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Benton police arrest 3 in burglary

updated: 05/27/2014 5:39 p.m. Discuss

Three people were arrested after they purportedly robbed a residence in Benton on Friday, police said.

Orthodontist challenges Arkansas law on services

posted: 05/27/2014 3:55 p.m. Discuss

A Jonesboro orthodontist is suing the Arkansas Dental Examiners Board over a claim that barring him from offering stand-alone basic services like cleanings and X-rays is unconstitutional.

Heartland virus death confirmed in Oklahoma

posted: 05/27/2014 2:18 p.m. Discuss

The Oklahoma Department of Health has confirmed the state's first case and death of Heartland virus.

Trial delayed for suspect in killings of girls, stepfather

posted: 05/27/2014 2:18 p.m. Comments 4

The trial for a man accused of killing two young girls and their stepfather at their Arkadelphia home has been delayed.

Work on Little Rock’s 'P' Street is meeting topic

updated: 05/27/2014 4:19 p.m. Discuss

The city of Little Rock will hold a public meeting in June for discussing plans to widen “P” Street in the Heights neighborhood.

Rain possible in state through Thursday

posted: 05/27/2014 1:59 p.m. Discuss

A slow-moving low-pressure system in the west of the state might cause showers and thunderstorms throughout Arkansas most of the week, meteorologists say.

Leaving a legacy of inspiration in wake of battle

posted: 05/27/2014 1:39 p.m. Discuss

I knew Annie Parrott-Ondarza was bubbly, silly, goofy, funny, loving, kind and a good low-post defender. I didn’t know she was a courageous battler.

McDaniel asks court to uphold abortion ban

posted: 05/27/2014 1:30 p.m. Discuss

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is asking a federal appeals court to uphold the state's 12-week abortion ban, arguing the prohibition furthers the state's interests in protecting pregnant women, unborn children and the medical profession.

UAM player is semifinalist for Josh Willingham award

posted: 05/27/2014 1:17 p.m. Discuss

University of Arkansas at Monticello senior second baseman Ben Agredano has been named a semifinalist for the 2014 Josh Willingham Award.

Hutchinson calls for adjusting prison-poulation law

posted: 05/27/2014 1:16 p.m. Comment 1

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson says a 2011 law aimed at curbing Arkansas' prison population needs to be adjusted, as he called for increased funding for the state's parole and probation program.

UALR names social sciences, communications dean

posted: 05/27/2014 12:43 p.m. Discuss

A dean for the new College of Social Sciences and Communication at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has been chosen, officials said Tuesday.

Dust off the bottles

posted: 05/27/2014 12:21 p.m. Discuss

In the sea of Little Rock nightlife, bartenders are the captains. They can turn your night around with a soothing cocktail and save your pride by cutting you off. They’re in control of their tiny ship and all of those bottles behind the bar. Even the dusty ones.

Spreading its wings

posted: 05/27/2014 11:30 a.m. Discuss

Matt Foster says he’s “laying low” this summer when it comes to Flyway Brewing Co., his downtown Little Rock “pico brewery” that first started serving beer to the public in October 2013.

U.S. to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan

posted: 05/27/2014 11:25 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will seek to keep 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the war formally ends later this year and then will withdraw most of those forces by 2016, senior administration officials said Tuesday.

Median CEO pay exceeds $10 million in 2013

posted: 05/27/2014 11:23 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK — Propelled by a soaring stock market, the median pay package for a chief executive officer in the United States rose above eight figures for the first time last year.

Dog days of (almost) summer

posted: 05/27/2014 11:21 a.m. Discuss

In the crowded list of summertime foods, few rise to the top quite like the all-American hot dog. And while many prefer the encased meat simply dressed and consumed at the nearest ballpark, restaurants and food trucks have found creative ways to turn the humble sausage-bun combo into a more artisan meal.

Arkansas-Missouri game moved to day after Thanksgiving

posted: 05/27/2014 11:14 a.m. Comments 2

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas says its regular season-ending game against Missouri has been moved up a day, marking the 17th time in 19 seasons the Razorbacks will have played on the day after Thanksgiving.

