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Friday, February 28

LR woman enters governor's race

posted: 02/28/2014 4:30 p.m.

A substitute teacher from Little Rock has filed to run for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, setting up an unexpected primary contest for Arkansas' top office.

Election board approves ballot rule changes

posted: 02/28/2014 4:24 p.m.

The state Board of Election Commissioners has approved emergency rules about absentee voters that contradict what Arkansas' attorney general has said before.

Hoffman died from mix of heroin, other drugs, official says

posted: 02/28/2014 4:12 p.m.

A toxic mix of heroin and other drugs killed Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, New York City officials said Friday.

Grocery store robbed at gunpoint

posted: 02/28/2014 2:21 p.m.

Little Rock police are looking for the man who robbed Tom and Jean's Grocery at gunpoint Thursday night.

Arkansas News Bureau lays off 5 employees

posted: 02/28/2014 2:08 p.m.

Stephens Media-owned Arkansas News Bureau is losing the majority of its staff in a round of layoffs announced Friday morning, Bureau Chief Dennis Byrd said.

Baptist College student, missing a week, found

updated: 03/06/2014 6:37 a.m.

Little Rock authorities said Wednesday that an Arkansas Baptist College student who hadn't been seen since Feb. 26 has been found.

Flags at half-staff for fallen fire chief

posted: 02/28/2014 1:06 p.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe has declared that flags be flown at half-staff Friday in honor of Oak Grove Fire Chief Randall Pogue, who died this month from injuries suffered in the line of duty.

Randolph County OKs bonds for poultry plant

posted: 02/28/2014 11:58 a.m.

Officials in Randolph County have signed an agreement with Peco Foods Inc. allowing up to $135 million in revenue bonds for a new poultry plant in northeast Arkansas.

Girl in Har-Ber gun scare faces misdemeanor charge

posted: 02/28/2014 11:48 a.m.

SPRINGDALE — A teenager faces a charge of juvenile misdemeanor disorderly conduct after a gun scare Thursday and did not return to class at Har-Ber High School on Friday.

Estimated 4th quarter economic growth rate cut to 2.4%

posted: 02/28/2014 11:09 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a 2.4 percent annual rate last quarter, sharply less than first thought, in part because consumers didn’t spend as much as initially estimated.

HomeStyle: It’s plum easy to make this bookshelf

posted: 02/28/2014 11:06 a.m.

If you’ve been shopping for an industrial-style bookcase and assumed you’d have to pay a hefty sum for one, we’ve got a nice surprise. These popular pieces are not hard to make.

NLR police urge traffic caution near Verizon Arena for Winter Jam

posted: 02/28/2014 11 a.m.

North Little Rock authorities are asking drivers who will be in the area of Verizon Arena to exercise caution during the Winter Jam concert set for Friday night

Beebe OKs bill to maintain Darr vacancy

posted: 02/28/2014 10:50 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — A spokesman says Gov. Mike Beebe won't call a special election to replace Lt. Gov. Mark Darr after signing legislation aimed at keeping the state's No. 2 constitutional office vacant for the rest of the year.

Central Avenue reopens to Whittington

posted: 02/28/2014 9:59 a.m.

City Manager David Watkins has asked residents to conserve water where possible in order to make sure enough is available to continue fighting the blaze at the Majestic Hotel.

Little Rock man fatally shot

posted: 02/28/2014 9:39 a.m.

Little Rock police are investigating after a fatal shooting early Friday morning at the Royal Oaks Apartments.

Sen. Mark Pryor files to run for re-election

posted: 02/28/2014 9:12 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas has filed to run for re-election, setting the stage for one of the most expensive and closely watched Senate races in the country this year.

Diamond Hogs schedule Saturday doubleheader

posted: 02/28/2014 8:34 a.m.

Arkansas baseball will play a doubleheader Saturday against South Alabama.

Tokyo bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox files for bankruptcy

posted: 02/28/2014 8:05 a.m.

TOKYO — The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo filed for bankruptcy protection Friday and its chief executive said 850,000 bitcoins, worth several hundred million dollars, are unaccounted for.

Majestic Hotel still burns; partial demolition in works

updated: 02/28/2014 11:27 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS — Firefighters continue to battle the blaze at Hot Springs' historic Majestic Hotel on Friday, while making plans to demolish the building's oldest section in an effort to help protect nearby structures.

Significant icing possible in north Arkansas

posted: 02/28/2014 7:41 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for counties in north Arkansas for Sunday afternoon through Monday morning.

Asher Avenue paint shop blaze extinguished

posted: 02/28/2014 7:32 a.m.

A Friday morning fire at Econo Auto Painting in Little Rock has been contained, fire officials said.

Ukraine: Russian forces patrol Crimea airports

updated: 02/28/2014 7:50 a.m.

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Russian troops took control of the two main airports in the strategic peninsula of Crimea, Ukraine's interior minister charged Friday, as the country asked the U.N. Security Council to intervene in the escalating conflict. Russian state media said Russian forces in Crimea denied involvement.

Library releases documents from Clinton years

updated: 02/28/2014 1:15 p.m.

The National Archives has released about 4,000 pages of previously confidential documents involving former President Bill Clinton's administration.

183 animals taken from purported puppy mill

posted: 02/28/2014 7:09 a.m.

PINE BLUFF — Jefferson County authorities say 183 animals, including 121 dogs, have been taken from a purported puppy mill.

10 things to know for Friday

posted: 02/28/2014 6:47 a.m.

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

U.S. Senate rejects bill to aid veterans

posted: 02/28/2014 3:26 a.m.

WASHINGTON — A divided U.S. Senate on Thursday derailed Democratic legislation that would have provided $21 billion for medical, education and job-training benefits for the nation’s veterans. The bill fell victim to election-year disputes over spending and fresh penalties against Iran.

Masked gunmen seize Crimea’s legislature building

posted: 02/28/2014 3:24 a.m.

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Masked gunmen stormed the parliament in Ukraine’s Crimea region Thursday as Russian fighter jets scrambled to patrol borders, and the newly formed national government pledged to prevent a national breakup with strong backing from the West.

Files show 2 joked of jamming up N.J. rabbi

posted: 02/28/2014 3:21 a.m.

Weeks before a manufactured traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge overtook Fort Lee, N.J., at the behest of aides to Gov. Chris Christie, two people central to the scheme jokingly discussed engineering traffic problems at a less prominent site: the home of a local rabbi.

No planets in afterlife, Mormon church notes

posted: 02/28/2014 3:19 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Mormon church is pushing back against the notion that members of the faith are taught they’ll get their own planets in the afterlife, a misconception popularized in pop culture most recently by the Broadway show The Book of Mormon.

Californians in two cities rush to leave before 2nd storm hits

posted: 02/28/2014 3:19 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — California waited Thursday for the overnight arrival of a powerful Pacific storm expected to drop widespread rain and snow on the drought-stricken state, which is desperately in need of water but also facing threats of flooding and mudflows into communities near areas scarred by wildfire.

Outgoing U.S. envoy to China voices praise, caution

posted: 02/28/2014 3:17 a.m.

BEIJING — Gary Locke, the departing U.S. ambassador to China, praised the growing economic ties between the two nations in a final news conference Thursday but said China needs to make progress in establishing the rule of law and government transparency and in respecting freedom of expression and human rights.

Another ruling backs gay couples

posted: 02/28/2014 3:16 a.m.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A federal judge on Thursday signed an order directing officials in Kentucky to immediately recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries.

Officers face array of federal charges

posted: 02/28/2014 3:16 a.m.

Federal grand juries have indicted five San Francisco police officers, charging two with stealing money and drugs seized as part of investigations, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

Sugars, calories pop out in food-label proposal

posted: 02/28/2014 3:15 a.m.

Calorie counts in bold type and the added sugars in a product will be part of new food labels proposed to help U.S. consumers become healthier eaters.

Nigeria attackers kill 33, survivors say

posted: 02/28/2014 3:15 a.m.

Outnumbered and outgunned soldiers in northeast Nigeria abandoned checkpoints, leaving five villages and a town at the mercy of Islamic extremists who killed at least 33 people and firebombed a theological college in overnight attacks that lasted hours, survivors said Thursday.

Captive missionary apologizes to N. Korea

posted: 02/28/2014 3:14 a.m.

A South Korean Baptist missionary held in North Korea appeared in a government-arranged news conference in Pyongyang on Thursday, saying he had plotted to build underground churches in the isolated country to help undermine its government.

Razorback baseball report: Hogs keep moving up in the polls

posted: 02/28/2014 3:12 a.m.

Arkansas’ hot start has moved the Razorbacks up in the various national rankings, including to No. 22 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll, heading into today’s series opener against South Alabama.

N. Korea fired 4 missiles into sea, South says

posted: 02/28/2014 3:12 a.m.

North Korea fired four suspected short-range missiles into its eastern waters Thursday, South Korean defense officials said, in an apparent effort to protest ongoing U.S.-South Korean military exercises that Pyongyang has called a rehearsal for invasion.

Files show Brits webcam peepers

posted: 02/28/2014 3:10 a.m.

A British intelligence agency collected webcam images — many of them sexually explicit — from millions of Yahoo users, regardless of whether they were suspected of illegal activity, according to accounts of documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

Anderson giving second base a go

posted: 02/28/2014 3:10 a.m.

This season technically isn’t the first time Arkansas junior Brian Anderson has played second base, but it’s been a while.

Donations replace Anne Frank books

posted: 02/28/2014 3:09 a.m.

The Israeli Embassy is donating 300 Anne Frank-related books to be divided among Tokyo public libraries to replace those vandalized.

Exchange glitches spur tax-credit fix

posted: 02/28/2014 3:09 a.m.

The administration of President Barack Obama issued a health law revision Thursday to help states that have had technical problems running their own enrollment websites.

Flames sweep old Majestic Hotel

posted: 02/28/2014 3:07 a.m.

The historic Majestic Hotel in downtown Hot Springs was in flames late Thursday night, and firefighters were not sure exactly how to extinguish it.


posted: 02/28/2014 3:05 a.m.

The 11th and final in a series previewing members of the 2014 class who will be inducted tonight into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

ARKANSAS 71, NO. 17 KENTUCKY 67, OT: UA leaves Kentucky blue again

posted: 02/28/2014 3:02 a.m.

Arkansas cast off a 20-year drought at Rupp Arena, pulled off a sweep of Kentucky and gave its postseason chances a shot in the arm with a 71-67 victory in overtime Thursday night.

Longer Darr vacancy passes

posted: 02/28/2014 3:02 a.m.

The Arkansas House convened for about 15 minutes Thursday, passing just one bill, which would allow the governor to forgo a special election for the vacant lieutenant governor’s seat.

SEC WOMEN: A&M runs away from UA

posted: 02/28/2014 3:01 a.m.

Texas A&M’s women’s team made sure its coach could enjoy his trip back to Arkansas.

LIKE IT IS: Induction into Hall of Fame well worth trip

posted: 02/28/2014 3 a.m.

Tonight, at the Statehouse Convention Center, 11 great individuals representing five different colleges in the state and numerous high schools will be inducted at the 56th Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame banquet.

Already, Arkansas wildfires up to 524

posted: 02/28/2014 2:59 a.m.

For the first two months of this year, the state has seen more than double the 10-year normal average of wildfires, an Arkansas Forestry Commission spokesman said Thursday.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/28/2014 2:58 a.m.

Remember manager in your speech Chicago White Sox Manager Robin Ventura insisted that Adam Dunn attend the Academy Awards on Sunday, but he told Doug Padilla of he wouldn’t let his slugger leave without making one promise.

Off the wire

posted: 02/28/2014 2:58 a.m.

TENNIS Federer advances While top-seeded Novak Djokovic had a rest day when opponent Mikhail Youzhny became ill and withdrew from their quarterfinal on Thursday, Roger Federer had to play his way into their semifinal date at the Dubai Championships.

Shoffner pleads innocent as first trial nears

posted: 02/28/2014 2:56 a.m.

Former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner made a brief appearance Thursday before a federal magistrate judge in Little Rock to formally proclaim her innocence to public-corruption charges.

COMMENTARY: Tiger’s tale one from 20 years ago

posted: 02/28/2014 2:56 a.m.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — He hit the ball well for a while Thursday. You start there with Tiger Woods, because you have to start the same conversation somewhere these days.

Major league baseball notes

posted: 02/28/2014 2:55 a.m.

BREWERS Braun back in form PHOENIX — Ryan Braun hit a two-run home run Thursday in his first at-bat for the Milwaukee Brewers since completing a season-ending, 65-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s anti-drug agreement.

Royals face fewer decisions

posted: 02/28/2014 2:55 a.m.

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Preseason excitement for Kansas City Royals Manager Ned Yost escalates at certain mileposts.

The world in brief

posted: 02/28/2014 2:54 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It is curious that under an emergency rule when security operatives are on red alert, this mayhem still persists.” David Mark, the Senate president in Nigeria, where Islamic extremists killed dozens of people after soldiers reportedly abandoned their checkpoints

State schedule

posted: 02/28/2014 2:54 a.m.

TODAY’S GAMES All times Central North Dakota at Central Arkansas, 3 p.m. South Alabama at Arkansas, 3:05 p.m. Arkansas St. at Ala.-Birmingham, 4 p.m. Illinois-Chicago at UALR, 4 p.m. Illinois St. vs. N. Dakota at UCA, 6 p.m.

The nation in brief

posted: 02/28/2014 2:53 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Nobody claims that information all by itself will solve the obesity problem. There is research that lots of people use this label. The label itself influences choices for the better.” Michael Taylor, a deputy commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration, which has released proposed new rules on food labeling

Names and faces

posted: 02/28/2014 2:53 a.m.

If Aaron Paul gets his way, Breaking Bad fans can expect to see Jesse Pinkman calling on Saul Goodman — and perhaps calling him some names — in the spinoff series centered on a sleazy lawyer.

In the news

posted: 02/28/2014 2:53 a.m.

Eric Holder, 63, the U.S. attorney general, was briefly hospitalized as a precaution after he felt faint and short of breath and was resting at home after his release, the Justice Department said.

Spring training glance

posted: 02/28/2014 2:52 a.m.

THURSDAY’S GAMES Toronto 7, Philadelphia 5 Pittsburgh 8, NY Yankees 2 Detroit 5, Atlanta 2 Texas 11, Kansas City 7 Arizona (ss) 5, Chicago Cubs 2 LA Dodgers 4, Arizona (ss) 3 Milwaukee 11, Oakland 3 Cleveland 12, Cincinnati 3 Seattle 7, San Diego 1

Report details pilot’s actions, search efforts

posted: 02/28/2014 2:51 a.m.

Jake Harrell wasn’t supposed to take flight Jan. 31.

Corporate fine appeal hits court

posted: 02/28/2014 2:50 a.m.

The $1. 2 billion fine against Johnson & Johnson and a subsidiary for Medicaid fraud was not excessive, because the company continuously put patients in danger by improperly exposing them to the side effects of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal, an attorney for the state told the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday.

Schools asked to halt revamp

posted: 02/28/2014 2:49 a.m.

Parents, educators and others appealed to the Little Rock School Board on Thursday to preserve and expand the district’s Reading Recovery program in which specially trained teachers work one-to-one with struggling first-grade readers at 13 schools.

District’s zone-redo study set

posted: 02/28/2014 2:49 a.m.

The North Little Rock School Board set priorities to collect and study demographic information that will ultimately lead to new attendance zones for its nine elementary schools.

In the lane: Hogs only looking at next game

posted: 02/28/2014 2:48 a.m.

The level of noise in Arkansas’ locker room was an indication of how critical the Razorbacks’ 71-67 overtime victory at Kentucky’s Rupp Arena could be for the Razorbacks.

Sides in same-sex marriage ban file arguments with court

posted: 02/28/2014 2:48 a.m.

Proponents of same-sex marriage and defenders of Arkansas’ constitutional ban on it are clashing once again in Pulaski County Circuit Court as the parties try to persuade Judge Chris Piazza to rule in their favor.

50% summer-meal boost earns state USDA kudos

posted: 02/28/2014 2:47 a.m.

In Alma, there was a bookmobile. In other communities across Arkansas there were churches and nonprofits.

TOP 25 MEN: Penn State keeps Ohio State at bay

posted: 02/28/2014 2:46 a.m.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State Coach Patrick Chambers didn’t think it was the matchup or the fact that it was Senior Night that allowed his Nittany Lions to beat Ohio State again.

SUN BELT MEN: Dillard lifts UALR late

posted: 02/28/2014 2:45 a.m.

UALR’s leading scorer was left at home because of an injury and its second-leading scorer was a nonfactor, but Ben Dillard managed to fill UALR’s scoring void Thursday night in Troy Ala.

Woman pleads guilty, describes price switching

posted: 02/28/2014 2:44 a.m.

A woman who uses the names Marcell Williams and Marcell Johnson pleaded guilty Wednesday to defrauding Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville out of $41,787 in a price-switching scheme that enabled her to return merchandise 117 times for profit.

SOUTHLAND WOMEN: UCA inches closer to title

posted: 02/28/2014 2:44 a.m.

Central Arkansas is one step closer to winning at least a share of the Southland Conference regular-season championship.

UA fraternity censured for party theme

posted: 02/28/2014 2:43 a.m.

A fraternity at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has been censured and seven of its officers have been told to resign after 23 members of Pi Kappa Alpha held an unregistered off-campus party that had a theme “based on disrespectful racial stereotypes.”

GOLF ROUNDUP: McIlroy grabs early lead

posted: 02/28/2014 2:43 a.m.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — On the course where Rory McIlroy first rose to No. 1, he looked as if he might be headed in that direction again.

3 arrested with ‘pot’ in Fayetteville probe

posted: 02/28/2014 2:43 a.m.

Police arrested three men, including the son of a former state senator, after they found drugs and weapons in their Fayetteville home Wednesday evening, authorities said.

State Division II roundups

posted: 02/28/2014 2:42 a.m.

GAC MEN ARKANSAS TECH 68, HARDING 67 Marshawn Arnold made a putback layup with no time remaining as Arkansas Tech (19-8, 14-5 Great American Conference) beat Harding (12-13, 9-10 ) at Rhodes Field House in Searcy.

Toddler among 2 dead in car wrecks

posted: 02/28/2014 2:42 a.m.

A 2-year-old girl was killed in a single-vehicle crash early Thursday in Lakeview, Arkansas State Police reported.

$5,000 reward set over eagle’s killing

posted: 02/28/2014 2:42 a.m.

Law enforcement officers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are investigating the killing of a bald eagle found Jan. 31 in Logan County.

Civil War events observe 150 years

posted: 02/28/2014 2:41 a.m.

A memorial for a Confederate general, the return of a Union flag and other activities are scheduled in March as part of sanctioned events by the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission in observance of the 150th anniversary of the 1861-1865 war.

Lone Democrat officially in contest for Darr’s post

posted: 02/28/2014 2:41 a.m.

Businessman John Burkhalter of Little Rock on Thursday filed to run for lieutenant governor as a Democrat while Republican attorney Leslie Rutledge of Little Rock and Democratic state Rep. Nate Steel of Nashville filed to run for attorney general.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 02/28/2014 2:41 a.m.

5 entered, race cut from card HOT SPRINGS — The $75,000 Downthedustyroad Stakes, which was scheduled to be run Saturday afternoon at Oaklawn Park, was canceled after only five horses were entered Wednesday.

Rick Lee’s Oaklawn Park selections and analysis

posted: 02/28/2014 2:39 a.m.

Profit plays Arkansas Democrat-Gazette handicapper Rick Lee has been given a fictional $1,000 bankroll to work with during the 2014 Oaklawn Park meeting.

Vote backs axing state post

posted: 02/28/2014 2:39 a.m.

The executive director’s job for the state Board of Examiners in Counseling would be axed under a proposal that cleared a legislative panel Thursday.

THE RECRUITING GUY: NLR receiver wants to know:Will UA ‘sling it’?

posted: 02/28/2014 2:38 a.m.

Arkansas will host about 12 junior prospects Saturday, and North Little Rock receiver K.J. Hill will use the opportunity to learn more about the Razorbacks’ offense.

Man, 21, arrested in shooting death

posted: 02/28/2014 2:37 a.m.

Texarkana police have arrested a man in a Tuesday shooting death.

Report critical of Texarkana’s project handling

posted: 02/28/2014 2:37 a.m.

An investigative report from the state Legislative Joint Auditing Committee details an array of problems, including breaking state laws and local ordinances, in Texarkana’s rush to provide incentives to finance the construction of a privately owned hotel-convention center and water park.

State sports briefs

posted: 02/28/2014 2:37 a.m.

OUTDOORS Pair arrested on wildlife violations A White County couple faces charges for several wildlife violations after being arrested Friday by wildlife officers with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Millions awarded to 7 tied to Alamo

posted: 02/28/2014 2:37 a.m.

A Miller County judge awarded more than half a billion dollars in damages to seven former members of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries this week.

2 Hogs among top 8 in heptathlon

posted: 02/28/2014 2:35 a.m.

Arkansas’ top-ranked men’s track team got off to a solid start Thursday at the SEC Indoor Championships.

Wyrick files to join county-judge race

posted: 02/28/2014 2:35 a.m.

Pulaski County election commissioner Phil Wyrick filed Thursday as a candidate for Pulaski County judge.

Cash OK for 2 hurt at job site

posted: 02/28/2014 2:34 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday reversed two Workers’ Compensation Commission decisions that denied benefits to two workers because they tested positive for marijuana after they were injured on the job.

State film festival now tied to Oscars

posted: 02/28/2014 2:33 a.m.

Short films that take top honors at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival will now become Academy Award contenders, said Susan Altrui, chairman of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute.

Ex-LR man acquitted of murder

posted: 02/28/2014 2:31 a.m.

A 35-year-old former Little Rock man who killed his wife’s cousin was cleared of wrongdoing Thursday after a three-day trial.

Police beat

posted: 02/28/2014 2:30 a.m.

Dad stabbed after teen phones police Claiming he had been kidnapped at birth, a 19-year-old stabbed his father in the face and neck early Tuesday afternoon.

Daily record

posted: 02/28/2014 2:30 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: 02/28/2014 2:29 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.

Supreme Court

posted: 02/28/2014 2:29 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


posted: 02/28/2014 2:28 a.m.

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

College basketball

posted: 02/28/2014 2:27 a.m.

MEN EAST Albany (NY) 66, New Hampshire 48 CCSU 86, LIU Brooklyn 82, OT Hartford 89, Binghamton 83, OT Mass.-Lowell 84, Maine 72

Other days

posted: 02/28/2014 2:27 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 28, 1914 FORT SMITH — Robert O’Brien, a well-to-do farmer, living near Van Buren, was married today for the fifth time. He has four former wives living, all in the vicinity of Van Buren. .


posted: 02/28/2014 2:26 a.m.

First host of television’s Dating Game SAN FRANCISCO — Jim Lange, the first host of the popular game show The Dating Game, has died at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. He was 81.

CLASS 3A REGION 1 GIRLS: Powerful pair puts Paris on their backs in victory

posted: 02/28/2014 2:25 a.m.

ELKINS — Paris rode the inside-outside connection of Christa Huber and Lycia Peevy to knock off Elkins on its home floor Thursday afternoon in the Class 3A Region 1 tournament.

EDITORIALS: Minimum wage madness

posted: 02/28/2014 2:25 a.m.

HOW WOULD you like to be one of the workers in the Congressional Budget Office these days? Lord-a-mighty. You might have to answer more angry phone calls than those operating the IRS complaint line.

COLUMNISTS: The fairness fraud

posted: 02/28/2014 2:25 a.m.

It seems as if everywhere you turn these days there are studies claiming to show that America has lost its upward mobility for people born in the lower socio-economic levels. But there is a sharp difference between upward mobility, defined as an opportunity to rise, and mobility defined as actually having risen.

4A SOUTH REGION BOYS: Madison too much for Dumas

posted: 02/28/2014 2:24 a.m.

NASHVILLE — A sluggish start didn’t deter Bauxite in the Class 4A South Regional on Thursday night.

The war for poverty

posted: 02/28/2014 2:24 a.m.

This year is the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s War on Poverty, and there has been lots of discussion of whether it worked or didn’t. It didn’t, at least as regards its advertised purpose of reducing poverty.

OTHERS SAY: Dead on arrival

posted: 02/28/2014 2:23 a.m.

In a properly functioning Washington, the tax reform plan unveiled Wednesday by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., would kick off a major debate over how to fix the federal government’s inefficient system of revenue collection.


posted: 02/28/2014 2:23 a.m.

7A/6A-SOUTH SHERIDAN 55, LAKE HAMILTON 51 Bailey Richardson and Lauren Mitchell scored 13 points each as the Lady Jackets defeated the Lady Wolves. Ashton Hill added 12 for Sheridan.

Map mania

posted: 02/28/2014 2:23 a.m.

Cartography is not a lost art, but one of lost artists—or at least anonymous ones. Wikipedia names more than 200 mapmakers spanning 25 centuries in its “List of Cartographers,” but only a couple of names are familiar (Ptolemy, Leonardo da Vinci).


posted: 02/28/2014 2:22 a.m.

Concentrate on academics A recently observed news note stated that we have skilled, very high-paying jobs available, but no qualified applicants to fill them.


posted: 02/28/2014 2:22 a.m.

CLASS 4A NORTH REGION AT LINCOLN Thursday’s results Lincoln 63, Subiaco Academy 45 Pottsville 48, Farmington 33 Today’s games Prairie Grove vs. Lincoln, 5:30 p.m. Maumelle vs. Pottsville, 8:30 p.m. Saturday’s games Consolation, 1:30 p.m. Championship, 7:30 p.m.

CLASS 3A REGION 2 GIRLS: Long drought dooms Fountain Lake’s effort

posted: 02/28/2014 2:21 a.m.

HASKELL — A scoring drought of nearly seven minutes Thursday night cost Fountain Lake a chance to make the state tournament.


posted: 02/28/2014 2:19 a.m.

CLASS 4A NORTH REGION AT LINCOLN Thursday’s results Farmington 57, Dover 23 Ozark 56, Mena 37 Today’s games Prairie Grove vs. Ozark, 4 p.m. Berryville vs. Farmington, 7 p.m. Saturday’s games Consolation, noon Championship, 6 p.m.

'The Wind Rises' shows nature has the power to destroy

posted: 02/28/2014 2:19 a.m.

A few weeks ago a friend, commenting on something I’d written, directed me to “The Stolen Child,” a poem by W.B. Yeats based on an Irish legend about faeries beguiling human children and luring them away from their parents. The first three stanzas end with the lines: Come away, O human child!

Legislator: Fast meat ‘at what cost ?’

posted: 02/28/2014 2:17 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Alicia Acosta left her job at an Arkansas poultry processing plant after four years of the quick, repetitive work because of pain in her hands and wrists.

REVIEW: Non-Stop

posted: 02/28/2014 2:16 a.m.

While Liam Neeson may be carrying this airborne thriller on his broad shoulders, he can’t do much to prevent Non-Stop from being a nonstarter. Neeson and his booming Irish baritone are stuck with a script that’s loaded with more red herrings than a fish processing plant.

REVIEW: Son of God

posted: 02/28/2014 2:15 a.m.

It is perhaps fitting that in this season of lax remakes and lazy re-imaginings from Hollywood studios, we have perhaps the granddaddy of them all: The story of a humble Jewish carpenter who went on to become a messiah. Or at least that’s how the liner notes of this partisan Lightworkers production have it.


posted: 02/28/2014 2:14 a.m.

LR shopping center sold to Illinois trust Inland Real Estate Income Trust has acquired the Park Avenue Shopping Center in Little Rock for $28.1 million, the Oak Brook, Ill., trust said Thursday.

ON FILM: Our panelists make annual Oscar picks

posted: 02/28/2014 2:13 a.m.

The 86th annual Academy Awards will be broadcast Sunday night. As is our custom, we’ve assembled some highly invested industry observers and award mavens to help you — yes, you, dear reader — win your Oscar night party pool.

Profit up 43% for landline provider

posted: 02/28/2014 2:13 a.m.

Windstream Holdings Inc. on Thursday reported a profit of $241 million for its 2013 fiscal year, a 43 percent jump from 2012.

Cranford Johnson plans move to Third and Main

posted: 02/28/2014 2:11 a.m.

Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, the state’s largest marketing, advertising and public relations firm, announced plans Thursday to move its Little Rock office to the historic Fulk Building at the southwest corner of Third and Main streets in downtown Little Rock.

Phaseout of toxins ramps up at retailer

posted: 02/28/2014 2:10 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. began sending letters to hundreds of its consumer product suppliers Thursday detailing new requirements for phasing out harmful chemicals from their ingredient lists.


posted: 02/28/2014 2:08 a.m.

Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuaron (PG-13, 91 minutes) Although outer space thriller Gravity loses much of its sweeping visual impact when viewed on a small screen, it’s still a spectacular ride.

Best Buy tops 4Q profit estimates

posted: 02/28/2014 2:07 a.m.

NEW YORK — Best Buy Co., the world’s largest electronics chain, posted fourthquarter profit Thursday that topped analysts’ estimates after cutting expenses and getting more of its sales from the Internet.

Lego Movie still building fan base

posted: 02/28/2014 2:06 a.m.

The Lego Movie, the animated film from Warner Bros., held off two new releases and returning features to lead ticket sales in U.S. and Canadian cinemas for a third straight weekend.

Business news in brief

posted: 02/28/2014 2:05 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “They get credit for doing all they can on cutting costs. But at some point they will run out of cost savings and will have to find a way to grow the business.” Brian Yarbrough, Edward Jones & Co. analyst, on Best-Buy’s quarterly report

Film clips

posted: 02/28/2014 2:04 a.m.

At area theaters 82 ABOUT LAST NIGHT, R Not a remake but a “modern reimagining” of the 1986 film, following new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom. (100 minutes)

MARKET REPORT: After nibbling, S&P beats record

posted: 02/28/2014 2:03 a.m.

NEW YORK — After knocking on the door all week, the stock market logged a record Thursday.

Director Farhadi translates The Past

posted: 02/28/2014 2:01 a.m.

Such is the importance of language to Iranian auteur Asghar Farhadi that he uses a translator when he conducts interviews in English.

Sears Holdings narrows loss in 4th quarter

posted: 02/28/2014 2 a.m.

NEW YORK — Sears Holdings Corp. reported a hefty loss in the fourth-quarter on a 14 percent sales drop as the retailer struggles to generate revenue.


posted: 02/28/2014 2 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) 300: Rise of an Empire, R So, although all 300 Spartans died by the end of the first movie, since when has that ever stopped the making of a sequel? The Spartans’ heroic sacrifice has delayed the armies of Persian Emperor Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) just long enough for Athenian general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) to try to unite all Greece against the invaders.


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posted: 02/28/2014 2 a.m.

The newest restaurant from Bowman Hospitality Group differs from its fancier brethren in several ways. Deluxe Burger -- unlike other Bowman restaurants Theo's and East Side Grill -- has high chairs available.


posted: 02/28/2014 1:59 a.m.

New this week Non-Stop 74 PG-13 Liam Neeson plays an air marshal faced with cryptic text messages demanding that the government transfer $150 million into an offshore account; until it happens, every 20 minutes a passenger on his flight will be killed.


posted: 02/28/2014 1:58 a.m.

Happy birthday. Love is the theme in this new chapter, and the next four weeks of romance set the tone. In March, you’ll contribute to a circle of people you admire.


posted: 02/28/2014 1:57 a.m.

DEAR READER: Many folks join gyms after the first of the year. Here are a few quick hints for not only finding the right gym for you, but also for being a good gym customer: When looking into joining a gym, ask for a free trial. Some gyms will let you have a week free, or at least try a class to see if you like it. Ask if they have any discounts.


posted: 02/28/2014 1:56 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My aunt gave me a book for Christmas about astrology, and how to tell the future from the stars. She’s into things like that big time, but my mother says I shouldn’t even open the book.

Super Quiz: “U” and “Me”

posted: 02/28/2014 1:56 a.m.

1. Sang with lips closed 2. A season 3. Ringo Starr, for one 4. A connoisseur of fine food and drink

Thursday, February 27

Historic, closed hotel on fire in Hot Springs

updated: 02/27/2014 10:21 p.m.

HOT SPRINGS — The historic Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs — which was closed in 2006 — has caught fire.

Men rob Hot Springs store, threaten clerk with knife, police say

posted: 02/27/2014 5:13 p.m.

Authorities in Hot Springs are looking for two men who may be connected in the aggravated robbery of a convenience store where one man threatened the store clerk with a knife.

Teenage girl taken for questioning in Har-Ber gun scare

updated: 02/27/2014 3:57 p.m.

Police are at Har-Ber High School in Springdale, and the campus was placed on high alert Thursday afternoon following a report of an armed person on campus.

Cranford Johnson moving to Main Street

posted: 02/27/2014 2:51 p.m.

Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, the state’s largest marketing, advertising and public relations firm, announced on Thursday plans to move its Little Rock office to the historic Fulk Building at the southwest corner of Third and Main streets in downtown Little Rock.

House votes to keep lieutenant governor seat vacant until November

posted: 02/27/2014 2:32 p.m.

The Arkansas House of Representatives voted Thursday to keep the lieutenant governor’s seat open until November’s elections.

Elvis runs for office in Arkansas

posted: 02/27/2014 1:51 p.m.

Not only is Elvis alive, but he's making his second bid for statewide office in Arkansas.

Off The Record: March lineup at Clinton School of Public Service

posted: 02/27/2014 1:34 p.m.

The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has announced its March lineup of public programs and speakers. The programs are free, but reservations are recommended and can be made by emailing or calling (501) 683-5239. Below is a list of programs and descriptions from the school’s press release. All events listed here take place in the Clinton School’s Sturgis Hall, unless listed otherwise.

Search at Red River for missing woman resumes

posted: 02/27/2014 1:07 p.m.

Search crews returned to the Red River in southwest Arkansas to search for the body of an Ashdown woman who's been missing since she either jumped or fell from an Interstate 30 bridge into the river near Fulton.

Kid Rock, Snoop Dogg headline Memphis music fest

posted: 02/27/2014 11:51 a.m.

Kid Rock, Snoop Dogg, Alabama Shakes and Jerry Lee Lewis are among the 60-plus acts scheduled to perform at the Beale Street Music Festival in May.

$5,000 reward set for information in killing of eagle

posted: 02/27/2014 11:48 a.m.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the person or people who killed a bald eagle in western Arkansas.

Prescribed burn conducted at Camp Robinson

posted: 02/27/2014 11:35 a.m.

Arkansas National Guard officials are burning several hundred acres of land in North Little Rock on Thursday to minimize the risk of wildfires in the area, according to a statement from the bureau's environmental office.

MovieStyle: Here come the foreigners

posted: 02/27/2014 11:11 a.m.

Hayao Miyazaki, the master animator who’s often referred to as the “Walt Disney of Japan,” says The Wind Rises, which opens in Arkansas today, will be his last film.

Best Buy returns to profit in 4th quarter

posted: 02/27/2014 11:09 a.m.

MINNEAPOLIS — Best Buy returned to a profit in the fourth quarter and topped Wall Street expectations as it cut costs to offset declining sales.

Reid sees vets bill headed toward Senate defeat

posted: 02/27/2014 11:06 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said a $21 billion Democratic measure enriching health care, education and job-training benefits for veterans seemed headed for defeat Thursday, and he blamed Republicans.

More than $500 million awarded to Alamo abuse victims

posted: 02/27/2014 10:26 a.m.

TEXARKANA — A circuit judge in Arkansas has awarded more than half a billion dollars in damages to seven women who were former members of Tony Alamo's ministry and had been physically and sexually abused.

Woodlane Street work topic of meeting tonight

posted: 02/27/2014 8:34 a.m.

Little Rock officials will hold a public meeting Thursday to talk about drainage improvements planned along Woodlane Street downtown, the city said in a statement.

Wreck leaves toddler dead, 3 hurt in Phillips County

posted: 02/27/2014 7:58 a.m.

A Thursday morning wreck in Phillips County left a toddler dead and three other people hurt.

Windstream profit spikes despite flat revenue

posted: 02/27/2014 7:20 a.m.

Little Rock-based Windstream reported Thursday a surge in fourth-quarter and full-year profit even as total revenue remained flat.

ASU to exhibit Rohwer camp photos

posted: 02/27/2014 7:09 a.m.

JONESBORO — Arkansas State University is to hold a one-day exhibition of photos from the Rohwer Japanese-American internment camp.

Drug firms argue against Risperdal judgment

updated: 02/27/2014 10:28 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — A lawyer for two drug companies told the Arkansas Supreme Court that the state improperly relied on federal regulations in a lawsuit that resulted in a $1.2 billion award over the companies' marketing of an antipsychotics drug.

10 things to know for Thursday

posted: 02/27/2014 6:55 a.m.

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

Russia reportedly sheltering Ukraine's president

updated: 02/27/2014 10:36 a.m.

KIEV, Ukraine — Russia scrambled fighter jets to patrol its border and reportedly gave shelter to Ukraine's fugitive president as pro-Russian gunmen stormed offices of Ukraine's strategic region of Crimea, deepening the crisis for the new Ukrainian government even as it was being formed.

Seoul: N. Korea fired short-range missiles into sea

posted: 02/27/2014 6:49 a.m.

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea fired four suspected short-range missiles into its eastern waters Thursday, a South Korean official said.

Shoffner pleads innocent to new charges

updated: 02/27/2014 11:01 a.m.

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner pleaded innocent in federal court Thursday to mail-fraud charges that allege she misspent thousands of dollars in campaign money on personal items.

Obama pitches road, rail outlays

posted: 02/27/2014 5:29 a.m.

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he will ask Congress for $302 billion to update aging roads and railways, arguing that the taxpayer investment is a worthy one that will pay dividends by attracting businesses and helping put people to work.

Texas gay-marry ban ruled unconstitutional

posted: 02/27/2014 5:26 a.m.

A federal judge declared a same sex marriage ban in Texas unconstitutional Wednesday, but will allow the nation’s second-most-populous state to enforce the law pending an appeal that likely will go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Storms hit parched California, but floods a risk

posted: 02/27/2014 5:24 a.m.

Much-needed rain fell Wednesday on downtown San Francisco and elsewhere in California at the outset of what the parched state hopes will be a one-two punch of stormy weather.

Regime forces killed 175 rebels, Syria says

posted: 02/27/2014 5:22 a.m.

Syrian regime forces Wednesday killed 175 rebels, many of them al-Qaida-linked fighters, in an ambush described as one of the deadliest attacks by government forces against fighters near Damascus, according to state media.

Israelis face revenge, Hezbollah says

posted: 02/27/2014 5:21 a.m.

Hezbollah said Wednesday that Israel carried out an airstrike targeting one of its positions near the border with Syria earlier this week, and vowed to retaliate.

Ex-editor says job offered for hacker’s silence

posted: 02/27/2014 5:20 a.m.

Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks said Wednesday that she offered a job to a reporter convicted of phone hacking to keep him from going public with allegations. But she insisted she had not known that illegal activity was taking place under her command.

Overhaul plan lops popular tax breaks

posted: 02/27/2014 5:20 a.m.

A House Republican plan to overhaul the nation’s tax laws would wipe out a slew of popular tax breaks to help pay for the lower overall tax rates, a politically risky move in an election year that drew quick opposition Wednesday.

Convict 3rd notified of warrant-free wiretaps

posted: 02/27/2014 5:18 a.m.

The Justice Department has informed a former New York man who is serving a 15-year prison sentence over a terrorism-related conviction that his communications were subjected to surveillance without warrants before his arrest.

Ukrainians pitch next premier

posted: 02/27/2014 5:17 a.m.

Leaders of Ukraine’s protest movement on Wednesday proposed a top legislator as the country’s next prime minister, while Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered major military exercises just across the border.

House fights rules by IRS on groups

posted: 02/27/2014 5:15 a.m.

Fighting back against what they call unfair targeting of conservatives, House Republicans on Wednesday voted to delay efforts by the Obama administration to further restrict political activities of groups claiming tax-exempt status.

General sees bleak Afghan future without pact

posted: 02/27/2014 5:14 a.m.

Depicting a grim future for Afghanistan without U.S. help, the top U.S. military officer said Wednesday that Afghanistan’s refusal to sign a security agreement with the United States may make the fight more difficult this year, embolden the enemy and prompt some Afghan security forces to cooperate with the Taliban to “hedge their bets.”

Arizona service-denial bill vetoed

posted: 02/27/2014 5:13 a.m.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have allowed business owners to refuse service based on their own religious beliefs, rejecting a measure that opponents said would allow discrimination against gays.

