News 2013 February

Stories for February 2013

Thursday, February 28

Arkansas drops opener to ASU

posted: 02/28/2013 7:45 p.m.

Ryne Stanek struggled early on the mound and Arkansas stranded 10 base runners in a loss Thursday night.

Woman Jailed In Battery Case

posted: 02/28/2013 5:40 p.m.

BENTONVILLE — The mother of a baby boy was arrested Tuesday in connection with injuries that resulted in the child being transported to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

Roll call from Thursday veto vote in Arkansas Senate

posted: 02/28/2013 5:20 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Senate voted 19-14 Thursday to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a bill that will ban most abortions after 20 weeks. The bill, which has an emergency clause, takes effect immediately.

Arkansas-Arizona State Live Blog

posted: 02/28/2013 4:30 p.m.

Join in an interactive live blog as Arkansas faces Arizona State at the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise, Ariz.

Arkansas Senate advances 12-week abortion ban

posted: 02/28/2013 3:30 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Senate has given final approval to a bill banning most abortions in the state 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

Driver Escapes Injury

posted: 02/28/2013 2:49 p.m.

The driver of a van escaped injury this afternoon after losing control of his van near Interstate 540.

House panel rejects school employee gun bill

posted: 02/28/2013 12:46 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas House panel has rejected a proposal to allow some school employees who have completed active shooter training to carry guns in schools.

Husband held in wife's death at Branson hotel

posted: 02/28/2013 12:01 p.m.

Branson police have arrested a 68-year-old southern California man charged with killing his wife inside their resort town hotel room.

County Tax Books Open Friday

posted: 02/28/2013 10:18 a.m.

The Benton County property tax books open Friday for collection for 2012 taxes.

Arkansas Senate overrides veto on abortion bill

updated: 02/28/2013 10:42 a.m.

The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to override a veto of a near-ban of abortions starting in the 20th week of pregnancy and backed a separate measure that would outlaw the procedures in most cases beginning in the 12th week.

Failed to pay income taxes, Fort Smith businessman admits

posted: 02/28/2013 9:13 a.m.

A Fort Smith businessman has pleaded guilty to charges related to failing to pay federal income taxes, a U.S. attorney’s office has said.

In LR, Marshallese court interpreter sworn in

updated: 02/28/2013 12:06 p.m.

Arkansas says it now has the nation’s first certified Marshallese court interpreter.

City Offers Spring Break Camps

posted: 02/28/2013 5 a.m.

It’s less than a month until spring break unleashes students from school for a week of freedom, and some parents may be wondering just how to corral the excess energy brought on by warm weather and spare time.

Ambulance Fees Considered

posted: 02/28/2013 5 a.m.

Benton County edged closer to resolving the county’s rural ambulance service issue, asking County Judge Bob Clinard to work the current service providers for this year and next year while the Quorum Court ponders a tax or fee to pay for the service beyond that time.

Strickland Drops In 25

posted: 02/28/2013 5 a.m.

Once Rogers High got the ball to Taylor Strickland in the post, it was all downhill for Cabot in a first round game at the Class 7A State Tournament.

Anglers Limited To Four Walleye

posted: 02/28/2013 5 a.m.

The enthusiasm of walleye anglers knows no limits, but anglers need to know about walleye length limits and daily limits before casting a line. At Beaver, Table Rock, Bull Shoals, Norfork and Greers Ferry lakes, walleye must be 18 inches or longer to keep. The daily limit is four walleye.


posted: 02/28/2013 5 a.m.

Cast Masters Start Season Cast Masters bass tournament circuit begins its season March 17, and will hold 14 tournaments at Beaver Lake. Tournaments alternate between Prairie Creek and Hickory Creek parks.

Bentonville’s Mabeus Embraces Defensive Role On Team

posted: 02/28/2013 5 a.m.

Brooke Mabeus’ biggest duty this season likely goes unnoticed by many of those watching Bentonville’s girls basketball games this season.`

Mounties Top Russellville

posted: 02/28/2013 5 a.m.

Rogers High defeated Russellville 2-1 Tuesday night in a nonconference soccer game.

City Mulls Lake’s Future

posted: 02/28/2013 5 a.m.

The future of Lake Atalanta is marked with orange barrels and caution tape where a swimming pool and other amenities were once the center of outdoor entertainment.

Smith Sparks Tigers

posted: 02/28/2013 5 a.m.

Nick Smith admitted he had never dunked the ball three times in a game. He was given the opportunity Wednesday night, and Bentonville’s senior forward capitalized on the moment.

OVERTIME: Class 7A State Basketball Tournament

posted: 02/28/2013 5 a.m.

Freshman Sensation Kyra Collier broke out onto the scene during Wednesday’s Class 7A State Tournament in Bulldog Arena.

Big ’Dogs Lead Way

posted: 02/28/2013 5 a.m.

Tyler McCullough and Caleb Waitsman have always been the two tallest kids on the basketball court.


posted: 02/28/2013 5 a.m.

Beaver Lake: Crappie can be caught on the south end of the lake for anglers willing to work at it.

Mountie Band To Benefit From Barbecue

posted: 02/28/2013 5 a.m.

The Rogers High School Mountie Band will receive the proceeds of a chicken barbecue to be held Saturday.

Garfield Man Accused Of Arson

posted: 02/28/2013 5 a.m.

A Garfield man was arrested Wednesday in connection with an arson case.

Holt Keeps Rogers Steady

posted: 02/28/2013 5 a.m.

Everything went right for Keifer Holt on senior night at Rogers High last week. With the Mounties fighting for the last Class 7A State Tournament spot from the 7A/6A-Conference, Holt played the best game of his career.

Southside Edges Heritage In Overtime

posted: 02/28/2013 5 a.m.

Calli White picked the right time to make her first 3-point shot of Fort Smith Southside’s Class 7A state basketball tournament game Wednesday evening.

Juvenile Arrested In Connection With Jogger Assaults

posted: 02/28/2013 5 a.m.

Police arrested a boy in connection with recent assaults women reported while jogging along Cheri Whitlock Parkway.

Trail Trifecta

posted: 02/28/2013 5 a.m.

Bikers, hikers and horseback riders at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area never know which Chris Cantwell they’ll see on the trail.

Lady ’Dogs Bow Out Of Tourney

posted: 02/28/2013 5 a.m.

A hometown crowd and the excitement surrounding the first Class 7A State Tournament game of the day were not nearly enough to lift the Fayetteville girls basketball team past a young and talented bunch from North Little Rock on Wednesday.

Beeks Fills Valuable Role For Prairie Grove

posted: 02/28/2013 5 a.m.

Teams that rely heavily on one standout player don’t often win state championships.

THE FLIP SIDE: Fishermen Renew Friendship

posted: 02/28/2013 5 a.m.

There’s more than trout to the annual openingday pilgrimage that’s expected to bring 2,300 fishermen to Roaring River State Park on Friday.

Urban Summit Series Set For Friday

posted: 02/28/2013 5 a.m.

The Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce’s Urban Summit Series will be held Friday.

Unveiling in D.C. honors Rosa Parks

posted: 02/28/2013 4:14 a.m.

President Barack Obama and congressional leaders unveiled a full-length statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks in the Capitol on Wednesday, paying tribute to a figure whose name became synonymous with courage in the face of injustice.

Hagel takes oath, greets staff

posted: 02/28/2013 4:12 a.m.

Chuck Hagel was sworn in Wednesday as defense secretary — President Barack Obama’s third in just over four years.

In the news

posted: 02/28/2013 4:09 a.m.

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey has signed legislation authorizing online gambling in the state, clearing the way for Internet betting to begin.

Names and faces

posted: 02/28/2013 4:08 a.m.

The Stone Temple Pilots have fired singer Scott Weiland. In a one-sentence news release Wednesday, publicist Kymm Britton said: “Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland.” No other information was provided, and Weiland could not immediately be reached for comment. The band’s 1992 debut Core, has sold more than 8 million copies in the United States. Its hits include “Vasoline,” “Interstate Love Song” and “Plush,” which won a Grammy in 1993 for best hard-rock performance with vocal. Weiland also was in the supergroup Velvet Revolver with Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and other musicians. The 45-year-old has dealt with drug addiction, run-ins with the law and two failed marriages. He released his memoir, Not Dead & Not for Sale, in 2011.

The nation in brief

posted: 02/28/2013 4:07 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’ll be honest, I’ll be direct, I’ll expect the same from you. I’ll never ask anyone to do anything I wouldn’t do.” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, addressing several hundred civilian Defense Department workers and members of the military Article,this page Officials: Killer had 3 guns, wore armor SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — The suspect in the killings of two California police detectives was wearing body armor and had three guns when he died in a shootout with other officers, sheriff’s officials said Wednesday.

The world in brief

posted: 02/28/2013 4:07 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “To love the church means also to have the courage to take difficult, painful decisions, always keeping the good of the church in mind, not oneself.” Pope Benedict XVI Article, this page Fire in 6-story India market fatal to 19 KOLKATA, India — A fire broke out at an illegal sixstory plastics market in the Indian city of Kolkata early Wednesday, killing at least 19 people, police said.

Benedict says goodbye to throng

posted: 02/28/2013 4:06 a.m.

Pope Benedict XVI bid an emotional farewell Wednesday to his flock on the eve of his retirement, recalling in his final speech as pontiff moments of “joy and light” during his papacy but also times of difficulty when “it seemed like the Lord was sleeping.” An estimated 150,000 people flooded St. Peter’s Square for Benedict’s last general audience, eager to show their support and bear witness to the final hours of a papacy that will go down in history as the first one in 600 years to end in resignation rather than death.

Other days

posted: 02/28/2013 3:50 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 28, 1913 PARAGOULD — Secretary C. W. Highfill yesterday received a communication from W. H. Bennett, a farmer residing near Clinton, Iowa, asking for information about Arkansas frogs. Mr. Bennett says he is starting a frog farm and wants to secure some northeast Arkansas frogs to cross with the Iowa products. Secretary Highfill replied that this section of Arkansas is short on frogs since the drainage system has been practically completed and that the sections that were formerly the breeding places for the bullfrog now are fertile fields producing 100 bushels of corn and a bale of cotton to the acre.

Mayflower ex-chief admits to tampering

posted: 02/28/2013 3:44 a.m.

Former Mayflower Police Chief Billy Paul Baker pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of tampering with a public record.

Arkansas all aquiver

posted: 02/28/2013 3:39 a.m.

That arrow column a couple of weeks ago went over so well that I’ve decided to reach into the quiver a tad more frequently during this spectacle of a legislative session.

Another family meeting

posted: 02/28/2013 3:34 a.m.

Gather ‘round kids. Your mother and I want to have a serious talk about the bills. Would somebody call Little Johnny from the backyard? And where’s Beth? We need everybody in the living room! That includes you, Aunt Clara. Everybody in the house! Family meeting!

Shepherds and sheep

posted: 02/28/2013 3:33 a.m.

John Stuart Mill’s classic essay “On Liberty” gives reasons why some people should not be taking over other people’s decisions about their own lives. But Professor Cass Sunstein of Harvard has given reasons to the contrary. He cites research showing “that people make a lot of mistakes, and that those mistakes can prove extremely damaging.” Professor Sunstein is undoubtedly correct that “people make a lot of mistakes.” Most of us can look back over our own lives and see many mistakes, including some that were very damaging.

OTHERS SAY: Fingerprints, please

posted: 02/28/2013 3:33 a.m.

The gun lobby and its acolytes in Annapolis are mounting an allout assault to subvert Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s bill to establish what would be among the nation’s most stringent gun-licensing regimens. They are taking special aim at the core of the governor’s program: a requirement that gun buyers submit not only to background checks, as they already do, but also to digital fingerprinting by the state police.

The left’s science deniers

posted: 02/28/2013 3:32 a.m.

If this column appeared under the headline, “Massive defeat for the anti-science forces,” you would naturally assume I’m talking about some kind of setback for conservative Republicans, right? And you would be completely wrong.

Guest writer: Power to change

posted: 02/28/2013 3:31 a.m.

As families, businesses, institutions and governments scale back and redefine how they invest, hire, lend, fund and spend resources, a new era of frugality is being ushered into the American psyche that is long overdue.


posted: 02/28/2013 3:30 a.m.

Please, focus on debt You’ve gotta love President Barack Obama. His lobbying the American people to provide all preschoolers a high-quality education and assist the unemployed to become well-trained for possible new high-tech jobs are just two examples of why this populist president has become so popular. He knows how to choose heart-pulling topics, articulate the dire needs, and vilify all who don’t enthusiastically join him in these efforts.

LIKE IT IS: Make no mistake, UA dictates UA policy

posted: 02/28/2013 3:27 a.m.

When it was written in Wednesday’s column that the NCAA and ESPN might like to pit the Arkansas Razorbacks and Arkansas State against each other in the NIT, there was no hidden motive on my part.

Trojans looking to put end to skid

posted: 02/28/2013 3:25 a.m.

Steve Shields sat his UALR men’s basketball team down earlier this week to tell players the timing of their recent slide, while unfortunate, doesn’t mean they are finished.

Devils no stranger to Hogs

posted: 02/28/2013 3:22 a.m.

The Arkansas and Arizona State campuses are 1,225 miles apart, but the baseball programs have developed a rivalry in recent years that will be renewed this weekend in Surprise, Ariz.

COMMENTARY: Wait worth it for Minnesota center

posted: 02/28/2013 3:18 a.m.

The NCAA should feature Trevor Mbakwe in a series of stay-in-school ads.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/28/2013 3:17 a.m.

Lee gets real Rush from Jays Could 2013 be the year for Rush lead singer and bassist Geddy Lee?

Off the wire

posted: 02/28/2013 3:17 a.m.

FOOTBALL Four Tide players dismissed Four players for two-time defending national champion Alabama have been dismissed from school following their arrests after two robberies on campus. University spokeswoman Deborah Lane said Wednesday that linebackers D.J. Pettway and Tyler Hayes, safety Eddie Williams and H-back Brent Calloway are no longer enrolled after a judicial review. Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban had earlier said the players “are no longer associated with the football program. Their actions do not reflect the spirit and character that we want our organization to reflect,” Saban said. “It’s obviously very disappointing and unacceptable what happened. I also think I’m really proud over the last five years that our team has done a very good job with their personal responsibility and how they’ve represented the university. Some people learn by words, some people learn by consequences, some people can’t learn.” Pettway, Williams and Hayes are charged with two counts of second-degree robbery. Williams and

Fishing this week

posted: 02/28/2013 3:16 a.m.

HOT SPOTS LAKE CATHERINE Large numbers of trout are in the tailrace and feeding on shad and insect hatches. Bank fishermen are catching the most fish but have been hampered by fast water close to the dam. Brightly Lake colored Power Bait, corn, redworms and wax worms Charles combined with a marshmallow floater are Black River St. Francis working best. Fly fishermen are catching River trout on Woolly Buggers, micro-jigs, San Juan worms, and egg patterns. Spin fishermen are having success using Super NORTHEAST & Dupers in silver or gold, 1/16 ounce jigs in gray EAST-CENTRAL or white, and Rooster Tails in brown or white. LAKE CONWAY Bream fishing is fair using worms and crickets fished close to brush piles. Crappie Horseshoe fishing slowed a little, but they are still biting well Lake on minnows and jigs fished around stumps 3-4 feet Arc deep. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits fished 3-4 feet deep. Catfishing is fair.

CLASS 7A: Pagel’s precision powers Pointers

posted: 02/28/2013 3:12 a.m.

Freshman Mitchell Smith completed a three-point play with 20.8 seconds remaining as Van Buren survived a late rally by Conway to earn a 52-49 victory in the opening round of the Class 7A boys state tournament.

CLASS 6A: LR Fair’s buzzer beater off mark

posted: 02/28/2013 3:11 a.m.

Little Rock Fair gave itself a shot to advance to the second round of the Class 6A boys state tournament but came up just short.

CLASS 3A: Cedarville blows lead but regroups

posted: 02/28/2013 3:11 a.m.

Cedarville flirted with disaster Wednesday night, but the Pirates can thank Garrett Parson for coming to their rescue.


posted: 02/28/2013 3:10 a.m.

CLASS 5A HARRISON 65, PULASKI ACADEMY 54 PINE BLUFF — Alex Rose scored 26 points, Jordan Grant added 17 and Jackson Doshier scored 15 to lead Harrison over Pulaski Academy in the opening round.

CLASS 7A: No freshman jitters for Collier

posted: 02/28/2013 3:08 a.m.

Freshman Kyra Collier scored 23 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and North Little Rock forced Fayetteville into 25 turnovers to post a 58-35 victory over the Lady Bulldogs in Wednesday’s opening round of the Class 7A girls state tournament.

CLASS 6A: Lady Patriots steal away in opener

posted: 02/28/2013 3:08 a.m.

Little Rock Parkview used its full-court pressure early and often against Texarkana, and it took its toll Wednesday in the first round of the Class 6A girls state tournament.

CLASS 3A: Charleston’s defense gets job done

posted: 02/28/2013 3:07 a.m.

Charleston may not have gotten the kind of scoring it would have liked Wednesday, but the Lady Tigers aren’t about to apologize for it.

CLASS 4A: Brookland surges by Bauxite to advance

posted: 02/28/2013 3:07 a.m.

The Brookland Lady Bearcats started slow in Wednesday’s opening-round contest at the Class 4A girls state tournament, but pulled away in the second half to defeat the Bauxite Lady Miners 45-40.

In the lane: Young’s struggles continue

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

Arkansas sophomore guard BJ Young was looking for a big bounce back game against LSU after being held to three points on 0-of-8 shooting in the Razorbacks’ 71-54 loss at Florida on Saturday night.

SEC MEN: Kentucky drills Mississippi State

posted: 02/28/2013 3:03 a.m.

On the verge of being forgotten two weeks ago, Kentucky point guard Ryan Harrow now has control of his role and game.

HOW WE SEE IT: District Gets Good News For Expansion

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

Those involved in the complicated effort to deal with the Bentonville School District’s student crowding recently got news that should go a long way toward a solution for this contentious issues.

COMMENTARY: Column-Writing? Driven By Deadlines

posted: 02/28/2013 2:59 a.m.

Now, you never know how folks are going to react when you start writing a column. I mean, it has been a while since I did this sort of thing, and when I did, I had the safety net of the rolling three-ring circus and general freak show that is college athletics to fall back on. And before you rise up in protest, I’ve got two names for you: Manti Te’o and Honey Badger. Case rested.


posted: 02/28/2013 2:59 a.m.

John Brown University won its first Sooner Athletic Conference regular-season men’s championship this year, but that doesn’t mean the Golden Eagles are taking the conference tournament lightly.

SUN BELT WOMEN: North Texas slips by Arkansas State

posted: 02/28/2013 2:59 a.m.

Arkansas State had two chances to tie the game in the final 30 seconds before falling 53-51 to North Texas on Thursday at the Super Pit in Denton, Texas.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Keep The Honeysuckle, Privet

posted: 02/28/2013 2:58 a.m.

Joel Walsh has been seriously misinformed in his article in Sunday, Feb. 17, edition. In his article on honeysuckle and privet he states the honeysuckle berries are like junk food for birds and small mammals. Well, as far as them wanting the berries, they sure do. As far as being junk food, I think not.

GULF COAST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT: Philander Smith looks to home for advantage

posted: 02/28/2013 2:58 a.m.

Philander Smith hopes home surroundings help lead the way to a Gulf Coast Athletic Conference title.

Police: Man Attacked Woman, Stabbed Man

posted: 02/28/2013 2:54 a.m.

Police arrested a Springdale man Tuesday who they say broke into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment, beat her and stabbed a man with a kitchen knife.

2 execs’ versions vary on BP cuts

posted: 02/28/2013 2:53 a.m.

A federal judge heard conflicting testimony Wednesday from two former BP executives about the effect of cost-cutting measures on the company’s drilling operations before the 2010 oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

Police To Increase Traffic Patrol

posted: 02/28/2013 2:52 a.m.

Police officers will increase traffic monitoring today on College Avenue between North Street and Millsap Road as part of a program to reduce accidents.

Key factory orders up in January

posted: 02/28/2013 2:52 a.m.

Orders for U.S. factory goods in a key category jumped last month by the most in more than a year, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

Shippers revel as river rises

posted: 02/28/2013 2:51 a.m.

Mississippi River shippers have returned to hauling full loads after several storms and aggressive rock-clearing deepened the waterway, eliminating worries about barge traffic shutting down, the river’s stewards and barge operators said Wednesday.

Target’s Canada entry, yule softness hurt fourth quarter

posted: 02/28/2013 2:51 a.m.

Target Corp.’s investment in its Canadian debut this year and weaker-than-expected Christmas sales caused the company’s net income to fall 2 percent in the fourth quarter of last year.

First Thursday To Partner With Library

posted: 02/28/2013 2:51 a.m.

First Thursday is partnering with the Fayetteville Public Library to host more events geared toward children.

Italy’s anti-austerity vote puts EU backstop in peril

posted: 02/28/2013 2:50 a.m.

Italy’s muddled election results worried investors, raising unsettling questions about the availability of the financial safety net that has kept Europe from catastrophe for the past six months, bank officials and economists say.

