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Fatal fire in Scott investigated

posted: 02/16/2014 3:09 p.m. Discuss

The Lonoke County sheriff's office is investigating after a mobile-home fire in Scott left a 66-year-old man dead.

State lawmakers float non-budget bills in session

posted: 02/16/2014 1:50 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — It happens every two years in Arkansas: Legislators gather to address fiscal matters but end up looking over bills that have nothing to do with how the state will raise money and pay its bills down the road.

Little Rock citywide cleanup set for March 8

posted: 02/16/2014 1:38 p.m. Discuss

Nonprofit group Keep Little Rock Beautiful plans to involve more than 1,000 volunteers in this year's citywide cleanup, scheduled for March 8.

'12 Years a Slave' named best film at UK awards

updated: 02/16/2014 4:37 p.m. Discuss

LONDON — The force of "Gravity" was strong at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, but it was unflinching drama "12 Years a Slave" that took the top prize.

Search for missing woman in SW Arkansas is suspended

posted: 02/16/2014 12:50 p.m. Discuss

FULTON — The search for a missing Ashdown woman who either jumped or was knocked into the Red River during a multi-vehicle accident Feb. 8 has been officially suspended.

Hogs manufacture series sweep

updated: 02/16/2014 4:27 p.m. Discuss

Arkansas had only three hits Sunday, but that didn't slow the team's offense.

Powerball estimated jackpot surges to $400 million

posted: 02/16/2014 11:44 a.m. Discuss

DES MOINES, Iowa — Without a Powerball winner this weekend, the prize has climbed to $400 million — one of the largest in U.S. lottery history.

New two-lane highway in Paragould is meeting topic

posted: 02/16/2014 10:50 a.m. Discuss

State highway officials plan to hold a public hearing this week in Paragould to discuss plans for a new two-lane highway in the Greene County city.

3rd teen held in Burns Park kidnapping, robbery

posted: 02/16/2014 9:54 a.m. Comments 2

A third North Little Rock teenager has been arrested in the January robbery and kidnapping of a man who was forced at gunpoint to provide information so money could be withdrawn from his bank account, authorities said.

NLR man held in roommate's shooting death

posted: 02/16/2014 9:38 a.m. Discuss

A North Little Rock man has been charged with murder in the early-morning shooting of his roommate, police said Sunday.

Venezuelan manhunt under way for opposition leader

posted: 02/16/2014 9:09 a.m. Discuss

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan security forces simultaneously raided the homes of Leopoldo Lopez and his parents, looking to arrest the hard-line opposition leader who President Nicolas Maduro blames for three deaths at recent anti-government protests.

Ukrainian protesters end occupation of City Hall

posted: 02/16/2014 9:06 a.m. Discuss

KIEV, Ukraine — Anti-government demonstrators in Ukraine's capital ended their nearly three-month occupation of Kiev City Hall on Sunday as promised in exchange for the release of all jailed protesters. But tensions remained high as hundreds stayed outside the building, vowing to retake it if the government fails to drop all criminal charges against the protesters.

Experts: Obesity often starts before kindergarten

posted: 02/16/2014 9:04 a.m. Comments 2

FLORENCE, Ala. — A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that among children between ages 5 and 14, nearly 12 percent developed obesity — 10 percent of girls and nearly 14 percent of boys.

New England hit with another winter blast

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BOSTON — The latest blast of snow to hit New England dumped more than a foot in part of Massachusetts and packed heavy winds that left thousands without power Sunday on Cape Cod.

NSA’s spying overseas nets U.S. law firm

posted: 02/16/2014 5:11 a.m. Discuss

The list of those caught up in the global surveillance net cast by the National Security Agency and its overseas partners, from social-media users to foreign heads of state, now includes another entry: U.S. lawyers.

Snow, cold have states, cities digging deep for cleanup, repairs

posted: 02/16/2014 5:10 a.m. Discuss

An exceptionally cold and stormy winter in the Midwest, South and Northeast has forced cities and states to put road crews on double shifts to treat and clear roadways, and to purchase asphalt to try to keep up with an epidemic of potholes.

Parents of ill kids cooking with ‘pot’

posted: 02/16/2014 5:08 a.m. Discuss

Tina DeSilvio is so determined to give her teenage daughter marijuana, she is mixing cannabis buds with 180-proof alcohol and letting the concoction evaporate into a sticky, olive-green substance to add to coconut oil.

Police find missing baby alive in below-zero cold

posted: 02/16/2014 5:07 a.m. Discuss

Police Chief Mike Horihan of West Branch, Iowa, canceled his time off and got dressed for a cold, grim day of searching the interstate. Long underwear. Boots. A heavy jacket.

Afghanistan blast kills NATO soldier

posted: 02/16/2014 5:04 a.m. Discuss

An improvised explosive device killed a NATO service member Saturday in southern Afghanistan, the U.S.-led international military coalition said.

More GIs booted over ethics lapses

posted: 02/16/2014 5:03 a.m. Discuss

The number of soldiers forced out of the Army because of crimes or misconduct has soared in the past several years as the military emerges from a decade of war that put a greater focus on battle competence than on character.

‘Real people’ props in health wrangle

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WASHINGTON — In the Republican response to the State of the Union address, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington lamented the travails of “Bette in Spokane,” whose insurance policy had been canceled because of the health-care law and who faced huge premium increases to replace it.

New Lebanon Cabinet seen as inclusive

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Lebanon’s prime minister formed a Cabinet on Saturday more than 10 months after taking office, including a wide range of political groups after bridging serious divisions among them, mostly over Syria’s civil war.

15,000 protesters close streets of Bahraini city

posted: 02/16/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

Bahraini anti-government activists clashed with security forces as thousands of demonstrators took to the streets Saturday, sending tear gas into a shopping mall and bringing the capital’s streets to a standstill on the same day authorities said a police officer died of injuries suffered in an earlier bombing.

Higher-wage states draw workers

posted: 02/16/2014 4:59 a.m. Discuss

ONTARIO, Ore. — Carly Lynch dreams of a life one day on the professional rodeo circuit, but for now she commutes 20 miles from Idaho to the small city of Ontario, Ore., to work as a waitress.

