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Eric David Dyer

posted: 03/01/2015 2:40 a.m. Comment 1

NEW YORK -- Shortly after Hurricane Sandy pummeled the East Coast on Oct. 29, 2012, New York Times reporters began filing stories -- from emergency shelters on the fringes of storm-battered neighborhoods, from cold houses in newly isolated suburbs and from the perceptibly swaying Times tower in midtown Manhattan. They wrote about the death toll, hospitals losing electricity, subway tunnels flooding and cars floating down Wall Street. They worked upwards of 15 hours straight, eating in the Times cafeteria and resting at a nearby hotel.

Museum gala to be Stampede

posted: 03/01/2015 2:39 a.m. Discuss

FORT SMITH -- The U.S. Marshals Stampede "Kickin' Up the Dust" is one fundraiser participants can wear Stetsons and britches to.

UP AND COMING: Mock beasts had a ball for Van Wyck's birthday

posted: 03/01/2015 2:38 a.m. Discuss

Hear about Bronson Van Wyck's birthday bash Feb. 7? One woman arrived wearing an 11-foot albino boa constrictor. There were a Siberian tiger cub and a jaguar kitten. It was written up in Vogue, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post's Page 6.

REPAIR THE WORLD: Jews honor ex-justice

posted: 03/01/2015 2:37 a.m. Discuss

As sun set on the Sabbath, the Jewish Federation of Arkansas hosted the 12th annual Jane B. Mendel Tikkun Olam awards ceremony and dinner recognizing community-minded Jews from congregations as far north as Bentonville and south as McGehee.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: He worked for fried chicken, got the cook too

posted: 03/01/2015 2:37 a.m. Discuss

Mike Hammond was there to dig a ditch and Donna Eggman was there to help fry some chicken. She thought he was cute, but he had a girlfriend. Then the girlfriend was a no-show for the county fair, and the blue-ribbon chase was on.

WEATHERING THE OSCARS: Every watcher won

posted: 03/01/2015 2:36 a.m. Discuss

Barry Brandt said, "I think Yogi Berra said it best. 'It's like deja vu all over again.'"

LED lights, heat sensors now fashionable in clothing

posted: 03/01/2015 2:35 a.m. Discuss

Wearable technology means Google Glass or Apple Watch to most. But for a few designers and fashionistas -- including Katy Perry -- it sometimes refers to skirts, dresses, handbags and suits.

Dear Abby: Waiting to buy house OK; nobody else's views matter

posted: 03/01/2015 2:35 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I am 23 and my husband is 27. We've been married for two years. Since our wedding, I have felt pressure to "settle down and buy a house." One friend's boyfriend recently bought a house. She lives with him. Every time we get together she brags about how important it is to buy a house and not "waste money" by renting an apartment.

IVY QUEENS: Alpha Kappa Alpha toasts 20 years of sorority's dance

posted: 03/01/2015 2:34 a.m. Discuss

An ivy plant can survive in places other plants can't. Sounds like an apt description for the nation's oldest black sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., whose symbol is the leaf of the plant.

ARKANSAS BAR ASSOCIATION: Lawyers meet for mingling, legal education, acting out

posted: 03/01/2015 2:33 a.m. Discuss

A reception in the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center on Feb. 18 gave Arkansas Bar Association members a chance to mingle the first day of their midyear meeting.

Navigating a move from one mentor to the next

posted: 03/01/2015 2:33 a.m. Discuss

Mentors can be lifesavers -- until they're not anymore. When you outgrow mentors, surpass them in their skills or simply establish your own level of sufficiency and independence to function as their equal, breaking up can be hard to do.

Meatloaf for Jack, kibble for Andy

posted: 03/01/2015 2:32 a.m. Discuss

WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- In an old trailer at the edge of a cemetery lives a little dog who loves meatloaf.

