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U.S. 70 work suspended for basketball tournament, Oaklawn traffic

posted: 03/12/2014 4:54 p.m. Discuss

Officials with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department announced in a Wednesday afternoon news release that work on Highway 70 in Garland and Saline counties will be suspended to make room for crowds traveling to Hot Springs for several events in the coming days.

Teens ordered to trial in Australian baseball player's death

posted: 03/12/2014 4:16 p.m. Discuss

DUNCAN, Okla. — An Oklahoma judge says two teenagers charged with first-degree murder must face a trial in the shooting death of an Australian baseball player. Prosecutors say a third suspect will testify against them.

Arrests made in death of Memphis man selling car

posted: 03/12/2014 2:59 p.m. Comment 1

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police say they have arrested a man and two teenagers in the fatal shooting of a man who was trying to sell his car.

Cabot man found dead in LR after falling off roof

posted: 03/12/2014 1:41 p.m. Discuss

A Cabot man died Wednesday morning after falling off a roof in what appears to be an industrial accident.

Oklahoma's high female lockup rate targeted in bill

posted: 03/12/2014 11:18 a.m. Discuss

OKLAHOMA CITY — A plan to target Oklahoma's highest-in-the-nation female incarceration rate with a prison diversion pilot program in Tulsa has unanimously passed the Oklahoma Senate.

N.Y. comptroller: Average Wall Street bonus $164,000+

posted: 03/12/2014 11:07 a.m. Discuss

ALBANY, N.Y. — The average bonus paid to securities industry employees in New York City grew 15 percent last year to more than $164,000, the largest average Wall Street bonus since the 2008 financial crisis and the third highest on record, New York’s state comptroller reported Wednesday.

After thaw, snow returns to Midwest, Northeast

posted: 03/12/2014 11:03 a.m. Comment 1

CHICAGO — A wet snow forced residents of Chicago and the Midwest to once again break out shovels and slog to work along slippery roads and slow transit lines, a reality check for winter-weary residents who had just reveled in a day or so of springlike temperatures. Along the storm's eastward track, upstate New York was gearing up for a blizzard.

Arkansas Weekend: St. Pat's parade has NLR going green

posted: 03/12/2014 11 a.m. Discuss

For 14 years, the Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas has enthusiastically shared its traditions with the people of central Arkansas through its Rock to North Little Rock St. Patrick’s Day Parade 1 p.m. Sunday, Jennifer Nixon writes in Thursday's Arkansas Weekend section.

Gillean found guilty in UCA burglary case, sentenced to prison

updated: 03/12/2014 5:45 p.m. Comments 5

Former University of Central Arkansas Chief of Staff Jack Gillean has been sentenced to prison after jurors found him guilty of six counts of commercial burglary.

2 NYC buildings collapse in explosion, 3 dead

updated: 03/12/2014 6:01 p.m. Discuss

The New York City fire department says nine people are still missing after an explosion leveled two apartment buildings, killing three people.

Fire crews fight San Francisco blaze

posted: 03/12/2014 9:09 a.m. Discuss

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco firefighters are putting out hotspots on a condominium construction site that broke out in flames Tuesday night and threatened nearby buildings.

Israel passes law meant to draft ultra-Orthodox

posted: 03/12/2014 7:49 a.m. Comment 1

JERUSALEM — Israeli lawmakers passed a contentious law Wednesday meant to draft ultra-Orthodox Jews into the military, the culmination of a drive for reforms that has seen mass protests by the religious community in Israel and beyond.

Pistorius trial: Cricket bat, toilet door in court

posted: 03/12/2014 7:38 a.m. Discuss

PRETORIA, South Africa — Kneeling in court and swinging a cricket bat at Oscar Pistorius' toilet door, a South African forensic analyst demonstrated Wednesday how the double-amputee athlete may have bashed the door to get to the girlfriend he had just fatally shot.

