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Conway burglary suspect arrested at Little Rock hospital

posted: 02/11/2014 6:33 p.m. Comment 1

A man who, police say, is suspected in the burglary of a Conway AT&T store has been taken into custody after he checked into a Little Rock hospital using a fake name.

Forestry officials: Missing plane found; pilot did not survive

updated: 02/11/2014 5:56 p.m. Comment 1

The 12-day search for a missing Arkansas Forestry Commission pilot and his plane ended Tuesday, with the commission confirming that both the plane and the pilot's body have been located.

Report: Arkansas students improve on Advanced Placement exams

posted: 02/11/2014 4:26 p.m. Discuss

Arkansas students have shown continued improvement in scores on Advanced Placement exams.

Bryant daycare employee charged with child endangerment

posted: 02/11/2014 4:09 p.m. Discuss

A daycare employee is in police custody in Bryant after she was accused of dragging an infant across carpeting, causing burns on the child’s body.

Trial set in Hot Springs Village dispatcher's death

posted: 02/11/2014 2:27 p.m. Discuss

HOT SPRINGS — A judge has scheduled a July trial for a man charged in the 2011 death of a Hot Springs Village police dispatcher.

Gable talks preparedness, leadership at Rotary Club

posted: 02/11/2014 2:13 p.m. Discuss

Dan Gable doesn’t necessarily believe in luck.

Happy to be here

posted: 02/11/2014 1:52 p.m. Discuss

The horses may take center stage at Oaklawn, but it’s the people who give the track its appeal and make race fans feel like they are stepping back in time. The draw is employees who have worked at the track for as many as 40 years. It’s the clusters of families punching the clock together. Employees who aren’t family might as well be. The result is a warm, welcoming atmosphere as everyone from ushers to bartenders is happy to accommodate those celebrating the spectacle that is horse racing.

One hazy debate

posted: 02/11/2014 1:38 p.m. Discuss

It’s Friday afternoon at Rogue Vapers, and curls of white fog are clouding the air near the register. Through the mist, Tyler Meuret helps a customer holding what, at first glance, looks like a standard tobacco pipe. But there’s no open bowl for tobacco. Instead, the slim stem of the e-pipe includes a refillable cartridge of flavored liquid nicotine, or “e-juice.”

Diamond Bear's new digs

posted: 02/11/2014 1:35 p.m. Discuss

A quick tour is what Russ Melton, president of Diamond Bear Brewing Co., offers first. The former Orbea building in North Little Rock where Diamond Bear is moving into from its downtown Little Rock home is, the first week of February, still being renovated. But before the unfinished tap room bar, the incomplete walls with stud skeletons and general under-construction appearance of the building, one notices how huge this near-future home of the 13-year-old brewery is.

Keep thinking about Afterthought

posted: 02/11/2014 1:34 p.m. Discuss

On days when we barely make it to work thanks to ice, there’s nothing that sounds worse than a sad desk sandwich for lunch. You want something hot, you want a drink with free refills and you want to sit down in an actual chair somewhere to relish the fact that you conquered those slushy roads and icy bridges when others refused. Of course, if you’re broke-ish (just me?), spending $15 on lunch isn’t going to make your money last through Friday. So sad desk sandwich it is. Or maybe a drive-thru dining experience.

Four nights, four bands

posted: 02/11/2014 12:54 p.m. Discuss

So you need some live music this week and weekend. And that’s not a question but a statement. You need this. Trust me. Well, here are four acts over four nights worth checking out.

Peace, love and Hair

posted: 02/11/2014 12:47 p.m. Discuss

Central Arkansans have a chance to see the original rock musical when Celebrity Attractions brings Hair to Robinson Center Music Hall next week.

D.A.M. Night Out aims to help local theater

posted: 02/11/2014 12:45 p.m. Discuss

When Marie Amaya and a friend stopped by Little Rock’s Market Street Cinema a few months ago, she was surprised to find she was one of the only people in the theater.

Thank you kindly

posted: 02/11/2014 12:42 p.m. Discuss

Nicki Simpkins found a unique way to celebrate her 30th birthday. Instead of receiving presents, she gave them — 30 of them. For the 30 days leading to her birthday on Jan. 27, Simpkins, a Benton resident, performed one random act of kindness each day. The gestures varied from ordering a pizza for family friends who were moving, to hiding $1 bills in the toy department of a local store for children to find, to buying diapers for the Pregnancy Resource Center in Benton.