For some, eruption ‘a blessing’

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The ash and debris that Indonesia’s Mount Kelud blasted from its belly delivered death and misery and disrupted international air traffic. But for many of the millions of people cleaning up Saturday in the wake of the explosive eruption, it was also a money earner and a shot of life for their crops.

Vietnam hangs over effort to recast Johnson legacy

posted: 02/16/2014 4:57 a.m. Discuss

AUSTIN, Texas — Luci Baines Johnson leaned forward in her father’s private suite at the LBJ Presidential Library, her voice breaking as she recounted the “agony of Vietnam” that engulfed Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Murder count deadlocks jury

posted: 02/16/2014 4:56 a.m. Discuss

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — After four days of deliberation, jurors in the trial of Michael Dunn — a Florida man who shot a teenager to death in a parking lot during a dispute over loud music — said they could not agree on whether Dunn had acted in self-defense or was guilty of murder.

Mob calling for a cleansing of gays attacks 14 in Nigeria, activists say

posted: 02/16/2014 4:56 a.m. Discuss

A mob armed with wooden clubs and iron bars, screaming that they were going to “cleanse” their neighborhood of gay people, dragged 14 young men from their beds and assaulted them, human-rights activists said Saturday.

After snow, quake hits S.C., Georgia

posted: 02/16/2014 4:55 a.m. Discuss

Residents of South Carolina and Georgia had finally begun to relax after weathering another winter storm when the earth shuddered.

2nd Syria talks end in deadlock

posted: 02/16/2014 4:54 a.m. Discuss

GENEVA — The United Nations mediator for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, wrapped up the second round of peace talks Saturday without breaking a long-standing deadlock or setting a date for a third round and urged the parties to think seriously about their commitment to the negotiations.

Nazi diary in hand after 17-year search

posted: 02/16/2014 4:54 a.m. Discuss

Henry Mayer had long heard of the lost Nazi diary.

Closing labor camps lifts hope

posted: 02/16/2014 4:53 a.m. Discuss

In August, Ma Liangfu and the more than 100 other inmates at the Tumuji Re-education Through Labor Camp in Inner Mongolia received good news: China was abolishing its much-criticized network of detention facilities, known as laojiao, where people have been imprisoned without trial for up to four years.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Gunn stays calm as Hogs hang on

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Michael Gunn made sure his one mistake was his last Saturday afternoon.

The world in brief

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “I am very, very sorry, and I apologize to the Syrian people.” Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations mediator for Syria who has spent decades negotiating conflicts, after wrapping up a second round of peace talks in Geneva that ended in disagreement

Hamlin survives crash-filled ride

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Denny Hamlin won a race of attrition Saturday night, beating just seven other cars to the finish of the exhibition Sprint Unlimited.

The nation in brief

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “Sometimes in the past we’ve overlooked character issues because of competence and commitment.” Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army’s top officer, on recent efforts to improve character by forcing U.S. service members out of the military because of crimes or misconduct

TV news shows

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Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Gov. Pat McCrory, R-N.C.; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; actor Kevin Spacey. 8 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.

Names and faces

posted: 02/16/2014 4:50 a.m. Discuss

Ellen Page, who won the hearts of moviegoers as the pregnant teenager in the 2007 film Juno, has come out as gay. The 26-year old told a Las Vegas audience Friday, “I’m here today because I am gay.”

In the news

posted: 02/16/2014 4:49 a.m. Discuss

P resident Barack Obama signed into law separate measures suspending the federal debt limit and restoring full cost-ofliving benefits for military retirees while he was on a weekend golf vacation with friends at the Sunnylands retreat in Southern California.

SEC BASKETBALL ARKANSAS 81, LSU 70: Honorable effort

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The Arkansas Razorbacks made sure LSU didn’t spoil the Final Four celebration Saturday at Walton Arena.

Papers detail Clintons’ journey

posted: 02/16/2014 4:47 a.m. Discuss

Bill and Hillary necking in a White House kitchen.

UA gets a taste of tradition

posted: 02/16/2014 4:44 a.m. Discuss

Two men who kept Arkansas on the national map in the 1990s, former President Bill Clinton and former Arkansas basketball Coach Nolan Richardson, headlined a huge Razorbacks reunion Saturday at Walton Arena.

LIKE IT IS: Savoring a glimpse at Arkansas’ royal past

posted: 02/16/2014 4:42 a.m. Discuss

Tradition and history raised their handsome heads in Walton Arena on Saturday as players and coaches from the Arkansas Razorbacks’ Final Four teams were honored in a glorious halftime presentation and former President Bill Clinton was presented with a framed No. 42 jersey.

Cost of private option is big concern, foes say

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In the debate over the expansion of Arkansas’ Medicaid program through the so-called private option, opponents say they don’t want to add to the federal debt or burden state taxpayers when Arkansas eventually begins paying some of the cost for the expansion.

Game sketch

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RECORDS Arkansas 16-9, 5-7 SEC; LSU 15-9, 6-6.

Zeal over changes for aliens withers

posted: 02/16/2014 4:39 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama on Friday urged lawmakers to change the nation’s immigration policy, including creating a pathway to legal residency for millions of foreigners who have entered the country illegally.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/16/2014 4:39 a.m. Discuss

Horse trainer really blew it on this doping New Mexico horse racing regulators are disciplining a trainer because four horses tested positive last July at Ruidoso Downs for a prohibited drug that’s an ingredient of Viagra.

Off the wire

posted: 02/16/2014 4:38 a.m. Discuss

GOLF McGirt leads by 2 William McGirt had never matched par in his two previous trips to Riviera. Now he is one round away from his first PGA Tour victory.

Blair excerpts reveal laughter, confidences, trust among friends

posted: 02/16/2014 4:37 a.m. Discuss

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville political science professor Diane Blair became friends with Bill and Hillary Clinton in the mid-1970 s. Their relationship continued through the Clintons’ White House years starting in 1992 until Blair’s death in June of 2000.

