News 2012 September

Stories for September 2012

Sunday, September 30

No Trouble Tussle

posted: 09/30/2012 6:10 a.m.

Bentonville turned the short field — or no field at all — into a short night of work for its varsity players Friday night.

Fine Food at Easy to Swallow Prices

posted: 09/30/2012 6 a.m.

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.

Tanglewood Branch Beer Company

posted: 09/30/2012 6 a.m.

It seemed like J.T. Wampler was talking about opening a brewpub one day and pouring beer the next.

Tigers Victorious In Cowboy Jamboree

posted: 09/30/2012 5:55 a.m.

Jacob Shiohira led Bentonville to the Class 6A boys cross country title Saturday during the 76th annual Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla.

Author Encourages Young Readers

posted: 09/30/2012 5:54 a.m.

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.

Tour Teaches Town History

posted: 09/30/2012 5:50 a.m.

Two dozen residents were schooled on the history of downtown Bentonville during walking tours of West Central Avenue on Saturday.


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Coach Gets Perfect Gift

posted: 09/30/2012 5:49 a.m.

On his birthday, Sean Flannigan's offense gave the Rogers High head coach a perfect birthday gift: a 56-point effort.

Parade Of Power

posted: 09/30/2012 5:48 a.m.

Ask anyone why they attend the annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ Parade of Power and they’ll say, “for the bikes.”

Second-Half Surge Too Much For Heritage

posted: 09/30/2012 5:46 a.m.

Rogers Heritage was outscored 35-7 in the second half Friday en route to a 56-20 loss to Springdale Har-Ber, but War Eagles coach Perry Escalante said his team lost a chance to take control early

Panthers Find Positives In Loss

posted: 09/30/2012 5:41 a.m.

Starting for the second consecutive week and playing the entire game, sophomore quarterback Chris Lampton got a lot of valuable experience Friday in Siloam Springs’ 56-0 loss at Bentonville

Wildcat Resiliency Pays Off

posted: 09/30/2012 5:37 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber coach Chris Wood said late last week his team wouldn’t panic and scrap everything following the Wildcats’ 1-3 start.

Turnovers Mount For Springdale High

posted: 09/30/2012 5:34 a.m.

Turnovers weren’t a concern for Springdale High during its two-game winning streak to open the season.

Transfer Plays Hard

posted: 09/30/2012 5:30 a.m.

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.

Public Meetings

posted: 09/30/2012 5:30 a.m.

Fayetteville Board of Adjustments


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Benton County Sheriff's Office

Liquor Opposition Shaken, But Stirring

posted: 09/30/2012 5:30 a.m.

Getting alcohol-related measures to the ballot in Northwest Arkansas proved far easier this year than history predicted.

A Matter of Style

posted: 09/30/2012 5:30 a.m.

With more than 20 years of combined public service, Dan Coody and Lioneld Jordan are familiar with what it takes to run a city.


posted: 09/30/2012 5:30 a.m.

Melissa and Michael Woods

Expanded Alcohol Sales on Ballot

posted: 09/30/2012 5:30 a.m.

Voters in Springdale and Tontitown will decide in November if people on their way home from church Sunday can pick up a six-pack before watching a football game.

Five Accidents Report Friday

posted: 09/30/2012 5:30 a.m.

Five motorcycle accidents were reported Friday night during Bikes, Blues & BBQ, according to Fayetteville police.

Malzahn’s office wall can sell quarterbacks

posted: 09/30/2012 5:25 a.m.

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

The Malzahn Effect

posted: 09/30/2012 5:19 a.m.

Chris Wood hasn’t served as Gus Malzahn’s offensive coordinator for seven years, but he still refers to his former Springdale High boss as “Coach.”

City Expo Set for Tuesday

posted: 09/30/2012 4:42 a.m.

There’s a lot going on in Bentonville. Road projects, a new community center and a plethora of recreation activities are under way in the city.

City’s famed quarter burns in Syrian strife

posted: 09/30/2012 4:13 a.m.

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.

Race, gay issues before high court

posted: 09/30/2012 4:12 a.m.

The Supreme Court returns to the bench Monday to confront not only a docket studded with momentous issues but also a new dynamic among the justices.

TEXAS A&M 58, ARKANSAS 10: Hogs gone mild

posted: 09/30/2012 4:12 a.m.

Another rainy day, another sloppy, lopsided loss for the Arkansas Razorbacks, who are leaving a trail of firsts in their epic fall.

Last Western detainee exits Cuba lockup

posted: 09/30/2012 4:11 a.m.

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.

Old bikers shifting from 2 wheels to 3

posted: 09/30/2012 4:10 a.m.

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.

Sulzberger, 86, led Times in Pentagon Papers era

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

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.

Rebuilt levees leave some out of loop

posted: 09/30/2012 4:08 a.m.

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.

SUN BELT: ’Toppers, backup QB top Wolves

posted: 09/30/2012 4:07 a.m.

Western Kentucky tight end Mitchell Henry dealt the final blow Saturday to Arkansas State’s bid to start its Sun Belt Conference title defense with a victory.

LIKE IT IS: Arkansas fans must lump it for time being

posted: 09/30/2012 4:05 a.m.

To put it in the simplest terms possible, this was never going to be a great season.

Presidential rivals warm up for debates

posted: 09/30/2012 4:04 a.m.

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.

U.S. in control, eyes cup

posted: 09/30/2012 4:04 a.m.

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.

COMMENTARY: Braves’ Jones treasure on, off field

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

Economics preclude me from following Chipper Jones into retirement, but there is a side of me that wonders, “Now what?” This column isn’t about Chipper Jones’ greatness as a baseball player (obvious).

At U.N., Algeria urges free-speech restrictions

posted: 09/30/2012 3:59 a.m.

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.

Ryder Cup report

posted: 09/30/2012 3:59 a.m.

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.

Assassin’s target in Yemen survives

posted: 09/30/2012 3:57 a.m.

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.

Week 4 capsules

posted: 09/30/2012 3:57 a.m.

TV GAMES — All times Central Titans at Texans Noon, CBS LINE — Texans by 12 LAST MEETING Tennessee beat Houston 23-22 Jan. 1, 2012.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Cabrera, Detroit get one step closer to prizes

posted: 09/30/2012 3:55 a.m.

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.

Injury report

posted: 09/30/2012 3:54 a.m.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS at BUFFALO BILLS — PATRIOTS : OUT: WR Julian Edelman (hand), TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle). BILLS: OUT: WR Ruvell Martin (ankle).

Iran slams delisting of exile group

posted: 09/30/2012 3:54 a.m.

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.”

THE RECRUITING GUY: Missouri QB doing his best to sell Razorbacks

posted: 09/30/2012 3:53 a.m.

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.

Gator girl

posted: 09/30/2012 3:49 a.m.

Several men have killed more than one alligator in Arkansas, but Rhonda Hampton of Lodge Corner is the only woman with two in the bag.

Gypsy supporters issue protests call

posted: 09/30/2012 3:49 a.m.

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.

In the news

posted: 09/30/2012 3:48 a.m.

Vickie Bruce, 46, a North Texas teacher, was arrested after she admitted to authorities that she had been using methamphetamine in the mornings before class for about seven years, police said.

Names and faces

posted: 09/30/2012 3:48 a.m.

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.

TV news shows

posted: 09/30/2012 3:47 a.m.

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.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/30/2012 3:47 a.m.

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

The world in brief

posted: 09/30/2012 3:47 a.m.

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

Switchers of parties take licks

posted: 09/30/2012 3:46 a.m.

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.

Study on teens, ‘pot’ use raises reefer wrinkle

posted: 09/30/2012 3:44 a.m.

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.

GREAT AMERICAN CONFERENCE: Harding takes direct path

posted: 09/30/2012 3:43 a.m.

Harding couldn’t avoid all the defensive talent East Central (Okla.) had Saturday night, so the Bisons didn’t.

Bulldogs’ D settles offensive affair

posted: 09/30/2012 3:41 a.m.

The most important fact for Georgia Coach Mark Richt in Saturday’s offensive showcase: When the game was on the line, the Bulldogs made the plays. Even on defense.

Top-ranked Tide put away Rebels

posted: 09/30/2012 3:39 a.m.

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.

District Inches Toward Solutions

posted: 09/30/2012 3:38 a.m.

Bentonville School District got a dose of useful information last week when results of a recent survey of school patrons was released.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Put Away Fears On Medical Marijuana

posted: 09/30/2012 3:37 a.m.

I sincerely hope that people will put away their fear of marijuana long enough to vote to legalize medical marijuana. It is not a drug. It is a healing herb.

Missouri just gets first road victory

posted: 09/30/2012 3:37 a.m.

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.

HOW WE SEE IT: Darr’s Reply To Bad News? Lash Out

posted: 09/30/2012 3:36 a.m.

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.

Truth-Telling Leads To Mayoral Pick

posted: 09/30/2012 3:36 a.m.

Local campaigning has started in earnest, especially now that interviews, panels, and debates have begun, so this is my 2 cents’ worth of opinion on one Fayetteville race.

Parking Deck Questions Need Answers

posted: 09/30/2012 3:35 a.m.

Last year, I was asked to serve on a task force put together by Mayor Lioneld Jordan to examine options for development of a parking deck near the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville.

Johnny on the spot

posted: 09/30/2012 3:35 a.m.

Texas A&M senior linebacker Sean Porter said Johnny Manziel made him feel like he was back in high school Saturday at Kyle Field.

District 27 Senate rivals weigh in on jobs, taxes

posted: 09/30/2012 3:35 a.m.

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.

Can Romney Overcome Bias For Obama?

posted: 09/30/2012 3:34 a.m.

Can Mitt Romney do what Hillary Clinton and John McCain could not: overcome mainstream media (MSM) support for President Barack Obama?

A Kinder, Gentler Bentonville Column

posted: 09/30/2012 3:34 a.m.

I’ll try to be nicer to the Bentonville School Board. After all, the election put some new members in. They deserve a shot.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT City Council Shouldn’t Turn Away Businesses

posted: 09/30/2012 3:33 a.m.

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.

Texas A&M 58, Arkansas 10

posted: 09/30/2012 3:33 a.m.

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.


posted: 09/30/2012 3:32 a.m.

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Grants available to fight obesity

posted: 09/30/2012 3:31 a.m.

Arkansas schools and other community-based nonprofit organizations in the state can apply for grants of up to $1,000 to create programs that help fight childhood obesity.

Instant replay: Aggies end skid vs. Hogs

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

Beating Arkansas 58-10 Saturday was especially sweet for Texas A&M’s seniors.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Camp Robinson more than doubles access fee

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

Deer hunters participating in the controlled hunts at Camp Robinson will pay a substantially higher access fee this year, $25 compared to $10.

New Ferris wheel a tall task for New York

posted: 09/30/2012 3:27 a.m.

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.

Scoring summary

posted: 09/30/2012 3:27 a.m.

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.

Courthouse to bear Civil War marker

posted: 09/30/2012 3:26 a.m.

A Civil War Sesquicentennial historical marker has been approved for Cleburne County to commemorate the Civil War years in that county, according to the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.

BIG TEN/ MID-AMERICAN: Buckeyes survive, top Spartans

posted: 09/30/2012 3:26 a.m.

Urban Meyer’s first Big Ten game as Ohio State coach turned out to be a classic welcome to the conference.

Area lotteries

posted: 09/30/2012 3:25 a.m.

Numbers drawn Saturday: Missouri Lotto 9-24-28-29-36-38 Estimated jackpot: $2.9 million Oklahoma Lotto 10-23-24-33-35 Hot ball: 13 Estimated jackpot: $2.8 million Powerball 14-18-28-29-57 Powerball: 8 Estimated jackpot: $40 million

BIG 12/CONFERENCE USA: West Virginia survives first Big 12 shootout

posted: 09/30/2012 3:25 a.m.

No. 9 West Virginia and the Big 12 looked like a perfect match Saturday.

BIG EAST/ATLANTIC COAST: Florida State gets past South Florida

posted: 09/30/2012 3:23 a.m.

EJ Manuel threw for 242 yards and a touchdown, helping No. 4 Florida State remain unbeaten with a 30-17 victory over South Florida on Saturday night.

TV-aired suicide was wanted man

posted: 09/30/2012 3:23 a.m.

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.

Other days

posted: 09/30/2012 3:22 a.m.

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.

Education notebook

posted: 09/30/2012 3:22 a.m.

No votes, so five named to board Nobody voted in the Danville School District’s Sept. 18 School Board election — not even the five candidates running unopposed for the board’s five seats.

Judge strikes down trading rule

posted: 09/30/2012 3:22 a.m.

Wall Street notched another victory in the battle over regulation Friday after a federal judge struck down a central piece of the Obama administration’s financial overhaul.

PACIFIC-12/MOUNTAIN WEST/WESTERN ATHLETIC: Bruins recover from loss with rout

posted: 09/30/2012 3:22 a.m.

Brett Hundley, Johnathan Franklin and the rest of the UCLA Bruins bounced back from a tough defeat, beating Colorado 42-14 Saturday night for their best start since 2007.

LA jail report cites ‘force-first’ attitude

posted: 09/30/2012 3:21 a.m.

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.

Huskers rally from 17 down

posted: 09/30/2012 3:21 a.m.

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.

100,000 coalition backers swamp Georgian capital

posted: 09/30/2012 3:20 a.m.

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.

Late TD lifts Texas

posted: 09/30/2012 3:19 a.m.

David Ash threw three touchdown passes to Jaxon Shipley and Joe Bergeron scored on a 2-yard run with 29 seconds left to lift No. 12 Texas to a 41-36 victory against Oklahoma State on Saturday night.

Hamlin rides with love advice to take pole at Dover

posted: 09/30/2012 3:17 a.m.

Trying his best to adjust his approach toward his least favorite track, Denny Hamlin turned a lap of 159.299 mph Saturday to win the pole at Dover International Speedway.

Pope’s former butler on trial for stealing

posted: 09/30/2012 3:17 a.m.

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.

Getting it straight

posted: 09/30/2012 3:16 a.m.

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

Protests sweep Spain, Portugal; austerity cuts drive demonstrations

posted: 09/30/2012 3:15 a.m.

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.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/30/2012 3:15 a.m.

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 But if you just can’t resist the urge to do so, you will probably be surprised to see what website pops up.

Iraqis cite inside help in jailbreak

posted: 09/30/2012 3:14 a.m.

Iraqi officials said Saturday that a jailbreak where al-Qaida-linked militants escaped death row had help from inside, further tarnishing state authority and raising new concerns over corruption.

Off the wire

posted: 09/30/2012 3:13 a.m.

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.

Terrific Tampa

posted: 09/30/2012 3:11 a.m.

When the Republicans convened in Tampa, two outcomes were assured. Romney would head the ticket, but Tampa also emerged a winner.

On pathway to citizenship, hurdles arise

posted: 09/30/2012 3:10 a.m.

Marshallese living in the Springdale area are learning that their special visa-free status has a downside: It adds hurdles should they seek a path to U.S. citizenship.

Cabot soldier killed in Afghan war laid to rest

posted: 09/30/2012 3:10 a.m.

Hundreds of people lined a mile-long stretch of U.S. 64 Saturday waving flags and holding signs of support for the family of Sgt. Jason Michael Swindle, who died in Afghanistan last week.

Dictionary project opens book for kids

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

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.

Bigger city better idea for oldsters traveling

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

Last summer, I planned a road trip with my mom, who was 74 at the time.

Partying down, with tea, as if it’s still 1773

posted: 09/30/2012 3:08 a.m.

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.

File says rifle paid for with state cash

posted: 09/30/2012 3:08 a.m.

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.

Encampment stokes burning interest in state’s history

posted: 09/30/2012 3:07 a.m.

MOUNT MAGAZINE STATE PARK — Don Simons can start a fire the old-fashioned way, with a piece of steel and an arrowhead made of flint.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Premium economy replaces ‘cattle cars’

posted: 09/30/2012 3:07 a.m.

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.

NW Arkansas today

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

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

Oahu’s new vibe is surprising

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

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.

Portable Charles Portis

posted: 09/30/2012 3:05 a.m.

“A lot of people leave Arkansas and most of them come back sooner or later. They can’t quite achieve escape velocity.” — Charles Portis, The Dog of the South.


posted: 09/30/2012 3:05 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY The following divorces were recorded in the circuit clerk’s office from Sept. 20-26.

NW Arkansas meetings

posted: 09/30/2012 3:03 a.m.

Monday Fayetteville Board of Adjustments, 3:45 p.m.

Plaintiff: Jury’s hormone-drug deliberations flawed

posted: 09/30/2012 3:02 a.m.

A Hot Springs Village woman who was on the losing side of a jury verdict in August over whether hormone-therapy drugs caused her breast cancer is asking a federal judge for a new trial.

SPIN CYCLE: Can’t walk chalk line? Maybe it’s the Crocs!

posted: 09/30/2012 3:02 a.m.

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.

Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission sets events for October

posted: 09/30/2012 3:01 a.m.

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.

MUSIC: King Biscuit Festival a 3-day feast of blues

posted: 09/30/2012 3:01 a.m.

After close to three decades, the King Biscuit Blues Festival has assumed its place among the state’s — and the nation’s — most acclaimed music festivals. There have been bumps in the road, certainly.

THE TV COLUMN: Tonight is revved up, ready to roll new shows

posted: 09/30/2012 2:58 a.m.

I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

This week’s high-school football games

posted: 09/30/2012 2:57 a.m.

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.

LET’S TALK: Going to AARP conference makes us feel young again

posted: 09/30/2012 2:56 a.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.

Friday’s high-school football scores

posted: 09/30/2012 2:56 a.m.

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,

SOUTHLAND: Bears can’t stop back

posted: 09/30/2012 2:55 a.m.

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.

College football scoreboard

posted: 09/30/2012 2:54 a.m.

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

Portis movies

posted: 09/30/2012 2:52 a.m.

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.

Health law tax worries firms

posted: 09/30/2012 2:52 a.m.

With 30 million more Americans expected to get health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the law is seen as a windfall for the health industry.

Motor sports report

posted: 09/30/2012 2:50 a.m.

Danica to get new crew DOVER, Del. — Danica Patrick appears set to work with Ryan Newman’s crew for her full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup ride in 2013.

Bookshelf labels can’t peg Portis

posted: 09/30/2012 2:50 a.m.

Charles Portis’ five novels are about everything from horses to flying saucers, and all about people on the go from one odd place to another.

John Christopher McLarty: Mapping past, future

posted: 09/30/2012 2:49 a.m.

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.

No interviews, please

posted: 09/30/2012 2:49 a.m.

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.

Fort Smith’s fading star: The factory

posted: 09/30/2012 2:48 a.m.

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.

SPOTLIGHT BILL FLEEMAN GENTLEMEN OF DISTINCTION: Spiffy-gent event honors founder of cancer group

posted: 09/30/2012 2:48 a.m.

SPRINGDALE — It didn’t take long for Jack Igleburger to get involved.

TV ON DVD: Steve Martin’s DVD set: Just a wild and crazy guy!

posted: 09/30/2012 2:48 a.m.

What is it? Steve Martin: The Television Stuff, more than six hours of material on three discs from Shout! Factory How much? $34.93 When? Now Who’s Steve Martin? You’ve never heard of Steve Martin?

TELL ME ABOUT IT: You wed your dad (a bully)

posted: 09/30/2012 2:46 a.m.

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.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Two new exhibits to open 1st Thursday in Fayetteville

posted: 09/30/2012 2:46 a.m.

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.


posted: 09/30/2012 2:44 a.m.

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.

Mobile studio company bound for Fayetteville

posted: 09/30/2012 2:44 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — A bit of Hollywood rolled into town and set up shop last week.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/30/2012 2:42 a.m.

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.

War wounds

posted: 09/30/2012 2:39 a.m.

It would be so much easier, Major Ben Richards says, if he had just lost a leg in Iraq. Instead, he finds himself losing his mind, or at least a part of it.

New Orleans draws fresh development

posted: 09/30/2012 2:39 a.m.

It’s been seven years since Hurricane Katrina brought New Orleans to its knees and a month since Isaac threatened to push the city down again.

Cuba’s sugar harvest to rebound

posted: 09/30/2012 2:38 a.m.

Cuba’s signature industry is showing signs of life two years after the worst harvest in more than a century.

THAT’S BUSINESS: Network wants to be your provider of fresh food, totally

posted: 09/30/2012 2:37 a.m.

Legally Blonde comes to mind in talking on the phone with Jen Barnett about her dreams and ambitions.

Defense firms see spinoffs as answer

posted: 09/30/2012 2:35 a.m.

Defense contractors are spinning off their less-profitable divisions, and lower Pentagon spending is causing more companies to consider following suit.

EDITORIALS: Death of a dream

posted: 09/30/2012 2:32 a.m.

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.

COLUMNISTS: Try calling these hogs

posted: 09/30/2012 2:31 a.m.

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.

Book may be just the beginning

posted: 09/30/2012 2:30 a.m.

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.

A plea rejected

posted: 09/30/2012 2:30 a.m.

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.

All about the money

posted: 09/30/2012 2:29 a.m.

Before I throw in the towel on the Broadway Bridge—and I suppose I’m going to do pretty much that during the next few paragraphs—I must tell you something.


posted: 09/30/2012 2:28 a.m.

More were to blame Re Bill Fritz’s letter about spawned hatred: He stated that President George W. Bush’s choice to invade Iraq and Afghanistan is the reason that many Muslim nations hate us.

Saturday, September 29

Texas A&M routs Arkansas for first SEC victory

updated: 09/29/2012 4:47 p.m.

Johnny Manziel threw for a school-record 453 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score to lead Texas A&M over Arkansas 58-10 on Saturday for the Aggies' first Southeastern Conference win.

Arkansas-Texas A&M Live Blog

posted: 09/29/2012 10:45 a.m.

Join in an interactive live blog as Arkansas faces Texas A&M at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas.

Personal Space: Joe Payne

posted: 09/29/2012 6 a.m.

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.

Urquidi Guides Decatur Past Johnson County Westside

posted: 09/29/2012 5:50 a.m.

DECATUR — Victor Urquidi didn’t look like a sophomore Friday night against Johnson County Westside.

Pea Ridge Spoils Lincoln's Homecoming

posted: 09/29/2012 5:50 a.m.

At least the Lincoln girls and their homecoming dresses were pretty.

Eagles Shut Down Error-Prone Panthers

posted: 09/29/2012 5:50 a.m.

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.

