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Tuesday, April 30

Stanley Ludwig, retired Springdale judge, dead at 67

posted: 04/30/2013 4:32 p.m.

Stanley Ludwig, a retired judge, died Tuesday of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to an account in police records confirmed by Chief Kathy O'Kelley.

Cox: Most service restored in area

posted: 04/30/2013 12:40 p.m.

A power disruption dropped service to Cox Communications customers in several Northwest Arkansas communities on Tuesday morning.

Turnout light at Bentonville second high school forum

posted: 04/30/2013 12:26 p.m.

Turnout was light at a public forum this morning to discuss the second high school issue.

Peabody ducks make final waddles

updated: 04/30/2013 1:21 p.m.

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.

Tulsa police seek puppy-toting carjackers

posted: 04/30/2013 8:29 a.m.

TULSA — Tulsa police are searching for two Chihuahua-toting carjackers who are accused of jumping in a teen driver's car, pistol-whipping her and leaving behind the puppy.

Educator Remembered

posted: 04/30/2013 5 a.m.

Friends and former co-workers remembered Martina Peacock on Monday as energetic, organized and passionate about the children she served.

Prep Baseball Notebook: Fayetteville Locks Up Conference Crown, Closes In On Top Seed

posted: 04/30/2013 5 a.m.

The quirky Arkansas Activities Association power rankings system has reared its ugly head in the chase for the top seed in the 7A/6A-West Conference baseball standings.

Springdale Resident Injured With Knife

posted: 04/30/2013 5 a.m.

Roommates disagreed Monday on how one suffered a puncture wound to his leg, police said.

Convicted Rapist Wants Life Term Tossed

posted: 04/30/2013 5 a.m.

A Springdale man given a life sentence for raping a 14-year-old boy wants his conviction and sentence overturned.

17th Hole At Pinnacle Shortened, Louder

posted: 04/30/2013 5 a.m.

Consider it lucky No. 17. Officials with the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship are hoping to attract more attention to perhaps the most recognizable hole at Pinnacle Country Club.

Arkansas High School Baseball: Coaches Association Poll

posted: 04/30/2013 5 a.m.

Arkansas High School Baseball Coaches Association Poll Class 7A 1, Fayetteville^21-2 2, North Little Rock^20-3 3, Bryant^23-5

Grant From Tyson Helps Education Foundation

posted: 04/30/2013 5 a.m.

More classroom projects in Springdale may get funded because of a $100,000 grant Tyson Foods awarded the Springdale Public Schools Education Foundation on Monday, officials said.

Man Arrested After Car Chase

posted: 04/30/2013 5 a.m.

A Siloam Springs man faces felony and misdemeanor charges after a high-speed car chase in Springdale early Sunday morning.

Storkov Finds His Groove

posted: 04/30/2013 5 a.m.

A little move down the Rogers High lineup has paid big dividends for Konstantin Storkov and the Mounties.

Bella Vista To Oversee Library

posted: 04/30/2013 5 a.m.

Library supporters attending the City Council meeting Monday breathed a sigh of relief when aldermen voted to go ahead with a city takeover.

Projected Street Bond Project Costs High

posted: 04/30/2013 5 a.m.

Street projects in the city’s bond program will be completed before deadlines but the city will be short of money if projections hold up.

City to Host Trail Trekker Meeting

posted: 04/30/2013 5 a.m.

Residents interested in becoming a Fayetteville trail trekker are invited to a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in Room 111 of the City Administration Building, 113 W. Mountain St.

FOR THE RECORD: Prep Roundup

posted: 04/30/2013 5 a.m.

Prep Soccer Girls Shiloh Christian 6, Morrilton 0 Three Lady Saints scored multiple goals in a 5A-West Conference win over Morrilton on Monday.

Storm Drains Work to Slow North Street Traffic

posted: 04/30/2013 5 a.m.

The outer, eastbound lane on North Street will close this week between Leverett and Gregg avenues while Transportation Division workers install a storm drain.

Teachers Awarded $257,890 in Grants

posted: 04/30/2013 5 a.m.

The Fayetteville Public Education Foundation handed out $257,890 in program and teacher grants and scholarships at its annual Celebration of Excellence on Monday.

Bond Set For Man Accused In Shooting

posted: 04/30/2013 5 a.m.

Bond was set at $250,000 for the man accused of firing multiple shots into a Bentonville private club last week. The bond was set at a hearing over the weekend.

More Precincts Coming

posted: 04/30/2013 5 a.m.

The number of voter precincts in Benton County will increase by the end of 2013, after having been reduced just last year.

Four Fired At Veterans Home

posted: 04/30/2013 5 a.m.

Four workers were fired for giving false statements after a patient’s arm was broken at the Fayetteville Veterans Home, the director of the state Veterans Affairs Department said Monday.

Landingham Sentenced On Rape Charge

posted: 04/30/2013 5 a.m.

John Scott Landingham admitted Monday to raping a 17-year-old girl while he was a state prisoner, but free as part of a furlough program.

Consumers boost spending by 0.2%

posted: 04/30/2013 3:55 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Americans kept increasing their spending in March and their income grew, the Commerce Department reported Monday.

Fatal blasts sap hope for a stable Iraq

posted: 04/30/2013 3:49 a.m.

BAGHDAD — A wave of car-bomb blasts tore through Shiite areas south of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 36 and deepening fears that Iraq is rapidly spiraling back out of control.

In the news

posted: 04/30/2013 3:39 a.m.

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.

Names and faces

posted: 04/30/2013 3:39 a.m.

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

Getting it straight

posted: 04/30/2013 3:38 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 04/30/2013 3:38 a.m.

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.

The world in brief

posted: 04/30/2013 3:37 a.m.

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.

Obituaries

posted: 04/30/2013 3:14 a.m.

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

Other days

posted: 04/30/2013 3:14 a.m.

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.

The art of the impossible

posted: 04/30/2013 2:58 a.m.

Someone called politics “the art of the possible.” But in the era of the modern welfare state, politics is largely the art of the impossible.

EDITORIALS: Yes, yes, yes, but …

posted: 04/30/2013 2:57 a.m.

GOSH, it’s hard to be against new school buildings. It’d be like being against apple pie.

OTHERS SAY: Face uncomfortable history

posted: 04/30/2013 2:56 a.m.

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?

Kindred communities: Not so different

posted: 04/30/2013 2:56 a.m.

If we somehow could meld creative Fayetteville and artistic Eureka Springs into a single vibrant community, this new “Fayettesprings” has a kindred city only a day’s drive west along Interstate 40.

Good fences make safe lions

posted: 04/30/2013 2:55 a.m.

During the 1960s when most African nature reserves were being established, lions tended to be born free. But today, freedom doesn’t always serve them well.

Tactical practicalities

posted: 04/30/2013 2:55 a.m.

On days when I’m generous, I analyze it as tactical politics.

LETTERS

posted: 04/30/2013 2:54 a.m.

Politics in the schools Our three kids and one granddaughter we raised did not attend schools in the South. Perhaps that’s why I am somewhat confused as to what is a co-valedictorian.

LPGA MEDIA DAY: Officials seeking excitement on 17

posted: 04/30/2013 2:45 a.m.

Hog calls will be encouraged at this year’s LPGA Wal-Mart Northwest Arkansas Championship and not just when former Arkansas Razorbacks golfer Stacy Lewis is on the course.

Derby to go on without Baffert

posted: 04/30/2013 2:42 a.m.

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.

LIKE IT IS: Grading NFL Draft an elongated process

posted: 04/30/2013 2:39 a.m.

Dallas Cowboys fans are apparently disappointed, while the fans of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Green Bay, San Francisco and Jacksonville are rejoicing.

Second thoughts

posted: 04/30/2013 2:38 a.m.

Magic points wand of blame Howard’s way Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard was ejected during the third quarter of Sunday’s 103-82 NBA playoffs loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

Off the wire

posted: 04/30/2013 2:38 a.m.

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.

Arkansas was home to many solid trainers

posted: 04/30/2013 2:37 a.m.

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.

Stars, Original Six in, but seedings don’t matter

posted: 04/30/2013 2:35 a.m.

Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Patrick Kane are as good as hockey players get. Their teammates are pretty good, too.

NBA PLAYOFFS: Nets rebound after triple-OT loss

posted: 04/30/2013 2:33 a.m.

NEW YORK — The Nets’ first season in Brooklyn goes on, with another victory needed to set up the biggest game here yet.

Box score key

posted: 04/30/2013 2:31 a.m.

AB: at-bats ; R: runs; H: hits; BI: runs batted in; BB: walks; SO: strike outs; AVG: post-game batting average; E: errors; LOB: runners left on base; 2B: doubles; 3B: triples; HR: home runs; SB: stolen base; CS: caught stealing; S: sacrifice; SF: sacrifice fly; GIDP: grounded into double play; DP: double plays; TP: triple plays; IP: innings pitched; ER: earned runs; NP: number of pitches; ERA: post-game earned run average; W: winning pitcher; L: losing pitcher; S: save; BS: blown save opportunity; H: hold (pitcher holds lead but doesn’t qualify for save); IBB: intentional walk; HBP: batter hit by pitcher; PB: passed ball; WP: wild pitch; T: length of game.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Strasburg extends struggles, sees doctor after loss

posted: 04/30/2013 2:31 a.m.

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves, who began the night with the most home runs in the majors, showed they can win without any.

Notes

posted: 04/30/2013 2:30 a.m.

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

THE RECRUITING GUY: Rutgers transfer savors Hogs fans, Anderson

posted: 04/30/2013 2:28 a.m.

The Arkansas fan base made a big impact on point guard Jerome Seagears during his official visit over the weekend, so much so he insisted his appreciation be heard.

State sports briefs

posted: 04/30/2013 2:26 a.m.

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

Kentucky Derby report

posted: 04/30/2013 2:24 a.m.

Orb turns heads with quick work LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A wide-open Kentucky Derby might finally have a clear favorite after Orb dazzled onlookers Monday at Churchill Downs.

SEC honor for Astin

posted: 04/30/2013 2:24 a.m.

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.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 04/30/2013 2:13 a.m.

Entergy reactor up, connected to grid Arkansas Nuclear One’s Unit 2 reactor began producing power Sunday and was reconnected to the electricity grid, Entergy Arkansas said.

GM bet in China parallels Toyota’s

posted: 04/30/2013 2:13 a.m.

General Motors Co., the largest car maker in the U.S., is shifting its center of gravity to China, where it sells more cars and now invests more money.

Home-sales gauge rises 1.5%

posted: 04/30/2013 2:12 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes rose in March to the highest level in three years, pointing to higher sales this spring.

Penney’s new chief gets loan, ups prices

posted: 04/30/2013 2:09 a.m.

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.

Google’s new app tells Siri: Step aside

posted: 04/30/2013 2:09 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Google is trying to upstage Siri, the sometimes droll assistant that answers questions and helps people manage their lives on Apple’s iPhone and iPad.

Chrysler’s profit plunges 65%

posted: 04/30/2013 2:07 a.m.

DETROIT — Chrysler’s first-quarter profit tumbled 65 percent as shipments of cars and trucks fell while it prepared factories to assemble several new vehicles.

Business news in brief

posted: 04/30/2013 2:07 a.m.

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.

MARKET REPORT: Tech pushes S&P 500 to new high

posted: 04/30/2013 2:06 a.m.

NEW YORK — Technology companies led the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to an all-time closing high Monday.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Stop Attacking National Rifle Association

posted: 04/30/2013 2:02 a.m.

Twice this month you have taken unwarranted cheap shots at the NRA, an organization that has worked diligently in support of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.

MUSIC: Pink Floyd’s music endures

posted: 04/30/2013 2:01 a.m.

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.

WHAT’S IN A DAME: Bacony shake is a cupful of PB&B

posted: 04/30/2013 2:01 a.m.

What’s shakin’ , bacon?

COMMENTARY: Witt Focuses on High Standards

posted: 04/30/2013 2 a.m.

When Stan Witt got his first job in law enforcement, he was too young to buy his own gun.

PUBLIC MEETINGS: April 30th

posted: 04/30/2013 2 a.m.

Today 3:30 p.m. Fayetteville Civil Service Commission — Room 111, City Administration Building, 113 W. Mountain St.

RECORDS: April 30th

posted: 04/30/2013 2 a.m.

Arrests Centerton • Robert James Kramer, 32, was arrested Monday in connection with a parole violation. Kramer was being held Monday in the Benton County Jail with no bond set.

MUSIC: Band has Trouble, but in a good way

posted: 04/30/2013 1:59 a.m.

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.

MAY CALENDAR: Marvelous May-hem

posted: 04/30/2013 1:59 a.m.

May is when mayors, mothers and mud bugs with margaritas dance around the Maypole, and merrymakers fill their armadillo May baskets with macaroons and magnolias.

HOW WE SEE IT: Election Bills Not Solution for Arkansas

posted: 04/30/2013 1:58 a.m.

The election process in Arkansas is far from perfect. Just consider some of the long lines voters have occasionally faced in some counties.

THE TV COLUMN: Are pink slips in the envelopes for your faves?

posted: 04/30/2013 1:57 a.m.

Can you feel the tension in the air?

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 04/30/2013 1:56 a.m.

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?

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 04/30/2013 1:56 a.m.

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):

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Countering the martyr act

posted: 04/30/2013 1:56 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My husband’s 49-year-old brother has advanced cirrhosis. The prognosis sounds pretty grim.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

posted: 04/30/2013 1:55 a.m.

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 publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.edu. 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.

Super Quiz: Misinformation

posted: 04/30/2013 1:55 a.m.

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.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 04/30/2013 1:54 a.m.

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.

MUSIC: Lonely Wild’s sound born of ‘spaghetti’ films

posted: 04/30/2013 1:53 a.m.

If The Lonely Wild sounds like a movie title rather than a rock band, it could be because the Los Angeles quintet’s founder, Andrew Carroll, is as fascinated with film as he is with melodies.

Goodyear, Steelworkers begin contract talks

posted: 04/30/2013 1:33 a.m.

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.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Nats can’t make early lead stick

posted: 04/30/2013 1:33 a.m.

The Tulsa Drillers scored three runs in the second inning and five runs in the fifth in beating the Northwest Arkansas Naturals 8-2 before an announced crowd of 8,168 fans at ONEOK Field in Tulsa.

NHL playoff capsules -

posted: 04/30/2013 1:32 a.m.

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.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 04/30/2013 1:32 a.m.

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.

The state/region in brief

posted: 04/30/2013 1:32 a.m.

Man who shot wife killed, officials say MELBOURNE — Authorities said officers shot and killed a Melbourne man accused of shooting his wife.

Fort Smith officer justified in shooting suspect, prosecutor rules

posted: 04/30/2013 1:32 a.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.

Killer loses retrial bid in killing of family

posted: 04/30/2013 1:32 a.m.

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.

Divorce contests Mann’s cash

posted: 04/30/2013 1:32 a.m.

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.

Architecture students part of arts grant

posted: 04/30/2013 1:32 a.m.

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.

Despite April rain, traces of state’s drought linger

posted: 04/30/2013 1:32 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas isn’t out of the drought yet — but it’s close.

Dyess boosts security after fires

posted: 04/30/2013 1:32 a.m.

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.

In Prague, 35 hurt in office explosion

posted: 04/30/2013 1:32 a.m.

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.

Bangladesh police to quiz factory owner

posted: 04/30/2013 1:32 a.m.

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.

Holocaust survivors, vets honor museum

posted: 04/30/2013 1:32 a.m.

Elderly Holocaust survivors and the veterans who helped liberate them gathered for what could be their last big reunion Monday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

High court rejects immigration case

posted: 04/30/2013 1:32 a.m.

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.

Preschool spending rate lowest in decade

posted: 04/30/2013 1:32 a.m.

State funding for pre-kindergarten programs had its largest drop ever last year and states are now spending less per child than they did a decade ago, according to a report released Monday.

Syria’s premier survives deadly blast in capital

posted: 04/30/2013 12:57 a.m.

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.

No oil-spill returnees, but dead animals up

posted: 04/30/2013 12:51 a.m.

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.

ARKANSAS BASEBALL: Bullpen expects workout tonight

posted: 04/30/2013 12:43 a.m.

Arkansas has plenty of well-rested pitchers ready to go when the No. 14 Razorbacks play Missouri State tonight at Baum Stadium.

Give back $28,630 taken at traffic stop, judge says

posted: 04/30/2013 12:25 a.m.

A Pulaski County circuit judge on Monday ordered authorities to return $28,630 seized during a homicide investigation to the 37-year-old North Little Rock man it was taken from.

$5.8 million renovation set for LR’s Albert Pike

posted: 04/30/2013 12:12 a.m.

The buyer of the Albert Pike Residence Hotel in downtown Little Rock plans to spend about $5.8 million to renovate the 84-year-old historic building.

Lottery’s haul in March falls from last year

posted: 04/30/2013 12:01 a.m.

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.

Monday, April 29

Police: No arrests made in stabbing

posted: 04/29/2013 2:07 p.m.

A man was questions but no arrests have been made in connection with a reported stabbing Monday, according to a news release from the Springdale Police Department.

Tyson gives $100,000 grant to Springdale education foundation

posted: 04/29/2013 2:03 p.m.

More classroom projects in Springdale may get funded thanks to a $100,000 grant Tyson Foods awarded the Springdale Public Schools Education Foundation on Monday, officials said.

Memorial service set for highway worker slain at rest stop

posted: 04/29/2013 1:45 p.m.

A memorial service is planned Wednesday for a highway worker who was fatally shot at an Interstate 40 rest stop in Crawford County last year.

Man pleads guilty to rape while freed as state prisoner

posted: 04/29/2013 12:09 p.m.

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.

Clinton: Athlete's announcement of being gay is an 'important moment'

posted: 04/29/2013 11:55 a.m.

Former President Bill Clinton released a statement Monday morning in support of the first active male professional athlete in the U.S. to publicly announce that he's gay.

CALENDAR: Come what May

posted: 04/29/2013 9:39 a.m.

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.

FBI looks at contact overseas

posted: 04/29/2013 5:23 a.m.

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.

U.S. lawmakers pressure Obama on Syria

posted: 04/29/2013 5:20 a.m.

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.

Cuts remove top air-show draws

posted: 04/29/2013 5:09 a.m.

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.

EPA lowers methane-release estimate

posted: 04/29/2013 5:01 a.m.

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?

Weather Cooperates for Joe Martin Stage Race

posted: 04/29/2013 5 a.m.

After three days of not-so-ideal weather, Sunday’s conditions could not have been more perfect for the finale of the Joe Martin Stage Race in Fayetteville.

Man Arrested After Car Chase

posted: 04/29/2013 5 a.m.

A Siloam Springs man faces felony and misdemeanor charges in connection after a high-speed car chase in Springdale early Sunday morning.

Piha Fitting In Well At UAM

posted: 04/29/2013 5 a.m.

Arkansas-Monticello softball coach Alvy Early never saw Kali Piha play in the outfield during high school, but he had a pretty good scouting report.

Building Permits Up

posted: 04/29/2013 5 a.m.

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.

New Legislation Could Help Veterans

posted: 04/29/2013 5 a.m.

Veterans seeking work in Arkansas have a better chance now of landing a job with the passage of legislation giving employers legal protection if they adopt a veterans preference policy.

Interpretations Raise Cost of Prosecutions

posted: 04/29/2013 5 a.m.

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.

County Has Designs on Veterans Court

posted: 04/29/2013 5 a.m.

One person has been accepted into a planned veterans court, and a local circuit judge hopes to have space for as many as a dozen people once the court gets its footing.

Commentary: Pianalto Working to Revive Career

posted: 04/29/2013 5 a.m.

While most football fans were focused on the NFL draft, former Springdale High standout Zack Pianalto was busy attempting to revive his professional career.

Vogel Displays Heart in Return to Baseball Diamond

posted: 04/29/2013 5 a.m.

Few sights are more Americana than an eight-year-old boy who scrambles back to first base after getting a hit and receives a high-five from his dad, who is coaching nearby.

Owl Creek School Considers Longer School Year

posted: 04/29/2013 5 a.m.

Teachers and administrators at Owl Creek School are putting the finishing touches on information for parents about moving to a continuous learning calendar for the 2014-15 school year.

The world in brief

posted: 04/29/2013 4:44 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 04/29/2013 4:44 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 04/29/2013 4:30 a.m.

Clint Eastwood may be 82 years old, but he dreams of making films for two more decades.

In the news

posted: 04/29/2013 4:29 a.m.

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.

Forest Park Elementary seeks alumni to finish project

posted: 04/29/2013 4:14 a.m.

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.

Church destruction fails to lower spirits

posted: 04/29/2013 4:11 a.m.

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.

2 killed, 3 injured in state accidents

posted: 04/29/2013 4:08 a.m.

Two Arkansans were killed and three more were injured on state roadways early Sunday morning, according to police.

Other days

posted: 04/29/2013 4:06 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO April 29, 1913 FORT SMITH — Passengers on a north-bound Kansas City Southern train, running between this city and Mena, say they saw an aviator racing with the train last night.

EDITORIALS: A race to watch

posted: 04/29/2013 3:58 a.m.

WELL, the Ledge wasn’t all bad this time around. A few times here and there, now and then, Arkansas’ lawmakers may actually have got it right.

COLUMNISTS: The Bush legacy

posted: 04/29/2013 3:57 a.m.

Clare Boothe Luce liked to say that a great man is one sentence. Presidents, in particular.

OTHERS SAY: Lessons from Texas

posted: 04/29/2013 3:57 a.m.

Even though more lives were lost and structural damage was more widespread, the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, got lost amid the drama unfolding in Boston.

A sneak peek

posted: 04/29/2013 3:56 a.m.

DALLAS Here’s my takeaway from last week’s half-hourish media tour of the new George W. Bush museum: He was president for a while and he had a dog. And he liked baseball.

Terrorists are watching

posted: 04/29/2013 3:55 a.m.

Some have suggested that Boston might be our terrorist future (as in the IED comes to America). If so, it will be more because of how we reacted to it than because of the attack itself.

LETTERS

posted: 04/29/2013 3:54 a.m.

Not quite a hillbilly state Thank you to the Benton County GOP committee.

NBA PLAYOFFS: Celtics manage to avoid sweep

posted: 04/29/2013 3:47 a.m.

Jason Terry’s nose still hurt. He wasn’t about to let his pride suffer as well.

Rain halts true sweep in Athens

posted: 04/29/2013 3:44 a.m.

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.

Draft productive, Dallas’ Jones says

posted: 04/29/2013 3:43 a.m.

There will be much debate about whether the Cowboys received enough value to move down 13 spots in the first round.

ZURICH CLASSIC: Weight lifted off Horschel’s back

posted: 04/29/2013 3:34 a.m.

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.

Trainer O’Neill embraces twin spires, shot at repeat

posted: 04/29/2013 3:29 a.m.

Trainer Doug O’Neill was back at Churchill Downs Sunday for the first time since winning the Kentucky Derby with I’ll Have Another last year, and he is thinking about winning another one.

NBA PLAYOFFS: Taking flight

posted: 04/29/2013 3:26 a.m.

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.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Pirates’ rookie lefty handcuffs Cardinals

posted: 04/29/2013 3:23 a.m.

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.

Montoya sees silver lining in finish

posted: 04/29/2013 3:21 a.m.

It’s been a season of bad breaks for Juan Pablo Montoya, so it was only fitting when things again didn’t go his way.

Draft: Big on intrigue, light on glitz

posted: 04/29/2013 3:20 a.m.

Minnesota went all in with three first-round picks.

State baseball roundups

posted: 04/29/2013 3:17 a.m.

SUN BELT UALR 10-16, W. KENTUCKY 6-6 UALR combined to score 26 runs on 31 hits in a doubleheader sweep of Western Kentucky on Sunday at Gary Hogan Field in Little Rock.

Second thoughts

posted: 04/29/2013 3:16 a.m.

Battier left foaming at the house Athletes are superstitious, and some habits are stranger than others.

Off the wire

posted: 04/29/2013 3:14 a.m.

BASKETBALL Larkin to enter NBA Draft Miami guard Shane Larkin said he will forgo his final two years of college eligibility and enter the NBA draft.

State sports briefs

posted: 04/29/2013 3:12 a.m.

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.

3-D technology cuts prototype costs

posted: 04/29/2013 3:10 a.m.

The machine, no larger than a coffee maker and encased in a black shell, hums at a whisper.

New officers prepare to fight U.S. enemies in cyberspace

posted: 04/29/2013 3:04 a.m.

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 tweaks Europe searches

posted: 04/29/2013 2:57 a.m.

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.

PUBLIC MEETINGS: April 29

posted: 04/29/2013 2:56 a.m.

Today 9 a.m. Benton County Election Commission — 1204 SW 14th St., Suite 6, Bentonville

RECORDS: April 29

posted: 04/29/2013 2:55 a.m.

Arrests Benton County Sheriff’s Office William Douglas Hibbard, 28, of 307 S. Main in Bentonville was arrested Saturday in connection with felony domestic battering in the second degree.

BUILDING PERMITS: April 29

posted: 04/29/2013 2:53 a.m.

Building permits issued in March for Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers and Springdale on projects valued at $75,000 or more:

LAWSUITS: April 29

posted: 04/29/2013 2:52 a.m.

April 18 Leslea Barron v. Kacey Johnson

Peek at next Xbox expected May 21

posted: 04/29/2013 2:52 a.m.

Microsoft Corp. plans a “special unveiling” related to the Xbox, suggesting that the world’s biggest software maker will use the event to introduce the latest version of its game console.

