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Saturday, July 31

BP exec: Time cleanup abated

posted: 07/31/2010 6:11 a.m.

BP’s new incoming boss said Friday that it’s time for a “scale-back” in cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill but stressed that the commitment to make things right is the same as ever.

July is deadliest for U.S. in war

posted: 07/31/2010 6:11 a.m.

The deaths of at least 66 soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen have made July the deadliest month for U.S. troops in the nine-year war in Afghanistan.

SEC Football Previews: Nutt eyes future, not Masoli’s past

posted: 07/31/2010 6:08 a.m.

A late addition to Ole Miss’ 2010 class of newcomers could change predictions that the Rebels will take a hard fall in the SEC West after finishing 9-4 and winning the Cotton Bowl each of the past two seasons.

Massive questions

posted: 07/31/2010 6:08 a.m.

Antonio Cooksey is such an anomaly that his coaches at North Little Rock are leaning on others for help.

Chrysler to add 900 jobs at plant

posted: 07/31/2010 6:07 a.m.

Chrysler Group LLC said Friday that it will add nearly 900 jobs at a factory in suburban Detroit and spare it from a planned closure.

U.S. economy on slow side but getting by

posted: 07/31/2010 6:05 a.m.

The U.S. economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.4 percent in the second quarter, after expanding a revised 3.7 percent in the previous three months, the Commerce Department reported Friday.

Southern beauties

posted: 07/31/2010 6:04 a.m.

Few plants are as connected with the South as crape myrtles. These plants thrive in heat and humidity and have the potential to bloom all summer with relatively little care.

Tseng, 21, extends lead; Kerr pursues

posted: 07/31/2010 5:58 a.m.

Yani Tseng certainly is consistent.

Langer secures two-stroke lead

posted: 07/31/2010 5:56 a.m.

Bernhard Langer waited much of Friday morning for the soupy fog on the Sammamish Plateau to finally lift. He spent the evening waiting for someone to make a charge up the leaderboard.

Tall tackle set to put in work

posted: 07/31/2010 5:54 a.m.

When Denton Simek changed his mind, Arkansas was waiting. Simek, an offensive tackle from Prague, Okla., signed with Arkansas in February after originally committing to Texas Tech and Coach Mike Leach.

HOG CALLS: Hogs eager to put youngsters to test

posted: 07/31/2010 5:50 a.m.

You don’t find more commonly named freshmen than Smith and Jones.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Nationals smash Oswalt’s debut with Phillies

posted: 07/31/2010 5:49 a.m.

Craig Stammen carried a shutout into the seventh inning and the Washington Nationals roughed up Roy Oswalt in his Philadelphia Phillies debut, halting an eight-game winning streak with an 8-1 victory Friday night.

NFL notes: High ankle sprain sidelines Cowboys’ Bryant

posted: 07/31/2010 5:47 a.m.

Dallas Cowboys rookie receiver Dez Bryant could miss the rest of training camp after the firstround draft pick suffered a high right ankle sprain near the end of practice Friday. The team said he will be out four to six weeks.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Naturals remain clutch in 8th, 9th

posted: 07/31/2010 5:45 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas won a battle of clutch hitting Friday at Springfield.

Notes

posted: 07/31/2010 5:44 a.m.

CARDINALS Freese almost ready for rehab ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese, who has been out the past month with ankle and toe injuries, could begin a rehab assignment soon. Manager Tony La Russa said Friday that Freese was close to being ready to play but had yet to run at 100 percent.

State Sports briefs

posted: 07/31/2010 5:41 a.m.

BASKETBALL Kingz-OTC advance to Elite Eight The Arkansas Kingz-OTC won two games in the championship bracket of the AAU Division II national tournament on Friday in Orlando, Fla., and have advanced to the Elite Eight.

Second thoughts

posted: 07/31/2010 5:39 a.m.

Babe trade cautionary for Hunter Pine Bluff’s Torii Hunter has had several conversations with Los Angeles Angels General Manager Tony Reagins in the past two weeks, and the Angels’ All-Star center fielder thinks he has a good feel for how stressful the work preceding today’s trade deadline has been.

Off the wire

posted: 07/31/2010 5:38 a.m.

BASKETBALL Wright’s ex-wife threatened Lorenzen Wright’s ex-wife was threatened at her home by three men who were carrying guns and looking for the former NBA and University of Memphis player about six weeks before he was shot to death, the woman’s attorney said Friday.

Suspect to judge: Will fire attorney

posted: 07/31/2010 5:32 a.m.

Complaining of delays, the Muslim convert accused of killing a soldier outside a Little Rock recruiting center said in a letter that he wants to fire his attorney and instead be represented by a lawyer from the Arkansas Public Defender Commission.

UAMS aims to put patients’ fears to rest

posted: 07/31/2010 5:30 a.m.

Workers will rush this weekend to move furniture and supplies to the newly expanded Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute for its first patients Monday.

Ballot law requiring 3 percent ruled fair

posted: 07/31/2010 5:24 a.m.

A federal judge threw out a lawsuit Thursday brought last year on behalf of the Green Party of Arkansas that challenged the constitutionality of a state law that had barred it from being included as a political party on Arkansas ballots.

Firm hired for ASU search

posted: 07/31/2010 5:17 a.m.

Tom Meredith of Effective Leadership LLC signed a contract Friday with the Arkansas State University Foundation to help the ASU System find a president.

New USDA Rules Excite Poultry Growers

posted: 07/31/2010 5:15 a.m.

Looming regulatory oversight sets the stage for a battleground of poultry growers applauding proposed industry rules and poultry companies resisting change.

Advocates Look To Bring Focus To Northwest Arkansas Homelessness

posted: 07/31/2010 5:14 a.m.

A nationally known advocate says Americans communities have a choice about dealing with people who are homeless. “They can embrace homelessness or they can try to bulldoze it,” said Mark Horvarth, founder of the website InvisiblePeople.tv.

Construction Continues On Siloam Springs High School

posted: 07/31/2010 5:13 a.m.

The new Siloam Springs High School should be open by August 2011.

Bisbee: Stone To Blame For Fees

posted: 07/31/2010 5:12 a.m.

Benton County Judge Dave Bisbee says Benton County Prosecutor Van Stone is to blame for his $73,000 legal bill.

Woman’s Family Upset Man Arrested In Connection With Rape Was Let Go

posted: 07/31/2010 5:11 a.m.

Brian Tyler Jordan pleaded not guilty to rape, a class Y felony. He could be sentenced from 10 to 40 years or life imprisonment if convicted.

No Quick Fix For Solid Waste District

posted: 07/31/2010 5:10 a.m.

The recycling programs run by the Benton County Solid Waste District aren’t quite automated, but they’re being prepared to run on autopilot.

Lorton Retires As Fire Marshal

posted: 07/31/2010 5:09 a.m.

re Station No. 1 was filled with smiles and handshakes Friday as firemen gathered to celebrate Chris Lorton’s retirement.

Maddox Tosses Hat Into Rogers Mayoral Race

posted: 07/31/2010 5:08 a.m.

Kurt Maddox of Gravette said Friday he is moving to Rogers and running for mayor of the city. He also announced Friday he has formed a campaign committee for his bid for office.

Higher Education notebook

posted: 07/31/2010 5:07 a.m.

Scholarship policy alters refund order A change to the financialaid stacking policy, approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Board at its Friday meeting, will ensure Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarships will be the first refunded if a student’s financial-aid package exceeds the cost of attending a college or university.

Potential City Council Candidates Expanding

posted: 07/31/2010 5:07 a.m.

Potential candidates picking up filing packets for city council elections are starting to define the races.

Fayetteville Schools Schedule Elementary Enrollment

posted: 07/31/2010 5:05 a.m.

In less than three weeks, students head back to the classrooms in Fayetteville and across Northwest Arkansas.

Other days

posted: 07/31/2010 5:04 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 31, 1910 All is in readiness for the removal of the passenger and freight terminals of the Cotton Belt route from the Union passenger depot and the Iron Mountain freight depot to the new quarters in Argenta, which change is to take place Monday.

Natural Lands Foundation Launched

posted: 07/31/2010 5:03 a.m.

Another seed has been planted to preserve Fayetteville’s natural spaces. Dr. Pete Heinzelmann and his wife, Margo, established the Fayetteville Natural Areas Foundation Fund, a charitable fund of the Northwest Arkansas Community Foundation.

City Lengthens Remaining Two Parking Meetings

posted: 07/31/2010 5:02 a.m.

The city has doubled the scheduled times for two remaining meetings to discuss the new parking program for the Dickson Street entertainment district.

Bond Denied for Woman Accused of Killing Toddler

posted: 07/31/2010 5 a.m.

A Fayetteville woman charged with capital murder in the death of her boyfriend’s toddler son has been denied bond.

Northwest Personal Space

posted: 07/31/2010 5 a.m.

A.L. Media and Consulting owner Amy Lamb explains why her front deck is her favorite space.

HOW WE SEE IT Pay Tribute To The ADA

posted: 07/31/2010 4:59 a.m.

If you don’t have a disability, and you aren’t close to someone who does, chances are you don’t give much thought to the Americans with Disabilities Act. That’s perfectly understandable.

LETTERS

posted: 07/31/2010 4:59 a.m.

Tag hard to acquire This is a heads-up to whoever might need to get a permanent handicapped hang-tag for his relative to use following an illness that has left the relative weak and on oxygen.

COMMENTARY Entering the Fudville Zone

posted: 07/31/2010 4:58 a.m.

Consider, if you will, a street in a small town in Northwest Arkansas.

Iran feels the heat

posted: 07/31/2010 4:58 a.m.

“They [the United States and Israel] have decided to attack at least two countries in the region in the next three months.” —Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Where did the Dog Days go?

posted: 07/31/2010 4:57 a.m.

The Greeks started the whole thing by calling sultry summer weather Dog Days, blaming it on the brightest star in the sky besides the sun—Sirius, also known as the Dog Star.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Where Advice Comes Cheap

posted: 07/31/2010 4:57 a.m.

Thirty years ago, I paid a visit to a young Bentonville attorney. His name was Asa Hutchinson.

Saratoga of the South

posted: 07/31/2010 4:56 a.m.

It’s shortly before 9 a.m. on a Saturday and the crowd is out the door at The Pancake Shop on Hot Springs’ Central Avenue.

Let the sun shine

posted: 07/31/2010 4:54 a.m.

If you’re like me, you’ve wondered what it would cost to convert the energy needs of your home to a solar system.

Austin Slams Past Fayetteville

posted: 07/31/2010 4:40 a.m.

If the double play is a pitcher’s best friend, Tony Johnston and his defense must be extremely close.

Boggs Family All About Baseball

posted: 07/31/2010 4:39 a.m.

Baseball and family have been big parts of Tommy Boggs' life. The two have come together with Austin Slam Baseball.

Fort Smith product bolsters elite team’s roster

posted: 07/31/2010 4:36 a.m.

Brett McCabe isn’t afraid to go outside of his city to bolster his Dallas-based DBAT Mustangs roster.

Chambers Takes Lead At Bella Vista Championship

posted: 07/31/2010 4:34 a.m.

Mark Chambers survived an up-and-down round Friday at the Bella Vista Country Club and will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Bella Vista Village Men’s Championship.

Naturals 5, Cardinals 3

posted: 07/31/2010 4:33 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals started a series in Springfield, Mo., with a familiar score.

Offshore-drilling bill clears House

posted: 07/31/2010 4:27 a.m.

The House on Friday approved a bill to boost safety standards for offshore drilling and remove a $75 million cap on economic liability for oil spills.

ASU’s use of gift riles family foundation

posted: 07/31/2010 4:24 a.m.

A former Arkansas State University board member said money his family donated to help buy land for the Heber Springs campus was instead used to settle a bankruptcy.

Gunsmith comments on flaws in registering

posted: 07/31/2010 4:23 a.m.

Defense attorneys for Dr. Randeep Mann, who is accused of masterminding an explosion that nearly killed the chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board, began their case Friday with testimony focused on guns and grenades.

Immigration memo angers Republicans

posted: 07/31/2010 4:22 a.m.

The Obama administration is considering ways it could let illegal aliens stay in the United States, according to an agency memo.

Senate ethics panel proposes Rangel scolding

posted: 07/31/2010 4:21 a.m.

House ethics investigators recommended that Rep. Charles Rangel of New York be reprimanded for ethical violations, the chairman of the investigative subcommittee said Friday.

Deleting health-law tax form found to be vexing

posted: 07/31/2010 4:20 a.m.

Tucked into the new health-care law is a demand that nearly 40 million U.S. businesses file tax forms for every vendor that sells them more than $600 in goods.

Woman is 4th convicted in ’07 slaying

posted: 07/31/2010 4:19 a.m.

Vanessa Coleman was sentenced Friday to 53 years in prison for helping in the kidnapping, rape and murder of 21-year-old Channon Christian.

Pastors Take A Break

posted: 07/31/2010 4:17 a.m.

Last summer, the Rev. Steve Sheely took his family with him to the annual conference of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in Houston.

Russian wildfire calls for state of emergency

posted: 07/31/2010 4:17 a.m.

Vast sections of Russia were under a state of emergency Friday as more than 10,000 firefighters fought to save villages and forests from being reduced to ash and ember during the country’s hottest summer on record.

430 die in Pakistan’s deadlist deluge since 1929

posted: 07/31/2010 4:16 a.m.

Boats and helicopters struggled to reach hundreds of thousands of villagers cut off by floods in northwest Pakistan on Friday as the government said 430 people had been killed in the deadliest such disaster to hit the region since 1929.

U.S. asks WikiLeaks site to stop war-report posts

posted: 07/31/2010 4:16 a.m.

The Obama administration on Friday implored the website WikiLeaks to stop posting secret Afghanistan war documents, as the Pentagon pressed its investigation of the security breach by bringing a soldier under scrutiny back to the U.S. for trial.

Soldiers fire on Kashmir demonstrators, kill 3 men

posted: 07/31/2010 4:15 a.m.

Paramilitary soldiers fired on thousands of demonstrators Friday in Indian Kashmir, killing three men and wounding at least 80 as protests against Indian rule spread across the disputed region.

Sarkozy threatens unruly immigrants

posted: 07/31/2010 4:15 a.m.

President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday that as part of a “national war” on delinquency he wants to revoke the French citizenship of immigrants who put the lives of police officers in danger.

Dye testing of Buffalo inconclusive

posted: 07/31/2010 4:13 a.m.

State environmental regulators have yet to find traces of dye in tributaries of the Buffalo National River as part of a test to find the source of high levels of E. coli in the river.

State corrects routes to follow Trail of Tears

posted: 07/31/2010 4:13 a.m.

For the first time, Arkansas will have signs to direct motorists along three land routes that were used for the federal government’s forced migration of thousands of Indians across the state in the 1830s.

In the news

posted: 07/31/2010 4:12 a.m.

Larry Crain, a lawyer for World Association for Children and Parents, said a Russian boy who was sent back to Moscow by his adoptive mother, Torry Hansen of Shelbyville, Tenn., who said she didn’t want him any more because he had severe psychological problems, has been placed back in a Russian orphanage.

Names and faces

posted: 07/31/2010 4:12 a.m.

Actor Andy Griffith, 84, has a new role: pitching President Barack Obama’s healthcare law to senior citizens in a cable television ad paid for by Medicare.

Mega Millions

posted: 07/31/2010 4:11 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 11-30-40-48-52 Mega Ball: 42 Estimated jackpot: $33 million Megaplier: 04

FAITH MATTERS ‘Who Is My Neighbor ?’

posted: 07/31/2010 4:11 a.m.

The parable of the Good Samaritan is understood in popular culture to be a lesson in providing aid to the unfortunate stranger. In the Gospel of Luke, where the story illustrates Jesus’ reply to a lawyer’s question, “Who is my neighbor?” it may offer us in Northwest Arkansas a more profound statement about the nature of love and neighborliness.

The nation in brief

posted: 07/31/2010 4:11 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Anyone who thinks this wasn’t a catastrophe must be far away from it.” Bob Dudley, who heads BP’s oil spill recovery and will take over as CEO in October Article, 1A

BENTON COUNTY RELIGION NOTES

posted: 07/31/2010 4:11 a.m.

Church Announcements and Upcoming Events

The world in brief

posted: 07/31/2010 4:10 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Before winter, each house will be restored. I promise — the village will be rebuilt.” Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, in a village destroyed by fires Article, 2A

Paid off debts but can’t prove it, 1st District candidate says

posted: 07/31/2010 4:08 a.m.

Rick Crawford, a Republican running for the 1st Congressional District seat, said Friday that he paid back every cent of his $12,611.67 debt legally dissolved by his 1994 bankruptcy.

WASHINGTON COUNTY RELIGION NOTES

posted: 07/31/2010 4:08 a.m.

Church Announcements and Upcoming Events

Special sheriff’s runoff is still on

posted: 07/31/2010 4:07 a.m.

A special election set for next week in Stone County to choose a Democratic candidate for sheriff will go on as planned after a Pulaski County Circuit Court judge on Friday refused to halt the process at the request of the Republican nominee for the position.

Limit on new colleges extends

posted: 07/31/2010 4:05 a.m.

The Higher Education Coordinating Board on Friday extended a moratorium on new college campuses for 10 years, citing concerns that state appropriations don’t adequately cover the needs of existing institutions.

The state/region in brief

posted: 07/31/2010 4:03 a.m.

Boone County man charged in slayings A Boone County man was charged Friday with two counts of capital murder, stemming from the shooting deaths of a married couple.

Bisbee cites prosecutor for his $73,000 legal bill

posted: 07/31/2010 4:02 a.m.

Benton County Judge Dave Bisbee says Benton County Prosecutor Van Stone is to blame for his $73,000 legal bill.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 07/31/2010 3:59 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It has never been done before.” Richard Davies, executive director of the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism, on matching the Trail of Tears route to highways and roads in Arkansas Article, 1B

U.S. banks still at risk, IMF finds

posted: 07/31/2010 3:57 a.m.

The financial system in the United States remains fragile and banks subjected to additional economic stress might need as much as $76 billion in capital, according to the results of International Monetary Fund stress tests.

EDITORIALS The wish for war

posted: 07/31/2010 3:57 a.m.

THANK goodness for the New York Times. (Now there’s a phrase you won’t see in this column all that often.) Not long ago the newspaper many think of as this country’s paper of record published a lengthy story about life in North Korea, based on interviews with North Koreans themselves.

Something is wrong here

posted: 07/31/2010 3:55 a.m.

It’s just before sunset on a Wednesday night in the Ruby Tuesday restaurant in Fayetteville.

This date in baseball

posted: 07/31/2010 3:53 a.m.

1930 Lou Gehrig drove in eight runs with a grand slam and two doubles as the New York Yankees outlasted the Boston Red Sox 14-13.

Disney unloads Miramax Films

posted: 07/31/2010 3:53 a.m.

The Walt Disney Co. said Friday that it agreed to sell its Miramax Films to an investor group for about $660 million, ending a 17-year association with the studio and a six-month bidding process.

Airline shippers duck tougher cargo checks

posted: 07/31/2010 3:52 a.m.

Pfizer, the world’s largest drugmaker, didn’t want to take any chances when rules requiring screening of all U.S. air cargo take effect next week. Neither did Racine Berkow Associates, a shipper of fine art.

MARKET REPORT: July best month in year for stocks

posted: 07/31/2010 3:50 a.m.

Stocks had a fitting end to a choppy July as prices seesawed their way to a narrowly mixed finish. Despite the turbulence, this was the market’s best month in a year.

Honda’s earnings a record

posted: 07/31/2010 3:50 a.m.

Honda’s quarterly profit ballooned to a record $3.2 billion while Mazda reduced its losses, rounding out a tale of recovery among Japanese automakers.

Business news in brief

posted: 07/31/2010 3:49 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are particularly concerned about the situation among the small and mediumsized banks, which are most heavily exposed to the commercial real estate sector.” Christopher Towe, the International Monetary Fund’s deputy director of monetary and capital markets Article, 1D

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 07/31/2010 3:49 a.m.

FDIC fines ex-officer at bank $50,000 The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has ordered Bradley Payne, formerly president of Bank of the Ozarks’ Russellville division, to pay a fine of $50,000 for fraudulent activity at the bank, the federal regulator said Friday.

Hot Springs hospital buys small rival, doctors’ group

posted: 07/31/2010 3:49 a.m.

St. Joseph’s Mercy is buying some of its competition in the Hot Springs market, the 20-bed HealthPark Hospital and the HealthFirst Physicians Group.

Philippines’ rice supply swollen, imports halted

posted: 07/31/2010 3:43 a.m.

The world’s biggest rice importer, the Philippines, is now “swimming” in the staple grain because of imports by the previous government that drove world prices to record highs and possibly enriched corrupt officials.

Ask the expert

posted: 07/31/2010 3:42 a.m.

We’re thinking of doing major remodeling of our master bathroom and, like most people, want to get the most for our money.

Idle porch becomes party place

posted: 07/31/2010 3:42 a.m.

When we walk through neighborhoods on an evening, surveying the houses — with envy — we’re struck by those with porches. But they’re empty.

In the garden

posted: 07/31/2010 3:40 a.m.

Q I have an evergreen tree in my backyard that is covered with the cocoons in the attached pictures. These insects seem to be destroying my tree.

Tools & toys

posted: 07/31/2010 3:39 a.m.

Cool-It Caddy What’s to love: Keeps items cool instead of melted.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 07/31/2010 3:38 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’ve hurt a lot of people in my life, especially my ex-wives and our children. I feel bad about it now, and I guess I ought to tell them I’m sorry, but for some reason I just can’t bring myself to do it. Please pray I’ll do the right thing. — D.C.

Gadget gawkers find a few useful ones

posted: 07/31/2010 3:36 a.m.

If you follow technology blogs or watch infomercials, you know that inventive minds are always coming up with new household gadgets meant to make life easier. Here’s a look at a few of the more ingenious ones — and where to find out about them.

CLICK & CLACK’S CAR TALK

posted: 07/31/2010 3:35 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: I am interested in buying a vintage /classic ice-cream truck such as the Divco for a new, gourmet-ice-cream truck venture.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: State replaces vehicle fleet; old cars to be sold

posted: 07/31/2010 3:34 a.m.

Dear Otus, What in the world are all the cars doing out at the airport? Thousands of them showed up this week. We just started getting rid of the FEMA trailers. Now this!

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 07/31/2010 3:33 a.m.

Happy birthday. Loved ones celebrate you and thrill to the opportunity to give back to you. When it comes to work, you’re not messing around.There’s something you want to accomplish, and you’ll do it. August features unforgettable experiences with your team.You’ll meld your lifestyle with someone else’s in February.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 07/31/2010 3:32 a.m.

DEAR READERS: What should you do if you find a lost dog? Nothing? Take it in? Call the pound? If you do encounter a “lost” dog, carefully approach the animal; a scared dog is more apt to bite. If the dog is friendly, you’ll want to keep it out of harm.

Keep it clean

posted: 07/31/2010 3:32 a.m.

Power Rake What is this thing? The Power Rake is a multipurpose lawnmower blade that can clean up your yard in three ways: It can dethatch, rake or scalp the grass.

Public Meetings

posted: 07/31/2010 3:31 a.m.

July 31, 2010

Records

posted: 07/31/2010 3:28 a.m.

July 31, 2010

Obituaries for Washington County

posted: 07/31/2010 3:27 a.m.

July 31, 2010

Obituaries for Benton County

posted: 07/31/2010 3:26 a.m.

July 31, 2010

Check your knowledge

posted: 07/31/2010 3:21 a.m.

1. Did Thornton Wilder or Tennessee Williams write the play The Matchmaker? 2. Name the current pope. 3. Oil of the juniper berry is used as the basic flavoring for what alcoholic beverage?

Friday, July 30

Arkansas announces Fan Day schedule

posted: 07/30/2010 4:16 p.m.

Arkansas fans are invited to help the football team get ready for the 2010 season as Razorback Fan Day has been set for Aug. 21, at the Gardens, located south of Bud Walton Arena.

Defense opens for Arkansas doctor charged in bombing

posted: 07/30/2010 noon

Lawyers for a doctor accused of masterminding a bombing that disfigured the chairman of the Arkansas Medical Board opened their defense Friday, hoping to show that prosecutors "cobbled together" a theory when they couldn't link the physician to the bomb or the scene.

Pine Bluff school board suspends superintendent

posted: 07/30/2010 11:19 a.m.

The Dollarway school board has suspended the district's superintendent with pay effective immediately and named an interim replacement.

Time to scrap BP brand? Gas-station owners divided

posted: 07/30/2010 10:52 a.m.

BP gas station owners across the country are divided over whether the oil giant stained by its handling of the Gulf spill should rebrand U.S. outlets as Amoco or another name as part of its effort to repair the company's badly damaged reputation.

Man killed in collision with Oklahoma City police car

posted: 07/30/2010 10:40 a.m.

The man killed when his car was hit by an Oklahoma City police car has been identified as 49-year-old Raul Becerra of Oklahoma City.

Medical helicopter makes forced landing in Oklahoma

posted: 07/30/2010 10:35 a.m.

No injuries are reported after a medical helicopter made a forced landing shortly after takeoff from Jones Riverside Airport near Tulsa.

GRIDLOCK GURU Wedington job at I-540 to pick up

posted: 07/30/2010 5:34 a.m.

Tom Overbey of Fayetteville wonders why work at Wedington Drive near Interstate 540 isn’t moving along a little faster.

Hundreds commute in vehicles state owns

posted: 07/30/2010 5:32 a.m.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has 2,385 vehicles, including 674 that are taken home by employees and used for commuting.

Arizona seeks reinstatement of illegals law

posted: 07/30/2010 5:28 a.m.

Arizona asked an appeals court Thursday to lift a judge’s order blocking most of the state’s immigration law as Phoenix filled with protesters, including about 50 who were arrested for confronting police officers.

1st step to plug oil appears imminent

posted: 07/30/2010 5:26 a.m.

A procedure intended to ease the job of plugging the blownout Gulf well for good could start as early as the weekend, the government’s point man for the spill response said Thursday.

Police Search For Robber

posted: 07/30/2010 5:17 a.m.

A bank robber struck at First Federal Bank at the corner of College Avenue and Millsap Road just before noon Thursday.

Woman Arrested In Baby’s Death

posted: 07/30/2010 5:15 a.m.

The girlfriend of a dead toddler’s father has been arrested in the boy’s death.

Sherrod says she’ll sue blogger

posted: 07/30/2010 5:14 a.m.

Fired U.S. Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod, speaking Thursday at a convention of black journalists, said she hopes her story will be a catalyst for racial dialogue and that she intends to sue the conservative activist whose blog post of an out-of-context video led to her ouster.

Bus System Employee Raises On Hold

posted: 07/30/2010 5:13 a.m.

Raises for Ozark Regional Transit employees remain in question after the approval of the organization’s 2011 budget.

County Weighs Cost Of Bridges

posted: 07/30/2010 5:11 a.m.

Replacing a pair of old bridges is a case of doing what’s right rather than doing what’s affordable for some Benton County officials.

Clemens Enjoys 'Year of the Pitcher'

posted: 07/30/2010 5:10 a.m.

As a former pitcher, Roger Clemens has enjoyed the five no-hitters that have been thrown this season in the Major Leagues.

Bids Approved For Early Work On Fayetteville High School Improvements

posted: 07/30/2010 5:09 a.m.

Fire up the bulldozers. It’s time to get to work on the expansion of Fayetteville High School.

KUAF Expands Daily Programming

posted: 07/30/2010 5:08 a.m.

University of Arkansas radio station KUAF will add three hours of news and talk programs to its daily schedule starting Monday.

Fire Department Receives Federal Grant

posted: 07/30/2010 5:07 a.m.

Firefighters at the seven Rogers fire stations may soon breath a little easier. The Rogers Fire Department received a $186,750 federal grant to purchase “source capture systems” for each fire station. The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants program.

2 dads differ on BP question

posted: 07/30/2010 5:06 a.m.

As U.S. senators and BP executives wrangle over hearings to explore the oil company’s possible involvement in the release of a Libyan convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, victims’ families in Arkansas are divided on the need for BP to testify.

6 rice farmers win $940,000

posted: 07/30/2010 5:05 a.m.

A Desha County jury awarded more than $940,000 in damages to six farmers and their business entities Wednesday, to compensate for losses they have sustained since traces of genetically modified rice were found in the U.S. long-grain rice supply in 2006.

Parents, Students Tour Charter School Renovation

posted: 07/30/2010 5:04 a.m.

Kindergarten, elementary and middle school students at the Benton County School of the Arts will go to school Monday with some big changes to their campus.

Bentonville, Lightning Enter Partnership

posted: 07/30/2010 5:03 a.m.

The city entered into a partnership with the Northwest Arkansas Lightning Soccer Club earlier this month in an attempt to grow recreational soccer in the city.

Monsoon-fed floods kill 60 in Pakistan

posted: 07/30/2010 5:02 a.m.

Rivers burst their banks during deadly monsoon rains lashing Pakistan, washing away streets, battering a dam and submerging thousands of homes, officials said Thursday.

Mentors assigned with scholarships

posted: 07/30/2010 5:01 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville is stepping up its efforts to get minority students in college and keep them enrolled, UA officials said Wednesday.

Rain slows crash-site search

posted: 07/30/2010 5:01 a.m.

Anguished relatives sought the remains of loved ones killed in Pakistan’s worst-ever plane crash, some grieving at a hospital collecting bodies Thursday and others joining the recovery effort at the hillside crash site laden by heavy rain and mud.

Paid Parking On Dickson Comes Aug. 16

posted: 07/30/2010 5:01 a.m.

The kinks are still being worked out, and many questions remain, but expect paid parking to hit the Dickson Street entertainment district Aug. 16, parking officials say.

Advocates Plan Community Garden Session

posted: 07/30/2010 4:59 a.m.

A community garden can sprout in your backyard. OK, maybe it doesn’t have to be that close, but a neighborhood plot is possible and organizers want to spread the word.

Names and faces

posted: 07/30/2010 4:58 a.m.

California investigators probing the death of Michael Jackson have decided not to file charges against seven doctors who treated him, authorities said Wednesday.

Corvette, Camaro Stolen In Bella Vista

posted: 07/30/2010 4:57 a.m.

Two vehicles with a combined value of $105,000 were stolen from the Highlands area Wednesday.

Glunt Force

posted: 07/30/2010 4:57 a.m.

Certain players just have the look.

In the news

posted: 07/30/2010 4:57 a.m.

President Barack Obama signed a $59 billion measure to fund a troop buildup in Afghanistan, raising the total amount Congress has allotted for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan past $1 trillion.

Sooter Seeks Fifth Term On Bentonville City Council

posted: 07/30/2010 4:56 a.m.

City Councilman Chris Sooter announced his campaign for re-election earlier this week.

The nation in brief

posted: 07/30/2010 4:56 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “My deputies will arrest them and put them in pink underwear.” Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, vowing to arrest disruptive protesters of Arizona’s immigration law and stating that he’ll go ahead with a crime sweep targeting illegal aliens Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 07/30/2010 4:55 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is like a puzzle.” Abdul Wali, deputy head of the governing council in Afghanistan’s Logar province, on what two U.S. sailors were doing driving in the dangerous region where they were abducted and killed Article, this page

Indiana Team Downs N. Texas Titans

posted: 07/30/2010 4:54 a.m.

Things didn’t start like Indiana Bulls Red coach Tony Cookerly wanted Thursday afternoon at Veterans Park, but Devin Nickelson helped make sure it finished fine.

City Set To Host Centerton Day

posted: 07/30/2010 4:53 a.m.

Fire Chief Jeff Coffelt has been busy setting up one of the biggest celebrations the city has had.

Rogers Assistant Chief Receives Designation

posted: 07/30/2010 4:52 a.m.

Jake Rhoades, a deputy fire chief with the Rogers Fire Department, was awarded the professional designation of chief fire officer.

Half Marathon To Be ‘Big Event’

posted: 07/30/2010 4:50 a.m.

Bruce Dunn loves that Fayetteville has a reputation for being an community that loves the outdoors.

Tulsa Downs Northwest Arkansas

posted: 07/30/2010 4:49 a.m.

The Tulsa Drillers roughed up Northwest Arkansas’ Aaron Crow for a five-run first inning and made it stand up for a 5-3 victory in Texas League action Thursday night at ONEOK Field in Tulsa.

Chambers Grabs Share Of Bella Vista Lead

posted: 07/30/2010 4:48 a.m.

As an All-State basketball player at Rogers High in 1990, Mark Chambers was known as an accurate, long-range shooter for a Mounties basketball team that broke a nearly two decades-old state tournament drought.

ARRESTS in NWA

posted: 07/30/2010 4:46 a.m.

July 30, 2010

Golf’s over; Petrino’s ready for football

posted: 07/30/2010 4:45 a.m.

Every other foursome was hacking around for second place when Coach Bobby Petrino and his loaded team attacked the par-72 course at Paradise Valley Country Club in Thursday’s annual golf outing with media members, car dealers and other business associates.

House panel details its charges against Rangel

posted: 07/30/2010 4:44 a.m.

The House ethics committee formally unveiled charges Thursday against Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., after efforts to reach a settlement apparently fell short, setting in motion a trial for the 20-term congressman.

SEC Football Previews: Counting on continuity

posted: 07/30/2010 4:43 a.m.

The hiring of Gene Chizik at Auburn in the winter of 2008-2009 drew yawns, if not derision, in many quarters of the SEC and befuddlement in some quarters of the Auburn nation.

Fayetteville Falls In American Legion State Finals

posted: 07/30/2010 4:43 a.m.

Fayetteville Lindsey & Associates battled all the way back to the championship game in the Senior American Legion State Tournament on Wednesday night.

Farm aid on way, says Lincoln

posted: 07/30/2010 4:42 a.m.

Qualified farmers in Arkansas and elsewhere can expect to receive federal payments even though a disaster-relief measure was derailed in the Senate this week, Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln said Thursday.

Arkansas finances lag below SEC par

posted: 07/30/2010 4:41 a.m.

When it comes to spending and raising money for its athletic department, Arkansas ranks in the lower third of the SEC according to figures in the Razorbacks’ 2009-2010 annual report. Arkansas’ budget of $60.3 million for last year ranked ninth in the SEC. Tennessee led the way with a budget of more than $100 million, while Mississippi State ranked last at about $37 million.

U.S. graded poor as A-bomb sleuth

posted: 07/30/2010 4:40 a.m.

The U.S. government is slowly losing its ability to investigate a nuclear blast and quickly determine who was responsible and whether more bombs are out there, experts said in a report released Thursday.

Phillies acquire Oswalt

posted: 07/30/2010 4:39 a.m.

Roy Oswalt granted his own wish: He’s now part of a pennant race. Miguel Tejada, Jorge Cantu and Matt Capps joined the mix, too.

THEATER An Arkansan Abroad

posted: 07/30/2010 4:38 a.m.

Back in the States — in Arkansas, specifically — Nellie Forbush’s mother has a view of whom her daughter should marry.

Baltimore brings in Showalter

posted: 07/30/2010 4:37 a.m.

Buck Showalter was hired to manage the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday, his latest rebuilding project in a major league career full of them.

Canadian company blamed in Michigan spill cited before

posted: 07/30/2010 4:37 a.m.

A Canadian company whose pipeline leaked oil into a Michigan river boasts on its website of being “an industry leader in pipeline safety and integrity.”

COMMENTARY: Recent news full of good calls, bad calls

posted: 07/30/2010 4:36 a.m.

Jim Joyce became the unhappiest kind of instant celebrity last month when the umpire blew a call to ruin a perfect game by Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga.

GREAT GRAPES! Altus Puts Foot In It

posted: 07/30/2010 4:36 a.m.

Almost half a century ago, Lucille Ball made grape stomping a household image in an episode of the popular TV sitcom “I Love Lucy,” hilariously stomping her heart out in the midst of confused Italian vintners.

WASHINGTON COUNTY OBITUARIES

posted: 07/30/2010 4:36 a.m.

July 30, 2010

New blazes flare in California hills

posted: 07/30/2010 4:36 a.m.

New brush fires swept over more than 3 square miles in rural Los Angeles County hills Thursday while good weather to the north aided firefighters building containment lines around two wildfires that destroyed homes in remote mountain communities earlier in the week.

THE RECRUITING GUY: UA woos receiver with offense, shot to play early

posted: 07/30/2010 4:35 a.m.

Arkansas’ explosive offense and penchant for playing freshmen are two of the main reasons one of the nation’s top receivers has the Razorbacks among his top five and plans to take an official visit to Fayetteville for the Alabama game.

2nd U.S. sailor dead in Afghanistan

posted: 07/30/2010 4:34 a.m.

The discovery of the body of a second U.S. sailor who vanished in Afghanistan last week only deepened the mystery of the men’s disappearance nearly 60 miles from their base in a dangerous area controlled by the Taliban.

BENTON COUNTY OBITUARIES

posted: 07/30/2010 4:34 a.m.

July 30, 2010

Couple killed in their trailer; suspect jailed

posted: 07/30/2010 4:33 a.m.

A Boone County man is expected to be charged with capital murder in Circuit Court today in the deaths of a husband and wife, Boone County Sheriff Danny Hickman said Thursday.

Arkansas Deaths

posted: 07/30/2010 4:33 a.m.

July 30, 2010

Tontitown Ready For Its Close-Up

posted: 07/30/2010 4:33 a.m.

The history and tradition of the Tontitown Grape Festival could reach a whole new audience this year, if a series titled “Celebrating Festivals” makes it to television.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Moseley spot on in first NY start, earns another

posted: 07/30/2010 4:31 a.m.

Dustin Moseley rewarded his manager for picking him to start Thursday and earned another start in the process.

GOP nominee files suit over special primary election

posted: 07/30/2010 4:31 a.m.

The Republican nominee for Stone County sheriff wants a judge to stop next week’s election to determine his Democratic opponent.

UA signee going to junior college

posted: 07/30/2010 4:30 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino said Thursday that linebacker signee Courtney Gaston will begin his college career at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, and offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said Gaston would be rooming with defensive tackle Calvin Barnett, another Razorbacks signee.

PUBLIC MEETINGS in NWA

posted: 07/30/2010 4:29 a.m.

Calendar of next week's meetings

Benton County CORRECTIONS

posted: 07/30/2010 4:27 a.m.

A Wednesday report about Bob Evans’ resignation from the Bella Vista Property Owner’s Association board of directors said Evans resigned, in part, because board chairman Anita Werts denied his two written requests for executive sessions to discuss matters related to General Manager Tommy Bailey. Evans said that his requests were not for executive sessions to discuss Bailey’s job performance, but for private board meetings to discuss the board members’ responsibilities and the responsibilities of the general manager.

No sides were taken in firing, judge says

posted: 07/30/2010 4:27 a.m.

Circuit Judge L.T. Simes on Thursday denied that he ever pressured the mayor of West Helena to reinstate the city’s police chief, as the mayor later claimed in court and in a complaint against the judge.

Lee Ann Womack At Downstream

posted: 07/30/2010 4:27 a.m.

Country singer Lee Ann Womack, whose signature song “I Hope You Dance” not only made the No. 1 slot on the Billboard Country Chart but also crossed over to reach the Top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100, will be performing tonight at the Downstream Casino Resort near Joplin, Mo.

MUSIC Growing ‘Old’ Gracefully

posted: 07/30/2010 4:26 a.m.

Some years ago, the title of “alternative country pioneer” loomed large for Rhett Miller, lead singer and vocalist for the Old 97’s.

Top teams battle for swim titles

posted: 07/30/2010 4:26 a.m.