Photo suggests GI ducked flag salute

posted: 02/27/2014 5:11 a.m.

A photo posted on Instagram that appeared to show a soldier deliberately avoiding saluting the flag touched off a military investigation and a storm of criticism.

IRA outlaws’ pass imperils coalition

posted: 02/27/2014 5:10 a.m.

The leader of Northern Ireland’s unity government threatened to resign Wednesday because of revelations that the British government supplied “get out of jail free” letters to at least 187 Irish Republican Army fugitives as a secret part of peacemaking.

The world in brief

posted: 02/27/2014 5:09 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It is having an effect on the enemy and in some ways I think encourages them, and intelligence supports that.” Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who said Afghanistan’s refusal to sign a security agreement with the United States may embolden the Taliban

The nation in brief

posted: 02/27/2014 5:09 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Blah, blah, blah, blah. Listen, there’s a conversation that needs to begin. This is the beginning of the conversation.” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, when asked about the details of a GOP plan that would wipe out many popular tax breaks to help pay for lower overall tax rates

Names and faces

posted: 02/27/2014 5:08 a.m.

Win and Will Butler of Arcade Fire aren’t your average brothers. Sure, they spent their youngest years at odds, as brothers will.

In the news

posted: 02/27/2014 5:08 a.m.

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the majority leader, condemned on the Senate floor the billionaire Republican contributors Charles and David Koch as “un-American” as he questioned the veracity of ads from Koch backed groups that feature individuals sharing stories about the apparent hardships they’ve faced because of the health-care overhaul.

Speaker, private option’s foes meet

posted: 02/27/2014 5:06 a.m.

House Speaker Davy Carter met with a group of Republican members opposed to the private option on Wednesday as the House failed to take up an appropriation bill for the program for the second day in a row.

State to Exxon: Clean spill’s pathways better

posted: 02/27/2014 5:02 a.m.

Arkansas’ environmental agency has told Exxon Mobil that it must do more to correct oil-related contamination in a Lake Conway cove and three drainage ditches leading to it.

1st job awarded in new roads venture

posted: 02/27/2014 4:59 a.m.

The Arkansas Highway Commission on Wednesday awarded the first contract under the $1.8 billion construction program that voters approved 15 months ago.

Missouri says it’s short on Bella Vista bypass money

posted: 02/27/2014 4:55 a.m.

Missouri transportation officials say they need another $25 million to build their 6-mile section of the Bella Vista bypass and that a proposed sales tax is the best option to get it at the moment.

School-guards bid short 1 Senate vote

posted: 02/27/2014 4:53 a.m.

For the second time in the past three weeks, Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Little Rock, on Wednesday failed to get enough votes in the state Senate for permission to introduce legislation to allow certain public-school employees to be licensed as private security guards.


posted: 02/27/2014 4:52 a.m.

This is the calendar of public events of the 89th General Assembly for today, the 18h day of the 2014 fiscal session.

NLR’s blur of fur to tackle geese

posted: 02/27/2014 4:51 a.m.

About four dozen Canada geese were lounging near a pond on a Burns Park golf course in North Little Rock on Wednesday afternoon when they got a fast introduction to the city’s newest addition.

$400,000 due beaten pupil, judges agree

posted: 02/27/2014 4:50 a.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a $400,000 award to a former Hermitage High School student who was assaulted by a group of students.

House to take up special-election bill

posted: 02/27/2014 4:47 a.m.

The House will consider a bill today to allow the governor to forgo calling a special election to fill the vacant lieutenant governor’s post this year.

School-nurse faker admits to 3 charges

posted: 02/27/2014 4:46 a.m.

A former Independence County woman admitted Wednesday to a federal judge that she only pretended to be a registered nurse during the nearly five years she worked as an elementary school nurse in Searcy.

PB police fire officer charged with rape

posted: 02/27/2014 4:45 a.m.

A Pine Bluff police officer arrested Tuesday in connection with a Sunday rape has been fired for conduct unbecoming an officer, a department news release said Wednesday.

U.S.: Shoffner’s claim ‘incorrect’

posted: 02/27/2014 4:44 a.m.

In response to Martha Shoffner’s request last week that a federal judge drop extortion and bribery charges against her because they weren’t properly charged, prosecutors said Wednesday that the only thing that should be dismissed is the request.

Black-history focus today is LR teachers

posted: 02/27/2014 4:43 a.m.

Little Rock officials will honor Black History Month with a program today at City Hall that will focus on two of the city’s former black teachers.

NLR asked to not teach creationism

posted: 02/27/2014 4:42 a.m.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas on Tuesday called on the North Little Rock School District to stop teaching creationism in its schools, citing a recent instance at Lakewood Middle School where the subject was interjected into World History lessons.

Democrat Ross files for governor

posted: 02/27/2014 4:41 a.m.

Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross of Little Rock filed as a Democratic candidate for governor Wednesday on the slowest day of candidate filing since the process began Monday.

Man gets 5 years’ probation in deal to give up law license

posted: 02/27/2014 4:39 a.m.

A federal judge Wednesday agreed to accept the terms of an agreement negotiated in November that allows lawyer Dustin Dyer of Benton to receive a probationary sentence in a drug case in return for surrendering his law license.

1 dead after crash in Union County

posted: 02/27/2014 4:39 a.m.

An El Dorado man died early Tuesday morning after a crash on Arkansas 7 at Arkansas 160 in Union County, the Arkansas State Police reported Tuesday.

I-530’s sign work shuts lane tonight

posted: 02/27/2014 4:38 a.m.

Work on Interstate 530 will require overnight lane closures tonight in Pulaski County, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Killed man, 22, out of fear, murder defendant testifies

posted: 02/27/2014 4:38 a.m.

A former Little Rock man accused of murder told a Pulaski County jury on Wednesday that he did everything he could to avoid what turned into a fatal confrontation with his wife’s cousin.

Starting today, street closures set for LR Marathon events

posted: 02/27/2014 4:37 a.m.

A number of streets will be closed beginning tonight because of the weekend’s Little Rock Marathon events.

Pulaski Tech firing spurs no-trust vote

posted: 02/27/2014 4:35 a.m.

The Student Government Association of Pulaski Technical College took a no-confidence vote on President Margaret Ellibee in part over concerns about academic freedom and due process regarding a fired professor, association President James Bozeman said Wednesday.

Panel revises anti-fraud pilot project plan

posted: 02/27/2014 4:35 a.m.

The state Department of Finance and Administration would be required to determine the best way to implement a proposed pilot project targeting fraud, waste, abuse, improper payments and employer noncompliance in the state’s unemployment insurance, welfare and food-stamp programs under a legislative panel’s recommendation.

Police beat

posted: 02/27/2014 4:31 a.m.

Woman: Men took phone, beer, $50 A homeless woman flagged down Little Rock officers early Wednesday morning and told them she had just been robbed.


posted: 02/27/2014 4:30 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball: 11-12-17-38-42 Powerball: 2 Estimated jackpot: $50 million Power Play: 2

Daily record

posted: 02/27/2014 4:30 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: 02/27/2014 4:29 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.

Arkansas Court of Appeals

posted: 02/27/2014 4:29 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


posted: 02/27/2014 4:27 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: 02/27/2014 4:25 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 27, 1914 The Bradford and Ryon Contracting Company of Memphis has moved to Little Rock and is permanently located at 1213 East Ninth street. The firm is making a reputation by moving the two-story brick house at Eighth and Scott streets.


posted: 02/27/2014 4:24 a.m.

Activist, mayor of Mississippi’s Jackson JACKSON, Miss. — Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, a human-rights activist and nationally prominent attorney who as city leader persuaded voters to accept a sales tax to fix crumbling infrastructure in Mississippi’s capital, died Tuesday. He was 66.

EDITORIALS: Now that’s just perfect

posted: 02/27/2014 4:23 a.m.

A WHOLE herd of politicians, their aides, hangers-on and assorted others—a grand total of 32 at last count—is rushing to apply for a soon-to-be-available job at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

COLUMNISTS: Now the real games begin

posted: 02/27/2014 4:23 a.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted the Olympics to showcase his New Russia—strong, competent, self-assured, like him. The Sochi Olympics ended peacefully and the games unfolded without any significant problem.

He’s smooth, all right

posted: 02/27/2014 4:22 a.m.

WHATEVER your opinion of The Hon. Mike Beebe, governor of Arkansas and old smoothie, and ours is high, there’s no doubt the Guv can be counted on to even out the rough edges of a political question, even if the substance of it remains the same under his expertly applied varnish.

The pause that refreshes

posted: 02/27/2014 4:21 a.m.

It sounds like Boss Carter, formally The Hon. Davy Carter, speaker and ramrod of the Arkansas House, is calling a time-out on the Private Option. He should—after quarterbacking four downs without making any headway.

Why Ukraine matters

posted: 02/27/2014 4:21 a.m.

President John F. Kennedy memorably called the Cold War a “long, twilight struggle” — the four-decade contest in Europe for freedom and power between the United States and Soviet Union.

The name game

posted: 02/27/2014 4:20 a.m.

It’s progress—of a sort. Somebody at the Ledge, namely Greg Leding of Fayetteville and the minority in the Arkansas House, has proposed ending the practice of attaching politicians’ names to Arkansas highways.

Guest writer: A lethal legacy

posted: 02/27/2014 4:18 a.m.

Americans seem to believe that once the U.S. military exits a foreign country, its moral accountability ends. But the deadly consequences—and culpability—continue long after the last soldier leaves.

The situation sized up

posted: 02/27/2014 4:17 a.m.

I was at the offices of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday afternoon. The leadership class from the combined chambers of commerce in Sebastian and Crawford counties was having its annual state government day in Little Rock.


posted: 02/27/2014 4:15 a.m.

An outstanding effort I wish to express my sincere thanks to Russia and her people, the NBC staff, the U.S. corporate sponsors, the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Olympians, coaches, parents, generous contributors and to everyone who, in many ways, made it possible for our team to participate in the 22nd Winter Olympics.

UA’s Qualls isn’t afraid to embrace moment

posted: 02/27/2014 4:14 a.m.

Kentucky’s players should be well aware of Michael Qualls wherever he goes tonight on the Rupp Arena court.

Killian gets Sunday start in return

posted: 02/27/2014 4:12 a.m.

Trey Killian will come off suspension and go right into Arkansas’ weekend pitching rotation, Coach Dave Van Horn said Wednesday.

Bucknam: No room for errors

posted: 02/27/2014 4:11 a.m.

Arkansas’ No. 1-ranked men’s track and field team will be without three senior All-Americans when the Razorbacks go for their 20th SEC Indoor title this weekend in College Station, Texas.

SEC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS : SEC women’s field has no weak sisters

posted: 02/27/2014 4:10 a.m.

There is good news and bad news for the Arkansas women’s track team regarding the national rankings going into this weekend’s SEC Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas.

ARKANSAS SPORTS HALL OF FAME: Hog calls and Hall calls

posted: 02/27/2014 4:06 a.m.

Tenth in a series previewing members of the 2014 class who will be inducted Friday into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

LIKE IT IS: Record shows Bielema easy target right now

posted: 02/27/2014 4:03 a.m.

A few years ago there was a Sports Illustrated television commercial that started out with a coach’s wife answering the phone and then calling upstairs to her husband that Sports Illustrated was on the line for him.

COMMENTARY: Penalizing N-word would be difficult

posted: 02/27/2014 4:02 a.m.

Applause is in order as the NFL seeks to eradicate the N-word from the playing field. But it’s hard to muster more than a golf clap, because too much could go wrong with this.

Anderson wants ASU to shape up

posted: 02/27/2014 4:01 a.m.

Blake Anderson said his Arkansas State football players aren’t anywhere near the condition they need to be to run the hurry-up, no-huddle system that he is in the beginning stages of installing. That’s the reason for the early mornings in Jonesboro.

Former Hog signs $50 million deal

posted: 02/27/2014 4 a.m.

Jason Peters will protect the quarterback’s blind side for quite a while longer in Philadelphia.

NFL notes

posted: 02/27/2014 3:59 a.m.

BROWNS Jackson released CLEVELAND — The Browns have released veteran linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, cutting ties with one of their most popular players.

TOP 25 MEN: Virginia topples Miami in 2nd half

posted: 02/27/2014 3:59 a.m.

London Perrantes scored a career-high 15 points and No. 12 Virginia opened the second half with a 16-5 run in a 65-40 victory over Miami on Wednesday night, the Cavaliers’ 12th consecutive victory.

SEC MEN: Balanced Ole Miss beats Alabama

posted: 02/27/2014 3:56 a.m.

The smiles returned to the faces of the Mississippi Rebels on Wednesday night and as far as coach Andy Kennedy was concerned, it could not have come at a better time.

SUN BELT WOMEN: UALR ties Sun Belt high, still loses at Troy

posted: 02/27/2014 3:55 a.m.

The UALR women’s basketball team couldn’t slow Troy’s high-scoring offense this time, and because of that UALR’s first-ever loss to Troy ended a season-long winning streak.

CLASS 3A REGION 2 BOYS: Blickenstaff banged up, still shoulders a big load

posted: 02/27/2014 3:55 a.m.

A gutty individual effort boosted struggling Harding Academy and Jessieville’s youth showed as the Wildcats held off the Lions on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Class 3A Region 2 tournament at Benton Harmony Grove High School.

CLASS 3A REGION 1 GIRLS: Mansfield KO’s Greenland

posted: 02/27/2014 3:53 a.m.

March Madness came early in the 3A-1 Regional Tournament.

Wednesday’s scores

posted: 02/27/2014 3:52 a.m.

MEN EAST American U. 64, Navy 55 Boston U. 71, Army 70 Bucknell 65, Lehigh 61 Colgate 83, Lafayette 66

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Practice doesn’t always make perfect

posted: 02/27/2014 3:51 a.m.

After the Bassmaster Classic in Birmingham, Ala., all but two of the runners-up wore distant, wrung-out, disappointed expressions.

Spring training notes

posted: 02/27/2014 3:50 a.m.

ANGELS Trout agrees to $1 million TEMPE, Ariz. — Mike Trout has his first seven-figure contract. Up ahead is what figures to be a nine-figure deal.

PGA TOUR: Tour gets serious at Honda Classic

posted: 02/27/2014 3:48 a.m.

The PGA Tour season began five months ago. The new year is two months old. And yet there’s something about the Honda Classic that makes Tiger Woods and a collection of stars feel as though it’s all about to get underway.

Royals can see postseason glory

posted: 02/27/2014 3:47 a.m.

Dayton Moore has been coming here eight years as the general manager of the Kansas City Royals, roaming the practice fields on sun-kissed February mornings, watching his prospects and imagining a better tomorrow. Now, he believes, it is here.


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UALR men at Troy WHEN 7 p.m. Central WHERE Trojan Arena, Troy, Ala.


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Sun Belt men TODAY’S GAMES All times Central UALR at Troy, 7 p.m. South Alabama at La.-Monroe, 7 p.m. W. Kentucky at Texas State, 7 p.m. Georgia St. at Texas-Arlington, 7:30 p.m.

Arkansas men at No. 17 Kentucky

posted: 02/27/2014 3:42 a.m.

WHEN 6 p.m. Central today WHERE Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.

Fishing this week

posted: 02/27/2014 3:41 a.m.

HOT SPOTS LAKE CATHERINE Rainbow trout fishing is excellent using redworms or wax worms just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater.

Rick Lee’s Oaklawn Park selections and analysis

posted: 02/27/2014 3:39 a.m.

Profit plays Arkansas Democrat-Gazette handicapper Rick Lee has been given a fictional $1,000 bankroll to work with during the 2014 Oaklawn Park meeting.


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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

NBA standings and summaries

posted: 02/27/2014 3:36 a.m.

MAGIC 101, 76ERS 90 ORLANDO (101) Harkless 5-14 0-0 13, Harris 5-13 3-4 13, Vucevic 9-19 3-4 21, Nelson 7-16 0-0 16, Oladipo 7-16 1-1 17, Nicholson 1-6 0-0 3, O’Quinn 1-3 0-0 2, Moore 2-4 0-0 5, Lamb 2-3 7-7 11. Totals 39-94 14-16 101.

High school basketball

posted: 02/27/2014 3:35 a.m.

BOYS REGIONALS CLASS 4A NORTH REGION AT LINCOLN Wednesday’s results Prairie Grove 65, Dardanelle 47 Maumelle 75, Gravette 54


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WEDNESDAY’S GAMES Detroit 6, Atlanta 5 Pittsburgh 6, NY Yankees 5 Toronto 4, Philadelphia 3, 7 innings Oakland 10, San Francisco 5 Cincinnati 8, Cleveland 3 Arizona 4, L.A. Dodgers 1

Second thoughts

posted: 02/27/2014 3:33 a.m.

Chargers flip-flops sour offer A homeless man in Santa Rosa, Calif., which is located 55 miles north of San Francisco, was willing to take some help from a well-meaning stranger, that was until he found out he was a San Diego Chargers fan.

Off the wire

posted: 02/27/2014 3:30 a.m.

TENNIS Djokovic, Federer advance Defending champion Novak Djokovic needed less than an hour to advance at the Dubai Championships on Wednesday, while Roger Federer struggled to seal his place in the quarterfinals.

State sports briefs

posted: 02/27/2014 3:29 a.m.

SOFTBALL UCA sweeps doubleheader Central Arkansas swept a doubleheader against UAPB on Wednesday in Conway, winning 10-2 and 16-2.

In state, ranchers beef up numbers

posted: 02/27/2014 3:27 a.m.

Cattle numbers in Arkansas are increasing, bucking a downward trend across much of the U.S., according to the U.S. Agriculture Department’s National Agriculture Statistics Service.

January new-home sales up 9.6%

posted: 02/27/2014 3:25 a.m.

Sales of new homes in the U.S. rebounded in January to the fastest pace in more than five years.

Sources: Cost cutting, Acxiom laying off 215

posted: 02/27/2014 3:22 a.m.

Acxiom Corp. is laying off more than 215 employees nationwide, sources familiar with the job cuts said Wednesday.

Data breach cuts into Target profit

posted: 02/27/2014 3:20 a.m.

Target Corp. shares jumped the most in almost five years Wednesday after fourth-quarter profit topped estimates and the retail chain said it was beginning to recover from a data breach that struck during the Christmas season.

Banks’ earnings rise 17% in 4th quarter as loan losses drop

posted: 02/27/2014 3:19 a.m.

U.S. banks’ earnings rose 17 percent in the October-December quarter from a year earlier, as losses on loans fell to a seven-year low and banks set aside less to cover losses and legal costs.

High court gives OK to Ponzi-scheme suits

posted: 02/27/2014 3:18 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that victims of former Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford’s Ponzi scheme can go forward with class-action lawsuits against the law firms, accountants and investment companies that purportedly aided the $7.2 billion fraud.

Confident in recovery, small firms snap up vans

posted: 02/27/2014 3:17 a.m.

To deliver bouquets in and around Washington, D.C., Karin’s Florist has two big vans, two small ones and a boxy little wagon that’s clinging to life.

Getting it straight

posted: 02/27/2014 3:15 a.m.

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

MARKET REPORT: S&P flirts with record for 3rd day

posted: 02/27/2014 3:15 a.m.

For a third straight day, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index traded above its record close Wednesday but fell back to end below it.

Business news in brief

posted: 02/27/2014 3:13 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Expectations were so low going in. This offered a ray of hope.” Brian Yarbrough, Edward Jones & Co. analyst, on Target Corp.’s quarterly report


posted: 02/27/2014 3:11 a.m.

Deltic earnings fall 4.1% in 4th quarter El Dorado-based Deltic Timber Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth quarter net income of $2.3 million, or 18 cents a share, down 4.1 percent compared with the same quarter a year ago.


posted: 02/27/2014 3:10 a.m.

1 RUN Residents of Little Rock and North Little Rock should prepare for disruptions in usual traffic patterns as runners take over the streets for the Little Rock Marathon.

Wee Betty’s is a good bet

posted: 02/27/2014 3:07 a.m.

The first time I heard the name Wee Betty’s, I thought it sounded like a good name for a day care or a store selling petite clothing.


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Events are free unless otherwise noted.

Fast Forward

posted: 02/27/2014 2:57 a.m.

NEXT WEEK Look down (part 1): Signs of spring are beginning to pop out of the ground and that means it’s time for garden and home tours, a steak cook-off and Civil War encampments at the annual Camden Daffodil Festival, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. March 7 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 8.

THE TV COLUMN: History’s swords and sex series, Vikings, returns

posted: 02/27/2014 2:55 a.m.

Welcome back to Game of Thrones lite.

MUSIC SCENE: Trout Fishing at Juanita’s; Mills tribute Saturday

posted: 02/27/2014 2:53 a.m.

Trout Fishing in America makes a rare visit to central Arkansas from their base in Northwest Arkansas for a 7:30 p.m. show today at Juanita’s. Air Loom will open the show at 7:30 p.m.


posted: 02/27/2014 2:51 a.m.

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Theater ‘cinecasts’ The National Theatre’s original stage production of War Horse (adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford from Michael Morpurgo’s novel) will appear on more than 350 U.S. movie screens — including the Tinseltown in Benton and the Conway Towne Center in Conway — at 7 p.m. today.

THEATER: Shakespeare in the Park

posted: 02/27/2014 2:49 a.m.

Normally when people visit Historic Washington State Park, they step back into the 19th century. But this weekend, Falstaff and Iago will cause all kinds of mischief as the park takes guests all the way back to Shakespeare’s time.

MUSIC: Christian music megatour, Winter Jam returns to NLR

posted: 02/27/2014 2:48 a.m.

There are rock bands that play Christian music and there are Christian bands that play rock music. Thousand Foot Krutch would place itself among the latter variety of musicians.

ARE WE THERE YET?: Gem buffs can dig in dirt or wallet at Mount Ida

posted: 02/27/2014 2:46 a.m.

For Arkansans who like to dig in the dirt hoping for a payoff, the Natural State’s headline act is Crater of Diamonds State Park.


posted: 02/27/2014 2:43 a.m.

Tuesday was the grand opening of The Main Cheese, in the Pinnacle Station Shopping Center, 14524 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, previously the last home of Sai Gon Cuisine and before that Gina’s Sushi Bar.

Selected restaurants

posted: 02/27/2014 2:41 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 arkansasonline.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Focus on forthright girlfriend’s past is a narrow view

posted: 02/27/2014 2:39 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My girlfriend has told me about her unfaithful past. It has me worried quite a bit. She told me she dated someone for three years, and in the last year she became unfaithful. It started with just hanging out with a guy she liked, but she didn’t engage in anything physical. However, she did meet someone at work and that went into physical territory — weekends away to hotels. Her then-boyfriend found out and she lied to him.


posted: 02/27/2014 2:38 a.m.

DEAR READER: Here is a good way to test your hint IQ: Do you know what to do to keep a block of hard cheese, like cheddar, from getting moldy? Which of the following should you use?


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Happy birthday. The most basic daily occurrences have special meaning in March because you’re with someone you love.


posted: 02/27/2014 2:37 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: We spent Christmas with our son and his wife, and I came away wondering if she’s really the right wife for him. She’s so different from us, and we just didn’t feel comfortable around her. They seem happy, but should I say something privately to him? — R.L.

Super Quiz: “Isms”

posted: 02/27/2014 2:36 a.m.

1. B: Set of religious beliefs based on the teaching of Siddhartha Gautama 2. C: The core of this Chinese philosophy is humanism. 3. D: Everything is caused by another event, so you are not free to choose. 4. E: All people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities.

Mac and cheese: My cold-weather fallback one-dish meal

posted: 02/27/2014 midnight

I’m not a soothsayer, nor do I necessarily believe the world’s most famous groundhog weather forecaster, Punxsutawney Phil.

Mac and cheese: A delicous cold-weather fallback meal

posted: 02/27/2014 midnight

I’m not a soothsayer, nor do I necessarily believe the world’s most famous groundhog weather forecaster, Punxsutawney Phil. However, I would bet that this uncommonly harsh winter has more bone-chilling days in store for us. What better reason is there to cook up a simple casserole of noodles and cheese sauce with a crispy topping? This dish always perks up my family and friends on the coldest and dreariest of days.

Stark difference: Heber Springs man retires from Electric Cooperative’s fundraising arm

posted: 02/27/2014 midnight

Wetzel Stark has served his community for most of his life. Now 83, he has retired from more jobs and board memberships than many people could ever dream of holding.

RVO Calendar of events starting Feb. 27

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RVO Calendar of events starting Feb. 27

Tri-Lakes calendar of events starting Feb. 27

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Tri-Lakes calendar of events starting Feb. 27

Historian recounts Underground Railroad experience

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Students from the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts learned about the Underground Railroad, an informal and secret network of people who helped runaway slaves escape to freedom before the Civil War, during a lecture by a historian who has tried to recreate the experience of slavery and escape for himself and others.

Fiery music at HSU: Concert series commemorates 1914 campus fire

posted: 02/27/2014 midnight

According to tradition at Henderson State University, the Reddie Spirit of pride and motivation that drives the university’s students and alumni and serves as the school mascot was born Feb. 3, 1914, when fire destroyed the main building on the campus of what was then called Henderson-Brown College.

Training canines: Judsonia man teaches dogs to herd cattle, sheep

posted: 02/27/2014 midnight

When Martin Johnson lets his dogs out of their cages, he doesn’t have to put them on a leash — they head straight for the pasture.

Beebe FFA prepares for auction Friday

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BEEBE — The students involved in Beebe High School’s chapter of the National FFA Organization constantly work on various enterprises, but this year, they will sell their projects to the public to raise money for the chapter.

A taste of New Orleans: Let the good times roll

posted: 02/27/2014 midnight

One of the most famous “food” cities, New Orleans, is right in our backyard. On Tuesday, New Orleans hosts one of the most famous holidays in the world, the American version of Mardi Gras. A day with deep religious ties, Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Fat Tuesday is the popular name that refers to the practice of eating all the rich, fatty foods in the house that would have to be forsaken for the fasting Lenten period that begins the next day.

Let the good times roll

posted: 02/27/2014 midnight

One of the most famous “food” cities, New Orleans, is right in our backyard.

Cherry Hill Fire Department raises funds with new cookbook

posted: 02/27/2014 midnight

From its early beginnings in 1980, the Cherry Hill Volunteer Fire Department has counted on the support of the community that the firefighters serve.

Two area artists receive awards in Mid-Southern Watercolorists show

posted: 02/27/2014 midnight

Artists from across the region gathered Feb. 14 in the Trinity Gallery of the Historic Arkansas Museum for the opening of the Mid-Southern Watercolorists 44th annual Juried Exhibition.

Wednesday, February 26

Facing the Music: This Week's Music

posted: 02/26/2014 4:24 p.m.

Here's the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week:

Reputed Guzman lieutenant to plead guilty

posted: 02/26/2014 2:41 p.m.

A reputed lieutenant of recently captured drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has indicated during a federal court hearing in Chicago that he intends to plead guilty in a $1 billion trafficking conspiracy that also allegedly involved his boss.

House keeps Wednesday session brief, skips private-option vote

updated: 02/26/2014 3:28 p.m.

The Arkansas House of Representatives has passed on voting on the private-option Medicaid expansion for a second straight day.

Bids opened for next phase of Bella Vista Bypass

posted: 02/26/2014 2:05 p.m.

Construction of a portion of the planned Bella Vista Bypass is the first project to be funded under a sales-tax increase approved by Arkansas voters in 2012.

Federal judge strikes down Texas gay marriage ban

posted: 02/26/2014 1:46 p.m.

A federal judge declared Texas' ban on gay marriage unconstitutional Wednesday, but left it in place until an appeals court can rule on the case.

Ex-school nurse changes plea to guilty in fraud, ID theft case

updated: 02/26/2014 3:04 p.m.

A woman who had initially pleaded innocent to charges that she used another person's identity and credentials to work as a nurse at Searcy elementary school pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon in exchange for fewer charges.

5th suspect in Memphis Rolex heist arrested

posted: 02/26/2014 11:26 a.m.

Authorities have arrested a fifth man charged with robbing a Memphis mall jewelry store of $537,000 in Rolex watches.

U.S. sales of new homes up in January

posted: 02/26/2014 11:08 a.m.

WASHINGTON — U.S. sales of new homes rebounded in January to the fastest pace in more than five years, offering hopes that housing could be regaining momentum after a slowdown last year caused by rising interest rates.

Data-breach costs take toll on Target profit

posted: 02/26/2014 11:06 a.m.

NEW YORK — Target Corp. will be feeling the financial pain for a while from the theft of credit card numbers and other information from millions of its customers.

Winter Jam returns to Verizon

posted: 02/26/2014 10:58 a.m.

There are rock bands that play Christian music and there are Christian bands that play rock music. Thousand Foot Krutch would place itself among the latter variety of musicians, Jack W. Hill writes in Thursday's Arkansas Weekend section.

Heating-bill help applications taken Wednesday, Thursday

posted: 02/26/2014 10:38 a.m.

Pulaski County residents who qualify for heating-bill assistance can apply Wednesday and Thursday in Little Rock.

Wintry precipitation foreseen for Friday, Sunday in Arkansas

posted: 02/26/2014 10:16 a.m.

Weather forecasters predict light sleet or snow in Northwest Arkansas on Friday and wintry precipitation in north Arkansas on Sunday.

Energy-bill help available Wednesday, Thursday

posted: 02/26/2014 9:58 a.m.

Pulaski County residents eligible for home heating help can apply Wednesday and Thursday in Little Rock.

Black educators of LR's past to be honored

posted: 02/26/2014 8:55 a.m.

A Black History Month program set for Thursday plans to pay posthumous tribute to the legacies of a pair of black teachers in Little Rock.

I-630 overnight lane, ramp closures set

posted: 02/26/2014 8:16 a.m.

Crews installing an overhead sign will close a lane and ramp on Interstate 630 in Little Rock overnight Wednesday and Thursday, state highway officials said.

Syria: Army kills 175 rebels

posted: 02/26/2014 7:59 a.m.

BEIRUT — State media in Syria says army troops have killed 175 rebels in an ambush south of the capital, Damascus.

Texarkana woman, 65, pleads innocent in slaying

posted: 02/26/2014 7:57 a.m.

TEXARKANA — A 65-year-old Texarkana woman has pleaded innocent to capital murder in the shooting death of a fellow member of a local square dancing club.

Paragould man gets 17 years for child porn

posted: 02/26/2014 7:42 a.m.

A Paragould man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to child-pornography charges, authorities said.

El Dorado man dies after wreck

posted: 02/26/2014 7:21 a.m.

An El Dorado man has died after a Monday evening collision, the Arkansas State Police said.

NLR district acknowledges creationism at school

posted: 02/26/2014 7:11 a.m.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — The North Little Rock School District is acknowledging that creationism was taught in one of its schools but says the incident was isolated.

House panel OKs lieutenant governor bill

updated: 02/26/2014 11:20 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas House committee has approved a Senate bill aimed at keeping the lieutenant governor's office open until November after the last officeholder resigned over ethics violations.

10 things to know for Wednesday

posted: 02/26/2014 6:54 a.m.

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

South Sudan: Patients shot dead in hospital beds

posted: 02/26/2014 6:51 a.m.

JUBA, South Sudan — Sick patients in South Sudan have been shot to death in their beds and medical facilities have been looted and burned to the ground, developments that are forcing the aid group Doctors Without Borders to examine its operations in the country.

Flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia dies at 66

posted: 02/26/2014 6:48 a.m.

MADRID — Paco de Lucia, one of the world's leading guitarists who dazzled audiences with his lightning-speed flamenco rhythms and finger work, has died in Mexico, Spanish officials said Wednesday. He was 66.

Germany monitors jihadis battle-hardened in Syria

posted: 02/26/2014 6:47 a.m.

BERLIN — German security services are monitoring about a dozen Islamic extremists who have returned from fighting in Syria and are considered potential terror threats.

Justin Bieber jail video release is expected

posted: 02/26/2014 6:45 a.m.

MIAMI — Video of Justin Bieber at a South Florida police station after his January arrest is expected to be made public, with some sensitive parts omitted.

Obama seeks $300 billion for roads, railways

posted: 02/26/2014 6:43 a.m.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $300 billion to update the nation's roads and railways.

Ukraine: Rival groups protest in divided Crimea

posted: 02/26/2014 6:42 a.m.

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Police struggled to keep apart rival groups holding competing rallies Wednesday in Ukraine's largely pro-Russian Crimea region where the regional parliament was to hold a crisis session on the turmoil that has gripped the country.

Obama warns Karzai total pullout in plans

posted: 02/26/2014 5:36 a.m.

President Barack Obama warned Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the U.S. is making plans for a full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by year’s end in the absence of a bilateral security agreement.

GOP tax-overhaul plan ready

posted: 02/26/2014 5:33 a.m.

The Republican plan to overhaul and simplify the nation’s tax code is expected to call for a cut in the top corporate income rate, to 25 percent from 35 percent, and a reduction of the seven individual tax brackets to two, at 10 percent and 25 percent, aides familiar with the proposal said.

Justices ease can’t-search-home law, deny frozen-asset hearings

posted: 02/26/2014 5:31 a.m.

In a pair of 6-3 decisions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the police can sometimes search a home over the objections of one of its residents and that criminal defendants are not entitled to hearings to try to gain access to frozen assets to pay their lawyers.

Egypt premier pick eases el-Sissi’s path for presidential bid

posted: 02/26/2014 5:29 a.m.

Egypt’s interim president chose the outgoing housing minister, a construction magnate from the era of ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak, as his new prime minister Tuesday, some two months ahead of presidential elections.

States’ links to federal data worrying to security experts

posted: 02/26/2014 5:28 a.m.

As President Barack Obama’s administration raced to meet its self-imposed deadline for online health-insurance markets, security experts working for the government worried that state computer systems would become a back door for hackers.

Expert: Kids raised by gays no different

posted: 02/26/2014 5:26 a.m.

Children need good parents, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, a psychologist testified Tuesday at a trial challenging Michigan’s ban on gay marriage.

Aim is to ax junk-food ads in schools

posted: 02/26/2014 5:26 a.m.

The Obama administration is moving to phase out junk food advertising on football scoreboards and elsewhere on school grounds — part of a broad effort to combat childhood obesity and create what first lady Michelle Obama calls “a new norm” for today’s schoolchildren and future generations.

In Kentucky, Clinton offers way to win

posted: 02/26/2014 5:24 a.m.

For Democrats anxious about preserving their Senate majority in a difficult midterm election year, Bill Clinton on Tuesday suggested a path forward: Defend the federal health-care law, recommit to a populist theme of rising wages and economic growth, and go after the outside groups flooding the airwaves with negative ads.

Bill to expand veterans benefits clears hurdle

posted: 02/26/2014 5:20 a.m.

A sprawling Democratic bill expanding health, education and other benefits for veterans easily cleared an early Senate hurdle Tuesday. But the election-year measure still faces an uncertain fate as Republicans battle to make it smaller and find ways to pay for it.

Islamists kill 58 at school

posted: 02/26/2014 5:19 a.m.

Islamic militants set fire to a locked dormitory at a school in northern Nigeria, then shot and slit the throats of students who tried to escape through windows during a pre-dawn attack Tuesday. At least 58 students were killed, including many who were burned alive.

Uganda tabloid lists ‘200 top’ gays

posted: 02/26/2014 5:17 a.m.

A Ugandan newspaper published a list Tuesday of what it called the country’s “200 top” homosexuals, outing some Ugandans and raising fears of violence against those named just a day after the president enacted a severe anti-gay law.

Infighting delays designation of new Ukraine government

posted: 02/26/2014 5:15 a.m.

Struggling to reach a deal to form a new majority coalition in the parliament, and under pressure because of a looming economic disaster, the Ukrainian lawmakers temporarily running the country delayed until Thursday the naming of an acting prime minister and provisional government.

Ex-editor: Never OK’d phone hack

posted: 02/26/2014 5:13 a.m.

Former News of the World Editor Rebekah Brooks said Tuesday that she never sanctioned phone hacking and was horrified when she learned the tabloid had targeted the cellphone of a missing teenager.

No wiggle on $10.10 minimum wage, Reid says

posted: 02/26/2014 5:12 a.m.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he won’t consider raising the national minimum wage to a level lower than $10.10 an hour, even as a way to coax support from reluctant Democrats seeking re-election this year.

Wisconsin voter-ID law illegal, lawyer tells state court

posted: 02/26/2014 5:10 a.m.

Wisconsin’s requirement for photo identification to vote is illegal because the state’s voting criteria can be changed only by constitutional amendment, an attorney challenging the statute told the state Supreme Court.

The world in brief

posted: 02/26/2014 5:04 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s not about the personalities. This is about the responsibility.” Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine’s parliament leader, pleading with colleagues to swiftly reach an agreement on an interim government

The nation in brief

posted: 02/26/2014 5:04 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Politics is not rocket science. … It’s either a focus on people or a focus on keeping yourself in power by keeping the people so torn up and upset that they can’t think anymore.” Former President Bill Clinton, who said political attack ads could discourage practical voters and result in a more ideologically rigid electorate

Names and faces

posted: 02/26/2014 5:03 a.m.

Beck Hansen really doesn’t believe that a musician has the right to complain: It’s something of an occupational requirement.

In the news

posted: 02/26/2014 5:02 a.m.

Joe Biden, the vice president, said on ABC’s The View that his decision on whether to seek the presidency in 2016 will not hinge on whether Hillary Rodham Clinton enters the race.

Private-option vote is set aside

posted: 02/26/2014 5:01 a.m.

For the first time in a week, the Arkansas House of Representatives met without voting on a funding bill for the state’s private-option Medicaid expansion — and House leadership said Tuesday that they don’t know when the next vote will happen.

COMMENTARY: It's an Arkansas thing

posted: 02/26/2014 5 a.m.

There is something you need to know about your little state of Arkansas. It’s that we have emerged as quite the national laboratory on health insurance.

Senate vote confirms Moody for U.S. bench

posted: 02/26/2014 4:56 a.m.

By a 95-4 vote Tuesday the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Jay Moody as a U.S. district judge in the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Darr, Key join applicant list for job at UA

posted: 02/26/2014 4:54 a.m.

More than 30 people have applied for the vice chancellor for government relations job at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, including the director of government relations at eBay, aides for Gov. Mike Beebe and U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr and state Sen. Johnny Key of Mountain Home.


posted: 02/26/2014 4:52 a.m.

This is the calendar of public events of the 89th General Assembly for today, the 17th day of the 2014 fiscal session.

Schools get online-learning funds

posted: 02/26/2014 4:51 a.m.

Thirty-two school districts and charter schools learned Tuesday that they will be recipients of new eResources Digital Learning Grants provided by the Little Rock based Arkansas Public School Resource Center.

Another 51 join state races on filing period’s 2nd day

posted: 02/26/2014 4:50 a.m.

Another 51 hopefuls filed for office Tuesday, including opponents in the race for secretary of state and one treasurer candidate.

Lawyer’s fine is cut to $5,000

posted: 02/26/2014 4:49 a.m.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen cut contempt-of-court fines imposed on defense attorney Bill James from $25,000 to $5,000 on Tuesday, acknowledging the lesser amount was the most he could impose.

LR board moves back start in complex-recycling plan

posted: 02/26/2014 4:48 a.m.

Concerns about the time frame on requiring larger apartment complexes in Little Rock to offer recycling to their tenants led the city Board of Directors on Tuesday to delay the proposed July 1 start date to Jan. 1.

$700,000 loan swindle draws 4-year sentence

posted: 02/26/2014 4:46 a.m.

A former Little Rock real-estate agent, Brandy Marie Thomas, was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison and was ordered to pay $327,000 in restitution for her conviction last summer by a federal jury on four wire fraud charges stemming from housing loans she obtained by greatly overstating her income on loan applications.

Police shoot man in attack response

posted: 02/26/2014 4:44 a.m.

El Dorado police officers shot a man while investigating an attack on a woman who later died, authorities said.

LR teen arrested in ’13 carjackings

posted: 02/26/2014 4:44 a.m.

A Little Rock judge set bail at $1 million for a Little Rock teenager who, already on probation for a robbery in 2010, evaded authorities for months after he was identified as a suspect in a pair of armed carjackings last summer.

Probation flouter gets 6 years

posted: 02/26/2014 4:43 a.m.

A Hot Spring County judge on Tuesday sentenced a man charged last year in the 2011 killing of a Hot Springs Village police dispatcher to six years in prison for violating the terms of his probation, a prosecutor said.