Battle of 62 Delivers Thrill

posted: 09/29/2012 5:50 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE — The Battle of Highway 62 lived up to its billing.

Defense Takes Lions’ Share

posted: 09/29/2012 5:50 a.m.

Gravette’s defense will not be told it didn’t carry its fair share of the load against its biggest rival Friday night.

U.S. vows $45 million in aid to Syrian rebels

posted: 09/29/2012 5:48 a.m.

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.

13.4% college-loan default rate raises new worries on debt load

posted: 09/29/2012 5:46 a.m.

More than one in 10 borrowers defaulted on their federal student loans, intensifying concern about a generation hobbled by $1 trillion in debt and the role of colleges in jacking up costs.

Banned Book Week Planned

posted: 09/29/2012 5:45 a.m.

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “The Catcher in the Rye” have been challenged for decades in libraries and schools across the country.

Benghazi accounts explained

posted: 09/29/2012 5:43 a.m.

U.S. intelligence officials sought to explain Friday why the Obama administration’s understanding of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is “evolving.”

Center Expands Building, Hours

posted: 09/29/2012 5:31 a.m.

An expansion offers more room to play at the Children’s Advocacy Center, where calls for service are on the rise.

Commission OKs School Election Results

posted: 09/29/2012 5:29 a.m.

Three overseas ballots were added to the totals for the Sept. 18 school election Friday, but the results were unchanged.

Etherton Gets 30 Years For Murder

posted: 09/29/2012 5:25 a.m.

Dana Williams had no harsh words for the man who murdered her son.

Iraqi prison breakout kills 10 guards

posted: 09/29/2012 5:24 a.m.

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.

Middle School Students Attend Workshop

posted: 09/29/2012 5:22 a.m.

Middle school students built part of the excitement for author James Dashner’s visit.

The world in brief

posted: 09/29/2012 5:18 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 09/29/2012 5:17 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 09/29/2012 5:17 a.m.

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.

In the news

posted: 09/29/2012 5:16 a.m.

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.

$1.2 million approved to study insurance flux

posted: 09/29/2012 5:13 a.m.

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.

Circuit judge’s rights suit tossed

posted: 09/29/2012 5:09 a.m.

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.

The Lineup

posted: 09/29/2012 4:57 a.m.

The annual motorcycle rally ends today.

Gun Range Extends Hours

posted: 09/29/2012 4:53 a.m.

The Highlands rifle and pistol range will extend its fall hours Wednesday.

Dump truck hits tree, killing driver

posted: 09/29/2012 4:52 a.m.

A Conway man died Friday from injuries he received when his dump truck ran off a road and struck a tree in White County, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality accident report.

Police Say Driver Almost Hit Rally Pedestrians

posted: 09/29/2012 4:52 a.m.

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.

Mega Millions

posted: 09/29/2012 4:51 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 6-8-14-43-56 Mega Ball: 28 Estimated jackpot: $21 million Megaplier: 04

Public Meetings

posted: 09/29/2012 4:51 a.m.

Public Meetings

Intramural Program Gets Started

posted: 09/29/2012 4:48 a.m.

A new intramural program at Bentonville High School started small, but plans are for it to grow in the coming years.

Other days

posted: 09/29/2012 4:48 a.m.

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.

Schools Receive National Recognition

posted: 09/29/2012 4:47 a.m.

Fayetteville High School is among 14 Northwest Arkansas schools nationally recognized for strong performance on standardized tests.

Doing well by doing good

posted: 09/29/2012 4:46 a.m.

Before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Carl Keyes was a little-known pastor of a small New York City Assemblies of God congregation searching for members and money.

Library Group Reads, Preps For Sale

posted: 09/29/2012 4:44 a.m.

Friends of the Bentonville Public Library will host Stories on the Square today at 10 a.m. at the Farmers Market

Brazil’s latest fad: Evangelical clothes

posted: 09/29/2012 4:44 a.m.

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.


posted: 09/29/2012 4:41 a.m.

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.

School Board Honors Maintenance Director

posted: 09/29/2012 4:39 a.m.

David Tate, director of physical plant services, was recognized for his can-do work ethic Thursday by the School Board.

EDITORIALS: How about a nice talk?

posted: 09/29/2012 4:39 a.m.

HEY, BUDDY. Big guy. Partner.


posted: 09/29/2012 4:39 a.m.

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?

Lightle, Mertes In Zone 3 Runoff

posted: 09/29/2012 4:39 a.m.

Zone 3 voters will have to decide between two contrasting ideas to ease overcrowding at Bentonville High School when they vote in an upcoming school board runoff.

COLUMNISTS: Go large, Mitt

posted: 09/29/2012 4:38 a.m.

In mid-September 2008, Lehman Brothers collapsed and the bottom fell out of the financial system. Barack Obama handled it coolly. John McCain did not. Obama won the presidency.

The story of the week

posted: 09/29/2012 4:38 a.m.

IT’S A lonely pursuit for Bob Barrett. There aren’t many Floridians who will bring a live alligator to your house and put the animal in your backyard pool to swim with your children.

What, no Howitzer?

posted: 09/29/2012 4:37 a.m.

Let me try to get this story as straight as a story can be, according to a news account this week, anyway.


posted: 09/29/2012 4:36 a.m.

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.

After-School Program Available For Sonora Students

posted: 09/29/2012 4:35 a.m.

The regular school day ends at 3:15, but the learning continues into the evening at Sonora Middle School because of a three-hour, after-school program the Sonora staff runs daily.

ARKANSAS VS. TEXAS A&M: Rolling out maroon carpet

posted: 09/29/2012 4:33 a.m.

Texas A&M has Arkansas right where it wants it, maybe in more ways than one.

No Road, No Problem

posted: 09/29/2012 4:29 a.m.

Michael Wright wasted no time Friday night grabbing home-field advantage.

UA looks for edge from end

posted: 09/29/2012 4:28 a.m.

Arkansas’ Tenarius “Tank” Wright didn’t complain last spring when he was moved to middle linebacker after playing defensive end for three seasons. He didn’t complain last week when he was moved

October Proclaimed Meth Awareness Month

posted: 09/29/2012 4:27 a.m.

Van Stone, Benton County prosecutor, read a proclamation Friday declaring October Methamphetamine Awareness Month in the county

October Proclaimed Meth Awareness Month

posted: 09/29/2012 4:27 a.m.

Van Stone, Benton County prosecutor, read a proclamation Friday declaring October Methamphetamine Awareness Month in the county

Arkansas at Texas A&M

posted: 09/29/2012 4:26 a.m.

WHEN 11:21 a.m. Central today WHERE Kyle Field (82,589) College Station, Texas RECORDS Arkansas 1-3 (0-1 SEC); Texas A&M 2-1 (0-1 SEC)

7A/6 A-CENTRAL: Greenwood extends victory streak to 29

posted: 09/29/2012 4:25 a.m.

Greenwood Coach Rick Jones calls senior wide receiver /outside linebacker Drew Morgan a difference maker.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Bailey no-hits Pirates

posted: 09/29/2012 4:19 a.m.

Homer Bailey had a certain milestone on his mind when he walked to the mound Friday night. He wound up pulling off an even bigger feat.

Estes Picks Off Shiloh

posted: 09/29/2012 4:19 a.m.

Drew Estes didn’t get a lot of chances to shine offensively for Vilonia.

Bradley sparks early U.S. surge

posted: 09/29/2012 4:17 a.m.

Keegan Bradley made Friday at the Ryder Cup feel like the best day of his life, and it wasn’t too shabby for the rest of the Americans either.

Bentonville Runs Wild

posted: 09/29/2012 4:16 a.m.

Tearris Wallace ran into the record books Friday.

College football Arkansans

posted: 09/29/2012 4:15 a.m.

Arkansans playing at NCAA Division I FBS and FCS schools outside the state and their stats: Offensive players


posted: 09/29/2012 4:11 a.m.

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).

Big Second Half Helps Har-Ber Blow Out Heritage

posted: 09/29/2012 4:10 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber coach Chris Wood was proud of his team’s resilience Friday night.

Mounties Outrun Pointers To Wild Finish

posted: 09/29/2012 4:01 a.m.

Everytime Van Buren attempted a second-half comeback, Rogers answered and thus, stayed unbeaten.

How Top 10 fared

posted: 09/29/2012 4 a.m.

No. 1 Bentonville 56, Siloam Springs 0 No. 2 North Little Rock 42, West Memphis 0 No. 3 Fayetteville 27, Springdale 11

Conque: Bears still have work to do

posted: 09/29/2012 3:59 a.m.

When Central Arkansas Coach Clint Conque saw his team’s 2012 schedule, his immediate concern went to September.

Dooley still knows Bulldogs

posted: 09/29/2012 3:58 a.m.

Derek Dooley has good credentials when it comes to Georgia football history.

Dantonio, Spartans all business

posted: 09/29/2012 3:57 a.m.

For years, Mark Dantonio and Ohio State were on fairly cozy terms.


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OUACHITA BAPTIST AT SE OKLAHOMA STATE WHEN 2 p.m. Central today WHERE Paul Laird Field, Durant, Okla.

UAPB’s success runs into No. 1 test

posted: 09/29/2012 3:54 a.m.

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.

Fayetteville Stifles Springdale In Rivalry Game

posted: 09/29/2012 3:54 a.m.

Austin Allen took the snap, scampered around the pocket and bought himself enough time to look downfield for his wide receivers.


posted: 09/29/2012 3:53 a.m.

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 ).


posted: 09/29/2012 3:53 a.m.

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.

7A/6 A-WEST: Defense gives Fayetteville boost

posted: 09/29/2012 3:52 a.m.

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.

7A/6 A-EAST: Charging ’Cats given air time

posted: 09/29/2012 3:51 a.m.

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.

Southside blasts off after error

posted: 09/29/2012 3:50 a.m.

The last thing the Little Rock Catholic Rockets needed was Fort Smith Southside to get off to a fast start. But the Rockets fumbled on their second play, and it was all downhill from there.

Russellville QBs take down Northside

posted: 09/29/2012 3:48 a.m.

Cody Jones made the most of his time at quarterback on his birthday Friday night.

Estes, Vilonia pick off Shiloh

posted: 09/29/2012 3:47 a.m.

Drew Estes didn’t get a lot of chances to shine offensively for Vilonia.

5 A-WEST: Morrilton runs over Alma

posted: 09/29/2012 3:46 a.m.

Morrilton’s one two punch of running back Jamar Criswell and quarterback Toney Hawkins was far too much for Alma to handle Friday.


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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.

5 A-WEST: L.R. Christian deals out a rout

posted: 09/29/2012 3:44 a.m.

The Little Rock Christian Warriors wasted little time notching their second win of the season, needing only the first half to rack up all its points in a 46-12 rout of North Pulaski.


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BATESVILLE 38, PARAGOULD 6 PARAGOULD — Batesville capitalized on three Paragould turnovers and Kenton Crawford scored two touchdowns as the Pioneers beat the Rams.

Bruins coast after leading 36-0 at half

posted: 09/29/2012 3:41 a.m.

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.

Sylvan Hills turns it on late

posted: 09/29/2012 3:40 a.m.

Sylvan Hills started fast and finished strong in a 28-19 victory over Mills in a 5A Central game at Bill Blackwood Field in Sherwood.

Ryder Cup report

posted: 09/29/2012 3:27 a.m.

Rookies contribute for teams — The Ryder Cup might be golf’s most pressure-packed stage, but it hardly frightened this bunch.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/29/2012 3:25 a.m.

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.

Off the wire

posted: 09/29/2012 3:24 a.m.

BASKETBALL Self signs $3.8M contract Bill Self could be roaming the sideline at Allen Fieldhouse well into the next decade.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/29/2012 3:23 a.m.

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.

Bank of America to pay $2.43 billion

posted: 09/29/2012 3:22 a.m.

Bank of America said Friday that it has agreed to pay $2.43 billion to settle a class-action lawsuit related to its acquisition of Merrill Lynch at the height of the financial crisis.

Consumer spending rises 0.5%

posted: 09/29/2012 3:20 a.m.

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.

U.K. plan tightens how bank rate set

posted: 09/29/2012 3:17 a.m.

Britain’s financial regulator on Friday laid out a plan to overhaul the handling of a key global interest rate that has become the subject of investigations of major banks across multiple countries.

Obama blocks Chinese venture

posted: 09/29/2012 3:16 a.m.

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.

Seasonal hiring expected to climb

posted: 09/29/2012 3:14 a.m.

Retailers across the nation anticipate hiring more employees for this year’s Christmas shopping season as the U.S. economy continues to recover from the recession.

Acxiom’s 21% rise quarter’s highest

posted: 09/29/2012 3:13 a.m.

Shares of Little Rock based Acxiom Corp. saw the best return among the largest public companies in Arkansas in the third quarter, which ended Friday, rising almost 21 percent.

Spain banks fall short in test

posted: 09/29/2012 3:12 a.m.

The Bank of Spain said Friday an independent audit of the country’s troubled banks shows they would need an extra $76.3 billion to cover for further economic shocks.

2 counties’ glut of commercial space shrinking, report says

posted: 09/29/2012 3:11 a.m.

Vacancy rates in commercial real estate are down across Benton and Washington counties, showing the oversupply of vacant commercial space in Northwest Arkansas is shrinking.

MARKET REPORT: Indexes up at least 4% in quarter

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

Stocks posted solid gains for the third quarter, although the ride got bumpy at the end.


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

Farmers warned on early wheat planting As winter wheat planting gets under way in Arkansas, farmers are being urged to avoid planting too early to minimize insect damage.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/29/2012 3:08 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “American household spending and income remain weak, indicating continued subpar growth.” Sal Gautieri, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets Article, 1D

You call that clean?

posted: 09/29/2012 3:07 a.m.

You keep a pretty clean home. Sure, sometimes your rigid cleaning schedule has to bend here and there to accommodate life, but your house/apartment/condo stays pretty darn tidy.

In the garden

posted: 09/29/2012 3:05 a.m.

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?

Personal space

posted: 09/29/2012 3:03 a.m.

Patrick McAlpine Where I live: In Foxcroft in west Little Rock with my wife, Beth, and our three sons: Walter, 8, Andrew, 4, and Tyler, 10 months.

Ask the expert

posted: 09/29/2012 3:02 a.m.

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?

Tools & toys

posted: 09/29/2012 3:01 a.m.

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.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: If you don’t believe it, just watch the TV ads

posted: 09/29/2012 2:59 a.m.

Dear Otus, The election is still more than a month away and I’m already sick of all the negative ads. They’re insulting, and you never learn anything about the candidates from them.


posted: 09/29/2012 2:58 a.m.

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.

New pool options cut the need for chemicals

posted: 09/29/2012 2:57 a.m.

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.

If car doesn’t fit in garage, it’s time to drive off clutter

posted: 09/29/2012 2:56 a.m.

For many families, the end of summer means it’s time to put away the inflatable kiddie pools, camping equipment and gardening tools for the season.

Keep it clean

posted: 09/29/2012 2:54 a.m.

Air Wick National Park Collection How would you like your house to smell like your favorite national park? Air Wick’s limited-edition National Park Collection makes that possible.


posted: 09/29/2012 2:50 a.m.

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.


posted: 09/29/2012 2:49 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Is there a way to keep dishcloths clean? They are stained and look yucky even straight from the dryer. Should I just toss them and start with new ones, or can you help me?


posted: 09/29/2012 2:49 a.m.

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.

Super Quiz: People

posted: 09/29/2012 2:48 a.m.

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?

HOG CALLS: Versatility key point in Hogs’ plans

posted: 09/29/2012 2:46 a.m.

Among the Razorbacks that Mike Anderson inherited and has since recruited, only freshman DeQuavious Wagner was truly recruited by the Razorbacks to play point guard.

1-4A CONFERENCE: Prairie Grove intercepts victory

posted: 09/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

Farmington and Prairie Grove battled back and forth and down to the wire in a rivalry that sent the Prairie Grove to the top of the 1-4 A Conference standings.

Decatur carried by Urquidi

posted: 09/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

Victor Urquidi didn’t look like a sophomore Friday night against Johnson County Westside.

Pea Ridge rolls through Lincoln

posted: 09/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

LINCOLN — Other than the homecoming court, there wasn’t anything pretty for Lincoln on Friday night as Pea Ridge defeated the Wolves 35-9 in a 1-4 A Conference game.

4-3A CONFERENCE: Charleston, Storey strike quickly in second half

posted: 09/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

It took slightly more than three minutes at the outset of the second half for Charleston to turn a close game into a rout Friday night against Paris.


posted: 09/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

CLASS 4A POTTSVILLE 39, DARDANELLE 10 POTTSVILLE — Michael Perry scored three touchdowns as Pottsville (5-0, 2-0 4-4 A) handed Dardanelle (4-1, 1-1 ) its first loss of the season.


posted: 09/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

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

Stafford’s 195 yards propel Hurricanes

posted: 09/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

Dancing around midfield at Quigley-Cox Stadium in Little Rock, Jonesboro quarterback D.J. Anderson and linebacker Malcolm Stafford waved their arms at running back Martin Stafford.

ASU fastens its chin straps for old-fashioned opponent

posted: 09/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

Watching Western Kentucky’s offense on film is like stepping into a football timewarp.


posted: 09/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

All times Central Atlantic Coast Conf. TODAY’S GAMES NC State at Miami, 11 a.m. Middle Tennessee at Georgia Tech, 11 a.m. Duke at Wake Forest, 11:30 a.m. Louisiana Tech at Virginia, 2:30 p.m.

4 Occupy protesters see LR trial delayed

posted: 09/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

At the request of prosecutors, a judge this week postponed the trial of four people arrested during the Occupy Little Rock protests until Jan. 23.

ON RELIGION: Eccentric yet warm, he calmed the frenzied street

posted: 09/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

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.

I-540 lanes to shut in Fort Smith area

posted: 09/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

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.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 09/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

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

Judge, 65, quits; faced inquiry on complaint

posted: 09/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

Lawrence County’s longtime district judge, recently re-elected, is resigning in the face of a disciplinary probe, the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission said Wednesday.

The state/region in brief

posted: 09/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

City repeals law to ease up on ‘pot’ SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Springfield City Council has repealed a resident-driven ordinance that lowered punishments for small amounts of marijuana.

Change sought on death record

posted: 09/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

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.

In NLR robbery turned fatal, two men arrested, warrant issued for third

posted: 09/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

North Little Rock police arrested two men Friday and issued a warrant for a third in the Sept. 22 robbery and shooting death of a convenience store clerk.

Killing leaves LR college stunned

posted: 09/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

Derek Olivier, the Arkansas Baptist College football player shot and killed just yards from the Little Rock campus Thursday night, would have turned 20 years old today.

In District 82 race, hopefuls list jobs goals

posted: 09/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

Candidates for representative of House District 82 provide different perspectives for bringing more jobs to a region that stretches from Charleston in Franklin County to Huntsville in Madison County.

School to skirt rule by singing prayers

posted: 09/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

State Rep. Justin Harris said children at his West Fork preschool will sing a prayer song before lunch each day instead of being led in a spoken prayer.

Once-lofty politician, Bo, gets the boot in China

posted: 09/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

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.

Nightclub-fire site set to be memorial

posted: 09/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

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 voter sign-ups called fake as officials find fishy registrations

posted: 09/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

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.

In presidential race, rivals focus on fundraising

posted: 09/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

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.

Kenya fighters strike al-Shabab

posted: 09/29/2012 2:44 a.m.

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.

Pillow Fight To Raise Money

posted: 09/29/2012 2:03 a.m.

The World’s Largest Pillow Fight, a fundraiser sponsored by Servant Missions Inc. in Prairie Grove, will be Oct. 6 at the Springdale Har-Ber High School football field, 300 Jones Road.

Disciples Of Christ To Host FaithLife Connections

posted: 09/29/2012 2:03 a.m.

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).


posted: 09/29/2012 2:03 a.m.

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.

Retreat Explores Heart Of Women

posted: 09/29/2012 2:03 a.m.

Rest and restoration are on the agenda for an upcoming women’s weekend retreat, but learning how each woman is an image-bearer of God is the heart of the event.

‘Go Make Disciples’

posted: 09/29/2012 2:03 a.m.

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.

Apology For Pain, Suffering

posted: 09/29/2012 2:03 a.m.

If you consider yourself religious, or a person of faith, I’d like to take time in this column to remind you that all our religious traditions have an immense propensity to harm rather than help.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Property Association Hurts Values

posted: 09/29/2012 2:03 a.m.

The Bella Vista Property Owners Association never ceases to amaze me. They tell how they are promoting the Bella Vista area yet they continually do things to the opposite.

‘Expert’ Offers Hunting Tips

posted: 09/29/2012 2:03 a.m.

Feels like deer season, doesn’t it?

HOW WE SEE IT School Election Laws Need Common Sense

posted: 09/29/2012 2:03 a.m.

The law can be a mind-boggling thing.

Friday, September 28

Greenwood uses fourth quarter scores to push past LR Parkview

posted: 09/28/2012 10:32 p.m.

Coach Rick Jones summed up the performance when talking about H-back Drew Morgan.

I-530 lane closures require extra day

posted: 09/28/2012 3:10 p.m.

Workers performing geotechnical sampling on Interstate 530 this week will require additional time for lane closures, highway department officials said in a release.

Arkansas lawmakers reject changing panel rules

posted: 09/28/2012 12:53 p.m.

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: Man stole girlfriend's car, sped down Dickson

posted: 09/28/2012 11:53 a.m.

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.

Murder of Rogers man draws 30-year term

posted: 09/28/2012 10:49 a.m.

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.

Arkansas 62 improvements put on hold

posted: 09/28/2012 9:31 a.m.

Proposed improvements to Arkansas 62 in Green Forest have been deferred to a future time, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said Friday.

I-540 lane closure set in Fort Smith area

posted: 09/28/2012 9:08 a.m.

Lane closures on Interstate 540 are planned for Monday through Thursday in the Fort Smith area, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said Friday.

At U.N., Netanyahu sets latest time to stop Iran

posted: 09/28/2012 5:51 a.m.

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.

Cartel chief caught, Mexico says

posted: 09/28/2012 5:50 a.m.

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.

Film’s maker jailed on probation charges

posted: 09/28/2012 5:48 a.m.

A federal judge Thursday determined a California man behind a crudely produced anti-Islamic video that inflamed parts of the Middle East is a flight risk and ordered him detained.

NATO, Afghan units resume partnerships

posted: 09/28/2012 5:47 a.m.

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.

Failed policies theme for two in Virginia

posted: 09/28/2012 5:46 a.m.

