The ordinary facade of Mezza Luna, tucked between an apartment complex next to Baum Stadium and the Fayetteville Driver Control Office on South Razorback Road, does little to reveal the offerings of what lies through the front door.
In a world where televisions carry 100-plus channels, game consoles transform players into avatars and YouTube depicts just about every scenario imaginable, a group of kids crowded into the John Q. Hammons Center on Saturday to talk about books.
Jordan Dennis was determined to have a big hand in the outcome Friday. Dennis, a junior at Fayetteville, had a chance to play against his former team Springdale High for the first time since transferring after his sophomore season.
Selling a quarterback on Arkansas State, the five large framed pictures in the small alcove of coach Gus Malzahn’s office can close the deal.
Before a recruit is guided to them, a heavier-than-expected
Fire swept through the old central souk, or marketplace, of Aleppo, Syria, on Saturday, damaging a vast and well-preserved labyrinth of medieval storehouses, shops, schools and ornate courtyards as fierce clashes between security forces and insurgents vowing to carry out a “decisive battle” for the city continued.
The last Western detainee held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay returned to Canada on Saturday after a decade in custody. He had been captured in Afghanistan at age 15 after being wounded in a firefight with U.S. soldiers, officials said.
In his nearly 50 years as an avid motorcyclist, Grady Howard has roared down the tobacco roads of North Carolina and through the mountains of old Kentucky, all with his wife, Barbara, tucked behind him. But with a balky left leg and myriad other maladies, he knew the only way to stay wild was to add a wheel.
Former New York Times Publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, who led the newspaper to new levels of influence and profit while standing up for press freedom during some of the most significant moments in 20th-century journalism, died Saturday. He was 86.
Hurricane Isaac may have proved a successful test for the 840,000 people inside the New Orleans hurricane protection system, the 133 miles of levees, floodgates and walls that surround the city and parts of four parishes like a fortress. But the storm highlighted the vulnerability of more than 200,000 people just beyond the system.
In a conference room at the Democratic headquarters, President Barack Obama has been preparing for the debate this week, but the reviews of his staff are already in. Too long, they tell him. Cut that answer. Give crisper explanations. No one wants a professor ; they want a president.
Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley helped stake the Americans to their biggest lead in the Ryder Cup in more than 30 years. Ian Poulter, eyes bulging and fists shaking with every clutch putt, at least gave Europe some big momentum over the final frantic hour Saturday at Medinah.
Algeria demanded new efforts Saturday to limit freedom of expression to prevent denigrating attacks on Islam, appealing to the United Nations to take a lead as nations engaged in new debate on the tensions between free speech and religious tolerance.
Poulter stirs it up on 1st tee — Wonder no more what would happen if the crowd screamed in the middle of a golfer’s back swing. It’s happened two days in a row at the Ryder Cup by design, signaling what might be the start of a new tradition.
Yemeni security officials said a government official who once led a local militia against al-Qaida in the country’s south has survived a suicide bombing attack. One of his guards died of wounds suffered in the attack.
Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run home run to move into at least a tie for the lead in all three triple crown categories and Justin Verlander struck out eight in seven innings to help the Detroit Tigers stay in front in the AL Central with a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.
Iran condemned on Saturday the Obama administration for taking an Iranian militant group formerly allied with Saddam Hussein off the U.S. terrorism list, saying it shows Washington’s “double standards.”
Quarterback Rafe Peavey of Bolivar, Mo., became Arkansas’ first oral commitment for the 2014 class in July after participating in the Hogs’ junior-senior prospect camp, and he’s hoping to help the Razorbacks by encouraging other prospects to join him in Fayetteville.
Advocates for Gypsies in France called Saturday for international protests to support the ethnic minority, two days after a group of residents in the southern city of Marseille expelled about 50 Gypsies from their camp and burned the site.
The newly built Barclays Center is the home of the Brooklyn Nets, and Jay-Z, an investor in the team, christened the venue Friday night in uniform, sporting a Nets hat and jersey as he rapped two dozen jams onstage in front of thousands.
Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.; White House adviser David Plouffe; former Govs. Haley Barbour, R-Miss., and Howard Dean, D-Vt. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “The ability to find solid blocks of time to do nothing but prepare for debate is almost impossible for a president.The world doesn’t wait for debate prep.” Dan Pfeiffer, White House communications director, on President Barack Obama’s preparation for this week’s debate Article, this page
QUOTE OF THE DAY “Our hearts and minds have been burned in this fire. It’s not just a souk and shops, but it’s our soul, too.” Dima, a doctor in the contested city of Aleppo, Syria, where a fire swept through a souk at the historic city’s center. Article, 1A
Clarksville businessman Dwight Hoyle is one of several legislative candidates who have changed political parties, and his Democratic opponent, who beat him in a 2010 runoff, isn’t mincing words about it.
A Colorado study that found that 74 percent of teens in substance-abuse treatment said they had used medical marijuana shouldn’t be considered alongside Arkansas’ proposed legalization measure because of differences in the laws, supporters of Arkansas’ ballot issue said last week.
Amari Cooper caught two touchdown passes from AJ McCarron and Christion Jones returned a kickoff 99 yards for another score, leading No. 1 Alabama to a 33-14 victory over Mississippi on Saturday night.
Marcus Murphy returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown and James Franklin added an 80-yard touchdown pass Saturday as Missouri (3-2 ) ground out its first road victory of the season, edging Central Florida 21-16.
When Arkansas voters chose Mark Darr as lieutenant governor in 2010, they selected someone completely unqualified to fulfi ll the primary responsibility of the offce, which is to serve in the governor’s stead should he be unable to do so.
El Dorado Republican Henry Frisby is competing with state Rep. Bobby Pierce, a Democrat from Sheridan, for a state Senate seat, saying he would be a south Arkansas “voice for the common man” at the Capitol.
In the Sept. 17 editorial, the editors have decided they know what is best for Springdale’s forthcoming Don Tyson Parkway and Interstate 540 interchange. They’ve determined we have not waited long enough for business to come and build near the interchange. I disagree and think you should, too.
1st Quarter ARKANSAS 10, TEXAS A&M 7 The Aggies gained 7 or more yards on their first six plays, and scored on their first third-down snap. The Hogs lost yardage on third-and-1 and punted, but they survived a 52-yard Johnny Manziel keeper when Taylor Bertolet missed a 39-yard field goal wide right.
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The Ferris wheel may be a steam-age invention, but it is back in vogue in New York, which last week joined a long list of cities where urban planners or developers have bet that modern versions of the old ride can serve as economic engines.
Arkansas............ 10 0 0 0 — 10 Texas A&M.......... 7 20 17 14 — 58 FIRST QUARTER Texas A&M TIME 12:11 (2:49 time of possession) SCORING PLAY Mike Evans caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Johnny Manziel. Taylor Bertolet kicked the extra point.
PHOENIX — A man who stole a car at gunpoint, shot at Phoenix police officers and then led them on a chase that ended with his suicide broadcast on national television was identified Saturday as a wanted felon with a long criminal history.
100 YEARS AGO Sept. 30, 1912 Judging by the crowds which yesterday afternoon visited the showgrounds at Seventeenth and Main streets, dogs, ponies, monkeys and elephants are gaining in popularity as years come and go.
A commission appointed to investigate Los Angeles County jails said Friday that the system has shown a “persistent pattern of unnecessary and excessive force” and blamed Sheriff Lee Baca for a “failure of leadership.” The Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence, a sevenmember panel made up of several former judges and a police chief, released its final report Friday after a lengthy investigation of the nation’s largest county jail system and the treatment of some 15,000 inmates by the sheriff’s office who runs it.
Taylor Martinez guided four consecutive scoring drives against a tiring Wisconsin defense in the second half to lead No. 22 Nebraska’s comeback from a 17-point deficit to defeat the Badgers 30-27 on Saturday night.
An estimated 100,000 opposition supporters rallied in Georgia’s capital Saturday in a show of strength days before a parliamentary election that presents the toughest challenge to the future of President Mikhail Saakashvili’s government since he took office in 2004.
Pope Benedict XVI’s former butler, Paolo Gabriele, went on trial Saturday on charges of stealing the pope’s confidential papers and leaking them to the media, an unprecedented security breach that set off a public airing of back-room intrigue and allegations of corruption at an institution known for its secrecy.
Tens of thousands of Spaniards and Portuguese rallied in the streets of their countries’ capitals Saturday to protest enduring deep economic pain from austerity measure, and the demonstration in Madrid turned violent after Spaniards enraged over a long-lasting recession and skyhigh unemployment clashed with riot police for the third time in less than a week near the parliament.
Not the Cowboys you think If you are looking for the team take on the Dallas Cowboys’ game with the Chicago Bears on Monday night, you probably should stay away from Cowboys.com. But if you just can’t resist the urge to do so, you will probably be surprised to see what website pops up.
MOTOR SPORTS Logano wins Joey Logano dominated on the concrete Saturday to win the Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway. Logano raced to his seriesleading seventh victory of the season, winning for the 16th time in NASCAR’s second-tier circuit.
Corene Mitchell, an octogenarian from Sherwood, a small entourage of family members and a friend handed out paperback student dictionaries to Bayou Meto Elementary School thirdgraders for each of the pupils to keep.
Samuel Adams storms into the meeting house, and he’s angry. He pulls off his hat and waves his fist in the air, shouting about taxes and tyranny. Even our playing cards are taxed, he cries. Hisses and calls of “fie” emanate from the angry crowd. We, too, have had enough.
CONWAY — A former civil attorney for Faulkner County paid almost $12,000 in state money for what one expert said is the “most powerful legal firearm in America” and then gave it to another county employee, that employee told federal investigators.
If you’re tired of the bone-crunching, ultra-tight seating in typical coach/ economy cabins, take heart: Several additional airlines have adopted some form of premium economy this year. That’s a class of service between regular economy and business or first class — with in-between prices.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s not usually a drive to immediate citizenship — it’s more about putting them on a path to citizenship.” Kedron Benham, immigration lawyer, on events his firm has held to help Marshallese residents learn about how to become U.S. citizens Article, 1B
I’ll state right away that Hawaii is one of my favorite places. I’m pretty much over the Caribbean, and although the Maldives and Fiji have beautiful beaches, getting there is expensive and time consuming. So when it comes time for balmy weather, surf, sand and relaxation, it’s the Hawaiian Islands.
Spin Cycle presents another installment of “All the News That’s Fit to Razz” ... Crocs co-founder George Boedecker was arrested in Boulder, Colo., last month after police responded to a call about a man passed out in a Porsche Panamera. Last week in court, he pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence.
The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has sanctioned several lectures, exhibits and other events during October as part of the state’s continuing observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
THURSDAY Junction City at Spring Hill, 7 p.m. FRIDAY CLASS 7A/6A 7A/6A-CENTRAL FS Northside at Conway, 7 p.m. LR Catholic at Greenwood, 7 p.m. LR Hall at FS Southside, 7 p.m. LR Parkview at Russellville, 7 p.m. 7A/6A-EAST LR Central at West Memphis, 7 p.m. Marion at Searcy, 7 p.m. Mountain Home at Cabot, 7 p.m. North Little Rock at Jonesboro, 7 p.m. 7A/6A-SOUTH Benton at Sheridan, 7 p.m. Bryant at LR Fair, 7 p.m. El Dorado at Texarkana, 7 p.m. Lake Hamilton at Pine Bluff, 7 p.m. 7A/6A-WEST Bentonville at Rogers, 7:30 p.m. Rogers Heritage at Fayetteville, 7:30 p.m. Springdale at Siloam Springs, 7:30 p.m. Van Buren at Springdale Har-Ber, 7:30 p.m.
Armed with our recently attained 50th birthdays, still-shiny membership cards and media credentials, Dre and I attended our first AARP conference. The event, Life@50+, took place Sept. 20-22 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and attracted a reported 25,000 registrants.
CLASS 7A/6A 7A/6A-CENTRAL Conway 63, LR Hall 6 FS Southside 49, LR Catholic 20 Greenwood 34, LR Parkview 21 Russellville 40, FS Northside 19 7A/6A-EAST Cabot 26, Marion 12 Jonesboro 35, LR Central 24 North Little Rock 42, West Memphis 0 Searcy 44, Mountain Home 41 7A/6A-SOUTH Benton 48, LR Fair 6 El Dorado 47, Sheridan 13 Lake Hamilton 48,
NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin sophomore running back Gus Johnson rushed for a career-high 215 yards and scored four touchdowns as the Lumberjacks beat Central Arkansas 42-37 on Saturday night at Homer Bryce Stadium.
Scores EAST Albany (NY) 55, Monmouth (NJ) 24 American International 27, Assumption 23 Bloomsburg 43, Gannon 24 Brown 37, Georgetown 10 Catholic 41, Hampden-Sydney 28 Clarion 31, East Stroudsburg 27 Clemson 45, Boston College 31 Colgate 47, Yale 24 College of NJ 55, W. Connecticut 27 Cornell 15, Bucknell 10 Cortland St. 20, Montclair St. 0 Delaware Valley 42, Albright 21 Denison 30, Wooster 22 Duquesne 24, St. Francis (Pa.) 21
Hollywood has made three movies out of Charles Portis’ novels: True Grit (1969). Just a year after the novel came out, John Wayne starred as the one-eyed Deputy Marshal Rooster Cogburn. Wayne received the only Oscar of his career.
SELF PORTRAIT Date and place of birth: Aug. 6, 1951, Lubbock, Texas Occupation: Assistant director and transportation study director for the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission Family: Wife Lynn, 8 children, 10 grandchildren Something I’d like to be better at is playing guitar. The best part of my job is working with professionals and the public to develop a consensus on transportation needs and projects in Northwest Arkansas.
Escape Velocity makes only a brief, hard-to-spot mention of author Charles Portis’ determined ways of escaping attention, such as, well — right here, this page in the newspaper. Some of his writing is on display here. But he’s not.
An analysis of the Fort Smith regional economy released this month shows that the June closure of Whirlpool Corp.’s plant was a severe blow and just another indicator the manufacturing sector is continuing to weaken in the region.
DEAR CAROLYN: I am divorcing my husband of 10 years. We have an 8-year old son. There are issues of emotional and verbal abuse, and I have finally gotten to the point where I am strong enough to end this relationship.
Two exhibitions — “20 Years,” a newly commissioned installation by Fayetteville artist Kathy Thompson, and “My Folklore: The Art of Letitia Huckaby” — open with “Treasures & History: A Gallery Open House,” 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday in the Joy Pratt Markham Gallery at Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville.
Happy birthday. Plans not only succeed this year; they triumph. October brings a financial bonus.Younger friends will credit you later for helping them in November. Also, November brings a surprise announcement. You’ll finish home projects in January. In love, refuse to settle and agree to compromise, and your relationships will rock.
CNN analyst to lead Springdale forum CNN senior political analyst Alex Castellanos will headline the 2012 Henkel Global Leadership Conference/Social Impact Forum presented by Champions For Kids on Oct. 11 at the Springdale Holiday Inn.
REST IN PEACE, dream of a great new span across the Arkansas River that would be not just another bridge but a work of art. Cause of death: a failure of imagination. It is a common enough ailment among the paper-shufflers of the world, especially those who work in the bowels of some government agency.
My patio is littered with acorns. We seem to have a good “mast” this year—that combination of acorns, persimmons, and other autumn nuts and fruits that traditionally fed our ancestors’ hogs before butchering time in early winter. Until recent times, no source of food was more important to Arkansans than pork.
WASHINGTON The SEAL book could be just the beginning. As the Pentagon continues to review its legal options over No Easy Day, and whether the classified material it says the book contains warrants action against the author, it will have to consider the likelihood that after more than 10 years of war and the killing of Osama bin Laden, there will be many authors who follow Matt Bissonnette.
A50-year-old veteran Springdale firefighter, with terminal cancer that he’s certain was caused by his work, seems to me to be getting a raw deal from the agency that administers the retirement program for our state’s police and firemen.
Where I live: My wife and I live in east Rogers with our two kids. We’re just off New Hope Road, so it’s a really good location for us. We’ve been in Northwest Arkansas for about five years now. Our home was actually the model home in the neighborhood we live in.
A downpour came just before Huntsville and Clarksville kicked off, playing a role in a sloppy game, but the Eagles defeated the Panthers 20-0 in 5A-West Conference action Friday night at Eagle Stadium.
The Obama administration moved Friday to rally Syria’s opposition with pledges of $45 million in new nonlethal and humanitarian assistance as the administration and other world leaders lamented the failure of diplomatic efforts to push Syrian President Bashar Assad from power.
Prisoners seized weapons and clashed with security guards in an hours-long standoff that killed 12 people, including 10 guards, and allowed dozens of al-Qaida-linked inmates to escape before ending Friday in Saddam Hussein’s hometown, Iraqi officials said.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “Everything is under control now. Our security forces are chasing the escaped prisoners and have already recaptured some.” Mohammed al-Assi, spokesman for Salahuddin province in Iraq, after a security breach at an Iraqi prison Article, this page
QUOTE OF THE DAY “It is no secret that our attempts to move forward at the U.N. Security Council have been blocked repeatedly, but the United States is not waiting.” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, as she announced new aid for the Syrian opposition Article, 1A
Michael Savage’s talk show left the airwaves Thursday after the conservative host won a legal battle with his longtime employer, and his attorney said discussions with new networks are already under way.
