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Cheree Franco

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Little Rock rapper Kari Faux tackles LA, returns home a grateful survivor with more music to make

posted: 05/17/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

"I don't want to cry," says the young woman in the white T-shirt and the cuffed skinny jeans.

HIGH PROFILE: Thomas Bryant Cotton

posted: 04/24/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 6

DARDANELLE -- Many have said much, personally and under the banners of mastheads and networks, about the nation's youngest senator, 38-year-old Tom Cotton. Sometimes the conversation is about his ambition -- how, with no political experience, he was elected to the House of Representatives in 2012, how he bounced easily to the Senate in 2014, and where he'll land next.

Personal space

posted: 04/23/2016 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Where I live: Governor’s Mansion District

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Leaf's Indian flavors curry favor

posted: 04/14/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

In 2011, Banana Leaf (named for the wide foliage used as a serving platter in south India) entered a food truck scene then dominated by burritos and hot dogs. It parked near the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and established a bustling lunch business, catering to the hospital's staff and students, which include a significant Indian minority.

Police: Suspect in Virginia bus station shooting dead; 3 others hurt

updated: 03/31/2016 4:28 p.m. Discuss

RICHMOND, Va. — A gunman shot a Virginia state trooper Thursday at a busy bus terminal in the capital city of Richmond before he was shot dead by two other troopers, police said. Two civilians were hurt, though it was not clear if they had been shot.

Home-grown hip hop: Little Rock's Young Gods of America taking risks for fame and fortune

posted: 03/15/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

In a tidier-than-expected Oak Forest neighborhood living room, three members of the Little Rock rap collective Young Gods of America (YGOA) and two supporting cast members -- producers and rappers in their own right -- lounge on mismatched sofas and an '80s easy chair. Muted music videos, mostly their own, play on a pull-down screen, and Chris Williams (Cool Chris) collects money for pizza.

REVIEW: The Cupcake Factory in Little Rock

posted: 03/10/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

After Kanis Road leaves behind chain hotels and freshly sprung strip malls, it turns wooded and curvy, meandering west toward a fork (straight, you head out to Wildwood Park for the Arts and Chenal Elementary School). Just before that fork, there is nothing for a while, and then, sandwiched between a small auto repair shop and more trees, there is a warehouse painted in fat brown and white stripes.

Wildwood's Lanterns! illuminates winter night

posted: 02/14/2016 2:20 a.m. Discuss

On an unseasonably warm weekday afternoon in January, Wildwood Park for the Arts is deserted. There are hibernating gardens, footbridges and sculptures, trails snaking through hilly woods, and a small brook. There is Swan Lake, with its glorious white birds who swim close and stare imperviously.

Will Little Rock Film Festival be resurrected?

posted: 01/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

In March, the Little Rock Film Festival (LRFF) completed its second year of downtown screenings, a move hallmarked by the early 2014 completion of CALS' (Central Arkansas Library System) Ron Robinson Theater. In recent years, the festival had showcased a host of buzz-worthy films such as Academy Award contenders Beasts of the Southern Wild and Winter's Bone, as well being featured in Paste and MovieMaker Magazine.

Missing the bull's-eye

posted: 01/25/2016 2:15 a.m. Comments 3

Editor's note: This is the second part of two-part series about Lyme disease in Arkansas. Part one, about how the disease is diagnosed, appeared in Sunday's Style section.

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