President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney shadowed each other for a second-consecutive day in a battleground state, appealing for votes by arguing the other is pushing failed policies.

New virus triggers global health alert

posted: 09/28/2012 5:42 a.m.

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.

Prep Cross Country

posted: 09/28/2012 5:42 a.m.

Rogers High senior Maggie Montoya finished third at the prestigious Rim Rock Classic cross country meet Saturday.

In the news

posted: 09/28/2012 5:41 a.m.

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.

Rogers Sweeps Heritage

posted: 09/28/2012 5:41 a.m.

Rogers High got the best of its cross-town rival for the second time this season in a battle of two of the top tennis teams in the state Thursday afternoon.

Names and faces

posted: 09/28/2012 5:40 a.m.

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.


posted: 09/28/2012 5:40 a.m.

In a defense-dominate game, Springdale Central made two second half touchdowns stand up in a win over Siloam Springs.

Osborne Serves Up a Winner For Lady Mounties

posted: 09/28/2012 5:39 a.m.

ROGERS — Emily Osborne provided a much-needed spark for Rogers High on Thursday night.

Heritage Sweeps Springdale

posted: 09/28/2012 5:39 a.m.

ROGERS — Springdale High volleyball coach Amanda Williford understood how Rogers Heritage coach Sarah Miser felt when their teams met earlier this season.

Rogers Heritage 21, Springdale Southwest 20

posted: 09/28/2012 5:39 a.m.

Rogers Heritage finished Thursday night's game against the Southwest Cougars the way they started it, with a touchdown pass from Jake Qualls to Collin Christian.

Fayetteville Woodland 27, Bentonville Gold 0

posted: 09/28/2012 5:37 a.m.

After two quarters of a defensive struggle, the Woodland Cowboys exploded in the second half at Harmon Field.

Bentonville Outlasts Har-Ber In Sweep

posted: 09/28/2012 5:36 a.m.

BENTONVILLE — Bentonville and Springdale Har-Ber went toe-to-toe in the third set of their 7A/6A-West Conference volleyball match on Thursday night, and nobody wanted to budge.

Fayetteville Rolls Past Lady Panthers

posted: 09/28/2012 5:35 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — Siloam Springs volleyball coach Rose Cheek couldn’t recall another game in her Lady Panthers career like the one her team was a part of Thursday.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/28/2012 5:35 a.m.

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

Bentonville Black 21, Fayetteville Ramay 12

posted: 09/28/2012 5:35 a.m.

Bentonville Black relied on big performances on both sides of the ball Thursday night.

The world in brief

posted: 09/28/2012 5:35 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I believe that faced with a clear red line, Iran will back down.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, addressing the U.N.

Rogers High 17, Springdale George 10

posted: 09/28/2012 5:33 a.m.

The only place Rogers High didn't run to Thursday night was the locker room at halftime.


posted: 09/28/2012 5:26 a.m.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Lincoln is 4-0 despite losing senior quarterback Cheyenne Vaughn, who transferred to Stilwell, Okla. before the season started.

Green Forest Faces Long

posted: 09/28/2012 5:25 a.m.

Remember the smart aleck answer “you can’t get there from here” when asking for directions?

Peavey Solid In UA Commitment

posted: 09/28/2012 5:23 a.m.

It’s clear that 2014 Arkansas quarterback commitment Rafe Peavey has all the skills to be a top quarterback.


posted: 09/28/2012 5:21 a.m.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Farmington has won four of the past six meetings in this ‘Battle of Highway 62’ rivalry.


posted: 09/28/2012 5:19 a.m.

Football officials are commonly considered as the gridiron’s long arms of the law, and their duties are simply to enforce the game’s rules and throw flags when those guidelines are broken.


posted: 09/28/2012 5:18 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber at Rogers Heritage


posted: 09/28/2012 5:18 a.m.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Van Buren quarterback Jacob Eason is a dual threat.


posted: 09/28/2012 5:15 a.m.

BETWEEN THE LINES: This game could ultimately decide one of the four playoff berths out of the 5A-West by the end of the season.


posted: 09/28/2012 5:11 a.m.

BETWEEN THE LINES: This will be the 113th meeting of the Battle of the Bulldogs, and while the rivalry has diminished some in recent years

Arkansas Supreme Court

posted: 09/28/2012 5:09 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court released opinions Thursday.The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts. PROCEEDINGS OF SEPT. 27, 2012 CHIEF JUSTICE JIM HANNAH CR11-1269. Charles Wayne Green v. State, from Randolph Circuit.

Other days

posted: 09/28/2012 5:08 a.m.

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.

Beware of the Smiles

posted: 09/28/2012 5:07 a.m.

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.

The optimism cure

posted: 09/28/2012 5:06 a.m.

Mitt Romney is optimistic about optimism. In fact, it’s pretty much all he’s got. And that fact should make you very pessimistic about his chances of leading an economic recovery.


posted: 09/28/2012 5:06 a.m.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Heritage is 0-4 against Har-Ber in its short school history.

OTHERS SAY: A defense of free speech

posted: 09/28/2012 5:06 a.m.

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.

How’s that again?

posted: 09/28/2012 5:06 a.m.

Earlier this month, your newspaper featured a mini-debate among a handful of lawmakers in Arkansas who faced off over the issue of voter fraud. Or the lack thereof.

The pump blame game

posted: 09/28/2012 5:05 a.m.

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.

Mirror, Mirror

posted: 09/28/2012 5:05 a.m.

It’s a tad poetic that portentous events in Europe regarding government debt and fiscal irresponsibility are emanating from the very regions that gave us mythology and fairy tales.

Food Science New Topics At Springdale High

posted: 09/28/2012 5:05 a.m.

Food tends to be a popular subject of discussion among teens.


posted: 09/28/2012 5:04 a.m.

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.


posted: 09/28/2012 5:04 a.m.

BETWEEN THE LINES: This marks the first meeting between the two Benton County schools since 2001

Snedeker to get early start today

posted: 09/28/2012 5:04 a.m.

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.

’Toppers riding rejuvenated QB

posted: 09/28/2012 5:02 a.m.

A week before Western Kentucky reported for fall camp, Coach Willie Taggart uttered a bold expectation for senior quarterback Kawaun Jakes to members of the media.

Lincoln High School Locked Down

posted: 09/28/2012 4:59 a.m.

Lincoln High School was on lockdown for 16 minutes Thursday morning after a student made undisclosed threats about the school

Bulky Waste Cleanup Set For Saturday

posted: 09/28/2012 4:56 a.m.

Residents can dispose of large items that don’t fit in residential trash carts for free Saturday during the first of four bulky waste cleanups this fall.

34TH RYDER CUP MATCHES: All golfers at competition in world's top 35

posted: 09/28/2012 4:55 a.m.

The question used to come up every other year when the Americans began looking ahead to the Ryder Cup.

Officials return to league

posted: 09/28/2012 4:53 a.m.

The replacement officials are gone and the NFL is sorry it took so long. Now fans can go back to complaining about the calls made by the regular refs.

The Lineup

posted: 09/28/2012 4:53 a.m.

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.

LIKE IT IS: No real treasures to be found this weekend

posted: 09/28/2012 4:52 a.m.

One-third of the way into the season, four SEC schools have an open date. Two of them, Florida and Mississippi State, are undefeated at 4-0 and the other two, Vanderbilt and Auburn, are 1-3.

COMMENTARY: NFL, referees compromise for deal

posted: 09/28/2012 4:51 a.m.

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.

COMMENTARY: Be wary of spies at Ryder Cup this weekend

posted: 09/28/2012 4:50 a.m.

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.

Golf ball not only thing bouncing

posted: 09/28/2012 4:50 a.m.

If pomp and circumstance, color-coordinated outfits and flag-waving throngs are your thing, then the Ryder Cup is the only competition that matters this weekend.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Small forward big on Razorbacks’ style of play

posted: 09/28/2012 4:48 a.m.

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.

NFL: Fans cheer refs as Ravens win

posted: 09/28/2012 4:48 a.m.

The regular NFL officials returned to work Thursday night, and sure enough, their first game back came down to a Hail Mary pass.

Great American Conference report

posted: 09/28/2012 4:47 a.m.

Points in bunches for HSU As if Henderson State needed more ways to score points.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Tigers extend lead in AL Central, beat Royals

posted: 09/28/2012 4:46 a.m.

Doug Fister was breezing along after striking out nine consecutive batters and setting an American League record.

TOP 25: Washington rallies, dumps Stanford

posted: 09/28/2012 4:46 a.m.

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.

High school football report: Options good for Bulldogs

posted: 09/28/2012 4:45 a.m.

Options good for Bulldogs White Hall has more options now.

Board Hears Case For University Property Tax Exemption

posted: 09/28/2012 4:44 a.m.

The University of Arkansas and Washington County Assessor Jeff Williams are at odds over property tax exemptions for commercial ventures on campus.

College Chooses Interim Chief Financial Officer

posted: 09/28/2012 4:44 a.m.

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.

After injury, Powell making progress for Hogs

posted: 09/28/2012 4:43 a.m.

Arkansas forward Marshawn Powell continues to make progress in his comeback from knee surgery.

Michigan-Arkansas to be aired by CBS

posted: 09/28/2012 4:42 a.m.

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.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/28/2012 4:41 a.m.

Baseball better, says McMahon Former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon, 53, is in the early stages of dementia and is part of a group suing the NFL that says the league hid the effects of concussions.

Making Over To Fit In

posted: 09/28/2012 4:41 a.m.

A group of investors is renovating a building on South Main Street to better fit in with the vibrant feel of the city’s revitalized downtown area.

Off the wire

posted: 09/28/2012 4:40 a.m.

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.

Razorbacks report: 3 starters sidelined for Hogs

posted: 09/28/2012 4:40 a.m.

Arkansas Coach John L. Smith said Thursday three starters — tight end Chris Gragg, safety Eric Bennett and cornerback Tevin Mitchell — have been ruled out for Saturday’s game at Texas A&M.

Quorum Court OKs Liquor Vote

posted: 09/28/2012 4:38 a.m.

Benton County’s justices of the peace bowed to the requirements of state law Thursday and agreed to place Springdale’s Sunday liquor sales vote on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Today’s games

posted: 09/28/2012 4:38 a.m.

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.


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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.

School Employees In Line For Bonus

posted: 09/28/2012 4:37 a.m.

School District employees are in line for a 3 percent bonus in November, if approved next month.

Work Day Called Off

posted: 09/28/2012 4:35 a.m.

A community work day set for Saturday at City Park, 290 N. Main St.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/28/2012 4:35 a.m.

SEC gymnastics meet heading back to NLR The SEC Gymnastics Championships are returning to central Arkansas.

Village Survey Deadline Approaching

posted: 09/28/2012 4:34 a.m.

Village property owners have until Monday to complete a survey designed to assist in a comprehensive recreational needs assessment of the community.

Women Hit In Drive-By Dart Shootings

posted: 09/28/2012 4:32 a.m.

Two women have been shot with darts by a man driving a light-colored car during the past week in Rogers.

Corps Report On Monte Ne Delayed Until October

posted: 09/28/2012 4:29 a.m.

Local historians will have to wait a bit longer for an Army Corps of Engineers report on whether the ruins at Monte Ne are worth saving.

Harley’s Footprint Grows In Rally

posted: 09/28/2012 4:28 a.m.

Kathy and Jeffrey Bryant’s Harley-Davidson motorcycles turned some heads as they pulled into the parking lot east from Baum Stadium.

At 1.3%, economic growth still anemic; drought called drag

posted: 09/28/2012 4:27 a.m.

The U.S. economy grew at a sluggish 1.3 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter, held back by the severe drought that reduced farm production in the Midwest.

Early start reaps bumper corn crop

posted: 09/28/2012 4:26 a.m.

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.

Three Motorcycle Accidents Reported On I-540

posted: 09/28/2012 4:25 a.m.

At least three accidents were reported on Interstate 540 during the first two days of Bikes, Blues & BBQ.

Report signals region’s revival

posted: 09/28/2012 4:25 a.m.

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.

Europe faces auto-industry gloom

posted: 09/28/2012 4:24 a.m.

European carmakers were preparing for a future of labor strife, lower sales and more financial uncertainty as they set out their latest models at the Paris Auto Show on Thursday.

NWACC Center Receives Gift

posted: 09/28/2012 4:23 a.m.

A $250,000 gift from Washington Regional Medical Center will help pay for learning labs for health profession students at NorthWest Arkansas Community College.

Spain pledges round 5 of cuts

posted: 09/28/2012 4:23 a.m.

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.

Greece’s leaders agree on cuts

posted: 09/28/2012 4:22 a.m.

Greece’s coalition government reached a “basic agreement” Thursday on a new round of harsh austerity cuts demanded by its international lenders.

Candidates Trumpet Record

posted: 09/28/2012 4:21 a.m.

Dan Coody and Lioneld Jordan squared off in the second mayoral debate in two days Thursday.

American orders end to pilots’ disruption

posted: 09/28/2012 4:21 a.m.

American Airlines said Thursday if pilots don’t end actions that are disrupting its flights, it will take their union to court.

New Transit Director Arrives

posted: 09/28/2012 4:21 a.m.

Joel Gardner just got here and the Ozark Regional Transit board has already started asking him for direction.

MARKET REPORT: After 5 losing sessions, Dow up

posted: 09/28/2012 4:21 a.m.

Stocks notched their first gain of the week Thursday after Spain announced severe budget cuts intended to convince the world that it can meet deficit-reduction targets.


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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.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/28/2012 4:19 a.m.

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

Losses from drought put at $128 million for state’s ranchers

posted: 09/28/2012 4:15 a.m.

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.

Federal agencies lag in paying taxes

posted: 09/28/2012 4:14 a.m.

A Treasury Department watchdog said Thursday that 70 federal agencies owed about $14 million in unpaid taxes at the end of last year.

Area lotteries

posted: 09/28/2012 4:13 a.m.

Numbers drawn Wednesday: Missouri Lotto 4-16-18-34-37-38 Estimated jackpot: $2.8 million Oklahoma Lotto 1-16-26-28-35 Hot ball: 3 Estimated jackpot: $2.63 million Powerball 13-26-39-41-42 Powerball: 10 Estimated jackpot: $200 million

At Toronto festival, so many films, so little time

posted: 09/28/2012 4:13 a.m.

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.

REVIEW: Pitch Perfect

posted: 09/28/2012 4:12 a.m.

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.

Revoking bond, say Amish, to hurt kin

posted: 09/28/2012 4:11 a.m.

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.

Leaders of Sudan, South Sudan sign accord

posted: 09/28/2012 4:10 a.m.

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.

REVIEW: Looper

posted: 09/28/2012 4:10 a.m.

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.

After call to quit, Syria rebels fight anew in Aleppo

posted: 09/28/2012 4:09 a.m.

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.

REVIEW: Hotel Transylvania

posted: 09/28/2012 4:09 a.m.

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.

Mars rover picks up signs of ancient river

posted: 09/28/2012 4:08 a.m.

The landing site of the Mars rover Curiosity was once covered with fast-moving and possibly waist-high water that could have supported life, NASA scientists announced Thursday.

Fiscal officer reverses rehiring of LR vets’ home chief

posted: 09/28/2012 4:07 a.m.

The director of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration on Thursday upheld the firing of former Little Rock Veterans Home administrator Janet Levine, ending the state appeal process.

The state/region in brief

posted: 09/28/2012 4:06 a.m.

Crash on U.S. 65 kills Leslie driver A Leslie man was killed in a head-on crash on U.S. 65 in Clinton on Tuesday morning, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality report.

Lawyer tests hate-crimes act in appeal

posted: 09/28/2012 4:03 a.m.

A lawyer representing Frankie Maybee of Green Forest wants the U.S. Supreme Court to consider his client’s case.

Builder at UA site hospitalized

posted: 09/28/2012 4:02 a.m.

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.

Police drama wins 3-way race

posted: 09/28/2012 3:58 a.m.

The police story End of Watch won a close race at the weekend box office.

Film clips

posted: 09/28/2012 3:57 a.m.

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)

REVIEW: Won’t Back Down

posted: 09/28/2012 3:56 a.m.

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.

State, Oklahoma phosphorus levels decrease in river

posted: 09/28/2012 3:55 a.m.

Arkansas and Oklahoma water conservation officials said Thursday they’re pleased by a new report that shows phosphorus levels in the Illinois River in Northwest Arkansas are generally declining.


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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.


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(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.


posted: 09/28/2012 3:54 a.m.

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.

Faculty to study sports degrade

posted: 09/28/2012 3:54 a.m.

A facultysenate panel at the University of Central Arkansas will study whether the school would save money to move down a division in the NCAA.


posted: 09/28/2012 3:53 a.m.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by are: 1. End of Watch, Open Road Films, $13,152,683, 2,730 locations, $4,818 average, $13,152,683, one week.


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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.


posted: 09/28/2012 3:53 a.m.

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.

Super Quiz: British to American translations

posted: 09/28/2012 3:53 a.m.

1. Chemist 2. Rubber 3. Jumper 4. Hole-in-the-wall (cashpoint) 5. Crisps

NAACP leader: Put black on state election panel

posted: 09/28/2012 3:50 a.m.

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.

College gets $250,000 for health professions

posted: 09/28/2012 3:47 a.m.

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.


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Veteran actor, Pink Panther’s Dreyfus

NW Arkansas today

posted: 09/28/2012 3:42 a.m.

“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

Barton Coliseum ready for influx of cash

posted: 09/28/2012 3:40 a.m.

New lights, a fresh coat of paint on the bleachers, remodeled bathrooms, dressingroom touch-ups, scoreboard fixes and a refinished basketball court are all on deck for Barton Coliseum.

Billions sought over subsidies

posted: 09/28/2012 3:38 a.m.

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.

Screen gems

posted: 09/28/2012 3:33 a.m.

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!

Region Ready For Rumble Of Bikes, Blues

posted: 09/28/2012 3:31 a.m.

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.

School Teachers Target Of Reformers

posted: 09/28/2012 3:30 a.m.

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.

Independent Running Against Odds

posted: 09/28/2012 3:28 a.m.

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.

Variations On Humanity

posted: 09/28/2012 3:26 a.m.

Shannon Webber and Bob Hart both have big shoes to fill in the University Theatre production of Moises Kaufman’s “33 Variations,” opening tonight.

Growing Green

posted: 09/28/2012 3:26 a.m.

Perhaps the most shocking thing about shock comedian Tom Green is how absolutely normal he usually is.

Rumblings of Faith

posted: 09/28/2012 3:25 a.m.

Some of the motorcycles currently rumbling through Northwest Arkansas carry images of skulls, crossbones or bikiniclad babes.

Houdini Remembered

posted: 09/28/2012 3:24 a.m.

An illusionist will celebrate Harry Houdini throughout October with escape acts and a seance.

Food And Art, Intersected

posted: 09/28/2012 3:22 a.m.

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.


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TODAY Mike Byrne and Daryl Chappell — Acoustic Mud, Bella Vista.


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TODAY Jazz Noon Show — With the UAFS Jazz Band and Jazz Catz, noon, Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center at the University of Arkansas in Fort Smith.

Early red alerts there for Hogs

posted: 09/28/2012 2:57 a.m.

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.

Arkansan lands blow on Iran official in NYC

posted: 09/28/2012 2:33 a.m.

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.

Justices OK ‘pot’ measure for state ballot

posted: 09/28/2012 2:31 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a proposed initiated act to legalize the medical use of marijuana is sufficient to appear on Arkansas’ Nov. 6 ballot.

Thursday, September 27

$250k gift for labs at NWACC

posted: 09/27/2012 3:42 p.m.

A $250,000 gift from Washington Regional Medical Center will help fund learning labs for health profession students at NorthWest Arkansas Community College. The gift was announced Thursday.

Rogers police investigate dart attacks on women

posted: 09/27/2012 3:10 p.m.

Two women in Rogers have reported being hit with darts possibly fired from a man in a car, according to a news release from the Rogers Police Department.

Man loses appeal in '98 Dalton killings

posted: 09/27/2012 12:43 p.m.

A man convicted of killing two children and their parents in northeast Arkansas has lost his appeal before the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Worker injured in UA construction mishap

updated: 09/27/2012 2:33 p.m.

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.

Drought impact estimated at $128 million for Arkansas ranchers

posted: 09/27/2012 12:17 p.m.

Researchers say the economic impact of the drought on Arkansas beef cattle producers is estimated at $128 million.

1 wreck, some citations as rally begins

posted: 09/27/2012 11:46 a.m.

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.

Northwest Arkansas high school lifts lockdown after threat

posted: 09/27/2012 11:20 a.m.

Authorities say a northwest Arkansas high school was placed on lockdown Thursday after police received a call about a possible threat from a student.

Medical-marijuana measure upheld for ballot

updated: 09/27/2012 9:05 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled a proposed initiated act to legalize the medical use of marijuana can appear on the November ballot.

Are You Smarter Than The Lt. Governor?

posted: 09/27/2012 5:21 a.m.

Have you heard about the new game show? It’s called “Are You Smarter than the Lieutenant Governor?”

Hobbs Celebrating Lands Day

posted: 09/27/2012 5:18 a.m.

National Public Lands Day will be celebrated Sunday at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area.

Game Spurs Learning

posted: 09/27/2012 5:16 a.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.

Wrestling Team To Get Proceeds

posted: 09/27/2012 5:14 a.m.

The wrestling team from Heritage High School will receive the proceeds from a chicken barbecue scheduled for Saturday.

Asbestos Removal To Begin At Lake

posted: 09/27/2012 5:10 a.m.

The first step in razing a part of the city’s history — the restaurant, Daisy Center and a cabin at Lake Atalanta — is the removing asbestos from the buildings.

Dispatchers Seek Cellphones

posted: 09/27/2012 5:08 a.m.

Emergency dispatchers from agencies around Benton County are teaming up to help those in need while making their jobs a little easier.

Clinton cites al-Qaida link

posted: 09/27/2012 5:07 a.m.

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.

Work Day Planned At Park

posted: 09/27/2012 5:06 a.m.

Residents and the city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will hold a community work day at City Park, 290 N. Main St., at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Rising student-debt load encumbers young, poor

posted: 09/27/2012 5:05 a.m.

With college enrollment growing, student debt has stretched to a record number of U.S. households — nearly 1 in 5 — with the biggest burdens falling on the young and poor.

Crooner Andy Williams, TV regular, dies at 84

posted: 09/27/2012 5:04 a.m.

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.