MARRIAGE LICENSES: April 29

posted: 04/29/2013 2:51 a.m.

April 18 Cody Dale Calcott, 26, and Brandi Kathryn Randel, 25, both of Siloam Springs

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 04/29/2013 2:51 a.m.

ALMA Toni Kay and John Ben Gregory Jr. (dba Lakeland Logistics of Alma Inc., 4G Trucking Inc., JBF Logistics LLC, Toni K. Trucking), 2418 Lakeland Drive, April 22, 2013, Chapter 13.

RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS: April 29

posted: 04/29/2013 2:50 a.m.

Information is from state Health Department records. Restaurants are listed in order of inspection date. All reports are from regular food service food store inspections unless otherwise noted.

Eager to gain some pain, women belly up to the barre

posted: 04/29/2013 2:40 a.m.

In a different world, ZenSpin’s workout room could have been a salon. Heck, this is a strip center in Little Rock’s Heights neighborhood, so that’s an entirely plausible thought.

ASK THE TRAINER: Warm-up important activity for duffer too

posted: 04/29/2013 2:35 a.m.

Personal trainer Janet Roget answers questions submitted by readers of ActiveStyle.

Historic homes line downtown 5K path

posted: 04/29/2013 2:33 a.m.

The Downtown Little Rock Partnership and its partners have plotted a new course for the MacArthur Park 5K, a footrace at 7 p.m. Friday around the city’s oldest park.

Walk, don’t run or run, don’t walk?

posted: 04/29/2013 2:32 a.m.

Headline 1 appeared April 5 in the Guardian: “Brisk walk healthier than running — scientists.” Headline 2 ran in Health magazine the very same day: “Want to lose weight? Then run, don’t walk: Study.”

New workouts: Core Fusion Barre Basics for Beginners

posted: 04/29/2013 2:30 a.m.

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.

Let the bicycle events roll in May across Arkansas

posted: 04/29/2013 2:27 a.m.

Bicycle riders take to the streets in May with events and contests to encourage Arkansans to pedal more.

Unicyclists take great pains to learn

posted: 04/29/2013 2:25 a.m.

Unicycles have one wheel and no handlebars. They aren’t bicycles, because “bi” means two — as in two wheels. “Uni” means one.

MASTER CLASS: Squat and slam will sow lots of rewards

posted: 04/29/2013 2:25 a.m.

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.

REALLY?

posted: 04/29/2013 2:23 a.m.

Does bird mating ever cross the species line?

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 04/29/2013 2:22 a.m.

Happy birthday. You realize that it’s impractical to pursue every passing fancy, and yet there’s a certain inspiration that deserves your undivided attention over the next seven weeks.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 04/29/2013 2:21 a.m.

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.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 04/29/2013 2:21 a.m.

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.

Super Quiz: Sequence of time

posted: 04/29/2013 2:20 a.m.

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

HOW WE SEE IT: Quorum Court Realizes Value In Social Worker

posted: 04/29/2013 2:08 a.m.

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.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: League Opposes Keystone XL Pipeline

posted: 04/29/2013 2:08 a.m.

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.

COMMENTARY: Mike Ross Gets Familiar With Area

posted: 04/29/2013 2:08 a.m.

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.

HOG CALLS: Williams having to get more physical

posted: 04/29/2013 1:56 a.m.

Jonathan Williams supplied an incorrect 2012 answer to a 2013 question that he said he would have answered correctly in 2011.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Three-run Tulsa 9th stuns NW Arkansas

posted: 04/29/2013 1:50 a.m.

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.

Spot on lottery panel filled

posted: 04/29/2013 1:50 a.m.

Senate President Pro Tempore Michael Lamoureux appointed a spokesman for Sam’s Club to the Arkansas Lottery Commission, Lamoureux said Tuesday.

Welcome resignations

posted: 04/29/2013 1:49 a.m.

THE HEAD of the Republican Party in Benton County called it abhorrent. He was right.

Film focuses on Arkansas photographer

posted: 04/29/2013 1:49 a.m.

The Fayetteville Public Library will host a free screening of the documentary Disfarmer : A Portrait of America at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 04/29/2013 1:49 a.m.

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

NOTEWORTHY DEATH

posted: 04/29/2013 1:49 a.m.

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.

Governor’s appointments

posted: 04/29/2013 1:49 a.m.

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.

LR’s Jewish food festival offers a taste of the culture

posted: 04/29/2013 1:49 a.m.

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.

Public’s opinion on span divided

posted: 04/29/2013 1:49 a.m.

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.

Some schools rethink using GPA as rank

posted: 04/29/2013 1:49 a.m.

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.

Joplin hospital rebuilt to stand

posted: 04/29/2013 1:49 a.m.

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.

Taliban election bombings rise

posted: 04/29/2013 1:49 a.m.

Taliban attacks on election candidates in northwestern Pakistan killed at least eight people and wounded dozens Sunday, adding to a growing toll of militant violence in the run up to May 11 elections.

Egyptian judiciary, Morsi reach deal

posted: 04/29/2013 1:49 a.m.

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.

45,000 lose power after Houston rain

posted: 04/29/2013 1:49 a.m.

Storms in the Houston area that dumped several inches of rain have left thousands of people without electricity and forced about 150 high-water rescues.

Deportees from U.S. plan their next moves

posted: 04/29/2013 1:49 a.m.

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.

Iraq suspends licenses of 10 news channels

posted: 04/29/2013 1:49 a.m.

Iraqi authorities suspended the operating licenses of pan-Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera and nine Iraqi TV channels on Sunday after accusing them of escalating sectarian tension.

2 shot near office of Italy’s premier

posted: 04/29/2013 1:49 a.m.

An unemployed bricklayer shot two Italian policemen in a crowded square outside the premier’s office Sunday just as Italy’s new government was being sworn in, investigators said.

Undrafted Hogs find opportunity

posted: 04/29/2013 12:49 a.m.

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.

Bangladeshis catch fugitive owner of site

posted: 04/29/2013 12:27 a.m.

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.

State lawmakers pass 15 bills aimed at guns

posted: 04/29/2013 12:26 a.m.

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.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Mobile hot spots are an attractive option in rural areas

posted: 04/29/2013 12:07 a.m.

I get a lot of questions from readers, and one of the latest questions couldn’t have come at a better time.

Sunday, April 28

Runners Dodge Rain

posted: 04/28/2013 5 a.m.

Even in a crowd of people dressed mostly in pink, Candyce Hinkle was hard to miss on Saturday.

2nd ricin arrest made after 1st case tossed

posted: 04/28/2013 4:57 a.m.

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.

Bangladeshis dig and hope; six in custody

posted: 04/28/2013 4:57 a.m.

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.

Soldier’s body found in field sends out call

posted: 04/28/2013 4:55 a.m.

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.

Islamists’ shadow long as U.S. sets Syria course

posted: 04/28/2013 4:54 a.m.

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.

Obama jokes about radical 2nd term

posted: 04/28/2013 4:53 a.m.

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.

Pig farmer hits slop jackpot in Las Vegas

posted: 04/28/2013 4:53 a.m.

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.

FAA workers return after furloughs suspended

posted: 04/28/2013 4:50 a.m.

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.

Legislature checks off 3 priority issues

posted: 04/28/2013 4:44 a.m.

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.

Syrian rebels take fight to bases, checkpoints

posted: 04/28/2013 4:44 a.m.

Syrian rebels attacked a sprawling military air base in the country’s northwest on Saturday, while opposition forces assaulted a string of army checkpoints and positions in the south, activists said.

565 items on state wish list; $172 million in surplus kitty

posted: 04/28/2013 4:42 a.m.

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.

S. Korean managers begin leaving joint factories

posted: 04/28/2013 4:39 a.m.

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.

NATO plane crash kills 4 troops

posted: 04/28/2013 4:33 a.m.

A NATO plane crash in southern Afghanistan killed four international troops Saturday, the same day the Taliban announced its spring offensive.

Commencement exercises in Arkansas

posted: 04/28/2013 4:29 a.m.

Colleges and universities will hold commencement exercises in Arkansas in May. Here is a list of times and places for each public and private four-year campus, as well as some of the speakers.

To flee Pakistan zealots, Hazaras risk perilous trek

posted: 04/28/2013 4:28 a.m.

Stranded in a dingy hotel in the heart of the port city of Karachi, waiting for the smuggler’s call, Hussain felt at once trapped and poised for freedom.

State legislators pass 61% of bills filed in session

posted: 04/28/2013 4:28 a.m.

The 89th General Assembly approved 1,520 of the 2,492 bills filed during the 100-day legislative session, or 61 percent.

The nation in brief

posted: 04/28/2013 4:27 a.m.

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

The world in brief

posted: 04/28/2013 4:26 a.m.

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

TV news shows

posted: 04/28/2013 4:25 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.

Names and faces

posted: 04/28/2013 4:25 a.m.

Authorities say the classic Chevrolet convertible featured in the film Pulp Fiction has been found nearly two decades after it was stolen.

In the news

posted: 04/28/2013 4:25 a.m.

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.

Six-year rate of graduation rises to 40.8%

posted: 04/28/2013 4:22 a.m.

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.

Other days

posted: 04/28/2013 4:15 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO April 28, 1913 PARAGOULD — Constable Bob Clark Friday destroyed 24 pints of whiskey, being a shipment consigned to O.V. Arnold in this city.

Quiz Bowl competitors win honors, scholarships

posted: 04/28/2013 4:15 a.m.

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.

Museum to hold retreat for writers

posted: 04/28/2013 4:14 a.m.

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.

Education Notebook

posted: 04/28/2013 4:14 a.m.

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.

Man killed after van strikes a tree

posted: 04/28/2013 4:09 a.m.

A Murfreesboro man died after he struck a tree, causing his van to catch fire in Hempstead County early Saturday, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality accident report.

Five from Arkansas score National Merit Scholarships

posted: 04/28/2013 4:05 a.m.

Five Arkansas high school seniors are among about 1,000 seniors nationally to be named recipients of the 2013 corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarships.

LR teacher linked to shooting

posted: 04/28/2013 4:04 a.m.

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.

Engagements

posted: 04/28/2013 4:02 a.m.

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.

Anniversaries

posted: 04/28/2013 4:01 a.m.

CAMDEN — Mona and Frankie Frazier celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday with a reception at Harveyville Hunting Club. The couple were married April 27, 1963.

Grizzlies too strong down low, tie series

posted: 04/28/2013 3:53 a.m.

MEMPHIS — When Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph click together, the Memphis Grizzlies are very, very tough to beat.

SEC BASEBALL: 8th-inning rally lifts Razorbacks

posted: 04/28/2013 3:51 a.m.

Try as they might, the Arkansas Razorbacks couldn’t recall an instance this season when they had a late-innings, come-from-behind victory.

Weddings

posted: 04/28/2013 3:50 a.m.

Kreps-Jewart Leigh Anne Jewart and Charles William Kreps were united in marriage Saturday in Trinity United Methodist Church. The Rev. Al Cunningham officiated.

NFL DRAFT: Quarterback clearance

posted: 04/28/2013 3:48 a.m.

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.

LIKE IT IS: Cast similarities aside, Bielema own man

posted: 04/28/2013 3:46 a.m.

It is human nature to compare and contrast.

Second thoughts

posted: 04/28/2013 3:44 a.m.

Anything beats $20 per month Cuba is breaking a five-decade ban on professional boxing and joining an international semipro league.

Off the wire

posted: 04/28/2013 3:44 a.m.

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.

COMMENTARY: Floyd Mayweather has a show to sell

posted: 04/28/2013 3:42 a.m.

LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. was bleeding from the nose, something that seemed to bother his father far more than it did him.

SEC/STATE BASEBALL ROUNDUPS

posted: 04/28/2013 3:40 a.m.

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.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Big seventh inning propels Pirates over Cards

posted: 04/28/2013 3:39 a.m.

ST. LOUIS — Russell Martin hit a two-run home run to highlight a four-run seventh inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 on Saturday.

ARKANSANS ACROSS THE MINORS

posted: 04/28/2013 3:38 a.m.

News & Notes 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.

Arkansas poetry, chapter and verse

posted: 04/28/2013 3:36 a.m.

Hot Springs’ snowy main drag reflects the glow of a near-full moon. The restaurants are dark, the usually bustling street deserted. Or is it?

NASCAR SPRINT CUP: ‘Vintage’ Harvick wins in OT

posted: 04/28/2013 3:33 a.m.

RICHMOND, Va. — When the dust settled at Richmond, Ol’ Happy Harvick was the only driver smiling.

Business Owners Concerned About Walnut Work

posted: 04/28/2013 3:33 a.m.

Angela Rose is worried about her patients. Bill Layton will only have two customer parking spaces and Dawn Valdez is worried potential customers won’t be able to see her business.

HORSE RACING: Pletcher barn storms into Derby

posted: 04/28/2013 3:32 a.m.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Forty Tales overtook pacesetter Zee Brothers in the deep stretch and held off stablemate Capo Bastone by a neck Saturday night in the Grade 3 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs.

Confrontation leads to arrests in Virginia

posted: 04/28/2013 3:31 a.m.

RICHMOND, Va. — Nelson Piquet Jr. was involved in a post-race altercation that led to the arrest of two crew members for Richard Childress Racing, his team said Saturday.

Locals Ponder Immigration Reform

posted: 04/28/2013 3:31 a.m.

Rogers resident Leonel Salazar, born in Mexico, works legally in the United States but just barely.

Eureka gets silly, spherical for arts fest

posted: 04/28/2013 3:30 a.m.

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.

SPIN CYCLE: Atlanta’s just mud to Reese

posted: 04/28/2013 3:28 a.m.

Is our Reese going to pieces?

THE TV COLUMN: Droll staff returns to mind Warehouse of weirdness

posted: 04/28/2013 3:26 a.m.

Don’t sweat, Warehouse 13 fans; our intrepid team is back on the job.

NFL Draft report: Ex-Hogs’ patience gets a test

posted: 04/28/2013 3:26 a.m.

Patience was the theme Saturday for Arkansas’ NFL Draft picks as quarterback Tyler Wilson, receiver Cobi Hamilton and tight end Chris Gragg were all drafted later than they expected.

Second High School Forums Planned

posted: 04/28/2013 3:24 a.m.

Bentonville School Board members will host a series of public forums over the next two weeks to get feedback on building a second high school.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Old Crow Medicine Show to perform at Fayetteville

posted: 04/28/2013 3:24 a.m.

Americana string band The Old Crow Medicine Show will be onstage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Arkansas Music Pavilion, Washington County Fairgrounds, 2536 N. McConnell Ave., Fayetteville.

GOLF Bella Vista Golf Association Women’s 9 Hole Pairings

posted: 04/28/2013 3:24 a.m.

WHEN: Monday

THE RECRUITING GUY: Offensive lineman gives Arkansas passing grade

posted: 04/28/2013 3:23 a.m.

A recent conversation with Arkansas offensive line coach Sam Pittman and offensive line graduate assistant Eric Mateos has helped convince highly regarded Brian Wallace to visit the Hogs.

Path for singer is Smog-free after 15 years

posted: 04/28/2013 3:22 a.m.

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 ).

Seniors To Play College Lacrosse

posted: 04/28/2013 3:21 a.m.

Bentonville seniors Conor Baird and Cody Eckes will join the Hendrix College men’s lacrosse team next fall.

UAPB moving on from last year

posted: 04/28/2013 3:20 a.m.

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.

Long Adapting To New Role With Arkansas Tech

posted: 04/28/2013 3:20 a.m.

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.

Bella Vista Council To Meet

posted: 04/28/2013 3:20 a.m.

The Bella Vista Library is one step closer to becoming part of the city.

TV ON DVD: Series is engaging, frank look at childbirth in ’50s London

posted: 04/28/2013 3:20 a.m.

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.

Bulldogs Eye Target

posted: 04/28/2013 3:19 a.m.

Jorge Gonzalez has been a bit of a marked man on a targeted team this high school soccer season. And the Springdale High senior doesn’t mind the attention at all.

UA senior sprinter fast on track again

posted: 04/28/2013 3:19 a.m.

Arkansas sprinter Akheem Gauntlett is 5 for 5 the last two weekends.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: His contact with ex is vexing

posted: 04/28/2013 3:18 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I have been living with my boyfriend for 10 years. He moved here from out east and has an adult son there. He has been divorced for 16 years.

Library To Give Away Comic Books

posted: 04/28/2013 3:17 a.m.

The Bentonville Public Library will give away free comic books from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 04/28/2013 3:17 a.m.

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.

High school football report

posted: 04/28/2013 3:17 a.m.

Combining two classes proposed At least two proposals involving reclassification are scheduled to go before the Arkansas Activities Association’s governing body this summer.

Tigers Ink With Schools

posted: 04/28/2013 3:17 a.m.

Taylor Lee always had the desire to play college basketball, but she also wanted to stay as close to home as possible.

Big hug for Teddy

posted: 04/28/2013 3:16 a.m.

Anyone who has ever hugged a teddy bear has sampled some of the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, the U.S.’ “conservation president.”

Armory Renovation Progressing

posted: 04/28/2013 3:16 a.m.

Prisoners are building walls at the old Springdale Armory — but those walls aren’t meant to keep them in.

Lady Mounties Look To Build Momentum

posted: 04/28/2013 3:15 a.m.

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.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: It’s real easy to get ticked off during tick season

posted: 04/28/2013 3:15 a.m.

We know spring is officially here now that we’ve pulled the first tick from our overalls.

Santos To Continue Wrestling Career

posted: 04/28/2013 3:14 a.m.

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.

In a perfect world

posted: 04/28/2013 3:14 a.m.

If I could blueprint a perfect day, it would go something like this.

Athletes In Arts

posted: 04/28/2013 3:13 a.m.

Warren Rosenaur knows good acting when he sees it. For more than 25 years, Rosenaur has been on the search for talent in the theater arts as drama instructor at Fayetteville High School.

Newseum displays JFK assassination items

posted: 04/28/2013 3:12 a.m.

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.

Online Remarks Prove Costly

posted: 04/28/2013 3:12 a.m.

David Hill has less than 500 followers on Twitter, which makes the response he got to a message he posted on April 3 even more impressive.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Escape tourist herds to taste Europe’s true flavors

posted: 04/28/2013 3:11 a.m.

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.

College baseball composite schedule

posted: 04/28/2013 3:11 a.m.

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.

State sports briefs

posted: 04/28/2013 3:10 a.m.

BASKETBALL Guard says he’ll transfer to ASU Arkansas State appears to have added a guard to its 2013-2014 men’s basketball roster, but it’s not the former Sun Belt Freshman of the Year yet.

Collision Sends One To Hospital

posted: 04/28/2013 3:10 a.m.

A truck burst into flames and one man was injured Saturday after a two-vehicle accident on Arkansas 102.

GOLF ROUNDUP: Wind keeps Stadler, others close

posted: 04/28/2013 3:10 a.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.

Advisers offer tips on travel

posted: 04/28/2013 3:08 a.m.

Q: My husband and I will be in Seattle this spring. What are your must-see recommendations, including one side trip and some great local restaurants?

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Using credit card gets traveler most bang for the buck

posted: 04/28/2013 3:08 a.m.

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.

Lost Wages Can Come Back

posted: 04/28/2013 3:06 a.m.

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.

COLUMN ONE: Simple gifts

posted: 04/28/2013 3:05 a.m.

After great pain, a formal feeling comes. . .

RECORDS: April 28

posted: 04/28/2013 3:02 a.m.

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.

Made in America? . . . probably not

posted: 04/28/2013 3:02 a.m.

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.

After landing steel mill, other projects limited

posted: 04/28/2013 2:57 a.m.

After years of losing major projects to other states, Arkansas finally landed a legitimate super project with this month’s legislative approval of the $1.1 billion Big River Steel mill near Osceola.

PUBLIC MEETINGS: April 28

posted: 04/28/2013 2:57 a.m.

Monday 9 a.m. Benton County Election Commission — 1204 SW 14th St., Suite 6, Bentonville

Homebuilders see prices go up, lack of skilled workers

posted: 04/28/2013 2:54 a.m.

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.

Al Neuharth’s legacy will continue to live on

posted: 04/28/2013 2:54 a.m.

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.”

Startups’ investor appetites whetted

posted: 04/28/2013 2:53 a.m.

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.

THAT’S BUSINESS: Club Haus, LA Fitness muscling way into fitness club ranks

posted: 04/28/2013 2:52 a.m.

Medical testing’s loss is a fitness club’s gain.

Law on selling raw milk has some over the moon

posted: 04/28/2013 2:51 a.m.

Some call it raw milk. Others use the terms whole or sweet. Whatever you call it, farmers will be able to legally sell it in July in Arkansas.

China auto market a glitzy road show

posted: 04/28/2013 2:49 a.m.

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.

Semi-truck orders show signs industry poised to recover

posted: 04/28/2013 2:49 a.m.

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Net orders for heavy trucks have been above 20,000 since December, an indication trucking companies are doing more than just swapping out aging tractors for new ones.

EDITORIALS: The key to the puzzle

posted: 04/28/2013 2:44 a.m.

IT’S ANOTHER and maybe key piece in an emerging pattern, one that needs to be spotted and stopped before it metastasizes and spreads throughout the body.

COLUMNISTS: HD, but not TV

posted: 04/28/2013 2:42 a.m.

Last year was the centennial of home demonstration and Extension Homemakers Clubs in Arkansas, and I am just now getting around to writing about it.

How do you act Hispanic?

posted: 04/28/2013 2:41 a.m.

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?

Policing the police

posted: 04/28/2013 2:40 a.m.

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.

The rhythm of legislative life

posted: 04/28/2013 2:39 a.m.

For all the lamentation among the enlightened about setting the state back decades, this legislative session turned out like all the others.

LETTERS

posted: 04/28/2013 2:37 a.m.

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.

2 banks’ shareholders to get scenery change

posted: 04/28/2013 2:29 a.m.

The spring ritual of bank shareholder meetings is under way, and two big banks — San Francisco-based Wells Fargo and New York-based Goldman Sachs — are heading to Salt Lake City.

INCORPORATIONS

posted: 04/28/2013 2:29 a.m.

Benton County Airborne Ozone LLC, Anna Cleek, 22 Sable Drive, Bella Vista.

OIL AND GAS REPORT

posted: 04/28/2013 2:29 a.m.

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.

PATENTS AWARDED

posted: 04/28/2013 2:29 a.m.

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.

ON THE AGENDA

posted: 04/28/2013 2:29 a.m.

Monday 6-8 p.m. — Write Better English, Math-Sciences Building, 720 N. 49th St., Room 208, UA-Fort Smith. Continues May 6, 13 and 20. Cost is $55 (includes textbook). Register: (479) 788-7220 or uafs.edu/lifelonglearning.

BUSINESS PEOPLE

posted: 04/28/2013 2:29 a.m.

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.

Business news in brief

posted: 04/28/2013 2:29 a.m.

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.

Jones sheds ’70s Vegas glitz for more introspective tenor

posted: 04/28/2013 2:29 a.m.

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.

Mosaic Market opens Saturday

posted: 04/28/2013 2:29 a.m.

Saturday will be the first of many Mosaic Markets this summerin the T.H. Rogers Hardware parking lot, 1451 Bella Vista Way in Bella Vista.

Briefl y

posted: 04/28/2013 2:29 a.m.

First Thursday has fiesta theme First Thursday Fayetteville will be a fiesta this Thursday on the Fayetteville square.

Club News

posted: 04/28/2013 2:29 a.m.

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: Dad anticipates tough talks with his teenage daughters

posted: 04/28/2013 2:29 a.m.

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

Local Notes

posted: 04/28/2013 2:29 a.m.

High school sets sale The Siloam Springs High School FFA will hold its annual plant sale in the high school greenhouse Monday through Friday. Doors are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Back to the future

posted: 04/28/2013 2:29 a.m.

Women who want a prom do-over — or just a fun night to dress up and feel like a teenager again — will get their chance next weekend.

Briefl y

posted: 04/28/2013 2:29 a.m.

Red Cross seeks blood BENTONVILLE 1-5 p.m. Thursday at General Electric, 1801 Phyllis St.

Bella Vista sets summer camps

posted: 04/28/2013 2:29 a.m.

Registration is open for the Bella Vista Village summer camps, Camp Bella Vista, golf camp and tennis camp.

Policy

posted: 04/28/2013 2:29 a.m.

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.

AT OUR BEST: Richardson Center celebrates

posted: 04/28/2013 2:29 a.m.

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.

SPOTLIGHT WORKMATTERS: Famous speakers discuss harmonizing faith, work

posted: 04/28/2013 2:29 a.m.

It’s really hard for many people to live their faith every day at work.

Burt Dougan Hanna: Waxing entreprenurial

posted: 04/28/2013 2:29 a.m.

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

Naturals survive against Drillers

posted: 04/28/2013 2:29 a.m.

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.

News & Notes

posted: 04/28/2013 2:29 a.m.

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.

Box score key

posted: 04/28/2013 2:29 a.m.

AB: at-bats ; R: runs; H: hits; BI: runs batted in; BB: walks; SO: strike outs; AVG: post-game batting average; E: errors; LOB: runners left on base; 2B: doubles; 3B: triples; HR: home runs; SB: stolen base; CS: caught stealing; S: sacrifice; SF: sacrifice fly; GIDP: grounded into double play; DP: double plays; TP: triple plays; IP: innings pitched; ER: earned runs; NP: number of pitches; ERA: post-game earned run average; W: winning pitcher; L: losing pitcher; S: save; BS: blown save opportunity ; H: hold (pitcher holds lead but doesn’t qualify for save); IBB: intentional walk; HBP: batter hit by pitcher; PB: passed ball; WP: wild pitch; T: length of game.

