News 2012 June

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Saturday, June 30

Prisoner injures self after escape attempt

posted: 06/30/2012 2:57 p.m.

A convicted rapist from Sebastian County serving a 13-year prison sentence slashed his wrists and throat after seeing he was about to get caught during an escape attempt.

Some Democrats remain skittish about health care

posted: 06/30/2012 10:21 a.m.

The constitutional win for President Barack Obama and Democrats on health care overhaul is reopening political cuts within the party.

Storms knock out power of 2M across eastern US

posted: 06/30/2012 10:13 a.m.

Violent storms swept through the eastern part of the United States Friday night, killing a northern Virginia woman when a tree fell onto her home, damaging subway cars in Washington, D.C., and knocking out power to more than 2 million people in the middle of a heat wave.

Iran: Selling oil 'easily’ despite sanctions

posted: 06/30/2012 9:35 a.m.

Iran says it is having no trouble selling oil despite U.S. sanctions imposed over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program.

Justice Department: No crime, so Holder won’t be prosecuted

posted: 06/30/2012 6 a.m.

The Justice Department declared Friday that Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to withhold information about a bungled gun-tracking operation from Congress does not constitute a crime and he won’t be prosecuted for contempt of Congress.

Obama flies in, sees ruin in Colorado

posted: 06/30/2012 5:55 a.m.

Firefighters searching for bodies in the nearly 350 homes burned by the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history found a second body Friday at a residence where another person was discovered dead earlier.

Volunteers Help Keep LPGA Tournament Running Smoothly

posted: 06/30/2012 5:51 a.m.

ROGERS — About the only thing volunteers at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship have in common is a love of golf.

Council Considers Full-Time Mayoral Position

posted: 06/30/2012 5:50 a.m.

Little Flock City Council members could vote in mid-July on a proposal to create a full-time mayoral position, which, if passed, would come with a pay increase that might stretch city savings.

Woman Pleads Guilty To Theft

posted: 06/30/2012 5:50 a.m.

BENTONVILLE — A Siloam Springs woman faces 30 years in prison for stealing more than $25,000 from her employer.

Southwest A Street To Close Sunday

posted: 06/30/2012 5:50 a.m.

BENTONVILLE — Southwest A Street will be closed from West Central Avenue to Southwest Second Street starting Sunday.

SmartMoney Names Bella Vista Top Destination

posted: 06/30/2012 5:48 a.m.

BELLA VISTA — The city has made The Wall Street Journal’s SmartMoney “Retire Here, Not There” list.

Roberts’ health-care vote stuns both sides

posted: 06/30/2012 5:47 a.m.

When he was up for confirmation to the Supreme Court, John Roberts famously compared his job to an umpire in baseball, making sure that everybody plays by the rules.

College Moves Forward With Search Firm

posted: 06/30/2012 5:47 a.m.

BENTONVILLE — NorthWest Arkansas Community College’s board will work with a nonprofit agency in its search for a new president

Meals On Wheels Moving

posted: 06/30/2012 5:46 a.m.

ROGERS — Volunteers with Meals on Wheels of Benton County spent the last week boxing pantry items and moving them out of the former Lakeside Restaurant at Lake Atalanta.

County Judge Denies Annexation Request

posted: 06/30/2012 5:45 a.m.

BENTONVILLE — Benton County Judge Bob Clinard denied a request to let a handful of Hiwasse residents annex their land into Gravette as many of their neighbors did earlier this year.

The world in brief

posted: 06/30/2012 5:27 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Differences with Washington regarding my leadership style and certain priorities lead me to believe that it’s now time to leave.” Scott Gration on resigning as the U.S. ambassador to Kenya Article, this page

Getting it straight

posted: 06/30/2012 5:26 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 06/30/2012 5:26 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Everything you put water on, it was just swallowing it.” Rich Rexach, a firefighter battling a blaze that destroyed nearly 350 homes near Colorado Springs, Colo., making it the most destructive wildfire in the state’s history Article, 1A

Names and faces

posted: 06/30/2012 5:25 a.m.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are divorcing, bringing an end to one of Hollywood’s most unexpected marriages. After five years of marriage, Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise on Thursday, said Cruise’s lawyer Bert Fields.

In the news

posted: 06/30/2012 5:24 a.m.

Savannah Guthrie, 40, a lawyer and former White House correspondent for NBC News, was named as Matt Lauer’s co-host for the Today show, one day after Ann Curry’s tearful exit.

U.S. grants state waiver on No Child

posted: 06/30/2012 5:23 a.m.

Arkansas schools and school districts are now excused from complying with the key provision of the federal No Child Left Behind Act that requires 100 percent of public school students to score at grade level on state math and literacy exams by 2013-14.

Threat by Pryor flushes step on flood insurance out of bill

posted: 06/30/2012 5:21 a.m.

With lawmakers set to leave the Capitol for Congress’ July Fourth recess, Sen. Mark Pryor threatened to derail a combination of bills to force removal of a provision that would have required tens of thousands of Arkansans to buy federal flood insurance.

Crews, aircraft combat wildfire

posted: 06/30/2012 5:15 a.m.

More than 560 acres burned in Clark and Hot Spring counties in fires that started early Friday afternoon. At least five structures were destroyed as of Friday evening, although none were homes.

Mega Millions

posted: 06/30/2012 4:50 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 28-34-39-45-53 Mega Ball: 34 Estimated jackpot: $75 million Megaplier: 04

Other days

posted: 06/30/2012 4:48 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 30, 1912 FORT SMITH — After a preliminary hearing Everett Halstead, a well-known local loan man, who was arrested on complaint of C.T. Mitchell, an attorney of Stigler, Okla., who charged Halstead had stolen a diamond ring from him while Mitchell was negotiating a $1,000 loan, was dismissed by Justice Fisher.

Newspaper Sues School District

posted: 06/30/2012 4:36 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas Newspapers filed a lawsuit against the Fayetteville School District on Friday seeking the email of a popular teacher who is suing the school system.

Library Looks To Raise $130,000 Before July 31

posted: 06/30/2012 4:35 a.m.

A little more than 30 days remain for a five-year-old $1.8 million fundraising deadline faced by the Fayetteville Public Library.

EDITORIALS: Welcome, golfers

posted: 06/30/2012 4:35 a.m.

HERE’S hoping all our golfing visitors feel welcomed this weekend when. . . . Well, let’s leave “feel” out of it these 100-degree days, shall we?

COLUMNISTS: A win, and an issue

posted: 06/30/2012 4:34 a.m.

The Supreme Court’s dramatic decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act gives President Barack Obama a major political victory. But the controversial measure now becomes a major election issue and its future will remain in doubt at least until voters render their verdict this November.

OTHERS SAY: Europe teeters

posted: 06/30/2012 4:34 a.m.

If Europe had a euro for every economic summit meeting its leaders hold, the continent wouldn’t have a financial crisis. It would be awash in cash.

We’re not the only ones

posted: 06/30/2012 4:33 a.m.

Speaking of the heat—and there’s a lot being said about it that we can’t print—you might have noticed that the deer are moving around. A lot. In the middle of the day at that.

Fireworks Cause House Fire

posted: 06/30/2012 4:33 a.m.

Fireworks were blamed for a house fire Thursday in western Washington County.

There’s still an election to come

posted: 06/30/2012 4:32 a.m.

The Supreme Court’s decision Thursday to let the core elements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act stand kicks the fate of the Barack Obama administration’s signature initiative where it properly belongs—into the domain of politics—where a Mitt Romney administration would still have ample opportunity to dismantle the main elements of the law.

For the grandchildren

posted: 06/30/2012 4:31 a.m.

With the births of my second granddaughter and first grandson, I realize more than ever how fleeting is the period of awareness that allows us to expand the essence of who we are. With that in mind, I offer some sincere notes to Keirston, Elizabeth and Trenton from their grandfather, who continually falls short of his own well intentioned messages.

Woman Admits Stealing From Church

posted: 06/30/2012 4:31 a.m.

BENTONVILLE — A former church treasurer admitted stealing thousands of dollars from Twelve Corners Baptist Church.

Coyotes Scare Retirees

posted: 06/30/2012 4:30 a.m.

In the wooded area near Mill Creek Apartments in Springdale, lurking creatures are scaring the elderly and disabled residents.


posted: 06/30/2012 4:29 a.m.

Revise food-stamp policy Not only does the food-stamp program need to go on a diet, I would suggest that our federal government implement a 21st Century version of the commodities distribution program that existed during the 1970s.

New Rules Begin Sunday

posted: 06/30/2012 4:29 a.m.

New rules begin Sunday for door-to-door salesmen in the city.

Police Search For Stabbing Suspect

posted: 06/30/2012 4:27 a.m.

A stabbing early Friday sent a man to the hospital and police searching for his assailant.

Tontitown Bans Fireworks

posted: 06/30/2012 4:26 a.m.

Tontitown has joined the list of cities to ban fires and fireworks.


posted: 06/30/2012 4:24 a.m.

Veronica Felibert came prepared to play her way into the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship through the Monday qualifier.


posted: 06/30/2012 4:23 a.m.

Local arrests and police records.

Public Meetings

posted: 06/30/2012 4:22 a.m.

Upcoming public meetings.

Procedural step opens bid door for UA facilities

posted: 06/30/2012 4:21 a.m.

A basketball practice facility, student-athlete academic and career development center and indoor training facility for baseball and track with a combined estimated cost of $45.8 million to $57.6 million is a step closer to becoming reality at Arkansas.

Bull Riding Event Kicks Off Rodeo

posted: 06/30/2012 4:19 a.m.

Thanks to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals Minor League baseball team, future Major League Baseball stars come through town on a regular basis.

Long: Fans rally around program

posted: 06/30/2012 4:19 a.m.

Arkansas has sold more than 50,000 season tickets for its six 2012 football games at Reynolds Razorback Stadium, with more than 45,000 of those renewals coming after Bobby Petrino’s firing as head coach April 10.

City’s Summer Camps A Success

posted: 06/30/2012 4:19 a.m.

BENTONVILLE — Memorial Park turned into Camp Memorial the last two weeks as a hundred children on summer break experienced all the park has to offer

Kerwins Tops Optimist

posted: 06/30/2012 4:18 a.m.

Fort Smith Kerwins wasted scoring chances in a loss to Bentonville on Thursday night.

Munoz Makes Her Grandmother Proud

posted: 06/30/2012 4:16 a.m.

Azahara Munoz wanted to be with her family during a time of mourning instead of playing golf in late May.


posted: 06/30/2012 4:15 a.m.

Veronica Felibert did not know she would be in the field for this week’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship until late Sunday afternoon.

Pettersen Shows Off Game, Body

posted: 06/30/2012 4:14 a.m.

Suzann Pettersen stopped just off the ninth green to autograph several tournament programs and hats following her pro-am round Thursday at the Walmart NWA Arkansas Championship.

WIMBLEDON: Federer takes 5, escapes 0-2 hole

posted: 06/30/2012 4:11 a.m.

A day after Rafael Nadal’s stunning exit at Wimbledon, the only other men who have won the tournament since 2003 — six-time champion Roger Federer and defending champion Novak Djokovic — found themselves trailing less-accomplished opponents, too.

No Longer Lost In Translation

posted: 06/30/2012 4:10 a.m.

As other LPGA golfers were on the practice green and driving range earlier this week, Cindy LaCrosse sat inside a dining hall at Pinnacle Country Club, learning Spanish.

Sprinters still not talking about tie

posted: 06/30/2012 4:09 a.m.

Maybe the response just slipped. Or maybe the question completely caught her off guard.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Hill second to hit for cycle twice in one season

posted: 06/30/2012 4:05 a.m.

Aaron Hill hit for the cycle for the second time in 12 days and Ian Kennedy pitched seven strong innings, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 9-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

Evans: Winning easier after breakthrough

posted: 06/30/2012 4:04 a.m.

Cadel Evans thinks one Tour de France title will make it easier to win another one. And he’s ready to add that second championship right now.

U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING/GYMNASTICS TRIALS: Favorites shut out in 200 breaststroke

posted: 06/30/2012 4 a.m.

Brendan Hansen and Eric Shanteau were the favorites, but that didn’t matter to Scott Weltz.

Last refrigerator leaves Fort Smith’s Whirlpool

posted: 06/30/2012 3:59 a.m.

It was a white, 25-foot, side-by-side refrigerator with ice and water spigots on the freezer door.

U.S. OLYMPIC TRACK AND FIELD TRIALS: Spearmon best in diluted 200 field

posted: 06/30/2012 3:59 a.m.

Some of the biggest names in American sprinting were on the sideline and not in the starting blocks for the opening round of the 200 meters as Wallace Spearmon Jr. turned in the best time Friday at the Olympic trials.

Former Razorback qualifies in Jamaica

posted: 06/30/2012 3:56 a.m.

Veronica Campbell-Brown (Arkansas Razorbacks) qualified for the London Olympics in the women’s 100-meter final with a time of 10.82 seconds Friday night in the Jamaican Olympic trials.

LPGA report

posted: 06/30/2012 3:54 a.m.

Umbrella provides little relief — There was no escaping the heat, especially for the afternoon groups, at the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship on Friday.

GOP looks at repeal of health-care overhaul

posted: 06/30/2012 3:54 a.m.

Should they win control of both chambers of Congress and the White House in November, Republicans say they would consider using a fast-track budget process to repeal parts of President Barack Obama’s 2010 health-care overhaul.

States studying ways to ditch Medicaid expansion

posted: 06/30/2012 3:53 a.m.

Republicans in at least four states want to abandon an expansion of Medicaid in President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, and more than a dozen other states are considering it in the wake of the Supreme Court decision removing the threat of federal penalties.


posted: 06/30/2012 3:51 a.m.

MORNING FLIGHT (TEE NO. 1) 7:10 a.m. Nicole Hage, Maude-Aimee Leblanc, Maria Hernandez 7:21 a.m. Jennifer Song, Dewi Claire Schreefel, Janice Moodie 7:32 a.m. Karlin Beck, Kathleen Ekey, Sarah Jane Smith

Egypt’s leader forewarns country’s military

posted: 06/30/2012 3:50 a.m.

In front of tens of thousands of cheering supporters, Egypt’s first Islamist and civilian president-elect vowed Friday to fight for his authority and symbolically read an oath of office on Cairo’s Tahrir Square on the eve of his official inauguration.

PGA TOUR AT&T NATIONAL: Mahan handles heat with 65

posted: 06/30/2012 3:49 a.m.

A punishing golf course in temperatures that topped 100 and Hunter Mahan still managed to make Friday at Congressional feel like a breeze.

‘Mariah’s Act’ pushes drivers to stop texting

posted: 06/30/2012 3:48 a.m.

Arkansan Merry Dye has some simple advice for people who like to text while driving: “Turn your phone off and put it away.” Now the federal government is poised to spend more than $100 million to help Dye spread her message.

GOLF ROUNDUP: Couples enjoys heating pad, lead

posted: 06/30/2012 3:48 a.m.

The heat is on at the Senior Players Championship. Fred Couples is taking advantage of it.

Hospitals told: Trauma label deadline looms

posted: 06/30/2012 3:47 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services is sending out letters to 20 hospitals that haven’t yet attained the trauma designation they’ve sought, saying time is running out.

State working on plan to refinance student loans

posted: 06/30/2012 3:44 a.m.

Arkansas is planning when and how to refinance $194 million in student loans in the private market when a federal loan program expires in 2014.

Comeback kid

posted: 06/30/2012 3:43 a.m.

A look at Roger Federer’s comeback victories after losing the first two sets: 2000 U.S. OPEN R128 Def. Peter Wessels, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 3-4, retired.

Ray Winder Field demolition begins

posted: 06/30/2012 3:43 a.m.

A piece of Little Rock history toppled to the ground Friday as the red jaws of a demolition excavator splintered the bleachers at Ray Winder Field, the home of the Arkansas Travelers AA baseball team for more than 70 years.

Rookie Dillon dominates race

posted: 06/30/2012 3:42 a.m.

Pole-sitter Austin Dillon led most of the final 113 laps to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway on Friday night. It was the first Nationwide victory for Dillon, a rookie who captured the truck series title a year ago.

Off the wire

posted: 06/30/2012 3:41 a.m.

FOOTBALL Georgia dismisses RB Georgia tailback Isaiah Crowell was dismissed from the team Friday by Coach Mark Richt after the sophomore was arrested on felony weapons charges. Police found a gun in Crowell’s vehicle early Friday morning.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/30/2012 3:39 a.m.

Saving ball goes wrong for Bauer Arizona Diamondbacks right hander Trevor Bauer will always remember his major-league debut — for a different reason than most rookies.

Chaffee gives 63 acres to city for fields

posted: 06/30/2012 3:39 a.m.

Fort Smith city directors Friday voted to accept a deed for nearly 63 acres of Chaffee Crossing land so the Arkansas National Guard can do preliminary earthwork for a nonprofit group that wants to develop a softball complex.

The state/region in brief

posted: 06/30/2012 3:37 a.m.

News from around the state and the region, in brief.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 06/30/2012 3:35 a.m.

Today in Northwest Arkansas.

Hot Springs Village bans all outdoor water use

posted: 06/30/2012 3:33 a.m.

The Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association has banned all outdoor water use until further notice because the community’s distribution system is in “critical condition.” A large water-main break discovered early Friday contributed to the problem, General Manager Scott Randall said.

Editors honored by state group

posted: 06/30/2012 3:32 a.m.

The Arkansas Press Association honored Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editors Danny Shameer and Bill Simmons with service awards at its 2012 SuperConvention in downtown Little Rock.

Sebastian County jailer said to give inmate contraband

posted: 06/30/2012 3:32 a.m.

A Sebastian County jail deputy was arrested Friday, accused of furnishing contraband to a jail inmate, according to the sheriff’s office.

Body identified from burned car

posted: 06/30/2012 3:30 a.m.

The Franklin County sheriff released the name on Friday of the person whose body was found in a car fire on June 23.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/30/2012 3:28 a.m.

FISHING Conway man leads Big Bass Bonanza Gary Hensley of Conway narrowly led the Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza on Friday with a 5.94-pound bass he caught in the Dardanelle Pool of the Arkansas River.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Cisnero, Hooks stop Naturals

posted: 06/30/2012 3:25 a.m.

Corpus Christi pitcher Jose Cisnero pitched around trouble and the bullpen closed out the Northwest Arkansas Naturals as the Hooks earned a 3-1 victory Friday at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Texas.

NBA: Riley eager to see how Miami can improve

posted: 06/30/2012 3:24 a.m.

Pat Riley’s approach to free agency has changed considerably since 2010, simply because the Miami Heat have nowhere near the same amount of money left to spend as they did during the coup that brought LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh together.

COMMENTARY: Dodgers needing more power for woeful offense

posted: 06/30/2012 3:23 a.m.

Had the Los Angeles Dodgers brought this lineup to Port St. Lucie, Fla., on March 16, the New York Mets and their fans would have immediately protested to the commissioner.

NFL: Blackmon, NFL rookies warned to avoid trouble

posted: 06/30/2012 3:21 a.m.

His gray T-shirt soaked with sweat, Justin Blackmon sat at a picnic table following lunch and waited to make a final catch for Brandon Weeden, his former Oklahoma State teammate now with the Cleveland Browns.

Kentucky Speedway plans to avert jam

posted: 06/30/2012 3:19 a.m.

Simmering drivers in overheating cars, all vying for an open lane and struggling to get out of heavy traffic — and that was just the fans on the way to Kentucky Speedway a year ago.

First Federal’s stock state’s top performer

posted: 06/30/2012 3:19 a.m.

First Federal Bancshares, the Harrison-based bank that was in financial distress early last year, had the bestperforming stock among Arkansas public companies in the second quarter, climbing almost 19 percent.

Arkansas’ corn acreage grows

posted: 06/30/2012 3:18 a.m.

Arkansas farmers followed a national trend this year by increasing the number of acres of corn planted in the state by 17.8 percent, according to a report released Friday.

Landscaping key to big-picture view

posted: 06/30/2012 3:13 a.m.

If your garden or yard is feeling too small, expand your horizons without buying another square inch of property or doing much work. Just borrow some landscape.

Bogus reports called defense

posted: 06/30/2012 3:11 a.m.

The chief executive of Barclays said the bank submitted false data on borrowing costs during the credit crisis in 2007 and 2008 to protect its reputation from suspicions that it was in trouble, a decision he said was wrong.

Low-rate trend worries Fed official

posted: 06/30/2012 3:09 a.m.

James Bullard, president of the St. Louis branch of the Federal Reserve, said Friday he is worried about the Fed’s policy of almost zero-percent interest rates, which has been in place for more than three years.

Madoff’s brother admits his guilt, too

posted: 06/30/2012 3:06 a.m.

Peter Madoff pleaded guilty Friday to a conspiracy charge in Manhattan federal court three years to the day after his brother, Bernard, was sentenced to 150 years in prison for directing the biggest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history.

Worldwide, stocks soar on Europe rescue agreement

posted: 06/30/2012 3:04 a.m.

Financial markets around the world stormed higher Friday after European leaders produced a breakthrough plan to rescue banks, relieve debt-burdened governments and restore investor confidence.

Spending shows little life in May

posted: 06/30/2012 3:03 a.m.

Consumer spending was flat in May, falling less than 0.1 percent, the Commerce Department said Friday.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/30/2012 3:01 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “If you have a policy that is going on five, six, seven, eight years to 10 years, now it is not business cycles anymore.” James Bullard, president of the St. Louis branch of the Federal Reserve Article, 1D

Butler staying at Arkansas

posted: 06/30/2012 3 a.m.

Todd Butler will remain as Arkansas’ hitting coach and recruiting coordinator, Razorbacks’ head coach Dave Van Horn confirmed on Friday.


posted: 06/30/2012 2:58 a.m.

Former Alltel president picked for AT&T board AT&T Inc. has named Scott Ford to its 12-member board of directors.

Drinks on the house

posted: 06/30/2012 2:57 a.m.

What could be more delightful than adding something to your home that gives you nothing back but hours of enjoyment, relaxation and memories?

Breaking ground

posted: 06/30/2012 2:52 a.m.

THIS MONTH Work smart — get outside early in the day.

Personal space

posted: 06/30/2012 2:48 a.m.

Mark Gross Where I live: I live in a patio home in west Little Rock.

In the garden

posted: 06/30/2012 2:46 a.m.

Q Many of my roses, Knock-Outs and a few other types, have been diagnosed with rose rosette disease. I first noticed that many of my 40 Knock-Out roses in the front yard looked kind of odd — there are strange branches shooting out that are very pink-stemmed that are tipped with a tight knot of rose blooms that also didn’t look quite right.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Zoo hopes to expand chia exhibit by breeding

posted: 06/30/2012 2:43 a.m.

Dear Otus, My hat’s off to the Little Rock Zoo and its new chia exhibit. Our family came down last Saturday and it was worth the price of admission alone.

Your front door color is key to psyche

posted: 06/30/2012 2:41 a.m.

I’ve been asked the color of my eyes, my mood and even my parachute. But no one’s ever asked the color of my front door.


posted: 06/30/2012 2:38 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: I need your help to settle an argument I have with my no-good brother-in-law from Illinois. At night he always drives with his fog lights on in addition to his headlights. He says he can see better with them on.

HOG CALLS: Mitchell following Franklin’s example

posted: 06/30/2012 2:37 a.m.

Tenarius Wright isn’t the only Arkansas Razorback picking up where Jerry Franklin left off.

Tools & toys

posted: 06/30/2012 2:34 a.m.

Soggy Doggy Doormat What’s to love: It’s a super absorbent doormat that’s cute and absorbs more water and dirt than most other doormats.


posted: 06/30/2012 2:33 a.m.

John Maxwell will present a six-week class on Old Testament and New Testament worship at the Northwest Arkansas Orthodox Christian Mission in Rogers. Maxwell will explore the characteristics in Old Testament worship and its feast days and look at how this was transfigured into the early church.

Word Of Life Fellowship Adds Hispanic Worship Service

posted: 06/30/2012 2:33 a.m.

Pastor Miguel Carbajal will begin a Spanish-speaking service at Word of Life Fellowship in Bentonville on Sunday.


posted: 06/30/2012 2:33 a.m.

BELLA VISTA Recruiting vacation Bible school volunteers was easy.

Freedom To Complain?

posted: 06/30/2012 2:33 a.m.

Several years ago, I attended a bat mitzvah reception in Washington D.C. During the cocktail hour, the hosts served a variety of hors d’oeuvres, including the most delicious lamb chops I had ever had.

Election Result Simple To Read

posted: 06/30/2012 2:32 a.m.

Not since Ellie Walker ran for the Mayberry Town Council has an election been as contentious as the Bentonville vote on whether or not to increase its school millage.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Attempts Were Made To Help Inmate

posted: 06/30/2012 2:32 a.m.

In response to the articles in your newspaper.

HOW WE SEE IT Captain Urged To Be Cautious

posted: 06/30/2012 2:32 a.m.

Arkansas State Police Capt. Lance King might have broken the law when he accepted gifts from the University of Arkansas football program.

Keep it clean

posted: 06/30/2012 2:31 a.m.

Eucoclean 3-in-1 Stories of bed bugs infesting people’s homes and hotel rooms still run rampant, and the squeamish and suggestible among us are thrown into nightmares of crawling clothes and pest-filled mattresses — real or imagined.


posted: 06/30/2012 2:29 a.m.

Happy birthday. Led by your heart, love changes you this year. Relationships have a strong influence on where you’ll live and work. Activities that center on communication, writing, mechanical skills and design bring success over the next 10 weeks.


posted: 06/30/2012 2:28 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Here are a few “favorite hints” learned from older family members. Read on, and you might learn something new: DEAR HELOISE: My grandfather-in-law lived to be 105 years of age. When he was 90, I asked him what he attributed his longevity to.


posted: 06/30/2012 2:27 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’m studying at a university in your country, and I would like to find out about your religion. I come from a country with very few Christians, and I don’t know anything about Jesus. How can I find out? — I.Z.

Super Quiz: Inventors

posted: 06/30/2012 2:26 a.m.

1. Hans Geiger: Geiger ———2. George Gallup: Gallup ———3. Benjamin Tyler Henry: Henry ———4. Sir Francis Beaufort: Beaufort ———5. Robert Bunsen: Bunsen ———

Friday, June 29

Tesla coils to 'play' at Museum of Discovery

updated: 06/29/2012 5:51 p.m.

Twin harmonic Tesla coils "played" several songs, including Led Zeppelin, today at the Museum of Discovery during a test of the upcoming display.

McDaniel won't review lottery contract

posted: 06/29/2012 3:22 p.m.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says his office won’t review a contract between the state’s lottery commission and a ticket vendor or whether the games’ former director acted properly when he amended the agreement on his own.

Ex-EPA administrator to work on Sierra Club campaign

posted: 06/29/2012 2:11 p.m.

A former administrator with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency who resigned amid claims by Republicans that he was biased against the oil and gas industry is going to work for the Sierra Club.

Congress approves student loans, highway jobs bill

posted: 06/29/2012 1:22 p.m.

Congress has passed a massive measure that will salvage some 2.8 million jobs and shield college students from sharply higher interest rates on college loans. The bill would also shore up the federal flood insurance program.

AG asks for hearing on desegregation case

posted: 06/29/2012 1:02 p.m.

Arkansas is asking a federal judge to set a hearing on its request to be released from a 1989 desegregation agreement with three Little Rock-area school districts.

Fireworks prohibited in several cities

updated: 06/29/2012 1:19 p.m.

The following cities and counties have issued burn bans that include prohibitions on the shooting of any fireworks until further notice.

Last day at Whirlpool

posted: 06/29/2012 12:13 p.m.

More than 900 Whirlpool workers began trickling out of the appliance manufacturing plant in Fort Smith this morning for the last time, as the big blue plant that has been a manufacturing hub for Fort Smith closed its doors.

Woman admits stealing from employer

posted: 06/29/2012 11:48 a.m.

A Siloam Springs woman faces up to 30 years in prison for stealing more than $25,000 from her employer. Karen Sue Fields, 46, pleaded guilty Thursday to theft of property, a Class B felony, and forgery in the second degree, a Class C felony.

Church treasurer pleads guilty to theft

posted: 06/29/2012 11:44 a.m.

A former church treasurer has admitted to stealing thousands of dollars from Twelve Corners Baptist Church. Catherine Spivey, 43, of Pea Ridge pleaded guilty Thursday to theft of property, a Class B felony, which is punishable with a prison sentence ranging from five to 20 years.

Fourth of July events

posted: 06/29/2012 11:22 a.m.

Independence Day events throughout Northwest Arkansas.

Police investigate Springdale stabbing

posted: 06/29/2012 10:59 a.m.

A man was stabbed early Friday morning while riding in a vehicle leaving Club Congo in Springdale, according to a news release from the Springdale Police Department.

Timekeepers add leap second Saturday night

posted: 06/29/2012 9:05 a.m.

Saturday night will stretch longer by a second, a leap second.

Romney: Ruling brings new urgency to election

posted: 06/29/2012 8:58 a.m.

Mitt Romney says the Supreme Court’s health care decision has injected “greater urgency” in the presidential contest.

Razorbacks planning for new athletic facilities

posted: 06/29/2012 7:27 a.m.

The University of Arkansas athletic department is moving forward with planning for three major construction projects: a basketball practice facility, a student-athlete success center and a baseball and track indoor training facility.

Obama’s health law upheld

posted: 06/29/2012 5:58 a.m.

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the core of President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, preserving a law that would expand insurance to millions of people and transform an industry that makes up 18 percent of the nation’s economy.

House votes Holder in contempt; blacks lead session boycott

posted: 06/29/2012 5:54 a.m.

Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday became the first sitting Cabinet member held in contempt of Congress, a rebuke pushed by Republicans seeking to unearth the facts behind a bungled gun tracking operation and dismissed by most Democrats as a political stunt.

Man Claims Police Used Excessive Force

posted: 06/29/2012 5:49 a.m.

BELLA VISTA — Two police officers have been accused of using excessive force during a traffic stop Tuesday night.

Bentonville Bans Fireworks, Rogers Considering Same

posted: 06/29/2012 5:49 a.m.

Bentonville officials banned fireworks in the city Thursday as temperatures continued to hover around 100 degrees

City Begins Replacing Water Lines

posted: 06/29/2012 5:49 a.m.

BELLA VISTA — The city’s Water Department began replacing a water line Thursday at the recreational vehicle park at Blowing Springs.

Northwest Ninth Street To Close

posted: 06/29/2012 5:45 a.m.

BENTONVILLE — Northwest Ninth Street will close Tuesday between Bella Vista Road and Northwest D Street.

U.S. spares 2 from sanctions

posted: 06/29/2012 5:44 a.m.

The Obama administration on Thursday cleared China and Singapore from possible U.S. economic penalties, citing their sharp cuts in imports of Iranian oil, as an American deadline arrived for banks to stop processing petroleum transactions with Tehran.

Bosnian Serb cleared of 1 genocide count

posted: 06/29/2012 5:42 a.m.

The Yugoslav war-crimes tribunal acquitted former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic of one charge of genocide Thursday but will allow his trial to go forward on 10 other war-crimes counts related to atrocities in Bosnia’s 1992-95 war.

Turkey reinforces Syrian border

posted: 06/29/2012 5:41 a.m.

Turkey deployed anti-aircraft guns, rocket launchers and other weapons along its border with Syria on Thursday, a military buildup that came as world powers showed new urgency to resolve the crisis before it ignites the region.

Pros Keep Specialists Busy

posted: 06/29/2012 5:37 a.m.

From blisters to dislocated joints, golfers turn for help to the LPGA Sports Medicine Center that travels everywhere the pros go.

Darr looks ahead to elections for fix

posted: 06/29/2012 5:37 a.m.

In his 2010 campaign, Lt. Gov. Mark Darr pledged to challenge the constitutionality of the federal health-care law, and he said Thursday that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the law’s constitutionality is not a loss but “a wake-up call.”

4 from Arkansas vote yes on contempt

posted: 06/29/2012 5:35 a.m.

Each of Arkansas’ four House members voted Thursday to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, escalating a rift between the Republican-held House and the Democratic administration of President Barack Obama.

Email Spurs Four-Way Stop

posted: 06/29/2012 5:32 a.m.

Tami Trzeciak knew the intersection at Maple Street and Razorback Road was a little peculiar.

Schools Accepting Transfer Applications

posted: 06/29/2012 5:31 a.m.

Washington County school districts are back in the transfer business — at least for now.

Obama glad, but Romney vows repeal

posted: 06/29/2012 5:28 a.m.

The Supreme Court’s decision Thursday to uphold the Affordable Care Act prompted swift responses from the two presidential candidates, moving the debate squarely into the political sphere and setting it up to figure prominently for the remainder of the campaign.

Mayor Taps Ferrell For Seat

posted: 06/29/2012 5:25 a.m.

Mayor Lioneld Jordan on Thursday said he wanted Bobby Ferrell, Ward 3 alderman, to replace him on the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission through the end of the year.

Man Accused Of Soliciting Child

posted: 06/29/2012 5:22 a.m.

Police arrested a man Wednesday after he showed up for what he thought was a rendezvous with a 14-year-old girl.

Fight not over, state’s Republicans in Congress say

posted: 06/29/2012 5:22 a.m.

Arkansas’ Republican members of Congress said they will push harder to repeal the 2010 healthcare overhaul after Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld broad aspects of the law.


posted: 06/29/2012 5:20 a.m.

Local arrests and police records.

Public Meetings

posted: 06/29/2012 5:19 a.m.

Upcoming public meetings.

The world in brief

posted: 06/29/2012 5:18 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Dr. Karadzic and myself both thought it was a courageous decision of the trial chamber to say at this stage of the case that there was no genocide in the municipalities in Bosnia in 1992.” Peter Robinson, the attorney of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic who was acquitted Thursday of one charge of genocide but still faces 10 other war-crimes counts Article, this page

The nation in brief

posted: 06/29/2012 5:17 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Our constitutional tradition stands against the idea that we need Oceania’s Ministry of Truth.” Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in a ruling in which the court struck down the Stolen Valor Act, comparing the law against lying about receiving military medals to George Orwell’s novel 1984 Article, this page

Names and faces

posted: 06/29/2012 5:16 a.m.

Saying that “this is not as I ever expected to leave this couch,” Ann Curry told viewers Thursday morning that she was leaving the Today show cohost seat that she was given just more than a year ago.

In the news

posted: 06/29/2012 5:15 a.m.

Hillary Rodham Clinton landed in her 100th country as U.S. secretary of state during a trip to Latvia and holds the record for visiting the most countries as chief diplomat, the State Department said.

Violations Could Force Plant To Close

posted: 06/29/2012 5:13 a.m.

City officials said they will likely close a 41-year-old sewage treatment plant and look to link with Fayetteville’s treatment system because the plant repeatedly violates pollution standards set by state and federal laws.

State’s insured expected to soar

posted: 06/29/2012 5:12 a.m.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — largely upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday — will extend coverage to more than a half a million uninsured Arkansans when it is fully implemented in 2014, state health officials said Thursday.

Deputies To Increase Patrol For Drunken Drivers

posted: 06/29/2012 5:10 a.m.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office will increase patrols for drunken drivers, according to a news release.

Peabody Hotel lease to be sold

posted: 06/29/2012 5:02 a.m.

The five ducks that waddle in a twice-daily march through the Peabody Hotel’s lobby will continue their ritual promenade and swim for a few more weeks while final negotiations to sell the Statehouse Convention Center’s anchor hotel wrap up.

Fitness & Health Festival Grows In Second Year

posted: 06/29/2012 4:59 a.m.

Joe Wilson set the foundation for the NWA Fitness & Health Sports Festival last year, and now he’s intent on making it bigger and better.

Medicaid initiative gets start Sunday

posted: 06/29/2012 4:58 a.m.

State Medicaid officials and two of the state’s largest private insurers said Thursday that revamping how payments are made to providers will lower costs, improve health-care quality and possibly attract business to the state.

Fletcher Grateful for Unexpected Honor

posted: 06/29/2012 4:57 a.m.

Orville Fletcher thought his high school football coach was dumb at first.

Lang Looks To Extend Winning Streak To Two

posted: 06/29/2012 4:54 a.m.

Brittany Lang knew that those in her inner circle were trying to be helpful, but after awhile their words of encouragement got on her nerves.

Playing with the Pros

posted: 06/29/2012 4:53 a.m.

David Dobbs felt like he might vomit when he walked onto the No. 1 tee box at Pinnacle Country Club on Thursday.


posted: 06/29/2012 4:47 a.m.

The Walmart Foundation and the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship golf tournament made a $350,000 donation to Goodwill Industries of Arkansas’ POWER program on Thursday.

Break Out The Umbrellas, There’s Heat

posted: 06/29/2012 4:45 a.m.

Umbrella salesmen could probably make a nice profit selling to the 144 LPGA golfers playing in the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.

Other days

posted: 06/29/2012 4:39 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 29, 1912 Prof. J.L. Bond, supervisor of rural schools, has sent out a bulletin to the teachers of rural schools, making suggestions regarding the preparations for the opening of the school sessions.