Voters Respond To Survey

posted: 09/27/2012 5:03 a.m.

Survey results released by the School District on Wednesday give insight into why voters overwhelmingly turned down a millage increase June 26.

Taliban: ‘Amnesty’ for minister who set bounty

posted: 09/27/2012 5:03 a.m.

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.

Miss BHS Starts Today

posted: 09/27/2012 5 a.m.

The annual Miss BHS Scholarship Pageant will start today at the Arend Arts Center at Bentonville High School.

Bogles Honored At Program

posted: 09/27/2012 4:58 a.m.

Bob and Marilyn Bogle of Bentonville were honored Saturday by America in Bloom at its national symposium in Fayetteville.

Indonesia ferry hits ship; 8 dead

posted: 09/27/2012 4:57 a.m.

A passenger ferry collided with a ship believed to be carrying liquefied natural gas and sank west of Indonesia’s main island early Wednesday, killing at least eight people, officials said.

Barnes Receives 65 Years

posted: 09/27/2012 4:53 a.m.

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 Lineup: Bikes, Blues & BBQ

posted: 09/27/2012 4:50 a.m.

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

In the news

posted: 09/27/2012 4:49 a.m.

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.

Early deadlines

posted: 09/27/2012 4:48 a.m.

Because of the time needed to insert the Great Arkansas Treasure Hunt list in today's newspaper, deadlines were earlier than usual Wednesday.

Names and faces

posted: 09/27/2012 4:48 a.m.

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.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/27/2012 4:47 a.m.

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

The world in brief

posted: 09/27/2012 4:47 a.m.

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


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Hunters Ready To Bring Home Meat

posted: 09/27/2012 4:37 a.m.

In the coming weeks, Arkansans will acquire tons, literally, of good meat for the table.

Bruce A Perfect Fit

posted: 09/27/2012 4:35 a.m.

Emily Bruce is clearly the shortest player on Bentonville’s volleyball roster this season, and she could easily get lost in the shuffle if her jersey weren’t a different color during matches.

Organization Key To Banegas’ Success

posted: 09/27/2012 4:30 a.m.

The Rogers Heritage offensive line started the season with just two returning starters and several questions at other spots.

Season Finale

posted: 09/27/2012 4:28 a.m.

Hard-core river rats can float almost any stream no matter how low the water. It depends on how much they’re willing to walk.

Jones Changes Sides For Mounties

posted: 09/27/2012 4:26 a.m.

It’s easy for a wide receiver to get overlooked in the Rogers High triple option offense.

Arkansas Court of Appeals

posted: 09/27/2012 4:23 a.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals released opinions Wednesday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts.state. PROCEEDINGS OF SEPT. 26, 2012 CHIEF JUDGE LARRY D. VAUGHT CACR12-69. Carrie Dail v. State, from Poinsett Circuit. Rebriefing ordered.

Neal Adjusts Attitude

posted: 09/27/2012 4:22 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber volleyball coach Sandy Jones knew who to target in a team meeting three weeks ago following a disappointing loss at home to Shiloh Christian.

Other days

posted: 09/27/2012 4:19 a.m.

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.


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

It’s about time

posted: 09/27/2012 4:16 a.m.

“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.”

Long Stands Behind UA Coach

posted: 09/27/2012 4:16 a.m.

Jeff Long kept his general remarks to a tight window at the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club on Wednesday

The real movie outrage

posted: 09/27/2012 4:16 a.m.

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.

OTHERS SAY: They’re all over

posted: 09/27/2012 4:15 a.m.

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.

Send out the clowns

posted: 09/27/2012 4:15 a.m.

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.

More people in Congress? No!

posted: 09/27/2012 4:14 a.m.

Members of Congress have packed their bags and headed home, taking another recess until after the November elections.

Americans for Prosperity adds insult to injury

posted: 09/27/2012 4:14 a.m.

Have you seen that television commercial about how Arkansas once was swell but now is not?

Election by anachronism

posted: 09/27/2012 4:13 a.m.

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.


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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.

Whatley Presents Challenge

posted: 09/27/2012 4:12 a.m.

Will Whatley knows that most people expect a quarterback to stand in the pocket and look to throw passes downfield to his wide receiver

Starr Saves Day For Fayetteville

posted: 09/27/2012 4:05 a.m.

Ryan Starr needed plenty of convincing from Fayetteville players, coaches and even fellow students and friends before he was sure about a return to the football field this year.

BIG 7 NOTEBOOK: Red’Dogs Dealing With Allen, Injuries

posted: 09/27/2012 4:01 a.m.

Red’Dogs Dealing With Allen, Injuries

Oku getting grip on ASU’s Wildcat

posted: 09/27/2012 3:56 a.m.

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.

Huskers’ Osborne retiring

posted: 09/27/2012 3:55 a.m.

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.

34TH RYDER CUP MATCHES: Golf's No. 1 McIlroy earning respect from rivals

posted: 09/27/2012 3:54 a.m.

Rory McIlroy has gone from being a rookie in the Ryder Cup to a marked man at Medinah.

LIKE IT IS: A little faith can go a long way in sports

posted: 09/27/2012 3:53 a.m.

It was a nice reprieve.

COMMENTARY: Questions raised after Cabrera ruling

posted: 09/27/2012 3:52 a.m.

On the surface, the decision that disqualifies Melky Cabrera from the National League batting title seems like a stroke of wisdom, a win-win.

GIRLS STATE HIGH SCHOOL GOLF TOURNAMENTS: Marion’s Alford wins third state title

posted: 09/27/2012 3:49 a.m.

Brooke Alford has moved into lofty territory.

Source: Pac-12, Big 12 could face best of rest

posted: 09/27/2012 3:47 a.m.

NEW YORK — A tentative plan for the new college football postseason calls for a Pacific-12 or Big 12 team to face the best team from a group of five conferences, including the Big East.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Astros’ Norris allows two hits, beats Cardinals

posted: 09/27/2012 3:47 a.m.

Bud Norris pitched into the eighth inning for his first victory since May 21, and Jose Altuve homered and the Houston Astros avoided a sweep, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 on Wednesday night.

ASU’s Lee suspended by Sun Belt for 1 game

posted: 09/27/2012 3:46 a.m.

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

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Marion’s Rose back on track

posted: 09/27/2012 3:45 a.m.

Arkansas anglers are dominating the FLW Tour lately, and Mark Rose of Marion scored the latest victory Sunday at the FLW Open at Wheeler Lake in Alabama.


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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.

Prescott getting put to test

posted: 09/27/2012 3:44 a.m.

Tradition-rich Prescott scored 75 points last week against outmanned Drew Central, but the competition will be much different the next month.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/27/2012 3:42 a.m.

Casino not accepting final ‘TD’ The House may always win in Las Vegas, but that doesn’t mean some people in Sin City do not have a heart.

Off the wire

posted: 09/27/2012 3:42 a.m.

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.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/27/2012 3:42 a.m.

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.

Romney, Obama hit battleground Ohio

posted: 09/27/2012 3:41 a.m.

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.

Egyptian to U.N.: End Syria conflict

posted: 09/27/2012 3:41 a.m.

Egypt’s new President Mohammed Morsi, making his debut on the global stage at the United Nations, said Wednesday that he will not rest until the civil war in Syria ends.

Suicide blasts kill 4 at Syrian army hub

posted: 09/27/2012 3:40 a.m.

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.

Boy Scouts will review suspected-predator files

posted: 09/27/2012 3:39 a.m.

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.

Oklahoma 8th-grader’s suicide prompts school lockdown

posted: 09/27/2012 3:38 a.m.

A 13-year-old student shot and killed himself in a hallway at an Oklahoma junior high school before classes began Wednesday, police said, terrifying teenagers who feared a gunman was on the loose.

Immigration bill stalled until after Election Day

posted: 09/27/2012 3:37 a.m.

Failure of a measure pushed by Arkansas’ Rep. Tim Griffin that would expand immigration for high-tech graduates means the issue is dead until after Election Day.

Wal-Mart tackles grocery challenge

posted: 09/27/2012 3:34 a.m.

Wal-Mart wants to give customers groceries tailored to their desires because the company knows customers’ tastes differ from area to area.


posted: 09/27/2012 3:34 a.m.

Beaver Lake: If it swims in Beaver Lake, chances are good it’ll bite a jigging spoon.

Czechs look at easing ban on liquor

posted: 09/27/2012 3:33 a.m.

The Czech government made no decision Wednesday on when it would end a nationwide ban on spirits imposed after contaminated beverages killed as many as 26 people.


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Cleanup Offers Lunch, Prizes The annual Beaver Lake Cleanup will be held Saturday, with the post-cleanup lunch and festivities set for the Grand Shelter at Prairie Creek park.

Executives lead offer to take American Greetings private

posted: 09/27/2012 3:32 a.m.

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.

OCTOBER: Fall fundraisers abound

posted: 09/27/2012 3:31 a.m.

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.


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Nielsen Gives to food bank The Nielsen Offi ce in Bentonville recently held a Share Your Lunch Money fundraiser to benefi t the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank.

Which came first, the chicken or the taste?

posted: 09/27/2012 3:28 a.m.

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.

BENEFITS WITH FRIENDS: ‘A Night at the Speakeasy’ to boost books

posted: 09/27/2012 3:27 a.m.

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.

People & Places

posted: 09/27/2012 3:26 a.m.

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.

Former W. Memphis officer gets probation in 2010 choking

posted: 09/27/2012 3:24 a.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.

Fort Smith joins Smart911 system

posted: 09/27/2012 3:23 a.m.

Fort Smith police have announced a new information system designed to improve emergency response to calls from cell phone users.

SEC Report: Closer would be nice

posted: 09/27/2012 3:22 a.m.

Georgia is a 13 1/2-point favorite for its home game against Tennessee on Saturday.

Lodge burns; owner vows to rebuild

posted: 09/27/2012 3:22 a.m.

Mike Mills, owner of the Riverwind Lodge in Ponca, said he plans to rebuild the structure to be better than it was before a fire destroyed it Sunday.

THE FLIP SIDE: Lake Cleanup More Fun Than Work

posted: 09/27/2012 3:22 a.m.

Coin Harvey’s old amphitheater isn’t the only curiosity that pops out of the water when the level of Beaver Lake drops.

Doctor pleads innocent in drug case

posted: 09/27/2012 3:21 a.m.

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.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Jordan Mayor For All Of Fayetteville

posted: 09/27/2012 3:20 a.m.

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.

Razorbacks report: Looking for better cover-up

posted: 09/27/2012 3:19 a.m.

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.

COMMENTARY: To Everything, Turn, Turn, Turn

posted: 09/27/2012 3:19 a.m.

This I believe to be true. You start somewhere, keep turning in the same direction long enough, and before you know it, you’re right back where you began.

Fishing this week

posted: 09/27/2012 3:18 a.m.

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.

High school football report

posted: 09/27/2012 3:18 a.m.

Lizards hustle to 4-0 start Pottsville isn’t the only perfect 4-4 A team this fall.

Clinic for children opens in Jonesboro

posted: 09/27/2012 3:17 a.m.

Basing plans on a similar facility developed in Northwest Arkansas five years ago, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences have opened a clinic in Jonesboro.

Robert Yates’ picks

posted: 09/27/2012 3:17 a.m.

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.

Violence, strike hammer Greece

posted: 09/27/2012 3:16 a.m.

Greek riot police clashed with hundreds of hooded youths hurling gasoline bombs Wednesday as tens of thousands of striking workers rallied against the latest round of austerity measures in Athens.

HOW WE SEE IT: Scholarships As Incentive To Graduate

posted: 09/27/2012 3:16 a.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.

Treasure hunt kicks off in state

posted: 09/27/2012 3:15 a.m.

State Auditor Charlie Daniels is trying to find the owners of $178 million in unclaimed property.

Rental excess foreseen for NW

posted: 09/27/2012 3:12 a.m.

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.

Service to gauge economic lift of events

posted: 09/27/2012 3:12 a.m.

The Fort Smith Advertising and Promotion Commission recently subscribed to a service that helps more accurately measure the economic impact of convention center events on the community.

Car Struck By Train On Dickson Street

posted: 09/27/2012 3:10 a.m.

Police said a woman suffered minor injuries Tuesday after a train hit her car on West Dickson Street.

Eureka archery hunt to proceed

posted: 09/27/2012 3:10 a.m.

An archery hunt for deer apparently will proceed as planned in Eureka Springs.

Japan carmakers cut back in China

posted: 09/27/2012 3:09 a.m.

Toyota, Nissan and Honda signaled Wednesday that anti-Japanese protests in China, the world’s largest vehicle market, will lead to further production cuts.

Woman in Car Identified

posted: 09/27/2012 3:08 a.m.

Arkansas State Police identified a woman found dead in her vehicle Tuesday as Judy Pannell of Harrison.

Project to replace damaged runway at Highfill set to go

posted: 09/27/2012 3:07 a.m.

The old runway is going to be chopped up next week.

Teachers Move With Students

posted: 09/27/2012 3:06 a.m.

Joanna Torres said she hid behind her mother during the first day of school last year as she began second grade at Jones Elementary School.

MARKET REPORT: Mixed housing data drop stocks

posted: 09/27/2012 3:06 a.m.

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.


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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.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/27/2012 3:04 a.m.

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

Calendar of events around Arkansas

posted: 09/27/2012 3:02 a.m.

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:

COMMENTARY: Springdale Experiencing Student Growth

posted: 09/27/2012 3 a.m.

I’m very pleased to share this 2012 opening-of-school-year report.

THE TV COLUMN: Hit-packed evening also stirs newbies into mix

posted: 09/27/2012 2:57 a.m.

Here’s some insider TV trivia for you. Thursday nights are so important to the networks because that’s when viewers are looking ahead and deciding what to do for the weekend.

Churches roll out for bikers

posted: 09/27/2012 2:54 a.m.

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.

Power, Freedom On A Bike

posted: 09/27/2012 2:54 a.m.

As a child, Nancy Hutson thought every motorcycle came with a “a hot guy.”

In-and-out Medicaid feared for state’s poor workers

posted: 09/27/2012 2:46 a.m.

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.


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DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My neighbor says that if I just have enough faith, then God will make me rich. Is she right?


posted: 09/27/2012 2:45 a.m.

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.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Time to let go of hurt over father’s betrayal, remarriage

posted: 09/27/2012 2:44 a.m.

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?


posted: 09/27/2012 2:44 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I am interested in getting rust off garden tools. Do you have a solution?

Super Quiz: Ethnic groups and their countries

posted: 09/27/2012 2:44 a.m.

1. Aztec 2. Balinese 3. Sherpa 4. Zulu 5. Catalans 6. Tagalogs

Board locks in Broadway Bridge design

posted: 09/27/2012 2:43 a.m.

The Metroplan board of directors on Wednesday formally approved a new agreement on a design for a new Broadway Bridge, in the form of an amendment to its 2013-2016 transportation improvement plan.

Tech to restore plays in public

posted: 09/27/2012 2:41 a.m.

More than seven months after Arkansas Tech University canceled all spring theatrical performances, the school plans to let students perform publicly once again.

ARKANSAS VS. TEXAS A&M: Long stands behind Smith

posted: 09/27/2012 2 a.m.

Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long said Wednesday that John L. Smith will remain as the Razorbacks’ head football coach through the remainder of the season.

Home sales slide 5.6% in state

posted: 09/27/2012 1:11 a.m.

Home sales in Arkansas dropped 5.6 percent in August compared with August last year, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Wednesday.

NFL, refs closing in on deal

posted: 09/27/2012 12:55 a.m.

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.

Wednesday, September 26

NFL reaches tentative agreement with refs

posted: 09/26/2012 11:39 p.m.

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.

Jordan, Coody engage in first debate

posted: 09/26/2012 9:51 p.m.

More than 50 people filled the City Council chambers Wednesday to watch the first debate of the 2012 election season between Dan Coody and Lioneld Jordan.

Map shows real-time BB&BBQ traffic

posted: 09/26/2012 4:14 p.m.

A map showing real-time traffic conditions available on Google Maps shows traffic slowing Wednesday afternoon as the official start of Bikes, Blues and BBQ approaches.

Provost, 24 others, apply for NWACC presidency

posted: 09/26/2012 3:49 p.m.

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.

Long: We're not where we want to be

updated: 09/26/2012 2:23 p.m.

University of Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long said Wednesday he is "steadfastly" committed to the Razorbacks' football coaching staff through the end of the 2012 season.

Police: Student shoots self at Oklahoma junior high school

posted: 09/26/2012 12:49 p.m.

A 13-year-old student shot and killed himself in a hallway at an Oklahoma junior high school before classes began Wednesday, police said, terrifying teenagers who feared a gunman was on the loose.

Pleading to 4 robberies, man gets 65 years

posted: 09/26/2012 12:47 p.m.

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.

Court date set for ASU bomb threat suspect

posted: 09/26/2012 12:06 p.m.

A 44-year-old Jonesboro man who is accused of creating a bomb scare at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro has a trial date for later this year.

Judge won't lower bond for man accused in school assault

posted: 09/26/2012 11:23 a.m.

A judge has refused to lower a $100,000 bond for a parent accused of assaulting three children at a Caraway elementary school.

Survey: Cost top reason for Bentonville millage failure

posted: 09/26/2012 10:52 a.m.

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.

$20 million expansion to Walton Arts Center endorsed

posted: 09/26/2012 7:06 a.m.

The board of the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville has endorsed a $20 million expansion to the theater complex on Dickson Street.

U.N. hears Obama extol free speech

posted: 09/26/2012 4:52 a.m.

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.”

Vote maps upheld for West Virginia

posted: 09/26/2012 4:39 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld West Virginia’s congressional voting boundaries, saying the population among districts can vary to protect incumbents and keep counties and cities intact.

Arizona sheriff loses alien-search ruling

posted: 09/26/2012 4:39 a.m.

A federal appeals court Tuesday denied an Arizona sheriff’s request to reverse a lower-court decision barring his deputies from detaining people solely on the suspicion that they’re illegal aliens.

Prey not so easy, Somali pirates see hard times

posted: 09/26/2012 4:38 a.m.

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.


posted: 09/26/2012 4:26 a.m.

Of the millions of websites online, none could provide the information Donna Feyen sought. So she created her own website that would.


posted: 09/26/2012 4:22 a.m.

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.

A Different Kind Of Biker

posted: 09/26/2012 4:21 a.m.

Every year, scores of vacationers see the country through the windshield of a Honda, a Suzuki or a Harley-Davidson. Others enjoy the scenery at 10 mph from a bicycle seat.

Syria firefight with rebels kills 9

posted: 09/26/2012 4:16 a.m.

BEIRUT — Syrian soldiers fought rebels Tuesday in a firefight that killed nine people and sent several mortar shells sailing across the border into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

HOW WE SEE IT: Trimming Cuts A Little Too Deep

posted: 09/26/2012 4:16 a.m.

Remember back in 2009 when the ice storm to end all ice storms came through Northwest Arkansas?

In the news

posted: 09/26/2012 4:15 a.m.

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.

Names and faces

posted: 09/26/2012 4:15 a.m.

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.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Lottery Program Faces Changes

posted: 09/26/2012 4:14 a.m.

Arkansas students counting on a financial boost from lottery funded scholarships may not get as much help as they have been expecting.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/26/2012 4:14 a.m.

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

The world in brief

posted: 09/26/2012 4:14 a.m.

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.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Neighborhood Speed Tables Pleasing

posted: 09/26/2012 4:10 a.m.

Iwant to state how pleased I am with the speed tables within the Washington-Willow neighborhood.


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PREP NOTEBOOK: Pea Ridge Keeps Its Winning Streak Going

posted: 09/26/2012 3:58 a.m.

Pea Ridge Keeps Streak Going

Getting it straight

posted: 09/26/2012 3:57 a.m.

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

Other days

posted: 09/26/2012 3:56 a.m.

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.


posted: 09/26/2012 3:55 a.m.

Obituary deadlines 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.


posted: 09/26/2012 3:53 a.m.

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.

Farmington’s Line A Team Strength

posted: 09/26/2012 3:53 a.m.

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.

The history of a rumor

posted: 09/26/2012 3:52 a.m.

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.

President Obama’s odd regrets

posted: 09/26/2012 3:52 a.m.

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 little colleges that could

posted: 09/26/2012 3:51 a.m.

While others decry the economic conditions in the Arkansas Delta, community colleges in the region are working quietly but steadily to improve the east Arkansas workforce.


posted: 09/26/2012 3:51 a.m.

All those darned leeches So Mitt Romney has revealed his true feelings toward those who are not in the same rarified class as himself.

Fayetteville’s Title Streak Ends At Seven

posted: 09/26/2012 3:48 a.m.

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.

Roachell, Conway victorious

posted: 09/26/2012 3:46 a.m.

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.


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PI call missed, but Seahawks win upheld

posted: 09/26/2012 3:45 a.m.

The NFL conceded Tuesday that a bad call cost the Green Bay Packers on Monday — yet still upheld the Seattle Seahawks’ victory.

U.S. best struggle on team

posted: 09/26/2012 3:44 a.m.

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.

LIKE IT IS: An infusion of Razorbacks pride is needed

posted: 09/26/2012 3:43 a.m.

Jerry Franklin, Jake Bequette, Joe Adams, Jarius Wright, Greg Childs, D.J. Williams and selected others had it.

Springdale Har-Ber Sweeps Van Buren

posted: 09/26/2012 3:41 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber began the second half of 7A/6A-West Conference play the same way it ended the first half. With a victory.

Red Devil does lot of this, that more

posted: 09/26/2012 3:40 a.m.

Jacksonville Coach Rick Russell said in August that he would lean heavily on senior utility backs Aaron Smith and Kevin Richardson this fall.

Baker suffered ministroke, needs rest for another week

posted: 09/26/2012 3:40 a.m.

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.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Braves back in playoffs after home run in 9th

posted: 09/26/2012 3:39 a.m.

This time, the Atlanta Braves held on to their big lead and locked up a playoff trip with plenty of time to spare.

Flagging the official issues

posted: 09/26/2012 3:38 a.m.

A closer look at some of the issues surrounding the lockout: Why aren’t the regular NFL officials working these games?

Lady ’Dogs Right Ship

posted: 09/26/2012 3:37 a.m.

One winning streak stopped, another started for Fayetteville volleyball.

Off the wire

posted: 09/26/2012 3:37 a.m.

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.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/26/2012 3:37 a.m.

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.

High school football report : Rison’s Ross now improving

posted: 09/26/2012 3:36 a.m.