COMMENTARY: Sponsors need to hold NFL accountable

posted: 02/16/2014 4:37 a.m. Discuss

You know those funny Campbell Soup ads starring NFL players and their mothers? The ones where moms pop up in locker rooms and on fields to bring their sons bowls of steaming Chunky soup?

Oshie helps U.S. outlast Russia in shootout

posted: 02/16/2014 4:35 a.m. Discuss

SOCHI, Russia — T.J. Oshie scored four times in the shootout and got the winner in the eighth round, leading the United States past Russia 3-2 Saturday in the thrilling revival of a classic Olympic hockey rivalry.

Blair: Wife saved ‘snippets of everything’

posted: 02/16/2014 4:33 a.m. Discuss

A national media flurry started last week after the The Washington Free Beacon posted a story online that was based primarily on notes written in the 1990s by a friend of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Sochi scene

posted: 02/16/2014 4:32 a.m. Discuss

Bad luck puts Daly out of final John Daly never saw the standing ovation he received at the finish line. He didn’t see his family cheering through their anguish, either.

On the podium

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Saturday’s medal winners: ALPINE SKIING Women’s Super G GOLD Anna Fenninger, Austria SILVER Maria Hoefl-Riesch, Germany BRONZE Nicole Hosp, Austria

WASHINGTON NEWS IN BRIEF: High schoolers’ art has April deadline

posted: 02/16/2014 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas high school students can submit entries in the 2014 Congressional Art Competition through April 11.

Pilot remembered by community

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A sobbing Jaime Harrell called her pastor late in the afternoon on the last day in January. She gasped for air, trying to force the words out that the Arkansas Forestry Commission air controllers had lost contact with the plane piloted by her husband, Jake Harrell.

U.S. scorecard

posted: 02/16/2014 4:29 a.m. Discuss

How U.S. Olympians fared Saturday: ALPINE SKIING WOMEN’S SUPER-G (Start position in parentheses) 8. (14) Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, Calif., 1:27.04.

Police: Father’s gunfire kills girl

posted: 02/16/2014 4:28 a.m. Comment 1

A 15-year-old Little Rock girl is dead after what police said was an ongoing “friendly” prank war between a group of teenagers and at least one other teenager escalated into gunshots from a parent early Saturday morning, police said.

Closed legislative sessions not new

posted: 02/16/2014 4:25 a.m. Discuss

Meetings of state legislatures are usually conducted in the open, sometimes even streamed live to constituents’ computers, but many states also allow for closed sessions to conduct business out of the public’s view.


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All Times Central NBC 2 P.M.-5 P.M. Men’s Cross-Country - 4x10km Relay Gold Medal Final; Women’s Snowboarding - Snowboard Cross Competition

Poll workers train to check IDs

posted: 02/16/2014 4:24 a.m. Discuss

The first poll-worker training session of the Pulaski County Election Commission on Saturday included teaching the rules and regulations of Act 595 — the new law passed by the state Legislature last year that requires proof of identification before voters can cast their ballots.

Ballot typo forces reprint for special election, costs $12,800

posted: 02/16/2014 4:22 a.m. Discuss

One number put in the wrong place resulted in a decision Saturday to reprint more than 53,600 ballots before the March 11 Pulaski County special millage election.

In the lane: Clarke rises up for Hogs

posted: 02/16/2014 4:21 a.m. Discuss

Coty Clarke didn’t score in the first half, but he more than made up for it in the second half of Arkansas’ 81-70 victory over LSU on Saturday.

PAPER TRAILS: ‘Gorgeous’ ex-wrestler to join hall

posted: 02/16/2014 4:20 a.m. Comment 1

TO THE MAT: North Little Rock resident Gary Harrington is better known to some as “Gorgeous” Gary Young from his wrestling days in Texas from 1977 to the mid-1990 s. Back then, he was the World Class Championship Wrestling heavyweight champion and a member of the Global Wrestling Federation tag team champions.

SEC/TOP 25 MEN: Veteran Gators rally at Rupp

posted: 02/16/2014 4:19 a.m. Discuss

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Scottie Wilbekin scored 23 points, including five critical free throws down the stretch, and No. 3 Florida rallied for a 69-59 victory over No. 14 Kentucky on Saturday night in a matchup of the Southeastern Conference’s top teams.

MUSIC REVIEW: Broadway duo defies pops concert ‘gravity’

posted: 02/16/2014 4:19 a.m. Discuss

So could we please have a Broadway-themed pops concert without “The Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera?

Ex-student told to delete blog’s defamatory posts

posted: 02/16/2014 4:19 a.m. Discuss

A Benton County circuit judge ordered a former nursing student at Northwest Arkansas Community College to remove defamatory statements about a college official from her online blog.

Saturday’s scores

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Men EAST Iowa 82, Penn St. 70 Navy 71, Colgate 61 Ohio 73, Buffalo 70 Providence 84, DePaul 61 Syracuse 56, NC State 55 UConn 86, Memphis 81, OT UMass 67, George Washington 61

Shepard’s late run lifts San Diego St.

posted: 02/16/2014 4:18 a.m. Discuss

SAN DIEGO — Winston Shepard scored 14 of his 16 points in the final 7 minutes, 14 seconds and the No. 5 San Diego State Aztecs bounced back from their first loss since mid-November to beat Air Force 64-56 on Saturday night.

Probe of shooting goes to state police

posted: 02/16/2014 4:18 a.m. Discuss

Helena-West Helena Police Chief Uless Wallace said Saturday that the Arkansas State Police has assumed full control of an investigation into a shooting that injured an officer and two suspects Thursday.

Men’s conference standings

posted: 02/16/2014 4:18 a.m. Discuss

AMERICAN ATHLETIC SATURDAY’S GAMES (24) Connecticut 86, (20) Memphis 81, OT Cent. Florida 75, South Florida 74 (10) Cincinnati 73, Houston 62 ATLANTIC 10

TOP 25 MEN: Saint Louis keeps calm, gets it done

posted: 02/16/2014 4:17 a.m. Discuss

ST. LOUIS — All of that senior experience paid off at the finish for Saint Louis. After frittering away a 12-point lead in a matchup of the Atlantic 10’s top two teams, no one panicked.