Quick Picks

posted: 02/11/2014 12:29 p.m. Discuss

Grumpy Walter, redneck Bubba J, manic Peanut and more politically incorrect puppets come to Verizon Arena as ventriloquist and stand-up comedian Jeff Dunham brings his Disorderly Conduct tour to town. Tickets for the 8 p.m. event are $44 and available at the Verizon Arena box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. (Additional fees might apply.) The doors open at 7 p.m. The star of several Comedy Central specials, Time called Dunham “the most popular comedian in the U.S.”

How not to win votes

posted: 02/11/2014 11:49 a.m. Discuss

As I’ve noted here before, I normally don’t get into politics. The reason being, that logic seems to have little place in what passes for political discourse these days, especially in that cesspool of hyper-opinionated conversation we call social media. It sort of looks like an elementary school playground to me.

Man arrested after police find shotgun in vehicle on school property

posted: 02/11/2014 11:32 a.m. Comments 2

A 20-year-old Hot Springs man was arrested Monday after authorities found a shotgun in his vehicle at Lake Hamilton High School.

CRIME MAP: 14 burglaries, 4 robberies reported Monday in Little Rock

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

GOP to advance ‘clean’ debt limit increase

posted: 02/11/2014 11:05 a.m. Comments 2

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday that the House will vote this week to increase the government’s borrowing cap without any add-ons demanded by Republicans.

Food: Romantic repast

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Friday is Valentine’s Day, and while you could take your sweetheart out for dinner, Food editor Kelly Brant thinks an intimate dinner at home is more romantic than one in a crowded restaurant.

Family: It’s best to prepare for the worst

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

Here’s something cheery to contemplate. Suppose tomorrow you’re hit by a bus/18-wheeler/SUV/exceptionally large bicycle. And die.

Arkansas sets spring game for April 26

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Arkansas will play its annual Red-White Spring Game on April 26 at Razorback Stadium.

National GOP group targets Ross with new TV ad

posted: 02/11/2014 10:36 a.m. Comment 1

LITTLE ROCK — A national Republican group is targeting Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross with a new television ad that tries to paint the former Arkansas congressman as too closely aligned with President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

I-440 work to shut lanes, ramps in NLR

posted: 02/11/2014 10:32 a.m. Comment 1

Work on Interstate 440 will require lane and ramp closures in North Little Rock this week, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said Tuesday.

Weatherman apologizes after snow forecast fizzles

posted: 02/11/2014 9:52 a.m. Comments 11

A weatherman for a Little Rock television station offered an apology Tuesday after a winter storm that had been expected to drop accumulating snow failed to develop in central Arkansas.

$100,000 gift will support Little Rock Animal Village

posted: 02/11/2014 9:45 a.m. Discuss

A $100,000 gift from an anonymous donor will support the Little Rock Animal Village's effort to build a new facility for housing dogs, officials said Tuesday.

Sheriff: Berryville fire deaths ruled accidental

posted: 02/11/2014 9:25 a.m. Discuss

BERRYVILLE — Authorities say no foul play was involved in a house fire that killed two people near Berryville last month.

Many stay home as Georgia braces for storm

posted: 02/11/2014 8:34 a.m. Discuss

ATLANTA — Forecasters issued an unusually dire winter storm warning Tuesday for much of Georgia, but many residents already were heeding advice to stay home and off the roads, leaving much of metro Atlanta a ghost town during the usually busy morning commute.

Former Dutch health minister Els Borst found dead

posted: 02/11/2014 8:31 a.m. Discuss

AMSTERDAM — Dutch police say the country's former health minister, a woman who drafted the nation's landmark 2002 law permitting euthanasia, has been found dead in her garage. They have ruled out natural causes.

Obama, Hollande open state visit

posted: 02/11/2014 8:27 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is welcoming French President Francois Hollande to the White House for policy meetings and a lavish state dinner.

10 things to know for Tuesday

posted: 02/11/2014 8:13 a.m. Discuss

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

Yellen: Continued pullback in Fed stimulus likely

posted: 02/11/2014 7:59 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that if the economy keeps improving, the Fed will take "further measured steps" to reduce the support it's providing through monthly bond purchases.

