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Cheree Franco

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That's So Raw a fresh addition

posted: 04/23/2015 2:03 a.m. Comment 1

It's more of an indoor taco stand than a full-grown restaurant, with food truck aspirations (all tips are earmarked) and several items eighty-sixed just two hours past opening. With easily premade fare, That's So Raw would make a fantastic food truck, wildly welcomed, we suspect, by local vegetarians who have scant options in the mobile eats scene.

Michael Raymond Rice

posted: 04/12/2015 2:08 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- Michael Rice is out of tissues, so he hands his guest a dish towel. "Just blow your nose on this, and I'll toss it in the wash," he drawls.

SXSW's single purpose

posted: 04/03/2015 2:05 a.m. Discuss

AUSTIN, Texas -- South By Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Festival is part trendy business conference, part art-damaged Spring Break blow-out, part war zone. The 29-year-old, 14-day event draws more than 100,000 people to downtown Austin annually, not counting the tens of thousands who participate in hundreds of "unofficial" (often free) parties and music showcases hosted by corporations and record labels.

Egg lady gets cracking for Youth Home benefit

posted: 03/22/2015 2:49 a.m. Discuss

Lynn Sudderth likes to get her hands dirty. She likes her clay best when it's saturated and sopping, the gray drips running down her elbows, the slime oozing between her fingers and caking in the tiny wrinkles of her palms.

40 shades of gray

posted: 03/07/2015 2:20 a.m. Discuss

Claudia Shannon of Jonesboro understands how stressful redecorating can be. "We didn't used to have all of those home shows and all of these Internet sites. ... My clients are having a much harder time these days because they're bombarded by what's out there, and they think they have to look at every bit of it before making a decision," says the 45-year interior design veteran.

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.

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