Around the globe: Batesville native heads abroad to give back to world

posted: 10/24/2013 midnight

Elizabeth Arnold, who grew up in Batesville, has steadily made her way around the world, whether for a family vacation or her job. This time when she takes off, she won’t be traveling for business or pleasure — she’s going to do volunteer work with the International Volunteer HQ organization.

This week's events in the River Valley & Ozark Area

posted: 10/24/2013 midnight

Oct. 24 Grits and Glamour CONWAY — Country music stars Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus. The women have won multiple awards for their music and will perform many of their hits. Tickets are $30 to $40 for adults, and $10 for students. For more information, call (501) 450-3265, email, or visit

Warm and comforting meat-and-potatoes supper ideal for fall

posted: 10/24/2013 midnight

We’re a good month into autumn now, the start of a time of year I sometimes think of as meat-and-potatoes season. The darker, cooler evenings feel perfect for casual dinners of comforting, easy-to-make recipes featuring these robust ingredients. One of my favorite ways to cook these two favorite ingredients is to combine meatballs with mashed potatoes. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? And yet, there’s no end to the great variety of main courses you can prepare from that basic starting point.

Knitting needs: Bosom Buddies fashion breast prostheses

posted: 10/24/2013 midnight

Sharon Loyd of Dardanelle has lost count of how many breasts she’s knitted. “I tried to keep count of it for a while, but we got too busy,” she said. Loyd is one of six women who meet at a Russellville yarn shop each week to knit the unique prostheses. “We’ve made 200, at least,” she said. Loyd got the idea from a friend in Northwest Arkansas who had a lumpectomy and discovered the knitted prostheses on the Internet.

Popcorn — It’s for sharing

posted: 10/24/2013 midnight

Popcorn is not just for movies anymore. It’s found as an appetizer in gastropubs, a garnish or side dish in restaurants and as snack food on store shelves and in mall kiosks. Brides and event planners tint the fluffy kernels to match the party theme. Butter and salt are no longer popcorn’s only friends — gourmet flavors, some that are familiar and some not, are showing up in the supermarket and in adventurous home kitchens as well. And with popcorn balls on many people’s favorite treat list, October is the optimum time to observe National Popcorn Popping Month.

Popcorn is for sharing

posted: 10/24/2013 midnight

Popcorn is not just for movies anymore. It’s found as an appetizer in gastropubs, a garnish or side dish in restaurants and as snack food on store shelves and in mall kiosks. Brides and event planners tint the fluffy kernels to match the party theme. Butter and salt are no longer popcorn’s only friends – gourmet flavors, some that are familiar and some not, are showing up in the supermarket and in adventurous home kitchens as well. And with popcorn balls on many people’s favorite treat list, October is the optimum time to observe National Popcorn Popping Month.

Award-winning poet to give reading in McCrory

updated: 10/24/2013 9:26 a.m.

Greg Brownderville graduated from McCrory High School in 1995, and since then, he has graduated from college, worked in Missouri and currently works at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He received the Porter Prize in 2007 for poetry, an award presented to an Arkansas writer who has accomplished a substantial and impressive body of work that merits enhanced recognition, according to the prize’s website. Brownderville gives credit for his success to his education at McCrory, and he is going back to his roots to share his knowledge with one of his mentors and his class.

This week's events in the Three Rivers area

posted: 10/24/2013 midnight

Oct. 24 Backyard Cookout JACKSONVILLE — The North Pulaski Retired Teachers Association will hold a meet-and-greet backyard cookout to honor new members at 5:30 p.m. at the home of Terry and Sharon Johnson. All members, spouses and guests are invited. Members need to RSVP to Linda Remele or Sharon Johnson by Monday.

Wednesday, October 23

Tech-park board votes downtown Little Rock location as best site for park

posted: 10/23/2013 4:31 p.m.

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board voted Wednesday that a site in downtown Little Rock will serve as the lead location for the future Little Rock Technology Park during a specially called meeting at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences campus.

Benton police make arrests in recent armed robberies

posted: 10/23/2013 4:16 p.m.

Benton police have arrested four suspects, who investigators believe are members of an organized gang, in a series of aggravated robberies in the area, according to a news release from the Benton Police Department.

Malzahn leads No. 11 Auburn to huge turnaround

posted: 10/23/2013 4:10 p.m.

A road upset of Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M vaulted Auburn 13 spots in the rankings and made the Tigers perhaps the chief challenger to No. 1 Alabama in the Western Division.

One of three freed in West Memphis murders speaks on case

updated: 10/23/2013 4:26 p.m.

MALVERN — One of three men convicted of the grisly murders of three boys in West Memphis but then freed after 18 years in prison in a rare legal maneuver on Wednesday spoke openly about the case and his continued push to prove his innocence.

EPA: Texas still No. 1 in greenhouse gas emissions

posted: 10/23/2013 1:35 p.m.

HOUSTON — A federal report says pollution that contributes to man-made climate change declined nationwide last year, but Texas still leads in carbon dioxide emissions.

Judge orders release of JonBenet grand jury docs

posted: 10/23/2013 12:32 p.m.

BOULDER, Colo. — A Colorado judge has ordered the release of grand jury documents related to the 1996 killing of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey.

Ohio man gets 6½ years after DUI crash confession

posted: 10/23/2013 12:09 p.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio man was sentenced Wednesday to 6½ years in prison for causing a fatal wrong-way crash after a night of heavy drinking, which he had confessed to in an online video.

Baked goods maker to locate in Springdale, add 150 jobs

posted: 10/23/2013 11:46 a.m.