Official: 1 survivor, 102 dead in Algerian crash

updated: 02/11/2014 12:09 p.m. Discuss

ALGIERS, Algeria — An Algerian military transport slammed into a mountain Tuesday in the country's rugged eastern region. A civil defense official said 102 people on board were killed but one managed to survive.

Arkansas lawmakers return for 2nd day of session

posted: 02/11/2014 7:47 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers are gathering for the second day of a legislative session focused on the state's budget, with questions remaining about the future of a compromise Medicaid expansion approved last year.

SAU board member reappointed to 5-year term

posted: 02/11/2014 7:45 a.m. Discuss

MAGNOLIA — Gov. Mike Beebe has reappointed Edgar Lee to the Southern Arkansas University board of trustees.

Augusta man held in Searcy bank robbery

posted: 02/11/2014 7:39 a.m. Comments 3

Authorities have arrested an Augusta man in the armed robbery last week of a Searcy bank.

Support group aids teen victims of date violence

posted: 02/11/2014 7:10 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is launching a support group for teenage victims of dating violence.

No snow for Little Rock, but some parts of state get icy weather

updated: 02/11/2014 7:16 a.m. Discuss

Residents in Little Rock and much of central Arkansas awakened Tuesday to clear conditions, but parts of the state were dealing with wintry precipitation.

Iconic child star Shirley Temple dies at 85

posted: 02/11/2014 6:29 a.m. Discuss

SAN FRANCISCO — Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died, according to publicist Cheryl Kagan. She was 85.

USA Truck says results strong despite 4th-quarter loss

posted: 02/11/2014 6:28 a.m. Discuss

USA Truck on Tuesday reported a loss of $4.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, but company officials said overall results pointed toward the company returning to profitability.

In the news

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

Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York used his first State of the City address to press government to marshal its power to battle income inequality by increasing taxes on the rich to pay for pre-kindergarten, raising the minimum wage and providing ID cards for people in the country illegally.

Fiscal session rolls; biggie is private option

posted: 02/11/2014 2:59 a.m. Comments 2

The Arkansas Legislature launched its third-ever fiscal session Monday amid uncertainty about the future of the state’s fledgling program using federal funds to purchase private health insurance for poor Arkansans.

Bid for bill filed to delay filling Darr’s empty post

posted: 02/11/2014 2:57 a.m. Discuss

State lawmakers filed a resolution Monday that would allow consideration of legislation keeping the lieutenant governor’s office vacant for the rest of the year.

Small firms get health respite until ’16

posted: 02/11/2014 2:55 a.m. Discuss

Employers with fewer than 100 workers won’t have to provide health insurance until 2016 under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as President Barack Obama’s administration said it will again delay a key requirement of the federal health law.

State’s 41st flu death is wife, 29

posted: 02/11/2014 2:54 a.m. Comments 2

For nearly 30 minutes a team of doctors and nurses worked on Leslie Creekmore, 29, as her blood pressure spiked and her body started to shut down, said Chris Creekmore, her husband. She died early Monday morning in a St. Louis hospital.

Apartment fires in LR yield arrest

posted: 02/11/2014 2:52 a.m. Discuss

A 43-year-old Little Rock woman was arrested Monday after a federal grand jury indicted her in connection with a string of arsons at Forest Place Apartments that caused millions of dollars in damage, permanently displaced 90 people, injured two firefighters and prompted a lawsuit.

Snow, ice forecasts soften, don’t disappear

posted: 02/11/2014 2:50 a.m. Discuss

A weather system originally forecast to drop up to 6 inches of snow on Arkansas on Monday became “disorganized” and lost much of its pep during the day, causing meteorologists to scale back on accumulation amounts.

Early deadlines

posted: 02/11/2014 2:46 a.m. Discuss

Because of the threat of icy weather, deadlines were earlier than usual for today’s editions, and some late news and sports scores may not be included.

Names and faces

posted: 02/11/2014 2:45 a.m. Discuss

Actor Shia LaBeouf hit the Berlin Film Festival in memorable style Sunday, first walking out of a news conference for the film Nymphomaniac Volume I and then wearing a paper bag over his head at the red carpet premiere. The actor posed for photographers in a stylish tuxedo — and a paper bag with eyeholes and the words “I am not famous anymore” written across it.