Senate bill proposes tough sanctions on Russia

posted: 03/12/2014 7:34 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — Congress will weigh some of the most significant U.S. sanctions on Russia since the end of the Cold War in a bid to pressure President Vladimir Putin to pull Russian troops out of Crimea, according to a copy of a new Senate bill.

10 things to know for Wednesday

posted: 03/12/2014 7:29 a.m. Discuss


Malaysia defends search for missing jet

posted: 03/12/2014 7:25 a.m. Discuss

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian authorities defended their handling of the hunt for the missing Boeing 777 on Wednesday even as they acknowledging they were unsure which direction the plane was headed when it disappeared, highlighting the task facing an international search mission now in its fifth day.

Arkansas Legislature gives final OK to budget bill

updated: 03/12/2014 10:33 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Legislature has wrapped up this year's session after giving final approval to a $5 billion budget for the coming year.

Marshals Museum opening pushed back to ’17

posted: 03/12/2014 7:09 a.m. Discuss

FORT SMITH — Officials have delayed the opening of Fort Smith's $50 million U.S. Marshals Museum until 2017.

State legislators pass budget bills

posted: 03/12/2014 5:26 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas House and Senate on Tuesday handily approved identical measures that would raise state general-revenue spending by $109 million to $5 billion in the fiscal year starting July 1.

Feinstein: CIA hand in deleted report files

posted: 03/12/2014 5:23 a.m. Comments 2

The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday accused the CIA of improperly removing documents from computers that committee staff members had been using to complete a report on the agency’s detention program, saying the move was part of an effort to intimidate the committee.

Swedish reporter shot dead in Kabul

posted: 03/12/2014 5:21 a.m. Discuss

A Swedish journalist was shot to death while he was out reporting in an affluent and well-guarded area in Kabul on Tuesday, highlighting fears of rising violence ahead of a crucial election to choose a new leader for the country.

Clinton’s deferral on Keystone worries environmental activists

posted: 03/12/2014 5:19 a.m. Comments 9

Wealthy Democratic environmentalists are considering withholding support for a 2016 Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential bid unless she reassures them about their top priority: killing the Keystone XL pipeline.

Unreported $600,000 said to aid Clinton’s 2008 campaign

posted: 03/12/2014 5:18 a.m. Discuss

A campaign adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton was involved in an off the-books operation to help the former first lady’s 2008 presidential campaign in four states and Puerto Rico, according to federal court documents.

Nazi-pilfered art back with owners

posted: 03/12/2014 5:17 a.m. Discuss

France on Tuesday returned three paintings stolen by the Nazis during World War II to their rightful owners.

Health-care sign-ups reach 4.2 million

posted: 03/12/2014 5:16 a.m. Discuss

With less than a month remaining in the first enrollment period, more than 4.2 million Americans have signed up for health insurance on marketplaces created by President Barack Obama’s health law, administration officials announced Tuesday.

With general’s trial halted, plea talks go on

posted: 03/12/2014 5:14 a.m. Discuss

Military officials and lawyers for an Army general accused of sexual assault said Tuesday that they had entered into plea negotiations to find a possible resolution to the case, and the judge overseeing the trial sent their jurors back to their ordinary duties for an indefinite period.

9/11-trial witness: Flew with bombs

posted: 03/12/2014 5:11 a.m. Discuss

A British man testifying in the terror trial of Osama bin Laden’s son-in law said Tuesday that he flew on planes over the Middle East and Europe with explosives in a shoe after the Sept. 11 attacks but didn’t detonate them because he was saving the bomb for an attack over America.

Complaint is filed over force-feeding at Guantanamo

posted: 03/12/2014 5:11 a.m. Discuss

A detainee at Guantanamo Bay is challenging force-feeding practices at the facility imposed on prisoners who go on hunger strikes.

Confusion deepens on missing jet

posted: 03/12/2014 5:09 a.m. Discuss

A missing Malaysian jetliner may have attempted to turn back before it vanished from radar, but there is no evidence it reached the Strait of Malacca, the country’s air force chief said today, denying reports that he had said otherwise.

