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Cheree Franco

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Recent Stories by Cheree Franco

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.

Music: Mary Timony Rips it up

posted: 01/06/2015 2:15 a.m. Discuss

I don't want to let you down. I just wanted this, wanted this, wanted this now. -- Ex Hex, "Waste Your Time"

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.

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