Scott Berry isn’t afraid of a little competition.

‘Status quo’ education no help, Obama says

posted: 07/30/2010 4:23 a.m.

President Barack Obama defended his signature “Race to the Top” education plan before an audience that included critics who say some of his policies may shortchange low-income students and students who are members of minority groups.

Woman arrested in death of child

posted: 07/30/2010 4:23 a.m.

The girlfriend of a dead toddler’s father has been arrested in the boy’s death.

The state/region in brief

posted: 07/30/2010 4:22 a.m.

Classic cars stolen from collector BELLA VISTA — Two vehicles with a combined value of $105,000 were stolen from the Highlands area Wednesday.

Robber strikes bank in Fayetteville

posted: 07/30/2010 4:22 a.m.

A bank robber struck at First Federal Bank at the corner of College Avenue and Millsap Drive just before noon Thursday.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 07/30/2010 4:21 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are trying to provide the kind of environment where cultures are melting, in a way.” Veronikha Salazar, assistant director of the University of Arkansas Multicultural Center, on UA’s new Razorback Bridge Scholarships Article, 1B

Probe finds shooting justified

posted: 07/30/2010 4:20 a.m.

Two Pine Bluff police officers placed on administrative leave in the shooting of a Pine Bluff man last week were to return to work Thursday, police said Wednesday.

Rural bridge repairs right move despite tight times, JP contends

posted: 07/30/2010 4:19 a.m.

Replacing a pair of old bridges is a case of doing what’s right rather than doing what’s affordable, according to some Benton County officials.

Rogers stations to get healthful tools

posted: 07/30/2010 4:17 a.m.

Firefighters at the seven Rogers fire stations soon will breath a little easier.

FAMILY FRIENDLY Summer Fun: Sail the Seas With the 7Ups

posted: 07/30/2010 4:16 a.m.

Take one villainous pirate captain with a goofball crew, two wealthy sisters and their nanny (kidnapped by the pirate captain), 10 enthusiastic seventh-graders and an equally enthusiastic youth librarian. Shake vigorously twice a week all summer.

ART Living In Color

posted: 07/30/2010 4:14 a.m.

Her hand flicks over the canvas, moving her whole arm with it. She stands when she paints, using her entire body, oftentimes dancing to the music she plays in her home studio.

2 military rounds worry Benton unit

posted: 07/30/2010 4:13 a.m.

Twice Tuesday — within a four-hour span — the Benton Police Department encountered two potentially explosive devices at two homes just 2 miles apart.

DINING Pied Piper a Pub for the Public

posted: 07/30/2010 4:12 a.m.

We have a reputation as a biker bar,” co-owner Fatima Treuer admits about the Pied Piper Pub in Eureka Springs.

Tseng, Hull lead British

posted: 07/30/2010 4:11 a.m.

Yani Tseng shot a 4-underpar 68 in the opening round of the Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale on Thursday and is tied for the lead as she pursues her third major championship.

Other days

posted: 07/30/2010 4:11 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 30, 1910 As a result of a conference between the Argenta Street Commission and County Judge Joe Asher yesterday afternoon an ag reement was made whereby the city, in conjunction with the county, will pave Main street from Fifth, north to 15th Street, with crushed stone.

Death is a real drag

posted: 07/30/2010 4:09 a.m.

I’d been feeling pretty well lately, upright and taking nourishment, fit as a fiddle and ready for love. So imagine my surprise at learning that I was dead.

Vaughan leads by 2 at U.S. Senior Open

posted: 07/30/2010 4:08 a.m.

SAMMAMISH, Wash. — The fans following Fred Couples and Tom Watson early Thursday morning were sometimes six- and seven-deep, wedging themselves between tree trunks and ducking under limbs.

And there we weren’t

posted: 07/30/2010 4:08 a.m.

ARNE DUNCAN’S idea about how to improve education across the land—his Race to the Top program—has a lot of merit. One of these days, maybe Arkansas will merit a place in the winner’s circle.

THEATER Process Informs Performance

posted: 07/30/2010 4:07 a.m.

Here’s what the audience needs to know: “Bombs, Babes and Bingo” is an original play by Merri Biechler, the story of how one man’s memories are unraveling due to an unspecified brain injury.

RIVER VALLEY Singing, Dancing And Students

posted: 07/30/2010 4:04 a.m.

If one were to judge by the number of shows in the season, he might be led to believe this is a down year for entertainment offerings at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.

Welch gets 2nd major victory

posted: 07/30/2010 4 a.m.

Little Rock’s Jennifer Welch completed the summer double Thursday.

Fayetteville plans half-marathon

posted: 07/30/2010 3:59 a.m.

Fayetteville is getting another big race.

FYI

posted: 07/30/2010 3:58 a.m.

Upcoming Events Highlights and Calendar

Romero rolls at Junior Stroke

posted: 07/30/2010 3:57 a.m.

Sean Romero of Texarkana shot a 5-under-par 67 in Thursday’s final round to take an 11-stroke victory in the Arkansas State Golf Association Junior Stroke Play Championship at Texarkana Country Club.

Who cooked the planet?

posted: 07/30/2010 3:57 a.m.

Never say that the gods lack a sense of humor. I bet they’re still chuckling on Olympus over the decision to make the first half of 2010—the year in which all hope of action to limit climate change died—the hottest such stretch on record.

OTHERS SAY: Exile in Siberia it isn’t

posted: 07/30/2010 3:56 a.m.

Tony Hayward is getting his life back. Because of the BP chief’s own missteps, it’s a different life than the one he had before the April 20th oil rig explosion that killed 11 workers and fouled the Gulf of Mexico. After being dismissed as CEO by the BP board, the gaffe-prone Hayward will now assume a job at a company outpost in Russia—with only an $18.5 million exit package to comfort him.

TEXAS LEAGUE Tulsa jumps on NW Arkansas early

posted: 07/30/2010 3:56 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas has seen enough of Bronson Sardinha and the Tulsa Drillers lately.

LETTERS

posted: 07/30/2010 3:56 a.m.

Essay inflammatory I was disappointed to see the Democrat-Gazette publish the editorial piece by Tony Norman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. You usually hold yourself above such inflammatory rhetoric regardless of which side in a debate hurls it.

Genetic crime-fighting

posted: 07/30/2010 3:54 a.m.

Everybody has heard of those cases where DNA evidence exonerates a wrongly convicted citizen.

LIVE! IN NWA

posted: 07/30/2010 3:54 a.m.

Live Music Highlights and Calendar

No surprises

posted: 07/30/2010 3:53 a.m.

Anybody surprised at a federal judge’s ruling blocking key provisions of Arizona’s antiimmigrant law?

Baldor boosts its net income to $23 million

posted: 07/30/2010 3:53 a.m.

Baldor Electric Co.’s net income for the second quarter rose 192 percent over the same quarter last year, the company said in a news release after the stock markets closed Thursday.

Off the wire

posted: 07/30/2010 3:51 a.m.

BASKETBALL Police: Wright shot to death Former NBA and University of Memphis player Lorenzen Wright, 34, whose body was found in woods outside Memphis, was shot to death and the case is being investigated as a homicide, police said Thursday.

LOOK HERE

posted: 07/30/2010 3:51 a.m.

Arts Calendar

Business lending bill stalls

posted: 07/30/2010 3:50 a.m.

President Barack Obama’s election-year jobs agenda suffered a new setback Thursday when Senate Republicans blocked a bill creating a $30 billion government fund to help open up lending for credit-starved small businesses.

Second thoughts

posted: 07/30/2010 3:50 a.m.

Makeup call for Nationals Here’s guessing the real Miss Iowa will not be booed when she takes the mound at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Jobless claims still high despite new drop

posted: 07/30/2010 3:49 a.m.

New jobless claims fell last week for the third time in four weeks but remain elevated.

Debt-fixing firms face tougher rules

posted: 07/30/2010 3:48 a.m.

Companies that promise to reduce or eliminate credit-card balances and other debt for customers will no longer be allowed to charge an upfront fee.

Exxon, Shell earnings jump with prices, demand for fuel

posted: 07/30/2010 3:48 a.m.

The major oil companies continue to climb back from the recession, with higher fuel prices driving up earnings.

State sports briefs

posted: 07/30/2010 3:48 a.m.

BASKETBALL Haydar joining Razorbacks as walk-on Fuad “Kikko” Haydar, who averaged 20.1 points and 5.0 assists as a Fayetteville High School senior last season, is joining Arkansas as a walk-on, Coach John Pelphrey announced Thursday.

Avis’ $1.33 billion offer tops Hertz bid for rival

posted: 07/30/2010 3:47 a.m.

Avis Budget Group Inc.’s $1.33 billion offer for Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc., which topped Hertz Global Holdings Inc.’s agreement to buy the rental-car company, is a sign of a potential bidding war, analysts said.

Movie Review: The Kids Are All Right

posted: 07/30/2010 3:46 a.m.

Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right, is a wonderful thing, intelligent in the ways of human foible, and generous with sinners. There is a compelling warmth to the film, as well as moments of genuine wit and one heartbreaking scene that will feel familiar to everyone who has ever felt the bottom drop suddenly out of their life.

Southwest quarter ends on high

posted: 07/30/2010 3:44 a.m.

Southwest Airlines Co. added an upbeat note to a strong quarter for the airline industry by reporting a $112 million profit for spring and early summer.

Movie Review: Dinner for Schmucks

posted: 07/30/2010 3:44 a.m.

There’s a lot that happens in the inelegantly titled Dinner for Schmucks before dinner is ever served. So much happens, in fact, that one begins to wonder if there will even be a dinner.

Mortgage rates set record low 6th week

posted: 07/30/2010 3:40 a.m.

Mortgage rates for U.S. homes set a record low for the sixth straight week, potentially freeing up money for consumers to spend elsewhere.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 07/30/2010 3:39 a.m.

Chicago City Council OKs third Wal-Mart The Chicago City Council has approved a third Wal-Mart store in the city.

MARKET REPORT: Uncertainty nudges stocks lower

posted: 07/30/2010 3:38 a.m.

Stocks ended an erratic day with a modest loss Thursday as investors tried to reconcile another batch of conflicting economic signals.

REVIEW Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

posted: 07/30/2010 3:38 a.m.

For at least a half hour, Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky is a brilliant and exciting film and seems almost sure to be one of the best of 2010. Then it becomes simply good.

Man to man,‘bromances’ only fleeting for audiences

posted: 07/30/2010 3:36 a.m.

True romance will never die. But “bromance” ?

Business news in brief

posted: 07/30/2010 3:34 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are just trying to keep the rigs warm, ready to start up again.” Simon Henry, Royal Dutch Shell Group chief financial officer, on the deep-water drilling ban in the Gulf of Mexico Article, 1D

Movie Review: Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

posted: 07/30/2010 3:25 a.m.

Dogs and cats, living together... mass hysteria? Maybe not so much. While these animals were resourceful and well-equipped enemies in the original Cats & Dogs from 2001, now they’re forced to band together to fight a common foe in the sequel Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.

PREVIEWS

posted: 07/30/2010 3:22 a.m.

New this week Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 85 PG House pets continue their epic struggle for control of planet Earth in this sequel to the 2001 comedy. Review on 1E. Colonel Glenn 18, Breckenridge Village 12, Chenal 9, Riverdale 10, Lakewood 8, Tinseltown.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 07/30/2010 3:20 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) Exit Through the Gift Shop, R The feature film debut of street artist Banksy is a documentary focusing on French-born Los Angeles thrift shop owner Thierry Guetta.

Screen gems

posted: 07/30/2010 3:20 a.m.

The University of Central Arkansas’ Digital Filmmaking program, which earlier this year released its first feature film, Table at Luigi’s, is now creating the first 3-D short made in Arkansas. Europa will be directed by associate professor Bruce Hutchinson. Assistant professor Scott Meador will supervise the 3-D process and visual effects. Justin Nickels and Mallory O’Neal are responsible for the script about an astronaut’s trip to one of Jupiter’s moons.

Inception keeps its momentum

posted: 07/30/2010 3:19 a.m.

In a business obsessed with opening weekends, the second weekend of Inception may be Hollywood’s biggest news of the summer.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 07/30/2010 3:18 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I suppose you’ve heard the old expression that “there aren’t any atheists in foxholes.” Well, I’m on my second tour of duty in Afghanistan, and I don’t think it’s necessarily true. Some people in my unit have a strong faith in God but others don’t want anything to do with Him, even when facing death. Why are they so resistant? — J.McK.

Film clips

posted: 07/30/2010 3:17 a.m.

At area theaters 78 DEATH AT A FUNERAL, R As a family comes together to lay a beloved husband and father to rest, mayhem ensues involving shocking revelations, festering resentments, ugly threats, blackmail and a misdirected corpse.

Home movies

posted: 07/30/2010 3:16 a.m.

Recent DVD releases: Acceptance (Not rated, 87 minutes) — Sly, dark high school comedy (a kinder, gentler Heathers) about privileged upper-middle-class kids stressing over whether or not they’ll get into the Ivy League colleges of their choice.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 07/30/2010 3:13 a.m.

Happy birthday. You are comfortable lavishing others with attention. Do the same as you care for yourself, and the next 12 months will be your best yet. Send yourself a postcard from the exciting location you visit in August. Relationships become more passionate in September. Your home transforms into a slice of heaven in November. Cancer and Gemini people adore you.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 07/30/2010 3:12 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Being a (now retired) military family, we always have kept a computer inventory and backup file, by room, with digital photos and a scanned copy of the purchase price and date of all of our belongings in case of loss in a move, a house fire or burglary. Owners manuals and receipts were stored in a file cabinet.

Check your knowledge

posted: 07/30/2010 3:11 a.m.

1. Who played the role of the Joker on the Batman television series? 2. What is the origin of the expression “keeping up with the Joneses” ? 3. Name the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers in that team’s four Super Bowl wins in the 1975-80 period. 4. What was Guglielmo Marconi’s great invention?

Thursday, July 29

Fayetteville standout walks on at Arkansas

posted: 07/29/2010 5:45 p.m.

Fayetteville High School standout Fuad “Kikko” Haydar has joined the Arkansas basketball team.

Woman charged in baby's death

posted: 07/29/2010 4:48 p.m.

A 22-year-old woman was charged Thursday in connection with capital murder in the death of a Fayetteville toddler.

Petrino: Mallett running, almost full speed

posted: 07/29/2010 2:37 p.m.

Rest assured, Arkansas fans. Ryan Mallett is expected to be running full speed next week just in time for the start of fall camp, Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino announced Thursday.

Police search for robbery suspect

updated: 07/29/2010 4:41 p.m.

Police have released a description of the man they say robbed First Federal Bank on North College Avenue on Thursday.

Rogers Fire Department awarded $186,750 in federal funds

updated: 07/29/2010 12:12 p.m.

The Rogers Fire Department will receive $186,750 in federal funds to purchase "source capture systems" for each of the city's seven fire stations.

Some Arkansas growers to harvest early

posted: 07/29/2010 noon

Arkansas farmers have gotten the weather they'd been hoping for and some are about to begin an early harvest that could mean better prices.

2 dead in Boone County, 1 being questioned

posted: 07/29/2010 11:52 a.m.

Authorities in Boone County said two people have been killed and one is being questioned in what's being called a double homicide.

As many as 6,600 Arlington graves misidentified

posted: 07/29/2010 11:43 a.m.

Estimates of the number of graves potentially affected by mix-ups at Arlington National Cemetery grew to as many as 6,600 on Thursday, as the cemetery's former superintendent blamed his staff and a lack of resources for the scandal that forced his ouster.

Arkansas treasurer hopeful dubs Shoffner 'Queen Martha'

posted: 07/29/2010 10:25 a.m.

A former state legislator challenging Treasurer Martha Shoffner's re-election bid is calling the incumbent "Queen Martha" for her personal use of a state vehicle.

Maimed doctor: Opposed return of Mann permit

posted: 07/29/2010 6:03 a.m.

Nearly 1 1 /2 years after an exploding grenade hurled him into the cold morning air, knocking out several teeth, searing away skin, destroying his left eye and damaging his hearing and sense of smell, Dr. Trent Pierce told a federal jury that he doesn’t even remember the blast.

Number of state vehicles not a problem, Beebe says

posted: 07/29/2010 6:03 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe sees no problems with the number of vehicles the state owns and he leaves it up to each agency to decide whether employees may be allowed to commute in one, his spokesman said Wednesday.

Judge stops Arizona on immigration law

posted: 07/29/2010 6:02 a.m.

A federal judge in Phoenix on Wednesday blocked key provisions of Arizona’s contentious immigration law from taking effect today as scheduled, granting in part an injunction requested by the Obama administration.

Loggains, ex-Hog, rises on Titans staff

posted: 07/29/2010 6:02 a.m.

Shortly after Roy Wittke was hired as Arkansas’ quarterbacks coach in 2003, he held individual meetings with his quarterbacks to talk about their take on the offensive scheme, personnel and what needed to be done to improve production.

Dogs receptive to change

posted: 07/29/2010 6:02 a.m.

Georgia is breaking in a new starting quarterback for the second year in a row, and this time it’s a redshirt freshman instead of a fifth-year senior.

Jobless Numbers Improve Slightly

posted: 07/29/2010 6:01 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas continues to have one of the lowest unemployment numbers in the country.

Acxiom posts $9.8 million earnings

posted: 07/29/2010 6 a.m.

Net income more than doubled at Acxiom Corp. in its fiscal first quarter of the year, the Little Rock-based interactive marketing services provider said Wednesday.

Communities of faith: Public invited to live recording

posted: 07/29/2010 5:55 a.m.

The public is invited to a recording session featuring the Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir at 5 p.m. Saturday at Rogers First Church of the Nazarene, 4911 W. Pleasant Grove Road.

Rapid growth of Amish spurs western migration

posted: 07/29/2010 5:55 a.m.

The search by the booming North American population of Amish for inexpensive, fertile farmland has produced settlements in 28 states and Ontario — and has even led parties to scout for suitable properties in Alaska and Mexico.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Time for two to have frank talk about needs, feelings

posted: 07/29/2010 5:54 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: Why do women expect men to be mind readers?

Is it deja vu, or just old recordings rereleased?

posted: 07/29/2010 5:51 a.m.

At a time of transition for their industries and careers, veteran musicians are seeking ways to make something old seem new again.

Pastoral care

posted: 07/29/2010 5:50 a.m.

Since 1878, when three monks arrived in Logan County, with a cow in tow, to establish a new monastery, bovines have been a part of Subiaco Abbey.

Tried to heed rules, judge tells hearing

posted: 07/29/2010 5:47 a.m.

Circuit Judge L.T. Simes of Helena-West Helena testified Wednesday that he believed he was following the rules in 2005 when he levied sanctions against the then-mayor of West Helena and the mayor’s attorney for filing what he considered a frivolous request.

NEWS BRIEFS: Church to review barring of gay man

posted: 07/29/2010 5:47 a.m.

The highest court in the United Methodist Church will review its 2005 ruling that allowed a clergyman to bar a noncelibate gay man from joining a congregation.

IMF assesses currency, economic policy in China

posted: 07/29/2010 5:44 a.m.

The International Monetary Fund said China’s yuan is undervalued in a mildly worded assessment of China’s contentious currency controls and praised Beijing’s response to the global crisis.

Lindsey assets’ selloff sought

posted: 07/29/2010 5:42 a.m.

The trustee for the estate of a Lindsey & Associates real estate executive seeking Chapter 7 bankruptcy approval has recommended selling business interests in companies based in the Lindsey building on Fayetteville’s Joyce Boulevard.

Boeing’s profit falls in quarter

posted: 07/29/2010 5:41 a.m.

Boeing’s second-quarter profit fell 21 percent, and the aircraft maker said layoffs are likely in its defense business because of expected government spending cuts and bargain-hunting.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Better bullets a big key with small caliber rifles

posted: 07/29/2010 5:40 a.m.

In the current issue of Field & Stream, David Petzal endorsed the diminutive.22-250 Remington as a long-range deer hunting cartridge.

Rogers Man May Face Three Trials

posted: 07/29/2010 5:38 a.m.

Prosecutors want to have three trials for a Rogers man suspected of holding up three banks last year in Rogers.

Plane slams into hills in Pakistan; 152 dead

posted: 07/29/2010 5:37 a.m.

A passenger jet that officials suspect veered off course in monsoon rains and thick clouds crashed into hills overlooking Pakistan’s capital Wednesday, killing all 152 people on board and scattering body parts and twisted metal.

Be the Match This Saturday

posted: 07/29/2010 5:36 a.m.

Be the Match will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Bella Vista Baptist Church, 50 E. Lancashire Blvd.

AMERICAN LEGION FINAL: Texarkana keeps battling, triumphs

posted: 07/29/2010 5:36 a.m.

Daniel Spears scored on a two-out ground-ball error in the eighth inning and the Texarkana Razorbacks beat the Fayetteville Lindsey Dodgers 7-6 in the championship game of the American Legion State Tournament at DeJanis Memorial Field in North Little Rock.

BISBEE CASE: County Challenges Fees

updated: 07/29/2010 10:11 a.m.

Prosecutors are challenging whether the county is required to pay any of the $73,000 in attorney’s fees for County Judge Dave Bisbee.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Giavotella helps Naturals hold on to division lead

posted: 07/29/2010 5:35 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals came from behind for the second night in a row against the Tulsa Drillers, but this time they held on for the victory.

NFL Notes: Haynesworth to be tested

posted: 07/29/2010 5:33 a.m.

Albert Haynesworth finally showed up for work — and quickly learned the Washington Redskins won’t be cutting him any slack.

College Vote Complicates Election

posted: 07/29/2010 5:30 a.m.

Even though there are no contested races, there will be ballots printed and polling places manned and ready for the Sept. 21 election for three seats on the NorthWest Arkansas Community College Board of Trustees.

SEC FOOTBALL PREVIEWS: Introducing Aaron Murray

posted: 07/29/2010 5:30 a.m.

Georgia is breaking in a new starting quarterback for the second year in a row, and this time it’s a redshirt freshman instead of a fifth-year senior.

Crack drug penalties to ease

posted: 07/29/2010 5:28 a.m.

Congress on Wednesday changed a quarter-century-old law that has subjected tens of thousands of blacks to long prison terms for crack-cocaine convictions while giving far more lenient treatment to those, mainly whites, caught with the powder form of the drug.

Residents Unsure About Where They’ll Live

posted: 07/29/2010 5:27 a.m.

A July 15 meeting between Garland Square apartment management and its tenants left some people confused and angry.

EDITORIALS: Breach of trust

posted: 07/29/2010 5:26 a.m.

IT’S AN OLD, old story and an all too familiar one. Power corrupts.

Bisbee opposed in fee repayment

posted: 07/29/2010 5:25 a.m.

Benton County prosecutors are challenging the reimbursement of $73,044.85 in attorney fees requested July 16 by County Judge Dave Bisbee.

Wrecked Truck Blocks Traffic

posted: 07/29/2010 5:23 a.m.

A wrecked tractor-trailer blocked traffic in the westbound lane of Arkansas 94 near Palomino Drive in the Horseshoe Bend-Monte Ne area near Beaver Lake on Tuesday afternoon.

Water District Refinances, Saves $1.1 Million

posted: 07/29/2010 5:22 a.m.

The Beaver Water District will save more than $1.1 million over the next 12 years after it refinanced a 2003 series of bonds, according to a news release.

Poultry executives wowed by candidate

posted: 07/29/2010 5:22 a.m.

Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Jari Askins’ candid talk of being business-friendly and disinterested in legal disputes impressed Arkansas poultry company bosses who donated money to her gubernatorial campaign, a poultry company executive said Wednesday.

Judge delays ruling on Nebraska aliens

posted: 07/29/2010 5:21 a.m.

A federal judge said Wednesday that she’s not sure whether lawsuits challenging a Nebraska city’s ban on hiring and renting to illegal aliens should be heard in federal or state court, delaying a ruling on blocking the voter-approved ordinance.

In the news

posted: 07/29/2010 5:21 a.m.

Gov. David Paterson, a New York Democrat, will not face charges of witness tampering or any related offense for phoning a woman who later dropped domestic-violence charges against a top aide, David Johnson, though Johnson could still face prosecution, an investigative report said.

Names and faces

posted: 07/29/2010 5:20 a.m.

Filmmaker John Woo is the first celebrity to join the cast of the second major film in the leading Chinese state film studio’s campaign to overhaul the propaganda genre with a heavy dose of star power.

Disabilities act of ’90 focus of symposium

posted: 07/29/2010 5:20 a.m.

Priscilla Scanlan credits the Americans With Disabilities Act for allowing her to finally earn a college degree from the University of Arkansas.

Market To Raise Money For Meals Program

posted: 07/29/2010 5:20 a.m.

Rogers Farmers Market vendors will have a fundraiser Saturday to benefit Meals on Wheels.

The nation in brief

posted: 07/29/2010 5:20 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Jan Brewer is not a quitter.” Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, on her intent to appeal a federal judge’s decision that blocks key provisions of an immigration law Brewer signed in April from taking effect today Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 07/29/2010 5:19 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There is nothing left, just piles and bundles of flesh.” Murtaza Khan, a rescue worker at the site of an Airblue jet crash outside Islamabad that killed all 152 aboard Article, 1A

State backs down, to repay counties despite late vote reports

posted: 07/29/2010 5:19 a.m.

The state Board of Election Commissioners won’t withhold reimbursement for election expenses from any of the 36 counties that filed election reports late.

Councilman Absent From City Meetings

posted: 07/29/2010 5:18 a.m.

Councilman John Cody has not attended a City Council meeting since February.

Students find nature work rewarding

posted: 07/29/2010 5:18 a.m.

Being airlifted from a gravel bar on the Buffalo National River after suffering heatstroke wasn’t a life-changing experience for Jorden Campbell. Rather, it was her job with the Youth Conservation Corps itself that has influenced the path Campbell believes her future will take.

How smart are we?

posted: 07/29/2010 5:18 a.m.

Many of the wonderful-sounding ideas that have been tried as government policies have failed disastrously. Because so few people bother to study history, often the same ideas and policies have been tried again, either in another country or in the same country at a later time—and with the same disastrous results.

Repeals urged on K2 bans

posted: 07/29/2010 5:16 a.m.

The Arkansas Municipal League is urging cities to repeal local ordinances banning a marijuanalike substance now that the Arkansas Health Department has passed an emergency rule prohibiting the chemical compound’s sale statewide.

Other days

posted: 07/29/2010 5:16 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 29, 1910 One hundred members of the Arkansas State Anti-Saloon League met at the headquarters of the league on the fifth floor of the Masonic Temple Tuesday and spent almost the entire day discussing steps which the league proposes to take to further the prohibition movement.

Britain panders to Turkey

posted: 07/29/2010 5:15 a.m.

Western leaders have been puzzling over how to respond to the Turkish government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which in recent months has abandoned its policy of seeking integration with Europe and begun seeking to establish itself as an Islamic power—with cozy relations with Iran and Syria.

Clinic offering area abortions to close Friday

posted: 07/29/2010 5:15 a.m.

William F. Harrison, a Fayetteville gynecologist who has been a vocal advocate for legal abortions for decades, will close his medical practice Friday.

OTHERS SAY: Charlie Rangel’s war

posted: 07/29/2010 5:15 a.m.

Politico reported Monday that House Democratic leaders are pushing U.S. Representative Charles Rangel of New York to negotiate a deal over broad ethics charges against him so everybody can avoid a public trial. We’re wondering, who is served by that?

LETTERS

posted: 07/29/2010 5:15 a.m.

Execution is indefensible Society must protect itself from the actions of criminals. How is that protection achieved? Constitutionally, the people of the United States have given themselves the right not simply to prevent future bad acts, but to commit, as is stamped on the death certificate of each inmate executed in Texas, homicide.

Firefighters Train With Ropes

posted: 07/29/2010 5:14 a.m.

Wade Hulsey was suspended from a rope about 35 feet in the air, trying to untie and retie a rope.

Catalonia assembly outlaws bullfighting

posted: 07/29/2010 5:13 a.m.

Lawmakers in Catalonia outlawed bullfighting Wednesday, making it Spain’s first major region to ban the centuries-old ballet between matador and beast after heated debate that pitted animalwelfare groups against a pillar of traditional culture.

Right wing trips itself up

posted: 07/29/2010 5:13 a.m.

This time, the right-wing media juggernaut went too far too fast. Sleazy tactics similar to those employed by online provocateur Andrew Breitbart against former Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod have been driving the national political conversation and intimidating the so-called mainstream media for the better part of a generation now.

OBITUARIES for Benton County

posted: 07/29/2010 5:13 a.m.

Obituaries for Benton County for July 29, 2010.

Afghan bus hits bomb, killing 25

posted: 07/29/2010 5:11 a.m.

A packed bus hit a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing 25 people aboard, as NATO announced another U.S. serviceman died in a rapidly rising monthly death toll.

Long: ISP sale won’t affect UA

posted: 07/29/2010 5:10 a.m.

Arkansas’ $73 million contract with ISP Sports won’t be affected by IMG Worldwide, Inc.’s announcement Wednesday that it is acquiring ISP, Razorbacks Athletic Director Jeff Long said.

Area lotteries

posted: 07/29/2010 5:09 a.m.

Numbers drawn Wednesday: Missouri Lotto 1-2-6-24-28-33 Estimated jackpot: $2.5 million Oklahoma Lotto 3-10-19-22-28 Hot ball: 2 Estimated jackpot: $3.9 million Powerball 1-11-20-25-27 Powerball: 2 Estimated jackpot: $67 million Power Play: 5

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 07/29/2010 5:05 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Recently, we printed a letter from a reader who thought no one used ice picks anymore. My readers responded with a resounding “Yes, we do!” Here are just a few of the reader comments : Donna from West Memphis says, “I use it to widen a hole in my belts, dog collars and any other small hole that needs to be larger.”

COMMENTARY: 5 questions for NFL training camps

posted: 07/29/2010 5:05 a.m.

With NFL training camps getting into full swing this week, we look at five burning questions: 1. What’s up with Brett Favre ?

Golf report

posted: 07/29/2010 4:57 a.m.

Romero leading Jr. Stroke Texarkana’s Sean Romero shot a 3-under-par 69 Wednesday and has opened up a seven-stroke lead after two rounds of the Arkansas State Golf Association Junior Boys Stroke Play Championship.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Bryant’s Wood earns first major league victory

posted: 07/29/2010 4:56 a.m.

Travis Wood of Bryant earned his first victory in the majors and Brandon Phillips hit a 450-foot grand slam that landed in Bernie Brewer’s slide in deep left field as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-2 on Wednesday.

As breezes puff, crews get handle on big blaze

posted: 07/29/2010 4:56 a.m.

Hundreds of firefighters gained ground Wednesday against the more destructive of two big wildfires that have burned dozens of homes and forced 2,300 people to evacuate mountain communities on the edge of the Mojave Desert and in the southern Sierra Nevada.

Anti-deficit hopeful had bankruptcy

posted: 07/29/2010 4:54 a.m.

First Congressional District Republican nominee Rick Crawford filed for bankruptcy 16 years ago, erasing more than $12,000 in personal debts, Bankruptcy Court records show.

Pontoon Patrol

posted: 07/29/2010 4:53 a.m.

Fred Beaman doesn’t rocket across Beaver Lake in a glittering bass boat when there are fish to catch. His speed is more of a mosey.

Fayetteville Festival Organizers Question Need For ‘Czar’

posted: 07/29/2010 4:53 a.m.

The idea of a “festival czar” to coordinate special events may need to be reconsidered, the Fayetteville Festival Task Force committee was told Wednesday.

Memorial Event Set For Gauldin

posted: 07/29/2010 4:51 a.m.

A memorial gathering in honor of Mike Gauldin, a former journalist who became press secretary for Bill Clinton when he was governor of Arkansas, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 13 at the McIlroy Room in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Fayetteville.

State sports briefs

posted: 07/29/2010 4:50 a.m.

FOOTBALL UCA picked to finish fifth in Southland The University of Central Arkansas was picked to finish fifth in the Southland Conference in the coaches’ and sports information directors’ polls Wednesday at the conference’s media day in Lake Charles, La.

Fishing this week

posted: 07/29/2010 4:49 a.m.

HOT SPOTS 1. ARKANSAS RIVER (MORRILTON) The heat has kept most fishermen off the water except for the early morning and late hours. Catfishing has been good using shad in 25-35 feet of water. Bream are excellent on crickets fished around wood. Bass are biting on chatter baits and buzzing toads in pearl.

Off the wire

posted: 07/29/2010 4:48 a.m.

BASKETBALL Uncle: Wright found dead The uncle of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, 34, said Wednesday that police have told the family the athlete who had been missing for 10 days has been found dead.

Second thoughts

posted: 07/29/2010 4:48 a.m.

Home runs losing aura of grandeur Alex Rodriguez is nearing the 600-mark for home runs and the milestone is worth noting, but Roy Johnson, a columnist for ESPN.com, says the home run chase is not what it used to be.

Clinic offering area abortions to close Friday

updated: 07/29/2010 12:13 p.m.

Dr. William F. Harrison, a Fayetteville gynecologist and advocate for legal abortions who has been a lightning rod for anti-abortion protests for years, will close his College Avenue medical practice Friday.

Northwest Arkansas Deaths

posted: 07/29/2010 4:43 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes. For more information including cost and deadlines contact the advertising department at (501) 378-3889.

City Plans Renovation To Trail

posted: 07/29/2010 4:41 a.m.

The bends and curves along the popular Wilson Park Trail will be getting a little brighter. But before that happens, the trail will first disappear one section at a time.

Big-ticket orders dip 1% in June

posted: 07/29/2010 4:40 a.m.

Orders to U.S. factories for big ticket manufactured goods fell in June as demand for commercial aircraft fell. But businesses increased spending on capital goods for a second-straight month, a sign that manufacturing continues to help keep the economic recovery afloat.

With school out, jobless rate climbs in 291 metro areas

posted: 07/29/2010 4:39 a.m.

The unemployment rate in about three-quarters of the nation’s largest metro areas rose last month as nearly 1 million teenagers entered the work force looking for summer jobs.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 07/29/2010 4:33 a.m.

Economic Breakfasts set Aug. 18 at 7 sites The Arkansas Economic Breakfast Series will be held Aug. 18 at seven sites around the state in coordination with Accelerate Arkansas and universities in the state.

OBITUARIES: Washington County

posted: 07/29/2010 4:33 a.m.

Obituaries for Washington County for July 29, 2010.

Business news in brief

posted: 07/29/2010 4:33 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I think there’s as strong a pipeline as I’ve seen in the international defense business in a long, long time.” James McNerney, chairman and chief executive officer of Boeing Co.

MARKET REPORT: Investors cash in, stocks fall off

posted: 07/29/2010 4:32 a.m.

Investors cashed in some of their recent gains Wednesday after the Federal Reserve gave them more confirmation that the economic recovery is slowing.

RECORDS

posted: 07/29/2010 4:16 a.m.

Records for Northwest Arkansas for July 29, 2010.

TWO-SPORT STANDOUT

posted: 07/29/2010 4:14 a.m.

A week ago, Austin Allen was tossing a football around Harmon Field and lobbing touchdown passes to his new Fayetteville teammates.

PREMIER STALEMATE: Nine Settles Nothing

posted: 07/29/2010 4:09 a.m.

After more than 3 1/2 hours, 30 runs scored and enough dirty uniforms to last an entire summer, Fayetteville and Baytown had settled absolutely nothing in their opening day game at the Premier Baseball National Sophomore Championship.

Canadians Sweep First Twinbill

posted: 07/29/2010 4:05 a.m.

Team Ontario coach Peter Angelow said timing is key for his team’s success.

Dodgers Stay Alive

posted: 07/29/2010 4:01 a.m.

Fayetteville Lindsey & Associates used a nine-run second inning to claim a 14-5 win over Texarkana to stay alive in the Senior American Legion Baseball State Tournament late Tuesday night.

Waco Scores Walk-Off Victory

posted: 07/29/2010 3:58 a.m.

More than 40 teams arrived in Northwest Arkansas for the Premier Baseball National Sophomore Championship.

Giavotella Powers Naturals To Road Victory

posted: 07/29/2010 3:56 a.m.

Johnny Giavotella was a one-man wrecking crew for Northwest Arkansas on Wednesday night.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS FISHING REPORT

posted: 07/29/2010 3:45 a.m.

Beaver Lake: Walleye are the most cooperative species as the dog days approach.

Roses Top Guys Gals Field

posted: 07/29/2010 3:45 a.m.

Mike and Cara Rose won the Beaver Lake Guys and Gals bass tournament held Saturday with four bass that weighed 10.4 pounds. They also had big bass at 3.8 pounds.

THE FLIP SIDE: Big Trout Has Salty Nickname

posted: 07/29/2010 3:43 a.m.

Writing a story about a big fish is pretty sweet duty, unless said fish has a name that may or may not be suitable for a family newspaper.

River Trip Better Than 60 Candles

posted: 07/29/2010 3:42 a.m.

Jack Butt could have blown out 60 candles to celebrate his birthday. Instead, he hiked and paddled his way down the entire length of the Buffalo National River, all 126 floatable miles.

Casualties Of War

posted: 07/29/2010 3:40 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.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Was Homework Done Right?

posted: 07/29/2010 3:39 a.m.

Prior to the Fayetteville City Council vote on July 20 to spend $19,800 on a five-minute infomercial, I expressed my concern with Alderwoman Sarah Lewis about entering into a contract with “Today in America.”

COMMENTARY: Piling Cars On Beebe’s Back

posted: 07/29/2010 3:38 a.m.

Jim Keet may be onto something in his daunting Republican challenge to Gov. Mike Beebe’s re-election.

HOW WE SEE IT: State Needs To Do Better For Children

posted: 07/29/2010 3:37 a.m.

The 2010 Kids Count Data Book, an annual ranking of the states on the well-being of children, was released this week.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 07/29/2010 3:11 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I think we all have a little bit of God living within us, and that it’s wrong to say we’re sinful or bad. We’re basically good, because we are part of God, and what we need to do is get in contact with the God who is within us. — H.G.

THE TV COLUMN: Klum, Gunn, 17 hopefuls hit longer Runway

posted: 07/29/2010 3:08 a.m.

Get out your sketchpads, needles and duct tape, it’s time for Season 8 of Project Runway.

LIKE IT IS: Kiffin lacks decency; Titans lay down law

posted: 07/29/2010 3:06 a.m.

Sometimes in this crazy world of perspiring arts, you just want to stop the bus and take a long walk.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 07/29/2010 3:06 a.m.

Happy birthday.You find novel ways of contributing to your favorite people and causes; your offbeat generosity could even make the news. August brings a new development in your personal life and more people to your team. A professional calling could have you moving in 2011. An investment pays in February. Sagittarius and Scorpio people adore you.

Check your knowledge

posted: 07/29/2010 3:03 a.m.

1. The first movie in the Saint series was The Saint in New York (1938), featuring what actor in the title role? 2. Identify the boy with the pet bear Ben on the television show Gentle Ben. 3. Baltimore Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson had 6,205 of what during his 23-year major league career? 4. Who wrote in “Isle of Beauty” that “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” ?

Wednesday, July 28

Court hearing follows vote halting immigration law

posted: 07/28/2010 2:02 p.m.

A day after Fremont's ban on hiring and renting to illegal immigrants was temporarily suspended, two civil rights groups are heading to federal court to ask a judge to ensure the ordinance stays blocked.

Study: Amish expanding westward

posted: 07/28/2010 1:32 p.m.

