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News 2010 July 30

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Arkansas announces Fan Day schedule

FAYETTEVILLE — 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. Continue reading...

Defense opens for Arkansas doctor charged in bombing

LITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

Pine Bluff school board suspends superintendent

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

Time to scrap BP brand? Gas-station owners divided

NEW ORLEANS — 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. Continue reading...

Man killed in collision with Oklahoma City police car

OKLAHOMA CITY — 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. Continue reading...

Medical helicopter makes forced landing in Oklahoma

JENKS, Okla. — No injuries are reported after a medical helicopter made a forced landing shortly after takeoff from Jones Riverside Airport near Tulsa. Continue reading...

GRIDLOCK GURU Wedington job at I-540 to pick up

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

Hundreds commute in vehicles state owns

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has 2,385 vehicles, including 674 that are taken home by employees and used for commuting. Continue reading...

Arizona seeks reinstatement of illegals law

It files appeal in 9th Circuit as protesters take to streets

Subscriber onlyPHOENIX — 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. Continue reading...

1st step to plug oil appears imminent

Crews prepare for ‘static kill’ of well

Subscriber onlyNEW ORLEANS — 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. Continue reading...

Police Search For Robber

Man Hands Fayetteville Teller Note, Demands Money

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

Woman Arrested In Baby’s Death

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE — The girlfriend of a dead toddler’s father has been arrested in the boy’s death. Continue reading...

Sherrod says she’ll sue blogger

USDA worker fired after video post sees need for lessons in D.C.

Subscriber onlySAN DIEGO — 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. Continue reading...

Bus System Employee Raises On Hold

Subscriber onlyROGERS — Raises for Ozark Regional Transit employees remain in question after the approval of the organization’s 2011 budget. Continue reading...

County Weighs Cost Of Bridges

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE — 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. Continue reading...

Clemens Enjoys 'Year of the Pitcher'

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

Bids Approved For Early Work On Fayetteville High School Improvements

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE — Fire up the bulldozers. It’s time to get to work on the expansion of Fayetteville High School. Continue reading...

KUAF Expands Daily Programming

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

Fire Department Receives Federal Grant

Money will Purchase Emissions Collection System

Subscriber onlyROGERS — 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. Continue reading...

2 dads differ on BP question

One ready to move on from bomber case, one unsettled

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

6 rice farmers win $940,000

Bayer told to pay for crop losses

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

Parents, Students Tour Charter School Renovation

Subscriber onlyROGERS — 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. Continue reading...

Bentonville, Lightning Enter Partnership

Goal Is To Make Sure All Children Can Play Soccer

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE — 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. Continue reading...

Monsoon-fed floods kill 60 in Pakistan

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

Mentors assigned with scholarships

Retention goal of new UA plan

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

Rain slows crash-site search

Grieving Pakistanis wait for bodies or go help hunt them

Subscriber onlyISLAMABAD, Pakistan — 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. Continue reading...

Paid Parking On Dickson Comes Aug. 16

FAYETTEVILLE — 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. Continue reading...

Advocates Plan Community Garden Session

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE — 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. Continue reading...

Names and faces

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

Corvette, Camaro Stolen In Bella Vista

Subscriber onlyBELLA VISTA — Two vehicles with a combined value of $105,000 were stolen from the Highlands area Wednesday. Continue reading...

Glunt Force

St. Louis Slugger Goes 4-For-4 In Comeback Win

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE — Certain players just have the look. Continue reading...

In the news

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

Sooter Seeks Fifth Term On Bentonville City Council

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE — City Councilman Chris Sooter announced his campaign for re-election earlier this week. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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 Continue reading...

The world in brief

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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 Continue reading...

Indiana Team Downs N. Texas Titans

Subscriber onlyROGERS — 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. Continue reading...

City Set To Host Centerton Day

Hopes to raise $10,000 to $15,000 for Fire Department

Subscriber onlyCENTERTON — Fire Chief Jeff Coffelt has been busy setting up one of the biggest celebrations the city has had. Continue reading...

Rogers Assistant Chief Receives Designation

Subscriber onlyROGERS — Jake Rhoades, a deputy fire chief with the Rogers Fire Department, was awarded the professional designation of chief fire officer. Continue reading...