Annie Dookhan, 34, a Massachusetts chemist accused of faking drug-test results, forging paperwork and mixing samples at a state police lab, has been arrested and charged with felony obstruction of justice and pretending to hold a degree for a college or university, a misdemeanor, in a case that threatens thousands of criminal prosecutions.
State lawmakers approved a $1.2 million contract Friday to study how to coordinate the fluctuation of lower-income Arkansans between Medicaid and private insurance offered on the state’s fledgling insurance exchange.
The Arkansas Supreme Court’s refusal to remove Circuit Judge L.T. Simes from the bench despite two requests from the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission leaves Simes without a pursuable claim in federal court, a special judge said in throwing out Simes’ 2010 civil-rights lawsuit.
Police arrested a Bella Vista man Thursday night after he reportedly stole his girlfriend’s car and sped down Dickson Street, nearly hitting a police officer and two children during the Bikes, Blues & BBQ rally.
100 YEARS AGO Sept. 29, 1912 An apartment house out of the ordinary has been erected at 812 Sherman street by Paul R. Lutzke. The building, which was constructed at a cost of $10,000, contains only two apartments.
Strolling down the main shopping drag in this working-class Rio de Janeiro suburb, it’s not the second-skin dresses in shocking pink spandex that catch the eye or even the strapless tops with strategically placed peekaboo paneling.
Group criticizes Catholic tax edict BERLIN — A Catholic reform group in Germany criticized the country’s bishops Monday for declaring that believers who refuse to pay religious taxes won’t be able to receive the sacrament, become godparents or work in church institutions.
OKAY, CONFESS: While you’re reading this, at the kitchen table or your desk at work, what else are you doing? Finishing off your oatmeal? Applying last touches of makeup? Texting with friends about tonight’s plans?
Of course they’re worth it Boy, I’m glad I’m not superstitious. Otherwise I might think the designer change in Razorback football uniforms has something to do with the ominous turn of events this year.
OFFENSE Quarterback The pressures on Tyler Wilson to carry the Arkansas offense continue to grow. Wilson passed for 419 yards, completing 20 of 40 passes last week, but threw 2 interceptions as his efficiency rating fell to No. 13 nationally and No. 3 in the SEC (177.78).
Monte Coleman’s office phone has been flooded with well-wishers this week, most of whom have called to tell the coach they saw his Arkansas-Pine Bluff football team beat Alabama State on national television last week.
EL DORADO 47, SHERIDAN 13 El DORADO — Lucas Reed completed 10 of 13 passes for 152 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Josh Brock ran for 2 touchdowns as El Dorado (3-2, 2-0 7A/6A-South Conference) defeated Sheridan (1-4, 0-2 ).
CARDINALS Freese misses fourth start ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese missed his fourth consecutive start with a sprained right ankle, but felt good enough to take pregame batting practice.
Fayetteville forced four turnovers, gave up only five points after halftime and got enough from its high-powered offense to pull away for a 27-11 victory over Springdale on Friday night at Jarrell Williams Bulldog Stadium.
West Memphis stopped Altee Tenpenny and the North Little Rock ground game cold, but the Blue Devils had no answer for Charging Wildcats quarterback Payton Holmes, who threw for 182 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-0 victory on Friday night in North Little Rock.
CAMDEN FAIRVIEW 47, WHITE HALL 8 WHITE HALL — White Hall put on an impressive fireworks display right before the opening kickoff, while Camden Fairview waited until the second half to fire off all its guns.
Pulaski Academy (3-2, 2-0 ) piled up 36 points while scoring on all but one possession in the first half on their way to a 43-8 victory over the Helena-West Helena Central Cougars (1-4, 0-2 ) at Cad Polk Stadium.
No Foolin,’ that’s their real mascot It’s been a tough start for the University of Arkansas’ football team, but the state can take pride in the fact that one of its teams brought home a national title.
VOLLEYBALL UAM earns road victory Junior Victoria Bozzo had 17 kills and committed two errors to lead Arkansas-Monticello (5-10 ) to a 3-1 (25-20, 25-22, 24-26, 25-17 ) victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3-8 ) on Thursday in Pine Bluff. Bozzo also finished with eight digs and two blocks, while Amy Kleypas had 11 kills and 19 digs for the Cotton Blossoms.
Americans increased their spending in August even though their income barely grew. Much of the spending went to higher gasoline prices, which may have forced consumers to cut back elsewhere, analysts said.
Citing national security risks, President Barack Obama on Friday blocked a Chinese company from ownership of four wind-farm projects in northern Oregon near a U.S. Navy base where the military flies unmanned drones and electronic-warfare planes on training missions.
Q We are a bit stumped at a plant that came up in our garden. For a long time, we thought it was a honeydew melon, but I cut one, and it had the flavor of a cucumber. Is it a squash that has grown larger than it should have?
Some quick but powerful thunderstorms packing quite a punch recently knocked out my electricity for several hours. What supplies would you recommend I have on hand, and how can I be better prepared in the future?
Gatehouse Custom Access Ramp System What’s to love: It is a stylish wheelchair ramp system and can be put together by a do-it-yourselfer. What does it do: This modular wood ramp system can be permanent or temporary, and can be configured with right, left and U turns, according to any home’s requirements.
DEAR TOM AND RAY: I need your help. My car has an odor that will not go away. My car, now known as “The Farm,” smells like a barn. Basically, my brother’s dog (her name is Drama) made a mess on my Prius’ fabric back seat. It permeated several layers of seat fabric. By the way, this was three years ago.
Walk out the front door of a house under construction in Santa Monica, Calif., and the bridge over a koi pond in the front yard leads to stepping stones, then a meditation deck that appears to float in the water.
Happy birthday. You were meant to be in charge, and you will be in October, sharing your skills with those who can benefit from them the most. A desire for fitness will have you changing core habits in 2013.
DEAR REV. GRAHAM: How often should I pray? I try to pray every day, and I know I ought to, but sometimes I don’t get around to it because I’m preoccupied with other things. Maybe that’s wrong, but it’s the way I am. — P.L.B.
1. This slave led a gladiator revolt against Rome. 2. Who portrayed the title role in The King’s Speech? 3. Which singer was nicknamed the “Little Sparrow” ? 4. Which Christian martyr is considered the first bishop of Rome?
The atmosphere on Capitol Hill’s brick sidewalks stays frosty year round as the power-walking professionals rush along in suits of wool-blend armor, their earphones in place, smart phones loaded and eyes focused dead ahead.
Interstate 540 drivers in Fort Smith can expect lane closings near the Arkansas River Bridge during some daytime hours Monday through Thursday, according to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “I don’t want my child going to school and somebody telling my child who to worship. That’s my job.” State Rep. Johnnie Roebuck, D-Arkadelphia, on a rationale behind a state rule, approved Friday, that bars state-funded preschools from religious activities Article, 1B
Arguing that her father didn’t intend to kill himself when he lifted a gun to his head in 2007 and pulled the trigger, a woman asked a judge Tuesday to order a change to the cause listed on his death certificate from suicide to accidental.
The Chinese Communist Party announced Friday the expulsion from its ranks of former highflying politician Bo Xilai, with state media saying he will “face justice,” a move that sets up a coming crescendo in the biggest leadership scandal to hit Beijing in decades.
The owner of the site of a 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 people is donating the land for a permanent memorial, bringing an end to a years-long effort to secure the site of The Station fire by families of those killed and survivors of the blaze.
Florida election officials said Friday that at least 10 counties have identified suspicious and possibly fraudulent voter registration forms turned in by a firm working for the Republican Party of Florida, which has filed an election-fraud complaint with the state Division of Elections against its onetime consultant.
For a day, the presidential contest was almost all about money — money to wage the presidential contest, that is. Mitt Romney promised to help Americans earn more, but he and President Barack Obama focused mostly on private fundraisers and big checks to fuel their 40-day drive to Election Day.
Kenyan troops invaded al-Shabab’s last stronghold in Somalia on Friday, coming ashore in a pre-dawn beach landing at Kismayo that appeared likely to deprive the Islamist insurgents of their last big moneymaking enterprise.
First Christian Church in Fayetteville will host a Faith-Life Connections seminar on Oct. 5-6. Richard Ward, professor of homiletics and worship at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Okla., will discuss “Enabling the Word in Work and Worship.” The seminar is part of a three-year series created by the seminary to bring topics of interest to local communities for understanding and conversation. Faculty members will rotate between seven congregations in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
The Friends of the Poor walk/run will begin at 8:30 a.m. today at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Rogers, 1416 W. Poplar St. Walkers can choose to walk threefourths mile or a mile and half. Walkers can solicit pledges or sponsor themselves. Money raised will be used by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (Mother Teresa Conference) for direct assistance to the poor in Rogers and to support the church food pantry.
Loren Phippen had devoted decades to a high-paying career in aviation when God called him to something different. Phippen, who gave his life to Christ at age 40, returned to college at about 50, he said. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Christian ministry and then a master’s of divinity.
Arkansas lawmakers on Friday rejected an effort to change the way certain committees vote after Republicans said they were worried it was aimed at easily implementing parts of the federal health care law and other controversial matters before a potential GOP takeover of the Legislature.
Police arrested a Bella Vista man Thursday night after he reportedly stole his girlfriend’s car and sped down Dickson Street, nearly striking a police officer and two children during the Bikes, Blues & BBQ rally.
Ray Wesley Deaver, 23, of 9 Kendall Drive faces felony charges in connection with robbery, aggravated assault and fleeing.
A Pea Ridge man was sentenced to 30 years is prison after admitting to killing a man.
Darin Michael Etherton, 28, stood in court Friday morning and admitted his guilt in the 2011 murder of Brent Test.
Etherton pleaded guilty to murder in the first degree. He was originally charged with capital murder, but agreed to plead guilty to the lesser charge under a plea agreement his attorney Drew Miller reached with Chief Deputy Prosecutor Stuart Cearley.
In his most detailed plea to date for global action against Iran’s nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that the world has until next summer at the latest to stop Iran before it can build a nuclear bomb.
Mexican marines acting on U.S. intelligence seized the leader of a breakaway faction of the violent Zetas cartel, officials said Thursday, proclaiming the third such arrest in a month as a victory for a binational strategy focused on removing the leadership of Mexico’s powerful organized crime groups.
Most U.S. and coalition combat units in Afghanistan have returned to their practice of partnering with Afghan forces, nearly two weeks after the top U.S. commander put restrictions on such arrangements, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday.
Global health officials have alerted doctors to be on the lookout for a virus related to severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, but said there were no signs the disease was behaving like the respiratory syndrome that killed hundreds in 2003.
John Quinley, a Yosemite National Park spokesman, said the park will offer testing to all its employees to determine if they have ever been infected with hantavirus, a mouse-borne virus that has infected nine park visitors this year, including three who died.
Court records show Sons of Anarchy actor Johnny Lewis was released from jail a week before being found dead in his driveway. Los Angeles police said Thursday that the 28-year-old Lewis is the only suspect in the death of 81-yearold Catherine Davis, his landlord who was discovered slain inside the hillside home in Los Feliz. Authorities said they are investigating Davis’ death and that it appears she was beaten.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “The world is not a safe place. It remains dangerous.” Republican Mitt Romney, targeting for criticism automatic cuts to federal spending, particularly defensespending reductions Article, this page
The Arkansas Supreme Court released opinions Thursday.The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts. state.ar.us. PROCEEDINGS OF SEPT. 27, 2012 CHIEF JUSTICE JIM HANNAH CR11-1269. Charles Wayne Green v. State, from Randolph Circuit.
100 YEARS AGO Sept. 28, 1912 TEXARKANA — The movement which has been under consideration for some time to pave State Line avenue from the Union passenger station north to the post office took on a more favorable aspect at a meeting held last night between the property owners and a committee from the City Council. The matter was discussed at length, everybody present favoring the project. The distance from the depot in the post office is about 2,000 feet.
REMEMBER a few years back when you had to be told what K-2 was? Some of us more naive types had fond flashbacks to our childhood, when K-2 footballs flew over the school’s recess grounds. Man, you could really hum those things for miles and miles.
When anti-American demonstrations spread around the world this month, the Obama administration focused much of its public response on denouncing the anti-Muslim video that had provoked outrage and provided a pretext for extremists. President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton rightly distanced the U.S. government from the video and stressed the American system of religious tolerance; more disturbingly, the White House asked Google to consider removing the offending video from its YouTube Web site.
With average gas prices approaching $4 nationally and already above that in California, American consumers are watching their hard-earned dollars go down the gas tank. For President Obama, that’s not great news because voters hate high gasoline prices.
Romney deserves to lose It now appears likely that Mitt Romney will lose the presidential election. Romney will probably win Arkansas, most states in the West (except the Pacific Coast), and most of the South without much difficulty, so he won’t get trounced, but he will still lose.
Davis Love III sent out his hottest player. Jose Maria Olazabal went with his strongest teams. The Ryder Cup captains had the same objectives Thursday when they announced their teams for the opening sessions at Medinah.
The annual motorcycle rally runs through Saturday with most vendors, music and events at venues on Dickson Street, at the Washington County Fairgrounds and at the parking lots of Baum Stadium/Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville.
The NFL can insist all it wants that the national outrage over the performance of replacement officials had nothing to do with ending its lockout of referees. Hogwash. It had everything to do with the agreement reached Wednesday night, which ended the lockout and calmed the criticism that reached a crescendo after Monday night’s bizarre ending in Seattle.
There are, apparently, spies lurking on the golf course, which is why the Americans have been so careful in practice this week to avoid putting toward anything that looks as if it might be a possible hole location in the Ryder Cup.
Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson and his staff have commitments from two of the top prospects in the nation for the 2013 class, but they are also hoping to add highly recruited small forward Troy Williams.
Kasen Williams took a quick screen pass from Keith Price, broke a tackle and the line of scrimmage and raced 35 yards for the go-ahead score with 4:53 left, and Washington rallied from 10 points down to stun No. 8 Stanford 17-13 on Thursday night.
Debi Buckley, a former vice president for finance and administration at NorthWest Arkansas Community College, has been chosen by President Becky Paneitz to be interim senior vice president for administrative services and chief financial officer.
Arkansas’ basketball game at Michigan on Dec. 8 will tip off at 11 a.m. and be nationally televised by CBS, it was announced Thursday. In other scheduling news for the Razorbacks: The SEC opener at Texas A&M has been moved from Jan. 8 to Jan. 9.
BASEBALL Indians fire Manny Acta The Cleveland Indians have fired manager Manny Acta after the team collapsed from contention. Acta, hired by Cleveland in 2009 after two losing seasons as Washington’s manager, couldn’t stop the Indians from falling to last place in the AL Central. They were within three games of first place on July 21 before losing 21 of 25 and eventually sliding all the way back to last place.
CLASS 7A JEFF ANDERSON, Conway, rushed for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns on 29 carries and returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. D.J. BROWN, Little Rock Catholic, rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. JACOB EASON, Van Buren, rushed for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns on 27 carries. BRANDON GATES, Rogers Heritage, ran for 153 yards and three touchdowns. BRUSHAWN HUNTER, Bryant, caught 6 passes for 110 yards and 1 touchdown. FORREST JOHNSON, Rogers Heritage, had 5 receptions for 232 yards and 3 touchdowns.
With the 2012 harvest all but complete statewide, Arkansas farmers are expected to produce 112 million bushels of corn — a record for the state at a time when much of the corn crop in other states has been devastated by drought.
Northwest Arkansas’ economy is recovering rapidly, adding jobs and businesses at a rate that outpaces its peer regions, according to a study released Thursday and prepared for the Northwest Arkansas Council, a nonprofit organization that promotes the region.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s nine-month-old government announced its fifth austerity package Thursday in what may be a move to head off tougher conditions demanded as part of a potential European bailout.
Sports training firm, St. Vincent team up St. Vincent Health System of Little Rock has formed a partnership with D1, a sports performance training center in Little Rock, the two businesses said Thursday.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “I think it would be much more beneficial if this became a European problem as opposed to a national problem.There’s no flag that will fix this.” Sergio Marchionne, chief executive officer of Fiat and Chrysler on automakers plans to handle slowing sales Article, 1D
The economic impact of this year’s drought on Arkansas cattle farmers was at least $128 million and more losses are likely, according to a study released Thursday by the University of Arkansas Agriculture Division.
The problem with the Toronto International Film Festival is also its greatest strength: There are so many toptier films by excellent worldwide directors being screened simultaneously, not to mention red carpet galas, after-hours parties, and celebrity PR events, it is literally impossible to catch everything you need to see.
Pitch Perfect 81 Cast: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson, Alexis Knapp, Skylar Astin, John Michael Higgins, Elizabeth Banks Director: Jason Moore Rating: PG-13, for sexual material, language and drug references Running time: 112 minutes Sticking the word “Perfect” in a title is pretty much guaranteeing that movie is going to seem lacking. Pitch Perfect is an occasionally funny-mash up of Glee and Bridesmaids that has only some of the virtues of either. With a PG-13 rating, director Jason Moore (the Fayetteville native who helmed the hilariously sick Avenue Q on Broadway) and writer Kay Cannon (30 Rock) are held back from achieving the raunchiness the movie aspires to.