The search by the booming North American population of Amish for affordable, fertile farmland has produced settlements in 28 states and Ontario — and has even led parties to scout recently for suitable properties in Alaska and Mexico.

Family charged in abuse of Massachusetts woman

posted: 07/28/2010 1:05 p.m.

An 80-year-old woman lay for a month in a recliner soaked with her waste, her long toenails curling back into her skin and her facial hair left to grow untrimmed, authorities said in announcing charges against five family members.

Chicago council approves 3rd Wal-Mart

posted: 07/28/2010 1:05 p.m.

The Chicago City Council has approved a third Wal-Mart store in the city.

Judge blocks parts of Arizona immigration law

posted: 07/28/2010 12:53 p.m.

A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona's immigration law from taking effect, delivering a last-minute victory to opponents of the crackdown.

Former Clinton press secretary Gauldin dies

posted: 07/28/2010 10:22 a.m.

A memorial service is scheduled for next month for Mike Gauldin — who served as press secretary to Bill Clinton when Clinton was Arkansas governor.

Attack on GIs in LR not first, suspect says

posted: 07/28/2010 6:13 a.m.

The shooting at a Little Rock recruiting center that killed one soldier and wounded a second was the unplanned finale of a mostly unsuccessful “jihad” against America that involved weeks of planning and failed attacks in two other states, the Muslim convert facing a possible death penalty told a state doctor earlier this month.

E-mailed picture of Pierce tied to Mann

posted: 07/28/2010 6:09 a.m.

An e-mail that Dr. Randeep Mann sent to his brother in India a year before a homemade bomb injured Dr. Trent Pierce, chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board, included a photograph of Pierce and the words, “I hope the picture is good,” a federal agent testified Tuesday, as testimony in Mann’s bombing trial entered a third week.

Recusals pour in on Simes hearing

posted: 07/28/2010 6:01 a.m.

Federal court officials said Tuesday that they will ask for an out-of-state judge to be appointed to decide on a request by an Arkansas judge to block a judicial discipline hearing set for today.

Dates set to reclaim property lost in flood

posted: 07/28/2010 6 a.m.

Starting Aug. 16, flood victims will have the opportunity to claim personal property impounded by the U.S. Forest Service after the June 11 flash flood at Albert Pike Recreation Area that killed 20 people.

BP names Dudley as new CEO

posted: 07/28/2010 5:57 a.m.

BP picked an American to replace its outgoing chief Tuesday, and he pledged that his company will remain committed to the Gulf region even after the gushing oil well there is sealed.

Boost for war of $33 billion clears Capitol

posted: 07/28/2010 5:52 a.m.

The House on Tuesday sent President Barack Obama a $33 billion war-funding increase to pay for his troop buildup in Afghanistan, even though a trove of classified documents portrayed a military effort struggling between 2004 and 2009 against a strengthening insurgency.

Campaign-finance bill stalls out in Senate

posted: 07/28/2010 5:51 a.m.

Republicans in the Senate blocked attempts by Democrats to restrict corporate and union involvement in political advertising in a party-line vote Tuesday.

Worker Files Lawsuit Claiming Harassment

posted: 07/28/2010 5:48 a.m.

A former maintenance worker filed a federal sexual harassment lawsuit Tuesday against Farmington Public Schools, administrators and employees claiming he was subjected to a hostile work environment brought on by a co-worker’s sexual banter.

Strickler Residents To Be Without Electricity

posted: 07/28/2010 5:48 a.m.

Ozarks Electric will turn off power to 1,753 customers in the Strickler area this morning for routine maintenance on the substation that serves the area.

Revenue Projection Remain Stagnant

posted: 07/28/2010 5:47 a.m.

The future for the next city budget looks grim as revenue projections remain flat. And it’s not likely employees will see a raise, city officials said.

Mega Millions

posted: 07/28/2010 5:46 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions : 2-7-10-16-29 Mega Ball : 8 Estimated jackpot : $24 million Megaplier: 4

REVIEWING BIDS: School Work To Begin

posted: 07/28/2010 5:45 a.m.

The grounds are quiet now, but within days the Fayetteville High School campus will be transformed into a large construction site.

OBJECTIONS RAISED: Council Approves Rezoning

posted: 07/28/2010 5:44 a.m.

Several Bentonville residents were disappointed Tuesday night when the City Council voted to rezone property located at 802 McCollum Drive.

Lincoln pushes child-nutrition bill

posted: 07/28/2010 5:43 a.m.

With the number of legislative days dwindling, U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln ramped up her efforts Tuesday to get a stalled child nutrition bill included on the busy Senate schedule before the programs expire in September.

Boys & Girls Club Plans Event

posted: 07/28/2010 5:43 a.m.

The Boys & Girls Club of Benton County will hold its annual Summer Classic Golf Tournament and Beach Party Aug. 6-7.

Law Firm Disqualified From Harassment Suit

posted: 07/28/2010 5:42 a.m.

A federal judge has disqualified a law firm from representing a former Sheriff’s Office captain in a sexual harassment lawsuit.

Iraq funds untracked, audit finds

posted: 07/28/2010 5:42 a.m.

A U.S. audit has found that the Pentagon cannot account for more than 95 percent of $9.1 billion in Iraq reconstruction money, spotlighting Iraqi complaints that there is little to show for the funds pumped into their cashstrapped, war-ravaged nation.

County Seeks Bridge Repair Proposals

posted: 07/28/2010 5:40 a.m.

Benton County officials said Tuesday they want a detailed estimate of the cost of replacing a pair of county bridges before spending more money on either bridge.

Street Committee Wants New Plans For Block Avenue

posted: 07/28/2010 5:40 a.m.

The renovation to Block Avenue has so far resulted in mostly cries of dismay from City Council members who are asking the city’s planning and transportation officials to scramble with new parking and travel lane options by as early as Monday.

Other days

posted: 07/28/2010 5:40 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 28, 1910 PARAGOULD — The plant of J.F. Hasty & Son’s stave and heading factory, one of the oldest and largest factories of the kind in this section, was badly damaged by a fire which raged in it for nearly two hours last night.

New standards, new hope

posted: 07/28/2010 5:39 a.m.

HERE’S a bright ray of hope about education, a field that usually has more than enough fogspeak to obscure any progress. Not to mention common sense. But this isn’t just a bit of good news; it could mark a major advance for public education in this state—more than all the wrestling that reformers have had to do over the past couple of decades with Arkansas’ educational establishment.

Barge rips old oil well open at lake near Gulf

posted: 07/28/2010 5:39 a.m.

A barge slammed into an abandoned well in a coastal inlet early Tuesday, sending a shower of water, natural gas and oil spewing about 100 feet into the air.

OTHERS SAY: Leaks reveal . . . not much

posted: 07/28/2010 5:38 a.m.

Though it may represent one of the most voluminous leaks of classified military information in U.S. history, the release by Wikileaks of 92,000 reports on the war in Afghanistan hardly merits the hype offered by the Web site’s founder.

Missing sailor confirmed dead in Afghanistan

posted: 07/28/2010 5:38 a.m.

One of two U.S. sailors missing in Afghanistan since last week — a 30-yearold father of two — has been confirmed dead and his body recovered, a NATO spokesman said Tuesday.

Northwest Arkansas Deaths

posted: 07/28/2010 5:38 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes. For more information including cost and deadlines contact the advertising department at (501) 378-3889.

Of arms and the man

posted: 07/28/2010 5:37 a.m.

When someone who has earned the Medal of Honor enters a room, a hush follows, like waters opening. The stillness in his wake is palpable. Men are filled with more than admiration. The emotion is a mix of awe, envy and wonder. “Would I be capable of that?” each asks himself.

Three Former POA Board Members Discuss Resignations

posted: 07/28/2010 5:37 a.m.

A denied request for a board-only executive session could have been the spark that forced three Property Owners Association Board of Directors members to resign.

Leaks paint an ugly picture

posted: 07/28/2010 5:37 a.m.

Aside from revealing a serious security problem, those 91,000 leaked documents pertaining to military operations in Afghanistan highlight how difficult prosecuting that war truly is. In fact, during the period covered by the leaks, January 2004 to December 2009, the U.S. and its allies were incrementally failing in their mission.

In the news

posted: 07/28/2010 5:36 a.m.

Anthony Lee, 49, an unemployed British truck driver, was sentenced to five years in jail for trying to sell the Ritz hotel in central London for about $380 million to a duped investor.

OBITUARIES: Washington County

posted: 07/28/2010 5:36 a.m.

Obituaries for Washington County for July 28, 2010.

Names and faces

posted: 07/28/2010 5:36 a.m.

NBC may wish Steve Carell was just joking, but a network executive said The Office star has consistently told NBC he’s leaving after this coming season.

The nation in brief

posted: 07/28/2010 5:35 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I was asked to step into these shoes, and I firmly and deeply believe that BP is a company made up of great people and great businesses.” Robert Dudley, the American picked to lead BP when current CEO Tony Hayward steps down Oct. 1 Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 07/28/2010 5:35 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Iraq should take legal action to get back this huge amount of money.” Sabah al-Saedi, chairman of Iraq’s Parliamentary Integrity Committee, on $8.7 billion in reconstruction funds for which the Pentagon cannot account Article, this page

Wolf Resigns From Quorum Court

posted: 07/28/2010 5:34 a.m.

Benton County Justice of the Peace Marge Wolf swapped hats Tuesday, resigning her seat on the Quorum Court so she can fill a vacancy on the Rogers City Council.

LETTERS

posted: 07/28/2010 5:34 a.m.

Put country’s welfare first How does a citizen grasp and deal with the complexities and magnitude of problems that are ripping apart our great country? We have freedom, unlimited rights, boundless natural resources, a high standard of living and so many other good things.

Sometimes ya gotta laugh

posted: 07/28/2010 5:33 a.m.

It isn’t often that I have a good belly laugh, but one burst forth before I could stop it this past Saturday.

RECYCLING: City OKs Trash Rate Hike

posted: 07/28/2010 5:31 a.m.

Aldermen approved Tuesday a five-year extension on a trash removal contract, with a $1.11 rate increase, with Inland Services.

Seven-victory itch

posted: 07/28/2010 5:31 a.m.

Steve Spurrier has averaged exactly seven victories a season in his five years at South Carolina, a school record for a five-year period. He knows it’s not good enough. “We need to get past seven wins,” Spurrier said. “We need to win big at South Carolina.”

6-week camp draws kids into the art of creativity

posted: 07/28/2010 5:31 a.m.

Twenty-five young artists hovered over puddles of colors and piles of beads spotting brown butcher paper-covered tables last week. They painted stripes and dots and glued sparkles and feathers on the clay figurines they built this summer at an art camp at the THEA Foundation in the Argenta district of downtown North Little Rock.

Salsa steps

posted: 07/28/2010 5:31 a.m.

Salsa. We eat it on chips, eggs, grilled meat, mixed with cheese, atop tacos, swirled in soups and a host of other dishes. Choices at the grocery store range from the familiar cooked mixture of tomatoes, onion and jalapeno in picante sauce to fresh versions made with roasted garlic and artichoke hearts.

Six cities have eye on ball

posted: 07/28/2010 5:28 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Dave Van Horn said he’d love to see the SEC baseball tournament move to Memphis from Hoover, Ala.

FRONT BURNER: You say frittata, I say, ‘I like it a whole lotta’

posted: 07/28/2010 5:25 a.m.

My husband, Joe, and I don’t eat a lot of eggs. But when we do, they’re often in an oven omelet. Also called a frittata, this vegetable and cheese-filled egg dish makes an easy meal on a hot or cold day.

OBITUARIES for Benton County

posted: 07/28/2010 5:25 a.m.

Obituaries for Benton County for July 28, 2010.

Examiner: Woman Died From Heat, Drugs

posted: 07/28/2010 5:25 a.m.

A Springdale woman found dead in her attic died from a combination of heat and drugs, according to a report from the state medical examiner.

ABATEMENT PROGRAM: Council OKs Cleanup

posted: 07/28/2010 5:24 a.m.

A program that would clean graffiti from Springdale buildings received funding approval during the City Council meeting Tuesday. The council approved purchasing equipment in June and establishing the program in its first July meeting. The program begins Aug. 13, said Jeff Harper, city attorney.

IDEA ALLEY: Turn down heat with cool sangria

posted: 07/28/2010 5:19 a.m.

Recipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Latest gem reinforces ‘Year of the Pitcher’

posted: 07/28/2010 5:18 a.m.

Five no-hitters — two of them perfect games — and another gem that was spoiled by an umpire.

Shin back to defend her title

posted: 07/28/2010 5:17 a.m.

Jay Allen hopes Jiyai Shin’s announcement that she’ll play in the P&G Beauty Northwest Arkansas Championship is the start of a slew of good news for the LPGA event.

UNCORKED: 2 top chillers: Sauvignon blanc, rose

posted: 07/28/2010 5:16 a.m.

This time of year, my column seems to have a recurring theme — the sweltering summer heat. I get more than a few e-mails and whispered party confessions of wine drinkers forsaking cabernet sauvignon for an ice-cold beer. With a wide range of refreshing wines available, there’s no need to grab the barley brew.

Lee strikes out 13 as Texas gets past Oakland

posted: 07/28/2010 5:16 a.m.

Nelson Cruz hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Texas Rangers to a 3-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night after Rangers starter Cliff Lee struck out a career-high 13, issued no walks and scattered five hits in a nine-inning no-decision.

LIKE IT IS: Winning is No. 1 priority for Tide coach

posted: 07/28/2010 5:15 a.m.

Sitting on the third row, far right, watching the Alabama head coach address the media during SEC football media days, a thought kept running through the gray matter.

Second thoughts

posted: 07/28/2010 5:11 a.m.

Clemson’s 2-sport star has options Kyle Parker’s view on his Clemson football future wasn’t that different from many worried Tigers fans.

Off the wire

posted: 07/28/2010 5:10 a.m.

MOTOR SPORTS NASCAR owner injured NASCAR team owner Jack Roush was in serious but stable condition after walking away from a plane crash in Wisconsin on Tuesday night. Roush Fenway Racing President Geoff Smith said in a text message to The Associated Press that the plane belonged to Roush, and he was flying it.

Elementary, Middle Schools Open

posted: 07/28/2010 5:09 a.m.

Springdale elementary and middle school offices will open Monday.

Notes

posted: 07/28/2010 5:09 a.m.

ROYALS Meche likely out for season KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Royals right-hander Gil Meche will have surgery on his pitching shoulder that will probably end his season.

State sports briefs

posted: 07/28/2010 5:08 a.m.

BASEBALL UAPB head coach out Arkansas-Pine Bluff Coach Michael Bumpers has been let go by the university about a month before the start of classes. Yet Golden Lions Athletic Director Skip Perkins said the timing of Bumpers’ firing is “nothing particular.”

NFL training camp notes T.O. reportedly to team with Ochocinco, Cincy

posted: 07/28/2010 5:07 a.m.

A year after they were featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks, the Cincinnati Bengals have scripted their own reality show.

RECORDS

posted: 07/28/2010 5:07 a.m.

Records for Northwest Arkansas for July 28, 2010.

FORCES OF NURTURE: Miley, you can be tame and big

posted: 07/28/2010 5:07 a.m.

There has been much maternal angst over Miley Cyrus’ transformation from goofy schoolkid singing “The Bone Dance” to lap-dancing temptress warbling that she “can’t be tamed.” (That song’s lyrics will now remain lodged in my brain for the rest of the day. Sigh.)

Tuberville brings different style to Red Raiders

posted: 07/28/2010 5:06 a.m.

Tommy Tuberville showed up to Big 12 Conference media days wearing a suit with a red and black striped tie and a Texas Tech lapel pin. His players were equally well groomed.

HEART & SOUL: Lohan fuss proves U.S. has lost focus

posted: 07/28/2010 5:05 a.m.

During a two-hour layover in the Atlanta airport last week, the TV in the noisy chain restaurant in Terminal D announced that it had “breaking news.” Lindsay Lohan would be going to jail.

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Dreyer’s bars deliver antioxidants, flavor

posted: 07/28/2010 5:05 a.m.

Dreyer’s (also under the Edy’s label) has a new line of frozen Antioxidant Fruit Bars available in two flavors: Pomegranate, which is a combination of pomegranate, elderberry and carrot juices. They contain 70 calories and no fat.

Job, wage ills make consumers gloomier

posted: 07/28/2010 5:04 a.m.

Confidence in the economy faded further in July, according to a monthly survey released Tuesday, amid job worries and skimpy wage growth.

P.A.M. reports quarter income

posted: 07/28/2010 5:04 a.m.

P.A.M. Transportation Services Inc. exceeded expectations Tuesday when it reported second-quarter net income of $1.26 million, or 13 cents per share.

Target defends political donation

posted: 07/28/2010 5:02 a.m.

Target Corp.’s CEO on Tuesday defended the discount retailer’s political donations to a Minnesota group helping the state’s Republican candidate for governor, telling employees at its Minneapolis headquarters that the company’s support of the homosexual community is “unwavering.”

Census: Empty homes on rise

posted: 07/28/2010 5:01 a.m.

About 18.9 million homes in the U.S. stood empty during the second quarter as surging foreclosures helped push ownership to the lowest level in a decade, the U.S. Census Bureau said in a report Tuesday.

Parental controls for kid’s TV vital

posted: 07/28/2010 4:43 a.m.

Hand-me-downs are a rite of passage for many children, but parents should think twice before passing along an old television set.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 07/28/2010 4:41 a.m.

Deltic Timber posts rise in quarter profit Deltic Timber’s profits were $4.5 million higher in the second quarter of 2010 than in the corresponding period a year earlier because of higher lumber prices and increased sales volume, the El Dorado based company announced Tuesday.

Business news in brief

posted: 07/28/2010 4:41 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Imports have just killed us to the point that it’s not profitable.” Bill Troutt, manager of Alice-Sidney Farms LP in Chicot County, a catfish producer.

Feta cheese, pistachios add depth to beet salad

posted: 07/28/2010 4:39 a.m.

Growing up, the only beet I ever ate was a sickly sweet one straight from a can.

MARKET REPORT: Fall in confidence wilts markets

posted: 07/28/2010 4:38 a.m.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 12 points Tuesday while the broader market indexes fell slightly.

Efron graduates

posted: 07/28/2010 4:37 a.m.

Girls adore two things: long-eyelashed boys resembling girls, and unicorns.

EU clears United-Continental merger

posted: 07/28/2010 4:34 a.m.

The European Commission has approved the merger of United Airlines and Continental Airlines, saying it will have only a small effect on the market share of the two carriers on lucrative North Atlantic routes.

BOOKSHELF

posted: 07/28/2010 4:29 a.m.

The Patterson Puppies and the Midnight Monster Party Leslie Patricelli Candlewick Press, $15, ages 3-6 Petra, a timid, blackand-white puppy, shares a bedroom with three siblings. She wakes up often in the middle of the night and hears noises, like a monster scratching on the roof.

Bank looks to increase its capital

posted: 07/28/2010 4:25 a.m.

A Harrison-based bank is considering an early fall stock offering to increase its capital and fund potential growth, its chief executive said while discussing second-quarter earnings Tuesday.

TIDBITS

posted: 07/28/2010 4:24 a.m.

SOME LIKE IT HOT Chile: Anything consisting of the plants of the Capsicum genus or the fruit from the plants.

Retailer taps exec for unit in Russia

posted: 07/28/2010 4:22 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Tuesday that it has hired an executive from BP Plc’s Russian oil joint venture to help lead its Moscow office ahead of a possible expansion into the country.

SLIM PICKINGS

posted: 07/28/2010 4:19 a.m.

Hutzler’s produce keepers are a great alternative to plastic wrap and storage bags for storing cut peppers, onions and tomatoes. The 2-piece polypropylene plastic containers lock together with a twisting motion and will keep the cut produce fresh as long or longer than traditional storage methods.

Catfish industry at 10-year low

posted: 07/28/2010 4:18 a.m.

The commercial catfish industry in Arkansas is continuing its downward spiral, with fish inventories and acreage at 10-year lows, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Reckling’s effort not enough for Travs

posted: 07/28/2010 4:15 a.m.

The improved offense that has marked the past month for the Arkansas Travelers disappeared Tuesday night.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Drillers escape with ninth-inning heroics

posted: 07/28/2010 4:13 a.m.

Patrick Keating walked pinch-hitter Bronson Sardinha with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to score the winning run as Tulsa defeated Northwest Arkansas 7-6 before 7,022 at ONEOK Field on Tuesday.

HOG CALLS: Thomas makes most of opportunity

posted: 07/28/2010 4:09 a.m.

In 2008 and 2009, Matt Harris showed up to help the Razorbacks as a safety making 110 tackles and intercepting two passes.

Augusta man, 21, drowns in Buffalo

posted: 07/28/2010 4:05 a.m.

An Augusta man drowned Tuesday afternoon in the Buffalo National River despite park rangers’ rescue attempt, the National Park Service announced.

Examiner: Heat and drugs killed Springdale woman

posted: 07/28/2010 4:03 a.m.

A Springdale woman found dead in her attic died from a combination of heat and drugs, according to a report from the state medical examiner.

COMMENTARY: Hatfield’s Personality Generous

posted: 07/28/2010 4:01 a.m.

Graceland-bound, the vehicle was stuffed with Arkansas football coaches and their wives.

BELLA VISTA: 3 directors resign board position

posted: 07/28/2010 3:57 a.m.

A denied request for a boardonly executive session was the spark that forced three Bella Vista Property Owners Association Board of Directors members to resign two weeks ago.

Team Ontario Premier Travelers

posted: 07/28/2010 3:56 a.m.

Chris Wachon woke up at 12 a.m. Tuesday, quickly threw on some clothes and boarded a van with his teammates.

Ex-worker files harassment suit

posted: 07/28/2010 3:51 a.m.

A former maintenance worker filed a federal sexual harassment lawsuit Tuesday against Farmington Public Schools, administrators and employees claiming he was subjected to a hostile work environment brought on by a co-worker’s sexual banter.

Caring for spouse with dementia takes a toll

posted: 07/28/2010 3:51 a.m.

Jackie Hackbart is a caregiver under stress.

Springdale All-Stars Win Again

posted: 07/28/2010 3:50 a.m.

In Louisiana, the popular “who dat” chant is reserved for the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.

Askins, Fallin win Oklahoma governor races

posted: 07/28/2010 3:49 a.m.

This fall’s race for Oklahoma governor will feature two women at the top of the ticket.

Drillers Walk Away From Naturals With Win

posted: 07/28/2010 3:47 a.m.

The Tulsa Drillers and Northwest Arkansas Naturals each hit two home runs Tuesday night, but it was a walk that decided the opening game of a three-game series at Oneok Field in Tulsa.

WASHINGTON COUNTY: Fire trucks get oxygen masks made for pets

posted: 07/28/2010 3:47 a.m.

All Washington County fire trucks are now equipped with oxygen masks specifically designed for dogs and cats.

SPRINGDALE HALL OF FAME: Jones’ Wait Worthwhile

posted: 07/28/2010 3:42 a.m.

Charles Jones didn’t mind one bit waiting until 2010 to be inducted into the Springdale School District Athletic Hall of Fame.

Brewer Gets Paid Position

posted: 07/28/2010 3:36 a.m.

Johnny Brewer is going to get paid to coach football at Rogers High.

EUREKA SPRINGS: City Council OKs banning deer feeding

posted: 07/28/2010 3:36 a.m.

The Eureka Springs City Council has passed an ordinance banning the feeding of wild deer that will go into effect in 30 days.

PREP WRESTLING: Freeman To Lead War Eagles

posted: 07/28/2010 3:31 a.m.

Finding a replacement for Rogers Heritage wrestling coach Randy Steen has been tougher than anticipated.

Bentonville Basketball Squads Enjoy Growth In Summer

posted: 07/28/2010 3:28 a.m.

Three team camps this summer gave Bentonville High basketball coaches Tom Halbmaier and Jason McMahan a pretty good idea of what they have to work with this upcoming season.

School gets aid finding leader

posted: 07/28/2010 3:27 a.m.

The Arkansas State University board of trustees on Friday will vote to hire a search firm and appoint an 11-member committee to oversee the selection of a new system president.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 07/28/2010 3:25 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: What makes Jesus different from any other great man who ever lived? In my opinion, you could say He was a failure because He never did anything important, did He? — J.S.

EDUCATION BRIEFS

posted: 07/28/2010 3:20 a.m.

Jamie Haworth of Rogers was named to the spring 2010 semester Dean’s List at the University of Central Missouri. He received a 4.0 grade point average for the semester.

ROCKWOOD FILES: Persistence Matters

posted: 07/28/2010 3:18 a.m.

When we left last weekend for our little cabin in the woods, we had five family members in the minivan.

FOODPHYTE: Offerings Deserve Experimentation

posted: 07/28/2010 3:16 a.m.

I love farmers markets. I love the idea of colorful rows of fruits, vegetables and flowers on stands near the back of someone’s trusty pickup truck; large umbrellas or canopies shading the spread from the bright sun; the thought of people milling around, talking, laughing, and someone merrily playing guitar on the corner.

WHAT WOULD FAY DO?

posted: 07/28/2010 3:14 a.m.

Averdant, leafy barrier blocks most of the house at 1330 N. Hillcrest Ave. from view, but initially nothing distinguishes this house from all the others on the street.

State prisoner charged in 1990 LR slaying after DNA hit

posted: 07/28/2010 3:13 a.m.

Prosecutors filed capitalmurder and rape charges against John B. Yancey Jr. on Monday, just over 20 years after Treva Parks’ body was found in her Little Rock apartment.

Creature feature

posted: 07/28/2010 3:11 a.m.

My animal shelter has more kittens than it can handle so I want to adopt one and give it a good life. The thing is I have two children, a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old, and want to know what I should teach them about cats.

PARENTING: Single child developing quite well without TV

posted: 07/28/2010 3:11 a.m.

Q:My 3 1 /2-year-old son has been at home with me since Day 1. I’m worried about his social development. He loves being around other children his age, but that doesn’t often happen.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 07/28/2010 3:10 a.m.

Happy birthday. You will be courageous. You’ll push yourself to accomplish something daring that you’ve wanted to do for years. The task will push you to the edge of your fear. In the process, you expand and become stronger.

OUT & ABOUT

posted: 07/28/2010 3:10 a.m.

Evening with Amy Grant, a fundraising concert, is planned for Aug. 13 at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale.

Service set for dead in tunnel stampede

posted: 07/28/2010 3:09 a.m.

A memorial service will be held for the 20 people crushed to death in a mass panic at the Love Parade techno festival, German officials said Tuesday, and hundreds of people lit candles, left notes and placed flowers at the site of the disaster.

Check your knowledge

posted: 07/28/2010 3:09 a.m.

1.What prominent Southerner was offered the job of heading Union military forces in the Civil War period? 2. Is approximately one-quarter, half or three-quarters of Earth’s surface ocean? 3. What are centers of low pressure called? 4. The original U.S. flag had 13 stars and 13 stripes. Each star represented a state. What did each stripe represent?

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 07/28/2010 3:09 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Nancy from Fredericksburg, Va., recently sent me a yellowed newspaper clipping of a recipe my mother, the original Heloise, printed in 1962. Boy, did it bring back some memories for me of a tasty pot roast on Sundays and yummy sandwiches the next day! Here is the Heloise Peking Roast in mother’s voice.

Blagojevich no criminal, his attorney tells jurors

posted: 07/28/2010 3:08 a.m.

Rod Blagojevich is insecure, he talks a lot and he’s a bad judge of character — but he is not a criminal, the ousted Illinois governor’s defense attorney told jurors at his corruption trial Tuesday during a theatrical closing argument.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Third Friday Was A Blast

posted: 07/28/2010 3:02 a.m.

You missed it! Third Friday in Rogers.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Health Reform Will Help Many

posted: 07/28/2010 2:57 a.m.

Arkansas’ surgeon general said recently that up to 90 percent of this state’s uninsured will be eligible for health insurance under the new federal health care law.

HOW WE SEE IT: The Real Work Lies Ahead

posted: 07/28/2010 2:56 a.m.

Record enrollment at the University of Arkansas is good news.

Tuesday, July 27

Prosecutors try to link Mann to Pierce bombing

posted: 07/27/2010 3:45 p.m.

Prosecutors are working to link Dr. Randeep Mann to a small spare tire used in the bombing of the Arkansas medical board chairman.

Tuberville stars in extreme makeover of Texas Tech

posted: 07/27/2010 3:25 p.m.

Tommy Tuberville wore a suit with a red and black striped tie and a Texas Tech lapel to Big 12 media day. That alone showed how much things have changed at Texas Tech.

Arkansas, Razorback Foundation call on fans for financial support

posted: 07/27/2010 11:57 a.m.

Arkansas disclosed revenue of more than $60 million in its annual athletics report released this month to members of the Razorback Foundation and called upon fans to help fundraising efforts.

Barge collision closes Mississippi, 3 hospitalized

posted: 07/27/2010 11 a.m.

Three tug boat workers were hospitalized after a barge collision on the Mississippi River that resulted in a chemical spill.

Stocks continue climb on strong earnings

posted: 07/27/2010 9:07 a.m.

Stocks extended their rally into a fourth day on Tuesday as economic and earnings reports lifted investors' optimism about the global recovery.

Oklahoma voters looking at crowded primary ballot

posted: 07/27/2010 9:02 a.m.

Polls opened Tuesday in Oklahoma with voters turning out for the primary election that will see several political heavyweights on the ballot looking to replace outgoing Democratic Gov. Brad Henry.

BUSINESS DECISION: Panel Mulls Salary Hikes

posted: 07/27/2010 5:57 a.m.

The salary of the mayor and the aldermen will remain the same, but the city attorney and city clerk will be getting a raise in January.

Coroner Works To Raise Quality

posted: 07/27/2010 5:54 a.m.

Daniel Oxford’s goal as Benton County coroner was to rebuild public confidence in the office and establish a relationship of trust with the county’s law enforcement agencies after taking office in the wake of the Kimberly Scott scandal.

Advocate For Homeless Returns To Area

posted: 07/27/2010 5:53 a.m.

Mark Horvath, the founder of Invisible People.tv, will bring his “Road Trip, USA” to the University of Arkansas Global Campus at 6 p.m. Saturday.

OBITUARIES for Benton County

posted: 07/27/2010 5:52 a.m.

Obituaries for Benton County for July 27, 2010.

Parking Information Meeting Thursday

posted: 07/27/2010 5:52 a.m.

Residents and others with questions and concerns about the new paid parking program planned for the Dickson Street entertainment district can attend one of three public information sessions planned.

COUNCIL DECISION: Rezoning Up In The Air

posted: 07/27/2010 5:48 a.m.

The City Council will decide whether to rezone property at 802 McCollum Drive during a meeting tonight.

Recycling Drop-Off Sites Get Easier Permit

posted: 07/27/2010 5:48 a.m.

Recycling in Fayetteville could become more convenient. The Fayetteville Planning Commission approved a change to its development codes to allow easier permitting for recycling collection sites. The change next goes to the City Council for official approval.

Commission Nixes Early Vote Location

posted: 07/27/2010 5:46 a.m.

The Washington County Election Commission won’t open an early voting site in Springdale before the annual school elections Sept. 21.

Arts Center, TheaterSquared Announce Agreement

posted: 07/27/2010 5:45 a.m.

A renewed partnership agreement between a local theater group and the Walton Arts Center is designed to benefit not only both organizations, but area students and teachers looking for more exposure to the theater arts

FAITH AND FABLES: You Have A Choice — Better Or Bitter

posted: 07/27/2010 5:44 a.m.

A wonderful musician came into my life some 15 years ago. His name was Dennis Jernigan.

Students To Host Breakfast For Charity

posted: 07/27/2010 5:41 a.m.

Hannah Tomlin of Bella Vista and a group of her friends have spent the summer doing something special.

Northwest Arkansas Deaths

posted: 07/27/2010 5:41 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes. For more information including cost and deadlines contact the advertising department at (501) 378-3889.

OBITUARIES: Washington County

posted: 07/27/2010 5:38 a.m.

Obituaries for Washington County for July 27, 2010.

Decatur Man Pleads Not Guilty To Charge

posted: 07/27/2010 5:37 a.m.

A Decatur man pleaded not guilty to raping a 16-year-old girl Monday.

Rogers Man Gets Eight Years For Sexual Assault

posted: 07/27/2010 5:35 a.m.

A Rogers man was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

Greenway Attorney To Contest Statements

posted: 07/27/2010 5:34 a.m.

The attorney representing the man charged with murder in connection with his former girlfriend’s disappearance plans to challenge the admissibility of statements his client gave police.

MISDEMEANOR CHARGES: Mother Pleads Guilty

posted: 07/27/2010 5:32 a.m.

A Springdale woman pleaded guilty Monday to two charges stemming from the deaths of her two children.

Man Pleads Not Guilty To Rape Of 75-Year-Old Woman

posted: 07/27/2010 5:30 a.m.

A Seligman, Mo., man pleaded not guilty Monday to raping a 75-year-old woman.

NATO strike kills civilians, Afghans say

posted: 07/27/2010 5:28 a.m.

The Afghan government said Monday that 52 civilians, including women and children, died when a NATO rocket struck a village in southern Afghanistan last week — a report disputed by the international coalition.

Ermey To Attend Knife Show

posted: 07/27/2010 5:27 a.m.

R. Lee Ermey, better known as Gunny from the movie “Full Metal Jacket” will be at the third annual A.G. Russell Knife Event on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Ermey now appears on The History Channel’s “Mail Call” series.

RECORDS

posted: 07/27/2010 5:25 a.m.

Records for Northwest Arkansas for July 27, 2010.

On how kids fare, state slips

posted: 07/27/2010 5:25 a.m.

Arkansas outperformed only two states in a national survey of children’s wellbeing, slipping one place from its 47th place ranking in 2009.

Woman Arrested In Connection With Drugs, Theft

posted: 07/27/2010 5:24 a.m.

Benton County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Dallas woman in the parking lot of the Bella Vista rest area along U.S. 71 on Saturday, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Council Considers Parking Ordinance Amendment

posted: 07/27/2010 5:22 a.m.

The Bella Vista City Council on Monday considered an amendment to the city’s parking ordinance and a resolution to delay the creation of a street department.

U.S. naval exercises staged for N. Korea

posted: 07/27/2010 5:21 a.m.

ABOARD USS GEORGE WASHINGTON — U.S. and South Korean warships and helicopters staged anti-submarine maneuvers off the Korean peninsula Monday meant as a warning to Pyongyang that aggression in the region will not be tolerated.

Man Sentenced To Death In 1985 Murder

posted: 07/27/2010 5:20 a.m.

The jury that convicted 61-year-old Charles Conner of murder last week sentenced him to death on Monday.

Obama urges Senate to back campaign-finance bill

posted: 07/27/2010 5:19 a.m.

President Barack Obama is imploring Republican senators to allow a vote on new campaign-finance disclosure requirements, warning them not to resort to political delaying tactics that would block the legislation.

In the news

posted: 07/27/2010 5:19 a.m.

Tom Tancredo, former GOP representative and presidential candidate, plans to switch parties and run for Colorado governor on the American Constitution Party ticket, his spokesman said.

Names and faces

posted: 07/27/2010 5:18 a.m.

Lindsay Lohan will not be getting out of jail this week, according to the Los Angeles County sheriff ’s office. When the actress began her 90-day sentence for violating the terms of her probation on a 2007 driving-under-the-influence conviction, sheriff’s officials said they expected her to serve at least 13 days, which would put her release date at Sunday at the earliest.

Getting it straight

posted: 07/27/2010 5:18 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 07/27/2010 5:17 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “You don’t have to be a successful criminal to be a criminal.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Niewoehner, in closing arguments at the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Atricle, this page

The world in brief

posted: 07/27/2010 5:16 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “North Korea’s danger lies because they are unpredictable.” Capt. David Lausman, the commanding officer of the USS George Washington, a nuclear-powered supercarrier deployed to joint maneuvers with South Korea Article this page

County, LR, NLR limit use of vehicles

posted: 07/27/2010 5:14 a.m.

Most workers driving city- and county-owned vehicles have limited opportunity to use the vehicles for personal tasks but when they do, they are expected to pay taxes on the benefit, Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County officials said Monday.

Guest writer A slippery slope

posted: 07/27/2010 4:57 a.m.

A recent guest column written by state Sen. Jimmy Jeffress argues for the repeal of Amendment 33 to the Arkansas Constitution.

Beware the lame ducks

posted: 07/27/2010 4:55 a.m.

Barack Obama’s considerable political capital, earned on Election Day 2008, is spent. Well spent, mind you, on the enactment of a highly ideological agenda of Obamacare, financial reform and a near trillion-dollar stimulus that will significantly transform the country. But spent nonetheless.

Code of silence hurts us all

posted: 07/27/2010 4:55 a.m.

For committing an act of pure decency, three black women are being ostracized by many other black people. On the night of June 29th, Delores Keen, Renee Roundtree and Rose Dodson rushed outside Keen’s Tampa apartment after they heard gunshots.

8,653 and counting

posted: 07/27/2010 4:54 a.m.

AT LAST count, which always seems to be changing, the State of Arkansas owns an automotive fleet totaling 8,653 different vehicles.

Always tell the boss

posted: 07/27/2010 4:54 a.m.

THE STORY of state officials who never paid their taxes on the use of their state-provided cars never seems to end.

OTHERS SAY: We need more honest tests

posted: 07/27/2010 4:53 a.m.

Congress did the right thing with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 when it required states to document student performance in yearly tests. (But) most states immediately undermined the effort by employing weak tests and setting passing scores too low.

LETTERS

posted: 07/27/2010 4:53 a.m.

Mindset entirely safe It was wholly a delight to read Paul Greenberg’s column on crushing mindsets, inspired by an encounter with an Oberlin College graduate in the 1970s. It’s flattering that he still almost remembers the Oberlin Mafia.

Berryville birdies

posted: 07/27/2010 4:52 a.m.

Crickets fiddle, frogs croak, bugs strafe the outdoor lights and the din of laughter and “yee-haws” carry across hundreds of mowed acres in the humid July evening.

Hog Futures: Long wait at Junction

posted: 07/27/2010 4:50 a.m.

About every 20 years, a prospect from an in-state school is unearthed by Arkansas late in the recruiting process and becomes a surprise hit.

In the interim, Caldwell beams

posted: 07/27/2010 4:47 a.m.

After 32 seasons as a college assistant football coach, Robbie Caldwell is getting a shot to run his own program.

LIKE IT IS: Vanderbilt coach emerges as media darling

posted: 07/27/2010 4:44 a.m.

When Robbie Caldwell walked into the room, he faced off with a few hundred members of the media who were tired, cold and a little irritable thanks to a winking wireless connection.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Garza delivers Rays no-hitter

posted: 07/27/2010 4:42 a.m.

The Tampa Bay Rays finally wound up on the right side of a memorable pitching performance.

Romo: Stature defined by titles

posted: 07/27/2010 4:41 a.m.

Tony Romo finally has a playoff victory for the Dallas Cowboys to go with his three Pro Bowl selections.

Ozzie’s effort in ’87 most memorable

posted: 07/27/2010 4:40 a.m.

The Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Sunday at Cooperstown, N.Y., served (for me, at least) like a refresher course on the St. Louis Cardinals’ 1987 season.

Pelini: ’Huskers focused on Big 12

posted: 07/27/2010 4:40 a.m.

Everywhere he looked, Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini was surrounded by the Big 12 logo.

FedEx boosts quarter, year forecasts

posted: 07/27/2010 4:37 a.m.

In another sign of confidence in the global economy, FedEx Corp. on Monday raised its earnings outlook for the current quarter and full year.

