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Monday, February 28

Largest earthquake in 35 years hits Greenbrier

posted: 02/28/2011 4:12 p.m.

Residents of the small north-central Arkansas town of Greenbrier say they are unsettled by the fact that they never know if or when the next earthquake is going to strike, especially after a 4.7 magnitude quake — the largest to hit the state in 35 years.

Third arrest made after assault on officers

posted: 02/28/2011 3:47 p.m.

Police in Fayetteville say they arrested a third person in connection to the assault on officers at an area restaurant.

Bella Vista woman wins $1 million

posted: 02/28/2011 3:31 p.m.

Karen Anderson of Bella Vista won $1 million from Publishers Clearing House on Monday.

House approves tougher sex offender bill

posted: 02/28/2011 3:11 p.m.

Arkansas lawmakers have approved a bill to tighten housing restrictions for sex offenders who officials say are at moderate risk of committing more crimes.

Senate panel subpoenas company over worker claims

posted: 02/28/2011 3:10 p.m.

A Senate panel has voted to subpoena a Beebe company that an Arkansas lawmaker says hired illegal immigrants for work on renovating a building on the state Capitol grounds.

UPDATE: Randeep Mann sentenced to life in prison

updated: 02/28/2011 3:51 p.m.

A Russellville doctor convicted of orchestrating a bombing attack on the chairman of the State Medical Board will spend the rest of his life in prison, a federal judge ordered Monday. Mann was also given a $100,000 fine with restitution to be figured later.

Japanese automakers top Consumer Reports rankings

posted: 02/28/2011 12:38 p.m.

Consumer Reports has named Japanese automakers Honda, Subaru and Toyota as the best all-around car makers for the third year in a row in its annual auto issue.

US citizen recalls 'humiliating' post-9/11 arrest

posted: 02/28/2011 12:17 p.m.

Handcuffed and marched through Washington's Dulles International Airport in his Muslim clothing, the man with the long, dark beard could only imagine what people were thinking.

Congress takes up major change in patent law

posted: 02/28/2011 12:14 p.m.

The patent system hasn't changed much since 1952 when Sony was coming out with its first pocket-size transistor radio, and bar codes and Mr. Potato Head were among the inventions patented. Now, after years of trying, Congress may be about to do something about that.

Suspect in iPad data theft faces NJ bail hearing

posted: 02/28/2011 noon

One of two men charged with stealing more than 100,000 e-mail addresses of Apple iPad users could be released on bail in New Jersey Monday.

Clarke Named Player of the Week

posted: 02/28/2011 11:40 a.m.

Arkansas guard Rotnei Clarke is the SEC Player of the Week.

CORRECTION Teens ‘Twin’ With Holocaust Victims

posted: 02/28/2011 11:07 a.m.

Matthew Bratspies’ first name was spelled incorrectly in an article published Saturday in the Religion section.

CORRECTION Material Teaches About Lake, Water

posted: 02/28/2011 10:58 a.m.

The Beaver Water District’s Building Blocks to Water Education materials have reached an estimated 9,500 students and teachers in seven years, said Amy Wilson, a spokeswoman for the district.

UPDATE: Preliminary magnitude 4.7 earthquake in Arkansas

updated: 02/28/2011 4:11 p.m.

Four earthquakes have been recorded near Greenbrier in central Arkansas— including one with a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 that was reported felt on four other states.

Libyan rebels gird for fight with Gadhafi

posted: 02/28/2011 5:51 a.m.

With residents shouting “Free, free Libya,” anti-government rebels who control this battlescarred city nearest to the capital deployed tanks and anti-aircraft weapons Sunday to brace for an attack by troops loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. The Obama administration offered “any type of assistance” to Libyans seeking to oust the longtime leader.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Officials Seek To Limit Texting

posted: 02/28/2011 5:48 a.m.

County employees will be asked to resist the temptation to text on the job.

Tunisia premier quits after protests kill 5

posted: 02/28/2011 5:47 a.m.

Tunisia’s prime minister, a holdover from the government toppled last month, resigned Sunday after a weekend of violent protests that left five people dead in the capital, Tunis.

Wisconsin rally survives police deadline

posted: 02/28/2011 5:46 a.m.

The occupation of the Wisconsin Capitol by protesters fighting efforts to strip public workers of union-bargaining rights carried on Sunday after police decided not to forcibly remove demonstrators and end a nearly two-week-long sit-in.

Egyptian Vacation More Than Bella Vista Couple Expected

posted: 02/28/2011 5:45 a.m.

A local couple experienced more than they expected when they took a trip to Egypt last month.

King’s Speech wins 4 crowns at Oscars

posted: 02/28/2011 5:44 a.m.

The King’s Speech was crowned best picture Sunday at an Academy Awards ceremony as precise as a state coronation, the monarchy drama leading as expected with four Oscars and predictable favorites claiming acting honors.

FAITH AND FABLES: Trust In Whom, What?

posted: 02/28/2011 5:42 a.m.

In a previous column I spoke of letting the battle begin. Did it ever.

LAWSUITS

posted: 02/28/2011 5:39 a.m.

Lawsuits for February 28, 2011.

MARRIAGE LICENSES

posted: 02/28/2011 5:37 a.m.

Marriage licenses for February 28, 2011.

In the news

posted: 02/28/2011 5:37 a.m.

Jorge Rafael Videla and Reynaldo Bignone, former Argentine dictators, face life sentences if convicted in the kidnapping of 34 children in what prosecutors say was a systematic plan to steal the babies of political prisoners between 1976-83.

Names and faces

posted: 02/28/2011 5:36 a.m.

The Last Airbender — the action fantasy about people who can command fire, air, water and earth — led Saturday’s Razzie awards for Hollywood’s worst film achievements with five prizes, among them worst picture, worst director and worst screenplay for M. Night Shyamalan.

The nation in brief

posted: 02/28/2011 5:36 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I suspect they’re going to try to wait as long as possible, so people will leave because they’re hungry.” Jon Hain, a Madison, Wis., coffee-shop owner, who said police were no longer allowing protesters to bring in large amounts of food and drink Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 02/28/2011 5:35 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are really suffering for 42 years, and people are asking here for the same things as other people of the world — they want the real democracy.” Ahmed El-Hadi Remeh, an engineer standing in a square in Zawiya, Libya Article, 1A

COMMENTARY: Going Digital In Bentonville

posted: 02/28/2011 5:34 a.m.

Driven through Bentonville lately? Then you’ve probably noticed the electronic, or digital, billboards that have suddenly popped up around town. They’re hard to miss, actually.

House starting work on airport-fund cut

posted: 02/28/2011 5:34 a.m.

A Senate-passed bill that would ground government subsidized air service to four small Arkansas airports now awaits action in the House of Representatives.

COMMENTARY: Sticking With ‘Go Hogs’ Makes Sense

posted: 02/28/2011 5:33 a.m.

Some of Arkansas' most fervent, though not necessarily rational, Razorback fans are pumping themselves up for the Big Game.

Bartering for Care: ‘House calls’ a trade-off

posted: 02/28/2011 5:32 a.m.

Patients routinely call John House’s clinic to set up appointments for Thursdays, asking how much medical care a chicken, a few jars of honey or some homemade pies can buy.

RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS

posted: 02/28/2011 5:30 a.m.

Information is from state Health Department records.

OBITUARIES: Benton County

posted: 02/28/2011 5:28 a.m.

Benton County obituaries for February 28, 2011.

Rotary Maintains Push Against Polio

posted: 02/28/2011 5:26 a.m.

Every time Lewis Epley tries to move his hand, he is reminded of the day that changed his life in 1953.

Logging a few stray cents makes sense, police say

posted: 02/28/2011 5:25 a.m.

When cash in the Little Rock Police Department property room goes unclaimed, the money goes to the city’s general fund. That can sometimes be a tidy little windfall for the city.

Police Seek Man In Attempted Robbery

posted: 02/28/2011 5:25 a.m.

Police are looking for a man in connection with an attempted early morning aggravated robbery.

Other days

posted: 02/28/2011 5:24 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 28, 1911 A special car, which is advertised as the “Boys’ Corn Club Corn and Hog Special,” is to be run over the lines of the Rock Island and branch roads west of this city, starting March 10, as a “follow up” of the “Diversified Farming Special,” which was run through the state a few weeks ago.

CON ARTISTS: Scams Target Many People

posted: 02/28/2011 5:23 a.m.

Dorris Ann Ozkan of Little Flock knows firsthand about the “Grandma Scam,” but she caught on before getting snagged in the crime designed to tug on both the heartstrings and the purse strings — and scam money from unsuspecting grandparents.

OBITUARIES: Washington County

posted: 02/28/2011 5:20 a.m.

Obituaries for Washington County for February 28, 2011.

EDITORIALS An amazingly bad call

posted: 02/28/2011 5:18 a.m.

IT HAPPENED at a conference for college journalists years ago.

The shock doctrine

posted: 02/28/2011 5:17 a.m.

Here’s a thought: Maybe Madison, Wis., isn’t Cairo after all. Maybe it’s Baghdad—specifically, Baghdad in 2003, when the Bush administration put Iraq under the rule of officials chosen for loyalty and political reliability rather than experience and competence.

Dump the dictators

posted: 02/28/2011 5:16 a.m.

An apocryphal story holds that Franklin Roosevelt once said of Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza, “He’s an S.O.B., but he’s our S.O.B.” While the history behind the purported statement is murky, the concept it animates isn’t.

LETTERS

posted: 02/28/2011 5:15 a.m.

U.S. independence at risk Once again the United States has been caught by events beyond its control that are pushing up the price of motor fuels that we all pay. This will have a negative effect upon our economic recovery as most of us will have less money to spend on things that are not motor fuels.

RECORDS

posted: 02/28/2011 5:15 a.m.

Records for Northwest Arkansas for February 28, 2011.

A dirge for Democrats

posted: 02/28/2011 5:14 a.m.

This is a lament for the once powerful and relevant Democratic Party. The old order of things is changing with a swiftness that nobody could have anticipated and political parties are not exempt.

Gordon snaps winless streak

posted: 02/28/2011 5:13 a.m.

Just before peeling off what he called a lame burnout near the finish line, Jeff Gordon screamed into his radio, the emotion pouring out with his voice.

COMMENTARY: Secret of Longevity? Live, Love, Laugh

posted: 02/28/2011 5:13 a.m.

“The Secrets To A Long Life” blared the headline on the cover of last week’s Parade, which is inserted into this fine newspaper on Sundays.

SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships: Delight in defeat

posted: 02/28/2011 5:12 a.m.

There are times when the opposition makes victory all but impossible.

Separate Accidents Tie Up Traffic

posted: 02/28/2011 5:11 a.m.

Two accidents slowed traffic on Interstate 540 near Springdale on Saturday evening. According to the Arkansas State Police, a motorcycle driven by Lucas Pyle, 34, of Fayetteville went out of control and struck a parked car on the shoulder of the interstate at 6:32 p.m. Saturday as Pyle attempted to avoid a collision with another car.

Donald gets up, stays up

posted: 02/28/2011 5:11 a.m.

Luke Donald had only two victories around the world in the past five years, so not many would have given him a snowball’s chance in Arizona of winning the Match Play Championship.

Hot-shooting foe pops UA women

posted: 02/28/2011 5:04 a.m.

It was the opposite of a momentum-builder.

Hogs (6-0) complete 2nd sweep

posted: 02/28/2011 5:01 a.m.

Arkansas finished with a flurry Sunday to complete its second three-game sweep.

STATE COLLEGE ROUNDUP

posted: 02/28/2011 4:59 a.m.

SUN BELT EVANSVILLE 3, ARKANSAS STATE 2 JONESBORO — Arkansas State (2-6 ) fell to Evansville (2-4 ) in the final game of a three-game series at Tomlinson Stadium, losing two out of three to the Purple Aces.

New fat isn’t laid in layers

posted: 02/28/2011 4:53 a.m.

Does the body put on fat in actual layers, or does fat accumulated today mix with the fat stored away years ago?

HOG CALLS: ‘Noise’ ruining arena’s atmosphere

posted: 02/28/2011 4:51 a.m.

Here comes suggestions on how the University of Arkansas can improve what transpires next season at Walton Arena with its men’s basketball program.

NFL SCOUTING COMBINE: Ex-Razorback shows off arm

posted: 02/28/2011 4:47 a.m.

Former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett wrapped up his visit to the NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday with a solid showing in passing drills inside Lucas Oil Stadium.

Dermott district facing cuts to football, yearbook

posted: 02/28/2011 4:43 a.m.

Kendall Wallace’s future has been clear to him his entire academic career.

Due diligence

posted: 02/28/2011 4:41 a.m.

REPUBLICAN members of the quorum court in Washington County voted not to appropriate $1.05 million tax dollars for a new animal shelter. This majority on the court refused to give their go-ahead without more due diligence anyway. How refreshing!

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Verizon iPhone is dandy, but has a wrinkle those leaving AT&T won’t care for

posted: 02/28/2011 4:39 a.m.

It’s very rare for me to return to a product for a second look. In fact, I can only recall one time, when a charger I tested didn’t work the first time, so I tested a replacement. This week, I’m returning to a product to test it again.

Spring training notes

posted: 02/28/2011 4:39 a.m.

PHILLIES Knee bothering Utley Philadelphia Phillies All-Star second baseman Chase Utley has patella tendinitis in his right knee and missed his second consecutive game Sunday. Utley had a magnetic resonance imaging scan on Saturday.

Tango group performs at arts center

posted: 02/28/2011 4:36 a.m.

The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires, Argentina, will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. Their latest production is “Tango Inferno: The Fire Within.” The troupe features 10 dancers, a young singer and a musical quartet. The performance traces the history of the tango.

State sports briefs

posted: 02/28/2011 4:28 a.m.

BASKETBALL Collen to speak at Downtown Tip-Off Club Arkansas women’s Coach Tom Collen will speak at the weekly meeting of the Downtown Tip-Off Club today at noon at the Wyndham Riverfront hotel in North Little Rock.

Rare 50s victory

posted: 02/28/2011 4:28 a.m.

Arkansas’ 57-55 victory over Auburn on Saturday marked the first time in eight years the Razorbacks won when scoring fewer than 60 points. Arkansas had lost 35 consecutive games — including six this season — in which it scored less than 60 points since the Razorbacks beat No. 20 Mississippi State 53-51 on March 1, 2003 at Walton Arena.

NBA Gasol scores 18 as Lakers prevail

posted: 02/28/2011 4:28 a.m.

Pau Gasol had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Kobe Bryant scored 17 points and the Los Angeles Lakers extended their cushion over Oklahoma City in the Western Conference standings by beating the Thunder 90-87 on Sunday.

NW Arkansas achievers

posted: 02/28/2011 4:27 a.m.

Logan Lockwood of Bella Vista has received a Freshman Academic Scholarship from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/28/2011 4:27 a.m.

62-year-old notches 2 more KO’s Two would-be thieves in central Sweden got an unexpected lesson in respecting their elders when they failed to heed a warning issued by the 62-year-old target of their crime.

Off the wire

posted: 02/28/2011 4:26 a.m.

BASEBALL Hall of Fame OF Snider dies Duke Snider, the Hall of Fame center fielder who helped the Dodgers bring their elusive and only World Series crown to Brooklyn, died early Sunday in Escondido, Calif., of natural causes. He was 84. Snider hit.295 with 407 career home runs, played in the World Series six times and won two titles.

TOP 25 MEN: Louisville knocks off No. 4 Pittsburgh

posted: 02/28/2011 4:20 a.m.

Kyle Kuric scored 12 points, including two big baskets in overtime, to lead No. 16 Louisville past No. 4 Pittsburgh 62-59 on Sunday.

Weight limit is lowered on Black River bridge

posted: 02/28/2011 4:18 a.m.

An Arkansas bridge of the same design as a bridge that collapsed four years ago in Minnesota and that has been posted with lower weight limits until it can be replaced doesn’t have the problems that led to the 2007 tragedy, according to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.

Woman’s ashes go unclaimed

posted: 02/28/2011 4:13 a.m.

The Little Rock Police Department’s property room is meant to be a way station of sorts for thousands of pieces of evidence that find their way to police custody.

State livestock agency director, former state senator dies at 60

posted: 02/28/2011 4:09 a.m.

Jon Fitch, director of the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission and a former state senator who worked to improve the state’s agricultural industry for more than 20 years, died Saturday.

Lawsuits threaten solar projects

posted: 02/28/2011 4:06 a.m.

Just weeks after regulators approved the last of nine multibillion-dollar solar thermal power plants to be built in the Southern California desert, a storm of lawsuits and the resurgence of an older solar technology are clouding the future of the nascent industry.

Irish opposition seeing big gains with economic focus

posted: 02/28/2011 4:05 a.m.

Ireland’s opposition parties have made big gains in a general election focused on the country’s economic woes, but the shape of the next government hung in the balance as counting continued for a second day Sunday.

Tap-to-pay phones see brighter future in U.S. cell market

posted: 02/28/2011 4:04 a.m.

Cell phones are usually used to communicate with people not in the immediate vicinity. This year, they’ll get the ability to do the opposite: communicate with things that are close enough to touch.

Official backs search inquiry

posted: 02/28/2011 4:03 a.m.

Thomas Rosch, one of two Republicans on the five-member Federal Trade Commission, says he would support an examination into whether there is fair competition among Internet search companies, a field dominated by Google Inc.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 02/28/2011 4 a.m.

Comedero heading to Nodouble The big horse is heading this way.

Foreign students impact economy

posted: 02/28/2011 4 a.m.

International students at the University of Arkansas account for about one-third of the $75.1 million economic impact of foreign scholars statewide, according to a November report by a nonprofit that focuses on international education.

Desolation row ahead at cruel miles 18-24

posted: 02/28/2011 3:59 a.m.

The Little Rock Marathon is known for its hills, which are crowded by cheering spectators who believe that’s where their racing friends need the most support. Few line up along the section of the 26.2-mile route where racers are likely to face their toughest challenge Sunday.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 02/28/2011 3:54 a.m.

ALEXANDER Calvin Bennett Kast, 6410 Willow St., Feb. 17, Chapter 7. William Darren and Maria Eva Evans, 13680 Reeves Road, Feb. 21, Chapter 13. ALMA Larry Lee and Marilyn Sue Shields, 1515 Springdale Drive, Feb. 17, Chapter 13.

Core matters

posted: 02/28/2011 3:53 a.m.

This was a pretty nasty crash, one whose damage would not be fully known until months later.

TRAVELERS’ CHECK: Airport adjusts monitors

posted: 02/28/2011 3:53 a.m.

Researchers say 70 percent of adults can plow through 250 words a minute and understand most of what they read.

Tennis anyone? Or maybe a little run or ride

posted: 02/28/2011 3:53 a.m.

Across the state this week, Women Run Arkansas’ running and walking clinics begin their annual 10-week series of group workouts for women and girls.

Happy trails

posted: 02/28/2011 3:51 a.m.

JACKFORK/RABBIT RIDGE TRAILS, PINNACLE MOUNTAIN STATE PARK Location: Visitor Center is 2.6 miles west of Interstate 430 on Cantrell Road, then 5.1 miles north on Pinnacle Valley Road. Follow signs to Visitor Center. Trailhead is on the south side of the lower Visitor Center parking lot.

Sport should properly fit the bra for correct support

posted: 02/28/2011 3:49 a.m.

Everyone has a pair of feet, but women have an additional pair of something to worry about while exercising. And they’re every bit as tricky to fit, control and protect, which is why bras are beginning to rival shoes as the most technical of all sporting apparel.

MASTER CLASS: Frankenstein Walk loosens ‘hammies’

posted: 02/28/2011 3:48 a.m.

Stretching was first introduced to many of us through our physical education instructors in elementary school or junior high. Back then all we were taught was that you must hold a stretching position for a long time.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 02/28/2011 3:46 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: What will we look like when we get to heaven? Will we wear white robes, for example, like I’ve heard some people say? And will we be able to recognize each other? I’ve always been curious about this. — R.W.

Nature runs perk up the body and senses

posted: 02/28/2011 3:46 a.m.

Not all runners hit the streets for their workout. Trail runners take to the dirt, working legs and building endurance while getting a big dose of nature.

Senator: Short-term budget deal close

posted: 02/28/2011 3:43 a.m.

U.S. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad said Sunday that he’s “confident” Senate Democrats and House Republicans will reach an agreement on a two-week spending bill that would avoid a government shutdown.

Check your knowledge

posted: 02/28/2011 3:43 a.m.

1. According to mythology, why did Aegeus, king of Athens, drown himself? 2. Name the capital of South Carolina. 3. In zoology, what does “unguis” mean? 4. Who is director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ?

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 02/28/2011 3:42 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I’m responding to a previous column about mailing hints and wanted to add a comment. Please have your readers be careful when using cereal or cracker boxes for mailing or shipping. I have owned a private mail and shipping center for more than 23 years, and there are some things your readers should be aware of.

Unions put up little fight in South

posted: 02/28/2011 3:40 a.m.

Whenever Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has asked lawmakers to weaken benefits for state employees, his proposals have met little resistance from workers.

ON TV CONTEST

posted: 02/28/2011 3:40 a.m.

Do you love to watch fame-seeking strangers declare their love on national television? Do you get a thrill from watching low-level celebrities learn to figure skate? If so, the On TV Contest is for you.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 02/28/2011 3:40 a.m.

Happy birthday. You command respect and influence others. Your professional status rises in March. April features declarations of love. May is your chance to be on stage in some way. You will sell a group on your ingenious idea or clever solution. Improvements in June make your environment attractive and peaceful. Sagittarius and Aries people are avid fans.

Death Race tests mind, body and stubborn will to succeed

posted: 02/28/2011 3:35 a.m.

Bruce Allentuck wants you to know he is a regular guy. He is not a Navy SEAL. He is not a physical trainer. He is a 45-year-old married father of three, owner of a small landscaping business, resident of a pleasant middleclass neighborhood in North Potomac, Md.

NATO attack killed 65 civilians, Afghans say

posted: 02/28/2011 3:35 a.m.

Sixty-five civilians, including 40 children, were killed in a NATO assault on insurgents in eastern Afghanistan earlier this month, according to findings of an Afghan government investigation released Sunday.

OSCAR WINNERS

posted: 02/28/2011 3:28 a.m.

A partial list of the 83rd annual Academy Award winners announced Sunday: Best Picture: The King’s Speech. Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech. Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan. Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter.

Area Wrestlers Earn State Titles

posted: 02/28/2011 3:27 a.m.

Fayetteville senior Devin Bowers claimed his second consecutive state wrestling title, but he was hoping for a little more company on the medal stand Saturday night at the Jack Stephens Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

Southwest Boys, Ramay Girls Win Titles

posted: 02/28/2011 3:25 a.m.

Fayetteville Ramay put on a shooting clinic in the second quarter as the Lady Indians cruised to the 7A-West Regional Tournament championship with a 51-36 victory over Greenwood Saturday.

Girl Power Play

posted: 02/28/2011 3:24 a.m.

SPRINGDALE — During a power play in hockey, one team gains a distinct advantage by outnumbering the opposing team.

HOW WE SEE IT: Got A Light? Torch This Smoking Ban

posted: 02/28/2011 2:34 a.m.

The Arkansas Indoor Clean Air Act of 2006 banned smoking in most workplaces, with the main exemption being for businesses whose customers must be 21 or older to enter.

COMMENTARY: We Owe You One, Carolyn

posted: 02/28/2011 2:32 a.m.

We don’t have a lot of written modern history in Fayetteville, which means that a lot of folks will make their mark upon the community and vanish without a trace. We find monuments, plaques and occasionally stone markers on street corners to men and women of some past prominence, but the names of ordinary men and women who rose up among us in times of political or moral crisis are often lost to us.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Murders Can’t Be Ignored

posted: 02/28/2011 2:31 a.m.

Being a former resident and avid pupil of Madison County history, I’ve come to the realization in my research that Madison County has had its share of unsolved murders.

Casualties Of War

posted: 02/28/2011 2:28 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, February 27

Arkansas' Bats Heat Up in 10-1 Win

posted: 02/27/2011 5:37 p.m.

Arkansas scored nine runs in the fifth and sixth innings Sunday to put away Utah and complete a three-game sweep.

Washington County Holds Truancy Court

posted: 02/27/2011 6:04 a.m.

If a teenager in Washington County skips school too many times, he could end up in jail. This is the first school year for Truancy Court, modeled after a similar program in Faulkner County, said David Hogue, deputy prosecutor for Washington County. It deals with students ages 13 to 17 who frequently miss school, he said.

Material Teaches About Lake, Water

updated: 02/28/2011 10:59 a.m.

Water officials hope an education program used in Northwest Arkansas schools will help future generations make the right decisions about preserving the area’s main source of drinking water — Beaver Lake. The program, called Building Blocks to Water Education, is a project of Beaver Water District.

Parking Deck Completion Up In The Air

posted: 02/27/2011 6 a.m.

The new Washington County Courthouse parking deck looks nearly finished seven months past its original completion date, but county officials and the contractor would not commit to an opening date.

Fugitive Nabbed By Police

posted: 02/27/2011 5:58 a.m.

A three-month man-hunt for a former Washington County deputy accused of rape ended in Tahlequah, Okla., on Friday. U.S. Marshals spokesman Dewaine Allen said Gary Wilson, 42, of Fayetteville was arrested by deputies in connection with a felony rape warrant.

Model Railroaders Keep Trains Rolling

posted: 02/27/2011 5:56 a.m.

Kids of all ages shared some dreams Saturday as they immersed themselves in the small-scale world of model railroading.

City To Wade Into Streamside Ordinance For Final Vote

posted: 02/27/2011 5:55 a.m.

City policymakers are nearing a decision on a new ordinance advocates say will protect waterways from pollution while critics argue it intrudes on property rights. The ordinance, referred to as the streamside protection ordinance, is backed by Mayor Lioneld Jordan’s administration and will be read for a third and final time at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Fayetteville considers snuffing bar smoking

posted: 02/27/2011 5:53 a.m.

Smoke rises from the end of John Bailey’s cigarette and wafts toward the long light over the pool table at White Star Tavern.

County Officials Wants To Limit Texting

posted: 02/27/2011 5:50 a.m.

County employees will be asked to resist the temptation to text on the job. County Judge Bob Clinard said he plans to ask administrators and department heads to remind employees county time and cell phones shouldn’t be used for personal business, including texting.

Man Accused Of Ramming Woman’s Car

posted: 02/27/2011 5:48 a.m.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Fayetteville man accused of ramming his SUV into his ex-girlfriend’s car last month.

Bella Vista Lots Offered In Judicial Sale

posted: 02/27/2011 5:47 a.m.

The Benton County Circuit Clerk plans to offer 32 Bella Vista properties at a judicial sale at 10 a.m. March 11 on the steps of the Benton County Courthouse in Bentonville.

Motto Vote Expected

posted: 02/27/2011 5:47 a.m.

Mayor Frank Anderson will present the highlights of the annual report at a City Council meeting Monday.

Grocery Prices On The Rise

posted: 02/27/2011 5:40 a.m.

Consumers like Carrie Perrien Smith of Rogers wonder if they can afford the cost of a recovering economy given the hefty jump in food and commodity prices in recent months. Smith spent $220 last week for her usual basket of groceries, noting 18 months ago those same basic goods cost her roughly $140.

Everett, Landers-McLarty Expand Off erings

posted: 02/27/2011 5:34 a.m.

Two familiar names in Northwest Arkansas car sales have started new ventures in Springdale.

DRIVERS FEELING PINCH FROM SPIKE IN GASOLINE

posted: 02/27/2011 5:33 a.m.

Rising gasoline prices touch all areas of the economy.

BUSINESS BRIEFS

posted: 02/27/2011 5:33 a.m.

Area Business News

ON THE BUSINESS AGENDA

posted: 02/27/2011 5:31 a.m.

Calendar of Area Business Meetings and Events

PEOPLE IN BUSINESS

posted: 02/27/2011 5:30 a.m.

Andrew C. Schenk will oversee Arkansas business for KBS Capital Markets Group, an affiliate of KBS Capital Advisors and KBS Realty Advisors as Lower Midwest regional vice president.

INCORPORATIONS in NWA

posted: 02/27/2011 5:29 a.m.

Area Companies File

Meat Export Markets Flourish

posted: 02/27/2011 5:27 a.m.

Global export markets were a $3.36 billion business for three local meat and poultry processors in 2010, according to recent reports from Tyson Foods, Simmons Foods and George’s Inc.

HOW WE SEE IT UA Makes The Honor Roll

posted: 02/27/2011 5:26 a.m.

Congratulations to the University of Arkansas, which is now among the 108 higher education institutions out of 4,633 in the nation to be granted the highest designation given by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Lincoln Holds Off Cedarville

posted: 02/27/2011 5:26 a.m.

Lincoln’s perseverance paid off in a big way Saturday afternoon in the consolation fi nals of the Class 3A Region 1 Tournament.

Football Has Edge In Recruits

posted: 02/27/2011 5:25 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas has proven to be fertile ground for bigtime football talent. Not so much for basketball prospects, though.

Bypass On The Horizon

posted: 02/27/2011 5:25 a.m.

Let the celebration begin.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Don’t Be Afraid Of Snow

posted: 02/27/2011 5:24 a.m.

Why I love snow: 1. It recharges ground and surface water supplies. 2. It feeds dormant plant roots slowly, without excessive runoff.

FAYETTEVILLE BASKETBALL Teams Eye Postseason

posted: 02/27/2011 5:23 a.m.

For Fayetteville’s basketball teams, the final week of the regular season played out as its records indicated it should.

Laws Are Laws For A Reason

posted: 02/27/2011 5:22 a.m.

The front page of the Feb. 13 Morning News trumpets an upcoming fight in the Arkansas Legislature.

Fayetteville Has High Expectations For Season

posted: 02/27/2011 5:21 a.m.

As usual, Kate Bucknam had distanced herself from the rest of the pack as she made a turn around Harmon Field last week.

From Education To Action

posted: 02/27/2011 5:21 a.m.

Shooting at sacred cows is a practice I try to avoid if possible, but there are times during discussions of environmental matters when certain words really set me off.

Gravette Girls Earn Third Place In Regional

posted: 02/27/2011 5:20 a.m.

Gravette’s girls basketball team is improving its status as postseason play continues.

Behold The Conservatives

posted: 02/27/2011 5:20 a.m.

A reader e-mailed to say that surely we would not be forced this year to endure the usual legislative raid on state surpluses for local projects.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Hog Basketball Lost Its Heart

posted: 02/27/2011 5:19 a.m.

The Hog basketball program is in the toilet. Go ahead and flush it. Take it all the way down and rebuild. They could be no worse off. John Pelphrey is banking on three 18-yearold kids to resurrect the program. It’s not going to happen. There may be two kids on this roster that good college programs would desire to have. These boys do not possess a tough, inyour-face attitude.

Gonzalez Ready For Big Spring With Red’Dogs

posted: 02/27/2011 5:18 a.m.

For Springdale High’s Gabe Gonzalez, the moment of truth starts now.

Used Car Tax Break Good One

posted: 02/27/2011 5:18 a.m.

Sales tax relief on low-end used cars is the best tax break idea to come out of the legislative session so far.

TRACK AND FIELD Tigers Run Toward Success

posted: 02/27/2011 5:16 a.m.

One thing track and field coaches have in their favor is they can take what their teams did during the indoor season and use it toward the outdoor campaign.

Rogers High Teams On Roll

posted: 02/27/2011 5:14 a.m.

The Rogers High boys and girls basketball teams are playing their best basketball of the year at the right time.

Mounties To Rely On Distance

posted: 02/27/2011 5:12 a.m.

It was a good news/bad news scenario for the Rogers High boys track and field team at the state indoor championships.

Officials waving off state cars

posted: 02/27/2011 5:03 a.m.

State Treasurer Martha Shoffner, who once defended her right to drive a tax-free state-funded vehicle for personal use, no longer drives a state car. “She’s waiting on the court rulings,” said Shoffner’s chief deputy, Karla Shepard. Two lawsuits are pending in Pulaski County Circuit Court regarding the use of state vehicles by elected officials and state employees.

New Mexico getting hot over chile impostors

posted: 02/27/2011 5:03 a.m.

There are not many things New Mexicans cherish more than chile.

Gadhafi battles to hang on

posted: 02/27/2011 4:59 a.m.

The Libyan regime handed out guns to civilian supporters, set up checkpoints Saturday and sent armed patrols roving the capital to try to maintain control of Moammar Gadhafi’s stronghold and quash dissent as rebels consolidated control elsewhere in the North African nation.

Iran to pull nuke fuel from plant

posted: 02/27/2011 4:58 a.m.

In a major setback to Iran’s nuclear program, technicians will have to unload fuel from the country’s first atomic power plant because of an unspecified safety concern, a senior government official said.

Thousands in U.S. rally for unions

posted: 02/27/2011 4:58 a.m.

Thousands of people took part in rallies in support of unions around the nation Saturday, including in the Wisconsin capital, where a political stalemate between the Republican governor and Democratic legislators over curtailing the power of unions led to similar battles in other states in the past week.

Ruling party target of anger in Ireland

posted: 02/27/2011 4:57 a.m.

If there were people walking around during Friday’s national election who were passionate supporters of the ruling party, Fianna Fail, they were doing an excellent job of keeping it secret.

Midwives For Haiti

posted: 02/27/2011 4:56 a.m.

Cara Osborne first visited Haiti in March, eight weeks after the 7.0 earthquake ravaged the Caribbean nation. The capital city of Port-au-Prince looked like the set for a post-apocalyptic movie, she recalled, with rubble everywhere and people living in the streets.

‘So You Think You Know How To Dance ?’

posted: 02/27/2011 4:55 a.m.

The atrium and hallways of the Clarion Inn in Fayetteville were transformed into “backstage” space Feb. 19 as dancers prepared for the sixth annual “So You Think You Know How to Dance?” Young competitors gathered in groups, anxiously awaiting their turn on stage. Their costumes hinted at the range of dance styles showcased — tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, modern, pointe, lyrical, ballroom, African and Hawaiian.

N. Korea stable in hard winter times, experts indicate

posted: 02/27/2011 4:55 a.m.

As military and political tensions persist on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea is trudging through another winter of shortages, bitter cold, not much food and precious little fuel.

Truckers take on war’s risk on way to Afghanistan

posted: 02/27/2011 4:54 a.m.

On the dashboard of his truck, Nowsher Awan keeps a colorful little box and a toy puppy biting on a candy cane. He says he bought the knickknacks in a market because “they just made me happy.”

Game sketch

posted: 02/27/2011 4:53 a.m.

RECORDS Arkansas 18-10, 7-7 SEC; Auburn 9-19, 2-12 STARS Arkansas junior guard Rotnei Clarke (17 points), senior guard Marcus Britt (10 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists) and senior center Delvon Johnson (gamewinning dunk, 6 points, 7 rebounds)

ALL OURS, ALL HOURS Doing Little Things Make Difference

posted: 02/27/2011 4:52 a.m.

CHILDREN’S CHARITIES CHAMPIONED

VIDEO: ‘Day of Dance’ moves all ages

updated: 02/27/2011 9:58 a.m.

In the chorus line of a dozen girls of all heights performing intricate, high-stepping Irish dance moves, little Audra Graves stood out as the tiniest dancer of them all.

Chamber Honors Teachers Of Year

posted: 02/27/2011 4:50 a.m.

Four local educators were honored with Teacher of the Year awards by the Bentonville /Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 3.

GROUP DONATES TO SCHOOLS

posted: 02/27/2011 4:49 a.m.

Vendor Consulting Group Inc. presented staff and students from Eastside and Kirksey Elementary schools with a check for $1,860.63 to purchase a Smartboard for classroom instruction.

CLUB HOSTS SPEECH CONTEST

posted: 02/27/2011 4:48 a.m.

Pinnacle Toastmasters Club joined more than 12,500 Toastmasters clubs from around the world participating in the 2011 Toastmasters International Speech Contest on Feb. 16.

LIKE IT IS: Hogs put beautiful ending on ugly game

posted: 02/27/2011 4:48 a.m.

When Rob Chubb was unguarded and missed a point-blank layup with 14:09 to play, it was the perfect illustration of the Auburn Tigers.

Waldron vets memorial, planned since ’05, not started

posted: 02/27/2011 4:47 a.m.

Hundreds of veterans and their family members bought engraved bricks for a walkway to honor Scott County veterans. But more than five years later, the monument outside Memorial Hall still hasn’t been built.

RESEARCH SPECIAL

posted: 02/27/2011 4:46 a.m.

Michelle Shepherd from Rogers and Jill Ivey from Fayetteville are part of a team of chemical engineering students at the University of Arkansas College of Engineering whose research project will be featured on the Planet Forward Earth Day special. T

The state/region in brief

posted: 02/27/2011 4:46 a.m.

Killer receives life sentence FORT SMITH — James Aaron Miller was sentenced to life in prison without parole after a Sebastian County Circuit Court jury deliberated his fate for more than three hours Friday night.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

posted: 02/27/2011 4:46 a.m.

Upcoming Meetings Next Week

Extra drives replenish blood banks

posted: 02/27/2011 4:45 a.m.

Arkansas blood banks say they’re mostly or fully recovered from the donation interruptions wrought by this season’s wintry weather, thanks in part to catch-up drives staged after rapid thawing of snow and ice.

Tommy’s Nite Out II Scheduled For March

posted: 02/27/2011 4:45 a.m.

Tommy’s Nite Out II, a benefit for the Van Zandt family, is planned for March 12 at Pratt Place Barn in Fayetteville.

Future teachers scout at job fair

posted: 02/27/2011 4:45 a.m.

Jennifer Bradley of Benton wants to be a teacher.

RECORDS in NWA

posted: 02/27/2011 4:45 a.m.

Arrests and Other Police Reports

Funkytown Ball Scheduled March 5

posted: 02/27/2011 4:44 a.m.

Mardi Gras has been celebrated for 20 years in Fayetteville, evolving from a one-night bar crawl, to a series of events, including the Fat Saturday Parade of Fools and the second-line celebration at City Hospital known as the Parade of Pearls.

NW Arkansas meetings

posted: 02/27/2011 4:44 a.m.

Monday Washington Water Authority, 1 p.m.

Morse makes claiming big winners standard

posted: 02/27/2011 4:44 a.m.

It was another claim to fame. When Kate’s Main Man won the Essex Handicap on Feb. 13 at Oaklawn Park, it reinforced the magical claiming touch trainer Randy Morse possesses.

ANNIVERSARIES

posted: 02/27/2011 4:43 a.m.

February 27, 2011

Divorces

posted: 02/27/2011 4:43 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY The following divorces were recorded in the circuit clerk’s office from Feb. 17-23.

ENGAGEMENTS

posted: 02/27/2011 4:43 a.m.

February 27, 2011

OBITUARIES: Washington County

posted: 02/27/2011 4:42 a.m.

February 27, 2011

Senate panel rejects bill on eatery-tax vote

posted: 02/27/2011 4:42 a.m.

A bid to require elections for municipal voters to approve hotel and restaurant taxes failed in a Senate committee Wednesday.

SOCIETY UPCOMING EVENTS

posted: 02/27/2011 4:42 a.m.

Area Charity and Fundraising Events

OBITUARIES: Benton County

posted: 02/27/2011 4:40 a.m.

February 27, 2011

OUR TOWN LOCAL NOTES

posted: 02/27/2011 4:40 a.m.

Upcoming Community Announcements, Meetings, and Events

NW Arkansas today

posted: 02/27/2011 4:40 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There’s some [people] down here that need to go plant a garden or something.” Barbara Hawkins, one of two committee members overseeing the building of a Scott County monument, on residents growing impatient with the progress of the project Article, 1B

Bail set and fought; developer not freed

posted: 02/27/2011 4:39 a.m.

A district judge set bail for developer Wayne Watkins at $106,910.20 Thursday, but Watkins will remain in the Sharp County jail at least through the weekend pending a circuit court hearing scheduled for Monday.

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH STAKES: Soldat on fast track to Derby

posted: 02/27/2011 4:38 a.m.

Soldat solidified himself as a Kentucky Derby contender Saturday by romping to victory in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park.

EDUCATION BRIEFLY

posted: 02/27/2011 4:38 a.m.

Area Education Notes

OUR TOWN BRIEFLY

posted: 02/27/2011 4:36 a.m.

News Briefs of Area Benefits and Other Events

OUR TOWN CLUB BRIEFS

posted: 02/27/2011 4:35 a.m.

Upcoming meetings and events of area clubs.

Oscar-ology

posted: 02/27/2011 4:34 a.m.

It is good to remember that the Academy Awards are an election, and subject to all the little corruptions of the heart and intellect to which all such contests are subject. Why do you vote for one candidate over another? Maybe because you perceive qualities which make him more fit for office than the other choices, or you feel he better represents your interests.

State wins killer’s $5,016

posted: 02/27/2011 4:34 a.m.

A 57-year-old Little Rock man who helped murder his wife’s mother was in Pulaski County Circuit Court on Friday to fight efforts to force him to surrender about $5,000, money that he said was a gift from his mother.