Pine Bluff man killed in Friday shooting

posted: 04/28/2013 2:28 a.m.

Pine Bluff police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead Friday, a spokesman said Saturday.

NW Arkansas meetings

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Monday Washington County Water Authority, 1 p.m.

NW Arkansas today

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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-

Divorces

posted: 04/28/2013 2:28 a.m.

The following divorces were recorded in the circuit clerk’s office from April 18-24.

Financier kept apart after cash-move try

posted: 04/28/2013 2:28 a.m.

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.

Ballpark’s 2013 NLR rent down from 2012

posted: 04/28/2013 2:28 a.m.

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.

Unused prescriptions pile up on Drug Take-Back day

posted: 04/28/2013 2:28 a.m.

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.

Home school outside mainstream

posted: 04/28/2013 2:28 a.m.

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.

Americans free Iranian scientist

posted: 04/28/2013 2:28 a.m.

An Iranian scientist held by the U.S. since late 2011 has returned to Iran.

Indian spy hangs on after beating

posted: 04/28/2013 2:28 a.m.

A convicted Indian spy on death row in Pakistan was unconscious and on a ventilator in a Lahore hospital after suffering head injuries in a jail attack by fellow prisoners.

Rebels vex C. African Republic

posted: 04/28/2013 2:28 a.m.

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.

WWI gravestones getting 100-year touch-ups

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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.

Egypt grapples with new views on development

posted: 04/28/2013 2:28 a.m.

The telltale signs in post-revolutionary Egypt are not just the riots and rapes, the mega-traffic snarls and sectarian battles. There is also the highway ramp in Ard El Lewa.

Icelanders head to national polls

posted: 04/28/2013 2:28 a.m.

Five years after Iceland’s economy imploded, austerity-weary voters looked set Saturday to return the parties widely blamed for the disaster to power.

Biden: Economy won ’08 election

posted: 04/28/2013 2:28 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden said Friday night that Arizona’s Sen. John McCain probably would have beaten his boss in the 2008 presidential election had the economy not collapsed.

Advance firms reel in retirees in need of cash

posted: 04/28/2013 2:28 a.m.

To retirees, the offers can sound like the answer to every money worry: Convert tomorrow’s pension checks into today’s hard cash.

Man charged in $1.6 million fraud

posted: 04/28/2013 2:28 a.m.

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.

Cuban dissident calls for freedom

posted: 04/28/2013 2:28 a.m.

One of the founders of a Cuban opposition group awarded Europe’s top human-rights prize is called for freedom and democracy on the island during a trip to the U.S.

Work wrenching, says fund overseer

posted: 04/28/2013 2:28 a.m.

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.

Translated into Navajo language, Star Wars film will be

posted: 04/28/2013 2:28 a.m.

In the new translation of Star Wars, Darth Vader is Luke’s bizhe’e.

Area lotteries

posted: 04/28/2013 2:28 a.m.

Numbers drawn Saturday: Missouri Lotto 3-14-25-32-35-44 Estimated jackpot: $1.1 million Oklahoma Lotto 3-22-26-30-39 Hot ball: 16 Estimated jackpot: $5.3 million Powerball 3-23-48-54-55 Powerball: 5 Estimated jackpot: $140 million

Recovery drags on in Sandy-stricken area

posted: 04/28/2013 2:28 a.m.

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.

Property Owners Association Plan Goes Too Far

posted: 04/28/2013 2:07 a.m.

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.

Ross, Carter And Other Prospects In Race

posted: 04/28/2013 2:07 a.m.

The secret of tapping into voter anger is to not get them mad at you, too.

Hot-Dogging: The Downside Of Fame, Good Fortune

posted: 04/28/2013 2:07 a.m.

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.

National Media: Incurious, Unseeing, Infectious

posted: 04/28/2013 2:07 a.m.

Remember when you could trust the national media to report news completely, objectively and even-handedly ?

Smell Of Money Sometimes A Warning

posted: 04/28/2013 2:07 a.m.

“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

PUBLIC PUBLIC VIEWPOINT VIEWPOINT: American Voters Should ‘Thank’ Senators

posted: 04/28/2013 2:07 a.m.

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.

The Lingering Power Of Words

posted: 04/28/2013 2:07 a.m.

Words live long, particularly if they’re angry and written down.

State Backs A Jigger Of Reality

posted: 04/28/2013 2:07 a.m.

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.

FOR THE RECORD

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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,

PREP ROUNDUP

posted: 04/28/2013 2:07 a.m.

ROGERS HERITAGE 2, SACRED HEART 0 Senior Ellen Lundy had a goal and an assist to lead the Lady War Eagles to victory Saturday in the semifinals of the Laker Invitational in Camdenton, Mo.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

posted: 04/28/2013 2:07 a.m.

Monday 9 a.m.

RECORDS

posted: 04/28/2013 2:07 a.m.

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.

Saturday, April 27

Bengals draft Hamilton in sixth round

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The Cincinnati Bengals drafted Hamilton in the sixth round and with the 197th pick overall Saturday.

Wilson drafted by Raiders in fourth round

posted: 04/27/2013 12:06 p.m.

The Oakland Raiders drafted former Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson in the fourth round Saturday.

PERSONAL SPACE: Susan Hutchcroft

posted: 04/27/2013 6 a.m.

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.

Bill to end furloughs in airport towers sails

posted: 04/27/2013 5:36 a.m.

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.

U.K. joins U.S. in concern that Syria used sarin

posted: 04/27/2013 5:32 a.m.

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.

Country legend George Jones dies

posted: 04/27/2013 5:30 a.m.

When it comes to country music, George Jones was The Voice.

The world in brief

posted: 04/27/2013 5:13 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 04/27/2013 5:10 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 04/27/2013 5:10 a.m.

Admirers of folk singer Woody Guthrie say the opening of a center chronicling his storied life and career is long overdue in his native state of Oklahoma.

In the news

posted: 04/27/2013 5:09 a.m.

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.

6 on death row sue, say drugs a gamble

posted: 04/27/2013 5:08 a.m.

Six death-row inmates sued the state Friday, claiming that Arkansas’ new lethal-injection procedure probably will not kill them.

180 state facilities, mainly wholesale, retail, store fertilizer

posted: 04/27/2013 5:07 a.m.

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.

No immediate funding cut seen in higher-ed plan

posted: 04/27/2013 5:05 a.m.

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.

THEATER REVIEW: Salesman cast’s skill no delusion

posted: 04/27/2013 5 a.m.

It might be possible to find a finer staging of Death of a Salesman than the one that opened Friday at Arkansas Repertory Theatre. But don’t count on it.

Mega Millions

posted: 04/27/2013 4:30 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 17-42-49-54-55 Mega Ball: 32 Estimated jackpot: $103 million Megaplier: 04

Other days

posted: 04/27/2013 4:30 a.m.

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.

EDITORIALS: Farewell, Pat Summerall

posted: 04/27/2013 4:28 a.m.

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.

COLUMNISTS: Get ready for it

posted: 04/27/2013 4:26 a.m.

It was always going to be difficult to implement Obamacare, but even fervent supporters of the law admit that things are going worse than expected.

OTHERS SAY: Keep reform going

posted: 04/27/2013 4:25 a.m.

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.

A varmint smorgasbord

posted: 04/27/2013 4:25 a.m.

I’m always looking for reasons to promote Florida living, so I was drawn to a recent story that singled out Florida as the most permissive state in America when it comes to roadkill.

Guest writer: The last hurrah

posted: 04/27/2013 4:25 a.m.

Call it a man thing. A guy thing.

Don’t hog the Buffalo

posted: 04/27/2013 4:24 a.m.

It wasn’t the familiar game-day refrain of “Wooo, Pig! Sooey! Razorbacks !” echoing across the University of Arkansas’ Fayetteville campus Tuesday at noon.

LETTERS

posted: 04/27/2013 4:23 a.m.

No guarantee of result The recent story in the Religion section on the afterlife seems to offer great promise for everyone as we face death.

Spirited revival

posted: 04/27/2013 4:19 a.m.

In many ways the story of First Christian Church in Little Rock mirrors that of mainline Protestant churches across the country.

Will Pope Francis allow priests to wed?

posted: 04/27/2013 4:17 a.m.

She uses a wheelchair and carries the weight of her 87 years, but Clelia Luro feels powerful enough to make the Roman Catholic Church pay attention to her campaign to end priestly celibacy.

Christians seek help from pope on barrier

posted: 04/27/2013 4:14 a.m.

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.

NFL DRAFT: Third-round theatrics

posted: 04/27/2013 4:09 a.m.

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.

High Schools Plan To Expand Academies

posted: 04/27/2013 4:08 a.m.

Pete Joenks, principal at Springdale High School, said after 10 years, school officials want to expand the number of academies to serve all students.

Saints tab Armstead of UAPB

posted: 04/27/2013 4:03 a.m.

Terron Armstead arrived at Arkansas-Pine Bluff from Cahokia, Ill, four years ago just wanting to play football in the fall and throw the shot put in the spring.

Middle School Teacher Dies

posted: 04/27/2013 4:03 a.m.

Chad Wolff, a teacher at Birch Kirksey Middle School, died Friday. Wolff taught special education at the school, according to the Rogers School District website.

New Technology High School Taking Shape

posted: 04/27/2013 4:01 a.m.

It won’t be a typical first week of school when Rogers’ New Technology High School opens its doors Aug. 19.

Students Learn Job-Hunting Skills

posted: 04/27/2013 3:57 a.m.

High school students got a real-world lesson in finding a job Friday.

Knicks deflate Celtics’ tribute

posted: 04/27/2013 3:57 a.m.

The New York Knicks quieted the crowd and kept the Boston Celtics silent.

SEC BASEBALL: Astin takes bite out of Bulldogs

posted: 04/27/2013 3:54 a.m.

Georgia threatened Arkansas twice Friday night in the opening game of their SEC series.

Groups Seek Commission Money

posted: 04/27/2013 3:53 a.m.

A new beer festival and an established motorcycle rally are among 16 groups seeking money from the Advertising and Promotion Commission this spring.

Borel, Derby dynamo, gets Hall of Fame call

posted: 04/27/2013 3:52 a.m.

The third time was the charm for three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel, who was tapped for thoroughbred racing’s highest honor Friday.

Police Officers, Employees Honored

posted: 04/27/2013 3:50 a.m.

The Police Department honored officers and employees Friday who contributed to the community and department.

Prairie Grove Detective Fired

posted: 04/27/2013 3:49 a.m.

Rex Frederick, a Prairie Grove detective, was fired Wednesday, nearly two weeks after his involvement in a fight at a pool hall, Capt. Chris Workman said Friday.

Police: Student Cut Six Schoolmates

posted: 04/27/2013 3:48 a.m.

A Holt Middle School student faces criminal charges after police said she cut six schoolmates with a razor blade.

County Man Arrested Again

posted: 04/27/2013 3:46 a.m.

A Benton County man accused of shooting his cousin in 2011 has been arrested again in connection with threatening to kill his wife — a witness in the shooting case.

INTERLEAGUE: Sanchez breaks team record with 17 strikeouts

posted: 04/27/2013 3:46 a.m.

Anibal Sanchez approached the dugout with the crowd at Comerica Park roaring its approval, then he took off his hat to acknowledge the fans.

Officials Want To Find Tenant For Building

posted: 04/27/2013 3:45 a.m.

Area officials want to find a tenant for the Kraft Foods plant when it closes later this year.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Drillers pitchers hold Naturals in check

posted: 04/27/2013 3:45 a.m.

Tyler Matzek and two Tulsa relievers held Northwest Arkansas to three hits Friday night as the Drillers defeated the Naturals 6-1 at ONEOK Field in Tulsa.

Westbrook out, needs knee surgery

posted: 04/27/2013 3:43 a.m.

All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook will have surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee and be out indefinitely, dealing a harsh blow to the Oklahoma City Thunder’s championship chances.

Foundation To Pay For Teachers’ Projects

posted: 04/27/2013 3:43 a.m.

The Bentonville Public Schools Foundation recently awarded $45,926 in grants to teachers and counselors across the School District.

Time to go

posted: 04/27/2013 3:43 a.m.

Geno Smith is a New York Jet.

State Could Help With Storm Damage

posted: 04/27/2013 3:41 a.m.

Benton County officials expect to qualify for state disaster aid even as they continue to assess the damage caused by last week’s flooding.

Fisher comes in with No. 1 plan

posted: 04/27/2013 3:41 a.m.

It was sometime after the Senior Bowl when Eric Fisher realized he was going to be picked early in the NFL Draft. He might even have a shot at being the first player selected.

RECORDS: April 27th

posted: 04/27/2013 3:40 a.m.

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.

UA men trying to get on track for national meet

posted: 04/27/2013 3:39 a.m.

For the first time in Chris Bucknam’s 30 years as a track and field coach at Northern Iowa and Arkansas, he isn’t taking his team to the Penn Relays or the Drake Relays.

PUBLIC MEETINGS: April 27th

posted: 04/27/2013 3:38 a.m.

Monday 9 a.m. Benton County Election Commission — 1204 SW 14th St., Suite 6, Bentonville

Kenseth picks up pole after penalties assessed

posted: 04/27/2013 3:37 a.m.

Joe Gibbs understands that NASCAR must enforce the rule book and his team deserved a penalty for an illegal part in Matt Kenseth’s engine.

Keselowski slips by Busch, holds off Harvick’s charge

posted: 04/27/2013 3:33 a.m.

Brad Keselowski ducked underneath Kyle Busch to take the lead with 10 laps to go Friday night and won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway.

Notes

posted: 04/27/2013 3:32 a.m.

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.

FRIDAY’S COLLEGE BASEBALL ROUNDUPS

posted: 04/27/2013 3:30 a.m.

SUN BELT CONFERENCE UALR 5, WESTERN KENTUCKY 0 Chance Cleveland turned in his best performance of the season to help UALR snap its four-game losing streak.

Second thoughts

posted: 04/27/2013 3:29 a.m.

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.

Off the wire

posted: 04/27/2013 3:26 a.m.

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.

State sports briefs

posted: 04/27/2013 3:24 a.m.

BASKETBALL Reed visiting ASU Arkansas State could be close to getting a boost to its back court next season, and it’s coming from a familiar name.

Recovery slow at slide-hit mine

posted: 04/27/2013 3:24 a.m.

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.

Growth at 2.5% despite tax rise

posted: 04/27/2013 3:20 a.m.

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.

Chevron’s profit falls 4.5% on lower oil prices

posted: 04/27/2013 3:18 a.m.

Chevron Corp.’s net income fell 4.5 percent in the first quarter as oil prices fell and refinery output declined.

Spain seeks to draw out deficit fixes until 2016

posted: 04/27/2013 3:16 a.m.

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.

Keystone pipeline’s start date set back

posted: 04/27/2013 3:15 a.m.

TransCanada Corp., the Canadian pipeline company, said delays in getting a U.S. presidential permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline will push back its start until the second half of 2015.

Honda’s quarterly profit rises 6%

posted: 04/27/2013 3:14 a.m.

Honda’s fiscal fourth-quarter profit rose nearly 6 percent as the Japanese automaker’s recovery from floods in Thailand the previous year offset recent sales losses in China.

MARKET REPORT: Market stalls on 1st-quarter news

posted: 04/27/2013 3:13 a.m.

The stock market stalled Friday after the U.S. economy didn’t grow as much as hoped and earnings from a handful of big companies failed to stir investors.

Business news in brief

posted: 04/27/2013 3:11 a.m.

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

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 04/27/2013 3:09 a.m.

Agency sues firms, pair, alleges fraud The Arkansas Securities Department filed a complaint against Dennis and Jan Richey Robinson and two businesses they own for the sale of unregistered securities.

If this is an emergency …

posted: 04/27/2013 3:08 a.m.

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.

In the garden

posted: 04/27/2013 3:04 a.m.

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.

Personal space

posted: 04/27/2013 3:02 a.m.

Cassie Toro Where I live: I live in Little Rock’s historic Quapaw Quarter, close to the Governor’s Mansion. I am single with two dogs — a Doberman and a Yorkie.

HOG CALLS: Arkansas meet isn’t short on talent

posted: 04/27/2013 3 a.m.

College track and field’s folly becomes Arkansas track and field fans’ gain today.

Ask the expert

posted: 04/27/2013 2:58 a.m.

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?

Tools & toys

posted: 04/27/2013 2:56 a.m.

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.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Murray dog park to add $14 million expansion

posted: 04/27/2013 2:49 a.m.

Dear Otus, What’s with the bulldozers next to the dog park in Murray Park?

Hidden enemy:What to know about defense against termites

posted: 04/27/2013 2:47 a.m.

It’s no reason to celebrate, but the National Pest Management Association has deemed April as National Pest Management Month.

Water purification steps simplify task

posted: 04/27/2013 2:45 a.m.

The following is taken from the “Food and Water in an Emergency” guide published by FEMA and the American Red Cross at fema.gov/pdf/library/f&web.pdf.

Maintaining and storing home emergency kit

posted: 04/27/2013 2:41 a.m.

Once a home emergency supplies kit is assembled, be sure to maintain it so the contents within are safe when they are needed, and place them where they are easy to find.

CLICK & CLACK’S CAR TALK

posted: 04/27/2013 2:39 a.m.

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.

Keep it clean

posted: 04/27/2013 2:38 a.m.

All Mighty Pacs The name conjures up images of deities or perhaps Superman. But, no, this is laundry detergent.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 04/27/2013 2:35 a.m.

Happy birthday. You work hard, but you have an irresistible lightness in your approach to play. Your freewheeling style will attract a fun crowd. Your living space will improve.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 04/27/2013 2:34 a.m.

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!

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 04/27/2013 2:33 a.m.

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.

Super Quiz: Colorful book titles

posted: 04/27/2013 2:32 a.m.

1. Alice Walker: purple 2. Dr. Seuss: green 3. Anna Sewell: black 4. Tom Clancy: red

Taking it on the road

posted: 04/27/2013 2:24 a.m.

A disaster supplies kit customized for those on the road should also be prepared and left in a vehicle to assist those who may become stranded.

Rewards are food from a garden

posted: 04/27/2013 2:24 a.m.

No matter where she goes, Barbara Damrosch can find herself talking with someone about the rewards of growing fresh, wholesome foods at home and becoming less dependent on other sources.

P.A.M. executives awarded pay raises for profitable year

posted: 04/27/2013 2:24 a.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.

Glover not spooked by Boo; amateur Guan, 14, makes cut

posted: 04/27/2013 2:23 a.m.

Lucas Glover made an 18-foot birdie putt on his final hole Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Boo Weekley after the second round of the Zurich Classic.

Marijuana suit nearly tossed

posted: 04/27/2013 2:23 a.m.

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.

Communities of Faith

posted: 04/27/2013 2:23 a.m.

Central United Methodist Church, 6 W. Dickson St., will host the 10th annual Northwest Arkansas Handbell Festival today.

ON RELIGION: Author: 42 is not faithful to Robinson’s beliefs

posted: 04/27/2013 2:23 a.m.

Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey knew that the first black player in Major League baseball was going to go through hell.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 04/27/2013 2:23 a.m.

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

Marshals museum allotted $1 million

posted: 04/27/2013 2:23 a.m.

The U.S. Marshals Museum will receive about $1 million from the state this summer to help with operating costs as its national fundraising effort gets under way, museum President Jim Dunn said Friday.

Democrat-Gazette 1st in editorial writing

posted: 04/27/2013 2:23 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won first place in editorial writing in the 79th National Headliner Awards.

The state/region in brief

posted: 04/27/2013 2:23 a.m.

Authorities said a kerosene lamp appears to be the cause in a house fire that killed a Forrest City man.

Adoption agency ruled scam

posted: 04/27/2013 2:23 a.m.

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.

Passion Play to start 46th season

posted: 04/27/2013 2:23 a.m.

Officials for The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs are expecting the largest opening-weekend crowd in at least 10 years next week.

Faculty at UCA: Open up searches

posted: 04/27/2013 2:23 a.m.

Faculty members at the University of Central Arkansas hope a recently approved resolution will provide for more open presidential searches than in the past.

Chelsea Clinton fires up students

posted: 04/27/2013 2:23 a.m.

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.

Names missing; UA redoing part of walk

posted: 04/27/2013 2:23 a.m.

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.

Bangladesh garment plant deaths top 300

posted: 04/27/2013 2:23 a.m.

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.

Rare nickel fetches pretty penny

posted: 04/27/2013 2:23 a.m.

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.

American jihadi in Somalia shot

posted: 04/27/2013 2:23 a.m.

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.

Troops retake town in Iraq

posted: 04/27/2013 2:23 a.m.

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.

Terrorist ring sentenced for Britain attack plans

posted: 04/27/2013 2:23 a.m.

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.

Israel fears calm with Syria lost

posted: 04/27/2013 2:23 a.m.

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.

Bomb suspect leaves hospital

posted: 04/27/2013 2:23 a.m.

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhohkar Tsarnaev was moved from a hospital to a federal prison medical center Friday, and FBI agents searched for evidence in a landfill near the college he attended.

PREP ROUNDUP

posted: 04/27/2013 2:11 a.m.

Prep Baseball

Clark Resigns At Pea Ridge

posted: 04/27/2013 2:10 a.m.

Charley Clark has resigned as the boys basketball coach at Pea Ridge but the seven-year Blackhawks coach isn’t moving far.

THE TICKET

posted: 04/27/2013 2:08 a.m.

Rogers High Athletic Hall Of Fame

4A-1 Conference meet

posted: 04/27/2013 2:06 a.m.

BOYS

Parish, Cousins Pace Pioneers To 4A-1 Title

posted: 04/27/2013 2:04 a.m.

Jerod Cousins and Kevin Parish provided Gentry’s boys track team with a potent one-two punch during the 4A-1 Conference track meet Thursday in Gravette.

Rogers Overtakes Lady Wildcats On Senior Night

posted: 04/27/2013 1:59 a.m.

As if the cold and rain weren’t bad enough, Rogers High helped ruin Senior Night for Springdale Har-Ber.

Springdale Strikes Quick Against Purple’Dogs

posted: 04/27/2013 1:56 a.m.

One team heard about getting off to a fast start Friday night at Harmon Stadium. The other team actually delivered the quick strike.

RELIGION BRIEFS

posted: 04/27/2013 1:41 a.m.

First United Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, 695 E. Calvin St., presents a panel speaking on Abrahamic faiths from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. A reception follows.

Teenager’s Dating Begins With Proving Maturity

posted: 04/27/2013 1:41 a.m.

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.

Searching For Something To Say

posted: 04/27/2013 1:41 a.m.

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.

Playing Finest Card

posted: 04/27/2013 1:41 a.m.

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.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Who Are You Calling A Thug?

posted: 04/27/2013 1:41 a.m.

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!

Reject The Spirit Of Contempt

posted: 04/27/2013 1:41 a.m.

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.

Lamenting The Challenges Of Local Space

posted: 04/27/2013 1:41 a.m.

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.

RECORDS

posted: 04/27/2013 1:41 a.m.

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

PUBLIC MEETINGS

posted: 04/27/2013 1:41 a.m.

9 a.m.

Friday, April 26

Davis drafted by Chiefs in the third round

posted: 04/26/2013 9:30 p.m.

Former Arkansas running back Knile Davis was drafted Friday by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Inmates sue to stop death penalty

posted: 04/26/2013 12:21 p.m.

Six Arkansas death-row inmates filed a lawsuit Friday seeking to prevent the state from using a new method of execution adopted by the Legislature in February.

Detective fired following fight, suspension

posted: 04/26/2013 11:39 a.m.

Prairie Grove Detective Rex Frederick was fired on Wednesday, nearly two weeks after his involvement in a fight at a local pool hall, Capt. Chris Workman said Friday.

Congress approves bill to end airport delays

posted: 04/26/2013 11:37 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Congress on Friday easily approved legislation ending furloughs of air traffic controllers that have delayed hundreds of flights daily.

Make an emergency kit now, while the coast is clear

posted: 04/26/2013 11:22 a.m.

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.

George Jones, country superstar, dies at 81

posted: 04/26/2013 11:20 a.m.

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.

Shots fired into Bentonville club, man arrested

posted: 04/26/2013 8:17 a.m.

Police arrested a man in connection with multiple shots fired into a private club early this morning, according to the Bentonville Police Department.

U.S. suspects Assad’s forces of using sarin

posted: 04/26/2013 5:31 a.m.

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.

NYC was next attack target, Boston suspect tells officials

posted: 04/26/2013 5:29 a.m.

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.

Bush presidential center opens

posted: 04/26/2013 5:24 a.m.

Presidents past and present lionized one of their own Thursday, putting politics aside as President George W. Bush dedicated the library that documents his place in history.

Fighting in key Iraq city leaves 41 dead

posted: 04/26/2013 5:06 a.m.

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.

The world in brief

posted: 04/26/2013 4:59 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 04/26/2013 4:58 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 04/26/2013 4:57 a.m.

Neil Diamond is donating this week’s sales from “Sweet Caroline” after the tune became a source of comfort in the wake of the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

In the news

posted: 04/26/2013 4:56 a.m.

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.

Arctic bite sets records across state

posted: 04/26/2013 4:54 a.m.

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.

State high court says resentence two serving life

posted: 04/26/2013 4:43 a.m.

In the first of a possible 56 such cases, the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday ordered resentencing hearings for two men serving life terms without parole for crimes they committed as minors.