Chinese vow a tilt toward investors

posted: 07/27/2010 4:34 a.m.

China’s Cabinet on Monday promised private investors a bigger role in industries from oil drilling to finance, apparently responding to complaints that state companies were helped by the Chinese government’s huge stimulus while private enterprise withered in the global crisis.

Rules legalize iPhone unlock

posted: 07/27/2010 4:31 a.m.

Owners of the iPhone will be able to legally unlock their devices so they can run software applications that haven’t been approved by Apple Inc., according to new government rules announced Monday.

U.S. looks to aid small firms

posted: 07/27/2010 4:29 a.m.

The Obama administration is on the verge of creating as much as $300 billion in credit for small businesses as bankers raise doubt about whether there’s demand for new loans and how much will be repaid.

THE RECRUITING GUY: West Memphis’ Jackson biding time after offer

posted: 07/27/2010 4:26 a.m.

West Memphis swingman Jalen Jackson became the second in-state junior to receive a scholarship offer from Arkansas. Guard Archie Goodwin of Sylvan Hills was offered by the Razorbacks on June 16.

NASCAR wants more banging, less bucking

posted: 07/27/2010 4:26 a.m.

Concerns about a half-empty race track dogged NASCAR long before Sunday’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the sanctioning body’s top officials didn’t want to discuss attendance or any other ailments plaguing the nation’s No. 1 racing series.

Cubs’ Zambrano apologizes for fit

posted: 07/27/2010 4:25 a.m.

Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano apologized for his dugout tirade last month. Zambrano went off after allowing four runs in the first inning against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on June 25 and had to be separated from teammate Derrek Lee.

State sports briefs

posted: 07/27/2010 4:24 a.m.

FOOTBALL North Alabama picked to repeat in GSC North Alabama was the overwhelming favorite to repeat as Gulf South Conference champion by the league’s coaches after finishing 7-1 in conference play last season.

NFL training camp notes Bengals owner wanting to add Owens to mix

posted: 07/27/2010 4:24 a.m.

Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown is trying to produce his own reality show.

Cowboys’ Bryant rejects rookie duty

posted: 07/27/2010 4:22 a.m.

Dallas Cowboys rookie receiver Dez Bryant said he is in training camp to catch passes, not carry somebody else’s shoulder pads after practice.

Off the wire

posted: 07/27/2010 4:20 a.m.

BASKETBALL It’s Richardson’s team Since the WNBA’s Shock announced in October that they’d be moving from Detroit to Tulsa, Coach and General Manager Nolan Richardson has been flipping the roster to fit his “40 Minutes of Hell” style and deal with the absence of several All-Stars who didn’t make the move.

Rain, lightning bring 0-0 game to early end

posted: 07/27/2010 4:20 a.m.

Monday’s game between Springfield and Northwest Arkansas at Arvest Ballpark was canceled because of rain and lightning.

Second thoughts

posted: 07/27/2010 4:19 a.m.

Veterans’ advice on the nose Washington defensive end Albert Haynesworth, who skipped mini-camp in defiance after he learned of his pending switch from defensive tackle to nose tackle in the Redskins’ new 4-3 defense, isn’t getting a lot of sympathy.

Sales of new homes increase 23.6% in June

posted: 07/27/2010 4:18 a.m.

Sales of new homes jumped last month, but it was the second-weakest month on record, with the lackluster economy making potential buyers skittish about shopping for homes.

3,009 nonprofits risk losing status

posted: 07/27/2010 4:17 a.m.

More than 3,000 small nonprofit organizations in Arkansas are in danger of losing their tax-exempt status because they failed to file required tax returns for the past three years, the Internal Revenue Service said Monday.

‘Narco saint’ talismans tip off police

posted: 07/27/2010 4:17 a.m.

Many Mexican drug smugglers believe Jesus protects them as they go about their business.

After storm, couple adds solar power

posted: 07/27/2010 4:14 a.m.

After losing power for 12 days during the January 2009 ice storm, Bill Connor and his wife Faune vowed never to rely on traditional electric service again.

Lawyer to contest client’s statements in woman’s death

posted: 07/27/2010 4:11 a.m.

The attorney representing a man charged with murder in connection with his former girlfriend’s disappearance plans to challenge the admissibility of statements his client gave police.

6 biggest U.S. airlines post $1.3 billion in 2nd-quarter profits

posted: 07/27/2010 4:11 a.m.

Good times are finally back for the nation’s airlines. For travelers, that means it’s getting harder to find bargains.

Fort Smith doctor faces drug fraud counts

posted: 07/27/2010 4:08 a.m.

A Fort Smith doctor who police say used at least 19 aliases to fill prescriptions at more than 11 different pharmacies will be arraigned Wednesday on a charge of obtaining hydrocodone by fraud.

Bridge near Bono to be torn down

posted: 07/27/2010 4:05 a.m.

Craighead County officials agreed Monday to tearing down an 83-year-old wooden bridge rather than restoring it because it poses a safety hazard.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 07/27/2010 4:05 a.m.

Murphy Oil: Refinery restarted after fire Murphy Oil Corp. said its Milford Haven refinery in Wales is operating normally after a fire that was caused by a power failure last week.

Business news in brief

posted: 07/27/2010 4:05 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The highest demand for loans is from the companies least qualified, the companies that have really struggled because of the economic downturn.” Eliot Stark, managing director at Capital Insight Partners Inc. Article, 1D

MARKET REPORT: FedEx, housing news lift stocks

posted: 07/27/2010 4:04 a.m.

The Dow Jones industrial average gained more than 100 points for the third straight session Monday after investors got some unexpected news about the economy.

Hopeful says sell airplane

posted: 07/27/2010 4:03 a.m.

Republican gubernatorial nominee Jim Keet on Monday called for the state to sell the airplane the Arkansas State Police bought for $4 million in 2007 and which is used to transport the governor and investigate crimes.

Carl Icahn sues Lions Gate in 2 countries over takeover

posted: 07/27/2010 4:03 a.m.

The battle for movie and television production company Lions Gate Entertainment is headed to court.

SPRINGDALE: Mother pleads guilty in children’s deaths

posted: 07/27/2010 4:01 a.m.

A Springdale woman pleaded guilty Monday to two charges stemming from the deaths of her two children.

AUGUST CALENDAR: Careful, the natives are festive

posted: 07/27/2010 3:59 a.m.

August is big and ripe, ready for thumping. Slice it, and all the good stuff comes dribbling out — watermelons, waffles, yard sales, spaghetti and chuckwagons, and seeds to spit all over. COINCIDENCE? — OR COBWEBS IN THE ATTIC?

U.S. 82 bridge links state to Mississippi

posted: 07/27/2010 3:59 a.m.

The dedication of the new U.S. 82 bridge over the Mississippi River just south of this Chicot County seat provided an opportunity for several hundred Arkansas and Mississippi residents to venture for the first time Monday onto the deck of the $341 million structure, nearly 10 years in the making.

Parks panel seeks fee rise

posted: 07/27/2010 3:53 a.m.

To help make up for slumping tax collections and a slowdown in the use of the state’s campsites, a state commission has proposed a 10 percent increase in fees for camping and rates for cabin and lodge rooms at Arkansas parks.

Blast from the past

posted: 07/27/2010 3:49 a.m.

Before there was control-alt-delete, there was WD-40, the liquid space-age remedy for machine-age problems.

EU, Canada add penalties against Iran

posted: 07/27/2010 3:48 a.m.

The European Union and Canada on Monday separately adopted new sanctions against Iran, targeting the country’s foreign trade, banking and energy sectors.

WHAT’S IN A DAME: Readers express sharp opinions

posted: 07/27/2010 3:48 a.m.

Admittedly, I am a writer with agendas.

CRITICAL MASS: Fables album a totem of ’80s

posted: 07/27/2010 3:46 a.m.

All of us make up stories about the way we were, but over the last couple of centuries we’ve figured out how to affix certain moments to tangible objects. Now we’ve got photographs and records to bear witness, give evidence and call us out as liars.

Nichols’ wife looks familiar; girl band was in Rock Follies

posted: 07/27/2010 3:46 a.m.

Q. I was watching a tribute to the director Mike Nichols and could not figure out who his wife is.

THE TV COLUMN: DirecTV gets Damages after show is dropped

posted: 07/27/2010 3:45 a.m.

Damages was a goner. Now it’s not. You need to pay close attention to what happened.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 07/27/2010 3:42 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Is God opposed to people trying to get rich and be successful? I sometimes get that idea, but what’s wrong with trying to make as much money as you can, as long as you aren’t dishonest? — K.D. DEAR K.D.: No, God isn’t necessarily opposed to wealth or financial success; some of the most godly people in the Bible were also people of great wealth — men like Abraham or Job in the Old Testament.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Like must accompany love

posted: 07/27/2010 3:41 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: Clearly you are big into using “like” instead of “love.” You make this substitution all the time. If you ever feel like expounding on it, I’d be curious.

Iraq pilgrims targeted with car bombs; 25 killed

posted: 07/27/2010 3:41 a.m.

Two car bombs targeting Shiite pilgrims during a religious festival in the holy city of Karbala killed 25 people Monday, Iraqi police and hospital officials said.

Social Security Q&A

posted: 07/27/2010 3:40 a.m.

Q. My doctor said he thinks I’m disabled. Who decides if I meet the requirements for Social Security disability benefits?

Khmer Rouge jailer sentenced to 35 years in deaths

posted: 07/27/2010 3:40 a.m.

A U.N.-backed tribunal sentenced the Khmer Rouge’s chief jailer to 35 years for overseeing the deaths of up to 16,000 people — the first verdict involving a senior member of the “killing fields” regime that devastated a generation of Cambodians.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 07/27/2010 3:39 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your confidence grows this year.You’ll act because you have to. In the end, you’ll realize you are better off because you had to rise above circumstantial limitations. A devoted love will go where you go. Singles meet fantastic prospects through friends or a computer dating service. Finances improve in January. Aries and Cancer people adore you.

AETN offers Go Fast seats

posted: 07/27/2010 3:38 a.m.

North Little Rock rock band Go Fast — Scott Diffee on lead guitar and vocals, Jimmy Powell on drums and Brent LaBeau on bass — will give a free concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Arkansas Educational Television Network studios, 350 S. Donaghey Ave., Conway.

Check your knowledge

posted: 07/27/2010 3:38 a.m.

1. What is the plural of “fungus” ? 2. What writer created the Cisco Kid? 3. How many states were in the Confederate States of America? 4. On what ocean is Georgetown, the capital of Guyana?

Ex-Iran premier: Power focus flawed

posted: 07/27/2010 3:38 a.m.

The head of Iran’s opposition warned the country’s hardline political leaders Monday that they could suffer the same fate as the deposed shah if they continue to consolidate their grip on power.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 07/27/2010 3:35 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: You printed comments concerning gift cards, and one person said that the money goes to waste because he uses $23 of a $25 gift card and doesn’t go back.

COMMENTARY: Forrest City Again On Map

posted: 07/27/2010 3:31 a.m.

Somebody was late and the 7:10 a.m. twosome became a 7 a.m. foursome. First-names only on the first tee, they were Dwight and Mike.

Rain Wipes Out Teaford’s Party

posted: 07/27/2010 3:28 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas left-handed pitcher Everett Teaford was beginning to put together a memorable performance Monday night in Arvest Ballpark.

Source: CEO Hayward to step down at BP

posted: 07/27/2010 3:26 a.m.

BP’s board met Monday to decide the fate of the firm’s chief executive as work resumed to permanently plug the source of the largest oil spill in U.S. history after a storm threat eliminated an opportunity to seal the Gulf of Mexico gusher more securely by the end of July.

PREMIER BASEBALL: Tourney Makes Return

posted: 07/27/2010 3:26 a.m.

Some of the top 16-and-under baseball teams from this region will descend upon Northwest Arkansas for the third consecutive year this week.

New bridge reaches Harlem River site

posted: 07/27/2010 3:25 a.m.

A prefabricated 350-foot-long bridge that will replace a 109-year-old span across the Harlem River arrived Monday aboard two barges.

Arkansas Swimmers Make Splash At Sectional

posted: 07/27/2010 3:23 a.m.

Swimmers from Arkansas held their own against the region’s top competition this past weekend, coaches from Northwest Arkansas’ two swim clubs said.

Frazier Excels At Elite Camp

posted: 07/27/2010 3:20 a.m.

Shiloh Christian quarterback Kiehl Frazier was among some fast company last week in the prestigious Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in Los Angeles.

Prosecutor: Accused plotter ‘homegrown extremist’

posted: 07/27/2010 3:19 a.m.

An ex-airport employee accused of plotting to blow up fuel lines and tanks at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport was a “homegrown extremist,” a prosecutor said in closing arguments at his terrorism trial.

Duck Hunting Season Dates Set

posted: 07/27/2010 3:17 a.m.

Arkansas duck hunters will again have a 60-day season with a maximum daily limit of six ducks, the state Game and Fish Commission heard Thursday.

Judge, attorney spar in Blagojevich trial

posted: 07/27/2010 3:15 a.m.

A lawyer for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich clashed with the judge in the former Illinois governor’s corruption trial over what he could say in his closing arguments, pledging Monday that he was ready to go to jail for contempt.

Other days

posted: 07/27/2010 3:12 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 27, 1910 More than 2,000 preachers of the state will be requested by Prof. Henry S. Hartzog, secretary of the Arkansas Education Commission, to preach a sermon during the month of August on the subject, “Public School Education in Arkansas.”

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: About Those God-Given ‘Rights’

posted: 07/27/2010 2:23 a.m.

Consider the following: “We are endowed by the creator the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” I refute this. Bear with me long enough to consider the reasons why.

COMMENTARY: Answering Critics’ Questions

posted: 07/27/2010 2:22 a.m.

Not to make a habit of it, but let’s do one of those columns responding to critics. A blog commenter asks: Why do I, a confirmed liberal, write frequently of my warm regard for John Boozman without dissecting his doctrinaire conservative views, thus tacitly endorsing him for the U.S. Senate?

Casualties Of War

posted: 07/27/2010 2:21 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.

HOW WE SEE IT: Notification System Arrives

posted: 07/27/2010 2:20 a.m.

Life in Benton County is a little safer now that an emergency warning system has been installed here.

Monday, July 26

BP CEO Hayward to step down in October

posted: 07/26/2010 12:42 p.m.

An official said BP CEO Tony Hayward will step down in October and take a job with TNK-BP, the company's joint venture in Russia.

D.C. Morrison backs Rankin for southern congressional seat

posted: 07/26/2010 12:28 p.m.

Former Democratic Senate hopeful D.C. Morrison is backing Republican Beth Anne Rankin's bid for a southern Arkansas congressional seat.

CORRECTION Aldermen To Talk Salaries

posted: 07/26/2010 11:36 a.m.

Rogers City Council members receive an annual salary of $8,400 a year. The figure in a story about elected officials salaries published Saturday was incorrect.

Fort Smith works to fund convention center

posted: 07/26/2010 11:31 a.m.

Fort Smith officials may ask voters to approve a sales tax on prepared foods as a way to close the $1 million annual deficit for the city's convention center.

Pallet rental company completes Bentonville sales center

posted: 07/26/2010 11:09 a.m.

A pallet rental service company says it has completed a new sales and innovation center in Bentonville.

Springdale Head Start Plans Change After Flood

posted: 07/26/2010 5:38 a.m.

Washington County Head Start officials plan to change how they provide services to some Springdale children after a preschool building flooded on July 12.

RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS

posted: 07/26/2010 5:37 a.m.

Information is from state Health Department records. Restaurants are listed in order of inspection date. All reports are from regular food service/food store inspections unless otherwise noted. Critical violations are defined as items that relate directly to factors that lead to food-borne illness and must be corrected immediately. Noncritical violations are defined as items that relate to maintenance of food operations and cleanliness.

RECORDS

posted: 07/26/2010 5:36 a.m.

Larry Robertson, 34, of 1369 Rupple Road in Fayetteville was arrested Sunday in connection with felony fleeing and misdemeanor speeding, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, following too close and improper lane change.

COMMENTARY: Creativity Is Where You Find It

posted: 07/26/2010 5:34 a.m.

Here’s a question for you: “Just suppose — we could transport ourselves anywhere we want with just a twitch of the nose or blink of the eye. What would be some problems, benefits, etc., of this situation? You have three minutes to answer.” Newsweek published that question from Scholastic Testing Service Inc. in the July 19 issue as part of a story about what some see as a decline in creativity in this country.

Youth Talent Contest Set

posted: 07/26/2010 5:34 a.m.

Rogers Little Theater is accepting entries for the eighth annual RLT Frisco Festival Youth Talent Contest to be held Aug. 28 in downtown Rogers.

Man Arrested In Connection With Rape

posted: 07/26/2010 5:32 a.m.

Salvador Calderon-Sandoval, 24, of Springdale, was arrested Sunday in connection with felony rape-forcible fondling and residential burglary, and misdemeanor first-degree criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a minor, according to Springdale police.

Victoria Justice At Walmart Tuesday

posted: 07/26/2010 5:32 a.m.

Victoria Justice, star of Nickelodeon’s series “Victorious,” will be at Walmart stores in Rogers and Bentonville on Tuesday.

Rogers Man Accused Of Abuse

posted: 07/26/2010 5:31 a.m.

A Rogers man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of abusing a 5-year-old girl.

Animal Control Calls Increasing

posted: 07/26/2010 5:30 a.m.

The suspects most often pursued by police in Northwest Arkansas tend to be furry and four-legged.

Street Department Part Of Council Discussion

posted: 07/26/2010 5:29 a.m.

A proposed resolution before the Bella Vista City Council tonight would suspend plans to acquire new property and equipment for a street department.

COMMENTARY: He’s In, He’s Out, He’s Back

posted: 07/26/2010 5:29 a.m.

It’s been a rollercoaster month for one Gravette city worker.

Common Core Standards Coming

posted: 07/26/2010 5:27 a.m.

There’s been a level of hoopla surrounding the development and approval of common standards for students across the country. The standards, touted by President Barack Obama and the National Governors Association, were approved for Arkansas earlier this month.

Northwest Arkansas Deaths

posted: 07/26/2010 5:27 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes. For more information including cost and deadlines contact the advertising department at (501) 378-3889.

Killed 1 sailor, holding a 2nd, Taliban assert

posted: 07/26/2010 5:25 a.m.

As a manhunt for two missing American sailors widened throughout a dangerous region of eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, a Taliban spokesman said that one of the Americans had been killed in an ambush and the other one had been captured.

Larry Ben Takes Reins

posted: 07/26/2010 5:25 a.m.

Larry Ben has a vision of what he wants the Decatur School District to become.

OBITUARIES: Washington County

posted: 07/26/2010 5:24 a.m.

Obituaries for Washington County for July 26, 2010.

BP board reportedly looking at CEO’s exit

posted: 07/26/2010 5:24 a.m.

BP PLC Chief Executive Tony Hayward is discussing his departure from the company with its board after a leak at one of its Gulf of Mexico wells caused the largest oil spill in U.S. history, two people familiar with the matter said Sunday.

Rogers Looking At Trash Rate Hike

posted: 07/26/2010 5:24 a.m.

The cost of trash collection will increase next year if aldermen approve on Tuesday a five-year extension of the contract with Inland Services Inc.

Pakistan aided Taliban, reports allege

posted: 07/26/2010 5:23 a.m.

Americans fighting the war in Afghanistan have long harbored strong suspicions that Pakistan’s military spy service has guided the Afghan insurgency with a hidden hand, even as Pakistan receives more than $1 billion a year from Washington for its help combating the militants, according to a trove of secret military field reports made public Sunday.

Flood-insurance legislation faces hurdles in U.S. Senate

posted: 07/26/2010 5:21 a.m.

Legislation that would delay new and stricter federal flood insurance requirements has coasted through the House, but is having a tougher time in the Senate.

OBITUARIES for Benton County

posted: 07/26/2010 5:21 a.m.

Obituaries for Benton County for July 26, 2010.

More being deported under Obama

posted: 07/26/2010 5:16 a.m.

The Obama administration is deporting record numbers of illegal aliens and auditing hundreds of businesses that hire them, according to the director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Medical devices send children to ER

posted: 07/26/2010 5:15 a.m.

More than 70,000 children and teens go to the emergency room each year for injuries and complications from medical devices, and contact lenses are the leading culprit, the first detailed national estimate suggests.

Abbas not ready for direct talks

posted: 07/26/2010 5:14 a.m.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that despite intense pressure from the “entire world,” he is still not willing to start direct negotiations with Israel.

Iowa flood causes millions in damage

posted: 07/26/2010 5:14 a.m.

Flooding from the Maquoketa River after the Lake Delhi dam failed has damaged dozens of homes and businesses, causing millions of dollars in damage in Monticello, officials said Sunday.

Tensions mount in 2 Koreas

posted: 07/26/2010 5:10 a.m.

The United States and South Korea began their largest joint war games in years Sunday, with a nuclear-powered American aircraft carrier prowling off the east coast of South Korea while North Korea threatened to retaliate and reportedly put its military on alert for war.

Bangkok bomb kills 1 after vote

posted: 07/26/2010 5:09 a.m.

A bomb at a bus stop in downtown Bangkok killed one person and wounded 10 others Sunday shortly after polls closed in a parliamentary election that pitted a government candidate against a jailed leader of recent mass protests in the Thai capital.

In the news

posted: 07/26/2010 5:06 a.m.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 53, said the Iranian government will open for every newborn child a savings account with an initial deposit of $1,100 and additional deposits to be made by the government and parents, with the aim of giving each child a minimum of $100,000 by adulthood.

Names and faces

posted: 07/26/2010 5:05 a.m.

It was as though Han Solo himself had stepped into the San Diego Convention Center. Harrison Ford made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con on Saturday, and the crowd of some 6,000 sci-fi and comic-book fans greeted him with a sustained standing ovation unmatched by any other during this year’s event.

The nation in brief

posted: 07/26/2010 5:05 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The new leaders of BP will have an uphill climb to correct the legacy left by Hayward.” U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, on the reports that BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward was discussing leaving the firm Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 07/26/2010 5:04 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s over for the Love Parade.” Rainer Schaller, organizer of the German festival where 19 people were trampled to death, announcing the permanent cancellation of the event Article, this page

Pine Bluff police to lengthen shifts to 12 hours a day

posted: 07/26/2010 5:01 a.m.

The Pine Bluff Police Department will have officers work 12-hour shifts beginning Sunday, a plan expected to allow for more community policing and days off each month for officers.

Looking for the truth

posted: 07/26/2010 4:53 a.m.

Of all the wicked and repulsive attributes of human nature, certainly the tendency to pass judgment based on the flimsiest evidence is one of the worst.

Who’ll do the hard work?

posted: 07/26/2010 4:52 a.m.

The two Texans who head the Republican congressional campaign committees showed last weekend that, where federal finances are concerned, it’s easier to raise questions than provide answers.

Danger: Higher taxes ahead

posted: 07/26/2010 4:51 a.m.

If pumping money into people’s pockets stimulates the economy, then vacuuming money from their pockets should depress the economy. Given how sad today’s economy is, depressing it even further could make it leap out a window.

Watch ’em, folks

posted: 07/26/2010 4:51 a.m.

THEY SAY politicians are like diapers. They need to be changed regulary. But beware. Even after you’ve made the change, the smell may linger.

Boooooo, your Honor!

posted: 07/26/2010 4:50 a.m.

FOR A certain demographic slice of the 30-to-50 crowd, mostly among those with children, and especially those with daughters in the pre-teen or teen years, a ruling from a federal judge Back East has sent shock waves all through the community/ phone lines/facebook posts.

Recommended reading

posted: 07/26/2010 4:50 a.m.

If this weather is getting to you, and you’re letting your garden go to seed because you just don’t want to walk out there this week, and you rush from your doorway to your car to spend as little time as possible away from the A/C, then do we have a book for you: The Coldest Winter by the late, great David Halberstam.

Guest writer High adventure

posted: 07/26/2010 4:48 a.m.

Arkansas regards tourism as a major part of the state’s economy. Any Arkansan who supports its continued good health would never give deliberately misleading information about rugged areas of the state to a tourist seeking a bit of adventure here, yet not wishing to get into an uncomfortable situation.

Spare tires no help at Indy

posted: 07/26/2010 4:46 a.m.

Jamie McMurray followed teammate Juan Pablo Montoya around and around historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, almost resigned to settling for a second-place finish.

Cobb: UK can keep winning

posted: 07/26/2010 4:39 a.m.

Not since Kentucky’s glory days more than 50 years ago have the Wildcats been as relevant on the football field as they’ve been recently. Rich Brooks coached Kentucky to winning seasons and bowl appearances in each of the past four seasons, something the Wildcats had never done before, not even during the days of Paul “Bear” Bryant (1946-1953), when Kentucky posted eight consecutive winning seasons but only three consecutive bowl appearances.

Caution in Cooperstown

posted: 07/26/2010 4:37 a.m.

“The Hawk” has landed in Cooperstown.

Obituaries

posted: 07/26/2010 4:37 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

2-stroke penalty gives Texan title

posted: 07/26/2010 4:31 a.m.

A penalty separated Little Rock’s Alex Carpenter from another victory Sunday.

Hendrick: Martin won’t be forced out

posted: 07/26/2010 4:29 a.m.

Team owner Rick Hendrick says he won’t force Batesville’s Mark Martin out of his seat next year to make room for Kasey Kahne at Hendrick Motorsports.

Other days

posted: 07/26/2010 4:28 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 26, 1910 Little Rock hotel men do not take kindly to the transfer of the Cotton Belt railway’s passenger terminal from this city to Argenta. The opinion is general among them that smaller hostelries will lose more by the change than would the larger ones, yet that it will mean some loss to all of them was agreed.

HOG CALLS: Hogs’ defense beefs up in weight room

posted: 07/26/2010 4:27 a.m.

Looking back, Arkansas third-year defensive coordinator Willy Robinson believes everyone so emphasized making the Razorbacks’ defense quicker that maybe it got overlooked that a defense still must throw its weight around.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Lopez’s home run in 11th helps Cardinals avoid sweep

posted: 07/26/2010 4:27 a.m.

Felipe Lopez hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the 11th inning to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Sunday night and avoid a weekend sweep.

Langer makes do with ‘Senior’ Open

posted: 07/26/2010 4:26 a.m.

Bernhard Langer won his first senior major title on Sunday, holding off a final-round challenge from Corey Pavin for a one-stroke victory in the Senior British Open.

No twist ending; Contador cruises

posted: 07/26/2010 4:26 a.m.

Alberto Contador stood atop the podium at the Tour de France on Sunday for the third time in four years, struggling to rein in his emotions as Spain’s national anthem echoed across the wide boulevard of the Champs-Elysees.

State sports briefs

posted: 07/26/2010 4:24 a.m.

TRACK & FIELD UA’s George helps U.S. take gold Arkansas sophomore Regina Georgia helped the United States win gold in the 4x400-meter relay at the IAAF World Junior Championships on Sunday in Moncton, Canada.

Off the wire

posted: 07/26/2010 4:20 a.m.

FOOTBALL QB Cotton leaves Ole Miss Mississippi Coach Houston Nutt said redshirt freshman quarterback Raymond Cotton is leaving the university. A prep All-American out of Fort Meade (Md.) High School, Cotton was No. 2 at Mississippi after competing throughout spring drills with Nathan Stanley.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Hearne boosts Cards to victory

posted: 07/26/2010 4:20 a.m.

Trey Hearne’s comeback took a big step forward against Northwest Arkansas on Sunday.

Second thoughts

posted: 07/26/2010 4:19 a.m.

Pie in eyes not a total pain in neck With two game-ending hits this week, journeyman Donnie Murphy of the Florida Marlins has learned how to take a celebratory shaving-cream pie in the face.

Raytheon unveils war monocle

posted: 07/26/2010 4:17 a.m.

As the desert landscape unfolds ahead, the jet fighter pilot glances to his right. Spotting an enemy target, a sensor attached to his helmet relays the information straight back to his flight controls, allowing him to fire immediately without turning his aircraft.

Northwest Arkansas achievers

posted: 07/26/2010 4:16 a.m.

Victor C.X. Wang, a graduate of the University of Arkansas’ College of Education and Health Professions, has been named editor-in-chief of The International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology.

IBM touts mainframe as data-center brain

posted: 07/26/2010 4:15 a.m.

The mainframe business is to International Business Machines Corp. what manufacturing is to the American economy, a shrinking but strategically vital part of the franchise.

China leads way in solar panels, cuts down costs

posted: 07/26/2010 4:13 a.m.

At Rutgers University in New Jersey, 7,600 panels convert sunlight into electricity, saving some $200,000 in energy costs this year in the biggest solar-power experiment at a U.S. college.

College in Hope to offer online degree

posted: 07/26/2010 4:12 a.m.

Students at the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope will be able to earn a bachelor of professional studies degree from Arkansas Tech University at Russellville through online courses through an arrangement signed by both campuses last week.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: GelaSkins get my vote in protective film race, ZAGG InvisibleShield a close 2nd

posted: 07/26/2010 4:11 a.m.

I spent the last month or so trying out a new cellular phone. If I have a new phone, I want to make sure it stays safe. So I began looking for a product to protect the phone.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 07/26/2010 4:07 a.m.

ALEXANDER Robert Mark and Leslie Ann Brown, 11009 Stonehill Drive, July 20, Chapter 7. ALMA Karen Mischelle McGrew, 447 Rudy Road, Apartment 2A, July 15, Chapter 7.

New Eagle Scouts

posted: 07/26/2010 4:07 a.m.

Clay Taylor, 14, is the son of Clayton and Marsha Taylor of Fayetteville. He is a member of Troop 116 in Fayetteville at Sequoyah United Methodist Church. Taylor organized a classroom clean-up at the Classroom in the Woods at Vandergriff Elementary School in Fayetteville to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

Team busily flits about banding hummingbirds

posted: 07/26/2010 4:05 a.m.

Two Arkansans hold hummingbirds in their hands nearly every day.

Darr: Will be counter to Beebe

posted: 07/26/2010 4:05 a.m.

The Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, Mark Darr, says Arkansas will get four years of the Democratic nominee, Shane Broadway, “saying, ‘Yes, sir’” to Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe if Broadway and Beebe are elected in November.

Modern yoga far stretch from ancient philosophy

posted: 07/26/2010 4:04 a.m.

It’s amazing that yoga has a firm foothold in the West given the deep suspicion of the pursuit that existed for hundreds of years, up to the late 1960s.

Whoa! Was that odd thing a bicycle?

posted: 07/26/2010 4:02 a.m.

Bicycles get weirder and weirder all the time.

Yoga workout throws in some Pilates,‘cardio kick’

posted: 07/26/2010 4:02 a.m.

The team behind Core Fusion, a series of exercise DVDs, has a certain type of efficiency.

That Dam Night Run has one big tailgate party

posted: 07/26/2010 4:01 a.m.

Some runners attend races the way backsliders attend church — once or twice a year.

Short-term meters pay off at LR airport

posted: 07/26/2010 3:59 a.m.

The maximum amount of time on the parking meters at Little Rock National Airport, Adams Field, is 20 minutes — more than enough time to drop off or pick up someone.

Pool etiquette rules avoid large splashes

posted: 07/26/2010 3:55 a.m.

Appropriately clad in a Speedo, swim cap and nose plugs, Bob Axelrod told me a story.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 07/26/2010 3:53 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Where did the idea of hell come from? I don’t believe there is such a thing because God is for life and for love, not destruction and hate, like some people seem to think. — C.F.

Officials: New schools would be cash strain

posted: 07/26/2010 3:53 a.m.

Creating more public colleges would overextend an already inadequate pool of state funding, diminishing the quality of higher education in Arkansas, officials supporting a ban said.

MASTER CLASS: Tiny muscle has important job to do

posted: 07/26/2010 3:52 a.m.

The piriformis is a tiny muscle in the hip region that most people probably don’t know exists. Its size notwithstanding, the piriformis plays a critical role in walking, jogging and many other daily activities.

Madison County remains rural

posted: 07/26/2010 3:52 a.m.

There isn’t a single stoplight in Madison County and the people living there are proud of that.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 07/26/2010 3:48 a.m.

Happy birthday. Work brings excitement, and you’re in charge. Pressure makes you do your best. You’ll sweat and toil, but a lucky break comes in September. When you look into the eyes of a special person, you get the feeling of coming home. This relationship will enrich you all year and beyond. October is full of entertainment. Aquarius and Libra people adore you.

ON TV CONTEST

posted: 07/26/2010 3:46 a.m.

For the On TV Contest, the judge asked: What is your favorite TV hangout ? Why?

Check your knowledge

posted: 07/26/2010 3:45 a.m.

1. What does the Latin term “modus operandi” mean? 2. The tortoise belongs to what class of animals? 3. Name the two countries that have borders with Spain. 4. Drury Lane in London was popular in the 17th and 18th centuries, primarily for what?

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 07/26/2010 3:41 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Several years ago, you printed a recipe that removed battery corrosion. Could you reprint that? — Holly, Hagerstown, Md.

Networking helps motivate athletes

posted: 07/26/2010 3:41 a.m.

Using Twitter to alert the planet that she’s finished a training run isn’t nerdy or geeky for Libby Jones, past president of the Dallas Running Club.

Winter feeding also important

posted: 07/26/2010 3:40 a.m.

Don McSwain and Tana Beasley urge anyone who hangs a feeder outside in the summer to attract ruby throated hummers to keep that feeder stocked with sugar water during the winter, too.

Response time depends on dimensions of animal

posted: 07/26/2010 3:39 a.m.

It takes an elephant much longer to notice a fly and flick it away than it takes a shrew, and the reason is not that the elephant’s great brain is too busy with philosophy, or that it simply does not concern itself with flies.

TRAVELERS’ CHECK: Tips to aid older fliers at airports

posted: 07/26/2010 3:32 a.m.

Lila Wylie’s age is such that she struggles to get around in airports.

German music festival toll rises to 19 dead, 342 injured

posted: 07/26/2010 3:28 a.m.

The death toll rose to 19 on Sunday and police said that 342 had been injured in a panicked crush of partygoers in an overcrowded tunnel that served as the sole entrance to a German festival billed as the world’s largest techno-music party.

TEXAS LEAGUE BASEBALL: Hearne Too Much For Naturals

posted: 07/26/2010 3:28 a.m.

Trey Hearne’s performance Sunday night proved to be a step in the right direction in Springfield’s 5-2 win over Northwest Arkansas.

Olympic Triathlon Gets Rave Reviews

posted: 07/26/2010 3:26 a.m.

Claudia Spooner was just looking for some trails to run Sunday. She found a win in the area’s first Olympic-distance triathlon.

Obama nominee’s ties face scrutiny

posted: 07/26/2010 3:26 a.m.

Four months after James R. Clapper left his federal job as head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in June 2006, he joined the boards of three government contractors, two of which had been doing business with his agency while he was there.

Pickhardt Family Dominates Shark Sprint Sport

posted: 07/26/2010 3:24 a.m.

Fayetteville senior Maggie Pickhardt wants to follow in her brother and father’s footsteps.

West Ark American Downs Gentry 12-3

posted: 07/26/2010 3:22 a.m.

A day can make a world of difference and that was apparent for the West Ark American team.

YOUTH BASEBALL ROUNDUP

posted: 07/26/2010 3:20 a.m.

Jalen Beeks threw one-hit ball over six innings and Kyler Offenbacker went 3-for-4 with a solo homer to lead the Fayetteville Lindsey Dodgers to a 13-3 runrule win over Mountain Home in the American Legion Senior State Tournament on Sunday.

Geithner: Ending cuts can’t hurt

posted: 07/26/2010 3:19 a.m.

As the White House geared up for a fight to end tax cuts of the last administration, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Sunday that allowing the expiration of those targeted at wealthy Americans was “the responsible thing to do” and would not deter economic growth.

Casualties Of War

posted: 07/26/2010 2:34 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.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Listen To POA Members

posted: 07/26/2010 2:33 a.m.

The recent resignations of three board members offers our Property Owners Association Board of Directors the opportunity to seek the best solution to fill these vacancies.

COMMENTARY: Options Exist For Arts Center

posted: 07/26/2010 2:30 a.m.

A momentous decision concerning the future of Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas is going to be made in the coming months: that is, the site for the 106,000-square-foot Walton Arts Center expansion.

HOW WE SEE IT: Time To Go With Full-Time Attorney

posted: 07/26/2010 2:28 a.m.

The Benton County Quorum Court agreed last week to settle a lawsuit and pay $43,350 to Lance Ashmore, a property owner who had claimed that the county had caused flood damage to his home when it did paving work on Gamble Road.

3 Oklahoma universities top list for Indian graduates

posted: 07/26/2010 1 a.m.

Three Oklahoma universities are atop a list that measures the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to students of American Indian descent.

Sunday, July 25

State-car policy is strict ... or not

posted: 07/25/2010 6:08 a.m.

Finding out how many vehicles the state owns, who uses them and for what is a complicated and confusing process, perhaps beyond achieving.

Veteran faced cancer head-on

posted: 07/25/2010 6:07 a.m.

Nick Bacon knew he was dying late last summer as he walked around the state veterans cemetery he’d created years earlier while serving as director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs.

Taliban claim capture of 2 U.S. troops

posted: 07/25/2010 6:07 a.m.

Two U.S. Navy servicemen disappeared in a dangerous area of eastern Afghanistan, prompting an air and ground search, and the Taliban later claimed to have captured them, NATO and Afghan officials said Saturday.

Hog Futures: Freshman WR quiet, confident

posted: 07/25/2010 6:06 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino said building depth at wide receiver behind juniors Joe Adams, Greg Childs and Jarius Wright and sophomore Cobi Hamilton is a priority when preseason practice begins.

SEC Football Previews: ‘We’re still Florida’

posted: 07/25/2010 6:05 a.m.

The roster has changed significantly at Florida, but not the mind-set. “We’re still Florida. We’re still one of the prominent teams in the nation,” Gators senior safety Ahmad Black said. “There’s no doubt in my mind we can continue our success.

Back-to-school bounce forecast

posted: 07/25/2010 6:02 a.m.

The nation’s retailers should see a strong rebound in back-to-school and back to college sales this year over last year’s dismal results, based on research done for major retail organizations.

Pharaoh-thee-well

posted: 07/25/2010 6:02 a.m.

Even though “World of the Pharaohs” proved to be a financial sinkhole for the Arkansas Arts Center, the exhibition’s more than 300 objects retain their immense value as ancient Egyptian artifacts.

Small Towns See Value In System

posted: 07/25/2010 6:01 a.m.

The value of Benton County’s new emergency warning system has to be discussed in terms of the lives it might save for some of the smaller cities in Benton County.

Prescription Drug Abuse A Growing Problem

posted: 07/25/2010 5:59 a.m.

Prescription drugs are the second most abused drug in Arkansas, a state official said.

COLUMN ONE: The latest whitewash

posted: 07/25/2010 5:57 a.m.

Who you gonna believe, some of the world’s foremost experts in the field of climate change or your lyin’ eyes?

ARRESTS

posted: 07/25/2010 5:57 a.m.

Michael Allen-Dale Akins, 21, of 3305 S.W. Victoria Place No. 2 was arrested Friday in connection with two counts of battery in the second degree.

Inquiry: U.S. spy agencies too large

posted: 07/25/2010 5:56 a.m.

The top-secret world the government created in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has grown so large that no one official can say whether it is efficient or effective.

OBITUARIES for Washington County

posted: 07/25/2010 5:55 a.m.

Obituaries for Washington County for July 25, 2010.