Half Marathon To Be ‘Big Event’

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE — Bruce Dunn loves that Fayetteville has a reputation for being an community that loves the outdoors. Continue reading...

Tulsa Downs Northwest Arkansas

Subscriber onlyThe 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. Continue reading...

Chambers Grabs Share Of Bella Vista Lead

Subscriber onlyBELLA VISTA — 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. Continue reading...

ARRESTS in NWA

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Golf’s over; Petrino’s ready for football

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE — 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. Continue reading...

House panel details its charges against Rangel

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON — 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. Continue reading...

SEC Football Previews: Counting on continuity

All systems go for Tigers in Chizik’s second season

Subscriber onlyHOOVER, Ala. — 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. Continue reading...

Fayetteville Falls In American Legion State Finals

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

Farm aid on way, says Lincoln

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON — 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. Continue reading...

Arkansas finances lag below SEC par

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE — 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. Continue reading...

U.S. graded poor as A-bomb sleuth

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON — 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. Continue reading...

Phillies acquire Oswalt

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

THEATER An Arkansan Abroad

‘South’ meets ‘Pacific’ in RLT musical

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

Baltimore brings in Showalter

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

Canadian company blamed in Michigan spill cited before

Subscriber onlyBATTLE CREEK, Mich. — 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.” Continue reading...

COMMENTARY: Recent news full of good calls, bad calls

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

GREAT GRAPES! Altus Puts Foot In It

Grape Fest a stomping good time

Subscriber onlyALTUS — 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. Continue reading...

WASHINGTON COUNTY OBITUARIES

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New blazes flare in California hills

Subscriber onlySANTA CLARA, Calif. — 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. Continue reading...

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

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

2nd U.S. sailor dead in Afghanistan

Subscriber onlyKABUL, Afghanistan — 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. Continue reading...

BENTON COUNTY OBITUARIES

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Couple killed in their trailer; suspect jailed

Prosecutor: Tiff brewing

Subscriber onlyA 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. Continue reading...

Arkansas Deaths

Subscriber onlyARKANSAS — July 30, 2010 Continue reading...

Tontitown Ready For Its Close-Up

Television crew captures history, culture of community

Subscriber onlyTONTITOWN — 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. Continue reading...

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

Subscriber onlyCLEVELAND — Dustin Moseley rewarded his manager for picking him to start Thursday and earned another start in the process. Continue reading...

GOP nominee files suit over special primary election

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

UA signee going to junior college

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

PUBLIC MEETINGS in NWA

Subscriber onlyNORTHWEST ARKANSAS — Calendar of next week's meetings Continue reading...

Benton County CORRECTIONS

Subscriber onlyBENTON COUNTY — 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. Continue reading...

No sides were taken in firing, judge says

Helena jurist denies pressing mayor

Subscriber onlyCircuit 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. Continue reading...

Lee Ann Womack At Downstream

Subscriber onlyJOPLIN, Mo. — 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. Continue reading...

MUSIC Growing ‘Old’ Gracefully

Texas band’s maturation shines through in music

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

Top teams battle for swim titles

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE — Scott Berry isn’t afraid of a little competition. Continue reading...

‘Status quo’ education no help, Obama says

Policies aid minority pupils, critics told

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON — 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. Continue reading...

Woman arrested in death of child

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE — The girlfriend of a dead toddler’s father has been arrested in the boy’s death. Continue reading...

The state/region in brief

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

Robber strikes bank in Fayetteville

Bandit flees on foot after demanding large bills at First Federal branch

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

NW Arkansas today

Subscriber onlyQUOTE 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 Continue reading...

Probe finds shooting justified

Subscriber onlyPINE BLUFF — 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. Continue reading...

Rural bridge repairs right move despite tight times, JP contends

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE — 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. Continue reading...

Rogers stations to get healthful tools

Fire department gets federal grant to purchase exhaust-sucking devices

Subscriber onlyROGERS — Firefighters at the seven Rogers fire stations soon will breath a little easier. Continue reading...

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

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

ART Living In Color

Artist shares style, spirit, self

Subscriber onlyROGERS — 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. Continue reading...