Man admits guilt in sculpture thefts

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

A Hot Springs parolee who stole numerous sculptures from an artist’s garden last year was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty in Garland County Circuit Court.

SUN BELT MEN: UALR can’t get offense in gear

posted: 02/16/2014 4:15 a.m. Discuss

UALR pulled as close as six points in the second half, but cold shooting prevented the Trojans from getting any closer as Louisiana-Monroe pulled away for a 65-49 victory Saturday afternoon at Fant-Ewing Coliseum in Monroe, La.

Trial set for May in bicyclist’s death

posted: 02/16/2014 4:15 a.m. Discuss

A judge has scheduled a May trial date for a Forrest City man charged with first-degree murder in the death of a bicyclist.

SUN BELT MEN: Cajuns ready for Red Wolves

posted: 02/16/2014 4:15 a.m. Discuss

Saturday’s game between Arkansas State and Louisiana-Lafayette at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La., was tied at 32-32 at halftime.

Saturday another school day for Huntsville district pupils

posted: 02/16/2014 4:15 a.m. Discuss

On most Saturdays, Madison Locke, 12, prefers to sleep in until 1 p.m. But this Saturday, she woke up at 6:30 a.m. to catch the bus to Huntsville Middle School.


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SEC women THURSDAY’S GAMES Arkansas 75, Alabama 55 Auburn 68, Vanderbilt 62 Kentucky 108, Mississippi 78

Hot Springs man’s legacy lives

posted: 02/16/2014 4:13 a.m. Discuss

In 1963, Steve McQueen brought to life the character of the Cooler King in the film The Great Escape, which retold the account of a mass escape from Stalag Luft III in Sagan, Germany, 20 years earlier. The Cooler King, an accomplished forger and escape artist, was based on Hot Springs native Irven Granger McDaniel.

Pet of the week

posted: 02/16/2014 4:12 a.m. Discuss

Molly is our pet of the week. She is a delightful 1½ -year-old beagle. She is a petite dog and weighs about 16 pounds. Molly enjoys playing with other dogs, but her favorite pastime is sitting in a lap, snuggling.

SUN BELT WOMEN: Defense turns tide for Trojans

posted: 02/16/2014 4:12 a.m. Discuss

Stifling defense from the UALR women caused Louisiana-Monroe to commit 14 turnovers in the second half, turning what had been a close game into a 16-point blowout in favor of the Trojans.

OUR TOWN: North Little Rock notebook

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Proposal for earlier meetings on agenda A proposed time change to have earlier meetings of the City Council will be on the council’s Feb. 24 agenda, Mayor Joe Smith said.

OUR TOWN: Little Rock notebook

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Water utility hires full-time attorney The Central Arkansas Water Board of Commissioners voted to hire a full-time staff attorney last week, as opposed to contracting with a firm as it has done for the past several years.

SOUTHLAND WOMEN: Duever finishes off Houston Baptist

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Courtney Duever’s jumper with four seconds remaining lifted Central Arkansas to a 57-55 victory over Houston Baptist on Saturday afternoon at Sharp Gymnasium in Houston.


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GAC MEN HARDING 81, OUACHITA BAPTIST 64 Hayden Johnson scored 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting to lead Harding (12-9, 9-6 ) to a victory over Ouachita Baptist (7-15, 4-12 ) on Saturday night at Rhodes Field House in Searcy.


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BOYS OVERALL 1. Little Rock Parkview.......................................... 20-1 2. Jonesboro.......................................................... 21-3

New Eagle Scouts

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Brandon Bemis, 18, is the son of Jim and Toni Bemis of Conway and a member of Troop 392 at Peace Lutheran Church. For his Eagle Project, Bemis held a food and backpack drive to provide donations to the Arkansas Rice Depot Food For Kids program.

Washington’s Birthday/ Daisy Gatson Bates Day closings

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The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules may be affected by holiday observances Monday. The federal government observes George Washington’s Birthday. State and local offices observe both Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day on Monday.

Governor’s appointments

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Gov. Mike Beebe announced the following appointments to education boards and commissions: Charles Blanchard, Russellville, reappointed to the Arkansas Tech University board of trustees. Appointment expires Jan. 14, 2019.

Arkansas achievers

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Warren Lindsey of Sherwood has been awarded a scholarship from the Entertainment Software Association Foundation worth $3,000. He is a student at Savannah College of Art and Design majoring in interactive design and game development.


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The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball: 2-9-14-21-23 Powerball: 3 Estimated jackpot: $330 million Power Play: 3


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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.

Something to talk about

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Coach Johnecia Howard says eStem senior guard Olivia McWilliams is her team’s “game-changer.” Sometimes the change comes early.


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Statehood lobbyist, territorial governor — A man who lobbied congressional members for Alaska statehood and served as one of the state’s last territorial governors has died.

Other days

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100 YEARS AGO Feb. 16, 1914 BATESVILLE — To live to be 60 years old without being on a railroad train and then on one’s first ride to be in a wreck is enough to make one decide that the means of locomotion nature has provided, assisted at times by the reliable horse and buggy, is sufficient for all future travel.

High school basketball report

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Lewis boys tearing it up for Norfork Brothers Chris and Travis Lewis are thriving in Norfork’s fast-paced style of play.

Jeffrey Lee Baskin

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The Vietnam War almost broke Jeff Baskin; a mother’s love and a job at a library restored him.

7A/6A CENTRAL BOYS: Parkview unleashes its defense

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Top-ranked Little Rock Parkview was far from perfect Saturday, but another mercy-rule victory was more than enough to keep smiles on the Patriots’ faces.

District tournaments

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4A-1 Farmington BOYS Tuesday’s games Game 1 Pea Ridge vs. Gentry, 5:30 p.m. Game 2 Berryville vs. Ozark, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday’s games

Pair give Supper & Soul the works

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In October 2010, Arkansas Baptist College hosted a major fundraiser whose inaugural title was Gala for Hope. The featured entertainer was the Rev. Al Green. The honorary chairmen were Susan and Dr. Alonzo Williams.