Rison senior tight end/ defensive end Justin Ross, who was severely injured in an Aug. 7 automobile accident, is now talking and using a walker, Wildcats Coach Clay Totty said.

‘Dogs Finish Strong

posted: 09/26/2012 3:35 a.m.

Amanda Williford has stressed the same message over and over again to her players, but she felt the need to remind them of it one more time.

3A/2A best performances

posted: 09/26/2012 3:35 a.m.

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.

Friday’s games

posted: 09/26/2012 3:35 a.m.

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.

Razorbacks report: UA back continues to grind

posted: 09/26/2012 3:34 a.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.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/26/2012 3:33 a.m.

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.

NFL notes

posted: 09/26/2012 3:33 a.m.

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.

State’s income rise in top ten

posted: 09/26/2012 3:32 a.m.

Arkansas ranked eighth in the nation in personal income growth in the second quarter this year compared with the first quarter, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis said Tuesday.

Bentonville Downs Siloam Springs

posted: 09/26/2012 3:32 a.m.

Bentonville began its second tour through the 7A/6A-West on a winning note Tuesday against Siloam Springs.

Deputy Chief Lands Job

posted: 09/26/2012 3:31 a.m.

Jake Rhoades was hired three years ago as deputy fire chief to build the training program for the Rogers Fire Department.

Consumer confidence makes 9-point jump

posted: 09/26/2012 3:31 a.m.

Americans’ confidence in the economy jumped this month to the highest level since February, bolstered by a brighter outlook for overall business conditions and hiring.

Rogers City Council

posted: 09/26/2012 3:28 a.m.

Rogers City Council

Home prices up 1.2% in July

posted: 09/26/2012 3:28 a.m.

Home prices kept rising in July across the United States, buoyed by greater sales and fewer foreclosures.

Utility Seeks Person To Serve Out Term

posted: 09/26/2012 3:26 a.m.

Commissioners are looking for a new face to join the five-member Rogers Waterworks and Sewer Commission.

Protest, rising bond costs beset Spain

posted: 09/26/2012 3:25 a.m.

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.

Chinese iPhone assembler’s factory resumes work after riot

posted: 09/26/2012 3:23 a.m.

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.

Pistol Range Closed For Police Qualifications

posted: 09/26/2012 3:23 a.m.

The Property Owner’s Association pistol range will be closed Monday and Tuesday for Bella Vista Police Department qualification rounds.

MARKET REPORT: Doubt of Fed’s step guts stocks

posted: 09/26/2012 3:22 a.m.

A quiet day on Wall Street turned into the worst selloff in three months after a Federal Reserve official said he doubted the bank’s effort to spur economic growth would work.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/26/2012 3:22 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’re finally seeing a more sustained and broad-based improvement in home prices.” Millan Mulraine, senior U.S. strategist for TD Securities Article, 1D

Committee Seeks Solutions

posted: 09/26/2012 3:21 a.m.

Short-term solutions to crowding at Bentonville High School will be the focus of a committee of parents, teachers and students that met for the first time Tuesday.

FRONT BURNER: Peeling method perfect for garlic

posted: 09/26/2012 3:20 a.m.

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.

Cooking for two: Chicken recipe easy to increase, decrease

posted: 09/26/2012 3:19 a.m.

This chicken dish comes together quickly and cooks in a flash. The recipe can be cut in half for just one serving, or doubled to feed more.

There’s more to do with pears than eating ’em raw

posted: 09/26/2012 3:18 a.m.

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, 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.

Program Boosts Reading

posted: 09/26/2012 3:18 a.m.

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.

Spinach and bacon add flavor to light chili recipe

posted: 09/26/2012 3:17 a.m.

This unusual chili recipe is a light, not-too-spicy kind of chili. And it’s budget-friendly. There’s lots of spinach and just enough bacon to produce a smoky flavor.

UNCORKED: Clueless to genius with use of an app

posted: 09/26/2012 3:17 a.m.

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.

Bikers Gear Up for Rally

posted: 09/26/2012 3:16 a.m.

When thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts converge on your hometown for one of the biggest rallies in the country, what’s a local biker to do? Some join the fun, others head for the hills.

‘Smashed’ fries a toothsome hit

posted: 09/26/2012 3:16 a.m.

Take everything you love about a french fry — that crisp, golden-brown crust enveloping an oh, so fluffy interior — and flatten it.

Super Quiz: Arab-speaking people

posted: 09/26/2012 3:16 a.m.

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.

7-day menu planner

posted: 09/26/2012 3:15 a.m.

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.

IDEA ALLEY: Mock mincemeat for pies, cookies

posted: 09/26/2012 3:15 a.m.

Recipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Fruit in pouches, and festive cakes

posted: 09/26/2012 3:15 a.m.

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.

Resident To Serve 30 Months For Harboring Illegal Immigrants

posted: 09/26/2012 3:14 a.m.

A Springdale man will serve 30 months in federal prison for hiring out illegal immigrants using fake documents.


posted: 09/26/2012 3:13 a.m.

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.

At A Glance: Bikes, Blues & BBQ

posted: 09/26/2012 3:12 a.m.

The annual motorcycle rally runs today through Saturday at three venues in Fayetteville. Complete schedules of events and music are available at


posted: 09/26/2012 3:10 a.m.

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 ).


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posted: 09/26/2012 3:03 a.m.

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).


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posted: 09/26/2012 3:01 a.m.

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.


posted: 09/26/2012 3 a.m.

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 ?

5 more charged with vote fraud

posted: 09/26/2012 2:59 a.m.

Five more Crittenden County residents were arrested and charged Tuesday with using absentee ballots to defraud an election official during three special elections in 2011.

Medicare Rx plans going up next year

posted: 09/26/2012 2:56 a.m.

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.

Pennsylvania judge hearing testimony on voter-ID ruling

posted: 09/26/2012 2:55 a.m.

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.

Bias mars ethics reviews, Waters panel tells House

posted: 09/26/2012 2:54 a.m.

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.

Slim pickings

posted: 09/26/2012 2:54 a.m.

WHAT: Kashi Soft-Baked Squares STATS: One chocolate square contains 160 calories and 6 fat, 23 carbohydrate, 4 fiber and 2 protein grams. More information at kashi. com.

Israel rolls up the streets for Yom Kippur

posted: 09/26/2012 2:54 a.m.

Israel ground almost to a halt Tuesday afternoon in preparation for Yom Kippur, Judaism’s holiest day of the year.


posted: 09/26/2012 2:53 a.m.

QSo I am sitting at a stoplight the other day with this guy I have been seeing and my ex pulls up next to us.

Kuwait court sinks voting-law change

posted: 09/26/2012 2:53 a.m.

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.

Creature feature

posted: 09/26/2012 2:52 a.m.

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?


posted: 09/26/2012 2:52 a.m.

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.

S. African freight staff on strike

posted: 09/26/2012 2:51 a.m.

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.

Farmers’ Market May Expand Days, Hours

posted: 09/26/2012 2:51 a.m.

Managers of the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market are eyeing expanded days and hours for a satellite location near the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.

Water, sparks fly in island dispute

posted: 09/26/2012 2:51 a.m.

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.

Traffic Stop Leads To Fake Money Find

posted: 09/26/2012 2:49 a.m.

Police said a routine traffic stop Tuesday led to the discovery of a weapon and $880 in fake cash.

HOG CALLS: Another UA receiver needs to shine

posted: 09/26/2012 2:49 a.m.

Any given Saturday’s star receiver for the prolific Arkansas Razorbacks offenses of 2010 and 2011 could almost be guaranteed not to shine the following Saturday shadowed by a defensive eclipse.

Student Named Semifinalist

posted: 09/26/2012 2:48 a.m.

A Har-Ber High School student is one of 13 semifinalists from Arkansas in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

Libor rigging went higher, sources say

posted: 09/26/2012 2:47 a.m.

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.

Arts Center Council Favors Adjacent Parking Deck

posted: 09/26/2012 2:46 a.m.

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.

Scholarship competition advances 13 from state

posted: 09/26/2012 2:45 a.m.

Thirteen Arkansas high school seniors are among 1,600 students nationally to be named semifinalists in the 2013 National Achievement Scholarship Program for academically talented black students.

District Approves Vacation

posted: 09/26/2012 2:44 a.m.

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.

HEART & SOUL: Life shift means map gets redrawn

posted: 09/26/2012 2:43 a.m.

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.

Agency redoing accident reports

posted: 09/26/2012 2:41 a.m.

Complaints from motorists involved in vehicle accidents has prompted the Fort Smith Police Department to omit drivers’ phone numbers from accident reports.

Use your words

posted: 09/26/2012 2:41 a.m.

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.”

PARENTING: Today’s mothers: Quit negotiating, be the boss

posted: 09/26/2012 2:40 a.m.

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.

Council Rejects Love’s Sign

posted: 09/26/2012 2:39 a.m.

The City Council chopped down a controversial sign Tuesday, before it was even built.

School bullying banned since ’03

posted: 09/26/2012 2:39 a.m.

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.

Drug premises gets man 11 years

posted: 09/26/2012 2:38 a.m.

A Helena-West Helena man who let two drug kingpins use his house to store firearms and sell crack cocaine was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison Tuesday.

Bikes, Blues, BBQ ready to rev it up

posted: 09/26/2012 2:36 a.m.

Bikes, Blues and BBQ organizers expect the rumble and roar of up to a quartermillion motorcycle enthusiasts to invade the Fayetteville and Springdale area for the four-day festival that begins today.

Exclude LR filing in school-choice case, lawyers say

posted: 09/26/2012 2:34 a.m.

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.

Passion Play on verge of closing

posted: 09/26/2012 2:31 a.m.

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.

Woman Found Dead

posted: 09/26/2012 2:29 a.m.

A woman was found dead Tuesday in a vehicle in Springdale.

Mega Millions

posted: 09/26/2012 2:14 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 7-8-23-50-51 Mega Ball: 26 Estimated jackpot: $14 million Megaplier: 3

Beebe’s less-ethanol bid sparks debate

posted: 09/26/2012 2:13 a.m.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe’s request to temporarily suspend federal regulations mandating the use of corn ethanol has ignited a “food versus fuel” debate.

Gould stuck as judge ends mayor’s trial

posted: 09/26/2012 2:12 a.m.

Gould remains in limbo.

Debt, tax ad trashes state, Beebe says

posted: 09/26/2012 2:08 a.m.

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.

ARKANSAS VS. TEXAS A&M: Hogs seeking balance through running game

posted: 09/26/2012 1:47 a.m.

A running game that has failed to materialize through the first month of the season is not a new phenomenon for the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Robots on job at Dillard’s hub

posted: 09/26/2012 1:30 a.m.

Inside the Dillard’s Inc. distribution center in Maumelle, 167 orange robots dart back and forth, helping their human counterparts ship orders made through the company’s online store.

Tuesday, September 25

Five more charged in voter fraud case

posted: 09/25/2012 5:15 p.m.

Five Crittenden County residents were charged Tuesday with using absentee ballots to defraud an election official during three special elections in 2011.

Woman Dead in Car

posted: 09/25/2012 12:51 p.m.

A woman was found dead in a car today. She is believed to have had a heart attack, police said.

Beebe: Conservative group ’trashing’ Arkansas

posted: 09/25/2012 12:46 p.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe says a conservative group is “trashing” Arkansas by airing a television ad that claims high taxes and government debt is driving people out of the state.

State commission backs first minority loan

posted: 09/25/2012 9:42 a.m.

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission said it has guaranteed the first loan through the Minority Business Loan Mobilization Revolving Loan Fund on Monday.

Arkansas Business Hall of Fame to induct 4

posted: 09/25/2012 8:59 a.m.

The Arkansas Business Hall of Fame announced Tuesday that it will induct four new members during a Feb. 15 ceremony in Little Rock.

Goodall to lecture at UA Honors College celebration

posted: 09/25/2012 8:57 a.m.

A speech by British anthropologist Jane Goodall will be the headline event in the University of Arkansas Honors College 10th birthday celebration.

Romney intensifies foreign-policy jabs

posted: 09/25/2012 5:05 a.m.

Mitt Romney escalated his attacks on President Barack Obama’s foreign policy Monday, saying the administration is “at the mercy” of events in the Middle East.

Syrian conflict a growing peril, U.N. envoy says

posted: 09/25/2012 5:01 a.m.

Syria’s civil war is worsening and there is no prospect of a quick end to the violence, international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said Monday in a gloomy assessment to the U.N. Security Council.

Ex-Israeli premier gets $19,000 fine, no prison

posted: 09/25/2012 4:58 a.m.

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.

Ex-professor given life sentence

posted: 09/25/2012 4:57 a.m.

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.

Panel grills S. Carolina on voter-ID law

posted: 09/25/2012 4:54 a.m.

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 posts officers to lead militias

posted: 09/25/2012 4:51 a.m.

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.

Increase in early voting enhances campaigns’ precision

posted: 09/25/2012 4:46 a.m.

Although Nov. 6 is officially Election Day, many voters will cast their ballots well before then.

The world in brief

posted: 09/25/2012 4:44 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 09/25/2012 4:44 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 09/25/2012 4:43 a.m.

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.

In the news

posted: 09/25/2012 4:41 a.m.

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.

Congress hopefuls to face off in debate

posted: 09/25/2012 3:56 a.m.

Candidates in the 4th Congressional District race will debate today at National Park Community College in Hot Springs.

Peggy Joyce Harrell: Loved to travel, meet new people

posted: 09/25/2012 3:49 a.m.

Peggy Joyce Harrell and her husband took to the sky and sea together as pilots and scuba divers.

Other days

posted: 09/25/2012 3:48 a.m.

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.

COLUMNISTS: Political handlers as editors

posted: 09/25/2012 3:47 a.m.

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.

EDITORIALS: Now they tell us

posted: 09/25/2012 3:46 a.m.

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.

Get government out of GM

posted: 09/25/2012 3:45 a.m.

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.

It’s called context

posted: 09/25/2012 3:45 a.m.

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.

Saddened and surprised

posted: 09/25/2012 3:44 a.m.

I was saddened and surprised to recently hear that Maylon Rice had been fired from his position as director of the Boston Mountain Solid Waste District.


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Freedoms imperiled Free choices are being taken away disguised by health concerns.

Site Peeks From Depths

posted: 09/25/2012 3:41 a.m.

Curiosities rise from Beaver Lake as the water level drops, including remnants of a quirky amphitheater built by a man who hoped to be president.

Boyfriend Accused Of Kidnapping

posted: 09/25/2012 3:37 a.m.

A woman told Lowell police her former boyfriend kidnapped her, but she managed to escape with the help of a Good Samaritan.

Arkansas Razorbacks report: Hamilton honored for effort

posted: 09/25/2012 3:37 a.m.

Cobi Hamilton’s record-breaking performance on Saturday earned the Arkansas senior the SEC’s co-offensive player of the week honors despite the Razorbacks’ 35-26 loss to Rutgers.

Man Gets 40-Year Sentence

posted: 09/25/2012 3:36 a.m.

A circuit judge Monday called Ricky Carson Sr.’s actions one of the worst cases of sexual assault she had ever seen.

HOW WE SEE IT: Staying Public Requires Heavy Burden

posted: 09/25/2012 3:36 a.m.

The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act is one of the most important laws in the state, but the requests for public documents it protects are not always easy to fulfi ll.

Party Chairman Solicits Support

posted: 09/25/2012 3:34 a.m.

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.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Life Is Precious; Protect It, Cherish It

posted: 09/25/2012 3:32 a.m.

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.

ASU’s front 7 gets involved

posted: 09/25/2012 3:32 a.m.

Defensive end Eddie Porter’s ninth snap as an Arkansas State starter signaled his arrival as a force for the Red Wolves.

COMMENTARY: Local Political Coverage Crucial

posted: 09/25/2012 3:29 a.m.

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.

‘Johnny Football’ lifts A&M

posted: 09/25/2012 3:29 a.m.

Freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel has been getting the ball into the end zone for Texas A&M and not giving it to the other team.

Region Records Sales Tax

posted: 09/25/2012 3:27 a.m.

Fayetteville and Rogers continued to show positive growth in sales tax revenue this month, but Springdale and Bentonville slipped into negative numbers.

Conque calms Bears hysteria

posted: 09/25/2012 3:25 a.m.

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.

Johnson, Qualls A Solid Combination

posted: 09/25/2012 3:24 a.m.

Rogers Heritage football coach Perry Escalante has seen a lot of high-scoring offensive performances in the conference the past few years, but Friday’s 70-21 win against Siloam Springs was different.

LIKE IT IS: ’Bama slip shouldn’t be Smith’s downfall

posted: 09/25/2012 3:23 a.m.

John L. Smith had nowhere to go after he called the Arkansas Razorbacks Alabama’s team.

Teen Accused Of Video Voyeurism

posted: 09/25/2012 3:22 a.m.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested in connection with using a cellphone to videotape a woman after she got out of a tanning bed.

Vanishing ball still intriguing mystery

posted: 09/25/2012 3:21 a.m.

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.

Group OKs November Ballot

posted: 09/25/2012 3:20 a.m.

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.

Cave Springs Gets Sewer System Grant

posted: 09/25/2012 3:18 a.m.

City officials announced Monday a $1,255,000 grant awarded to build a sewer system for downtown area along Main Street.

City Council OKs Dogwood Drive Repair

posted: 09/25/2012 3:15 a.m.

A portion of Dogwood Drive damaged in spring 2011 storms will be resurfaced, after aldermen agreed Monday night to a contract for repair.

Burglaries On Rise In Bella Vista

posted: 09/25/2012 3:13 a.m.

A series of daytime burglaries in the city remains unresolved.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Lynn strong as Cardinals extend wild-card lead

posted: 09/25/2012 3:11 a.m.

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.

Agencies Take Back Drugs Saturday

posted: 09/25/2012 3:11 a.m.

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.

MLB notes

posted: 09/25/2012 3:11 a.m.

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.”

THE RECRUITING GUY: Top recruits not fazed after UA loss to Rutgers

posted: 09/25/2012 3:09 a.m.

Arkansas hosted receiver Ryan Timmons and linebacker Antonio Longino on official visits over the weekend, and the Hogs’ 35-26 loss to Rutgers didn’t sour their experience.

At A Glance: Meeting Information

posted: 09/25/2012 3:07 a.m.

Bentonville’s City Council will meet at 6 p.m. today at the Community Development Building, 305 S.W. A St.,

NFL: Controversial TD call gives Seahawks victory

posted: 09/25/2012 3:06 a.m.

In a bizarre ending that capped a tough weekend for replacement officials, the Seattle Seahawks beat the Green Bay Packers 14-12 on Monday night.

NFL notes

posted: 09/25/2012 3:04 a.m.

JETS Revis has torn ACL FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The NFL’s top shutdown cornerback will likely be shut down for the season. Arkansas Football Report

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Second thoughts

posted: 09/25/2012 2:57 a.m.

In-N-Out cheap eats for Beavers Beating UCLA on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., wasn’t the biggest highlight for the Oregon State Beavers.

Off the wire

posted: 09/25/2012 2:55 a.m.

MOTOR SPORTS Busch to join new team Kurt Busch is ready for yet another new ride. Furniture Row Racing hired Busch on Monday to drive for the Colorado-based team in 2013.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/25/2012 2:54 a.m.

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.

Fayetteville Faces Uphill Climb

posted: 09/25/2012 2:53 a.m.

Fayetteville took a streak of seven consecutive girls golf state championships to the Class 7A State Tournament Monday.

Discover accused of deceit, will refund $200 million

posted: 09/25/2012 2:51 a.m.

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.

Riot closes Apple supplier’s plant

posted: 09/25/2012 2:49 a.m.

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.

Retailer, supplier hammer new deal

posted: 09/25/2012 2:45 a.m.

Li & Fung Ltd. of Hong Kong and its wholly owned subsidiary, Direct Sourcing Group Pte Ltd., says it has entered into a new agreement with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville.

Sign Vote Set For Today

posted: 09/25/2012 2:43 a.m.

The City Council will decide today if a truck stop will be able to erect an oversized sign.

Silence from Spain vexes Germans

posted: 09/25/2012 2:43 a.m.

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.

Verizon to pay to end 2 patent suits

posted: 09/25/2012 2:41 a.m.

Verizon Communications Inc. has agreed to pay more than $510 million to end patent-infringement suits filed by TiVo Inc. and ActiveVideo Networks Inc. that targeted features of its FiOS TV service.

Most kids ever took advanced tests in ’12

posted: 09/25/2012 2:39 a.m.

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.

Court reverses Katrina-flooding ruling

posted: 09/25/2012 2:39 a.m.

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.

First Dreamliner arriving at United

posted: 09/25/2012 2:39 a.m.

Chicago based United Continental Holdings, parent of United Airlines, is the proud owner of a new, long-awaited Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Hopefuls Field Questions

posted: 09/25/2012 2:38 a.m.

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.

2 face court-martial over urination on corpses

posted: 09/25/2012 2:38 a.m.

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 chief’s HMO pick imperils in vitro coverage

posted: 09/25/2012 2:37 a.m.

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.

Pakistan repels filmmaker bounty

posted: 09/25/2012 2:37 a.m.

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.

Fees for ‘free’ checking climb to record highs

posted: 09/25/2012 2:37 a.m.

It costs a lot more these days to get free checking. Banks have significantly increased the average required minimum balance this year to $723, according to data released Monday by

MARKET REPORT: Stocks dip amid Europe gloom

posted: 09/25/2012 2:36 a.m.

U.S. stocks fell Monday as fears about Europe overshadowed recent excitement about central banks’ efforts to elevate the market.

Nepal avalanche survivors tell of rescue; 6 missing

posted: 09/25/2012 2:36 a.m.

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.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/25/2012 2:35 a.m.

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

UCA bonuses called public

posted: 09/25/2012 2:34 a.m.

The vast majority of the performance bonuses paid during the past academic year to University of Central Arkansas athletic employees was publicly funded, a UCA vice president said Monday.


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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.

Arrest Made In Scheme

posted: 09/25/2012 2:33 a.m.

Springdale police arrested a 12th person Sunday in connection with a fake payroll check-cashing scheme.

OCTOBER CALENDAR: A fair, fest(ival) time

posted: 09/25/2012 2:33 a.m.

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.

GIRLS STATE GOLF: Roachell up five strokes; eyes fourth title

posted: 09/25/2012 2:31 a.m.

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.

Parole Board won't seek added authority

posted: 09/25/2012 2:31 a.m.

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.