Justices: Ex-state worker is due pay

posted: 04/26/2013 4:41 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a lower court’s ruling in favor of a former state employee who said he was fired because he reported the illegal use of federal funds.

Director of Youth Services will retire

posted: 04/26/2013 4:39 a.m.

Ron Angel, who helped transform the state Department of Human Services’ Youth Services Division, announced his plans to retire Thursday.

Lake's Boat Ramp Closed Saturday

posted: 04/26/2013 4:19 a.m.

The Tiree Park boat ramp at Loch Lomond will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday for Arts in the Park.

Children To Be Celebrated Saturday

posted: 04/26/2013 4:16 a.m.

Art, music and more are among the events set for a celebration of Arkansas Children’s Week from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the JTL Shop, 614 E. Emma Ave.

High School Construction On Schedule

posted: 04/26/2013 4:14 a.m.

The Board of Education was told a new building with 53 classrooms will be ready for the 2013-14 school year.

Other days

posted: 04/26/2013 4:13 a.m.

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.

EDITORIALS: Trainwreck ahead

posted: 04/26/2013 4:11 a.m.

“I JUST SEE a huge trainwreck coming down.” That’s not a quote from one of our old editorials or from any of the other critics of what has become known as Obamacare.

Foundation, Corps To Finalize Agreement

posted: 04/26/2013 4:11 a.m.

The Beaver Lake Foundation will officially be up and running following a ceremony at 4 p.m. Tuesday with foundation organizers and the Army Corps of Engineers at Prairie Creek park.

COLUMNISTS: Trust but E-verify

posted: 04/26/2013 4:11 a.m.

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.

Secure the border first

posted: 04/26/2013 4:10 a.m.

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.

April reigns in taxes

posted: 04/26/2013 4:09 a.m.

Over the years, April has become synonymous with matters of taxation. Arkansas became the 29th state (of the requisite 36) to ratify the federal income-tax amendment on April 22, 1911.

LETTERS

posted: 04/26/2013 4:09 a.m.

Academic failure perilous The bombings at the Boston Marathon have made me realize something regarding the potential demise of the United States.

Breakfast, Cleanup Set At Rocky Branch

posted: 04/26/2013 4:08 a.m.

The Rocky Branch Volunteer Fire Department will hold a breakfast fundraiser from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by a highway cleanup from 10 a.m. to noon.

NFL DRAFT: Buying by the pound

posted: 04/26/2013 4:05 a.m.

Short on glam, slim on glitter and no sign of Manti Te’o, the NFL Draft was still a solid B-plus.

Bentonville Farmers Market Opens Saturday

posted: 04/26/2013 4:04 a.m.

The city has plenty of activities to draw residents outdoors Saturday.

Middle stepping up for Arkansas

posted: 04/26/2013 4:03 a.m.

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.

Arkansas hopefuls await call

posted: 04/26/2013 4:01 a.m.

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.

Some County Voters To Decide Ambulance Fee

posted: 04/26/2013 3:59 a.m.

Voters in northeastern Benton County will decide July 9 if they will pay $100 a year per household for ambulance service instead of $40.

NBA PLAYOFFS: Allen’s 3s pace Heat to 3-0 lead

posted: 04/26/2013 3:59 a.m.

Every game, someone different steps up for the Miami Heat.

COMMENTARY: Draft becoming too big for own good

posted: 04/26/2013 3:56 a.m.

If it continues its growth rate, the NFL Draft will someday encompass an entire month and will be held in a nation owned by itself.

Board Mulls New High School

posted: 04/26/2013 3:54 a.m.

The proposal Bentonville School District voters will see this year to build a second high school could come with a price tag of under 3 mills.

UA’s Mickelson off to Kansas

posted: 04/26/2013 3:53 a.m.

Former Arkansas forward Hunter Mickelson has never met Kansas Coach Bill Self in person, but the two soon will be seeing a lot of each other.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Gordon makes up for strikeouts in grand way

posted: 04/26/2013 3:52 a.m.

Alex Gordon already had struck out three times when he came to the plate with the bases loaded in the 10th inning.

Notes

posted: 04/26/2013 3:51 a.m.

MLB Selig: No Olympic stoppage NEW YORK — Major League Baseball won’t change its schedule to boost the sport’s chances of getting back into the Olympics.

State baseball report

posted: 04/26/2013 3:50 a.m.

Swaps in order aid UCA hopes After Central Arkansas was held to one hit in a 3-0 loss at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last Saturday, Coach Allen Gum decided to make changes to his batting order.

Har-Ber Students Help Feed Hungry

posted: 04/26/2013 3:50 a.m.

Just before winter break, Austin Hazelton began to hear some students at his school probably wouldn’t get a holiday dinner.

First-round player profiles

posted: 04/26/2013 3:47 a.m.

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.

LIKE IT IS: Kleine’s got it correct: LeBron’s the man

posted: 04/26/2013 3:42 a.m.

It is not quite painful, but almost, to admit Joe Kleine is right.

Chamber Honors Rogers High Students For Grades

posted: 04/26/2013 3:41 a.m.

Students posed for pictures with friends and proud parents outside the Rogers High School auditorium Thursday following an academic awards ceremony.

Demolition Begins On Burned Building

posted: 04/26/2013 3:33 a.m.

The charred remains of a Thompson Street building started to come down Thursday.

COMMENTARY: Cowboys draft help for Romo

posted: 04/26/2013 3:32 a.m.

The Dallas Cowboys went into the 2013 NFL Draft with the goal of fixing their offensive line.

THIS WEEKEND’S MATCHUPS

posted: 04/26/2013 3:23 a.m.

UALR VS. WESTERN KENTUCKY WHEN 6 p.m. today, 4 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday WHERE Gary Hogan Field, Little Rock

Second thoughts

posted: 04/26/2013 3:22 a.m.

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.

Off the wire

posted: 04/26/2013 3:20 a.m.

HORSE RACING Trainer gets 8-year ban A top Godolphin stables trainer has been charged in connection with one of the biggest doping scandals to hit British horse racing.

State sports briefs

posted: 04/26/2013 3:18 a.m.

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.

Limits sought for bank payday loans

posted: 04/26/2013 3:17 a.m.

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 profit $9.5 billion in quarter

posted: 04/26/2013 3:15 a.m.

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.

Trucker meeting short, no ballyhoo

posted: 04/26/2013 3:13 a.m.

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.

Fewer seek unemployment aid

posted: 04/26/2013 3:12 a.m.

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to a seasonally adjusted 339,000, the second-fewest in more than five years.

Plan for revitalizing Branson draws flak

posted: 04/26/2013 3:10 a.m.

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.

Most U.S. airlines report profits; United posts loss

posted: 04/26/2013 3:09 a.m.

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.

MARKET REPORT: Earnings, jobs reports lift stocks

posted: 04/26/2013 3:07 a.m.

The engines driving the stock market were more tepid than turbocharged Thursday, but they were enough to help stocks rise for a fifth straight day.

Earnings report

posted: 04/26/2013 3:07 a.m.

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.

Business news in brief

posted: 04/26/2013 3:06 a.m.

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

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 04/26/2013 3:04 a.m.

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.

Slice of Southern life

posted: 04/26/2013 3:03 a.m.

One way to look at Arkansan Jeff Nichols’ Mud is that it is a movie about relationships that are tenuous and inescapable, desperate and fraught with misplaced romance.

Film’s creator lobbied hard to do shoot in Natural State

posted: 04/26/2013 2:55 a.m.

Little Rock native Jeff Nichols’ third film, Mud, inspired an 18-minute standing ovation at its Cannes Film Festival premiere in May.

REVIEW: The Company You Keep

posted: 04/26/2013 2:53 a.m.

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.

HOME MOVIES

posted: 04/26/2013 2:49 a.m.

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.

Oblivion Cruises to No. 1 position

posted: 04/26/2013 2:48 a.m.

Oblivion, the Tom Cruise science-fiction tale, opened as the top weekend movie at U.S.

Film clips

posted: 04/26/2013 2:44 a.m.

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)

Screen Gems

posted: 04/26/2013 2:41 a.m.

If you find yourself hard pressed to find good entertainment at the theaters in pre-summer blockbuster lull, don’t fret — the University of Central Arkansas’ Film Festival is here to serve you.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 04/26/2013 2:39 a.m.

(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.

PREVIEWS

posted: 04/26/2013 2:38 a.m.

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.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 04/26/2013 2:33 a.m.

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.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 04/26/2013 2:32 a.m.

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.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 04/26/2013 2:32 a.m.

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.

Super Quiz: Anagrammed nations

posted: 04/26/2013 2:30 a.m.

1. Chain 2. Serial 3. Laity 4. Mail

7A-West Conference Meet

posted: 04/26/2013 2:29 a.m.

Thursday at Van Buren

Hogs Getting Their Guard Up

posted: 04/26/2013 2:26 a.m.

With the rim now protected, Arkansas’ basketball team is working on getting its guard up.

Fayetteville Fights Off Lady Red’Dogs

posted: 04/26/2013 2:23 a.m.

Offense was hard to come by most of Thursday night at Harmon Stadium, until one particular six-minute stretch late in the second half.

REVIEW: The Lords of Salem

posted: 04/26/2013 2:22 a.m.

Rob Zombie, film scholar? I’m convinced. Rob Zombie, filmmaker? Mmmyeah, not so much.

REVIEW: The Big Wedding

posted: 04/26/2013 2:22 a.m.

It’s best not to use your brain when watching The Big Wedding.

REVIEW: Pain & Gain

posted: 04/26/2013 2:22 a.m.

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.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Hogs’ approach endorsed by DE

posted: 04/26/2013 2:22 a.m.

Arkansas became the 45th school to offer a scholarship to defensive end Andrew Williams of McDonough, Ga., and it was one he was happy to receive.

Kenseth upset over penalties

posted: 04/26/2013 2:22 a.m.

Mild-mannered Matt Kenseth is spitting mad at NASCAR.

Barnes’ 64 leads Zurich Classic

posted: 04/26/2013 2:22 a.m.

Ricky Barnes said he still owes his newborn daughter a late birthday present.

Fewest home runs result in call for new baseball

posted: 04/26/2013 2:22 a.m.

College baseball is on pace to set a record for fewest home runs and a 40-year low for scoring and batting average. Now some coaches are calling for a livelier ball to bring the numbers back up.

War Eagles Win On Penalty Kicks

posted: 04/26/2013 2:22 a.m.

Rogers Heritage hasn’t had much success in penalty kick periods over the last couple of years, according to coach Craig Frank. But the War Eagles got the job done Thursday against Siloam Springs.

TEXAS LEAGUE: NW Arkansas tops Springfield

posted: 04/26/2013 2:22 a.m.

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.

Lakers limping near finish line

posted: 04/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

Steve Nash needed three injections for pain relief on the Los Angeles Lakers’ day off. He’s still more likely to play in Game 3 tonight than Steve Blake or Jodie Meeks.

Oxford American wins $75,000 grant

posted: 04/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

The Oxford American magazine announced Thursday that an award-winning online video series by the magazine has won a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 04/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

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

Supreme Court

posted: 04/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court released opinions Thursday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts.state.ar.us.

Fort Smith pastor to return money

posted: 04/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

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 state/region in brief

posted: 04/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

Fire destroyed the Browns Chapel Baptist Church just south of Paragould on Tuesday night as high winds fanned the blaze and hindered firefighters, officials said Wednesday.

Adoption firm’s boss: No fraud

posted: 04/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

Former Little Rock adoption agency operator Donna Gail Hight told a Pulaski County jury on Thursday she never cheated any client and never wanted to.

Arkansan has a hand in mural

posted: 04/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

Arkansas ceramics artist Trent Tally is the chief project artist for a large, three-dimensional, ceramic mural under construction at a downtown storefront in Joplin, Mo.

Healers found for UA System

posted: 04/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

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.

Cleanup-plan details filed by Whirlpool

posted: 04/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

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.

Pryor focuses on rural needs

posted: 04/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

Sen. Mark Pryor, a Democrat from Arkansas, told a crowd of rural advocates and experts Thursday that farmers and ranchers have his ear.

Bangladeshi collapse toll at 275

posted: 04/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

Deep cracks visible in the walls of a Bangladesh garment building had compelled police to order it evacuated a day before it collapsed, officials said Thursday.

Immigration bills set to debut

posted: 04/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

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.

Gas-barge fires put out; 3 badly injured in blasts

posted: 04/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

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.

Rogers High Closes Out Fayetteville

posted: 04/26/2013 2:19 a.m.

The situation heading into the sixth inning was all too familiar for Rogers High.

Storkov Sparks Mounties Past Springdale High

posted: 04/26/2013 2:17 a.m.

Rogers High coach Matt Melson can’t remember the last time a Mounties baseball player hit a grand slam in a conference game.

Har-Ber Sweeps Heritage

posted: 04/26/2013 2:14 a.m.

Paul Williamson and Landry Harris hadn’t seen much action for Springdale Har-Ber this season, but they sure came up big Tuesday afternoon.

Morton Repeats History In 300 Hurdles

posted: 04/26/2013 2:11 a.m.

Logan Morton discovered a way to make history repeat itself on more than one occasion

FYI

posted: 04/26/2013 1:47 a.m.

TODAY SPRING CLEANING TOURS — Through May 4, Hawkins House at the Rogers Historical Museum. Free. 621-1154.

LIVE! IN NWA

posted: 04/26/2013 1:47 a.m.

TODAY DAVID SIPPEL — 7-9 p.m., Acoustic Mud, Bella Vista.

Dinner On A Stick

posted: 04/26/2013 1:47 a.m.

Anew restaurant with Mediterranean fare can be found in Springdale.

Afghan Veteran Sings of His Journey

posted: 04/26/2013 1:47 a.m.

It’s high praise coming from Kelly Mulhollan of Still on the Hill.

Slow Art Day designed to create deeper appreciation

posted: 04/26/2013 1:47 a.m.

If there’s a message in Saturday’s activities at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, it’s this: Slow down.

Growing Up In America

posted: 04/26/2013 1:47 a.m.

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.

Lighting Designs

posted: 04/26/2013 1:47 a.m.

Leo Villareal might be accurately described as an artist, a sculptor, a software engineer and an architect. For him, the art comes first.

Pulp Fiction

posted: 04/26/2013 1:47 a.m.

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.

Art Everywhere

posted: 04/26/2013 1:47 a.m.

Artosphere knows no bounds. It’s in the Walton Arts Center, on the trails surrounding Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and perhaps inside a local afterhours watering hole.

PREP ROUNDUPS

posted: 04/26/2013 1:47 a.m.

PREP SOFTBALL VAN BUREN 3 SPRINGDALE HIGH 0 Springdale was unable to rally after giving up a pair of runs in the second inning and suffered a close loss to Van Buren.

Ross Flip-Flops On Abortion

posted: 04/26/2013 1:47 a.m.

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.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: A Big Noise From The Northeast

posted: 04/26/2013 1:47 a.m.

As I read the Sunday paper this morning, I became aware of some kind of disturbance. I went outside and sure enough, there was something going on to the northeast. What could it be?

Free Speech Wins In GOP Controversy

posted: 04/26/2013 1:47 a.m.

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.

RECORDS

posted: 04/26/2013 1:47 a.m.

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.

BRIEFLY

posted: 04/26/2013 1:47 a.m.

The Beaver Lake Foundation will officially be up and running following a ceremony at 4 p.m. Tuesday with foundation organizers and the Army Corps of Engineers at Prairie Creek park.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

posted: 04/26/2013 1:47 a.m.

Monday 5:30 p.m. Springdale City Council Committees — Room 236, City Administration Building, 201 Spring St.

Thursday, April 25

Man investigated in ricin letters missing

posted: 04/25/2013 1:39 p.m.

OZARK, Miss. — Authorities in Mississippi say they are searching for the chief person of interest in the investigation of poisoned letters sent to President Barack Obama and other officials.

Police: Boston suspects planned to attack New York

posted: 04/25/2013 1:26 p.m.

BOSTON — The Boston Marathon bombing suspects intended to blow up their remaining explosives in New York's Times Square, New York officials said Thursday.

Bush, Clinton families reunite at presidential center dedication

posted: 04/25/2013 1:12 p.m.

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.

Body found in water that of missing Brown student

posted: 04/25/2013 12:19 p.m.

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.

Exxon earnings rise as chemicals profits surge

posted: 04/25/2013 11:28 a.m.

NEW YORK — Exxon Mobil Corp. said earnings rose slightly in the first quarter as profits from chemicals production surged enough to offset declining production of oil and gas. Lower taxes also helped.

MovieStyle: 'Mud' in your eye

posted: 04/25/2013 11:23 a.m.

Finally, Little Rock native Jeff Nichols’ long-awaited third movie, the Arkansas-shot Mud has arrived in theaters.

New sentencing for 2 inmates given life as teens

updated: 04/25/2013 3 p.m.

A man sentenced to life in prison without parole when he was 14 years old deserves a new sentencing hearing, Arkansas' highest court ruled Thursday.

Youth Services director Angel to retire

posted: 04/25/2013 11:03 a.m.

An official with the state's Department of Human Services announced his plans for retirement Thursday.

Collapse leaves 149 dead

posted: 04/25/2013 5:43 a.m.

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.

Guidelines new for rape exams

posted: 04/25/2013 5:24 a.m.

Techniques for collecting and analyzing evidence in rape cases have evolved over the past decade, as has the understanding of the psychological effects of sexual assault.

The world in brief

posted: 04/25/2013 5:12 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 04/25/2013 5:11 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 04/25/2013 5:10 a.m.

The DIY television network is proving a comfortable home for musicians turned renovators.

In the news

posted: 04/25/2013 5:08 a.m.

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.

U.S. Senate OKs Burwell for budget job

posted: 04/25/2013 5:01 a.m.

In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell of Bentonville to lead the Office of Management and Budget.

Louisiana Team Wins College Contest

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

Four black bass on Sunday was enough for the University of Louisiana-Monroe fishing team to win the FLW Outdoors college fishing championship held Friday through Sunday at Beaver Lake.

Lowell Man Sentenced To 20 years

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

A Lowell man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography.

BRIEFLY

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

Quail Unlimited Hosts Banquet The Benton County Quail Unlimited chapter will hold its annual fundraiser banquet on May 6 at the Quail Unlimited barn 5.4 miles west of Bentonville on Arkansas 72.

THE POORE PAGE: Educators Making An Impact

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

I experienced two enlightening and optimistic moments simultaneously one day this week.

Glynn Double Trouble For Lady War Eagles

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

Rogers Heritage freshman Lindsay Glynn admitted to having some jitters in her first season playing high school softball, but it’s sure hard to tell.

Commission Sets Deer Seasons

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

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.

State Willing To Pay Millions For New School

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

State officials announced Wednesday the state will provide about $15 million toward the cost of a second high school if Bentonville voters agree to pay for the rest of it.

THE FLIP SIDE: Decisions Abound In Swing Of Spring

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

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.

Farmers Market To Open Saturday

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

The Rogers Farmers Market is to open Saturday in a new location Main Street Rogers officials said will be more convenient.

Community College Gets One-Time Appropriation

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

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.

Fox Pleads Not Guilty in Children's Deaths

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

A father accused of killing his two infant sons pleaded not guilty to two counts of capital murder Wednesday.

LaBrecque Learns To Cope With Nerves

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

Nervousness is something Lindsee LaBrecque has learned to deal with during her first two years with Gravette’s softball team.

Barbecue To Benefit Softball Team

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

The Lady Mounties softball team from Rogers High School will benefit from a chicken barbecue Saturday.

PREP SOFTBALL: 6A/7A-West Standings

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

7A/6A-WEST SOFTBALL (through April 20) Team Overall Conference Fayetteville 16-6 8-1 Rogers High 12-8 7-3 Bentonville 13-6 6-3

COMMENTARY: What You See Is What You Get

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

Sometimes there isn’t much you can take out of a spring game as far as style or personnel. Coaches are a little nervous about showing too much of the real thing when television records everything.

Council Pilots Green Classroom Idea

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

Plans are developing to create an outdoor classroom at Mathias Elementary School before the end of summer.

Sheriff Says Deputies Violated Multiple Policies

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder said three deputies who were fired last week violated multiple departmental policies.

Ecclesia Gets Softball Team

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

The chance to bring recognition — and maybe new students — to Ecclesia College excites the coach and members of the school’s new softball team.

Schools Rank High According to Magazine

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

Five Northwest Arkansas schools were named among top 10 in the state in U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools rankings released Tuesday.

Bulky Waste, Paper, Pill Cleanups Planned for Saturday

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

Residents can drop off bulky waste, shred last year’s tax documents and dispose of unwanted or expired medication for free Saturday.

Alderson Inks With Ouachita Baptist

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

Emily Alderson was one of top offensive players for the Rogers Heritage volleyball team, but she will likely play a bigger role on defense in college.

EGG-STRA EFFORT

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

Volunteers armed with cooking oil, not shotguns, hope to reduce the number of resident Canada geese here closer to zero, one goose egg at a time.

Students Participate In Robotics

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

Students were having a lot fun in a classroom Wednesday at Leverett Elementary School.

NWA FISHING REPORT

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

Beaver Lake: Crappie fishing is good to excellent on the south end of Beaver Lake, reports Garland Villines at Hickory Creek Marina.

Inside the Springdale School District

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

“Getting better at getting better” is a constant theme in the Springdale school system.

Shaw Promoted To Lead Elkins Football

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

Thurman Shaw, an assistant football coach at Elkins since 2003, has been promoted to head coach.

Botanical Garden Growth Raises Concern

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

More than 100 people came to the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks on Wednesday to hear about plans to expand the garden’s footprint on land it leases from the city.

Ethics Report Done In Cave Springs Complaint

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

An investigation into campaign activities by Citizens for Growth in Cave Springs has determined the group didn't violate any campaign laws, but individual candidates may have.

Martin Race Keeps Growing

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

Bigger doesn’t necessarily mean more when it comes to the number of competitors in the annual Joe Martin Stage Race.

PREP SOFTBALL NOTEBOOK: Rogers High Softball Faces Big Week

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

Rogers High will look to stay in the chase for a 7A/6A-West Conference softball championship when Fayetteville visits today.

Fees Increasing For NWACC Students

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

NorthWest Arkansas Community College students won’t see an increase in tuition this year, but they will pay more in fees.

COMMENTARY: Bad Times Bring Good — Most Times

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

You know how they say bad times bring out the best in people? We certainly saw that in Boston, where unspeakable violence occurred last week.

Task Force Discusses Ideas To Help Mentally Ill

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

The Judicial Equality for Mental Illness Task Force of Northwest Arkansas met Wednesday to discuss alternatives to holding mentally ill inmates in the county jail.

Rodeo To Start Today

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

The Centerton Area Chamber of Commerce will host the NWA Championship Rodeo today through Saturday at the Benton County Fairgrounds. Events start at 7 p.m. each day, according to a news release.

Science, Art Open House Set For Rogers High School

posted: 04/25/2013 5 a.m.

The science and art departments at Rogers High School will host their annual open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 2300 S. Dixieland Road.

Ex-school chief sees gun charges tossed

posted: 04/25/2013 4:52 a.m.

The prosecution dropped felony charges Wednesday against the former superintendent of the Guy-Perkins School District because of what the dismissal order called “insufficient evidence.”

Museum unveils Haring sculpture

posted: 04/25/2013 4:51 a.m.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on Wednesday unveiled a new sculpture on the museum’s outdoor patio, known as Walker Landing.

Other days

posted: 04/25/2013 4:36 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO April 25, 1913 POCAHONTAS — Farmers of Randolph county have begun to realize the value of using fertilizer, especially those of the upland districts.

Getting it straight

posted: 04/25/2013 4:35 a.m.

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

EDITORIALS: Now open for business

posted: 04/25/2013 4:34 a.m.

“TELL HIM the truth,” the father in one of our favorite movies, Moonstruck, tells his daughter. “They find out anyway.”

COLUMNISTS: When is it murder?

posted: 04/25/2013 4:33 a.m.

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.

The melting pot

posted: 04/25/2013 4:32 a.m.

A Chinese graduate student, killed by one of the explosions. An immigrant from Costa Rica, clad in a cowboy hat and assisting a victim who lost his legs.

The Legislature adjourns

posted: 04/25/2013 4:31 a.m.

Whew.

The not-as-embarrassing 10

posted: 04/25/2013 4:31 a.m.

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.

LETTERS

posted: 04/25/2013 4:28 a.m.

UA flagship isn’t sinking While reading a recent editorial, I became extremely concerned with the portrayal of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

NFL draft could call Wilson, Armstead early

posted: 04/25/2013 4:23 a.m.

Tyler Wilson’s NFL odyssey will begin sometime in the next couple of days with the kickoff of the NFL Draft, which begins at 7 tonight from New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.

Arkansas expects best from Georgia

posted: 04/25/2013 4:14 a.m.

Georgia’s baseball team has the SEC’s worst record at 4-14, but the Bulldogs also have Arkansas’ attention after they beat 20th-ranked Georgia Tech 17-0 on Tuesday night at Turner Field in Atlanta.

Thunder blow lead, hang on

posted: 04/25/2013 4:12 a.m.

Russell Westbrook relishes the moments when an opponent challenges him and his Oklahoma City Thunder teammates and it becomes time to respond.

LIKE IT IS: College Football Playoff finds a perfect fit

posted: 04/25/2013 4:08 a.m.

It is entering the most dangerous time of the year for college sports’ two big moneymakers, football and basketball.

COMMENTARY: Dallas should plan for future at QB

posted: 04/25/2013 4:05 a.m.

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.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette NFL mock draft

posted: 04/25/2013 4:04 a.m.

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.

