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Sunday, October 31

Fox keeps Huckabee, others in public view

posted: 10/31/2010 7:02 a.m.

Since his surprisingly strong showing in the 2008 presidential race, Mike Huckabee has been able to keep his name in the public spotlight through his weekly show on Fox News.

Cameras roll, ex-governor turns on

posted: 10/31/2010 7:01 a.m.

Mike Huckabee is the master of ceremonies in a midtown Manhattan studio smaller than a basketball court.

State GOP expects big legislative wins

posted: 10/31/2010 6:14 a.m.

Arkansas Republicans expect to strip control of seven state Senate seats and at least seven seats in the state House of Representatives from Democrats in Tuesday’s election.

Running in ’12, or not, Huckabee’s in picture

posted: 10/31/2010 6:13 a.m.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has kept himself in the spotlight since his unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid.

Candidates in state, federal races

posted: 10/31/2010 6:10 a.m.

The following is a list of candidates for state and federal offices in Arkansas in Tuesday’s elections. The list gives titles and names as they are to appear on the ballot, with party affiliation represented by D for Democrat, R for Republican, and G for Green.

HOW WE SEE IT Decision 2010: Reviewing Our Choices

posted: 10/31/2010 5:53 a.m.

If you haven’t taken advantage of early voting yet, you may still do so during regular business hours on Monday at the county clerk’s office in Fayetteville. Tuesday is Election Day, and your local polling precinct will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. that day.

BETWEEN THE LINES Election Divides Voters

posted: 10/31/2010 5:52 a.m.

There was a day when candidates actually tried to bridge the divide between Democrats and Republicans, but that seems to have been lost in today’s political landscape.

Possible Murder Victim Reclusive

posted: 10/31/2010 5:52 a.m.

Kelly Denise Lockhart apparently hoped her home would be a barrier against evil, with Bible verses written around doors and layers of blankets covering the windows, say the couple who moved into her residence after she went missing in February 2008.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Tired Of This President

posted: 10/31/2010 5:51 a.m.

For almost two years, Barack Obama and his Democrat allies have made great gains on their way to “fundamentally transforming America” — an America where wealth is distributed rather than earned, and where cronyism trumps success in the free market.

COMMENTARY Arkansas: We’re Sorry, World

posted: 10/31/2010 5:50 a.m.

Today’s column begins with a memorandum I presume to send to the world in behalf of Arkansas.

Local-Level Endorsements Vary

posted: 10/31/2010 5:48 a.m.

Police officers and firefighters are knocking on doors in Fayetteville neighborhoods, but not because of an emergency or investigation. In Springdale, firefighters are buying newspaper ads that say nothing about chimney safety nor heating tips.

COMMENTARY Tyler Wilson Has What It Takes

posted: 10/31/2010 5:47 a.m.

The phone kept ringing after Tyler Wilson’s fourth touchdown pass two weeks ago against Auburn. I recognized the numbers and answered by screaming, “That’s what I’ve been talking about!” I told Gail I hadn’t had this much fun watching the Razorbacks since Lance Alworth went deep and scored a TD against Baylor on the first play of the game back in 1960.

Panama President Speaks About Leadership

posted: 10/31/2010 5:46 a.m.

Panama’s president, Ricardo Martinelli, spoke to members of the Sigma Nu Fraternity on Saturday about the lessons he’s learned in life.

Voters To Decide Three Constitutional Proposals

posted: 10/31/2010 5:45 a.m.

Arkansas voters will decide the fate of three proposed constitutional amendments Tuesday.

Early Voting Ends Monday

posted: 10/31/2010 5:43 a.m.

Benton County voters are increasingly taking advantage of early voting. County Clerk Tena O’Brien said that as of 1:30 p.m. Friday, 13,711 people had voted during the early voting period.

Gamecocks run away from Vols

posted: 10/31/2010 5:42 a.m.

Alshon Jeffery calls it “game speed,” the ability to break away from defenders even if you’re not that quick.

Clerk foreclosure fees deemed rare in nation

posted: 10/31/2010 5:40 a.m.

Circuit Clerk Bette Stamps walked outside her office at the Washington County courthouse ready to fulfill her role as a sales commissioner.

CLASS 5A: Nettleton stops 7-year title run

posted: 10/31/2010 5:38 a.m.

The streak is over and there is a new champion in Class 5A volleyball.

Sophomores Look To Bolster Rogers Heritage

posted: 10/31/2010 5:37 a.m.

Rogers Heritage girls basketball coach Kevin Ramey has trouble containing his excitement about this year’s Lady War Eagles team.

COMMENTARY: Dallas defense can’t afford to snooze

posted: 10/31/2010 5:36 a.m.

The moment was there Monday night for the Dallas Cowboys’ defense to take over the game.

Crystal Bridges Museum offers volunteer positions

posted: 10/31/2010 5:36 a.m.

Cathy Alford is among those who live and breathe museums and art so much that they’re willing to work around them for free.

LIFELONG HEALTH Osteoporosis drug has problematic side effects

posted: 10/31/2010 5:35 a.m.

For millions of women, and more recently men, the use of medications to treat osteoporosis has led to fewer fractures and less disability with advancing age. The most commonly employed medications are bisphosphonates, which have been shown to be highly effective in building bone mass and strength. Unfortunately, bisphosphonates have been associated with some very serious side effects.

LIKE IT IS: Hogs finish with flurry after sluggish start

posted: 10/31/2010 5:35 a.m.

Arkansas was a prohibitive favorite Saturday night but the expected cakewalk didn’t happen until a crazy second quarter when the Hogs swamped the Vanderbilt Commodores en route to a 49-14 victory.


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Springdale High girls basketball coach Scotty Person is a firm believer that his team can do great things this season.

UA chief to come from pool

posted: 10/31/2010 5:35 a.m.

The University of Arkansas System likely will select its next president from a pool of candidates determined by a recruiter rather than applicants who responded to public advertising for the position, the leader of its board said Thursday.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/31/2010 5:34 a.m.

NFL puts fine money to good use The NFL handed out fines worth $262,500 last week. Where does all that money go?


posted: 10/31/2010 5:34 a.m.

What happens on the court during the upcoming Springdale Har-Ber girls basketball season hardly seems to matter after what the Lady Wildcats have had to deal with off it.

Off the wire

posted: 10/31/2010 5:34 a.m.

BASKETBALL Parker signs extension Tony Parker swore he didn’t want to leave the San Antonio Spurs, and he has a new contract to finally prove it.

Benton County Precinct List

posted: 10/31/2010 5:33 a.m.

The following are precincts and polling locations for the elections in Benton County.

Road Closing Planned

posted: 10/31/2010 5:33 a.m.

A road closure is planned in Benton County in the coming weeks.

Veterans’ Event Set In Cave Springs

posted: 10/31/2010 5:32 a.m.

Cave Springs will honor area veterans with an event at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Cave Springs Community Building.

NEW SEASON: Lady’Dogs The Same, Minus Shipley

posted: 10/31/2010 5:32 a.m.

As players raced downcourt during a recent practice, it was apparent that not much of Fayetteville’s girls basketball team has changed from a year ago.

CLASS 3A: Unblemished record ruined in title game

posted: 10/31/2010 5:32 a.m.

Conway St. Joseph put its undefeated record on the line against the wrong team Saturday at Tiger Arena.

Bentonville Goes Distance

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

Leah White knew there was no way she could reach the ball before it hit the floor.

CLASS 6A: Sinclair, Marion earn first title

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

Marion senior Taylor Sinclair let the tears flow freely while hoisting a championship trophy Saturday.

CLASS 4A: Valley View sweeps Shiloh Christian

posted: 10/31/2010 5:29 a.m.

Valley View kept its dynasty alive Saturday at Tiger Arena.

GULF SOUTH CONFERENCE: Hardesty’s big day helps Reddies roll

posted: 10/31/2010 5:27 a.m.

Henderson State’s playbook was conspicuously thin Saturday, but its quick-hit air attack still picked apart a beleaguered Ouachita Baptist secondary.

SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE: Defense steps up, saves UCA

posted: 10/31/2010 5:27 a.m.

Central Arkansas’ young secondary helped obscure another subpar offensive performance.


posted: 10/31/2010 5:24 a.m.

Monte Coleman expresses almost weekly his fondness for wide receiver Raymond Webber.

MALE CALL Tweed, corduroy coats are always smart picks

posted: 10/31/2010 5:21 a.m.

Q. What I want to know has to do with tweed and corduroy sport coats. Will we be wearing those this year? I have not seen much tweed and only a little corduroy, but no corduroy pants, although I have already seen some fall pants in stores. And I’m not sure what they go with.

LET’S TALK Event is curiously enraging

posted: 10/31/2010 5:20 a.m.

“The assassination plot is not the event.” “The disappearance is not the event.” “The CIA cover-up is not the event.” “Well what the hell is it!!!!” The first three were the titillating statements thrown out in an online NBC-TV promotion for its new show, The Event (spelled with the second “e” backward to add to the mystery and the hype).

Vandy offense worth quarter

posted: 10/31/2010 5:20 a.m.

Vanderbilt’s offense sprang to life for one quarter Saturday before the Commodores reverted to form in a 49-14 loss to Arkansas.

LISTEN UP Williams whips up odd, fun collection

posted: 10/31/2010 5:19 a.m.

Jason D. Williams Killer Instincts Rockabilly Records B+ El Dorado native Jason D. Williams has a funny way of distancing himself from Jerry Lee Lewis, the piano-pounding, fire-breathin ’ rock ’n’ roller sometimes known as The Killer. Williams begins Killer Instinct, his new CD (his first in six years) with a song called “Like Jerry Lee.”

Book dishes up insights on 10 state governorships

posted: 10/31/2010 5:19 a.m.

Good morning, class. Books off your desks. Time for a pop quiz. Stop groaning. If you did your reading, it’ll be easy. Ready? Here goes.

Maestro Mallett

posted: 10/31/2010 5:18 a.m.

Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett wasn’t kidding when he said the throwing shoulder he bruised last week would be 100 percent for Saturday night’s game against Vanderbilt.

Huge show to bewitch for 2 weeks

posted: 10/31/2010 5:18 a.m.

Central Arkansas will finally get a chance to get Wicked.

Instant replay

posted: 10/31/2010 5:17 a.m.

Gragg makes it count Sophomore tight end Chris Gragg hasn’t made a lot of catches in his Arkansas career, but they’ve all been big gainers and gone for first downs.

Ghosts In The Attic

posted: 10/31/2010 5:16 a.m.

What happens when you ask ordinary people to tell you their own personal ghost stories?

THE TV COLUMN Walking Dead is fun for grown-up boys, ghouls

posted: 10/31/2010 5:16 a.m.

Let me get this out of the way right up front: The Walking Dead is for adults.

Game sketch

posted: 10/31/2010 5:15 a.m.

RECORDS Vanderbilt 2-6, 1-4 SEC; Arkansas 6-2, 3-2 SEC STARS Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett completed 27 of 44 passes for a school-record 409 yards and 3 touchdowns.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Barnett pushing Pike toward UA

posted: 10/31/2010 5:13 a.m.

Arkansas received a big boost in recruiting with the commitment of Texas tight end Chris Barnett last weekend.

Scoring summary

posted: 10/31/2010 5:12 a.m.

Arkansas.... 6 26 3 14 — 49 Vanderbilt.. 14 0 0 0 — 14 FIRST QUARTER Vanderbilt TIME 11:00 (1:48 time of possession) SCORING PLAY Jonathan Krause ran 21 yards for a touchdown.

TELL ME ABOUT IT Partner’s reaction off base

posted: 10/31/2010 5:11 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: In the car, my girlfriend and I were listening to an advice show. She paused it to discuss the topic, and I talked about my friend “Jen,” who’d had a struggle with her husband similar to the one on the show (her zero-tolerance policy on pornography and his continued use). I was very disoriented by my girlfriend’s visceral reaction.

ALL OURS, ALL HOURS Longtime Politician Lauded

posted: 10/31/2010 5:11 a.m.

The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation honored longtime United States Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt with a soldout benefit dinner on Oct. 22 at Fayetteville Town Center.

A one-shot wonder

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

For buck hunting, the 2010 deer season ended for Wade Hill of Dumas almost as quickly as it started.

Group Hopes To Fill Bowls For Hungry

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

Fayetteville potter and massage therapist Kelley Wilks brought the Northwest Arkansas Empty Bowls fundraiser to Fayetteville fi ve years ago.

BIG 12: Helu’s school-record 307 yards trump Tigers

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

Nebraska fans butchered the pronunciation of Roy Helu Jr.’s last name.

PACIFIC-10/MOUNTAIN WEST: Arizona’s gains hold off UCLA

posted: 10/31/2010 5:09 a.m.

Arizona is still in contention for its first Pac-10 championship, feeling more relief than revelry after surviving an upset bid by struggling UCLA.


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Area Fund-raisers and Benefits

TV ON DVD Shandling’s Larry Sanders is great fun with substance

posted: 10/31/2010 5:08 a.m.

What is it? The Larry Sanders Show, the complete series, 89 half-hour episodes on 17 discs from Shout! Factory. The series aired on HBO, 1992-1998.

$170 MILLION PROJECT Alternative Fuel Venture Slows

posted: 10/31/2010 5:08 a.m.

The $170 million Dynamic Fuels venture between Tyson Foods and Syntroleum remains in the startup phase six months after the plant was to be up and running.

BIG TEN/ MID-AMERICAN: Michigan State falls hard from unbeatens

posted: 10/31/2010 5:08 a.m.

Iowa emphatically knocked Michigan State off the pile of unbeaten teams.


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Happy birthday. Your life is well rounded, and you’ll enjoy success in many areas, especially relationships. You will sacrifice for others, but no matter how generous you are, the one who benefits the most is you.

Seasonal Employees Wanted

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

Chauntelle Lafen hopes to find a clerical job to boost her resume, but said she will take any work right now.

ATLANTIC COAST/CONFERENCE USA/BIG EAST: Interceptions, loss follow Harris injury

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

First Virginia knocked Jacory Harris from a scoreless game, then it dashed No. 22 Miami’s (5-3, 3-2 ) hopes for the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division title in one afternoon.


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Short Business News

High school football report

posted: 10/31/2010 5:05 a.m.

All-Stars losing day for costs The Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star football game will be played Thursday next June at the University of Arkansas, one day earlier than normal, said Lance Taylor, executive director of the Arkansas Activities Association.


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BENTON Northwest AR Internal Medicine PLLC, Ruben Tejada, 3 Razorback Road, Rogers.

Trojans can’t slow Ducks

posted: 10/31/2010 5:05 a.m.

LaMichael James rushed for 239 yards and three touchdowns, Darron Thomas threw three of his four scoring passes to Jeff Maehl, and No. 2 Oregon roared back from a second-half deficit with a 53-32 victory over Southern California Saturday night.


posted: 10/31/2010 5:04 a.m.

Calendar of Area Business Meetings and other Events

Profiles, Our Town Merge In New Section Nov. 7

posted: 10/31/2010 5:04 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas newspaper readers will get the best of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Northwest Arkansas Profiles and the Our Town section in a new combined section beginning Nov. 7.

Baylor hands Texas third home loss

posted: 10/31/2010 5:04 a.m.

Robert Griffin III passed for two touchdowns and ran for another in leading No. 25 Baylor to a 30-22 victory over Texas on Saturday night, the Bears’ first over the Longhorns since 1997.


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Area couples announce engagements

The buzz

posted: 10/31/2010 5:03 a.m.

Brad Paisley, Cee-Lo Green, Rascal Flatts, Mariah Carey, Susan Boyle, Reba McEntire, Annie Lennox and Cassandra Wilson have something to make fans thankful.


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Gayer 65th


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Jennifer Christman’s column does not appear today.

State can’t manage many giant bucks

posted: 10/31/2010 5:02 a.m.

Despite all the time, money and effort hunters devote to growing big bucks in Arkansas, chances are they’ll never produce one big enough to qualify for the Boone & Crockett all-time records book.

State sports briefs

posted: 10/31/2010 5:01 a.m.

CROSS COUNTRY UALR’s men win conference title UALR won the Sun Belt Conference Championship on Saturday in Bowling Green, Ky. Eight UALR runners finished in the top 25. Jonathan Cherono, Johnny Purvis and Dustin Mettler earned all-conference honors.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Dry landscape in Arkansas greets waterfowl

posted: 10/31/2010 5:01 a.m.

For about 10 hours from late Thursday to early Friday, Marion “Mack” McCollum said he witnessed one of the greatest waterfowl migrations of his lifetime.

Licenses for pilots lack photo

posted: 10/31/2010 4:58 a.m.

In an attempt to improve security, Congress told the Federal Aviation Administration in 2004 to come up with a pilot’s license that included the pilot’s photo and could contain biometric information like fingerprints or iris scans. Today, the only pilots pictured on FAA licenses are flight pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright, and the licenses lack biometric data.

Where’s the snow?

posted: 10/31/2010 4:56 a.m.

As the hours pass and the grape begins to flow, the talk turns to snow, a skier’s only essential element. We can manage without the usual resort conveniences : on-mountain restaurants, trail maps, maybe even the chair lifts. But without snow, preferably fresh powder, we’d be nowhere.

Lincoln upbeat; so is Boozman

posted: 10/31/2010 4:55 a.m.

As only the second female U.S. senator elected in Arkansas, Blanche Lincoln often talks of feeling pride in following the “footsteps” of the first, Hattie Caraway.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE Tangier offers tourists plenty to crow about

posted: 10/31/2010 4:54 a.m.

I can’t think of any big city in Europe where you wake up literally at “cockcrow.” In Tangier, Morocco — across the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain — the roosters, even more than the minaret’s call to prayer, make sure the city wakes up early. I spent my last birthday in Tangier, starting my days at cockcrow.

CONSUMER TRAVEL Cruise lines keep online price down with a la carte fees

posted: 10/31/2010 4:53 a.m.

Recently, Carnival Cruise Line announced a “test” of adding an extra $18 to the cost of steak or lobster entrees in the regular dining rooms on three of its big cruise ships.

Airline food soon to have calorie tag

posted: 10/31/2010 4:50 a.m.

With high-altitude dining, we often think more about what’s in the chicken or the beef than about how it will affect our waistlines. We may never know the former, but we will soon learn the latter.

BMW’s recession benefit: Skilled S.C. hands for less

posted: 10/31/2010 4:48 a.m.

When German automaker BMW put out the call recently to hire 1,000 factory workers in South Carolina, the people who responded reflected the upheaval occurring in the U.S. economy.


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Graduations and Announcements

Europeans slam U.S. requirements on airport security

posted: 10/31/2010 4:46 a.m.

Several European officials questioned American requirements for airport security last week after the chairman of British Airways criticized Britain for bowing too quickly to Washington’s demands.

China nuts for pecans from U.S., buoys price

posted: 10/31/2010 4:44 a.m.

Pecan prices are expected to approach record levels this fall, thanks to a slightly off year in production — down an estimated 20 million pounds, or 7 percent, from 2009 — and gargantuan demand from China.


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Area Arrests


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Meetings next week

Falling rates trouble waters for supertankers

posted: 10/31/2010 4:39 a.m.

Supertanker owners are facing the longest stretch of unprofitable rates in 17 years as the supply of new vessels increases nine times faster than demand for oil.


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Local Couples Wed

U.S., Europe urged to unite on rare-earth metals

posted: 10/31/2010 4:37 a.m.

The United States and Europe should work together with industry to reduce dependence on China for crucial minerals because global trade bodies are ill-equipped to solve the problem of withheld supplies, officials and executives said last week at a high-level conference.


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Several Rogers students placed at the top in a poetry competition Oct. 19 during the Hispanic Heritage Festival at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.

U.S., Japan ink tentative ‘open skies’ deal

posted: 10/31/2010 4:34 a.m.

The United States and Japan signed a tentative “open skies” agreement last week and opened the way for a three-way venture between United Airlines, Continental Airlines and All Nippon Airways.


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Fundraisers and Entertainment News

Worker, Employer Honored

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

Junior Underdown of Springdale is blind, but others say he doesn’t allow his visual impairment to hold him back.

Other days

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

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 31, 1910 The belief that the inefficiency of the Little Rock Police Department, in its failure to cope with the carnival of burglaries now on in the city is due in a measure to the fact that the force is inadequate in numbers has given rise to a number of suggestions offered as remedies.

Winners Named In Shows

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

The Junior Livestock Auction, an Arkansas State Fair saluting outstanding junior livestock exhibitors, raised $109,000 in premiums earlier this month at the State Fairgrounds.

Northwest Arkansas Deaths

posted: 10/31/2010 4:30 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

Yemen jails student, mom over bomb plot

posted: 10/31/2010 4:29 a.m.

Authorities in Yemen on Saturday arrested two women suspected of sending two powerful bombs on cargo planes bound for the United States, as the investigation into the terror plot continued to unfold on three continents.


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Area Events and Support Announcements

China pressed to settle spats

posted: 10/31/2010 4:27 a.m.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday made a rare visit by an American official to a Chinese island once a flash point in relations between the powers and pressed Beijing to settle territorial disputes with its smaller, wary neighbors.

2 Civil War dolls yield their secrets

posted: 10/31/2010 4:26 a.m.

Two Civil War-era dolls thought to have been used to smuggle medicine past Union blockades were X-rayed Wednesday, disclosing hollowed papier-mache heads that once could have contained quinine or morphine for wounded or malaria-stricken Confederate troops.

Area lotteries

posted: 10/31/2010 4:25 a.m.

Numbers drawn Saturday: Missouri Lotto 8-11-14-17-23-35 Estimated jackpot: $1.6 million Oklahoma Lotto 8-15-24-26-39 Hot ball: 6 Estimated jackpot: $10.25 million Powerball 1-7-27-36-49 Powerball: 39 Estimated jackpot: $87 million Power Play: 5

Passion a pain reliever?

posted: 10/31/2010 4:25 a.m.

Sooner or later, love usually ends up hurting. But in its early, blissful throes, it actually lessens pain — at least of the physical kind. That’s the finding, reported Wednesday, of a study by pain scientists and a psychologist who studies love.

Paychecks flier urged GOP vote

posted: 10/31/2010 4:25 a.m.

When employees in a McDonald’s restaurant in Canton, Ohio, opened their paychecks this month, they found a pamphlet urging them to vote for the Republican candidates for governor, Senate and Congress, or possibly face financial repercussions.


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Area Club Events

With help, tree’s future grows rosier

posted: 10/31/2010 4:24 a.m.

Its sweeping canopy inspired poets, and its strong, straight timber shaped the stories of life in rural Appalachia, until the tree itself became the stuff of fiction. It is now more than a century since the American chestnut tree, once 4 billion strong and an icon of East Coast forests, fell victim to a foreign blight. By 1950, it had virtually disappeared.

GOP senators seek price on deporting all illegals

posted: 10/31/2010 4:24 a.m.

Signaling another partisan fight over immigration enforcement after this week’s midterm elections, all seven Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee signed a letter this month asking the Department of Homeland Security how much money it needs to deport every illegal alien the government encounters.

Missourians’ vote to increase dog breeding rules contentious

posted: 10/31/2010 4:23 a.m.

This is an agricultural state, home to more than 100,000 farms and exporter of a big share of the nation’s yearly haul of beef, pork, milk and soybeans. This year, attention has focused on another commodity: puppies.


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Upcoming Community Events

White House is said to be rethinking its tax plan

posted: 10/31/2010 4:22 a.m.

With Republicans poised to gain ground in Tuesday’s elections, the White House is losing hope that Congress will approve its plan to raise taxes on the nation’s wealthiest families and is increasingly focusing on a new strategy that would preserve tax breaks for both the wealthy and the middle class.

Mercy Groups To Open Boutique

posted: 10/31/2010 4:21 a.m.

The Mercy Medical Auxiliary and the Mercy Health Foundation plan next month to open a new venture where people can shop for a cause.

Newest storm rattles islands

posted: 10/31/2010 4:21 a.m.

Newly born Hurricane Tomas swept through a cluster of eastern Caribbean islands Saturday, tearing off roofs, damaging houses and downing power lines.

YouTube ban lifted

posted: 10/31/2010 4:20 a.m.

Turkey said Saturday that it was lifting a ban on YouTube more than two years after it blocked access to the site because of videos deemed insulting to the country’s founder.

EUREKA SPRINGS: Ghostbusters not welcomed in resort village

posted: 10/31/2010 4:18 a.m.

EUREKA SPRINGS — Ghosts are a way of life in this resort town.

‘Blue Dog’ artist to appear in LR

posted: 10/31/2010 4:17 a.m.

A rare visit to Little Rock by a world-renowned artist this week will be made even more unique by the opportunity to watch and bid on an original piece of art created in front of a crowd.

The state/region in brief

posted: 10/31/2010 4:16 a.m.

A former prison guard, fired for having sex with an inmate, was sentenced Friday to three years’ probation and ordered to register as a sex offender after dropping his challenge to a related criminal charge.

COLUMN ONE First hope, and then memory

posted: 10/31/2010 4:16 a.m.

There is the party of hope and there is the party of memory, and often enough they are the same party just a couple of years removed. For the bright hopes of election season inevitably give way to the harsh realities of exercising power—for good or ill. Then the party in power is weighed in the balance, and its performance compared with its promises.

UAPB to be evaluated before doctorate OK’d

posted: 10/31/2010 4:15 a.m.

Education leaders will review all academic programs at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff before taking the next step to adding a doctorate in fisheries and aquaculture, the state’s higher-education director said Friday.


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Ehud Netzer, one of Israel’s best-known archeologists who unearthed King Herod’s tomb near Bethlehem three years ago, died Thursday after being injured in a fall at the site. He was 76.

Tea Party focuses on the New Elite

posted: 10/31/2010 4:14 a.m.

The tea party appears to be of one mind on at least one thing: America has been taken over by a New Elite.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 10/31/2010 4:12 a.m.

“I learned very quickly that you just talk to them.They were here first.” Dani Joy, Eureka Springs mayor, on co-existing with ghosts.

New rule ties strings to campus buildings

posted: 10/31/2010 4:11 a.m.

The state’s colleges and universities cannot afford to be shortsighted in their facilities plans, constructing new buildings without plans to fund their maintenance, higher-education leaders said Friday.


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BENTON COUNTY The following divorces were recorded in the circuit clerk’s office from Oct. 21-27.

Union County voters max out 2 machines

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

So many voters have turned out to cast early ballots in Union County that two of the county’s five early voting machines were completely filled by Friday afternoon and had to be shut down.

D.C. rally draws crowd, plays politics for laughs

posted: 10/31/2010 4:09 a.m.

In the shadow of the Capitol and the election, comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert entertained a throng Saturday at a “sanity” rally poking fun at the nation’s ill-tempered politics, fear-mongers and doomsayers.

Government meetings

posted: 10/31/2010 4:09 a.m.

Monday Rogers Board of Adjustments, 9:30 a.m.

Talladega remains ‘wild card’

posted: 10/31/2010 4:08 a.m.

Juan Pablo Montoya grabbed a sliver of the spotlight focused on the three championship contending drivers by winning the pole for today’s AMP Energy Juice 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway.

SHORT TRACK NATIONALS: Sweet home cooking in prelim

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

Brad Sweet doesn’t get to race back in California very often these days.

Hobbled Packers out to cool off Jets

posted: 10/31/2010 4:06 a.m.

The New York Jets are well-rested, healthy and eager to play again.

Steelers understand Saints’ plight

posted: 10/31/2010 4:05 a.m.

Mike Tomlin would argue that the defending champion New Orleans Saints aren’t as different from last season as their recent stumbles have made them look.

Russia’s drug-raid role riles Afghans

posted: 10/31/2010 4:05 a.m.

Afghanistan’s president said Saturday that he had not been informed in advance of Russian participation in a NATO-led drug raid that netted $56 million worth of heroin and morphine, and his administration demanded a formal apology from the alliance.

Raiders seeing real McFadden

posted: 10/31/2010 4:04 a.m.

Two years later than most expected, Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden finally is making good on the hype and promise that surrounded him when he entered the NFL in 2008 as a can’t-miss prospect.

Chiefs rediscover joy of winning

posted: 10/31/2010 4:03 a.m.

Todd Haley tried to stop himself, but he had to laugh.

No easy way to forget gut-wrenching losses

posted: 10/31/2010 4:02 a.m.

As a football fan, surely you are familiar with the old adage that one play on the field doesn’t get a team beat.

Volcano erupts anew; storms slow tsunami aid

posted: 10/31/2010 4:02 a.m.

Clouds of gray ash rumbled down the slopes of Indonesia’s most volatile volcano Saturday in its most powerful eruption of a deadly week, prompting soldiers to force reluctant villagers to evacuate amid fears of a larger blast.

Gators end skid with OT victory

posted: 10/31/2010 4:01 a.m.

As Chas Henry’s field goal split the uprights, Florida Coach Urban Meyer dropped to the ground in sheer relief.

Tigers QB on receiving end

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

Don’t call Cam Newton a dual threat quarterback.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Barnett pushing QB Pike toward Razorbacks

posted: 10/31/2010 3:59 a.m.

Arkansas received a big boost in recruiting with the commitment of Texas tight end Chris Barnett last weekend.

Arkansas 49, Vanderbilt 14

posted: 10/31/2010 3:58 a.m.

Ryan Mallett’s 23-yard throw to Ronnie Wingo put Arkansas in Vanderbilt territory on the opening drive, but a false start and sack wiped out the drive.

Razorbacks report

posted: 10/31/2010 3:57 a.m.

Arkansas sophomore forward Marshawn Powell remains limited in practice after two weeks and might not play in the Razorbacks’ exhibition games against LeMoyne-Owen College on Saturday and Victory University on Nov. 11.

Separated 60 years, war-split kin never forgot

posted: 10/31/2010 3:57 a.m.

Hundreds of Korean family members separated for more than half a century by the Korean War embraced one another in tearful reunions Saturday, a day after troops exchanged gunfire in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the countries.

Gamecocks’ dilemma: Youth in, Downey out

posted: 10/31/2010 3:56 a.m.

South Carolina Coach Darrin Horn doesn’t seem surprised members of the media predicted a last-place finish in the SEC East for the Gamecocks.

EDITORIALS We like his style

posted: 10/31/2010 3:56 a.m.

IF THERE is a single instance, a single quote, a single reasonable response to the kind of unreasonable attitudes that crop up in government from time to time, it is Mike Beebe’s reaction to the state Game and Fish Commission’s beyond-outrageous power play the other day.

Vatican yields to EU bank demands

posted: 10/31/2010 3:56 a.m.

The Vatican bank has taken steps to satisfy tough EU and international norms on money laundering and terror financing after being confronted with an unprecedented crackdown by Italian prosecutors, The Associated Press has learned.

COLUMNISTS Better than twitter

posted: 10/31/2010 3:56 a.m.

Our ancestors were great writers of letters. Every historian and archivist knows the thrill of reading old letters, and recently I had the pleasure of reading two previously unpublished letters from territorial Arkansas.

Sun Belt report

posted: 10/31/2010 3:55 a.m.

In a season defined by close loses, none might have been more emblematic and gut-churning for Arkansas State than its visit to rival UALR.

Candidate endorsements

posted: 10/31/2010 3:54 a.m.

This is a partial list of endorsements for candidates in the major races in Tuesday’s elections as reported by their campaigns and pared for space reasons by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Griffin Jasper Stockley Historic proportions

posted: 10/31/2010 3:54 a.m.

Date and place of birth Oct. 9, 1944, Memphis. The best piece of writing advice I’ve been given is If you learn to like the process of revision, you greatly increase the chances of finding a publisher.

Obama in weekend push for Democrats in 4 states

posted: 10/31/2010 3:52 a.m.

President Barack Obama implored voters Saturday to resist a Republican tide, warning that if the GOP prevails in Tuesday’s midterm elections all the progress of his first two years in office “can be rolled back.”

All bets are off in Nevada

posted: 10/31/2010 3:52 a.m.

There are many close races for the U.S. Senate this year, and many strange ones, but the bitter contest between two unlovable candidates in Nevada is, for my money, the closest, strangest race of all.

