News 2009 December

Stories for December 2009

Thursday, December 31

Three Razorbacks suspended from Liberty Bowl

updated: 12/31/2009 6:19 p.m.

Three Arkansas players, including two consistent starters on defense, will not play in the Liberty Bowl after violating team rules.

Mallett focusing on Liberty Bowl, not looming NFL decision

posted: 12/31/2009 1:34 p.m.

The future of Ryan Mallett continues to be a hot topic in Arkansas, but in Tennessee that’s the furthest thing from the Arkansas quarterback’s mind.

Pine Bluff police officer responds, delivers baby

posted: 12/31/2009 10:43 a.m.

A Pine Bluff police officer responding to an early morning call has helped deliver a baby.

Arkansas National Guard soldiers prepare to deploy

posted: 12/31/2009 9:52 a.m.

About 200 Arkansas Army National Guard soldiers are preparing to leave for a 1-year deployment to Afghanistan.

Anti-terror calls mount

posted: 12/31/2009 5:55 a.m.

Lawmakers pressured President Barack Obama to boost the urgency of anti-terrorism efforts as the Netherlands and Nigeria announced they will start using full-body scanners for passengers.

Deadline nearing for school cash

posted: 12/31/2009 5:52 a.m.

State and local education leaders are racing to meet a Jan. 19 application deadline for millions of dollars in federal funds.

Times Square has bomb scare

posted: 12/31/2009 5:45 a.m.

A white van parked near Times Square with tinted windows, no license plates and a bogus law enforcement placard was enough for police to briefly evacuate the tourist hot spot and send in a bomb squad on the day before the annual New Year’s Eve celebration.

5.8 earthquake hits U.S., Mexico cities

posted: 12/31/2009 5:44 a.m.

A magnitude-5.8 earthquake rocked the U.S.-Mexico border region Wednesday, causing hospitals to evacuate in the Mexican industrial city of Mexicali as buildings swayed more than 100 miles to the west in San Diego and southwestern Arizona.

Bomber duo kills 23 in Iraq

posted: 12/31/2009 5:43 a.m.

Twin bombings — one a possible assassination attempt against an Iraqi provincial governor — killed 23 people and wounded the governor Wednesday in the worst violence in months to hit the western province that was once al-Qaida’s top stronghold in Iraq.

Iran hard-liners throng to rallies staged by state

posted: 12/31/2009 5:42 a.m.

Tens of thousands of hard-line government supporters turned out for state-sponsored rallies Wednesday, some of them calling for the execution of opposition leaders as Iran’s police chief threatened to show “no mercy” in crushing any new protests by the proreform movement.

Taliban claim Karachi bombing

posted: 12/31/2009 5:40 a.m.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility Wednesday for the bombing of a religious procession in Karachi, which suggests that the militants may be escalating their war against the state with a rare attack in Pakistan’s commercial hub.

In the news

posted: 12/31/2009 5:38 a.m.

Larry Legro of Sun Prairie, Wis., is this year’s World Champion Liar, winning the Burlington Liars Club’s award for this line: “I just realized how bad the economy really is.

Names and faces

posted: 12/31/2009 5:38 a.m.

There’s an especially starry knight in Britain’s latest round of royal honors.

The nation in brief

posted: 12/31/2009 5:37 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The same kind of failures that were there in 9/11 were present in this one.” Former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean, a Republican who led the commission that examined the Sept. 11 attacks, on the plot to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 12/31/2009 5:37 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We will take severe action. The era of tolerance is over.

Other days

posted: 12/31/2009 5:17 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 31, 1909 Pulaski County had the largest delegation of any county in the state of the annual convention of the Arkansas State Teachers Association

Liberty Bowl: Skip fortified by dab of Lou

posted: 12/31/2009 5:17 a.m.

East Carolina Coach Skip Holtz has been hearing from a lot of old friends back in Fayetteville in recent days, and it hasn’t been just Christmas cards or Happy New Year’s wishes.

LIKE IT IS: Razorbacks are ready to wrap up business

posted: 12/31/2009 5:14 a.m.

The hay is in the barn. There are three more news conferences, two practices and a walk-through remaining until the Liberty Bowl is ready to showcase East Carolina vs. Arkansas.

Liberty Bowl: Glory isn’t a part of job for fullbacks

posted: 12/31/2009 5:11 a.m.

Broderick Green got the headlines, the video footage and his name in the Arkansas and NCAA record books — and rightly so — for his 99-yard touchdown run against Eastern Michigan this season.

Prayerful penning

posted: 12/31/2009 5:07 a.m.

Most every morning Tom Elliott starts his day by writing to God. He’s partial to penning letters to the Father in a form of spiritual discipline known as journaling.

Razorbacks Basketball: Second-half siesta

posted: 12/31/2009 5:07 a.m.

If there is a bright side to be found in Arkansas losing 70-47 to Baylor on Wednesday, it’s that the Razorbacks spent a half looking like a team that had won five consecutive games.

Tech axes Leach for ‘defiance’

posted: 12/31/2009 5:05 a.m.

Texas Tech fired Mike Leach on Wednesday after the coach took the school to court to try to overturn his suspension for alleged mistreatment of an injured player.

Radio folk list their CD faves of ’09

posted: 12/31/2009 5:05 a.m.

We asked some Arkansas Christian radio personalities to pick the compact discs that they played and enjoyed most in 2009. Here are their picks, as well as Billboard’s lists of the year’s bestselling albums.

Siddown, take a load off

posted: 12/31/2009 5:04 a.m.

PLEASE, sir, have a seat. Let us take that. You’ve been burdened enough. What would we call this thing, eh? A sickle? A scythe? It looks sharp. Or at least there’s a lot of blood on it. Lots and lots of blood. No sir, we won’t ask.

Painting is calling for priest

posted: 12/31/2009 5:03 a.m.

There’s no steeple out front, no rows of pews inside, not even so much as a crucifix on display.

A less than honest policy

posted: 12/31/2009 5:03 a.m.

There is a middle-class tax time bomb ticking in the Senate’s version of President Obama’s effort to reform health care.

The legacy of a lost wolf

posted: 12/31/2009 5:02 a.m.

Many years ago, at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, I had my first and only encounter with a live Mexican gray wolf. It was one of the most exquisite animals I had ever seen. Mexican gray wolves are the smallest wolf species in North America, weighing 60 to 90 pounds.

Airports wait to get word on scanners

posted: 12/31/2009 5:01 a.m.

The Transportation Security Administration plans to put 150 “backscatter” machines at airport security checkpoints next year, but the federal agency hasn’t decided whether any of the controversial full-body scanners will be placed in Arkansas.

LETTERS

posted: 12/31/2009 5 a.m.

Listen to different strategy I agree with Vice President Joe Biden. We are challenged by a type of war that does not allow us to establish a complete and sophisticated military and diplomatic contingency in every country where terrorists are being trained. I think maybe we should listen closely to what Biden is saying.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Abusive often also abused

posted: 12/31/2009 4:58 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: Here’s our predicament: Mom spent her childhood being emotionally abused by her father, then her adult life being emotionally abused by her husband (my dad).

Group says incidents show Nigerian extremism on rise

posted: 12/31/2009 4:56 a.m.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s alleged attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day and armed battles between Islamists and soldiers in northern Nigeria this week are a sign of growing religious extremism in the country, a human-rights group said.

COMMENTARY: Cheer up, Colts fans, ring is the thing

posted: 12/31/2009 4:56 a.m.

On a midwinter day in a Midwestern town that should know better, it became official.

Communities of faith: Orthodox priest to lead icon retreat

posted: 12/31/2009 4:55 a.m.

Paul Fetsko, a Greek Orthodox priest and chaplain at St. Edward Mercy Medical Center, will lead a program on iconography Jan. 29-30 at St. Scholastica Monastery’s retreat center.

A new art form

posted: 12/31/2009 4:53 a.m.

Now that the annual holiday drinking, um, party season is almost over and many are vowing never to do anything like that again, here’s my idea for a national New Year’s resolution: How about we declare a moratorium on celebrity sex scandals?

Trucking sees November lift in tons hauled

posted: 12/31/2009 4:51 a.m.

Truck tonnage continues to slowly recover as retailers come close to correcting a supply-and-demand imbalance of consumer goods.

Getting it straight

posted: 12/31/2009 4:49 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Frank Fellone Deputy Editor P.O. Box 2221 Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 378-3475 during business hours Monday through Friday.

Liberty Bowl report

posted: 12/31/2009 4:37 a.m.

UA out to avoid slip-ups Arkansas shifted its Liberty Bowl practice venue on a chilly, wet Wednesday to the Memphis University School, an upscale all boys institution that has a synthetic playing surface.

CW seeks sex-crazed women for reality series

posted: 12/31/2009 4:37 a.m.

A production company populated by CBS News producers is scouring the country, according to various reality-TV casting-call Web sites, for a chosen few chicks who are sex-obsessed, rage-filled, exercise anorexics, bulimics or “shopaholics,” and willing to share the details in a new reality series for the CW network.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 12/31/2009 4:36 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I wish you’d say something about gossiping, because I don’t think people realize just how destructive it can be. Am I right, or am I just too sensitive to what people say about me? — L.T.

HUMANITARIAN BOWL: Idaho’s drive stuns Bowling Green

posted: 12/31/2009 4:35 a.m.

Max Komar made a sliding 16-yard touchdown catch with 4 seconds left and Nathan Enderle passed to Preston Davis for the two-point conversion, lifting Idaho to a 43-42 victory over Bowling Green in Wednesday night’s Humanitarianv Bowl.

CHICK-FIL-A BOWL: Hokies wary of vigorous Volunteers

posted: 12/31/2009 4:34 a.m.

One score really got the attention of Virginia Tech’s coaches as they prepared for tonight’s matchup with Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

SUN BOWL: Gerhart geared up to face Sooners

posted: 12/31/2009 4:33 a.m.

Stanford running back Toby Gerhart has looked at film, analyzed the matchups and gone over the game plan.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/31/2009 4:30 a.m.

Happy birthday. Create a little mischief ! Your originality is so appealing. You’ll come up with solutions that no one else will think of. A new endeavor will excite you in May. Though you’ll start out with meager skills, you’ll emerge as a force to be reckoned with. In June, you’ll get the necessary financing to do what you need to do. Aries and Pisces people adore you.

HOLIDAY BOWL: Nebraska’s defense dominant

posted: 12/31/2009 4:29 a.m.

Zac Lee threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Niles Paul in the third quarter to highlight No. 22 Nebraska’s 33-0 rout against No. 20 Arizona on a rainy Wednesday night, the first shutout in the 32-year history of the Holiday Bowl.

In the lane

posted: 12/31/2009 4:27 a.m.

Happy return for A.J.

Kines retiring from coaching

posted: 12/31/2009 4:26 a.m.

Texas A&M defensive coordinator Joe Kines is retiring, concluding a coaching career that spans four decades.

State briefs

posted: 12/31/2009 4:23 a.m.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Mississippi College downs Hendrix Junior forward Jalessa Taylor scored 25 points and Mississippi College hit 56.5 percent of its field-goal attempts Wednesday on its way to a 72-62 nonconference victory Hendrix in Conway.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 12/31/2009 4:23 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I have misplaced the address for Stamps for Children. If you would please reprint it, I would most appreciate it.

Arkansas waterfowl report

posted: 12/31/2009 4:23 a.m.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s waterfowl report for Wednesday: NORTHEAST ARKANSAS DAVE DONALDSON BLACK RIVER WMA Waterfowl hunters should be aware of hangers and submerged logs within the boat runs and GTRs.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Sheridan deer spot always dear

posted: 12/31/2009 4:22 a.m.

I hunt this spot because I like it.

Fishing this week

posted: 12/31/2009 4:21 a.m.

HOT SPOTS 1. ARKANSAS RIVER (LITTLE ROCK POOL) Bream are biting fairly well below Murray Lock and Dam on small worms. Crappie are biting well on pink minnows fished under a slip-cork rig and on salt and-pepper jigs below Murray Lock and Dam.

Check your knowledge

posted: 12/31/2009 4:06 a.m.

1. Major league baseball players with the most hits in their careers are Pete Rose (4,256) and Ty Cobb (4,189). Who ranks third? 2. “Love Makes the World Go ’Round ” is considered the theme from what popular stage musical?

Ailing lender GMAC gets more U.S. aid

posted: 12/31/2009 3:59 a.m.

The government on Wednesday gave GMAC Financial Services another $3.8 billion in cash and took a majority stake in the auto lender, aiming to stabilize the company as it struggles with big losses in its home mortgage unit.

Off the wire

posted: 12/31/2009 3:58 a.m.

FOOTBALL Bears’ Tillman placed on IR Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman was placed on injured reserve and will miss the season finale against Detroit after breaking his ribs.

Second thoughts

posted: 12/31/2009 3:56 a.m.

Let’s just dial down blitz talk Here is a line that needs to be sacked: “Dial up a blitz.” That football cliche beat out such stellar competition as “Take a shot down the field,” “It depends on the spot” and “Shy of the first down” to capture the 26th annual Trite Trophy, awarded by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Gene Collier.

U.S. panel votes to impose duties on China in steel case

posted: 12/31/2009 3:55 a.m.

The U.S. will impose duties on $2.8 billion in steelpipe imports from China after saying subsidies on the products may harm American steelmakers, a move that threatens to escalate trade tensions between the two countries.

U.S. firms expand at fastest since ’06

posted: 12/31/2009 3:51 a.m.

Companies in the U.S. expanded in December at the fastest pace in almost four years, signaling the economic recovery is gaining speed heading into 2010, the Institute for Supply Management-Chicago Inc. said Wednesday.

Farmworker cooling shelter touted

posted: 12/31/2009 3:47 a.m.

After watching grape harvesters toil in the vineyards on a summer day without shade, Garth Patterson was inspired to get them some relief.

News Corp. set to yank Fox signal

posted: 12/31/2009 3:45 a.m.

Fox network owner News Corp. said Wednesday that it isn’t likely to reach an agreement with Time Warner Cable Inc. and expects to pull Fox broadcasting from the cable system when their deal expires today.

Airbus lags jumbo-jet deliveries’ ’09 forecast

posted: 12/31/2009 3:44 a.m.

Airbus SAS, the world’s largest maker of commercial aircraft, delivered 10 A380s in 2009, one short of its target and fewer than the previous year, as the company struggles to customize the double-decker plane for airlines.

Har-Ber Fails To Slow McNeaill

posted: 12/31/2009 3:35 a.m.

The fact Springdale Har-Ber didn’t exhibit its best defense Wednesday afternoon hurt the Wildcats. Kenyon McNeaill’s shooting performance only compounded Har-Ber’s troubles.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 12/31/2009 3:34 a.m.

Farm disaster aid available in state The U.S. Department of Agriculture has implemented a disaster-assistance program outlined in the 2008 farm bill, the Arkansas executive director of the Farm Service Agency, Linda Newkirk, said in a news release.

Bundrick Commits To UCA

posted: 12/31/2009 3:34 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber linebacker Jacob Bundrick committed to play football for the University of Central Arkansas on Wednesday, Har-Ber coach Chris Wood said.

Lady Bulldogs Win At Tourney

posted: 12/31/2009 3:33 a.m.

Tiffany Wiseley scored 17 points as Springdale High pulled way in the second half for a 47-37 win over Neosho (Mo.) at the 55th annual Neosho Holiday Classic on Wednesday.

Rogers Girls Fall Again

posted: 12/31/2009 3:26 a.m.

Cleveland (Tenn.) broke away from a 12-12 deadlock after a quarter to build a double-digit halftime lead before holding off Rogers High 53-42 on Wednesday in the 21st Greenbank Ladies Classic.

MARKET REPORT: Mixed news leaves stocks stable

posted: 12/31/2009 3:25 a.m.

Stocks ended the next-to-last day of 2009 little-changed as welcome news on manufacturing helped offset a drop in commodities prices.

Business news in brief

posted: 12/31/2009 3:25 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s mutually assured destruction if they don’t reach an agreement.” Matthew Harrigan, an analyst at Wunderlich Securities, talking about the programming dispute between Time Warner Cable Inc. and Fox broadcasting. Article, 1D

Saab reportedly gets reprieve

posted: 12/31/2009 3:21 a.m.

General Motors Co. is pressing ahead with plans to shut down Saab, though it will continue to hear bids for the Swedish car brand, a company spokesman said Wednesday.

Rogers Boys ‘Rolla’ To Title

posted: 12/31/2009 3:20 a.m.

Rogers High held St. Charles (Mo.) Francis Howell Central without a field goal during an 11 minute, 30 second span in the second half, and the Mounties used a blistering 21-0 run to pull away for a 50-28 victory in the championship game at the 2009 U.S. Bank-Rolla High Holiday Invitational.

Fast Start Boosts West Fork

posted: 12/31/2009 3:14 a.m.

West Fork’s players weren’t bothered by the morning bus ride along a foggy stretch of road or the 9:30 a.m. tipoff inside an empty gymnasium. Gravette’s players, on the other hand, didn’t adjust as well to the less-than-ideal conditions on Wednesday.

Lady’Dogs Tumble Again

posted: 12/31/2009 3:12 a.m.

Coach Larry Goad and the DeSoto (Texas) Lady Eagles basketball team’s worst fears about playing a well-coached team began to ring true midway through the third quarter of Wednesday’s game against Fayetteville.

ARBY’S CLASSIC: Bulldogs Falter In Tournament

posted: 12/31/2009 3:09 a.m.

Ahead eight points with 3 minutes left, Fayetteville appeared on its way to the finals of the 27th Arby’s Classic.

Heritage Wrestlers Finish Fifth

posted: 12/31/2009 3:04 a.m.

The Rogers Heritage wrestling team notched a fifth-place team finish in the 24-team Springfield (Mo.) Holiday Classic, which concluded Wednesday.

BANK HOLDUP: Review Clears Detective

posted: 12/31/2009 2:57 a.m.

Fayetteville Detective David Williams was justified when he shot and killed a bank robbery suspect earlier this month, the Washington County Prosecutor’s Offce concluded Wednesday.

Vendors, Officials Encourage Firework Safety

posted: 12/31/2009 2:55 a.m.

Dale McDaniel and his family bring in every new year with fireworks.

NEOSHO HOLIDAY CLASSIC: War Eagles Rebound With Win

posted: 12/31/2009 2:55 a.m.

Rogers Heritage coach Tom Olsen wasn’t real happy with his team’s effort in its loss Tuesday in the 55th annual Neosho Holiday Tournament.

Hours Reduced At Library

posted: 12/31/2009 2:54 a.m.

The Bentonville Public Library will close at 5 p.m. today and will remain closed Friday for New Year’s Day. The library will resume regular hours Saturday.

LENDEL THOMAS CLASSIC: Robinson Leads Team To Title

posted: 12/31/2009 2:53 a.m.

Never fear when Martha Robinson is near.

Shelter Looks To Bridge Donation Gap

posted: 12/31/2009 2:52 a.m.

Administrators at the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter said Wednesday they are on track to meet endowment and donation needs for 2011 when the shelter will move and expand its emergency housing facilities.

KIDS FOUND IN TRUNK: Mother Arrested In Deaths

posted: 12/31/2009 2:51 a.m.

The mother of two children found dead in the trunk of the family car last summer has been arrested in connection with the incident.

NEOSHO HOLIDAY CLASSIC: Lady Tigers Reach Finals

posted: 12/31/2009 2:49 a.m.

Sophomore Niki Wilson was exactly who Bentonville coach Tom Halbmaier wanted at the free-throw line to ice the game and send the Lady Tigers into the championship game of the 55th annual Neosho Holiday Classic on Wednesday night.

Starlight Skatium Opens

posted: 12/31/2009 2:49 a.m.

Skating is in Tift any Caston’s blood. That’s why she and her husband, Neil, recently opened Starlight Skatium in Fayetteville, giving roller derby teams and skaters of all ages another local entertainment venue.

OUT WITH THE OLD: Fire Station Demolished

posted: 12/31/2009 2:45 a.m.

Capt. Tony Grimes sat in his white Ford pickup and watched as an old piece of Bentonville history off cially came crashing down Wednesday.

Airport Rates Increase

posted: 12/31/2009 2:44 a.m.

Pilots will find increased hangar rental, ground lease rates and fuel fees as a result of decreased aviation activity at Rogers Municipal Airport.

COCA-COLA CLASSIC: Hall takes home another title

posted: 12/31/2009 2:38 a.m.

Another Coca-Cola Classic, another championship for Little Rock Hall.

BERRYVILLE HOLIDAY HOOPS: Charleston tops Waldron for title

posted: 12/31/2009 2:38 a.m.

A day after surviving a double-overtime game, the Charleston Lady Tigers found themselves in another fierce battle Wednesday night.

Ex-Clinton aide gets trial delayed

posted: 12/31/2009 2:38 a.m.

The trial of former Clinton aide Betsey Wright on a charge of trying to smuggle contraband into a prison has been moved from late January to late May because of a scheduling conflict.

NOTEWORTHY DEATH

posted: 12/31/2009 2:38 a.m.

Former president of Indonesia Former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid, popularly known as Gus Dur, died Wednesday, Indonesian presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha said. He was 69.

New Fort Smith bus station opens

posted: 12/31/2009 2:38 a.m.

The Fort Smith Transit Department wasted no time putting its new transfer station into service Wednesday, as the first passengers boarded buses minutes after city officials opened the facility.

Northwest Arkansas deaths

posted: 12/31/2009 2:38 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes, at no charge, death notices of reasonable length for residents of Benton, Carroll, Washington and Madison counties submitted by funeral homes.

New Year’s closings

posted: 12/31/2009 2:38 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices schedules may be affected by the New Year’s holiday: GARBAGE COLLECTION Bella Vista: Regular routes will run today; no routes will run Friday.

The state/region in brief

posted: 12/31/2009 2:38 a.m.

The Lee County sheriff’s office and Arkansas Department of Correction are searching for a prison inmate who walked away from a work assignment at the Lee County courthouse in Marianna on Christmas Eve, a department spokesman said Tuesday.

Officials remove 17 animals from Crawford County property

posted: 12/31/2009 2:38 a.m.

Humane Society officials were called Tuesday to Crawford County after a resident reported that up to 20 animals were abandoned on a neighbor’s property and that some neglected dogs had been eating a live horse.

Middle school students will reap the benefits of garden study grant

posted: 12/31/2009 2:38 a.m.

Stark Ligon helps teach students to garden an area of more than two acres between Gibbs Elementary and Dunbar Middle School near downtown Little Rock.

Classes expand at 2 law schools

posted: 12/31/2009 2:38 a.m.

Arkansas’ two law schools are significantly expanding their immigration-law offerings.

Retired judge would lose benefits during 1-year term

posted: 12/31/2009 2:38 a.m.

A retired east Arkansas judge won’t be allowed to draw his benefits during an appointed one-year return to the bench, a requirement that the jurist said he was unaware of when he accepted the job.

$8 million in debt, famed N.Y. eatery to serve last meal

posted: 12/31/2009 2:38 a.m.

Tavern on the Green, once America’s highest-grossing restaurant, is singing its culinary swan song.

U.S. registry adds ‘Thriller’ video

posted: 12/31/2009 2:38 a.m.

Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video, with that memorable graveyard dance, will rest among the nation’s treasures in the world’s largest archive of film, TV and sound recordings.

’09 a deadly year for news media

posted: 12/31/2009 2:38 a.m.

This year has been one of the worst on record for the deliberate killing of reporters and media staff, an international journalists’ association said Thursday.

Report: Limbaugh taken to hospital

posted: 12/31/2009 2:38 a.m.

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was taken to a hospital with chest pains Wednesday, a Honolulu television station reported.

North Korea to ban use of foreign currency

posted: 12/31/2009 2:38 a.m.

North Korea will ban the use of foreign currency for purchases among both its citizens and foreigners beginning Friday, Chinese state television reported Wednesday, another sign the communist government is intent on reasserting control over the economy.

Area lotteries

posted: 12/31/2009 2:38 a.m.

Numbers drawn Wednesday: Missouri Lotto 12-14-15-30-32-41 Estimated jackpot: $1.3 million Oklahoma Lotto 5-14-38-39-52 Hot ball: 6 Estimated jackpot: $2.16 million Powerball 5-14-38-39-52 Powerball: 6 Estimated jackpot: $20 million Power Play: 3

New laws target toy guns, smoking

posted: 12/31/2009 2:38 a.m.

Texting while driving, smoking in public and cooking with arteryclogging trans fats will be that much harder under a number of state laws set to take effect around the country Friday.

Asteroid deflection pitched by Russia

posted: 12/31/2009 2:37 a.m.

Russia’s space agency chief said Wednesday a spacecraft may be dispatched to knock a large asteroid off course and reduce the chances of Earth impact, even though U.S. scientists say such a scenario is unlikely.

8 U.S. civilians reported dead in Afghan blast

posted: 12/31/2009 2:37 a.m.

KABUL — A suicide bomber detonated his explosives vest at a military base in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing eight American civilians, U.S. officials said.

AMERICAN VALOR: West Earns Medal Through Heroics

posted: 12/31/2009 2:16 a.m.

From the gun turret of his armored Humvee, Spc. Ben West scanned the windows and roofs in central Baghdad, searching for any sign of a gunman or sniper. Suddenly, he saw a flash and a smoke trail and heard someone yell, “RPG.” Read more »

Northwest Arkansas Records

posted: 12/31/2009 2:12 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas Records for Dec. 31

Benton County Obituaries

posted: 12/31/2009 2:06 a.m.

Benton County Obituaries for Dec. 31

Washington County Obituaries

posted: 12/31/2009 2:05 a.m.

Washington County Obituaries for Dec. 31

Arkansas Elk Hunting A Two-Sided Coin

posted: 12/31/2009 1:52 a.m.

It costs nothing to get into hunting elk in Arkansas. Applications and permits are free, but there is a catch.

Outdoor Briefs

posted: 12/31/2009 1:52 a.m.

Polar Bear Bass Tournament Set The annual Polar Bear memorial bass tournament will be held Friday, New Year’s Day, at Beaver Lake out of Prairie Creek park.

Hunter Input Meetings Tuesday

posted: 12/31/2009 1:51 a.m.

The annual hunter input meetings of the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission take place around the state at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

THE FLIP SIDE: Power Generation Welcome At White River

posted: 12/31/2009 1:51 a.m.

The Beaver Lake level will fall and the White River will rise starting Monday when roundthe-clock power generation begins at Beaver Dam.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS FISHING REPORT

posted: 12/31/2009 1:51 a.m.

Beaver Lake: Anglers ready to start the new year fishing should find the white bass, black bass and stripers eager to bite.

One Hunting, Harrowing Day

posted: 12/31/2009 1:51 a.m.

Cold is the duck hunter’s friend, when Siberian Express arctic fronts push more ducks into Arkansas from their havens up north.

Valor Series Comes To A Close

posted: 12/31/2009 1:51 a.m.

The series of articles “Saluting American Valor” ends today.

HOW WE SEE IT: Business Closes, One Of Many

posted: 12/31/2009 1:51 a.m.

It just so happens that one of the last area businesses to call it quits in 2009 was also one of the most recognizable.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Support For Program Appreciated

posted: 12/31/2009 1:51 a.m.

On behalf of the men and women of the Fayetteville Fraternal Order of Police, I would like to thank each and every one of you who supported our “Shop with a Cop” program in 2009. Once again, the support was overwhelming.

COMMENTARY: Jackass Of The Year Awards

posted: 12/31/2009 1:51 a.m.

With little ado and even less credibility, here is the graduating class for the 2009 Jackass of the Year awards.

Wednesday, December 30

GM continues with Saab shutdown as talks continue

posted: 12/30/2009 2:44 p.m.

General Motors Co. is pressing ahead with plans to shut down Saab, though it will continue to hear bids for the Swedish car brand, a company spokesman said Wednesday.

Liberty Bowl: Q&A with ECU quarterback Patrick Pinkney

posted: 12/30/2009 2:44 p.m.

Editor's note: East Carolina quarterback Patrick Pinkney has overcome injuries as a sixth-year senior and has led the Pirates to their second consecutive Liberty Bowl after back-to-back Conference USA championships. Pinkney has thrown for a career-high 2,738 yards this season along with 14 touchdowns. Pinkney leads East Carolina into the Liberty Bowl to face Arkansas at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The following question-and-answer session took place Dec. 11 in a telephone conversation with WholeHogSports.com.

2 $100,00 lottery winners seen in one day

posted: 12/30/2009 2:03 p.m.

Two people claimed $100,000 prizes in the same day, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery announced, bringing the total number of $100,000 winners to five since the lottery's inception in September

Smokers in 12 states to light fire-safe cigarettes

posted: 12/30/2009 1:24 p.m.

Smokers in 12 states will be lighting — and relighting — fire-safe cigarettes designed to go out when they’re not puffed as the result of new laws that go into effect Friday.

Key dates surrounding the Christmas Day attack

posted: 12/30/2009 11:33 a.m.

A look at key events surrounding the Christmas Day attack on a U.S. airliner. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is accused of trying to detonate an explosive device hidden on his body as the plane approached Detroit on a flight from Amsterdam.

TOP 25/SEC MEN Kentucky’s Wall sets assists mark

posted: 12/30/2009 10:46 a.m.

Freshman point guard John Wall set a school record with 16 assists and No. 3 Kentucky crushed Hartford 104-61 on Tuesday night.

Johnson’s Goal Clear

updated: 12/30/2009 11:18 a.m.

Brad Johnson shares the same first name as the coaching legend he replaced, and since their offices are separated by only a few feet, the two men talk regularly about basketball.

SUN BELT MEN Finn leads way in Red Wolves’ victory

posted: 12/30/2009 10:44 a.m.

Redshirt freshman guard Trey Finn had 13 points and 13 rebounds, both career highs, as Arkansas State earned a 98-60 victory over Central Baptist on Tuesday night at the Convocation Center.

GIRLS Charleston finds just enough offense

posted: 12/30/2009 10:43 a.m.

The Charleston Lady Tigers fought and struggled with the Pocahontas Lady Redskins before finally pulling out a 50-44 victory in double overtime Tuesday afternoon and advancing to the championship game of the inaugural Berryville Holiday Hoops Classic at Bobcat Arena.

BOYS LR Hall back in title game again

posted: 12/30/2009 10:42 a.m.

Little Rock Hall got its act together when it mattered most Tuesday evening.

Northeastern counties to seek aid after flooding

posted: 12/30/2009 10:34 a.m.

Officials in three northeastern Arkansas counties flooded last week say their districts are disaster areas and that they plan to seek federal aid as a result.

Old wood water pipe unearthed at diamond mine

posted: 12/30/2009 10:31 a.m.

Visitors to the Crater of Diamonds State Park have unearthed an early 20th-century wooden water pipe that a park interpreter says once was used to help mine gems.

Northwest Arkansas deaths

posted: 12/30/2009 5:57 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes, at no charge, death notices of reasonable length for residents of Benton, Carroll, Washington and Madison counties submitted by funeral homes.

GM set to move leftovers

posted: 12/30/2009 5:54 a.m.

General Motors Co. is offering deep discounts on its remaining Saturn and Pontiac vehicles as it looks to move the leftover inventory of the soonto-be-dead brands, according to a published report.

Obama says failures added up to close call

posted: 12/30/2009 5:53 a.m.

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that a “mix of human and systemic failures” allowed a Nigerian student purportedly carrying an explosive to board an airplane on Christmas Day, and Obama vowed to quickly fix flaws that could have doomed a flight carrying nearly 300 passengers and crew members.

Report: Iran out to smuggle ore

posted: 12/30/2009 5:51 a.m.

Iran is close to clinching a deal to clandestinely import 1,350 tons of purified uranium ore from Kazakhstan, according to an intelligence report obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. Diplomats said the assessment was heightening international concern about Tehran’s nuclear activities.

Iran toughens crackdown

posted: 12/30/2009 5:51 a.m.

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian security forces intensified their crackdown on antigovernment activists Tuesday, arresting relatives of the country’s Nobel laureate and the main opposition leader and limiting the movement of another top opposition leader.

Attempted bombing confirms security concerns

posted: 12/30/2009 5:47 a.m.

Aviation security could be improved with the use of databases containing passengers’ personal information, technology such as body scans and better information-sharing, security specialists say, but the changes would require greater tolerance of intrusions and far more effective government oversight.

Grant to repair Dallas runway

posted: 12/30/2009 5:45 a.m.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is getting a $2.3 million federal grant to fix one of its runways.

Kids organize charity to help needy children

posted: 12/30/2009 5:43 a.m.

Hot Springs resident Kye Masino first got the idea to start his own charity when he was 10, after his fourth-grade class held a fundraiser for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He thought he could raise more money for worthy causes by asking children to donate coins from their piggy banks.

Afghans set parliamentary elections

posted: 12/30/2009 5:43 a.m.

The Afghan government said Tuesday that it had reached a consensus to hold parliamentary elections this spring over the objections of international organizations and Western governments that fear a repeat of the fraud that tainted this past summer’s presidential vote.

More see economy mending in 2010

posted: 12/30/2009 5:43 a.m.

Consumer confidence rose for the second-straight month as more Americans expect the nation’s economy to improve in 2010, the Conference Board reported Tuesday.

Liberty Bowl: Practice ‘intense’ for Hogs

posted: 12/30/2009 5:41 a.m.

Some Arkansas players struggled in 2008 to adjust to the ultra aggressive Bobby Petrino practice regimen.

White House charting immigration overhaul

posted: 12/30/2009 5:40 a.m.

With the health-care battle still unfinished, the Obama administration has been laying plans to take up another contentious issue — an overhaul of the nation’s immigration system.

As broadcasters slide, free TV wobbles

posted: 12/30/2009 5:39 a.m.

For more than 60 years, TV stations have broadcast news, sports and entertainment for free and made their money by showing commercials. Prospects are dimming that that will work much longer.

2 more join $100,000 winners club

posted: 12/30/2009 5:35 a.m.

A Royal woman and Grady man have won $100,000 prizes from Arkansas’ lottery as the lottery’s number of $100,000 prize winners increased to five Tuesday.

In the news

posted: 12/30/2009 5:19 a.m.

Vary Gist said that while she doesn’t condone smoking, she’s happy her Toledo, Ohio, neighbor, Calvin Giles, went outside for an early morning cigarette since Giles noticed Gist’s house was on fire and helped rescue the woman, her husband and their three children.

Names and faces

posted: 12/30/2009 5:17 a.m.

Lil Wayne, who is facing a year in jail, returned to his hometown of New O r - leans for a performance Monday on what he’s calling his farewell tour.

Getting it straight

posted: 12/30/2009 5:16 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate.

The nation in brief

posted: 12/30/2009 5:15 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “A systemic failure has occurred, and I consider that totally unacceptable.” President Barack Obama, on the security breach that purportedly allowed a Nigerian man to carry explosives onto a U.S. airliner Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 12/30/2009 5:15 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We seriously emphasize that the election should be on time as required by the constitution.” Waheed Omar, the spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, brushing off calls for Afghanistan to delay its parliamentary elections Article, this page

Other days

posted: 12/30/2009 5:13 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 30, 1909 It is probable that the cotton oil mills in Arkansas will be closed down generally by the middle of January. It was stated yesterday by Col. A.D. Allen, manager of the Little Rock Cotton Oil Mill and also president of the Interstate Cotton Seed Crushers’ Association that this would probably be the fact.

Sunni security guards killed

posted: 12/30/2009 5:02 a.m.

Gunmen killed five Sunni security guards — including one by beheading — in a gruesome pre-dawn attack Tuesday at a village checkpoint in central Iraq, officials said.

Firms girding for possible card-check law

posted: 12/30/2009 4:58 a.m.

Target Corp. retooled a training video to warn workers against a bill that would make union organizing easier. Michaels Stores Inc. told investors “our businesses could be impacted” by the measure. Enrollment in Jackson Lewis LLP’s “How to Stay Union-Free” seminars tripled.

FRANKLIN COUNTY Instability closes part of Pig Trail

posted: 12/30/2009 4:57 a.m.

Arkansas 23’s on-again, off-again relationship with motorists hit the skids again Tuesday.

The eyes have it with donation to UAMS

posted: 12/30/2009 4:56 a.m.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Eye Institute has received a $2 million estate gift from a longtime benefactor, officials said Tuesday.

Fire hydrant nearest blaze out of order

posted: 12/30/2009 4:55 a.m.

Firefighters battling a blaze that left a woman and her three children dead last week could not get the closest hydrant to work, hampering rescue efforts for about a minute, the Conway fire chief said Tuesday.

Injuries routine with icy season

posted: 12/30/2009 4:51 a.m.

Snow is likely to be part of the forecast over the next few days, leaving patches of white as a visible reminder that winter can be hazardous, especially to the elderly.