ORCHID SOCIETY

posted: 02/27/2011 4:33 a.m.

The Orchid Society of the Ozarks and the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks will hold their first Orchids in the Garden show March 4-6.

LET’S TALK Loafing just a bit keeps workers fit, study finds

posted: 02/27/2011 4:33 a.m.

Ah, I suspected it. But of course I’m not a big-shot research scientist, so nobody would have listened had I voiced this suspicion.

Man shot in home after fistfight

posted: 02/27/2011 4:33 a.m.

David Blue got into a fistfight with an unknown man Thursday at a gas station just hours before he was shot and killed, police said Friday.

COMMENTARY ACES ON BRIDGE

posted: 02/27/2011 4:32 a.m.

Dear Mr. Wolff: How should we play if my partner makes a Jacoby two-no-trump response to show a raise in my major and the next hand intervenes? — Staying Cool, Lakeland, Fla.

OUR TOWN MILITARY BRIEFS

posted: 02/27/2011 4:32 a.m.

News of Area Soldiers

SEC MEN Johnson’s grand slam

posted: 02/27/2011 4:28 a.m.

Delvon Johnson has dreamed of making a game-winning three-point basket.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: State requests federal funds for fish hatcheries

posted: 02/27/2011 4:28 a.m.

On Wednesday, Sen. Johnny Key, R-Mountain Home, introduced a senate resolution requesting continued federal funding for the Norfork and Greers Ferry national fish hatcheries.

UA men jumping into mix

posted: 02/27/2011 4:27 a.m.

If newfound responsibility weighed heavily on Tarik Batchelor’s shoulders, it was difficult to tell.

THEATER ‘Smitty’ casts return for Revue

posted: 02/27/2011 4:27 a.m.

To celebrate five years of youthful summer singing and dancing workshops, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre is taking a winter pause for a look back at some of the greatest hits — so to speak — of the Summer Musical Theater Intensive.

A frigid bass baptism

posted: 02/27/2011 4:27 a.m.

Anyone who doesn’t believe tournament fishermen earn their money ought to try it sometime.

COLLEGE BASEBALL Fighting to the finish

posted: 02/27/2011 4:26 a.m.

Arkansas’ ability to manufacture runs Saturday trumped two home runs by one of the nation’s top power hitters.

NATIONWIDE Busch’s wire run sets record

posted: 02/27/2011 4:25 a.m.

Polesitter Kyle Busch dominated early and held off Carl Edwards late for the Nationwide Series’ first wire-to-wire victory in eight years Saturday, setting up the chance for a perfect weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 02/27/2011 4:25 a.m.

Blinkers bring on 1st victory His first stakes victory was also his first victory.

Fast track sees records fall in qualifying race

posted: 02/27/2011 4:25 a.m.

Phoenix International Raceway is filled with bumps and cracks, and has patches on top of patches trying to hold it together for one last race.

No. 1 ranking comes with Kaymer’s victory

posted: 02/27/2011 4:24 a.m.

Martin Kaymer is the new No. 1 in golf, this time without much debate.

LISTEN UP Adele’s big voice limns love’s blues

posted: 02/27/2011 4:24 a.m.

Adele 21 Columbia A- The big-voiced, older-sounding-than-her-years soulful British singer Adele won two Grammys in 2009, including Best New Artist. While other Brit soulsters have stumbled (Amy Winehouse, Duffy), Adele has kept her focus on this captivating release of songs about cheating, jealousy, love and heartbreak.

REGIONAL ROUNDUP

posted: 02/27/2011 4:24 a.m.

Area High School Basketball Results

GULF SOUTH ROUNDUP

posted: 02/27/2011 4:24 a.m.

GULF SOUTH MEN OUACHITA BAPTIST 92, ARKANSAS TECH 88 RUSSELLVILLE — Austin Mitchell scored 26 points as Ouachita Baptist (11-15, 6-8 Gulf South) ended Arkansas Tech’s 16-game winning streak, beating the Wonder Boys (22-4, 13-1 ) at Tucker Coliseum.

7A-WEST GIRLS Bentonville rediscovers its touch

posted: 02/27/2011 4:23 a.m.

Bentonville’s girls will be riding a wave of momentum into the Class 7A State Tournament.

THE TV COLUMN Telly producers in a royal frenzy over wedding

posted: 02/27/2011 4:22 a.m.

For folks who went through a bit of trouble to shed themselves of the ironfisted tyranny of the British crown, Americans sure go nuts over a royal wedding.

SEC MEN: Kentucky rediscovers swagger, stops Florida

posted: 02/27/2011 4:22 a.m.

Darius Miller let the three-pointer go from the top of the key.

SPRING TRAINING

posted: 02/27/2011 4:21 a.m.

CARDINALS Punto to miss first month

SUN BELT WOMEN: Lewis’ block keys ASU upset

posted: 02/27/2011 4:21 a.m.

Arkansas State guard Meghan Lewis leapt off the floor with one intent, but got an even better result.

NFL COMBINE Williams shows speed at combine to boost value

posted: 02/27/2011 4:20 a.m.

Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams had a good day running and catching, while Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett defended himself against recent criticism of his character on Saturday at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.

SOUTHLAND WOMEN: UCA doesn’t relax after berth

posted: 02/27/2011 4:20 a.m.

Even with a Southland Conference Tournament berth in hand, the Central Arkansas women’s basketball team wasn’t planning on letting up Saturday afternoon against Southeastern Louisiana.

3A REGION 1 BOYS Johnson secures title for West Fork

posted: 02/27/2011 4:19 a.m.

West Fork senior Jared Johnson saved his best for last Saturday night in the final of the Class 3A Region 1 tournament.

TELL ME ABOUT IT Using the two-part compass

posted: 02/27/2011 4:19 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: Are high-drama relationships ever good ones? My boyfriend and I usually have a huge argument every couple of weeks (not disagreements, but fights where we yell at each other). Is this normal? Most of my friends are in a similar type of relationship, too.

Arkansas women’s team has run out of wiggle room

posted: 02/27/2011 4:18 a.m.

There is little gray area left for Arkansas’ women’s team if the Razorbacks want to go to the NCAA Tournament.

4A NORTH REGION GIRLS Defense does job for Prairie Grove

posted: 02/27/2011 4:17 a.m.

Prairie Grove and Shiloh Christian will have to settle for a stalemate this year — unless they meet again for the Class 4A state championship, Prairie Grove held Shiloh Christian without a field goal for almost 17 minutes Saturday night en route to a 42-22 victory in the championship game of the Class 4A North Region tournament at George S. Jones Gymnasium.

In the lane

posted: 02/27/2011 4:16 a.m.

Sanchez delivers for Hogs Forward Michael Sanchez has saved his two best games for Arkansas’ two road victories this season.

TV ON DVD Webster is a nostalgic look at when kids weren’t brats

posted: 02/27/2011 4:15 a.m.

What is it? Webster, Season 1, 22 episodes on three discs from Shout! Factory.

TOP 25 MEN: Virginia Tech knocks off Duke

posted: 02/27/2011 4:15 a.m.

Terrell Bell scored 12 points, including five consecutive to give Virginia Tech the lead for good, and the Hokies beat No. 1 Duke 64-60 on Saturday night.

Sports Notes

posted: 02/27/2011 4:15 a.m.

Pine Bluff Arsenal sets hunting lottery

SUN BELT MEN Arkansas State gets West title at home

posted: 02/27/2011 4:14 a.m.

Donald Boone tilted his head, scissors in hand, and climbed the three ladder steps to cut down the net Saturday, celebrating Arkansas State’s first division title since 2007.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Razorbacks not alone in pursuit of Goodwin

posted: 02/27/2011 4:14 a.m.

Highly recruited Sylvan Hills junior guard Archie Goodwin attended Arkansas’ 77-76 overtime victory over No. 22 Kentucky on Wednesday night.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 02/27/2011 4:14 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll set some mighty powerful intentions, and this will inspire you to stretch into the new year. Special training or studies in March will help you increase your income. April brings the completion of a fulfilling personal project.

High school wrestling state championships report

posted: 02/27/2011 4:14 a.m.

Dad flies in to see sons win Tanner Mann was trudging off the Jack Stephens Center floor after watching one of his Little Rock Central teammates lose a match in the Arkansas state high school wrestling tournament Friday night when he heard someone call out his middle name.

The buzz

posted: 02/27/2011 4:12 a.m.

Music marches on in March with new albums by Lucinda Williams, Buddy Miller, R.E.M., The Strokes and Jennifer Hudson, and a new extended play (EP) release by Lady Gaga.

State sports briefs

posted: 02/27/2011 4:11 a.m.

GOLF First Tee hosts rules seminar PGA master professional Adam Carney says the average golfer can save three strokes a round just by knowing the rules of the game. “That’s a professional opinion,” the former club professional at Big Creek Country Club in Mountain Home said.

COMMENTARY: Lakers, Bryant in unfamiliar territory

posted: 02/27/2011 4:11 a.m.

Things have got tough for the twice-defending NBA champions.

Vance Allen Wilson

posted: 02/27/2011 4:11 a.m.

SELF PORTRAIT Date and place of birth: March 17, 1973, Mesa, Ariz. Family: Wife Bridget, daughter Peyton Occupation: Manager, Kane County Cougars; retired baseball player My favorite subject in school was math.

Conway wins team title without individual honors

posted: 02/27/2011 4:10 a.m.

Conway didn’t get any individual state titles at the Arkansas state high school wrestling tournament Saturday, but the Wampus Cats still took home the prize.

Hot seat cools for lottery’s top brass

posted: 02/27/2011 4:09 a.m.

Several days before a state auditor and a lawmaker lauded Arkansas lottery officials for fixing problems cited in an audit, the director of the lottery and one of its vice presidents each wrote a check for $350.90 to reimburse the lottery for airfare for a March 2010 trip.

SPOTLIGHT LYNNE FREEMAN Group tweaks Big Party; fun, families still focus

posted: 02/27/2011 4:08 a.m.

Lynne Freeman knows she has a tough act to follow.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES Chieftains to tap local talent; Vienna Boys Choir follows

posted: 02/27/2011 4:08 a.m.

Six-time Grammy-winning Irish folk group The Chieftains will give a concert at 7 p.m. today in Baum Walker Hall at the Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville.

New colonel, new unit revving up at Jacksonville base

posted: 02/27/2011 4:07 a.m.

Col. Archie Frye flew his first C-130 cargo plane last week in preparation for commanding Detachment 1, a new Air Force Reserve unit being built from scratch to ease the growing pains at Little Rock Air Force Base.

Some places make it easy to take a dog on the road

posted: 02/27/2011 4:06 a.m.

At a wine-tasting event in Mount Dora, Fla., we met a couple enjoying a glass of merlot while their Shar-Pei tagged along. In that central Florida town, you can take Fido to lunch, and stop by the pet bakery.

Economy’s new jobs are paying less, analysts say

posted: 02/27/2011 4:05 a.m.

Amy Valle is caught in a labormarket recovery that’s forcing some Americans to settle for less. Before she lost her job as a full-time health-department caseworker in November, she was making $23 an hour. Now she’s paid $10 an hour as a part-time assistant coordinator in an after-school program.

Rental car taxes roll along

posted: 02/27/2011 4:05 a.m.

Ready for Round 2 of car rental companies vs. cities?

Two-tradition MISSION

posted: 02/27/2011 4:03 a.m.

The building amazes. It is enormous, 120 feet in diameter, with a ceiling five stories high. It took 100,000 palm fronds to cover the roof, even though the center remains open to the sky, tepee-style. At first sight, all you can do is stand in awe.

Sendak wall: From N.Y. to Philadelphia

posted: 02/27/2011 3:56 a.m.

Long before award-winning illustrator and writer Maurice Sendak’s world of wild things charmed millions of young readers and changed the notion of what children’s literature could look like, some of his now-classic characters frolicked on a wall overlooking New York’s Central Park for an audience of two.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE Carrying on when bag is lost in a foreign land

posted: 02/27/2011 3:55 a.m.

You’re winging your way across Europe, having the time of your life, when you make a simple mistake. You set your bag down as you slurp an extra-large gelato, and before you know it your bag is gone.

SPIN CYCLE Smart-mouth need an out? Just blame the auto-correct

posted: 02/27/2011 3:54 a.m.

“USB Tenno green?” What I meant to say is, “Isn’t technology grand?” Luckily I have my smarty pants iPhone 4 to auto-creek me — I mean “auto-correct ” me.

Chicken business shaped by faith

posted: 02/27/2011 3:53 a.m.

In the woods surrounding Chickfil-A’s corporate headquarters, patriotic songs mix with hymns — “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art,” “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” — chiming from a bell tower.

Education notebook

posted: 02/27/2011 3:49 a.m.

$800,000 awarded in scholarships More than $800,000 in college scholarships have been awarded to date to about 350 Little Rock School District high school graduates who as young children attended “racially identifiable” elementary schools for three or more years.

Eurofighter jet’s makers battle U.S. for Japan deal

posted: 02/27/2011 3:49 a.m.

In a deal that could be worth billions of dollars and determine one of the primary fighter jets in Asia for decades to come, European aircraft makers are trying to persuade Japan to do something it has never done before — snub America.

Getting it straight

posted: 02/27/2011 3:48 a.m.

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

Rare-earth mine plays catch-up

posted: 02/27/2011 3:48 a.m.

In the Mojave Desert just off Interstate 15, between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, workers are digging for dirt that may be worth far more than a casino full of chips.

Rail lines sharpen fuel edge over truckers

posted: 02/27/2011 3:46 a.m.

U.S. railroads have a fuelefficiency advantage over trucking companies that they hope to expand, as they boost investments in technology while truckers must put more of their money into personnel.

Indiana providing no-union example

posted: 02/27/2011 3:46 a.m.

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and other officials who are pushing to eliminate or weaken collective bargaining by government employees say their goal is to save millions of dollars and increase government’s flexibility to run its operations.

CEO choice prompts questions on Sears’ future

posted: 02/27/2011 3:43 a.m.

Sears Holdings Corp.’s appointment of a new chief executive officer rich in technology expertise but short on retail experience is leaving many wondering what direction the owner of the struggling Sears and Kmart stores is heading.

Spanish airports warned of strike

posted: 02/27/2011 3:42 a.m.

Spanish union leaders threatened a strike by airport workers that could close airports during the busy Easter vacation season.

COLUMN ONE: A sense of place

posted: 02/27/2011 3:42 a.m.

That most Southern of phrases, “a sense of place,” came up at a gathering the other evening. It elicited only a quizzical expression from one of the guests, who seemed to think it referred to her neighborhood.

The walls of Puebla

posted: 02/27/2011 3:41 a.m.

Puebla, Mexico How has life in Mexico changed under the rising tide of drug violence ? It’s difficult to say; it is what it is. It goes on. For long stretches of time, it is easy to forget about the violence. But then reality breaks through, and it becomes once again impossible to ignore.

Advocates hope link to Twist helps save British workhouse

posted: 02/27/2011 3:40 a.m.

It’s a battered brick building behind a high wall in London — austere, overlooked and scheduled for demolition.

Viva la Mexico

posted: 02/27/2011 3:40 a.m.

Tijuana, Mexico There are two Tijuanas: that of the locals, and that of the rest. The true Tijuana belongs only to the oldest families, the grandparents and great-grandparents of Tijuana. The view from outside, on the other hand, tends to come into focus through fantasy, stereotype and cliché.

Chile coup deaths cloaked in mystery

posted: 02/27/2011 3:39 a.m.

Survivors of Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship are hoping Barack Obama’s visit next month will lead to the release of more classified U.S. documents that could be critical to prosecuting the Chilean agents responsible for killing leftists decades ago.

Giffords’ office busier than ever

posted: 02/27/2011 3:37 a.m.

With Rep. Gabrielle Giffords recuperating in a Houston hospital, not voting in Congress or making appearances, one might think that her Tucson office would be quieter these days.

Answers few in deaths of baby dolphins

posted: 02/27/2011 3:36 a.m.

Was it the oil? That’s the question as the number of stillborn or dead young dolphin calves washing up on Gulf of Mexico shores continues to rise.

Cache of Jefferson’s books found in St. Louis

posted: 02/27/2011 3:33 a.m.

Dozens of Thomas Jefferson’s books, some including handwritten notes from the nation’s third president, have been found in the rare-books collection at Washington University in St. Louis.

Decision revives cigarette lawsuit

posted: 02/27/2011 3:33 a.m.

A lawsuit that led to a $10.1 billion verdict against Philip Morris USA before it was overturned by the Illinois Supreme Court has been revived by a lower court.

Governors urge cease-fire in U.S. budget fight

posted: 02/27/2011 3:32 a.m.

U.S. governors are urging Congress to avert a budget fight that could shut down the federal government or slash spending for states, saying it would deal a setback to a nation struggling to recover from the recession.

Obama urges Congress to end budget ‘gridlock’

posted: 02/27/2011 3:30 a.m.

President Barack Obama on Saturday urged members of Congress to reach a shortterm budget agreement and avert a government shutdown.

’10 Maine lobster haul a record

posted: 02/27/2011 3:30 a.m.

The dozens of traps that Ron Francoeur pulled from frigid waters Thursday held only about 30 lobsters, but maybe it did not matter. Last year’s statewide lobster haul — some 93 million pounds, up from 81 million in 2009 — was the largest on record. And Francoeur allowed that he had shared in the bounty.

EDITORIALS Over the Ledge

posted: 02/27/2011 3:29 a.m.

“All successful newspapers are ceaselessly querulous and bellicose. They never defend anyone or anything if they can help it; if the job is forced upon them, they tackle it by denouncing someone or something else.” —H.L. Mencken OH, MENCKEN. Thou should be living at this hour! Your country has need of thee!

OTHERS SAY Stolen history

posted: 02/27/2011 3:27 a.m.

Last month, the National Archives banned an amateur historian who was accused of doing what should have been unthinkable: He was said to have doctored the date on a valuable Lincoln document. Now the archives has found it has a more widespread problem, with underhanded “scholars” and sneak thieves making off with American treasures to sell on the black market to history buffs.

New Zealand toll from temblor 146

posted: 02/27/2011 3:25 a.m.

New Zealand’s premier said the Christchurch quake is lining up to be the country’s worst disaster, as officials raised the toll to 146 dead and more than 200 missing while giving a grim prognosis for the city’s downtown.

LETTERS

posted: 02/27/2011 3:21 a.m.

More on those CFL bulbs Allan Walker’s letter about new bulbs being better than old was very interesting. However, there are some things that should be considered. The amount of mercury is not much at all.

COLUMNISTS Sweet! Where’s the biscuits?

posted: 02/27/2011 3:19 a.m.

During the Christmas holidays a brotherin-law treated me to sorghum molasses at breakfast, recommending it highly as a dressing for hot biscuits. As I savored the distinctive but strong flavor of this tangy, dark, sweet syrup, I thought of the generations of Arkansans who considered molasses one of the three primary foods—the three M’s : meat, meal (corn meal) and molasses.

Curtain falls for tiny, toxic Oklahoma community

posted: 02/27/2011 3:19 a.m.

A track hoe sidled up to the modest yellow-brick church, paused for a moment to position itself, then drove its teeth into the roof with brutal efficiency.

Oscar time

posted: 02/27/2011 3:18 a.m.

The King’s Speech might take home the Oscar for Best Picture tonight, but judging from the criticisms it’s receiving, it won’t win any awards for historical accuracy.

Financial setback(s)

posted: 02/27/2011 3:16 a.m.

Aweek or so back, I allowed as to how the nation looked to be in recovery because its Gross Domestic Product had expanded 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010 over the previous quarter.

Battle finally joined

posted: 02/27/2011 3:14 a.m.

There is a number that dominates American politics: 1.5 trillion.

Suicide bombing kills 3, wounds 30 in Afghan crowd

posted: 02/27/2011 3:14 a.m.

A playing field in a remote area of northwest Afghanistan where a crowd had gathered was the most recent target for a suicide bomber who detonated himself Saturday, in the seventh suicide attack in Afghanistan in less than a month.

Smoky slippery slope

posted: 02/27/2011 3:12 a.m.

The argument of the slippery slope yet again proves itself more reality than myth. This time the city of Fayetteville, which seldom considers a restrictive ordinance or regulation that it doesn’t like, will decide if smoking should be banned not only in city restaurants, which it was in 2004, but now—feel that slip?—in lounges, bars and pool halls.

Protesters, police clash in Croatia

posted: 02/27/2011 3:11 a.m.

Croatian police clashed with some of the 15,000 anti-government protesters who rallied in the capital Saturday, and state television reported that officers used tear gas to disperse the group. At least 25 people were injured.

Ground zero in Sinaloa

posted: 02/27/2011 3:11 a.m.

Culiacán, Mexico Four years ago Mexico invented a civil war: the government decided to confront the seven major drug cartels. The army was sent into the streets, mountains and country paths. Even the navy was on alert.

Ivory Coast push: Get foreigners out

posted: 02/27/2011 3:10 a.m.

A youth leader who backs the president clinging to power in Ivory Coast has called on people to chase out foreigners from their neighborhoods, while the U.N. expressed alarm about a “disturbing escalation” in violence in recent days.

Loosen rules on presidential eligibility, Egypt panel urges

posted: 02/27/2011 3:08 a.m.

A constitutional-overhaul panel Saturday recommended opening Egypt’s presidential elections to competition and imposing a two-term limit on future presidents in a dramatic shift from a system that allowed the ousted Hosni Mubarak to rule for three decades.

Monterrey’s habit

posted: 02/27/2011 3:08 a.m.

Monterrey, Mexico Invisible paths to the United States, it seems, have always passed through Monterrey. People and their merchandise come and go via paved roads and dusty lanes, but also through the famous little walkways, somewhere between manicured and overgrown, that are hidden among the thickets of underbrush.

Other days

posted: 02/27/2011 3:07 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 27, 1911 HOT SPRINGS — This resort looked like the same old town of yore today, and the liberal element rubbed their hands in glee at the vivid reminder of the “good old days,” for the “lid” went off with a joyful report, and Hot Springs passed as uneventful, yet wide open Sunday. The gambling houses have all resumed operations.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/27/2011 3:06 a.m.

Organizers let Queen rock them For any potential songwriter who wants his song played at sporting events, it’s best to have the words “burn” or “rock” in the title.

Off the wire

posted: 02/27/2011 3:05 a.m.

TENNIS Djokovic beats Federer Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer for the second time in a month, a 6-3, 6-3 victory Saturday for his third consecutive Dubai (United Arab Emirates) Championships title. Djokovic extended his unbeaten streak in 2011 to 12 matches with his 20th title.

In the news

posted: 02/27/2011 3:04 a.m.

Warren Buffett, 80, the billionaire investor, said in his annual letter to shareholders that his “trigger finger is itchy” for takeovers after cash holdings at his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. climbed to $38.2 billion.

Names and faces

posted: 02/27/2011 3:03 a.m.

Motley Crue singer Vince Neil has been released from jail after serving 10 days of a 15-day sentence for a drunkendriving conviction. The Las Vegas Sun reports the 50-year-old rocker got out of the Clark County Detention Center on Friday.

TV news shows

posted: 02/27/2011 3:03 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Live from Tripoli, Libya; from Washington, Govs. Jan Brewer, R-Ariz., Deval Patrick, D-Mass., John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., and Nikki Haley, R-S.C. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.

The nation in brief

posted: 02/27/2011 3:02 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We don’t need any hiccups right now in our recovery.” Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, a Democrat, as U.S. governors urged Congress to avert a budget fight that could shut down the federal government or slash spending for states Article, 6A

The world in brief

posted: 02/27/2011 3:02 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “People were waiting to take revenge on Fianna Fail, and they have certainly done so with great gusto.” Batt O’Keefe, one of 18 Fianna Fail incumbents who chose not to seek re-election, on projections that the Irish ruling party would be handily defeated Article, this page

Area lotteries

posted: 02/27/2011 2:59 a.m.

Numbers drawn Saturday: Missouri Lotto 7-18-21-24-27-37 Estimated jackpot: $1.3 million Oklahoma Lotto 9-11-12-21-28 Hot ball: 9 Estimated jackpot: $3.9 million Powerball 4-13-17-21-45 Powerball: 10 Estimated jackpot: $184 million Power Play: 5

$17.7 million flowing to idled poultry raisers

posted: 02/27/2011 2:56 a.m.

Some 154 poultry farmers throughout Arkansas have already received their share of $17.7 million in federal relief funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the state Agriculture Department said Thursday.

Uptick awakens lumber industry hope

posted: 02/27/2011 2:55 a.m.

Many in the lumber industry are hopeful that the worst is over after the steep decline in home building and other construction in recent years.

Saturday, February 26

Johnson's Slam Lifts Arkansas Over Auburn

posted: 02/26/2011 5:16 p.m.

Delvon Johnson's slam with five seconds remaining gave Arkansas a 57-55 road win at Auburn Saturday.

Arkansas Rallies for 5-4 Win

posted: 02/26/2011 5:11 p.m.

Arkansas remained undefeated with a 5-4 comeback win over Utah Saturday at Baum Stadium.

Fayetteville Sprints Past Springdale High

posted: 02/26/2011 6:19 a.m.

Long after the warm-ups had concluded Friday night, the Fayetteville girls basketball team was still running a layup line.

Springdale High Hangs On

posted: 02/26/2011 6:17 a.m.

Springdale High had given itself such a big lead Friday, it could withstand just about anything.

Har-Ber Finishes Regular Season On Strong Note

posted: 02/26/2011 6:16 a.m.

If nothing else, Springdale Har-Ber made sure it will enter the Class 7A Basketball State Tournament with a bang.

Heritage Puts Har-Ber Back In Bottom of Standings

posted: 02/26/2011 6:15 a.m.

Rogers Heritage and Springdale Har-Ber appeared to have little to play for Friday.

Rogers Continues Hot Road Streak

posted: 02/26/2011 6:13 a.m.

Rogers High is peaking at the right time.

Lady Mounties Use Intensity In Blowout

posted: 02/26/2011 6:10 a.m.

Hours after a victory against Springdale Har-Ber and before the sun came up, Rogers High girls basketball coach Preston Early had the Lady Mounties practicing Friday morning.

Thompson Helps Blackhawks Slip Past Cardinals

posted: 02/26/2011 6:09 a.m.

Cameron Thompson didn’t like the last shot he took Friday night, but Pea Ridge’s boys basketball team loved the results.

Lady Saints Find Long-Range Success

posted: 02/26/2011 6:03 a.m.

Shiloh Christian’s long-range project worked well enough to put the Lady Saints into the Class 4A North Regional Tournament final.

Tigers Blow Past Lincoln In Semifinals

posted: 02/26/2011 6 a.m.

For a few moments Friday night, West Fork boys basketball coach David Ferrell couldn’t believe his eyes.

Chairman: Settle Spat Privately, Not Through New Laws

posted: 02/26/2011 5:59 a.m.

A spat between two Northwest Arkansas legislators over a bill regarding illegal immigrants probably is better settled privately than through new legislation, a House committee chairman said Friday. House Bill 1602, introduced Thursday by Rep. Justin Harris, R-West Fork, would require custodians of public records to notify legislators within 24 hours when another General Assembly member seeks public documents about them. The bill would require the holder of public records to name the legislator seeking the documents.

Walmart Expands Small-Format Stores

posted: 02/26/2011 5:58 a.m.

Walmart’s latest store format will be springing up in Prairie Grove, Gravette and Gentry. The retailer plans to build 15,000-square-foot stores in each town. Gary Davis, owner of Sterling Drug in Prairie Grove, said adding new businesses is good. “The more businesses, the more traffic you get,” he said.

Lady Tigers Move Past Greenland

posted: 02/26/2011 5:58 a.m.

At times in the first half Friday night, West Fork’s girls basketball team couldn’t be stopped on either side of the court.

Jurors Recommend Eight Years In Voyeur Case

posted: 02/26/2011 5:57 a.m.

A Washington County jury took about an hour to find a former University of Arkansas student guilty of nine felony counts of video voyeurism Friday. The jury of 11 women and one man acquitted Leiabrently Washington, 21, of one count of video voyeurism related to taping a clothed man in a dorm study area. The other nine counts were occasions when Washington recorded men in the shower during the fall 2009 semester.

Police Chief Resigns At Mayor’s Request

posted: 02/26/2011 5:56 a.m.

Mayor Greg Hines asked for and received Police Chief Steve Hamilton’s resignation Friday. “We talked for a few minutes and I asked for his resignation,” Hines said. “Shortly before noon, Chief Hamilton resigned, effective immediately.” Hines declined to say why he asked Hamilton to resign, but added he took no pleasure in the resignation.

Sorority effort lets UA build $1.1 million gate

posted: 02/26/2011 5:52 a.m.

A $1.1 million decorative gate will mark the entrance of what once was Campus Drive and will showcase Old Main at the University of Arkansas, thanks to a fundraising effort by the Pi Beta Phi sorority, campus officials said Friday.

In violence, arrests take a youthful turn in LR

posted: 02/26/2011 5:52 a.m.

The morning after Harold Eugene Johnson III was killed in his living room, suspect Jarvis Robie went to school. A student at Felder Academy in Little Rock, Robie, 15, lived two blocks from Johnson’s 2900 S. Tyler St. home. Two days after Johnson’s death, police arrested Robie at a Taco Bell where he was hanging out. In his waistband was the handgun that police believe was used in the fatal shooting, according to arrest reports.

CIA worker in Pakistan won’t sign charge sheet

posted: 02/26/2011 5:50 a.m.

An American CIA employee accused of murdering two Pakistanis appeared handcuffed Friday in a Pakistani court, where he refused to sign a charge sheet after claiming diplomatic immunity, officials said.

Thrasher Named Good Neighbor

posted: 02/26/2011 5:50 a.m.

Financial adviser, outdoorsman and community leader David Thrasher was honored Friday as the winner of the Dick Trammel Rogers Good Neighbor Award. The announcement was made at the annual Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce banquet.

Beebe: Anxiety high at governors meeting

posted: 02/26/2011 5:48 a.m.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, who arrived in Washington on Friday for the National Governors Association’s annual winter meeting, contrasted his situation with that of many of his fellow state executives, who he said are “pulling their hair out,” as they try to grapple with large budget shortfalls and vexing policy disputes.

Road Department Seeking New Vehicles

posted: 02/26/2011 5:47 a.m.

The Benton County Road Department is evaluating it’s fleet of vehicles, looking to replace worn and aging equipment, including buying up to 10 new road graders.

Animal Group Estimates Shelter Operational Cost

posted: 02/26/2011 5:46 a.m.

A future Washington County animal shelter stands a chance to be revenue-neutral or even operate in the black, members of an advisory board said Friday.

Har-Ber Administrator Wins National Award

posted: 02/26/2011 5:46 a.m.

Michael Shepherd, an assistant principal at Har-Ber High School, was named the Assistant Principal of the Year on Saturday by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Truck crash closes I-30 10 hours

posted: 02/26/2011 5:45 a.m.

An overturned fuel tanker on Interstate 30 forced Arkansas State Police to close the highway for 10 1/2 hours Friday while the leaking truck was emptied of at least 1,500 gallons of gasoline and the highway was cleared of debris.

New Restaurants Coming Downtown

posted: 02/26/2011 5:45 a.m.

The next several months will be busy for downtown Bentonville. The city will welcome three restaurants and a coffee house, in addition to celebrating the opening of the Walmart Visitors Center and the return of First Fridays, all before summer’s end.

Chamber Plans To Support School Millage

posted: 02/26/2011 5:43 a.m.

Voters want all school construction to be as cost-effective as possible, according to the Springdale Chamber of Commerce. Voters also recognize the need for more classrooms to prevent overcrowding, said Chris Weiser, chamber chairman.

District To Interview Construction Managers

posted: 02/26/2011 5:41 a.m.

School District officials will soon begin interviewing construction management companies for two renovation projects.

Solid Waste District Shows Deficit

posted: 02/26/2011 5:39 a.m.

Boston Mountain Solid Waste District spent about two-thirds of its savings to help cover what would have been a $92,719 deficit from its 2010 finances.

Naturals Job Fair Today

posted: 02/26/2011 5:37 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals will hold its annual job fair today. The team is looking for part-time employees to work during game days at Arvest Ballpark, according to a news release.

HOW WE SEE IT Bill Williams Should Resign From Seat

posted: 02/26/2011 5:32 a.m.

Benton County Election Commission chairman Bill Williams should resign, both as chairman and member.

COMMENTARY Public Officials Gone Wild

posted: 02/26/2011 5:32 a.m.

If the Benton County Election Commission or the Washington County Quorum Court had been on board the Titanic, they’d have called room service for ice water.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Leave Property Rights Alone

posted: 02/26/2011 5:31 a.m.

I went to the League of Women Voters forum on the streamside ordinance scheduled to be taken up by the Fayetteville City Council in February. This is a very immoral law that could only arise in a degraded and declining society that has lost the natural healthy sense of right and wrong and has accepted the rule of force with no regard to whether or not there is any righteousness and integrity behind it.

Northwest Personal Space

posted: 02/26/2011 5:30 a.m.

Jill Hatfield of the Northwest Arkansas Family YMCA loves to spend time on her family's boat dock at Beaver Lake.

Higher ed gets interim director

posted: 02/26/2011 5:23 a.m.

The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board on Friday affirmed Gov. Mike Beebe’s appointment 24 hours earlier of former state Sen. Shane Broadway as interim director of the state Department of Higher Education.

Jurors deliberate murderer’s fate

posted: 02/26/2011 5:18 a.m.

A Sebastian County Circuit Court jury was deliberating Friday evening whether convicted triple-murderer James Aaron Miller should be sentenced to death or life in prison.

Other days

posted: 02/26/2011 5:17 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 26, 1911 Little Rock has enjoyed a number of exciting elections during this, the open season, including the primaries, the queen’s contest and other kinds, but the genuine dyed-in-the-wool, real exciting event of all has just been announced, the bachelors’ contest. This will be similar to the queen’s contest now in progress, and will be conducted by Robert C. Newton camp of the United Confederate Veterans. It has been predicted that there will be such a battle of ballots as has never been before witnessed in this city.

Storms produce tornado near Lonoke

posted: 02/26/2011 5:16 a.m.

National Weather Service storm teams scoured the state Friday for damage from Thursday evening’s storms and confirmed that a tornado touched down in Lonoke County.

Teens ‘Twin’ With Holocaust Victims

posted: 02/26/2011 5:10 a.m.

Bella Shtelman was born Sept. 1, 1939, in the Belorussian city of Minsk. She died Nov. 20, 1941, five months after the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union and occupied Minsk.

The pretend campaign

posted: 02/26/2011 5:10 a.m.

It didn’t take long for the first crisis to happen in Donald Trump’s pretend-presidential bid.

UT Dean To Speak On Reverence

posted: 02/26/2011 5:09 a.m.

Paul Woodruff, dean of undergraduate studies at the University of Texas, will speak at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville on March 12-13.

Wisconsin’s Rubicon

posted: 02/26/2011 5:09 a.m.

The magnificent turmoil now gripping statehouses in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and soon others marks an epic political moment. The nation faces a fiscal crisis of historic proportions and, remarkably, our muddled, gridlocked, allegedly broken politics have yielded singular clarity.

MUSINGS Mount Sequoyah Destination For Students

posted: 02/26/2011 5:08 a.m.

I’ve spent a large part of my life living in one of Fayetteville’s most desirable places — Mount Sequoyah.

Another tight spot

posted: 02/26/2011 5:08 a.m.

THESE days, whenever we see that North Korea has made the news again, we can’t help but think about the boy who wished for war.

FAITH MATTERS Grumbling Part Of Human Condition

posted: 02/26/2011 5:08 a.m.

In the evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall know the glory of the Lord, because God has heard your grumbling against the Lord.” —Exodus 16:6b-7 a I’ve been hearing a lot of grumbling these days. There was grumbling about all the snow and cold weather we had. There’s been grumbling about the economy and whose fault it is, and whether governmental bailouts were a waste of taxpayers’ money.

Judge: Lawyer’s case up to panel

posted: 02/26/2011 5:08 a.m.

A Pulaski County circuit judge ruled Friday that he does not have the authority to determine whether the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s chief legal counsel lied in court during proceedings to determine whether the agency was required to hold the fall 2009 turkey-hunting season.

Fair is fair

posted: 02/26/2011 5:07 a.m.

IT CONFIRMED one of our favorite theories about the principles or at least practice of journalism today: that the most interesting paragraph in new stories tends to be the last. As if the writers, or maybe their editors, were saving the best for last—like dessert.

What truly matters

posted: 02/26/2011 5:06 a.m.

In my admittedly unconventional view, most folks long for others to acknowledge their existence and why our being here matters.

Connecting the state

posted: 02/26/2011 5:06 a.m.

As the legislative session enters its stretch run, one of the state’s major needs is rarely discussed at the Capitol.

LETTERS

posted: 02/26/2011 5:05 a.m.

Back off of smokers I hope they pass this no-smoking deal they are trying to get through in Fayetteville. It will save me a lot of money on gas to drive downtown, won’t have to tip anymore, and the beer is cheaper at my house.

NWA RELIGION NOTES

posted: 02/26/2011 5:05 a.m.

Area Religious and Church Events

Tripoli guns mow down Gadhafi foes

posted: 02/26/2011 5:02 a.m.

Protesters demanding Moammar Gadhafi’s ouster came under a hail of bullets Friday when pro-regime militiamen opened fire to stop the first significant anti-government marches in days in Tripoli, the Libyan capital. The Libyan leader, speaking from the ramparts of a historic Tripoli fort, told supporters to prepare to defend the nation.

Union curbs clear one vote

posted: 02/26/2011 5 a.m.

Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly took the first significant action on their plan to strip collective-bargaining rights from most public workers, abruptly passing the measure early Friday morning before most sleep deprived Democrats realized what was happening.

UCA OKs $510,000 for sidewalks

posted: 02/26/2011 4:59 a.m.

The University of Central Arkansas plans to spend an additional $510,000 on decorative sidewalks, drawing criticism from the chairman of the state Senate’s Education Committee.

The state/region in brief

posted: 02/26/2011 4:54 a.m.

UAMS age center receives grant The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences received a $1.5 million donation for the expansion of the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging in Little Rock.

Gates foresees smaller Army

posted: 02/26/2011 4:48 a.m.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, in one of his last addresses to the Army, said Friday that he envisages a future ground force that will be smaller, pack less heavy firepower and will not engage in large-scale counterinsurgency wars like those in Iraq or Afghanistan.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 02/26/2011 4:47 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’ve been talking about gates, but we never had the money before.” G. David Gearhart, University of Arkansas chancellor, on a fundraising effort by the Pi Beta Phi sorority to fund a $1.1 million decorative gate on the Fayetteville campus Article, 1B

States hear of leeway to cut Medicaid rolls

posted: 02/26/2011 4:47 a.m.

States with budget deficits can drop Medicaid recipients before commitments to cover more people under the health program expire, an Obama administration official said.

LR slaying linked to phony-ID ring

posted: 02/26/2011 4:46 a.m.

A mysterious beating death last summer in an abandoned southwest Little Rock mobile home was linked Thursday to a violent document-trafficking ring based in Mexico that authorities say has cells in 11 states, including Arkansas.

Kidney group aims to steer best organs to younger on list

posted: 02/26/2011 4:46 a.m.

The nation’s organ-transplant network is considering giving younger, healthier people preference over older, sicker patients for the best kidneys.

Irish ire over economy seen toppling top party

posted: 02/26/2011 4:45 a.m.

Voters in Ireland went to the polls Friday in an election that all indicators show will wreak vengeance on the country’s ruling party, Fianna Fail, which has been in power for 61 of the past 79 years.

5A-WEST BOYS McCoy clinches title for Alma

posted: 02/26/2011 4:45 a.m.

Alma put its 5AWest Conference title hopes in the hands of Isaac McCoy, and McCoy delivered.

Protests roll on in Arab world

posted: 02/26/2011 4:39 a.m.

Hundreds of thousands of people poured out of mosques and staged protests across the Arab world Friday, some trying to shake off autocratic rulers and others pressuring leaders to carry out sweeping changes.

Mega Millions

posted: 02/26/2011 4:35 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 4-5-17-19-50 Mega Ball: 7 Estimated jackpot: $76 million Megaplier: 04

In the news

posted: 02/26/2011 4:35 a.m.

George W. Bush will not go to Denver as planned this weekend to attend the “Global Leadership Summit” of the Young Presidents’ Organization because WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was also invited to the event, a spokesman for the former president said.

Names and faces

posted: 02/26/2011 4:35 a.m.

CBS and Warner Brothers have decided to shut down production of the hit comedy Two and a Half Men, the companies said Thursday, after star Charlie Sheen attacked the creator of the show, Chuck Lorre, in two interviews.