Arkansas Weekend: Upcoming events

posted: 04/25/2013 4 a.m.

Events are free unless otherwise noted.

QB crop loaded with uncertainty

posted: 04/25/2013 3:59 a.m.

The Washington Redskins, Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks can be thankful they landed their franchise quarterbacks a year ago.

Cowboys may be on move again

posted: 04/25/2013 3:58 a.m.

The Dallas Cowboys are sending signals they might trade down in the NFL Draft tonight.

Scouts have eye on Ivy Leaguers

posted: 04/25/2013 3:56 a.m.

The Ivy League is a rich breeding ground for doctors, lawyers and economists.

Joeckel? Fisher? Chiefs aren’t saying

posted: 04/25/2013 3:54 a.m.

Playing on the offensive line is about as unglamorous as it gets in professional football.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Cardinals jump on Strasburg early, finish sweep

posted: 04/25/2013 3:50 a.m.

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.

Nicklaus: Ruling correct on Woods

posted: 04/25/2013 3:49 a.m.

Jack Nicklaus thinks Tiger Woods got the proper ruling at the Masters.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: This ain’t your daddy’s BB gun

posted: 04/25/2013 3:48 a.m.

One segment of the gun industry isn’t experiencing ammunition shortages.

UALR loses in ninth at Texas-Arlington

posted: 04/25/2013 3:47 a.m.

Texas-Arlington’s Travis Sibley hit an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to hand UALR a 5-4 loss Wednesday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.

Grizzlies know how big Game 3 is with Clippers

posted: 04/25/2013 3:46 a.m.

The Grizzlies have had a chance to sleep in their own beds and are ready to get back to playing Memphis basketball. That means rebounding, dominating the paint and some sticky defense.

Fishing this week

posted: 04/25/2013 3:45 a.m.

HOT SPOTS ARKANSAS RIVER (MAUMELLE POOL) Bream fishing is excellent using worms and crickets fished around standing timber in the Little Maumelle and Maumelle rivers.

OUTDOOR CALENDAR

posted: 04/25/2013 3:44 a.m.

NOTE For additions to this calendar, fax the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at (501) 378-3869. Events also may be e-mailed to bhendricks@arkansasonline.com

PROFESSIONAL GOLF ARKANSANS

posted: 04/25/2013 3:43 a.m.

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS PGA TOUR EVENT Zurich Classic of New Orleans SITE New Orleans SCHEDULE Today-Sunday

Second thoughts

posted: 04/25/2013 3:40 a.m.

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.

Off the wire

posted: 04/25/2013 3:37 a.m.

FOOTBALL Title game site named The first championship game in the College Football Playoff will be held at Cowboys Stadium.

State sports briefs

posted: 04/25/2013 3:36 a.m.

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.

Durable-goods orders fall by 5.7% in March

posted: 04/25/2013 3:34 a.m.

Orders for U.S. durable goods fell in March by the most in seven months as demand slumped for commercial aircraft and business investment cooled.

Toyota keeps world sales crown

posted: 04/25/2013 3:33 a.m.

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.

Sales on a roll, Ford profit jumps

posted: 04/25/2013 3:31 a.m.

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.

Battery fix sets 787s up for May deliveries

posted: 04/25/2013 3:29 a.m.

Boeing said Wednesday that it is aiming to begin delivering 787s again in early May.

Wal-Mart tests policy in Fort Smith

posted: 04/25/2013 3:28 a.m.

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.

FedEx is winner of postal contract

posted: 04/25/2013 3:26 a.m.

FedEx Corp. won a seven-year contract with the U.S. Postal Service valued at about $10.5 billion to carry mail between U.S. airports, fending off a challenge from United Parcel Service Inc.

U.K. worries data to show 3rd recession

posted: 04/25/2013 3:25 a.m.

Officials in Britain are bracing today for the release of figures on first quarter economic growth.

MARKET REPORT: Mixed earnings keep market flat

posted: 04/25/2013 3:24 a.m.

The stock market finished pretty much where it started Wednesday as a mixed bag of earnings from big-name American companies left investors uninspired.

Earnings report

posted: 04/25/2013 3:23 a.m.

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.

Business news in brief

posted: 04/25/2013 3:22 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s a very good start to the year for us.” Bob Shanks, Ford Motor Co. chief financial officer Article, 1D

COMMENTARY: What Did She Just Say? Siri-ously

posted: 04/25/2013 3:22 a.m.

Is it just me or does Siri have an attitude?

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Founding Principles Our ‘Solid Rock’

posted: 04/25/2013 3:22 a.m.

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.

HOW WE SEE IT: Tread Carefully Expanding Farmers’ Market

posted: 04/25/2013 3:22 a.m.

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.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 04/25/2013 3:21 a.m.

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.

THE TV COLUMN: Bear Grylls returns with NBC adventure series

posted: 04/25/2013 3:07 a.m.

When I grow up, I want to be survival expert Bear Grylls.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 04/25/2013 2:42 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your limited view of yourself will be challenged this year. August brings the first in a series of small victories that add up to an October prize.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 04/25/2013 2:41 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Please advise me on how to store flashlight batteries. I was told to put them in the refrigerator until using.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 04/25/2013 2:40 a.m.

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.

Super Quiz: Identify the poem from its first line

posted: 04/25/2013 2:40 a.m.

1. “I think that I shall never see” 2. “If you can keep your head when all about you” 3. “Half a league, half a league” 4. “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary”

Anka, still crooning at 71, has autobiography out

posted: 04/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

Early rock ’n’ roll rocketed a cadre of swoon-worthy teen idols to fame in the 1950s, but none has stayed aloft longer than singer/songwriter Paul Anka.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Alarms from clingy boyfriend should be heeded

posted: 04/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

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.

MAY: Walk, run, play

posted: 04/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

NURTURING HOPE GALA LIFESOURCE INTERNATIONAL 2 6-9 p.m. — LifeSource International’s Nurturing Hope Gala will feature country music artist Jimmy Wayne as keynote speaker.

Portraits capture essence of Kat Wilson’s subjects

posted: 04/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

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.

People & Places

posted: 04/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

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.

COLLEGE BASEBALL TOP 25: ‘Heels, Tigers top baseball class

posted: 04/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

It’s been three years since college baseball zapped the power from its metal bats, causing the once ubiquitous slugfests to largely disappear.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Naturals split pair against Cards

posted: 04/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals were battered Wednesday in the first game of a doubleheader before returning the favor in the second against the Springfield Cardinals in Springfield, Mo.

Oklahoma sheriff reviews ’78 death

posted: 04/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

Sequoyah County, Okla., Sheriff Ron Lockhart is taking a new look at some old cases.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 04/25/2013 2:26 a.m.

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

State teacher honored at White House

posted: 04/25/2013 2:26 a.m.

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.

Court of Appeals

posted: 04/25/2013 2:26 a.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals released opinions Wednesday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts.state.ar.us.

Angry patron forgets pack, police called in

posted: 04/25/2013 2:26 a.m.

All it took was some heated rhetoric and a forgotten backpack to raise alarm and lead to the evacuation of a state government office and adjoining North Little Rock businesses late Wednesday morning.

The state/region in brief

posted: 04/25/2013 2:26 a.m.

Trial reset in suit of former suspect A jury trial set for May in a lawsuit filed by the boyfriend of a slain Arkansas Tech University student has now been rescheduled to September.

Ailing Campbell in D.C. in bid for Alzheimer’s funds

posted: 04/25/2013 2:26 a.m.

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.

Next up adoption agency’s defense

posted: 04/25/2013 2:26 a.m.

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.

Democrats Ross, Halter tangle on lottery, abortion

posted: 04/25/2013 2:26 a.m.

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.

38 die as Iraqi troops battle Sunnis

posted: 04/25/2013 2:26 a.m.

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 pushes law to ‘cleanse’ courts

posted: 04/25/2013 2:26 a.m.

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.

30 residents sue owner of Texas plant that exploded

posted: 04/25/2013 2:26 a.m.

Adair Grain, the owner of the fertilizer plant that exploded last week in West, Texas, was sued by townspeople and insurance firms seeking damages over the deadly blast.

Afghans, Pakistanis in talks; Kerry brings neighbors together

posted: 04/25/2013 2:26 a.m.

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.

State closer to legalizing gay marriage

posted: 04/25/2013 2:26 a.m.

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.

MIT officer eulogized; bomber on terrorist list

posted: 04/25/2013 2:26 a.m.

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.

Ex-suspect blames feud in ricin case

posted: 04/25/2013 2:26 a.m.

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.

Area districts to share state school funds

posted: 04/25/2013 2:26 a.m.

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.

PUBLIC MEETINGS: April 25th

posted: 04/25/2013 2 a.m.

Today 3 p.m. Fayetteville Firemen’s Pension and Relief Fund Board of Trustees — Room 326, City Administration Building, 113 W. Mountain St.

RECORDS: April 25th

posted: 04/25/2013 2 a.m.

Arrests Arkansas State Police • 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.

Wednesday, April 24

Ethics complaint against Cave Springs group dismissed

posted: 04/24/2013 5:18 p.m.

The State Ethics Commission wrapped up an investigation into Citizens for Growth in Cave Springs on Friday with a determination that the campaign group did not violate any laws.

Durable goods orders fall 5.7% in March

posted: 04/24/2013 11:53 a.m.

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.

Rhode Island lawmakers to vote on gay marriage

posted: 04/24/2013 11:46 a.m.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — State lawmakers in Rhode Island are set to decide whether the nation’s smallest state will become the 10th to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

Travis Fox pleads not guilty to killing sons

posted: 04/24/2013 11:14 a.m.

A father accused of killing his two infant sons pleaded not guilty to two counts of capital murder Wednesday.

5 local schools in report's Top 10

posted: 04/24/2013 10:40 a.m.

Five Northwest Arkansas schools were named top 10 in the state in the U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools rankings on Tuesday.

WEEKEND: Miller's 'Salesman' to debut at the Rep

posted: 04/24/2013 9:50 a.m.

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?

Gentry School Placed On Brief Lockdown

posted: 04/24/2013 5 a.m.

Gentry High School was locked down Tuesday afternoon after police were notified a student may have had a gun on campus.

Rape Suspect Dies After Jump

posted: 04/24/2013 5 a.m.

A suspect in a rape case died after a possible suicide attempt, according to a police news release.

Senior Helps Cardinals Soar

posted: 04/24/2013 5 a.m.

Behind every fine pitching staff, there is almost always a terrific catcher. Taylor Burba has proven to be just that for Farmington baseball this season.

COMMENTARY: Hogging their attention

posted: 04/24/2013 5 a.m.

I’m at lunch in Rogers, a three-hour drive from the raging insularity of the legislative session. I’m standing in the Elks Lodge before not quite a couple of hundred Benton County Democrats.

Fayetteville National Merit Scholars Named

posted: 04/24/2013 5 a.m.

The first group of winners in the National Merit Scholarship Program includes three seniors at Fayetteville High School.

Comptroller Recommends Update

posted: 04/24/2013 5 a.m.

A small problem with some of the 67 credit cards available to Benton County elected officials and employees has prompted a look at a written policy for use of the cards.

MILITARY NEWS

posted: 04/24/2013 5 a.m.

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.

Feeding Fayetteville

posted: 04/24/2013 5 a.m.

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.

FAMILY FRIENDLY

posted: 04/24/2013 5 a.m.

Today Tales and Tunes for Toddlers — 9:30 a.m.; Preschool Stories — 10:30 a.m., Bentonville Public Library. 271-3192.

Two Lady War Eagles Extend Softball Careers

posted: 04/24/2013 5 a.m.

Neither Hope Resor, nor Michelle Edmiston were exactly sure where they wanted to attend college earlier this year. But they were both sure of one thing. They wanted to keep playing softball.

Council Approves Light Display, Observation Area

posted: 04/24/2013 5 a.m.

City residents will have more amenities after the City Council approved measures Tuesday to add recreational and seasonal activities.

Wildflower Enthusiasts Sow Seeds Of Interest

posted: 04/24/2013 5 a.m.

Bill and Emily Robertson both hasten to say they are not scientists and not even professional photographers.

Three Deputies Fired

posted: 04/24/2013 5 a.m.

Three Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies were fired after being accused of sexual harassment, according to Sheriff Tim Helder.

Witonski Resigns From Position

posted: 04/24/2013 5 a.m.

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.

Ryan Resigns Position

posted: 04/24/2013 5 a.m.

Putting his family first, Chris Ryan resigned as Benton County’s planning and environmental director Tuesday.

Lady Golfers Gear Up For Return To Rogers

posted: 04/24/2013 5 a.m.

The rowdy 17th green is about to get noisier this summer at the LPGA’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G.

Springdale Interchange Bids Low

posted: 04/24/2013 5 a.m.

The city will be able to stretch bond money further because construction bids for the Don Tyson Parkway interchange on Interstate 540 came in below expectation.

Police Send Case to Prosecutor

posted: 04/24/2013 5 a.m.

The Police Department completed its investigation of two off-duty officers involved in a fight at a pool hall and forwarded it to the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office.

THE ROCKWOOD FILES: The Swing Is The New Thing

posted: 04/24/2013 5 a.m.

I know I’m probably too old to be this excited about a new toy, but nevertheless, I am. I’ve got a new swing, and I love it.

College To Host Community Poverty Simulation

posted: 04/24/2013 5 a.m.

NorthWest Arkansas Community College will host a poverty simulation on campus today.

Healthy Exercise Skills Lead Kids Away From Video Games

posted: 04/24/2013 5 a.m.

James Davison showed fourth-graders how to do karate kicks Tuesday as part of the Great Arkansas Workout to energize and keep them away from video games.

Road Name Vote Split

posted: 04/24/2013 5 a.m.

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.

County Splits Meeting Agenda

posted: 04/24/2013 5 a.m.

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.

Storm Destructive

posted: 04/24/2013 5 a.m.

A storm that dumped about 5 inches of rain in Bentonville last week caused roughly $180,000 in damage to city infrastructure, Mayor Bob McCaslin told City Council members Tuesday.

County Prioritizes Bridge Projects

posted: 04/24/2013 5 a.m.

Washington County Road Department officials hope to replace nine bridges in the next eight years.

Insurance expansion now state law

posted: 04/24/2013 3:42 a.m.

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.

Lawmakers wrap up, head home

posted: 04/24/2013 3:39 a.m.

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.

No terror-group ties found for 2

posted: 04/24/2013 3:36 a.m.

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.

Charges dropped in ricin-letter case

posted: 04/24/2013 3:34 a.m.

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.

’99 crash victim’s family gives burn unit $700,000

posted: 04/24/2013 3:33 a.m.

For two weeks, she lay in the Burn Center at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the youngest victim of the 1999 American Airlines Flight 1420 crash.

In the news

posted: 04/24/2013 3:22 a.m.

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.

Names and faces

posted: 04/24/2013 3:21 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 04/24/2013 3:21 a.m.

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.

The world in brief

posted: 04/24/2013 3:20 a.m.

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.

Governor kills senator’s trio of election bills

posted: 04/24/2013 3:03 a.m.

Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe vetoed three bills Tuesday that state Sen. Bryan King, R-Green Forest, says he sponsored to curb voter fraud.

Obituaries

posted: 04/24/2013 2:57 a.m.

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

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 04/24/2013 2:57 a.m.

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.

Other days

posted: 04/24/2013 2:56 a.m.

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.

Where there’s a will …

posted: 04/24/2013 2:44 a.m.

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.

OTHERS SAY: Fear strikes again

posted: 04/24/2013 2:44 a.m.

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.

Of Athens and Jerusalem

posted: 04/24/2013 2:43 a.m.

Dear Scholar, It was wholly a pleasure to get your thoughts about the current debate over illegal immigrants and how to approach the nettlesome challenge they represent to us—and we to them.

Guest writer: A wise investment

posted: 04/24/2013 2:43 a.m.

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.

When states hurt women

posted: 04/24/2013 2:42 a.m.

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.

LETTERS

posted: 04/24/2013 2:42 a.m.

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.

A century of light

posted: 04/24/2013 2:41 a.m.

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.

Razorbacks coach keeps ’em laughing

posted: 04/24/2013 2:39 a.m.

Bret Bielema never misses a chance to make a good first impression.

ARKANSAS FOOTBALL: Less offers more for UA in spring

posted: 04/24/2013 2:37 a.m.

Arkansas wrapped up its first set of spring workouts under Coach Bret Bielema on Saturday feeling better about what it can accomplish in 2013 than it did when it opened spring drills.

NFL DRAFT: Tide keep pipeline flowing

posted: 04/24/2013 2:35 a.m.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Tailback Eddie Lacy figures playing at Alabama gives he and his teammates an advantage going into the NFL Draft.

LIKE IT IS: Wilson took a hit coming back to Arkansas

posted: 04/24/2013 2:34 a.m.

At some point every Saturday last season, as the Arkansas Razorbacks football season ground down to the final game, the same thought occurred.

Second thoughts

posted: 04/24/2013 2:32 a.m.

Motivation with magic, cockatoo Joe Maddon is setting an awfully high bar for himself.

State sports briefs

posted: 04/24/2013 2:31 a.m.

Beard says he’ll be a Razorback Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson made an in-home visit with North Little Rock junior Anton Beard on Monday night and left with an oral commitment from the point guard.

Off the wire

posted: 04/24/2013 2:30 a.m.

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.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Uptons, Braves heat up after 23-degree start

posted: 04/24/2013 2:29 a.m.

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.

Monday’s games

posted: 04/24/2013 2:29 a.m.

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

Rockets counting on some Linsanity

posted: 04/24/2013 2:28 a.m.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Jeremy Lin’s introduction to the playoffs couldn’t be a much tougher one.

This date in baseball

posted: 04/24/2013 2:26 a.m.

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

Box score key

posted: 04/24/2013 2:25 a.m.

AB: at-bats ; R: runs; H: hits; BI: runs batted in; BB: walks; SO: strike outs; AVG: post-game batting average; E: errors; LOB: runners left on base; 2B: doubles; 3B: triples; HR: home runs; SB: stolen base; CS: caught stealing; S: sacrifice; SF: sacrifice fly; GIDP: grounded into double play; DP: double plays; TP: triple plays; IP: innings pitched; ER: earned runs; NP: number of pitches; ERA: post-game earned run average; W: winning pitcher; L: losing pitcher; S: save; BS: blown save opportunity ; H: hold (pitcher holds lead but doesn’t qualify for save); IBB: intentional walk; HBP: batter hit by pitcher; PB: passed ball; WP: wild pitch; T: length of game.

STATE ROUNDUPS

posted: 04/24/2013 2:25 a.m.

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.

Heat dash away from Bucks in fourth

posted: 04/24/2013 2:24 a.m.

MIAMI — Everyone in the Miami huddle was bracing for a grind to the finish. On the other bench, the sense around the Milwaukee Bucks was that an upset was there for the taking.

UA softball team earns 1st ranking

posted: 04/24/2013 2:20 a.m.

Arkansas’ softball program, which started in 1997, has its first national ranking.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 04/24/2013 2:13 a.m.

Entergy shareholder meeting set in LR New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. will hold its annual shareholders meeting in Little Rock on May 3 at the Peabody Little Rock hotel.

Trustee sues ex-CEO of MF Global

posted: 04/24/2013 2:12 a.m.

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.

Duke’s earnings up 52% for 2012

posted: 04/24/2013 2:11 a.m.

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.

March new-home sales beat forecast, rise 1.5%

posted: 04/24/2013 2:11 a.m.

Purchases of new U.S. homes rose in March, capping the best quarter for the industry since 2008 and providing more evidence the housing recovery will be sustained.

Airlines post profits as jet seats fill

posted: 04/24/2013 2:10 a.m.

Delta Air Lines Inc. and US Airways Group Inc. posted profits Tuesday that beat analysts’ estimates in the first quarter, traditionally the industry’s weakest period, as they filled more seats.

Arkansans inspired agriculture policy, U.S. secretary says

posted: 04/24/2013 2:10 a.m.

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.

Business news in brief

posted: 04/24/2013 2:07 a.m.

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.

Earnings report

posted: 04/24/2013 2:06 a.m.

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.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks recover after bogus Tweet

posted: 04/24/2013 2:02 a.m.

NEW YORK — Companies that do well when the economy is improving led the market higher Tuesday after several of them notched strong earnings.

PUBLIC MEETINGS: April 24th

posted: 04/24/2013 2 a.m.

Today Noon Springdale Housing Authority — 5 Applegate Drive

RECORDS: April 24th

posted: 04/24/2013 2 a.m.

Arrests Springdale • 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.

FRONT BURNER: Hello Fresh tasty, but a costly option

posted: 04/24/2013 1:57 a.m.

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.

GADGETS & GIZMOS

posted: 04/24/2013 1:56 a.m.

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.

Butter boosters

posted: 04/24/2013 1:55 a.m.

A pat of aromatic, flavored butter is an easy way to transform a ho-hum dish to something extraordinary.

South meets the Far East with miso, shiitake chicken

posted: 04/24/2013 1:54 a.m.

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.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 04/24/2013 1:54 a.m.

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.

Cooking for two: Peas with ricotta makes supper special

posted: 04/24/2013 1:53 a.m.

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.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 04/24/2013 1:53 a.m.

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):

7 day menu planner

posted: 04/24/2013 1:53 a.m.

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

Slim pickings

posted: 04/24/2013 1:52 a.m.

WHAT: Green Giant Veggie Snack Chips STATS: Vary by flavor. A serving (10 to 16 chips) contains 140 calories and 6 to 7 fat grams. For full nutrition facts, visit greengiant.com.

UNCORKED: Wine bottle color, shape really matter

posted: 04/24/2013 1:51 a.m.

Last week I outlined the reasons for different shapes of wine bottles. This week I’ll explain the reason behind the bottle’s other features.

Super Quiz: Camel

posted: 04/24/2013 1:51 a.m.

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)

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 04/24/2013 1:50 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: After cooking greasy foods such as bacon, the grease is poured into a metal can (example: coffee) and placed in the freezer with the original lid.

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Low-fat hummus, crackers debuted

posted: 04/24/2013 1:50 a.m.

Eat Well Enjoy Life is a brand created by Tryst Gourmet, a company that was founded to “celebrate the special connection between exceptional foods, and those committed to eating in ways that satisfy and deliver natural goodness.” Its passion is making delicious and convenient foods that follow the Mediterranean diet.

IDEA ALLEY: 3 options given in cherry salad quest

posted: 04/24/2013 1:49 a.m.

Recipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Institute, library set retirement workshops

posted: 04/24/2013 1:46 a.m.

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.

Creature feature

posted: 04/24/2013 1:46 a.m.

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?

Boy stars

posted: 04/24/2013 1:44 a.m.

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.

MONEY MANNERS

posted: 04/24/2013 1:42 a.m.

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

PARENTING: Family outing exile is best way to cure negativity

posted: 04/24/2013 1:42 a.m.

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?

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Hobson Keeps Preaching To Choir

posted: 04/24/2013 1:36 a.m.

I commend Giff Jordan for his letter regarding Art Hobson’s column (April 17). Obviously Mr. Jordan sees Mr. Hobson’s abilities allow him to propagandize, rather than teach, as an educator would.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Session Ends; Arkansas Survives

posted: 04/24/2013 1:36 a.m.

In spite of themselves, Arkansas’ lawmakers managed to get the major work of the legislative session done. The Legislature actually finished on a positive note.

HOW WE SEE IT: Summer Vote To Follow Odd City Selection

posted: 04/24/2013 1:36 a.m.

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.

Boeing led FAA in testing of battery, safety board

posted: 04/24/2013 1:35 a.m.

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

NL

posted: 04/24/2013 1:34 a.m.

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.

HOG CALLS: Fullback’s road back has been no small feat

posted: 04/24/2013 1:34 a.m.

Two September weeks into the Arkansas Razorbacks’ 2012 football season, Kiero Small got the break of his life.

Where to send your letters, Northwest Arkansas

posted: 04/24/2013 1:34 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette welcomes your opinions, Northwest Arkansas. Unfortunately, not all letters received can be published in the space available. Clarity, brevity and originality are particularly valued. Submit letters of fewer than 250 words to Voices, Democrat-Gazette, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, Ark., 72203, by FAX at 479-770-8484 or via an e-mail form found at our Web site, www2.arkansasonline.com/ contact/voicesform/.

UA police looking into report of rape

posted: 04/24/2013 1:34 a.m.

Police at the University of Arkansas are investigating a report that a student was raped in a Fayetteville campus dormitory last weekend, a spokesman said Tuesday.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 04/24/2013 1:34 a.m.

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.

The state/region in brief

posted: 04/24/2013 1:34 a.m.

Backpack sparks Tech bomb scare RUSSELLVILLE — An abandoned backpack prompted a scare Monday on the Arkansas Tech University campus, but authorities said there was no threat.

No mental disorder, filing on suspect says

posted: 04/24/2013 1:34 a.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.

Fort Smith park’s start delayed till May 2015

posted: 04/24/2013 1:34 a.m.

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.

Stieglitz artwork to debut in state

posted: 04/24/2013 1:34 a.m.

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 Mayflower oil spill changes to repair

posted: 04/24/2013 1:34 a.m.

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.

UA Fort Smith among 6 schools chasing dropouts

posted: 04/24/2013 1:34 a.m.

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.

Violence in Iraq kills at least 56 people

posted: 04/24/2013 1:34 a.m.

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 approves gay marriage

posted: 04/24/2013 1:34 a.m.

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.

2 with al-Qaida links arrested in Spain

posted: 04/24/2013 1:34 a.m.

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.