Pryor’s veterans pension bill advances on 94-0 Senate vote

posted: 02/11/2014 2:44 a.m. Comment 1

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate unanimously agreed Monday to move forward on a bill that would restore $6 billion in annual cost-of-living increases for many working-age military retirees.

The nation in brief

posted: 02/11/2014 2:43 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’re not looking back; we’re looking forward.The next three days are going to be challenging.We want to make sure we are as prepared as possible.” Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, who declared a state of emergency for 45 counties before the arrival of a winter storm that’s expected to drop 1 to 3 inches of snow on the region

GOP works on vets’ pension angle

posted: 02/11/2014 2:42 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders were pursuing a plan Monday to reverse a recently passed cut to military pensions as the price for increasing the government’s borrowing cap, but it received a rocky reception from skeptical conservatives.

Gay spouses sue Ohio on birth listings

posted: 02/11/2014 2:41 a.m. Comment 1

CINCINNATI — Four legally married gay couples filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit Monday seeking a court order to force Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages on birth certificates despite a statewide ban, echoing arguments in a similar successful lawsuit concerning death certificates.

Immigration seen tied to food prices

posted: 02/11/2014 2:40 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — Immigration policy that focuses solely on enforcement would cut agriculture production and cause a sharp rise in food prices, according to a new study released Monday.

The world in brief

posted: 02/11/2014 2:39 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The negotiations cannot continue while the regime is stepping up its violence against the Syrian people.” Louay Safi, spokesman for the Syrian opposition groups engaged in peace talks in Geneva, after meetings with United Nations-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi

Iraq explosion kills 21 militants

posted: 02/11/2014 2:38 a.m. Discuss

BAGHDAD — An instructor teaching his militant recruits how to make car bombs accidentally set off explosives in his demonstration Monday, killing 21 of them in a blast that alerted authorities to the existence of the rural training camp in an orchard north of Baghdad. Nearly two dozen people were arrested, including wounded insurgents trying to hobble away from the scene.

Shaky Syrian truce extended 3 days

posted: 02/11/2014 2:36 a.m. Discuss

BEIRUT — Aid officials rushed Monday to evacuate more women, children and elderly people from rebel-held areas that have been blockaded by government troops for more than a year in Syria’s third-largest city, Homs, after a United Nations-brokered cease-fire in the city was renewed for three more days.

South hunkers down as another winter storm moves in

posted: 02/11/2014 2:35 a.m. Discuss

Georgia’s governor declared a state of emergency for 45 counties, and Atlanta canceled classes for today and Wednesday as a winter storm neared, less than two weeks after a system stranded thousands of people in cars, buses and schools.

Congress prods military for sex-crime data

posted: 02/11/2014 2:34 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is coming under pressure to give Congress detailed information on the handling of sex-crime cases in the armed forces after an Associated Press investigation that found a pattern of inconsistent judgments and light penalties for sexual assaults at U.S. bases in Japan.

U.S. officials debate drone hit on citizen

posted: 02/11/2014 2:33 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s administration is debating whether to authorize a lethal strike against a U.S. citizen living in Pakistan who some believe is actively plotting terror attacks, according to current and former government officials.

Shoffner requests 2nd trial

posted: 02/11/2014 2:32 a.m. Discuss

Calling the timing of new charges filed against Martha Shoffner last week “disappointing and unreasonable,” an attorney for the former state treasurer asked a federal judge Monday to sever them from her original 14 charges, allowing her to proceed to trial March 3 on the original charges alone.

Health contracts clear key hurdle for fiscal session

posted: 02/11/2014 2:31 a.m. Discuss

After being delayed last week, two contracts related to Arkansas’ health-insurance exchange cleared a final legislative hurdle on Monday, hours before the start of the state’s fiscal session.

Officer targeted in meth robbery

posted: 02/11/2014 2:30 a.m. Discuss

Short on supply, a suspected drug dealer and a few associates planned on stealing a quarter pound of methamphetamine from an acquaintance, according to the Pulaski County sheriff’s office.

Opinion: No leeway on ID for absentees

posted: 02/11/2014 2:29 a.m. Discuss

Absentee voters who do not provide adequate identification under the new voter-identification law do not have the legal authority to bring in documents later to prove their identity, the attorney general’s office said Monday.