The nation in brief

posted: 02/26/2011 4:33 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “What a terrible, terrible day for Wisconsin. I am incensed. I am shocked.” State Rep. Jon Richards, D-Milwaukee, after Assembly Republicans passed a measure to strip collective-bargaining rights from most public workers before most Democrats had a chance to vote Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 02/26/2011 4:32 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Dance, sing and prepare. Prepare to defend Libya, to defend the oil, dignity and independence.” Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, addressing supporters in Tripoli Article, 1A

College Baseball: Hogs throw Utes a curve in eighth

posted: 02/26/2011 4:28 a.m.

Two key plays in the eighth inning swung a nail-biter Arkansas’ way Friday afternoon in a 3-2 victory over Utah.

Auburn arena lets fans impact game

posted: 02/26/2011 4:26 a.m.

Auburn has lowered seating capacity, but increased the volume in its new basketball home. “It’s a much better atmosphere they have now than what they had in the other arena for sure,” said Mississippi State Coach Rick Stansbury, whose Bulldogs lost at Auburn 65-62 two weeks ago. “Everything’s just closer, and you’ve got people on the floor around you.”

Coaches failed to see color in success

posted: 02/26/2011 4:23 a.m.

At the University of Arkansas, the baseball and track and field teams shared the same quarters in the early 1970s. Those teams were led by coaches, Norm DeBriyn and John McDonnell, who handed down the same edict when they took the helm of those rosters: race, color and creed didn’t matter. Production trumped all.

7A-WEST BOYS Southside keeps title to itself

posted: 02/26/2011 4:22 a.m.

Fort Smith Southside didn’t want to share a conference championship with anyone, especially its crosstown rival.

SEC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: 800 ruins Alcide’s day

posted: 02/26/2011 4:21 a.m.

Eight hundred meters cost Makeba Alcide a perfect day.

HOG CALLS: Overachieving better than alternative

posted: 02/26/2011 4:18 a.m.

Kentucky can beat you without beating you. John Pelphrey sensed that as a Kentucky player, was warned about it as a Florida assistant coach and now guards against it as Arkansas’ head coach.

7A/6A CENTRAL GIRLS NLR ups victory streak to 58 games

posted: 02/26/2011 4:18 a.m.

Despite a long road trip and a slow start, the streak continues into the postseason for the Lady Charging Wildcats.

Holmes, Watson overpower course

posted: 02/26/2011 4:16 a.m.

J.B. Holmes and Bubba Watson are in the quarterfinals of the Match Play Championship, and it’s not hard to figure out how they got there.

Spring training notes

posted: 02/26/2011 4:12 a.m.

ANGELS Morales on track TEMPE, Ariz. — First baseman Kendry Morales, whose 2010 season came to an end when he broke his leg while jumping on home plate to celebrate a game-ending grand slam, should be ready to play by opening day, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Friday.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 02/26/2011 4 a.m.

Favorites end run for Classix The CLASSIX went down, and it went down hard Friday afternoon at Oaklawn Park.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/26/2011 3:58 a.m.

Seafood OK, but not bass Kevin VanDam won his fourth Bassmaster Classic title in New Orleans last Sunday and surpassed $5 million in career earnings. VanDam has been competitively fishing for about 30 years, but according to ESPN, he’s still a little fishy about his food.

Off the wire

posted: 02/26/2011 3:58 a.m.

FOOTBALL Jones shares blame Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is sharing responsibility with the NFL for the Super Bowl seating fiasco at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Just hours before the Green Bay Packers played the Pittsburgh Steelers Feb. 6, the league announced that 1,250 temporary seats were deemed unsafe and moved 850 people to new seats.

State sports briefs

posted: 02/26/2011 3:58 a.m.

ATHLETICS UCA to add turf The University of Central Arkansas’ board of trustees voted Friday to spend $1 million in capital reserves on artificial turf for its football and softball fields at Estes Stadium and Farris Field, respectively.

3A REGION 1 West Fork shows Lincoln no mercy

posted: 02/26/2011 3:58 a.m.

For a few moments Friday night, West Fork Coach David Ferrell couldn’t believe his eyes.

Overnight, cost of gas rises 10¢

posted: 02/26/2011 3:56 a.m.

Arkansans awoke Friday to find that the price of regular gasoline had jumped 10 cents a gallon overnight.

2nd look takes shine off GDP count

posted: 02/26/2011 3:55 a.m.

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.8 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter, slower than previously calculated and less than forecast as state and local governments made deeper cuts in spending.

McDaniel opposes small-loan bills

posted: 02/26/2011 3:54 a.m.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is opposed to two bills designed to change the Arkansas Constitution to permit small loans with interest rates above 17 percent, his office said Friday.

U.S. retailers find China a tough sell

posted: 02/26/2011 3:52 a.m.

Home Depot is no longer open for home improvements in Beijing. Best Buy Inc. decided its brand-name electronics stores were not best for China.

4A-NORTH REGION Pea Ridge gets it to Thompson

posted: 02/26/2011 3:51 a.m.

Cameron Thompson didn’t like the last shot he took Friday night, but Pea Ridge’s boys basketball team loved the result.

REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS ROUNDUP

posted: 02/26/2011 3:49 a.m.

GIRLS 4A EAST AT TRUMANN HEBER SPRINGS 65, CLINTON 35 Magen LaRosa scored a team-high 19 points to give Heber Springs a semifinal victory. Jena Kelley had 16 points for Heber Springs (23-5 ), which led 30-24 at halftime. Hayley Scott scored a game-high 22 points in the loss for Clinton (19-10 ).

MARKET REPORT: Dow rises 61 as oil prices settle

posted: 02/26/2011 3:49 a.m.

Stocks rose Friday as oil prices stabilized after a recent jump. The escalating turmoil in Libya still left major indexes down about 2 percent for the week.

ARKANSAS STATE HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING TOURNAMENT No surprises, title still up for grabs

posted: 02/26/2011 3:49 a.m.

The first day of the Arkansas state high school wrestling tournament wrapped up about how most expected Friday night, with Conway leading the Class 6A-7 A team race and Fayetteville not far behind.

Business news in brief

posted: 02/26/2011 3:48 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “As we look to 2011, the consumer environment remains uncertain, and budgets for the moderate customers we serve remain tight.” J.C. Penney Co. Chief Financial Officer Michael Dastugue Article, 1D

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 02/26/2011 3:48 a.m.

Ex-exec ordered out of banking The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has ordered that Mark Turner, former chief lending officer at Timberland Bank in El Dorado, no longer work at any financial institution because of violations of law or unsafe banking practices.

Enlightened options

posted: 02/26/2011 3:47 a.m.

With color and form, wellchosen decorative accessories can spice up decor. But table lamps have an additional edge. They can add warmth, coziness and an overall glow.

5A-WEST BOYS Trumbo’s run sparks Eagles

posted: 02/26/2011 3:46 a.m.

Tucker Trumbo must not have liked the way things were looking on Senior Night.

Ask the expert

posted: 02/26/2011 3:45 a.m.

I have an older car that I’ve kept in pretty good condition, but it’s reaching an age where fixing it with used auto parts might be a better bet than buying new parts. But I’m not sure whether this applies to all auto parts.

In the garden

posted: 02/26/2011 3:44 a.m.

Q As soon as I got my dracaena corn plant home, the trunk’s leaves started dying off. I started cutting them back and before long they were all dead. Then the trunk started getting soft but stopped in a short time. What do I do now?

CONFERENCE ROUNDUP

posted: 02/26/2011 3:44 a.m.

GIRLS 7A-WEST CONFERENCE FAYETTEVILLE 63, SPRINGDALE 31 Callie Berna scored 19 points as host Fayetteville defeated Springdale to clinch the conference’s top seed for next week’s state tournament.

Eye-catching color

posted: 02/26/2011 3:43 a.m.

Color has stylishly transformed even the most familiar shapes into eye candy.

Tools & toys

posted: 02/26/2011 3:42 a.m.

3-D Tile What’s to love: Love 3-D entertainment? Continue the 3-D theme in your backsplash, bathroom, pool trim.

Texture, shape cast lamps in a new light

posted: 02/26/2011 3:41 a.m.

When you go shopping, leave your preconceptions at home. Even familiar forms are being tweaked to create hybrids that are pleasantly surprising.

Types, styles proliferate

posted: 02/26/2011 3:41 a.m.

Table lamps, in particular, often are afterthoughts. For many, the purchase is more often pragmatic — a need for a reading light on a nightstand or next to a sofa. Yet, says lighting expert Lucy Martin, “How you light your home is as important as how you decorate it.”

Lamps give decor just the light touch

posted: 02/26/2011 3:40 a.m.

“Table lamps should be big and bold wherever possible,” says lighting designer Lucy Martin. “A pair of large table lamps on each side of a sofa or on a sofa-back table will frame an elevation effectively, and will provide a much better quality of light than randomly scattered small lamps.

Energy auditor uses smoke, camera to find money thief

posted: 02/26/2011 3:38 a.m.

Matthew Pickston thinks of himself as a detective.

Declutter with some creativity

posted: 02/26/2011 3:38 a.m.

OK, call it a belated resolution. I’m just a tad overwhelmed by stuff, so the new year seems a fitting time for organization. There are stores dedicated to it, publications with a sole focus on it and people who make it their job to help us manage it better.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Hog advocate lobbies to make animal mascot

posted: 02/26/2011 3:37 a.m.

Dear Otus, From what I read in the paper, Eureka Springs and several other towns are hipdeep in wild hogs. Those are nasty, dangerous critters, so why is that lady up there leading an anti-hunting campaign ?

CLICK & CLACK’S CAR TALK

posted: 02/26/2011 3:36 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: For as long as I can remember, my father has known the answer to everything practical. He’s not the guy to talk to about matters of the heart, but for anything else he remains my go-to guy — with one exception.

Check your knowledge

posted: 02/26/2011 3:36 a.m.

1. Where in the body is the jugular vein? 2. Convert.08 to a fraction. 3. Sitting Bull was a chief of what Indian tribe? 4. In what city is the University of Notre Dame located ?

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 02/26/2011 3:35 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: As far as I’m concerned the most important thing about religion is following the Golden Rule and treating people kindly.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 02/26/2011 3:34 a.m.

Happy birthday. This year you will find tranquility and healing inside a peaceful relationship. Next month resolves an age-old problem. April frees up some funds so you can go on a trip. June brings an intriguing mystery for you to unravel. There’s a career shift in July. New friends come along in September.

Keep it clean

posted: 02/26/2011 3:34 a.m.

Dyson’s new products fit for a dog Vacuum cleaner-maker Dyson has introduced two new products including — listen up, dog owners — one meant to give you a paw up on shedding.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 02/26/2011 3:33 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Friendly dogs are just that, and unfriendly dogs can bite! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 4 million dog bites are reported annually. Many of these bites require medical care or even reconstructive surgery. Sadly, children 5 to 9 years old are at the highest risk. What can you do to teach your children about dogs, their behavior and the fact that some bite? If a dog growls or doesn’t seem nice, it probably isn’t.

COLLEGE GYMNASTICS: Razorbacks topple top-ranked Gators

posted: 02/26/2011 3:32 a.m.

All-American Jaime Pisani and No. 15 Arkansas stayed even with No. 1 Florida for three rotations, then the Razorbacks used their best floor routine of the season to pull away for a 196.7-196.1 upset over the previously unbeaten Gators.

3 towns getting express stores

posted: 02/26/2011 3:28 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s latest small-format stores are in the works for Prairie Grove, Gravette and Gentry, according to records.

Fort Smith gets C-/D+ in analysis of job data

posted: 02/26/2011 3:20 a.m.

A letter-graded report ranking economic vibrancy in Fort Smith during the fourth quarter gave the manufacturing town a split grade of C- /D+.

Penney’s quarterly profit up 36% to $271 million

posted: 02/26/2011 3:18 a.m.

Cutting costs and selling more exclusive brands like Liz Claiborne drew new customers and helped J.C. Penney Co.’s fourth-quarter profit rise 36 percent, the company said Friday.

Glitch halts trading on London exchange

posted: 02/26/2011 3:17 a.m.

Investors were left in limbo for four hours Friday as the London Stock Exchange halted trading because of a technical glitch — the latest failure for the bourse as it implements a new system.

Friday, February 25

Hogs Stage 3-2 Comeback Win

posted: 02/25/2011 8:12 p.m.

Arkansas used good pitching and timely hitting to take the series opener from Utah Friday.

7 candidates seek vacant House seat

posted: 02/25/2011 3:45 p.m.

Secretary of State Mark Martin says four Democrats, two Republicans and an independent have filed as candidates for a seat in the state House of Representatives vacated by a former Harlem Globetrotter-turned-legislator who was found guilty in a felony theft case.

Wis. Assembly passes bill stripping union rights

posted: 02/25/2011 1:50 p.m.

Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly took the first significant action on their plan to strip collective bargaining rights from most public workers, abruptly passing the measure early Friday morning before sleep-deprived Democrats realized what was happening.

Rogers Police Chief Resigns

posted: 02/25/2011 1:08 p.m.

Mayor Greg Hines announced today that he had asked for and received the resignation of Police Chief Steve Hamilton.

Springfield hospital disputes fire death finding

posted: 02/25/2011 10:18 a.m.

Officials at St. John's Hospital in Springfield are disputing a fire department report that an Arkansas woman died of injuries she suffered in a fire in her hospital room.

Buchanan, Cardinals Shoot Down Bearcats

posted: 02/25/2011 6:09 a.m.

Farmington boys basketball coach Beau Thompson was accustomed to the shooting performance Kendall Buchanan enjoyed Thursday night, but fans inside George S. Jones Gymnasium were impressed.

Womack talks with his friends, critics in district

posted: 02/25/2011 6:08 a.m.

Freshman U.S. Rep. Steve Womack fielded questions from both ends of the political spectrum about last weekend’s House vote to slash $60 billion in spending during a “town hall” meeting Thursday night with about 80 constituents from his 3rd Congressional District.

Coyle, Huber Send Lady Tigers To State

posted: 02/25/2011 6:07 a.m.

Kendra Coyle and Justine Huber made sure Prairie Grove’s girls earned the opportunity to defend their Class 4A state championship.

FORT SMITH Mayor: Cutting service wrong

posted: 02/25/2011 6:07 a.m.

Fort Smith public officials, business operators, U.S. Postal Service employees and citizens voiced opposition Thursday to moving Fort Smith’s mail processing service to Fayetteville.

Fayetteville School District Employees To Get Bonus

posted: 02/25/2011 6:06 a.m.

School District employees will receive a bigger paycheck next month. School Board members voted Thursday to approve a one-time 2.5 percent bonus for contracted employees, based on their salary.

Lincoln Boys Cruise Past Lamar 59-40

posted: 02/25/2011 6:05 a.m.

Lincoln’s boys basketball team had no problems finding an offensive rhythm Thursday night.

Legislator Says Preschool Doesn’t Profit From Illegal Immigrants

posted: 02/25/2011 6:05 a.m.

Rep. Justin Harris said Thursday he is not profiting off illegal immigrants at the West Fork preschool he owns. The first-term Republican said 10 to 12 students at Growing God’s Kingdom preschool lack a Social Security number, but that doesn’t mean they are in the country illegally. The state-subsidized school, which Harris and wife Marsha opened in 2003, has 158 enrolled and includes children up to age 5, he said.

Lady Tigers Move Past Lamar 68-37

posted: 02/25/2011 6:03 a.m.

West Fork girls basketball coach Nathan Wells wasn’t sure what to expect from Lamar on Thursday in the Class 3A Region 1 Tournament.

Quorum Court OKs HIV Clinic

posted: 02/25/2011 6:02 a.m.

The Benton County Quorum Court on Thursday approved an agreement to establish a regional HIV clinic. The Quorum Court heard the third and final reading of an ordinance establishing an interlocal agreement with Washington County setting up a board of directors to govern the Northwest Arkansas Regional HIV Clinic, formerly known as the Washington County HIV Clinic.

GRIDLOCK GURU 2 minutes at signal irks driver

posted: 02/25/2011 6 a.m.

Carleen Kelley of Springdale wonders if her city can do a little better when it comes to timing the traffic signal at U.S. 71 Business and Don Tyson Parkway.

Pontiac Still Rolling

posted: 02/25/2011 6 a.m.

The marquee on the old Charlesworth Pontiac building in Springdale reads: “MOVED NEXT DOOR. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES.”

1% restaurant tax set; opponent vows battle

posted: 02/25/2011 5:59 a.m.

Local businessman Eddie York wants a new city ordinance establishing a 1 percent tax on prepared food to be put to a public vote.

Adviser: Fort Smith water, sewer rates need to rise

posted: 02/25/2011 5:59 a.m.

Water rates for Fort Smith residential customers need to be increased by 10 percent and sewer rates by 20 percent, a consultant told city directors this week.

Lady Mounties Heat Up, Handle Har-Ber

posted: 02/25/2011 5:58 a.m.

A game too close to call between Rogers High and Springdale Har-Ber through three quarters turned one-sided in the final eight minutes Thursday.

Mounties Go On Attack

posted: 02/25/2011 5:56 a.m.

Rogers High went into attack mode on offense and stuck to its normal routine on defense, a combination which seemed to work to near-perfection against Springdale Har-Ber on Thursday.

Jurors Hear Voyeur Case

posted: 02/25/2011 5:55 a.m.

Jurors will decide today the fate of a former University of Arkansas student accused of video recording dozens of men while they showered in dorm bathrooms.

McCullough Growing Into Dominant Big Man

posted: 02/25/2011 5:54 a.m.

Tyler McCullough stood 6-foot-5 in the eighth grade, and he’s grown nearly five inches over the past two years.

Northwest Arkansas Teams Look To Return With Titles

posted: 02/25/2011 5:52 a.m.

Rogers Heritage and Gentry carried both state wrestling titles back to Northwest Arkansas a year ago, and looking at the seedings for this weekend, it seems like the titles could remain in the area.

City Presents Long-Range Vision

posted: 02/25/2011 5:52 a.m.

More than 50 people got a look Thursday at what may soon become the city’s newest tool for guiding development the next two decades.

Hopper Honored As Civic Leader

posted: 02/25/2011 5:49 a.m.

The Springdale Chamber of Commerce honored a resident Thursday who spent more time on the Arkansas Highway Commission than anybody. Retired Springdale businessman Bobby Hopper was named the winner of the chamber’s Civic Service award at its 89th annual banquet.

Fire Damages Home, Kills Four Dogs

posted: 02/25/2011 5:47 a.m.

A house in Prairie Grove received extensive damage from a fire Thursday afternoon that left four dogs dead, according to the Washington County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Southwest 14th Street Project Has Completion Date

posted: 02/25/2011 5:47 a.m.

Southwest 14th Street’s widening will be finished by the end of April. The $9.2 million project, which has been ongoing since July 2008, widens the road from two lanes to five with a center turn lane, said David Nilles, spokesman with state Highway and Transportation Department.

Greenway Trial Pushed Back

posted: 02/25/2011 5:45 a.m.

The murder trial for Randall Greenway of Rogers has been pushed back to June.

Swim Coaches Seek Pleasant Surprises In State Meet

posted: 02/25/2011 5:45 a.m.

Every point becomes a precious commodity during swim meets, and the Arkansas High School Swimming and Diving Championships aren’t an exception.

Bentonville Continues To Review Calendar

posted: 02/25/2011 5:45 a.m.

The most recent draft of the Bentonville School District’s 2011-2012 calendar has 20 snow days built in. District officials have scrambled this year to make up 10 days used because of inclement weather.

Benton County Obituaries

posted: 02/25/2011 5:44 a.m.

02/25/2011

Washington County Obituaries

posted: 02/25/2011 5:43 a.m.

02/25/2011

School District To Vote On Snow Days

posted: 02/25/2011 5:42 a.m.

Springdale School District employees will vote whether to make up some snow days by holding classes on two Saturdays, the first two days of spring break or both.

HOW WE SEE IT Census Shows Increase In Homeless

posted: 02/25/2011 5:42 a.m.

If the economy is making a comeback, you won’t find much evidence of it in the 2011 Homeless Census of Northwest Arkansas.

BETWEEN THE LINES Carroll County’s ‘House Divided’

posted: 02/25/2011 5:42 a.m.

Among the oddities in Arkansas county government is the existence of multiple courthouses in some, as in neighboring Carroll County.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Transit System Far Behind Times

posted: 02/25/2011 5:41 a.m.

I am a supporter of mass transit and feel that Northwest Arkansas is very far behind in providing public transit to our citizens. While our community subscribes to sustainability and conservation, we seem to be ignoring one of the most beneficial acts for any commuter: mass transit. The more cars we get off the roads, less green space will be needed for more highways and parking lots. Every bus can get 40 polluting cars off the road and give Mother Earth a breath of fresh air.

As state looks to alter higher ed, chief leaves

posted: 02/25/2011 5:41 a.m.

Arkansas’ higher-education chief Jim Purcell will leave the job he’s held for three years to take a similar position in Louisiana.

Young Volunteers Rewarded

posted: 02/25/2011 5:41 a.m.

Volunteers age 6 to 18 who have made a positive impact on their communities, may be nominated for the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program.

Legislator: Illegals used for state job

posted: 02/25/2011 5:40 a.m.

In defending his bill to allow the state to punish contractors for hiring illegal aliens, Rep. Jim Nickels said Thursday that illegals helped renovate a state office building a few hundred feet from the Capitol.

NWA EDUCATION BRIEFS

posted: 02/25/2011 5:40 a.m.

Several area students were included on the fall 2010 honor roll at the University of Kansas, with campuses in Lawrence and Kansas City, Kan.:

NWA MILITARY BRIEFS

posted: 02/25/2011 5:39 a.m.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Travis J. Washabaugh graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. He is the son of Roxanne and Wes Washabaugh of Fayetteville. He is a 2008 graduate of Fayetteville High School.

FEATURE No Higher Praise

posted: 02/25/2011 5:36 a.m.

There is no shortage of material available about the Dalai Lama. He’s the robed man who often appears in news photos with various heads of state, among them President Barack Obama. There are plenty of books about him, too. The Tibetan religious and political leader has authored dozens of them himself, and countless more have been written about him by others. But, says Sidney Burris, director of the University of Arkansas’ Fulbright College Honors Program and an English professor, all those films and books and public appearances don’t begin to explain the Dalai Lama.

With 6 aboard, Discovery up, away for last time

posted: 02/25/2011 5:33 a.m.

Discovery thundered into orbit for the final time Thursday, heading toward the international space station on a journey that marks the beginning of the end of the shuttle era.

Karzai rattles saber, jabs NATO

posted: 02/25/2011 5:32 a.m.

President Hamid Karzai on Thursday sought to calm the fears of Afghans rattled by recent violence that has killed scores of civilians across the nation.

Senate OKs fluoridation bill

posted: 02/25/2011 5:32 a.m.

A bill that could lead to more Arkansans drinking fluoridated water cleared the Arkansas Senate on Thursday and was sent to the House of Representatives. A senator called the legislation “Big Brother government at its worst.”

WikiLeaks founder ordered back to Sweden

posted: 02/25/2011 5:31 a.m.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange must be extradited to Sweden to face accusations of sexual abuse, a British court ordered Thursday. Assange immediately said he would appeal the decision.

COVER STORY Peace, Love And Banjos

posted: 02/25/2011 5:31 a.m.

Some of his songs, says satirist Roy Zimmerman, are “directly antiwar.” “But all of my songs talk about the social climate that gives rise to war.” It’s ironic, he adds, that “the two things that scare the people in power the most are peace and justice.” Those are also two of the themes regularly espoused by the Omni Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology in Fayetteville and the two that will be the focus when Zimmerman performs at a sit-in and concert Wednesday evening.

FAYETTEVILLE Traditional Music, Chieftains’ Twist

posted: 02/25/2011 5:29 a.m.

Paddy Moloney has played during a private audience for the Pope and at the Great Wall of China.

State Parole Board chairman to quit

posted: 02/25/2011 5:29 a.m.

A vote to elect officers for the coming year sparked a brief but heated discussion among state Parole Board members Thursday, with one member accusing another of saying that a third member “doesn’t get along with blacks.” Separately, Chairman Leroy Brownlee announced that he plans to retire June 30 after serving on the board for 21 years.

FAYETTEVILLE Conceived In Chaos

posted: 02/25/2011 5:26 a.m.

Hundreds, probably thousands, of words have been written about the deeper meanings of Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia.” “Art and science, man and nature, predictability and unpredictability, romanticism and classicism, intellect and passion: Stoppard lines up supposed opposites and shows how they collide and overlap.”

SPRINGDALE ACO fundraising frolic channels Cancun

posted: 02/25/2011 5:25 a.m.

Shorts. Flip-flops. Halter tops. Mumus.

Trial delayed 10 days in Krause bomb case

posted: 02/25/2011 5:25 a.m.

The trial of a Madison County man suspected of making a bomb found at a Carroll County church in June has been postponed.

In trademark lawsuit, sides argue over trial

posted: 02/25/2011 5:24 a.m.

A Pulaski County Circuit judge said Thursday that he’ll decide within a week whether a dispute over ownership of three lottery-related trademarks should go to trial.

Local Playwright Dominates ACTF

posted: 02/25/2011 5:24 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas audiences have seen some of Adam Douglas’ plays: “Murder and the English Gentleman: A Comedy,” “How to Survive the End of the World,” “Midnight at Wolf Howl Saloon,” “Vices.” This week, however, judges at the American College Theater Festival’s regional event in Amarillo, Texas, are considering four new plays by Douglas for advancement to the next stage of the competition, which takes place at the Kennedy Center.

The state/region in brief

posted: 02/25/2011 5:23 a.m.

Plan would raise tax on natural gas Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Tuesday that he’s rejected a proposal by former gubernatorial candidate Sheffield Nelson for a ballot initiative to raise the severance tax on natural gas.

FORT SMITH Everything In ‘Chorus’

posted: 02/25/2011 5:23 a.m.

Ryan Steer has been lucky when it comes to finding work.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 02/25/2011 5:22 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’re going to get after it and send a message to our city fathers.” Eddie York, owner of Art’s BBQ and Grill in Fort Smith, on circulating a petition to refer the 1 percent prepared-food tax to voters Article, 1B

FAYETTEVILLE T2 Extends ‘Sundown Town’

posted: 02/25/2011 5:22 a.m.

The third time’s a charm for TheatreSquared, a 5-year-old professional theater company based in Fayetteville.

LIVE! IN NWA

posted: 02/25/2011 5:20 a.m.

Live Music Venues this week

Hogs prepare for final push

posted: 02/25/2011 5:19 a.m.

Delvon Johnson said he felt no pain in his left hip during Arkansas’ game against Kentucky on Wednesday night or in the immediate moments afterward.

FYI

posted: 02/25/2011 5:18 a.m.

Upcoming this week - Area Entertainment

SEC WOMEN Late turnovers doom Arkansas

posted: 02/25/2011 5:18 a.m.

Turnovers turned out to be the difference Thursday night for the Arkansas women’s basketball team.

Stanek thrown into mix

posted: 02/25/2011 5:17 a.m.

It didn’t take long for Ryne Stanek to make an impression.

SEC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Their time to shine

posted: 02/25/2011 5:16 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Chris Bucknam loves the squeaky newness of his track and field team.

UA gymnasts out to shake struggles

posted: 02/25/2011 5:15 a.m.

The Arkansas gymnastics team had little time to wallow in last week’s balance beam debacle that led to a stunning home loss to BYU.

UA sports roundup

posted: 02/25/2011 5:14 a.m.

Harter: No room to slip up Arkansas women’s track and field Coach Lance Harter isn’t listening to the talk that this weekend’s SEC Indoor Championships will come down to the Razorbacks and LSU.

4A NORTH REGION GIRLS Prairie Grove leans on Coyle, Huber

posted: 02/25/2011 5:12 a.m.

Kendra Coyle and Justine Huber made sure Prairie Grove earned the opportunity to defend their Class 4A state championship.

STATE WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS Conway heavily favored to win wrestling title

posted: 02/25/2011 5:11 a.m.

Jaxson Myers first started hearing the talk about a month ago. Ray Sessions has been hearing it at almost every tournament he’s been to this season.

3A REGION 1 BOYS Lincoln’s offense lights up Lamar

posted: 02/25/2011 5:10 a.m.

Lincoln had no problems finding its offensive rhythm Thursday night.

House speaker aims to submit 2 highway taxes to state voters

posted: 02/25/2011 5:01 a.m.

Arkansas voters could get the chance to decide whether to authorize two tax increases that would mean a “substantial rejuvenation” of the state’s highways and raise about $2.8 billion over a decade, House Speaker Robert S. Moore Jr. said Thursday.

CONFERENCE ROUNDUP

posted: 02/25/2011 4:59 a.m.

GIRLS 7A-WEST CONFERENCE ROGERS 61, SPRINGDALE HAR-BER 52 Rogers (19-7, 7-6 ) opened the fourth quarter with a 10-0 run and went on to defeat host Springdale Har-Ber (12-16, 4-9 ).

REGIONAL ROUNDUP

posted: 02/25/2011 4:58 a.m.

GIRLS 4A EAST AT TRUMANN CLINTON 43, JONESBORO WESTSIDE 37 Trailing 21-16 at halftime, Clinton outscored Jonesboro Westside 27-16 in the second half. Hayley Scott led Clinton (19-9 ) with 20 points and Logan Blagg added 18.

Youth stirring at Match Play

posted: 02/25/2011 4:56 a.m.

Hotter than his matching pink shirt and shoes, Rickie Fowler led a dynamic charge of the next generation Thursday in the Match Play Championship.

Spring training notes

posted: 02/25/2011 4:54 a.m.

CARDINALS Wainwright out JUPITER, Fla. — St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright will have elbow ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow and miss the entire season. Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak confirmed the news Thursday from spring training camp.

Uprising fault of bin Laden, Gadhafi says

posted: 02/25/2011 4:51 a.m.

Foreign mercenaries and Libyan militiamen loyal to Moammar Gadhafi tried to roll back the uprising against his rule that has advanced closer to his stronghold in Tripoli, attacking two nearby cities in battles that killed at least 17 people.

Chipper nears end, but fire burns

posted: 02/25/2011 4:51 a.m.

Chipper Jones was done. Through. Ready to go home and spend some time with his four boys.

Texas student arrested in terror scheme

posted: 02/25/2011 4:50 a.m.

A 20-year-old student from Saudi Arabia who studied chemical engineering at Texas Tech University is facing a federal charge of attempted use of a bomb against potential targets that included the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush.

Quarterly profit rise nears 11% at Target

posted: 02/25/2011 4:49 a.m.

Solid Christmas sales and improvements in its branded credit-card business helped Target’s fourth-quarter profit rise almost 11 percent, but a company official cautioned Thursday that the economy is a “wild card.”

Hunt for Democrats futile in Wisconsin

posted: 02/25/2011 4:46 a.m.

Wisconsin state troopers were dispatched Thursday to the doorsteps of some of the AWOL Democratic senators in hopes of finding at least one who would return to allow a vote on a measure to curb the power of public-employee unions.

PREVIEWS

posted: 02/25/2011 4:46 a.m.

New this week Drive Angry R Nicolas Cage plays a convicted felon who breaks out of prison to prevent the cult that murdered his daughter from sacrificing his infant granddaughter on the night of the full moon, which will unleash hell and make the cult’s leader the most powerful man alive. With Amber Heard, William Fichtner, Billy Burke, Charlotte Ross; directed by Patrick Lussier.

NWA CORRECTIONS

posted: 02/25/2011 4:43 a.m.

The White River Valley News is a newspaper published in Elkins. An editorial in Thursday’s edition gave the wrong location.

228 still missing, quake’s toll seen rising

posted: 02/25/2011 4:38 a.m.

The death toll from the earthquake that struck Christchurch this week will likely rise as rescuers search for more than 200 missing people among the rubble of buildings brought down by the nation’s deadliest earthquake in 80 years, New Zealand authorities say.

In the news

posted: 02/25/2011 4:36 a.m.

Former President Bill Clinton warned farmers and Agriculture Department employees in Washington, D.C., against using too much corn for ethanol fuel, adding : “I think the best thing to say is we have to become energy-independent, but we don’t want to do it at the cost of food riots.” Olive Stephens, 94, is giving up politics, saying that after 48 years in municipal government, 38 of them as mayor of Shady Shores, Texas, she won’t seek a 20th term as mayor in the May municipal election.

Names and faces

posted: 02/25/2011 4:36 a.m.

Dozens of fans stood for hours in upper-20 s temperatures, cameras and cell phones at the ready, to watch George Clooney filming Wednesday on Cincinnati’s downtown Fountain Square. Such crowd scenes have been common over the past two months since Clooney began scouting locations and then filming the first movie he has made in the region, where he grew up.

The nation in brief

posted: 02/25/2011 4:35 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “And now, mastering the English language, learning how to build explosives and continuous planning to target the infidel Americans, it is time for jihad.” Terror suspect Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, according to a journal entry cited in an affidavit Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 02/25/2011 4:34 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “In the past years, we have continually tried to prevent civilian casualties, but the Kunar incident shows this has not been achieved.

Arkansas Supreme Court

posted: 02/25/2011 4:32 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court released opinions Thursday.The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts. state.ar.us.

LIKE IT IS: Victory gives Hogs, Pelphrey needed boost

posted: 02/25/2011 4:22 a.m.

There was bedlam and unbridled joy. The Arkansas Razorbacks stormed the court like they had just beaten Duke to advance to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.

Other days

posted: 02/25/2011 4:22 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 25, 1911, Now that the weather has moderated sufficiently the actual damage of the recent cold snap to the fruit crop may be definitely ascertained, and most of the growers in this section express the belief that the amount of the loss will be small. S.B. Ethridge was exhibiting two Elberta twigs here today, which showed only about one-fourth of the blooms to have been killed.

COMMENTARY: Garrett going far, wide to be prepared

posted: 02/25/2011 4:14 a.m.

On a list of what’s not to like about the brief head-coaching portfolio of Jason Garrett, is there really that much?

THE RECRUITING GUY: Mickelson working to add strength for Arkansas

posted: 02/25/2011 4:13 a.m.

Forward Hunter Mickelson of Jonesboro Westside attracted scholarship offers from some of the top basketball programs in the nation before signing with Arkansas during the early signing period in November, but that hasn’t stopped him from working hard to improve his game.

TOP 25 MEN: Boynton’s surge propels Gators

posted: 02/25/2011 4:12 a.m.

Kenny Boynton scored 18 points, half of them coming on 3 consecutive three-pointers that changed the game, and No. 13 Florida beat Georgia 71-62 Thursday night.

SUN BELT MEN: ASU keeps its home record spotless

posted: 02/25/2011 4:10 a.m.

Martavius Adams led the way for Arkansas State with 16 points and 13 rebounds in a 63-47 victory over North Texas that made his team 12-0 at the Convocation Center this season.

GULF SOUTH MEN: Tech takes crown with victory in OT

posted: 02/25/2011 4:10 a.m.

Arkansas Tech can lay claim to an outright Gulf South Conference West title, but the Wonder Boys had to work a bit extra to get it.

SUN BELT MEN: UALR waves bye to bye with defeat

posted: 02/25/2011 4:08 a.m.

UALR fell out of contention for a bye in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament on Thursday, meaning the Trojans will face the arduous task of winning four games over four days to make the NCAA Tournament.

Man up, Mr. President

posted: 02/25/2011 4:07 a.m.

THE SAME, disappointing pattern continues when it comes to statements out of the White House about the turmoil in the Middle East, aka The Arab Revolt of 2011. This week what the president of the United States had to say about fast-moving events in Libya was a good deal less important than what he didn’t. He deplored the violence and terror there, but he failed to say Moammar Gadhafi, its long-time and now increasingly weak strongman, should step down.

On the line

posted: 02/25/2011 4:04 a.m.

CAIRO By telephone, I reached a family in Tripoli, Libya, with deep roots in the armed forces there, and members of the family offered some insight into what we should do to help nudge Moammar Gadhafi from power.

Recollections

posted: 02/25/2011 4:04 a.m.

My apologies to the good members of the Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society, whose group was misidentified here Wednesday.

Oaklawn report

posted: 02/25/2011 4:02 a.m.

Carryover rocketing for Classix The largest Classix carryover in more than five years awaits handicappers today at Oaklawn Park.

Original tax intent

posted: 02/25/2011 4:02 a.m.

Unlike the Constitution, income tax hasn’t been part of our republic since the beginning. This year marks the sesquicentennial of not only the Civil War, but also the first U.S. federal income tax to help finance it.

U.S. should get out front

posted: 02/25/2011 4 a.m.

He is demonstrably a madman, a ruthless dictator. Until recently, Moammar Gadhafi was the outcast he deserved to be. That is sadly not the case in so much of the Mideast, where for decades the United States has backed oppressors for our own convenience, making a mockery of promises to be a beacon of democracy. Time after time when it suited anti-Soviet, anti-terrorist and pro-oil needs, America sided with the bad guys.

LETTERS

posted: 02/25/2011 3:59 a.m.

Thanks for the help I am so proud of the sports administration department of our flagship university in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks realize that Arkansas colleges and universities are all well financed and need not play them.

Finishing second no fun for Mason

posted: 02/25/2011 3:58 a.m.

No trainer did more with less last year at Oaklawn Park than Ingrid Mason. In her Oaklawn debut, Mason’s tiny stable - never more than five horses - amassed nine victories from only 21 starts.

Full-year profit for GM best since ’99

posted: 02/25/2011 3:57 a.m.

General Motors Co., the largest U.S. automaker, reported fourth-quarter net income Thursday of $510 million, completing its most profitable year since 1999.

New-home sales fall 12.6% in January

posted: 02/25/2011 3:55 a.m.

Sales of new homes plummeted in January, and businesses ordered fewer long-lasting goods. But the number of people applying for unemployment benefits has fallen over the past four weeks to the lowest level in 2 1/2 years.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/25/2011 3:54 a.m.

Kemp not impressed with dunk Former Seattle SuperSonics forward Shawn Kemp wasn’t impressed by Blake Griffin’s winning dunk in last weekend’s NBA All-Star dunk contest.

Off the wire

posted: 02/25/2011 3:53 a.m.

BASKETBALL Davis to Cavaliers Just hours before the NBA trading deadline, the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers acquired point guard Baron Davis and an unprotected 2011 first-round draft pick from the Los Angeles Clippers for guard Mo Williams and forward Jamario Moon.

State sports briefs

posted: 02/25/2011 3:53 a.m.

FOOTBALL Razorbacks RSVP deadline looming Arkansas has set a hard deadline of Tuesday for Razorback Foundation members to sign their letter of intent and make their pledges to retain their current seats for the 2011 football season. The increased-rate pledges are part of the Razorback Seat Value Plan (RSVP) launched last fall.

ON FILM: Well, in my opinion

posted: 02/25/2011 3:52 a.m.

It’s game time again. Here are my Oscar picks, as well as the picks of our panel of especially interested Oscar watchers. (Some of these people — we’re not naming names — supplement their incomes by making Oscar picks.) We’re picking what we think will win, not what we think ought to win. Check back next week to see how we’ve done. And no gambling, please.

Movie Review: The Grace Card

posted: 02/25/2011 3:51 a.m.

One of the problems with so called “faith-based” films is a measured reluctance to engage the inconvenient ironies and complications of the world at large. It is the nature of these movies to reassure rather than challenge, and while that approach might make for useful witnessing, it inhibits the dramatic potential of a story. With most of these movies, the more interesting story is how it came to be made.

Movie Review: Hall Pass

posted: 02/25/2011 3:50 a.m.

Those There’s Something About Mary Farrelly Brothers try to get their edge back with Hall Pass, a rude and seriously crude riff on taking a vacation from marriage.

Neeson, Gnomeo neck and neck

posted: 02/25/2011 3:47 a.m.

Liam Neeson has proved himself a known quantity again at the box office.

Film clips

posted: 02/25/2011 3:45 a.m.

At area theaters 90 ANOTHER YEAR, PG-13 Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen play a happily married suburban couple entering their autumn years who, in the course of a year, find themselves surrounded by unhappy friends.

Home movies

posted: 02/25/2011 3:44 a.m.

Recent DVD releases: Birdemic: Shock and Terror (Not rated, 90 minutes) — Cheap, schlocky, technically inept sort-of homage to Hitchcock’s The Birds deserves its reputation as a trashy midnight movie. It’s horrible, but in a good way.

Check your knowledge

posted: 02/25/2011 3:43 a.m.

1.What cereal grain did Christopher Columbus find in the New World in 1492 that was not known elsewhere? 2. Is life insurance paid to survivors subject to federal income tax? 3. When was the position of poet laureate of Arkansas established? 4. Mary Baker Eddy founded what religious movement in 1866?

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 02/25/2011 3:34 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) The Adjustment Bureau, PG-13 Matt Damon plays a rising congressman in love with a gorgeous ballerina (Emily Blunt) but the closer they get, the harder shadowy forces work to drive them apart by altering the very fabric of time and space.

Screen gems

posted: 02/25/2011 3:32 a.m.