Putting all of the Amish men and women convicted in beardand hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish behind bars now during harvest season would create a financial hardship for their families and could leave their children hungry this winter, their lawyers said.
The presidents of Sudan and South Sudan signed a longawaited cooperation agreement Thursday, paving the way for the resumption of oil exports and casting their ailing economies a desperately needed lifeline. But several analysts said the deal came up far short.
Looper 88 Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels, Paul Dano Director: Rian Johnson Rating: R, for strong violence, language, some sexuality, nudity and drug content Running time: 118 minutes You are a “looper,” your job is simple: The mark appears and you cut him down with your blunderbuss. You take the silver strapped to his back, you burn the body. Your job is also lucrative.
Cell phones in Syria rang, buzzed and chirped Thursday with an ominous text message from the military to members of the armed rebellion: “Game over.” The rebels responded to the regime’s warning to surrender and disarm with new attacks to drive government troops out of the largest city of Aleppo.
Hotel Transylvania 80 Cast: Animated, with voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, CeeLo Green, David Spade, Fran Drescher, Molly Shannon, Jon Lovitz Director: Genndy Tartakovsky Rating: PG, for some rude humor, action and scary images Running time: 90 minutes Sometimes after a screening, the studio representative will be required to ask the critics in attendance for their reaction to the movie they’d just seen. When they asked me about Hotel Transylvania, the first thing that came to mind, was how refreshing it was that a major studio (Sony Animation ) had put out a kid-friendly cartoon that wasn’t in 3-D.
A construction worker at a University of Arkansas job site was transported to a Fayetteville hospital Thursday morning after a section of support wall in an excavated work area hit him, University Police said.
At area theaters 67 THE APPARITION, PG-13 Ashley Greene and Sebastian Stan play a couple haunted by a presence accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment. (88 minutes) 85 ARBITRAGE, R Richard Gere plays a billionaire hedge fund magnate, the very portrait of success in American business, who, on the eve of his 60th birthday, finds himself desperately trying to sell his trading empire to a major bank before the extent of his fraud is discovered. (100 minutes)
As the son of two former teachers, I’m grateful that someone decided to make a film that decries the state of public schools. For the sake of my folks and others who have toiled for paltry salaries, it’s a shame that co-writer-director Daniel Barnz (the mind behind Beastly and Phoebe in Wonderland) couldn’t have made a better one than Won’t Back Down.
New this week Hotel Transylvania 80 PG Dracula opens a lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up in safety and comfort, free from meddling from the human world, as a way of controlling the adventurous spirit of his teenage daughter, who’s in grave peril of falling for an ordinary human. Animated.
(opening dates are tentative) Compliance, R Ann Dowd plays the high-strung manager of an Ohio fast-food joint who launches, at the behest of a police officer whose over-the-phone questions become increasingly invasive, an investigation of an employee’s supposed theft of money from a customer. With Dreama Walker, Pat Healy, Bill Camp; directed by Craig Zobel.
DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I know you keep telling people to read their Bibles, and I’ve tried, but I don’t get anything out of it. I never was much of a reader anyway, and it’s just too big. Is God going to be mad at me? — E.McN.
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 Hollywood.com are: 1. End of Watch, Open Road Films, $13,152,683, 2,730 locations, $4,818 average, $13,152,683, one week.
Happy birthday. You’ll take initiative, refusing to settle for less than you deserve — and your estimation of what’s deserved is right on, as well. First, you show that you’re willing to work hard. Then friends and family gather in support of your quest.
DEAR READERS: Looking for some easy ways to make cute, inexpensive centerpieces for a lunch, brunch, party or other event? Here are a few hints: Fill a vase with thick layers of different-colored marbles. It can be changed to match the season or holiday, like black and orange for Halloween. Take an old coffee can, hot-glue twigs on the outside, then tie a ribbon around it and place a small plant inside.
The state Board of Election Commissioners has been operating without a black member for several years and state officials should fix “this terrible injustice,” the president of the state conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said this week.
Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville has received a $250,000 gift from Washington Regional Medical Center to benefit the college’s Center for Health Professions, the school announced Thursday.
“We continue to be encouraged with the reductions in phosphorus.We haven’t crossed the finish line yet, but we’re marching in the direction to get there.” Derek Smithee, chief of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board’s water quality division, at a meeting of water conservation officials Thursday in Rogers Article, 1B
The European Union said Thursday it is asking the World Trade Organization to impose up to $12 billion per year in sanctions on the United States as part of a long-running dispute involving government subsidies to plane-makers Airbus and Boeing.
Fall in Arkansas means a couple of great film festivals. The Offshoot Film Fest runs from Thursday-Oct. 7 in Fayetteville, followed by the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, opening under new leadership on Oct. 12 and running through the 21st. Plan accordingly (and take a couple of weeks off work) and you can practically have a whole month of festivaling!
The third day of the annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ rally in Fayetteville is traditionally the one in which the fl ow of rumbling engines into the region becomes just a bit overwhelming, at least to the folks who typically don’t engage in two-wheeled traveling.
I’m in my classroom to fi nalize lesson plans for the week and fi ll in the objectives that are now required. It’s Sunday morning at 7:30. I was here Saturday also, for 3 or 4 hours. I work from 6:30 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. during the week. This is a little more than 50 hours a week. I’ve averaged that for the 12 years I’ve been in the saddle.
Earlier this year, Mark Moore of Pea Ridge quit his work negotiating rights of way to devote himself full-time to running for the state Legislature as an independent, even though he was aware independents rarely win.
Wisdom has it that “a picture is worth a thousand words” and “good things come in small packages.” A collaboration between Eve Smith, director of visual arts at the Arts Center of the Ozarks, and Case Dighero, the culinary director at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, proves both statements are true.
Up next ARKANSAS AT TEXAS A&M WHEN 11:21 a.m. Saturday WHERE Kyle Field, College Station, Texas TV KATV, KBHS/KHOG RADIO Razorback Sports Network FAYETTEVILLE — When people look back on the 2012 Arkansas football team, they will likely note thWhen people look back on the 2012 Arkansas football team, they will likely note there were plenty of omens that foreshadowed the highly regarded Razorbacks’ stagger out of the gate.ere were plenty of omens that foreshadowed the highly regarded Razorbacks’ stagger out of the gate.
Protests after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Wednesday speech at the United Nations sparked an international incident when a Fayetteville, Ark., man admittedly punched Iran’s deputy foreign minister, who was walking on the street outside the U.N. complex.
A worker was excavated from a ditch Thurdsay after a wall caved in at a University of Arkansas construction site.A construction worker at a University of Arkansas job site was transported to a Fayetteville hospital Thursday morning after a section of support wall in an excavated work area hit him, University Police said.
The first night of Bikes, Blues & BBQ was relatively quiet other than one major accident on Interstate 540.
According to Arkansas State Police, at least one person was transported to the Washington Regional Medical Center after the wreck.
Greggory Morris, 65, and Rebekah Wolf, 47, both of Hot Springs, were injured near Mile Marker 68 along I-540 at 5:44 p.m.
Girls are playing chess at Birch Kirksey Middle School. Nearly two-thirds of the 30 students who trickle into Lee Van Allen’s classroom Wednesday mornings are girls. That is something unusual in the world of chess, said Katherine Hudson, REACH facilitator at the school.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton suggested Wednesday that there was a link between the al-Qaida franchise in North Africa and the attack at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the U.S. ambassador and three others.
Andy Williams, the “Moon River” crooner who helped define American popular music in the 1960s and 1970s through his Christmas albums, nightclub performances and television variety show, has died. He was 84.
The Pakistani Taliban announced Wednesday that they were giving a Cabinet minister an “amnesty,” taking him off their hit list, because he offered a $100,000 bounty for the killing of an anti-Islam filmmaker.
Anthony Timothy Barnes was sentenced to 65 years in prison Wednesday after admitting he robbed four Rogers banks.
Barnes, 34, of Rogers, pleaded guilty Wednesday to four counts of aggravated robbery, a Class Y felony; and two counts of theft of property a Class B felony.
The annual motorcycle rally runs today through Saturday at three venues in Fayetteville. Rally headquarters is in front of the Walton Arts Center on Dickson Street. Complete schedules of events and music are available at nwaonline.com.
Rick Santorum, the former GOP presidential candidate, and South Carolina’s Sen. Jim DeMint have joined Newt Gingrich in endorsing Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri, who was called on by many in the party, including presidential nominee Mitt Romney, to end his Senate campaign after he said women’s bodies have a natural defense against pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape.” Maj. Nidal Hasan, 42, the Army psychiatrist charged in a deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage, has been returned to jail after being hospitalized for an undisclosed condition.
J.K. Rowling plans to return to writing for young people — and the author said she doesn’t rule out another book set in Harry Potter’s magical world. Rowling became the world’s most successful living writer with her seven novels about a boy who discovers that he is a wizard and is pitched into battle against the forces of evil. Rowling’s first book for adults, The Casual Vacancy, is being released today, five years after the release of the last volume in the Potter saga.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “It was really scary. Everyone’s kind of traumatized and doesn’t know how to act or respond.” Jake Green, 14, a student at an Oklahoma junior high school where a 13-year-old shot and killed himself in a hallway before classes began Wednesday Article, 3A
QUOTE OF THE DAY “Everything is normal.There was a terrorist act, perhaps near a significant location, yes, this is true, but they failed as usual to achieve their goals.” Syrian Information Minister Omran Zoubi, after rebel suicide bombers struck Syria’s army command headquarters in Damascus Article, this page
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 courts.state. ar.us. PROCEEDINGS OF SEPT. 26, 2012 CHIEF JUDGE LARRY D. VAUGHT CACR12-69. Carrie Dail v. State, from Poinsett Circuit. Rebriefing ordered.
100 YEARS AGO Sept. 27, 1912 Tiring of life away from home, Bethany Combs and Agnes Williamson, two girls who were masquerading in boys’ clothes when arrested on September 19 by Patrolman Gibson Thibault, left yesterday for Kansas City. Mrs. Y. Scoenfield, probation officer for Pulaski county, purchased female clothing for the runaway girls and after obtaining positions for them, kept watch of the girls. The probation officer surmised the girls would soon tire of the working for a livelihood, and when they asked to be sent home she procured tickets for them.
“When a military vehicle is disabled—by an IED, accident or something else—and the engineers or mechanics or air traffic controllers or lawyers or MPs or truck drivers start pouring out of the thing, those people turn into some of the worst-armed infantry grunts the country has ever put into battle. They need all the protection the rest of us can give them. All of them—no matter their MOS, rank, branch. . . or sex.”
You don’t have to be an Islamophobe to say, “Enough already.” It’s time for U.S. officials to stop apologizing for the YouTube video that supposedly sparked recent riots in Islamic countries. The video is merely a convenient pretext for religious radicals and irresponsible politicians to stir up anti-Western anger; they would have found another excuse if it hadn’t surfaced.
The meth problem, particularly in northeastern Oklahoma, led law enforcement officials this year to promote legislation requiring a prescription to obtain any medicine containing pseudoephedrine. Lawmakers ultimately rejected the proposal because it would have effectively increased the cost and time involved for many lawabiding Oklahomans to treat allergies.
Some of us are old enough to remember the Immaculate Reception in 1972, when Franco Harris grabbed the football just before it hit the ground, and ran down the sidelines to score the final touchdown that won the game for the Steelers. A playoff game, no less. You’re still not going to convince an Oakland Raiders fan that the play was legal. All these years later, they’ll still want to debate it. The ball touched the ground! Which figures. They’re Raiders fans. They’re always looking for a fight.
In a matter of weeks our great democracy will elect a president in a way that is less than democratic. We all know that the Electoral College—in my view, an anachronismcasts the actual votes for president and that Electoral College members vote as directed by the outcome of the vote in each state. That system may have worked for the Founding Fathers. But it doesn’t work for us after more than 200 years of evolving democracy and culture, increased education and media coverage and an expanded voting franchise. Here’s why.
It’s time for a referendum What a side show the Democratic National Convention provided. Just witness Bill Clinton, the former prevaricator-in-chief, descending to anoint Barack Obama, the new great deceiver. These men are polar opposites, yet they’re united by the commonalities of liberal politics and extreme narcissism. We are almost deluded by Slick Willie’s rhetoric, and then we remember that it is all farce and pretense.
For offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, it was only a matter of when Arkansas State would use the wrinkle it unveiled nine minutes into its rout of Alcorn State on Saturday.It isn’t just a gimmick, either.
As Nebraska’s coach, Tom Osborne had one of the most successful runs in college football history. As athletic director, he pulled the football program he and Bob Devaney built out of a nosedive and repaired a fractured department where staff morale had nearly bottomed out.
Arkansas State will be in similar company with Western Kentucky on Saturday : Both will be without key defensive players serving suspensions. The Sun Belt Conference suspended redshirt sophomore linebacker Qushaun Lee on Wednesday for a helmet-to-helmet hit against Alcorn State quarterback John Gibbs during a 56-0 victory Saturday, according to a release from the conference office. Late in the second quarter, Gibbs escaped the pocket for an 8-yard gain and was tackled by Lee, who lowered his head as he dove into a sliding Gibbs. Lee, who has recorded 37 tackles for
CLASS 5A ETHAN ADAMS, Forrest City, completed 16 of 29 passes for 309 yards and 3 touchdowns. MICHAEL ATKINSON, Vilonia, threw a 7-yard touchdown pass, ran 7 yards for a touchdown and returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown. DEVONTE BATTLES, Watson Chapel, rushed for 152 yards and 4 touchdowns on 12 carries. SANANTONIO COLE, Watson Chapel, completed 5 of 11 passes for 198 yards and 2 touchdowns.
FOOTBALL Belichick fined 50K The NFL fined New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick $50,000 and Washington Redskins assistant Kyle Shanahan $25,000 on Wednesday for their conduct toward replacement officials. The fines come as the league and its referees’ union are meeting amid reports they are close to ending the lockout of the regular officials. Belichick grabbed an official’s arm at the end of Sunday night’s game after the Ravens kicked a winning field goal.
VOLLEYBALL Arkansas Tech sweeps OBU Sara Motsinger had 12 kills, Brittany Ryan had 10 kills and 10 blocks and Arkansas Tech (11-5, 3-1 Great American Conference ) swept Ouachita Baptist (4-11, 1-3 ) 25-18, 25-11, 25-19 on Tuesday night at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he understands the struggles of working families and has the know-how to alleviate them as he sought to counteract fallout from a secret video that President Barack Obama won’t let him live down.
Two suicide car bombers struck Syria’s army command headquarters Wednesday in Damascus, killing four guards and engulfing a key symbol of President Bashar Assad’s regime in flames, state media and witnesses said.
The Boy Scouts of America has said it will conduct a comprehensive review of files on suspected sexual predators, marking the first time it will thoroughly study its own confidential blacklist meant to keep predators out of scouting.
American Greetings Corp. said Wednesday that a group led by its chief executive officer and chief operating officer wants to buy the company and take it private in a deal that values it at about $581 million.
THE BIG EVENT BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS 45 The 12th annual Taste of the Ozarks and the Ken Shields Memorial Golf Tournament to benefi t Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas will be Oct. 4 and 5. Taste of the Ozarks is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Springdale home of Christine and Randy Meier. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, wine tasting and live and silent auctions. Tickets for the dressy casual event are $50.
At least once a week, someone tells me that some food other than chicken “tastes like chicken.” People throw the analogy around constantly. Virtually any meat that is pale in color, firm in texture, and lacking a strong flavor is subjected to the chicken comparison.
A visit to the Roaring ’20s on Oct. 5 will put books in the hands of area second-graders. This year, the Junior Auxiliary of Rogers-Bentonville is marking its 35-year partnership with Reading Is Fundamental with A Night at the Speakeasy fundraiser.
Dombek opens Goshen gallery Acclaimed artist George Dombek will open the Dombek Gallery, located next to his studio in Goshen, in October. The gallery, at 844 Blue Springs Road, will be open to the public every Saturday and Sunday throughout October from 1-5 p.m.
A former West Memphis police officer who had the support of other officers and the chief despite his misdemeanor conviction for attacking a handcuffed man in the department’s lobby will serve three years’ probation, a federal judge decided Wednesday. Under the law, Scott Mc-Call, 39, was eligible for one to five years’ probation in lieu of prison, but also faced up to a year in prison.
A doctor who is residencyprogram director at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ health clinic in Fort Smith pleaded innocent to drug and firearms charges Wednesday in Crawford County Circuit Court Dr. Jimmy Acklin, 55, is charged with “manufacture” of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.
What’s not to love! Lioneld Jordan, a mayor who: 1. Loves this city, the citizens (all of us), the Razorbacks, FHS purple Dogs, the city employees (each one), the trails and green environmental elements, the arts, the Farmer’s Market, the school system (each child and teacher), and just the air he breathes in our beloved Fayetteville.
Arkansas ranks No. 72 in third-down defense, but its conversion rate of 39.7 percent seems like it should be higher after Rutgers converted 5 of 9 third-down chances in the second half of its 35-26 victory last week.
HOT SPOTS ARKANSAS RIVER (LITTLE ROCK POOL) Bream reports have been good in backwater areas with crickets. Bass fishing is good using chrome and blue Rat-L Traps on jetties and sandbar drops. Catfish are being caught on worms and cut bait fished in deeper holes.