Pilgrim’s shares trading after year

posted: 12/30/2009 4:50 a.m.

Trading on Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. stock began Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange, more than a year after the Texas-based poultry processor was delisted after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.

Cuts, closures reverse fortunes for Dillard’s

posted: 12/30/2009 4:49 a.m.

Shares of Dillard’s Inc. ignited in 2009, rising more than 400 percent as investors took encouragement from cost cuts that led to fatter margins and better-than-expected earnings.

Boeing rocket billings under federal scrutiny

posted: 12/30/2009 4:46 a.m.

Boeing Co., the U.S.’s second-biggest defense contractor, stands to lose as much as $271 million in government payments for satellite launch services if Pentagon auditors conclude it violated federal accounting rules, according to officials and documents.

’00 decade dominated by bubbles

posted: 12/30/2009 4:46 a.m.

A string of exploding investment bubbles that started with the dot-coms and ended with mortgages and oil dominated the years from 2000 to 2009.

Liberty Bowl report

posted: 12/30/2009 4:38 a.m.

Crowd won’t be surprise Arkansas is expected to have more than 50,000 fans at Saturday’s Liberty Bowl compared to about 8,000 for East Carolina.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 12/30/2009 4:36 a.m.

Trucker extends bond-swap deadline YRC Worldwide Inc., the largest U.S. trucking company, on Tuesday extended the deadline for a bond exchange until 11:59 p.m. as it tried to persuade enough investors to agree to the swap. It was the fifth time this month the deadline was extended.

The Devil’s Work

posted: 12/30/2009 4:36 a.m.

December 30, 2009 MY DEAR Wormwood, Our work is never done, but now and then your activities up there come to my attention down here in the depths. This time heartiest congratulations are in order.

Business news in brief

posted: 12/30/2009 4:36 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s an under-followed, under-appreciated company that has worked very hard to correct its cost structure, eliminate unprofitable stores and tailor their merchandise selection more to what their consumers want.” Bill Dreher, an analyst at Deutsche Bank, talking about Dillard’s Inc.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks sag after 6 days of gains

posted: 12/30/2009 4:35 a.m.

The stock market edged lower Tuesday, breaking a six-day advance as reports on home prices and consumer confidence did little to excite buyers.

Kids’ entertainers take playtime on tour

posted: 12/30/2009 4:35 a.m.

There’s no business like show business, particularly when your business is entertaining children.

My cloudy crystal ball

posted: 12/30/2009 4:31 a.m.

It’s normally the most news-fallow week of the year, the one between Christmas and New Year’s. Consider it the best of Christmas gifts. Along with Congress’ not being in session. No doubt its members are enjoying their time away, but surely not as much as the country is.

Oh, what a decade

posted: 12/30/2009 4:29 a.m.

Looking back, the Y2K concerns in late 1999 seem so quaint.

Lady Wildcats Fall At Tourney

posted: 12/30/2009 4:27 a.m.

After rallying from a 10-point deficit in the third quarter against South Grand Prairie, Springdale Har-Ber had several chances to take the lead. The Lady Wildcats, though, missed free throws, turned the ball over and, quite simply, never capitalized when the opportunity was there.

Heritage Performing Well In Parkview Classic

posted: 12/30/2009 4:26 a.m.

The Rogers Heritage wrestling team is off to a good start in the Springfield (Mo.) Parkview Holiday Classic.

Lady War Eagles Fall In OT

posted: 12/30/2009 4:24 a.m.

Rogers Heritage fought back from an eight-point deficit to force overtime, but for the second consecutive day fell short in the Tate Boys Tire & Service Holiday Classic on Tuesday in Bartlesville, Okla.

A.J. Walton’s homecoming is a one-night thing

posted: 12/30/2009 4:21 a.m.

A.J. Walton returned to Little Rock last week for Christmas break. The former Hall High School standout is back home again tonight, but this time it’s a business trip.

LETTERS

posted: 12/30/2009 4:20 a.m.

Selfish votes come to light Recent actions of Congress have raised a concern for every American voter. All of us have at one time or another served on committees faced with deciding on different issues.

Lady Mounties Fall In Tennessee

posted: 12/30/2009 4:14 a.m.

Mt. Juliet, Tenn., used a strong third-quarter surge to power past Rogers High in the second round of the 21st annual Greenbank Ladies Classic on Tuesday in Greeneville, Tenn.

Mounties’ Bench Provides Punch

posted: 12/30/2009 4:13 a.m.

Rogers High coach Marty Barnes has said on more than one occasion this season that the Mounties bench was a team strength. That theory was put to the test Tuesday night.

Pelphrey says UA is on way

posted: 12/30/2009 4:10 a.m.

Not even a five-game winning streak has kept Arkansas Coach John Pelphrey from addressing off court issues, but at least it’s improved his comedic timing.

Host Roughs Up Heritage

posted: 12/30/2009 4:10 a.m.

Tournament host Neosho moved into unfamiliar territory with a win against Rogers Heritage on Tuesday.

Tidings of comfort and joy

posted: 12/30/2009 4:08 a.m.

Well, how was Christmas? Planning a big New Year’s Eve, or have you had all the celebrating a body can stand?

Birmingham Team Blasts Farmington

posted: 12/30/2009 4:04 a.m.

Farmington didn’t have enough gas to break Central Park Christian School’s long winning streak.

HAR-BER HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT: Teague Primes Panthers

posted: 12/30/2009 4:02 a.m.

Siloam Springs coach Johnny Taylor made a simple proclamation after his team beat Shiloh Christian 63-53 on Tuesday afternoon at the Har-Ber Holiday Basketball Tournament.

LIKE IT IS: Smith contributing in new role with Hogs

posted: 12/30/2009 4 a.m.

He wanted to be out in the 30-degree weather, gliding and cutting on the frozen ground. He craved to be going through the drills.

Fayetteville Gets OT Victory

posted: 12/30/2009 3:58 a.m.

Fayetteville survived an all-out assault from the son of a former NBA All-Star late Tuesday night in Viking Hall.

Creature feature

posted: 12/30/2009 3:53 a.m.

Can you explain why my 5-year-old female cat never plays with strings or balls? I got her when she was 3 years old. She had grown up as an indoor cat.

Off the wire

posted: 12/30/2009 3:53 a.m.

BASEBALL AP: Mets, Bay reach agreement Free agent slugger Jason Bay and the New York Mets have reached a preliminary agreement, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Springdale High In Harrison Finals

posted: 12/30/2009 3:53 a.m.

Springdale High coach Brad Stamps got his wish Tuesday night.

HOW WE SEE IT: Unemployment Empties Important Pocket

posted: 12/30/2009 3:52 a.m.

The state is running out of money to pay unemployment benefits. This should surprise no one. People lose their jobs, can’t find replacement jobs and claim benefits. The number of people drawing out goes up. The number of people paying in goes down.

Second thoughts

posted: 12/30/2009 3:51 a.m.

Survey says BCS bunch of baloney If the NCAA thinks college football fans favor the BCS system over a playoff, Quinnipiac University says it’s fooling itself.

Streak Ends For Lady Purple’Dogs

posted: 12/30/2009 3:51 a.m.

Bishop Lynch coach Andy Zihlman told his players the Fayetteville Lady Bulldogs were going to be good. He just did not know how good they had been up to Tuesday’s game between the two schools.

Lady Bobcats Edge Crane

posted: 12/30/2009 3:47 a.m.

K.J. Phillips and John Howerton scored 15 points each to lead Berryville past Waldron 64-36 on Tuesday in the Berryville Holiday Hoops Classic.

NEOSHO HOLIDAY CLASSIC: Tigers Can’t Keep Mustangs Trapped

posted: 12/30/2009 3:45 a.m.

McDonald County, Mo., coach Mike Austin saw his young team grow up in a hurry Tuesday.

Cigarette, Space Heater Cause Fires In Bentonville

posted: 12/30/2009 3:44 a.m.

A cigarette is blamed for a blaze which sent Bentonville firefighters to a house fire at 2302 S.E. Ninth St. at 1:28 a.m. Tuesday.

Thermometer accuracy can be temperamental

posted: 12/30/2009 3:43 a.m.

Most flu symptoms for swine and seasonal flu are easy to recognize. Coughing, sneezing, chills, sore throat, headache, body aches, nausea are all obvious. But what about fever?

Rogers Firefighters Receive Awards

posted: 12/30/2009 3:42 a.m.

Seven firefighters received awards at the Rogers Fire Department’s 121st anniversary banquet held Dec. 19.

HOG CALLS: Hogs aim to please central Arkansas

posted: 12/30/2009 3:41 a.m.

The last season and a half has too many low points for John Pelphrey to pick just one.

Utilities’ Struggles Go On

posted: 12/30/2009 3:40 a.m.

The financial situation for Rogers Water Utilities is showing no improvement six months into a new fi scal year which includes revenue from a rate increase enacted in March.

State sports briefs

posted: 12/30/2009 3:40 a.m.

FOOTBALL UCA’s Grimes honored Central Arkansas running back Brent Grimes has been named a thirdteam Football Championship Subdivision All-American by The Sports Network.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 12/30/2009 3:40 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: We moved to a new town a few months ago, and at first we thought we’d found the right church for us. But the longer we’re there, the more we realize that it’s an older church and not very welcoming to new people. We like the pastor very much, but should we go somewhere else? — D.N.

PARENTING: Good parents: It’s not all about kids

posted: 12/30/2009 3:39 a.m.

Dilemma of the Week: A mother recently told me that her daughter’s first piano recital had been scheduled for the same weekend as her college football team’s bowl game.

Station Provides ‘Elbow Room’

posted: 12/30/2009 3:37 a.m.

Eighteen months ago, the Bentonville Fire Department closed its central fire station located at 215 S.W “A” St., replacing it with a state-of-the-art facility just down the road. Now a year and half later, Bentonville continues to see the benefit of the new Fire Station No. 1 every day.

ADMINISTRATOR SOUGHT: Assistant Director Resigns

posted: 12/30/2009 3:35 a.m.

Bonnie Bunting, the assistant director for the Benton County Department of Emergency Management, will resign today after working with the county for more than four months.

Corrections

posted: 12/30/2009 3:33 a.m.

Corrections for Dec. 30

County Courthouse To Open Today

posted: 12/30/2009 3:32 a.m.

The Washington County Courthouse is expected to open today, after being closed for two days with no heat.

Pelphrey Mum On Fortson’s Status

posted: 12/30/2009 3:31 a.m.

Arkansas coach John Pelphrey toed the company line Tuesday, maintaining nothing had changed in regard to suspended sophomore point guard Courtney Fortson.

El Chico Restaurant Closes

posted: 12/30/2009 3:30 a.m.

The Fayetteville El Chico closed Monday night, the latest restaurant casualty in a down economy.

Block Avenue To Be Resurfaced

posted: 12/30/2009 3:28 a.m.

Block Avenue is on course to get a substantial facelift in 2010, as the city plans to replace sidewalks, curbs and other features.

Hospital Board Member Steps Down

posted: 12/30/2009 3:26 a.m.

David McClinton remembers standing in the middle of a field with Dr. Bill Martin “wondering if the hospital should spend the money to buy the 40 acres” that was for sale at the time.

STATE FUNDING: District Considers Offer

posted: 12/30/2009 3:24 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Education will provide up to $17.9 million toward building a middle school and junior high school in Springdale.

AMERICAN VALOR: Soldier Honored For Role In Controversial Battle

posted: 12/30/2009 3:22 a.m.

Spc. Aaron Davis had seen combat before during his 14-month tour, but nothing remotely like this. What started out as pop shots, well before daybreak, quickly grew into one of the deadliest and most controversial engagements of the war in Afghanistan.Read more »

BOOKSHELF

posted: 12/30/2009 3:18 a.m.

Sandra Boynton’s One Shoe Blues Sandra Boynton and Michael Ford (Workman publishing, $10.95, all ages) It’s hard to categorize this dandy little creation by Sandra Boynton that stars B.B. King singing the blues about his lost shoe.

Northwest Arkansas Records

posted: 12/30/2009 3:18 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas Records for Dec. 30

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/30/2009 3:17 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’re not formally trained in the art of happiness, and yet your natural talent for being joyful makes you a teacher to those around you. The gleam in your eye attracts romantic interest in January. Your role as a supportive partner takes you on a spring adventure.

CHAMPS SPORTS BOWL: Badgers power way past Hurricanes

posted: 12/30/2009 3:16 a.m.

All that Miami speed was no match for the big, bad Badgers.

Family shopper

posted: 12/30/2009 3:14 a.m.

NAP NANNY What is it? A new product designed to help babies nap with their heads elevated. A gentle curve at the bottom keeps baby from sliding off. Made of sculpted, cushioning foam and covered in soft, fashionable fabrics, it comes with a safety harness that secures the baby.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 12/30/2009 3:13 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: My grandmother told me the difference between jam and jelly when I was a child, but of course I never listened. My daughters asked me, and I couldn’t answer them. Can you help?

Benton County Obituaries

posted: 12/30/2009 3:13 a.m.

Benton County Obituaries for Dec. 30

Washington County Obituaries

posted: 12/30/2009 3:11 a.m.

Washington County Obituaries for Dec. 30

Check your knowledge

posted: 12/30/2009 3:10 a.m.

1. In one version of the nursery rhyme “Boys and Girls,” little boys are made of “frogs and snails and puppy-dogs ’ tails.” Of what are little girls made? 2.These songs came out in which decade: “The Rock and Roll Waltz,” “Dance with Me, Henry” and “The Bible Tells Me So” ?

EX-ETIQUETTE

posted: 12/30/2009 3:09 a.m.

Q:Last month my boyfriend moved in and with him came his pet African Grey parrot. The bird calls his exgirlfriend’s name all the time and says things like, “Michael, I love you” in his ex’s voice.

Leach asks court to allow bowl role

posted: 12/30/2009 3:07 a.m.

The lawyer for Mike Leach says the suspended Texas Tech coach did nothing wrong in how he treated a player with a “mild” concussion, and Leach wants a court’s help to allow him to coach the Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2.

FORCES OF NURTURE: Grandma was hard, and letters tell why

posted: 12/30/2009 3:05 a.m.

My maternal grandmother was a small woman who pinned her hair up each day into a steelwool bun. She wore sensible shoes and dresses with three quarter sleeves (because bare upper arms were believed to incite lust).

HEART & SOUL: Dropped ball is part of learning to juggle

posted: 12/30/2009 3:02 a.m.

My almost 16-year-old son was certain I’d enjoy juggling as much as he does. So the other night he taught me the basics.

MILITARY BRIEFS

posted: 12/30/2009 2:46 a.m.

Army Spc. Robert M. Gardisser has returned to the U.S. after being deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The servicemember is regularly assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Fairbanks, Alaska.

One Fish, Two Fish …

posted: 12/30/2009 2:46 a.m.

A few years ago, my husband Tom made a mistake.

Every Once In A Blue MoonPie

posted: 12/30/2009 2:46 a.m.

After a co-worker pointed out that New Year’s Eve this year will also be a Blue Moon — which, by modern understanding means it’s the second full moon in a month — I was trying to justify doing a food story on the renown marshmallow cookies called MoonPies, in place of the obligatory black-eyed peas and collard greens piece.

OUT & ABOUT

posted: 12/30/2009 2:46 a.m.

Out and About in Fayetteville for Dec. 30

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Good Sportsmanship In Gravette

posted: 12/30/2009 2:46 a.m.

When it comes to competitive sports, we can easily get so caught up in winning that we forget about something more important than the final score: Good sportsmanship. One aspect of good sportsmanship is treating opposing players and fans with courtesy and respect. I was so impressed by the remarkable display of sportsmanship exhibited by the Gravette Lions when hosting the Heber Springs Panthers in the second round of the Class 4A football playoffs.

Casualties Of War

posted: 12/30/2009 2:46 a.m.

To honor the men and women in our armed forces and remind our readers of their sacrifices, the Springdale Morning News is publishing Department of Defense announcements identifying Americans killed in active military operations.

COMMENTARY No Magic To Highway Funding

posted: 12/30/2009 2:46 a.m.

Seven months into a study on highway finance, no one has come up with a magic new way to pay for state highway improvements.

Retirees’ moves to country lose luster

posted: 12/30/2009 2:45 a.m.

There’s no way I could live in Lingle, Wyo. Or Henniker, N.H. Or Bethel, Ohio.

Losses from disasters fell in ’09, report says

posted: 12/30/2009 2:45 a.m.

Insurers’ losses from natural disasters fell by more than half in 2009 thanks to fewer hurricanes and earthquakes, although climate change contributed to a significant increase in damage and losses in the U.S., a leading reinsurer said Tuesday.

HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP

posted: 12/30/2009 2:45 a.m.

Boys HAR-BER HOLIDAY TULSA EDISON 49, SPRINGDALE HAR-BER 43 Springdale Har-Ber (4-7 ) couldn’t overcome a sluggish offensive start Tuesday, falling to Tulsa Edison in the semifinals of the Springdale Har-Ber Holiday Tournament.

SEC WOMEN Early lead helps Razorbacks roll

posted: 12/30/2009 2:45 a.m.

If Arkansas felt pressure, it didn’t show against Sam Houston State.

LIBERTY BOWL: ARKANSAS VS. EAST CAROLINA: Senior receivers take a back seat

posted: 12/30/2009 2:45 a.m.

After playing secondary roles in a run-based offense their first two seasons at Arkansas, receivers London Crawford and Lucas Miller broke out as juniors in 2008 with a combined 57 catches for 801 yards and 3 touchdowns.

New Year’s closings for Northwest Arkansas

posted: 12/30/2009 2:45 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules may be affected by the New Year’s holiday: GARBAGE COLLECTION B e l l a V i s t a : R e g u l a r routes will run Thursday; no routes will run Friday.

North Little Rock district, lawyers clash on ’86 plan

posted: 12/30/2009 2:45 a.m.

The North Little Rock School District has failed to show substantial compliance with its desegregation plan, including its provisions dealing with staffing, student discipline, special education and student achievement, attorneys for black students said Tuesday.

NOTEWORTHY DEATH

posted: 12/30/2009 2:45 a.m.

Caricaturist for N.Y. Review of Books NEW YORK — David Levine, an artist whose witty caricatures illustrated The New York Review of Books for more than 40 years, has died. He was 83.

The state/region in brief

posted: 12/30/2009 2:45 a.m.

Man arrested in weekend killing HOT SPRINGS — A man wanted in a weekend slaying in Hot Springs has been arrested, police said Tuesday.

Officials hope fliers aid probe

posted: 12/30/2009 2:45 a.m.

With critical information and evidence slow in coming in the investigation into the killing of a father and his young daughter found burning in a pickup Dec. 12, Pulaski County sheriff ’s office Sgt. Mike Blain decided to try something different.

Charity’s slain major remembered as kind

posted: 12/30/2009 2:45 a.m.

Friends and family described Philip Wise, who was fatally shot on Christmas Eve, as “low-key, kindhearted, caring ” and “humble,” while others called him a “big, gentle giant.”

Fire fatal to nine ruled accidental

posted: 12/30/2009 2:45 a.m.

JACKSON, Miss. — Six children and three adults killed in a Mississippi apartment fire died of smoke inhalation, and their deaths were an accident, the coroner said Tuesday.

San Jose puts cameras on officers’ heads

posted: 12/30/2009 2:45 a.m.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Grainy cell phone images are often used against cops accused of using excessive violence. Now officers are being armed with their own cameras.

Studies put blame on FDA in approval of heart devices

posted: 12/30/2009 2:45 a.m.

CHICAGO — Two new studies find shortfalls in the Food and Drug Administration’s approval process for heart devices such as pacemakers and stents.

Tuesday, December 29

ECU's defensive line a concern for Hogs

posted: 12/29/2009 4:14 p.m.

East Carolina and Arkansas know exactly what the Pirates will hang their hat on in the Liberty Bowl.

Dallas-Fort Worth Airport gets $2.3 million federal grant

posted: 12/29/2009 12:26 p.m.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is getting a $2.3 million federal grant to fix one of its runways.

No time off for Arkansas politicians

posted: 12/29/2009 12:12 p.m.

There’s no such thing as an off year in Arkansas politics.

Stuttgart AC plant to recall 75 laid-off workers

posted: 12/29/2009 11:21 a.m.

Seventy-five workers who had been laid off from a Stuttgart air conditioning plant will return to work early next year.

Long-term-care insurance tucked into overhaul bills

posted: 12/29/2009 11:18 a.m.

Most people don’t buy long-term-care insurance. They simply don’t want to think about moving into an assisted living center or hiring a stranger to bathe them.

Couple led astray by GPS, stranded

posted: 12/29/2009 11:17 a.m.

A Nevada couple letting their sport utility vehicle’s navigation system guide them through the high desert of eastern Oregon got stuck in snow for three days when the GPS unit sent them down a remote forest road.

Suicide bomb attack kills 30 in Pakistan

posted: 12/29/2009 11:16 a.m.

A suicide bomber struck a procession marking a key Shiite Muslim holy day in Pakistan’s biggest city Monday, killing 30 people in an attack blamed on extremists trying to hamper the country’s fight against militancy by sparking a sectarian war.

Northwest Arkansas deaths

posted: 12/29/2009 11:16 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes, at no charge, death notices of reasonable length for residents of Benton, Carroll, Washington and Madison counties submitted by funeral homes.

At least 9 tornadoes touched down in storms

posted: 12/29/2009 10:22 a.m.

The National Weather Service has confirmed that nine tornadoes touched down during a Dec. 23 storm — which included a tornado that damaged dozens of homes and businesses in Lufkin.

WholeHogCast: Showtime in Memphis

posted: 12/29/2009 8:27 a.m.

Brandon Marcello and Wally Hall wrap up the first day of practices and press conferences as Liberty Bowl week begins in WholeHogSports.com's first video podcast from Memphis.

FAYETTEVILLE Police: Heart attack killed woman, 46

posted: 12/29/2009 5:31 a.m.

A woman found dead in south Fayetteville on Saturday suffered a heart attack, but a policeman said he believed cold weather also played a role in her death.

Obama: Bombing try a reminder of threat

posted: 12/29/2009 5:27 a.m.

Talking publicly for the first time since a failed Christmas Day plot to blow up a Detroit bound airliner, President Barack Obama on Monday called it “a serious reminder” of the need to continually adapt to the terrorist threat.

Judge reluctantly OKs delay in two school unitary hearings

posted: 12/29/2009 5:25 a.m.

A federal judge has postponed the dates for court hearings on whether the North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts have met their desegregation obligations.

IRS auditors say Pine Bluff owes $63,803

posted: 12/29/2009 5:25 a.m.

The city of Pine Bluff owes the Internal Revenue Service $63,803 for the 2007 tax year, according to an IRS audit.

SEBASTIAN COUNTY: Plan to cut jail crowds pitched

posted: 12/29/2009 5:22 a.m.

Sebastian County’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee is evaluating a work program aimed at putting a dent in jail overcrowding with the side benefit of providing free labor for area public and nonprofit organizations.

Denied pay increase concerns legislator

posted: 12/29/2009 5:20 a.m.

Legislators gathering in Little Rock next month likely will discuss the decision by all but one of Arkansas’ fouryear universities to withhold full pay increases from classified employees despite a law that provided for the raises this fiscal year, a co-chairman of the Joint Budget Committee said Monday.

Apartment fire kills nine in Mississippi

posted: 12/29/2009 5:18 a.m.

Fire tore through an apartment early Monday, killing six children and three adults, officials said.

U.S., EU condemn Israel building plan

posted: 12/29/2009 5:10 a.m.

Israel announced Monday that it plans to build nearly 700 new apartments for Jews in east Jerusalem, where Palestinians hope to set up the capital of a future state.

Senator blocking security nominee

posted: 12/29/2009 5:04 a.m.

An attempt to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day would be all-consuming for the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration — if there was one.

A look at terrorist watch lists

posted: 12/29/2009 5:03 a.m.

U.S. officials are reviewing the watch-list and screening procedures that ensure safe air travel, but not all lists are equal.

Farmington Cruises Past Springfield Central

posted: 12/29/2009 4:55 a.m.

The Farmington Cardinals rested in between two busy weeks. That allowed them to run away with a 61-27 win against Springfield (Mo.) Central on Monday at the 55th annual Neosho Holiday Classic.

In the news

posted: 12/29/2009 4:54 a.m.

David Goldman, a New Jersey man who brought his son home to the United States from Brazil after winning a years-long custody battle, told NBC’s Today show that he’s still waiting for 9-year-old Sean to call him “Dad,” adding: “I missed five previous years of my son’s life.

Names and faces

posted: 12/29/2009 4:52 a.m.

A woman who identified herself as the wife of Charlie Sheen said in a 911 call to Aspen, Colo., police that the actor threatened her with a knife and that she feared for her life.

The nation in brief

posted: 12/29/2009 4:52 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The question is: Is it a good thing to basically trick people into getting something that’s good for them?” Jeremy Pincus, of Forbes Consulting Group, on a government plan to automatically enroll citizens in a long-term health insurance program Article, this page

The world in brief

posted: 12/29/2009 4:51 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I believe we are moving toward a more militarized and repressive confrontation.

Lady Tigers Advance In Neosho Tourney

posted: 12/29/2009 4:50 a.m.

An early run was more than enough to carry the Bentonville girls into the second round of the 55th annual Neosho Holiday Classic.

Lady Purple’Dogs Stay Unbeaten

posted: 12/29/2009 4:47 a.m.

The Fayetteville Lady Bulldogs started the 59th annual Sandra Meadows Classic with a 43-33 win Monday against Allen (Texas) High School.

Rogers High’s Defense Stymies Salem

posted: 12/29/2009 4:45 a.m.

Salem, Mo., coach Nic Zenker heard nothing but good things about Rogers High’s matchup zone.

Pastors, police plead for tip on NLR killing

posted: 12/29/2009 4:43 a.m.

Pastors, police and politicians begged and pleaded Monday for information about the unsolved Christmas Eve killing of a Salvation Army major in North Little Rock’s Baring Cross neighborhood.

Heritage Girls Suff er Double Overtime Defeat

posted: 12/29/2009 4:43 a.m.

Rogers Heritage built a nine-point second half lead, but could not hold on and lost 41-37 in double overtime to El Reno, Okla., in the first round of the Tate Boys Tire & Service Holiday Classic on Monday.

Springdale High Rolls Past Bergman

posted: 12/29/2009 4:41 a.m.

At least once a game, Curtis Evans likes to dunk the ball.

Springdale Downs McDonald County

posted: 12/29/2009 4:37 a.m.

Springdale placed three players in double figures and hit free throws down the stretch to claim a 51-44 victory over McDonald County, Mo. in the girls division of the 55th annual Neosho Holiday Classic on Monday.

ARBY’S CLASSIC: Former ‘Facilitator’ Lifts ’Dogs

posted: 12/29/2009 4:33 a.m.

In his words, Fayetteville’s Kikko Haydar was a facilitator during last season’s unbeaten run to a Class 7A state title. On Monday night, Haydar showed he can be a get-on-my-back, carry-the-load scorer.

Company Plans Gentry McDonald’s

posted: 12/29/2009 4:29 a.m.

Gentry, population 2,436, soon will get its first McDonald’s. Springdale-based Mathews Management Co. will own the McDonald’s, which will break ground in February and open by summer, said Bill Mathews of the management company.

Springdale Har-Ber Edges Marble Falls

posted: 12/29/2009 4:29 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber coach Sandy Wright could only shake her head after glancing through the final stat sheet.

Murder case will extend to 16th year

posted: 12/29/2009 4:28 a.m.

The judge who has presided over numerous hearings for three men convicted in 1994 of the slayings of three West Memphis 8-year old boys will carry the case into the new year.

Trash Collection Running Behind

posted: 12/29/2009 4:28 a.m.

Allied Waste’s holiday trash collection schedule was impacted by icy conditions this weekend, according to a news release issued Monday by the city of Bentonville.

Mountain Home school’s band again marching in big parades

posted: 12/29/2009 4:28 a.m.

Outdoor band practice in 30-degree weather is no treat, but the payoff will be sweet for the 115-member Mountain Home High School Marching Band.

Trash Bins Available To Bella Vista Residents

posted: 12/29/2009 4:26 a.m.

Trash bins are now available to Bella Vista residents at two locations.

Officials, Passengers Report Little Flight Change

posted: 12/29/2009 4:24 a.m.

The chief administrator at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport said Monday that most travelers should not expect unusual delays when flying into or out of the airport.

Heating Units Cited In Fires

posted: 12/29/2009 4:22 a.m.

Benton County Fire Marshall Will Hanna has been busy the past few days as cold weather brought an increase in house fires.

'BEST FIT': City Names Investigator

posted: 12/29/2009 4:20 a.m.

Steve Helms will be the third former police chief to hold the job of investigator for the Springdale city attorney’s office.

Other days

posted: 12/29/2009 4:19 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 29, 1909 Pointing out the many advantages that would accrue to the city of Little Rock if it could secure the 1911 national convention of the United Confederate Veterans

Gunshots Lead To Police Stand-Off

posted: 12/29/2009 4:17 a.m.

Members of the Washington County Emergency Response Team spent about three hours negotiating with an armed man who barricaded himself in his home Monday.

Council OKs Sewer Rate Ordinance

posted: 12/29/2009 4:14 a.m.

The City Council voted 5-3 Monday to go ahead with construction of a new $9.4 million sewer plant.

Why jobs are still missing

posted: 12/29/2009 4:10 a.m.

Last January, a report by White House economists predicted the $787 billion stimulus would create (not just save) 3.3 million net jobs.

The big sell-out

posted: 12/29/2009 4:10 a.m.

WITH A proposed health-care bill that might have been designed by Frank Kafka in collaboration with Rube Goldberg, it’s taken a lot of arm-twisting, creative accounting, and nifty little deals to move it along.

OTHERS SAY: A lesson from Detroit

posted: 12/29/2009 4:09 a.m.

Sunday’s chilling terror news wasn’t the removal of a Nigerian man from the same Northwest Airlines route targeted by a would-be bomber two days earlier. Sunday’s disruptive passenger just wasn’t feeling well.

Disney’s curious aversion

posted: 12/29/2009 4:09 a.m.

Disney’s 1920s New Orleans fantasia The Princess and the Frog is fast fading from theaters and will have had a disappointing run. Once again, Disney betrays its beautiful animation by falling back on formulaic storytelling, which renders this film as bland as gumbo without the spice.

LETTERS

posted: 12/29/2009 4:08 a.m.

Stop legal double-dipping The “evil vs. good” contrast drawn by Charlie Frago’s piece, “State widens investigation into retirees,” and Lamor Williams’ piece about charities needing help at Christmas could not have been more stark.

Bisbee Reflects On 2009, Looks To The Future

posted: 12/29/2009 4:07 a.m.

County Judge Dave Bisbee said Monday that he was reasonably pleased with the progress the county government had made in 2009, although he recognized that many challenges remain ahead in the second half of his term.

Christmas Eve redemption

posted: 12/29/2009 4:05 a.m.

It’s nearly 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve along a treacherous, snow-packed hill on Harmon Road in Washington County.

Liberty Bowl: Maddening in Memphis

posted: 12/29/2009 4:03 a.m.

Every time Arkansas has played in the Liberty Bowl, the SEC team has won.

Independence Bowl: Special teams kick in for Dogs

posted: 12/29/2009 4 a.m.

Brandon Boykin’s teammates were giving him all kinds of kudos after his school record-setting kickoff return for a touchdown sparked Georgia’s victory over Texas A&M in the Independence Bowl.

LIKE IT IS: Skip unlike Lou, and that’s a good thing

posted: 12/29/2009 3:54 a.m.

Skip Holtz strolled into the press room with all the fanfare of a one man parade.

PREP BASKETBALL: Free Throws Give Har-Ber Win

posted: 12/29/2009 3:53 a.m.

Matt Toomer looked up at the Wildcat Arena ceiling Monday night, put his hands over his head and took a deep, nervous-looking breath.

Colts criticized for backup plan

posted: 12/29/2009 3:52 a.m.

Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Caldwell will not second guess the decision to rest his starters Sunday.

BUSINESSES IMPACTED: Highway Project On Schedule

posted: 12/29/2009 3:48 a.m.

City and state transportation officials said the Arkansas 102 widening project from South Walton Boulevard to Greenhouse Road remains on schedule. But on schedule or not, the construction is creating quite a nuisance for at least one business owner.

FATAL FREEZING: Woman Found Dead

posted: 12/29/2009 3:46 a.m.

Investigators believe a woman’s death may have been linked with past health complications and cold weather.

Siloam Springs Routs Shiloh Christian

posted: 12/29/2009 3:45 a.m.

Debbie Sharp had a message for Siloam Springs on the first day of practice this season.

Vikings’ fall continues, in OT

posted: 12/29/2009 3:43 a.m.

Brett Favre cranked up and zinged a touchdown pass in the fading seconds. Too bad for the Minnesota Vikings, that merely put them into overtime.

Suns make Bryant take a seat in rout

posted: 12/29/2009 3:43 a.m.

Amare Stoudemire scored 26 points, Jared Dudley matched his career best with 19 and the Phoenix Suns sent the Los Angeles Lakers to their second loss in three games with a 118-103 rout on Monday night.

Knicks’ Robinson fined $25,000 for remarks

posted: 12/29/2009 3:42 a.m.

Benched New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Monday after his agent made a trade request. Robinson has not played in the Knicks’ past 12 games.

Fayetteville Public Meetings

posted: 12/29/2009 3:42 a.m.

Public Meetings for Dec. 29

Hook Propels Lady Mounties

posted: 12/29/2009 3:41 a.m.

University of Oklahoma signee Morgan Hook scored 13 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out six assists to lead Rogers High to a 55-33 win over North Greene in the opening round of the 21st annual Greenbank Ladies Classic on Monday in Greeneville, Tenn.

Northwest Arkansas Records

posted: 12/29/2009 3:40 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas Records for Dec. 29

Texas Tech suspends Leach during inquiry

posted: 12/29/2009 3:38 a.m.

Texas Tech suspended Mike Leach on Monday while the school investigated complaints from receiver Adam James and his family about how the coach treated the player after a concussion on Dec. 16.

Courthouse Closed For Lack Of Heat

posted: 12/29/2009 3:36 a.m.

The Washington County Courthouse will be closed today because there is no heat in the building.

AMERICAN VALOR: Wounded Soldier Provides Cover

posted: 12/29/2009 3:33 a.m.

On that October day in 2007, Staff Sgt. Michael Gainey began a routine patrol of the Salman-Pak checkpoints southeast of Baghdad. He and his team of 10 from the 211 National Police Transition Team stopped at each checkpoint to make sure supplies were in order and that inspections were being properly conducted. The team was accompanied by several dozen Iraqi police officers. Read more »

Saint Paul Tops Plainview

posted: 12/29/2009 3:33 a.m.

Paisley Ploudre scored 11 points and Ashley Kimball added nine to lead the Lady Saints (10-5) past Plainview 49-21 at the Logan County Holiday Classic at Scranton.

Benton County Obituaries

posted: 12/29/2009 3:31 a.m.

Benton County Obituaries for Dec. 29

Second thoughts

posted: 12/29/2009 3:29 a.m.

‘Scandalous’ words worth recollecting London’s The Independent recently published a list of “The most scandalous sports quotes of the year,” taking a seven deadly sins approach to grouping them.

Washington County Obituaries

posted: 12/29/2009 3:28 a.m.

Washington County Obituaries for Dec. 29

Liberty Bowl report

posted: 12/29/2009 3:27 a.m.

Hogs face frost, rust at Rhodes Arkansas kicked off its on-site Liberty Bowl practices with a frosty morning session at Rhodes College, a small Presbyterian school that occupies 100 wooded acres near downtown Memphis.

NFL notes

posted: 12/29/2009 3:25 a.m.

EAGLES Center tears ligament While players around him were constantly shuffled in and out, Jamaal Jackson held the Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive line together.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Memphis fruitful ground for Razorbacks

posted: 12/29/2009 3:24 a.m.

While Arkansas is in Memphis preparing for the Liberty Bowl matchup against East Carolina this week, the Razorbacks plan to be back and hope to sign some of the top 2011 high school talent in the area.

Banking partition proposed

posted: 12/29/2009 3:22 a.m.

Seeking to prevent future financial crises and soothe public anger over bailouts and bonuses, lawmakers in both parties are proposing legislation similar to the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act that separated commercial and investment banking.

LOOKING BACK, FORWARD: Chief Wraps Up First Year

posted: 12/29/2009 3:22 a.m.

Some of the changes first-year Police Chief Steve Hamilton made are obvious. The department has new uniforms and a motorcycle patrol of Harley-Davidsons. Other changes aren’t so obvious.

Off the wire

posted: 12/29/2009 3:21 a.m.

