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Convicted bomber petitions for pardon; didn’t hit Little Rock Nine student’s home, he says

posted: 09/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A man convicted nearly six decades ago of bombing the home of one of the students who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock has asked the state for a pardon, saying in his application that he was beaten into confessing.

At Central High School reunion, Little Rock Nine say problems with race persist

posted: 09/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Eight of the nine students who in 1957 desegregated Central High School recalled their role in what became a civil-rights milestone and addressed during a news conference Friday the racial shortcomings that have persisted over the past six decades.

FROM INTEGRATION TUMULT, COMES DIVERSITY: Little Rock's Central High reflects on 60 years, but racial chasm persists in district

posted: 09/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 17

Six decades after Arkansas' governor temporarily stopped nine black students from integrating Central High School, the campus is more diverse than ever, its principal said, as other public Little Rock high schools have become increasingly split by race and incomes.

Hundreds demand protection for young immigrants in march to state Capitol

posted: 09/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Hundreds marched Saturday in Little Rock in support of federal legislation to protect from deportation those people who came illegally to the United States as children.

Ex-manager files FCC complaint after contentious exit from Little Rock radio station

updated: 09/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The former manager of a low-powered Little Rock radio station has filed an informal federal complaint against a neighborhood association, city employees and an elected official, accusing them of violating federal regulations in his absence.

Grassroots Arkansas to hold own '57 crisis remembrances

posted: 09/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A Little Rock group battling the state over control of the city's schools will host public events this month to "honor truth and to honor the legacy" of the nine students who desegregated Central High School nearly 60 years ago, state Sen. Joyce Elliott announced Thursday.

Panel critiques 1957 Central High School integration news coverage

posted: 09/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Media coverage of Central High School's integration nearly 60 years ago created fear among black families and a resulting lack of detail for students today to connect with, the parent of a graduate and an alumna said Wednesday during a discussion of the crisis.

Little Rock School District chief sees an intact Central High zone

posted: 09/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

Little Rock School District Superintendent Mike Poore said he expects no major changes to the Central High School attendance zone when the district redraws boundaries as part of settling a high-profile federal discrimination lawsuit, he said Monday.

Statuses shakier, 'dreamers' in Arkansas strain to see ahead

posted: 09/06/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Confronted with an end date to a federal program that has shielded illegal immigrants from deportation, so-called dreamers said Tuesday that they will try to squeeze all they can from the perks before the program disappears.

After Power Ultra Lounge shooting, city focuses on another Little Rock club

posted: 09/03/2017 4:14 a.m. Comments 5

Little Rock's review of nightlife after the July mass shooting at Power Ultra Lounge has refocused the city's attention on another club that has divided local officials and state alcohol regulators.






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