SPOTLIGHT VICTORY WALK INC. Agency improves skills of spinal-cord impaired

posted: 10/31/2010 3:51 a.m.

For those with spinalcord injuries, progress isn’t measured in steps, but in independence.

Merged sections offer best of both

posted: 10/31/2010 3:50 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas newspaper readers will get the best of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Northwest Arkansas Profiles and the Our Town section in a new combined section beginning Nov. 7.

NORTHERN LIGHTS: Lane Hotel burns, dimly for museum party

posted: 10/31/2010 3:49 a.m.

A lack of running water and a blown fuse didn’t deter a celebration of the Rogers Historical Museum’s 35th anniversary and its renewal of accreditation by the American Association of Museums. The reception was held downtown in the historic Lane Hotel across from the museum grounds.

In need of a miracle

posted: 10/31/2010 3:49 a.m.

Areader asked why I hadn’t mentioned the contest for governor while discussing some of my candidate preferences.

Trainers in training get scholarships at brunch

posted: 10/31/2010 3:48 a.m.

Before heading off to pressing game-day responsibilities, the University of Arkansas honored five recipients of Weber/Ferrell Athletic Training Scholarships during an Oct. 23 brunch at University House.

In the news

posted: 10/31/2010 3:47 a.m.

Steven Chu, the U.S. energy secretary, shared a picture of himself as a zombie on his Facebook page in an effort to teach users about saving electricity and warned about so-called vampire appliances, such as computers, stereos and DVD players, which use power in standby mode.

NORTHERN LIGHTS: Early game time alters tailgaters’ menus a tad

posted: 10/31/2010 3:47 a.m.

It was a late-arriving crowd... and by late, we’re talking 9 a.m.

Names and faces

posted: 10/31/2010 3:47 a.m.

David Lynch has segued from making movies to showing them. As the first guest artistic director of the AFI Fe st, the Blue Velvet director has programmed a mini festival within the film festival, which begins this week in Hollywood.

TV news shows

posted: 10/31/2010 3:46 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Robert Menendez, D-N.J.; and John Brennan, White House counterterrorism adviser. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.

NORTHERN LIGHTS: Hammerschmidt helps event take in $435,000

posted: 10/31/2010 3:46 a.m.

More than 700 people gathered at Fayetteville Town Center on the evening of Oct. 22 for a tribute to former U.S. Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt. The $200-a-ticket event raised $435,000 for the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation. Many in the crowd wore gold lapel pins shaped like Brandon Burlsworth’s signature black glasses.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/31/2010 3:46 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There’s no doubt this is a tough election, because we have been through an incredibly difficult time as a nation.” President Barack Obama, speaking at a campaign rally in Bridgeport, Conn.


posted: 10/31/2010 3:44 a.m.

Laura Ashley Holder and John Mark “Pinky Gonzales” Jansen exchanged wedding vows Friday, Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Riverwood Mansion. The bridegroom’s father, the Rev. Jim Jansen of Mercer Island Covenant Church in Seattle officiated.


posted: 10/31/2010 3:44 a.m.

Replace G&FC members Hunters, fishermen and wildlife enthusiasts, beware. We have a crisis in our Game and Fish department created by none other than some of our Game and Fish commissioners.

Texas trims deficit to 2-1

posted: 10/31/2010 3:44 a.m.

The Rangers finally became the first team from Texas to win a World Series game.

NOTABLE NEIGHBOR: Advocacy is Petty’s calling

posted: 10/31/2010 3:43 a.m.

Julie Petty used to own a T-shirt that said, “I’m not drunk; I have cerebral palsy.” Petty is a leader in the self-advocacy movement, which pushes for people with developmental disabilities to take greater control of their lives. She’s serious about that, yet still retains a great sense of humor about her world.

Commissars of PC

posted: 10/31/2010 3:43 a.m.

It was a sequence of events almost made to order.

AWAY WE GO: Wedding at Peel Mansion a must for this bride

posted: 10/31/2010 3:42 a.m.

Among the weddings held at the historic Peel Mansion and Historic Gardens this year, there was one that may have caused a stir among the resident ghosts some say haunt the mansion.

No. 19 Arkansas 49, Vanderbilt 14: Appearing armed and dangerous

posted: 10/31/2010 3:42 a.m.

Ryan Mallett was up to his old record-breaking tricks with 409 yards passing and three touchdowns, and Jerico Nelson returned an interception for a touchdown as Arkansas whipped Vanderbilt 49-14 on the eve of Halloween.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Folk festival, trio, awards fill busy artistic schedule

posted: 10/31/2010 3:39 a.m.

Eureka Springs will host its 63rd annual Original Ozark Folk Festival from Thursday-Saturday, with Eliza Gilkyson headlining the closing show at 7 p.m. Saturday at the City Auditorium, 36 S. Main St., Eureka Springs.

In an aginner mood

posted: 10/31/2010 3:38 a.m.

The election is Tuesday, and it can’t come soon enough. Has there ever been such a shrill and fearsome campaign season?

Best Buy to plug into ‘connected’ strategy

posted: 10/31/2010 3:38 a.m.

When Best Buy Co. Inc. looks to hire sales staff, job applicants go through a 30-minute screening to help the company gauge the prospective employee’s interest, not only in technology, but also in people.

Shoppers can buy it online, get it in store

posted: 10/31/2010 3:38 a.m.

Some of the nation’s top retailers, seeking to make it as easy as possible for shoppers to spend money with them this Christmas season, have begun promoting same day, in-store pickup for items bought on their websites.

Makers rush to get food labeled

posted: 10/31/2010 3:37 a.m.

Responding to pressure from federal regulators, a major food manufacturers organization said last week that it would develop a labeling system for the front of food packages that would highlight the nutritional content of foods, including things like calories, unhealthy fats and sodium that many consumers want to limit.

Save our standards

posted: 10/31/2010 3:36 a.m.

Institutions of higher education in Arkansas are governed by their boards of trustees. Amendment 33 to our State Constitution makes that very clear. Yet some of our four-year institutions say a 2009 act of the General Assembly is forcing them to make a choice—easy access to degrees or high standards. They don’t have to make this choice.

U.S. meat producers looking east

posted: 10/31/2010 3:35 a.m.

Meat industry groups are asking the federal government to address trade relations with eastern Asia markets long closed or restricted to U.S. beef because of fears of mad-cow disease.

Hotels want faster action on TripAdvisor reviews

posted: 10/31/2010 3:35 a.m.

The 35 million hotel reviews posted at TripAdvisor’s website reveal everything from snooty staff to filthy toilets, and sometimes the reviewer’s overly picky standards.

Wicked this way comes

posted: 10/31/2010 3:31 a.m.

Good things definitely come to those who stand by and wait.

Bentonville Looks To Pick Up Pace

posted: 10/31/2010 3 a.m.

The makeup of Bentonville’s girls basketball team has Tom Halbmeier believing the Lady Tigers can pick up the pace a little bit this season.

CLASS 5A VOLLEYBALL: Nettleton Wins Title

posted: 10/31/2010 2:59 a.m.

For the first time since 2003, the Siloam Springs Lady Panthers did not come home with the state volleyball championship.

Rogers High Reloading, Not Rebuilding

posted: 10/31/2010 2:58 a.m.

Rogers High has had to replace almost all of its offensive punch from a year ago, but Lady Mounties coach Preston Early expects the team to contend for the 7A-West Conference championship.

Fayetteville Hitters Run Into Tough Defense

posted: 10/31/2010 2:49 a.m.

Over and over again, Fayetteville outside hitters Courtney Marshall and Hannah Pinter went up, reached their arms back and hammered spikes across the net.


posted: 10/31/2010 2:46 a.m.

Former Major League catcher and Springdale resident Vance Wilson was named the manager of the Kane County (Ill.) Cougars on Friday. The Cougars are the Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

COMMENTARY Forget Politics For Today

posted: 10/31/2010 1:50 a.m.

Ilike Halloween, which sometimes takes determination.

Saturday, October 30

Position-by-position matchups

posted: 10/30/2010 7:28 a.m.

OFFENSE Quarterbacks Larry Smith has thrown all but 11 passes for Vanderbilt this season, and the 6-2, 220-pound junior has completed 85 of 164 (.518) for 1,005 yards, with 5 TDs and 4 interceptions.

Rangers look to get back in Series against Giants

posted: 10/30/2010 7:27 a.m.

A half-hour after Jeff Francoeur hit an easy fly ball to end Game 2, a most curious sight began to unfold in front of the San Francisco dugout.

Hazen’s Campbell persists

posted: 10/30/2010 7:22 a.m.

Nate Campbell figures he always appreciated attending Vanderbilt on a football scholarship and playing for the Commodores.

HOG CALLS: This isn’t time for an Arkansas letdown

posted: 10/30/2010 7:20 a.m.

Every football team in the SEC yearns to play the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Auburn: No. 1 ranking not burden

posted: 10/30/2010 7:19 a.m.

Now what, Auburn?

UAPB playing shuffle board

posted: 10/30/2010 7:16 a.m.

Of all the nonfootball-related items in use by the Arkansas-Pine Bluff coaching staff, a large, white, magnetic board in the back of a team meeting room has gotten the largest workout this year.

UCA coming off defensive stand

posted: 10/30/2010 7:15 a.m.

Central Arkansas can credit its defense for its first Southland Conference victory last week at Nicholls State.

Stakes remain high at Battle of Ravine

posted: 10/30/2010 7:14 a.m.

Todd Knight will coach in his 10th Battle of the Ravine today. Scott Maxfield will do so in his fifth.

NBA James, Heat let play do talking

posted: 10/30/2010 7:12 a.m.

LeBron James stayed fairly quiet when the Orlando Magic questioned his competitiveness this summer.

State sports briefs

posted: 10/30/2010 7:12 a.m.

VOLLEYBALL UCA earns road victory Jessica Hays had 13 kills and 11 digs to lead Central Arkansas to a 25-14, 25-22, 25-20 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (11-14, 4-7 ) on Thursday in Corpus Christi, Texas. Chloe Smith had 16 kills for UCA (22-6, 11-0 Southland), which won its 16th consecutive match this season and 33rd consecutive conference match.

New way works for Hafertepe in prelim

posted: 10/30/2010 7:12 a.m.

Sam Hafertepe Jr. says he’s forgotten any past experience that might have given him an advantage at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway.

No surprise UConn atop women’s poll

posted: 10/30/2010 6:57 a.m.

Connecticut will begin the season the same way it has the past two, atop The Associated Press women’s basketball poll.

Clarke dealing with suspension

posted: 10/30/2010 6:54 a.m.

It might be the most asked question in Arkansas the past week that didn’t involve Ryan Mallett’s shoulder or Joe Adams’ and Greg Childs’ ankles.

Public Meetings

posted: 10/30/2010 6:36 a.m.


‘Sorry,’ killer’s aide tells widow

posted: 10/30/2010 6:19 a.m.

Seven months and 18 days after his arrest for participating in the Christmas Eve murder of a Salvation Army major in front of his three children, 19-year-old Laquan Javaris Fitzpatrick on Friday admitted his guilt, looked the man’s crying widow in the eye and said he was sorry.

NWA Teams Eye Volleyball Titles

posted: 10/30/2010 6:13 a.m.

There’s a lot of sharing when it comes to the two teams vying for the Class 7A state volleyball championship today.

Har-Ber Wins Instant Classic

posted: 10/30/2010 6:12 a.m.

With their arms linked together, Springdale Har-Ber’s football players swayed back and forth as their marching band played a tune two nights before Halloween.

U.S.-bound bombs from Yemen seized

posted: 10/30/2010 6:11 a.m.

Authorities intercepted two packages from Yemen that contained explosive materials and were directed at synagogues in Chicago, representing a “credible terrorist threat,” President Barack Obama said Friday.

Panel set to expose drill-fluid contents

posted: 10/30/2010 6:09 a.m.

The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission is in the final stages of formulating a rule to provide more information about chemicals used in natural-gas wells.

Edwards’ Screen Passes Open Door For Tigers

posted: 10/30/2010 6:08 a.m.

Bentonville’s offensive scheme allows a variety of players to have an outstanding game, depending on how the opposing defense attempts to stop the Tigers.

Shots fly across DMZ of North, South Korea

posted: 10/30/2010 6:07 a.m.

North Korean troops fired two machine-gun bursts at a South Korean guard post across their heavily militarized border Friday night, and soldiers from the South returned fire with three rifle shots, a Defense Ministry official said in Seoul.

FBI asks how suspect radicalized

posted: 10/30/2010 6:03 a.m.

FBI agents who ensnared a suburban father in a terrorism sting involving a fictional subway bomb plot have turned their attention to figuring out what may have made the Pakistaniborn U.S. citizen turn against his adopted country.

Rogers Comes Up Just Short

posted: 10/30/2010 6:02 a.m.

Rogers High was an inch short of its first victory Friday night.

Judge orders test of well’s cement

posted: 10/30/2010 6 a.m.

A federal judge is ordering tests to be performed as soon as possible on cement Halliburton Co. used to seal the BP well that later blew out catastrophically in the Gulf of Mexico.

Northwest Personal Space

posted: 10/30/2010 6 a.m.

Craig Blanchard of Northwest Arkansas Wild Wheels says his deck overlooking Beaver Lake is his favorite place to be.

Southside Cruises Past Heritage

posted: 10/30/2010 5:59 a.m.

Fort Smith Southside applied a quick knockout Friday night.

Clinton: Didn’t ask Meek to leave race

posted: 10/30/2010 5:58 a.m.

Former President Bill Clinton on Friday denied reports — confirmed by his spokesman a day earlier — that he asked Democrat Kendrick Meek to drop out of the threeway Florida Senate race to clear the way for independent Gov. Charlie Crist.

Alma Explodes For Victory Over Panthers

posted: 10/30/2010 5:57 a.m.

Alma punched its ticket to the Class 5A playoffs Friday night with a 34-10 win against Siloam Springs in Airedale Stadium.

Agency fails to protect white voters, report says

posted: 10/30/2010 5:56 a.m.

The Justice Department has tried to hide the involvement of highlevel political officials in the dismissal of a voter-intimidation lawsuit against members of the New Black Panther Party, a federal commission concluded in a draft report.

Pioneers Rally Late To Defeat Prairie Grove

posted: 10/30/2010 5:54 a.m.

Gentry was trying to beat Prairie Grove Friday night, but was most successful at beating the clock.

President Obama’s statement

posted: 10/30/2010 5:54 a.m.

Text of statement by President Barack Obama on the overseas discovery of U.S.-bound packages containing explosives aboard cargo jets: Good afternoon, everybody. I want to briefly update the American people on a credible terrorist threat against our country, and the actions that we’re taking with our friends and our partners to respond to it.

Fayetteville, Springdale Schools Show Improvement

posted: 10/30/2010 5:52 a.m.

Some schools in Fayetteville and Springdale are showing improvement under the federal No Child Left Behind standards, according to reports to be released Monday by the Arkansas Department of Education measuring adequate yearly progress for school districts across the state.

Rough seas hinder tsunami aid

posted: 10/30/2010 5:52 a.m.

A group of private aid workers battled fierce swells and driving rain that kept most craft on shore Friday, managing to deliver food and other supplies to desperate survivors on the islands hardest hit by a tsunami that killed more than 400 people.

Harper Powers Saints Past Ozark

posted: 10/30/2010 5:52 a.m.

Garrett Harper tried to be a good teammate in 2009. When Shiloh Christian scored, he tried to be the first one to congratulate the player on the sideline.

Commission Preserves Election Night Updates

posted: 10/30/2010 5:51 a.m.

Benton County residents will get election night voting updates because the county’s Election Commission reached a compromise Friday after a tumultuous two-hour meeting.

Voting Unchanged For New Springdale Residents

posted: 10/30/2010 5:50 a.m.

Springdale residents in newly annexed areas will be able to vote in Tuesday’s election but not in city races.

Official Warns Meth Dangers Still Out There

posted: 10/30/2010 5:49 a.m.

A government official warned Friday that methamphetamine use is seeing a surge across the U.S.

Strzelecki Fuels Gravette Past Berryville

posted: 10/30/2010 5:47 a.m.

Darrick Strzelecki helped Gravette shake off a surprising second-quarter surge from Berryville with a career-best rushing performance Friday night.

E-Mail Leaves Questions In Cave Springs Race

posted: 10/30/2010 5:47 a.m.

A Cave Springs city worker may have committed an ethics violation when she pressed send on an e-mail endorsing Mayor Mark Reeves for re-election.

Bridal video nets apology from Maldives

posted: 10/30/2010 5:39 a.m.

It’s not a wedding video to show the kids.

State Praises, Warns Solid Waste District

posted: 10/30/2010 5:37 a.m.

The state’s new solid waste chief gave the Boston Mountain Solid Waste District Board of Directors and staff some praise and a little warning.

Mount Comfort Road Project Nears Completion

posted: 10/30/2010 5:36 a.m.

A major road project is only weeks away from completion, said Chris Brown, city engineer. Work to widen Mount Comfort Road from Interstate 540 west to Rupple Road should be completed by mid-December, Brown said.

Benton County to still announce running counts

posted: 10/30/2010 5:35 a.m.

Benton County voters and interested observers will get election-night voting updates after the county’s election commission reached a compromise Friday during a tumultuous, two-hour meeting.

Texas: Won’t obey gas-emission rules

posted: 10/30/2010 5:35 a.m.

Texas has refused to meet new federal greenhouse-gas emission rules that go into effect Jan. 2.

Mobility group seeks identity, forms strategy

posted: 10/30/2010 5:34 a.m.

Strategic planning for the Northwest Arkansas Regional Mobility Authority began in earnest Friday when engineers hired to help plot the authority’s future met with board members to discuss transportation goals, public awareness and ways to sidestep political squabbles that could derail projects.

Two wildfires near Colorado homes

posted: 10/30/2010 5:34 a.m.

Two wildfires burning in Colorado on Friday prompted the evacuations of the homes of 1,700 people as well as more in neighboring foothills where dozens of houses were burned in a blaze last month.

UA panel: Gulf oil spill proves fail-safe strengths

posted: 10/30/2010 5:33 a.m.

The Gulf oil spill is an example of how human failings can override multiple layers of system safety features, members of a university discussion panel concluded Friday.

Agency to reveal director applicants

posted: 10/30/2010 5:32 a.m.

A day after Attorney General Dustin McDaniel called on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to disclose the documents, the panel voted Friday to release copies of applications submitted for its permanent director job rather than wait until the application deadline to unseal and disclose them.

ASU board chooses 3 to interview for top job

posted: 10/30/2010 5:31 a.m.

Within a few hours of applying, Henderson State University President Charles Welch became one of three applicants chosen to be interviewed for the top job at the Arkansas State University System.

NW Arkansas today

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

QUOTE OF THE DAY “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Kip Guthrie, an engineer with Jacobs Engineering Group, on strategic planning for the Northwest Arkansas Regional Mobility Authority Article, 1B

The state/region in brief

posted: 10/30/2010 5:29 a.m.

Attorney appeals for Fite on ballot Tommy Fite should remain as a candidate for the state House District 83 seat because mounting a challenge to his candidacy “beyond the eleventh hour,” is “patently unfair and inherently foul,” Fite’s attorney told the Arkansas Supreme Court in legal documents filed Friday.

Corps Waives Fees For Veterans

posted: 10/30/2010 5:29 a.m.

The Army Corps of Engineers will waive day use fees Nov. 11 at Beaver Lake and other parks to commemorate Veterans Day. The waiver is for veterans, active, reserve and guard service members and their families.

Write to us, Northwest Arkansas

posted: 10/30/2010 5:29 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette welcomes your opinions, Northwest Arkansas. Unfortunately, not all letters received can be published in the space available. Clarity, brevity and originality are particularly valued.

Last Bentonville Farmers Market Today

posted: 10/30/2010 5:28 a.m.

The city’s last farmers market of the year will be from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

Early Voting Continues Today

posted: 10/30/2010 5:28 a.m.

In two weeks of early voting, 6,486 people in Washington County have cast their ballots for the 2010 general election.

COMMENTARY This isn’t time for an Arkansas letdown

posted: 10/30/2010 5:27 a.m.

Every football team in the SEC yearns to play the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Trunk Or Treat Today In Centerton

posted: 10/30/2010 5:27 a.m.

A trunk or treat will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. today.

Fayetteville Named Volunteer Community

posted: 10/30/2010 5:26 a.m.

The city was among 12 communities selected to received the 2010 Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year Award.

Grant hopes Tide roll in 2nd season

posted: 10/30/2010 5:26 a.m.

Eighth in a series previewing SEC basketball teams.

Two Sessions Offered For Winter Carnival

posted: 10/30/2010 5:25 a.m.

It started out with a special thought: How could the Bella Vista Property Owners Association introduce children to an old-fashioned carnival that’s free and fun for families?

BIG EAST Huskies end drought, beat Mountaineers in overtime

posted: 10/30/2010 5:25 a.m.

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Dave Teggart hit a 27-yard field goal in overtime and Connecticut beat West Virginia 16-13, giving the Huskies their first win over the Mountaineers.


posted: 10/30/2010 5:25 a.m.

Promise wins a vote Recently I heard a young new politician speak. His name is L.J. Bryant and he’s campaigning for a state office, land commissioner. The thing that impressed me the most about Bryant was that he promised to never drive a state car.

New Hope Road Section Closed Today

posted: 10/30/2010 5:24 a.m.

New Hope Road between Eighth and First streets will be closed from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

Mind if the FBI tracks you?

posted: 10/30/2010 5:24 a.m.

The Internet is developing so rapidly that users typically discover only after the fact that their privacy was invaded or their private online activities were revealed to strangers. Safeguards don’t seem to keep pace.

Disc Golf Meeting Thursday

posted: 10/30/2010 5:24 a.m.

The Rogers Parks Department is hosting a public meeting to determine interest in constructing a disc golf course.

OTHERS SAY: Ban caffeinated booze

posted: 10/30/2010 5:23 a.m.

CAFFEINATED BOOZE is a growing menace. The U.S.

The great campaign of 2010

posted: 10/30/2010 5:22 a.m.

In a radio interview that aired Monday on Univision, President Obama chided Latinos who “sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us.’ ”

Missouri out to seize control of North

posted: 10/30/2010 5:22 a.m.

Missouri has always had Kansas, and Nebraska used to have Oklahoma.

For shame!

posted: 10/30/2010 5:22 a.m.

ONE OF the rules around this outfit is: Readers only want to hear the voice of God when it’s God. If it’s not coming from On High, from the Big Guy himself, then it better not sound like it. What do you think this is, anyway, the New York Times?

Football territory has Rangers fever

posted: 10/30/2010 5:21 a.m.

With the home team struggling, the crowd began to chant, “Let’s go Rangers! Let’s go Rangers!” Down on the field, the Dallas Cowboys weren’t inspired. But that rallying cry heard during their game Monday night sent a clear message.

Our BBQ culture

posted: 10/30/2010 5:21 a.m.

On the Saturday before Election Day, let’s take a break from the politics that dominates this page and talk about something truly important.

Outstanding performance

posted: 10/30/2010 5:19 a.m.

Anyone recall that column awhile back about Fayetteville’s Haas Hall Academy? It’s the public school of about 300 students in grades 8 through 12 that convenes in a remodeled former Italian restaurant and beside Maggie Moos ice cream shop.

Marion banking on Norton again

posted: 10/30/2010 5:18 a.m.

Karla Norton is a master of mixing it up.


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Rose Cheek would love it if she could impose an information lockdown, but she knows that is a hopeless dream.

7 A-WEST Lunney lights fire under top-ranked Bentonville

posted: 10/30/2010 5:16 a.m.

Barry Lunney knows a thing or two about getting his players fired up.


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Area Meetings next week

7A-CENTRAL CONFERENCE Panthers’ ground game drops Pointers

posted: 10/30/2010 5:16 a.m.

Van Buren couldn’t keep its momentum Friday after returning the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.


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Arrests and other Police Reports

7 A-WEST Rogers inches short

posted: 10/30/2010 5:13 a.m.

Rogers High was an inch short of victory Friday night.

7 A-WEST Kickoff return saves Har-Ber

posted: 10/30/2010 5:12 a.m.

With their arms linked together, Springdale Har-Ber’s football players swayed back and forth as their marching band played a tune two nights before Halloween.


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October 30, 2010


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October 30, 2010

No. 19 Arkansas vs. Vanderbilt: Come on in, join the party

posted: 10/30/2010 5:09 a.m.

Arkansas’ Bobby Petrino, an ardent believer in the one-gameat-a-time approach to coaching, doesn’t see his 19th-ranked Hogs as viewing lowly Vanderbilt as a respite after a difficult five-game stretch.

LR bank reports another net loss

posted: 10/30/2010 5:06 a.m.

For the eighth-consecutive quarter, Metropolitan National Bank reported a net loss, losing $2.4 million in the period that ended Sept. 30, the Little Rock bank said Friday.

7 A-WEST Rebels strike too fast

posted: 10/30/2010 5:06 a.m.

Fort Smith Southside applied a quick knockout Friday night.

Natural gas utilities dropping rates

posted: 10/30/2010 5:05 a.m.

Customers of natural gas utilities Arkansas Oklahoma Gas and Arkansas Western Gas can expect lower bills this year, the two firms said Friday.

5A-WEST CONFERENCE Alma rushes by Siloam Springs

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

Alma punched its ticket to the Class 5A playoffs Friday night with a 34-10 victory against Siloam Springs at Airedale Stadium.

EU leaders sketch out ideas for bailout policy

posted: 10/30/2010 4:59 a.m.

European leaders’ decision to create a permanent financial backstop for future eurozone crises — but without spelling out who pays — looks set to trigger a power struggle among governments in the months to come.

Rangers a home run for new owners

posted: 10/30/2010 4:57 a.m.

Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan and the rest of the group that led the Texas Rangers from bankruptcy to the World Series are getting a quick payback.

Bernanke’s reticence rankles some

posted: 10/30/2010 4:57 a.m.

The Federal Reserve is all but certain next week to begin a multibillion-dollar effort to coax the recovery along, but privately, Ben Bernanke, head of the agency, worries that more is needed to turn the sluggish economy around and revive employment.


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Area News Briefs

Chevron profit falls 1.6% in 3rd quarter

posted: 10/30/2010 4:55 a.m.

Chevron Corp. posted an unexpected drop in net income, bucking the trend of bigger profits among the largest oil companies, after costs from exploration failures erased gains from higher crude prices and record production.

HOW WE SEE IT Tales From The Election Commission

posted: 10/30/2010 4:53 a.m.

The Benton County Election Commission has made the news a lot lately, and for various reasons — few of them good.

Other days

posted: 10/30/2010 4:53 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 30, 1910 On account of the fact that the official date comes this year on Sunday, there will be two Halloweens generally observed.

COMMENTARY West Fork, ‘Mad Minutes’

posted: 10/30/2010 4:52 a.m.

The October meeting of the West Fork City Council and Civics Class began with: “The motion to approve the Sept. 16, 2010 minutes as mailed.” Motion: Misty Caudle Second: Justin Harris Then, a verbal tornado hit the room, sweeping away practically all common sense.

Getting it straight

posted: 10/30/2010 4:51 a.m.

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

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Centerton Opinions Smothered

posted: 10/30/2010 4:51 a.m.

As a Centerton resident I have found there is no right to vote or freedom of speech. Don’t be a newcomer with a new vision. You will become entangled with the issues that have been brewing and never dealt with for 20 years.

Mega Millions

posted: 10/30/2010 4:50 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 4-19-26-28-39 Mega Ball: 14 Estimated jackpot: $140 million Megaplier: 04

In the news

posted: 10/30/2010 4:48 a.m.

Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., said some of her constituents, whom she declined to name, are so worried about the reinstatement of federal estate taxes that they plan to discontinue dialysis and other life-extending medical treatments so they can die before Dec. 31 and leave “their life’s work” to their children and grandchildren.

U.S. economy expands 2%

posted: 10/30/2010 4:48 a.m.

The U.S. economy grew at an annualized rate of 2 percent from July to September, the government reported Friday, a tepid showing that underscored a sluggish recovery.

1-4A CONFERENCE Cardinals score final 22 points after slow start

posted: 10/30/2010 4:48 a.m.

Farmington sent its seniors out in winning fashion Friday night, defeating the Pea Ridge Blackhawks 41-21 to keep themselves alive in the 1-4 A playoff race.

Names and faces

posted: 10/30/2010 4:47 a.m.

Randy Travis and his wife-manager, Elizabeth Travis, have divorced.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/30/2010 4:46 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The fight against terrorism is a multidimensional approach and we want to have the community help us.” Acting FBI Assistant Director John Perren, on building relationships inside the Muslim community Article, 2A

The world in brief

posted: 10/30/2010 4:45 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s too soon to know, and maybe it’s just accidental firing, but if this proves to be intentional firing, North Korea could be trying to send a signal that they are living up to their words.” Paik Hak-soon, director of the Center for North Korean Studies at the Sejong Institute near Seoul Article, 1A

1-4A CONFERENCE Harper totals 253 yards in rout

posted: 10/30/2010 4:44 a.m.

Garrett Harper tried to be a good teammate in 2009. When Shiloh Christian scored, he tried to be the first one to congratulate his teammate on the sideline.

Off the wire

posted: 10/30/2010 4:43 a.m.

BASEBALL Girardi finalizes 3-year deal Joe Girardi has completed a new three-year contract with the New York Yankees less than a week after the team was thoroughly outplayed by the Texas Rangers in the American League Championships Series.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/30/2010 4:42 a.m.

McFadden has big fan in Carroll Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden is certainly on the mind of Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll this week.


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1-4 A CONFERENCE GENTRY 21, PRAIRIE GROVE 17 PRAIRIE GROVE — Gentry (6-3, 4-2 1-4 A) scored twice in the final four minutes to defeat Prairie Grove (4-5, 2-4 ) and earn its first trip to the playoffs since 1998.

Ask the expert

posted: 10/30/2010 4:41 a.m.

My house needs painting and I’m about to get some bids. I understand that house paints have been changed lately and am hoping you can clue me in on what’s happening and what brands I should consider most.

MARKET REPORT: Bump ends Dow’s month on high

posted: 10/30/2010 4:40 a.m.

Stocks edged higher Friday to close out the best October for the Dow Jones industrial average in four years.

Playing ‘The Grace Card’

posted: 10/30/2010 4:39 a.m.

By career choice, David Evans is a doctor of optometry.


posted: 10/30/2010 4:37 a.m.

Greyhound to reopen stations in 6 towns Starting Monday, the Greyhound bus line will reopen stations in Bald Knob, Jonesboro, Marked Tree, Newport, Searcy and West Memphis, Greyhound said in news release Friday.

1-3A CONFERENCE West Fork starts fast, earns top seed

posted: 10/30/2010 4:35 a.m.

West Fork took an early three-touchdown lead and then hung on to clinch a share of the Class 1-3 A title in a 21-12 victory over Elkins at John Burch Jr. Memorial Field.

Business news in brief

posted: 10/30/2010 4:35 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “As we all know, recovery in the real estate market is a slow process and this has directly affected our earnings over our recent history.” Lunsford W. Bridges, chief financial officer of Metropolitan National Bank Article, 1D

FAITH MATTERS Presence Requires Deeper Listening

posted: 10/30/2010 4:35 a.m.

I was startled to learn last week that the average U.S. teen sends and receives 3,339 text messages a month — more than 100 a day. If you have a teenager in your family, you are certainly aware of how adept they are in the interplay of two flying thumbs and a tiny keyboard. And you have no doubt realized that if you want to stay in contact with your kids, you had better learn to text.

Tools & toys

posted: 10/30/2010 4:35 a.m.

Area-Rug Warmers What’s to love: Keep you, your feet warm in a chilly room without portable heaters.


posted: 10/30/2010 4:33 a.m.

The following seasonal events are offered at no cost. Most are outside, so dress warmly.

4-3A CONFERENCE Charleston overwhelms Cedarville

posted: 10/30/2010 4:33 a.m.

No. 3 Charleston might have had one eye looking ahead to next week, but the Tigers were still able to take care of business.