EDITORIALS: After the quake

posted: 06/29/2012 4:36 a.m.

THE ONE THING we can all be sure of about decisions out of the Supreme Court of the United States is that we can’t be sure about them. Wasn’t the swing vote on the court supposed to be that of Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy?

OTHERS SAY: A health-care victory

posted: 06/29/2012 4:35 a.m.

With a historic and just decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, the nation has moved a giant step closer to a health-care system that will work for all Americans.

COLUMNISTS: Why John Roberts did it

posted: 06/29/2012 4:34 a.m.

It’s the judiciary’s Nixon-to-China : Chief Justice John Roberts joins the liberal wing of the Supreme Court and upholds the constitutionality of Obamacare. How? By pulling off one of the great constitutional finesses of all time.

Guest writer: End it completely

posted: 06/29/2012 4:33 a.m.

Last Friday, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that our state’s lethal-injection statute is unconstitutional. Arkansas still has a death penalty, but with no legal means of carrying it out, all executions are on hold until the Legislature passes a new law.

A tax by any other name

posted: 06/29/2012 4:33 a.m.

There was always a compromise to be had—a way out of striking down the individual mandate without giving Congress the power to force people to buy health insurance (or broccoli). A few sharp-eyed commentators pushed it. One was Joey Fishkin on Balkinization.

Another dubious distinction

posted: 06/29/2012 4:32 a.m.

The Arkie jokes are bad enough (barefoot and pregnant gets old). The state rankings are even worse (dead last is never any fun, and neither is 48th or 49th).


posted: 06/29/2012 4:31 a.m.

Tactics all about votes Barack Obama did an end run around Congress and basically gave a two-year amnesty to illegal aliens. From 2008-2010, the Democrats controlled Congress and had 60 votes in the Senate. They could have given all 12 million illegal aliens amnesty and American citizenship immediately and the Republicans could have done nothing to stop it.


posted: 06/29/2012 4:29 a.m.

In Stephen L. Clark’s letter published June 20th, he wrote: “Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, has thrown down the gauntlet to Arkansas pastors, promising to ‘hold religious leaders accountable for negative statements about homosexuality.’” An editing error introduced the wrong word, gantlet.


posted: 06/29/2012 4:24 a.m.

Stacy Lewis makes good money on the LPGA Tour, but she doesn’t make PGA Tour money.

WIMBLEDON: 100th-ranked Rosol ousts Nadal

posted: 06/29/2012 4:17 a.m.

Rafael Nadal bumped into his unknown and unheralded opponent as they headed to a break between games. Perhaps it was incidental contact.

Pinnacle a major preview

posted: 06/29/2012 4:07 a.m.

Several LPGA Tour players headed to next week’s U.S. Women’s Open in Kohler, Wis., are finding the NW Arkansas Championship to be an ideal tuneup.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Late-night call excites Jonesboro point guard

posted: 06/29/2012 4:04 a.m.

On June 15, new rules put in place by the NCAA allowed college basketball coaches to make unlimited calls and text messages to recruits that have completed their sophomore years in high school.

COMMENTARY: BCS necessary step to reach playoff

posted: 06/29/2012 4:01 a.m.

What’s wrong with the new college football playoff plan?


posted: 06/29/2012 3:59 a.m.

NO. 1 PAR 4 LENGTH 320 yards NO. 2 PAR 5 LENGTH 549 yards

NBA Draft report

posted: 06/29/2012 3:58 a.m.

Unibrow might not make cut — Anthony Davis made the unibrow look trendy during Kentucky’s run to the national championship and it picked up speed as the NBA Draft drew closer and the 6-10 freshman was a lock to be the No. 1 overall pick.


posted: 06/29/2012 3:56 a.m.

Rolex World Ranking in parenthesis ROUND 1 OF 3 TEE NO. 1 7:10 A.M. Lisa Ferrero (326), Lizette Salas (222), Jacqui Concolino (424)

Championship report

posted: 06/29/2012 3:55 a.m.

Pak out to regain old form — Se Ri Pak is back at Pinnacle Country Club for the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship after a two-year hiatus.

U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS: Phelps adds third spot on team

posted: 06/29/2012 3:53 a.m.

After a couple of duels with his biggest rival, Michael Phelps made this one look easy.

Thursday’s results

posted: 06/29/2012 3:51 a.m.

At The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England Purse: $25.03 million (Grand Slam) Surface: Grass-Outdoor

U.S. OLYMPIC TRACK AND FIELD TRIALS: Tie drama doesn’t slow sprinters

posted: 06/29/2012 3:49 a.m.

Looking so smooth and seemingly exerting little effort, Allyson Felix glided to an easy heat victory in the 200 meters.

U.S. OLYMPIC GYMNASTICS TRIALS: Mikulak shows depth with top score

posted: 06/29/2012 3:47 a.m.

Sam Mikulak walked down the hall after arguably the biggest day of his career, oblivious.

Drought ‘extreme’ over 31 percent of state

posted: 06/29/2012 3:46 a.m.

With nearly a third of Arkansas now experiencing “extreme” drought, some small water utilities in the state have been sounding the alarm, urging their customers to stop washing their cars and watering their lawns and gardens.


posted: 06/29/2012 3:46 a.m.

DODGERS Cuban outfielder gets big deal ESPN reported Thursday that Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig has reached agreement on a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Burnett first Pirate to win 8 in row since 1974

posted: 06/29/2012 3:44 a.m.

A new catcher didn’t affect A.J. Burnett’s groove.

TEXAS LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME: Schmidt sparks North All-Stars

posted: 06/29/2012 3:43 a.m.

The Texas League’s best team had the biggest hand in making sure the North Division won the Texas League All-Star Game in its home stadium Thursday night.

Candidate asked to apologize over claim

posted: 06/29/2012 3:42 a.m.

The Arkansas Democratic Party has asked 3rd Congressional District candidate Ken Aden to apologize for exaggerating his military record.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/29/2012 3:42 a.m.

Another one for the Trout reel Mike Trout added another clip to his expanding highlight reel Wednesday night.

Off the wire

posted: 06/29/2012 3:40 a.m.

HOCKEY Crosby gets 12-year deal The Pittsburgh Penguins and center Sidney Crosby agreed to a 12-year, $104.4 million contract extension Thursday, despite concussion like symptoms that sidelined him for most of the past two seasons.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/29/2012 3:38 a.m.

VOLLEYBALL Pulliza, Norton headed to China Arkansas Coach Robert Pulliza and outside hitter Jasmine Norton will spend two weeks with the U.S. national team at the China-USA Challenge Invitational in China.

Tepid growth hits job market

posted: 06/29/2012 3:37 a.m.

The U.S. economy is growing too slowly to pull the job market out of a slump, according to data released Thursday that suggests June will be another weak month for hiring.

Free speech cited, high court tosses 2005 law

posted: 06/29/2012 3:37 a.m.

People can’t be prosecuted for lying about receiving military medals, the U.S. Supreme Court said, invoking free-speech rights to strike down a federal law intended to protect the integrity of armed-services awards.

346 homes destroyed in Colorado

posted: 06/29/2012 3:36 a.m.

Colorado Springs officials said Thursday that hundreds of homes have been destroyed by a raging wildfire that has encroached on the state’s second-largest city and threatened the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Barclays inquiry tip of iceberg

posted: 06/29/2012 3:36 a.m.

More global banks are being investigated in the reported financial-market manipulation that led to fines of $453 million against Barclays Bank, British Treasury chief George Osborne said Thursday, driving financial stocks lower.

Milosevic’s allies lead Serbia again

posted: 06/29/2012 3:35 a.m.

Socialist leader Ivica Dacic won a mandate Thursday to form a new Serbian government, marking a full-scale return of the late Slobodan Milosevic’s former allies to power for the first time since the autocrat’s ouster in the face of popular protest in 2000.

JPMorgan trading loss said to widen

posted: 06/29/2012 3:34 a.m.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s losses on a bad trade have grown to as much as $9 billion, exceeding the firm’s initial estimates, according to a New York Times report that cites unnamed sources.

Program rewards savers of electricity

posted: 06/29/2012 3:32 a.m.

Summer Advantage, a voluntary program of Entergy Arkansas designed to reward customers for saving electricity, has attracted 548 customers since its start June 1. The company hopes to continue to sign up customers.

As law intact, clinics expect more money

posted: 06/29/2012 3:32 a.m.

Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding much of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act means more money for hospitals even with the cut in Medicare funding contained in the law.

Arkansas staying out of suits considered

posted: 06/29/2012 3:29 a.m.

Democrats lauded and Republicans panned Arkansas Attorney General Dustin Mc-Daniel’s 2-year-old decision not to sue over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the act is constitutional.

MARKET REPORT: Dow revives, ends just 25 down

posted: 06/29/2012 3:27 a.m.

A late recovery on Wall Street wiped out most of the stock market’s losses Thursday, leaving the Dow Jones industrial average just 25 points down.


posted: 06/29/2012 3:26 a.m.

Aircraft cabinet firm to move to Sherwood Custom Aircraft Cabinets Inc. is moving from North Little Rock to Sherwood and will create new jobs in the process.

Declaration copy on exhibit

posted: 06/29/2012 3:25 a.m.

Long before the days of 24-hour cable news networks and Twitter, and even before telephones or the telegraph, America’s founding fathers needed a way to get the word out that a radical document known as the Declaration of Independence had been drafted.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/29/2012 3:25 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “If Bob Diamond had a scintilla of shame, he would resign. If Barclays’ board had an inch of backbone between them, they would sack him.” Matthew Oakshott, a member of the House of Lords, speaking about the chief executive officer of Barclays Bank Article, 1D

REVIEW: Magic Mike

posted: 06/29/2012 3:24 a.m.

There are films that sneak up and surprise you with their depth and carefully crafted plot points. Then there are films that cause certain (female) moviegoers to yell upon entering the theater, “I got my dollar bills ready!”

Police: Pharmacist sold drugs

posted: 06/29/2012 3:21 a.m.

A Greenwood pharmacist faces marijuana and firearms charges after, police said, he sold an ounce of marijuana to an undercover police officer Wednesday.

As police force expands, 2 LR captains promoted to assistant chief

posted: 06/29/2012 3:20 a.m.

Little Rock Chief of Police Stuart Thomas promoted two captains to the rank of assistant chief Thursday, one more than was advertised, in a move he said is necessary to manage the 80 new officers he plans to hire within a year.


posted: 06/29/2012 3:18 a.m.

To get through our difficult lives, some of us have lucky rings, rabbit’s feet or other charms. John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) has a weed-huffing teddy bear.

Speaker: See trafficked kids as victims

posted: 06/29/2012 3:17 a.m.

When children ensnared in sex trafficking are discovered, they face two possible paths, a woman from a national nonprofit organization told an audience in Bentonville on Thursday.

Cornoner identifies dead construction worker

posted: 06/29/2012 3:16 a.m.

The Washington County coroner’s office has released the name of a construction worker who is suspected of dying from overheating while working on the University of Arkansas’ future Football Operations Center.

Sweet something

posted: 06/29/2012 3:14 a.m.

It has gotten to the point where you can picture writer/director Wes Anderson and one of his frequent collaborators — let’s say Roman Coppola — sitting around their ironically ornamented studio office tossing ideas back and forth like a pint-size Nerf football, trying to conjure up the next project that fits into Anderson’s famously particular aesthetic.

The state/region in brief

posted: 06/29/2012 3:13 a.m.

News from around the state and the region, in brief.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 06/29/2012 3:12 a.m.

Today in Northwest Arkansas.

No. 1 Brave makes Pixar 13-0

posted: 06/29/2012 3:11 a.m.

It was a highly animated weekend at the box office, as moviegoers spent more than $85 million to see Brave and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted — each family-oriented, nonlive action films.

Kentucky comes out on top again

posted: 06/29/2012 3:09 a.m.

Best in the country and No. 1 and 2 in the NBA Draft. The celebration goes on for Kentucky’s kids.

Don’t sweat the heat

posted: 06/29/2012 3:08 a.m.

Herman Cain would call what Brad Keselowski is trying to do at Kentucky Speedway this weekend the 3-3-3 plan.


posted: 06/29/2012 3:07 a.m.

Your Sister’s Sister, the latest film from director Lynn Shelton (Humpday), stars Mark Duplass as Jack, a man in alcoholic depression, who takes his best friend, Iris (Emily Blunt), up on her offer to use her family’s remote cabin as a place to clear his head and recharge his spirit. But when he arrives there, he finds Iris’ older sister, Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt), ensconced there after the breakup of her longtime relationship.

Stenhouse embraces move

posted: 06/29/2012 3:06 a.m.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was shocked it was such a big deal.

EU agrees on $149 billion stimulus

posted: 06/29/2012 3:02 a.m.

European leaders agreed Thursday that more needs to be done to stimulate growth and regulate banks, though divisions remain over the issue of pooling government debt as a way to ease the continent’s financial crisis.

Director Webb spins new Spidey myth

posted: 06/29/2012 2:59 a.m.

On a weekend in January 2010, Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios pivoted faster than even Spider-Man would dare.

REVIEW: People Like Us

posted: 06/29/2012 2:58 a.m.

Alex Kurtzman has written movies about giant robots from outer space (Transformers), cowboys and aliens (Cowboys & Aliens), runaway clones (The Island ) and Zorro (The Legend of Zorro). But he has never written one as preposterous as his directorial debut, People Like Us, an irritatingly contrived drama in which a man (Chris Pine) discovers he has a half-sister (Elizabeth Banks) and proceeds to creep-stalk her and her 11-year-old son instead of just telling them who he is.

Film clips

posted: 06/29/2012 2:53 a.m.

At area theaters 67 ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, R President Lincoln owes his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers to the murder of his mother by a supernatural creature.


posted: 06/29/2012 2:50 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) The Amazing Spider-Man, PG-13 Andrew Garfield plays the title teenager-turned web-slinging-superhero in “a different side of the Peter Parker story,” involving a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his late father, the quest to understand his parents’ disappearance and the lab of his father’s former partner and his Lizard alter-ego.

Players Quickly Break Out Umbrellas

posted: 06/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

ROGERS Umbrella salesmen could probably make a nice profit selling to the 144 LPGA golfers playing in the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.

POWER Receives Donation

posted: 06/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

ROGERS — The Walmart Foundation and the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship golf tournament made a $350,000 donation to Goodwill Industries of Arkansas’ POWER program on Thursday.


posted: 06/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

more women in Northwest Arkansas. Currently the POWER program has outreach facilities in both Springdale and Fayetteville.


posted: 06/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

ROGERS — David Dobbs felt like he might vomit when he walked onto the No. 1 tee box at Pinnacle Country Club on Thursday.

Lang Looks To Extend Her Winning Streak

posted: 06/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

ROGERS — Brittany Lang knew those in her inner circle were trying to be helpful, but after awhile their words of encouragement got on her nerves.

Of Arias And Opportunities

posted: 06/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

Music will fill the air at Inspiration Point in Eureka Springs through the next few weeks as Opera in the Ozarks celebrates its 62nd season.

Green And Good

posted: 06/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

Ricardo Cortes Jr. said the restaurant business has been in his blood since he came to the United States 11 years ago.

The Art OverView

posted: 06/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

5 First Thursday — Featuring art, live music, food and children’s activities, 5 p.m. July 5, downtown Fayetteville square. 6 First Friday — Part of the American Art and Music Festival, July 6-7, downtown Bentonville.

Live on Stage in NWA preps for new season

posted: 06/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

Although most of the patrons come from Bella Vista, the Live on Stage in NWA performance series offers a northern alternative to Walton Arts Center shows, says Don Kernwein, president of the board. And at $75 for five shows, it’s a bargain, he adds.


posted: 06/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

New this week Madea’s Witness Protection PG-13 The gentle chief financial officer of a Wall Street investment bank (Eugene Levy) with growing family problems who escapes into the witness protection program — hiding out, natch, with Madea (writer-director Tyler Perry) — when it turns out his firm has been operating a mob-backed Ponzi scheme and that he has been set up as the fall guy.

The Joy Of Jazz

posted: 06/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

There are a handful of living jazz greats, those whose name alone — Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Joshua Redman — generate a sense of familiarity.

Kids Just Wanna Have Fun

posted: 06/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

Tim Stowe is his own best critic.

Making A Splash

posted: 06/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

Let’s face it … it’s hot outside. What can be a better way to cool off than splashing the summer heat away at the “ol swimmin' hole?” There are plenty of great swimming holes in The Natural State — places to take in the scenery, keep the heat at bay and become a kid at heart again no matter what one’s age.

A Festive Fourth

posted: 06/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

The smell of sweet, July honeysuckle entangled with tangy barbecue, smoke and sulfur will soon saturate the alreadyhumid summer night.

Three’s The Charm

posted: 06/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

Good things come in threes, and the 68th annual Rodeo of the Ozarks offers all three for Northwest Arkansas, said Tom Reed, president of the rodeo's board of directors.

Board Votes On Grade Configuration

posted: 06/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — Middle schools will convert to fifth and sixth grades and junior high schools will become seventh and eighth grades in 2015, the School Board decided Thursday in a 5-2 vote.


posted: 06/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

Pfc. Vincent J. Ellis, 22, of Tokyo, died June 4 in Landstuhl, Germany, from wounds suffered June 1 on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, 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. when enemy forces attacked his unit with improvised explosive devices and small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Consider Combat Veterans On Fourth

posted: 06/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

It’s the season to take primal pleasure in explosions, but only for those who don’t happen to be military combat veterans.

Voters Spoke, Board Must Listen

posted: 06/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

Bentonville school officials, reeling from this week’s defeat of a proposed millage increase to build a new high school, might look to other area school districts’ experience for the next step.

HOW WE SEE IT Town-Gown Committee Worth A Try

posted: 06/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas are stuck together, for better or worse.


posted: 06/29/2012 2:46 a.m.

Happy birthday. A strange series of events begins at the start of July, and you’ll make sweet success of what comes.The next six months will challenge you in the way that windmills challenged Don Quixote.


posted: 06/29/2012 2:45 a.m.

DEAR READERS: What’s with people who have poor cell phone manners? Here are some hints: Lower your voice and watch your language.


posted: 06/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I admit I wasn’t a very good mother, and now my children don’t want anything to do with me. They didn’t even call or send me a card on Mother’s Day. I know I can’t undo the past, but is there anything I can do to change this? — V.R.

Super Quiz: Frankenstein (1931 film)

posted: 06/29/2012 2:43 a.m.

1. Who portrayed “the monster” in the 1931 film? 2. What was the name of scientist Henry Frankenstein’s assistant? 3. What was the devoted assistant’s deformity? 4.What does the scientist exclaim when the monster first moves? 5. What mishap results in the monster knowing only hate, horror and murder?

Thursday, June 28

Board Votes On Grade Configuration

posted: 06/28/2012 9:30 p.m.

Middle schools will convert to fifth and sixth grades and junior high schools will become seventh and eighth grades in 2015, the School Board decided Thursday in a 5-2 vote.

Power Plant Tax Plan Tabled

posted: 06/28/2012 8:58 p.m.

A tax relief proposal expected to help refurbish the Flint Creek power plant near Gentry was put on hold indefinitely Thursday when Benton County officials were told the agreement had been rejected by the state Department of Finance and Administration.

Smaller Cities Question NACA About Fees

posted: 06/28/2012 7:05 p.m.

Mayors from three smaller cities are taking a look at what it would cost to tie into the Northwest Arkansas Conservation Authority wastewater plant.

Springdale bans fireworks, joining other cities

posted: 06/28/2012 4:26 p.m.

Mayor Doug Sprouse today joined a growing list of Northwest Arkansas leaders to declare a burn ban.

Revolutionary War documents displayed at Crystal Bridges

posted: 06/28/2012 4:13 p.m.

Long before the days of 24-hour cable news networks and Twitter, America’s founding fathers needed a way to get the word out that a radical document known as the Declaration of Independence had been drafted.

VIDEO: Holder in contempt, House votes

updated: 06/28/2012 5:54 p.m.

The House has approved a precedent-setting resolution to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress. It was the first time a sitting Cabinet member has been held in contempt.

New statewide system emphasizes quality health care

posted: 06/28/2012 3:54 p.m.

Arkansas is launching a new system in which health providers are rewarded for quality of care and not volume.

Name of man killed by heat released

posted: 06/28/2012 3:52 p.m.

The Washington County coroner’s office has released the name of a construction worker who is suspected of dying from overheating while working on the University of Arkansas’ future Football Operations Center.

Jonesboro police accuse woman of posing as nurse

posted: 06/28/2012 2:51 p.m.

Authorities have arrested a woman who was allegedly pretending to be a nurse at a Jonesboro hospital.

Sheriff's office to increase patrols for holiday

posted: 06/28/2012 12:09 p.m.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office will increase patrols for drunk drivers, according to a news release.

Colorado wildfire destroys hundreds of homes

posted: 06/28/2012 11:37 a.m.

Colorado Springs officials said Thursday that hundreds of homes have been destroyed by a raging wildfire that has encroached on the state’s second-largest city and threatened the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Moonrise, Magic and Ted the talking bear, oh my!

posted: 06/28/2012 11:32 a.m.

In this week’s MovieStyle, critic Piers Marchant regards the much anticipated (by some of us anyway) new Wes Anderson film Moonrise Kingdom and finds it a welcome, if familiar addition to Anderson’s distinctive oeurve.

Report: JPMorgan trading losses may reach $9 billion

posted: 06/28/2012 11:17 a.m.

Shares of JPMorgan Chase & Co. tumbled 4 percent Thursday morning as a published report said that the bank’s losses on a bad trade may reach as much as $9 billion — far higher than the estimated $2 billion loss disclosed last month.

Bentonville bans fireworks

posted: 06/28/2012 10:34 a.m.

Bentonville has joined Fayetteville in prohibiting fireworks through the Fourth of July, according to a news release. Anyone caught discharging fireworks can cited.

State, local politicians react to health care reform law

updated: 06/28/2012 4:24 p.m.

Politicians from around the state joined other Arkansans with their own opinions of Wednesday's ruling by the United States Supreme Court that upheld a majority of the healthcare reform act put in place by the federal government.

High court upholds key part of Obama health law

updated: 06/28/2012 10:42 a.m.

The Supreme Court has upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Nearly a third of state in 'extreme drought'

updated: 06/28/2012 8:04 a.m.

Nearly a third of Arkansas is now considered in an extreme drought and no widespread rain is forecast in the foreseeable future.

Inkster Savors Chance To Play

posted: 06/28/2012 5:57 a.m.

Juli Inkster is back on the golf course, finally. Inkster has won 31 LPGA tournaments, including seven majors, but the 52-year-old has been sidelined the past six months after suffering the first major injury of her career last year.

Golfers Cautious

posted: 06/28/2012 5:53 a.m.

Nicole Hage, a Florida resident, should be more accustomed to the heat that has plagued the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship this week.

Siloam Springs Rodeo Payout Lower For 2012 Event

posted: 06/28/2012 5:49 a.m.

The 54th annual Siloam Springs Rodeo finished with a purse of $26,069.44 and a total payout of just more than $28,000 with the addition of junior barrel racing and mutton busting events, rodeo officials reported last week.

In the news

posted: 06/28/2012 5:42 a.m.

Henry Kissinger, 89, the former secretary of state who served under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, said in Poland that he doesn’t think the statement, “Who do I call if I want to call Europe?” originated with him, adding: “I am not sure I actually said it. But it’s a good statement so why not take credit for it?” Raul Rodriguez, 46, who contended Texas’ version of a stand-your-ground law allowed him to fatally shoot a Houston-area neighbor after an argument about a noisy party, has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 2010 murder of Kelly Danaher, 36.

Fire at heels, Coloradans hightail it out

posted: 06/28/2012 5:41 a.m.

Fire crews fought to save the U.S. Air Force Academy, and residents begged for information on the fate of their homes Wednesday after a night of terror sent thousands of people fleeing a raging Colorado Springs wildfire.

Accord reached on highway bill

posted: 06/28/2012 5:41 a.m.

Congressional negotiators Wednesday agreed on legislation to maintain current transportation spending for 27 months, focus federal dollars on highways and bridges and give states more flexibility in using money from Washington.

Bemberg Announces City Council Bid

posted: 06/28/2012 5:40 a.m.

A local poet, musician and University of Arkansas senior became the first person to formally announce he’ll challenge Matthew Petty, Ward 2’s alderman, in November’s City Council election.

Military records debunk candidate's rhetoric

posted: 06/28/2012 5:40 a.m.

Third Congressional District candidate Ken Aden has claimed he’s a Green Beret, but his military records indicate he washed out of Special Forces training, not once but three times.

Old law fuels drive to form atheist lobby

posted: 06/28/2012 5:38 a.m.

Eighty-four years after Little Rock’s last highly publicized blasphemy trial, a group representing the nation’s “nontheistic community” today hopes to begin organizing a state chapter to lobby the Legislature.

Barclays to settle rate manipulation case

posted: 06/28/2012 5:36 a.m.

Department’s criminal division on a related matter. It also will pay nearly $93 million to British regulators.

Creek Brings Karma

posted: 06/28/2012 5:36 a.m.

Editor’s Note: This week and next, Outdoors will visit two of southwest Missouri’s top streams for fl oating and fishing. Today we visit the Elk River.

The nation in brief

posted: 06/28/2012 5:36 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There’s more water that anybody, no matter how old they are, has ever remembered seeing. It’s not just people on the river, it’s neighborhoods, it’s places that have never been flooded.” Alan Brock, Wakulla County, Fla., commission chairman, on the aftermath of Tropical Storm Debby Article, this page Vote on Holder a go, Boehner says WASHINGTON — Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that the House will move forward with a contempt-of-Congress vote today against Attorney General Eric Holder over the botched gun-tracking operation known as Fast and Furious.

THE FLIP SIDE: More Than One Way To Catch A ‘Cat’

posted: 06/28/2012 5:34 a.m.

Someone else could be yammering on in this space today if not for “Old Whiskers,” the regal catfish.

Debby deals Florida parting blow

posted: 06/28/2012 5:34 a.m.

Debby destroyed homes and businesses, washed away roads and flooded neighborhoods in Florida before the once-large tropical storm drifted out to sea Wednesday, leaving behind a sopping mess.

Getting it straight

posted: 06/28/2012 5:33 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: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette SUSAN SCANTLIN Editor, Northwest Arkansas P.O. Box 7 Springdale, Ark. 72765 or call (479) 365-2960 during business hours Monday through Friday.

Names and faces

posted: 06/28/2012 5:32 a.m.

The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that, thanks to Seth Mac-Farlane, it has the papers of Carl Sagan, who spoke to mass audiences about the mysteries of the universe and the origins of life. While MacFarlane never owned the late scientist’s papers, he covered the undisclosed costs of donating them to the library.

Big Bass Tournament Set On Arkansas River

posted: 06/28/2012 5:32 a.m.

Anglers can still get in on one of the state’s top bass tournaments, the Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza on the Arkansas River Friday through Sunday.

Campaign cash probe looks at chamber

posted: 06/28/2012 5:32 a.m.

Attorney General Eric Schnei derman of New York has begun investigating contributions to tax-exempt groups that are heavily involved in political campaigns, focusing on a case involving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has been one of the largest outside groups seeking to influence recent elections but is not required to disclose its donors.

Air Force sex scandal sees 2 more charged

posted: 06/28/2012 5:32 a.m.

Two more instructors at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio have been charged in a growing sexual scandal involving trainers and female recruits at one of the nation’s busiest military training centers.

The world in brief

posted: 06/28/2012 5:31 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “You could see it as a last piece in a jigsaw peace process, which has been very slowly and carefully put together over 20 years.” Diarmaid Ferriter, a professor of modern history at University College Dublin, on the shaking of hands between Queen Elizabeth II and a former Irish Republican Army commander Article, this page 2 bodies found in Ontario mall ruin ELLIOT LAKE, Ontario — Officials recovered two bodies after dismantling a piece of a partially collapsed Ontario shopping mall Wednesday and said they are confident no other victims are inside. The renewed rescue effort came after angry residents shouted down fears that the unstable structure made the work too risky to continue.

43 being smuggled die in Tanzania

posted: 06/28/2012 5:30 a.m.

Forty-three Ethiopians and Somalis who paid to be smuggled from their homelands in search of better living conditions died in the back of a crowded, suffocating truck, an official said Wednesday.


posted: 06/28/2012 5:30 a.m.

Beaver Lake: Night time is the right time to fish for most species at Beaver Lake.

Former IRA chief, queen shake hands

posted: 06/28/2012 5:30 a.m.

Queen Elizabeth II shook hands with a former Irish Republican Army commander Wednesday during a meeting in Belfast that seemed destined for the history books as a milestone in Anglo-Irish relations.

Syria TV station blown up; sides differ on blame

posted: 06/28/2012 5:29 a.m.

Syria said Wednesday that rebels stormed a pro-government television station in a Damascus suburb, killing employees and blowing up the station in a pre-dawn assault, but rebels said the attackers were defectors from the elite Republican Guard, considered to be the most loyal core defenders of President Bashar Assad.

BRIEFLY: Reptile Experts To Bring Snakes

posted: 06/28/2012 5:19 a.m.

Live snakes will be part of a free program on reptiles set from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Lake Fort Smith State Park.

Thomas Announces Council Bid

posted: 06/28/2012 5:16 a.m.

Business owner Roger Thomas said he’ll work to revitalize north Bentonville if his bid for the City Council is successful.

Eight Towns Scheduled For Urban Deer Bowhunts

posted: 06/28/2012 5:15 a.m.

When deer come to town, not everyone greets them with a friendly “howdy.” Deer, the favorite game animal for hundreds of thousands Arkansans, can be a nuisance and a danger for motorists, especially in cities.

City Officials Select Insurance Broker

posted: 06/28/2012 5:14 a.m.

Members of City Council, meeting as a committee of the whole Tuesday, recommended Regions Insurance to broker insurance coverage for the city.


posted: 06/28/2012 5:12 a.m.

Records for June 28, 2012.

Man Accused Of Vandalizing Golf Course

posted: 06/28/2012 5:12 a.m.

Springdale police said a man upset about a golf ball damaging his car used weed killer to cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to the Springdale Country Club.


posted: 06/28/2012 5:04 a.m.

OBITUARIES 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. Index 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

Other days

posted: 06/28/2012 5:03 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 28, 1912 In the “Agents’ Bulletin ” for June, issued by the Missouri Pacific-Iron Mountain system, is a panoramic view of Little Rock taken from the top of the dome of the new state capitol. Beneath the picture is a concise description of Little Rock. Each agent on the Missouri Pacific-Iron Mountain system receives a copy of this bulletin, thus acquainting many people in as many sections of the United States with Little Rock.

Young guns

posted: 06/28/2012 5:02 a.m.

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

OTHERS SAY: And not a drop to drink

posted: 06/28/2012 5:01 a.m.

Worried about your lawn this time of year? Think of the farmers.

More political glossary

posted: 06/28/2012 5:01 a.m.

If there were a Hall of Fame for political rhetoric, the phrase “social justice” would deserve a prominent place there. It has the prime virtue of political catchwords: It means many different things to many different people.


posted: 06/28/2012 5 a.m.

New deer regulation cruel I believe Game and Fish’s new regulation banning pet deer is cruel and not well-thought-out. I believe this will mean that it will be illegal to help an orphaned fawn, that we should just let it suffer and starve to death.

Obamacare by any other name

posted: 06/28/2012 5 a.m.

For Republicans, nothing captures what they loathe about Barack Obama’s presidency more perfectly than Obamacareit’s Big Government run amok and an existential threat to American liberty. But it turns out Republicans like what’s actually in the law.

Misinterpretation muddle

posted: 06/28/2012 4:59 a.m.

Y’all keep those letters to the editor coming. They normally make my day. Be not deterred by the fact that I’m getting ready to slap a couple of letterwriters upside the head—metaphorically, of course.

THE TV COLUMN: Mindless hour for sun-fried brains, Wipeout, returns

posted: 06/28/2012 4:57 a.m.

The most guilty of summer’s guilty pleasures returns today. Time to sit back, dumb down and enjoy.


posted: 06/28/2012 4:57 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your faith is strong, and when you believe something is possible, you pursue it with great conviction. A brilliant move pumps up your professional life in August. There’s a change in your social lineup as you welcome new friends at the year’s end. A May investment will pay handsomely in five years. Aries and Taurus people adore you.


posted: 06/28/2012 4:57 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I heard a preacher say once that you can be joyful, even if you aren’t happy. I don’t see how that’s possible, because if I’m not happy, then I’m certainly not joyful. Maybe you can explain what he might have meant. — C.B. DEAR C.B.: What he said is true: We can be joyful, even when our circumstances are bad and life has turned against us.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Partner A gets an F for hogging the weekend ‘me time’

posted: 06/28/2012 4:56 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: Partner A works long hours outside the home. Partner B is a stay-at-home parent. Weekend rolls around. Partner A wants to spend one day on a personal hobby/activity that would involve interactions with good friends, but not family. B wishes A would spend time with family instead.

Library of Congress exhibit lists valued tomes

posted: 06/28/2012 4:56 a.m.

Most great book lists concentrate on works of the highest literary or scholarly merit. Think of the Harvard Classics, Harold Bloom’s Western Canon, the Modern Library’s selection of “the 100 best novels of the 20th century.” Here, the compilers imply, are our cultural masterpieces, the Mount Everest all literate people should scale in their lifetime. You haven’t read Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason or James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake? Get cracking and break out the ropes, climbing shoes and pitons.


posted: 06/28/2012 4:54 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I use my mother’s set of dishes, and I love having them as a reminder of her in something she chose more than 45 years ago. The plates have many black marks on them from knives used through the years. I don’t know how (or if it is even possible) to remove those marks. Do you have any suggestions?

Super Quiz: Historical Americans

posted: 06/28/2012 4:53 a.m.

1. He attempted to surrender West Point to the British. 2. He led a witch hunt for alleged communists during the 1950s. 3. Noted for “I shall return.” 4. Noted for “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” 5. Revolutionized Southern agriculture with the planting of peanuts and sweet potatoes 6. Proclaimed a security risk for his reluctance to proceed with developing the hydrogen bomb 7. Noted photographer of Western wilderness areas and mountain panoramas 8. Pianist who at 23 won the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow 9. Founder of the Christian Science movement Answers 1. Benedict Arnold 2. Joseph McCarthy 3. Gen. Douglas MacArthur 4. Nathan Hale 5. George Washington Carver 6. J. Robert Oppenheimer 7. Ansel Adams 8. Van Cliburn 9. Mary Baker Eddy

No clock needed for Hornets’ pick

posted: 06/28/2012 4:51 a.m.

Only a malfunctioning phone will cause New Orleans Hornets General Manager Dell Demps to use the full five minutes he’ll get to make 6-11 Kentucky star Anthony Davis the first overall pick in tonight’s NBA Draft.

3 UA football players deny guilt, face Aug. 27 trial

posted: 06/28/2012 4:50 a.m.

Arkansas football players Marquel Wade, Maudrecus Humphrey and Andrew Peterson pleaded not guilty to felony burglary and theft charges Wednesday and have been assigned a trial date of Aug. 27 in Washington County Circuit Court before Judge William Storey.

Favorites romp for Charles

posted: 06/28/2012 4:49 a.m.

Roger Federer gave Prince Charles a bow, then gave Fabio Fognini a royal thumping.


posted: 06/28/2012 4:48 a.m.

Stacy Lewis won’t be sneaking up on anyone this weekend in the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club.

LIKE IT IS: New playoff plan a step in right direction

posted: 06/28/2012 4:45 a.m.

Hold on just a minute. Everyone needs to stop shouting the BCS is dead, long live the new king.

Twins sign Baxendale

posted: 06/28/2012 4:43 a.m.

DJ Baxendale, whose pitching helped carry Arkansas to the College Worlds Series this season, signed Wednesday with the Minnesota Twins. Baxendale, a 6-2 right-hander from Jacksonville, was a 10th-round draft pick by the Twins earlier this month before the Razorbacks won the Hous-

Second thoughts

posted: 06/28/2012 4:42 a.m.

It’s nothing to flip over, Dusty says Cincinnati Reds Manager Dusty Baker has made sure that closer Aroldis Chapman won’t be doing any more somersaults after finishing a game.

COMMENTARY: It’s only a new deal with pay for play

posted: 06/28/2012 4:40 a.m.

Hard to believe it took scholars from some of the nation’s biggest universities this long to dump the hated BCS and figure out a new format for a college football playoff.

Off the wire

posted: 06/28/2012 4:39 a.m.

BASEBALL Howard to begin rehab Ryan Howard will begin a rehab stint tonight, a day after Chase Utley returned to the Philadelphia Phillies’ lineup. Howard, the 2006 NL MVP, hasn’t played since tearing his left Achilles’ tendon on the final swing of the 2011 season in Game 5 of the NL division series against St. Louis. Howard will serve as the designated hitter for Class A Lakewood. He could return to the Phillies within three weeks. Utley homered in his first at-bat after missing the first 76 games with a chronic problem in both knees.