University, college rolls down 1.13%

posted: 09/25/2012 2:30 a.m.

Preliminary figures show Arkansas’ public and private colleges and universities enrolled 173,969 students this semester, 1.13 percent fewer students compared with the official fall 2011 enrollment.

County judge hopefuls share stances at forum

posted: 09/25/2012 2:29 a.m.

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.

Opening arguments, testimony kick off Gould mayor’s trial

posted: 09/25/2012 2:26 a.m.

A jury of seven women and five men heard opening arguments and testimony Monday in a trial that will determine whether the mayor of Gould will remain in office.

Man, 23, Accused Of Child Assault

posted: 09/25/2012 2:25 a.m.

Police arrested a Fayetteville man in connection with the sexual assault of a five-year-old girl.

Crew accidentally severs UA power line

posted: 09/25/2012 2:24 a.m.

A construction crew working on a new dormitory severed an underground highvoltage line Monday morning, cutting power to much of the University of Arkansas’ Fayetteville campus.

Group contests gambling proposal

posted: 09/25/2012 2:23 a.m.

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.

Historic encampment set at park near Paris

posted: 09/25/2012 2:21 a.m.

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.

County Assessor’s Office Receives Award

posted: 09/25/2012 2:21 a.m.

The Washington County Assessor’s Office received the state’s first award from an international property assessment association.

Records: Ex-officer gave out 7 tickets in 4 years

posted: 09/25/2012 2:20 a.m.

Faulkner County’s former road officer issued just seven tickets in his four years on the job before he was fired earlier this month, records show.

Family files suit over tree-limb death

posted: 09/25/2012 2:19 a.m.

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.

Lopez Accused Of Firing Gun

posted: 09/25/2012 2:17 a.m.

Police arrested a Fayetteville man after he reportedly shot a revolver at a vehicle, then forced his way into a neighbor’s home.

HOW COME?: Wasabi peas for baby ape?

posted: 09/25/2012 2:16 a.m.

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.

LISTEN UP: Elling nicely remodels Brill Building pop hits

posted: 09/25/2012 2:12 a.m.

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.

WHAT’S IN A DAME: Pick your poison: Arsenic, gluten, fat

posted: 09/25/2012 2:07 a.m.

For years we’ve heard don’t eat-rice advice.

THE TV COLUMN: NCIS joins two-day fall lineup viewing frenzy

posted: 09/25/2012 2:06 a.m.

Good luck, fellow TV lovers. Today and Wednesday are the two most hectic days for new and returning shows in the entire new fall season.


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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.

Dallas exhibit to show art seen by Kennedys in 1963

posted: 09/25/2012 2 a.m.

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.

Super Quiz: Comic Strips

posted: 09/25/2012 1:57 a.m.

1. “Mandrake the --------. ” 2. “The Katzenjammer ----. ” 3. “Mutt and ----. ” 4. “Gasoline -----. ” 5. “The Wizard of --. ”

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Siblings cry foul over will

posted: 09/25/2012 1:56 a.m.

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.


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Happy birthday. Your word is gold both in business and in your personal life. Because you put action behind what you say and honor your agreements, you’ll be given an honorable responsibility.


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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.


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DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My parents always said there were two things you shouldn’t talk about — politics and religion. Well, they never did, but now I’m an adult, and I don’t have any idea what to believe.

ConAgra plant to expand in Russellville

posted: 09/25/2012 1:46 a.m.

ConAgra Foods will spend $100 million and add 80 jobs at its Russellville plant as it relocates two newly acquired frozen meal product lines to Arkansas.

Vehicle registrations climb 35% in August

posted: 09/25/2012 1:44 a.m.

New vehicle registrations in Arkansas were up 35 percent in August compared with August last year, a Kentucky automotive research firm said Monday.

UP NEXT ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS VS. TEXAS A&M AGGIES: UA coach in worse state after 'Alabama' slip

posted: 09/25/2012 1:40 a.m.

John L. Smith forgot what state he was in Monday, making for a memorable appearance before the Little Rock Touchdown Club.

Monday, September 24

Casino proposal 'too broad,' opponents say

posted: 09/24/2012 5:38 p.m.

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.

Arkansas' Smith to fans: 'Don't give up on us'

updated: 09/24/2012 4:23 p.m.

Arkansas coach John L. Smith spoke to the media and to members of the Little Rock Touchdown Club at the Embassy Suites in west Little Rock.

Sales Tax Revenue Is Up in Two Cities and Down In Two Cities

posted: 09/24/2012 noon

Fayetteville and Rogers continued to show positive growth in sales tax revenue this month, but Springdale and Bentonville slipped into negative numbers.

UA campus power restored after line cut

updated: 09/24/2012 10:16 a.m.

A high-voltage power line was cut by a construction crew on the University of Arkansas campus on Monday morning.

Power Back on in Fayetteville

posted: 09/24/2012 9:39 a.m.

A "major" power line has been cut, and power is out across the University of Arkansas campus.

Be governed or fold, Libya tells militias

posted: 09/24/2012 5:09 a.m.

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.

Won’t live by rules of U.S., Morsi says

posted: 09/24/2012 5:05 a.m.

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.

Obama to Romney: Want a war? Say so

posted: 09/24/2012 5:02 a.m.

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.

Assad allows foes to meet in Syria

posted: 09/24/2012 4:58 a.m.

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.

2 attacks in Iraq kill 5, wound 7

posted: 09/24/2012 4:48 a.m.

Attacks killed five people in Iraq’s capital Sunday, targeting security forces and Shiite Muslims in the small but steady stream of continuing violence across the country.

Obama will win, Clinton predicts

posted: 09/24/2012 4:47 a.m.

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.

Goebbels’ letters on auction block

posted: 09/24/2012 4:45 a.m.

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.

New distilleries to make whiskey

posted: 09/24/2012 4:42 a.m.

Two new distilleries planned for Giles County will produce the kind of Tennessee sippin’ whiskey made famous by Jack Daniel.

Israelis oppose altering ’79 Egypt peace accord

posted: 09/24/2012 4:36 a.m.

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.

The world in brief

posted: 09/24/2012 4:33 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 09/24/2012 4:31 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 09/24/2012 4:30 a.m.

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.

In the news

posted: 09/24/2012 4:29 a.m.

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.

Rain garden class set for Oct. 5

posted: 09/24/2012 4:11 a.m.

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership and Beaver Water District offer help for anyone interested in building a rain garden.

Other days

posted: 09/24/2012 4:10 a.m.

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.

EDITORIALS: Inappropriate decision?

posted: 09/24/2012 4:08 a.m.

DID YOU happen to catch those fly-boys (and fly-girls ) at the Little Rock Air Force Base a couple of weekends ago? That is, above the base. Air shows rock. Literally.

COLUMNISTS: Can Republicans talk?

posted: 09/24/2012 4:08 a.m.

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.

The world still hasn’t ended

posted: 09/24/2012 4:07 a.m.

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.”

OTHERS SAY: Keep ’em in this country

posted: 09/24/2012 4:06 a.m.

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.

God, marriage and guns

posted: 09/24/2012 4:06 a.m.

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.

Guest writer: School fumbled

posted: 09/24/2012 4:05 a.m.

Afew days after losing a football game to a crosstown rival, Catholic High School in Little Rock discovered that its new football field had been vandalized.


posted: 09/24/2012 4:04 a.m.

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.

NFL WEEK 3: Defense cheers rankled Romo

posted: 09/24/2012 3:53 a.m.

Tony Romo was satisfied even after being sacked four times and turning the ball over three times in the Dallas Cowboys’ home opener.

Lewis completes Alabama sweep

posted: 09/24/2012 3:51 a.m.

Stacy Lewis is starting to feel right at home in Alabama, savoring everything from the Bermuda grass to the comfort of the familiar low-budget hotel where the staffers greet her by name.

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP: Snedeker ‘solidifies’ self worth in victory

posted: 09/24/2012 3:50 a.m.

Brandt Snedeker said he earned something more valuable than money Sunday, and he made more than $11.4 million, when he won the PGA Tour Championship to become the FedEx Cup champion.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP: Hamlin wins after called shot

posted: 09/24/2012 3:48 a.m.

Denny Hamlin stepped out of his car, pointed into the air and took a mighty swing of an invisible baseball bat. Like Babe Ruth did before him (or so the legend goes), Hamlin had called his shot.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Mormon Critique Out Of Context

posted: 09/24/2012 3:47 a.m.

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.

Sunday’s highlights

posted: 09/24/2012 3:46 a.m.

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.

Professional golf results

posted: 09/24/2012 3:44 a.m.

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

HOW WE SEE IT: Nonprofit Group On The Go

posted: 09/24/2012 3:37 a.m.

The threat of homelessness knows no boundaries.

COMMENTARY: Election Ballot Has Its Issues

posted: 09/24/2012 3:34 a.m.

It was a fine night to be at the library last week when the League of Women Voters continued their long tradition of efforts to create an informed electorate.

Titans emerge with wild victory

posted: 09/24/2012 3:30 a.m.

Call this one Music City Mayhem.


posted: 09/24/2012 3:29 a.m.

ACTIVE ROSTER TEAM POS. HT. WT. JOE ADAMS (Arkansas/CAC) Carolina WR 5-11 181 Week 3 vs. New York Giants Played, had 1 punt return for 0 yards along with 5 kickoff returns for 105 yards.

Saints surrender 24-6 lead, fall in OT

posted: 09/24/2012 3:22 a.m.

Remember the hard-luck Saints of old — that mistake-prone franchise that routinely crumbled in crunch time?

NFL report

posted: 09/24/2012 3:21 a.m.

League, officials hold talks NEW YORK — Two people familiar with the talks said that the NFL and the locked out officials’ union met on Sunday.

Hard Times Take Toll

posted: 09/24/2012 3:19 a.m.

Dairy farmers have had a rough go of it in recent years. A succession of dry years, high grain prices and an ailing economy have all taken their toll on a sector with an already thin profit margin.

Sports Calender

posted: 09/24/2012 3:18 a.m.

BASEBALL Fayetteville Vipers (11AAA) are looking to add two players for the upcoming fall and spring season.

Today’s game

posted: 09/24/2012 3:18 a.m.

Packers at Seahawks 7:30 p.m. Central, ESPN LINE — Packers by 3 1/2 LAST MEETING Green Bay beat Seattle 48-10, Dec. 27, 2009


posted: 09/24/2012 3:17 a.m.

BEARS 23, RAMS 6 St. Louis................... 0 3 3 0 — 6 Chicago.................... 3 7 0 13 — 23 First Quarter Chi—FG Gould 54, 10:41.

Prep Football Schedules

posted: 09/24/2012 3:16 a.m.

Prep Football Schedules Class 7A/6A Bentonville Tigers

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Cards remain ahead of Brewers in wild-card race

posted: 09/24/2012 3:15 a.m.

Kyle Lohse and the short-handed St. Louis Cardinals won for the sixth time in seven games, holding their lead in the NL wildcard race with a 6-3 victory Sunday over the Chicago Cubs.

AP Classes Gaining Popularity

posted: 09/24/2012 3:13 a.m.

The number of students choosing the challenge of Advanced Placement courses has doubled in Rogers since 2009.

Razorback rewind: Boo birds chirp after late punt

posted: 09/24/2012 3:13 a.m.

A large segment of Arkansas fans booed when Coach John L. Smith elected to punt from the Arkansas 48 with about 6:20 remaining and the Razorbacks trailing 35-26 on Saturday.

College football report

posted: 09/24/2012 3:09 a.m.

Richt coy on absent starters ATLANTA — Mark Richt would not confirm expectations No. 5 Georgia finally will be at full strength this week against Tennessee.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/24/2012 3:07 a.m.

Griffin a ‘champion’ in morning Don’t call Blake Griffin a chicken. He just sounds like one.

Meeting Information: Rogers City Council

posted: 09/24/2012 3:07 a.m.

Meeting Information: Rogers City Council

Off the wire

posted: 09/24/2012 3:06 a.m.

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.

Restaurant Inspections

posted: 09/24/2012 3:04 a.m.

Restaurant Inspections

State sports briefs

posted: 09/24/2012 3:04 a.m.

FOOTBALL Smith to address LR Touchdown Club Arkansas football Coach John L. Smith will be the guest speaker at today’s Little Rock Touchdown Club luncheon at Emabassy Suites in west Little Rock.

Marriage Licenses

posted: 09/24/2012 3:02 a.m.

Marriage Licenses

Lack of power lines snags solar plans

posted: 09/24/2012 3:01 a.m.

In the open expanses of the American Southwest where heat waves distort the landscape, there’s a huge untapped source of energy that could meet the nation’s growing needs.


posted: 09/24/2012 3 a.m.

GOLF Bella Vista Golf Association Men’s 18-Hole Pairings WHEN: Tuesday WHERE: Scotsdale FORMAT: Scramble CONTACT: 800-860-7103 NOTE: First person listed is team captain TEE TIME: 8 a.m.

Lawsuits Filed

posted: 09/24/2012 3 a.m.

Lawsuits Filed


posted: 09/24/2012 2:58 a.m.


COMMENTARY: High School Sports A Joy To Cover

posted: 09/24/2012 2:56 a.m.

It took only a couple of recent examples to remind me why I enjoy covering high school sports over college and professional sports.


posted: 09/24/2012 2:55 a.m.



posted: 09/24/2012 2:53 a.m.


Lady Mounties Focused

posted: 09/24/2012 2:49 a.m.

After winning six dual matches, Rogers High girls golf coach Brenda Alexander is looking for good things from the Lady Mounties at the Class 7A State Tournament.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 09/24/2012 2:48 a.m.

ALEXANDER Cassondra Simpson, 4501 Meadow Ridge Lane, Sept. 18, 2012, Chapter 13. Jeff F. Ward, 3623 Northlake Road, Sept. 17, 2012, Chapter 7.

Heritage Golfers Battling Injuries

posted: 09/24/2012 2:47 a.m.

The Rogers Heritage Lady War Eagles golf team has been riddled with injuries the past couple weeks, but should be at full strength for the Class 7A girls’ state golf tournament.

National Zoo’s panda cub dies

posted: 09/24/2012 2:46 a.m.

The giant panda cub born a week ago at the National Zoo in Washington died Sunday morning, saddening zoo officials and visitors who had heralded its unexpected arrival.

If it’s your first rodeo, roping calls for a lot more than just a lariat

posted: 09/24/2012 2:45 a.m.

So you think you want to be a cowboy? You’ve listened to all the sad country songs you can find. You’ve bought a pickup, been to the rodeo and even practiced hollering, “Yeehaw.”

Homeland wins big at Emmys

posted: 09/24/2012 2:44 a.m.

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.

Leaders of Sudan, South Sudan meet

posted: 09/24/2012 2:44 a.m.

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.

Lady Tigers Bound For Tourney

posted: 09/24/2012 2:43 a.m.

If the Class 7A State Girls Golf Tournament is anything like some of the matches involving area teams this season, Bentonville coach Lindsey Davis believes it will be an interesting one.

Iran threatens U.S. military bases

posted: 09/24/2012 2:40 a.m.

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.

Options abound for taxing wealth, British party says

posted: 09/24/2012 2:39 a.m.

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.

Despite Romney’s cash edge, Obama winning, Clinton says

posted: 09/24/2012 2:38 a.m.

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.

Junior Key Figure

posted: 09/24/2012 2:38 a.m.

Alison Head knows all about the championship dynasty that is Fayetteville girls high school golf. Head is also all too familiar with the high expectations that come with playing as Lady Bulldog.

Tucker lifts Baltimore to victory

posted: 09/24/2012 2:37 a.m.

Justin Tucker kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Baltimore Ravens a 31-30 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday night in a rematch of the AFC Championship Game.

Splashy trails: Arkansas River, Murray Park access

posted: 09/24/2012 2:34 a.m.

ARKANSAS RIVER, MURRAY PARK ACCESS Location: Murray Park is off Rebsamen Park Road in the Riverdale neighborhood of Little Rock. If you get to the Big Dam Bridge you’ve gone too far.

Apple debuts its own map app

posted: 09/24/2012 2:34 a.m.

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.

Har-Ber Hoping For Top Five Finish

posted: 09/24/2012 2:33 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber likely won’t win the Class 7A state golf championship this week, but the Lady Wildcats expect to finish strong.

LG, HTC punch back with new smart phones

posted: 09/24/2012 2:30 a.m.

LG Electronics will launch the Optimus G smart phone this month at an event in South Korea, pinning high hopes on the new Android device to help revive its money-losing mobile business.

Dads Keep Watch

posted: 09/24/2012 2:29 a.m.

Gary Randall calls himself “the biggest kid in school.”

Road ralliers make it to Mongolia

posted: 09/24/2012 2:29 a.m.

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.

Big Dam Bridge 100 rolls Saturday

posted: 09/24/2012 2:28 a.m.

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.

COUCH TO 5K: Training survives a rainy weekend

posted: 09/24/2012 2:28 a.m.

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.

Panelists call for fund rule

posted: 09/24/2012 2:28 a.m.

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.

Congress fails to agree on new agriculture bill

posted: 09/24/2012 2:27 a.m.

Unable to complete work on a comprehensive agriculture bill Friday, lawmakers streamed out of Washington for the next two months to harvest votes.

Chair yoga gets sedentary workers to move it

posted: 09/24/2012 2:27 a.m.

My new office habit: When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I get as floppy as possible in my chair.

Local rodeo groups good starting place

posted: 09/24/2012 2:25 a.m.

Roping is a lifelong sport, says Rick Whorton of Springdale. There’s no mandatory age for learning it.


posted: 09/24/2012 2:24 a.m.

Does adding milk reduce the health benefits of drinking tea?

MASTER CLASS: You’ll have a ball training with pal

posted: 09/24/2012 2:23 a.m.

Exercising with a buddy is almost always better than exercising alone. You’re accountable to show up; you typically try harder; and you’ve got a spotter.

Grants fund erosion-stopping rain gardens

posted: 09/24/2012 2:23 a.m.

A few years ago, Amy Wilson’s lawn on the east side of Mount Sequoyah in Fayetteville had a water runoff problem.

City Eyes Efficiency Study

posted: 09/24/2012 2:23 a.m.

City residents could see more police officers on the street if Springdale follows the recommendations of an efficiency study of the Police Department.

Kids of inmates slipping in cracks

posted: 09/24/2012 2:20 a.m.

Few state resources are aimed directly at serving the specific needs of Arkansas children whose parents are incarcerated, advocates say.

Small museum gets big shot

posted: 09/24/2012 2:17 a.m.

For the Eureka Springs Historical Museum, it’s quite an opportunity.

Rover finds evidence of snow on Mars

posted: 09/24/2012 2:14 a.m.

The Mars rover Curiosity recently recorded a temperature of 132 degrees below zero, an intensity of cold that is difficult to comprehend. Yet on Mars that’s too warm for it to snow.

Candidates Eye Clerk Position

posted: 09/24/2012 2:13 a.m.

A county computer administrator and a police lieutenant are seeking the position of Washington County circuit clerk.

Work at playing, researcher says

posted: 09/24/2012 2:13 a.m.

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.

Raising your food IQ can aid in weight loss

posted: 09/24/2012 2:12 a.m.

We’ve all got our pet theories on how to lose unwanted pounds. Eat like a caveman. Eat like a monk. I prefer the “brush your teeth at night so you won’t eat a cookie” approach.


posted: 09/24/2012 2:11 a.m.

Happy birthday. This year brings a liberation of sorts. The education you get over the next four weeks will be thoroughly useful, and you’ll make money with it by November.


posted: 09/24/2012 2:10 a.m.

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).


posted: 09/24/2012 2:09 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: We just moved to a new town, and the church we’ve started attending is urging everyone to join a small group Bible study.

Super Quiz: Literature

posted: 09/24/2012 2:08 a.m.

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 ------.

Council, Mayoral Forums Scheduled

posted: 09/24/2012 2:03 a.m.

Several forums and debates among candidates for City Council and Fayetteville mayor are scheduled this week.


posted: 09/24/2012 2:02 a.m.

The Arkansas Razorbacks have lost more games in the past 15 days than they did all of the 2011 season.

HOG CALLS: Current Hogs draw 1990 comparisons

posted: 09/24/2012 1:58 a.m.

If longtime Arkansas fans think their Razorbacks are repeating a long ago nightmare despite heroics it is because they are.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Holster protects phone; tags offer shortcut to apps

posted: 09/24/2012 12:54 a.m.

The Samsung Galaxy S III that I reviewed last week seems to be a hit, based on the feedback I’ve received.

Sunday, September 23

Comida Fresca Mexicana

posted: 09/23/2012 6 a.m.

Mexico Viejo serves more than 100 selections, including vegetarian combinations, appetizers, soups, salads, fajitas, entrees, house specialties and desserts.

Southwestern specialties

posted: 09/23/2012 6 a.m.

Mexican food is a great choice for going out on a date night or just to get out of the house for an easy meal.

Quarterback Injured Early

posted: 09/23/2012 5:49 a.m.

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.

Tigers Coach Fails To See Tip For TD

posted: 09/23/2012 5:45 a.m.

Just because Bentonville football coach Barry Lunney is on the sidelines during every game doesn’t mean he has the best view of everything that happens on the field.

Heritage Rolls In League Opener

posted: 09/23/2012 5:42 a.m.

Rogers Heritage gave Siloam Springs a rude welcome to the 7A/6A-West Conference, rolling to a 49-14 halftime lead and finishing with a 70-21 victory.

Mounties Show Balance

posted: 09/23/2012 5:32 a.m.

ROGERS — Rogers High showed offensive balance in a 47-42 victory Friday against Springdale High in its 7A/6A-West Conference opener.

Wildcat Offense Stalls After 53-Yard TD

posted: 09/23/2012 5:28 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber (1-3, 0-1) didn’t do much on offense against Bentonville (4-0, 1-0) after quarterback Kyle Pianalto ran 53 yards for a touchdown on the fifth play of the game Friday.

Good News, Bad News For Gahagans

posted: 09/23/2012 5:26 a.m.

Brice Gahagans needed just two carries to set the Fayetteville career rushing record Friday.

Woman Accused Of Stabbing Boyfriend

posted: 09/23/2012 5:22 a.m.

A Rogers woman was arrested for attempted murder in connection with an allegation that she stabbed her sleeping boyfriend.

Arvest Ballpark Serves As Haven For Byrom Family

posted: 09/23/2012 5:18 a.m.

Like many boys his age, 10-year-old Austin Byrom of Farmington loves baseball.

