Dozens, young and old, gathered to watch as the Peabody ducks waddled through the Little Rock hotel's lobby for the penultimate time and into the first-floor fountain for the final time Tuesday morning.
President Barack Obama announced that he would nominate Anthony Foxx, the Democratic mayor of Charlotte, N.C., to be the next transportation secretary, saying his local government experience would help him manage the nation’s roads, bridges and airports.
Helen Mirren was crowned queen of the London stage at the Olivier Awards Sunday, and the compelling, canine-titled teen drama The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time emerged as best in show with seven trophies. Mirren, 67, was a popular and expected best-actress choice for her regal yet vulnerable Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience, Peter Morgan’s behind-palace-doors drama about the relationship between Britain’s queen and its prime ministers. The actress, who won an Academy Award in 2007 for playing Britain’s monarch in The Queen, quipped that it was 87-year-old Elizabeth who deserved an award, “for the most consistent and committed performance of the 20th century, and probably the 21st century.” Her co-star Richard McCabe won the supporting actor trophy for playing 1960s and ’70s Prime Minister Harold Wilson. The surprise of the awards ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House was Curious Incident, an adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-selling young-adult novel about a teenage math prodigy with Asperge
QUOTE OF THE DAY “If ever there was report that makes the case for the need for President Obama’s preschool-for-all proposal, this report is it.” Education Secretary Arne Duncan, responding to a report saying state funding for prekindergarten programs had its largest drop ever last year Article, 2A Utah man shot after aiming at officer WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — A man who told authorities months ago that he wanted to be killed by police entered a suburban Salt Lake City police station Monday and pointed a gun at an officer and a records clerk, prompting at least one other officer to open fire on him, wounding the man in the arm.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s really immense and huge, almost like after an air assault or a bomb explosion.” Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas, describing the scene of a suspected gas explosion in Prague that injured at least 35 people Article, this page Irish woman loses right-to-die appeal DUBLIN — A terminally ill woman in the final stages of multiple sclerosis does not have the right to an assisted death, the Irish Supreme Court ruled Monday.
100 YEARS AGO April 30, 1913 If Miss Eva Reichardt, supervisor of school improvement in Arkansas, were compelled to live in the White House at Washington, she would ask Congress for the treasurer, or the person who spends Uncle Sam’s money, to throw out much of the shabby furniture and replace it with better looking things. Failing in that she at least would ask for new carpets and fresh upholstering for the furniture. Miss Reichardt just has returned from Washington with Miss Julia Taylor Houston of Pine Bluff, with whom she went to the capital city at the close of the Conference for Education in the South. She met President Wilson and members of his family and does not think it fair that so charming a family should be required to live in the midst of such shabby appointments.
From the moment last fall when Shinzo Abe reclaimed the office of Japanese prime minister that he had bungled away five years earlier, one question has stood out: Would he restrain his nationalist impulses—and especially his historical revisionism—to make progress for Japan?
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Less than one month after it appeared trainer Bob Baffert would be well-represented in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, Baffert won’t be saddling any Derby starters for the first time since 2008.
BASKETBALL NBA vet says he’s gay NBA veteran Jason Collins became the first active male player in the four major American professional sports to announce he’s gay. The 34-year-old center, who has played for six teams in 12 seasons, wrote a first-person account that was posted on Sports Illustrated’s website Monday. Collins finished the season with the Washington Wizards and is now a free agent. He said he wants to keep playing. Collins played in a Final Four for Stanford and reached two NBA Finals. His twin brother, Jarron, also was a longtime NBA center. Collins said he told his brother he was gay last summer. Mostly a backup in his career, Jason Collins has averaged 3.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for the then-New Jersey Nets, Memphis, Minnesota, Atanta, Boston and the Wizards. He was traded from Boston to Washington in February. Collins was the 18th pick in the first round of the 2001 NBA Draft.
At the age of 23 in 1971, Tom Hankins was barely back from Vietnam when he registered for an amateur boxing tournament. He didn’t win that one but he came close. “All I did,” he said recently, “was to run for endurance and speed.” Another major tournament was on the way, and he won that one. In 1973, he won the Golden Gloves championship.
METS Wright sits out with stiff neck MIAMI — New York Mets third baseman David Wright was held out of the starting lineup Monday night at Miami because of a stiff neck, and said he hoped to miss only one game. Wright said neck spasms began to bother him during Sunday’s loss against Philadelphia, and he felt worse when he woke up Monday. “It’s not something I’m worried about,” Wright said before heading to treatment. “I just wouldn’t be any good to anybody today. Hopefully it’s just one day, and then I’ll be back in there.” Wright had started every game this season and missed only six games in 2012. He began the week ranked among the NL leaders with 19 RBI and was batting.309 with 2 home runs. He was replaced at third base by Justin Turner, and Daniel Murphy moved into Wright’s No. 3 spot in the batting order. “Somebody else has to pick it up,” Manager Terry Collins said. “He’s our star. You take your star out of the lineup, it changes the lineup.” CARDINALS Reliever sent to minors ST. LOUIS — Making a move to
GOLF State teams in Division II regionals Three women’s teams and two men’s teams from Arkansas have been chosen to compete in NCAA Division II regional tournaments. Women’s teams from Arkansas Tech, Harding and Henderson State, as well as Southwestern Oklahoma, were chosen from the Great American Conference selected to play in the Central Super Regional on May 5-7 in St. Joseph, Mo. In the nine-team tournament, Harding is the No. 4 seed, Southwestern Oklahoma is the No. 5 seed, Arkansas Tech is No. 6 and Henderson State is No. 7. Central Oklahoma is the No. 1 seed, Augustana is the No. 2 seed and Northeastern (Okla.) State is the No. 3 seed. Men’s teams from Arkansas Tech and Henderson State qualified for the Division II Central/Midwest Regional on May 6-8 in Kenosha, Wis., as the No. 6 and 7 seeds. GAC member Southwestern Oklahoma State is the No. 2 seed behind No. 1 seed Central Oklahoma. Southeastern Oklahoma State is the No. 9 seed. UCA’s Angles named SLC player of the year Central Arkansas sophomore Pep
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas right-hander Barrett Astin has been named SEC Pitcher of the Week after he threw eight shutout innings in the Razorbacks’ 2-0 victory at Georgia on Friday night. Astin, a junior from Forrest City, has pitched in 13 games this season, including nine starts. He has a 3-2 record with one save and a 2.02 ERA, which ranks seventh in the SEC.
J.C. Penney Co. Chief Executive Officer Myron Ullman received a $1.75 billion loan commitment from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and has been raising some prices as he works to stanch the retailer’s cash drain.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “Job additions and rising household wealth will continue to support housing demand.” Lawrence Yun, National Association of Realtors chief economist Article, 1D First Federal reports officers’ earnings Dabbs Cavin, chief executive officer at First Federal Bancshares of Arkansas, earned $263,000 last year, the Harrison bank said in a federal filing Friday.
Pink Floyd, the band, may not be around anymore, but its music endures, and has even inspired “tribute” bands to take up the challenge of performing classic music that combines audio and visual elements. One of the best known of these bands is Brit Floyd, which sounds as if it’s British, but actually has Australian roots.
The Randy Rogers Band Opening act: Good Time Ramblers 9 p.m. Wednesday, Rev Room, 300 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock Admission: $22 advance; $25 day of show (501) 823-0090 revroom.com The Randy Rogers Band must feel right at home in Little Rock. After all, the Texas band is releasing its latest CD, Trouble, today, and performing a day later at the Rev Room here.
DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My friend says she’s spiritual but not religious. What do you suppose she means? She turned me down when I asked her to go to church with me, and said she didn’t believe in organized religion. — N.C. DEAR N.C.: Why don’t you ask your friend someday what she means by her statement — not to criticize or judge her, but simply because you’d like to know what she believes?
Happy birthday. You are talented and powerful. Honor your many gifts by paying attention to those who do the work you don’t have to do. The efforts of outsiders allow you to grow and master your craft. ARIES (March 21-April 19): In those moments when your attention goes to problems, you are ignoring successes. Progress will occur faster when you focus on what’s right in your world. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Greater self-control will be necessary in order to navigate today’s many temptations. The saving grace is that if you muster up the willpower, you’ll immediately be rewarded. GEMINI (May 21-June 21): Yes, your responsibilities are many. But you don’t have to handle everything at once. Ordering your tasks by priority will help you avoid feeling overwhelmed. CANCER (June 22-July 22): If you ask people to do things that do not come naturally to them, the process will be a struggle. Observe the strengths of others, and align your requests accordingly. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):
Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Sales pitch The cast and crew of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (onstage through May 12 at the Rep, 601 Main St., Little Rock) will take part in a “Lunch & Lecture” session, noon-1 p.m. Wednesday in Sturgis Hall, Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. Take your own lunch; the school will provide drinks. Admission is free; to reserve seats, call (501) 683-5239 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Pal Joey auditions The Rep will also hold auditions for several roles in its world-premiere production of the “reconceived” musical Pal Joey on Saturday at the theater, 601 Main St., Little Rock.
1. Ferdinand Magellan was not the first to circumnavigate the globe. Explain. 2. Correct the misquote: “Money is the root of all evil.” 3.A tepee and a wigwam are not the same.Which one is conical in shape? 4. One of her cows was not responsible for the start of the Great Chicago Fire. 5. Correct by changing one word: “Music has charms to soothe a savage beast.” 6. This Marx brother was not mute. 7. The Monitor did not fight the Merrimac in the Battle of the Ironclads. 8. The Sambo in the book The Story of Little Black Sambo was not an American child. 9. Charles Lindbergh did not make the fi rst nonstop transatlantic ight. Answers 1. He died before completing the journey. 2. “The love of money is the root of all evil.” 3. Tepee 4. Mrs. O’Leary 5. Breast, not beast 6. Harpo (he spoke with a New York accent, though not on screen) 7. Monitor engaged the Virginia. 8. He was in India. 9. He was the first to do it solo.
DEAR HELOISE: Thanks to the reader from Texas for her letter on caring for mother nature. (The hint was to take along a plastic bag to pick up recyclables when you are about town.) I do something similar in that I always carry a plastic bag to pick up trash.
With the backdrop of an uncertain economy, shrinking unions and company cost-cutting, Goodyear and the Steelworkers union are negotiating a new national contract covering 8,000 tire workers at six plants.
EASTERN CONFERENCE No. 1 PITTSBURGH vs. No. 8 NEW YORK ISLANDERS RECORDS Penguins 36-12-0 ; Islanaders 24-17-7 2013 SERIES RECORD Pittsburgh won series 4-1 PLAYOFF HISTORY New York leads 3-0 (Last meeting: New York won 4-2 in 1993 Patrick Division final.) No. 2 MONTREAL vs. No. 7 OTTAWA RECORDS Canadiens 29-14-5 ; Senators 25-17-6 2013 SERIES RECORD Teams each 2-1-1 PLAYOFF HISTORY First meeting No. 3 WASHINGTON vs.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “So all the housing trends point to urban housing.You see that happening in Fayetteville already with the multifamily housing coming up in downtown.” Stephen Luoni, director of the University of Arkansas’ Community Design Center, on an urban-design plan for an arts district in downtown Fayetteville that would include artists’ housing and work spaces Article, 1B Today’s meetings Fayetteville City Council agenda session, 4:30 p.m. Bentonville Planning Commission Technical Review, 5 p.m. Fayetteville Equipment Committee, 5:15 p.m. Benton County Public Safety Committee, 5:30 p.m. Fayetteville Street Committee, 6:15 p.m. Fayetteville Ordinance Review Committee, 7:30 p.m.
A Fort Smith police officer was justified in shooting a suspected drunk driver in the leg last month while struggling with him to stop a moving car, Sebastian County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Shue ruled Monday. Brandon Djordjevic shot Anthony Dewayne Price, 31, because he believed Price was reaching for a weapon as Djordjevic struggled with him to stop the car, Shue wrote in a four-page report to Police Chief Kevin Lindsey.
Although there is no dispute that defense attorneys engaged in racial discrimination when selecting a mostly black jury to hear a federal murder case against two white supremacists in 1999, neither defendant has shown he was prejudiced as a result, a federal appeals court said Monday in upholding the conviction and death sentence of Danny Lee of Yukon, Okla.
Arkansas law concerning the division of marital property — or all property acquired by either spouse subsequent to the marriage — is well-established and prevents the federal government from taking all of Randeep Mann’s benefits from a disability-insurance policy to apply to his restitution in a criminal case, his wife’s attorney argued Monday.
The University of Arkansas’ Community Design Center and architecture students will create an urban-design plan for an arts district in downtown Fayetteville during the coming school year, the center’s director said Monday.
Four recent house fires in Johnny Cash’s boyhood town of Dyess have driven local authorities to increase patrols of the small Mississippi County town and have spurred Arkansas State University officials to closely watch their renovation project at the country singer’s childhood home.
A powerful blast thought to be a gas explosion ripped open an office building in the center of Prague on Monday, injuring at least 35 people and sending shock waves through the Old Town tourist district.
A Bangladesh court Monday gave police 15 days to interrogate the owner of a building that collapsed last week, killing at least 384 people, as rescuers used heavy machinery to cut through the destroyed structure after giving up hopes of finding any more survivors.
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider a case concerning a 2011 Alabama immigration law that makes it a crime to harbor or transport immigrants not authorized to be in the United States or to induce them to enter or live in the state. The move left in place an appeals court ruling blocking the law.
DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria’s prime minister narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in the heart of the heavily defended capital Monday, state media said, laying bare the vulnerability of President Bashar Assad’s regime.
MAYFLOWER — One month after an Exxon Mobil pipeline ruptured, spilling more than 200,000 gallons of oil into a Mayflower subdivision and a cove of Lake Conway, the numbers of wildlife displaced, injured or killed have significantly risen as the cleanup has increasingly focused on the backwater.
March’s ticket sales for the Arkansas lottery fell $4.4 million behind sales in March 2012, when ticket sales soared because of a $640 million Mega Millions jackpot, the lottery’s director told the Arkansas Lottery Commission on Monday.
John Scott Landingham admitted Monday to raping a 17-year-old girl while he was state prisoner and free as part of a furlough program.
Landingham, 42, pleaded guilty to rape, a Class Y felony, which is punishable with a prison sentence ranging from 10 to 40 years of life imprisonment. He pleaded guilty under a plea agreement his attorney Sarah Ashley, a Benton County deputy public defender, reached with Stephanie McLemore, a Benton County deputy prosecutor.
May is when mayors, mothers and mud bugs with margaritas dance around the May pole, and merry-makers fill their armadillo May baskets with macaroons and magnolias, Ron Wolfe writes in his monthly calendar appearing in Tuesday’s Style section.
The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Sunday that the FBI is investigating in the United States and overseas to determine whether the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing received training that helped them carry out the attack.
Lawmakers in both parties on Sunday urged President Barack Obama to take stronger action in the Syrian civil war, with some Republicans calling for Obama to arm rebel troops and possibly establish a no-fly zone, and some Democrats urging the administration to step up humanitarian assistance.
Dozens of air shows that draw tens of thousands of people and generate millions of dollars for local economies have been canceled this year after the military grounded its jet and demonstration teams because of automatic federal budget cuts.
The Environmental Protection Agency has dramatically lowered its estimate of how much of a potent heat-trapping gas leaks during natural-gas production, in a shift with major implications for a debate that has divided environmentalists: Does the recent boom in fracking help or hurt the fight against climate change?
Northwest Arkansas’s four biggest cities issued 23 percent more building permits in the first three months of this year compared to the same time frame in 2012, according to a compilation of city records.
Disagreement over a single word during a trial two years ago led to an Arkansas Supreme Court ruling that requires interview transcripts to be done by state-certified translators in order to be admissible as evidence in court.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “He is a man full of problems, who lost his job, who lost everything. He was desperate.” Rome Prosecutor Pierfilippo Laviani, on an unemployed bricklayer accused of shooting two policemen outside the Italian premier’s office Article, this page
QUOTE OF THE DAY “But I think the experts all agree that there is someone who did train these two individuals.” Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, on Fox News Sunday, on the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. Article, 1A
Crown Princess Masako of Japan, who developed a stress-induced illness after giving birth to her daughter 11 years ago and rarely appears in public, embarked with her husband, Crown Prince Naruhito, on a six-day trip to the Netherlands, which is her first official overseas journey since she became ill.
Organizers of a months long campaign to build an athletic pavilion and jogging track for the 100-year-old Forest Park Elementary School in Little Rock are appealing to alumni and friends, both near and far, for the final $20,000 to finish the project.
Members of First Baptist Church Highland Park in Little Rock were in good spirits Sunday afternoon as they gathered in a parking lot across the street from where their church had been destroyed by fire just hours earlier.
Arkansas entered Sunday’s scheduled series finale against Georgia looking for a three-game road sweep, after squeaking out victories on Friday and Saturday, The Razorbacks never got a chance to make it three in a row on the road.
Billy Horschel sensed the time had come for him to win his first PGA Tour event. This could explain the composure he displayed in the face of two final-round weather delays and a 27-foot putt he had to make on the 18th hole to avert a playoff.
Sunday’s highlights Terry lifts Celtics Jason Terry scored Boston’s last nine points as the Celtics weathered a strong comeback by the New York Knicks and avoided being swept with a 97-90 overtime victory on Sunday.
Rookie Jeff Locke pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and Russell Martin had two of Pittsburgh’s four home runs in a 9-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday that gave the Pirates the series and the NL Central lead.
TRACK UA’s Lazas captures decathlon In his first decathlon of the 2013 outdoor season, University of Arkansas junior Kevin Lazas scored 7,537 points to win the event at the Arkansas Invitational at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville.
U.S. service academies are ramping up efforts to groom a new breed of cyberspace warriors able to confront increasing threats to the nation’s military and civilian computer networks that control everything from electrical power grids to the banking system.
Google has agreed to change how it displays search results in Europe — including a better labeling of its promoted content and displaying links to competitors — to appease concerns it might be abusing its dominant market position, the European Union’s antitrust body said.
Title: Core Fusion Barre Basics for Beginners (Acacia Exhale) Who’s it for? Beginners to barre exercise Format: Seven 10-minute workouts, which can be played one at a time or in succession with or without tutorials.
Whether you belong to a multimillion dollar fitness center or you work out in your basement, you probably use the same equipment every time you exercise. It’s just human nature to fall into routines that suit our goals and lifestyle.
DEAR HELOISE: Manufacturers should be told, since they don’t seem to be aware, that pillows are a lot thicker than they used to be, but the pillowcases are the same size. It takes me longer to get my pillows in the cases than it does to remake my beds.
DEAR REV. GRAHAM: How big a sin do you have to commit before you lose your salvation? I really believe in Jesus and have given my life to Him, but I’m still afraid I might do something that will make Him turn against me. — K.G.