MARKET REPORT: Dow index steams toward record

posted: 02/28/2013 2:49 a.m.

The Dow rose sharply for a second straight day Wednesday, coming within 100 points of its all-time high.

Business news in brief

posted: 02/28/2013 2:49 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’d say we’ve gotten through the toughest period we’re going to see in the low-water period.” Mike Petersen, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman about a stretch of the Mississippi River near St. Louis Article, 1D Loss grows at Penney as sales skid NEW YORK — J.C. Penney reported a loss and plunging sales for its fiscal fourth quarter as the department store chain’s plan to scale back most coupons and sales events has continued to turn off shoppers.

Two Plead Guilty To Fayetteville Home Invasion Robbery

posted: 02/28/2013 2:49 a.m.

The last two defendants pleaded guilty Wednesday in a home invasion case that ended with one of the robbers dead.


posted: 02/28/2013 2:49 a.m.

Deltic’s net income up to $2.4 million Deltic Timber Corp. posted a net income of $2.4 million for its fourth quarter, reversing a $208,000 loss in the same quarter a year ago, the company announced Wednesday.

New Farmers Market Planned

posted: 02/28/2013 2:46 a.m.

Shoppers will have more places in town to buy fresh produce this year.

Fayetteville’s Uniqueness Is All Natural

posted: 02/28/2013 2:36 a.m.

Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, I distinctively remember those Sunday evening returns to my hometown of Fayetteville after a weekend of travel to visit grandparents and other relatives living in the southern portion of the state.


posted: 02/28/2013 2:35 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Does God ever tell us to do something, or to believe something, that contradicts the Bible? A friend of mine says the Bible is out of date and we need to let the Spirit guide us in new directions, but I’m not so sure about that. — S.Y. DEAR S.Y.: You’re right to be skeptical of your friend’s views — because God never tells us to do anything that He has clearly forbidden in His Word, the Bible. God does not change, and neither does His Word.

THE TV COLUMN: Networks fail to field new hits; even vets falling

posted: 02/28/2013 2:35 a.m.

What’s going on with broadcast television? The networks just can’t seem to buy a hit.


posted: 02/28/2013 2:34 a.m.

Happy birthday. The giving extends throughout the year as you continually deliver, even when you have not been asked, what you know will be needed, wanted and perhaps appreciated. It is your deepest joy to give in this way. Unusual bonds are forged in March and June.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Toxic mother needs rules for granddaughter’s visit

posted: 02/28/2013 2:34 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I grew up with a mother who was profoundly manipulative, volatile and mean-spirited. My siblings and I have anxiety disorders for which we have sought counseling. I have distanced myself from my mother and have a happy life with my husband and 4-year-old daughter.

Foundation Stepping Up Campaign

posted: 02/28/2013 2:32 a.m.

The Springdale Public Schools Education Foundation’s first capital campaign has raised about $50,000 toward its goal of $300,000 for 2013, according to the foundation director.


posted: 02/28/2013 2:31 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: What is the best way to clean a hairbrush ?

Super Quiz: Science

posted: 02/28/2013 2:31 a.m.

1. Name the fourth planet from the sun. 2. Where would you expect to find hemoglobin? 3. What is the shape of our galaxy? 4. What type of electrical charge, if any, has a neutron? 5. Igneous rock is formed from cooled ————. 6. Between which two planets is the asteroid belt? 7. Mycology is the study of ————. 8. Sharks and rays differ from other fish in that they have ————. 9. What is made from sulfur, charcoal and potassium nitrate?

Giving Back

posted: 02/28/2013 1:53 a.m.

Jones Trust issues challenge The Jones Charitable Trust has issued a challenge grant of $17,500 to the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter to help provide safe shelter and support services to an increasing number of men, women and child victims of domestic violence.

Hanks Likes Unpredictability Of Stage Role

posted: 02/28/2013 1:53 a.m.

Tom Hanks swears. Not a blue streak, no, but it’s bracing to hear profanity from the man who has defined decency for three decades in Hollywood, playing white knights in Splash, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13 and the Toy Story series.

Fashion Show Celebrates Designer’s Homecoming

posted: 02/28/2013 1:53 a.m.

Mexican-Arkansan designer Rulli Torres has already ruffled up the fashion world after passing through New York and Dallas, where he resides after working under established couture designers Nicolas Villalba and Rosie del Bosque.

People & Places

posted: 02/28/2013 1:53 a.m.

Van Slooten paints way to Eagle rank Nicholas Van Slooten, 14, of Bentonville is a new Eagle Scout. He is a member of Troop 222, which meets at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bentonville, and is the son of Paul and Jennifer Van Slooten.

MARCH: Parton, Pigs, Playhouses

posted: 02/28/2013 1:53 a.m.

GRAPE ESCAPES: A VINE AFFAIR BOST 1 6 p.m. — The 11th annual Grape Escapes: A Vine Affair will take place at the Holiday Inn City Center in Fort Smith. The Bost fundraiser will include food, auctions and 350 wines to taste. Must be 21 to attend. Tickets are $100. Information: (479) 478-5554.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Tulsa tournament nets rave reviews

posted: 02/28/2013 1:52 a.m.

From an attendance standpoint, the Bassmaster Classic that concluded Sunday in Tulsa was the second most popular ever, behind the 2009 tournament in Shreveport.

Didn’t Pay Taxes, Businessman Says

posted: 02/28/2013 1:52 a.m.

George Avlos, 45, pleaded guilty Wednesday to evading federal income taxes and failing to pay payroll taxes for employees of his Fort Smith business, LinLex Inc. Avlos was the sole owner and president of the company, which provides consulting services as they relate to Department of Transportation regulations.

Police Seek Man On Battery Charge

posted: 02/28/2013 1:52 a.m.

Fort Smith police Wednesday were searching for a man charged with first-degree battery, accused of beating a woman after her ex-boyfriend left to buy marijuana for him and never returned.

NW Arkansas Today

posted: 02/28/2013 1:52 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We bring in as many as 20,000 people to the area.They eat in their restaurants, shop in their shops, and buy gas in their gas stations. We’ve always made an argument that it’s a huge benefit to the tourism trade.” Dewey Patton, events director at Mulberry Mountain, site of the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival in Franklin County

Court Of Appeals

posted: 02/28/2013 1:52 a.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals released opinions Wednesday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at PROCEEDINGS OF FEB. 27, 2013 CHIEF JUDGE ROBERT J. GLADWIN CACR12-778. Arthur Branch Jr. v.

The State/Region In Brief

posted: 02/28/2013 1:52 a.m.

Baby dies, mom hurt in shooting NEWPORT — Authorities are investigating after a 1-year-old child was found fatally shot in Newport in Jackson County.


posted: 02/28/2013 1:52 a.m.

Celebrated American pianist Cliburn Van Cliburn, the American pianist whose first-place award at the 1958 Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow made him an overnight sensation and propelled him to a phenomenally successful and lucrative career, though a shortlived one, died Wednesday in Fort Worth. He was 78.

Council In Van Buren OKs Land Buy For Park

posted: 02/28/2013 1:52 a.m.

The Van Buren City Council’s purchase of land near the downtown business district is the latest step in the city’s effort to upgrade its park system.

Yellville Gas Spill Costs State Fund A Record $992,500

posted: 02/28/2013 1:52 a.m.

A state agency expects to pay nearly $1 million this week as part of a settlement in a lawsuit over a gasoline spill that prompted a Yellville grocery store to close for almost two weeks in 2011.

New Law Mandates Police-Dog Standards

posted: 02/28/2013 1:52 a.m.

Arkansas police dogs must now meet law enforcement standards just like their human counterparts, according to new legislation.

Drug Dealer: Arrest A Relief

posted: 02/28/2013 1:52 a.m.

A man known as “the mechanic” in a Helena-West Helena auto shop that served as a front for a massive drug-trafficking operation was given a break Wednesday after a judge learned he was relieved to be arrested and have the chance to escape a life of “constant chaos.”

Music Festivals Expect To Give County A Boost

posted: 02/28/2013 1:52 a.m.

Festival organizers at Mulberry Mountain are projecting that Franklin County will receive a healthy boost in sales-tax revenue in 2013 thanks to increased musicfestival activity and a recent review of ticket sales by the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration.

Teachers Union Boss Stole, Mexico Says In Charges

posted: 02/28/2013 1:52 a.m.

Mexico’s national teachers union head was formally charged Wednesday in an embezzlement scheme.

No extra time for SEC suit, justices rule

posted: 02/28/2013 1:52 a.m.

The Securities and Exchange Commission must move more quickly in pressing some fraud lawsuits, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a decision that has the potential to affect agencies across the government.

Area lotteries

posted: 02/28/2013 1:52 a.m.

Numbers drawn Wednesday: Missouri Lotto 20-21-23-33-38-42 Estimated jackpot: $1.2 million Oklahoma Lotto 1-3-6-20-38 Hot ball: 5 Estimated jackpot: $2.1 million Powerball 3-14-20-34-48 Powerball: 21 Estimated jackpot: $90 million

Winter Storm Cripples Travel From Colorado To Wisconsin

posted: 02/28/2013 1:52 a.m.

A Midwest snowstorm packing heavy snow and strong winds left six people dead in Kansas, hundreds of vehicles crashed or stranded in Wisconsin, and tens of thousands without power in Michigan.

COMMENTARY: ‘Visioning’ A Better Rogers, Arkansas

posted: 02/28/2013 1:41 a.m.

If most of us announced we were having visions, it is likely we would be sent for psychiatric treatment, at the very least. We could even be committed to the State Hospital.

POORE PAGE: Classified Employees Make Daily Impact

posted: 02/28/2013 1:33 a.m.

This is part two of my series highlighting the wonderful employees of the Bentonville Public Schools.

RECORDS: February 28th

posted: 02/28/2013 1:29 a.m.

Arrests Prairie Grove • Michael Wilson, 42, of 14425 Wallen Mountain Road in West Fork was arrested Wednesday in connection with felony driving while intoxicated, along with misdemeanor parole violation, driving on a suspended license, no proof of insurance, failure to maintain control, expired vehicle license and resisting arrest. Wilson was in the Washington County Detention Center on $1,675 bond

PUBLIC MEETINGS: February 28th

posted: 02/28/2013 1:28 a.m.

Today 9 a.m. Fayetteville Planning Commission Subdivision Committee — Room 326, City Administration Building, 113 W. Mountain St.

DEAR ABBY: Man Begins To Regret Giving Ex-Wife Place To Stay

posted: 02/28/2013 1:06 a.m.

Dear Abby: My ex-wife cheated on me fi ve years ago. She ran off with a nonworking criminal type and has been bouncing from place to place with this bozo ever since.

Medicaid put in new light by U.S. deal

posted: 02/28/2013 12:54 a.m.

A day after Arkansas made national headlines for wrangling a unique option for Medicaid expansion from the federal government, lawmakers, advocates and providers at the state Capitol on Wednesday tried to absorb the details of providing health coverage to 250,000 poor Arkansans through the state’s insurance exchange.

January vehicle titles 2nd most in 5 years

posted: 02/28/2013 12:54 a.m.

There were 10,074 new vehicles titled in January in Arkansas, the second most in the past five years behind only May 2012, when 10,170 were registered, said Cross-Sell of Lexington, Ky., a company that provides market analysis for the automotive industry.

Abortion-ban veto trumped in House vote

posted: 02/28/2013 12:40 a.m.

With two Democrats and all 51 Republicans, the House of Representatives overrode on Wednesday the governor’s veto of a ban on most abortions after 20 weeks. The Senate will vote on the bill today, the Senate’s leader said.

Cuts a given, leaders will meet

posted: 02/28/2013 12:38 a.m.

President Barack Obama summoned congressional leaders to a meeting at the White House on Friday, the day $85 billion in spending cuts begin, as both parties say a deal to avert them probably won’t come before the deadline.

Gearhart sent files on Choate to adviser

posted: 02/28/2013 12:36 a.m.

The chancellor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville shared documents from his chief fundraiser’s personnel file with a donor and campus adviser nearly three weeks before he disciplined the employee in connection with the multimillion-dollar budget deficit in the school’s Advancement Division, university documents show.

Flight-control towers in state on trims list

posted: 02/28/2013 12:35 a.m.

Six of the seven airports in Arkansas that use air traffic control towers to manage flight operations stand to lose their tower services or see cuts in the number of hours their towers operate, if federal spending cuts take place, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

UCA chief orders look in detail at scholarships

posted: 02/28/2013 12:33 a.m.

University of Central Arkansas President Tom Courtway on Wednesday ordered a comprehensive review of all scholarships offered at UCA.

SEC MEN: UA can’t land knockout blow

posted: 02/28/2013 12:24 a.m.

Arkansas shaved 20 points off LSU’s lead with a furious second-half rally Wednesday night.

Voting rules ‘pre-clearance’ argued before U.S. justices

posted: 02/28/2013 12:20 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that tested civil-rights era legislation designed to eliminate discrimination on Election Day, giving black voters and other minority groups more of a voice. In Shelby County v. Holder, Shelby County, Ala., argued that Congress overstepped its authority when it passed the Voting Rights Act of 2006

Wednesday, February 27

Arkansas' second-half rally not enough

posted: 02/27/2013 9:07 p.m.

Arkansas rallied from an early 22-point deficit, but the Razorbacks fell short in a 65-60 loss at LSU Wednesday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La.

Arrest Made in Jogger Assaults

posted: 02/27/2013 2:45 p.m.

Police arrested a boy in connection with the assaults women reported while jogging along Cheri Whitlock Parkway.

Police: Man Attacked Woman, Stabbed Man

posted: 02/27/2013 2:37 p.m.

Police arrested a Springdale man who reportedly broke into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment on Sunday and stabbed a man.

First Thursday to Partner with Library

posted: 02/27/2013 2:33 p.m.

First Thursday Fayetteville is partnering with the library to attract more children.

Arkansas House votes to override veto on 20-week abortion ban

updated: 02/27/2013 2:31 p.m.

The Arkansas House has voted to reaffirm a 20-week ban on most abortions, voting 53-28 on Wednesday to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto.

House panel delays voter-ID bill

posted: 02/27/2013 12:12 p.m.

A House panel is delaying a vote on a bill that would require Arkansas voters to show photo identification at the polls before they could cast a ballot.

Boozman, Pryor urge Keystone Pipeline approval

posted: 02/27/2013 7:17 a.m.

Arkansas’ Senate delegation has joined a coalition of senators from both parties to urge approval of the Keystone Pipeline.

House panel takes up voter-ID bill

posted: 02/27/2013 7:16 a.m.

A House panel is taking up legislation that would require Arkansas voters to show photo identification at the polls before they could cast a ballot.

Senate panel looks at 12-week abortion ban

posted: 02/27/2013 7:14 a.m.

A Senate panel is taking up a proposal to ban most abortions in Arkansas 12 weeks into a pregnancy, a day after Gov. Mike Beebe vetoed a less stringent ban on the procedure.

Siloam Springs Tops Russellville

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

After leading by 19 points early in the fourth quarter, Siloam Springs found itself in a dogfight in the final minutes Tuesday in the opening round of the Class 6A State Tournament.

End Brings Focus

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

Austin Heard realizes the end of his high school basketball career is almost here, and it can provide motivation and desperation at the same time.

Mayor: 'Dominoes' Lined up for Development

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

Mayor Doug Sprouse, in his state of the city speech Tuesday, compared the preparation for economic development in the city to lining up dominoes.

PREP BASKETBALL: State Tournament Pairings

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

Class 7A At Fayetteville Girls Wednesday’s Games 4C North Little Rock vs. 5W Fayetteville, 1 p.m. 3W Rogers High vs. 6C Cabot, 4 p.m. 4W Rogers Heritage vs. 5C FS Southside, 7


posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

Today Read Across America — Paying tribute to Dr. Seuss, 9:30 a.m., Springdale Public Library. 750-8180.

Ganoung Steps Up For Rogers

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

Libby Ganoung is following family tradition. Ganoung has emerged as a key contributor for the Rogers High Lady Mounties just as her older sister Megan (2010) and older brother Jordan (2008) did for state basketball tournament teams at Rogers.

Playing Through The Pain

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

The pain in Rose Robinson’s back is manageable as long as she keeps battling in the paint and moving during a basketball game.

Assessment Plan Given

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

After struggling to find a proposal to raise assessments members will accept, the Property Owners Association board presented a two-part plan at a forum with members Tuesday night.

Hard Work Pays Off

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

Sidelined with an Achilles heel injury for most of her sophomore season, Alexa Howard was determined to come back stronger this year.

Mayor Proposes Pay Plan

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

With the books closed on 2012, Mayor Lioneld Jordan is prepared to increase employees’ salaries above and beyond what City Council members discussed when they approved the city’s 2013 budget.

Barton Signs With JBU

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

Rogers High senior Trevor Barton signed a national letter of intent to play golf at John Brown University on Tuesday afternoon.

Student Faces Gun Charges

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

Washington County prosecutors charged a University of Arkansas student in connection with illegally having a gun on campus after he accidentally shot himself in the hand at the KUAF radio station.

Rogers Heritage Senior Relishes Opportunity To Play

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

Lacey Murray still remembers her sophomore season like it was yesterday. Murray and her Rogers Heritage teammates managed just eight wins, but they got to watch the Class 7A State Tournament since it was played at War Eagle Arena.

Buses Struggle In Snow

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

Several Bentonville school buses were involved in minor accidents as snow fell Tuesday morning. No injuries were reported.

Volunteers Make Annual Difference

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

Like so many seniors, Esther Young lives alone, her husband dead, her children scattered across several states.

History Day Planned At College

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

NorthWest Arkansas Community College will host almost 400 fourth- through 12th-grade students from 14 area schools in the History Day District 10 Competition on Saturday.

College Official Files Lawsuit

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

An administrator at NorthWest Arkansas Community College is suing a woman over statements she made about him on the Internet.

COMMENTARY: Not necessarily futile, maybe

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe did the right thing Monday, if for the expedient reason, on abortion.


posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

Over the years, my mother let me quit a few things. After several failed attempts at sewing lessons, she accepted that the one and only thing I ever produced was a bath towel wrap with a piece of Velcro sloppily stitched to it.

Street Plan Advances

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

The North Walton Boulevard enhancement plan made it through the City Council on its second appearance, laying groundwork for improvement to the struggling commercial corridor.

Council Delays Downtown Demolition

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

A historic downtown building will have more time to repaired.

RECORDS: February 27th

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

Arrests 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force • Brian Howell, 52, of 8 S. Hill Ave. in Fayetteville was arrested Monday in connection with felony possession of drug paraphernalia and three counts of possession of a controlled substance. He was in the Washington County Detention Center on $2,500 bond Tuesday.

Waste District Approves Budget, Shows Profit

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

The public entity responsible for solid waste management in Washington and Madison counties hopes to make a slight profit for the first time in two years.

Hulse The Pulse Of Wolves Team

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

Payton Hulse had never heard of Cave City until recently.

Springdale Felon Sentenced for Gun

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

A Springdale man has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a gun.

Science Center To Close

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

Programming at the Ozark Natural Science Center will end after its last school visit in May.

Seed Swap Planned

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

Area farmers and gardeners are invited to a community seed swap from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the University of Arkansas Global Campus, 2 E. Center St.


posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

When Jami Lockhart is working, it might look like a TV crime scene investigator using ground-penetrating radar to scan for a body.

Hobbs Celebrating Leopold at Saturday Event

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

Family activities are scheduled Saturday at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area in celebration of the life and career of Aldo Leopold who helped shape conservation and the modern environmental movement, according to a news release.

Proffitt Case Suspended

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

Defense attorneys representing a Rogers man accused of killing an 11-month-old boy will raise the issue of mental disease or defect to defend him.

Man Injured in Garfield Accident

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

A Bentonville man was seriously injured Monday night in a one-vehicle accident near Garfield, according to Arkansas State Police.

Man Given Four More Years

posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.

A man already serving 147 years in prison for eight counts of attempted capital murder, including shooting a Fayetteville police officer, pleaded guilty to a felony driving while intoxicated charge Tuesday.

U.S. sees new-home sales soar to ’08 level

posted: 02/27/2013 4:24 a.m.

Purchases of new U.S. homes jumped in January to the highest level since July 2008, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

Hagel gets Pentagon helm on 58-41 vote

posted: 02/27/2013 4:24 a.m.

A divided Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Republican Chuck Hagel to be the nation’s next defense secretary, handing President Barack Obama’s pick the top Pentagon job just days before billions of dollars in automatic, across-the-board budget cuts hit the military.

Carter asks panel to plot $150 million in tax cuts

posted: 02/27/2013 4:10 a.m.

House Speaker Davy Carter on Tuesday asked the House Revenue and Taxation Committee to start work on tax cuts totaling $150 million, but Gov. Mike Beebe wants to see how his proposed budget would be sliced to finance these tax cuts.

Spending-limit bill clears panel

posted: 02/27/2013 4:09 a.m.

The state House Republican leader’s latest version of legislation to limit the growth in state spending cleared a House committee Tuesday in a party-line vote.

Committee rejects open-carry gun bill

posted: 02/27/2013 4:08 a.m.