Police question nephew of ex-agent shot dead

posted: 02/26/2014 4:42 a.m.

Authorities questioned the nephew of a former drug task force agent who was shot to death Sunday in rural Perry County but have made no arrests in the killing, Perry County Sheriff Scott Montgomery said Tuesday.

‘Pot’ activist seeks county judge post

posted: 02/26/2014 4:41 a.m.

Marijuana-legalization activist Glen Schwarz filed as a candidate for Pulaski County judge Tuesday.

Shootings in Texarkana leave one dead, one injured

posted: 02/26/2014 4:40 a.m.

One person is dead after a shooting at a Locust Street home in Texarkana, police said Tuesday.

Self-defense claim opens murder trial

posted: 02/26/2014 4:38 a.m.

When Tonio Deshun Davis got mad, he was not a man who could be scared off by a gun, the attorney for the Little Rock man on trial in the death of the 22-year-old told a Pulaski County jury on Tuesday.

Testimony on mark allowed at rape trial

posted: 02/26/2014 4:37 a.m.

A child-abuse expert can testify about whether a “not normal” mark found on an 8-year-old girl’s genitals indicates the child was sexually abused, a judge in Pulaski County Circuit Court ruled Monday, rejecting a defense challenge.

Chill arrives; snow, ice not ruled out for state

posted: 02/26/2014 4:37 a.m.

Cold air returned to Arkansas this week, and with it came three chances for wintry precipitation, including one round early today, meteorologists at the National Weather Service said Tuesday.

Lawyer: Testimony in air despite immunity

posted: 02/26/2014 4:35 a.m.

A 16-year-old boy who has accused a Little Rock woman of sexual assault and his father might refuse to testify at trial, despite orders to do so after being granted immunity from prosecution, their attorney said Monday.

Logan County escape unnoticed for 12 hours

posted: 02/26/2014 4:27 a.m.

Logan County sheriff ’s officials were investigating Tuesday how the escape of a county jail inmate Monday afternoon was not discovered for 12 hours, leaving a cold trail for searchers to follow for the still-missing man.

Pine Bluff officer charged with rape

posted: 02/26/2014 4:26 a.m.

A Pine Bluff police officer was charged with rape Tuesday, a prosecuting attorney said.

Pulaski County moving $1.86 million to reserves

posted: 02/26/2014 4:25 a.m.

With no further discussion Tuesday night, the Pulaski County Quorum Court voted to move nearly $2 million in carryover funds into the county’s reserve funds.

Police beat

posted: 02/26/2014 4:23 a.m.

4 held, said to try to sell stolen ATV Four people were arrested after they tried to sell a stolen ATV to undercover detectives, arrest reports said.

Mega Millions

posted: 02/26/2014 4:22 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 12-18-25-35-66 Mega Ball: 15 Estimated jackpot: $195 million Megaplier: 5

Daily record

posted: 02/26/2014 4:22 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: 02/26/2014 4:21 a.m.

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


posted: 02/26/2014 4:21 a.m.

Guitarist for Bill Haley and the Comets NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Franny Beecher, lead guitarist for Bill Haley and the Comets, which helped kick off the rock ‘n’ roll era with the hit “Rock Around the Clock” in 1955, has died. He was 92.


posted: 02/26/2014 4:20 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: 02/26/2014 4:18 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 26, 1914 Uniform hours for the transaction of business will be observed by all Little Rock banks and trust companies after April 1, a schedule for the hours of remaining open being adopted yesterday at a meeting of the Little Rock Clearing House Association.

EDITORIALS: A bad light

posted: 02/26/2014 4:17 a.m.

THOSE who’ve served in the United States military always seem to have advice for young people who are thinking about joining. Some of it is even good.

COLUMNISTS: An innocent abroad

posted: 02/26/2014 4:16 a.m.

Dear Guide in Tashkent, I regret I never learned your name, but your language, heard from the back of a tour bus, remains a thing of curious beauty and a joy recurrently remembered. You could call it English, though more strictly speaking it was American, and a distinct subset of American at that.

One problem solved

posted: 02/26/2014 4:15 a.m.

It’s an old truth in politics and far beyond : Personnel is policy. Good people make good policy, the lazy and incompetent make the other kind.

The enduring gift

posted: 02/26/2014 4:15 a.m.

It seems as if the center of the action in Ukraine may be shifting from Kiev to Crimea, where ousted President Viktor Yanukovych is believed to be hiding. There’s now widespread speculation that Russia could target the region to stoke secessionist sentiments, or even pave the way for annexation.

OTHERS SAY: North Korea’s protector

posted: 02/26/2014 4:14 a.m.

The United Nations’ report on human rights in North Korea is a sickening document. It should give China’s leaders pause. Supporting the despicable regime of Kim Jong Un is not in their interests.

A healthy dose

posted: 02/26/2014 4:14 a.m.

Sad to say, we’ve become a society where truth doesn’t have the value it once did. Now anyone with an Internet connection and an ax to grind or prank to pull can post just about anything and know that someone out there will believe it, no matter how outlandish it may be.

Tale of two cities

posted: 02/26/2014 4:13 a.m.

It’s a tale of two downtowns headed in opposite directions.


posted: 02/26/2014 4:12 a.m.

Creepy psychic power Ms. Brenda Looper is right. It is creepy Rush Limbaugh reading Barack Obama’s mind, especially since it seems he has gotten it right for the past five years.

Hogs are in mood for fight

posted: 02/26/2014 4:10 a.m.

Arkansas freshman forward Bobby Portis, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, hadn’t been born the last time the Razorbacks beat Kentucky at Rupp Arena.


posted: 02/26/2014 4:08 a.m.

Ninth in a series previewing members of the 2014 class who will be inducted Friday into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Pro Hogs: 25 years of the Jones Boys: Bad to great to 8-8

posted: 02/26/2014 4:05 a.m.

Feb. 25, 1989, was the day it all changed for the Dallas Cowboys.

LIKE IT IS: Beating Kentucky would do wonders for UA

posted: 02/26/2014 4:03 a.m.

The Arkansas Razorbacks are playing their best basketball of the season, maybe some of the best since Nolan Richardson left in 2002, and there has been some talk of them making the NCAA Tournament.

COMMENTARY: Dale Jr. enjoys one sweet ride at Daytona

posted: 02/26/2014 4:02 a.m.

At 7:49 a.m. Monday, still in a fuzzy daze after a couple of hours’ sleep, Dale Earnhardt Jr. took a minute to pose in front of a statue outside Daytona International Speedway.

TOP 25/SEC MEN: Florida grabs share of SEC title

posted: 02/26/2014 4:01 a.m.

Dorian Finney-Smith scored 19 points, and No. 1 Florida held off Vanderbilt 57-54 on Tuesday night to clinch at least a share of its second consecutive SEC title and seventh overall.

UALR’s top scorer sidelined by injury

posted: 02/26/2014 3:59 a.m.

UALR isn’t sure how long it’ll be without leading scorer Will Neighbour, but it’ll be at least one more game.

TOP 25 MEN: Hood leads Duke to decisive victory

posted: 02/26/2014 3:58 a.m.

Rodney Hood scored 21 points to help No. 6 Duke beat Virginia Tech 66-48 on Tuesday night.

SUN BELT MEN: ASU gets it going, leaves Lyon behind

posted: 02/26/2014 3:56 a.m.

Arkansas State struggled to pull away from Lyon College early in its final nonconference game of the season Tuesday night, but the Red Wolves didn’t have any trouble in the second half of a 65-39 victory at the Convocation Center.

7A/6A-EAST BOYS: Cabot can’t keep up with Jonesboro

posted: 02/26/2014 3:55 a.m.

Cabot’s chances were washed away by waves of points from the Jonesboro Hurricane on Tuesday night at Panther Arena.

7A/6A-CENTRAL BOYS: Parkview starts slow, then rolls

posted: 02/26/2014 3:55 a.m.

Little Rock Hall took the air out of the ball for one quarter. Little Rock Parkview took the steam out of the Warriors for the final three.

5A-CENTRAL BOYS: Devils dodge late threat, secure outright title again

posted: 02/26/2014 3:54 a.m.

Jacksonville claimed the outright 5A-Central Conference title Tuesday night, but the Red Devils had to sweat out some tense final seconds to get it.

NBA standings and summaries

posted: 02/26/2014 3:53 a.m.

PACERS 118, LAKERS 98 LA LAKERS (98) Bazemore 8-19 6-8 23, Johnson 6-10 1-2 15, Gasol 6-13 1-1 13, Marshall 0-3 0-0 0, Meeks 5-14 2-2 13, J.Hill 1-2 0-0 2, Brooks 4-10 1-5 11, Farmar 2-7 0-0 5, Kaman 3-6 0-0 6, Kelly 3-4 0-0 7, Sacre 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 39-90 12-20 98.

McClellan breaks free in 4th quarter

posted: 02/26/2014 3:51 a.m.

North Pulaski scratched and clawed for the majority of the game, but Little Rock McClellan took over in the fourth quarter on the way to a 60-49 victory Tuesday night in Jacksonville.

West Memphis stymies Searcy

posted: 02/26/2014 3:51 a.m.

Alexis Hamlet led West Memphis with 20 points and sophomore Lashala Sain, a 6-0 center, provided assistance inside as the Lady Blue Devils beat Searcy 54-37 Tuesday night.

5A-CENTRAL BOYS: Mills fouls it all up at free-throw line

posted: 02/26/2014 3:50 a.m.

Mills had a lot on the line Tuesday night at the Galaxy, but the Comets couldn’t cash in when it mattered most during a 59-51 loss to Pulaski Academy.

5A-WEST BOYS: Greenbrier finally bests county rival

posted: 02/26/2014 3:50 a.m.

The Greenbrier Panthers dealt the Vilonia Eagles a major 71-54 defeat Tuesday night in 5A-West Conference action.

Spring training notes

posted: 02/26/2014 3:47 a.m.

RANGERS Darvish to start SURPRISE, Ariz. — Yu Darvish will be the opening day starter for the Texas Rangers.


posted: 02/26/2014 3:46 a.m.

UALR women at Troy WHEN 7 p.m. Central WHERE Trojan Arena, Troy, Ala.


posted: 02/26/2014 3:35 a.m.

GIRLS BENTON 55, PINE BLUFF 51, OT Braxton Chumley and Braylee Landreth scored 14 points each as the Lady Panthers (19-5, 11-3 ) rallied to defeat the host Fillies (19-6, 11-3 ) in the 7A/6ASouth finale for both teams.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/26/2014 3:34 a.m.

Par-3 event no vacation for old guys The mere mention of playing golf on a par-3 course normally sends the big boys scurrying for the nearest driving range.

Off the wire

posted: 02/26/2014 3:31 a.m.

TENNIS Djokovic defends title Novak Djokovic opened the defense of his Dubai Championships title with a straight sets victory over Denis Istomin, while second-seeded Juan Martin del Potro had to retire from his first-round match on Tuesday.

State sports briefs

posted: 02/26/2014 3:29 a.m.

RUNNING Marathon field full The Little Rock Marathon is officially sold out, but interested runners still have an opportunity to take part in other events surrounding Sunday’s marathon.

Consumer confidence takes fall

posted: 02/26/2014 3:26 a.m.

Consumer confidence has fallen more than forecast this month as Americans grow more pessimistic about the outlook for the economy and employment.

Major bitcoin exchange said to fold

posted: 02/26/2014 3:24 a.m.

One of the world’s largest bitcoin exchanges has seemingly disappeared, delivering a blow to the virtual currency as it struggles to gain legitimacy.

Wal-Mart turns focus south of border

posted: 02/26/2014 3:21 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s Mexican division, Wal-Mart de Mexico, has said it expects to sink $1.1 billion into increasing floor space and to enriching technology for ecommerce in Latin America this year.

S&P cites Obama meeting in filing

posted: 02/26/2014 3:19 a.m.

Standard & Poor’s said a 2011 meeting between President Barack Obama and his Treasury secretary at the time just before the company was warned to expect a response to its downgrade of U.S. debt justifies its request to see White House communications to defend itself against fraud claims.

Home-price index falls 0.1% as winter dampens recovery

posted: 02/26/2014 3:18 a.m.

U.S. home prices fell for the second straight month in December as harsh winter weather, tight supply and higher costs slowed sales.

USDA to spend $3 million in Midwest to aid honeybees

posted: 02/26/2014 3:17 a.m.

The U.S. Agriculture Department announced Tuesday that it will spend millions of dollars to help farmers and ranchers improve pastures in five Midwestern states to provide food for the nation’s honeybees.

Target’s big Canada rollout stumbles

posted: 02/26/2014 3:15 a.m.

When Canadians crossed the border into the United States on shopping trips, Target was a prime destination. But when Target crossed the border last year and opened stores in Canada, the magic somehow vanished.

MARKET REPORT: Stock market seesaws, ends lower

posted: 02/26/2014 3:14 a.m.

The market drifted between gains and losses throughout the day Tuesday, then headed steadily lower in the last hour of trading.

Business news in brief

posted: 02/26/2014 3:14 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Consumers believe the economy has improved, but they do not foresee it gaining considerable momentum in the months ahead.” Lynn Franco, Conference Board director of economic indicators


posted: 02/26/2014 3:12 a.m.

Bank of Ozarks chief got $8.1 million in ’13 George Gleason, chairman and chief executive officer of Bank of the Ozarks, earned $8.1 million last year, the highest income of any of the firm’s executives, the Little Rock bank said Tuesday in its proxy statement.

Fresh-baked bread bliss

posted: 02/26/2014 3:09 a.m.

It is comforting, inviting, welcoming, appetizing, enticing, warm, hearty, wholesome, cozy and is filled with the promise of nourishment to come. The aroma of fresh baked bread.

FRONT BURNER: Golden goetta dish shines at breakfast

posted: 02/26/2014 3:03 a.m.

I had never heard of goetta, pronounced GET-uh, until I read about it in the February/ March issue of Cook’s Country magazine.

Gadgets & Gizmos: The Sleek Scrape

posted: 02/26/2014 3:01 a.m.

We welcome multipurpose kitchen utensils that are easy to clean and easily stored. The SleekScrape from Chef’n fills the bill.

Cooking for two: Miso marinade makes scallops special

posted: 02/26/2014 3 a.m.

This Asian-inspired dish takes just 25 minutes to prepare, making it ideal for a weeknight dinner.

Pretzels as snack skewers provide new twist to party

posted: 02/26/2014 2:59 a.m.

Pretzel sticks don’t get much respect. They’re neither burly like rods nor twisted like knots.

7 day menu planner

posted: 02/26/2014 2:58 a.m.

SUNDAY: Think of warm tropical breezes instead of cold February winds when you prepare Caribbean Roast Pork Loin for the family.

UNCORKED: Avoid the splurge at business dinner

posted: 02/26/2014 2:54 a.m.

A few years ago on a flight home, a gentleman sitting next to me sparked a conversation and, as always, our conversation eventually led to wine. He had just finished a meeting with a key account he had been entertaining over the previous few days in Miami.

Curry-Glazed Pork easily cooked inside

posted: 02/26/2014 2:53 a.m.

The original recipe called for a 30-minute marinade of whole pork tenderloin that is cooked on the grill for about 20 minutes, then brushed with some remaining marinade and grilled for 5 minutes to create the glazed effect.

IDEA ALLEY: Restaurateur’s kin offers sauce secret

posted: 02/26/2014 2:52 a.m.

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

COOKING WITH DIABETES: English muffin base holds easy egg dish

posted: 02/26/2014 2:50 a.m.

Split English muffins are topped with Canadian-style bacon, scrambled eggs and cheese sauce in this easy brunch dish. Or add a mixedleaf salad and call it dinner.

Canine wingman

posted: 02/26/2014 2:48 a.m.

When Melanie met a man she really liked, she wanted to get to know him better, but he was really shy.

Creature feature

posted: 02/26/2014 2:47 a.m.

To every thing there is a season — from March to late fall, that means kittens. Lots of kittens.

Memory promises of spring to come

posted: 02/26/2014 2:46 a.m.

On this fine winter day, when much of the country is an icebox, I know I shouldn’t complain. I can sit outside, feel the sun on my face and not get one bit of frostbite.

Prospecting for baby sitters online can break your heart

posted: 02/26/2014 2:45 a.m.

I’m giving online matchmaking another go.

PARENTING: How to keep discipline:Act like superior being

posted: 02/26/2014 2:42 a.m.

In my most popular presentation — “Parenting With Love and Leadership” — I reveal the secret to proper, effective discipline: to wit, acting like a superior being.


posted: 02/26/2014 2:42 a.m.

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: My older sister has been a terror in our family since she was young. “Stella” is a domineering, vengeful alpha-dog. No family member is allowed to challenge her, ever, and she screams insults at anyone who dares to try. Our parents, when they were older, were so afraid of her that they called her “The Boss.” When Mom died three months ago, Stella appropriated all of Mom’s belongings. (Dad died a long time ago.) Since then, she has doled out a few items to the rest of us, things she otherwise would have thrown out or given to charity.


posted: 02/26/2014 2:40 a.m.

Q My wife doesn’t discipline her sons and when I say something I’m yelled at to not get involved. I’m afraid it’s the end of our relationship if I open my mouth. I feel uncomfortable in my own home and I find myself looking for stress relief with other women. I feel guilty, but my wife will not listen to me and her kids run the house. What’s good ex-etiquette ?


posted: 02/26/2014 2:39 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Every year around the holidays, I bake. I always end up with bits of baking items left over that I never use (example: oatmeal, chocolate chips, coconut, brown sugar, powdered sugar, etc.). None of it is enough to make anything, and I eventually throw it out. If I make something else, I have to buy more of the same ingredients, and again I am left with bits of this and that. Any ideas on what I can do?


posted: 02/26/2014 2:39 a.m.

Happy birthday. The next three weeks bring inspirational influences to keep you motivated all year long.


posted: 02/26/2014 2:38 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: This past Christmas, I got to thinking about what might have happened to Jesus while He was growing up.

Super Quiz: Cities

posted: 02/26/2014 2:37 a.m.

1. The largest city in the Arab world 2. Literally, “white house” 3. The southernmost capital on the European mainland 4. It was known as Stalingrad from 1925 to 1961.

Tuesday, February 25

Man accused of bomb threat gets a year in prison

posted: 02/25/2014 4:40 p.m.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — An Arkansas man has been sentenced to a year in federal prison after prosecutors say he called in bomb threats to the Carmike Cinemas' headquarters in Georgia.

Off The Record: Science Is for Lovers at Museum of Discovery

posted: 02/25/2014 3:59 p.m.

Valentine’s Day might has come and gone, but there are still a few days left in the month of love to celebrate the holiday. That’s according to the Museum of Discovery, at least, which presents its Science After Dark happy hour with Science Is for Lovers: The Science of Passion.

Inmate escapes Logan County jail — again

posted: 02/25/2014 1:56 p.m.

PARIS — Authorities say an inmate at the Logan County jail has escaped the facility for the second time in less than four months.

Judge reduces contempt fine in Hastings case

posted: 02/25/2014 1:50 p.m.

A judge has reduced a contempt fine for a lawyer representing a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter for the shooting death of a teenager.

Gravel Ridge Fire Department awarded FEMA grant

posted: 02/25/2014 1:46 p.m.

GRAVEL RIDGE — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded more than $208,000 to the Gravel Ridge Fire Department.

Mom's boyfriend charged in toddler's battery

posted: 02/25/2014 11:47 a.m.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested after he admitted causing the "numerous significant injuries" that sent his girlfriend's toddler son to a hospital, the Bryant Police Department said Tuesday.

CRIME MAP: 17 burglaries, 12 robberies reported in LR over weekend, Monday

posted: 02/25/2014 11:24 a.m.

The Little Rock Police Department took reports of 17 burglaries and 12 robberies Friday through Monday.

Moody confirmed to U.S. district court

posted: 02/25/2014 11:11 a.m.

By a 95-4 vote, the U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of James L. Moody to the U.S. Eastern District Court in Arkansas.

Ukraine: No new government before Thursday

posted: 02/25/2014 11:03 a.m.

KIEV, Ukraine — A former presidential aide despised by protesters has been shot and wounded, his spokesman said Tuesday, raising fears of retaliation as Ukraine charts a new tumultuous political course.

Family: Dating goes to the dogs

posted: 02/25/2014 11:01 a.m.

When Melanie met a man she really liked, she wanted to get to know him better, but he was really shy.

Food: Loaves of comfort

posted: 02/25/2014 10:59 a.m.

It is comforting, inviting, welcoming, appetizing, enticing, warm, hearty, wholesome, cozy and is filled with the promise of nourishment to come. The aroma of fresh baked bread. We can think of no scent that promises (and almost always delivers) more, writes Food editor Kelly Brant.

U.S. home prices dip for second straight month

posted: 02/25/2014 10:58 a.m.

WASHINGTON — U.S. home prices fell for the second straight month in December as brutally cold weather, tight supply and higher costs slowed sales.

Uganda tabloid prints list of 'top' homosexuals

posted: 02/25/2014 10:24 a.m.

KAMPALA, Uganda — A Ugandan newspaper published a list Tuesday of what it called the country's "200 top" homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had not identified themselves as gay one day after the president enacted a harsh anti-gay law.

Why, why, why ... all the way to the finish line

posted: 02/25/2014 10:23 a.m.

One time I ran 5.3 miles. That’s the longest distance I’ve ever run without walking or stopping. Now, once, in high school, I was discovered by the police rolling my physics teacher’s yard. I sprinted from the scene, a toilet paper roll in each hand, and stalked across my small Mississippi hometown toward the security of my home, dodging the Barney Fife cops who exulted in detaining “juvenile delinquents” who toilet papered yards. But even though I covered a lot of serpentine ground that night, I didn’t run or jog the whole distance. I paused every so often — like when crossing streets — and scanned the approaching landscape for cop cars. Plus, I stepped in a hole behind the Spaceway gas station in the initial minutes of fleeing the cops and slightly sprained my ankle so I couldn’t run all the way home. Karma. But I made it home. Scot-free, minus that bum ankle.

On your mark. Get set. Eat.

posted: 02/25/2014 10:06 a.m.

From chicken sandwiches and piles of pasta to protein bars and energy chews, marathon runners know how to pack it in before the big day. To illustrate just how much these athletes consume to prepare, we asked two Little Rock Marathon veterans to break down every bite for the 24 hours leading up to (and immediately following) the race. Here’s how they fuel those 26.2 miles.

Light snow forecast late Tuesday

posted: 02/25/2014 10:02 a.m.

Light snow or flurries are expected to start late Tuesday in north central Arkansas, forecasters said Tuesday.

The walking wizard

posted: 02/25/2014 9:59 a.m.

Not long ago Hobbit Singleton was a marathon beginner. Now, she’s a coach. The support she received while training for her first marathon at 48 made her want to give back, so she and her husband, Tom, began coaching walkers and runners preparing for the Little Rock Marathon. Since 2001, Hobbit, a mother and grandmother, has walked 15 marathons and 40 half marathons. The 60-year-old contract bookkeeper slowed down enough for us to quiz her about her name, her love of coaching, marathoning with her husband and more.

A very ZaZa makeover

posted: 02/25/2014 9:56 a.m.

I don’t remember much of my sixth birthday. I would have been in kindergarten, so I’m sure it included a cartoon character-shaped cake and tears. What it definitely didn’t include? A full makeover. Though judging by pictures of my bangs at the time, I probably could have used one. But for ZaZa Fine Salad + Wood Oven Pizza Co., a renovation is exactly what a sixth birthday brings. After years in the Heights churning out gelato, salads, sandwiches and (obviously) pizza, ZaZa closed for a whirlwind two-week facelift that included new decor, new menu items and an updated list of local vendors supplying their goods. We stoppped by for lunch twice after ZaZa’s reopening Feb. 7 to see what the renovations were all about.

A neo-Southern music classic

posted: 02/25/2014 9:47 a.m.

The second full week of February, Jimbo Mathus says he’s nervous. The wild-haired Mississippi singer-songwriter admits this anxiousness concerning the release of Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition’s Dark Night of the Soul.

Little Rock food favorites, delivered

posted: 02/25/2014 9:41 a.m.

In a world where seemingly everything is available online, the Internet has given us one more way to be lazy in Little Rock.

Bon temps on South Main

posted: 02/25/2014 9:38 a.m.

The season of Carnival comes to an end Tuesday, but not before Little Rock celebrates the season with a Mardi Gras parade on South Main Street complete with floats, beads and king cake. The City of Little Rock, SoMa and the SoMa Business Alliance present the SoMa Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday at noon. The parade begins at Main and 24th streets and ends at Main and 12th streets, and spectators are encouraged to line the route with folding chairs and blankets to enjoy the event. The parade takes place rain or shine.

Costner plays a spy in Paris with 3 Days to Kill

posted: 02/25/2014 9:35 a.m.

Kevin Costner and director McG are plunged into the madcap mayhem of Luc Besson in 3 Days to Kill, a serio-comic thriller about mortality, murder for hire and fatherhood.

Quick Picks

posted: 02/25/2014 9:31 a.m.

North Little Rock prepares for a Christian music extravaganza when the Winter Jam 2014 tour comes to Verizon Arena. This year’s tour features hip-hop artist Lecrae, pop-rock group Tenth Avenue North, husband-and-wife team Love & The Outcome, American Idol alumnus Colton Dixon and more. The schedule also includes speaker Nick Hall and visual artist Jared Emerson. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the music starting at 7 p.m. Admission is a $10 donation at the door.

An ode to a writer

posted: 02/25/2014 9:25 a.m.

Orley Hood died last Friday morning. Leukemia — that’s what got the 65-year-old. For many readers in Arkansas, Hood’s name isn’t familiar. Here’s a brief introduction: Orley Hood was a Jackson, Miss., columnist and newspaper writer. And in a state that has produced some of the world’s most acclaimed writers — William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Barry Hannah, Richard Ford and Willie Morris are just a few — Hood was one of the best.

Website of Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox offline

posted: 02/25/2014 7:32 a.m.

TOKYO — The website of major Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox is offline Tuesday amid reports it suffered a debilitating theft, a new setback for efforts to gain legitimacy for the virtual currency.

10 things to know for Tuesday

posted: 02/25/2014 7:20 a.m.

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

Arkansas House skips Tuesday vote on private option

updated: 02/25/2014 3:12 p.m.

The state House of Representatives did not address reauthorizing the state’s private-option Medicaid expansion on Tuesday, opting instead to hold off the vote for at least another day.

Norphlet Volunteer Fire Deptartment wins safety prize

posted: 02/25/2014 7:14 a.m.

NORPHLET — The Norphlet Volunteer Fire Department will receive $5,000 after being selected a grand prize winner in the National Fire Protection Agency's 1,000 Safer Places: the Firewise Challenge.

Business Analyst Career Fair scheduled in Conway

posted: 02/25/2014 7:12 a.m.

CONWAY — HP Enterprise Services has scheduled its second HP Developers/Business Analyst Career Fair in Conway.

Bill Clinton takes ’14 surrogate role, helps Democrats

posted: 02/25/2014 7:10 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Bill Clinton, popular in territory unfriendly to President Barack Obama, is reprising his role as a super-surrogate for Democrats battling to keep their Senate majority and win other races. In the long run, Clinton could pick up political chits for his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, should she run for president in 2016.

In the news

posted: 02/25/2014 4:29 a.m.

Eric Holder, the attorney general, told The New York Times that state attorneys general who believe that laws in their states banning same-sex marriage are discriminatory are not obligated to defend them.

Hagel outlines cuts to Army, U-2, A-10 jets

posted: 02/25/2014 4:28 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined a five-year Pentagon budget Monday that proposes to shrink Army forces to fewer than before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, while retiring older weapons including the U-2 spy plane and the A-10 attack aircraft.

GOP’s Hutchinson, Coleman file to vie, Cotton to go higher

posted: 02/25/2014 4:26 a.m.

Two Republican candidates for governor and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton filed papers Monday to run for office on the first day of filing for state and federal offices in this year’s election.

Ukraine issues warrant to seize fleeing president

posted: 02/25/2014 4:24 a.m.

SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine — With Viktor Yanukovych on the run, Ukraine’s interim government drew up a warrant Monday for the fugitive president’s arrest in the killing of anti-government protesters last week, and Russia issued its strongest condemnation yet of the new leaders in Kiev, deriding them as “Kalashnikov-toting people in black masks.”

Beebe: Don’t let state be spoiler

posted: 02/25/2014 4:22 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Other states shouldn’t be scared off if Arkansas legislators don’t renew funding for the private option, Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Monday.

Four Darr employees to resign posts June 30

posted: 02/25/2014 4:21 a.m.

The four employees in the lieutenant governor’s office are resigning, effective June 30, Senate President Pro Tempore Michael Lamoureux, R-Russellville, said Monday.

Names and faces

posted: 02/25/2014 4:19 a.m.

CNN’s prime-time talk show Piers Morgan Live is coming to an end, the news channel said Sunday. Piers Morgan, who succeeded Larry King in the 8 p.m. CST time slot three years ago, was drawing lackluster ratings. The airdate for Morgan’s last show has not yet been determined, CNN said in a statement.

C. African Muslims told to flee

posted: 02/25/2014 4:18 a.m.

CARNOT, Central African Republic — The Christian militiamen know hundreds of Muslims are hiding here on the grounds of the Catholic church and now they’re giving them a final ultimatum : Leave Central African Republic within a week or face death at the hands of machete-wielding youths.

Ghostbusters actor, writer Ramis dies

posted: 02/25/2014 4:17 a.m.

Harold Ramis, a writer, director and actor whose sly but boisterous silliness helped catapult comedies such as Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Animal House and Caddyshack to commercial and critical success, died Monday in his Chicago-area home. He was 69.

Kids killed at Thai rally were passing by

posted: 02/25/2014 4:16 a.m.

BANGKOK — The father grimaced and wept as he struggled to contain his grief at the death of his two children in a grenade attack during a weekend trip to a mall in downtown Bangkok — the latest casualties in Thailand’s months of political crisis.

Dingell to retire after nearly 60 years in House

posted: 02/25/2014 4:15 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., the longest-serving member of Congress in history, announced Monday that he would not seek re-election at the end of his current term.

Governors turn partisan on camera

posted: 02/25/2014 4:13 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The nation’s governors emerged from a meeting with President Barack Obama on Monday claiming harmony, only to immediately break into an on-camera partisan feud in front of the West Wing.

Testimony begins on Kennedy crash

posted: 02/25/2014 4:12 a.m.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Kerry Kennedy swerved her Lexus into a truck, damaging the car and blowing a tire, but kept driving and later was slumped at her steering wheel and disoriented, motorists testified Monday at her drugged-driving trial.

The nation in brief

posted: 02/25/2014 4:11 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “While someday a legislator may come along to serve longer than John’s nearly six decades on the Hill, his remarkable legacy of public service will remain unmatched.” Former President Bill Clinton, in a statement, on the retirement of Rep. John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat, at the end of his 29th full term

Gay-marriage push keys on South

posted: 02/25/2014 4:11 a.m.

ATLANTA — Less than two weeks after a federal judge declared Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, a new effort has been launched in the South seeking to build wider acceptance of same-sex couples in hope of overturning similar bans across the region.

Arizona bill sparks gay-rights outcry

posted: 02/25/2014 4:10 a.m.

PHOENIX — Republican Gov. Jan Brewer faced intensifying pressure Monday from CEOs, politicians in Washington and state lawmakers in her own party to veto a bill that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to deny service to gay people.

Police: Wedding-venue owner shot

posted: 02/25/2014 4:09 a.m.

HUNTINGTON, N.Y. — The politically connected owner of a storied mansion-turned-wedding palace was shot in the head by a masked assailant Monday afternoon while getting into his car in the parking lot of his Long Island venue, Suffolk County police said.

Incumbents, new faces file in Pulaski County

posted: 02/25/2014 4:08 a.m.

Barry Hyde was the only candidate to file for Pulaski County judge on Monday, the first day of the filing period for those seeking office in 2014.

The world in brief

posted: 02/25/2014 4:07 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s a gloomy day, not just for the gay community in Uganda but for all Ugandans who care about human rights, because this law will affect everybody.” Julian Peppe Onziema, an advocate for gay rights in Uganda, on the signing of a bill that punishes some homosexual acts with life imprisonment

Uganda leader signs anti-gay law

posted: 02/25/2014 4:06 a.m.

LONDON — Brushing aside Western threats and anger, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda significantly strengthened Africa’s anti-gay movement Monday, signing into law a bill imposing harsh sentences for homosexual acts, including life imprisonment in some cases, government officials said.

In Russia, 7 get prison for ’12 protest

posted: 02/25/2014 4:04 a.m.

MOSCOW — A Russian court on Monday handed down prison sentences of up to four years to seven anti-Putin protesters, including a 22-year-old student who investigators said threw an “unidentified yellow object of spherical shape” at a line of riot police. He insisted it was just a lemon.

Italians toss convictions of 5 in rendition case

posted: 02/25/2014 4:03 a.m.

ROME — Italy’s top criminal court Monday tossed out the convictions of five Italian intelligence agents accused of kidnapping an Egyptian cleric as a terror suspect 11 years ago as part of the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program.

Egyptian Cabinet resigns as workers’ frustration grows

posted: 02/25/2014 4:03 a.m.

CAIRO — Egypt’s interim Cabinet resigned Monday in a surprise move that likely paves the way for the nation’s military chief to announce his widely anticipated plans to run for president in the spring.

German leaders visit Israel, plan to discuss region’s peace efforts

posted: 02/25/2014 4:02 a.m.

JERUSALEM — Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that she is visiting Israel with most of her new Cabinet in order to show Germany’s friendship with the Jewish state and that her country is working to secure the future of Israel.

N. Korean vessel crosses into South

posted: 02/25/2014 4 a.m.

SEOUL, South Korea — A North Korean naval boat crossed the disputed Yellow Sea boundary Monday, a South Korean official said, as the U.S. and the South kicked off annual military exercises.

Landfill closure funding gets look

posted: 02/25/2014 4 a.m.

Arkansas legislators are scheduled to consider an amendment today to help fund the closure of a Baxter County landfill.

Fired officer says innocent in rape case

posted: 02/25/2014 3:58 a.m.

BENTON — A former Benton Police Department lieutenant during an arraignment hearing Monday pleaded innocent to charges that he raped and sexually assaulted a boy for a decade, the specially appointed prosecuting attorney said.

Costs cut, health panel told

posted: 02/25/2014 3:58 a.m.

While advisory groups are developing recommendations for broader changes, the administrator of the state’s health-insurance plans for teachers and other school employees told lawmakers Monday that steps have already been taken to reduce the amount the plans pay for medical and drug expenses.

Teen gets 40 years in ’13 death, urged to ‘make it right’

posted: 02/25/2014 3:57 a.m.

You must turn your life around, a North Little Rock man told his stepson’s 19-year-old killer Monday.

Benton finalizes sale of $37 million in bonds

posted: 02/25/2014 3:55 a.m.

BENTON — City officials finalized the sale of more than $37 million in bonds Monday that will finance construction and upgrades for Benton parks.

Found body identified as absent man

posted: 02/25/2014 3:54 a.m.

ATKINS — A body discovered in the Arkansas River over the weekend was that of a man missing since an Arkansas State Police trooper in January tried to stop a car in which the man was thought to have been inside, officials said.


posted: 02/25/2014 3:53 a.m.

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

NCAA Div. I men’s standings

posted: 02/25/2014 3:53 a.m.

AMERICA EAST CONFERENCE CONF. PCT. ALL PCT. Vermont......................... 13-1.929 19-9.679

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 02/25/2014 3:43 a.m.

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


posted: 02/25/2014 3:42 a.m.

Musician survived Nazi prison camp LONDON — Alice Herz-Sommer, believed to be the oldest Holocaust survivor, died at age 110 Sunday, a family member said. The accomplished pianist’s death came just a week before her extraordinary story of surviving two years in a Nazi prison camp through devotion to music and her son is up for an Oscar.

Other days

posted: 02/25/2014 3:42 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 25, 1914 From the darkened burner hole where bundled up Little Rock householders yesterday and last night sadly watched for thawing “flamelets,” this morning will come gas.

Getting it straight

posted: 02/25/2014 3:41 a.m.

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

LR schools extend application dates

posted: 02/25/2014 3:40 a.m.

The Little Rock School District has announced extended deadlines for applications to two schools that are offering redesigned academic programs for the 2014-15 school year.

EDITORIALS: The word from the Boss

posted: 02/25/2014 3:40 a.m.

A LOT OF Arkansans/Arkansawyers have mixed feelings about the Private Option, which may explain why the Legislature does.

COLUMNISTS: The lesson of Dunkirk

posted: 02/25/2014 3:39 a.m.

Politics is often like war. Unfortunately, politicians, the media and the voting public seldom have the same degree of realism and discipline with which professional soldiers fight wars. You can indulge your emotions and base your decisions on wishful thinking in politics in a way that you are not likely to when your life is on the line in battle.

Threats to equine employment

posted: 02/25/2014 3:38 a.m.

A“ bomb-proof ” horse is one that will calmly perform all tasks asked of it and stay docile even if a firecracker explodes near its face.

OTHERS SAY: What’s not included

posted: 02/25/2014 3:38 a.m.

President Barack Obama has not released his budget for fiscal year 2015, but let it be known that he will not propose the use of an accurate inflation factor, “chained CPI,” in the government’s annual adjustments to Social Security and other benefits.

UA making changes: Commendable act

posted: 02/25/2014 3:37 a.m.

I’m pleased to see Chancellor David Gearhart at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville take the initiative in streamlining the process whereby journalists and the public always have easiest access to any public records they request.

NFL SCOUTING COMBINE: Clowney turns heads at combine

posted: 02/25/2014 3:36 a.m.

Former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (top) was expected to turn in eye-opening numbers Monday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. And he delivered. Clowney, 6-5, 266 pounds, was clocked at 4.47 seconds in the 40-yard dash, according to NFL Network reported the time was 4.53.

Still holding out hope

posted: 02/25/2014 3:34 a.m.

Today the state House of Representatives is expected to take its fifth vote in five consecutive working days on the Medicaid appropriation bill containing the privateoption form of expansion.


posted: 02/25/2014 3:33 a.m.

Heeding cries of mob Paul Greenberg’s recent column, “Mobs I have known,” seems to set the stage for mobster Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post.

PB officer on leave over assault report

posted: 02/25/2014 3:32 a.m.

PINE BLUFF — A Pine Bluff police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after a woman reported that she was sexually assaulted Sunday, according to a department news release Monday.

Woman fined $500 for Facebook posts while on jury duty

posted: 02/25/2014 3:31 a.m.

A juror whose Facebook posts during a trial prompted a judge in Pulaski County Circuit Court to overturn a North Little Rock man’s kidnapping conviction and life sentence was fined $500, the maximum, for contempt of court Monday.

Police beat

posted: 02/25/2014 3:30 a.m.

Note gets robber cash at LR bank A robber wearing a deerstalker hat walked into a northwest Little Rock bank with a note and walked out with an undisclosed amount of cash early Monday afternoon.

Man who killed lover receives 40-year term

posted: 02/25/2014 3:30 a.m.

A 51-year-old North Little Rock man who confessed to killing his girlfriend and directed police to her body before investigators knew she was dead was sentenced to 40 years in prison Monday.

Daily record

posted: 02/25/2014 3:29 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.

Suspect detained in ex-agent’s death

posted: 02/25/2014 3:28 a.m.

PERRYVILLE — Authorities have detained a suspect in the Sunday fatal shooting of a former drug task force agent in rural Perry County, Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said.

Gators take turn in No. 1 position

posted: 02/25/2014 3:27 a.m.

The Florida Gators are taking their turn as the newest No. 1 in what Coach Billy Donovan calls a revolving door atop the Associated Press men’s college basketball poll, their first time on top of the rankings since they repeated as national champions in 2007.

UA eyes escape from 7-7 logjam

posted: 02/25/2014 3:26 a.m.

Look at the SEC basketball standings, and a trend jumps out at the eye.

Nice golf, bad steps, gain fame for Duke

posted: 02/25/2014 3:24 a.m.

Ken Duke wasn’t eligible to play in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship over the weekend - only the top 64 in the World Golf Rankings were initially invited (Duke is currently No. 113) - so he took the week off to check in on his new house being built in Florida and play family man.

LIKE IT IS: Olympics good, and it’s good they are done

posted: 02/25/2014 3:17 a.m.

With the realization that Sunday night was the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, there was an overwhelming emotion — relief.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/25/2014 3:16 a.m.