Nothing but Natural State tunes

posted: 05/27/2014 11:11 a.m. Discuss

One week after Arkansas’ largest music and arts festival in downtown Little Rock’s Julius Breckling Riverfront Park, the park becomes a local hub of all-Arkansas music with the return of the Legends of Arkansas on Saturday.

Court sides with W. Memphis police over fatal chase

posted: 05/27/2014 11:11 a.m. Comment 1

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court sided with police officers Tuesday who were sued over a high-speed chase that ended with the deaths of the fleeing driver and his passenger.

Ross, Hutchinson agree to televised debate

posted: 05/27/2014 11:03 a.m. Comment 1

LITTLE ROCK — A week after securing their parties' nominations for Arkansas' top office, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson have agreed to a statewide televised debate.

Rebuilding begins month after deadly tornado

posted: 05/27/2014 10:58 a.m. Discuss

VILONIA — Two things went undamaged when a deadly tornado tore through Steve Ray's longtime Oak Street home: his gun safe and the metal safe room where Ray, his wife, their daughter and son-in-law and three grandchildren survived the April 27 storm.

A man of many talents

posted: 05/27/2014 10:54 a.m. Discuss

Michael Brown calls himself a “lifer” of the Little Rock nightclub and bar scene. The multi-talented Little Rock native and all-around nice guy just turned 40 last month. But for nearly two decades, Brown has been a constant in the central Arkansas nightlife scene, working at bygone clubs such as Firefly and Legends Sports Bar & Grill.

I want your Spring Showmance

posted: 05/27/2014 10:42 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock’s oldest sketch comedy group marks the slow arrival of warm weather with Spring Showmance, opening Thursday at The Public Theatre.

High school poet among 30 to receive Thea scholarship

posted: 05/27/2014 10:34 a.m. Discuss

On May 4, the Thea Foundation awarded 30 scholarships to Arkansas high school seniors in six categories. The organization awarded $79,500 in scholarships this year, bringing the Thea Foundation’s total awards to more than $2 million distributed among 245 recipients since 2002. Alex Zhang won first prize in the poetry slam and also performed at the awards ceremony in front of nearly 150 attendees at the Thea Center in North Little Rock.

Family: Keeping close from afar

posted: 05/27/2014 10:24 a.m. Discuss

When family members are apart, particularly when separated long term, there are days when a mere phone call won’t do, writes Katie Doherty in Family.

Celebrating National Hamburger Day

posted: 05/27/2014 10:22 a.m. Discuss

A valid argument could be made that in America every day is good for a burger, but summer — which unofficially started Monday — is prime burger time, writes Kelly Brant in Wednesday’s Food section.

First Security Bank branch robbed

updated: 05/27/2014 2:58 p.m. Comment 1

Little Rock officers are investigating Tuesday after a First Security Bank branch was robbed, police said.

Quick Picks

posted: 05/27/2014 10:15 a.m. Discuss

The Oxford American magazine’s restaurant and cultural experience spot South on Main hosts Ethiopian- Israeli soul singer Ester Rada at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available in advance through This is Rada’s first appearance in Little Rock, and the South on Main show is one stop on a 30-plus day tour of the U.S. and Canada in support of her debut full-length, self- tiled album, which was released earlier this year. Doors open at 6 p.m. (and on-site ticket sales begin then, too), and seating is general admission.

Fire breaks out at Bethlehem's Church of Nativity

posted: 05/27/2014 9:56 a.m. Discuss

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — A fire broke out Tuesday at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, causing slight damage near the place where Jesus was thought to have been born.

Memphis lawmaker misses nearly half of session

posted: 05/27/2014 9:53 a.m. Discuss

MEMPHIS — Records show that Democratic Sen. Ophelia Ford of Memphis missed more days of the 2014 legislative session than any other lawmaker.

Dozens reported killed in eastern Ukraine fighting

posted: 05/27/2014 9:49 a.m. Discuss

DONETSK, Ukraine — High-caliber weapons fire echoed sporadically Tuesday through the eastern city of Donetsk and the mayor urged residents to stay home a day after fighting between Ukrainian troops and separatist rebels reportedly killed dozens.

