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HIGH PROFILE: Screenwriter, 'Quarry' creator Graham Gordy

updated: 12/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

Graham Gordy was in his first play when he was 9. He was supposed to skip off stage swinging a picnic basket that contained a bottle of wine. His swing was vigorous, and the bottle banged across the concrete floor. The audience collectively gasped, anticipating the explosion of glass.

Bodies, souls nourished at multifaceted ministry

posted: 09/11/2016 2:15 a.m. Discuss

When you step through the door of the warehouse/storefront known as The Shack off Baseline Road in Little Rock, there are booths, a round table and a piano.

High Profile: Sophia Said

posted: 09/04/2016 2:11 a.m. Comment 1

On July 13, the Obamas and the Bushes joined other mourners in a 7,600-seat sanctuary in Texas. They were there to honor Dallas police officers slain six days earlier, while working a march against police brutality.

Hope floats

posted: 08/15/2016 1:56 a.m. Gallery Discuss

HEBER SPRINGS -- On a Saturday morning in late summer, at a quasi-diner attached to a gas station about 10 minutes out from Heber Springs, three old-timers and one young buck eat biscuits with gravy and discuss bees.

High Profile: Joey Lauren Adams

posted: 07/17/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If you disagree with Joey Lauren Adams, even over a topic that she knows intimately, she will remain polite. Even after she's had a few drinks and her friends -- east Nashville bartenders, animal rescuers, movie buffs and Bushwhacker aficionados ("It's like an alcoholic milkshake") -- are defensive on her behalf.

Kombucha: Fermented, fizzy sweet-tart tea is easily brewed in the kitchen

posted: 07/13/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

As with any diverse, thriving community, there is a creation story. Once upon a time about 2,000 years ago, an insect fell into a vat of sweet tea, trailing bacteria that colonized with local yeast. In the manner of empires, this first symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (commonly called a SCOBY or scoby) birthed vast colonies in new lands. A Korean doctor reportedly used the fermented tea to heal a Japanese emperor around A.D. 414. Five hundreds years later, it jostled in samurais' wine bags, an early take on Gatorade, and five hundred years after that, soldiers returned from the Russo-Japanese war to plop scobys in vats across Eastern Europe.

Woman is dogs' best friend

posted: 06/12/2016 2:26 a.m. Discuss

The cacophony is brutal. Nearly 200 anxious dogs bark and jockey for attention, two each to a chain-link pen. The no-kill, donor-supported Humane Society of the Delta is out of space. Inside one pen, set away from the others, a sturdy black dog lunges and snarls. Leslie Galloway, 44, squats in front of the cage and speaks softly.

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: Senator Tom 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






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