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Cheree Franco

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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.

Christian Tillinghouse Rudder

posted: 02/15/2015 2:36 a.m. Discuss

It's not that Christian Rudder is crass. He simply expects more of you.

Taking it to the streets

posted: 02/08/2015 2:55 a.m. Discuss

FAYETTEVILLE -- The official word is that, when entrepreneur Steve Clark brought the hulking, ginger-haired thirtysomething artist known as "Maser" to Fort Smith to splash a swirling mural across the front of Boardertown Skate Park, Maser was enchanted with the area and decided to spend the next few years in Fayetteville.

This car for hire

posted: 01/20/2015 2:25 a.m. Discuss

As an alternative to taxis, real time ride-sharing is trendy enough to be satirized on South Park and to spawn its own series featuring Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen of Portlandia.

Parishioners bridge language gap

posted: 01/18/2015 2:26 a.m. Discuss

About a dozen parishioners from Central and South America hunch over assessment tests in the basement of downtown Little Rock's St. Edward Catholic Church, working toward a shared resolution. In 2015 they plan to learn English, with the help of two other parishioners, Dale Pekar, 65, and Al Schneider, 71, who spearhead the church's English-as-a-second-language program.

Music: Mary Timony Rips it up

posted: 01/06/2015 2:15 a.m. Discuss

I don't want to let you down. I just wanted this, wanted this, wanted this now. -- Ex Hex, "Waste Your Time"

Clemency for widow urged in 1994 slaying

updated: 12/06/2014 10:32 p.m. Discuss

Clemency remains the best path to freedom for a 53-year-old woman convicted of killing her husband in 1994 because crucial evidence expected to help prove her innocence is missing, according to a lawyer for the nonprofit group that has been seeking relief for Belynda Goff.

Hello, dolly

posted: 12/03/2014 1:47 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Lammily, the newest in a long line of fashion dolls attempting to topple Barbie's empire, debuted in late November to fanfare and skepticism.

Sixties vibe

posted: 11/30/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Harold Ott's childhood bedroom in Jacksonville is a curious place. It's small and square, the walls lined with industrial shelves laden with decades worth of video-game consoles, 30-year-old toys and boxes of old 45s.

'70s band Rayburn cuts album in 2010

posted: 11/30/2014 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Playing early-'70s Little Rock progressive rock, Rayburn is a deviation from the rest of the music released by Psych of the South. Harold Ott believes the band should have been huge.

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