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Helaine Williams

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Features reporter, columnist

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LET'S TALK: Olympic also-rans: Gold medal isn't all that glitters

posted: 08/28/2016 2:24 a.m. Discuss

Despite all its trouble behind the scenes, Hubby and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, which wrapped up a week ago today. I kept up with more during these games than I had in previous ones, noting the irony of yelling at the TV during swimming or gymnastics rather than the customary football or basketball game.

YOUTH DEFENDERS: Creating a 'safe place'

posted: 08/21/2016 2:10 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Safe. That is a word that, sadly, isn't part of the reality of the lives of abused and neglected children.

DNA tests helpful, but genealogical research still works best

posted: 08/21/2016 2:07 a.m. Discuss

Nancy Robinson Lott and her family have been tracing their history about a decade. As is the case in many families, genealogical rumors abounded.

LET'S TALK: Please put lip zip on *&^%$#@!

posted: 08/21/2016 2:07 a.m. Discuss

My mother once told me that when I was a very young child, I was asked if I had my Easter speech ready to recite during the holiday church program.

Kits unravel clues to ethnic heritage

posted: 08/21/2016 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Anyone who sees me would not mistake me for being anything other than black. My medium-to-dark skin and (thinning) kinky hair are visual proof.

STROKES OF CREATIVITY: Birth of an Artist

posted: 08/21/2016 1:58 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Anthony Tidwell, a Hot Springs educator and onetime assistant basketball coach, wanted the children in his city to have the same access to art education that he received during his childhood. So he started a program that would allow them to do just that. And he started a fundraiser to help pay for that program.

LET ME CALL YOU SWEETHEART: 72 sophomore girls prepared to offer 'healthy' assistance

posted: 08/21/2016 1:57 a.m. Gallery Discuss

The American Heart Association's Sweethearts program in Arkansas ushered in its 20th year with a welcome reception Tuesday for new sweethearts and their parents. The event took place at the Country Club of Little Rock.

Music review: Journey older but still fierce to delight of baby boomers

posted: 08/19/2016 2:27 a.m. Discuss

Journey band members Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory and Steve Smith may have aged physically since the glory days of the group. But the men -- lead guitarist, keyboardist, bassist and drummer, respectively -- still play with all the fierceness, earnestness and nimble-fingered-ness of their youth.

CONCERT REVIEW: Journey still fierce in Verizon Arena show

posted: 08/18/2016 6:30 a.m. Comment 1

Journey band members Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory and Steve Smith may have aged physically since the glory days of the group. But the men — lead guitarist, keyboardist, bassist and drummer, respectively — still play with all the fierceness, earnestness and nimble-fingered-ness of their youth. Oh, and that current lead vocalist, Arnel Pineda? The one you’d swear sounds identical to former lead singer Steve Perry? Just as fierce, with a lot of leaping and cavorting that belies his 48 years.

TAILOR MADE: Sharp dressers

posted: 08/14/2016 2:15 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Seven fashion designers showed off their creative skills -- and received their diplomas for honing those skills -- during an Aug. 6 event presented by designer Jamileh Kamran and her Little Rock-based Arkansas Fashion School. A Leading Edge, an Emerging Designers Graduation Event, took place at The Little Rock Club.

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