BASEBALL Giants agree with DeRosa The San Francisco Giants have reached a preliminary agreement with free-agent infielder Mark DeRosa on a two-year contract, adding a key bat to the middle of their order.

Pilgrim’s Pride readies for merger

posted: 12/29/2009 3:15 a.m.

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., once the largest chicken processor in the United States, has emerged from bankruptcy and is ready to join with its new buyer and issue new stock, according to a document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday.

Retailers’ shelves picked clean

posted: 12/29/2009 3:12 a.m.

Retailers have thin inventories after coming out of Christmas with slightly better-than-expected sales.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 12/29/2009 3:07 a.m.

Arkansas ranked 9th in bankless residents Arkansas ranks ninth among states with the highest percentage of unbanked residents, according to a nationwide survey.

Business news in brief

posted: 12/29/2009 3:05 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Holiday 2009 can be described in one word,‘ adequate.’” Marshal Cohen, chief retail industry analyst at Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group Inc.

MARKET REPORT: Ringing registers cheer investors

posted: 12/29/2009 3:05 a.m.

Better Christmas sales and rising commodity prices pushed stocks to their sixth straight gain on Monday and new highs for 2009.

Casualties Of War

posted: 12/29/2009 3:03 a.m.

To honor the men and women in our armed forces and remind our readers of their sacrifices, the Benton County Daily Record is publishing Department of Defense announcements identifying Americans killed in active military operations. Tech. Sgt. Anthony C. Campbell Jr., 35, of Florence, Ky., died Dec. 15 of wounds suffered from the detonation of an improvised explosive device in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Campbell was assigned to the 932nd Civil Engineer Squadron, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: The Merger And Fish Wrap

posted: 12/29/2009 3:03 a.m.

Since the merger of the Northwest Arkansas Times and The Morning News, it’s difficult to find anyone who actually has anything nice to say about the new paper. I guess I could try. What did the guy say to Peter Fonda in Futureworld?

COMMENTARY: Judge Burnett’s Blunders

posted: 12/29/2009 3:03 a.m.

It says so in the state constitution. A sitting judge who seeks a nonjudicial political office automatically vacates the judgeship when he files for the other office.

HOW WE SEE IT: Judge Correct To Rethink Reverse 911

posted: 12/29/2009 3:03 a.m.

Give Benton County Judge Dave Bisbee credit for admitting that he made a mistake in how he handled the whole emergency notification system proposal that was a part of his first year at the head of county government.

Volkswagen plans to add 8 Audi models

posted: 12/29/2009 3:02 a.m.

Volkswagen AG’s Audi brand aims to add eight models by 2015, challenging Bayerische Motoren Werke AG as the world’s largest maker of luxury cars.

Fed plans CDs for banks when it needs to sop up cash

posted: 12/29/2009 3:02 a.m.

The Federal Reserve on Monday proposed allowing banks to set up the equivalent of certificates of deposit at the central bank, a move aimed at helping the Fed reel in an unprecedented amount of money plowed into the economy during the financial crisis.

JANUARY CALENDAR: That new year smile

posted: 12/29/2009 3:01 a.m.

January is time for resolutions, revolutions, attributions and contributions, or in short — solutions to all the world’s troubles and mysteries to get New Year 2010 off to a perfect start. That or lose five pounds, whichever comes first.

Past lives at photo museum

posted: 12/29/2009 2:58 a.m.

Every four months, a photo exhibit comes down and a new one replaces it at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale.

Underclaire parties on ‘hangover day’

posted: 12/29/2009 2:56 a.m.

Little Rock alt-rockers Underclaire have plans to start 2010 the right way. They’ve got a fine new CD, Making Sky, and are celebrating its release with a show Friday at Sticky Fingerz.

Colombian actress likes spot in U.S. Modern Family

posted: 12/29/2009 2:55 a.m.

Sofia Vergara, the Colombian former Univision TV host who became famous in Latin America for her flirty personality, voluptuous physique and Latin lovers, never intended to be a scene-stealing funny girl on American TV. But that’s exactly what she is on ABC’s new hit comedy Modern Family.

If Lady Gaga can’t define authenticity, is it still real?

posted: 12/29/2009 2:55 a.m.

Recently asked what the word “authenticity” meant to her, Lady Gaga — the last major pop star to emerge during the decade we’re now departing — tried her best, at first.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Menu about guests, not host

posted: 12/29/2009 2:54 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My husband and I are hosting a dinner for my side of the family. They are very picky eaters while my husband and I are certainly more adventurous.

CRITICAL MASS: Year’s best DVD releases

posted: 12/29/2009 2:54 a.m.

Believe it or not, I know people who spend more time in movie theaters than I do. I have friends who seem compelled to see nearly every new release in a theater, usually on the opening weekend. They are dedicated moviegoers, people for whom the cinematic experience usually includes a crowd and popcorn.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 12/29/2009 2:52 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I suppose you’ve heard this before, but I just can’t get into the Bible. It’s so massive, and anyway, I never seem to have time. I know I ought to make the Bible part of my life, but I get discouraged before I even start. — R.Q.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/29/2009 2:43 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your opinions change, and you’ll conduct yourself differently. January brings key knowledge, and life improves as you act on it. You’ll know what is the right decision, because it’s the path you would choose whether it led to success or failure. There is someone who needs your care and nurturing in March. Leo and Cancer people adore you.

Social Security Q&A

posted: 12/29/2009 2:43 a.m.

Q. Is it true that there won’t be an increase in Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments in 2010? How was that decided?

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 12/29/2009 2:42 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I read your column and the mention of cakes baked in coffee cans is an excellent hint. I’ve been sending parcels weekly to military personnel for seven years, and now I’ve affiliated with Adopt-a-Chaplain. org as a means to provide support to those who need a little extra help.

Check your knowledge

posted: 12/29/2009 2:40 a.m.

1. From what movie is “Anniversary Song,” by Al Jolson and Saul Chaplin? 2. In the story of “Jack and the Beanstalk,” what sound causes the ogre to awake from sleep and chase Jack down the beanstalk? 3. What were the pet names for the two daughters of Jim and Margaret Anderson on the television shown Father Knows Best?

Oxane to open factory in state

posted: 12/29/2009 2:21 a.m.

Oxane Materials Inc. of Houston will open a manufacturing plant in Van Buren that will employ 50 making nanomaterials to support the oil and gas industry.

Airline stocks fall in wake of Christmas Day terror try

posted: 12/29/2009 2:21 a.m.

Delta Air Lines Inc., American Airlines parent AMR Corp. and UAL Corp. fell in New York trading as a terrorism attempt on a Christmas Day flight to Detroit highlighted potential aviation risks.

Delta, Northwest expect to get OK to operate as one

posted: 12/29/2009 2:21 a.m.

At the end of this month, Delta Air Lines expects to hit one of the most significant milestones in its merger with Northwest Airlines, more than a year after the deal closed.

Recycler to go over-the-counter

posted: 12/29/2009 2:21 a.m.

Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies begins trading on the overthe-counter bulletin board exchange today, a move characterized as the most cost-effective option for a business that’s been out of compliance with Nasdaq regulations for the last two years.

High school basketball roundups

posted: 12/29/2009 2:21 a.m.

HAR-BER HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT SPRINGDALE HAR-BER 48, GREENWOOD 47 Matt Toomer made two free throws with 2.7 seconds left as the Wildcats (4-6 ) beat the Bulldogs (3-9 ).

Collen desires better inside play

posted: 12/29/2009 2:21 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — Sam Houston State is Arkansas’ last chance to get well before SEC play starts.

COKE CLASSIC Grizzlies slip past Bruins

posted: 12/29/2009 2:21 a.m.

Fort Smith Northside overcame a sluggish performance to win its opening game Monday at the annual Coca-Cola Classic.

State sports briefs

posted: 12/29/2009 2:21 a.m.

BASKETBALL Hogs’ Fortson still suspended There is no change in the status of Arkansas sophomore point guard Courtney Fortson. Razorbacks Coach John Pelphrey said Fortson was still serving an indefinite suspension during his weekly radio show Monday.

TOP 25 MEN Temple keeps rolling, flashes back to glory days

posted: 12/29/2009 2:21 a.m.

Temple wound the clock back to the 1990s with a game in its old gym, slashed ticket prices, and wore retro uniforms. There was even a big old pay phone affixed to the wall across from the Owls’ locker room.

Governor’s appointments

posted: 12/29/2009 2:20 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe has made these appointments, his office announced Thursday: To the Antony Hobbs III Task Force on Automated External Defibrillators, to serve at the will of the governor : Kathey Haynie, Alexander ; Antony Hobbs Jr., Little Rock; Trent Tipton, Morrilton.

Agency will take bids for transit programs

posted: 12/29/2009 2:20 a.m.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will accept applications from transit providers, beginning Jan. 4, to participate in two public transportation programs, the agency has announced.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 12/29/2009 2:20 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s kind of like having 10 volunteers show up at the county shop every day. I don’t know of any county judge who would turn that down.” David Guntharp, director of the Department of Community Correction, on a program that allows nonviolent offenders to work to avoid jail time Article, 1B

The state/region in brief

posted: 12/29/2009 2:20 a.m.

LADDONIA, Mo. — The death of a man whose body was found in a tractor-trailer in eastern Missouri has been ruled a homicide.

Nigerian broke ties, family reports; father sought U.S. aid to find son

posted: 12/29/2009 2:20 a.m.

A young Nigerian man who purportedly tried to bring down a trans-Atlantic flight broke off contact with his worried parents only a few months before the attack, apparently trading a world of wealth for the calling of a jihadist.

Bodies of 5 slain Sunday withheld

posted: 12/29/2009 2:20 a.m.

Iranian officials said Monday that they were holding the bodies of five slain anti-government protesters, including the nephew of the opposition leader, in what appeared be an attempt to prevent activists from using their funerals as a platform for more demonstrations.

Monday, December 28

Teen gets 10 years in Forrest City shooting death

posted: 12/28/2009 3:10 p.m.

A judge has sentenced a teenager to 10 years in prison for the February shooting death of a Forrest City man.

Van Buren lands multi-million dollar plant

posted: 12/28/2009 2:19 p.m.

A manufacturer specializing in technology to help increase oil and gas production plans to build a $15 million plant in Van Buren, employing about 50 workers by the summer.

ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS FOOTBALL Hogs check in, focus on game

posted: 12/28/2009 11:22 a.m.

The Arkansas Razorbacks rolled into the heart of the entertainment district of this Mississippi River city Sunday.

Levee break strands residents

posted: 12/28/2009 9:35 a.m.

A levee break near the Pulaski-Saline county line has flooded a nearby community and cut off access to at least three houses.

Northwest Arkansas deaths

posted: 12/28/2009 5:21 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes, at no charge, death notices of reasonable length for residents of Benton, Carroll, Washington and Madison counties submitted by funeral homes.

Mayor: Budget cut would save workers from higher premium

posted: 12/28/2009 4:56 a.m.

Benton Mayor Rick Holland proposes cutting economic development spending to balance the 2010 budget, a plan that would avoid charging city employees more for their health insurance.

Mayor: New tax in sight

posted: 12/28/2009 4:55 a.m.

Jefferson County residents likely will have another chance to vote on whether they want a sales tax dedicated to economic development.

Senate health bill spurs states to protest

posted: 12/28/2009 4:28 a.m.

States that have already broadly expanded health-care coverage are pushing back against the Senate overhaul bill, arguing that it unfairly penalizes them in favor of states that have done little or nothing to extend benefits to the uninsured.

Air-security reviews on 2 fronts promised

posted: 12/28/2009 4:26 a.m.

Investigators piecing together a purported attempt to destroy a trans-Atlantic airliner said Sunday that the suspect tucked a small bag holding his deadly concoction on his body, using an explosive that would have been easily detected with the right airport equipment.

School chiefs’ salaries on rise

posted: 12/28/2009 4:24 a.m.

Salaries for school district superintendents have grown slightly faster than teacher salaries in recent years.

5 reported killed in Iran protests

posted: 12/28/2009 4:23 a.m.

Iranian security forces fired on stone-throwing protesters in the center of the capital Sunday in one of the bloodiest confrontations in months, opposition Web sites and witnesses said. At least five people were killed.

Mysterious fires rattle Houston

posted: 12/28/2009 4:20 a.m.

A 4-foot pile of ash and charred debris is all that remains of the Rodriguez family’s two-story garage, which had been stuffed with tools, machinery, couches and appliances when a mysterious fire ripped through it earlier this month.

In the news

posted: 12/28/2009 4:13 a.m.

Andre Birotte Jr., 43, who for six years has served as the Los Angeles Police Department’s inspector general, has been tapped by President Barack Obama to become the top federal prosecutor in Los Angeles.

Names and faces

posted: 12/28/2009 4:12 a.m.

Movie producer and actor Tyler Perry says he is taking his sharp-tongued character “Madea” back on tour. Perry posted a message on his Web site Saturday that said he had taken some time off in the past few months “so I could spend my mother’s final days at her side.”

The nation in brief

posted: 12/28/2009 4:12 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s amazing to me that an individual like this who was sending out so many signals could end up getting on a plane going to the U.S.” Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader in the Senate, on a Nigerian man’s purported attempt to bring down a trans-Atlantic airliner Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 12/28/2009 4:11 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Hope and history are on the side of those who peacefully seek their universal rights, and so is the United States.” White House National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer on opposition protests in Iran where five people were purportedly killed Article, 1A

‘Work is not done,’ widow says

posted: 12/28/2009 4:08 a.m.

Leading a Sunday service in the building where her husband was shot and killed in a Christmas Eve robbery attempt, Salvation Army Major Cindy Wise said her mission to minister to the people in North Little Rock’s Baring Cross neighborhood has not changed.

Cats’ Confidence High

posted: 12/28/2009 4:06 a.m.

Wayne Hall nervously awaited the committee’s announcement, taking a deep breath right before they said his name.

Sheppard ‘Surprised’ By SEC Defensive Honor

posted: 12/28/2009 4:03 a.m.

Arkansas defensive tackle Malcolm Sheppard was surprised when the All-Southeastern Conference team was announced earlier this month.

Lady Wildcats Heading To Tough 32-Team Tournament In Mansfield, Texas

posted: 12/28/2009 4:01 a.m.

When she found out her Lady Wildcats would return to the Mansfield (Texas) Invitational Tournament this season, Springdale Har-Ber coach Sandy Wright rejoiced.

Other days

posted: 12/28/2009 3:59 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 28, 1909 At least $87,500 more will be turned into the state treasury to the credit of the general revenue fund during the coming year than was paid in during the past year, if the estimates of the new State Tax Commission are found to be correct.

PREP BASKETBALL: Teams Face Busy Week In Neosho

posted: 12/28/2009 3:58 a.m.

Four games await several local teams at the 55th annual Neosho (Mo.) Holiday Classic.

This is war, not a debutante ball

posted: 12/28/2009 3:53 a.m.

Matthew McCabe, Julio Huertas and Jonathan Keefe will not be having a merry Christmas or a happy New Year. The three men are members of the elite Navy SEALs.

Our defenses are stronger

posted: 12/28/2009 3:53 a.m.

The legislation authorizing post-Sept. 11 intelligence reform—the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004—was signed into law five years ago this week. We are often asked whether the new organizations, authorities and additional resources have made a difference. The answer is yes.

PREP BASKETBALL: Lady Mounties Facing Big Test

posted: 12/28/2009 3:52 a.m.

After watching game tape and pouring over scouting reports, Rogers High coach Preston Early knows that the Lady Mounties will have to be at their best over the next four days at the 21st annual GreenBank Classic. Rogers opens the tournament in the eastern Tennessee town of Greeneville tonight against North Greene.

Diary entry

posted: 12/28/2009 3:51 a.m.

DECEMBER 23rd. The day before the day before Christmas.

Strong Field Competing At Har-Ber

posted: 12/28/2009 3:49 a.m.

As a basketball player at Fort Smith Northside and a coach at Southside, Springdale Har-Ber coach Eric Burnett saw the evolution of an annual tournament in his hometown.

LETTERS

posted: 12/28/2009 3:48 a.m.

Appeal to poor questioned This will probably be the angriest letter I’ve ever written, and there are plenty of government folks giving us plenty to be angry about, but I cannot go another minute without getting this off my chest.

Horse ain’t dead-yet

posted: 12/28/2009 3:47 a.m.

Now that we’re done with all that “Peace on Earth” stuff, things can finally get back to normal.

Bulldogs Seek Rebound

posted: 12/28/2009 3:47 a.m.

Springdale High will look for one last tuneup today when it opens play at the Lendel Thomas Classic Tournament in Harrison.

ARBY’S CLASSIC: Bulldogs Welcome Big Test

posted: 12/28/2009 3:42 a.m.

Fayetteville boys basketball coach Barry Gebhart knew he couldn’t turn down the invitation.

Lady Saints Host Shootout

posted: 12/28/2009 3:40 a.m.

Vic Rimmer said earlier this season he saw no reason to shy away from top competition.

HOG CALLS: Hogs tight end still key cog in offense

posted: 12/28/2009 3:38 a.m.

Too bad it would have been improper for Garrick McGee to lobby Mackey Award voters.

Mounties Have Familiar Situation In Rolla

posted: 12/28/2009 3:31 a.m.

Rogers High has had a few knockdown, drag-out games with Waynesville, Mo. at the U.S. Bank-Rolla High Holiday Invitational the past four years and the two teams are on the same side of the bracket at this week’s tournament.

Lady’Dogs Look For Better Start

posted: 12/28/2009 3:26 a.m.

The Fayetteville girls basketball team has played in two tournaments this month, and both times they left with first-place trophies. Lady Bulldogs coach Bobby Smith wouldn’t mind adding another piece of hardware to his growing collection before the new year.

Conservative 2010 Budget Has Room For Street Projects, Raises

posted: 12/28/2009 3:26 a.m.

The 2010 budget for the city of Lowell is conservative but includes a cost of living wage increase for many employees, two police vehicles and several road projects.

Benton County Restaurant Inspections

posted: 12/28/2009 3:23 a.m.

Benton County Restaurant Inspections for Dec. 28

COMMENTARY: Stodgy Doesn’t Describe Me

posted: 12/28/2009 3:21 a.m.

My mom thinks I am stodgy. That’s not exactly the adjective she used. What she said is that I was acting like her best friend because I said I preferred to hear the live choir sing as opposed to a prerecorded choir which was so loud it drowned out the live singers.

Bien Dans Sa Peau: ‘Good In Their Skin’

posted: 12/28/2009 3:19 a.m.

You’ve met people in your lifetime who made an instant impression upon you because you knew them to be “real.” Not real as in alive, but real in the sense that you know there is nothing fake about them. The French have a phrase that expresses that thought even more clearly. The phrase is “Bien dans sa peau.” Loosely translated it means being “good in their skin.”

A Look Back At The Year

posted: 12/28/2009 3:17 a.m.

The end of the year always brings lists, lists and more lists. This year we have to contend not only with end-of-the-year lists, but end-of-the-decade ones as well.

BIRD’S EYE VIEW: Hobbs Cruises Set Sail

posted: 12/28/2009 3:15 a.m.

An Alaskan cruise is a sure way to see bald eagles, but a Beaver Lake eagle tour is much cheaper.

CITY GOVERNMENT: Elected Terms May Change

posted: 12/28/2009 3:14 a.m.

The 2010 census is expected to put more money in city coffers and extend the term of the mayor.

Gators’ Meyer changes mind

posted: 12/28/2009 3:12 a.m.

It took an emotional team meeting, a sleepless night and about an hour of practice for Coach Urban Meyer to change his mind about resigning at Florida.

Bucs shock Saints in overtime

posted: 12/28/2009 2:53 a.m.

The moment Garrett Hartley’s foot drove through the ball, the Louisiana Superdome crowd erupted and Saints owner Tom Benson raised his arms in triumph.

Off the wire

posted: 12/28/2009 2:52 a.m.

HOCKEY U.S. beats Switzerland Jack Campbell made 22 saves and the United States remained unbeaten at the world junior hockey championship with a 3-0 victory over Switzerland on Sunday in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Second thoughts

posted: 12/28/2009 2:50 a.m.

Walk-on’s ‘View’ a hit on the Web As a second-grader, Ohio State basketball player Mark Titus wrote a poem for Mother’s Day.

Stars sit; Colts fall to 14-1

posted: 12/28/2009 2:47 a.m.

Peyton Manning and the rest of the Colts accepted Jim Caldwell’s plan.

Steelers salvage playoff hopes

posted: 12/28/2009 2:44 a.m.

Jeff Reed’s 38-yard field goal put Pittsburgh ahead with 5:25 remaining and the Steelers finally managed to hold a fourth-quarter lead, beating division rival Baltimore 23-20 on Sunday to remain in playoff contention and further jumble the AFC postseason race.

AMERICAN VALOR: Man’s Platoon Drives Off Bigger Taliban Force

posted: 12/28/2009 2:43 a.m.

Sgt. 1st Class William Tomlin III was exhausted and severely dehydrated. Up against an enemy force of 300, the 45 soldiers of his scout platoon had been battling for nearly six hours in temperatures reaching almost 120 degrees near the village of Chakak, Afghanistan. Read more »

Benton County Lawsuits

posted: 12/28/2009 2:41 a.m.

Benton County Lawsuits for Dec. 28

Fayetteville Restaurant Inspections

posted: 12/28/2009 2:36 a.m.

Fayetteville Restaurant Inspections for Dec. 28

Benton County Marriages

posted: 12/28/2009 2:34 a.m.

Benton County Marriages for Dec. 28

Northwest Arkansas Records

posted: 12/28/2009 2:31 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas Records for Dec. 28

Washington County Obituaries

posted: 12/28/2009 2:29 a.m.

Washington County Obituaries for Dec. 28

With phones doing more, perils grow

posted: 12/28/2009 2:29 a.m.

Mobile phones are becoming ever more like personal computers. That means they are also becoming more vulnerable to traditional computer menaces like hackers and viruses.

Benton County Obituaries

posted: 12/28/2009 2:28 a.m.

Benton County Obituaries for Dec. 28

Google calls on mobile-ad firm

updated: 12/28/2009 7:55 a.m.

Four years ago, Omar Hamoui was just another entrepreneur trying to spruce up his resume in graduate school.

Springdale Man Arrested In Connection With Attack

posted: 12/28/2009 2:26 a.m.

Springdale police arrested Marco Herrera Munoz, 44, of 1807 Lawrence St., in connection with a series of domestic incidents dating back to June.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Favorite apps give directions, help figure restaurant tips, keep good times rolling

posted: 12/28/2009 2:24 a.m.

I’ve had several people asking me for app (short for application ) recommendations for the iPhone. I’ve tried out a variety of apps, and I thought I’d just toss out a few of the bigger-name ones

GUEST COMMENTARY: Tree Could Tell Many Stories

posted: 12/28/2009 2:24 a.m.

Sometimes an illness can become a blessing when it affords you reflection time. The other day I was reflecting upon the beauty of the fall and was admiring the ancient oak tree that stands proud in my yard. It is more than 3 feet in diameter, which reminds me that it has seen many a leaf fall only to reappear in the spring. I thought about how many stories that tree could tell about the last several hundred years. Would it smile or frown at the progress made in its corner of Northwest Arkansas?

COMMENTARY: Spoiler Alert

posted: 12/28/2009 2:21 a.m.

It’s tough to be a spoiler. You’ve seen them before. They’re the folks who interfere with a perfectly fine tradition embraced by the masses all because the spoilers don’t agree with the majority’s viewpoint. When the spoilers show up, the crowd can almost always be hea

Maxine’s Owner Looking To Lease Business

posted: 12/28/2009 2:19 a.m.

Maxine’s Tap Room temporarily closed this month, but the owner said it will reopen in January and she hopes it will be under new management.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 12/28/2009 2:18 a.m.

Bankruptcies

Brooks probably won’t be back

posted: 12/28/2009 2:17 a.m.

Kentucky Coach Rich Brooks says he told his Wildcats that he’s probably not returning next season after a 21-13 loss to Clemson on Sunday night in the Music City Bowl.

Opponents: Missouri tax on yoga stretches too far

posted: 12/28/2009 2:17 a.m.

The students streamed into the Marbles Yoga studio — shoulders rolling and minds calming — as they prepared to spend an hour with their instructor inside the sun-dappled room.

Exercise Equipment Awaits Home

posted: 12/28/2009 2:17 a.m.

New treadmills and elliptical bikes are still in the boxes waiting to be set up in a new fi tness center available for all Washington County employees.

Dancin’ with the DVDs

posted: 12/28/2009 2:16 a.m.

I never jumped, jived or wailed. During the swing craze a decade ago, I plunked down $95 for eight lessons in an armory with dozens of other would-be dancers. I went to exactly three sessions.

PRIVATE EDUCATION: School Continues Growth

posted: 12/28/2009 2:15 a.m.

A private school education might seem like a tough sell in today’s economy, but enrollment at St. Raphael Catholic School continues to increase every year.

New Year’s Day Twenty-10K gets 2010 moving

posted: 12/28/2009 2:15 a.m.

New year, new euphony.

Biggest Loser workout requires some familiarity

posted: 12/28/2009 2:14 a.m.

Trainer Jillian Michaels talks a lot without actually saying much in The Biggest Loser: Last Chance Workout.

CIRCUIT COURTS: One Location Not Likely

posted: 12/28/2009 2:13 a.m.

Having all of Washington County’s circuit courts operating in one location probably won’t happen anytime soon, but Washington County Judge Marilyn Edwards says she’s not writing off the idea entirely.

Tired of same old sports? Time to cue up dirty pool

posted: 12/28/2009 2:13 a.m.

Rich Williamson and his girlfriend were talking about kids. Not necessarily whether they’d have them, but what sport their hypothetical offspring might play.

Science proves it: Double dip is bad

posted: 12/28/2009 2:13 a.m.

The great sitcom Seinfeld contributed a classic bit to the annals of American televised humor when gastronomic oaf George Costanza was caught double-dipping at a party.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/28/2009 2:12 a.m.

Happy birthday. This year you will be so brave that you will be willing to take several risks to honor your heart’s desire. Start right away. The next four weeks present the chance to provide a needed service and make money while you help others. You’ll get around in style thanks to friends and lifestyle upgrades in the spring. Scorpio and Taurus people adore you.

ON TV CONTEST

posted: 12/28/2009 2:12 a.m.

It’s time to salute your favorite TV law enforcers.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 12/28/2009 2:10 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: The mystery of the disappearing needles has been solved. I opened my little red pincushion and found 34 needles! So, if you can’t find your needles, you know where to look!

MASTER CLASS: Snowboarder likes boot camp

posted: 12/28/2009 2:09 a.m.

Boot camp classes are hot. Exercisers have flocked to these exciting group classes because of the challenge and the camaraderie that develops between participants.

Restless reader

posted: 12/28/2009 2:07 a.m.

Swimming Anatomy Swimming Anatomy by Ian McLeod (Human Kinetics, 2010), 193 pages, $21.95.

Check your knowledge

posted: 12/28/2009 2:07 a.m.

1. In a nursery rhyme, Gregory Griggs had 27 different... 2. James Stewart stars in the 1954 movie Rear Window; his character spends almost the entire movie in a wheelchair. What is the character’s occupation? 3. Jeff’s Collie was the title in syndication for what TV show?

Winter is good time to get to know birds

posted: 12/28/2009 2:05 a.m.

Winter offers some of the best chances to observe and get to know birds. For starters, birds are easier to spot and watch when trees are bare. Regularly stocked feeders in your yard also bring them closer to you.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Letter Calls For Clarifications

posted: 12/28/2009 2:04 a.m.

Imust respond to Ms. Cooper’s criticism on Dec. 22 of Thurman Metcalf’s pro-health-care letter. She criticizes him for the title “GOP leaders obstruct progress,” but I know for a fact that it was submitted without any title. The editors must have added the heading.

COMMENTARY: Here’s Reform Arkansas Needs

posted: 12/28/2009 2:04 a.m.

Arkansas is suffering from a health care crisis, with 500,000 people uninsured, and health insurance premiums expected to rise from $11,472 to $19,575 in the next 10 years. The House of Representatives took a big step toward solving this problem when they recently passed a health care reform bill, including the choice of a national public health insurance option. The Senate just passed a bill that is far weaker than the House version, but is most notable for its lack of a public option. A law that requires individuals to purchase health insurance but does not offer the choice of a public option will result in a giant new client pool for the insurance industry with no incentive for these companies to lower costs or provide higher quality care.

HOW WE SEE IT: Salary Gaps For Teachers Raise Questions

posted: 12/28/2009 2:04 a.m.

The wide gaps in teacher pay among Arkansas’ school districts raise more questions about local administration among districts than the equity of the school funding formula.

Year-long celebration set

posted: 12/28/2009 1:55 a.m.

If he had a little extra facial hair, it would be hard to tell Alan Epley from Andrew Carnegie.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 12/28/2009 1:13 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: What’s the difference between just enjoying our food and being a glutton ? I heard somewhere that the Bible condemns gluttony, but does that mean it’s wrong to enjoy good food? Where do you draw the line? — H.H.

Sunday, December 27

Tourists Flock To March Of Ducks

posted: 12/27/2009 10:23 a.m.

Ducks, says Jason Sensat, are creatures of habit. So it takes them only a few days to get accustomed to roosting atop the Memphis skyline, flying via elevator, waddling on a red carpet and swimming away their days at the center of the posh Peabody Hotel lobby.

Memphis Boasts Best Barbecue

posted: 12/27/2009 10:21 a.m.

It is absolutely, positively, undeniably the best barbecue restaurant in Memphis, period. And so is that one. And that one. And that one.

One Street, All The Music

posted: 12/27/2009 10:19 a.m.

It’s the town of Sun Studios, musical legends such as B.B. King and an iconic stretch of bars and clubs on Beale Street.

Elvis Still Reigns Over City

posted: 12/27/2009 10:17 a.m.

Not a disciple of The King? Visit Graceland. You will leave a believer.

Hogs Look For Respectability

posted: 12/27/2009 10:15 a.m.

Arkansas’ players were home for the holidays last December, but they would have preferred a bowl trip instead.

Holtz A Rising Star

posted: 12/27/2009 10:13 a.m.

His name seems to appear under the heading “candidates include” for any major college football coaching opening these days.

GIs in for a better ride in new vehicle

posted: 12/27/2009 6:29 a.m.

The U.S. military’s new allterrain vehicle doesn’t look all that different from its lumbering predecessor. It’s painted desert sand, and reaching the cabin still means climbing a couple of steps.

Man held in child kidnap, molestation

posted: 12/27/2009 6:25 a.m.

Phoenix police have identified a suspect accused of kidnapping and molesting a 5-year-old girl before a patrol officer spotted his car and helped rescue the child.

Pakistani police uncertain of 5 Americans’ aim

posted: 12/27/2009 6:23 a.m.

Police are trying to determine whether five Americans detained in Pakistan had planned to attack a complex that houses nuclear power facilities, authorities said Saturday.

Tsunami that killed 230,000 remembered

posted: 12/27/2009 6:22 a.m.

Buddhist monks in orange robes chanted on a Thai beach, an Indonesian mother mourned her children at a mass grave, and a man scattered flowers in now-placid waters Saturday to commemorate the 230,000 killed five years ago when a tsunami ripped across Asia.

Bombs targeting Iraqi Shiite pilgrims kill 5, injure 29 in Baghdad

posted: 12/27/2009 6:21 a.m.

A string of attacks against Shiite pilgrims in eastern Baghdad killed five on Saturday, the latest round of violence to strike worshippers during a revered mourning observance.

Tehran protesters clash with police

posted: 12/27/2009 6:19 a.m.

Iranian security forces beat protesters in central Tehran on Saturday while hard-line activists disrupted a speech by the country’s moderate former president, reformist Web sites said, raising tensions ahead of opposition rallies expected during a key religious mourning ritual.

Stretching Shrinking Budgets Hospital Volunteers Fill Gaps

posted: 12/27/2009 6:19 a.m.

The extended economic crisis is hitting almost everyone, including hospitals, which were once considered recession-proof.

OZARK Police chief: Use of Tasers saving lives

posted: 12/27/2009 6:18 a.m.

their Tasers 25 times since the department adopted the weapon 2 1 /2 years ago, and the police chief believes the tool has saved lives.

Ban on electronics waste gets put on hold by agency

posted: 12/27/2009 6:12 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality will postpone banning electronic waste from landfills until a panel presents ideas for how the state can fund a recycling program for the potentially hazardous material, a spokesman for the regulatory agency said recently.

Lennox’s plan to rehire 75 hoped to help revive rice center Stuttgart

posted: 12/27/2009 6:04 a.m.

ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE For decades, Lennox Industries provided stability to this small community largely affected by the ups and downs of the rice industry.

FAYETTEVILLE UA’s Peabody faces renovation

posted: 12/27/2009 6:02 a.m.

ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE Peabody Hall’s crumbling mortar and thin pane windows hardly make it a model of environmental efficiency.

NLR neighborhood in decline for years

posted: 12/27/2009 6:01 a.m.

Army. Wise often worked long hours at the community center where he headed a church in a neighborhood that has been in decline the past few years, organization and former city officials said.

Northwest Arkansas deaths

posted: 12/27/2009 6 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes, at no charge, death notices of reasonable length for residents of Benton, Carroll, Washington and Madison counties submitted by funeral homes.

Deadline set for disaster assistance

posted: 12/27/2009 5:57 a.m.

Officials have set a Jan. 2 deadline for state agencies, local governments and private nonprofit organizations hurt by October’s tornadoes and storms in designated counties to apply for federal funds.

The state/region in brief

posted: 12/27/2009 5:56 a.m.

19 homes robbed Christmas morning COLUMBIA, Mo. — Police in Columbia are investigating Christmas burglaries at 19 homes.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 12/27/2009 5:54 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It keeps the officer safe and it keeps the subject safe.That’s what we’re after.” Ozark Police Chief Jim Noggle, on the use of Tasers Article, 1B

Government meetings

posted: 12/27/2009 5:53 a.m.

Monday Washington Water Authority, 1 p.m. Farmington School Board, 6 p.m. Fayetteville Planning Commission, 6 p.m. Bella Vista City Council, 6:30 p.m. Elkins Fire Department, 7 p.m.

‘Mussel Beach’ not at Newport but its jewels are

posted: 12/27/2009 5:52 a.m.

BATESVILLE DAILY GUARD NEWPORT — Pearl buyer J.R. Sink went up and down the Black and White rivers in the 1920s and ’30s, swapping cash for fresh-water pearls.

Off the wire

posted: 12/27/2009 5:52 a.m.

BASKETBALL Lakers’ Artest injured Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest suffered a concussion and injured his left elbow after falling at his home.

SPOTLIGHT MARTHA PENDLETON Cancer support gives patients strength to survive

posted: 12/27/2009 5:51 a.m.

Martha Pendleton admires everyone with the courage to walk through the front door of the Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House.

NORTHERN LIGHTS KUAF open house gets in tune with fundraisers

posted: 12/27/2009 5:45 a.m.

It was a day to celebrate a new era in local public radio. KUAF-FM, 91.3, held an open house at its new building, the Lynn and Joel Carver Center for Public Radio, on Dec. 16.

HOW WE SEE IT Weak Medicine For Health Care

posted: 12/27/2009 5:45 a.m.

We don’t often find ourselves agreeing with Howard Dean, the former national chairman of the Democratic Party and star of the 2004 “I Have a Scream” speech.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Two Schools Better Than One

posted: 12/27/2009 5:44 a.m.

Fayetteville is such a good place to live and raise kids, it’s disheartening to see how poorly we’ve been led in regards to our high school.

Jim Holt On Jim Holt

posted: 12/27/2009 5:43 a.m.

Jim Holt told me to write that there’s no formal announcement yet but that he’s sure talking like a candidate.

HIGHWAY LINK Push Continues For Bypass

posted: 12/27/2009 5:42 a.m.

Advocates for the Bella Vista bypass didn’t let the year end without one more pitch for this critical interstate highway link.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Wind Ordinance Needed Now In Northwest Arkansas

posted: 12/27/2009 5:41 a.m.

In a recent Sunday edition there was an article about the Planning Board developing a wind ordinance and I found myself asking, “What took you so long?” We need to establish the ground rules soon and correctly before we have a wind version of the rock quarry quandry. While we’re at it, we might as well throw in solar considerations.

ALL OURS, ALL HOURS Bold Campaign Ends

posted: 12/27/2009 5:41 a.m.

The Bentonville Public Schools Foundation celebrated its successful Bold for Gold fundraising campaign Dec. 17 with a reception at the Arvest Bank-Bentonville conference center.

Prenatal Pathways Opens New Location

posted: 12/27/2009 5:39 a.m.

The Community Clinic is expanding a prenatal care program into this western Benton County city. A $75,000 gift will open access to care for uninsured women through Prenatal Pathways.

