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Cheree Franco

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Grass-roots radio

posted: 08/24/2014 2:38 a.m. Discuss

On the south end of Main Street, there's a rambling cream-colored house with a steep, narrow stairway out back. These metal stairs, essentially a fire escape, are the primary entrance to KABF, FM-88.3, Little Rock's community radio station.

KABF's programming a feast of voices, music

posted: 08/24/2014 2:37 a.m. Discuss

As co-hosts of Girls, featuring music made by women, Alex Cox, 25, and Katie Osborne, 26, spend every Thursday night in the KABF studio, a place with slick equipment and inefficient air conditioning.

Movie-house maverick

posted: 08/12/2014 2:25 a.m. Discuss

"I want to be a white trash millionaire."

High-fidelity mannequins essential in hospital simulation training

posted: 08/11/2014 2:30 a.m. Discuss

Bobby Hughes, 14, was at baseball practice when he took a line drive to the chest and collapsed. Now at Arkansas Children's Hospital, he is surrounded by beeping machines and determined voices, as a handful of doctors crowd around his bed administering CPR and pharmaceuticals. Darrell Hughes, 49, hovers over his son.

Art under pressure

posted: 07/13/2014 2:28 a.m. Comment 1

In the beginning, one thing is certain: There will be guns.

Vegan food for thought

posted: 06/24/2014 2:21 a.m. Discuss

Everyone who has come for the bonfire will be in the Makeda's Nido shoot -- Maat.Ra Butterfly insists.

Vegan Veg pleases, perturbs

posted: 06/19/2014 2:36 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas is home to Yarnell's Ice Cream, the concept of cheese dip, championship barbecue, the world's second largest meat processing company and prime duck hunting.

Impressions from 4 days of Wakarusa

posted: 06/17/2014 2:19 a.m. Gallery Discuss

OZARK -- Wakarusa has a reputation as a longtime jam-band festival that increasingly caters to the blissed-out, hula-hooping hippie's alter ego, the electronically fueled, dance-all-night party kid.

Peace, love and Chompdown

posted: 06/17/2014 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Chompdown, an unofficial community potluck held each year in the middle of Wakarusa, is somehow more pure and celebratory than nearly anything else that happens. It's organized by veteran festivalgoers in tribute to a man named Jon "Rabbit" Cabrera, who died in 2010 of lymphoma.

Duffer's real boon to golf benefit

posted: 06/08/2014 2:09 a.m. Discuss

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Business serves largely nontraditional students, many of whom have worked for years before pursuing degrees and who must balance studies with families and jobs.

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