Plot suspect: Arrest made on appearances

posted: 04/24/2013 1:34 a.m.

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.

Rain in forecast raises angst in the soggy Midwest

posted: 04/24/2013 1:34 a.m.

More rain on Tuesday was the last thing flood fighters across the Midwest wanted to see, adding more water to swollen rivers that are now expected to remain high into next month.

GOP slams Benghazi response

posted: 04/24/2013 1:34 a.m.

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.

Mega Millions

posted: 04/24/2013 1:21 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 9-21-22-32-50 Mega Ball: 10 Estimated jackpot: $92 million Megaplier: 3

Tuesday, April 23

Police suspect man attempted suicide after rape arrest

posted: 04/23/2013 4:28 p.m.

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.

Beebe vetoes 3 election reform bills

posted: 04/23/2013 4:03 p.m.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has vetoed three bills aimed at overhauling the state's election commission, including one that would create a "voter integrity unit" to investigate fraud complaints.

Witonski Resigns From Position

posted: 04/23/2013 2:01 p.m.

SPRINGDALE— 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

Stocks briefly drop, recover, on fake bomb tweet

updated: 04/23/2013 1:04 p.m.

NEW YORK — The stock market briefly dropped, then recovered, after the Associated Press' Twitter account was hacked and a fake tweet about an attack on the White House was posted.

Three deputies fired amid sexual harassment allegations

updated: 04/23/2013 12:31 p.m.

Three Washington County detention officers have been fired amid allegations of sexual harassment, according to Sheriff Tim Helder.

Gold retrial reset pending appeal

posted: 04/23/2013 11:34 a.m.

The retrial of a Springdale man, Arjel Gold, accused of rape and robbery, was reset Tuesday because of a pending appeal.

Making butter better

posted: 04/23/2013 11:27 a.m.

A pat of aromatic, flavored butter is an easy way to transform a ho-hum dish to something extraordinary, writes Kelly Brant in Wednesday’s Food section.

A talk with the young cast of 'Mud'

posted: 04/23/2013 11:24 a.m.

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.

Arkansas Legislature wraps up 100-day session

updated: 04/23/2013 11:37 a.m.

The Arkansas Legislature has wrapped up its regular session after giving final approval to a bill detailing the state's $4.9 billion budget.

U.S. military: 84 on hunger strike at Guantanamo

posted: 04/23/2013 10:03 a.m.

MIAMI — A U.S. military spokesman says 84 prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay are on hunger strike.

Beebe signs 'private option' plan into law

updated: 04/23/2013 2:01 p.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe has signed into law legislation that will allow Arkansas to use federal Medicaid dollars to purchase private health insurance for thousands of low-income residents.

Rogers Woman Sentenced To Six Years

posted: 04/23/2013 5 a.m.

A Rogers woman was sentenced to six years in prison in connection with stabbing a man last year.

Projects to Improve Lake Springdale

posted: 04/23/2013 5 a.m.

A quiet backwater could soon become a showplace for the city.

Stumbaugh Shines At Meet

posted: 04/23/2013 5 a.m.

Payton Stumbaugh continues to shine in her return from a lower back injury.

FOR THE RECORD: Prep Roundup

posted: 04/23/2013 5 a.m.

PREP SOCCER GIRLS ROGERS HERITAGE 3, HARRISON 0 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.

Fayetteville Seniors Lead

posted: 04/23/2013 5 a.m.

The younger players on the Fayetteville baseball team often receive a lot of hype.

PREP BASEBALL: Arkansas High School Baseball Rankings

posted: 04/23/2013 5 a.m.

CLASS 7A 1. Fayetteville 18-2 2. North Little Rock 18-3 3. Bryant 21-5

Police Find Variety of Drugs in Apartment

posted: 04/23/2013 5 a.m.

Police arrested a University of Arkansas student Monday after finding a variety of prescription “uppers, downers,” other illegal drugs and thousands in cash at his apartment north of the campus.

PREP BASEBALL STANDINGS: 7A/6A-West Conference

posted: 04/23/2013 5 a.m.

7A/6A-West Conference School Overall Conf. Fayetteville 18-2, 10-0 Bentonville 16-6, 8-2 Springdale Har-Ber 15-8, 6-4

Commission Approves Deck Plans

posted: 04/23/2013 5 a.m.

Planning commissioners got their first, and last, look at designs for a downtown parking deck on Monday.

Former Minister Pleads Not Guilty

posted: 04/23/2013 5 a.m.

A former Siloam Springs minister pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting two teenage girls.

Rogers Men Plead Not Guilty

posted: 04/23/2013 5 a.m.

Two Rogers men each face up to 35 years in prison if convicted of charges of shooting into a moving vehicle in February.

Sales Tax Revenue Climbs In Three Cities, Down In One

posted: 04/23/2013 5 a.m.

Rogers sales tax continues to break records, climbing 12.4 percent over the March 2012 collection. Fayetteville and Springdale were up less than 1 percent and Bentonville slid 3.2 percent.

Trail Connectivity Sought

posted: 04/23/2013 5 a.m.

The Downtown Trail could connect through to the Regional Razorback Greenway if the City Council approves money for the project at tonight’s meeting.

Finance Committee To Look At County Bonuses

posted: 04/23/2013 5 a.m.

Benton County’s Personnel Committee voted 4-1 Monday to send proposed employee bonuses on to the county’s Finance Committee.

City, County Pick Up After Rain

posted: 04/23/2013 5 a.m.

City and county officials continue to deal with fallout from heavy rain last week that prompted the county judge to declare an emergency.

PREP BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: Springdale Har-Ber’s Thompson Questionable After Injury

posted: 04/23/2013 5 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber could be without its top pitcher for Thursday’s 7A/6A-West Conference doubleheader against Rogers Heritage.

Fayetteville Named Green Ribbon School District

posted: 04/23/2013 5 a.m.

The Fayetteville School District has been honored by the U.S. Department of Education with the Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Award.

Benton County GOP Disavows Remarks

posted: 04/23/2013 5 a.m.

A man and his wife resigned their posts Monday on the Benton County Republican Committee after he expressed a desire to shoot legislators in a committee newsletter.

Rogers Heritage Blanks Fort Smith Northside

posted: 04/23/2013 5 a.m.

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.

Couple To Talk About Wildflowers At Hobbs

posted: 04/23/2013 5 a.m.

Bill and Emily Roberts, who were volunteer coordinators at the Tanyard Creek Nature Trail in Bella Vista, will speak Sunday about wildflowers at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area Visitor Center.

$197 million state budget rise OK’d

posted: 04/23/2013 4:15 a.m.

The Arkansas House and Senate on Monday handily approved bills that would increase the state budget by $197 million in the fiscal year starting July 1.

Article appalls GOP leader; 2 quit posts

posted: 04/23/2013 4:11 a.m.

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

Oil, pump prices’ fall spreads cash around

posted: 04/23/2013 4:09 a.m.

NEW YORK — A sharp decline in the price of oil this month is making gasoline cheaper at a time of year when it typically gets more expensive.

3 LR bridges to glitter thanks to donors

posted: 04/23/2013 4:08 a.m.

Come December, three more Little Rock bridges will sparkle at night over the Arkansas River.

In the news

posted: 04/23/2013 4:01 a.m.

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.

Names and faces

posted: 04/23/2013 4:01 a.m.

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.

The nation in brief

posted: 04/23/2013 4:01 a.m.

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.

No ricin found in suspect’s house

posted: 04/23/2013 4:01 a.m.

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.

Justices divided on AIDS-funding case

posted: 04/23/2013 4 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court wrestled Monday with the First Amendment implications of a policy that forces private health organizations to denounce prostitution as a condition to get AIDS funding.

The world in brief

posted: 04/23/2013 4 a.m.

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.

Quake donors look to private charities

posted: 04/23/2013 3:58 a.m.

BEIJING — The devastating earthquake that struck southwest China last weekend has drawn a flood of donations from across the country.

SUV carrying 20 flips fleeing; 5 die

posted: 04/23/2013 3:54 a.m.

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.

Getting it straight

posted: 04/23/2013 3:49 a.m.

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

Other days

posted: 04/23/2013 3:49 a.m.

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.

Man killed when plane clips tree, crashes

posted: 04/23/2013 3:48 a.m.

A Greenbrier man died Monday after his airplane clipped a tree during an aborted landing, then crashed at the Arkavalley Airport in Faulkner County, authorities said.

Obama’s swearing-in nets only $8,079 from Arkansas

posted: 04/23/2013 3:45 a.m.

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.

Sterling: $46,000 given to campaign

posted: 04/23/2013 3:44 a.m.

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.

Embarassing

posted: 04/23/2013 3:39 a.m.

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.

Uncle Ruslan heard from

posted: 04/23/2013 3:38 a.m.

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.

A sign of the times

posted: 04/23/2013 3:38 a.m.

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.

OTHERS SAY: Can’t even agree to the name

posted: 04/23/2013 3:37 a.m.

The debate over immigration reform has raised a question that’s almost as challenging: What should we call the approximately 11 million people who are in the United States illegally?

Viva la Italia!

posted: 04/23/2013 3:37 a.m.

Italy still doesn’t have a government these days, but Italy being Italy, not all that many Italians seem to have noticed. It’s a little like New Orleans in that way.

Boston’s Finest

posted: 04/23/2013 3:36 a.m.

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.

To save the Ozarks: Citizens uniting

posted: 04/23/2013 3:36 a.m.

When it rains environmental concerns in the Ozarks, also known as God’s Country, it really does pour.

A mean mound of a man

posted: 04/23/2013 3:35 a.m.

The greatest threat to the Republican tide washing over Arkansas is its woefully simple-minded and irresponsibly mean-spirited element.

LETTERS

posted: 04/23/2013 3:35 a.m.

He’s not the boss of us I have a message for Elton Stephen Irby and his ilk.

BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: Christie’s train arrives on time

posted: 04/23/2013 3:33 a.m.

LAKEVIEW — Right now, Jason Christie of Park Hill Okla., is the best professional bass angler in America.

ARKANSAS BASEBALL: Midweek cleared after cancellation

posted: 04/23/2013 3:31 a.m.

After Arkansas beat Texas A&M 2-1 on Sunday, Razorbacks Coach Dave Van Horn said his focus was on the next SEC series at Georgia, not so much the next scheduled game against Oklahoma.

NBA PLAYOFFS: Bulls put best foot forward

posted: 04/23/2013 3:29 a.m.

NEW YORK - Whatever pain Joakim Noah was feeling in that achy right foot would have to wait. Blowing a chance to even the Chicago Bulls’ playoff series would have hurt so much worse.

ARKANSAS FOOTBALL: QB Mitchell’s role still up in air

posted: 04/23/2013 3:27 a.m.

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.

LIKE IT IS: Bielema unveils crisp band of Razorbacks

posted: 04/23/2013 3:25 a.m.

It is difficult to get any kind of real feel for how good a football team might be in the fall after a spring football game.

Hudlin stirred Travs’ pot during wartime

posted: 04/23/2013 3:23 a.m.

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.

Second thoughts

posted: 04/23/2013 3:22 a.m.

This one goes out to the one who hits best There are athletes who want to be musicians and there are musicians who want to be athletes.

Off the wire

posted: 04/23/2013 3:22 a.m.

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.

THE RECRUITING GUY: UA visit surprises, impresses two from Georgia

posted: 04/23/2013 3:20 a.m.

Georgia prospects safety Kirk Tucker and corner back Chris Murphy didn’t have any grandiose images of Arkansas before visiting Fayetteville over the weekend.

Van Horn chosen to be USA manager

posted: 04/23/2013 3:18 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas Coach Dave Van Horn said he’s honored to be selected by USA Baseball to serve as manager of the 2014 USA Collegiate Baseball National Team.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Kozma, Cardinals relive division series glory

posted: 04/23/2013 3:16 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The setting and the situation were so similar, Pete Kozma couldn’t help but recall what happened six months ago.

Notes

posted: 04/23/2013 3:16 a.m.

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

Box score key

posted: 04/23/2013 3:15 a.m.

AB: at-bats ; R: runs; H: hits; BI: runs batted in; BB: walks; SO: strike outs; AVG: post-game batting average; E: errors; LOB: runners left on base; 2B: doubles; 3B: triples; HR: home runs; SB: stolen base; CS: caught stealing; S: sacrifice; SF: sacrifice fly; GIDP: grounded into double play; DP: double plays; TP: triple plays; IP: innings pitched; ER: earned runs; NP: number of pitches; ERA: post-game earned run average; W: winning pitcher; L: losing pitcher; S: save; BS: blown save opportunity; H: hold (pitcher holds lead but doesn’t qualify for save); IBB: intentional walk; HBP: batter hit by pitcher; PB: passed ball; WP: wild pitch; T: length of game.

Baseball calendar

posted: 04/23/2013 3:15 a.m.

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.

Mets stuck with Tejada’s highs, lows

posted: 04/23/2013 3:14 a.m.

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.

State sports briefs

posted: 04/23/2013 3:13 a.m.

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

LeBron’s efficiency problem for Bucks

posted: 04/23/2013 3:11 a.m.

MIAMI — Long after just about every Miami Heat player left the practice court Monday, LeBron James stayed behind for a three-point shooting contest against Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers.

Staying in school could be costly

posted: 04/23/2013 3:09 a.m.

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.

COMMENTARY: Chiefs in No. 1 position to pull surprise

posted: 04/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

The last time he was in position to select the best player in the NFL Draft, Charley Casserly had what seemed at the time to be a wealth of talent to choose from.

ABF seeks 6.5% cut in Teamsters pay

posted: 04/23/2013 2:58 a.m.

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.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 04/23/2013 2:57 a.m.

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.

Fewer go get tags for new vehicles

posted: 04/23/2013 2:56 a.m.

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.

Strike grounds Lufthansa flights

posted: 04/23/2013 2:56 a.m.

COLOGNE, Germany — German airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG suspended almost all of its flights for a full day Monday as a strike over pay crippled operations and upset travel plans for 150,000 people.

Mill scraps calico bags for color-coded

posted: 04/23/2013 2:55 a.m.

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.

Too-small inventory cuts sales of homes

posted: 04/23/2013 2:54 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Sales of previously owned U.S. homes dipped in March as the supply remained tight. But the sales pace remained ahead of last year’s.

Mining ebb cut first-quarter profit 45%, Caterpillar says

posted: 04/23/2013 2:54 a.m.

MINNEAPOLIS — A slowdown in the mining business is digging a hole in Caterpillar’s profits.

Business news in brief

posted: 04/23/2013 2:53 a.m.

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.

MARKET REPORT: Energy stocks rebound, lift Dow

posted: 04/23/2013 2:52 a.m.

NEW YORK — Investors remained cautious at the start of a big week for company earnings on Wall Street.

WHAT’S IN A DAME: This dude is a lady! And she’s in Vogue

posted: 04/23/2013 2:43 a.m.

Model Casey Legler is featured in the May issue of women’s fashion magazine Vogue.

Disney princesses don skates

posted: 04/23/2013 2:42 a.m.

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.

MUSIC: Beware of Darkness descending at Stickyz

posted: 04/23/2013 2:41 a.m.

If the band named Beware of Darkness sounds familiar, it could be traced to late former Beatle George Harrison’s song of the same name.

Soaps on the bubble

posted: 04/23/2013 2:41 a.m.

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.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Americans Need Involvement In Government

posted: 04/23/2013 2:40 a.m.

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.

COMMENTARY: A Long Day At The Capitol

posted: 04/23/2013 2:40 a.m.

Sen. Missy Irvin, R-Mountain View, shared a long embrace with her dad in the hallway outside the Senate chamber Wednesday night and then wiped her eyes.

HOW WE SEE IT: Fayetteville Library May Need Land

posted: 04/23/2013 2:40 a.m.

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.

THE TV COLUMN: It’s Dust Bowl deja vu with PBS ‘encore’ showing

posted: 04/23/2013 2:39 a.m.

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.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 04/23/2013 2:38 a.m.

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).

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 04/23/2013 2:38 a.m.

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

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Parents stressing daughter

posted: 04/23/2013 2:37 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I have an aging father with a health condition that is likely terminal, with few treatment options.

New Orleans music festival is one of many fan favorites

posted: 04/23/2013 2:37 a.m.

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.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 04/23/2013 2:36 a.m.

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.

Super Quiz: Science glossary: R

posted: 04/23/2013 2:36 a.m.

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

LISTEN UP: Denver tribute, Aboriginal album span the globe

posted: 04/23/2013 2:36 a.m.

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.

Prime-time players made mark

posted: 04/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

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.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Cardinals rally, trip Naturals

posted: 04/23/2013 2:22 a.m.

The Springfield Cardinals overcame a 4-0 deficit to beat the Northwest Arkansas Naturals 9-6 on Monday night at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo.

Bowl rotation, title-game next

posted: 04/23/2013 2:22 a.m.

With the how and when of college football playoffs determined, it’s time to lock in the where.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 04/23/2013 2:22 a.m.

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.

State: ‘Greed,’ not kids, drove adoption agency

posted: 04/23/2013 2:22 a.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.

The state/region in brief

posted: 04/23/2013 2:22 a.m.

Man shot to death during car pursuit TEXARKANA — A Texarkana man is dead after what police described as a shootout Thursday night a block north of Washington 4-A Academy.

New state historian is named, draws fire

posted: 04/23/2013 2:22 a.m.

Lisa K. Speer, director of special collections and archives at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., is the new director of the Arkansas History Commission and state historian.

UA diversity chief to get a promotion

posted: 04/23/2013 2:22 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville will promote its vice provost for diversity affairs to a newly created vice chancellor position, it announced Monday.

Shaken-baby law named for victim

posted: 04/23/2013 2:22 a.m.

Carter Fowler was a defenseless 8-week-old in 2009 when he was severely injured by his biological father.

More data due on Whirlpool plant cleanup

posted: 04/23/2013 2:22 a.m.

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.

In U.S. terror cases, convictions the rule

posted: 04/23/2013 2:22 a.m.

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.

Taliban abduct 11 in Afghanistan

posted: 04/23/2013 2:22 a.m.

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.

W.VA passes bill to push breakfast

posted: 04/23/2013 2:22 a.m.

In West Virginia’s Mason County, children walk to the cafeteria together so they can start the day’s lessons with a side of whole grain waffles, cereal, fruit and milk.

FAA furloughs kick in, delaying flights

posted: 04/23/2013 2:22 a.m.

Flight delays piled up along the East Coast on Monday as thousands of air-traffic controllers were forced to take an unpaid day off because of federal budget cuts.

Judge charges bomb suspect in 2 explosions

posted: 04/23/2013 2:22 a.m.

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.

RECORDS: April 23rd

posted: 04/23/2013 2 a.m.

Arrest Springdale • 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.

Monday, April 22

Sales Tax Revenue Climbs In Three Cities, Down In One

posted: 04/22/2013 3:10 p.m.

Rogers sales tax continues to break records climbing 12.4 percent over March 2012 collections, with Fayetteville and Springdale up less than 1 percent and Bentonville sliding 3.2 percent.

Arkansas lawmakers advance $4.9 billion budget bill

posted: 04/22/2013 2:24 p.m.

Arkansas lawmakers have advanced legislation outlining the state's $4.9 billion budget for the coming year.

Arkansas Education Association elects new president

posted: 04/22/2013 1:13 p.m.

The Arkansas Education Association has named Brenda Robinson as its new president, the organization announced in a Monday afternoon news release.

Boston Marathon suspect charged, to be tried in federal court

updated: 04/22/2013 5:18 p.m.

A court official says the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is facing federal charges and has made an initial court appearance in his hospital room.

U.S. home sales slip as supply remains tight

posted: 04/22/2013 11:43 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Sales of previously owned homes unexpectedly dropped in March, showing uneven progress in the industry.

State Police Opens Investigation

posted: 04/22/2013 10:23 a.m.

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."

Bubbling up

posted: 04/22/2013 9:50 a.m.

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?

Deltic Timber to report, talk earnings

posted: 04/22/2013 8 a.m.

Deltic Timber Corp. executives have scheduled a conference call for Tuesday to review the company's first-quarter earnings, which are to be released Monday after the stock market closes.

Boston marks week from Marathon bombs with silence

posted: 04/22/2013 7:01 a.m.

BOSTON — Seven days after the Boston Marathon bombings, the city planned to mark the traumatic week with mournful silence and a return to its bustling commute.

Board Eyes High School Issue

posted: 04/22/2013 5 a.m.

The School Board will hold a work session Thursday in part to continue discussing a proposal to build a second high school.

Region’s Caucus Still Cordial

updated: 04/22/2013 2:04 p.m.

Northwest Arkansas legislators split 11 to 5 in their vote on health care reform, but will not leave the session with grudges, delegation members from both sides of that issue said.

LAWSUITS: April 22nd

posted: 04/22/2013 5 a.m.

April 11 Capital One Bank (USA) NA v. Chad E. Warford In Re: Marley Grace Storlie, Marley Grace Storlie and Kayla Storlie v. In Re: Marley Grace Storlie, Marley Grace Storlie and Kayla Storlie Capital One Bank (USA) N.A. v. Julia E. Lacy Capital One Bank (USA) N.A. v. Michael Bossler James Brandenburg and Angie Brandenburg v. Nathan Ellington and Ellington Design Group Inc. Miguel Morales v. Tammy Davis

RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS: April 22nd

posted: 04/22/2013 5 a.m.

Information is from state Health Department records. Restaurants are listed in order of inspection date. All reports are from regular food service food store inspections unless otherwise noted.

Naturals Drop Home Finale To Drillers

posted: 04/22/2013 5 a.m.

Tulsa and Northwest Arkansas were evenly matched offensively, but the Naturals were unable to capitalize on Sunday and dropped the final game of the four-game homestand 8-2.

MEETING INFORMATION: Rogers City Council

posted: 04/22/2013 5 a.m.

MEETING INFORMATION Rogers City Council When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Council Chambers, Rogers City Hall, 301 W. Chestnut St. Enter through the door on the

Standards To Impact Science Classes

posted: 04/22/2013 5 a.m.

New standards for teaching science, from kindergarten to 12th grade, focus on hands-on applications to engage students in an intense study of scientific concepts.

Parish Enjoying Strong Season

posted: 04/22/2013 5 a.m.

Kevin Parish kept telling Gentry track coach Daniel Ramsey that he was a sprinter all the way back in junior high. The senior is proving his point this season.

COMMENTARY: Bowlin’s Work Pays Off

posted: 04/22/2013 5 a.m.

It pays to be a pest when searching for a job.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Hogs Will Pollute Buffalo River

posted: 04/22/2013 5 a.m.

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.

Gymnastics Helps Senior Soar

posted: 04/22/2013 5 a.m.

When Sara Calhoun goes to compete in the pole vault, one of the first things she notices is she’s a few inches shorter than the other competitors.

COMMENTARY: Lindh Wants More Freedom

posted: 04/22/2013 5 a.m.

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.

Rogers High Looks To Fill Graduation Holes

posted: 04/22/2013 5 a.m.

Graduation has left holes on the Rogers High football depth chart, but Mounties coach Shawn Flannigan is hoping 
some of those vacancies will be filled in the coming weeks.

City Plans Development Of Two New Parks

posted: 04/22/2013 5 a.m.

The number of sports fields in the city will more than double if preliminary plans for new parks become reality.

HOW WE SEE IT: Three Lawmakers Deserve Credit For Insurance Vote

posted: 04/22/2013 5 a.m.

The state is now well on its way to insuring another 250,000 Arkansans who didn’t qualify in the past for coverage through Medicaid.

PREP TRACK: Northwest Arkansas' 2013 Best Track Performances

posted: 04/22/2013 5 a.m.

BOYS 100 Kevin Parish, Gentry^11.11 Chase Lamers, Rogers High^11.21 Joey Saucier, Rogers Heritage^11.22

Cities, Counties Can Decide Liquor Issue

posted: 04/22/2013 5 a.m.

Liquor by the drink is illegal in Benton County except in private clubs, even though voters approved last year allowing liquor stores in the county.

MARRIAGE LICENSES: April 22nd

posted: 04/22/2013 5 a.m.

April 11 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.

Toll of quake in China felt by 1.5 million

posted: 04/22/2013 4:30 a.m.

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.

2 likely planned more attacks, police say

posted: 04/22/2013 4:22 a.m.

Investigators believe the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing were likely planning other attacks based on the cache of weapons uncovered, the city’s police commissioner said Sunday.

Blast survivors offer prayers from hayfield

posted: 04/22/2013 4:14 a.m.

On the first Sunday after a fertilizer plant explosion leveled part of a small Texas town, pastor John Crowder stood atop a long flatbed overlooking a hayfield and spoke to his congregation.

Hagel: U.S., Israel see same Iran peril

posted: 04/22/2013 4:10 a.m.

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.

Reservation pipeline funds halted

posted: 04/22/2013 4:02 a.m.

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.

More rain likely as Midwest fights floods

posted: 04/22/2013 4:01 a.m.

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.

Syrian rebels ask Hezbollah to go

posted: 04/22/2013 3:55 a.m.

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.

Iraqi monitors find vote irregularities

posted: 04/22/2013 3:54 a.m.

Iraqi election monitors on Sunday reported multiple irregularities in the country’s first provincial vote since U.S. troops left, but were unclear on whether results would be affected.

Kerry to Turkish leader: Cancel Gaza visit

posted: 04/22/2013 3:51 a.m.

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.

The world in brief

posted: 04/22/2013 3:50 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 04/22/2013 3:49 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 04/22/2013 3:49 a.m.

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.

In the news

posted: 04/22/2013 3:47 a.m.

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.