Friday’s games SELECTIONS IN BOLD CLASS 7A/6A 7A/6A-CENTRAL Conway at LR Hall, 7 p.m. FS Southside at LR Catholic, 7 p.m. Greenwood at LR Parkview, 7 p.m. Russellville at FS Northside, 7 p.m. 7A/6A-EAST Cabot at Marion, 7 p.m. Jonesboro at LR Central, 7 p.m. Searcy at Mountain Home, 7 p.m. West Memphis at North Little Rock, 7 p.m.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all be measured by our intentions? No measurement of accountability or performance. No evaluation of outcome. Just gauge us by the worthiness of our intentions, and we could all be judged successful.
The average vacancy rate for multifamily properties in Northwest Arkansas is low, but builders in Fayetteville are being cautioned that demand likely won’t be enough to fill thousands of apartments being built in the city.
A mixed report about the housing market and unrest in Europe on Wednesday extended the longest losing streak for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index since mid-July. Other risky assets, such as European stocks and oil, fell more sharply.
345 in N.D. to lose LM Wind Power jobs LM Wind Power, which has a manufacturing facility in Little Rock, plans to lay off about 345 employees at its Grand Forks, N.D., plant, the Denmarkbased firm said Wednesday.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “It seems like home sales are grinding along in something of a rut.We’re not seeing a whole lot of activity, either up or down.” Michael Pakko, chief economist at the Institute for Economic Advancement at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Article, 1D
Art & Exhibits CENTRAL ARKANSAS ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER MacArthur Park, East Ninth and Commerce streets. “Formed from Fire: American Studio Glass from the Permanent Collection,” through Nov. 4. “Building the Collection: Art Acquired in the 2000s,” through Nov. 11. “Multiplicity,” through Jan. 6. “50 for Arkansas: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection,” through Jan. 6. “Foundation Collection,” “Masterworks” and “Paul Signac,” continuing. Friends of Contemporary Craft Lecture Series:
Located on the corner of Dickson Street and College Avenue, First Baptist Church of Fayetteville is in the middle of the action during Bikes, Blues and BBQ, the annual motorcycle festival that started Wednesday.
Large numbers of poor Arkansans will bounce between Medicaid and private, federally subsidized insurance if the state decides to expand its rolls by 250,000 people, state Medicaid and insurance exchange officials said Wednesday.
Happy birthday. Something inside shifts, and you gain an altered sense of purpose. You’ll notice the influx of financial and travel opportunities immediately. In October, you will free yourself from a stifling arrangement. November brings spiritual union. January’s projects open new social circles.You could move in May.
DEAR CAROLYN: Is it normal, understandable, forgivable to have conflicting feelings toward your father and his (second, current) wife, when their relationship started while your father was still married to your mother?
With Commissioner Roger Goodell at the table, the NFL and referees’ union pressed toward a settlement Wednesday to end a threemonth lockout that triggered a wave of frustration and anger over replacement officials and threatened to disrupt the rest of the season.
The NFL and the referees' union reached a tentative contract agreement at midnight Thursday, ending an impasse that began in June when the league locked out the officials and used replacements instead.
A NorthWest Arkansas Community College administrator has applied for the college’s president position.
Steven Gates, senior vice president for Learning and Provost at the college, and Debra Teachman turned in applications Wednesday. Teachman is the vice president for Academic Affairs at New Mexico State University, according to a college news release.
A Rogers man was sentenced to 65 years after admitting to robbing four Rogers banks.
Anthony Timothy Barnes, 34, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to four counts of aggravated robbery, a Class Y felony; and two counts of theft of property, a Class B felony.
The $128 million cost of a second high school package was the leading reason voters turned down a millage increase June 26, results from a survey done by the Bentonville School District show.
The survey was sent via mail to 8,842 voters who participated in the millage election, according to a district news release. Postcards with prepaid postage were mailed Aug. 24.
President Barack Obama challenged the Arab world to use its newfound embrace of democracy to ensure protection for freedom of religion and speech and even life, using the last address of his first term to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday to call for a renewed focus on the “painstaking work of reform.”
The empty whiskey bottles and overturned, sand-filled skiffs that litter the once-bustling shoreline offer signs that the heyday of Somali piracy may be over. Most of the prostitutes are gone, the luxury cars repossessed. Pirates talk more about catching lobsters than seizing cargo ships.
Well, I hope you’re happy, Mom. That mama curse you put on me so long ago is now working overtime, and I am, indeed, “paying for my raising.” For those not familiar with this brand of maternal magic, let me explain. The “mama curse” is spewed out at an exasperating child when the mama is at her wits’ end. There are countless variations on it, but the gist of it goes like this: “One day I hope you have a child who acts exactly the way you’re acting right now! Then you’ll know how it feels.” When my mom hexed me, I was young and just rolled my eyes in the charming way children sometimes do. Little did I know that a mama curse doesn’t kick in until decades later.
Charles Larkin Cowart, 29, was arrested in Bunnell, Fla., over allegations that he refused orders by officers investigating a report of “an intoxicated male riding a horse” to dismount and “in an aggressive manner reared the horse back” and took off running, leading police on a half-hour chase through the town, according to the charging affidavit.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in the public eye, appearing Monday at the University of Southern California to officially roll out the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy with a symposium featuring some of the most notable names in politics and entertainment. For the former Republican governor, the symposium marked a sudden public re-emergence after leaving office nearly two years ago with a mixed record that he suggested Monday accomplished about half of what he had set out to do.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “The average senior is going to benefit by carefully scrutinizing their situation, because every year the market changes.” Avalere President Dan Mendelson, whose firm projects that millions enrolled in some of the most popular Medicare prescription drug plans face doubledigit premium increases next year if they don’t shop for better deals Article, this page
QUOTE OF THE DAY “Make no mistake:A nuclear-armed Iran is not a challenge that can be contained.” President Barack Obama, addressing the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly Article, 1A Yemen leader seeks al-Qaida talks SANA, Yemen — Yemen’s president has said he would talk to his country’s branch of the al-Qaida militant network if it were to give up its weapons and extremist ideas and stop sheltering foreign fighters.
100 YEARS AGO Sept. 26, 1912 Little activity was noticeable yesterday in the “dog catching” department. One reason was the weather and the other the waterways convention. The lone hound who remained behind when the “jail delivery” took place Monday lent a mournful accompaniment to the cheers for Eugene V. Debs Tuesday night, and it was feared an addition to the course might interfere with the convention proceedings.
Because of production deadlines, obituaries for publication in Thursday’s editions must be submitted by 1 p.m. today. OBITUARIES Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.
Word from the mother country is that still another British institution has given way to the zeal for political correctness. This time it’s the BBC, once the most respected—and trusted—source of news in the English-speaking world. And far beyond. But you wouldn’t recognize it these days. Except for its accent, the network that played its heroic part in the British empire’s Finest Hour has become largely indistinguishable from our own NPR with its decided tilt-to-port. No wonder NPR now carries BBC news programmes on a regular basis; they both share the same fashionable biases.
Zach Nickell is the elder statesman on the Farmington off ensive line. The senior is a veteran of the annual Battle of Highway 62 against Prairie Grove. And even though this game is old hat for Nickell, its importance is not lost on the Cardinals’ left tackle.
That was a revealing news story by Charlie Frago in Friday’s paper about Medicaid’s new way to handle medical costs in Arkansas. What it reveals is pretty much what you’d expect as our government assumes more and more of the role once played by our family doctor.
Maybe it was simple pandering when President Obama told the Univision interviewer his biggest failure was in not getting comprehensive immigration reform. But, come to think of it, wasn’t it equally weird to name “failing to change the tone in Washington” as a primary regret?
The streak is over.
Fayetteville’s run of seven consecutive girls high school golf state championships came to an end Tuesday, as host Conway won the Class 7A tournament in convincing fashion at Conway Country Club.
Summar Roachell captured Class 7A medalist honors for the fourth consecutive year Tuesday afternoon, but she said she was just as proud of her role as a team player, helping Conway win its first girls title for Coach Janet Taylor.
American golfers Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk have combined to win 146 tournaments around the world, including 19 majors, and they have qualified or been selected to every U.S. Ryder Cup team since 1997.
All of which makes their Ryder Cup record look all the more inferior.
Cincinnati Reds Manager Dusty Baker had a ministroke in addition to his irregular heartbeat last week and will need another week of rest before he’s able to rejoin the team for the final regular-season series and the playoffs.
BASKETBALL Williams’ tumor benign North Carolina said Coach Roy Williams’ surgically removed kidney tumor was not cancerous, though he will have a biopsy to ensure a second kidney tumor is also benign. In a news release Tuesday afternoon, the school said tests have determined the tumor removed last week from Williams’ right kidney was an oncocytoma, which is a benign growth often indistinguishable from kidney cancer on X-rays that doesn’t spread like a cancerous tumor would.
Encore lands streaker time behind bars Batman made an appearance on the field at Sunday’s Baltimore Ravens game. Well, at least his shorts and cape did, on a seminude man who jumped onto the M&T Bank Stadium field two minutes before the end of the second quarter.
CLASS 3A AUTRY ALLEN, Earle, scored three touchdowns. LANE BALLARD, Glen Rose, caught three passes for 65 yards. HUNTER BREDENSTEINER, Glen Rose, caught 3 passes for 38 yards and 2 touchdowns. CARLOS BURTON, Glen Rose, ran 12 times for 116 yards and 1 touchdown. KYLE CORNISH, Horatio, scored four touchdowns. RUSSELL COX, Corning, scored three touchdowns.
CLASS 7A/6A 7A/6A-CENTRAL Conway at LR Hall, 7 p.m. FS Southside at LR Catholic, 7 p.m. Greenwood at LR Parkview, 7 p.m. Russellville at FS Northside, 7 p.m. 7A/6A-EAST Cabot at Marion, 7 p.m. Jonesboro at LR Central, 7 p.m. Searcy at Mountain Home, 7 p.m. West Memphis at North Little Rock, 7 p.m. 7A/6A-SOUTH Bryant at Pine Bluff, 7 p.m. LR Fair at Benton, 7 p.m. Sheridan at El Dorado, 7 p.m. Texarkana at Lake Hamilton, 7 p.m. 7A/6A-WEST Fayetteville at Springdale, 7:30 p.m. Rogers at Van Buren, 7:30 p.m. Siloam Springs at Bentonville, 7:30 p.m. Springdale Har-Ber at Rogers Heritage, 7:30 p.m.
Arkansas tailback Knile Davis’ struggles continued again last Saturday against Rutgers, when the preseason All-SEC first-team pick rushed 10 times for 17 yards in a 35-26 loss. He has 64 carries for 208 yards through four games and is averaging 3.3 yards per attempt.
GOLF Razorbacks finish tied for 11th Senior Austin Cook carded a 1-over-par 71 to lead the Arkansas men’s team to a tie for 11th at the PING/Golfweek Preview at the Capital City Club in Atlanta, on Tuesday. The Razorbacks finished tournament with a three-round score of 869, 29-over par. Georgia Tech and California finished tied for first at 5 over. Shooting 4-over for the tournament, Cook tied for 22nd individually with his three-round 214.
COWBOYS Church goes on IR IRVING, Texas — Free agent safety Eric Frampton has been signed by the Dallas Cowboys, who placed starter Barry Church on injured reserve. The moves Tuesday officially end Church’s season. He ruptured his Achilles tendon in Sunday’s 16-10 victory over Tampa Bay. Frampton is primarily a special teams player. In 76 career games the past five seasons, including all 16 games last year for Minnesota, Frampton had four tackles on defense, all in one game. He had 61 tackles on special teams.
Spain’s government was hit by the country’s financial crisis on two fronts Tuesday as thousands of protesters angered by austerity cutbacks and tax increases marched on parliament while its borrowing costs increased in an auction of its debt.
A factory in China owned by the manufacturer of Apple’s iPhones resumed production Tuesday after a riot involving hundreds of workers highlighted tensions that labor groups say were worsened by the pressure of a new iPhone release.
I don’t remember what led me to the particular website and I don’t remember why I was reading the user comments, but at some point I came across praise for a method of peeling garlic. Specifically, peeling lots of garlic at once.
Pears are one of the signature fruits of autumn, and a nice change of pace from summer’s delicate fruits and berries. Though there are thousands of varieties, Bartletts are the best known. They’re recognized by their shapely bottoms and long necks. They arrive rock-hard at the grocery store. Most pears ripen off the tree, and Bartletts are no exception. They’re picked in August and September when mature but still firm and available through December or January, according to the USA Pears website, usapears.com. Given time, Bartletts turn from green to yellow and their flesh from crunchy and tart to creamy and super sweet and juicy — perfect for eating out of hand. If the neck near the stem yields when pressed, it means the pear is on its way to ripening.
Young people participating in the Bentonville Public Library’s Summer Reading Program cracked open more books and spent more time lost in the written word than previous years, Hadi Dudley, library director, told City Council members Tuesday night.
There has never been a more opportune time for wine enthusiasts. In this digital age, with the hundreds of applications for smart phones and tablets available, it’s as if we all can have a team of experts with us at the touch of our screen. Following are a few of my favorites.
1. This famous religious text is written in Arabic. 2. This, the world’s largest peninsula, plays an important role in the Arab world. 3. The peninsula’s importance is due to its vast reserves of ---. 4. This organization of states was formed in 1945 with six members.
SUNDAY: The family always welcomes a Beef Roast for dinner. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Combine 3 cloves garlic (minced) and 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper; press onto a 4-pound round tip beef roast. Place roast on rack in shallow roasting pan. Roast 2 to 2 1/2 hours for medium to medium-well doneness (with an internal temperature of 145 degrees to 160 degrees). Let stand 10 minutes and slice. Serve it with oven-browned potatoes.
General Mills recently added Nutty Clusters and Almonds to its line of Fiber One Cereals, which includes Original, Honey Clusters, Raisin Bran Clusters and 80 Calorie Honey Squares. The cereal should be sold at most stores for about $4 a box.
Four businessmen named hall honorees Auto dealer Frank Fletcher, the late dairy owner W.C. “Buddy” Coleman, document imaging founder Thomas Boyer and banker William Cravens were selected to join the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame, the University of Arkansas said Tuesday.
DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I suppose the Ten Commandments seemed like a good idea several thousand years ago, but time moves on, and we live in a different world. We need to live by our own rules and not be bound by the past. — D.S.W. DEAR D.S.W.: Have you ever read the Ten Commandments for yourself, and tried to imagine what the world would be like if everyone followed them? If not, I hope you’ll do so (you’ll find them in the Old Testament book of Exodus, chapter 20, verses 1-17 ).
What these measuring spoons by Threshold (a Target house brand) lack in practicality, they make up for in charm. The white stoneware spoons come in 1/41/21 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon measures. They’re dishwasher and microwave safe (though we can’t think of a single reason to put a measuring spoon in a microwave).
Happy birthday. Born in the early degrees of Libra, your soul lights up when exposed to surprising art and rare beauty. Your year will be filled with such encounters as you place yourself in environments artistic and natural.
DEAR HELOISE: I read your reply to a question regarding the shelf life of olives. We use olives a lot and keep them in their original brine in the refrigerator. The past few months, when we’ve opened a jar that some olives have been used out of, there has been mold on the top, they’ve tasted funny, and we’ve ended up throwing them out. What do you suggest ?
Millions of senior citizens enrolled in some of the most popular Medicare prescription drug plans face double-digit premium increases next year if they don’t shop for a better deal, says a private firm that analyzes the highly competitive market.
The Pennsylvania judge who last month upheld a law requiring voters to show photo identification heard testimony Tuesday from officials on whether the state’s process for implementing the statute will allow people to comply before the general election in November.
A temporary ethics panel that went in to rescue a troubled investigation of Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California emerged with a warning Tuesday to avoid partisan infighting when investigating congressional wrongdoing.
Kuwait’s top court Tuesday threw out a request by the government to change voting laws, a victory for opposition campaigners who are demanding that the ruling family hand more powers to elected politicians.
I’ve been told I can use olive oil to clean my cat’s ears. He’s an indoor/outdoor cat and sometimes he has grit in his ears. I’ve tried it and it works great. Now I’m interested in other “natural” things or food-type products that might be safe for my cat. Any ideas?
DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: We hate to see our son’s exgirlfriend take advantage of him. A couple of years ago, “Ryan” and “Nicole” bought a small powerboat together for $10,000. Nicole put up the money, and our son agreed to pay her back $400 a month until he’d paid her $5,000. Recently, though, they split up. Ryan decided to buy the boat from Nicole, and she set the price at the original $10,000, minus what he’d already paid her.
South Africa’s labor unrest spread Tuesday from its mines to the transport sector, and the country’s transport union said more than 20,000 road-freight employees are on strike demanding a pay increase.
Japanese and Taiwanese ships fired water cannons at one another Tuesday in the latest confrontation over tiny islands in the East China Sea, as Japan met with another rival, China, in an effort to tamp down tensions.
Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC managers condoned and participated in the manipulation of global interest rates, sources say, an indication that wrongdoing extended beyond the four traders the bank has fired.