CLASS 1A-5A: Maumelle (352.5 points) leaves no doubt

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Ed Viera was cautious about predicting the possibilities of his Maumelle wrestling team before Saturday night’s final round of the Arkansas state high school wrestling tournament.

DRESSING ROOM: Fitness buffs’ bracelets help keep track of goals

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What with all the gadgets and doodads they’ve invented to help us out with workouts and weight loss efforts, it was inevitable that someone would come up with some a fashion jewelry piece that does so.

BUSINESS HALL OF FAME: Movers and slakers

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The Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas held its 16th Arkansas Business Hall of Fame on Feb. 7.

Central’s Mann ready to Cowboy up

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Considering his success, you wouldn’t expect Tyler Mann to have a case of the butterflies going into the final day of the Arkansas high school wrestling state tournament.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: Revived friendship didn’t last, but blind date did

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Joyce Aldridge’s friend hoped that fixing Joyce up with a friend of her date’s would give the two women a fun opportunity to reconnect.

CLASS 6A-7A: Catholic scores reversal, overtakes Bentonville

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Little Rock Catholic was in position to contend for its first Class 7A-6 A championship heading into the final round of the Arkansas state high school wrestling tournament, but the Rockets were not in a dominant position.

MALE CALL: Expert tailoring top priority for black suit with trim cut

posted: 02/16/2014 3:54 a.m. Discuss

I just read your answer on black suits being “somewhat somber and not for everybody.” I have two questions: First, would you consider a black suit with a dotted-line pinstripe the same as a solid black suit?

Individual results

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NOTE Championship matches on top, followed by third-place matches and fifth-place matches CLASS 6A-7 A 106 POUNDS Le (FS Southside) dec. Elmore (LR Catholic), 4-2 OT Sousa (Van Buren) dec. Ponce (Springdale), 10-8 OT Pitchford (Cabot) dec. Petersen (Mountain Home), 4-3


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A plethora of chocolate-y concoctions awaited guests of the 11th annual Chocolate Fantasy Ball, a benefit for the families served by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas.

GOURMET GAME: Game audience tries meats, lasers at Pine Bluff dinner

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About 150 pounds of wildlife was donated to the annual Taste of Wildlife supper held Feb. 7 at Pine Bluff Country Club. With that bounty, chef Jamie McAfee — with the help of some purchased quail and frog legs — created a gourmet spread for a sold-out crowd of about 200 people.

THE FIRST WIVES ENDOWMENT: Creators’ mates’ plot revival of creative writing program

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Merlee Harrison and the former Gen Whitehead have a vested interest in the University of Arkansas’ pioneering creative writing program.

Not your momma’s fake lashes

posted: 02/16/2014 3:50 a.m. Discuss

They are a sign of femininity and beauty — fluttered by flirts and lavishly drawn on cartoons for gender identification.

Dining at desks not great idea

posted: 02/16/2014 3:49 a.m. Discuss

Mike O’Neill works in the IT department at the state office complex in St. Paul, Minn., which means he’s the one who gets the calls when workers who have been eating at their desks discover that their keyboards are clogged with food-related detritus.

WHERE THERE IS MUSIC: Celebration for Art Porter comes off in spite of snow

posted: 02/16/2014 3:48 a.m. Discuss

It was a meant to be a big jam session and a celebration, and it was.

DEAR ABBY: Internet tells different story on husband’s dead brother

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DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married for three years. I trust him with my whole heart.


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Heather Brown, daughter of Brenda and Dr. Michael Brown of Redfield, and Shawn Eric Daniel, son of Connie and Bobby Daniel of Little Rock; May 10.


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HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — Martha and Dr. Edward Blaine will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple were married Feb. 21, 1964. She is the former Martha Myracle.

Bridal policy

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ENGAGEMENTS — The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes engagement announcements without photographs. The announcement must be submitted at least eight weeks before the wedding and two weeks before you wish it to be in the paper.


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Bracy-Roca Wedding vows were exchanged by Marisol Gutierrez Roca and Robert Andrew Bracy Jr. recently in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The Rev. Marcial Chupinagua officiated.

Paul, James keep roots at home

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NEW ORLEANS — Chris Paul’s All-Star weekend in New Orleans could have been awkward.

East wallops West in dunking contest

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NEW ORLEANS — John Wall soared over his mascot, and the East stomped on the West in the slam dunk contest.

Avenging angel?

posted: 02/16/2014 3:43 a.m. Discuss

Ever hear the story of Helen Spence?

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Hunters eager to watch turkeys strut their stuff

posted: 02/16/2014 3:42 a.m. Discuss

Turkey hunting is trending upward in Arkansas, and because of two years of good gobbler carryover adult gobblers should be plentiful this spring.

Forever hooked

posted: 02/16/2014 3:41 a.m. Discuss

All it took was one kiss of spring to fire my fishing boiler, and that got me thinking of my most memorable fish.


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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

Oaklawn Park report

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Geldings lead way in stakes HOT SPRINGS — Right to Vote, the 3-1 favorite under Ricardo Santana Jr., held off Street Spice and Voodoo Storm to win the $100,000 Essex Handicap for older horses Saturday afternoon at Oaklawn Park.

Hair is grittier, keeps ’60s vibe

posted: 02/16/2014 3:39 a.m. Comment 1

The musical Hair, a big hit off and later on Broadway in the late 1960s, was a product of its time.

Rick Lee’s Oaklawn Park selections and analysis

posted: 02/16/2014 3:38 a.m. Discuss

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. He can make as many plays as he wants daily.


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REDS Price wants neat GOODYEAR, Ariz. — No bushy bonding in Cincinnati this season. The Reds want players to keep their beards and their locks in check.

CRITICAL MASS: The darkness of another day: Bernard Malamud turns 100

posted: 02/16/2014 3:37 a.m. Discuss

I have wanted to write about Bernard Malamud for at least 25 years. But until now, I never have. The occasion simply never arose.

Molina maintains his drive

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JUPITER, Fla. — Before he strapped on his pads Thursday and crouched behind the plate for the first time anywhere this year, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina already knew what he was going to see looking at the team he’ll play for all summer.