Group: Halt ‘anti-evolution’ classes

posted: 02/11/2014 2:28 a.m. Comments 57

The Americans United for Separation of Church and State organization on Monday asked the Arkansas Department of Education to take steps to stop what it calls the “anti-evolution and pro-creationism teachings” at two of the state’s open-enrollment charter high schools run by a Texas company.

Terrain added in search for missing forestry pilot

posted: 02/11/2014 2:24 a.m. Discuss

As the search for missing Arkansas Forestry Commission pilot Jake Harrell continues, organizers are expanding the boundaries of the search area to include a growing number of possible sightings, a commission spokesman said Monday.


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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.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 02/11/2014 2:21 a.m. Discuss

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


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Director of Oscar winner Babette’s Feast COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Gabriel Axel, the first Dane to win an Oscar for best foreign film with Babette’s Feast, which he directed, has died at the age of 95.

Other days

posted: 02/11/2014 2:20 a.m. Discuss

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 11, 1914 Criticizing Attorney General William L. Moose’s opinion holding the Going law unconstitutional, Gustave Jones, an attorney at Newport, yesterday addressed a letter to Judge Moose. The writer suggests that the attorney general’s line of reasoning would also make the “Jim Crow” and other similar acts unconstitutional.

Two arrested, one shot during robbery attempt

posted: 02/11/2014 2:20 a.m. Discuss

A Benton Police Department officer shot a parolee accused of breaking into a hotel construction site early Monday, striking him once, according to a department spokesman.

Shooting at nightclub kills 1

posted: 02/11/2014 2:19 a.m. Discuss

An argument inside a Little Rock nightclub led to a shooting that left one man dead and three injured early Monday morning.

Daily record

posted: 02/11/2014 2:18 a.m. Discuss

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.

NLR councillors OK adding more animals at urban farm

posted: 02/11/2014 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Goats, hogs and sheep will be joining St. Joseph Farm at the 63-acre site of the historic former orphanage, the North Little Rock City Council unanimously approved Monday.

Man’s body found under I-440 bridge

posted: 02/11/2014 2:16 a.m. Discuss

Motorists found the frozen remains of a Little Rock man beneath an Interstate 440 bridge early Sunday night.

Police beat

posted: 02/11/2014 2:15 a.m. Discuss

Airport bust leads to charges for four Three California residents were among four men arrested Monday afternoon at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field on charges they conspired to possess 14 pounds of marijuana, Little Rock police said.

An Arkansas moment

posted: 02/11/2014 2:14 a.m. Discuss

THE COP working the accident looked frustrated. He wasn’t angry. He wasn’t scared. He wasn’t reaching for a nightstick, and who would have blamed him if he had? As we skidded by him, window open, crying out for help, we caught the look in his eye—and it was nothing more than understandable frustration.

COLUMNISTS: Health, work, untruths

posted: 02/11/2014 2:13 a.m. Comments 8

On Wednesday, Douglas Elmendorf, the director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, said the obvious: losing your job and choosing to work less aren’t the same thing. If you lose your job, you suffer immense personal and financial hardship. If, on the other hand, you choose to work less and spend more time with your family, “We don’t sympathize. We say congratulations.” And now you know everything you need to know about the latest falsehood in the mendacious campaign against health reform.

A dreamer’s nightmare

posted: 02/11/2014 2:12 a.m. Discuss

Tatiana Vertiz, 26, was brought to this country when she was 3. At the end of this year, circumstances could dictate that she return to Mexico, a country in which she’s a foreigner, be deported or remain here without documents.

OTHERS SAY: Syria’s horrific war

posted: 02/11/2014 2:12 a.m. Discuss

For some children in Syria, the civil war is a particular kind of hell. The details of a United Nations report released last week are chilling and gut-wrenching.

Tontitown trauma: Let firemen rule

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

It would be a gross exaggeration to say the house known as the tumultuous Tontitown government is continually burning itself down. But for me, some comparisons are just too, well, hot to pass up.

Welcome to the sideshow

posted: 02/11/2014 2:10 a.m. Comments 17

We will confront an interesting sideshow at the fiscal legislative session. It will center on whether to appropriate money to sustain the staff for no one.


posted: 02/11/2014 2:09 a.m. Comment 1

Appealing to one side Your newspaper’s purported policy on its opinion pages is to attempt to represent both sides of our nation’s bitterly contested political issues. However, I believe this goal is made impossible when Paul Greenberg’s editorials are consistently designed to appeal only to a conservative readership.