The Walton Arts Center’s governing board would prefer Fayetteville not build a parking deck on the center’s campus. The council unanimously approved a motion Tuesday in support of the city building a parking deck adjacent to the center.
The Boston Mountain Solid Waste District Board agreed on Tuesday to use taxpayer dollars to pay 30 days of vacation owed to former director Maylon Rice, fired nearly two weeks ago after reported financial impropriety and mismanagement.
Slowly, slowly the tectonic plates of our family life are moving, rearranging the map that has been me. A month after my youngest went to college, repercussions from this huge shift in the life of our family are still showing up. For me, this is uncharted territory.
Nuanced solutions to school-age bullying are a recent trend. Back in the day, advice from mom went, “Ignore it. Bullies hate to be ignored,” and from dad, “Toughen up. Bullies only understand force.” Today, news stories, television shows such as Glee and lawsuits have spurred increasingly institutional attention. One of the more dynamic approaches is an offshoot of law enforcement consultant and speaker George Thompson’s set of principles, “verbal judo.”
One of the greatest ironies of our time: Today’s women have inherited from their mothers the freedom to claim authority in the military, corporations, churches, the professions, politics and higher education, but have been persuaded, largely by other women, to all but completely abdicate their authority over their children.
Arkansas Code Annotated 6-18-514 makes it the responsibility of school districts to adopt antibullying policies that protect the right of every public school student in this state to receive a public school education in “a public school educational environment that is reasonably free from substantial intimidation, harassment, or harm or threat of harm by another student.” Passed originally in 2003, it has been added to or amended in every legislative session since, except 2009.
Attorneys for parents in a dispute over the Arkansas Public School Choice Act argue that the Little Rock School District should not be permitted to weigh in on an appeal of a lower court’s decision to strike down that law as unconstitutional.
The Great Passion Play, the long-running outdoor drama in Eureka Springs, will close after its season ends in late October unless the nonprofit receives financial help, its executive director said Tuesday.
Gov. Mike Beebe said Tuesday that a conservative group is “trashing” Arkansas with a television ad that says job opportunities in the state “are being eroded” by an increasing government debt and the taxes needed to support that debt.
Ehud Olmert, a former prime minister of Israel, was sentenced by a Jerusalem court Monday to a one-year suspended prison term and a maximum fine of about $19,000 for breach of trust. The relatively light sentence ended a long-running prosecution that forced Olmert from office. It also opened the way for a possible political comeback.
A Harvard-educated biologist was sentenced to life in prison without parole Monday after being convicted of going on a shooting rampage during a faculty meeting at an Alabama university, killing three colleagues and wounding three others in 2010.
South Carolina’s requirement that voters show photo identification in order to cast a ballot faced sharp questioning from federal judges who asked whether it could be enforced in the November general election.
Libya’s military command appointed Monday a pair of army officers to head two powerful Islamist militias in the country’s east, part of the government’s efforts to rein in armed factions amid popular demands that the groups disband.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “If I do not represent the entire council, I am nothing. I need to be seen to represent a united council and a united League of Arab States.” Lakhdar Brahimi, U.N. international envoy, urging a unified front in pressuring the Syrian regime to step down to halt violence. Article, 1A
QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’m going to make sure that people understand that this is a different direction for the nation. If they want the status quo, they can re-elect the person who has been leading us over the last four years.” Mitt Romney, Republican presidential nominee Article, 1A
Bill Nye, a mechanical engineer and star of the popular 1990s TV show Bill Nye The Science Guy, has waded into the evolution debate with an online video that urges parents not to pass their religious based doubts about evolution on to their children. “The Earth is not 6,000 or 10,000 years old,” Nye said in an interview with The Associated Press, citing scientists’ estimates that it is about 4.5 billion years old.
Gov. Chris Christie, a New Jersey Republican, said he won’t seek cuts to the state budget after tax collections lagged behind targets by $100 million in the first two months of the fiscal year, telling reporters, “One hundred million is not even statistically significant,” and “it’s too early” to start making cuts.
100 YEARS AGO Sept. 25, 1912 Elaborate plans for the entertainment of Col. Theodore Roosevelt on the arrival in Little Rock today have been made by the Reception Committee of the Lakes to the Gulf Deep Waterway Association, of which H. F. Auten is chairman.
George Orwell, a font of wisdom on politics and power, once wrote that “journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.” That remark came to mind the other day when I heard author Michael Lewis pulling back the curtain on a tawdry journalistic practice that’s now standard procedure in Washington.
AT FIRST anybody who recognized the murderous assault on the American consulate in Benghazi as a terrorist attack didn’t know what he was talking about. It was just the result of a spontaneous demonstration that got out of hand.
The taxpayer bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler kept the companies afloat while they went through bankruptcy, averting liquidations that would have caused catastrophic job losses across the U.S. auto industry at the height of the recession. One consequence of the intervention, however, is that the government is still holding on to more than a fourth of GM’s stock.
Deeply stung by the release of a video showing Mitt Romney talking insultingly about poor people to rich people, Republicans could only try to forge a stalemate of symmetrical affronts. They deployed the old defense of “hey, the other guy is as bad as I am,” which is believed to have derived from grade school playgrounds.
State Democratic Chairman Will Bond tried to recruit a candidate for Rogers’ state representative seat and was keenly disappointed to fall short in this election, he told a crowd of about 100 on Monday.
A young couple gets married, and begins their life as a family. She becomes pregnant and they are thrilled. A new baby, just what they wanted. But in a few weeks she miscarries and they are devastated.
The late speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill of Massachusetts, coined the phrase, “All politics is local,” meaning a politician’s success depends on the ability to assess and handle the concerns of those who elect him or her to office.
At the beginning of his weekly Central Arkansas Bear backers luncheon address Monday afternoon, Coach Clint Conque waved off the standing ovation he received from fans and boosters in the Hall of Fame Room at Estes Stadium.
Some 10 or 12 years ago, I thought we’d heard the last of the disappearing baseball controversy. It seems, however, that during each decade, someone else surfaces, seeking the details. A phone call or postcard might do the trick.
With deadlines to meet, Benton County election officials approved the ballot for the Nov. 6 general election Monday, but expressed concern about possible delays and confusion generated by the number of ballot measures.
Lance Lynn pitched seven innings to earn his 17th victory, rookie Pete Kozma hit a two-run home run and the St. Louis Cardinals strengthened their grip on a playoff spot with a 6-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night.
Area law enforcement agencies will have special hours for collecting unused medication Saturday as part of the national “Monitor, Secure and Dispose” effort, a part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Take-Back Initiative.
RANGERS Hamilton in lineup ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was back in the lineup Monday night for the opener of a four-game series against Oakland after being diagnosed with a cornea problem caused by caffeine that he described as a sugar high “times 10.”
Mahfouz, former coach, AD at UALR dies at 80 Former UALR Athletic Director Happy Mahfouz, who coached the Trojans men’s basketball team for 12 seasons and guided the school from the NAIA the NCAA died Sunday, according to the school He was 80 years old.
Discover Financial Services has agreed to pay $200 million in refunds to more than 3.5 million cardholders who bought credit-protection services over the phone, plus another $14 million in civil penalties to banking regulators.
Foxconn Technology, a major supplier to some of the world’s electronics giants, including Apple Inc., said it had closed one of its large Chinese plants Monday after the police were called in to break up a fight among factory employees.
Germany’s governing coalition on Monday showed growing exasperation with Spain, as a senior ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel said Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy must stop prevaricating and decide whether Spain needs a full rescue.
More Arkansas students took the rigorous Advanced Placement exams last spring than in any year previously, and more students earned scores high enough on those exams in 2012 to receive college credit, state officials said Monday.
A federal appeals court reversed itself Monday and threw out a judge’s ruling that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was liable for billions of dollars in Hurricane Katrina flood damage that property owners blame on the corps’ maintenance of a New Orleans shipping channel.
Ward 4 City Council candidates talked about roads and trails, affordable housing and the impact University of Arkansas growth is having on west Fayetteville neighborhoods during a forum Monday at city hall.
Two Marine noncommissioned officers will be court-martialed over allegations of urination on the bodies of Taliban fighters last year in Afghanistan and over unofficial photos taken with casualties, the Marine Corps said Monday.
Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford has adopted benchmark health benefits that don’t require coverage of in vitro fertilization, leaving the state on the hook for up to $3.8 million in fertility treatment bills after the new health-insurance exchange starts operating in 2014.
The Pakistani government on Monday distanced itself from an offer by one of its Cabinet ministers to pay $100,000 to anyone who kills the maker of an anti-Islam film that has sparked violent protests across the Muslim world.
Mountaineers who survived a predawn avalanche high on the world’s eighth tallest peak say they waited an hour for sunlight, and then saw pieces of tents and bodies of victims strewn around them on the snow.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is a major victory for TiVo, who will now focus on their legal efforts on potentially larger infringement claims against Google, Cisco and Time Warner Cable.” Kevin Stadtler, principal of Stadtler Capital Management LLC Article, 1D
Wal-Mart bias case stays, judge decides A federal judge in the northern district of California has denied a motion to dismiss a decade-long case alleging that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. discriminated against women in its hiring and promotion practices.
October is the month of home-grown pumpkins and home-groan haunted houses, when shadows stretch into creepy nights of mothers-in-law and other horrifying visitors who look like cows and rabbits — and might be, actually, cows and rabbits.
Summar Roachell admitted she did not give herself many birdie opportunities Monday, but the Conway senior’s short game paved the way for a five-shot advantage for today’s final round of the Class 7A girls state golf tournament.
Reversing its previous position, the Arkansas Board of Parole has decided that it will not seek legislation next year to expand its authority to deny parole to more offenders, the board’s chairman said Monday.
Voters in Sebastian County should have had the opportunity to vote on whether to spend county tax money on building a water park in cooperation with the city, a candidate for Sebastian County judge said Monday.
An Oaklawn Park-funded committee’s challenge to a proposed constitutional amendment to allow casino proponent Nancy Todd’s company to own and operate four casinos in Arkansas seems to be a thinly veiled attempt for Oaklawn, Southland Park and two committees financed by the parks to have a second chance at challenging the amendment, an attorney for Todd said Monday.
Mount Magazine State Park near Paris will be the site of a historic encampment from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Living historians will demonstrate 1820s-era firearms, cooking, camping equipment and other survival skills that helped the first settlers.
The family of an Alexander woman killed by a falling tree limb during a visit to a Pulaski County pumpkin patch has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the property owner, who is a former quorum court member and state legislator.
The young mother peered intently into her newborn’s eyes as she cradled his wobbly body. Sekani the gorilla was so apparently awe-stricken by her newborn that humans who came to ogle her at the Little Rock Zoo pressed hands to their hearts, recognizing that emotion.
Kurt Elling 1619 Broadway — The Brill Building Project Concord A Singer Kurt Elling taps American pop’s nirvana — New York’s Brill Building — for another adventurous album. Starting in the 1930s, songwriters of the Brill — Duke Ellington, Harry Warren and Sammy Cahn, Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Burt Bacharach and Hal David among many others — crafted some of pop’s most enduring tunes.
Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: No Pretty Lights Storm damage to the roof of the Riverfest Amphitheatre sustained during the advent of the tropical depression known as Isaac has forced the cancellation of Wednesday’s Pretty Lights concert.
On the morning of Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy realized that their Fort Worth hotel suite featured an extraordinary array of artwork — from a painting by Vincent van Gogh to a bronze by Pablo Picasso.
DEAR CAROLYN: When my husband and I wrote our wills, we decided to leave our money to various organizations that had touched our lives. We have no children; however, we each have one brother, two nephews and one niece. We are not close to our respective brothers. The only time we see them is on holidays.
DEAR HELOISE: I am the human companion of four dogs, including two who take daily medications. After having a bout with kennel cough that affected all four dogs, requiring juggling bottles and trying to figure out which went with which pet and which medication was about to run out, I had a light-bulb moment.
Opponents of a ballot measure to give a private business the exclusive right to operate casinos in Arkansas say the proposal defines gambling so broadly that it would include some forms of pinball machines and games at state fairs.
Libya’s president ordered all of the country’s militias to come under government authority or disband, a move that appeared aimed at harnessing popular anger against the powerful armed groups after the attack Sept. 11 that killed the U.S. ambassador.
On the eve of his first visit to the United States as Egypt’s president, Islamist Mohammed Morsi said he will demonstrate more independence from the U.S. in decision-making than his predecessor Hosni Mubarak and told Washington not to expect Egypt to live by its rules.
President Barack Obama, defending his foreign policy record at a time of anti-American rage in the Muslim world, fired back at suggestions from Republican Mitt Romney that the president has been weak with allies and enemies alike.
Syrian opposition figures who reject foreign intervention in Syria’s 18-month conflict called for the ouster of President Bashar Assad at a rare meeting Sunday in the nation’s capital. The gathering was tolerated by the regime in an apparent attempt to lend credibility to its claims that it remains open to political change despite its bloody crackdown on dissent.
A month and a half before Election Day, President Barack Obama is winning, former President Bill Clinton said Sunday, citing a raft of recent polls that show Obama widening a lead in several key swing states.
The love letters, school papers and dramatic works of college-age Joseph Goebbels reveal a romantic young man beginning to show signs of anti-Semitism, and egotistical and controlling behavior, according to a Connecticut auction house selling the prewar writings of Adolf Hitler’s propaganda chief.
Israeli officials said Sunday that they would resist any Egyptian attempts to reopen the military arrangements under the countries’ historic peace deal, despite the rapidly deteriorating security situation in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are disbanding all armed groups that do not fall under the authority of the government. We are also banning the use of violence and carrying of weapons in public places.” Libyan President Mohammed el-Megaref Article, 1A
QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is devastating for all of us here. It’s hard to describe how much passion and energy and thought and care has gone into this.” Dennis Kelly, director at the National Zoo in Washington, after a giant panda cub born a week ago died Article, this page
Bruce Springsteen celebrated his 63rd birthday onstage until nearly 2 a.m. Sunday, joined at the end by his hearty mom. Adele Springsteen danced and sang background to “Twist and Shout,” walking offstage with her son and his band at nearly 2.
Alexander Maximov, 30, who is accused of driving more than 120 mph and crashing his car into a Moscow bus stop, killing seven people, was arrested on a drunken driving charge and told police that prior to the accident, he had been drinking for two days.
100 YEARS AGO Sept. 24, 1912 Women suffragists will meet at 3 o’clock this afternoon at the Board of Trade to perfect a state organization of the Progressive Suffrage League and to appoint a committee to call on Col. Theodore Roosevelt while he is in Little Rock tomorrow. All women who believe in equal suffrage have been invited to attend.
The first time I saw Chris Christie on television, shortly after he became governor of New Jersey, my immediate reaction was, “My gosh! A talking Republican!” It was almost like seeing a talking giraffe or a talking salamander.
During the debate over Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell—which ended one year ago last week—Sen. John McCain insisted that ending the gay ban would do “great damage” to the military, and the commandant of the Marine Corps said it could “cost Marines’ lives.” One think-tanker agreed that we’d be taking “a risk with our lives, property and freedom.”
Not many parts of the Democratic and Republican party platforms are interchangeable. An exception is the nearly identical passages expressing support for keeping foreign-born students in this country after they earn advanced degrees from U.S. universities in science, technology, engineering and math, the so-called STEM fields.
The Gallup organization’s “U.S. Presidential Election Center” is a veritable treasure trove of data for political junkies. Doing a bit of number-crunching from their exit surveys for the past three presidential elections (2000, 2004, and 2008) reveals some interesting patterns and unavoidable conclusions.
Vote your vegetables I can climb past the Richie Rich stuff and the prayer undies and golden-plates stuff, but what I’m still waiting for is for Mitt Romney to openly disavow, disinherit and discredit the shrieking fantasists out there in radioland.
Regarding Carolynn Young’s Aug. 24 letter about Mitt Romney and Mormons: Her statement about the Book of Mormon was out of context. It refers to a cursed people with dark skin — specifi cally a particular people at a particular time. It doesn’t say in the Book of Mormon that all people with dark skin at all times all over the world are cursed. Many people in many countries of many races are members of the church in good standing today. It’s not just white people, but African people, Latin American people, Asian people — all over the world and throughout the United States. People of many races and in many countries belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Whether or not you support Mitt Romney is your choice, but don’t accuse him of being racist because of his religion.
TITANS 44, LIONS 41, OT NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rob Bironas kicked a 26-yard field goal in overtime, and the Titans stopped backup quarterback Shaun Hill on fourth-and-1 at the Tennessee 7 to finally pull out a victory over the Detroit Lions.
PGA Tour Championship At East lake Golf Club, Atlanta Purse: $8 million Par 70, 7,319 yards Final round NOTE FedEx Cup points in parentheses 270 (-10 ) (2,500) $1,440,000 Brandt Snedeker.............. 68-70-64-68 273 (-7 ) (1,500) $864,000 Justin Rose...................... 66-68-68-71
BOXING Former champ Sanders dead Corrie Sanders, the South African southpaw who knocked out Wladimir Klitschko in one of the great upsets in heavyweight boxing, has died after being shot by robbers at a restaurant during a family celebration in Cape Town, South Africa.
Homeland, which puts the battle against terrorism on American soil, was honored as best drama series at Sunday’s Emmys and earned trophies for stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis. Modern Family was named best comedy.