The House Judiciary Committee narrowly rejected legislation Tuesday that would have allowed the open carrying of handguns in rural areas.

In the news

posted: 02/27/2013 4:04 a.m.

Billy Ray Harris, a homeless Kansas City man who returned to Sarah Darling an engagement ring she had accidentally dropped in his cup, will get quite the thank-you gift after Darling’s grateful fiance set up a website seeking donations for Harris and raised nearly $160,000 by Tuesday night.

Names and faces

posted: 02/27/2013 4:04 a.m.

Lindsay Lohan’s attorney has suggested to Los Angeles prosecutors that the actress serve as a motivational speaker and in other ways, rather than go to jail, to resolve her latest criminal case, according to a letter obtained Tuesday. The letter from lawyer Mark Heller proposed several alternatives for Lohan, who could be sent to jail if a judge determines that her actions in a traffic crash violated terms of her probation in a previous theft case. His letter states that Lohan’s turbulent home life has deeply affected her and requires a different approach in the case.

Mega Millions

posted: 02/27/2013 4:03 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 6-7-13-15-43 Mega Ball: 7 Estimated jackpot: $13 million Megaplier: 4

The nation in brief

posted: 02/27/2013 4:03 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We have moved a bill in the House twice; we should not have to move a third bill before the Senate gets off their ass and begins to do something.” House Speaker John Boehner, as acrossthe-board spending reductions are set to take effect starting Friday Article, 1A Search off for boat reported sinking SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — The Coast Guard on Tuesday called off the search for a boat that reportedly sank in rough seas far off the central California coast, saying nothing more could be done and that the family’s distress calls might have been a hoax.

The world in brief

posted: 02/27/2013 4:02 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Yesterday and today they have been trying to go forward, but there are lots of shelling and airstrikes.” Abu al-Hassan, an activist in Aleppo, Syria, who said rebels are trying to clear the army from residential areas near a police academy before they attack it Article, this page Union chief held; Mexico cites theft MEXICO CITY — The head of Mexico’s powerful teachers’ union was arrested at an airport near Mexico City Tuesday on charges of embezzlement, with federal officials accusing her of using union funds to pay for plastic surgery, buy a house in San Diego and pay her bill at Neiman Marcus.

Victorian-era houses set to be demolished

posted: 02/27/2013 3:52 a.m.

Little Rock is losing two more pieces of Victorian-era history along the high-profile corridor of Cantrell Road in downtown Little Rock.

So much for all that

posted: 02/27/2013 3:40 a.m.

TRANSPARENCY. That’s been the mantra of Chancellor G.

The customary crisis

posted: 02/27/2013 3:40 a.m.

Here we go again. And again. And again. . . For in Washington, every day is Groundhog Day. And now, once again, the country is speeding toward the dreaded … Fiscal Cliff! Not to mention Catastrophe, Chaos and Collapse. Or maybe Stalemate, Trainwreck, Dysfunction or whatever your favorite cliché may be. So quick, get the scare headlines back in type. The Great Tax vs. Spend Debate is on again, if it ever went away. With each side blaming the Coming and Constant Crisis on the other.

OTHERS SAY: Get ready, America

posted: 02/27/2013 3:39 a.m.

Congress and the Obama administration are likely to give the nation a self-inflicted wound known as the “sequester” later this week, a calculated decision that will lead to mindless budget-cutting and harm to the U.S. economy.

Schmoozing and its limits

posted: 02/27/2013 3:38 a.m.

I recently hired a student to help me get wired into what I’m told is the minimum needed to survive in today’s digital world. So now in addition to Facebook, I am able to link in, tweet, Google Plus and other things I can’t remember because I haven’t used them yet.

Guest writer: Part of the problem

posted: 02/27/2013 3:38 a.m.

Paul Greenberg writes in an editorial on February 16th that the reforms advocated by the Judicial Election Task Force, which I chaired, would be tax-supported.


posted: 02/27/2013 3:37 a.m.

Our legislative bullies What an awful time to be a young woman with an unwanted pregnancy in Arkansas. Some of the most respected, intelligent and necessary people in her life are working hard to make her life much more difficult.

HOG CALLS: Bielema isn’t in hurry with his offense

posted: 02/27/2013 3:35 a.m.

Ideally, a hurry-up no-huddle offense wears out the defense.

ARKANSAS BASEBALL: Hogs anticipating Ficociello’s return

posted: 02/27/2013 3:30 a.m.

Arkansas will take a.312 team batting average through eight games into this weekend’s Coca-Cola Classic, where the No. 2 Razorbacks open against Arizona State at 5 p.m. Thursday in Surprise, Ariz.

LIKE IT IS: Arkansas vs. ASU could be in ESPN’s cards

posted: 02/27/2013 3:28 a.m.

There is really no disputing who is the most powerful entity in the world of perspiring arts.

LITTLE ROCK MARATHON: Race set at 13,300 entrants

posted: 02/27/2013 3:26 a.m.

According to Geneva Hampton, co-executive director for the Little Rock Marathon, approximately 13,300 people have signed up to compete in Sunday’s 11th annual Little Rock Marathon.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/27/2013 3:24 a.m.

Rodman an ambassador for the U.S.?

Off the wire

posted: 02/27/2013 3:24 a.m.

MOTOR SPORTS Annett out indefinitely NASCAR driver Michael Annett has a fracture and dislocation of his sternum that will require surgery. Aric Almirola will replace him in the Nationwide Series this weekend at Phoenix. Annett was injured in a wreck during the Nationwide Series race Saturday at Daytona Beach, Fla. He spent one night in the hospital, but was seen Tuesday by two doctors in North Carolina who diagnosed the injury. Annett will not be able to compete for an indefinite amount of time. Almirola will drive the No. 43 Pilot Flying J Ford, and Richard Petty Motorsports will evaluate its options moving forward. Annett was injured in an accident that stopped the race for nearly 20 minutes. It was before the last-lap accident in which debris from a car injured more than two dozen fans.

TOP 25 MEN: Gophers latest to knock off No. 1

posted: 02/27/2013 3:21 a.m.

Indiana was starting to settle in again at No. 1 after weeks of shuffling at the top of the national rankings in this unpredictable season of college basketball.

State baseball roundups

posted: 02/27/2013 3:21 a.m.

CENTRAL ARKANSAS 19, MISS. VALLEY STATE 3 The Central Arkansas Bears (7-1 ) hit their first two home runs of the season as they easily handled Mississippi Valley State (1-8 ) in a nonconference game Tuesday afternoon at Bear Stadium in Conway. Junior first baseman Doug Votolato hit a three-run shot to right field in the third inning and senior right fielder Forrestt Allday hit another three-run home run to left-center in the seventh inning as UCA racked up 11 hits off four pitchers. Allday finished 3 for 5 with 4 RBI and 2 runs scored and made a spectacular diving catch in right field. Votolato was 1 for 3 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. UCA starter Ethan McKinzie gave up five hits and no earned runs in six innings for his first victory. UCA, which is 7-0 at home this season, fell behind 1-0 in the second inning but overcame that deficit with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Nick Rougeau had a sacrifice fly, Logan Moon scored on a balk and Allday had an RBI single. Votolato made it 6-1 with one swing in

UALR, UCA add games this week

posted: 02/27/2013 3:20 a.m.

Poor weather has thrown UALR and Central Arkansas a curve. Iowa and Wichita State had midweek series postponed because of snow in Kansas and Iowa, so instead the teams will play games in Conway and Little Rock this week. UALR, which had a game at Oklahoma State postponed Tuesday, will host Wichita State at 4 p.m. Thursday, then will play Iowa at 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday before closing out the weekend against Western Illinois at 1 p.m. Sunday. All the games will be played at Gary Hogan Field in Little Rock.

McRae, Tennessee take down Florida

posted: 02/27/2013 3:20 a.m.

Tennessee guard Jordan McRae doesn’t enjoy answering questions about his team’s NCAA Tournament prospects. McRae and the Volunteers are making enough of a statement on the floor. McRae scored 27 points Tuesday night as Tennessee boosted its postseason hopes by beating No. 8 Florida 64-58, the Vols’ sixth consecutive victory. McRae had a career-high 34 points against LSU and 23 points against Texas A&M in the two games leading up to this one. “I keep saying the same answer,” McRae said.

CLASS 6A: Siloam Springs holds off surge

posted: 02/27/2013 3:17 a.m.

Peyton Henson scored a game-high 30 points to help Siloam Springs hold off Russellville’s three-point shooters in a 56-46 victory in the opening round of the Class 6A boys state tournament at H.B. Stewart Bulldog Arena.

CLASS 3A: Hot-shooting Jessieville tops Manila

posted: 02/27/2013 3:16 a.m.

Senior guard Chase Anderson led hot shooting Jessieville with 24 points in a 60-45 victory over Manila in Tuesday’s opening round of the Class 3A boys state tournament at the Riverview High School Activity Center.

CLASS 5A: Winded Badgers win in double OT

posted: 02/27/2013 3:16 a.m.

Beebe didn’t have much left in the tank late in the game, but it was enough to survive in a 53-50, double-overtime victory against Watson Chapel on Tuesday during the Class 5A boys state tournament at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

CLASS 1A: Screamin’ Eagles roll with Evans’ 41 points

posted: 02/27/2013 3:15 a.m.

Hillcrest junior Coleman Evans scored 41 points to lead the Screamin’ Eagles to a 64-50 victory over KIPP: Delta in the first round of the Class 1A boys state tournament Tuesday.

CLASS 2A: Bearden turns in upset of St. Joseph

posted: 02/27/2013 3:15 a.m.

It didn’t take long for the first upset in the Class 2A boys state tournament as Bearden knocked off Conway St. Joseph 75-63 in the first round Tuesday.

CLASS 6A: Pine Bluff asserts itself in OT

posted: 02/27/2013 3:13 a.m.

It took all four quarters and then some for Pine Bluff to hold off Jonesboro in the first round of the Class 6A girls state tournament.

CLASS 5A: Lady Wildcats find a way, win

posted: 02/27/2013 3:13 a.m.

Watson Chapel didn’t exactly win the way it was expecting, but a 29-28 victory over Nettleton at the Pine Bluff Convention Center on Tuesday was enough to put the Lady Wildcats into the second round of the Class 5A girls state tournament.

CLASS 3A: E Stem rolls, wins in first try at state

posted: 02/27/2013 3:12 a.m.

Freshmen Brogan Jones and Gia Hayes each scored 16 points, helping make E Stem’s first foray into state tournament play a successful one.

CLASS 2A: Big second quarter lifts Marmaduke

posted: 02/27/2013 3:12 a.m.

Marmaduke outscored Mount Ida 29-6 in the second quarter Tuesday en route to an easy 69-29 victory in the first round of the Class 2A girls state tournament.

CLASS 1A: Weiner zones out, stops Guy-Perkins

posted: 02/27/2013 3:11 a.m.

The Weiner Cardinals erased an early 15-point deficit and outscored Guy-Perkins 16-6 coming out of the halftime break en route to a 58-52 victory in the first round of the Class 1A girls state tournament Tuesday.

State exports rise 36% to $7.6 billion

posted: 02/27/2013 3:06 a.m.

Arkansas exports jumped 36 percent last year, the second largest increase of any state in the country, the U.S. Department of Commerce said Tuesday.


posted: 02/27/2013 3:05 a.m.

State to developer: Cease and desist The Arkansas Securities Department issued a cease-and-desist order against Rodney Myers of Hot Springs and R.D. Myers Development Inc. Tuesday, ordering Myers to stop soliciting or selling unregistered securities in Arkansas.

Chief of Fed defends stimulus

posted: 02/27/2013 3:05 a.m.

Ben Bernanke sent a message Tuesday to Congress: The Federal Reserve’s low-interest-rate policies are giving crucial support to an economy still burdened by high unemployment.

Banker to shrink staff by up to 7%

posted: 02/27/2013 3:03 a.m.

JPMorgan Chase & Co., the biggest U.S. bank, plans to reduce headcount by as many as 19,000 people in its mortgage and community banking businesses through 2014 as Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon cuts expenses.

BP skirted safety plan, witness says

posted: 02/27/2013 3:03 a.m.

BP failed to implement a new safety plan on the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling rig even though the company realized a blowout in the Gulf of Mexico was its greatest danger, an expert witness for people and businesses suing the company testified Tuesday.

Tribal casinos luring Arkansans

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

Rising revenue at American Indian-owned gambling operations shows investments in amenities like hotels and restaurants by tribal casinos in Oklahoma, including those along the Arkansas border, seem to be paying off, according to a study being released today.

Business news in brief

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

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s definitely good news to see exports increase.That means we’re producing something that the rest of the world is demanding.” Michael Pakko, chief economist, Institute for Economic Advancement at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Article, 1D Beers’ alcohol overstated, suits say PHILADELPHIA — Beer lovers have filed lawsuits accusing Anheuser-Busch of overstating the alcohol content of its Budweiser, Michelob and other brands.

MARKET REPORT: Good reports cue Dow charge

posted: 02/27/2013 3:01 a.m.

A jump in home sales and strong earnings from The Home Depot Inc. helped the Dow claw back more than half of its losses from Monday. Improving consumer confidence also brought back buyers to the market on Tuesday.

Gluten-free with gusto

posted: 02/27/2013 2:58 a.m.

Editor’s note: This story explores gluten-free cooking. For those not sensitive to gluten, there is no nutritional or health benefit associated with a gluten-free diet.

FRONT BURNER: Greased tenderloin yields tasty carnitas

posted: 02/27/2013 2:57 a.m.

A craving for carnitas — a flavorful braised pork dish that makes a delicious taco filling — led me to create this recipe. The dish, which translates as “little meats,” is usually made with an inexpensive, fatty cut like pork butt and involves a combination of braising and frying the meat. This version uses lean pork tenderloin (because that’s what I had on hand), but thanks to some bacon drippings and a spoonful of lard, it isn’t lacking in flavor.

Gluten-free offerings

posted: 02/27/2013 2:57 a.m.

Some gluten-free products worth stocking in your pantry: Pamela’s Artisan Flour Blend.

Gadgets & Gizmos: Ici Batter Whisk

posted: 02/27/2013 2:56 a.m.

The Ici Batter Whisk is designed for gently, but thoroughly mixing thick batters like cornbread, waffles, quick breads, muffins and, of course, pancakes. The sturdy stainless steel and silicone whisk combines ingredients quickly (reducing the chance of overmixing), helps scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl as it mixes (fewer large pockets of dry mix in the batter), and won’t scratch nonstick cookware. The silicone is heat resistant to 600 degrees, making this a safe choice for stirring sauces and other hot mixtures.

COOKING FOR TWO: Soup spices up leftover meat

posted: 02/27/2013 2:56 a.m.

This main-dish soup is a great way to use up leftover meat such as pork or chicken. The hearty dish combines shredded meat, black beans, onion, chipotle peppers, corn and tomatoes. The soup is ready to eat in about 20 minutes.

Salt unnecessary for chunky sauce

posted: 02/27/2013 2:55 a.m.

Here’s what you won’t be adding to the pasta cooking water or the thick, chunky, naturally sweet sauce: salt. In truth, we missed it only as a finishing note. So if your constitution can handle a little sprinkling of the stu, do so right before serving, per portion. Serve with a salad of bitter greens.


posted: 02/27/2013 2:55 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’ve started reading the Bible every day, and I’ve been surprised at how many people opposed Jesus and even wanted to kill Him. It doesn’t make sense, because they should have welcomed Him. Why did this happen? — V.K. DEAR V.K.: You’re right, it doesn’t make sense that some people opposed Jesus and even wanted Him dead. After all, wherever He went He healed the sick and gave people hope for the future. As the Bible says, “He went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with Him” (Acts 10:38).


posted: 02/27/2013 2:55 a.m.

Happy birthday. You have a burning desire and a clear right choice. Because you know what you must do, the consequences suddenly become inconsequential. Your work for the good of all won’t be glorified, but it will be rewarded in deeply profound ways. Band together in April. June brings publicity. July adds romance.

UNCORKED: Stellar Winery lives up to its name

posted: 02/27/2013 2:54 a.m.

I have explored and tasted many wines, always looking for the bottle that has it all. And depending on what you’re looking for, I have one to add to the list.

7-day menu planner

posted: 02/27/2013 2:54 a.m.

SUNDAY: Make it family time with Lamb Kebabs With Bacon and Cilantro (see recipe). Serve the kebabs with orzo tossed with toasted pine nuts and a mixed-greens salad. For dessert, buy a coconut layer cake. Plan ahead: Save two kebabs and leftover cake and prepare enough orzo for Monday. MONDAY: Make Lamb Pitas tonight. Line whole-grain pitas with lettuce leaves. Dice and heat the leftover kebabs and mix with 2 cups cooked hot orzo and just enough chicken broth to moisten; stuff pitas with mixture.

Ashes to ashes, or jewels, or fireworks

posted: 02/27/2013 2:53 a.m.

When Uncle Leo was alive, he’d come to the house, park himself in a chair with a drink and hang around until you told him it was time to go.

A bully looks back

posted: 02/27/2013 2:53 a.m.

I’m in touch with only a couple of my friends from middle school. And even so, barely. But we used to call ourselves the “Magnificent Seven,” and promised we’d be friends forever. At least that’s what our onepage ad in the yearbook claimed, with ridiculous photos of us and our over-plucked eyebrows, braces and absurd bangs as proof of our supposed magnificence. We each demanded an exorbitant sum of money from our parents for the page, which in retrospect seems particularly demented given that we were already plastered throughout the entire book, especially in the “Class Favorites” section: “Best Hair,” “Most Likely to Succeed,” “Most Outgoing.” Did I mention we were in yearbook class and in charge of “counting” the votes? At a small K-8 school in a Southern California city of sprawling ocean views and houses on the hills, the odds were against the homely, poor or kids otherwise deemed uncool. The hierarchy of popularity was largely defined by family name (how cool your older sister was and who your

Creature feature

posted: 02/27/2013 2:52 a.m.

When I bring one of my cats (I have three) home from the veterinarian, the others hiss and refuse to have anything to do with him. Sometimes they even swat at him. Is there anything I can do to make sure this doesn’t happen?

PARENTING: Good parenting simply act of love for neighbor

posted: 02/27/2013 2:52 a.m.

Someone recently told me she wanted her children to “think for themselves.” Not me, I said. If I was still in my active parenting years, I would most definitely want my children to think like I do. That would be, in fact, my primary purpose. I would want them to accept that my values are the right values to hold and I’d want them to eventually make every effort to pass those values on to their children. But then, I don’t subscribe to the postmodern notion that all values are equal. I’m not a relativist.


posted: 02/27/2013 2:51 a.m.

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD : My sister divorced her husband 20 years ago, but recently he moved back in with her. “Mike” is supposed to help with expenses, in exchange for which he gets to stay in her house for as long as he lives. I’m worried, though. “Peggy” has promised her ex a home for the rest of his life, while Mike’s obligations couldn’t be more vague. What happens if his idea of helping with expenses turns out to be nothing more than paying the cable bill? Or if he invites a girlfriend to move in? Or if my sister needs to sell her house? Peggy says she and her ex are not romantically involved and acknowledges that she doesn’t need his financial help. What can I say to convince her that this ill-considered plan is just asking for trouble? — D.E. DEAR D.E.: Maybe trouble is what she’s looking for.


posted: 02/27/2013 2:51 a.m.

Q: I’ve recently struck up a friendship with a guy I lived with five years ago.


posted: 02/27/2013 2:50 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Everyone has a cutting board or two in the kitchen, and some are in pretty bad shape. Here are recommendations from the United States Department of Agriculture regarding cutting boards to help keep food safe: Nonporous cutting boards made of plastic, glass or recycled materials are easier to clean than wooden boards. Keep at least two cutting boards: one for cutting only fruits and vegetables, the other for meats.

Super Quiz: The Middle Ear

posted: 02/27/2013 2:50 a.m.

1. Dana title: Two ——— Before the Mast 2. “You’ve Gotta Have ————” 3. The “shot ——— ‘round the world” 4. Steinbeck title: The ————5. “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and —————.” 6. Benjamin Franklin: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I ————.” 7. Goatee or Van Dyke, for example 8. Goethe: “I love those who ——— for the impossible.” 9. Churchill: “I do not hold that we should ——— in order to fight. I hold that we should ———— in order to parley.

IDEA ALLEY: Biscuits the ticket for bantam BLTs

posted: 02/27/2013 2:50 a.m.

Recipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Pillsbury Bake-Off cooks up new rules

posted: 02/27/2013 2:49 a.m.

Is simpler better? That’s the goal for recipes in this year’s Pillsbury Bake-Off, which has launched major changes, not the least of which is the timing for entries.

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Cherri, Bubb, Lem, Mel join Mike, Ike

posted: 02/27/2013 2:48 a.m.

Just Born is the company that makes Peeps. You may remember I wrote about the marshmallow treats for Valentine’s Day. But the company also makes Hot Tamales, Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews and Mike and Ike.

Slim pickings

posted: 02/27/2013 2:48 a.m.

Chocolate. It’s what’s for breakfast.

SPORTS BRIEFLY: February 27th

posted: 02/27/2013 1:33 a.m.