1. Battle of (a) Stalingrad, (b) Gallipoli, (c) Dien Bien Phu 2. Took office as U.S. president (a) Dwight D. Eisenhower, (b) John F. Kennedy, (c) Harry S. Truman 3. Death of (a) Osama bin Laden, (b) Michael Jackson, (c) Jerry Falwell
The Washington County Quorum Court, at least 14 of 15 members, made the right call recently to double the number of social workers available to assess troubled juveniles within the juvenile justice system for mental health and substance abuse issues.
This week, people across the world honored the environment and celebrated Earth Day. We are fortunate to be part of a community that values a clean and productive environment through sound public policy. The League of Women Voters has long fought battles to protect clean air and water, prevent harmful pollutants that contribute to climate change, and inform the public of what they can do to get involved in the ongoing battle to protect public health and the environment. This year, we’re urging President Obama to protect our climate and reject the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Many in Northwest Arkansas, like myself, are only slightly aware of who Mike Ross is. He served 10 years in the Arkansas Legislature, creating a little name recognition across the state. His 12 years as a a congressman representing the state’s 4th Congressional District bolstered his statewide presence, but it’s sometimes hard enough to find people who know who represents our Third Congressional District here in the northwest corner.
Dustin Garneau’s single to center scored Jayson Langfels to cap a three-run ninth inning as the Tulsa Drillers rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals on Sunday at ONEOK Field in Tulsa.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “It encourages students to do their very best, to concentrate on their grades, to be cognizant of the grades they had last semester. It gives us something to motivate students with a form of competition.” Martin Mahan, Fort Smith Public Schools director of secondary education, on the tradition of ranking the high schools’ graduating seniors Article, 1B
Famed feminist, editor of Ms. magazine
YONKERS, N.Y. — Prominent feminist Mary Thom, a writer and former editor of Ms. magazine who also was an avid motorcyclist, crashed while riding on a highway and was killed, her nephew said Saturday. She was 68.
Gov. Mike Beebe announced the following appointments to boards and commissions Wednesday: Greg Revels, De Queen, appointed to the Arkansas Higher Education Board for a term expiring May 1, 2018, replacing David Leech.
Amid the smells of cooked meats, the hum of conversation and the unique coo of a clarinet wailing over drums and bass, a stern call cut across the downtown River Market Pavilion in Little Rock on Sunday.
Opinions on the latest rendering of what a new Broadway bridge would look like are all over the map, according to a review of the final round of comments state highway officials solicited from the general public.
When seniors across Northwest Arkansas don caps and gowns for graduation ceremonies next month, many graduates receiving special recognition will wear special stoles, cords and tassels during their commencement ceremonies.
Signs of 2011’s catastrophic EF5-rated tornado that ripped through Joplin remain evident across the city’s landscape. Rising from the destruction is the new seven-story Mercy Hospital Joplin, considered a state-of-the-art facility for its hardened exterior, innovative protective window systems and other measures that will prevent the breakdown in services caused by the last disaster.
The Egyptian president’s office indicated Sunday a compromise had been reached with the judiciary to defuse an uproar over a proposed law that would have forced out thousands of the country’s most senior judges.
Carlos Gonzalez has lived nearly all his 29 years in a country he considers home, but he now finds himself on the wrong side of the border — and the wrong side of a proposed overhaul of the U.S. immigration system that would grant legal status to millions of people.
Arkansas guard Alvin Bailey and tailback Dennis Johnson, two of the most highly regarded undrafted free agents on the market, were among a handful of players from Arkansas college who agreed to free agent deals late Saturday and Sunday.
The fugitive owner of an illegally constructed building that collapsed and killed at least 377 people was captured Sunday by a commando force as he tried to flee into India. At the disaster site, meanwhile, fire broke out in the wreckage and forced authorities to suspend the search for survivors temporarily.
As several states considered gun restrictions this year in the wake of mass shootings, such as that in Newtown, Conn., Arkansas’ 89th General Assembly passed 15 bills aimed at easing licensing, carrying and possession laws for firearms.
The U.S. arrested and charged a man in Tupelo, Miss., in an investigation into letters containing ricin, a deadly poison, that were sent to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a Mississppi judge.
SAVAR, Bangladesh — Police in Bangladesh took six people into custody over the building collapse that killed at least 348 people, as rescue workers admitted Saturday that voices of survivors are getting weaker after four days pinned under the increasingly unstable rubble.
When Didier Guerle fulfilled his grandfather’s dying wish and had the fields of his farm searched, he set off a chain of events that pulled people together across continents, and one family across generations.
CAIRO — In Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, rebels aligned with al-Qaida control the power plant, run the bakeries and lead a court that applies Islamic law. Elsewhere, they have seized government oil fields, put employees back to work and now profit from the crude they produce.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama joked Saturday about his plans for a radical second-term evolution from “strapping young Muslim Socialist” to retiree golfer, all with a new hairstyle like first lady Michelle’s.
With a satisfied grin, farmer Bob Combs watches the big truck slowly dump its greasy load, a Niagara Falls of yesterday’s kitchen leftovers that sends off a sickening spray as it splashes into a metal bin.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the U.S. air-traffic system will resume normal operations by this evening after lawmakers rushed a bill through Congress allowing the agency to withdraw furloughs of air traffic controllers and other workers.
In the longest session in 82 years and the first led by Republicans in more than a century, members of the 89th General Assembly went home last week after passing bills to provide health insurance for more than 250,000 poor Arkansans, cut taxes projected to reduce state general revenue by $235.6 million over the next three fiscal years and allow $125 million in state-backed bonds for a $1.1 billion steel mill.
The governor and lawmakers identified more than $1.7 billion in special surplus-funded projects this legislative session that they’d like to see done in fiscal 2014, although a lot of those 565 projects won’t be funded because there is only $172 million in surplus cash to spend.
The last groups of South Korean managers began pulling out Saturday from a shuttered factory park in North Korea after their government ordered them to leave the border city, as Pyongyang issued a new threat to shut down the last symbol of detente.
QUOTE OF THE DAY ”There’s been bad blood between those two for years. Hindsight’s 20/20, but knowing these two guys I ain’t surprised.” James Moore, the prosecuting attorney for Lee County in Mississippi, on two men embroiled in a case involving poisoned letters sent to President Barack Obama and others Article, 1A
QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are still getting response from survivors though they are becoming weaker slowly.” Brig. Gen. Ali Ahmed Khan, the head of fire services, at the site of a building that collapsed Wednesday in Bangladesh Article, 1A
Gov. Rick Perry of Texas expressed “disgust and disappointment” after The Sacramento Bee newspaper in California ran a cartoon depicting him saying “Business is Booming” and flanked by signs saying “Low Tax” and “Low Regs!” just before an explosion, and he demanded an apology for the “detestable attempt at satire” in the wake of a fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14 in his state.
Sixty percent of full-time students who enrolled in a public Arkansas university for the first time in fall 2006 had not received a degree from that institution six years later, according to a report by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.
The Arkansas Governor’s Quiz Bowl Association awarded $3,200 in scholarships to each of the seven winning teams in the 2013 Arkansas Quiz Bowl held earlier this month at the Arkansas Educational Television Network studios in Conway.
PIGGOTT — A writer’s retreat will be held at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott in June and will include sessions in the barn by the Clay County home where Ernest Hemingway wrote portions of a novel.
Student art exhibit begins today in LR Artistry in the Rock, the Little Rock School District’s now annual public showcase of student visual and performing arts, will begin today at the Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock, and will go through Tuesday.
A teacher with the Little Rock School District who Benton police say has been operating a marijuana growing operation from his home was arrested Friday in connection with an early-morning shooting that left another man critically injured.
Laura Aileen Haagenson, daughter of retired Chief Warrant Officer Mary-Julia Hill and Lt. Col. Terry L. Hill of Little Rock and Lowell Haagenson of Sauk Rapids, Minn., and Christopher Wayne Finlay, son of Cathy Perry of Sherwood and Henry Finlay of Eldon, Mo.; June 29.
Tyler Wilson was getting fidgety watching the fourth round of the NFL Draft at home, so he took off for his local Wal-Mart to buy some golf balls and was posing for a picture with a fan when Oakland Raiders Coach Dennis Allen called him Saturday.
TENNIS Sharapova vs. Li in final Defending champion Maria Sharapova will face Li Na in the final of the Porsche Grand Prix today in Stuttgart, Germany, in a matchup of the past two French Open winners.
SEC ALABAMA 3, TEXAS A&M 2 Sophomore Justin Kamplain allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings and Alabama (27-18, 11-9 SEC) held on to beat Texas A&M (22-22, 7-13 ) on Saturday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
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DJ Baxendale (Arkansas Razorbacks/Jacksonville) is off to a solid start for the Fort Myers Miracle (A Twins). He earned his first minor-league victory April 9 and is 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA. In 17 1/3 innings through Wednesday, Baxendale had allowed 10 hits and only 3 walks and struck out 15.
This “artrageous” community with a population of a couple of thousand people easily doubles in size during weekends in May, when the city’s May Festival of the Arts blooms along on the city’s streets and inside its eclectic galleries. Up to 60 different events are scheduled.
Things may seem a little clearer for Bill Callahan these days. At least the Smog is gone, which is what singer-songwriter-guitarist Callahan called himself for the first 15 years of his career. There have been other artists who have embraced this approach: Iron & Wine (Sam Beam), Bon Iver (Justin Vernon) and Bonnie “Prince” Billy (Will Oldham ).
PINE BLUFF — Arkansas-Pine Bluff is four months removed from winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference title outright for the first time, and when the Golden Lions played their annual spring game Saturday, they were a day removed from seeing a UAPB player selected higher in the NFL Draft than ever before.
Ashton Long stared intently at the pitcher, while taking practice swings in the on-deck circle. She was just hoping to get a chance to extend Arkansas Tech’s first-round game in the Great American Conference Softball Tournament at Bentonville’s Tiger Athletic Complex.
What is it? Call the Midwife, Season 1, six hour-long episodes on two discs from BBC When? Now How much? DVD $34.98, Blu-ray $39.98 I’m guessing this is about childbirth? Bingo. Based on a best-selling memoir by Jenny Worth, the series follows a group of nurses working in London’s impoverished East End during the 1950s.
Happy birthday. There is no finer joy than knowing that the one you care about loves you, too. This will be proved to you time and again this year. In May, acquiring wealth allows you to fully express yourself, especially by hiring and helping people, as well as by seeing your visions realized.
Rogers High is coming off a big win over Springdale Har-Ber and the Lady Mounties will look to build momentum heading into the Class 7A State Tournament when they play crosstown rival Rogers Heritage. A Lady Mounties win could vault them to the No. 3 seed from the West.
In wrestling and football, Edwin Santos has always been up to a challenge and the Rogers High senior accepted another one on Friday when he signed a national letter of intent to wrestle at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.
Some never-before-seen artifacts from the minutes and hours following President John F. Kennedy’s assassination are currently on display at the Newseum, along with an extensive collection of photographs of the young president’s family.
One of the great joys of European travel is eating. If you let yourself tune in to the experience, a meal is a travel thrill in itself — as inspiring as visiting an art gallery and as stimulating as a good massage.
TODAY SEC Tennessee at Florida, noon Arkansas at Georgia, 1 p.m. Auburn at Missouri, 1 p.m. Mississippi St. at Vanderbilt, 1 p.m. South Carolina at LSU, 1 p.m. Texas A&M at Alabama, 1:05 p.m. Kentucky at Mississippi, 1:30 p.m.
AVONDALE, La. — After taking advantage of benign conditions early Saturday morning, Kevin Stadler downplayed his chances of climbing back into contention at the Zurich Class, predicting he would end the day more than five shots out of the lead.
When you travel, you want your money to be available and secure — without wasting or losing any of it. These days, the answer to most travel money questions, is, to channel that famous line from The Graduate, “plastic.” Around the corner or around the world, plastic can handle almost all of your money needs.
The Northwest Arkansas Workers Justice Center in Springdale recovered more than $500,000 in back pay for low-wage workers in the last five years, according to its records. Then the calls for help from professionals and business owners started coming.
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• Gates Richardson, 20, of 1701 N. Lewis Ave. in Fayetteville was arrested Friday in connection with felony possession of drug paraphernalia and four counts of possession of a controlled substance. He was in the Washington County Detention Center on $2,500 bond Saturday.
WASHINGTON It’s Saturday night and you want to go see a movie. You fire up your IBM ThinkPad and check the listings. A nearby theater is showing Iron Man 3, the Marvel Comics blockbuster partly filmed in China. You hop in your Volvo, fill it up with gasoline, and settle down in your seat with your popcorn.
Even as U.S. housing rebounds from its worst downturn since the 1930s, production bottlenecks are pushing up building-materials costs, land prices are rising and skilled labor ready to begin work is hard to find.
In a recent USA Today column, Al Neuharth commented on the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, whom he met in London in 1988. He said he was impressed by her “politeness and firmness.”
NEW YORK — Many small businesses looking for a windfall of investor money from crowd funding — a method of soliciting money over the Internet — are still waiting for their chance to find out whether the tactic is more of a bust.
SHANGHAI — A tall Chinese model draped herself over a cobalt blue Chevrolet Cruze. Two finalists in a popular TV singing contest, “The Voice of China,” belted out songs for Buick. And the night before, the designer of a GM Riviera concept car talked of drawing inspiration from water spirits and the color of Chinese jade.
So I’m sitting here being, like, all Hispanic and stuff, and have a question for U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert. What does acting Hispanic look like? I did have a breakfast taco today. Am I a terrorist suspect?
A reader asked how I felt about Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor allowing two off-duty policemen from out of town, who brandished sidearms in a local pool hall while swilling shots of alcohol, to walk away without being arrested.
Not quite chivalrous Contrary to Paul Greenberg’s column last Sunday, I found the comment made by President Barack Obama about California’s attorney general more awkward and inappropriate than chivalrous.
The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission last week issued 5 drilling permits and 21 well completions. By county they were: DRILLING PERMITS CLEBURNE — SEECO Inc. of Houston for Green Bay Packaging No. 10-11 10-20 H19 to TVD: 3,400 ft. and MD: 10,220 ft. in Fayetteville Form. of B-43 Fld. Loc. SHL: 259 ft. FSL & 1,136 ft. FWL of Sec. 20-10 N-11 W and PBHL: 490 ft. FNL & 181 ft. FEL of Sec. 19-10 N-11 W. Contractor: Pense 16; work begins June 1.
U.S. Patents Issued to Arkansans April 23 Patent 8,424,561 B1. Pressure Regulator. Issued to Carroll G. Rowe of Washington (Hempstead County). Patent 8,425,281 B2. Electric Abrasive Sharpener. Issued to Richard S. Smith and Louis Chalfant of Hot Springs. Assigned to Smith’s Consumer Products Inc. of Hot Springs. Patent 8,427,120 B1. Coupled Inductor Output Filter. Issued to Edgar Cilio of Farmington. Assigned to Arkansas Power Electronics International Inc. of Fayetteville. Patent 8,428,999 B1. Method and System for Counting Households Within a Geographic Area. Issued to Adam A. Gadberry and Brandon W. Gabel, both of Little Rock; Christopher L. Tackett of Benton; and Larry F. Martin of Sherwood. Assigned to The Gadberry Group LLC of Little Rock.
Knight Weis of Tontitown was promoted recently to president, Northwest Arkansas, of Signature Bank. He will supervise Signature Bank’s executives in the Northwest Arkansas market and assist them in developing strategies for gaining market share, customer retention and loan portfolio oversight. He has been with the bank since its inception in 2004 and has 24 years of experience in the industry. He holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in finance and banking from the University of Arkansas.
Northwest Health found fitness friendly Northwest Health System was named a gold-level recipient of the American Hearth Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksites recognition program. The system met at least nine of the association’s criteria, including providing healthy alternatives on cafeteria and patient menus, making hospital gyms available to employees and running health improvement contests. Dan McKay, chief executive officer, said the program is an important business and human-resource investment because studies suggest that implementing work-site physical activity programs and promoting a culture of activity increases productivity and reduces absenteeism, turnover and health-care costs.
Tom Jones sits in a cozy booth along one wall of a favorite Beverly Hills restaurant. At 72, his curly hair and neatly manicured mustache and goatee are more salt than pepper after his decision to give up black hair dye a few years ago. But Jones appears dapper as usual, ultra-tan and fit in his smart black suit and dark, ribbed crew-neck shirt.
Mercedes-Benz Members and invited guests of the Ozark section of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America will meet at a member’s home in Bentonville for a Kentucky Derby party at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature race-related games and mock betting, plus a ladies’ best hat contest. On the menu for the potluck dinner will be traditional Derby dishes and chocolate bourbon pecan pie.
DEAR ABBY: As a father of two teenage daughters, I have a question about couples living together. Do relationships that start this way have a higher failure rate than those that don’t ? What should be considered when a young girl has the “living together” question presented to her by a young man? And most important, what can I as a father do to help my daughters make an intelligent decision about this, other than just “load my shotgun” (LOL)? As always, thank you for broadening my wisdom horizon and giving me examples of solid advice from which both my and my family’s life have been enriched. — Longtime Fan In Ohio DEAR LONGTIME FAN: It depends upon whether the couple living together are engaged to be married and their level of education. From what I’ve read, the higher the level of education, the more stable the couple will be. If the question is presented to your daughters, ideally you will have gotten to know the young man, and the relationship will have developed beyond the casual stage. However, I cannot
Society announcements are published in the Sunday edition of the Profiles section. Please visit nwabridalcommunity.com and click on Publish Your Announcement for pricing and to submit engagement and wedding announcements. Anniversaries remain free of charge. Forms are available at nwaonline.com and at the Rogers Morning News, the Springdale Morning News, the Benton County Daily Record and the Northwest Arkansas Times offices. Information provided will be used to write an announcement according to the style and guidelines of the paper.
The Elizabeth Richardson Center celebrated its 50th anniversary with the Hearts of Gold banquet, honoring the organization’s pillars and pioneers April 18 at Mermaids in Fayetteville. Some 125 volunteers, supporters and donors joined the group to mark the milestone.
SELF PORTRAIT Date and place of birth: April 10, 1963, in Fayetteville Family: son Jake, daughter Brooke Occupation: Owner and founder of Hanna’s Candle Co. and Greenland Composites Inc. If I make it to 100, I’ll celebrate by going to the lake! My advice for first-time water skiers is the more you practice, the better you’ll get. The candle scent I like best is Apple and Berries Triple Scented Mainstays. I have one burning at my desk right now. The book that influenced me the most was Candle Crafting, From an Art to a Science by William Nussle. When I’m in my car, I like to listen to rock and country. My goal for the next year is to make a profi t. For the next 10 years, it’s be debt free. People would be surprised to learn we set the world record for pouring a concrete slab at the candle plant. We poured 1,000 concrete trucks (full) in one weekend. When I need advice, I talk to a lot of different people. I have a great group of people I can call on that all have different skill sets. My fantasy dinner party
The Northwest Arkansas Naturals survived a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth and scored three times in the 10th to beat the Tulsa Drillers 5-2 before an announced crowd of 8,031 at ONEOK Field in Tulsa.