Local Chapter Of Military Off cers Honored

posted: 12/27/2009 5:38 a.m.

The Bella Vista chapter of the Military Off cers Association of America received an honor at its December dinner meeting.

CLUB BRIEFS

posted: 12/27/2009 5:15 a.m.

Club Moving Meeting Site The Christian Women’s Club Brunch is moving to the Bella Vista Country Club beginning in January with the Jan. 12 event.

UPCOMING EVENTS

posted: 12/27/2009 5:15 a.m.

Paint The Town Red American Heart Association The ninth annual Paint the Town Red to benefit the American Heart Association will be from 7 p.m. to midnight Jan. 15 at Fayetteville Town Center. The evening will feature a silent auction, food from area restaurants, wine, beer and music from Boom Kinetic. Tickets for the “trendy” attire event are $75.

EDUCATION BRIEFS

posted: 12/27/2009 5:15 a.m.

Fayetteville Student Earns Degree Travis Lamar Atwood of Fayetteville recently received his master’s degree at the graduate school of Louisiana State University.

MILITARY NEWS

posted: 12/27/2009 5:14 a.m.

Navy Seaman Brandon E. Lahay, son of Elaine R. and Bruce Lahay of Fayetteville, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill., with honors.

BrewCrew Distributes Care Packages

posted: 12/27/2009 5:14 a.m.

Representatives of the BrewCrew, the Ron Brewer Family company, handed out Christmas care packages to families from the community at the Donald W. Reynolds Boys & Girls Club in Fayetteville on Dec. 17.

LOCAL NOTES

posted: 12/27/2009 5:14 a.m.

Blood Center Plans Drives Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will host several area blood drives this week.

From Coast To Coast

posted: 12/27/2009 5:14 a.m.

She’s fairly certain she started the nickname when she began signing her letters that way. But make no mistake — Lois Bouton’s nom de plume has taken off. She is, simply, the Coast Guard Lady.

COMMENTARY Onward, Through The Fog

posted: 12/27/2009 5:14 a.m.

Forecasting political developments is always risky. At this time last year, the nation was basking in the afterglow of the election of Barack Obama. But 2009 has been a brutal political year and we have found ourselves in an era of foggy ambiguity at a time when many are searching for quick fixes and simple answers.

Worst Decade? Give Me A Break

posted: 12/27/2009 5:14 a.m.

Worst decade ever,” Time magazine tells us.

Father alerted U.S. to airliner suspect

posted: 12/27/2009 5:05 a.m.

A 23-year-old Nigerian man who claimed to have ties to al-Qaida was charged Saturday with trying to destroy a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day, as authorities learned his father had warned U.S. officials of concerns about his son.

Facing ’10 run, Lincoln touts health measure

posted: 12/27/2009 5:05 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, up for re-election next year, is touting her vote for the Senate version of the health-care overhaul as a good thing for Arkansas.

NLR dreaming of a dry Christmas

posted: 12/27/2009 5:04 a.m.

For the second time in 20 years, some folks in North Little Rock’s Dixie Addition had to use boats to get to Christmas dinner.

Hogs OG rewarded for effort

posted: 12/27/2009 4:08 a.m.

Mitch Petrus walked on at Arkansas in 2005 as a tight end and linebacker, just hoping to one day earn a scholarship.

Dyer goes straight to top

posted: 12/27/2009 4:07 a.m.

Michael Dyer’s direct impact on Little Rock Christian’s football program stretches 1 only a little more than 4/2 miles.

Pentagon contract fight raises questions of jobs consideration

posted: 12/27/2009 4:06 a.m.

Just as the recession was threatening the Oshkosh Corp. with ruin, after builders stopped ordering drywall lifters and cement mixers, and cities stopped buying fire engines and garbage trucks, the little-known specialty truck company went after a long-shot Pentagon contract.

AIG pledge to return bonuses falls far short

posted: 12/27/2009 4:05 a.m.

When word spread earlier this year that American International Group had paid more than $165 million in retention bonuses at the division that had precipitated the company’s downfall, employees received death threats and President Barack Obama urged that every legal avenue be pursued to block the payments.

Worth the love

posted: 12/27/2009 4:03 a.m.

Lots of people told me they were having trouble coming up with a list of Top 10 movies this year.

NOTABLE NEIGHBOR Nonprofit work just the right fit

posted: 12/27/2009 3:56 a.m.

Laurie Marshall says losing her mother, Cheryl Willock, to brain cancer earlier this year gave new meaning to her work as development coordinator for Hope Cancer Resources, formerly H.O.P.E. Inc. (Helping Oncology Patients Excel).

Designers go for teen blogger

posted: 12/27/2009 3:55 a.m.

Rodarte’s collection for Target launched recently, which for die-hard fashion lovers is shopping nirvana. Now anyone can own a piece of the label’s sunshine-meetsgoth aesthetic, with spidery lace sweaters and stockings, tulle blouses and slip dresses priced at $9.99 to $79.99, instead of the four figures that Rodarte’s clothes typically command.

Most frequent fliers can enjoy extra air perks

posted: 12/27/2009 3:54 a.m.

U.S. airlines have cut back on all but the most basic services in recent years — for most passengers.

Recession spurs frugality among spendthrifts

posted: 12/27/2009 3:52 a.m.

Helen Wilson knows thrift. In the years after the Great Depression, she raised chickens and planted vegetables at her home in Alexandria, Va., to feed her children.

India’s market for midget cars passes Japan’s

posted: 12/27/2009 3:52 a.m.

India has emerged as the sales leader in the smallest category of cars, overtaking Japan as declining sales in Western markets redraws the global map of the auto industry faster than many expected.

Lessons for all times

posted: 12/27/2009 3:49 a.m.

If I merely told you about the incident whose memory one reader had carried with him for more than 50 years by the time he shared it with me, you might not get the point.

Still much to learn

posted: 12/27/2009 3:49 a.m.

Among the several lessons I’ve learned after 63 years of breathing: All the difference exists in thinking about doing something as opposed to putting forth the effort to do it.

Government without limits

posted: 12/27/2009 3:47 a.m.

The central motive behind post-New Deal liberalism is the idea of using government to cure social and economic ills.

Resolve to read-join a book club

updated: 12/27/2009 3:46 a.m.

While you are busily preparing for Christmas, I’d like to move the discussion forward a bit to the new year. I have a humble suggestion for a New Year’s resolution: Join a book club. With this one step, your annual book-reading tally could shoot up. It helps make room for pleasure-reading in busy lives.

Historic January

posted: 12/27/2009 3:45 a.m.

I have been thinking of the year ahead and potential subjects for 50 or so columns on the history of Arkansas. Recently I reviewed a list of historic events in Arkansas history—and I was struck by the number of interesting events that have occurred in Januaries of yesteryear.

Oh, yes, Copenhagen

posted: 12/27/2009 3:43 a.m.

THE OTHER night a friend asked us what we’d written about the Copenhagen conference on climate change, carbon control, environmental technology, the ecological future of Spaceship Earth, cabbages and kings and the 101 other Very Important topics covered by that huge, long-awaited and now suddenly fizzled gabfest.

Adventures in Newspeak

posted: 12/27/2009 3:42 a.m.

“The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of IngSoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible.” —George Orwell

TOP RECORDINGS OF 2009

posted: 12/27/2009 3:40 a.m.

The top recordings of 2009 as listed by Billboard magazine. For the complete charts in all musical styles, go to billboard.com, click on “Best of 2009.”

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Guild kicks off season with ASO Brass Quintet

posted: 12/27/2009 3:39 a.m.

The Hot Springs/Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild will open its 2010 winter /spring season with a performance by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet — Carl Mason and Richard Jorgensen, trumpets ; Michael Underwood, trombone; Ed Owen, tuba; and David Renfro, horn. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Woodlands Auditorium, Ponce de Leon Center, DeSoto Boulevard and Balboa Drive, Hot Springs Village. Tickets are $10.

LETTERS

posted: 12/27/2009 3:38 a.m.

Pressure hampers lending I am concerned that the public is being misled that bankers are taking taxpayer dollars, refusing to make loans and paying themselves huge bonuses to boot.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/27/2009 3:36 a.m.

Happy birthday. Stay on the lighter side of life. Your laughter will be important music in the universal soundscape. The next six weeks introduce you to an endeavor that is different from any you’ve experienced thus far. Go slowly. Rushing will only ruin your sense of wonder. A union will be celebrated in February. Cancer and Virgo people adore you.

Poll: Fewer go to arts events

posted: 12/27/2009 3:35 a.m.

If you haven’t gone to a movie, jazz concert or an art exhibit in recent years, you are in steadily growing company.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Beau’s brother not a keeper

posted: 12/27/2009 3:34 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I have been dating a wonderful young man for almost a year now. We’re both 24, and while marriage isn’t on the horizon quite yet, we’ve talked about our future and recognize there is a very likely chance we end up together.

It’s a small world after all as decade comes to a close

posted: 12/27/2009 3:33 a.m.

“I am big,” the faded actress Norma Desmond says in the 1950 movie Sunset Boulevard. “It’s the pictures that got small.” The pictures literally have been getting small during the decade that’s winding to a close. We are moving from movies on cinematic screens to movies on TV screens to, more and more, movies on mobile phone screens.

LISTEN UP: Wayne’s Smile earned; Timbaland and Miley?

posted: 12/27/2009 3:32 a.m.

Jimmy Wayne Sara Smile Valory Music Group B+ Country singer Jimmy Wayne’s career was sidetracked five years ago by a label going under and his contract being transferred.

Region Blessed With Top Sports

posted: 12/27/2009 3:29 a.m.

It’s Sunday and another holiday season has passed. It’s time to get off the couch, rebutton our jeans and get back to work.

TV ON DVD: Classic film fans should love Stanwyck Show collection

posted: 12/27/2009 3:29 a.m.

What is it? The Barbara Stanwyck Show, Volume 1, 15 half-hour episodes on three discs from E1 Entertainment and the Archive of American Television.

China car sellers running short

posted: 12/27/2009 3:28 a.m.

Minivan salesman Zhu Yi has a problem that most auto dealers elsewhere would happily swap for their own — he doesn’t have enough vehicles to satisfy customer demand.

Old machinery gets 2nd career

posted: 12/27/2009 3:27 a.m.

In one corner, a huge hunk of metal with two Plexiglas doors and enough knobs to stir the imagination looks like a time machine. In another an “agitated kettle” with a large, caldronlike bowl sits on thick pallets.

LET’S TALK: 2010 seer: Recession makes us shrewder

posted: 12/27/2009 3:27 a.m.

Has 2009 been too much of a thrill ride for you? Afraid to even contemplate what lies ahead in 2010?

ALL-BIG-6 COACH OF THE YEAR

posted: 12/27/2009 3:27 a.m.

Rogers Heritage coach Perry Escalante said the building of the War Eagles football program is complete. It’s now time to reload.

High-end jewelry sales regaining their sparkle

posted: 12/27/2009 3:26 a.m.

It’s considered among the most nonessential items that shoppers can do without, and yet it looks like one of the stars in this year’s dismal retail performance.

British politicians divided over how to repair economy

posted: 12/27/2009 3:25 a.m.

Britain is limping into the new year still officially in a recession as its recovery from the global credit crunch lags behind the United States, the European Union and just about every other major economy.

BIG 6 CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

posted: 12/27/2009 3:25 a.m.

When the moment finally arrived, the moment Jacob Bundrick dreamed about for three long years, he didn’t know how to react.

DEAR ABBY: Mother who fears leaving the house needs a doctor

posted: 12/27/2009 3:24 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I’m a homemaker with two sweet little girls. As precious as they are to me, I have a problem that is preventing me from giving them the kind of life they deserve. I hate to leave my house. Anytime I have to leave the house I start sweating, my heart starts pounding, and by the time I return home I’m exhausted and can do nothing more for the rest of the day.

Diamond buying’s four C’s set in stone

posted: 12/27/2009 3:23 a.m.

Christmas and the new year can be a romantic time and there will be plenty of guys popping the question along with the champagne corks. And if you’ll need a diamond to go along with that proposal, now is a good time to buy.

ALL-BIG 6 AWARDS AT A GLANCE

posted: 12/27/2009 3:23 a.m.

Player of the Year — Houston Pruitt, Springdale Har-Ber

BIG 6 NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

posted: 12/27/2009 3:20 a.m.

Courtney Haskell’s passion for football manifested itself all the time. In the weight room. On the practice field. During film study. And, of course, on Friday nights.

LIFELONG HEALTH: Getting in shape means finding right one for you

posted: 12/27/2009 3:19 a.m.

Too often, Americans believe that our physical appearance is the best measure of health. We strive for the perfect body (primarily by dieting, diet pills, rapid weight loss programs or perhaps an exercise DVD that sits unused in the cabinet).

As firms still fret, temporary hires fulfilling demand

posted: 12/27/2009 3:19 a.m.

The hiring of temporary workers has surged, suggesting that the nation’s employers might soon take the next step by bringing on permanent workers. But first companies must convince themselves that the upturn in the economy will be sustained.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: No end is in sight in U.S. vs. Europe credit-card battle

posted: 12/27/2009 3:18 a.m.

The big U.S. banks that issue MasterCard and Visa credit cards have apparently decided to ignore a problem that bothers many U.S. travelers to Europe: inability to use their U.S.-issued cards because they do not conform to the validation system most European banks and merchants use.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Christmas in Europe is a season, not just a day

posted: 12/27/2009 3:18 a.m.

In Europe, “Christmas” lasts much longer than a day. The season stretches well over a month — not to extend the shopping season, but to fit in the many holy days and festivities.

People plus their cars catch Amtrak train

posted: 12/27/2009 3:17 a.m.

ABOARD AMTRAK — All aboard on this train doesn’t mean just people. It means minivans, cars and motorcycles, too.

Postcards are a snap with ‘app’

posted: 12/27/2009 3:17 a.m.

I have a confession. I have an immense collection of postcards that never reached their intended recipients. Lack of postage, a complete address or even motivation have turned countless scribbled postcards into nothing more than bookmarks in my guidebooks.

Cruise crush

posted: 12/27/2009 3:16 a.m.

ABOARD THE MS NOORDAM — The itinerary looked tempting: 10 days of “Mediterranean Enchantment” leaving from Rome, with intriguing stops in Tunisia, Sicily and Mallorca as well as Barcelona, Florence, Monte Carlo and Naples.

Henson Brothers Pace Panthers

posted: 12/27/2009 3:14 a.m.

Big brother now looks up to little brother. From a height standpoint, that’s the reality for Siloam Springs senior Dylan Henson, who at 6-foot-4 is an inch shorter than his 6-5 freshman brother, Payton.

Top sports stories of 2009

posted: 12/27/2009 3:12 a.m.

As selected by members of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette sports department. To be eligible, stories must involve athletes who made news in the state or athletes from the state who made news nationally.

FLORIDA GATORS: Health concerns force Meyer out

posted: 12/27/2009 3:11 a.m.

Urban Meyer surprisingly resigned Saturday as Florida’s coach after five seasons and two national titles because of health concerns that came to light when he suffered chest pains following the SEC Championship Game.

Rifle blasts ahead for biggest victory

posted: 12/27/2009 3:07 a.m.

M One Rifle finally finished his job in a major race in Saturday’s $300,000 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita.

COMMENTARY: Vick’s ‘courage’ a tough sell for Eagles

posted: 12/27/2009 3:07 a.m.

Richard Collier was a 26-year-old left tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars when he was the victim of a drive-by shooting last year.

TRUE GRIT NO CLOSER TO HOME: Snow, perks, peaks take film from state

posted: 12/27/2009 3:06 a.m.

For 40 years, Arkansans have been irked by the mountains of True Grit.

Foundation Of Success

posted: 12/27/2009 3:06 a.m.

Chris Wood admits he’s been spoiled over the past three seasons. During that time, the Springdale Har-Ber coach has been to two Class 7A state championship game appearances and reached the semifinals the other season.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Getting his kicks

posted: 12/27/2009 3:06 a.m.

Normally, teams control games defensively with menacing linemen, ultraaggressive linebackers or ballhawking safeties.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Tribble hikes expectations

posted: 12/27/2009 3:05 a.m.

From worst to almost first.

SOPHOMORE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: QB Burcham lives up to billing

posted: 12/27/2009 3:05 a.m.

There was no quarterback controversy this fall at Greenbrier.

Calling The Shots

posted: 12/27/2009 3:04 a.m.

Fayetteville offensive coordinator Jared McBride and the rest of the coaching staff had an offensive game plan before the Bulldogs faced Fort Smith Southside in October.

State ready for Real ID rules

posted: 12/27/2009 3:04 a.m.

Arkansas is prepared to comply with a 2005 federal law mandating more secure state driver’s licenses, state officials say, but won’t start producing them until Washington demands it.

SOPHOMORE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Rockets LB has instant impact

posted: 12/27/2009 3:04 a.m.

After he was told that Spencer Smith had carried 41 times in a 21-16 victory over Little Rock Catholic on Oct. 2, Cabot Coach Mike Malham jokingly referred to the fullback’s workload as “child abuse.”

LIKE IT IS: The more the merrier during postseason

posted: 12/27/2009 3:02 a.m.

When the story broke a few days ago that the NCAA was considering expanding its tournament field, there was joy from some and angst among others.

Second thoughts

posted: 12/27/2009 3:02 a.m.

Pizza Bowl spices up officiating Sarah Thomas made history at the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Saturday, becoming the first woman to officiate a bowl game when she worked the matchup between Ohio and Marshall.

Oaklawn report

posted: 12/27/2009 3:02 a.m.

Trainer Steve Hobby of Hot Springs said Perfect Drive “probably” will make his 3-year-old debut in the $100,000 Smarty Jones Stakes on Jan. 18 at Oaklawn Park.

Favorites checklist

posted: 12/27/2009 3:01 a.m.

For newcomers seeking information about where and how to enjoy our state’s outdoors bounty, here are 15 awesome trips for hunting, fishing, camping and hiking in the first part of 2010.

Medic Dodges Sniper Fire To Save Injured

posted: 12/27/2009 3 a.m.

Editor’s Note: This is the latest in a series that tells the stories of men and women in the armed forces who have been awarded for acts of bravery while serving their country.

Strategists’ views diverge on Afghanistan approach

posted: 12/27/2009 2:59 a.m.

Two days before announcing the deployment of additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, President Barack Obama i n fo r m e d G e n. Sta n l ey McChrystal that he was not granting McChrystal’s request to double the size of the Afghan army and police.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Missing monster last shot for small-caliber rifle

posted: 12/27/2009 2:59 a.m.

Several weeks ago I saw the biggest buck I’ve ever had a chance to shoot.

RECRUITING: Hogs targeting defenders to fill out class

posted: 12/27/2009 2:58 a.m.

Arkansas will turn its full attention to recruiting after Saturday’s Liberty Bowl game against East Carolina.

West Virginia still unbeaten

posted: 12/27/2009 2:57 a.m.

Devin Ebanks scored 22 points, Da’Sean Butler had 21 and Kevin Jones added 19 to lead No. 6 West Virginia to a 90-84 overtime victory over Seton Hall on Saturday, keeping the Mountaineers one of six unbeaten teams in Division I.

WASHINGTON NEWS IN BRIEF: Delta caucus to turn its ’10 focus on health care

posted: 12/27/2009 2:55 a.m.

The Delta Grassroots Caucus, a group that promotes economic development in the Delta region, pegged health care as its No. 1 issue this session of Congress.

Razorbacks report

posted: 12/27/2009 2:54 a.m.

Before taking a short Christmas break, Arkansas’ coaches stayed busy not only with bowl practices, but also with travel for recruiting.

MALE CALL: Dear son: Dress the part and you will be accepted

posted: 12/27/2009 2:53 a.m.

Q. You’ve mentioned in the past that you are a mother to a son and, as another, I need your support in my “motherly advice.” I have been explaining to my recent college graduate son that, while it is great that he was able to find a job immediately, a part of the work is looking the part.

New Mayor Provides Leadership In First Year

posted: 12/27/2009 2:53 a.m.

Nature didn’t give Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse long to enjoy his new job. Just more than three weeks into Sprouse’s term, one of the worst ice storms in memory hit northern Arkansas.

50 changes the ’00s wrought

posted: 12/27/2009 2:52 a.m.

Was it only a decade ago that a blackberry was a mere summer fruit? That green was, well, a color, and reality TV was that one show sandwiched between music videos on MTV?

Hit on train tracks in NYC, man dies

posted: 12/27/2009 2:51 a.m.

Police said a man has died after he was struck by a train in a New York City subway station.

EMERALD BOWL: Barkley, Williams shine bright

posted: 12/27/2009 2:51 a.m.

Matt Barkley threw touchdown passes to Stanley Havili on Southern California’s first two possessions and added a touchdown run in the fourth quarter to help the Trojans beat Boston College 24-13 in the Emerald Bowl on Saturday night.

Raids on Palestinians by Israeli troops kill 6

posted: 12/27/2009 2:51 a.m.

Israeli troops blasted their way into the homes of three wanted Palestinians on Saturday, killing each in a hail of bullets and straining an uneasy security arrangement with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

No. 1: Our kings of the hill

posted: 12/27/2009 2:50 a.m.

Arkansas-bred pitchers Cliff Lee and A.J. Burnett faced each other for the first time, at any level, in Game 5 of the 2009 World Series.The national media were slow to catch on to the novelty of the story. But members of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette sports staff recognized the event’s magnitude from the start, playing the story prominently when it happened and voting the event as the No. 1 sports story of the year in the state.

Bible Headed Home

posted: 12/27/2009 2:50 a.m.

Martha Waymire of Bella Vista went to work Dec. 20 after reading a newspaper report about two women hoping to return a family Bible to its rightful owners.

Pakistanis report 3 dead in suspected U.S. strike

posted: 12/27/2009 2:50 a.m.

A suspected U.S. missile strike killed three people Saturday in a northwest Pakistani tribal region where militants focused on fighting the West in Afghanistan are concentrated, two Pakistani intelligence officials said.

NO. 2: 7-5 season mixes victories’ thrills, anguish of heart-breaking defeats

posted: 12/27/2009 2:50 a.m.

Arkansas Razorbacks football came off a one-year bowl hiatus raring to return to the postseason. Coach Bobby Petrino’s team came through with a 7-5 season and a Jan. 2 date with East Carolina at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis.

NO. 3: Disputes engulf high school sports

posted: 12/27/2009 2:49 a.m.

The long-running debate between public and private school athletics heated up again last spring, but in the end private schools remained in the game.

NO. 4: Rachel Alexandra ... the great

posted: 12/27/2009 2:49 a.m.

Asked to describe Rachel Alexandra’s distinctive white facial markings — a curved star and a separate triangular stripe — her former trainer, Hal Wiggins, said it appeared somebody had wiped their hand across the face of the 3-year-old bay filly.

Terror-trial venue is a case in itself

posted: 12/27/2009 2:49 a.m.

Since the government’s announcement that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed would be tried with others in Manhattan in connection with the 9/11 attacks, some lawyers and others have expressed skepticism that such a trial will ever be held in the city.

NO. 5: Hogs reach 12-1, plunge on, off court

posted: 12/27/2009 2:49 a.m.

Arkansas’ basketball team appeared to be on the verge of reclaiming a spot among the nation’s elite programs after starting last season 12-1.

Sewer Repair May Cause Traffic Delays

posted: 12/27/2009 2:49 a.m.

Rogers Water Utilities will replace a sewer line at the corner of Poplar and Eighth streets beginning Monday.

NO. 6: Martin hits 50, finds full-time fire

posted: 12/27/2009 2:48 a.m.

Apparently all Mark Martin needed was a little time off. Just a little.

School-grant clock outlay gauged

posted: 12/27/2009 2:48 a.m.

The Department of Education, preparing to dole out hundreds of millions of dollars to winning states in a $4 billion grant competition, has estimated how long it should take each state to prepare its grant proposal: 681 hours.

NO. 7: Hogs rebound on road to Omaha

posted: 12/27/2009 2:48 a.m.

Arkansas’ baseball season looked bleak after the Razorbacks lost eight consecutive conference games and stumbled to fourth place in the SEC West with a 14-15 record.

NO. 8: Cox calls it quits with Central reeling

posted: 12/27/2009 2:47 a.m.

A sensational start gave way to a somber ending for Little Rock Central football Coach Bernie Cox, who retired following the 2009 season with the Tigers mired in a 21-game losing streak.

Snow, ice, rain put a chill on post-Christmas travel

posted: 12/27/2009 2:47 a.m.

Drifting snow and cold rain that have plagued much of the country for days stranded drivers and airline passengers Saturday trying to get home after Christmas.

NO. 9: Difficult year for former champion

posted: 12/27/2009 2:47 a.m.

A year that started with a bang ended with a fizzle and a lot more questions than answers for Little Rock’s Jermain Taylor.

Benton County Obituaries

posted: 12/27/2009 2:47 a.m.

Benton County Obituaries

NO. 10: Fayetteville girls, boys perfect

posted: 12/27/2009 2:46 a.m.

Few schools in Arkansas can say it won boys and girls basketball state championships in the same season. Only Fayetteville can claim it had two teams that went through the same season with unblemished records.

Flight’s passengers describe chaos, fire

posted: 12/27/2009 2:46 a.m.

Passengers on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 knew something was very wrong when they saw flight attendants running for fire extinguishers.

NO. 11: For the record: Dyer totals 8,097 yards

posted: 12/27/2009 2:46 a.m.

See Michael run.

NO. 12: NFL teams take pass on Matt Jones

posted: 12/27/2009 2:45 a.m.

Four years after Matt Jones was a first-round NFL Draft pick, no team signed the former Arkansas star quarterback to play in 2009.

Discount scouters find sparse shelves

posted: 12/27/2009 2:45 a.m.

Shoppers headed to America’s malls Saturday, many with gift cards in hand, hoping to snag after-Christmas discounts. They were greeted with big markdowns — in some cases topping 75 percent off — but often found limited selection.

Days hollow, says missing mom’s dad

posted: 12/27/2009 2:44 a.m.

The parents of a missing Utah woman spent an unhappy Christmas together with her two young children, the woman’s father said Saturday.

The world in brief

posted: 12/27/2009 2:41 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I don’t know where my children have been buried, or my parents.They have never been found. I still can’t believe the tsunami destroyed my life and my family in just a few minutes.” Siti Amridar, a 48-year-old Indonesian woman, five years after a tsunami killed 230,000 people Article, this page

The nation in brief

posted: 12/27/2009 2:40 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is not going to go down as a Christmas for most people to really remember.” Marshal Cohen, a market research analyst, on retail sales this Christmas season Article, this page

Washington County Obituaries

posted: 12/27/2009 2:40 a.m.

Washington County Obituaries

TV news shows

posted: 12/27/2009 2:39 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: Fox News Sunday — Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich.; Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Arlen Specter, D-Pa., Richard Shelby, R-Ala., and Jim DeMint, R-S.C. 8 a.m., KFTA, Channel 24, Fort Smith/Fayetteville /Rogers.

Names and faces

posted: 12/27/2009 2:39 a.m.

Charlie Sheen spent the better part of Christmas Day in a Colorado jail cell afte r b e i n g arrested on d o m e s t i c violence allegations. He was taken into custody Friday morning by officers responding to a 911 call from a house in Aspen, about 200 miles west of Denver.

In the news

posted: 12/27/2009 2:38 a.m.

Evo Morales, the Bolivian president who has clashed with Washington over his efforts to allow some coca growing, said he wants to make it legal for his country’s farmers to grow small parcels of the plants, whose leaves are the key ingredient of cocaine.

Cops Target Drunken Drivers

posted: 12/27/2009 2:38 a.m.

Hitting the road after a couple of cocktails is a quick way to ruin the holiday season, police are warning drivers. Agencies around Northwest Arkansas are stepping up drunken driving enforcement over the Christmas and New Year’s season, looking to remove the inebriated from the driver’s seat and toss them in a jail cell.

Other days

posted: 12/27/2009 2:36 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 27, 1909 That the office of state superintendent of public instruction would be taken out of politics as far as possible, and to that end should be subject to the appointment of the governor, is the belief expressed by Prof. W.B. Torreyson, professor of secondary education in Arkansas.

Shoppers Brave Weather For Post-Christmas Sales

posted: 12/27/2009 2:35 a.m.

Marcia Graham couldn’t wait to get started. By 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Graham was already standing on the grounds of the Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall, anxiously looking forward to another day of shopping.

Coordinator To Develop Emergency Management Plan

posted: 12/27/2009 2:33 a.m.

The size of the community and the complexities of planning and executing emergency management activities prompted city officials to create an emergency management coordinator position.

Local Leaders On State Task Force To Study Racial Profiling

posted: 12/27/2009 2:31 a.m.

Two local community leaders have joined a 13-member state task force on racial profiling at Gov. Mike Beebe’s request, but neither said they know much about the issue in Northwest Arkansas.

After-Christmas Sales As Brisk As Weather

posted: 12/27/2009 2:29 a.m.

After-Christmas sales were enough to lure shoppers back into stores Saturday, giving retailers hope for a better than expected holiday shopping season.

Beauty, Surprises Emerge From Courthouse Renovation

posted: 12/27/2009 2:26 a.m.

Renovation is continuing on the Historic Washington County Courthouse, revealing long-hidden parts of its architecture and a mysterious collection of bottles.

Area lotteries

posted: 12/27/2009 2:11 a.m.

Numbers drawn Saturday: Missouri Lotto 2-22-29-31-34-37 Estimated jackpot: $1.2 million Oklahoma Lotto 9-12-16-19-38 Hot ball: 11 Estimated jackpot: $1.8 million Powerball 32-36-37-41-53 Powerball: 30 Estimated jackpot: $122 million Power Play: 3

Saturday, December 26

Northwest Personal Space

posted: 12/26/2009 7:52 p.m.

Jennifer Rokeby-Mayeux, founder of the Arkansas Visitation and Exchange Center, tells why she loves being at home with her family.

Overrun Florida village rounding up, transporting peacocks

posted: 12/26/2009 4:14 a.m.

Kip O’Neill is tired of peacocks.

Crash kills viewer of Nativity display

posted: 12/26/2009 4:11 a.m.

ASHTABULA, Ohio — A traffic accident sent a truck crashing into people observing a northeast Ohio church’s live outdoor Nativity scene, killing a man.

Gates pitches overhaul of nation-building

posted: 12/26/2009 4:09 a.m.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has proposed an overhaul of the way the Pentagon and State Department do nation-building, seeking to end friction between bureaucracies by putting them jointly in charge of three new funds aimed at stabilizing strife-ridden countries.

Oral-history studio allows Arkansans to record the past

posted: 12/26/2009 3:59 a.m.

Banker Harold Fincher believes it’s a rare person who learns from someone else’s life lessons, but that didn’t keep the Waldo resident from recording his memories of the Great Depression at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies’ new interview studio.

The state/region in brief

posted: 12/26/2009 3:58 a.m.

Judge denies bid by poultry firms TULSA — A federal judge has denied a request by several poultry companies to dismiss parts of claims made against them by the state of Oklahoma.

Northwest Arkansas deaths

posted: 12/26/2009 3:54 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes, at no charge, death notices of reasonable length for residents of Benton, Carroll, Washington and Madison counties submitted by funeral homes.

County’s ropes course turns motley crews into teammates

posted: 12/26/2009 3:52 a.m.

Travoll Payne, 16, knew he had leadership potential but hadn’t really put it to the test until he went through a ropes course run by Pulaski County Youth Services.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 12/26/2009 3:50 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It just makes Christmas Christmas.” Maria Lanning, referring to the snow at Wilson Park in Fayetteville, where she helped her little sister ski down a hill Friday Article, 1B

Fort Smith man killed in crash

posted: 12/26/2009 3:48 a.m.

William F. Holloway, 64, of Fort Smith, died Thursday when the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu he was driving south on U.S. 71 in Fort Smith crossed the center line and collided with a 2002 Ford Explorer.

ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR Faster times at 50

posted: 12/26/2009 3:47 a.m.

Batesville’s Mark Martin was on the verge of clinching a recordtying fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup runner-up finish in November when the subject was brought up.

Austin’s ascent thrills Cowboys

posted: 12/26/2009 3:43 a.m.

He has more touchdown receptions than Randy Moss and more yards than Larry Fitzgerald.

HOG CALLS Bryant beginning to show potential

posted: 12/26/2009 3:42 a.m.

With luckier circumstances at Purdue, Missouri State’s Cuonzo Martin would have been the winning head coach Tuesday night at Walton Arena.

Notes

posted: 12/26/2009 3:40 a.m.

Corner making music Darrelle Revis is hoping to produce a big hit someday.

Wade provides finishing touch

posted: 12/26/2009 3:36 a.m.

Playing with a “Ray Lewis-style ” defensive mentality is working well for the Miami Heat, but they still need that offensive burst once in a while.

FAITH MATTERS Day After Christmas Offers Rest

posted: 12/26/2009 3:29 a.m.

Only one day old, the baby lies sleeping, oblivious to the commotion that’s been going on around him. Angels, shepherds and wise men have glorified his birth. There are a lot of visitors gathering in the lowly barn where Jesus was born.

RELIGION NOTES

posted: 12/26/2009 3:29 a.m.

The Community Supper, “Feast of Grace,” at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Bentonville is on hiatus Dec. 30 but will resume Jan 6. A free will offering of $3 is appreciated. The food pantry is open from 2 to 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday, including this week.

Mentor Touches Young Lives

posted: 12/26/2009 3:29 a.m.

Ron Harris knows how seductive “the ways of the world” can be.

Gifts Of The Spirit

posted: 12/26/2009 3:29 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE Teacher. Prophet. Giver of hospitality. Artist.

UA Scout Team Stays Humble

posted: 12/26/2009 3:29 a.m.

Arkansas quarterback Brandon Mitchell said he remembers nothing but starring in a starting role.

LOTS OF UPS, ONE DOWN

posted: 12/26/2009 3:29 a.m.

ALLEGATIONS, SUSPENSIONS ROCK RAZORBACKS HOOPS Following a dismal 2-14 performance in the Southeastern Conference, it was hard to imagine 2009 could get any rockier for coach John Pelphrey and the Arkansas basketball program.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Relative’s Information Needed

posted: 12/26/2009 3:29 a.m.

I am hoping that one of your readers can help me with information about my father. His name was Lawrence Herman Lawson, born in 1923, and he was from Springdale. I did find someone by this name who died in 2001 and is buried in Burkshed Cemetery. I know his parents’ names were Herman and Maude. He was in Buhl, Idaho, in 1946 where he met and married my mother. They were divorced in 1947 shortly after I was born. Although I never knew him or had any contact with him, I find myself with a desperate need to learn anything about him. All of my family was from Northwest Arkansas originally and there are several family members living in the area from my mother’s side of the family. If anyone in your area knows anything at all, please contact me by e-mail : jbweighall543@aol.com.

COMMENTARY States Could Follow Nebraska

posted: 12/26/2009 3:29 a.m.

Republicans call it a “sleazy deal.” Seven state Republican attorneys general are talking about suing.

HOW WE SEE IT Justice Forgotten In Early Parole

posted: 12/26/2009 3:29 a.m.

The murders of four police officers in Washington state last month left our state’s justice system with a black eye, considering that the man who allegedly ambushed those officers had been granted parole from prison in Arkansas not once, but twice. Regardless of which individuals you choose to blame for allowing Maurice Clemmons to go free — and there is plenty of blame to go around, both here and in Washington state — it made Arkansas look bad Hard on the heels of that incident, the Arkansas Parole Board gave us another doozy of a decision.

Obituaries for Washington County

posted: 12/26/2009 3:26 a.m.

Washington County Obituaries and Death Notices for 12/26/2009

Obituaries for Benton County

posted: 12/26/2009 3:23 a.m.

Benton County Obituaries and Death Notices for 12/26/2009

Marine Stuns Insurgents In Field

posted: 12/26/2009 3:21 a.m.

Editor’s Note: This is the latest in a series that tells the stories of men and women in the armed forces who have been awarded for acts of bravery while serving their country.

A White, Slippery Christmas

posted: 12/26/2009 3:17 a.m.

Sliding in the snow proved a popular activity Friday for sledders and drivers alike.

Community Christmas Lunch Overcomes Weather

posted: 12/26/2009 3:14 a.m.

Even under some tough conditions, a large group of folks gathered at Central United Methodist Church on Christmas Day to prove it’s still better to give than to receive.

Kids For Health Moves Into National Arena

posted: 12/26/2009 3:12 a.m.

A health education program that started 15 years ago in Washington County schools is moving into a national arena to help children around the world learn healthy habits for life.

Mobile Meth Lab Found In Rogers

posted: 12/26/2009 3:10 a.m.

Thanks to the help of some observant Walmart employees, the Rogers Police Department was able to stop a mobile meth lab on Christmas Eve.