U.S. SWIMMING TRIALS: 2nd round goes to Phelps, tops Lochte in 200 freestyle

posted: 06/28/2012 4:38 a.m.

Round 2 goes to Michael Phelps.

Fishing this week

posted: 06/28/2012 4:38 a.m.

1. ARKANSAS RIVER (LITTLE ROCK POOL) Bream fishing is good using crickets. Crappie are being caught using minnows. Bass fishing has been fair using topwater baits early in the day. Try sandbar drops later in the mornings. Catfish are being caught with stink bait, chicken liver and cut shad. St. Francis 2. ARKANSAS RIVER (MAUMELLE POOL) River Bream fishing is excellent using crickets and worms. Crappie fishing is good using minnows and jigs fished in deep water. Bass fishing is fair. Use topwater baits in the mornings and topwaters and shaky head worms in the evenings. Catfish are being caught on slicks and cut bait.


posted: 06/28/2012 4:36 a.m.

NOTE For additions to this calendar, fax the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at (501) 378-3869. Events also may be e-mailed to JUNE 30 Free boating education class. William Carl Garner Visitor Center, Heber Springs. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jason Parrie (501) 362-9067. JULY 10 Ducks Unlimited District 7 meeting. Lakeside Farms, Widener. Mike Morrison (901) 277-0265. 11 Deer Management Assistance Program workshop. Pulaski Academy, 12701 Hinson Rd., Little Rock. Alan Bennett (501) 944-1946 or 12 Ducks Unlimited District 3 & 4 meeting. Grecian Steakhouse, Paragould. Tom Smalling (870) 236-0708. 14 Bella Vista Chapter of Ducks Unlimited golf tournament. Scottsdale Golf Course, Bella Vista. Craig Wall (479) 225-2131. 17 Van Buren Chapter of Ducks Unlimited poker tournament. Sister’s Gourmet Bistro. David Martin (501) 806-7761. 21 Sherwood Bass Club tournament. Lake Chicot. Bayou ramp. Ron Plate (501) 258-0753. AUGUST 2 Ducks Unlimited District 2 meeting. Rivertowne BBQ, Ozark. Da

Kenseth staying mum on ’13 ride

posted: 06/28/2012 4:36 a.m.

Matt Kenseth has kept his name out of the rumor mill for most of his NASCAR career.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Campsites closed in Ouachita

posted: 06/28/2012 4:34 a.m.

Visitors to the Ouachita National Forest are finding fewer recreational opportunities this summer because of flood concerns and bureaucratic mixups.

Congressional still sporting Open flavor

posted: 06/28/2012 4:33 a.m.

Jim Furyk must feel as if he’s going from one U.S. Open to another one.

Lewis makes donation to UA

posted: 06/28/2012 4:32 a.m.

Former University of Arkansas golfer Stacy Lewis donated $100,000 to the Razorbacks women’s golf program Wednesday to help build an indoor facility for putting and chipping at Blessings Golf Course in Fayetteville. Lewis, the world’s No. 2 women’s golfer, made the announcement Wednesday at Pinnacle Country Club, site of the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship, which begins Friday. Lewis, 27, is second on the LPGA money list with $906,000 in earnings this year. “I say it all the time, I would not be where I am if I had gone to any other university,” said Lewis, who now lives in Florida.

LPGA NW Arkansas Championship report

posted: 06/28/2012 4:31 a.m.

Wayne Callahan and his group got their money’s worth during the LPGA pro-am Wednesday at Pinnacle Country Club.

This date in baseball

posted: 06/28/2012 4:30 a.m.

1907 Twelve Washington baserunners stole bases against catcher Branch Rickey as the Senators defeated the New York Yankees 16-5. 1910 Joe Tinker of the Chicago Cubs became the first major leaguer to steal home twice in the same game, an 11-1 victory over Cincinnati. 1919 Carl Mays of Boston pitched two complete games against the New York Yankees. The Red Sox won the first game 2-0 and lost the nightcap 4-1. 1949 Joe DiMaggio played his first series of the year after a bone spur operation and hit.455, with 4 home runs and 9 RBI, as the New York Yankees swept Boston at Fenway Park. 1970 Pittsburgh swept the Chicago Cubs 3-2 and 4-1 in the Pirates’ final games at Forbes Field. 1984 Dwight Evans of the Boston Red Sox completed the cycle with a threerun, 11th-inning home run to beat the Seattle Mariners 9-6. 1986 Phil Niekro of the Cleveland Indians and Don Sutton of the California Angels became the first 300-game winners to start against each other in the 20th century. Neither Niekro nor Sutton got a decision as

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Consecutive HRs in 7th lift Marlins over Cards

posted: 06/28/2012 4:30 a.m.

John Buck and pinch hitter Logan Morrison connected for consecutive home runs in the seventh inning, rallying the Miami Marlins past St. Louis 5-3 Wednesday night and ending their eight-game losing streak against the Cardinals.


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KEN BAKER, No. 4 Centennial Valley Golf Club, 173 yards, 4-iron. Witnesses : Johnny Tyler, Phil Kordsmeire and Jim Fulmer TYLER GREEN, No. 7 War Memorial Golf Course, 314 yards, Cobra Amp. Witnesses: Greg Bortherton, Tina Brotherton. JOHN MCCARTY, No. 11 War Memorial Golf Course, 141 yards, 8-iron. Witnesses : Don Carvalho, Carl Hines and George Fleisch. JIM WEISNED, No. 6 Stone Links Golf Course. Witnesses: Kent Hyde, Al Smith and Bert Fitzhugh KATHY WELLS, No. 14 Eagle Hill Golf & Athletic Club, 116 yards, 9-wood. Witness: Johnnie Lowe. JOHN ASHBY, No. 4 Centennial Valley Golf Club, 181 yards, 4-iron. Witnesses : Daniel Goodwin, Jackson Goodwin and Scott Ashby.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/28/2012 4:29 a.m.

Former Vols RB now a Red Wolf Former Tennessee running back David Oku signed a letter of intent to play football at Arkansas State on Wednesday and enrolled for summer classes in Jonesboro, according to a release from the school.

Bird, 55, leaves as Pacers’ chief

posted: 06/28/2012 4:28 a.m.

Larry Bird is calling it quits with the Indiana Pacers.

Knocks prompt search of ship’s containers

posted: 06/28/2012 4:26 a.m.

Dockworkers rushed to unload stacked shipping containers from a cargo ship that arrived in New Jersey from the Middle East on Wednesday after a Coast Guard inspection team heard knocking for about two hours that suggested stowaways might be inside one of the boxes.

Carpet weavers start U.S. tour

posted: 06/28/2012 4:25 a.m.

Carpet weavers from a rural village in Morocco used driftwood they gathered from the banks of the Mississippi River to build large wooden looms in New Orleans — their first stop on a U.S. tour demonstrating their craft.

Aid banks directly, Spain says

posted: 06/28/2012 4:23 a.m.

Spain insisted Wednesday that it will continue to push for European financial aid to be delivered directly to its troubled banks, rather than count as government debt, warning that these were crucial moments for the euro currency union.

Flintco cleared on UA death

posted: 06/28/2012 4:22 a.m.

The federal investigation into the death of a construction worker on the University of Arkansas’ future Football Operations Center will focus on the subcontractor that employed him, a spokesman for the agency said Wednesday.

Board selects ag chief for state

posted: 06/28/2012 4:22 a.m.

The Arkansas Agriculture Board moved quickly Wednesday to select Butch Calhoun, director of the state Department of Rural Services, to be the state’s second agriculture secretary, replacing retiring Agriculture Secretary Richard “Dick” Bell.

EU court reduces Microsoft fine

posted: 06/28/2012 4:22 a.m.

A European Union court handed a small victory to Microsoft on Wednesday by reducing a fine for breaking antitrust laws, though it upheld the 2008 decision to impose the penalty on the software giant.

Monsanto says drought likely to benefit seed firm

posted: 06/28/2012 4:21 a.m.

Monsanto Co., the world’s biggest seed company, said it stands to gain from the worst U.S. Midwest drought in a decade because the difficult conditions may demonstrate its superior yields and create seed shortages for competitors.


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Windstream receives FCC pricing flexibility The Federal Communications Commission has granted Windstream Corp. pricing flexibility for Houston, Tulsa and Lincoln, Neb., under its “special access” rules.

Sexual conduct at State Hospital sparks inquiry

posted: 06/28/2012 4:21 a.m.

State Hospital leaders are investigating whether staff followed monitoring procedures after patients were caught in two acts of “inappropriate sexual conduct” on the same unit where a female patient reported that a male patient raped her April 30.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/28/2012 4:20 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Our genetics tend to do well in warm, dry conditions. It’s not something that you hope for, but we have an edge in that.” Hugh Grant, Monsanto chief executive officer Article, 1D Google unveils own tablet computer SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Wednesday unveiled a small tablet computer bearing its brand.

MARKET REPORT: Housing, factories cheer investors

posted: 06/28/2012 4:20 a.m.

A rare double shot of good news about the U.S. economy sent stocks higher Wednesday. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 92 points despite fear about Europe’s debt turmoil.

State website to show budget

posted: 06/28/2012 4:20 a.m.

A few months after Arkansas received a failing grade for Internet access to state government-spending information, Arkansas’ database for expenditures is to go live Sunday.

Analysts give Facebook mixed ratings

posted: 06/28/2012 4:20 a.m.

The Wall Street analysts who know Facebook best are giving the company’s stock a mixed review. Think: like, not love.

LR forum considers human trafficking

posted: 06/28/2012 4:18 a.m.

Leaders from several Arkansas anti-human trafficking groups on Wednesday took another step toward changing what they say is a weak state law.

Ex-detainee files suit on sheriff, police chief over prompt hearing

posted: 06/28/2012 4:17 a.m.

A former Phillips County jail inmate is suing the county’s sheriff and the Helena-West Helena police chief, saying in a federal lawsuit that they and their officers violated his constitutional rights last year.

Central Arkansas transportation agency looks to form regional authority

posted: 06/28/2012 4:13 a.m.

The long-range transportation planning agency for central Arkansas wants to take a closer look at forming a regional mobility authority to finance transportationrelated projects such as the North Belt Freeway.

Altus man held on 2 new charges

posted: 06/28/2012 4:12 a.m.

Authorities said the parents of a Crawford County girl came forward to say that an Altus man raped their daughter after seeing news accounts that he’d been arrested on charges related to child pornography.

Clown to be held on porn charges

posted: 06/28/2012 4:10 a.m.

A Sebastian County Circuit Court judge ordered a Fort Smith man who works as a clown held on $100,000 bond Wednesday in connection with child pornography charges.

Fort Smith woman charged with stealing from employer

posted: 06/28/2012 4:07 a.m.

A Fort Smith woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with stealing more than $240,000 from her employer, Loislaw, over a five-year period.

U.S. TRACK AND FIELD TRIALS: Spearmon returns to health

posted: 06/28/2012 3:58 a.m.

Step by step, Wallace Spearmon has agonized over the video from the 200-meter final in Beijing.

Thunder could have holes to fill

posted: 06/28/2012 3:52 a.m.

If the Oklahoma City Thunder are going to build a dynasty, they made need to have success at Monopoly first — or at least the NBA’s version of it.

Playoff could spark calls to pay players

posted: 06/28/2012 3:51 a.m.

The new playoff system means big money for major college football, as much as a half-billion dollars per year just in television rights alone.

Silica at fracking sites called hazard

posted: 06/28/2012 3:50 a.m.

Sand used during hydraulic fracturing poses a health risk for workers in the oil and gas industry because the dust can affect the lung’s ability to absorb oxygen, according to an alert issued by federal officials.

Plants see orders for durable goods climb 1.1% in May

posted: 06/28/2012 3:48 a.m.

U.S. factories received more orders for long-lasting manufactured goods in May, rebounding after two weak months.

NEWS BRIEFS: $23.5 million buys megachurch’s arena

posted: 06/28/2012 3:44 a.m.

The Madison Square Garden Co. says it bought the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., for $23.5 million from a Los Angeles-area megachurch. The company says it will invest $50 million in the arena and restore it to a first-class musical venue.

Evangelicals draft pastor code of conduct

posted: 06/28/2012 3:42 a.m.

The National Association of Evangelicals, a wide-reaching organization that includes more than 45,000 churches of various denominations, has drafted a code of ethics for ministers. Early signees include big-name pastors in the evangelical world, including Rick Warren and Max Lucado.

Gold undertones

posted: 06/28/2012 3:41 a.m.

Historical sources describe the menorah looted by the Romans when they destroyed the Second Temple in Jerusalem in A.D. 70 as made of gold, as God instructed Moses in Exodus.

Russian Jews launch $1 million excellence prize

posted: 06/28/2012 3:37 a.m.

A charity founded by Russian Jewish billionaires is establishing a $1 million annual award for excellence in virtually any field, to honor those people who attribute their success to Jewish values. The prize will be administered in partnership with the Israeli government, highlighting the strong ties between Israel and Russia.

Communities of faith: ‘Camp in a Van’ set for July 16-19

posted: 06/28/2012 3:36 a.m.

The Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista will be offering “Camp in a Van,” July 16-19. The church camp is led by counselors from Ferncliff Camp, a Presbyterian camp, near Little Rock. From 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day children will “camp” in the fellowship hall and participate in activities. The program is for children entering grades 2-7 this fall and is open to church members and the community.

Sartain leads investigation of nuns

posted: 06/28/2012 3:34 a.m.

A Vatican investigation has triggered debate over an issue sensitive to the Catholic Church: Should nuns be allowed to speak out against Catholic teachings?

Wednesday, June 27

City Explores Bikeway Concept

posted: 06/27/2012 8:56 p.m.

A roughly quarter-mile stretch of Spring Street between Block Avenue and the Frisco Trail could become the city's first bikeway.

City Plan Jump-Starts Trail Construction

posted: 06/27/2012 8:44 p.m.

Building trails and improving old ones hiked up the to-do list at the city.

County Seeks Ways To Beat The Heat

posted: 06/27/2012 7:27 p.m.

Benton County employees began their work week with office temperatures near 90 degrees as the air-conditioning system in the County Administration Building failed because of mechanical problems.

School Officials Ready To Evaluate What Went Wrong

posted: 06/27/2012 7:18 p.m.

Bentonville School District officials plan to use the coming days and months to evaluate why Tuesday’s millage election ended in defeat and what needs to be done to address overcrowding at the high school.

No Fireworks For Fayetteville

posted: 06/27/2012 7:07 p.m.

Sizzling summer temperatures are taking some of the sizzle out of the Fourth of July. In Fayetteville, residents who try to celebrate the nation’s independence with fireworks could be fined $120 this year. Springdale officials plan to meet later this week to decide whether a fireworks ban is needed there.

Children’s Shelter Benefits From Golf Tournament

posted: 06/27/2012 6:57 p.m.

The LPGA, in cooperation with tournament sponsor P&G, teamed Wednesday to donate more than $25,000 in money and products to the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter as part of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.

Baxendale signs with Twins

posted: 06/27/2012 6:41 p.m.

DJ Baxendale has signed with the Minnesota Twins, ending his career as a pitcher at Arkansas.

Employment Shows Seasonal Dip

posted: 06/27/2012 6:32 p.m.

Unemployment rose slightly in May for the Northwest Arkansas metro area, but the employment outlook improved year-over-year.

Agriculture Board picks Calhoun as next secretary

posted: 06/27/2012 6 p.m.

The Arkansas Agriculture Board has chosen Butch Calhoun as the next state agriculture secretary.

Jacksonville police search for bank robbery suspect

posted: 06/27/2012 4:29 p.m.

Jacksonville police are searching for a man who robbed a bank Wednesday afternoon.

New website will allow Arkansans to track spending

posted: 06/27/2012 4:16 p.m.

Arkansans soon will be able to track state spending through a new government website. The website — — will be available Sunday.

Fireworks use banned in Fayetteville

posted: 06/27/2012 3:17 p.m.

Setting off fireworks in Fayetteville will be banned through the 4th of July unless rain comes to the region, city Fire Marshal Harley Hunt said today. Those caught using fireworks in the city can be issued a $120 citation, said Fayetteville police Cpl. Dale Montgomery.

LPGA's Lewis donating $100,000 to Razorbacks

posted: 06/27/2012 1:31 p.m.

Stacy Lewis, the world's No. 2 ranked female golfer, has donated $100,000 to the University of Arkansas, the school announced Wednesday.

"Sondance The Clown" bond set at $100,000

posted: 06/27/2012 1 p.m.

A Sebastian County Circuit Judge ordered a Fort Smith man who works as a clown held on $100,000 bond Wednesday in connection with child pornography charges. Thomas Harold Morgan, 47, of Fort Smith, who performs as “Sondance the Clown,” is charged with four counts of possession of material depicting sexually explicit conduct with a child.

Vet-targeted website to be turned over to feds

posted: 06/27/2012 12:12 p.m.

A company Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says preyed on veterans for their education benefits has agreed to pay a total of $2.5 million to 20 states and turn over its website to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Queen, ex-IRA chief shake hands

posted: 06/27/2012 11:34 a.m.

Queen Elizabeth II and a former Irish Republican Army commander offered each other the hand of peace Wednesday in a long-awaited encounter symbolizing Northern Ireland’s progress in achieving reconciliation after decades of violence.

Colorado blaze too dangerous to assess damage, officials say

posted: 06/27/2012 11:20 a.m.

Heat and flames from a destructive wildfire threatening Colorado’s second-largest city were far too intense Wednesday morning for authorities to fully assess the damage it caused overnight.

Football Hogs plead not guilty to felony charges

posted: 06/27/2012 11:09 a.m.

Marquel Wade, Maudrecus Humphrey and Andrew Peterson pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to felony charges stemming from arrests in May.

Area unemployment inches up

posted: 06/27/2012 10:52 a.m.

The unemployment rate in Northwest Arkansas went up slightly in May as about 1,000 residents went from having a job in April to being unemployed, according to data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Google likely to unveil new tablet Wednesday

posted: 06/27/2012 10:29 a.m.

A small tablet computer bearing Google's brand is expected Wednesday.

Washington County judge issues ban on burning

posted: 06/27/2012 9:23 a.m.

Washington County Judge Marilyn Edwards today issued a ban on burning in Washington County.

Heat Leads To Death

posted: 06/27/2012 5:41 a.m.

A 39-year-old construction worker at the University of Arkansas died this week from symptoms related to heat stroke, said Rogers Morris, Washington County coroner.

County Judge Considers Annexation

posted: 06/27/2012 5:36 a.m.

A handful of Hiwasse residents are asking Benton County Judge Bob Clinard to let them annex their land into Gravette as many of their neighbors did earlier this year.

County Issues Burn Ban

posted: 06/27/2012 5:34 a.m.

Benton County officials issued a red flag burn ban Tuesday.

Panel Ranks Requests

posted: 06/27/2012 5:32 a.m.

A panel of Benton County justices of the peace endorsed a Road Department reorganization plan expected to save about $85,000 as their priority among mid-year staffing requests.

Police Plan To Patrol Wedington

posted: 06/27/2012 5:31 a.m.

Police will step up traffic enforcement on Wedington Drive between Shiloh Drive and Salem Road today and Thursday.

Millage Vote Fails

posted: 06/27/2012 5:30 a.m.

A Bentonville School District millage question was soundly voted down Tuesday.

Department Attains Accreditation

posted: 06/27/2012 5:26 a.m.

The Fire Department received notice Tuesday the department has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services.

One Dies In Car Accident

posted: 06/27/2012 5:24 a.m.

A man was killed and a woman injured in a single-vehicle accident Monday on Pleasure Heights Road, just south of Cow Face Road, according to officials with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Two Die In Car Accident

posted: 06/27/2012 5:22 a.m.

Two men died Monday night in a two-vehicle accident near Gentry, according to Arkansas State Police.

Smith To Challenge For Ward 4 Seat

posted: 06/27/2012 5:20 a.m.

A move last fall from northwest to southeast Rogers spurred Carrie Perrien Smith to get involved with her community.

Jury: Hanna Did Not Default On Loans

posted: 06/27/2012 5:16 a.m.

Burt Hanna and Hanna Candles of Fayetteville didn’t default on loans from Bank of America or personal guarantees to back them, a federal court jury unanimously found Tuesday.

Alliance Seeks Support

posted: 06/27/2012 5:16 a.m.

The Downtown Alliance has asked for $33,000 each from the Springdale Advertising and Promotion Commission and the Springdale Public Facilities Board.


posted: 06/27/2012 5:14 a.m.

Records for June 27, 2012.

Court backs carbon limits set by EPA

posted: 06/27/2012 5:09 a.m.

The Environmental Protection Agency was “unambiguously correct” in moving to set limits on industrial and automotive emissions of greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide, a federal appeals court said Tuesday.

Avoid border or risk wrath, Turks’ premier warns Syria

posted: 06/27/2012 5:07 a.m.

Turkey warned Syria to keep its forces away from the countries’ troubled border or risk an armed response — a furious reply on Tuesday to last week’s downing of a Turkish military plane by the Damascus regime.

To win Germany over, officials seek sway over eurozone budgets

posted: 06/27/2012 5:06 a.m.

Top European officials have called on countries that use the euro to surrender more control over their national budgets, a move apparently aimed at easing Germany’s fears of sharing debt burdens with struggling governments like Spain or Italy.

Talks fail to resolve Fast, Furious impasse

posted: 06/27/2012 5:05 a.m.

Obama administration officials and House Republican staff members failed on Tuesday to resolve a document dispute that could lead to a precedent-setting contempt of Congress vote Thursday against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

In the news

posted: 06/27/2012 5:03 a.m.

Rielle Hunter, who has written a book, What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me, told ABC’s Good Morning America that she and the former presidential candidate “are no longer a couple,” although Edwards will still be involved with their 4-year-old daughter, Quinn, who lives with Hunter.

Police look into free sewer work

posted: 06/27/2012 5:03 a.m.

Little Rock police are investigating how participants were chosen for a pilot sewer-line-replacement study after two city directors received free work on their sewer lines from the Little Rock Wastewater Utility.

Names and faces

posted: 06/27/2012 5 a.m.

The Spice Girls reunited onstage Tuesday to announce the details of a musical based on their songs.


posted: 06/27/2012 5 a.m.

It’s an unconventional career move from supreme allied commander of NATO troops to being some kind of Ryan Seacrest.

Weakening Debby rains on vacations

posted: 06/27/2012 4:59 a.m.

Debby is ruining things for a lot of visitors despite weakening to a tropical depression and leaving Florida’s Gulf Coast behind.

Senate works out freeze for college-loan interest

posted: 06/27/2012 4:58 a.m.

The Senate’s top Democrat and Republican have reached a deal that would prevent interest rates on college loans from doubling beginning this weekend for millions of students, they announced Tuesday.

HOW WE SEE IT: School Board To Figure Out Configuration

posted: 06/27/2012 4:57 a.m.

The Fayetteville School Board is expected to decide on a configuration plan for middle-level education at its meeting Thursday. The plan would take eff ect in 2015 when freshmen move to the high school.

Mega Millions

posted: 06/27/2012 4:54 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 3-16-23-35-36 Mega Ball: 20 Estimated jackpot: $65 million Megaplier: 4

BETWEEN THE LINES: Two Victories Against Child Abuse

posted: 06/27/2012 4:50 a.m.

Verdicts last week in two criminal trials, one involving a former Penn State football coach and the other a Catholic Church official in Philadelphia, give hope that this nation can come to grips with predatory child abuse.

The nation in brief

posted: 06/27/2012 4:50 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is sheer, basic, low-level politics at its best. I don’t think that’s going to create a single job.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, as House Republicans prepared to vote this week on holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress Article, 1A Virginia university reinstates chief CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The University of Virginia trustees voted unanimously on Tuesday to reinstate the president they had forced to resign over concerns that the university was not adapting fast enough to financial and technological pressures.

The world in brief

posted: 06/27/2012 4:50 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Any military element that approaches the Turkish border from Syria and poses a security risk and danger will be regarded as a threat and treated as a military target.” Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Article, 1A Militants routed from Somali town MOGADISHU, Somalia — Hundreds of pro-government troops swept into a Somali town north of the capital Tuesday, forcing al-Shabab fighters to flee in the latest success against the al-Qaidalinked militants, witnesses and a military official said.

Evacuations begin as wildfire nears Academy

posted: 06/27/2012 4:47 a.m.

More than 2,100 residents were being evacuating from the Air Force Academy’s grounds Tuesday night as heavy smoke billowed from a wildfire that has burned homes near Colorado Springs.

Ugandans stop digging for 100

posted: 06/27/2012 4:45 a.m.

Rescue workers equipped only with hand-held tools gave up their search Tuesday and waited for bulldozers to arrive to help find about 100 people who residents said were missing after landslides struck Uganda’s mountainous east.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Bicyclists Caused Morning Traffic Jam

posted: 06/27/2012 4:45 a.m.

I headed out to work this morning (June 16) just to discover that I should have left an hour early to allow the cyclists the pleasure of their cruise, in the middle of the highway, from Highway 127 on to Highway 12, then all the way to Rogers. Eighteen miles at 20 mph because the roads are too curvy to safely pass the multitude of cyclists who didn’t have the decency to ride single-file on the side of the road.

Filmmaker, humorist Ephron dead at 71

posted: 06/27/2012 4:45 a.m.

Nora Ephron, an essayist and humorist who became one of her era’s most successful screenwriters and filmmakers, making romantic comedy hits such as Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally, died Tuesday night in Manhattan. She was 71.

Hatch wins Utah’s GOP vote over Tea Party pick

posted: 06/27/2012 4:41 a.m.

Sen. Orrin Hatch won the Republican primary in Utah on Tuesday, turning back a challenge from Tea Party forces hoping to jolt the party again by defeating an incumbent who occasionally strayed from the movement’s focus on shrinking the federal government.

Israel evacuates West Bank settlement

posted: 06/27/2012 4:40 a.m.

Israel began the evacuation of an illegal West Bank settlement outpost Tuesday after persuading dozens of residents to leave the enclave without the violence that has plagued similar pullouts in the past.

HOW WE SEE IT: Aviation Thrives In Rogers

posted: 06/27/2012 4:39 a.m.

The Rogers Municipal Airport is an underrated gem — or at least it was.

Deployed PB native dies on duty in Afghanistan

posted: 06/27/2012 4:38 a.m.

Sgt. Michael Strachota was killed in Afghanistan over the weekend while on his last mission before he was to come home on leave to celebrate his son’s third birthday.

Egypt court rules that military may not arrest civilians

posted: 06/27/2012 4:38 a.m.

An Egyptian court suspended Tuesday a government decision allowing military police and intelligence to arrest civilians, a setback for the country’s military rulers after the decree drew an outcry from opponents who accused them of trying to impose martial law.

Queen, Ulster’s clergy pray together for peace

posted: 06/27/2012 4:37 a.m.

Queen Elizabeth II prayed together Tuesday with Catholic and Protestant leaders from across Northern Ireland as this long-divided land demonstrated its rising faith in a shared future and braced for a peacemaking milestone that has been a quarter-century in the making.

Turf installer for UA field dies from heat

posted: 06/27/2012 4:33 a.m.

A 39-year-old man died Monday night after overheating while working for a contractor at the University of Arkansas, Washington County Coroner Roger Morris said Tuesday.

THE ROCKWOOD FILES: Children Choose Fort Over Apps

posted: 06/27/2012 4:33 a.m.

My kids did something last week that convinced me they’re not all that diff erent than kids were several generations ago. With free time on their hands and a house full of toys, games and electronics, they shunned all the fancy stuff and built a fort.

New blood test OK’d by state for tuberculosis

posted: 06/27/2012 4:32 a.m.

Arkansas’ public health agency is changing the way it tests for tuberculosis come Sunday, switching from a TB skin test that produces too many false-positive results and unnecessary treatments.

Doh! A Deer!

posted: 06/27/2012 4:31 a.m.

During last summer’s drought, when the tops of our 3-foot-tall hosta blooms were missing, I ruled out rabbits as the culprits (although I briefl y wondered if Harvey had moved to the neighborhood.) But living in Fayetteville in a neighborhood not far from College Avenue, deer never crossed my mind as the bloom snatchers.

7-year statute labeled as weak

posted: 06/27/2012 4:31 a.m.

Arkansas’ 7-year-old human-trafficking law is weak and no one has ever been prosecuted under it, an assistant attorney general and several anti-trafficking groups said Tuesday.

‘Fake beard bandit’ gets 11 years for bank heists

posted: 06/27/2012 4:29 a.m.

A Tulsa man whom investigators called the “fake beard bandit” was sentenced in federal court Tuesday to 11 years, 3 months, in prison after he pleaded guilty to eight bank robberies and one attempted robbery in Fort Smith and in three other states.

Thornton To Celebrate 90th Birthday

posted: 06/27/2012 4:29 a.m.

Bob Thornton will celebrate his 90th birthday at a reception at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Apple Blossom Community Room in Rogers, 2501 N. 22nd St.

Gas firms misleading public, Nelson asserts

posted: 06/27/2012 4:28 a.m.

Sheffield Nelson asked the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday to investigate an Exxon Mobil subsidiary and Southwestern Energy, alleging that they have misled the public and their shareholders in the course of opposing an increase in the severance tax on natural gas.

NOTEWORTHY DEATH: Grandson of media magnate Hearst

posted: 06/27/2012 4:27 a.m.

Hearst Corp. board Chairman George Randolph Hearst Jr ., the oldest grandson of the media titan William Randolph Hearst, died Monday, the company said.


posted: 06/27/2012 4:26 a.m.

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

Goodall to speak at UA on Oct. 5

posted: 06/27/2012 4:25 a.m.

The University of Arkansas announced Tuesday that British anthropologist Jane Goodall will speak on the Fayetteville campus this fall.


posted: 06/27/2012 4:25 a.m.

Arkansas Tech University in Russellville announced its dean’s list, which requires at least a 3.5 grade point average with 12 or more semester hours. Students with a 4.0 GPA are marked with an *asterisk.

HOG CALLS: Smith, Haynes are a comfortable fit

posted: 06/27/2012 4:24 a.m.

It seemed that John L. Smith and Paul Haynes passed like Arkansas ships on a December night, but their Razorback courses intersected more than most realized.

Other days

posted: 06/27/2012 4:24 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 27, 1912 About $5,000 worth of gambling devices, recently seized by Sheriff Norman A. Beller and his deputies in Argenta, were burned yesterday on the lawn north of the county courthouse. The paraphernalia consisted of roulette, Klondike, poker, “crap” and other tables and a quantity of cards, dice and chips, employed in the operating of gambling games. The stuff was saturated with coal oil and the match was applied by Sheriff Beller, and in a short while the pile of mahogany tables was reduced to ashes.

LPGA NW Arkansas Championship report: LPGA has it all to itself

posted: 06/27/2012 4:21 a.m.

Talk about timing it right.

Let’s get this right

posted: 06/27/2012 4:21 a.m.

THERE was some grumbling around Arkansas over the weekend when the papers came out with the news from on high. Specifically from the state’s highest court. Even though much of the attention of late has been on that other Supreme Court, the one on the federal level. But last week Arkansas’ own Supremes made news, too.

Invitation to the Dance

posted: 06/27/2012 4:20 a.m.

Executive Privilege. It’s a constitutional principle but it might as well be an old dance, the steps are so familiar. First a congressional committee demands some documents from an administration.

Saudi Arabia’s Olympic games

posted: 06/27/2012 4:19 a.m.

The Olympic charter declares that discrimination by gender is “incompatible with belonging” to the Olympic movement, and that “the practice of sport is a human right.” These noble principles have long been ignored in Saudi Arabia, which has never sent a female athlete to the adult games.

OTHERS SAY: Drones remain best tool

posted: 06/27/2012 4:19 a.m.

The United States has been at war with a shadowy, elusive enemy for more than a decade. It is a war without borders and front lines, fought by an enemy that hides behind civilian populations and in dark corners. The terrorist group al-Qaida carried out an infamous and devastating attack on Sept. 11, 2001, and has been plotting attacks ever since; its members would love to repeat that success. It is only through the vigilance, courage and successful tactics of the men and women in the U.S. armed forces and intelligence services that those plots have been thwarted.


posted: 06/27/2012 4:18 a.m.

Shouldn’t pay for the lazy I find Ruud DuVall’s latest letter ridiculous. What rock is he living under?

Digging historic Washington

posted: 06/27/2012 4:18 a.m.

The sun was already high in the June sky by the time I and Paul Austin, the executive director of the Arkansas Humanities Council, arrived at Historic Washington State Park. In a small field in the middle of one of this state’s most historic communities, tarps helped keep the early summer sun off the professional archaeologists and volunteers who were hard at work.

BCS playoff-bound

posted: 06/27/2012 4:16 a.m.

The BCS, often criticized and occasionally despised since its implementation in 1998, will be dead and gone by the 2014 season. In its place will be a four-team playoff of national semifinals and a championship game.

Serena shrieks, slips by

posted: 06/27/2012 4:14 a.m.

On one point Tuesday at Wimbledon, Serena Williams dumped a forehand into the net and dropped to a knee, her jaw clenched as she let out a shriek.

HOG FUTURES: Mississippi WR ready to help Hogs

posted: 06/27/2012 4:12 a.m.

Olive Branch (Miss.) Coach Scott Samsel knew D’Arthur Cowan could be a special football player when he saw Cowan as a sophomore. Seeing promising athletes is nothing new to Samsel or Olive Branch, which churned out 18 college football signees in February.

LIKE IT IS: Practice facility important for recruiting

posted: 06/27/2012 4:10 a.m.

A blue-chip basketball recruit, Jordan Mickey, said he had a great visit to the University of Arkansas and that the facilities were nice.

LPGA NW ARKANSAS CHAMPIONSHIP: A golfer, a caddie and a son

posted: 06/27/2012 4:09 a.m.

Life for Karen Stupples on the LPGA Tour can sometimes seem a little like EastEnders and Coronation Street, the British soap operas she grew up watching in Deal, England.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/27/2012 4:06 a.m.

Bring up Buckner next time A wild pitch by President Barack Obama on Monday has led to some swings and mostly misses by his and Republican rival Mitt Romney’s camps.

Off the wire

posted: 06/27/2012 4:06 a.m.

MOTOR SPORTS Kenseth to leave team NASCAR points leader Matt Kenseth, one of the longest-tenured drivers in the series, is leaving Roush Fenway Racing at the end of the season. He will be replaced in the No. 17 Ford — the car he has driven for all but one of his 452 career starts — by Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kenseth’s long relationship with Ford will apparently come to an end. He is believed to be headed to Joe Gibbs Racing, either in Joey Logano’s No. 20 Toyota or a fourth unannounced team. Kenseth did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday but tweeted about his departure. “I’m very thankful to Jack Roush for the opportunities he’s given me over the past 14 years. Together we have enjoyed a lot of success,” he posted. “And as a team we are committed as ever to the remainder of the 2012 season and chasing a 3rd sprint cup title for Jack and RFR.” Kenseth has won 22 Cup races overall, and the 2003 championship. In the Nationwide Series, Kenseth has won 26 races driving for Rous

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Molina homers for 3rd game in row, lifts Cards

posted: 06/27/2012 4:03 a.m.

MIAMI — Yadier Molina is keeping things simple and his approach is working.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/27/2012 4:01 a.m.

BASEBALL Bates signs with Royals Former Arkansas outfielder Sam Bates signed Tuesday with the Kansas City Royals after being selected in the 28th round of the major league draft earlier this month. Bates is the second former Razorback to sign a professional contract in the past two days, following third baseman Matt Reynolds, who signed Monday with the New York Mets. Bates, of Cabot, started 37 games as a senior and hit.240 with 6 home runs and 25 RBI. In two seasons with the Razorbacks, Bates played in 70 games, including 56 starts, and had a.239 batting average with 6 home runs and 32 RBI. Bates played two years at Crowder College in Neosho, Mo., before transferring to Arkansas. — Rick Fires Reynolds honored again Former Arkansas third baseman Matt Reynolds was named a third-team All-American by Perfect Game and second-team All-South Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association, the school announced Tuesday. Reynolds, who just completed his junior season, already had been named a third-team All-Ameri

Box score key

posted: 06/27/2012 4:01 a.m.

AB: at-bats ; R: runs; H: hits; BI: runs batted in; BB: walks; SO: strike outs; AVG: post-game batting average; E: errors; LOB: runners left on base; 2B: doubles; 3B: triples; HR: home runs; SB: stolen base; CS: caught stealing; S: sacrifice; SF: sacrifice fly; GIDP: grounded into double play; DP: double plays; TP: triple plays; IP: innings pitched; ER: earned runs; NP: number of pitches; ERA: post-game earned run average; W: winning pitcher; L: losing pitcher; S: save; BS: blown save opportunity; H: hold (pitcher holds lead but doesn’t qualify for save); IBB: intentional walk; HBP: batter hit by pitcher; PB: passed ball; WP: wild pitch; T: length of game.

This date in baseball

posted: 06/27/2012 4 a.m.