DJ Baxendale (Arkansas Razorbacks /Jacksonville) is off to a solid start for the Fort Myers Miracle (A Twins). He earned his first minor-league victory April 9 and is 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA. In 17 1/3 innings through Wednesday, Baxendale had allowed 10 hits and only 3 walks and struck out 15. Baxendale allowed 2 hits and 1 walk in 5 1/3 innings in his April 9 victory against Jupiter. He followed that up with a victory at St. Lucie on April 19 in which he allowed 1 earned run on 4 hits and struck out 4 in 7 innings.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “In home schooling, you see people who begin for religious reasons, or they’re dissatisfied with public education, but also people who see it as an extension of their family life.There is a focus on family closeness, on competence and resiliency. It’s a choice to invest a lot of time with your kids — passing on your values and beliefs, but also enjoying life together.” Rain Mako, president of Headwaters School in Red Star, which serves family who home school children Article, 1B Today’s happenings Wildower hike, 10 a.m., Withrow Springs State Park, near Huntsville Tree detectives, 11 a.m., Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, near Rogers Drop-in drawing, 1-4 p.m., Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville Seasonal wildowers, 2 p.m., Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, near Rogers Tales of the Crypt, 3 p.m., Oak Cemetery, 1401 S. Greenwood Ave., Fort Smith Lecture: Artists Collaborating with Nature, 3-4 :30 p.m., Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville Looking ahead Three-
A Northwest Arkansas man charged in federal court with bilking investors out of more than $1 million has been ordered into isolation in jail to prevent him from attempting to hide money being donated to him by supporters for his criminal defense, according to court records.
A decrease in the annual rent amount on Dickey-Stephens Park that the Arkansas Travelers paid to North Little Rock this month wasn’t unexpected, Mayor Joe Smith said last week, but he predicted that officials may soon tweak the payment formula to ensure a set amount each year.
Law enforcement officers and volunteers across the country stood ready Saturday to accept unused prescription drugs as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, a program organized through the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s Office of Diversion Control.
As Mary Margarett Harris, a 10-yearold home-school student from Red Star, coasts down a plywood ramp and across a concrete floor, the sounds of her skateboarding and squealing blend in with the buzz at Headwaters School.
The gunfire starts here as soon as the sun rises, echoing across the town as women make their way to the well and the few children who still attend school head to class on rutted red paths lined by banana trees.
Tyne Cot Cemetery sweeps gently down the slope, the nearly 12,000 headstones aligned in solemn rows of gleaming white. Beyond the walls stretch Flanders Fields, dotted with red farmhouse roofs. For the stage of some of World War I’s worst carnage, the scene is tranquility itself — but over the whisper of wind floats a whine like a dentist’s drill.
A San Francisco man was in federal custody Friday on charges that he defrauded a Northern California real estate agent and his girlfriend out of $1.6 million by pretending to be the son of Congo’s president.
His work has immersed him in events that read like a roster of recent catastrophes, from 9/11 to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Now, Kenneth Feinberg is adding the Boston Marathon bombings to that list.
The 9-year-old girl who got New Jersey’s tough-guy governor to shed a tear as he comforted her after her home was destroyed is bummed because she now lives far from her best friend and has nowhere to hang her One Direction posters.
The POA board has done it again. They are presenting a new assessment proposal, which by the way, as is normal, they haven’t worked out all of the details. It absolutely amazes me such a board would not have their ducks in a row concerning all aspects of their proposals. I suspect the proposal was worded with the hopes residents of Bella Vista wouldn’t read carefully and thus overlook the actual ramifications of their latest proposal.
For someone who has always been interested in sports, whether as a participant or watching my favorite team perform, it is disheartening to see what is going on, especially at the professional level. Many of our superstars today are not satisfi ed with letting their ability speak for itself but are now showing out and hot-dogging, just another example of the “all-about-me” syndrome. Slam dunks and chestpatting by basketball stars have reached epidemic proportions.
“Just two things of which you must beware: Don’t drink the water and don’t breathe the air.” — Tom Lehrer That’s the smell of money,” was what I was told in my youth when a bad odor met my nose, whether when we traveled through various paper mill towns or passed near huge feed lots of confi ned animals or rushed past fl aring gas wells in south Arkansas. Visiting the steel mill town of Birmingham, Ala., I remember actually seeing the odor I was smelling from its eerie orange sky. Here in Fayetteville those of us on the east side of town spent more than 15 years unsure when the next blast of stench would rise from the valley where the sewer plant sits. That sewer odor has, thankfully, now been reined under control. In severe air pollution circumstances, it is probably a survival instinct that shouts into our stupefi ed brains, “This is bad for you — get out!” Recently I spent the day with several people whose common sense was telling them the same thing. Since this latest major Exxon oil spill, from a 22-foot
Apparently, to Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman, staying on the public dole is far more important than helping protect Americans. They elected to vote the will of the NRA and its 4 million members vs. the will of 90 percent of Americans.
Oh, my Daddy, “He’s so sly; “He drinks wet, “But he votes dry!” — Prohibition era poem; author unknown olks in Benton County long claimed to live in the wettest dry county in the land. Truth be told, drinkers in every dry county said the same thing about their home, because the circumstances are the same regardless of population, geography or demographics: Consumption of alcohol is not only an ancient human practice, but a ubiquitous one. Nothing, not even an amendment to the mighty U.S. Constitution, could trim the hair of the dog. A legal restriction against the ingestion of potable spirits was no match for the ingenuity and persistence of the lubricated masses.
GOLF BELLA VISTA GOLF ASSOCIATION WOMEN’S 9 HOLE PAIRINGS WHEN: Monday TIME: 9 a.m. shotgun WHERE: Berksdale FORMAT: Texas Scramble Individual In Flights CONTACT: Lois Remerscheid 855-1574 NOTE: First Person in each foursome is captain; only captain will call others to arrange for carts A FLIGHT 1A: Dianne Dreher, Andrea Jackson Sharon Stark, Sherry Saxton 2A: Anne McClintock, Carole MacDonald, Rosemary Gallea, Jane Long 2B: Barbara Bryan, Jan Franklin, Janyce Wildman, Mary Wiseman 3A: Jan Holly, Patricia Slatton, Bedetta Valentine, Kathy Swanson 4A: Jane Novak, Pat Berg, Wanda Patzer, Jane Fulkerson B FLIGHT 5A: Arlene Alford, June Biondo, Phyllis Munster, Wilma Hamilton 6A: Ann Meekins, Mimi Tyte, Mary Fish, Kaye Pedziwater 7A: Judy Kennedy, Diane Allen, Mary E Boyd, Brenda Gardner 8A: Sheila Morgan, Mickey Shank, Pam Ried, Mary Engler 8B: Barbara Rudolph, Judy LeMoine Bobbie Morgan, Debbie Sorensen 9A: Donna Meyer, Darlene Manchester, Barbara Dow, Nancy Bumgardner C FLIGHT 10A: Deanna Cougill, Lynn Johns,
Arrests 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force Gates Richardson, 20, of 1701 N. Lewis Ave. in Fayetteville was arrested Friday in connection with felony possession of drug paraphernalia and four counts of possession of a controlled substance. He was in the Washington County Detention Center on $2,500 bond Saturday. Bentonville Kevin William Hayes, 40, of 1803 N.W. Mustang was arrested Friday in connection with aggravated assault, arson, criminal mischief in the first degree, discharge of a firearm from a car, driving while intoxicated first offense, fleeing, tampering with physical evidence and terroristic act. Hayes was being held Friday in the Benton County Jail with no bond set. Benton County Sheriff’s Office Amy Dawn Manovsky, 24, of 2425 East Kenwood in Siloam Springs was arrested Friday in connection with accomplice to delivery methamphetamine, three counts of endangering welfare of minor in the second degree, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.
Where I live: I live out on Monitor Road in Springdale. I live in the old wedding chapel. It’s a two-story house that used to be a small church. I live on two acres just inside the city limits. I was originally going to start an art studio there, but you know how things are — things change. The house is sort of a work in progress.
The U.S. House passed legislation to end air-traffic controller furloughs, joining the Senate in letting the Federal Aviation Administration work around across-the-board budget cuts to end days of flight delays.
As fighting flared in northern areas of Damascus after fierce clashes to the east, Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday echoed President Barack Obama administration’s cautious assessment of the use of chemical munitions in Syria, saying there is “limited” but “growing evidence ” that such weapons had been used, probably by government forces.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “The president wants the facts. And I’m not going to set a timeline because the facts need to be what drives this investigation, not a deadline.” Jay Carney, spokesman for President Barack Obama, on plans for U.S. involvement in Syria after officials announced the probable use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime Article, 1A
QUOTE OF THE DAY “Today someone else has become the greatest living singer of traditional country music, but there will never be another George Jones,” Bobby Braddock, a Country Music Hall of Fame songwriter, on the death of 81-year-old country-music star George Jones Article, 2A
Michael Donley, the Air Force secretary, is stepping down in June after a five-year tenure during which he improved the service’s handling of nuclear materials but had to deal with scandals over aircraft contracts, sexual assaults by service members and the mishandling of war dead.
Only one fertilizer manufacturer in Arkansas currently reports storing both anhydrous ammonia and ammonium nitrate, the two chemical compounds thought to be responsible for the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, on April 17.
None of the state’s public colleges and universities will see its coffers immediately affected when a new funding model designed to build accountability among Arkansas’ higher-education institutions goes into effect at the start of the new fiscal year on July 1.
100 YEARS AGO April 27, 1913 Perhaps the largest street improvement districts ever created in Argenta were those legalized by the City Council Friday night, when, at a special meeting, Improvement Districts Nos. 15 and 16 were authorized.
WITH ALL that’s happened in the past couple of weeks with all the explosions and smoke and sirens and deaths and grief from Massachusetts to Texas, with a manhunt unseen in this country since maybe April of 1995 after the massive Oklahoma City bomb blast, with a search for missing bodies from little West, Texas, to the search for missing bodies in the Sichuan province of vast China, with the still raging debate in this country over gun control inflaming political rhetoric from Washington to right here in Arkansas (thank you, State Representative Nate Bell, R-Idiocy ), you might have missed this item in the obituary pages.
Congress should not listen to the hotheads and the anti-immigrant mischief makers who want to delay action on pending immigration reform because the two suspects in the Boston bombing case were immigrants.
Palestinians in this Christian village are hoping the new pope can succeed where others have failed — pressing Israel to drop plans to build a stretch of its West Bank separation barrier through their picturesque valley.
Arkansas was on the brink of having no Razorback selected in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft late Friday when the Kansas City Chiefs pulled a surprise, taking tailback Knile Davis with the second-to-last pick in the third round.
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• Arthur Bradford Jones, 34, of 337 Southland Drive in Centerton was arrested Thursday in connection with nonsupport. Jones was being held Thursday in the Benton County Jail with no bond set.
BLUE JAYS Johnson scratched from start NEW YORK — The Toronto Blue Jays scratched Josh Johnson from his start against the New York Yankees on Friday night because of right triceps tightness, and the team hopes the precautionary move will keep him from missing any further outings.
Slick Rick lets ink spill on his back Louisville Coach Rick Pitino followed through Friday on his promise to get a tattoo if the Cardinals won the NCAA championship, getting the work done at Tattoo Salvation, a parlor east of the Louisville campus.
FOOTBALL Bengals re-sign Smith The Cincinnati Bengals reached agreement with right tackle Andre Smith on a new contract Friday night, the final step toward bringing back their offense intact from last season.
The landslide that washed down the terraced steps of a mining pit nearly a mile deep left only the tip of one giant electric-powered shovel poking out of the dirt. The rubble buried three of them, along with 14 enormous haul trucks.
Americans shrugged off higher taxes to lift the U.S. economy at the start of the year. Government spending fell, though, and the effect of the tax increases along with federal budget cuts could slow growth later this year, economists said.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is seeking two more years to tackle Europe’s widest budget deficit, testing his counterparts’ promise of greater policy flexibility after unemployment reached a record 27 percent.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “Keystone XL will create a tremendous amount of jobs in the United States and increase energy security.” Brian Ferguson, Cenovus Energy’d chief executive officer on the TransCanada Corp. pipeline project Article, 1D
Home, sweet home. Our nest, our haven. The place where we feel the safest and wrap our protective arms around our families. But in times of disaster, natural or man-made, our little corner of the world can quickly be turned upside down.
Q I hope you can help me find a firethorn bush. I live in Pottsville and am looking to buy one. I ordered one a few years ago from a nursery but now can’t find one. I am moving and need to find a bush to plant in my new yard. If I don’t have one, I will miss it and so will the birds.
I am expecting my first baby soon and I want to start organizing and decorating the nursery. I’ve been given a second-hand natural oak rocking chair and a white painted crib. Can I mix the two colors and textures and, if so, what style should I choose for the changing table and dresser? How do I go about coordinating all of this?
Generac LP5500 Portable Generator What’s to love: It never hurts to have a back-up power source. This new propane-powered generator has a dial that integrates all controls into one easy-to-use mechanism for quick start-up.
DEAR TOM AND RAY: I recently needed to replace my brakes and the shop sold me on ceramic brake pads. The pads have a lifetime warranty, which is very appealing. I also was told that ceramic pads will generally prevent rotors from warping, eliminating the pulsating effect that you feel when braking with warped rotors.
DEAR HELOISE: For the reader whose dog escaped when the gate was left open by a lawn service, she should put up signs that say “Keep Gate Closed” on the gate. From personal experience, this is one of the greatest responsibilities of a pet owner: keeping the pet safe!
DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Did Jesus have a sense of humor? I seem to have been born with one, but sometimes I wonder if I’m wrong to express it since Jesus didn’t try to make people laugh — at least as far as I can tell. — M.M.
While returning to profitability last year, P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc. of Tontitown raised compensation for Chief Executive Officer and President Daniel Cushman by $398,940, according to the company’s proxy statement filed this week.
A federal lawsuit accusing Arkansas’ Family Council Action Committee of defaming the distributors of medical-marijuana dispensaries by referring to the machines as common “vending machines” is on the verge of being tossed out of court.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “It was just emotionally overwhelming to think that we almost allowed the Passion Play to go away forever.” Randall Christy, chief executive officer of The Great Passion Play near Eureka Springs, which will begin its season Friday after a fundraising drive late last year that stopped its property from being foreclosed Article, 1B
A Pulaski County jury on Friday rejected Donna Gail Hight’s claims that she had no role in any wrongdoing at Adoption Advantage, a ruling that opens her up to fines that could top $180,000 and damages of more than $400,000.
In many ways, especially regarding technology, today’s young people should lead their parents and grandparents, Chelsea Clinton told a group of 11thand 12th-graders gathered Friday for Global Youth Service Day.
When Ciara Coleman was fresh out of high school and scouting colleges, the Senior Walk tradition at the University of Arkansas ranked high on her list of what made the Fayetteville campus immediately feel like family.
The death toll in Bangladesh rose to more than 300 people Friday after the collapse this week of a building that housed five apparel factories, officials said, as protests by workers at other garment plants intensified.
Four Virginia siblings who never let a rare 5-cent piece slip through their fingers, even when it was declared a fake, have been rewarded for their devotion to a humble family heirloom after the century-old coin sold for more than $3.1 million.
Just hours after he was wounded in an assassination attempt, an Alabama native who is a most-wanted American jihadi in Somalia said Friday that the leader of Islamic extremist rebels in Somalia is starting a civil war.
Iraqi soldiers backed by tanks retook control of a Sunni town north of Baghdad on Friday after gunmen withdrew without a fight, although bombs went off at three Sunni mosques in the Baghdad area and clerics called for the formation of a tribal army to protect Sunni cities.
Three men convicted of leading a plot to launch terrorist attacks in Britain to rival the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and surpass the 2005 deadly bombings on London’s transit system were given sentences Friday ranging from 15 years to life imprisonment.
Against a vista of green fields and snowcapped mountains, all is silent but for a gusting wind. Then comes a burst of gunfire from the Syrian civil war raging next door, where jihadist rebels are battling Bashar Assad’s troops in a village.
Dear Abby: I am a 13-year-old girl and my parents won’t let me date. I believe I am mature for my age and won’t do anything foolish. I don’t know why my parents are being like this. Please give me some advice on how to persuade them. — Really Ready In New Hampshire Dear Really Ready: Although you think you are ready to start dating, your parents will have to make the ultimate decision on when you enter the “dating game.” Their decision will most likely be based on whether you have demonstrated the beginnings of emotional maturity.
When I was a boy, my friend Mike and I rode our bikes up the street to see another friend named Clifton. I’ll never forget the scene: Clifton’s sister came running out of the house screaming “He’s dead! He’s dead!” Clifton was riding his dirt bike when he crashed and suffered a fatal head injury. I did not know what to say. As a matter of fact, I never spoke to anyone about it.
Women gathered Tuesday outside the parish hall dressed in their spring finery. Their voices fi lled the space, with their excitement charging the atmosphere. Then Pat Swessel announced, “We’re going to let you in a few minutes early.” The voices hushed.
In the name of freedom of speech, is it OK to call people with whom you disagree “thugs?” This language is cropping up again with distressing frequency in writings from the political fringes. I admired former President Bush (No. 1) when he publicly resigned from the NRA in the mid-90 ’s over this issue. Leadership in the NRA had taken to referring to Federal Law Enforcement as “government thugs.” Now, we have someone currently being censured by his party for similar oftensive language. He is quoted as expressing sentiments about “shooting some Benton County lawmakers who have betrayed us by voting the wrong way.” The party asked for the resignation of him and his wife. Good!
My dad has told the story many times of the day President John F. Kennedy was shot. Dad was on his way to a college class when someone shared the news and one of his fellow students, not realizing that Kennedy would not survive, immediately said, “Good.” I repeat that story, actually, to encourage you. This past week was a discouraging one in Arkansas for anyone who values civil discourse, so it’s a little reassuring to remember that people have been speaking thoughtlessly for a long time.
The Rogers School District’s debate over use of school buildings and how much to charge makes us lament the days when schools were truly centers of the community activity, including after school. Hefty charges put the facilities out of reach for many community organizations, who already face a shortage of space for groups that create a strong foundation for the community.