Records

posted: 12/26/2009 3:07 a.m.

12/26/2009

Police hunt 2 NLR killers

posted: 12/26/2009 1:37 a.m.

The Salvation Army major fatally shot in front of his children during an attempted robbery Christmas Eve had spent the past few years helping those in need in the North Little Rock neighborhood where he was killed, officials with the organization said Friday.

Pakistanis: 5 Americans likely to face terror counts

posted: 12/26/2009 1:30 a.m.

Pakistani authorities said Friday that they plan to recommend criminal charges against the five Northern Virginia men recently arrested in Pakistan, a development that could delay or prevent the men’s hand-over to the United States.

Police arrest driver after speedy chase

posted: 12/26/2009 1:29 a.m.

England police officer Rick Conyers was a little suspicious of the driver of the gold Ford Ranger pickup with Louisiana tags motoring through the city Christmas morning.

Taliban release 2nd video of GI captured months earlier

posted: 12/26/2009 1:27 a.m.

The Taliban released a video Friday of an American soldier captured in Afghanistan, showing him apparently healthy but spouting criticism about the U.S. military operation.

The world in brief

posted: 12/26/2009 1:23 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It seems that they intervened at the earliest possible moment in a situation in which ‘zero risk’ cannot be achieved.” The Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, after a woman rushed at the pontiff on Christmas Eve and managed to knock him down before being pulled away by guards Article, 1A

The nation in brief

posted: 12/26/2009 1:23 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Everybody wanted a white Christmas — and they got it.” Deputy Jesse Swenson of central Iowa’s Guthrie County Article, 1A

Names and faces

posted: 12/26/2009 1:23 a.m.

A couple who said they were assaulted by Gene Simmons sued the KISS bassist for unspecified damages Thursday, court records show.

Other days

posted: 12/26/2009 1:22 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 26, 1909 The committee appointed at the recent meeting of the State Charity Board to prepare a plan for the segregation and proper housing and caring for the tuberculosis patients in the State Hospital for Nervous Diseases will submit its report at the next meeting of the board.

Man faces prison term decades after conviction

posted: 12/26/2009 1:20 a.m.

Chris Zulpo almost got away.

Flier tackled; he was bomber, officials say

posted: 12/26/2009 1:19 a.m.

A Nigerian man who said he was an agent for al-Qaida tried to blow up a Northwest Airlines plane Friday as it was preparing to land in Detroit, but travelers who smelled smoke and heard what sounded like firecrackers rushed to subdue him, the passengers and federal officials said.

Vatican to review security after breach

posted: 12/26/2009 1:18 a.m.

The Vatican will review security procedures after a woman jumped a barrier and rushed at Pope Benedict XVI for the second Christmas in a row, this time managing to knock him down before guards pulled her away, the Vatican spokesman said Friday.

Storm buries middle of U.S.

posted: 12/26/2009 1:18 a.m.

A fierce Christmas storm dumped more snow and ice across the nation’s midsection Friday after stranding travelers as highways and airports closed and leaving many to celebrate the day just where they were.

Franklin force for UA defense

posted: 12/26/2009 1:17 a.m.

Jerry Franklin’s value to the Arkansas defense was most vividly portrayed by the low point of his college career.

In the news

posted: 12/26/2009 1:15 a.m.

Gen. Raymond Odierno, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, has drafted a broad new policy that consolidates several general orders from U.S. commanders across Iraq and rescinds an order by Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo that would permit the punishment of soldiers who become pregnant and their sexual partners.

NBA: Cleveland hands LA difficult loss

posted: 12/26/2009 1:15 a.m.

After the Cleveland Cavaliers made the defending NBA champions look ordinary, the Los Angeles Lakers’ fans threw up their foam hands in frustration.

NBA Celtics’ pressure pivotal in victory

posted: 12/26/2009 1:14 a.m.

The Boston Celtics left the floor with the smallest of grins, hands raised in triumph, leaving the Orlando Magic’s fans listening to a somber song by Elvis.

Ask the expert

posted: 12/26/2009 1:13 a.m.

I would love to install pegboard on a wall to store tools so that they’re quick to find and easy to grab. But the wall is concrete. So is it possible ?

Off the wire

posted: 12/26/2009 1:12 a.m.

BOXING Pacquiao to file suit Manny Pacquiao said he is planning to file a defamation lawsuit against Floyd Mayweather Jr., the fighter’s father, and Golden Boy Promotions.

Second thoughts

posted: 12/26/2009 1:11 a.m.

Christmas presence not wanted Stan Van Gundy has a request for the NBA: no more Christmas games.

In the garden

posted: 12/26/2009 1:10 a.m.

Q:Could you please let me know the easiest way to winter blackberry plants that are in pots? They were dug up in early November. I just need to know the best way to keep them over the winter.

Getting comforter-able

posted: 12/26/2009 1:09 a.m.

It’s an item so aptly named. Big, thick, sometimes weighty, the bed comforter — described as a type of blanket, a quilted bedcover, two sewn-together layers of cloth stuffed with filling to keep the sleeper warm — is so much more than the sum of its various definitions.

Down or decorative?

posted: 12/26/2009 1:07 a.m.

DOWN Cost: Yes, a good down comforter can be expensive. But, whereas a typical decorative comforter lasts five to seven years, a down comforter can last a lifetime, says Karyn Maynard of Bed Bath & Beyond.

Personal space

posted: 12/26/2009 1:05 a.m.

Jennifer Erxleben Rogers Where I live: I live in Hillcrest near Knoop Park and I have three children, Paul, 16, Jack, 14, and Hank, 12, plus a rescue cat named Leroi.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 12/26/2009 1:04 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Why did King Herod try to kill Jesus shortly after His birth? After all, what difference could a tiny baby have made to someone as powerful as he was? — G.P.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT Ferocious lake attack probably wasn’t piranha

posted: 12/26/2009 1:03 a.m.

Otus note: I’m off renewing my Head Cat vows. Here’s one of my classic columns. It ran Feb. 3, 1996, and caused quite the stir.

Kirkus Reviews R.I.P.

posted: 12/26/2009 1:02 a.m.

When news came last week about the closure of Kirkus Reviews, the 76-year old book-reviewing publication that catered mostly to booksellers and librarians, a lot of people were pretty mean about it.

Grafting fruit trees bears a big harvest

posted: 12/26/2009 1:02 a.m.

If your dreams of having a huge orchard with a variety of fruit trees is cramped by the realities of your tiny gardening space, then grafting may be the answer.

Fasten your seat belts

posted: 12/26/2009 1:01 a.m.

WINSTON CHURCHILL was talking about Russia when he spoke of “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma,” but he could have been describing the 2,000-page heath-care bill now on its way out of the U.S. Senate and into law—

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/26/2009 1 a.m.

Happy birthday. Stay on the brighter side of life, and continue to get happier through the year. A friend helps sort out a new career direction. A fresh income source opens in March. Family ties connect you to good fortune in April. June features a loving promise. Aries and Pisces people adore you.

The incurable epidemic

posted: 12/26/2009 1 a.m.

For nearly 30 years scientists have been trying to break the back of the AIDS epidemic. Two recent studies show just how difficult and how distant that goal is.

Traveling for bowl strange to Trojans

posted: 12/26/2009 1 a.m.

This was the year Southern California actually wanted to stay home for a bowl game.

OTHERS SAY: Russia’s nightmare lingers

posted: 12/26/2009 1 a.m.

An individual’s nightmares normally end on waking. A nation’s nightmare can linger for years. Witness the sad spectacle of Communist Party members bringing flowers to Joseph Stalin’s grave in Moscow’s Red Square to commemorate the dictator’s 130th birthday on Monday.

CLICK & CLACK’S CAR TALK

posted: 12/26/2009 12:59 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: I have often wondered, when I see a street scene in Havana, how they’ve managed to keep those ’50s vintage cars operating all these years. Of course, we are conditioned to replace a car because of a full ashtray or if a bird defecates on the hood.

LETTERS

posted: 12/26/2009 12:59 a.m.

These investments pay off During the holidays, I am especially aware of the value of non-profits. Every day brings appeals from various charities emphasizing the needs of the poor.

The Prince of Gilbert

posted: 12/26/2009 12:58 a.m.

Jack Eldon Baker departed his troubled world in April 2002.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 12/26/2009 12:58 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: When we adopted our two cats, their meowing gave me a headache, so I named them Advil (Addy) and Motrin (Mo)! — Karen S., Colorado Springs, Colo.

THURSDAY’S HAWAII BOWL: Padron, Mustangs complete revival

posted: 12/26/2009 12:58 a.m.

Kyle Padron wasn’t even born when the NCAA imposed the death penalty on SMU’s football program. But the 18-year-old was there when the Mustangs came back to life.

Spring training

posted: 12/26/2009 12:57 a.m.

Steve Arrison, executive director of the Hot Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, is at it again.

Tools & toys

posted: 12/26/2009 12:57 a.m.

Vornado VH101 Personal Heater What’s to love: Solves the too-coldtoo-hot problem.

Bowden’s old FSU players get tickets

posted: 12/26/2009 12:56 a.m.

Gator Bowl officials are making sure Bobby Bowden’s former Florida State players have the chance to see his final game.

Nevada LB arrested for shoplifting

posted: 12/26/2009 12:56 a.m.

A Nevada linebacker who did not play in the Hawaii Bowl after he was dismissed by the team had been arrested days earlier on suspicion of shoplifting.

Energy efficient? Prove that claim

posted: 12/26/2009 12:55 a.m.

Those yellow labels on appliances that declare how much power they’ll use and show you how much you’ll save because of their energy efficiency?

Check your knowledge

posted: 12/26/2009 12:54 a.m.

1.What was the name of the 700-foot-high tower that was a symbol of the New York’s World Fair of 1939-40 ? 2. The actress who played a role in The Babe Ruth Story won an Academy Award for her supporting role in Key Largo. Identify her. 3. Name Donald Duck’s three nephews and Donald’s girlfriend.

Keep it clean

posted: 12/26/2009 12:51 a.m.

Mohawk wood flooring with Scotchgard protection What is it? It’s wood flooring with a topcoat that incorporates a newly developed proprietary chemical called Scotchgard Protector Advanced Repel Technology.

Comforter in mind? Here are some tips

posted: 12/26/2009 12:49 a.m.

Dreaming of a highquality down comforter? Look for one with a higher “fill power” (a standard measure of its fluffiness). White goose down is the best filler.

Evergreens make fine home for fish

posted: 12/26/2009 12:43 a.m.

For Jason Piper, the Christmas trees with the most exciting gifts under their branches are submerged in a lake rather than resting on a living room floor.

Snow brings both joy, danger

posted: 12/26/2009 12:43 a.m.

Residents of Northwest Arkansas awoke Friday to the first white Christmas in 26 years and the accompanying slippery roads and frigid winds.

Families greet airmen on Christmas return

posted: 12/26/2009 12:43 a.m.

Capt. Barry Weaver has diaper duty to catch up on, and he’s happy to give his wife, Tara, a break.

Iraq roadside blast kills 6 Shiite pilgrims

posted: 12/26/2009 12:43 a.m.

A roadside bomb killed six Shiite Muslim pilgrims Friday during a procession, the latest violence targeting the sect during observances of a religious holiday, officials said.

Cleric tied to Fort Hood suspect missed in strike

posted: 12/26/2009 12:43 a.m.

A U.S.-born radical cleric is alive and well after reports he may have been killed in a Yemeni airstrike against suspected al-Qaida hideouts, friends and relatives said Friday.

ANALYSIS Bills show little aid for already-insured

posted: 12/26/2009 12:43 a.m.

Now that the Senate has caught up with the House by passing a health-care bill, lawmakers are on the verge of extending coverage to the tens of millions of Americans who have no health insurance.

Rio Grande separates safe, murderous cities

posted: 12/26/2009 12:43 a.m.

El Paso and its neighbor across the Rio Grande, Ciudad Juarez, are like reverse photographic images of each other.

Friday, December 25

Soldiers Take Over Backups After Bomb

posted: 12/25/2009 5:50 a.m.

Editor’s Note: This is the latest in a series that tells the stories of men and women in the armed forces who have been awarded for acts of bravery while serving their country.

Spence Selected As Firefighter Of Year

posted: 12/25/2009 5:47 a.m.

The city has named Ezekiel “Zeke” Spence as its 2009 Firefighter of the Year, it was announced Wednesday

Kiwanis Brings In Christmas With Food Giveaway

posted: 12/25/2009 5:45 a.m.

Early Thursday, Guy Wilkerson was surrounded by hundreds of boxes filled with food that may provide a meal for a family on Christmas Day.

Homeless Population Grows At Rogers Schools

posted: 12/25/2009 5:45 a.m.

The Rogers School District has faced an increase in homeless students this year, and the district’s director of counseling expects the number to keep increasing.

Aldermen To Weigh Oakbrooke Plan

posted: 12/25/2009 5:43 a.m.

It’s not just the big stuff such as water lines and street construction the City Council has to think about when it approves construction of a subdivision.

Artist Undeterred By Fire

posted: 12/25/2009 5:43 a.m.

In the middle of the woods, where only the distant whistle of the train and the rhythmic tapping of the woodpecker can be heard, a man made his living doing what he loves — until Dec. 15.

Rogers Boy Struck By Car

posted: 12/25/2009 5:40 a.m.

A 7-year-old Rogers boy escaped serious injury after he ran into the path of a car Wednesday afternoon.

Economy Hits Homeless

posted: 12/25/2009 5:38 a.m.

When Sherry Rodriguez talks about job creation, she’s not particular about the type of work.

Physicians Watching Health Care Bill Closely

posted: 12/25/2009 5:36 a.m.

Local health care professionals and observers took a wait and see approach Thursday to the Christmas Eve passage of a landmark health care bill, noting the Senate and House versions still must be reconciled.

Records

posted: 12/25/2009 5:34 a.m.

12/25/2009

Treasure Cave Decorated For Season

posted: 12/25/2009 5:34 a.m.

Twinkling lights, snowmen, reindeer and a Christmas tree will light up the normally dark Old Spanish Treasure Cave for a special holiday celebration.

State Police Seek New Plan

posted: 12/25/2009 5:31 a.m.

Arkansas State Police will go back to the drawing board once again, seeking a new plan to consolidate Troop L operations in Northwest Arkansas.

American Mortgage And Title Sued

posted: 12/25/2009 5:30 a.m.

Local mortgage principal Billy Craig Underwood of Rogers faces both civil allegations and federal criminal charges involving financial misconduct affecting nine local families.

Obituaries for Benton County

posted: 12/25/2009 5:28 a.m.

Benton County Obituaries for 12/25/2009

Obituaries for Washington County

posted: 12/25/2009 5:24 a.m.

Washington County Obituaries and Death Notices for 12/25/2009

Class ring discovered years later, miles away

posted: 12/25/2009 5:22 a.m.

After nearly 40 years of asking, Helen Ball finally got her wish.

Bill good for state, say Pryor, Lincoln

posted: 12/25/2009 5:20 a.m.

The health-care bill passed Thursday by the Senate may not contain piles of extra cash for Arkansas, but Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor said people statewide will benefit from policies such as expanded access to health care, tax credits for small businesses, and long-term reduction of deficits.

Pope knocked down, woman held

posted: 12/25/2009 5:16 a.m.

Pope Benedict XVI’s Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica got off to a tumultuous start Thursday after a woman called ‘unstable’ by authorities jumped the barriers and knocked him down as he headed to the altar.

Recovery still slow in hurricanes’ aftermath

posted: 12/25/2009 5:13 a.m.

Nearly 1,600 families in Louisiana and Mississippi remain in government-supplied trailers and mobile homes more than four years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Senators confirm Obama selections

posted: 12/25/2009 5:09 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Miriam Sapiro as deputy trade representative on Thursday in one of its final acts before adjourning for the year. Senators also approved the U.S. foreign-aid chief and highway safety administrator.

9/11 group preparing for court appearance

posted: 12/25/2009 5:08 a.m.

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four co-defendants accused of organizing the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks are meeting to plot legal strategy in advance of their transfer to New York and are learning as much as possible about criminal procedure in U.S. federal court, according to sources familiar with the detainees’ deliberations.

Father and son, 9, reunited in Brazil

posted: 12/25/2009 5:07 a.m.

A 9-year-old boy at the center of a five-year custody battle on two continents was finally turned over to his American father Thursday, with the youngster forced to squeeze though a jostling crowd of reporters and photographers.

5 killed in bomb attack

posted: 12/25/2009 5:04 a.m.

A suicide bomber struck a neighborhood home to government buildings and a church in Pakistan’s main northwest city Thursday, killing five people.

Government anger factor in standoff

posted: 12/25/2009 5:01 a.m.

WYTHEVILLE, Va. — A man accused of taking three people captive in a Virginia post office told them he was angry at the federal government because his son had died in Afghanistan and his beloved truck was about to repossessed, one of the captives said Thursday.

Bombs target pilgrims, kill 27

posted: 12/25/2009 5 a.m.

Bombs hit Shiite pilgrims and others in Baghdad and in a central Iraqi city Thursday, killing at least 27 people and wounding scores more, in the latest attacks in the lead-up to Ashoura, the sect’s most solemn annual rite.

Bowl Appearance Means Gifts For Players

posted: 12/25/2009 4:53 a.m.

Arkansas running backs coach Tim Horton will never forget one item at the bottom of his goodie bag during the 1987 Liberty Bowl.

COACHES, TEAMMATES LEARN TO MOVE FORWARD

posted: 12/25/2009 4:53 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — Bryan Ross, still stunned by the news he received only a few minutes earlier, was at a loss for words. So he sat and prayed.

GRAVETTE FAMILY COPES WITH SON’S DEATH

posted: 12/25/2009 4:53 a.m.

Sometimes, while driving around town, Lori Russell will pass a car with No. 56 painted on its rear window in shoe polish. Then, there was the day when her youngest daughter, Lana, was in the car and noticed the thermostat indicated it was 56 degrees outside. Almost immediately — as if someone was trying to cover up a secret that had been discovered — the temperature changed. Over the past three months, Blaine Russell and his wife have seen their son’s former Gravette jersey number in odd places — parking lots, football fields and on collection jars at the grocery store.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Government’s Failures Are Scary

posted: 12/25/2009 4:53 a.m.

What happened to the party of “We the people” ? Are our elected officials not in Washington for “We the people” ? Have you noticed that Washington has become even more a bunch of liars and scammers? Does that not bother “We the people” ? And they want to run my health care. I think not.

A Few Christmas Wishes

posted: 12/25/2009 4:53 a.m.

On this Christmas Day, when we sing of peace on Earth and good will toward men, here are some holiday wishes for Northwest Arkansas.

HOW WE SEE IT Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus

posted: 12/25/2009 4:53 a.m.

Francis P. Church’s editorial, “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” first appeared in the New York Sun on Sept. 21, 1897. It was an immediate sensation, and went on to became one of the most famous editorials ever written. It was reprinted annually in The Sun until the paper went out of business in 1949. Since then it has continued to appear in other newspapers and we offer it here in celebration of the Christmas spirit. We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun: Dear Editor — I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

EUREKA SPRINGS Technology lets baby Jesus rest safely in manger

posted: 12/25/2009 4:45 a.m.

It took an automated alarm and 24-hour video surveillance to keep Eureka Springs’ little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay and out of the hands of a thief.

Group cites family in backing immigration bill

posted: 12/25/2009 4:41 a.m.

Pastor Eddie Cantu has seen the faces of immigrant Arkansans who maintain long-distance relationships with their loved ones.

Region braces for icy blast

posted: 12/25/2009 4:40 a.m.

Making it home for Christmas was a fading dream Thursday for some Northwest Arkansas residents whose flights were canceled because of a slowmoving storm that dumped snow, sleet and heavy rain across the central part of the country.

Midwest storm shuts roads, churches

posted: 12/25/2009 1:20 a.m.

A blustery storm spread snow and ice across the heartland Thursday as Americans rushed to get home for Christmas, grounding flights, stranding drivers on highways and forcing churches to cancel Christmas Eve services.

Senate passes bill on health

posted: 12/25/2009 1:19 a.m.

In a Christmas Eve session, the Senate approved a healthcare bill Thursday on a 60-39 party-line vote that moves the nation closer to what President Barack Obama called “real, meaningful health-insurance reform.”

Cleric of U.S. suspect target in raid

posted: 12/25/2009 1:18 a.m.

Yemeni forces, backed by the United States, launched an attack Thursday on a Yemeni-American preacher who is linked to the man held in last month’s attack at the Fort Hood, Texas, Army base, U.S. and Yemeni officials said.

Jobless claims beat forecast

posted: 12/25/2009 1:16 a.m.

A fitful economic recovery is drawing strength from a stabilizing job market and signs that manufacturing will contribute to the rebound.

Jackson Hewitt shares drop 23%

posted: 12/25/2009 1:10 a.m.

Shares of Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. fell 23 percent Thursday, the worst on the New York Stock Exchange, after its bank partner cut off funds for tax-refund loans.

Energy futures on rise, but pump prices stable

posted: 12/25/2009 1:03 a.m.

Energy prices are ending the year on an upswing with large storms, falling supplies, a weak dollar and a slightly better employment picture sending futures higher.

In the news

posted: 12/25/2009 1:03 a.m.

Louie Saunders arrived home after a trip to find all his belongings wrapped as Christmas gifts and spread around his Chicago apartment, a prank by his friends that required 16 people, 35 rolls of wrapping paper, eight hours and a spare key.

The world in brief

posted: 12/25/2009 1:03 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY It’s a miracle being here on Christmas Eve. It’s a lifetime opportunity. I wish everybody could be here.” Jeffrey Lynch, 36, a sanitation worker from New York City, visiting Bethlehem Article, 2A

Names and faces

posted: 12/25/2009 1:02 a.m.

Grammy-winner Jose Feliciano has gotten an apology after accusing a pair of radio producers of trashing the spirit of Christmas by using his song, “Feliz Navidad,” for a musical spoof about illegal aliens.

The nation in brief

posted: 12/25/2009 1:02 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I would not support raising the debt ceiling because Congress has not adopted a credible process to restrain spending and eliminate red ink.” Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana, the only Democrat not to back raising the ceiling on government debt Article,this page

Yuletide rains leave state awash

posted: 12/25/2009 1:02 a.m.

Relentless, record-setting rain flooded homes and countless roads in Arkansas and shut down part of Interstate 30 on Christmas Eve, stranding holiday travelers.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks end short session on high

posted: 12/25/2009 1 a.m.

Stocks ended a Christmas Eve-shortened session Thursday at new highs for the year after upbeat reports on unemployment and durable-goods orders.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 12/25/2009 12:58 a.m.

Roll-over case lawyer drops Toyota lawsuit In a victory for Toyota Motor Corp., an attorney has dropped a lawsuit seeking to reopen 17 rollover cases against the automaker based on claims by a former Toyota attorney that the company had hidden key evidence.

Business news in brief

posted: 12/25/2009 12:54 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Given the environment, the firm does not believe it’s appropriate to host or sponsor holiday parties.” Gia Moron, a Goldman Sachs spokesman Article, 1D

Other days

posted: 12/25/2009 12:48 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 25, 1909 As far as the Little Rock post office and the express companies doing business here are concerned, the Christmas rush has been the largest in the history of the city.

Christmas closings

posted: 12/25/2009 12:47 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules may be affected by the Christmas holiday today.

Movie Review: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

posted: 12/25/2009 12:43 a.m.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel is a kids comedy that screams “Direct to DVD.” It doesn’t help that it screams that in high, squeaky, three-part harmony.

The Christmas Story

posted: 12/25/2009 12:43 a.m.

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

A CHRISTMAS EDITORIAL: We wish you . . .

posted: 12/25/2009 12:42 a.m.

WE WISH YOU an Arkansas Christmas : A bright Christmas morning that wakes you at once. A cold Christmas night that lets you see your breath. The sun coming up over the open fields, the gentle mists that hide city towers.

Yes,Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

posted: 12/25/2009 12:38 a.m.

The following editorial, among the most famous ever written, appeared in the New York Sun in 1897: We take pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of the Sun.

One Solitary Life

posted: 12/25/2009 12:36 a.m.

He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.

Movie Review: It’s Complicated

posted: 12/25/2009 12:31 a.m.

Somebody must have told Meryl Streep that she has a charming chortle. She uses it, instead of her superb acting abilities, to get by in It’s Complicated, a romantic comedy that, despite its bright premise and superlative cast, isn’t as smart as it should be.

LETTERS

posted: 12/25/2009 12:31 a.m.

Real meaning of Christmas In December 1954, I was ending my sophomore year at Arkansas State University at Jonesboro. I worked in the campus cafeteria. This family of workers drew names for the gift exchange ; limit, $3.

‘Wonderful Life’ maxims

posted: 12/25/2009 12:31 a.m.

The snowy lawns and eves gave my sister’s neighborhood in Michigan a distinct Bedford Falls effect as I watched Frank Capra’s classic masterpiece.

Movie Review: Sherlock Holmes

posted: 12/25/2009 12:31 a.m.

Dr. Watson and the lads from Scotland Yard load their pistols en route to a raid. Our hero, who has gotten there well ahead of them thanks to his park our (climbing/clambering) skills, kicks the door down, Dirty Harry style.

A Christmas fancy

posted: 12/25/2009 12:30 a.m.

Christmas is what you make it. Getting all bent out of shape about what else it is or isn’t rather misses the point, doesn’t it?

Movie Review: Nine

posted: 12/25/2009 12:29 a.m.

No doubt there is an audience for Nine, a movie with a premise that sounds like a half-baked Saturday Night Live skit. Some people are starved for musicals and likely to embrace this poor clumsy tone-deaf show as this year’s razzle-dazzle bid for Oscar glory. If you loved Chicago and Showgirls, you’ll probably like Nine.

Arkansas Football Progress Report: Next stop, BCS?

posted: 12/25/2009 12:28 a.m.

A sterling 2010 Christmas gift from Arkansas football to its fans would be a Bowl Championship Series game or other toptier bowl following a battle for the SEC championship.

Movie Review: Up in the air

posted: 12/25/2009 12:23 a.m.

Gently devastating, Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air is a movie of great grace and modest aspirations that plays as dry comedy but resounds with tragic gravity.

LIKE IT IS: Sending holiday cheer to those near, dear

posted: 12/25/2009 12:23 a.m.

Here it is Christmas Day, and my shopping is still not finished; so with a wink of the eye and a ho-ho-ho, here we go: For Bobby Petrino, the man with the plan, a 42-27 victory in the Liberty Bowl and a good, if not great, recruiting class. In two seasons at Arkansas he has put the ship back on course and headed for the BCS.

Roberts: New hire innovates

posted: 12/25/2009 12:21 a.m.

Arkansas State Coach Steve Roberts didn’t have to look too far to find his new offensive coordinator.

Box office

posted: 12/25/2009 12:20 a.m.

Snow on the East Coast put a dent in the domestic opening of Avatar but wasn’t enough to keep the hugely expensive movie from the global launch it needed.

Off the wire

posted: 12/25/2009 12:18 a.m.

BOXING Pacquiao-Mayweather ‘over’ Promoter Bob Arum declared the megafight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. dead Thursday, though efforts continued to find a compromise to a dispute over blood testing. “It’s over,” Arum said. “O-v-e-r.”

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 12/25/2009 12:18 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Why was Jesus born in such humble circumstances ? Wouldn’t people have been more likely to listen to Him if He’d been born in a palace instead of a stable? — H.T. DEAR H.T.: Let me ask you a question: If Jesus had been born in a palace, would you feel like He could really understand the struggles and heartaches of ordinary people like you and me? I doubt it.

Film clips

posted: 12/25/2009 12:17 a.m.

At area theaters 68 ARMORED, PG-13 A crew of officers at an armored transport security firm risk their lives when they embark on the ultimate heist — against their own company. With Matt Dillon, Jean Reno, Laurence Fishburne, Skeet Ulrich ; directed by Nimrod Antal.

Screen gems

posted: 12/25/2009 12:15 a.m.

Bonjour, French cinema! A partnership between Ozark Foothills FilmFest President Bob Pest and Dominique Philippe Chastres, the French cultural attache in Houston, will help bring a soupcon of French culture to Arkansas.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/25/2009 12:14 a.m.

Happy birthday. You have a talent with words, and you’ll choose the specific ones that open doors, create loving bonds and encourage lucrative business. January ends a pesky problem for good. March features a family responsibility.

Second thoughts

posted: 12/25/2009 12:14 a.m.

Machine drew fans to Michael Before SportsCenter made its mark on a national audience, there was The George Michael Sports Machine.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 12/25/2009 12:13 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: My car was splattered with yucky oil when I had to pass a highway department truck. The oil was thick and very sticky.

Home movies

posted: 12/25/2009 12:10 a.m.

Recent DVD releases: It Might Get Loud (PG-13, 98 minutes) Director Davis Guggenheim’s excellent if superficial documentary is an act of religious devotion.

NFL notes

posted: 12/25/2009 12:10 a.m.

PANTHERS Delhomme on IR The Carolina Panthers placed quarterback Jake Delhomme on injured reserve Thursday with a broken finger on his throwing hand, ending his worst season as a pro and raising questions about his future with the franchise.

Dallas’ Romo passing on mistakes

posted: 12/25/2009 12:09 a.m.

Tony Romo is putting up big numbers again, closing in on 4,000 yards passing while averaging more yards per attempt than Peyton Manning.

Check your knowledge

posted: 12/25/2009 12:09 a.m.

1. In the nursery rhyme “Three Blind Mice,” what does the farmer’s wife do to the mice? 2. On radio, what was the first name of the man known as The Great Gildersleeve, on the show of that name? 3. Name the actress in the movies Can-Can, Two for the Seesaw and The Yellow Rolls-Royce. 4. A U.S. president must be at least what age?

Matchup all about Bryant vs. James

posted: 12/25/2009 12:09 a.m.

Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher scarcely remember how to celebrate Christmas without a high-profile game smack in the middle of their holiday season.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Hogs signee Waithe raising game

posted: 12/25/2009 12:04 a.m.

Arkansas basketball signee Marvell Waithe had an outstanding freshman season at Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College last year, averaging 18.9 points and 9 rebounds and being named first-team All-Panhandle Conference.

SMU’s recovery took 20 years

posted: 12/25/2009 12:03 a.m.

Southern Methodist University had the best football team money could buy when I was an undergraduate there in the early 1980s. We knew it from the sports cars parked outside the practice field and from the conversations during happy hour at the bars along nearby Greenville Avenue in Dallas.

Thursday, December 24

Senate raises ceiling on national debt limit

posted: 12/24/2009 11:29 p.m.

The Senate voted Thursday to raise the ceiling on the government debt to $12.4 trillion, an increase over the current limit and a political problem that President Barack Obama has promised to address next year.

TOP 25 WOMEN Huskies’ win streak reaches 49

posted: 12/24/2009 11:07 a.m.

Maya Moore scored 23 points and Tina Charles added 20 to help topranked Connecticut win its 49th consecutive game, an 80-68 victory over No. 2 Stanford on Wednesday night in front of a sellout crowd of 16,294.

Witnesses include diverse mix of cultures

posted: 12/24/2009 11:07 a.m.

When Dirk and Victoria Clark moved from Los Angeles to Arkansas after retirement, their friends teased them about the culture shock awaiting in the Ozarks. The Clarks, longtime Jehovah’s Witnesses, weren’t concerned. They had family waiting for them — fellow Witnesses at the local Kingdom Hall.

Two banks repay U.S. bailout cash

posted: 12/24/2009 11:05 a.m.

Wells Fargo & Co. said it repaid $25 billion that the bank got from the Troubled Asset Relief Program in the midst of the financial crisis last year, freeing it from government restrictions on compensation.

Trucker, allies sell freight broker

posted: 12/24/2009 11:05 a.m.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. and several partners have sold a Frisco, Texas-based freight brokerage business to CI Capital Partners LLC of New York.

Judge refuses to bar ex-Verizon exec’s work for rival

posted: 12/24/2009 11:04 a.m.

A federal judge on Wednesday rejected an attempt by Verizon Wireless to keep one of its former executives from working for a startup competitor.

BlackBerrys fail second time in week

posted: 12/24/2009 11:04 a.m.

The second BlackBerry failure in less than a week disrupted service Wednesday for millions of users on two continents.

Kingdom work

posted: 12/24/2009 11:04 a.m.

An inside look Basic beliefs and key differences with other Christians No Triune God — Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in the Trinity. They see God, whom they call Jehovah, as the one true God.

COMMENTARY Coaches dilemma: What’s too much

posted: 12/24/2009 10:53 a.m.

Football, by design, ranks among the most intensely physical of sports, and as such, its coaches typically are required to be unyielding in their management approach — tough love to build tough players.

Greers Ferry mayor resigns after guilty plea

posted: 12/24/2009 10:50 a.m.

The mayor of Greers Ferry has resigned after pleading guilty to charges of taking money meant of tornado victims.

Lincoln, Pryor join in passing health care measure

posted: 12/24/2009 10:41 a.m.

Arkansas Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor joined fellow Democrats as the U.S. Senate passed a landmark health care bill.

The weather out West is frightful

posted: 12/24/2009 5:37 a.m.

Christmas travelers battled slick, icy roads and flight cancellations and delays Wednesday as a winter storm spread across much of the nation’s midsection — and the worst of the weather is still expected to come.

Service for cleric sparks Iran crackdown

posted: 12/24/2009 5:36 a.m.

Security forces and hard-line militiamen assaulted opposition protesters, beating men and women and firing tear gas, as thousands gathered in a central Iranian city for a memorial commemorating the country’s most senior dissident cleric, who died this week.

Good cyber-help hard to find, keep, U.S. says

posted: 12/24/2009 5:35 a.m.

The federal government is struggling to fill a growing demand for skilled computer security workers, from technicians to policymakers, at a time when network attacks are rising in frequency and sophistication.

FORT SMITH: City hoping decoys get the drop on geese

posted: 12/24/2009 5:31 a.m.

The city of Fort Smith has employed coyote decoys used by hunters to lure in game in an effort to drive Canada geese from a city park.

Jacksonville 3 ask court to expedite separate school district’s birth

posted: 12/24/2009 5:30 a.m.

Jacksonville residents used poetry in asking a federal judge to establish a process for creating a separate Jacksonville school district should the North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts be declared desegregated.

Valley Forge plan to cull deer delayed

posted: 12/24/2009 5:26 a.m.

The National Park Service has called off its plan to deploy silencer-equipped sharpshooters this winter to cull the nearly 1,300 deer overtaking Valley Forge.

Surrender finishes Virginia standoff

posted: 12/24/2009 5:25 a.m.

An 8-hour-long standoff at a smalltown Virginia post office ended peacefully with three hostages being released and a suspect who came out of the building in a wheelchair in custody, police said late Wednesday.

Squad disarms pipe bomb found in Gibson mailbox

posted: 12/24/2009 5:23 a.m.

A bomb squad disabled a bomb loaded with pyrotechnic pellets from fireworks after a North Little Rock woman discovered it in her mailbox Tuesday afternoon, the Pulaski County sheriff’s office said.

Vatican defends step for Pius XII

posted: 12/24/2009 5:17 a.m.

The Vatican sought Wednesday to quell its latest public dispute with Jewish groups, saying the pope’s decision to move Pope Pius XII closer to sainthood isn’t an act of hostility against those who say he failed to sufficiently denounce the Holocaust.

Anomaly interrupts arms incineration

posted: 12/24/2009 5:13 a.m.

Work was briefly suspended at the Army’s chemical weapons incinerator in east Alabama because of a problem during the destruction of a mortar shell filled with mustard gas.

In the news

posted: 12/24/2009 5:12 a.m.

Diane Lyons said she doesn’t think she “went too far” when she asked that Carrollton, Ohio, police be called after she caught her 6-year-old daughter shoplifting a package of temporary-tattoo stickers

Northwest Arkansas deaths

posted: 12/24/2009 5:11 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes, at no charge, death notices of reasonable length for residents of Benton, Carroll, Washington and Madison counties submitted by funeral homes.

Greers Ferry mayor resigns after guilty plea in theft, forgery

posted: 12/24/2009 5:08 a.m.

Michelle Davis has resigned as the mayor of Greers Ferry after pleading guilty to taking money intended for victims of a May 2008 tornado in the Cleburne County town, officials said Wednesday.

Names and faces

posted: 12/24/2009 5:05 a.m.

Simon Cowell is leaving American Idol after the coming season, according to his brother. Tony Cowell said in his weekly podcast, “The Cowell Factor,” that a statement was being prepared that would certify that the acerbic British Idol judge was leaving the popular Fox singing competition at the end of 2010.