Benton OKs hiring of local architects

posted: 02/11/2014 2:08 a.m. Discuss

BENTON — The City Council unanimously voted to allow the city to enter into a contract with an architectural firm that will help design the city’s parks.

Update deals get NLR schools’ OK

posted: 02/11/2014 2:07 a.m. Discuss

The North Little Rock School Board on Monday approved five contracts totaling about $3.1 million for the purchase of technology equipment and services as part of the capital-improvement program to rebuild and renovate district campuses.

Shannon, new coordinator audibled before hiring

posted: 02/11/2014 2:06 a.m. Comment 1

Part of Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema’s vetting process for Robb Smith, Arkansas’ new defensive coordinator, included a face-to-face discussion between Smith and linebackers coach Randy Shannon.

Arkansas eager for thaw ball

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

It’s been anything but baseball-friendly weather in Fayetteville the past couple weeks, but Arkansas Coach Dave Horn said the Razorbacks have been trying to make the best of an icy situation.

LIKE IT IS: Hall turned relevant, vibrant under Tucker

posted: 02/11/2014 2:01 a.m. Discuss

Delayed by last week’s weather and national signing day, the “short” meeting Ray Tucker asked for didn’t happen until Thursday.

Collins in Bielema’s doghouse

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

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema announced Monday he has suspended star tailback Alex Collins from team football activities for this week.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/11/2014 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Pettys united: Danica good, Danica bad Danica Patrick’s chances of winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup race are slim, according to Hall of Fame driver Richard Petty.

Off the wire

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BASEBALL Twins GM has cancer Minnesota Twins General Manager Terry Ryan said Monday he has been diagnosed with cancer and he will not be with the team for the start of spring training so he can focus on treatment and recovery.

COMMENTARY: Sam goes from football star to pioneer

posted: 02/11/2014 1:56 a.m. Comment 1

He is now Michael Sam, the most prominent active male athlete on the major American sports scene to tell the world he is gay. He is now Michael Sam, pioneer, and the best part about this is the way this news came about.

State sports briefs

posted: 02/11/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

BASEBALL ASU, UALR tabbed seventh, ninth in Sun Belt Arkansas State and UALR were picked to finish seventh and ninth, respectively, in the Sun Belt Conference’s preseason poll. The poll and conference teams were picked by the league’s head coaches. ASU first baseman Zach George was named to the preseason All-Sun Belt team.

High school basketball

posted: 02/11/2014 1:52 a.m. Discuss

TODAY’S GAMES 7A/6A-CENTRAL Fort Smith Southside at Greenwood Little Rock Hall at Conway Little Rock Parkview at Catholic Russellville at Fort Smith Northside 7A/6A-EAST Cabot at Marion Jonesboro at Little Rock Central Searcy at Mountain Home West Memphis at North Little Rock 7A/6A-SOUTH Benton at Sheridan Bryant at Little Rock Fair El Dorado at Texarkana Lake Hamilton at Pine Bluff

College basketball

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MEN EAST Georgetown 83, Providence 71 Quinnipiac 83, Marist 78 Siena 77, Fairfield 75 West Virginia 102, Iowa St. 77 SOUTH Alabama A&M 91, MVSU 82 Bethune-Cookman 72, NC A&T 71 Delaware St. 79, Savannah St. 59 Grambling St. 95, Alcorn St. 80 Hampton 71, Md.-Eastern Shore 65 James Madison 59, Hofstra 53 Miami 77, Florida St. 73 Morgan St. 82, Coppin St. 77


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CELTICS 102, BUCKS 86 BOSTON (102) Green 11-22 6-7 29, Bass 5-10 2-2 12, Sullinger 6-13 1-2 13, Pressey 5-10 0-0 13, Wallace 3-3 1-2 8, Bayless 2-10 0-0 4, Johnson 2-5 0-0 5, Humphries 2-4 0-0 4, Olynyk 6-11 1-1 14. Totals 42-88 11-14 102. MILWAUKEE (86) Middleton 2-6 3-4 8, Henson 8-12 0-0 16, Pachulia 3-8 2-2 8, Knight 7-18 6-8 22, Wolters 2-9 2-4 7, Antetokounmpo 1-5 1-2 4, Udoh 0-0 0-0 0,

THE RECRUITING GUY: UA intent on Alabama lineman

posted: 02/11/2014 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas offensive line coach Sam Pittman has extended a scholarship offer to junior offensive lineman Tyler Carr, who’s on CBS Sports Network Tom Lemming’s early list of top 2015 prospects in the nation.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Wildcats’ stars lead road charge

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CABOT — North Little Rock needed every one of its offensive weapons Monday night.