Arrests Arkansas State Police Arthur Bradford Jones, 34, of 337 Southland Drive in Centerton was arrested Thursday in connection with nonsupport. Jones was being held Thursday in the Benton County Jail with no bond set. Benton County Sheriff’s Office Gregory Eugene Flowers, 56, of 203 East 13th St. in Fayetteville was arrested Thursday in connection with delivery of a controlled substance, patronizing a prostitute and possession of a controlled substance. Flowers was being held Thursday in the Benton County Jail with no bond set. Bentonville Shayla Dawn Carter, 30, of 708 South 24th St. in Rogers was arrested Thursday in connection with residential burglary. Carter was being held Thursday in the Benton County Jail with no bond set. Farmington Austin Choquette, 18, of 11100 Waterleaf Lane in Prairie Grove was arrested Thursday in connection with felony breaking or entering, theft of property, breaking or entering and theft of property, along with misdemeanor failure to appear. Choquette was in the Washington C
Home, sweet home. Our nest, our haven. The place where we feel the safest and wrap our protective arms around our families. But in times of disaster, natural or man-made, our little corner of the world can quickly be turned upside down, writes Linda Haymes in HomeStyle.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — George Jones, the hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” has died. He was 81.
The White House said Thursday that U.S. intelligence agencies now believe, with “varying degrees of confidence,” that the Syrian government used chemical weapons, but it said it needed conclusive proof before President Barack Obama would take action.
The Boston Marathon bombers were headed for New York’s Times Square to blow up the rest of their explosives, authorities said Thursday, in what they portrayed as a chilling, spur-of the-moment scheme that fell apart when the brothers realized that the vehicle they had hijacked was low on gas.
More than 40 people were reported killed in fighting in a key city in northern Iraq and gunmen took over a town elsewhere in the country Thursday, raising concerns that unrest roiling Sunni areas is spreading.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “Save us, brother. I beg you, brother. I want to live. It’s so painful here … I have two little children.” Mohammad Altab, a garment worker trapped in the rubble of an eightstory building that collapsed Wednesday in Savar, Bangladesh Article, this page
QUOTE OF THE DAY “We don’t know if we would have been able to stop the terrorists had they arrived here from Boston. We’re just thankful that we didn’t have to find out that answer.” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the allegation that the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings were headed to Times Square with explosives on April 18 Article, 1A
Eric Holder, the U.S. attorney general, said in a memorandum that he will not need to furlough any Justice Department employees this fiscal year because of additional money in recently enacted legislation combined with steps to freeze hiring and cut contracting.
More than two dozen Arkansas towns saw record low temperatures Thursday, and 10 cities recorded the latest date for a freeze in decades as nursery owners scrambled to save plants and meteorologists kept watch on another cold spell forecast for next week.
100 YEARS AGO April 26, 1913 Within the next 15 or 30 days petitions, containing the signatures of more than 10,000 railway mail clerks asking that negro clerks be segregated from white clerks, will be carried to Washington by C.E. Castleberry of 112 West Second street and presented to Postmaster General A.S. Burleson.
In 1986, Congress passed a large immigration bill based on a simple deal: amnesty for settled illegal aliens in exchange for stricter enforcement of the law in the future to minimize new illegal immigration.
Speaking contemporaneously of futile efforts being made to prevent World War II, Winston Churchill said, “When the situation was manageable it was neglected, and now that it is thoroughly out of hand we apply too late the remedies which then might have effected a cure.” So it has been in modern America with immigration.
After shortstop Tim Carver and second baseman Bo Bigham started a combined 392 games for Arkansas the previous four seasons, it appears the Razorbacks may have found their replacements in Brett McAfee and Jordan Farris.
The NFL Draft will heat up in earnest tonight for the prospects with Arkansas ties, such as former Razorbacks Tyler Wilson, Cobi Hamilton, Chris Gragg and Alvin Bailey, and Arkansas-Pine Bluff offensive tackle Terron Armstead.
1. KANSAS CITY Eric Fisher, OT, Cent. Mich. 6-7, 306 Big performance at Senior Bowl and in workouts enhanced his status. ... Could play on left side or right. ... Excels as pass blocker, but is no slouch in run game, either. ... Has strong leadership skills.
Not easy to rhyme Ivanovic Choosing to chomp down on an opponent has earned Liverpool’s Luis Suarez a 10-match ban from English soccer authorities and some biting wit from others, including The Associated Press’ John Leicester who just wishes Suarez had picked a different victim than Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.
HORSE RACING Oaklawn promotes Longinotti Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs has promoted David Longinotti from assistant general manager for racing to director of racing, the track announced Thursday afternoon.
Federal bank regulators moved Thursday to clamp down on the deposit advances banks offer, a first step in what’s expected to be a broader crackdown on the country’s multibillion-dollar payday loan industry.
Exxon Mobil Corp., the world’s largest company by market value, on Thursday posted an unexpected profit increase that exceeded analysts’ estimates as widening chemical margins made up for lower crude-oil production and prices.
J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell, one of the nation’s biggest trucking firms, carried out its annual shareholders’ meeting and presentation Thursday in 13 minutes — and apparently did not set a company record.
The design team from consulting engineers Crawford Murphy & Tilley laid out preliminary plans for the revitalization of the tourist town’s downtown district on Thursday and received feedback, some of it sharp, from business owners in the area.
United Continental Holdings Inc. posted a first-quarter loss Thursday, the only one among the major U.S. carriers, while Southwest Airlines Co. joined peers with profits in the slowest travel period of the year.
Companies reporting quarterly earnings Thursday included: Altria Group Inc., owner of the nation’s biggest cigarette maker, Philip Morris USA, a profit of $1.38 billion, or 69 cents a share, up from $1.19 billion, or 59 cents a share, a year ago. Revenue fell slightly to $3.97 billion. Shares rose 41 cents to close at $35.94.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “Exxon’s chemical segment is the best-run in the energy sector.They see themselves as the true integrated oil company and rightly so.” Brian Youngberg, Edward Jones & Co. analyst Article, 1D
Nuclear One inquiry done, agency says Inspectors with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have completed their investigation of damage done last month at Arkansas Nuclear One, Entergy Arkansas’ nuclear plant near Russellville, a commission spokesman said Thursday.
I think it must be very difficult for anyone under the age of 40 or so to imagine what it was like in this country at the end of the ’60s. America was polarized by the struggle for civil rights for blacks and other minority groups.
Promised Land, directed by Gus Van Sant (R, 106 minutes) Hydraulic fracturing (fracking ) hits the big screen in Promised Land, starring Matt Damon as superstar corporate salesman Steve Butler, who transforms into whatever type of local he needs to be in order to convince residents of rural towns to sell drilling rights to the natural gas that’s deep underground on their properties.
At area theaters 82 THE CALL, R Halle Berry plays a veteran 911 operator who realizes, after taking a life-altering call from an abducted teenage girl (Abigail Breslin), that she must confront a killer from her past to save the girl’s life. (95 minutes)
(opening dates are tentative) 1st Night, not rated Richard E. Grant plays a wealthy industrialist and frustrated amateur opera singer whose attempt to stage a production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte in his lavish country retreat might win him the hand of the conductor (Sarah Brightman) he is trying to woo.
New this week The Big Wedding 67 R Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton, long divorced, must play the happy couple for their adopted son’s wedding once they discover that his ultraconservative biological mother is flying halfway across the world to attend.
Happy birthday. Your worries dissipate as your strength and flexibility of spirit develop. You are like a ninja in the fight. Whatever is thrown in your path or directed at you, trust that you can use it to your advantage.
DEAR READERS: Having printed hints for helping the blind before, it’s time to address how to approach a guide dog team. A team consists of a guide dog and its owner. When a dog is in harness, it is at “work” and is responsible for guiding its owner and should not be distracted.
DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I didn’t take my daughters to church when they were young (although I grew up going to church and always knew I should). Now I guess I’m paying the price, because they’re all living immoral lives and just laugh when I try to say anything about it. Is God punishing me for my failure? — D.T.L.
In order to consider Michael Bay a controversial filmmaker, there would have to be enough of a population out there that doesn’t believe him to be a calculating opportunist — a bombastic hack who has consistently shot for the lowest common denominator, and produced little but a steady stream of adolescent, summertime drivel and driven it down our throats like cough syrup — to argue otherwise.
Yem Prades hit his first home run of the season in the top of the fourth inning and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals never trailed in a 6-2 victory over the Springfield Cardinals on Thursday night at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s not the materials, it’s the time and the skill. I wish I could have paid some of the people who worked on it.We had professional artists who spent a couple of days working on it … people who were willing to work for Thai food and barbecue.” Heather Grills, of Phoenix Fired Art in Joplin, Mo., on recruiting Elkins ceramics artist Trent Tally to design and install the mural Rise of the Phoenix in its downtown Joplin storefront Article, 1B
The Arkansas Supreme Court released opinions Thursday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts.state.ar.us.
An associate pastor of a Fort Smith church has agreed to refund $66,500 that the state securities department says he took from a church member, promising to invest it but instead spending it on himself, a department attorney said Thursday.
The University of Arkansas System’s new health-plan company has been able to attract more psychologists, social workers and nurses into its coverage network since Fayetteville campus employees expressed concerns about mental-health coverage last month but still needs to recruit more psychiatrists, a top administrator said Thursday.
A revised plan submitted by Whirlpool Corp. to the state environmental department Wednesday does not change the company’s intent to rely on natural decomposition to get rid of a hazardous chemical in groundwater under a neighborhood adjacent to the closed Fort Smith plant.
The House Judiciary Committee announced Thursday that it would introduce a series of bills beginning this week to overhaul the nation’s immigration system, a move designed to keep the committee in the middle of the debate over the issue, which is now percolating on Capitol Hill, and to press a bipartisan group in the House that has been working in private on its own broad legislation.
Firefighters on Thursday extinguished a huge blaze that broke out hours earlier when two fuel barges exploded, leaving three people with critical burns and forcing the evacuation of the crew of a nearby cruise ship.
The music is by Green Day. The set features 36 televisions, “crazy moving lights” and scenery that sometimes become other things, actress Kennedy Caughell says, plus aerial artists on the song “Extraordinary Girl.” And the tour of “American Idiot” stops at the Walton Arts Center for four shows this weekend.
Pulp fiction is not “that god-awful Travolta movie,” says Tommy Hancock, a partner in Pro Se Productions. The Batesville company not only publishes “genre” — or “pulp” — fiction but is host of this weekend’s PulpArk convention in Springdale, “the only genre fiction pulp culture convention in the South.” What that means requires some explanation, and Hancock is more than happy to wax eloquent on the topic. The term “pulp fiction,” he says, comes from a time, primarily in the 1930s and ’40s, when magazines printed serialized dramas like Doc Savage and the Shadow on “very cheap pulp paper.” But pulp fiction, he says, wasn’t just adventure. It was — and is — everything from romances to westerns.
Former Congressman Mike Ross made it off cial last week he is running for governor. The decision was not unexpected after Attorney General Dustin McDaniel withdrew, leaving an opening for a centrist candidate such as Ross.
Republicans in Benton County learned the hard way in recent days how frustrating and unfair it can feel to be associated with someone with whom you’ve associated. You know, like President Barack Obama and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Arrest Springdale Priscilla Cloud, 29, of 2402 W. Central St. in Siloam Springs was arrested Wednesday in connection with felony forgery, theft by reception and misdemeanor warrants from Benton County, Siloam Springs, Rogers and Centerton. Police said Cloud forged a check to pay for a room at Super 8 Motel, 4540 W. Sunset Ave., and had stolen ID cards in her possession. Cloud was in the Washington County Detention Center on Thursday in lieu of $2,500 bond.
DALLAS — Together on stage, the two families who have dominated American politics for the past two decades joined Thursday to pay tribute to the opening of George W. Bush's presidential center. Whether the families will have another act — in 2016 — was the unspoken subtext.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A body pulled from waters off a Providence park was that of a 22-year-old Brown University student missing since last month, the Rhode Island medical examiner's office said Thursday.
Rescuers tried to free people believed trapped in the concrete rubble of a building housing mainly garment factories that collapsed in Bangladesh a day after workers complained cracks had developed in the structure.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “I gave them whistles, water, torchlights. I heard them cry.We can’t leave them behind this way.” Abul Khayer, a fire official in Savar, Bangladesh, on the dozens trapped under a collapsed garment factory Article, 1A
QUOTE OF THE DAY “We have suffered.We are grieving. But we are not bending.” Vice President Joe Biden, during a public memorial service in Cambridge, Mass., to honor slain MIT officer Sean Collier Article, 2A
Desmond Tutu, the 81-year-old South African Nobel Peace Prize laureate and retired archbishop, has checked into a Cape Town hospital for treatment of a persistent infection but was in good spirits, according to the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.
The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission set deer season dates for 2013-14 at their monthly meeting in Little Rock. Archery season is Sept. 28-Feb. 28. Muzzleloader season in Northwest Arkansas deer zones will be Oct. 19-27 and Dec. 29-31.
The last paragraph my tomcat, Boat Dock, penned in his fine outdoors column last week was, “April in Arkansas. You gotta love it.” Actually it was an OK column, but if I don’t say it’s fine I get a full-claw swipe across the ankle.
NorthWest Arkansas Community College and Pulaski Technical College each received $750,000 in one-time appropriations out of the state General Improvement Fund, three times as much as other state two-year colleges, according to final budget legislation.
Nearly a quarter-century has passed since the Los Angeles Times published a piece by the late David Shaw, then its media critic, arguing that the anti-abortion viewpoint didn’t get fair treatment in the news media.
To seek feedback, I put on Twitter the other day that I would presume in a forthcoming column to declare the top 10 legislators of the just-completed session. I threw out nominees, mostly Republican, and got feedback, believe me.
With the start of the NFL Draft here, the Dallas Cowboys need (pick one): a miracle offensive line help a defensive lineman who can both rush the passer and stop the run Jimmy Johnson An underachieving, 8-8 team, it seems, has lots of needs.
It’s possible this will be the rare NFL Draft where no quarterbacks or running backs are taken in the first round, though some quarterback-starved team is liable to reach for the one who has impressed it the most.
The St. Louis Cardinals’ very first batter, Matt Carpenter, got it started against Stephen Strasburg by stretching a single into a double when Bryce Harper’s throw to second base was bobbled and fell to the dirt.
For Jets fans, torture isn’t anything new If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, either the HBO show or the series of books upon which it’s based, you know that it’s set in a world where the foolhardy and incompetent meet ugly, cinematic ends.
GOLF UCA’s Angles finishes second Central Arkansas sophomore Pep Angles shot a 1-over-par 73 on Wednesday and finished second at the Southland Conference men’s championship at the Pete Dye Signature Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney, Texas.
Toyota held onto its status as the world’s top-selling automaker in the first quarter of this year, although the three-way race with General Motors and Volkswagen is proving tight as its sales fall in China and Japan.
Ford Motor Co. reported a better than-expected $1.6 billion profit in the first quarter as growing demand in the U.S. and China for its new vehicles helped overcome steep losses in Europe and South America.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Wednesday that it is fulfilling a commitment that Bill Simon, president and chief executive of the company’s U.S. stores division, made in January to provide employees with more transparency in shift scheduling, aimed at allowing workers to choose more hours and expand their knowledge of store operations.
Companies reporting quarterly earnings Wednesday included: General Dynamics, the maker of Abrams tanks and Gulfstream business jets, a profit of $571 million, or $1.62 a share, up from $564 million, or $1.57 a share, a year ago. Revenue fell 2.3 percent to $7.4 billion. Shares rose $4.63 to close at $71.73.
It is now standard for the “open-minded” liberal to label anyone who dares disagree with him as bigoted or “anti-intellectual,” as does Mr. Art Hobson. By pretending their opponents are morally and intellectually inferior, leftists find it easier to peddle their standard false-choice arguments to the under-informed masses.
Each spring brings the rebirth of farmers markets in Northwest Arkansas. The Rogers Farmers Market opens Saturday at the corner of First and Walnut Streets, and Bentonville’s opens the same day on the downtown square. Springdale’s market opens May 4 at two locations, the Jones Center for Families and at Shiloh Square downtown. Fayetteville’s opened April 6, starting its 39th season, on the downtown square, and it has another location at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.
Trucker reports net loss in first quarter P.A.M. Transportation Services Inc. of Tontitown reported a net loss of $456,267 for the first quarter of this year, or 5 cents per diluted share, company officials announced late Wednesday.
DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I just retired from the military after 20 years (including tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan), but now that I’m out I can’t find a job. No one seems to appreciate the skills I learned as a soldier. I don’t know why I’m writing, but maybe you could pray that I won’t give up. — F.R.
DEAR CAROLYN: I recently started dating “Mike.” We have been dating for a few months, and we get along well and have fun together. But … Several times a day, Mike will text me how happy he is we are dating, then ask if I feel the same.
In the portrait, Mark Landon Smith, Fayetteville actor, comic, playwright and director of Arts Live Theatre, is surrounded by the things he loves — toys, luggage, souvenirs of his travels, his signature hats, an album cover featuring Randall Shreve and a pillow reflecting the golden age of Hollywood.
Chase wins fellowship Emily Chase, an art major and Honors College fellow at the University of Arkansas, has received a Wingate Fellowship Award for exploring an unusual artform — life-size paper gowns.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “Alzheimer’s robs you of your life when you are still living it.” Ashley Campbell, daughter of Arkansas native singer/songwriter Glen Campbell, during a Senate hearing Wednesday regarding research funding for Alzheimer’s, which Glen Campbell was diagnosed with in 2011 Article, 1B
Standing in the White House Rose Garden on Tuesday, the eyes of Arkansas’ Teacher of the Year brimmed with tears when President Barack Obama mentioned the December shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
The Arkansas Court of Appeals released opinions Wednesday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts.state.ar.us.
Her father, Arkansas native and music legend Glen Campbell, sat next to her at a Senate hearing Wednesday, but Ashley Campbell told lawmakers that the country and pop-music legend’s mind has begun to slip away.
State attorneys concluded their deceptive-trade-practices case against an operator of a defunct Little Rock adoption agency with the testimony Wednesday of an ex-client who denounced Adoption Advantage as “evil,” saying it cheated her with the promise of a baby who was not the agency’s to give away.
Democratic gubernatorial candidates Mike Ross and Bill Halter on Wednesday clashed over Halter’s new Arkansas Promise plan, the state lottery that Halter championed and Ross’ support for anti-abortion legislation in Congress.
Clashes broke out Wednesday between the Iraqi army and armed Sunni tribesmen who sealed off two central Iraqi towns, leaving 38 dead, just a day after a bloody encounter involving soldiers and protesters set off fighting that killed 56 people.
Egypt’s Islamist-led parliament Wednesday pushed ahead with a law that could force into retirement many of the nation’s most senior judges, despite an uproar by the judiciary over fears the president’s allies want to control the courts.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry brought senior Afghan and Pakistani officials together Wednesday for security talks aimed at improving relations between the two nations ahead of next year’s withdrawal of NATO combat forces from Afghanistan.
Rhode Island senators put their state on the path Wednesday to becoming the 10th state to allow same-sex couples to marry, passing legislation by a comfortable 26-to-12 margin after nearly two decades of attempts to legalize gay marriage.
Police officers from across the country and other mourners turned out by the thousands Wednesday for a public memorial service at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to honor a campus officer who authorities say was killed by two brothers suspected of detonating two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon last week.
