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Names and faces

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Michael Fassbender doesn't know whether the Macbeth curse carries over to movie adaptations, but he'd rather not test it. "The Scottish film" is what Fassbender calls his Macbeth adaption, which is set to premiere today at the Cannes Film Festival. He's maintaining the theatrical superstition of not speaking the name of Shakespeare's play -- at least he wasn't in an interview ahead of the festival.

Historically holy

posted: 05/23/2015 2:52 a.m. Discuss

Declaring May as Arkansas Heritage Month, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and its parent agency, the Department of Arkansas Heritage, are urging Arkansans to "take time to reflect on the importance of their local historic sites," especially those on the National Register of Historic Places. The list includes dozens of houses of worship, in addition to other buildings and sites important to the state's heritage.

Spain's Jewish citizenship law hits hurdle

posted: 05/23/2015 2:50 a.m. Discuss

For Alfonso Paredes Henriquez, it was the opportunity not only of a lifetime, but of a half-millennium. The Panamanian real estate developer, a descendant of Sephardic Jews kicked out of Spain five centuries ago, was elated when the country announced it would atone for the Inquisition by granting citizenship to people who can prove lineage from exiled Jews.

On Religion: Committee hears how ISIS is wiping out history

posted: 05/23/2015 2:49 a.m. Discuss

The small chapel in ancient Dura, near the Euphrates River in western Syria, is not a spectacular architectural site that tourists from around the world travel to see.

Religion News Briefs

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Senate connects trade, religion WASHINGTON — The Senate has voted unanimously to require U.S. negotiators to take religious freedom into account in any country taking part in trade talks.

Religion Calendar

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MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 310 W. 17th St., will present Spring Serenade, featuring music from Broadway, jazz and opera performed by the Cathedral Choir, at 7 p.m. Wednesday. (501) 372-0294 or

Cabinet cosmetology

posted: 05/23/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Cabinets occupy more space and do more to set the tone for your decor than any other element in the kitchen. But, years of cooking residue and everyday wear and tear can leave them looking tired and worn out, and the door and hardware styles used when the house was built may not fit with your current sense of style.

Personal Space

posted: 05/23/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Chelsye Garrett Where I live: Downtown in the MacArthur Park Historic District of Little Rock, in a house built in 1877 that's been renovated into apartments.

How to upgrade looks, utility

posted: 05/23/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

If you want to take your cabinets to the next level, consider these popular options:


posted: 05/23/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Q I was picking up sticks under our river birch and saw these whitish, transparent, flying insects crawling all over the ground and clustered on a pot. We had new bark mulch installed last weekend but don't know if there is any connection. Do you know what type of insect this is and how to get rid of them?

Ask the Expert

posted: 05/23/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Now that warm weather is finally here, I'm ready to spend more time outside at home with my family. Any tips?

Tools & Toys

posted: 05/23/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

A-MAZE-N Tube BBQ Smoker What's to love: Easily add smoke flavor to whatever you are grilling. Even use it for cold smoking nuts or cheeses.

Otus the Head Cat: Pod People battle rogue scouts of humidity blitz

posted: 05/23/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Dear Otus, My husband and I stay anxious every summer until after the arrival of the humidity pods from the Gulf of Mexico.


posted: 05/23/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAR TALK: I'm wondering if you would comment on tire-repair-in-a-can products like Fix-A-Flat for emergency tire repair. I am in the Navy and am trying to ensure that my wife has a backup plan to changing a tire if AAA is delayed for several hours (not a good thing with a 4-year-old in the back seat). Do these products work?

Do-it-yourself floorcloths simple

posted: 05/23/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

I've recently rediscovered floorcloths, a refreshing alternative for dressing up your flooring. Let's face it, there are just some places that aren't suitable for standard fiber-based rugs. Floorcloths are about as vintage as you can get for a good reason: They are durable, lie flat on the floor and can be used indoors as well as outdoors.

Hardware match stops cabinet clash

posted: 05/23/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Whether you are tuning up your existing cabinets or going for a completely new look, choose your hardware carefully. Make sure it complements the door style and fixtures in the room, appraiser Jennifer Carman says. "I think one of the biggest mistakes people make is they walk into Home Depot or Lowe's and pick out something really cool without giving one thought to the room it's going in and what's going on in that room. We try to make ours match the lighting fixtures and the wall switch plates or register covers for the floor."

Makeover tips for curb appeal

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Considering a makeover?

City spots in need of wild landscapes

posted: 05/23/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

Gardening books come and go, offering much of the same about container gardening, multi-season landscapes and weed and pest control.

Landscape makes a first impression

posted: 05/23/2015 1:42 a.m. Discuss

Just as every house has a personality -- whether it's a ranch, bungalow, Queen Anne, Tudor, Cape Cod or any other architectural style -- the landscape that surrounds it has a personality, too, especially out front. There are formal gardens -- neatly trimmed and fertilized lawns, tightly manicured evergreens and plenty of straight lines. There are cottage gardens with billowy, informal plantings of annuals, perennials, flowering vines and roses. There's the prairie garden, the shade garden, the collector's garden that sports every new plant, and there's everything in between.

Helpful Hints

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DEAR HELOISE: My sister-in-law is trying to clear her home of clutter and has been saving used postage stamps to donate to charity. We were wondering if you have any information about doing this.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 05/23/2015 1:41 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. A daydream will help you glimpse your fabulous future. Try to replay it over and over -- you were meant for this. June is for organizing your world so you can move forward. Family steps in and lays down laws in August.

On Christianity

posted: 05/23/2015 1:40 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Why do some people always complain about things, no matter how insignificant they are? My cousin is like this, and I admit I get tired of listening to her. Is it just her personality? I wish she was a happier person, but I don't know how to help her.

Super Quiz: People Who Made a Difference

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1. C.C.: Italian explorer

Dear Abby: Girl's constant messaging sends nanny on a guilt trip

posted: 05/23/2015 1:39 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I was a full-time summer nanny for several years for the same family, now a preteen boy and girl. I loved them, had a great time on the job and have communicated with them occasionally through the years on birthdays and holidays. Eventually, I moved away for college and was no longer able to sit for them.

Local Notes

posted: 05/23/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Benton County The Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista, 1880 Forest Hills Blvd., celebrates its 30th anniversary June 14 with a dinner after the morning worship services. The theme will be "Pearls of Joy," with special readings, activities and displays.


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