A California-based baking company will open a new production facility in Springdale, creating 150 jobs, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission announced in a news release Wednesday.

Arkansas Weekend: Seeing 'Red'

posted: 10/23/2013 11:05 a.m.

Red, along with yellow and blue, are considered primary colors, with red almost leaping off the artist’s palette, Jack W. Hill writes in Thursday’s Arkansas Weekend section. Theatrically speaking, Red is a play about the nature of creative genius and the workings of a great mind. Playwright John Logan wrote the play, which won six 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Play.

Pope expels German ‘luxury bishop’ from diocese

posted: 10/23/2013 11:03 a.m.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis temporarily expelled a German bishop from his diocese Wednesday because of a scandal over a $42 million project to build a new residence complex, but refused calls to remove him permanently.

Tsarnaev wants access to records in triple slaying

posted: 10/23/2013 11:01 a.m.

BOSTON — The surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect, who faces a potential death penalty, is fighting to get access to investigative records that implicate his dead older brother in a triple slaying in 2011.

13 jailed Syrian women released

posted: 10/23/2013 11 a.m.

BEIRUT — The Syrian government has released 13 jailed women, an official and an activist group said on Wednesday — a move that may be part of an ambitious regional prisoner exchange.

Israel premier: No 'partial deal' with a nuclear Iran

posted: 10/23/2013 10:24 a.m.

ROME — Israel's prime minister said Wednesday that the world should not accept what he called a "partial deal" to curb Iran's nuclear program — just as it is not allowing the Syrian government to keep any of its chemical weapons stockpile.

Driver of hijacked bus, others honored at ceremony

updated: 10/23/2013 3:16 p.m.

The driver of a Pulaski County Special School District bus that was hijacked at knifepoint last week and others involved with bringing the hijacking to a peaceful end will be honored Wednesday.

Massachusetts teacher slain; 14-year-old student charged

posted: 10/23/2013 10:22 a.m.

DANVERS, Mass. — A 14-year-old high school student was accused of killing a math teacher, whose body was found in the woods behind the school.

FedEx expects increase in holiday deliveries

posted: 10/23/2013 10:18 a.m.

MEMPHIS — FedEx expects that Christmas shoppers will be more nice than naughty this year, with shipments rising from 2012.

Prince George is christened in London

posted: 10/23/2013 10:11 a.m.

LONDON — Britain's 3-month-old future monarch, Prince George, was christened Wednesday with water from the River Jordan at a rare four-generation gathering of the royal family in London.

Man taking out trash robbed of phone, shot at

posted: 10/23/2013 9:51 a.m.

A 26-year-old Little Rock man was chased back into his apartment Tuesday by a gunman who tried to force his way in, fired once and then made off with the man's cell phone.

Fayetteville athletic director arrested

updated: 10/23/2013 1:54 p.m.

Barry Gebhart, athletic director for the Fayetteville School District, has been arrested in connection with Internet stalking of a child, a felony, said Keshia Guyll, spokeswoman for the Benton County Sheriff's Office.

Shell station robbed at gunpoint in Little Rock

posted: 10/23/2013 9:37 a.m.

Authorities are looking for a man who robbed a gas station in Little Rock at gunpoint Tuesday night.

Pulaski County house a loss after fire

posted: 10/23/2013 9:20 a.m.

A house on Ridgefield Lane west of Little Rock is considered a loss after a fire Tuesday night.

Arkansas Poll shows increased pessimism, concern over economy

posted: 10/23/2013 9:06 a.m.

Arkansans are "dramatically" more pessimistic about the future and have again identified the economy as the top problem facing the state, according to the 15th annual Arkansas Poll.

10 things to know for Wednesday

posted: 10/23/2013 9:06 a.m.

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

Trumann police officer shoots man after pursuit

posted: 10/23/2013 9:02 a.m.

TRUMANN — Authorities are investigating after a Trumann police officer shot a man while attempting to serve a warrant.

State Senate president names 4 to insurance panel

posted: 10/23/2013 7:36 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Senate President Michael Lamoureux has named four lawmakers to a task force created as part of a package of laws aimed at overhauling and increasing funding to the health insurance program for thousands of public school teachers.

Bill would protect pop-up kids' consignment sales

posted: 10/23/2013 7:32 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin would exempt children's consignment sales from certain federal labor regulations.

UALR to host screening of 'West of Memphis'

posted: 10/23/2013 7:31 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is to host a screening of the film "West of Memphis" about the prosecution of three men for the deaths of three West Memphis Cub Scouts. The event will include a talk by one of the defendants and the mother of one of the victims.

Jobs announcement set in Springdale

posted: 10/23/2013 7:05 a.m.

SPRINGDALE — The Arkansas Economic Development Commission is to announce a number of new jobs for Northwest Arkansas.

Near default has business lobby taking stock

posted: 10/23/2013 5:44 a.m.

The lawmakers who voted against raising the debt ceiling last week count among their biggest donors the country’s most powerful banking lobby and companies such as Honeywell and AT&T — not just the activist conservative groups that have roiled the Republican Party.

Russia on lookout for bomber’s spouse

posted: 10/23/2013 5:42 a.m.

Russian security forces hunted Tuesday for the husband of a bomber who blew herself up on a bus in southern Russia, killing six people and wounding more than 30. They also raised the possibility that Moscow, not Volgograd, was the bomber’s original target.

Birth records reviewed after arrests in Greece

posted: 10/23/2013 5:40 a.m.

Prosecutors across Greece were ordered Tuesday to conduct emergency checks of birth records from the past six years, after the arrest of a Gypsy couple on suspicion of abducting a little girl triggered fears of wides