1917 Catcher Hank Gowdy of the Boston Braves became the first major league player to enter military service in World War I. 1939 The Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Braves played a 23-inning, 2- tie. Whit Wyatt pitched the first 16 innings for the Dodgers. Both clubs played a 26-inning tie in 1920, also at Braves Field. 1958 Billy Pierce of the Chicago White Sox retired 26 consecutive Washington batters before pinch-hitter Ed Fitzgerald hit a double just inside the right-field line for the only hit. Pierce then struck out Albie Pearson on three pitches and beat the Senators 3-0. 1973 Texas Rangers pitcher David Clyde, 18, pitched 5 innings, struck out 8 and allowed 1 hit in his first major league start. Texas beat the Minnesota Twins -3 before 35,698 fans — the Rangers’ first home sellout at Arlington Stadium. 1980 Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Jerry Reuss pitched a no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants in an 8-0 victory at Candlestick Park. 1986 San Francisco rookie Robby Thompson set a major league recor

Baseball calendar

posted: 06/27/2012 4 a.m.

July 10 All-Star game, Kansas City, Mo. July 13 Deadline for amateur draft picks to sign. July 22 Hall of Fame induction, Cooperstown, N.Y.

OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS: Hansen, Vollmer redeemed

posted: 06/27/2012 3:59 a.m.

Brendan Hansen was done with swimming after two doses of Olympic heartache.

Celtics get pick in trade dispute

posted: 06/27/2012 3:56 a.m.

The NBA has awarded the Boston Celtics a 2013 second-round pick of the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of a trade disclosure dispute ruling involving Jeff Green, who sat out this season after heart surgery. Commissioner David Stern determined Tuesday there was no evidence of bad faith or intent to withhold information on the part of the Thunder, but that their cardiologists had knowledge about Green that was not shared with their own team management and should have been disclosed to the Celtics. Boston acquired Green at the 2011 trade deadline in a deal that sent Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City. NBA teams are required to disclose to each other in connection with trades a player’s past history that could affect his ability to play in the future.

NBA DRAFT: Rockets loading up on picks

posted: 06/27/2012 3:55 a.m.

The Minnesota Timberwolves were in the market for a capable perimeter shooter, ideally a veteran with experience in Coach Rick Adelman’s system to help balance a front court heavy roster. The Houston Rockets could be looking for something much, much bigger.

Steel mill sets $115 million expansion

posted: 06/27/2012 3:51 a.m.

A steel mill near Blytheville will receive $115 million for expansion, but company officials have so far remained silent on the possibility of new jobs.

Canada division looking to hire

posted: 06/27/2012 3:50 a.m.

Wal-Mart Canada said Tuesday that it will open 47 hiring centers across that nation as it seeks to fill an anticipated 4,000 new jobs, a move that’s driven in part by the company’s purchase last year of leasehold rights of 39 former Zellers Inc. stores.

Gloom keeps grip on consumers

posted: 06/27/2012 3:49 a.m.

Americans can’t seem to shake their uneasy feeling about the economy.

U.S. home prices rise in 19 major cities

posted: 06/27/2012 3:48 a.m.

Home prices rose in nearly all major U.S. cities in April from March, further evidence of a housing market that is slowly improving even while the job market slumps.


posted: 06/27/2012 3:47 a.m.

USDA loan to help build nursing home Clay County Electric Cooperative Corp. has been selected to receive a $500,000 rural economic development loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the agency said in a news release Tuesday.

Regional lenders fill credit gap

posted: 06/27/2012 3:46 a.m.

The biggest U.S. banks are extending less credit amid a faltering economic recovery as regional lenders step in to fill the gap.

Justices’ move frees up more cash for Madoff victims

posted: 06/27/2012 3:44 a.m.

Victims of Bernard Madoff will get back more money after the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it wouldn’t hear a challenge to the way cash recovered in the Ponzi scheme was divided.

MARKET REPORT: Homebuilders stocks lead rally

posted: 06/27/2012 3:44 a.m.

Homebuilders led stocks up Tuesday, helping major indexes recoup some losses from the day before. Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. surged after the media conglomerate said it may split into two companies.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/27/2012 3:43 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Consumers were somewhat more positive about current conditions, but slightly more pessimistic about the short-term outlook.

Patriotic potluck

posted: 06/27/2012 3:41 a.m.

Independence Day, for many, is a day of lounging at “the lake” with family and friends, noshing on burgers, hot dogs, potato salad and baked beans between bouts of shooting off bottle rockets and firecrackers.

Getting it straight

posted: 06/27/2012 3:38 a.m.

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


posted: 06/27/2012 3:37 a.m.

We love infusing soups, stews, beverages and more with the flavor of fresh herbs and spices. We hate the hassle of tying said herbs and spices in cheesecloth, when we remember to buy cheesecloth. So when we saw this Herb Infuser from Pampered Chef we were intrigued. The perforated, soft silicone tube can also be used to infuse water, lemonades and iced teas with herbs or fruit. Heat resistant to 480 degrees and dishwasher safe.

FRONT BURNER: Red peppers star in pimento cheese

posted: 06/27/2012 3:36 a.m.

Ever since my revelation last year that pimento cheese is, in fact, one of the best foods ever created, I’ve been on the lookout for new recipes.

Cooking for two: Savory pancakes are what’s for supper

posted: 06/27/2012 3:36 a.m.

We’ve been on a pancakes-for-dinner kick as of late. Our flapjack of choice isn’t sweet and syrupy, but savory and studded with fresh vegetables. Sometimes we make them with corn. Other times they’re filled with bits of bacon and red bell pepper. These savory pancakes are made with cornbread mix, black-eyed peas and a touch of Southwest seasoning. When paired with thick slices of ripe tomatoes and broccoli slaw, the cakes make a tasty vegetarian supper.

Grilled slabs of cabbage sweet, smoky on the side

posted: 06/27/2012 3:35 a.m.

Besides adding smoke flavor, grilling cabbage brings out the vegetable’s natural sweetness. The result makes for an easy accompaniment to grilled meats, particularly pork. Or it can be the basis for a twist on your favorite coleslaw recipe. The best part: The cabbage can be grilled, cooled and refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Grilled Cabbage 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for the grill rack 1 medium green or red cabbage (about 2 1/2 pounds) Sea salt Ground black pepper Special equipment: Grill basket Prepare grill for direct medium-high heat. Have ready a spray water bottle for taming any flames.


posted: 06/27/2012 3:34 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I notice in your column that you often tell people to commit their lives to Jesus, but what exactly does that mean? I think I believe in Jesus, but is that enough? I’m facing some health problems, and I don’t want to make a mistake and miss out on heaven. — K.G. DEAR K.G.: I’m thankful you want to make sure you will go to heaven when you die, because no matter how short or long your life turns out to be, some day you will die — and then it will be too late. The Bible warns, “How shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3).


posted: 06/27/2012 3:33 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll advance a variety of interests this year as you systematically work your way through books, workshops and classes on the subjects that interest you. Acquiring knowledge leads to new friendships, jobs and adventures. September makes love your main focus. December brings family additions. Cancer and Scorpio people adore you.

7 day menu planner

posted: 06/27/2012 3:33 a.m.

SUNDAY: For something a little different on family day, try Japanese Steak Salad With Sesame Dressing (see recipe). Serve with crusty rolls. The family will line up for Berry Crisp for dessert: Heat oven to 375 degrees. Toss 3 pints fresh raspberries or blackberries with 2 tablespoons sugar in a medium baking dish. Separately, combine 1 cup coarse fresh bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons melted butter and 2 tablespoons sugar. Scatter topping evenly over berries and bake 40 minutes or until topping is golden and berries are bubbly. Cool slightly and serve. Plan ahead: Save some steak salad and dessert for Monday. MONDAY: Make Ginger Beef and Noodle Bowls with Sunday’s leftovers. Combine 2 (14-ounce ) cans beef broth, 3/4 cup thinly sliced green onions and 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice wine vinegar in a saucepan; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 8 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, divide 6 cups cooked refrigerated vermicelli (or other thinly cut noodles) and leftover steak among 4 large soup bowls. Return broth mixtu

UNCORKED: Like liberty, wine in U.S. a struggle

posted: 06/27/2012 3:32 a.m.

With Independence Day just around the corner, it seems the perfect time to reflect on America’s journey to becoming a wine producing country. In the 16th century, the first settlers found an abundance of native vines growing on the East Coast. The first challenge for winemakers in Virginia and the Carolina colonies was not finding an indigenous grape that would thrive, but finding one that could satisfy European palates.

Creature feature

posted: 06/27/2012 3:31 a.m.

About every five weeks my dog, Simone, visits her groomer for a “spa day,” during which she’s bathed in a fragrant oatmeal shampoo and gets her hair trimmed and nails clipped. In the past year, she’s been to the veterinarian twice, for a senior wellness check-up and to have her teeth cleaned.

HEART & SOUL: Straying far from the herd

posted: 06/27/2012 3:30 a.m.

Sheep need shepherds and when the shepherd can’t be there, they need guardians. With the passing of our oldest farm dog last year, our team of four-legged guardians dwindled to two: Bella, who mostly barks at birds, and Boo, the best guard dog ever.

Medication minefield

posted: 06/27/2012 3:29 a.m.

Not too many years ago, if you got sick, you went to see your family doctor, who maybe prescribed some medicine to make you well. You took your prescription to the corner drugstore, where you knew the guy behind the counter and he knew you.

PARENTING: There is no talking children out of tantrums

posted: 06/27/2012 3:28 a.m.

A reader in Buffalo, N.Y., resonated with a recent column in which I opined that a punishment is worthless unless it establishes a permanent memory.


posted: 06/27/2012 3:27 a.m.

DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD : Would I be considered cheap if I asked to have my own check when I go out to dinner with my sisters-inlaw and some other friends? I enjoy these monthly girls’ nights out. But since I don’t drink and everyone else does (try three bottles of wine and multiple rounds of Cosmos), splitting the check evenly at the end of the evening doesn’t seem fair. My husband says to go with the flow and not cause trouble or look cheap. But I hate paying $100 when my meal costs only half as much. — Gigi C. DEAR GIGI: We wouldn’t call it cheap if you asked the waiter for your own check, but your friends might. After all, they probably don’t want to admit to themselves that they’ve been taking advantage of you.

Super Quiz: The King’s Speech

posted: 06/27/2012 3:25 a.m.

1. Who played the title role? 2. By what nickname was the king known in the film? 3. What were the names of the king’s two daughters? 4. In what year were there three British kings? 5. What was Geoffrey Rush’s character’s major occupation during the film? 6. Which king abdicated? 7. Who was the American divorcee whom he married? 8.Who portrayed the king’s wife, Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother)? 9. The “speech” was delivered on Sept. 3 of what year? Answers 1. Colin Firth 2. “Bertie” 3. Elizabeth and Margaret 4. 1936 (also 1066) 5. Speech therapist 6. Edward VIII 7. Wallis Simpson 8. Helena Bonham Carter 9. 1939


posted: 06/27/2012 3:25 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Are there any recycling ideas for used kitchen sponges? I buy the kind with the sponge on one side and scrubber on the other. I use one for a couple of weeks (regularly disinfecting it with bleach), but hate to throw it away when I replace it.

IDEA ALLEY: Sweets to soothe the heat ravaged

posted: 06/27/2012 3:24 a.m.

Our sweet streak continues this week, Allyites. Today we’re all peanut butter and bananas.

Slim pickings

posted: 06/27/2012 3:23 a.m.

WHAT: Kind Nuts & Spices bars STATS: Vary by flavor. Each contains 200 to 210 calories and 14 to 16 fat grams. For more information visit

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Snapple answers call with not-so-sweet teas

posted: 06/27/2012 3:22 a.m.

Snapple is a company that never sleeps. Or at least the people who create the tea-based beverages never do. It seems like every time I turn around they’re introducing new flavors, and they’ve done it again with the new Lightly Sweetened Teas that are sweetened with a touch of real sugar. They come in Peach Passionfruit and Cherry Pomegranate flavors.

Rogers Optimist Overpowers Bentonville

posted: 06/27/2012 3:19 a.m.

Rogers Optimist broke out the bats early and cruised to a 17-11 win over Bentonville Nunnally Chevrolet in Zone 1 American Legion baseball Tuesday night at Northwest Park.

Siloam Springs Hosting State Tourney

posted: 06/27/2012 3:15 a.m.

The 16-18-year-old Northwest Arkansas All-Stars will have a distinct Siloam Springs flavor this week at the North Arkansas Senior Babe Ruth State Tournament.

Pinnacle Suits Golfer

posted: 06/27/2012 3:08 a.m.

Ai Miyazato might be one of the most pleased golfers on the LPGA Tour this week.

Former Hog Gives Caddying A Shot

posted: 06/27/2012 2:59 a.m.

Richard Casillas has seen life inside the ropes of competitive golf before. But this week, he has decided to pick up the bag once again. From a different view.

A letter to our readers

posted: 06/27/2012 2:10 a.m.

June 27, 2012 Dear Readers: This week the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is increasing its price for newspapers sold in vending machines and stores to $1 daily and $2 on Sunday. We want to share with you why we think this new price is necessary.

Tuesday, June 26

Bentonville millage fails

posted: 06/26/2012 10:21 p.m.

With six of six precincts reporting there were 5,689 votes (58 percent) against and 4,029 votes (41.8 percent) are in favor of the Bentonville School District millage. All results are unofficial until certified by the Benton County Election Commission.

Voters Turn Down Millage

posted: 06/26/2012 10:19 p.m.

A Bentonville School District millage question was voted down Tuesday.

Emery Announces Council Bid

posted: 06/26/2012 10:07 p.m.

Mike Emery, who mans the control booth at television station KNWA, signaled Monday he plans to join the Ward 4 City Council race.

Appeal Could Freeze Seasonal Shaved Ice Stand

posted: 06/26/2012 9:57 p.m.

A city alderman expressed empathy Tuesday with business owners who say they’re being threatened by a seasonal shaved ice stand.

Sooter Seeks Re-Election

posted: 06/26/2012 9:05 p.m.

Alderman Chris Sooter announced Tuesday he’ll seek re-election to his sixth term on the City Council.

Council Approves Automated Meters

posted: 06/26/2012 8:54 p.m.

The City Council approved a $6.66 million contract with Mueller Systems to design and install automated meters for the city’s water and sewer customers at its meeting Tuesday night.

Council Approves Downtown Study Money

posted: 06/26/2012 8:43 p.m.

The Downtown Alliance has asked for $33,000 each from the Springdale Advertising and Promotion Commission and the Springdale Public Facilities Board.

Fifth Man Arrested In Shooting

posted: 06/26/2012 7:28 p.m.

Police have arrested a fifth man in connection with a June 14 shooting on Boxley Avenue.

Caddies Tote Clubs, Offer Insight

posted: 06/26/2012 7:01 p.m.

Brian Funk, who caddies for Momoko Ueda on the LPGA Tour, said he’s living his dream.

Arkansas has plan for health care law, commissioner says

posted: 06/26/2012 5:53 p.m.

Arkansas’ insurance commissioner says the state is well-positioned to implement the federal health care overhaul if it’s upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Fake Beard Bandit" sentenced

posted: 06/26/2012 3:52 p.m.

Jason Day, 39, of Tulsa, who investigators dubbed the “Fake Beard Bandit,” was sentenced in federal court Tuesday to more than 11 years in prison after pleading guilty in February to eight bank robberies and one attempted bank robbery in Arkansas and three other states.

Burn ban in Benton County

posted: 06/26/2012 3:45 p.m.

Benton County officials issued a red flag burn ban Tuesday.

Heat stroke kills worker

posted: 06/26/2012 3:31 p.m.

A 39-year-old man died from heat stroke after working for a contractor at the University of Arkansas. The man's death is the first heat-related death this year, Washington County Coroner Roger Morris said.

Heavy turnout causes some issues in millage election

posted: 06/26/2012 3:12 p.m.

School district boundaries caused some problems with voting Tuesday as did a heavy turnout in today's millage election for the Bentonville School District.

Man dies in Fayetteville after working in high heat

posted: 06/26/2012 3:12 p.m.

A coroner says a 39-year-old has died from heat stroke after working in the extreme heat this weekend at the University of Arkansas.

Sheriff's office: One killed in wreck Monday

posted: 06/26/2012 3:09 p.m.

A man was killed and a woman injured in a single-vehicle accident Monday evening on Pleasure Heights Road, just south of Cow Face Road, according to officials with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

European plan calls for surrender of more budget control

posted: 06/26/2012 2:30 p.m.

Top European officials have called on countries that use the euro to surrender more control over their national budgets, a move apparently aimed at easing Germany's fears of sharing debt burdens with struggling governments like Spain or Italy.

Report: Nuclear safety chief bullied workers

posted: 06/26/2012 2:09 p.m.

An internal investigation has concluded that the departing chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission engaged in bullying and intimidation, creating a tense working environment at the agency.

Mexico reports Navy helicopter missing for 4 days

posted: 06/26/2012 1:59 p.m.

The Mexican Navy says a helicopter carrying four crew members has gone missing over an area of western Mexico where drug cartels are active.

Probable cause Razorbacks security detail broke law, commission says

posted: 06/26/2012 1:33 p.m.

The Arkansas Ethics Commission found probable cause that a state police captain who provided security for former Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino broke the law when he accepted tickets and a Sugar Bowl ring from the Arkansas football program.

Medication responsibility: Your druggist can help

posted: 06/26/2012 11:38 a.m.

Not too many years ago, if you got sick, you went to see your family doctor, who maybe prescribed some medicine to make you well. ...

Nucor announces steel plant expansion in Blytheville

posted: 06/26/2012 11:11 a.m.

Nucor Corp. said Tuesday that Nucor-Yamato Steel Co., a joint venture between Nucor and Yamato Kogyo Co. Ltd., has approved a $115 million plan to expand the production of hot rolled sheet piling at Nucor’s steel mill in Blytheville.

Turkey threatens Syria with retaliation over jet

posted: 06/26/2012 11:07 a.m.

Turkey warned Tuesday that any Syrian military unit approaching its border will be treated as a direct threat, a serious escalation in tensions days after Syria shot a Turkish military plane out of the sky.

An American feast for the Fourth

posted: 06/26/2012 11:03 a.m.

Low fuss and festive American dishes star in food editor Kelly Brant’s Independence Day menu.

Federal court upholds EPA’s greenhouse gas rules

posted: 06/26/2012 10:26 a.m.

A federal appeals court is upholding the first federal regulations to reduce the gases blamed for global warming.

Rogers woman sentenced for looting after tornado

posted: 06/26/2012 9:53 a.m.

An Arkansas woman was sentenced to three years in prison for stealing valuables from a Duquesne home after the southwest Missouri town was hit by a tornado.

UA outfielder signs with Kansas City Royals

posted: 06/26/2012 9:47 a.m.

A former University of Arkansas outfielder has signed with the Kansas City Royals, the university said Tuesday.

Jane Goodall to speak at UA

posted: 06/26/2012 9:38 a.m.

Jane Goodall, a primatologist famous for her studies of chimpanzees, will speak at Barnhill Arean as part of the 10th-anniversary celebrations of the University of Arkansas Honors College.

Two dead in collision between pickup, Mack truck

posted: 06/26/2012 9:04 a.m.

Both drivers were killed late Monday night in a collision in Gentry between a Mack truck and a pickup, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police report.

2 killed in Gentry wreck

posted: 06/26/2012 9:03 a.m.

Two men were killed Monday night in Gentry when a pickup truck driven by one hit a Mack truck driven by the other, according to a fatal crash report from the Arkansas State Police.

Home prices rise in many major US cities

posted: 06/26/2012 9:03 a.m.

Home prices rose in nearly all major U.S. cities in April from March, further evidence that the housing market is slowly improving even while the job market slumps.

CDC starts free AIDS test at drugstores

posted: 06/26/2012 8:50 a.m.

Would you go to a drugstore to get tested for AIDS?

‘Constitutionalist’ Seeks Council Ward 4 Seat

posted: 06/26/2012 5:42 a.m.

A west Fayetteville resident and engineer for a poultry products company is the second person to announce he’ll enter the race for the Fayetteville City Council’s Ward 4 seat.

Justices limit moves on illegals by Arizona

posted: 06/26/2012 5:41 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court scaled back Arizona’s first-of-its kind crackdown on illegal aliens, striking down three provisions in a decision that asserts the federal government’s exclusive role to set immigration policy.

Amid crisis, lawmakers redid their investments

posted: 06/26/2012 5:37 a.m.

Thirty-four members of Congress took steps to recast their financial portfolios during the financial crisis after meetings or phone calls with top Treasury or Federal Reserve officials, according to a Washington Post examination of appointment calendars and congressional disclosure forms.

County Farm Family Vies For State Honor

posted: 06/26/2012 5:36 a.m.

A family from Prairie Grove will compete against seven other Arkansas families for top honors in the 66th Annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program.

Paying Fines Made Easier

posted: 06/26/2012 5:33 a.m.

Paying a traffic ticket in Fayetteville just got easier for those with online access and a credit or debit card.

Council OKs Rezoning

posted: 06/26/2012 5:32 a.m.

In spite of a large, vocal crowd that seemed to oppose the idea of a Neighborhood Market on U.S. 71, the Bella Vista City Council voted to change the zoning of a parcel of land at the intersection of 71 and Oldham Drive to C-4 at the request of property owner Betty Garcia.

‘Last Shot’ Earns Daytime Emmy

posted: 06/26/2012 5:31 a.m.

Former Washington-Madison County Drug Court Judge Mary Ann Gunn can now add an Emmy to her resume.

Council To Review Meter Contract

posted: 06/26/2012 5:30 a.m.

The Bentonville City Council will consider awarding a $6.6 million bid to Mueller Systems for an automated metering system at its meeting at 6 p.m. today.

Police Investigate 911 Kidnapping Call

posted: 06/26/2012 5:29 a.m.

Police are investigating what appeared to be a kidnapping incident, after a 911 caller said she heard a female yelling for help inside a car.

Supreme Court developments

posted: 06/26/2012 5:29 a.m.

In other Supreme Court actions on Monday, justices: Agreed to take up a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that federal regulators should treat runoff from logging roads in industrial timberlands the same way as pollution discharged from a factory.

Early Balloting Heavy

posted: 06/26/2012 5:28 a.m.

More than 4,000 voters cast their ballots early in voting for today’s special millage election, more than twice the number in the Bentonville School District’s most recent millage vote.


posted: 06/26/2012 5:27 a.m.

Records for June 26, 2012.

Complex To Replace Motel

posted: 06/26/2012 5:26 a.m.

A 1950sera motor lodge on North College Avenue could soon become studio apartments.

Storm Debby soaks Florida coast

posted: 06/26/2012 5:25 a.m.

Practically parked off Florida’s Gulf Coast since the weekend, Tropical Storm Debby raked the Tampa Bay area with high wind and heavy rain Monday in a drenching that could top 2 feet over the next few days and trigger widespread flooding.

LPGA Ready For Heat

posted: 06/26/2012 5:22 a.m.

Temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Monday led to a decision to provide water free of charge to spectators attending this week’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G at Pinnacle Country Club, said David Shoemaker.

Mayor Suggests Raises

posted: 06/26/2012 5:21 a.m.

Mayor Doug Sprouse wants city employees to get raises next year. Sprouse said he will suggest raises during a statement about the city’s upcoming bond election he plans to make at today’s City Council meeting.

Turkey: Syria fired at 2nd plane

posted: 06/26/2012 5:19 a.m.

Syrian forces opened fire on a Turkish rescue aircraft as it searched for crewmen missing after a warplane was downed in the Mediterranean, prompting a warning from the Turkish military, the country’s deputy prime minister said Monday.

City Leaders Consider Hiring Broker

posted: 06/26/2012 5:19 a.m.

City leaders are considering hiring an insurance broker to find health insurance for employees to save the city and employees money next year.

Egyptian president moves into office

posted: 06/26/2012 5:17 a.m.

The new Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi moved first thing Monday morning into the office once occupied by his ousted predecessor Hosni Mubarak and started work on forming a government even before he had a clear picture of what he could do after the ruling military stripped most of the major powers from his post.

Teen Arrested In Connection With Arson, Flooding Home

posted: 06/26/2012 5:15 a.m.

A teenager has been arrested in connection with setting fire to his grandparents’ Bentonville home, then returning and flooding it.

The world in brief

posted: 06/26/2012 5:01 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We do not have any hostile intentions against the Turkish people or the Turkish government.” Jihad Makdissi, Syria’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, saying his country was acting in defense when it shot down a Turkish jet Friday Article, this page

The nation in brief

posted: 06/26/2012 5 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Arizona may have understandable frustrations with the problems caused by illegal immigration while that process continues, but the state may not pursue policies that undermine federal law.” Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in a ruling that scaled back Arizona’s illegal immigration law Article, 1A

Names and faces

posted: 06/26/2012 4:58 a.m.

A reopened police investigation has concluded that actor Dylan McDermott’s mother was killed in 1967 by her now-dead gangster boyfriend.

In the news

posted: 06/26/2012 4:57 a.m.

Valerie Bruno of Price, Utah, has filed a formal complaint against juvenile-court Judge Scott Johansen with the Utah Judicial Conduct Commission, contending she felt intimidated when Johansen told her that he would reduce her 13-yearold daughter’s sentence for cutting off the hair of a 3-year-old girl with scissors if she chopped off the teen’s ponytail in court.

Arkansas loses sentencing law for young killers

posted: 06/26/2012 4:50 a.m.

In a case with origins in Arkansas, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that a mandatory life sentence without possibility for parole for children who commit murder constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment” that is forbidden by the U.S. Constitution.

State law wouldn’t violate ruling, supporters insist

posted: 06/26/2012 4:50 a.m.

A U.S. Supreme Court opinion Monday that allows corporate contributions in state-level elections has no bearing on a proposed Arkansas initiated act that would restrict corporations and unions from donating directly to candidates, supporters of the Arkansas proposal said.

Attorney to waive claim to back pay

posted: 06/26/2012 4:45 a.m.

The case of Faulkner County’s former civil attorney’s paid leave of absence for drug and-alcohol rehabilitation in Malibu, Calif., took another turn Monday.

PB man, 29, gets 6 years in murder

posted: 06/26/2012 4:28 a.m.

A 29-year old Pine Bluff man was sentenced to six years in prison for second-degree murder Friday in Circuit Judge Jodi Dennis’ court, according to the judge’s office.

Carl Farler: So frugal, he made lures with cat hair

posted: 06/26/2012 4:22 a.m.

One winter, Carl Farler proved just how frugal he could be when instead of buying fly-tying fur for fishing lures, he decided to get creative.

Other days

posted: 06/26/2012 4:18 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 26, 1912 FORT SMITH — Justice courts were criticized for piling up expense accounts against the city with unimportant criminal cases by the Grand Jury of the Fort Smith district, which adjourned today with 70 indictments. The jury declared many citizens have been named deputy constables so that they may be entitled to carry revolvers.

EDITORIALS: Fish gotta swim . . .

posted: 06/26/2012 4:17 a.m.

HMMM. Maybe the senator from Florida that so many are hoping will become Mitt Romney’s running mate this year isn’t ready for prime time. He may not understand how big-time politics works. He seems so. . . naive.

COLUMNISTS: A political glossary

posted: 06/26/2012 4:15 a.m.

Since this is an election year, we can expect to hear a lot of words—and the meaning of those words is not always clear. So it may be helpful to have a glossary of political terms.

Time is ripe for visa program

posted: 06/26/2012 4:15 a.m.

Every harvest season, U.S. produce growers have a narrow window in which the success of an entire year’s work is dependent on human labor. With some crops, this window is only a few days. But finding a secure, reliable work force to bring in the harvest can be extremely difficult.

Not fair? It’s karma

posted: 06/26/2012 4:14 a.m.

U. S. Sen. John Boozman whines about mistreatment of Arkansas in the farm bill voted out of the Senate last week.

And one more thing . . .

posted: 06/26/2012 4:13 a.m.

EVER SINCE Marco Rubio came out of nowhere—certainly not the Republican establishment in Florida—to become one of his party’s bright hopes on the national level, his star has waxed and waned. And sometimes gone into eclipse.

A new sheriff in waiting

posted: 06/26/2012 4:12 a.m.

The newly elected Benton County sheriff says he plans to spend some time down in Washington County shadowing Sheriff Tim Helder so he can learn firsthand some ins and outs of sheriffing.


posted: 06/26/2012 4:11 a.m.

To grow to maturity A recent Terry Mattingly column mentioned part of the president’s commencement address in 2009 at Notre Dame, which stated, “It is beyond our capacity as human beings to know with certainty what God has planned for us or what he asks of us.” The word of God and I disagree.

U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS: Lochte in with Phelps

posted: 06/26/2012 4:08 a.m.

Ryan Lochte held off Michael Phelps in the 400-meter individual medley at the U.S. Olympic team trials in swimming, but both claimed Olympic team slots in a hard fought race Monday night.

Touring Europe in sneaks

posted: 06/26/2012 4:03 a.m.

The SEC isn’t annexing Italy, France, Belgium and the Netherlands as part of a European expansion plan secretly drawn up by Commissioner Mike Slive, athletic directors and ESPN at the conference’s spring meetings.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: ’Cats sweep Gamecocks

posted: 06/26/2012 3:58 a.m.

Arizona Coach Andy Lopez thought he had the makings of a national championship team four years ago. Better late than never.

Mets sign UA's Reynolds

posted: 06/26/2012 3:54 a.m.

Matt Reynolds didn’t take long to begin his professional career.

LIKE IT IS: Sandusky deserves worse than life in jail

posted: 06/26/2012 3:51 a.m.

If Jerry Sandusky is sentenced to the absolute maximum of 442 years it will not be enough.

BCS plan awaits OK from oversight committee

posted: 06/26/2012 3:47 a.m.

All that stands in the way of a major college football playoff are 12 university presidents.

Top boxers kept division between them

posted: 06/26/2012 3:44 a.m.

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, boxing’s welterweights, lightweights and featherweights were dominated, respectively, by Sugar Ray Robinson, Isiah “Ike” Williams and Willie Pep.


posted: 06/26/2012 3:43 a.m.

MLB Byrd suspended 50 games NEW YORK — Outfielder Marlon Byrd was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball on Monday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Latos does it all (almost) in Cincinnati’s victory

posted: 06/26/2012 3:41 a.m.

A complete game. Thirteen strikeouts. Two hits, too. Mat Latos made his Cincinnati Reds teammates feel as if they weren’t really needed.

WIMBLEDON: Venus’ return hits another snag with 1st-round exit

posted: 06/26/2012 3:39 a.m.

For the first time since her debut at the All England Club 15 years ago, five-time Venus Williams failed to get past the first round of Wimbledon.

Heat spares few Arkansans, topping 100, setting records

posted: 06/26/2012 3:37 a.m.

At least five Arkansas cities set records for searing temperatures Monday as a ridge of high pressure over the central United States pushed the thermometer to triple digits in the Natural State.

Western wildfires endangering tourism

posted: 06/26/2012 3:36 a.m.

Wildfires across the West have put tourist destinations from Montana to New Mexico in danger just at the height of midsummer family road-trip season.

TEXAS LEAGUE: McClure wins game, friends

posted: 06/26/2012 3:35 a.m.

There was some heat and pressure on the new kid.

Three missing in crash of trains in Oklahoma

posted: 06/26/2012 3:35 a.m.

Two freight trains that collided in an Oklahoma wheat field weren’t blowing their horns or flashing their lights as they hurtled toward each other, according to a long-haul trucker who watched helplessly from a highway as the locomotives collided headon.

Ethics panel issues caution to state officer

posted: 06/26/2012 3:33 a.m.

The Arkansas Ethics Commission has found probable cause that State Police Capt. Lance King violated state law when he accepted season football tickets, bowl tickets and a Sugar Bowl ring from the University of Arkansas’ football program.

Immigration backers hail ruling

posted: 06/26/2012 3:32 a.m.

Immigration proponents in Northwest Arkansas hailed a Supreme Court ruling as a victory Monday but cautioned that it also “opens the door to racial profiling.”

THE RECRUITING GUY: Texas power forward Mickey mighty impressed

posted: 06/26/2012 3:32 a.m.

Texas power forward Jordan Mickey, one of the nation’s top prospects, arrived in Fayetteville on Sunday afternoon for an unofficial visit to Arkansas and left about noon Monday.

Short game ruins Roachell’s round

posted: 06/26/2012 3:28 a.m.

Summar Roachell swung her arms in frustration after her second to-last putt stopped a few inches short.

Let suit proceed, federal judge rules

posted: 06/26/2012 3:27 a.m.

A federal judge cleared the way Monday for a lawsuit filed by the boyfriend of murder victim Nona Dirksmeyer to proceed to trial.


posted: 06/26/2012 3:26 a.m.

At Hayward Field, Eugene, Ore. (All race distances in meters; q-qualified ; top 3 iin finals make team) MEN 800 FINAL 1, Nick Symmonds, Nike/Oregon TC Elite, 1 minute, 43.92 seconds. 2, Khadevis Robinson, Nike, 1:44.64. 3, Duane Solomon Jr., Saucony, 1:44.65.

Friends fueled blaze, deputies say

posted: 06/26/2012 3:25 a.m.

A group of friends literally added fuel to a fire that went on to consume more than 5 acres of timber in west Pulaski County on Sunday night, investigators said.

Smock lives up to father’s prediction

posted: 06/26/2012 3:24 a.m.

Four years ago at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, triple jumper Amanda Smock failed to qualify for the Beijing Games. Her father, Glen Thieschafer, accompanied her on that trip to Hayward Field and when they returned home to Minnesota, he took the credential from around his neck, scratched out “2008” and scribbled “2012.”

Fort Smith man dies in house fire

posted: 06/26/2012 3:24 a.m.

A fire destroyed a Fort Smith home over the weekend and killed the occupant, 74-year-old James E. Ballard, according to a fire department report.

Pride Parade is Saturday in Fayetteville

posted: 06/26/2012 3:22 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Pride Parade is set to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Fayetteville. The theme for this year’s parade is “Color Outside the Lines.”

Second thoughts

posted: 06/26/2012 3:22 a.m.

Heat get ‘to hoist’ that trophy A lockout shortened the NBA season this year, but the championship celebration was right on schedule.

Officials try to identify burned body

posted: 06/26/2012 3:20 a.m.

Franklin County officials await autopsy and DNA testing results to confirm the identity of a person whose burned body was found in a burning car at the end of an isolated county road over the weekend.

Off the wire

posted: 06/26/2012 3:20 a.m.

BASKETBALL Parker could miss Olympics San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker said he might miss the Olympics after revealing he almost lost his eye in a New York nightclub incident earlier this month.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/26/2012 3:19 a.m.

ATHLETICS Ten chosen for UA hall Ten former Arkansas Razorbacks from football, basketball baseball and track and field have been elected to the UA Sports Hall of Honor 2012 induction class, the UA has announced.

Lavy Struggles On Par 5s In Qualifier

posted: 06/26/2012 3:18 a.m.

Emma Lavy wouldn’t mind playing the two front side par 5 holes at the Pinnacle Country Club over again.

New-home sales in May rise 7.6%, hit best pace in 2 years

posted: 06/26/2012 3:17 a.m.

Americans bought new homes in May at the fastest pace in more than two years, the Commerce Department said Monday. The increase suggests a modest recovery is continuing in the U.S. housing market, despite weaker job growth.

HOW WE SEE IT: Mighty Razorbacks Strike Out

posted: 06/26/2012 3:17 a.m.

With apologies to Ernest Lawrence Thayer (and quite possibly, to poetry and the English language): The outlook was truly brilliant for the Fayetteville nine that day: Their record stood 2-0 with but three (or four) ballgames left to play.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Community College Has Credibility Issue

posted: 06/26/2012 3:15 a.m.

There seem to be several things NorthWest Arkansas Community College does consistently. One is to raise tuition every year and the other is to get itself in trouble regarding money matters.

Spain files bank-aid request

posted: 06/26/2012 3:14 a.m.

Spain has made a formal request for a loan to help clean up its troubled banking sector, the Economy Ministry said Monday.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Annexation Ruffles County Feathers

posted: 06/26/2012 3:13 a.m.

It’s easy to empathize with Benton County Judge Bob Clinard on this Bella Vista annexation issue. Not only did the county lose current and future sales tax revenue from the deal, it retained responsibility for maintaining the adjacent county road.

Roachell Shows Frustration

posted: 06/26/2012 3:11 a.m.

Summar Roachell swung her arms, showing her frustration after her second-to-last putt fell a few inches short.

Baldor settles claims of bias

posted: 06/26/2012 3:10 a.m.

Baldor Electric of Fort Smith has agreed to pay $2 million in back wages and interest to settle allegations of systemic discrimination against women and minorities in its hiring practices, the U.S. Department of Labor said Monday.

Brewers confirm acquisition talks

posted: 06/26/2012 3:08 a.m.

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV and Grupo Modelo SAB confirmed Monday that they are negotiating Modelo’s sale to InBev.

FDA again delays decision on Eliquis, an anticlotting drug

posted: 06/26/2012 3:05 a.m.

Shares of Pfizer Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. fell Monday after federal regulators unexpectedly delayed for a second time a decision on whether to approve the companies’ highly touted experimental anti-clotting drug Eliquis.