In the garden

posted: 10/30/2010 4:32 a.m.

Q I have had a recurring problem with my hydrangeas. They get a black spot, which causes the leaves to shrivel. I have used a triple-action fungicide, miticide, insecticide but with no results. What should I use to clear up this problem?


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Area Upcoming Church Events

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Recalled water is safe; it’s just excessively wet

posted: 10/30/2010 4:31 a.m.

Dear Otus, I don’t understand this notice I got from the water company yesterday about a recall. Is our water not safe to drink or something?


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Area Upcoming Church Events


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Home, safe home

posted: 10/30/2010 4:28 a.m.

Escaping a storm has long meant running headfirst into it.


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DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’ve been away from church most of my life, but now I think it’s time for me to come back. But which one should I choose? I don’t want to spend a lot of time visiting every church in our area. — L.W.

Obituaries for Washington County

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DEAR TOM AND RAY: I have a 1999 BMW 323i that I love. My husband wants to trade it in because it has 207,100 miles on it.

Tree trimming best left to pros

posted: 10/30/2010 4:23 a.m.

Except for a few imperfect limbs, the 50-year-old twin oak trees towered flawlessly over Helen Brisson’s backyard. She enjoyed their wide shade, which always seemed 10 degrees cooler in summertime, and the way the branches swayed with their pointy foliage in the breeze.

Obituaries for Benton County

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DEAR READERS: Some pet owners enjoy dressing their pets in funny costumes for Halloween, but your pets should feel safe and happy on this night. Here are a few hints from our friends at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (aspca.


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Happy birthday. You’ll bring abundant enthusiasm to your personal life this year. You make a public commitment in November. You do well politically and move into a position of greater infl uence in December. March brings the start of a fascinating journey. Loved ones come from far and wide to celebrate with you in July. Taurus and Virgo people adore you.

Check your knowledge

posted: 10/30/2010 4:20 a.m.

1. Name the first four presidents of the United States. 2. Polo is a game played on horseback by two teams of how many players each? 3. What is the lowest-weight division in boxing?

Keep it clean

posted: 10/30/2010 4:19 a.m.

Banishing allergens Call it fall cleaning.

5A-WEST CONFERENCE Criswell sparks Devil Dogs to late comeback

posted: 10/30/2010 3:34 a.m.

Morrilton was on the verge of getting blown out, but one play swung all the momentum to the Devil Dogs.

Friday, October 29

Wal-Mart employee shoots 3 at Reno store

posted: 10/29/2010 3:32 p.m.

A gunman was holed up Friday at a Wal-Mart store where he worked after shooting three co-workers who were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Marshals capture man wanted for 30 years

posted: 10/29/2010 12:53 p.m.

U.S. Marshals have captured an Arkansas fugitive in Chicago, 30 years after he disappeared.

Nordex dedicates $40M Jonesboro wind turbine plant

posted: 10/29/2010 9:41 a.m.

Nordex USA is dedicating its $40 million wind turbine factory in Jonesboro.

Controversial comments; board member to quit

posted: 10/29/2010 9:39 a.m.

The head of an anti-bullying group has applauded the decision of an Arkansas school board member to resign after posting on Facebook that he thinks gay youths should kill themselves.

JB Hunt CEO Thompson to step down at end of year

posted: 10/29/2010 8:08 a.m.

The president and chief executive officer of J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. will resign both posts at the end of the year.

Obituaries for Washington County

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Poldberg To Stay With Naturals

posted: 10/29/2010 6:30 a.m.

Texas League Manager of the Year Brian Poldberg will be back in a Northwest Arkansas uniform in 2011.

Bentonville Answers, Heads To Title Match

posted: 10/29/2010 6:28 a.m.

With the fourth game of Thursday’s match against Springdale Har-Ber hanging in the balance, Bentonville volleyball coach Michelle Coens called timeout and asked her players a simple question.

Lady ‘Dogs Block, Then Advance To Title Game

posted: 10/29/2010 6:26 a.m.

Realizing the tall task awaiting his team, Fort Smith Southside volleyball coach Steve Haaser talked to his players about hitting to different spots on the court.

Siloam Springs To Face Nettleton For 5A Crown

posted: 10/29/2010 6:24 a.m.

The Siloam Springs Lady Panthers are back in the state finals yet again. The six-time defending Class 5A champions fought off Wynne to score a three-set sweep on the Lady Yellowjackets’ home court in front of nearly 1,500 fans at Wynne High School on Thursday.

Shiloh Advances To Finals For First Time

posted: 10/29/2010 6:22 a.m.

Shiloh Christian had its own block party Thursday afternoon in the Brandon Burlsworth Youth Center.

Ellis A Big Hit At Safety

posted: 10/29/2010 6:18 a.m.

From the moment he saw Brooks Ellis lifting weights, Fayetteville defensive coordinator Brian Early realized he had a budding star with plenty of size and strength.

There’s No ‘I’ In Sanchez

posted: 10/29/2010 6:13 a.m.

With the ball tucked securely in his arms, Keenan Sanchez raced toward the north end zone last week with the hopes of scoring his first touchdown.

Defense Success Starts With Deluna

posted: 10/29/2010 6:10 a.m.

In many ways, the success of Springdale Har-Ber’s defense begins and ends with one single player.

Blume Steps Up For Mounties

posted: 10/29/2010 6:08 a.m.

Branden Blume has found a new home with Rogers High.

Gardner Back On Field For War Eagles

posted: 10/29/2010 6:05 a.m.

Russell Gardner hasn’t played in a varsity football game for Rogers Heritage, but War Eagles coach Perry Escalante doesn’t measure Gardner’s contribution to the team in catches, carries or tackles.

Football A Family Affair For Colemans

posted: 10/29/2010 6:02 a.m.

Because he is Bentonville’s outside linebackers coach, Rob Coleman tries his best to stay out of the secondary’s business.

Ramay Runs Away On Rivalry Night

posted: 10/29/2010 6 a.m.

Fayetteville Ramay brought a physical game plan to rivalry night and it paid off in a big way.

Southwest Kicker Boots Overtime Thriller

posted: 10/29/2010 5:55 a.m.

The loud speaker was blasting Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” as fans poured into Jarrell Williams Bulldog Stadium on Thursday night. The game was that and more.

Heritage Wins Ninth Straight

posted: 10/29/2010 5:52 a.m.

The quest for an undefeated season and a Northwest Arkansas Conference continues for the Rogers Heritage ninth-grade football team.

Magana-Galdamez Sentenced To 35 Years

posted: 10/29/2010 5:51 a.m.

Uris Magana-Galdamez admitted his role Thursday in the 2006 murder of Derrick Jefferson. Magana-Galdamez, 21, had been charged with accomplice to capital murder, but prosecutors agreed to reduce the charge to accomplice to first-degree murder under a plea arrangement reached with Magana-Galdamez attorneys Kent McLemore and Marianne Hudson.

Speed Thrills In Gold Win

posted: 10/29/2010 5:50 a.m.

Two-time defending Northwest Arkansas Conference football champion Bentonville Gold kept its 2010 title hopes soaring Thursday, beating in-school rival Bentonville Black 35-0 in Tiger Stadium.

College Pay Increase Investigation Winds Down

posted: 10/29/2010 5:50 a.m.

A state investigation into pay increases given by NorthWest Arkansas Community College will extend beyond this week, a state official said.

Lottery allows 80 comp hours

posted: 10/29/2010 5:50 a.m.

The Arkansas lottery’s exempt employees, except for the top three administrators, each will be allowed to use up to 80 hours of compensatory time off for their long hours worked during the lottery’s startup last year, the Arkansas Lottery Commission decided Thursday in a 5-4 vote.

School Board Ratifies Bond Sale

posted: 10/29/2010 5:48 a.m.

The Fayetteville School District caught a break when $31.4 million in Qualified School Construction Bonds were sold last week.

Arkansas home sales slide 21%

posted: 10/29/2010 5:48 a.m.

Arkansas home sales fell 21 percent in September compared with September last year, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Thursday.

Man Accused Of Molesting Children

posted: 10/29/2010 5:46 a.m.

A man faces felony charges for reportedly raping a 5-year-old girl repeatedly over the past two years and molesting a 2-year-old neighbor during a sleep-over in 2008.

Top experts target cancer at workshop

posted: 10/29/2010 5:44 a.m.

In their pursuit of a cure for cancer, many scientists have succeeded in part, but the larger puzzle itself still defies a solution, researchers attending a national symposium said Thursday.

Bisbee Backs Employee Raises

posted: 10/29/2010 5:42 a.m.

Benton County’s justices of the peace were given a quick look at the 2011 budget Thursday night, with the first draft showing no pay increases for county employees or elected officials.

City To Offer New Type Of Sign For Businesses

posted: 10/29/2010 5:40 a.m.

Butch Thomas knows a thing or two about signs after owning his businesses for 31 years. “Your best advertising is always word of mouth, but your second best advertising is always your sign,” said Thomas, who owns two pawn shops and a bail bond business. “You want to have something that someone gets attracted to.”

Arkansas vs. Vanderbilt: Razorbacks run for cover

posted: 10/29/2010 5:39 a.m.

Arkansas’ lead was shrinking, several of its offensive stars were hurting and the sky was rumbling last Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

High School Could Move To College Style Semesters

posted: 10/29/2010 5:39 a.m.

Bentonvile High School students could have a different grading schedule next year if a recommendation from the district’s Curriculum Committee passes through the Policy Committee and is approved by the School Board.

Kanning Arrested A Second Time In Connection With Drugs

posted: 10/29/2010 5:37 a.m.

The husband of a missing Bentonville woman was arrested for the second time in two weeks in connection with drugs.

Rogers Man Arrested In Connection With Rape

posted: 10/29/2010 5:36 a.m.

A Rogers man was being held Thursday in the Benton County Jail in connection with the rape of a 13-year-old girl, according to police documents.

Woman Pleads Guilty To Unemployment Theft

posted: 10/29/2010 5:35 a.m.

A Springdale woman has been sentenced to probation, fined and ordered to pay restitution after pleading guilty Thursday to stealing public benefits.

Bookstore Gets Into Halloween Spirit

posted: 10/29/2010 5:34 a.m.

The University of Arkansas Bookstore will hold costume and pumpkin-carving contests for students, faculty and staff, give out food and offer 10 percent discounts to anyone wearing a costume today.

Prairie Grove Man Accused Of Choking Wife

posted: 10/29/2010 5:34 a.m.

Police arrested a Prairie Grove man Wednesday after he reportedly choked, smothered and restrained his wife.

Area Lakes Stocked With Trout

posted: 10/29/2010 5:31 a.m.

Lake Atalanta in Rogers and lakes Springdale and Murphy Park in Springdale were stocked with rainbow trout Thursday by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission.

Developer advised to refile

posted: 10/29/2010 5:31 a.m.

A developer who claimed a bank’s poor business practices led to the foreclosure against the Grand Valley Ridge subdivision must refile that claim in Washington County Circuit Court before the state Supreme Court will rehear the case, the high court ruled Thursday.

EUREKA SPRINGS Ruling: Tossing lawsuit wrong

posted: 10/29/2010 5:30 a.m.

A Carroll County Circuit Court judge shouldn’t have dismissed a lawsuit over the installation of 86 parking meters in Eureka Springs, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday.


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News Briefs October 29, 2010

HOW WE SEE IT Now That’s Stimulating

posted: 10/29/2010 5:20 a.m.

The Bella Vista bypass, the top transportation priority as chosen by the state Highway Commission, received $10 million in federal stimulus funds earlier this year.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT The Truth About Our Heritage

posted: 10/29/2010 5:18 a.m.

I am so excited. I have just finished watching a 10-set DVD series called “The American Heritage Series,” presented by David Barton, founder of Wall Builders and an expert on American history.

BETWEEN THE LINES State Shift In Congress Looms

posted: 10/29/2010 5:17 a.m.

Whatever else happens in Tuesday’s general election, Arkansas’ congressional delegation will change — perhaps dramatically.

Time will tell on gains, NATO says

posted: 10/29/2010 5:15 a.m.

NATO won’t know until June if the security gains being made in the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar will hold, a top commander said Thursday, lowering hopes for a quick return on the Obama administration’s investment of tens of thousands more troops.

FAYETTEVILLE A Little Bit Warped

posted: 10/29/2010 5:13 a.m.

It’s red lipstick. It’s garters and fishnets. It’s oiled bare bodies, stiletto heels, leather chokers, superdark eyeliner, racy musical numbers and all-around overthe-top freaky kinkiness.

Secrecy not enemy, says U.K.’s spy chief

posted: 10/29/2010 5:13 a.m.

Britain’s spy-agency chief stepped out of the shadows with an unprecedented public address Thursday, defending the need for secrecy to counter growing terror threats.

EUREKA SPRINGS Back On The ‘Red Horse’

posted: 10/29/2010 5:12 a.m.

Sure, there have been a few moments over the course of her 40-plusyear music career when Eliza Gilkyson doubted that she could continue as a songwriter.

French strikes disrupting air travel

posted: 10/29/2010 5:11 a.m.

Strikes caused hassles for air travelers in France on Thursday, but nationwide street protests over a plan to raise the retirement age to 62 failed to draw the crowds of past weeks.


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Meetings next week


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Arrests and Incidents Reported

GRIDLOCK GURU Trees are no threat to surface

posted: 10/29/2010 5:09 a.m.

Trees planted along a road can grow massive, just-below-the-soil root systems that push up streets and sidewalks.


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October 29, 2010

ETC. Annual Arts Fundraiser

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

The eighth annual Arts Center of the Ozarks 5x5 Soiree will take place from 5:55-7 :55 p.m. Thursday at 214 S. Main St. in Springdale.

More watershed land eligible for cash

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

Special funding totaling $3.75 million will go to a cost-share program next year to improve water quality in two Northwest Arkansas watersheds, said Dave White, chief of the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service.


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October 29, 2010

The state/region in brief

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Plea reduces murder charge BENTONVILLE — Uris Magana-Galdamez on Thursday admitted his role in the 2006 murder of Derrick Jefferson.

Three Minutes, Three Questions Kenneth Sillito

posted: 10/29/2010 5:05 a.m.

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, along with concert pianist Jonathan Biss, will present an all-Mozart performance at 8 p.m. today at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville.

FAYETTEVILLE An Un-Common Un-Rally

posted: 10/29/2010 5:04 a.m.

Roger Haak wants to call this a political event.

FEATURE Autumn-motives

posted: 10/29/2010 5:03 a.m.

The yellow, red, orange, gold and burgundy of fall foliage might seem magical, but the explanation for when and how those vibrant colors happen is pure science.

TRICKS Ghouls, Ghosts, Goodies

posted: 10/29/2010 5:01 a.m.

It’s about time to put on Halloween costumes. This weekend is full of costume contest opportunities or the chance to see others dressed up, such as at the various haunted houses in the area.

Votes for Fite will be manually stripped, but preserved

posted: 10/29/2010 5:01 a.m.

Any votes cast for Tommy Fite for the District 83 seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives will be manually deleted before results are made public on election night, the Crawford County Election Commission decided Thursday.

NW Arkansas today

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

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The goal is to make the regulators into the Maytag repairman.” Dave White, Natural Resources Conservation Service chief, on a fund to improve water quality in two Northwest Arkansas watersheds Article, 1B

FAYETTEVILLE Undead And Loving It

posted: 10/29/2010 4:57 a.m.

Being a zombie isn’t easy.


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Detective ‘Danno’ on Hawaii Five-0 LOS ANGELES — Stage and screen actor James MacArthur, who played Danno in the original version of television’s Hawaii Five-0, died Thursday at age 72.

DINING Your Yogurt

posted: 10/29/2010 4:55 a.m.

With 21 flavors of frozen yogurt from which to choose and more than 80 toppings available, “everybody gets to make it just the way you want,” says Kim McNeill, owner of YumYos Help Yo Self Frozen Yogurt shop on Rainbow Curve in Bentonville.

Prison suit said avoidable

posted: 10/29/2010 4:54 a.m.

If medical workers at the federal prison in Forrest City had simply offered basic medical care when an inmate hurt his ankle in 2004, it could have saved him years of pain and the government an $813,000 malpractice judgment, a Little Rock attorney said Wednesday.


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Matt Cain shut down the Texas Rangers with the type of dominating pitching that put the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.


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VIKINGS Favre: game not ruled out EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Brett Favre is walking around the Minnesota Vikings practice facility without the oversized boot that has been protecting his injured left ankle.


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Highlights and Calendar of Area Entertainment Events

5A-WEST CONFERENCE Greenwood turns miscues into points

posted: 10/29/2010 4:47 a.m.

A lopsided game between Greenwood and Greenbrier was the last thing most expected Thursday night at Smith Robinson Stadium.

Toyota concealed buybacks, plaintiffs say

posted: 10/29/2010 4:43 a.m.

Toyota Motor Corp. bought back cars from drivers who reported sudden acceleration defects, but the company didn’t tell federal regulators about the problem and compelled customers to sign confidentiality agreements, according to court documents filed in the sprawling litigation against the automaker.

Deaths climb to 427 in Indonesia

posted: 10/29/2010 4:41 a.m.

Rescuers searching islands ravaged by a tsunami off western Indonesia raised the death toll to 393 today as more corpses were wrapped in body bags or buried by neighbors. Officials said hundreds of missing people may have been swept out to sea.

Class 7A report

posted: 10/29/2010 4:40 a.m.

Bulldogs embrace challenge Springdale has won three consecutive games in the 7A-West Conference, but that streak will be put to the test tonight when the Bulldogs play host to top-ranked Bentonville at Jarrell Williams Bulldog Stadium.

BP said to know cement unstable

posted: 10/29/2010 4:39 a.m.

Tests performed before the deadly blowout of BP’s oil well in the Gulf of Mexico should have raised doubts about the cement used to seal the well, but the company and its cementing contractor used it anyway, investigators with the president’s oil-spill commission said Thursday.

Public Meetings

posted: 10/29/2010 4:39 a.m.



posted: 10/29/2010 4:38 a.m.

Austin Crawford knows he needs to work on controlling his temper while on the tennis court.

CLASS 7A VOLLEYBALL FS Southside can’t crash Fayetteville’s block party

posted: 10/29/2010 4:38 a.m.

Fort Smith Southside Coach Steve Haaser realized the tall task awaiting his team and talked to his players about hitting to different spots on the court, but even he acknowledged there wasn’t much his hitters could do to get around Fayetteville’s blockers.

CLASS 6A VOLLEYBALL Van Buren in its first final

posted: 10/29/2010 4:37 a.m.

When Brittany Henson got going, so did the Van Buren Lady Pointers.

Obituaries for Benton County

posted: 10/29/2010 4:36 a.m.


Suspect wanted to be martyr, FBI says

posted: 10/29/2010 4:36 a.m.

A Pakistani-born suburban father was trying to enlist in a terrorist organization in January and was eager to become a martyr when he unknowingly walked into an FBI sting and began helping plan a purported attack on the Washington subway system, according to court documents.

LIKE IT IS: There is always a trap game in the SEC

posted: 10/29/2010 4:35 a.m.

With Alabama and LSU off this week, the SEC schedule seems to be a little more serene, but not necessarily predictable.

Roberts to take helm at J.B. Hunt

posted: 10/29/2010 4:34 a.m.

The board of directors at J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. on Thursday appointed the president of one of its trucking divisions to lead the company next year and said President and Chief Executive Officer Kirk Thompson will step down to become board chairman.

Exxon Mobil records big gain

posted: 10/29/2010 4:31 a.m.

Exxon Mobil Corp.’s third-quarter income jumped 55 percent because of higher oil prices and increased production.

Earnings report

posted: 10/29/2010 4:31 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Thursday included: Colgate-Palmolive Co., the consumer products maker, said net income rose 4.9 percent to $619 million, or $1.21 per share, from $590 million, or $1.12 per share, in the same period last year. Revenue fell more than 1 percent to $3.94 billion. The share price fell 58 cents to $74.92.

School fighting playoff system

posted: 10/29/2010 4:31 a.m.

An incomprehensible breakdown in communication triggered Van Buren’s lawsuit against the Arkansas Activities Association, the school’s athletic director said Thursday afternoon.

Copter rescues 2 missing in Idaho

posted: 10/29/2010 4:31 a.m.

A helicopter crew plucked a hunter and his 14-year-old daughter from a mountainous and remote area of northern Idaho on Thursday morning after the pair had been missing for three days after a snowstorm.

Clinton pushing Burma inquiry

posted: 10/29/2010 4:29 a.m.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that the U.S. will continue to push for the creation of an international commission to investigate alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes in Burma.

COMMENTARY: Lee’s off night changes everything

posted: 10/29/2010 4:28 a.m.

In what was supposed to be a wide-open World Series, the kind that makes purists breathe rapidly, there was at least one working guarantee.

REVIEW Never Let Me Go

posted: 10/29/2010 4:27 a.m.

Never Let Me Go 87 Cast: Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield, Carey Mulligan. Director: Mark Romanek Rating: R, for some sex and nudity Running time: 98 minutes Never Let Me Go is gorgeous. And depressing. It’s exquisitely acted. And depressing. It’s romantic, profound and superbly crafted, shot with the self-contained radiance of a snow globe. And it’s depressing.

Graduation rates climb at Arkansas

posted: 10/29/2010 4:25 a.m.

Arkansas student-athletes in all sports had a 72 percent graduation rate for the latest four-year reporting period, according to statistics released by the NCAA this week.

Use of lifts under review after death

posted: 10/29/2010 4:24 a.m.

As the Notre Dame football team drilled on its practice field, Declan Sullivan stood high above the turf in a hydraulic lift, videotaping the session so players could get an aerial view of their performance.

Japan-consul car shot up in Pakistan

posted: 10/29/2010 4:24 a.m.

Gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on a Japanese consular vehicle in Pakistan’s largest city Thursday, wounding two local employees and underscoring the fragile security in the country.

Razorbacks report

posted: 10/29/2010 4:23 a.m.

Two Hogs ruled out of game Arkansas will be without two key starters for Saturday’s 6 p.m. homecoming game against Vanderbilt.

REVIEW Catfish

posted: 10/29/2010 4:23 a.m.

Say this about Sundance darling Catfish, a low-budget documentary that became the subject of a bidding war, was immersed in a controversy over its veracity and now gets a national release: It sure is a talker, whether you like the film or not.

Jobless claims in U.S. slide to a 3-month low

posted: 10/29/2010 4:23 a.m.

Initial claims for jobless benefits unexpectedly dropped last week to a threemonth low, bolstering hopes that the U.S. labor market is starting to mend.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Las Vegas lineman set to check out Fayetteville

posted: 10/29/2010 4:21 a.m.

Arkansas is expected to host three prospects on official visits this weekend, including defensive end Sam Tai.

In the news

posted: 10/29/2010 4:20 a.m.

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a Saudi prince who has aided the imam who is spearheading a proposed Islamic center near New York’s ground zero, urged the backers of the proposed Islamic center to choose another site not associated with the “wound” of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Names and faces

posted: 10/29/2010 4:20 a.m.

A Los Angeles jury on Thursday convicted Anna Nicole Smith’s psychiatrist, Khristine Eroshevich, and boyfriend, Howard K. Stern, of conspiracy counts but acquitted the doctor who prescribed drugs for her of all charges.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/29/2010 4:20 a.m.

1891 rules fuzzy on dunking The rules of basketball are going on sale.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/29/2010 4:20 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “In short, human rights are in everyone’s interest.This is a message that the United States delivers every day, in every region.” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who said U.S. will continue to push for a panel to probe purported crimes against humanity in Burma Article, this page

Off the wire

posted: 10/29/2010 4:19 a.m.

HORSE RACING Super Saver retired Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver was retired because of concern over bone bruises in his legs and will become a stud horse.


posted: 10/29/2010 4:19 a.m.

New this week Catfish 83 PG-13 In late 2007, Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost’s film about the life of Ariel’s brother, Nev, turns into a reality thriller, involving love, deception and twisted identity within a labyrinth of online intrigue.

The world in brief

posted: 10/29/2010 4:19 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Suddenly trees, houses and all things in the village were sucked into the sea and nothing was left.” Fisherman Joni Sageru, who survived an earthquake and the resulting tsunami that swept away his village off western Indonesia Article 1A

Heifer International announces new CEO

posted: 10/29/2010 4:15 a.m.

Heifer International named Pierre Ferrari as its new chief executive officer Thursday, ending a national search to replace the global charity’s longtime leader who retired in January.

Lawrence in spotlight with X-Men role

posted: 10/29/2010 4:13 a.m.

Jennifer Lawrence truly sensed her career had changed once celebrity photographers and comic-book fans began stalking her to take pictures of her “in human form.” Lawrence, who has Oscar buzz for a star-making performance in Sundance Film Festival prize winner Winter’s Bone, now is shooting her first big studio film — an X-Men prequel in which she plays shape-shifting mutant Mystique.

World Series report

posted: 10/29/2010 4:10 a.m.

DH plan on plane for Giants The lack of a designated hitter in the first two games of the World Series already has wreaked havoc with the Texas Rangers’ lineup, with cleanup hitter Vladimir Guerrero not starting Game 2 on Thursday night.

Reality check awaits Gators

posted: 10/29/2010 4:08 a.m.

Seventh in a series previewing SEC basketball teams Florida Coach Billy Donovan isn’t complaining that his Gators are the preseason pick to win the SEC championship.

State college football report

posted: 10/29/2010 4:06 a.m.

Nailbiters difficult to swallow On one hand, Ronnie Huckeba’s Harding Bisons have been competitive in each of the seven games they’ve played this season.

TOP 25: N.C. State grabs fumble, game

posted: 10/29/2010 4:05 a.m.

Russell Wilson threw a fourth-down touchdown pass to George Bryan with 2:40 left to help North Carolina State rally from a big halftime deficit and beat No. 16 Florida State 28-24 on Thursday night.

Duke ‘developing,’ but still No. 1 pick

posted: 10/29/2010 4:03 a.m.

Defending national champion Duke was a runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 men’s basketball poll.

First-year owner still top driver

posted: 10/29/2010 4:03 a.m.

Jason Johnson is having an ultra successful year on the national sprint car ranks, but he’s used to that.

High court: Substitutes included in benefits law

posted: 10/29/2010 4:02 a.m.

The Arkansas law that prohibits school employees from receiving unemployment benefits during academic breaks also applies to substitutes hired by contractors, provided there is a reasonable assurance that they will return the next semester, the Supreme Court found when it reversed an Arkansas Board of Review decision Thursday.

ARKANSAS STATE BASKETBALL: Red Wolves picked high for starters

posted: 10/29/2010 3:59 a.m.

Expectations are on the rise in John Brady’s third season as coach of the Arkansas State men’s basketball team.

State sports briefs

posted: 10/29/2010 3:54 a.m.

BASKETBALL SEC coaches put Ricketts on second team Arkansas junior C’eira Ricketts has been named to the SEC coaches’ preseason All-SEC second team. Ricketts, of Louisville, Ky., averaged 9.7 points and 5.0 rebounds a game last season while leading the Razorbacks with 121 assists.

THURSDAY’S NBA: Magic open new arena in style

posted: 10/29/2010 3:53 a.m.

Dwight Howard had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lift the Orlando Magic to a 112-83 victory over the Washington Wizards on Thursday night at the Amway Center, giving the NBA’s newest arena a grand opening and spoiling No. 1 overall pick John Wall’s debut.

Wal-Mart weighing smaller S. Africa bid

posted: 10/29/2010 3:50 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is considering taking a smaller stake in South African retailer Massmart Holdings Ltd. to keep its listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

Chrysler, GM plan small-cars big push

posted: 10/29/2010 3:47 a.m.

General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC announced plans to invest millions of dollars in U.S. plants Thursday to build new small cars.

Potash takeover bid stirring wariness in Canada

posted: 10/29/2010 3:44 a.m.

A mile under the prairies of Saskatchewan lie the world’s biggest reserves of potash, a fertilizer ingredient critical to the global food supply. It’s why they call the Canadian province the Saudi Arabia of potash.

Other days

posted: 10/29/2010 3:40 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 29, 1910 That the holding of fairs throughout Arkansas should be systematized, the system to be composed of three big subdivisions, the county, the district and state fairs, was the belief expressed yesterday by Prof. George A. Cole, president of the Arkansas Farmers’ Union and also president of the Arkansas State Fair Association, who spent the day in Little Rock.


posted: 10/29/2010 3:38 a.m.

Take cue from Chile Like millions of people around the world, I watched the dramatic rescue of the 33 Chilean miners. I was very impressed with the cooperation of experts from around the world who joined together to accomplish this difficult task.

MARKET REPORT: Weak earnings a drag on Dow

posted: 10/29/2010 3:38 a.m.

Stocks struggled to a mixed finish Thursday after weak earnings news from 3M and other companies weighed on the market.

In the Fourth District . . .

posted: 10/29/2010 3:37 a.m.

NOW IS the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party. So goes the old typing exercise—and perennial cry at election time. But for those who think of themselves as conservatives, or just citizens of some judgment, which party would that be in the Fourth District of Arkansas this year?

One-way diversity

posted: 10/29/2010 3:37 a.m.

Last month, 18 million college students returned to school—to those hotbeds of debate about the crucial issues of the day, right? But not so fast.

Money and foolishness

posted: 10/29/2010 3:36 a.m.

If we put stock in the biblical axiom about our heart being where our treasure is, no one can say that the people of Arkansas don’t put a lot of heart into education.

Halloweens past

posted: 10/29/2010 3:35 a.m.

We called him Old Mr. Crabapple because he didn’t look at all like the kind of elderly gentleman a child would want to befriend.


posted: 10/29/2010 3:35 a.m.

AETN chief named officer on PBS board Allen Weatherly, executive director of the Arkansas Educational Television Network and the AETN Foundation, has been elected vice chairman of the Public Broadcasting Service board of directors, according to a release Thursday.

Secrets turn out to be familiar

posted: 10/29/2010 3:35 a.m.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange claimed at a news conference last weekend that the release by his organization of 391,000 classified documents on the war in Iraq was intended to “correct some of that attack on the truth that occurred before the war, during the war and which has continued after the war.”

Business news in brief

posted: 10/29/2010 3:34 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s not surprising to see pretty steep declines on a year-over-year basis when you’re comparing with a time when there were tax credits available.” Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, talking about September home sales in the state Article, 1D

ON FILM: Makes you wanna SCREAM!

posted: 10/29/2010 3:31 a.m.

People ask me all the time about my favorite movies, and it’s always a question I struggle with. I don’t really have a list, and every movie I think of leads me to three others. Ask me again in 15 minutes and I’ll have a completely different way of looking at the question.

Horror sequel has strong start

posted: 10/29/2010 3:30 a.m.

An indie blockbuster considered last year to be lightning in a bottle has evolved into the most successful horror franchise of the moment.

Screen gems

posted: 10/29/2010 3:30 a.m.

So you have a video you want to post online. You go to YouTube, right? Not necessarily.


posted: 10/29/2010 3:29 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) Certifiably Jonathan, not rated A comic quasi-documentary involving 80-year-old comedian/actor Jonathan Winters’ search for his sense of humor, lost when his favorite painting vanishes.

Film clips

posted: 10/29/2010 3:29 a.m.

At area theaters 78 ALPHA AND OMEGA, PG Two wolves (voices of Justin Long and Hayden Panettiere) try to find their way back to their pack after being kidnapped.


posted: 10/29/2010 3:27 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Our marriage finally ended after 18 years. The sad thing is, our two children (both teenagers) are taking opposite sides, with our son sticking up for his dad and our daughter taking my side. I hate this.

Home movies

posted: 10/29/2010 3:26 a.m.

Recent DVD releases: Evening Primrose (Not rated, 50 minutes) — Stephen Sondheim’s “lost” TV musical aired only once, in November 1966 on the series ABC Stage 67.


posted: 10/29/2010 3:25 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I have a hint about keeping track of the name and paint for a room. I write the name and formula of the paint under the switch-plate cover of the light switch. When the switch plate is installed, it protects the information and keeps it out of sight. Now, when it comes time to repaint or there are new owners, all the information for each room is right there under the switch plate.


posted: 10/29/2010 1:28 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your life is in alignment, and this year’s action unfolds in a gentle, pleasing way. You respond well to praise and will get plenty of it for the work you do in November and December. Clear communication moves your family into a happy mode of operation.