Pilgrim's Pride offers to buy Hillshire for $5.58 billion

posted: 05/27/2014 9:43 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK — Chicken producer Pilgrim's Pride is offering to acquire fellow meat maker Hillshire Brands to create a "protein-focused" company in a deal worth $5.58 billion.

The Ghost of Elections Past

posted: 05/27/2014 9:35 a.m. Discuss

I’ve Always thought spending more time talking about the past than the future means you’re old. This past election night confirms that I’m officially old.

Parties aside, leaders need to do what’s best for state

posted: 05/27/2014 9:30 a.m. Discuss

If you voted In the 2014 PrImary, you may have noticed a significant shift in your ballot this year. For Democrats, the ballot was bare and featured only one contested race for a constitutional office. Local and judicial races notwithstanding, Democrats had very little reason to turn out to vote. Republican voters, however, had plenty of reason.

After long wait, Malaysia releases jet data

posted: 05/27/2014 9:15 a.m. Discuss

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Close to three months after the Malaysian jetliner disappeared, the government Tuesday released reams of raw satellite data it used to determine that the flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean, a step long demanded by the families of some of the passengers on board.

First lady set to respond to school-meal critics

posted: 05/27/2014 9:07 a.m. Comments 52

WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama is answering Republicans in Congress who want to roll back more healthful school meal standards, holding an event at the White House to highlight the success of the health guidelines.

Impasse in rescue of girls abducted by extremists

posted: 05/27/2014 9:03 a.m. Discuss

ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigeria's military chiefs and the president are apparently split over how to free nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists, with the military saying use of force endangers the hostages killed and the president reportedly ruling out a prisoner-hostage swap.

Truck hits, kills Pine Bluff man

posted: 05/27/2014 8:50 a.m. Comment 1

A Pine Bluff pedestrian was hit and killed early Tuesday while walking along U.S. 79, the Arkansas State Police said.

Hillary Clinton proud of diplomatic accomplishments

posted: 05/27/2014 8:19 a.m. Comments 2

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton writes in new excerpts from her forthcoming book that she wishes she could go back and reconsider some of her past decisions but she is "proud of what we accomplished" during her time as secretary of state.

USDA seeks partnerships to protect soil, water

posted: 05/27/2014 8:13 a.m. Discuss

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is teaming with businesses, nonprofit groups and others on a five-year, $2.4 billion program that will fund locally designed soil and water conservation projects nationwide, Secretary Tom Vilsack said.

Balloon release to honor foster care kids canceled

updated: 05/27/2014 2:34 p.m. Discuss

Four hundred balloons were set to be released Tuesday in honor of the children in the state's foster care system, but the release has been canceled because of rain.

Tallies a bit off

posted: 05/27/2014 6 a.m. Discuss

What’s that they say about the best-laid plans of elections and those who work them sometimes going astray?

In the news

posted: 05/27/2014 4:44 a.m. Discuss

Daniel J. Calhon, 19, of Snohomish, Wash., was cited with reckless driving, three counts of reckless endangerment and fourth-degree assault, accused of causing a three-car crash when he fainted while holding his breath as he drove through a tunnel in Oregon northwest of Portland, police in that state said.

Ukraine troops clear rebels from airport

posted: 05/27/2014 4:41 a.m. Discuss

DONETSK, Ukraine -- The winner of Ukraine's presidential election said Monday that he wants to begin talks with Moscow and end a pro-Russian insurgency in the east, but the conflict there escalated as rebels occupied a major airport and the government in Kiev responded with an airstrike.

Obama honors fallen warriors

posted: 05/27/2014 4:40 a.m. Comments 5

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama, just back from a surprise visit to the troops in Afghanistan, honored America's fallen warriors in a solemn Memorial Day ceremony Monday and acknowledged the need to confront the widening scandal at the nation's veterans hospitals.