Officials Wary Of Ambulance Fee

posted: 09/23/2012 5:09 a.m.

A sampling of Benton County’s justices of the peace found little interest in a county-imposed fee to support rural ambulance service.

Green Standards At Core Of College Building

posted: 09/23/2012 5:05 a.m.

NorthWest Arkansas Community College officials hope green methods used when constructing a $12.2 million building will be looked at as another way the college is teaching.

Fresh Start, Clean Shaven

posted: 09/23/2012 5:04 a.m.

SPRINGDALE — Trey LaValle looked as if he had just finished filming a commercial for Gillette razors, his face clean shaven aside from a patch of hair on his chin.

Tontitown Works Toward Own Police Force

posted: 09/23/2012 4:58 a.m.

Tontitown first appointed a “conservator of the peace” 102 years ago.

Festival Role Reversal

posted: 09/23/2012 4:52 a.m.

Bikes, Blues & BBQ has long claimed to be a different kind of rally, one friendly to families and with charitable goals at its heart.

Obama in Wisconsin to counter Ryan, ads

posted: 09/23/2012 4:40 a.m.

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.

Congress puts off, packs up, hits road

posted: 09/23/2012 4:36 a.m.

A frustrated Congress quit Washington on Saturday with at least one hope — that the stark choice in the election ahead will give lawmakers clarity about what Americans want from their government.

Fed-up Libyans go after militias

posted: 09/23/2012 4:34 a.m.

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.

Israelis say Netanyahu must stay neutral in U.S.

posted: 09/23/2012 4:19 a.m.

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 suspected in cyber-attacks

posted: 09/23/2012 4:16 a.m.

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.

Video fury fuels Muslim protests

posted: 09/23/2012 4:14 a.m.

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.

’92 death of Nazis’ Dr. Death affirmed

posted: 09/23/2012 4:11 a.m.

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 campaign trail, Romney CEO

posted: 09/23/2012 4:10 a.m.

Mitt Romney seems to be both candidate and campaign CEO these days, and some Republicans say he’s trying to do too much.

International student pilots keep base trainers hopping

posted: 09/23/2012 4:05 a.m.

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.

1972 Buffalo River decree seen now as right course

posted: 09/23/2012 4:04 a.m.

Doretha Dillard Shipman can still visit her family’s homesite on the Buffalo National River and go to the spring where her mother washed clothes.

Hot Springs looks for water options

posted: 09/23/2012 4:01 a.m.

Hot Springs has reached close to capacity at its two water plants and city officials hope a study due in a few months will find prospects for more water.

Mubarak not ill, chief doctor says

posted: 09/23/2012 4 a.m.

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.

TV news shows

posted: 09/23/2012 4 a.m.

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.

The world in brief

posted: 09/23/2012 3:59 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

The nation in brief

posted: 09/23/2012 3:59 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 09/23/2012 3:58 a.m.

Actor Billy Crystal baby-sat for his granddaughters for five days, and from the experience, a movie was born.

In the news

posted: 09/23/2012 3:57 a.m.

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.

Other days

posted: 09/23/2012 3:52 a.m.

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.

Another Dark Night

posted: 09/23/2012 3:48 a.m.

Arkansas’ season of anguish took another bitter turn Saturday night in front of 72,543 at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

LIKE IT IS: UA can’t overcome Rutgers, own defense

posted: 09/23/2012 3:40 a.m.

Arm in arm they marched on the field with a single goal, a united band of players from a basketball conference in disarray, under a new coach, playing its third road game of the year.

COMMENTARY: Trout in league of his own this season

posted: 09/23/2012 3:39 a.m.

He could be on the verge of the historic and, because of that, Miguel Cabrera should receive a real crown if he does in fact get the Triple Crown.

THE RECRUITING GUY: UA commitment responded to father’s regimen

posted: 09/23/2012 3:38 a.m.

Jacksonville guard/forward Jessica Jackson was quick to credit her father, Jeff, after making her oral commitment to play women’s basketball for Arkansas in late August.

Hamlin confident he can reverse unsettling slide

posted: 09/23/2012 3:37 a.m.

Denny Hamlin has had the fastest car in New Hampshire all weekend during practice for the second race in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Tying HR, kiss precede winning double in 10th

posted: 09/23/2012 3:35 a.m.

The St. Louis Cardinals were headed for another heartbreaking loss when Carlos Beltran turned it around with one big swing.

Arkansas’ Lewis leads in Alabama

posted: 09/23/2012 3:34 a.m.

Stacy Lewis is No. 3 in the world — and No. 1 in Alabama.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Report: Numbers of hunters, anglers increase

posted: 09/23/2012 3:33 a.m.

State game and fish agencies worry about declining numbers of hunters and fishermen, but that trend looks upward in more than half of the states.

Gator eliminator

posted: 09/23/2012 3:32 a.m.

Hempstead County just produced the biggest alligator ever killed in Arkansas, and it was an honest-to-goodness, bona fide native.

SEC: Shaw, South Carolina overwhelm Missouri

posted: 09/23/2012 3:31 a.m.

Leave it to Steve Spurrier to focus on Connor Shaw’s one mistake.

SEC: LSU sweats out Auburn scare

posted: 09/23/2012 3:29 a.m.

Sam Montgomery and the LSU defense delivered a first-quarter safety and shut out Auburn in the second half to give the second-ranked Tigers a 12-10 victory Saturday night.

SEC: Dominant Tide just miss shutout

posted: 09/23/2012 3:28 a.m.

No. 1 Alabama got everything but the shutout.

Rutgers holds when it counts most

posted: 09/23/2012 3:25 a.m.

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.

BIG 12/CONFERENCE USA.BIG EAST: Receiver savors last time to shine vs. Terps

posted: 09/23/2012 3:23 a.m.

West Virginia’s Tavon Austin just can’t get enough of Maryland.

Irish intercept Wolverines

posted: 09/23/2012 3:23 a.m.

This time, Notre Dame made sure Denard Robinson and Michigan had no shot at a last-minute victory.

BIG TEN/ MID-AMERICAN: Buckeyes overcome mistakes

posted: 09/23/2012 3:22 a.m.

Despite its imperfect play, Ohio State is still unbeaten on the season.

ATLANTIC COAST/ PACIFIC-12: Seminoles shake off Tigers’ tricks

posted: 09/23/2012 3:21 a.m.

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.

Beavers fight off Bruins

posted: 09/23/2012 3:21 a.m.

Sean Mannion passed for a career-high 379 yards and two touchdowns, Oregon State put the clamps on No. 19 UCLA’s offense, and the Beavers opened Pacific-12 Conference play by topping the Bruins 27-20.

No. 6 Oklahoma drops ball

posted: 09/23/2012 3:20 a.m.

John Hubert ran for 130 yards and a touchdown, Jarell Childs scooped up a fumble and returned it for a score and No.

GREAT AMERICAN CONFERENCE: Injuries force receiver to QB, OBU to survive

posted: 09/23/2012 3:19 a.m.

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.

Game sketch

posted: 09/23/2012 3:18 a.m.

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.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/23/2012 3:17 a.m.

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.

Off the wire

posted: 09/23/2012 3:17 a.m.

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.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/23/2012 3:17 a.m.

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.

Oaklawn notes

posted: 09/23/2012 3:16 a.m.

Churchill snaps up Oaklawn’s track man For the second time in about 18 months, Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs is searching for somebody to oversee daily maintenance of the racing surface.

Week 3 capsules

posted: 09/23/2012 3:15 a.m.

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.

Tribal treasures

posted: 09/23/2012 3:12 a.m.

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.

303 yards, 3 TDs, 1 loss

posted: 09/23/2012 3:11 a.m.

In the 80 seasons football teams have been playing in the SEC, no receiver ever had a bigger game than Arkansas’ Cobi Hamilton did against Rutgers on Saturday night.

Instant replay: Rutgers a load on road

posted: 09/23/2012 3:08 a.m.

Make it another one on the road for Rutgers.

Arkansans at center of new festival

posted: 09/23/2012 3:07 a.m.

A quick quiz: What do the following have in common?

LET’S TALK: Sports-rival mates still in Hog Heaven

posted: 09/23/2012 3:05 a.m.

You probably know one or two of them around these here parts.

SPIRITS: ‘Taste’ more senses than buds on tongue

posted: 09/23/2012 3:05 a.m.

“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.”

THE TV COLUMN: Raining reigning shows, pouring out new ones

posted: 09/23/2012 3:01 a.m.

Brace yourselves, fellow Arkansans, the long-awaited fall TV deluge has arrived.

TV ON DVD: 2 Broke Girls hit or miss with jokes, but idea works

posted: 09/23/2012 2:59 a.m.

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).

Rutgers 35, Arkansas 26

posted: 09/23/2012 2:56 a.m.

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.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Pianist at ASU to play hits of ‘Piano Men’ Joel and John

posted: 09/23/2012 2:56 a.m.

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 ).

Scoring summary

posted: 09/23/2012 2:55 a.m.

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

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Sincere apology is first step

posted: 09/23/2012 2:54 a.m.

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.


posted: 09/23/2012 2:53 a.m.

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.

Shale boom strains staff, agencies say

posted: 09/23/2012 2:52 a.m.

State agencies that regulate the oil and gas industry in Arkansas say they need more inspectors to keep up with the growing number of wells in the state.

Timeless as a stone

posted: 09/23/2012 2:51 a.m.

If Ernest Hemingway returned to modern day Petoskey, he’d probably say, “Yes — just as I left it.” Then he’d shoot a bear, wrestle you to the ground and pour himself a dram of rum.

Dry days shrink state grape crop

posted: 09/23/2012 2:51 a.m.

Drought and excessive heat combined this summer to shrink the Arkansas grape crop.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Czech capital is steeped in history

posted: 09/23/2012 2:49 a.m.

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.

Tankers still hauling hazardous materials despite known flaws

posted: 09/23/2012 2:48 a.m.

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.

THAT’S BUSINESS: Montego Cafe a big step closer to reality on Main Street

posted: 09/23/2012 2:48 a.m.

Brad McCray is ready to rock and roll and open his Montego Cafe by Thanksgiving.

Airlines consider more fees for perks

posted: 09/23/2012 2:47 a.m.

Would you be willing to pay extra for a better meal on an international flight, a ride to the plane in an electric cart, or a seat in a designated child-free area?

Granny serves as an inspiration for solo travelers

posted: 09/23/2012 2:46 a.m.’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 would love Philly now

posted: 09/23/2012 2:45 a.m.

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.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Cruise lines turn to fees to boost profit margins

posted: 09/23/2012 2:44 a.m.

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.

COLUMN ONE: Angle of repose

posted: 09/23/2012 2:43 a.m.

It is quiet out here today. It often is at the old graveyard. A soft wind plays over the monuments. Not a cloud in the sky this temperate September weekday. No one else appears.

Our man in Kigali

posted: 09/23/2012 2:41 a.m.

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.

COLUMNISTS: The (non)Progressive Era

posted: 09/23/2012 2:35 a.m.

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.

EDITORIALS: Now it’s the I-word

posted: 09/23/2012 2:34 a.m.

IT WAS a bright, hot day in August, and the clocks were striking thirteen. . . .

OTHERS SAY: Shuttle brought space to us

posted: 09/23/2012 2:33 a.m.

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.

State office politics

posted: 09/23/2012 2:33 a.m.

We’re enduring a front-page brouhaha affecting a state constitutional office that is 1870s vintage.

Blame and consequences

posted: 09/23/2012 2:31 a.m.

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.

The pulse of EMP angst

posted: 09/23/2012 2:31 a.m.

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.


posted: 09/23/2012 2:30 a.m.

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.

7 entrepreneurs finalists in StartUp Cup

posted: 09/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

Seven entrepreneurs made the final cut last week in the Northwest Arkansas StartUp Cup.

Offshore oil port now accepting domestic crude

posted: 09/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, the largest waterborne petroleum import terminal in the United States, has begun to receive tankers containing domestic crude, as well.

Airlines offer incentives for direct ticket booking

posted: 09/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

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.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

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.

Challenge aims to fuel IT business

posted: 09/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

The ARK Challenge is a 14-week mentorship-driven business accelerator based in Fayetteville. The program began Aug. 15.

Startup Crawl connects entrepreneurs

posted: 09/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

Creativity fuels innovation.

Max Steiner: Setting Rick and Rhett to music

posted: 09/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

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.

Robert Carroll McMath: Scholarly kind

posted: 09/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

SELF PORTRAIT Date and place of birth: Nov. 8, 1944, Denton, Texas Occupation: Dean of the Honors College and professor of history at the University of Arkansas

SPOTLIGHT JONES CENTER FOR FAMILIES: Jones Center kicks off golf, membership drive

posted: 09/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

For Alex Cornet’s family, having a place like the Jones Center for Families made moving to Northwest Arkansas much easier.

ASU sharpens edge with Alcorn wipeout

posted: 09/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

Thirty minutes after Arkansas State finished a 56-0 thrashing of FCS opponent Alcorn State on Saturday, Coach Gus Malzahn faced the big question.


posted: 09/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

NOTE For additions to this calendar, fax the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at (501) 378-3869. Events also may be e-mailed to


posted: 09/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

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.

Snedeker makes push

posted: 09/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

Brandt Snedeker had one of his best rounds of the year, a 6-under 64 on Saturday that gave him a share of the lead at the Tour Championship.

This week’s games

posted: 09/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

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.

Friday’s scores

posted: 09/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

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

RUTGERS 35, ARKANSAS 26: Slammed, dunked

posted: 09/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

Arkansas’ season of anguish took another bitter turn Saturday night in front of 72,543 at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Smothers stirs rally by Bears

posted: 09/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

Quarterback Wynrick Smothers stepped up when Central Arkansas needed it most, helping the Bears rally past defending Southland champion Sam Houston State.

U.S. diplomacy focus of LR talk

posted: 09/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

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.

Candidates for 6 House seats outline goals for state

posted: 09/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

Several House candidates in central Arkansas said they want to focus on very specific issues if they are elected, from energy independence to vocational training to worker safety.

Cabot GI killed in Afghan attack

posted: 09/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

A U.S. Army soldier from Cabot died Thursday from injuries he suffered in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Friday evening.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 09/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

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

NW Arkansas meetings

posted: 09/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

Monday Washington County Regional Ambulance Authority-Central EMS Board of Directors, 11:30 a.m.

Touring B-29 bomber offering, for some, flights down Memory Lane

posted: 09/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

The sight and sound of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress as it taxied off the runway in Little Rock took Charles Hinkle back 60 years — to the North Pole, of all places.


posted: 09/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

The following divorces were recorded in the circuit clerk’s office from Sept. 13-19.

During drought, native plants thrive

posted: 09/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

Arkansas gardeners tired of shriveled plants and high water bills during this and last year’s summer droughts can take note from an expert: Start choosing native plants and life will be a lot easier.

LR’s at-large board positions fodder for suit, lawmaker says

posted: 09/23/2012 2:23 a.m.

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.

Museum move nears

posted: 09/23/2012 2:22 a.m.

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.

Many state sites preparing to roll out 911 upgrade

posted: 09/23/2012 2:22 a.m.

The majority of Arkansas’ 911 dispatch locations have either begun using an enhanced 911 system paid for by the state or are preparing to, a spokesman for the system says.

Rebels relocate base to Syria; headquarters moved from Turkey

posted: 09/23/2012 2:22 a.m.

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.

White House quiet amid campaign

posted: 09/23/2012 2:22 a.m.

It’s awfully quiet at the White House these days.

Nuclear gear booby-trapped, Iran proclaims

posted: 09/23/2012 2:22 a.m.

Iran accused Germany’s Siemens on Saturday of implanting tiny explosives inside equipment the Islamic Republic purchased for its disputed nuclear program, a claim the technology giant denied.

Burmese in U.S. flock to Suu Kyi in NYC

posted: 09/23/2012 2:22 a.m.

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.

Area lotteries

posted: 09/23/2012 2:22 a.m.

Numbers drawn Saturday: Missouri Lotto 4-6-24-29-30-32 Estimated jackpot: $2.7 million Oklahoma Lotto 1-14-20-21-22 Hot ball: 16 Estimated jackpot: $2.4 million Powerball 2-16-18-40-42 Powerball: 33 Estimated jackpot: $174 million

Man who leapt into zoo den aimed to be one with cat

posted: 09/23/2012 2:22 a.m.

Before his now-infamous tangle with a Bronx Zoo tiger, David Villalobos adorned his Facebook page with New Age odes to Mother Earth and affirmations like, “Be love and fearless.”

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Review Facts Before Voting For President

posted: 09/23/2012 2:09 a.m.

I was stunned to read the letter (Sept. 16) from June Whinnery.

Followers Of The Prophet? Hardly

posted: 09/23/2012 2:09 a.m.

The Prophet Muhammad would be ashamed of the riots that went on in the Muslim world.

Educators Need To Teach Civic Facts

posted: 09/23/2012 2:09 a.m.

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.

How To Harass A Good Man To Death

posted: 09/23/2012 2:09 a.m.

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.

Campaigns Can Be Unpredictable

posted: 09/23/2012 2:09 a.m.

There is wide agreement the economy and the nation’s financial condition top the list of public concerns.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Let’s Keep Benton County Clean, Dry

posted: 09/23/2012 2:09 a.m.

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.

Coalition Provides Tool For Education

posted: 09/23/2012 2:09 a.m.

A few minutes of Internet time could change a life, or many of them, if a new website proves successful.

HOW WE SEE IT Can Arkansas Electorate Have Votes Back?

posted: 09/23/2012 2:09 a.m.

State Treasurer Martha Shoffner — a walking, talking free advertisement for term limits — is back in the news.

Saturday, September 22

Free-fall continues

posted: 09/22/2012 11:24 p.m.

Arkansas blew a 10-point first quarter lead and lost its third consecutive home game on Saturday, falling 35-26 to Rutgers.

Arkansas-Rutgers Live Blog

posted: 09/22/2012 5 p.m.

Join in an interactive live blog as Arkansas faces Rutgers at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.


posted: 09/22/2012 6 a.m.

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.

Art School Slates Fall Session

posted: 09/22/2012 5:04 a.m.

Desire and sometimes a straight edge are all that’s needed to create art.

Advocate For Change

posted: 09/22/2012 5:04 a.m.

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.


posted: 09/22/2012 5:04 a.m.

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.

Coverage And Common Sense

posted: 09/22/2012 5:04 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.

Community Of Love

posted: 09/22/2012 5:04 a.m.

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.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Bentonville Needs Animal Shelter

posted: 09/22/2012 5:04 a.m.

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.

HOW WE SEE IT Time To Pursue Overlay District Has Arrived

posted: 09/22/2012 5:04 a.m.

Perhaps it’s just a part of human nature to want to put off dealing with some matters until circumstances force us to face them.

Farmington Shakes Off Early Miscues

posted: 09/22/2012 4:24 a.m.

Gentry took advantage of a pair of early turnovers to take a 14-0 lead, but Farmington finally held on to the ball and got the game firmly in hand soon there after.

ARKANSAS VS. RUTGERS: Gasping for victory

posted: 09/22/2012 4:22 a.m.

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.

West Fork Rely On Defense, Running Game In Win

posted: 09/22/2012 4:19 a.m.

Mountain View quarterback Gregory Simons took the snap, then attempted to push forward for the one yard needed to score a touchdown.

Davis out to make difference

posted: 09/22/2012 4:19 a.m.

This isn’t the way Knile Davis expected things to be for himself and the Arkansas football team going into tonight’s game against Rutgers.

7A/6 A-SOUTH: Bryant recovers, tops Benton

posted: 09/22/2012 4:16 a.m.

It didn’t matter to Bryant Coach Paul Calley that his Hornets led Benton by six points at halftime of Friday night’s Salt Bowl at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

Winn Does It Again For Blackhawks

posted: 09/22/2012 4:16 a.m.

Dayton Winn was bottled up and surrounded by a sea of white jerseys.

‘Day of Love’ a day of rage for Pakistan

posted: 09/22/2012 4:16 a.m.

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.

U.S. drops group from terrorist list

posted: 09/22/2012 4:12 a.m.

An Iranian opposition group that mounted an extraordinary lobbying campaign to get off the State Department’s list of terrorist organizations has succeeded in that goal, officials said Friday.

Panthers Devour Elks

posted: 09/22/2012 4:12 a.m.

Yellville-Summit's coach Calvin Mallett didn't know what kind of performance to expect from his Panthers on Friday Night.

Furyk providing proof

posted: 09/22/2012 4:11 a.m.

Jim Furyk, the only American on the Ryder Cup team without a victory this year, put himself in position Friday to join them.

87-pound teen tells agonizing tale

posted: 09/22/2012 4:10 a.m.

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.

How Top 10 fared

posted: 09/22/2012 4:09 a.m.

No. 1 Bentonville 28, No. 4 Springdale Har-Ber 7 No. 2 North Little Rock 33, No. 7 Cabot 14 No. 3 Fayetteville 27, Van Buren 13 No. 5 Conway 21, Russellville 7 Jonesboro 30, No. 6 West Memphis 21 No. 8. Rogers Heritage 70, Siloam Springs 21 No. 9 Camden Fairview 58, HS Lakeside 10 No. 10 Greenwood 56, FS Northside 20 High school coverage on Pages 8-11 C

Life span shrinks for category of whites

posted: 09/22/2012 4:08 a.m.

For generations of Americans, it was a given that children would live longer than their parents.

Smith’s brother dies in Idaho at 53

posted: 09/22/2012 4:07 a.m.

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.

Position-by-position matchups

posted: 09/22/2012 4:06 a.m.

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.

Rogers Outlasts Springdale

posted: 09/22/2012 4:03 a.m.

In a offensive shootout, Rogers High came up with two defensive stops when it mattered most.

Shoffner disputes aide’s bond-buy notes

posted: 09/22/2012 4:02 a.m.

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.”

Reviewers note State Hospital positives

posted: 09/22/2012 4:02 a.m.

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.

Darr: Of debt’s size, was unaware

posted: 09/22/2012 4:01 a.m.

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr knew he was behind on his house payments, he said Friday, but he didn’t know the extent of what he owed.

Quarterback issues still linger

posted: 09/22/2012 3:59 a.m.

The quarterback questions linger for No. 7 South Carolina and Missouri, even though both teams expect their starting passers to be on the field Saturday.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Cards blow late lead, lose to Cubs in 11 innings

posted: 09/22/2012 3:56 a.m.