THE TV COLUMN Time to stock up on suds as My Boys returns

posted: 07/25/2010 5:54 a.m.

Admit it, guys. Is PJ Franklin not the ideal girlfriend?

Attendance sags at illustrious track

posted: 07/25/2010 5:54 a.m.

Any sports event that draws an estimated crowd of 180,000 has to be considered a smashing success.

CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN: Permitting Abuse Illegal

posted: 07/25/2010 5:53 a.m.

A Rogers mother allowed her 13-year-old daughter to have a sexual relationship with a man.

Ships head back to BP oil spill site

posted: 07/25/2010 5:52 a.m.

BP vessels that evacuated ahead of Tropical Storm Bonnie headed back to the Deepwater Horizon well site Saturday in the Gulf of Mexico to resume work on permanently capping the damaged well.

LIKE IT IS: Chizik like watching paint dry, but hired to win

posted: 07/25/2010 5:51 a.m.

Robbie Caldwell, Vanderbilt’s interim head coach, was funny and entertaining.

Journalist made Nixon’s ‘enemies list’

posted: 07/25/2010 5:51 a.m.

Daniel Schorr, whose journalism career over more than six decades landed him in the dark corners of Europe during the Cold War and in the shadows of President Richard Nixon’s “enemies list” in the 1970s, has died. He was 93.

Area lotteries

posted: 07/25/2010 5:50 a.m.

Numbers drawn Saturday: Missouri Lotto 7-16-17-35-37-42 Estimated jackpot: $2.5 million Oklahoma Lotto 4-12-13-14-23 Hot ball: 13 Estimated jackpot: $3.67 million Powerball 20-30-38-46-59 Powerball: 27 Estimated jackpot: $52 million Power Play: 2

No one had spot for PB’s Johnson

posted: 07/25/2010 5:49 a.m.

Claude Johnson’s final pass in last year’s Class 6A football state championship game fell incomplete.

VA loosens medical marijuana rules

posted: 07/25/2010 5:49 a.m.

Patients treated at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics will be able to use medical marijuana in the 14 states where it’s legal, according to new federal guidelines.

IMPORTANT DATES

posted: 07/25/2010 5:48 a.m.

1994 n Arkansas National Bank opens June 1 and customers open 60 accounts at locations in Bentonville and Bella Vista.

COMMENTARY: Favre relishes playing drama queen

posted: 07/25/2010 5:48 a.m.

There was major flooding this week in Wisconsin, a state where Brett Favre used to ply his trade.

‘Narco Saint’ Raises Red Flags

posted: 07/25/2010 5:48 a.m.

Many Mexican drug smugglers believe Jesus protects them as they go about their business.

‘Hawk’ finally enters Hall

posted: 07/25/2010 5:47 a.m.

Andre Dawson stared almost in awe as he watched a brief video biography of his playing career, brushing away tears as familiar faces spoke in admiration of the intense man most still call “Hawk.”

House panel looks to let Rangel settle

posted: 07/25/2010 5:46 a.m.

Rep. Charles Rangel and the House ethics committee have been exploring a settlement to the numerous accusations against him, which would allow the 20-term congressman to avoid a public trial.

Lutherans to welcome gay pastors

posted: 07/25/2010 5:46 a.m.

Seven pastors who work in the San Francisco Bay area and were barred from serving in the nation’s largest Lutheran group because of a policy that required homosexual clergy to be celibate are being welcomed into the denomination.

Oakdale To Offer Program To Improve Test Scores

posted: 07/25/2010 5:45 a.m.

Students at Oakdale Middle School will have access next year to an after-school program meant to help improve their performance on math, science and literacy tests.

RBI SOUTHWEST REGIONAL: Host gets victory, then boot

posted: 07/25/2010 5:44 a.m.

Any chance Little Rock had in advancing to the final of the RBI Southwest Regional wilted in the brutal July heat Saturday afternoon at Gary Hogan Field, but the host team left knowing that it wasn’t the pushover it was a year ago.

U.S., South Korea gear up for drills in show of force

posted: 07/25/2010 5:44 a.m.

A nuclear-powered U.S. supercarrier readied Saturday for maneuvers with ally South Korea in a potent show of force that North Korea has threatened could lead to “sacred war.”

Cubs’ new top of order delivering runs, victories

posted: 07/25/2010 5:43 a.m.

Rookies Tyler Colvin and Starlin Castro hit home runs Saturday, completing a successful week at the top of Chicago’s order and helping the Cubs to a 6-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Panama identifies U.S. woman’s body

posted: 07/25/2010 5:43 a.m.

Panamanian authorities say they have identified the body of a U.S. woman who had been missing since March and are looking for a Texas man suspected in her death.

Hall of Fame capsules

posted: 07/25/2010 5:43 a.m.

A look at the honorees to be inducted today into the Baseball Hall of Fame: ANDRE NOLAN DAWSON Born July 10, 1954, in Miami.

Archbishop recieves power for overhaul

posted: 07/25/2010 5:42 a.m.

The pope has granted broad powers to the archbishop he selected to overhaul the Legionaries of Christ after revelations that the order’s founder led a double life.

Artist takes research role

posted: 07/25/2010 5:42 a.m.

Not everyone who makes baseball history does so on the diamond.

Rooftop Solar Array Largest In State

posted: 07/25/2010 5:41 a.m.

After losing power for 12 days during last year’s ice storm, Bill Connor and his wife, Faune, vowed never to rely on electricity again.

Notes

posted: 07/25/2010 5:41 a.m.

CUBS Final chapters Lou Piniella wanted to save his hometown team but was fed up with the Tampa Bay Rays by the end of three seasons.

Oil industry’s offshore record not pretty, data show

posted: 07/25/2010 5:41 a.m.

The oil and gas industry’s offshore safety and environmental record in the Gulf of Mexico has become a key point of debate over future drilling, but that record has been far worse than is commonly portrayed by many industry leaders and lawmakers.

Schleck runs out of time to catch Contador

posted: 07/25/2010 5:40 a.m.

Wiping away tears, Alberto Contador is ready for the champagne to flow.

Gunmen kill 2 at Russian food market

posted: 07/25/2010 5:40 a.m.

Gunmen opened f ire on security guards at a provincial food market in the southern Russian city of Samara on Saturday, killing at least two and wounding at least five other people, investigators said.

Region watches Oklahoma race

posted: 07/25/2010 5:39 a.m.

Attendees at an Arkansas Farm Bureau conference last week couldn’t say who they favor as Oklahoma’s next governor, but they are rooting against one candidate.

Pea Ridge driver dominates again

posted: 07/25/2010 5:38 a.m.

Arkansas’ most decorated modified driver lived up to his billing during Friday night’s eighth annual Scrapp Fox Memorial at Beebe Speedway.

Kids throng SpongeBob at benefit

posted: 07/25/2010 5:38 a.m.

Alexis Diaz stood in line Saturday morning, his eyes glued to Sponge-Bob SquarePants who waved and teetered only 3 feet away.

OBITUARIES for Benton County

posted: 07/25/2010 5:36 a.m.

Obituaries for Benton County for July 25, 2010.

Busch rolls to 8th series victory

posted: 07/25/2010 5:36 a.m.

Kyle Busch held off Carl Edwards in a two-lap sprint to the finish to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at O’Reilly Raceway Park on Saturday night. Busch used a perfectly timed restart to keep a hard-charging Edwards at bay and pick up his eighth victory of the season and his fifth in his past six starts.

Battle not forgotten but site almost lost

posted: 07/25/2010 5:36 a.m.

The Battle of Massard Prairie was one of the last Confederate army victories in the Civil War, and it happened in Fort Smith’s back yard.

SEC media days report

posted: 07/25/2010 5:35 a.m.

UA-LSU ‘classic,’ Miles says. Looking for the tightest, most-exciting SEC rivalry the past few years?

The state/region in brief

posted: 07/25/2010 5:33 a.m.

Fisherman drowns in Lake Ouachita Dive crews pulled the body of a Louisiana man from Lake Ouachita on Saturday afternoon after he apparently drowned while fishing, according to a Garland County sheriff’s office news release.

Divorces

posted: 07/25/2010 5:33 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY The following divorces were recorded in the circuit clerk’s office from July 15-21.

Garland Center Opens for Business

posted: 07/25/2010 5:32 a.m.

All of those new students flocking to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville have some really convenient places to shop. Like, on campus.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 07/25/2010 5:32 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The Civil War laid a pretty hard hand on Fort Smith.” Cody Faber, Fort Smith National Historic Site ranger, reciting the history of the town and a battle that took place there Article, 1B

Government meetings

posted: 07/25/2010 5:31 a.m.

Monday Washington County Election Commission, 9 a.m. Washington Water Authority, 1 p.m. Washington County Services and Public Works Committees, 4:45 p.m. Fayetteville Planning Commission, 5:30 p.m. Farmington Planning Commission, 6 p.m. Farmington School Board, 6 p.m. Bella Vista City Council, 6:30 p.m. Elkins Parks Committee, 6:30 p.m. Elkins Fire Department, 7 p.m.

Governor’s Scholars in region are named

posted: 07/25/2010 5:31 a.m.

Students from across the state have been named Governor’s Distinguished Scholars and Governor’s Scholars, the Arkansas Department of Higher Education has announced.

TEXAS LEAGUE Naturals gain split with Cards

posted: 07/25/2010 5:30 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas used some home run power to gain a split of a doubleheader Saturday.

Robinson swings into action for Northwest Arkansas

posted: 07/25/2010 5:29 a.m.

SPRINGDALE — Derrick Robinson sees no reason to deny his reputation.

Signals’ origins baseball mystery

posted: 07/25/2010 5:28 a.m.

A batter hits a grounder, hustles down the line and arrives at first base almost simultaneously with the ball. How do the other players and the spectators know if the batter is out or safe?

GOLF ROUNDUP Langer up by 3 at Senior British

posted: 07/25/2010 5:26 a.m.

Bernhard Langer took a three-shot lead in the Senior British Open after shooting a 2-under-par 69 in the third round at Carnoustie on Saturday.

NFL First-round pick eager to pitch in

posted: 07/25/2010 5:24 a.m.

Dez Bryant was more than on time for the start of the Dallas Cowboys training camp. The firstround pick was the first player on the field Saturday.

Rachel Alexandra defeats six rivals

posted: 07/25/2010 5:22 a.m.

Rachel Alexandra kept cool on a wilting afternoon at Monmouth Park, defeating six rivals Saturday in the $400,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes for fillies and mares.

This date in baseball

posted: 07/25/2010 5:20 a.m.

1918 Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators pitched a four-hitter in 15 innings to beat the St. Louis Browns 1-0.

Off the wire

posted: 07/25/2010 5:20 a.m.

BASKETBALL Williams and Cooper arrested Former University of Memphis basketball players Shawne Williams and Kareem Cooper were arrested after police found marijuana and a loaded gun in the car they were traveling in.

David Earl Allen

posted: 07/25/2010 5:19 a.m.

SELF PORTRAIT Date and place of birth: June 24, 1962, Siloam Springs Occupation: film producer, business owner and mayor of Siloam Springs People who knew me in high school thought I was going to end up having my own stand-up comedy special on HBO.

Second thoughts

posted: 07/25/2010 5:19 a.m.

Sanctions don’t apply to Seattle Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll recently completed a promotional tour for his new book, Win Forever, which is about the veteran coach’s philosophy on coaching in the NFL and at the collegiate level.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Florida back impressed by Arkansas, Cinkovich

posted: 07/25/2010 5:18 a.m.

Running back DeVondrick Nealy proclaimed Arkansas as his top school before attending Arkansas’ junior/senior prospect camp July 17. His trip to Fayetteville did nothing to change that.

High school football notes

posted: 07/25/2010 5:17 a.m.

No team at Rector this year Class 2A Rector has scrapped its 2010 season because of low player numbers, Coach B obby Alberson said.

TOP GUN QUARTERBACK CHALLENGE: Consistency key for Camden Fairview’s Keaton

posted: 07/25/2010 5:15 a.m.

Brandon Keaton watched the Top Gun final event from the sideline last year.

Perry: Nashville job too enticing

posted: 07/25/2010 5:14 a.m.

Tim Perry said he wasn’t looking for another job last fall when he was Harding University’s offensive coordinator.

Har-Ber, Shiloh fall at National Select

posted: 07/25/2010 5:12 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber was eliminated in the losers bracket quarterfinals of the National Select 7-on-7 Championships on Saturday morning in Hoover, Ala.

Moving to Northwest Arkansas

posted: 07/25/2010 5:12 a.m.

Moving to Arkansas comes with a consequence for most newcomers: Lippy friends from elsewhere suggest it’s crazy to move to such a place.

Jumping for Tampa tarpon

posted: 07/25/2010 5:11 a.m.

I saw the tarpon leap from about 250 yards away, and I couldn’t stifle a cheer.

News Source in Northwest Arkansas - News, Sports, Politics and More!

posted: 07/25/2010 5:11 a.m.

You’re in Northwest Arkansas and want to find good music. Or maybe you need information on a political race. Perhaps you just need to find a news source you can trust.

Northwest Arkansas Real Estate - Buying a Home

posted: 07/25/2010 5:10 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas was not immune to the recession that popped the housing bubble and resulted in a dip of 20 percent or more in real estate values across the nation over the past two years.

Northwest Arkansas Schools - High School, Middle School and Elementary School - Top Schools

posted: 07/25/2010 5:09 a.m.

Parents moving into Northwest Arkansas can rest assured that the area has some of the top public school districts in the state.

Northwest Arkansas Higher Education - Public Universities, Private Colleges and Community Programs

posted: 07/25/2010 5:08 a.m.

Area high school graduates don’t have to travel far to pursue a variety of educational options. Northwest Arkansas is home to two state universities; a law school; a two-year community college; two private, Christian universities; and a technical institute.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Beautiful birds ease mind during sizzling summer

posted: 07/25/2010 5:07 a.m.

Conditions seem to have been just right for a good, old-time Southern turkey revival.

Voting Northwest Arkansas - Elected Officials, Registering to Vote and More!

posted: 07/25/2010 5:07 a.m.

Getting squared away with governmental entities usually requires an in-person appearance, but one chore can be accomplished online instead of standing in line.

Northwest Arkansas Shopping - Malls, Centers and More!

posted: 07/25/2010 5:07 a.m.

Over the past 10 years, Northwest Arkansas has seen a surge in shopping venues for residents and visitors. The area’s three major malls feature an assortment of stores that rival those in larger metropolitan areas.

St. Pete-Clearwater ideal

posted: 07/25/2010 5:06 a.m.

If you want to visit Florida’s Gulf Coast, there’s no oil in the water or on the beaches near St. Petersburg and Clearwater.

Northwest Arkansas Health - Hospitals, Medical School and more!

posted: 07/25/2010 5:06 a.m.

Health advocates in Northwest Arkansas have worked for years to increase medical-care offerings while keeping pace with rapid population growth.

Kentucky anglers net high school championship

posted: 07/25/2010 5:05 a.m.

A pair of Kentucky boys took the nation’s best student anglers to school Saturday in the first High School Fishing World Finals.

Northwest Arkansas Faith - Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and More!

posted: 07/25/2010 5:05 a.m.

Located in the Bible Belt, Northwest Arkansas is home to a variety of Christian churches large and small. Drivers along Interstate 540 can’t help but notice the towering trio of crosses overlooking The Church at Pinnacle Hills in Rogers or the trinity of wind turbines farther south in Springdale at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

Datebook

posted: 07/25/2010 5:04 a.m.

Aug. 6-7 — The Boys & Girls Club of Benton County will host its 16th annual Summer Classic Golf Tournament at the Kingsdale Golf Complex in Bella Vista. The event concludes with a Beach Party at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Information is at (479) 273-7187 or visit bgcbentoncounty. org.

Northwest Arkansas Sports - How to Find Tickets to Sporting Events - Football, Baseball and more!

posted: 07/25/2010 5:04 a.m.

Lining up at the ticket office at the local baseball stadium might be a summer tradition as old as the game itself.

Relieving Spring Fever in Northwest Arkansas - Camping, Floating, Motorcycles and more!

posted: 07/25/2010 5:01 a.m.

After the ice melts and the birds return to Northwest Arkansas, there are lots of prescriptions for relieving spring fever.

UPDATE Students give doctor thumbs up for his skill

posted: 07/25/2010 5 a.m.

A lifelong lover of learning, Dr. Steve Thomason has been recognized for his skill at passing on his knowledge.

From risk to ruin

posted: 07/25/2010 5 a.m.

Dan Dykema and others at Arkansas National Bank were intent on making it big - very big. But their aggression eventually did in the upstart bank, leaving many investors and customers in financial dist

Northwest Arkansas Summer Points of Interest - Eureka Springs, Gully Park, Beaver Lake and more!

posted: 07/25/2010 5 a.m.

There’s little reason to be bored during vacation season in Northwest Arkansas.

NOTABLE NEIGHBOR Full of team spirit

posted: 07/25/2010 4:59 a.m.

Robert Pulliza can sense what he wants to bring to Arkansas.

For $5 and detective work, he has a real Sinatra shirt

posted: 07/25/2010 4:57 a.m.

What luck!

State sports briefs

posted: 07/25/2010 4:56 a.m.

GOLF Abilene Christian teammates top leaderboard Tyler Sheppard of Midland, Texas, shot a 4-under-par 68 Saturday and surged into the lead after two rounds of the Maumelle Classic at Maumelle Country Club.

State secret: Nuptials for Chelsea Clinton

posted: 07/25/2010 4:54 a.m.

One weekend afternoon in April, Dan Bleen, the manager of Le Petit Bistro, an upscale French restaurant in Rhinebeck, N.Y., a quaint Hudson Valley town, received a mysterious telephone call from the owner of Astor Courts, the centerpiece of a nearby 50-acre estate.

AWAY WE GO White House tiff revealed they were hiding feelings

posted: 07/25/2010 4:53 a.m.

Editor’s note: Away We Go is an occasional feature that highlights unusual aspects of newlywed couples, how they met or how they married.

MALE CALL Ask the bride what she wants her man to wear

posted: 07/25/2010 4:53 a.m.

Q. While I have been a casual reader of your column, and appreciated its helping me understand some of the specifics as I entered the world of business dress, I never had a question. I do now — a biggee.

LIFELONG HEALTH Undetected diabetes on rise, can be deadly

posted: 07/25/2010 4:51 a.m.

Diabetes has become progressively common in America. Excessive weight gain leads to a condition often referred to as “metabolic syndrome,” in which the ability of insulin to pump glucose out of the blood and into cells is impaired.

Want Motown mansion? It can be had for a song

posted: 07/25/2010 4:49 a.m.

Berry Gordy Jr.’s former residence in Detroit’s Boston-Edison neighborhood went on the market Monday — its history a key part of the nearly $1.4 million asking price.

LET’S TALK A or B personality? Neither: I’m Type Me

posted: 07/25/2010 4:49 a.m.

Ever stop to wonder just what type personality you are?

COMMENTARY: Saints’ Success Stirs Pot

posted: 07/25/2010 4:47 a.m.

For the average sports fan, the only activity more enjoyable than watching an athletic event is talking about the one that can’t happen.

POP NOTES Cajun’s Coffee has Reinhardt flavor

posted: 07/25/2010 4:47 a.m.

The lyrical, toe-tapping, swinging, audacious music of gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt continues to inspire American musicians, including the gifted Cajun singer Ann Savoy.

Foreign companies openly complain about China’s rules

posted: 07/25/2010 4:46 a.m.

The heads of some leading U.S. and European multinational firms have publicly questioned recently whether new Chinese policies and regulations are making China a more difficult place for foreign firms to do business.

Wal-Mart splits union, nonunion Chicago workers

posted: 07/25/2010 4:45 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s divide-and-conquer strategy prevailed in Chicago by pitting construction workers against employees who will stock shelves and ring registers.

ALL IN THE FAMILY

posted: 07/25/2010 4:44 a.m.

Members of the Hines family all have an interest in outdoor activities.

TELL ME ABOUT IT Adult, listen to your mom

posted: 07/25/2010 4:42 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I have been dating a great guy for two years. We graduated from a great university last year. I’ve been on-and-off with several jobs, and finally found a wonderful, steady one.

Hall Of Fame Honor Leaves Lankford Overwhelmed

posted: 07/25/2010 4:41 a.m.

Mike Lankford considers himself one of the luckiest athletes to ever graduate from Springdale High.

TV ON DVD Postwar Foyle’s DVD set less enchanting than first

posted: 07/25/2010 4:40 a.m.

What is it? Foyle’s War, Set 6, three 90-minute episodes on three discs from Acorn Media.

Local Team Suffers Defeat In Regional

posted: 07/25/2010 4:37 a.m.

Mid County, Texas, pounded the Northwest Arkansas All-Stars on the way to a 12-4 win at the Senior Babe Ruth 18s Southwest Regional at Moncada Baseball Park in Eagle Pass, Texas.

SPIN CYCLE Even if Brevi reunion brief, it gives warring pairs hope

posted: 07/25/2010 4:36 a.m.

Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston are back to being Brevi again.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES Beauty and the Beast musical to start Walton center series

posted: 07/25/2010 4:36 a.m.

NETworks Presentations’ touring production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast — music by Alan Menken

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 07/25/2010 4:30 a.m.

Happy birthday. You know you are loved, and this year it will be easy to appreciate how others show affection and respect. Narrow your choices in August.

LETTERS

posted: 07/25/2010 4:29 a.m.

When will we ever learn?

Isle away the hours

posted: 07/25/2010 4:26 a.m.

When I was living in Europe with my family in the mid-1970 s, we often rented houses on Greek islands.

At GOP meeting, new laws targeted

posted: 07/25/2010 4:26 a.m.

U.S. Rep. John Boozman, the Republican Senate candidate, didn’t mention his Democratic opponent, Sen. Blanche Lincoln, during his 10-minute speech to delegates at the Republican State Convention.

Golf all the rage in China with designer courses

posted: 07/25/2010 4:24 a.m.

What’s it like to live in a faroff place most of us see only on a vacation? Here’s an interview with someone who lives in a spot you may want to visit.

Green Party picks Nov. 2 nominees

posted: 07/25/2010 4:23 a.m.

The Green Party of Arkansas on Saturday made former state Rep. Jim Lendall of Mabelvale its gubernatorial nominee again and approved former state Rep. Bobby Tullis of Mineral Springs as its nominee for state treasurer.

Lions’ Davis Digs In During Summer

posted: 07/25/2010 4:23 a.m.

Colton Davis has already had an impressive summer to remember.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE Water, water everywhere ... must be in Venice

posted: 07/25/2010 4:23 a.m.

When you know where to look, there’s so much to see in Venice.

CONSUMER TRAVEL Shuttle is best bet for cheap and fast airport departure

posted: 07/25/2010 4:21 a.m.

Even after you’ve locked in airfares and hotel rates for your summer trip, you still have to get from the airport to your hotel.

Har-Ber, Shiloh Fall In Tournament Play

posted: 07/25/2010 4:20 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber coach Chris Wood saw plenty of positives from his players this weekend at the National Select 7-on-7 Championships in Hoover, Ala.

Tudor brickwork verifies site as hallowed Bard ground

posted: 07/25/2010 4:20 a.m.

In the middle of London, a plot of earth is dug across with trenches and studded with old bricks. If the world of theater ever has hallowed ground, this is it.

Our Life

posted: 07/25/2010 4:17 a.m.

Iwas born and raised on Bayou Lafourche, 30 miles from Grand Isle, which is Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island and also the setting of Kate Chopin’s 19th-Century novel of maternal disorientation, The Awakening.

EDITORIALS News of recent arrivals

posted: 07/25/2010 4:10 a.m.

DEATH is like any other foreign country in this respect: They do things differently there, in that undiscover’d country from whose bourn no traveler returns.

COLUMNISTS Whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

posted: 07/25/2010 4:08 a.m.

The string of recent earthquakes in the region should remind us that northeast Arkansas was near the epicenter of the largest quake to hit the nation in recorded history.

Spies like them

posted: 07/25/2010 4:07 a.m.

If you wanted to infiltrate a Western economy, where would you place your agents? Microsoft and Barclays don’t make much sense. The Russian spy ring that was uncovered in the United States last month chose those two companies as their targets. The successors to the KGB clearly don’t have a clue about how the modern economy works.

Bullpen Leaves Naturals Blue

posted: 07/25/2010 4:07 a.m.

July hasn’t been kind to the Northwest Arkansas bullpen.

Other days

posted: 07/25/2010 4:06 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 25, 1910 H.H. Holland, a telegraph operator for the Iron Mountain at Cypress Junction, about seven miles southwest of this city, who has invented and succeeded in building a new model aeroplane, made two tests of his air craft yesterday.

Turning out the base

posted: 07/25/2010 4:05 a.m.

Many expect the Democratic Party to get walloped in November to the point of losing the House and possibly even the Senate.

Issue keeps on giving

posted: 07/25/2010 4:04 a.m.

Regarding the controversy over public officials who have treated the use of state-owned vehicles as a perk of office, some readers have asked how long this has been going on.

Unity is foremost

posted: 07/25/2010 4:02 a.m.

My hope for our troubled nation is that its melting pot of citizens, who weave the fabric of America’s body, heart and soul, doesn’t fall for calculated attempts to racially divide us into conflicted factions.

Names and faces

posted: 07/25/2010 3:58 a.m.

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was in critical condition Friday after undergoing hip replacement surgery earlier in the week in Southern California, her husband said. Gabor, 93, had injuries to the right side of her body, including a broken hip, after she fell out of bed last weekend at her Bel-Air home, said Prince Frederic von Anhalt, Gabor’s husband.

PEOPLE IN BUSINESS

posted: 07/25/2010 3:57 a.m.

Springdale-based Arkansas and Missouri Railroad recently promoted several workers.

All eyes on tiny primate feared extinct

posted: 07/25/2010 3:57 a.m.

A nocturnal, forest-dwelling primate with orblike eyes and short limbs was photographed in central Sri Lanka late last year after being feared extinct, researchers said last week.

Brain size matters, data suggest

posted: 07/25/2010 3:56 a.m.

Does the size of your brain — or, more specifically, different regions of it — say anything about your personality? According to a new study, there’s a chance it does.

Beefalo Roam Near Lincoln

posted: 07/25/2010 3:56 a.m.

What happens when bison are crossed with beef cattle of any breed — beefalo of course.

BRIEFLY

posted: 07/25/2010 3:54 a.m.

Mike Tooley is living his dream of owning a restaurant. He opened Cajun Cooker BBQ, 2073 N. Center St. in Elkins, on July 14.

China, Taiwan standoff seen crumbling

posted: 07/25/2010 3:54 a.m.

China considers Taiwan a renegade province and keeps more than 1,000 missiles pointed at the island. Taiwan stockpiles American weapons to defend itself. And the standoff remains the longest-running irritant in Washington’s relations with Beijing.

Iranian says boats ready for face-off

posted: 07/25/2010 3:51 a.m.

The former naval chief for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said the country has set aside 100 military vessels to confront each warship from the U.S. or any other foreign power that might pose a threat, an Iranian newspaper reported Saturday.

Obama: GOP plans are step back

posted: 07/25/2010 3:50 a.m.

President Barack Obama said House Republicans would reverse the U.S. economic recovery and increase the deficit, sounding a campaign theme before November elections that will determine whether Democrats retain control of Congress.

Older Workers Struggle To Find Jobs

posted: 07/25/2010 3:49 a.m.

National employment numbers are slowly dropping, but one age group is not seeing the change.

Shade-seekers flee 2nd heat wave on East Coast

posted: 07/25/2010 3:49 a.m.

Another wave of oppressive heat clamped down on a broad swath of eastern states Saturday, with temperatures in the high 90s and 100s and residents scrambling for shade or just staying indoors.

Senators set to debate campaign bill

posted: 07/25/2010 3:48 a.m.

Democrats plan a showdown in the Senate this week on a new campaign-disclosure bill, hoping to win Republican support with legislation that eliminates some exemptions for unions.

Rogers Cadets Return From Civil Air Patrol Encampment

posted: 07/25/2010 3:48 a.m.

The Civil Air Patrol recently conducted its annual cadet encampment at Little Rock Air Force Base.

LOCAL NOTES

posted: 07/25/2010 3:47 a.m.

The fifth annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake will be held on Aug. 21 at the east and west shelters near the boat ramp at Prairie Creek on Beaver Lake. Volunteers are being recruited now to help with Beaver Lake monitoring.

Expiring tax cuts sparking battle in Washington

posted: 07/25/2010 3:46 a.m.

A fight is brewing over what Congress and President Barack Obama should do about the expiring Bush tax cuts.

Kafka’s lost writings stir battle

posted: 07/25/2010 3:44 a.m.

It seems almost Kafkaesque: Ten safedeposit boxes of never-published writings by Franz Kafka, their exact contents unknown, are trapped in courts and bureaucracy, much like one of the nightmarish visions created by the author himself.

Scientists out to get an earful from fish

posted: 07/25/2010 3:43 a.m.

For the past 30 years, a Vero Beach, Fla., scientist has spent many spring and summer evenings recording the love songs of fish. And researchers hope his findings can help determine the effects of the spreading BP oil spill on marine creatures in the Gulf.

More riders, limited funds snarl public transportation

posted: 07/25/2010 3:42 a.m.

More riders, aging masstransit systems and inadequate money for maintenance — it’s a familiar story line for commuters and those faced with the task of keeping the trains running.

CLUB BRIEFS

posted: 07/25/2010 3:39 a.m.

The Orchid Society of the Ozarks will meet at 1:30 p.m. today at Northwest Technical Institute, 709 S. Old Missouri Road in Springdale.

Revelers panic at German fest; 18 die in crush

posted: 07/25/2010 3:38 a.m.

Crowds of people streaming into a techno-music festival surged through a jammed entry tunnel, setting off a stampede that killed 18 people and injured 80 in western Germany on Saturday.

Muslims advised: Shed veil if banned

posted: 07/25/2010 3:37 a.m.

A popular Saudi cleric said Saturday that it is permissible for Muslim women to reveal their faces in countries where the Islamic veil is banned to avoid harassment, while deploring the effort to outlaw the garment in France.

Briton: No oil tie in Lockerbie case

posted: 07/25/2010 3:36 a.m.

The decision by Scottish authorities to release the only person convicted of the deadly bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 was “wrong and misguided,” but there’s no evidence to suggest that Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was returned to Libya in return for lucrative oil deals, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said in letter to U.S. officials.

Bringing Home The Gold

posted: 07/25/2010 3:34 a.m.

Ladies representing local competitions were among the finalists in the Miss Arkansas Pageant on July 17 in Hot Springs.

Fayetteville Teen Earns Eagle Rank

posted: 07/25/2010 3:33 a.m.

Cameron Baker, 17, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

MILITARY BRIEFS

posted: 07/25/2010 3:32 a.m.

Air Force Airman Andrew J. Vela recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

EDUCATION BRIEFS

posted: 07/25/2010 3:32 a.m.

Ryan Holt Graham, son of Jim and Lorri Graham of Bella Vista, is a 2010 graduate of Bentonville High School.

In the news

posted: 07/25/2010 3:31 a.m.

Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, who was in Ukraine for talks with the country’s new Russiafriendly leadership, leaped on a Harley-Davidson and roared into an international biker convention on the Crimea peninsula, where he described the motorbike as “the most democratic form of transport.”

TV news shows

posted: 07/25/2010 3:30 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.

The nation in brief

posted: 07/25/2010 3:29 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’re going to be playing a cat-and-mouse game for the remainder of the hurricane season.” Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, on storms disrupting cleanup of BP’s oil spill Article, 1A

Scout Receives Accolades From Presidents, Pope

posted: 07/25/2010 3:25 a.m.

Clay Taylor recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout and received letters of commendation from President Obama, and former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George Bush, Vice President Joe Biden, along with letters from Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, Sen. Mark Pryor and Pope Benedict XVI.

Shining Example

posted: 07/25/2010 3:24 a.m.

Matt Youngblood is committed to service — at home and abroad.

Rotary Clubs Welcome Leader

posted: 07/25/2010 3:22 a.m.

Fewer than 30 days into his year-long term, Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith paid a visit to Northwest Arkansas on Thursday.

Cardholders who play it safe targeted

posted: 07/25/2010 3:21 a.m.

After the recession forced credit-card companies to purge their rosters of the riskiest loans, the industry is facing a new dilemma: customers who are too good.

Though GM’s sales lag in U.S., company drives ahead in China

posted: 07/25/2010 3:21 a.m.

A decade ago, Shanghai had five car dealerships selling Buicks, the top-selling General Motors brand in China. Today it has 27.

Poultry plants to resume shipping as ban ends

posted: 07/25/2010 3:20 a.m.

Poultry processing plants and cold storage warehouses that were approved to ship to Russia at the end of 2009 can start sending chicken to that country immediately, according to industry officials.

ALL OURS, ALL HOURS: JDRF Goes Wild

posted: 07/25/2010 3:17 a.m.

The seventh annual Prenatal Charity Luncheon and Beau Classic Golf Tournament to benefit the Beau Foundation brought in more than $110,000 with more than $12,000 coming in during a 10-minute drive for prenatal vitamin funding during the luncheon.

Report sees ‘old’ look for retailer

posted: 07/25/2010 3:16 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s new U.S. stores chief is shifting away from widening profit margins through inventory reductions to focus on sales growth, according to Cleveland Research Co.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Abstinence, Abortion, God And Truth

posted: 07/25/2010 3:16 a.m.

Sexual abstinence programs do not prevent pregnancy. Sexual abstinence does, without fail.

Germany’s economy rebounds

posted: 07/25/2010 3:16 a.m.

Germany, Europe’s economic engine, is back in gear after a painful recession, as foreign customers snap up cars and industrial machinery and the country reaps the benefits of stimulus spending that helped keep the motor running at home during the downturn.

Aeroflot pressed to buy Russian airplanes

posted: 07/25/2010 3:14 a.m.

Aeroflot, the national airline of the Soviet Union, and now Russia, has defied stereotypes, transforming itself into a stylish choice for European business travelers by retraining staff members and importing airplanes.

COMMENTARY: Obama, Fleeing Shadow, Runs Over Woman

posted: 07/25/2010 3:14 a.m.

The Shirley Sherrod affair illustrates only three of the main problems with modern American media and politics.

EU appeals ruling faulting aid to Airbus

posted: 07/25/2010 3:13 a.m.

The European Union last week appealed a trade ruling that found it gave plane-maker Airbus a wide range of illegal subsidies in its battle with U.S. competitor Boeing Co., unfairly tilting a market worth more than $3 trillion over the next two decades.

COMMENTARY: Government Or Governance?

posted: 07/25/2010 3:13 a.m.

A central issue in the current political tumult would appear to be the role of government in our society.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Tax Break For Some Breaks Others

posted: 07/25/2010 3:12 a.m.

Good news for most Washington County taxpayers isn’t such welcome news for the schools or for city and county governments.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Attorney’s Fees Part Of National Insanity

posted: 07/25/2010 3:10 a.m.

What a wonderful thing to see happen in our justice system: the loser pays the winner’s attorney fees.

COMMENTARY 38th Annual Hog Prognostications

posted: 07/25/2010 3:06 a.m.

It’s never too early to talk football. And so it’s time for my 38th Annual Razorback Prognostications.

HOW WE SEE IT: Who Will Take Out This Garbage?

posted: 07/25/2010 3:04 a.m.

Two regional waste districts were stripped of most of their revenue recently by court decisions.

Celebrities give pets new ‘leash’ on life

posted: 07/25/2010 3:03 a.m.

What do you do when a rescue needs rescuing?

Inside today

posted: 07/25/2010 3:02 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s annual special section — Northwest Arkansas Now, a 2010 Survival Guide — arrives today.

Saturday, July 24

Northwest Arkansas Religious Destinations - Throncrown Chapel, Christ of the Ozarks and more!

posted: 07/24/2010 3:16 p.m.

More than 5 million visitors from around the world have journeyed to the Thorncrown Chapel nestled in the Ozark woods to see the award-winning structure since it opened in 1980. Designed by famed architect Fay Jones, the chapel is 48 feet tall and made of wood, native stone and more than 6,000 square feet of glass.

Northwest Arkansas Events - Yearlong Calendar

posted: 07/24/2010 1:47 p.m.

Northwest Arkansas is home to festivals that celebrate the region’s heritage, provide entertainment and simply offer plain ol’ fun. From Civil War buffs to natural- ists, music lovers to craft makers, virtually anyone can find some annual event that tickles a fancy.

Bullpen Leaves Naturals Blue

posted: 07/24/2010 6:06 a.m.

July hasn’t been kind to the Northwest Arkansas bullpen.

Ex-dealer: Sold some grenades to Mann

posted: 07/24/2010 6:05 a.m.

As a second week of testimony ended Friday in Dr. Randeep Mann’s federal bombing trial, a retired arms dealer testified that years ago, he sold the Pope County physician hand-held and launcher-propelled grenades.

Museum operating loss $2 million in draft tally

posted: 07/24/2010 6:05 a.m.

The Arkansas Arts Center ended the fiscal year June 30 with an operating loss of about $2 million, according to a draft financial statement distributed Friday.

Scholarship applications mire agency

posted: 07/24/2010 6:05 a.m.

Tens of thousands of applicants for lottery-funded scholarships are still waiting to hear whether they’ll receive the awards, a month before classes start at the state’s public universities.

Ships monitoring well strive to stay

posted: 07/24/2010 6:04 a.m.

Ships relaying the sights and sounds from BP’s broken oil well stood fast Friday as the leftovers of Tropical Storm Bonnie blew straight for the spill site, threatening to force a full evacuation that would leave engineers in the dark about whether a makeshift cap on the gusher was holding. Vessels connected to deep-sea robots equipped with cameras and seismic devices would be among the last to leave and would ride out the rough weather if possible, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said.

Wildcats, Saints Handed First-Round Losses

posted: 07/24/2010 6:04 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber couldn't have asked for a better pool-play performance at the National Select 7-on-7 Championships in Hoover, Ala.

Army honors retired McChrystal as hero

posted: 07/24/2010 6:04 a.m.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal retired Friday with the full pageantry of a 17-gun salute, an Army marching band and an emotional send-off from the secretary of defense, but with his own acknowledgment that he was not leaving the military on his own terms.

SEC Football Previews: Dogs: Our time now

posted: 07/24/2010 6:03 a.m.

Dan Mullen doesn’t have a longrange plan for winning Mississippi State’s first SEC West title since the Bulldogs shared it with Arkansas in 1998.

By far, most EU banks pass stress tests

posted: 07/24/2010 6:03 a.m.

Seven of 91 European banks failed “stress tests” to determine whether Europe’s banking system is sound enough to weather the continent’s debt crisis, results released Friday showed.

Ford posts another strong quarter

posted: 07/24/2010 6:02 a.m.

Ford Motor Co. posted a strong second-quarter profit Friday but trimmed its U.S. sales forecast and predicted weaker results in the second half as the economy slowly recovers.

Elkins’ Teague Aims To Stun Top Gun Field

posted: 07/24/2010 6 a.m.

Robert Teague admits he was a little surprised when he first heard the news.

Aldermen To Talk Salaries

posted: 07/24/2010 6 a.m.

Only one resident applied for the Ward 2, Position 2 seat on the Rogers City Council by the noon deadline Friday.

Northwest Personal Space

posted: 07/24/2010 6 a.m.

Kruton’s Catering owner Jennifer Keaton says the kitchen is her favorite place to be.

Sales Tax Revenue Down In Three Cities, Up In One

posted: 07/24/2010 5:58 a.m.