Gay-marriage case to hover over polls

posted: 05/27/2014 4:38 a.m. Comments 8

With the Arkansas Supreme Court reportedly months away from a ruling on the constitutionality of the state's gay-marriage ban, political watchers differ on what effect the case will have on the November election.

LR factor on a chief is origin

posted: 05/27/2014 4:36 a.m. Comment 1

Before the end of the month, the capital city's top lawman, Stuart Thomas, will retire after nearly a decade of leading the state's largest police department.

Names and faces

posted: 05/27/2014 4:33 a.m. Discuss

The strongly reviewed X-Men: Days of Future Past gave 20th Century Fox its best opening-weekend result since Avatar in 2009, ending a bumpy box office stretch for the studio and demonstrating the ongoing strength of superhero movies.

In Egypt, el-Sissi backers hit polls

posted: 05/27/2014 4:30 a.m. Discuss

CAIRO -- Egypt's presidential election Monday turned into a nationalist celebration at many polls with voters singing and dancing for the almost certain winner -- former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who last year ousted the first freely elected president.

Elite rocked in vote by anti-EU parties

posted: 05/27/2014 4:28 a.m. Discuss

LONDON -- Members of the European political elite expressed alarm Monday over the strong showing in European Parliament elections by nationalist and anti-immigrant parties skeptical about European integration, a development described by the French prime minister as an "earthquake."

More insurers plan to join exchanges in '15

posted: 05/27/2014 4:24 a.m. Discuss

In a sign of the growing potential under the federal health-care law, several insurers that have been sitting on the sidelines say they will sell policies on the exchanges in the coming year, and others plan to expand their offerings to more states.

The nation in brief

posted: 05/27/2014 4:17 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Anyone who didn’t budget for this is going to be behind the eight ball.” Dan Mendelson, CEO of market-research firm Avalere Health, on the increase in state Medicaid costs stemming from the Affordable Care Act.

Pfizer drops bid for AstraZeneca

posted: 05/27/2014 4:14 a.m. Discuss

Pfizer said Monday that it does not intend to make a takeover offer for British drugmaker AstraZeneca, pulling the plug for now on what would have been the largest deal in the industry's history.

Outlaw-politician’s pistol put on block

posted: 05/27/2014 4:12 a.m. Discuss

OKLAHOMA CITY — A pistol and other possessions belonging to a one-time Old West outlaw who later ran for governor of Oklahoma and became an actor are going up for auction next month.

Thai junta: Has helm indefinitely

posted: 05/27/2014 4:09 a.m. Discuss

BANGKOK -- Thailand's military junta said Monday that it would stay in power "indefinitely" and that its rule had been endorsed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the monarch of nearly seven decades who has semidivine status in the country.

Pope visits Zionist's tomb

posted: 05/27/2014 4:06 a.m. Discuss

JERUSALEM -- Making history for the second day running, Pope Francis laid a wreath Monday on the grave of the founder of Zionism, becoming the first pope to do so, a gesture of support to Israel after several symbolic signals the day before that lent a spiritual lift to Palestinian aspirations for sovereignty.

The world in brief

posted: 05/27/2014 4:05 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “He is a strict military man. He will get a grip on the country and bring security to the street.We cannot afford any more failures.” Olfat Sayed Hasanein, a university professor, after casting his presidential ballot for former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi

CIA chief's name erringly revealed

posted: 05/27/2014 4:02 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's administration accidentally revealed the name of the CIA's top official in Afghanistan in an email to thousands of journalists during the president's surprise Memorial Day weekend trip to Bagram Air Field.

Tea Party sustains hold in Texas races

posted: 05/27/2014 4 a.m. Discuss

AUSTIN, Texas -- The declining fortune of the Tea Party is seen by many as this year's Republican story line, but conservatives in Texas seemed to have missed the memorandum.

LR grade school climbs out of performance hole

posted: 05/27/2014 4 a.m. Comments 2

When the Little Rock School District lists its state-identified "priority" schools -- the 5 percent lowest-performing schools in the state -- Wilson Elementary is on the list.