Check your knowledge

posted: 10/29/2010 1:25 a.m.

1. Oil of the juniper berry is used as the basic flavoring for what alcoholic beverage? 2. What is the monetary unit of Switzerland? 3. Why isn’t there sound on the moon? 4. To “indoctrinate” is to do what?

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Lindsey & Associates

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Bob Caudle

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East Meets West Spa & Salon

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Walton Arts Center

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Stanton Animal Hospital

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Parkhill Clinic for Women

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McGaugh RV Center

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Dr. Bryan Abernathy of Abernathy Clinic

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Western Federal Credit Union

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Catfish Hole

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Thorncrown Chapel

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Washington Regional Medical Center

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The Rose Antique Mall & Flea Market

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Shiloh Christian School

Best Local TV News Anchor

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Neile Jones

Best Health Club

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Fayetteville Athletic Club

Best Handyman

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Handyman Connection

Best Carry Out

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Marketplace Grill

Best Hamburgers

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Best Cheese Dip

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La Huerta Bar & Grill

Best Local TV Sports Reporter

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Aaron Peters

Best Home Accessories Store

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Best Public Elementary School

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Root Elementary School

Best Restaurant Wine Selection

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Best Department Store

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Best Employment Agency

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Best Tourist Attraction

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Beaver Lake

Best Craft Store

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Hobby Lobby

Best Financial Planner

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Arvest Bank

Best Fresh Produce

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Harp's Food Stores

Best Art Gallery

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Crystal Bridges

Best Jewelry Store

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Perry's Jewelry & Fine Gifts

Best Ambassador for Springdale

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Doug Sprouse

Best Travel Agency

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Design Travel

Best Health Food Store

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Ozark Natural Foods

Best Ambassador for Siloam Springs

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David Allen

Best Carpet Cleaning

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Stanley Steamer Carpet Cleaning

Best Place to Buy a New Car/Truck

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Landers McLarty

Best Funeral Home

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Callison-Lough Funeral Home

Best Mexican Food

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Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy

Best Furniture Store

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Hanks Fine Furniture

Best Public High School

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Bentonville High School

Best Museum

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Shiloh Museum

Best Retirement Community

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Butterfield Trail Village

Best Ambassador to Rogers

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Steve Womack

Best Ambassador for Bentonville

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Tom Walton

Best Pet Boarding

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Dog Party USA

Thursday, October 28

Wal-Mart considering smaller Massmart stake

updated: 10/28/2010 11:24 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is considering taking a smaller stake in South African retailer Massmart Holdings Ltd. to keep its listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange

Lisa Blount, Arkansas actor-producer, dies at 53

posted: 10/28/2010 9:17 a.m.

A publicist for Lisa Blount has confirmed that the Arkansas-born actor and Academy Award winning filmmaker has died at age 53.

Still no decision in Echols appeal

posted: 10/28/2010 9:04 a.m.

Four weeks after hearing arguments in an appeal for a new trial from a man convicted of the grisly murders of three West Memphis children, the Arkansas Supreme Court has still not issued a decision.

FINANCIAL FUTURE: Budget Near Completion

posted: 10/28/2010 5:59 a.m.

Benton County’s financial future will begin to take on substance today when the Quorum Court’s Finance Committee gets the preliminary version of the 2011 budget.

Council Candidates Vie For Votes

posted: 10/28/2010 5:57 a.m.

City Council candidates gathered at a forum to discuss issues and vie for votes before the polls open Tuesday.

Man Pleads Not Guilty To Arson

posted: 10/28/2010 5:57 a.m.

A Pea Ridge man pleaded not guilty to setting fire to another man’s house.

Judge curtails work on plant by SWEPCO

posted: 10/28/2010 5:53 a.m.

Southwestern Electric Power Co. must immediately stop work on a small part of the 3,000-acre site where the company is building a $2.1 billion coal-fired power plant in Hempstead County, U.S. District Judge Bill Wilson ruled Wednesday.

Boy Injured By Stray Bullet

posted: 10/28/2010 5:53 a.m.

An accidental shooting Oct. 26 sent a 12-year-old Bella Vista boy to the hospital where he was treated and released.

Greenway Trial Set For March 2011

posted: 10/28/2010 5:53 a.m.

Randall Greenway will have a March trial in connection with the disappearance and death of Alicia Minton.

Missouri Man Pleads Not Guilty To Rape

posted: 10/28/2010 5:51 a.m.

A Missouri man is fit to stand trial for the rape of a 75-year-old Benton County woman.

Assurances sought on Game and Fish

posted: 10/28/2010 5:50 a.m.

A Little Rock lawyer said Wednesday that he’s asking a circuit court to declare that the state Game and Fish Commission must obey the state Freedom of Information Act and the state Administrative Procedures Act.

Ex-state worker gets 20-year term for embezzling car-tag fees

posted: 10/28/2010 5:48 a.m.

A 20-year Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration employee fired for stealing thousands of dollars in license-plate fees accepted on Wednesday 20 years in prison, with two suspended, in a deal in which she will also repay the state $200,000.

Two Up For Ward 3, Position 1 In Decatur

posted: 10/28/2010 5:48 a.m.

David W. Sutton, and Dona Jennings are candidates for Decatur City Council Ward 3, Position 1. Early voting has begun. Election Day is Tuesday.

Demotion Overturned

posted: 10/28/2010 5:46 a.m.

Police Chief Greg Tabor’s decision to demote a lieutenant by two ranks for missing a scheduled exam at the FBI National Academy was overturned Wednesday night.

Four Seek Mayoral Post

posted: 10/28/2010 5:45 a.m.

Byron Warren, Ken Foxx, Mike von Ree and Deana Deming are candidates for Gravette Mayor. Early voting has begun. Election Day is Tuesday. Deming did not provide any information.

Incumbent Faces Challenger

posted: 10/28/2010 5:41 a.m.

Sandy J. Evans Misty Insco and are candidates for Highfill Council Position 5 Early voting has begun. Election Day is Tuesday. Insco did not provide any information.

Northwest Arkansas Deaths

posted: 10/28/2010 5:40 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.

Two Vie For Position 2 On Sulphur Springs Council

posted: 10/28/2010 5:37 a.m.

William Hopkins and Bill Medley are candidates for Sulphur Springs Council, Position 2. Early voting has begun. Election Day is Tuesday.

OBITUARIES: Washington County

posted: 10/28/2010 5:37 a.m.

Obituaries for Washington County for October 28, 2010.

Forums To Aid In Search

posted: 10/28/2010 5:34 a.m.

The Bentonville School District will look for key criteria to use in the search for its next superintendent during two public forums Monday night.

Chamber Wishing For White Snow

posted: 10/28/2010 5:33 a.m.

The chamber is hoping for a white Christmas this year. “Is it possible to get people to come to Springdale to shop just on the idea it might snow?” asked Perry Webb, president of the Springdale Chamber of Commerce. “We hope so.”

Reception To Honor Homewood Suites

posted: 10/28/2010 5:30 a.m.

Homewood Suites by Hilton will be honored Tuesday at a reception hosted by Experience Works.


posted: 10/28/2010 5:29 a.m.

Records for Northwest Arkansas for October 27, 2010.

Two Jailed In Connection With Burglary

posted: 10/28/2010 5:29 a.m.

Two people were arrested in connection with a string of burglaries in the northern part of Benton County, according to officials with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

MAYORAL RACE: Hopefuls Report Donors

posted: 10/28/2010 5:27 a.m.

The five candidates for mayor have raised campaign money from a variety of sources, and accumulated a wide range of contributions.

Conference Provides Direction

posted: 10/28/2010 5:24 a.m.

It’s time to stop talking and start acting when it comes to fixing problems — such as hunger and illiteracy — facing today’s youth.

OBITUARIES: Benton County

posted: 10/28/2010 5:23 a.m.

Benton County obituaries for October 28, 2010.

Communities of faith: Author to visit two synagogues

posted: 10/28/2010 5:15 a.m.

Charles London, author of Far From Zion: In Search of a Global Jewish Community, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Congregation Etz Chaim, 2406 E. Central Ave.


posted: 10/28/2010 5:14 a.m.

The Bryant team Bentonville coach Michelle Coens saw Wednesday was not the same one she watched defeat Rogers Heritage the day before.

Rogers Rivals Face Off Tonight

posted: 10/28/2010 5:12 a.m.

Revenge certainly was on the minds of Rogers High ninth-grade football coach Johnny Brewer and his Mounties this week as they prepared for cross-town rival Rogers Heritage.


posted: 10/28/2010 5:10 a.m.

Over and over again, Tatum Marshall grabbed the volleyball, jumped in midair and smacked it toward a specific target across the net.


posted: 10/28/2010 5:08 a.m.

On paper, the 7A-Central Conference’s top-seed, Conway, appeared to offer a legitimate challenge to advance deep in the Class 7A State Volleyball Tournament.

Karzai delays hired-guns ban

posted: 10/28/2010 5:05 a.m.

President Hamid Karzai agreed Wednesday to push back his deadline for kicking private security guards out of Afghanistan, a concession the U.S. and other countries considered essential to prevent billions of dollars’ worth of development and reconstruction projects from shutting down.

Defense The Focus For Black

posted: 10/28/2010 5:05 a.m.

Through eight games spanning five seasons, Bentonville’s Black and Gold junior high football teams have played to a virtual tie.

Virginian held in bomb-plot ruse

posted: 10/28/2010 5:04 a.m.

A Pakistan-born Virginia man was arrested Wednesday and accused of casing subway stations in what he thought was an al-Qaida plot to bomb and kill Washington-area commuters.

ON RELIGION: Paul foe smells funny business - it’s just NoZe

posted: 10/28/2010 5:03 a.m.

If Texas Baptists had a patron saint, George W. Truett would almost certainly get the nod.

15 men shot, killed at Mexican carwash

posted: 10/28/2010 5:03 a.m.

Gunmen killed 15 people at a carwash Wednesday in a Mexican Pacific coast state where drug-gang violence has risen this year. It was the third massacre in Mexico in less than a week.

What’s after Hereafter for Eastwood? Hoover

posted: 10/28/2010 5:01 a.m.

Clint Eastwood, who turned 80 this year, recalls how his longtime production designer Henry Bumstead once answered a question about growing old.

For 2nd day, storm thrashes swath of U.S.

posted: 10/28/2010 5 a.m.

Yolanda Corona prayed she wouldn’t die.

Call to Communion

posted: 10/28/2010 4:59 a.m.

Each week, members of Little Rock’s Immanuel Baptist Church’s Tele-Bible Sunday School class dial in for a Scripture lesson and a little socializing. This week they will also celebrate the Lord’s Supper — by phone.

Facebook remarks on gays draw rebuke

posted: 10/28/2010 4:59 a.m.

A Midland School Board member’s Facebook remarks against gays prompted the Arkansas Department of Education on Wednesday to issue a statement saying that it “strongly condemns remarks or attitudes of this kind” and “is dismayed” that a board member would use a public forum to “post something of this insensitive nature.”

Conference to preach diversity in pews

posted: 10/28/2010 4:58 a.m.

An Arkansas group is spearheading a groundbreaking international conference next week to promote greater diversity among Christians.

NEWS BRIEFS: Baltimore Episcopal church joins Catholics

posted: 10/28/2010 4:57 a.m.

A Baltimore parish has decided to leave The Episcopal Church and join the Roman Catholic Church, citing differences with The Episcopal Church over the ordination of women and gays, among other divisions about what Christians should believe.

Former Argentine president dies at 60

posted: 10/28/2010 4:56 a.m.

Former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner — the country’s most powerful politician along with his wife, current leader Cristina Fernandez — died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack, the presidency said.

French OK 62 as retirement age

posted: 10/28/2010 4:55 a.m.

France’s parliament granted final approval Wednesday to a bill raising the retirement age from 60 to 62, a measure that has angered the country’s powerful unions and touched off weeks of protests and strikes.

Acxiom’s quarterly revenue, profit up

posted: 10/28/2010 4:54 a.m.

Acxiom Corp. on Wednesday said it made a profit of $12.7 million for its fiscal second quarter, up more than 34 percent from $9.4 million in the year-earlier period.

Baldor’s quarter doubles its gain

posted: 10/28/2010 4:51 a.m.

Baldor Electric Co. doubled its third-quarter profit and said Wednesday that productivity efforts helped the quarter’s strong earnings performance.

Greenwood right at home in 5A-West title chase

posted: 10/28/2010 4:50 a.m.

Are you ready for some Thursday night football that doesn’t include directional schools or mediocre teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference?

Hogs DT caught with ‘pot’

posted: 10/28/2010 4:48 a.m.

Arkansas defensive tackle D.D. Jones was arrested early Wednesday and charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

Class 5A/4A report

posted: 10/28/2010 4:46 a.m.

Siloam is still in title mix Siloam Springs can throw the 5A-West Conference race into even more disarray with a victory Friday night at Alma.

NO. 5 GREENBRIER VS. NO. 6 GREENWOOD: Bulldogs try to throw Panthers off balance

posted: 10/28/2010 4:42 a.m.

Greenbrier Coach Randy Tribble would love to knock off his buddy tonight.

Fishing this week

posted: 10/28/2010 4:38 a.m.

HOT SPOTS 1. ARKANSAS RIVER (LITTLE ROCK) Crappie are biting well on minnows and black/chartreuse jigs fished around brush. Bass are biting well on blue/chartreuse crankbaits and peanut butter and jelly jigs fished around rocks near the mouths of the backwaters.

CLASS 7A VOLLEYBALL: Wildcats, West roll in quarters

posted: 10/28/2010 4:37 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber looked like anything but an underdog Wednesday at the Class 7A state volleyball tournament at Tiger Gymnasium.

Kitna now has new game to play for Cowboys

posted: 10/28/2010 4:35 a.m.

Jon Kitna’s main role on the Dallas Cowboys this season has been orchestrating card games, dominoes, electronic Scrabble and, as he puts it, “anything you can compete at.” Now he’s in charge of their offense, too.

NCAA chooses UALR

posted: 10/28/2010 4:29 a.m.

If all goes well, UALR women’s basketball Coach Joe Foley could be rewarded with a bonus for making a trip to the NCAA Women’s Tournament in 2012: A home-court advantage.

UA unveils plans for football center

posted: 10/28/2010 4:26 a.m.

The University of Arkansas hopes to break ground on a new 80,000-square-foot football operations center within the next year, Athletic Director Jeff Long said Wednesday.

Plans unveiled for football center

posted: 10/28/2010 4:24 a.m.

The University of Arkansas hopes to break ground on a new 80,000 square foot football operations center within the next year, Athletic Director Jeff Long said Wednesday.

Lung cancer vigil set for Nov. 4

posted: 10/28/2010 4:21 a.m.

Hope Cancer Resources will host the “Shine a Light” lung cancer vigil from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 4 at the clinic, 5835 W. Sunset Ave., in Springdale.

LR candidates report fundraising

posted: 10/28/2010 4:19 a.m.

In the two months leading up to the Aug. 24 election filing deadline, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola amassed nearly $60,000 in contributions before he knew how many opponents he might face in his re-election bid.

Boozman leads Lincoln in UA poll

posted: 10/28/2010 4:16 a.m.

A poll released Wednesday by the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville shows U.S. Rep. John Boozman with a big lead in the U.S. Senate race.

’01 Oscar winner, Arkansan dies in LR

posted: 10/28/2010 4:12 a.m.

Arkansas native and Oscar winner Lisa Blount, 53, was found dead in her Little Rock home Wednesday.

Other days

posted: 10/28/2010 4:09 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 28, 1910 The coal famine at the statehouse is fast becoming a serious proposition — so much so in fact that Governor Donaghey, late yesterday afternoon, called the shivering state officials from cold offices into conference in a cold executive chamber for the purpose of deciding whether to appeal to the Salvation Army or steal.

Suit called peril to school funds; filers challenging oil, gas taxes

posted: 10/28/2010 4:04 a.m.

A group of 13 school districts said it will collect more than $9 million this year from taxes levied on mineral rights.

Getting it straight

posted: 10/28/2010 4:04 a.m.

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

Ramay, Woodland All Even

posted: 10/28/2010 4:03 a.m.

A meeting between a pair of 2-5 league foes may not send shockwaves through the Northwest Arkansas Conference this week, but there will be plenty at stake when Fayetteville’s two junior high schools square off at Harmon Field today.

In the news

posted: 10/28/2010 4:01 a.m.

Scott MacNichol, 30, said he met up with an 8-foot porbeagle shark while scuba diving near Eastport, Maine, and the shark mistook his camera equipment for food, adding: “He took a couple of bites at the camera.

Valley View Eliminates Farmington

posted: 10/28/2010 4:01 a.m.

No matter how hard it tried, there wasn’t much Farmington could do on Wednesday.

Ex-ASU boss listed as head of firm; school named a client

posted: 10/28/2010 4:01 a.m.

An online educational company that lists Arkansas State University as one of its clients is run by former Arkansas State University System President J. Leslie Wyatt, causing some faculty members to question whether his involvement poses a conflict of interest.

Names and faces

posted: 10/28/2010 4:01 a.m.

Selena Gomez is celebrating the 60th birthday of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/28/2010 4:01 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We thought we were going to die.We were just so scared.” Jessica Vargas, an 18-year-old whose home in North Carolina was torn apart by a severe storm as she and her family huddled in a back room Article, this page

The world in brief

posted: 10/28/2010 4 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s a great loss for Argentina and a great loss for the continent.” Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, on the death Wednesday of former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner Article, this page

VERSATILITY: Veterans Key For Gentry

posted: 10/28/2010 3:58 a.m.

The Gentry Lady Pioneers finished 20-10 and lost in the first round of the regional tournament a year ago, but coach Tim Rippy said this year’s team could be better.

Tang Wins At Overall

posted: 10/28/2010 3:57 a.m.

Rogers High freshman Tiffany Tang advanced to the semifinals of the Overall Tennis Tournament with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Rebecca Harrington of Jonesboro on Wednesday afternoon.

Oklahoma AG hopeful chided for contributions

posted: 10/28/2010 3:55 a.m.

A candidate for Oklahoma attorney general on Wednesday said his Republican opponent should have refused campaign money from people associated with Arkansas poultry companies.

Springdale Gridiron Rivalry Rich

posted: 10/28/2010 3:54 a.m.

Every city in the Northwest Arkansas Conference has a rivalry game, but few compare to the 43-year history of Springdale Central vs. Springdale Southwest.

World Series Texas vs. San Francisco: A Giant beginning

posted: 10/28/2010 3:53 a.m.

The San Francisco Giants turned the World Series opener into an extra long round of batting practice — against Cliff Lee and the Texas Rangers.

Lady Saints March Straight Ahead

posted: 10/28/2010 3:52 a.m.

Shiloh Christian got off to a good start in all three of its sets against Jonesboro Westside on Wednesday.

Candidacy voided, citing ’84 conviction

posted: 10/28/2010 3:52 a.m.

A Republican candidate for state representative in west Arkansas, Tommy Fite, is ineligible for election next Tuesday because of a 1984 misdemeanor conviction, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Collins Kilgore ruled Wednesday.

The latest victim

posted: 10/28/2010 3:52 a.m.

THERE’S A reason Juan Williams is one of the more popular pundits around. Even those of us who may disagree with his politics from time to frequent time can’t help but like the man. He’s never nasty. (Take notice, Ann Coulter.) He doesn’t shout over you to make his point.

Siloam Springs Wins

posted: 10/28/2010 3:50 a.m.

Siloam Springs advanced Wednesday to the semifinals of the Class 5A State Volleyball Tournament with a 25-18, 25-12, 25-13 sweep of Batesville at Wynne High School.

Another trillion-dollar deficit?

posted: 10/28/2010 3:47 a.m.

A second trillion-dollar deficit just finished ; Washington is already spending toward a third. Three years ago, Washington had never had a single trillion-dollar deficit and now it is about to have its third in a row. Sadly, what the federal government lacks in frugality, it is making up for with consistency.

Expectations high for Bulldogs

posted: 10/28/2010 3:46 a.m.

It didn’t take Mark Fox long to get Georgia out from under the radar.

Foley, UALR negotiating for extension

posted: 10/28/2010 3:46 a.m.

After leading UALR to a NCAA Tournament victory last season, Trojans women’s basketball Coach Joe Foley and athletic officials are in negotiations for a decade-long contract extension, which would keep him among the upper pay ranks for Sun Belt Conference coaches.

Brass oldies

posted: 10/28/2010 3:45 a.m.

Songs that are Golden Oldies have much less pleasant counterparts in politics—namely, ideas and policies that have failed disastrously in the past but still keep coming back to be advocated and imposed by government. Some people may think these ideas are as good as gold, but brass has often been mistaken for gold by people who don’t look closely enough.

SEC report

posted: 10/28/2010 3:44 a.m.

A lot has changed for Tigers Auburn improved to 8-0 and moved to the top of the Bowl Championship Series standings after beating LSU 24-17 Saturday.

COMMENTARY: One Old Boy’s Early Ballot

posted: 10/28/2010 3:43 a.m.

As always, these come to you not as formal endorsements or recommendations. I dare not behave so presumptuously as that.


posted: 10/28/2010 3:42 a.m.

Apply reason, not emotion During this political season, which seems more like a screaming contest, it is best to decide based on reason, not emotion. But thinking is harder when you get emotional, which is why we see so many public figures arousing anger and fear.

LIKE IT IS: NCAA rewards UALR for job well done

posted: 10/28/2010 3:42 a.m.

Once again, UALR has stepped up with a big victory for central Arkansas.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Tax System Needs Adjustment

posted: 10/28/2010 3:42 a.m.

I can’t imagine why people of Arkansas would vote for someone like Blanche Lincoln. She must believe we are all stupid.

U.S. troops strive to hold Afghan gains

posted: 10/28/2010 3:41 a.m.

With bandoleers of bullets wrapped over both shoulders, U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Seth Little knelt in a trench, his machine gun pointing toward a clutch of farmers in a field who stared silently back.

World Series report

posted: 10/28/2010 3:40 a.m.

Sanchez doubles his fun Freddy Sanchez atoned for getting doubled up by hitting more doubles.

HOW WE SEE IT: Congratulations To Decatur, Greenland

posted: 10/28/2010 3:40 a.m.

Patrons of the Greenland School District and their peers in Decatur are probably looking forward to the day when their full and complete recovery from fiscal distress and state administration don’t make the newspaper.

What critics don’t know

posted: 10/28/2010 3:39 a.m.

“Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.”—Will Rogers Anybody seeking midterm election predictions needs to look somewhere else.

Best Wishes For Mayor Jordan

posted: 10/28/2010 3:39 a.m.

Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan’s recent health scare appears to be resolved, and without the surgery previously thought necessary. We’re glad to hear it.

Razorbacks report

posted: 10/28/2010 3:38 a.m.

Arkansas’ depth on line tested Arkansas will rely on its depth at the interior defensive line spots with starting tackle D.D. Jones likely to miss Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt after he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance Wednesday.

Casualties Of War

posted: 10/28/2010 3:38 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.


posted: 10/28/2010 3:37 a.m.

Beaver Lake: Fishing is good this week for black bass, crappie and walleye, reports Chris Johnson at Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers.

U.N. investigators attacked in Beirut

posted: 10/28/2010 3:36 a.m.

A crowd “violently attacked” a team of U.N. investigators gathering evidence Wednesday in the death of a former Lebanese prime minister and stole items from them, authorities said.

Taste Of The Trail

posted: 10/28/2010 3:35 a.m.

The Dogwood Trail at Beaver Lake packs more of a wallop in two miles than other trails that meander three times the distance.

State sports briefs

posted: 10/28/2010 3:35 a.m.

GOLF Arkansas women win Vegas title Arkansas freshman Emily Tubert won the individual championship at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown on Wednesday, leading the Razorbacks to the team title.

Area lotteries

posted: 10/28/2010 3:34 a.m.

Numbers drawn Wednesday : Missouri Lotto 7-17-27-28-33-38 Estimated jackpot: $1.5 million Oklahoma Lotto 14-26-33-38-39 Hot ball: 18 Estimated jackpot: $9.97 million Powerball 20-24-25-53-59 Powerball: 15 Estimated jackpot: $72 million Power Play: 5

COMMENTARY: Heat off for night, to delight of most

posted: 10/28/2010 3:34 a.m.

Well, Miami wasn’t built in a day.

COMMENTARY: Hunter’s Deer A First At Hobbs

posted: 10/28/2010 3:33 a.m.

Jimmy Ashley has done what no hunter has done before — bag a white-tail during a disabled-hunters-only deer hunt at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area. Not only did the Jonesboro man shoot a deer on Sunday, the 8-point buck was one of the largest deer ever taken at the park. It’s field-dressed weight was 165 pounds. That’s according to Fred Sutton, park ranger at Hobbs.

Indonesia dead top 300

posted: 10/28/2010 3:32 a.m.

The death toll from a tsunami and a volcano rose to more than 300 Wednesday as more victims of Indonesia’s double disasters were found and an official said a warning system installed after a deadly ocean wave in 2004 had broken from a lack of maintenance.

Swamp Paddling With ’Gators

posted: 10/28/2010 3:32 a.m.

In mid October I had the opportunity to join three friends for a kayaking trip to Caddo Lake south of Texarkana on the Texas-Louisiana border.


posted: 10/28/2010 3:29 a.m.

The Arkansas Trout Unlimited chapter will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Whole Hog Cafe, 3009 N. College, in Fayetteville.

UA’s Powell, Clarke voted All-SEC

posted: 10/28/2010 3:28 a.m.

Arkansas sophomore forward Marshawn Powell and junior guard Rotnei Clarke both were voted onto preseason All-SEC basketball teams by the conference coaches.

CLASS 6A VOLLEYBALL: Kapler, Gist lead Bombers to upset

posted: 10/28/2010 3:27 a.m.

Mountain Home is certainly enjoying its stay in central Arkansas.

Youth Hunts On An Increase In Arkansas

posted: 10/28/2010 3:27 a.m.

A welcome trend in our hunting structure is an eff ort to get more young people involved in hunting.

Crash doesn’t stop Jenkins

posted: 10/28/2010 3:25 a.m.

Last November, Tony Bruce Jr. of Liberal, Kan., was in victory lane at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway, celebrating his second consecutive victory in the Short Track Nationals.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: DU award honors Stuttgart legend

posted: 10/28/2010 3:24 a.m.

Ducks Unlimited honored a waterfowling giant Tuesday when it presented Marion “Mack” McCollum with the sixth annual Jerry Jones Sportsman’s Award at Chenal Country Club.

Off the wire

posted: 10/28/2010 3:20 a.m.

FOOTBALL Notre Dame tower fall kills 1 A Notre Dame student died Wednesday after the tower from which he was filming football practice fell over. Declan Sullivan, a 20-year-old junior from Long Grove, Ill., was transported from the LaBar practice complex to a South Bend, Ind., hospital, where he died.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/28/2010 3:19 a.m.

Den exhibit cozy tribute to Wooden His overstuffed recliner is tucked in a corner, next to a table with a telephone and an address book open to names written in pencil. The television plays a loop of a Western and a baseball game.

THE TV COLUMN: It’s Halloween, so get ready, Great Pumpkin

posted: 10/28/2010 3:16 a.m.

Forget all the razzle-dazzling computer-generated state-of-the-art animated movies. Forget all the 3-D special-effect cartoons featuring voices from Hollywood’s A-list.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Marriages don’t have guarantees, so do the homework

posted: 10/28/2010 3:13 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I have been with my boyfriend for 2 1/2 years, living together for one. Things have been really great, and while a lot of our friends have been getting married, we have managed to keep out of the “timeline” craziness. Our approach has been “Things are great, so what’s the rush?”

Durable-goods orders rise

posted: 10/28/2010 3:11 a.m.

A surge in demand for commercial aircraft lifted orders for big-ticket manufactured goods in September, but businesses spent less on products that would signal expansion.

New-home sales up, but gloom hangs on

posted: 10/28/2010 3:08 a.m.

Sales of new homes improved last month after the worst summer in nearly five decades, but not enough to lift the struggling economy.

Economic growth in S. Korea waning

posted: 10/28/2010 3:07 a.m.

South Korea’s economic growth slowed sharply in the third quarter on weaker exports and manufacturing as prospects for the global recovery turn cloudy.


posted: 10/28/2010 3:06 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I was supposed to retire by now, but my retirement account has taken a real hit in the last couple of years and now I’m going to have to keep working. I admit I’m angry, and I don’t understand why God let it happen. What do you think? — S.G.

P.A.M. narrows quarter’s net loss

posted: 10/28/2010 3:06 a.m.

P.A.M. Transportation Services Inc. on Wednesday narrowed a third-quarter net loss compared with the same quarter last year and said a softer freight market, along with increased costs, slowed the truck holding company’s earnings momentum.

China blames inflation on uncontrolled printing of dollar

posted: 10/28/2010 3:04 a.m.

Out-of control printing of the U.S. dollar is forcing inflation on China, pushing up prices for commodities and labor, Trade Minister Chen Deming said in an escalation of rhetoric over currency and other tensions ahead of key international meetings.


posted: 10/28/2010 3:03 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: If you have an ant problem, put some vinegar in a spray bottle and, before you go to bed at night, lightly spray all over your kitchen counter and around the wastebasket, or wherever the ants appear. You might not like the smell, but it’s better than the smell of commercial repellents.

MARKET REPORT: Bond-sale forecast jars investors

posted: 10/28/2010 3:01 a.m.

Stock prices mostly fell Wednesday as concerns grew over whether the Federal Reserve’s plans to buy Treasury bonds might be smaller and slower than anticipated.


posted: 10/28/2010 3 a.m.

Profit up $3.1 million for Deltic in quarter Deltic Timber’s profits were nearly $3.1 million higher in the third quarter of 2010 than in the corresponding period a year ago, the company announced Wednesday, mainly because of the sale of a 19-acre commercial real estate parcel in Chenal Valley.

Business news in brief

posted: 10/28/2010 2:59 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The next leg of the recovery will increasingly rest on the shoulders of consumers.” Sal Guatieri, a senior economist with BMO Capital Markets Article, 1D

Innards, tongues, parts on French festival menu

posted: 10/28/2010 2:49 a.m.

While the French may be renowned for their refined culinary tastes, they have another side. It was on full display last week in this city in central France known for its expensive porcelain but with another side of its own.


posted: 10/28/2010 1:05 a.m.

Happy birthday. This year moves you to an even deeper place of fulfillment. You will enjoy rich, rewarding communication with loved ones.You’ll get a stronger sense of your talents in November. December brings travel. In January, you’ll attain something you have long worked toward. February brings the perfect showcase. Aquarius and Taurus adore you.

Check your knowledge

posted: 10/28/2010 1:02 a.m.

1. Name the famous son-in-law of singer Red Foley. 2. Who organized the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints (Mormon) and served as its first president? 3. In the sport of ice hockey, how are the points in the standings determined? 4. What does the word “ersatz” mean?

Wednesday, October 27

New poll shows Boozman with wide lead

posted: 10/27/2010 11:40 a.m.

A University of Arkansas poll shows Republican John Boozman with a wide lead over incumbent Democrat Blanche Lincoln in the race for her Senate seat.

Fire burns cafeteria at Batesville's Lyon College

updated: 10/27/2010 10:01 a.m.

Firefighters are to return to the cafeteria at Lyon College in Batesville where a fire destroyed the building.

Fire that killed 5-year-old boy accidental

posted: 10/27/2010 9:25 a.m.

The death of a 5-year-old boy in a house fire in Faulkner County has been ruled accidental.

Obama campaigning quietly from the White House

posted: 10/27/2010 9:03 a.m.

Less than a week before Election Day, President Barack Obama is quietly using the power of his office in a final effort to get Democratic supporters to the polls and nudge close races in his party's favor.