Dale Jr., welcome to Twitter What could possibly upstage winning the Daytona 500 for NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.?

Off the wire

posted: 02/25/2014 3:14 a.m.

BASEBALL Rangers extend manager After a busy offseason in which they added Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo to their lineup, and more than a week into spring training, the Texas Rangers on Monday added a year to Manager Ron Washington’s contract through the 2015 season.

COMMENTARY: Washington defends bunting strategy

posted: 02/25/2014 3:12 a.m.

SURPRISE, Ariz. — To bunt…or not to bunt? That is the question.

State sports briefs

posted: 02/25/2014 3:11 a.m.

BASEBALL Arkansas moves up in polls After a 6-0 start to the season, Arkansas moved to No. 22 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll and No. 24 in the Baseball America Poll. The Razorbacks swept Appalachian State and Eastern Illinois in their first two series and will host South Alabama in a threegame series starting Friday.

High school basketball

posted: 02/25/2014 3:09 a.m.

BOYS REGIONALS CLASS 4A North Region at Lincoln Wednesday’s games Game 2 Prairie Grove vs. Dardanelle, 5:30 p.m. Game 4 Maumelle vs. Gravette, 8:30 p.m.

College basketball

posted: 02/25/2014 3:09 a.m.

MEN EAST Mount St. Mary’s 88, Bryant 73 Wagner 67, Fairleigh Dickinson 64 SOUTH Alcorn St. 64, Alabama A&M 56 Delaware St. 59, Morgan St. 56 Elon 78, Furman 49 Hampton 104,

SEC report: Projectors see 3 or 4 in NCAA

posted: 02/25/2014 3:07 a.m.

Jerry Palm of CBSSports. com projected three SEC teams as NCAA Tournament seeds in his most recent report on Sunday: Florida (1), Kentucky (5) and Missouri (11).


posted: 02/25/2014 3:02 a.m.

IOWA Players off Twitter IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery has instructed the Hawkeyes to shut down their Twitter accounts for the rest of the season after senior Zach McCabe exchanged barbs with detractors on the social media service.

COLLEGE MEN: No. 4 Syracuse snaps two-game skid

posted: 02/25/2014 2:58 a.m.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — No. 4 Syracuse blew most of a 12-point lead in the last 8 minutes and used one final defensive stop to squeeze past Maryland 57-55 on Monday night and end a two-game losing streak.

NBA standings and summaries

posted: 02/25/2014 2:57 a.m.

CLIPPERS 123, PELICANS 110 LA CLIPPERS (123) Barnes 4-6 2-2 12, Griffin 6-12 10-14 22, Jordan 7-10 0-1 14, Paul 6-10 7-7 19, Crawford 8-17 1-1 24, Collison 5-10 1-1 12, Dudley 2-5 0-0 5, Turkoglu 4-10 0-0 12, Hollins 0-0 0-0 0, Bullock 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 43-83 21-26 123.


posted: 02/25/2014 2:57 a.m.

ASU men vs. Lyon WHEN 7:05 p.m. WHERE Convocation Center, Jonesboro RECORDS Arkansas State 16-9 ; Lyon 14-14 SERIES Arkansas State leads 35-17 RADIO KFIN-FM, 107.9, in Jonesboro INTERNET TICKETS $6 children and seniors, $8 upper level, wings; $10 upper level, sides; $12 upper level, center; $25 lower level.

Jayhawks clinch 10th title in a row

posted: 02/25/2014 2:56 a.m.

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Naadir Tharpe had 19 points to lead five Kansas players who scored 10 or more points, and the fifth-ranked Jayhawks held off Oklahoma 83-75 on Monday night to wrap up a share of their 10th consecutive Big 12 championship. Wayne Selden and Andrew Wiggins added 15 points each, and Joel Embiid had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Jayhawks (22-6, 13-2 ), who poured off the bench at the buzzer to celebrate their 57th conference title, the most of any team in the country.

COMMENTARY: Collins receives warm welcome

posted: 02/25/2014 2:55 a.m.

Jason Collins has a week and a half to prove himself to the Brooklyn Nets.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Arkansas pinpoints point guard

posted: 02/25/2014 2:53 a.m.

Arkansas basketball Coach Mike Anderson and associate head coach Melvin Watkins watched junior college point guard Trey Dickerson on Thursday night and Dickerson received a scholarship offer from the Hogs the next day.

Earnhardt gets rid of albatross

posted: 02/25/2014 2:51 a.m.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — There was a moment late in the Daytona 500 when Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a moment to catch his breath. It was clearly his race to lose and the tension ran thick through Junior Nation, all the way into his car.

Clowney shows speed at combine

posted: 02/25/2014 2:50 a.m.

Jadeveon Clowney made things tougher for Johnny Manziel and the other potential No. 1 picks Monday in the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

NFL notes

posted: 02/25/2014 2:49 a.m.

RAIDERS Jones signs extension ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders signed special teams standout Taiwan Jones to a three-year extension on Monday that keeps him under contract through 2017.

Ex-Hog Smith delivers at Indianapolis

posted: 02/25/2014 2:48 a.m.

Former Arkansas defensive end Chris Smith wanted to run fast in Indianapolis and he did Monday. Smith was timed at 4.71 seconds in the 40-yard dash, the eighth-fastest time among defensive linemen, in testing at the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Leader Kidd leaving truckers group

posted: 02/25/2014 2:35 a.m.

Lane Kidd is leaving his position as president of the Arkansas Trucking Association after 22 years.

Dillard’s reports 26% fall in profit

posted: 02/25/2014 2:33 a.m.

Dillard’s Inc. shares dropped 6.4 percent Monday after the retailer missed Wall Street expectations in posting a fourth-quarter profit of $119.1 million.

Zuckerberg shares goals for Net

posted: 02/25/2014 2:32 a.m.

NEW YORK — Mark Zuckerberg, known for his ambitions for Facebook, is applying a similar long-term vision to delivering the Internet to the billions of people around the world who don’t already have access.

Boom crowds Houston Ship Channel

posted: 02/25/2014 2:30 a.m.

It takes an expert pilot to pull off the Texas Chicken.

Trucker purchases LR’s Rich Logistics

posted: 02/25/2014 2:28 a.m.

Rich Logistics, a trucking and transportation company based in Little Rock, was purchased by Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc. in a deal valued around $48 million.

City of Osceola suing Entergy Arkansas

posted: 02/25/2014 2:27 a.m.

Entergy Arkansas overcharged Osceola for electricity by more than $4.4 million from 2007 through 2009, the Mississippi County community claims in a lawsuit filed last year in federal court.


posted: 02/25/2014 2:25 a.m.

Rice-grower event sets farm-bill talk Agricultural policy expert Vernie Hubert will discuss the newly enacted farm bill Wednesday at a meeting sponsored by the Arkansas Rice Growers Association at the Brinkley Convention Center.

Business news in brief

posted: 02/25/2014 2:23 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’re still trying to stuff these bigger ships up these tiny ditches. Everywhere you look in the port, we’re expanding.” Captain Mike Morris, Houston Pilots presiding officer, on Houston Ship Channel traffic

MARKET REPORT: Merger talk lifts S&P near record

posted: 02/25/2014 2:22 a.m.

NEW YORK — The stock market ended higher Monday, but a late fade kept the Standard & Poor’s 500 index from closing at an all-time high.

Focus on long term, Buffett advises

posted: 02/25/2014 2:21 a.m.

NEW YORK — Warren Buffett, the billionaire chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., cited a farm he’s owned since 1986 to caution individuals against the frequent buying and selling of stocks.

Economists divided on pace of Fed’s stimulus reduction

posted: 02/25/2014 2:20 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Business economists are almost equally divided over whether the Federal Reserve will pare its bond purchases at the current pace through year’s end or pause to let the economy recover further.

WHAT’S IN A DAME: Is being snubbed in media all bad?

posted: 02/25/2014 2:18 a.m.

It’s almost National Women’s History Month!

MARCH CALENDAR: It’s a very green scene

posted: 02/25/2014 2:17 a.m.

March is the gusty month when change is in the air — namely, the start of daylight saving time. Leprechauns, fiddlers, dentists and Cher blow in, as March arrives like a lamb and goes out like, well — another 31 days. 1 Peanut Butter Lovers Day, National Peanut Month, and advice on how to read a newspaper from Goober Pyle (George Lindsey) on The Andy Griffith Show: “Readin’ a day-old paper — I do it myself sometimes. Kinda gives you a sense of power, don’t it? I mean knowing how everything’s gonna come out.” GOOD TIMES ROLL Fat Saturday Parade of Fools, 2 p.m. downtown Fayetteville. Details at (479) 236-4794.

Politicians go through hoops

posted: 02/25/2014 2:14 a.m.

A few hours after the Arkansas House of Representatives voted against renewed funding for Arkansas’ Medicaid expansion, members of the Legislature played a game of bipartisan, bicameral basketball.

MUSIC: Smittle Band to play free at South on Main

posted: 02/25/2014 2:13 a.m.

The Smittle Band has been virtually dormant for several months because: a) band members were pursuing other projects; and b) the receding winter kept them and their fans in hibernating mode.

THE TV COLUMN: Newest Discovery ‘reality’ series targets Hardy

posted: 02/25/2014 2:11 a.m.

Here we go again.


posted: 02/25/2014 2:08 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: You’ll probably be offended by this, but I don’t think I’ve ever met a Christian I really liked. Most of the ones I’ve met seem so negative and unfriendly and out of touch with real life.


posted: 02/25/2014 2:08 a.m.

Happy birthday. What you do for others comes full circle. In March, you’ll take charge of a part of your life that has been difficult to get a handle on in the past. April and May feature you in a leadership position. June and September are the most adventurous.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Lack of effort might be sign

posted: 02/25/2014 2:06 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: After three years with my boyfriend, it has become clear we have very different ideas of intimacy. When we first met, there were all the sparks I could hope for, but he quickly cooled to the point of reaching out maybe once every few months, halfheartedly.


posted: 02/25/2014 2:05 a.m.

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Brass quintet Pinnacle Brass, the University of Central Arkansas’ resident brass quintet — Larry Jones and Eric Liu, trumpet; Brent Shires, horn; Justin Cook, trombone; and Christian Carichner, tuba — will perform music from its December two-week tour of China at 1:40 p.m. today in the Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall, UCA, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway.


posted: 02/25/2014 2:04 a.m.

DEAR READER: A recent column sharing a hint from a reader about using bathmats in the car, on top of the regular car mats, brought several comments from you, as well as an email from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Many readers wanted clarification that if you do place bathmats in the car, they are not to be placed on the driver’s side, which is correct. I think this reader meant that she put the bathmats on the passenger side.

Super Quiz: One-word film titles

posted: 02/25/2014 2:03 a.m.

1. 1984: The story of Mozart 2. 1976: About a fictional TV network named UBS 3. 2003: About a serial killer and prostitute

Parades are rollin’, the eats are broilin’ for Mardi Gras

posted: 02/25/2014 2:02 a.m.

NEW ORLEANS — Visiting New Orleans for Mardi Gras season? You’ll find pizza, hot dog stands and rolling carts of cotton candy galore along the parade routes, but some of the city’s finest fare can also be consumed along St. Charles Avenue, the main drag for the biggest and glitziest star-studded processions of Carnival.

Fat Tuesday’s good times in state

posted: 02/25/2014 2 a.m.

Arkansans looking to partake in the revelry of New Orleans’ time-honored Mardi Gras celebration are in luck with several events scheduled around the state.

Monday, February 24

Climate case at Supreme Court looks at EPA's power

posted: 02/24/2014 7:05 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court appeared divided on Monday over the sole Obama administration program already in place to limit power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.

Maine panel backs drug-overdose antidote bill

posted: 02/24/2014 6:33 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine legislative committee has endorsed a bill that seeks to expand access to a drug which counteracts the effects of heroin and prescription painkillers to prevent overdoses.

Samsung announces Galaxy S5 with fingerprint scanner

posted: 02/24/2014 6:12 p.m.

Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy S5, the latest version of its flagship smartphone. The device includes a fingerprint scanner and will go on sale in April.

Oil rises, but natural gas sinks in volatile trade

posted: 02/24/2014 5:59 p.m.

The price of oil rose Monday as another cold spell for the Midwest and Northeast was expected to boost demand for heating oil at a time when many refineries are undergoing seasonal maintenance.

U.S. high court declines to hear death row appeal

posted: 02/24/2014 5:27 p.m.

JACKSON, Miss. — The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from a Mississippi death row inmate who argued there was a constitutional error in his capital murder trial for the killing of a junior college student.

Georgia men sentenced in emissions fraud scheme

posted: 02/24/2014 5:05 p.m.

ATLANTA — Three men have been sentenced for selling fraudulent motor vehicle emission certificates and test results to drivers who wouldn't have passed the tests otherwise.

Man fatally shoots self during gun safety lesson

posted: 02/24/2014 4:44 p.m.

INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A 36-year-old Michigan man is dead after shooting himself in the head while teaching a girlfriend how to handle pistols.

Michigan's gay marriage ban going to trial

posted: 02/24/2014 4:22 p.m.

DETROIT — Michigan's nearly decade-old ban on gay marriage is going to trial Tuesday, with two weeks set aside for testimony from experts about whether there's a legitimate state interest in restricting marriage to a man and a woman.

Madoff's ex-secretary testifies at New York trial

posted: 02/24/2014 4:01 p.m.

NEW YORK — Bernard Madoff's longtime secretary says she was in the dark about her boss' epic Ponzi scheme.

Convictions of 5 Italians thrown out in CIA case

posted: 02/24/2014 3:39 p.m.

ROME — Italy's top criminal court on Monday tossed out the convictions of five Italian intelligence agents accused of kidnapping an Egyptian cleric as a terror suspect 11 years ago as part of the CIA's extraordinary rendition program.

Indiana State Fair 1 of only 2 without alcohol

posted: 02/24/2014 3:17 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — This state's distinction of having one of the last dry state fairs could end if legislation clears the Indiana House.

2 Pennsylvania men will stand trial in death of woman

posted: 02/24/2014 2:46 p.m.

LANCASTER, Pa. — Two men charged with stabbing a Pennsylvania woman and burning her alive have been ordered to stand trial.

Going Deep: Star City will grieve loss of fallen prep football player together

posted: 02/24/2014 2 p.m.

One of the things I love most about Arkansas is its small towns. You know the ones. A couple of stoplights, a gas station, tasty freeze and a country cookin’ diner. The high schoool football stadium is packed on Friday night and so are all of the churches on Sunday. One of my favorites is Star City. Located between Pine Bluff and Monticello, it is a quaint, little Southeast Arkansas town. I became very acquainted with it and the high school football program the five years I worked at the Pine Bluff Commercial. I covered at least two or three games there every year. The parking attendant recognized my car and sent me through a side gate to a spot right near the press box every time. The press box crew was nice and friendly, and called me by name after my first couple of visits.

Light wintry precipitation foreseen this week

posted: 02/24/2014 1:50 p.m.

Light wintry precipitation is possible in Arkansas after midnight Tuesday and again late Thursday night into Friday, forecasters said Monday.

GAC honors Wilson, Beachum, Celsor

posted: 02/24/2014 1:32 p.m.

RUSSELLVILLE — The University of Arkansas at Monticello's Brandon Wilson is the Great America Conference men's Player of the Week, while Henderson State's Krystal Beachum and Harding's Kristen Celsor are the co-women's Players of the Week.

Bank of Ozarks in LR robbed

updated: 02/24/2014 1:55 p.m.

Authorities are searching for the man who robbed a Little Rock bank on Monday afternoon.

Drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman charged in Mexico

posted: 02/24/2014 12:51 p.m.

MEXICO CITY — Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been formally charged with violations of Mexico's drug-trafficking laws, starting a legal process that makes swift extradition to the U.S. unlikely, Mexican officials said Monday.

Beebe: Optimistic Arkansas Medicaid bill will pass

posted: 02/24/2014 12:29 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he remains hopeful the state's compromise Medicaid expansion will continue despite a stalemate in the Legislature over its future but warned dropping the program could lead to "severe and draconian" budget cuts.

'Ghostbusters' writer, actor Harold Ramis dies

updated: 02/24/2014 1:25 p.m.

CHICAGO — Comedy actor, director and writer Harold Ramis, best known for his roles in movies such as "Ghostbusters" and "Stripes," died Monday at his suburban Chicago home after a four-year battle with an autoimmune disease, his talent agency said.

Uganda president signs anti-gay law

posted: 02/24/2014 11:23 a.m.

ENTEBBE, Uganda — Uganda's president signed an anti-gay bill Monday that provides for prison sentences ranging up to life behind bars, saying it is needed because the West is promoting homosexuality in Africa. Arrests of gays were expected as a result, one politician said.

Arkansas opens ’14 election filing period

updated: 02/24/2014 2:03 p.m.

Dozens of candidates for office in Arkansas took to the state Capitol on Monday for the start of the 2014 election filing period.

Style: March madness

posted: 02/24/2014 11 a.m.

March is the gusty month when change is in the air — namely, the start of daylight saving time, Ron Wolfe writes in his monthly calendar in Tuesday's Style section.

Pope makes first overhaul of Vatican in 25 years

posted: 02/24/2014 10:43 a.m.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Monday announced the first major overhaul of the Vatican's bureaucracy in a quarter-century, creating an economics secretariat to control all economic, administrative, personnel and procurement functions of the Holy See.

Arkansas Trucking Association president Kidd to step down

posted: 02/24/2014 10:31 a.m.

The longtime president of the Arkansas Trucking Association is leaving to focus on an investment and public affairs firm he created last year.

Cherokee Nation raising minimum wage

posted: 02/24/2014 10:28 a.m.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The chief of one of the largest Native American tribes in the country has announced that the tribe is raising its minimum wage.

PB police officer accused of sexual assault

posted: 02/24/2014 10:16 a.m.

A Pine Bluff police officer is on administrative leave after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman, authorities said.

Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn, Bobby Bare to play Johnny Cash festival

posted: 02/24/2014 9:40 a.m.

The fourth-annual Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro will feature Country Music Hall of Fame members Bobby Bare, Loretta Lynn and Reba McEntire, organizers said Monday.

Woman dies after attack at El Dorado home

posted: 02/24/2014 9:31 a.m.

EL DORADO— Authorities say El Dorado police shot and wounded a man while investigating an attack on a 28-year-old woman.

Dingell, longest-serving congressman, to retire

posted: 02/24/2014 9:28 a.m.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history who mastered legislative deal-making and was fiercely protective of Detroit's auto industry, will announce his retirement Monday, a person familiar with his plans said.

Memphis father gets 15 years for abusing infant son

posted: 02/24/2014 9:24 a.m.

MEMPHIS — Prosecutors say a Memphis man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison without parole for beating his 7-month-old son.

Body discovered in Arkansas River in Pope County

posted: 02/24/2014 9:21 a.m.

ATKINS — Authorities are investigating after a man's body was discovered in the Arkansas River in Pope County over the weekend.

Trial set in ’12 Trumann double slaying

posted: 02/24/2014 9:19 a.m.

HARRISBURG — A Craighead County man charged with two counts of capital murder is scheduled to go on trial in September.

Syrian conflict topic of SAU lecture

posted: 02/24/2014 9:16 a.m.

An author and commentator on Middle East history and politics will put into context the Syrian conflict during a speech Monday night on the Southern Arkansas University campus in Magnolia.

Dillard's profit down 26% for 4th quarter

posted: 02/24/2014 8:18 a.m.

Dillard's Inc. on Monday reported that its fourth-quarter profit declined 26 percent on heavier markdowns. For the fiscal year, the Little Rock-based retailer posted a dip of 3.6 percent.

Obama looks to governors for help with economy

posted: 02/24/2014 7:20 a.m.

WASHINGTON — His domestic priorities stalled in a divided Congress, President Barack Obama is looking for allies among America's governors.

Wiretaps, aides led to Mexican drug lord's arrest

posted: 02/24/2014 7:04 a.m.

CULIACAN, MEXICO — As Mexican troops forced their way into Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's main hideout in Culiacan, the country's most powerful drug lord sneaked out of the house through an escape tunnel beneath the bathtub.

Ukraine issues arrest warrant for missing leader

posted: 02/24/2014 7:01 a.m.

SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine — Ukraine's acting government issued an arrest warrant Monday for President Viktor Yanukovych, accusing him of mass crimes against the protesters who stood up for months against his rule. Yanukovych himself has reportedly fled to pro-Russian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea.

WhatsApp to add voice to messaging service

posted: 02/24/2014 6:59 a.m.

BARCELONA, Spain — WhatsApp, the popular messaging service for smartphones acquired this week by Facebook, will soon be offering a voice service.

Hagel proposes Army cuts in 2015 budget

updated: 02/24/2014 12:47 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proposed shrinking the Army, closing military bases and making other military-wide savings Monday as part of a broad reshaping of priorities after more than a decade of war.

10 things to know for Monday

posted: 02/24/2014 6:57 a.m.

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

In the news

posted: 02/24/2014 3:29 a.m.

Eric Holder, the U.S. attorney general, personally thanked Drug Enforcement Administration agents in an email for their role in the Mazatlan, Mexico, arrest of that country’s most-wanted drug trafficker, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, saying that the arrest would not have happened “without the courage and commitment of all of you.” Denise BonGiovanni, a San Francisco animal control officer, said police found 34 meatballs suspected to be poisonous hidden in a neighborhood where a 7-year-old dachshund named Oskar died after eating a meatball laced with strychnine last year.

Ukrainians fire remnants of old regime

posted: 02/24/2014 3:29 a.m.

KIEV, Ukraine — A day after President Viktor Yanukovych fled the Ukrainian capital and was removed from power by a unanimous vote in the nation’s parliament, lawmakers moved swiftly Sunday to dismantle the remaining vestiges of his government by firing top Cabinet members, including the foreign minister.

Tighter security planned for LR Marathon

posted: 02/24/2014 3:27 a.m.

The Little Rock Marathon, like many other races across the country, is stepping up security this year in light of last year’s bombings in Boston, but organizers say most people won’t notice much change from previous years.

Health overhaul here to stay, governors at conference say

posted: 02/24/2014 3:25 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The politics of health care have seemingly divided the nation, but America’s governors, Republicans and Democrats alike, suggest that President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul is here to stay.

Candidate-filing week begins today in state

posted: 02/24/2014 3:24 a.m.

Workers at the state Capitol began hanging red, white and blue bunting around the rotunda Friday, preparing for the onslaught of candidates expected today to officially file for federal and state offices.

Taliban halt talks on U.S. soldier

posted: 02/24/2014 3:23 a.m.

ISLAMABAD — Afghanistan’s Taliban said Sunday they had suspended “mediation” with the United States to exchange captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, halting — at least temporarily — what was considered the best chance yet of securing the 27-year-old soldier’s freedom since his capture in 2009.

Names and faces

posted: 02/24/2014 3:21 a.m.

Kiss won’t rock ’n ’ roll all night — or at any point during the day, either — when they are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, the band said Sunday.

Governors in no rush to legalize ‘pot’

posted: 02/24/2014 3:21 a.m.

WASHINGTON — All the buzz at the National Governors Association meeting about legalizing marijuana, some say, is just smoke.

Zimbabwe’s leader parties as he hits 90

posted: 02/24/2014 3:19 a.m.

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, celebrating his 90th birthday before thousands of people at a soccer stadium Sunday, said he felt like a young boy and urged the nation to shun homosexuality.

The nation in brief

posted: 02/24/2014 3:18 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Will they be successful? We don’t know yet. But it would be an important victory in a political sense and, potentially, a practical sense.” Jacob Hollinger, a partner with a New York law firm, on a court hearing about the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to limit greenhouse gases blamed for global warming

Court case looks at EPA powers

posted: 02/24/2014 3:18 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Industry groups and Republican-led states are heading an attack at the Supreme Court against the Obama administration’s sole means of trying to limit power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.

Safety at onshore rigs found lacking

posted: 02/24/2014 3:17 a.m.

HOUSTON — Injury claims, government data and public records of oil field accidents since the start of the onshore drilling and hydraulic fracturing boom in 2007 show the federal government failed to implement safety standards and procedures, according to a Houston Chronicle investigation.

Residents react to tribal suspect

posted: 02/24/2014 3:17 a.m.

CEDARVILLE, Calif. — Practically everyone in this tiny town in the high desert of northeastern California’s Surprise Valley knew Cherie Lash Rhoades.

The world in brief

posted: 02/24/2014 3:15 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Taliban are cancer for Pakistan.Taliban are cancer for the humanity.” Altaf Hussain, leader of the Karachi-based Muttahida Quami Movement, during an anti-Taliban rally expressing solidarity with Pakistan’s forces amid violence in the area

Violence at Thai rallies escalates

posted: 02/24/2014 3:14 a.m.

BANGKOK — Two young siblings and a woman were killed in an apparent grenade attack against anti-government protesters occupying an upscale shopping area of Thailand’s capital on Sunday, the latest violence in a months-long political crisis that is growing bloodier by the day.

Syrian suicide blast kills al-Qaida leader

posted: 02/24/2014 3:13 a.m.

BEIRUT — Two suicide bombers killed a senior al-Qaida operative Sunday, blowing themselves up inside the militant leader’s compound in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, rebels and activists said.

Madoff secretary intends to testify

posted: 02/24/2014 3:11 a.m.

NEW YORK — Imprisoned Ponzi scheme king Bernard Madoff’s longtime secretary plans to defend herself from the witness stand at her trial on accusations she aided the historic fraud, her lawyer says.

Bomb at Pakistani bus terminal kills 14

posted: 02/24/2014 3:10 a.m.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A bomb planted at a busy bus terminal near a police station in northwest Pakistan exploded Sunday, killing 14 people and wounding 15 near the country’s lawless tribal region, authorities said.

Airport panel member wary of attendance

posted: 02/24/2014 3:09 a.m.

The Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission wants more time to decide whether it needs to change the way it chooses committee chairmen.

Villines pitches bridge walkway

posted: 02/24/2014 3:08 a.m.

A $2.7 million plan for the proposed walkway along Broadway Bridge will start making its way into city board meetings and the private sector this week in presentations from Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines, who is seeking contributions to fund it.

Dollarway chief drafts plan to return high school’s luster

posted: 02/24/2014 3:02 a.m.

PINE BLUFF — When Dollarway School District Superintendent Bobby Acklin took over the state-controlled district last year, he walked through one of the high school buildings and noticed a strong smell of mold.

Facebook yields tip in arsons

posted: 02/24/2014 3:01 a.m.

Paul Carr has had a small hand in reporting the local crime scene for the past four years, but he’s never had a hand in an indictment.

Batesville man wants alcohol issue on ballot

posted: 02/24/2014 2:59 a.m.

A retired airline pilot is organizing an effort to legalize alcohol sales in Independence County, saying he’s tired of seeing Sharp County receive revenue that his county should be getting, because Sharp County became “wet” in 2012.


posted: 02/24/2014 2:57 a.m.

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

Clinton School grad lauded at kids’ library

posted: 02/24/2014 2:57 a.m.

When Emily Fischer and her professor in an educational policy seminar first teamed up for her capstone community service project, everyone thought they would be an odd couple.


posted: 02/24/2014 2:56 a.m.

D-Day survivor, Medal of Honor recipient Walter Ehlers, the last surviving recipient of the Medal of Honor to participate in the D-Day invasion of Normandy during World War II, died Thursday at a veterans hospital in Long Beach, Calif. He was 92.

Other days

posted: 02/24/2014 2:56 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 24, 1914 A movement for the selection of a board of censorship for moving picture films to be shown in Little Rock was begun at the meeting of the Joint Ministerial Alliance at the Young Men’s Christian Association yesterday morning. A committee of four was appointed to interview Mayor Taylor and urge the appointment of a board of censorship consisting of one member from each of the following organizations: Ministerial Alliance, Little Rock School Board, the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and local negro clergy. A committee was appointed to draft a constitution and bylaws for a citizens’ league.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 02/24/2014 2:55 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.

Newton County to open new jail

posted: 02/24/2014 2:55 a.m.

Newton County Sheriff Keith Slape is looking forward to June 1, when he will open the county’s new jail, which has stood vacant since it was completed in summer 2012.

EDITORIALS: The trajectory we’re on

posted: 02/24/2014 2:54 a.m.

Gloom, despair and agony on me.

COLUMNISTS: Settled science?

posted: 02/24/2014 2:52 a.m.

I repeat : I’m not a global warming believer. I’m not a global warming denier. I’ve long believed that it cannot be good for humanity to be spewing tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. I also believe that those scientists who pretend to know exactly what this will cause in 20, 30 or 50 years are white-coated propagandists.

OTHERS SAY: The North Korean horror

posted: 02/24/2014 2:51 a.m.

NORTH KOREA’S four main political prison camps are known only as No. 14, No. 15, No. 16 and No. 25. All are modern-day gulags.

What’s app with this deal?

posted: 02/24/2014 2:51 a.m.

To express bewilderment or astonishment from now on, I suggest using the phrase “WhatsApp?” (with the voice rising on “App” ).

Guest writer: It does matter

posted: 02/24/2014 2:50 a.m.

Philip Martin’s recent “On Film” column, which dealt with child-abuse allegations involving director Woody Allen, bore the sub-headline : “Many have formed opinions of filmmaker Allen. But does it matter in the grand scheme of things?” That phrase—“does it matter” — may have been unintentional, but it subtly reinforces the idea that the abuse of children isn’t really a relevant issue and that those who prey on young victims needn’t worry about the consequences of their actions.

With the Beatles

posted: 02/24/2014 2:49 a.m.

Beatlemania is back, or at least it seems that way as we mark the 50th anniversary of their arrival in America.


posted: 02/24/2014 2:48 a.m.

On begging for money I’m a 74-year-old man who has been a patron of the horse races at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs. Recently I was approached there four or five times by panhandlers.

Texarkana mayor exits tax-collector race

posted: 02/24/2014 2:47 a.m.

TEXARKANA — Texarkana Mayor Wayne Smith said he no longer will be seeking the position of Miller County tax collector.

Police beat

posted: 02/24/2014 2:44 a.m.

Police jail LR man on burglary counts A Little Rock man is facing commercial burglary charges after authorities linked his DNA to two crime scenes, according to an arrest report.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Hogs score late, again, to sweep

posted: 02/24/2014 2:43 a.m.

Similar game, same results.

BASSMASTER CLASSIC: Angler’s ‘best day’ good for $300,000

posted: 02/24/2014 2:42 a.m.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Randy Howell of Springville, Ala., scrapped his game plan and followed his instinct to win the 44th Bassmaster Classic on Sunday at Lake Guntersville.

ARKANSAS SPORTS HALL OF FAME: Shooting star helps Suns rise

posted: 02/24/2014 2:40 a.m.

Seventh in a series previewing members of the 2014 class who will be inducted Feb. 28 into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP DAYTONA 500: Junior reigns again after 6-hour delay

posted: 02/24/2014 2:38 a.m.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Through rain and wrecks, on Daytona’s longest day, this was a drought Dale Earnhardt Jr. was determined to end.

ARKANSAS WOMEN: UA shocks No. 19 LSU with 40-point 2nd half

posted: 02/24/2014 2:38 a.m.

Coach Tom Collen told his Arkansas women’s basketball team that if it could simply continue playing defense, points would eventually come at LSU on Sunday afternoon.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/24/2014 2:36 a.m.

Stray pooch a camp hit with Brewers The most popular name around the Milwaukee Brewers spring training complex in Maryvale, Ariz., is “Hank.” No, not former slugger Hank Aaron, who started his career with the Miwaukee Braves in 1954, but that’s where the name comes from.

Off the wire

posted: 02/24/2014 2:36 a.m.

BASEBALL Yankees, Gardner agree Outfielder Brett Gardner and the New York Yankees have agreed to a four-year contract worth $52 million. Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman announced the deal Sunday. The new pact starts in 2015. The deal includes a fifth-year club option for $12.5 million and a $2 million buyout. If traded, Gardner would receive $1 million.

NBA: Collins returns to NBA with Nets

posted: 02/24/2014 2:34 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — Jason Collins played his first game with the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night, becoming the first openly gay active player in the four major U.S. professional sports leagues, and Deron Williams had a season-high 30 points along with seven assists in a 108-102 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

TOP 25 MEN: Wolverines back on top behind Stauskas, LeVert

posted: 02/24/2014 2:32 a.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Nik Stauskas scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half, and No. 20 Michigan beat No. 13 Michigan State 79-70 on Sunday to take over first place in the Big Ten.


posted: 02/24/2014 2:32 a.m.

UAPB MEN VS. TEXAS SOUTHERN WHEN 7:30 p.m. WHERE H.O. Clemmons Arena, Pine Bluff RECORDS UAPB 10-16, 7-6 SWAC; Texas Southern 11-14, 7-6 RADIO KUAP-FM, 89.7, in Pine Bluff INTERNET


posted: 02/24/2014 2:31 a.m.

HEAT 93, BULLS 79 CHICAGO (79) Dunleavy 5-12 1-2 13, Boozer 3-8 2-2 8, Noah 7-11 6-7 20, Hinrich 4-10 0-0 10, Snell 2-10 0-0 6, Augustin 0-10 2-2 2, Gibson 8-18 4-4 20, Mohammed 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 29-81 15-17 79. MIAMI (93) Battier 1-5 0-0 3,

TOP 25 SEC WOMEN: Late run secures Kentucky victory

posted: 02/24/2014 2:31 a.m.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Jennifer O’Neill had 17 points and Linnae Harper scored 16 on Sunday to lead No. 15 Kentucky to its fifth 20-victory season in a row in an 83-74 victory over No. 16 Texas A&M.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 02/24/2014 2:30 a.m.

Whiting: No races for Cyber HOT SPRINGS – Cyber Secret, the top older twoturn handicap horse last year at Oaklawn Park, won’t run again at the meeting because of a lingering physical problem, trainer Lynn Whiting said Sunday morning.


posted: 02/24/2014 2:29 a.m.

SUN BELT BRADLEY 8, UALR 5 Bradley scored three runs in the sixth with the help of a Tanner Rockwell error to tie the game, then added two runs in the seventh and two more in the ninth to win for the second consecutive day at Gary Hogan Field in Little Rock.

High school basketball

posted: 02/24/2014 2:28 a.m.

BOYS REGIONALS CLASS 4A North Region at Lincoln Wednesday’s games Game 2 Prairie Grove vs. Dardanelle, 5:30 p.m. Game 4 Maumelle vs. Gravette, 8:30 p.m.

College basketball

posted: 02/24/2014 2:28 a.m.

MEN EAST Bucknell 63, Boston U. 53 Columbia 62, Yale 46 Drexel 69, Delaware 65 Florida St. 71, Pittsburgh 66 Holy Cross 74, Navy 57 Iona 86, Marist 67 SMU 64, UConn 55 Siena 69, Rider 60 Stony Brook 83, Maine 79 Vermont 72, Hartford 47 SOUTH Florida Gulf Coast 78,

State sports briefs

posted: 02/24/2014 2:27 a.m.

BASKETBALL Former Razorback to speak at Tip Off Club Former Arkansas Razorback Rickey Medlock will be the guest speaker at today’s Downtown Tip Off Club meeting at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock. Lunch will be served at 11:15 a.m. and the program will begin at noon. Admission is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

Lights go out on costliest Games ever

posted: 02/24/2014 2:26 a.m.

SOCHI, Russia — Flushed with pride after a spectacular showing at the most expensive Olympics ever, Russia celebrated 17 days of sport-driven global unity on Sunday night with a farewell show that hands off the Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang in South Korea.

HOG CALLS: Irwin’s comeback lifts Arkansas

posted: 02/24/2014 2:25 a.m.

The Arkansas men’s track program is back in position where it might be able to defend its SEC and NCAA Indoor championships.

On the podium

posted: 02/24/2014 2:21 a.m.

Sunday’s medalists in Sochi, Russia: BOBSLED MEN’S FOUR-MAN GOLD Russia (Alexander Zubkov, Alexey Negodaylo, Dmitry Trunenkov, Alexey Voevoda) SILVER Latvia (Oskars Melbardis, Daumants Dreiskens, Arvis Vilkaste, Janis Strenga)

Sochi scene

posted: 02/24/2014 2:20 a.m.

Russians roll after bad 2010 Russia’s post-Soviet athletic decline hit bottom at the Vancouver Olympics, where the once dominant winter sporting nation left with only three gold medals and the daunting task of rebuilding its team in time to host the Sochi Games.

Canada defends hockey gold, completes sweep with women

posted: 02/24/2014 2:16 a.m.

SOCHI, Russia — Sidney Crosby skated in alone on Henrik Lundqvist, faking Sweden’s goalie to the ice with a textbook-quality deke and sliding a perfect backhand into the net.

U.S. scoreboard

posted: 02/24/2014 2:14 a.m.

How American athletes fared in Sunday’s events: BOBSLED MEN’S FOUR-MAN 3. United States 1 (Steven Holcomb, Park City, Utah; Curt Tomasevicz, Shelby, Neb.; Steve Langton, Melrose, Mass.; Chris Fogt, Alpine, Utah), 3:40.99. — BRONZE 12. United States 2 (Nick Cunningham, Monterey, Calif.; Justin Olsen, San Antonio; Johnny Quinn, McKinney, Texas; Dallas Robinson, Georgetown, Ky.), 3:42.70.

Backstrom adds sixth name to doping list

posted: 02/24/2014 2:13 a.m.

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — After having none by the midpoint of the Winter Olympics, the number of positive drug tests grew to six Sunday when the Swedish Olympic Committee said hockey player Nicklas Backstrom had tested positive for a substance found in an allergy medication that he has taken for seven years.

Messaging app drains phone carriers’ sales

posted: 02/24/2014 2:11 a.m.

Facebook Inc.’s $19 billion purchase of mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp Inc. is a stark reminder of how much money phone carriers are losing out on as competitors let users text and chat at no charge. Free social-messaging applications like WhatsApp cost phone providers across the world

Airlines attiring jets in winglets to save on fuel

posted: 02/24/2014 2:09 a.m.

For a relatively small device with a name that sounds like it belongs on a sports bar food menu, winglets — those vertical tips at the end of aircraft wings — have been having a fairly big effect in commercial aviation.

Patent changes squeeze creators

posted: 02/24/2014 2:08 a.m.

Next month marks the one-year anniversary of the shift in the U.S. intellectual property landscape, and business owners and the organizations they work with said the changes are squeezing new and small enterprises.

Smart guns pack potential, draw skeptics in arms debate

posted: 02/24/2014 2:07 a.m.

One of California’s largest firearm stores recently added a peculiar new gun to its shelves that requires an accessory : a black waterproof watch.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Backup battery, candle speaker unusual, but worth a look

posted: 02/24/2014 2:05 a.m.

I’m reaching into the grab bag this week for a couple of items that don’t necessarily fit with others but are too unusual to be ignored.

ON COMPUTERS: Forgotify strikes chord with lonely, unheard songs

posted: 02/24/2014 2:04 a.m.

Our favorite online music service, Spotify, has more than 20 million songs that have been listened to at least once. But it has four million songs that have never been called up by any Spotify user.

Technology news in brief

posted: 02/24/2014 2:01 a.m.

Google asks cities to join Web service Google is inviting 34 cities across the country to begin talks on joining the gigabit-speed home Internet service known as Google Fiber, in a move that promises lightning-fast downloads to millions of consumers while transforming a former sideline into a substantial business for the giant tech company.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 02/24/2014 2:01 a.m.

ALEXANDER Christopher Collins, 12332 Loganberry Drive, Feb. 17, 2014, Chapter 13. Terry L. Sherman, 2960 W. Lawson Road, Feb. 13, 2014, Chapter 7. ALTUS Davilyn Carruth Clarke (aka Davily Carruth Phillips, Davilyn Carruth Howe), 306 Miller St., Feb. 13, 2014, Chapter 13.

Visa, MasterCard tap new phone-payment options

posted: 02/24/2014 2 a.m.

NEW YORK — Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. are introducing Internet-based technologies to make it easier for shoppers to buy things at retail stores without pulling out a credit card.

Dedicated grapplers feel the pull of competitive arm-wrestling

posted: 02/24/2014 1:59 a.m.

“The Japanese are among the happiest nations on earth …,” the magazine The Cosmopolitan confidently reported in an 1889 piece called “The Japanese at Play” — and why? Because they regularly grappled or watched grappling. And among the many kinds of grappling was wrist wrestling, or what modern Arkansans call arm-wrestling.

Marathon detour brings in speakers

posted: 02/24/2014 1:57 a.m.