Acxiom seeing growth under new leadership

posted: 06/26/2012 3:03 a.m.

Acxiom Corp., described as the “quiet giant” of the database marketing industry by The New York Times, has gotten a little louder.

Certain banks require customers to pay all costs in legal disputes

posted: 06/26/2012 2:55 a.m.

Some bank customers might be in for a surprise if they take their banks to court over checking or credit card disputes: A provision in account agreements says even when customers win, they lose.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks fall as Spain seeks help

posted: 06/26/2012 2:52 a.m.

Europe’s latest efforts to quell its financial crisis left investors exasperated Monday, causing steep losses in stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic.

Abu Dhabi fund sees world of opportunities

posted: 06/26/2012 2:49 a.m.

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority believes the world economy offers opportunities for it and other patient investors, despite an uncertain outlook, the government-run fund’s managing director said in a report released Monday.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/26/2012 2:48 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Our shared goal is to create lasting change so that anyone who comes looking for work at Baldor can be sure that discrimination will never be a factor in determining who gets the job.” Hilda Solis, U.S. secretary of labor Article, 1D


posted: 06/26/2012 2:46 a.m.

Public relations firm, Wal-Mart end pact Bentonville-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it has parted ways with a public relations firm whose employee was found to have posed as a reporter at an event staged by Wal-Mart critics.

JULY CALENDAR: Hot ... and half way

posted: 06/26/2012 2:44 a.m.

July is when bugs and beauty queens, cardboard boats, hot dogs, fireflies, flying saucers, blueberries and — oh, yes — fireworks make the middle month of summer really pop. 1 National Ice Cream Month. National Women’s Motorcycle Month. Rum raisin, rummmm!-raisin’ .

MUSIC: Lady A, Rucker own genre

posted: 06/26/2012 2:37 a.m.

Country trio Lady Antebellum and opening acts Darius Rucker and Thompson Square perform Wednesday at Verizon Arena in the Own the Night Tour.

MUSIC: Nada Surf rolls into Juanita’s

posted: 06/26/2012 2:31 a.m.

The common wisdom is that a dog year is supposed to equal seven human years. The math probably works out close to the same way for rock bands.

MUSIC: Pianist at McDonald’s serves up LR recital

posted: 06/26/2012 2:29 a.m.

Our story of a piano recital at a store on Main Street in Little Rock actually begins nearly three years ago at a McDonald’s on Broadway in Manhattan.

THE TV COLUMN: Clark to co-host celebrity military-exercise show

posted: 06/26/2012 2:25 a.m.

If you’re going to have a reality competition show honoring the military, who better to host than a soldier’s soldier, retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark?

Rest of Jackson 5 reunite for tour without Michael

posted: 06/26/2012 2:22 a.m.

Guided by a thumping bass line from their backing band, the Jackson brothers strut forward to a row of four microphones, thrusting their pelvises along the way, before launching into “Can’t Let Her Get Away,” a song their superstar sibling released on his Dangerous album. If they had Afros and matching powder blue suits, it might feel like 1977 again.

LISTEN UP: Chesney mostly swims in circles with Fishbowl

posted: 06/26/2012 2:20 a.m.

Kenny Chesney Welcome to the Fishbowl BNA B Well, this is an improvement over Kenny Chesney’s last one, the ponderous Hemingway’s Whiskey that marked the country singer’s return after a hiatus. Of course country fans didn’t seem to think so, as they adored Chesney as much as, if not more than, before the short time off.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Opposites aim for balance

posted: 06/26/2012 2:14 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I have been with my husband for a total of 10 years now, and we are both in our early 30s. I absolutely adore him.


posted: 06/26/2012 2:13 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll right something from your past and start anew in July. You like being rich in experiences, but you also want to be rich in money.


posted: 06/26/2012 2:11 a.m.

DEAR READERS: The summer driving season is here, and with more people on the roads, you might encounter more emergency vehicles than usual. What do you do when you see a police car or an ambulance with its lights and siren on?


posted: 06/26/2012 2:09 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’m 7 years old. Am I too young to give my life to Jesus? I tried to read the Bible some, but I don’t understand it. — P.S.

Super Quiz: The eyes have it

posted: 06/26/2012 2:07 a.m.

1. Who was nicknamed “Ol’ Blue Eyes” ? 2. Stories about the Battle of Bunker Hill popularized this “eyes” quotation. 3. Name of Ian Fleming’s Jamaican estate, also a James Bond film title 4. It’s also known as conjunctivitis. 5. Term for a specialist in medical and surgical eye problems

Monday, June 25

Arkansas Red Cross places teams on alert for possible deployment

posted: 06/25/2012 3:55 p.m.

The American Red Cross in Arkansas has placed disaster teams on alert for possible deployment to Florida in response to Tropical Storm Debby

More than 4,000 early votes cast in millage

posted: 06/25/2012 3:51 p.m.

More than 4,000 voters cast their ballots early in voting for Tuesday’s special school millage election, more than twice the number in the Bentonville School District’s most recent millage vote.

Bids Opened on 21st Street Project

posted: 06/25/2012 3:06 p.m.

Bids were open Monday for a project which will add sidewalks and drainage to a portion of 21st Street.

Crews search for missing man in Bull Shoals Lake

posted: 06/25/2012 1:47 p.m.

Authorities are searching for an Illinois man who disappeared in Bull Shoals Lake.

Florida governor declares statewide emergency

posted: 06/25/2012 12:44 p.m.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is declaring a statewide emergency because of Tropical Storm Debby.

Baldor Electric to pay $2 Mil. in bias investigation

posted: 06/25/2012 12:32 p.m.

Baldor Electric Co. of Fort Smith has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a discrimination allegation by the U.S. Labor Department, but the company says it did nothing wrong.

Police inactivate Silver Alert for armed woman

posted: 06/25/2012 11:59 a.m.

Hot Springs police have inactivated issued a Silver Alert for a missing woman who they say was armed

Lady Antebellum to 'Own the Night' at Verizon

posted: 06/25/2012 11:27 a.m.

Country trio Lady Antebellum and opening acts Darius Rucker and Thompson Square perform Wednesday at Verizon Arena in the Own the Night Tour.

US new-home sales rose at fastest pace in 2 years

posted: 06/25/2012 11:24 a.m.

Americans bought new homes in May at the fastest pace in more than two years.

Egyptian president moves into Mubarak’s old office

posted: 06/25/2012 11:22 a.m.

The new Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi moved first thing Monday morning into the office once occupied by his ousted predecessor Hosni Mubarak and started work on forming a government even before he had a clear picture of what he could do after the ruling military stripped most of the major powers from his post.

Missouri case tests party host's role in fatal accident

posted: 06/25/2012 11:01 a.m.

A Jackson County, Mo., judge is considering whether a woman can be tried for involuntary manslaughter after a minor who drank alcohol at a party was involved in a fatal accident.

Supreme Court rejects part of Arizona immigration law

posted: 06/25/2012 9:54 a.m.

The Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Arizona's crackdown on immigrants.

Court rejects corporate campaign spending limits

posted: 06/25/2012 9:25 a.m.

The Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed its 2-year-old decision allowing corporations to spend freely to influence elections. The justices struck down a Montana law limiting corporate campaign spending.

Court rules no life without parole for juveniles

posted: 06/25/2012 9:24 a.m.

The Supreme Court says it's unconstitutional to sentence juveniles to life in prison without parole for murder.

Obama ad seeks to refute 'doing fine’ criticism

posted: 06/25/2012 9:07 a.m.

President Barack Obama’s campaign is using a new television ad to refute Republican attacks on Obama’s recent assertion that the private sector is “doing fine.”

Arkansas guardsmen to deploy to Afghanistan

posted: 06/25/2012 9 a.m.

About 100 members of the Arkansas National Guard will soon deploy to Afghanistan on a mission to clear bombs from roads.

Bicycle Permit Data Unused

posted: 06/25/2012 7:14 a.m.

University of Arkansas officials said no additional bike parking has been added on campus as a result of a registration policy adopted four years ago to measure the need.

Bella Vista Council To Discuss Rezoning

posted: 06/25/2012 7:14 a.m.

The City Council will consider a recommendation from the Planning Commission to rezone 6.2 acres on Oldham Drive from residential to commercial at tonight’s meeting.

County Mulls New Offices

posted: 06/25/2012 7:12 a.m.

County offices have been a fixture on or near the Bentonville square for decades, but that could become just another part of the county’s history.

Board Eyes ‘Swap Days’

posted: 06/25/2012 7:12 a.m.

A new policy proposal that gives the school district more control over the kind of training teachers take on their own time is up for consideration Thursday by the Fayetteville School Board.

COMMENTARY: Some Neighbors Content With Just Enough

posted: 06/25/2012 7:11 a.m.

Much to my chagrin, my house hasn’t sold yet and my journey toward downsizing into the little house downtown keeps stretching longer and longer than I’d hoped.


posted: 06/25/2012 7:07 a.m.

Lawsuits for June 25, 2012.


posted: 06/25/2012 6:43 a.m.

Marriage licenses for June 25, 2012.


posted: 06/25/2012 6:38 a.m.

Information is from state Health Department records.

Golf Grounds Set

posted: 06/25/2012 6:36 a.m.

Workers have been scurrying around Pinnacle Country Club the past week in preparation for the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour event, which gets under way today with qualifying play.

Past Decisions Set School District’s Path

posted: 06/25/2012 6:35 a.m.

When the Fayetteville School Board approved expansion of Fayetteville High School and the addition of ninth-graders to the campus, it set off a reshuffling of grades.

City Eyes Storm Siren Repairs

posted: 06/25/2012 6:33 a.m.

Police officials, charged with pushing the button on the city’s warning sirens, recently discovered three of the 20 sirens aren’t working properly.

COMMENTARY: Dedicated Firefighter Answers Final Alarm

posted: 06/25/2012 6:30 a.m.

Richard Feast had the heart of a true public servant.

Not In A Rush, But Still In Pain

posted: 06/25/2012 6:29 a.m.

Expectations and assumptions always get me into trouble. For instance, the other day I assumed the speed limit was 30 miles an hour in a school zone during summer. Then, an hour later, I expected to quickly leave my bathroom without hitting the door with my eye. I was wrong both times.

Mental Health Staff Expands

posted: 06/25/2012 6:27 a.m.

The mental health issues of veterans from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are driving an expansion of staff at the local veterans hospital.

Lunch Program Stagnant

posted: 06/25/2012 6:24 a.m.

Low participation in summer meals keeps the program from expanding to help more hungry children in the area.


posted: 06/25/2012 6:22 a.m.

Records for June 25, 2012.

Turkey, NATO plan talks over Syrian downing of jet

posted: 06/25/2012 4:49 a.m.

Turkey’s foreign minister said Sunday that his country would hold emergency talks with NATO in the next few days over the downing of one of its jet fighters by Syria, claiming the plane was attacked in international airspace.

Islamist’s win in Egypt sets off rejoicing

posted: 06/25/2012 4:45 a.m.

Islamist Mohammed Morsi was declared the winner Sunday in Egypt’s first free presidential election in history, closing the tumultuous first phase of a democratic transition and opening a new struggle with the still dominant military rulers who recently stripped the presidency of most of its powers.

1 dead, 1 missing as Debby lashes coast

posted: 06/25/2012 4:33 a.m.

Slow moving Tropical Storm Debby’s outer bands lashed Florida with rain and kicked up rough surf off Alabama on Sunday, prompting storm warnings for those states and killing at least one person.

Paraguay allies pile on criticism

posted: 06/25/2012 4:27 a.m.

Paraguay’s new government battled a wave of criticism Sunday as several of the nation’s closest allies condemned the dismissal of President Fernando Lugo by lawmakers, some calling it a congressional coup.

The world in brief

posted: 06/25/2012 4:20 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I wouldn’t have been here between your hands as the first elected president without... the blood, the tears, and sacrifices of the martyrs.” Mohammed Morsi, paying tribute to Egyptians killed in last year’s uprising, after being declared the winner of Egypt’s presidential election Article, 1A

The nation in brief

posted: 06/25/2012 4:19 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I think it’s the best vacation ever. This is what the real world is about. There’s a lot of people that need help.” Mark Stein of Morristown, N.J., who spent the first night of a Colorado vacation setting up cots for wildfire evacuees with his family Article, this page

Names and faces

posted: 06/25/2012 4:17 a.m.

Former talk-show host Regis Philbin received a fond farewell at the 39th annual Daytime Emmys on Saturday as his old show, Live with Regis and Kelly, was saluted as best entertainment talk show (its first-ever nod in that category) and for best talk-show hosts.

In the news

posted: 06/25/2012 4:16 a.m.

Alex Trebek was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital after he suffered a mild heart attack, but the 71-year-old Jeopardy! host is expected to fully recover before the game show resumes production on a new season next month.

Unpaid taxes top $1 billion

posted: 06/25/2012 4:14 a.m.

More than $1 billion in unpaid taxes and fees is thought to be owed to the Arkansas government, equal to about a fifth of the state’s $4.7 billion fiscal 2013 general revenue budget.

The fallen are finally remembered

posted: 06/25/2012 4:09 a.m.

For 150 years, the tomb of a young Confederate soldier from Little Rock lay at the foot of a tree in Mount Holly Cemetery, unmarked and unknown to cemetery visitors.

Wildfires spread to tourist regions

posted: 06/25/2012 4:06 a.m.

Wildfires moved in on some of Colorado’s most popular summer tourist destinations over the weekend, demolishing nearly two dozen homes near Rocky Mountain National Park and emptying hotels and campgrounds at the base of Pikes Peak.

Lawmakers, families trade millions in stocks

posted: 06/25/2012 4:05 a.m.

One hundred thirty members of Congress or their families have traded stocks collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars in companies lobbying on bills that came before their committees, a practice that is permitted under current ethics rules, a Washington Post analysis has found.

10-year-old girl found in closet; mom held

posted: 06/25/2012 4:04 a.m.

A Kansas City woman was charged Saturday with abusing her 10-year-old daughter who weighed just 32 pounds when she was found locked in a closet that reeked of urine.

Retiring general makes final tour

posted: 06/25/2012 4:02 a.m.

Gen. Norton Schwartz, chief of staff of the Air Force, returned home to Little Rock Air Force Base last week for his farewell tour of the base that was the foundation on which both his career and his personal life were built.

Small-plane crash kills 4 in Oregon

posted: 06/25/2012 3:57 a.m.

A small plane crashed soon after taking off from a private airstrip in Oregon timber country Saturday and killed all four people on board, authorities said.

Greek leader to miss EU summit

posted: 06/25/2012 3:56 a.m.

Greece’s new prime minister will not be well enough after his eye surgery Saturday to travel to a critical European Union summit in Brussels, the government said Sunday.

Meeting to key on Peru cocaine trade

posted: 06/25/2012 3:55 a.m.

Peru’s struggle with a resurgent cocaine trade is in the spotlight as it hosts nearly 60 nations in a conference on illicit drugs beginning today.

Rare genetic disease is mysterious killer

posted: 06/25/2012 3:54 a.m.

Sometimes it’s easier for retiree Donna Meigs to explain the physical symptoms of her Huntington’s disease to people by dodging the issue.

Shagreen snail could be taken from threat list

posted: 06/25/2012 3:53 a.m.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service wants to remove the Magazine Mountain shagreen snail from the endangered species list, saying its population is stable and threats have been averted.

Other days

posted: 06/25/2012 3:50 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 25, 1912 IMBODEN — A.H. Hatley, an octogenarian of Maynard, Randolph county, is cutting another set of teeth at his advanced age. About six years ago he had the remaining decayed snags extracted, and recently symptoms that reminded him of teeth-cutting of childhood days appeared, followed almost immediately by new teeth in the place of those extracted.

Prisons, alliance partner to save crops

posted: 06/25/2012 3:48 a.m.

The corn’s not going to pick itself.

EDITORIALS: Deer camp city

posted: 06/25/2012 3:48 a.m.

THE FOLLOWING is more true than you might be able to convince your neighbors: Your statewide newspaper reported that Eureka Springs has declared itself a deer camp. No, really.

State ranked 2nd in nation for lightning in ’11, but just 1 killed

posted: 06/25/2012 3:47 a.m.

Arkansas recorded the second-highest number of lightning flashes in the nation in 2011 with nearly 1.3 million cloud-to-ground occurrences, according to data released from the National Weather Service in North Little Rock.

COLUMNISTS: Iranians just wanna have fun

posted: 06/25/2012 3:47 a.m.

One of the most pernicious misunderstandings in the West about Iranians is that they are dour religious fanatics.

The state/region in brief

posted: 06/25/2012 3:46 a.m.

A man was found dead in a vehicle early Sunday in Hot Springs, police said.

OTHERS SAY: Approve pipeline already

posted: 06/25/2012 3:45 a.m.

Getting caught up in U.S. presidential politics can be risky for any foreign government.

A welcome first step

posted: 06/25/2012 3:44 a.m.

For hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth living in the United States, President Barack Obama’s recent Department of Homeland Security memo halting their deportations has provided a tremendous sense of relief.

NW Arkansas achievers

posted: 06/25/2012 3:42 a.m.

Mary F. Dillard of Farmington has been named to the AARP National Policy Council, the group announced. Dillard will serve a two-year term.

Open up a grave

posted: 06/25/2012 3:41 a.m.

Opportunity only knocks once. Repeated attempts to ratify or re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) first submitted to the states in 1972 have failed again and again, and even though the U.S. Supreme Court declared the ERA officially dead, some people just won’t let it rest in peace.


posted: 06/25/2012 3:41 a.m.

Sought-after composer, Tony winner Richard Adler, a composer and lyricist whose towering early successes on Broadway in the 1950s — the smash hits The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees — were followed abruptly by the death of his creative collaborator, died Thursday at his home in Southampton, N.Y. He was 90.


posted: 06/25/2012 3:39 a.m.

Nothing but a fantasy Women are not victims of the “patriarchy” as some recent letters here have implied, as far as I’m concerned.

Surveying the map

posted: 06/25/2012 3:37 a.m.

It is inaccurate to say that the popular vote for the presidency doesn’t matter, because what will occur on Nov. 6th will be 51 separate popular votes that definitely matter.

U.S. OLYMPIC TRACK AND FIELD TRIALS: Making a ‘happy face’

posted: 06/25/2012 3:36 a.m.

Tyson Gay took a giant swig of water and then another before crouching into the starting blocks.

Lewis falls short of Lang, playoff

posted: 06/25/2012 3:33 a.m.

Stacy Lewis matched her best round of the season with a 7-under-par 64 to complete the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic on Sunday.

Fayetteville Rallies Past Little Rock Blues

posted: 06/25/2012 3:28 a.m.

Fayetteville Lindsey American Legion baseball coach Ashley Patrick said his team got off to a slow start Sunday afternoon, but he sure liked his team’s finish.

HOW WE SEE IT: Contract Revision Delightful

posted: 06/25/2012 3:27 a.m.

The entire state of Arkansas wins under an agreement that the Arkansas Lottery secured recently.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Travelers shut out Naturals

posted: 06/25/2012 3:25 a.m.

Shutout Weekend continued at Arvest Ballpark Sunday night.

COMMENTARY: There Are Two Kinds Of Snakes

posted: 06/25/2012 3:25 a.m.

It was bound to happen. Had to. I hoped it would have taken longer. Then Saturday came.

Next-Door Neighbors Bound For Olympic Trials

posted: 06/25/2012 3:23 a.m.

The opportunity to represent the United States in the Olympic Games in any event can attract a variety of participants from across the nation — or just across the fence from one another.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP: ‘Dirt boy’ wins one on the road

posted: 06/25/2012 3:22 a.m.

Clint Bowyer knew he could get to Victory Lane this season, his first with Michael Waltrip Racing.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Food Waste Story Was Puzzling

posted: 06/25/2012 3:20 a.m.

It was with some fear that I read the newspaper report on food waste at Butterfield Trail Elementary School in Fayetteville.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Wade, Arizona close in on title

posted: 06/25/2012 3:19 a.m.

Konner Wade threw his third consecutive complete game, Robert Refsnyder homered for the second game in a row and Arizona beat two-time defending national champion South Carolina 5-1 in the opener of the College World Series finals Sunday night.

Australian shoots 62, watches, wins

posted: 06/25/2012 3:17 a.m.

Marc Leishman shot an 8-under-par 62 on Sunday in the Travelers Championship, then went back to the clubhouse to eat, watch some soccer and wait to see where he would finish.

INTERLEAGUE: Cardinals walk ‘n’ roll to sweep in Kansas City

posted: 06/25/2012 3:10 a.m.

Patience was more than just a virtue for the St. Louis Cardinals during a three-game visit to Kansas City.


posted: 06/25/2012 3:08 a.m.

WHEN Noon Central today WHERE Arvest Ballpark, Springdale RADIO KQSM-FM, 92.1, in Northwest Arkansas; KARN-AM, 920, in central Arkansas INTERNET;

U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS: Phelps in 400 IM - for now

posted: 06/25/2012 3:07 a.m.

Michael Phelps could have a showdown with rival Ryan Lochte on the very first day of the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.


posted: 06/25/2012 3:05 a.m.

At Hayward Field Eugene, Ore. (All race distances in meters; q-qualified ) MEN 100 METERS SEMIFINALS (Top two from each heat plus next two advance to finals) HEAT 1 1, Q-Michael Rodgers, unattached, 10.0 seconds.

Federer, Williams thinking Wimbledon, not age

posted: 06/25/2012 3:04 a.m.

Never accuse Roger Federer of being shy.

Off the wire

posted: 06/25/2012 3:02 a.m.

MOTOR SPORTS Alonso wins F1 European GP Fernando Alonso of Ferrari won an incident-filled European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain on Sunday to become the first driver to win two races this season, while Michael Schumacher earned a first podium finish since his return from a two year retirement in 2010, coming in third.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/25/2012 3 a.m.

No soup for Mets; ‘Jerry free’ The New York Mets’ new mascot is being retired after a three-day cup of coffee in the majors.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/25/2012 2:58 a.m.

Ex-Hog Akerfelds, 50, dies after 18-month cancer fight Darrel Akerfelds, who played football and baseball at Arkansas in the early 1980s, died Sunday from pancreatic cancer. He was 50.

HOG CALLS: Bullpen may be strength for ’13 Hogs

posted: 06/25/2012 2:56 a.m.

Ironic the day after the Arkansas Razorbacks exit the College World Series that Dallas Keuchel logged a complete game victory in his second Major League start.

Microsoft puts tablet on table

posted: 06/25/2012 2:50 a.m.

Microsoft’s lumbering crawl into mobile technology had many writing off the titan of computer software as a has-been.

SpaceX pad the prize in 3-way race

posted: 06/25/2012 2:48 a.m.

A record-breaking mission to the International Space Station has triggered another space race back on Earth, with Florida competing against Texas and Puerto Rico for the chance to land a new launchpad for Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, and its ambitious line of Falcon rockets.

China defends export curbs on rare earths

posted: 06/25/2012 2:38 a.m.

China is defending its export curbs on rare earth minerals used in high-tech products as an environmental measure and rejected a World Trade Organization challenge by the United States, Europe and Japan.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Storytellers, photo editors, travelers, database users can stay mobile with new apps

posted: 06/25/2012 2:30 a.m.

You can do anything on the computer with the right program. Mobile applications, known as apps, are making that true for smart phones and tablet computers as well. This week, we’ll take a look at four new apps designed to perform a variety of tasks.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 06/25/2012 2:28 a.m.

ALEXANDER Chrystal Morgan, 13516 Melrose Drive, June 20, 2012, Chapter 7. ALMA Troy and Melody Sugg (aka Melody R. Middleton, Melody Dority, Melody Taber, Melody Gibson, Melody Mosby), 7130 Bushtown Place, June 18, 2012, Chapter 7.

ROCK HARD: They ... I ... climb because it’s there

posted: 06/25/2012 2:23 a.m.

Editor’s note: Once again writer Bobby Ampezzan will spend his summer tackling a new-to-him and overwhelmingly difficult fitness activity. This time it’s bouldering. Here is the first in a series of every-other-week reports.

Rolling company

posted: 06/25/2012 2:20 a.m.

A new business in downtown Little Rock offers newcomers a diverting way to meet people while they see a bit of the city. But be advised: You’ll have to put in some work for your fun.

Long sits rob seats of muscle memory

posted: 06/25/2012 2:16 a.m.

Gluteal amnesia: It’s a silly name for a concerning condition.

New workouts

posted: 06/25/2012 2:14 a.m.

Title: Shiva Rea Core Yoga What’s the goal? To harness your sacred strength and to activate your full potential and/or to imagine yourself far away in a tropical paradise or perched atop mounds of white sand as you oscillate your neck and let your arms be creative.

Phone applications dish out data

posted: 06/25/2012 2:11 a.m.

Whether you’re an iPhone, Android or BlackBerry user, that little piece of technology is always with you. More and more applications are offering to make your life easier, and more healthful.

For right bodies, squats are super

posted: 06/25/2012 2:09 a.m.

For bodies built to do them, the squat is the King of Exercises.

MASTER CLASS: Squeeze foam roller into workout

posted: 06/25/2012 2:08 a.m.

Foam rollers have become popular pieces of equipment for fitness enthusiasts. Whether you’re into running, strength training or yoga, these squishy cylinders can provide some benefits.

Portable push-ups move much muscle

posted: 06/25/2012 1:58 a.m.

Push-ups are one of the best exercises for strengthening the upper body. They are also one of the most convenient because they can be performed almost anywhere, take little time, require no equipment and work many muscles.

North shore bike store hub for scenic jaunts

posted: 06/25/2012 1:57 a.m.

Bobby’s Bike Hike is not the first bicycle rental shop in central Arkansas. Since 2007, David Fike has provided bike rentals, repairs and ride support in North Little Rock.


posted: 06/25/2012 1:55 a.m.

When it comes to comedy, what do you prefer? The gentle laughs of a family show like Leave It to Beaver? Or the no holds-barred wackiness of Community?


posted: 06/25/2012 1:54 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll have a strong sense of purpose. You’ll live where you fit in, and you’ll enjoy your lifestyle. July brings a chance to help your loved ones, and you’ll make a remarkable difference.


posted: 06/25/2012 1:53 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Organic food is more readily available now than before, but what exactly does “organic” mean? Here is some helpful information from the United States Department of Agriculture : If food has the “USDA Organic” seal, it means that it is certified organic and has met all of the standards necessary when inspected by a government approved certified inspector.


posted: 06/25/2012 1:52 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Do the angels in heaven pray for us? It would give me great comfort to know that they do, because I need all the prayers I can get. — M.McD.

Super Quiz: Beaver

posted: 06/25/2012 1:51 a.m.

1. What is the name for the home constructed by a beaver? 2. What was the family name in the TV show Leave It to Beaver ? 3. Term for a person who is often excessively industrious or zealous. 4. Which state is the “Beaver State” ?

Sunday, June 24

Arkansas mountain snail may drop from endangered list

posted: 06/24/2012 10:42 a.m.

A little snail that only lives on Mount Magazine is on the verge of achieving an important distinction: it could be removed from the endangered species list.

Morsi wins Egypt presidential race

posted: 06/24/2012 10:06 a.m.

Egypt’s election commission has declared Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood the winner of Egypt’s first free elections by a narrow margin over Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister under deposed leader Hosni Mubarak.

Body found in burned car in Mulberry

posted: 06/24/2012 9:59 a.m.

Authorities in northwestern Arkansas are investigating the discovery of a body inside a burned car.

Poll: 1-in-4 uncommitted now in White House race

posted: 06/24/2012 9:29 a.m.

One-quarter of the nation’s registered voters are uncommitted to a candidate in this year’s presidential race.

Issa: No evidence of White House cover-up

posted: 06/24/2012 9:26 a.m.

The House committee chairman leading the fight to get Justice Department documents about a troubled gun-tracking operation says there’s no evidence so far that White House officials were involved in misleading Congress or engaged in a cover-up.

serious sushi and more

posted: 06/24/2012 6 a.m.

Darwin Beyer, owner of Meiji Japanese Cuisine, was born and raised in Kansas City. He was al- ways passionate about food.

Cuban fusion

posted: 06/24/2012 6 a.m.

Although Francisco Galdamez is from the Pacific-bordering El Sal- vador, he has a love for the culinary delights of the Caribbean.

a la carte

posted: 06/24/2012 6 a.m.

Springdale Smokers ready to cater Y BBQ & Catering may not be as recognizable locally as some of its rivals, but the Springdale crew is certainly well known nationally for its competitive success.

Local wins trip to Nashville in recipe contest

posted: 06/24/2012 6 a.m.

Fayetteville resident Jamie Bur- ris submitted a family recipe for a Northern European dish that blends potatoes, bacon, onions and eggs to make a simple and satisfy- ing casserole.

Comfort foods from eastern europe

posted: 06/24/2012 6 a.m.

These savory recipes pair well with the baked potato casserole known as kugelis.

helpful time-tested tips for the kitchen

posted: 06/24/2012 6 a.m.

1. For cleaning smelly hands after chopping onions or garlic, just rub them on a stainless steel spoon. The steel is believed to ab- sorb the odor.

Jet downing riles up Turkey

posted: 06/24/2012 5:55 a.m.

Turkey’s president said Saturday that his country would do “whatever is necessary” in response to the downing of a Turkish military jet by Syria, adding a new complication to the tense relationship between the former allies split by Turkey’s support for Syrian rebels trying to overthrow the government.

In the end, cases shake health-law confidence

posted: 06/24/2012 5:55 a.m.

With the Supreme Court set to render judgment on President Barack Obama’s health-care law as early as Monday, the White House and Congress find themselves in a position that many advocates of the legislation once considered almost unimaginable.

U.S. has eye on Southeast Asia

posted: 06/24/2012 5:52 a.m.

As the Obama administration revamps its Asian strategy in response to a rising China, the U.S. military is looking at a return to some familiar bases from its last conflict in Southeast Asia — the Vietnam War.

N. Korean kids learn early to hate U.S.

posted: 06/24/2012 5:51 a.m.

A framed poster on the wall of a kindergarten classroom shows bright-eyed children brandishing rifles and bayonets as they attack a hapless American soldier, his face bandaged and blood spurting from his mouth.

IRS Says College Has History With Penalties

posted: 06/24/2012 5:50 a.m.

BENTONVILLE — The Internal Revenue Service claims NorthWest Arkansas Community College has a history of late penalties when it denied an appeal from the college from late last year

Monte Ne Structures Remain In Limbo

posted: 06/24/2012 5:50 a.m.

ROGERS — The future of the tower at the former Monte Ne resort on Beaver Lake remains undecided.

Highlands Group To Host Golf Tournament

posted: 06/24/2012 5:50 a.m.

BELLA VISTA — Space remains available in the Friends of the Highlands annual Fourth of July Golf Tournament.

Millage Election Is Tuesday

posted: 06/24/2012 5:49 a.m.

BENTONVILLE — Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to decide a millage increase question that would, if approved, lead to a second high school in the Bentonville School District.


posted: 06/24/2012 5:49 a.m.

Residents in the Bentonville School District will vote Tuesday on a proposed millage increase. Voting locations are:

County goes after unlicensed dogs

posted: 06/24/2012 5:49 a.m.

With 18 full-time enforcers, a Michigan county is going door-to-door to find dogs that don’t have a license, an effort that could raise more than $250,000 in fees this summer.

Russian fears recession

posted: 06/24/2012 5:47 a.m.

President Vladimir Putin was all swagger last week at an annual economic forum, effectively wagging a finger at Europe over its fiscal problems and keeping the chief executives of some of the world’s most powerful oil companies waiting for hours in a hallway until he finally met with them.

Vote results today, Egypt vows

posted: 06/24/2012 5:45 a.m.

Egypt will release results from disputed presidential elections today, the country’s top elections commission official said — an announcement that will put an end to the country’s nervewracking uncertainty about who is the official winner, but promises no end to the power struggles among Islamists, the military and other factions.

In court, still more missteps revealed

posted: 06/24/2012 5:45 a.m.

Mix-ups, miscommunication and errors continued to surface in the Phillips County judicial system last week as authorities worked to clear up a docket of yearsold cases left languishing in circuit court because of unserved fugitive warrants.

Paraguay leader stresses normalcy

posted: 06/24/2012 5:44 a.m.

Paraguay’s newly sworn-in president set about forming a new government Saturday as he promised to honor foreign commitments, respect private property and reach out to Latin American leaders to minimize diplomatic fallout and keep his country from becoming a regional pariah.

Retailers raking in big prizes in lottery

posted: 06/24/2012 5:44 a.m.

The owner of a tobacco shop that sells lottery tickets has won more than 350 prizes, including 25 flat-panel TV sets, through the Arkansas lottery’s Points for Prizes program in 2 1/2 years.

Incentives reel in businesses, but state gains hard to gauge

posted: 06/24/2012 5:42 a.m.

A company’s announcement that it plans to open a factory or office in the state is often met with great fanfare.

Season ends in letdown

posted: 06/24/2012 5:41 a.m.

Arkansas’ players didn’t react much Friday night after Jake Wise swung at strike three from Matt Price to end the Razorbacks’ baseball season one victory short of the College World Series championship series.

Endangered rhino born in Indonesia

posted: 06/24/2012 5:39 a.m.

A highly endangered Sumatran rhinoceros gave birth to a calf Saturday in western Indonesia, a forestry official said. It is only the fifth known birth in captivity for the species in 123 years.

Rebel groups disjointed, but all hate Assad

posted: 06/24/2012 5:36 a.m.

EDITOR’S NOTE — Arabicspeaking journalist Ben Hubbard was part of a three-member Associated Press team that spent two weeks with rebels in northern Syria, gathering firsthand information on the increasingly bloody rebellion against President Bashar Assad — the longest and deadliest uprising of the Arab Spring.

Shuffle at LR schools irks some

posted: 06/24/2012 5:34 a.m.

The Little Rock School Board’s June 14 approval of principal transfers among the system’s elementary schools left some parents and other community members unhappy with the changes.

In the news

posted: 06/24/2012 5:34 a.m.

Greg Burke, 52, the Fox News correspondent in Rome and a member of the conservative Opus Dei movement, will leave the network to become the senior communications adviser in the Vatican’s secretariat of state, officials said.

Names and faces

posted: 06/24/2012 5:33 a.m.

Ben Affleck is managing to live a relatively private life in a Hollywood fishbowl. He’s no longer tailed daily by the paparazzi, as he was when he dated Jennifer Lopez from 2002-04. It was a time when entertainment coverage was starting to explode and the couple were on the cover of every magazine and tabloid, and the top story on TV entertainment shows. “I definitely was in a tabloid cross hair,” he said in a recent interview.

TV news shows

posted: 06/24/2012 5:33 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Xavier Becerra, D-Calif. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock. NBC’s Meet the Press — Issa; Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; former Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M. 9 a.m., KARK-TV, Channel 4, Little Rock. CBS’ Face the Nation — Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas ; former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn.; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ;

Getting it straight

posted: 06/24/2012 5:31 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 06/24/2012 5:30 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I don’t carry around a backpack [filled] with American flags and run around the world planting them.” Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, explaining that U.S. officials are looking for permission to operate from old installations in Asia as guests, mostly on a temporary basis Article, this page

The world in brief

posted: 06/24/2012 5:30 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It is not possible to cover over a thing like this.Whatever is necessary will no doubt be done.” Turkish President Abdullah Gul, in response to the downing of a Turkish military jet by Syria Article 1A

HOG FUTURES: RB brings toughness to UA

posted: 06/24/2012 5:28 a.m.

The fourth in a series featuring newcomers to the Arkansas football team.

Group Could Address ‘Town, Gown’ Issues

posted: 06/24/2012 5:28 a.m.

Neighbors’ complaints about rowdy renters. Students’ concerns about shady landlords. Drivers who fight traffic to and from campus.


posted: 06/24/2012 5:28 a.m.

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

Other days

posted: 06/24/2012 5:28 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 24, 1912 MEMPHIS — There is a prospect that Memphians may get to see the battleship Arkansas this summer. The people of Helena have asked the Navy Department to send the dreadnought there some time in July so that the people of Arkansas can present her with a silver service.

Planners: Minorities Struggle

posted: 06/24/2012 5:25 a.m.

Members of the Planning Commission said they aren’t sure if minorities who appear in front of them understand why their applications are being turned down.

Hope floats

posted: 06/24/2012 5:24 a.m.

Yem Prades knew he might never see his family again if he climbed aboard the boat that would take him out of Cuba, but he didn’t have much of a choice.

Oil-drilling rig getting prepared for job in Arctic

posted: 06/24/2012 5:23 a.m.

During the past year, some 400 workers at a shipyard on Seattle’s Harbor Island have been installing new diesel engines, welding bulkheads, painting and tackling other tasks to prepare the Kulluk, a Shell Oil rig, for drilling holes this summer in the sea bottom off Alaska’s North Slope.

Driving Drugged

posted: 06/24/2012 5:22 a.m.

A growing number of drivers with slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and bad reaction times haven’t downed a single drink, according to Northwest Arkansas police.