Scoring Correction Pushes Mounties Into Tie For Second At State Wrestling Rogers High finished in a second-place tie at the Class 6A-7A state wrestling championships upon further review.

FOR THE RECORD: Junior High Basketball, Sports Calender

posted: 02/27/2013 1:31 a.m.

Junior High Basketball Regional Tournament at Fort Smith Girls Championship FAYETTEVILLE RAMAY 46, SPRINGDALE GEORGE 37

AT A GLANCE: Council Action

posted: 02/27/2013 1:28 a.m.

Council Action Rogers’ City Council net Tuesday and passed:

Best Buy cuts 400 jobs to save $150 million

posted: 02/27/2013 1:27 a.m.

Best Buy, the world’s biggest consumer electronics retailer, cut 400 jobs at its headquarters as Chief Executive Officer Hubert Joly works to reduce costs.

Storm repairs boost Home Depot profit

posted: 02/27/2013 1:27 a.m.

Home Depot on Tuesday reported a fourth-quarter profit that topped analysts’ estimates as shoppers spent more on projects and superstorm Sandy repairs. The company also raised its dividend and approved a $17 billion share buyback.

Forbes awards LR hotel four stars

posted: 02/27/2013 1:27 a.m.

The Capital Hotel in downtown Little Rock has been awarded a Forbes Travel Guide four-star rating in its latest report.


posted: 02/27/2013 1:27 a.m.

Today’s games CLASS 7A AT FAYETTEVILLE North Little Rock vs. Fayetteville, 1 p.m. Rogers vs. Cabot, 4 p.m. Rogers Heritage vs. FS Southside, 7 p.m.

Man gets 9 years in arms violation

posted: 02/27/2013 1:26 a.m.

A 33-year-old Springdale man was sentenced to nine years in prison Monday after pleading guilty in November to a federal firearms violation. Michael Carnes, who listed his employment as dealing in adult novelties, was found to be a felon in possession of a firearm.

Milligan studies treasurer run

posted: 02/27/2013 1:26 a.m.

Saline County Circuit Clerk Dennis Milligan of Benton has formed a committee to explore the possibility of running for state treasurer as a Republican next year. Talk show host and former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., and businessman and former state Highway Commissioner Madison Murphy of El Dorado are co-chairmen of the Committee to Elect Dennis Milligan, Milligan said Tuesday.

Bryant rule would limit animal sales

posted: 02/27/2013 1:26 a.m.

Bryant’s animal control director hopes city officials will restrict the advertising, selling and giving away of animals in public places when the City Council meets Thursday.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 02/27/2013 1:26 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “You wish none of this had happened. He expressed an apology to us and wished it didn’t happen. No one here is happy about any of it.” Kyle Kellams, news director at KUAF, on the University of Arkansas student who discharged a handgun at the campus radio station Feb. 8 Article, 1B Surveying a new development Craig Hyler with Engineering Services, Inc., hammers a stake where he and a co-worker were surveying on North 40th Street in Springdale on Tuesday. The team took elevation points every 50 feet so developers could have a better understanding of the terrain before building. Today’s meetings Fayetteville Technical Plat Review, 9 a.m. Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission, 1:30 p.m. Bentonville Board of Adjustments, 5 p.m. Benton County Public Safety Committee, 6 p.m.

Probe continues at UA after teen hospitalized

posted: 02/27/2013 1:26 a.m.

University of Arkansas police will continue an investigation to determine if an alcohol-related event on Saturday amounts to hazing.

The state/region in brief

posted: 02/27/2013 1:26 a.m.

Board delays vote on inmate e-mails A state board postponed consideration Monday of a contract that would allow state prison inmates to send e-mails.

Warrant out for UA student in gun firing

posted: 02/27/2013 1:26 a.m.

A warrant was issued Tuesday for the arrest of a University of Arkansas student who discharged a handgun Feb. 8 in the building that houses the campus radio station in Fayetteville, said a Washington County prosecutor.

House panel rejects fluoride bill

posted: 02/27/2013 1:26 a.m.

With votes cast along party lines, a House committee rejected a bill that would let 35 water systems decide whether to fluoridate their water.

Nature center mum on financial crunch

posted: 02/27/2013 1:26 a.m.

The board of directors for Ozark Natural Science Center expressed gratitude Tuesday for the many volunteers and financial gifts over the 21 years it has offered children’s programs, but wouldn’t detail the financial constraints behind the impending closure of the center.

County looking into jail contract

posted: 02/27/2013 1:26 a.m.

Franklin County officials are considering contracting with an independent company to provide health care for the county’s inmate population.

Moisture lifts hope drought nearly at end

posted: 02/27/2013 1:26 a.m.

Officials remain cautiously optimistic that two February snowfalls and recent rainfall will improve drought conditions in the state.

Syrian battle returns to 12th-century mosque

posted: 02/27/2013 1:26 a.m.

Syrian rebels battled government troops near a landmark 12th-century mosque in the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday while fierce clashes raged around a police academy west of the city, activists said.

Hot-air balloon explodes in Egypt; 19 die

posted: 02/27/2013 1:26 a.m.

At least 19 foreign tourists died after a hot-air balloon caught fire and exploded in midair during a sightseeing trip near the southern Egyptian city of Luxor, health officials said.

GOP senators press Obama on borders

posted: 02/27/2013 1:26 a.m.

Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham pressed President Barack Obama on the importance of border security at a rare White House meeting Tuesday and came away praising the president’s commitment to overhauling the nation’s immigration laws.

2nd blizzard in week piles new layer on mid-U.S.

posted: 02/27/2013 1:26 a.m.

For the second time in a week, a major winter storm paralyzed parts of the nation’s midsection Tuesday, dumping a fresh layer of heavy, wet snow atop cities still choked with piles from the previous system and making travel perilous from the Oklahoma panhandle to the Great Lakes.

Justices review DNA collection

posted: 02/27/2013 1:26 a.m.

The Supreme Court considered on Tuesday the constitutionality of as many as 29 state and federal laws that allow the collection of DNA samples when a person is arrested.

Other days

posted: 02/27/2013 1:21 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 27, 1913 Once again did the temperance toilers of the house step forth yesterday and assail the old Demon Rum, than which no beast or being is less beloved by a safe and stalwart majority of the north house of the General Assembly. An “anti-treating” bill, which also provides penalties for drunkenness in public office, passed the house with little or no argument, by the vote of 47 to 36.

DEAR ABBY: Man’s Online Porn Addiction Robs Marriage Of Passion

posted: 02/27/2013 1:20 a.m.

Dear Abby: I need help and I can’t talk to anyone I know, so I’m pouring my heart out to you. My husband is addicted to online porn. Our sex life has suffered massively because of it. He seems uninterested in sex with me. I had a feeling that it might be something or someone else.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Keep Elmwood Team Intact, Strong

posted: 02/27/2013 1:20 a.m.

As a parent of two Elmwood students, I have given much thought to the boundary proposal and how it will affect my children and my children’s school. Westside families will not be the only ones aff ected.

BETWEEN THE LINES: State GOP Needs To Listen Up

posted: 02/27/2013 1:20 a.m.

If Arkansas’ Republican-led Legislature doesn’t want to follow Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe’s lead on Medicaid expansion, maybe they’ll listen to the growing number of Republican governors who have made that choice.

HOW WE SEE IT: Music Venue Intensifies Rogers Rumble

posted: 02/27/2013 1:20 a.m.

Ever heard of the “haves” and the “have nots” ?

PUBLIC MEETINGS: February 27th

posted: 02/27/2013 1:08 a.m.

Today Noon Springdale Housing Authority — 5 Applegate Drive

Bell sounds off for Razorbacks

posted: 02/27/2013 12:32 a.m.

Anthlon Bell isn’t wasting any time when he comes off the bench for the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Boehner: Senators shirking

posted: 02/27/2013 12:23 a.m.

Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday said the U.S. House won’t act to replace automatic federal spending cuts until the Senate “gets off their ass” and passes a plan. Boehner also accused President Barack Obama of using the military as a “prop” to campaign for a tax increase in the debate over across-the-board spending reductions that will take effect starting Friday.

Beebe vetoes 20-week limit on abortions

posted: 02/27/2013 12:21 a.m.

Calling it unconstitutional, Gov. Mike Beebe vetoed a bill Tuesday that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Medicaid plan uses exchange

posted: 02/27/2013 12:19 a.m.

Expanding Medicaid to all 250,000 eligible Arkansans can be done by funneling them through the state’s insurance exchange under a plan unveiled Tuesday by Gov. Mike Beebe.

UCA memo cites push on scholarships

posted: 02/27/2013 12:17 a.m.

A University of Central Arkansas administrator who awarded some of the scholarships cited in an internal audit has suggested that the problems are in part due to a push by past administrations to increase scholarships.

Tuesday, February 26

Missouri homeless man returns lost engagement ring

posted: 02/26/2013 6:15 p.m.

A homeless man's decision to return a woman's engagement ring after she accidentally dropped it in his cup is about to pay big dividends.

Bentonville man seriously injured in wreck near Garfield

posted: 02/26/2013 4:34 p.m.

A Bentonville man was seriously injured Monday night in a one-vehicle wreck near Garfield, according to Arkansas State Police.

Billionaire launches plans for Titanic replica

posted: 02/26/2013 4:32 p.m.

What could possibly go wrong?

Mental illness issue to be raised in Michael Proffitt Jr. defense

posted: 02/26/2013 3:29 p.m.

Defense attorneys representing a Rogers man accused of killing an 11-month-old boy will raise the issue of mental disease or defect to defend him. Michael Proffitt Jr., 38, is charged in connection with capital murder. He could be sentenced to life in prison without parole or the death penalty if convicted. Benton County Prosecuting Attorney Van Stone has said he will seek the death penalty. Proffitt is being held without bond in the Benton County Jail.

Student who shot himself charged with having gun on campus

posted: 02/26/2013 2:58 p.m.

Washington County Prosecutors have charged a University of Arkansas Student who accidentally shot himself in the hand at the KUAF radio station with illegally having a gun on campus.

Beebe vetoes 20-week abortion bill

updated: 02/26/2013 5:34 p.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe on Tuesday vetoed House Bill 1037, which would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of gestation.

NWACC administrator sues over statements on website

posted: 02/26/2013 12:52 p.m.

An administrator at NorthWest Arkansas Community College is suing a woman over statements made about him on the Internet. Houston attorney Paul Kerlin filed the suit Monday in Benton County Circuit Court on behalf of Steven Gates against Francesca M. Cataldo.

Beebe says Darr's signing of guns bill 'inappropriate'

posted: 02/26/2013 11:31 a.m.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe is criticizing Lt. Gov. Mark Darr for making secret the list of Arkansas residents allowed to carry concealed weapons, saying the Republican “embarrassed himself” by signing the legislation while the governor was out of state.

Tyson falls after COO says margins shrinking in beef, pork units

posted: 02/26/2013 10:08 a.m.

Tyson Foods Inc. shares slumped the most in more than six months after the largest U.S. meat processor said margins narrowed in its beef and pork units.

Springdale man gets 9 years in firearm case

posted: 02/26/2013 9:54 a.m.

A Springdale man, and previous felon, was sentenced Monday for being in illegal possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge said in a release Tuesday.

Brit exits amid church scandal, won’t help pick pope

posted: 02/26/2013 5:26 a.m.

Britain’s highest-ranking Catholic leader resigned and removed himself Monday from the coming conclave, saying he did not want allegations that he engaged in improper conduct with priests to be a distraction during the solemn process of choosing the next leader of the church’s 1.2 billion-member flock.

Some schools closed, area under winter weather advisory

updated: 02/26/2013 11:23 a.m.

Benton and Washington counties are included in a winter weather advisory until 1 p.m., with the National Weather Service predicting up to 2 inches of snow.

Grant Will Make Gym Safer

posted: 02/26/2013 5 a.m.

Josh Hicklin tried for years to find someone willing to help Elmdale Elementary make its gymnasium a safer place to run and play.

Lady Pirates Claim Regional Title

posted: 02/26/2013 5 a.m.

A few weeks ago, the Greenland girls were struggling to live up to expectations as the defending Class 3A state champion.

Bonds Set At $500,000 For Two Rogers Teenagers

posted: 02/26/2013 5 a.m.

Two Rogers men are being held in the Benton County Jail on $500,000 bonds after their arrests on charges of attempted capital murder after police said shots were fired at a vehicle Friday night.

Shave the Planet Gets Exemption

posted: 02/26/2013 5 a.m.

A snow cone stand can operate for 180 days this year on a parking lot near College Avenue and Rollings Hills Drive.

Elm Springs Overpass Improvements Planned

posted: 02/26/2013 5 a.m.

Motorists using a cramped bridge over Interstate 540 could soon have more room to maneuver.

Council Approves Chamber Contract

posted: 02/26/2013 5 a.m.

With little discussion, the Bella Vista City Council approved a renewal contract with the Bentonville-Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce at its regular meeting Monday night.

Fayetteville Shooting Trial Delayed

posted: 02/26/2013 5 a.m.

The trial for a man accused in connection with a summer shooting incident has been delayed.

USA Metal Rejected Again

posted: 02/26/2013 5 a.m.

The rejection of a plan to operate a metal recycling business near Gentry was upheld Monday by the three Benton County justices of the peace chosen to hear an appeal from the county’s Planning Board.

Rogers Police Probe Shot-Out Windows

posted: 02/26/2013 5 a.m.

Someone shooting a pellet or BB gun has broken out windows across Rogers, according to police.

Estrada Shines As Bentonville Wins Season Opener

posted: 02/26/2013 5 a.m.

GIRLS SOCCER Bentonville 7, Fort Smith Southside 0 Tayler Estrada recorded a first-half hat trick and assisted on two other goals to lead Bentonville past Fort Smith Southside in the season opener for both teams Monday at the Tiger Athletic Complex.

7A/6A-WEST NOTES: Seniors Light It Up

posted: 02/26/2013 5 a.m.

Siloam Springs senior Payton Henson sure made his lone season of playing in the 7A/6A-West Conference was a memorable one.

Fire Alarm Evacuates Building

posted: 02/26/2013 5 a.m.

Nonessential personnel were evacuated from Wood Specialty Products, 1201 N. Dixieland Road, on Monday morning.

Market To Open In Fall

posted: 02/26/2013 5 a.m.

Residents in the southwest part of the city will have a new option for their grocery trips when a Walmart Neighborhood Market opens this fall.

Huntsville Duo Leads Turnaround

posted: 02/26/2013 5 a.m.

Huntsville boys basketball coach Jim Stafford has dubbed Ricky Scott “The Eraser” because the center has a knack for blocking shots.

Parking at a Premium

posted: 02/26/2013 5 a.m.

School district and University of Arkansas officials are preparing for a flood of visitors this week with the 7A boys and girls high school state basketball tournaments in town.

Walton Boulevard Back On Agenda

posted: 02/26/2013 5 a.m.

The North Walton Boulevard redevelopment plan is back on the agenda for today’s City Council meeting at 6 p.m. at the Community Development Building.

Man Gets 35 Years For Sexual Abuse

posted: 02/26/2013 5 a.m.

A registered sex offender was sentenced Monday to 35 years in prison after he admitted he sexually abused three girls.

The world in brief

posted: 02/26/2013 4:59 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are ready for a dialogue with anyone who’s willing. Even with those who carry arms.” Walid al-Moallem, Syrian foreign minister Article, this page

The nation in brief

posted: 02/26/2013 4:58 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Is it a drought-buster ? Absolutely not.Will it bring short-term improvement? Yes.” Victor Murphy, National Weather Service meteorologist, on storms bearing down on the nation’s midsection Monday Article, this page

Names and faces

posted: 02/26/2013 4:56 a.m.

Star Trek fans, rejoice. An online vote to name Pluto’s two newest moons is over. And No. 1 is Vulcan, a name suggested by actor William Shatner, who played Capt. James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek TV series.

In the news

posted: 02/26/2013 4:56 a.m.

Dov Hikind, a New York Democratic assemblyman, apologized for wearing blackface, an Afro wig and a basketball jersey to a costume party to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim, saying his actions were “not meant to in any way to hurt anyone,” issuing the mea culpa hours after dismissing the criticism as “political correctness to the absurd.”

Getting it straight

posted: 02/26/2013 4:55 a.m.

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

Legislative summary

posted: 02/26/2013 4:34 a.m.

This is a summary list of bills (by bill number, lead sponsor and title) introduced through Monday in the 89th General Assembly, except for appropriation bills, which, along with other bills and resolutions, may be found at the legislative website:


posted: 02/26/2013 4:32 a.m.

This is a calendar of public events of the 89th General Assembly for today, the 44th day of the 2013 legislative session.

Man pleads guilty in federal bomb case

posted: 02/26/2013 4:21 a.m.

A Little Rock man who can’t seem to stop making bombs pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge accusing him of making one in his backyard in 2010 that exploded between his legs and left him a partial amputee.

1 injured, 1 charged in school-bus wreck

posted: 02/26/2013 4:16 a.m.

A child was taken to a hospital Monday after a man crashed a car into a school bus and then fled into some woods before being arrested, police said.

Other days

posted: 02/26/2013 4:05 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 26, 1913 For the first time perhaps in the history of Pulaski county the gambling houses of Little Rock and Argenta are tightly closed. If there is any gaming going on in either city it is surrounded by a secrecy that would baffle the skill of a Sherlock Holmes.

EDITORIALS: The secret review

posted: 02/26/2013 4:02 a.m.

IT BECOMES clearer why the brass at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville would have wanted to keep a review of its Advancement Division’s fiscal misadventures under wraps. It’s embarrassing.

COLUMNISTS: Everybody’s to blame

posted: 02/26/2013 4:02 a.m.

They’re baaack! Just about two years ago, Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, the co-chairmen of the late unlamented debt commission, warned us to expect a terrible fiscal crisis within, um, two years unless we adopted their plan.

OTHERS SAY: Take it seriously

posted: 02/26/2013 4:01 a.m.

One of the biggest difficulties in building America’s defenses against predatory computer hacking is that relatively few people seem to take it seriously, as if it’s the work of a few nerdy high schoolers and merry pranksters. Recent news about systematic computer espionage by the Chinese military should serve as a wake-up call about this critical national security threat.

D.C. doubles down

posted: 02/26/2013 4:01 a.m.

The sequester, those $85 billion in across the-board spending cuts scheduled to hit the federal government on March 1, was designed to be stupid.

A deserving uncle

posted: 02/26/2013 4 a.m.

If each of us lives long enough, it’s inevitable that we watch those we’ve cared about steadily, invariably depart this life one by one.

Swimming against the tide

posted: 02/26/2013 3:58 a.m.

There probably is a book to be written on the perilous ongoing adventures of 38-year-old Davy Carter, speaker of the state House of Representatives.


posted: 02/26/2013 3:54 a.m.

Responsible for result In response to Gary McLehaney’s and Jodie Harper’s letters, I must respond that they are ill-informed.

LSU coach Jones rapidly adapting

posted: 02/26/2013 3:48 a.m.

There are 14 SEC basketball coaches, but Johnny Jones is the only one leading his alma mater’s program.

ARKANSAS SPORTS HALL OF FAME: Marcus Brown starred overseas after going unnoticed in States

posted: 02/26/2013 3:43 a.m.

Fourth in a series previewing the 2013 inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. Marcus Brown was not the most highly regarded high school basketball player in 1991, but maybe he should have been.

Thunder re-sign Fisher

posted: 02/26/2013 3:40 a.m.

The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Monday that they have signed five-time NBA champion Derek Fisher again.

LIKE IT IS: Everything considered, it wasn’t that bad

posted: 02/26/2013 3:37 a.m.

If you had known that Arkansas’ leading scorer, BJ Young, was going to be held to no field goals by Florida, you probably would have taken the Gators and given up 17 points.

Mayweather, like Marciano, a rarity

posted: 02/26/2013 3:35 a.m.

Rarely does the boxing industry turn up an undefeated pro fighter — especially a heavyweight champion — but Rocky Marciano managed it: 49 fights, 49 victories, 43 knockouts.

SEC Basketball report: SEC basketball a study in contrasts

posted: 02/26/2013 3:34 a.m.

The SEC had a contrasting series of games Saturday, with four going into overtime and the other three decided by wide margins.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Offensive linemen big part of Hogs’ plan

posted: 02/26/2013 3:30 a.m.

The hunt for offensive linemen continues for Arkansas.

SWAC MEN: UAPB ekes out victory in home finale

posted: 02/26/2013 3:28 a.m.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff let a nine-point second-half lead slip away, but rallied from a five-point deficit with a minute remaining to escape with a 73-72 victory at H.O. Clemmons Arena in its final home game of the season.

Points lowest for Young since debut

posted: 02/26/2013 3:27 a.m.

Arkansas sophomore guard BJ Young’s last game was his lowest-scoring since his first one as a Razorback. Young, who is averaging 15.4 points in 58 career games, scored three points in Arkansas’ 71-54 loss at Florida on Saturday night while going 0 of 8 from the field.

Pittman ($500,000 per year) gets boost after Tide roll in

posted: 02/26/2013 3:22 a.m.

Arkansas offensive line coach Sam Pittman received a $225,000 per year raise to $500,000 per season before he concluded his second full month on the job.