Sudan and South Sudan’s presidents were in Ethiopia’s capital on Sunday for talks about oil and border disputes to meet a deadline imposed by the United Nations Security Council, which has threatened sanctions if the two nations fail to resolve their disagreements.
A senior commander in Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard warned that Iran will target U.S. bases in the region in the event of war with Israel, raising the prospect of a broader conflict that would force other countries to get involved, Iranian state television reported Sunday.
U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said there are more ways for the government to raise funds from the top 10 percent of earners through further taxes on capital gains and the most expensive property transactions.
A month and a half before Election Day, President Barack Obama is winning, former President Bill Clinton said Sunday, citing a raft of recent polls that show Obama widening a lead in several key swing states.
Apple last week released a software update for the iPhone that, among other changes, replaces the Google maps that have been on the phone since 2007 with Apple’s own maps. The early feedback from reviewers and early adopters of the new software is that it is attractive but suffers from holes and glitches.
The farthest Little Rock resident Michael Buckner had ever ventured from home was Seattle. The last time he went camping, he broke the poles to his borrowed tent. Driving a car with a manual transmission was as foreign to him as, say, Kazakhstan.
The Big Dam Bridge will close to the public from 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday for the annual Big Dam Bridge 100. About a mile to the west, the Two Rivers Park Bridge will also close to accommodate the state’s largest bicycle tour.
Last week’s training went well, and I’m looking forward to this week’s walking, although the rain was a bit of an issue the weekend of Sept. 14-16. And, since it was a bit gray and dreary, I kept wanting to take a nap or just lounge around watching television.
The Arkansas Ethics Commission has directed its staff to draft legislation to require committees that support or oppose ballot issues and legislative questions to report the payments made by their agents or independent contractors, including payments to vendors and subvendors, acting on the committee’s behalf.
Play — is it dessert at the end of a workday, the treat after getting important things out of the way? Not for psychiatrist, internist and researcher Dr. Stuart Brown, who believes play should be a main course.
DEAR HELOISE: My gripe is the short cords used on coffee makers and toasters. I have one sideboard with one electrical outlet. The cords all are short, so they don’t reach the outlet unless I put one appliance on top of the other (of course I can’t do that).
1. With what genre of literature is Charles Perrault identified ? 2. Ian Fleming is best known for creating this fictional spy. 3. What was the name of the wife of the puppet named Mr. Punch? 4. His birth name was John Clayton, but he is best known as ------.
Siloam Springs coach Bryan Ross knows injuries are a part of football, but there was a bit of confusion at first when starting quarterback Austin Van Poucke went down with an injury with 6:15 left in the first quarter Friday during the Panthers’ 70-21 loss to Rogers Heritage.
President Barack Obama worked to squash GOP hopes for a resurgence of support in pivotal Wisconsin on Saturday, pushing back against his GOP rival’s complaints about an overly intrusive government. Mitt Romney countered with his own pitch to middle-class voters, saying the president had fostered a culture of “government dependency” that hinders upward mobility. At a fundraiser in Milwaukee, Obama told supporters Saturday to dedicate their energy to voting for him and not disparaging Republicans.
Residents of Libya’s second-largest city warned Saturday of a “revolution” to get rid of armed militias and Islamic extremists after protests spurred in part by the killing of the U.S. ambassador left four dead in an unprecedented surge of public frustration.
It is a taboo for Israeli leaders to give even the slightest hint of favoritism in politics in the United States, Israel’s closest ally. So some Israelis are squirming over a perception that their prime minister is siding with Republican Mitt Romney in the U.S. presidential race in the belief that he will take a harder line on archenemy Iran if elected.
Iran recently has mounted a series of disruptive computer attacks against major U.S. banks and other companies in apparent retaliation for Western economic sanctions aimed at halting its nuclear program, according to U.S. intelligence and other officials.
Scores of people were injured Saturday in clashes in Bangladesh’s capital between police and hundreds of demonstrators, as protests continued in the Muslim world against a film produced in the United States that denigrates Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.
The hunt for Aribert Ferdinand Heim, a Nazi fugitive and concentration-camp doctor, has officially come to a close, German authorities said Friday, after they determined that the man known as Dr. Death for his unnecessary operations had died in Egypt in 1992.
On any given day, the C-130 cargo planes seen cutting through the Arkansas sky are flown by foreign pilots, from Iraqis to Tunisians and Poles, as demand for international training continues to outpace capacity at Little Rock Air Force Base.
Egypt’s chief forensic doctor told a state-run newspaper in an interview published Saturday that Hosni Mubarak has never suffered a stroke and that he is not in critical condition, contradicting earlier medical reports that the former president’s health was deteriorating.
Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus; David Axelrod, adviser to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock. NBC’s Meet the Press — Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Mass.; Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. 9 a.m., KARK-TV, Channel 4, Little Rock. CBS’ Face the Nation — Former President Bill Clinton. 9:30 a.m.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “We don’t want to see militias in the city anymore.We only want to see army and police.” Farag Akwash, a 22-year-old protesting in Benghazi, Libya, against the presence of armed militias Article, 1A
QUOTE OF THE DAY “I literally get on a plane with a baseball hat and hope to God nobody knows who I am because they’re just going to yell at me.” Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., as members of Congress prepared to flee the Capitol Article, 1A
Wendy Ronelle Dye, 43, a flight attendant for Horizon Air, was arrested in Oregon City, Ore., after a Nevada man who lost his iPad on an airplane used an app called Find My iPad to locate the tablet, which purportedly was in Dye’s home.
100 YEARS AGO Sept. 23, 1912 ARKANSAS CITY — The big new mill of the Grayling Lumber Company, which has been under construction here for the past eight months, yesterday was put into operation. Practically everything is now in readiness and the mill will be kept running steady. The capacity of the two large bands is 50,000 on a 10-hour basis. The old Desha railroad has been acquired and the company will do its logging over this railroad, in addition to using the tracks of the Iron Mountain.
Rutgers cornerback Duron Harmon had an understandable reaction when he intercepted Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson late in the fourth quarter : “a sigh of relief.” Harmon’s interception all but sealed the Scarlet Knights’ 35-26 victory against the Razorbacks in front of 72,543 Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. It also ended Wilson’s and Cobi Hamilton’s decimation of the Scarlet Knights’ pass defense.
EJ Manuel threw for a career-high 380 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 102 yards as fourthranked Florida State rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to defeat No. 10 Clemson 49-37 on Saturday night.
With less than three minutes left and his quarterback lying on the grass with an apparent shoulder injury, Ouachita Baptist Coach Todd Knight couldn’t help but think the bad breaks finally had gotten to his team.
RECORDS Rutgers 4-0 ; Arkansas 1-3 STARS Arkansas receiver Cobi Hamilton caught 10 passes for an SEC-record 303 yards. Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova went 25 for 35 for 397 yards and 5 TDs. TURNING POINT Two plays after Arkansas cut its deficit to 28-26, Gary Nova fired a 60-yard touchdown pass to Mark Harrison down the right sideline with 7:20 left in the game.
Ex-scout still carries some clout Gary Nickels, a Naperville, Ill.-based scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was watching Antiques Roadshow on PBS once when the item being discussed was a baseball signed by players from the 1961 New York Yankees.
BOXING Wlodarczyk retains title Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk of Poland successfully defended his WBC cruiserweight title, unanimously outpointing second-time challenger Francisco Palacios of Puerto Rico in Wroclaw, Poland. Wlodarczyk also beat Palacios by split decision in April 2011.
VOLLEYBALL UCA beats SE Louisiana Jessica Hays had 22 kills to lead Central Arkansas (14-1, 3-1 Southland Conference) to a 25-20, 21-25, 17-25, 25-16, 15-8 victory over Southeastern Louisiana (5-7, 1-3 ) on Saturday.
TV GAMES — All times Central Chiefs at Saints Noon, CBS LINE — Saints by 9 LAST MEETING New Orleans beat Kansas City 30-20 Nov. 16, 2008. LAST WEEK Kansas City lost to Buffalo 35-17. New Orleans lost to Carolina 35-27 RANKINGS Chiefs: offense (5), defense (21); Saints: offense (3), defense (32). NOTES Kansas City is trying to avoid second consecutive 0-3 start. RB Peyton Hillis (Conway, Arkansas Razorbacks) averaged 6 yards per carry last week. WR Dwayne Bowe needs 2 receiving TDs to reach 40 for career, placing him fifth in franchise history.
Folks who grew up in the state’s 10th biggest city are quick to point out a gated community or satellite office for the likes of Budweiser or Nestle and tell you when it was a sharecropper’s field a generation ago. More than any other in Arkansas, this city was a very different place then.
“A fine taste is neither wholly the gift of nature, nor wholly the effect of art. It derives its origin from certain powers natural to the mind; but these powers cannot attain their full perfection unless they be assisted by proper culture. Taste consists chiefly in the improvement of those principles, which are commonly called the powers of the imagination... supplying us with finer and more delicate perceptions, than any which can be properly referred to our external organs.”
What is it? 2 Broke Girls, Season 1, 24 half hour episodes on three discs from Warner Home Entertainment How much? $44.98 for DVD, $54.97 for Blu-ray When? Now Who are the two broke girls? They would be Max (Kat Dennings ) and Caroline (Beth Behrs).
1st Quarter ARKANSAS 10, RUTGERS 0 Arkansas overcame a 7-yard sack of Tyler Wilson on the first series with a 54-yard throw to Cobi Hamilton to set up Zach Hocker’s 37-yard field goal. The Hogs reached fourth-and-2 at the Rutgers 24 on their next series, but Rutgers stopped Knile Davis. Rutgers drove 47 yards, but Kyle Federico missed a 46-yard field goal.
Pianist Jim Witter brings his “Piano Men” tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John back to Arkansas this week with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Arkansas State University’s Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro. The first half of Witter’s program focuses on Joel hits, including “Movin’ Out,” “My Life,” “Just the Way You Are” and “Only the Good Die Young” ; the second half concentrates primarily on John, including “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” “Candle in the Wind” and “Philadelphia Freedom,” plus a selection of TV theme songs from the ’70s (Witter and the band will take requests ).
Rutgers................. 0 14 14 7 — 35 Arkansas.............. 10 0 3 13 — 26 FIRST QUARTER ARKANSAS TIME 12:19 (2:41 time of possession) SCORING PLAY Zach Hocker kicked a 37-yard field goal. ARKANSAS 3, RUTGERS 0 ARKANSAS TIME :20 (:49 time of possession) SCORING PLAY Cobi Hamilton caught a 57-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Wilson. Hocker kicked the extra point. ARKANSAS 10, RUTGERS 0 SECOND QUARTER Rutgers
DEAR CAROLYN: Long story short: I lost my partner to pulmonary embolism soon after a married friend lost his adult daughter to sudden death. We bonded through grief, engaged in an affair (on and off) across five years during which he initiated divorce proceedings twice.
Happy birthday. You’ll develop new rules to live by, as the old ones no longer apply. The whimsy with which you approach October attracts a fantastic friendship. November seals a deal. Travel in December and March will open sources of income.
Known as the “Golden City of 100 Spires,” Prague boasts a fairy tale medieval Old Town, historic churches and synagogues, and perhaps Europe’s largest castle. A good way to introduce yourself to the city, its layered past, and its resilient people is with a walk across town, starting on lively, urban Wenceslas Square, weaving through the atmospheric Old Town, and ending at the picturesque Charles Bridge.
For two decades, one of the most commonly used types of rail tanker has been allowed to haul hazardous liquids from coast to coast even though transportation officials knew of a design flaw that can cause the car to tear open in an accident, potentially spilling cargo that could catch fire, explode or contaminate the environment.
Journeywoman.com’s Evelyn Hannon has been traveling solo for 30 years, and has learned a thing or two about elder travel. At 72, she tackles travel adventures many would hesitate to embrace. In three decades, Hannon has weathered a three-month Semester at Sea voyage with 750 students, performed as a film extra in Hong Kong, interviewed an African chief in Ghana and herded cows in Gruyere. Here are her top tips for inexpensive travel for the older set.
W.C. Fields’ gravestone doesn’t really read, “On the whole, I’d rather be in Philadelphia.” But the comic actor loved to poke fun at his native city. When I was a student in Philly way back when, I did too. There wasn’t much to do. It seemed like every corner in Center City had a travel agency or a bridal shop or a restaurant: People wanted to escape. Sure, there were some good restaurants, a couple of museums, the Liberty Bell, some beautiful houses, and Bassett’s Ice Cream at the Reading Terminal Market, but not much else.
Following the lead of airlines, some big cruise lines are moving toward the airlines’ pricing philosophy: Keep the base price low, and make up the difference with fees. How this will play out is anybody’s guess, but if you’re considering a cruise, you need to look past the initially featured rates.
Despite years of credible accusations of repression and war crimes leveled at Rwanda, both within the country and abroad, the United States, Britain and a host of Western governments have consistently looked the other way, showering this tiny central African country with aid, touting it as a paragon of post-conflict reform, and protecting it staunchly against criticism.
George Washington Hays was born 149 years ago today. He was the state’s 24th governor, serving from 1913 to 1917. Though he served during what was known as the Progressive Era, he was certainly not a reform governor.
It’s especially fitting that the space shuttle Endeavour, on its farewell flight Friday morning, dipped to just 1,500 feet above Moffett Field in California to honor the contributions of the incredible array of engineers, scientists and researchers there at the NASA Ames facility.
Given the toxic atmosphere in the nation’s capital, no one could know whether official Washington would provide a nonpolitical, down-the-middle accounting of the spectacularly botched Department of Justice gun-trafficking sting known as Operation Fast and Furious.
Back in 2006, I wrote about the potentially devastating effects to our nation of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) bomb set off high above the central United States. Sounds pretty radical, eh? At least it seemed a tad far-fetched six years ago.
No reason for shame I have been a taxpayer most of my life with two exceptions—when I was in my late teens attending college and when I was in my late 30s in graduate school. Those years I only worked part-time, barely earned enough to have to pay any taxes, and saw most of my deductions returned to me at the end of each tax year, which helped me make it through the next school year.
Carriers are offering more deals to passengers who book flights directly on their websites as part of an effort to steer people away from online travel agencies such as Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity.
Elkins thrift store aids those in need When the Elkins Family Store opened Sept. 8, it became a showcase not just for its recycled merchandise, but for some of those who are helping give those items a new life.
Max Steiner, composer of the quintessential American film score for Gone With the Wind, was born Maximilian Raoul Steiner in 1888, in Vienna. One of his earliest memories was sitting on Emperor Franz Joseph’s lap.
AGFC night Sept. 29 at I-30 Speedway Arkansas Game and Fish Night at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock will be held on Saturday. The special event will raise funds for boating safety education work in the state.
Nicholas Kralev will discuss his new book, America’s Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and the Humanizing of Diplomacy, at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service on Tuesday in Little Rock.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “We want people to be able to enjoy art inside as well as out.” Lee Ortega, executive director of the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, about plans for an outdoor sculpture garden Article, 1B
Civil-rights attorney and state Rep. John Walker said Saturday that someone should file a lawsuit to eliminate the at-large positions on the Little Rock Board of Directors, but he did not commit to filing such a lawsuit.
While the new Fort Smith Regional Art Museum won’t officially open until Jan. 19, staff members will begin moving offices and artwork into the building in early November, Executive Director Lee Ortega said Friday.
The leaders of the rebel Free Syrian Army said Saturday that they moved their command center from Turkey to Syria with the aim of uniting rebels and speeding up the fall of President Bashar Assad’s regime.
Early Saturday, a crowd began descending on a narrow stretch of sidewalk at Queens College. The people came from all over New York and as far away as Miami and North Carolina, but originally, they and their families were from Burma.
Pundits carp about the sour tone of this election year, but what if the fault lies less in our politicians than in our schools? Thomas Jefferson wrote “if a nation expects to be ignorant and free … it expects what never was and never will be.” If Jeff erson is right, then American freedom is endangered by civic ignorance.
One of the fascinating things about my job is that I have the privilege of being with people during some of their most challenging times. Occasionally I meet someone extraordinary and inspiring. Bud Planchon is one of the most remarkable people I know.
This November, those of us who live in Benton County will vote on a measure that, if passed, would turn our current dry county into a wet county. If this measure passes, Benton County could be home to as many as 55 liquor stores.
Where I live: We live outside of Avoca on Beaver Lake. This property was actually bought by my mother- and father-in-law the same year my wife and I were married. They had plans to move out here. They had the garage built and the foundation for the home put in when my father-in-law got cancer and passed away. We bought it from my mother-in-law and redesigned the home for the current foundation to accommodate a growing family of five. We had the house built up to the sheet rock stage, and then my wife and I went in and finished it, did the woodwork on it and built the deck.
Editor’s Note: Dr. Joycelyn Elders, former U.S. Surgeon General, spoke at First United Methodist Church in Rogers on Tuesday. I wasn’t able to cover the event, but met with Dr. Elders earlier in the day.
The Rogers Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ semiannual conference will be today and Sunday at the Latter-day Saints chapel in Bentonville, 1101 McCollum Road. The Saturday evening adult session will begin at 7 p.m. and the Sunday morning general session will begin at 10 a.m.
The debate continues regarding the best future for America’s health care system. Many so-called experts say health care costs will continue to rise faster than overall spending regardless of whether the Affordable Care Act stays in place or is replaced by something else.
My children have never ridden their bikes to school. They’ve never dialed a telephone. They have never listened to a record, a cassette or an eight-track tape. They’ve never known a world without remote controls, PCs and Wi-Fi. Their world is much different than the world I grew up in.
Bentonville is really a town to be proud of, especially with the addition of Crystal Bridges, the bike trails, all the beautiful parks, and a wide array of businesses. But there is one thing Bentonville lacks that a city our size needs: an animal shelter.
Tonight’s Rutgers game arrived on Arkansas’ schedule in February as a moderately attractive nonconference game and a respite between defending national champion Alabama and SEC road games at Texas A&M and Auburn.
Thousands angered by an anti-Muslim film ignored pleas for peaceful rallies and rampaged in several Pakistani cities Friday in battles with police that killed 19 people and touched off criticism of a government decision to declare a national holiday to proclaim devotion for the Prophet Muhammad.
An emaciated Georgia teenager told police that he was forced to kneel for hours at a time by his stepfather and mother, who now face charges of child cruelty after allegedly confining the teen in a bedroom for years and then sending him by bus to Los Angeles to seek a homeless shelter.
John L. Smith will coach the Razorbacks today with a heavy heart following the death this week of his brother, Bart, in Idaho. Smith flew out of Fayetteville following Thursday’s practice to attend what his brother’s obituary described as “a celebration of Bart’s life” Friday afternoon in Idaho Falls and was scheduled to return Friday evening, said Zack Higbee, Arkansas’ football media relations director.
OFFENSE Quarterback Gary Nova’s numbers (49 of 89 passing for 565 yards, 4 touchdowns, 2 interceptions) don’t stand out, but the 6-2 sophomore has been a solid game manager for Rutgers. Nova is averaging 188.3 passing yards per game and completing 55.1 percent of his passes, and his 118.72 efficiency rating is No. 88 nationally.
The chief investment officer for state Treasurer Martha Shoffner said in a handwritten note that she voiced her concern to Shoffner in June 2011 about giving “so much more [business] than we’ve ever done” to a broker with St. Bernard Financial Services Inc. of Russellville, and Shoffner told her that “we could ‘justify’ doing more with them.”
A team of 11 federal surveyors finished a highstakes, week-long final review of the State Hospital on Friday, checking compliance with hundreds of standards to determine whether the facility can maintain its ability to receive federal reimbursements for patient care.
GIANTS Cabrera disqualified NEW YORK — Melky Cabrera lost the right to play baseball by failing a drug test and now he has given up his chance to win the National League batting title. Cabrera was disqualified from the NL batting honor at his own request when Major League Baseball and the players’ association agreed Friday to a one-season-only change in the rule governing the individual batting, slugging and on-base percentage champions.
CAMDEN FAIRVIEW 58, HOT SPRINGS LAKESIDE 10 CAMDEN — Camden Fairview’s Jamie Smith ran for 161 yards, and the Cardinals ran their conference winning streak to 20 games against Hot Springs Lakeside on Friday, as the Cardinals defeated the Rams.
Pulaski Academy got one of its injured offensive stars back Friday night, found a suitable replacement for another and its defense forced six turnovers in a 56-0 rout of North Pulaski at Joe B. Hatcher Stadium.
1-4 A LINCOLN 37, BERRYVILLE 6 BERRYVILLE — Drew Harris ran for a touchdown and passed for another and Dalton Simmons scored two rushing touchdowns as Lincoln (4-0, 1-0 1-4 A) downed Berryville (1-3, 0-1 ).
QUOTE OF THE DAY “We all hope that no anti-democratic initiative ever occurs in our country again.” Binali Yildirim, Turkey’s transportation minister, after a Turkish court convicted 326 military officers of plotting a coup Article, 8A
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio said he and his fellow Republicans will continue to oppose any tax increases as part of negotiations to reduce the budget deficit, even if President Barack Obama wins re-election, adding: “Why would I ever be for something like that? I’m not.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY “I had a feeling there would be mixed reaction, so let me get into it.” Paul Ryan, Republican vice presidential candidate, who was booed at an AARP gathering after calling for repealing President Barack Obama’s health-care law Article, 1A
50 YEARS AGO Sept. 22, 1962 JONESBORO — E.C. Barton gave himself a birthday party yesterday, but his guests received the gifts. Barton, a Jonesboro lumberman, was celebrating his 80th birthday. His 35 guests ranged in ages from 80 to 97.
Skins’ Paul: Hands off my juice Washington Redskins tight end Niles Paul’s most prized locker room possession is a case of Capri Sun, the juice that comes in a silver pouch and is commonly found in the sack lunches of school-aged children.
2 groups aid woman fired for fertilization FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the American Civil Liberties Union filed friends of the court briefs Monday in support of Emily Herx, a former parochial school language arts teacher who claims she was fired for undergoing in vitro fertilization.
Some black clergy see no good presidential choice between a Mormon candidate and one who supports same-sex marriage, so they are telling their flocks to stay home on Election Day. That’s a worrisome message for the nation’s first black president, who can’t afford to lose any voters from his base in a tight race.
Philippine government and Muslim guerrilla negotiators are drafting a preliminary agreement to settle a decades-long rebellion in the country’s south, but the insurgents said Tuesday that their insurrection won’t end until a final pact is concluded.
GOLF Thompson leads Defending champion Lexi Thompson shot a 3-under-par 69 to take a one-stroke lead into weekend play in the Navistar LPGA Classic in Prattville, Ala. Thompson, 17, had a 12-under 132 total on the links-style Senator course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Capitol Hill complex.
In the week following 9/11/12, something big happened: the collapse of the Cairo Doctrine, the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. It was to reset the very course of post-9 /11 America, creating, after the (allegedly) brutal depredations of the Bush years, a profound rapprochement with the Islamic world.
BASKETBALL Arkansas schedules public events Arkansas’ men’s and women’s teams will hold their first practices in an event free to the public, “Primetime at the Palace,” on Oct. 12 at Walton Arena in Fayetteville The event will start at 8 p.m., with an autograph session followed by short practices by both teams.
After a two-year struggle, a federal judge this week authorized Arizona law enforcement agencies to require officers to check the immigration status of anyone they suspect is in the country illegally. Wearing the wrong clothes, speaking with the wrong accent or having the wrong skin color could land you in hot water in Arizona.
That’s not quite right Wait, wait, wait. In a recent editorial, you assured readers that there was indeed voter fraud, but compared apples to oranges. I believe the real voter fraud is requiring voters to present photo identification in order to vote.
Universal Music Group got approval Friday from American and European regulators to buy the British music company EMI, including the lucrative Beatles catalog. But the European Union imposed stringent restrictions on the deal, forcing Universal to sell some of EMI’s biggest acts, such as Coldplay and Pink Floyd.
Meredith Poland Occupation: I am the chief advancement officer for the Arkansas Museum of Discovery and oversee the Fund Development, Marketing and Membership departments. Working at the museum helps stir my passion for science and technology.
The CARTI board of trustees said Friday that it signed an option to study a 37-acre site at the intersection of Interstate 630 and John Barrow Road in Little Rock as the location of a new cancer treatment center.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to open retail outlets in India in the next 12 to 18 months, the company said Friday, making it the first multinational to jump on the government’s decision to open the country’s huge retail market to foreign players.
The technological revolution that has swept through Wall Street and enabled stock trades to take place in milliseconds has thrust the equity market into a “crisis” that demands a regulatory response, a former high-frequency trader told Congress this week.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “India has huge opportunity to improve its infrastructure that the government itself has identified as priority, and modern retail is proven to help that process.” Scott Price, head of Asia operations at Wal-Mart Article, 1D
Wal-Mart plans 50,000 Christmas-season hires Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Friday that it intends to hire more than 50,000 seasonal workers for the Christmas shopping season, as well as offering more hours to existing employees.
DEAR TOM AND RAY: I recently had my car’s front end aligned by a mechanic whom I have trusted for more than 10 years. The problem is, to keep the car running straight on the road, I must have my steering wheel turned to the right by about 15 degrees.
Happy birthday. You’ll like the new characters that come into your life this year, and you’ll be happy for their influence on your story. People will give you things in October. Some gifts will be straightup wonderful, and others will be mixed blessings.
DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I supposedly gave my life to God when I was a teenager, and at the time I was very sincere about it. But eventually I drifted away and I know I haven’t been living the way I should. If I died right now, do you think I’d still go to heaven? — D.McG.
TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP At East Lake Golf Club (Par 70, 7,319 yards), Atlanta Purse: $8 million Second of four rounds 133 (-7 ) Jim Furyk...................................... 69-64 134 (-6 ) Justin Rose................................... 66-68 135 (-5 ) Bubba Watson............................... 69-66 Bo Van Pelt.................................... 67-68 136 (-4 ) Dustin Johnson............................. 69-67 Matt Kuchar.................................. 67-69 137 (-3 ) Rory McIlroy................................. 69-68
CLASS 7A/6A 7A/6A-CENTRAL Conway 21, Russellville 7 FS Southside 45, LR Parkview 6 Greenwood 56, FS Northside 20 LR Catholic 28, LR Hall 8 7A/6A-EAST Jonesboro 30, West Memphis 21 Marion 53, Mountain Home 18 North Little Rock 33, Cabot 14 Searcy 19, LR Central 14 7A/6A-SOUTH Bryant 55, Benton 21 (at War Memorial Stadium, Little Rock) El Dorado 44, LR Fair 6 Lake Hamilton 49, Sheridan 14 Pine Bluff 23, Texarkana 17
All times Central and subject to change AIR FORCE (1-1 ) 49 Idaho St. 21 25 at Michigan 31 Sept. 22 at UNLV 9 p.m. Sept. 29 Colorado St. 1 p.m. Oct. 6 Navy 10:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at Wyoming 6 p.m. Oct. 20 New Mexico 6 p.m. Oct. 26 Nevada 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at Army 11 a.m. Nov. 10 at San Diego St. 2:30 p.m. Nov. 16 Hawaii 8:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at Fresno St. 2:30 p.m.
TAL EJ Manuel of Florida State and longtime friend Tajh Boyd of Clemson have known each other since middle school and are now the top-rated passers in the Atlantic Coast Conference headed into a top-10 matchup Saturday.
ACC TODAY’S GAMES Bowling Green at Virginia Tech, 11 a.m. Maryland at West Virginia, 11 a.m. Virginia at TCU, 11 a.m. Army at Wake Forest, 11:30 a.m. Miami at Georgia Tech, 2 p.m. East Carolina at North Carolina, 2:30 p.m. The Citadel at NC State, 5 p.m. Memphis at Duke, 5 p.m. Clemson at Florida State, 7 p.m.
ARKANSAS-MONTICELLO AT EAST CENTRAL (OKLA.) WHEN 6 p.m. Central WHERE Norris Field, Ada, Okla. RADIO KHBM-FM, 93.7, in Monticello INTERNET uamsports.com RECORDS UAM: 1-2, 0-1 Great American Conference; East Central: 1-2, 0-1 SERIES East Central leads 4-2 COACHES UAM: Hud Jackson (6-8 in second season); East Central: Tim Mc-Carty (23-33 in sixth season)
Who says newspapers are full of only bad news? That we only print stories about accidents and crimes and protesting professors and crooked politicians and pension plans that are going broke and gaffes by political candidates and the latest unhappy football score and an unemployment rate that refuses to drop and maybe a state treasurer giving a staffer the evil eye and. . . .
A FEW nights ago, between football games, one of the national television networks carried a story on one of their hour-long news magazines about. . . cats. That is, your cat. Your crazy, deadly, devil-may-care, murderous cat. Yes, ma’am, yours, too.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed in August by the operators of Verizon Arena in North Little Rock against a Nevada company accused of marketing and reselling tickets to local events at illegally excessive prices.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “Wow.That’s a gate. Holy-moly ! I didn’t realize it was going to look like this.” University of Arkansas Chancellor G. David Gearhart, at the dedication Friday of the Pi Beta Phi decorative gate north of Old Main on the Fayetteville campus Article, 1B
A former North Little Rock police officer who was one of 22 people indicted last year in an effort to break up a large methamphetamine-trafficking ring in Central Arkansas pleaded guilty Friday to a single conspiracy charge.
Explosives seized at Mabelvale home A stick of military-grade dynamite, 14 pounds of other explosives and two guns were seized Wednesday when 30 law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at 8020 Bunch Road in Mabelvale that resulted in the arrest of resident Michael S. Parker.
NASHVILLE — On a crisp afternoon outside a Nashville diner, Liz McDaniel stepped out of her white Mercedes with a plastic Razorback hat fastened to her head and a strip of packing tape holding up her nose.
FAYETTEVILLE — More than 3 1/2 years after a University of Arkansas sorority announced plans to build an ornamental gate near Old Main, its alumnae and members met on campus to celebrate its completion.
Arkansas legislators can try to reverse Arkansas Tech University’s decision not to sponsor job visas for qualified professors from other countries by keeping the pressure on the school, a state senator said Friday.
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick repeatedly stuffed his bank account and paid off credit cards with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, a prosecutor told jurors Friday at the start of a corruption trial.
A Turkish court on Friday convicted 326 military officers, including the former air force and navy chiefs, of plotting to overthrow the nation’s Islamicbased government in 2003, in a case that has helped curtail the military’s hold on politics.
Iraq has banned a North Korean plane from its airspace on suspicion it was carrying weapons for Syria, a government spokesman said Friday, potentially closing a supply line for President Bashar Assad’s embattled regime.
The House Ethics Committee’s outside counsel recommended no further investigation of allegations that California Democrat Maxine Waters helped a struggling bank in which her husband held stock obtain a government bailout in 2008.
Mitt Romney paid $1.95 million in taxes on his 2011 investment income of $13.7 million, his campaign revealed Friday, making good on Romney’s promise earlier this year to eventually release his full returns for that year.
An attorney has released cellphone records for fired North Carolina football coach Butch Davis to media outlets, saying it should prove "once and for all" that Davis did nothing wrong regarding misconduct by players.
The first reading of a proposal to regulate hunting on Property Owners Association land passed at the association’s board meeting Thursday, although a motion to declare an emergency and skip the second reading was rejected.
The White House is now describing the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, as a “terrorist attack,” a shift in emphasis after days of describing the lethal assault as a spontaneous burst of anger over an anti-Islamic film made in California.
Turkey’s war with Kurdish militants has entered its bloodiest phase in more than a decade, with attacks on soldiers and police almost daily and a breakdown in ties with neighbors that had helped to contain the threat.
President Barack Obama and the Afghan leader, Hamid Karzai, had what a U.S. official called a “serious and positive” discussion on Wednesday night that the Afghans confirmed had made progress toward resolving an increasingly acrimonious dispute that had their two governments and their militaries at loggerheads for weeks over rules for detaining terrorism suspects in the field.
Nearly two years after President Barack Obama ordered 33,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan to tamp down the escalating Taliban violence, the last of those surge troops has left the country, U.S. officials said Thursday.
Annette Morales-Rodriguez, 34, a Milwaukee woman who confessed to attacking a pregnant woman and slicing out her unborn child in hopes of passing off the full-term boy as her own, has been found guilty of two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the October 2011 deaths of Maritza Ramirez-Cruz, 23, and the baby.
He brought “SexyBack,” but don’t wait for Justin Timberlake to bring his music back — just yet. The singing superstar said his music-making process is fueled by life’s experiences and making an album “is a really big deal.” “For me, personally, when I do sit down and decide to do it, it’s just a special thing,” he said in an interview Wednesday night.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “The judiciary will look at our laws and soon come up with a legal framework that allows us to keep those people who pose a serious security threat.” Aimal Faizi, the Afghan president’s spokesman, on detaining terror suspects without trial Article, this page
Dry conditions continued to ease in most of Arkansas this week, reducing the areas of exceptional drought — the most extreme classification — to 8.74 percent of the state, down from 12.06 percent last week, according to a report released Thursday.
The Arkansas Supreme Court said Thursday it will not hold an oral argument over whether the signatures submitted in support of a constitutional amendment legalizing casino gambling were sufficient but ordered additional briefs to be submitted Monday and it granted an order to expedite the case.
100 YEARS AGO Sept. 21, 1912 NEWPORT — The Grand Jury has indicted Justice of the Peace John R. Loftin Sr., charging him with malfeasance in office. The indictment states that on September 12 Justice Loftin issued a search warrant on the butcher shop of Isaiah Dyer from where it was charged liquor was being sold illegally.
When 39 delegates to the Philadelphia convention signed the U.S. Constitution 225 years ago this past Monday, it brought to a close a summer of debate and compromise among some of the brightest and strong-willed statesmen in the nation.
Math solution to problem Andrew Hacker of the New York Times asked why we subject U.S. students to the ordeal of learning algebra. “Making mathematics mandatory prevents us from discovering and developing young talent,” he wrote in a piece reprinted in the Perspective section. Instead of algebra, he recommended courses in citizen statistics, the history and philosophy of mathematics and the exploration of mathematics in art, music and poetry. He was basically saying that algebra was too hard for our kids.
Receiver Ryan Timmons said he was impressed when he visited Arkansas in July and is bringing his mother, Melinda Watts, with him on his official visit for the Razorbacks’ game against Rutgers on Saturday in Fayetteville.
