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Cheree Franco

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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.

Delita Shante Martin

posted: 11/23/2014 2:38 a.m. Discuss

Luna lived with her mother and her light-skinned sisters, whom she thought were the most beautiful girls in the world. Luna's own skin was dark and, she thought, ugly.

CARTI nurse becomes patient

posted: 11/16/2014 3:01 a.m. Discuss

Maeghan Arnold, a former oncology nurse who administered chemotherapy at CARTI, Arkansas' largest nonprofit cancer treatment provider, is a keynote speaker at Tux 'n Trees, the signature gala of CARTI's four-day fundraiser, Festival of Trees.

Where meat, gluten-free meet

posted: 10/23/2014 2:10 a.m. Discuss

The former Argenta Market space in downtown North Little Rock has new tenants -- Butcher & Public and Good Food by Ferneau. The former is a butcher/deli counter and the latter offers salads and entrees, with patrons encouraged to mix and match. Both operate as a sort of upscale lunch counter with dinner takeouts available, and the space stays open late on Friday and Saturday nights, when Good Food becomes a sit-down restaurant and bar.

History afloat

posted: 10/22/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

The Geyer Springs kids are late.

Music: Harvest festival tuning up

posted: 10/14/2014 2:20 a.m. Discuss

Fall is a time to romanticize the dark and absurd and then retreat into the comfort of piled leaves, brilliant days and spiced cider. It's a time to gape at the world ablaze while snuggled in sweaters that smell like campfire, to light candles and recount ancient tales, to dream of carnivals and gypsy wagon trains.

Misfortune, rain can’t stop bicyclist, 71, on cross-country trek

posted: 10/13/2014 2:29 a.m. Discuss

It's roughly 4:30 p.m. on a mid-July day and bicyclists Coreen Frasier, 71, of Little Rock, and Linda Schuck, 67, of Arkadelphia, are muscling their way through the hills on the Wind River Indian reservation near Lander, Wyo.

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