SPIN CYCLE: Lego of my Dumb Macchiato

posted: 02/16/2014 3:34 a.m. Discuss

Spin Cycle presents another installment of “All the News That’s Fit to Razz.” It’s being reported that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are planning to turn their wedding into a week-long event.

Tanaka a pitcher, not a runner

posted: 02/16/2014 3:34 a.m. Discuss

TAMPA, Fla. — As dozens of cameras recorded his every move and perhaps 150 media watched on a cool and breezy morning, Masahiro Tanaka slowly jogged four laps on the warning track around a back field following his first official workout with the New York Yankees.

THE TV COLUMN: CW shows aimed at young adult female niche

posted: 02/16/2014 3:33 a.m. Discuss

You have to hand it to The CW honchos. They know their audience and how to program to it.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Arkansas eyes dreamers, diamonds in the rough

posted: 02/16/2014 3:32 a.m. Discuss

The story of J.J. Watt is likely one Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema uses to persuade potential walk-ons to attend the University of Arkansas.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: One-man, one-room show joins acrobatics, comedy

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Former German gymnast Tobias Wegner will perform LEO, his one-man physical theater show, 8 p.m. Friday at Fayetteville’s Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St.

State sports briefs

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BASEBALL Henderson sweeps SE Oklahoma Tadarious Hawkins’ sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted Henderson State to a 5-4 victory over Southeastern Oklahoma in the first game of a doubleheader sweep Saturday in Arkadelphia.

Producer listens to himself in picking recording artists

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Grammy Award-nominated producer Manfred Eicher has enjoyed some of his biggest successes at the helm of the independent ECM label by going with his instincts as a musician to make recordings other producers would have rejected as commercially nonviable.

High school basketball scores

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FRIDAY’S BOYS 7A/6A-CENTRAL Catholic 44, FS Southside 33 FS Northside 59, Conway 57 LR Hall 56, Greenwood 24 LR Parkview 51, Russellville 35


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SUN BELT ARKANSAS STATE 3-18, MIAMI (OHIO) 0-8 Arkansas State swept a doubleheader against Miami (Ohio), winning 3-0 and 18-8 on Saturday.

TV ON DVD: Video tour of Greece a lark, but Egypt … not so much

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

Anyone with a hankering to explore ancient civilizations from the comfort of their living rooms can do just that with two DVD sets from Athena.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Child-averse grandparents draining emotions, finances

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DEAR CAROLYN: My parents show very little interest in my 6-month-old twins. My father has been a cold and distant parent since my childhood and my mother has been very controlling and overbearing.

TYSON INVITATIONAL: Ex-Hog Spearmon shines again at Tyson

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Wallace Spearmon, who already owns the Tyson Center record in the 200-meter dash, clocked in at 20.51 seconds Saturday afternoon in an Olympic development 200 at the Tyson Invitational. Spearmon’s time is the fastest in the world this year, surpassing his effort of 20.68 in January at the Arkansas Invitational.


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Happy birthday. In the next six weeks, you will leave the security of known things to explore. Respect, adoration and money are coming your way.

A different spin

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I fancy myself a backpack-carrying, adventure-seeking traveler, at home in hostels and on hiking trails.

COLUMN ONE: There’s no escaping memory

posted: 02/16/2014 3:23 a.m. Discuss

Dear Unreconstructed, It was wholly a pleasure to get your message objecting to our editorial page’s celebrating Lincoln’s Birthday, as we do every February 12th. For your sentiments perfectly balance the separate but equally outraged letters we get shortly after every January 19th, when we celebrate Robert E. Lee’s birthday.

Art’s in mix at top 5 museum restaurants

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After a day of taking in culture and admiring art, travelers have earned their coffee and a fantastic view.

Fighting poverty

posted: 02/16/2014 3:21 a.m. Discuss

With all the talk currently being bruited about the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty, I am reminded that for a year, between 1964 and 1965, I was the director of the antipoverty program of Pulaski County, Ark., which included Little Rock, the adjoining city of North Little Rock and the surrounding rural area.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: St. Petersburg still magnificent, nicer since last visit

posted: 02/16/2014 3:19 a.m. Discuss

The last time I visited St. Petersburg, in the 1990s, the Russian city was gray and depressing. But during a recent visit, I found a town that sparkles.

Russia’s Putin wins patriotic gold in Sochi

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The Sochi Winter Olympics may have cost seven times as much as the Vancouver ones four years ago, but they are achieving President Vladimir Putin’s goal: Russians, including many of his fiercest opponents, have united in a powerful upsurge of patriotism.

5 castles provide regal relaxation

posted: 02/16/2014 3:17 a.m. Discuss

For the royal treatment, spend the night in a castle. Here are five to consider. 1. Castello di Casole; Tuscany, Italy.

Women are achieving foul-language equality

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The recent dust-up (let’s hope it’s brief) over Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland’s use of the F-word as an epithet aimed at the European Union highlights the dramatic change of culture in women in public life, including the highest ranks of the government.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Websites a boon to the frugal

posted: 02/16/2014 3:15 a.m. Discuss

You don’t have to have been traveling very long to know that airfares can go up and down like an elevator at quitting time. And you pretty much know that you want to buy at the bottom floor, not the penthouse prices.

Tough year for USA Truck

posted: 02/16/2014 3:14 a.m. Discuss

John Simone’s first year as chief executive officer at USA Truck has been a full one.

The year the Sixties really began

posted: 02/16/2014 3:13 a.m. Discuss

“It was the Beatles, it was the year of the Stones, the year after J.F.K. …” —Paul Simon, “The Late Great Johnny Ace” I can remember the Kennedy assassination, but not much before.

Acxiom keeps eye on federal data policy

posted: 02/16/2014 3:11 a.m. Discuss

As technology companies such as Google Inc. and Facebook push the federal government to be more transparent about requests for data, Acxiom Corp. is monitoring the debate to see how potential policy changes could affect the data-brokering industry.

What we know about the brain

posted: 02/16/2014 3:10 a.m. Discuss

What can neuroscience tell us about ourselves?