The investigation into poisoned letters mailed to President Barack Obama and others has shifted from an Elvis impersonator to his longtime foe, and authorities must now figure out whether an online feud between the two men might have escalated into something more sinister.
Ninety-two Arkansas school districts, including the Bentonville School District in Northwest Arkansas, will share at least $130.7 million in state aid in 2013-14 to be used for school construction projects, the Commission for Arkansas Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation decided Wednesday.
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• Jahmia Manning, 25, 3036 Singletree Ave. in Springdale was arrested Tuesday in connection with driving while intoxicated, no driver’s license, no seat belt, no proof of insurance, speeding, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. He was in the Washington County Detention Center on $2,500 bond Tuesday.
WASHINGTON — Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods fell in March by the most in seven months. The drop reflected a steep decline in commercial aircraft demand and little growth in orders that signal future business investment.
Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is one of the best-known plays of the last century, Jack W. Hill writes in Thursday's Arkansas Weekend section. Surely the Arkansas Repertory Theatre is performing the classic theatrical piece for, if not the umpteenth time, at least for a second go-round?
Several local residents enlisted recently in the Arkansas Army National Guard. After basic training and additional military skill training, they will receive the following assignments: Bentonville — Staff Sgt. Bryan Bennett, Headquarters Battery 142nd Fires Brigade, Fayetteville; Spc. John Moreno, Headquarters Company 2nd Battalion 153rd Infantry, Searcy; Decatur — Pvt. Shannon Smith, 936th Support Company, Berryville; Lowell — Pvt. Brian Castillo, Alpha Company 217th Brigade Support Battalion, Lincoln.
In October 2010, Denise Garner was asked to represent Northwest Arkansas at the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance in Little Rock. She expected that she would return home from the symposium to ask her Northwest Arkansas friends to help feed children in east Arkansas’ Delta region, one of the poorest in the state.
Megan Witonski who was recently hired as deputy superintendent of personnel for Springdale School District resigned Monday to take a job with the state, according to Phyllis Stewart, chief of staff for the Arkansas Department of Education.
What’s in a name? Residents along Garrett Road say there's a lot in a name and it depends on where the resident lives whether changing the name of the road to Cross Creek Boulevard is a good or a bad thing.
Benton County officials have split the agenda for the Tuesday meeting of the Quorum Court’s Public Safety Committee, setting a second session for May 2 to give adequate time to discuss the topics before the panel.
Gov. Mike Beebe signed legislation Tuesday that will let 250,000 poor Arkansans obtain private health insurance that will be paid for with federal Medicaid dollars — culminating a months-long effort that many never expected to see come to fruition.
The Republican-controlled state House and Senate on Tuesday completed action on bills increasing the state general-revenue budget by $197 million in the fiscal year that starts in July and distributing more than $300 million in surplus funds to various programs and projects.
BOSTON — The Boston area held funerals for two more of its dead Tuesday — including an 8-year-old boy — as more details emerged from U.S. officials and family members about how the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects possibly were swayed by an anti-American strain of Islam.
TUPELO, Miss. — Charges were dropped Tuesday against the Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others, and authorities searched at another man’s home in connection with the case.
David Petraeus, a former four-star general whose run as director of the CIA ended after an affair with his biographer came to light, has been named a visiting professor for public policy at Macaulay Honors College at City University of New York.
German customs authorities said Tuesday that Justin Bieber’s monkey is going nowhere for now, even though the singer has apparently asked that it be removed from an animal shelter where it is staying and be placed in a zoo. Mally, a 17-week-old capuchin monkey, was seized by customs authorities March 28 when Bieber failed to produce the required papers after landing in Munich while on tour. Judith Brettmeister, spokesman for the Munich Animal Protection League shelter, where Mally has been kept since then, said Tuesday that her office has since received two e-mails from a representative saying he was with Bieber’s management company, one of which said, “Our team is looking into the idea of placing Mally at a zoo in Germany.” But customs spokesman Thomas Meister said Mally will stay in the shelter until Bieber or someone with his power of attorney gets in touch with customs officials directly. Bieber has until May 17 to provide Mally’s paperwork, Meister said. Ben Affleck, the Argo director-producer-star, is t
QUOTE OF THE DAY “I respect President Obama. I love my country and would never do anything to pose a threat to him or any other U.S. official.” Paul Kevin Curtis, who was released from custody Tuesday after charges that he sent ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others were dropped Article, 1A Hacked AP Tweet says Obama injured WASHINGTON — The Twitter account for The Associated Press was hacked Tuesday and sent out a message saying there had been explosions at the White House, injuring President Barack Obama.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’ll keep going to the protests, I don’t give in.The bill is not effective yet.The president of the Republic must listen to our voices.” Claire Baron, an opponent of gay marriage, after France legalized same-sex marriage on Tuesday Article, this page Car bomb kills 4; other is near Musharraf ISLAMABAD — A car bomb aimed at a Pakistani Shiite politician missed him but killed four people Tuesday, hours after police defused an explosives-laden vehicle near the house where ex-leader Pervez Musharraf is being held.
Woodstock star, longtime folk singer Richie Havens, the veteran folk singer whose frenetic guitar strumming and impassioned vocals made him one of the defining voices and faces of Woodstock, and by extension, of 1960s pop music, died Monday of a heart attack at his home in New Jersey, his publicist said in a statement. He was 72.
100 YEARS AGO April 24, 1913 If there is any truth in the old adage that cleanliness is next to godliness, convicts at the Arkansas penitentiary soon are expected to “get next.” The Penitentiary Board is installing modern shower baths at the prison to replace antiquated tubs long used and convicts, at least, will be given more sanitary toilet environments. For many years past the penitentiary has been equipped with two tubs capable of accommodating 20 convicts each at one time, and as a result there was only apathetical rejoicing when Saturday night rolled around.
A BIPARTISAN group of senators, another Gang of Eight bent on bridging partisan differences instead of deepening them, has just turned out a bill to tackle a massive problem that has been put off again and again till, naturally, it has become more massive. Like 12 million illegal aliens in this country, and more sneaking in, or trying to sneak in, every day.
Cynics in Congress, eager to derail landmark legislation to overhaul the nation’s broken immigration system, have seized on last week’s events in Boston as a pretext to slow momentum on the issue. In the process, they may unwittingly provide a push for the very bill they hope to derail.
As the economy continues its gradual recovery, there is one area of the job market that has been expanding throughout the downturn, and it is an area that has acute need for trained and certified workers. That is the segment of the job market requiring one-to-two year training, certification and degrees.
Every woman, no matter what her ZIP code, should have access to affordable quality health care. It seems like a simple enough proposition, but for far too many women, it is far from true—and for some, it is becoming less so every day.
Ill-informed thinking I understand more every day why Washington is referred to as the work-free drug zone. What are they smoking? More gun control means more protection for our children? That has to be the most ill-informed thinking yet.
Ifound myself in Fayetteville on Friday afternoon and, as is often the case when I have a few extra minutes in that city, I made my way to the Dickson Street Bookshop. Lovers of Arkansas history always can find obscure, out-of-print books about the state on those dusty shelves, and Friday was no exception. I came home with a copy of Winston P. Wilson’s Harvey Couch: The Master Builder, published in 1947 by Broadman Press of Nashville, Tenn.
BASKETBALL Cavs, Brown agree to deal Mike Brown and the Cleveland Cavaliers are getting back together. Brown, who led the Cavs to the playoffs in all five seasons he coached them from 2005-2010, has agreed in principle to a contract to return as their coach for a second time, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Brown went 272-138 with the Cavaliers, teaming with LeBron James on a run to the NBA Finals in 2007. He was fired after the Cavs lost to Boston in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals, shortly before James decided he was leaving Cleveland as a free agent. Brown spent one full season with the Lakers, but was fired by Los Angeles five games into this season. The Cavs have been without a coach since firing Byron Scott last week following his third consecutive losing season.
DENVER — B.J. Upton and his brother Justin hit back-to-back home runs for the first time, leading the Atlanta Braves past the Colorado Rockies 10-2 Tuesday night to complete a doubleheader sweep that began with the coldest game at Coors Field.
NATIONAL LEAGUE Philadelphia 3, Pittsburgh 2 St. Louis 3, Washington 2 Cincinnati 5, Chicago Cubs 4 (13) Atlanta at Colorado, ppd., snow Milwaukee 7, San Diego 1 San Francisco 5, Arizona 4 AMERICAN LEAGUE Boston 9, Oakland 6 Baltimore 2, Toronto 1 Tampa Bay 5, NY Yankees 1 Cleveland 3, Chicago White Sox 2 Seattle 7, Houston 1 Texas 7, LA Angels 6 INTERLEAGUE Miami at Minnesota, ppd., rain
1901 Chicago defeated Cleveland 8-2 in the first American League game. Three other scheduled games were rained out. The game lasted 1 hour, 30 minutes in front of a reported crowd of 14,000 at the Chicago Cricket Club. 1911 Battle Creek of the South Michigan League turned two triple plays in the first two innings against Grand Rapids. 1917 George Mogridge of the New York Yankees pitched a no-hitter against the Red Sox in Boston, winning 2-1. 1931 Chicago’s Rogers Hornsby hit three consecutive home runs to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-6 at Forbes Field. 1947 Johnny Mize of the New York Giants hit three consecutive home runs in a 14-5 loss in Boston. It was a major league-record fifth time in his career that Mize hit three home runs in one game. 1958 Lee Walls hit three home runs and drove in eight runs as the Chicago Cubs routed the Los Angeles Dodgers 15-2 at the Los Angeles Coliseum. 1962 Sandy Koufax struck out 18 Chicago Cubs and pitched the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 10-2 victory at Wrigley Field. 1965 Ca
SUN BELT MISSISSIPPI 11, ARKANSAS STATE 1 Mississippi scored five runs in the first inning and totaled 11 hits in handing Arkansas State a loss at Tomlinson Stadium in Jonesboro on Tuesday night. Eleven Ole Miss batters came to the plate in the first inning against ASU starter David Owen (1-1 ), who gave up 5 runs on 4 hits over 2 innings in taking his first loss of the season. Stuart Turner hit a sacrifice fly, Andrew Mistone hit an RBI single, Christian Helsel drew a bases-loaded walk and Will Jamison hit a two-run double that gave the No. 18 Rebels (30-12 ) a 5-0 lead. Ole Miss added two more runs in the first, one in the seventh and three in the eighth when Auston Bousfied hit a tworun triple and Austin Anderson added an RBI double. ASU’s only run came in the fourth when Ryan Emery hit a one-out double and Claude Johnson followed with a double. The Red Wolves (22-19 ) were held to one hit the rest of the game.
NEW YORK — The trustee in the MF Global Holdings bankruptcy case has sued former Chief Executive Officer Jon Corzine and other former executives, alleging that they pushed the company into risky practices that led to its collapse. The lawsuit, filed Monday in bankruptcy court in New York, says Corzine and two other top executives “dramatically changed” the company’s business plan after Corzine became CEO in 2010. They then failed to update controls and other systems that were already weak, the lawsuit says. Corzine pushed the company into making big plays on bonds issued by European countries, the lawsuit says, a move that proved disastrous during the implosion of the debt crisis the next summer. MF Global collapsed in October 2011.
Top Wal-Mart executive Michael Duke saw his overall pay top $27.1 million in the past year, including $7.1 million in stock options exercised, according to the annual shareholders’ statement filed Monday by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville.
FAYETTEVILLE — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack paid homage Tuesday to Arkansas’ farming and livestock industry, noting that he was motivated by former Arkansas U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers, Arkansas’ Bill Clinton and others as his career in agricultural policy developed.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “The housing sector continues to be the bright spot for the economy. Inventories are light, which means that builders are going to keeping building.” Ward McCarthy, Jefferies LLC chief financial economist Article, 1D Retroactive veto of mine permit upheld MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had the legal authority to retroactively veto a water-pollution permit for one of West Virginia’s largest mountaintop-removal coal mines years after it was issued, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
Companies reporting quarterly earnings Tuesday included: DuPont Co., the largest U.S. chemical company by market value, a profit of $3.35 billion or $3.58 a share, up from $1.49 billion, or $1.58 a share, a year ago. Revenue rose 2 percent to $10.4 billion. Shares rose $2.08 to close at $52.49.
• Antonio Fernandez-Martinez, 39, of 423 N. West End St. in Springdale was arrested Monday in connection with felony leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, driving while intoxicated, no driver’s license and careless driving. Police said Fernandez-Martinez was involved in an accident Monday at 500 N. Thompson St. and fled. Three people went to the hospital, including Fernandez-Martinez, who was treated and released to police custody. Fernandez-Martinez remained in the Washington County Detention Center on Tuesday in lieu of $3,500 bond.
Fresh food, three dinners’ worth, delivered to your doorstep (or office if you’d rather), organized and packed by recipe — Lemongrass Chicken, Beef Cabbage Wraps, Ratatouille With Lemon-Roasted Cod — with everything thing you need (save salt, pepper, sugar and olive oil) for a home-cooked meal for two. Sounds convenient, right? And possibly quite tasty, depending on what you like.
Trudeau’s Kitchen and Grill Gloves protect hands from heat and flame — up to 482 degrees — and feature nonslip silicone detailing on the fingers and palm. We love the gloves in theory — a way to protect our mitts but still have the dexterity to insert a meat thermometer or grip the end of a metal kebab skewer. And for working over the grill we especially liked the added protection the longer length gave our wrists and forearms. Unfortunately, our hands (and those of almost everyone else we asked to try the gloves) didn’t fit right. For some the hand portion was too snug. For others the fingers were too long on the pinkie, while too short on the index and middle fingers. Even worse, the gloves are not waterproof (or even water resistant), so a little moisture renders them downright dangerous. Yet, all of those complaints aside, these are still the best oven/grill gloves we’ve tried.
This one-pot chicken dinner by Kentucky chef Edward Lee blends a staple of Southern cooking — fried chicken — with two deliciously savory Asian ingredients, miso and a half pound of shiitake mushrooms. Together they produce a chicken that is tender and wildly flavorful.
DEAR REV. GRAHAM: We’re worried about our son because he’s been arrested twice for drunken driving since leaving for college last fall. He says we shouldn’t worry because it’s just a phase all college students go through.
This lunch or light supper dish is a favorite of cookbook author Deborah Madison. To add a little heft but keep things meatless, cook a cup of small pasta shells in boiling salted water, then drain them and add to the peas.
Happy birthday. It’s as though your ancestors and all who have loved you and left the earthly plane are cheering for you this year. Strange and even miraculous events may be attributed to otherworldly support. Love abounds in May. New work will change your outlook and increase your prospects. Family wounds heal in October. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Set learning goals for yourself instead of performance goals. By learning, you will automatically become a more competent performer. TAURUS (April 20-May 20):You don’t think about earning another person’s trust, because you are honest and real, and it never occurred to you that anyone would think otherwise. Beware of the one who tries too hard to win your confi dence. GEMINI (May 21-June 21): It is a well-known fact that sentences that start with “no offense” or “with all due respect” will usually end with offensive, disrespectful notions. You genuinely value the sensibilities of others and will not tolerate those who don’t. CANCER (June 22-July 22):
SUNDAY: The family will give its approval to Pecan-Coated Chicken. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 4 chicken cutlets with a mixture of 3 tablespoons flour and ½ teaspoon EACH coarse salt and pepper; dip cutlets into 2 beaten egg whites. Next, cover chicken in 1 cup finely chopped pecans. Bake on a foil-lined baking sheet coated with cooking spray, 12 to 15 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Serve with rice and Scalloped Cabbage (see recipe). Add crusty rolls. Enjoy blueberry cobbler from the bakery for dessert. Plan ahead: Prepare enough rice and freeze for Friday. Save enough cabbage and cobbler for Monday. MONDAY: Buy and heat bratwurst for a fast meal. Smear with spicy brown mustard and serve with boiled quartered red potatoes tossed with butter and chopped fresh dill and the leftover Scalloped Cabbage. Add rye bread. Heat the leftover cobbler for dessert. TUESDAY: All the “kids” at our house enjoyed this sloppy Joe-like Barbecue Turkey and Beans (see recipe). We served it open-f
1. What is in a camel’s hump? 2. For what product was Joe Camel a mascot? 3. What was a Sopwith Camel? 4. What are the scientific names for the two true camels? 5. A camel can expect to live how many years: (a) 10, (b) 20, (c) 30, (d) 40? 6. Who would perform a “camel spin” ? 7. Name two of the four South American camelids. 8. What region of Africa has the world’s largest population of camels? 9. In one drink, camels can consume (a) 5, (b) 10, (c) 20, (d) 30 gallons of water? Answers 1. Fatty tissue 2. Camel cigarettes 3. British World War I fighter plane 4. Dromedary (one hump), Bactrian (two humps) 5. (d) 40; average age is 40 to 50 years 6. A fi gure skater 7. Llama, alpaca, guanaco, vicuna 8. Horn of Africa 9. (d) 30 (26-40 gallons)
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Each year, more and more baby boomers are inching closer to retirement. And during a down economy in a society where many spend more than save, a shadow of doubt and fear is cast over what once was regarded as life’s golden years.
My cat is 10½ years old. Lately, she seems to hesitate when leaping up and down from the window seat. Frankly, Gabby doesn’t move around as much as she used to and when she does, she seems to be slower. Reminds me of how I am on days when my arthritis is acting up. I think she’s in pain but how can I tell? Do animals feel pain like we do?
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette had a recent conversation with the young stars of Jeff Nichol’s newest film, Mud, which opens in area theaters Friday. Shot largely in DeWitt, Mud is about teenage boys who find a fugitive on an island and conspire to help him escape. Jacob Lofland, 16, from Briggsville, plays Neckbone, an easy-going wisecracker being raised by his punk-rock uncle. Tye Sheridan, 16, from Palestine, Texas, plays Ellis, a confused idealist, angry about his parents’ impending divorce.
DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: To help her get away from an abusive husband, I moved my daughter and her 7-year-old son into an apartment above our garage. To further help her out, my husband (who’s her step-father ) and I bought her a car and paid for her insurance. When “Michelle” subsequently got a divorce, my husband and I hoped that, with our support and with the marriage behind her, she would get back on her feet, both economically and emotionally. Unfortunately, this hasn’t happened. Michelle is irresponsible with money and gets furious when we point it out (she is always angry with us about something and unrelentingly disrespectful). She pays no rent and has run up huge bills with people in town, bills she never pays. And though she earns very little, she recently rented a 60-inch TV and all new furniture. Her apartment over our garage would rent for $850 per month, and we could really use that money for our retirement and for our disabled son. But we’re considering selling and moving out of the area, just to
Q: Our 7-year-old son is very negative about everything. He’s a middle child, so that may have something to do with it, but everyone else in the family is very happy, positive, optimistic, and so on. He never has anything positive to say about anything. Things the rest of us enjoy he says are “stupid” or “dumb.” We raise all of our kids the same, so we don’t understand where the negativity is coming from, or what to do about it. It’s beginning to drive us a tad batty. In fact, we are starting to not want him around us, which is causing us guilt. By the way, he’s often this way around his friends and other people. We’ve tried talking, but that has gotten us nowhere. We hesitate to punish for fear that he can’t help it. Any ideas?