Sales tax revenue continued a downward trend in area cities in July, with the exception of Rogers. Finance directors are keeping a close watch on budgets as tax revenue for most cities is below expectations.

Triathlon Transforms Into Family Affair

posted: 07/24/2010 5:57 a.m.

Keith Barber believes triathlons can be fun for the whole family.

School District Adjusts Start Times More Buses Will Run Shorter Routes

posted: 07/24/2010 5:45 a.m.

New start times beginning this year in the Bentonville School District could save thousands of dollars in the long run, officials say.

Judge To Ponder Ruling On Attorneys

posted: 07/24/2010 5:39 a.m.

A federal judge will rule later whether attorneys for a former Washington County sheriff's captain should be disqualified from representing him in a federal sexual harassment lawsuit.

Six Contested Races Develop For School Board Seats

posted: 07/24/2010 5:38 a.m.

More than two dozen people had filed for 10 seats on seven Washington County school boards when filing closed at noon Friday.

Receiver Files Report On Cosmopolitan Hotel

posted: 07/24/2010 5:36 a.m.

The Cosmopolitan Hotel came under new management June 22 and its court appointed receiver, Ozark Asset Management, is working to ensure the Fayetteville hospitality landmark survives to serve future generations.

Election Commission To Justify Charges

posted: 07/24/2010 5:33 a.m.

he chairman of the Benton County Election Commission said Friday he’s willing to show how the commission arrived at the costs it charged the city of Avoca for a recent election.

Greenland Looks Ahead To Challenging Financial Times

posted: 07/24/2010 5:32 a.m.

The Greenland School District ended its 2010 budget year in the black with more than $1.3 million in the bank. That balance was on the books after the district gave employees a small bonus, costing a total of $92,600.

Daughter Testifies During Penalty Phase Of Murder Trial

posted: 07/24/2010 5:29 a.m.

The daughter of a convicted murderer from Pea Ridge told a jury Friday that her father’s life is worth sparing. “I’ve seen him be a positive influence in my life,” 39-year-old Jennifer Turner testified during the penalty phase of Charles Conner’s trial.

Money, distance right for Rachel

posted: 07/24/2010 5:28 a.m.

Sure looks and sounds like Rachel Alexandra is back in top form.

Jones hopeful of super season

posted: 07/24/2010 5:28 a.m.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones seemed to be trying to temper the obvious expectations he has for his team.

Three File For One Seat In SpringdaleElection Will Be Held Same Time As Millage Vote

posted: 07/24/2010 5:26 a.m.

Two newcomers are taking on an incumbent to land a seat on the Springdale School Board. Incumbent Mike Luttrell and challengers Heather D. Crossland and Edge Nowlin are vying for the at-large Position 1 seat in the Sept. 21 school election. Whoever is elected will serve a five-year term.

Man Escapes, Briefly, From County Jail

posted: 07/24/2010 5:23 a.m.

An inmate escaped briefly from the Benton County Jail on Friday morning before being caught by police a few blocks northeast of the jail.

Rogers Teacher Headed To Taiwan

posted: 07/24/2010 5:22 a.m.

Marilyn Hodgin said she'll miss some things about the U.S. when she spends at least the next 11 months teaching English in Taiwan.

Judge Delays Volunteer Coach’s Case

posted: 07/24/2010 5:20 a.m.

A former volunteer coach at Har-Ber High School, who is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old student, has a new court date.

Hogs rated 2nd-best in West

posted: 07/24/2010 5:17 a.m.

Arkansas was projected to finish second in the SEC West behind defending national champion Alabama by a vote of SEC media released Friday.

Martin: Not going anywhere

posted: 07/24/2010 5:15 a.m.

Mark Martin of Batesville tried being polite. Really, really tried.

Brit takes stage; Contador in front

posted: 07/24/2010 5:15 a.m.

Even without his most important teammate, Mark Cavendish showed yet again that few can touch him when it comes to sprinting.

Fire Marshal Investigating ‘Suspicious’ Fire

posted: 07/24/2010 5:14 a.m.

The Fayetteville Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the circumstances surrounding a late-night porch fire Thursday.

Suspected Home Invasion Turns Out to Be False Alarm

posted: 07/24/2010 5:14 a.m.

Police said a suspected home invasion Thursday on Deane Street turned out to be a false alarm.

Park Hours Revert To Standard Times

posted: 07/24/2010 5:13 a.m.

Pea Ridge National Military Park is again open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday, according to a news release.

State sports briefs

posted: 07/24/2010 5:12 a.m.

GOLF Carpenter leads Maumelle Classic Little Rock’s Alex Carpenter shot a 5-under-par 67 Friday and is the leader after the first round of the Maumelle Classic at Maumelle Country Club. Carpenter, the defending champion, leads Little Rock’s Alex Hewitt (Arkansas State), Maumelle’s Andrew Hopkins (Central Arkansas) and Jonesboro’s Austin Cook (Arkansas Razorbacks) by one stroke.

Sheriff’s Office Plans Prescription Drug Drop-Off

posted: 07/24/2010 5:11 a.m.

The Boston Mountain Solid Waste District will host a free prescription drug drop-off today conducted by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

U.S. 71 Work To Begin

posted: 07/24/2010 5:10 a.m.

Asphalt work on U.S. 71 in Bella Vista will require lane closures beginning next week, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department officials said.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Bandaged Burnett rebounds before storm delay

posted: 07/24/2010 5:09 a.m.

A.J. Burnett bounced back from a start cut short by a self-inflicted injury to pitch five scoreless innings, Robinson Cano hit a three-run double and the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 on Friday night in a game delayed by a thunderstorm.

This date In baseball

posted: 07/24/2010 5:09 a.m.

1909 Nap Rucker of the Brooklyn Dodgers struck out 16 batters in a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. 1931 In an 8-7 loss to Pittsburgh, Babe Herman of Brooklyn hit for the cycle for the second time in the season.

State’s top quarterbacks absent from challenge

posted: 07/24/2010 5:08 a.m.

Jason Allen isn’t concerned with the top quarterbacks who aren’t participating in his Arkansas Athletes Outreach Top Gun Challenge this weekend.

U.S. deficit forecast falls to $1.47 trillion

posted: 07/24/2010 5 a.m.

President Barack Obama’s budget office forecast this year’s federal deficit will be a record $1.47 trillion, about $84 billion less than forecast in February because of lower spending for unemployment and some government programs.

SEC media days notes

posted: 07/24/2010 4:58 a.m.

Dooley: Working on image. New Tennessee Coach Derek Dooley did a stand-up job handling questions regarding the bar fight several Volunteers were involved in July 9.

Bill to pay for troop buildup sent back to House

posted: 07/24/2010 4:58 a.m.

After a vote by the Senate, House Democrats face little choice but to drop billions in aid for schools, college students and others that they had hoped could ride on legislation paying for President Barack Obama’s troop buildup in Afghanistan.

High pay spurs recall threat in city

posted: 07/24/2010 4:56 a.m.

BELL, Calif. — City Council members who make nearly $100,000 a year for governing Bell, a small, poverty-plagued suburb of Los Angeles, must resign immediately or face a recall campaign, a community group said Friday.

Motor sports report

posted: 07/24/2010 4:56 a.m.

Arkansan finds home in UAE It was a long road that brought Rod Fuller back to the seat of an NHRA top fuel dragster, one that took him halfway around the world.

GOLF ROUNDUP: Paths of Pavin, Langer differ, but converge at 138 for lead

posted: 07/24/2010 4:56 a.m.

American Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin shot a second consecutive 2-under-par 69 Friday to share the second-round lead with Bernhard Langer of Germany at the Senior British Open.

Mexicans find remains of 23 bodies

posted: 07/24/2010 4:55 a.m.

Authorities found the remains of at least 23 people in a series of pits and scattered on the ground at a suspected drug gang dumping site near the industrial hub of Monterrey in northern Mexico, an official said Friday.

Off the wire

posted: 07/24/2010 4:54 a.m.

BASKETBALL Player’s home hit Armed men broke into the home of Charlotte Bobcats guard Stephen Jackson, holding his wife at gunpoint before locking her in a bathroom, police said.

British scientific team discovers round structure near Stonehenge

posted: 07/24/2010 4:54 a.m.

Scientists scouring the area around Stonehenge said Thursday that they have uncovered a circular structure only a few hundred yards from the world-famous monument.

Second thoughts

posted: 07/24/2010 4:54 a.m.

Hair issue for Johnson on Survivor Jimmy Johnson has won two Super Bowls and one NCAA championship as a head coach, but those credentials — and all that hair — might work against him in his latest undertaking as a contestant on the TV show Survivor.

N. Korea vows ‘sacred war’; nuclear response threatened

posted: 07/24/2010 4:52 a.m.

North Korea threatened today to mount a powerful nuclear response to coming joint U.S.-South Korean military drills, calling the exercises an “unpardonable” provocation on top of blaming Pyongyang for the sinking of a South Korean warship.

Al-Qaida ally tried to hit top-level Kabul conference, U.S. says

posted: 07/24/2010 4:51 a.m.

An al-Qaida ally targeted this week’s toplevel international conference on Afghanistan’s future, the U.S. special envoy to the region said Friday.

Heat, humidity combine in LR

posted: 07/24/2010 4:50 a.m.

The combination of summertime temperatures and unusually high humidity has central Arkansas sweltering at a record pace, meteorologists said Friday.

Swiss train derails; 1 dead, dozens injured

posted: 07/24/2010 4:49 a.m.

Switzerland’s popular Glacier Express tourist train derailed Friday on its spectacular journey between Zermatt and St. Moritz in the Alps, killing one person and injuring 42 others.

$250,000 grocery prize goes to woman

posted: 07/24/2010 4:48 a.m.

Bridgette Mayer walked out of Harps Food Store on Friday afternoon with a $250,000 oversize check tucked under her arm.

Northwest Arkansas Deaths

posted: 07/24/2010 4:45 a.m.

July 24, 2010

The state/region in brief

posted: 07/24/2010 4:44 a.m.

Greenwood man dies in car crash A Greenwood man lost control of his vehicle Thursday night while southbound on Interstate 540 and was killed in the crash, the Arkansas State Police reported.

Clinton aide Gauldin recalled for wit

posted: 07/24/2010 4:43 a.m.

Mike Gauldin, the “unflappable ” and incorrigibly witty press secretary for Bill Clinton during his years as Arkansas governor in the mid-1980 s and early 1990s, died Thursday night after a battle with brain cancer, his friends said Friday.

Public Meetings

posted: 07/24/2010 4:43 a.m.

July 24, 2010

Filings

posted: 07/24/2010 4:41 a.m.

July 24, 2010

NW Arkansas today

posted: 07/24/2010 4:40 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This case is getting rather old.” John Putman, Boone County circuit judge, in the capital murder case against Richard “Dickie” Kidd Article, 1B

Sales tax on ballot for town of 1,956

posted: 07/24/2010 4:39 a.m.

Lake City aldermen have called for a 1 percent sales tax to be placed on the Craighead County town’s Nov. 2 general election ballot to help pay for repairs to the city’s streets and sewer system.

Records

posted: 07/24/2010 4:39 a.m.

July 24, 2010

Arkansas sends 10 to horseshoe national championships

posted: 07/24/2010 4:37 a.m.

For most people, pitching horseshoes is a recreational activity. For Arnold Crow and Billy Gill of Tyronza, it’s serious competition.

TEXAS LEAGUE Cardinals battle back for victory

posted: 07/24/2010 4:36 a.m.

Springfield didn’t panic after falling behind by six runs to Northwest Arkansas in the first two innings.

Obituaries for Washington County

posted: 07/24/2010 4:36 a.m.

July 24, 2010

HOG FUTURES JARRETT LAKE Eligibility issue shadows Lake

posted: 07/24/2010 4:34 a.m.

Jarrett Lake could use a fresh start.

Obituaries for Benton County

posted: 07/24/2010 4:33 a.m.

July 24, 2010

A PLACE CALLED SILOAM

posted: 07/24/2010 4:31 a.m.

The camp’s official name is the Arkansas Baptist Assembly, but to generations of campers, it’s simply Siloam.

HOG CALLS: Coaches say Crim is better at safety

posted: 07/24/2010 4:29 a.m.

They meant it when they told Rudell Crim to quit hanging around corners.

Gardening to be community topic

posted: 07/24/2010 4:28 a.m.

The city of Fayetteville will host “The ABCDs of Creating Community Gardens That Last” from 1 to 4 p.m. July 31 at the Walker Park Senior Activity and Wellness Center. (ABCD stands for Asset-Based Community Development.)

Slow Food offers tomato tasting

posted: 07/24/2010 4:26 a.m.

Ozark Slow Food will host a tomato-tasting event from 10 a.m. to noon today at Fayetteville’s East Square Plaza.

Annual Event A Community Affair

posted: 07/24/2010 4:25 a.m.

An event that started as an inhouse carnival for children at Farmington United Methodist Church has grown into a get-ready-for-school giveaway for the whole community.

WASHINGTON COUNTY RELIGION NOTES

posted: 07/24/2010 4:16 a.m.

Area Church Events

MUSINGS Older Listener Pleads For Greater Volume

posted: 07/24/2010 4:16 a.m.

How’s that? Eh?

BENTON COUNTY RELIGION NOTES

posted: 07/24/2010 4:15 a.m.

Area Church Events

Wal-Mart to add ID tags to clothes

posted: 07/24/2010 3:37 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has launched a project throughout its U.S. stores to add electronic identification tags to select apparel items to ensure that shelves remain stocked with merchandise customers are seeking.

Bank-pay czar says shame ample penalty

posted: 07/24/2010 3:33 a.m.

The Obama administration’s pay czar said Friday that he did not try to recoup $1.6 billion in lavish compensation to top executives at bailed-out banks because he thought shaming the banks was punishment enough.

Lender deal by GM irks senator

posted: 07/24/2010 3:29 a.m.

General Motors, the automaker 61 percent-owned by the U.S. Treasury, is facing criticism over its decision to pay $3.5 billion to buy a lender that specializes in auto loans to shoppers with less than top-notch credit.

Verizon posts loss, notes cost of buyout

posted: 07/24/2010 3:27 a.m.

Verizon Communications Inc. on Friday attributed a $198 million loss in the second quarter to a buyout of 11,000 workers.

Northwest broke rules as FAA looked on, U.S. finds

posted: 07/24/2010 3:26 a.m.

Northwest Airlines Corp., now part of Delta Air Lines Inc., had a “systemic” failure to comply with federal safety directives and regulators were lax in pursuing enforcement, U.S. investigators found.

White River fishing guide, pals recover ’20s-era boat

posted: 07/24/2010 3:25 a.m.

A blurry apparition on the bottom of the White River has turned out to be treasure.

Business news in brief

posted: 07/24/2010 3:23 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The global business environment remains challenging, but we expect global growth to continue.” Alan Mulally, president and chief executive officer of Ford Motor Co. Article, 1D

MARKET REPORT: European bank tests buoy Dow

posted: 07/24/2010 3:20 a.m.

Investors bought stocks Friday on the latest reassuring news about the economy. This time, it was about European banks.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 07/24/2010 3:16 a.m.

7 suing Butterball file for class-action status Seven current or former employees of Arkansas Butterball LLC plants asked a judge Thursday to grant class-action status in a suit against that company seeking payment for time used to prepare for their daily jobs.

Other days

posted: 07/24/2010 3:14 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 24, 1910 HOT SPRINGS — The failure of the Garland county Republican convention to nominate a local ticket here this morning, and the scheduled reorganization of the Garland county Democratic Central Committee were developments which brought all politicians into activity and may have an important part to play in the coming campaign.

Say it LOUD

posted: 07/24/2010 3:14 a.m.

Contemporary dinnerware may be just what you need to add a splash of color to your outdoor barbecue or indoor dinner party this year.

Ask the expert

posted: 07/24/2010 3:11 a.m.

Can you help us with a luxury issue? I feel a little guilty asking this, but my wife and I have saved up for years to build a dedicated laundry room, and I want to make it very fancy.

Etsy.com is easing artists’ sales tasks

posted: 07/24/2010 3:09 a.m.

Craftsmen, artists and collectors from around Arkansas have flocked to the website Etsy.com to sell their wares. Buyers, in turn, can go there to find artwork and handicrafts like photos, paintings, ironwork, woodwork, candles, soap, fabrics, hand-spun wool and yarn, scrapbooking supplies — even vintage dinnerware and decor — all from Arkansas vendors.

LETTERS

posted: 07/24/2010 3:09 a.m.

‘Free’ cars not for all I would like to know if the state treasurer has any idea of how many dollars have been invested in the cars that have been provided for what seems to be all the offices for the state of Arkansas.

OTHERS SAY: A bigger House?

posted: 07/24/2010 3:09 a.m.

IT SEEMS counterintuitive. At a time of sagging approval ratings for Congress, the Supreme Court is being asked to rule that the U.S. House of Representatives is too small. It’s for Congress, not the courts, to decide how many members the House should have, but there are some appealing arguments for the idea of a larger chamber.

The pundit delusion

posted: 07/24/2010 3:08 a.m.

The latest hot political topic is the “Obama paradox” —the supposedly mysterious disconnect between the president’s achievements and his numbers.

Time for this guy to go

posted: 07/24/2010 3:07 a.m.

THE DEMOCRATS have a not so secret weapon in the upcoming midterm elections, and he’s at the very top of the Republican National Committee. His name is Michael Steele and he’s up there—or is it down there?—with Joe Biden, vice president and general goof, when it comes to opening mouth and inserting both feet.

The media get bashed

posted: 07/24/2010 3:07 a.m.

At Wednesday afternoon’s briefing, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs delicately pointed out to the assembled reporters that their news organizations had also been too quick to accept at face value the video that sparked the Shirley Sherrod controversy.

Tools & toys

posted: 07/24/2010 3:06 a.m.

Diamond Utility Organizer Drop Zone Cabinet What’s to love: It’s there to hold things families leave by the door.

Bridging the Mississippi

posted: 07/24/2010 3:06 a.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1940, was quite a day for residents of Southeast Arkansas and the Mississippi Delta.

Keet’s mad plan

posted: 07/24/2010 3 a.m.

I do believe that businessman Jim Keet may have gone quite bonkers.

In the garden

posted: 07/24/2010 3 a.m.

QThe tree in this photo is much-loved by people (and bees) in our Heights neighborhood because of its fragrant leaves and flowers.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Winner’s yelp deficient, so pageant hires tutor

posted: 07/24/2010 2:57 a.m.

Dear Otus, We were in the audience last weekend when Alyse Eady won the Miss Arkansas Pageant. Was there something wrong? She didn’t seem quite as happy as some past contestants.

Kerry berths yacht in R.I., saves on tax

posted: 07/24/2010 2:52 a.m.

Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts is docking his family’s new $7 million yacht in neighboring Rhode Island, allowing him to avoid paying roughly $500,000 in taxes to his cash-strapped home state.

Warn locals of oil-spill risk, China told

posted: 07/24/2010 2:49 a.m.

The first details emerged Friday on the cause of China’s largest reported oil spill, while environmentalists urged the government to do more to warn residents of potential danger, saying children are still playing off nearby beaches.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 07/24/2010 2:44 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: A friend says you can’t prove anything from the Bible, and therefore it doesn’t make any sense to believe it. To prove her point, she claimed the Bible even says in one place that there is no God. I don’t agree with her, but I didn’t know what to say. — S.L.

CLICK & CLACK’S CAR TALK

posted: 07/24/2010 2:43 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: All of the cheapest cars these days seem to have drum brakes on the rear instead of disc brakes.

Mega Millions

posted: 07/24/2010 2:42 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 16-19-39-44-49 Mega Ball: 26 Estimated jackpot: $16 million Megaplier: 02

In the news

posted: 07/24/2010 2:42 a.m.

First lady Nobuko Kan of Japan lists her husband’s shortcomings, including his failure to do housework and his hot temper, in You are Prime Minister, So What Will Change in Japan?, her new book that Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who took office in June, says he’s too scared to read.

Names and faces

posted: 07/24/2010 2:42 a.m.

Grammy-winning singer Al Jarreau was in intensive care in a French hospital Friday after suffering breathing problems in the Alps, forcing him to cancel four concerts.

Getting it straight

posted: 07/24/2010 2:41 a.m.

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

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 07/24/2010 2:41 a.m.

Happy birthday. This birthday is a fresh start — it’s like you press the “reset” button. Relationships will be especially harmonious through the next five weeks. September features a sweet deal. November brings travel and excitement. You’ll be picked for an honor in February.

The nation in brief

posted: 07/24/2010 2:40 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There’s almost no chance it’ll have any impact on the wellhead or the cap because it’s right around 5,000 feet deep and even the largest waves won’t get down that far.” Don Van Nieuwenhuise of the University of Houston, on whether a severe storm would affect the plug on the damaged oil well in the Gulf Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 07/24/2010 2:40 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There will be [a] physical response against the threat imposed by the United States militarily.” North Korean spokesman Ri Tong Il Article, 8A

Arkansas artisans on etsy.com

posted: 07/24/2010 2:38 a.m.

Many of the artists and craftsmen who sell items on Etsy.com have user names for their “shops” through which they and their items can be found. Search for them on the website under “Sellers.” Here’s a list for people quoted in the story: Dillon Chandler, metal sculpture, VonChandler.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 07/24/2010 2:36 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Your list of questions to ask when finding a veterinarian was very helpful. When moving from the northeast to Texas recently, I found myself in this very position. Here are some additional suggestions : Schedule an appointment with the doctor, without your pet.

Check your knowledge

posted: 07/24/2010 2:34 a.m.

1. Is the Gila monster poisonous? 2. What is the meaning of “hither” ? 3. Is it true or false that ribs extend from the spine?

Instant panache for new gardens

posted: 07/24/2010 2:25 a.m.

A brand-new garden is full of excitement, but like a new kitten, it lacks the grace and assurance of maturity. Although it takes a few years for plants to grow and for a garden to develop its character, there are things you can do to give even a new garden an aura of age and permanence.

Keep it clean

posted: 07/24/2010 2:23 a.m.

Eureka Pet Pal Bagless Upright Vacuum What’s it for? Vacuumcleaner companies have of late been introducing models designed to suck up pet hair right and left. Eureka’s Pet Pal has a slightly different take from others: It comes with what it calls a Hair Raiser brush, which can be used independently from the vacuum.

Judge urges murder case to go forward

posted: 07/24/2010 2:10 a.m.

A Harrison man’s competency to stand trial remains in question more than a year after he was accused of killing his wife.

Friday, July 23

Arizona judge raises the realities of porous border

posted: 07/23/2010 12:30 p.m.

The judge who will decide whether Arizona's new immigration law is constitutional hasn't indicated whether she'll put the statute on hold before it takes effect next week and had some pointed questions Thursday for challengers at two court hearings.

Lawyers seek injunction to halt military gay rule

posted: 07/23/2010 noon

Lawyers for a Republican gay rights organization will ask a judge for an injunction to halt the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy during their closing arguments in a federal trial challenging the law.

Bonnie hitting Florida, warning issued for Gulf coast

posted: 07/23/2010 11 a.m.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Gulf coast as Bonnie begins moving over South Florida.

Murphy Oil exiting refinery business

posted: 07/23/2010 10:50 a.m.

Murphy Oil Corp. has announced that it will sell its three oil refineries and focus on exploration and its retail business in the United States.

Early voting is under way for Oklahoma primary

posted: 07/23/2010 10:40 a.m.

Early voting is under way for the statewide primary election for governor and other elective offices in Oklahoma.

Media picks Arkansas to finish 2nd in SEC West

posted: 07/23/2010 8:23 a.m.

Alabama was selected to repeat as champions of the Southeastern Conference, and three Arkansas players were selected to the all-SEC teams selected by the media during SEC media days.

In tapes, 2 Manns talk about guns, files

updated: 07/23/2010 12:48 p.m.

Jurors in the federal trial of Dr. Randeep Mann and his wife, Sangeeta “Sue” Mann, spent much of Thursday listening to some of his telephone calls to her while he was initially jailed on grenade-possession charges.

UA falls short dozens of beds

posted: 07/23/2010 5:29 a.m.

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville officials must make room this fall for a record number of freshmen and a growing number of upperclassmen who want to remain on campus.

Benton County Settles Lawsuit Over Flooding

posted: 07/23/2010 5:28 a.m.

A decision to settle a lawsuit prompted some Benton County justices of the peace to ask for a few words with their lawyer.

Leaks Stopped, But Material Remains In HAZ-MERT Facility

posted: 07/23/2010 5:27 a.m.

Shannon Weathers said Thursday he off ered to clean up his business, HAZ-MERT, last year, but was stopped by governmental red tape.

Springdale To Expand Alternative Program

posted: 07/23/2010 5:26 a.m.

More high school students will attend Springdale’s alternative learning program this fall.

MORE SUPPORT City Should Take ‘Leap Of Faith’

posted: 07/23/2010 5:25 a.m.

If Fayetteville is serious about growing the number and quality of its festivals and other events, it needs a dedicated staff member, say tourism off cials.

Solid Waste District Cuts Budget, Asks For Help

posted: 07/23/2010 5:24 a.m.

A pair of court rulings has left the Benton County Solid Waste District scrambling to deal with the law of unintended consequences.

Architect: Bates Annex Demolition Set

posted: 07/23/2010 5:23 a.m.

The Fayetteville School Board Thursday heard reports on the construction of Happy Hollow Elementary School and Fayetteville High School, adjourning 10 minutes after the gavel opened the meeting at 5 p.m.

COMMENTARY Options Open For Brooks

posted: 07/23/2010 5:22 a.m.

While there were a horde of 2011 prospects that showed up at the University of Arkansas Elite Camp Saturday, there was also several “elite” 2012 ones.

Benton County Launches Emergency System

posted: 07/23/2010 5:22 a.m.

Benton County Emergency Services wants you.

More Candidates File For School Board

posted: 07/23/2010 5:21 a.m.

Contested races have surfaced in Fayetteville, Farmington and two zones in Greenland as the filing period for Washington County school board seats winds down.

Man Pleads Guilty To Child Rape

posted: 07/23/2010 5:20 a.m.

A Springdale man pleaded guilty Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to three counts of raping a person who was younger than 14 years old.

Hosmer Paying Early Returns

posted: 07/23/2010 5:20 a.m.

Eric Hosmer asked Mike Moustakas about his impressions of Arvest Ballpark and the Texas League before arriving in Northwest Arkansas.

International President Addresses Rotarians

posted: 07/23/2010 5:18 a.m.

Rotarians from dozens of clubs in four states gathered Thursday to meet and hear Ray Klinginsmith, the Rotary International president.

Shiloh, Har-Ber Begin Play In Alabama

posted: 07/23/2010 5:18 a.m.

Shiloh Christian football coach Josh Floyd knew Thursday would be diffcult for the Saints, who were without senior starting quarterback Kiehl Frazier.

OUT & ABOUT | Picnicking in History

posted: 07/23/2010 5:16 a.m.

What says summer better than a picnic? But this isn’t about food. This is about history — delicious pieces of the past perfect to pair with a sandwich, some potato salad, pecan pie and sweet tea — and some of the best places for dinner and a story.

Police Investigate Reported Home Invasion

posted: 07/23/2010 5:15 a.m.

Police are investigating a possible home invasion reported at 1501 W. Deane St. about 6:20 a.m. Thursday.

FAMILY FRIENDLY A Beauty Of A Tour

posted: 07/23/2010 5:15 a.m.

When I was 8, the movie was my life,” says Liz Shivener.

DINING ‘Home’ Is Where The Food Is

posted: 07/23/2010 5:14 a.m.

In the Norwegian language, the word “hjem” means “home.” Fitting, then, that Matthew Holland, the owner and head chef behind a new restaurant called Hjem, had a home in Norway for several years.

MUSIC Doing It ‘His Way’

posted: 07/23/2010 5:13 a.m.

Growing up, people told Tom Tiratto that his singing voice sounded a lot like Frank Sinatra’s.

RIVER VALLEY Between Cool and Classical

posted: 07/23/2010 5:12 a.m.

Some years, the Fort Smith Symphony has presented a season that leans toward the classical side of the spectrum.

Brill Gives Boost To NWA All-Stars

posted: 07/23/2010 5:11 a.m.

Baseball is a game of highs and lows.

SpongeBob To Appear Saturday In Rogers

posted: 07/23/2010 5:11 a.m.

Sponge Bob Squarepants will be at a car dealership on Saturday, supporting CASA of Northwest Arkansas’ Christmas in July Toy Drive and promoting child safety.

RIVER VALLEY | FSLT Has Recipe For Success

posted: 07/23/2010 5:11 a.m.

Think “Mad Men,” the popular drama on the AMC network. Then, imagine instead of an intense drama, it was a comedy where all the characters were over the top and charming, even the bad guys. Add some songs and dance routines, and the resulting show would look something like the musical “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” says Ray Coleman, who will direct the show for the Fort Smith Little Theater starting on Thursday.

WASHINGTON COUNTY OBITUARIES

posted: 07/23/2010 5:10 a.m.

July 23, 2010

GO & DO | Kick A Ball, Have A Ball

posted: 07/23/2010 5:10 a.m.

You don’t have to be a super athlete. ... The only requirement we have is that you want to have fun.” So says Bryan Ellithorpe, owner and founder of the Northwest Arkansas Kickball League, a recreational organization for adults now entering its third season.

FAMILY FRIENDLY Reconnecting With the Natural

posted: 07/23/2010 5:09 a.m.

Though many authors have written of the positive and cathartic effects of spending time in nature, parents today often struggle between a desire to keep their children in the safety of their home and an inclination to let them play outside.

CORRECTIONS in North Arkansas Times

posted: 07/23/2010 5:09 a.m.

William Dick is a candidate for Position 2 on the Prairie Grove School Board. The position he is seeking was misidentified in Thursday’s paper.

Giavotella, Naturals Rally Past Travelers

posted: 07/23/2010 5:08 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas scored 15 runs over the final three innings, including a six-run seventh to take the lead, en route to a 19-12 victory over Arkansas in Texas League baseball Thursday night at Dickey-Stephens Park.

LOOK HERE

posted: 07/23/2010 5:08 a.m.

Area Arts Events and Galleries

BENTON COUNTY OBITUARIES

posted: 07/23/2010 5:07 a.m.

July 23, 2010

EVENTS AWAY

posted: 07/23/2010 5:07 a.m.

Events in surrounding cities

LIVE! IN NWA

posted: 07/23/2010 5:06 a.m.

Upcoming Live Music in the area

State expecting third Justice suit

posted: 07/23/2010 5:05 a.m.

Employees of the state Department of Human Services told legislators Thursday that they are expecting the U.S. Department of Justice to file a third lawsuit, against five of the state’s centers for the developmentally disabled.

FYI - Weekend Notes

posted: 07/23/2010 5:05 a.m.

Events this weekend and beyond

NWA RECORDS

posted: 07/23/2010 5:05 a.m.

Sheriff and Police Reports - July 23, 2010

House OKs, Obama signs aid for jobless

posted: 07/23/2010 5:04 a.m.

The House of Representatives approved extending jobless benefits to the longterm unemployed Thursday by a comfortable margin, but members of the Arkansas delegation split on the issue.

SEC media days report

posted: 07/23/2010 5:03 a.m.

Ex-coach no name for SEC Lane Kiffin, the one-and-done Tennessee coach, has been taking his licks at SEC football media days, overtly and subtly, at the hands of reporters, coaches and administrative personnel.

FDIC revises failed bank’s deposits

posted: 07/23/2010 5:03 a.m.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has revised the number of depositors who had accounts in excess of $100,000 at ANB Financial, the Rogers bank that failed in May 2008.

Movie Review: Salt

posted: 07/23/2010 5:02 a.m.

Normally I’d get a little time to think about Salt. That would be bad.

PUBLIC MEETINGS in NWA

posted: 07/23/2010 5:01 a.m.

Week of July 26, 2010

Footloose, free of doubt

posted: 07/23/2010 5 a.m.

It didn’t take long for Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett to get down to business Thursday morning at SEC football media days.

BRIEFLY in NWA

posted: 07/23/2010 4:58 a.m.

News briefs - July 23, 2010

4 militants flee prison, Iraqi says

posted: 07/23/2010 4:57 a.m.

Four al-Qaida-linked detainees have escaped from a Baghdad-area prison that was handed over by the U.S. to Iraqi authorities a week ago, Iraq’s justice minister said Thursday.

Cap to stay on BP well in storm

posted: 07/23/2010 4:55 a.m.

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO — Ships stationed over BP’s crippled well in the Gulf of Mexico were ordered to evacuate Thursday ahead of Tropical Storm Bonnie, and engineers have grown so confident in the cap fixed to the wellhead that they will leave it shut tight while they are gone.

HOW WE SEE IT You Get What You Pay For

posted: 07/23/2010 4:55 a.m.

The Fayetteville City Council debated for more than an hour on whether to allow a business to get a plaque if it donates money to city parks. It split 4-3 on the question.

HOW WE SEE IT As The POA Turns

posted: 07/23/2010 4:54 a.m.

It’s not entirely clear what motivated Bob Evans, Nancy Owens and Susan Wyatt to run for the Bella Vista Property Owners Association Board of Directors in the first place.

BETWEEN THE LINES More Students At UA Good News

posted: 07/23/2010 4:53 a.m.

The University of Arkansas’ projected fall enrollment numbers are good news on several fronts. There are benefits to come on campus and off.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT When Is It A ‘Person’?

posted: 07/23/2010 4:52 a.m.

Dr. Hobson, in his column “America’s obsession with abortion” (June 6), reveals his belief that humans are disposable until they are capable of “human thought.” This is couched in argument that an embryo becomes a “person” only when it forms brain cells capable of “human thought,” but a careful reading of his criticism shows that “human thought” itself is his key.

Immigration law weighed by judge

posted: 07/23/2010 4:52 a.m.

A U.S. judge is deliberating whether to bar Arizona from enforcing a law aimed at cracking down on illegal aliens after hearing challenges from the federal government and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Jobless-aid claims rise; home sales on the skids

posted: 07/23/2010 4:48 a.m.

New data Thursday showed homes sales sinking and claims for unemployment benefits rising.

Greyhound bus crashes into SUV; 6 die

posted: 07/23/2010 4:34 a.m.

Authorities were investigating the cause of a deadly crash Thursday in California’s Central Valley that killed six people and seriously injured nine others when a Greyhound bus slammed into an overturned sport utility vehicle.

Court: Kosovo declaration legal

posted: 07/23/2010 4:34 a.m.

The United Nations’ highest court ruled Thursday that Kosovo’s declaration of independence was legal, dealing a blow to Serbia, which vowed never to accept its former province as a separate state and warned that the ruling could embolden separatist movements around the world.

Farmer wants USDA fish inspections

posted: 07/23/2010 4:31 a.m.

Each year, Joey Lowery, a catfish farmer in Newport, has let more of his growing pools dry up as cheaper, imported fish take a larger share of his market.

Worsening storm heads toward Gulf

posted: 07/23/2010 4:29 a.m.

Tropical Storm Bonnie steamed through the central Bahamas on Thursday night while tracking a course that is forecast to take it over the Gulf of Mexico.

Drilling regulators’ industry links strain ethics, House panel hears

posted: 07/23/2010 4:28 a.m.

Regulators overseeing U.S. offshore drilling move too easily between government and industry and may have exploited ethics rules leading to potential conflicts of interest, the Interior Department’s watchdog said.

In the news

posted: 07/23/2010 4:25 a.m.

Desmond Tutu, South Africa’s first black Anglican archbishop who won the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his opposition to apartheid, announced in a statement that he will withdraw from public life after his 79th birthday on Oct. 7, saying, “The time has now come to slow down.

Names and faces

posted: 07/23/2010 4:24 a.m.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie accepted undisclosed damages Thursday in London’s High Court to settle a privacy claim against a British tabloid that had reported they were planning to split.

The nation in brief

posted: 07/23/2010 4:23 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “That cap was specially made, it’s on tight, we’ve been looking at the progress, and it’s all good.” Charles Harwell, a BP contractor monitoring the cap in the Gulf of Mexico Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 07/23/2010 4:22 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We will never recognize the unilateral declaration of Kosovo’s independence.” Vuk Jeremic, the Serbian foreign minister Article, this page

Northwest Arkansas Deaths

posted: 07/23/2010 4:21 a.m.

July 23, 2010

Murphy leaves refining to focus on drilling, retail

posted: 07/23/2010 4:16 a.m.

Murphy Oil Corp. said Thursday that it is getting out of the refinery business to focus on exploration and U.S. retail, selling its refineries.

GRIDLOCK GURU Crossing set for fix in 3 weeks

posted: 07/23/2010 4:15 a.m.

Sharon Howeth wants a smoother Arkansas & Missouri Railroad crossing at Arkansas 264, and she’ll get it in about three weeks.

Richard Claude Johanson: Forward thinker, veteran, teacher

posted: 07/23/2010 4:13 a.m.

Richard Claude Johanson specialized in planning, even on family road trips, his son Bruce Johanson said.

Dedication Monday for U.S. 82 bridge

posted: 07/23/2010 4:11 a.m.

The new U.S. 82 bridge over the Mississippi River near Lake Village will be dedicated Monday though the span isn’t expected to open before the end of the month.

HAZ-MERT ordered to clean premises

posted: 07/23/2010 4:07 a.m.

Shannon Weathers said Thursday that he offered to clean up his bankrupt HAZ-MERT business last year but was stopped by governmental red tape.

LIKE IT IS: It’s tempting to embrace 2010 battle cry

posted: 07/23/2010 4:07 a.m.

Get ready.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Two late touchdowns propel Naturals

posted: 07/23/2010 4:05 a.m.

After a two-day vacation — one the Arkansas Travelers failed to take advantage of — the Northwest Arkansas Naturals’ offense was back to form Thursday.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Lee wins first with Rangers

posted: 07/23/2010 4:04 a.m.

This time, Cliff Lee was rewarded for a quality start with his 99th career victory.

System decides to keep LR site

posted: 07/23/2010 4:03 a.m.

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System will leave an agreement with a real estate firm to list the system-owned Victory Building in Little Rock for sale for $26 million, the trustees decided Thursday.

Bird seasons set by commission

posted: 07/23/2010 4:03 a.m.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission approved the early migratory bird seasons for 2010-2011 on Thursday in Little Rock.

Schleck can’t shake Contador with short bursts

posted: 07/23/2010 4:03 a.m.

Alberto Contador never wavered.

Other days

posted: 07/23/2010 4:02 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 23, 1910 The citizens of De Queen, in Sevier County, have adopted a unique scheme of advertising the town and community, according to Sheriff Luther Tribble of that county, who called at the state auditor’s office yesterday and made his annual settlement with the state. He says that every passenger train which passes through De Queen is met by boys carrying baskets of peaches and these are distributed among the passengers on the trains.

COMMENTARY: Too much air from Jordan on James

posted: 07/23/2010 4:02 a.m.

Michael Jordan, most of all, should keep his mouth shut, at least when the topic is LeBron James, free agency, friendship, rings and right vs. wrong.

What do you want to hear?

posted: 07/23/2010 4 a.m.

Credit card fraud is a serious problem. But race card fraud is an even bigger problem.

FAYETTEVILLE UA falls short dozens of beds

posted: 07/23/2010 4 a.m.

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville officials must make room this fall for a record number of freshmen and a growing number of upperclassmen who want to remain on campus.

Beware greedy relatives

posted: 07/23/2010 3:59 a.m.

I suppose you’re wondering why I gathered all you distinguished Americans here today.