Affiliated ex-exec earns prison time

posted: 10/27/2010 5:54 a.m.

John Mills of Cabot, the former chief executive officer of Affiliated Foods Southwest, was sentenced Tuesday to 3 1/2 years in prison for participating in a check-kiting scheme that defrauded U.S. Bank of more than $4 million.

Thousands To Be Vaccinated

posted: 10/27/2010 5:48 a.m.

Lisa Cortez of Fayetteville fears needles. Her fear has always kept her from getting a flu vaccine, but as she walked into a local pharmacy Tuesday afternoon, she also said she’s never been convinced of the vaccine’s eff ectiveness.

Update: Mayor In Good Health

updated: 10/27/2010 9:22 a.m.

Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan won’t undergo surgery for a carotid artery and is expected to return to work today.

Slow Start Doesn’t Stop Har-Ber

posted: 10/27/2010 5:38 a.m.

Prematch jitters hit Springdale Har-Ber early at the Class 7A State Volleyball Tournament.

7A-WEST BOYS CROSS COUNTRY MEET: Tigers Claim Championship

posted: 10/27/2010 5:36 a.m.

For the first 2 miles, Springdale High cross country runner Gabe Gonzalez remained bunched together in a three-man lead pack.

Renowned Author Visits University Students

posted: 10/27/2010 5:36 a.m.

University of Arkansas students had a lesson Tuesday in the history of civil rights from a nationally renowned author and child advocate.

Shelter To Hold Vendor Sale

posted: 10/27/2010 5:35 a.m.

The Lone Pine Ranch Animal Shelter in Centerton will hold a benefit vendor sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Executive Center, 1116 S. Walton Blvd. in Bentonville.

Cardinals Experience Change

posted: 10/27/2010 5:34 a.m.

Farmington boys basketball coach Beau Thompson has no trust issues when it comes to point guard Jason Purdy.

Northwest Arkansas Deaths

posted: 10/27/2010 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.

Bryant Sweeps Heritage

posted: 10/27/2010 5:32 a.m.

Rogers Heritage’s first trip to the Class 7A State Volleyball Tournament was a short one.

Council Tweaks Parking Rules

posted: 10/27/2010 5:32 a.m.

City Council members deleted golf cart trailers and the height requirement for screening recreational vehicles at a meeting Monday night.

Reina Wins At 7A-West Meet

posted: 10/27/2010 5:30 a.m.

A little downhill momentum and a brisk wind was all Valerie Reina needed Tuesday afternoon at the 7A-West Conference Girls Cross Country Meet at Agri Park.

OBITUARIES: Washington County

posted: 10/27/2010 5:29 a.m.

Obituaries for Washington County for October 27, 2010.

Bluegrass, Barbecue Set For Friday

posted: 10/27/2010 5:28 a.m.

The Benton County Senior Center in Bentonville will feature bluegrass music and a barbecue dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Council OKs Facility Audit

posted: 10/27/2010 5:27 a.m.

City officials took the first step Tuesday night toward meeting a requirement set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year.

2 expect tighter Senate contest

posted: 10/27/2010 5:26 a.m.

U.S. Rep. John Boozman said Tuesday that he believes his race with U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln will tighten but he remains confident of his chances on Election Day.

ELECTION COMMISSION: Officials Tough To Move

posted: 10/27/2010 5:24 a.m.

While they are political appointees, political, philosophical or personal disagreements aren’t reason enough to remove members of a county election commission from their seats on the panel.

No. 19 Arkansas vs. Vanderbilt: Tale of 2 QBs good for Hogs

posted: 10/27/2010 5:24 a.m.

In one of those strange quirks of football fate, Arkansas quarterbacks Ryan Mallett and Tyler Wilson have thrown the exact number of passes — 39 — in the past two games combined.

Springdale Annexations Approved; Lawsuits May Result

posted: 10/27/2010 5:21 a.m.

Annexations increased the size of Springdale on Tuesday, but not without growing pains.

Library Expansion Meeting Today

posted: 10/27/2010 5:19 a.m.

Bella Vista Library users are invited to a meeting at 2 p.m. today at the library to discus a proposed library expansion.

Bentonville Library Youth To Vote In Mock Election

posted: 10/27/2010 5:18 a.m.

The Bentonville Public Library’s Children’s Department will hold a mock election through Thursday.

Walter Murder Trial Delayed

posted: 10/27/2010 5:16 a.m.

The trial for a Rogers woman accused of killing her husband will not be held until next year.

Former Councilman Pleads Guilty To DWI

posted: 10/27/2010 5:14 a.m.

A former Pea Ridge councilman pleaded guilty Tuesday to a driving while intoxicated charge.

Getting it straight

posted: 10/27/2010 5:14 a.m.

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

Tax-Aide Volunteers Needed

posted: 10/27/2010 5:13 a.m.

Tax-Aide is looking for volunteers to work in Bella Vista, Rogers, Bentonville, Springdale and Fayetteville.

Other days

posted: 10/27/2010 5:12 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 27, 1910 The list of burglaries and attempted burglaries continues to grow. Tuesday night added to its quota.


posted: 10/27/2010 5:12 a.m.

Cartoonist Cullum dies of cancer Leo Cullum, a cartoonist whose droll images of dog doctors, businessmen in sombreros and lions in therapy helped define the style of The New Yorker magazine in recent decades, has died, his brother said Monday night.


posted: 10/27/2010 5:11 a.m.

Records for Northwest Arkansas for October 27, 2010.

Man Charged With Arson

posted: 10/27/2010 5:11 a.m.

A Pea Ridge man is in the Benton County Jail charged with felony arson, according to documents from the Benton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Their attention is got

posted: 10/27/2010 5:11 a.m.

ALL IT took was the moral, political, popular and editorial equivalent of a two-by-four and, sure ’nuff, the attention of the state’s wayward Game and Fish Commission was got.

The Headless Women

posted: 10/27/2010 5:10 a.m.

It wasn’t a dark and stormy night; it would have been better if it had been. Then there might have been some warning—flashes of lightning, peals of thunder, something in the way of ominous background music, some prelude to the tale that was about to unfold.

CREEKWOOD AREA: Business’ Fate Uncertain

posted: 10/27/2010 5:09 a.m.

The fate of a local wedding business is still uncertain after a City Council meeting Tuesday.

Public outrage wins one

posted: 10/27/2010 5:09 a.m.

Out of respect for the governor and the attorney general, the state Game and Fish Commission has scuttled plans to adopt its own freedom of information “policy.” Ri-i-i-ght.


posted: 10/27/2010 5:07 a.m.

Critical thinking is needed Election rhetoric again shows that citizen opinion reflects short memories. Worse is a failure to analyze cause and effect and a lack of critical thinking.

Report: Woman Killed At Home

posted: 10/27/2010 5:06 a.m.

A Springdale woman missing since 2008 was killed in her trailer at Whisler Mobile Home Park, then put in her car and dumped in Beaver Lake, according to police.


posted: 10/27/2010 5:05 a.m.

Due to an editing error, Tuesday’s letter from Dora Kate Lee of Batesville incorrectly asked, “Want to protect our Second and 20th Amendment rights?” The question should have read, “Want to protect our Second and 10th Amendment rights?”

OBITUARIES: Benton County

posted: 10/27/2010 5:02 a.m.

Benton County obituaries for October 27, 2010.

Indonesia takes 2 blows

posted: 10/27/2010 5 a.m.

A volcanic eruption and a tsunami killed scores of people hundreds of miles apart in Indonesia — spasms from the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” which spawns disasters from deep within the earth.

Top Saddam aide Aziz sentenced to die

posted: 10/27/2010 4:58 a.m.

Tariq Aziz, a former top aide to Saddam Hussein and his public-relations representative to the world, was sentenced to death by an Iraqi court Tuesday, convicted of crimes against members of rival Shiite political parties.

Iran loads nuke plant’s fuel rods

posted: 10/27/2010 4:56 a.m.

Iran began the process of loading 163 fuel rods into the reactor core of its first nuclear power plant Tuesday, celebrating the achievement as proof that Tehran can outmaneuver international sanctions.

Natural settings

posted: 10/27/2010 4:49 a.m.

There are certain milestones for every family — the first day of kindergarten, the first loose tooth and, of course, family portraits.

Scaring up a good time

posted: 10/27/2010 4:45 a.m.

When it comes to food-filled holidays, Christmas and Thanksgiving may get all of the attention but Halloween is by far the most fun. When else can you get away with (and praised for) creeping out friends and family by serving devilish concoctions that incite the heebie-jeebies ?

Pakistan showcases a victory over Taliban

posted: 10/27/2010 4:43 a.m.

A seven-month Pakistani offensive has broken the back of the Taliban in the Orakzai tribal region, commanders say. But they caution that success there does not mean Pakistani troops can now move into lawless North Waziristan — an offensive Washington says is crucial to the war in Afghanistan.

Strikes in France appear to flag

posted: 10/27/2010 4:41 a.m.

French garbage collectors waded through mounds of reeking trash as they headed back to work Tuesday, and some oil workers deserted their picket lines — signs of fading momentum in the battle against raising the retirement age.

Paul backer says sorry for scuffle

posted: 10/27/2010 4:39 a.m.

A volunteer with Rand Paul’s Republican U.S. Senate campaign apologized Tuesday for stepping on the head of a liberal activist who tried to confront the Tea Party candidate with a fake award.

U.S. tells schools: If gays are bullied, funds at risk

posted: 10/27/2010 4:38 a.m.

Schools that fail to address the bullying of homosexual students may lose U.S. funds for not enforcing sex-discrimination laws, the federal Department of Education said.

Inventive flavorings take boredom out of broccoli

posted: 10/27/2010 4:36 a.m.

Old Papa Bush got plenty of heat for dissing broccoli while in the White House, but you can’t blame him, really.

New Nook e-reader offers color touch screen

posted: 10/27/2010 4:36 a.m.

Barnes & Noble Inc. is introducing a new Nook e-reader with a color touch screen for $249 as competition among e-reader makers heats up ahead of the Christmas season.

Natural gas costs fall; bills dip 9%

posted: 10/27/2010 4:33 a.m.

CenterPoint Energy’s 430,000 natural gas customers in Arkansas will pay about 9 percent less on their monthly bills beginning next month, the Houston-based utility said Tuesday.

Consumer confidence up

posted: 10/27/2010 4:31 a.m.

Americans’ confidence in the economy rose only slightly in October from September, according to a monthly survey, as Americans continue to grapple with job worries.

Mega Millions

posted: 10/27/2010 4:29 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions : 15-21-30-31-32 Mega Ball : 26 Estimated jackpot : $118 million Megaplier: 4

Police chief among 4 dead in Afghan blast

posted: 10/27/2010 4:28 a.m.

A bombing in western Afghanistan killed four Afghan policemen Tuesday, including a local police chief.

Police buildings shoddy, audit finds

posted: 10/27/2010 4:28 a.m.

Six Afghan national police buildings in Helmand and Khandahar provinces have construction deficiencies because of poor U.S. Army Corps of Engineers oversight and contractor performance, according to an audit.

Enemies sifting leaked war files, official asserts

posted: 10/27/2010 4:28 a.m.

U.S. enemies already are combing through data released last week in a trove of Iraq war documents for ways to harm the American military, the Pentagon’s No. 2 official said Tuesday.

The world in brief

posted: 10/27/2010 4:28 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is a fair judicial court ruling against those whose hands are still bloodied.” Kamil Jassim, an Iraqi teacher and Shiite, after Saddam Hussein ally Tariq Aziz was sentenced to death for persecution of Shiites Article, 1A

The nation in brief

posted: 10/27/2010 4:28 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s actually pretty impressive: We’re seeing wind, hail, rain, tornadoes, pretty much the sky is the limit.” Travis Hartman, meteorologist for EarthSat Energy Weather, on the U.S. low-pressure weather system that spawned high winds, storms and tornado and blizzard warnings across the Midwest Article,this page

Names and faces

posted: 10/27/2010 4:28 a.m.

A California appeals court rejected a bid Tuesday by Michael Jackson’s father to challenge the administration of his son’s lucrative estate.

In the news

posted: 10/27/2010 4:28 a.m.

Carly Fiorina, 56, the California Republican challenging U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, has been admitted to a Los Angeles-area hospital to be treated for an infection associated with her reconstructive surgery after breast cancer, said her chief of staff, adding that doctors expect Fiorina to be back on the campaign trail soon.

Class 3A/2A report

posted: 10/27/2010 4:28 a.m.

Tigers getting physical Charleston should get its fill of physical football before heading to the Class 3A playoffs.

SEC Preview: Mississippi State: Stansbury’s Dogs mixing, matching

posted: 10/27/2010 4:27 a.m.

It’s been seven months since Kentucky’s 75-74 overtime victory against Mississippi State in the SEC Tournament final, but the pain lingers for Rick Stansbury.

FEAT OF THE WEEK Turner makes most of touches

posted: 10/27/2010 4:26 a.m.

Basketball star Rashad “Ky” Madden normally grabs the headlines at East Poinsett County, but Friday night belonged to a football player.

Magazine hobbling into Mountainburg matchup

posted: 10/27/2010 4:24 a.m.

It’s been a pretty smooth ride for the Magazine Rattlers over the past year.

World Series: Solving Lee giant priority

posted: 10/27/2010 4:22 a.m.

Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval and the rest of the San Francisco Giants can study the scouting reports and videotape all they want, trying to find the secret to getting a hit against Cliff Lee.

NBA: No sizzle in opener for Heat

posted: 10/27/2010 4:21 a.m.

Playing under Boston’s 17 championship banners, the Miami Heat team put together to win its own NBA title couldn’t win its first game.

HOG CALLS: Petrino gets in rush, thanks to patience

posted: 10/27/2010 4:20 a.m.

It took a fleet of tugboats to float the Knile through Mississippi.

LIKE IT IS: Most aren’t very high on Hogs basketball

posted: 10/27/2010 4:19 a.m.

Apathy has not settled in for the Arkansas Razorbacks men’s basketball program, but there is no disputing there is less enthusiasm than there once was.

NFL notes

posted: 10/27/2010 4:18 a.m.

COWBOYS Romo to miss 6-8 weeks IRVING, Texas — Tony Romo does not need surgery on his broken left collarbone, and doctors are expecting the Dallas Cowboys quarterback to miss up to eight weeks.

Southern Steel to cut 117 jobs in Fort Smith

posted: 10/27/2010 4:18 a.m.

Fort Smith officials on Tuesday confirmed that 117 workers at the Southern Steel & Wire Co. plant will lose their jobs by Jan. 5.

State sports briefs

posted: 10/27/2010 4:17 a.m.

BASKETBALL ASU releases TV schedule Arkansas State will have three men’s basketball games televised this year.

Environmentalist touts nuclear power

posted: 10/27/2010 4:17 a.m.

A co-founder of environmentalist group Greenpeace told an audience at the Clinton School of Public Service on Monday that nuclear power is a solution for the country’s energy troubles.

Razorbacks report

posted: 10/27/2010 4:16 a.m.

Childs, Adams still out Arkansas welcomed its starting quarterback back to practice Tuesday, but the Razorbacks practiced without their top two receivers — Greg Childs and Joe Adams — who are both rehabbing ankle injuries.

Ad rejection draws complaint by Elliott

posted: 10/27/2010 4:16 a.m.

The Joyce Elliott campaign for Arkansas’ 2nd District U.S House seat is asking whether the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette “says ‘No’ to humor, truth and free speech?” as the campaign complained that the newspaper declined to publish an ad the campaign offered last week for the newspaper’s Sunday editions.

Trojans aiming for 2nd chances

posted: 10/27/2010 4:15 a.m.

Montrell Thornton’s hands groped blindly behind him, his fingers acting as skin-andbone sonar for an incoming offensive player.

TUESDAY’S TOP 25: Broncos keep rolling, win 21st in row

posted: 10/27/2010 4:14 a.m.

Kellen Moore threw two touchdown passes and caught another on a trick play, helping No. 3 Boise State beat Louisiana Tech 49-20 on Tuesday night for its 21st consecutive victory.

1-car crash fatal to California man

posted: 10/27/2010 4:14 a.m.

A man was killed Monday evening when the car he was driving ran off a road in southern Pulaski County, authorities said.

Lady Panthers Advance

posted: 10/27/2010 4:13 a.m.

Six-time defending state champion Siloam Springs fought off a scrappy Greene County Tech team 3-0 on Tuesday in the Class 5A State Volleyball Tournament at Wynne High School.

CLASS 7A VOLLEYBALL: Bryant serves up victory in opener

posted: 10/27/2010 4:12 a.m.

Bryant made sure that Rogers Heritage’s first trip to the Class 7A state volleyball tournament was a short one.

CLASS 6A VOLLEYBALL: Van Buren gets to stay this time

posted: 10/27/2010 4:11 a.m.

Van Buren’s stay in recent volleyball state tournaments has not lasted more than a day. But on Tuesday, it was the Lady Pointers who made short work of Little Rock Fair.

Gravette Ousted From State Tourney

posted: 10/27/2010 4:11 a.m.

A slow start for Gravette was simply too much to overcome on Tuesday.

WORLD SERIES CAPSULE: Texas Rangers vs. San Francisco Giants

posted: 10/27/2010 4:10 a.m.

A look at the best-of-seven World Series between the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants: SEASON SERIES Did not play Matchups Rangers make it four times in six seasons that a team is playing in its first World Series.

Rogers woman given 3.5-year term in bank fraud of $3.6 million

posted: 10/27/2010 4:10 a.m.

For defrauding Iberia Bank of nearly $3.6 million to pay off a civil judgment in Texas, a Rogers woman was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 3/2 years in prison.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/27/2010 4:10 a.m.

Paul the octopus, deadat2/ 1 2 Paul the octopus, the tentacled tipster who fascinated soccer fans by predicting results at the World Cup, died Tuesday.

Off the wire

posted: 10/27/2010 4:09 a.m.

FOOTBALL Receiver Blackmon arrested Oklahoma State star wide receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested early Tuesday on a suburban Dallas highway on a misdemeanor DUI complaint and his status with the Cowboys was unclear headed into the final weeks of the season.


posted: 10/27/2010 4:09 a.m.

Josh Crown led three players in double figures to help lead Fayetteville Christian to a 47-42 home victory against Omaha on Tuesday night.

Revved-up Ford cruises to a profit of $1.7 billion

posted: 10/27/2010 4:07 a.m.

Ford Motor Co. demonstrated the growing strength of the U.S. auto industry Tuesday by posting a thirdquarter profit of $1.7 billion. That number jumped 69 percent from the same period a year ago and surpassed a record set in 1997.

Har-Ber To Host Hoopfest

posted: 10/27/2010 4:07 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber Basketball will host its sixth annual Har-Ber Hoops event Nov. 6 in the Har-Ber school gymnasiums.

Poultry farmers in line for aid

posted: 10/27/2010 4:03 a.m.

Arkansas poultry farmers left with empty chicken houses after the bankruptcy and sale of Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. are each eligible for up to $100,000 in federal relief funds, the Arkansas Agriculture Department said Tuesday.

Home-price index drops 0.2%

posted: 10/27/2010 4:01 a.m.

Home prices are weakening in many major metro areas, even those that were showing strength earlier in the year.

China steps up engineering game

posted: 10/27/2010 4:01 a.m.

China rolled out its fastest train yet on Tuesday and announced that the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s biggest hydroelectric project, is now generating electricity at maximum capacity — engineering triumphs that signal the nation’s growing ambitions as its economy booms.

Toyota, Honda top reliability survey

posted: 10/27/2010 4 a.m.

Toyota Motor Corp., which has recalled more than 10 million vehicles in the past year, tied with Honda Motor Co. for the most models with top scores in Consumer Reports’ annual reliability survey.

Business news in brief

posted: 10/27/2010 4 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Prices are declining in line with the widening imbalances between housing demand and supply, and we can expect this trend to continue.” Michelle Meyer, a senior economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research Article, 1D


posted: 10/27/2010 3:59 a.m.

Welspun names new head of LR division Welspun Corp. has appointed David Delie as president of Welspun Tubular LLC in Little Rock.

MARKET REPORT: Dow crawls up on mixed reports

posted: 10/27/2010 3:58 a.m.

Mixed earnings reports and a stronger dollar helped stocks finish about where they started Tuesday.

Earnings report

posted: 10/27/2010 3:57 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Tuesday included: DuPont Co., the third-biggest U.S. chemical maker, reported third-quarter net income dropped 10 percent to $367 million, or 40 cents a share, from $409 million, or 45 cents, a year earlier. Sales rose 17 percent to $7 billion. Its shares dropped 48 cents to $47.22.

FORCES OF NURTURE: Bleary parents can ‘go pinata’

posted: 10/27/2010 3:56 a.m.

As a writer, one of the things I’ve really enjoyed about becoming a mother is the special parlance of parenthood.

FRONT BURNER: Pasta, pepped up with peppers, meat, hits spot

posted: 10/27/2010 3:55 a.m.

It was a last-minute, late-evening dinner, thrown together with the sole purpose of squelching the rumbling in my belly. And I certainly wasn’t expecting my husband’s reaction: “If we have more dishes like that, I’m happy to eat pasta all the time.”

Armadillo Rodeo lassos laughs

posted: 10/27/2010 3:54 a.m.

Just as there are no fleas in a flea circus, nobody ropes any actual armadillos at an Armadillo Rodeo show.

Ex-State Hospital nurse defends citing 3 nurses after suicide

posted: 10/27/2010 3:54 a.m.

A nurse suing in Pulaski County Circuit Court to get her job back at the Arkansas State Hospital said she was fired for leading an investigation into the suicide of a mentally ill patient. That investigation, she said, led to the dismissal of three other nurses — firings that were reversed on appeal.

HEART & SOUL: In negotiation, dog has the upper paw

posted: 10/27/2010 3:54 a.m.

The dogs were in conference. Since Baron’s arrival, the inseparable pair of Duke and Duchess had magnanimously expanded to include the 1-year-old, three-legged, 8-pound fluff ball we’d adopted. Eager to prove himself, Baron raced after everything the big dogs chased — squirrels, birds, the occasional rabbit near the garden. He even came up with some new distractions — his tail, big leaves, a shadow.

Rubik’s Cube is teaching kids math

posted: 10/27/2010 3:52 a.m.

If you’ve ever tried to solve a Rubik’s Cube (and, like most people, failed), then you’ll understand why Asante Whittington, 10, went crazy when he mastered the puzzle for the first time last month.

Police: Missing woman killed; 2 named

posted: 10/27/2010 3:50 a.m.

A Springdale woman missing since 2008 was killed in her trailer at Whisler Mobile Home Park, then put in her car and dumped in Beaver Lake, according to police.


posted: 10/27/2010 3:49 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: If God created everything, does that mean He also created the devil? Why did He do that? Or does the devil actually exist? Maybe the idea of an evil supernatural being is just something we dreamed up to explain all the evil in the world. — Z.S.


posted: 10/27/2010 3:48 a.m.

Q My husband gave me herpes. We have been married for 10 years and I’m five months’ pregnant. I never had it before so it’s obvious that he has been fooling around so I am divorcing him.

PARENTING: Let hairy 10-year-old start shaving her legs

posted: 10/27/2010 3:48 a.m.

Q My 10-year-old daughter has been asking for a year now to shave her legs. So far I have said no, mainly because putting a razor in the hands of a 10-year-old doesn’t seem safe.

HOW WE SEE IT: Four-Year Scholarships In Demand

posted: 10/27/2010 3:44 a.m.

Traditional students who were granted lottery funded college scholarships in Arkansas this year overwhelmingly opted for four-year as opposed to two-year schools — even more so than state education officials had predicted.

BOONE COUNTY: 3 better odds by 2-3 races

posted: 10/27/2010 3:43 a.m.

Three candidates in Boone County are seeking more than one office this election year. It has become a trend in the north Arkansas county.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Lincoln Still Fights For Seat

posted: 10/27/2010 3:41 a.m.

Just a year ago, it seemed as if U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln might have re-election all but locked up.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Flat-Tax Fans Ignore History

posted: 10/27/2010 3:40 a.m.

The populist reforms of yesteryear are lost in the U.S. Senate race between blue dog Democrat Sen. Blanche Lincoln and flat-tax Republican Rep. John Boozman.


posted: 10/27/2010 3:39 a.m.

Many of us are always on the lookout for quick, tasty recipes. For those looking to keep calories and fat under control while still offering delicious, nutritious meals, it doesn’t get much easier than Cooking Light, Complete Meals in Minutes from the editors of Cooking Light magazine (Oxmoor House, $29.95).

Casualties Of War

posted: 10/27/2010 3:39 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.


posted: 10/27/2010 3:38 a.m.

We first spotted this platter at a craft store in Branson. The platters, available in shades of brown, clear, green and blue (pictured), are made from wine and liquor bottles that have had the labels removed, and then been fired in a kiln.

UNCORKED: New Zealand wines grow more fine

posted: 10/27/2010 3:37 a.m.

When you think of the history of wine, particularly from countries with winecentric cultures, you think centuries, but for New Zealand it’s only decades. The growth in New Zealand’s wine production and quality has been nothing short of phenomenal. The ideal climate paired with passionate winemakers catapulted this region’s significant breakthrough over the past 20 years.


posted: 10/27/2010 3:37 a.m.

The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas will host its 2010 Coca-Cola Trick or Treat Open, a free to the public event, from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the All-Star Sports Arena in Springdale.

IDEA ALLEY: A corn casserole, brisket for dinner

posted: 10/27/2010 3:37 a.m.

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

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Pizza & Breadsticks paired by DiGiorno

posted: 10/27/2010 3:36 a.m.

DiGiorno has a new product that’s extremely convenient, Pizza & Breadsticks, and the concept ties in nicely with their “like delivery” pizza line of advertising. The frozen pizza and breadsticks in one package are available in varieties that include: Supreme Pizza with Garlic & Herb Breadsticks. The pizza is topped with Italian sausage, pepperoni, red and green bell peppers, onions and mozzarella cheese.

Slim pickings

posted: 10/27/2010 3:35 a.m.

WHAT: Quaker Life Soft Baked Bars STATS: One bar contains 150 calories and 4 fat grams.


posted: 10/27/2010 3:34 a.m.

Three new titles for dog lovers are all about lessons learned or taught.


posted: 10/27/2010 3:34 a.m.

Happy birthday. You realize that without risk, there is no reward, and you’re willing to invest your energy generously. You’ll be attracted to high-stakes games. Use common sense, and everything turns out brilliantly. A love connection opens doors for you in November.

Check your knowledge

posted: 10/27/2010 3:34 a.m.

1. What was the political party affiliation of President Benjamin Harrison? 2. Does North or South Carolina have the larger population ? 3. Name the actor whose cause of death is listed as a broken hip.


posted: 10/27/2010 3:33 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: When making soup, I wash the whole bunch of celery and then cut the tops, stems and leaves off and add them to the soup. It makes the soup very delicious.

Creature feature

posted: 10/27/2010 3:33 a.m.

We’re going to adopt a cat from the animal shelter and keep the cat strictly indoors. What should we do to “catproof” our house? I’m not sure yet if we’ll get a grown cat or a kitten.

Court: Sign stealing ends re-election bid

posted: 10/27/2010 3:33 a.m.

Greenwood Mayor Kenneth Edwards cannot seek re-election because he was convicted of stealing three campaign signs in 2009, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

FOOD PHYTE: Tonight’s Dinner Is Brought To You By The Number Five

posted: 10/27/2010 3:32 a.m.

In keeping with the Life section’s theme for today, we wanted to offer a recipe for you to try that only uses five ingredients. There’s actually a show on the Food Network called “Five Ingredient Fix,” on which host Claire Robinson cooks up dishes using — yep — five ingredients or fewer (not counting salt and pepper; they’re exempt from the tally).

Five For Three Fifths

posted: 10/27/2010 3:29 a.m.

Maybe you’ve had it pointed out to you that this October features the oddity of having five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays.

Bomb suspect bought tanks, witness claims

posted: 10/27/2010 3:27 a.m.

A Tanzanian welder identified the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be tried in a U.S. civilian court as one of two men who purchased metal gas tanks in the weeks before two U.S. embassies were bombed in East Africa.

Levy’s dad: Did best to implicate Condit in slaying

posted: 10/27/2010 3:23 a.m.

Chandra Levy’s father recounted Tuesday his suspicions that former U.S. Rep. Gary Condit of California was implicated in his daughter’s murder.


posted: 10/27/2010 3:21 a.m.

Army Pvt. Troy Ward has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. He is the son of Melode Ward of Bella Vista and graduated from a home school program in 2010.


posted: 10/27/2010 3:20 a.m.

As Halloween nears, opportunities abound for pumpkin hunting, candy collecting and getting your ghoulish groove on. These events and activities are focused on the family. Watch for a more expansive list in this Friday’s What’s Up! section.

NY man arrested in Hawaii after visits to radical websites

posted: 10/27/2010 3:18 a.m.

When Abdel Hameed Shehadeh arrived at Kennedy Airport in early 2008, he was carrying a one-way ticket to Islamabad and a backpack with a sleeping bag inside.

ROCKWOOD FILES: From Scrawny To Swagger

posted: 10/27/2010 3:17 a.m.

I know it’s not nice to brag, but I can’t help it.

Gusty storm rips through heart of U.S.

posted: 10/27/2010 3:16 a.m.

A storm with gusts up to 81 mph howled across the nation’s midsection Tuesday, snapping trees and power lines, ripping off roofs, delaying flights and soaking commuters hunched under crumpled umbrellas.

Tuesday, October 26

New details in suspected Springdale homicide

updated: 10/26/2010 3:48 p.m.

New details suggest a Springdale woman missing since 2008 was killed in her trailer at Whisler Mobile Home Park, then put in her car and dumped in Beaver Lake.

Toyota, Honda lead quality rankings but GM gains

posted: 10/26/2010 2:07 p.m.

Consumer Reports magazine says Honda and Toyota still make the most problem-free cars and trucks, but Ford is closing in fast and General Motors has made big improvements in the past year.

Fort Smith Whirlpool supplier to close

posted: 10/26/2010 1:12 p.m.

A factory with more than 100 employees will stop production in Fort Smith.

Bentonville ranked No. 1 in new AP poll

posted: 10/26/2010 12:41 p.m.

The top 10 overall high school football teams in Arkansas and the top five in Classes 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A and 2A, as voted by a panel of Associated Press-member sports writers and broadcasters. Ranking is given with first-place votes received, records, total points and last week's rankings.

CORRECTION Elected Hispanics Rare

posted: 10/26/2010 11:24 a.m.

The Springdale Rodeo Center at 1423 E. Emma Ave. will be open for early voting from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday through Oct. 29. A item in Sunday’s edition included an incorrect time. Also, Saturday early voting is available at the Washington County Courthouse from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. That opportunity was omitted from Sunday’s information.

3 young men arrested in deadly LA school bus crash

posted: 10/26/2010 11:04 a.m.

Susana Romero was sitting at the back of the bus, as she usually does when she's ferried back and forth from Roosevelt High School to the annex classrooms the school uses.

French Senate passes retirement bill

posted: 10/26/2010 10:59 a.m.

France's Senate has given its final approval to a bill to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62, a reform that has sparked weeks of strikes and street protests.

FATAL SHOOTING: Stone Wants Documents

posted: 10/26/2010 5:48 a.m.

Benton County Prosecuting Attorney Van Stone wants to use the results of a Bella Vista Police Department internal investigation into former officer Coleman Brackney’s fatal shooting of James Ahern as evidence.

Man Arrested With Stolen Gun

posted: 10/26/2010 5:46 a.m.

Police found a stolen .45-caliber Glock pistol Friday afternoon and arrested a man after they received a call incorrectly reporting a possible hostage situation, according to preliminary reports.

COURT BRIEFS: Washington County

posted: 10/26/2010 5:43 a.m.

Court briefs for Washington County for October 26, 2010.

Rogers Rape Case Dropped

posted: 10/26/2010 5:42 a.m.

Prosecutors dismissed a case on Monday against a Rogers man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl.

Late-Season Slide Motivates Siloam Springs Boys

posted: 10/26/2010 5:41 a.m.