It was all going so well for St. Louis. Chris Carpenter had a solid 2012 debut and Pete Kozma stole home for the go-ahead run, putting the Cardinals in position to extend their timely winning streak.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Florence passes Baylor to victory

posted: 09/22/2012 3:55 a.m.

Nick Florence completed 26 of 39 passes for 351 yards and a career-high four touchdowns to help Baylor beat Louisiana-Monroe 47-42 on Friday night for its ninth consecutive victory.

Heritage Too Much For Siloam Springs

posted: 09/22/2012 3:55 a.m.

Rogers Heritage senior Forrest Johnson and his War Eagles teammates gave Siloam Springs a rather rude welcoming to 7A/6A-West Conference on Friday at Glenn W. Black Stadium.

7A/6 A-CENTRAL: Intro successful for Greenwood

posted: 09/22/2012 3:54 a.m.

The first test in the move to the 7A/6A-Central was passed by Greenwood on Friday night.

Sentence 20 years in DWI fatality

posted: 09/22/2012 3:53 a.m.

A Monticello man was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for the death of a 75-year-old Mabelvale man in a drunken-driving accident.


posted: 09/22/2012 3:53 a.m.

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.

Stafford carries load

posted: 09/22/2012 3:52 a.m.

Running back Martin Stafford shook off a slow start and then carried the Jonesboro Hurricane by rushing for 227 yards and three touchdowns in his team’s 30-21 victory over West Memphis.

7A/6 A-EAST: Big plays tame Cabot

posted: 09/22/2012 3:51 a.m.

Big plays on offense and a goal-line stand helped give the North Little Rock Charging Wildcats a 33-14 victory over Cabot at Panther Stadium.

Southside jumps out fast, whips Parkview

posted: 09/22/2012 3:50 a.m.

Fort Smith Southside didn’t miss a beat without its starting quarterback Friday.

7A/6 A-WEST: Bentonville shuts down Har-Ber

posted: 09/22/2012 3:49 a.m.

Jimmy Short has seen the play so many times in practice that his reaction became nothing more than second nature Friday night.

Rockets end 5-game skid

posted: 09/22/2012 3:48 a.m.

Junior quarterback Zach Pinter ran for one touchdown and threw for another in Little Rock Catholic’s 28-8 victory over Little Rock Hall on Friday night at Scott Field in Little Rock.


posted: 09/22/2012 3:47 a.m.

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.

Backup ready, able for Bruins

posted: 09/22/2012 3:47 a.m.

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.

5 A-CENTRAL: Angel tosses two TDs, Warriors topple Bears

posted: 09/22/2012 3:45 a.m.

Houston Angel tossed a pair of second-quarter touchdown passes and Little Rock Christian rolled Sylvan Hills 28-0 in its 5A-Central opener Friday night.

Giddens Gashes Melbourne For 260 Yards, 4 TDs

posted: 09/22/2012 3:44 a.m.

Greenland running back Calvin Giddens rushed for 260 yards and four touchdowns and the Pirates defeated Melbourne 54-38 on Friday at Jonathan Ramey Memorial Stadium.

5 A-WEST: Vilonia’s defense gets best of Harrison

posted: 09/22/2012 3:44 a.m.

The Harrison Goblins lost their starting quarterback, then seemed to lose their composure in a 56-15 loss to the Vilonia Eagles on Friday.


posted: 09/22/2012 3:42 a.m.

FORREST CITY 25, GREENE COUNTY TECH 20 PARAGOULD — Ethan Adams threw three touchdown passes to lead Forrest City past Greene County Tech. Brian Griffith scored two touchdowns for Greene County Tech.

Richardson knows score

posted: 09/22/2012 3:40 a.m.

Jacksonville (2-2, 1-0 5A-East ) intercepted six Helena-West Helena Central passes and got four touchdowns from Kevin Richardson on the way to a 35-0 victory.

Mills outruns LR McClellan

posted: 09/22/2012 3:39 a.m.

Behind two touchdowns each from Omar Avance and Dwayne Davis, Mills defeated Little Rock McClellan 42-14 in 5A-Central action Friday night at Comet Field.


posted: 09/22/2012 3:36 a.m.

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 ).

Bulldogs Bend, Don’t Break Against Pointers

posted: 09/22/2012 3:35 a.m.

Van Buren had no intentions of being a pushover in its first game back in the 7A/6A-West Conference.

Police Manual Up For Approval

posted: 09/22/2012 3:31 a.m.

Police Chief Ken Farmer will present a new police policy and procedure manual for approval to the City Council on Monday.

The world in brief

posted: 09/22/2012 3:31 a.m.

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

In the news

posted: 09/22/2012 3:30 a.m.

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.”

Names and faces

posted: 09/22/2012 3:30 a.m.

John Travolta said privacy laws should shield celebrities from the kind of exposure suffered by Kate Middleton.

Mega Millions

posted: 09/22/2012 3:30 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 3-13-14-46-55 Mega Ball: 34 Estimated jackpot: $12 million Megaplier: 04

The nation in brief

posted: 09/22/2012 3:29 a.m.

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

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SYLVANIA 300: Family matters not detouring Earnhardt Jr.

posted: 09/22/2012 3:29 a.m.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. insists that he’ll be able to ignore the family drama at JR Motorsports when he gets behind the wheel at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Deputies Target Reported Theft Ring

posted: 09/22/2012 3:28 a.m.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested five people in connection with a theft ring involving break-ins to cars and buildings.

Getting it straight

posted: 09/22/2012 3:27 a.m.

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

NFL notes

posted: 09/22/2012 3:26 a.m.

BEARS Forte out LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte will sit out the Chicago Bears’ game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday because of a sprained right ankle.

Other days

posted: 09/22/2012 3:26 a.m.

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.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/22/2012 3:25 a.m.

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.


posted: 09/22/2012 3:25 a.m.

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.

ROCK and a hard place

posted: 09/22/2012 3:25 a.m.

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.

County Planning Rules Under Review

posted: 09/22/2012 3:25 a.m.

Benton County’s “Blue Book” of planning regulations is under review, with a proposed ordinance set for a mid-October debut.

Experts doubtful of Jesus’ wife find

posted: 09/22/2012 3:25 a.m.

Is a scrap of papyrus suggesting that Jesus had a wife authentic?

Deal near, Philippines Muslim rebels say

posted: 09/22/2012 3:24 a.m.

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.

Off the wire

posted: 09/22/2012 3:23 a.m.

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.

No more Cairo Doctrine

posted: 09/22/2012 3:22 a.m.

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.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/22/2012 3:22 a.m.

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.

OTHERS SAY: The show-me-papers state

posted: 09/22/2012 3:21 a.m.

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.

Hispanics don’t want promises

posted: 09/22/2012 3:21 a.m.

This year marks the 25th annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, but we’re still being taken for granted by politicians of both parties.

A Versailles of a closet

posted: 09/22/2012 3:21 a.m.

Oh, the closet of our dreams. Shoes lined up on racks. Clothes sorted by color and season. Coordinating jewelry accessible and untangled. Belts and scarves visible.

Parsons et al. food court?

posted: 09/22/2012 3:20 a.m.

It’s nice to see the students and those employed at Northwest Arkansas Community College enjoying the rewards of a new food court and enlarged bookstore on campus.

Guest writer: Death of a friend

posted: 09/22/2012 3:20 a.m.

We watched it die.


posted: 09/22/2012 3:19 a.m.

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.

State’s jobless rate a stubborn 7.3%

posted: 09/22/2012 3:18 a.m.

Arkansas’ unemployment rate in August remained unchanged at 7.3 percent compared with July, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.

In the garden

posted: 09/22/2012 3:18 a.m.

Q If the bark is falling off part of a tree, does that mean the tree has to be cut down because it is dying? Could it just be pruned to remove the damaged part and the tree be saved?

Big stars cut out of music takeover

posted: 09/22/2012 3:17 a.m.

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.

Personal space

posted: 09/22/2012 3:16 a.m.

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.

CARTI set to study 37-acre site in LR for cancer center

posted: 09/22/2012 3:16 a.m.

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.

City Buys Land For Road Work

posted: 09/22/2012 3:16 a.m.

Property acquisition on two street projects that will reshape eastern Rogers is nearly complete, officials said.

Wal-Mart plans to open in India

posted: 09/22/2012 3:16 a.m.

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.

Tools & toys

posted: 09/22/2012 3:15 a.m.

Werner Compact Extension Ladders What’s to love: A ladder that extends 16 to 32 feet, depending on which one you buy, but is easier to move and easier to store.

Greek premier wrangling for cuts

posted: 09/22/2012 3:15 a.m.

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras struggled Friday to clinch agreement with his coalition partners on a $14.9 billion budget-cut package that’s key to receiving international aid funds.

Quick trades raise concern

posted: 09/22/2012 3:14 a.m.

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.

Ask the expert

posted: 09/22/2012 3:13 a.m.

The shower in one of my bathrooms has begun to make a high pitched noise whenever it’s running. Why is it doing this? Is this a serious problem and what can I do to fix it?

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Humidity pod evanescence will return today

posted: 09/22/2012 3:13 a.m.

Dear Otus, Our family reunion will be in Little Rock on Saturday for the annual humidity pod evanescence. Where will be the best spot to observe the phenomenon ?

Bookshelves hold so much more than dusty tomes

posted: 09/22/2012 3:11 a.m.

Bookcases are in transition, just like the people who own them. The printed word no longer needs paper, and paper no longer needs stiffened linen or leather to contain it and be a... book.

MARKET REPORT: Dow up 50 points, fizzles, ends in red

posted: 09/22/2012 3:08 a.m.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose as much as 50 points Friday before falling into the red in the last half-hour of trading.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/22/2012 3:07 a.m.

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


posted: 09/22/2012 3:07 a.m.

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.

New Clubs Open In County

posted: 09/22/2012 3:05 a.m.

Benton County became home to 18 new private clubs in the last year, bringing the total alcohol establishments in the county to 134.


posted: 09/22/2012 3:03 a.m.

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.

Keep it clean

posted: 09/22/2012 3:02 a.m.

Wonder Works Tub O’ Towels No wimpy, namby-pamby wipes here.

Retailers offer closet designs

posted: 09/22/2012 2:58 a.m.

Prefabricated closet organizers are available at several retailers, and many stores offer designa-closet services on their websites.

Purge is first step to organize closet

posted: 09/22/2012 2:57 a.m.

So you want a dream closet but don’t have a dreamy budget?

District Strives For Higher Graduation Rate

posted: 09/22/2012 2:57 a.m.

Ben Whittle was forced to drop out of high school just 20 days before he was scheduled to graduate last school year.


posted: 09/22/2012 2:55 a.m.

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.


posted: 09/22/2012 2:54 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I came across a box of old books that I would like to keep, but they have a musty smell. Is there any way to remove it?

HOG CALLS: Smith dealing with serious obstacles

posted: 09/22/2012 2:52 a.m.

‘Tis troubling yet understandable of our college football times that one coach can shout the full monty of “MF” and be supported and another coach shouts “Smile” and is ridiculed.


posted: 09/22/2012 2:48 a.m.

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.

’60s interiors return, avocado, pink, et al.

posted: 09/22/2012 2:47 a.m.

MINNEAPOLIS — Jon Hunt was intrigued by the avocado green squares peeking out from under the peeling vinyl floor in his 1960s kitchen.

For relaxing in style, think outside the bed

posted: 09/22/2012 2:47 a.m.

Life has been a bit rushed these past few months. It’s the kind of busy that causes me to turn completely inward in search of a little comfort and solitude.

Inspiration Changes City Landscapes

posted: 09/22/2012 2:47 a.m.

The inspiration to change a city’s landscape can come from the past or the present, but it almost always comes from nature.

Friday’s results

posted: 09/22/2012 2:47 a.m.

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

1-4A: Winn’s whirls leave Gravette spinning

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Dayton Winn was bottled up and surrounded by a sea of white jerseys.

4-3A: Storey on target again

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It was a different Storey this week for Charleston.

1-4A: Cardinals make up ground fast

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GENTRY — Gentry took advantage of a pair of early turnovers to take a 14-0 lead Friday night, but Farmington finally held on to the ball and soon had the game firmly in hand.

1-4A: Prairie Grove loses points streak, not game

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Prairie Grove finally gave up its first points, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Tigers’ third consecutive victory.


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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

Football Bowl Subdivision schedules

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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.

Friends collide as Seminoles face Tigers

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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.


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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.

Bears ready for Southland rematch

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Since moving up to NCAA Division I in 2006, Central Arkansas has had its share of important games at Estes Stadium.


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ARKANSAS-MONTICELLO AT EAST CENTRAL (OKLA.) WHEN 6 p.m. Central WHERE Norris Field, Ada, Okla. RADIO KHBM-FM, 93.7, in Monticello INTERNET 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)

Tuneup time: ASU faces Alcorn

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Reaching Alcorn State football Coach Jay Hopson by phone can require tapping out a text message to discern whether he’s within range of a cell-phone tower.

The ol’ college try

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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. . . .

EDITORIALS: Let us reason together

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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.

ON RELIGION: Cardinal, Cobert talk Catholicism, comedy

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In the year 752, a priest named Stephen was elected pope, but died four days later — before officially filling the chair of St. Peter in Rome.


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43,500 is the average weekly attendance at Houston’s Lakewood Church.

Verizon Arena settles ticket lawsuit

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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.

NW Arkansas today

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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

Ex-NLR officer guilty of meth-ring plot

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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.

Texarkana woman sues in deaths at campground

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A Texarkana woman who lost her daughter and her mother in the 2010 flood at the Albert Pike campgrounds has filed a lawsuit in federal court.

The state/region in brief

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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.

School bus working route strikes, kills second-grader from Pearcy

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A secondgrader at Lake Hamilton Elementary School was struck and killed by a school bus near her home early Friday morning, the Garland County sheriff’s office and school officials said.

Pig Sue E. videos draw acclaim, pain

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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.

UA sorority swings open ornate gate

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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.

Pressure Tech on foreign hires, senator urges

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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.

Corruption trial for ex-mayor starts

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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.

Afghan buildup concludes; now to assess it

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The U.S. troop buildup in Afghanistan is now over, but the post-mortems have just begun.

326 convicted in ’03 Turkish coup plot

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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 skies shut to N. Korea plane suspected of carrying weapons

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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.

Treason expansion advances in Russia

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Russia’s Kremlin-controlled parliament tentatively approved Friday a new bill offering a looser definition of high treason, which is seen by some as part of the widening Kremlin crackdown on dissent.

Counsel: Cease Waters inquiry

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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.

Tax bite for Romney in 2011 was $1.95 million

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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.


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Friday, September 21

PREP FOOTBALL: Northwest Arkansas High School Football Week 4 Recap

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Nationally-ranked Bentonville beat Springdale Har-Ber on Friday, highlighting a full slate of conference openers across the region.

5 arrested in connection with thefts

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Authorities arrested five men in connection with a series of thefts from vehicles and shop buildings, according to a news release from the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Beebe: No money for added lottery scholarships

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Gov. Mike Beebe says no additional money from the state general fund is likely to wind up funding college scholarships.

Arkansas coach Smith in Idaho to attend brother's funeral

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Arkansas football coach John L. Smith flew to Idaho Falls, Idaho on Thursday to attend the funeral of his youngest brother, Bart, who died on Monday at the age of 53.

Attorney releases phone records for ex-UNC coach Davis

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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.

Teen accused in school shooting plot

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An eastern Missouri teenager is facing charges for allegedly making threats that forced three schools to go on lockdown.

Wal-Mart to add 50,000 part-time workers for Christmas season

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, will hire more than 50,000 workers for the Christmas shopping season in its U.S. stores.

State’s unemployment rate holds at 7.3%

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Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.3 percent in August, the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services announced Friday.

Samaritan Center To Host Voter Registration Drive

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Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day and Samaritan Community Center is hosting voter registration drives in Rogers and Springdale.

Beats Teach Musical Culture

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Clap. Clap. Clap. Clap.

Prep Golf

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Fayetteville defeated Rogers High 124-131 in a girls golf match Wednesday. Fayetteville’s Anna Grace Lavy won medalist honors with a 39.

Prep Tennis

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Rogers Heritage defeated Fayetteville 7-2 in girls high school tennis Thursday afternoon at the Heritage High courts.

Library Surveys Patrons, Community

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Users and non-users of the Rogers Public Library have an opportunity to help decide the library’s future.

Girls Basketball To Benefit From Barbecue

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A chicken barbecue set for Saturday will benefit the girls basketball teams at Heritage High School.

Candidates Discuss High School Growth

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Two candidates in a School Board runoff next month have different ideas on how to fix capacity issues at the high school.

Panthers Poised

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One of the big question marks resulting from reclassification is how well Siloam Springs will do while making the leap from Class 5A to the 7A/6A-West.

WEEK 4 GAMES - Pickem Poll

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Oklahoma Man Accused Of Raping Girl

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A Chickasha, Okla., man is being held in the Benton County Jail on $75,000 bond after his arrest in connection with the rape of a 9-year-old girl.

Friday Night Faces

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Bill Carter wasn’t relaxing in his usual Friday night seat that overlooks the field inside Jarrell Williams Bulldog Stadium.

Bentonville Police Uniforms Benefit Cave Springs

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Police departments are accustomed to sharing things — information, training, investigations.

Lady War Eagles Outlast Lady Mounties

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ROGERS — Rogers Heritage had chances to win tight matches earlier this season, but could never seem to find a way to break through.

Fayetteville Moves Into Conference Lead

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Fayetteville coach Jessica Phelan said her volleyball team just needed to catch its breath after dropping the second set of Thursday’s match.

Association Passes Hunting Proposal

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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.

County Shifting Veterans Office

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Several Benton County offices will shift from one space to another in the next week as the county tries to makes its Veteran Services office more accessible.

Har-Ber Rally For Win Over Rival Springdale

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Springdale Har-Ber had to fight extra hard against rival Springdale High to claim its fourth consecutive victory.

FS Kimmons 55, Shiloh Christian 26

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Seth Agwunobi passed for three touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Saints.

My Roots Are Showing: Patience Is Not Writer’s Strongest Virtue

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One of my best gal pals recently laughed at something I said.

Springdale Central 35, Rogers Heritage 0

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Terek Dewey may not be the most imposing figure on the Springdale Central defense, but the 5-foot-6 cornerback made his presence felt on Thursday night.

Fayetteville Woodland 14, Rogers High 6

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Fayetteville Woodland only had one week to prepare for Rogers High’s veer option attack, but it didn't look like that on Thursday night.

Bentonville Gold 21, Siloam Springs 0

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Bentonville Gold couldn’t have asked for a more efficient first half Thursday against Siloam Springs.

Fayetteville Ramay 27, Springdale Southwest 7

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FAYETTEVILLE — Fayetteville Ramay got ahead early, and never looked back as the Indians rolled past Springdale Southwest on Thursday night at Harmon Field.

Bentonville Black 20, Springdale George 3

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BENTONVILLE — Bentonville Black coach Chris Hutchens challenged his players at halftime Thursday night to focus on making big plays.

Annual Health Fair Set For Sept. 28

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The annual Senior Health Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 28 at Riordan Hall, 3 Riordan Drive.

U.S. now pins Libya attack on terrorists

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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.

Obama has campaign-cash edge

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President Barack Obama entered September with $88.8 million in the bank, as his campaign has continued to raise more money than Republican challenger Mitt Romney.


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BETWEEN THE LINES: This is the 5A-West Conference opener for both teams. ... Shiloh Christian is coming off a 51-21 loss to Greenwood.


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BETWEEN THE LINES: Rogers rushed for just more than 1,800 yards last season, but the Mounties have already gained 1,310 yards this season, averaging 9.3 yards a carry.

Man Dies In Accident

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A Pea Ridge man was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon on Arkansas 94 just south of White Oak Ridge Road, according to Arkansas State Police.

Police off the hook in pepper-spraying

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The University of California, Davis police officers who doused students and alumni with pepper spray during a campus protest in November won’t face criminal charges, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Gun-tracking report fodder at hearing

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House Republicans seized on a report on a law-enforcement operation that allowed guns to illegally flow into Mexico as an example of failures at the Justice Department.

Kurdish conflict escalates in Turkey

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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.

Principal Recovering From Accident

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Danny Brackett, Har-Ber High School principal, said Thursday he’s still struggling with fatigue stemming from a concussion suffered in a motorcycle accident last week.

Obama, Karzai work on dispute

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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.

Surge troops exit Afghanistan

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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.


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BETWEEN THE LINES: Ozark won last year’s game at Prairie Grove, 13-10


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BETWEEN THE LINES: 7A/6A-West Conference opener for both teams.

Teacher Placed On Leave

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The Springdale teacher arrested this week on drug-related charges has been placed on paid administrative leave.

In the news

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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.

Names and faces

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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.

The nation in brief

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “It is, I think, self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack.

The world in brief

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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

Drought subsides across Arkansas

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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.

Chicken Ordinance Dead

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An ordinance allowing hens to be raised in residential areas failed to hatch when Ordinance Committee members allowed the measure to die in committee.


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BETWEEN THE LINES: Van Buren returns to the 7A/6A-West Conference for the first time since 2007 after playing the last four seasons in the 7A-Central.


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BETWEEN THE LINES: This is the eighth meeting in seven years between the two schools.

Air Evac Insurance Offered To County Employees

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For $10 a month, Washington County employees can add Air Evac Lifeteam as a benefit to their health insurance.

Greenland Seeks To Start Agricultural Program

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Greenland High School hopes to add a vocational agriculture program to its curriculum next year.

Absentee ballots to be mailed out today

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Election officials must begin mailing absentee ballots to military and overseas voters today Secretary of State Mark Martin said Thursday.

23 drug suspects charged; deals around kids alleged

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A federal investigation dubbed “Operation Ice Pick” resulted in drug charges Thursday against 23 people in Gurdon, Arkadelphia and Malvern.

No oral arguments in casino-measure suit

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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.

Other days

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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.

Unacceptable, gentlemen

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On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

Blame FDR and LBJ

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No sooner did Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney revive the Moocher Myth than his critics jumped in with evidence to challenge it.

Intolerance is old hat, thriving

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Blasphemy has become the focus of attention, with ongoing turmoil in the Middle East sparked by a crude YouTube trailer for a possibly nonexistent movie mocking Islam.

OTHERS SAY: Scouts’ duty to the truth

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Duty. Honor. Country.

Constitution Day lesson

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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.


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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.

Bullish back key to Rutgers’ plans

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Job No. 1 for Arkansas’ defense dovetails into Rutgers’ greatest offensive strength in Saturday’s nonconference game at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.