NLR pacifies ACLU, to offer nonsectarian prayers at meetings

posted: 07/23/2010 3:57 a.m.

A complaint over prayers at North Little Rock City Council meetings has ended with the American Civil Liberties Union acknowledging that concessions by the city to recognize diverse beliefs helped defuse the issue.

State briefs

posted: 07/23/2010 3:57 a.m.

BASKETBALL UCA women release schedule The Central Arkansas women’s basketball team released its 2010-2011 schedule Thursday, featuring dates with SEC member Alabama, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Hendrix.

LETTERS

posted: 07/23/2010 3:57 a.m.

Unions are outdated Re parent Dawn Jackson’s call for the immediate resignation of Pulaski County Special School District board members, where can I vote no to a union-controlled school board?

Candid camera

posted: 07/23/2010 3:56 a.m.

One of the earliest reality TV shows first aired 62 years ago this August.

The state/region in brief

posted: 07/23/2010 3:52 a.m.

Botanical garden gets new director FAYETTEVILLE — The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks looked to expertise in fundraising and networking with other nonprofits, local governments and donors as its top criteria when it hired Ron Cox as its new executive director.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 07/23/2010 3:51 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’ve gotten even more students than anticipated.” Randy Alexander, University of Arkansas Housing and Student Affairs executive director, on a record number of freshmen enrolling at the Fayetteville campus Article, 1B

Where did we go?

posted: 07/23/2010 3:49 a.m.

The notion of having one’s social consciousness raised or raising someone else’s was a late-Sixties phenomenon at best.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Texas lineman likes everything about Arkansas

posted: 07/23/2010 3:48 a.m.

Texas defensive end Darrell Kelly-Thomas found a lot to like about Arkansas while visiting last Saturday.

Razorbacks report

posted: 07/23/2010 3:46 a.m.

Mallett upgraded to jogging Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett said Thursday he’s been upgraded to light jogging in his lengthy rehabilitation from two procedures on his broken left foot.

Settlement OK for suit on searches at city jail

posted: 07/23/2010 3:46 a.m.

A federal judge on Wednesday approved the settlement in a class-action lawsuit over strip and body cavity searches of misdemeanor detainees that resulted in the Siloam Springs city jail being shut down.

Second thoughts

posted: 07/23/2010 3:46 a.m.

Arm not included in offer John Elway, the Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback who retired in 1999 after winning his second consecutive Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos, is ready to get back into the NFL.

Off the wire

posted: 07/23/2010 3:46 a.m.

BASEBALL Minors test for HGH Major League Baseball implemented random blood testing for human growth hormone in the minor leagues Thursday, the first professional sports league in the United States to take the aggressive step against doping.

Restaurant owner harbored 10 aliens

posted: 07/23/2010 3:42 a.m.

A Mountain Home man on Thursday pleaded guilty to harboring illegal aliens, waiving his right to a grand jury.

EDITORIALS Money on the table

posted: 07/23/2010 3:38 a.m.

IMAGINE the reaction of a businessman if he saw thousands of dollars owed him but no way to collect it. You can probably also imagine how he’d deal with the problem: He’d collect it even if he had to hire someone to do it.

Airbus, Boeing reap plane orders

posted: 07/23/2010 3:37 a.m.

Airbus and Boeing won jetliner orders worth about $23 billion at this week’s Farnborough International Airshow, more than three times the number announced in Paris a year ago, prompting some executives to declare the global slump over.

A benefit for both species

posted: 07/23/2010 3:37 a.m.

WASHINGTON County may finally get that animal shelter it’s long needed, and building it could save the taxpayers a lot of money over the long haul.

They keep it scenic

posted: 07/23/2010 3:37 a.m.

It’s a scene that’s repeated all along Washington County’s roads and highways : The other day a group of prisoners wearing orange safety vests were wading through the knee-high grass along I-540 in Fayetteville.

17 of top 20 Americans, led by co-leader Blake

posted: 07/23/2010 3:36 a.m.

Jay Don Blake shot a 4-under-par 67 to lead a strong American showing in the opening round of the British Seniors Open at Carnoustie on Thursday.

Police probing officer shooting

posted: 07/23/2010 3:34 a.m.

Investigators said Thursday that an off-duty Diamondhead police officer was shot in the shoulder Wednesday evening during an exchange of gunfire that followed an attempted traffic stop in the gated community near Hot Springs.

This date in baseball

posted: 07/23/2010 3:33 a.m.

1925 Lou Gehrig hit the first of his major league record 23 grand slams as the New York Yankees posted an 11-7 victory over the Washington Senators. 1930 Pie Traynor won both ends of a doubleheader for the Pittsburgh Pirates with home runs.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks surge on upbeat reports

posted: 07/23/2010 3:32 a.m.

Stocks had their biggest rally in two weeks Thursday as earnings and economic reports reassured investors that the recovery, while uncertain, is continuing.

Officials hope for dry RBI tournament in Little Rock area

posted: 07/23/2010 3:31 a.m.

Wayne Gray is keeping a closer eye on the skies this year.

Profit up 65% at Home BancShares

posted: 07/23/2010 3:30 a.m.

Home BancShares Inc., the parent company of Centennial Bank, earned $9 million in the second quarter, up 65 percent from the second quarter last year, the Conway bank said Thursday.

Business news in brief

posted: 07/23/2010 3:29 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’m surprised by the level of enthusiasm for sustainable recovery, given that we’re in the early stages of an economic decline that could go on for years.” Howard Wheeldon, senior strategist BGC Partners in London Article, 1D

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 07/23/2010 3:29 a.m.

Arkansas joins probe of Google Street View Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Thursday that he’s joining other attorneys general nationwide to investigate Google Inc.’s “unauthorized collection of data” over wireless computer networks.

Movie Review: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

posted: 07/23/2010 3:26 a.m.

Those of us of a certain age might remember when Joan Rivers was actually something other than the celebrity celebrity-stalker she appears to play on television.

Movie Review: Ramona and Beezus

posted: 07/23/2010 3:24 a.m.

It’s so sentimental and sweet that you can almost forgive the kids’ comedy Ramona and Beezus for not being nearly funny enough.

Stimulus spending key, Fed chief says

posted: 07/23/2010 3:21 a.m.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress on Thursday that the fragile economy still needs government stimulus spending to strengthen the recovery and help reduce unemployment.

Inception leads with $63 million

posted: 07/23/2010 3:21 a.m.

Young adults powered summer’s riskiest movie to the top of the box-office chart last weekend, while families failed to turn out for what is looking like summer’s biggest flop.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 07/23/2010 3:20 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’ve always been a fairly independent person, and for that reason I’ve never bothered getting connected to a church. It always seemed like too much hassle.

Film clips

posted: 07/23/2010 3:19 a.m.

At area theaters 74 THE A-TEAM, PG-13 This bigscreen version of the ’80s TV action /comedy introduces a new team (with pretty much the same character names), a group of Iraq war veterans who become mercenaries for hire.

At $8 million, Simmons’ gains up 45% from 2009

posted: 07/23/2010 3:19 a.m.

Simmons First National Corp. made $8 million in the second quarter, a 45 percent improvement over earnings in the same period last year, the Pine Bluff bank said Thursday.

Home movies

posted: 07/23/2010 3:19 a.m.

Recent DVD releases: Barking Dogs Never Bite (Not rated, 106 minutes) — The debut film of heralded South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho (The Host, Mother) is a slapstick horror film about a slacker grad student (Lee Sung-jae ), who takes regrettably rash measures to deal with a yapping dog in his apartment complex.

Hauler reports U-turn to profit

posted: 07/23/2010 3:18 a.m.

USA Truck Inc. marked a return to prof itability Thursday with positive second-quarter results after losing money for the five previous quarters.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 07/23/2010 3:17 a.m.

DEAR READERS: With the daily uses of the garage, the floors can get stained with fluids from vehicles. Here’s how to clean them up: To remove fresh oil stains, pour 1 cup of baking soda over the spot and let sit for a while.

PREVIEWS

posted: 07/23/2010 3:15 a.m.

New this week Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work 89 R Directors Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg take a documentary look at the life and career of the acerbic comedian.

Screen gems

posted: 07/23/2010 3:15 a.m.

Those who were fretting that the 48 Hour Film Project would skip Little Rock this year because its original producer resigned can relax. The Little Rock Film Festival’s staff has stepped in to produce the local version of the worldwide film competition. It will be held in Little Rock on Aug. 20-22.

DiCaprio’s 10 best roles show he can choose well

posted: 07/23/2010 3:14 a.m.

In Inception, Leonardo Di-Caprio plays a man whose identity is problematic. Who he is depends on when and where you meet him.

NOTEWORTHY DEATH

posted: 07/23/2010 3:03 a.m.

Governor of Nevada from 1999 to 2007 LAS VEGAS — Former Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn, a two-term Republican, died Thursday after falling from the roof of his Las Vegas home while making repairs. He was 73.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 07/23/2010 2:22 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore PG House pets continue their epic struggle for control of planet Earth in this sequel to the 2001 comedy. With Chris O’Donnell, Christina Applegate, Bette Midler, Michael Clarke Duncan; directed by Brad Peyton.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 07/23/2010 1:17 a.m.

Happy birthday. You have overcome fear and adversity in your life, and this year you teach others to do the same. September brings an opportunity to point your career in a fulfilling direction. Improvements in a key relationship have a happy impact on your health and fitness.

Check your knowledge

posted: 07/23/2010 1:15 a.m.

1. What organization presents Academy Awards? 2.Who was vice president when John Adams was president ? The vice president also became president. 3. What gas constitutes more than three-quarters of Earth’s atmosphere by volume? 4. Is it true or false that diamonds are usually white?

Thursday, July 22

Petrino, Mallett embracing high expectations

posted: 07/22/2010 4:33 p.m.

The Arkansas media guide features an intense-looking Ryan Mallett clutching the ball with the words "Get Ready" looming over his right shoulder.

Mallett named to Manning Award Watch List

posted: 07/22/2010 3:34 p.m.

Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett has been named to the Manning Award watch list, it was announced Thursday by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Berryville mayor, after jail term, running again

posted: 07/22/2010 1:16 p.m.

Berryville Mayor Tim McKinney said he will seek another term despite having served 53 days in jail last year after two DWI arrests.

Mallett Time: Razorbacks QB impresses, discusses expectations

posted: 07/22/2010 1:13 p.m.

Ryan Mallett, walking without a protective boot on his mending left foot, strolled into every room with various members of the media Thursday at the Wynfrey Hotel practically the same way.

Chicago mayor asks for approval of 3rd Wal-Mart

posted: 07/22/2010 12:59 p.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. could open a third store in Chicago.

No smoking allowed? Some Oklahoma prisons dropping ban

posted: 07/22/2010 11:10 a.m.

Cigarettes will be sold and inmates will be allowed to light up in designated outdoor areas at minimum-security prisons starting Aug. 2, according to Corrections Department spokesman Jerry Massie.

Sam's club offering open house with no upcharge

posted: 07/22/2010 10:56 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said its Sam's Club warehouse stores will conduct a weekend open house for nonmembers, but without charging its usual 10 percent fee.

Senate OKs jobless benefits

posted: 07/22/2010 6:21 a.m.

The Senate voted 59-39 Wednesday to restore emergency jobless benefits to millions of people who have been out of work for more than six months. U.S. House leaders say they will ratify the measure today and send it on to the White House.

Obama praises Lincoln, signs financial overhaul

posted: 07/22/2010 6:20 a.m.

Sitting at a desk in a Washington auditorium packed with supporters, President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed into law the most comprehensive set of banking regulations enacted since the Great Depression.

Friend of Mann’s tells of hot words

posted: 07/22/2010 6:17 a.m.

On several occasions before a homemade bomb severely injured the chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board, Dr. Randeep Mann confided to a friend that “he wished he could kill all those motherf*****s,” the man testified Wednesday.

Iraq exit in ’11 a go, general says

posted: 07/22/2010 5:51 a.m.

Baghdad’s political troubles won’t keep American troops from leaving the country as planned at the end of 2011, the military’s top commander in Iraq said Wednesday.

North Korea faces more penalties

posted: 07/22/2010 5:46 a.m.

The Obama administration moved Wednesday to push new sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates showed solidarity with South Korea during a visit to the area that separates it from the North.

SEC Football Previews: Turning the page

posted: 07/22/2010 5:44 a.m.

Alabama Coach Nick Saban did his best to separate the prospects for the 2010 Crimson Tide from the accomplishments of the 2009 BCS and SEC champions.

China flooding leaves 1,000 dead or missing

posted: 07/22/2010 5:44 a.m.

More than 1,000 people have died or disappeared in severe flooding in China so far this year, and the heaviest rains are still to come, a senior official said Wednesday.

Hailing Mallett to media

posted: 07/22/2010 5:40 a.m.

Kevin Trainor came to SEC football media days on Wednesday, a day earlier than Coach Bobby Petrino and the rest of the Arkansas contingent. Zack Higbee will stay an extra day after the Razorbacks’ appearance today.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Meche sound in rehab start

posted: 07/22/2010 5:38 a.m.

Gil Meche is back in the game.

HOG FUTURES: Former coach tilts player UA’s way

posted: 07/22/2010 5:37 a.m.

So, what prompts a player who’s lived in Kansas and Missouri to sign with Arkansas?

China oil slick grows to double

posted: 07/22/2010 5:36 a.m.

China’s largest reported oil spill emptied beaches along the Yellow Sea as its size doubled Wednesday, while cleanup efforts included straw mats and frazzled workers with little more than rubber gloves.

In the news

posted: 07/22/2010 5:35 a.m.

Bristol Palin, daughter of former GOP Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, told Us Weekly that her mother “doesn’t really approve” of her re-engagement to Levi Johnston, the 20-year-old father of the teen’s toddler son, Tripp, saying that both of her parents are worried that she’ll get hurt again.

Names and faces

posted: 07/22/2010 5:35 a.m.

Pennsylvania’s Labor Department is defending its decision to issue work permits to Kate Gosselin’s sextuplets for the reality show Kate Plus 8. A statement from the Department of Labor & Industry said the children are not being “unlawfully exploited” by the filming at their home in Wernersville.

City Plan 2030 Discussions Begin

posted: 07/22/2010 5:34 a.m.

Stormwater management and clearer descriptions of what qualifies as “infill” and “sprawl” may be some of the most distinct topics that get addressed in Fayetteville’s next fi ve-year city master plan.

The nation in brief

posted: 07/22/2010 5:33 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “What we didn’t want to do is be in the middle of an operation and potentially put the relief well at some risk.” BP Vice President Kent Wells, on precautionary measures taken in anticipation of bad weather Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 07/22/2010 5:33 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Although it may be a thin line, these two places are worlds apart.” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, referring to the buffer zone between the Koreas Article, 4A

Races Develop In Three School Districts

posted: 07/22/2010 5:32 a.m.

Contested races for seats on school boards in Springdale, Prairie Grove and Greenland developed midway in the weeklong filing period.

Daniels’ workers paid tax on rides

posted: 07/22/2010 5:32 a.m.

Secretary of State Charlie Daniels said he didn’t know he was supposed to pay income taxes for his personal use of his taxpayer-provided vehicle. But he had eight employees who were paying such taxes.

COMMENTARY: Players are to blame as much as agents

posted: 07/22/2010 5:31 a.m.

Here we go again.

DEAD SOLID PERFECT: LR’s Carpenter steps into limelight

posted: 07/22/2010 5:30 a.m.

Golf observers throughout the South got their first glimpse of Little Rock’s Alex Carpenter last week. It might not be long before the rest of the country takes notice.

14-YEAR-OLD MURDER CASE: Two Plead Not Guilty

posted: 07/22/2010 5:30 a.m.

A former husband and wife entered not guilty pleas Wednesday in a 14-year-old murder case.

Judge Approves Final Jail Suit Settlement

posted: 07/22/2010 5:30 a.m.

A federal judge approved on Wednesday the final settlement in a class action lawsuit over strip and body cavity searches after misdemeanor arrests that resulted in the Siloam Springs city jail being shut down.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Cards run streak to 8 behind Garcia, Holliday

posted: 07/22/2010 5:29 a.m.

Rookie Jaime Garcia stymied the sagging Philadelphia Phillies for seven innings and Matt Holliday’s homer leading off the bottom of the seventh was the go-ahead hit as the St. Louis Cardinals won their eighth consecutive game with a 5-1 victory Wednesday night.

Oxendine adds to stellar resume

posted: 07/22/2010 5:29 a.m.

Creating a new tournament is about the only way Russellville’s Julie Oxendine can win a tournament for the first time anymore.

Air base gets new leader

posted: 07/22/2010 5:28 a.m.

In the past 18 months, Col. Greg Otey navigated Little Rock Air Force Base through a Herculean growth spurt, past a housing crisis and laid the foundation for its newest unit.

Man Pleads Guilty To Illegal Dumping

posted: 07/22/2010 5:28 a.m.

A man accused of illegal dumping on his land in west Washington County last year pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Tomlinson To Announce Run For House Seat

posted: 07/22/2010 5:26 a.m.

Abel Tomlinson, the former congressional candidate and tree-climbing protester, plans to announce his candidacy for District 92 of the Arkansas House of Representatives on Saturday in front of the Fayetteville Town Center.

Street Renamed For Henbest

posted: 07/22/2010 5:25 a.m.

John Henbest, a World War I veteran and longtime farmer in west Fayetteville, earned a namesake Tuesday night.

Jim L. Hanna Friends, fun focus for businessman

posted: 07/22/2010 5:25 a.m.

Every morning for 50 years, Jim L. Hanna would meet with a group of friends for breakfast in downtown Fort Smith, his daughter Kim Behrend said.

Other days

posted: 07/22/2010 5:25 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 22, 1910 The temporary loss of a well at the new Arkansas Tuberculosis Sanatorium at Booneville has delayed the opening of that institution according to Dr. C.P.

Botanical Garden Hires Director

posted: 07/22/2010 5:23 a.m.

The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks looked to expertise in fundraising and networking with other nonprofit groups, local governments and donors as its top criteria when it hired Ron Cox as its new executive director.

Tontitown To Examine Animal Options

posted: 07/22/2010 5:23 a.m.

The future of animal control in Tontitown may be decided by simple arithmetic.

Getting it straight

posted: 07/22/2010 5:21 a.m.

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

State sports briefs

posted: 07/22/2010 5:21 a.m.

ARKANSAS STATE AD Lee: Postseason ban not imminent Arkansas State Athletic Director Dean Lee said Wednesday he doesn’t expect an ongoing NCAA inquiry to result in a postseason ban.

Northwest Arkansas Deaths

posted: 07/22/2010 5:21 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes. For more information including cost and deadlines contact the advertising department at (501) 378-3889.

Police Investigate Death Of 2-Year-Old

posted: 07/22/2010 5:20 a.m.

Fayetteville police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy found Sunday at an apartment.

OBITUARIES: Washington County

posted: 07/22/2010 5:19 a.m.

Obituaries for Washington County for July 22, 2010.

Off the wire

posted: 07/22/2010 5:18 a.m.

MOTOR SPORTS Edwards penalized NASCAR docked Carl Edwards 60 Nationwide Series driver points, fined him $25,000 and placed both Edwards and Brad Keselowski on probation through Dec. 31 following their last-lap antics at Gateway International Raceway at Madison, Ill., on Saturday night.

Rogers Man Gets 32 Years For Shaking Baby

posted: 07/22/2010 5:18 a.m.

Zachary James Campbell was sentenced to more than three decades in prison for shaking his infant son.

Rogers Man Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Role In Burying Body

posted: 07/22/2010 5:16 a.m.

Timothy Sylvester Howell was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday for his role in a 2009 crime.

ORDINANCE REQUIREMENT: Fences Face Scrutiny

posted: 07/22/2010 5:15 a.m.

White picket fences are still welcome in Springdale, but some privacy fences built of treated pine may not be allowed soon.

Former Sunday School Teacher Sentenced

posted: 07/22/2010 5:13 a.m.

A former Sunday School teacher was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.

District Names Assistant Principal

posted: 07/22/2010 5:12 a.m.

Joe Rollins will be the new assistant principal at Springdale High School, district officials said Wednesday.

Planners Seek Better Communication With County

posted: 07/22/2010 5:10 a.m.

Improving communication between county planners and the Quorum Court was the main topic of discussion at Wednesday’s meeting of the Benton County Planning Board.

Second thoughts

posted: 07/22/2010 5:07 a.m.

Garrett was strong, also weak Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times was certainly no fan of former Southern California Athletic Director Mike Garrett, the first Heisman Trophy winner at the school in 1965.

Turkey takes the veil

posted: 07/22/2010 5:06 a.m.

IT’S NOT just women in the Islamic East who may be veiled. It can happen to whole countries. See what’s happening in Turkey, the West’s old ally and new adversary. The present danger there gets clearer every day.

Left-wing forgetfulness

posted: 07/22/2010 5:05 a.m.

President Obama says Republicans have been opposed to extending unemployment insurance to millions of jobless Americans when the truth is something else: They were happy to go along if compensating cuts were made elsewhere.

Imagine if Iran got the bomb

posted: 07/22/2010 5:05 a.m.

It’s been said that a diplomat is a gentleman paid to go abroad and lie for his country. Sometimes, however, diplomats slip up and tell the truth.

LETTERS

posted: 07/22/2010 5:04 a.m.

Chance to do more wasted Every time I hear Mitch McConnell or John Boehner, I wonder who they think they’re kidding. But then all I have to do is look around me to see who, and it’s quite a lot of people.

Swaggering’s the easy part

posted: 07/22/2010 5:02 a.m.

IF people took politics as seriously as sports, they might notice that the Republicans are acting a lot like LeBron James.

SEC media days report

posted: 07/22/2010 5:02 a.m.

Saban: Agents are ‘pimps’. Alabama Coach Nick Saban said there are a lot of good agents who represent athletes and comply with NCAA rules.

Golf report

posted: 07/22/2010 5:01 a.m.

Roachell wins to advance Conway’s Summar Roachell advanced to the round of 32 with a 19-hole victory Wednesday at the U.S. Junior Girls Championship at The Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst, N.C.

Fishing this week

posted: 07/22/2010 5 a.m.

HOT SPOTS 1. LAKE MAUMELLE Black bass are biting well on floating worms, jerkbaits and spinnerbaits fished in 4-12 feet of water. Crappie are hitting 1/32 ounce jigs, minnows and shad-colored grubs fished in 15-20 feet of water. Bream are excellent on crickets and redworms fished 15-20 feet deep.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Twin rifles don’t shoot as one

posted: 07/22/2010 4:59 a.m.

Two identical rifles, with identical actions and stocks. One shoots like a dream. One doesn’t. How could they be so different?

RECORDS

posted: 07/22/2010 4:56 a.m.

Records for Northwest Arkansas for July 22, 2010.

BELLA VISTA POA: Board Moves To Fill Spots

posted: 07/22/2010 4:56 a.m.

The Bella Vista Property Owners Association Board of Directors is in the process of filling seats vacated by three members who resigned July 14.

Arkansas Best pares net loss

posted: 07/22/2010 4:51 a.m.

Arkansas Best Corp. reported improved results for the second quarter, with a net loss of $7.35 million, or 30 cents per share. That’s roughly half its net loss of $15.46 million, or 62 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2009.

Substation Problem Causes Power Outage

posted: 07/22/2010 4:51 a.m.

Seven electrical substations failed at 10:46 a.m. Wednesday, leaving roughly 20,000 people here without power for 13 minutes.

Heritage Squads To Benefit From Barbecue

posted: 07/22/2010 4:47 a.m.

Rogers Heritage High School pom and cheer squads will benefit from a chicken cook Saturday.

Fire Department Considering Class For Residents

posted: 07/22/2010 4:45 a.m.

The command staff of the Rogers Fire Department is contemplating starting a citizens fire academy to allow residents to see how their tax money is spent, officials said Wednesday.

Communities of faith: Nine Benedictines celebrate jubilees

posted: 07/22/2010 4:43 a.m.

The Benedictine nuns at St. Scholastica Monastery will honor nine members of the community who have served a combined 595 years of monastic life during Mass at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. David McKillin will preside. Family and friends are welcome.

Agency Cleaning Chemical Leaks

posted: 07/22/2010 4:43 a.m.

Officials with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality issued an emergency order Wednesday, stating that the former HAZ-MERT location, 510 W. Post Road in Rogers, is leaking various chemicals that could lead to an explosion.

ON RELIGION: Dozing Presbyterians get a surprise ‘greeting’

posted: 07/22/2010 4:42 a.m.

Anyone who attends one of the national church assemblies that dot the calendar every summer knows that it is a highly ritualized affair.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Sister loves brother but wants to shun his cheating lover

posted: 07/22/2010 4:41 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My brother and his domestic partner of six years have rented a beach house for a week this summer and invited some family and friends along. I happily accepted because I love to spend time with my brother, and we live a plane ride apart.

Louisiana songwriter’s Foundling finds a home

posted: 07/22/2010 4:40 a.m.

One of the most electrifying moments at this year’s Stagecoach country music festival in Indio, Calif., had nothing to do with the high-wattage, big-budget stage productions for the event’s main attractions, Toby Keith, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn and Sugarland.

AQUATIC CENTER: Park Plans Take Shape

posted: 07/22/2010 4:40 a.m.

Design work on the proposed aquatic center is nearing completion and should be shovel ready by the time the 2011 bond election is held.

In Haiti, Voodoo pilgrims make trek

posted: 07/22/2010 4:38 a.m.

Pilgrims, partyers and profit-seekers flocked to a sacred Haitian waterfall Friday where Voodoo and Christian faithful prayed for a better life after six grueling months of post-earthquake trouble.

Main Street Rogers To Host Film

posted: 07/22/2010 4:36 a.m.

“Pearl,” a full-length feature film produced in Oklahoma, will be shown tonight in high definition at the Frisco Stage at First and Elm streets.

Police Arrest Two Men In Connection With Mischief

posted: 07/22/2010 4:34 a.m.

Two Garfield men were in the Benton County Jail on Wednesday in connection with a series of criminal acts over the weekend, sheriff’s officials said.

Will she or won’t she?

posted: 07/22/2010 4:34 a.m.

As weddings go, it’s hard to find a more high-profile event than the forthcoming marriage of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky. After all, she’s the daughter of two of the world’s best-known political figures — former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

OBITUARIES for Benton County

posted: 07/22/2010 4:31 a.m.

Obituaries for Benton County for July 22, 2010.

Small-church movement is growing

posted: 07/22/2010 4:30 a.m.

Megachurch, meet microchurch.

Morgan Stanley’s 2nd-quarter profit jumps

posted: 07/22/2010 4:29 a.m.

Morgan Stanley said Wednesday that its second-quarter net income rose to $1.58 billion, easily topping forecasts as its Smith Barney brokerage helped the bank recover from a loss a year ago.

SEC votes to revamp funds’ fees

posted: 07/22/2010 4:28 a.m.

The Securities and Exchange Commission voted Wednesday to revamp fees that most mutual funds charge to cover sales and distribution costs, and that have become a source of confusion for investors and industry insiders.

Program stopping too few foreclosures, Senate panel is told

posted: 07/22/2010 4:24 a.m.

Government watchdogs told a Senate panel Wednesday that the Obama administration’s effort to help homeowners avoid foreclosure isn’t working and that the Treasury Department has failed to fix the program.

No. 2 airline misses a profit

posted: 07/22/2010 4:22 a.m.

US Airways joined Delta and United in posting a big second-quarter profit. American Airlines missed the party.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 07/22/2010 4:22 a.m.

Raytheon picks site in Alabama for plant Tucson, Ariz.-based Raytheon Missile Systems has chosen Huntsville, Ala., as the future home of a new $75 million missile factory.

MARKET REPORT: Fed report sinks Dow 109 points

posted: 07/22/2010 4:20 a.m.

Stocks fell sharply Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke confirmed investors’ fears that the economy has weakened. Interest rates dropped in the Treasury market as investors sought safer places for their money.

Fed boss voices economic worry

posted: 07/22/2010 4:20 a.m.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress on Wednesday that the economic outlook remains “unusually uncertain,” and the central bank is ready to take new steps to keep the recovery alive if the economy worsens.

Business news in brief

posted: 07/22/2010 4:19 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “If the recovery seems to be faltering, we have to at least review our options.” Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman Article, 1D

Police examine death of boy, 2

posted: 07/22/2010 4:18 a.m.

Police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy whose body was found at an apartment Sunday morning.

Arts Center labels $8,506 in charges to credit card fishy

posted: 07/22/2010 4:13 a.m.

The former chief financial officer of the Arkansas Arts Center used his museum-issued credit card to make $8,506 in purchases — of items ranging from weed trimmers to carpeting to electronic music files — that the museum staff has tentatively identified as unauthorized personal expenditures, according to records released Wednesday.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 07/22/2010 4:11 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I gave my life to Jesus at a summer church camp two years ago, but why do I still have temptations? I thought those would go away when I accepted Jesus, but they haven’t. — P.D.

THE TV COLUMN: Show to decide who’s reigning - cats or dogs

posted: 07/22/2010 4:11 a.m.

Everyone knows that cats are better than dogs.

Ex-couple plead innocent in death of woman’s mom

posted: 07/22/2010 4:10 a.m.

A former husband and wife entered innocent pleas Wednesday in a 14-year-old murder case.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 07/22/2010 4:09 a.m.

Happy birthday. In the past, you haven’t always felt strong.This year you realize just how “together” you really are, and you finally give yourself well-deserved and overdue credit. August brings passion into your world. The recreational activities you choose in September will be a bonding agent for your family. October brings a windfall. Libra and Aries people adore you.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 07/22/2010 4:09 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Clothing with beads and embroidery can be hard to press. So, turn a garment inside out and fold a terry-cloth towel under it. That way, the beads and threads can sink into the towel and make for a smooth finish without puckering on the front. — Venetia, North Canton, Ohio

Check your knowledge

posted: 07/22/2010 4:08 a.m.

1. Who was the legendary father of Sir Galahad? 2. What TV series won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama in 1984-85 ? 3. The story of Benjamin is told in what book of the Old Testament? 4. On what continent is Afghanistan?

Petition out, suit planned on tally

posted: 07/22/2010 4:05 a.m.

The leader of the group that failed earlier this month to gain enough signatures for a ballot measure denying certain public benefits for illegal aliens said Wednesday that Arkansas hasn’t heard the last from Secure Arkansas.

Ex-depositors of failed bank to get refunds

posted: 07/22/2010 4:02 a.m.

Almost 650 former customers of ANB Financial of Rogers will receive checks — probably totaling $26 million, or about two-thirds of the $39 million they lost — from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in the next several days.

Official: Law to cover 90% of uninsured

posted: 07/22/2010 3:49 a.m.

Up to 90 percent of uninsured Arkansans will be eligible for health insurance under the new federal healthcare law, Arkansas’ surgeon general said Wednesday.

Iran: Returning nuclear scientist gives details on CIA

posted: 07/22/2010 3:43 a.m.

An Iranian nuclear scientist who returned home last week from the United States provided valuable information about the CIA, a semiofficial news agency reported Wednesday, adding that his tale would be made into a TV movie.

Killings of 2 U.S. trainers prompt NATO review

posted: 07/22/2010 3:38 a.m.

The killings of two U.S. trainers by an Afghan soldier was declared an isolated event Wednesday by NATO, which promised a review of training as it pushes to speedily expand Afghanistan’s army and police forces in the next few years.

Development of oil, gas in Artic halted

posted: 07/22/2010 3:37 a.m.

A federal judge Wednesday stopped companies from developing oil and gas wells on billions of dollars in leases off Alaska’s northwest coast, saying the federal government failed to follow environmental law before it sold the drilling rights.

COMMENTARY: Alabama To Retain Its Grip

posted: 07/22/2010 3:35 a.m.

Confronted with an overwhelming favorite, horseplayers will dig to the point of nitpicking for any hint of vulnerability.

Ezell Respectable In National Tourney

posted: 07/22/2010 3:33 a.m.

When Bryant Ezell stepped up to the approach, holding his bowling ball by his side, his heart rate began to increase.

LIKE IT IS: Egging on Mississippi State fans easy task

posted: 07/22/2010 3:33 a.m.

For those who didn’t attend school there, it is a difficult concept to comprehend.

Blagojevich chooses not to testify

posted: 07/22/2010 3:32 a.m.

Rod Blagojevich stood up in court Wednesday and told the judge the opposite of what he has been saying for months. He now says that he will not testify in his own defense to charges that include trying to sell an appointment to President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.

SUMMERTIME PROGRESS: Bulldogs Leave Patton Impressed

posted: 07/22/2010 3:31 a.m.

By most standards, Fayetteville football coach Daryl Patton takes 7-on-7 games more seriously than some of his other colleagues in the area.

Local Teams Enjoy Hoover Success

posted: 07/22/2010 3:28 a.m.

The National Select 7-on-7 Championships looks more like an Arkansas showcase than anything else when scanning over the event’s previous years.

Fired USDA worker gets apology, offer

posted: 07/22/2010 3:27 a.m.

The White House did a sudden about-face Wednesday and asked for forgiveness from the black Agriculture Department employee whose ouster ignited a political firestorm over race. She was offered a “unique” new position and said she was thinking it over.

Area lotteries

posted: 07/22/2010 3:24 a.m.

Numbers drawn Wednesday: Missouri Lotto 3-10-16-33-42-44 Estimated jackpot: $2.3 million Oklahoma Lotto 19-23-24-30-34 Hot ball: 3 Estimated jackpot: $3.44 million Powerball 16-22-30-51-58 Powerball: 25 Estimated jackpot: $37 million Power Play: 3

Britton’s Vision Deep

posted: 07/22/2010 3:24 a.m.

Rogers Heritage’s Jimmy Britton recently verbally committed to attend the United States Naval Academy next year.

Storm halts bid by BP to plug ruptured well

posted: 07/22/2010 3:22 a.m.

A storm brewing in the Caribbean brought the deep-sea effort to plug the ruptured oil well to a near standstill Wednesday just as BP was getting close to going in for the kill.

Locals Confident About Regional

posted: 07/22/2010 3:21 a.m.

Two local teams are confident heading into the summer-ending 2010 Senior Babe Ruth 16-year-old Southwest Regional Invitational after successful runs at the state tournament.

AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL: Miller Leads Dodgers

posted: 07/22/2010 3:18 a.m.

Gordon Miller acknowledges returning to American Legion baseball after his freshman year of college has made the game seem easier in some respects.

Case on 9 U.S. attorney firings closed

posted: 07/22/2010 3:14 a.m.

The U.S. Justice Department announced Wednesday that an investigation into the firings of nine U.S. attorneys — including one from Arkansas — has concluded “no criminal charges are warranted” against the Bush administrations officials involved.

Naturals Shut Out Travelers

posted: 07/22/2010 3:12 a.m.

Gil Meche made the most of his rehab start with Northwest Arkansas, allowing only two hits while pitching four scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over Arkansas on Wednesday night in Dickey-Stephens Ballpark in North Little Rock.

Small Baits, Lures Key To Summertime Fishing

posted: 07/22/2010 2:57 a.m.

When the action is slow, go small. That’s a given in fishing.

NWA FISHING REPORT

posted: 07/22/2010 2:56 a.m.

Beaver Lake: Find brush and fish deep. That’s the key to fishing in midsummer, said Aaron Jolliff at Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers.

THE CAT SIDE: No Use Crying Over Lost Sunglasses

posted: 07/22/2010 2:55 a.m.

There’s one thing I like about you humans.

Rollin’ ’Round The War Eagle

posted: 07/22/2010 2:54 a.m.

The hottest time of day turned out to be the coolest for a spin through the forest, biking the War Eagle Valley Loop at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area.

BRIEFLY

posted: 07/22/2010 2:50 a.m.

Morris, Little Top Cast Masters Tony Morris and Brian Little won the Cast Masters bass tournament held Saturday night at Beaver Lake. They had five bass that weighed 14.09 pounds.

Volunteers Sought For Secchi Day

posted: 07/22/2010 2:49 a.m.

The Beaver Water District is recruiting volunteers to measure the water clarity of Beaver Lake during the fifth annual Secchi Day set for 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 21.

Casualties Of War

posted: 07/22/2010 2:47 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.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Oil’s Scent Drives People, Rats Mad

posted: 07/22/2010 2:46 a.m.

Since oil started spewing out of the ruptured BP well in the Gulf, they have been researching the bad things that happen when a spill occurs. They dragged up everything they could find about the Exxon-Valdez spill in Alaska and all other spills in the last few decades.

COMMENTARY: Comedy Season For Polls

posted: 07/22/2010 2:45 a.m.

Arguing about polls is one of the more comical, pointless, unattractive and predictable exercises in politics.

HOW WE SEE IT: No Hidden Message Here

posted: 07/22/2010 2:43 a.m.

We would like to give the Fayetteville City Council our thanks for their display of both good sense and good manners on the issue of allowing acknowledgment of private donations to the city’s park system.

Wednesday, July 21

NCAA to conduct inquiry on Georgia campus

posted: 07/21/2010 6:31 p.m.

Georgia associate athletic director Claude Felton says the NCAA has requested permission to conduct an inquiry on campus.

FDIC bails out depositors at failed Rogers bank

posted: 07/21/2010 5:34 p.m.

Almost 650 former customers of ANB Financial at Rogers will receive checks from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in the next several days because of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Surgeon General: Arkansas needs more doctors

posted: 07/21/2010 2:20 p.m.

Arkansas' surgeon general said he's worried that the state won't have enough medical providers to care for the thousands of newly insured covered under the federal health care overhaul.

2 Arkansas properties added to list of historic places

posted: 07/21/2010 2:01 p.m.

Arkansas preservation officials said two Arkansas properties are being added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Game times, networks for Hogs' first 3 games set

posted: 07/21/2010 1:51 p.m.

Game times were set Wednesday for Arkansas' first three games of the upcoming football season.

Fort Smith Trucking Firm Announces Q2 Losses

posted: 07/21/2010 12:44 p.m.

Arkansas Best Corporation of Fort Smith announced a second quarter 2010 net loss of $7.4 million, or $0.30 per share, compared to a net loss of $15.4 million, or $0.62 per share, in the second quarter of 2009.

Evangelist claims trial unfair in sex convictions

posted: 07/21/2010 10:47 a.m.

Evangelist Tony Alamo has told a federal appeals court that he should get a new trial because having sex with the minors he brought across state lines wasn't the primary purpose for transporting the girls.

Camp Invention Promotes Education

posted: 07/21/2010 5:52 a.m.

Eewwww! Yuck! Those were the gleeful cries from 6- and 7-year-olds as they took turns pouring vinegar, Kool-Aid, soap, dirt and other products into a bucket of water to demonstrate how a lake becomes polluted and unfit for swimming, fishing or drinking.

Kagan nomination heads to full Senate

posted: 07/21/2010 5:50 a.m.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Tuesday to approve Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court, clearing a key hurdle on her path to winning confirmation as just the fourth woman to ever serve on the high court.

Admiral: Oil leaks few, not a worry

posted: 07/21/2010 5:49 a.m.

The federal government’s oilspill chief said Tuesday that seepage two miles from BP’s oil cap is coming from another well, tamping down fears that leaks mean the ruptured well is unstable.

Fayetteville Council OKs Park Signs

posted: 07/21/2010 5:48 a.m.

Businesses achieved a minor victory Tuesday night in Fayetteville when the City Council approved a measure to allow signs and logos in its city parks in exchange for financial contributions.

Found a tire in Mann’s shower, investigator says

posted: 07/21/2010 5:48 a.m.