The Siloam Springs boys basketball team has been working since the end of last season to keep history from repeating itself.

Landowners Question Proposed Ordinance

posted: 10/26/2010 5:41 a.m.

Fayetteville landowners expressed concern Monday night to the Planning Commission over an ordinance aimed to protect the water purity of streams that run through local properties.

Board Tables District Pay Raises

posted: 10/26/2010 5:40 a.m.

A discussion on pay raises for Bentonville teachers, administrators and classified employees was tabled during a School Board Personnel Committee meeting Monday.

Firsthand View Motivates Huff

posted: 10/26/2010 5:39 a.m.

Katie Huff saw firsthand how much fun a deep run in the state volleyball tournament could be.

Homecoming Parade Planned Friday Night

posted: 10/26/2010 5:38 a.m.

The Arkansas Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Association will hold the 2010 University of Arkansas Homecoming Parade at 7 p.m. Friday.

Police Arrest Three In Drug Probe

posted: 10/26/2010 5:38 a.m.

Bentonville police arrested three people and seized more than $134,000 in connection with a drug investigation, police said Monday.

UNIQUE GESTURES: Edie Evolves For Lady Bulldogs

posted: 10/26/2010 5:37 a.m.

Rather than giving handshakes and high-fives, Fayetteville setter Aubrey Edie greets her teammates before every match with an elaborate series of slaps and forearms bumps.

Fayetteville Mayor To Have Surgery

posted: 10/26/2010 5:37 a.m.

Just over a week after blacking out at an event, Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan is stepping away from his active schedule to undergo surgery for blockage of an artery that supplies blood to the brain.

Facility Plans Raise Few Questions

posted: 10/26/2010 5:36 a.m.

Benton County’s proposed Juvenile Justice Center is one step closer to a decision point after a dozen builders and contractors attended a pre-bid meeting Monday in advance of next week’s deadline to submit bids on the project.


posted: 10/26/2010 5:35 a.m.

Rogers Heritage volleyball coach Sara Miser had confidence Kaylin Anderson could do the job at setter when both starter Courtney Heiligenthal and backup Morgan Mitchell were injured.

Mayors Not Making Halloween Changes

posted: 10/26/2010 5:34 a.m.

Fayetteville and Springdale officials said they’re not saying boo about when residents take their kids out to trick or treat.

Karzai confirms big cash from Iran

posted: 10/26/2010 5:33 a.m.

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on Monday acknowledged that his office regularly received large sums of cash from Iranian officials but insisted there was nothing untoward about the payments.

Gifted Program Taking Nominations

posted: 10/26/2010 5:33 a.m.

The Bentonville School District’s elementary gifted program, TREC, is taking nominations for mid-year testing for grades two through five.

Bentonville Hitters Mesh

posted: 10/26/2010 5:32 a.m.

Shayne Wiedemann and Melissa Bakke serve as the outside hitters on Bentonville’s volleyball team, and they are the Lady Tigers’ go-to people when a big play is needed.

Youngest detainee pleads guilty, gets 8 years

posted: 10/26/2010 5:31 a.m.

Toronto-born Omar Khadr, Guantanamo’s youngest and last Western detainee, pleaded guilty Monday to committing war crimes under a plea deal meant to send him home to Canada next year.

Northwest Arkansas Deaths

posted: 10/26/2010 5:31 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.

School funding backed

posted: 10/26/2010 5:29 a.m.

Arkansas schools will receive a nearly $60 million increase in fiscal 2012 if the Legislature enacts the recommendation of the House and Senate education committees.

Two In Race For Gentry Council Position 4

posted: 10/26/2010 5:29 a.m.

Two In Race For Gentry Council Position 4.

OBITUARIES: Washington County

posted: 10/26/2010 5:29 a.m.

Obituaries for Washington County for October 26, 2

Chandra Levy case errors noted at trial

posted: 10/26/2010 5:28 a.m.

Prosecutors on Monday opened the trial of the man accused of killing Chandra Levy by conceding police errors that included excessive attention to Levy’s involvement with former California Congressman Gary Condit.

PROFILES: Gentry Mayor

posted: 10/26/2010 5:26 a.m.

Information for Gentry mayoral candidates Jason Barrett and Roy C. Beeler is being repeated to correct the attribution that published in Sunday’s newspaper.

Indonesia: Look out, volcano on the edge

posted: 10/26/2010 5:26 a.m.

Indonesia warned Monday that its most volatile volcano could erupt at any time and started evacuating some of the thousands of villagers living on the mountain’s slope.

Campaign pushes hit $257 million

posted: 10/26/2010 5:25 a.m.

With a week to go before the elections, independent groups, most of them with sharp partisan leanings, have spent $257.7 million to influence political campaigns, nearly quadrupling such interest groups’ total spending in the last midterm election, according to a Washington group.

COURTROOM VACANCY: Springdale Judge Resigns

posted: 10/26/2010 5:23 a.m.

For the first time in 28 years, a new judge will hear cases in Springdale.

Haiti: Disease flare-up stabilizing

posted: 10/26/2010 5:23 a.m.

A cholera outbreak that has killed more than 250 people in rural Haiti is stabilizing, health officials said Monday, as aid groups and the government race to prevent it from spreading to the capital’s camps of earthquake survivors.

Hundreds Attend Job Fair

posted: 10/26/2010 5:22 a.m.

Hundreds of job seekers gathered Monday in Rogers to pass out resumes, talk to potential employers and hopefully beat the lagging unemployment left behind by the recession.


posted: 10/26/2010 5:22 a.m.

Records for Northwest Arkansas for October 26, 2010.

French strike costs skyrocket

posted: 10/26/2010 5:20 a.m.

France’s strikes are costing the national economy up to $557 million each day, the French finance minister said Monday as workers continued to block trash incinerators to protest a plan to raise the retirement age to 62.

OBITUARIES: Benton County

posted: 10/26/2010 5:18 a.m.

Benton County obituaries for October 26, 2010.

Trade Groups Play Consumer Card

posted: 10/26/2010 5:17 a.m.

Trade groups are sticking the consumer smack in the middle of a debate between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the meat industry.

Names and faces

posted: 10/26/2010 5:15 a.m.

NPR’s chief executive said she’s sorry for how analyst Juan Williams’ dismissal was handled — but she’s not sorry for firing him.

Getting it straight

posted: 10/26/2010 5:15 a.m.

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

In the news

posted: 10/26/2010 5:14 a.m.

John Potter, 55, postmaster general, who took over the position in 2001 four months before anthraxlaced letters killed two postal workers, will retire in December after more than three decades with the Postal Service, the agency said in a statement, adding that Potter will be succeeded by Patrick R. Donahoe, the deputy postmaster general and chief operating officer.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/26/2010 5:13 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “What I’m saying to President Obama very clearly is, I’ll wear as a badge of honor and a badge of courage that he doesn’t want to endorse me as a Democrat, because I am a different kind of Democrat.” Frank Caprio, Rhode Island’s general treasurer and the Democratic nominee in the state’s gubernatorial election, on the announcement that President Barack Obama would not endorse him Article, 2A

The world in brief

posted: 10/26/2010 5:13 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We aren’t going to work on the docks until 65. It’s just not possible.” Frederic Chabert, a 47-year-old worker at Fos-sur-Mer, a Marseille-area port Article, 5A

Game & Fish dumps plan for its records

posted: 10/26/2010 5:12 a.m.

Citing displeasure from Gov. Mike Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission tabled a proposal Monday to create its own freedom of information policy.

Suit: Wife had affair with court candidate

posted: 10/26/2010 5:04 a.m.

A husband in a divorce case in Lonoke County Circuit Court says in court pleadings that his wife told him she was having an affair with Circuit Court Judge Tim Fox, a Supreme Court candidate in a race against Court of Appeals Judge Karen Baker.

Other days

posted: 10/26/2010 4:56 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 26, 1910 Mayor W.R. Duley returned rather unexpectedly yesterday afternoon from Roswell, N.M., where he has been since the latter part of August for his health.

For Tim Griffin

posted: 10/26/2010 4:55 a.m.

IS JOYCE ELLIOTT running for Congress in the Second District or is she just running against Tim Griffin? Does it say anything about her own qualifications, or her lack of same, that she seems to spend most of her time talking about her opponent?

Don’t trust skinny chefs

posted: 10/26/2010 4:54 a.m.

Since I’ve angered just about every overly sensitive special interest group lately, I might as well go hog-wild and provoke the most sensitive of them all: Crazed fans of skinny female celebrity chefs.

Foreign money is pouring in

posted: 10/26/2010 4:53 a.m.

Foreign money may be having a profound influence on the elections, more so than many people are aware. I’m talking about the tens of millions of dollars that flow each year from foreign sources to organizations with an immense stake in the course of U.S. politics.


posted: 10/26/2010 4:51 a.m.

Repeal two amendments The arrogance is astounding. An independent state commission’s “governance committee,” girded by its own legal counsel, believes it is its own legislature.

Preferences no surprise

posted: 10/26/2010 4:49 a.m.

I’ll break 40 years of personal precedence today to tell readers how I plan to cast votes in some upcoming races on Nov. 2.

Vanderbilt at No. 19 Arkansas: Vanderbilt seeks offensive spark

posted: 10/26/2010 4:47 a.m.

Vanderbilt will have a new offensive coordinator for Saturday night’s game at Arkansas.

NFL Week 7: A crushing blow

posted: 10/26/2010 4:45 a.m.

Tony Romo’s season might be over, and the Dallas Cowboys’ season might as well be.

Heat, James set to test cohesion

posted: 10/26/2010 4:43 a.m.

LeBron James and Erik Spoelstra already seem to have a solid grasp on each other’s language.

Practice a refuge for Pearl

posted: 10/26/2010 4:40 a.m.

Small surprise Bruce Pearl is happy to be back holding practices at Tennessee.

Bochy repeats success

posted: 10/26/2010 4:38 a.m.

At the end of his fourth year managing the San Diego Padres, Bruce Bochy led his team to the 1998 World Series. Now Bochy is doing the same thing at the conclusion of his fourth year managing the San Francisco Giants.

LIKE IT IS: Quick-strike offense made break welcome

posted: 10/26/2010 4:35 a.m.

It was almost as if the second lightning delay Saturday was exactly what the Arkansas defense needed.

Romo breaks collarbone, out 8-10 weeks

posted: 10/26/2010 4:34 a.m.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo broke his left collarbone against the New York Giants on Monday night, an injury that could end his season. Recovery time is generally 8 to 10 weeks.

Rangers make history in the ALCS

posted: 10/26/2010 4:33 a.m.

For some reason, it seemed a nice ironic touch when New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez looked at a called third strike with two out in the ninth inning last Friday night.

State sports briefs

posted: 10/26/2010 4:31 a.m.

HIGH SCHOOL Van Buren School District sues AAA The Van Buren School District filed a lawsuit Friday against the Arkansas Activities Association, claiming the governing body of the state’s high school athletic competitions is not consistent with conference classifications.

Melnyk, Myers win meet

posted: 10/26/2010 4:30 a.m.

Jerry Melnyk is a “hill guy” and it paid off for the Little Rock Central junior Monday.

Schedule prepares Tigers

posted: 10/26/2010 4:29 a.m.

Bentonville Coach Michelle Coens doesn’t worry about losses, in fact she plans for them.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/26/2010 4:27 a.m.

‘Shaquita’ to make appearance Boston Celtics big man Shaquille O’Neal has been a terror in the paint for nearly two decades, but Shaq’s new plans could be even scarier.

Off the wire

posted: 10/26/2010 4:26 a.m.

BASEBALL Blue Jays hire Farrell The Toronto Blue Jays have hired former Boston Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell as manager. Farrell has never managed at any level.

NFL notes

posted: 10/26/2010 4:24 a.m.

VIKINGS Favre fractures ankle Brett Favre has two fractures in his left ankle, putting in jeopardy the Minnesota Vikings quarterback’s chances of extending his record run of 291 consecutive NFL starts.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Three commitments make for happy 24 hours

posted: 10/26/2010 4:20 a.m.

One would be hard-pressed to recall a time when Arkansas received commitments from three out-of-state high profile prospects within about a 24-hour period.

LITTLE ROCK TOUCHDOWN CLUB: Arkansas announcers high on hopes for Hogs

posted: 10/26/2010 4:19 a.m.

Arkansas Razorbacks broadcasters Chuck Barrett and Keith Jackson feel there’s a lot of time left for this season to be special for the 5-2 Razorbacks.

Strong yen, weak demand undermine Japan’s exports

posted: 10/26/2010 4:18 a.m.

Japan’s exports grew at their slowest pace this year in September, hit by cooling foreign demand and a strong yen.

Razorbacks report

posted: 10/26/2010 4:18 a.m.

UA stars receiving treatment Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino said he expected quarterback Ryan Mallett to be able to practice at least a little bit today as Mallett recovers from what Petrino called a bruised throwing shoulder.

For Sun Belt, scheduling has lots of hang-ups

posted: 10/26/2010 4:17 a.m.

Rarely is failing to return a call viewed as a sign of respect. Around the Sun Belt Conference, though, unanswered messages are grudging compliments to its top women’s basketball programs.

Fisk reply: Offer fails to address cash need

posted: 10/26/2010 4:17 a.m.

The Tennessee university that is seeking to sell a halfinterest in its Stieglitz art collection to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art was critical Monday of a new proposal involving a donor willing to pay the school’s display and maintenance costs for the collection.

Dedication of trail set

posted: 10/26/2010 4:15 a.m.

The Kings River Overlook Nature Trail at the McIlroy Madison County Wildlife Management Area near Huntsville will be dedicated Nov. 3 at 1 p.m.

ASU interim leader resigns from board of education group

posted: 10/26/2010 4:14 a.m.

The interim chancellor of Arkansas State University at Jonesboro has resigned as a member of the board of trustees of a national online educational organization, saying he wanted to avoid any perceived conflict of interest.

Existing-home sales jump in September

posted: 10/26/2010 4:14 a.m.

Sales of U.S. existing homes rose in September by the most on record, a sign cheaper borrowing costs are helping stabilize an industry that’s battling the head winds of foreclosures and joblessness.

Three-tier rating system for child care unveiled

posted: 10/26/2010 4:13 a.m.

Three stars is the new top rating available to Arkansas’ nearly 2,900 licensed child-care programs that can choose to participate in the Better Beginnings program improvement and rating system introduced Monday by the state Department of Human Services.

G-20 vague on enforcing pact

posted: 10/26/2010 4:13 a.m.

Facing the risk of an economically damaging trade war, top finance officials from the world’s leading rich and developing nations looked each other in the eye and vowed they wouldn’t use their currencies as economic weapons to boost exports.

Group works to help children

posted: 10/26/2010 4:11 a.m.

Five years ago, a 5-yearold Montgomery County boy was forced by his methamphetamine-cooking mother to drink a glass of sulfuric acid.

No trick; treats served Sunday

posted: 10/26/2010 4:09 a.m.

Six years ago, ghouls and goblins, caped crusaders and princesses roamed Arkansas streets seeking treats under the threat of tricks — not on Halloween, but on Oct. 30.

Mortgage-modification pace slows

posted: 10/26/2010 4:06 a.m.

Permanent loan modifications through a U.S. program to cut foreclosures rose at the slowest pace in a year as fewer homeowners qualified and half of the trial mortgage plans were canceled, the Treasury Department said Monday.

Prosecutor: Won’t charge in hazing case

posted: 10/26/2010 4:05 a.m.

Fayetteville Prosecutor Casey Jones won’t pursue criminal charges against any former members of a University of Arkansas fraternity that a former pledge has sued for an alleged hazing last November.

Paper’s sales post 5% increase

posted: 10/26/2010 4:05 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s weekday sales for the six-month period ending Sept. 30 rose about 5 percent, in contrast to daily newspapers across the country, whose circulation on average fell about 5 percent, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

EPA releases rules to lift fuel economy of big trucks, buses

posted: 10/26/2010 4:04 a.m.

The first national standards to curb greenhouse gas emissions and increase fuel efficiency in large trucks and buses are projected to save 500 million barrels of oil over the lives of vehicles produced during the first five years of the program, according to a news release Monday from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Japan, India sign trade pact

posted: 10/26/2010 4:03 a.m.

The leaders of India and Japan signed a broad agreement Monday aimed at increasing trade and agreed to speed up talks toward a civilian nuclear energy deal — despite sensitivity in Japan over India’s past atomic test blasts.

Wal-Mart’s CEO voices optimism on India retail

posted: 10/26/2010 4:02 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Chief Executive Officer Michael Duke said Monday that he was “hopeful and optimistic” that India will soon allow the world’s largest retailer to open stores by lifting restrictions on foreign investment.


posted: 10/26/2010 4:02 a.m.

Official: South Africa retailer not for sale Shoprite Holdings Ltd. Chairman Christo Wiese said Monday that South Africa’s largest retailer by market value isn’t for sale, shutting an avenue for retailers wanting to follow Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s lead in entering the country.

Business news in brief

posted: 10/26/2010 4:01 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “With many unavoidable foreclosures still in the pipeline, it’s clear that we have a hard road ahead.” Raphael Bostic, assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Article, 1D

MARKET REPORT: G-20 currency pact lifts stocks

posted: 10/26/2010 4 a.m.

U.S. stocks rose Monday, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to a fourth straight gain, after the Group of 20 nations pledged to avoid “competitive devaluation” of currencies and investors bet the Federal Reserve will announce further bond purchases next week.

NOVEMBER CALENDAR: Three-two-one - Lights On!

posted: 10/26/2010 3:55 a.m.

November is a month to be thankful for in many ways: For turkeys, twinkle lights, Beethoven, peanut butter, the Wicked Witch of the West, and most of all — that it’s still another 54 shopping days to Christmas.

WHAT’S IN A DAME: Where’s that long overdue apology?

posted: 10/26/2010 3:54 a.m.

Think back. Way back. Do you remember Anita Hill?

CRITICAL MASS: Hicks’ humor cut to marrow

posted: 10/26/2010 3:52 a.m.

I was in Nashville, Tennessee, last year. After the show I went to a Waffle House. I’m not proud of it, I was hungry. And I’m alone, I’m eating and I’m reading a book, right? Waitress walks over to me, “Tsk tsk tsk tsk.

DRESSING ROOM: Program gives gowns free to military brides

posted: 10/26/2010 3:51 a.m.

A Fitting Image, 9816 N. Rodney Parham Road in Little Rock, will participate in Brides Across America, a nationwide military weddinggown giveaway. The event will be held during regular store hours Nov. 10-11.

Yemen recruits tribes to attack al-Qaida

posted: 10/26/2010 3:50 a.m.

The Yemeni government has begun a new experiment in fighting al-Qaida, paying off tribes and providing them with weapons to hunt down militants, officials said Monday.

THE TV COLUMN: DirectTv kicks off the final season of Lights

posted: 10/26/2010 3:50 a.m.

The important thing to remember is that by all rights Friday Night Lights should have died several years ago. It didn’t. TV critics and a fanatical fan base kept it alive.


posted: 10/26/2010 3:49 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I don’t understand why God says we’re guilty when we do wrong, because He must know that we’re not perfect and we’re going to make mistakes.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Sister is socially tone deaf

posted: 10/26/2010 3:49 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: Our extended family is gathering to celebrate a dear cousin’s 70th birthday, with people driving and flying in from all over. My husband and I and my two adult sons (plus one son’s girlfriend) plan to meet up in my cousin’s hometown. I reserved three hotel rooms just to be sure we had enough space.

Social Security Q&A

posted: 10/26/2010 3:48 a.m.

Q. I applied for a Social Security card for my baby at the hospital, but the card came back with the wrong name. What do I do?

Hurricane flags after Belize hit

posted: 10/26/2010 3:48 a.m.

Hurricane Richard battered the tiny Central American country of Belize, sending thousands into shelters and forcing tourists to evacuate outlying islands, before weakening to a tropical depression Monday morning.


posted: 10/26/2010 3:48 a.m.

Happy birthday. You get swept into a fabulous adventure in November. Love elevates you to a higher plane. In December, you will use your keen intellect to solve a problem that faces your team at work. February brings a personal breakthrough, and you’ll establish new healthful habits, too. Family additions come in June. Sagittarius and Virgo adore you.


posted: 10/26/2010 3:47 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I felt sad to see criticism of gifts of food, which had been given when people knew the family was grieving.

British playwright tracks Fatal Murder to Murry’s

posted: 10/26/2010 3:47 a.m.

Unless it’s a world premiere, it’s pretty unusual around here to have a playwright show up to check out a production of his work.

Check your knowledge

posted: 10/26/2010 3:46 a.m.

1. Name the fifth president of the United States. 2. According to the American Film Institute, what movie ranks as No. 1 among all motion pictures? 3. In Greek and Roman mythology, who was god of music, poetry, prophecy and medicine? 4. Is Italy as large geographically as Germany?

Rhode Island candidate tells Obama off

posted: 10/26/2010 3:44 a.m.

The Democratic candidate for Rhode Island governor, widely seen as more conservative than the independent seeking to lead the heavily Democratic state, said Monday that President Barack Obama can “shove it” after learning Obama would not endorse him.


posted: 10/26/2010 3:28 a.m.

Dallas Hardison played well as the quarterback on Bentonville’s freshman team two years, and guided the junior varsity to an undefeated season last season as a sophomore.

Montoya, Gonzalez Favorites In 7A-West Meet

posted: 10/26/2010 3:24 a.m.

Rogers High sophomore Maggie Montoya has been untouchable the past two cross country meets, and that is good news for the Lady Mounties heading into today’s 7A-West Conference Cross Country Meet in Fayetteville.

Farmington Seniors Reverse Volleyball Fortunes

posted: 10/26/2010 3:21 a.m.

Farmington senior Kala Crisp was determined to not let the trend continue this season.

Lady Panthers Eye Seven Straight

posted: 10/26/2010 3:19 a.m.

Having won seven state volleyball championships in her long tenure at Siloam Springs, including winning the last six in a row, some things never change for coach Rose Cheek.

HOW WE SEE IT: Game & Fish Power Grab Was Stunning

posted: 10/26/2010 3:01 a.m.

No state agency gets to write its own laws in a representative democracy.

COMMENTARY: It’s True What They Say About NPR

posted: 10/26/2010 3 a.m.

National Public Radio delivers the most thorough and temperate broadcast news programming in the country. Put your dial there and soon you will find yourself soothed, informed, edified and tastefully entertained.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Fayetteville FOP Endorses Adams

posted: 10/26/2010 2:59 a.m.

The Fayetteville Fraternal Order of Police recently endorsed Rhonda Adams for City Council Ward 4, Position 1.

Casualties Of War

posted: 10/26/2010 2:58 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.

Monday, October 25

Fayetteville mayor sidelined by artery disease

posted: 10/25/2010 5:53 p.m.

A little more than a week after blacking out at an event, Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan is stepping away from his active schedule to undergo surgery for blockage of an artery that supplies blood to the brain.

Photo Correction

posted: 10/25/2010 4:17 p.m.

Mauricio Herrara’s named was misspelled in a photo caption published in Sunday’s newspaper.

CORRECTION City Voters Face Special Election Questions

posted: 10/25/2010 3:50 p.m.

The office of Bella Vista city clerk is on the ballot for the Nov. 2 general election.

'Hiccup girl' charged with murder in Florida

posted: 10/25/2010 2:56 p.m.

A teenage girl who became famous after hiccuping uncontrollably for weeks has been charged with luring a man to a house where he was robbed and fatally shot.

Commission drops proposal to amend information act

posted: 10/25/2010 2:05 p.m.

A member of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says the panel has voted to drop a proposal to amend its public-information policies that had drawn fire from Gov. Mike Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.

20 computers stolen from Little Rock high school

posted: 10/25/2010 1:23 p.m.

Someone stole 20 computers from Parkview High School in Little Rock.

3 inmates escape Missouri jail

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

Authorities are looking for three men who escaped over the weekend from a northwest Missouri jail.

Power outages drop after storm knocks power

posted: 10/25/2010 9:05 a.m.

The number of power outages caused by a severe thunderstorm in central Arkansas is now below 1,000.

Funds for athletics up 11%

posted: 10/25/2010 6:29 a.m.

Four of the state’s 10 public universities funded more than 20 percent of their athletic programs with state revenue and student tuition in the 2009-2010 academic year, according to a report compiled by the Department of Higher Education.

College report

posted: 10/25/2010 6 a.m.

Missouri has reason to celebrate Thousands ignored the obligatory public address announcement to stay off the field. One goal post was gone, hauled off to Harpo’s, a nearby tavern, where Missouri fans would take hacksaws in hand and carve up the uprights for make-shift mementos of a rare victory over Oklahoma.

Northwest Arkansas Deaths

posted: 10/25/2010 5:53 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.

On A Ride Of Discovery

updated: 10/25/2010 9:20 a.m.

Julian Santa-Rita just wanted a cheap way to get to work, but the electric motorcycle he fabricated in the garage of his Fayetteville home draws double-takes from other riders.


posted: 10/25/2010 5:50 a.m.

Records for Northwest Arkansas for October 25, 2010.

Self-Defense Class Benefits Women

posted: 10/25/2010 5:50 a.m.

Alice Eastwood and Melissa Loughead Anderson are proud graduates of the Bentonville Police Department’s women’s selfdefense class.

Employers weigh insurance options

posted: 10/25/2010 5:50 a.m.

The new health-care overhaul doesn’t aim to undercut employer plans that provide most people in the U.S. with coverage, but the law’s insurance exchanges and tax on high-cost plans have companies looking at their coverage in a different light, lawmakers and health-insurance experts say.

Taliban take hit, keep on ticking

posted: 10/25/2010 5:48 a.m.

The Taliban guerrillas waging war from sandy mountains and pistachio forests in northwestern Afghanistan have taken several hits from NATO troops this month.


posted: 10/25/2010 5:47 a.m.

Lawsuits for October 25, 2010.

Rogers Historical Museum Celebrates 35th Anniversary

posted: 10/25/2010 5:46 a.m.

The Rogers Historical Museum is celebrating its 35th anniversary with an open house today and an invitation-only party tonight at the Peachtree at the Lane hotel.


posted: 10/25/2010 5:46 a.m.

Information is from Arkansas Department of Health records. Restaurants are listed in order of inspection date. All reports are from regular food service/ food store inspections unless otherwise noted.


posted: 10/25/2010 5:44 a.m.

Marriage licenses for October 25, 2010.

COMMENTARY: Everything Is Pink This Month

posted: 10/25/2010 5:44 a.m.

While I was out on an evening stroll earlier this month, the sight of the moon stopped me dead in my tracks.

Wedding Planner Appeals To Council

posted: 10/25/2010 5:43 a.m.

Lisa Rose is asking aldermen to repeal a decision from the Planning Commission which denied her request for a conditional use permit to operate a wedding venue at her home.

COMMENTARY: Trade-Offs: Life Is Full Of Them

posted: 10/25/2010 5:41 a.m.

I early-voted today — that would be Wednesday.

Bailout recipients big political donors

posted: 10/25/2010 5:41 a.m.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch Mc-Connell, R-Ky., was a fierce critic of the federal bailout of General Motors and Chrysler last year, saying he “cannot ask the American taxpayer to subsidize failure.”

Governors’ races offer strong fights

posted: 10/25/2010 5:39 a.m.

Some of the sharpest skirmishes this election season are the races for governor, especially in states shouldering the highest unemployment rates and largest tax increases.

Parades Will Keep Downtown Hopping

posted: 10/25/2010 5:37 a.m.

The annual gathering of ghosts, witches, cowboys and other costumed characters, better known as the Goblin Parade, is scheduled for Friday.

Junior High Schools Compete For Charity

posted: 10/25/2010 5:36 a.m.

Washington and Lincoln junior high schools will compete against each other in an attempt to “Tackle Hunger” this week.

Police Arrest Man In Connection With Firing Gun Near Officer

posted: 10/25/2010 5:35 a.m.

A Springdale man was in the Benton County Jail on Sunday in connection with discharging a gun in a Springdale neighborhood.

CHILDREN’S HEALTH: Study Planning Advances

posted: 10/25/2010 5:34 a.m.

Benton County residents will soon learn their role in the National Children’s Study.

OBITUARIES: Washington County

posted: 10/25/2010 5:33 a.m.

Washington County obituaries for October 25, 2010.

Hurricane Richard crashes into Belize

posted: 10/25/2010 5:32 a.m.

Hurricane Richard slammed into Belize’s Caribbean coast just south of its largest city late Sunday, as authorities evacuated tourists from outlying islands and an estimated 10,000 people took refuge at shelters in the tiny Central American nation.

Karzai asks for projects list

posted: 10/25/2010 5:29 a.m.

The Afghan president asked Sunday for a list of national aid projects that need protection by private security guards, potentially signaling his wish to reach a compromise over the status of security companies in Afghanistan and safeguard foreign aid projects worth billions of dollars.

Pakistan: To fight terror on own time

posted: 10/25/2010 5:27 a.m.

Pakistan’s foreign minister said Sunday that his country will deal with a key Taliban sanctuary along the Afghan border on its own timeline despite increasing U.S. pressure to move swiftly to help turn around the war in Afghanistan.

U.S. detainee discussing plea bargain

posted: 10/25/2010 5:26 a.m.

Guantanamo’s youngest captive is in negotiations for a plea agreement, his lawyer said Sunday.

OBITUARIES: Benton County

posted: 10/25/2010 5:26 a.m.

Benton County obituaries for October 25, 2010.

In the news

posted: 10/25/2010 5:25 a.m.

Abolfazl Hassani, senior education official for Iran, said the Islamic nation has imposed new restrictions on 12 university social sciences deemed to be based on Western schools of thought, including law, philosophy, management, psychology, political science, women’s studies and human rights.

Getting it straight

posted: 10/25/2010 5:25 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 10/25/2010 5:24 a.m.

Celine Dion has given birth to twin boys, finally realizing her dream of being a mother again after a long struggle to become pregnant. A statement released by St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., said that the 42-year-old superstar singer delivered the boys Saturday afternoon.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/25/2010 5:23 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I think you are going to see a wave, an unprecedented wave on Election Day that is going to surprise a lot of people.” Republican Party chairman Michael Steele on the Nov. 2 elections Article, this page

The world in brief

posted: 10/25/2010 5:23 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Peace will be achieved only through direct talks.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, urging Palestinians to avoid unilateral action and resume peace talks Article, this page

Other days

posted: 10/25/2010 5:15 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 25, 1910 With only one dissenting vote, that of Alderman John Tuohey, the City Council passed a resolution at a meeting last night authorizing the Police Committee to investigate the charges of inefficiency that the Gazette has brought against the Police Department.

2 Paragould teens die in 1-car crash

posted: 10/25/2010 5:05 a.m.

Two teenagers were killed in a single-vehicle accident in Paragould after striking a concrete culvert, according to an Arkansas State Police fatal-crash report.

There they go again

posted: 10/25/2010 5:04 a.m.

The double-dippers are still at it. Both state employees and elected officials are still retiring, then returning after entirely too short an interval, to take up their old jobs and collect pension benefits, too.

The balanced budget fad

posted: 10/25/2010 5:03 a.m.

In the spring of 2010, fiscal austerity became fashionable. I use the term advisedly: The sudden consensus among Very Serious People that everyone must balance budgets now, now, now, wasn’t based on any kind of careful analysis. It was more like a fad, something everyone professed to believe because that was what the in-crowd was saying.

OTHERS SAY: Original deconstruction

posted: 10/25/2010 5:03 a.m.

A common theme among those in the “tea party” movement is that ordinary citizens ought to participate more in the business of government. Yet some tea party activists—and like-minded politicians and commentators—are espousing a return to the election of U.S. senators by state legislatures rather than the people.

The sun never sets . . .

posted: 10/25/2010 5:02 a.m.

Time and again Britain has been badly misjudged. Napoleon derided it as a “nation of shopkeepers.” Adolf Hitler was sure it would knuckle under after Dunkirk. The Argentines were sure it would readily cede the Falkland Islands. And Saddam Hussein never gave it a thought. All of them lost their wars with Britain.


posted: 10/25/2010 5:02 a.m.