UA physics team mines possibilities of graphene

posted: 05/27/2014 4 a.m. Discuss

The stainless-steel cylinder gleams like a shiny tree trunk in the lab of physicist Paul Thibado, vacuum-sealed arms branching out sideways to give him control of what's known as a scanning tunneling microscope.

Modi takes helm as India's prime minister

posted: 05/27/2014 3:59 a.m. Discuss

NEW DELHI -- Opposition party leader Narendra Modi became India's prime minister Monday, a little more than a week after his party scored a decisive victory at the polls.

States voice cost concerns as Medicaid rolls surge

posted: 05/27/2014 3:58 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- From California to Rhode Island, states are confronting new concerns that their Medicaid costs will rise as a result of the federal health-care law.

Military families remember lost loved ones

posted: 05/27/2014 3:56 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Tommy Williams couldn't bring himself to attend Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at the state Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock.

Saline County road project hits snag

posted: 05/27/2014 3:52 a.m. Discuss

A plan years in the making to widen a Saline County road has hit a snag after some local officials last week spoke out against using eminent domain.

Moved pavilion on track to open

posted: 05/27/2014 3:51 a.m. Discuss

With a little more than a month remaining until the scheduled completion of the Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers, project manager David Swain was beginning to have his doubts about the schedule.

UA outlines attack on graduation rate, calls 60% deficient

posted: 05/27/2014 3:50 a.m. Comment 1

A record number of students celebrated graduation May 10 at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. But university leaders are also keenly aware of those who didn't reach the milestone.

Organizers tout smooth Riverfest despite shortened Green concert

posted: 05/27/2014 3:49 a.m. Comments 4

Organizers said Monday that although this year's Riverfest didn't break any attendance records, the event went "smoother" than any in recent memory. Only a contract dispute remains to be dealt with.


posted: 05/27/2014 3:43 a.m. Discuss

OBITUARIES Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes. INDEX Some obituaries may appear in certain editions of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and not in others. This list shows the names of all people whose obituaries are in at least one edition. For obituaries not in this edition, please see our website, Arkansas Online, at

Other Days

posted: 05/27/2014 3:33 a.m. Discuss

100 years ago May 27, 1914 HEBER SPRINGS -- Negroes who come to Heber Springs on Sunday excursions in the future will be barred from the park and resort privileges. This is the decision of local authorities. It follows the recent swarming of negroes to this city in such numbers that white visitors were outnumbered. It is said that on two recent occasions the number of negroes that arrived on excursions greatly outnumbered the white pleasure seekers, to whom the resort caters.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 05/27/2014 3:31 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.

Still for Leslie Rutledge

posted: 05/27/2014 3:22 a.m. Discuss

A golfer we know enjoys talking during the game. A lot. Here's one of his favorite sayings when we have a 10-foot putt to make for par and knock the ball 15 feet past the hole:

Colleges wimp out

posted: 05/27/2014 3:20 a.m. Discuss

University commencement ceremonies have made news this season. Some speakers withdrew after students protested; others were "disinvited" by administrators eager to avoid controversy.

OTHERS SAY: The U.S. strikes back

posted: 05/27/2014 3:18 a.m. Discuss

From a 12-story building in the Chinese city of Shanghai, the soldiers of Unit 61398 use cyberwarfare techniques to steal secrets from American companies, U.S. prosecutors allege. In a detailed indictment unveiled last week, five intelligence officers of that shadowy unit from the People’s Liberation Army were charged with economic espionage, trade-secret theft and conspiracy to commit computer fraud.

Public colleges to private burdens

posted: 05/27/2014 3:16 a.m. Discuss

Climbing walls, Jacuzzis, exotic chefs. There are lots of (misguided) explanations for skyrocketing tuition costs at public colleges and universities, which educate about three-quarters of America’s post-secondary students.

Tallies a bit off: Trouble at the polls

posted: 05/27/2014 3:14 a.m. Discuss

What’s that they say about the best-laid plans of elections and those who work them sometimes going astray? Obviously that was the case in Carroll County during last week’s primary election when news accounts said the number of paper ballots cast in four precincts somehow didn’t tally with the number of voters who’d registered.