Booted chief: Don’t obey Ukraine junta

posted: 03/12/2014 5:08 a.m. Discuss

As Russia tightened its grip on Crimea, Ukraine’s ousted president appealed Tuesday to the country’s military units to refuse to follow the orders of the new interim authorities, declaring that he remained commander in chief and would return to the country as soon as conditions permitted.

Senators probe NSA-chief pick

posted: 03/12/2014 5:06 a.m. Discuss

Vice Adm. Michael Rogers, President Barack Obama’s nominee to run the National Security Agency, told a Senate committee Tuesday that he had seen evidence of broad cyberattacks on the new Ukraine government, but he declined to say whether the Russian government was the source, or how much damage the attacks had done.

2002 spy-court ruling laid path for data collectors

posted: 03/12/2014 5:05 a.m. Discuss

Ten months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the nation’s surveillance court delivered a ruling that intelligence officials consider a milestone in the secret history of U.S. spying and privacy law.

The world in brief

posted: 03/12/2014 5:03 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “You do not have any legal grounds to provide financial assistance to these bandits.” Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine’s ousted president, who denounced the West for recognizing and pledging aid to a government he said took power in a coup

The nation in brief

posted: 03/12/2014 5:03 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Why would anyone in his right mind be director of NSA right now?” John Schindler, a former National Security Agency officer, referring to Vice Adm. Michael Rogers, whose nomination to run the much-scrutinized agency is being reviewed by the Senate Armed Services Committee

Names and faces

posted: 03/12/2014 5:02 a.m. Discuss

A May 5 trial date was set Tuesday for Justin Bieber in the Florida case charging him with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and possessing an invalid driver’s license.

In the news

posted: 03/12/2014 5:01 a.m. Discuss

Nadya Suleman, 38, who has 14 children and is sometimes referred to as “Octomom,” pleaded innocent in Los Angeles to welfare fraud, accused of failing to reveal all of her earnings, and is to return to court next month if her case isn’t resolved before then.

Shoffner guilty on all 14 counts

posted: 03/12/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

A federal jury convicted former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner on 14 extortion and bribery charges Tuesday after deliberating a little more than three hours.

COMMENTARY: Now entering Spin City

posted: 03/12/2014 5 a.m. Comments 2

Is the big U.S. Senate race in Arkansas tied? Or is Tom Cotton well out front in a head-to-head match among “definite” voters, whatever those are?

State trims April’s highway-contracts list

posted: 03/12/2014 4:57 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will trim 10 highway projects worth an estimated $62 million from a list of projects to be awarded contracts next month because agency officials anticipate that the federal government will cut back highway reimbursements to states before the fiscal year ends in September.

LR college warned its accreditation is shaky

posted: 03/12/2014 4:54 a.m. Discuss

A national organization has placed Arkansas Baptist College on notice that its accreditation is in jeopardy.

Gillean mum on how student got UCA key, Courtway says

posted: 03/12/2014 4:52 a.m. Discuss

University of Central Arkansas President Tom Courtway testified Tuesday that he repeatedly urged former Chief of Staff Jack Gillean to explain how then-student Cameron Stark got Gillean’s master key that was used in a series of campus burglaries, but that Gillean would not and resigned instead.

Officials: Scrimping caught up with highway agency

posted: 03/12/2014 4:50 a.m. Gallery Comments 6

State highway officials said Tuesday that they will add personnel and equipment to improve the Highway Department’s response to winter storms, but they doubted that even that would have prevented long delays on icy northeast Arkansas highways last week given the magnitude of that storm and its subfreezing temperatures.


posted: 03/12/2014 4:45 a.m. Discuss

This is the calendar of public events of the 89th General Assembly for today, the 31st day of the 2014 fiscal session.