When the same people conduct an event year after year for more than a decade, eventually they start to answer the question “What’s new?” with “Same old, same old.” Not so with the Little Rock Marathon. Besides new security measures and an even larger finishers medal, for its 12th iteration Friday through Sunday, Little Rock Parks and Recreation’s annual running festival includes a trifecta for shorter-distance runners and a speakers’ seminar.

Clinics help women to run or walk a 5K

posted: 02/24/2014 1:55 a.m.

Melissa Vitale says she is one of thousands of Arkansans whose life has been changed by Women Run Arkansas.

MASTER CLASS: Turning your center of gravity into a fitness tool

posted: 02/24/2014 1:54 a.m.

Let’s say COG stands for center of gravity. I have a COG. You have a COG. Everybody’s got a COG.


posted: 02/24/2014 1:53 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: What’s so wrong with pride, which you preachers seem criticize so much? In my opinion, pride is a good thing, because if you don’t have pride in what you do, you’ll never accomplish anything worthwhile. Why is the Bible against pride? — N.McD.


posted: 02/24/2014 1:53 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your actions will not only be inspired through March; they also will be organized and expertly executed.


posted: 02/24/2014 1:52 a.m.

WHAT: San-J Asian gluten-free sauces STATS: Varies by flavor. The Tamari Lite (lower sodium ) soy sauce contains 10 calories per tablespoon. As for cooking sauces, the Orange Sauce contains 60 calories per serving (two tablespoons), whereas the Szechuan only contains 5.


posted: 02/24/2014 1:52 a.m.

DEAR READER: Here is this week’s Sound Off, regarding extra buttons on clothing: “Most men’s garments have extra buttons attached in an inconspicuous place on the garment, whereas most women’s garments have extra buttons attached with a plastic string that is removed when the garment is worn.

Super Quiz: Women’s names as book titles

posted: 02/24/2014 1:50 a.m.

1. Charlotte Bronte: Jane ————2. Daniel Defoe: Moll ————

Guides, instructions on sport are scarce

posted: 02/24/2014 1:49 a.m.

The body of texts dealing with arm-wrestling is thin.

Branded apparel gaining foothold

posted: 02/24/2014 1:49 a.m.

In the Ultimate Armwrestling League, Arkansas has a monopoly on super-heavyweight champions — Michael “Monster Mike” Todd, champ of right- and left-handed pullers.

Pullers send out call to arms

posted: 02/24/2014 1:48 a.m.

As of press time, there were 80-plus members of the Arkansas Armwrestling Facebook page. This is, without doubt, the easiest way to get involved in a regular practice group, find a pulling partner, or find out more about the sport in Arkansas.

Sunday, February 23

Interstate 40 busts net $1 million in marijuana

posted: 02/23/2014 3:28 p.m.

AMARILLO, Texas — Authorities in the Texas panhandle have seized more than $1 million in marijuana and arrested 11 people in six traffic stops this month.

Arkansas upsets No. 19 LSU 57-53

posted: 02/23/2014 3:09 p.m.

BATON ROUGE — Jessica Jackson scored 25 points to lead Arkansas in an upset of No. 19 LSU 57-53 on Sunday.

Collins signs with Nets, to become 1st openly gay player in NBA

posted: 02/23/2014 3:06 p.m.

Jason Collins became the NBA's first active openly gay player Sunday, signing a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets.

Girls in Memphis chess program defy stereotypes

posted: 02/23/2014 2:52 p.m.

MEMPHIS — On a recent afternoon, in between her job as medical clerk at Germantown Methodist and the night class she needs to move up to pharmacy technician, Stephanie Thomas stopped by the chess room at Frederick Douglass School, off Chelsea.

U.S. average gas price jumps 12 cents per gallon

posted: 02/23/2014 2:34 p.m.

LOS ANGELES — The average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline rose 12 cents, to $3.41, during the past two weeks.

Fort Smith medical school: Needs 3 years to self-support

posted: 02/23/2014 2:30 p.m.

FORT SMITH — Health officials say a proposed medical school in Fort Smith would need three years before becoming financially self-supporting.

Oldest-known Holocaust survivor dies at 110

posted: 02/23/2014 1:32 p.m.

LONDON — Alice Herz-Sommer, who was believed to be the oldest-known survivor of the Holocaust, died in London on Sunday morning at the age of 110, a family member said. A film about her has been nominated for best short documentary at next month's Academy Awards.

Netflix reaches deal with Comcast

posted: 02/23/2014 1:09 p.m.

NEW YORK — Netflix has reached a deal with Comcast to ensure that its TV shows and movies are streamed smoothly to households, the first deal the online video streaming service has reached with an Internet service provider.

Ole Miss to hire architect for stadium expansion

posted: 02/23/2014 1:02 p.m.

JACKSON, Miss. — The University of Mississippi's stadium plans could soon get a little more concrete.

Farewell, Sochi: Russia closes costliest Olympics

posted: 02/23/2014 12:30 p.m.

SOCHI, Russia — Flushed with pride after a spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrated 17 days of sport-driven global unity Sunday night with a farewell show that hands off the Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang in South Korea. Said the head of the International Olympic Committee: "Russia delivered all what it had promised."

Diamond Hogs rally to remain unbeaten

updated: 02/23/2014 4:49 p.m.

Arkansas' offense has struggled to produce consistently, but its bats have come through late early this year.

Rice: Progress in search for Benghazi attackers

posted: 02/23/2014 11:30 a.m.

WASHINGTON — A senior White House official says the U.S. remains focused on finding those responsible for the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

Forestry forum set for northwest Louisiana

posted: 02/23/2014 11:28 a.m.

SHREVEPORT — The LSU AgCenter plans a forestry forum on March 6 in Shreveport.

Bills seek to tackle backlog of untested rape kits

posted: 02/23/2014 11:27 a.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — With possibly hundreds of thousands of rape kits untested across the country, a number of states are proposing legislation to address backlogs that in at least one case dates back nearly three decades.

Priscilla Presley's Tupelo visit 1st in decades

posted: 02/23/2014 11:25 a.m.

TUPELO, Miss. — Tourists at Elvis Presley's birthplace got a surprise bonus: a glimpse of the singer's ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, making her first visit since the last time she saw Elvis, in the early 1970s.

Filing period opens Monday for ’14 Arkansas races

posted: 02/23/2014 11:23 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — The filing period for Arkansas' political offices opens Monday with races for the U.S. Senate and governor at the top of the ticket.

Samsung's new smartwatches have fitness features

posted: 02/23/2014 11:14 a.m.

BARCELONA, Spain — Samsung unveiled two new computerized wristwatches Sunday, this time including health sensors and related fitness features to give people a reason to buy one.

5 things to know about the Sochi Olympics

posted: 02/23/2014 11:12 a.m.

SOCHI, Russia — Fast five, Sunday edition: Five things to know about the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Tutu urges Uganda's Museveni against anti-gay bill

posted: 02/23/2014 11:08 a.m.

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa's retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Sunday made an impassioned plea to Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni not to sign into law a harsh anti-homosexuality bill that calls for a life sentence for some same-sex relations.

Ukraine: Parliament boss takes presidential powers

posted: 02/23/2014 10:58 a.m.

KIEV, Ukraine — A top Ukrainian opposition figure assumed presidential powers Sunday, plunging Ukraine into new uncertainty after a deadly political standoff — and boosting long-jailed Yulia Tymoshenko's chances of a return to power.

House panel chairman seeks "El Chapo's" extradition

posted: 02/23/2014 10:44 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security is encouraging Mexico's authorities to extradite drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States to ensure he remains behind bars.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe celebrates 90th birthday

posted: 02/23/2014 10:29 a.m.

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, celebrating his 90th birthday at a stadium event, urges the nation's youth to shun homosexuality.

Ukraine sets voting, ousts its president

posted: 02/23/2014 5:36 a.m.

Ukrainian lawmakers voted Saturday to hold elections May 25 and to remove President Viktor Yanukovych, who vowed not to resign and was stopped by border officials as he attempted to flee the country.

JUVENILE DNA: 3 youths’ DNA in FBI database

posted: 02/23/2014 5:33 a.m.

DNA samples of at least three youths were put into an FBI database for felons and violent offenders, even though those children shouldn’t have had genetic samples taken from them in the first place, the director of the state Crime Laboratory confirmed last week.

Financial reporting in Senate races lags

posted: 02/23/2014 5:30 a.m.

In one of the nation’s most closely watched and expensive U.S. Senate races, all but the most dedicated campaign watchers are in the dark about who has donated money more than a month after finance reports were due.

Mexico at last nabs kingpin ‘El Chapo’

posted: 02/23/2014 5:29 a.m.

Mexican authorities captured the world’s most powerful drug lord in a resort city Saturday after a search through the home state of the legendary capo whose global organization is the leading supplier of cocaine to the United States.

FIREARMS ON THE SIDE: Alma kids fundraiser packs some heat

posted: 02/23/2014 5:26 a.m.

The single-biggest fundraiser for a graduation celebration for Alma High School seniors this year will be a sold-out adults-only dinner, with attendees competing to win prizes that include several firearms — like an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

Reagan hometown plans hunky statue

posted: 02/23/2014 5:24 a.m.

Decades before he became known as the Teflon president and the Great Communicator, Ronald Reagan was a hunk in trunks.

Gaza comics tread lightly

posted: 02/23/2014 5:23 a.m.

In the outside world, two words that rarely appear in the same sentence are “funny” and “Gaza.” But several troupes of young cutups in the coastal enclave are changing that — very, very carefully.

Pizza firms prosper off slice of U.S. dairy fees

posted: 02/23/2014 5:21 a.m.

It’s no secret that Americans eat a lot of pizza. Indeed, about 13 percent of the population is eating a slice or two on any given day, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


posted: 02/23/2014 5:17 a.m.

Arkansas finally won again at Mississippi State.

Wolves return, meet ‘once upon a time’

posted: 02/23/2014 5:15 a.m.

GOERLITZ, Germany — German police reached the accident to find what news stories would describe as a scene from a horror show: Seven horses, huddled on a small, dark, highway, had been ripped to pieces by two speeding cars.

N.C. town wary of coal-ash dumps

posted: 02/23/2014 5:13 a.m.

WILMINGTON, N.C. — From his modest home near the Cape Fear River, Sam Malpass can glimpse the tall stacks of Duke Energy’s Sutton Steam Electric Plant, a looming reminder of the environmental dangers threatening his family.

As economy improves, divorces surge

posted: 02/23/2014 5:12 a.m.

ATLANTA — Hard economic times had kept Amy Derose and her husband, Lawrence, locked in an unhappy marriage for the sake of their engineering firm in Pompano Beach, Fla.

The world in brief

posted: 02/23/2014 5:10 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is a rich country and we can’t even buy a kilo of flour, a rich country but we live in misery.” Marta Rivas, 39, a mother of two, on difficulties Venezuelans face amid violence and shortages as she joined thousands of protesters in the opposition stronghold city of San Cristobal

U.S., Japan exercise more urgent

posted: 02/23/2014 5:09 a.m.

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — In the early morning along a barren stretch of a California beach, Japanese soldiers and U.S. Marines practiced how to invade and retake an island captured by hostile forces.

The nation in brief

posted: 02/23/2014 5:09 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “For some people, it probably was a huge reprieve, just not my clients.” Andres Benach, a Washington attorney, on the delays of immigration hearings by months or years, leaving some in limbo, while others, who face deportation, get more time in the country

TV news shows

posted: 02/23/2014 5:08 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Former President George W. Bush. 8 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.

Immigration cases pushed way back

posted: 02/23/2014 5:07 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — The federal government shutdown last year delayed more than 37,000 immigration hearings by months or years for immigrants already waiting in lengthy lines to plead for asylum or green cards.

Names and faces

posted: 02/23/2014 5:07 a.m.

With nearly every joke substituted for a new one, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is returning to movie theaters for one week. Starring Will Ferrell as TV news anchor Ron Burgundy, Anchorman 2 has made about $170 million worldwide since opening in December.

In the news

posted: 02/23/2014 5:07 a.m.

Dmitry Kozak, Russia’s deputy prime minister, said the Cossack who was filmed horsewhipping members of a punk group performing an anti-government song in Sochi has been “held accountable” for the attack, but he would not say what action was taken.

Firefighter killed helping at collapse

posted: 02/23/2014 5:06 a.m.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — A 23-year veteran firefighter was killed Saturday while helping evacuate students from a University of Missouri-run apartment complex after a second-story walkway collapsed, according to Columbia Fire Department officials.

Rallies facing off in Venezuela

posted: 02/23/2014 5:05 a.m.

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelans prepared Saturday for the possibility of more political violence as supporters and opponents of the government of President Nicolas Maduro planned competing rallies in a divided country.

Girl, 8, killed in attack on Thai protest

posted: 02/23/2014 5:04 a.m.

BANGKOK — Officials and medical workers in Thailand said an 8-year-old girl died and at least 35 others were wounded when gunmen attacked an anti-government protest in the country’s east.

New voter cards go out in Baghdad

posted: 02/23/2014 5:03 a.m.

BAGHDAD — Iraqi election officials began handing out new, computerized voter-identification cards Saturday across the capital as the country prepares for its first nationwide election since the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

Matt becomes oldest Alpine champion

posted: 02/23/2014 5:03 a.m.

Under the lights at Rosa Khotur in the final Olympic Alpine event, the Austrian men went 1-2 in the slalom Saturday night.

Russia, China join U.N. in giving Assad message

posted: 02/23/2014 5:02 a.m.

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council united for the first time on a resolution on Syria’s humanitarian crisis Saturday, demanding that President Bashar Assad’s government and the opposition provide immediate access everywhere in the country to deliver aid to millions of people in desperate need.

In the lane: Bell big off bench for Hogs

posted: 02/23/2014 5 a.m.

Mississippi State wasn’t focused on stopping Arkansas guard Anthlon Bell going into Saturday’s game at Humphrey Coliseum.

Karzai, Taliban faction talk

posted: 02/23/2014 4:59 a.m.

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s High Peace Council has held meetings with a breakaway faction of senior Taliban leaders in the United Arab Emirates, officials said Saturday.

Pakistani copters kill 9 militants

posted: 02/23/2014 4:58 a.m.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Pakistani helicopter gunships targeted a militant training facility in the country’s northwest Saturday, killing nine insurgents in the latest violence to disrupt peace negotiations, police and security officials said.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Razorbacks catch wind at right time

posted: 02/23/2014 4:58 a.m.

The pesky Baum Stadium winds played to Arkansas’ favor Saturday.

U.S. doctors switching to salaried positions

posted: 02/23/2014 4:57 a.m.

American physicians, worried about changes in the health-care market, are streaming into salaried jobs with hospitals. Though the shift from private practice has been most pronounced in primary care, specialists are following.

U.S. indictments against Guzman

posted: 02/23/2014 4:56 a.m.

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman faces at least seven indictments in federal court in the United States. Some of the cases pending against him: Southern District of California, San Diego, 1995 Four counts of conspiracy to import and possess cocaine with the intent to distribute.

Six-time champ athletic enough

posted: 02/23/2014 4:56 a.m.

A typical week in the life of Jimmie Johnson on theway to winning his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship last season included 5 miles of swimming, 40 miles of running, 100 miles of cycling and one race. Does that make Johnson an athlete?

Group reunites war-zone pups, troops

posted: 02/23/2014 4:55 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA — When the Army’s 307th Military Police Company pulled up to a police station in the Shinwar district of Afghanistan in October 2011, a little white-andbrown spotted dog appeared.

Study shows dog brains pick up on emotions

posted: 02/23/2014 4:54 a.m.

When you hear a friend’s voice, you immediately picture him, even if you can’t see him. And from the tone of speech, you quickly gauge if he’s happy or sad.

The night Fuller hit 102 mark and fame

posted: 02/23/2014 4:54 a.m.

Sixth in a series previewing members of the 2014 class who will be inducted Feb. 28 into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. Encased in glass in the lobby of the Nutt Athletic Complex, a single score sheet from the 1971 Arkansas School for the Deaf scorebook sums up one of the greatest nights in Arkansas high school basketball history.

After backlash, FCC amends news media questionnaire

posted: 02/23/2014 4:53 a.m.

WASHINGTON — A proposed government study of how media organizations gather news has incited a powerful backlash, particularly among conservatives who said that it could be part of an official effort to intimidate or second-guess journalists.

Ex-leader’s palatial digs awe Ukrainians

posted: 02/23/2014 4:51 a.m.

KIEV, Ukraine — An eerie calm and a light mist shrouded President Viktor Yanukovych’s sprawling residential compound just outside the capital Saturday morning as street fighters from the center of Kiev made their way inside, gingerly passing a wrought-iron gate and cautioning one another about booby traps and snipers.

Razorback report: Swanson struggles in testing

posted: 02/23/2014 4:50 a.m.

Former Arkansas center Travis Swanson didn’t have his best day Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Key events in Ukraine

posted: 02/23/2014 4:50 a.m.

Nov. 21: President Viktor Yanukovych’s government announces it is abandoning an agreement that would strengthen ties with the European Union and instead seeks closer cooperation with Moscow.

LIKE IT IS: Hogs no longer faint blip on NCAA radar

posted: 02/23/2014 4:48 a.m.

Many Arkansas Razorbacks teams have been dubbed cardiac kids.

Recycling expansion launches in Maumelle

posted: 02/23/2014 4:48 a.m.

Maumelle residents won’t have to throw their junk mail, milk jugs or juice cartons into the trash starting this week, when the city’s expanded recycling program gets underway.

COMMENTARY: Manziel thinks he’s all that, bag of chips

posted: 02/23/2014 4:47 a.m.

Will Johnny Manziel be the next Russell Wilson or the next Tim Tebow ?

Pryor endorses wage bid in state

posted: 02/23/2014 4:46 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor officially threw his support behind a ballot initiative that would raise Arkansas’ minimum wage to $8.50 over three years.

2A-5 BOYS: England hits stride, has little difficulties

posted: 02/23/2014 4:45 a.m.

England capped a perfect run through the 2A-5 with a near-perfect performance Saturday in the district tournament championship.

Practice put to test at LR mock trial

posted: 02/23/2014 4:45 a.m.

More than 200 Arkansas high school students spent Friday and Saturday in two Little Rock courthouses arguing whether a fictional high school student should be convicted of aggravated assault.

No joke: Junior gets perfect 36 on ACT

posted: 02/23/2014 4:43 a.m.

When 16-year-old Fayetteville High School junior Peter Gea tells a joke in class, the teacher is usually the only one laughing.

2A-4 EAST GIRLS: Briggler sisters carry Conway St. Joseph

posted: 02/23/2014 4:43 a.m.

Megan Briggler spent the final minutes of Conway St. Joseph’s 44-40 victory over Hector in the finals of the 2A-4 East tournament lying on the floor at the end of the Lady Bulldogs’ bench.

Major league baseball notes

posted: 02/23/2014 4:42 a.m.

ORIOLES Cruz gets 1-year deal Free agent Nelson Cruz and the Baltimore Orioles have reached agreement on a one-year deal, giving the slugger a fresh start after his drug suspension.

Wreaths recycled for vets cemetery

posted: 02/23/2014 4:42 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — Friends and family of late Army veteran Bo Swearingen gathered on a chilly morning Saturday in the dimly lit, old Coors warehouse at 700 S. Hill St. to carry on his wish of raising money to buy more land for the Fayetteville National Cemetery.

Spring training schedule

posted: 02/23/2014 4:41 a.m.

All times Central TUESDAY’S GAMES Florida Southern vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 12:05 p.m. Florida State vs. NY Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 12:05 p.m.

Has applied for UA job, Sen. Key acknowledges

posted: 02/23/2014 4:41 a.m.

State Sen. Johnny Key, R-Mountain Home, said Saturday that he has applied to be the vice chancellor of government relations at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

MLB managers giving replay a shot this spring

posted: 02/23/2014 4:40 a.m.

Major league teams will each have at least five spring training games where managers can challenge plays as part of the major expansion of instant replay which begins this season.

PAPER TRAILS: Group sets award for Campbell

posted: 02/23/2014 4:39 a.m.

SINGING HIS PRAISES: In March, the Alzheimer’s Association will honor Arkansas native and country music legend Glen Campbell and his family. Campbell, 77, diagnosed with the disease in 2011, will be the inaugural recipient of the national organization’s new Glen Campbell Courage Award.

Sam wants focus to stay on football, his training

posted: 02/23/2014 4:39 a.m.

Michael Sam needed no introduction.

Education notebook

posted: 02/23/2014 4:38 a.m.

NLR administrator to assume new role Beth Stewart, who was hired as an assistant superintendent for the North Little Rock School District last year, will become the district’s deputy superintendent in July at a salary of $143,311.87.

Clowney has a No. 1 priority

posted: 02/23/2014 4:38 a.m.

For a player expected to wow scouts with his combination of size and freakish athletic ability, the toughest part of the combine for South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been getting there.

OUR TOWN: Little Rock notebook

posted: 02/23/2014 4:37 a.m.

Members appointed to city committees The Little Rock Board of Directors and Mayor Mark Stodola appointed several new members to the city’s various boards and commissions last week.

MEN’S HOCKEY: Selanne, Finns whip Americans for bronze

posted: 02/23/2014 4:37 a.m.

Teemu Selanne led his team around the ice, with a bronze medal draped around his neck, after he finished off his sixth Olympics with a sweet victory.

In rehearing, man says innocent of ’01 killing

posted: 02/23/2014 4:37 a.m.

An Arkansas death-row inmate found mentally incompetent and ordered to be retried has pleaded innocent to the murder he admitted committing more than 12 years ago.

I-40 lanes to close near Russellville

posted: 02/23/2014 4:36 a.m.

Inspections will require lane closures this week on Interstate 40 east and west of Russellville, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

OUR TOWN: North Little Rock notebook

posted: 02/23/2014 4:35 a.m.

Friends of Animals to host chili supper A chili supper sponsored by the North Little Rock Friends of Animals is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Friday at Park Hill Christian Church, 4400 John F. Kennedy Blvd. in North Little Rock.

City rejects suing Whirlpool

posted: 02/23/2014 4:34 a.m.

FORT SMITH — Fort Smith city directors have decided not to pursue legal action against Whirlpool Corp. for its hazardous-chemical contamination of groundwater under its closed south Fort Smith plant and an adjacent neighborhood.

Sochi scene

posted: 02/23/2014 4:34 a.m.

Ukrainian crisis felt by athletes — Ukraine’s last remaining Alpine skier at the Sochi Olympics is competing with the blessing of his more famous and controversial teammate.

Marin watercolors given to LR center

posted: 02/23/2014 4:34 a.m.

The Arkansas Arts Center announced Friday that it has received a gift of 290 watercolors and drawings by American modern artist John Marin.

Other days

posted: 02/23/2014 4:34 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 23, 1914 “Go to Church Sunday” yesterday — the first united special effort ever made by Little Rock pastors to attract crowds to the churches — met with splendid results, estimates last night fixing the increase at greater than one-third over the usual attendance.


posted: 02/23/2014 4:33 a.m.

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

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Bassmaster Classic a family thing for Manuels

posted: 02/23/2014 4:32 a.m.

Bass fishing fans come from all over the country to the Bassmaster Classic, including Joe Manuel and his son Joshua, 14, of Burleson, Texas, by way of Benton.

Arkansas achievers

posted: 02/23/2014 4:32 a.m.

Alyssa Harrison of Little Rock has earned a Founders Scholarship from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Frednesha Whiting has earned a Presidential Scholarship from Henderson State University for the 2014-15 school year.

Big bite worth fight for Day 2 leader

posted: 02/23/2014 4:31 a.m.

Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla., used a strong charge late in the day to take a 1-ounce lead over Randall Tharp of Port St. Joe, Fla., at the end of Saturday’s second round of the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Guntersville.

Higher education notebook

posted: 02/23/2014 4:31 a.m.

Site announced for ASU Mexico campus The Association for the Advancement of Mexican Education, a private business foundation, announced last week that it has acquired about 2,000 acres for development near Queretaro, Mexico, site of Arkansas State University’s planned campus in Mexico.

U.S. 67 crash kills Beebe resident, 35

posted: 02/23/2014 4:31 a.m.

A Beebe man died Friday after crashing his car on U.S. 67 in Searcy, Arkansas State Police reported Saturday.

Data scientist to speak in LR

posted: 02/23/2014 4:30 a.m.

Rayid Ghani, chief data scientist for the Computation Institute’s Urban Center for Computation and Data at the University of Chicago, will give a speech at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service on Tuesday.

Bassmaster Classic report

posted: 02/23/2014 4:29 a.m.

Swindle no joke with mic — Gerald Swindle finished 53rd in the Bassmaster Classic in his home state, but he stole the show during Saturday’s weigh-in at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.

Speaker to discuss pregnancy issues

posted: 02/23/2014 4:29 a.m.

The chief executive officer of an organization that is waging a campaign to prevent teen and unplanned pregnancy will speak Wednesday at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.

Alzheimer’s forum set for caregivers

posted: 02/23/2014 4:29 a.m.

Alzheimer’s Arkansas will hold its 12th annual caregiver symposium, Hope for the Future, on March 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Geyer Springs First Baptist Church at 12400 Interstate 30 in Little Rock.

Oaklawn report

posted: 02/23/2014 4:29 a.m.

Arroyo appeals penalties — The Arkansas Racing Commission is scheduled to hear two appeals by Oaklawn Park co-leading rider Norberto Arroyo Jr. at its regularly scheduled meeting March 8.

2nd man charged in PB man’s death

posted: 02/23/2014 4:28 a.m.

A second suspect has been charged in the shooting death of a Pine Bluff man early Friday morning.

Pet of the week

posted: 02/23/2014 4:28 a.m.

Blair is our pet of the week. She is a lovable shepherd mix who is about 3 years old, and she would love a home and family to call her own.

SPRING FEVER STAKES: Favorite has plenty of spring in her step

posted: 02/23/2014 4:28 a.m.

Favored Aireofdistinction collared Chortle on the outside in the final stride to post a nose victory in the $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes for older filly and mare sprinters Saturday afternoon at Oaklawn Park.

Spa City park rangers question 3 on West Mountain, spot fire

posted: 02/23/2014 4:27 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS — Three men were questioned by National Park Service rangers Friday afternoon in connection with a fire that was discovered on West Mountain off the west end of Whittington Avenue.


posted: 02/23/2014 4:26 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.

HORSE RACING ROUNDUP: Head bob goes to Wildcat Red

posted: 02/23/2014 4:26 a.m.

The trainer Jose Garoffalo spent all of his $30,000 budget last June to buy Wildcat Red as a 2-year-old, never imagining the bargain he was bringing home.


posted: 02/23/2014 4:25 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball are: 2-3-13-14-54 Powerball: 4 Estimated jackpot: $40 million Power Play: 5

Fort Smith trial dates set in separate killings

posted: 02/23/2014 4:25 a.m.

FORT SMITH — Two men charged in separate murder cases in Sebastian County Circuit Court are scheduled to go to trial in the spring, according to court records.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Zebras fearsome foursome to be pursued by many

posted: 02/23/2014 4:23 a.m.

Pine Bluff Coach Bobby Bolding has been a head coach for 16 of his 25 years in high school coaching, but he has yet to see one with as much talent as next year’s junior class.

Denise Marie Firmin Garner

posted: 02/23/2014 4:22 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — When Denise Garner and her husband, Hershey, moved to Fayetteville 24 years ago, a newfound friend, Gladys Ball, introduced her around to the area’s nonprofits, hoping she would connect with one.

SEC MEN: Space shot saves Texas A&M in OT

posted: 02/23/2014 4:22 a.m.

Antwan Space sank a three-pointer in overtime to lift Texas A&M to a 68-65 victory over Tennessee on Saturday.

SEC MEN: No. 2 Gators handle Henderson, Rebels

posted: 02/23/2014 4:21 a.m.

Marshall Henderson’s early hot shooting helped put Mississippi in position to pull off an upset victory over No. 2 Florida.

ATLANTIC COAST: Charging call a game-changer

posted: 02/23/2014 4:21 a.m.

The rematch of one of college basketball’s best games of the season ended with Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim ejected after he charged onto the court to argue a block/charge call.

BIG TEN: Kaminsky,Wisconsin squeeze by Iowa

posted: 02/23/2014 4:20 a.m.

Frank Kaminsky had 21 points and a crucial late steal as No. 16 Wisconsin beat No. 15 Iowa 79-74 on Saturday for its fifth consecutive victory.

Wichita State still perfect, tops Drake

posted: 02/23/2014 4:20 a.m.

Tekele Cotton had 21 points, Darius Carter came off the bench to score 15 and No. 3 Wichita State pounded Drake 83-54 Saturday night.

Jett leads Billikens

posted: 02/23/2014 4:19 a.m.

Jordair Jett scored 16 points, Rob Loe added 12 and No. 10 Saint Louis earned its 19th consecutive victory by holding off George Washington 66-59 Saturday night.

MOUNTAIN WEST: Lobos surprise No. 6 Aztecs

posted: 02/23/2014 4:18 a.m.

Cameron Bairstow scored 26 points, including 10 during a second-half run that led New Mexico to a 58-44 victory over No. 6 San Diego State on Saturday night.

SUN BELT MEN: Neighbour, UALR go down again

posted: 02/23/2014 4:17 a.m.

UALR started Saturday night with a full cast of players for the first time in two weeks — but it didn’t end that way.

Radiothon celebrates 10th year

posted: 02/23/2014 4:16 a.m.

Since the founding of Arkansas Children’s Hospital’s “Champions for Children” Radiothon in 2005, Randy Cain, Cumulus Media’s program director, has overseen it.

SOUTHLAND WOMEN: Duever delivers for Sugar Bears

posted: 02/23/2014 4:16 a.m.

Courtney Duever put Central Arkansas on her back in the second half Saturday afternoon.

SUN BELT WOMEN: Gault does what it takes for UALR

posted: 02/23/2014 4:15 a.m.

The UALR women’s basketball team spent most of Saturday afternoon trying to find some semblance of a rhythm while playing its first game in a week.

Gamble’s second half spurs ASU women

posted: 02/23/2014 4:14 a.m.

A 32-13 second-half run propelled the Arkansas State women’s basketball team to a 74-55 victory over Texas State on Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.

UP AND COMING: Salvation Army tries out new ‘Be a Shield’ slogan

posted: 02/23/2014 4:14 a.m.

Now that Christmas is over I’ve been thinking about the Salvation Army. That’s right, now that Christmas is over. In these parts, the Salvation Army is chiefly (exclusively ?) identified with its red kettle campaign, but that’s such a small part of its history and mission.

Fayetteville tight end offered by UA

posted: 02/23/2014 4:12 a.m.

Fayetteville tight end C.J. O’Grady got what he wanted Saturday when he received a scholarship offer during his visit to Arkansas. O’Grady and his mother, Jessika met with Razorbacks Coach Bret Bielema in his office and was told about the offer.

HIGH FLYING FUN: The thrill of Brazil

posted: 02/23/2014 4:12 a.m.

Rio Carnival was the theme for this year’s Evolve, held in the Grand Ballroom of the Little Rock Marriott on Feb. 15. The event is the Centers for Youth and Families’ signature fundraiser.

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES: Smith stays on track, finishes job

posted: 02/23/2014 4:12 a.m.

Regan Smith had the checkered flag in sight at Daytona a year ago and a freight train of cars in his rear view mirror.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: Friends couldn’t get them to meet, but Nixon could

posted: 02/23/2014 4:10 a.m.

Two friends decided, independently of each other, that Julia Sutton and Louis Carlock should meet, but Sutton and Carlock tacitly refused. It took a presidential scandal to accomplish what those prescient friends couldn’t.


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CLASS 4A North Region at Lincoln Wednesday’s games Game 2 Prairie Grove vs. Dardanelle, 5:30 p.m.

DEAR ABBY: Grandma left with few options

posted: 02/23/2014 4:08 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: When my son was 17, he met an “older girl” who was 21 and began an on-again, off-again relationship with her.


posted: 02/23/2014 4:08 a.m.

CLASS 4A North Region at Lincoln Wednesday’s games Game 2 Prairie Grove vs. Waldron, 4 p.m.


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BOYS MELBOURNE 50, FLIPPIN 42 The fourth-seeded Bearkatz (13-9 ) completed their remarkable run through the district tournament, outscoring third-seeded Flippin (25-10 ) 22-8 in the fourth quarter of the 3A-1 East title game.


posted: 02/23/2014 4:07 a.m.

Luminarias lined the pathways to the different vistas around a lake where couples and families could enjoy food and cultural activities from Asia, Jamaica, Mexico, New Orleans, Rome and Shakespeare’s Elizabethan England on Valentine’s evening. Feb. 14 was opening night of Lanterns!, Wildwood Park for the Arts’ Outdoor Winter Festival.


posted: 02/23/2014 4:07 a.m.

SUN BELT BRADLEY 9, UALR 4, 12 INNINGS Bradley (4-1 ) scored five runs in the top of the 12th inning to hand UALR (5-1 ) its first loss of the season Saturday afternoon at Gary Hogan Field in Little Rock.


posted: 02/23/2014 4:06 a.m.

White-Abundis Calvary Church of the Nazarene was the setting Saturday for the marriage of Jaclyn Brooke Abundis and Sgt. Patrick Dorez White. The Rev. Arlie Kyzer officiated.

U.S. scoreboard

posted: 02/23/2014 4:05 a.m.

How U.S. athletes fared Saturday: ALPINE SKIING MEN’S SLALOM Final Ranking (First and second runs in parentheses) 13. Nolan Kasper, Warren, Vt., (18, 48.70; 10, 55.52) 1:44.22.


posted: 02/23/2014 4:04 a.m.

Commission to host small game seminar The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will hold a seminar on managing property for quail and rabbits from 6:30-8 :30 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Arkansas Nature Center in Little Rock.


posted: 02/23/2014 4:03 a.m.

Daytona International Speedway, 12:15 p.m. Central, Fox ROW 1 Austin Dillon Chevy, 196.019 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy, 195.852

Social calendar

posted: 02/23/2014 4:02 a.m.

February 27 Arkansas Baptist College Supper & Soul Gala, 6 p.m., Wally Allen Ballroom at the Statehouse Convention Center. The evening includes a cocktail hour, silent auction, seated dinner and dancing to the sounds of the SOS Band. Cocktail attire.


posted: 02/23/2014 4:01 a.m.

Paige Cate, daughter of Lori and Alan Cate of Bryant, and Chris Shepard, son of Kelly and Kris Treadway of Bismarck and Sandy and Steve Shepard, also of Bryant; May 3.

AN IVY LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN: Alpha Kappa Alpha sisters have a ball toasting service

posted: 02/23/2014 4 a.m.

Officials of the Embassy Suites in Little Rock may not have had Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in mind when they decorated the hotel’s Grand Ballroom in pink and green.


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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


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MEN GREAT AMERICAN ARKANSAS TECH 74, SOUTHERN ARKANSAS 70 Arkansas Tech used advantages in points in the lane and points off turnovers to withstand a second-half rally by Southern Arkansas in front of 825 fans at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.

Rick Lee’s Oaklawn Park selections and analysis

posted: 02/23/2014 3:55 a.m.

Profit play Arkansas Democrat-Gazette handicapper Rick Lee has been given a fictional $1,000 bankroll to work with during the 2014 Oaklawn Park meeting. He can make as many plays as he wants daily.

Saturday’s scores

posted: 02/23/2014 3:54 a.m.

MEN EAST Baylor 88, West Virginia 75 Dayton 57, Duquesne 54 Georgetown 74, Xavier 52 Penn 74, Dartmouth 65 Saint Joseph’s 87, Fordham 72 Villanova 57, St. John’s 54 , L


posted: 02/23/2014 3:54 a.m.

Barbara and Bill Davies of Little Rock will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. The couple were married Feb. 25, 1954.

SUPER SOUP SUPPED: Soup Sunday ladles up $85,000 to help children

posted: 02/23/2014 3:53 a.m.

More than 1,200 attendees, many with muffin tins in hand, were served soup samples from 24 area eateries Feb. 16 at Soup Sunday.

Today’s game

posted: 02/23/2014 3:53 a.m.

ARKANSAS WOMEN AT LSU WHEN 1 p.m. Central WHERE Maravich Center (13,215), Baton Rouge


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Southland men THURSDAY’S GAME New Orleans 67, SE Louisiana 58


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HAWKS 107, KNICKS 98 NEW YORK (98) Smith 4-13 2-4 11, Anthony 13-25 5-6 35, Chandler 5-13 0-0 10, Felton 6-15 2-2 16, Prigioni 3-6 0-0 8, Hardaway Jr. 3-10 0-0 7, Stoudemire 4-6 0-0 8, Tyler 1-1 1-4 3, Aldrich 0-0 0-0 0, Murry 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-89 10-16 98.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/23/2014 3:48 a.m.

15-year-old has perfect pick-me-up A Louisiana teen with a rare form of tongue cancer bowled a perfect game last week, rolling strike after strike after strike as a crowd of friends and strangers cheered.

MALE CALL: Dressy bow ties for men make a loop into fashion

posted: 02/23/2014 3:47 a.m.

Q. You once had a diagram on tying bow ties, but I never thought I’d wear one. Then, recently, I saw a look I liked, with wilder colors and patterns worn with sweaters. I bought a couple, but I’ve been forced to rely on my roommate to tie them. Can you help?

Off the wire

posted: 02/23/2014 3:46 a.m.

GOLF Nordqvist leads by 4 Swede Anna Nordqvist shot a 5-under 67 at the LPGA Thailand on Saturday for a four-stroke lead over top-ranked Inbee Park and American Michelle Wie.

Wedding flexibility has its perks

posted: 02/23/2014 3:45 a.m.

If there were a popularity contest for days of the week, Saturday would win. Most likely when you were a kid, Saturdays meant watching cartoons, playing in Little League ballgames, or going to a matinee or the pool.

State sports briefs

posted: 02/23/2014 3:45 a.m.

BASKETBALL Louisiana College handles Ozarks Kevin Lewis scored 25 points in leading Louisiana College to a 95-88 victory Saturday over the University of the Ozarks in Alexandria, La. Louisiana College (12-10 ) led 50-35 at the half.

Delta dreamscapes

posted: 02/23/2014 3:44 a.m.

Arkansas native Carroll Cloar was once a rising star in the art world, flirting with national prominence for a time in the 1950s. That time soon passed, but he had a long, productive career, painting at a steady pace until his death in 1993.

Black-tie sweats? Well, no, but close

posted: 02/23/2014 3:43 a.m.

NEW YORK — If the menswear collections coming down the runways at the recently wrapped New York Fashion Week are any indication, fall 2014 is going to be filled with laid-back luxe — unconstructed, blanket-like outerwear, chunky novel knitwear and a quilted one of everything.


posted: 02/23/2014 3:42 a.m.

The North Beach of St. Kitts, British West Indies, was the setting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, for the marriage of Julie Kathryn Buratowski and Patrick Robert McGuire. The Rev. Robert Wolcott of Washington officiated.

For ASO in 2014-15, big plans, venue shifts

posted: 02/23/2014 3:40 a.m.

The Arkansas Symphony’s Masterworks programs for the 2014-15 season will include big piano concertos by Russian composers Sergei Rachmaninoff and Sergei Prokofiev; violin concertos by Johannes Brahms and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; and several works by distinguished composer John Corigliano.

YOUTHFUL ARDOR, EBULLIENT SPIRITS: Opera was on menu for 2014 UALR gala

posted: 02/23/2014 3:40 a.m.

It was an opera crowd at the Governor’s Mansion on Tuesday night, which explains why the governor was gone (no, no, he was at the Hoops for Kids’ Sake charity basketball game).

OUTSTANDING IN (AND ON) THEIR FIELD: 2, 4, 6, 8: Honoring athletes, coaches a club appreciates

posted: 02/23/2014 3:39 a.m.

One thing about Louis Leo “Lou” Holtz: If he hadn’t gone into coaching football and later analyzing it, he’d have made a fine stand-up comedian.

CRITICAL MASS: Lucinda Williams, just for the record

posted: 02/23/2014 3:38 a.m.

Before digitization, we sometimes used to wear out our records.

LET’S TALK: Laughing through the years

posted: 02/23/2014 3:37 a.m.

Having observed yet another “trip around the sun” on Monday, I’ve also observed some of the good, the bad, and the downright comical about being a member of the post-50 club.

Couture queen has true (divorced) Cinderella tale

posted: 02/23/2014 3:37 a.m.

GENNEVILLIERS, France — She emerges Venus-like out of a mist of hair spray with tousled hair, a shimmering $70,000 Chanel jacket and a 1,000-watt smile.