Legislators and the law

posted: 05/27/2014 3:11 a.m. Discuss

I exercised on Thursday my annual privilege to moderate a panel of legislators at the Arkansas Rural Development Conference. What I gleaned from this year’s installment was that the private option is probably here to stay, but legislators can take or leave judges.


posted: 05/27/2014 3:08 a.m. Discuss

Here there be tigers I think most people would agree that if we had wild tigers roaming near our polling sites, that would have a devastating effect on our elections. So I think the Legislature should set forth to produce a bill that would require county clerks to spend thousands on tiger repellent for our election sites.

Ex-senator to talk on life in Congress

posted: 05/27/2014 3:06 a.m. Discuss

FAYETTEVILLE -- Former U.S. Sen. David Pryor will give a lecture today at the University of Arkansas about his experiences in Congress.

NCAA BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: UA gets Liberty, trip to Virginia

posted: 05/27/2014 3:04 a.m. Discuss

A late surge earned the Arkansas baseball team a No. 2 seed for its 13th consecutive NCAA regional appearance, but a difficult draw.

Oregon St. nails down No. 1 seed

posted: 05/27/2014 3:02 a.m. Discuss

OMAHA, Neb. -- Oregon State has proved itself as the best in the West. The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee also thinks the Beavers are best in the nation.


posted: 05/27/2014 3:01 a.m. Discuss

MIAMI -- Chris Bosh got them started. LeBron James took over in the second half.

Ibaka solid in return

posted: 05/27/2014 2:58 a.m. Discuss

OKLAHOMA CITY -- So far, so good for Serge Ibaka's comeback.

Yanks rally in 12th, put away Cardinals

posted: 05/27/2014 2:57 a.m. Discuss

ST. LOUIS — Brian Roberts hit a tie-breaking single in a three-run 12th inning after Brett Gardner’s leaping catch at the left-field fence helped save the New York Yankees in a 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday.

Wellman: Travs 'can't hit period'

posted: 05/27/2014 2:54 a.m. Discuss

San Antonio Missions starting pitcher Matt Branham retired the first 15 Arkansas Travelers he faced Monday afternoon. He didn't allow a hit until the seventh.

Second thoughts

posted: 05/27/2014 2:51 a.m. Discuss

Where was Ron Harper in '92 then? Apparently, Ron Harper doesn't know sarcasm.

Off the wire

posted: 05/27/2014 2:49 a.m. Discuss

HOCKEY Capitals hire Trotz After missing the playoffs for the first time in seven years, the Washington Capitals hired former Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz and promoted Brian MacLellan to general manager on Monday. Trotz was the Predators’ coach for 15 seasons before being dropped from the job in April. In Washington, he takes over for Adam Oates, who was fired last month with a season left on his three-year deal. MacLellan replaces George McPhee, whose contract was not renewed after 17 seasons as the Capitals’ GM.

Commentary: 49ers, Smith not above reproach

posted: 05/27/2014 2:46 a.m. Discuss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Jim Harbaugh bristled at every one of my questions about Aldon Smith on Friday, which is fair but also symbolizes the San Francisco 49ers' entire flustered approach to the Smith conundrum.

French Open: Australian champ Wawrinka stunned in opener

posted: 05/27/2014 2:44 a.m. Discuss

PARIS -- The positive vibes and big-deal victories began for Stan Wawrinka at last year's U.S. Open, back when he still went by "Stanislas," and picked up steam at this year's Australian Open, where he earned the right to forever be called "major champion."

NHL PLAYOFFS: Kings put Blackhawks on brink of elimination

posted: 05/27/2014 2:43 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- Jake Muzzin, Marian Gaborik and captain Dustin Brown scored in a dominant first period, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 Monday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference final.


posted: 05/27/2014 2:40 a.m. Discuss

METS Hitting coach fired NEW YORK — The New York Mets fired hitting coach Dave Hudgens and cut reliever Jose Valverde after a 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday. Minor league hitting coordinator Lamar Johnson will take over for Hudgens. Hudgens, 57 was in his fourth season as the Mets’ hitting coach. The Mets began the day with a .237 batting average, ranking among the worst in the majors.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Texas lineman heals from accident, learns from it

posted: 05/27/2014 2:38 a.m. Discuss

Defensive end James Lockhart IV, a major Arkansas target, turned a near tragedy into a positive, life-changing experience.