Better-quality burgers drawing in the crowds

posted: 06/24/2012 5:22 a.m.

While the humble burger reigns as an iconic American food, a growing number of foodies are searching for something a little more special: Sandwiches made with fresh Angus beef, a better-quality roll and toppings such as aged cheddar or homemade pickles.

LIKE IT IS: Give ump an ‘E’ for fluctuating strike zone

posted: 06/24/2012 5:21 a.m.

When ESPN replayed the pitch using its K-Zone, which highlights the strike zone area, Perry Costello’s name was written down.

Most sanctioned state banks stabilizing

posted: 06/24/2012 5:20 a.m.

Arkansas’ most-troubled banks are doing a better job of addressing their problems than in recent years, a banking consultant says.

Lexus has eye on sales top spot

posted: 06/24/2012 5:20 a.m.

U.S. consumers are getting better deals on luxury cars and sport utility vehicles this year as the top brands clear out old models and race to be No. 1 in sales.


posted: 06/24/2012 5:20 a.m.

Local arrests and police records.

THAT’S BUSINESS: Typewriter or Internet, things have come full circle and news is still news

posted: 06/24/2012 5:19 a.m.

It’s been nearly three years since Leroy Donald passed away.

Public Meetings

posted: 06/24/2012 5:18 a.m.

Upcoming public meetings.

COMMENTARY: Silence speaks volumes about Heat

posted: 06/24/2012 5:18 a.m.

The national chorus accompanying the Miami Heat’s championship is perfect.

Burgundy’s reputation threatened by fraud

posted: 06/24/2012 5:18 a.m.

Accusations of wine fraud, which have been swirling around the international trade in rare vintages, have now struck home at the source of some of the world’s most prized bottles, the cellars of Burgundy.

Prices in Mexico top inflation target

posted: 06/24/2012 5:18 a.m.

Mexico’s consumer prices rose more than expected in early June, pushing annual inflation above the central bank’s target range even as signs of slower U.S. growth threaten to dampen demand for exports.

INTERLEAGUE: Rookie Keuchel pitches complete game

posted: 06/24/2012 5:15 a.m.

On Thursday, the parents of Houston rookie starter Dallas Keuchel (Arkansas Razorbacks ) surprised him with news that they had found last-minute bargain airline tickets from Tulsa to see his next start.


posted: 06/24/2012 5:08 a.m.

Patricia Ann Edwards, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Edwards of Little Rock, and Andy Thomas Phonsavatdy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daovong Phonsavatdy of Mabelvale; Aug. 4.


posted: 06/24/2012 5:07 a.m.

Julienne and Richard Hall will celebrate their 71st wedding anniversary. The couple were married June 28, 1941. She is the former Julienne Dow. He is a civil engineer with Hall Surveying and Engineering. They are the parents of Jeanne Milazzo of Dallas and Rick Hall and Sue Ellen Hall, both of Texarkana. The couple have five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Player from New Jersey likes Razorbacks’ style

posted: 06/24/2012 5:05 a.m.

Power forward Isaiah Watkins has an impressive list of schools trying to secure his basketball services and has approximately 40 scholarship offers, including one from Arkansas. Watkins, 6- 7, 220 pounds, of St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J., said he is attracted to Arkansas because of the Hogs’ style of play, which he believes fits his talents. “I know they’re a run-andgun offense and up-tempo,” Watkins said.

Sandusky’s lawyers raise appeal issue

posted: 06/24/2012 5:04 a.m.

Jerry Sandusky’s lawyers said Saturday they tried to quit the night before his child sex abuse trial because they weren’t given enough time to prepare, raising an argument on the trial’s speed that could become the thrust of an appeal.

Monk enjoying hoops overseas

posted: 06/24/2012 5 a.m.

Marcus Monk was teaching football and German at the same time.

Golf Etiquette Seems Unsportsmanlike

posted: 06/24/2012 4:58 a.m.

Golf is considered a gentleman’s game with gentleman rules. It’s obviously also a sport for ladies, and with that comes certain rules of etiquette.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP TOYOTA/SAVE MART 350: Setup brings out road rage

posted: 06/24/2012 4:57 a.m.

It used to be that short tracks were the guaranteed place for bumping, banging and blown tempers. It’s now shifted to road courses, specifically Sonoma, where more than a few drivers will likely be raging mad by the end of today’s race.


posted: 06/24/2012 4:51 a.m.

Frazier-Williams Shannon Bay Williams and J. Brendan Frazier were united in marriage Saturday at Vine Street Christian Church in Nashville, Tenn. The Rev. Doyle Frazier officiated.

Park goes ahead by two

posted: 06/24/2012 4:48 a.m.

South Korea’s Inbee Park shot a 5-under-par 66 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.

Lavy giving it another try

posted: 06/24/2012 4:46 a.m.

University of Arkansas golfer Emma Lavy is taking another shot at playing with the professionals.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/24/2012 4:45 a.m.

Cena pins 300 wishes for charity John Cena’s signature phrase is “You can’t see me.” But when it comes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the pro wrestling superstar makes sure he’s seen.

Off the wire

posted: 06/24/2012 4:44 a.m.

TENNIS Roddick, Paszek earn titles Andy Roddick’s confidence was boosted by winning the Eastbourne Championships on the eve of Wimbledon when he beat defending champion Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-2 in the final at Eastbourne, England on Saturday. Tamira Paszek of Austria fought off five match points to defeat fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 in the women’s final. Roddick entered the event as a wild card after losing his opening match at Queen’s Club last week, a defeat that stretched his losing streak to six matches dating to mid-March.


posted: 06/24/2012 4:42 a.m.

House subcommittee cuts NAWCA funding WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee on Thursday approved a bill that appropriates $22.3 million for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA ), more than $13 million less than last fiscal year. “While we understand the spending constraints the House Appropriations Committee is operating under, we are disappointed with the spending level recommended for the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund in the subcommittee’s bill,” said Dale Hall, chief executive officer for Ducks Unlimited.


posted: 06/24/2012 4:37 a.m.

Yani Tseng knows she must be on her game when she begins playing a golf course that’s undeniably on Stacy Lewis’ home turf.

Bentonville Holds On For Win

posted: 06/24/2012 4:36 a.m.

Bentonville Nunnally Chevrolet scored 10 runs for the second straight game, but this time it needed every one of them.

LET’S TALK: Tattered, torn, it’s still cash, not trash

posted: 06/24/2012 4:35 a.m.

We all get them at one time or another: a legal-tender note that’s so beaten up we wonder if we’ll be able to get rid of the thing. Not only is it so crumpled that no self-respecting vending machine would take it, but it has been taped together after some ungodly amputation befell it. We hope we can find some individual or merchant to accept it. We’ve already got the argument ready: “Look, it’s not as if it’s a counterfeit bill. It’s a real bill with issues.” Luckily, I’ve never been given a dollar bill I couldn’t eventually pass. So I’d never given any thought to what I’d do if that were ever the case... nor had I given real thought to the eventual fate of money once, in general, it gets too outrageously raggedy to use.

CRITICAL MASS: Ford’s latest is lean but rich

posted: 06/24/2012 4:35 a.m.

Someone once said, “so many books, so little time.” They were right. So let’s get moving.

7 studios’ work included with tattoo-photo exhibit

posted: 06/24/2012 4:34 a.m.

How do you entice tattoo aficionados — lovers of art, to be sure, but not necessarily museumgoers — to turn out for a photography show?

War exposed

posted: 06/24/2012 4:31 a.m.

On a fall day in 1893, an itinerant photographer began rooting through a huge collection of dust-covered glass negatives that had been stashed under the stairs of an old house on Pennsylvania Avenue.

THE TV COLUMN: New Sorkin HBO series looks to be newsworthy

posted: 06/24/2012 4:30 a.m.

Nothing gets the TV buzz going like a new project from writer/producer Aaron Sorkin.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Why call the wrecking ball?

posted: 06/24/2012 4:30 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I have a bit of an open-ended question. When I’m unhappy, I tend to want to change everything — job, relationships, etc. — at once. It’s hard for me to decipher where I’m unhappy and what the best ways are to change things, rather than blow up my whole life. Are there ways to start to unpack all of this?

TV ON DVD: Short-lived 1987-’88 series gleeful for kids of the era

posted: 06/24/2012 4:29 a.m.

What is it? Rags to Riches, the complete series, 20 episodes on five discs from Image Entertainment.


posted: 06/24/2012 4:28 a.m.

Happy birthday. You learned right from wrong years ago, but your ability to live right has new and exciting repercussions this year. A personal improvement you make in July ripples through your life and out into the world.

MUSIC: Headliner, opener deliver similar shots of roots rock

posted: 06/24/2012 4:28 a.m.

It’ll be outlaw roots rock from both barrels as Bloodshot label mates Scott H. Biram and Lydia Loveless bring their gritty songs, honest voices and rowdy ways to Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack in Little Rock’s River Market District at 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Murry’s is going Barefoot; Floridians play bluegrass

posted: 06/24/2012 4:28 a.m.

Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, 6323 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock, kicks off its theatrical shoes and goes Barefoot in the Park, Tuesday-July 22.

10 tours to satisfy curiosity

posted: 06/24/2012 4:27 a.m.

Who says America doesn’t make stuff anymore? With cars and coffee, hot sauce and jumbo jets, we’ve got 10 great places to see how the proverbial sausage is made.

Road trips are only as nice as the car’s comfort

posted: 06/24/2012 4:27 a.m.

It’s an American rite of passage: The family road trip.

A most stately mansion

posted: 06/24/2012 4:26 a.m.

Bill Cecil and his son were out hunting wild turkey in the rain in 2010 when he got a call that the president would be at the family homestead in a half-hour.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Time traveling on Rome’s old Appian Way

posted: 06/24/2012 4:26 a.m.

The Appian Way — Rome’s gateway to the East — was Europe’s first super highway and the wonder of its day. Built in 312 B.C., it connected Rome with Capua (near Naples), running in a straight line for much of the way. Eventually it stretched 400 miles to Brindisi, from where Roman ships sailed to Greece and Egypt.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: ‘Feecation’ service cuts some trip fees but not the biggies

posted: 06/24/2012 4:25 a.m.

Feecation ( has mounted the latest online enticement to travelers: “Take a vacation from your fees” says the logo. Actually, what you get is more like a few hours off than a vacation, but the concept will interest many of you.

SPIN CYCLE: An unanticipated TV detox period: She will survive!

posted: 06/24/2012 4:24 a.m.

I’ve given up television. Yes, me, the junk programming junkie and bottom-feeder fodder fiend, am done with my addiction.

Women know

posted: 06/24/2012 4:20 a.m.

I’ve never been much of a believer in historical theories about the Indispensable Man. There may be some examples—Washington, Lincoln, Moses. . . but they are few. But the indispensable woman, I believe in.

Patriotism with a Chinese character

posted: 06/24/2012 4:20 a.m.

Rapeseed plants in Sichuan Province flowered a month late in 2008. People did not think much of it. In those days, people still believed experts, and the experts said the delayed flowering season was normal. They also said the thousands of frogs suddenly jumping onto streets was normal.

Small wins count, too

posted: 06/24/2012 4:17 a.m.

IT DOESN’T TAKE long to get bored hearing the barkers at the Arkansas Lottery yell hurry, hurry, step right up. After listening to them trying to sell their latest ideas for taking the suckers, and watching them slap the poster behind them with a pointer again and again—this will cure what ails ya!—most of us just walk away to the next set of clowns. Even better, to somebody selling something that we need. How about a new set of tires instead? Or a bag full of groceries. You know, something worth the money, something you can use.

COLUMNISTS: A giant-killer’s start

posted: 06/24/2012 4:16 a.m.

I recently attended a commemoration of the 100th birthday of the late Sid McMath, the post-World War II governor who dragged Arkansas into the 20th Century. As I waited for the program to begin, my mind wandered back to 1967 when I was a freshman at Henderson State and the former governor was the guest of honor at an ROTC event. Attired in his Marine Corps dress uniform, McMath made a striking impression.

OTHERS SAY: An Egyptian power grab

posted: 06/24/2012 4:15 a.m.

What should have been a watershed moment in Egypt has instead turned into a sour reminder of how difficult it will be to overcome an authoritarian past. Before voting was completed, the nation’s generals staged what amounted to a military coup by announcing that they, not the new president, would control the prime minister, parliament, the national budget and matters of war and peace—all without civilian oversight or accountability.

Get food stamps in shape

posted: 06/24/2012 4:15 a.m.

The food-stamp program needs to go on a healthy diet. The government currently provides massive subsidies to companies that produce unhealthy foods, and then provides incentives for food-stamp recipients to put these same unhealthy foods in their grocery carts.

Our mixed-up state

posted: 06/24/2012 4:14 a.m.

Some of us were pondering the other day whether Arkansas was devolving politically more into Alabama, as I have lamented, or Oklahoma, as I also have lamented.

The Anger Room in Dallas lets customers vent

posted: 06/24/2012 4:13 a.m.

If ever there were a recessionproof business, the Anger Room is it.


posted: 06/24/2012 4:13 a.m.

Thanks for hard work Has anyone noticed the new look of Allsopp Park beginning at the corner of Cantrell and Allsopp Park roads? It is clean, beautiful and inviting.

The rise of the different

posted: 06/24/2012 4:13 a.m.

Despite what you might have heard, the “rise of the rest” is not a new development. Nor was it unplanned.

Piranha bites off toddler’s fingertip

posted: 06/24/2012 4:11 a.m.

Chicago-area parents thought their pit bull was to blame when they heard their 18-month-old daughter crying and discovered one of her fingertips had been severed.

Gold earring whets archaeologists’ hopes

posted: 06/24/2012 4:10 a.m.

Archaeologists who found a 3,000-year-old gold ibex earring in the remains of the ancient Canaanite city identified with Armageddon expect that further discoveries will broaden historical insight about the site.

Sudan police told to quell protests

posted: 06/24/2012 4:09 a.m.

Sudan’s top police chief ordered his forces Saturday to quell “firmly and immediately” anti-government demonstrations that have entered their seventh day, while opposition groups reported a security crackdown on their leading members.

4 climate activists scale palace gate

posted: 06/24/2012 4:09 a.m.

Four climatechange activists scaled gates at Queen Elizabeth II’s Buckingham Palace home Saturday and locked themselves to railings in a protest demanding more urgent action to cut greenhouse-gas emissions.

Abortion center tries to stay open

posted: 06/24/2012 4:07 a.m.

It was only recently that Dr. Willie Parker began flying down from Washington, heading to work at a vaultlike building that sits unassumingly on a busy thoroughfare.

Files detail Bain’s operations under Romney’s watch

posted: 06/24/2012 4:06 a.m.

Cambridge Industries, an automotive-plastics supplier whose losses had been building for three consecutive years, finally filed for bankruptcy in May 2000 under a mountain of debt that had ballooned to more than $300 million.

Greeks aim to revise deal

posted: 06/24/2012 4:02 a.m.

Greece’s new coalition government said Saturday that it will seek to repeal some taxes, halt layoffs and extend by two years the deadlines for tough austerity measures imposed under its international bailout agreement.

No ruling on Assange asylum

posted: 06/24/2012 4 a.m.

Ecuador’s Embassy in London said Saturday that Ambassador Anna Alban was traveling to her country’s capital to brief President Rafael Correa on the request for political asylum made by WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange.

Honduras raid video said to clear agents

posted: 06/24/2012 4 a.m.

Aerial surveillance video of a fatal shootout during a counternarcotics mission in Honduras last month shows a long, dugout-style boat ramming a smaller canoe carrying Honduran and U.S. agents — and a seized cocaine shipment — followed by a brief but furious round of gunfire.

Hamas threatening more attacks on Israel

posted: 06/24/2012 3:59 a.m.

Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers threatened to escalate fighting with Israel on Saturday after airstrikes killed several gunmen in the coastal territory, and Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel wounded one person and damaged an elementary school in the country’s south.

Study links chatter on Internet to pull of movie box office

posted: 06/24/2012 3:58 a.m.

Why did The Avengers blow the roof off the box office, while Battleship sank to the bottom of the sea? Blame Internet chatter. The number of times a film is mentioned in blog posts and social media strongly reflects how much money it is pulling in at the box office, according to a new model developed by Japanese physicists.

Politico suspends reporter

posted: 06/24/2012 3:57 a.m.

Politico, the website devoted to covering all facets of the political news cycle, said late Thursday that it had suspended one of its White House reporters for making numerous disparaging and vulgar comments about Mitt Romney.

Special kids get special fostering

posted: 06/24/2012 3:56 a.m.

As a child, Cametras Mays remembers needing someone to listen to her and wanting to know that her father loved her.

UA: Wider access has merit

posted: 06/24/2012 3:55 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville did something in 2007 that’s becoming uncommon in public higher education.

Panel to review higher ed filings; 13 seek post to fill director’s slot

posted: 06/24/2012 3:54 a.m.

Nearly a year after it started looking for a new director for the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, a state board hopes to have a candidate selected for the job by the fall, its chairman said Friday.

State’s GOP decides on 21 delegates for convention

posted: 06/24/2012 3:53 a.m.

The Republican Party of Arkansas elected 21 at large delegates Saturday to attend the 2012 Republican National Convention, all but one of whom had been recommended as delegates or alternates by the campaign of presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney. On the list are the state’s three Republican congressmen — Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack — plus U.S. Sen. John Boozman, and a mix of grassroots party activists and local elected officials.

Judge weighs litter suit still

posted: 06/24/2012 3:52 a.m.

It was one of the most high-profile civil cases in decades in Arkansas or Oklahoma federal courts.

‘Twainiac’ addresses UA literacy event

posted: 06/24/2012 3:51 a.m.

Cindy Lovell was introduced to Mark Twain’s writing in the fourth grade.

14 balloonists take to the skies

posted: 06/24/2012 3:49 a.m.

At 6:30 a.m. Saturday, 14 colorful hot air balloons took flight over Maumelle.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 06/24/2012 3:49 a.m.

Today in Northwest Arkansas.

MUSIC REVIEW: Magic Flute a sweet tune in Ozarks

posted: 06/24/2012 3:46 a.m.

There was plenty of magic, along with some darn fine singing, in Friday’s opening night performance at Opera in the Ozarks, 5 miles of twisty serpentine curves on U.S. 62 west of Eureka Springs.


posted: 06/24/2012 3:43 a.m.

Divorces filed and granted in Benton and Washington Counties.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Arizona out to crash ‘Ray Tanner Invitational’

posted: 06/24/2012 3:39 a.m.

Arizona came to the College World Series as one of the hottest teams in the nation and swept three games to reach the championship round.

This date In baseball

posted: 06/24/2012 3:38 a.m.

Today in baseball history.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Pena helps Travelers limit Naturals to one hit

posted: 06/24/2012 3:37 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals proved they could win with two hits Friday, but their one hit Saturday was not enough against the Arkansas Travelers.


posted: 06/24/2012 3:37 a.m.

Arkansans in the Minor Leagues.

INTERLEAGUE: Resurgent offense lifts Cardinals

posted: 06/24/2012 3:36 a.m.

St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny is under no illusions that his team will always be able to put up the kind of offense it has the first two games of its three-game series against Kansas City.

Three men have major Wimbledon advantage

posted: 06/24/2012 3:35 a.m.

As Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer step back on the grass at Wimbledon, each has reason to believe he’ll be hoisting the trophy in two weeks.

U.S. OLYMPIC TRACK AND FIELD TRIALS: Eaton sets world mark

posted: 06/24/2012 3:34 a.m.

Meter by meter, Ashton Eaton kept swallowing up real estate on a track that has always felt like home.

Arguelles making difficult transition

posted: 06/24/2012 3:32 a.m.

For Noel Arguelles, life as a Cuban defector in the United States has been mostly about living up to expectations.

Wimbledon glance

posted: 06/24/2012 3:31 a.m.

A look at Wimbledon.

Gay ‘feeling fast’ again

posted: 06/24/2012 3:30 a.m.

Nearly a year ago, Tyson Gay was undergoing surgery on his right hip, wondering if there was any way he would be ready for the London Olympics.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Blind traditions remain at center of dispute

posted: 06/24/2012 3:26 a.m.

Historically, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said it allowed private duck blinds on three wildlife management areas in northeast Arkansas because they were “different.” Now the AGFC seems intent on making them not so different.


posted: 06/24/2012 3:26 a.m.

Regional sports calendar.

Brazilian displays road skills

posted: 06/24/2012 3:25 a.m.

Nelson Piquet Jr. held the lead on a late restart, then pulled away from the rest of the field Saturday to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America. The Brazilian, a former Formula One driver and the son of a three-time F1 champion, became a winner in his third career Nationwide start after starting the race from pole position. Piquet’s extensive road racing experience paid off at the 4-mile, 14-turn road course that winds through the hills of central Wisconsin.

Fan of the forsaken

posted: 06/24/2012 3:23 a.m.

While the Remington 105 CTi is probably the most maligned shotgun ever made, it does have at least one fan.

Davis,Thatcher go low, have eye on first victory

posted: 06/24/2012 3:22 a.m.

Englishman Brian Davis shot a 6-under-par 64, and Roland Thatcher had a 65 on Saturday to share the third-round lead in the Travelers Championship at 12 under.

Melanie Marie Hurley: Protecting the piggies

posted: 06/24/2012 3:19 a.m.

Melanie Hurley’s pingpong table is stained.

SPOTLIGHT RED, WHITE AND BABY BLUE: Benefit waves banner for the littlest patients

posted: 06/24/2012 3:19 a.m.

By now, it’s not just friends and family who are supporting the Jackson L. Graves Foundation.

Asia-Pacific millionaires rise on wealth chart

posted: 06/24/2012 3:16 a.m.

Asia-Pacific millionaires outnumbered those in North America for the first time last year as the world’s wealthy saw a decline in their fortunes, according to a report by Capgemini SA and RBC Wealth Management.

Frito-Lay targets top, bottom of market

posted: 06/24/2012 3:15 a.m.

Frito-Lay has long dominated the snack-food business by relentlessly focusing on the middle swath of America that eats chips, pretzels and party mix without apparent regard to the effect on the waistline.

Annie’s Homegrown aims to grow organic into profit

posted: 06/24/2012 3:15 a.m.

The night in March before Berkeley, Calif.-based Annie’s Homegrown began trading its stock for the first time, Chief Executive Officer John Foraker saw something that told him the natural foods company he heads had really arrived.


posted: 06/24/2012 3:14 a.m.

U.S. Patents Issued to Arkansans

Television shipments decline 8% globally, sharpest in 3 years

posted: 06/24/2012 3:13 a.m.

Worldwide television shipments fell nearly 8 percent year over year in the first quarter, marking the steepest rate of decline since the second quarter of 2009.


posted: 06/24/2012 3:13 a.m.

The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission last week issued 17 drilling permits, 19 well completions and 7 well recompilations.

Still feeling the losses

posted: 06/24/2012 3:12 a.m.

It’s winding up costing former Hogs coach Bobby Petrino even more than his average annual $3.6 million salary (and additional lagniappe lost) when he was canned nearly a dozen weeks back.


posted: 06/24/2012 2:50 a.m.

Dr. Shawn Brown is joining FirstCare Springdale clinic and will start seeing patients Aug. 13. He received his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, Mo., and completed his internship and residency in family medicine at UAMS AHEC-NW.


posted: 06/24/2012 2:50 a.m.

Monday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. — MS Excel 2010 Boot Camp, Shewmaker Center for Workforce Technologies, NorthWest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville. Continues daily through Friday. Must have recent experience using computers. Cost is free for residents of Benton, Madison and Washington counties. Register: nwacc. edu/corporatelearning or 479-936-5175.


posted: 06/24/2012 2:50 a.m.

Arvest A Top Agriculture Lender Arvest Bank ranks as the 25th leading bank lender to U.S. agriculture, according to the American Bankers Association’s list of the top 100 farm lenders. The bank made about $415 million in agricultural loans last year. Farm lending is about 5.6 percent of the bank’s loan portfolio.

Helping Pets In Pain

posted: 06/24/2012 2:50 a.m.

AFarmington veterinarian is the first in Northwest Arkansas using stem cell therapy to ease aches and pains in dogs and horses as an alternative to surgery or long-term medication regimens.

Banks Focus On Service

posted: 06/24/2012 2:50 a.m.

Increasing bank fees upset customers, but overall satisfaction with the industry is on the rise.

Barn Dance Raises $150,000

posted: 06/24/2012 2:38 a.m.

Horses for Healing’s annual barn dance June 9 reined in about $150,000 and celebrated the organization’s 20th anniversary.


posted: 06/24/2012 2:38 a.m.

Amateur Radio The Amateur Radio Klub of Arkansas Northwest will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Arkansas Air Museum at Drake Field in Fayetteville.

THE OTHER WAY: Starting With A Blank Slate

posted: 06/24/2012 2:38 a.m.

I guess I thought it would be like breaking up.


posted: 06/24/2012 2:38 a.m.

Today Herbal Salve Workshop — With instructor Jenny Dietzel, 1-4 p.m., Ozark Folkways in Winslow. $25. 634-3791.


posted: 06/24/2012 2:38 a.m.

Free Summer Meals Offered More than 45,000 children in Northwest Arkansas rely on free or reduced-price school meals for nine months out of the year. That makes these children highly vulnerable to food insecurity — not getting enough to eat — during the summer months when school is not in session.

Museum To Show ‘Pioneer Garden’

posted: 06/24/2012 2:38 a.m.

The Shiloh Museum’s Summer Saturday program, “A Pioneer Garden,” will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the museum. The family friendly event is open to everyone.


posted: 06/24/2012 2:38 a.m.

Lovells Travel To Talk History Steve and Lata Lovell, owners of the Queen Anne Mansion in Eureka Springs, will present “Preservation and Use of Historic Sites Through Innovative Business Models” at the Nov. 1 meeting of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual conference. The meeting will be held Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in Spokane, Wash. The conference’s theme is “Beyond Boundaries.” The Lovells’ session will provide insight and ideas to participants based on the conversion of the mansion into a private residence club.


posted: 06/24/2012 2:38 a.m.

Water Center Greets Guests Beaver Water District will host an open house for its Water Education Center from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at 301 N. Primrose Road in Lowell. Individual and group tours will be offered, hot dogs and chips will be served, and a short program will take place at 12:30 p.m.


posted: 06/24/2012 2:38 a.m.

Wigs Provide Boost for Patients Women dealing with cancer often feel like they are out of control in many aspects of their lives. “Not only do they have this cancer going on in their body, but then their hair starts falling out. It’s one more thing they don’t have any control over,” said Susan Neyman, manager of the Washington Regional Cancer Support Home. “Your hairstyle is a big piece of your identity, so being able to select a wig often gives them a sense of, ‘OK, I can go on with this,’ because it gives them some sense of control.” The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G will team up with Pantene Beautiful Lengths once more to host a cutting event Wednesday to collect hair to be made into wigs for women with cancer.

ALL OURS, ALL HOURS: Party Goes Southern

posted: 06/24/2012 2:38 a.m.

The third annual Moonflowers and Mojitos fundraiser saw more than 250 guests milling about the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks on June 12.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT What Presidential Candidates Have In Common

posted: 06/24/2012 2:38 a.m.

There’s an old saying about the pointing of one’s finger at another to accuse them. It goes, “As you point the one fi nger at another, there are three pointing back at you.” As I look at what President Barack Obama says about Mitt Romney, I keep thinking about this old saying.

COMMENTARY: Emperor Has No Clothes: Don’t Look

posted: 06/24/2012 2:38 a.m.

What do you do when the emperor has no clothes? You don’t let anybody look, it seems.

COMMENTARY: Survey Provides Peek At Teens’ Activities

posted: 06/24/2012 2:38 a.m.

I was a pretty cautious child — a trait that has carried forward into adulthood.

COMMENTARY: Evidence Of Warming Overwhelming

posted: 06/24/2012 2:38 a.m.

Since about 1990, we’ve seen the opinions of global warming skeptics evolve from “there is no global warming” to “anyway, it’s not caused by humans” to “anyway, it won’t be that bad.” Now word is coming in that it will indeed be “that bad.” Years ago, scientists established a global average temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) as a boundary which, if exceeded, would probably have “dangerous” implications. So far, we’ve seen a rise of 0.8 degrees Celsius.

COMMENTARY: Baptists Elect To Break From Past

posted: 06/24/2012 2:38 a.m.

Two men made the news last week, both of whom said the right thing when it mattered most: one after being in the wrong place at the wrong time, one while being in the right place at the right time.


posted: 06/24/2012 2:38 a.m.

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

Inmate’s Death Cause For Concern

posted: 06/24/2012 2:38 a.m.

Kelley Cradduck, effectively Benton County’s sheriff-elect, is appropriately pondering the way the county jail handles prisoners with mental health issues.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Mountaintop Mining Needs To End

posted: 06/24/2012 2:38 a.m.

Imagine the Ozark or Ouachita Mountains stretching into the horizon. Now imagine those same mountains — where the pristine headwaters of the White, Kings and Buffalo rivers begin — decimated by heavy explosives in order to mine thin seams of coal typically no thicker than 8 inches.

HOW WE SEE IT Greenway Important To Our Area

posted: 06/24/2012 2:38 a.m.

Those who have driven Interstate 540 might be familiar with the so-called “bridge to nowhere” in Rogers.

Area lotteries

posted: 06/24/2012 2 a.m.

Lotto numbers!

Saturday, June 23

Tropical Storm Debby forms in Gulf

posted: 06/23/2012 4:08 p.m.

Tropical Storm Debby has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and forecasters say it will bring rain to the Gulf coast from southern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.

Syria: Shooting Turkish plane down not a hostile act

posted: 06/23/2012 12:25 p.m.

Syria said Saturday that it shot down a Turkish military jet because the aircraft had violated its airspace, but Turkey threatened retaliatory action as it searched for its two missing pilots.

Arkansas GOP to pick delegates to national convention

posted: 06/23/2012 11:02 a.m.

Arkansas Republicans are gathered in North Little Rock to select delegates to the GOP national convention.

Egypt to announce election results Sunday

posted: 06/23/2012 10:25 a.m.

The head of Egypt's election commission says official results from the disputed presidential runoff vote will be released Sunday.

Australia ends search for 90 missing from boat

posted: 06/23/2012 10:08 a.m.

Australia has ended a three-day search for survivors among more than 90 Afghan asylum seekers missing since a fishing boat carrying them capsized between Australia and Indonesia.

Afghanistan flooding kills at least 37

posted: 06/23/2012 10:03 a.m.

Flash floods have swept northern Afghanistan, killing at least 37 people, Afghan and U.N. authorities said Saturday.

Arkansas producers hit by armyworms to receive aid

posted: 06/23/2012 9:36 a.m.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated five Arkansas counties as primary natural disaster areas because of problems caused by armyworms.

Millage Campaign Raises More Than $32,000

posted: 06/23/2012 5:43 a.m.

BENTONVILLE — A campaign advocating for the Bentonville School District millage increase has raised more than $32,000 in contributions.

Bentonville Council Members Receive iPads

posted: 06/23/2012 5:40 a.m.

BENTONVILLE — The days of rifling through half a ream of paper to find an agenda item are a thing of the past for the Bentonville City Council.

Residents Plan To Appeal Quarry Permit

posted: 06/23/2012 5:39 a.m.

The double yellow line dividing traffic on Washington County 91 disappears under a white chalky dust for dozens of feet to the north and south of the Northwest Arkansas Quarries entrance.

Officials Pleased With Bids

posted: 06/23/2012 5:36 a.m.

School District officials were pleasantly surprised this week when they received four bids for the sale of a $9.8 million bond issue to begin the first phase of a new high school.

Teachers Have Say

posted: 06/23/2012 5:34 a.m.

Teachers helped plan the technology purchases headed to Rogers schools this fall.

Alligator Found In Benton County

posted: 06/23/2012 5:32 a.m.

Residents in the Spring Valley Road area near Gravette saw something in the road Thursday night. It was an alligator.

Department Recognized For Military Support

posted: 06/23/2012 5:30 a.m.

The Little Flock Police Department was honored recently with the Seven Seals Award from the Arkansas Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, an agency of the Department of Defense.

Schools Choose To Skip

posted: 06/23/2012 5:19 a.m.

Most summer school classes wrapped up this week, but many never began in the first place.


posted: 06/23/2012 5:15 a.m.

Local arrests and police records.

Public Meetings

posted: 06/23/2012 5:14 a.m.

Upcoming public meetings.

Fayetteville Run-Rules Texarkana

posted: 06/23/2012 4:50 a.m.

Fayetteville Lindsey and Associates American Legion baseball coach Ashley Patrick wasn’t pleased with his team’s intensity in Tuesday’s Zone 1 loss to Bentonville.

Rogers Struggles Against Texarkana

posted: 06/23/2012 4:48 a.m.

Rogers started Friday’s game against Texarkana at the Rogers-Fayetteville Invitational American Legion Baseball Tournament with a bang-bang double play, but things quickly soured for the Optimist Club.

Hill’s Blast Powers Bentonville Past Kerwins

posted: 06/23/2012 4:44 a.m.

Trent Hill thought he might have hit the baseball a little too high when it left his bat Friday afternoon.

Shaw Did It All

posted: 06/23/2012 4:40 a.m.

Bobby Shaw thought selling scrap iron was the ticket to playing organized sports as an eighth grader in the 1950s.

Obama touts aliens policy at conference

posted: 06/23/2012 4:38 a.m.

A week after unveiling a new immigration policy, President Barack Obama made a direct appeal to a large conference of Hispanics on Friday, facing a constituency with the potential to be crucial to his re-election campaign.

Maasai face arrest in killings of lions

posted: 06/23/2012 4:36 a.m.

Maasai warriors who speared to death six lions in the outskirts of Nairobi will be arrested because killing wildlife is a crime in Kenya, an official said Friday.

Filings: Bain firms sent work abroad

posted: 06/23/2012 4:33 a.m.

Mitt Romney’s financial company, Bain Capital, invested in a series of firms that specialized in relocating jobs done by American workers to new facilities in low-wage countries such as China and India.

Student-loan deal close to agreement

posted: 06/23/2012 4:31 a.m.

Congressional bargainers seem near an agreement that would avert a July 1 doubling of interest rates on federal loans to 7.4 million college students and end an election-year battle between President Barack Obama and Congress, Senate aides from both parties said Friday.

U.S. monsignor convicted

posted: 06/23/2012 4:30 a.m.

Monsignor William Lynn, a former cardinal’s aide, was found guilty Friday of endangering children, becoming the first senior official of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States convicted of covering up sexual abuses by priests under his supervision.

Egypt simmers in wait; protesters want winner

posted: 06/23/2012 4:22 a.m.

With tens of thousands of protesters rallying to support him, the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate for president called on the Egyptian authorities Friday to release the results of last weekend’s election as soon as possible and warned against trying to manipulate the “popular will.” The comments by Mohammed Morsi came soon after the ruling military council blamed the fundamentalist Islamic group for fueling tensions in the country by announcing that the Brotherhood’s candidate won hours after the voting ended instead of waiting for an official announcement. Morsi’s rival, Ahmed Shafiq, who was President Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister, contested that claim of victory.

Caregiver classes to be expanded under large grant

posted: 06/23/2012 4:15 a.m.

A $3.5 million Affordable Care Act grant to the Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education will allow the center to expand its homegrown caregiver training in Arkansas and three other states that have adopted it.

W. Memphis victim’s mother files suit

posted: 06/23/2012 4:11 a.m.

The mother of one of the three West Memphis 8-year olds killed in 1993 has filed a lawsuit against the city’s Police Department, asking to see the items in her son’s possession when he died.

Lottery fills auditor post with no fuss

posted: 06/23/2012 4:09 a.m.

The Arkansas Lottery Commission voted without objection Friday to hire a new internal auditor, filling the position left by an auditor who questioned the validity of one of the lottery’s largest contracts.

Judge rules retailer negligent in ’07 case, OKs Wal-Mart suit for trial

posted: 06/23/2012 4:07 a.m.

Wal-Mart has failed to convince a judge to throw out a lawsuit by a Mabelvale man who had been left for dead by robbers in a burning car on a Little Rock store’s parking lot.

Magistrate jails paralyzed man, voids his release for flouting order

posted: 06/23/2012 4:06 a.m.

Although the defendant is paralyzed from the chest down and relies on a wheelchair as well as human assistance several times a day, a federal judge ordered a Benton man to jail Friday for “blatantly flouting” an earlier order that permitted him to remain free, albeit on home detention, until his January trial.

The state/region in brief

posted: 06/23/2012 4:04 a.m.

News from the state and the region, in brief.

Oklahoman, 26, facing 2 murder counts

posted: 06/23/2012 4:02 a.m.

Authorities in Oklahoma have arrested a 26-year-old man on two first-degree murder complaints in the death of a 20-year-old woman who was pregnant.

Pulaski County seeks to save nonfiscal rights for teachers and staff

posted: 06/23/2012 4:02 a.m.

Teacher and support-staff unions in the Pulaski County Special School District are asking the courts to block the state and school district from the wholesale ending of unionnegotiated contracts.

Boone County man held after ‘pot’ plants found

posted: 06/23/2012 4:01 a.m.