We’re all in this together We are called arrogant, ugly and wasteful. We are Americans and, as a people, you could say that somewhere all of those things apply. The adjectives that better describe us as a people are generous, resilient, diverse, sympathetic, tough and, well, stubborn.

Allow differing opinions

posted: 10/25/2010 5 a.m.

Just in case you have not heard, Delaware’s famous tea-party senatorial candidate Christine O’Donnell is not a witch.

Adams sails past Hatfield’s record

posted: 10/25/2010 4:58 a.m.

Joe Adams wasn’t discouraged when his 62-yard punt return for a touchdown at Georgia earlier season this was called back by a blocking-in-theback penalty.

NFL Week 7: Sky high in Denver

posted: 10/25/2010 4:57 a.m.

Darren Mc-Fadden’s most productive game as a pro helped boost the Oakland Raiders to the highest-scoring performance in the franchise’s history.

Auburn claims No. 1, UA 19th

posted: 10/25/2010 4:56 a.m.

Cam Newton and Auburn blew by Boise State into first place in the BCS standings.

Virginia receiver commits

posted: 10/25/2010 4:55 a.m.

Arkansas received their second oral commitment from a high profile prospect in as many days when receiver Quinta Funderburk pledged to the Hogs. Texas tight end Chris Barnett committed to the Razorbacks on Saturday.

Cowboys grasping for hope

posted: 10/25/2010 4:54 a.m.

Tony Romo is floating a new theory about what’s wrong with the Dallas Cowboys: They’re not bad, just having bad luck.

Lee excited about swinging the bat

posted: 10/25/2010 4:53 a.m.

Cliff Lee threw a bullpen session and took batting practice Sunday.

Hamlin’s victory revitalizes Chase

posted: 10/25/2010 4:52 a.m.

Denny Hamlin figured if he was going to make a run at Jimmie Johnson’s points lead, there was no better place to start than Martinsville Speedway.

State sports briefs

posted: 10/25/2010 4:50 a.m.

FOOTBALL Barrett, Jackson to speak at LR Touchdown Club Arkansas Razorback play-by-play analyst Chuck Barrett and commentator Keith Jackson will speak at the weekly meeting of the Little Rock Touchdown Club at noon today at P.A.R.K. in Little Rock. P.A.R.K. is Jackson’s non-profit youth foundation.

Browns, Bowens stuns Saints

posted: 10/25/2010 4:49 a.m.

David Bowens, 33, looks even older than he is, with specks of gray in his hair and beard.

Steelers benefit from call, top Dolphins

posted: 10/25/2010 4:48 a.m.

With the game up for grabs, Ben Roethlisberger found himself part of an end-zone scrum so frantic the officials were unable to determine who had the ball.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/25/2010 4:47 a.m.

Hey, Alex, try being an angel Washington Capitals center Alex Ovechkin may have some competition for best goal celebration.

Off the wire

posted: 10/25/2010 4:46 a.m.

BASKETBALL Xavier’s Redford tears knee Xavier’s Brad Redford has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, costing the Musketeers their top 3-point shooter.

Court orders Iraqi officials back to work

posted: 10/25/2010 4:43 a.m.

Iraq’s highest court Sunday ordered parliament to resume its sessions, after the congress, elected in March, convened only once in June for 18 minutes.

NFL notes

posted: 10/25/2010 4:39 a.m.

Defense shows it can score One week it’s big hits, the next it’s big picks.

Razorbacks Rewind

posted: 10/25/2010 4:38 a.m.

UA stars handled with care Quarterback Ryan Mallett and receivers Joe Adams and Greg Childs were considered too dinged up to return during Arkansas’ 38-24 victory over Ole Miss on Saturday.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTES: Rutgers needs some down time

posted: 10/25/2010 4:33 a.m.

A couple of extra days off could not have come at a better time for Rutgers’ football team.

Google to add tools to socialize its services

posted: 10/25/2010 4:31 a.m.

Google has been adept at devising computer algorithms to help people search the Internet. But when it comes to building features for social networking, it’s been much less effective.

Apple enchants buyers in China

posted: 10/25/2010 4:27 a.m.

The store clerk polished the iPhone 4 as though it were a diamond. Then he handed it to Liu Jia.

Apple introduces newest MacBook, operating system

posted: 10/25/2010 4:26 a.m.

A lighter MacBook Air laptop and a version of the Macintosh operating system called Lion — adding features that make the company’s computers more like its mobile devices — were shown last week by Apple Inc.

Young Cabot roller derby team wins first bout

posted: 10/25/2010 4:25 a.m.

A young roller derby team in Cabot just won its first bout — with a team from Poteau, Okla. — and plans to begin its fi rst offi cial competitive season in January.

GOLF ROUNDUP: Byrd’s ace wins playoff

posted: 10/25/2010 4:24 a.m.

In a swift and shocking finish, Jonathan Byrd won a three-man playoff Sunday with a hole-in-one on the fourth extra hole in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital Open.

HOG CALLS: Arkansas weathers number of obstacles

posted: 10/25/2010 4:23 a.m.

Last year in Oxford, Miss., the Arkansas Razorbacks played Florida and Ole Miss.

NW Arkansas achievers

posted: 10/25/2010 4:22 a.m.

Mario Almaraz, a student at Rogers High School, won the poetry competition at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith’s annual Hispanic Heritage Festival Oct. 19.

Windy storm hits central Arkansas

posted: 10/25/2010 4:21 a.m.

A storm with straight-line winds reaching at least 63 miles per hour pushed through central Arkansas on Sunday evening, a spokesman for the National Weather Service in North Little Rock said.

5 Pine Bluff blazes suspicious, unrelated, official says

posted: 10/25/2010 4:20 a.m.

Fire investigators are seeking information on a rash of possible arsons that have occurred recently in Pine Bluff.

Police: Lake bottom littered with vehicles

posted: 10/25/2010 4:19 a.m.

A junkyard of stolen cars, toppled backhoes, stripped-out helicopters and abandoned school buses lies scattered in the waters of Beaver Lake.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: New Apple TV offers movies, radio shows, photos - a lot to sink your teeth into

posted: 10/25/2010 4:19 a.m.

I don’t often get time to just sit back and relax, but when I do, I like to take in a movie or just watch shows off my DVR. But sometimes, I want a little more variety.

Gaffe draws Tullis in race

posted: 10/25/2010 4:16 a.m.

Martha Shoffner, running for re-election as state treasurer, wants voters to know she’s sorry for what she said.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 10/25/2010 4:16 a.m.

ALTUS James Conrad and Betty Sue Richard, 2381 Carbon Plant Road, Oct. 20, Chapter 7. ARKADELPHIA Marilyn J. Padgett, 117 Madden Lane, Oct. 14, Chapter 7. ASHDOWN David Earl and Elizabeth Gail Murchison, 530 Frisco St.

System to route victims to aid

posted: 10/25/2010 4:15 a.m.

When a new centralized communication system becomes active statewide, first responders will in some cases drive trauma patients past one or two hospitals to get them to the facility best equipped to treat their injuries.

Romper Room lady still a Do Bee

posted: 10/25/2010 4:13 a.m.

On a recent Monday, Nella Pitts Phillips walked 18,383 steps. On the following Friday, she walked 16,913.

State auditor race lacks GOP entrant

posted: 10/25/2010 4:13 a.m.

Charlie Daniels has been working at the state Capitol since the beginning of Ronald Reagan’s second term as president, serving as land commissioner for 18 years and, most recently, a twoterm secretary of state.

Happy trails

posted: 10/25/2010 4:12 a.m.

MARY ANNE SALMON WALKING TRAIL Location: Trailhead is at the southeast corner of the parking lot of the Heflin YMCA Family Center, 6101 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock.

Israel says talks are only option

posted: 10/25/2010 4:11 a.m.

Israel’s prime minister on Sunday urged the Palestinians to avoid unilateral action and resume peace talks, a reflection of growing concern that the Palestinian leadership is inching toward a “Plan B” in which they seek international recognition of an independent state without Israeli agreement.

Online site offers kids’ running tips

posted: 10/25/2010 4:10 a.m.

Just in time for the Little Rockers Kids Marathon and similar efforts to teach kids to run, the New York Road Runners club has posted a free library of coaching advice online.

Old Tennessee sign off for restoration

posted: 10/25/2010 4:09 a.m.

An icon of Knoxville’s skyline, a JFG coffee sign that has stood for generations at the Gay Street Bridge, has been removed and needs a new home after it is refurbished.

The land of ahhs

posted: 10/25/2010 4:08 a.m.

The next couple of weeks will determine whether the fall foliage season in the Ozarks will be rated brilliant or lackluster, but one thing is certain — the forests will be as beautiful as they are going to get until next fall.


posted: 10/25/2010 4:06 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My sister is in a nursing home, and I get very sad when I see her every week because so many of the people there never have anyone visit them.


posted: 10/25/2010 4:06 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your life will gain structure and clarity over the next 10 weeks. While it may be a little cloudy now, it will soon be obvious what needs to happen next.You’ll take successful steps in November. Loving relationships happen in December.Your family prospers in January. New and fortuitous relationships happen in February. Pisces and Cancer adore you.


posted: 10/25/2010 4:05 a.m.

It’s that time of year again. The new TV season is well under way and a few shows, like Lone Star, have already gone to the chopper.

Taste sensors found in lungs, researchers say

posted: 10/25/2010 4:04 a.m.

The ability to taste isn’t limited to the mouth, and researchers say that discovery might one day lead to better treatments for diseases such as asthma.

Gadget taps kinetic energy to recharge hand-held devices

posted: 10/25/2010 4:04 a.m.

Aaron LeMieux’s portable generator is small in size but big in potential.


posted: 10/25/2010 4:03 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: The plastic container that flushable wipes come in can be used: For storage of trinkets.

Check your knowledge

posted: 10/25/2010 4:02 a.m.

1. Is the Central African Republic actually in central Africa? 2.What team won Super Bowl games played in January 1998 and ’99? 3. Identify the “Sagebrush State.” 4. A total of 144 square inches equals...

Healing doesn’t make broken bone stronger

posted: 10/25/2010 4:01 a.m.

Does a broken bone become stronger after it heals?

MASTER CLASS: Swiss ball intensifies torso crunches

posted: 10/25/2010 3:59 a.m.

Abdominal exercise is sort of like peanut butter, it never gets old.

New mpg rules set sights on big trucks

posted: 10/25/2010 3:59 a.m.

Future tractor-trailers, buses, garbage trucks and even heavyduty versions of pickups like the Dodge Ram and the Ford F-150 must do better at the pump under first-ever fuel-efficiency rules coming from the Obama administration.

Yellow Rock Trail at a glance

posted: 10/25/2010 3:58 a.m.

Distance: About two miles around the big loop.

2 differ on ‘wave’ of GOP votes

posted: 10/25/2010 3:53 a.m.

The Republican Party chief on Sunday forecast a wave of anti-Democratic voting on Election Day, while his Democratic counterpart said a strong get-out-the-vote effort would hold back losses and help keep Congress out of GOP hands.

Eagles Hoping To Continue Last Year’s Success

posted: 10/25/2010 3:49 a.m.

Senior Tucker Trumbo had no hesitations when he was asked how tough it’ll be for Huntsville to compete in the 5A-West Conference this season.

Tigers Confident Heading Into 7A-West Meet

posted: 10/25/2010 3:47 a.m.

The 7A-West Conference cross country meet may be held at the same location as the Chile Pepper Invitational, but the runners in Tuesday’s race will be seeing a different course.

Bulldogs Head Into Conference Meet

posted: 10/25/2010 3:46 a.m.

Fayetteville cross country coach Michelle Fyfe couldn’t make any bold predictions heading into this week’s 7A-West Conference meet.

Tang Gets Bye

posted: 10/25/2010 3:45 a.m.

Rogers High freshman Tiffany Tang has received a first-round bye at the Overall State Tennis Tournament.

Heritage Boys Still Looking For Consistency

posted: 10/25/2010 3:43 a.m.

Rogers Heritage cross country coach Jeff Shaw has seen his girls team show steady improvement throughout this season, but the boys team is still a bit of a mystery.

Har-Ber Still Waiting For Peak Effort

posted: 10/25/2010 3:41 a.m.

Brett Unger expects the 7A-West Cross County Conference Meet to be a stepping stone for his Springdale Har-Ber teams.

Future Bright For Lady Red’Dogs

posted: 10/25/2010 3:40 a.m.

Springdale High girls cross country coach Paige Rollins has been pleased with the production of her young team this year.

Razorbacks Ride Out Storm

posted: 10/25/2010 3:35 a.m.

When Arkansas headed into the locker room for the first of two weather-related breaks Saturday, coach Bobby Petrino threw a bit of a curveball at the Razorbacks.

HOW WE SEE IT: Fee System Needs Changing

posted: 10/25/2010 2:16 a.m.

Benton County Circuit Clerk Brenda DeShields didn’t invent the problem she’s recently become famous for: a fee system that pays circuit clerks one-tenth of 1 percent of a foreclosed property’s sale price.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Charter Flight Warranted

posted: 10/25/2010 2:15 a.m.

479-271-1049. That is the number for the Benton County Election Commission. If you want to talk to the chairman — that’s me — dial 221 when the automatic system answers. I’ll be glad to answer any questions you might have about any commission activities, including aircraft charters.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Children Festival A Hit

posted: 10/25/2010 2:13 a.m.

Thank you, thank you, and thank you! This is the only thing that I seemed to be saying during the fifth annual Celebration of Children Festival on Oct. 3.

Casualties Of War

posted: 10/25/2010 2:10 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.

Sunday, October 24

Jones, Sheets Develop Friendship Through Roping

posted: 10/24/2010 6:34 a.m.

When Brett Jones’ roping partner graduated high school last year, he had a good idea as to who would be a logical replacement.

Ramsey Rallies To Claim Title

posted: 10/24/2010 6:31 a.m.

Fort Smith Ramsey didn’t get off to a great start in their regional tournament championship match, but the Lady Rams sure finished strong Saturday afternoon.

Having Fun Becomes Jamboree’s Mission

posted: 10/24/2010 6:28 a.m.

Before the Orange Thunder U8 boys soccer team takes the field, coach Dan Grover makes sure to lead his players in a chant.

Prep Football Notes

posted: 10/24/2010 6:16 a.m.


Looking Back, Looking Ahead

posted: 10/24/2010 6:14 a.m.

Farewell columns are generally so predictable that I’ll leave those to others.

Masoli piles up yards in defeat

posted: 10/24/2010 6:09 a.m.

Ole Miss quarterback Jeremiah Masoli said he has to shoulder a little more responsibility with a young supporting cast.

Game sketch

posted: 10/24/2010 6:08 a.m.

RECORDS Ole Miss 3-4, 1-3 SEC; Arkansas 5-2, 2-2 SEC STARS Arkansas tailback Knile Davis turned 22 carries into a career-best 176 yards and 3 TDs.

Season of changes puts Texas in Fall Classic

posted: 10/24/2010 6:07 a.m.

With the New York Yankees out of the way, Cliff Lee gets to pitch in an even bigger game for the American League champion Texas Rangers.

Rangers’ Lee, jockey Borel headline 2011 class

posted: 10/24/2010 6:02 a.m.

Texas Rangers ace Cliff Lee from Benton and famed thoroughbred jockey Calvin Borel, a regular rider at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, highlight the 2011 class of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Trustee Calls for More Oversight

posted: 10/24/2010 5:59 a.m.

The president of NorthWest Arkansas Community College and a member of its Board of Trustees are at odds over how closely the board should monitor the school’s budget.

Elected Hispanics Rare

updated: 10/26/2010 11:21 a.m.

Daniel Diaz was nervous as he set up chairs for Hispanic permanent residents seeking U.S. citizenship in Springdale earlier this month. He didn’t know how many people would show up but was thrilled when more than 30 arrived.

Fayetteville Shelter Launches Pet Therapy Program

posted: 10/24/2010 5:57 a.m.

A new program at the Fayetteville Animal Shelter is giving some dogs a second chance at life.

County, Smaller Cities Look To Partner On County Shelter

posted: 10/24/2010 5:56 a.m.

Washington County and several smaller cities have a little more than a year to find a place for the animals they pick up and they’re looking at partnering to build a county-run shelter.

High school report

posted: 10/24/2010 5:56 a.m.

Only pass keeps title in reach Now, two Little Rock schools are in position to claim the 7-4 A title.

Interest in driving differs for teens

posted: 10/24/2010 5:55 a.m.

Gunner Reynolds wants to be certain he’s 100 percent ready to drive before he takes the wheel of a vehicle.

SOUTHLAND: Bears opportunistic in first conference victory

posted: 10/24/2010 5:54 a.m.

Central Arkansas found numerous ways to score Saturday in a 31-7 victory over the Nicholls Colonels at John L. Guidry Stadium.

Governor’s bid for re-election generates cash

posted: 10/24/2010 5:53 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe has received nearly 13 times as much money in his re-election push as Republican rival Jim Keet.

Johnson Council Candidates Say Growth, Image Keys

posted: 10/24/2010 5:51 a.m.

Handling growth is the biggest issue facing the city of Johnson, according to contenders for a council seat.

Three areas get the chance to decide to go wet, stay dry

posted: 10/24/2010 5:51 a.m.

More than half the counties in Arkansas don’t allow the packaged sale of alcohol and require special permits with strict rules for private clubs that want to sell alcohol on their premises.

Blues festival has region singing

posted: 10/24/2010 5:50 a.m.

The last blues riffs from B.B. King’s beloved Lucille have long since faded into the murky waters of the Mississippi River, but officials and business owners in this hardscrabble Arkansas Delta town are still celebrating the 25th annual Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival with full cheer.

Firefighters Battle Blaze at AERT

posted: 10/24/2010 5:50 a.m.

Springdale firefighters spent most of the day Saturday battling a stubborn fire at Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, 914 N. Jefferson.

Roy Challenges Carter For Lincoln Alderman Seat

posted: 10/24/2010 5:50 a.m.

Incumbent Alderman Burl Carter faces a challenge from Laurie Roy for the Ward 1, Position 2 seat on the Lincoln City Council.

Four Battling To Be Gentry Mayor

updated: 10/25/2010 10:23 a.m.

Editor’s Note: Wes Hogue, Jason Barrett Roy C. Beeler and Kevin D. Johnston are candidates for Gentry Mayor. Early voting has begun. Election Day is Nov. 2

LR airport installing runway signs to guide pilots

posted: 10/24/2010 5:49 a.m.

New signs the Federal Aviation Administration is requiring to be installed in the runway areas of all airports with commercial air service will cost more than $376,000 at Little Rock National Airport, Adams Field, and represent the latest effort to promote safer runways.

Two Candidates Vie For Decatur Mayor Post

posted: 10/24/2010 5:48 a.m.

Editor’s Note: Bill Montgomery and Charles Linam are candidates for Decatur Mayor. Early voting has begun. Election Day is Nov. 2.

Trick-or-Treaters To Haunt Downtown Square

posted: 10/24/2010 5:48 a.m.

The Fayetteville Visitors Bureau will host the annual Trick-or-Treat on the Square from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday on the Downtown Fayetteville Square.

City Voters Face Special Election Questions

updated: 10/25/2010 3:52 p.m.

Voters in three Benton County cities will have special election issues to consider when they vote in this year’s general election. Special elections are being held in Bella Vista, Gravette and Elm Springs, according to information from the Benton County Clerk’s office.

Gentry City Clerk/Treasurer Draws Big Field

posted: 10/24/2010 5:47 a.m.

Editor’s Note: Jo Ellen Martin, Karen Land, Tamela J. Weeks, Johnetta Bilby, Cindy Edwards and Kristin Norman-Ferguson are candidates for Gentry City Clerk/Treasurer. Early voting has begun. Election Day is Nov. 2.

State candidate’s ad targets blacks

posted: 10/24/2010 5:47 a.m.

The Republican candidate for land commissioner says in a radio ad that he’s “one white boy” who identifies with blacks because his late wife was a “beautiful black woman.” John Thurston, 37, of Bigelow said Friday that the ad is running on Little Rock station KHLR-FM, 94.9, which features black gospel music. He said a similar print ad appeared in the program for the state NAACP annual banquet.

LIKE IT IS: Petrino lulls Rebels with run, then strikes

posted: 10/24/2010 5:46 a.m.

For much of the second half Saturday, Bobby Petrino’s play-calling appeared conservative.

Three Seek Gentry Council, Position 2 Spot

posted: 10/24/2010 5:45 a.m.

Editor’s Note: Christi Trammell, Rob Holland and Warren “Bud” Norman are candidates for Gentry Council, Position 2. Early voting has begun. Election Day is Nov. 2.

The state/region in brief

posted: 10/24/2010 5:45 a.m.

Crane accident victim identified MOUNTAIN PINE — Authorities have identified the victim of Wednesday’s fatal crane accident at the Ouachita Water Treatment Plant as Roy Case, owner of Roy Case Construction Co. of Little Rock.

Government meetings

posted: 10/24/2010 5:44 a.m.

Monday Washington Water Authority, 1 p.m.


posted: 10/24/2010 5:43 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY The following divorces were recorded in the circuit clerk’s office from Oct. 14-20.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/24/2010 5:43 a.m.

Shaq statue act OK, just not on court Maybe the Boston Celtics aren’t ready for the Shaq spectacle.

Off the wire

posted: 10/24/2010 5:42 a.m.

SOCCER Seven die in Kenya stampede Seven fans died from a stampede while trying to get into a football match between two of Kenya’s most popular teams, the Kenya Red Cross said Saturday.

COMMENTARY: 54 schools ignored in BCS title race

posted: 10/24/2010 5:42 a.m.

Do not get distracted by Boise State.

Knile’s game a jewel

posted: 10/24/2010 5:41 a.m.

There was no running backs by committee for Arkansas on Saturday.

Judge leaves Bonds in race

posted: 10/24/2010 5:40 a.m.

At least for now, Lance Bonds remains on the ballot as the Stone County Democratic nominee for sheriff and none of the county’s election commissioners are going to jail, a Pulaski County circuit judge decided Friday. But a ruling is yet to be made on the legitimacy of Bonds’ candidacy.

Gravette Council Ward 2, Position 1 Has Two Contestants

posted: 10/24/2010 5:40 a.m.

Editor’s Note: Forrest White and John Rambadt are candidates for Gravette Council Ward 2, Position 1. Early voting has begun. Election Day is Nov. 2.

Instant replay

posted: 10/24/2010 5:39 a.m.

Mallett not able to finish A bruised right shoulder sidelined Arkansas starting quarterback Ryan Mallett for the Razorbacks’ final series in the third quarter and all of the fourth quarter in their 38-24 victory over Ole Miss on Saturday.

Denver, Carter Want Gravette Council Ward 1, Position 1 Seat

posted: 10/24/2010 5:38 a.m.

Editor’s Note: Jimmy Denver and Joseph Carter are candidates for Gravette Council Ward 1, Position 1. Early voting has begun. Election Day is Nov. 2.

Arkansas 38, Mississippi 24

posted: 10/24/2010 5:38 a.m.

1st Quarter ARKANSAS 14, MISSISSIPPI 10 Ole Miss received the first break on linebacker Allen Walker’s interception of Ryan Mallett on the Hogs’ first snap.

Gravette Council Ward 1, Position 2 Has 3 Challengers

posted: 10/24/2010 5:37 a.m.

Editor’s Note: Melissa S. Smith, David L. Sheilds and Chia Greer are candidates for Gravette Council Ward 1, Position 2. Early voting has begun. Election Day is Nov. 2.

Airman loses stripes over abuse

posted: 10/24/2010 5:37 a.m.

A Little Rock Air Force Base airman lost his stripes Friday and was ordered to jail for a month after being found guilty of assault for whipping his stepdaughter with a belt and an extension cord, but the military court stopped short of kicking him out of the service.

Texas tight end commits on visit

posted: 10/24/2010 5:35 a.m.

Arkansas won Saturday’s game and a major recruiting coup by adding the oral commitment of Chris Barnett, who is considered one of the nation’s top tight end prospects Barnett, 6-6, 248 pounds, 4.52 seconds in the 40-yard dash, of Hurst, (Texas) L.D. Bell, chose the Hogs over more than 30 scholarship offers, including ones from Southern Cal, UCLA, Miami, Oklahoma, Oregon and Florida State.

FAIR TRADE PRACTICES Opinions Differ On New Rules

posted: 10/24/2010 5:34 a.m.

Proposed government regulations defining fair trade practices are splitting the local poultry industry into opposite camps.

4 in Bryant try to stop water bill hike

posted: 10/24/2010 5:34 a.m.

A candidate for mayor and three other Bryant residents asked a Saline County circuit judge to stop the city’s water and sewer rate increases.

SEC: Newton continues run through the SEC

posted: 10/24/2010 5:34 a.m.

Cam Newton and Auburn are the last unbeaten team in the SEC.

SEC: South Carolina digs deep in its reserves

posted: 10/24/2010 5:32 a.m.

Steve Spurrier always seems to have something up his sleeve.

New Auction Rolls Into Town

posted: 10/24/2010 5:32 a.m.

An auto auction is a vivid example of wheeling and dealing. A nonstop buzz filled 71B Auto Auction Tuesday morning as auctioneers, perched with a bird’s-eye view into three bays, called out bids for the nonstop flow of vehicles.


posted: 10/24/2010 5:31 a.m.

NO. 8 ALABAMA 41, TENNESSEE 10 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Trent Richardson’s 65-yard touchdown run and 5-yard touchdown reception were part of 28 unanswered second-half points as Alabama (7-1, 4-1 SEC) defeated Tennessee (2-5, 0-4 ) on Saturday night.

THE RECRUITING GUY: QB recruit Allen fine-tunes skills at Fayetteville

posted: 10/24/2010 5:30 a.m.

Fayetteville’s Brandon Allen has progressed into one of the better quarterbacks in the nation during his three years as a starter, but it hasn’t happened without a learning curve.


posted: 10/24/2010 5:30 a.m.

Area business news

BIG 12: Nebraska, freshman turn to pass for victory

posted: 10/24/2010 5:29 a.m.

Taylor Martinez went from running himself into the Heisman Trophy race to getting benched, only to re-emerge as a sudden passing sensation.


posted: 10/24/2010 5:28 a.m.

Virginia Tech is back where most of its fans figured it would be at this point in the season: leading the Atlantic Coast Conference.


posted: 10/24/2010 5:27 a.m.

Promotions and other announcements

BIG TEN: Bielema fakes out former team to win

posted: 10/24/2010 5:27 a.m.

Wisconsin Coach Bret Bielema has a Hawkeyes tattoo on his leg and, apparently, a trick up his sleeve.


posted: 10/24/2010 5:27 a.m.

NO. 11 MISSOURI 36, NO. 1 OKLAHOMA 27 Oklahoma’s stay at the top of the BCS standings will be brief.


posted: 10/24/2010 5:26 a.m.

Upcoming Business Meetings and Events Calendar

PACIFIC-10/MOUNTAIN WEST/WESTERN ATHLETIC: Stanford off to best start in 40 years

posted: 10/24/2010 5:26 a.m.

Andrew Luck threw for 190 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 12 Stanford beat Washington State 38-28 Saturday to post its best record after seven games in 40 years.

Missouri topples No. 1 OU

posted: 10/24/2010 5:25 a.m.

Jerrell Jackson spun free from a knot of tacklers on a 38-yard reception for the go-ahead score, sparking a 16-point fourth quarter that helped No. 11 Missouri upend the top team in the BCS standings with a 36-27 victory over error-prone Oklahoma on Saturday night.

Cousins rallies Michigan State

posted: 10/24/2010 5:24 a.m.

Kirk Cousins threw for 329 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 7 Michigan State rallied to beat Northwestern 35-27 and remain unbeaten Saturday.

Navy takes charge in series

posted: 10/24/2010 5:23 a.m.

Ricky Dobbs scored three touchdowns and Alexander Teich ran for 210 yards to lead Navy to its third victory against the Fighting Irish in the past four seasons, a 35-17 rout Saturday at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

Laird avoids bogeys in attempt to repeat in Vegas

posted: 10/24/2010 5:22 a.m.

Defending champion Martin Laird shot a bogey-free 8-under-par 63 — eagling the short par-4 15th and closing with three pars — to take a one-stroke lead over Jonathan Byrd on Saturday in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open.

Unlikely star Ross earns MVP honor

posted: 10/24/2010 5:21 a.m.

Cody Ross joked it was easy for San Francisco Giants fans to chant “Cody! Cody!” during his stellar postseason because his name was only two syllables.

State sports briefs

posted: 10/24/2010 5:21 a.m.

VOLLEYBALL UCA extends streak Central Arkansas (21-6, 10-0 ) won its 15th consecutive match Saturday in a 25-21, 25-22, 25-14 victory over Texas State in Conway. Central Arkansas has won 32 consecutive conference matches and 26 consecutive at home. Jessica Hays had 15 kills. Hays is third in the nation in total aces, and second in program history with 146.

Freshman Wade enjoys nice debut

posted: 10/24/2010 5:20 a.m.

Arkansas guard Mardracus Wade made a nice f irst impression for curious fans who came to Walton Arena for Friday night’s Red-White game.

Knight drawing rave reviews

posted: 10/24/2010 5:19 a.m.

Third in a series previewing SEC basketball teams HOOVER, Ala. — Brandon Knight has yet to play in a college basketball game, but the Kentucky freshman guard was chosen to the preseason All-SEC first team in balloting by 16 regional and national media members.

Price of campaigning for office: Personal debt

posted: 10/24/2010 5:18 a.m.

For some candidates in Arkansas, running for office has meant going into debt.

Expanded practice helps SBC women

posted: 10/24/2010 5:16 a.m.

The scene seems innocuous : UALR women’s assistant basketball Coach Jocelyn Love pulling freshman forward Hannah Fohne aside during a recent practice to explain the intricacies of reading ball screens in the Trojans’ complex motion offense.

Johnson’s consistency ‘ amazing’

posted: 10/24/2010 5:15 a.m.

Jimmie Johnson has won four consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup titles and is leading the way again midway through the 10-race Chase for the championship.

State race for U.S. Senate heading into final stretch

posted: 10/24/2010 5:15 a.m.

The U.S. Senate race in Arkansas kicked off 19 months ago when Vice President Joe Biden visited Little Rock to jump-start U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s re-election campaign.

MOTOR SPORTS ROUNDUP Keselowski surges ahead late to win

posted: 10/24/2010 5:14 a.m.

Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Nationwide Series 5-Hour Energy 250 on Saturday, rolling past Reed Sorenson with two laps remaining at Gateway International Raceway.

HOW WE SEE IT Wake-Up Call To NWACC’s Trustees

posted: 10/24/2010 5:13 a.m.

The NorthWest Arkansas Community College Board of Trustees should assume a larger oversight role over the school’s administrators, especially when it comes to examining how money is spent.

On trail, Lincoln’s run tale of 2 images

posted: 10/24/2010 5:12 a.m.

Shaking hands at the Pope County Courthouse, U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln got up on her tippytoes, clasped her hands together and gave a supporter a big smile.

COMMENTARY Game & Fish Poaches The Law

posted: 10/24/2010 5:11 a.m.

Your state Game & Fish Commission appears to have lost its mind. Three members of this commission ordered a draft of their own version of the state Freedom of Information Act. The draft would allow the commission to close its records, meet in secret and spend the public’s money in the dark.

Not sorry, Boozman says about his politics

posted: 10/24/2010 5:10 a.m.

John Boozman was wrapping up his speech about how the federal health-care legislation is bad and how the government should cut spending when he was confronted about Social Security and a proposed federal sales tax.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Teachers Are Most Important

posted: 10/24/2010 5:10 a.m.

My only connection to Fayetteville High School is that I attended there in the late ’60s. Letter writers have argued for or against a new high school. A big new building in and of itself will not give students a better education. The teachers are the backbone to help and stimulate the growth of our kids.

For Gray, corporate practices fuel views

posted: 10/24/2010 5:09 a.m.

If his aging parents hadn’t become ill, John Gray said he’d still be in Mexico, enjoying the good life.