7A/6A-EAST GIRLS: North Little Rock rallies for victory

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CABOT — Sophomore Kyra Collier scored 19 points and junior Malica Monk blocked a key shot in the final 15 seconds as North Little Rock rallied for a 48-46 victory over Cabot in a 7A/6AEast Conference game Monday night.


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BOYS ENGLAND 69, CUTTER MORNING STAR 40 Devonta Patterson led host England (21-2, 11-0 ) with 23 points in a 2A-5 victory over the Eagles. Tyrek Harris and Lawrence Tatum both finished with 13 points for England which led 18-8 after the first period, 38-23 at halftime and 61-30 after three quarters.

Portis shows maturity with fewer points at Vandy

posted: 02/11/2014 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Bobby Portis didn’t feel the need to carry Arkansas’ offense on Saturday at Vanderbilt the way he did the previous game against Alabama.

SUN BELT MEN: Long layoff doesn’t hamper Red Wolves

posted: 02/11/2014 1:45 a.m. Discuss

JONESBORO — Arkansas State needed tenacious defense and Melvin Johnson III’s efficient offense to shake off the rust of a nine-day layoff Monday night against Western Kentucky.

SEC report: Donovan not fazed by streak

posted: 02/11/2014 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Florida’s 10-0 SEC record will be put to its sternest test yet this week, with the Gators taking on Tennessee and Kentucky on the road.

Razorbacks to honor Final Four teams

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FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas will honor its six Final Four basketball teams as well as former President Bill Clinton during a halftime ceremony at Saturday’s game against LSU in Walton Arena. This season marks the 20th anniversary of Arkansas’ 1994 national championship team. The Razorbacks returned to the national title game in 1995, when they lost to UCLA.

Sochi scene

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Fashion report Super-combined skier Macarena Simari Birkner of Argentina was certainly easy to spot on the race hill Monday in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia — she was the one decked out in lots and lots of polka dots.

Hoefl-Riesch strikes gold again

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — In Alpine skiing, there are speed specialists and there are technical specialists, and then there’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch.

On the podium

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Monday’s medalists in Sochi, Russia: ALPINE SKIING Women’s Super Combined GOLD Maria Hoefl-Riesch, Germany SILVER Nicole Hosp, Austria BRONZE Julia Mancuso, United States

U.S. scoreboard

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How Americans fared Monday in Sochi, Russia: ALPINE SKIING WOMEN’S SUPER COMBINED Final Ranking (Downhill; Slalom in parentheses) 3. Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, Calif., (1, 1:42.68; 13, 52.47) 2:35.15. — BRONZE NR. Stacey Cook, Mammoth, Calif., DNF. NR. Laurenne Ross, Bend, Ore., DNF. NR. Leanne Smith, North Conway, N.H., DNF.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY: U.S., Canada move on to semifinals

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SOCHI, Russia — The United States and Canada clinched spots in the Olympic women’s hockey semifinals Monday, remaining unbeaten through their first two games of pool play.


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All times Central and subject to change TODAY NBC 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country - Individual Sprint Gold Medal Finals; Women’s Luge - Gold Medal Final Runs; Women’s Freestyle Skiing - Slopestyle Competition 7 p.m.-10 :30 p.m. Men’s Snowboarding - Halfpipe Gold Medal Final; Figure Skating - Pairs’ Short Program; Women’s Freestyle Skiing - Slopestyle Gold Medal Final;

Yellen’s strategy on rates desired

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WASHINGTON — As Janet Yellen prepares to deliver her first testimony to Congress as Federal Reserve chairman, the central bank’s tactics for guiding the recently more turbulent financial markets need reworking, economists say.

CEO lined up, says Allens bidder

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Sager Creek Acquisition Corp., the likely new owner of bankrupt Allens Inc., says the reorganized company is financially sound, intends on keeping most of its employees and has a CEO on tap to run it, according to documents filed with the court.