Legislators ask cost of raising teachers’ pay

posted: 03/12/2014 4:43 a.m. Comments 9

Legislators on Tuesday asked for a cost analysis of increasing the required minimum starting annual salary for Arkansas teachers by about $1,750.

Pulaski Tech levy loses at polls by 3-to-1 margin

posted: 03/12/2014 4:41 a.m. Comments 4

Voters overwhelmingly defeated Pulaski Technical College’s 1.9-mill request that, had it passed, would have established a tax district and generated $11 million annually for the school. Patrons turned back the measure by a 3-to-1 margin.

Issuing of Clinton pages set

posted: 03/12/2014 4:39 a.m. Discuss

Thousands of pages of Clinton-era White House documents will be released Friday in Little Rock, a spokesman for the National Archives said Tuesday.

Burkhalter loses bid to stop apartments’ sale

posted: 03/12/2014 4:38 a.m. Discuss

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Collins Kilgore on Tuesday ordered a Little Rock brokerage firm to move forward with the sale of an apartment complex coowned by John Burkhalter, a businessman and candidate for lieutenant governor, against his objections.

2 only looking out for selves, jury told

posted: 03/12/2014 4:37 a.m. Discuss

Prosecutors have no hard evidence — only the testimony of “a bunch of accomplices and suspects” — to prove a Little Rock man participated in a 2012 robbery and slaying at a now-closed Mexican restaurant, defense attorneys told a Pulaski County jury on Tuesday.

46 forums set for LR schools study

posted: 03/12/2014 4:36 a.m. Discuss

Architects, engineers and educational planners checked out Parkview High School last week — the final campus to be reviewed as part of a comprehensive facilities study commissioned by the Little Rock School Board.

Sherwood man agrees to sex-offender status

posted: 03/12/2014 4:34 a.m. Discuss

A week before he was scheduled to stand trial for a second time, a 42-year-old Sherwood man agreed Tuesday to register as a sex offender and pay a $1,000 fine for molesting an 11-year-old friend of his daughter.

Counseling board executive director will resign earlier

posted: 03/12/2014 4:31 a.m. Discuss

The executive director of the state Board of Examiners in Counseling has moved up the effective date of his resignation by a month to April 30, board Chairman Mark Coffman of Russellville said Tuesday.

Body is identified as missing woman

posted: 03/12/2014 4:31 a.m. Discuss

A body recovered from the Sulphur River has been identified as Elizabeth Ramsey, who was last seen in Texarkana, Texas, in December.

LR to weigh $352,000 cut to youth programs

posted: 03/12/2014 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock officials have recommended no longer funding four programs and lowering the amount given to others to decrease city assistance to prevention, intervention and community enhancement efforts for youths to about $3.1 million this year.

School chief in Bryant suspended

posted: 03/12/2014 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Bryant School District Superintendent Randy Rutherford has been suspended for “at least the next 30 days,” a district spokesman said in a news release Tuesday.

2 at defense table cordial as hearing is reset

posted: 03/12/2014 4:28 a.m. Discuss

Defense attorney Bill James and his client Darrell Dennis appeared to be getting along Tuesday, despite Dennis’ request to represent himself next month at his capital-murder trial.

Voters reject two taxes; levy OK’d in Stuttgart

posted: 03/12/2014 4:28 a.m. Discuss

Voters in Stuttgart and Sharp County on Tuesday participated in special elections to decide whether to fund hospitals in their communities, and in Conway County a measure to bolster economic development was on the ballot.

Try for plant-expansion funds OK’d

posted: 03/12/2014 4:27 a.m. Discuss

The Pulaski County Quorum Court preliminarily approved Tuesday night allowing County Judge Buddy Villines to apply for an Arkansas Economic Development Commission grant for a chemical manufacturer in south Pulaski County.

Panel to talk about empowering girls

posted: 03/12/2014 4:26 a.m. Discuss

The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service will host a panel Monday in honor of Women’s History Month on the empowerment of women and girls.