U.S. Olympic cardigans not panned by all

posted: 02/23/2014 3:34 a.m.

NEW YORK — When the U.S. Olympic Team’s opening ceremony sweaters were unveiled last month, the social media reaction to the star-spangled red, white and blue patchwork knit cardigans was overwhelmingly negative.

THE TV COLUMN: NBC’s Growing Up Fisher needs work to stay

posted: 02/23/2014 3:34 a.m.

NBC is going for a sort of family comedy hour on Tuesdays. It’s a gamble.

SPIN CYCLE: Keeping Monster-in-Law tape 9 years punishment enough

posted: 02/23/2014 3:33 a.m.

For nine years, Kayla Finley of Pickens County, S.C., was a woman on the run.

Trash to fashion idea recycled more frequently

posted: 02/23/2014 3:32 a.m.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Models strutted down the runway in outfits tailored from fishing line, citrus bags, hammered strips of beer cans and garbage bags.

The Music Man in Concert strikes up Broadway season

posted: 02/23/2014 3:32 a.m.

Celebrity Attractions will open its 2014-15 Broadway Season with a big brass band and bells on the hill.

Flier is peeved by lone lavatory

posted: 02/23/2014 3:30 a.m.

Q: I recently flew back to Los Angeles from New York on American Airlines. About two hours into the flight there was an announcement that all the onboard toilets, except for one in coach class, had stopped working, and so more than 150 passengers had to share one bathroom. How does this happen?

TV ON DVD: Popular legal drama/comedy, ’80s’ L.A. Law holds up well

posted: 02/23/2014 3:29 a.m.

What is it? L.A. Law, Season 1, 22 hourlong episodes on six discs from Shout! Factory.

Number of older skiers rises on slopes

posted: 02/23/2014 3:29 a.m.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — If you’ve walked into a ski lodge the past few years, likely as not you’ve seen tables filled with gray-haired skiers wearing sweaters so old they’re back in style.

Laid-back and lovely LOCATION

posted: 02/23/2014 3:27 a.m.

ISLA MUJERES, Mexico — A 30-minute ferry ride from the nonstop party that is Cancun sits an island seductively named Isla Mujeres, or Island of Women.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Globetrotters’ fans set rules

posted: 02/23/2014 3:27 a.m.

The Harlem Globetrotters make their annual pilgrimage to North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena as part of their 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Be honest with mom-in-law

posted: 02/23/2014 3:26 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I am desperate for help, and my mom isn’t cutting it. My mother-in-law (whom we see often) insists on weighing in on everything we do for our son … usually indicating that we are somehow doing it wrong because it’s not what she would do. Nothing objectively wrong, just not “her way.”


posted: 02/23/2014 3:26 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your emotional bank account is full this year because you care to check the balance often and deposit all that’s necessary to keep things in perfect health.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Germany gives travel, cultural sites a makeover

posted: 02/23/2014 3:25 a.m.

While Germany sits in the driver’s seat of Europe’s economy, it doesn’t take a cultural backseat either. Here are a few of the latest developments : Berlin is trying to finish construction of its 5-billion-euro (nearly $7 billion U.S.) airport, Willy Brandt Berlin-Brandenburg International.

More women plow into farming

posted: 02/23/2014 3:24 a.m.

In a predominately male driven field, women are making a name for themselves.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Insurance policies seldom will cover riots or rail strikes

posted: 02/23/2014 3:24 a.m.

Chances are that if you had booked a tour to Bangkok for this spring, you’re having an “agonizing reappraisal” right about now. Or if you’re already there, you’re thinking about avoiding the local hassle by going somewhere else or going home early.

3 compounders register as outsource facilities

posted: 02/23/2014 3:22 a.m.

Sixty-four people died and 750 more were sickened in 2012 by an outbreak of fungal meningitis from contaminated steroid injections, and Congress took action to prevent another such outbreak — but a top federal regulatory official has questioned whether the Drug Quality and Security Act goes far enough.

COLUMN ONE: To an old friend …

posted: 02/23/2014 3:21 a.m.

Your Honor, It is always a pleasure to recall you, even in your last but still undiminished days. Last time I saw you, you were hooked up to various tubes and electronic monitors, but your mind—oh, your mind!—was as graceful, your words as succinct, your spirit as luminous as ever, maybe more so.

Regulatory costs force tiny, rural banks on block

posted: 02/23/2014 3:21 a.m.

When Frankie Pratt, chief executive officer at Little River Bank in Lepanto, began his 47-year banking career, he was an examiner with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. carrying two brown booklets filled with banking regulations.

As loan servicers grow, homeowners cry out

posted: 02/23/2014 3:19 a.m.

A growing number of homeowners trying to avert foreclosure are confronting problems on a new front as the mortgage industry undergoes a seismic shift.

THAT’S BUSINESS: Historic Spa City club returns to sales block

posted: 02/23/2014 3:18 a.m.

The Vapors is ready for another deal.

Damage or tribute?

posted: 02/23/2014 3:17 a.m.

The graduate student thrust the library book toward me as though brandishing a sword. “This has got to stop,” she said. “It isn’t fair. How can I work on my dissertation with this mess?”

Guest column: Downtown Little Rock’s movie scene keeps on rolling

posted: 02/23/2014 3:17 a.m.

The Center Theater closed its doors in Little Rock in 1977. At the time, it was the last movie house on Main Street and the second to-last theater downtown.

BUSINESS MATTERS: Region’s towns a team unless one singled out

posted: 02/23/2014 3:16 a.m.

Adopting a regional approach has served the communities along Interstate 540 well.

Raising the minimum wage is a mistake

posted: 02/23/2014 3:15 a.m.

Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, as President Barack Obama urged in his State of the Union address in January, is as popular an idea as ever. It’s also a worse idea than ever.

Foreign labels deceptive, U.S. olive oil makers say

posted: 02/23/2014 3:15 a.m.

Need olive oil? American shoppers are more likely to pick a European brand, which is cheaper and viewed as more authentic than U.S.-produced olive oil.

It’s just the way we do things here

posted: 02/23/2014 3:14 a.m.

My first murder was in a little shotgun house in Jennings, a town in Southwest Louisiana that sits about halfway between Lake Charles and Lafayette (between New Orleans and Houston ) on Interstate 10.

As student debt grows, ability to buy 1st homes seen shrinking

posted: 02/23/2014 3:14 a.m.

The growing student-loan burden carried by millions of Americans threatens to undermine the housing recovery’s momentum by discouraging, or even blocking, a generation of potential buyers from purchasing first homes.

Small businesses feel winter’s chill

posted: 02/23/2014 3:13 a.m.

When the wind chill in Chicago hit minus 40 on Jan. 6, Dogs Deserve It shut down. It was too cold outside for the dog walking service’s four-legged clients and its employees.

Are felony voter laws a civil rights issue?

posted: 02/23/2014 3:13 a.m.

In a recent speech to the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights at Georgetown University, Attorney General Eric Holder said it is “time to fundamentally rethink state laws that permanently disenfranchise people who are no longer under federal or state supervision.”

Ad firm Cranford Johnson of LR earns 4 top awards

posted: 02/23/2014 3:13 a.m.

Little Rock-based Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods won four top awards, including best of show, in the 2013 AdFed Little Rock contest, which drew more than 400 entries from professionals and students in central Arkansas’ advertising community.

The earthly wanderings of the Olympics games

posted: 02/23/2014 3:12 a.m.

A universally popular event common to both the Summer and Winter Olympics is the debate over whether the current host is up to the task or whether the Games should find a permanent home.

Publisher of Texarkana Gazette will retire in May

posted: 02/23/2014 3:12 a.m.

Maurice “Buddy” King, Texarkana Gazette publisher and Palmer Newspapers president, will retire in May after more than half a century in the newspaper business.


posted: 02/23/2014 3:12 a.m.

Fiction 1. THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt. A painting smuggled out of the Metropolitan Museum of Art after a bombing becomes a boy’s prize, guilt and burden.


posted: 02/23/2014 3:11 a.m.

ACCOUNTING Angela K. Hopkins has been named a certified fraud examiner for Frost PLLC.

EDITORIALS: Is this good news or bad?

posted: 02/23/2014 3:10 a.m.

(With apologies to George Orwell) PITY the poor Congressional Budget Office, which is routinely identified as a nonpartisan source of information about the federal government’s budget and maybe the statistical mysteries of economics in general.


posted: 02/23/2014 3:09 a.m.

The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission last week issued 4 drilling permits, 20 well completions and 7 well recompletions.

COLUMNISTS: Songs of Arkansas

posted: 02/23/2014 3:09 a.m.

I noticed recently that the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism is sponsoring a “Song of Arkansas” contest. The winning song will join a long list of songs, anthems, and folk tunes which draw attention to Arkansas’ history and achievement.


posted: 02/23/2014 3:09 a.m.

Pulaski County real estate transactions of $150,000 or more; deeds recorded Jan. 27 to Jan. 31: Foothills Apartments II LLC to Foothills Acquisition III LLC, L4, Foothills, $28,400,000.

Hit ’em where it hurts

posted: 02/23/2014 3:08 a.m.

Calls for action have followed a United Nations report that the North Korean regime is culpable for “unspeakable atrocities” and crimes against humanity, including the starvation and murder of millions of people over the past 20 years.


posted: 02/23/2014 3:08 a.m.

Notices of executive promotions, new hires or job changes should be sent to: People Editor ; Business News Department; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ; P.O. Box 2221; Little Rock, Ark. 72203, or by e-mail to

On office politics

posted: 02/23/2014 3:08 a.m.

It’s my job not merely to complain, but to explain.


posted: 02/23/2014 3:07 a.m.

U.S. Patents issued to Arkansans Feb. 18 Patent US 8,651,903 B1. Hydro-propulsion apparatus.

A bipartisan plea

posted: 02/23/2014 3:07 a.m.

You likely haven’t read the bipartisan op-ed co-bylined by former U.S. Reps. Ed Bethune, a Republican, and Democrat Vic Snyder.


posted: 02/23/2014 3:06 a.m.

Building permits for the Little Rock metro area, projects valued at $75,000 or more: COMMERCIAL East Harding Inc., 111 W. Markham St., Little Rock, $1,104,328.


posted: 02/23/2014 3:05 a.m.

Times reporting flub It is true, as the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s recent article about the Hillary Clinton/Diane Blair papers states, that the New York Times reported that Tyson Foods “received $9 million in state loans” under Gov. Bill Clinton, this out of implied gratitude for Jim Blair’s helping Hillary Clinton’s investments in the commodities market.

COVER STORY: Slater, Zahn join up to play in Mind Games on ABC

posted: 02/23/2014 3:05 a.m.

Full disclosure: I wasn’t much impressed after my first viewing of ABC’s new drama Mind Games a couple of months ago.


posted: 02/23/2014 3:04 a.m.

Rev. Paul Atkins is associate pastor at Canvas Community Methodist Church in Little Rock. Atkins’ position was misstated in a letter printed Friday.

Soaps last week

posted: 02/23/2014 3:04 a.m.

(This column represents on-air summaries for the week of Feb. 17-21.) The Bold and the Beautiful: Eric felt pride in his family when Ridge and Rick set aside their differences.

It’s not all that easy to get a lawyer disbarred

posted: 02/23/2014 3:03 a.m.

In January, the California Supreme Court denied disgraced journalist and serial confabulist Stephen Glass admission to the state bar. That decision has drawn attention to a topic that usually commands very little: what it takes, ethically speaking, to be a lawyer.

AGFC sinks Christmas trees for fish habitats

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CABOT — Fish in some of the Three Rivers Edition coverage area waters now have a new place to call home, thanks to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Season's end: For hunters, sometimes it’s the final moments that matter most

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Winter will soon end. On this February day, however, the season holds tight the pallid landscape.

Old World craft: Brooms become way of life for Mountain View couple

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What most might see as something to use to clean up crumbs from last night’s dinner is, to the Lovensteins of Mountain View, their living.

Athena Ludwig wins first Arch Ford Co-op spelling bee

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Three Perryville students won the first Arch Ford Education Service Cooperative Spelling Bee in Plumerville.

AGFC sinks Christmas trees for fish habitats

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Fish in some River Valley & Ozark Edition coverage area waters now have a new place to call home, thanks to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

RVO Calendar of events starting Feb. 23

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RVO Calendar of events starting Feb. 23

Mike Winter: New Conway fire chief follows in father’s footsteps

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Mike Winter tried to deny his desire to be a firefighter by focusing on his love of coaching, but it didn’t work.

Co-workers get mixed bag for Valentine’s Day

posted: 02/23/2014 midnight

So, I wrote a column a couple of weeks ago about how my husband and I don’t exchange valentine cards any more, and guess what I got?

Dover superintendent to meet with state officials about failed millage

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Superintendent Jerry Owens said he isn’t giving up on trying to get a millage increase passed for the Dover School District, despite a second defeat.

Vilonia board plans to hire superintendent Monday

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The Vilonia School District Board of Education will hire a new superintendent Monday night from among three “quality” finalists, board president Jerry Roberts said.

Taryn Sheets: Searcy woman finds passion in helping children

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When Taryn Sheets went to college, she didn’t know she would ultimately become a social worker, but now she can’t imagine doing anything else.

Kathy Perkins: Banking equals playtime, career, way to serve community

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On Jan. 23, Judge Chris Williams of the 7th Judicial Circuit Court administered the oath of office to the 2014 board of directors of the Malvern/Hot Spring County Chamber of Commerce, including the new chairwoman, Kathy McMahan Perkins, who is also vice president of lending and operations for Diamond Lakes Federal Credit Union.

International students, ‘missionary kids’ offer foreign flavors

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Have you ever tasted shalotka? It is a dessert made from apples that is familiar in Penza Oblast, a state in Russia, about 400 miles south of Moscow.

Co-workers get mixed bag for Valentine’s Day

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So, I wrote a column a couple of weeks ago about how my husband and I don’t exchange valentine cards any more, and guess what I got?

Tri-Lakes calendar of events starting Feb. 23

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Tri-Lakes calendar of events starting Feb. 23

Lured in: Third Big Al, more money hook anglers for Hot Springs Fishing Challenge

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The search for Big Al III will begin in May.

AGFC sinks Christmas trees for new fish habitats

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Fish in some Tri-Lakes Edition coverage area waters now have a new place to call home, thanks to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Season’s end: For hunters, sometimes it’s the final moments that matter most

posted: 02/23/2014 midnight

Winter will soon end. On this February day, however, the season holds tight the pallid landscape.

Cedar Ridge students Solve for Tomorrow

posted: 02/23/2014 midnight

NEWARK — Though this is Judy Butler’s first year to teach at Cedar Ridge High School in Newark, she and her students are making a name for themselves through the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2014 Education Contest.

Spellbound: Vilonia boy youngest to win Faulkner County Spelling Bee

posted: 02/23/2014 midnight

It’s no joke — a third-grader won the Faulkner County Spelling Bee.

Saturday, February 22

Baby eagle born at Berry College

posted: 02/22/2014 4:32 p.m.

ROME, Ga. — A live online video stream from a bald eagle's nest at Berry College shows the family of eagles has gained a new member.

Pryor formally endorses minimum wage hike in Arkansas

posted: 02/22/2014 3:34 p.m.

U.S. Mark Pryor is formally endorsing a proposal to raise the minimum wage in Arkansas.

Hogs snap Starkville skid

updated: 02/22/2014 5:39 p.m.

Anthlon Bell scored a career-high 19 points and Arkansas beat Mississippi State 73-69 Saturday at Humphrey Coliseum.

White House urges unity government in Ukraine

posted: 02/22/2014 2:18 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The White House is welcoming the latest developments in Ukraine and urging the swift formation of a unity government.

Missouri firefighter killed at walkway collapse scene

posted: 02/22/2014 1:32 p.m.

A Columbia firefighter has died after trying to help evacuate University of Missouri students from their apartments after a second-story walkway collapsed.

Rally in the 8th saves Arkansas

updated: 02/22/2014 4:09 p.m.

Arkansas scored five runs with two outs in the eighth inning and rallied to beat Eastern Illinois 8-3 Saturday at Baum Stadium.

Fitbit recalls Force wristbands

posted: 02/22/2014 11:52 a.m.

Fitbit Inc., a company that makes wearable fitness technology, issued a voluntary recall this week of its Force wristbands after some customers reported skin irritation from using the device.

U.N. demands humanitarian aid for all of Syria

posted: 02/22/2014 10:32 a.m.

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council is unanimously demanding immediate access everywhere in Syria to deliver humanitarian aid to millions of people in desperate need.

Mexico's Sinaloa drug chief arrested

posted: 02/22/2014 10:23 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The head of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel was captured overnight by U.S. and Mexican authorities at a hotel in Mazatlan, Mexico.

Ukraine foes agree to new government

posted: 02/22/2014 4:04 a.m.

In a fast-moving day aimed at reshaping Ukraine’s political future, protest leaders and the president agreed Friday to form a new government and hold an early election. The nation’s parliament cut the powers of President Viktor Yanukovych and voted to free his rival, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, from prison.

Creditors slam plan by Detroit

posted: 02/22/2014 3:47 a.m.

Detroit’s latest plan to reduce its $18 billion debt load and exit bankruptcy guarantees police and firefighters at least 90 percent of their pensions while giving bondholders only about 20 percent of what they are owed.

House’s 71-18 vote stops private option on 4th try

posted: 02/22/2014 3:43 a.m.

For the fourth day in a row, the House of Representatives rejected a funding bill for the state’s private-option Medicaid expansion, as another former supporter announced he would vote against the measure.

Obama meets with Dalai Lama

posted: 02/22/2014 3:36 a.m.

China demanded that President Barack Obama cancel a meeting Friday with the Dalai Lama, but it went ahead as scheduled at the White House, albeit in low-key fashion.

Judge OKs sealed motion for Gillean

posted: 02/22/2014 3:35 a.m.

A judge agreed Friday to let defense attorneys for former University of Central Arkansas Chief of Staff Jack Gillean file a sealed motion relating to evidence in the growing commercial-burglary case against him.

Gay weddings OK’d in Illinois county

posted: 02/22/2014 3:34 a.m.

CHICAGO — Same-sex couples in Illinois’ largest county began receiving marriage licenses immediately after a federal judge’s ruling Friday said by some attorneys to possibly give county clerks statewide justification to also issue the documents right away.

Somali president survives attack on palace

posted: 02/22/2014 3:32 a.m.

Multiple explosions and a firefight broke out near the presidential palace in the Somalian capital on Friday in a deadly militant attack on the heart of the government.

1st Tax Day hits ‘pot’ sellers

posted: 02/22/2014 3:31 a.m.

For Colorado’s new flock of recreational marijuana growers and sellers, Thursday was Tax Day — their first deadline to hand over the taxes they had collected during their inaugural month of sales.

Rally-site explosion injures 6 in Bangkok

posted: 02/22/2014 3:30 a.m.

An explosion Friday night at a protest site in Thailand’s capital injured at least six people as political tensions racking the country showed no sign of easing.

Obama touts wage-floor rise to governors

posted: 02/22/2014 3:30 a.m.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama promoted his effort to raise the minimum wage Friday, declaring in a meeting with Democratic governors that higher pay is not only “good policy.

Rule to alert news media if U.S. pursues leak data

posted: 02/22/2014 3:28 a.m.

The Justice Department announced Friday that it is revising its rules for obtaining records from the news media in leak investigations, promising that in most instances the government will notify news organizations beforehand of its intention to do so.

Bavarian pretzel protected in EU

posted: 02/22/2014 3:27 a.m.

BRUSSELS — A twisted piece of dough has been elevated to cultural-icon status by the European Union, which has added the Bavarian pretzel to its “protected origins” list.

Indonesia saving manta rays, anticipating tourism dollars

posted: 02/22/2014 3:27 a.m.

Indonesia is now the world’s largest sanctuary for manta rays after officials were persuaded by evidence that the gentle giants known for delighting tourists are worth more alive than dead.

One killed as train hits Midnight Rider film crew on tracks

posted: 02/22/2014 3:26 a.m.

JESUP, Ga. — A movie crew was working on train tracks without permission from the railroad when a freight train crashed into the production team and its equipment, killing one and injuring seven others, a sheriff’s investigator said Friday.

House vote on private option

posted: 02/22/2014 3:24 a.m.

An appropriation bill authorizing the state to fund the private-option Medicaid expansion for fiscal 2015 received 71 votes in the House Friday. It needed 75 votes to pass.

The nation in brief

posted: 02/22/2014 3:23 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Detroit’s comeback is underway.” Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, after Detroit released its latest plan to reduce its debt and exit bankruptcy, a proposal that immediately was criticized by unions and bond insurers

Names and faces

posted: 02/22/2014 3:23 a.m.

A judge said Thursday that he will review police video made shortly after Justin Bieber’s recent Miami Beach arrest to determine whether some parts should be withheld from the public, particularly clips showing the singer urinating into a cup as part of a drug test.

In the news

posted: 02/22/2014 3:23 a.m.

Ted Nugent, the progun rock musician who campaigned this week with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican who is running for governor, apologized on WBAP Radio in Dallas for calling President Barack Obama a “subhuman mongrel” last month and said he should have called Obama “violator of his Constitution, the liar that he is.”

Early’s diamond hasn’t lost shine

posted: 02/22/2014 3:21 a.m.

Fifth in a series previewing members of the 2014 class who will be inducted Feb. 28 into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. Alvy Early’s three sons have followed in their father’s coaching footsteps, but they will be hard pressed to match their father’s accomplishments.

Teenager stays upright, nabs gold

posted: 02/22/2014 3:19 a.m.

She was slow-twisting down the women’s slalom course with a big lead Friday when suddenly, as if struck by some unseen reflex mallet, Mikaela Shiffrin’s left leg shot skyward.

The world in brief

posted: 02/22/2014 3:18 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “She wanted to support her country and, well, look what it cost her for going out with a flag and a whistle. Killed by government mercenaries.” Jose Gil, an uncle of 22-year old Genesis Carmona, a Venezuelan beauty queen who was shot to death during a political protest

Syria hits south harder from air

posted: 02/22/2014 3:17 a.m.

BEIRUT — The Syrian army intensified its aerial bombardment Friday of southern Syria as opposition fighters were preparing to launch a wide offensive in a province bordering Jordan, activists said.

Venezuelan student mourned

posted: 02/22/2014 3:16 a.m.

VALENCIA, Venezuela — A university student beauty queen was mourned Friday in the provincial Venezuelan city where she was slain this week during a political protest, a victim of what government opponents say is indiscriminate violence used by President Nicolas Maduro and his supporters to stifle dissent across the country.

Ex-editor: Didn’t know of contract

posted: 02/22/2014 3:14 a.m.

LONDON — Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks told jurors at her phone-hacking trial Friday that she did not know of a substantial contract between her newspaper and a private investigator who has admitted illegal eavesdropping.

2 to push Russia’s anti-gay example

posted: 02/22/2014 3:13 a.m.

Two longtime opponents of the U.S. gay-rights movement announced Friday the formation of a coalition that will seek to persuade more countries around the world to follow Russia’s example in passing laws that restrict gay rights.

LR charter school seeks site change

posted: 02/22/2014 3:12 a.m.

Planners of the newly approved Quest Middle School of West Little Rock are asking the Arkansas Department of Education to approve a change in the charter school’s Rahling Road location.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Benintendi swings into action for UA

posted: 02/22/2014 3:12 a.m.

Andrew Benintendi didn’t need any free passes Friday afternoon.

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Education of drivers never ends

posted: 02/22/2014 3:11 a.m.

Dear Mahatma: I read with interest about the decline in traffic fatalities and wonder if mandatory driver’s education would reduce the number even further. Or is it mandatory? And why aren’t parallel parking and interstate merging included in the road test? My son has his license, and I feel it was far too easy to get. I won’t let him on the highway because he’s not ready, yet legally he could, and that’s kind of scary. — Thinks Licensing Too Easy

MSU’s Ready set to go against UA

posted: 02/22/2014 3:10 a.m.

Mississippi State Coach Rick Ray said that as the team’s best perimeter shooter and passer, freshman point guard I.J. Ready needs to be more aggressive with the ball.

MEN’S HOCKEY SEMIFINALS: Americans’ hope for gold ends on one Canada goal

posted: 02/22/2014 3:09 a.m.

The U.S. and Canada’s men’s hockey teams fired everything they had for 60 frantic minutes of play Friday at Jonathan Quick and Carey Price, the teams’ respective goalies, who shut off every avenue — with one fateful exception.

Officials suspend Spa City lawyer

posted: 02/22/2014 3:09 a.m.

Recent news accounts about Hot Springs lawyer Andrea Davis prompted an emergency suspension of her law license by the Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct, committee Director Stark Ligon said Friday.

Ruling against execution law filed

posted: 02/22/2014 3:07 a.m.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen’s written ruling that the execution law is a “clear violation” of the Arkansas Constitution was filed Friday, expanding on his oral ruling last week and starting the clock for an appeal as promised by both sides.

Panel rules JPs need not list wedding pay

posted: 02/22/2014 3:06 a.m.

While a justice of the peace can accept an honorarium of up to $100 for performing a marriage ceremony, he’s not required to list it as a source of income on an annual personal financial disclosure report, the Arkansas Ethics Commission said Friday.

Arkansas Guardsman disciplined over photo

posted: 02/22/2014 3:05 a.m.

The Arkansas National Guard announced Friday that it had suspended one of its members from military funeral honors duty after he was identified as one of several soldiers photographed while mugging in front of an empty, flag-draped coffin.

Bielema issues apology

posted: 02/22/2014 3:04 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema apologized Friday for comments he made Thursday evening connecting the death of California football player Ted Agu with his concern for player safety as it relates to a proposed rule change in college football.

Drop ‘deficient’ charges, Shoffner asks

posted: 02/22/2014 3:04 a.m.

With little more than a week to go before the start of her public-corruption trial, former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner asked a judge Friday to dismiss the charges, saying she wasn’t properly charged.

Insurance panel advised: Benefit cuts not enough

posted: 02/22/2014 3:02 a.m.

Dropping coverage for employees’ spouses, eliminating coverage for part-time employees and excluding certain drugs from coverage were brought up Friday as options for an advisory group to consider as it crafts recommended changes to Arkansas’ health plans for public-school employees.

Trojans embracing return of go-to guys

posted: 02/22/2014 3:01 a.m.

UALR didn’t play while most of the Sun Belt Conference did Thursday night.

UCA raises dorm, food rates

posted: 02/22/2014 3 a.m.

CONWAY — Room-and-board rates will increase 4.48 percent at the University of Central Arkansas this fall, the school’s board of trustees voted Friday.

Earnhardt eager to make move

posted: 02/22/2014 3 a.m.

It’s been a decade since Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s lone Daytona 500 victory.

Parts of Cantrell to close for work

posted: 02/22/2014 2:59 a.m.

Work on a water main along part of Cantrell Road in Little Rock will require lane closures beginning Monday between Mississippi Avenue and Shannon Drive, west of University Avenue, according to Central Arkansas Water officials.

Pulaski County notebook

posted: 02/22/2014 2:59 a.m.

Election delegation backs website host The Pulaski County Election Commission will retain its contract with the Benton-based Internet service company that hosts the commission’s website after the site was hacked twice in a two-week period Jan. 23 through Feb. 1.

Weather muddies plans on first day

posted: 02/22/2014 2:58 a.m.

Muddy water and a cold front sideswiped most of the anglers Friday in the first round of the Bassmaster Classic at Lake Guntersville, but not all of them.

Daily record

posted: 02/22/2014 2:58 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.

Busch uses late pass to win

posted: 02/22/2014 2:57 a.m.

Kyle Busch used a perfectly timed pass to edge Timothy Peters in the final few feet to win the NASCAR Truck Series season opener Friday night at Daytona International Speedway.

I-430 overpass set to close Tuesday

posted: 02/22/2014 2:57 a.m.

Replacing a sign at the Shackleford Road overpass on Interstate 430 in Little Rock will require a lane closure Tuesday night, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Central survives Mountain Home

posted: 02/22/2014 2:56 a.m.

A full house at Little Rock Central was biting its fingernails Friday on Senior Night as the Tigers outlasted Mountain Home 50-47 in the game’s final seconds.

7A/6A-WEST BOYS: Monk gives fans what they want in victory

posted: 02/22/2014 2:56 a.m.

Basketball fans packed Panther Activity Center at Siloam Springs High School on Friday to get a glimpse of one of the state’s top players.

After 6 years, Gould mayor quits post

posted: 02/22/2014 2:56 a.m.

GOULD — In a seven-page letter filled with biblical references, thanks and reflections, Gould Mayor Earnest Nash announced his resignation from office, effective at midnight Friday.

7A/6A-CENTRAL BOYS: Parkview’s defense puts squeeze on FS Northside

posted: 02/22/2014 2:54 a.m.

Little Rock Parkview didn’t need any late-game heroics to beat Fort Smith Northside this time.

Police beat

posted: 02/22/2014 2:53 a.m.

Fight at bar leaves man bloodied, hurt A bloody bar fight left one man in intensive care with a potentially life-threatening brain injury early Friday, according to Jacksonville police arrest reports.

3A-5 BOYS: Episcopal knocks down threes with ease

posted: 02/22/2014 2:52 a.m.

William Pollock drilled a three-pointer from the left corner 13 seconds into Friday’s district tournament championship game, establishing what would be an overwhelming theme of Episcopal Collegiate’s 70-46 rout of Mayflower.

Toddler dies after Scott County crash

posted: 02/22/2014 2:52 a.m.

A 3-year-old boy died Feb. 14 after a crash in Scott County earlier this month, the Arkansas State Police said.

5A-CENTRAL BOYS: Korita gives Bruins late lift

posted: 02/22/2014 2:51 a.m.

Sophomore Lawson Korita scored Pulaski Academy’s final 12 points as the Bruins held on for a 76-74 victory over Jacksonville on Friday night at Pulaski Academy.

5A-WEST BOYS: Devil Dogs’ 25-2 run buries Eagles

posted: 02/22/2014 2:51 a.m.

Morrilton used a 25-2 blitz in the third quarter Friday night to overwhelm Huntsville in a 60-35 victory.

West Memphis rolls over Cabot

posted: 02/22/2014 2:50 a.m.

The West Memphis boys ended their Friday game on a 10-2 run and held Cabot scoreless from the field over the final 5:40 in a 38-25 victory at Lehr Arena.

Mostly silent singing nuns make hit CD

posted: 02/22/2014 2:50 a.m.

GOWER, Mo. — Eight times a day, a group of nuns files into a chapel in their rural northwest Missouri monastery to chant and worship.

7A/6A-CENTRAL GIRLS: Conway clips Southside’s five-game winning streak

posted: 02/22/2014 2:49 a.m.

It took a little bit for Conway to get adjusted Friday night against Fort Smith Southside, but it worked out in the end for the Lady Wampus Cats.

3A-5 GIRLS: Rhodes’ drive wins out in end

posted: 02/22/2014 2:49 a.m.

Amanda Rhodes weaved through a hazardous path on her way to the rim, but the destination was worth the trip for Jessieville’s senior guard.


posted: 02/22/2014 2:48 a.m.

Anti-nuke nun gets 3 years for vandalism NASHVILLE, Tenn. — An 84-year-old nun has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for breaking into and defacing a storage bunker holding bomb-grade uranium in a peace protest at a Tennessee weapons plant.

7A/6A-EAST GIRLS: West Memphis holds off Cabot

posted: 02/22/2014 2:47 a.m.

Junior Alexis Hamlet scored 11 of her team’s final 15 points to lead the West Memphis girls to a 29-28 victory over Cabot at Lehr Arena on Friday night.

A seeker’s companion

posted: 02/22/2014 2:47 a.m.

When the Rev. Paul McLain felt the call to ordained ministry a little over 10 years ago his rector urged him to begin meeting with a spiritual director to discern what God was calling him to do.

Rivalry friendly for Ready, Portis

posted: 02/22/2014 2:45 a.m.

Mississippi State freshman point guard I.J. Ready said he talks to Arkansas freshman forward Bobby Portis on a weekly basis.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 02/22/2014 2:45 a.m.

Oaklawn increases its purses — Oaklawn Park, citing strong business, announced its second purse increase of the season Friday, a bump that will make its maiden special weights events equal to any track in the country currently running.

ON RELIGION: Peers, not preachers lighting path for Millennials

posted: 02/22/2014 2:45 a.m.

When pollster David Kinnaman went to college two decades ago, his Generation X life was surrounded by electronic screens and all the gadgets that connected to them.


posted: 02/22/2014 2:43 a.m.

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT Arkansas Interfaith Power and Light will present the movie Chasing Ice at The Oyster Bar, 3003 W. Markham St., at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday; gathering will begin at 5:15. (501) 772-9906.

Trainer offers app to give fans a hand

posted: 02/22/2014 2:43 a.m.

Kenny McPeek literally has the racing world in the palm of his hand.


posted: 02/22/2014 2:42 a.m.

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

NASCAR Nationwide DRIVE4COPD 400 lineup

posted: 02/22/2014 2:42 a.m.

After Friday qualifying; race today at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla. Lap length: 2.5 miles (Car number in parentheses) 1. (31) Dylan Kwasniewski, Chevrolet, 192.078 mph. 2. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 192.074. 3. (30) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 192.033.


posted: 02/22/2014 2:41 a.m.

TV journalist, Meet the Press moderator NEW YORK — Veteran TV journalist Garrick Utley, whose far-ranging career included anchoring duties as well as reporting from more than 70 countries, has died of cancer at 74, NBC said Friday.


posted: 02/22/2014 2:40 a.m.

SOUTHLAND CENTRAL ARKANSAS 6, ABILENE CHRISTIAN 4 Central Arkansas pounded out 12 hits, including three by Tyler Langley, as the Bears earned a nonconference victory over Abilene Christian at Crutcher Scott Field in Abilene, Texas.

Other days

posted: 02/22/2014 2:40 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 22, 1914 In order that the drivers of automobiles on Main street in the busiest section of Little Rock may not be blinded by the strong headlights used on the street cars, officials of the Little Rock Railway and Electric Company have had a large number of “dimmers,” or screens, made.


posted: 02/22/2014 2:39 a.m.

FRIDAY’S BOYS 7A/6A-CENTRAL Conway 63, FS Southside 55 Greenwood 29, Catholic 28 LR Parkview 61, FS Northside 40 Russellville 53, LR Hall 52

Ex-teacher facing more sex charges

posted: 02/22/2014 2:39 a.m.

OSCEOLA — A former Osceola High School teacher accused last month of inappropriate sexual contact with male students now faces additional charges, Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said in a news release Friday.

Schools sue state over child-care law

posted: 02/22/2014 2:38 a.m.

The Fort Smith, Greenwood and Van Buren school districts are suing the state over a 2009 law that requires child-care centers to purchase liability insurance.

PB man arrested in fatal shooting

posted: 02/22/2014 2:38 a.m.

PINE BLUFF — Pine Bluff police have arrested Jason Miller, 30, in connection with the Friday morning killing of a Pine Bluff man found shot to death in a car at the intersection of Saracen and Willow streets.

I-30 lanes to close for bridge checks

posted: 02/22/2014 2:37 a.m.

Routine bridge inspections will require lane closures next week on Interstate 30 in Hot Spring County, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.


posted: 02/22/2014 2:37 a.m.

BEEBE 44, NETTLETON 39 Tanner Chapman scored 19 points as the Badgers (10-11, 7-5 ) knocked off the Raiders in a 5A-East game in Jonesboro. Zach Baker added 13 for Beebe, which led 20-17 at the half and 31-30 entering the final quarter.

U.S. 67/167 lane to close Tuesday

posted: 02/22/2014 2:37 a.m.

Bridge repairs will require a lane closure on U.S. 67/167 next week in Jacksonville, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.


posted: 02/22/2014 2:36 a.m.

BENTON 51, EL DORADO 35 Braxton Chumley led the Lady Panthers (18-5, 10-3 7A-6 A South) with 16 points in a victory over the Lady Wildcats (22-3, 11-2 ) at Benton.

EDITORIALS: Washington

posted: 02/22/2014 2:36 a.m.

WAIT A minute, didn’t we just celebrate Washington’s Birthday back on the 17th? Yes, but that was his birthday on the legal calendar, even though he tends to be thrown in with all the other presidents who are honored on what’s now called Presidents’ Day in the ads—presumably in honor of them all.

Conference standings

posted: 02/22/2014 2:35 a.m.

MEN SUN BELT THURSDAY’S GAMES Arkansas State 83, Texas-Arlington 60 Georgia State 75, La.-Monroe 60 Texas State 67, South Alabama 66, OT La.-Lafayette 78, Troy 63

COLUMNISTS: Distant but still present

posted: 02/22/2014 2:35 a.m.

Even before he was their first president, even before there was a Republic to preside over, Americans looked to George Washington as men look to shelter in a storm. Maybe because in the midst of so much change, he did not.

Arkansas men at Mississippi State

posted: 02/22/2014 2:34 a.m.

WHEN 3 p.m. WHERE Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Miss. RECORDS Arkansas 17-9, 6-7 SEC. Mississippi State 13-13, 3-10.

From the Farewell Address

posted: 02/22/2014 2:34 a.m.

September 17, 1796. . . . The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad, of your safety, of your prosperity, of that very liberty which you so highly prize.


posted: 02/22/2014 2:33 a.m.

Courtesy, decency defunct Recently, two tragic and senseless deaths have been in the news.

High school basketball

posted: 02/22/2014 2:33 a.m.

BOYS 4A-1 at Farmington Semifinals Prairie Grove 47, Lincoln 46 4A-3 at Highland Championship Brookland 42, Jonesboro Westside 38


posted: 02/22/2014 2:32 a.m.

ASU men vs. Texas State WHEN 7:05 p.m. WHERE Convocation Center, Jonesboro

Wasted time, effort, dollars

posted: 02/22/2014 2:30 a.m.

I find it interesting how much time, effort and money both sides of the major political parties expend trying to convince each other that their ideologies are the best to lead our nation.

Mega Millions

posted: 02/22/2014 2:30 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 23-29-32-45-46 Mega Ball: 15 Estimated jackpot: $172 million Megaplier: 05

Texarkana council OK’s clerk’s firing

posted: 02/22/2014 2:29 a.m.

TEXARKANA — The Texarkana Board of Directors voted Tuesday night to approve City Manager Harold Boldt’s decision to fire the city clerk earlier this month.

Rick Lee’s Oaklawn Park selections and analysis

posted: 02/22/2014 2:29 a.m.

Profit plays Arkansas Democrat-Gazette handicapper Rick Lee has been given a fictional $1,000 bankroll to work with during the 2014 Oaklawn Park meeting.

Ask the expert

posted: 02/22/2014 2:27 a.m.

I bought a 1930s house last year and in renovating it, pulled up old carpet in the living and dining rooms planning to install new carpet. I was surprised to find some beautiful, but worn and scuffed, oak hardwood floors underneath. Now I would like to refinish these floors and enjoy the natural beauty they offer. How do I go about restoring and maintaining them?

Second thoughts

posted: 02/22/2014 2:27 a.m.

Dutch coach doesn’t skate over problem Dutch speedskating coach Jillert Anema knows how the Americans can improve on their Olympic 0-fer on the Sochi ovals.

Personal space

posted: 02/22/2014 2:27 a.m.

Laine Harber Where I live: I live with my dog Abby (a dachshund/terrier mix) in the Governor’s Mansion Historic District in the Quapaw Quarter area of Little Rock.

In the garden

posted: 02/22/2014 2:25 a.m.

Q I need your help immediately. All my plants seem to be infested with what I’ve diagnosed as spider mites. I noticed white webs with what appeared to be black seeds hanging on all my plants. I believe the culprit is two new pothos that I bought right before Christmas. I have a 20-year-old Christmas cactus, a large old cast-iron plant and several more pothos. All show infestation, and the pothos are turning yellow and dying. I would approach this naturally. Can you help me?

Off the wire

posted: 02/22/2014 2:25 a.m.

GOLF McDowell tops Mahan Not even Graeme McDowell can believe he’s still alive in the Match Play Championship. For the third consecutive round, McDowell pulled off another improbable escape to advance to the quarterfinals Friday at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.

State sports briefs

posted: 02/22/2014 2:22 a.m.

MOTOR SPORTS Karts racing at Barton Coliseum The Southern Dirt Karting Series will open its 2014 season today and Sunday with the King of the Coliseum on a dirt oval constructed inside Barton Coliseum at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds in Little Rock.

Tools & toys

posted: 02/22/2014 2:22 a.m.