COMMENTARY Is It SNL Or Arkansas Politics?

posted: 10/24/2010 5:08 a.m.

Columnist’s Note: This is an adapted and briefly postscripted version of a post I made last week on my blog at It got enough response, both favorable and unfavorable, to compel me to want to share it with newspaper readers.

Drown: Campaign a product of people

posted: 10/24/2010 5:07 a.m.

Trevor Drown, an independent candidate, says he’s running for the U.S. Senate because that’s what people wanted him to do.


posted: 10/24/2010 5:07 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe showed the muscle a governor should on Friday.

Pack out to put Favre on back

posted: 10/24/2010 5:06 a.m.

He used to be the face of the franchise.

COMMENTARY Religious Fundamentalism Unhealthy

posted: 10/24/2010 5:06 a.m.

My last column covered the first half of the recent sermon the Unitarian Fellowship kindly asked me to give. It being my only sermon in decades, I value it highly. So here’s the second half.


posted: 10/24/2010 5:05 a.m.

Murphree-Welsh First Pentecostal Church, North Little Rock, was the setting Saturday for the marriage of Belinda Kaye Welsh and Michael Todd Murphree. The Rev. J.N. Holmes officiated.


posted: 10/24/2010 5:03 a.m.

Katie and Earl White of Little Rock will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner. The couple were married Oct. 27, 1950. Mrs. White, the former Katie Flowers, is a retired secretary from Landscape Associates.

The Legend Of Lolly

posted: 10/24/2010 5:03 a.m.

At the turn of each page, a monster noisily sloshed his way through a swamp. The group eagerly tracked the rhythm of his progress with rounds of a clap—clap—wigglewiggle-stomp-stomp-stomp, all the way through to the book’s peaceful resolution.


posted: 10/24/2010 5:03 a.m.

Katherine Daniel, daughter of Rosalie and the late Doyle W. Daniel Jr. of Little Rock, and Richard Woodworth, son of Linda Woodworth of Maumelle and Charlotte and the late Richard D. Woodworth of Hot Springs Village; March 26.

ALL OURS, ALL HOURS Orphanage Gets Boost

posted: 10/24/2010 5 a.m.

Restore Humanity supporters took a visit to Winetopia on Oct. 15 to help the humanitarian organization.

MALE CALL Rules for when to toss or donate old clothing

posted: 10/24/2010 5 a.m.

Q. I’m in a quandary. I’ve become attached to my clothes and I just don’t seem to know when to let them go. Can you give me some specific advice on “when to dump old clothes” ? I tend to hold onto things, especially ones that have brought me compliments. But I’m sure some of them must be ready for the junk heap. How do I know?

Ball Aims To Trash Breast Cancer

posted: 10/24/2010 4:59 a.m.

Andrea Stanley has been involved with the Susan G. Komen Ozark Affiliate in at least half a dozen different capacities in the past four years. The Rogers resident said her involvement began when her best friend’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006.


posted: 10/24/2010 4:54 a.m.

Minard and Anthony

CASA Receives Grants

posted: 10/24/2010 4:53 a.m.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Northwest Arkansas Inc. has received several grants this summer and fall to help the agency carry out its work of giving a voice to children in foster care.

Hundreds Tailgate In Style

posted: 10/24/2010 4:52 a.m.

Football fans cheered on their team with a downsized carbon footprint and a big impact for a local charity on Oct. 16.


posted: 10/24/2010 4:50 a.m.

Upcoming Event News


posted: 10/24/2010 4:48 a.m.

Area Club Reports and Upcoming Meetings


posted: 10/24/2010 4:47 a.m.

The following students have been named to John Brown University’s President’s and Dean’s lists of distinguished students from the Advance Degree Completion Program. Each area student is a member of a Northwest Arkansas Advance Program cohort group: Cohort group number 14 is working toward a bachelor’s degree in business information services.

Eagles can’t go wrong with QBs

posted: 10/24/2010 4:47 a.m.

Andy Reid is so pleased with his quarterback situation that the stoic coach is showing he has a sense of humor.

SPIN CYCLE Costumes sure to be the treat of trick night

posted: 10/24/2010 4:46 a.m.

Every year there is a cliche pop culture Halloween costume.


posted: 10/24/2010 4:46 a.m.

Several local students were among the more than 500 graduates who received degrees on Aug. 13 during summer commencement at the Farris Health and Physical Education Center on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas.

Chiefs’ rushing game silences critics

posted: 10/24/2010 4:45 a.m.

All those critics who have been carping about the way Todd Haley uses his running backs have all of a sudden fallen silent.

Academy ‘fields’ Arkansas debut

posted: 10/24/2010 4:45 a.m.

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, one of the world’s best known chamber orchestras, has been touring the world almost since it was founded more than 50 years ago by Sir Neville Marriner.


posted: 10/24/2010 4:44 a.m.

Flossie Cook Smith of Springdale, center, celebrated her 105th birthday Oct. 17 with her daughters, Betty Gurley of Huntsville, left, and Billie Clark of Springdale, right, and other family members.

HALLOWEEN 5K Run Benefits Rebuilding Together

posted: 10/24/2010 4:43 a.m.

The second annual Halloween 5K Fun Run/ Walk is slated for Saturday at the Lake Bella Vista Trail. Proceeds benefit Rebuilding Together of Northwest Arkansas, which helps lowincome homeowners with maintenance and house repair.

LISTEN UP John, Russell: Oldies golden

posted: 10/24/2010 4:42 a.m.

Elton John and Leon Russell The Union Decca A There was a time when I genuinely loved Elton John. From 1970 until Blue Moves in 1976, I bought in more or less completely (despite some heavy peer pressure to like Foreigner instead). And while I stopped paying close attention maybe 30 years ago, Sir Elton has always retained the capacity to make me smile — whether it’s his work with the Scissor Sisters or his bromance with Eminem.


posted: 10/24/2010 4:41 a.m.

Announcements and Upcoming Events

THE TV COLUMN My dear Watson, Sherlock is back, on AETN

posted: 10/24/2010 4:38 a.m.

If you’re like me, you’ve watched a lot of Sherlock Holmes over the years. Do you have a favorite?

TELL ME ABOUT IT Porn; contempt; attorney?

posted: 10/24/2010 4:36 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I’ve searched the archives and can’t locate any replies to this apparently very common malady: online, hard-core porn usage by husbands.

Friday night can’t get here fast enough anymore

posted: 10/24/2010 4:34 a.m.

Rogers Coach Shawn Flannigan was discussing the quality of play in the 7A-West Conference last week when he pointed out some upsets in the league.

TV ON DVD Prime Suspect, Mirren set bar for police procedurals

posted: 10/24/2010 4:33 a.m.

What is it? Prime Suspect: The Complete Collection, about 25 hours on nine discs from Acorn Media.

Airport extends meter time

posted: 10/24/2010 4:32 a.m.

The state’s largest airport, responding to complaints, has increased the maximum amount of time on the 36 parking meters in front of the passenger terminal.

GULF SOUTH Benton’s late gamble, block give OBU overtime victory

posted: 10/24/2010 4:32 a.m.

Dijon Benton’s actions strayed from coach’s instruction during overtime Saturday against North Alabama.

SUN BELT Red Wolves’ offense gets it going in fourth quarter

posted: 10/24/2010 4:31 a.m.

Arkansas State scored 28 consecutive points in the fourth quarter to defeat Florida Atlantic 37-16 on Saturday at ASU Stadium.


posted: 10/24/2010 4:30 a.m.

Happy birthday. You have the wonderful ability to see the beauty in others and focus on that. Because of this talent, people will blossom around you. Bringing out the best in others benefits you in many ways, including financially.


posted: 10/24/2010 4:28 a.m.

VALDOSTA STATE 27, ARKANSAS-MONTICELLO 17 VALDOSTA, Ga. — Valdosta State receiver Gerald Ford caught a 7-yard touchdown pass with 33 seconds left to give the Blazers a victory over Arkansas-Monticello on Saturday at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium.


posted: 10/24/2010 4:25 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

Other days

posted: 10/24/2010 4:24 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 24, 1910 With the marriage of Mrs. Jeante Estes of Lonoke County, to C.H. Dicus of this city yesterday evening at 7 o’clock. Justice of the Peace E.H. Sanders, who performed the ceremony, has established a record for himself, and may well be termed “The Marrying Justice.”

Scoring summary

posted: 10/24/2010 4:23 a.m.

FIRST QUARTER Arkansas TIME 8:08 (1:42 time of possession) SCORING PLAY Knile Davis ran 2 yards for a touchdown. Zach Hocker kicked the extra point.

Prophet rides wave of raves to his first show in Arkansas

posted: 10/24/2010 4:23 a.m.

It’s not often you can watch a prophet at work, especially on a Monday night. Well, make that a Prophet, Chuck Prophet, to be exact, an esteemed singer-songwriter-guitarist with roots that go way back.

NBA cities experiencing Heat exhaustion

posted: 10/24/2010 4:23 a.m.

LeBron James will suit up in black next week, making his transformation complete.

War-data leak shows deaths underreported

posted: 10/24/2010 4:23 a.m.

Military documents laid bare in the biggest leak of secret information in U.S. history suggest that as many as 15,000 more Iraqis died than previously acknowledged during the years of sectarian bloodletting and criminal violence after the American-led invasion in 2003.

Collection of Stickley furniture going on tour

posted: 10/24/2010 4:22 a.m.

More than 100 years ago, Gustav Stickley began creating well-made wood furniture with a simplicity of design. The creation of a brand soon followed, with Stickley offering everything from candlesticks and linens to a magazine that included house plans in his Craftsman style.

Durant striving for more

posted: 10/24/2010 4:21 a.m.

Kevin Durant has already proven he is among the NBA’s elite players.

Overhaul for IMF agreed to by G-20

posted: 10/24/2010 4:21 a.m.

Global finance leaders promised Saturday to refrain from a currency war and reduce trade imbalances, amid growing recognition that restructuring the world economy is necessary to accommodate the greater role of fast-growing China and other developing economies.

Maurice Jennings

posted: 10/24/2010 4:21 a.m.

SELF PORTRAIT Date and place of birth: Nov. 6, 1947, Heber Springs Family: Wife, Sissy, son Walter, and daughter Marci Jennings-Crosby Favorite passage in the Bible: Hard to beat the Lord’s Prayer What’s always in my refrigerator: Skim milk A smell that will make me nostalgic is smoke from a fireplace.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE Florence’s art lit torch that ended Dark Ages

posted: 10/24/2010 4:21 a.m.

Geographically small but culturally rich, Florence, Italy — two hours northwest of Rome — is home to some of the greatest art and architecture in the world. In a single day, you could look Michelangelo’s David in the eyes, fall under the seductive sway of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, and climb the modern world’s first dome, which still dominates the skyline.

SPOTLIGHT ROGERS HISTORICAL MUSEUM Rogers museum marks anniversary, affirmation

posted: 10/24/2010 4:20 a.m.

Gaye Bland once knew as little about Rogers as some of the town’s youngest pupils.

’08 case seen widening U.S. agency rift

posted: 10/24/2010 4:19 a.m.

On Election Day 2008, Maruse Heath, the leader of Philadelphia’s New Black Panther Party, stood in front of a neighborhood polling place, dressed in a paramilitary uniform.

NORTHERN LIGHTS Art D’Vine auction bears fundraising fruit

posted: 10/24/2010 4:19 a.m.

Are we still in Fayetteville? What’s the ZIP code out here? Is that a bat?

CONSUMER TRAVEL ‘Private sale’ sites offer luxury deals to whim travelers

posted: 10/24/2010 4:19 a.m.

If you’ve ever wanted to travel a bit over your usual level, take a look at the emerging new “private sale” marketplace. Here, up-market hotels, resorts and occasional cruise lines quietly advertise deals that never find exposure on their sites or the mainline search sites. You aren’t likely to find a special deal if you’ve already decided where and when you want to travel. Instead, the idea is to offer something good enough — at a good enough price — to entice you into a trip you hadn’t planned.

LET’S TALK Talkmistress’ fantasy gifts put Neiman Marcus to shame

posted: 10/24/2010 4:18 a.m.

For Christmas this year, Let’s Talk will do things a bit differently.

NORTHERN LIGHTS Fruit of the vine draws help for kids in Kenya

posted: 10/24/2010 4:18 a.m.

Wines from around the world were swirled, sniffed and sipped Oct.

History echoes on Castro’s cap

posted: 10/24/2010 4:17 a.m.

It was just a small silver metal star on a military cap.

NORTHERN LIGHTS Hangar fest plane fun for groups’ supporters

posted: 10/24/2010 4:17 a.m.

It was a good night to hang out in a hangar. The Kendrick Fincher Hydration Foundation and the Arkansas Air Museum cohosted “Rhythm and Ribs” on Oct. 16, a joint fundraiser held at the museum. Surrounded by warbirds and one air-show jet — gleaming representations from America’s aviation past — supporters of one or both nonprofits dined on ribs, potato salad and dessert from Delta Soul and bid on one-of-a-kind items — model airplanes decorated by local celebrities such as Tom Pagnozzi.

Fewer men finishing college, analysis finds

posted: 10/24/2010 4:16 a.m.

A report on minority achievement in higher education sounds an alarm about an unlikely minority group: men.

Wal-Mart has eye on Africa’s billion shoppers

posted: 10/24/2010 4:16 a.m.

Richard Twesigye says he shops at Massmart Holdings Ltd.’s Game store in Kampala, the Ugandan capital, because the quality is better than at the local market. Like millions of other Africans, he can afford it if the prices are a little higher.

NOTABLE NEIGHBOR Finally, Myers got airborne

posted: 10/24/2010 4:16 a.m.

It took more than a half century, but William Myers proved he could fly.

Better housing migrants’ aim

posted: 10/24/2010 4:15 a.m.

In the five years Pasquala Beaza has lived in a squalid trailer park for migrant farmworkers, she has endured the stench of sewage overflows, street flooding and blackouts.


posted: 10/24/2010 4:15 a.m.

Katie Elizabeth Collins and Jesse “Tripp” Vescon Hollowell III were united in marriage at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Monsignor David LeSieur officiated.

Order in the pork! Bar is judged on grill skills

posted: 10/24/2010 4:14 a.m.

Each judge had different criteria, but the four of them agreed on one thing: It was all good.

Stephens sticks by inflation forecast

posted: 10/24/2010 4:14 a.m.

A year ago, three Stephens Inc. executives predicted that the country would soon experience an outbreak of inflation, contradicting the opinions of most economists.

Obama: GOP would toss new Wall Street policies

posted: 10/24/2010 4:14 a.m.

President Barack Obama said the passage of stronger financial regulations was one of his administration’s “most important victories” and warned that Republicans seeking control of Congress would repeal the rules.

Democrats seek edge, back third parties

posted: 10/24/2010 4:12 a.m.

Seeking an advantage in their effort to avoid losing control of Congress, Democrats are working behind the scenes in a number of tight races to bolster longshot third-party candidates who have platforms at odds with the Democratic agenda but hold the promise of siphoning Republican votes.

Brazilian scientists make breadbasket from infertile land

posted: 10/24/2010 4:12 a.m.

Barely two generations ago, the gently rolling hills in Brazil’s heartland were a knot of short, brittle trees and acidic soil considered unfit for agriculture. But on a recent morning, a New Holland harvester cut through golden husks of wheat on Paulo Kramer’s farm.

State aid for buying planes in flux

posted: 10/24/2010 4:07 a.m.

In the mid-1980 s, Boeing and Airbus avoided a trade war by making a gentlemen’s agreement not to seek government financing to sell planes in each other’s home markets. The deal symbolized an aviation world dominated by the United States and Europe.

Majority switches in Czech Senate

posted: 10/24/2010 4:07 a.m.

The Czech Republic’s opposition Social Democrats won control of the Senate for the first time Saturday, giving them the power to stop sending more Czech troops to Afghanistan and to delay unpopular spending cuts.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE From opposing benches, they became a real team

posted: 10/24/2010 4:06 a.m.

Dana Froud still jokes that her husband ran up the score.

Picks of the litter strut to help cut mutt births

posted: 10/24/2010 4:04 a.m.

On its face, Strut for a Mutt is a Fayetteville Animal Shelter adoption disaster. A bunch of young people dazzled by comely models toting adorable pound puppies down a bright runway, with whatever reservations they have smoothed soft with wine.

4 militants target U.N. offices

posted: 10/24/2010 4:03 a.m.

A suicide car bomber and three armed militants wearing explosives vests and dressed as women attacked a United Nations compound Saturday in western Afghanistan, but Afghan security forces killed the attackers and no U.N. employees were harmed, officials said.

Newest helicopter for Sikorsky aims for speed records

posted: 10/24/2010 4:02 a.m.

With a low buzz that couldn’t be heard 30 seconds away, a state-of-the-art tactical helicopter made its debut last week in Florida. It hovered above an airstrip, swirled left and right, and sped to 230 mph, still short of its unofficial world record speed.

FAA: Delays cost fliers $16.7 billion

posted: 10/24/2010 4:01 a.m.

Airline flight delays cost passengers more than inconvenience — $16.7 billion more — according to a study delivered to the Federal Aviation Administration last week.

Haiti’s cholera death toll climbs to 208

posted: 10/24/2010 4 a.m.

A spreading cholera outbreak in rural Haiti threatened to outpace aid groups as they stepped up efforts Saturday hoping to keep the disease from reaching the squalid camps of earthquake survivors in Port-au-Prince.

Fiat revs up Alfa Romeo after saying no to VW

posted: 10/24/2010 3:59 a.m.

Fiat Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne, rejecting overtures from Volkswagen, said Alfa Romeo isn’t for sale. That likely means at least two more years of depressed profit for the Italian company’s shareholders.


posted: 10/24/2010 3:58 a.m.

It finally came. Tuesday morning.

The Nakba Obsession

posted: 10/24/2010 3:57 a.m.

Aspecter haunts Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations—the specter of the Nakba. The literal meaning of the Arabic word is “disaster” ; but in its current, expansive usage, it connotes a historical catastrophe inflicted on an innocent people (in this case, the Palestinians) by an overpowering outside force (international Zionism).

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES Arts Council honors nine in state with $4,000 grants

posted: 10/24/2010 3:55 a.m.

The Arkansas Arts Council will honor nine Arkansans who are receiving Individual Artist Fellowship Awards during the keynote luncheon of the ArtLinks 2010 statewide arts conference, noon Monday in Salon A of the Peabody Little Rock hotel, West Markham and Louisiana streets.

WikiLeaks’ chief on run, under fire

posted: 10/24/2010 3:54 a.m.

Julian Assange moves like a hunted man. In a noisy Ethiopian restaurant in London’s rundown Paddington district, he pitches his voice barely above a whisper to foil the Western intelligence agencies he fears.

Dollar’s skid stirs currency unrest

posted: 10/24/2010 3:54 a.m.

Fast-growing nations like Thailand are trying to devalue their exchange rates to bolster their export-driven economies.

EDITORIALS Death by cop

posted: 10/24/2010 3:53 a.m.

THE PROSECUTOR’S summary of a police shooting in Rogers earlier this month tells the story. It begins at 1:27 p.m., Oct. 4, 2010, when Tony Chambers calls the local technical school he’d been attending to announce he’s going to kill himself.

Names and faces

posted: 10/24/2010 3:50 a.m.

Comedian Russell Brand and pop star Katy Perry were married Saturday in northwestern India, the couple confirmed in a statement.

In the news

posted: 10/24/2010 3:49 a.m.

Levi Johnston, the father of Sarah Palin’s grandson, plans to run for mayor of Wasilla, his Alaska hometown, as part of a reality TV show but says he hasn’t decided whether to run as a Democrat or a Republican.

TV news shows

posted: 10/24/2010 3:49 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine; retired Gen. Hugh Shelton, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/24/2010 3:48 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Despite the importance of this law, and despite the terrible economic dislocation caused by the failures in our financial system under the old rules, top Republicans in Congress are now beating the drum to repeal all of these reforms and consumer protections.” President Barack Obama, on GOP opposition to financial regulations he signed in July Article, 3A

The world in brief

posted: 10/24/2010 3:48 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “If the epidemic makes its way to Port-au-Prince, where children and families are living in unsanitary, overcrowded camps, the results could be disastrous.” Dr. Estrella Serrano, World Vision’s emergency response health and nutrition manager, on Haiti’s spreading cholera outbreak. Article, this page

NLCS: Giants headed to Series

posted: 10/24/2010 3:47 a.m.

San Francisco’s in for a treat. The Giants are heading to the World Series. Juan Uribe hit a tie breaking home run off Ryan Madson with two outs in the eighth inning and the Giants held off the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 Saturday night in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.

No. 23 Arkansas 38, Mississippi, 24: Cracking Nutt

posted: 10/24/2010 3:39 a.m.

On an imperfect day in the Ozarks, Arkansas parlayed a recordbreaking Joe Adams punt return and a career day from tailback Knile Davis into a 38-24 victory over Ole Miss.

Few in state join plan for ‘uninsurable’

posted: 10/24/2010 3:32 a.m.

A federal program for “uninsurable” Americans with pre-existing conditions is drawing sluggish response in Arkansas and across the country.

COLUMNISTS Grapette, Grapette

posted: 10/24/2010 3:24 a.m.

My wife recently discovered that Walmart Stores are again offering the Arkansas-made soft drinks Grapette and Orangette. This is good new to anyone who appreciates these distinctive fruit drinks.

Retailers foresee merrier season

posted: 10/24/2010 3:20 a.m.

Recent warm weather suggests otherwise, but the makeor-break Christmas shopping season for retailers is quickly approaching, with most forecasts calling for at least modest improvement in sales.

Please vote for . . .

posted: 10/24/2010 3:18 a.m.

EARLY VOTING continues next week, and then, on Tuesday, November 2nd, it’s the Big Day. Here are our endorsements so far in this campaign: It’s clear who should win the election for the open position on the state Supreme Court. It’s Karen Baker. With her record, the judge may be the clearest choice on your ballot this year.

Democrats find an excuse

posted: 10/24/2010 3:17 a.m.

When workers in the former East Germany had the temerity to rise up against their Marxist masters in 1953, members of the communist Writers Union distributed leaflets demanding that the workers labor twice as hard to win back the confidence of the government.

Armed and sensuous

posted: 10/24/2010 3:14 a.m.

Yikes ! Girls with guns!

Strip G&FC’s autonomy

posted: 10/24/2010 3:14 a.m.

Someone should explain to the Game and Fish Commission that it is not a power unto itself. It is not a fourth branch of government, either.


posted: 10/24/2010 3:12 a.m.

FairTax a positive change In perusing the editorial, “A test of character,” nodding my head and clucking my tongue in approval, I came to the part referencing the FairTax proposal.

Wellspring of Whisky

posted: 10/24/2010 3:11 a.m.

Our day touring the Speyside region, drinking in pastoral vistas and sipping the elixir that embodies a nation, leads us here — to a cozy room in a centuriesold distillery with a blazing fireplace and a blaring television.

A new credibility low

updated: 10/24/2010 3:10 a.m.

The news of late for those who practice my craft has been deservedly dismal. For the fourth straight year, most Americans report little or no trust in the mass media to report news truthfully, accurately and fairly.

A stunning ignorance

posted: 10/24/2010 3:05 a.m.

If there is a single event that best explains why Nancy Pelosi is about to become the former speaker of the House, it occurred on Oct. 23, 2009.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 10/24/2010 2:51 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This notion of teenagers not wanting to drive is starting to become something like an urban legend.” Rob Foss, director of the Center for the Study of Young Drivers at the University of North Carolina Article, 1B

Saturday, October 23

Game & Fish told to drop it

posted: 10/23/2010 6:47 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe said Friday that the Game and Fish Commission needs to abandon a proposal to write its own version of the Arkansas freedom of information law that would allow the commission director to refuse to disclose embarrassing information.

High court rejects suit on ballot title

posted: 10/23/2010 6:44 a.m.

The state Supreme Court ruled Friday that it does not yet have jurisdiction over a lawsuit aimed at striking a proposed constitutional amendment from the Nov. 2 ballot.

Hot Springs fest to screen Lottery

posted: 10/23/2010 6:42 a.m.

The Lottery, Madeline Sackler’s documentary about four children hopeful of winning — through a random drawing — admission into one of the elite public charter schools in New York’s Harlem neighborhood will screen on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Malco Theater, 817 Central Ave. in Hot Springs as part of the Hot Springs Film Festival.

Secret logs detail 2004-’09 Iraqi casualties

posted: 10/23/2010 6:41 a.m.

A cache of secret U.S. field reports from the Iraq war provides grim new details about the toll of that conflict, indicating that more than 100,000 Iraqis were killed during a sixyear stretch and that American forces often failed to intervene as the U.S.-backed government brutalized detainees, according to news organizations given access to the documents by the WikiLeaks website.

‘Virtual fence’ program nears decision on future

posted: 10/23/2010 6:39 a.m.

The Homeland Security Department is close to a decision on what’s next for a costly, problem-plagued “virtual fence” ordered by Congress four years ago to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border.

Clinton a whirlwind for Democratic party

posted: 10/23/2010 6:37 a.m.

Bill Clinton is baffled. The former president’s friends say he is in disbelief that in the closing weeks of the midterm campaigns Democrats have failed to articulate a coherent message on the economy and, worse, have allowed themselves to become “human pinatas.”

Blood transfusion transmitted HIV

posted: 10/23/2010 6:36 a.m.

Blood products from a Missouri donor infected a Colorado kidney transplant patient in 2008 with the virus that causes AIDS, according to a federal report published Friday.

Mall fire prompts California decree

posted: 10/23/2010 6:35 a.m.

ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in a Sacramento suburb Friday after part of a regional mall was consumed by an arson fire that collapsed part of the roof, destroyed 20 stores and caused at least $6.5 million in damage.

9 dead after typhoon deluges Taiwan

posted: 10/23/2010 6:34 a.m.

Record rains from a powerful typhoon caused landslides in Taiwan that buried a Buddhist temple and trapped vehicles on a highway, where one bus carrying 19 Chinese tourists was missing Friday The mudslide at the temple killed nine people, and 23 people were missing in Taiwan as Typhoon Megi swept toward southern China, where landfall was expected later today.

194 dead, 2,364 ill as Haiti cholera spreads

posted: 10/23/2010 6:33 a.m.

SAINT MARC, Haiti — A cholera epidemic spread in central Haiti on Friday as aid groups rushed doctors and supplies to fight the country’s worst health crisis since January’s earthquake. Nearly 200 deaths had been confirmed, and more than 2,000 people were ill.

Gov. Jindal chops Louisiana budget

posted: 10/23/2010 6:33 a.m.

Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered Friday the state budget be cut by $107 million to account for a deficit from the last fiscal year.

Private security ban hits Afghan reconstruction

posted: 10/23/2010 6:31 a.m.

U.S.-funded development firms are beginning to shut down reconstruction projects because the Afghan government has refused to rescind a ban on their use of private security guards, according to U.S. officials and aid workers in Afghanistan.

Review: College raises for 7 defied state order

posted: 10/23/2010 6:31 a.m.

A state review has found Northwest Arkansas Community College gave seven employees more than $9,800 in raises this year in violation of a state directive, the college said Friday.

FORT SMITH Baker attends 1st talk for race

posted: 10/23/2010 6:27 a.m.

FORT SMITH — Mayor Ray Baker made his first public appearance in his campaign for re-election Friday and said he was in the race because he loves the job he’s held for 20 years.

Campground fatally flawed, report finds

posted: 10/23/2010 6:23 a.m.

A U.S. Forest Service district ranger at the Albert Pike Recreation Area disregarded advice from scientists, relied on flawed information and ignored a documented history of flooding when he oversaw construction of Loop D, which bore the brunt of a deadly flood in June, according to a federal report released Friday.

U.S. requests $2 billion for Pakistan’s military

posted: 10/23/2010 6:12 a.m.

The Obama administration Friday laid out a five-year, $2 billion military aid package for Pakistan as it pressed the Islamabad government to intensify its fight against extremists there and in neighboring Afghanistan.

Haz-Mert Cleanup On Track

posted: 10/23/2010 6:11 a.m.

Workers expect to be done cleaning up a hazardous material site in south Rogers by Friday. They have removed waste including batteries, pesticides, paint and one ounce of uranium nitrate, a slightly radioactive substance used in laboratories, said Cecillea Pond-Mayo, a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.

Walton honors Hammerschmidt at benefit dinner

posted: 10/23/2010 6:10 a.m.

As a child, Alice Walton was impressed by the “beautiful roads” of Harrison.

Marshall gets sworn in as U.S. District Judge

posted: 10/23/2010 6:10 a.m.

Five and a half months after beginning his duties as the newest U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Denzil Price Marshall Jr. of Jonesboro was formally sworn in Friday at a ceremony that attracted an overflow crowd to the Little Rock courthouse named after his mentor.

Despite mass outcry, Senate in France passes pension bill

posted: 10/23/2010 6:10 a.m.

After nearly three weeks of debate and a series of national strikes, the French Senate voted Friday evening to pass President Nicolas Sarkozy’s bill to raise the minimum retirement age to 62 from 60 and the age for a full pension to 67 from 65.

The state/region in brief

posted: 10/23/2010 6:08 a.m.

Donor steps up to keep art at Fisk NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee attorney general on Friday said a donor has come forward with enough money to allow Fisk University to keep its Stieglitz art collection and display the works on campus at no cost to the school.

Wireless networks add power for Hogs games

posted: 10/23/2010 6:08 a.m.

Since a record-breaking crowd of 76,808 crammed into Reynolds Razorback Stadium to see Arkansas take on Alabama on Sept. 25 and clogged Fayetteville’s airwaves with telephone calls and data demands, AT&T and Verizon Wireless have been improving their wireless systems.

Mega Millions

posted: 10/23/2010 6:08 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 2-7-18-32-53 Mega Ball: 18 Estimated jackpot: $101 million Megaplier: 04

Stalemate Keeps Election Issue Undecided

posted: 10/23/2010 6:07 a.m.

The Benton County Election Commission was unable to act Friday on a proposal to end the practice of providing periodic election night voting reports. Only two members attended the meeting, resulting in a stalemate.


posted: 10/23/2010 6:06 a.m.

Prosecuted Watergate figures, Hoffa NASHVILLE, Tenn. — James F. Neal, who successfully prosecuted Jimmy Hoffa and key Watergate figures, has died.

In the news

posted: 10/23/2010 6:06 a.m.

Sean O’Keefe, the former NASA chief who was one of four people to survive a plane crash in Alaska that killed five, including former GOP Sen. Ted Stevens, told NBC’s Today show that he regained consciousness after the crash to find 86-yearold Stevens dead in a nearby seat and that “the degree of separation between survival and not was a fraction of what you’d ever imagine, and it could have been anybody.”

Names and faces

posted: 10/23/2010 6:06 a.m.

Lindsay Lohan sidestepped another jail stint Friday when a California judge sent the 24-year-old starlet back to a treatment center, telling her she faces jail time if she relapses again.

Getting it straight

posted: 10/23/2010 6:05 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 10/23/2010 6:04 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We do not know what greater evidence to offer than the blood of our people.” Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, disputing what he described as comments “about Pakistan’s heart being not really in this fight” against terrorism Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 10/23/2010 6:04 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It will be very, very dangerous. Port-au-Prince already has more than 2.4 million people, and the way they are living is dangerous enough already.” Claude Surena, president of the Haitian Medical Association, as a cholera epidemic raged in central Haiti Article, this page

NW Arkansas today

posted: 10/23/2010 6 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “One doesn’t ask for things that happen to them in life, and you have to take what’s hurled out at you.” Fort Smith Mayor Ray Baker, who has fought health problems and was hospitalized Thursday, at a campaign forum on Friday Article, 1B

Springdale Man Sues Over Tussle, Arrest

posted: 10/23/2010 6 a.m.

A Springdale man has sued police in federal court claiming his civil rights were violated when he was battered and arrested without cause last year.

Northwest Personal Space

posted: 10/23/2010 6 a.m.

Seth Fleming, lead gardener at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks