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September Calendar: First taste of fall

posted: 09/01/2015 2:45 a.m. Discuss

September is the month when fall is in the air -- when spring and summer allergy seasons give way to the refreshing change of fall allergy season. Labor Day is a day to quit laboring, and College Savings Month comes too late to start saving. The best thing to do is spend the entire month asleep in a pile of leaves.

The TV Column: 'Irreverent' Carmichael Show cranks out laughs

posted: 09/01/2015 2:43 a.m. Discuss

Whoa! Wait. NBC has actually sneaked a funny comedy into the lineup and we almost didn't notice.

Solo dining less lonely now, decades-long analysis shows

posted: 09/01/2015 2:39 a.m. Discuss

In 1985, The New York Times published a snippet of comforting news for self-conscious solo eaters. "Dining alone," the newspaper reassured readers, "is no longer viewed as odd."

Tell Me About It: Pouting granny is bullying tot

posted: 09/01/2015 2:38 a.m. Discuss

Carolyn Hax is away. In her absence, we are offering columns from her archive.

Scallops, fringe in style for fall

posted: 09/01/2015 2:37 a.m. Discuss

Fall is fashion's favorite season. Look no further than the style magazines that are practically as thick as encyclopedias, gushing about the season's hottest looks.

What's in a Dame: Humph! Where WERE the Ashleys, Madisons?

posted: 09/01/2015 2:36 a.m. Discuss

Ashley and Madison? More like Adam and Mark. And Aaron and Matt. And Allen and Mike.

Spa City JazzFest extends to six days

posted: 09/01/2015 2:34 a.m. Discuss

Just a year shy of its silver anniversary, the 24th annual Hot Springs JazzFest is stretching its musical wings, with activities spread over a six-day period, starting Wednesday and continuing through Monday.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

posted: 09/01/2015 2:32 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts:

Listen Up: Whitfield sounds really 'Savage'

posted: 09/01/2015 2:29 a.m. Discuss

Garage-soul howler Barrence Whitfield and his mighty Savages rip their way through this followup to 2013's "Dig Thy Savage Soul" like Ronda Rousey rips through opponents -- with stunning ferocity.

Super Quiz: On Which Island?

posted: 09/01/2015 2:25 a.m. Discuss

1. The headquarters of the United Nations

Arkansas postcard past

posted: 09/01/2015 2:24 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock, circa 1950.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 09/01/2015 2:23 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. The stakes are high, your spirit brave. The next three weeks show you changing your work style and making more money. The love you give comes swinging back to you. October and December are lucky times for your family. They will make you proud.

On Christianity

posted: 09/01/2015 2:18 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Somehow, I've managed to get into debt way over my head, and a friend of mine says I ought to take the easy way out, which (he says) would be to declare bankruptcy. Would this be wrong?

Helpful Hints

posted: 09/01/2015 2:18 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: Phone scammers are still at it, with new pitches. We have five different phone lines in our home, both business and private numbers. They start calling on line 1, then roll through the other phone numbers.

Dear Abby: Woman becoming nun needs friend's interest, not concern

posted: 09/01/2015 1:57 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I was best friends with "Joanne" after we met in middle school. She comes from a conservative Christian family and has three successful siblings. This has made her quirky, media-driven pursuits and city life a disappointment to her family.

Craven, 76, director of horror films, dies

posted: 08/31/2015 4:51 a.m. Discuss

Wes Craven, the prolific writer-director who thrilled audiences with iconic and bloody suburban slashers like "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream" that made his name synonymous with horror, has died. He was 76.

Names and faces

posted: 08/31/2015 4:51 a.m. Discuss

Miley Cyrus hosted the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards — two years after she stole the show with a risque but memorable performance with Robin Thicke, and a year after winning the top prize for “Wrecking Ball.”

Take a breather

posted: 08/31/2015 2:25 a.m. Discuss

Take a deep breath. Metaphorically, it means pause for a moment, take a break, calm down, collect yourself and take a second to reconsider your next action (or reaction). But it's good -- or even better -- to take it literally.

High-tech arm's a fit, and a first, on woman

posted: 08/31/2015 2:25 a.m. Discuss

Weeks after becoming the first woman in the nation to be fitted with an i-limb quantum bionic arm, Lizbeth Uzcategui continues to surprise herself with all that she can do.

Dental implants are a more popular pick

posted: 08/31/2015 2:24 a.m. Discuss

An apple a day may keep the doctor away for some people, but for Jolanta Garbarz, one bite of an apple used to send her straight to the dentist. "My teeth would break," Garbarz said.

Suicide prevention gets online lifeline

posted: 08/31/2015 2:23 a.m. Discuss

Suicide prevention efforts are changing in the digital age. Jill Harkavy-Friedman, vice president of research at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said she has seen an increased interest in social media research in the last few years.

Practically active: Diet without a plan a recipe for failure

posted: 08/31/2015 2:21 a.m. Discuss

We've now entered week three of our "Diabetes Weight Loss: Week by Week" routine. So far, so good.

Opportunities: 5K, Square to Square ride set for Labor Day weekend

updated: 08/31/2015 12:47 p.m. Discuss

The longest-running race in the Road Runners Club of America's Arkansas Grand Prix Series returns for another year. The Ark 5K Classic has been through many name and route changes since the early '80s, but has always been held Labor Day weekend. This year's race is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Saturday in North Little Rock's Burns Park.

Slim Pickings

posted: 08/31/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

Snack Pack Pudding Bars. Stats vary slightly by flavor. One bar contains 120 calories and 5-6 fat, 16-17 carbohydrate, 1 fiber and 2 protein grams.

Vitamins' 'use by' date indicates potency

posted: 08/31/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Q: After the "use by" date, do vitamins lose potency or become unsafe?

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