Boll and Branch Sheet Sets What’s to love: Heirloom Quality organic cotton sheets.

Sloughing off the stuff

posted: 02/22/2014 2:20 a.m.

In the winter months, we spend a lot of time indoors looking at our stuff and thinking we really should get rid of it.

Landline provider shedding 400 jobs

posted: 02/22/2014 2:19 a.m.

Windstream Holdings Inc. said Friday that it is cutting about 400 employees nationwide, including 67 in Arkansas.

Wal-Mart revving up Lowell factory

posted: 02/22/2014 2:18 a.m.

Creative Things Inc., a company that makes plastic components and products sold in Wal-Mart stores, has plans to more than double its manufacturing operations in Lowell as part of the retailer’s commitment to invest more than $250 billion in products that support American jobs over the next decade.

Existing-home sales drop 5.1%

posted: 02/22/2014 2:17 a.m.

Sales of previously owned U.S. homes dropped in January to the lowest level in more than a year as harsh winter weather combined with a lack of supply, tight credit and declining affordability slowed demand.

Mexico advances as car builder

posted: 02/22/2014 2:15 a.m.

Mexico is on track to overtake Japan and Canada and become the United States’ No. 1 source of imported cars by the end of next year, part of a national manufacturing boom that has turned the auto industry into a bigger source of dollars than money sent home by migrants.


posted: 02/22/2014 2:13 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I think I’ve heard you say that salvation is a gift, but how can that be? Doesn’t God expect us to try to get our lives in order before He’ll let us into heaven? — J.J.G.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: You can’t be lieutenant governor if you don’t play

posted: 02/22/2014 2:12 a.m.

Dear Otus, When will that lottery be held for the office of lieutenant governor? How much are the tickets, where can we buy them, and what is the prize worth? — Mark Alan, Springdale

Builder focus at hearing on mill

posted: 02/22/2014 2:12 a.m.

A German contractor for the proposed Big River Steel LLC mill to be built near Osceola did not guarantee its work will meet air-quality standards, based on written comments and email messages from the firm presented at a hearing Friday.

Firm’s next payout to top bailout total

posted: 02/22/2014 2:11 a.m.

Fannie Mae posted its eighth straight profitable quarter in the final three months of last year and will send the federal government $7.2 billion, pushing its total dividend payments above the cost of the 2008 bailout for the first time, the company said Friday.


posted: 02/22/2014 2:10 a.m.

Happy birthday. You feel generous, competent and in control as you go into this year. The thrills of March may be unsustainable for the long term, so enjoy it while you can.

Tapering of U.S. stimulus likely a hot topic for G-20

posted: 02/22/2014 2:10 a.m.

The market turmoil sparked by the Federal Reserve’s steps toward removing the U.S. economy from life support is expected to be a top agenda item when finance chiefs from the world’s biggest economies meet in Sydney this weekend.


posted: 02/22/2014 2:09 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: Every time I drive my 1979 Fiat Spider, excessive heat comes from the engine compartment to the area by the pedals. What’s causing this, and can it be corrected? During the colder months, it’s not so bad. But during the summer months, it’s pretty unbearable. Thanks. — Daniel

Roku said to weigh IPO in U.S. in ’14

posted: 02/22/2014 2:08 a.m.

Roku Inc., the maker of set top boxes that connect TVs to the Internet, is weighing an initial public offering in the U.S. this year, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

HOG CALLS: Healthy Kingsley makes difference for UA

posted: 02/22/2014 2:07 a.m.

Moses Kingsley was questionable for Wednesday night’s game against South Carolina at Walton Arena, but he ended up providing some answers for the Razorbacks in the second half.

White comes in numerous shades

posted: 02/22/2014 2:07 a.m.

Americans love white walls. We’re fond of white carpet, cabinets, woodwork and furnishings, too. White also is our favorite accent color.

MARKET REPORT: S&P sees loss after early gain fades

posted: 02/22/2014 2:06 a.m.

Stocks slipped Friday, pushing the market to a weekly loss as investors assessed the latest round of company earnings.

Keep it clean

posted: 02/22/2014 2:06 a.m.

Snuggle Scent Boosters One of these days, a company will create a laundry product that doesn’t look like candy. There have been plenty of stories about small children mistaking laundry gel packs and scent boosters for tasty edibles.


posted: 02/22/2014 2:05 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I was distressed when an attorney informed me that my older pets could not be included as a part of the updating and finalizing of my will. But I was able to include (in the will), as a request, that my wishes be carried out concerning them. He stated that the request (their euthanasia and cremations at a specified facility) are not enforceable. He stated, “Who is going to check?”

Business news in brief

posted: 02/22/2014 2:04 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Mexico is now one of the major global players in car manufacturing.” Eduardo Solis, Mexican Automotive Industry Association president

Super Quiz: Where was the battle fought?

posted: 02/22/2014 2:02 a.m.

1. Battle of Marathon 2. Battle of Okinawa 3. Battle of Shiloh 4. Battle of Dien Bien Phu


posted: 02/22/2014 2:02 a.m.

Wal-Mart to spend millions on probes Wal-Mart Stores Inc. expects to spend up to $240 million this fiscal year on matters related to investigations of allegations that the company violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and “compliance-related enhancements” stemming from the investigations.

Winter can make garden, landscape uniquely beautiful

posted: 02/22/2014 2:02 a.m.

Gardeners attack the spring with energy and enthusiasm, adding lots of color, bulbs, perennials, flowering trees and shrubs.

Friday, February 21

Bielema apolgoizes for Agu comments

posted: 02/21/2014 6:29 p.m.

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema issued a public apology Friday following comments Thursday night about a recently deceased football player at California.

Law license suspended for Hot Springs' Davis

posted: 02/21/2014 5:29 p.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court has suspended the law license of Hot Springs attorney Andrea Davis, with whom Attorney General Dustin McDaniel admitted having an extramarital relationship.

Chemical spill in Jonesboro came from residence, not harmful, officials say

posted: 02/21/2014 5:24 p.m.

A chemical spill that occurred in a residential area in Jonesboro on Friday prompted multiple state and local authorities to respond the scene for evaluation and clean-up.

Ex-Treasurer Shoffner seeks dismissal of corruption charges

posted: 02/21/2014 5:03 p.m.

Former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner is asking a federal judge to throw out corruption charges on which she is to be tried in a little over a week.

More charges filed against former Osceola teacher in sexual assault case

posted: 02/21/2014 4:10 p.m.

A former Osceola High School math teacher accused of sexually assaulting at least one male student faces additional charges in the case, the state's prosecuting attorney said Friday.

Nugent apologizes for Obama slur

posted: 02/21/2014 3:09 p.m.

Ted Nugent has apologized for calling President Barack Obama a "subhuman mongrel," attempting to defuse a political flap engulfing Texas' governor's race.

Canada beats U.S. 1-0 to reach gold-medal game

posted: 02/21/2014 2:38 p.m.

SOCHI, Russia — For the rematch, Canada skipped the overtime and shelved the theatrics.

Beeks strong in series opening win

posted: 02/21/2014 2:30 p.m.

Jalen Beeks threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings as Arkansas improved to 4-0.

Windstream to lay off 67 in Arkansas, 400 nationwide

posted: 02/21/2014 1:30 p.m.

Windstream Communications announced Friday afternoon that the company will lay off 67 employees in Arkansas — including 36 in Little Rock — as part of a nationwide cutback which will eliminate 400 employees overall.

Fannie Mae earns $6.5 billion in 4Q; repaying U.S. bailout

posted: 02/21/2014 11:51 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Fannie Mae posted net income of $6.5 billion from October through December, its eighth straight profitable quarter. Fannie will have repaid its full $116 billion government bailout after paying its fourth-quarter dividend.

Obama meets with Dalai Lama; visit rankles China

posted: 02/21/2014 11:49 a.m.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama met with the Dalai Lama at the White House Friday over the stern objection of China, which warned the meeting would "inflict grave damages" on the U.S. relationship with the Asian nation.

Arkansas soldier 3rd to be suspended over coffin photo

posted: 02/21/2014 10:39 a.m.

An Arkansas Army National Guard member has been suspended after it was confirmed he was among a group of soldiers shown mugging around an empty, flag-draped casket in a photograph that was posted to social media.

Mountain Valley Spring Water touts expansion

posted: 02/21/2014 8:58 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS — Hot Springs-based Mountain Valley Spring Water has been adding employees and increasing its revenue.

Jennings contract worth $320,000

posted: 02/21/2014 8:52 a.m.

New Arkansas defensive backs coach Clay Jennings will make $320,000 annually, according to his letter of agreement signed Monday.

Wall falls after partial collapse of Pine Bluff building

posted: 02/21/2014 8:49 a.m.

No one was injured Thursday night when a wall collapsed outward from a long-vacant Pine Bluff building as crews worked to demolish a leaning wall.

Vigil set to honor LR teen killed in shooting

posted: 02/21/2014 8:01 a.m.

A vigil is planned at a Little Rock high school to honor a 15-year-old girl fatally shot after a group of teens vandalized a car.

Private option falls short for fourth day in a row

updated: 02/21/2014 12:09 p.m.

The state House of Representatives has voted for a fourth day in a row not to approve funding to continue Arkansas's private option Medicaid expansion.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Restrictions set on I-40, I-30, I-430

posted: 02/21/2014 7:30 a.m.

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department says restrictions are set in the coming days on some major state highways, including Interstates 30, 430 and 40.

Man fatally shot in car in Pine Bluff

posted: 02/21/2014 7:09 a.m.

One person has been arrested after a Pine Bluff man was fatally shot early Friday morning, authorities said.

Robocalls result in Arkansas Senate phone jam

posted: 02/21/2014 6:51 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Phone lines at the Arkansas Senate were jammed for several days because of a glitch in a computer-dialed political message.

Ukraine: President, opposition sign crisis deal

updated: 02/21/2014 7:34 a.m.

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine's opposition leaders signed a deal Friday with the president and European and Russian mediators for early elections and a new government in hopes of ending a deadly political crisis.

ON FILM: Obligatory opinions

posted: 02/21/2014 6 a.m.

I’m aware there are people who want me to talk and write more about the Academy Awards. The annual ceremony is the kind of cultural moment one disregards at one’s own peril.

Private option fails, now by 3 votes

posted: 02/21/2014 5:35 a.m.

The Arkansas House of Representatives failed Thursday for a third day in a row to approve funding for Arkansas’ private-option Medicaid expansion, just hours after the Senate narrowly passed the proposal on the first try.

Police open fire, kill protesters by score in Kiev

posted: 02/21/2014 5:29 a.m.

KIEV, Ukraine — Protesters advanced on police lines in the heart of the Ukrainian capital on Thursday, prompting government snipers to open fire and kill scores of people in the country’s deadliest day since the breakup of the Soviet Union a quarter-century ago.

Wal-Mart earnings slide in fiscal 2014

posted: 02/21/2014 5:27 a.m.

While reporting earnings for its fourth quarter and fiscal 2014 Thursday, the world’s largest retailer and king of the Fortune 500 scaled back its outlook for fiscal 2015, which began Feb. 1.

Hog farm foes: Map flawed, redo permit

posted: 02/21/2014 5:24 a.m.

A coalition of environmentalists and lawyers is asking the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality to reopen the permitting process for a Newton County hog farm because of discrepancies in the farm’s original permit application.

Panel pivots on staff cuts in Darr office

posted: 02/21/2014 5:20 a.m.

A legislative panel Thursday reversed its decision to call for cutting spending on employee salaries and benefits for staff members of former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr.

Names and faces

posted: 02/21/2014 5:12 a.m.

After battling with his longtime record label for years, 50 Cent has decided to become an independent artist.

Ex-editor takes stand in U.K. trial

posted: 02/21/2014 5:11 a.m.

LONDON — Rebekah Brooks told a London court Thursday that she had no knowledge of the private detective at the center of a phone-hacking scandal while she edited News Corp.’s News of the World tabloid a decade ago.

Pakistan airstrikes hit Taliban hotbed

posted: 02/21/2014 5:10 a.m.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Pakistani air force jets bombed militant hideouts in the country’s volatile northwest, officials said Thursday, after government efforts to negotiate a peace deal with the Pakistani Taliban broke down earlier this week.

Venezuelan crackdown called repression

posted: 02/21/2014 5:09 a.m.

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan opposition leaders condemned the government Thursday for its attempt to subdue a protest movement with nighttime sweeps that have turned many parts of the country into dangerous free-fire zones.

Some public workers seen losing hours to health law

posted: 02/21/2014 5:08 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Cities, counties, public schools and community colleges around the country have limited or reduced the work hours of part-time employees to avoid having to provide them with health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, state and local officials have said.

Larger Afghan force urged

posted: 02/21/2014 5:07 a.m.

WASHINGTON — A new assessment of Afghanistan’s future says the country could revert to a terrorist haven unless U.S. and international partners underwrite a larger — and more expensive — Afghan security force than is currently planned beyond 2014.

NSA studies how to tap phone data

posted: 02/21/2014 5:06 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has been exploring options for relinquishing its database of telephone records that include searching across phone companies’ data for numbers linked to those of suspected terrorists and having the firms search daily against a watch list of suspect numbers, people briefed on the deliberations said.

Ohio execution’s drugmaker traced

posted: 02/21/2014 5:05 a.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s most recent batches of lethal injection drugs were produced by a company that wants states to stop using them for capital punishment, records show.

The nation in brief

posted: 02/21/2014 5:04 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Our choice was to cut the hours or give them health care, and we could not afford the latter.” Mayor Dennis Hanwell of Medina, Ohio, one of many cities that have limited the work hours of part-time employees to avoid having to provide them with insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Obama shifts on ’15 benefits plan

posted: 02/21/2014 5:03 a.m.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to drop his proposal to reduce cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security and other benefit programs in his next budget.

Detainee deal aims for 15-year sentence

posted: 02/21/2014 5:02 a.m.

FORT MEADE, Md. — A Guantanamo Bay prisoner pleaded guilty Thursday to war-crime charges in a pretrial deal aimed at limiting his sentence to 15 years for helping plan the suicide bombing of an oil tanker off Yemen in 2002 that killed a crewman and wounded a dozen others.

California shots kill 4 at tribal hub

posted: 02/21/2014 5:01 a.m.

ALTURAS, Calif. — Four people were shot to death and two others wounded in a shooting and knife attack Thursday at an American Indian tribal headquarters in Northern California, authorities said.

Officer off hook in crash fatal to 6

posted: 02/21/2014 5 a.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio police officer whose cruiser slammed into a stopped car in the middle of an intersection tried to veer away but couldn’t avoid the crash that killed six members of a family, and there is no basis to charge him, authorities announced Thursday.

Police lies ruled unfair to suspect

posted: 02/21/2014 4:59 a.m.

ALBANY, N.Y. — Police can lie when interrogating suspects, but when the lies become “patently coercive,” any confession cannot be used as evidence, New York’s highest court ruled Thursday.

The world in brief

posted: 02/21/2014 4:59 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The price of freedom is too high but Ukrainians are paying it.We have no choice, the government isn’t hearing us.” Viktor Danilyuk, a demonstrator in Kiev, where anti-government protesters on Thursday advanced upon police lines after a truce reached late Wednesday fell apart

Framework set on Iran nuke talks

posted: 02/21/2014 4:58 a.m.

VIENNA — In what officials described as a serious, workmanlike and conversational atmosphere, Iran and six world powers agreed on a timetable and framework for negotiating a comprehensive agreement to end the confrontation over Iran’s nuclear program, the European Union’s foreign-policy chief and Iran’s foreign minister said Thursday.

At Korean reunions, tears for time lost

posted: 02/21/2014 4:56 a.m.

SEOUL, South Korea — The first reunions of North and South Koreans in more than three years were too late for 90-year-old Seo Jeongsuk. She died in South Korea just 15 days ago.

5 mortar shells hit Iraqi town; 22 die, 50 hurt

posted: 02/21/2014 4:54 a.m.

BAGHDAD — A mortar attack struck a busy area in a mainly Shiite town south of Iraq’s capital Thursday, killing at least 22 people and wounding more than 50, authorities said.

Moore resigns college helm at Philander

posted: 02/21/2014 4:53 a.m.

Philander Smith College President Johnny Moore resigned Thursday — less than two years after he was appointed to the post at the historically black college in downtown Little Rock.

Springdale pastor to be nominee

posted: 02/21/2014 4:52 a.m.

The Rev. Ronnie Floyd, pastor of Cross Church of Springdale, is to be nominated as president of the Southern Baptist Convention during the denomination’s annual meeting June 10-11 in Baltimore.

Jonesboro English teacher honored with Milken award

posted: 02/21/2014 4:51 a.m.

JONESBORO — Winning the 2013 Milken Educator Award, its subsequent accolades and $25,000 was just a diversion in a busy Thursday for Douglas MacArthur Junior High teacher Erin Hodges.

Crawford gets a foe in run for Congress

posted: 02/21/2014 4:50 a.m.

Heber Springs Mayor Jackie McPherson said Thursday that he will challenge two-term Republican Congressman Rick Crawford for the 1st Congressional District seat in November.

Bill add-on gives $10 million to centers for disabled

posted: 02/21/2014 4:49 a.m.

The state Department of Human Services would get $10 million in surplus funds for capital improvement at the state’s five institutions for the developmentally disabled under a proposal that cleared a legislative panel Thursday.

Capital zoning panel denies permit request

posted: 02/21/2014 4:48 a.m.

The Capitol Zoning District Commission turned down an application Thursday for a historic home on South Broadway to continue to house a rehabilitation program for substance-abuse offenders.

Lawyer: Jurors erred, his client due resentence

posted: 02/21/2014 4:47 a.m.

A man sentenced to death for the 1993 killing of a man in a Little Rock laundromat should have his case reopened and be resentenced because the jury incorrectly filled out its verdict form, his attorney told the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday.

Consensus reached on watershed suggestions

posted: 02/21/2014 4:45 a.m.

The Lake Maumelle Watershed Task Force reached consensus Thursday night on recommendations related to home-based businesses in the watershed.

Administrator raises get OK

posted: 02/21/2014 4:44 a.m.

A legislative committee Thursday approved a pay raise of $12,139 a year for the administrator of the state’s Fayetteville Veterans Home and salary increase of $10,909 for the assistant deputy for the state Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sentence 30 years in El Dorado heist

posted: 02/21/2014 4:43 a.m.

EL DORADO — A Junction City man charged in a March holdup of a Bancorp South branch pleaded guilty Tuesday in Union County Circuit Court to aggravated robbery, with attorneys for the state telling the court he used a toy gun to rob the teller.

Arkansas Supreme Court

posted: 02/21/2014 4:43 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

Saline County gets storm cleanup aid

posted: 02/21/2014 4:42 a.m.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is awarding Saline County more than $1.1 million for debris removal related to the 2012 Christmas Day snowstorm.

UA appoints task force on public-records requests

posted: 02/21/2014 4:42 a.m.

The chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has appointed a task force to examine how the university can better respond to requests made under the state’s Freedom of Information Act, according to an email sent to journalists Tuesday.

Make Marshall pay bill, Ozark water authority urges court

posted: 02/21/2014 4:40 a.m.

Ozark Mountain Regional Public Water Authority has asked a Searcy County Circuit Court for a judgment to require the city of Marshall to pay for water supplied by the the water authority.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 02/21/2014 4:39 a.m.

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

Daily record

posted: 02/21/2014 4:37 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.

NLR schools OK exit incentive for employees

posted: 02/21/2014 4:37 a.m.

The North Little Rock School Board voted Thursday to offer a one-time incentive to eligible teachers and other certified employees and to support staff as a way to cut almost $10 million in personnel costs over eight years.

Marriage Licenses

posted: 02/21/2014 4:36 a.m.

Dwight Anderson, 43, and Mary Leavy, 32, both of Jacksonville. Daniel Clifton, 21, and Savannah Hughes, 20, both of Little Rock. Cedrick Holloway, 38, and Ashley Brooks, 28, both of North Little Rock. Benjamin Legere, 31, and Marisol Cruz, 29, both of Ward. Jesse Matlock, 32, and Laura Johnson, 28, both of Little Rock.


posted: 02/21/2014 4:36 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: 02/21/2014 4:34 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 21, 1914 Officers in the Arkansas National Guard will subscribe from their salaries approximately $3,000 for the maintenance of the organization until legislative appropriation can be procured. This subscription from the officers is the result of a meeting of the National Guard Association held at the Hotel Marion yesterday. It was agreed that field and staff officers shall pay 25 percent of their total annual salaries and that company officers shall pay 25 percent of the salaries each receives for duty at officers’ schools.

Water experts: Growth a risk to NW resource

posted: 02/21/2014 4:34 a.m.

LOWELL — The people of Northwest Arkansas need to think about how to preserve the watershed that serves them, and they need to do it now, visiting water-quality experts said Thursday.

Police beat

posted: 02/21/2014 4:33 a.m.

Boy shot in ankle after groups argue A teenage boy was shot Thursday afternoon in Little Rock during an argument between two groups over a cellphone, neighbors and a relative of the victim said.

Ex-trooper, cousin see drug trial reset

posted: 02/21/2014 4:32 a.m.

A jury trial that was scheduled for March 4 in a Little Rock federal courtroom for former Arkansas State Police Lt. Sedrick Reed and his cousin, Lamont Johnson, was postponed Thursday until Oct. 7.

Lawman suspended after battery arrest

posted: 02/21/2014 4:32 a.m.

A Little River County sheriff’s deputy was suspended without pay after being arrested and charged Tuesday with second-degree domestic battery in the beating of a family member, an official said.

McDaniel sues N.J. firm, accuses it of deception

posted: 02/21/2014 4:31 a.m.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel sued a New Jersey-based online advertiser in federal court Thursday, alleging that it has violated state and federal consumer protection laws by trying to force Arkansas businesses to pay $600 for services they never authorized.

Woman’s arson trial postponed to October

posted: 02/21/2014 4:30 a.m.

Lacey Moore, a Little Rock woman accused of setting a series of fires last year at the Forest Place apartment complex on University Avenue, saw her federal arson trial postponed Thursday until Oct. 7.

Fire chief called ‘true servant’

posted: 02/21/2014 4:29 a.m.

The Wednesday night death of an Oak Grove volunteer fire chief ended a career of public service that spanned four decades.

MUSIC REVIEW: Violist, pianist meld best of two genres

posted: 02/21/2014 4:28 a.m.

For most of the 19th century, the viola, big sibling of the violin, smaller sibling of the cello, was pretty much ignored as a solo instrument — only a handful of major pieces for viola and orchestra, about an equally small number of chamber works.

Filings due soon for gifted school

posted: 02/21/2014 4:28 a.m.

The Little Rock School District is taking applications through Monday from the families of children who will be in third, fourth and fifth grades next school year and who want to attend the new Geyer Springs High Ability Academy.

Deputy suspended, faces DWI

posted: 02/21/2014 4:27 a.m.

FORT SMITH — A Sebastian County sheriff’s detention deputy was suspended Thursday after he was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated and following too closely, a sheriff’s office news release said.

Arkansan’s work is focus of exhibit

posted: 02/21/2014 4:26 a.m.

“Carroll Cloar: A Road Less Traveled,” an exhibit of work by the acclaimed Arkansas native, opens with a reception at 6 p.m. today at Greg Thompson Fine Art, 429 Main St., North Little Rock. The reception is part of the Argenta Third Friday Art Walk.

Gurdon man held in ’13 N.C. killing

posted: 02/21/2014 4:26 a.m.

A 38-year-old Gurdon man was arraigned Wednesday in a federal court in El Dorado before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant on a charge of kidnapping that resulted in death.

EDITORIALS: The UN stirs into life

posted: 02/21/2014 4:25 a.m.

WHAT ? The United Nations has a Human Rights Council that’s concerned with human rights? Instead of one packed with representatives of the usual repressive regimes, Third World caudillos, and distinguished terrorists? Who knew?

COLUMNISTS: Bypass the bureaucrats

posted: 02/21/2014 4:23 a.m.

A portrait of stagnation. That’s how U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan summarized the performance of American 15-year-old students, who slipped in the latest international rankings in reading, math and science.

The ever-changing past

posted: 02/21/2014 4:23 a.m.

THERE may no longer be a Soviet Union, for which let us give thanks, but Sovhistory is still alive and unwell as ever. At that tower of Babel on the East River, aka the United Nations, the “Security” Council was holding one of its typically futile discussions the other day about how to achieve world peace.

The government is nuts

posted: 02/21/2014 4:22 a.m.

Sometimes the federal government makes us a tiny bit nervous. Actually, sometimes the government seems completely bonkers.

Guest writer: Cuts harm seniors

posted: 02/21/2014 4:20 a.m.

Several years ago, Congress passed $200 billion in cuts to the Medicare Advantage program through the Affordable Care Act. But as these cuts and other changes go into effect, millions of America’s senior citizens are seeing disrupted coverage and unwanted changes to the Medicare Advantage plans they currently enjoy.

A little perspective

posted: 02/21/2014 4:19 a.m.

It’s always an impossible task, but I’m going to make an effort to restore a little civility to politics, in this instance as it regards the private-option debate.


posted: 02/21/2014 4:18 a.m.

Don’t forget history For the past year, I have traveled across the state working on black history in the state of Arkansas, checking the histories of African Americans who made a contribution to our state in the fields of education, business, religion and other contributions that have made a difference on our communities and state.

Forrest City I-40 ramps will close

posted: 02/21/2014 4:17 a.m.

Paving work requires temporary Interstate 40 ramp closures today and Saturday in Forrest City, according to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.

Man gets 10 years in child-porn case

posted: 02/21/2014 4:16 a.m.

FORT SMITH — A Polk County man was sentenced in federal court Thursday to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty last year to receiving images of child pornography, a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office said.

Bielema: Change of pace essential

posted: 02/21/2014 4:15 a.m.

Bret Bielema stood his ground Thursday night.


posted: 02/21/2014 4:12 a.m.

Ken Stephens called Richard Martin into his office before the 1974 season.

SEC GYMNASTICS: UA gymnasts out to end 4-meet skid

posted: 02/21/2014 4:04 a.m.

The Arkansas gymnastics team has held pretty steady right outside the top 10 most of the season, but the No. 13 Razorbacks would like to add a much higher team score and stop a losing skid tonight.

Digging In

updated: 02/19/2014 10:52 a.m.

The way Shovels & Rope do things? The way they want.

Angelic Voice

updated: 02/19/2014 10:57 a.m.

If Angel Olsen is indie rock's newest "it" girl, she remains unaware.


updated: 02/19/2014 9:36 a.m.


SOCHI WINTER OLYMPICS: Heartbreak on ice

posted: 02/21/2014 3:59 a.m.

SOCHI, Russia — A twogoal lead blown in the final four minutes. A long shot that clanged off the post of an empty net. Two perplexing penalties in overtime, setting up a golden goal for Canada.

Pitchers stand pat for Hogs

posted: 02/21/2014 3:57 a.m.

Arkansas isn’t messing with its pitching rotation after one week.

LIKE IT IS: Hogs make strides; Gators eyeball top spot

posted: 02/21/2014 3:54 a.m.

Don’t be surprised if Florida moves into the No. 1 spot in all the basketball polls next week if it wins at Mississippi on Saturday.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/21/2014 3:53 a.m.

Stewart tires of Petty rant about Danica NASCAR driver Tony Stewart has a reputation as someone who’s willing to speak his mind. He’s setting that reputation as a car owner too.

Off the wire

posted: 02/21/2014 3:52 a.m.

GOLF Nordqvist leads in Thailand Anna Nordqvist, the 26-yearold Swede who won both of her LPGA Tour titles in 2009, shot a 6-under 66 Thursday to take a onestroke lead over Michelle Wie after the first round of the LPGA Thailand.

Major league baseball notes

posted: 02/21/2014 3:50 a.m.

RANGERS QB Wilson may train SURPRISE, Ariz. — Super Bowl winning-quarterback Russell Wilson is going to spring training.

MOTOR SPORTS: Hamlin, Kenseth win qualifiers

posted: 02/21/2014 3:49 a.m.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Denny Hamlin is still undefeated in 2014, winning the second Daytona 500 qualifying race Thursday night as he coolly pulled away from the field as chaos erupted behind him.

Hogs’ Starkville skid dates back to Richardson

posted: 02/21/2014 3:48 a.m.

Mississippi State has lost eight consecutive games. Arkansas has lost 12 in a row at Mississippi State.

TOP 25 MEN: Michigan St. sets 3-pointer record

posted: 02/21/2014 3:46 a.m.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Gary Harris scored 25 points, Adreian Payne added 23 and No. 13 Michigan State hit a school-record 17 three-pointers in a 94-79 victory over Purdue on Thursday night.

SEC WOMEN: UA women’s 2nd-half rally falls short

posted: 02/21/2014 3:45 a.m.

Two game-tying shots rimmed out in the final seconds as the Arkansas women’s basketball team fell short in a second-half comeback Thursday night.


posted: 02/21/2014 3:43 a.m.

MEN ARKANSAS-FORT SMITH 91, NEWMAN 91, OT Seth Youngblood led Arkansas-Fort Smith (19-5, 12-4 Heartland Conference) with 19 points while Miha Graves had 15 poitns and 14 rebounds to an overtime victory at the Stubblefield Center in Fort Smith.

South Korean star retires

posted: 02/21/2014 3:43 a.m.

SOCHI, Russia — Yuna Kim’s career ended Thursday night with an Olympic silver medal.

3A-5 BOYS: Episcopal overwhelms Jessieville for 3rd time

posted: 02/21/2014 3:41 a.m.

Episcopal Collegiate flexed its muscles on defense and used a relentless attack on offense to blow past Jessieville 65-42 in the semifinals of the 3A-5 Tournament.


posted: 02/21/2014 3:40 a.m.

THURSDAY’S BOYS CROSSETT 74, LAKE VILLAGE 43 Jalen Hudson led the Eagles with 25 points in a 4A-8 victory over the Beavers. Dakotah Pennington added 12 points, pulled down 16 rebounds and blocked 5 shots for Crossett, which led 30-19 at the half. CUTTER MORNING STAR 68, POYEN 62 Bailey White and Spencer May scored 20 points each as the Eagles slipped by the Indians in the semifinals of the 2A-5 Tournament in England.

3A-5 GIRLS: McWilliam’s 24 advances eStem

posted: 02/21/2014 3:39 a.m.

Olivia McWilliams scored 12 points in each half, leading eStem to a 65-41 victory over Mayflower in the semifinals of the 3A-5 Tournament on Thursday night at Episcopal Collegiate.


posted: 02/21/2014 3:38 a.m.

Junior post player Hayden Long scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half and he also pulled down 10 rebounds as the Eagles (21-5 ) earned a victory over the Cardinals (21-6 ).


posted: 02/21/2014 3:37 a.m.

All times Central (Subject to change) NBC 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Women’s Freestyle Skiing — Ski Cross Gold Medal Final; Women’s Biathlon — 4x6km Relay Gold Medal Final

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 02/21/2014 3:36 a.m.

‘Holiday’ gets back to work HOT SPRINGS – The holiday is over for Ami.

FIRST POST - 1:30 P.M.: Rick Lee’s Oaklawn Park selections and analysis

posted: 02/21/2014 3:35 a.m.

Profit play Arkansas Democrat-Gazette handicapper Rick Lee has been given a fictional $1,000 bankroll to work with during the 2014 Oaklawn Park meeting.


posted: 02/21/2014 3:34 a.m.

DAY 22 ATTENDANCE (3,230) ON-TRACK HANDLE ($279,940) OFF-TRACK HANDLE ($2,218,248.25) TOTAL HANDLE ($2,498,188.25). CLASSIX CARRYOVER $5,670.35.

BASSMASTER CLASSIC: Anglers expect it’ll take big haul to bring back title

posted: 02/21/2014 3:33 a.m.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Three Arkansans will compete for one of the top prizes in professional bass fishing this weekend in the Bassmaster Classic at Lake Guntersville, Ala.

AGFC considers educational area

posted: 02/21/2014 3:32 a.m.

Arkansas Game and Fish commissioners approved the first step in the potential development of an education and recreation area near Jasper during their monthly meeting Thursday in Little Rock.

State sports briefs

posted: 02/21/2014 3:32 a.m.

FOOTBALL 2 Hogs suspended for a week Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema said Thursdy that sophomore offensive guard Mitch Smothers and sophomore wide receiver D’Arthur Cowan have been suspended for a week, barring them from any team-related activities.

High school basketball

posted: 02/21/2014 3:31 a.m.

TONIGHT’S GAMES 7A/6A-CENTRAL Catholic at Greenwood Conway at FS Southside FS Northside at LR Parkview LR Hall at Russellville 7A/6A-EAST Cabot at West Memphis Marion at North Little Rock Mountain Home at Little Rock Central Searcy at Jonesboro

College basketball

posted: 02/21/2014 3:31 a.m.

MEN EAST Fairfield 72, Niagara 66 Fairleigh Dickinson 63, Bryant 52 Memphis 64, Rutgers 59 Mount St. Mary’s 87, CCSU 76 Quinnipiac 88,


posted: 02/21/2014 3:30 a.m.

HEAT 103, THUNDER 81 MIAMI (103) James 15-22 2-5 33, Battier 1-8 0-0 2, Bosh 6-9 11-12 24, Chalmers 4-7 0-1 9, Wade 11-17 2-2 24, Allen 2-6 1-1 6, Andersen 0-0 0-0 0, Cole 2-6 0-0 5. Totals 41-75 16-21 103. OKLAHOMA CITY (81) Durant 10-22 7-10 28,

THE RECRUITING GUY: Fayetteville tight end O’Grady grabbing attention

posted: 02/21/2014 3:30 a.m.

Fayetteville junior C.J. O’Grady was named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas team after one season playing tight end and has seen his scholarship offers increase at steady rate.

Jennings’ addition bulks up Texas ties

posted: 02/21/2014 3:28 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema strengthened his program’s recruiting ties to Texas and refilled his football coaching staff Thursday by hiring Clay Jennings to coach defensive backs.

ASU gets real steal on assistant’s deal

posted: 02/21/2014 3:27 a.m.

Arkansas State is getting a bargain for one of its new assistant football coaches — for six months, at least.

DT Thomas back for NFL Combine

posted: 02/21/2014 3:25 a.m.

Robert Thomas broke his left tibia Oct. 12, and today, 122 days after that season-ending injury, the former Arkansas defensive tackle will report to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis for the next step in his rehabilitation process.

Study: Farm-product value up 30%

posted: 02/21/2014 3:20 a.m.

Rising commodity prices helped drive up the value of agricultural products produced in Arkansas by 30 percent between 2007 and 2012 to nearly $9.8 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2012 Census of Agriculture, released Thursday.

State gas prices rise 7¢ in week

posted: 02/21/2014 3:19 a.m.

Retail gasoline prices in Arkansas jumped 7 cents in the past week, and motorists can expect them to continue to rise as spring nears, analysts said Thursday.

Consumer prices stay tame, rise 0.1% in January

posted: 02/21/2014 3:14 a.m.

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer prices barely rose last month as a sharp increase in energy costs was offset by cheaper clothing, cars and airfares.

Air-permit hearing on steel mill ongoing

posted: 02/21/2014 3:13 a.m.

The lack of a preliminary air permit by the company’s June goal would not have derailed the Big River Steel project, the manager who helped prepare the permit told a judge Thursday.

China manufacturing drag goes on

posted: 02/21/2014 3:12 a.m.

BEIJING — China’s manufacturing contracted for a second-straight month in February as a mainstay of the world’s No. 2 economy loses momentum amid government efforts to rein in credit and investment growth.

Nebraska again impedes Keystone pipeline’s path

posted: 02/21/2014 3:11 a.m.

LINCOLN, Neb. — Just as pressure was building on President Barack Obama to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to refineries in Texas, the project ran into another obstacle — and it came again from Nebraska.


posted: 02/21/2014 3:09 a.m.

USA Truck, investor report strategy talks USA Truck and its largest shareholder, Stone House Capital Management LLC, have been in contact recently regarding the future of the Van Buren-based trucking and transportation company.

Business news in brief

posted: 02/21/2014 3:09 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Interest rates are still extremely low, and housing and equity wealth have generally been rising … I think we’ll continue to see solid growth once we get through the weather effects.” Jim O’Sullivan, High Frequency Economics chief U.S. economist

MARKET REPORT: Economic reports spark stocks

posted: 02/21/2014 3:08 a.m.

NEW YORK — After slumping Wednesday while investors digested minutes from the Federal Reserve’s January policy meeting, the stock market got a boost Thursday from a couple of encouraging surveys that hinted the economy is poised to pick up after a winter slump.

HP sales, profits in quarter top quote

posted: 02/21/2014 3:07 a.m.

Hewlett-Packard Co. reported fiscal first-quarter sales and profit that topped analysts’ estimates as the personal-computer maker won new orders for servers to run data centers.


posted: 02/21/2014 3:06 a.m.

New this week Pompeii 80 PG-13 A slave turned invincible gladiator races against time to save his true love, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman senator, as Mount Vesuvius erupts, burying Pompeii in a torrent of ash and blazing lava. With Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Jessica Lucas, Kiefer Sutherland, Jared Harris; directed by Paul W.S. Anderson.


posted: 02/21/2014 3:06 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) Non-Stop, PG-13 Liam Neeson plays an air marshal faced with cryptic text messages demanding that the government transfer $150 million into an offshore account; until it happens, every 20 minutes a passenger on his flight will be killed.

REVIEW: Pompeii

posted: 02/21/2014 3:05 a.m.

Pompeii is half sword-and-sandal epic, half disaster movie and all guilty pleasure. Director Paul W.S. Anderson, taking a break from cranking out Resident Evil movies, has a strong command of CGI technology and 3-D effects, and the movie is so grand in scale that you can’t help surrender to the spectacle, even if the stuff that’s going on with the people in the film is often close to risible.


posted: 02/21/2014 3:03 a.m.

Nebraska, directed by Alexander Payne (R, 114 minutes) Nominated for six Academy Awards (including best picture), Nebraska stars Bruce Dern in a perfectly pitched performance as ill-tempered, hard-drinking Woody Grant, who delusionally determines he’s a winner of a Publishers Clearinghouse-style sweepstakes and intends to go to the company’s Lincoln, Neb., headquarters to claim his million-dollar prize. Starting out on foot from his home in chilly Billings, Mont., he persuades his

Costner is still going his own way

posted: 02/21/2014 3:01 a.m.

These past few years, it has been pretty hard to get Kevin Costner off his back porch. It’s in Aspen, so we kind of understand. He has been raising three children under the age of 10, with his second wife, Christine.

Lego Movie towers over 3 remakes

posted: 02/21/2014 2:57 a.m.

The Lego Movie, the animated film from Warner Bros., held off three remakes from the 1980s to lead ticket sales in U.S. and Canadian theaters for a second week.


posted: 02/21/2014 2:56 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Will we be perfect when we get to heaven ? I can’t imagine being instantly free of all the things I know aren’t right in my life.


posted: 02/21/2014 2:55 a.m.

Happy birthday. You are wiser than ever this year and will seek an empowering viewpoint in everything. Money you’ve waited for arrives in March. April has you processing surprising feelings. You’ll love the professional development that comes in May. June brings money and change.

Film clips

posted: 02/21/2014 2:54 a.m.

At area theaters 82 ABOUT LAST NIGHT, R Not a remake but a “modern reimagining” of the 1986 ÿlm, following new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom. With Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant, Christopher Mc-Donald, Paula Patton; directed by Steve Pink. (100 minutes)

Screen Gems

posted: 02/21/2014 2:51 a.m.

So many things are happening in the film world ’round here, and I’ve been so busy I haven’t been able to get the word out on a lot of them.


posted: 02/21/2014 2:49 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Dental care is important to all of us. Parents should begin teaching their children about proper dental care at a very early age. Here are hints on how to take care of your children’s teeth: Begin wiping your child’s gums after feedings as soon as possible to get him or her used to the process.

Super Quiz: National airlines

posted: 02/21/2014 2:48 a.m.

1. Qantas 2. Lufthansa 3. Alitalia

HBO paved way to roles for Pompeii stars

posted: 02/21/2014 2:47 a.m.

MIAMI — In the 3-D spectacle Pompeii, Kit Harington and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje play slaves forced to fight in gladiator battles in giant arenas — at least until that pesky volcano starts acting up. To reveal that the two men start out as mortal enemies and end up as friends doesn’t spoil anything: Instead, it reveals that Pompeii is a disaster movie with an unusual emphasis on character. Yes, the destruction is awesome, but the people who are swept up in it make you care.