Te’o struggles at combine, running 40 yards in 4.82

posted: 02/26/2013 3:20 a.m.

Manti Te’o’s first appearance on a football field since the BCS championship game didn’t go as well as planned Monday.

Pittman stays at UA

posted: 02/26/2013 3:16 a.m.

Arkansas offensive line coach Sam Pittman received a raise of $225,000 to $500,000 per season on a three-year deal. Pittman got the raise from his original salary of $275,000 after Alabama pursued the highly regarded line coach.

NBA standings

posted: 02/26/2013 3:15 a.m.

MONDAY’S GAMES Washington 90, Toronto 84 Atlanta 114, Detroit 103 Denver 119, LA Lakers 108 Boston 110, Utah 107, OT

NBA summaries

posted: 02/26/2013 3:15 a.m.

WIZARDS 90, RAPTORS 84 WASHINGTON (90) Webster 4-8 2-2 12, Nene 4-10 3-3 11, Okafor 4-14 0-0 8, Wall 3-11 4-4 10, Beal 8-13 2-2 20, Booker 3-9 2-2 8, Price 5-7 0-0 12, Ariza 3-9 1-2 8, Singleton 0-0 0-0 0, Temple 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 34-81 15-17 90.

State tournament schedule

posted: 02/26/2013 3:14 a.m.

BOYS CLASS 7A AT FAYETTEVILLE Wednesday’s games Game 2 Conway vs. Van Buren, 2:30 p.m. Game 4 Bentonville vs. Little Rock Central, 5:30 p.m. Game 6 Bryant vs. Cabot, 8:30 p.m.

Regional roundups

posted: 02/26/2013 3:13 a.m.

BOYS 4A NORTH BOONEVILLE 51, LINCOLN 50 Jacob Leer led the Booneville Bearcats with 14 points in a consolation victory over the Lincoln Wolves at Maumelle High School.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/26/2013 3:11 a.m.

Dude can’t get Koufax to care, dude There have been several athletes who have been referenced in music and motion pictures, including Joe DiMaggio in Simon and Garfunkel’s 1968 hit “Mrs. Robinson.”

Off the wire

posted: 02/26/2013 3:08 a.m.

FOOTBALL Vols lose assistant Tennessee Coach Butch Jones announced on Twitter on Monday that running backs coach Jay Graham “has informed us of his decision to accept a position at another institution.”

State sports briefs

posted: 02/26/2013 3:03 a.m.

TRACK AND FIELD ASU women win Sun Belt indoor title Arkansas State’s women won the Sun Belt Conference indoor title Monday in Jonesboro. The women finished with 122.5 points to win their first team title in 13 years. UALR’s women did not score.

Bid for Barnes & Noble in works

posted: 02/26/2013 3:02 a.m.

Barnes & Noble Chairman Leonard Riggio has told the bookseller he is going to try to buy its retail business, which is the portion of the 96-year old company he bought 40 years ago.

Civil trial begins over Gulf spill

posted: 02/26/2013 2:59 a.m.

BP bears most of the blame for the disastrous 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico because it cut corners and put profits ahead of safety, a U.S. Justice Department attorney said Monday at the opening of a high-stakes trial that could result in the oil company and its partners being forced to pay billions more in damages.

AT&T nets OnStar deal; Verizon out

posted: 02/26/2013 2:56 a.m.

AT&T Inc. scored a win Monday over rival Verizon Wireless as it takes over the contract to supply wireless connections to cars with General Motors’ OnStar service.

Report: Hacking not hobby in China

posted: 02/26/2013 2:54 a.m.

The Chinese government continues to deny accusations of official involvement in cyber attacks against foreign targets, insinuating such activity is the work of rogues.

China firm to buy Chesapeake assets for $1.02 billion

posted: 02/26/2013 2:52 a.m.

China Petrochemical, the nation’s second-largest energy company, will pay $1.02 billion cash to buy 50 percent of Chesapeake Energy’s Mississippi Lime assets, seeking to benefit from surging U.S. crude output.

Lowe’s quarter profit beats forecasts

posted: 02/26/2013 2:51 a.m.

Lowe’s Cos., the second largest U.S. home-improvement retailer, posted a fourth quarter profit Monday that exceeded analysts’ estimates, helped by spending on remodeling and superstorm Sandy repairs.

MARKET REPORT: Italy politics take toll on stocks

posted: 02/26/2013 2:49 a.m.

Stocks saw their worst drop in more than three months Monday as the prospect of political paralysis in Italy worried traders that Europe’s debt crisis might flare up again.

Business news in brief

posted: 02/26/2013 2:46 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The evidence will show that BP put profits before people, profits before safety and profits before the environment.” Mike Underhill, Justice Department attorney Article, 1D


posted: 02/26/2013 2:43 a.m.

UA gets berry grant from Wal-Mart arm The University of Arkansas System’s Agriculture Division received a $3 million grant from the Walmart Foundation to develop a national program to enhance sustainable strawberry production.

MUSIC: McCartney’s protege performs at Juanita’s

posted: 02/26/2013 2:43 a.m.

When it comes to a musical education, acoustic guitarist Laurence Juber believes he received “a master’s degree from McCartney University,” referring to his years as a member of Wings, Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles band.

MARCH CALENDAR: Springy things to do in March

posted: 02/26/2013 2:40 a.m.

March blows in with a gusty gust of lions, leprechauns and chocolate rabbits, and breezes out with more pirates, peas, peanuts and pens, and coffee jitters, than an Elvis look-alike could shake a lamb’s tail at.

ARTBEAT: Prosaic pieces, sublime art

posted: 02/26/2013 2:31 a.m.

Delita Martin’s life hangs on the walls.

WHAT’S IN A DAME: Rats! Maybe girls are chattier

posted: 02/26/2013 2:26 a.m.

Flashback to last week.

FOR THE RECORD: Sports Calender

posted: 02/26/2013 2:25 a.m.

BASEBALL • NWA Dirtbags, a 16U competitive team, will hold a tryout Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus field in Tontitown. Team will play a 20-plus game league schedule and 3-4 additional tournaments. Email for more information.

THE TV COLUMN: Peter Rabbit makes leap to computer generation

posted: 02/26/2013 2:24 a.m.

I remember spending hours with Beatrix Potter at bedtime when our son was young. There’s nothing like a brave, mischievous, impulsive and resilient little rabbit to go along with the evening’s traditional finale of Goodnight Moon.

Ex-OBU student’s choir collects Grammy Award

posted: 02/26/2013 2:21 a.m.

Soprano Laura Inman didn’t exactly win a Grammy Award on Feb. 10. But a choir she sang with did.


posted: 02/26/2013 2:19 a.m.

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Biwa concert Japanese biwa player Yoko Hiraoka will give a concert of traditional Japanese music and stories at 7:30 p.m. today in Arkansas State University’s Carl R. Reng Student Union, 101 N. Caraway Road, Jonesboro, part of the university’s 2012-13 Lecture-Concert Series.

MUSIC: Acclaimed Christian stars stir up 3 in 1 show

posted: 02/26/2013 2:18 a.m.

Three musicians have combined their talents for a contemporary Christian tour dubbed — yes, The 3 in 1 Tour.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Don’t resent stepnephews

posted: 02/26/2013 2:06 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I’m a thirty something woman in a long-term relationship with a man who I really love and like, and who my parents like as well. We are very happy together, and have decided not to have children.


posted: 02/26/2013 2:04 a.m.

Happy birthday. You know what you have to do to make harmony in your life a reality. You will let go of certain childhood attachments and move into the new.


posted: 02/26/2013 2:03 a.m.

DEAR READERS: What would we do without electricity ? We take it, and sometimes safety, for granted. Here are a few hints about meter-box safety. Read these and see if you are practicing safe homeowner guidelines: If you have a circuit breaker that “pops off” several times, you need to call a licensed electrician to have the fuse and the meter box checked.


posted: 02/26/2013 2:02 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Does God get upset at us if we get angry at Him? I admit I do occasionally, but people in the Bible sometimes got angry at God, so maybe it doesn’t matter. What’s your opinion? — R.B.

Super Quiz: The 13 Colonies

posted: 02/26/2013 2:01 a.m.

1. The state takes its name from Thomas West, Baron De La Warr. 2. The last Confederate state to be restored to the Union 3. The most densely populated of the 50 United States 4. “The Nutmeg State”

CLASS 4A NORTH GIRLS: Huber puts charge in team

posted: 02/26/2013 1:57 a.m.

Prairie Grove senior Justyne Huber knows how to take charge and take a charge.


posted: 02/26/2013 1:56 a.m.

MEETING INFORMATION Rogers City Council When: 6:30 p.m. today Where: Council Chambers, Rogers City Hall, 301 W. Chestnut St. Enter through the door on the northeast side of the building.

Deer dies in dash through art gallery

posted: 02/26/2013 1:56 a.m.

Officials said a deer died after it jumped through a glass window of a Hot Springs art gallery.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 02/26/2013 1:56 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I believe he was joining the fraternity that day. That was bid day.” Scott Flanagin, a spokesman for the University of Arkansas’ Division of Student Affairs, on a student who was hospitalized Saturday with possible alcohol poisoning Article, 1B

Van Buren police seek robbery clues

posted: 02/26/2013 1:56 a.m.

Van Buren police were looking at evidence trying to identify a man who robbed a convenience store at gunpoint Sunday night and who told the clerk he had a bomb that he would detonate if she called the police, according to a police news release.

Physics program at UA is renamed

posted: 02/26/2013 1:56 a.m.

The graduate program in physics at the University of Arkansas has a new name. The program will be called the Raymond H. Hughes Graduate Program in Physics after the former UA physics professor, thanks to a $500,000 endowed gift from Hughes’ wife, Olive Jane Wipson, and their four children.


posted: 02/26/2013 1:56 a.m.

Transformed surgeon general job C. Everett Koop, who raised the profile of the surgeon general by riveting America’s attention on the then emerging disease known as AIDS and by railing against smoking, has died in New Hampshire at age 96.

House rejects nonpartisan prosecutor, June judicial runoff

posted: 02/26/2013 1:56 a.m.

House members rejected a bill Monday that would have created nonpartisan elections for prosecuting attorneys.

The state/region in brief

posted: 02/26/2013 1:56 a.m.

Missouri Wal-Mart to host first lady SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to be in Missouri later this week to promote her campaign against childhood obesity.

Science center to halt programs, shut camp due to lack of funds

posted: 02/26/2013 1:56 a.m.

Ozark Natural Science Center will suspend programs in May, after nearly 20 years of offering an overnight science camp for thousands of fifth-graders.

Panel awards $1 million in death of 9-year-old

posted: 02/26/2013 1:56 a.m.

The Joint Budget Committee’s Claims Subcommittee reversed a Claims Commission ruling Monday evening and found the Department of Human Services liable in the death of a 9-year-old boy who was crushed to death by a soccer goalpost.

Bill: Pay 7.5% for 2-for-1 credit

posted: 02/26/2013 1:56 a.m.

Future county and city elected officials who are members of the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System would pay 7.5 percent of their salary to the system to get credit for two years for each year they work under a bill that cleared a legislative committee Monday.

UA student hospitalized on bid day

posted: 02/26/2013 1:56 a.m.

A 19-year-old student at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville was hospitalized Saturday with possible alcohol poisoning after receiving a bid that morning to become a fraternity pledge.

Syrian official: Will talk to armed rebels

posted: 02/26/2013 1:56 a.m.

Syria’s government is willing to hold talks with members of the armed opposition on ending the country’s nearly 2-year-old civil war, the Syrian foreign minister said Monday.

Blizzard blasts West, heads northeast

posted: 02/26/2013 1:56 a.m.

The nation’s midsection again dealt with blizzard conditions Monday as a new storm killed two people, closed highways, knocked out power to thousands in Texas and Oklahoma, and hit the Texas panhandle with hurricane-force wind.

Sheriff’s Office Investigating Arson Case

posted: 02/26/2013 1:47 a.m.

Benton County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating an arson case where the same home was set on fire twice in less than a week, according to Sgt. Brandon Davis.

RECORDS: February 26th

posted: 02/26/2013 1:46 a.m.

Arrests Little Flock • Brandon Joseph Longo, 39, of 6 Dogwood Drive in Bella Vista was arrested Monday in connection with fleeing and obstructing governmental operations. Longo was being held Monday in the Benton County Jail with no bond set.

PUBLIC MEETINGS: February 26th

posted: 02/26/2013 1:45 a.m.

Today Noon Fayetteville Audit Committee — Room 326, City Administration Building, 113 W. Mountain St.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Information Law Protects Public Access

posted: 02/26/2013 1:23 a.m.

In his letter (“Press Goes Too Far” , Feb. 24), Milton Jones of West Fork has shown his lack of understanding about the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

COMMENTARY: Case Shows Failure Of System

posted: 02/26/2013 1:23 a.m.

A Phillips County man apparently is far ahead of even Arkansas lawmakers in the arms race, and he’s in trouble with the law — so much so that new legislation probably wouldn’t help him.

HOW WE SEE IT: Sandwich Expectations Fall Short

posted: 02/26/2013 1:23 a.m.

OK, folks. Today’s topic has a lot of dimensions, so we’re going to spend the next 700 words taking good measure of the situation.

Dillard’s shares drop 9.4%

posted: 02/26/2013 12:57 a.m.

Shares of Dillard’s Inc. tumbled Monday after the Little Rock-based retailer reported a 14 percent increase in profit for its 2012 fiscal fourth-quarter, slightly missing analysts’ expectations.

ARKANSAS FOOTBALL: Bielema chitchats as spring practice nears

posted: 02/26/2013 12:52 a.m.

Less than two weeks away from the opening of his first spring practice at Arkansas, Coach Bret Bielema and his wife Jen are on the brink of getting a house in Fayetteville and settling in after the whirlwind of assembling a coaching staff and a recruiting class.

Sequester cuts will hurt, Arkansas officials say

posted: 02/26/2013 12:51 a.m.

Less than a week before automatic federal spending cuts are scheduled to take place, the White House released a snapshot showing how the reductions will be felt in Arkansas.

Scholarship trim awaits Beebe pen

posted: 02/26/2013 12:44 a.m.

The Arkansas Senate on Monday sent Gov. Mike Beebe legislation restructuring the state’s Academic Challenge Scholarship program, and Beebe’s spokesman said the governor intends to sign the measure.

AARP: State needs more Medicaid

posted: 02/26/2013 12:41 a.m.

A powerful national lobbying group for older Americans cited Arkansas on Monday as one of two states where it is “ramping up” a national campaign to expand Medicaid.

Florida educator nominated to be chancellor at UAPB

posted: 02/26/2013 12:37 a.m.

The leader of the University of Arkansas System has nominated University of Florida administrator Laurence B. Alexander to be the next chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

No state will go unscathed, Obama warns

posted: 02/26/2013 12:37 a.m.

President Barack Obama urged the nation’s governors to pressure Congress for a deal to avoid automatic spending cuts scheduled to begin Friday, telling them the impact would be felt in every state.

Judge commits LR man

posted: 02/26/2013 12:25 a.m.

A 34-year-old Little Rock man accused of killing his parents and abducting his sister has been committed to the State Hospital, at least temporarily, after state doctors diagnosed him as mentally ill and unfit to stand trial.

Monday, February 25

Arkansas House rejects changes to prosecutor elections

posted: 02/25/2013 5:11 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas House has rejected a proposal to make the election of state prosecutors nonpartisan and move the state's judicial runoff elections from November to June.

Arkansas gives Pittman raise after Alabama interest

posted: 02/25/2013 4:37 p.m.

Arkansas has given offensive line coach Sam Pittman a contract extension and pay raise after reports indicated Alabama inquired about him for the same position earlier this month.

New Walmart Neighborhood Market set for Southwest Bentonville

posted: 02/25/2013 3:53 p.m.

A new Walmart Neighborhood Market is set to open in Bentonville's fastest growing area this fall. Southwest Bentonville will be home to the 41,179-square foot market at the northwest corner of Southwest I Street and Southwest Regional Airport Boulevard. The new development was announced Monday at the Bentonville-Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce.

Bella Vista police seek burglary suspect

posted: 02/25/2013 3:38 p.m.

Bella Vista Police are asking for assistance in identifying a home burglary suspect. After the report of a Feb. 15 burglary on Southam Lane, police were able to obtain video surveillance footage of a male subject inside the home, Capt. Tim Cook said.

Ozark Natural Science Center to suspend operations

posted: 02/25/2013 3:25 p.m.

Ozark Natural Science Center, a nonprofit environmental education and conference facility in Madison County, plans to suspend operations in May, said Jenny Harmon, interim executive director.

Poche named SEC freshman of the week

posted: 02/25/2013 1:58 p.m.

Arkansas pitcher Colin Poche was named the Southeastern Conference's player of the week on Monday.

Siloam Springs man pleads guilty, sentenced for rape

posted: 02/25/2013 1:05 p.m.

A registered sex offender was sentenced Monday to 35 years in prison after admitting to sexually abusing three girls. Jimmy Allen Martin, 37, of Siloam Springs pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of rape, a Class Y felony, and sexual assault in the second degree, a Class B felony. His plea was under an agreement his attorney Deputy Public Defender Sarah Ashley reached with Deputy Prosecutor Bonnie Bridges.

UA student hospitalized with possible alcohol poisoning

posted: 02/25/2013 10:56 a.m.

A 19-year-old University of Arkansas student was transported to Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville on Saturday with possible alcohol poisoning, said Lt. Gary Crain, a spokesman for the UA Police Department.

$500,000 bonds for men accused of shooting at car

posted: 02/25/2013 10:12 a.m.

Two Rogers men are each being held on half million dollar bonds after their arrests in connection with shooting at a vehicle Friday night. Douglas Blake Huston, 18, and Robert Aaron Thomas, 18, were arrested on charges of attempted capital murder, a class A felony; and first-degree discharge of a firearm from a car and a terroristic act, both class B felonies. They were being held Monday morning in the Benton County Jail on $500,000 bonds.

Winter weather advisory set for Northwest Arkansas

updated: 02/25/2013 12:54 p.m.

Winter weather advisories will go into effect later Monday for a storm system expected to drop up to three inches of snow in parts of Northwest Arkansas.

Lady Mounties To Field Experienced Squad

posted: 02/25/2013 5 a.m.

Haylee Zimmerman is getting some help this season, which is good news for the Rogers High softball team.

Two Men Accused Of Shooting At Car

posted: 02/25/2013 5 a.m.

Two Rogers men were in the Benton County Jail on Sunday, arrested on charges of attempted capital murder after police said shots were fired at a car Friday night.

Grant Money To Pay for Trailhead Construction

posted: 02/25/2013 5 a.m.

A federal grant will help the city build a trailhead on the Razorback Greenway.

Har-Ber Seeks To Score More

posted: 02/25/2013 5 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber returns all but two starters from last year, but one big question remains.

Bentonville Wins Ninth Straight Swimming Title

posted: 02/25/2013 5 a.m.

Bentonville had one string of state titles remain intact, but another came to an end Saturday during the Arkansas High School Swim Championships at Arkansas-Little Rock.

School Board to Meet at Owl Creek

posted: 02/25/2013 5 a.m.

The Fayetteville School Board will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Owl Creek School cafeteria.

Regional Airports Could Lose Towers Under Sequestration

posted: 02/25/2013 5 a.m.

Air traffic control towers in Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Springdale and Rogers could close should sequestration — a series of wide-ranging across-the-board budget cuts — be triggered Friday, according to a Federal Aviation Administration news release.

Committee of Whole Awaits Possible Veto, Attorney General's Opinion

posted: 02/25/2013 5 a.m.

All 15 Washington County justices of the peace will review tax-dollar and other financial issues at a committee level, unless there's a veto or the attorney general says it's illegal.

County To Hold Planning Appeal

posted: 02/25/2013 5 a.m.

Three Benton County justices of the peace will hear an appeal today of a decision by the county’s Planning Board to block a metal recycling business from operating near Gentry.

Big Senior Class Leads Fayetteville

posted: 02/25/2013 5 a.m.

Just four seniors stepped on the field for the Fayetteville softball team last season. This year, the Lady Bulldogs boast a roster with 12 upperclassmen leading the way.

Lady Tigers Get Lined Up

posted: 02/25/2013 5 a.m.

A straight line is all Kent Early needs to connect the three biggest areas he must address on Bentonvlle’s softball team this spring.

New Coach Settles In

posted: 02/25/2013 5 a.m.

Ashlee Friend has had to get adjusted to all the paperwork and minor details that come with being Springdale High’s new softball coach.

Registration Saturday For Community Gardens in the Parks

posted: 02/25/2013 5 a.m.

Residents can register Saturday to garden at a park land community garden.

Alderman Seeks Rules Change for Mobile Vendors

posted: 02/25/2013 5 a.m.

Alderman Matthew Petty wants to see rules for mobile vendors changed as more food trucks, snow cone stands and Airstream trailers open shop in parking lots.

Lady Panthers Stay Focused

posted: 02/25/2013 5 a.m.

At the end of every softball season, the Siloam Springs Lady Panthers begin preparations for the next year by selecting a theme.

Experience Aplenty For Lady War Eagles

posted: 02/25/2013 5 a.m.