Clinton School sets Puzzle Day in LR

posted: 03/12/2014 4:25 a.m. Discuss

The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service will welcome crossword and Sudoku puzzle enthusiasts for its Arkansas Puzzle Day on Sunday.

Shakespeare fest to begin at UALR

posted: 03/12/2014 4:24 a.m. Discuss

The annual Shakespeare Scene Festival will be held at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock University Theater in the Center for Performing Arts on Thursday and Friday.

State-created weight-loss program in review

posted: 03/12/2014 4:23 a.m. Comments 3

State health insurance plans for teachers and state employees have spent more than $5.6 million on weight loss surgeries since 2011, but officials don’t know yet whether the Legislature-created program will save money by reducing obesity-related medical expenses, lawmakers learned Tuesday.

Police beat

posted: 03/12/2014 4:21 a.m. Discuss

2 kids left in car, shopper arrested A Little Rock woman was taken to jail after officers found her two children, including a 1-year-old, inside a car with a loaded pistol.

Getting it straight

posted: 03/12/2014 4:20 a.m. Discuss

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

Mega Millions

posted: 03/12/2014 4:19 a.m. Discuss

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 9-14-56-57-69 Mega Ball: 10 Estimated jackpot: $309 million Megaplier: 4

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 03/12/2014 4:17 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.

Daily record

posted: 03/12/2014 4:17 a.m. Discuss

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


posted: 03/12/2014 4:16 a.m. Discuss

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

Other days

posted: 03/12/2014 4:14 a.m. Discuss

100 YEARS AGO March 12, 1914 FORT SMITH — United States marshals today seized a freight car at the Frisco freight depot that was labeled “Feed,” and upon opening the car found 23 barrels of whiskey concealed beneath a large quantity of feedstuffs.


posted: 03/12/2014 4:13 a.m. Discuss

Author of books on politics, murder trial Joe McGinniss, the author who reported on political campaigns and murder cases in the books The Selling of the President and Fatal Vision, died Monday. He was 71.

EDITORIALS: It must be nice

posted: 03/12/2014 4:13 a.m. Discuss

SOME recovery this is. If it continues at this pace, we’ll all need a recovery from the recovery.

COLUMNISTS: What changes, what stays

posted: 03/12/2014 4:12 a.m. Comments 4

I asked a local art dealer how he would explain Carroll Cloar’s appeal.

OTHERS SAY: What A330 taught us

posted: 03/12/2014 4:04 a.m. Discuss

Four days after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished somewhere between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, its fate remains unknown, adding a cruel uncertainty to the grief of the families and friends of the 239 people onboard.

Liberal application

posted: 03/12/2014 4:04 a.m. Comments 2

Dog people and cat people don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things, but the one thing they can agree on is there’s nobody weirder than bird people.

Brainstorming Hot Springs

posted: 03/12/2014 4:02 a.m. Comments 3

In the wake of the massive fire that destroyed the oldest section of the Majestic Hotel at Hot Springs, a wide-ranging discussion has begun about the future of that city’s downtown.


posted: 03/12/2014 4:01 a.m. Discuss

We are indebted to Alert (and well versed) Readers who pointed out that the reference to Shakespeare’s Hamlet in Tuesday’s editorial should have been to Macbeth.


posted: 03/12/2014 3:58 a.m. Comments 5

More space for letters Another rambling column last week on the Voices page explained that “there is simply not enough space” to print all the letters received from readers.

ARKANSAS MEN’S BASKETBALL: Portis, Harris give Hogs Rock-solid contributions

posted: 03/12/2014 3:57 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock is big for Arkansas basketball for the first time since Joe Johnson led the Razorbacks to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2000 and 2001.


posted: 03/12/2014 3:55 a.m. Discuss

Forrest City had to play a lengthy stretch without its best player Tuesday, but the Mustangs’ bench more than made up for it to earn a spot in the Class 5A state championship game.