The nation in brief

posted: 12/24/2009 5:05 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’m very, very sorry.And I want to apologize to all the rescue workers out there, and the people that got involved in the community.” Richard Heene, sentenced to jail in the balloon boy hoax Article, 3A

The world in brief

posted: 12/24/2009 5:04 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I just wanted to get the hell out of there, as far as I could, because I could smell the fumes, and I knew that if it blew, it could be a pretty big fireball.” Gary Wehrwein, 67, who was traveling with his wife, Pilar Abaurrea, from Keene, N.H., on a flight that skidded across a Jamaican runway in heavy rain and stopped just short of the Caribbean Sea Article, this page

Other days

posted: 12/24/2009 5:04 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 24, 1909 General Passenger Agent Geo. H. Lee of the Rock Island will return this afternoon from St. Louis, where he has been completing arrangements for quarters for the new general passenger office, which he will open there January 1.

Stepson denies guilt in stabbing

posted: 12/24/2009 5:01 a.m.

Shackled and under heavy guard, capital murder defendant Gary Wayne Parks appeared in Baxter County Circuit Court on Wednesday and pleaded innocent in the stabbing death of his stepfather.

Christmas closings

posted: 12/24/2009 5 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules may be affected by the Christmas holiday

Pelphrey: No need for alarm

posted: 12/24/2009 4:53 a.m.

There was another Walton Arena parking lot news conference by the Arkansas basketball coach Tuesday night, but this time it didn’t end with him catching a ride to the airport to hop a plane to Omaha, Neb.

Help wanted-boatbuilder

posted: 12/24/2009 4:53 a.m.

Somewhere out there is a man who can help me build a model boat for my little nephew. This man is between 82 and 84 years old, which means he was a 1011- or 12-year-old boy in 1937, when the book I took the plans from was published.

Ponzi scheme nets 9-year sentence

posted: 12/24/2009 4:52 a.m.

A Fayetteville man has been sentenced to nine years in prison and ordered to pay back more than $1.5 million after he pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a Ponzi scheme that spanned three continents and involved $6.4 million.

Cowboy: Stretcher to star

posted: 12/24/2009 4:52 a.m.

All last week, teammates wanted to know whether Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker De-Marcus Ware would be able to play against the New Orleans Saints.

Refugee’s gift changes lives

posted: 12/24/2009 4:52 a.m.

Here’s a story for the holiday season. A 30-year-old former refugee is putting together a most extraordinary Christmas present—the first high school his community has ever had.

Where’s Christmas?

posted: 12/24/2009 4:51 a.m.

CHRISTMAS EVE, at first impress Looks to be a merry session: Every year, a festive tale—Once again, too big to fail. This year, though, the fun is leaner. How come Santa’s glum demeanor?

LETTERS

posted: 12/24/2009 4:51 a.m.

Lights brighten up holidays When my lovely wife Cindy and I were little kids, growing up in separate places, we both loved riding around town at Christmas to see the light displays. It didn’t matter whether it was a single string of dim bulbs on the most humble home in the county or hundreds of bright ones on the state Capitol. We loved them all.

Recession had U.S. tuning in

posted: 12/24/2009 4:49 a.m.

“Take me out to the ballgame,” the old song goes.

No going back now

posted: 12/24/2009 4:49 a.m.

With the U.S. Senate poised to vote on the most significant piece of social reform since the 1960s, buyer’s remorse appeared among Democrats.

UA freshman Nash isn’t eligible for bowl

posted: 12/24/2009 4:48 a.m.

Arkansas freshman tight end Colton Nash will not be academically eligible to play in the Liberty Bowl, a source has confirmed.

Off the wire

posted: 12/24/2009 4:45 a.m.

MOTOR SPORTS Schumacher to return Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is coming out of retirement to drive for Mercedes in 2010. The German, who turns 41 on Jan. 3, announced his comeback after three years away from the sport that he dominated for the first half of the decade.

Second thoughts

posted: 12/24/2009 4:45 a.m.

Gators fast on the field, in their cars According to research by the Orlando (Fla. ) Sentinel, the 96 members of the Florida Gators, who either entered fall camp on scholarship or served in the “game participation” portion of this season’s box scores, have received a combined 251 traffic citations in Florida’s Alachua County.

Forecast mighty white: Over 4 inches expected

posted: 12/24/2009 4:42 a.m.

A blanket of snow expected for Christmas Eve shouldn’t be thrown over Northwest Arkansas until after area malls ring up their final sales.

NFL notes

posted: 12/24/2009 4:40 a.m.

EAGLES Westbrook cleared to play Just in time for the playoffs, Brian Westbrook makes the Philadelphia Eagles even more dangerous. Westbrook was cleared to play after recovering from two concussions and is expected to return against the Denver Broncos at home Sunday.

College football notes

posted: 12/24/2009 4:40 a.m.

AP COACH OF YEAR TCU’s Patterson ‘humbled’ NEW YORK — Gary Patterson guided TCU to its best season in 70 years on the way to becoming the first Associated Press Coach of the Year from outside the six conferences with automatic Bowl Championship Series bids.

POINSETTIA BOWL: Freshman leads Utah over Cal

posted: 12/24/2009 4:39 a.m.

True freshman Jordan Wynn passed for a career-high 338 yards and three touchdowns to rally No. 23 Utah from an early two touchdown deficit to a 37-27 victory over California in the Poinsettia Bowl on Wednesday night The Utes (10-3 ) scored 27 consecutive points to win their ninth consecutive bowl game, the longest current streak in the country.

Runaway dock closes Arkansas River bridge

posted: 12/24/2009 4:38 a.m.

The Interstate 430 bridge over the Arkansas River was closed briefly Thursday after a dock with three boats attached broke away from a river bank and was swept toward one of the bridge’s supports.

EUREKA SPRINGS Care facility remains open after appeal

posted: 12/24/2009 4:37 a.m.

A Eureka Springs facility that was ordered to close by the Arkansas Department of Human Services will remain open until its case is heard on appeal.

Arkansas waterfowl report

posted: 12/24/2009 4:37 a.m.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s weekly waterfowl report: NORTHEAST ARKANSAS DAVE DONALDSON BLACK RIVER WMA Hunters should be aware of hangers and submerged logs within the boat runs and GTRs.

The state/region in brief

posted: 12/24/2009 4:35 a.m.

Extradition set for ex-fugitive FORSYTH, Mo. — The attorney for a man accused of escaping from a Florida prison 30 years ago said his client does not plan to fight extradition from Missouri.

Fishing this week

posted: 12/24/2009 4:33 a.m.

HOT SPOTS 1. ARKANSAS RIVER (LITTLE ROCK POOL) Bream are biting fairly well below Murray Lock and Dam on small worms. Crappie are biting well on pink minnows fished under a slip-cork rig and on salt-and-pepper jigs below Murray Lock and Dam.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN Ducks arrive in the green timber

posted: 12/24/2009 4:33 a.m.

All right, that does it.

Northwest Arkansas deaths

posted: 12/24/2009 4:32 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes, at no charge, death notices of reasonable length for residents of Benton, Carroll, Washington and Madison counties submitted by funeral homes.

Louisiana rice a Thai topper?

posted: 12/24/2009 4:31 a.m.

The U.S. rice industry is making way for the Jazzman.

Ford says deal near on Volvo

posted: 12/24/2009 4:30 a.m.

Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday that it is moving closer to selling its Swedish Volvo brand, even though the U.S. automaker is in far better financial shape than it was when it put the brand up for sale last year.

Getting it straight

posted: 12/24/2009 4:29 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 12/24/2009 4:28 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The plan was get out for a week of skiing and be back in time for Christmas with the family — or Christmas at the airport. I’m just going to be crossing my fingers.” Fayetteville resident Daniel Cox, who was trying to get home Thursday from Colorado Article, 1B

Sales of new homes fall 11%

posted: 12/24/2009 4:27 a.m.

Sales of new homes fell unexpectedly last month to the lowest level since April, a sign the housing market recovery will be rocky and heavily dependent on the generosity of Uncle Sam.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 12/24/2009 4:23 a.m.

Johnelle Hunt sells trucking-firm shares Johnelle Hunt, widow of J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.’s founder, sold nearly 1 million shares of the company’s stock in transactions Friday, Monday and Tuesday, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Business news in brief

posted: 12/24/2009 4:23 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The tax credit put a Band-Aid over the housing problem and in October and November we ripped it off.” Mark Vitner, a senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities LLC in Charlotte, N.C.

MARKET REPORT: Choppy stocks end with a gain

posted: 12/24/2009 4:22 a.m.

Stocks ended an erratic session with a slender gain Wednesday as rising commodities prices offset disappointment over an unexpected drop in home sales.

Santa’s pounds weigh on minds of Conway 1st and 2nd graders

posted: 12/24/2009 4:20 a.m.

Whether Santa Claus weighs 1 million, 3.47 or 400 pounds is in dispute among first- and second-graders, not to mention whether the jolly guy with a belly that shakes “like a bowlful of jelly” should lose some weight.

FISHING REPORT

posted: 12/24/2009 4:19 a.m.

Beaver Lake: Here’s hoping for some crank baits and spinner baits in your stocking on Christmas morning.

C O L L E G E B A S K E T B A L L Hogs leave town with bounce in their step as streak hits five

posted: 12/24/2009 4:18 a.m.

When the Arkansas Razorbacks headed home for a short Christmas break, they were packing a five-game winning streak.

Solving the mystery behind crime shows’ popularity

posted: 12/24/2009 4:17 a.m.

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, allow us to present compelling evidence which will prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that crime does indeed pay — at least on television.

C O M M E N TA RY Time off turns bowls into crapshoot

posted: 12/24/2009 4:17 a.m.

For all of us who think we have the Texas-vs.-Alabama football game figured out, the truth is we probably don’t.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 12/24/2009 4:16 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: This has been a very hard year for us, because we’ve both lost our jobs and I’m not even sure we’re going to be able to keep our house. I know Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and happiness, but how can it be for us? — V.R.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Confrontation likely won’t thaw friends’ cold shoulders

posted: 12/24/2009 4:15 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: A few years ago, my boyfriend cheated on me and left after I found out. At the time, he was struggling with depression and a drinking problem.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/24/2009 4:15 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your commitment to excellence shows in every aspect of your life.You’ll take relationships up a notch by creating bonding events and surprises for your loved ones. March brings an influx of new friends. Work becomes a serious focus in May, and you’ll hone your talents. A purchase in August allows you to work faster. Libra and Taurus adore.

Fannie, Freddie CEOs can earn up to $6 million

posted: 12/24/2009 4:14 a.m.

The two chief executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be paid as much as $6 million for 2009, despite the companies’ dismal performances that cost taxpayers more than $100 billion this year.

Dress For Success On Outings

posted: 12/24/2009 4:14 a.m.

Whether it is hunting, fishing, hiking or just roaming the outdoors, winter may offer more outdoors options than summer.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 12/24/2009 4:14 a.m.

DEAR READERS: A recent column about employees not washing their hands after using the restroom really struck a nerve with many readers. Here are just a few of your comments: Anne, via e-mail, says: “I also had an experience with an employee not washing his hands.

Check your knowledge

posted: 12/24/2009 4:14 a.m.

1. What was unusual about Ted Williams’ six American League batting titles? 2. On the television show Rhoda, what was Rhoda’s maiden name? 3. What is the occupation of Bruce Willis in the movie The Sixth Sense (1999)? 4. George Pataki was the governor of what Eastern state?

Retailers cheery as season closes

posted: 12/24/2009 4:13 a.m.

Mary Ann Lattanzio of Rogers was at the Target store at Pinnacle Hills Promenade on Thursday morning, checking out the P.J. Sparkles dolls, a favorite of her daughter, Caroline, 4, who was with her.

Elk Numbers Impacted Little By Hunting

posted: 12/24/2009 4:12 a.m.

A dozen years of hunting elk in Arkansas have now passed. What is the assessment ? What is the outlook for the future?

21,000 fewer at Berkshire than in 2008

posted: 12/24/2009 4:11 a.m.

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. reported 21,000 fewer employees than it had at the end of 2008 amid a slump at the firm’s manufacturing and retail units.

A Physical For Fish

posted: 12/24/2009 4:09 a.m.

The top-water bass plug does a tantalizing dance, doing the chacha with a submerged cedar tree. Beaver Lake is smooth as waxed tile on this quiet morning.

Casualties Of War

posted: 12/24/2009 3:55 a.m.

To honor the men and women in our armed forces and remind our readers of their sacrifices, the Northwest Arkansas Times is publishing Department of Defense announcements identifying Americans killed in active military operations. Staff Sgt. Dennis J. Hansen, 31, of Panama City, Fla., died Dec. 7 at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit Dec. 3 with an improvised explosive device in Logar province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: What Are We Fighting For?

posted: 12/24/2009 3:55 a.m.

If we are really fighting terrorism and not clearing the way for an oil pipeline which has been revealed, then why does not every other country that is subject to the same threats not have the same number of troops that we have?

COMMENTARY: Here Comes Santa Claus

posted: 12/24/2009 3:54 a.m.

Santa came by the house the other day.

HOW WE SEE IT: Cash For Cows

posted: 12/24/2009 3:54 a.m.

When you pour the milk to go with the cookies that you’ll leave out for Santa tonight, remember the hard work that went into producing that moo juice. The past couple of years have been sour for America’s dairy farmers. A drop in global and national demand for dairy products has sent the price of milk plummeting. While it costs about $18 per hundredweight (the industry term for 100 pounds) to produce it, milk is selling for far less than that — only about $14 now. Every carton of milk we buy at the store represents a loss for the dairy industry.

Holiday Month Proves Hectic For Arkansas

posted: 12/24/2009 3:54 a.m.

Arkansas running backs coach Tim Horton tried his best to recount his path earlier this week.

College Trustee Resigns

posted: 12/24/2009 3:53 a.m.

Robert D. Teague has resigned his position on the NorthWest Arkansas Community College Board of Trustees.

Roberts’ legacy continues at university he founded

posted: 12/24/2009 3:51 a.m.

Evangelist Oral Roberts died Dec. 15 at 91, but the legacy of charismatic Christianity he brought to the religious community continues on the south Tulsa campus of Oral Roberts University and beyond.

NEWS BRIEFS: Australia closer to getting saint

posted: 12/24/2009 3:51 a.m.

SYDNEY — Australian Catholics celebrated Sunday a papal decision that will likely give the country its first saint — the feisty Mary MacKillop, who founded a network of schools for poor children and was briefly excommunicated before being set on the path to canonization.

TOP 25/SEC MEN Kentucky rolls in second half

posted: 12/24/2009 3:51 a.m.

John Wall scored 19 points and No. 3 Kentucky pulled away in the second half for an 86-73 victory over Long Beach State on Wednesday.

Steroids cast shadow over 2009

posted: 12/24/2009 3:51 a.m.

Alex Rodriguez joined the list of cheaters this year, and Manny Ramirez and David “Big Papi” Ortiz are forever tainted now, too.

Aiding the aides

posted: 12/24/2009 3:51 a.m.

The first two years of Tim Horton’s coaching career, he had to vacate his home in Boone, N.C., for a herd of zebras every time Appalachian State played a football game at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

The state/region in brief

posted: 12/24/2009 3:51 a.m.

Chief: Fatal fire started at stove Investigators think a fire that killed a mother and her three children on Monday started in or near an electric stove the family used for heat, Conway Fire Chief Bart Castleberry said Wednesday.

$137,000 promised to guard Auschwitz

posted: 12/24/2009 3:50 a.m.

Poland’s culture minister on Wednesday promised the Auschwitz museum money to step up security after the infamous “Arbeit Macht Frei” (“ Work Sets You Free” ) sign was stolen from the site of the former Nazi death camp.

Pea Ridge Police Arrest Man In Connection With Rape

posted: 12/24/2009 3:50 a.m.

Pea Ridge police arrested Kendall Wayne Oaks, 31, of Washburn, Mo., on Tuesday in connection with rape.

6 bin Laden children reported in Tehran

posted: 12/24/2009 3:50 a.m.

A teenage daughter of Osama bin Laden, who has lived with at least five of her siblings in a guarded compound in Iran since 2001, took refuge last month in the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, and family members are trying to arrange for a large number of relatives to leave Iran for Saudi Arabia or Syria

8 killed as bombs hit Christian, Shiite targets in Iraq

posted: 12/24/2009 3:50 a.m.

Bombs targeted Iraqi Christians and Shiite Muslims on Wednesday, killing at least eight people and wounding four dozen before coinciding religious observances that will take place under heavy guard.

154 survive as jet skids past runway; 92 hurt, none dire

posted: 12/24/2009 3:50 a.m.

An American Airlines flight carrying 154 people skidded across a Jamaican runway in heavy rain, bouncing across the tarmac before it stopped just short of the Caribbean Sea, officials and witnesses said.

Area lotteries

posted: 12/24/2009 3:50 a.m.

Numbers drawn Wednesday: Missouri Lotto 1-6-8-11-23-33 Estimated jackpot: $1.1 million Oklahoma Lotto 5-17-26-30-33 Hot ball: 15 Estimated jackpot: $1 million Powerball 8-32-49-51-52 Powerball: 23 Estimated jackpot: $106 million Power Play: 4

Census: Jobs draw thousands to Texas

posted: 12/24/2009 3:50 a.m.

Texas gained more residents than any other state as the recession deepened in 2008 and early this year, the Census Bureau said in a report that indicated job seekers migrated to one of the nation’s stronger labor markets.

Parents in balloon-boy hoax get jail terms

posted: 12/24/2009 3:50 a.m.

The parents who pulled the balloon-boy hoax in hopes of landing a reality TV show were sentenced to jail Wednesday — 90 days for him, 20 days for her — and barred from profiting from their newfound celebrity status for the next four years.

Food Drive Nets 4 Tons

posted: 12/24/2009 3:48 a.m.

The hungry in Benton County should be a little less so in the coming year. The 2009 Benton County Sheriff ’s Office Northwest Arkansas Food Drive brought in more than 8,371 pounds of food to donate to the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank.

Display A Tradition For Families

posted: 12/24/2009 3:46 a.m.

The McClains’ annual Christmas light display started out small, when Richard McClain put up some decorations years ago for the benefit of his wife and grandchildren.

PURPLE PERSISTENCE

posted: 12/24/2009 3:44 a.m.

Haley Martin admitted there was uncertainty coming into her senior year at Fayetteville.

Youth Center Updates IDs

posted: 12/24/2009 3:43 a.m.

The Springdale Youth Center plans to enter the new year with a new type of membership card.

Officials Prepare For Bad Weather

posted: 12/24/2009 3:41 a.m.

As snow fronts like those covering east coast states threaten to descend on the Midwest, Benton County Road Department employees have been put on standby should roads become impassable.

SLOWER ATTENDANCE: County Fair To Start Earlier

posted: 12/24/2009 3:39 a.m.

The Benton County Fair will start a month earlier in 2010.

Dawn Senate health vote set

posted: 12/24/2009 3:38 a.m.

The Senate defeated attempts Wednesday by Republicans to stall a broad health-care overhaul bill and cleared the way for a rare early morning Christmas Eve vote on the measure.

AMERICAN VALOR: Marine Leads Gain of Foothold

posted: 12/24/2009 3:37 a.m.

On the night of Nov. 10, 2004, after a day leading his men through a series of running gunfights to secure a building complex in Fallujah, Marine Second Lt. Elliot Ackerman got his next orders: Seize a foothold for the company deeper in the city. Read more »

Allison Closing Book On Outstanding High School Career

posted: 12/24/2009 3:35 a.m.

Hannah Allison’s accomplishments on the volleyball court are incredible.

Northwest Arkansas Records

posted: 12/24/2009 3:34 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas Records for Dec. 24

Washington County Court Briefs

posted: 12/24/2009 3:30 a.m.

Washington County Court Briefs for Dec. 24

Washington County Obituaries

posted: 12/24/2009 3:29 a.m.

Washington County Obituaries for Dec. 24

Benton County Obituaries

posted: 12/24/2009 3:28 a.m.

Benton County Obituaries for Dec. 24

Defendant Challenges Death Penalty

posted: 12/24/2009 3:26 a.m.

Arkansas’ death penalty has been challenged repeatedly and found to be constitutional, Washington County prosecutors said Wednesday, but they’ll still have to defend it in a local capital murder case.

Maloney Ford Prepares To Close

updated: 12/24/2009 11:56 a.m.

Christmas is bittersweet for one Rogers business — Bob Maloney Ford — as the dealership prepares to close Dec. 31.

Lincoln Police Looking For Help

updated: 12/24/2009 3:22 a.m.

Lincoln is advertising for two more police officers to increase the number of full-timers on duty from five to six, officials said.

Getting Rock Costly

posted: 12/24/2009 3:21 a.m.

The gravel used to smooth roads on the east side of Washington County makes a long journey before county crews lay it down.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 12/24/2009 3:10 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “A lot of areas are going to see a white Christmas, more than likely.” Ed Calianese, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tulsa, on the possibility of snow Friday Article, 1B

Four Hunter Input Meetings Set

posted: 12/24/2009 2:45 a.m.

The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission will hold public meetings around the state from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 5 to gather input from hunters before setting the 2010-2011 seasons.

New Year’s Day Tournaments A Tradition

posted: 12/24/2009 2:45 a.m.

Anglers with a competitive spirit can start the new year by fishing at two tournaments on New Year’s Day.

THE CAT SIDE Tom Cat Hisses Over Holiday Stress

posted: 12/24/2009 2:45 a.m.

My Christmas gift to you readers? You get to read my swell column two weeks in a row. Now, where’s my can of crab meat?

BRIEFLY

posted: 12/24/2009 2:45 a.m.

Holiday Hike Planned At Lake A Christmas Day hike is planned for 2:30 p.m. Friday at Lake Sequoyah in Fayetteville. Meet at the information kiosk across the road from Lake Sequoyah boat dock.

BRIEFLY

posted: 12/24/2009 2:45 a.m.

A Benton County man has been sentenced to federal prison for an international Ponzi scheme that bilked investors out of millions of dollars, federal prosecutors said.

Wednesday, December 23

Liberty Bowl tickets still remain despite 'sellout'

posted: 12/23/2009 2:48 p.m.

A limited number of tickets still remain for the Liberty Bowl, but the small allotment is expected to be sold by the end of the business day.

Stepson of slain Mountain Home doctor pleads not guilty

posted: 12/23/2009 11:59 a.m.

The stepson of a Mountain Home doctor who was stabbed to death in 2006 has pleaded not guilty to capital murder in the case.

Huckabee endorses Bauer in GOP bid for South Carolina governor

posted: 12/23/2009 11:46 a.m.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is backing Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer in the Republican’s so-far unannounced bid to become South Carolina’s next governor.

Firefighter, a foster parent, arrested on child porn charges

posted: 12/23/2009 10:50 a.m.

A foster parent and volunteer Greenbrier firefighter has been arrested on child pornography charges.

Authorities on the hunt for Faulkner County escapee

posted: 12/23/2009 10:46 a.m.

Authorities are searching for a Greenbrier man who escaped from the Faulkner County jail where he was awaiting trial on burglary charges.

The state/region in brief

posted: 12/23/2009 5:31 a.m.

Kevin Eads, acting superintendent at Pea Ridge National Military Park, announced Monday that park admission fees will increase on Jan. 2 to comply with National Park System fee regulations.

Inmate who skipped program paroled

posted: 12/23/2009 5:29 a.m.

The Arkansas Parole Board announced Tuesday that it has granted parole to a man serving time for sexual assault despite the man’s failure to complete a program for sex offenders while in prison.

Builders dispute Bridges’ contract

posted: 12/23/2009 5:28 a.m.

Contractors for the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will replace the project’s concrete subcontractors while the two parties attempt to settle a lawsuit over their contract, a museum spokesman said Tuesday.

Man on lam 30 years arrested, then set free

posted: 12/23/2009 5:28 a.m.

Oscar Richardson, a 61-year-old father and handyman, lived a low-key life in Missouri until he was arrested last weekend, accused of escaping a Florida prison 30 years ago.

Mother, 3 children die in Conway fire

posted: 12/23/2009 5:27 a.m.

Just hours before flames spread through Jennifer Cissell’s home, killing her and her three children Monday evening, she had been planning what she’d cook for Christmas dinner.

Hope of flurry to melt in hurry

posted: 12/23/2009 5:27 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas residents should brace for quickly changing weather conditions over the next few days and can hold out some hope for a white Christmas, according to the National Weather Service.

JPs look at reworking bond to repair jail

posted: 12/23/2009 5:26 a.m.

Miller County can’t pay $1.5 million for repairs to upgrade the county jail, and the Quorum Court discussed Monday night whether to ask voters to refinance bonds used to construct and operate the jail.

Christmas closings

posted: 12/23/2009 5:26 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules may be affected by the Christmas holiday: GARBAGE COLLECTION Bella Vista: Regular routes will run Thursday; Friday routes will be delayed one day.

Karzai kin at odds over teen slaying

posted: 12/23/2009 5:25 a.m.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Tuesday that he has asked the Interior Ministry to investigate the slaying of a young relative in a possible revenge killing connected to a family feud, and other relatives cast doubt on Afghanistan’s investigation.

Iran’s Ahmadinejad rejects U.N. nuclear fuel swap

posted: 12/23/2009 5:25 a.m.

Iran’s president on Tuesday dismissed a year-end deadline set by the Obama administration and the West for Tehran to accept a U.N.-drafted deal to swap enriched uranium for nuclear fuel. The United States warned Iran to take the deadline seriously.

Obama picks computer, Internet security chief

posted: 12/23/2009 5:24 a.m.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday picked Howard A. Schmidt, a former security executive at EBay Inc. and Microsoft Corp., to become the nation’s top official for computer and Internet security.

Fictitious worker leads to arrest

posted: 12/23/2009 5:24 a.m.

A woman who worked for McDonald’s for 29 years was arrested Monday and is accused of creating a fictitious employee whose pay she collected over the last four years, according to a Fort Smith police report.

Ask anyone: Santa Claus really lives in Pocahontas

posted: 12/23/2009 5:21 a.m.

The cars begin lining up on Maple Street 30 minutes before Santa Claus dons his black boots and strides out into his yard to hand out toys to children.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 12/23/2009 5:20 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is more like a spring system.” Max Blood, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tulsa, on expected storm fronts moving through Northwest Arkansas Article, 1B

Retired, returned to jobs, 2 more county officials say

posted: 12/23/2009 5:19 a.m.

Two more elected officials — the treasurers of Woodruff and Lafayette counties — confirmed Tuesday that they declared themselves retired for three months so they could begin collecting pension benefits in addition to their salaries, a practice that has drawn criticism in recent months from legislators and scrutiny from state retirement system officials.

High school report

posted: 12/23/2009 5:19 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber Coach Eric Burnett said his team’s successes in the past have rarely been based on the level of talent on the team.

Norfork teenager survives cliff fall

posted: 12/23/2009 5:18 a.m.

A Norfork teenager who fell from a bluff near the White River on Monday was in fair condition at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, a hospital spokesman said Tuesday.

Benton police push AMBER Alert texts

posted: 12/23/2009 5:18 a.m.

Benton police want residents to sign up to get free AMBER Alert text messages with the hope that the community could help prevent a tragedy.

MEN: Trojans lose fourth consecutive

posted: 12/23/2009 5:18 a.m.

UALR never recovered from a 17-0 run to start the game in a 69-47 loss to Wright State on Tuesday before 3,894 at the Nutter Center.

Overjoyed in overtime

posted: 12/23/2009 5:18 a.m.

Rotnei Clarke was having an off night.

Name-the-chimp contest finds perfect fit

posted: 12/23/2009 5:16 a.m.

Naming a baby requires patience and careful consideration. Lists have to be made, then culled, and suggestions from family or friends have to be properly filed, perhaps in the trash.

WOMEN: Sugar Bears stretch victory streak

posted: 12/23/2009 5:16 a.m.

Free throws just keep adding up to victories for Central Arkansas.

HOG CALLS: Running backs have good hold on job

posted: 12/23/2009 5:15 a.m.

Unless they drop the ball at the Liberty Bowl, the Razorbacks’ 2009 running backs will hold on to leave a 13-game legacy that cannot be surpassed.

State sports briefs

posted: 12/23/2009 5:15 a.m.

BASKETBALL Arkansas Tech ranked fifth Arkansas Tech remained ranked fifth in this week’s NABC/Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll that was released Tuesday. Arkansas Tech (11-0 ) won both its games last week, beating Ecclesia College 80-68 and North Alabama 89-76, and then Monday won at Alabama-Huntsville 60-47.

WOMEN UALR: takes break with 2-game streak

posted: 12/23/2009 5:14 a.m.

The UALR women pulled away late in the first half to beat Southern Mississippi on Tuesday.

TODAY’S GAME

posted: 12/23/2009 5:13 a.m.

P O I N S E T T I A B O W L No. 23 Utah vs. California TIME/TV 7 p.m. Central, ESPN RECORDS Utah 9-3 ; California 8-4 LINE California by 3 SERIES RECORD California leads 4-2 LAST MEETING Sept. 11, 2003 (Utah won 31-24 ) WHAT’S AT STAKE Utah has won eight consecutive bowl games, best current streak in the country.

1 firm reduces, others hiring

posted: 12/23/2009 5:09 a.m.

A Fort Smith official said Tuesday he is hopeful that the 140 employees of Federal Coach will quickly find new work after their jobs are eliminated between March and June.

China laments ruling by WTO

updated: 12/23/2009 5:08 a.m.

China expressed disappointment Tuesday at a WTO ruling that it is illegally restricting imports of movies, music and books but gave no immediate sign on whether it would keep trying to defend the controls.

OPEC holding output steady

posted: 12/23/2009 5:05 a.m.

OPEC held its year-old output targets unchanged Tuesday, as the group grappled with overproduction by some in its ranks that could undercut efforts to support oil prices amid a fragile global economic recovery.

U.S.: Revise immunity for airlines

posted: 12/23/2009 5:05 a.m.

The Justice Department says giving American Airlines, British Airways and other partners antitrust immunity to work closer together on coordinating flights could cause fares to rise up to 15 percent on some trans-Atlantic routes.

FDA discounts Vytorin-cancer link

posted: 12/23/2009 5:04 a.m.

There’s no evidence that Merck & Co.’s blockbuster cholesterol drug Vytorin causes cancer, federal regulators said Tuesday. They reviewed reams of data after a patient study last year raised suspicions of a link, weakening sales already hurt by questions about the drug’s effectiveness.

State Street to buy unit from Intesa

posted: 12/23/2009 5:03 a.m.

State Street Corp. said Tuesday that it will buy the securities services business of Italian banking group Intesa Sanpaolo for about $1.87 billion in cash.

2.2% growth in economy misses mark

posted: 12/23/2009 5:02 a.m.

The economy grew at a 2.2 percent pace in the third quarter as the recovery got off to a weaker start than previously thought.

Other days

posted: 12/23/2009 5:02 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 23, 1909 Shreveport, La., Dec. 22 — That a natural gas line is to be built to Little Rock and other Arkansas cities was evidenced here by the filing of a mortgage for $2,750,000 by the Arkansas Natural Gas Company, a corporation organized under the laws of Delaware and domiciled at Pittsburgh, Pa.

It’s still a wonderful life

posted: 12/23/2009 5 a.m.

To many Americans, the Christmas season wouldn’t be complete without at least a few scenes from It’s a Wonderful Life. The movie wasn’t a box-office hit when it was released just after the Second World War, but it’s acquired quite a following since—and even some critical acclaim.

Decisive health vote set

posted: 12/23/2009 4:59 a.m.

From the White House to Capitol Hill, Democrats on Tuesday confidently predicted Senate passage of President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul after the bill cleared its second 60-vote test and the time was set for a final tally.

State makes change at its Medicaid helm

posted: 12/23/2009 4:57 a.m.

The head of the state’s Medicaid program, Roy Jeffus, is stepping down after more than 30 years with state government.

A mission to complete

posted: 12/23/2009 4:57 a.m.

EVERY YEAR, a stubborn state senator from Hot Springs would rise up to push his impossible dream. The most likable and reasonable of men, on this one issue he would not budge, he would not falter. Despite defeat after defeat, he refused to throw in the towel.

Hostages are Iran’s answer

posted: 12/23/2009 4:56 a.m.

Iran’s extremist rulers don’t scruple at persecuting innocent people—particularly foreigners—to advance narrow political aims.

OTHERS SAY: Shielding the truth

posted: 12/23/2009 4:55 a.m.

Americans were shocked two years ago to read that wounded soldiers were being housed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in moldy, rotting buildings with cockroaches and mice.

LETTERS

posted: 12/23/2009 4:55 a.m.

Scene a memory of season As an infant, I was bundled up and loaded in the car, and we were off to the Christmas-decorated Capitol. This became an annual pilgrimage and tradition for my family.

Ex-Chicago official granted a new trial

posted: 12/23/2009 4:54 a.m.

A federal judge threw out the fraud conviction of Chicago’s former streets and sanitation chief Tuesday and granted him a new trial on charges of illegally rewarding political campaign workers with city jobs.

Jobless benefits squeeze 40 states

posted: 12/23/2009 4:54 a.m.

The recession’s jobless toll is draining unemployment-compensation funds so fast that according to federal projections, 40 state programs will be broke within two years and need $90 billion in loans to keep issuing the benefit checks.

Snow on the move spurs travel crush

posted: 12/23/2009 4:54 a.m.

Travelers scrambled to adjust their plans Tuesday as a fast-moving snowstorm threatened to bring long delays along with a white Christmas for millions of people throughout the West and Midwest.

Toxic-waste site’s expansion OK’d

posted: 12/23/2009 4:53 a.m.

A county board in central California approved the expansion of the largest toxic-waste dump in the West.

Snow hurts stores, boosts Web

posted: 12/23/2009 4:52 a.m.

The weekend snowstorm that hit much of the eastern part of the nation cut sharply into retail store traffic but boosted online shopping, according to researchers that track shopper activity.

Gifts of love are best

posted: 12/23/2009 4:51 a.m.

Why does Christmas get such a bad rap in some quarters? What’s wrong with spreading a little good cheer at least one day out of the whole year?

Obama reassures U.S. small banks

posted: 12/23/2009 4:51 a.m.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the White House will seek to cut bureaucratic restrictions so that the nation’s smaller banks can help businesses seize “enormous opportunities” for growth after bleak times.

ROCKWOOD FILES: You Better Watch Out

posted: 12/23/2009 4:47 a.m.

Even though Christmas isn’t over yet, I’m already a little sad that soon it will be.

MILITARY NEWS

posted: 12/23/2009 4:47 a.m.

Army Reserve Pfc. Adona M. Granger has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Serve Up A Cup Of Coziness

posted: 12/23/2009 4:47 a.m.

After shaking snowfl akes from a knit hat and peeling off damp gloves. After sliding stockinged feet from high heels and into fuzzy slippers. After putting away the leftovers and handwashing the china.

Ring All The Bells

posted: 12/23/2009 4:47 a.m.

The black-gloved hands moved with timed precision to sound the notes of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” as the bells caught glimmers of light.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

posted: 12/23/2009 4:47 a.m.

Bella Vista Lutheran Church — Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m., Christmas Day service at 10 a.m., New Year’s Eve service at 7 p.m.

The Facts On The National Cemetery

posted: 12/23/2009 4:47 a.m.

The Regional National Cemetery Improvement Corp.

COMMENTARY: Vote On Health Care Expected

posted: 12/23/2009 4:47 a.m.

If everything stays on track, the U.S. Senate will cast another historic vote tomorrow. The Christmas Eve vote, necessitated by Senate rules, will be to advance a Senate bill for national health care reform.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Military Families Need Support

posted: 12/23/2009 4:47 a.m.

During the holidays, national attention often turns to supporting our military men and women celebrating in lands far from home. In our generous spirit, let’s be sure to include support for their loved ones still at home. The recent decision to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan leaves thousands of families to face New Year deployments, as everyday Americans search for ways to help military families separated by eight years of war.

HOW HOW WE WE SEE SEE IT: Arkansas’ Seat Belt Law A Good Thing

posted: 12/23/2009 4:47 a.m.

There are enough statistics by now to convince virtually anyone that seat belts save lives.

Senior LB solid after ‘shaky’ ’08

posted: 12/23/2009 4:44 a.m.

In a way, Arkansas linebacker Wendel Davis stands as a symbolic figure for the very defense he serves as a co-captain.

COMMENTARY: Rot's shots lift Hogs in topsy-turvy night

posted: 12/23/2009 4:43 a.m.

It was Rot’s shot, and he wasn’t going to let Arkansas down Tuesday night at Bud Walton Arena.

Hodous Nets Singles Player Of Year

posted: 12/23/2009 4:42 a.m.

Fayetteville tennis coach Darin Phelan fully expects Rob Hodous to take the next step next fall.

Getting it straight

posted: 12/23/2009 4:41 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate.