The north side of the Arkansas River was home to a big announcement for the Little Rock Film Festival during the grand opening Feb. 17 of the Argenta Community Theater in North Little Rock.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 02/25/2011 3:31 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I didn’t grow up in a religious family and never thought much about God, but two months ago I met someone on an airplane who told me about Jesus, and I asked Him to come into my life.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 02/25/2011 3:30 a.m.

Happy birthday. You have intense energy and vitality and will focus them well this year.You’ll benefit from advanced training of some kind in March. Your skillful management of funds will bring a higher degree of freedom to you and yours. In May, you will deepen your relationships through improved communication.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 02/25/2011 3:27 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Here are some hints on how to take the best pictures you can: Make sure that your lens and LCD viewer screen are clean. Do not use a tissue to clean. Instead, use a microfiber cloth or eyeglass-cleaning tissue. Also, there are lenscleaning products on the market.

Libyan chaos pulls oil off market

posted: 02/25/2011 3:21 a.m.

Libya’s violent upheaval has taken 1.2 million barrels of oil off the global market as energy plants and ports are shut down, according to Italy’s Eni, the largest producer in Libya.

Cottage food law expands markets

posted: 02/25/2011 3:19 a.m.

When farmers markets begin opening across the state in the coming months, some homemade food items will be able to be sold legally for the first time.

Boeing beats rival for $35 billion Air Force contract

posted: 02/25/2011 3:16 a.m.

Boeing Co., the sole supplier of aerial refueling tankers to the U.S. Air Force since 1948, beat European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. on Thursday for a $35 billion program to build 179 new tankers, the Pentagon said.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 02/25/2011 3:13 a.m.

2 Entergy plants rank in top 100 on mercury Two Entergy Arkansas facilities were among the top 100 coal-fired plants in emissions of mercury in 2009, according to nonprofit organization that seeks to protect U.S. natural resources.

Business news in brief

posted: 02/25/2011 3:12 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Boeing’s victory was a major upset, and not at all what the industry was expecting.” Richard Aboulafia, a military aircraft analyst with the Fairfax, Va.-based Teal Group, talking about the new U.S. Air Force aerial-refueling-tanker contract Article, 1D

MARKET REPORT: Investors’ fears on Libya persist

posted: 02/25/2011 3:12 a.m.

Stocks closed mixed Thursday as concerns continued over how violent clashes in Libya would affect the global oil market. Major indexes pared steeper losses in the afternoon after oil prices fell for the first time in nine days.

Toyota recall adds 2.17 million autos

posted: 02/25/2011 3:03 a.m.

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 2.17 million vehicles in the U.S. to address problems that can cause sudden acceleration, the automaker said Thursday.

Public Meetings

posted: 02/25/2011 2:41 a.m.

02/25/2011

Records

posted: 02/25/2011 2:39 a.m.

02/25/2011

Thursday, February 24

Hutchinson files bill ensuring USA-made flags

posted: 02/24/2011 3:36 p.m.

An Arkansas lawmaker wants to make sure that official state flags come from the United States.

Arkansas Senate OKs fluoridation for cities

posted: 02/24/2011 3:24 p.m.

Members of the Arkansas Senate have approved a bill that would require the fluoridation of water in cities with more than 5,000 residents.

Conway high school evacuated because of grenade

posted: 02/24/2011 3:22 p.m.

Authorities say a high school in Conway was evacuated after a student brought a grenade to class.

Earliest human remains in US Arctic reported

posted: 02/24/2011 3:05 p.m.

Some 11,500 years ago one of America's earliest families laid the remains of a 3-year-old child to rest in their home in what is now Alaska. The discovery of that burial is shedding new light on the life and times of the early settlers who crossed from Asia to the New World, researchers report in Friday's edition of the journal Science.

Arkansas House approves cell phone fee

posted: 02/24/2011 2:24 p.m.

The Arkansas House has given final approval to charge cell phone users the same fee that is attached to landline phone bills to help pay for equipment to assist the hearing impaired.

Griffin: Temporary cuts needed to prevent shutdown

posted: 02/24/2011 1:03 p.m.

Arkansas Republican Congressman Tim Griffin says the GOP is focused on passing a resolution to keep the government from shutting down, but he says the measure must include budget cuts

Tornado warning issued for parts of Arkansas

updated: 02/24/2011 11:07 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued more tornado warnings for the Little Rock area.

Logger killed by falling tree in Columbia County

posted: 02/24/2011 12:59 p.m.

A southwest Arkansas logger has died from injuries sustained when a tree fell on him.

Huckabee toys with White House run

posted: 02/24/2011 12:46 p.m.

Mike Huckabee isn't tamping down speculation of another presidential run. But he isn't doing much to prepare for what on Thursday he called the "sausage grinder of a campaign."

US: False ID ring tied to 11 states cracked

posted: 02/24/2011 10:17 a.m.

The government says it has cracked a violent, Mexico-based enterprise that delivered false documents to illegal immigrants in 11 states.

Target's 4Q profit rises 11 pct on solid holiday

posted: 02/24/2011 10:08 a.m.

Target Corp. reported a 11 percent gain in fourth-quarter profit, boosted by an improving credit card business and solid holiday sales.

Club Owners Voice Concerns At Forum

posted: 02/24/2011 10:02 a.m.

Club owners in Rogers said Wednesday they feel police are singling out “mom and pop” businesses for special enforcement, and in turn, stifling business.

Elliott faults agency, data on minority-group pacts

posted: 02/24/2011 6:42 a.m.

A state senator told the Joint Budget Committee on Wednesday that she’s bothered that the Department of Finance and Administration hasn’t kept tabs on contracts awarded to members of minority groups.

House panel advances measure to repeal state mold-inspection law

posted: 02/24/2011 6:42 a.m.

Legislation to repeal the state’s mold-inspection program cleared an Arkansas House committee Wednesday.

Hawaii’s governor signs law, OKs gay civil unions

posted: 02/24/2011 6:40 a.m.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed same-sex civil unions into law Wednesday, granting homosexual couples the same state rights as married people.

Tennessee violations stem from Pearl, Kiffin

posted: 02/24/2011 6:26 a.m.

The NCAA says both Tennessee basketball Coach Bruce Pearl and former football Coach Lane Kiffin committed recruiting violations and failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance of NCAA rules within their programs.

Obama: Law on marriage is flawed

posted: 02/24/2011 6:20 a.m.

In a change of course, President Barack Obama has decided that a law denying federal recognition of same-sex marriages is unconstitutional and the U.S. will no longer defend it in court, the White House announced Wednesday.

Gadhafi hunkers in Tripoli

posted: 02/24/2011 6:11 a.m.

The scope of Moammar Gadhafi’s control was whittled away Wednesday as Libyan cities and towns closer to the capital fell in the rebellion against his rule.

NFL Scouting Combine: Arkansas invitees slimmed, trimmed

posted: 02/24/2011 6:09 a.m.

Former Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams has trimmed down to about 240 pounds for a key 40-yard dash and important job interviews this week.

Hogs win heart-stopper after Britt steals, scores

posted: 02/24/2011 6:07 a.m.

Arkansas finally stopped the bleeding against Kentucky.

Northwest Arkansas Deaths

posted: 02/24/2011 6:03 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.

LIKE IT IS: It wasn’t Super Sunday, but it was fun

posted: 02/24/2011 6:03 a.m.

Promotions to get people in the door. Paid halftime show.

COMMENTARY: Different job, same Harbaugh in NFL

posted: 02/24/2011 6:02 a.m.

Jim Harbaugh still seems to bow to no man or team, though he is being quieter about his confidence now that he is the leader of the San Francisco 49ers.

Cardinals, Wainwright expect bad news today

posted: 02/24/2011 6:02 a.m.

St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright is getting a second opinion on his injured right elbow, which the team fears will require reconstructive surgery.

OBITUARIES: Washington County

posted: 02/24/2011 6:01 a.m.

Obituaries for Washington County for February 24, 2011.

Baseball notes

posted: 02/24/2011 6:01 a.m.

RANGERS Young leaves camp Michael Young is leaving the Texas Rangers — for a couple of days, anyway. The team said Wednesday that the veteran infielder will leave spring training camp to attend to unspecified “family matters.”

Oil climbs to $100 in U.S.

posted: 02/24/2011 6 a.m.

Oil surged to $100 a barrel in New York for the first time since 2008 on Wednesday as Libya’s violent uprising threatened to disrupt exports and spread to other Middle East oil producers, analysts said.

Cox Steps Down at Bearden

posted: 02/24/2011 6 a.m.

After building Class 2A Bearden into a powerhouse, Mike Cox said he’s stepping down after five seasons as football coach.

Man Gets 11 Years For Child Porn

posted: 02/24/2011 5:58 a.m.

A Fayetteville man is now serving an 11-year sentence for downloading child pornography.

Online Assessment A New Option

posted: 02/24/2011 5:55 a.m.

Washington County’s new assessor hopes to convince thousands of people to renew or update their yearly vehicle assessments online.

Police Watch College Avenue

posted: 02/24/2011 5:55 a.m.

Some motorists sneaking through one of the city’s busiest intersections after a traffic signal turned red saw a set of blue lights in their rear-view mirror Wednesday.

Historic District Seeks Committee

posted: 02/24/2011 5:53 a.m.

The city’s Historic District Commission is looking for volunteers to put together an awards program to recognize historic preservation attempts in the city.

Programs Will Map Shelter Locations

posted: 02/24/2011 5:52 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas chapter of the American Red Cross hopes a project by area high school students contributes to improved disaster response.

City Featured In Network Program

posted: 02/24/2011 5:51 a.m.

A five-minute promotional video highlighting Fayetteville to potential businesses will air nationwide at 3 p.m. Saturday on the Fox Business Network.

COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS: County Judge Criticized

posted: 02/24/2011 5:50 a.m.

Washington County Republican legislators criticized the county’s Democrat executive, County Judge Marilyn Edwards, Wednesday saying she plays partisan favorites when assigning committee leadership.

Small Town Getting Big Retailer

posted: 02/24/2011 5:50 a.m.

Walmart is building a small-format store in Gentry. Dirt work is under way on Arkansas 59, near the town’s busy intersection of South Gentry Boulevard and South Collins Avenue.

RECORDS

posted: 02/24/2011 5:46 a.m.

Records for Northwest Arkansas for February 24, 2011.

AP Classes Meeting Planned

posted: 02/24/2011 5:45 a.m.

An informational meeting about Advanced Placement classes will be offered 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Fayetteville High School cafeteria.

Pot Dealer Pleads Guilty To Seven Felony Drug Counts; Receives 20 Years

posted: 02/24/2011 5:43 a.m.

A Fayetteville man from whom police confiscated a 65-pound stash of marijuana last summer received a 20-year prison sentence Wednesday.

Communities of faith: Labyrinth is part of prayer retreat

posted: 02/24/2011 5:43 a.m.

Macrina Wiederkehr, a Benedictine nun, and Clara Jane Rubarth will lead a prayer retreat March 18-20 at St. Scholastica Monastery.

Centering prayer topic of workshop

posted: 02/24/2011 5:42 a.m.

Empty the mind. Let the distractions of the day fall away. Listen. God is waiting. That, in a nutshell, is centering prayer, a contemplative practice rooted in the ancient Christian church and one Pastor Tom Ward will share during a workshop in Little Rock.

ATTEMPTED CAPITAL MURDER: Officer Reportedly Beaten

posted: 02/24/2011 5:41 a.m.

An early morning call to police Wednesday about an intoxicated man at a restaurant led to attempted capital murder charges against a man accused of beating an officer with her own baton.

Gay-clergy vote by Presbyterians leans to approval

posted: 02/24/2011 5:40 a.m.

After years of debate, the Presbyterian Church (USA) appears likelier than ever to drop its national ban on the ordination of sexually active homosexuals.

Paramount focuses film lineup on camera theme

posted: 02/24/2011 5:39 a.m.

At Paramount Pictures these days, a lot of movies are less about the star than the camera — and the way it has been keeping an eye on the rest of us.

LEGAL HELP: Chairman Seeks Advice

posted: 02/24/2011 5:35 a.m.

The Benton County Election Commission’s first meeting of 2011 lasted just under 10 minutes Wednesday.

Depressed TV host Sheila Walsh to speak to women on promises of God

posted: 02/24/2011 5:34 a.m.

Best-selling author and Bible teacher Sheila Walsh wants women to know that just because she’s famous, that doesn’t mean her life is perfect. She’s had her share of ups and downs and she hopes her story will inspire others during a women’s conference March 4 and 5 at the Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

Darker side of Anaheim

posted: 02/24/2011 5:33 a.m.

Diana Gonzalez lives in an encampment of grimy tents and overstuffed shopping carts in an alley less than three miles from Disneyland. Her life is a world apart from the fairy tales of the “Happiest Place on Earth.” For Gonzalez, mundane details such as the hours of the public restrooms at the community park down the street are obsessions necessary for survival.

NEWS BRIEFS: Ensign granted objector discharge

posted: 02/24/2011 5:31 a.m.

A junior officer at a Connecticut submarine base has received an honorable discharge after suing the U.S. Navy, saying his religious beliefs prevent him from participating in the military.

Donors Meet Students

posted: 02/24/2011 5:30 a.m.

Tara Coons of Rogers returned to school after 14 years of military duty so she could become a nurse and work with veterans.

Earnings report

posted: 02/24/2011 5:28 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Wednesday included: DirecTV Group Inc., the nation’s largest satellite TV operator, a profit of $618 million, or 74 cents a share, up from a loss of $32 million, or 3 cents a share, a year ago. Revenue rose 11 percent to $6.62 billion. Shares rose 80 cents to close at $45.03.

Chili Supper Features Burning

posted: 02/24/2011 5:27 a.m.

A chili supper will be held tonight at the Center for NonProfits at St. Mary’s cafeteria, giving people a chance to help an organization while watching a firefighter’s training burn next door.

UA women must play fast, furious

posted: 02/24/2011 5:26 a.m.

Arkansas women’s Coach Tom Collen hopes the Razorbacks’ struggling offense gets a Kentucky kickstart.

Team To Benefit From Barbecue

posted: 02/24/2011 5:25 a.m.

The Rogers Heritage High School track team will benefit from a chicken barbecue Saturday.

SEC MEN’S ROUNDUP

posted: 02/24/2011 5:24 a.m.

LSU 84, MISSISSIPPI STATE 82 STARKVILLE, Miss. — Aaron Dotson scored 16 points, Storm Warren added 14 and LSU (11-17, 3-10 SEC) held on to beat Mississippi State (14-13, 6-7 ). LSU snapped a 10-game losing streak, dating back to a Jan. 12 victory over Arkansas.

2 brothers jailed in attack on officers at IHOP

posted: 02/24/2011 5:21 a.m.

A Fayetteville man accused of attacking a police officer trying to arrest him and his Texan brother both are in Washington County jail.

More FLW Events Announced

posted: 02/24/2011 5:21 a.m.

Several additional events connected with the Beaver Lake Walmart FLW fishing tournament were announced Wednesday.

OBITUARIES: Benton County

posted: 02/24/2011 5:17 a.m.

Benton County obituaries for February 24, 2011.

Woman, 64, dies after hospital fire

posted: 02/24/2011 5:16 a.m.

A Eureka Springs woman died Tuesday, more than two weeks after being burned while smoking in her Missouri hospital room while using supplemental oxygen.

3 held after police seize marijuana from plane

posted: 02/24/2011 5:03 a.m.

Three men were in Washington County jail Wednesday after police said they witnessed them unloading 170 pounds of marijuana from a small plane at Huntsville Municipal Airport.

Bill would encourage, expand recycling of ‘e-waste’

posted: 02/24/2011 4:56 a.m.

Looking through Arkansas’ “State of Recycling” reports dating back to 2002 shows just how far electronics recycling has come.

House passes sales-tax holiday; Beebe fears hits to some services

posted: 02/24/2011 4:52 a.m.

The state House of Representatives voted 90-3 Wednesday to create a sales-tax holiday for school supplies, a bill the governor said could lead to cuts in public services if it becomes law.

In the lane

posted: 02/24/2011 4:48 a.m.

Hogs reap reward for extra work Arkansas’ 77-76 victory over No. 22 Kentucky was its first of the season in overtime.

Extra pay due state workers

posted: 02/24/2011 4:47 a.m.

The Legislature must come up with $23.5 million to pay state employees’ a 27th pay period next year — up from the usual 26 — the state Department of Finance and Administration revealed in a request to legislators Wednesday.

2-lane bypass gets green light as bid accepted

posted: 02/24/2011 4:44 a.m.

Construction should finally begin next month on the Bella Vista Bypass in Northwest Arkansas after the state Highway Commission on Wednesday tentatively awarded a $19.8 million contract for the first segment of the project.

Razorbacks land knockout punch

posted: 02/24/2011 4:43 a.m.

Arkansas came out fighting from the opening tip and took it to another level in overtime to upend No. 22 Kentucky on Wednesday night at Walton Arena.

CARROLL COUNTY: Abolish old law entirely, JP says

posted: 02/24/2011 4:41 a.m.

A 128-year-old law establishing two judicial districts in Carroll County is so problematic that it should be abolished, said Justice of the Peace Ron Flake.

2 Pakistan killings at root of spy rift

posted: 02/24/2011 4:39 a.m.

Pakistan’s ISI spy agency is ready to split with the CIA because of its frustration over what it calls heavyhanded pressure, according to an internal document obtained by The Associated Press and interviews with U.S. and Pakistani officials.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/24/2011 4:37 a.m.

Geek squad wins, ends 26-year skid Caltech, a small research school in Pasadena that is best known as the home of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Southern California Earthquake Data Center, snapped a 310-game conference losing streak on Tuesday night with a 46-45 victory over Occidental.

Off the wire

posted: 02/24/2011 4:36 a.m.

FOOTBALL Foster has surgery A person with knowledge of the procedure said Houston Texans Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster, the NFL’s leading rusher in 2010, has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

State college report

posted: 02/24/2011 4:35 a.m.

A team without a tourney When discussing his 25th season as Arkansas-Fort Smith women’s basketball Coach, Louis Whorton doesn’t sound like a man whose season was derailed before it began and will end long before it should.

Other days

posted: 02/24/2011 4:35 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 24, 1911 With a view toward furthering the movement toward beautifying the city of Little Rock, the City Beautiful Association is mailing a circular letter asking the active co-operation of the various organizations of the city in the work. The letter contains a copy of the resolution unanimously adopted February 11 at a mass meeting of the civic fraternal, commercial and religious organizations of Little Rock at the Chamber of Commerce.

LETTERS

posted: 02/24/2011 4:33 a.m.

Why turn back the clock? When you think of advancements for mankind the last couple of centuries, the internal combustion engine comes to mind. So does the telephone, the combine and, oh, yes, electricity. Where would we be without these wonderful inventions?

Somali pirates: Fortifying vessels

posted: 02/24/2011 4:32 a.m.

Pirates in Somalia said Wednesday that they are ferrying ammunition and men to the 30 hijacked vessels still under their control, and they threatened to kill more captives after the violent end to a hostage standoff that left four Americans dead.

New motto for our times

posted: 02/24/2011 4:32 a.m.

Recent events in Washington and Wisconsin have me thinking that maybe we should just go ahead and change the national motto to something more truly reflective of today’s America.

The Arab Revolt

posted: 02/24/2011 4:31 a.m.

IT ISN’T T.E. Lawrence’s revolt in the desert, leading a hodgepodge of Arab tribes across the desert in the Arab revolt against the Turks in the World War, Act I. That was the stuff of which legend was made. And myth.

Reckless spending

posted: 02/24/2011 4:30 a.m.

Nothing more clearly illustrates the utter irresponsibility of Barack Obama than his advocacy of “high-speed rail.” The man is not stupid. He knows how to use words that will sound wonderful to people who do not bother to stop and think.

Reason to worry about Egypt

posted: 02/24/2011 4:30 a.m.

Now that the euphoria has started to die down, it’s time for a cold look at Egypt after its people’s victory over dictatorship. President Hosni Mubarak has left power, and the ruling military council promises elections in about six months. That is not a lot of time to change many minds. As a result, there is a good chance that the new Egypt will not resemble what advocates of democracy—in Egypt and abroad—had envisioned for the country’s future.

OTHERS SAY: Libyans dying for freedom

posted: 02/24/2011 4:30 a.m.

With inspiring determination and grit, Libyan citizens literally are putting their lives on the line in an effort to topple their longtime dictator, Moammar Gadhafi.

Panel: Put teeth in wild-hog law

posted: 02/24/2011 4:26 a.m.

An Arkansas House committee Wednesday endorsed a bill to set a $1,000-per-hog fine as the penalty for releasing hogs to live in the wild on public or private land.

Area lotteries

posted: 02/24/2011 4:20 a.m.

Numbers drawn Wednesday: Missouri Lotto 8-19-26-34-37-40 Estimated jackpot: $1.2 million Oklahoma Lotto 2-12-27-30-37 Hot ball: 7 Estimated jackpot: $3.63 million Powerball 29-32-36-39-49 Powerball: 29 Estimated jackpot: $155 million Power Play: 3

Fishing this week

posted: 02/24/2011 4:17 a.m.

HOT SPOTS 1. LAKE CATHERINE Quality rainbow trout from 12-16 inches are being caught daily. Spin fishermen have caught fish at will during periods of generation with Super Dupers in white or silver around sand bars and rock piles.

THE TV COLUMN: Get ready to crown the next American Idol

posted: 02/24/2011 4:17 a.m.

It’s hard to believe that two years have passed since Kris Allen’s Arkansas fans sat anxiously by their televisions hoping their low-key favorite would make it into American Idol’s elite Top 20.

Supreme court rules against automaker

posted: 02/24/2011 4:15 a.m.

The Supreme Court opened the auto industry to new lawsuits over seat-belt design, ruling that a Mazda Motor Corp. unit must defend against claims pressed by the family of a woman killed while riding in the back of a minivan.

State sports briefs

posted: 02/24/2011 4:14 a.m.

FOOTBALL UCA signs two players Central Arkansas completed its 2011 recruiting class Wednesday, signing linebacker Zach Bush of Denton, Texas, and defensive end Jonathon Woodward of Brentwood, Tenn. Bush, 6-3, 190 pounds, had 109 tackles, including four tackles for loss, at Denton Guyer High School as a senior and helped lead the school to the Texas Class 5A state championship game.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: VanDam Show something else

posted: 02/24/2011 4:13 a.m.

Kevin VanDam took a sledgehammer to the Bassmaster record books last weekend at the Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans.

Woods ousted at Match Play

posted: 02/24/2011 4:13 a.m.

The slow road back for Tiger Woods took another detour Wednesday when he followed a clutch birdie with a awful tee-shot into the desert and lost to Thomas Bjorn in the first round of the Match Play Championship.

House sales rise in January

posted: 02/24/2011 4:10 a.m.

More people bought previously owned homes in January. But the increase was driven by rising foreclosures and all cash purchases by investors, while the number of firsttime buyers shrank.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Beware of regretting those nonrefundable deposits

posted: 02/24/2011 4:09 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I am planning a wedding. My parents are not working and I have felt I would be paying for my own wedding for a while. I’m a successful professional. My fiance, however, is put off that they are not paying and has made several comments.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 02/24/2011 4:08 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My wife and I never did get along very well, so when she died I thought it wouldn’t bother me. But now I think about her all the time, and I miss her terribly. I wish I could tell her I’m sorry, because I know most of it was my fault. Why do I feel so bad? — D.T.

Heritage Hopeful For Postseason Spot

posted: 02/24/2011 4:08 a.m.

Some might be surprised to hear the Rogers Heritage Lady War Eagles are still in the hunt for a state tournament berth with two games to go.

CLASS 4A NORTH REGIONAL TOURNAMENT: Pea Ridge Bounces Subiaco

posted: 02/24/2011 4:06 a.m.

Pea Ridge’s boys wanted a shootout Wednesday night, and Subiaco Academy obliged for the first three quarters.

EU looks to Putin on WTO entry

posted: 02/24/2011 4:06 a.m.

The European Union will look today for a clear sign from Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that Russia will adopt the economic changes necessary to join the World Trade Organization this year, ending almost two decades of negotiations.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 02/24/2011 4:05 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll get a public forum in which to communicate your ideas and put them into practice. Mental pursuits ignite your energy. You could simultaneously succeed at more than one career, making you the envy of your friends. Your love life will be fun-filled in July and August. September brings a glamorous adventure. Cancer and Taurus people adore you.

FDIC’s problem bank list expands

posted: 02/24/2011 4:05 a.m.

The number of banks at risk of failing made up nearly 12 percent of all federally insured banks in the final three months of 2010, the highest level in 18 years.

Caller gets Wisconsin governor’s strategy

posted: 02/24/2011 4:05 a.m.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, believing he was talking to prominent financial backer David Koch, revealed to a Buffalo, N.Y., blogger Tuesday his strategies to deal with public-sector unions and to lure Democrats boycotting the Senate back to Wisconsin.

Roe Keeps Lady Saints On Course

posted: 02/24/2011 4:05 a.m.

Shiloh Christian girls basketball coach Vic Rimmer expressed a little concern about playing the opening game of the Class 4A North Regional Tournament and how his team would react.

Check your knowledge

posted: 02/24/2011 4:04 a.m.

1.The parka, a weatherproof coat with a furry hood, was originally a garment worn by what people? 2. Within 20 years, how much time passed between the laying of the U.S. Capitol’s cornerstone and completion of its current dome? 3. Name the shortest U.S. president. 4. Identify three of the five zones of Earth’s surface.

CLASS 3A REGION 1 TOURNAMENT: Lady Wolves Fall Short

posted: 02/24/2011 4:03 a.m.

CHARLESTON — Lincoln girls basketball coach Deon Birkes is a firm believer that Wednesday night was only the beginning for his program.

Titling of autos up a bit in state

posted: 02/24/2011 4:03 a.m.

New-vehicle registrations in Arkansas rose slightly in January compared with a year ago, the fourth-consecutive month of increases, an automotive research firm said Wednesday.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 02/24/2011 4:03 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I read in a novel that you can polish silver flatware by bringing water containing aluminum foil to a boil. When boiling, place tarnished flatware in the water and add 1/4 cup baking soda. Boil for a few minutes.

Fed official: Break up big finance firms

posted: 02/24/2011 4:03 a.m.

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City P resident Thomas Hoenig said Wednesday that U.S. regulators should avert another crisis by breaking up large financial institutions that pose a threat “to our capitalistic system.” “I am convinced that the existence of too-big-to-fail financial institutions poses the greatest risk to the U.S. economy,” Hoenig said in a speech in Washington.

Lady Purple’Dogs Welcome Days Off

posted: 02/24/2011 4:02 a.m.

Relaxing in his office, Fayetteville girls basketball coach Bobby Smith couldn’t resist yawning a few times before Wednesday’s practice.

Duncan Energy gets $2.4 billion offer

posted: 02/24/2011 4:01 a.m.

Enterprise Products Partners plans to buy natural-gas-services provider Duncan Energy Partners in an all-stock deal that values Duncan at $2.4 billion.

West Fork Downs Mansfield

posted: 02/24/2011 4:01 a.m.

West Fork’s Cody Cone pulled up outside the 3-point line and drained a long-range shot from the right side of the court.

Lady Wildcats Suffer Another Setback

posted: 02/24/2011 3:58 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber’s girls basketball team has dealt with more than its fair share of adversity this season.

Survivor hunt widens in New Zealand city

posted: 02/24/2011 3:58 a.m.

Rescuers broadened their search of collapsed buildings in New Zealand’s quake-shattered city of Christchurch today, as hopes faded of finding any more survivors in the hardest-hit office blocks downtown.

PREP SWIMMING: Thomas Flourishes In Pool

posted: 02/24/2011 3:57 a.m.

Dexter Thomas isn’t a morning person by any stretch of the imagination.

Rogers High’s Gregory Strong Off Bench

posted: 02/24/2011 3:55 a.m.

Jenna Gregory’s statistics don’t jump off the page.

Bill on illegal aliens fails in committee by three votes

posted: 02/24/2011 3:54 a.m.

A bill to keep illegal aliens from getting publicly funded benefits was rejected by a state House of Representatives committee Wednesday despite repeated requests by the sponsor for an opportunity to change the bill.

EXPERIENCE MATTERS: Rematches Suit Tigers

posted: 02/24/2011 3:54 a.m.

The second time around in 7A-West Conference basketball play hasn’t always gone the way Bentonville’s boys would like, but the games have become more interesting.

Business news in brief

posted: 02/24/2011 3:48 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I am convinced that the existence of too big-to-fail financial institutions poses the greatest risk to the U.S. economy.” Thomas Hoenig Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Article, 1D

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 02/24/2011 3:47 a.m.

Deltic’s 4th-quarter profit is $1.3 million El Dorado-based Deltic Timber reported a profit of $1.3 million, or 10 cents a share, in the fourth quarter, down from $3.7 million, or 30 cents a share, a year earlier. The 2009 fourth-quarter profit — primarily due to sale of an 18-acre commercial site — was the same as that year’s annual profit.

Majority vote to pick Apple board

posted: 02/24/2011 3:46 a.m.

Apple Inc. investors at the company’s annual shareholder meeting Wednesday passed a measure that would elect board members with a majority vote, rather than a plurality.

MARKET REPORT: Libya, HP figure in stocks’ fall

posted: 02/24/2011 3:45 a.m.

Stocks fell for a second-straight day Wednesday after clashes in Libya sent oil prices to twoyear highs and technology giant Hewlett-Packard said its revenue growth was slowing.

COMMENTARY: Criticism Deflected, Absorbed

posted: 02/24/2011 3:41 a.m.

Let us present one of those columns in which I reveal reader criticisms and respond to them. I offer these either when criticisms are so inane that they provide comedic entertainment and make me look good by comparison, or, more rarely, when criticisms are sufficiently substantive and credible that I feel a need to explain or amend.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: There’s Rich, Then There’s Greedy

posted: 02/24/2011 3:39 a.m.

I am responding to “They’re rich for a reason” (Public Viewpoint, Feb. 1).

NWA FISHING REPORT

posted: 02/24/2011 3:37 a.m.

Beaver Lake: Crappie and black bass are biting as the water slowly warms.

Homemade Fishing

posted: 02/24/2011 3:36 a.m.

When talk turns to business at Pam and Jim Hall’s home in Fayetteville, topics may range from coffee to pine-needle baskets to fishing jigs — all on an international scale.

COMMENTARY: Trout Management Plan Set For Review

posted: 02/24/2011 3:34 a.m.

The trout fishing isn’t what is used to be at the White River below Beaver Dam. Most anglers say it’s better since a trout management plan was put in place on the river five years ago.

OUTDOORS: Briefly

posted: 02/24/2011 3:31 a.m.

A free seminar on crappie fishing will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at First Pentecostal Church, 2200 S. 13th St., in Rogers.

The world in brief

posted: 02/24/2011 3:29 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There is now an operating room for the militaries of all the liberated cities and they are trying to convince the others to join them. They are trying to help the people in Tripoli to capture Gadhafi.” Lt. Col. Omar Hamza, a Libyan army officer who had allied with the rebels Article 1A

The nation in brief

posted: 02/24/2011 3:29 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Much of the legal landscape has changed in the 15 years since Congress passed DOMA.” Attorney General Eric Holder, after President Barack Obama decided that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and will no longer defend it in court Article, 1A

Names and faces

posted: 02/24/2011 3:29 a.m.

A Los Angeles judge on Wednesday gave Lindsay Lohan roughly two weeks to decide if she will fight or take a plea deal in a felony grand-theft case. Either decision could send the Mean Girls star back behind bars. Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz told Lohan he would sentence her to jail if she accepted a plea deal involving the theft of a $2,500 necklace from an upscale jewelry store.

In the news

posted: 02/24/2011 3:29 a.m.

Susan Guy, a Domino’s pizza delivery driver in Memphis who is credited with saving a customer who’d fallen at home, told NBC’s Today show that she became concerned when she found out Jean Wilson had gone three days without ordering her daily pizza, adding that she suspected something was wrong in part because her own mother had twice fallen and been unable to get up.

HOW WE SEE IT: Lawsuit Troubling For Elkins

posted: 02/24/2011 3:23 a.m.

The little city of Elkins has landed in a potentially big mess.

Wednesday, February 23

Arkansas wins over Kentucky in OT

posted: 02/23/2011 9:45 p.m.

Marcus Britt's layup in the final minute of overtime lifted Arkansas to a 77-76 win over No. 22 Kentucky on Wednesday night.

State panel debates illegal immigration bill

posted: 02/23/2011 3:12 p.m.

An Arkansas lawmaker pushing to ban most state services for illegal immigrants on Wednesday amended his proposal to exempt prenatal care from the benefits banned, but still faced heavy opposition from state officials and advocates who say it could pose a health risk to the state.

US lodges charges against Iranian officials

posted: 02/23/2011 3:11 p.m.

The U.S. government on Wednesday accused two Iranian officials of being involved in what it called "serious human rights abuses" and blocked access to any assets the two might have in American financial institutions.

Government drops defense of anti-gay marriage law

posted: 02/23/2011 3:10 p.m.

In a major policy reversal, the Obama administration said Wednesday it will no longer defend the constitutionality of a federal law banning recognition of same-sex marriage.

Ark. House passes annual sales tax holiday

posted: 02/23/2011 2:18 p.m.

The Arkansas House has passed a bill that would grant a sales tax holiday for parents buying school clothes and accessories for their children before the start of the school year.

Ariz. lawmakers may make Colt official state gun

posted: 02/23/2011 12:09 p.m.

Arizona is considering making a Colt revolver that was popular in the West in the late 19th century the state's official firearm.

FDIC says banks earned $21.7B in 4Q

posted: 02/23/2011 11:55 a.m.

Federal regulators said Wednesday the number of banks on their confidential "problem" list increased by 24 in the final quarter of last year, even as the industry continued to heal with the recovering economy.

Retailers: Home owners spending more on renovation

posted: 02/23/2011 11:43 a.m.

Home owners are starting to spend more on home-improvement projects despite the weak housing market, quarterly results from Lowe's Cos. and Home Depot show.

Ford to recall F-150 pickups over faulty air bags

posted: 02/23/2011 11:42 a.m.

Under government pressure, Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it will recall nearly 150,000 F-150 pickup trucks to fix air bags that could deploy without warning.

Arkansas suspect in iPad data theft remains jailed in NJ

updated: 02/23/2011 4:37 p.m.

One of two people charged in the theft of more than 100,000 e-mail addresses of Apple iPad users faces a court hearing in New Jersey on Wednesday.

IHOP brawl injures officer

posted: 02/23/2011 9:07 a.m.

A Fayetteville police officer is hospitalized after being injured during a fight while attempting to make an arrest at an IHOP early this morning.

Rubble in New Zealand yields 120 alive, 75 dead

posted: 02/23/2011 6:06 a.m.

Search teams used their bare hands, dogs, heavy cranes and earth-movers today to pull 120 survivors from the rubble of a powerful earthquake in one of New Zealand’s largest cities.

Mallett more than ready to face critics, agent says

posted: 02/23/2011 6:01 a.m.

Ryan Mallett’s camp responded emphatically Tuesday to growing Internet reports that have questioned the former Arkansas quarterback’s character and hinted at Mallett having a drug problem in his past.

Oil prices rise 6% amid protests

posted: 02/23/2011 6 a.m.

Oil prices rose again Tuesday as Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi urged his supporters to attack the protesters challenging his 42-year rule.

El Dorado Promise can’t stem exodus

posted: 02/23/2011 6 a.m.

With the closure of four major employers in Union County leading to almost 3,000 job losses over the past decade, the El Dorado Promise scholarship program hasn’t been enough to stave off a steady population decline.

Officials Advise Against Plan

posted: 02/23/2011 5:43 a.m.

Leaders of the Fayetteville Animal Shelter explained Tuesday why they believe a city-county partnership to construct a shelter near the Washington County Detention Center does not make financial sense for the city.

Man Accused Of Raping, Kidnapping Ex-Girlfriend

posted: 02/23/2011 5:36 a.m.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Fayetteville man Tuesday on charges he kidnapped, drugged and raped his former girlfriend.

Teen Gets 20 Years Following Robbery

posted: 02/23/2011 5:34 a.m.

A Fayetteville teenager has received a 20-year prison sentence for robbing a man last year.

Police Chief To Retire In March

posted: 02/23/2011 5:33 a.m.

Police Chief James Allen will retire at the end of March. “It is time to move on and do something else,” Allen said. “I don’t know what yet, but something else.”

Northwest Arkansas Deaths

posted: 02/23/2011 5:32 a.m.

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

OBITUARIES: Washington County

posted: 02/23/2011 5:31 a.m.

Obituaries for Washington County for February 23, 2011.

County Residents Reject Rough Roads

posted: 02/23/2011 5:30 a.m.

Poor conditions on county roads and the future of the old Benton County Courthouse were the main topics raised by county residents Tuesday night at the first “County Hall” meeting organized by County Judge Bob Clinard.

School Board Approves Spring Break Makeup

posted: 02/23/2011 5:28 a.m.

The Bentonville School Board decided Monday to make up two snow days during spring break.

SHUFFLING DEPARTMENT LOCATIONS: City To Buy Three Buildings

posted: 02/23/2011 5:25 a.m.

City plans to shuffle its department locations can go forward after the City Council voted to purchase three buildings on Spring Street.

Four Chaplains To Be Honored Sunday

posted: 02/23/2011 5:25 a.m.

The annual Four Chaplains memorial service hosted by American Legion post of Rogers will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.

Transportation Group Eyes Toll Roads To Raise Cash

posted: 02/23/2011 5:23 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Regional Mobility Authority hopes to become a big player in regional transportation circles by taking the lead to get highway projects funded and built.

Robbery Suspect Found In Attic

posted: 02/23/2011 5:22 a.m.

A man suspected of attempting to burglarize the Tiff City, Mo., branch of The Cornerstone Bank was arrested early Saturday after he was found in the bank’s attic by a McDonald County, Mo., Sheriff’s Office deputy.

Walmart US Sales Stall Again

posted: 02/23/2011 5:21 a.m.

Sam Walton built Walmart by being a low-cost leader. Mike Duke, Walmart president and chief executive officer, hopes returning to that philosophy will rejuvenate U.S. sales. The retailer posted a seventh consecutive quarter of decreasing same-store sales Tuesday.

Goodwill Gears Up For FLW Expo

posted: 02/23/2011 5:20 a.m.

Goodwill Industries will participate at the FLW Outdoors Expo on March 5-6 at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers. The expo is being held with the Walmart FLW tournament stop on Beaver Lake.

HOLIDAY SALES TAX: Revenue Results Mixed

posted: 02/23/2011 5:19 a.m.

Christmas sales tax revenue was good for Rogers and Fayetteville, but not so good for Springdale and Bentonville, based on information released Tuesday by the state.

Rogers Aldermen OK Street Contracts

posted: 02/23/2011 5:18 a.m.

Aldermen on Tuesday approved contracts for engineering three major street improvement.

RECORDS

posted: 02/23/2011 5:16 a.m.

Records for Northwest Arkansas for February 23, 2011.

OBITUARIES: Benton County

posted: 02/23/2011 5:14 a.m.

Benton County obituaries for February 23, 2011.

Gadhafi undeterred, vows to die a martyr

posted: 02/23/2011 5:11 a.m.

Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi vowed Tuesday to “die as a martyr” in his country rather than surrender power, as he sought to rally supporters against a growing popular uprising that has taken over much of eastern Libya and won the backing of some army units and government officials.

Wisconsin lower house takes up protested bill

posted: 02/23/2011 5:07 a.m.

With their Senate colleagues still in hiding, Democrats in the Wisconsin Assembly began introducing a barrage of 100 amendments Tuesday to try to stymie the Republican governor’s plan to strip unionized public employees of most of their bargaining rights.

Other matters before U.S. justices

posted: 02/23/2011 5:03 a.m.

In other cases at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, justices : Heard arguments in the case of a woman who tried to poison her husband’s pregnant lover by spreading toxic chemicals around the woman’s house and car and was sent to prison under a federal anti-terrorism law for using “chemical weapons.”

Reid to offer 30-day budget plan

posted: 02/23/2011 4:59 a.m.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, DNev., said Tuesday that he will introduce a temporary spending measure to keep the government operating into early April, an effort to buy time for negotiations on a longer-term agreement.

Emanuel next Chicago mayor

posted: 02/23/2011 4:58 a.m.

Rahm Emanuel declared victory in the Chicago mayor’s race Tuesday night.

3 tax cuts clear state’s Senate

posted: 02/23/2011 4:55 a.m.

The Arkansas Senate on Tuesday approved three tax cut bills that would reduce state revenue by about $34 million a year.

ANALYSIS: Gadhafi ensured rudderless Libya

posted: 02/23/2011 4:54 a.m.

For more than four decades, Moammar Gadhafi was the face of Libya. He withstood international isolation and U.S. airstrikes, managing to claw his way back to a degree of acceptance by the global community.

Protests spur Bahrain king to free political captives

posted: 02/23/2011 4:51 a.m.

Tens of thousands of red-andwhite draped, flag-waving protesters flooded Bahrain’s capital Tuesday in a show of force against the monarchy as the king made another concession to the marchers by releasing dozens of political prisoners.