Foley sitting on a winning pitch

posted: 03/12/2014 3:52 a.m. Comment 1

For the past seven seasons, Joe Foley has been able to sell consistency when he visits with recruits.

CLASS 6A BOYS: Parkview pummels rival Hall

posted: 03/12/2014 3:48 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock Parkview beat rival Little Rock Hall for the fourth time this season Tuesday, and the Patriots’ 57-29 victory was an emphatic one.

LIKE IT IS: Arkansas doesn’t have a lot of wiggle room

posted: 03/12/2014 3:46 a.m. Comment 1

The last time the Arkansas Razorbacks made the NCAA Tournament was 2008, the same year UALR hosted an opening weekend of the tournament in North Little Rock.

COMMENTARY: Pete Rose in need of your forgiveness

posted: 03/12/2014 3:45 a.m. Discuss

There a great story in Kostya Kennedy’s new book, Pete Rose: An American Dilemma, about the time the all-time hit king finally felt real sorrow, real remorse, for gambling on baseball.

NFL FREE AGENCY ROUNDUP: Sacks leader Ware released in salary cap move

posted: 03/12/2014 3:44 a.m. Discuss

The Dallas Cowboys released franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware on Tuesday, a salary cap move that owner Jerry Jones called “extremely difficult” after the worst season of the star pass rusher’s career.

CLASS 6A GIRLS: Parkview finally beats Hall, carries Little Rock banner

posted: 03/12/2014 3:43 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock Parkview will try to make it three consecutive Class 6A girls state championships for Little Rock public schools, securing a spot in the Class 6A state championship later this week by knocking off rival Little Rock Hall, last season’s champion, 68-58 on Tuesday afternoon.

CLASS 3A BOYS: Charleston in final, still has work to do

posted: 03/12/2014 3:42 a.m. Discuss

Now the question of who is No. 1 in Class 3A can be answered.

CLASS 5A GIRLS: Just another night for Burgess enough

posted: 03/12/2014 3:41 a.m. Discuss

Huntsville turned to senior guard Vanessa Burgess early and often Tuesday at Charles B. Dyer Arena, and it worked out pretty well.

CLASS 3A GIRLS: eStem springs a late surprise

posted: 03/12/2014 3:39 a.m. Discuss

If you asked eStem Coach Neci Howard who would be her least-likely player to get a pass to take a game-winning jumper, she would have said Tiandra Mooney.


posted: 03/12/2014 3:38 a.m. Discuss

Senior forward Kyle Kelm had a double-double and Milwaukee’s front line dominated, and the Panthers led the entire way during a 69-63 victory over Wright State on Tuesday night for the Horizon League Tournament title.


posted: 03/12/2014 3:37 a.m. Discuss

Chris Jones made two free throws to push the game into overtime and won it with two more as No. 10 seed North Texas edged 15th-seeded Rice in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament Tuesday.

Foley’s mind isn’t on Arkansas women’s job

posted: 03/12/2014 3:36 a.m. Discuss

UALR Coach Joe Foley is focusing on today’s Sun Belt Tournament game against Troy and nothing else, particularly potential job prospects.

SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE: Duever league’s player of year

posted: 03/12/2014 3:35 a.m. Discuss

The Southland Conference women’s player of the year award is staying at Central Arkansas for another year.

SWAC TOURNAMENT: UAPB falls in overtime

posted: 03/12/2014 3:32 a.m. Discuss

Grambling State beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 83-81 in overtime, in the first round of the Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament on Tuesday at the Toyota Center in Houston.


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TUESDAY’S GAMES Indiana 94, Boston 83 Detroit 99, Sacramento 89 San Antonio 104, Chicago 96 Minnesota 112, Milwaukee 101 Oklahoma City 106, Houston 98 Memphis 109, Portland 99 Dallas at Golden State, (n)


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BOYS CLASS 6A JONESBORO 63, BENTON 53 JONESBORO (63) Sherrill 3 1-2 7, Hunter 1 2-2 4, Ross 6 11-12 24, Perkins 2 1-3 6, Woods 1 0-0 2, Pointer 7 4-6 20, McIntosh 0 0-2 0. Totals 20 19-27 63.