Rogers Heritage may have a new softball coach, but the Lady War Eagles return all but one starter, who advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class 7A state tournament a year ago.

New Use For Jail Annex

posted: 02/25/2013 5 a.m.

The Benton County Jail annex that opened in 2011 to ease overcrowding has sat empty for the last month. That will change in the coming months.

Blame swapped as budget cuts loom this week

posted: 02/25/2013 4:51 a.m.

The White House and Republicans kept up the unrelenting mudslinging Sunday over who’s to blame for roundly condemned budget cuts set to take effect at week’s end, with the administration detailing the potential fallout in each state and governors worrying about the mess.

Syrian rebels hammer police complex again

posted: 02/25/2013 4:32 a.m.

Rebels backed by captured tanks launched a fresh offensive on a government complex housing a police academy near the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday, while the government hit back with airstrikes to try to protect the strategic installation, activists said.

Argo takes best-picture Oscar

posted: 02/25/2013 4:28 a.m.

Ben Affleck’s Argo, a film about a fake movie, has earned a very real prize: best picture at the Academy Awards.

Protesters block rail lines to Cairo

posted: 02/25/2013 4:24 a.m.

Thousands of brick workers blocked railroad tracks from a southern city to Cairo for a second day Sunday to protest rising industrial oil prices, causing the cancellation of some services, security officials said.

Defense: NYC officer cannibal only online

posted: 02/25/2013 4:23 a.m.

Gilberto Valle’s mind is full of sick thoughts — and he wants a jury to know it.

Citizenship path likely to be rocky

posted: 02/25/2013 4:21 a.m.

When Jessica Bravo went to Washington this month to talk to her congressman, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., about expanding rights for illegal aliens, their meeting ended in a shouting match and tears.

Conservative wins Cyprus helm

posted: 02/25/2013 4:17 a.m.

Conservative candidate Nicos Anastasiades won Cyprus’ presidency Sunday by one of the widest margins in 30 years, and now faces the formidable task of preventing the country from suffering a financial meltdown.

Israelis blamed for prisoner’s death

posted: 02/25/2013 4:14 a.m.

Palestinian officials Sunday called for an international investigation into the death of a 30-year old prisoner in an Israeli jail, saying the man was tortured during interrogation, as thousands of Palestinian prisoners went on a one-day hunger strike in protest.

The world in brief

posted: 02/25/2013 4:10 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There are some groups of American special forces — and Afghans considered to be part of the American special forces — who are conducting raids, searching houses, harassing and torturing people, and even murdering our innocent people.” Aimal Faizi, spokesman for President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, where U.S. special operations forces were banned Sunday from operating in a strategic province adjoining Kabul Article, 1A

The nation in brief

posted: 02/25/2013 4:09 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Why expand in a place where the people who built the gun couldn’t buy it?” Jeffrey Reh, general counsel for Beretta, which is weighing whether it should continue operations in Maryland after an assault-weapons ban advanced in the state Legislature Article, this page

Names and faces

posted: 02/25/2013 4:08 a.m.

The Twilight team finally has earned some love — or loathing — from Team Razzies. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 was picked as last year’s worst picture Saturday by the Razzies, an Academy Awards spoof that hands out prizes for Hollywood’s lousiest movies on the eve of the Oscars.

In the news

posted: 02/25/2013 4:07 a.m.

Raul Castro, 81, whom Cuba’s National Assembly appointed to a second five year term as the country’s president with Miguel Diaz-Canel, 52, as his vice president, said the new term will be his last.

Sequestration and Arkansas

posted: 02/25/2013 3:59 a.m.

The White House compiled the following estimates from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers are based only on the $85 billion in cuts for this fiscal year, from March-September, that are set to take effect Friday.

Other days

posted: 02/25/2013 3:50 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 25, 1913 Rueben G. Dye, state land commissioner, put in a rather strenuous day yesterday. Having his office declared vacant by Attorney General Moose, being appointed to it by Governor Robinson and then seeing the house pass a bill to abolish the office — all in one day — was his experience.

EDITORIALS: The latest Joe Bomb

posted: 02/25/2013 3:48 a.m.

WORD has it that Barack Obama’s campaign staff began to refer to “Joe Bombs” way back during the 2008 election. When somebody in the press would ask the campaign to comment on what Joe Biden had just said, aides would be called on to dodge or disable that day’s Joe Bomb.

COLUMNISTS: The lesser of two evils

posted: 02/25/2013 3:37 a.m.

The president suggested he would hold off introducing his own immigration bill as long as bipartisan Senate negotiations were proceeding apace—until his own immigration bill mysteriously leaked precisely as bipartisan Senate negotiations were proceeding apace.

Give ’em hell, Hamid

posted: 02/25/2013 3:36 a.m.

The day is drawing near when Afghans will have total control over their nation’s counterinsurgency operations. They know as well as anyone that the Taliban will continue to occupy towns and villages to expand their foothold in the countryside.

Guest writer: Lost in translation?

posted: 02/25/2013 3:35 a.m.

In 2007, a couple brought their 2-month old daughter Luzdeestrella (Spanish for starlight) to a Colorado Springs hospital for surgery to remove a cystic kidney.

The great shift

posted: 02/25/2013 3:33 a.m.

Election 2012 was the most ideologically significant presidential contest since Ronald Reagan defeated Walter Mondale back in 1984, only this time it was conservatism, not liberalism, that got thumped.


posted: 02/25/2013 3:32 a.m.

Lee fought for legacy I disagree with letter writer Justin Coussoule’s comments on Robert E. Lee. Lee’s father, Henry Lee, was a general in the Continental Army that fought for self-government and state sovereignty.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Hogs win behind freshman pitchers

posted: 02/25/2013 3:29 a.m.

Arkansas’ prized freshman pitchers continued their early success Sunday.

SEC WOMEN: Tennessee asserts itself in 2nd half

posted: 02/25/2013 3:24 a.m.

Tennessee is accustomed to getting a foe’s best effort, so a nine-point half time deficit to the Arkansas women wasn’t a cause for panic Sunday.

DAYTONA 500: Johnson charges, puts 2012 in rearview mirror

posted: 02/25/2013 3:23 a.m.

A big first for Danica Patrick, but an even bigger second came Sunday for Jimmie Johnson.

Pace tops field, bags $500,000

posted: 02/25/2013 3:20 a.m.

Despite a strong charge by Brandon Palaniuk, Cliff Pace of Petal, Miss., caught just enough fish to win the 43rd Bassmaster Classic Sunday at Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees.

NFL COMBINE: Davis jumps off bench, posts flashy 4.37 in 40

posted: 02/25/2013 3:19 a.m.

Former Arkansas tailback Knile Davis continued to shine at the NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday, running a 4.37 in the 40-yard dash to place second among all running backs.

SEC Indoor Championships individual results

posted: 02/25/2013 3:15 a.m.

Randal Tyson Track Complex, Fayetteville WOMEN 60 1, Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU, 7.24. 2, Ashley Collier, Texas A&M, 7.26.

Biggerstaff tosses no-hitter for UCA

posted: 02/25/2013 3:14 a.m.

Central Arkansas junior Bryce Biggerstaff threw the second no-hitter in school history Sunday, leading the Bears to a 13-0 victory over Jackson State.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 02/25/2013 3:13 a.m.

It could be March for Borel — The Calvin Borel watch is about to enter a new month.

Fences mended, healing continues

posted: 02/25/2013 3:11 a.m.

Fans feeling unsafe after Saturday’s finish-line crash at Daytona International Speedway were able to change seats for NASCAR’s biggest race.

TOP 25 MEN: Craft breaks out for Buckeyes

posted: 02/25/2013 3:09 a.m.

All year long Ohio State’s fans wondered whether Aaron Craft — one of the nation’s top defenders — would ever make major offensive contributions.


posted: 02/25/2013 3:08 a.m.

SUN BELT UALR 13, SIU-EDWARDSVILLE 1 Austin Pfeiffer hit a grand slam in the second inning while, John Clark and Bryson Thionnet also homered to help UALR complete a three-game sweep of SIU-Edwardsville on Sunday at Gary Hogan Field in Little Rock.


posted: 02/25/2013 3:06 a.m.

UAPB men vs. Jackson State WHEN 7:30 p.m. WHERE H.O. Clemmons Arena, Pine Bluff RECORDS UAPB: 14-14, 13-3 Southwestern Athletic Conference; Jackson State: 8-16, 7-8


posted: 02/25/2013 3:04 a.m.

LAKERS 103, MAVERICKS 99 LA LAKERS (103) World Peace 0-6 1-2 1, Clark 3-5 0-0 6, Howard 2-7 5-10 9, Nash 7-12 2-2 20, Bryant 13-21 8-10 38, Jamison 5-10 1-2 13, Meeks 2-6 5-5 11, Blake 2-5 0-0 5. Totals 34-72 22-31 103.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/25/2013 3:04 a.m.

Daytona’s pedestrians on notice The track — and sadly this year, the grandstand — aren’t the only places car accidents can happen at Daytona International Speedway.

Off the wire

posted: 02/25/2013 3:01 a.m.

GOLF Kuchar wins Match Play Matt Kuchar finally put Hunter Mahan in a hole and then answered every challenge Sunday to win the Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz.

State sports briefs

posted: 02/25/2013 3 a.m.

BASKETBALL Odom to speak at Tip-Off Club Former Wake Forest and South Carolina Coach Dave Odom will be the guest speaker today at the Downtown Tip-Off Club at the Wyndham Riverfront hotel in North Little Rock.

NYC crime-fighting gets upgrade

posted: 02/25/2013 2:55 a.m.

If a 911 call comes in about a possible bomb in lower Manhattan, an alert will pop up on computer screens at the New York City Police Department.

Hack victims speaking out

posted: 02/25/2013 2:53 a.m.

Hackers have hit thousands of U.S. corporations in the past few years, but few companies ever publicly admit it. Most treat online attacks as a dirty secret best kept from customers, shareholders and competitors for fear that disclosure will sink their stock price and tarnish them as hapless.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 02/25/2013 2:39 a.m.

ALEXANDER Chynna Stokes, 15413 Walnut Glen, Feb. 19, 2013, Chapter 13. Larry D. Dunn, 9500 Teske Road, Feb. 14, 2013, Chapter 7. Terry G. Taylor, 11801 Jody Drive, Feb. 18, 2013, Chapter 7.

10-week training clinics hit the ground

posted: 02/25/2013 2:36 a.m.

Across Arkansas, hundreds of women are on their mark, getting set, about to go.

MASTER CLASS: Workout friends give fitness routine a leg up

posted: 02/25/2013 2:30 a.m.

One of the understated benefits of exercise at a fitness center is social interaction. I can’t tell you how many long-lasting relationships have been created within the walls of one of my facilities.

Tuning out rule on headphones

posted: 02/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

Is it wrong to race a marathon while wearing headphones ?

Happy trails: Pfeifer Loop

posted: 02/25/2013 2:23 a.m.

PFEIFER LOOP, NORTH LITTLE ROCK Location: Trailhead is near the north end of the Big Dam Bridge. Look for the overhead sign.

ASK THE TRAINER: Sit-ups of childhood not great for spine

posted: 02/25/2013 2:21 a.m.

Personal trainer Janet Roget answers readers’ questions.

New workouts

posted: 02/25/2013 2:20 a.m.

Title: Pilates Towel Workout for Strength & Mobility (Stott Pilates, Merrithew Health & Fitness) What’s the goal: A dynamic warmup that can be done daily to support mobility of joints and that can be used anywhere — for instance, in a hotel room.

PRACTICALLY ACTIVE: Foot surgery successful, but more work needed

posted: 02/25/2013 2:18 a.m.

Well, it is done. The surgery on my broken right foot was a success, or so my mother said.

Patient obesity is don’t-touch topic

posted: 02/25/2013 2:16 a.m.

Overweight and obese patients aren’t the only ones who dread the scale at the doctor’s office.


posted: 02/25/2013 2:15 a.m.

Does taking a “blood thinner” make a person feel colder? Does blood thin when people move to a warm climate, making them feel colder if they move back north?


posted: 02/25/2013 2:15 a.m.

Happy birthday. A renewed perspective on life will be your birthday treat. Your quirks and character traits will suddenly make sense. The admiration of someone close helps.


posted: 02/25/2013 2:13 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Here is this week’s sound off, about drivers not using their turn signal: “As a retired state highway patrolman, I am disgusted by the number of drivers who, for some reason — whether it’s through ignorance, stupidity or just arrogance — fail to use a turn signal to let other drivers know their intentions. Even fellow highway patrolmen, deputies and police officers in marked squad cars are guilty of this.


posted: 02/25/2013 2:12 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: We attended a wedding recently, during which the preacher read something from the Bible about the need for charity. What does charity have to do with marriage? I guess I didn’t understand what point he was trying to make. — M.T.

Trick-Taking Card Games

posted: 02/25/2013 2:11 a.m.

1. Seven no-trump is the highest possible bid. 2. There is a right bower and a left bower. 3. Players have to avoid winning certain cards in tricks. 4. Each hand is played in three phases: bidding, melds and tricks.

HOG CALLS: No doubting UA’s Batchelor is back

posted: 02/25/2013 2:02 a.m.

Tarik Batchelor’s old coach and his current coach expressed mutual awe for the ongoing comeback of the University of Arkansas senior and new SEC Indoor triple jump champion.

TOP 25 SEC WOMEN: LSU upends eighth-ranked Kentucky

posted: 02/25/2013 2:01 a.m.

Jeanne Kenney hit all five threepointers she attempted and finished with a career-high 22 points to lead LSU past Kentucky.

NBA standings

posted: 02/25/2013 2:01 a.m.

SUNDAY’S GAMES LA Lakers 103, Dallas 99 Golden State 100, Minnesota 99 New Orleans 110, Sacramento 95

NBA: Bryant, Lakers outshine Nowitzki

posted: 02/25/2013 2:01 a.m.

Kobe Bryant was just a little better than Dirk Nowitzki in a spirited game befitting Western Conference leaders — not teams battling for ninth place.

City government vote decision set

posted: 02/25/2013 2 a.m.

The Hot Springs Board of Directors will decide March 5 whether to call a special election in the spring on a voter initiative to change the form of city government.

Trial moved in SAU horse-theft case

posted: 02/25/2013 2 a.m.

The horse theft trial of Wendi Cox has been moved to Union County.

3-D room affords scientists a panoramic view on data

posted: 02/25/2013 2 a.m.

Take a walk through a human brain? Fly over the surface of Mars? Computer scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago are pushing science fiction closer to reality with a wraparound virtual world where a researcher wearing 3-D glasses can do all that and more.

Five killed after four crashes on state roads

posted: 02/25/2013 2 a.m.

Over the past eight days, five people died in crashes on Arkansas roadways, according to Arkansas State Police fatal crash reports.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 02/25/2013 2 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “As teachers, we compete with video games, texting, music, Internet, movies. So rather than compete with it, why not join it?” Anne Minton, Prairie Grove Middle School teacher, on using video recordings of her classroom lessons under a system called “flipped learning” Article, 1B


posted: 02/25/2013 2 a.m.

Tabasco sauce CEO, innovator AVERY ISLAND, La. — Paul C.P. McIlhenny, chief executive and chairman of the board of the McIlhenny Co., which makes the trademarked line of Tabasco hot-pepper sauces sold the world over, has died.

State likely to see only slight snow, sleet

posted: 02/25/2013 2 a.m.

A weather system cutting across Arkansas today threatens to drop snow in the northern part of the state later tonight and cause some severe weather in the southern quarter of Arkansas this afternoon.

Arkansas flag’s creator getting her day

posted: 02/25/2013 2 a.m.

WABBASEKA — It’s everywhere.

Judge OKs recording to air in shooting trial

posted: 02/25/2013 2 a.m.

In a 45-minute police recording played Thursday in Pulaski County Circuit Court, a Little Rock man told detectives that he was so consumed with rage that he went on a three-hour shooting rampage to settle scores with relatives and acquaintances he said had wronged him.

Name it Eureka Winters

posted: 02/25/2013 2 a.m.

Eureka Springs, one of the state’s top weekend getaway destinations, is hoping to shed its reputation as a tourist town that closes its doors and shutters its windows with the first snowfall.

Flipped lessons free up class

posted: 02/25/2013 2 a.m.

Anne Minton didn’t have to spend 25 minutes of class time teaching a grammar lesson on verbals, a class of verbs that function as other parts of speech in sentences.

Amid gun debate, firm feels marked

posted: 02/25/2013 2 a.m.

On the production floor of Beretta USA sits a hulking new barrel-making machine ready to churn out the next object of obsession in America’s lovehate relationship with guns: a civilian version of a machine gun designed for special-operations forces and popularized in the video game Call of Duty.

Boy, 4, shoots, kills himself; two are charged

posted: 02/25/2013 2 a.m.

A mother and her boyfriend are in jail after the woman’s 4-year-old boy shot and killed himself with a gun that had been stored in a shoe box.

Academy Awards

posted: 02/25/2013 2 a.m.

A list of the 85th annual Academy Award winners announced Sunday in Los Angeles : Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained. Animated Short Film: Paperman.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Critic Way Out Of Bounds

posted: 02/25/2013 1:36 a.m.

I read the letter by Dale Lange of Bella Vista (Public Viewpoint, Feb. 17). He belittled or talked down to Art Hobson about his beliefs. He thinks Art Hobson is a man with little understanding of anything he cannot see, feel, or touch. He says he has a small view of life and is living in a box.

COMMENTARY: Political Wind Shifts In Arkansas

posted: 02/25/2013 1:36 a.m.

Since last November, when the Republican Party gained control of the Arkansas House and Senate, there’s been considerable gnashing of teeth over whether the General Assembly would start to look like Washington.

HOW WE SEE IT: Hernandez Good Pick For Quorum Court

posted: 02/25/2013 1:36 a.m.

Benton County has certainly become more diverse over the years, but sometimes it’s challenging to spot a reflection of that diversity on elected and appointed panels.

COMMENTARY: One Idiotic Idea

posted: 02/25/2013 12:55 a.m.

About 200,000 years ago, two Neanderthals were devouring the flesh from a dead woolly mammoth when both reached simultaneously for the last piece.

Stay out of province, Afghans tell elite GIs

posted: 02/25/2013 12:54 a.m.

The Afghan government on Sunday banned elite U.S. forces from operating in a strategic province adjoining Kabul, citing complaints that Afghans working for U.S. special operations forces have killed and abused villagers in the area.

FOR THE RECORD: Junior High Basketball

posted: 02/25/2013 12:54 a.m.

Regional Tournament At Fort Smith Chaffin Girls FAYETTEVILLE RAMAY 33, FAYETTEVILLE WOODLAND 27

TECH SPOTLIGHT: These smart-phone accessories are stylish and useful

posted: 02/25/2013 12:50 a.m.

I’m rolling though the inventory again this week, and this time I pulled out two products that never really rang bells for me in the past. I was curious to see if any improvements had been made.

Pope gives last Sunday blessing

posted: 02/25/2013 12:40 a.m.

Pope Benedict XVI bestowed his final Sunday blessing of his pontificate on a cheering crowd in St. Peter’s Square, explaining that his waning years and energy made him better suited to the life of private prayer he soon will spend in a secluded monastery than as leader of the Roman Catholic Church. On Thursday evening, the 85-year-old German-born theologian will become the first pope to have resigned from the papacy in 600 years.


posted: 02/25/2013 12:37 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.


posted: 02/25/2013 12:35 a.m.

Feb. 14 Juan Ignacio Alvarado-Sandoval, 23, and Victoria Hernandez, 21, both of Rogers Jeffrey Wayne Arrington, 21, and Tiffany Richelle Bill, 19, both of Rogers Ricky Lee Hernandez, 20, and Natasha Nicole Lopez, 20, both of Siloam Springs Michael Kelly Hunley Jr., 23, and Siena Marie Copeland, 20, both of Siloam Springs Frank Edward Johnson, 66, Siloam Springs, and Wanda Rozell Blackwood, 60, Tulsa, Okla. Billy Wayne May, 51, and Rhonda Paige Kirkland, 45, both of Cave Springs David Allen Mitchell, 37, and Brandy Michelle Gentry, 32, both of Springdale Robert Lee Overton, 45, and Faith LaDona Torres, 42, both of Tulsa, Okla. Atoeo Peter, 42, and Diana Lorennij, 39, both of Rogers Dazthil Orlando Sibrian, 24, and Destinee Chantel Kopta, 24, both of Cave Springs Micheil Willis Silk, 30, and Kristin Marie Alcorn, 31, both of Rogers Robert Lee Stewart, 32, and Jennifer Nicole Wilson, 28, both of Garfield

LAWSUITS: February 25th

posted: 02/25/2013 12:34 a.m.

Feb. 14 U.S. Bank National Association, U.S. Bank Trustee, GSAMP Trust 2007-H1 and Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates v. Jerry W. Martin and Vickey C. Martin U.S. Bank National Assoc. Trustee v. William W. Rogers and Thomas J. Rogers James E. Crouch and Catherine J. Crouch v. Mark F. Latino and Diane Latino Loyd Nugent and Carmen Nugent v. Kevin Attaway Brenda Morris v. Andy Morris and Big M. Ranch Inc. Caitlan Glover v. Austin Carolan

RECORDS: February 25th

posted: 02/25/2013 12:32 a.m.