Colleges oppose shift of control

posted: 02/23/2011 4:51 a.m.

The presidents of the University of Arkansas System, Henderson State University in Arkadelphia and Mid-South Community College in West Memphis told a Senate committee Tuesday that they oppose a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a board to control the state’s higher-education system.

Mega Millions

posted: 02/23/2011 4:44 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 15-22-23-48-55 Mega Ball: 31 Estimated jackpot: $64 million Megaplier: 4

In the news

posted: 02/23/2011 4:43 a.m.

Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, has signed into law a ban, effective in 90 days, on smoking in city parks, at beaches, in public plazas and on boardwalks.

Names and faces

posted: 02/23/2011 4:41 a.m.

Grammy-winning reggae singer Buju Banton was convicted Tuesday in Tampa, Fla., of conspiring to set up a cocaine deal in 2009. A federal jury deliberated for 11 hours over two days on the fate of Banton, who won a Grammy last week for best reggae album for Before the Dawn.

The nation in brief

posted: 02/23/2011 4:41 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We need to sit down and have an adult conversation with them across a conference table and figure out how we’re going to fund the government for the rest of the year.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, whose top aide will open private talks with the office of House Speaker John Boehner Article, this page

The world in brief

posted: 02/23/2011 4:40 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “From now on, anyone who tries to rescue the hostages in our hands will only collect dead bodies. It will never ever happen that hostages are rescued and we are hauled to prison.” Pirate Muse Abdi, after the deaths of four Americans who had been taken hostage Article, 7A

SEC Men’s Basketball: Warning on Wildcats

posted: 02/23/2011 4:39 a.m.

Kentucky never has lost as many as six SEC road games since the conference expanded to 12 teams 20 years ago.

Nolan: It’s not the same

posted: 02/23/2011 4:36 a.m.

Walton Arena has been less than half full for 12 of Arkansas’ 16 home games this season. “That’s what happens when you build a 20,000-seat arena and things go south,” Nolan Richardson said. “You create that monster, and now you’ve got to feed it, and sometimes you run out of food. And when you run out of food, he’s hungry.

Other days

posted: 02/23/2011 4:33 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 23, 1911 Washington’s birthday was observed as flag day all over Arkansas, and 10,000 miniature Confederate battle flags were sent out over the state to be sold to bring additional funds for the Confederate reunion. Late last night Chas McKee, chairman of the Subscription Committee, had not heard from any of the towns where the flags were sent, but said he was confident that quite a large part of the number sent out had been sold.

LIKE IT IS: Powell’s silence speaks volumes about team

posted: 02/23/2011 4:33 a.m.

Marshawn Powell is a trip. Going into last season’s SEC Tournament, the true freshman declared he was going to be more of a leader. That the team needed more leadership.

SEC/TOP 25 MEN: Pearl given moment to bask

posted: 02/23/2011 4:32 a.m.

Bruce Pearl celebrated his 200th game at Tennessee with a victory and a few kisses to supportive Volunteer fans as he left the court at Memorial Gym.

Staccato

posted: 02/23/2011 4:31 a.m.

With apologies to the shade of Walter Winchell. The reader, tolerant as ever, will just have to imagine the sound of the teletype key—or was it a radio beep?—that America’s chief gossip columnist and ego at the time used to give his telegraphic prose a fabricated drama. Be assured I wore a fedora, Winchell’s trademark, while writing this column—an assertion as reliable as any of Mr. Winchell’s.

The struggle over power

posted: 02/23/2011 4:30 a.m.

You’ve probably heard politicians fret that state governments—or, worse, the federal government—will default on their debts. House Speaker John Boehner called the prospect of a federal default “a financial disaster not only for our country but for the worldwide economy.”

U.S. vs. Europe creating feeling of world rivalry

posted: 02/23/2011 4:30 a.m.

More than ever, the World Golf Championships are living up to their name.

Light on dark

posted: 02/23/2011 4:29 a.m.

I’m no expert, but I imagine all states have their historical dark sides. One of Arkansas’ involved the War Relocation Authority, created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in March 1942.

LETTERS

posted: 02/23/2011 4:29 a.m.

Close retirement loophole As a member of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, a classroom teacher for 28 years and a retiree for 14 years, I wish to comment on Kay Williams’ letter regarding House Bill 1040.

Slim pickings

posted: 02/23/2011 4:15 a.m.

WHAT: Lean Cuisine Spring Rolls STATS: One serving (three rolls) contains 200 calories and 7 to 8 fat grams. Boxes contain two servings each. For more information, visit leancuisine.com.

Christmas sales lift Macy’s earnings

posted: 02/23/2011 4:14 a.m.

Macy’s Inc.’s fiscal fourth-quarter net income surged 50 percent, driven by a strong Christmas sales season.

Golden Lions’ aide goes to Hilltoppers

posted: 02/23/2011 4:14 a.m.

Alonzo Hampton was sitting inside J. Thomas May Field House a little over a week ago, preparing for spring practice as Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s defensive coordinator.

Amazon adds service for movie streaming

posted: 02/23/2011 4:13 a.m.

Amazon.com has launched its long-awaited subscription video-streaming service, setting itself up to be the first serious rival to fast-growing Netflix.

Credit-card holders seeing fewer interest-rate increases

posted: 02/23/2011 4:13 a.m.

Credit card holders are facing fewer interest-rate increases and forking over sharply less in late fees.

Baseball notes

posted: 02/23/2011 4:13 a.m.

YANKEES Jeter dismisses remark TAMPA, Fla. — Derek Jeter laughed off Hank Steinbrenner’s assertion that some New York Yankees were “too busy building mansions” after winning the 2009 World Series.

Home Depot 2010 sales up 2.9%

posted: 02/23/2011 4:12 a.m.

Atlanta based home improvement retailer Home Depot saw an increase in annual sales for the first time since 2006 as it raised its expectations for 2011.

State sports briefs

posted: 02/23/2011 4:12 a.m.

GOLF Arkansas women finish 11th Arkansas senior Kelli Shean shot back-to-back rounds of 72 leading the No. 13 Razorbacks to 11th place at the Central District Invitational Tuesday in Parrish, Fla. Shean tied for 10th overall, shooting a three-round total of 219. Freshman Emily Tubert tied for 30th overall at 226 followed by sophomore Victoria Vela, who tied for 50th at 230. Emma Lavy tied for 62nd at 234 and Rachel Carpenter was 72nd at 246. Sixteenth-ranked Iowa State won with a four-over 868.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/23/2011 4:11 a.m.

GM: Price isn’t right for Pujols Count Chicago White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams among those who doesn’t want to see the St. Louis Cardinals give slugger Albert Pujols whatever he wants.

Consumers’ mood hits 3-year high; home values sag

posted: 02/23/2011 4:11 a.m.

Confidence among U.S. consumers rose in February to a three-year high, exceeding forecasts, as more Americans predicted the economy and their incomes will grow.

Leming Covers Entire Court

posted: 02/23/2011 4:10 a.m.

Dakota Leming’s job goes something like this: Pull down a missed shot. Get the ball to a guard as fast as possible, triggering a fast break. Sprint down the court and get in position for a basket.

Off the wire

posted: 02/23/2011 4:10 a.m.

FOOTBALL Bailey gets 4-year deal The Denver Broncos have signed Champ Bailey to a four-year deal, keeping the perennial Pro Bowl cornerback off the free agent market. Bailey, who turns 33 in June, just played in his 10th Pro Bowl, a record for cornerbacks. His new deal is believed to be worth between $40 million and $44 million.

Hearing focuses on broker’s papers

posted: 02/23/2011 4:10 a.m.

Testimony in a hearing requested by a creditor of Fayetteville real estate broker John David Lindsey on Tuesday focused on the accuracy of financial documents submitted to the company for the lease of $2 million in equipment in April 2008.

Credits let firm curtail tax bills

posted: 02/23/2011 4:09 a.m.

Whirlpool Corp. will claim $300 million this year in U.S. tax credits for making energy-efficient appliances, collecting almost four times the government’s estimate for what all companies would receive from the tax incentive.

HOG CALLS: Arkansas-Kentucky used to be special

posted: 02/23/2011 4:09 a.m.

Nolan Richardson addressing the Northwest Arkansas Tip-Off Club on Tuesday before tonight’s Arkansas-Kentucky game at Walton Arena evoked memories of the greatest conference rivalry these eyes witnessed over 38 years of covering the Razorbacks.

Old favorite, new flavors

posted: 02/23/2011 4:08 a.m.

How do they melt? GOOEY. These cheeses are stretchy and gooey when melted. We call them the “Superior Melting Cheeses.” American Velveeta (though technically not cheese) Havarti Mozzarella Cheddar Swiss Colby Monterey Jack Provolone Fontina Gruyere.

Business news in brief

posted: 02/23/2011 4:08 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Some of the pricing and merchandising issues in Wal-Mart ran deeper than we initially expected, and they require a response that will take time to see results.” Mike Duke, president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart stores Inc., in a statement Article, 1D

7A/6A CENTRAL BOYS: Van Buren keeps title all to itself

posted: 02/23/2011 4:07 a.m.

Cabot didn’t have a good option Tuesday night against Van Buren.

5A-WEST BOYS: Siloam clinches spot in playoffs

posted: 02/23/2011 4:07 a.m.

Siloam Springs got a little payback Tuesday against thirdranked Alma and locked up a playoff berth in the process.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 02/23/2011 4:07 a.m.

Chesapeake Energy earns $180 million Chesapeake Energy Corp., the natural-gas producer that has agreed to sell $7.65 billion in assets in the past five months, posted a fourth-quarter profit as it ramped up its oil production.

Galloway’s Play All About Team

posted: 02/23/2011 4:07 a.m.

Most good basketball teams have a glue that holds everything together.

MARKET REPORT: Dow takes a 178-point tumble

posted: 02/23/2011 4:04 a.m.

Stocks fell sharply and oil prices rose to their highest level in two years Tuesday as unrest in Libya worsened.

5A-WEST GIRLS: Greenwood runs down Huntsville

posted: 02/23/2011 4:04 a.m.

Huntsville felt the grind of its condensed schedule Tuesday at Greenwood.

ROUNDUP

posted: 02/23/2011 4:02 a.m.

GIRLS FAYETTEVILLE 57, SPRINGDALE HAR-BER 49 Calli Berna scored 23 points and Clair Childers 13 as host Fayetteville (26-2, 12-1 7A-West Conference ) defeated Springdale Har-Ber (12-15, 4-8 ). Caroline Eubanks led Har-Ber with 15 points.

FRONT BURNER: Don’t blame recipe for this cook’s orneriness

posted: 02/23/2011 4:01 a.m.

It was one of those recipes I just knew I was going to love: Beef Stew With Coffee and Caramelized Onions.

TIDBITS

posted: 02/23/2011 3:58 a.m.

CONTEST Crisco is accepting entries in its Mediterranean Inspirations Recipe and Essay Contest through March 18. The grand-prize winner will receive a trip for two to Italy.

OTHERS SAY: Atrocities in Libya

posted: 02/23/2011 3:57 a.m.

Reports from Libya Monday were sketchy and confused, but one conclusion appeared certain: The beleaguered dictatorship of Moammar Gadhafi was waging war against its own people and committing atrocities that demand not just condemnation but action by the outside world.

IDEA ALLEY: Muscadines yield preserves for Kat

posted: 02/23/2011 3:56 a.m.

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

EDITORIALS: Bunking Hill

posted: 02/23/2011 3:56 a.m.

“I can’t complain, but sometimes I still do.” —Joe Walsh YOU PROBABLY know people who aren’t happy unless they’re complaining. They’re the sort who’d complain that the twenty they just found in a coat pocket wasn’t a fifty. Pay them a compliment (“I like the paint job you did on the kitchen” ) and they’ll find something wrong about it (“It took me a week and I don’t like the color” ).

GADGETS & GIZMOS

posted: 02/23/2011 3:54 a.m.

Even if you have a stand or hand-held mixer, Tupperware’s Whip ’N Prep Chef may tempt you. It’s lightweight, holds 5 1/2 cups, disassembles easily for cleaning and needs no electricity. What does it need? Some muscle (not much, honest). It took us roughly 50 or so turns to whip up a half pint of whipping cream. Two egg whites took the same amount of effort for lovely stiff peaks. A nonskid base helps.

UNCORKED: California’s fog, wind work their magic

posted: 02/23/2011 3:53 a.m.

Every fine wine region has its own terroir — climate, soil type, topography — and it is believed these unique conditions give wines their distinct characteristics and styles.

Mulberry police await ID of body

posted: 02/23/2011 3:52 a.m.

Mulberry Police Chief Joshua Craig said he hopes to get a report by week’s end from the state Crime Laboratory in Little Rock on the identity of human remains found over the weekend near a creek in Mulberry.

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Doggy cupcake kits help feed poor pups

posted: 02/23/2011 3:51 a.m.

It’s no secret that our pets are often as loved and spoiled as our children. We have a yellow lab/shepherd mix named Daisy that we adopted from the Sherwood Animal Shelter a couple of years ago. And while she’s not quite as spoiled as my son, Alex, she ranks a close second.

Hipps Ratchets Up Game For Greenland

posted: 02/23/2011 3:50 a.m.

Ashley Hipps’ best game of the season took place during her team’s biggest — so far.

This won’t hurt

posted: 02/23/2011 3:49 a.m.

Going to the dentist is still not most youngsters’ idea of a good time. But kids these days have the benefit of gentler treatments, better pain and anxiety control — and even video games — that weren’t available when their parents were growing up.

Fort Smith ordinance advances another step

posted: 02/23/2011 3:49 a.m.

Fort Smith directors met Tuesday to hear the second of three required readings of an ordinance instituting a 1 percent prepared-food tax.

Bills on aliens face tests in legislative committees

posted: 02/23/2011 3:48 a.m.

Advocacy by special-interest groups is part of the legislative process in Arkansas, and the push-pull of opposing viewpoints in the 88th General Assembly is amply illustrated in how two groups are reacting to a pair of bills aimed at preventing illegal aliens from sharing in certain benefits.

Jones Maintains Positive Vibe

posted: 02/23/2011 3:45 a.m.

When times get tough, West Fork’s Melissa Jones doesn’t get frazzled about the situation.

Bondsman bill fails to leave committee

posted: 02/23/2011 3:43 a.m.

A bill that would refashion the Arkansas Professional Bail Bondsman Licensing Board failed Tuesday to clear the House Judiciary Committee.

Wildcat Foul Turns Tide For Bulldogs

posted: 02/23/2011 3:41 a.m.

One intentional foul call seemed to make all the difference Tuesday night for Fayetteville.

Doctor’s penalty hearing still set

posted: 02/23/2011 3:41 a.m.

Despite requests from defense attorneys to postpone next Monday’s sentencing hearings for Dr. Randeep Mann and his wife, Sangeeta “Sue” Mann, both proceedings remained on the court schedule as of Tuesday evening.

SHOWDOWN HANGOVER: Fayetteville Avoids Upset

posted: 02/23/2011 3:39 a.m.

Fayetteville couldn’t avoid a letdown Tuesday against Springdale Har-Ber, but the Lady Bulldogs managed to sidestep a big upset.

Jurors weigh the fate of killer

posted: 02/23/2011 3:39 a.m.

A prosecutor said Tuesday that James Aaron Miller deserves the death penalty for strangling his girlfriend and her two children, but the convicted killer’s attorneys asked jurors for a life sentence instead.

Pirates kill 4 Americans off east Africa

posted: 02/23/2011 3:38 a.m.

A pirate fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a U.S. Navy destroyer shadowing a hijacked yacht with four Americans aboard Tuesday. Then gunfire rang out, the military said. U.S. special forces rushed to the yacht only to find the four Americans fatally wounded.

Grizzlies Too Much For War Eagles

posted: 02/23/2011 3:37 a.m.

Fort Smith Northside’s Dushaun Rice didn’t start on Senior Night in Kaundart-Grizzly Fieldhouse, but the 5-foot-11 junior sure made his presence was known.

Air Force spouse of year took mothers under wing

posted: 02/23/2011 3:36 a.m.

It’s a typical reality for a military wife. She’s young, about 19. She’s in a foreign country, say Germany. And she’s about to give birth to her first child while her husband is deployed in Iraq. She could easily feel lonely. But that’s hardly the case. Other military spouses won’t let her feel alone. Megan Glynn, for one, won’t let her.

Legal experts argue health-care overhaul

posted: 02/23/2011 3:36 a.m.

Two legal experts debated Tuesday whether a sweeping federal health-care overhaul enacted in March 2010 is an issue for the federal government or for individual states.

7A-WEST BASKETBALL: Northside Wears Down Heritage

posted: 02/23/2011 3:35 a.m.

Rogers Heritage managed to handle Fort Smith Northside’s full-court press for a little while, but the Lady Bears defense eventually wore down the Lady War Eagles on Tuesday night.

Rebels Surge Past Mounties

posted: 02/23/2011 3:33 a.m.

Cameron Adams was too much for Rogers High this go around. Rogers limited Adams to six points in a 43-40 victory last month, but the Fort Smith Southside senior made his first seven shots Tuesday and finished with 17 points as the Rebels defeated the Mounties 47-26 in a 7A-West Conference game in King Arena.

7A-WEST BASKETBALL: Lady Mounties Dominate

posted: 02/23/2011 3:31 a.m.

Rogers High got off to a hot start and never cooled down Tuesday night.

Afghan-deaths probe spurs U.S. spat

posted: 02/23/2011 3:31 a.m.

An investigation into claims that international troops killed scores of civilians in northeast Afghanistan escalated into a feud Tuesday between President Hamid Karzai and senior U.S. military officials who cited a report that Afghan parents have been known to discipline children by burning their hands and feet.

HEART & SOUL: Study lists 10 skills of effective parents

posted: 02/23/2011 3:30 a.m.

What would you give to know the 10 most important things you can do to have close, loving relationships with your children and to increase your children’s ability to be happy, healthy and successful in life? How about just giving yourself time to read this column?

Supreme Court kills vaccine lawsuits

posted: 02/23/2011 3:30 a.m.

People injured by vaccines that they say were improperly designed must rely solely on a compensation system created by a 1986 law and may not sue vaccine manufacturers, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

BIG WIN AT HOME: Red’Dogs Hold Off Tigers

posted: 02/23/2011 3:30 a.m.

Springdale High boys basketball coach Brad Stamps just wanted his team to hold on Tuesday night.

FORCES OF NURTURE: Cookies are fun, Scout’s honor

posted: 02/23/2011 3:28 a.m.

So last week, I participated in my first-ever Cookie Drop. This, my friends, is the day that an 18-wheeler pulls up to the National Guard’s Fisher Amory and - after lots of nice guardsmen have used forklifts to unload several thousand cases of Girl Scout cookies - troop leaders and parent volunteers scurry into action.

Lady Red’Dogs Break Streak

posted: 02/23/2011 3:27 a.m.

Springdale High teammates Schari Briggs and Sarah Ussery embraced near their locker room Tuesday night and fell to the ground.

BOOKSHELF

posted: 02/23/2011 3:27 a.m.

Where Do Giggles Come From? Diane Muldrow, illustrated by Anne Kennedy Golden Books, $3.99, ages 2-5

BIB TALES: Feathered, finned delight, on plates and walls

posted: 02/23/2011 3:25 a.m.

The little stretch of road off Maumelle Boulevard looks like it might lead to a rustic lakeside resort — or to a restaurant with rustic offerings.

Wal-Mart quarter both good and bad

posted: 02/23/2011 3:25 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported Tuesday that fourthquarter net income rose more than 27 percent for the period ending Jan. 31, even as the world’s largest retailer recorded its seventh straight decline in a key sales measure.

PARENTING: Parents lose sleep over kid’s nap habit change

posted: 02/23/2011 3:23 a.m.

Q: Over Christmas, our 28-month-old daughter stopped napping. A couple of days we were so busy with Christmas that a nap simply was not possible. Now, we put her in her crib for her to nap, and she spends 1 1/2 to 2 hours in there, wide awake, playing and talking to herself, and then we take her out. I know we cannot force her to sleep, but is there some way we can get her to want to sleep and take a nap again?

OUT & ABOUT

posted: 02/23/2011 3:22 a.m.

The Fayetteville Public Library will host an author talk for “I Do Solemnly Swear: The Moral Obligations of Legal Officials” at 6:30 p.m. March 2 in the library’s Walker Community Room.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 02/23/2011 3:22 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’ve been without a job for two years, and finally I’ve just given up and stopped looking. I know it’s tough on my family, but I can’t help it. Why doesn’t God do something? — M.G.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 02/23/2011 3:21 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll be highly motivated to develop your skills and talents this year. In April, new encouragement comes in the form of a special relationship. May brings an emphasis on religion, education and cultural pursuits.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 02/23/2011 3:21 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: For years, I have put my peanut butter in the refrigerator and have been told by family and friends that I do not need to. I still did and found it always to be hard to spread.

Check your knowledge

posted: 02/23/2011 3:20 a.m.

1. What is the scene in the movie Casablanca in which Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) first says “I stick my neck out for nobody” ? 2. Name the edible nut of the hazel tree. 3. After Rhode Island, what is the smallest state in area in the United States? 4.What was the nickname of William Frederick Cody, who lived from 1846-1917 ?

On Track For Fitness

posted: 02/23/2011 3:20 a.m.

The 2010 Atlanta Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon and 5K marked Teresa French’s first foray into competitive running. But it made a lasting impression.

Creature feature

posted: 02/23/2011 3:19 a.m.

Can cats have asthma? My cat Maxwell wheezes and sometimes has a cough. I’m worried about him. Cats can have asthma, but the symptoms mimic those of other conditions and diseases so it’s sometimes misdiagnosed as pneumonia, congestive heart failure or heartworms.

Model Trains Take Different Routes

posted: 02/23/2011 3:18 a.m.

Keith Johnson and Steve Marquess both played with toy trains when they were little boys.

COMMENTARY: What’s In A Name?

posted: 02/23/2011 3:16 a.m.

A few days ago I did something I don’t normally do. I took two of our three kids out shopping. Typically I arrange to shop solo because little kids aren’t big on browsing and tend to suck the joy out of the whole experience. But I figured I could make the trip quick since all I needed was a new toaster.

HOW WE SEE IT: New Member Should Lead Commission

posted: 02/23/2011 3:14 a.m.

The Benton County Election Commission is scheduled to meet this morning, its first meeting with new commissioner Mike Sevak.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Avoid Snap Prison Judgments

posted: 02/23/2011 3:12 a.m.

A plan to slow the state’s prison population boom is no easy fix.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Strike Balance On Fluoride

posted: 02/23/2011 2:47 a.m.

The letter by Zack Blake (“Fluoridation is problematic,” Feb. 5) was interesting. In the 1950s I was in technical charge of the water to a small town. There was a suggestion that the water be fluoridated. My reaction was to find out about the results.

Give Land Owners Chance To Do Right

posted: 02/23/2011 2:44 a.m.

Out of principle, we cannot support something as restrictive of private property use as Fayetteville’s proposed streamside protection ordinance before there’s at least an attempt at a voluntary program.

Tuesday, February 22

Committee approves autism insurance coverage bill

posted: 02/22/2011 12:37 p.m.

A House panel has approved a proposal to require most health insurance companies to cover diagnosis and treatment of autism.

Panel votes down tuition and immigration bill

posted: 02/22/2011 10:53 a.m.

An Arkansas House committee has refused to take up a bill to require illegal immigrants to pay out-of-state tuition at Arkansas' public colleges and universities.

Suspect in Wal-Mart shoplifting says he lost bet

posted: 02/22/2011 10:16 a.m.

Police say a man picked up for shoplifting at a southern New Jersey Wal-Mart had an unusual motive: Paying off a bet.

Quake in New Zealand kills at least 65, traps more

posted: 02/22/2011 9:56 a.m.

One of New Zealand's biggest cities lay in ruins Tuesday after a powerful earthquake toppled tall buildings and churches on a busy weekday, killing at least 65 people in the country's worst natural disaster in decades.

4 American hostages killed by pirates, US says

posted: 02/22/2011 9:38 a.m.

Four Americans taken hostage by Somali pirates off East Africa were shot and killed by their captors Monday, the U.S. military said, marking the first time U.S. citizens have been killed in a wave of pirate attacks plaguing the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean for years.

Peacock Enrolled at Arkansas

posted: 02/22/2011 8:21 a.m.

Arkansas signee Jason Peacock enrolled at the school Monday.

Poor US performance hinders Wal-Mart's stock

updated: 02/22/2011 11:25 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported a 27 percent increase in fourth-quarter net income as the world's largest retailer benefited from cost-cutting and strong sales overseas.

3 tax cuts clear Senate committee

posted: 02/22/2011 6:09 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe’s proposal to further cut the sales tax on groceries took its first step in the Legislature on Monday when it cleared the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee.

Ark. Senate to take up 3 tax cut bills

posted: 02/22/2011 6:05 a.m.

The Arkansas Senate is voting on proposed tax cuts on groceries, used cars and manufacturers' utilities, days after the House approved its own wish list of tax relief measures.

A black House district pushed

posted: 02/22/2011 6 a.m.

A heavily black, overwhelmingly Democratic district should be on the table when the Legislature redraws boundary lines in the state’s four Congressional seats, say several prominent black lawmakers.

Australian firm to buy Chesapeake shale assets

posted: 02/22/2011 6 a.m.

Australia-based BHP Billiton Ltd., the world’s largest mining company, agreed on Monday to buy Chesapeake Energy’s assets in the Fayetteville Shale in north Arkansas for $4.75 billion.

Northwest Arkansas Deaths

posted: 02/22/2011 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.

FAYETTEVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY: Board OKs Construction

posted: 02/22/2011 5:36 a.m.

The newest addition to the Fayetteville Public Library could begin taking shape as soon as next week.

ELECTION COMMISSION: Leadership Still An Issue

posted: 02/22/2011 5:33 a.m.

While Democrats make up a majority of Benton County’s three-man election commission, the commission’s lone Republican member may decide who serves as chairman.

Bill Seeks To Dissolve Lottery Committee

posted: 02/22/2011 5:30 a.m.

The legislative committee that oversees the state lottery program would be dissolved under a bill filed Monday.

Students Connect Through Book

posted: 02/22/2011 5:28 a.m.

Nine-year-old Kaylan Lithalangsy cut out paper dolls during art class at Central Park Elementary School on Monday.

FLW Events Get Under Way On Saturday

posted: 02/22/2011 5:21 a.m.

Six events are set to kick off the Walmart FLW Tour on Beaver Lake presented by Straight Talk, scheduled to return to Northwest Arkansas on March 3-6.

FRISCO FESTIVAL: Board Eyes Admission Fee

posted: 02/22/2011 5:19 a.m.

The Main Street Rogers Board of Directors are considering a number of changes are being for this year's Frisco Festival, including charging to attend the festival.

Snake Expert To Speak At Hobbs

posted: 02/22/2011 5:15 a.m.

Devin Hummel, a Northwest Arkansas snake expert, will speak Saturday at Hobbs State Park–Conservation Area in an encore presentation of his reptile show.

OBITUARIES: Washington County

posted: 02/22/2011 5:14 a.m.

Obituaries for Washington County for February 22, 2011.

Rogers Man Found Dead

posted: 02/22/2011 5:10 a.m.

A Rogers man found dead along a McDonald County, Mo., road Sunday afternoon was believed to have been killed by multiple gunshots from a handgun, said Sheriff Robert Evenson.

Officials: Pakistanis’ killer on CIA team

posted: 02/22/2011 5:07 a.m.

The American arrested in Pakistan after shooting two men at a crowded traffic stop was part of a covert, CIA-led team of operatives conducting surveillance on militant groups deep inside the country, according to U.S. government officials.

NWACC OKs Use Of LEED Certification

posted: 02/22/2011 5:07 a.m.

NorthWest Arkansas Community College Board of Trustees approved the use of LEED Certification for its health professions building during a meeting Monday.

Libya continues to fracture

posted: 02/22/2011 5:05 a.m.

Deep cracks opened in Moammar Gadhafi’s regime Monday, with Libyan government officials at home and abroad resigning and air force pilots defecting, after clashes in the capital of Tripoli. Protesters called for another night of defiance against the Arab world’s longest-serving leader despite a crackdown.

Police Investigate Early Morning Robbery

posted: 02/22/2011 5:03 a.m.

Police are investigating a robbery which occurred early Monday morning.

Fears over Libya pump up oil prices

posted: 02/22/2011 5:02 a.m.

Fears that Libya is falling into chaos pushed oil prices sharply higher Monday and weighed on foreign stock exchanges.

Springdale School’s Video Named Finalist

posted: 02/22/2011 5:01 a.m.

A video from Walker Elementary School is a finalist in the National Geographic Find Your Footprint contest.

OBITUARIES: Benton County

posted: 02/22/2011 4:59 a.m.

Obituaries for Benton County for February 22, 2011.

RECORDS

posted: 02/22/2011 4:55 a.m.

Records for Northwest Arkansas for February 22, 2011.

Wisconsin union-rights bill stays mired

posted: 02/22/2011 4:55 a.m.

No resolution appeared imminent Monday to the stalemate over union rights in Wisconsin, leaving Senate Republicans resigned to forge ahead with less-contentious business such as tax breaks for dairy farmers and commending the Green Bay Packers on winning the Super Bowl.

Snow still bogs Minnesota, plows east

posted: 02/22/2011 4:54 a.m.

A major snowstorm dealt another winter wallop to Wisconsin, Michigan and northern Ohio on Monday as it moved east out of Minnesota and left more than a foot of fresh snow in its wake.

30 die in Afghan suicide bombing

posted: 02/22/2011 4:52 a.m.

A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to an Afghan government office Monday, killing at least 30 people — many who were waiting in line to obtain government identification cards, police said.

In the news

posted: 02/22/2011 4:51 a.m.

Ronda Holder of Tampa, Fla., said she and her husband have tried everything to get their 15-year-old to shape up academically with no results, so last week she made James Mond III wear for nearly four hours a sign that said, among other things, “GPA 1.22... honk if I need education.”

The nation in brief

posted: 02/22/2011 4:50 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “You have shut down the people’s government, and that is not acceptable.” Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald to Democratic senators who left the state to prevent a vote on a budget repair bill Article, this page

Names and faces

posted: 02/22/2011 4:50 a.m.

Wrapping up the Asian leg of her world tour, Taylor Swift is relishing her growing international appeal as the singer-songwriter steadily gains fan outside the United States with her combination of confessional lyrics and country sound.

The world in brief

posted: 02/22/2011 4:49 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I resigned from representing the government of Mussolini and Hitler.” Hussein el-Sadek el-Mesrati, a former Libyan diplomat in China who quit Monday Article, 1A

$5 million gift boosts Central Baptist’s goal

posted: 02/22/2011 4:44 a.m.

Central Baptist College, where enrollment has set records the past five years, has kicked off a $12 million fundraising campaign with a $5 million anonymous gift, the largest in the school’s history.

Higher ed chief tops Louisiana wish list

posted: 02/22/2011 4:43 a.m.

Arkansas Higher Education Director Jim Purcell is the top candidate to become the higher education commissioner in Louisiana, he confirmed Monday.

Other days

posted: 02/22/2011 4:27 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 22, 1911, Running on a platform favoring open gambling, W.W. Waters, former mayor, received a majority of votes cast at today’s Democratic primaries and was nominated for mayor, defeating a field of three other candidates.

From the Farewell Address

posted: 02/22/2011 4:23 a.m.

September 17, 1796. . . . The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad, of your safety, of your prosperity, of that very liberty which you so highly prize.

A tale of two revolutions

posted: 02/22/2011 4:22 a.m.

A modern revolution never seems to end. Look at the French Revolution, which set the pattern. When those observing the 200th anniversary of that revolution gathered, they soon splintered into much the same factions that had emerged at the time of The Revolution itself: not just monarchists and republicans but ideologues from all points on the revolutionary spectrum.

Washington

posted: 02/22/2011 4:21 a.m.

WAIT A minute, didn’t we just celebrate Washington’s Birthday yesterday? Yes, but that was his birthday on the legal calendar, even though he tends to be thrown in with all the other presidents who are honored on what’s now loosely called Presidents’ Day—presumably in honor of them all.

LETTERS

posted: 02/22/2011 4:21 a.m.

With freedom comes duty After the passing of Sen. Edward Kennedy last year, I reflected on the eulogies by his political allies and foes alike. All were very gracious and civil, unlike much public discourse these days.

Population shift

posted: 02/22/2011 4:20 a.m.

My take on the 2010 Census results in Arkansas, without boring you with lengthy interpretative blather: Our state is losing folks in about half its counties, mostly in the south and east, as Arkansas’ increasing population overall has coalesced around the central counties as well as those along the northwest Interstate 540 quadrant beginning at Fort Smith and stretching to the Missouri border.

Powell refrains from comment

posted: 02/22/2011 4:19 a.m.

Arkansas sophomore forward Marshawn Powell discussed several topics Monday when he met with the media, but declined to comment on his relationship with Razorbacks Coach John Pelphrey.

Southwest Stakes: Emphatic victory

posted: 02/22/2011 4:19 a.m.

In a race filled with trouble, trouble, trouble, the end belonged to Archarcharch.

Moncrief, Hogs’ hero, reminisces

posted: 02/22/2011 4:17 a.m.

Sidney Moncrief remembers a time when basketball wasn’t so complex.

LIKE IT IS: Coach K has Knight in sight; 10 more to go

posted: 02/22/2011 4:14 a.m.

There are many people who like Bob “The General” Knight.

Owner matches classic winners

posted: 02/22/2011 4:13 a.m.

Jess Jackson bred one Preakness winner to another on Monday. Jackson, owner of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra and two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, arranged for the two to meet in a breeding shed at Lane’s End Farm, near Versailles, Ky., on Monday.

Pujols’ contract talks nothing like Mize’s

posted: 02/22/2011 4:12 a.m.

Without publicly disclosing any numbers, the St. Louis Cardinals made an offer to Albert Pujols last week, which they called their “best” offer. Supposedly there will be no more Pujols contract negotiations until after the 2011 World Series, when he becomes a free agent.

Bayne coming to grips with Daytona victory

posted: 02/22/2011 4:09 a.m.

Trevor Bayne celebrated his Daytona 500 victory by playing basketball with friends, then skateboarding on the infield of NASCAR’s most storied racetrack.

ROUNDUP

posted: 02/22/2011 4:08 a.m.

BOYS BENTONVILLE 40, FORT SMITH SOUTHSIDE 37 Bentonville (14-11, 5-6 7A-West Conference) held host Fort Smith Southside scoreless over the final six minutes to upset the Rebels (22-3, 10-2 ). Nick Smith led Bentonville with 11 points. Cameron Adams led Southside with 10.

5A-WEST BOYS: Harrison zeros in against Huntsville

posted: 02/22/2011 4:07 a.m.

Harrison started hot Monday night and never let up as it routed Huntsville 91-69 to stay in the hunt for the 5A-West Conference title.

5A-WEST GIRLS: Siloam Springs pulls off inside job

posted: 02/22/2011 4:05 a.m.

Siloam Springs knew Greenbrier was stocked with several talented guards, so it figured its best shot would be looking for high-percentage shots around the basket.

Beebe’s use of fund called ‘measured’

posted: 02/22/2011 4:04 a.m.

When nearly 10,000 “Rainbow Family” members flocked to Arkansas in 2007, it was natural that some of them would get sick or hurt hanging out in the Ozark National Forest.

Hot Springs lakes to get early fill because of drought, Entergy says

posted: 02/22/2011 4:03 a.m.

Depending on rainfall, Entergy Arkansas Inc. says it will allow lakes Hamilton and Catherine to refill early from the wintertime drawdown because of drought conditions in the Ouachita River watershed.

Man utilizes Internet to guide lost pets home

posted: 02/22/2011 4:02 a.m.

The moments after realizing a beloved pet is missing can be frantic. Getting the word out quickly can help.

2 more monitors will track earthquakes

posted: 02/22/2011 4 a.m.

Scientists are installing more seismic monitors this week in an area north of Conway that has been the center of hundreds of earthquakes that began rumbling last fall.

State: Claims a waste of time

posted: 02/22/2011 3:59 a.m.

A legal challenge to Arkansas’ use of an execution drug allegedly purchased in England is a time-wasting tactic by eight inmates to delay their executions as long as possible, state attorneys said in the latest legal filings.

Google Street View raises concerns in Israel

posted: 02/22/2011 3:57 a.m.

Google has for years fought claims its mapping and photography services infringed on personal privacy. Now the Internet giant is facing concerns from Israel that the technology could be used for terrorism.

UA is listed among top research schools

posted: 02/22/2011 3:55 a.m.

The University of Arkansas has achieved elite status among the nation’s research universities.

Opposition-group leader to return to Bahrain

posted: 02/22/2011 3:54 a.m.

A prominent opposition figure accused by Bahrain of plotting against the state plans to return from London, an aide said Monday.

65 die as quake thrashes New Zealand city

posted: 02/22/2011 3:53 a.m.

A powerful earthquake struck New Zealand’s alreadybruised city of Christchurch today, killing at least 65 people and sending rescuers scrambling to help people trapped under collapsed buildings.

Calendar

posted: 02/22/2011 3:52 a.m.

This is the calendar of public events of the 88th General Assembly for Tuesday, the 44nd day of the 2011 legislative session.

Millsap Leads Lady Pioneers Into Postseason

posted: 02/22/2011 3:50 a.m.

Gentry girls basketball coach Tim Rippy said opponents call Courtney Millsap the Energizer bunny.

4A NORTH REGIONAL TOURNAMENT: Harris’ Game All Business

posted: 02/22/2011 3:49 a.m.

The snooze button is a close friend to most high school students, but every day when most teenagers are hitting it for a second or third time on a school day, Shiloh Christian sophomore Darian Harris has already been awake and productive for an hour.

Cooper Buys Into Defensive Role

posted: 02/22/2011 3:47 a.m.

Pea Ridge coach Charley Clark hangs his hat on defense. The Blackhawks coach likes to say that anyone can score, but it takes a special player to excel on the defensive end of the fl oor.

7A-WEST CONFERENCE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Tigers Upset Rebels, Take Tournament Berth

posted: 02/22/2011 3:44 a.m.

Defense became the main reason Bentonville’s boys basketball team clinched a berth in the Class 7A State Tournament.

Johnson ‘probable’ despite hip injury

posted: 02/22/2011 3:43 a.m.

Arkansas senior center Delvon Johnson suffered a hip pointer at Alabama last Saturday night, but Razorbacks Coach John Pelphrey said Johnson is “probable” to play against No. 22 Kentucky on Wednesday night at Walton Arena.

7A-WEST NOTEBOOK: Teams Embark On Busy Final Week

posted: 02/22/2011 3:42 a.m.

With just one week remaining in the regular season in the 7A-West Conference, there is still a lot of basketball to be played due to the backlog of games from postponements.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Top Florida defensive back considering Hogs

posted: 02/22/2011 3:40 a.m.

Arkansas is one of numerous schools vying for the services of one of the top prospects in Florida, defensive back Travis Blanks. Blanks, 6-1, 194, 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash, of Tallahassee, (Fla.) North Florida Christian has more than 20 scholarship offers, including Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Ohio State.

COMMENTARY: Coaching Women Diff erent

posted: 02/22/2011 3:39 a.m.

To the right, just inside the double doors to the small lobby, is a beautifully framed picture of the 2010 women’s basketball team with the NCAA Tournament ring prominently displayed.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/22/2011 3:38 a.m.

Better late than never for Cano New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano reported to spring training Sunday morning in Tampa, Fla. What he didn’t know, however, was that practice actually started on Saturday.

4A NORTH REGIONAL TOURNAMENT: Buchanan Finds His Way

posted: 02/22/2011 3:37 a.m.

Kendall Buchanan waited near the 3-point line, and then in a sudden burst of energy he caught a pass, darted through the lane and made an off -balance layup over a defender.

HOW WE SEE IT: Fire Deaths, Tragic, Often Preventable

posted: 02/22/2011 3:36 a.m.

We were deeply saddened to learn last week that a 5-year-old boy had perished in an apartment fire in Rogers on Valentine’s Day. According to his obituary, Brenden Poe loved to sing and to play sports, and he was very popular among his friends at ABC Happy Kids in Rogers. He was preparing to enter kindergarten this fall.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Tax, Spending Policies Awful

posted: 02/22/2011 3:36 a.m.

Dear Governor: Just a short note to comment on a couple of things.

COMMENTARY: What Are Highways For, Anyway?

posted: 02/22/2011 3:35 a.m.

House Speaker Robert Moore was explaining the other day why he wants higher taxes for highways.

Off the wire

posted: 02/22/2011 3:34 a.m.

BASKETBALL Source: Knicks to get Anthony The New York Knicks have agreed to a trade with the Denver Nuggets for Carmelo Anthony, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Monday night.

TOP 25 MEN: Syracuse wins battle at FT line

posted: 02/22/2011 3:26 a.m.