Overtime firing stirs questions for police

posted: 04/22/2013 3:45 a.m.

In a department that leans on overtime to fulfill basic job functions, a former Little Rock officer was able to more than double her salary before supervisors took notice.

Other days

posted: 04/22/2013 3:17 a.m.

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.

EDITORIALS: lol, did u c my peeps?

posted: 04/22/2013 3:15 a.m.

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.

COLUMNISTS: The language of terror

posted: 04/22/2013 3:14 a.m.

Terrorism is speech—speech that gathers its audience by killing innocents as theatrically as possible. The 19th Century anarchist Paul Brousse called it “propaganda by deed.”

OTHERS SAY: Just the beginning

posted: 04/22/2013 3:13 a.m.

Had the traditional rules of parliamentary procedure been in place, the Senate actually would have passed a bill to expand gun background checks to include online sales and gun shows.

Book continues to inspire

posted: 04/22/2013 3:12 a.m.

This month marks the 30th anniversary of Alice Walker’s winning of the Pulitzer Prize for The Color Purple, the first for a novel by a black woman.

Guest writer: In service of others

posted: 04/22/2013 3:11 a.m.

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Revisiting the Cold War

posted: 04/22/2013 3:10 a.m.

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.

LETTERS

posted: 04/22/2013 3:09 a.m.

The fairness principle Our president keeps repeating that each of us should do our fair share. We all are doing the best we can with less money.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP: Kenseth blocks Kahne’s late run

posted: 04/22/2013 3:06 a.m.

Matt Kenseth knew that he had a front-running car Sunday.

SEC BASEBALL: Relievers help Hogs eke out series victory

posted: 04/22/2013 2:59 a.m.

Arkansas’ bullpen looked like its old self Sunday at Baum Stadium.

NBA PLAYOFFS: Lakers stumble as Spurs cruise

posted: 04/22/2013 2:49 a.m.

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.

Windy conditions fine for McDowell

posted: 04/22/2013 2:47 a.m.

For all the big moments in Graeme McDowell’s career, his resume was short on PGA Tour victories.

ST. VINCENT TOUR DE PAUL: Futures now for winner Krajicek

posted: 04/22/2013 2:45 a.m.

Austin Krajicek stopped short of admitting he’s all but mastered Futures events on the USTA Pro Circuit.

Kansas’ Scanlon in front

posted: 04/22/2013 2:43 a.m.

The two-day leader of the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Bull Shoals Lake tumbled from the top and Casey Scanlon willingly slid into the top spot heading into today’s championship round.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Braun’s home run lifts Milwaukee before ejection

posted: 04/22/2013 2:38 a.m.

Ryan Braun hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning then was ejected three innings later, and the Milwaukee Brewers won their seventh consecutive game, 4-2 over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

STATE COLLEGE BASEBALL

posted: 04/22/2013 2:37 a.m.

SUN BELT LOUISIANA-MONROE 3, ARKANSAS STATE 1 Arkansas State’s three-game winning streak was snapped Sunday afternoon by Louisiana-Monroe at Warhawk Field in Monroe, La.

Second thoughts

posted: 04/22/2013 2:36 a.m.

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.

Off the wire

posted: 04/22/2013 2:34 a.m.

FOOTBALL Moore released from jail Atlanta Falcons safety William Moore has been released from jail on $2,500 bond following his arrest on a misdemeanor simple battery charge.

State sports briefs

posted: 04/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

GYMNASTICS UA’s Grable sixth on floor Arkansas junior All-American Katherine Grable recorded a 9.8875 on the floor Sunday in the NCAA Event Finals, finishing sixth nationally in Los Angeles.

Tribal tongues live on in apps

posted: 04/22/2013 2:31 a.m.

In a windowless conference room in a Las Vegas casino, about three dozen people are swishing their fingers across iPads, trying out test versions of new apps and screening for glitches.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: BlackBerry Z10’s touch-screen navigation a ‘swipe’ out

posted: 04/22/2013 2:25 a.m.

BlackBerry was once the jewel of the cellular market, until a certain touch-screen phone hit the market. Since then, BlackBerry has had a few hits (the Bold 2) and misses (the Torch).

As IPOs thud, China cooling for capitalists

posted: 04/22/2013 2:22 a.m.

Two years ago, it was one of the hottest areas in tech investing. Venture capitalists were lining up to throw money at it. But now, after disappointing initial public offerings, investors are fleeing.

Microsoft tries to gain cloud customers

posted: 04/22/2013 2:18 a.m.

Microsoft Corp., which released new cloud-computing services last week, said it will match Amazon.com Inc.’s lowest prices for competing products as it seeks to win business in a growing market.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 04/22/2013 2:14 a.m.

ALEXANDER Dustin C. Torrence, 13001 Carousel Court, April 17, 2013, Chapter 7. Joshua P. and Kimberly S. Ketelsen, 577 Joseph Drive, April 12, 2013, Chapter 13.

Happy trails

posted: 04/22/2013 2:11 a.m.

GULPHA GORGE TRAIL Location: Trailhead is in Gulpha Gorge Campground at 305 Gorge Road in Hot Springs National Park.

Stop, assess … no CPR?

posted: 04/22/2013 2:08 a.m.

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.

After Boston, runner resumes work on 5K

posted: 04/22/2013 2:06 a.m.

Two weeks after running from bombs at the Boston Marathon, Jacob “Marathon Boy” Wells will conduct a 5K footrace in Little Rock’s Clinton Presidential Park.

ASK THE TRAINER: Weighing every day isn’t good for some

posted: 04/22/2013 2:04 a.m.

Personal trainer Janet Roget answers questions submitted by readers of ActiveStyle.

New workouts

posted: 04/22/2013 2:03 a.m.

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).

PRACTICALLY ACTIVE: In pool, a good workout with no ‘wham !’

posted: 04/22/2013 2:01 a.m.

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.

Toads to hop onto bikes using pedals

posted: 04/22/2013 2 a.m.

Toad Suck Daze always includes 10K and 5K footraces, but some years, the festival in Conway hasn’t offered a bicycle event. Fear not, cyclists, the Tour de Toad lives in 2013.

RECORDS: April 22nd

posted: 04/22/2013 2 a.m.

Arrests 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force • 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. Prairie Grove

PUBLIC MEETINGS: April 22nd

posted: 04/22/2013 2 a.m.

Today 5:30 p.m. Fayetteville Planning Commission — Room 219, City Administration Building, 113 W. Mountain St.

3 viewpoints on mammograms

posted: 04/22/2013 1:57 a.m.

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.

MASTER CLASS: Is pull-up/squat boot camp workout intense? Sir, yes sir!

posted: 04/22/2013 1:56 a.m.

Boot camp classes have become all the rage among serious fitness enthusiasts. These action-packed group exercise formats attract all sorts of people, from the soccer mom to the professional athlete.

Batter up: How to save face on base

posted: 04/22/2013 1:55 a.m.

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.

REALLY?

posted: 04/22/2013 1:52 a.m.

Are elderly athletes physically different from less active old people?

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 04/22/2013 1:52 a.m.

Happy birthday. A shift will have you forming a dependable team. A window of romance opens in May. Your social standing will be elevated, and you’ll turn the popularity into good times.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 04/22/2013 1:51 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Here is this week’s sound off, about speaking right away when you call someone.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 04/22/2013 1:50 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I heard the other day that you were planning to preach one more time before God takes you to heaven. Is that true? — M.G.

Super Quiz: Words that end in “ite”

posted: 04/22/2013 1:50 a.m.

1. Compose 2. Colorless 3. Join 4. Rather

HOG CALLS: Hogs adjusting to Bielema’s persona

posted: 04/22/2013 1:41 a.m.

Given the new head coach’s player receptions for Houston Nutt 1998 and Bret Bielema in 2013, it seems pretty smooth for a player’s coach following a crusty predecessor.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Naturals have no answer in loss to Drillers

posted: 04/22/2013 1:39 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals gave up nine hits and allowed the Tulsa Drillers to score in five different innings of an 8-2 loss on Sunday. It could have been worse, too.

2 state tours added to national program

posted: 04/22/2013 1:39 a.m.

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.

Ex-rival admits election deceit

posted: 04/22/2013 1:38 a.m.

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.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 04/22/2013 1:38 a.m.

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

Smokin’ in the Ozarks opens Friday in Rogers

posted: 04/22/2013 1:38 a.m.

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.

Man, 24, declared guilty in ’11 killing

posted: 04/22/2013 1:38 a.m.

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.

LR lecture topic is African justice

posted: 04/22/2013 1:38 a.m.

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.

More Shooters Reloading Ammo

posted: 04/22/2013 1:38 a.m.

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.

Survivors, allies gather for victims’ rights week

posted: 04/22/2013 1:38 a.m.

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.

2 At Spill Defend Pipelines As Safest

posted: 04/22/2013 1:38 a.m.

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.

Sherwood celebrates its history

posted: 04/22/2013 1:38 a.m.

The city of Sherwood is throwing itself a celebration party today and taking advantage of the opportunity to teach residents more about its history as a community.

Border Patrol counts those it missed

posted: 04/22/2013 1:38 a.m.

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.

Roadside Attraction Pivot Rock For Sale

posted: 04/22/2013 1:38 a.m.

A 23-foot-tall rock resembling an inverted pyramid has been a roadside attraction near this tourist town for more than a century.

Sunday, April 21

Lawmen dig for marathon blasts’ motive

posted: 04/21/2013 4:35 a.m.

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.

U.S. gives more aid to Syrian insurgents

posted: 04/21/2013 4:22 a.m.

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.

Chinese quake puts victims out in cold

posted: 04/21/2013 4:20 a.m.

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.

Private-option nod just the start

posted: 04/21/2013 4:15 a.m.

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.

Regulation often scarce at small fertilizer plants

posted: 04/21/2013 4:12 a.m.

There were no sprinklers. No firewalls. No water deluge systems. Safety inspections were rare at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas, that exploded and killed at least 14 people last week.

Musharraf ordered held at estate

posted: 04/21/2013 4:01 a.m.

Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on Saturday was ordered held for two weeks until the next hearing in a case related to his 2007 decision to sack and detain several judges.

Private-option timeline

posted: 04/21/2013 3:57 a.m.

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.

Debate stirred over refusal to Mirandize bomb suspect

posted: 04/21/2013 3:56 a.m.

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.

Slain officer popular at MIT

posted: 04/21/2013 3:55 a.m.

Sean Collier was more than a police officer for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In the 16 months since he joined the force, he became part of the social fabric of the school.

Other days

posted: 04/21/2013 3:52 a.m.

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.

Bomb-like device pulled from river

posted: 04/21/2013 3:50 a.m.

The Washington County sheriff’s office have sent off a suspected “homemade explosive device” a man found in the Illinois River, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

Education notebook

posted: 04/21/2013 3:48 a.m.

School board plans Monday meeting The Little Rock School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday for a work session on school facilities.

Officials find body after Judsonia fire

posted: 04/21/2013 3:48 a.m.

White County sheriff ’s deputies and fire officials found a dead person in a Judsonia home after a fire Saturday, according to a news release.

TV news shows

posted: 04/21/2013 3:47 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind.; Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.

The world in brief

posted: 04/21/2013 3:46 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 04/21/2013 3:46 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 04/21/2013 3:45 a.m.

When Robert Redford first called Bob Woodward to talk about a movie that eventually became All the President’s Men, the reporter for The Washington Post didn’t call back.

In the news

posted: 04/21/2013 3:44 a.m.

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.”

ARKANSAS RED-WHITE GAME: Big crowd, bigger progress

posted: 04/21/2013 3:39 a.m.

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.

SEC BASEBALL: Razorbacks come out swinging

posted: 04/21/2013 3:36 a.m.

Arkansas let out four games of frustration in a big way Saturday night.

LIKE IT IS: 51,000 step up, answer Bielema’s Hog call

posted: 04/21/2013 3:33 a.m.

They came, and kept coming.

COMMENTARY: This year’s free agents hit and miss

posted: 04/21/2013 3:32 a.m.

As usual, there was plenty of money spent in the free-agent market this off season and this spring. But, after three weeks of the season, nobody really has become rich.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Ortiz returns, does his part to help Boston heal

posted: 04/21/2013 3:32 a.m.

David Ortiz has been in the middle of some of Fenway Park’s greatest moments. None of them seemed more important to “Big Papi” than his role in one Saturday afternoon.

‘Steal’ of first base by Brewer bizarre

posted: 04/21/2013 3:30 a.m.

Jean Segura produced a memorable piece of base running that out shined Ryan Braun’s three run home run.

NBA PLAYOFFS: Miller takes over in 4th quarter

posted: 04/21/2013 3:29 a.m.

Andre Miller scored a playoff career-high 28 points and made a nifty layup with 1.3 seconds left that lifted the Denver Nuggets to a 97-95 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.

STP 400: Off-track issues follow Keselowski

posted: 04/21/2013 3:27 a.m.

Jeff Gordon learned his lesson over time. So did Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth.

HORSE RACING: Pletcher adds another Derby option

posted: 04/21/2013 3:24 a.m.

Winning Cause won the $200,000 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday to give trainer Todd Pletcher perhaps another Kentucky Derby qualifier.

CAMPING WORLD TRUCKS

posted: 04/21/2013 3:24 a.m.

Matt Crafton called his truck “junk,” and his crew chief tossed and turned all night, trying to come up with ways to make it better in time for Saturday’s race.

Anniversaries

posted: 04/21/2013 3:22 a.m.

Beverly and Robert Sullenger of Little Rock celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner.

Allen’s progress impresses teammates

posted: 04/21/2013 3:22 a.m.

Brandon Allen hasn’t been named Arkansas’ starting quarterback, but he seems well on his way to winning the job.

Engagements

posted: 04/21/2013 3:22 a.m.

Kelsey Marie Baer, daughter of Debbie and Mark Baer of Little Rock, and Cliff Ryan Parsons, son of Trish and Nick Parsons of Conway; June 8.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Massachusetts back admires SEC

posted: 04/21/2013 3:21 a.m.

Running back Johnathan Thomas of Danvers (Mass.) St. John’s Prep was thrilled to hear Arkansas running backs coach Joel Thomas offer him a scholarship Tuesday.

High school report

posted: 04/21/2013 3:19 a.m.

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.

Red-White report: Offensive linemen earn praise

posted: 04/21/2013 3:17 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema said after Saturday’s Red-White spring finale the unit that made the most significant strides during the spring was an easy call.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Hunt no more for a way to make it make sense

posted: 04/21/2013 3:13 a.m.

A reader from Horseshoe Bend politely vented a little frustration about some of the jargon that sometimes appears in this space.

Docked and loaded

posted: 04/21/2013 3:12 a.m.

I was only 15 minutes late, but George Cochran already had four keeper bass in the live well when I arrived at the ramp.

Krajicek making the slow climb to big-time tennis

posted: 04/21/2013 3:07 a.m.

The journey that turns someone from an All-American collegiate tennis star to a profitable professional can be a long, arduous slog.

Police: Man Raped Girl

posted: 04/21/2013 3:06 a.m.

A Springdale man faces felony charges after police said he molested an 8-year-old girl.

Bella Vista Courses To Open Monday

posted: 04/21/2013 3:05 a.m.

All Propery Owners Association golf courses will be open for play on Sunday, except Kingswood and Bella Vista Country Club, which will likely open Monday.

GOLF ROUNDUP: Hard times pay off for Hoffman

posted: 04/21/2013 3:05 a.m.

Charley Hoffman thought he was through with Harbour Town Golf Links and the RBC Heritage. Turns out, he just wasn’t ready as a younger player to handle one of the PGA Tour’s trickiest layouts.

Rogers Proposes New Senior Ranking System

posted: 04/21/2013 3:04 a.m.

Class rank could be a thing of the past for the class of 2017 at Rogers high schools.

Playoff par enough for Pettersen victory

posted: 04/21/2013 3:04 a.m.

Suzann Pettersen won the LPGA Lotte Championship on Saturday, beating Lizette Salas with a par on the first hole of a playoff after Salas chunked her approach shot into the water.

Seniors Learn Computer Skills

posted: 04/21/2013 3:03 a.m.

Billie Vandervort learned to turn on the computer.

Enforcement Works To Keep Alcohol Violations In Check

posted: 04/21/2013 3 a.m.

Businesses selling alcoholic beverages in Benton and Washington counties had 72 violations from March 2012 through February, according to records from the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Division.

New Law Could Encourage Energy Efficient Building Improvements

posted: 04/21/2013 2:58 a.m.

A new state law could make it easier for Arkansans to make energy efficiency improvements to their homes or businesses.

New Nurses Filling the Ranks

posted: 04/21/2013 2:56 a.m.

Patients in Northwest Arkansas will get the nurses they need, but many nurses might be new to the job, hospital administrators say.

STATE COLLEGE ROUNDUPS

posted: 04/21/2013 2:55 a.m.

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.

SD youth wins duck stamp contest

posted: 04/21/2013 2:54 a.m.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has selected the canvasback duck to appear on the 2013-2014 Federal Junior Duck Stamp.

Second thoughts

posted: 04/21/2013 2:51 a.m.

Nice surprise: Three cheers from Obama You just never know who might be paying attention.

Off the wire

posted: 04/21/2013 2:47 a.m.

TENNIS Nadal, Djokovic in final again Novak Djokovic will have a crack at toppling Rafael Nadal in the Monte Carlo Masters final for a second year in a row.

State sports briefs

posted: 04/21/2013 2:46 a.m.

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..

Ridge-line rambling

posted: 04/21/2013 2:45 a.m.

The ridge-top Skyline Drive offers lots of panoramic views.

SPIN CYCLE: Bets off: Baby is a squealer

posted: 04/21/2013 2:40 a.m.

“Oh, baby,” we thought when we saw ABC’s latest game show premiere. We bet the network has set a new low with Bet on Your Baby, in which people wager cash on their innocent little cuties.

CRITICAL MASS: It’s either first place or no place

posted: 04/21/2013 2:40 a.m.

The final hour of the Masters golf tournament telecast annually provides us with some of the best drama on television.

POP NOTES: Mad Season issue tragically fleeting

posted: 04/21/2013 2:38 a.m.

Strange that a band with just a single official release from nearly 20 years ago should get the full on reissue treatment with bonus tracks, a live disc and a concert DVD.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: $90 buys a fun-filled, full day in pricey London

posted: 04/21/2013 2:37 a.m.

It was the final day of a two-month trip to Europe. I was in London, and with all of my work behind me, I had the freedom to do whatever I wanted.

Sunny side up

posted: 04/21/2013 2:36 a.m.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Tali Sharot is a research fellow in cognitive, perceptual and brain sciences at University College London and author of The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain.

One-room hotel opens in TV tower

posted: 04/21/2013 2:36 a.m.

It’s a room with a view.

THE TV COLUMN: President’s Men special revisits Nixon’s downfall

posted: 04/21/2013 2:35 a.m.

Deep Throat. Enemies List. Eighteen-minute gap.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Little liar is not delinquent

posted: 04/21/2013 2:35 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I’m having some food issues with my son.

TV ON DVD: Three BBC series released just in time for Earth Day

posted: 04/21/2013 2:33 a.m.

In honor of Earth Day, the BBC has released three series to DVD and/or Blu-ray that are designed to increase awareness while also providing entertainment and a feast for the eyes.

Travel watcher says Southwest fees apt

posted: 04/21/2013 2:33 a.m.

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.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 04/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

Happy birthday. In the next six weeks, you turn odd circumstances into incredible luck. Just when you thought you were fully grown, your heart goes up a few sizes.

Digging into ‘Macchiaioli’

posted: 04/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

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.

LET’S TALK: Allergy season discharges rampant rash of remedies

posted: 04/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

And here I was thinking the 2013 allergy season would be anticlimactic. After all, I’ve been dealing with near-chronic allergy issues for more than a year.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Sojourn in sight? See sites

posted: 04/21/2013 2:31 a.m.

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.

Geography of gloom

posted: 04/21/2013 2:30 a.m.

Is everybody happy? The age at which happiness is at its lowest is different around the world.

COLUMN ONE: The times we live in

posted: 04/21/2013 2:29 a.m.

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.

Continuing a conversation about baby boomers’ hearing

posted: 04/21/2013 2:28 a.m.

The table is set, homemade lasagna is baking in the oven, wine glasses are lined up and ready on the kitchen counter, and dinner guests will be arriving shortly. Oh, one more thing, sweetie.

The ideology of sexual coercion

posted: 04/21/2013 2:27 a.m.

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.

Civilian workers await furlough news

posted: 04/21/2013 2:23 a.m.

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.

Mexican car pace sees steel swelling

posted: 04/21/2013 2:22 a.m.

Mexico’s auto production has almost doubled since 2009. Now its steel industry is trying to catch up by spending almost $3 billion on new and improved factories.

Miners bleed as gold price ebbs

posted: 04/21/2013 2:21 a.m.

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.

Whole Foods poised to sway other chains, say industry watchers

posted: 04/21/2013 2:20 a.m.

AUSTIN, Texas — Over the past few years, Whole Foods Market has gotten much stricter about where its products come from.

THAT’S BUSINESS: Joining the dance: Southern traditions and meteorological realities

posted: 04/21/2013 2:18 a.m.

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.

EDITORIALS: A pitiful couple of votes

posted: 04/21/2013 2:18 a.m.

THE CITY that goes by the name of Washington, D.C., isn’t exactly known for politicians with an abundance of common sense. In fact, when common sense does appear there, it’s worthy of remark.

COLUMNISTS: Helping hands

posted: 04/21/2013 2:15 a.m.

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.

OTHERS SAY: Cowering before the NRA

posted: 04/21/2013 2:14 a.m.

Gun-control measures face a perilous road in Congress. On Wednesday, even the most benign, common-sense proposal to close the loophole on background checks for gun purchases met a dead end.

No fallout for the GOP?

posted: 04/21/2013 2:14 a.m.

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.

Too early to rejoice

posted: 04/21/2013 2:14 a.m.

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.

How history is made

posted: 04/21/2013 2:13 a.m.

It’s Wednesday morning and the state Senate will vote this day on the spending bill to expand health insurance to the poor with a nationally innovative private option to Medicaid.

LETTERS

posted: 04/21/2013 2:12 a.m.

Still waiting for help It is so sad to see a fantastic organization such as the Veterans Administration taking a hit because of a man who apparently has the utmost disdain for the U.S. military.

PATENTS AWARDED

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

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.

INCORPORATIONS

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

Benton County Affordable Deck & Fence Restoration LLC, Dan Keen, 3300 Market St., Suite 404, Rogers.

Unhealthy workers face burgeoning health costs

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

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.

Prized, low-maintenance sesame an alternative crop in arid lands

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

With their fields stricken by drought, agronomist Charles Stichler thinks Texas farmers ought to consider one of history’s most treasured desert crops: sesame.

OIL AND GAS REPORT

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

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.

ON THE AGENDA

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

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.

BUSINESS PEOPLE

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

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.

Business news in brief

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

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.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Touring Green Day musical American Idiot set at center

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

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.

Light shines for Sunshine School

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

The Sunshine Gala drew in $65,000 for the Benton County Sunshine School April 13 at Horton Farms in Gravette.

Day By Day

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

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

DEAR ABBY: Man’s chewing ice at meals sets wife’s teeth on edge

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: My husband has ice water with every meal. During breakfast and dinner he loudly crunches all of the ice in his glass throughout the meal.

Local Notes

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

Senior volunteers seeking votes Arkansas residents are encouraged to cast their votes for the state’s Outstanding Senior Volunteer.

Briefly

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

Bean Day Wednesday The Shelton-Tucker-Craft Post 27 American Legion holds Bean Day every Wednesday at 1195 Curtis Ave. in Fayetteville.

Photo contest seeks entries from Beaver Lake Watershed

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

The Beaver Watershed Alliance has announced the Beaver Watershed Alliance Watershed Photography Contest for area amateur and semi-professional photographers.

Club News

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

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.

Policy

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

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.

Girl groups garner green

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

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.

Dr. Alfred Yeoman Gordon Jr.: Competition physician

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

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

SPOTLIGHT NORTHWEST ARKANSAS CHILDREN’S SHELTER: Children’s Shelter star at Starlight Gala event

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

There’s no organization in the state that does what the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter does.

In the house

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

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

TEXAS LEAGUE: Naturals are double trouble for Drillers

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas’ offense did a little extra Saturday night.

Box score key

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AB: at-bats ; R: runs; H: hits; BI: runs batted in; BB: walks; SO: strike outs; AVG: post-game batting average; E: errors; LOB: runners left on base; 2B: doubles; 3B: triples; HR: home runs; SB: stolen base; CS: caught stealing; S: sacrifice; SF: sacrifice fly; GIDP: grounded into double play; DP: double plays; TP: triple plays; IP: innings pitched; ER: earned runs; NP: number of pitches; ERA: post-game earned run average; W: winning pitcher; L: losing pitcher; S: save; BS: blown save opportunity ; H: hold (pitcher holds lead but doesn’t qualify for save); IBB: intentional walk; HBP: batter hit by pitcher; PB: passed ball; WP: wild pitch; T: length of game.

SEC ROUNDUP: No. 2 Vanderbilt splits doubleheader

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

No. 2 Vanderbilt rebounded from a 3-1 loss in the opener with a convincing 15-4 victory in the nightcap to earn a doubleheader split Saturday against Georgia.

Texarkana chops budget

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

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.

Little Rock school chief shaped by good, bad of past

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

Dexter Suggs Sr., the incoming superintendent of the Little Rock School District, carries with him wherever he goes mementos of his past — both the good and the bad.