Comcast Internet seen key for FCC

posted: 02/16/2014 3:09 a.m. Discuss

Comcast Corp.’s purchase of Time Warner Cable faces as much as a year of scrutiny by regulators who likely will approve the deal as long as they secure pledges the combined company won’t harm Internet users.


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Fiction 1. THE INVENTION OF WINGS, by Sue Monk Kidd. The relationship between wealthy Sarah Grimké of Charleston, who will grow up to become a prominent abolitionist, and the slave she is given for her 11th birthday.

State sows new seeds to link farms, buyers

posted: 02/16/2014 3:08 a.m. Discuss

Microphone in hand, P. Allen Smith kept the conversation moving between growers, restaurateurs, processors and marketers.

THAT’S BUSINESS: Main to get another big mixed-use project

posted: 02/16/2014 3:06 a.m. Discuss

Doug Meyer, managing member of Crystal LLC, says he is on the verge of announcing a major project for the Fulk Building on Main at Third in Little Rock.

American exceptionalism based on character

posted: 02/16/2014 3:06 a.m. Discuss

For insights into American exceptionalism, it’s good to talk to an immigrant. I happen to be one. I didn’t choose the U.S. at random as the place I wanted to live and work: A native of the U.K., I’m here because I think America is not just different but better.

BUSINESS MATTERS: No surety UA can tap alcohol for more cash

posted: 02/16/2014 3:06 a.m. Discuss

As is often the case, the Frequently Asked Questions section really didn’t answer my biggest questions.

EDITORIALS: The real Section 7

posted: 02/16/2014 3:05 a.m. Comment 1

Editor’s note: Lo and behold, all these years later, Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution of the United States has been reviewed again, and this time read in a new light.

Earnings gap for college grads widens

posted: 02/16/2014 3:05 a.m. Discuss

The earnings gap between young adults with and without bachelor’s degrees has stretched to its widest level in nearly half a century, which researchers called a sign of the growing value of a college education despite rising tuition costs, according to an analysis of census data.

COLUMNISTS: Of poets and laureates

posted: 02/16/2014 3:04 a.m. Discuss

I have been reading poetry during the recent spate of cold days. The Poets Roundtable of Arkansas has published a new 206-page anthology of poems written by Roundtable members during the 80-year history of that organization.

Sochi merchants skeptical of year-round payoff

posted: 02/16/2014 3:04 a.m. Discuss

Businesses and residents have a lot to gain if the Winter Olympics fulfills Vladamir Putin’s pledge to turn Sochi and its surroundings from a summer playground for well-off Russians into a year round international resort for everyone.

Wanted: monuments men

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TOKYO Where the Marcos family is concerned, even good news is bad for 95 million Filipinos and their economy. What else can one say about Andres Bautista’s depressing news conference in Manila?


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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Clay Partridge, executive vice president of First Arkansas Mortgage Co., has been installed as the 2014 president of the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce.

OTHERS SAY: Wrong side of history

posted: 02/16/2014 3:02 a.m. Comment 1

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell can’t seem to make up his mind about the name of Washington’s football team.

Rethink that permit

posted: 02/16/2014 3:01 a.m. Discuss

The unbelievable saga of the Cargill-sponsored hog factory our state wrongheadedly permitted in the Buffalo National River watershed just became more twisted where reason and common sense are concerned. (As if that were possible.)


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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


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Pulaski County real estate transactions of $150,000 or more; deeds recorded Jan. 21 to Jan. 24: Ten Mile Properties LLC to Regions Southeast Timber Fund II LLC, Pt. Sections 19 and 30-2 S-11 W, $530,196.

The best argument of all

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Nothing so recommends the office of lieutenant governor’s abolition as Tim Griffin’s seeking it.


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The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission last week issued 15 drilling permits, 17 well completions and 6 well recompletions.


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U.S. Patents Issued to Arkansans Feb. 11 Patent 8,646,457 B2. Medical Hand and Arm Protection Apparatus and Method of Protection. Issued to Fereshteh K. Maynard of Conway, Jeffery B. Wilkerson of Little Rock and Victoria L. Eskew of Benton.


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Make our roads safer The number of car accidents and car-related deaths in Arkansas may have gradually decreased since 2010, but compared with the national average of 1.10, the number of fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles driven in Arkansas has stayed at 1.67.


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Building permits for the Little Rock metro area, projects valued at $75,000 or more: COMMERCIAL Baldwin & Shell Construction Co., 9601 Baptist Health Drive, Little Rock, $2,500,685.

COVER STORY: Late-night changing of the guard happens Monday

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It’s out with the old and in with the younger late Monday night as Jimmy Fallon (39) replaces Jay Leno (63) on The Tonight Show.

Soaps last week

posted: 02/16/2014 2:57 a.m. Discuss

(This column represents on-air summaries for the week of Feb. 10-14.) The Bold and the Beautiful: Carter confronted Maya about setting a wedding date.

Do hard times lead to more crime?

posted: 02/16/2014 2:56 a.m. Discuss

As concern about economic inequality rises to the top of the issue agenda, it is instructive to note that the upturn in poverty of recent years has not been accompanied by a rise in violent crime.


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ANNIKA BOS SCHOOL: Siloam Springs CLASS: Junior POSITION: Midfi elder/Defender NOTABLE: Named all-state as a sophomore. … Helped Lady Panthers to runner-up finish at Class 6A state tournament last season.


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BENTONVILLE TIGERS COACH: Mike Devaney LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 10-9-2 (3-4 7A/6AWest ) PLAYERS TO WATCH: M Josh Howard (Jr., three-year starter); D Bennett Moehring (Jr., three-year starter), F Toliver Davis (Sr., leading returning scorer from last year’s team) NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: M Josh Hillebrand (Jr., exchange student from Germany), M Tyler Roberts (Soph.) THE SKINNY: The Tigers return nine starters from a team that fi nished strong last season, winning five of their last seven match (including an upset of regularseason conference champion Springdale Har-Ber ) … Bentonville is laden with 17 juniors on its roster, and all of them have seen time on the field one time or another. … Moehring is also the football team’s kicker and punter. — HENRY APPLE @NWAHENRY SCHEDULE DATE OPPONENT TIME March 4 at Fort Smith Southside 7 p.m. March 5 Springdale Har-Ber 7 p.m. March 7 Hot Springs Lakeside# 4 p.m. March 13 Rogers High 7 p.m. March 14-15 NWA Showcase TBA March 20 at Fayetteville 7 p.m. April 4 at Springdale Har-Ber


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BRIAN BANUELOS SCHOOL: Rogers Heritage CLASS: Senior POSITION: Forward NOTABLE: Scored 14 goals and had 10 assists as a junior. … Earned allstate honors as a junior. … Needs 13 goals to break the Rogers Heritage career scoring record.