During a search of Dr. Randeep Mann’s home a month after a grenade-rigged tire exploded in West Memphis, an Arkansas State Police investigator saw a spare tire sitting in a shower stall of the master bedroom, he testified Tuesday.

Man Accused Of Sexual Assault

posted: 07/21/2010 5:47 a.m.

A local man was arrested Monday after a homeless woman accused him of sexually assaulting her inside her tent, according to a police report.

Getting it straight

posted: 07/21/2010 5:45 a.m.

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

U.K. to review Lockerbie bomber release

posted: 07/21/2010 5:44 a.m.

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday said his government will review the release of the Lockerbie bomber from a Scottish prison while turning aside calls in the U.S. for an fresh investigation of the case.

COURT BRIEFS: Washington County

posted: 07/21/2010 5:42 a.m.

Court briefs for Washington County for July 21, 2010.

China works to contain oil slick to own waters

posted: 07/21/2010 5:39 a.m.

China rushed to keep an oil spill from reaching international waters Tuesday, while an environmental group tried to assess if the country’s largest reported spill was worse than has been disclosed.

No Appeal Filed By Jailer

posted: 07/21/2010 5:39 a.m.

A Washington County jailer who posed nude for Playboy.com won’t appeal Sheriff Tim Helder’s decision to fire her.

Benton County Officials Unveil New Emergency Warning System

posted: 07/21/2010 5:39 a.m.

Benton County will make more than 2 million phone calls in the next year if a recent stretch of months is a reliable guide.

In the news

posted: 07/21/2010 5:38 a.m.

Erich Leitenberger, a spokesman for Vienna’s archdiocese, said church officials stopped the bidding on a confessional that was advertised on eBay as ideal for conversion into a oneperson sauna, a small bar or a children’s playhouse, saying that auctioning “objects that were used for dispensing the sacraments is not acceptable.”

Names and faces

posted: 07/21/2010 5:38 a.m.

Lindsay Lohan reported Tuesday for a 90-day sentence that the troubled actress likely will serve in isolation and that may be significantly shortened. The 24-yearold Lohan showed up at a Beverly Hills, Calif., courtroom about 10 minutes late.

Clifford To Run For NWACC Board Seat

posted: 07/21/2010 5:37 a.m.

Richard “Ric” Clifford of Rogers will run unopposed for Position 6 on the NorthWest Arkansas Community College Board.

The nation in brief

posted: 07/21/2010 5:37 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I think there’s a good reason for a conservative to vote yes.” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the only Judiciary Committee Republican to support Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court Article, 1A

Northwest Arkansas Deaths

posted: 07/21/2010 5:37 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes. For more information including cost and deadlines contact the advertising department at (501) 378-3889.

The world in brief

posted: 07/21/2010 5:36 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Too many nations — especially Afghanistan — have suffered too many losses to see this country slide backward.” Hillary Rodham Clinton, the secretary of state Article, this page

Car stolen? Chances of catching thief slim

posted: 07/21/2010 5:35 a.m.

When Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola’s sport utility vehicle was stolen from outside a downtown restaurant June 4, the tan 2003 Ford Explorer blended into traffic and has not been seen since.

LR suspect leaps to death

posted: 07/21/2010 5:34 a.m.

A bank-robbery suspect led police on a chase through two cities Tuesday afternoon before jumping to his death in the Arkansas River — leaving a bag of money behind — from the Main Street Bridge between Little Rock and North Little Rock.

OBITUARIES: Washington County

posted: 07/21/2010 5:32 a.m.

Obituaries for Washington County for July 21, 2010.

One Files For Board Position

posted: 07/21/2010 5:32 a.m.

The following person filed for a position on a local school board Tuesday:

Jonesboro officials, schools seek tax raises

posted: 07/21/2010 5:31 a.m.

Jonesboro officials and two school districts with patrons in the city are all seeking tax increases within six weeks of each other in August and September.

Lowell Council Votes Down Pay Increase

posted: 07/21/2010 5:30 a.m.

Taxpayers in Lowell will soon get city government for less money.

Children Design City Playground

posted: 07/21/2010 5:28 a.m.

Several Rogers children got the opportunity Tuesday to create the playground of their dreams that will be built on city property near the public library.

Sheriff’s Office Investigating Crime Spree

posted: 07/21/2010 5:24 a.m.

Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office are investigating several crimes that occurred Monday in the Pea Ridge area to see if the incidents are connected.

$50,000 RENOVATION: Pavilion Gets New Life

posted: 07/21/2010 5:24 a.m.

Santa may have a new home in downtown Springdale this Christmas.

Springdale Man Jailed After Police Chase

posted: 07/21/2010 5:23 a.m.

A Springdale man was behind bars Tuesday after leading Benton County law enforcement officers on a chase Monday evening, authorities said.

Farm Bureau rethinks a policy

posted: 07/21/2010 5:21 a.m.

Arkansas Farm Bureau’s animalcare committee has suggested a policy statement change to clarify the bureau’s willingness to work within groups or boards considering animal-care standards, officials said Tuesday.

Tyson Ready To Ship To Russia

posted: 07/21/2010 5:20 a.m.

Tyson Foods confirmed Tuesday the company is ready to resume chicken exports to Russia following that country's universal ban of chlorine-treated poultry imports.

School Board Approves Class Rank Changes

posted: 07/21/2010 5:18 a.m.

Members of high school swim teams will be able to get credit and grades for swim practice, but the practices won’t count toward their class rank.

Memorial To Be Unveiled

posted: 07/21/2010 5:18 a.m.

The USS Snook Base of the United States Submarine Veterans will unveil a memorial monument dedicated to submariners lost in service. The ceremony will be at 10 a.m. today at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville.

RECORDS

posted: 07/21/2010 5:15 a.m.

Records for Northwest Arkansas for July 21, 2010.

OBITUARIES for Benton County

posted: 07/21/2010 5:15 a.m.

Obituaries for Benton County for July 21, 2010.

Other days

posted: 07/21/2010 5:09 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 21, 1910 That the whole country shall know that Arkansas is to have an extensive exhibit at the United States Land and Irrigation exposition in Chicago this year long before the show opens is the intention of Hubert P. Cross, secretary of the exposition, who spent yesterday in Little Rock.

Department of Educanto

posted: 07/21/2010 5:07 a.m.

The last specimen of educanto adopted by Little Rock’s ever gullible school board was a $200,700 horse-choker of a study titled A Strategic Plan for the Little Rock School District, and the most impressive thing about it was the amount of money paid the consultants who put it together.

A boor culled

posted: 07/21/2010 5:07 a.m.

“. . . . [O]ne hater doesn’t make a party—any more than the hateful things we heard said about the last president proves Democrats are congenitally vicious.” —Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in an editorial in Monday’s paper IT WASN’T very surprising that the NAACP would accuse the Tea Party of racism.

Iraq’s history-up to a point

posted: 07/21/2010 5:05 a.m.

Iraq is overhauling its school curriculum with one goal being to make the teaching of history “an instrument to unify the Iraqi people,” according to the Ministry of Education official doing the overhaul.

Wills could but won’t

posted: 07/21/2010 5:04 a.m.

Readers keep asking about House Speaker Robbie Wills. The short answer: Fuggedaboudit.

LETTERS

posted: 07/21/2010 5:04 a.m.

Initial inclination was best You should have followed your first inclination and avoided prejudging the Weiner School District issue altogether instead of spewing misinformation in your editorial, “Agro-whatism ?”

Conque apologizes for actions

posted: 07/21/2010 5:02 a.m.

Central Arkansas football Coach Clint Conque said Tuesday that he had “an inappropriate relationship in the past” and apologized in a public statement to his family and UCA.

SEC Media Days: Who’s who in Hoover

posted: 07/21/2010 5 a.m.

What might the mighty SEC, hoister of the past four crystal footballs, have in store for the insatiable college football public in 2010?

Nats back to normal, blank Travs

posted: 07/21/2010 4:58 a.m.

For the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, Tuesday night was all about getting back to normal.

Mallett a hit with SEC coaches

posted: 07/21/2010 4:57 a.m.

Junior Ryan Mallett became the first Arkansas quarterback to be named to the first-team offense on a preseason coaches All-SEC team. The team was released Tuesday.

Armstrong pushes ahead, finishes 6th

posted: 07/21/2010 4:57 a.m.

In his final days of his final Tour de France, Lance Armstrong showed some of the old fire.

LIKE IT IS: Saban, Tide are the stars of SEC’s lovefest

posted: 07/21/2010 4:56 a.m.

The next three days will be a football lovefest in Hoover, Ala.

HOG CALLS: Herzog fun to play for, Pagnozzi says

posted: 07/21/2010 4:55 a.m.

Tom Pagnozzi likely won’t ever be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Apple says net income jumps 78%

posted: 07/21/2010 4:54 a.m.

Apple Inc. beat expectations when reporting results Tuesday for its latest quarter, selling almost as many of its new iPad tablets as it sold Mac computers.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Carpenter works over Phillies; Cards win again

posted: 07/21/2010 4:52 a.m.

Without his best stuff, Chris Carpenter was good enough to make the National League All-Star team. Since the break, he’s been virtually untouchable.

SUN BELT CONFERENCE MEDIA DAYS: ASU picks up pace with Spread

posted: 07/21/2010 4:51 a.m.

It won’t take long to find out if Arkansas State’s change in offensive philosophy will be effective. An effective football season depends on it.

Repeats predicted to meet in SWAC

posted: 07/21/2010 4:51 a.m.

Prairie View A&M and Alabama A&M are projected to meet in a rematch of last year’s Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship Game.

In court, Facebook attorney questions signing of contract

posted: 07/21/2010 4:49 a.m.

An attorney for Facebook Inc. said she was “unsure” whether company founder Mark Zuckerberg signed a contract that purportedly entitles a New York man to 84 percent of the world’s biggest socialnetworking service.

ESPN: Alabama looks into possible violation

posted: 07/21/2010 4:48 a.m.

Alabama Coach Nick Saban told ESPN.com that university compliance officials are trying to determine if defensive end Marcell Dareus violated NCAA rules by attending an agent’s party in Florida.

Blanks appear on Razorbacks’ roster

posted: 07/21/2010 4:47 a.m.

Arkansas’ fall roster was released Tuesday with the arrival of its football media guides, and there were notable departures from the 2009 roster. Junior quarterback Nick Petrino, Coach Bobby Petrino’s son, is not on the roster.

Second thoughts

posted: 07/21/2010 4:46 a.m.

Survey says public loves Tiger, Kobe Tiger Woods isn’t having as much success on the golf course since returning to the sport following a sex scandal, but his problems apparently aren’t affecting his popularity much.

Off the wire

posted: 07/21/2010 4:45 a.m.

ATHLETICS Garrett out, Haden in at USC Embattled Southern California Athletic Director Mike Garrett will be replaced by Pat Haden next month, and the school will return its copy of Reggie Bush’s Heisman Trophy in its ongoing effort to repair its reputation after last month’s severe NCAA sanctions.

China passes U.S. as world’s biggest energy consumer

posted: 07/21/2010 4:42 a.m.

China overtook the U.S. last year as the world’s biggest energy user, according to the International Energy Agency.

Jobless aid clears GOP filibuster

posted: 07/21/2010 4:41 a.m.

The U.S. Senate broke a Republican filibuster Tuesday and moved toward a final vote on legislation restoring unemployment benefits to 2.5 million Americans.

Home construction plunges

posted: 07/21/2010 4:40 a.m.

Home construction fell last month to the lowest level since October as the economy remained weak and demand for housing weakened.

Arkansas jobless rate falls to 7.5% in June

posted: 07/21/2010 4:39 a.m.

Arkansas’ unemployment rate fell to 7.5 percent in June from 7.7 percent in May, the lowest rate since October, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday.

Gerber expected to add 50 jobs

posted: 07/21/2010 4:38 a.m.

The expansion of Nestle Nutrition’s Gerber babyfood plant in Fort Smith is expected to create about 50 full-time jobs, as well as employ local contractors during construction, Nestle said in a news release Tuesday.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 07/21/2010 4:29 a.m.

State insurance set for Aug. 1 launch date Starting Aug. 1, Arkansans will be able to apply for the state’s version of high-risk insurance pools as part of the national health-care overhaul.

Business news in brief

posted: 07/21/2010 4:28 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The housing market remains the Achilles heel of the recovery.” M. Cary Leahey, a senior economist at Decision Economics Article, 1D

MARKET REPORT: Investors vexed; stocks end up

posted: 07/21/2010 4:28 a.m.

Investors are trying to get a read on the economy using earnings reports. They’re finding it’s not so easy.

Goldman income slides 83%, revenue from trade tumbles

posted: 07/21/2010 4:26 a.m.

Goldman Sachs saw an 83 percent drop in second-quarter net income but still got a vote of confidence from investors.

State sports briefs

posted: 07/21/2010 4:21 a.m.

Pulaski Academy’s Blake Wiggins will be the starting third baseman for the 14-under national team that will represent the United States in the Pan Am “A” Championships, starting Sunday in Managua, Nicaragua.

What goes around ...

posted: 07/21/2010 4:17 a.m.

The North Pulaski Board of Realtors needed a service project for 2010. And the new president for the year, Bruce Martin, needed an idea for that project. That idea came last fall when he attended a program at Friendly Chapel Church of the Nazarene in North Little Rock.

HEART & SOUL: There's a ring of truth to this commitment

posted: 07/21/2010 4:15 a.m.

Not long after my 2005 divorce, a neighbor came up to me in my front yard and asked, with no preliminaries, “Why’d you get divorced, Jen? Did you just get bored?” I was stunned. It seemed incredible that there were still people who had no clue how painful and devastating divorce could be.

BIB TALES: Burrito’s food is so good your spirits will fly

posted: 07/21/2010 4:15 a.m.

The Flying Burrito Company has a simple menu — simply perfect, some would say.

Diabetic campers get boost from adult who’s been there

posted: 07/21/2010 4:15 a.m.

Canadian country singer George Canyon might be familiar to American audiences as a finalist on the USA cable series, Nashville Star. But the 54 boys and girls at Camp Aldersgate’s diabetes camp in Little Rock know the big guy differently — as one of them, a Type 1 diabetic.

Creature feature

posted: 07/21/2010 4:11 a.m.

I have a 2-year-old poodle mix and I’m crazy about her. Her name is Bella. I’m worried about her being an only dog and think maybe I should get a second one. But I’m kind of on the fence. Any advice? How many dogs you can handle is a decision only you can make, but there are some tangible issues to ponder.

Piniella says 2010 last year

posted: 07/21/2010 4:10 a.m.

Chicago Cubs Manager Lou Piniella announced Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the season, ending a storied and often colorful career that included 18 years in the majors as a player and another 22 as a manager.

FORCES OF NURTURE: Mouth of babe wounds ‘grouch’

posted: 07/21/2010 4:10 a.m.

Who’s the “grouch” in your house?

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 07/21/2010 4:09 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: What makes us any different from other animals, except for our superior mental abilities? As far as I can tell, we’re just another type of animal, and once we die that’s the end. I assume you don’t agree, but why? — Z.L.

Debt plan in works for Gould

posted: 07/21/2010 4:07 a.m.

The acting mayor of Gould, the Lincoln County community that recently exited Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, is working on a new contingency plan to settle $900,000 in debt.

I-40 stretch focus of public hearings

posted: 07/21/2010 4:05 a.m.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has scheduled three hearings next month to solicit feedback on what improvements are needed on Interstate 40 from North Little Rock to Conway.

Finish this job

posted: 07/21/2010 4:03 a.m.

GARY WIERMAN can’t, or perhaps just doesn’t care to, explain why the final touches on his remodeling job for Benton County’s assessor and tax collector remain unfinished—after more than six months.

Family shopper

posted: 07/21/2010 4:01 a.m.

OOTS! BBIB What is it: This granny-designed baby bbib (buh-bib ) has sleeves. It covers more tummy and arm territory than most bibs and may actually keep baby’s clothes clean, even when spaghetti and red sauce are on the menu.

Man pleads guilty in bestiality case

posted: 07/21/2010 4:01 a.m.

A Searcy man was sentenced to one year of probation Monday after pleading guilty to misdemeanor counts of bestiality and harassment.

PARENTING: Child’s distress isn’t always separation anxiety

posted: 07/21/2010 4 a.m.

Q: I’m a stay-at-home mother who attends a moms’ group that meets every two weeks. Every time I leave my 2 1 /2-year-old in the play group, which is supervised by two older women, he cries.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 07/21/2010 3:59 a.m.

Happy birthday. You are conscious of the many treasures in your life, and your gratitude leads to happiness. A special relationship develops through the next seven weeks. Family events are sometimes raucous fun; other times, tender moments.

Cool refresh-mints

posted: 07/21/2010 3:55 a.m.

It grows like a weed and can spread like a wildfire, but as any mint-lover and gardener knows, the aromatic herb is as perky and flavorful as it is prolific.

FORT SMITH: Officials heal budget, shift wellness fund

posted: 07/21/2010 3:55 a.m.

City directors confirmed Tuesday they will use the city’s overfunded health insurance program to bail out the underfunded general fund budget.

FRANKLIN COUNTY: Area can’t stop halfway house

posted: 07/21/2010 3:50 a.m.

There is little that rural Franklin County residents can do to stop a proposed halfway house for female parolees if the facility meets all Department of Community Correction requirements, department officials said.

Review: Card use personal by ex-exec

posted: 07/21/2010 3:44 a.m.

An internal review of finances at the Arkansas Arts Center found that its former chief financial officer used his museum-issued credit card for personal expenses, and the arts center has submitted the findings to the Little Rock Police Department, a member of the museum’s board of trustees said Tuesday.

READING NOOK

posted: 07/21/2010 3:42 a.m.

Looking for more uses for that box of Corn Flakes in your pantry? The Branded Cookbook: 85 Recipes for the World’s Favorite Food Brands by Nick Sandler and Johnny Acton ($24.95, Kyle Books) puts them to work in a recipe for fish sticks.

IDEA ALLEY: Several readers offer cheap frosting recipe

posted: 07/21/2010 3:41 a.m.

Recipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

GADGETS & GIZMOS

posted: 07/21/2010 3:41 a.m.

Fun and functional, the Kuhn Rikon Watermelon Knife has an 11-inch blade with a serrated edge, to easily slice through any type or size melon. The Japanese carbon steel blade features a nonstick coating, and seed-shaped cut-outs help prevent sticking.

UNCORKED: Some white wines go blah with age

posted: 07/21/2010 3:40 a.m.

A few weeks ago I ran into a store and quickly grabbed a bottle of white wine. I was hot, it was chilled and dinner was desperately simple so not much thought went into my purchase.

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Restaurant-good dip can be eaten at home

posted: 07/21/2010 3:39 a.m.

A friend recently introduced me to cheese dip from a company out of Memphis named El Terrifico Tamale Co. Qualitywise it’s on par with the dip served at most of the Mexican restaurants my family frequents, and it’s convenient because you don’t have to make a special trip to a restaurant just for dip when you have a craving.

Spain votes against Islamic-veil ban

posted: 07/21/2010 3:39 a.m.

Spain’s parliament on Tuesday rejected a proposal to ban women from wearing in public places Islamic veils that reveal only the eyes.

Slim pickings

posted: 07/21/2010 3:39 a.m.

WHAT: Lean Cuisine Market Creations STATS: Vary by flavor, containing 250 to 300 calories and 2 to 8 fat grams per entree.

Check your knowledge

posted: 07/21/2010 3:38 a.m.

1. Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola were both invented by men in what line of work? 2. Who was called “The Songbird of the South” ? 3. Name the San Francisco nightclub owner who was played on television by Howard Duff, in the early 1960s. 4. Who performed marriages in the Li’l Abner comic strip?

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 07/21/2010 3:36 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I was making potato soup and discovered I was out of milk. I looked around the kitchen for something to replace the milk and saw the powdered coffee creamer.

EX-ETIQUETTE

posted: 07/21/2010 3:34 a.m.

This week we’re taking a diversion from the column’s normal question and answer format to address a broader issue.

Six Turkish soldiers killed in rebel raid

posted: 07/21/2010 3:33 a.m.

Kurdish rebels killed six Turkish soldiers and wounded nine in an overnight raid Tuesday on a military outpost along the border with Iraq. Another soldier died in a separate attack.

Taekwondo Students Rise To Challenge

posted: 07/21/2010 3:31 a.m.

It began a year ago when Knight Stagg approached Elvis Price and expressed his hope of someday qualifying for the Junior Olympics.

Panel told case for Iraq war weak

posted: 07/21/2010 3:30 a.m.

The war in Iraq led to a loss of focus on the threat from al-Qaida, emboldened the group’s leader Osama bin Laden, and helped to breed a generation of homegrown terrorists, Britain’s former domestic spy chief said at an inquiry Tuesday.

DIAMOND DOMINANCE: Naturals Shut Down Travs

posted: 07/21/2010 3:29 a.m.

Alex Caldera shut Arkansas out over seven innings as Northwest Arkansas rolled to a 5-0 win over the Travelers on Tuesday night in Dickey-Stephens Ballpark in North Little Rock.

Storms, floods strike Midwest

posted: 07/21/2010 3:27 a.m.

Strong thunderstorms brought heavy rain and flash flooding to parts of Missouri, Illinois and Iowa on Tuesday, shutting down at least three major highways and forcing evacuations and water rescues.

Gibbons Stunned At Hall Of Fame Honor

posted: 07/21/2010 3:26 a.m.

Mike Gibbons admitted his initial reaction to being included in the 2010 Springdale School District Hall of Fame class was one of shock.

Nations renew pledge to help Afghanistan

posted: 07/21/2010 3:23 a.m.

The international community renewed its commitment to Afghanistan on Tuesday, in exchange for a pledge by President Hamid Karzai to implement promised legal, electoral and economic changes within specific timelines.

Rodeo Youths Bound For Little Britches Finals

posted: 07/21/2010 3:19 a.m.

Benton County will be well represented in the upcoming National Little Britches Finals Rodeo in Pueblo, Colo.

SUMMER SPLASH: Swimmers Eye Sectional

posted: 07/21/2010 3:15 a.m.

A dozen local high school swimmers will get a taste of collegiate competition this week in Columbia, Mo.

MILITARY BRIEFS

posted: 07/21/2010 2:49 a.m.

Pvt. Matthew Phillips of Rogers recently enlisted into the Arkansas Army National Guard under the Active First option. He will attend basic training followed by advanced individual training. Phillips will serve on active duty for three years. After active duty, he can return to Arkansas and continue his military service in the Army National Guard while receiving additional education benefits. He is the son of Todd and Carla Phillips and the husband of Hollie Phillips. Private First Class Brandon Alford of Fayetteville recently enlisted into the Arkansas Army National Guard as an officer candidate and has earned education benefits valued at $64,612. He will attend basic training followed by officer candidate school. After successfully completing officer candidate school, Alford will be commissioned as a second lieutenant.

THE ROCKWOOD FILES: What’s In A Name?

posted: 07/21/2010 2:48 a.m.

Maybe it’s because I was once a geeky English major, but I get irked when words don’t do a good job of telling it like it is.

Kneading A Homemade Pasta Fix

posted: 07/21/2010 2:46 a.m.

Preparing pasta for the annual Tontitown Grape Festival requires a pinch of hard work, a dash of appreciation for tradition and a full measure of aptitude for plugging into a process that’s been honed over decades.

Against The Wind

posted: 07/21/2010 2:44 a.m.

I had the opportunity to take my third kayaking vacation to the Greek island of Milos in late April and early May this year.

OUT & ABOUT

posted: 07/21/2010 2:42 a.m.

The Nash Back At Ya Car Show is scheduled for Saturday at 2205 W. Walnut St. in Rogers. Entry fee is $20.

Casualties Of War

posted: 07/21/2010 2:38 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.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: NASA’s Work Pays Dividends

posted: 07/21/2010 2:37 a.m.

Our fabulous rewards from scientific efforts are given awfully short notice or applause these days in the world of news.

Mega Millions

posted: 07/21/2010 2:37 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 12-18-28-36-43 Mega Ball: 19 Estimated jackpot: $12 million Megaplier: 3

BETWEEN THE LINES: Senate Race Not Over Yet

posted: 07/21/2010 2:35 a.m.

Yet another poll is out this week suggesting the U.S. Senate race in Arkansas is all but over.

HOW WE SEE IT: When Road Is Flooded, Turn Around

posted: 07/21/2010 2:33 a.m.

The 911 call that Whitley Anschutz made last week while stuck in her vehicle should be required listening for all driver’s education students.

Tuesday, July 20

UCA's Conque admits 'inappropriate relationship'

posted: 07/20/2010 6:32 p.m.

Central Arkansas football coach Clint Conque has admitted having an "inappropriate relationship," and has apologized to his family and asked for privacy.

Scientist: No DNA links Arkansas doctor to grenades

posted: 07/20/2010 6:02 p.m.

A forensic scientist told jurors Tuesday that no DNA links Dr. Randeep Mann to 98 grenades found buried in an ammo can near the doctor's Pope County home. But prosecutors remain confident that the unregistered grenades belonged to the doctor, who's charged in the bombing that hurt the chairman of the state medical board.

Boozman campaign offering more than 'Beat Blanche'

posted: 07/20/2010 4:55 p.m.

Republican Senate nominee John Boozman said he's standing for more than "Beat Blanche" in his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas.

Is experimental well cap making disaster worse?

posted: 07/20/2010 1:58 p.m.

Scientists huddled Tuesday to analyze data from the ocean floor as they weigh whether a leaking well cap is a sign BP's broken oil well is buckling.

Agency plans sewer system test near Buffalo River

posted: 07/20/2010 1:48 p.m.

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is to perform a test to determine whether any leaks from the Marble Falls sewage system are contaminating the Buffalo National River.

Arkansas unemployment rate falls to 7.5 percent

posted: 07/20/2010 11:17 a.m.

The Arkansas unemployment rate for June has fallen two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.5 percent.

Nestle expanding Ft. Smith Gerber plant

posted: 07/20/2010 9:57 a.m.

Nestle Nutrition will expand and reconfigure its Gerber plant in Fort Smith, adding up to 50 workers and numerous construction jobs for the project.

PETITION FILED: Bisbee Seeks Counsel Fees

posted: 07/20/2010 5:57 a.m.

County Judge Dave Bisbee wants the county to pay more than $73,000 in attorney fees for him.

PROPOSED CHANGES: Park Signs Still Disputed

posted: 07/20/2010 5:57 a.m.

At least one Fayetteville City Council member is still leery about a proposed change to Fayetteville’s park ordinances that would allow signage in public parks to recognize a financial contribution.

Faith Cowboy Challenge Set This Weekend

posted: 07/20/2010 5:51 a.m.

The Race of Faith Cowboy Challenge will be held Saturday and Sunday in Pea Ridge.

Panel To Study Cost Of County Animal Shelter

posted: 07/20/2010 5:51 a.m.

The excitement could hardly be contained when Justice of the Peace Candy Clark told the Animal Concerns Advisory Board on Monday the time had come to again look at a county-operated animal shelter.

Lincoln School District To Supply Computers Or iPods To Students

posted: 07/20/2010 5:49 a.m.

Lincoln Consolidated School District will be issuing Apple computers or iPods to all the district's students this coming fall.

County Employees May Face Office Shuffle

posted: 07/20/2010 5:48 a.m.

Benton County employees shouldn’t get too attached to their current workspace as they may find themselves caught up in an office shuffle.

Springdale Man Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison

posted: 07/20/2010 5:46 a.m.

A Springdale man was sentenced to 15 years in prison after admitting to manufacturing methamphetamine that led to a fire at a duplex.

DOOR-TO-DOOR SALES: Ordinance Evolving

posted: 07/20/2010 5:45 a.m.

The Prairie Grove City Council stopped just short of adopting a new door-to-door solicitation ordinance Monday night, after Police Chief Carl Dorman wondered how his officers would know which groups had complied with the law.

NWACC Gets Grant For Technology Upgrade

posted: 07/20/2010 5:43 a.m.

NorthWest Arkansas Community College received an in-kind grant from the CampusEAI Consortium for more than $1 million worth of products and services over the next five years to develop and support a technology platform upgrade.

Gun permits expedite entry to Texas Capitol

posted: 07/20/2010 5:41 a.m.

Everyone from lobbyists to lawyers to journalists is rushing to get permits to carry guns inside the Texas Capitol.

Elk Road Work To Start

posted: 07/20/2010 5:41 a.m.

The Benton County Road Department will spray oil on Elk Road today and lay asphalt on Wednesday and Thursday.

Grenade manual in doctor’s home, jury told

posted: 07/20/2010 5:40 a.m.

A month after an exploding grenade severely injured the chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board, officers found operating instructions for the same type of grenade in the London home of Dr. Randeep Mann, a Pope County sheriff’s investigator testified Monday.

Compton Hopeful About Budget

posted: 07/20/2010 5:39 a.m.

For the first time in four years, Bentonville Public Schools are closing their financial year with an increased fund balance instead of a decreased one.

BP cap leaking a little oil, gas

posted: 07/20/2010 5:38 a.m.

Oil is leaking from the cap on BP’s ruptured oil well, but federal officials intend to leave it in place for now.

School Board Candidates File In Washington County

posted: 07/20/2010 5:37 a.m.

Three more candidates filed to run for Washington County school board seats in the Sept. 21 school elections.

Gentry Man Acquitted Of Sexual Assault

posted: 07/20/2010 5:37 a.m.

A Gentry man was acquitted Monday of sexually assaulting a woman because he has a mental disease.

School Denies Expulsion Wrong

posted: 07/20/2010 5:35 a.m.

Bentonville School District officials have denied wrongdoing in a federal lawsuit in which a couple claims the district violated their son’s constitutional rights by expelling him after he was accused of truancy and smoking marijuana.

Pakistani mood less hard, says Clinton

posted: 07/20/2010 5:35 a.m.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that she detected a subtle but favorable shift in public opinion in key ally Pakistan as she pressed Afghan leaders on policy and security improvements.

Rogers-Lowell Chamber Receives Five-Star U.S. Accreditation

posted: 07/20/2010 5:34 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas is an example for the state, and the state is an example for the country in finding a way out of economic malaise, Gov. Mike Beebe said Monday.

Getting it straight

posted: 07/20/2010 5:34 a.m.

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

Northwest Arkansas Deaths

posted: 07/20/2010 5:33 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes. For more information including cost and deadlines contact the advertising department at (501) 378-3889.

Motorcycle Crash Claims Life

posted: 07/20/2010 5:32 a.m.

A 20-year-old Sulphur Springs man died in a motorcycle crash Saturday in northwestern Benton County.

Guard heading to border Aug. 1

posted: 07/20/2010 5:31 a.m.

National Guard troops will head to the U.S.-Mexico border Aug. 1 for a year-long deployment to keep a lookout for illegal border crossers and smugglers and help in criminal investigations, federal officials said Monday.

Syria bans veils from universities

posted: 07/20/2010 5:31 a.m.

Syria has forbidden the country’s students and teachers from wearing the niqab — the full Islamic veil that reveals only a woman’s eyes — taking aim at a garment many see as political.

Solomon Announces Candidacy For Mayor, Cites Experience

posted: 07/20/2010 5:30 a.m.

Michael Solomon announced his candidacy for Lowell mayor Monday evening, saying he has the “experience, knowledge and passion to lead the city.”

Anti-rocket system near ready, Israel says

posted: 07/20/2010 5:30 a.m.

A system that can shoot down incoming rockets has passed its last tests and will be ready for deployment in a few months, Israel’s Defense Ministry said Monday. If effective, it could have far-reaching strategic implications for Israel’s battle against militant groups on its borders.

OBITUARIES: Washington County

posted: 07/20/2010 5:30 a.m.

Obituaries for Washington County for July 20, 2010.

Rig hands’ lawyers cry foul at hearing

posted: 07/20/2010 5:28 a.m.

A Coast Guard official leading a government probe of the deadly Deepwater Horizon rig explosion was accused Monday by company and rig worker attorneys of trying to intimidate a witness and violating the rights of two others who have testified about the blast.

In the news

posted: 07/20/2010 5:27 a.m.

Conrad Black, one of four former Hollinger International executives convicted of swindling the media company’s shareholders out of $6.1 million, has been granted bail by a federal appeals court in Chicago, weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court weakened the law that was central to Black’s 2007 fraud conviction and kicked his case back to a lower court.

Names and faces

posted: 07/20/2010 5:26 a.m.

Filipino teenage singer Charice Pempengco said she prepared for her debut on the hit TV show Glee by getting Botox and an anti-aging procedure “to look fresh on camera.”

The nation in brief

posted: 07/20/2010 5:26 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Everybody is doing it or is planning to do it.” Texas lobbyist Bill Miller on a rule at the Texas Capitol that allows those with concealed gun permits to bypass long security lines Article, 1A

Water Utility Finances Remain Strong

posted: 07/20/2010 5:26 a.m.

Water consumption increased in June compared with June 2009, and the water utility would have had a $50,000 profit if not for a $400,000 lawsuit liability.

The world in brief

posted: 07/20/2010 5:25 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Keep in mind that every dollar we waste today puts a life at risk.” Former President Bill Clinton urging countries to spend money meant to fight AIDS carefully Article, this page

RECORDS

posted: 07/20/2010 5:23 a.m.

Records for Northwest Arkansas for July 20, 2010.

Groups seek order to halt plant work

posted: 07/20/2010 5:23 a.m.

Environmental groups on Monday said they have requested a court-ordered temporary restraining order to stop construction of Southwestern Electric Power Co.’s $2.1 billion, 600-megawatt coal-fired power plant being built in Hempstead County.

OBITUARIES for Benton County

posted: 07/20/2010 5:22 a.m.

Obituaries for Benton County for July 20, 2010.

State accredited in handling crises

posted: 07/20/2010 5:05 a.m.

Arkansas’ emergency management program is now nationally accredited.

Other days

posted: 07/20/2010 4:59 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 20, 1910 J.C. Millspaugh, assistant general passenger agent of the Pennsylvania lines, spent a part of yesterday in this city and expressed himself as surprised at the freight and passenger facilities here, declaring that Little Rock is the greatest railroad center for its size in the United States.

Not at all ashamed

posted: 07/20/2010 4:52 a.m.

YOU MIGHT think this story is a joke, Dear Reader.

Better late than never

posted: 07/20/2010 4:52 a.m.

Avan full of police screeches to a halt on a New Orleans bridge, just days after Hurricane Katrina has devastated the city. The officers open fire on civilians, killing two and seriously wounding four.

Why our silence?

posted: 07/20/2010 4:51 a.m.

Last Thursday’s Washington Post reported about a growing controversy over the Justice Department’s decision to scale down a voter-intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party. The story succinctly summarized the issues but left many readers with a question: What took you so long?

Some squishy job math

posted: 07/20/2010 4:50 a.m.

Can you believe they’re still touting that silly metric? When I heard last week that the White House would be announcing the number of “jobs created or saved” as a result of the 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, my first reaction was embarrassment.

The word from on high

posted: 07/20/2010 4:50 a.m.

Mark Wilcox is departing as the state’s land commissioner at the end of this term, thank goodness. It can’t be too soon to suit some of us. At last report, he himself may not have been heard from on the subject of whether he’ll get around to paying the taxes on his personal use of not one but two state vehicles, but his spokesman has been.

A city mourns its loss

posted: 07/20/2010 4:49 a.m.

Iwas picking through a plate of baked beans and barbecue at the third annual City Charity Golf Tournament in Harrison when Boone County Judge Mike Moore told the story.

LETTERS

posted: 07/20/2010 4:48 a.m.

Do political ‘elites’ get it?

Hog Futures: 'Big Tex' looming large

posted: 07/20/2010 4:44 a.m.

It’s no secret Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino cherishes a big back to pound on tired defenses.

Travelers rally in 9th, top rival

posted: 07/20/2010 4:42 a.m.

Getting spotted four runs should be enough most nights, and for the Arkansas Travelers, it was.

Contador breaks chain of etiquette

posted: 07/20/2010 4:41 a.m.

The gloves have come off at the Tour de France.

U.S. grows 2% in second quarter

posted: 07/20/2010 4:40 a.m.

A surge in imports and slower consumer spending reduced U.S. economic growth in the second quarter, according to economists at Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Fiesta Bowl draws criminal attention

posted: 07/20/2010 4:39 a.m.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office has been asked to conduct a criminal investigation into claims that current and former Fiesta Bowl employees made illegal campaign contributions to politicians friendly to the bowl.

ID still unknown in fatal car blaze

posted: 07/20/2010 4:37 a.m.

Crawford County authorities are waiting for the state Crime Laboratory to confirm the identity and cause of death of a Fort Smith woman whose charred remains were found in a burning car in Crawford County last week.

LIKE IT IS: Top coaches aren’t necessarily top talkers

posted: 07/20/2010 4:37 a.m.

With SEC football media days beginning Wednesday, marking the beginning of the end of the dog days of summer, here’s a ranking of the league coaches, but with a twist.

Pulaski County district adds 40 minutes to grade school pupils’ day

posted: 07/20/2010 4:35 a.m.

The Pulaski County Special School District is changing elementary school start and end times, angering some parents and raising questions about whether the teachers’ contract will be violated.

Braves’ Cox a hit in Little Rock in ’65

posted: 07/20/2010 4:33 a.m.

Last fall, Atlanta Braves Manager Bobby Cox announced he likely would retire after the 2010 season, regardless of the results on the field.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Razorbacks offer Las Vegas defensive end Tai

posted: 07/20/2010 4:31 a.m.

There was an abundance of talent at Arkansas’ junior/senior prospect camp Saturday with defensive end Sam Tai being one of the standouts.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Four home runs in six at-bats propel Cardinals

posted: 07/20/2010 4:30 a.m.

No worries about offense on Matt Holliday’s day off. The St. Louis Cardinals had plenty of it without their cleanup hitter.

Gators investigated over Pouncey, agent

posted: 07/20/2010 4:29 a.m.

Florida and the NCAA are investigating an allegation that former Gators offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey received $100,000 from a representative of a sports agent before last season ended, ESPN.com reported Monday.

Off the wire

posted: 07/20/2010 4:28 a.m.

BASKETBALL Bell signs with Jazz Guard Raja Bell signed a threeyear contract worth about $10 million with the Utah Jazz on Monday, saying he’s happy to return to Salt Lake City.

Notes

posted: 07/20/2010 4:28 a.m.

BRAVES Venters, Cox suspended NEW YORK — Atlanta Braves pitcher Jonny Venters was suspended for four games and fined by Major League Baseball on Monday for throwing consecutive pitches at Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder last weekend.

Second thoughts

posted: 07/20/2010 4:28 a.m.

T.O. show, Daly drama quite similar Shannon J. Owens of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel wants to compare vilified wide receiver Terrell Owens’ “rap sheet” with that of much-loved golfer John Daly (Dardanelle, Arkansas Razorbacks).

5 sentenced for hiring illegals

posted: 07/20/2010 4:28 a.m.

Five people who hired and transported illegal aliens to work as chicken catchers on poultry farms have been sentenced and ordered to forfeit more than $1.8 million in cash and property, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Monday.

State sports briefs

posted: 07/20/2010 4:28 a.m.

Orlando safety gives pledge to Razorbacks Arkansas picked up its 12th oral commitment for the 2011 recruiting class from safety Roderick Ryles on Monday after he visited and participated in the junior/senior prospect camp in Fayetteville over the weekend.

Oosthuizen enjoying jug, progress in tour events

posted: 07/20/2010 4:27 a.m.

Louis Oosthuizen never let the silver claret jug out of his sight as he celebrated into the morning hours at the Jigger Inn across from the 17th fairway at St. Andrews.