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Cheree Franco

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Recent Stories by Cheree Franco

Cochlear implants give the gift of hearing, but they’re not for everyone

posted: 07/20/2015 2:55 a.m. Discuss

For Ruthie Chaney it was a rhythmic "click, click, click, click" from a nearby clock. For Stacy Cockrell, it was "wah, wah, wah," which, thanks to stellar lip-reading skills, she was able to interpret as her mother's "I love you."

8-way battle of bartenders to help save historic places

posted: 06/14/2015 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Amber Crouch, a staff attorney from the Arkansas Securities Department, and her husband, Courtney Crouch III, like their buildings old. They live in an 85-year-old bungalow in Little Rock's Hillcrest. Courtney sits on the board of the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas -- a nonprofit that fights to save endangered historical sites -- and Amber is chairing the alliance's forthcoming fundraiser, the first Preservation Libations Master Mix-Off.

On a role

posted: 06/09/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Ashlie Atkinson slinks through a giant Valentine in a shiny bubble-gum gown, gloves to her elbows and pink feathered fan fluttering. Men in tuxedos spin and grovel, lift her up, parade her down pink stairs.

Panel unswayed in clemency bid

posted: 05/31/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Board of Parole has decided against recommending clemency for Belynda Goff, 53, who says she is innocent of the 1994 bludgeoning death of her husband, Stephen Goff, 40.

Panel unswayed in clemency bid

posted: 05/29/2015 2:56 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Board of Parole has decided against recommending clemency for Belynda Goff, 53, who says she is innocent of the 1994 bludgeoning death of her husband, Stephen Goff, 40.

Personal Space

posted: 05/23/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Chelsye Garrett Where I live: Downtown in the MacArthur Park Historic District of Little Rock, in a house built in 1877 that's been renovated into apartments.

Grounded Gourmasian gratifies

posted: 05/21/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

The shtick is "Southern meets Asian." The story is food truck turns storefront (partially through crowdfunding, with more than $16,000 coming from 177 Kickstarter backers). The digs are roomy and clean, with blond wood, a strong black and red motif and a nifty ceiling installation that resembles floating matchsticks.

Drinks to dessert, it's So good

posted: 05/14/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

So Restaurant-Bar -- an upscale Hillcrest staple since 2006 -- is part neighborhood pub, part Parisian bistro. Once primarily known for seafood, the menu has expanded in recent years, although raw oysters (from the East and West coasts rather than the Gulf) are still plentiful, and the priciest meal on offer, the Grand-Luxe seafood platter ($115), consists of 18 oysters, cocktail shrimp, mussels and crab claws.

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.

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