State sports brief

posted: 05/27/2014 2:36 a.m. Discuss

BASEBALL/SOFTBALL High school coaches asked to report statistics Today is the deadline for high school baseball and softball coaches to send in nominations for the All-Arkansas Preps baseball and softball teams by reporting their end of the year statistics to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Hogs miss cut, tie for 17th

posted: 05/27/2014 2:34 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas men's golf team did not make the eight-team cut for match play at the NCAA Golf Championships Monday, but the Razorbacks finished strong in the final-round with a 1-under par 279 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.

WHAT'S IN A DAME: Gals vie for shot at being a 'royal'

posted: 05/27/2014 2:30 a.m. Discuss

"Welcome to the fairy tale that could become a nightmare."

Saunter into summer

posted: 05/27/2014 2:29 a.m. Comment 1

June is that colorful month of blues, pink tomatoes and purplehull peas. Romans celebrate summer, and Father finally gets his day to do whatever he wants -- so long as he wants to mow the lawn.

Listen Up: Van Etten traverses heartbreak; Flatts goes flat

posted: 05/27/2014 2:28 a.m. Discuss

A Sharon Van Etten Are We There Jagjaguwar There's this moment at the end of "Every Time the Sun Comes Up," the final song on this, the fourth album from New Jersey native Sharon Van Etten, when she cracks up in an infectious, girlish giggle. It's a heartening bit of levity that comes at the end of an 11-song cycle of intense, raw emotion. Just check the titles: "I Love You But I'm Lost," "Break Me," "Nothing Will Change." This is not a light listen.

The TV Column: Medical ensemble Night Shift premieres tonight

posted: 05/27/2014 2:25 a.m. Discuss

There are at least two ways to think about NBC's new action medical ensemble The Night Shift.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 05/27/2014 2:24 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You know that you are not your physical self, and yet what you do for your body this year will make you feel more alive and confident. You'll be promoted because you show you can manage resources wisely and influence your team in a positive way.


posted: 05/27/2014 2:23 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Road to Essence The Road to Essence Festival, featuring R&B headliners Chante Moore and Chrissette Michele, and celebrity host MC Lyte, makes a stop Saturday at Tiger Stadium at Bentonville High School, 1901 S.E. J St., Bentonville. Doors open at 5 p.m.; the concert starts at 6:30. Admission is free.

Tell Me About It: Move to Asia won't be fatal

posted: 05/27/2014 2:22 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAROLYN: I am writing because my husband and I are facing a huge dilemma. He cannot find a job in the United States. He recently got a job offer in Asia and wants us to go.

On Christianity

posted: 05/27/2014 2:21 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I guess you could call me the "black sheep" of our family. Everyone else is religious (like our parents were), while I've always lived on the wild side. But I'm older now and not sure I want to stay this way. Is it too late to change? I'm not sure I can.

Helpful Hints

posted: 05/27/2014 2:20 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: How often does your cellphone ring, but you don't recognize the number? Does it ring once but hang up before you answer? Before you call the number back, know that you could be the next victim of the one-ring cellphone scam, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

Super Quiz: Lake Superior

posted: 05/27/2014 2:18 a.m. Discuss

Super Quiz: Lake Superior 1. Which Canadian province bounds Lake Superior to the north? 2. Into which lake does Lake Superior empty? 3. What name did Henry Wadsworth Longfellow use for the lake in The Song of Hiawatha?

Hi, I'm an online dating app; what's your name?

posted: 05/27/2014 2:17 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- So, a lady walks into a bar ... Wait, scratch that. A lady takes out her phone. With a left swipe of her finger she dismisses Alex, 25, and Robert, 48. She swipes right when a photo of James, 24, pops up. It's a match. James had swiped right too. They chat, and make plans to meet. They're only three miles apart, after all.






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