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Arkansas Sportsman: Arkansas angler finally catches Big Al, nets $15,000

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

After six years, somebody finally caught Big Al.

PAPER TRAILS: Signing off with a fond look back

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

It's bittersweet, typing my final Paper Trails, a column I've written for nearly 14 years. There is sadness but also much gratitude. I'm thankful this paper's former executive editor, Griffin Smith, saw something in this former reporter and gave me this opportunity.

Critical Mass: The charms of Chihuly: Glass, sculptural works of Dale Chihuly take over Crystal Bridges

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Beauty is its own brief. It doesn't need to explain itself. All it need do is sate some sensual appetite to earn its right to be here. It doesn't need to mean anything beyond what it makes apparent. It bends the light in a pleasing way? It stirs some inchoate longing? Let it be, child, let it be.

OPINION- Column One: PAUL GREENBERG: Take me out to the ballgame

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Organ music belongs in great cathedrals. And what better or older American cathedral than a minor-league ballpark like the one in North Little Rock, Ark., with its little retro bandbox of a ballfield? That's where the Arkansas Travelers take on all comers in the AA Texas League to musical accompaniment provided by 29-year-old Trey Trimble, who takes the crowd back to an older, more innocent time.

OPINION: MIKE MASTERSON: It happened again

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Can so many adults really that inattentive and irresponsible?

OPINION : JOHN BRUMMETT: A message that connects

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 8

The state Democratic Party's executive committee invited me Saturday to talk about state politics for 2018. I'd never delivered a pre-emptive eulogy before.

OPINION: REX NELSON: 'Legislative crack'

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

There was no discussion, no debate. It was done quickly, like swallowing medicine with a bitter aftertaste.

Like it is: McFadden deserves spot on Top 50 list

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

It was interesting to read and difficult to argue with the magazine's best 50 college football players since Athlon Sports began in 1967.

The Recruiting Guy: Lightly recruited, Swanson earned his number

posted: 06/25/2017 2:46 a.m. Discuss

Former Arkansas and All-SEC center Travis Swanson was one of four NFL linemen helping Bret Bielema for the Trench Hog camp.

Dear Abby: Hands off until a date stimulates your mind

posted: 06/25/2017 2:20 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I'm a single 38-year-old woman. I haven't been in a relationship in more than 10 years because of school, work and kids. Lately, since I graduated, I have been on a string of blind dates. Men seem to want to hold my hand, touch my hair, stroke my arm, etc., right away. When I say I don't like it, they say they are "just being affectionate" because they like me.

OPINION : Education by subscription

posted: 06/25/2017 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas was among the last states in the nation to create a public school system. While many early Arkansas leaders spoke of the need for one, the state was unwilling to spend the money.

OPINION : What we won't do about the police

posted: 06/25/2017 1:55 a.m. Discuss

It's dangerous to be a cop.

Spin Cycle: Not even for charity is a birthday for sale

posted: 06/25/2017 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Leave it to Facebook to remind you that you're turning yet another year older.

The TV Column: Prequel introduces pre-Mirren Jane Tennison

posted: 06/25/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Some TV prequels are a waste of time. Remember Bonanza prequel Ponderosa? How about Young Hercules starring a young Ryan Gosling? This one, however, is well worth our attention.

LET'S TALK: Quite contrary: Developing allergies another sign of aging

posted: 06/25/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Another thing to add to my recurring, unofficial Joys of Aging manual.

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