Many a journalist has received a hot news tip and set out on the reporting process with visions of breaking a huge story, only to discover the facts don’t support what the tipster suggested. In short, part of being a journalist is knowing that verification has killed many a great story.
Federal regulators let Boeing help write the safety conditions for the problematic battery system in its beleaguered 787 “Dreamliner,” prescribe how to test it and carry out those tests itself, according to testimony and documents released at a hearing Tuesday. As airlines prepare to resume flying the 787 after a three-month grounding, the National Transportation Safety Board is looking at how the Federal Aviation Administration, Boeing and the company’s subcontractors tested and approved the 787’s lithium ion batteries, and whether the government grants aircraft
TODAY NATIONAL LEAGUE Chicago Cubs (Samardzija 1-3 ) at Cincinnati (Latos 0-0 ), 11:35 a.m. St. Louis (J.Garcia 1-1 ) at Washington (Strasburg 1-3 ), 12:05 p.m. Atlanta (Hudson 2-1 ) at Colorado (Chatwood 0-0 ), 2:10 p.m. Arizona (Kennedy 1-2 ) at San Francisco (Bumgarner 3-0 ), 2:45 p.m. Pittsburgh (W.Rodriguez 2-0 ) at Philadelphia (Halladay 2-2 ), 6:05 p.m. LA Dodgers (Lilly 0-0 ) at NY Mets (Harvey 4-0 ), 6:10 p.m. Milwaukee (Estrada 2-0 ) at San Diego (Volquez 0-3 ), 9:10 p.m.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY “When you see our rates, they still reflect our community college roots.” Paul Beran, University of Arkansas at Fort Smith chancellor, on the school’s graduation rates, after an announcement the university will join a consortium focused on helping students return to and finish college Article, 1B Today’s meetings Rogers Historic District Commission, 4:30 p.m. Bentonville Board of Adjustments, 5 p.m. Washington County Regional Ambulance Authority, 5 p.m. Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, 5:30 p.m.
A Franklin County woman charged in the shooting death last year of a state Highway Department worker at an Interstate 40 rest stop does not suffer from a mental disease or defect, according to a mental-evaluation report filed in her case.
The opening of a Fort Smith/ Sebastian County aquatics park will be delayed for a year, until Memorial Day weekend 2015, even though the Quorum Court voted last week to appropriate its half of the $8 million project.
The Alfred Stieglitz Collection will make its Arkansas debut this fall, more than a year after a Tennessee judge approved an agreement for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art to share the art collection with Fisk University in Nashville, the original benefactor.
Cleanup of the oil spill in Mayflower is transitioning from emergency response to long-term remediation and restoration, Mayflower Unified Incident Command Center officials said in a joint news release Tuesday. “Essentially the transition involves trying to restore the area back to its former self,” Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. spokesman Aaron Stryk said. He noted that Exxon Mobil is not leading the cleanup efforts but is the responsible party in the spill that is estimated to have leaked about 210,000 gallons of heavy crude when the company’s pipe ruptured the afternoon of March 29 in the Northwoods subdivision, causing the evacuation of 22 homes.
A consortium started last year to help five higher-education schools in the state’s extreme northwest corner graduate more students is expanding its reach farther south and west by accepting a sixth member.
Security forces stormed a Sunni protest camp in northern Iraq on Tuesday, sparking deadly clashes in several towns and intensifying rage at the Shiite-led government. The unrest and a spate of other attacks, mostly targeting Sunni mosques, killed at least 56 people.
France legalized gay marriage Tuesday after a wrenching national debate that exposed deep conservatism in the nation’s heartland and triggered huge demonstrations that tapped into intense discontent with the Socialist Party government. Within hours, fiery clashes broke out between protesters and riot police.
Police arrested two suspected members of al-Qaida’s North African branch in Spain, one of whom Spanish authorities said praised the Boston Marathon bombings but neither of whom was known to possess any explosives or be planning any attack.
A suspect accused of plotting with al-Qaida in Iran to derail a train in Canada said Tuesday that authorities were basing their conclusions on mere appearances. Iran, meanwhile, denied any involvement.
An interim report by House Republicans faults the State Department and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for security deficiencies at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, prior to September’s terrorist attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
A man apparently jumped Tuesday from the third level of a parking deck at Northwest Medical center in a suicide attempt after being arrested in connection with the rape of an 8-year-old girl, according to a news release from the Springdale Police Department.
SPRINGDALE&#8212; Megan Witonski who was recently hired as deputy superintendent of personnel for the Springdale School District resigned Monday to take a job with the state, according to Phyllis Stewart, chief of staff for the Arkansas Department of Education
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Senior Ellen Lundy broke her own single-season school scoring record with two goals to help the Lady War Eagles post a nonconference win Monday night at Gates Stadium.
Rogers Heritage came up with some timely hitting to go with solid pitching, and the combination resulted in a 10-0 victory over Fort Smith Northside in Class 7A nonconference baseball Monday evening at Veterans Park.
The secretary of the Benton County Republican Party and her husband, a county GOP committee member, resigned Monday, days after placing an article in the organization’s newsletter calling for Arkansans to make “examples” of “turncoats” and “traitors” in the state Legislature who have “placed Arkansas firmly on the path to Socialism.” The article discusses the feasibility of shooting certain lawmakers and envisioned some as “bullet backstops.” The head of the county committee called the statements “abhorrent.” The Arkansas State Police reviewed the matter but determined Monday that the newsletter article and a series of purportedly threatening e-mails written by Chris Nogy of Lowell to state lawmakers weren’t serious enough to warrant an investigation, nor did a social-media message
Eric Justin Toth, a former U.S. schoolteacher who was on the FBI’s list of 10 most wanted fugitives as a suspect in a child-pornography investigation, was detained in Esteli, a city near Nicaragua’s border with Honduras, Nicaraguan police said.
Glen Campbell’s Alzheimer’s disease has progressed too far to allow him to continue touring. Instead, he was to spend his 77th birthday on Monday in Washington as an advocate for Alzheimer’s research. Alzheimer’s has robbed Campbell of many of his memories, gained over a lifetime as a pop star, session musician, actor and TV variety show host. But it hasn’t taken everything.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “Although our investigation is ongoing, today’s charges bring a successful end to a tragic week for the city of Boston and for our country.” Attorney General Eric Holder, after charges against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were announced Article, 1A Obama takes in ‘cool’ science projects WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama had high praise for science projects from some high-achieving students, telling them, “This stuff is really cool.” Obama spoke at the third White House science fair, which highlighted projects by student winners of science, technology, engineering and math competitions.
OXFORD, Miss. — Investigators haven’t found any ricin in the house of a Mississippi man accused of mailing poisoned letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge, according to testimony Monday from an FBI agent.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “Our volunteers are on standby.We are yet to be provided clearance.” Nwakpa O. Nwakpa, a Red Cross spokesman, as his group awaits the Nigerian government to give it a chance to offer care in a town where 300 homes were burned down over the weekend Article, 2A Israel, Turkey agree on payment principles ANKARA, Turkey — In a step toward restoring ties, former allies Turkey and Israel agreed Monday on the “methods and principles” of working out compensation payments for the victims of a deadly 2010 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, Turkey’s deputy prime minister said.
TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona authorities describe a chaotic scene from a weekend crash involving a sport utility vehicle packed with 20 people from Mexico and Guatemala as it fled the Border Patrol and flipped over, killing five people and injuring 15.
100 YEARS AGO April 23, 1913 Recently arrived German immigrants in Arkansas have brought information that the Imperial Information Bureau at Berlin is supplying intending emigrants with false statements and misleading information concerning Arkansas. These have been contradicted by relatives and friends in this state. The statements cited refer to Arkansas as being unhealthy, especially the flat district, which it is said should be avoided by Germans on account of malarial fever.
WASHINGTON — To celebrate his second swearing-in as chief executive, President Barack Obama received tens of millions of dollars from thousands of donors nationwide. But only a handful of Arkansans contributed.
Republican attorney general candidate David W. Sterling of Little Rock raised more than $46,000 in contributions last quarter, according to his campaign finance report filed with the secretary of state’s office.
AT THIS POINT, perhaps the less said the better about an Arkansas legislator’s brief but atrocious comment on Twitter last Friday, just when the whole country and much of the world was still watching the manhunt in Boston and still counting the victims blown apart near the finish line of the Marathon.
When events like those in Boston seize our attention, the nuance of real life gives way to black and white moral polarities: unspeakable evil and heroic gallantry. Little room exists for supporting roles.
For several hours each year on the third Monday of April, the 600 block of Boylston Street in Boston is the most surveilled place on Earth. Television crews, news and commercial photographers, Web videographers, friends, family, tourists—and, not incidentally, law enforcement—all have their electronic eyes trained on the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Consider this a thank-you to those who serve and protect. Something tells us that anybody in hard-boiled Boston who ever sneered at rent-a-cops, or griped about the size of the pensions and benefits the city’s real cops draw, or complained about a traffic ticket or law enforcement in general up there. . . won’t be doing much of that kind of thing any time soon.
Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema hasn’t had his post spring discussion with quarterback Brandon Mitchell, but Mitchell was in the room at the Broyles Center on Monday when Bielema followed up his remarks from Saturday about defining a role for the senior next season — whether it’s at quarterback or elsewhere.
Willis Hudlin, a long-time Cleveland Indians pitcher, retired in 1940 and looked forward to settling down as “a chicken rancher” near Hot Springs. Instead, Arkansas Travelers General Manager Ray Winder talked him into pitching for the Travs in 1941, and managing them in 1942. And 1942 was a good year.
BASKETBALL Smith named Sixth Man J.R. Smith won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award Monday after turning a role he didn’t want into one of the strengths of the New York Knicks’ first division championship team in nearly two decades. Smith received 484 points, including 72 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 writers and broadcasters. The Los Angeles Clippers’ Jamal Crawford finished second with 352 points, getting 31 first-place votes. Golden State’s Jarrett Jack finished third, followed by Kevin Martin of Oklahoma City and Ryan Anderson of New Orleans. Smith averaged 18.1 points in 80 games, all off the bench. He had 29 games in which he scored 20 points as a reserve, tying Crawford for the NBA lead. The 6-6 swing man wanted to start, but said he accepted it fairly quickly once Coach Mike Woodson told him he would be a reserve. The New Jersey native had by far his best NBA season, helping the Knicks to their first Atlantic Division title since 1994.
ORIOLES Arrieta sent to minors BALTIMORE — Jake Arrieta couldn’t get his mind right on the mound and had difficulty throwing pitches over the plate, and now the Baltimore Orioles right-hander will attempt to rectify those shortcomings in the minor leagues. Arrieta was optioned to Class AAA Norfolk on Monday, one day after he walked five and hit a batter over four-plus innings in a 7-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Although Arrieta gave up only two hits against the Dodgers, he was charged with five runs and needed 91 pitches to get 12 outs. The 27-yearold Arrieta is 1-1 with a 6.63 ERA in four starts and has walked 16 in 19 innings. “I just wasn’t doing my job well enough. That’s the bottom line,” he said before clearing out his locker. “The team needs me to be better.” Arrieta’s discussion with Manager Buck Showalter on Monday centered upon the pitcher getting his mind right. “We talked about high anxiety situations and he pretty much asked me, ‘Why do you have high anxiety in any situation with the stuff
MAY 8-9 Owners meetings, New York. JUNE 6 Amateur draft. JULY 12 Deadline for amateur draft picks to sign. JULY 16 All-Star game, Citi Field, New York. JULY 28 Hall of Fame induction, Cooperstown, N.Y. JULY 31 Last day to trade a player without securing waivers. SEPT. 1 Active rosters expand to 40 players. OCT. 23 World Series begins. DEC. 2 Last day for teams to offer 2014 contracts to unsigned players. DEC. 9-12 Winter meetings, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
NEW YORK — The ball appeared to get by for a single to center when the New York Mets’ leader in errors entered into a slide and extended his left arm, hoping that it might find his glove. When it did, the shortstop calmly reset his feet, then unleashed a powerful throw that easily beat the Washington Nationals’ Kurt Suzuki to first base.
GOLF UALR second in Sun Belt UALR’s men fired a 5-over-par 293 and trails South Alabama by nine strokes after the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals in Muscle Shoals, Ala. Arkansas State is in seventh place with a 300. UALR’s Lane Hulse leads Middle Tennessee’s Lucas Armstrong in the individual standings by one stroke after firing a 4-under 68. Hulse’s teammate Nicklaus Benton is tied for third with South Alabama’s Tyler Klava after shooting a 70. UALR’s Colby Benton and Arkansas State’s Chance Holden each shot a 73 and are tied for 10th with Georgia State’s Tyler Garcia and Davin White Cappelen named to Palmer Cup team Arkansas’ Sebastian Cappelen has been named to the European Palmer Cup team. It will be the third Palmer Cup for Cappelen, who is from Denmark and recently won the SEC individual championship. The Palmer Cup is similar to the Ryder Cup. It features collegiate golfers from the United States playing against similar golfers from Eu
When the NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night, the question of whether they made a mistake will be answered. Some of college football’s highest-profile quarterbacks will find out if an extra year in school cost them millions of dollars.
FORT SMITH — ABF Freight System Inc. is proposing a one year, 6.5 percent cut in wages for its Teamsters union drivers and other workers, as well as reduced health care and other benefits, according to a website posting by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Deltic Timber posts $6.8 million in profit Deltic Timber Corp. on Monday reported net income of $6.8 million for its first quarter, up markedly from the $100,000 in income recorded in the same quarter a year ago.
New-vehicle registrations fell for the second straight month in March, the first time in almost three years that registrations declined in successive months, Cross-Sell of Lexington, Ky., which provides market analysis for the automotive industry, said Monday.
ROGERS — When customers visiting War Eagle Mill cross over a one-lane bridge that spans a rushing river, it’s easy to forget that the bags of flour sold there are more than just a local commodity picked up on a lark by tourists and hardcore bakers.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “The transportation industry has morphed into a strike industry, highly damaging our image.” Stefan Lauer, Lufthansa airline’s board member for personnel, on Monday’s strike by catering, freight and maintenance workers Article, 1D Rates on Treasury bills fall at auction WASHINGTON — Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills fell at Monday’s auction, with rates on sixmonth bills dropping to their lowest point in more than a year.
Disney princesses Rapunzel, Tiana and Cinderella and their respective princes will feel a slight chill as scenes from their animated films (Tangled, The Princess and the Frog and Cinderella) take to the ice in Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream, Wednesday-Sunday at North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena.
Will Jessica keep her baby? Will Mike discover Mary has been cheating — with his evil twin? And will Brittany ever find her long-lost father? For the answer to these questions and more, tune in tomorrow! The evolution of the daytime serial television show is a long, convoluted story fraught with drama, intrigue, joy and sorrow. The twisting tale of how soap operas have evolved through the years is well … like a soap opera.
The Founding Fathers’ concept for government in America is being abused by both those espousing change and yes — us, the ones who waited and did nothing but allow our society to degenerate into a chasm that separates rather than unites us. The Congress and president we have today who threaten what’s left of our American way of life are there because we are lazy, complacent, content to let thing go on as long as it doesn’t bother us. We’ve got to get involved! The cost is too high to wait any longer.
As the Fayetteville Public Library devotes itself to analyzing its space needs and the public’s desires for the library’s potential expansion, talk occasionally turns to the possibility the cherished facility might need land next door.
Frank Fellone is the paper’s veteran deputy managing editor and keeper of the style and standards flame. He’s also a zealous crusader against the sin of “journalese ” — words and cliches usually found only in newspapers.
DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Years ago my cousin and I had a dispute over some property we inherited, and we never got over it. He died recently, and now I feel terrible because I never tried to patch up our relationship. I know I was partly to blame, but can God still forgive me? — A.T. DEAR A.T.: The only sin God can’t forgive is the sin of rejecting His offer of forgiveness through Jesus Christ. God’s promise is for you: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Happy birthday. Your spiritual development helps to elevate your experience of life. It won’t matter whether your pleasures are many or few; your enjoyment of them will be intense. An authority will note your wise handling of a knotty problem, and you’ll be promoted. ARIES (March 21-April 19): You’re attracted to the interesting choices of others.Those who make ordinary choices will lose you unless they adapt to the need for novelty you feel. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Doing well is a matter of putting in the time.Your enjoyment of a process is a plus that makes work a pleasure, but it’s not necessary for the win.Victory depends on focused efforts over time. GEMINI (May 21-June 21): What you accomplish isn’t as important as how you go about it. To say that you are centered now would be an understatement.You are also calm, clear and sourced by a power from within. CANCER (June 22-July 22): The problem with doing research is that the data you gather will likely be contradictory, making the decision-making proces
GULF SHORES, Ala. — Karen Pery doesn’t consider herself a jazz fan. Yet for each of the past four years, she has spent $3,000 and flown nearly 4,000 miles round trip to attend the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
DEAR HELOISE: To save money, I wait to wash clothes until I have a full load, and I usually use cold to warm water. This saves energy, and at the end of the year adds up to a nice chunk of change. One note: Don’t overload the machine, because then the clothes won’t get clean and you will have to rewash, wasting money and laundry additives.
1.The solid mineral material forming part of the surface of the earth 2. A straight line from the center to the circumference of a circle 3. A ridge of rocks, sand, etc., that rises to or near the surface of a body of water 4. The action of breathing 5. A layer at the back of the eyeball that contains cells sensitive to light 6. A gnawing mammal of an order that includes rats, mice, squirrels, etc 7. An action performed without conscious thought as a response to a stimulus 8. The smallest interval measurable by a telescope or other scientifi c instrument 9. In genetics, it is the opposite of dominant. Answers 1. Rock 2. Radius 3. Reef 4. Respiration 5. Retina 6. Rodent 7. Reex 8. Resolution 9. Recessive
Various artists The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver ATO B- Even if you’re not a fan of the gentle, sentimental music of John Denver, who died in 1997 at age 53 when the small plane he was piloting crashed, you’ve got to admit he knew how to write catchy lyrics. Just try getting the words of “Leaving on a Jet Plane” out of your head after hearing a snip of it at an airport or in a grocery store.
In addition to the classic daytime soap operas, prime-time television soaps — a serial with a large ensemble and prolonged story arcs rather than self-contained episodes that wrap up in an hour — have been around just about as long as television itself.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “I know that deep-down he understands that he’s part of something special. He smiles a lot when we’re talking about it around him. He just knows how proud we are.” Diana Fowler of Springdale, about her adoptive son, Carter, for whom the state Legislature named Carter’s Law, which addresses prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome Article, 1B Today’s meetings Siloam Springs Board of Adjustments, 4 p.m. Rogers Public Safety Committee, 5:45 p.m. Bentonville City Council, 6 p.m. Springdale City Council, 6 p.m. Tontitown Planning Commission, 6 p.m. Rogers Transportation Committee, 6 p.m. Rogers Public Works Committee, 6:15 p.m. Rogers City Council, 6:30 p.m.