CLASS 7A AUSTIN ALLEN, Fayetteville, completed 14 of 18 passes for 317 yards and 3 touchdowns. JEFF ANDERSON, Conway, ran 29 times for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns. JARVIS COOPER, West Memphis, ran 20 times for 92 yards and 2 touchdowns and 2 two-point conversions and had 12 tackles for loss, including 5 sacks — 1 for a safety — and 11 quarterback pressures.
PGA Tour Championship At East Lake Golf Club Atlanta Purse: $8 million Par 70 (35-35 ), 7,319 yards First of four rounds 66 (-4 ) Justin Rose.................. 34-32 Tiger Woods................. 33-33 67 (-3 ) Scott Piercy.................. 33-34 Bo Van Pelt................... 33-34 Matt Kuchar................. 33-34 Steve Stricker............... 34-33 68 (-2 ) Hunter Mahan.............. 35-33
TENNIS Monfils advances in Metz Seventh-seeded Gael Monfils of France extended his successful return after several months out with a knee injury Thursday, reaching the quarterfinals of the Moselle Open in Metz, France, with a 7-6 (4), 7-5 victory over compatriot Nicolas Mahut. It was Monfils’ second match since losing to Brian Baker of the United States at the Open de Nice in May. The 2009 Metz champion hit 12 aces to secure a match against secondseeded Philipp Kohlschreiber. Kohlschreiber, a runner-up three years ago, defeated Benoit Paire of France 6-2, 1-6, 6-1.
ATU’s defense struggles Arkansas Tech’s defensive overhaul — one that included changing its coordinator and its base formation — was done in part to help prevent the type of big pass plays that hurt the team during a 2-8 finish last year.
NATIONAL LEAGUE Washington 3-6, LA Dodgers 1-7 Milwaukee 3, Pittsburgh 1 Atlanta 3, Miami 0 Philadelphia 3, NY Mets 2 Cincinnati 6, Chicago Cubs 5 (11) St. Louis 5, Houston 0 Arizona 6, San Diego 2 San Francisco 7, Colorado 1 AMERICAN LEAGUE NY Yankees 4-2, Toronto 2-1 Minnesota 6, Cleveland 4 Detroit 6, Oakland 2 Tampa Bay 13, Boston 3 Kansas City 3, Chicago White Sox 0 Texas 6, LA Angels 2 Baltimore 3, Seattle 1 (11)
AGFC approves plan for LR ramp The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission approved Thursday the construction of a public boat ramp and parking area to provide access to the Arkansas River in downtown Little Rock.
FAYETTEVILLE — Senior Alonzo Highsmith will be moving to middle linebacker from the weakside spot for Arkansas’ defense with Tenarius Wright’s move back to defensive end, starting with Saturday night’s game against Rutgers, Coach John L. Smith said after Thursday’s practice.
New-look Badgers on a roll Arkadelphia hasn’t started 4-0 since 1987, when the Badgers finished 14-0, captured the Class AAA state championship and were ranked No. 1 overall and No. 22 nationally in the final USA Today Super 25.
A Taiwanese company was fined $500 million Thursday and two of its former top executives sentenced to three years in prison for their leading roles in a global liquid crystal display price-fixing conspiracy.
Two American Airlines flights scheduled for today at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport have been canceled as part of a national reduction in flights by the bankrupt airline. Two other American flights and two American Eagle flights were cut earlier in the week at the airport.
The state Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a $6.3 million spring and summer state tourism advertising campaign presented by the Little Rock advertising and marketing firm Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods.
Exxon Mobil Corp., the world’s largest energy company by market value, agreed to pay about $2 billion in cash and assets to expand in the U.S. Bakken Shale after efforts to exploit overseas shale fields foundered.
Reality returned to the oil market this week with crude prices falling 7 percent since last Friday, when the price briefly topped $100 for the first time in four months. The sharp drop was expected and overdue, many analysts said.
Arkansas, Louisiana to share $2.7 million Arkansas and Louisiana will receive federal grants totaling $2.7 million to help improve infrastructure that was damaged in 2011 by storms and flooding, the U.S. Department of Commerce said Thursday in a news release.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “There certainly doesn’t appear to be much improvement in the performance of the economy.” Sam Bullard, senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities on Thursday’s economic reports Article, 1D
The Master 90 Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons, Laura Dern, Kevin J. O’Connor, Patty McCormack Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Rating: R, for sexual content, graphic nudity and language Running time: 137 minutes There’s a moment in Room 237, the excellent new documentary concerning the obsessive nature of fans of Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror masterpiece The Shining, where one cultural academic is talking about Kubrick’s mindset going into the making of the film.
New this week Bachelorette 87 R Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan play dysfunctional friends serving as bridesmaids at the wedding of a girl they mocked mercilessly in high school. With James Marsden; directed by Leslye Headland. (87 minutes) Dredd 3D 77 R Karl Urban plays the comic book character that Sylvester
Regime airstrikes hit a gas station Thursday in northern Syria, setting off a fiery explosion that killed at least 30 people and wounded dozens, opposition activists said. Amateur video showed thick black smoke engulfing the scene.
Unconditional 82 Cast: Michael Ealy, Lynn Collins, Bruce McGill Director: Brent McCorkle Rating: PG-13, for some violent content and mature thematic elements Running time: 97 minutes It is unfortunate Unconditional — the first film produced by Harbinger, a company “created to produce high quality theatrical films that honor God” — should open in a week when so many other movies are fighting for the opening weekend. This is a little faith-based film (“inspired by true events” ) that frankly deserves better than it’s likely to get, either in this necessarily truncated review or at the box office.
Trouble With the Curve 86 Cast: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Robert Patrick, Matthew Lillard, Bob Gunton, Joe Massingill Director: Robert Lorenz Rating: PG-13, for language, sexual references, some thematic material and smoking Running time: 111 minutes One of the refreshing traits of Clint Eastwood is the fact that he embraces his age instead of trying earnestly to conceal it. He practically flaunts his weathered features and physique and knows better than to try and pass for his younger self. That probably explains why he has been behind the camera instead of in front of it for a while.
Senior Republicans say they would be forced to retreat on taxes if President Barack Obama wins a second term in November, clearing the biggest obstacle to a deal with Democrats to defuse a year-end budget bomb that threatens to rock the U.S. economy.
A long-awaited inquest into the poisoning death of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko should consider whether Russian authorities were involved, the senior British judge who will oversee it said Thursday. But the U.K. government will not let lawyers for the victim’s family and the suspects see a report on purported links between Litvinenko and British intelligence.
British police said Thursday that masked thieves wielding an ax and crowbars stole luxury watches worth $810,000 from a highend department store in Manchester as stunned shoppers looked on. Police said three men entered a Selfridges store in the northwest English city just after 7 p.m. London time on Wednesday, smashed display cabinets with the ax and crowbars and stole about 100 watches before escaping in a black Mercedes driven by a fourth offender.
At area theaters 67 THE APPARITION, PG-13 Ashley Greene and Sebastian Stan play a couple haunted by a presence accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment. (88 minutes) 85 ARBITRAGE, R Richard Gere plays a billionaire hedge fund magnate, the very portrait of success in American business, who, on the eve of his 60th birthday, finds himself desperately trying to sell his trading empire to a major bank before the extent of his fraud is discovered.
DEAR REV. GRAHAM: What can you do with someone who refuses to listen to advice? My cousin just moved in with a woman he barely knows and says they’re going to get married. Everyone in the family keeps telling him it isn’t going to work because she’s very selfcentered, with children by different men, but he won’t listen. — E.K. DEAR E.K.: If someone adamantly refuses to listen to advice from people who are older and wiser, then there may not be much you can do about it — except to pray.
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 Hollywood.com are: 1. Resident Evil: Retribution, Columbia Screen Gems, $21,052,227, 3,012 locations, $6,989 average, $21,052,227, one week.
Happy birthday. Over the next five weeks, a healing power soothes your sensitive soul. In November, you’ll be ready to play a bigger game professionally, and this affects lifestyle choices, too. The chance to commit yourself contractually comes in January.
Sixteen Amish men and women were convicted Thursday of hate crimes for hair- and beardcutting attacks on fellow sect members in a religious dispute that offered a rare and sometimes lurid glimpse into the closed and usually selfregulating community of believers.
More young adults are leaving their parents’ homes to take a chance with college or a job. Across the nation, people are on the move again after putting their lives on hold and staying put. Once-sharp declines in births are leveling off, and poverty is slowing.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is just a unique place.There’s an exquisite array of species.” Karen Smith, director of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, on a 2,000-acre Beaver Lake woodland the Nature Conservancy of Arkansas has bought for conversion to the state’s System of Natural Areas Article, 1B
Official pleads guilty to fraud Debra Shannon, chief financial officer at the Black River Area Development Corp. in Pocahontas for 37 years, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Little Rock to a federal mail-fraud charge.
The Nature Conservancy of Arkansas has purchased almost 2,000 acres of woodland on the north side of Beaver Lake, including three miles of undeveloped shoreline along the lake, for $3.9 million. The land is south of the Gateway community.
The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville’s preliminary 11th-day head count of 24,537 students includes a 10.4 percent increase from racial and ethnic minority groups, a breakdown of the enrollment figures shows.
Dredd 3D 77 Cast: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Wood Harris Director: Pete Travis Rating: R, for strong bloody violence, language, drug use and some sexual content Running time: 95 minutes In the movies, the old saying goes, some stars wear the hat. And sometimes, the hat wears them.
Those who blinked while passing by the former 36 Club on Dickson Street might have missed the change. But when former chef Peter Steinhart announced his retirement, his friends Sherri Simpkins and Randy McGuffn swooped in to claim the space.
I would like to respond to a recent letter to the editor “In Defense of Jordan” (Sept. 5) that supported our current mayor’s leadership regarding sustainability, the premise being that he has read many books on climate change and has participated in several meetings and forums on the subject.
It turns out that state Treasurer Martha Shoffner’s office told state auditors last month that it earned the state $1.7 million when it sold a bond prior to its maturity, prompting the auditors to review the transaction and conclude that the state incurred a net economic loss of $835,931 from selling the bond early.
The University of Central Arkansas awarded 18 athletic department employees, mostly coaches, performance bonuses during the past academic year, even as faculty members did not get a cost-of-living raise, records show.
The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday against an effort to get voter permission to build seven casinos in Arkansas, saying supporters had to meet two thresholds for signatures when they first submitted their petition.
John L. Smith has come under fire from fans and media alike in recent weeks. The radio and Internet-driven siege started after the unthinkable loss to Louisiana-Monroe, and the catcalls for Smith's job could be heard echoing throughout Razorback Stadium a week later during a crushing 52-0 loss to No. 1 Alabama.
Arkansas coach John L. Smith is trying to wipe away $25.7 million in debt in bankruptcy court and hang onto $1.2 million in retirement accounts and some personal property, all while he leads the Razorbacks through one of the strangest seasons in team history.
For the past seven years, members of the Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus have taken an annual pilgrimage to the nation’s capital to press federal lawmakers to support programs that benefit the Delta.
A French satirical magazine on Wednesday published a series of cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad, setting off a new wave of outrage among Muslims and condemnation from French leaders amid widening unrest over an amateur video that has provoked violence throughout the Islamic world.
The Afghan president on Wednesday urged his nation to rally behind the push for peace negotiations with insurgents despite persistent violence, evoking the memory of a former leader who was assassinated while trying to broker talks with the Taliban.
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., an Illinois Democrat who has been on medical leave for months and is being treated for bipolar disorder, is selling his house in Washington to help pay for health-care costs, his spokesman said in a statement.
Lindsay Lohan was arrested in New York early Wednesday on charges that she clipped a pedestrian with her car and did not stop driving, but her publicist said he expects the allegations to be proven false. The 26-year-old actress was arrested at 2:25 a.m. as she left a nightclub at the Dream Hotel in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, police said. They said no alcohol was involved. Lohan was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and causing injury.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s almost too delicious to believe, my friend, that you are in the Rotunda of our Capitol, the centerpiece of our democracy as an elected member of parliament.” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Burma democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who accepted the Congressional Gold Medal, which she was awarded in 2008 while under house arrest for her peaceful struggle against military rule in Burma Article, 2A
QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’re a newspaper that respects French law. Now, if there’s a law that is different in Kabul or Riyadh, we’re not going to bother ourselves with respecting it.” Gerard Biard, editor-in-chief of France’s Charlie Hebdo magazine, which published cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad although doing so is deemed blasphemous under Islam Article, this page
I have a friend that is on Medicare. He recently had a medical condition requiring a specialist. He found out quickly that there are very few medical specialists in Northwest Arkansas who will take new Medicare patients. If you are on Medicare and do not have a relationship with a medical group, it is very likely that you will not get the medical care you require. The reason these clinics will not take new Medicare patients is that the reimbursement is so low with Medicare that they cannot make a profi t.
Americans for Prosperity, the conservative political advocacy group financed largely by billionaires David and Charles Koch, brings its war against President Barack Obama to Arkansas this week with a bus tour scheduled to stop in six cities.
It was a horrible event more than two years ago when heavy rain forced the Little Missouri River out of its banks, sweeping away the lives of 20 people at the Albert Pike Recreation Area west of Glenwood.
In September 1957, Fred Caesar Storm stood with his fellow National Guard troops outside Little Rock Central High School, obeying orders to block nine black students from entering the school, despite his own belief in integration. Soon after, Storm was ordered to protect the black students as they entered the school, his daughter said.
100 YEARS AGO Sept. 20, 1912 The principals of the several white schools in Little Rock met with Superintendent R. C. Hall yesterday and arranged the details for the beginning of the manual training work of the grammar schools, Monday being the time set for the purpose. The pupils who will be taught are boys in the seventh and eighth grades and about one-half of the boys in the ninth grades. The pupils are required to attend the Manual Training Department one-fourth of a day each week. While the boys are being instructed at the Fort Steele school, the girls in the same grades will be taught sewing at their respective schools.
Americans keep saying we want our politicians to level with us, tell us what they truly think, not just go down the familiar list of talking points, giving us the usual collection of platitudes and hoping to be all things to all people. But when a presidential candidate does come right out with it, and tell it with the bark off, we are shocked, shocked.
The recently discovered tape on which Barack Obama said back in 1998 that he believes in redistribution is not really news. He said the same thing to Joe the Plumber four years ago. But the surfacing of this tape may serve a useful purpose if it gets people to thinking about what the consequences of redistribution are.
Demonstrations to protest a film made in America that portrays the prophet Muhammad as a womanizing child abuser had spread to at least 20 countries by early this week. But in the United States, both major-party presidential candidates retreated from the subject rather than risk saying anything that might cost them votes. It’s good they did. The issue is too important to be distorted by sound bites in a political campaign.
Fired up on the high road John Brummett, bravo. I don’t know if he was able to attend the Democratic Convention or not, but it was so good to hear him fired up. At our Democratic open house, we had three speakers who came back fired up and we intend to stay this way, not just through November, but as long as it takes to keep our voice strong.
Matt Kemp scored a phantom run early, then hit a go-ahead home run in the ninth inning — right after Washington rallied with a six-run eighth — and the struggling Los Angeles Dodgers grabbed a 7-6 victory Wednesday night for a doubleheader split that prevented the Nationals from sewing up a playoff berth.
Trailing 28-10 against Nebraska last Saturday, Arkansas State needed to cover only 15 yards to change the complexion of the game after recovering a muffed Cornhuskers punt return with five minutes left in the third quarter.
Arkansas Coach John L. Smith has a $24.5 million deficit between his financial liabilities and assets according to documents filed Wednesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Smith filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy Sept. 6 after it was reported in July he was likely to do so because of financial difficulties resulting from real estate investments in Kentucky — when he was Louisville’s coach in 1998-2002 — that went bad when the recession hit.
Springdale Har-Ber was clinging to a 3-0 lead against Fort Smith Southside last week when a third consecutive defeat for the Wildcats was still a possibility after neither team scored in the first half.
VOLLEYBALL SAU sweeps Henderson State Denise De Vine and Cambria Martin had 13 kills each to help Southern Arkansas to a 25-20, 25-23, 25-22 victory over Henderson State on Tuesday at the Duke Wells Center in Arkadelphia. Courtney Smith added 11 kills and Klaire Blasco Vine had 39 assists for the Lady Muleriders (7-2, 2-0 Great American Conference ). Sarah Williams led Henderson State (3-8, 0-2 ) with nine kills.
CBS Sports college football analyst Spencer Tillman gave members of the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club plenty of strong opinions Wednesday and may have left them feeling better about where the Arkansas Razorbacks could be headed.
BOXING Chavez could lose fight purse Middleweight fighter Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. could be stripped of his $3 million purse, depending on the explanation he offers to Nevada boxing regulators about a positive test for marijuana after his first professional loss last weekend in Las Vegas, officials said Wednesday. Top Rank Inc. spokesman Lee Samuels said promoter Bob Arum was aware the 26-year-old Chavez tested positive for the banned substance.
Receiver: Message loud, clear Washington Redskins receiver Joshua Morgan felt the full downside of the social media age this week, receiving death threats and other venomous messages on Twitter because of his fourth-quarter blunder in the loss to the St.