In the news

posted: 02/21/2014 1:58 a.m.

Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, held his first townhall meeting since the start of a political scandal over a bridge closing, telling a crowd in Middletown Township near the Jersey Shore that he blames the federal government for holding up billions of dollars in Hurricane Sandy aid.

Thursday, February 20

UA tabs Jennings to coach secondary

posted: 02/20/2014 4:07 p.m.

Arkansas has hired Clay Jennings as its defensive backs coach.

Private-option funding fails in House for 3rd time

updated: 02/20/2014 3:58 p.m.

The House has again fallen short of passing a funding bill to continue Arkansas's private option Medicaid expansion despite the Senate passing an identical bill earlier in the day.

Canada women beat US 3-2 in overtime for Olympic gold

posted: 02/20/2014 2:21 p.m.

SOCHI, Russia — Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice for the second straight Olympic gold medal game and Canada beat the United States 3-2 in overtime on Thursday for its fourth consecutive title.

Philander Smith president Moore resigns

updated: 02/20/2014 2:01 p.m.

After less than two years at the position, Philander Smith College President Johnny Moore has resigned.

Mena man gets 10 years in child-porn case

posted: 02/20/2014 1:11 p.m.

A 29-year-old Polk County man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges for exchanging child pornography online.

Paving will require I-40 ramp closures in Forrest City

posted: 02/20/2014 1:09 p.m.

Maintenance crews paving several loop ramps on Interstate 40 in Forrest City will require a number of ramp closures in the coming days, according to officials with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.

Opposition leader faces charges in tense Venezuela

posted: 02/20/2014 12:58 p.m.

CARACAS, Venezuela — Violence is heating up in Venezuela as an opposition leader faces criminal charges for organizing a rally that set off escalating turmoil in the oil-rich, but economically struggling, country.

22-year-old woman, reported missing, is safe

updated: 02/23/2014 11:44 a.m.

A 22-year-old woman reported missing since Valentine's Day is home safe, authorities said.

Jonesboro teacher Hodges wins Milken Educator Award

posted: 02/20/2014 12:04 p.m.

Erin Hodges, a seventh-grade English teacher at Douglas MacArthur Junior High School in Jonesboro, has won the 2013 Milken Educator Award, the Arkansas Department of Education said Thursday.

Heber Springs mayor enters Arkansas U.S. House race

posted: 02/20/2014 11:43 a.m.

The mayor of Heber Springs says he will challenge a Republican congressman in the upcoming election.

Senate OKs bill keeping lieutenant governor's office open

posted: 02/20/2014 11:40 a.m.

The Arkansas Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would avoid a special election this year for the lieutenant governor's position left open by the resignation of Mark Darr.

Tearful Korean reunions begin; first since 2010

posted: 02/20/2014 11:08 a.m.

SEOUL, South Korea — Their backs stooped, dozens of elderly North and South Koreans separated for six decades reunited Thursday, weeping and embracing in a rush of words and emotion. The reunions come during a rare period of detente between the rival Koreas and are all the more poignant because the participants will part again in a few days, likely forever.

MovieStyle: Making sense of Oscar

posted: 02/20/2014 11:06 a.m.

If you’re thinking that the Oscars are arriving a little later this year — you’re right.

Craigslist killing suspect's dad: She's a liar

posted: 02/20/2014 10:31 a.m.

SUNBURY, Pa. — The father of a Pennsylvania woman who with her newlywed husband is charged with killing a man she met through Craigslist said he would support his daughter's execution if she is found guilty and even hold the hand of the victim's widow.

U.N. delivers food to district of Syria's capital

posted: 02/20/2014 9:42 a.m.

BEIRUT — The relief agency supporting Palestinian refugees resumed food distribution inside the rebel-held district of the Syrian capital that has suffered from crippling shortages of food and medicine for months, a United Nations spokesman said Thursday.

10 things to know for Thursday

posted: 02/20/2014 8:24 a.m.

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

Skier out of Olympics, citing violence in Ukraine

updated: 02/20/2014 9:37 a.m.

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — A Ukrainian skier has withdrawn from the Olympics to protest the deaths of anti-government protesters in her country.

Records show fundraising tactics of Wisconsin governor

posted: 02/20/2014 8:13 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. — Newly released records show that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's campaign partnered with a Republican lieutenant governor candidate in 2010 to tap wealthy donors who had already given all they could to Walker, a move designed to bolster their potential ticket.

No layoffs projected in '14 at Tulsa airline hub

posted: 02/20/2014 8:08 a.m.

TULSA — American Airlines says it will use voluntary buyouts and attrition to avert the need for layoffs this year at its Tulsa maintenance hub.

Ticket sold in California wins $425 million Powerball

posted: 02/20/2014 8:03 a.m.

MILPITAS, Calif. — The lone winning ticket for the $425 million Powerball jackpot was sold at a convenience store in Northern California, but there was no immediate word on who may have won one of the largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history.

Pope urges 'courageous' ways to help families

posted: 02/20/2014 7:22 a.m.

VATICAN CITY — Cardinals from around the globe began discussing some of the most contentious issues in the church Thursday after findings from Vatican-mandated surveys that many Catholics reject church teaching on contraception, divorce and homosexuality.

Hacking trial: Brooks acquitted on 1 of 5 charges

posted: 02/20/2014 7:17 a.m.

LONDON — Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks was acquitted Thursday of one of the five charges she faced over wrongdoing at Rupert Murdoch's British tabloids: an allegation that she bribed an official for a picture of Prince William in a bikini.

Neighbors unable to stop Missouri girl's abduction

posted: 02/20/2014 7:12 a.m.

ST. LOUIS — Neighbors watched in horror as a 10-year-old southwest Missouri girl was snatched off the street just blocks from her home.

Fulton County storm-aid deadline Friday

posted: 02/20/2014 7:11 a.m.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management says the deadline for public assistance is Friday for certain entities in Fulton County as a result of a severe winter storm in December.

Condemned inmate seeks new penalty hearing

updated: 02/20/2014 11:41 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — A lawyer for the state is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to reverse a ruling from about two years ago in order to keep a death-row inmate from getting a new sentencing hearing.

Severe weather possible in east Arkansas

posted: 02/20/2014 7:09 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Forecasters say parts of east Arkansas could see severe weather Thursday from a storm system moving through the state.

Wal-Mart profit falls 21% in 4th quarter, 6% for year

updated: 02/20/2014 11:23 a.m.

Wal-Mart on Thursday reported a 21 percent decrease in net income in the fourth quarter and a nearly 6 percent decrease for the year.

Ukraine: Protesters capture 67 police in Kiev

updated: 02/20/2014 9:47 a.m.

KIEV, Ukraine — Fearing that a call for a truce was a ruse, protesters tossed firebombs and advanced upon police lines Thursday in Ukraine's embattled capital. Government snipers shot back and the melee that ensued left at least 33 people dead.

After 26 die, sides call truce in Ukraine

posted: 02/20/2014 5:45 a.m.

Ukraine’s protest leaders and the president they are trying to oust called a truce Wednesday, just hours after the military raised fears of a widespread crackdown with a vow to defeat “terrorists” responsible for seizing weapons and burning down buildings.

Transcripts detail Walker aide probe

posted: 02/20/2014 5:41 a.m.

The investigation into illegal campaign activity by members of Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s staff when he was working as a county executive greatly expanded the day before Walker was elected governor in 2010, previously secret documents released Wednesday show.

Thai court bars violence against protesters

posted: 02/20/2014 5:40 a.m.

A Thai court ordered the government on Wednesday not to use force against protesters who are attempting to oust the prime minister, a day after violent clashes between riot police and demonstrators left five people dead and dozens injured.

Obama vows to press for expanded trading

posted: 02/20/2014 5:39 a.m.

Pressed by North American allies on an array of politically fraught issues, President Barack Obama on Wednesday vowed to press ahead with stalled efforts to expand trade agreements for the Americas into Asia and overhaul fractured U.S. immigration laws.

2nd man detained in 4 Alps slayings

posted: 02/20/2014 5:37 a.m.

French authorities discovered a weapons stash and detained a second man in the shooting deaths of a British-Iraqi man and three other people 18 months ago in the Alps, state prosecutor Eric Maillaud said Wednesday.

NYC bomb plot draws guilty plea

posted: 02/20/2014 5:36 a.m.

A man accused of building homemade bombs to wage holy war in New York City pleaded guilty Wednesday to a terrorism charge less than a week before his scheduled trial in a rare state-level terrorism case.

Hunt for uninsured labor-intensive task

posted: 02/20/2014 5:34 a.m.

The hunt for the uninsured in Broward County got underway one recent afternoon when 41 canvassers, armed with electronic maps on Samsung tablets, set off through working-class neighborhoods to peddle the Affordable Care Act door to door. Four hours later, they had made contact with 2,623 residents and signed up 25 people.

After snows, warm weather brings flood risk

posted: 02/20/2014 5:33 a.m.

As dozens of moms and nannies pushing strollers descended on Chicago’s Lincoln Park to enjoy a rare sunny, mild day, shrinking mounds of snow and growing puddles signaled that one of the cruelest winters in memory is about to get miserable in a whole different way.

Confederate plate again stirs debate

posted: 02/20/2014 5:31 a.m.

Georgia officials have once again approved a specialty license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag, infuriating civil-rights advocates and renewing a debate among those who believe the symbol honors Confederate heritage and those who see it as racially charged.

Ex-GI guilty in Iraq rampage hangs self

posted: 02/20/2014 5:31 a.m.

A medical examiner said Wednesday that a former soldier hanged himself at a federal prison where he was serving life sentences for raping and killing a teenage Iraqi girl and using a shotgun to slay her family.

FBI: Indians likely killed black activist at Wounded Knee

posted: 02/20/2014 5:30 a.m.

The FBI says a black civil-rights activist was killed during the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee, and it suspects militant members of the American Indian Movement are responsible, according to recently released documents.

Blair advice surfaces at hacking trial

posted: 02/20/2014 5:28 a.m.

Tony Blair offered to unofficially advise Rebekah Brooks and News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch at the height of the phone-hacking scandal in 2011 that led to the closure of the News of the World tabloid, prosecutors said.

Whip-wielding Cossacks rout punk activists

posted: 02/20/2014 5:28 a.m.

Cossack militia members attacked a Russian punk group with horsewhips Wednesday as the artists — who have feuded with Vladimir Putin’s government for years — tried to perform under a sign advertising the Sochi Olympics.

2 blasts hit Iran center in Beirut

posted: 02/20/2014 5:26 a.m.

Two suicide bombers blew up their cars Wednesday near an Iranian cultural center in Beirut, killing at least four people and wounding scores, including children in an orphanage, in the latest attack targeting Shiite areas in Lebanon.

2 U.S. contractors found dead on ship

posted: 02/20/2014 5:25 a.m.

Two American security officers were found dead on a ship made famous when it was hijacked by Somali pirates, according to a statement by Seychelles police on Wednesday.

Venezuelan ire stoked from jail

posted: 02/20/2014 5:24 a.m.

Leopoldo Lopez, the Venezuelan opposition leader taken into custody Tuesday in front of thousands of anti-government protesters, spent Tuesday night in a prison on a military base. But that didn’t quiet him.

The world in brief

posted: 02/20/2014 5:23 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Without any mandate from the people, illegally and in breach of the constitution of Ukraine, these politicians — if I may use that term — have resorted to pogroms, arson and murder to try to seize power.” Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, describing violent protests in the country as an attempt to overthrow the government by his political adversaries

The nation in brief

posted: 02/20/2014 5:22 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There are some who suggest that only federal agencies should handle terrorism cases, or that the terrorism threat from radicalized citizens is, perhaps, overstated. I strongly disagree.” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., after a man accused of building bombs to wage holy war in New York City pleaded guilty to a rare state level terrorism charge

Names and faces

posted: 02/20/2014 5:21 a.m.

Cee Lo Green has quit as a coach on The Voice. The singer-songwriter-actor announced on Wednesday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show that he won’t be returning “at all.”

Getting it straight

posted: 02/20/2014 5:20 a.m.

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

In the news

posted: 02/20/2014 5:20 a.m.

Greg Abbott, Texas’ attorney general and a candidate for the GOP nomination for governor, defended his decision to campaign with Ted Nugent, whom Abbott described as a “fighter for freedom,” a month after the pro-gun rock musician called President Barack Obama a “communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel.”

For 2nd time, private option fails in House

posted: 02/20/2014 5:19 a.m.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday failed to approve funding for Arkansas’ private-option Medicaid expansion for the second day in a row, but the leaders of both chambers said they will take up identical measures today and expect that they will pass.

Panels like Darr staff, office bills

posted: 02/20/2014 5:11 a.m.

A state Senate committee Wednesday endorsed a bill that would allow the governor to forgo calling a special election to fill the vacant lieutenant governor’s post this year. Another legislative panel recommended sharply reducing the amount of money spent on the office’s staffing during the second half of this year.

Sales slump has lottery trimming scholarships

posted: 02/20/2014 5:09 a.m.

After another monthly report of declining revenue, the Arkansas Lottery Commission amended its revenue projections Wednesday to reduce the estimated amount of money that will be paid out for college scholarships by almost $6.8 million.

Flu kills six more; total for state 48

posted: 02/20/2014 5:08 a.m.

Flu cases in the state remain high, with six deaths in the past week and 48 overall since the season started, according to a weekly report by the Arkansas Department of Health. Yet health officials say flu illness seems to have peaked and has been decreasing in recent weeks.

Maumelle school gets OK to add 200 pupils

posted: 02/20/2014 5:04 a.m.

An Arkansas Department of Education panel on Wednesday unanimously approved a 200-student increase to the 650-student cap at Academics Plus Charter School in Maumelle, despite opposition from the Pulaski County Special School District.

Stodola floating plan for recycling

posted: 02/20/2014 5:03 a.m.

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola wants the city to require all multifamily apartment complexes of 100 units or more to offer recycling to their tenants.

Panel passes bill to exempt well-drilling sales tax

posted: 02/20/2014 5:02 a.m.

A legislative panel Wednesday advanced proposals to exempt sand used for an existing or new oil or gas well and saltwater and drilling fluids created from oil or gas exploration from the state’s sales tax, over the objections of state officials who questioned their constitutionality.

Shoffner case sees evidence allowed

posted: 02/20/2014 5:02 a.m.

The judge presiding over former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner’s public-corruption trial next month said Wednesday that he will permit prosecutors to present evidence they say indicates she pocketed $10,000 cash from a 2009 campaign kickoff event as well as $4,000 meant to pay for a 2010 election watch party, even though she isn’t charged in either situation.

House vote on private option

posted: 02/20/2014 5:01 a.m.

An appropriation bill authorizing the state to fund the private option Medicaid expansion for fiscal 2015 received 68 votes in the House Wednesday. It needed 75 votes to pass.


posted: 02/20/2014 5 a.m.

This is the calendar of public events of the 89th General Assembly for today, the 11th day of the 2014 fiscal session.

State hopefuls report January fundraising

posted: 02/20/2014 5 a.m.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson raised nearly twice as much in January as the sole Democrat running for the job but still has less money in the bank, according to campaign finance reports filed this week.

Agencies to draft rule on absentee-voter IDs

posted: 02/20/2014 4:59 a.m.

The Arkansas Board of Election Commissioners directed staff members Wednesday to come up with an emergency rule to deal with absentee ballots under the state’s new voter-identification law.

After $12,800 typo, Pulaski County panel adds ballot safeguards

posted: 02/20/2014 4:58 a.m.

After a typo prompted the Pulaski County Election Commission to seek a $12,800 reprint of more than 50,000 ballots for the March 11 special election, commissioners approved new procedures Wednesday for making sure the ballots will work before ordering them from the printer.

Campaign-finance, ‘pot’ plans rejected

posted: 02/20/2014 4:57 a.m.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Wednesday rejected ballot titles for two proposed constitutional amendments, citing ambiguities in the text of both.

Finally, JPs fund animal shelter

posted: 02/20/2014 4:55 a.m.

Phillips County’s new animal shelter, which has sat empty since July, will be open within the next few weeks now that county leaders have appropriated funds to operate it.

Grant to train Delta leaders

posted: 02/20/2014 4:54 a.m.

The Delta Regional Authority has awarded more than $100,000 to an Arkansas foundation to train and develop leaders among Delta residents.

Insurance-exchange job now sought by 28

posted: 02/20/2014 4:53 a.m.

A former Arkansas insurance commissioner, a former official with the Utah health-insurance exchange and a pharmaceutical executive are among those who have applied to become director of the organization exploring a possible state-run health-insurance exchange in Arkansas, the organization’s records show.

Strip club owners lose wages case

posted: 02/20/2014 4:52 a.m.

The owners of the former Peaches Gentleman’s Club in Jacksonville have been found liable by default for failing to properly pay four former exotic dancers and three other employees according to the provisions of federal labor laws.

Mom pleads guilty to bashing infant

posted: 02/20/2014 4:51 a.m.

A Jonesboro woman who police said smashed her 5-month-old boy’s head against a door frame in June because he would not stop crying pleaded guilty to first-degree battery Tuesday in Craighead County Circuit Court.

Gillean defense says prosecution trying to bias prospective jurors

posted: 02/20/2014 4:51 a.m.

An attorney for former University of Central Arkansas Chief of Staff Jack Gillean contended Wednesday that the prosecution is trying to prejudice prospective jurors in Gillean’s commercial-burglary trial.

Anti-fraud pilot project advances

posted: 02/20/2014 4:50 a.m.

The state Department of Finance and Administration would be required to launch a pilot project targeting fraud, waste, abuse, improper payments and employer compliance in the state’s unemployment insurance, welfare and food stamp programs under a proposal that cleared a legislative panel Wednesday.

Abortion law’s trial date scrubbed

posted: 02/20/2014 4:48 a.m.

A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a law passed last year by Arkansas legislators to ban most abortions at or after 12 weeks of pregnancy isn’t expected to go to trial March 17, after all.


posted: 02/20/2014 4:47 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball: 1-17-35-49-54 Powerball: 34 Estimated jackpot: $400 million Power Play: 3

Sewer panel OKs pay raises

posted: 02/20/2014 4:46 a.m.

The Little Rock Sanitary Sewer Committee approved a temporary pay increase for three Little Rock Wastewater Utility employees who have taken over extra duties during an interim period after the committee fired its chief executive officer last month.

Molten steel spill kills worker, 49

posted: 02/20/2014 4:46 a.m.

A Bald Knob man was killed Wednesday when molten steel from a tipped kettle poured on him, Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas said.

Fire chief dies of injuries suffered in icy crash

posted: 02/20/2014 4:46 a.m.

A veteran volunteer fire chief died Wednesday night at a Little Rock hospital from complications after a line-of-duty crash earlier this month.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 02/20/2014 4:45 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: 02/20/2014 4:45 a.m.

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


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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

posted: 02/20/2014 4:41 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 20, 1914 C. Spurling, formerly a member of the Little Rock police force, was fined $250 and costs by Justice of the Peace E. H. Sanders yesterday afternoon on a charge of disturbing the peace.

Daily record

posted: 02/20/2014 4:41 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.

Arkansas Court of Appeals

posted: 02/20/2014 4:40 a.m.

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

EDITORIALS: First, do no harm

posted: 02/20/2014 4:39 a.m.

THE OLD BOY in South Arkansas looked over his hayfield. Or what was once a hayfield. For the night before, wild pigs had rooted up a large part of it. And turned a pretty, green, lush field into an ugly brown mud hole.

COLUMNISTS: Cruz control?

posted: 02/20/2014 4:39 a.m.

Senator Ted Cruz is a hero in some Republican circles—and the opposite among many of his Senate Republican colleagues. At this crucial juncture in the history of America, internal battles within the only party that can turn things around are the last thing Americans need.

We love a mystery

posted: 02/20/2014 4:39 a.m.

It was another case of what’s called The Buried Lede in this trade: The nut of a news story being reserved for the final paragraph or two of a news story, like a piquant dessert after a boring main course—or a sip of port after a good dinner just to clear the mind or, if necessary, befog it.

OTHERS SAY: Venezuela unravels

posted: 02/20/2014 4:37 a.m.

Anyone watching Venezuela’s descent into economic and social chaos in recent months could predict what would come next: street demonstrations by students and average citizens fed up with soaring inflation, shortages of basic goods, one of the world’s highest murder rates and a government whose only response has been to shout senseless populist slogans.

The triumph that almost wasn’t

posted: 02/20/2014 4:37 a.m.

The Voyager 1 spacecraft is the first human made object to venture into interstellar space. Even if defined only by distance, the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory twin Voyagers are America’s greatest space adventure. They’ve been flying successfully for more than 36 years and are billions of miles from home.

Guest writer: Vote to be proud of

posted: 02/20/2014 4:36 a.m.

I feel moved to respond to recent commentary that called into question the value of the 2014 farm bill, one day after its passage in the House and the day before the Senate approved it and sent it to President Barack Obama for signing.

To win a vote

posted: 02/20/2014 4:35 a.m.

State Senate President Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux of Russellville and Sen. David Sanders of Little Rock, prominent Republican champions of the private-option form of Medicaid expansion, were literally begging.


posted: 02/20/2014 4:35 a.m.

A question to answer With the city of Little Rock having the luxury of having both a mayor and city manager, how would the city explain the apparent complete lack of oversight on its part of the fiasco at the Little Rock Wastewater Utility?


posted: 02/20/2014 4:33 a.m.

It’s been more than a year since South Carolina won an SEC road game, but the Gamecocks made Arkansas sweat it out Wednesday night at Walton Arena.

Russian hockey team exits early

posted: 02/20/2014 4:32 a.m.

The home team is out of the Olympic men’s hockey tournament.

ARKANSAS SPORTS HALL OF FAME DON CAMPBELL: He had all the trappings of winner

posted: 02/20/2014 4:27 a.m.

Third in a series previewing members of the 2014 class who will be inducted Feb. 28 into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Don Campbell hasn’t coached a football game in almost a decade, but the game, or more specifically, one play, remains a constant companion.

Friends remember Star City’s Towers

posted: 02/20/2014 4:25 a.m.

Austin McGehee still plans to wear No. 16 this fall as an incoming freshman at Purdue to honor his best friend, former Star City linebacker Zack Towers, who died early Wednesday.

ASU guard tries to get back in mix

posted: 02/20/2014 4:24 a.m.

John Brady insists there will be a night this season when Brandon Reed looks like the old Brandon Reed again.

LIKE IT IS: Hot seat just starting to warm up for coaches

posted: 02/20/2014 4:22 a.m.

It is almost time to start name dropping.

COMMENTARY: Cardinals must adjust to favorite’s role

posted: 02/20/2014 4:20 a.m.

Situated in flyover country and rarely disposed to throwing bags of money at unfamiliar free agents, the Cardinals long have reveled as media afterthoughts.

Dolphins fire 2 after report

posted: 02/20/2014 4:19 a.m.

The Miami Dolphins fired offensive line coach Jim Turner and longtime head athletic trainer Kevin O’Neill on Wednesday for their roles in the team’s bullying scandal.

3A-5 BOYS: Cardinals make most of big second-half run

posted: 02/20/2014 4:19 a.m.

Benton Harmony Grove turned to its defense to advance in the 3A-5 tournament and qualify for next week’s regionals.

In the lane: Arkansas energized by Qualls

posted: 02/20/2014 4:17 a.m.

Michael Qualls scored 20 points and had eight rebounds, his highest totals in an SEC game, to help Arkansas hold off South Carolina on Wednesday.

Gamecocks coach finds time for a short day trip

posted: 02/20/2014 4:15 a.m.

Apparently it was a first.

SEC MEN: Gators perfect in SEC at 13-0

posted: 02/20/2014 4:14 a.m.

Patric Young made two free throws with 19 seconds left and Auburn threw the ball away on the ensuing inbounds play, helping the second-ranked Gators to a 71-66 victory Wednesday night.

TOP 25 MEN: Eagles end No. 1 Orange’s run

posted: 02/20/2014 4:13 a.m.

Olivier Hanlan and Patrick Heckmann hit three-pointers in overtime, Lonnie Jackson made four consecutive free throws in the final 26.2 seconds, and lowly Boston College stunned top-ranked Syracuse 62-59 on Wednesday night, ending the Orange’s unbeaten season.

Collen says team remains confident

posted: 02/20/2014 4:11 a.m.

Vanderbilt women’s basketball team is nationally ranked, but reeling going into tonight’s game against Arkansas in Walton Arena.

ASU’s defense sets tone early

posted: 02/20/2014 4:10 a.m.

The Arkansas State women’s basketball team got defensive Wednesday night in Jonesboro. The Red Wolves held Texas-Arlington under 39 percent shooting and forced 25 turnovers in a 73-47 blowout at the Convocation Center.

Emotions high for No. 3 return

posted: 02/20/2014 4:04 a.m.

The emotions, never buried, will come rushing back for the still-large fan base tonight at Daytona International Speedway.

Masks mean education

updated: 02/18/2014 9:32 a.m.

The Masquerade Ball to benefit arts education programs at the Walton Arts Center returns for its fourth year on March 1.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Custom knife show a sharp idea

posted: 02/20/2014 3:59 a.m.

If you dream of owning an heirloom hunting knife, chances are you’ll find it Saturday and Sunday at the 19th annual Arkansas Custom Knife Show at the Robinson Center in downtown Little Rock.

Daytona practice run gets ‘crazy’ in a hurry

posted: 02/20/2014 3:59 a.m.

The first full practice for the Daytona 500 ended early Wednesday after rookie Parker Kligerman’s airborne car ripped out a chunk of the grandstand fence.

Baseball notes

posted: 02/20/2014 3:58 a.m.

YANKEES Jeter: It’s time to go TAMPA, Fla. — Derek Jeter decided to retire after the coming season when he concluded “this is the right time.” The New York Yankees captain held a news conference Wednesday, a week after making an announcement many of his teammates said shocked and saddened them.

U.S., Canada back for gold

posted: 02/20/2014 3:57 a.m.

Julie Chu remembers watching the U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team win the gold medal at the Nagano Games in 1998 when she was in high school.

Game sketch

posted: 02/20/2014 3:55 a.m.

RECORDS Arkansas 17-9, 6-7 SEC; South Carolina 10-16, 3-10.


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WEDNESDAY’S BOYS JESSIEVILLE 54, ESTEM 43 Jessieville outscored eStem 21-8 in the third quarter, breaking a 23-23 tie en route to a victory in 3A-5 district quarterfinal play Wednesday night at Episcopal Collegiate’s Championship Gym.


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4A-1 Farmington BOYS Wednesday’s results Gravette 74, Berryville 67 Prairie Grove 44, Pea Ridge 41 Friday’s games Lincoln vs. Prairie Grove Farmington vs. Gravette Saturday’s game Championshp, 7 p.m.


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Arkansas women vs. Vanderbilt WHEN 7 p.m. WHERE Walton Arena, Fayetteville

Fishing this week

posted: 02/20/2014 3:49 a.m.

HOT SPOTS BEAVER TAILWATER Black or gray midges, olive scuds and olive Woolly Buggers have done well. Fish Woolly Buggers, flashback pheasant tails and soft hackles in the slower water.


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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

College basketball

posted: 02/20/2014 3:45 a.m.

WEDNESDAY’S SCORES Men EAST Albany (NY) 57, Binghamton 48 Army 74, Colgate 66 Boston College 62, Syracuse 59, OT Boston U. 71, American U. 62 Bucknell 55, Loyola (Md.) 53

Rick Lee’s Oaklawn Park selections and analysis

posted: 02/20/2014 3:44 a.m.

Profit plays Arkansas Democrat-Gazette handicapper Rick Lee has been given a fictional $1,000 bankroll to work with during the 2014 Oaklawn Park meeting.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/20/2014 3:43 a.m.

Pro team inks high schooler to special deal The talk of today’s trade deadline will dominate anything surrounding the Philadelphia 76ers, and that’s understandable since the team is actively seeking to make a move, or moves, with Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner as the centerpieces.

Off the wire

posted: 02/20/2014 3:40 a.m.

TENNIS Williams advances Venus Williams pummeled Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-1 in a second-round match between former world No. 1 players at the Dubai Championships on Wednesday.

State sports briefs

posted: 02/20/2014 3:36 a.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL Hogs spring dates announced Arkansas will open spring football practice March 16, the athletic department announced Wednesday.

Wal-Mart urged to end tobacco sales

posted: 02/20/2014 3:35 a.m.

The recent decision by drugstore chain CVS Caremark to halt tobacco sales at its 7,600-plus stores prompted some lawmakers to ask other big-name retailers to do the same.

January producer prices up 0.2%

posted: 02/20/2014 3:33 a.m.

The cost of producing goods and services in the United States rose slightly in January, with higher food prices partly offset by cheaper gasoline. Overall, inflation remains mild.

In 3rd quarter, Car-Mart fails to hit earnings mark

posted: 02/20/2014 3:31 a.m.

Bentonville-based buy here, pay-here auto dealer America’s Car-Mart reported net income of $1.5 million for its third quarter, significantly missing analysts estimates because of a one-time charge for credit losses.

Permit rush job focus at hearing

posted: 02/20/2014 3:30 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality had to “scramble” to meet a department-selected deadline to issue a preliminary permit for the Big River Steel plant, according to testimony at a hearing Wednesday.

Ex-publisher Gray hired to run ad firm Cranford Johnson

posted: 02/20/2014 3:29 a.m.

Darin Gray has been named president of Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, the largest advertising, marketing and public relations firm based in Arkansas.

Murphy USA reports profit of $93.6 million in quarter

posted: 02/20/2014 3:29 a.m.

Murphy USA Inc. on Wednesday reported a profit of $93.6 million for the company’s first full quarter after its spinoff from Murphy Oil Corp.

Home building drops 16% in January

posted: 02/20/2014 3:25 a.m.

U.S. home construction fell in January for a second month, but the weakness in both months reflected severe winter weather in many parts of the country. The expectation is that housing will deliver another year of solid gains, helped by an improving economy.

MARKET REPORT: Fed-meeting report chills market

posted: 02/20/2014 3:24 a.m.

Stocks fell Wednesday as investors were left uneasy by news that Federal Reserve policymakers were willing to start raising short-term interest rates sooner than previously expected.

Business news in brief

posted: 02/20/2014 3:21 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Here was an opportunity that allowed me to stay in the private sector and follow the passions I’ve had all along. The more I thought about it, the more it just made sense.” Darin Gray, Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods


posted: 02/20/2014 3:20 a.m.

Group backs ASU bid for osteopath school Arkansas State University’s efforts to create an osteopathic medical school in Jonesboro garnered support Wednesday from Community Health Centers of Arkansas Inc.

Pita Pit packs pleasing fare

posted: 02/20/2014 3:19 a.m.

The Pita Pit. The name reminds us of the Peach Pit — the hangout on Beverly Hills, 90210.

The Weekend Ten: The top things to do, places to be

posted: 02/20/2014 3:17 a.m.

1 GLASS The Arkansas Glasshoppers Inc. are expecting 1,000 people to drop by its 28th annual Depression Era Glass Show and Sale, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday in the Hall of Industry, State Fairgrounds, 2600 Howard St., Little Rock.


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Events are free unless otherwise noted

Fast Forward

posted: 02/20/2014 3:07 a.m.

NEXT WEEK Beat their time: Serious athletes take to Little Rock’s hilly streets for 26 miles of running in the annual Little Rock Marathon. Those looking for a course a little less daunting can try the half marathon or 10K, which have a general start time of 8 a.m. March 2 in downtown Little Rock.

THE TV COLUMN: Well-made About a Boy has engaging characters

posted: 02/20/2014 3:05 a.m.

Trying to ride the Olympics ratings wave as long as possible, NBC will preview its latest comedy after the Sochi competition Saturday evening.


posted: 02/20/2014 3:03 a.m.

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Baroque guitarist Spanish Baroque guitarist Xavier Diaz-Latorre will give a concert titled “The Harmonic Poem” at 7:30 p.m. today Recital Hall, Arkansas State University Fine Arts Center, 2412 Quapaw Way, Jonesboro.

MUSIC SCENE: Keen wit from Texas, Houndmouth at Rev Room

posted: 02/20/2014 3:02 a.m.

Texas troubadour Robert Earl Keen is returning to the Rev Room for a show at 8:30 p.m. today, with Andrea Davidson opening the show.

ARTBEAT: ‘Primary Clay’ exhibit opens

posted: 02/20/2014 3 a.m.

A show that should be intriguing for lovers of art in clay opens today at Gallery III, Fine Arts Building, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 S. University Ave.

LETTERS: Conspicuous consumer learns to simplify his life

posted: 02/20/2014 2:59 a.m.

Joshua Fields Millburn, now 32, thought he had it all — six-figure income working as director of operations for a telecommunications company and a wife.

ARE WE THERE YET?: State’s Hall of Famers rule at Pine Bluff center

posted: 02/20/2014 2:57 a.m.

The Johnny Cash who greets visitors entering the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame is poised with a guitar to perform. All it takes for the singing to begin is a press of the red button just below the glass enclosure.


posted: 02/20/2014 2:55 a.m.

After an extended soft opening, Rocket Twenty-One will finally have its grand opening this weekend in its new space in North Little Rock’s Wyndham Riverfront Hotel, Maple Street and Washington Avenue, General Manager Donnie Rieathbaum says.

Selected restaurants

posted: 02/20/2014 2:53 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 restaurants.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Focus on fiance’s ‘flaws’ seems to miss real problem

posted: 02/20/2014 2:52 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I’m 25 and engaged to the guy I’ve dated since I was 20. I feel like I’ve always been the one pushing the relationship forward, from wanting to be exclusive to giving an ultimatum that I was going to leave him if he didn’t propose by the time I turned 25 last summer (not my best decision, and I had been pressuring him for a proposal long before that as well).


posted: 02/20/2014 2:51 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I take several different medications — each has to be taken at a different time of day. Frankly, I sometimes looked at the bottles of medicine, trying to remember which ones I had taken. I devised a solution. At the beginning of the day, I stand the bottles up in a certain spot. Whenever I take a pill, I lay the bottle down on its side. No more guessing or worrying!


posted: 02/20/2014 2:50 a.m.

Happy birthday. The routine care you give is an act of heroism that will, over time, make a profound difference in the lives of others. Diplomacy is not always in your best interest through April.


posted: 02/20/2014 2:50 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’m pregnant, and now my boyfriend wants nothing to do with me. I thought having a baby would bring us together, but it didn’t. Now I have to decide if I’m going to keep the baby or have an abortion. I’m so confused. Nothing is turning out the way I hoped it would. What should I do? — K.S.

Super Quiz: Americana

posted: 02/20/2014 2:49 a.m.

1. In which sport might you expect to see a Hail Mary pass? 2. “Idiot box” is/was a slang term for what? 3. Who is noted for saying, “I shall return” ? 4. For what do the letters stand in M*A*S*H?

Heart smart: Fall in love with heart health

posted: 02/20/2014 midnight

Each February, Americans celebrate the affairs of the heart on St. Valentine’s Day, but February is also officially designated as American Heart Month. The entire month is set aside to boost awareness of heart disease, the leading cause of death for both men and women. While physical and congenital factors certainly play a big part in this disease, diet and nutrition also have a large role to play in both the prevention and treatment of heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bank president open to bringing back Stuck on a Truck

posted: 02/20/2014 midnight

A Centennial Bank official said he won’t rule out bringing back the popular Stuck on a Truck promotion someday, but not this year.

Art show grows by leaps and bounds

posted: 02/20/2014 midnight

NEWPORT — An unlikely venture that takes place each year on the banks of the White River in Newport has become wildly successful. The sixth annual Delta Visual Arts Show is set to include 180 artists from five states and 60 Arkansas communities.

Ninth annual Chase Race and Paws to be held March 8

posted: 02/20/2014 midnight

Runners, walkers and people who just want to show off their pets are invited to participate in the ninth annual Chase Race and Paws in downtown Conway.

RVO Calendar of events starting Feb. 20

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RVO Calendar of events starting Feb. 20

Scalloped Potatoes With Onions and Cheddar Cheese

posted: 02/20/2014 midnight

When it comes to comfort food, it’s hard to top these cheesy scalloped potatoes.

My Daughter’s Heart: Cabot fathers, daughters to wear dancing shoes tonight

posted: 02/20/2014 midnight

Tonight, fathers and daughters from the Cabot area will put on their dancing shoes for the first My Daughter’s Heart, a father-daughter dance in the Cabot High School cafeteria.

This week's events in the Three Rivers area

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This week's events in the Three Rivers area beginning Feb. 20.

Heart smart: Fall in love with heart health

posted: 02/20/2014 midnight

Each February, Americans celebrate the affairs of the heart on St. Valentine’s Day, but February is also officially designated as American Heart Month.

Use your rice cooker to make perfect risotto easily

posted: 02/20/2014 midnight

“I love risotto, and I know it’s pretty simple to make,” people tell me all the time when they eat it in one of my restaurants.

Air Force Reserve training helps Lonoke man save another’s life

posted: 02/20/2014 midnight

LONOKE — A casual drive on Feb. 5 for Senior Airman William Huff of Lonoke and his family turned into an opportunity for him to use the skills he learned during his Air Force Reserve training at the Little Rock Air Force Base.

Healthier future: Greenbrier student honored for program to help the hungry

posted: 02/20/2014 midnight

Sam Harris, 17 and a junior at Greenbrier High School, has been honored for a program he spearheaded to help feed the hungry in his community.

Wednesday, February 19

$687 million proposed to help California drought

posted: 02/19/2014 6:45 p.m.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown and the top Democratic lawmakers are proposing to spend $687 million to help drought-stricken communities throughout California, including $15 million for those with dangerously low drinking water supplies.

Google aims to provide broadband in 34 more cities

posted: 02/19/2014 6:07 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Google wants to offer ultra-fast Internet service in 34 more cities scattered across eight states in the company's boldest challenge to cable and telecommunications providers.

Nebraska law that allowed Keystone XL struck down

posted: 02/19/2014 5:39 p.m.

LINCOLN, Neb. — A Nebraska judge on Wednesday struck down a law that allowed the Keystone XL pipeline to proceed through the state, a victory for opponents who have tried to block the project that would carry oil from Canada to Texas refineries.

Off The Record: Shakespeare in the South

posted: 02/19/2014 5:21 p.m.

Oxford American and Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre team up to bring a special Shakespeare-themed Tales from the South to South on Main next week. Shakespeare in the South, which made its Tales from the South debut in 2012, is Tuesday and features stories by Greg Brownderville, Stacey Margaret Jones and Sara Shumaker. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Reserved seats at a table are $15 each. General admission tickets (no table) are $10 and are available first come, first served. Tickets are available online here.

Neglected girl's dad charged with murder in Tennessee

posted: 02/19/2014 5:16 p.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The father of a disabled girl who died from gangrene and infected bedsores due to neglect has been charged with first-degree murder along with a home-health aide in what is being described as one of the worst child-neglect cases police have ever seen in Tennessee.

Judge excludes some evidence from Shoffner trial

posted: 02/19/2014 4:55 p.m.

A federal judge has granted a request by former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner to exclude some evidence in her federal corruption trial next month.

Facing the Music: This Week's Music

posted: 02/19/2014 4:54 p.m.

Here's the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week:

Accident in Newport steel plant leaves 1 dead

posted: 02/19/2014 3:06 p.m.

NEWPORT — One man is dead after an accident at a Newport steel plant where a ladle of liquid steel apparently spilled on him in the facility's melt shop.

Bryant man charged in rape of 12-year-old girl

posted: 02/19/2014 2:36 p.m.

A Bryant man has been charged with the rape and sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl, police said.

Man indicted in woman's kidnapping, death

posted: 02/19/2014 1:46 p.m.

EL DORADO — A man accused in the death and kidnapping of an Arkansas woman whose body was found in North Carolina faces a federal charge that could carry the death penalty if he's convicted.

Legislators float private-option alternative bill

posted: 02/19/2014 1:34 p.m.

About two dozen state legislators came together Wednesday afternoon to announce the filing of a bill that would extend the discussion on the issue of the private option Medicaid expansion.

Taylor Loop improvements topic of LR meeting

posted: 02/19/2014 1 p.m.

Little Rock officials will host a public meeting next week to discuss plans for improving Taylor Loop Road.

UALR to host 'American Idol' watch party

posted: 02/19/2014 12:50 p.m.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has planned an "American Idol" watch party to cheer on a student who has landed among the top 30 contestants of the reality singing competition.

Fort Smith votes down pursuit of Whirlpool fines

posted: 02/19/2014 12:21 p.m.