A Little Rock husband and wife turned their now-defunct Arkansas adoption agency into a “money-making machine” fueled by “filthy greed” rather than a desire to find good homes for children, a state attorney told a Pulaski County jury on Monday.
Whirlpool Corp. has until Wednesday to submit additional information to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality on its proposed plan to clean up groundwater contaminated with a hazardous chemical under its closed plant in Fort Smith and an adjacent neighborhood.
As prosecutors weighed charges in the Boston Marathon bombings, the same laws used successfully in deadly terrorist acts such as the Oklahoma City bombing and the first World Trade Center attack were at the top of their list.
After its helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in eastern Afghanistan, a group of mostly Turkish civilians was quickly surrounded by Taliban fighters and abducted, authorities said Monday.
The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was charged on Monday with using a “weapon of mass destruction” that resulted in three deaths and in injuries to more than 180, as law enforcement officials provided the most detailed account of the bombing to date.
• Destin J. Gibbs, 18, of 1922 Olive Circle was arrested Friday in connection with felony terroristic threatening. Police said Gibbs threatened to cut a girl’s throat. Gibbs was released Friday on a felony citation.
Arkansas State Police are investigating comments posted Saturday in the Benton County Republican Party's online newsletter which say, in part: "The 2nd amendment means nothing unless those in power believe you would have no problem simply walking up and shooting them if they got too far out of line and stopped responding as representatives."
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I am struggling with the words to describe the travesty and the indignation that would be associated with polluting the Buffalo River. I know agriculture has a place in our society, but a farm with 6,500 hogs on a tributary of the Buffalo is totally out of place.
Sulayman al-Faris wants to pray five times a day with his Muslim brothers. You may remember him, although not by his preferred name. He was originally known as John Walker Lindh, the American man who traveled to Afghanistan to help the al-Qaeda-backed Taliban fight against the Afghan Northern Alliance. He was captured during the U.S. invasion in 2001 and took part in a violent Taliban prisoner revolt in which several hundred other prisoners died and an American CIA officer was killed. Lindh has proven over and over that he’s a traitor to his country.
Kristefer William Ahrents, 28, and Alicia Lynn Hamby, 27, both of Gentry
Dustin Charles Brown, 28, and Amber Dawn Snelling, 29, both of Bentonville
Joshua Curtis Bundy, 29, Bella Vista, and Jenna Marie Aubain, 25, Rogers
Mario Garcia Jr., 18, and Saharai Reyes-Olascoaga, 19, both of Rogers
Phillip Michael Harris, 20, and Whitney Dawn Swanson, 20, both of Rogers
Andrew Gordon Lyall, 35, and Brandi Nicole Gregory, 38, both of Bentonville
Jesse Purcell, 36, and Savannah Chevon DeLong, 24, both of Rogers
David Harrison Schmill, 33, Springdale, and Tracie Michelle Pozarek, 34, Lowell
Kenneth Richard Sutton, 43, and Kimberly Dawn Uber, 36, both of Rogers
Keith Craig Swafford, 39, and Michell Marybeth Mattox, 37, both of Westville, Okla.
China’s Premier Li Keqiang flew to the southwestern province of Sichuan to oversee relief work and robots and drones were hauled in to help rescuers struggling to reach villages devastated by Saturday’s earthquake.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel opened a week-long visit to the Middle East on Sunday by pressing a U.S. agenda focused on deterring Iran — including a significant new weapons deal for Israel — coupled with a strong caution that it would be premature for Israel to opt for unilateral strikes on Tehran’s nuclear program.
Federal officials temporarily stopped funding a $361 million water pipeline for an American Indian reservation in Montana after learning that millions of project dollars were missing and a Chippewa Cree leader in charge of the project steered federal dollars to a company he owns.
Those fighting floods in several communities along the Mississippi River were mostly successful Sunday despite the onslaught of water, but an ominous forecast and the growing accumulation of snow in the upper Midwest tempered any feelings of victory.
The Syrian opposition called on Hezbollah to withdraw its fighters from the country, as activists said regime troops supported by gunmen linked to the Lebanese Shiite militant group battled rebels Sunday for control of a string of villages near the Lebanon-Syria border.
Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that he had urged Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to put off his planned visit to Gaza to avoid disrupting efforts to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “The current priority is to save lives.We should grasp the golden period for saving lives and waste not a moment.” Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, overseeing relief work after a deadly earthquake in China’s Sichuan province Article, 1A
QUOTE OF THE DAY “There’s millions and millions and millions of dollars missing here.This reservation is upside down.” Kenneth Blatt St. Marks, former chairman of the Chippewa Cree tribe at Montanta’s Rocky Boy reservation, where federal officials have stopped funding a $361 million water pipeline project over corruption allegations Article, this page
Bassist Robert Todd Harrell of the rock band 3 Doors Down has been charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication after an interstate crash claimed the life of another motorist in the Nashville area, police said.
Vice President Joe Biden told Michigan Democrats during a dinner that a debt of gratitude is owed to authorities and regular citizens for their “resilience, heroism, commitment and love” as they responded to the Boston Marathon bombings and Texas fertilizer plant explosion.
100 YEARS AGO April 22, 1913 Thursday, April 24, will be generally observed throughout the city as cleanup day and for that occasion only the street and garbage department will haul, free of charge, tin cans, rubbish, ashes and like refuse.
THE SPY story of the month had to have been the one involving PETA, as in the name of the outfit more formally known as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Folks in the “know” at PETA announced that they were going to launch a drone to check up on hunters.
One of the more unpleasant memories for anyone going through graduate school is doctoral exams, one of which, in my case, dealt with the voluminous literature on the origins of the Cold War; more specifically, the question of who caused it, us or the Soviets.
Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker scored 18 points each as the San Antonio Spurs led from early in the first quarter and beat the Los Angeles Lakers 91-79 on Sunday in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series.
FCC forgives Big Papi for tart tongue Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz made a televised pregame speech before Saturday’s game that was well-received by fans at the game while raising a few eyebrows amongst TV viewers, while possibly pleasing the spirit of comedian George Carlin.
What would I have done? That was the question I found myself pondering when I heard the 911 call made in early March from a California independent living facility about an 87-year-old resident who had collapsed.
Title: Leslie Sansone: Just Walk — Belly Blasting Walk What’s the goal: walking to get healthy and exercises to whittle the waistline, flatten the belly and strengthen the body’s core muscles (abdominal and back muscles).
In my last column, I wrote about swimming and the often comedic effort involved in doing things like changing in and out of my suit and maneuvering into the pool. It has been an adventure, but a worthwhile one, for the most part.
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• Josiah Starr, 18, of 15922 Hamstring Road in Fayetteville was arrested Sunday in connection with felony possession with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. Starr was released Sunday from the Washington County Detention Center on $2,500 bond.
It has been three years since the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force started the mammography wars with its recommendation that most women get fewer of the breast cancer screening exams — one every other year between the ages of 50 and 74.
There are, in all probability, more hangdog experiences than letting a softball team down. But as days lengthen and the sounds and smells of that good old spring and summertime sport fill the air, it’s hard to imagine deeper mortification.
The Civil War Helena Tour in Helena-West Helena and the Battle of Pine Bluff Audio Tour have been added to the National Park Service’s Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, an Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission news release said Thursday.
A former Faulkner County sheriff ’s deputy admitted Friday that he created a phony birth certificate last spring to make it appear that a rival candidate for sheriff had fathered an illegitimate, mixed-race child in Texas, then mailed copies of the fake document from Texas to a few voters.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “It has been known about and visited as long as the town has been here so it definitely has been part of the entire history.” June Westphal, a Eureka Springs historian, about Pivot Rock as a popular destination dating back to the city’s incorporation in 1880. Article, 1B
The fifth-annual Smokin’ in the Ozarks Barbecue Contest will be Friday and Saturday at Pig Trail Harley Davidson in Rogers. The Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned event benefits Camp Corral, a camp for the children of disabled or deceased military veterans, and Horses for Healing, a therapeutic riding program for special-needs children.
The capital-murder trial that pitted brother against brother — both horrifically scarred in a childhood fire — ended with a life sentence for the younger man Thursday after his older brother invoked his right not to incriminate himself before the Pulaski County jury.
Fulbright scholar Paul Masamba Sita Nsimba will give a lecture titled “Culture, Society and Restorative Justice: Sub-Saharan Africa” at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service on Thursday.
Crowded into one corner of Sturm’s Indoor Gun Range in Springdale, Steve Sturm works around a cluster of Dillon ammunition presses, aligning components, adjusting the flow of gunpowder and selecting the right bullet.
Dozens of colorful balloons flitted above the banks of the Arkansas River on Sunday afternoon, dancing in the wind to the sounds of bagpipes, as Amy Stivers remembered the short life and violent death of her daughter.
A little more than three weeks after an Exxon Mobil pipeline broke and leaked oil into a Mayflower neighborhood, the chairman of a congressional committee that oversees the federal regulation of such pipelines said Sunday that despite the spill, pipelines are a key tool for the American economy.
Richard Gordon is one of the Border Patrol’s best at spotting the smallest human traces in pursuit of people who enter the U.S. illegally from Mexico: dusty footprints, torn cobwebs, broken twigs, overturned pebbles.
With one suspect dead and the other captured and lying grievously wounded in a hospital, the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings turned Saturday to questions about the men’s motives, and to the significance of an overseas trip one of them took last year.
ISTANBUL — The United States is providing Syrian rebels with $123 million in new nonlethal aid while European countries consider easing an arms embargo, moves that could further pressure Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government.
Residents huddled outdoors Saturday night in a town near the epicenter of a powerful earthquake that struck the steep hills of China’s southwestern Sichuan province, leaving at least 179 people dead and more than 6,700 injured.
Arkansas lawmakers completed work on legislation last week that will let more than 250,000 low-income Arkansans use federal Medicaid funds to purchase private health insurance, becoming the first state in the country to adopt the method to provide health insurance for the poor.
Last week Arkansas Legislators gave final approval to a plan to let more than 250,000 low-income Arkansans use federal Medicaid funds to purchase private health insurance on the state’s new insurance marketplace.
The announcement by President Barack Obama’s administration that it planned to question the Boston Marathon bombing suspect for a period without first reading him the Miranda warning of his right to remain silent and have a lawyer present has revived a constitutionally charged debate over the handling of terrorism cases in the criminal justice system.
100 YEARS AGO April 21, 1913 An interesting feature in connection with the removal of the Charles S. Stifft jewelry establishment to his new location, will be the installation of a completely equipped wireless receiving outfit.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “All the politicians and provincial officials, whether Sunni or Shiite, are nothing but thieves and liars,” Ali Farhan, a 35-year-old taxi driver in eastern Baghdad, explaining why he didn’t vote in Iraq’s Saturday elections Article, 9A
QUOTE OF THE DAY “I, and I think all of the law enforcement officials, are hoping for a host of reasons the suspect survives.We have a million questions, and those questions need to be answered.” Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on wounded Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Article, 1A
Petr Gandalovic, the Czech ambassador to the United States, spoke out after a number of American social-media commenters mistook the Czech Republic for the country of origin of the ethnic Chechen suspects in the Boston bombings, saying “the Czech Republic and Chechnya are two very different entities,” and calling the mix-up “most unfortunate.”
A crowd estimated at just more than 51,000 and an offense that showed more big-play capability than at any other time this spring highlighted Arkansas’ first Red-White spring game under Coach Bret Bielema on Saturday.
Hurt QB ahead of schedule Charleston sophomore quarterback Ty Storey is “way ahead of schedule” after surgery in late November to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, Coach Greg Kendrick said Friday afternoon.
SUN BELT ARKANSAS STATE 6, LOUISIANA-MONROE 2 Bradley Wallace gave up two runs on two hits and Tanner Ring pitched perfect eighth and ninth innings as Arkansas State (22-17, 8-9 SBC) clinched a series victory by defeating Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday night at Warhawk Field in Monroe, La.
BASS FISHING Vinson keeps lead at Bassmaster Elite Greg Vinson of Wetumpka, Ala., retained his lead Saturday at the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Bull Shoals Lake with a limit of five bass that weighed 13 pounds, 8 ounces and pushed his two-day total to 30-05..
Once known as an upstart carrier, Southwest Airlines recently launched an ad campaign that has some airline industry experts wondering whether it signals a new direction — and new fees — at the nation’s largest domestic airline.
Years before impressionism — the influential Paris-based art movement — began, a similar style of painting capturing colorful impressions of light may have existed in Italy, according to a new exhibit.
It’s never too early to start planning for a major spring-summer trip. I am going to explore some of the tools and resources available to you that will help you get the most out of your trip — and the best value.
The president of the United States, being a gentleman and a man, paid a compliment to California’s attorney general—Kamala Harris—when both of them appeared at a Democratic fundraiser in that state. Indeed, he paid her several compliments when he addressed the crowd.
Is America a “rape culture” ? This claim, advanced by a cadre of feminist activists and bloggers, has been gaining mainstream currency—particularly in the wake of the nationally publicized Steubenville, Ohio, rape case which exposed some ugly attitudes and behaviors.
About 1,000 civilian employees with the Arkansas National Guard, 860 workers at the Pine Bluff Arsenal and 650 employees at the Little Rock Air Force Base at Jacksonville are still waiting to hear when the Pentagon will order the start of furloughs mandated by automatic federal spending cuts.
Gold producers, ignored as global stocks rebounded in the past two years and investors turned to exchange-traded funds that track bullion, face closing mines or shutting themselves down after the metal’s worst slump in three decades last week made 15 percent of miners unprofitable.
Sean Cullers, Jon Stone and Flynn Smith, who opened The Independent last fall, are certainly doing their part to revive and reinvent the look of the early ’60s with its tight suits and lightly padded shoulders.
The Arkansas General Assembly is to be commended for deciding to extend Medicaid benefits to the working poor of the state. It is nice to see Arkansas in the vanguard of states trying to deal with the health needs of the poor.
There was a lot of chatter last week to the effect that Republican senators won’t pay any political price for voting to sink the Toomey-Manchin compromise on background checks. This may well be true, but as we seek to determine that, one place to look is Arizona.
Jim Cooper, past president of the Arkansas Health Care Association and himself a nursing-home owner, told Gwen Moritz of Arkansas Business how bright the picture has become for state nursing-home owners since Medicaid significantly increased the reimbursements for each resident.
U.S. Patents Issued to Arkansans April 16 Patent 8,418,350 B2. Method of Forming a Secondary for Linear Drive Motor Comprising Sheet of Highly Permeable Magnetic Material Having Synchronized Motor Teeth, Encoder Teeth and Commutation Tracks Integrally Formed Therin. Issued to Glenn S. Trammell and Rui Qiao, both of Fort Smith. Assigned to Baldor Electric Co. of Fort Smith. Patent 8,420,237 B1. Adherent Coating on Carbide and Ceramic Substrates. Issued to Wenping Jiang and Brett McAfee, both of Fayetteville; Mike Kimmel of Rogers and Ajay P. Malshe of Springdale. Patent 8,420,898 B2. Soybean Variety A1024210. Issued to Floyd Hancock of Stuttgart. Assigned to Monsanto Technology LLC of St. Louis. Patent D680,188 S. Long-Spiked Electrode for Stun Device. Issued to Billy Pennington of Little Rock. Patent D680,295 S. Globe Gun Vault. Issued to Billy Pennington of Little Rock.
If you’re overweight, have high blood pressure, smoke or are diabetic, your employer may soon require you to improve your health, get counseling on the issue or pay a fine, especially if you work for a large corporation.
The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission last week issued 12 drilling permits, 29 well completions and 8 well recompletions. By county, they were: DRILLING PERMITS CLEBURNE — SEECO Inc. of Houston for Dale Deckard No. 10-09 3-4 H8 to TVD: 3,200 ft. and MD: 10,000 ft. in Fayetteville Form. of B-43 Fld. Loc. SHL: 1,261 ft. FNL & 667 ft. FWL of Sec. 4-10 N-9 W and PBHL: 2,200 ft. FNL & 40 ft. FEL of Sec. 8-10 N-9 W. Contractor: Pense 3; work began April 6.
Monday 4-6 p.m. — Hiring and Managing Employees for the Beginning Employer, Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development, 145 N. Buchanan Ave., Room 202, UA-Fayetteville. Cost: $30. Registration required: sbtdc.uark. edu or (479) 575-5148.
Dr. Matthew Walter, board-certified in family medicine, recently joined the active medical staff of Northwest Health System to practice at Northwest Family Care-Eastside, 2060 Orchard St., Springdale. He has more than 15 years in practice and completed his family medicine residency at Arkansas Health Education Center Northwest in Fayetteville. His degree is from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.
Graduate business teams win $50,000 Three teams from the University of Arkansas swept the graduate division in the 2013 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition, held in Fayetteville. The teams earned $50,000.
A touring production of the Broadway musical American Idiot (music of Green Day, lyrics by lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, book by Armstrong and Michael Mayer) will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. April 28 at Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville.
Today Vegan Potluck — 12:45 p.m., Ozark Folkways, Winslow. (479) 634-3791 or ozarkfolkways.com. East Terrace Arts — Enjoy making art outdoors on the East Terrace, paired with a family-friendly musical performance, 1-3 p.m., Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville. Free. crystalbridges.org. Fun Day — Music by Shaky Bugs, balloon animals, art projects, 1-5 p.m., Terra Studios near Durham. (479) 643-3185 or terrastudios.net. Earth Day Festival — 1-5 p.m., World Peace Wetland Prairie, 1121 S. Duncan Ave., Fayetteville. Free. aubreyshepherd@ hotmail.com or worldpeacewetlandprairie.blogspot.com. Sunday in the Park — With silent & live auctions, themed tables and tasty desserts, 2-4 p.m., Crescent Hotel Conservatory in Eureka Springs. Hosted by the Eureka Springs Preservation Society. (479) 253-6756 or (479) 363-6163. FHS’ ASTRA Club Fundraiser — Painting with a Twist, 2-4 p.m., 1404 N. College Ave. in Fayetteville. Register: paintingwithatwist.com/fayetteville /calendar. Information : Email 0314rmary@ gmail.com. Side
Dining Out The Bella Vista Dining Out Group’s April dinner party is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, 609 N. 46th St. in Rogers. Social time begins at 5 p.m., and dinner will be ordered off the menu.
Society announcements are published in the Sunday edition of the Profiles section. Please visit nwabridalcommunity.com and click on Publish Your Announcement for pricing and to submit engagement and wedding announcements. Anniversaries remain free of charge. Forms are available at nwaonline.com and at the Rogers Morning News, the Springdale Morning News, the Benton County Daily Record and the Northwest Arkansas Times offices. Information provided will be used to write an announcement according to the style and guidelines of the paper.