For one night free throw shooting in the Big East turned upside down.

SWAC MEN: UAPB falls after Griffin’s late 3

posted: 02/22/2011 3:11 a.m.

Michael Griffin’s desperation three-pointer with the shotclock winding down in the game’s final minute allowed Prairie View A&M to hold off Arkansas-Pine Bluff 59-53 on Monday.

State sports briefs

posted: 02/22/2011 3:11 a.m.

FOOTBALL New conference chase begins Sept. 3 The first quest for a Great American Conference football championship will begin Sept. 3, when four teams play a pair of games that will count toward conference standings for the first time, the new league announced Monday.

Spring Training notes

posted: 02/22/2011 3:06 a.m.

PHILLIES Lee had muscle strain Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee said a side muscle strain was the reason his first bullpen session lasted just eight pitches a week ago.

No. 4 Lady Vols win SEC championship

posted: 02/22/2011 3:05 a.m.

Pat Summitt keeps reminding her Tennessee players that they haven’t won anything big yet. The way the Lady Volunteers have plowed through their SEC schedule this season, she may need a new way to motivate them.

JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL ROUNDUP

posted: 02/22/2011 3:03 a.m.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS CONFERENCE JUNIOR BOYS SPRINGDALE SOUTHWEST 44 BENTONVILLE GOLD 33 Southwest 8 22 6 8 — 44 Gold 12 7 7 7 — 33 Southwest (22-2, 17-1 NWA): Jordan Dennis 11, Gus Vitt 8, Landan Jones 7, Austin Fox 7, Brady Backwell 4, Rickey Jones 3, Andrew Davis 2, Braxton Jester 2.

OAKLAWN BUSINESS: Busy week eases pain of lost dates

posted: 02/22/2011 2:56 a.m.

Oaklawn Park has lost so many live racing dates this season that it is difficult to interpret business numbers.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 02/22/2011 2:55 a.m.

7th race turns into Rebel prep Alternation remained unbeaten around two turns with a 3 1/4-length victory in a $40,000 allowance race Monday afternoon at Oaklawn Park.

Docents by the dozens

posted: 02/22/2011 2:52 a.m.

The trio is clustered in front of a Ben Shahn illustration of a castle in the Arkansas Arts Center.

CRITICAL MASS: Naked Lunch bared the soul

posted: 02/22/2011 2:50 a.m.

Naked Lunch turned 50 last year.

WHAT’S IN A DAME: Liqueur, chocolate and fire: Brulee!

posted: 02/22/2011 2:45 a.m.

How to Make an Impressive Dessert in 32 Easy Steps: 1. Consider settling for your old standby — the pan of wholesale club brownies that, when cut and sprinkled with powdered sugar, look homemade.

ARTBEAT: Last week to admire work by 4 pioneers

posted: 02/22/2011 2:43 a.m.

Four pioneers are about to leave town.

THE TV COLUMN: Crime show fans get new CBS drama to love

posted: 02/22/2011 2:42 a.m.

I have a co-worker who loves all the police procedural dramas.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 02/22/2011 2:37 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Our mother had some nice things, and after she died, the arguing over who would get what became very bitter.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: In-laws’ complaints sizzle

posted: 02/22/2011 2:36 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I have two boys, 6 and 4. The 6-year old is autistic. Both are highly energetic and our household is generally filled with noise and energy. When my in-laws visit, they tell us we are not strict enough, don’t feed our kids enough healthy foods, and let our kids watch too much TV.

Friday Night Lights soon will shine for the last time

posted: 02/22/2011 2:35 a.m.

Q. When will Friday Night Lights return to NBC?

Check your knowledge

posted: 02/22/2011 2:34 a.m.

1. What is a koala’s principal food? 2. In what park is Old Faithful? 3. Does the United States Supreme Court have the power to hear suits between the states? 4. The Detroit Red Wings play what sport?

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 02/22/2011 2:32 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: A friend told me I need to keep old utility bills for a year. Is that necessary?

Social Security Q&A

posted: 02/22/2011 2:31 a.m.

Q. What’s the easiest way to apply for retirement benefits?

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 02/22/2011 1:46 a.m.

Happy birthday. You find balance this year and are able to create satisfaction in several areas of your life at once. Before the week is over, you’ll receive a gift to commemorate your progress.The next six weeks show you in romantic settings, sharing your heart.You’ll make deals and impress your family in May. Capricorn and Gemini people adore you.

Monday, February 21

Mulberry police investigating skeletal remains

posted: 02/21/2011 4:41 p.m.

Police say they're working to identify skeletal remains found in a ditch near Mulberry and determine how and when the person died.

New GOP post for member of 'pro-white' group

posted: 02/21/2011 2:41 p.m.

A former GOP official in Arkansas who belongs to a group that bills itself as "pro-white" has been elected to another position in the Republican party.

For compromise in Wis., 3 GOP senators are needed

posted: 02/21/2011 11 a.m.

To end a high-stakes stalemate over union rights that has captured the nation's attention, a handful of Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin might have to stand up to their new governor.

EU, oil companies begin Libya evacuations

posted: 02/21/2011 10:55 a.m.

European countries sent planes and ferries to Libya on Monday to evacuate their citizens, and some international oil and gas companies pulled their foreign staff out and suspended operations, as anti-government protests spread to Tripoli for the first time.

State Senate looks at tax cuts on groceries, cars

posted: 02/21/2011 8 a.m.

The Arkansas Senate is considering cutting Arkansas' taxes on groceries and used cars, a week after the House approved three tax cuts that Gov. Mike Beebe says the state can't afford.

PROPOSED ORDINANCE EXPANSION: Smokers, Workers Resist Law

posted: 02/21/2011 5:49 a.m.

Cole Keene is well aware of the adverse effects of smoking cigarettes.

County Officials To Face Questions

posted: 02/21/2011 5:45 a.m.

Benton County will hold the first in a planned series of “County Hall” meetings Tuesday in Siloam Springs.

Tugboat fundraiser a failure, NLR says

posted: 02/21/2011 5:44 a.m.

An October concert promoted as a fundraiser for transporting a Pearl Harbor surviving tugboat to North Little Rock and to aid the state’s veterans provided “zero funds” to those causes, Mayor Patrick Hays said.

LAWSUITS

posted: 02/21/2011 5:43 a.m.

Lawsuits for February 21, 2011.

ACCIDENT PREVENTION: Fatal Fires Rare In Region

posted: 02/21/2011 5:41 a.m.

The death of a 5-year-old boy in an apartment fire in Rogers last week was a tragic but rare occurrence for Northwest Arkansas.

Project Gives High School Students Real World Experience

posted: 02/21/2011 5:39 a.m.

Kimberely Wary, a marketing teacher at Bentonville High School, is always looking for ways to expand learning.

COMMENTARY: Athletes Move On After Games Are Done

posted: 02/21/2011 5:37 a.m.

Most of us have seen the commercial.

MARRIAGE LICENSES

posted: 02/21/2011 5:36 a.m.

Marriage licenses for February 21, 2011.

COMMENTARY: An Alcohol-Fueled Decision?

posted: 02/21/2011 5:34 a.m.

This quote came at the bottom of an e-mail I received last week from some guy on the West Coast. “I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.” Cheers to that.

Dispatchers To Receive New System

posted: 02/21/2011 5:31 a.m.

Dispatchers in Washington County will soon have a better ability to record 911 calls and first-responder radio traffic.

RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS

posted: 02/21/2011 5:30 a.m.

Information is from state Health Department records.

OBITUARIES: Benton County

posted: 02/21/2011 5:27 a.m.

Benton County obituaries for February 21, 2011.

Northwest Arkansas Deaths

posted: 02/21/2011 5:27 a.m.

Some obituaries may appear in certain editions of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and not in others. This list shows the names of all people whose obituaries are in at least one edition. For obituaries not in this edition, please see our website, Arkansas Online, at arkansasonline.com/obituaries/.

Daytona 500: Baby-face Bayne belongs

posted: 02/21/2011 5:26 a.m.

Trevor Bayne finally made a mistake. Fortunately for him, it didn’t happen until he missed the turn pulling into Victory Lane at the Daytona 500.

OBITUARIES: Washington County

posted: 02/21/2011 5:25 a.m.

Obituaries for Washington County for February 21, 2011.

Deputies Arrest Kansas Fugitive

posted: 02/21/2011 5:24 a.m.

Benton County Sheriff’s deputies captured a Kansas fugitive Saturday after a brief standoff at a residence in the Siloam Springs area, according to Benton County Sheriff’s officials.

SIX-YEAR TERM: Hines Settles In As Mayor

posted: 02/21/2011 5:22 a.m.

Greg Hines thinks he is making the transition from a 12-year council member to mayor without major problems.

COMMENTARY: Snowmaggedon Offers Lessons For Future

posted: 02/21/2011 5:22 a.m.

Now that Springdale Snowmageddon of 2011 has past, I feel so much wiser and prepared for the next record snowstorm. Of course, it will probably be 20 years and the lessons learned will be for my grandchildren, but nonetheless, I am wiser. Or, at least I like to think so.

Man Faces Rape Charges

posted: 02/21/2011 5:18 a.m.

A Siloam Springs man was in the Benton County Jail on Sunday in connection with a rape that occurred when he was a teenager.

Two Men Jailed After Park Fight

posted: 02/21/2011 5:18 a.m.

Two men were taken to Northwest Medical Center-Springdale after being stabbed in a fight in Murphy Park on Saturday, according to Springdale authorities.

RECORDS

posted: 02/21/2011 5:16 a.m.

Records for Northwest Arkansas for February 21, 2011.

COMMENTARY: Snow, Dogs, Fashion And Books

posted: 02/21/2011 5:15 a.m.

I have finally figured out why I don’t like snow, aside from the obvious reasons.

SUN BELT WOMEN: Williams lifts UALR to victory

posted: 02/21/2011 5:13 a.m.

Finding UALR junior forward Britteni Williams on the bench isn’t a chore.

SPRING TRAINING ROUNDUP

posted: 02/21/2011 5:10 a.m.

RANGERS Young: No distraction SURPRISE, Ariz. — Michael Young had a message for his teammates before the AL champion Texas Rangers held their first full-squad workout Sunday and he took grounders at second base for the first time in several years. “He said he wasn’t going to be a distraction.

System to add Net addresses as IPs run out

posted: 02/21/2011 5:05 a.m.

Who could have guessed that 4.3 billion Internet connections wouldn’t be enough? Certainly not Vint Cerf. In 1976, Cerf and his colleagues in the research and development office of the Defense Department had to make a judgment call: How much network address space should they allocate to an experiment connecting computers in an advanced data network?

HOG CALLS: Razorbacks’ programs seeking titles

posted: 02/21/2011 5:01 a.m.

Arkansas teams haven’t simultaneously won the SEC Indoor Men’s and SEC Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships since 2003 when the women Razorbacks were still called the Lady Razorbacks With Lance Harter’s women’s team up and coming, and third-year coach Chris Bucknam’s men’s team coming off successive SEC Indoor championships, the Razorba cks have cause to think they can win both championships when Arkansas hosts them Friday through Sunday at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville.

SEC WOMEN UA women slip by LSU

posted: 02/21/2011 4:59 a.m.

All of a sudden, Arkansas has LSU’s number in women’s basketball.

OTHERS SAY: Fannie, Freddie, fade away

posted: 02/21/2011 4:57 a.m.

Give credit to the Obama administration for acknowledging that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be phased out. The Treasury offered three options for how to do that, but didn’t say which one it favored.

EDITORIALS: Happy trails to all

posted: 02/21/2011 4:51 a.m.

FOLKS UP in this part of the state might want to hold off on that new bicycle and set aside the backpacks, at least for a while longer. It looks like that much-anticipated 36-mile system of bike trails linking Fayetteville with Bella Vista won’t be getting that $15 million in federal help after all.

Heroes nonetheless

posted: 02/21/2011 4:49 a.m.

Even the most heroic efforts of our uniformed officers sometimes end tragically.

Video game sales dip in January

posted: 02/21/2011 4:44 a.m.

U.S. retail sales of video game consoles and software dropped 4 percent in January, but the falloff would have been larger if not for the burgeoning popularity of Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2 and other dancing games, experts said.

George Washington’s Birthday/ Daisy Gatson Bates Day closings

posted: 02/21/2011 4:39 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules may be affected by the George Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day holiday: GARBAGE COLLECTION Bella Vista: Regular routes today.

$750,000 fund loss expected, PB says

posted: 02/21/2011 4:38 a.m.

Pine Bluff projects more than a $750,000 loss in state turnback funds as a result of the 2010 Census findings, said Steve Miller, the city’s finance director.

Governor’s appointments

posted: 02/21/2011 4:36 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe has appointed a former legislator to the state Board of Corrections, the governor’s office said Friday.

Education notebook

posted: 02/21/2011 4:31 a.m.

PB student claims perfect ACT score Lauren Clai Elizabeth Morehead, a 15-year-old junior at Ridgway Christian School in Pine Bluff, recently earned a top composite score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam, officials at ACT Inc. in Iowa confirmed.

Other days

posted: 02/21/2011 4:28 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 21, 1911 Mayor W.R. Duley was granted an indefinite leave of absence. Alderman John S. Odom was elected acting mayor and the ordinance passed allowing the Rock Island Railway Company the right to build a freight depot at Third and Byrd streets, after which the council, which met last night, spent most of the remainder of a two-hour session in historical arguing of the merits and demerits of the rails being used by the Little Rock Railway and Electric Company.

NW Arkansas achievers

posted: 02/21/2011 4:27 a.m.

Marlon Blackwell, distinguished professor of architecture at the University of Arkansas’ Fay Jones School of Architecture, has been selected as the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia School of Architecture in Charlottesville, Va.

Palestinian urges Hamas to join unity government

posted: 02/21/2011 4:25 a.m.

The Palestinian prime minister appealed Sunday to the rival Hamas group to join him in a united government, offering to allow the Islamic militants to retain security control of the Gaza Strip until elections later this year.

Libya loses bases, arms to protesters

posted: 02/21/2011 4:24 a.m.

After anti-government unrest spread to the Libyan capital and protesters seized military bases and weapons Sunday, Moammar Gadhafi’s son went on state television to proclaim that his father remained in charge with the army’s backing and would “fight until the last man, the last woman, the last bullet.”

Go home and vote, GOP tells senators

posted: 02/21/2011 4:22 a.m.

Wisconsin Republicans on Sunday increased the pressure on Democrats who fled to Illinois to return home and vote on a bill that would limit public employees’ collective-bargaining rights, with the governor calling them obstructionists and a GOP lawmaker threatening to convene without them.

Man gets 10 years in abuse of child

posted: 02/21/2011 4:20 a.m.

Barely 2 years old, Freddy Bradford survived torture, a Pulaski County circuit judge said in sending a Little Rock man to prison Thursday for abusing the boy while warning the toddler’s mother that she would join him if she violates her probation.

1 of LR Nine medals finds home at center

posted: 02/21/2011 4:18 a.m.

There are only nine Congressional Gold Medals honoring the students who made history in 1957 when they integrated Little Rock Central High School, and one of the medals now has a permanent home on exhibit in the Clinton Presidential Center.

TRAVELERS’ CHECK: High fares slow few travelers

posted: 02/21/2011 4:17 a.m.

With stops along the way, a person can fly from Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport to London for $502 round-trip.

Acapulco attacks kill 12 in taxicabs

posted: 02/21/2011 4:12 a.m.

A spate of attacks on taxis in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco has left 12 taxi drivers or passengers dead, police said Sunday, just hours before the start of the Mexican Open tennis tournament.

9-county class to give elderly brain training

posted: 02/21/2011 4:06 a.m.

The class of 32 mostly silverhaired students listened as the instructor explained terms like “neuroplasticity” and proceeded to tackle one brain-teaser after another.

Poyen teen given award

posted: 02/21/2011 3:55 a.m.

When 21-year-old Jake Hogg died in 2008 from complications after a heart transplant a year earlier, his younger brother Brady, then 15, decided to establish a legacy of giving in his brother’s honor.

NATO strikes killed 64 civilians, Afghans say

posted: 02/21/2011 3:50 a.m.

Tribal elders in a remote part of northeastern Afghanistan claimed Sunday that NATO forces killed 64 civilians in air and ground strikes over the past four days. The international coalition denied the claim, saying video showed troops targeting and killing dozens of insurgents.

Obama’s ATF pick raises ire of NRA

posted: 02/21/2011 3:48 a.m.

Andrew Traver, nominated to lead the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, faces a powerful foe on the road to Senate approval. That’s the National Rifle Association.

200 gather at site of nightclub fire

posted: 02/21/2011 3:48 a.m.

About 200 people have gathered at the site of one of the nation’s worst nightclub fires to mark its eighth anniversary.

Mid-Atlantic states’ fires in check

posted: 02/21/2011 3:47 a.m.

Firefighters have contained several blazes in the mid-Atlantic region that forced evacuations, knocked out power and prompted an advisory for some residents to boil their water, officials said Sunday.

Tunisia seeks extradition of ousted leader

posted: 02/21/2011 3:45 a.m.

The Tunisian government presented Saudi Arabian authorities Sunday with a formal request to extradite ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, according to a statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Ugandan president Museveni re-elected

posted: 02/21/2011 3:43 a.m.

Uganda’s longtime president has won another term, the country’s election commission said Sunday, but the top opposition leader alleged the election was fraudulent and vowed to reject the results.

Chinese squelch call for protests

posted: 02/21/2011 3:41 a.m.

Chinese authorities wary of any domestic dissent staged a show of force Sunday to squelch a mysterious online call for a “Jasmine Revolution,” with only a handful of people joining protests apparently modeled on the pro-democracy demonstrations sweeping the Middle East.

Filipino villagers flee volcanic ash

posted: 02/21/2011 3:40 a.m.

Hundreds of villagers fled to safety today after a restive volcano belched ash and smoke into the sky after a month-long lull, officials said.

Estonia fire kills 10 children

posted: 02/21/2011 3:40 a.m.

A fire raced through an orphanage for disabled children in western Estonia on Sunday, killing 10 of them, a rescue service spokesman said.

In the news

posted: 02/21/2011 3:39 a.m.

Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was briefly detained for chanting anti-government slogans in Tehran, the IRNA news agency said, but police denied there were any opposition rallies to mark the deaths of two protesters in clashes with security forces a week before.

The nation in brief

posted: 02/21/2011 3:39 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I think it’s time that the governor recognizes that he can’t always have everything he wants, and it’s time for him to sit down and treat the workers with respect.” Mark Miller, Wisconsin Senate Democratic leader Article, 1A

Names and faces

posted: 02/21/2011 3:38 a.m.

Leonardo DiCaprio, the Oscarnominated U.S. actor, will assume the title role in a remake in Australia of The Great Gatsby after Sydney beat New York to produce the movie. Baz Luhrmann will direct the Warner Bros.-backed film, based on the 1920s novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the production will inject more than $120 million into the state’s economy, the New South Wales government said in a statement.

The world in brief

posted: 02/21/2011 3:37 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “As a Libyan citizen, I absolutely cannot be quiet about these crimes.” Abdel-Monem al-Houni, Libya’s former Arab League representative, who quit to join the revolt in the country Article, 1A

Don’t count out people

posted: 02/21/2011 3:36 a.m.

A mere three years ago, the IBM computer now known as Watson was a Jeopardy!- playing fool. And that’s putting it mildly. Watson had the verbal skills of a toddler. It botched the solutions to the game-show clues with howlers that filled IBM’s research lab with laughter—and raised deep concern.

Rogers High Teams Clinch Tournament Berths

posted: 02/21/2011 3:35 a.m.

Both Rogers High basketball teams clinched state tournament berths last week as the Mounties and Lady Mounties both recorded wins against Rogers Heritage and Springdale High.

Better roads for the future

posted: 02/21/2011 3:33 a.m.

The Legislature is in town and, as the old saying goes, none of us is safe. Historically, transportation is a key issue before any gathering of the General Assembly, and that is the case today.

Purple’Dogs Roll To Title

posted: 02/21/2011 3:33 a.m.

Even opposing coaches figured everyone else was fighting for second behind Fayetteville at Saturday’s 7A-West Conference Wrestling Tournament.

Pakistan: Missiles kill 4 suspected militants

posted: 02/21/2011 3:32 a.m.

A suspected U.S. missile strike killed four purported militants in a Pakistani tribal region along the Afghan border early today, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

Guest writer: Find, fix flaws

posted: 02/21/2011 3:32 a.m.

Arkansas may be home to a handful of multinational businesses, but small businesses are the backbone of our communities and local economies.

Bentonville Results Mixed

posted: 02/21/2011 3:31 a.m.

The week started on high notes but ended with a pair of low points for Bentonville’s basketball teams.

Budget forsakes the poor

posted: 02/21/2011 3:31 a.m.

With his latest budget, President Barack Obama reveals that he cares little about the poor and working class in the United States. The proposed $3.73 trillion budget targets “nondefense discretionary spending,” including many programs that benefit lowincome Americans.

Southwest Boys Grab Top Seed

posted: 02/21/2011 3:30 a.m.

The 7A-West Regional Tournament table is set for the girls and boys teams from the Northwest Arkansas Conference. But where they will sit is still up in the air for many of the eight teams — four girls and four boys.

LETTERS

posted: 02/21/2011 3:29 a.m.

Expand drug testing For the benefit of Sen. Bill Pritchard, Rep. Denny Altes and the 48 other legislators who co-sponsored Senate Bill 157, an act to require that applicants for and recipients of unemployment benefits test negative for illegal drug use: I take issue with the bill because it requires the drug test to be paid for by the applicant.

Lady War Eagles Make History Again

posted: 02/21/2011 3:29 a.m.

The Rogers Heritage girls basketball team came up with another historic moment in their short school history Tuesday night.

Childers’ Playing Days Ending

posted: 02/21/2011 3:27 a.m.

Clair Childers had her mind set on playing college basketball until she tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee as a freshman.

Tough Week Leaves Red’Dogs Reeling

posted: 02/21/2011 3:26 a.m.

A tough week didn’t get any easier on Saturday afternoon for Springdale High’s boys basketball team.

Portland rethinks stance on terror

posted: 02/21/2011 3:25 a.m.

This city has staked out its independence from the federal government loudly and often.

Three-Game Skid Tests Lady Wildcats

posted: 02/21/2011 3:24 a.m.

Things haven’t gone exactly as planned recently for the Springdale Har-Ber girls basketball team.

Report: Deputy errors led to death

posted: 02/21/2011 3:23 a.m.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies didn’t target a Los Angeles Times journalist who was shot in the head with a tear-gas missile 41 years ago, but made mistakes that led to his death, according to a draft report by a civilian agency.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Hogs cap weekend with sweep

posted: 02/21/2011 3:21 a.m.

It was a good opening weekend for Arkansas’ new-look baseball team.

OAKLAWN PARK: Elite Alex bonds Borel, Ritchey

posted: 02/21/2011 3:19 a.m.

Jockey Calvin Borel isn’t shopping for a Kentucky Derby mount, at least in late February.

NBA ALL-STAR GAME: Bryant shines in host role

posted: 02/21/2011 3:18 a.m.

Kobe Bryant always shines brightest among the stars, especially in his hometown.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 02/21/2011 3:17 a.m.

Claim pays dividend for trainer Owner/trainer Jack Frost of Marianna recorded his first career stakes victory when long shot Salty Wave flew home to win the $60,000 Spring Fever for older fillies and mare sprinters Sunday afternoon at Oaklawn Park.

COLLEGE BASEBALL ROUNDUP

posted: 02/21/2011 3:15 a.m.

SUN BELT VIRGINIA 8, ARKANSAS STATE 2 AUBURN, Ala. — Arkansas State (0-3 ) committed six errors in a loss to Virginia (3-0 ) in its final game of the Auburn Tournament at Plainsman Park. Virginia scored two runs in the first and second innings to take a 4-0 lead, but ASU cut the lead to 4-2 in the top of the seventh on Todd Baumgartner’s two-run double.

Arkansas withers during 2nd half of 2nd half

posted: 02/21/2011 3:12 a.m.

Arkansas is still the only visiting team to win this season at Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym, where the Commodores are 14-1 Three weeks after the Razorbacks knocked off Vanderbilt 89-78, it looked like they might pull another surprise on Saturday night and become the first visiting team to beat Alabama at Coleman Coliseum.

TOP 25 MEN: Moore scores 38 in Purdue victory

posted: 02/21/2011 3:11 a.m.

E’Twaun Moore scored a career-high 38 points to lead No. 11 Purdue past No. 2 Ohio State 76-63 on Sunday, capping a week that saw the top four teams in the AP Top 25 lose a game.

State sports briefs

posted: 02/21/2011 3:09 a.m.

BASKETBALL Moncrief to speak at Downtown Tip-Off Club Sidney Moncrief will speak at noon today at the weekly meeting of the Downtown Tip-Off Club at the Wyndham Riverfront hotel in North Little Rock.

Off the wire

posted: 02/21/2011 3:09 a.m.

GOLF Baddeley wins at Riviera Aaron Baddeley won the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory in four years. Baddeley, 29, held off Vijay Singh and 51-yearold Fred Couples, who was trying to become the oldest P GA Tour winner in more than 35 years.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/21/2011 3:08 a.m.

It’s time to shear the Beard Ungroomed and unmatched, Brett Keisel’s beard has taken on a life of its own. There are two Facebook pages dedicated to it, along with a Twitter account. There are also T-shirts, with some commanding fans to “Respect the Beard!” and others to “Fear the Beard!” Underneath all that hair? Another beard.

Dutch tilting against windmills

posted: 02/21/2011 3:07 a.m.

On an outcrop near the lighthouse in Urk, a woman in stone perpetually scans the horizon for the fishing fleet returning home. To the dismay of townspeople, her view may soon be obscured by some of the world’s tallest wind turbines.

Bird-size drone flies 8 minutes in military test

posted: 02/21/2011 3:06 a.m.

A pocket-size drone dubbed the Nano Hummingbird for the way it flaps its tiny robotic wings has been developed as a spy plane capable of maneuvering almost invisibly on the battlefield or in urban areas.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Nitro PDF packs in all the features of Adobe Acrobat easier, and for much less

posted: 02/21/2011 2:56 a.m.

Business in the Internet age means a lot of documents flying across the Internet. Many of those, be they forms, reports or publications, are in a universal format called Portable Document Format, or PDF.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 02/21/2011 2:54 a.m.

ALMA Bernadette Kathleen Cantrell, P.O. Box 965, Feb. 15, Chapter 7. Deborah L. Miller, 447 Rudy Road, Feb. 15, Chapter 7. James A. and Kira M. Kennedy, P.O. Box 1823, Feb. 15, Chapter 7.

Ladies can and do

posted: 02/21/2011 2:54 a.m.

Could finishing a 5K change a woman’s life? Yes, says Linda Fason, and without hesitation. But a 5K is only 3.1 miles. Every October, 45,000 women walk that distance in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Little Rock, and hardly any of them even bothers to train. They manage the distance. What’s life changing about that?

Vibrating platform research ongoing

posted: 02/21/2011 2:51 a.m.

The idea seems sort of silly, just another exercise gimmick.

Yogiphobes, yoga newbies can relax with Turner DVD

posted: 02/21/2011 2:51 a.m.

Those looking for a back-to-basics yoga DVD without all the incense and oms should check out Ashley Turner’s latest.

Other races have spaces, but LR Marathon’s full

posted: 02/21/2011 2:49 a.m.

Anybody who was planning to sign up for the Little Rock Marathon or its half-marathon can forget that for this year. The 13.1-mile race filled up Tuesday (reaching 3,700 racers), and the marathon accepted its 2100th racer Thursday.

Specific stretch combos help creaky desk jockeys

posted: 02/21/2011 2:48 a.m.

Here’s something you probably never expected a personal trainer to say: If you get up from your desk and walk around a little every 20 minutes or so, it’ll help your body more than a 45-minute session at the gym.

MASTER CLASS: Try adding twists to traditional sets

posted: 02/21/2011 2:47 a.m.

Tinkering with the standard set-up of a traditional exercise is no longer a surprising and strange thing to do. Whether you’re using a counterbalanced weight or simply adjusting your posture for a body-weight move, modification of an old standby is a commonplace approach.

Fitness on a dime starts with a walk

posted: 02/21/2011 2:45 a.m.

With so many options for staying fit, getting a great workout doesn’t have to mean spending a ton of money.

Clinics offer 40 training choices

posted: 02/21/2011 2:44 a.m.

Each of the 40 Women Run Arkansas clinics will be different from every other one.

ON TV CONTEST

posted: 02/21/2011 2:44 a.m.

The meet-cute. The fights. The love triangles. The over-the-top, sweeps month weddings. The years upon years of sexual tension drawn out to a ridiculous degree all in the name of ratings. Ain’t TV love grand?

HOW WE SEE IT: What Democrats And Burris Have In Common

posted: 02/21/2011 2:43 a.m.

Find the practical difference between these two statements: “We can afford this increase in health spending because cost savings will pay for it.” “We can afford this cut in tax revenues because economic growth will pay for it.” The answer is: None, to all practical purposes.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 02/21/2011 2:43 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Did Jesus ever commit sin? No one is perfect, so I have a hard time imagining that He didn’t sin, but I’ve also heard that Christians believe He was perfect. How was that possible? — K.P.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 02/21/2011 2:42 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Any hints for how to remove scratches from cultured marble vanity tops in bathrooms ?

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 02/21/2011 2:41 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll be entrusted with greater responsibility this year and will have more power to wield, as well. Your attitude of modesty and service will help you transition into this new realm with grace. Friends get you into new hobbies and interests in June.You’ll do some of your best work to date in August. Aries and Virgo people are devoted and loving.

Check your knowledge

posted: 02/21/2011 2:41 a.m.

1. William Shakespeare was born in one century and died in the next one. Identify the two centuries. 2. Does the vanilla plant have roots? 3. What is the proper name of the dog known as “chow” ?

COMMENTARY: Passing Blame Helps No One

posted: 02/21/2011 2:41 a.m.

Dear Northwest Arkansas Conservation Authority Board of Directors: We are writing in response to statements made by the NACA Executive Director John Sampier which appeared in the Jan. 25 edition of the newspaper.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Thieves Spoil Business

posted: 02/21/2011 2:39 a.m.

Why local businesses fail. I have been selling online for over 10 years now. EBay, Amazon, a few other sites. In my 10-plus years, the only “theft” I have encountered is when an item is not delivered by the Postal Service, and the delivery tracking even says so.

Sunday, February 20

SPIN CYCLE: Going Gaga as Grammys egg us on

posted: 02/20/2011 6:22 a.m.

Spin Cycle presents another installment of “All the News That’s Fit to Razz” ... Prior to being carried onstage in a giant egg at the Grammy Awards, Lady Gaga admitted to whiskey drinking and pot smoking during a 60 Minutes interview.

Walmart Visitor Center On Track For Opening

posted: 02/20/2011 5:56 a.m.

The downtown square will look a little different this spring when renovation to the Walmart Visitor Center is complete.

Small Towns Keep Up With Growth

posted: 02/20/2011 5:55 a.m.

Bigger numbers won’t necessarily mean big changes for Benton County’s smaller cities and towns. While most of the county’s municipalities grew during the last decade, the results of the 2010 U.S. Census show growth wasn’t evenly distributed across the county, either in numbers or in the rate of growth. Among the smaller towns and cities, growth can bring in additional revenue through the county sales tax and state turnback money. And growth can also change the shape of city government.

THINKING AHEAD  Community College Plans Washington County Expansion

posted: 02/20/2011 5:54 a.m.

Nearly 40 percent of more than 8,400 students who attend North-West Arkansas Community College live in Washington County. That’s why the college is in the early stages of expanding services there, said Steve Gates, the college’s vice president of advancement.

Hispanics cited for county cuts of 3rd District

posted: 02/20/2011 5:50 a.m.

Hispanics accounted for 41 percent of Arkansas’ population growth over the past decade, according to 2010 census figures.

House Cuts Trail Money, Womack Spokesman Says

posted: 02/20/2011 5:50 a.m.

A $15 million grant for a 36-mile bicycle trail through Northwest Arkansas was cut early Saturday in a U.S. House vote to slash more than $60 billion from the federal budget, said a spokesman for 3rd District Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers.

Airport Squeezed By Buildings

posted: 02/20/2011 5:49 a.m.

Offices at the Jones Center overlook a garden, parking lots and a stream of airplanes landing at the Springdale Municipal Airport. “I can look up from my desk and see the planes all the time,” said Kelly Kemp-McLintock, the center’s chief advancement officer. “It’s never been a problem.” The flight path to the runway passes about 300 feet from the offices and about 200 feet from the Jones Center chapel. Lights marking the path are installed through the parking lot. On Feb. 12, a small airplane crashed at the foot of the last light on the Jones Center grounds.

City Bids Fire Station Ventilation System

posted: 02/20/2011 5:44 a.m.

No one knows who’s at fault for a mold outbreak at the city’s newest fire station, but that doesn’t mean the city won’t be footing part of the bill to fix it.

Students Debate Cyberbullying

posted: 02/20/2011 5:43 a.m.

Bentonville High School students impressed professionals with their oral advocacy skills during a speech competition on Saturday.

40 attend public hearing on tax

posted: 02/20/2011 5:42 a.m.

Residents got a chance Saturday to air their views and have some of their questions answered about whether a prepared-food tax should be enacted to fund the Fort Smith Convention Center. City officials and convention center backers were among 40 people who attended an informal 90-minute forum Saturday morning at Sweet Bay Coffee Co. at 3400 Rogers Ave.

Benton County Obituaries

posted: 02/20/2011 5:42 a.m.

02/20/2011

Long waits called typical for complex court rulings

posted: 02/20/2011 5:41 a.m.

It’s no surprise to lawyers that a year has passed with no ruling in Oklahoma’s environmental lawsuit against Arkansas poultry companies.

Businesses Expect Improvement This Year

posted: 02/20/2011 5:41 a.m.

Pinnacle Hills Promenade retailers are seeing more traffic and higher sales.

Washington County Obituaries

posted: 02/20/2011 5:41 a.m.

02/20/2011

Study rejected in suit to run in peer-reviewed journal

posted: 02/20/2011 5:41 a.m.

Research that was rejected in 2009 as evidence in Oklahoma’s lawsuit against Arkansas poultry companies will be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

WALMART’S CHALLENGES Analysts Downgrade Stock

posted: 02/20/2011 5:40 a.m.

Wall Street is watching to see if Walmart improves U.S. sales when the retail giant reports fourth quarter earnings Tuesday.

Trail Planning Workshops On Tap

posted: 02/20/2011 5:39 a.m.

The Property Owners Association and city will sponsor two workshops to collect ideas to develop a trail plan.

Chicken Companies Sought Increased Marketshare

posted: 02/20/2011 5:39 a.m.

Tyson Foods, Simmons Foods and George’s pumped up poultry production last year to 18.35 million pounds a week, according to a recent survey completed by WATT Poultry USA.

Bella Vista Golf Committee Reschedules Forum

posted: 02/20/2011 5:38 a.m.

The village’s Golf Joint Advisory Committee rescheduled its open forum to get input from property owners.

Tax Cut Could Hurt Higher Education, NWACC Trustee Says

posted: 02/20/2011 5:38 a.m.

A capital-gains tax cut approved in the Arkansas House of Representatives last week could drain millions from the state budget and hurt higher education funding, a NorthWest Arkansas Community College trustee said Saturday.

City Plan 2030 Talk Scheduled

posted: 02/20/2011 5:37 a.m.

City staff will present recommendations to guide development over the next 20 years during a community presentation Thursday.

BUSINESS BRIEFS

posted: 02/20/2011 5:37 a.m.

Area Business News

Lindsey Consolidates Offices

posted: 02/20/2011 5:36 a.m.

Lindsey & Associates consolidated its Bella Vista and Rogers real estate sales operations.

Wilson Park Access To Be Limited

posted: 02/20/2011 5:36 a.m.

The west parking area of Wilson Park will be closed from 6 a.m. Monday through Tuesday to remove lights and poles and install new LED lights and poles, according to a news release.

Purple’Dogs Adjust To Oliver’s Style

posted: 02/20/2011 5:34 a.m.

The formations were diff erent. The practice drills were new. And the sound of the first-year coach’s voice was foreign.

PEOPLE IN BUSINESS

posted: 02/20/2011 5:34 a.m.

Local Business People Achieve

ON THE BUSINESS AGENDA

posted: 02/20/2011 5:33 a.m.

Calendar of Area Business Meetings and Events

INCORPORATIONS in NWA

posted: 02/20/2011 5:31 a.m.

Area companies file

Harmony For Hire

posted: 02/20/2011 5:29 a.m.

They stand just inside the building’s entrance in a line, the picture of neatness in their matching red vests and navy blue blazers.

ALL OURS, ALL HOURS Business Legends Lauded

posted: 02/20/2011 5:28 a.m.

Arkansas’ business leaders gathered Feb. 11 in Little Rock to laud four of their own as they were inducted into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame.

‘Angels’ Provide Support For Parents, Children

posted: 02/20/2011 5:26 a.m.

Shauna Christensen had led a life marked by despair. The single mother had a challenging childhood as the daughter of an alcoholic mom; Christensen herself became a mom while still in her teens. She recounted for a gala audience being homeless and living in her truck, making choices that landed her in trouble with the law and running away from her problems.

Soup Sunday Celebrates 10 Years

posted: 02/20/2011 5:25 a.m.

“A parent working the nightshift at a factory... can’t take time off to lobby to make sure their child has access to pre-K programs,” says Laura Kellams, Northwest Arkansas director for Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. “But we can.”

Coach: We Need To Learn To Win

posted: 02/20/2011 5:24 a.m.

The lesson Michael Devaney wants his Bentonville boys soccer team to learn this spring is a universal one.

Event Salutes Peel, Compton Helpers

posted: 02/20/2011 5:23 a.m.

Volunteers and guests dined on breakfast fare and looked out on a wintry landscape, but the talk was about spring and new growth that will usher in the season.

SOCIETY BRIEFLY

posted: 02/20/2011 5:22 a.m.

Area Charity Events

Offcials In Short Supply

posted: 02/20/2011 5:20 a.m.

Prep wrestling has made great strides in terms of popularity in Arkansas over the past three years, particularly in Northwest Arkansas.

OUR TOWN LOCAL NOTES

posted: 02/20/2011 5:20 a.m.

Community Announcements and Upcoming Events

Har-Ber Welcomes Expectations

posted: 02/20/2011 5:19 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber doesn’t appear to shy away from high expectations on the 2011 boys soccer field this season. Instead, the Wildcats embrace their lofty goals with open arms.

Red’Dogs Have Motivation

posted: 02/20/2011 5:17 a.m.

Springdale High boys soccer coach Donald Beeler hasn’t had to motivate his players going into this season.

ENGAGEMENTS

posted: 02/20/2011 5:16 a.m.

Area Couples Announce

WEDDINGS

posted: 02/20/2011 5:15 a.m.

Local Couples Wed

Mounties Reload For 2011

posted: 02/20/2011 5:14 a.m.

Graduation hit the Rogers High boys soccer team hard. The Mounties had nine seniors in starting roles and 13 total on last year’s team that advanced to the semifinals of the Class 7A State Tournament.

ANNIVERSARIES in NWA

posted: 02/20/2011 5:14 a.m.

Area Couples Celebrate

War Eagles Hope To Make Noise

posted: 02/20/2011 5:13 a.m.

Rogers Heritage boys soccer coach Craig Frank endured one of the toughest of his career with regard to player injuries in 2010.

OUR TOWN CLUB BRIEFS

posted: 02/20/2011 5:12 a.m.

Local Clubs Report

COMMENTARY ACES ON BRIDGE

posted: 02/20/2011 5:11 a.m.

Dear Mr. Wolff: How does the rule of 11 work if your opponents play thirdand-lowest leads, not fourth highest? — Number Cruncher, Texarkana, Texas Dear Reader: Just to clarify for nonexperts: With fourthhighest leads, third hand and declarer can subtract the spot-card lead from 11 to find out how many cards higher than the lead are held by the other three players.

HOW WE SEE IT Show Mercy To Student With Promise

posted: 02/20/2011 5:09 a.m.

What country wouldn’t want someone like Jonathan Chavez? By now you might have heard Chavez’s story. He’s the 21-year-old University of Arkansas student who just spent a month in a Florida jail because he is an illegal immigrant.

BETWEEN THE LINES Ethics And Need For Them

posted: 02/20/2011 5:07 a.m.

In the same week, Arkansas lawmakers passed bills to improve ethics legislation and another to illustrate why stronger ethics laws are needed.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Judges Adhere To Our Laws

posted: 02/20/2011 5:06 a.m.

In response to Randy Alexander’s column “Defend your rights — Bill gives neutral approach to dealing with foreign rulings” (Feb. 6): Senate Bill 97 does NOT deserve our support. Mr. Alexander states, “The bill is not ‘anti’ any specific group or religion but is pro Arkansas Constitution and United States Constitution.” I am confident that most Arkansans agree that the Arkansas Legislature should only pass laws that are needed — that serve a genuine public goal. This law is not needed and it serves no public goal.