2 military rounds worry Benton unit

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

DINING Pied Piper a Pub for the Public

Eatery offers Irish food in Eureka Springs atmosphere

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

Tseng, Hull lead British

Subscriber onlyYani 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. Continue reading...

Other days

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

Death is a real drag

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

Vaughan leads by 2 at U.S. Senior Open

Subscriber onlySAMMAMISH, 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. Continue reading...

And there we weren’t

Close but not in the money

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

THEATER Process Informs Performance

Artist’s Laboratory Theatre plays with memories

FAYETTEVILLE — 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. Continue reading...

RIVER VALLEY Singing, Dancing And Students

UAFS celebrates 30 years of entertainment

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH — 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. Continue reading...

Welch gets 2nd major victory

Subscriber onlyBATESVILLE — Little Rock’s Jennifer Welch completed the summer double Thursday. Continue reading...

Fayetteville plans half-marathon

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE — Fayetteville is getting another big race. Continue reading...

FYI

Subscriber onlyNORTHWEST ARKANSAS — Upcoming Events Highlights and Calendar Continue reading...

Romero rolls at Junior Stroke

Subscriber onlyTEXARKANA — 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. Continue reading...

Who cooked the planet?

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

OTHERS SAY: Exile in Siberia it isn’t

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

TEXAS LEAGUE Tulsa jumps on NW Arkansas early

Subscriber onlyTULSA — Northwest Arkansas has seen enough of Bronson Sardinha and the Tulsa Drillers lately. Continue reading...

LETTERS

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

Genetic crime-fighting

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — Everybody has heard of those cases where DNA evidence exonerates a wrongly convicted citizen. Continue reading...

LIVE! IN NWA

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No surprises

In judge’s decision

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — Anybody surprised at a federal judge’s ruling blocking key provisions of Arizona’s antiimmigrant law? Continue reading...

Baldor boosts its net income to $23 million

Generator maker up 192% over same quarter last year

Subscriber onlyBaldor 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. Continue reading...

Off the wire

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

LOOK HERE

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Business lending bill stalls

It calls for a fund to aid small firms

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON — 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. Continue reading...

Second thoughts

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

Jobless claims still high despite new drop

With weekly filings stuck above 450,000, rate of recovery seen slowing

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON — New jobless claims fell last week for the third time in four weeks but remain elevated. Continue reading...

Debt-fixing firms face tougher rules

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK — 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. Continue reading...

Exxon, Shell earnings jump with prices, demand for fuel

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK — The major oil companies continue to climb back from the recession, with higher fuel prices driving up earnings. Continue reading...

State sports briefs

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

Avis’ $1.33 billion offer tops Hertz bid for rival

Subscriber onlyAvis 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. Continue reading...

Movie Review: The Kids Are All Right

The Kids Are All Right is a big-hearted, sexy, dark and funny domestic ‘dramedy’

LITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

Southwest quarter ends on high

Strong leisure travel drove $112 million profit, says airline

Subscriber onlyDALLAS — 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. Continue reading...

Movie Review: Dinner for Schmucks

LITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

Mortgage rates set record low 6th week

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

NEWS IN BRIEF

Subscriber onlyCHICAGO — Chicago City Council OKs third Wal-Mart The Chicago City Council has approved a third Wal-Mart store in the city. Continue reading...

MARKET REPORT: Uncertainty nudges stocks lower

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK — Stocks ended an erratic day with a modest loss Thursday as investors tried to reconcile another batch of conflicting economic signals. Continue reading...

REVIEW Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

Subscriber onlyFor 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. Continue reading...

Man to man,‘bromances’ only fleeting for audiences

Subscriber onlyTrue romance will never die. But “bromance” ? Continue reading...

Business news in brief

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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 Continue reading...

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

LITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

PREVIEWS

LITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

COMING ATTRACTIONS

LITTLE ROCK — (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. Continue reading...

Screen gems

LITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

Inception keeps its momentum

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

ON CHRISTIANITY

LITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

Film clips

LITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

Home movies

LITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

HELPFUL HINTS

LITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

Check your knowledge

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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? Continue reading...