Butterflies and Blooms, a benefit luncheon for Saving Grace, exploded in its fourth annual iteration on April 9 at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers, with attendance going from 400-plus in 2012 to more than 800 this year. Those attending helped raise more than $100,000.
SELF PORTRAIT Date and place of birth: Nov. 26, 1957, in Helena Occupation: family practice physician, head team primary care physician for the Arkansas Razorbacks Family: wife Debby, daughter Laine Outside of Fayetteville, my favorite SEC town is Nashville (the home of Vanderbilt University). The best part about being a doctor is the trust established with doctor-patient relationships. My favorite book is A Time to Kill. I have a hard time putting down any John Grisham book. My secret talent is shopping, especially for that special gift. The places I’d like to visit are several historic Civil War battle sites. What I learned from having a mother as a teacher was to avoid cramming for tests. The best advice I ever received was from my mentor, Dr. H.N. Faulkner: “Take the time to listen to patients.” I want to know more about computer technology. The piece of sports memorabilia I would like to have is an autograph of Jackie Robinson. The person I was most excited to meet was Jack Nicklaus. My favorite St. Loui
Arkansas hosted approximately 50 recruits on unofficial visits for the Red-White game Saturday afternoon at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Here are some of the notable prospects that attended the game: DL Bijhon Jackson, 6-2, 325, 5.1, El Dorado Arkansas commitment. Rated No. 95 prospect in the nation by Tom Lemming. DL Josh Frazier, 6-4, 324, 5.1, Springdale Har-Ber Highly coveted by Hogs. Rated No. 85 prospect in the nation by Lemming. DE Solomon Thomas, 6-3, 256, 4.7, Coppell, Texas Has more than 30 offers, including Arkansas. Considered the top defensive lineman in Texas by Lemming. Ath. Davion Hall, 6-3, 194, 4.5, Texarkana (Texas) Liberty-Eylau More than 10 offers, including Arkansas. One of the top safeties in the nation. RB Soine Palelei, 5-10, 197, 4.35, Gonzales, (La.) East Ascension Has offers from Arkansas, Brigham Young, Utah and others. TE Will Gragg, 6-4, 238, 4.7, Pine Bluff Younger brother of departing TE Chris Gragg. Sophomore who has an offer from Hogs. RB Juan Day, 6-2, 209, 4.5, North Little
City directors approved $220,562 in budget cuts in a 5-1 vote at Monday’s regular meeting to keep the city from dipping into its fund balance to make monthly payments for convention center and water park obligations, interim City Manager Jessica Hyman said.
Storm troopers marched by a reading area as Jedi in training learned how to use lightsabers. Iron Man sat behind a shelf of books with other superheroes making capes. Zombies attacked anyone who attempted to make it to the top of the five-story building in a game of survival.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “The goal is that the principal be the true instructional leader of the building, not just a manager.” Marcia Sanders, assistant director of the Northwest Arkansas Education Service Cooperative, on a new system that will require principals to spend more time evaluating teachers Article, 1B Today’s happenings Kayak workshop, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, near Rogers North Shore Animal League’s 2013 Tour for Life animal adoption event, noon-4 pm., Wal-Mart Supercenter, Mall Avenue, Fayetteville East Terrace Arts, 1-3 p.m., Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville Third Sunday Art Show, 1-4 p.m., Michael’s Mansion, 2900 Rogers Ave., Fort Smith Community Cinema: The Island President, 2 p.m., Fayetteville Public Library Eureka Springs Preservation Society presents Sunday in the Park, 2-4 p.m., Crescent Hotel Conservatory, Eureka Springs Health education Al-Anon, 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 224 N. East Ave., Fayetteville; 7 p.m. Monday,
Pratik Patel gazed glumly as the herder’s scrawny brown dogs moved between piles of bones to eat the rotting elephant flesh. He pointed to the nearby road and wondered aloud: How could poachers kill an elephant just 3 miles from Tanzania’s main safari highway?
Iraq carried out its first elections since the U.S. military withdrawal without major bloodshed Saturday in a significant test for Iraqi security forces as they face a reviving al-Qaida insurgency. But delayed elections in two provinces wracked by anti-government protests and complaints about missing names on voter rolls overshadowed the vote.
As his train rolled across Germany in 1939, passing through small towns where swastikas fluttered from flagpoles, Tad Taube cowered in fear each time Nazi police entered his compartment and barked orders for his documents — papers that plainly identified him as an 8-year-old Jewish boy from Poland.
Italy’s Parliament on Saturday re-elected President Giorgio Napolitano as the nation’s president to an unprecedented second term after party leaders persuaded the aging head of state to serve again in hopes of easing the political gridlock that has delayed the formation of a new government.
Jordanian demonstrators restricted access to the region’s largest camp of Syrian refugees for several hours on Saturday, delaying water delivery, after a riot in the camp injured 10 Jordanian security officers, one of them critically, officials said.
Angry over the way Swain County social services workers handled a child-abuse case in which a 15-month-old girl died, an American Indian tribe is planning to form its own agency to protect children on a North Carolina reservation.
One time slave quarters will be re-created at Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello, and more of the Declaration of Independence writer’s living quarters will be restored using a $10 million gift from a philanthropist who has an keen interest in the nation’s history.
A marketplace that will allow small businesses in Arkansas to shop for health-insurance plans for their employees would be missing what some consumer advocates describe as a key feature under a delay proposed by a federal agency.
Where I live: I live out on what is called Onda Mountain [near West Fork]. My house is on part of the farm that I grew up on. We built the house in 2004. Other than during college, I’ve pretty much lived in the area all my life. My family is all right there, so my mom and my brother both live within a quarter mile of me. The reason I built where I built is for the view. The house is on the side of the mountain, and I have a view of the valley.
One was a boxer who liked Russian rap videos and once said, “I don’t have a single American friend.” The other, an all-star high school wrestler, listed “Islam” as his worldview on a Russian social-media page and was described by a neighbor as a “very photogenic kid” who had “a heart of gold.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY “These allegations are politically motivated, and I will fight them in the trial court, where the truth will eventually prevail.” Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf, in a message posted on his Facebook page after he was arrested in a case concerning his decision to fire senior judges while in power Article, 10A
QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’re still in search-and-rescue mode.” Sgt. Jason Reyes of the Texas Department of Public Safety, as authorities continued to sift the debris of a fertilizer plant that exploded Wednesday night Article, this page
Adolphus Busch IV, whose family founded beer giant Anheuser Busch, resigned from the National Rifle Association to protest the organization’s direction and “distorted values” and criticized the NRA’s decision to fight an expansion of gun background checks.
It’s hard to forget where you were in moments of tragedy. Last Monday, when I heard about the news of the Boston Marathon, I was in a Peruvian taxi cab headed back to my apartment. I had just finished speaking at the first Perspectives intensive in South America.
PREP SOFTBALL SILOAM SPRINGS 17, SPRINGDALE HIGH 12
Haley Hunt was 4-for-5 with a home run, and also earned the win in the circle as Siloam Springs claimed a wild win over Springdale High on Friday in 7A/6A-West Conference action.
With their backs against the wall from the sixth inning until the deciding at-bat in the bottom of the 10th, Fayetteville continued to find a way to stay in its 7A/6AWest Conference softball battle with Rogers Heritage on Friday.
First United Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, 695 Calvin St., presents Elizabeth Young, speaking about legal issues of immigration from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Young is director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Arkansas.
100 YEARS AGO April 20, 1913 RUSSELLVILLE — The present Pope county Grand Jury in making its usual report on county buildings will doubtless report favorably upon the security of the new county jail, as they have had a personal test of the fastness thereof.
THE COLD. That is what those who made it through the Korean War remember. The flimsy fatigues. An army suddenly called to war to repel a surprise invasion of an allyjust after the country had demobilized and largely disarmed after the greatest war of all. This wasn’t supposed to happen. Not so soon, not in Asia, not when attention had been focused on the Soviet threat in Europe, half a world away.
THE STORY on everybody’s lips this week has been what happened Monday in Boston. That news will be with us for a long time to come. And should be. We have just begun to grieve—and just begun to seek and do justice. In full. And we shall, so help us God.
Debate on gun legislation began this week in the Senate. Gun manufacturers, the National Rifle Association, a narrow band of gun-rights ideologues and, to a lesser degree, the 16 percent of Americans who live in rural areas were well represented. Most of the American public was not.
There’s some confusion over over just how many hogs the controversial industrial farm near Mount Judea in the Buffalo National River watershed will house in a confined space, and the expected results of that ill-advised enterprise.
Education for good of all For many years, societies have searched for panaceas (i.e. cure-alls ). Where education is concerned, the current panacea is claimed by some to be school “choice” and charter schools. Let’s be clear—everyone does deserve choice, but do we ever truly get a full choice? Progress and change are also great when for the good of all.
The Mass was celebrated as if from centuries past: A bearded priest veiled in incense chanted for grace in a church along the Nile, near the spot where Christians believe Jesus and his mother sought refuge in an earlier age of bloodshed and uncertainty.
Growing up in an evangelical church, Rachel Held Evans heard much about living up to the standards of “biblical womanhood.” The teachings often led to discussions about a woman’s appropriate role in life.
Pope Francis backs reining in U.S. nuns VATICAN CITY — The Vatican said Monday that Pope Francis supports the Holy See’s crackdown on the largest umbrella group of U.S. nuns, dimming hopes that a Jesuit pope whose emphasis on the poor mirrored the nuns’ own social outreach concerns would take a different approach from his predecessor.
Jonathan Moroney hit a pinch hit grand slam in the eighth inning as Texas A&M rallied from a three-run deficit against Arkansas’ stellar bullpen to grab a 5-3 series-opening victory Friday night at Baum Stadium.
Fort Smith Northside defeated Little Rock Catholic 3-2 on penalty kicks Friday night in Little Rock when Juan Araujo’s decisive goal deflected off the Catholic goalkeeper, spun back toward the goal, and the referee ruled that the ball just barely crossed the goal line.
SUN BELT ARKANSAS STATE 7, LOUISIANA-MONROE 5 Arkansas State (21-17, 7-9 Sun Belt) tied a season-high with 11 walks and scored three runs off three bases-loaded hit batsmen to earn a road victory at Louisiana-Monroe (14-24, 4-12 ) on Friday at Warhawk Field.
BASS FISHING Vinson leads Bassmaster Elite Series event The wind blew harder, the water level rose and its temperature dropped, but Greg Vinson figured out the changing fishing conditions Friday on Bull Shoals Lake and grabbed the first-round lead at the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament.
Toyota executives and state officials announced Friday that the automaker’s flagship North American plant in Georgetown will begin building the Lexus ES 350 luxury sedan in 2015. It will be the first Lexus model to be manufactured in the United States.
Three months after Boeing’s 787 passenger jets were grounded, the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday approved the company’s plans to fix the plane’s batteries, a decision that could allow the planes to return to service within weeks.
General Electric’s first quarter results, released Friday, were dragged down by deteriorating economic conditions in Europe, highlighting the danger that the region’s struggles still pose to the global economy.
Companies reporting quarterly earnings Friday included: Baker Hughes Inc., the oilfield services company, a profi t of $267 million, or 60 cents a share, down from $379 million, or 86 cents a share, a year ago. Revenue fell 2 percent to $5.23 billion. Shares fell $1.02 to close at $43.58.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are mapping out a return-to-service plan, and we look forward to getting our 787s back in the air.” Christen David, a Boeing spokesman, on the FAA’s approval of a plan to fix the plane’s batteries Article, 1D
City approves bonds for Nucor-mill work The Blytheville City Council approved a resolution this week to provide more than $100 million in industrial revenue bonds to assist in funding for a capital improvement by Nucor-Yamato Steel.
Q Last year our beautiful Bradford pear tree lost its leaves during the drought. This spring I thought it was coming back but it seems to have many large branches without buds. What should we do? We hate to lose it. We live in Hot Springs Village.
If we’re lucky, young broadcast journalism students and professional athletes who are about to retire and are thinking about going into broadcasting will read this week’s national tributes to the late Pat Summerall and realize there is room to be remembered way beyond the endless array of smarmy, verbose ESPN wannabes polluting our airwaves from the networks down to the 50-watt coffee pots.
I have noticed there is a quarter-inch space between the wooden floor in my dining room and molding trim at the base of the wall. It’s also like that on the other side of the wall in the kitchen between the tile floor and the bottom wall trim.
Dear Otus, “My lord, I thought it was 1958 all over again. I looked around for the ‘Whites Only’ water fountain.” And so began a handwritten note on ecru stationery I received this week from a Yankee transplant who is not yet accustomed to our Southern fauna here in Arkansas.
DEAR TOM AND RAY: There once was a black plastic thingamajig hanging under the front end of our Mercury Grand Marquis, right behind the front bumper. We could almost always hear it scrape against concrete parking blocks in parking lots. Recently, it was partially torn away by a parking block.
Happy birthday. You have tremendous powers of discipline at your disposal. A prize in June comes about because you systematically follow a method. You’ll gain political favor in May within a family arena or in a professional context.
DEAR HELOISE: I love my granite counter tops. However, I don’t know how to clean/disinfect them without using chemical-based commercial cleaners. I use vinegar to clean/disinfect the sink, stove and other appliances. Can I use vinegar on granite, or is there another natural product I can use?
DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’ve heard a lot lately about the possibility that some day the earth (or at least human life) will be destroyed by a large meteor or asteroid. This worries me, because apparently it has happened before and we don’t have any way to prevent it. Is this how the world is going to end, according to the Bible? — J.J.
Junior Katherine Grable earned two All-America honors but No. 11 Arkansas failed to advance to the Super Six championship round Friday night as the Razorbacks finished 10th with a score of 196.150 at the NCAA Championships in Los Angeles.
The wife of newly hired New Mexico basketball coach Craig Neal has been accused of battery for allegedly grabbing a school official after one of her son’s high school basketball games, police reports and the district attorney’s office confirm.
An attorney for Jack Gillean, a former University of Central Arkansas chief of staff who is awaiting trial on felony charges, has subpoenaed an unlikely pretrial witness: the chief deputy prosecutor who is handling the case.
Work to remove oil that spilled beneath a storm-drainage pipe in a Mayflower subdivision when an Exxon Mobil pipeline ruptured last month is expected to begin next week, the Faulkner County judge said Friday.
Immigration topic for Wednesday talk
FAYETTEVILLE — Elizabeth Young, director of the Immigration Legal Clinic at the University of Arkansas School of Law at Fayetteville, will talk about immigration and legal issues at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “The importance of water quality for Beaver Lake cannot be overemphasized. It’s the water supply for Northwest Arkansas, it’s the economic engine of the region, and contributes to the area’s quality of life through clean water for recreational activities.” James Gately, president of the Association for the Beaver Lake Environment, on proposed changes to state water regulations Article, 1B
An expanded parks complex, library and community center are among about $40 million worth of projects that Cabot officials plan to complete now that voters have approved seven ballot measures in a special election.
A Pulaski County court filing accuses a Fort Smith associate pastor of soliciting $61,500 from a church member to invest in a fictional, high-interest U.S. Treasury bond fund, and instead spending most of the money on meals, entertainment, clothing and vacations.
With the 2013 Legislative session winding to a close, the Arkansas House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved and sent to Gov. Mike Beebe more than a dozen tax cuts Friday that will reduce state general revenue by more than $90 million during the next two years.
Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf vowed Friday to fight what he called politically motivated allegations against him after his arrest in a case concerning his decision to fire senior judges while in power.
A spectator rushed the stage and pushed Venezuela’s new president away from the microphone as he delivered his inaugural address Friday, startling millions watching on national television before the intruder was tackled and dragged away.
Troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad fought fierce battles with rebels Friday near the Lebanese border as U.S. officials said the Obama administration was poised to announce millions of dollars in additional nonlethal military aid to the Syrian opposition.
After spending the night sifting the debris left by the devastating explosion at a fertilizer plant, authorities Friday raised the number of dead to 14, many of them firefighters and other emergency responders who were the first to arrive at the scene.
A French family with four young children kidnapped at gunpoint by Islamic extremists in northern Cameroon was freed after two months of captivity in what the father described as especially harsh conditions. The group returned to safety Friday in the Cameroonian capital.
A murder victim’s friend testified Friday that she told Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel’s attorney before his trial that she had heard that two other men were responsible for the killing but he told her that account didn’t appear credible.
Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, the deficit-reduction duo, are trying to rekindle congressional interest in a $2.5 trillion package of spending cuts and tax increases with new details showing how it would work.
The state Department of Veterans Affairs would receive $7.5 million in state surplus funds to help build a new veterans home under bills that cleared the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee on Friday.
Boston police said a 19-year old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings was in custody after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and purported accomplice dead.
Writer Art Hobson thinks America is heading toward brighter days because we are getting over “our harmful shibboleths regarding gays, guns, abortion and other social issues.” Got it? Or do you wonder what harmful shibboleths might be? I looked it up so the rest of the readers don’t have to. Shibboleth is an ancient word with various meanings but here Hobson apparently means any custom distinctive of a particular class.
WATERTOWN, Mass. — Boston Police say a 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings is in custody after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and accomplice dead.
Clean, green, sustainable, renewable - all these terms reflect a conscious practice of using energy effectively that also lowers the impact on the environment. Once considered a progressive movement, alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, and biofuel are becoming a practical method to save money and spare limited resources.
After seven months and a series of open meetings with members, the Bella Vista Property Owners Association Board of Directors approved another plan for an assessment increase to present for a member vote.
BOSTON — In May of 2011, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, then a senior at a prestigious high school, was awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the city of Cambridge, Mass., to pursue higher education. Now, Tsarnaev is on the run, described as "armed and dangerous" and suspected of the Boston Marathon bombing.
WEST, Texas — The bodies of 12 people have been recovered after an enormous Texas fertilizer plant explosion that demolished surrounding neighborhoods for blocks and left about 200 other people injured, authorities said Friday.
WATERTOWN, Mass. — With Boston virtually paralyzed, thousands of officers with rifles and armored vehicles swarmed the streets in and around the city on Friday, hunting for a 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombing after his older brother and alleged accomplice was killed in a furious getaway attempt overnight.
North Korea on Thursday demanded the lifting of United Nations sanctions and an end to joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises as preconditions for starting dialogue to defuse tension on the Korean Peninsula.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “Musharraf is relaxed, confident and happy. We were sipping coffee, and he was smoking a cigar.” Ahmed Raza Kasuri, lawyer for former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf, rejecting reports that the ex-leader fled from court Thursday Article, 1A
QUOTE OF THE DAY “Every one of us has been touched by this attack on your beloved city, every one of us stands with you.” President Barack Obama, in remarks at a service at Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross, where he mourned those who died in the Boston Marathon bombings Article 1A