Authorities seized more than 100 marijuana plants during a search of a Boone County residence June 15, resulting in the arrest of a man seen the previous day carrying guns in Fayetteville, according to a Boone County sheriff’s office news release.

Justices reject bid to restore ex-lawyer

posted: 06/23/2012 4 a.m.

In a 5-2 decision, the state Supreme Court declined Thursday to reinstate the law license of an attorney who pleaded guilty to a felony over a decade ago.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 06/23/2012 3:58 a.m.

Today in Northwest Arkansas.

Fort Smith man credits success to all-boys Subiaco Academy

posted: 06/23/2012 3:57 a.m.

Fort Smith businessman Leo Anhalt credits his success in life to his unique high school years at an all-boys academy among Benedictine monks.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP TOYOTA/SAVE MART 350: Drivers back Ganassi’s overhaul

posted: 06/23/2012 3:47 a.m.

SOIt’s been a continuous search for consistency at Chip Ganassi Racing, where the NASCAR program has never matched the performance levels of its dominant IndyCar entries.

Patrick counting on road course history

posted: 06/23/2012 3:44 a.m.

For Danica Patrick, the fireresistant shoe might finally be on the other foot.

Earnhardt eyes Sonoma success

posted: 06/23/2012 3:43 a.m.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. knows exactly where he stacks up on road courses.

U.S. TRACK AND FIELD TRIALS: Favorites advance easily at U.S. trials

posted: 06/23/2012 3:42 a.m.

Sanya Richards-Ross stepped over a puddle, ran hard for a few more steps, then jogged to the finish line for an easy victory.

Thunder must learn from loss

posted: 06/23/2012 3:40 a.m.

The Oklahoma City Thunder did not look interested in waiting their turn to become NBA champions.

Judge puts off order blocking pupil transfers

posted: 06/23/2012 3:32 a.m.

Thousands of students can continue to attend schools outside their home school districts under the Arkansas Public School Choice Act of 1989 after a federal judge Friday temporarily suspended a June 8 order that declared the law unconstitutional.

State justices strike 2009 execution law

posted: 06/23/2012 3:31 a.m.

The state Supreme Court on Friday struck down as unconstitutional Arkansas’ lethal-injection law, saying it gave too much discretion to the Arkansas Department of Correction to decide how executions would be carried out and which chemicals would be used.


posted: 06/23/2012 3:23 a.m.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Springdale, 2898 S. 48th St., will host year six of the Very Big Story from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.

Camp Meeting Revival Saves Souls

posted: 06/23/2012 3:23 a.m.

“Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein.” — Jeremiah 6:16 In the days before air conditioning and padded pews, believers met for worship in camp meeting revivals.


posted: 06/23/2012 3:23 a.m.

The music group ELATION will appear in concert at Bella Vista Christian Church at 7 p.m. today. The musical drama of the life of Christ will be brought to life in “Godspell.” The touring group is composed of youth ranging in age from 12 to 18. They are from St. Stephen United Methodist Church in Mesquite, Texas. They have shared “Godspell” with more than 125 congregations in 30 states and Canada through the past 12 years.


posted: 06/23/2012 3:23 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE Eighty years ago, Mexican peasants joined forces in the Cristeros Rebellion, taking up arms against a government that had outlawed their faith.

Song Gives Clue To Character

posted: 06/23/2012 3:23 a.m.

When I was a teenager I had the desire to hitchhike from Little Rock to Baton Rouge, La. It took a bit of persuading for my mother to agree to it. Her sister’s family was the destination. It was safer in the 1940s and besides she sewed me a “secret pocket” to hold my $11.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Fayetteville Block Party A Good Time

posted: 06/23/2012 3:23 a.m.

Hannah Withers and the Block Street Business Association threw another great block party for 8,000 neighbors this year, and it was an amazing event. In many ways it represented the spirit of Fayetteville, combining the sounds of more than 40 musical groups, charity fundraisers, activities for kids of all ages, general merriment, and loads of fun for everyone.

Tractors, Trails And Golf Balls

posted: 06/23/2012 3:23 a.m.

Minstrels will sing of the epic battle of Blossom Way for centuries to come.

Child struck by SUV at funeral home dies

posted: 06/23/2012 3:22 a.m.

A 3-year-old Alabama girl who was struck by a vehicle at a West Memphis funeral home Thursday during the visitation for her greatgrandmother died early Friday, authorities said.

HOW WE SEE IT Kelley’s Work Outstanding

posted: 06/23/2012 3:22 a.m.

Joye Kelley spent 29 years trying to make the Rogers School District all it could be. As her tenure as a member of the district’s Board of Education comes to an end later this year, we can say she accomplished that goal.

The world in brief

posted: 06/23/2012 3:19 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Some of the guests jumped from the window into the hotel yard.They were hiding under trees or any safe place they could find.Three of the guests jumped into the lake and hid in the water.” Mohammad Zahir, criminal-investigation director for Kabul police, on a Taliban attack on a lakeside hotel near the Afghan capital Article, this page

The nation in brief

posted: 06/23/2012 3:18 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This monumental case will change the way business is done in many institutions. People will not shield predators any longer.” Seth Williams, the Philadelphia district attorney, on the conviction of Monsignor William Lynn of covering up child-sexual abuses by priests under his supervision Article, this page

Names and faces

posted: 06/23/2012 3:18 a.m.

Ann Curry showed up again for work at NBC’s Today show Friday as the network maintained its silence on reports that she’s about to be replaced. Curry was in her familiar co-host role with Matt Lauer on Friday, helping introduce musician Kenny Chesney for a performance outside the show’s Rockefeller Center studio.

Mega Millions

posted: 06/23/2012 3:16 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 10-16-19-32-36 Mega Ball: 13 Estimated jackpot: $55 million Megaplier: 03

In the news

posted: 06/23/2012 3:16 a.m.

David Blankenhorn, president of the Institute for American Values who testified in favor of California’s gay-marriage ban during a trial on the measure’s constitutionality, said in an opinion piece in The New York Times that he now thinks “that the time for denigrating or stigmatizing same-sex relationships is over,” adding that years of opposing same-sex unions had done nothing to strengthen the institution of marriage among heterosexuals.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Striking out in Omaha

posted: 06/23/2012 3:10 a.m.

Arkansas’ chance to play for a baseball national championship was denied by the team that has won the past two national titles.

Sandusky found guilty on 45 of 48 counts

posted: 06/23/2012 3:02 a.m.

Jerry Sandusky was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years, accusations that shattered the Happy Valley image of Penn State football and led to the firing of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Tossing it away on walk

posted: 06/23/2012 2:55 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals found a strange way to win another one-run game Friday night at Arvest Ballpark.

Road rockier this time, but Heat rally for title

posted: 06/23/2012 2:53 a.m.

A year ago, with an easier path, the Miami Heat fell short of their championship goal. This time, things seemed much tougher to the Heat — which made the reward that much sweeter.

Defending champ repeating feat

posted: 06/23/2012 2:50 a.m.

Defending champion Fredrik Jacobson is in a familiar spot at the Travelers Championship.

Park seizes lead with eight birdies

posted: 06/23/2012 2:49 a.m.

South Korea’s Inbee Park birdied her final two holes for a 7-under-par 64 and a one-stroke lead Friday in the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.

Other days

posted: 06/23/2012 2:48 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 23, 1912 Secretary George R. Brown of the Board of Trade stated yesterday that he had received a letter from one of the citizens of Little Rock urging that in the interest of a “sane” Fourth of July that the Boy Scouts of Arkansas be invited to Little Rock for a celebration. Mr. Brown referred the communication to the Entertainment Fund Committee.

INTERLEAGUE: Pirates’ Burnett wins seventh consecutive start

posted: 06/23/2012 2:45 a.m.

Brought over from the New York Yankees in the off season to help transform a team with 19 consecutive losing seasons, A.J. Burnett is doing plenty of winning for the Pittsburgh Pirates.


posted: 06/23/2012 2:44 a.m.

CARDINALS Jay, Matt Carpenter activated KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The St. Louis Cardinals are finally starting to get healthy. Outfielder Jon Jay and first baseman Matt Carpenter were activated from the disabled list before Friday night’s game at Kansas City, while right-hander Chris Carpenter threw to batters for the first time since March 18, when he was sidelined because of a nerve condition in his shoulder.

Texas League standings

posted: 06/23/2012 2:43 a.m.

FRIDAY’S GAMES NW Arkansas 1, Arkansas 0 Tulsa 8, Springfield 4 Corpus Christi 13, Frisco 7 San Antonio 8, Midland 3 TODAY’S GAMES All times Central Arkansas at NW Arkansas, 7 p.m. Corpus Christi at Frisco, 7 p.m. San Antonio at Midland, 7 p.m. Springfield at Tulsa, 7:05 p.m.

Kansas City takes fourth hit to staff

posted: 06/23/2012 2:42 a.m.

Felipe Paulino tore a ligament in his right elbow and likely will become the fourth Royals pitcher to have elbow ligament replacement surgery this season, tempering the positive news that catcher Salvador Perez is finally coming off the disabled list.

Today’s game

posted: 06/23/2012 2:41 a.m.

ARKANSAS TRAVELERS AT NW ARKANSAS NATURALS WHEN 7 p.m. Central WHERE Arvest Ballpark, Springdale RADIO KARN-AM, 920, in central Arkansas; KQSM, 92.1-FM, in NW Arkansas

Second thoughts

posted: 06/23/2012 2:40 a.m.

Catcher sued over wild throw A New Jersey woman who was struck in the face by a baseball at a Little League game is suing the young catcher who threw it.

Close that campus

posted: 06/23/2012 2:40 a.m.

BELIEVE IT or not, there are still some schools that allow the kids to walk off campus when lunchtime rolls around. Which might have made perfect sense in a long-ago past before kids’ lunch boxes came into vogue. Or before canning. Or before fire was tamed. But come on, in 2012?

Naked lawlessness

posted: 06/23/2012 2:39 a.m.

“With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations [of immigrants brought here illegally as children] through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed.” —President Barack Obama, March 28, 2011 WASHINGTON—Those laws remain on the books. They have not changed.

Let’s hope it was a joke

posted: 06/23/2012 2:38 a.m.

For those who don’t tweet, or twitter, or twit, or tweeze, or whatever it’s called, you might not have heard the news. We wouldn’t if it hadn’t made news. And being in the news business, we read all about it: Twitter went down Thursday for a few hours.

Off the wire

posted: 06/23/2012 2:38 a.m.

FOOTBALL NFL union wants new probe NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith on Friday called for the NFL to scrap the results of a months-long investigation into the New Orleans Saints’ alleged bounty program.

OTHERS SAY: Is USDA playing chicken?

posted: 06/23/2012 2:38 a.m.

Under a proposed change in federal food-safety rules, up to 175 chicken carcasses a minute would whiz by a single government inspector as he attempted to check them for signs of contamination or other problems. Talk about poultry in motion.

Who was on trial?

posted: 06/23/2012 2:37 a.m.

Sports Illustrated columnist Jeff Pearlman succinctly described on Tuesday what federal prosecutors should have known before they ever charged former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens with lying to Congress.

The wrong message

posted: 06/23/2012 2:36 a.m.

I strongly disapprove of President Barack Obama’s recent rule change that now grants certain illegal aliens the right to remain in the U.S. and to apply for work permits.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/23/2012 2:36 a.m.

SOFTBALL Golden Suns name coach Arkansas Tech named Kristina McSweeney its softball coach Friday. McSweeney spent the past four seasons at Seminole State College, a junior college in Sanford, Fla. McSweeney led the Trojans to top-five finishes in the NJCAA national tournament in 2009 and 2010 and was 174-66 from 2009-2012.

Mix me a countertop

posted: 06/23/2012 2:35 a.m.

Industrial kitchens are all the rage. Just look at the number of stainless-steel refrigerators, dishwashers and stoves on the market today. So it makes sense that another industrial material — concrete — would also be on the rise.

‘Regulating’ the benefactors

posted: 06/23/2012 2:33 a.m.

In this country, you gotta get the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Bumper crop of giant crab ticks scuttling north

posted: 06/23/2012 2:32 a.m.

Dear Otus, We sat horrified during the recent “Blood Suckers of Arkansas” talk at Hobbs State Park. The expert predicted an apocalyptic infestation of ticks the likes of which hasn’t been seen since biblical times.

New tax a hard sell for EU nations

posted: 06/23/2012 2:31 a.m.

A plan for European Union countries to tax financial transactions and use the proceeds to fund future bank bailouts ran aground Friday, with just 10 out of 27 countries prepared to support it.

All parts of plant tasty, author says

posted: 06/23/2012 2:30 a.m.

An apple infamously did the trick for Adam and Eve, but for Willi Galloway, it was the seedpod of a forgotten radish that opened her eyes. It was that crunchy, spicy pod, tossed back as an impromptu snack, that changed the Portland, Ore.-based writer and editor’s perspective on kitchen gardening.

U.S. gasoline down 43 cents since April

posted: 06/23/2012 2:29 a.m.

Concerns over the fragile global economy have triggered a 17-cent drop in gasoline prices in Arkansas in the past month and speculation by some analysts that national average prices could tumble below $3 a gallon this summer for regular grade fuel.

Recycled steel key to stronger tops

posted: 06/23/2012 2:29 a.m.

Concrete isn’t the only industrial material being reworked for residential use. Recycled steel is the material of choice for Gravette based Dream Fab LLC. The company produces Impervicote countertops, a proprietary manufacturing process that combines 14-gauge steel and a powder coating into a surface that’s impervious to heat, acidic foods and the elements.


posted: 06/23/2012 2:28 a.m.

Library changes good I’d like to address concerns about recent renovations at Mullins Library on the University of Arkansas campus. Students have repeatedly chosen Mullins Library as the best place to study on campus in Arkansas Traveler polls.

Darden eateries see drop in sales

posted: 06/23/2012 2:27 a.m.

Darden Restaurants Inc. is struggling to revive sales at its Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants. A key sales figure fell at the chains during the latest quarter, and the company issued a profit forecast that fell short of Wall Street expectations.

In the garden

posted: 06/23/2012 2:27 a.m.

Q I have a lot behind my home that is being taken over by English ivy. It is taking over my fence and trees just beyond my backyard. Is there anything that will kill this stuff? I keep pulling it and cutting it off my fence — which is a never-ending battle.

State new-vehicle titles jump 50%

posted: 06/23/2012 2:26 a.m.

New-vehicle registrations in Arkansas last month continued an upward monthly trend that’s been interrupted only once since November, an auto research firm says.

SEC digs into Facebook’s IPO

posted: 06/23/2012 2:25 a.m.

The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the Nasdaq stock exchange and its role in the troubled initial public offering of Facebook, according to people briefed on the inquiry.

Locked-out workers at sugar firm to vote on pact for 3rd time

posted: 06/23/2012 2:24 a.m.

For nearly 11 months, they picketed in sub-zero temperatures, marched on company headquarters, prayed with religious leaders and traveled 200 miles on a hay wagon. Now, the locked-out union workers at American Crystal Sugar Co. will decide whether they’re tired of walking and talking.

HOG CALLS: Harold Horton is Arkansas to the core

posted: 06/23/2012 2:24 a.m.

To Harold Horton, the Razorbacks always are Arkansas’ bond.

Downgrades seen hitting borrowers

posted: 06/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

When a major bank’s credit rating is cut, it deals a psychological blow — to customers, the public and financial markets.

Ask the expert

posted: 06/23/2012 2:22 a.m.

I read, with interest, your May 19 installment of Ask the Expert. I have the opposite problem with my bedroom door — it will not catch the strike plate. Looking at the strike plate and the plunger as they connect, it appears the door latch is lower than the hole in the strike plate. For an aging baby boomer, the prospect of using a chisel and hammer to raise the strike plate is a daunting task, to say the least. Do you have any suggestions on the easier way to adjust the door closure?

Ikea to open 25 India stores despite supplier regulations

posted: 06/23/2012 2:21 a.m.

Swedish retailer Ikea plans to invest $1.9 billion to set up shop in India despite its lingering concerns about the country’s supply chain regulations, the company said Friday.

Personal space

posted: 06/23/2012 2:21 a.m.

Rebecca Ward Where I live: My husband, Don, and I live in Canal Pointe. We have one goldfish named Recycle and several koi: Emmet, Igor, Franco, Elvis, Sam and Casper.

MARKET REPORT: Bank stocks up despite rating cut

posted: 06/23/2012 2:21 a.m.

The stock market bounced back Friday, a day after suffering its second-worst loss this year. Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and other big lenders posted solid gains even though many of them had their credit ratings cut Thursday.

Tools & toys

posted: 06/23/2012 2:19 a.m.

Eton Rukus Solar What’s to love: Working outside, at the pool or for a party on the patio, the tunes will keep on playing with this portable Bluetooth sound system with a high efficiency solar panel.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/23/2012 2:18 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Banks are going to figure out a way to extract revenue from the customer in any way, shape or form.” Stanley J.G. Crouch, chief investment officer at money manager Aegis Capital Article, 1D


posted: 06/23/2012 2:17 a.m.

Heads of WalmartLabs to leave, take time off Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said the co-heads of its Silicon Valley innovation group, WalmartLabs, are leaving the company.


posted: 06/23/2012 2:15 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: My son is driving a 2001 Chrysler Concorde, and it’s now on its last leg. He drives fast — he just got a speeding ticket for going 96 mph! He goes to college out of state, and it’s a long, boring drive home; that’s the excuse I got for the ticket.


posted: 06/23/2012 2:07 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll find security and a sense of joy as you spend time on home and hearth in the next three weeks. Your improvements have long-term effects. You’ll like how a relationship evolves through August. November brings your chance to go for a position that rarely opens up.


posted: 06/23/2012 2:06 a.m.

DEAR READERS: The column about hints from older family members inspired a mountain of mail, and here are some of the best: Susan writes: “One hint that has stuck with me through the years was to lay my clothes out the night before; that way, I am not rushed or wasting time in the morning.”


posted: 06/23/2012 2:06 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Who do you think is behind the Internet — God or the devil?

Super Quiz: Science and “U”

posted: 06/23/2012 2:05 a.m.

1. Space and everything that exists in it 2. Seventh planet from the sun 3. Constellation also known as the Great Bear 4. An element used for nuclear fuels and weapons 5. A sore commonly found in the stomach, where it is called peptic

College World Series: South Carolina eliminates Arkansas from CWS

posted: 06/23/2012 1:46 a.m.

South Carolina eliminated Arkansas from the College World Series with a 3-2 victory Friday at TD Ameritrade Park.

Friday, June 22

Ex-Penn St. assistant Sandusky convicted of abuse

posted: 06/22/2012 9:34 p.m.

Jerry Sandusky was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years, accusations that had sent shock waves through the college campus known as Happy Valley and led to the firing of Penn State's beloved Hall of Fame coach, Joe Paterno.

Beebe to meet French officials on trip

posted: 06/22/2012 5:22 p.m.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe is heading to France for an agricultural and economic-development trip.

Panetta urges greater emphasis on mental fitness

posted: 06/22/2012 12:34 p.m.

The military is dealing with an increasing number of suicides, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says commanding officers must make clear that seeking help for the stresses of war is a sign of strength, not weakness.

$3.5 million grant to Schmieding Center

posted: 06/22/2012 12:22 p.m.

A $3.5 million Affordable Care Act grant to the Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education will allow it to expand its home-grown, home-caregiver training in Arkansas and three other states that have adopted it. In 2005, the center developed the ElderStay@home Family Caregiver Series, which included versions for professional caregivers and family members.

Alligator — or caiman — reported in Benton County

posted: 06/22/2012 12:16 p.m.

Residents in the Spring Valley Road area of Benton County saw something in the road Thursday evening. They’re just not sure what it was.

Authorities seek suspect on theft charge

posted: 06/22/2012 11:17 a.m.

Authorities are searching for a woman facing a felony theft charge.

Pakistan responds to US diplomat harassment claim

posted: 06/22/2012 11:02 a.m.

Pakistan is responding to U.S. complaints that diplomats are being harassed by the government, saying that all diplomats in the country are treated in accordance with international law.

Arkansas Supreme Court rules execution law unconstitutional

updated: 06/22/2012 9:54 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court has struck down the state's execution law, calling it unconstitutional.

Obama addresses Latino leaders a day after Romney

posted: 06/22/2012 8:59 a.m.

President Barack Obama is drawing attention to his breakthrough directive on illegal immigration and is pressing his jobs agenda before Hispanic leaders.

Game and Fish approves budget, considers dove season

posted: 06/22/2012 6:56 a.m.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has approved a $72.9 million budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

Judge Orders Johansen Mental Evaluation

posted: 06/22/2012 5:44 a.m.

BENTONVILLE — A hearing set for Thursday to consider suppressing evidence in the capital murder case against Nicholas Johansen was postponed until after the accused has an evaluation at Arkansas State Hospital.

Kingsdale Pool Closes Early For Meet

posted: 06/22/2012 5:43 a.m.

BELLA VISTA — The Kingsdale Activity Pool will close at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday for a swim meet, according to a news release.

Shooters Ready For Tournament

posted: 06/22/2012 5:41 a.m.

BELLA VISTA — Shooters moved forward to the shooting line Thursday afternoon to begin their practice rounds for the Cancer Challenge Trap Shoot Tournament today at the Highlands Gun Range.

Tennis Players, Volunteers Take On Cancer

posted: 06/22/2012 5:40 a.m.

BELLA VISTA — Everyone involved with the Cancer Challenge Junior Tennis Tournament, from retired volunteers to beginning players, shared a goal Thursday — to help people with cancer.

Association Chairman Against Asking For Attorney Fees

posted: 06/22/2012 5:39 a.m.

BELLA VISTA — The new chairman of the Property Owners Association board said he was against asking the court for attorney fees to pay the costs of a recently completed lawsuit because he wants members to communicate with the board.

County Considers Personnel Changes

posted: 06/22/2012 5:37 a.m.

BENTONVILLE — Benton County officials began their annual mid-year review of personnel and pay Thursday when elected officials and department heads presented their requests.

Cyclists Ride Trail Of Tears

posted: 06/22/2012 5:34 a.m.

A unexpected downpour Thursday morning slowed, but didn’t stop, progress of 22 Cherokee cyclists retracing the path of their ancestors along the Trail of Tears.

Supreme Court Upholds Rape Conviction

posted: 06/22/2012 5:33 a.m.

BENTONVILLE — The Arkansas Supreme Court upheld a Benton County jury’s April 2011 guilty verdict against Brian Tyler Jordan in an opinion issued Thursday.

Mayoral Hopeful Attacks Paid Parking

posted: 06/22/2012 5:31 a.m.

Mayoral candidate Dan Coody criticized the city’s “aggressive” enforcement of parking around Dickson Street on Thursday and said it should back off a planned parking deck.

Portion Of East Central Closed

posted: 06/22/2012 5:31 a.m.

BENTONVILLE — The portion of East Central Avenue that runs beside the Benton County Courthouse was closed Thursday and will remain closed for about three weeks, according to a news release from the city.

Mistrial Declared In Case

posted: 06/22/2012 5:27 a.m.

Circuit Judge William Storey declared a mistrial Thursday in the rape and robbery trial of Arjel Gold of Springdale.

Drug Court Asks For Money

posted: 06/22/2012 5:25 a.m.

The Washington-Madison County Drug Court program could significantly expand its treatment and supervision of people with substance abuse and mental health problems if the federal government approves a grant application seeking more than $250,000.

Airport Seeks Grant To Renovate Terminal

posted: 06/22/2012 5:23 a.m.

The city airport terminal will be renovated for the first time since it was built, if the Airport Commission is successful with a grant application.

Sales Tax Increases In Region

posted: 06/22/2012 5:21 a.m.

Sales tax revenue increased for much of the region this month.


posted: 06/22/2012 5:20 a.m.

Local arrests and police records.

Public Meetings

posted: 06/22/2012 5:19 a.m.

Upcoming public meetings.

West QBs Fuel Second-Half Comeback

posted: 06/22/2012 4:52 a.m.

West quarterbacks Dallas Hardison and Kenrick Burns may have made early mistakes which led to the East’s 10-point halftime lead, but they made up for it in the second half.

Culp Shines in New Home

posted: 06/22/2012 4:51 a.m.

Brad Culp hopes his performance in Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Thursday carries over to the next four years.


posted: 06/22/2012 4:50 a.m.

The West team in Thursday’s Arkansas High School Coaches Association Football All-Star Game had a definite Northwest Arkansas look, especially at the skill positions.

Romney promises Hispanics policy fix

posted: 06/22/2012 4:50 a.m.

Mitt Romney told Hispanic elected officials Thursday that President Barack Obama takes their votes for granted and has failed to lead on immigration issues, while offering few details on his own plan other than pledging a “longterm solution” to replace a temporary Obama measure.

Speaker tells Obama to give in

posted: 06/22/2012 4:47 a.m.

House Speaker John Boehner demanded Thursday that the Obama administration give in and turn over documents related to a botched guntracking operation, insisting that’s the only way to stop a House vote to hold the attorney general in contempt.

The nation in brief

posted: 06/22/2012 4:43 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This bill represents significant reform. It cuts subsidies, it cuts the deficit, and it creates jobs.” Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., head of the Senate Agriculture Committee, on the farm bill that passed the Senate Article, 1A Heat breaks records in Northeast BOSTON — Record-breaking heat scorched sections of the Northeast for the second-straight day Thursday.

Getting it straight

posted: 06/22/2012 4:40 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 06/22/2012 4:39 a.m.

Two Hollywood unions are scrutinizing worker safety and welfare on Lindsay Lohan’s TV movie Liz & Dick after the actress posted on Twitter that she was exhausted because of long production days. Larry Thompson, producer of the Lifetime movie starring Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor, said Wednesday that no violations were found Tuesday when a representative from the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists visited the set. The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists confirmed that its representatives visited the production. It said it “will continue to visit” to enforce guild rules. The stage employees union also said it’s keeping a watchful eye on the production’s working conditions. Lohan was treated last week by paramedics for exhaustion and dehydration.

Syrian pilot defects in MiG-21

posted: 06/22/2012 4:39 a.m.

The pilot of a warplane who had been reported missing by Syrian air force authorities during a training mission Thursday flew to neighboring Jordan where he sought and was granted asylum, and Syria denounced him as a traitor.

Rogers Hosting American Legion Tourney

posted: 06/22/2012 4:39 a.m.

All three local American Legion baseball teams were on the road for tournaments last weekend, but they will be able to play this weekend and sleep in their own beds at night.

In the news

posted: 06/22/2012 4:38 a.m.

Debbe Ebben, 24, a beauty queen who shaved her head in March to raise more than $4,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which donates money for childhood-cancer research, has been crowned Miss Alaska and said she likely will keep her hair short when she represents the state at the Miss America pageant in January.

The world in brief

posted: 06/22/2012 4:38 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This signals the erosion of the regime’s capacity to use all its forces, the idea of sending planes is no longer an option, neither against an internal or an external enemy.” Retired Lebanese Gen. Elias Hanna, an expert on Syria military capabilities, on the defection of a Syrian air force officer who landed his warplane in Jordan

Farm bill advances over Arkansas nays

posted: 06/22/2012 4:37 a.m.

The Senate on Thursday approved a farm bill that would cost nearly $1 trillion over the next 10 years, financing dozens of price-support and crop-insurance programs for farmers and food assistance for low-income families.

State to close troubled LR vets home

posted: 06/22/2012 4:36 a.m.

The state is closing the Little Rock Veterans Home, which has been under scrutiny since May for collecting about $600,000 in illegal fees from 18 of its most disabled residents, for missing inventory and for years of lax oversight.

Severe drought covering 83.5% of parched state

posted: 06/22/2012 4:34 a.m.

More than 83 percent of Arkansas is now in a severe drought, and with no rain in sight, forecasters say conditions stand to worsen rapidly.

NBA FINALS: King James, Heat crowned

posted: 06/22/2012 4:30 a.m.

The king finally has his ring.

Court rejects indecency fines for broadcasters

posted: 06/22/2012 4:30 a.m.

The Supreme Court declined Thursday to address whether the government still has the authority to regulate indecency on broadcast television but excused two broadcasters from potential fines for several past violations of rules against cursing and nudity.

Court blocks leader’s pick for Pakistan

posted: 06/22/2012 4:29 a.m.

The battle between Pakistan’s judiciary and government took a fresh twist Thursday when a court issued an arrest warrant for a close ally of President Asif Ali Zardari, effectively blocking his nomination as the country’s next prime minister.

Arizona on roll to final

posted: 06/22/2012 4:28 a.m.

Arizona Coach Andy Lopez couldn’t imagine taking a hotter team to the College World Series final.

Commerce secretary steps down

posted: 06/22/2012 4:27 a.m.

John Bryson announced his resignation as President Barack Obama’s commerce secretary Thursday after an episode in which he had a seizure and was involved in a sequence of automobile accidents.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: South Carolina forces Hogs into decisive rematch

posted: 06/22/2012 4:26 a.m.

South Carolina is still alive in its pursuit of a third consecutive national championship.

MUSIC REVIEW: Eroica shows classics’ lighter sides

posted: 06/22/2012 4:24 a.m.

The first half of the recital by the Eroica Trio (Erika Nickrenz, piano; Susie Park, violin; and Sara Sant-Ambrogio, cello) Thursday night at the City Auditorium was just for fun.

Irwin reaches for a new height

posted: 06/22/2012 4:24 a.m.

When Arkansas track and field assistant Doug Case first saw Andrew Irwin pole vault, one thought popped into his mind. “This guy is going to be a national champion, and more than once,” Case said.

Killer’s fate hinges on his sanity ruling

posted: 06/22/2012 4:24 a.m.

Norwegian prosecutors said Thursday that doubts about Anders Behring Breivik’s mental state mean he should be sent to a psychiatric institution instead of prison for the deaths of 77 people in a July 22 bomb and shooting rampage.

Farm bill highlights

posted: 06/22/2012 4:22 a.m.

Main components of the Senate five-year farm and food bill: The bill spends nearly $500 billion over its five-year life, or nearly $969 billion over 10 years. About 80 percent of the spending goes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps. The bill would cut $23 billion from current spending levels, according to Congressional Budget Office estimates.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/22/2012 4:22 a.m.

Ex-Giant’s departure still stinks A couple of weeks ago, Joseph Armento mailed $3.36 to New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs in a gesture to keep the veteran with the 6-yearold fan’s favorite team.

LR city board backs off 3 sites for tech park

posted: 06/22/2012 4:22 a.m.

The three residential sites under consideration for the Little Rock Technology Park will be “taken off the table,” according to a letter from Mary Good, the chairman of the Technology Park Authority board.

Off the wire

posted: 06/22/2012 4:22 a.m.

BASEBALL Peralta suspended, appeals Tampa Bay reliever Joel Peralta was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball on Thursday for having pine tar on his glove. Peralta has appealed, and can continue to play until the process is completed. Peralta was ejected from Tuesday night’s game in Washington after umpires found pine tar on his mitt.

COMMENTARY: Clemens verdict improves Hall shot

posted: 06/22/2012 4:21 a.m.

The government spent several years and several million dollars trying to prove that Roger Clemens lied to Congress under oath about using performance-enhancing drugs. They failed miserably.

Attorney: Will not repay for gym

posted: 06/22/2012 4:20 a.m.

The prosecuting attorney for the 21st Judicial District said Thursday that he and his staff need to be as physically fit as any other law enforcement officer and he doesn’t plan on reimbursing the state for years of private gym memberships paid for with public funds.

Arkansas Supreme Court

posted: 06/22/2012 4:20 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 PROCEEDINGS OF JUNE 21, 2012 JUSTICE DONALD L. CORBIN CR11-1209. Brian T. Jordan v. State, from Benton Circuit. Affirmed. 11-1092. In the matter of the guardianship of A.M., a minor; Brittany Mahavier v. Teresa Mahavier, from Benton Circuit. Reversed and remanded. JUSTICE ROBERT L. BROWN 12-345. In Re Petition for Readmission of Harold Wayne Madden to the Arkansas Bar, an original action.

Move, widen U.S. 62 sets off Green Forest interests

posted: 06/22/2012 4:17 a.m.

Widening U.S. 62 through Green Forest could require tearing down 15 historic buildings, according to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.

Arkansas 2nd worst in gauge of money woes

posted: 06/22/2012 4:17 a.m.

Arkansas was secondworst in the nation from 2008 to 2010 in terms of “economic insecurity,” according to a report released Thursday.

Breath test in another county legal, state Supreme Court rules

posted: 06/22/2012 4:14 a.m.

A law enforcement officer who arrested someone for driving under the influence and then transported him across a county line for a breath test acted reasonably, and the test did not constitute an illegal search, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

$25 million more needed for lockups in state

posted: 06/22/2012 4:13 a.m.

Despite the passage of a corrections overhaul bill and a falling prison inmate population, state funding for the Department of Correction would increase by more than $25 million in the state fiscal year that begins next July under a proposal presented Thursday to the state Board of Corrections.

At high-rise, water joins fire scourge

posted: 06/22/2012 4:11 a.m.

It’s getting down right biblical at Plaza Towers.

Other days

posted: 06/22/2012 4:11 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 22, 1912 Oliver Crisp, the 10-yearold son of Isaac Crisp, 1200 West Markham street, was run down by an automobile about 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon at Third and Louisiana streets. The lad was thrown to the street by the machine, which was driven by Leo Schwartz, but aside from a few bruises apparently was not injured. When asked if he wanted to be taken home, he said he preferred to remain downtown to sell papers.

INTERLEAGUE: Rookie ‘crazy’ about winning single for Detroit

posted: 06/22/2012 4:11 a.m.

Quintin Berry slapped a base hit through a drawn in infield, then took off for first base. He raised both hands in the air in celebration, rounded the bag and took off his helmet.

Sad but for the best

posted: 06/22/2012 4:10 a.m.

THE EDUCATION reporters and editors over on the other side of our always busy newsroom have been in what the military calls a Target Rich Environment for a week. A bombshell of a court ruling on desegregation that could have national implications, a whole new way to evaluate the state’s teachers is in the works, the state’s throwing out superintendents in failing school districts. . . . Let’s just note that the state’s Board of Education met on a Sunday last week. Somebody put on another pot of coffee.

Court hearing soon for clown

posted: 06/22/2012 4:10 a.m.

A professional clown arrested at his western Arkansas home on a child pornography charge likely will be arraigned next week, Fort Smith police said Thursday.

The stained-glass ceiling

posted: 06/22/2012 4:10 a.m.

If Mitt Romney wins the presidential election this fall, he’ll have Harry Reid partly to thank. The Republican presidential nominee and the Senate Democratic leader don’t have much in common politically. But they’re both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints—that is, they’re both Mormons.

The world is your oyster

posted: 06/22/2012 4:09 a.m.

It is the time of year to dish out advice to graduates. Here is mine. Some time in your life, live outside the United States. Not only will you be in another world, you will more clearly see the world you came from, and who you are.

The state/region in brief

posted: 06/22/2012 4:09 a.m.

News from around the state and the region, in brief.

OTHERS SAY: Scrambled plans

posted: 06/22/2012 4:08 a.m.

Leaders of the U.S. Senate chickened out this week. Yielding to paranoia from beef and pork producers, they nixed a bipartisan amendment that would lead to more humane treatment for the hens that produce most of the eggs consumed by Americans.

Remember the riots

posted: 06/22/2012 4:08 a.m.

Apart from his fame, Rodney King, whose life ended last Sunday when he was found in the bottom of his swimming pool, was one of untold millions that have struggled with the oft-unshakable demons of alcoholism.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 06/22/2012 4:07 a.m.

Today in Northwest Arkansas.


posted: 06/22/2012 4:07 a.m.

Comics’ truths universal I would like to address Philip Martin’s unfavorable view of comic books and the movies based on them.

Justices reject bid to restore ex-lawyer

posted: 06/22/2012 4:06 a.m.

In a 5-2 decision, the state Supreme Court declined Thursday to reinstate the law license of an attorney who pleaded guilty to a felony over a decade ago.

Man pleads guilty in child porn case

posted: 06/22/2012 4:06 a.m.

A 44-year-old Fort Smith man pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Fort Smith to producing and receiving child pornography, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Fort Smith.

Stocks plunge as worry piles up

posted: 06/22/2012 4:06 a.m.

Investors yanked money out of stocks Thursday after new reports from the U.S. and China pointed to a sharp slowdown in manufacturing.

Investigators: LR blaze started in bed

posted: 06/22/2012 4:06 a.m.

Fire investigators said the June 11 Little Rock apartment building fire that displaced 200 residents, injured five and killed one was caused by someone smoking in bed.

All-Star report

posted: 06/22/2012 4:05 a.m.

The Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Week’s 11-year run in Fayetteville ended Thursday night with the football game at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Home resales slump in May

posted: 06/22/2012 4:05 a.m.

Sales of previously owned U.S. homes declined in May, showing an uneven recovery in residential real estate.

Jobless benefits applications dip

posted: 06/22/2012 4:02 a.m.

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits dipped last week but not by enough to signal a better month of hiring in June.