Register shifts to Central

posted: 12/23/2009 4:41 a.m.

A familiar face will try to energize Little Rock Central’s ailing football program.

Dixieland Road Extension Bids Lower Than Expected

posted: 12/23/2009 4:40 a.m.

Lowell officials were happy Tuesday the low bid for a five-lane extension of Dixieland Road came in well below the engineering estimate.

Razorbacks report

posted: 12/23/2009 4:39 a.m.

Mallett requests feedback Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett said Tuesday he’s among the many third year college players who have submitted paperwork to an advisory committee that assigns grades for the NFL Draft indicating where a player is likely to be selected.

Nebraska’s Suh seizes top honor

posted: 12/23/2009 4:39 a.m.

Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh bulled past the guys who play the glamour positions and proved you don’t have to score touchdowns or toss passes to be the player of the year.

Man Pleads Not Guilty To Burglary

posted: 12/23/2009 4:38 a.m.

A Rogers man pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge accusing him of illegally entering an apartment where a Rogers man was later killed.

Mallett Seeks NFL Draft Advice

posted: 12/23/2009 4:38 a.m.

Arkansas receiver Joe Adams has been kidding around with Ryan Mallett.

Off the wire

posted: 12/23/2009 4:37 a.m.

BASEBALL Yankees, Braves trade Pitcher Javy Vazquez was traded back to the New York Yankees by the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday for outfielder Melky Cabrera.

LIKE IT IS: No reason to miss Razorbacks at Verizon

posted: 12/23/2009 4:37 a.m.

Christmas spirit was overflowing Monday afternoon at the news conference at the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Police May Hire Inmate

posted: 12/23/2009 4:37 a.m.

Tony Anderson’s mechanical skills quickly caught the eye of Springdale police administrators, and they want to hire him fulltime to work on the department’s fleet of cars.

Business news in brief

posted: 12/23/2009 4:36 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Small banks like us to are too small to save, as opposed to too big to fail.” Larry Bauer, president of Planters & Merchants Bank in Gillett Article, 1D

Second thoughts

posted: 12/23/2009 4:36 a.m.

Golf gag gets caddie worked up Frank Williams has never liked going to the British Open, so some of his fellow caddies decided to play a prank on him after Stewart Cink won at Turnberry with Williams on the bag.

MARKET REPORT: Housing data extend stock rise

posted: 12/23/2009 4:35 a.m.

Stocks pushed higher for a third straight day after a surprisingly strong report on housing provided the latest evidence that the economy is picking up speed.

Inland Service Plans Holiday Trash Collection

posted: 12/23/2009 4:34 a.m.

Normal trash collection will be interrupted this week because of the holiday.

HARDWARE HAVEN

posted: 12/23/2009 4:34 a.m.

The receptionist’s desk at the Tiger Athletic Complex is a little cluttered. Off to one side of the desk are nearly a dozen trophies, recognizing conference championships, state runner-up finishes and state championships. They are all waiting to find a home in a trophy case somewhere in the TAC.

Spending to sway health care tops $600 million, reports say

posted: 12/23/2009 4:34 a.m.

More than $600 million has been spent this year in efforts to influence U.S. lawmakers working to overhaul the health-care system, reports show.

Judge orders boy handed to U.S. dad

posted: 12/23/2009 4:34 a.m.

Brazil’s chief justice on Tuesday ruled in favor of a U.S. man who has pursued a five-year court battle to gain custody of his son.

Library Closed Thursday, Friday

posted: 12/23/2009 4:33 a.m.

The Bentonville Public Library will close at 5 p.m. today for the Christmas holiday. The library will remain closed Thursday and Friday and will resume its regular hours on Saturday. On Dec. 31, the library will close at 5 p.m. and will remain closed until Jan. 2, when it will resume normal hours.

Kwanzaa Program Aimed At Kids

posted: 12/23/2009 4:32 a.m.

Children’s programs are nothing new to the Bentonville Public Library. It’s not every day, though, when one of those programs dives into such a unique tradition as the one taught on Tuesday.

Teen convicted in Web sex scam

posted: 12/23/2009 4:31 a.m.

A Wisconsin teen who blackmailed dozens of fellow high school students into sex acts by using photos and videos obtained in a Facebook scam faces up to 50 years in prison after pleading no contest to two felonies Tuesday.

Seniors Receive Presents

posted: 12/23/2009 4:30 a.m.

Smiles crept across the faces of senior citizens living at the Concordian Retirement Center here as Buddy, the resident Pomeranian, led a group of children delivering Christmas presents through the facility.

In the Lane

posted: 12/23/2009 4:29 a.m.

No fire as alarm goes off Rotnei Clarke might have been on fire, but it turned out Walton Arena wasn’t.

Farms Getting Extra Pay

posted: 12/23/2009 4:28 a.m.

Local dairy farm families will get an extra paycheck from Uncle Sam just in time for Christmas. The one-time federal stimulus checks are expected to hit local mailboxes Christmas Eve, but farmers say they won’t be shopping with the money. At least 35 dairies in Benton and Washington counties should qualify for a piece of the $290 million stimulus pie, made possible by the 2010 Agricultural Appropriations Bill signed into law in October.

STATISTICAL MODELS: Data Guides School District

posted: 12/23/2009 4:25 a.m.

Ashley Daniel has helped teachers and administrators become data analysts in her three years at the Rogers School District.

Northwest Arkansas Records

posted: 12/23/2009 4:23 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas Records for Dec. 23

Washington County Obituaries

posted: 12/23/2009 4:19 a.m.

Washington County Obituaries Dec. 23

Benton County Obituaries

posted: 12/23/2009 4:18 a.m.

Benton County Obituaries for Dec. 23

Local Organizations Get Help From Retailer’s Employees

posted: 12/23/2009 4:16 a.m.

Two Fayetteville organizations, one that works with the homeless and another that works with abused children, got an early Christmas present Tuesday from Wal-Mart employees.

Holiday Affects Dickson Street Post Office Hours

posted: 12/23/2009 4:14 a.m.

The Dickson Street post office in Fayetteville will close at noon Thursday, but other U.S. Postal Service locations in Fayetteville and Springdale will continue their normal hours of operation.

Shooting Report Completed

posted: 12/23/2009 4:13 a.m.

The independent review of a detective’s fatal shooting of a robbery suspect has been forwarded to the Washington County prosecutor, officials said Tuesday.

AMERICAN VALOR: Bronze Star Winner Deals With Disorder

posted: 12/23/2009 4:11 a.m.

Clay Rankin, a police officer in suburban Denver, knew what it was like to kill even before he was sent to the Middle East in the first Gulf War. He and a fellow officer fatally shot a man who had taken a pharmacy clerk hostage in 1990.

Fire Damages Eatery

posted: 12/23/2009 4:09 a.m.

An early morning fire Tuesday badly damaged a landmark Fayetteville restaurant. An automatic alarm summoned firefighters to Restaurant On the Corner on Arkansas 112 at Van Asche Drive just before 7 a.m. Tuesday. They found the bar area of the building on fire, said Battalion Chief Terry Lawson.

LAS VEGAS BOWL: QB throws 3 TDs in BYU’s victory

posted: 12/23/2009 4:09 a.m.

Max Hall threw for 192 yards and three touchdowns in the only bowl game he knows, leading No. 15 Brigham Young past No. 16 Oregon State 44-20 in the Las Vegas Bowl on Tuesday night.

Texas QB audibles, picks Arkansas

posted: 12/23/2009 4:08 a.m.

Arkansas received its 16th oral commitment for the 2010 recruiting class Monday night when Spring (Texas) Westfield quarterback Jacoby Walker switched to the Razorbacks.

Dairy Stimulus En Route To Farmers

posted: 12/23/2009 4:06 a.m.

Local dairy farm families will get an extra paycheck from Uncle Sam just in time for Christmas.

Board Seeks LEED Equivalent

posted: 12/23/2009 4:05 a.m.

The Fayetteville School Board, satisfied that planning for a new high school will stay suftciently focused on an energyconserving approach, approved a contract for architectural services Tuesday.

SEC/TOP 25 MEN: Sun Belt’s Jaguars knock off Gators

posted: 12/23/2009 3:39 a.m.

Tim Williams scored 21 points, De-Andre Hersey had a putback with 1.8 seconds remaining and South Alabama stunned No. 18 Florida 67-66 on Tuesday night.

Northwest Arkansas deaths

posted: 12/23/2009 3:39 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes, at no charge, death notices of reasonable length for residents of Benton, Carroll, Washington and Madison counties submitted by funeral homes.

Tuesday, December 22

Mallett gauges NFL prospects, submits name to advisory committee

updated: 12/22/2009 3:04 p.m.

Ryan Mallett has filed paperwork to the NFL Collegiate Advisory Committee to gauge his possible positioning in the NFL Draft.

Small quakes along New Madrid fault not uncommon

posted: 12/22/2009 12:57 p.m.

The New Madrid fault line has been rumbling again. And while an earthquake expert says the recent series of small quakes isn’t unusual, it is a reminder of what the active fault is capable of.

Convicted ex-Lonoke chief free on bond

posted: 12/22/2009 5:39 a.m.

A former police chief who had been convicted of running a criminal gang was released on bond Monday while prosecutors consider retrying him.

Killer receives 40 years in prison

posted: 12/22/2009 5:39 a.m.

A Pulaski County Circuit judge handed down a 40-year, no-parole prison sentence to a Pine Bluff man who killed his sister’s boyfriend over a dispute about a necklace, telling David Hugh Jones Jr. his claim that he had no choice but to shoot the man didn’t make sense.

Health-care bill on track for Senate OK

posted: 12/22/2009 5:37 a.m.

President Barack Obama cheered a crucial health-care vote in the Senate on Monday that put historic legislation well on its way to pre-Christmas passage and which sharpened already edgy partisan tensions.

No change foreseen at OPEC

posted: 12/22/2009 5:36 a.m.

OPEC looks poised to hold its output steady when it meets in Angola today, with a top official saying there is agreement on maintaining the bloc’s production targets as it struggles with cheating within its ranks.

U.S. win, China loss affirmed at WTO

posted: 12/22/2009 5:36 a.m.

China is illegally restricting imports of U.S. music, films and books, the World Trade Organization’s top arbitrators said Monday in upholding a ruling, and Washington pushed forward with a new case that accuses China of manipulating the prices for key ingredients in steel and aluminum production.

Veterans Park Renovation Winds Down

posted: 12/22/2009 5:07 a.m.

The much delayed renovation of Veterans Park is finished, and the park will be ready for high school baseball in February.

SEWER SYSTEM: Utility Takes Stock Of Lines

updated: 12/22/2009 5:07 a.m.

Rogers Water Utility staff will spend the next several months hunting down problematic sewer lines as part of the utility’s effort to fix lines before they fail.

Pea Ridge Park To Increase Entrance Fee

posted: 12/22/2009 5:05 a.m.

Entrance fees at Pea Ridge National Military Park will change Jan. 1 in order to meet National Park Service fee regulations.

26-Year-Old Man Dies Following Wreck

posted: 12/22/2009 5:04 a.m.

A Pea Ridge man died following a one-vehicle accident Monday afternoon on Gann Ridge Road northeast of Pea Ridge, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Man Pleads Not Guilty To Attempting To Kill Wife

posted: 12/22/2009 5:03 a.m.

A Siloam Springs man pleaded not guilty Monday to attempted murder charges before Circuit Judge Robin Green.

Stacy’s On The Square Closes

posted: 12/22/2009 5:03 a.m.

Stacy’s on the Square has closed five months after opening its doors for business.

House from Jesus’ time discovered

posted: 12/22/2009 5:01 a.m.

Days before Christmas, archaeologists on Monday unveiled what they said were the remains of the first dwelling in Nazareth that can be dated back to the time of Jesus — a find that could shed new light on what the hamlet was like during the period the New Testament says Jesus lived there as a boy.

Matthews Pleads Guilty To Child Porn Charges

posted: 12/22/2009 5:01 a.m.

A former Springdale youth coach pleaded guilty Monday to possessing child pornography.

Close read of Senate health bill reveals winners, losers

posted: 12/22/2009 5:01 a.m.

The little town of Libby, Mont., isn’t mentioned by name in the Senate’s mammoth health care bill, but its 2,900 citizens are big winners in the legislation, thanks to the influence of Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont.

Rogers High Whips Branson

posted: 12/22/2009 4:59 a.m.

Morgan Hook and Taylor Murphy combined to hit seven 3-pointers as Rogers High defeated Branson, Mo. 60-35 Monday night.

Cave Gets Lit Up For Season

posted: 12/22/2009 4:59 a.m.

Twinkling lights, snowmen, reindeer and a Christmas tree will light up the normally dark Old Spanish Treasure Cave for a special holiday celebration.

CONFIDENCE GROWS FOR ROGERS HIGH’S HAMES DURING HIS SENIOR SEASON

posted: 12/22/2009 4:58 a.m.

Talent wasn’t the issue. Rogers High golf coach Marcus Alexander immediately could tell that senior Slade Hames possessed the necessary skills to blossom into a collegiate golfer.

Gray Sentenced To 15 Years

posted: 12/22/2009 4:56 a.m.

Circuit Judge Robin Green told a teen born with HIV that life may have dealt him a bad hand but it did not give him the right to expose others to the disease.

Schools, nonprofit give Pittsburgh aid

posted: 12/22/2009 4:54 a.m.

Pittsburgh officials shelved an idea for a first-of-its-kind tax on college tuition after two universities and a nonprofit health insurer agreed on Monday to make large contributions to the city.

Quitting job pays off for Arkansas Survivor

posted: 12/22/2009 4:54 a.m.

Natalie White took a chance when she quit her job in Van Buren earlier this year so she could battle it out on Survivor: Samoa, the CBS television reality show in its 20th season.

INJURY DOES NOT KEEP FAYETTEVILLE SOPHOMORE LAVY FROM SUCCEEDING

posted: 12/22/2009 4:52 a.m.

She had to fight through pain for most of the golf season, sometimes needing a brace to endure the agony each swing produced. But Fayetteville’s Olivia Lavy didn’t let a wrist injury derail her sophomore year.

Attempted Murder Trial Reset For Late January

posted: 12/22/2009 4:52 a.m.

An attempted murder trial resulting from a shooting incident over the summer has been reset.

FAYETTEVILLE: Money donated to fund at UA

posted: 12/22/2009 4:51 a.m.

A $1 million donation for Access Arkansas scholarships by the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation is the largest in the program’s history, bringing total contributions to the low-income scholarship fund to $3.8 million.

COMMENTARY: Sweep Humbles Har-Ber

posted: 12/22/2009 4:50 a.m.

One night ruined the idea of a stress-free break from basketball for Springdale Har-Ber coaches Eric Burnett and Sandy Wright. One painful evening — last Friday night — ensured their players would spend part of their 10-day layoff from competition somewhat detached from their family-and-friend time.

City Wants $7.3 Million Radio System

posted: 12/22/2009 4:50 a.m.

A recent federal appropriation puts the city of Fayetteville about $750,000 closer to purchasing a $7.3 million citywide radio system for police, firefighters and other city services.

Former Razorback, ex-state Sen. Canada, 84, dies

posted: 12/22/2009 4:49 a.m.

Former state Sen. Eugene “Bud” Canada of Hot Springs died early Monday, leaving behind a legacy of fighting for the removal of the sales tax on groceries, which he lived to see reduced in recent years.

Stepson jailed in ’06 slaying of urologist

posted: 12/22/2009 4:48 a.m.

The stepson of a slain Mountain Home doctor was arrested Monday and charged with capital murder in the 2006 case.

High School Renovation Moving Forward

posted: 12/22/2009 4:48 a.m.

The Fayetteville School District will ring in the new year moving full steam ahead toward a major renovation of Fayetteville High School.

Man, 18, pleads guilty to exposing five girls to HIV, gets 15 years

posted: 12/22/2009 4:48 a.m.

Circuit Judge Robin Green on Monday told a teen born with HIV that life may have dealt him a bad hand but it did not give him the right to expose others to the disease.

Northwest Arkansas deaths

posted: 12/22/2009 4:47 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes, at no charge, death notices of reasonable length for residents of Benton, Carroll, Washington and Madison counties submitted by funeral homes.

Numerous Break-Ins Reported

posted: 12/22/2009 4:47 a.m.

Police suspect kids are behind a string of thefts from vehicles in a central Fayetteville neighborhood.

10-0 Bears draw praise from Hogs

posted: 12/22/2009 4:46 a.m.

Missouri State won 11 games total last season. The Bears (10-0) have a shot to get their 11th victory of this season when they play Arkansas (6-5) at 7 tonight in Walton Arena.

West Fork Says Lien, Costs For Cleanup Valid

posted: 12/22/2009 4:45 a.m.

West Fork officials say they acted appropriately in condemning and razing two houses and they’re entitled to the full amount of the city’s lien on the property.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 12/22/2009 4:45 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I have the check. It’s in my bag. It’s crazy.” Natalie White of Van Buren, who received $1 million as winner of Survivor: Samoa Article, 1B

The state/region in brief

posted: 12/22/2009 4:45 a.m.

The associate vice chancellor for university relations at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville plans to leave his post at the end of January.

Phenomenal freshman

posted: 12/22/2009 4:44 a.m.

It’s not supposed to be this easy.

Dallas changes kickers

posted: 12/22/2009 4:44 a.m.

The Dallas Cowboys cut placekicker Nick Folk on Monday and replaced him with Shaun Suisham, a former Cowboy.

Hogs’ history in Liberty a bit unkind

posted: 12/22/2009 4:44 a.m.

The Liberty Bowl’s search for better December weather prompted its moves from Philadelphia, where it was created in 1959, to a 1964 stopover in the Atlantic City, N.J., Convention Center, to permanent relocation at Memphis in 1965.

COLLEGE WOMEN: Razorbacks’ guards lead game-winning outburst

posted: 12/22/2009 4:43 a.m.

Sophomore guard C’eria Rickets and senior guard Charity Ford scored all of Arkansas’ points in a game-turning 10-0 run, and the Razorbacks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 68-58 victory over Virginia Commonwealth on Monday in the Duel in the Desert.

Razorbacks report

posted: 12/22/2009 4:42 a.m.

The great Ryan Mallett mystery must have had something to do with punctuality.

Motion: Web Site Smears Defendants

posted: 12/22/2009 4:42 a.m.

A lawsuit alleging sexual harassment at the Washington County Sheriff ’s Office should be thrown out because of information on a Web site owned by the attorney representing two employees who fi led it, a defendant says.

Redshirting Razorbacks receiving extra attention

posted: 12/22/2009 4:42 a.m.

They were largely forgotten from September to December, but Arkansas’ redshirting freshmen never stopped working, never stopped their scoutteam duties, never stopped lifting weights and adding strength.

Giants manhandle Redskins in rout

posted: 12/22/2009 4:42 a.m.

Playing for their playoff lives, Eli Manning and the New York Giants were efficient, focused and dominant.

Even modified, many mortgages late

posted: 12/22/2009 4:41 a.m.

Homeowners who get a substantial cut in their monthly mortgage payments still stand a good chance of falling behind again, a report by two federal regulators says.

Fewer fraud filings a worry

posted: 12/22/2009 4:41 a.m.

U.S. authorities prosecuted the fewest number of people and companies for criminal bankruptcy fraud this year since at least 1986, even as filings rose during the recession.

Taxpayers lending a hand in Goldman Sachs’ move

posted: 12/22/2009 4:41 a.m.

In the first six months of 2010, about 6,000 employees of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. will take a break from their spreadsheets and move across the southern tip of Manhattan to a new 43-story, steel and glass skyscraper.

AMERICAN VALOR: Man Saves Civilians, Comrade During Battle

posted: 12/22/2009 4:40 a.m.

Ed Malone was ready for a fight. The veteran platoon sergeant had seen enough fighting to take ground from insurgents, only to withdraw and be forced to take it again. This time, his unit had the enemy out and exposed, and it was time to make a stand. Read more »

ConAgra profit rises 43 percent

posted: 12/22/2009 4:40 a.m.

ConAgra Foods Inc.’s profit jumped 43 percent in the second quarter as the popularity of its foods continued to grow with frugal shoppers.

Sport A Teaching Tool

posted: 12/22/2009 4:40 a.m.

When Rogers School District athletic director Mark Holderbaum went looking for someone to start a bowling program at Heritage High, he didn’t have to look far.

Field Trip In Plans For Rogers

posted: 12/22/2009 4:38 a.m.

Rogers High coach Preston Early is going to take the Lady Mounties on a little field trip in between games after Christmas.

Springdale To Buy More Land

posted: 12/22/2009 4:37 a.m.

The city’s Public Facilities Board on Monday approved buying 4.8 acres of land for $275,000 from the Newman Family LLC.

COMMENTARY: Johnson Agrees With Hire

posted: 12/22/2009 4:36 a.m.

Barry Gebhart couldn’t avoid the occasional joke, especially in his first few days as Fayetteville’s new athletic director. Apparently, it comes with the job.

Washington County Obituaries

posted: 12/22/2009 4:36 a.m.

Washington County Obituaries for Dec. 22

Other days

posted: 12/22/2009 4:36 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 22, 1909 Mistletoe and holly came on to the market for the holidays yesterday. Monday a dollar could not have bought the smallest sprig of mistletoe in Little Rock.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Official visitors quick to post positive reviews

posted: 12/22/2009 4:35 a.m.

Louisiana receiver Armand Williams was somewhat surprised by what he saw while on his official visit to Arkansas over the weekend.

Priorities, people

posted: 12/22/2009 4:35 a.m.

SAY WHAT you will about congressmen, those people know their priorities. Hand it to the Founding Fathers, too. They knew that the Senate they created would be the more deliberative body, while the House of Representatives would be closer to the people and more likely to reflect the changing popular mood.

To fly, but not to sleep

posted: 12/22/2009 4:35 a.m.

As we cram into airplanes this holiday season, there is an aspect of air travel that we’re likely to be putting out of our minds—pilots asleep at the yoke and flight attendants so tired their mental states can be likened to a drunken stupor.

Benton County Obituaries

posted: 12/22/2009 4:34 a.m.

Benton County Obituaries for Dec. 22

Soldiers’ stories tell truth of war

posted: 12/22/2009 4:34 a.m.

In the Humvee patrolling Baghdad’s deadly roads, one soldier kept both hands tucked inside his body armor, hoping they would not be blown off if a bomb penetrated the vehicle.

Pelphrey Shows Respect For Missouri State

posted: 12/22/2009 4:33 a.m.

Arkansas has already played a pair of big-name schools in its nonconference schedule.

BUDGET REPORT: Sales Tax Revenue Decreases

posted: 12/22/2009 4:33 a.m.

Sales tax revenue continued to drop in December, but city finance directors say while it’s disappointing and has an impact on budgets, the largest cities in Benton and Washington counties remain financially sound.

OTHERS SAY: Sore losers

posted: 12/22/2009 4:32 a.m.

If you’re wondering why Congress feels empowered to call the plays on the college bowl game lineup, blame the guy who fancies himself quarterback-in-chief.

LETTERS

posted: 12/22/2009 4:32 a.m.

Re the flap at the state Capitol: There is no legitimate reason to deny a tasteful Winter Solstice display that celebrates the old ways, but the Freethinkers’ “box of knowledge” display is more about the organization than the pagan celebration.

Northwest Arkansas Records

posted: 12/22/2009 4:31 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas Records for Dec. 22

Best choice was made

posted: 12/22/2009 4:30 a.m.

Like many of you, Laurie and I both could think of a dozen places we’d rather be than caroling for geriatric patients at Fayetteville’s care home, better known as City Hospital.

TOP 25/SEC MEN: Golden Lions run out of steam late

posted: 12/22/2009 4:21 a.m.

Jacob Pullen had 18 points, Dominique Sutton added 14 and No. 12 Kansas State responded to its highest ranking in 36 years with a 90-76 victory over winless Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday night.

COMMENTARY: Lincoln Holds A Minority View

posted: 12/22/2009 4:21 a.m.

Democrats, mad at her over health care, bemoan that Blanche Lincoln is no real Democrat. They lament that she is no worthy successor to Dale Bumpers.

HOW WE SEE IT: Animal Bill Barking Up The Right Tree

posted: 12/22/2009 4:21 a.m.

As we prepare to close the book on 2009, here’s one good thing to remember about the year: On Feb. 4, Gov. Mike Beebe signed into law Senate Bill 77, which made animal cruelty a felony in the great state of Arkansas.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Obstructing Progress? Hardly

posted: 12/22/2009 4:21 a.m.

GOP leaders obstruct progress” the letter to the editor headline read (Dec. 15). Actually, I would have thought the editor would have known better than to have used this headline not once but twice.

Iran cleric’s mourners use occasion to protest

posted: 12/22/2009 4:21 a.m.

Tens of thousands of Iranian mourners turned the funeral procession of the country’s most senior dissident cleric into an anti-government protest Monday, chanting “death to the dictator” and slogans in support of the opposition amid heavy security.

Red Wolves fixing trouble spots

posted: 12/22/2009 4:20 a.m.

Arkansas State Coach John Brady is still looking for a complete game out of his basketball team, even after a Sun Belt Conference victory over instate rival UALR on Sunday afternoon.

Eurostar trains to end 3-day halt

posted: 12/22/2009 4:20 a.m.

Eurostar said it would resume its high-speed rail service linking Britain, France and Belgium today after a three-day suspension that stranded tens of thousands of travelers and left French President Nicolas Sarkozy indignant.

Off the wire

posted: 12/22/2009 4:20 a.m.

BASEBALL AP: Nationals, Marquis agree Free-agent pitcher Jason Marquis and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a two-year contract, pending a physical, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Monday.

Southland honors Herbert 2nd time

posted: 12/22/2009 4:20 a.m.

Central Arkansas freshman forward Megan Herbert was named the Southland women’s basketball player of the week Monday. She is the first league player to receive two player of the week awards this season.

Second thoughts

posted: 12/22/2009 4:20 a.m.

Decoy deer look lifelike to poachers Deer hunters in Southwest Arkansas should really pay attention to what they’re shooting. It could be a trap.

U.S. slaps limit on tarmac waits

posted: 12/22/2009 4:19 a.m.

The Obama administration took aim Monday at tarmac horror stories, ordering airlines to let passengers stuck in stranded airplanes to disembark after three hours.

HEAVEN’S BEST: Ruffin gets on roll for Central at end

posted: 12/22/2009 4:18 a.m.

Freshman guard Jamie Ruffin scored all five of her points in the game’s final 35.4 seconds as Little Rock Central staged a frantic rally in the final two minutes to earn a 69-65 victory over Liberty-Eylau of Texarkana, Texas, in Monday’s quarterfinals of the Heaven’s Best Tournament at Hall High School.

Recession’s crime drop puzzles experts

posted: 12/22/2009 4:18 a.m.

High unemployment. More folks on food stamps. Fewer owning their homes. Yet for all the signs of recession, something is missing: more crime.

East Coast slip-slides back to life

posted: 12/22/2009 4:14 a.m.

Millions of East Coast commuters returned to work Monday over slick roads and icy sidewalks after a weekend winter storm dumped record snowfall and interrupted Christmas shopping and travel.

Obama signs funding for war, aid for jobless

posted: 12/22/2009 4:14 a.m.

President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill that combines another round of war spending with help for the unemployed.

Officials toiling on swap deal for Israeli

posted: 12/22/2009 4:10 a.m.

Marathon top-level Israeli meetings ended early today without announcement of a decision over whether to accept Islamic militants’ demand to swap 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for a lone Israeli serviceman.

Comparison of Senate, House health-care bills

posted: 12/22/2009 4:03 a.m.

SENATE Who’s Covered: About 94 percent of legal residents under age 65 — compared with 83 percent now. Government subsidies to help buy coverage start in 2014.

Ford offers buyout, retirement lures to all paid by hour

posted: 12/22/2009 3:43 a.m.

Ford Motor Co. has offered buyout or retirement incentive packages to all of its 41,000 U.S. hourly workers as it tries to further reduce its factory work force.

Japanese export decline slows

posted: 12/22/2009 3:42 a.m.

Japan’s exports posted their smallest fall in 14 months in November as robust Asian demand bolstered hopes a recovery in trade will avoid another recession in the world’s second-biggest economy.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 12/22/2009 3:36 a.m.

LR attic-stair firm has Lowe’s deal, is hiring A Little Rock manufacturer that specializes in folding attic stairs said Monday that it would ramp-up production and hiring.

Business news in brief

posted: 12/22/2009 3:33 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’re just going to try to right-size our manned capacity and align it with demand.” Mark Truby, Ford Motor Co. spokesman, on Ford’s new buyout and retirement incentive packages Article, 1D

MARKET REPORT: Deals, outlooks rouse investors

posted: 12/22/2009 3:32 a.m.

Another wave of corporate deal making stoked investors’ confidence in the economy and carried stocks sharply higher Monday.

Walgreen’s 1st-quarter profit up 20%

posted: 12/22/2009 3:31 a.m.

Concerned customers got more than 5 million flu shots at Walgreen Co. stores in the fall, helping the company increase its quarterly profit by 20 percent.

LIKE IT IS: Readers want answers to burning questions

posted: 12/22/2009 2:34 a.m.

Even while taking a few days vacation, e-mails are checked on a regular basis, and there seemed to be a few questions asked several times by several readers. So to clean out the e-mail basket, here are some of those questions and answers.

Monday, December 21

ALL OURS, ALL HOURS Kitchens Aid Shelter

posted: 12/21/2009 4:19 p.m.

The chefs were rocking and the music was cooking Monday evening at Fayetteville Town Center. The third annual Top Chefs and Rock Stars fundraiser to benefit Peace at Home Family Shelter drew approximately 500 supporters who enjoyed samples from competing chefs and bid on bands in the live auction.

Open Mic For Peace

posted: 12/21/2009 4:18 p.m.

A heart felt plea to First Lady Michelle Obama to influence her husband toward peace. A humorous look at the rising floodwaters of the economic recession. A neardeath experience that led to an inescapable truth: “The only thing important was the love.” The music and poetry at the Dec. 6 Open Mic For Peace covered a wide range of styles and topics. Yet a common thread ran through each of the 18 offerings. In his or her own way, each artist envisioned a world at peace.

Groups Serve Those Who Served

posted: 12/21/2009 4:18 p.m.

A wide-eyed 6-year-old Jasmine Steed recently browsed the Barbie aisle of a local Walmart store eyeing possible Christmas gifts.

LOCAL NOTES

posted: 12/21/2009 4:17 p.m.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will host several area blood drives this week.

Local 4-H’er Competes In National BBQ Contest

posted: 12/21/2009 4:16 p.m.

A local 4-H member received third-place honors in the 2009 National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference on Nov. 19 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville.

CLUB BRIEFS

posted: 12/21/2009 4:16 p.m.

Fly Tyers Meet Jan. 7 The Bella Vista Fly Tyers will not meet Dec. 24 or Dec. 31.

ANNIVERSARIES

posted: 12/21/2009 4:16 p.m.

Williams 60th Mr. and Mrs. James G. Williams of Rogers observed their 60th anniversary on Nov. 19, 2009, with a private celebration. Jim Williams and Jennie Huotari were married Nov. 19, 1949, in Chicago. They have three children, Char Mellor of Lake Geneva, Wis., Sheila Williams of Rogers and the late Greg Williams; six grandchildren; and five greatgrandchildren.

Local Radio Station Listeners Grant Christmas Wishes

posted: 12/21/2009 4:16 p.m.

The Christmas wishes of many Northwest Arkansas families were met because of the actions of listeners of local radio station 101.1 FM KLRC.

ANNIVERSARIES

posted: 12/21/2009 4:15 p.m.

Lizotte 50th Mr. and Mrs. John Lizotte of Rogers will celebrate their golden anniversary Dec. 20, 2009. John Lizotte and Pat Taylor were married Dec. 20, 1959, in Fayetteville. They have four children, Chris Lizotte and wife Sherri of Branson, Mo., Denise Redam of Tulsa, Okla., Michele Lefler and husband James of Bryant and Stephen Lizotte and wife Ginger of Miami, Okla.; and 10 grandchildren and stepgrandchildren.

ANNUAL AWARDS Theater Expanding Off erings

posted: 12/21/2009 4:15 p.m.

The Rogers Little Theater family received a special sneak peek Tuesday encouraging individuals to sign up youngsters for expanded children’s theater off erings.

Crystal Bridges Seeks Photos For Exhibition

posted: 12/21/2009 4:15 p.m.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is inviting residents of Northwest Arkansas to grab their cameras, get outdoors and capture the landscapes that are most meaningful to them — especially those threatened by development, disease and the ravages of age.

Orchestra Feted At Event

posted: 12/21/2009 4:14 p.m.

The board of the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra hosted a dinner for musicians with the Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra of Krakow, Poland, on Monday at the Fayetteville home of Holly and Buzz Smardo.

HOLIDAY SPENDING Credit Experts Urge Prudence

posted: 12/21/2009 4:14 p.m.

Resist buying that $500 fl at panel television with all the bells and whistles, if you’re going to charge it to a credit card.

PEOPLE IN BUSINESS

posted: 12/21/2009 4:13 p.m.

Peggy Lancaster of Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center was awarded a Child Development Associate Credential in recognition of her outstanding work with young children. The credential was awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington that represents the early childhood education profession. Lancaster has been employed at the Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center for three years. She is a teacher in the infant department.

Report: Used Car Prices Soar

posted: 12/21/2009 4:13 p.m.

Buyers in the market for a used car this Christmas can expect to pay as much as 19 percent more than a year ago as wholesale auto prices escalate amid tighter supplies and ample buyer demand.

BUSINESS BRIEFS

posted: 12/21/2009 4:12 p.m.

The hotel surplus in Northwest Arkansas takes another victim as PPA Hotels LLC, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Dec. 3.

ON THE AGENDA

posted: 12/21/2009 4:12 p.m.

The weekly Biz-4-Biz Networking Groups meet at 8 a.m. to about 9 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

UA vice chancellor takes Iowa post

posted: 12/21/2009 12:07 p.m.

The associate vice chancellor for university relations at the University of Arkansas has been named vice president for strategic communication at the University of Iowa.

Deer decoy nabs illegal hunters in southwest Arkansas

posted: 12/21/2009 9:45 a.m.

A decoy deer tempts illegal deer hunters in Southwest Arkansas.

Body found in Fort Smith park over weekend

posted: 12/21/2009 8:55 a.m.

Police in Fort Smith are investigating the “suspicious” death of a man whose body was found in a city park.

Senate passes healthcare bill

posted: 12/21/2009 7:56 a.m.

Senate Democrats won a crucial test vote on President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, putting them on track for passage before Christmas of the historic legislation to remake the nation’s medical system and cover 30 million uninsured.

PROFILES OF AMERICAN VALOR: Marine threw off misery to aid trapped comrades

posted: 12/21/2009 5:27 a.m.

Editor’s Note: On Nov. 1, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette and Stephens Media entered into a joint venture to publish local and regional newspapers in Northwest Arkansas. Stephens Media has produced a 54-part series on American valor and has given the Democrat-Gazette permission to publish installments from the series. This is the seventh of the installments to appear in the Democrat-Gazette. The entire series will be available on a daily basis online at www. americanvalor.net.

Grand Ayatollah who pushed for reform in Iran dies at 87

posted: 12/21/2009 5:26 a.m.

The spiritual father of Iran’s reform movement died Sunday at the age of 87, prompting thousands of his followers to immediately head to the holy city where the dissident cleric is to be buried.

GM says new bids received for closing Saab unit

posted: 12/21/2009 5:26 a.m.

General Motors Co. said Sunday that it received inquiries from “several parties” regarding its Saab unit after announcing it would close down the Swedish automaker after the collapse of talks to sell the company.

Court revisits ruling forcing lab testimony

posted: 12/21/2009 5:26 a.m.

Virginia Hernandez Lopez admitted to knocking back two shots of tequila with Sprite chasers on an August night in Julian, Calif., a couple of years ago. But she said she was not drunk when her Ford Explorer collided with an oncoming Toyota pickup later that night, killing its driver.

Washington County Restaurant Inspections

posted: 12/21/2009 5:25 a.m.

Washington County Restaurant Inspections for Dec. 9 - Dec. 14

Thousands of Taiwanese protest China envoy’s visit

posted: 12/21/2009 5:25 a.m.

Tens of thousands of opposition demonstrators marched through the streets of the central Taiwanese city of Taichung on Sunday, ahead of the arrival of a senior Chinese envoy for trade talks that some on the island fear could eventually lead to unification.

Boy healing after 4 needles extracted

posted: 12/21/2009 5:25 a.m.

A 2-year-old Brazilian boy was recovering nicely Sunday and receiving support from across the country after surgery to remove sewing needles his stepfather confessed to pushing into him, a hospital official said.