Realism, Idealism, Politics

posted: 02/20/2011 5:05 a.m.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was atop a recent poll of prospective 2012 Republican presidential candidates.

COMMENTARY Record Snow No Sign Of Safety

posted: 02/20/2011 5:04 a.m.

During the record two-foot snow and -19 degree weather, a relative called to see how we were faring. After I described the apocalyptic scenario, he laughed and quipped, “Here’s where we need Al Gore!” Right. Global warming. My relative’s implication — if we had global warming like Al Gore said, then we wouldn’t be having such cold weather.

COMMENTARY Republicans Let Poor Folks Down

posted: 02/20/2011 5:03 a.m.

Today’s column is a message to all working or nonworking people who voted Republican last year because it looked to you like Republicans were the best bets to go to Little Rock and lighten your tax load and help preserve your job or create you one.

Area lotteries

posted: 02/20/2011 5:03 a.m.

Numbers drawn Saturday: Missouri Lotto 5-7-11-13-33-44 Estimated jackpot: $1.1 million Oklahoma Lotto 1-8-15-17-27 Hot ball: 16 Estimated jackpot: $3.36 million Powerball 3-12-34-37-42 Powerball: 36 Estimated jackpot: $126 million Power Play: 5

Report: Iran renews nuclear studies

posted: 02/20/2011 5:03 a.m.

A comprehensive new U.S. intelligence report concludes that Iran has resumed research on key components for a nuclear weapon, but that the slow and scattered nature of the effort reflects renewed debate within the regime over whether to build a bomb, U.S. officials said.

COMMENTARY NWACC Has Legacy To Keep

posted: 02/20/2011 5:03 a.m.

As I assume my new role as the chair of the board of trustees at NorthWest Arkansas Community College, I can’t help but reflect on the legacy of leadership shaped over the last 20 years by so many dedicated servant leaders. The emergence of this legacy was no accident. In fact, it was intentional and is a direct result of a long lasting commitment to stewardship of the college’s mission, the public’s trust, and quality education.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Dream Lives On In Springdale

posted: 02/20/2011 5:02 a.m.

Afew days ago, a person who had participated in the MLK parade in Fayetteville wrote to say that he would like to see more Latinos and Marshallese involved in the commemoration of Dr. King’s work.

State redistricting draws lawsuit risk

posted: 02/20/2011 5:01 a.m.

Civil-rights groups have taken Arkansas to court at least three times over the past three decades about how the state’s black population is divided among legislative districts.

Madagascar blocks return of exiled former president

posted: 02/20/2011 5:01 a.m.

Madagascar’s ousted president was barred Saturday by officials in his homeland from returning from exile in South Africa, but the politician said at Johannesburg’s airport that he would keep trying to return.

Vote favors Uganda’s president; rival cries foul

posted: 02/20/2011 5 a.m.

KAMPALA, Uganda — Returns from Uganda’s presidential election announced Saturday showed President Yoweri Museveni with a huge lead over his rival, making it likely he will extend his 25-year hold on power. The top challenger said the results were not acceptable and was considering his options.

Study: Surgical biopsies found overused

posted: 02/20/2011 4:59 a.m.

Too many women with abnormal mammograms or other breast problems are undergoing surgical biopsies when they should be having needle biopsies, which are safer, less invasive and cheaper, new research shows.

Adventure at sea turns into ordeal for Americans

posted: 02/20/2011 4:58 a.m.

It is becoming a familiar tale of the Somali seas: A retired couple sets out for the trip of a lifetime, sailing around the world in a relatively small yacht, blogging all the way, sharing adventures of meeting people, seeing exotic locales and experiencing the thrill of being totally free.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: UA bats heat up in hurry

posted: 02/20/2011 4:57 a.m.

Arkansas needed only one big inning Saturday to take down Delaware State.

ASU chief regrets contract flap

posted: 02/20/2011 4:56 a.m.

Arkansas State University’s chief said he regrets excluding faculty when the Jonesboro campus expanded online courses and he promises to include them in future academic endeavors.

NW Arkansas meetings

posted: 02/20/2011 4:55 a.m.

Monday Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Operations Committee, 10 a.m.

The state/region in brief

posted: 02/20/2011 4:55 a.m.

6,700 customers get power back HUNTSVILLE — Electricity has been restored to more than 6,700 Carroll Electric Co-operative customers who lost power.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Arkansas signees put in their work on, off field

posted: 02/20/2011 4:55 a.m.

Forrest City receiver Davyon “Sleepy” McKinney, Springdale offensive lineman Mitch Smothers and Malvern defensive lineman Grady Ollison are three of several Arkansas football signees who not only excel on the field but also at their after-school jobs.

LIKE IT IS: Pelphrey’s future at UA in Long’s hands

posted: 02/20/2011 4:53 a.m.

Over the next few weeks, there will be much speculation. In fact, it has already started on some radio shows and in e-mails to yours truly. The fact is there is no magic number for John Pelphrey. There is only a magic athletic director. Jeff Long will determine if Pelphrey returns for a fifth season as the head basketball coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks.

George Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day closings

posted: 02/20/2011 4:53 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules may be affected by the George Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day holiday: GARBAGE COLLECTION Bella Vista: Regular routes Monday.

State college roundups

posted: 02/20/2011 4:51 a.m.

GULF SOUTH MEN S. ARKANSAS 88, HENDERSON STATE 75 ARKADELPHIA — Southern Arkansas (10-15, 2-10 Gulf South Conference West Division) shot 58 percent to beat Henderson State (7-17, 2-10 ) at the Duke Wells Center.

Police seek details in death of man

posted: 02/20/2011 4:50 a.m.

The Arkansas State Police and Dallas County sheriff’s office investigators are asking for help relating to the death of a Dallas County man last week.

EMTs’ lives changed following fatal accident

posted: 02/20/2011 4:50 a.m.

Seventeen minutes. The clock starts ticking when three emergency medical technicians pull up to the No. 3 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that’s wrecked at Daytona International Speedway.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 02/20/2011 4:50 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “They are part of my district, and they deserve to have a voice.” U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, about Hispanics whose numbers are growing in the 3rd Congressional District made up of Northwest Arkansas counties. Article, 1B

Stewart nips Bowyer at Daytona finish

posted: 02/20/2011 4:48 a.m.

Tony Stewart continued his domination of the Nationwide Series season opener, overcoming a late pit stop to fix a flat tire to catch Clint Bowyer at the finish line of Daytona International Speedway.

Fox looks to boost failing ratings

posted: 02/20/2011 4:46 a.m.

Once upon a time not so very long ago, NASCAR was a red hot television property. Network executives were in a tizzy when discussing the future of the next great American sport.

Uncertainty is the only certainty for 500 drivers

posted: 02/20/2011 4:45 a.m.

The fans will stand in silence, three fingers raised toward the sky, on the third lap of the Daytona 500 in honor of the late Dale Earnhardt.

Arkansas board revokes license from educator

posted: 02/20/2011 4:43 a.m.

The Arkansas Board of Education has revoked the teaching license of one teacher and levied lesser penalties against six others — including two who were principals — for violating the state’s Code of Ethics for Arkansas Educators.

Divorces

posted: 02/20/2011 4:43 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY The following divorces were recorded in the circuit clerk’s office from Feb. 3-16.

Thompson’s quick filly tops in Bayakoa Stakes

posted: 02/20/2011 4:41 a.m.

Briland Farm’s Absinthe Minded scored a front-running victory in the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes for older fillies and mares Saturday afternoon at Oaklawn Park.

Bulldogs, Lady Tigers repeat

posted: 02/20/2011 4:39 a.m.

Whatever uncertainty existed before the Class 5A-6 A-7 A state indoor track and field meet began dissipated quickly once the competition began.

TOP 25 MEN: ’Huskers steer ’Horns off course

posted: 02/20/2011 4:38 a.m.

Brandon Richardson hit two free throws with 7.2 seconds left to seal Nebraska’s 70-67 upset of No. 3 Texas on Saturday.

SEC/TOP 25 MEN: Cats easily push home streak to 32

posted: 02/20/2011 4:36 a.m.

Darius Miller scored a career-high 22 points and No. 22 Kentucky had little trouble in a 90-59 victory over South Carolina on Saturday.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Hatcheries might be on federal chopping block

posted: 02/20/2011 4:35 a.m.

As the federal government considers closing the Norfork and Greers Ferry national fish hatcheries, trout anglers are worried about the future of Arkansas trout fishing.

The girl and the sea

posted: 02/20/2011 4:34 a.m.

On Dec. 30, Emily Franks of Little Rock ended 2010 in style when she caught a 130-pound, 103-inch striped marlin in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja, Calif.

Razorbacks on guard against determined Lady Tigers

posted: 02/20/2011 4:34 a.m.

A victory might never have felt this good.

GULF SOUTH WOMEN: Anderson propels Tech women

posted: 02/20/2011 4:33 a.m.

In a word, Arkansas Tech Coach Dave Wilbers chooses to describe Laura Beth Anderson as “reckless.” The Golden Suns’ senior guard doesn’t mind charging into a mass of larger post bodies, and doesn’t concern herself with what will happen once she takes off from the floor in an attempt for points.

STATE ROUNDUP Trojans come back without Bozeman

posted: 02/20/2011 4:28 a.m.

With his hand on his hip, UALR guard Solomon Bozeman trudged off the floor against Middle Tennessee after picking up his fourth foul Saturday.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 02/20/2011 4:23 a.m.

Surprises arise for Southwest A field of 11, headed by J P’s Gusto, is entered in Monday’s $250,000 Grade III Southwest Stakes for 3-yearolds at Oaklawn Park.

In the lane

posted: 02/20/2011 4:22 a.m.

Defense does job for Tide Scoring off turnovers has been Arkansas’ formula for success all season, but Alabama dominated that stat in beating the Razorbacks 69-56 on Saturday night.

7A-WEST BOYS Late surge sends Southside past Rogers Heritage

posted: 02/20/2011 4:21 a.m.

Fort Smith Southside’s boys seemed a bit flustered through the first three quarters Saturday night at Southside Gymnasium.

Imani performance in the wind at UCA

posted: 02/20/2011 4:18 a.m.

A good wind will blow five woodwind players to the University of Central Arkansas in Conway this week.

1 WEST-3A TOURNAMENT Greenland shows grit in 4th quarter

posted: 02/20/2011 4:14 a.m.

Greenland Coach Alan Barton argues his team is significantly better than its record might lead people to believe.

State legislators seek wider buffer on funeral protests

posted: 02/20/2011 4:13 a.m.

A proposed state law to further restrict how close protesters can get to funerals moves to the Senate this week as the U.S. Supreme Court continues to study whether such protests are intentional attacks against grieving families or a form of protected free speech.

LISTEN UP 5 get passing grades, but Mayfield is valedictorian

posted: 02/20/2011 4:13 a.m.

Jessica Lea Mayfield Tell Me Nonesuch A Jessica Lea Mayfield is a ball of contradictions: a young old soul, brooding yet quirky, passionate yet distant, folksy yet experimental. Those contradictions serve her well on her third solo album and the second to be produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.

THE TV COLUMN Hardball’s Matthews lobs softballs to Clinton

posted: 02/20/2011 4:11 a.m.

Do you have an “I Miss Bill” bumper sticker on your hybrid?

Burris urges cash for sobriety group

posted: 02/20/2011 4:08 a.m.

A nonprofit group called Oxford House International paid $1,300 for state House Republican leader John Burris of Harrison to travel to Washington, D.C., for a conference last September, Burris disclosed on his annual personal financial report.

TELL ME ABOUT IT ‘Princess’ is feeling the pea

posted: 02/20/2011 4:08 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My outlook on dating is very traditional — man courts woman and pays for dinner/drinks, etc. Then, after you figure out you truly want to continue to date, the woman offers to pay. The man I am dating seems a bit more on the equal end... I paid for last night, you pay for tonight.

LET’S TALK Joining AARP is a year off as another birthday rolls by

posted: 02/20/2011 4:08 a.m.

As of Thursday, I’m a year away from AARP membership — and still no invitation.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 02/20/2011 4:04 a.m.

Happy birthday. This year your awareness of others grows, and you’ll understand what the world needs most from you. You’ll clarify a career plan over the next six weeks. A goal that you make regarding family will bring good fortune in May.

Disney’s BIG Dream

posted: 02/20/2011 4:01 a.m.

It’s getting so a cruise-ship passenger can’t even stroll an 1,115-foot ship in private without launching interactivity.

7A-WEST GIRLS Fayetteville starts hot, never lets up

posted: 02/20/2011 4 a.m.

With a possible 7A-West Conference championship on the line, Fayetteville wasted little time taking care of business Saturday.

Fuel surcharges to match rising ticket prices

posted: 02/20/2011 3:59 a.m.

The rising cost of flying comes with a familiar refrain: The airlines need help paying their fuel bills.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE Oslo’s character emerges the more one explores

posted: 02/20/2011 3:57 a.m.

In Oslo, Norway’s capital, a big statue of a tiger sits in front of the train station. A local once explained that Oslo is nicknamed the Tiger City because in the 19th century, when country boys would visit the wild and crazy “New York City of Norway,” it would “make a mark on their soul.” I find Oslo more of a kitten than a tiger.

2 Pine Bluff theaters await fate

posted: 02/20/2011 3:55 a.m.

The Saenger and Community theaters in downtown Pine Bluff have been closed for years, but the two opposites stand in recollection of yesterday’s moviegoing at its grandest and rootin’ -tootin’ -est.

Other days

posted: 02/20/2011 3:55 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 20, 1911 HELENA — The entire city of Helena may be paved if agreements are reached between the business men at a smoker to be given at the Cleburne Hotel in this city next Tuesday night. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the paving of the city and to then inaugurate a campaign with a view of immediately having the work done.

State sports briefs

posted: 02/20/2011 3:54 a.m.

FISHING Rook falls to fifth Scott Rook of Little Rock is fifth with 31 pounds, 11 ounces after Day 2 at the Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans. Defending champion Kevin VanDam reclaimed the lead.

CONSUMER TRAVEL TripAdvisor lists 676 lodging sites visitors rank tops

posted: 02/20/2011 3:54 a.m.

The world’s “best” hotel? The Golden Well (U Zlate Studne) in Prague, say ordinary travelers like you.

COMMENTARY: Media monster devours Pujols morsel

posted: 02/20/2011 3:54 a.m.

The media feeding frenzy over what colleague Derrick Goold aptly dubbed “Albertageddon ” is a vivid illustration of the times, when what not long ago would have been a significant but not overwhelming story becomes an epic production in which hundreds of thousands of words are written, uncounted hours of airtime are consumed and the social media world buzzes.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/20/2011 3:53 a.m.

FIU puts rep on line for 0 for 4 In light of Garrett Wittels’ 56-game hitting streak ending Friday night, David J. Neal of The Miami Herald questions Florida International University’s decision to let the shortstop continue playing after he was charged with rape in the Bahamas last year.

Off the wire

posted: 02/20/2011 3:53 a.m.

FOOTBALL NFL, union hold mediation NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, union Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and members of their negotiating teams participated in a second consecutive sixhour session with a federal mediator Saturday, trying to spur progress less than two weeks before the league’s labor deal expires.

Nebraska boy recollects monsters and matinees

posted: 02/20/2011 3:52 a.m.

I grew up in a town of about 15,000 people in the middle of Nebraska. For most of the 1950s, North Platte was still waiting for its first television station. But movies? My little town had three movie theaters.

7A-WEST BOYS Mounties’ guard makes his point

posted: 02/20/2011 3:51 a.m.

Branden Gentz is averaging one point a game for Rogers, and the senior matched his average Saturday night against Springdale High.

Twilight for drive-ins

posted: 02/20/2011 3:51 a.m.

Drive-in theaters, in Arkansas and across America, are fading like old projector bulbs.

Libya, Yemen digging in as regional protests grow

posted: 02/20/2011 3:51 a.m.

Security forces in Libya and Yemen fired on pro-democracy demonstrators Saturday as the two hard-line regimes struck back against the wave of protests that has already toppled autocrats in Egypt and Tunisia. At least 15 people died when police shot into crowds of mourners in Libya’s secondlargest city, a hospital official said.

Union-allied critics of Wal-Mart renew operations, merge

posted: 02/20/2011 3:49 a.m.

In their heyday, they were a constant thorn in the side of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville, the world’s largest retailer.

House votes to cut budget by $60 billion

posted: 02/20/2011 3:47 a.m.

The House early Saturday approved a package of spending cuts, slashing more than $60 billion from domestic programs, foreign aid and some military projects, as the new Republican majority made good on its pledge to act to shrink the size and scope of government.

1-4A TOURNAMENT Shiloh Christian tops Prairie Grove

posted: 02/20/2011 3:46 a.m.

You can’t teach size, and Shiloh Christian had a sizeable advantage because of it Saturday in the championship game of the 1-4 A Conference tournament.

SATURDAY’S ROUNDUP

posted: 02/20/2011 3:45 a.m.

Girls CHARLESTON 49, LAMAR 46 Katherine West scored a game-high 22 points as Charleston defeated Lamar in the championship game of the 4-3 A Conference tournament at Lavaca.

70,000 join protests over Wisconsin bill

posted: 02/20/2011 3:45 a.m.

A state Capitol thrown into political chaos swelled for a fifth day with nearly 70,000 protesters, as supporters of Republican efforts to scrap the collective-bargaining rights of state workers challenged pro-union protesters face to face for the first time, and GOP leaders insisted again Saturday that there was no room for compromise.

Hospitals gear for e-records program

posted: 02/20/2011 3:44 a.m.

Hospitals in the state and across the nation will begin registering with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services to qualify for Electronic Health Record Incentive Program payments set for distribution in May.

In Mexico, slang fills air

posted: 02/20/2011 3:43 a.m.

Daniel Navarrete greets friends with what seems an unlikely term of affection — he calls them “ox.” Navarrete, a 19-year-old snack vendor, isn’t being rude. Go anywhere in Mexico City and you can hear someone calling someone else “guey,” which means “ox” or “slow-witted.”

Engineer’s waste spurs beer genius

posted: 02/20/2011 3:41 a.m.

Before he started “saving the earth, one beer at a time,” all inventor Eric Fitch knew about home brewing was that it could make quite a mess. Once, he accidentally backed up the plumbing in his apartment building by dumping into his garbage disposal the spent grain left over from his India Pale Ale home brew.

Spring training report

posted: 02/20/2011 3:39 a.m.

TIGERS Cabrera a no-show LAKELAND, Fla. — Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera has missed the Tigers’ first day of a full-squad practice and the team doesn’t know when he will report.

NBA ALL-STAR GAME Celtics, Heat join forces for 1 game

posted: 02/20/2011 3:39 a.m.

Kobe Bryant needed only a quick survey of the NBA All-Star rosters for some names to jump out at him.

Around the Horn

posted: 02/20/2011 3:38 a.m.

Singer scores big hit Alex Carr belted one out Saturday at Baum Stadium. Alex Carr belted one out Saturday at Baum Stadium.

Jerry Wayne Glidewell For kids’ sake

posted: 02/20/2011 3:35 a.m.

SELF PORTRAIT Date and place of birth: Oct. 16, 1956, in Orange, Calif. Occupation: executive director, Fort Smith Boys & Girls Clubs Family: Wife Cyndi, daughter Emily Glidewell, stepdaughter Cory Wakefield Allen, son Jay Glidewell, stepsons Zack and Cole Wakefield; 1 grandchild My favorite place I’ve been is Hawaii.

U.S. drops investigation of Countrywide’s ex-boss

posted: 02/20/2011 3:35 a.m.

Federal prosecutors have shelved a criminal investigation of Angelo Mozilo after determining that his actions in the mortgage meltdown — which led to a $67.5-million settlement against him — did not amount to criminal wrongdoing.

Former Palin aide pens tell-all tome

posted: 02/20/2011 3:34 a.m.

One of Sarah Palin’s trusted advisers is planning a tell-all memoir, drawing upon thousands of personal e-mails during his time with the former Alaska governor to paint what his agent calls an expose of the inner workings of her operation.

SPOTLIGHT MASQUERADE BALL Walton Arts Center group unmasks Masquerade Ball

posted: 02/20/2011 3:33 a.m.

It will be a true who’s who as partygoers guess who’s behind sequined and feathered masks at the Walton Arts Center’s Masquerade Ball on March 4.

Russia plunging into Arctic oil despite worries

posted: 02/20/2011 3:32 a.m.

The Arctic Ocean is a forbidding place for oil drillers. But that is not stopping Russia from jumping in — or Western oil companies from eagerly following.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES Kids’ TV scientist Beakman to put on zany, brainy show

posted: 02/20/2011 3:31 a.m.

Zany scientist Beakman (aka Paul Zaloom) of the children’s television science show Beakman’s World will be onstage with a live-action show called Beakman on the Brain at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville.

KB Home’s bait? Energy savings

posted: 02/20/2011 3:29 a.m.

Homebuilders say one of the biggest advantages of buying a newly built house is energy efficiency. However, some of the ways that builders make houses burn less cash might not be as recognizable to buyers as say, kitchen appliances, generous closets and bathroom amenities.

Shooting suspect’s family secluded, silent

posted: 02/20/2011 3:28 a.m.

Randy Loughner was always reclusive. But since his son was charged in a shooting rampage last month, the father has shut himself behind what one neighbor calls “an elaborate cage.” In recent weeks, Loughner has built a wooden enclosure, more than 6 feet high, obscuring his front door and windows.

Finance leaders hit compromise on imbalances

posted: 02/20/2011 3:26 a.m.

The world’s dominant economies took a small step Saturday toward smoothing out the global trade and currency imbalances at the root of the global financial crisis, overcoming Chinese objections and setting the stage for even tougher negotiations in the months ahead.

Education key to ‘next Google,’ asserts Obama

posted: 02/20/2011 3:26 a.m.

President Barack Obama said creation of the “next Intel, the next Google, or the next Microsoft” in the U.S. will depend on improving the education system so workers have the best training.

Tyson cuts turnover nearly in half

posted: 02/20/2011 3:25 a.m.

Tyson Foods Inc. has nearly halved its hourly work-force turnover rate in the past three years using a combination of strategies built around what the company calls its three guideposts, its core values, cultural tenets and team-member bill of rights.

Australia floods create opening for U.S. coal exports

posted: 02/20/2011 3:25 a.m.

The biggest floods in Queensland, Australia, in half a century are turning into a windfall for U.S. coal mining companies anticipating record profits and the highest exports in 15 years.

Toyota: Study finds no fault so drop suit

posted: 02/20/2011 3:24 a.m.

Toyota Motor Corp. is using a new NASA study finding no fault with its electronics as evidence that an unintendedacceleration class-action suit against it should be dismissed.

Swiss vow to better aid tax inquiries

posted: 02/20/2011 3:23 a.m.

Switzerland said last week that it would make it easier for other countries to chase tax evaders hiding assets within its borders.

Neglected citrus groves breeding blight, experts say

posted: 02/20/2011 3:22 a.m.

Abandoned groves and foreclosed properties across central Florida that were purchased by land speculators during the housing boom have become breeding grounds for a disease wreaking havoc on Florida’s $9 billion-a-year citrus industry.

Suicide raiders kill 8 at Afghan bank

posted: 02/20/2011 3:22 a.m.

Gunmen wearing explosives vests stormed a bank in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday as government employees were waiting to be paid, killing at least eight people and wounding scores of others in a standoff punctuated by deadly explosions.

Private-share markets emerge

posted: 02/20/2011 3:19 a.m.

Robert Morley owns one of the hottest commodities in Silicon Valley — shares of Facebook Inc. — but his big worry has been how to unload the stock.

China airspace big problem, group says

posted: 02/20/2011 3:16 a.m.

Congestion in the skies above southern China’s bustling Pearl River delta region, home to five airports and thousands of manufacturers, is one of the world’s biggest air traffic control problems, an airline industry group said last week.

Oil flows, but regional turmoil pushing prices up

posted: 02/20/2011 3:15 a.m.

The turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East has helped drive oil prices up to more than $102 a barrel for the benchmark Brent crude, but so far there have been no significant disruptions in production or supply, according to experts at the International Energy Agency.

Japan celebrates rare event: Toyota opens new factory

posted: 02/20/2011 3:13 a.m.

Toyota celebrated the opening of an auto plant in a rural area of central Japan last week — its first new Japanese factory in 18 years and one that promises to grow into a significant production base for the world’s largest carmaker.

TV news shows

posted: 02/20/2011 3:13 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock. NBC’s Meet the Press — Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. 9 a.m., KARK-TV, Channel 4, Little Rock.

In the news

posted: 02/20/2011 3:12 a.m.

Angeline Colin, a 13-year employee at Ameristar Casino in Kansas City, Mo., who won $15,000 for being named the casino’s employee of the year, is sending most of the money to her family in Haiti.

Names and faces

posted: 02/20/2011 3:12 a.m.

The question that’s kept Oscar observers guessing since nominations were announced last month — Will Banksy show up?

The nation in brief

posted: 02/20/2011 3:11 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’re not here to argue or anything, just to support our governor and his decision.” Olivia Peach, a Wisconsin Tea Party supporter, on the debate over her state’s labor bill Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 02/20/2011 3:11 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “When they were really scared, they were happy to find a consensus. Now that many believe — wrongly — the crisis is behind us and they have domestic concerns... they’re less concerned by multilateral coordination.” Dominique Strauss-Kahn, International Monetary Fund managing director, on the deal the Group of 20 members reached to measure trade imbalances Article, 9A

COLUMN ONE Missing element

posted: 02/20/2011 3:11 a.m.

Itried to stay interested in Bill O’Reilly’s interview with Barack Obama the other night. Honest I did. Duty called but, when I answered, it turned into what seemed a life sentence. On and on these two went, pausing at every familiar stop, but not for very long. Like the local to Glencoe.

53rd Daytona 500: Forever NASCAR’s Intimidator

posted: 02/20/2011 3:09 a.m.

After 462 races, a sad-sack losing streak that had spanned 16 long years, Michael Waltrip’s first trip to Victory Lane — at the Daytona 500 no less — should have been the happiest moment of his life.

How to understand Rush Limbaugh

posted: 02/20/2011 3:08 a.m.

One of the many strategic errors made by the Obama administration in the early days of 2009 was its decision to take on talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh—though it was, perhaps, hard to blame the president and his people for trying.

SEC Men: High-flying Tide

posted: 02/20/2011 3:04 a.m.

It’s a good thing Fox Sports Net didn’t try to use an overhead camera for Saturday night’s Alabama-Arkansas game because Crimson Tide forward Tony Mitchell might have knocked it down.

Informal sanctions on banks increasing

posted: 02/20/2011 2:59 a.m.

Informal sanctions are on the rise across the nation as banking regulators intervene earlier than in the past to prevent problems from getting worse.

EDITORIALS Words pay no debts

posted: 02/20/2011 2:57 a.m.

IT’S A SMART move to back up your computer. It’s also a good idea to back up dinner plans, vacation ideas and third base.

If it’s true, it isn’t nostalgia

posted: 02/20/2011 2:55 a.m.

Nostalgia means a longing for “good old days” that, for the most part, really weren’t that good.

Flashbacks

posted: 02/20/2011 2:55 a.m.

Movies show in bigger and bigger multiplexes of 10 screens, 12 screens... 16 screens at the Fiesta Square in Fayetteville, 18 screens at the Rave in Little Rock.

COLUMNISTS A shoot-out to avoid war

posted: 02/20/2011 2:54 a.m.

Aphone call from a new friend recently led me to thinking about resistance to the military draft in Arkansas during World War I. Having grown up in north-central Arkansas, my friend had heard stories about armed resistance to the draft.

High pill bill miffs senior

posted: 02/20/2011 2:52 a.m.

Marcia Kantorwitz knows what it’s like to hound people for unpaid bills.

OTHERS SAY Democracy by Internet

posted: 02/20/2011 2:50 a.m.

After the revolution in Egypt, it has become a truism that the Internet can foster dissent and political freedom. But in a thoughtful speech last week, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton put that observation in perspective and committed the United States anew to promoting the online exchange of ideas in other countries.

What Elkins paper?

posted: 02/20/2011 2:48 a.m.

How can city officials not acknowledge that their town has its own weekly newspaper, even passing an ordinance saying it doesn’t exist?

Consider the possibilities

posted: 02/20/2011 2:43 a.m.

Think for a minute: Does the name Sylvander Dewberry Martin mean anything to you? I’m not really expecting it to ring any bells. It’s just that of all the names in my genealogical logbook, his is my favorite. It’s distinctive, you know? Or rather, it would be if we could ever decide just exactly what the name was.

LETTERS

posted: 02/20/2011 2:41 a.m.

A solution is near at hand Despite all the concern about our schools, no one seems to know what to do, yet we had the solution at one time. The problem is not with the facilities, the teachers, the parents or the students. The problem is with the material taught to the children of caring parents by good teachers in modern facilities.

Public Meetings

posted: 02/20/2011 2:38 a.m.

02/20/2011

Records

posted: 02/20/2011 2:36 a.m.

02/20/2011

Saturday, February 19

Big Inning Lifts Arkansas to Game 2 Win

posted: 02/19/2011 4:47 p.m.

Arkansas scored seven runs in a big third inning Saturday, beating Delaware State 9-2 at Baum Stadium.

NCAA Denies Bosco's Appeal

posted: 02/19/2011 9:22 a.m.

The NCAA has denied Arkansas outfielder Jimmy Bosco's appeal for immediate eligibility this season.

Washington County Obituaries

posted: 02/19/2011 6:58 a.m.

02/19/2011

Benton County Obituaries

posted: 02/19/2011 6:56 a.m.

02/19/2011

Mounties Put The Clamps On War Eagles

posted: 02/19/2011 6:48 a.m.

Rogers High boys basketball coach Marty Barnes had seen his team lose focus and a few leads this season, but the Mounties made sure that didn't happen Friday night.

Hard times hit NASCAR, too

posted: 02/19/2011 6:47 a.m.

Given how the economy’s slow recovery continues to buffet NASCAR, Greg Biffle believes he and other drivers expecting to sign new deals in the near future are going to experience a market correction.

HOG CALLS: Hogs need complete game this time

posted: 02/19/2011 6:45 a.m.

The Arkansas Razorbacks’ major over achievement this season at Walton Arena included underachieving as it was achieved.

Edwards, Bowyer on fast track to new deals

posted: 02/19/2011 6:44 a.m.

Let the bidding begin. Carl Edwards and Clint Bowyer, who catapulted from the dirt tracks of the Midwest to NASCAR stardom, enter the 2011 season in the final year of their contracts and are about to be two of the sport’s most attractive free agents.

Big Fourth Quarter Fuels Lady Mounties

posted: 02/19/2011 6:41 a.m.

Rogers High girls basketball coach Preston Early said it was like the fog finally lifted in the fourth quarter Friday night.

7A/6A-CENTRAL BOYS: Vint shoulders load for Pointers

posted: 02/19/2011 6:39 a.m.

Conway has seen enough of Hooper Vint. Vint, Van Buren’s 6-11 senior center, scored 29 points Friday night to guide the Pointers to a 58-49 victory over Conway at Clair Bates Athletic Arena.

Rebels Take Down Springdale High With Ease

posted: 02/19/2011 6:38 a.m.

At times in the second half on Friday night, Fort Smith Southside made its contest against Springdale High seem easy.

Lady Rebels Take Control Early

posted: 02/19/2011 6:29 a.m.

Late in the fourth quarter Friday night, Fort Smith Southside sophomore Calli White made a turnaround no-look pass to senior Emilie Gray underneath their team’s basket.

Spring training report

posted: 02/19/2011 6:27 a.m.

CARDINALS Edmonds retires JUPITER, Fla. — Jim Edmonds is retiring from baseball at 40, one day before he was to start spring training with the St. Louis Cardinals as a nonroster player.

Har-Ber’s Fight Falls Short Against Lady Bears

posted: 02/19/2011 6:26 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber looked at times like a team ready to knock off one of the 7A-West Conference heavyweights Friday.

Offense Explosion Leads Northside Past Har-Ber

posted: 02/19/2011 6:24 a.m.

If Fort Smith Northside continues to play this well on the offensive end of the basketball court, look out.

Alabama closing in on title

posted: 02/19/2011 6:24 a.m.

Alabama can clinch the SEC Western Division with a victory against Arkansas tonight at Coleman Coliseum.

Injured knee slows UALR starter

posted: 02/19/2011 6:22 a.m.

Walking off the court before facing Denver on Feb. 3, UALR forward Courtney Jackson’s right knee felt stiff and throbbed.

TOP 25 MEN: Louisville sweeps UConn

posted: 02/19/2011 6:22 a.m.

Peyton Siva scored 15 points, freshman center Gorgui Dieng had 13 points and 12 rebounds and No. 16 Louisville rolled by punchless No. 13 Connecticut 71-58 on Friday night.

Heber Springs dominates

posted: 02/19/2011 6:20 a.m.

Heber Springs surpassed its coach’s expectations. The Panthers put a thorough whipping on the field to win the 1A-4A indoor state track and field championship Friday at the Tyson Track Center.

Just like that, Petalino takes in Derby prospect

posted: 02/19/2011 6:20 a.m.

The way trainer Joe Petalino sees it, there’s no pressure having the favorite for Monday’s $250,000 Grade III Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 02/19/2011 6:18 a.m.

Fast work puts filly on radar A stunning workout by a royally bred 3-year-old filly highlighted training Friday morning at Oaklawn Park.

Purple’Dogs Nip Tigers In Defensive Tussle

posted: 02/19/2011 6:17 a.m.

Bentonville boys basketball coach Jason McMahan approved of the shot Austin Heard took to end Friday’s game.

Fayetteville’s Berna Burns Bentonville

posted: 02/19/2011 6:15 a.m.

Calli Berna got some help from her Fayetteville teammates Friday night, but she didn’t need much.

Bentonville Soccer Standout Power Signs With Arkansas

posted: 02/19/2011 6:06 a.m.

Margaret Power couldn’t have chosen a better way to end her big moment Friday afternoon.

Oliver’s 3-Pointer Opens Floodgates

posted: 02/19/2011 6:03 a.m.

It wasn’t a game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer, but Chris Oliver’s 3-pointer from 25 feet at the end of the third quarter might as well have been the game-winner.

Greenland Escapes With Win

posted: 02/19/2011 6 a.m.

Greenland and Lincoln were tied with two minutes to go in their 3A-1 District Tournament semifinal game Friday, but every bounce or roll went to the Lady Pirates the rest of the way.

Road budgets feel winter’s chill

posted: 02/19/2011 5:55 a.m.

The cost of clearing snow and ice from Arkansas highways during the winter storm season is threatening to break last season’s record of $11.5 million — an amount that’s more than twice what the state Highway and Transportation Department sets aside for plowing and sanding.

Fayetteville Tabbed As Favorite In 7A-West Tournament

posted: 02/19/2011 5:54 a.m.

Fayetteville wrestling coach Trey Selmon may not want the label of favorite in today’s 7A-West Conference Tournament, but most opposing coaches believe the Purple Bulldogs could unseat two-time defending champion Rogers Heritage.

Sparkman bets cash on schools

posted: 02/19/2011 5:54 a.m.

Residents of the tiny Dallas County town of Sparkman are trying to save their schools from dwindling enrollment and potential closure by promising to pay for college for their shrinking number of high school graduates.

House blocks U.S. funding of health law

posted: 02/19/2011 5:52 a.m.

The House on Friday voted to withhold funds for implementing President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul and to block a federal crackdown on for-profit colleges, as part of a Republican plan to cut at least $61 billion in spending this year.

Protests again run red

posted: 02/19/2011 5:51 a.m.

Security forces opened fire Friday on Bahraini protesters for a second-straight day, wounding at least 50 people as thousands marched toward Pearl Square in an uprising that sought to break the political grip of the Persian Gulf nation’s leaders.

Wisconsin sics troopers on senators

posted: 02/19/2011 5:50 a.m.

With tens of thousands of protesters jamming the Capitol and many Wisconsin schools closed for a third day, state troopers were enlisted Friday in the hunt for 14 Democratic state senators whose disappearance has prevented a vote on the new governor’s contentious budget proposal.

State sports briefs

posted: 02/19/2011 5:49 a.m.

FISHING Rook second at Bassmaster Classic Scott Rook of Little Rock is in second place with 19 pounds, 7 ounces after Friday’s first day of the Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans.

Laswell Sentenced To Life

posted: 02/19/2011 5:48 a.m.

Broderick Laswell will spend the rest of his life in prison. A jury spared Laswell’s life Friday when it recommended he serve life in prison without the benefit of parole for his role in the murder of Randall Walker. The seven men and five women also recommended Laswell serve 60 years in prison for aggravated robbery.

Arts Center Finalizes AMP Purchase

posted: 02/19/2011 5:46 a.m.

The Walton Arts Center is officially the owner of Northwest Arkansas’ largest outdoor concert venue.

Digital Billboard Concerns Some On Council

posted: 02/19/2011 5:45 a.m.

A digital billboard that went up Monday at the corner of Walton Boulevard and Southwest 14th Street has some city officials wondering if they made the right decision to allow the signs.

Krause to face new indictment

posted: 02/19/2011 5:43 a.m.

Prosecutors will seek a new indictment against a Madison County man suspected of making a bomb that was found outside a Carroll County church in June, according to a motion filed Friday by a U.S. attorney.

Ten Schools Get High Marks

posted: 02/19/2011 5:42 a.m.

Several schools in Benton and Washington County were recognized Friday as higher-performing schools by the National Center for Educational Achievement.

Beebe Signs Banning Liquor Franchises

posted: 02/19/2011 5:41 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe signed House Bill 1282 on Friday, immediately barring any liquor store franchise from opening multiple outlets in Arkansas, according to an e-mail from his office.

Legislators Discuss Capital Gains Cut

posted: 02/19/2011 5:40 a.m.

About 20,000 jobs could be created for every $10 million lost in state revenue from this week’s capital gains tax cut by the state House of Representative, Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, told a group at the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce 0n Friday.

Dispatchers Handle County Growing Pains

posted: 02/19/2011 5:39 a.m.

In the popular imagination, on television and in the movies, law enforcement is a matter of crashing cars and high-caliber handguns. But in the real world, a microphone — and the person on the other end of it — may be an officer’s most valuable weapon. In Benton County, the voice on the other end of the radio comes from “CenCom,” the county’s Central Communications facility housed in the basement of the County Administration Building.

Judge Approves Settlement In Carbon Monoxide Case

posted: 02/19/2011 5:36 a.m.

After more than six years in the court system, a judge has approved an agreement in a class-action lawsuit between a Springdale apartment complex and former residents exposed to carbon monoxide.

Gun, No Ammo, At High School

posted: 02/19/2011 5:34 a.m.

A high school student was arrested Friday after having a handgun at the school earlier in the week, said Lt. Jon Simpson of the Bentonville Police Department.

Storms Economic Impact In Millions

posted: 02/19/2011 5:33 a.m.

The recent snowstorm storms negatively impacted the Rogers economy, according to a survey by the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce. The survey results were released Friday afternoon.

Election Commission To Meet Next Week

posted: 02/19/2011 5:32 a.m.

The Benton County Election Commission is set to meet next week with its two Democratic Party representatives at odds before the meeting begins.

Zone Meetings Rescheduled

posted: 02/19/2011 5:31 a.m.

Springdale School District officials have rescheduled two meetings about proposed changes in elementary school attendance zones.

Measure Would Save Rogers, Springdale Airports Money

posted: 02/19/2011 5:30 a.m.

An amendment to a federal bill passed by the Senate on Thursday would cap how much Rogers has to pay for air traffic control, an expense set to go up sharply. The cap would also apply to the Springdale Municipal Airport, according to a news release from Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark, who made the amendment.

Northwest Personal Space

posted: 02/19/2011 5:30 a.m.

Becky Schaffer of Saving Grace explains why she finds peace in her living room.

Man Arrested After Breaking Deputy’s Stun Gun

posted: 02/19/2011 5:29 a.m.

A Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy who used an electronic stun gun on a Springdale man said the man turned, broke off the weapon’s electricity-carrying leads and asked to be stunned with it again.

Man Accused Of Hitting Stepson

posted: 02/19/2011 5:26 a.m.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Prairie Grove man Thursday after he reportedly hit his stepson on the head with a 2-inch by 4-inch piece of lumber.

Fayetteville Schools Outline Snow Makeup Plan

posted: 02/19/2011 5:25 a.m.

Students in the Fayetteville School District nearly escaped Saturday classes, but calendars released Friday show the region’s heavy snow and ice this month will force a Saturday makeup session March 5 for most students.

State police to delay appeal of ex-trooper until after trial

posted: 02/19/2011 5:23 a.m.

A hearing to determine whether to reinstate a fired Arkansas State Police trooper facing manslaughter charges in a fatal crash has been delayed, his attorney said Friday.

Arrest U.S. car’s driver, says judge in Pakistan

posted: 02/19/2011 5:22 a.m.