MARDI GRAS IN ARKANSAS: Kings and queens celebrate so boys and girls can benefit

posted: 03/01/2015 2:32 a.m. Discuss

Elaborately decorated king and queen Mardi Gras robes provided a decorative backdrop for photo-booth-style picture taking on Feb. 21 at Mardi Gras in Arkansas, the New Orleans-style party at Next Level Events.

Scouting the truth

posted: 03/01/2015 2:30 a.m. Discuss

MONROEVILLE, Ala. -- Would you like to understand how the "new" Harper Lee novel, Go Set a Watchman, came to be billed as a long-lost, blockbuster sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird -- one of the definitive books of the American 20th century -- when, by all the known facts, it's an uneven first draft that was never considered for publication?

Spin Cycle: Snub-fest best part of Oscars

posted: 03/01/2015 2:29 a.m. Discuss

Keeping Score of the Recent Rash of Snubbings: Oscar edition.

Critical Mass: McMurtry's Game song-stories draw listener in

posted: 03/01/2015 2:28 a.m. Discuss

A friend of mine was telling me a story about an actress he once dated who could cry on command, but once she'd commenced the waterworks, she had to let the dredged-up sorrow dissipate in its own time.

The TV Column: Last Man just one of new viewing opportunities

posted: 03/01/2015 2:27 a.m. Discuss

Don't let the post-apocalyptic title scare you off. This is a comedy. And it's a hoot.

LET'S TALK: The best service results from following the golden rule

posted: 03/01/2015 2:27 a.m. Discuss

We often hear about how non-existent customer service is these days.

Tell Me About It: Father-in-law is just wrong

posted: 03/01/2015 2:26 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAROLYN: I recently had occasion to drop off a package at my granddaughter's afternoon preschool. Believing I was doing my daughter-in-law (DIL) a favor, I timed my drive to stop at my son and DIL's house to pick up my granddaughter and save my DIL the trip to the school. Admittedly, I stopped unannounced, but we have a good relationship and often visit each other's houses unannounced.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 03/01/2015 2:25 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. Branch out of your known realm to connect with people who live in a different world. Your loved ones respect you, and you'll make an even bigger impression on people of other cultures. There's money to be made there, too! April shows you performing or presenting. May and July are the most romantic months. Cancer and Capricorn people adore you.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Artist of Distinction violinist also plays chamber concert

posted: 03/01/2015 2:25 a.m. Discuss

Violinist Vadim Gluzman, the Arkansas Symphony's 2014-15 Richard Sheppard Arnold Artist of Distinction, will join members of the orchestra for a River Rhapsodies Series chamber concert, 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center, 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock.

Caribbean bliss

posted: 03/01/2015 2:24 a.m. Discuss

ROSEAU, Dominica -- "Are you sure this is the right way?" I asked, my leg flailing to find another crevice in the tree knots below me. Luca, my husband, responded with a grunt -- not very reassuring.

Travelers to airlines: Enough!

posted: 03/01/2015 2:23 a.m. Discuss

"I'm as mad as h***, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" Peter Finch's classic line from the movie Network (number 19 on the Wikipedia's list of 100 top movie quotes) may have been about television, but it seems appropriate for airline travelers as well. Two prominent airline user groups have recently asked the Department of Transportation to correct two egregious abuses that the big airlines apparently decided to ignore.

Travel in Europe : Picnic in Europe a cheap meal with a view

posted: 03/01/2015 2:22 a.m. Discuss

I'm all about traveling efficiently -- and a great way to do that is by savoring local cuisine as you soak up the splendor of the place you came to see. While restaurants with a view often come with a steep price tag, I've learned to find scenic places to eat where the food is delicious, inexpensive, and memorable.

Costa's move to Germany roils already troubled sea

posted: 03/01/2015 2:20 a.m. Discuss

MILAN -- Italian cruise company Costa Crociere SpA is facing a public relations battle over its future in Italy amid concerns the company wants to distance itself from the country after the deadly 2012 shipwreck of the Costa Concordia.


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