Festival brings tales to life

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

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.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

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,

Government meetings

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

Monday Fayetteville Planning Commission, 5:30 p.m.

Nobel laureate’s LR venue moved

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has moved a Tuesday lecture by 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee to the Wally Allen Ballroom at the Statehouse Convention Center.

Chain-saw artists battle it out to sculpt winning carved log

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

In this artists community, even loggers can get into the act.

Divorces

posted: 04/21/2013 2:04 a.m.

The following divorces were recorded in the circuit clerk’s office from April 11-17.

Spill cleanup near finish, officials say

posted: 04/21/2013 2:03 a.m.

Cleanup efforts after a March 29 Exxon Mobil pipeline rupture in Mayflower will be completed within the next two to three weeks, according to Mayflower Unified Incident Command officials.

Principals key to gauging teachers

posted: 04/21/2013 2:03 a.m.

Principals will spend an increasing amount of time out of their offices and in classrooms because of a new statewide teacher-evaluation system they will begin using next school year.

Web tools aiding lecturers at UA

posted: 04/21/2013 2:03 a.m.

The mini-lecture in microeconomics is like Robinson Crusoe meets Survivor, with an opening title sequence featuring dramatic music reminiscent of the latter.

State’s new gun toters keep instructors busy

posted: 04/21/2013 2:03 a.m.

In the first three months of 2013, Arkansas saw a steady increase in the number of people receiving concealed-carry gun permits.

Elephant killers winning in Tanzania

posted: 04/21/2013 2:03 a.m.

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 holds first elections since U.S. withdrawal

posted: 04/21/2013 2:03 a.m.

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.

Donor savors Warsaw museum opening

posted: 04/21/2013 2:03 a.m.

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.

Napolitano is tasked with easing gridlock

posted: 04/21/2013 2:03 a.m.

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.

5-year-old Indian girl raped

posted: 04/21/2013 2:03 a.m.

A 5-yearold girl was in serious condition Saturday after being raped and abused and locked in a room in India’s capital for two days, officials said.

Saving nation’s past is mission accomplished

posted: 04/21/2013 2:03 a.m.

After more than half a century of helping Afghans preserve their history and culture and improve their lives, Nancy Hatch Dupree’s extraordinary run in Afghanistan is nearing an end.

Health officials, gun dealers in N.H. aim to stem suicides

posted: 04/21/2013 2:03 a.m.

A campaign developed by health professionals and gun dealers in New Hampshire to raise awareness about preventing firearm suicides is garnering national attention.

No evidence of ricin, attorney says in court

posted: 04/21/2013 2:03 a.m.

Federal authorities have produced scant evidence linking a Mississippi man to the mailing of ricin-laced letters to the president and a senator, his attorney says.

Rioters cut refugees’ aid access

posted: 04/21/2013 2:03 a.m.

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.

Tribe plans agency to protect its children

posted: 04/21/2013 2:03 a.m.

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.

5 snowboarders killed in avalanche

posted: 04/21/2013 2:03 a.m.

Five snowboarders were killed Saturday afternoon after apparently triggering a backcountry avalanche on Colorado’s Loveland Pass, authorities said.

Some return home after blast; All safe, council member says

posted: 04/21/2013 2:03 a.m.

After days of waiting, the first group of residents who fled their homes when a fertilizer plant exploded were allowed to go home Saturday to find out what remained.

Gift to restore Jefferson estate, re-create slave quarters

posted: 04/21/2013 2:03 a.m.

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.

FBI plan to move stirs up D.C. area

posted: 04/21/2013 2:03 a.m.

The FBI’s announcement that it needs a new home has communities across the region jockeying for the opportunity to attract the law enforcement agency — and economic benefits — to their neighborhoods.

Area lotteries

posted: 04/21/2013 2:03 a.m.

Numbers drawn Saturday: Missouri Lotto 14-20-21-24-25-35 Estimated jackpot: $2.7 million Oklahoma Lotto 7-12-16-19-38 Hot ball: 6 Estimated jackpot: $4.9 million Powerball 6-8-30-39-48 Powerball: 20 Estimated jackpot: $95 million

Proposed delay seen paring options for small businesses

posted: 04/21/2013 2:03 a.m.

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.

Fast-flowing rivers snarl Midwestern travel

posted: 04/21/2013 2:03 a.m.

The fast-rising Mississippi River was making travel difficult Saturday — on the river and for those simply trying to get across it.

Saturday, April 20

Arkansas scores 12 to snap losing streak

posted: 04/20/2013 10:40 p.m.

Arkansas recorded 15 hits -- a season high in conference play -- and beat Texas A&M 12-2 Saturday at Baum Stadium.

QBs highlight Arkansas' Red-White Game

posted: 04/20/2013 4:01 p.m.

Arkansas' quarterbacks had productive days as the Razorbacks closed the first spring under new head coach Bret Bielema with its Red-White Game on Saturday.

PERSONAL SPACE: Carrie Montgomery

posted: 04/20/2013 6 a.m.

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.

Picture emerges of brothers on different paths

posted: 04/20/2013 5:45 a.m.

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.”

The world in brief

posted: 04/20/2013 5:07 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 04/20/2013 5:07 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 04/20/2013 5:06 a.m.

Rush fans can relax.

In the news

posted: 04/20/2013 5:06 a.m.

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.

Legislators near their 100th day

posted: 04/20/2013 5:02 a.m.

If the 89th regular meeting of the Arkansas General Assembly comes to an end, as expected, Tuesday, it will go down in history as the longest since the Great Depression.

Har-Ber Takes Down Fayetteville Soccer

posted: 04/20/2013 5 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber used a second-half comeback Friday to remain undefeated in 7A/6A-West Conference boys soccer play.

Tigers, Wildcats Split

posted: 04/20/2013 5 a.m.

An injury put a premature end to a classic pitching duel Friday afternoon.

Author Encourages Adults To Help End Bullying

posted: 04/20/2013 5 a.m.

Bullying kills children. And the members of St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church in Bella Vista want to do something about it.

Rogers High Blanks Siloam Springs

posted: 04/20/2013 5 a.m.

The keepers for the Rogers High girls’ soccer team probably felt a bit detached from the game Friday night.

Marathon Monday

posted: 04/20/2013 5 a.m.

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.

PATH TO FREEDOM

posted: 04/20/2013 5 a.m.

I’d like to get to the point: God changes lives.” Mike Ober of Bentonville shared this with a group of men gathered around a table at the Denny’s restaurant in Fayetteville.

Little Comes Up Big for Rogers High

posted: 04/20/2013 5 a.m.

Bentonville celebrated Senior Night on Friday, but a couple of Rogers High underclassmen spoiled the celebration.

Springdale Tops Bentonville

posted: 04/20/2013 5 a.m.

Bentonville’s players watched Friday night as a few of their shots hit every part of the goal except the back of the net.

For the Record

posted: 04/20/2013 5 a.m.

PREP ROUNDUP 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.

Fayetteville Rallies Again and Again

posted: 04/20/2013 5 a.m.

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.

Wilkinson Selected for Rogers Hall of Fame

posted: 04/20/2013 5 a.m.

Mitchell Hankins has either played in, officiated or broadcast Rogers High football games over the past three decades.

RELIGION BRIEFS

posted: 04/20/2013 5 a.m.

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.

Baseball Film ‘Home Run’ Offers Message Of Hope

posted: 04/20/2013 5 a.m.

A film about second chances, based on real life stories revealed in a Christian recovery program, hits theaters this weekend.

Drillers Slip Past Naturals

posted: 04/20/2013 5 a.m.

The Tulsa Drillers used a late power surge to rally past the Northwest Arkansas Naturals 5-4 in Texas League baseball Friday night before 5,870 at Arvest Ballpark.

Rep. Bell stirs up hornet’s nest

posted: 04/20/2013 4:58 a.m.

It took 132 characters and a send button for Republican state Rep. Nate Bell to rile thousands across the nation Friday, sparking a furious online backlash that had Bell backtracking by midday.

Calendar

posted: 04/20/2013 4:54 a.m.

This is a calendar of public events of the 89th General Assembly for Monday, the 99th day of the 2013 legislative session.

Mega Millions

posted: 04/20/2013 4:40 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 6-8-12-22-43 Mega Ball: 28 Megaplier: 4 Estimated jackpot: $83 million

Charleston man killed in collision

posted: 04/20/2013 4:37 a.m.

A Charleston man died Thursday after a two-vehicle collision in Sebastian County, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality accident report.

Other days

posted: 04/20/2013 4:28 a.m.

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.

EDITORIALS: The saints among us

posted: 04/20/2013 4:26 a.m.

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.

COLUMNISTS: Not so fast, please

posted: 04/20/2013 4:25 a.m.

Here’s an idea for CNN, Fox News and all the other TV news shops running those ominous crawl lines under their breathless broadcasts of the Boston Marathon bombings.

What’s missing here?

posted: 04/20/2013 4:24 a.m.

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.

Held hostage by rural America

posted: 04/20/2013 4:24 a.m.

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.

Not its hog farm, says Cargill

posted: 04/20/2013 4:24 a.m.

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.

LETTERS

posted: 04/20/2013 4:23 a.m.

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.

Endangered Copts

posted: 04/20/2013 4:21 a.m.

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.

Author Evans to speak in Fort Smith

posted: 04/20/2013 4:18 a.m.

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.

ON RELIGION: The life and Times of redeeming reporter Phillips

posted: 04/20/2013 4:17 a.m.

The word on the Brooklyn streets in 1959 was that a crazy preacher from Pennsylvania was helping addicts find the power to kick heroin and gang members to trade their weapons for Bibles.

NEWS BRIEFS

posted: 04/20/2013 4:14 a.m.

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.

SEC BASEBALL: Aggies’ grand slam drops Hogs

posted: 04/20/2013 4:13 a.m.

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.

ARKANSAS RED-WHITE GAME: Introducing B-ball

posted: 04/20/2013 4:10 a.m.

The push to pack 50,000 fans into Reynolds Razorback Stadium for today’s 2 p.m. Red-White spring game has spread through the Arkansas football team and its athletic department.

Jackson sticks to promise

posted: 04/20/2013 4:08 a.m.

Jessica Jackson can rest easy again. So can Arkansas Coach Tom Collen.

Clippers, Grizzlies meet again

posted: 04/20/2013 4:06 a.m.

It’s the playoff rematch of the Los Angeles Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Halladay has second consecutive strong outing

posted: 04/20/2013 4:02 a.m.

This was more like the Roy Halladay everyone is used to.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Missed chances cost Travs twice

posted: 04/20/2013 4 a.m.

Tim Bogar thought Kaleb Cowart was getting another pitch with the tying run on third base in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday night.

NBA playoff capsules

posted: 04/20/2013 3:58 a.m.

A look at the eight first-round series in the NBA playoffs: EASTERN CONFERENCE NO. 1 MIAMI HEAT (66-16 ) VS.

Streelman in tie for Heritage lead

posted: 04/20/2013 3:57 a.m.

Kevin Streelman looks ready to make contending at PGA Tour events a habit, while Brandt Snedeker was poised for an early exit at the RBC Heritage in the rain-delayed second round Friday.

Spurs fighting through lingering pains

posted: 04/20/2013 3:56 a.m.

It’s been a rough last month for the San Antonio Spurs heading into the playoffs.

7A/6A BOYS SOCCER: Bounce goes Northside’s way

posted: 04/20/2013 3:55 a.m.

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.

Penske Racing team still going about its business

posted: 04/20/2013 3:54 a.m.

Brad Keselowski spent some time in the garage talking to crew chief Paul Wolfe, then walked over to his No. 2 Ford and hopped in for practice on a brisk, breezy day at Kansas Speedway.

Browns’ Haslam: No plans to step aside

posted: 04/20/2013 3:51 a.m.

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam pledged to continue running his family’s business — and NFL team — amid a federal investigation into fraud within his company.

Notes

posted: 04/20/2013 3:49 a.m.

CUBS Borbon claimed off waivers MILWAUKEE — The Chicago Cubs claimed outfielder Julio Borbon off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Friday.

STATE COLLEGE BASEBALL

posted: 04/20/2013 3:46 a.m.

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.

FIVE PLAYOFF PLOTS

posted: 04/20/2013 3:45 a.m.

Is it this easy for Miami?

2013 NFL SCHEDULE

posted: 04/20/2013 3:44 a.m.

All times Central WEEK 1 THURSDAY, SEPT. 5 Baltimore at Denver, 7:30 p.m.

Second thoughts

posted: 04/20/2013 3:41 a.m.

Just keep eye out for strike Forget tough pitching match ups, the Valencia (Calif.) West Ranch High baseball team has much bigger problems.

Off the wire

posted: 04/20/2013 3:38 a.m.

FOOTBALL Cowboys re-sign McCray IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys have re-signed safety Danny McCray after the best season of his career.

State sports briefs

posted: 04/20/2013 3:37 a.m.

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.

Arkansas’ jobless rate stays at 7.2%

posted: 04/20/2013 3:36 a.m.

Arkansas’ unemployment rate remained stuck at 7.2 percent in March for the the third-straight month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic said Friday.

Lexus production coming to U.S.

posted: 04/20/2013 3:34 a.m.

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.

FAA approves Boeing battery fix

posted: 04/20/2013 3:30 a.m.

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.

InBev’s Modelo deal OK’d after changes

posted: 04/20/2013 3:29 a.m.

Anheuser-Busch InBev has reached a final agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice that could settle a dispute over its $20.1 billion acquisition of the Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo.

Bidder for Dell ditches proposal

posted: 04/20/2013 3:28 a.m.

Buyout specialist Blackstone Group LP is dropping its effort to acquire Dell as the computer maker faces slumping sales in personal computers and worsening financial projections.

GE’s profit rises but shares slide on dim European data

posted: 04/20/2013 3:27 a.m.

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.

FDIC shutters Kentucky bank, the 6th failure of 2013

posted: 04/20/2013 3:26 a.m.

Regulators on Friday closed a small bank in Kentucky, bringing the total number of U.S. bank closures to six for this year.

MARKET REPORT: Tech giants help markets recover

posted: 04/20/2013 3:25 a.m.

Strong earnings from a pair of technology giants helped the stock market recover some of its losses Friday, a positive end to Wall Street’s worst week in five months.

Earnings report

posted: 04/20/2013 3:25 a.m.

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.

Business news in brief

posted: 04/20/2013 3:24 a.m.

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

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 04/20/2013 3:20 a.m.

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.

Shady characters

posted: 04/20/2013 3:20 a.m.

Shade is a very good thing in an Arkansas summer, and a lovely garden in the cool shade is a particular pleasure when temperatures soar.

Personal space

posted: 04/20/2013 3:16 a.m.

Elizabeth Findley Shores Occupation: Independent scholar Where I live: With my husband, Buddy Johnson, in Little Rock’s Pleasant Valley neighborhood.

In the garden

posted: 04/20/2013 3:14 a.m.

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.

HOG CALLS: Summerall didn’t need any schtick

posted: 04/20/2013 3:12 a.m.

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.

Ask the expert

posted: 04/20/2013 3:11 a.m.

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.

Tools & toys

posted: 04/20/2013 3:10 a.m.

Buffer Bit What’s to love: This drill-bit turns your hand drill into a speedy polishing machine.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Pejorative encounter gets under Yankee’s skin

posted: 04/20/2013 3:08 a.m.

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.

Depression, clutter are a pair

posted: 04/20/2013 3:03 a.m.

Some people wear their emotions on their sleeve. Others manifest it in the nest: The state of their homes reflects their state of mind. When depression sets in, clutter can pile up.

Children will buzz around strawberries

posted: 04/20/2013 3:02 a.m.

Melissa Goodson grows strawberries as an attractive border along the edges of her perennial gardens in southeastern Virginia.

Keep it clean

posted: 04/20/2013 3:01 a.m.

Baby Magic No-Rinse Wash Babies are so cute and cuddly, aren’t they? But let’s face it. They can also be kind of gross and messy. They get into things and have no control over their bodily functions.

CLICK & CLACK’S CAR TALK

posted: 04/20/2013 2:59 a.m.

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.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 04/20/2013 2:58 a.m.

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.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 04/20/2013 2:58 a.m.

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?

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 04/20/2013 2:57 a.m.

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.

Super Quiz: Untruths

posted: 04/20/2013 2:57 a.m.

1. She did not ride naked through the streets of Coventry. 2. She did not say, “Let them eat cake.” 3. He did not say, “I cannot tell a lie.” 4. These people did not hide inside a Trojan horse.

Hunter: No hard feelings Anaheim

posted: 04/20/2013 2:51 a.m.

Torii Hunter wanted to end his playing career with the Los Angeles Angels.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Drillers slug way by Naturals late

posted: 04/20/2013 2:51 a.m.

Tulsa showed some muscle Friday night in Springdale.

NCAA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS: UA gymnasts finish 10th, don’t make it to Super 6

posted: 04/20/2013 2:51 a.m.

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.

Coach’s wife accused of battery

posted: 04/20/2013 2:51 a.m.

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.

Prosecutor for Gillean subpoenaed

posted: 04/20/2013 2:51 a.m.

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.

Oil-spill tainted drain to be fixed

posted: 04/20/2013 2:51 a.m.

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.

Communities of Faith

posted: 04/20/2013 2:51 a.m.

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.

Jesuit’s sister faults Pope Francis in suit

posted: 04/20/2013 2:51 a.m.

Pope Francis was harshly criticized on Thursday in an Argentine courtroom, where a woman said he didn’t help protect her brother from the country’s military dictatorship.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 04/20/2013 2:51 a.m.

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

After vote, community upgrades on Cabot to-do list

posted: 04/20/2013 2:51 a.m.

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.

Bridge chunks fall onto I-30 in LR, but hole quickly fixed

posted: 04/20/2013 2:51 a.m.

Concrete debris from a hole in the Scott Hamilton Road overpass fell onto eastbound lanes of Interstate 30, causing lane closures for several hours Friday.

The state/region in brief

posted: 04/20/2013 2:51 a.m.

NLR man charged in teen’s homicide A North Little Rock man was arrested and charged with capital murder Thursday in the death of a teenager whose body was found last week in a field, police said.

Pastor accused of fraud in filing

posted: 04/20/2013 2:51 a.m.

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.

House sends tax cuts to governor

posted: 04/20/2013 2:51 a.m.

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.

Startup grants go to 5 charters

posted: 04/20/2013 2:51 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Education has awarded federal grants of $483,000 to five charter schools opening in August.

Changes put on tap for water regulations

posted: 04/20/2013 2:51 a.m.

Proposed changes to the state’s water-quality regulations aim to base future pollution measures on a very large test case: Beaver Lake.

Musharraf vows to fight

posted: 04/20/2013 2:51 a.m.

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.

Top Honduran prosecutor slain

posted: 04/20/2013 2:51 a.m.

Honduras’ top anti-money-laundering prosecutor has been shot to death, a prosecution spokesman said Friday.

Venezuela swearing-in crashed

posted: 04/20/2013 2:51 a.m.

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.

Serbia and Kosovo reach tentative deal for relations

posted: 04/20/2013 2:51 a.m.

Serbia and Kosovo reached an agreement Friday to normalize relations, end years of acrimony and put them both on a solid path to European Union membership.

18 killed in Syria as U.S. prepares to increase aid

posted: 04/20/2013 2:51 a.m.

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.

Al Neuharth, founder of USA Today, dies at 89

posted: 04/20/2013 2:50 a.m.

USA Today founder Al Neuharth died Friday in Cocoa Beach, Fla. He was 89.

Authorities say 14 dead in explosion at Texas plant

posted: 04/20/2013 2:50 a.m.

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.

Survivors gather, mark Waco siege

posted: 04/20/2013 2:50 a.m.

Dozens Friday gathered Friday to remember the siege on the Branch Davidians’ Texas compound on the 20th anniversary of the 51-day standoff’s fiery end.

Kidnappers free French hostages

posted: 04/20/2013 2:50 a.m.

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.

European Union to drop Burma sanctions

posted: 04/20/2013 2:50 a.m.

The European Union will drop most sanctions against Burma to reward the country’s progress toward democracy, two EU diplomats said Friday.

Senators: Don’t let Boston terror derail immigration deal

posted: 04/20/2013 2:50 a.m.

Efforts to rewrite U.S. immigration law shouldn’t be derailed by the Boston Marathon bombings in which two immigrants are suspected, several senators said Friday.

Deluged towns fight river flooding in Midwest

posted: 04/20/2013 2:50 a.m.

Flood fighters from small Mississippi River hamlets to the suburbs of Chicago staged a feverish battle Friday to hold back raging rivers after days of torrential rains soaked much of the Midwest.

Witness: Skakel’s lawyer dismissive

posted: 04/20/2013 2:50 a.m.

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.

Bowles, Simpson push debt plan

posted: 04/20/2013 2:50 a.m.

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.

$7.5 million of surplus set for a VA hospital

posted: 04/20/2013 2:50 a.m.

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.

Officers take brother alive

posted: 04/20/2013 2:50 a.m.

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.

Man Arrested In Burglary

posted: 04/20/2013 2:27 a.m.

A Bentonville man faces felony charges after police said he robbed a woman in her home and demanded marijuana.

Association Crafts New Plan

posted: 04/20/2013 2:25 a.m.

After seven months and a series of meetings with members, the Property Owners Association board approved another plan for an assessment increase for members to vote on.

Association Accepting Resumes For Board Vacancy

posted: 04/20/2013 2:24 a.m.

The Property Owners Association began accepting resumes Friday for members interested in filling a one-year term on its board.

High School Looks To East

posted: 04/20/2013 2:22 a.m.

School District officials hope for a state grant that would be used to establish an Environmental and Spatial Technology program at Bentonville High School this fall.

GED Classes To be Offered To Some Jail Inmates

posted: 04/20/2013 2:20 a.m.

Some inmates in the Benton County Jail will have an opportunity to complete their high school education while behind bars.

College Team Wins Regional

posted: 04/20/2013 2:17 a.m.

NorthWest Arkansas Community College’s Enactus Team won in regional competition Wednesday and will advance to compete at the national level in May.

Hastings Closing In June

posted: 04/20/2013 2:15 a.m.

The Hastings store is closing and 35 employees will lose their jobs.

Work Continues On Planning Regulations

posted: 04/20/2013 2:13 a.m.

Benton County’s review of planning regulations has cleared one hurdle — review by the Quorum Court’s Legislative Committee — and has been returned to the Planning Board.

New Courts Building Makes Agenda

posted: 04/20/2013 2:11 a.m.

Benton County’s justices of the peace will hear a pitch for a new courts building when the Quorum Court’s Public Safety Committee meets April 30.

Juvenile Inmates To Get More Social Services

posted: 04/20/2013 2:08 a.m.

Washington County officials want to turn the Juvenile Detention Center into a frontline for social services to treat young offenders with mental health issues.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Art Hobson Develops Own Facts

posted: 04/20/2013 1:54 a.m.

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.

COMMENTARY: America’s Inconvenient Truth

posted: 04/20/2013 1:54 a.m.

Civil rights in America begin when, exactly?

HOW WE SEE IT: Gun-Waving And Drunk? Just Go Home

posted: 04/20/2013 1:54 a.m.

Who would have thought good ol’ Fayetteville would be the place where waving one’s handgun around in a public place is an act police won’t be overly concerned about?

Friday, April 19

Boston police: Bombing suspect is in custody

posted: 04/19/2013 7:54 p.m.

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.

Green: the new black

posted: 04/19/2013 3:48 p.m.

Following a “green” lifestyle where fashion is concerned does not have to mean wearing hemp skirts and drinking green smoothies. It can begin with shopping at garage sales or thrift stores.

Can you dig it?

posted: 04/19/2013 3:21 p.m.

Little is more tasty, nutritious and satisfying than fresh, homemade meals made from garden-grown fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Prime potential

posted: 04/19/2013 3:07 p.m.

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.

Tips for living green

posted: 04/19/2013 2:39 p.m.

There are numerous low-cost ways to live a more eco-friendly life. In fact, being conscious about energy consumption can actually put money in the bank.

Boy Scouts proposing to lift gay ban for youth

posted: 04/19/2013 11:30 a.m.

NEW YORK — Under pressure over its longstanding ban on gay members, the Boys Scouts of America is proposing to lift the ban for its youth but continue to exclude gay adult leaders.

Bella Vista POA crafts assessment increase plan

posted: 04/19/2013 11:08 a.m.

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.

The stories of 2 brothers suspected in bombing

posted: 04/19/2013 9:29 a.m.

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.

12 bodies recovered after Texas blast; 200 injured

updated: 04/19/2013 9:56 a.m.

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.

Manhunt in Boston after bombing suspect is killed

updated: 04/19/2013 3:31 p.m.

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.

FBI appeals for help in identifying 2 seen toting bags on video

posted: 04/19/2013 5:29 a.m.

The FBI released images Thursday of two men it wants to question in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings.

N. Korea calls for end to sanctions, drills

posted: 04/19/2013 5:10 a.m.

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.

The world in brief

posted: 04/19/2013 5:05 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 04/19/2013 5:04 a.m.

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

Getting it straight

posted: 04/19/2013 5:03 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 04/19/2013 5:03 a.m.

Robin Roberts spent two days in the hospital fighting off an infection as part of her recuperation from a rare blood disease and is off Good Morning America this week to rest.

In the news

posted: 04/19/2013 5:02 a.m.

Eric Holder, the U.S. attorney general, told a House subcommittee that “the impact on children” will be one factor the Justice Department weighs as it determines how to respond to the legalization of marijuana through ballot initiatives that passed last year in Washington state and Colorado.