Reports: 150 errors on airports

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WASHINGTON — On at least 150 flights, including one involving a Southwest Airlines jet last month in Missouri and a jumbo cargo plane last fall in Kansas, U.S. commercial air carriers have either landed at the wrong airport or started to land and realized their mistake in time, according to a search by The Associated Press of government safety databases and media reports since the early 1990s.

Apple investor Icahn ends push for bigger stock buyback plan

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SAN FRANCISCO — Activist investor Carl Icahn is retreating from his battle with Apple’s board of directors, ending a high-profile campaign to pressure the iPhone maker into spending more money to buy back its own slumping stock.

Latest TV fee fight stirs up storm

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DirecTV replaced The Weather Channel with WeatherNation TV on Jan. 13 in a dispute over fees, giving Denver-based WeatherNation a major opportunity.


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Building to start on Argenta apartments Construction of Argenta Flats, a 78-unit apartment complex in North Little Rock’s Argenta Arts District, is scheduled to begin today, according to Salter Properties.

McDonald’s U.S. same-store sales drop for third month

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McDonald’s Corp., the world’s largest restaurant chain, said January sales at its established U.S. stores fell for the third straight month as severe weather and waning consumer confidence kept diners at home.

Business news in brief

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “You’ve got these runway lights, and you are looking at them, and they’re saying:‘Come to me, come to me. I will let you land.’ They’re like the sirens of the ocean.” Michael Barr, University of Southern California aviation safety instructor

MARKET REPORT: Stocks rise slightly in slow trading

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NEW YORK — The stock market ended up more or less where it began Monday in a quiet day for investors who had little economic data or company earnings to ponder.

Agriculture honorees on way to hall

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A former congressman, a forester, two educators and two other industry leaders will be inducted into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame during the hall’s 26th induction ceremony March 7.

WHAT’S IN A DAME: If colors clash, so will you, love bug

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Hey, baby, what’s your color?

COMEDY: Droll Dunham is no dummy

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Being away from home on Valentine’s Day is no problem for comedian/ventriloquist Jeff Dunham. At least not any more.

LISTEN UP: Dum Dum Girls add gleam of ’80s to pop

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Dum Dum Girls Too True Sub Pop B The first thing you notice on the latest from Dee Dee Penny’s Dum Dum Girls is that an ’80s new wave glimmer is beginning to edge out the garage-pop fuzz of earlier Girls albums like I Will Be and Only in Dreams. It’s subtle, perhaps, but is a pleasant development.

Rollin’ out the bottles

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Sherry Caldwell of Little Rock can say she was there when the first bottle of barrel-aged rum was born at Rock Town Distillery. As evidence, she took home a souvenir inscribed with “batch 1, bottle 1.” She’ll set it next to her bottle of Arkansas Young Bourbon — batch 3, bottle 101 — the spirit that originally piqued her interest in the brand.

THE TV COLUMN: PBS gives fans of daring feats Olympics options

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Wild West buffs looking for a respite from snowboarding and speed skating have two good docudramas tonight.


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DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’m facing an important decision, and I’d do whatever God wants me to do — if I only knew how to find out. How do you discover what God wants you to do? — D.McC.


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Happy birthday. The ground rules you establish with family are upheld beautifully this year. March brings excitement and travel.April advances your role in a project that has the potential to help many in your community. The most romantic times are May and September.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: That exit door is unlocked

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DEAR CAROLYN: I was in a relationship that ended (mostly mutually) almost a year ago. I have made peace with its ending because it was bad for both of us. She took me for granted and I became a version of myself that I really hated (a doormat, to be blunt). We both acted in unhealthy ways.


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DEAR READER: If you order products online or by phone, are you aware of your legal rights? Sellers can face penalties due to the Federal Trade Commission’s “Mail/ Telephone Order Merchandise Rule.” Here are some things you should be aware of so you don’t get taken: The date the seller advertises for delivery of the product is the date by which it must be delivered.

Super Quiz: Seven-letter words that end in “-age”

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1. Waste material that you are throwing away 2. The ability to do something that frightens you

MUSIC: Hank, Dylan, Roxy kindled Moot’s love of music

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Moot Davis admits he was all fired up over completing his latest CD, but he was not expecting flames to almost consume his music.






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