AHSCA ALL-STAR FOOTBALL GAME: Victory goes through Dallas

posted: 06/22/2012 4:02 a.m.

Fayetteville Coach Daryl Patton thought he knew how good a quarterback Dallas Hardison was.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/22/2012 3:58 a.m.

UA athletics budget goes up 8.8 percent The University of Arkansas athletic department is projecting revenues of $75.6 million for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, according to figures obtained Thursday by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Mathis aces on early holes

posted: 06/22/2012 3:57 a.m.

David Mathis hoped to start strong at the Travelers Championship after missing the cut last week at the U.S. Open.

Sandusky trial at a glance

posted: 06/22/2012 3:57 a.m.

A look at the trial of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach who faces child sexual abuse charges.

Ex-Penn State coach awaits verdict

posted: 06/22/2012 3:56 a.m.

Jerry Sandusky was either a “predatory pedophile” who lured young boys to Penn State with gifts and access to big-time football, or a victim of now-grown men who lied to get a payout, attorneys argued Thursday as the former coach’s child sex abuse case went to a jury.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Florida safety has Arkansas among top choices

posted: 06/22/2012 3:56 a.m.

One of Florida’s top football prospects, safety Paris Bostick of Tampa Plant High School, has Arkansas among his top four schools and is planning to make an official visit to Fayetteville.

BCS changes:What now? Who wins and who loses?

posted: 06/22/2012 3:55 a.m.

College football is headed toward a new era, with a four-team playoff deciding the champion starting in 2014.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Sullivan, Drillers find some relief

posted: 06/22/2012 3:52 a.m.

Tulsa reliever Josh Sullivan made sure the Northwest Arkansas Naturals didn’t make it four consecutive comeback victories over the Drillers.

Felix, Gay chasing spots on U.S. team

posted: 06/22/2012 3:50 a.m.

Now that everyone knows which two races Allyson Felix will run, it’s time to find out if Tyson Gay is fit enough to win even one.

A hair off target

posted: 06/22/2012 3:50 a.m.

Contrary to what commoners might believe, being a princess has a formidable collection of downsides to go with all those flashy crown jewels. Even in animated fairy tales, the job can be as confining as it is cushy.

MANULIFE FINANCIAL LPGA CLASSIC: Late birdie spree leaves Changkija with early lead

posted: 06/22/2012 3:49 a.m.

Sandra Changkija birdied six of her final eight holes for a career-best 8-under 63 and a three-stroke lead Thursday during the suspended first round of the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.


posted: 06/22/2012 3:46 a.m.

New this week Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 67 R President Lincoln owes his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers to the murder of his mother by a supernatural creature.

Lincoln vampire fantasy carefully drained of camp

posted: 06/22/2012 3:43 a.m.

The sun was just about to set over Lake Pontchartrain on a humid Louisiana day in May when Abraham Lincoln was summoned into action in a grassy field to wrestle to the hard, unforgiving ground the murderous nemesis who took the life of his mother years earlier.

REVIEW: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

posted: 06/22/2012 3:43 a.m.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World 84 Cast: Keira Knightley, Steve Carell, Melanie Lynskey, Adam Brody, Gillian Jacobs, Connie Britton, Patton Oswalt, T.J. Miller, Melinda Dillon, William Petersen, Rob Corddry Director: Lorene Scafaria Rating: R, for language including sexual references, some drug use and brief violence Running time: 101 minutes Writer-director Lorene Scafaria certainly has guts.

Madagascar tops box office again

posted: 06/22/2012 3:42 a.m.

Two A-list stars failed to attract moviegoers to the box office last weekend, as a musical featuring Tom Cruise and a comedy starring Adam Sandler lost out to Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.


posted: 06/22/2012 3:42 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: How can I know if it’s time for me to change churches? The one I’ve been going to for the last few years doesn’t have any community service projects that I can get involved in, which is something I’d really like to do now that I’m retired. — L.F. DEAR L.F.: I’m grateful you want to help others in your community; far too many people assume their usefulness is over once they retire. But it doesn’t need to be that way; some of God’s choicest servants made their greatest impact later in life. Moses (for example) was 80 when God called him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.


posted: 06/22/2012 3:39 a.m.

Happy birthday. It’s a fulfilling year. You sense that by leading just one person to be more loving you make a remarkable difference in the world, but you find it impossible to stop there. Many will experience your kind heart. A change in your living arrangement makes life easier in September. You’ll join a new team in October. Gemini and Taurus people adore you.

Film clips

posted: 06/22/2012 3:39 a.m.

At area theaters 70 AMERICAN REUNION, R Those madcap American Pie characters return to East Great Falls for their 10-year high-school reunion to reminisce and get reinspired. (113 minutes) 89 THE AVENGERS, PG-13 The title superheroes of all those preceding Marvel-based, big-screen comic book adventures, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America: The First Avenger (Chris Evans),

Screen gems

posted: 06/22/2012 3:38 a.m.

The heavily attended Movies in the Park — the summer series of free outdoor movies at the Riverfest Amphitheatre on Wednesday evenings — is in full swing.


posted: 06/22/2012 3:37 a.m.

DEAR READERS: In a recent column, a reader named Sylvia wrote about a problem she was having with her bath towels looking as if someone had spilled bleach on them. Well, you had a lot to say on the issue: 1. “I found out that the culprit for my towel spotting was the new whitening toothpastes people are buying to whiten their teeth,” said Sally, via e-mail.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/22/2012 3:37 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “After a fairly substantial period of constantly lower [joblessness] claims, a new, more unwelcome trend higher has taken hold.A meaningful pickup in monthly job additions looks unlikely.” Dan Greenhaus, chief economic strategist at BTIG LLC Article, 1D 30-year rate an all-time low again WASHINGTON — The average U.S. rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage fell this week to a record low for the seventh time in eight weeks. Cheap mortgages have helped drive a modest recovery in the weak housing market this year.

Super Quiz: Dog breeds

posted: 06/22/2012 3:37 a.m.

1. Breed associated with Winston Churchill and England 2. Breed that shares its name with the Canadian province where it originated 3. The name originated from the German word pudelhund (water dog)

Adidas touts World Cup boost

posted: 06/22/2012 3:36 a.m.

Adidas AG, the world’s second-biggest sporting-goods maker, said it expects record soccer sales of more than $2 billion this year, aided by the European championships in Ukraine and Poland.

DQ gears up for NYC, touting options

posted: 06/22/2012 3:35 a.m.

Dairy Queen’s chief executive said Thursday that customers should have a variety of menu choices as the fast-food chain enters New York City, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pressing for restrictions on the size of soft drinks sold at restaurants.


posted: 06/22/2012 3:34 a.m.

Finance authority OKs 14 rental-unit projects The Arkansas Development Finance Authority’s board of directors has approved 14 applications for assistance in developing or renovating 747 affordable multifamily rental units across the state, according to a news release Thursday.

Shares of Bed Bath & Beyond take dive

posted: 06/22/2012 3:34 a.m.

Bed Bath & Beyond’s shares tumbled a day after the home goods seller issued an earnings outlook below Wall Street’s expectations and fueled concern about shoppers’ ability to spend in what appears to be a slowing economy.

Greece, Spain top eurozone talks

posted: 06/22/2012 3:33 a.m.

Finance ministers from the countries that use the embattled euro debated Thursday the best way to help Spain bail out its banks and whether to give Greece’s new government more time to get its deficit under control.

Growth cut saps shares of Walmex

posted: 06/22/2012 3:33 a.m.

A day after cutting its expansion plan for this year, Wal-Mart de Mexico SAB, the unit that is under investigation after reports that it bribed Mexican officials to get stores open faster, saw its stock price tumble Thursday by the most since May.

Merrill Lynch fined for overbilling customers

posted: 06/22/2012 3:32 a.m.

Bank of America Corp.’s Merrill Lynch wealth-management unit was fined $2.8 million Thursday by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority for overbilling customers by $32.2 million over an 8-year period.

REVIEW: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

posted: 06/22/2012 3:31 a.m.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter review.


posted: 06/22/2012 3:24 a.m.

Movies coming soon.


posted: 06/22/2012 3:23 a.m.

A few recent DVD releases.


posted: 06/22/2012 3:21 a.m.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by

A Pub Done In Plaid

posted: 06/22/2012 2:03 a.m.

Prepare for a plaid-clad invasion.

What’s On Tap

posted: 06/22/2012 2:03 a.m.

The craft beer revolution has arrived in Northwest Arkansas. It can be found in the bottom of a glass of Southside Porter at Tanglewood Branch Brewing Co., a pale ale at the West Mountain Brewing Co. or the Water Street Wheat at Fossil Cove. It will soon be found at the Saddlebock Brewery and the Core Brewing Facility as well.

Eroica Trio headlines music fest in Eureka Springs

posted: 06/22/2012 2:03 a.m.

A“ heroic” trio will perform during the CICA Summer Music Festival in Eureka Springs.

A Musician Of Few Words

posted: 06/22/2012 2:03 a.m.

“When (Carolyn Wonderland) goes into that mode where she just decides to grab the heart of the song and hold it up for everybody to see, you almost can’t watch it. I mean, it’s too searing. You turn away from it. It almost embarrasses you. You think: My God, nothing can be this raw.

An About Face

posted: 06/22/2012 2:03 a.m.

IIt takes a lot of courage to break someone’s heart.

Taking Art Outdoors

posted: 06/22/2012 2:03 a.m.

Explore nature both indoors and out at an upcoming event at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

East Meets West

posted: 06/22/2012 2:03 a.m.

The Walton Arts Center’s 10x10 Arts Series will have all the things patrons expect in 2012-13 — classical music, drama, world music and dance — but this year, there will also be something completely different.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Walmart Welcome In Bella Vista

posted: 06/22/2012 2:03 a.m.

I support the rezoning of Betty Garcia’s property to commercial. I am a resident of Bella Vista and a Neighborhood Market would help me and my family in several ways.

County Jail Guest Lists Shorter

posted: 06/22/2012 2:03 a.m.

Here’s a twist in the news. Local jails might be wishing for more, not fewer state inmates.

HOW WE SEE IT Know All The Facts Of Election

posted: 06/22/2012 2:03 a.m.

Tuesday was the first day of early voting in the Bentonville School District’s millage election. It drew 820 voters, an indication that interest in the election is extraordinarily high, which is good.

Thursday, June 21

College World Series: Gamecocks shut down, shut out Arkansas

posted: 06/21/2012 11:55 p.m.

Freshman Jordan Montgomery and Matt Price combined on a three-hitter Thursday night, lifting two-time defending national champion South Carolina to a 2-0 victory over Arkansas at the College World Series.

Online fine payments available for Fayetteville

posted: 06/21/2012 4:21 p.m.

Tickets and fines from the Fayetteville Police Department can now be paid online or over the phone, according to a news release from the department.

UPDATE: Mistrial declared in rape case

updated: 06/21/2012 3:52 p.m.

Circuit Judge William Storey has declared a mistrial in the rape and robbery trial of Arjel Gold of Springdale.

June sales tax down in Bentonville, up elsewhere

posted: 06/21/2012 1:52 p.m.

Sales tax numbers increased in Fayetteville, Rogers and Springdale and decreased in Bentonville for June. Fayetteville and Rogers increased by 8.6 and 8.5 percent. Both cities had sales tax revenues exceeding the $1 million mark. Lowell saw a 7.6 percent increase, reaching $235,139 in revenue.

Jury selected for man accused in US bomb plot

posted: 06/21/2012 1:51 p.m.

The jury has been selected for the trial of a Saudi man accused of gathering bomb components with the intention of targeting sites across the United States, including the home of former President George W. Bush.

Paragould police investigate stabbing death

posted: 06/21/2012 1:39 p.m.

uthorities in Paragould say a man has died after he was stabbed in the upper body during a fight.

Manufacturing reports cause stocks to plunge

posted: 06/21/2012 1:36 p.m.

A quiet start on Wall Street is quickly turning into a rout as the bad news piles up.

Death row inmate’s case sent back for more proceedings

updated: 06/21/2012 1:53 p.m.

A federal appeals court says an Arkansas death row inmate’s case should head back to the district court for a hearing because of claims about a cellmate who testified in his case.

LRAFB Community Council receives Abilene Trophy

posted: 06/21/2012 12:23 p.m.

Representatives from the Abilene, Texas Chamber of Commerce awarded the Little Rock Air Force Base Community Council Wednesday with the Abilene Trophy.

US home sales slipped 1.5 percent in May

posted: 06/21/2012 11:09 a.m.

Americans bought fewer homes in May than April, suggesting a sluggish job market could threaten a modest recovery in housing.

The Brave, the Bel and the End of the World

posted: 06/21/2012 11:04 a.m.

In this week’s MovieStyle, our critic Dan Lybarger takes a look at Brave, the lastest computer animation extravaganza from Pixar, and finds that its technical virtues outshine the its rather ordinary story but concludes that “Pixar’s disappointments are still more captivating than most studios’ masterpieces.”

Unions must give fee increase notice, Court rules

posted: 06/21/2012 10:41 a.m.

The Supreme Court says a union must give nonmembers an immediate chance to object to unexpected fee increases that all workers are required to pay in closed-shop situations.

Court: Use new drug sentencing law in crack cases

posted: 06/21/2012 10:38 a.m.

The Supreme Court says criminals who were arrested but not yet sentenced for crack cocaine offenses should be able to take advantage of newly reduced sentences.

Commerce Secretary John Bryson resigns

updated: 06/21/2012 11:44 a.m.

Commerce Secretary John Bryson says he is resigning after suffering a seizure earlier this month in the Los Angeles area.

Video shows Zimmerman's account of fight with Trayvon Martin

posted: 06/21/2012 10:12 a.m.

A newly released video shows Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman at the scene of Trayvon Martin’s fatal shooting a day later giving police a blow-by-blow account of his fight with the teen.

Supreme Court throws out FCC indecency policy

posted: 06/21/2012 10:11 a.m.

The Supreme Court has thrown out fines and sanctions against broadcasters who violated the Federal Communications Commission policy regulating curse words and nudity on broadcast television.

State hospital evaluation for murder suspect

posted: 06/21/2012 9:29 a.m.

A hearing set for Thursday to consider suppressing evidence in the capital murder case against Nicholas Johansen was postponed until after he has an evaluation at the Arkansas State Hospital.

Nearly all of Arkansas in severe drought

posted: 06/21/2012 8:48 a.m.

The past week's dry weather has led to nearly all of Arkansas being classified in severe drought status.

Phillips County drops 197 felony cases

posted: 06/21/2012 6:02 a.m.

Prosecutors dropped nearly 200 Phillips County felony cases Wednesday, citing law enforcement failures to serve fugitive warrants in a timely manner.

Panel wants Holder held in contempt

posted: 06/21/2012 6 a.m.

Republicans on the House oversight committee Wednesday voted to recommend holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress in a dispute over internal Justice Department documents related to the botched guntrafficking operation called “Fast and Furious.”

Baptists let ‘Southern’ be a choice

posted: 06/21/2012 5:56 a.m.

Baptists who like the “Southern Baptist” message but not the “Southern Baptist” name should call themselves “Great Commission Baptists,” the nation’s largest Protestant body decided after vigorous debate.

Mubarak stable, lawyer says; no vote winner yet

posted: 06/21/2012 5:54 a.m.

Confusion about an overnight report that former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was near death persisted Wednesday, as one of his lawyers disputed the account and said Mubarak had been moved to a hospital because of a head wound caused by a fall in a prison bathroom.

Drugmaker wants delay on legal fees

posted: 06/21/2012 5:52 a.m.

State attorneys seeking $181 million in legal expenses from Johnson & Johnson on top of a $1.2 billion fine must wait until an appeal is decided, which could take up to two years, or submit additional proof that they are entitled to the money, the New Jersey drugmaker claims.

Interstate Lane Closing Planned

posted: 06/21/2012 5:40 a.m.

A contractor for the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department will close inside lanes of Interstate 540 between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Wedington Drive starting Tuesday.

Amateur Radio Contest Promotes Preparedness

posted: 06/21/2012 5:38 a.m.

The Amateur Radio Club of the University of Arkansas will participate in Field Day, an national annual radio contest promoting emergency preparedness.

County Challenges Bella Vista Annexation

posted: 06/21/2012 5:36 a.m.

Benton County Judge Bob Clinard filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging Bella Vista’s recent annexation vote.

Library Plans Animal Extravaganza

posted: 06/21/2012 5:35 a.m.

The Fayetteville Public Library is hosting an animal extravaganza for children from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the library’s Rock Street entrance.

Dispute Stalls Subdivision

posted: 06/21/2012 5:34 a.m.

A question of jurisdiction has again stalled a residential development originally approved by county planners in 2006.

Scribes' Stories Fly

posted: 06/21/2012 5:34 a.m.

My father’s only hobby was fishing - fl y fishing in streams, trolling from a boat,casting from the edge of a lake. He loved it all.

Work Under Way On Athletic Facilities

posted: 06/21/2012 5:31 a.m.

Students at Fayetteville High School will return to gleaming new facilities, including some athletic facilities, when school starts Aug. 20.

District Millage Opposition Grows

posted: 06/21/2012 5:30 a.m.

Opposition against the Bentonville School District millage issue continues to grow as Tuesday’s election nears.

THE FLIP SIDE: Fish-Story Champ Swings For The Trees

posted: 06/21/2012 5:29 a.m.

Lynn Owens of Prairie Creek doesn’t mess around when it comes to setting the hook.

Trout Hatcheries Receive Temporary Funding

posted: 06/21/2012 5:28 a.m.

That black cloud hanging over the federal trout hatcheries in Arkansas dissipated, but only briefly. It is still on the horizon.

Wounded Warrior Benefit Scheduled

posted: 06/21/2012 5:27 a.m.

Wounded Warrior Project will receive the proceeds of a chicken barbecue Saturday.

Man Accused Of Raping Girl

posted: 06/21/2012 5:24 a.m.

A Fayetteville man was in the Benton County Jail on Wednesday, arrested by Rogers police in connection with rape, according to authorities.

Apartment Plans Move Forward

posted: 06/21/2012 5:23 a.m.

Residents can expect construction to begin next year on a much-debated apartment complex near University of Arkansas dormitories and Leverett Elementary School

Summer Camp Teaches Skills

posted: 06/21/2012 5:22 a.m.

At Camp Invention, 17 girls are stranded on an alien planet looking for food.

Parties To Settle Trail Issue

posted: 06/21/2012 5:19 a.m.

Golf club representatives and city officials reached a tentative agreement late Tuesday settling a dispute over public access to a trail crossing a golf cart path.

Man Pleads Not Guilty To 2006 Murder

posted: 06/21/2012 5:18 a.m.

Rico Tavarous Cohn, 26, of Springdale has entered a not guilty plea before Magistrate Ray Reynolds in the 2006 death of Nina Ingram.

In the news

posted: 06/21/2012 5:17 a.m.

Mickey Bradley, an inspector with New Jersey’s Bergen County sheriff’s office, told The Record newspaper that he bought the Web address for $17 after coming up with the idea of the new Facecrook website, which features the names, photos and last locations of fugitives wanted by the department.

Names and faces

posted: 06/21/2012 5:17 a.m.

Carrie Underwood says she is all about the music, not politics. Yet the 29-year-old countrymusic star has found herself in a media storm after voicing support for sa m e - s ex marriage.

1st day of summer hazardous in East

posted: 06/21/2012 5:16 a.m.

The official start of summer Wednesday delivered temperatures in the high 90s to the Eastern Seaboard, setting records in some spots and getting awfully close in others, with people wilting at graduation ceremonies, students trying to learn in sweltering classrooms and authorities warning folks to check on elderly neighbors.

Trial Continues In Springdale Rape Case

posted: 06/21/2012 5:15 a.m.

An expected two-day trial enters a third day today after jurors heard Wednesday conflicting testimony from a Marshallese man accused of raping a woman from Huntsville.

Officials Discuss Jail Death

posted: 06/21/2012 5:15 a.m.

Inmates with mental health issues might be better off held separately from the general population at the Benton County Jail, sheriff-elect Kelley Cradduck said Wednesday.


posted: 06/21/2012 5:13 a.m.

Records for June 21, 2012.

Other days

posted: 06/21/2012 5:10 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 21, 1912 FORT SMITH — Sixteen years for committing a forgery that netted him less than $30 was the sentencing imposed upon F.L. Wright of Spiro, Okla., by Judge Hon in the Circuit Court here today. He was indicted four times, each indictment containing two counts. Wright pleaded guilty to all cases against him and received two years on each count. Wright passed four bogus checks.

Police Make Two More Arrests In Shooting

posted: 06/21/2012 5:10 a.m.

Police arrested another pair of men Wednesday in connection with a shooting on North Boxley Avenue last week.

Arkansas Court of Appeals

posted: 06/21/2012 5:09 a.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals released opinions Wednesday. 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 PROCEEDINGS OF JUNE 20, 2012 CHIEF JUDGE LARRY D. VAUGHT CACR10-1144. Joseph Scamardo Jr.

Getting it straight

posted: 06/21/2012 5:08 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.

The nation in brief

posted: 06/21/2012 5:08 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Our purpose has never been to hold the attorney general in contempt.

Death the Deliverer

posted: 06/21/2012 5:07 a.m.

AT LAST conflicting reports, Hosni Mubarak was suspended somewhere between life and death, just as the Egyptian dictator’s last precarious year has been spent somewhere between justice and only political justice. Egypt itself still hangs somewhere between revolution and whatever comes afterward—probably more suspense, upheaval and uncertainty. Which will not end with Hosni Mubarak’s eventual departure from this vale of tears.

The immigration ploy

posted: 06/21/2012 5:06 a.m.

President Barack Obama’s latest political ploy—granting new “rights” out of thin air, by executive order, to illegal immigrants who claim that they were brought into the country when they were children—is all too typical of his short-run approach to the country’s long-run problems.

OTHERS SAY: The end of an era

posted: 06/21/2012 5:05 a.m.

The death of Rodney Glen King brought to an end an era that defined modern Los Angeles and affected any person who lived through it.

The world in brief

posted: 06/21/2012 5:05 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I am not a doctor, but we have objective elements that allow us to think and affirm that we’re dealing with someone who suffers from considerable psychological problems and that his act is linked to these problems.” French Prosecutor Michel Valet, on the suspect in a hostage standoff Article, 2A

Birthers versus deathers

posted: 06/21/2012 5:04 a.m.

Gov. Rick Scott may be a zombie.

3 U.S. soldiers among 21 slain in Afghan bombing

posted: 06/21/2012 5:04 a.m.

A suicide bomber killed 21 people, including three U.S. soldiers, at a checkpoint in a packed market Wednesday in eastern Afghanistan — the third assault targeting Americans in as many days.

Turkish airstrikes hit Kurds in reprisal

posted: 06/21/2012 5:03 a.m.

Turkish warplanes and attack helicopters have struck Kurdish rebel targets inside Iraq after a rebel attack killed eight Turkish soldiers, Turkey’s military said Wednesday — the latest attempt by Turkey to fight off a persistent threat from Kurdish insurgents seeking regional autonomy.

Disappointing Democrats

posted: 06/21/2012 5:02 a.m.

Two higher-education political scientists got quoted the other day to the effect that Arkansas Democrats finally may have landed on something helpful with this ethicsreform initiative.

New Greek premier in place

posted: 06/21/2012 5:02 a.m.

Greek conservative party head Antonis Samaras was sworn in as prime minister Wednesday at the helm of a three-party coalition that will uphold the country’s international bailout commitments.


posted: 06/21/2012 5:01 a.m.

To the scene of the crime Cynthia Howell of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette recently wrote of Gov. Mike Beebe urging high school graduates of the class of 2012—some graduating with hopes to pursue pediatric oncology, aerospace engineering, foreign language translation and creative writing—to return to the state. Some must leave Arkansas and attend colleges and universities offering their degrees; many certainly do not return.

East Boys Run Past West Team

posted: 06/21/2012 4:59 a.m.

Size and speed took over in the end for the East all-stars.

Postseason ban for UAPB men

posted: 06/21/2012 4:57 a.m.

George Ivory said he believes the postseason ban given Wednesday to his Arkansas-Pine Bluff men’s basketball team for the 2012-2013 season should be overturned.

East Clobbers West

posted: 06/21/2012 4:57 a.m.

The West all-stars never recovered from a second-half scoring drought.

Arkansas’ APR at its highest point

posted: 06/21/2012 4:56 a.m.

Arkansas’ status with the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate, which caused the Razorbacks’ men’s basketball team to lose a scholarship last season, has bounced back.

ALL-STAR GAME NOTES: Future Razorback Wolff Shines

posted: 06/21/2012 4:56 a.m.

Melissa Wolff admitted to feeling some pressure when she stepped on the Bud Walton Arena floor Wednesday.

Timely hitting helping Hogs

posted: 06/21/2012 4:55 a.m.

Normally, Arkansas’ baseball team would be in trouble when its Nos. 3 and 4 hitters go a combined 1 for 14 at the plate in two games.

Fed extends bond-buy program

posted: 06/21/2012 4:54 a.m.

The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that it will extend a bond-buying program known as Operation Twist to help spark an economy that’s being held back by a weakened job market.

Man Pointing Gun Arrested

posted: 06/21/2012 4:53 a.m.

A man was arrested Wednesday after pointing a gun during an apparent road rage incident.

BCS crew gives OK to playoff

posted: 06/21/2012 4:53 a.m.

The BCS commissioners reached a consensus Wednesday on a model for a four-team, seeded playoff that will be presented to the university presidents next week for approval.

Man Of Many Talents

posted: 06/21/2012 4:53 a.m.

Jared Martin admits his favorite position on the football field is tailback. Thankfully for Farmington, he didn’t limit his talents to just the offensive backfield during his Cardinals career.

Murphy Oil puts Cosse at helm

posted: 06/21/2012 4:52 a.m.

Murphy Oil Corp. has appointed Steve Cosse as the new president and chief executive officer of the company, according to a statement released Wednesday by the company’s board of directors.

Center Excited For Chance

posted: 06/21/2012 4:52 a.m.

It was easy to see how ecstatic Alex Westermeyer was to be a part of the Arkansas High School Coaches Association Football All-Star Game this week.

Rain postpones elimination game

posted: 06/21/2012 4:51 a.m.

Kent State and two-time defending national champion South Carolina will meet this morning after rain postponed their College World Series elimination game Wednesday night.

Hotelling Excited To Play

posted: 06/21/2012 4:51 a.m.

Max Hotelling had pretty much turned the page on his high school football career when Daryl Patton called to give him a final opportunity about a month ago.

Dennis Ready For College

posted: 06/21/2012 4:50 a.m.

Tony Dennis will soon be a Wonder Boy. He plans to leave July 8 for Arkansas Tech, where he’ll line up next to one of his childhood friends and play for the same football coach his stepfather did.

LIKE IT IS: Foundation has lots of candidates nearby

posted: 06/21/2012 4:47 a.m.

When Harold Horton steps down as executive director of the Razorback Foundation on July 31, there will be no shortage of applicants.

Local Teams Shine At FayRo

posted: 06/21/2012 4:46 a.m.

The FayRo Charity Classic has developed into one of the top United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) sanctioned fast-pitch girls softball tournaments in not only Arkansas, but the entire region each summer.

NBA FINALS: THUNDER VS. HEAT: Thunder vow to show fight

posted: 06/21/2012 4:44 a.m.

History says the Oklahoma City Thunder aren’t coming back from their 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals.

Rogers Optimist Slips Past Kerwins

posted: 06/21/2012 4:43 a.m.

Zac Stewart’s run-scoring single in the top of the 10th inning lifted Rogers past Fort Smith Kerwins in Zone I American Legion baseball Tuesday.

INTERLEAGUE: Westbrook’s complete game propels Cardinals

posted: 06/21/2012 4:39 a.m.

Jake Westbrook pitched his first complete game in over two years, giving up only an unearned run in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 3-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

BP wins leases near Gulf-spill site

posted: 06/21/2012 4:39 a.m.

BP Plc was a high bidder Wednesday on more than 40 leases to drill in the central Gulf of Mexico where two years ago its Macondo well exploded, causing the largest U.S. offshore oil spill.

Baseball calendar

posted: 06/21/2012 4:37 a.m.

JULY 10 All-Star game, Kansas City, Mo. JULY 13 Deadline for amateur draft picks to sign. JULY 22 Hall of Fame induction, Cooperstown, N.Y.

10 to miss NCAA Tournament

posted: 06/21/2012 4:37 a.m.

Poor academic scores could create a very different kind of madness in March.

Arizona goes with Heyer as starter

posted: 06/21/2012 4:36 a.m.

It will be Round 2 between Florida State and Arizona at the College World Series today, with both teams expected to start the same pitchers as when they met in the opening round.

P&G cites slow growth in 4th-quarter outlook cut

posted: 06/21/2012 4:33 a.m.

Procter & Gamble Co. on Wednesday lowered its fourth-quarter earnings and revenue forecasts, the latest company to sound warning bells about slowing global economic growth.

Fishing this week

posted: 06/21/2012 4:33 a.m.

HOT SPOTS 1. BUFFALO RIVER The river is low and getting lower, and the water temperature is averaging in the upper 70s. Warm-water streams and rivers have been fishing very well with anglers catching plenty of quality fish. Spotted bass are holding near woody debris. Smallmouth are in the deeper channels. Sunfish have been caught using about anything.

MARKET REPORT: Fed ‘twists,’ but stocks still fall

posted: 06/21/2012 4:32 a.m.

The Federal Reserve’s latest plan to help the economy failed to impress Wall Street on Wednesday. Stocks finished slightly lower for the day, and not much better than they were before the Fed announcement.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Duck numbers up, habitat dips

posted: 06/21/2012 4:31 a.m.

Duck hunters received good news and bad news from the Prairie Pothole Region this month.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/21/2012 4:30 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “If we don’t see further improvement in the labor market, we will be prepared to take additional steps if appropriate.” Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman Article, 1D


posted: 06/21/2012 4:29 a.m.

UA division issues hay harvest warning Dry conditions are hurting Arkansas’ hay crop, causing the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service to issue a warning Wednesday.

BRIEFLY: Wildflower Program Saturday

posted: 06/21/2012 4:27 a.m.

Sharon Haley of War Eagle will present a free program on summer wildflowers at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area visitor center.


posted: 06/21/2012 4:25 a.m.

Beaver Lake: Early birds are enjoying the excitement of catching black bass on topwater lures at Beaver Lake.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: MVP Wolff does it all for East

posted: 06/21/2012 4:21 a.m.

Hardly anyone was surprised when the Most Valuable Player award was announced with 2:00 left in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star girls basketball game Wednesday night at Walton Arena.

THE TV COLUMN: Bieber special takes a peek behind scenes

posted: 06/21/2012 4:19 a.m.

Bieber fever is coming to North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena in January, but you don’t have to wait until then to scream along with the preteens.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/21/2012 4:18 a.m.

Time to get those new gloves Even without throwing a pitch, Tampa Bay’s Joel Peralta left his mark on Tuesday’s game with the Washington Nationals.

Off the wire

posted: 06/21/2012 4:18 a.m.

BASKETBALL Ariza, Okafor dealt to Wizards The New Orleans Hornets have traded forward Trevor Ariza and center Emeka Okafor to the Washington Wizards for forward Rashard Lewis and a secondround draft pick. The Wizards said Wednesday they are sending New Orleans the 46th pick in this year’s NBA Draft, which originally belonged to Dallas.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/21/2012 4:17 a.m.

FOOTBALL Memphis QB Reed plans transfer to Hogs Former Memphis quarterback Taylor Reed plans to transfer to Arkansas and redshirt this season and be eligible for the 2013 season. Reed, 6-3, 215 pounds, 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash, asked for his release from the Tigers not long after going through spring practice. He signed with Memphis in 2011 out of El Dorado and started 9 of 11 games as a freshman, completing 169 of 295 passes for 1,690 yards and 10 touchdowns with 4 interceptions.


posted: 06/21/2012 4:17 a.m.

Happy birthday.You may not feel like you’re on a quest at the start of the year, but you’ll gather information, inspiration and team members in the next seven weeks. By mid-August, your mission is under way. A financial exchange keeps your project rolling and growing through September. December brings family fun. Aries and Aquarius people adore you.


posted: 06/21/2012 4:17 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: By the time you get this I’ll be out of college, and I don’t have any idea what to do next. Maybe I just wasted the last four years. Do you believe God has a plan for everyone, or is it just up to us to decide what we’ll do with our lives? — D.B.

Utility To Give Cost-Of-Living Raises

posted: 06/21/2012 4:16 a.m.

Employees of Springdale Water Utilities will receive a merit raise July 1.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Use ‘not sure what love is’ drama as chance for change

posted: 06/21/2012 4:16 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I was thrown/hurt/confused recently when my boyfriend of two years told me he has never really been in love and isn’t sure what it’s supposed to feel like. He then tried to exempt me, but initially he said it as a blanket response to my asking why he never says, “I love you.” He has said it, but always when I’ve said it first. We’re 31 and 32.

Ice-T focuses on words in hip-hop documentary

posted: 06/21/2012 4:13 a.m.

Ice-T is infatuated with the clever wordplay associated with rap music.


posted: 06/21/2012 4:11 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I would like to know if there is an organization that collects the pull tabs from soda cans. Should I throw them out, or do you know where I could send them?

Super Quiz: Provide the missing link of the trio, then identify the whole

posted: 06/21/2012 4:11 a.m.

1. Estonia, —————, Lithuania. 2. Speak no evil, ——————, see no evil. 3. Athos, —————, Aramis. 4. Id, ————, superego. 5. Placido Domingo, ——————, Luciano Pavarotti. 6. The Fellowship of the Ring, —————, The Return of the King 7. “Inferno” (Hell), ——————, “Paradiso” (Paradise).

Gunman seized in bank standoff

posted: 06/21/2012 3:53 a.m.

French police stormed a bank and captured a gunman who took four bank employees hostage Wednesday while claiming he was acting for religious reasons. The six-hour standoff jarred a region still reeling from a terrorist shooting rampage that killed seven people earlier this year.

Farm bill’s sugar plan survives vote

posted: 06/21/2012 3:51 a.m.

The Senate voted Wednesday not to tamper with the Depression-era program that protects U.S. sugar growers as it sped toward completion of a $500 billion bill to operate farm and food programs over the next five years.

Creatures escape zoo in Minnesota flood, caught

posted: 06/21/2012 3:50 a.m.

Residents evacuated their homes and animals escaped from pens at a zoo as floods fed by a steady torrential downpour struck northeastern Minnesota, inundating the city of Duluth, officials said Wednesday.

Obama May spending outpaced donations

posted: 06/21/2012 3:48 a.m.

President Barack Obama spent more on his re-election effort last month than he raised, ending May with $109.7 million cash on hand, according to Federal Election Commission reports filed Wednesday.

Artist Neiman, who painted sports, leisure events, dies

posted: 06/21/2012 3:46 a.m.

Painter and sketch artist LeRoy Neiman, best-known for evoking the kinetic energy of the world’s biggest sporting and leisure events with bright quick strokes, died Wednesday at age 91.

House supports checking drugs abroad

posted: 06/21/2012 3:43 a.m.

The House on Wednesday passed Food and Drug Administration legislation that will increase inspections of drug-manufacturing facilities overseas, while also funding review of new drugs at home.

Court voids election in Kuwait

posted: 06/21/2012 3:42 a.m.

Kuwait’s constitutional court further complicated the country’s chaotic situation Wednesday, ruling the parliament was elected unconstitutionally and restoring the previous legislature.

HOW WE SEE IT: Regulations Are In Place For A Reason

posted: 06/21/2012 3:39 a.m.

There are those who say the economy would be much stronger if the federal government would just stop interfering. The notion goes that businesses big and small are lucky to survive given the numerous restrictions and regulations the government imposes on them.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Hard Numbers: Bentonville Can Do Better

posted: 06/21/2012 3:38 a.m.

It seems that in spite of everyone’s good intentions, a major controversy has arisen in regard to the proposed Bentonville school bond election.

Doctoral seminar shrinks ‘all but’s’

posted: 06/21/2012 3:38 a.m.

Taking notes on a yellow legal pad, Kathryn Sloan posed a question to the three doctoral students sitting around her.


posted: 06/21/2012 3:35 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.

Square to draw from new bypass

posted: 06/21/2012 3:35 a.m.

After the project is finished to make U.S. 412 a fourlane roadway from Springdale to Huntsville, Huntsville city and business leaders want travelers to have a reason to take a quick trip to the center of the Madison County city.

Teens’ artwork shown in D.C.

posted: 06/21/2012 3:32 a.m.

U.S. Capitol visitors with an eye for art can view American masterpieces such as John Trumbull’s Signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Surrender of Lord Cornwallis that are lining the building’s dome. And for the next year, artwork by four young Arkansans also will hang in the Capitol.

Court urged to allow new district transfers

posted: 06/21/2012 3:30 a.m.

A federal judge should allow all interdistrict transfers under the Arkansas School Choice Act, which he struck down this month, regardless of a student’s race or previous eligibility to switch schools under the law, attorneys said Wednesday.