A judge Friday ordered the arrest of the driver of a U.S. vehicle that struck and killed a Pakistani while rushing to help an American detained in a pair of fatal shootings, a lawyer for the victim’s family said.

Off the wire

posted: 02/19/2011 5:16 a.m.

FOOTBALL Colts release Sanders Bob Sanders couldn’t stay healthy and the Indianapolis Colts couldn’t afford to keep investing in the oftinjured safety. Team owner Jim Irsay released the 2007 NFL Defensive Player of the Year on Friday.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/19/2011 5:16 a.m.

Pippen still willing to take shots Former Chicago Bulls star and Central Arkansas standout Scottie Pippen had his sights locked onto something other than an open basket last weekend.

Other days

posted: 02/19/2011 5:11 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 19, 1911 Thirty-four strong, the suffragettes of Little Rock marched upon the Constitutional Committee of the House of Representatives of the Arkansas General Assembly yesterday afternoon, only to find that the members of this committee had “silently folded their tents and stolen away,” with the exception of one lone Republican member, who stood before the advancing host and declared with fear and trembling that he knew nothing of an engagement the suffragettes declared that they had with the committee.

U.S. blocks U.N. try to censure Israel

posted: 02/19/2011 5:11 a.m.

The U.S. on Friday vetoed a draft resolution in the United Nations Security Council that would have declared Israel’s settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem to be illegal and demanded a halt to such activity.

Albanians march, call for early vote

posted: 02/19/2011 5:09 a.m.

Tens of thousands of Albanian opposition supporters marched peacefully through the capital Friday to demand the government resign over corruption allegations, almost a month after four people died when a similar demonstration turned violent.

Krause to face new indictment

posted: 02/19/2011 5:08 a.m.

Prosecutors will seek a new indictment against a Madison County man suspected of making a bomb that was found outside a Carroll County church in June, according to a motion filed Friday by a U.S. attorney.

Series of temblors hit Faulkner County town

posted: 02/19/2011 5:07 a.m.

The chandelier in the lobby of the Greenbrier Hilltop Inn and Suites sways whenever the earth moves underneath the Faulkner County town.

Spill fund tweaks payout rules

posted: 02/19/2011 5:06 a.m.

The administrator of BP’s $20 billion Gulf oil spill fund announced new rules Friday on how final payments will be determined in the highly criticized claims process, but the central payment formula remained unchanged from a proposal released earlier this month.

LOCAL CALENDAR - SPORTS

posted: 02/19/2011 5:04 a.m.

BASEBALL THROWING MOTION STUDY: Baseball and softball catchers are needed for a research study by the University of Arkansas Sport Biomechanics Group for baseball and softball. The study analyzes the throwing motion and muscle activations when throwing to second base. For more information, contact Gretchen Oliver at goliver@uark.edu.

HOW WE SEE IT Snowstorm Response Satisfactory

posted: 02/19/2011 5:03 a.m.

With weather that feels more like spring than winter these days, last week’s snowpocalypse seems like a distant memory now, doesn’t it? Nevertheless, let’s revisit that brief but brutal beating we took from Mother Nature.

House set to pass spending cuts, delegation says

posted: 02/19/2011 5:03 a.m.

Members of the Arkansas congressional delegation said Friday that the House was poised to pass legislation that would make spending cuts throughout the federal government. However, the bill faces an uncertain future in the Senate, highlighting the prospects of a government shutdown if no agreement is reached.

COMMENTARY Liquor Vote II, The Sequel

posted: 02/19/2011 5:02 a.m.

As with most sequels, this one is even worse than the original.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Swimming Lessons Are Crucial

posted: 02/19/2011 5:01 a.m.

I appreciated the editorial “Make certain soccer goals are secure” (Feb. 1).

Alien labor-safety deal signed in LR

posted: 02/19/2011 5:01 a.m.

Shortly before signing an agreement with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Little Rock on Friday, Mexico’s Consul for Arkansas addressed a crowded room of Mexicans waiting to meet with consular officials.

Bail-bond bill rejected by its licensing board

posted: 02/19/2011 5 a.m.

Referring to pending legislation as an attack on the Arkansas Professional Bail Bondsman Licensing Board, the seven-member panel unanimously approved motions Friday to oppose the bill and to give a vote of confidence for Chairman Curt Clark.

4 Afghan attacks leave 17 dead

posted: 02/19/2011 4:57 a.m.

Attacks in four parts of the country Friday killed two German soldiers, four Afghan police officers, another NATO serviceman and at least 10 civilians.

BENTON COUNTY HONOR ROLL

posted: 02/19/2011 4:55 a.m.

Kirksey Middle School in Rogers has listed these students for its second quarter honor roll:

Fort Smith man held in bank heists

posted: 02/19/2011 4:53 a.m.

A Sebastian County man who was arrested Sunday after police found a gun and $166,000 in his backpack is suspected in the robberies of two Missouri banks last year.

Egyptians rally anew, urge army to speed change

posted: 02/19/2011 4:53 a.m.

Egyptians thronged again to Tahrir Square on Friday, one week after the downfall of Hosni Mubarak, in a victory celebration of dancing, singing and flag-waving, but also serious resolve to pressure the country’s military rulers to implement change.

George Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day closings

posted: 02/19/2011 4:52 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules may be affected by the George Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day holiday: GARBAGE COLLECTION Bella Vista: Regular routes Monday.

Leader Called To New Position

posted: 02/19/2011 4:51 a.m.

Harry Black made his first conscious commitment to Christ as a 5- or 6-year-old child. He answered the altar call at a Southern Baptist church in Amarillo, Texas, impelled by a sudden recognition that he was not in a right relationship with God.

The state/region in brief

posted: 02/19/2011 4:51 a.m.

Record warmth ends frigid spell OKLAHOMA CITY — Temperature records again are falling in Oklahoma.

Children killed in fire identified

posted: 02/19/2011 4:50 a.m.

Authorities have identified two children killed in an east Jonesboro house fire Wednesday.

Mega Millions

posted: 02/19/2011 4:50 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 5-6-7-30-45 Mega Ball: 42 Estimated jackpot: $52 million Megaplier: 03

FAITH & POP CULTURE ‘The Grace Card’ Being Played Soon

posted: 02/19/2011 4:49 a.m.

There’s nothing typical about “The Grace Card,” a movie opening next week across the country.

Tax forum set Saturday

posted: 02/19/2011 4:49 a.m.

City directors plan to attend a forum Saturday about a 1 percent prepared-food tax being proposed to help operate the Fort Smith Convention Center, City Administrator Ray Gosack said.

In the news

posted: 02/19/2011 4:49 a.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif., has ordered state agencies to stop buying giveaway items, to help eliminate a $25 billion budget deficit, saying, “Not a cent of taxpayer money should be spent on flashlights, ashtrays or other unnecessary items, most of which likely end up in landfills.”

Names and faces

posted: 02/19/2011 4:49 a.m.

A TV reporter who lapsed into gibberish during a live shot outside the Grammy Awards show said she was terrified when it happened and knew something was wrong as soon as she opened her mouth.

The nation in brief

posted: 02/19/2011 4:48 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s not pleasant to reduce spending. I get that.This is what the American people sent us here to do.This is what the American people elected 87 freshman Republicans to do, just this sort of thing.” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio Article, 1A

FAITH MATTERS Diffcult Milestones Mark Middle Age

posted: 02/19/2011 4:48 a.m.

I remember when granddaddy died. They picked me up during lunch from East Junior High School and we flew to Mississippi for the funeral.

The world in brief

posted: 02/19/2011 4:48 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It is too easy for Taliban to target foreigners through this way, and maybe he was someone sent by the Taliban.” Alam Khan, a member of the provincial council in Afghanistan’s Baghlan province, where a man dressed as an Afghan soldier opened fire on German troops Article, this page

MUSINGS Dining Out Leads To Reflection On Hunger Issue

posted: 02/19/2011 4:48 a.m.

Almost every week somebody invites me out for a meal.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 02/19/2011 4:48 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It has been swinging a lot lately.” Kevin Patel, of the chandelier in the Hilltop Inn and Suites he manages in Greenbrier, where an earthquake hit Friday Article, 1B

World Day Of Prayer Services Slated For March 4

posted: 02/19/2011 4:47 a.m.

Several area churches will host World Day of Prayer services on March 4.

ARKANSAS AT ALABAMA Stern defense pride of Tide

posted: 02/19/2011 4:47 a.m.

Defense has carried Alabama’s basketball team to the top of the SEC.

NWA RELIGION NOTES

posted: 02/19/2011 4:46 a.m.

Area Church Announcements and Upcoming Events

COLLEGE BASEBALL Sharp from the start

posted: 02/19/2011 4:43 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Dave Van Horn said this year’s team is built for pitching, speed and defense, and it showed Friday afternoon in the Razorbacks’ baseball season opener at Baum Stadium.

5A-WEST BOYS Alma busts loose in 2nd quarter, slams Vilonia

posted: 02/19/2011 4:43 a.m.

Alma didn’t stay behind for very long Friday night.

Waltrip emotional after Trucks victory

posted: 02/19/2011 4:42 a.m.

Michael Waltrip won at Daytona on the 10-year anniversary of his first victory, the one marred by the death of Dale Earnhardt.

ROUNDUP

posted: 02/19/2011 4:41 a.m.

GIRLS FAYETTEVILLE 53, BENTONVILLE 28 Calli Berna scored 24 points as Fayetteville downed host Bentonville in a 7A-West Conference game. Sydney Conley added 10 points for Fayetteville. Whitney Sandman led Bentonville with nine points.

Around the horn

posted: 02/19/2011 4:39 a.m.

UA has new look at plate Arkansas has several new players this season, and that was mostly reflected in the middle of the Razorbacks’ batting order Friday.

5A-WEST BOYS Physical Goblins bull past Panthers

posted: 02/19/2011 4:39 a.m.

The Harrison Goblins weren’t going to get burned twice.

Making something happen

posted: 02/19/2011 4:38 a.m.

Last June, Gov. Mike Beebe kicked off a meeting of a coalition whose members seem determined to come up with a real economic development plan for far Southeast Arkansas.

COLLEGE GYMNASTICS Brigham Young knocks off UA

posted: 02/19/2011 4:38 a.m.

The Arkansas gymnastics team’s run of firsts came to an abrupt end Friday in a shocking home loss to No. 28 BYU.

Refund cash lag hinders dealer

posted: 02/19/2011 4:37 a.m.

A lack of income-tax refund money hindered America’s Car-Mart Inc.’s third-quarter sales growth, the company said Friday when it released earnings for the period that ended Jan. 31.

At last, a small step

posted: 02/19/2011 4:37 a.m.

LET’S SEE if we’ve got this straight: The Ledge now has passed, and the Guv signed, a bill to ban using hand-held cell phones while driving through a school zone, at least when students are present. Or past a highway crew at work. But nowhere else.

Price-limit-based system urged for equity markets

posted: 02/19/2011 4:36 a.m.

U.S. equity markets should limit price moves before resorting to the current technique of halting a stock when it fluctuates a certain amount, according to a report Friday from advisers to regulators.

Big Greek bank rejects rival’s merger terms

posted: 02/19/2011 4:36 a.m.

A proposed merger between two of struggling Greece’s main banks quickly fell through late Friday after Alpha Bank rejected the terms offered by its biggest competitor, National Bank of Greece.

The Louis XV budget

posted: 02/19/2011 4:34 a.m.

Five days before his inauguration, Presidentelect Obama told the Washington Post that entitlement reform could no longer be kicked down the road. He then spent the next two years kicking—racking up $3 trillion in new debt along the way—on the grounds that massive temporary deficit spending was necessary to prevent another Great Depression.

He’s not catching on

posted: 02/19/2011 4:33 a.m.

A year before Republicans pick a 2012 candidate, their presidential outlook remains muddled. Nothing exemplifies their dilemma more than the all-but-certain candidacy of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

OTHERS SAY: Put theatrics aside

posted: 02/19/2011 4:31 a.m.

By law, U.S. presidents have until early February to propose a federal budget for the spending year that begins the following October. So here we are hip-deep in review, debate and discussion of the 2011-2012 budget just proposed by President Barack Obama.

Timex summer

posted: 02/19/2011 4:30 a.m.

Like many e-mails, the one below arrived from out of the blue.

LETTERS

posted: 02/19/2011 4:26 a.m.

Only athlete left out State Rep. David Sanders’ sports agent bill only highlights the fact that everyone makes money from a college athlete’s labor except the athlete himself.

Ford, Sollers form Russian venture

posted: 02/19/2011 4:22 a.m.

Ford Motor Co. agreed Friday to form a joint venture to assemble and distribute vehicles in Russia with OAO Sollers, the nation’s secondlargest automaker, after Fiat SpA’s talks to create a similar arrangement there failed.

Value of crops in state rises 5%

posted: 02/19/2011 4:21 a.m.

The value of Arkansas’ principal crops rose 5 percent to $3.6 billion in 2010, driven by soybeans, cotton and corn.

Bernanke urges trade-gap fixes

posted: 02/19/2011 4:19 a.m.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Friday urged countries with large trade surpluses like China to let their currencies rise in value to help prevent another global financial crisis.

Windstream profit dips, revenue soars

posted: 02/19/2011 4:17 a.m.

Little Rock-based Windstream Corp. on Friday reported $72.4 million in profit for the fourth quarter, down 4 percent from a year earlier, partly because of higher merger and integration costs and higher interest expense.

Firm sets up ‘garden leave’ policy

posted: 02/19/2011 4:16 a.m.

Bank of America Corp., which lost a financial adviser with $5.9 billion in client assets to a rival in December, told some workers to sign agreements forcing them to go on reduced-pay “garden leave” if they plan to resign.

Apple gets new antitrust scrutiny, 2 say

posted: 02/19/2011 4:14 a.m.

The U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission are beginning to examine whether Apple’s new media-subscription service violates antitrust laws, according to two people familiar with the matter.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 02/19/2011 4:13 a.m.

15th state bank under federal sanctions Federal regulators have issued sanctions against One Bank & Trust of Little Rock because of problems with the bank’s capital planning, asset quality, earnings and liquidity.

Business news in brief

posted: 02/19/2011 4:12 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “If there is no stabilizing system, then you can have a situation where like today, you have a two-speed recovery and demand is not optimally allocated around the world.” Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Article, 1D

MARKET REPORT: Dow rises for 3rd straight week

posted: 02/19/2011 4:12 a.m.

The Dow Jones industrial average continued climbing Friday, notching its third straight week of gains.

Slipcovers rediscovered

posted: 02/19/2011 4:11 a.m.

When most people think of slipcovers, images come to mind of gaudy floral prints their grandmothers employed to make sure their sofas lasted “the rest of their days.” Not so anymore. Today’s slipcovers come in patterns ranging from elegant damask to funky fresh stripes.

To get that perfect cover, these brands are good bet

posted: 02/19/2011 4:09 a.m.

It’s all too easy to end up with a slipcover that is too long, too bulky or too loose instead of one that fits just right. Here are a few brands that usually fit well and come in a variety of styles and colors.

Make them yourself? Sites have it covered

posted: 02/19/2011 4:09 a.m.

Furniture owners who possess more than a little sewing know-how can make their own slipcovers. Here are a few websites with do-ityourself tips.

Check your knowledge

posted: 02/19/2011 4:08 a.m.

1. What are at least five of the seven “prismatic” colors produced by passing white light through a prism? 2. On what continent does the Elbe River flow? 3. Is it true or false that the sponge is a plant?

CLICK & CLACK’S CAR TALK

posted: 02/19/2011 4:07 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: I’m sure you have seen the Viagra commercial on TV in which the intrepid driver notices that his muscle car is overheating. He swings into a service station, buys a cold bottle of water and immediately pours it into his radiator, then drives merrily on his way.

Tools & toys

posted: 02/19/2011 4:06 a.m.

GE Profile Washer with Overnight Ready What’s to love: This front-loader is the first in the industry with the ability to wash small loads on an overnight cycle.

Ask the expert

posted: 02/19/2011 4:05 a.m.

During the periods of low temperatures this winter, it became apparent that our house was letting cold air get in — even though our attic is well insulated, doors weather-stripped and windows caulked.

In the garden

posted: 02/19/2011 4:03 a.m.

Q I don’t know if you can answer this one for me, but I have been wondering if, during the winter months, the birds can get the water they need from the snow, ice, etc., or do they still need water?

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Nixon trickery source of Presidents’ Day mix-up

posted: 02/19/2011 4:01 a.m.

Dear Otus, Once again, my wife and I are having our annual argument on whether the holiday is spelled Presidents’ Day, President’s Day or simply Presidents Day. I say it’s Presidents’ Day because President Nixon made it so back in the day.

Keep it clean

posted: 02/19/2011 4 a.m.

Purex Complete Crystals Softener Have you ever thought about how much laundry you do? I try not to. But the folks over at Consumer Energy Center, which gives consumers tips on how to save energy, have crunched the numbers.

Slipcover savvy will aid shoppers

posted: 02/19/2011 3:58 a.m.

Choosing slipcovers isn’t as easy as it sounds, because the market offers a wide variety of furniture covers. Some will do wonders for your furniture’s appearance, while others simply hang awkwardly and look shabby (and we’re not talking shabby chic). It’s important to know how to properly choose slipcovers before you buy.

Having a garden gate opens the door to ‘ here’

posted: 02/19/2011 3:58 a.m.

Stepping through a garden gate is the first great moment in a visit to a garden: The gate swings closed behind you, and suddenly you’re an insider, cut off from the busy world.

Tricks smooth wrinkles in slipcover installation

posted: 02/19/2011 3:57 a.m.

Installing slipcovers onto furniture sounds easy, but that isn’t always so. Here are tips to help you get the fit of your slipcover just right. The websites mentioned here provide additional details.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 02/19/2011 3:56 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your tenacity will pay off. The past sacrifi ces you’ve made will net you a big reward this year. Over the next three weeks, you will gain the respect of friends who are honest and true. June brings tremendous luck for business. You’ll finally let yourself be adored and taken care of in August. Travel is best in May.

Public Meetings

posted: 02/19/2011 3:55 a.m.

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Records

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ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 02/19/2011 3:54 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: If I see someone doing something wrong, I usually let them know in no uncertain terms that I don’t approve of it. My wife, however, says I shouldn’t be so blunt, and says it’s even ruined some of our friendships. She’s probably right, but how do I change? It’s just part of my personality. — S.C.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 02/19/2011 3:53 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Is your dog overweight? It can lead to joint pain, diabetes and other health issues, just as in humans.

Friday, February 18

Arkansas Wins Season Opener

posted: 02/18/2011 7:17 p.m.

Arkansas used a solid pitching effort for a season-opening win Friday at Baum Stadium.

Laswell Gets Life In Prison

posted: 02/18/2011 3:16 p.m.

Broderick Laswell was sentenced to life in prison without parole Friday for his role in the 2007 murder of Randall Walker.

Earnings Preview: Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

posted: 02/18/2011 2:37 p.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, reports its fourth-quarter results before the market opens Tuesday.

Report focuses on risks of Fayetteville shale development

posted: 02/18/2011 1:54 p.m.

A prominent Arkansas conservationist says companies developing the natural gas deposits in the Fayetteville Shale of north-central Arkansas need to improve some of their practices if Arkansas is to remain the Natural State.

Senator: Wis. Dems to stay away for days, weeks

posted: 02/18/2011 1:38 p.m.

Democrats who fled Wisconsin to block a vote on a sweeping anti-union bill could stay in hiding for days or even weeks.

Barrett Begins 20th Season Behind the Mic

posted: 02/18/2011 12:14 p.m.

Chuck Barrett begins his 20th season as voice of the Razorbacks baseball team this afternoon.

Bahrain forces fire on protesters; 50 injured

posted: 02/18/2011 12:12 p.m.

Soldiers opened fire Friday on thousands of protesters defying a government ban and streaming toward the landmark square that had been the symbolic center of the uprising to break the political grip of the Gulf nation's leaders.

Weather radar clutter is boon for biologists

posted: 02/18/2011 12:09 p.m.

For years images of bats and birds that show up on weather radars have been an annoyance at best. But now, biologists say this information can give them a treasure trove of data about the animals they study.

Wis. GOP sends state troopers after Democrat

posted: 02/18/2011 11:52 a.m.

Republicans in the Wisconsin state Senate have asked that state troopers be sent after Democratic leader Mark Miller.

Group Advocates Smoke-Free Bars

posted: 02/18/2011 5:58 a.m.

Members of the Northwest Arkansas Tobacco Free Coalition made their case Thursday for expanding Fayetteville’s smoking ordinance to include bars and taverns. One of the city’s eight City Council members is also on board with trying to make the change a reality.

Cable Rates Going Up

posted: 02/18/2011 5:56 a.m.

Area cable subscribers have to dig a little deeper to pay their monthly bills. Cox Communications and AT&T notified customers via monthly statements about rate hikes.

Price at pump in state tops $3; analysts clash on significance

posted: 02/18/2011 5:55 a.m.

After flirting with $3 for all of 2011, the average price of regular gasoline in Arkansas has cleared that bar.

Jury Begins Sentencing Deliberation

posted: 02/18/2011 5:54 a.m.

Broderick Laswell’s fate soon will be in the hands of seven men and five women. Laswell, 22, of Farmington was found guilty Feb. 8 of capital murder and aggravated robbery. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Community Program Puts Police On Walking Patrols

posted: 02/18/2011 5:53 a.m.

Before police cruised city streets in patrol cars, officers walked a beat and knew the people on that beat. Today’s police officers are again walking a beat as part of a Community-Oriented Police Program established by the Rogers Police Department.

Most Wanted Fugitive Arrested In Montana

posted: 02/18/2011 5:52 a.m.

One of Benton County’s most wanted fugitives was arrested Tuesday in Montana. Steven Carl Williams, 52, of Bentonville was arrested in Troy, a town of less than 1,000 people in Montana’s northwest corner, the Western News in Libby, Mont., reported.

Quorum Court Says No To $1.05 Million Shelter

posted: 02/18/2011 5:46 a.m.

Washington County attorney George Butler warned the Quorum Court on Thursday he thinks they are “skirting on the edge” by approving architectural costs for an animal shelter but not the brick and mortar cost.

Man Arrested In Connection With Rape

posted: 02/18/2011 5:45 a.m.

Police arrested a man Thursday after allegations he raped a young girl multiple times over a four-year period.

Man Accused Of Rape

posted: 02/18/2011 5:44 a.m.

A Springdale man has been arrested in connection with the rape of a girl.

Three Cited In Alcohol Compliance Check

posted: 02/18/2011 5:43 a.m.

Police issued citations to employees at three businesses on charges of unknowingly furnishing alcohol to minors Wednesday night.

Court Rejects Challenge To Teacher-Student Sex Law

posted: 02/18/2011 5:42 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a lower court’s ruling the state’s law criminalizing sex between a teacher and a student younger than 21 is constitutional.

Supreme Court Rejects Prairie Grove Cancer Appeal

posted: 02/18/2011 5:41 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday said a local judge was right to exclude certain evidence in a lawsuit alleging arsenic in chicken litter caused a Prairie Grove resident to develop a rare form of leukemia.

Legislative Forum Set For Today

posted: 02/18/2011 5:40 a.m.

The city’s Chamber of Commerce will host its biweekly legislative forum at 4 p.m. today.

Spring Break Option Still In Air

posted: 02/18/2011 5:39 a.m.

Two days during spring break may be used to make up snow days in the Bentonville School District. The district already has used 10 snow days this year because of inclement weather.

School Districts Work To Makeup Days

posted: 02/18/2011 5:38 a.m.

Schools are scrambling to figure out how they’re going to make up days lost to recent snow and ice, and all the answers aren’t in yet. Arkansas law requires schools have 178 days of class per year. Six hours counts as one day. Many districts build extra days into their academic calendars to offset days lost to weather, but recent snow storms caused those extra days and more to be used.

Greenland School District Gives Raise

posted: 02/18/2011 5:37 a.m.

Greenland School District employees are getting their first raise in four years. Beginning next month, all employees will receive a 2.67 percent salary increase, topped by a one-time $400 bonus. Superintendent Charles Cudney said the bonus and salary increases totals about $80,000.

Law Enforcement Agencies Arrest Five In Little Flock

posted: 02/18/2011 5:36 a.m.

A joint operation between two law enforcement agencies led to the arrest Wednesday of five people in connection with possession and the intent to deliver drugs, authorities said. Members of the Bentonville Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division and the Benton County Crime Suppression Unit took the five into custody after serving a search warrant at the Greens Apartment Complex, 3101 N. Woods Lane, in Little Flock.

Avoca Man Jailed

posted: 02/18/2011 5:33 a.m.

Benton County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested an Avoca man Tuesday in connection with several offenses.

Students Can Get FAFSA Help Sunday

posted: 02/18/2011 5:32 a.m.

Parents and students can get help filling out the free application for Federal Student Aid and the Arkansas Universal Scholarship Application.

Girl Scout Cookie Booth Sales Set

posted: 02/18/2011 5:31 a.m.

Girls Scouts will sell cookies this weekend at booths throughout Northwest Arkansas

Needs Assessment Public Hearing Set

posted: 02/18/2011 5:30 a.m.

The Office of Human Concern will hold a public hearing to update a community needs assessment at 11 a.m. on Feb. 28 at the office’s headquarters, 506 E. Spruce St.

Downtown Bentonville Lunch Set

posted: 02/18/2011 5:29 a.m.

Downtown Bentonville Inc. will host its annual luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 25.

Board Greenlights Club Renovation

posted: 02/18/2011 5:28 a.m.

The Property Owners Association voted to move forward with the Metfield Clubhouse renovation Thursday during a board meeting at the Bella Vista Country Club.

Students To Tackle Cyberbullying At Speech Competition

posted: 02/18/2011 5:27 a.m.

Sach Oliver participated in speech competitions when he was in high school. The experience gave him a desire to pursue a career where he could use that skill.

COVER STORY In Fine Spirits

posted: 02/18/2011 5:24 a.m.

It’s the business card dreams are made of: Robert Sickler, Master of Whisky. “Where were YOU during high school career day?!” he quotes, reciting one of the varied responses he gets when people find out his job title.

FEATURE ANATOMY OF A ROLLERGIRL

posted: 02/18/2011 5:21 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas Roller Derby skaters Nicole “Devil’s Reject” Ferguson and our model Janelle “Diabla Pequeña ” Bernales explain some of what makes a rollergirl a rollergirl.

FAYETTEVILLE Dance, Dance Revolution

posted: 02/18/2011 5:17 a.m.

Abbey Craig is 13, and David Wright is 12. While other youngsters their age are playing video games or texting, these friends are dancing. And they’ll compete Saturday in the Dance Coalition’s sixth annual “So You Think You Know How to Dance?” fundraiser.

FAYETTEVILLE WAC, AMP Get Together

posted: 02/18/2011 5:14 a.m.

At the same time the Walton Arts Center is formally announcing its purchase of the Arkansas Music Pavilion, the arts organization is also announcing four of the concerts that will take place at the AMP this spring.

SPRINGDALE A Big, Bright Connection

posted: 02/18/2011 5:12 a.m.

Heidi Carlsen-Rogers knows that some viewers won’t understand her artwork.

House nears vote to swing the budget ax

posted: 02/18/2011 5:12 a.m.

The House on Thursday edged closer to passing a bill to reduce government spending by at least $61 billion as the chamber’s Republican leader signaled he and his colleagues will take a hard line on the cuts in talks with Democrats.

Tanks patrol in Bahrain

posted: 02/18/2011 5:11 a.m.

Bahrain’s leaders banned public gatherings and sent tanks into the streets Thursday, intensifying a crackdown that killed five anti-government protesters, wounded more than 200 and turned a hospital into a caldron of anguish and rage against the monarchy.

ALMA The Power Of Presley

posted: 02/18/2011 5:10 a.m.

What happens when a stranger rides into a sleepy small town? In the case of “All Shook Up,” he sings a lot of songs by Elvis Presley. Described by its production company as “‘Footloose,’ ‘Grease’ and ‘Happy Days’ all rolled into one,” the show comes to the Alma Performing Arts Center on Saturday night.

FAYETTEVILLE Still Big, Still Bad

posted: 02/18/2011 5:10 a.m.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy didn’t earn a reputation as a cover band. Instead, the group was labeled, and rightly so, as one of the top draws during the swing revival of the mid-1990 s.

FAYETTEVILLE Zany And Brainy

posted: 02/18/2011 5:09 a.m.

Talk to Paul Zaloom, and he’ll confess he’s not much of a scientist.

DINING Keep It Simple: Pizza

posted: 02/18/2011 5:08 a.m.

Shane Zimmerman and David Davis didn’t want to do anything too complicated for their venture into restaurant ownership and management.

LIVE! IN NWA

posted: 02/18/2011 5:07 a.m.

HIGHLIGHTS and CALENDAR OF LIVE MUSIC

Heard’s Switch Benefits Tigers In Big Way

posted: 02/18/2011 5:06 a.m.

Austin Heard’s transition from junior high to the high school ranks is a little different than those experienced by most basketball players.

FYI

posted: 02/18/2011 5:05 a.m.

HIGHLIGHTS and CALENDAR of UPCOMING ENTERTAINMENT

Afghan, NATO forces seize top militants

posted: 02/18/2011 5:04 a.m.

NATO and Afghan forces captured leaders of an insurgent group in eastern Afghanistan, including one believed to be linked to last month’s suicide attack on a Kabul supermarket, the coalition said Thursday. Insurgent attacks elsewhere killed three people, including a NATO serviceman.

Crawford ‘At Home’ With Springdale High

posted: 02/18/2011 5:03 a.m.

The only thing Mytaah Crawford ever wanted was an environment that felt like home.

Tourist boat sinks in Vietnam; 12 die

posted: 02/18/2011 5:03 a.m.

An anchored boat packed with sleeping travelers sank early Thursday in Vietnam’s scenic Ha Long Bay, killing 12 people from nine countries in the deadliest tour-boat accident since the country opened to foreign visitors 25 years ago.

Parker Stepping Up For Mounties

posted: 02/18/2011 5:01 a.m.

When Rogers High boys basketball coach Marty Barnes looks into the eyes of Graham Parker at practice and during games, he sees a look of desperation.

U.K. law to allow gay church unions

posted: 02/18/2011 5 a.m.

The British government Thursday announced plans to allow homosexual couples to hold civil partnership ceremonies in houses of worship.

Legislators looking at tax increases for highways

posted: 02/18/2011 4:58 a.m.

House Speaker Robert S. Moore Jr. announced Thursday that a highway improvement plan calls for tax increases in two separate packages.

Murray’s Outside Shooting Drawing Attention

posted: 02/18/2011 4:57 a.m.

Rogers Heritage’s Lacey Murray understands she’s not in junior high anymore.

Senate ships school-year bill to Beebe

posted: 02/18/2011 4:56 a.m.

The state Senate on Thursday voted 20-11 for a bill that gives school districts the option of starting the school year earlier than they can now under existing law.

Eubanks Takes Game Up A Level For Lady Wildcats

posted: 02/18/2011 4:55 a.m.

Something, or someone, has apparently lit a fire under Caroline Eubanks lately.

Getting it straight

posted: 02/18/2011 4:52 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.

In the news

posted: 02/18/2011 4:49 a.m.

President Barack Obama signed into law a bill naming a new federal courthouse in Arizona after federal Judge John M. Roll, who was one of six people killed Jan. 8 at a Tucson shopping center in what authorities say was the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head.

Siloam Springs Sweeps Huntsville

posted: 02/18/2011 4:49 a.m.

With Siloam Springs and Huntsville sporting identical 5A-West Conference records going into a rare Thursday game, the stakes were high in Panther Arena.

Names and faces

posted: 02/18/2011 4:49 a.m.

In the end, the humans on Jeopardy! surrendered meekly. Facing certain defeat at the hands of a room-sized IBM computer on Wednesday evening, Ken Jennings, famous for winning 74 games in a row on the TV quiz show, acknowledged the obvious.

The nation in brief

posted: 02/18/2011 4:48 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The plan is to try and slow this down because it’s an extreme piece of legislation that’s tearing this state apart.” State Sen. Jon Erpenbach, one of a group of Democratic Wisconsin lawmakers who blocked passage of an anti-union bill by refusing to show up for a vote and then abruptly leaving the state Article, this page

Peterson getting his UA bearings

posted: 02/18/2011 4:47 a.m.

Arkansas junior point guard Jeff Peterson was struggling with turnovers and poor shooting earlier this season, but those haven’t been problem areas for him lately.

The world in brief

posted: 02/18/2011 4:47 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We only want justice. We want blood for blood and nothing else.” Mohammed Wasim, brother of Mohammed Fahim, one of two Pakistanis shot dead by an American Article, this page Baghdad sues U.S.

Rogers Heritage Splits Duals

posted: 02/18/2011 4:47 a.m.

Rogers Heritage managed a 39-28 win over rival Rogers High, but fell 36-30 to Fayetteville on senior night Tuesday in War Eagle Arena in Rogers.

53rd Daytona 500: Two of every sort

posted: 02/18/2011 4:44 a.m.

Three races down during Speedweeks and nobody has any idea what they’ll see in the Daytona 500.

Williams in line for Sullivan

posted: 02/18/2011 4:42 a.m.

Former Arkansas tight end D.J.

Hogs stay home to find footing

posted: 02/18/2011 4:40 a.m.

Arkansas’ baseball team has its share of questions heading into the season, but at least the Razorbacks won’t have to go far to try to find some answers.

Benton County Obituaries

posted: 02/18/2011 4:39 a.m.

02/18/2011

Plea plan in sex case gets whoa from judge

posted: 02/18/2011 4:38 a.m.

A Pulaski County circuit judge balked at approving a plea bargain Thursday for a Beebe man who said that as a teenager he molested a 6-year-old, after hearing that the girl’s family didn’t like the plea arrangement.

Washington County Obituaries

posted: 02/18/2011 4:38 a.m.

02/18/2011

LIKE IT IS: Razorbacks need to be looking for Clarke

posted: 02/18/2011 4:37 a.m.

Numbers don’t lie, and that’s what a box score basically is, just numbers.

COMMENTARY: Longhorns find big man in Canadian

posted: 02/18/2011 4:35 a.m.

No one associated with the Texas program is currently of the opinion that Tristan Thompson is a one-and-done player.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Tshimanga receives anticipated offer from UA

posted: 02/18/2011 4:33 a.m.

Texas linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanga called Arkansas special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach John L. Smith recently and was told he was being offered a scholarship by the Hogs.

HOW WE SEE IT Liquor Bill Rides Greased Skids

posted: 02/18/2011 4:30 a.m.

Riding some of the greasiest skids we’ve ever seen, a bill to safeguard certain liquor retailers from competition passed Wednesday.

State Guard unit to mobilize

posted: 02/18/2011 4:30 a.m.

Another group of Arkansas National Guardsmen will mobilize this weekend for deployment, bringing to more than 400 the number of state troops on active duty.

BETWEEN THE LINES With Growth Comes Planning

posted: 02/18/2011 4:30 a.m.

The new U.S. Census numbers should slap folks in the face around here. Whatever else has happened statewide (some of it downright distressing), Northwest Arkansas has seen phenomenal growth — and should expect and plan for more.

Arkansas tickled pink with progress

posted: 02/18/2011 4:30 a.m.

A season of rapid-fire firsts continues for Arkansas gymnastics tonight when the 12th-ranked Razorbacks take on No. 28 Brigham Young at 7 p.m. at Barnhill Arena.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Fayetteville Struggles With Snow

posted: 02/18/2011 4:29 a.m.

Iam extremely disappointed in how the city of Fayetteville has handled the recent inclement weather. I have lived in Fayetteville for seven years, so I can honestly say that inclement weather is not something that occurs once every five years.

STATE COLLEGE ROUNDUPS

posted: 02/18/2011 4:28 a.m.

GULF SOUTH MEN ARKANSAS TECH 76, SOUTHERN ARKANSAS 66 The Muleriders cut what was once a 22-point Wonder Boys lead to five points in the second half, but No. 12 Arkansas Tech was able to remain unbeaten in the Gulf South West Division.

SEC/TOP 25 WOMEN: Tennessee whips South Carolina

posted: 02/18/2011 4:27 a.m.

Reserve Alicia Manning scored a career-high 22 points and No. 4 Tennessee beat South Carolina 82-60 on Thursday night, extending its winning streak in the series to 40.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/18/2011 4:18 a.m.

Cardinals play game of chance After Wednesday, it’s easy to see why St. Louis Cardinals fans sometimes have a negative view of their team’s front office.

Off the wire

posted: 02/18/2011 4:16 a.m.

FOOTBALL Sides agree to mediation Two weeks before a potential lockout, the NFL and its players’ union are asking for help in their stalled negotiations. Both sides agreed Thursday to mediation as they discuss a new collective bargaining agreement.

Arkansas Supreme Court

posted: 02/18/2011 4:16 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court released opinions Thursday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts. state.ar.us.

SEC WOMEN: Arkansas women end 4-game skid

posted: 02/18/2011 4:14 a.m.

Arkansas’ women’s basketball team finally broke through at Ole Miss on Thursday night.

Other days

posted: 02/18/2011 4:13 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 18, 1911 HOT SPRINGS — Attorney James L. Graham handed the political leaders a surprise today when he issued a statement to the effect that, if elected mayor, he would endeavor to have enacted in the General Assembly a law licensing gambling houses and permitting horse racing 60 days in the year “under regulation by a commission in conjunction with the state fair.”

LETTERS

posted: 02/18/2011 4:12 a.m.

It’s still George’s day The first paragraph of your editorial, “Land of Lincoln,” is incorrect, i.e., “Officially, there is no more Lincoln’s Birthday. Or Washington’s. The old holidays have been telescoped, flattened, mixed and matched, their identities melted into a generic Presidents’ Day. . . .”

County in error using river split

posted: 02/18/2011 4:12 a.m.

For 128 years, Carroll County apparently has been using the wrong boundary line to divide its two judicial districts.

SUN BELT MEN: Loose ball sinks Trojans in final seconds

posted: 02/18/2011 4:11 a.m.

UALR needed one defensive stop with 26 seconds left to force overtime Thursday night, but a loose ball left the Trojans with a loss.

Ex-partner of same sex given rights

posted: 02/18/2011 4:11 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling granting visitation rights to a nonbiological parent for a child produced in a same-sex relationship.

GDP vs. GNP

posted: 02/18/2011 4:10 a.m.

Last week I wondered about the difference between Gross National Product, which we used to use to measure the U.S. economy, and Gross Domestic Product, which we use now.

U.S. picks up 111 on Medicare fraud

posted: 02/18/2011 4:09 a.m.

The federal government’s Medicare Fraud Task Force filed criminal charges Thursday against doctors, nurses and health-care company executives — in all, 111 people in nine cities — in what was billed as the nation’s “largest-ever federal healthcare fraud takedown.” The defendants, including five in Los Angeles and 11 in Chicago, are accused of cheating the government out of more than $225 million in falsebilling schemes that included fraudulent claims, kickback operations, money laundering and identity theft.

Political numerology

posted: 02/18/2011 4:09 a.m.

From the outset, our republic has included a numbers game.

Wisconsin legislators skip state to halt anti-union bill

posted: 02/18/2011 4:09 a.m.

A group of Democratic Wisconsin lawmakers blocked passage of an anti-union bill Thursday, refusing to show up for a vote and then abruptly leaving the state to force Republicans to the negotiating table.

Owed, says teen in Berlusconi case

posted: 02/18/2011 4:08 a.m.

The Moroccan teen at the center of a prostitution scandal that has sent Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi to trial says she has done nothing wrong and that “all the gold in the world” could not make up for the suffering she has endured.

Big Brother moves in

posted: 02/18/2011 4:07 a.m.

Last month, even as the president of the United States was forthrightly denouncing the Egyptian government for cutting off its citizens’ access to big parts of the Internet, his flunkies on Capitol Hill were preparing a bill that would allow Barack Obama to do exactly the same thing here.

Politics before tax cuts

posted: 02/18/2011 4:06 a.m.

THE LEDGE may yet help Arkansas catch up with our neighboring states—and competitorswhen it comes to cutting the capital gains tax and so attracting investment and creating jobs. But not if the governor has his way. In this case, unlike cutting the abominable grocery tax, he would go not only slow but not at all.

Pakistanis rule out U.S. blood money

posted: 02/18/2011 4:05 a.m.

Brothers of two Pakistanis shot dead by an American rejected the idea of a financial settlement in a case straining diplomatic ties between the two counterterrorism allies, with one brother insisting Thursday that he wanted “blood for blood” — not a payoff.

Bill seeks to keep taxes in home coffers

posted: 02/18/2011 4:03 a.m.

A bill filed Thursday in the Arkansas House of Representatives would require all property taxes collected for schools to be returned to the school district in which they were collected.

GRIDLOCK GURU Sun can’t melt away grumbling

posted: 02/18/2011 4:02 a.m.

This week’s pretty weather melted away the remnants of last week’s massive snowfall, but The Guru has horrible news.