Arrests Benton County Sheriff’s Office • Christopher William Zerbest, 22, of 1928 S. Ninth St. in Rogers was arrested Saturday in connection with felony delivery, possession with intent to deliver or manufacturing with intent to deliver and tampering with physical evidence. Zerbest was being held Sunday in the Benton County Jail with no bond set.

PUBLIC MEETINGS: February 25th

posted: 02/25/2013 12:31 a.m.

Today 1 p.m. Washington County Water Authority — Authority Office, 12567 U.S. 62, Farmington


posted: 02/25/2013 12:30 a.m.

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


posted: 02/25/2013 12:27 a.m.

Arkansas women’s coach Lance Harter, freshly splashed with a cooler of water, lugged a big circular SEC logo to Razorbacks’ ace sprinter Regina George shortly after the SEC Indoor Track and Field championships on Sunday.

Tougher fight seen for Pryor in ’14 bid

posted: 02/25/2013 12:05 a.m.

The last time U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor ran for re-election, he barely got winded. In 2014, Republicans promise to give him the race of his life.

Sunday, February 24

Diamond Hogs finish off Evansville

posted: 02/24/2013 4:54 p.m.

Trey Killian and Colin Poche combined for seven strong innings as Arkansas beat Evansville 10-2 at Baum Stadium.

Arkansas sweeps SEC indoors

updated: 02/24/2013 5:19 p.m.

Arkansas' men won its 94th conference championship on Sunday, while the Razorbacks' women won their first SEC title since 2003.

Two arrested in shooting incident

posted: 02/24/2013 2:51 p.m.

Two Rogers men were jailed Saturday on attempted capital murder charges in connection with shooting at a vehicle. Douglas Blake Huston, 18, of 3409 West Chestnut, was booked into the Benton County Jail at 5:44 p.m. Saturday in connection with attempted capital murder, a Class A felony, discharge of a firearm from car, and terroristic act, both Class B felonies.

Arkansas-Evansville Game 3 Live Blog

posted: 02/24/2013 12:30 p.m.

Join in an interactive live blog as Arkansas hosts Evansville in the series finale at Baum Stadium.

Zaxby’s Franchise succeeds in serving custom orders fast

posted: 02/24/2013 6 a.m.

Zaxby’s defies the notion that diners can’t have their food both fresh and fast. Furthermore, custom orders are encouraged

Fresh cooking in February

posted: 02/24/2013 6 a.m.

After the months of heavy, hearty holiday meals, many of us begin craving lighter fare this time of year.

Panthers to Rely on Senior Leaders

posted: 02/24/2013 5:54 a.m.

Siloam Springs will need to depend on its senior leadership on the baseball diamond this spring, even if the ones out there don’t have a wealth of experience.

Tigers Need Pitchers To Emerge

posted: 02/24/2013 5:50 a.m.

The success of Bentonville’s baseball team this spring could be determined in the area that stands out above the rest: the mound.

War Eagles May Turn To Small Ball

posted: 02/24/2013 5:48 a.m.

Rogers Heritage lost only two starters from last years Class 7A state baseball runnerup, but they were significant losses.

Mounties Lack Experience, Boast Depth

posted: 02/24/2013 5:45 a.m.

Rogers High pitchers tossed 202 innings last season, but almost all of that experience has graduated as the Mounties prepare for the this season.

Speedy Wildcats Optimistic About Season

posted: 02/24/2013 5:41 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber hopes to combine power with speed in an effort to challenge for conference and state baseball championships this season.

Bulldogs Look To Turn The Corner

posted: 02/24/2013 5:36 a.m.

Springdale High baseball coach Billy Ray Rutledge sat inside the dugout and glanced at his players as they did core exercises before the start of another practice.

Talented Bulldogs Aim High

posted: 02/24/2013 5:34 a.m.

With just the right mix of experience, pitching, defense and talented youth, Fayetteville appears to have all the pieces together for a special season.

New Beginnings

posted: 02/24/2013 5:30 a.m.

The new Ecclesia College baseball program has been the answer to many prayers.

Preschool Big In Springdale

posted: 02/24/2013 5:12 a.m.

Kay Dial is glad she went along with her husband’s suggestion to put their son, Gunner, in preschool.

New Tech High On Schedule

posted: 02/24/2013 5:08 a.m.

Recruitment is ending and plans are progressing for Rogers New Technology High School, a charter school option within the Rogers School District.

Healthy And Desirable

updated: 02/24/2013 4:52 a.m.

Mitch Marshall swears his lunch consists of more than just a big bag of Doritos.

Legislators Host Forum

posted: 02/24/2013 4:54 a.m.

Abortion and gun issues continued to be the focal point for some during Saturday morning’s forum attended by five area state legislators.

Heart Disease Does Not Discriminate

posted: 02/24/2013 4:44 a.m.

Tregg Brown likes to run and he works out six to seven days a week. He eats healthy, is in good physical condition and suffers from heart disease.

Budget ax hangs over U.S.

posted: 02/24/2013 4:16 a.m.

In the first week of March, a laid-off person living on $300 a week in unemployment benefits is liable to find a surprise in the mailbox: notification from Uncle Sam that come April the check will be $33 lighter.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Spoon providing grand production

posted: 02/24/2013 4:15 a.m.

Trent Daniel had a pretty good view of Arkansas’ game-winning hit Saturday.

E-mails show Gearhart had audit in mind

posted: 02/24/2013 4:14 a.m.

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Chancellor G. David Gearhart threatened to call in auditors as early as Aug. 6 last year if he couldn’t get answers regarding a surprise $3 million-plus budget deficit in the Division of University Advancement, university records show.

Steel-mill report details strengths

posted: 02/24/2013 4:12 a.m.

The $1.1 billion Big River Steel mill proposed to be built near Osceola would rely on at least five factors to be successful, a research report prepared for the state says.

TOP 25/SEC MEN: Arkansas falls flat at Florida

posted: 02/24/2013 4:12 a.m.

There was no game-winning basket for BJ Young on Saturday night against No. 5 Florida.

UA men, women in front

posted: 02/24/2013 4:10 a.m.

No. 1 Arkansas piled up points in the men’s 10,000 meters and the heptathlon to take an 18-point lead over Florida on Saturday heading into the final day of the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Legislators list trips, meals paid by lobbies

posted: 02/24/2013 4:10 a.m.

A pharmacy benefit management company paid for state lawmakers to tour its company’s headquarters in St. Louis, the state’s electric cooperatives paid for lawmakers to tour a coal mine in Wyoming and an energy consortium paid for a state lawmaker to meet with provincial officials in Canada last year.

State makes headlines in Azerbaijan

posted: 02/24/2013 4:09 a.m.

With no explanation, the Arkansas Senate earlier this month approved a resolution to recognize “the many contributions made by citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan” and indicate that it’s in Arkansas’ best interest to promote relationships with the people of that nation, which declared its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

LIKE IT IS: Early days chaotic, productive for Bielema

posted: 02/24/2013 4:08 a.m.

In just two weeks, the Arkansas Razorbacks will start spring football, and to say the days between Bret Bielema’s hiring as the head coach until now have been chaotic would be a gross understatement.

COMMENTARY: Te’o handles cameras, hoax questions

posted: 02/24/2013 4:07 a.m.

There were texts and tweets and phone alerts. When the 15-minute warning went out, all in the media room at Lucas Oil Stadium packed the area around Podium C. Some had been saving front-row seats since a false alarm two hours earlier.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 02/24/2013 4:04 a.m.

Borel tries luck with brother — The Calvin Borel watch has stretched at least one more day after his two scheduled mounts Saturday afternoon at Oaklawn Park were scratched.

Vote voids claim for injured horse

posted: 02/24/2013 4:03 a.m.

The Arkansas State Racing Commission voted 4-1 on Saturday morning to void a $5,000 claim made Feb. 10 by trainer Steve Asmussen on behalf of owner Mike Langford of Jonesboro, even though the claim didn’t meet the new Oaklawn Park criteria for invalidation.

Expansion for Kabul Zoo draws an uh-oh

posted: 02/24/2013 4:02 a.m.

In 2001, as the Taliban government collapsed, the Kabul Zoo had been almost destroyed by years of war and neglect. Exhibits were bombed out, and many of the animals had been maimed, eaten by hungry Afghans or died of hunger.

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES: Terror in the grandstands

posted: 02/24/2013 4:02 a.m.

At least 33 fans were injured Saturday during a NASCAR race when a car flew into the fence on the front stretch at Daytona International Speedway, hurling a tire and large pieces of debris into the stands.

Boar is exotic animal at zoo

posted: 02/24/2013 4:02 a.m.

“Exotic species” are different in Afghanistan. For example, the Kabul Zoo is home to what’s thought to be the nation’s only captive pig, really a big boar. Pork is haram, or forbidden, in Islam, hence the lack of domestic swine.

135-1 shot wins in New Orleans

posted: 02/24/2013 4 a.m.

Ive Struck a Nerve, allowed to go off at odds of 135-1, edged out Code West in a photo finish to pull off a stunning upset in the $400,000 Grade II Risen Star Stakes on Saturday at the Fair Grounds in the final prep for the Louisiana Derby.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP DAYTONA 500: Jet dryer crash fuels Montoya’s fire

posted: 02/24/2013 3:59 a.m.

Forgive Juan Pablo Montoya if he doesn’t find the fireball jokes very funny. He’s just totally over them a year after crashing into a jet dryer during the Daytona 500.

New enemy born in ’93 NYC blast

posted: 02/24/2013 3:58 a.m.

It had to be an accident.

Pace on top at Classic

posted: 02/24/2013 3:55 a.m.

Cliff Pace of Petal, Miss., separated himself from the crowd Saturday to take a commanding 7-pound lead after the second round of the Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees.

4A NORTH REGION BOYS: Maumelle to play in region final

posted: 02/24/2013 3:54 a.m.

Maumelle junior Derayun Canada came off the bench to keep Booneville at bay Saturday afternoon.

In the news

posted: 02/24/2013 3:53 a.m.

Maxim Molokoedov, 25, a Russian former professional soccer player who completed his three-year sentence in a Chilean prison for drug trafficking, is being allowed to remain in the country to play professional soccer after an order to expel him from the country was revoked, according to Justice Minister Juan Ignacio Pina.

Transition works in Pottsville victory

posted: 02/24/2013 3:53 a.m.

Pottsville Coach Shane Thurman knows his team has to be good in transition to be successful. Saturday night in the Class 4A North Region semifinals, point guard Michael Perry pushed the ball at every opportunity to lead the charge in a 59-41 victory against Lincoln.

Names and faces

posted: 02/24/2013 3:53 a.m.

The former Canadian ambassador to Iran who protected Americans at great personal risk during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis says it will reflect poorly on Ben Affleck if he doesn’t say a few words about Canada’s role should the director’s film Argo win the Oscar for best picture tonight.

TV news shows

posted: 02/24/2013 3:52 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Eliot Engel, DN.Y., 8 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock. NBC’s Meet the Press — Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood; Govs. Deval Patrick, D-Mass., and Bobby Jindal, R-La., 9 a.m., KARK-TV, Channel 4, Little Rock.

The nation in brief

posted: 02/24/2013 3:52 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Can we survive this? Of course we can. It’s a $16 trillion economy.” Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former director of the Congressional Budget Office, as the March 1 budget-cut deadline nears Article, 1A

TOP 25 MEN: Wake Forest knocks off Miami

posted: 02/24/2013 3:52 a.m.

Shane Larkin noticed during warm-ups that something was off with No. 2 Miami. The up-tempo Hurricanes seemed a step slow, and not entirely ready to play.

The world in brief

posted: 02/24/2013 3:52 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “[I] called for parliamentary election boycott in 2010 to expose sham democracy. Today I repeat my call, will not be part of an act of deception.” Mohamed ElBaradei, Nobel laureate and Egyptian opposition leader, in a Tweet calling for a boycott of parliamentary elections Article, this page

Egyptian urges election boycott

posted: 02/24/2013 3:51 a.m.

Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei called Saturday for a boycott of parliamentary elections, drawing immediate criticism from some within his movement who said it was a hasty decision.

Mali thrust seen raising terror risk

posted: 02/24/2013 3:51 a.m.

The French military intervention in Mali has increased the threat of domestic terrorism, with some French citizens of black African ancestry becoming more willing to fight under the banner of jihad, according to France’s most prominent investigative judge dealing with terrorism.

SEC MEN: Four overtimes enough for Vols

posted: 02/24/2013 3:51 a.m.

Tennessee’s Trae Golden watched Notre Dame’s five overtime victory against Louisville earlier this month and thought there was no way he’d ever be involved in a game like that.

SOUTHLAND MEN: Miles steps up in Bears’ victory

posted: 02/24/2013 3:49 a.m.

Central Arkansas’ men turned to their preseason All-Southland Conference guard to snap a five-game losing streak Saturday afternoon at the Farris Center.

SUN BELT MEN: ASU wraps up division

posted: 02/24/2013 3:48 a.m.

Arkansas State didn’t equal the offensive pace it showed during three consecutive victories heading into Saturday night, but its defensive effort was enough to give the Red Wolves their fourth consecutive victory, and this one clinched the Sun Belt Conference West Division title.

N. Korea belligerent ahead of joint drills

posted: 02/24/2013 3:48 a.m.

North Korea on Saturday warned the top U.S. military commander in South Korea that if the United States pressed ahead with joint military exercises with South Korea — set to begin next month — it could set off a war in which U.S. forces would “meet a miserable destruction.”

Razorbacks relish shot at Lady Vols

posted: 02/24/2013 3:47 a.m.

One year and one day ago, Arkansas beat Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn., for a seminal moment in Razorbacks women’s basketball.

SUN BELT WOMEN: ASU women drop Troy

posted: 02/24/2013 3:46 a.m.

Freshman forward Jalen O’Bannon led the Arkansas State women with 18 points, while junior Jane Morrill added 13 to lead the Red Wolves to a 71-49 victory over Troy Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.

UALR wins 20th game

posted: 02/24/2013 3:45 a.m.

Make it seven consecutive 20-victory seasons for the UALR women’s basketball team. The Trojans (20-7, 12-6 Sun Belt Conference) won their ninth consecutive game Saturday, beating Florida Atlantic 60-43 at Boca Raton, Fla.

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING STATE TOURNAMENT: Bentonville wins at full strength

posted: 02/24/2013 3:44 a.m.

There was a point this season that Bill Desler thought sickness and injuries had finally caught up to his Bentonville wrestling team.

Texas district faces racial-bias inquiry

posted: 02/24/2013 3:42 a.m.

A central Texas school district where a former principal was accused of blaming black students at one campus for bad test scores will be visited this week by U.S. Department of Education investigators looking into racial-discrimination allegations.

Cabot’s Kurz wins fourth individual title

posted: 02/24/2013 3:42 a.m.

At about 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Tyler Kurz was finally able to crack a faint smile.

Track fast at NFL combine

posted: 02/24/2013 3:42 a.m.

Arkansas-based players blazed down the track Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

THE RECRUITING GUY: New Jersey back likes Bielema’s run emphasis

posted: 02/24/2013 3:40 a.m.

Arkansas running backs coach Joel Thomas and Coach Bret Bielema’s emphasis on the running game has one of the nation’s more highly recruited running backs, Jonathan Hilliman, looking to visit the Hogs during the spring.

National Zoo frets over budget cuts

posted: 02/24/2013 3:40 a.m.

A lot of federal managers are fretting about the sequester, the deep budget cuts that are imminent unless lawmakers act. But very few of those managers manage man-eaters.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Legendary beef spawned legendary rods

posted: 02/24/2013 3:39 a.m.

One of the great things about attending the Bassmaster Classic is you never know who you’ll meet.

Game sketch

posted: 02/24/2013 3:36 a.m.

RECORDS Arkansas 17-10, 8-6 SEC; Florida 22-5, 12-2 STARS Florida senior guard Mike Rosario (15 points) and junior center Patric Young (14 points, 7 rebounds); Arkansas junior forward Coty Clarke (18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocked shots).

Rick Lee’s Oaklawn Park selections and analysis

posted: 02/24/2013 3:33 a.m.

Profit plays Arkansas Democrat-Gazette handicapper Rick Lee has been given a fictional $1,000 bankroll to work with during the 2013 Oaklawn meeting. He can make as many plays as he wants daily.

Other days

posted: 02/24/2013 3:29 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 24, 1913 Because a committee appeared before the Little Rock School Board at a meeting Saturday night and asked that the pupils of the high school be allowed to give dances as a part of their entertainments, pastors of two Little Rock churches yesterday deplored dancing in the schools.

Agency records 3 quakes in state

posted: 02/24/2013 3:27 a.m.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported three earthquakes Friday and Saturday in Arkansas, including a magnitude-3.9 quake near Trumann.

Rebuild county bases, state Democrats told

posted: 02/24/2013 3:27 a.m.

The Democratic Party of Arkansas must rebuild its county organizations to retake control of the state Legislature and elect a Democratic governor, the party chairman said Saturday.


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MEN ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 61, GRAMBLING STATE 45 PINE BLUFF — Arkansas-Pine Bluff made 56.8 percent of its shots in the first half and never trailed while handing Grambling State its 24th consecutive loss Saturday night.


posted: 02/24/2013 3:17 a.m.

MEN ARKANSAS TECH 69, SOUTHERN ARKANSAS 65 Jared Williamson scored 19 points, Bobby Hatchett had 16 points and 6 assists, and Willie Kirkland added 14 points and 9 rebounds to Arkansas Tech (15-9, 12-6 Great American Conference) past Southern Arkansas (9-15, 5-13 ) in Magnolia.


posted: 02/24/2013 3:16 a.m.

SUN BELT UALR 2-2, SIU-EDWARDSVILLE 1-0 Seniors Chance Cleveland and Blake Huffman pitched UALR (4-2 ) to a doubleheader sweep of SIU- Edwardsville (1-5 ) on Saturday at Gary Hogan Field.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/24/2013 3:15 a.m.

Danica’s boyfriend races, too?


posted: 02/24/2013 3:11 a.m.

Marsh-Goings Brittany Laine Goings and Matthew Carroll Marsh exchanged marriage vows Saturday in St. James United Methodist Church. Merle Johnson and the Rev. Siegfried Johnson officiated.

Off the wire

posted: 02/24/2013 3:07 a.m.

GOLF Lewis loses lead Thai teenager Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 2-under-par 70 Saturday to lead by three strokes after the third round of the LPGA Thailand in Chonburi despite finishing with two bogeys.

CRITICAL MASS: The best, maybe

posted: 02/24/2013 3:06 a.m.

Tonight in Hollywood they will hand out statues and a lot of the world will watch.


posted: 02/24/2013 3:03 a.m.

Tiffany Michelle Case, daughter of Tina and Arnold Hanson of Sherwood, and Charles Mark Jackson, son of Diane and Charles Jackson of Lake Charles, La.; March 30.


posted: 02/24/2013 3:02 a.m.

Wanda and E. Ralph Smith of Little Rock will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary. The couple were married Feb. 25, 1948. She is the former Wanda J. Price and is retired from the Federal Credit Union.

Broadway revues due on three stages in state

posted: 02/24/2013 3:01 a.m.

Just how old is Broadway, anyway?

Quidam’s acrobats skip, fly in tale of imaginative girl

posted: 02/24/2013 2:59 a.m.

Adrienn Banhegyi is going to skip all five performances of Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam, Thursday through March 3 at North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena.

SPIN CYCLE: McCready is latest casualty of Rehab

posted: 02/24/2013 2:56 a.m.

I didn’t know Mindy McCready, country music star.

THE TV COLUMN: Oscar overdose potential a click away

posted: 02/24/2013 2:54 a.m.

In case you’ve missed all the hype and hoopla, ABC airs the Oscars today starting at 6 p.m. with 90 minutes of red carpet reporting. The biggest names always arrive in the last half hour before the cameras head inside the Dolby Theatre (the erstwhile Kodak Theatre).

LET’S TALK: Passing of years brings rededication to mission

posted: 02/24/2013 2:53 a.m.

Whew, this year’s birth month seemed to bring with it a slate of bad, disturbing or distressing news. Cruise-ship mishaps, a papal resignation, a once-admired Olympic athlete charged with murdering his girlfriend.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: 2011 Pulitzer winner Egan to be in residence at UCA

posted: 02/24/2013 2:52 a.m.

Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit From the Goon Squad (winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the National Book Critics’ Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award), The Invisible Circus, Look at Me and The Keep, will be in residence Tuesday-Wednesday at the University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway.

Wal-Mart’s medical-clinic fever waning

posted: 02/24/2013 2:51 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in 2007 outlined an ambitious effort to open as many as 2,000 in-store, walk-in medical clinics over the next five years.

Museum stores add dimension to bottom lines

posted: 02/24/2013 2:50 a.m.

Running a for-profit gift shop in a nonprofit museum, though seemingly contradictory, produces revenue that goes hand in hand with the operation of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, said Mary Douthit, retail manager.

TV ON DVD: Cougar Town’s first years on prowl for buyers now

posted: 02/24/2013 2:50 a.m.