Sophomore Center Called Success

posted: 12/21/2009 5:24 a.m.

The first year at a new school can be intimidating and challenging.

Pine Bluff man has lofty plans for WWII model planes

posted: 12/21/2009 5:24 a.m.

Stacked in boxes and separated by old newspapers, plastic replicas of the fighter jets and bomber planes of World War II sit in the corner of Currin Nichol’s old home on Martin Street.

Prioritize needs for new funds, city officials told

posted: 12/21/2009 5:24 a.m.

Officials must think big if they are to have a chance at getting a share of federal stimulus money that is going to go out to states in the coming year, the city’s lobbyist told city directors.

Investigator added as crime reports rise

posted: 12/21/2009 5:23 a.m.

Campus police will move an officer from patrol to investigations to keep up with a higher-than-usual number of time-intensive cases at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville this semester.

Palace Became City Institution

posted: 12/21/2009 5:22 a.m.

According to Wikipedia, institutions are structures and mechanisms of social order and cooperation governing the behavior of a set of individuals within a given human collectivity.

Northwest Arkansas deaths

posted: 12/21/2009 5:22 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes, at no charge, death notices of reasonable length for residents of Benton, Carroll, Washington and Madison counties submitted by funeral homes.

Scientists look to lasers for clean energy

posted: 12/21/2009 5:21 a.m.

Next year will mark the 50th birthday of the laser, one of the most productive and widely used mega-inventions of the past century. Scientists hope that 2010 also will see the launch of laser technology’s greatest challenge: creating an inexhaustible supply of clean, carbon-free energy.

COMMENTARY: Two Christmases: Twice The Fun, Twice The Goodwill

posted: 12/21/2009 5:21 a.m.

The discussion centered around Christmas parades. “Big” Ronnie Smith was telling me I needed to go to the Avoca parade and I was telling him I didn’t go to the Rogers parade because it was too darned cold.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 12/21/2009 5:20 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s rare that we have so many rapes reported in such a short time span.” Lt. Gary Crain, University of Arkansas police spokesman, on the cases under investigation on the campus Article, 1B

The state/region in brief

posted: 12/21/2009 5:19 a.m.

Bus builder to close FS plant FORT SMITH — A company that manufactures funeral hearses, limousines and buses says it plans to close its plant in Fort Smith next spring.

NOTEWORTHY DEATH: Co-star of Clueless, 8 Mile

posted: 12/21/2009 5:19 a.m.

Brittany Murphy, the actress who got her start in the sleeper hit Clueless and rose to stardom in 8 Mile, has died in Los Angeles.

Save acres for vets

posted: 12/21/2009 5:18 a.m.

LIKE WARM Arkansas Christmases, dry eyes after It’s a Wonderful Life, and little boys from the Natural State scribbling “LSU gear” on their annual wish lists, some things are just not meant to be. That’s the way it seems with the controversial student apartments that apparently won’t be built in south Fayetteville. You know, where Washington County’s historic livestock auction house operated until June.

Man Disrupts Ambush, Uncovers Weapons Cache

posted: 12/21/2009 5:18 a.m.

He is no stranger to war. Sarun Sar’s first combat experience came in his native Cambodia, where he fought with anti-Vietnamese guerrillas. But when the Vietnamese invaded, his family was split up. His father died in prison, his brother was executed for smuggling weapons for anti-government guerrillas and his mother and two other brothers died from starvation. Read more »

Iraq-Iran standoff at oil-well site ends

posted: 12/21/2009 5:16 a.m.

A standoff between Iraq and Iran over a remote oil well ended peacefully Sunday as Iranian forces pulled back from the disputed site. In Baghdad, officials approved a preliminary deal with an international group to develop one of Iraq’s most prized oil fields.

Survivors of record-setting snows dig out to sunny sky

posted: 12/21/2009 5:14 a.m.

Residents throughout the mid-Atlantic and Northeast who had mostly holed up during the fierce weekend storm that dropped record snowfall and stranded travelers dug out Sunday from as much as 2 feet of snow to find sunny, mostly calm skies.

Students Develop Recycling Program

posted: 12/21/2009 5:12 a.m.

Christie Grigg, a junior at Haas Hall Academy, tries to practice what she preaches by bringing her lunch to school in packaging she can use over and over.

China touts climate-meeting pact

posted: 12/21/2009 5:12 a.m.

China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, lauded Sunday the outcome of the U.N. climate conference that ended with a nonbinding agreement that urges major polluters to make deeper emissions cuts — but does not require it.

COMMENTARY: Brothers’ Bond Strong

posted: 12/21/2009 5:10 a.m.

Certain e-mail messages are retained, to be retrieved and the “Reply” key employed when there is a need to contact the sender.

Bush library digs into legacy

posted: 12/21/2009 5:09 a.m.

Eight years of “still-evolving” American history is meticulously cataloged, wrapped, stored and guarded in the climate-controlled warehouse.

Citadel Broadcasting files for Chapter 11

posted: 12/21/2009 5:09 a.m.

Citadel Broadcasting Corp., the nation’s third-largest radio broadcasting company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Sunday in an effort to restructure its hefty debt load as it continues to face declining advertising revenue.

HOME TEAM : Local Athletes Tackle Ironman

posted: 12/21/2009 5:09 a.m.

While it might appear to the naked eye as just a triathlon, 10 triathletes from Northwest Arkansas view it as a culmination of hard work, discipline, sacrifice, and commitment.

Glitches force British rail link to cancel trains

posted: 12/21/2009 5:08 a.m.

The only passenger-rail link between Britain and the rest of Europe has been shut down indefinitely, Eurostar said Sunday, promising more travel misery for thousands of stranded passengers just before Christmas.

Special Pickup Set For Christmas Trash

posted: 12/21/2009 5:07 a.m.

Residents in Rogers can take advantage of a one-time Christmas trash pickup beginning Saturday through Dec. 31.

In the news

posted: 12/21/2009 5:07 a.m.

Andr y Rajoelina, Madagascar’s militarybacked leader since March, unilaterally named a highranking officer, Col. Camille Albert Vital, prime minister after dismissing on Friday the premier chosen in a consensus agreement with his rivals in November.

Names and faces

posted: 12/21/2009 5:06 a.m.

Roman Polanski is finishing the edit of his latest movie, Ghost, from his house arrest in Switzerland, surrounded by family and bombarded by telephone calls of support, French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy said in an interview Sunday.

The nation in brief

posted: 12/21/2009 5:06 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This ‘beat the clock’ is really overruling legislative sanity.” Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, saying Democrats were rushing the vote on a health-care overhaul without allowing enough evaluation.

The world in brief

posted: 12/21/2009 5:06 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The Copenhagen conference is not a destination but a new beginning,” Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, saying the international climate talks produced “significant and positive” results Article, 1A

Program Helps Officers

posted: 12/21/2009 5:06 a.m.

All the hostage-taker wanted was a pizza, a six-pack and some meth.

Medicaid plan adds to debate

posted: 12/21/2009 5:04 a.m.

Fifteen million low-income adults, including more than 200,000 Arkansans, would become eligible for Medicaid under a provision of the Senate health-care bill being debated in Washington.

Restaurants Open And Close

posted: 12/21/2009 5:04 a.m.

The restaurant merry-go-round continues to spin in Fayetteville with several restaurants closing and one opening.

COMMENTARY: Christmas Opportunity For Giving

posted: 12/21/2009 5:01 a.m.

It’s four days until Christmas. Even more amazingly, it’s 11 days until we enter 2010.

Water overflow reins in the rains

posted: 12/21/2009 5 a.m.

Since opening in July, a Little Rock Wastewater peak flow attenuation facility has prevented 138.1 million gallons of wastewater from overflowing into the environment, the agency’s engineering supervisor reported Friday.

Furlough, city’s safety weighed

posted: 12/21/2009 5 a.m.

City officials said Thursday that the three unpaid furlough days all employees will be required to take next year will have minimal impact on public safety departments.

Northwest Arkansas Records

posted: 12/21/2009 4:59 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas Records for Dec. 21

Rogers Heritage Wins Gentry Tournament

posted: 12/21/2009 4:58 a.m.

Rogers Heritage nearly doubled up the competition in winning the Gentry Holiday Classic high school wrestling tournament over the weekend.

Service project helps addicts

posted: 12/21/2009 4:57 a.m.

A group of sober drug addicts got more from their court-mandated community service project than the shelter for which they collected food.

Northwest Arkansas Births

posted: 12/21/2009 4:55 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas Births

Other days

posted: 12/21/2009 4:54 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Dec. 21, 1909 To be in a position to safeguard the interests of Little Rock in the event that a franchise is granted for the installation of a natural gas system here, Secretary H. F. Auten of the Business Men’s League has written letters to a number of cities using natural gas, requesting copies of their franchises. Copies of franchises granted by Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., have already been received.

Work plan aids Corps, campers at state lakes

posted: 12/21/2009 4:53 a.m.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Volunteer Program helps the Corps save money while providing camping enthusiasts with a free place to live in their RVs at DeGray Lake, Lake Ouachita or other Corps recreation facilities for an extended period of time, Corps personnel say.

Washington County Obituaries

posted: 12/21/2009 4:52 a.m.

Washington County Obituaries for Dec. 21

OTHERS SAY: Getting serious with Iran

posted: 12/21/2009 4:51 a.m.

It should be clear by now that Iran is on a collision course with the United States and other Western nations over its quest for nuclear weapons.

Reinstate tougher rules on bankers

posted: 12/21/2009 4:51 a.m.

Aggressive re-regulation of U.S. banks is about three financial crises and one near-economic meltdown overdue.

Lawsuits filed in Benton County

posted: 12/21/2009 4:50 a.m.

Lawsuit filed in Benton County for Dec. 10 - Dec. 16

LETTERS

posted: 12/21/2009 4:50 a.m.

Now that we have had ample opportunity to watch how the government’s executive and legislative branches spend our money, in fairness it is time to address the shortcomings of the third branch about which we hear little, the judiciary.

Ozark Sweeps Heritage

posted: 12/21/2009 4:49 a.m.

Rogers Heritage boys basketball coach Tom Olsen said his team just couldn’t score enough Saturday night.

Benton County Obituaries

posted: 12/21/2009 4:47 a.m.

Benton County Obituaries for Dec. 21

Rogers High Shuts Down Sherman

posted: 12/21/2009 4:47 a.m.

The first Sherman, Texas basket Saturday night against Rogers High will surely make the Bearcats’ year-end highlight film.

Deep snapper gets upside-down view

posted: 12/21/2009 4:46 a.m.

Don’t know Rhett Richardson? That’s fine with him.

Health care finale

posted: 12/21/2009 4:46 a.m.

As the battle for health insurance reform fades slowly into the distance, it is hard to remember a more needlessly uncivil encounter.

A kaddish for Joe

posted: 12/21/2009 4:46 a.m.

So little time, so much to do, what with the holiday bearing down on us like a freight train. December 21st is like that. Full of hustle and bustle and check lists. It was like that the day they found him out by the railroad tracks in Pine Bluff. That was long ago, yet he comes to mind every time the calendar flips to the 21st of December.

Bids For Emergency Notification System Due Today

posted: 12/21/2009 4:45 a.m.

Benton County will have an emergency telephone notification system as early as January.

Victory revives Dallas

posted: 12/21/2009 4:44 a.m.

After a wild Saturday night in New Orleans, Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys woke up Sunday with a whole new outlook on things.

Role Players Boost Bulldogs In Victory

posted: 12/21/2009 4:44 a.m.

Fayetteville forward Colton Primm stood outside the team locker room Saturday night, his nose stuffed with cotton to stop the bleeding.

NFL WEEK 15: Record day for Browns

posted: 12/21/2009 4:43 a.m.

San Diego, Arizona and Minnesota clinched division titles Sunday, while Philadelphia surged into the playoffs as at least a wild card.

Benton County Restaurant Inspections

posted: 12/21/2009 4:43 a.m.

Benton County Restaurant Inspections for Dec. 2 - Dec. 8

Evans, Heymsfield Thump Competition

posted: 12/21/2009 4:42 a.m.

Shiloh Christian’s Andrew Evans picked up some pretty good hardware this fall.

DOMINANT DUO

posted: 12/21/2009 4:40 a.m.

Gabe Gonzalez had few equals in cross country this year. The Springdale High junior won a whopping six races and finished the season by claiming the Class 7A title in a time of 16 minutes, 21.37 seconds. For his efforts, Gonzalez is the All-Northwest Arkansas Big 6 Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.

Clarke dealing with tendinitis

posted: 12/21/2009 4:40 a.m.

If you see Rotnei Clarke walking around with a big brace on his left knee, Arkansas’ leading scorer said not to be alarmed.

COMMENTARY: Plane Talk Not Desired

posted: 12/21/2009 4:38 a.m.

On the list of things I enjoy, flying on a commercial airline ranks somewhere between visiting the dentist and scrubbing the toilet. Which is to say I don’t enjoy it very much.

Fortson still out

posted: 12/21/2009 4:37 a.m.

Arkansas guard Courtney Fortson will not play against Missouri State Tuesday, Razorbacks Coach John Pelphrey said Sunday. “No change,” Pelphrey said. Fortson remains on suspension for disciplinary reasons and will miss his 12th regular-season game after playing in Arkansas’ two exhibition games. He is practicing with the team.

COMMENTARY: Fans haven’t given up on Arkansas yet

posted: 12/21/2009 4:36 a.m.

Never thought this old Arkansas Southwest Conference basketball tournament joke would recycle at Arkansas’ expense.

Police On The Prowl

posted: 12/21/2009 4:36 a.m.

Trent Morrison doesn’t work Mondays as police chief in Gravette, but he’s still on the prowl for bad guys. Specifically, he’s trying to prevent the fi ve-fi ngered discount.

Big Ben beats clock, Green Bay

posted: 12/21/2009 4:35 a.m.

Ben Roethlisberger ended the game the way he started it by throwing a touchdown pass to Mike Wallace, a desperation 19-yarder on the final play that rallied Pittsburgh to a 37-36 victory over Green Bay on Sunday, ending the Packers’ five-game winning streak and the Steelers’ fivegame losing streak.

Late field goal lifts Chargers

posted: 12/21/2009 4:35 a.m.

Nate Kaeding kicked a 52-yard field goal with 3 seconds left and the playoff-bound San Diego Chargers pulled out a dramatic 27-24 victory over the grieving Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Titans hang on to hopes

posted: 12/21/2009 4:34 a.m.

The Tennessee Titans might fall short of making NFL history by rebounding from an 0-6 start to make the playoffs. It won’t be for lack of trying.

Russell leads unlikely comeback

posted: 12/21/2009 4:33 a.m.

JaMarcus Russell returned to the Oakland Raiders’ lineup in time to hurt the Denver Broncos’ playoff hopes.

TOP 25/SEC WOMEN: ’Huskers make statement

posted: 12/21/2009 4:32 a.m.

The secret is out: Nebraska can play with the best in the country.

COLLEGE WOMEN: Razorbacks fall in second half

posted: 12/21/2009 4:30 a.m.

Texas-San Antonio outscored Arkansas 48-25 in the second half Sunday and defeated the Razorbacks 71-55 in the second round of the Duel in the Desert.

COMMENTARY: Purity of game seen in smaller bowl

posted: 12/21/2009 4:29 a.m.

The rage in college football is to keep getting bigger and bigger.

NEW ORLEANS BOWL: Blue Raiders roll with Dasher

posted: 12/21/2009 4:28 a.m.

Dwight Dasher ran for a bowl-record 201 yards and two touchdowns and threw two scoring passes to lead Middle Tennessee to a 42-32 victory over Southern Mississippi in the New Orleans Bowl on Sunday night.

Japan in bullet-train sales race

posted: 12/21/2009 4:25 a.m.

On a desolate stretch of track just before midnight, when all passenger lines have been put to bed, a juiced-up Japanese bullet train goes online and accelerates to more than 200 miles per hour. The 700-ton train, about a quarter of a mile long, whooshes by rice paddies in seconds.

Apple’s Lala buy seen rocking music future

posted: 12/21/2009 4:25 a.m.

With its deal this month to buy the Web music service Lala, Apple is attempting to show a path to the future of music.

LED traffic lights good for wallets, bad in snowstorm

posted: 12/21/2009 4:23 a.m.

Cities around the country that have installed energy-efficient traffic lights are discovering a hazardous downside: The bulbs don’t burn hot enough to melt snow and can become crusted over in a storm — a problem blamed for dozens of accidents and at least one death.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 12/21/2009 4:21 a.m.

Bankruptcy watch

Bike rental shop offers a spin along River Trail

posted: 12/21/2009 4:20 a.m.

You’ve heard about the North Little Rock River Trail, right? It’s about 7.5 miles of a mostly traffic-free biking-walking-jogging-skating-horseback-riding path that runs parallel to the Arkansas River. A perfect area to show off to visiting relatives, or to explore with the kids on Christmas break.

Exercise early or late? Runner fuels debate

posted: 12/21/2009 4:20 a.m.

Records are usually set in late afternoon or evening.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 12/21/2009 4:19 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Don’t you think our society has lost sight of the true meaning of Christmas? I wonder what Jesus would think if He walked through one of our malls around Christmas and saw all the decorations and everything, but nothing about His birth. — R.O’M.

MASTER CLASS: Move you can do in a box erases the exercise excuse

posted: 12/21/2009 4:16 a.m.

Innovation is sometimes born of necessity. Some of my most useful exercises would never have been created if I hadn’t been prevented from using some equipment or if a client hadn’t been physically unable to do a standard move safely.

Train abdomen, don’t strain neck

posted: 12/21/2009 4:15 a.m.

You’ve already learned it’s impossible to “spot reduce” by doing abdominal exercises. When the body sheds fat, it sheds it from head to toe — not just where you wish it would.

Health-care bill faces key Senate vote

posted: 12/21/2009 4:15 a.m.

The White House and its Senate allies defended a final push for health-care legislation Sunday as outflanked Republicans pledged a fight to the end.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/21/2009 4:13 a.m.

Happy birthday. The high-energy events of the year will require a superhuman effort. You’ll rise to the occasion. That’s why now is the best time to start creating perfect health. Apply the oldfashioned advice — it works. Friendships are helpful in your business. Investments in your own creativity and ideas will pay off in February. Leo and Pisces people adore you.

ON TV CONTEST

posted: 12/21/2009 4:13 a.m.

They keep the streets safe. They hunt down bad guys. They protect the innocent residents of the TV world. It’s about time they got some On TV Contest recognition.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 12/21/2009 4:12 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: My daughter and I were reading your column and little did we know that we would be using your advice just 12 hours later.

Check your knowledge

posted: 12/21/2009 4:12 a.m.

1.Who plays the title role — that of T.E. Lawrence — in the 1962 movie Lawrence of Arabia? 2. Who was president when Calvin Coolidge was vice president?

Out-of-this-world training on ‘anti-gravity’ treadmill

posted: 12/21/2009 4:10 a.m.

A treadmill developed at NASA Ames Research Center more than a decade ago for exercising in space has seen more athletes than astronauts lately.

Restless reader

posted: 12/21/2009 3:49 a.m.

Core Performance Women Core Performance Women: Burn Fat and Build Lean Muscle by Mark Verstegen and Pete Williams (Avery hardback, Thursday), 320 pages, $32.50.

Happy trails

posted: 12/21/2009 3:48 a.m.

BURNS PARK YELLOW TRAIL Location: Park in North Little Rock near the north end of the Big Dam Bridge over the Arkansas River. Look for the Pfeifer Loop Trail sign on the circle. Follow the yellow blazes.

Sunday, December 20

SPOTLIGHT ZACH DEAN: Alma youth club’s chief likes variety in programs

posted: 12/20/2009 5:12 a.m.

Although Zach Dean played sports while growing up in Alma, he understands that not all children are sports-obsessed.

NCAA D-III CHAMPIONSHIP: Warhawks rally late, claim title

posted: 12/20/2009 5:10 a.m.

Levell Coppage had 111 yards rushing and three touchdowns and Wisconsin-Whitewater scored 10 points in the final 1 minute, 17 seconds to beat defending champion Mount Union 38-28 in the NCAA Division III championship game on Saturday.

NORTHERN LIGHTS: Santas arrive to welcome UAMS chancellor, wife

posted: 12/20/2009 5:09 a.m.

An assembly of pudgy, wooden Santas in varying heights greeted guests at a Dec. 7 event meant as its own greeting for University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Chancellor Dr. Daniel Rahn and his wife, Lana. The pair traveled from Little Rock with Jean Sugg, wife of UA System president Alan Sugg, for a reception at Fowler House hosted by Jane and Dave Gearhart, chancellor of the UA’s flagship campus.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: He doesn’t bring her (old) flowers anymore

posted: 12/20/2009 5:08 a.m.

Le-Roy Gorrell started wooing the former Sally Williams in 1979 with leftover funeral flowers.

S E C hand Pearl worst loss as Volunteers coach

posted: 12/20/2009 5:08 a.m.

Alex Stepheson had 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, Mike Gerrity had 12 points and 10 assists, and Southern California routed No. 9 Tennessee 77-55 on Saturday for the Volunteers’ worst loss under Coach Bruce Pearl.

Northern lights Sweethearts warm up for spring dinner, gala

posted: 12/20/2009 5:08 a.m.

Dolls, every one of them, in their skinny jeans, silky scarves and eyelashes as long as their Christmas wish lists.

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS Rogers cools off Sherman’s fast start

posted: 12/20/2009 5:07 a.m.

The first basket by Sherman, Texas, on Saturday night will surely make the Bearcats’ year-end highlight film.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Nine groups, artists in state split $155,000 in NEA funds

posted: 12/20/2009 5:07 a.m.

Nine Arkansas arts organizations and individuals will receive grants totaling $155,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts in its first round of fiscal year 2010 funding.

LIFELONG HEALTH: Faith, love, charity foster health

posted: 12/20/2009 5:06 a.m.

For me and millions of other Americans, the Christmas season is among the best times of the year. Even for those of us who do not follow the Christian faith, it is hard not to get swept up in the joy and enthusiasm of this special season.

A R K A N S A S 7 2 , S T E P H E N F. A U S T I N 6 9 Back in the spotlight

posted: 12/20/2009 5:06 a.m.

Michael Washington’s back was fine the whole game. Walt Harris’ back went out on him in the second half.

NEW MEXICO BOWL Wyoming needs 2 OTs for victory

posted: 12/20/2009 5:05 a.m.

Wyoming trailed by 11 points in the fourth quarter. Its offense was led by a freshman quarterback, its defense was facing the nation’s leading rusher.

NORTHERN LIGHTS PARTY

posted: 12/20/2009 5:04 a.m.

Retired but ever-busy home interior designer Earl Douglas had just eight hours to work his magic.

Dinner feeds $5,000 into scholarship fund

posted: 12/20/2009 5:03 a.m.

The atrium of the Holiday Inn City Center is the perfect place to dine before a night at the symphony, declared Linda Kaufenberg, executive director of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Crawford and Sebastian counties.

NORTHERN LIGHTS: Heart Gala ’10 preview is chest thumping night

posted: 12/20/2009 5:02 a.m.

If the warm-up was any indicator, the 2010 Heart Gala is going to be an enormous success.

T O P 2 5 Jayhawks hang on, reach 10-0

posted: 12/20/2009 5 a.m.

Marcus Morris had a career-high 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Sherron Collins scored 19 to help No. 1 Kansas hold on for a grinding 75-64 victory over Michigan on Saturday.

Marshall catching on to big picture

posted: 12/20/2009 4:59 a.m.

Brandon Marshall brought his 17-year-old cousin to Denver to get him out of the same menacing Pittsburgh neighborhood where he was raised.

College coed deserves an F for making pal late to class

posted: 12/20/2009 4:59 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: “Hayley” is one of the few good friends I have at college. We take a class together. It’s in a building across campus, so I drive. I always contact Hayley to see if she wants me to take her. (She typically does.) Because the class requires physical activity, we dress in appropriate clothing.

Grieving Bengals try to keep mind on Chargers

posted: 12/20/2009 4:58 a.m.

Facing the streaking San Diego Chargers in a game with big playoff implications was going to be tough enough for the Cincinnati Bengals before the death of wide receiver Chris Henry.

COLLEGE WOMEN Offense falters for UA

posted: 12/20/2009 4:57 a.m.

Arkansas ’ women’s team made a late push Saturday against DePaul, but it wasn’t enough as the Blue Demons held off the Razorbacks 46-45 in the opening round of the Duel in the Desert.

Rookies making most of chances

posted: 12/20/2009 4:57 a.m.

Hey, rook, come over here and learn this encyclopedic playbook.

Shiloh makes its case on the field

posted: 12/20/2009 4:56 a.m.

It’s not very often when you walk into a gymnasium and are met by a giant, inflatable helmet in the middle of the court.

Walmart.com gaining on Amazon

posted: 12/20/2009 4:54 a.m.

With not quite a week to go before Christmas, division CEO Raul Vazquez says Walmart. com’s Christmas sales are growing two or three times faster than Web sales overall.

Gene Morgan Stout Jr. Man with a meal plan

posted: 12/20/2009 4:54 a.m.

Louisiana-born Morgan Stout wants you to believe he’s a plain, rice-and-beans kind of cook. He’s unpretentious to the point of ridiculous, when in fact he’s a culinary genius with the respect of many high-end restaurateurs in the city.

Consumers savvier on gift cards

posted: 12/20/2009 4:52 a.m.

Spending on gift cards for Christmas appears headed for a second straight year of decline, though not for lack of popularity.

China’s nuclear fast track raising concerns

posted: 12/20/2009 4:51 a.m.

China is preparing to build three times as many nuclear power plants in the next decade as the rest of the world combined, a breakneck pace with the potential to help slow global warming.

Mortgage programs have low threshold

posted: 12/20/2009 4:50 a.m.

Some Arkansas residents can qualify for mortgage programs designed to help put them into a home of their own with very little down payment required and competitively low interest rates.

Get the goodies (before they go)

posted: 12/20/2009 4:49 a.m.

It was Christmas, exactly 50 years ago. It was also when I masked petty crime with arguments of social justice, and when life exactly imitated art. Really.

Dealers cautious as they resume leasing vehicles

posted: 12/20/2009 4:49 a.m.

Vehicle leasing is resuming at a slow and measured pace, but wary automakers say it is unlikely to ever return to the madcap days when irresistibly low monthly rates drove up demand.

OIL AND GAS REPORT

posted: 12/20/2009 4:48 a.m.

The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission last week issued 22 drilling permits, 26 well completions and two well recompletions. By county, they were: DRILLING PERMITS CLEBURNE — SEECO Inc. of Fayetteville for Pickren 10-09 1-28 H to 3,500 ft. TVD and 9,500 ft. MD in Fayetteville Form. of B-43 Fld. Loc. SHL: 318 FNL & 1,564 FEL and PBHL: 460 FSL & 660 FEL of Sec. 28-10 N-9 W. Contractor: Pense; work begins Jan. 29.

U.S. loses $4 billion in auto bankruptcy

posted: 12/20/2009 4:47 a.m.

A reorganization plan filed in bankruptcy court in New York last week by the former Chrysler LLC, now known as Old Carco LLC, shows the automaker will not repay the $4 billion government loan it received in January.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 12/20/2009 4:46 a.m.

Happy birthday. You face the new year with a winning determination to build the best year yet. You will apply what you’ve learned in years past to bring about something that only you can make happen. January seals an important deal. A vocational change in September brings your duties more in line with your training. Aquarius and Aries people adore you.

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TREE EVER Love bright despite

posted: 12/20/2009 4:43 a.m.

The young farmhand and the younger, winsome farmer’s daughter stood by a lush, gaily decorated tree as the preacher read aloud their wedding vows.

LISTEN UP Iraheta’s debut sounds good, but lyrics need intervention

posted: 12/20/2009 4:43 a.m.

Allison Iraheta Just Like You Jive BDear Allison’s Mom, We need to talk. I’m loving the spunk and the sound of your all grit, growl and guts 17-year-old girl’s — and our fourth place American Idol finisher’s — debut. Feistier songs like “Friday I’ll Be Over You,” “D Is for Dangerous” and “You Don’t Know Me,” make Just Like You just like early Pink.

Cambodia ignores protests, deports Muslims to China

posted: 12/20/2009 4:42 a.m.

Cambodia deported a group of 20 Muslim asylum-seekers back to China on Saturday despite the protests from the United States and United Nations, which rushed people to the airport in an attempt to physically prevent their expulsion.

POP NOTES Boxed sets present Ella and Hank in stellar form

posted: 12/20/2009 4:41 a.m.

Is there no end to the treasures buried in the vaults?

Inquiry into Murtha closed by ethics office

posted: 12/20/2009 4:41 a.m.

A government office given the task of vetting ethics allegations against members of Congress has closed its investigation into the ties between three members of a powerful House subcommittee and a lobbying firm founded by a former Capitol Hill aide.

Shielding Antarctic is studied

posted: 12/20/2009 4:40 a.m.

Countries that manage Antarctica are considering new controls on ships visiting the frozen continent to reduce the growing threat of human and environmental disasters posed by exploding numbers of tourists.

Mom who killed 4 girls gets 120 years

posted: 12/20/2009 4:40 a.m.

A woman convicted of killing her four daughters and living for months with their decomposing bodies was sentenced Friday to 120 years in prison.

Suspected al-Qaida leader in Yemen escapes strike

posted: 12/20/2009 4:39 a.m.

A military strike on al-Qaida’s network in Yemen killed the deputy commander of the terrorist network’s cell in Abyan province, the Yemeni government said.

Choice is clear

posted: 12/20/2009 4:38 a.m.

On a slow ascent to the surface of the water from 60 feet down, the divemaster spots something thrilling along the reef and extends her hand with all five fingers wiggling excitedly. It’s a signal that can only mean one thing: Octopus!

Census tallies give peek into U.S. habits

posted: 12/20/2009 4:38 a.m.

More adults play video games than take education courses. Americans drink more bottled water than alcohol. One in 10 male students said he carried a weapon to school within the previous month. And while abortion rates keep declining, one in three births is to an unmarried woman.

Organ recipient gets rare amoeba

posted: 12/20/2009 4:37 a.m.

An extremely rare infection has been passed from an organ donor to at least one recipient in what is thought to be the first human-to-human transfer of the amoeba, medical officials said Friday.

Boy stable after needles removed

posted: 12/20/2009 4:37 a.m.

A Brazilian toddler was awake and breathing on his own Saturday after doctors removed four life-threatening sewing needles from around one of his lungs and his heart, but he was likely to face more surgery in the coming days, a hospital director said.

2 popes move nearer to possible sainthood

posted: 12/20/2009 4:36 a.m.

Pope Benedict XVI moved two of his predecessors closer to possible sainthood Saturday, signing decrees on the virtues of the beloved Pope John Paul II and contentious Pope Pius XII, who has been criticized for not doing enough to stop the Holocaust.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE Memory-makers often missed in trinkets hunt

posted: 12/20/2009 4:35 a.m.

Shopping in Europe can be fun, but not if you let it overwhelm your trip. I like to shop smart, spending my time — and money — efficiently. Based on three decades of travel, here are my top tips for shopping in Europe.

Gibraltar rocks with great views, monkeys

posted: 12/20/2009 4:35 a.m.

While vacationing in Spain, even the greatest fan of paella, tapas and Moorish palaces might occasionally yearn for a change of culture.

Space launch a go for three astronauts bound for international space station

posted: 12/20/2009 4:34 a.m.

Three astronauts from the United States, Japan and Russia received the go-ahead Saturday for a Christmas-season rocket launch to the international space station from Russia’s remote space complex in southern Kazakhstan.

Memorial’s razing kills woman, girl

posted: 12/20/2009 4:34 a.m.

Georgian authorities said Saturday that a woman and her 8-yearold daughter were killed when a World War II memorial was intentionally blown up.

CONSUMER TRAVEL Buying an offshore air ticket is seldom a real money-saver

posted: 12/20/2009 4:33 a.m.

“Can I still cut airfare costs by buying a return ticket overseas?” a reader asks. The quick answer is, “Not as much as last year. At current prices, offshore tickets are only rarely good deals for conventional leisure travel, but you can still find deals in business class.”

Afghan legislators question Karzai’s Cabinet choices

posted: 12/20/2009 4:33 a.m.

Afghan legislators complained Saturday that several members of President Hamid Karzai’s proposed Cabinet are inexperienced and beholden to warlords — opposition that threatens to slow the changes Washington believes essential to beating the Taliban.

Custody foes ask dad to Christmas

posted: 12/20/2009 4:32 a.m.

A U.S. man has filed appeals with the Brazilian Supreme Court to regain custody of his 9-year-old son after a five-year legal fight.

SPIN CYCLE Chris and Rihanna duke it out with their lyrics

posted: 12/20/2009 4:32 a.m.

You might know that Chris Brown has a new album out.

Toys for Tots to deliver toys to 20,000 children

posted: 12/20/2009 4:32 a.m.

Marine Corps leagues in Northwest Arkansas and the Fort Smith area expect to deliver more than 20,000 toys to children through the Toys for Tots program, which technically ended Saturday.

’43 grad finally does ‘the walk’

posted: 12/20/2009 4:31 a.m.

Donald Becker has a high school diploma and a college degree, but — until Saturday — he had never graduated from anything.

Town funeral homes vie over body of sales

posted: 12/20/2009 4:30 a.m.

The troubles at Woodhouse Mortuary started in February when its owner, longtime Forrest City funeral director James Woodhouse Sr. died, his wife said.

Petroleum pilferers hit Mexico hard

posted: 12/20/2009 4:30 a.m.

Drug traffickers employing high-tech drills, miles of rubber hose and a fleet of stolen tanker trucks have siphoned more than $1 billion worth of oil from Mexico’s pipelines over the past two years.

Dozens show up to help seniors

posted: 12/20/2009 4:29 a.m.

Erma Smith smiled broadly when she opened the door of her Cumberland Towers apartment in Little Rock and saw Sue Frueauff standing there with a monthly delivery of food and personal-care items from Arkansas Rice Depot.

Body found in ditch near FS park

posted: 12/20/2009 4:28 a.m.

Fort Smith police were investigating the death of an unidentified man Saturday, though the death did not look suspicious.

New casino resort creates buzz

posted: 12/20/2009 4:28 a.m.

Visitors by the thousands streamed into the newest casino resort on the Las Vegas strip last week, an influx that casino officials hope will help raise Sin City out of its two-year economic funk.

Big 1st Christmas expected by family of Dec. 26 triplets

posted: 12/20/2009 4:27 a.m.

Nine year-old Madison Taylor always wanted a sibling. Last Christmas she got three.

Subdivision limits street access

posted: 12/20/2009 4:26 a.m.

Chenal Valley’s first subdivision isn’t a gated community, but over the summer Little Rock’s Chenal Circle Property Owners Association posted 24-hour “courtesy officers” in its “information booth” to keep an eye on traffic turning onto the public street.

Fees of $10 here, $25 there giving airlines a boost

posted: 12/20/2009 4:26 a.m.

Fees for checked bags, reservation changes and other services are a bane to fliers these days, but they have become a significant source of airlines’ revenue.

50-year pilot gets honored for his record

posted: 12/20/2009 4:26 a.m.

A Forrest City pilot has been chosen to receive a prestigious award recognizing him for years of professionalism.

Chef steps to the plate at ASU

posted: 12/20/2009 4:25 a.m.

Randy Page has worked odd jobs, served as a consultant for catering companies and has been a personal chef.

Government meetings

posted: 12/20/2009 4:24 a.m.

Monday Rogers Board of Adjustments, 9:30 a.m.

Ross makes a pitch for watermelon stamp

posted: 12/20/2009 4:24 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark., sees the watermelon as a slice of American history and wants a stamp of approval.

Smackover fire chief will ‘pass the torch’

posted: 12/20/2009 4:23 a.m.

Ronnie Thomasson remembers exactly where he was when he became Smackover fire chief in 1993 — he was fighting a fire. But as of Jan. 1, he is retiring from the position after serving 38 years with the Fire Department.

COLUMN ONE

posted: 12/20/2009 4:22 a.m.

What a rarity: Elliott West is a great teacher who’s also a great scholar—and unpretentious about both callings. He teaches the history of the American West at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and now he’s one of three finalists for the coveted Robert Foster Cherry Award presented once every two years by Baylor University, along with a check for $215,000.

Best Books ’09

posted: 12/20/2009 4:21 a.m.

Part 1 of 2 Have you ever seen anyone fall in love with a book? I mean actually seen it—as if you’re watching a movie and the two main destined-foreach-other characters finally connect ?

EDITORIALS Season’s Greetings

posted: 12/20/2009 4:17 a.m.

IT JUST wouldn’t be Christmas without wishes and injunctions to be granted. It’s all as expected as The Little Drummer Boy by now. And about as monotonous.