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SILOAM SPRINGS LADY PANTHERS COACH: Jason Bowen LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 14-9 (2-5 7A/6A-West Conference, sixth) PLAYERS TO WATCH: M Annika Bos (Jr.), F Odalys Palacios (Jr.), M Ingrid Gibson (Sr.), M Kaylie Lane (Jr.). NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: F Ana Linch (Soph.), GK Anna Claire Lewis (Fr.) THE SKINNY: The Lady Panthers were the surprise team of the Class 6A State Tournament last year, winning three straight games to reach the Class 6A State Finals. Siloam Springs lost its fi rst-ever state championship game appearance to Searcy 3-1 in the Class 6A State Finals.

Breden Stays Busy At Fayetteville

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One of the top soccer players at Fayetteville won’t be found at Harmon Field in preparation for the upcoming high school season.

Senior Anchors ’Dogs

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Gabe and Orsy Gonzalez went running on a secluded dirt road about a mile from their house over Christmas break.

Valentine’s A Special Day For McKay

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Valentine’s Day was the perfect backdrop for the heartstrings that were pulled on Friday at the Prairie Grove gym. Because nowhere was there more love, compassion, and sportsmanship displayed than in the fi nal seconds of a heated boys game between Farmington and Prairie Grove, two longtime rivals.

Broadway duo defies pops concert ‘gravity’

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So could we please have a Broadway-themed pops concert without “The Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera?

Shawn Jones: Henderson State’s new AD looking to make his mark

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Shawn Jones, the new director of athletics at Henderson State University, said he thinks he was destined to be in this job on this campus in Arkadelphia.

Tri-Lakes calendar of events starting Feb. 16

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Tri-Lakes calendar of events starting Feb. 16

Memories on paper: Keeping an outdoor journal helps preserve special times we might otherwise forget

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They don’t look like special books. Their tattered pages are dog-eared and yellow. The scribbling inside is hard to read beneath the streaks of dirt and faded ink. The stories they contain are pretty drab stuff — at least most people would think so. Yet they are the most precious books in my library.

Jacqueline Faulkner: New ASU-Newport vice chancellor for student affairs looks forward to future with university

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Arkansas State University-Newport’s new vice chancellor for student affairs, Jacqueline Faulkner Orr, grew up knowing she wanted to be a high school English teacher, but little did she know that when she got to college, she would find herself in a whole new world.

Area residents to participate in Newport art show

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Several artists from the Tri-Lakes Edition coverage area will be featured in the sixth annual Delta Visual Arts Show on Saturday in downtown Newport.

’Bots in Bryant: High school robotics team readies for state tournament

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The exercise started like you would expect any high-tech project to get underway — the discovery of a problem and the search to see if it was a hardware problem or a computer glitch in the software.

Area artists to participate in Delta Visual Arts Show

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NEWPORT — Artists throughout the Three Rivers Edition coverage area will be featured at the sixth annual Delta Visual Arts Show on Saturday in downtown Newport. The event is presented by the Blue Bridge Center for the Delta Arts.

Mountain View resident elected chairwoman of UCA Board of Trustees

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When Kay Hinkle graduated in 1970 from the State College of Arkansas, now the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, the enrollment was about 4,000, and the population of Conway was about 15,000.

: White River Medical Center installs new machine for radiation therapy

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BATESVILLE — The White River Medical Center Cancer Care Center in Batesville is doing its part to get the best of the best for patients who require radiation therapy.

Austin woman appointed to state Developmental Disability Council

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AUSTIN — If you ask Kristin Miller why she wanted to be a part of the Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disability Council, all she has to do is point to a picture of her niece, Mary Madison.

Coping mechanism: Jacksonville woman writes book about mother’s murder

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Ava Jones Burnett’s mother was murdered by Burnett’s father in 1963. Burnett, who was 3 years old at the time of the murder, has written a book on the subject to help her and her family cope with their loss.

Works by area artists selected for Small Works on Paper exhibit

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The 27th annual Small Works on Paper exhibition is now on display in the Norman Hall Art Gallery at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville.

Ashton Samuelson: Pitza 42 founder finds encouragement in her work

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Ashton Samuelson remembers the moment when she and her husband realized that it was worth all the stress to open a unique restaurant in Conway that donates a meal to a hungry child for each meal sold.

Paper memories: Keeping an outdoor journal helps preserve special times we might otherwise forget

posted: 02/16/2014 midnight Discuss

They don’t look like special books. Their tattered pages are dog-eared and yellow. The scribbling inside is hard to read beneath the streaks of dirt and faded ink.

Dove House opens thrift store in Clinton

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There is a new shop in downtown Clinton.

Conway woman crowned Miss Rodeo Arkansas

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Lots of young girls go through the “I-want-a-pony” phase, but Stephanie Kaeppel of Conway never outgrew it.

Heart work: Conway woman defeats fear of exercise after heart attack

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Sherrie Hartzell of Conway didn’t hesitate to tell someone when she “felt funny” at work that day, and she said it saved her life.

RVO Calendar of events starting Feb. 16

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RVO Calendar of events starting Feb. 16

Snow boots or sandals?

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For a while around here, we had to decide whether to wear flip-flips or snow boots on any given day.

This week's events in the Three Rivers area

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This week's events in the Three Rivers area beginning Feb. 16.

Snow boots or sandals?

posted: 02/16/2014 midnight Discuss

For a while around here, we had to decide whether to wear flip-flips or snow boots on any given day.

Videos for February 16, 2014






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