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CLASS 2A BOYS CLARENDON 61, JUNCTION CITY 58 HAMPTON — Donnie Lowery caught a pass from point guard Richard Knox and made a 25-foot three-pointer at the buzzer as Clarendon (30-1 ) defeated Junction City (27-2 ) on Tuesday at Hampton High School to advance to the Class 2A state championship game.


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All times Central AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE At FedEx Forum, Memphis Today’s first-round games Rutgers vs. South Florida, 6 p.m. Temple vs. Cent. Florida, 8:30 p.m.


posted: 03/12/2014 3:23 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas State women vs. La.-Monroe WHEN Noon Central WHERE Lakefront Arena, New Orleans

Second thoughts

posted: 03/12/2014 3:21 a.m. Discuss

Colon flings all fastballs, all the time Bartolo Colon of the New York Mets knows what his bread-and butter pitch is. In fact, no starting pitcher in the major leagues throws his fastball as often as Colon.

Off the wire

posted: 03/12/2014 3:18 a.m. Discuss

TENNIS Djokovic, Jankovic advance Novak Djokovic defeated Alejandro Gonzalez 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 on Tuesday, ending the Colombian’s surprising run to the third round at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, Calif.

State sports briefs

posted: 03/12/2014 3:17 a.m. Discuss

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Joyce named Mountain Home coach David Joyce, a quarterback on Van Buren’s 1996 Class AAAA state championship, was named Mountain Home’s new coach Tuesday, Athletic Director Janet Wood said.

Filing seeks to pull bond-firm licenses

posted: 03/12/2014 3:15 a.m. Discuss

The licenses of St. Bernard Financial Services of Russellville and its top executive should be revoked or suspended for not properly supervising a broker who made unsuitable bond trades for the state, the Arkansas Securities Department says in a complaint filed against St. Bernard.

Wholesalers report 1.9% sales dip

posted: 03/12/2014 3:14 a.m. Discuss

U.S. wholesale businesses in January suffered their steepest sales drop in nearly five years, but they continued to increase their stockpiles, a suggestion to analysts that companies expect the economy will rebound from an abrupt winter slowdown.

Inspectors fault Bangladeshi factories

posted: 03/12/2014 3:12 a.m. Discuss

Inspections of Bangladesh garment factories under a new safety initiative have found cracked support beams, extra floors apparently built without permits and exposed electrical cables chewed by rats.

Retailer finances improve with sun

posted: 03/12/2014 3:11 a.m. Discuss

Speaking to a group of analysts in New York on Tuesday, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Charles Holley painted a more hopeful financial picture for the company than the one revealed when it released its fourth-quarter and year-end earnings for fiscal 2014 less than a month ago.

Congress inquiring into GM car recall

posted: 03/12/2014 3:10 a.m. Discuss

A congressional committee is investigating the way General Motors and a federal safety agency handled a deadly ignition-switch problem in GM’s compact cars.

Men’s Wearhouse seals $1.8 billion deal for Jos. A. Bank

posted: 03/12/2014 3:08 a.m. Discuss

After an extended chase that included overtures on both sides, Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank announced Tuesday they will combine to create the nation’s fourth-largest seller of menswear.

MARKET REPORT: News humdrum, stocks end down

posted: 03/12/2014 3:07 a.m. Discuss

Without any big economic news or blowout company earnings, investors found little to get excited about Tuesday and sent the stock market lower for the second day in a row.

Business news in brief

posted: 03/12/2014 3:05 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We have no problems with this. These 10 factories will implement the recommended corrective measures without hampering their production.” Shahidullah Azim, Vice president, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association


posted: 03/12/2014 3:04 a.m. Discuss

Wal-Mart set to open a convenience store Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will open its first convenience store next Wednesday on South Walton Boulevard, within view of the global retail giant’s home office in Bentonville.

Fundamental lentils

posted: 03/12/2014 3:03 a.m. Discuss

How old are lentils? Here’s one clue: People who say lentils are shaped like lenses have the reference backwards. Turns out that the world’s first lenses got that name because they were shaped, yes, like lentils.

FRONT BURNER: Taste buds will jig with dot o’ butter

posted: 03/12/2014 2:56 a.m. Discuss

There are many appropriate ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (Monday). Wearing your favorite green sweater. Attending a parade (did you know Hot Springs is home to the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade?).

Cooking for two: Bacon, potatoes add heft to hearty soup

posted: 03/12/2014 2:55 a.m. Discuss

This hearty and comforting soup hits the spot in these last chilly days of winter.

Rotisserie chicken makes fast chili

posted: 03/12/2014 2:53 a.m. Discuss

This chicken chili recipe is adapted from Jason’s Deli.

7 day menu planner

posted: 03/12/2014 2:52 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early with Corned Beef Brisket With Roasted Vegetables (see recipe). Serve it with Lemon Mustard Sauce.

UNCORKED: Pinot gris distinct from pinot grigio

posted: 03/12/2014 2:47 a.m. Discuss

There are few grape varietals more consistently snubbed by consumers than pinot grigio. It isn’t that they aren’t drinking it, but many generally won’t admit to the relationship.

COOKING WITH DIABETES: Quick rice speeds classic Creole dish

posted: 03/12/2014 2:46 a.m. Discuss

Fresh shrimp in a spicy tomato sauce is a classic New Orleans dish. Brown rice takes about 45 minutes to cook. There are several brands of quick-cooking brown rice available.

IDEA ALLEY: Macaroni, lasagna recipes ‘life-savers’

posted: 03/12/2014 2:45 a.m. Discuss

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

Mango, lime, hot pepper give seafood salad zest

posted: 03/12/2014 2:42 a.m. Discuss

When I was a kid, seafood salads usually featured a mayonnaise dressing and lots of chopped celery. The flavors of lobster, shrimp and crab deserve better.

Keeping tabs

posted: 03/12/2014 2:40 a.m. Discuss

Should parents stalk their children online?

Creature feature

posted: 03/12/2014 2:38 a.m. Discuss

I read the article you wrote about kitten season. It came at a good time. My cat, Sam, died last year and now I believe I’m ready for another cat.

Text-less talking is good call

posted: 03/12/2014 2:37 a.m. Discuss

There was a time when I loved to talk on the phone.

PARENTING: Parent’s approach to potty training is right on

posted: 03/12/2014 2:35 a.m. Discuss

Q I’ve been using the method described in your toilet-training book with my 18-month-old daughter and she’s been doing great during the day. She rarely has an accident.


posted: 03/12/2014 2:34 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: Our family is divided over whether our brother should have to repay the money he borrowed from our father. My two brothers think “Ritchie” needs to make good on the loans. But my sister and I want to let it drop.


posted: 03/12/2014 2:33 a.m. Discuss

Q My ex and I have been divorced for about six months. My son goes back and forth between our homes.


posted: 03/12/2014 2:32 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: I use a slow cooker several times a week. I always use fresh meat or meat that I thawed after being in the freezer. Can you put frozen meat in a slow cooker?


posted: 03/12/2014 2:31 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. In the next seven weeks, you’ll beautify your home surroundings and get organized.


posted: 03/12/2014 2:31 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: A friend of mine admits she isn’t a Christian but claims she feels God’s presence when she does something good for other people. I’m not sure what she means by this, but I admire her for her concern for others. — J.J.

Super Quiz: Full names of U.S. departments and agencies

posted: 03/12/2014 2:30 a.m. Discuss

1. CIA 2. IRS 3. EPA 4. FAA 5. DOT






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