What is it? Cougar Town; Season 1, 24 episodes on three discs; Season 2, 22 episodes on three discs; and Season 3, 15 episodes on two discs, all from Lionsgate.

Maker’s Mark miscue left fans feeling the burn

posted: 02/24/2013 2:50 a.m.

Talk about diluting the brand.

From baubles to bars, India’s thirst for gold drains economy

posted: 02/24/2013 2:48 a.m.

India’s steep new tax on gold imports doesn’t deter Mousumi Rao as she holds up a glittering $5,000 filigree necklace that could adorn her daughter on her wedding day.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Air grievance or let it go

posted: 02/24/2013 2:48 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: Last spring we attended the wedding of my husband’s best friend. When we visited the couple the year before, they threw out a couple of dates they were considering. When the fiancee mentioned the birthday date, my husband, the groom-to-be and I all said, “Oh, that’s Jason’s 40th.”

THAT’S BUSINESS: LaHarpe’s Landing may bring old warehouse district full circle

posted: 02/24/2013 2:48 a.m.

LaHarpe is a name as old as Little Rock. No, older.


posted: 02/24/2013 2:47 a.m.

Happy birthday. Years of training will start to pay off in interesting ways. In March, something you do quickly will be a masterpiece. April puts more coins in your bank account. Save up.

Tractor restoration’s roots run deep in farm country

posted: 02/24/2013 2:46 a.m.

At this year’s annual World Ag Expo, there was a star exhibit: a young man and an old tractor.

Study finds payday loan hard to pay off on time

posted: 02/24/2013 2:45 a.m.

Cash-strapped consumers who turn to payday loans to solve short-term financial needs frequently have little realistic chance of paying them off on time, according to a new study.

Old Havana hangout

posted: 02/24/2013 2:45 a.m.

A half-century later, Jose Rafa Malem remembers the balmy breezes blowing through the bar’s arching porticos, the grain of the tall wood stools, the whiff of Pedro Domecq brandy on his father’s breath.

European solar-panel importers defend Chinese, denounce tariffs

posted: 02/24/2013 2:45 a.m.

A group representing importers of inexpensive solar panels from China said that imposing tariffs would lead to hundreds of thousands of job losses in the European Union, the biggest export market for the Chinese equipment.

Airport security revs up after gem heist

posted: 02/24/2013 2:44 a.m.

Airports are developing electronic tripwires to protect miles of perimeter fencing and thwart breaches, such as last week’s $50 million diamond heist in Belgium.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Waterland’s Quaint Dutch countryside charms

posted: 02/24/2013 2:43 a.m.

When researching my guidebooks, almost by definition I have to revisit the same places. But I also like to take a few day trips here and there to scout new destinations for future editions and TV shows. On my last visit to Europe, I explored many places, including the lush lowlands of Holland.

Jet lag drag is just part of traveling

posted: 02/24/2013 2:42 a.m.

Q: My wife and I travel to Israel at least twice a year to visit children and grandchildren. There is a 10-hour time difference between Los Angeles and Tel Aviv. Because of time constraints, we can stay only about seven days. Even though we take Ambien on the plane, we are hit with heavy jet lag for the entire time we are in Israel, which affects the enjoyment of our trip. Is there anything we can do to reduce the jet lag?

Travel insurance saves cruise

posted: 02/24/2013 2:41 a.m.

We finally made it to our European river cruise, but not exactly according to plan.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: ‘Positioning’ cruise in April best deal afloat for boat folk

posted: 02/24/2013 2:38 a.m.

Over the years, I’ve pitched “positioning cruises” as one of the top travel bargains, and this year will be no exception. The best rates will be for sailings in April, with several starting at $30 to $35 per person per night. That’s about what you’d pay for a budget motel — and the cruise throws in meals and entertainment.

COLUMN ONE: Blues in the night

posted: 02/24/2013 2:36 a.m.

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


posted: 02/24/2013 2:35 a.m.

In times of war, the law is not silent. War is not a moral wilderness: At the Second Lateran Council in 1139, the use of the crossbow was banned among European knights. Throughout history, there have been codes that even the hell of war could not override.

Guest column: Will president get tough with Sudan?

posted: 02/24/2013 2:29 a.m.

On January 21, 2013, Barack Obama was inaugurated for his second term as president of the United States. Looking out at a crowd of hundreds of thousands, he laid out what has been referred to by the press as a “traditional liberal agenda.”

EDITORIALS: Another lobby is born

posted: 02/24/2013 2:26 a.m.

“It’s funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they’ll do practically anything you want them to.” —Holden Caulfield Catcher in the Rye AT LAST, there’s something at least a couple of the sides can agree on in what’s become the Great Medicaid Debate, Brouhaha and Confusion No. 1 of the 2013 regular session of the Arkansas General Assembly.

COLUMNISTS: Pictures of the past

posted: 02/24/2013 2:25 a.m.

I have always liked Hot Springs and Garland County. I grew up in a small neighboring county, and Hot Springs offered a powerful respite from life in the slow lane. I can recall vividly being at a high school banquet at a Hot Springs hotel in 1965 and stumbling onto a casino as I was searching for a men’s room.

How about some new blood?

posted: 02/24/2013 2:25 a.m.

The cardinals in Rome should choose an Asian, African or Latin American to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. If the cardinals vote based on where they come from, then it is unlikely we would see a pope who is not from Europe, where every pope in modern history was born.

OTHERS SAY: The truth about teen sex

posted: 02/24/2013 2:23 a.m.

American teenagers are awash in temptation, particularly the kind that involves pleasures of the flesh. They are exposed to racier images on television than ever before.

Truth over bias

posted: 02/24/2013 2:23 a.m.

Should a crime laboratory exist to serve the investigative needs and agendas of law enforcement, or to respond to a higher calling, namely the objective truth?

The governor takes a stand

posted: 02/24/2013 2:22 a.m.

Yes, I’ve been rather hard on my old friend the governor the last couple of weeks. Mike Beebe’s passive, philosophy-devoid style of governing in the face of a troglodytic overthrow of reason—not to mention his throwing in on a grocery-tax alliance with the chief troglodyte. . . well, people have told me that it was disrespectfully derisive of me the other day to call him “Mikey.”

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Sheriff Brings New Attitude To Benton County Jail

posted: 02/24/2013 2:20 a.m.

Can you yet appreciate what our new Sheriff Cradduck has done in the name of compassion for those who can no longer defend themselves? Talk about a new “Christian attitude” for the underdog.

Winter Wonderland Makes Me Wonder

posted: 02/24/2013 2:20 a.m.

People do stuff on icy roads they’d never consider doing on dry, safe ones.

Is Atheism The Most Rational Religion?

posted: 02/24/2013 2:20 a.m.

Movies, TV shows, books such as Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion” and countless letters to the editor promote the myth that believers in a personal God (monotheists) are irrational whereas atheists are rational. A second popular and pernicious myth holds monotheists have perpetrated history’s worst atrocities.

Political Decisions Can Cause Long-Term Damage

posted: 02/24/2013 2:20 a.m.

Collateral damage has become part of our everyday vocabulary, and we accept it as an unfortunate part of our actions, particularly in war. When it strikes home, as in the recent series of mass shootings, we are in disbelief and ask, “What’s going on? How could this happen? Who or what is to blame?” We are all to blame for not understanding what the policymakers in Washington are doing or not doing.

What Difference Does An Action Make?

posted: 02/24/2013 2:20 a.m.

What difference does it make?” is a common refrain expressed by some, who consider it hopeless to confront the tide of global environmental degradation that now seems close to insurmountable. However, others become activists in contrast to their fellow residents, who have assumed fetal positions of surrender. Passionate people will fight on for different reasons, and like any other defenders of the common good, we should respect what they do for us all.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT ‘Homeless’ Definition Has Changed Over Time

posted: 02/24/2013 2:20 a.m.

Not to minimize homelessness, but the definition has changed over time. Today, “homeless” doesn’t mean without shelter. An adult child who has returned home to live with his parent(s) is, I believe, considered homeless. Relatives who live together under one roof are homeless, though they don’t consider themselves so. The government tells them. Are youth in foster homes homeless? How about kids living with grandma?

HOW WE SEE IT Mental Health Should Be Debate’s Focus

posted: 02/24/2013 2:20 a.m.

When it comes to the national debate over what measures will help diminish incidents of mass murder, Americans are very much off target.

Court Keeps Money Where It Belongs

posted: 02/24/2013 2:20 a.m.

Score one for common sense.


posted: 02/24/2013 2:20 a.m.

Man behind curtain The Arkansas Legislature is surely in the business of first amending our basic documents, it seems, perhaps because it is easier than dealing with budgetary matters.


posted: 02/24/2013 2:07 a.m.

U.S. patents issued to Arkansans Feb. 19 Patent 8,375,643 B1. Coupler for Landfill Tarp. Issued to Shannon Dean Harrop of Springdale and Jerry Pietzyk of Lincoln, Neb. Assigned to Con-Wal Inc. of Rogers. Patent 8,378,183 B2. Soybean Variety A1023750. Issued to Floyd Hancock of Stuttgart. Assigned to Monsanto Technology LLC of St. Louis.


posted: 02/24/2013 2:07 a.m.

The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission last week issued 19 drilling permits, 12 well completions and 5 well recompletions. By county, they were: DRILLING PERMITS CLEBURNE — SEECO Inc. of Houston for Linder No. 10-09 5-25 H to TVD: 4,900 ft. and MD: 11,300 ft. in Fayetteville Form. of B-43 Fld. Loc. SHL: 86 ft. FSL & 552 ft. FEL and PBHL: 40 ft. FNL & 2,213 ft. FEL of Sec. 25-10 N-9 W. Contractor: DDI 30; work begins March 30.


posted: 02/24/2013 2:07 a.m.

Alison Raymer, chief executive officer and co-owner of Emerson Monument Co. in Springdale, was elected vice president of the Monument Builders of North America for the 2013-15 term. With a membership of 733, it is the largest international association of individuals and firms in the memorial industry.

Business news in brief

posted: 02/24/2013 2:06 a.m.

Crafty Cottage ready to move Bentonville business Crafty Cottage will celebrate its fourth birthday during a party celebrating a new location. The business is staying in Bentonville but is moving from 225 S. Main St. to the Copper Ridge Center at 2800 S.W. 14th St., Suites 6-8.


posted: 02/24/2013 2:06 a.m.

Monday 4:30-7 p.m. — On Thin Ice, Arvest Bank, 1645 U.S. 412 W., Siloam Springs. Third in the I-9 Series. Cost is $49. Register: (479) 575-6486 or

Day By Day

posted: 02/24/2013 2:06 a.m.

Today Sinking Stream Hike — 11-11 :45 a.m., Van Winkle Trailhead on Highway 12; Leave No Trace — 1-1 :45 p.m., Visitor Center; Eagle Cruise ($10 adults; $5 ages 6-12, pre-pay ) — 3-4 :30 p.m., Rocky Branch Marina, all at Hobbs State Park and Conservation Area. (479) 789-5000. Elizabeth Richardson Center Open House — 1-3 p.m., Intermediate Care Facilities, 2005 Kim Ave., Springdale. (479) 872-1800. Lecture-Interview — Imagination on a Global Scale with Arkansas artist Shea Hembrey — 3-4 :30 p.m.; Members Reception — 4:30-6 p.m., Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Reservations required, each event at or (479) 418-5700 NWA Soup Sunday — 4-7 p.m., Northwest Arkansas Convention Center. $20 advance; $25 at door ($5 ages 5-12 ). or (479) 927-9800. Monday Flex ’n’ Stretch — 7:30 a.m., Highlands Church in Bella Vista. $45/10 weeks. (479) 855-2277. Senior Pickleball — 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Yvonne Richardson Community Center. (479) 444-3461. Narratives of Ecology — Recent work by Nelson

Bella Vista cleanup season begins Friday

posted: 02/24/2013 2:06 a.m.

The 2013 Sparkles program for Bella Vista Village will begin on Friday. The program will take place one weekend every two months.

DEAR ABBY: Distance doesn’t diminish man’s misplaced anger

posted: 02/24/2013 2:06 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I have been in love with “Richard” for 14 years. We broke up after we dated for a while because my alcoholic mother kept interfering. She kept telling me how “bad” he was for me — and I, thinking my mother had my best interests at heart, believed her.


posted: 02/24/2013 2:06 a.m.

DEAR MR. WOLFF: Are you familiar with a convention called “stolen bid” ? What are the pluses and minuses of the convention, in which a double and all low-level calls act as transfers ? — Gunsmith, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Local Notes

posted: 02/24/2013 2:06 a.m.

University offers job hunting help The University of Phoenix Northwest Arkansas Campus is providing a series of career-building events to help job seekers set themselves apart.

Club News

posted: 02/24/2013 2:06 a.m.

Garden Club The Bentonville Garden Club will meet Tuesday at the Circle of Life Center in Bentonville.


posted: 02/24/2013 2:06 a.m.

Society announcements are published in the Sunday edition of the Profiles section. Please visit and click on Publish Your Announcement for pricing and to submit engagement and wedding announcements. Anniversaries remain free of charge. Forms are available at 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: Crimson, Cream, Crystal create cash

posted: 02/24/2013 2:06 a.m.

Wallets were opening along with wine at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Wine Opener on Feb. 15 at the Doubletree Guest Suites in Bentonville.

Ferris Wendel Norton: Patient researcher

posted: 02/24/2013 2:06 a.m.

SELF PORTRAIT Date and place of birth: Feb. 23, 1951, in Dallas. Occupation: Artist and conservator Age brings the true beauty that comes from experience, wisdom — people can be like wine. A good conservator needs patience. The coolest thing Norton Arts has conserved was Robert E. Lee’s dispatch bag that went to Appomattox. My favorite part of a new project is you always learn new things from doing the research you have to do, like about the nuances of 19th-century bricks. I make my own art because it’s good for me. That sounds a little selfish, but if it’s good for me, it’s good for others that I do it. It’s a healthy thing to do. My dream job would be making fine art all the time. Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories is in my kitchen because we’ve been reading it out loud for fun. I wish they would bring back Foghorn Leghorn. Guests fo my fantasy dinner party: Hunter S. Thompson, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Keith Richards, John Lennon. And my brothers and all the people I love. I would love to serve them gumbo and catf

SPOTLIGHT KISS A PIG: Wolf huffs and puffs for diabetes pig gala

posted: 02/24/2013 2:06 a.m.

As high as the bar has been set, Steve Wolf and Deb Rudzik are planning to surpass it.


posted: 02/24/2013 2:06 a.m.

First-place matches on top, followed by third-place matches and fifth-place matches: CLASS 6A-7 A 106 Dye (Cabot) dec. Perkins (LR Catholic), 4-2 OT Jennings (Springdale Har-Ber ) dec. Fernandez (Bentonville), 6-4 Ponce (Springdale) injur def. Le (FS Southside) 113 Flynn (Bentonville) win by fall Watts (Conway), 3:27 Adams (Springdale) dec. Webster (LR Central), 4-3 Phan (FS Southside) dec. Mills (Cabot), 10-5 120 Grigsby (Bentonville) major dec. Baysinger (Fayetteville), 10-2 Nhamnhouan (Van Buren) dec. Buzzitta (LR Catholic), 7-5 Arredondo (S’dale Har-Ber ) win by fall Williams (Greenwood), 4:43 126 Ensley (Fayetteville) dec. Simmons (Bryant), 1-0 Chambers (LR Catholic) dec. Rodriguez (Rogers), 10-9 Brumfield (Bentonville) dec. Burns (Searcy), 8-3 132 Bizzle (Bentonville) major dec. Arnall (LR Central), 9-1 Mai (FS Southside) dec. Cooley (Cabot), 5-3 Morgan (Conway) win by fall Montgomery (Rogers), 2:44 138 Compton (Greenwood) dec. Evans (Rogers Heritage), 10-4 Ritcheson (Mountain Home) dec. Henman (Rogers)

Wagering menu

posted: 02/24/2013 2:06 a.m.

Win, place, show (all races) Exacta (all races) Trifecta (all races) Superfecta (races 4 and 6 and last race) Daily double (first two races, last two races) CLASSIX (races 3-8 ) Pick-3 (begins with races 4, 5 and 7 on nine-race cards and races 4, 5, 6 and 8 on 10-race cards) Pick-4 (begins with race 6 on nine-race cards and race 7 on 10-race cards)

Ex-Hog healthy, getting on track

posted: 02/24/2013 2:06 a.m.

For so long, pain has followed Tyson Gay around the track.


posted: 02/24/2013 2:06 a.m.

Commanding lead Cliff Pace of Petal, Miss., separated himself from a crowd Saturday to take a commanding 7-pound lead after the second round of the Bassmaster Classic at Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees. Performing with a high level of consistency, Pace caught five bass weighing 21 pounds, 12 ounces for a combined two-day total weight of 43-4. He caught five bass weighing 21-8 during Friday’s first round. An afterthought after the third round, Brandon Palaniuk of Rathbun, Idaho, roared from 11th place to second place by catching five bass weighing 19-10 for a two-day total of 36-4. 6C No problem As many as five Bentonville wrestlers missed time for various reasons this season, leaving Coach Bill Desler wondering how strong his team would be for the state tournament. Based on the results this weekend, the Tigers were just fine, scoring 254 points to easily outdistance Little Rock Catholic and Rogers for the state championship. 10C Saturday’s results COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 MEN Wake Forest 80, (2) Miami 65 (3) Gon

Pine Bluff, Little Rock crime rankings rankle in state

posted: 02/24/2013 2:06 a.m.

Is the three-county Pine Bluff metropolitan area really the second-most dangerous in the United States, as British newspaper website The Independent claims?

Government Meetings

posted: 02/24/2013 2:06 a.m.

MONDAY Washington County Water Authority, 1 p.m.


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BENTON COUNTY The following divorces were recorded in the circuit clerk’s office from Feb. 14-20.

Arkansas GOP names new communications director

posted: 02/24/2013 2:06 a.m.

David Ray has been named communications director for the Republican Party of Arkansas.

1 arrested after pursuit ends in collision

posted: 02/24/2013 2:06 a.m.

A high-speed pursuit of a stolen vehicle led to a two-vehicle crash Friday morning that left at least three people hurt, another under arrest and a block-long path of vehicle debris that shut down a busy central Little Rock street for part of the day.

Two sue Bryant a 2nd time over ditch

posted: 02/24/2013 2:06 a.m.

For the second time in two years, a Bryant couple is suing the city and elected officials for failing to complete a drainage ditch the city dug in the couple’s yard five years ago.

Police seek help to find teen

posted: 02/24/2013 2:06 a.m.

Benton police are asking for help in locating a teenager who ran away from a psychiatric facility last month.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 02/24/2013 2:06 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Eureka Springs is probably the only town of 2,000 people in the world that has three shops that sell meteorites.” Robert Beauford, whose shop, Muse, is one of the three Article, 1B Today’s happenings Sinking stream hike, 11 a.m., Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, near Rogers.


posted: 02/24/2013 2:06 a.m.

Maker of films on life in Soviet era Alexei German, a Russian director known for grim, hypnotic films that captured the darkness of the Soviet era and especially Stalin’s rule, died Thursday in St. Petersburg. He was 74.

Education Notebook

posted: 02/24/2013 2:05 a.m.

10-day timetable estimated for trial The parties in the 30-year-old Pulaski County school desegregation lawsuit anticipate that a federal court trial on the state’s request to be released from the 1989 desegregation-settlement agreement will take 10 days.

Higher Education Notebook

posted: 02/24/2013 2:05 a.m.

JBU’s Pollard new council chairman John Brown University P resident Chip Pollard was elected chairman of the board of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.

Time at music hall to end on high note

posted: 02/24/2013 2:05 a.m.

The Arkansas Symphony plans some big musical blasts for its final season in Little Rock’s Robinson Center Music Hall before the building is to undergo a two-year overhaul starting in the fall of 2014.

Classes offer dancing with a star

posted: 02/24/2013 2:05 a.m.

Broadway dance star and Arkansas native Bill Hastings may be 62, but he has the moves and physique of a 22-year-old.

Russian meteorite gets notice in state

posted: 02/24/2013 2:05 a.m.

Steve Arnold isn’t going to rush off to Russia to look for pieces of the meteor that exploded over Siberia on Feb. 15.

Beebe, peers see cuts killing jobs

posted: 02/24/2013 2:05 a.m.

The nation’s governors, who gathered in Washington this weekend for their annual winter meeting, warned that automatic spending cuts scheduled to go into effect March 1 would lead to severe job losses in their states, putting the nation’s fragile economic recovery in jeopardy.

Spanish duke questioned in fraud case

posted: 02/24/2013 2:05 a.m.

Protesters jeered the Spanish king’s son-in-law before he was questioned Saturday by a judge about allegations he and a business partner funneled away millions of euros through fraudulent deals.

UA bassoon professor files suit in dismissal

posted: 02/24/2013 2:05 a.m.

A tenured music professor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville filed a lawsuit Friday against the University of Arkansas System’s president and the University of Arkansas board of trustees, claiming policy wasn’t followed in his dismissal.

Syria targets rebel hold on road

posted: 02/24/2013 2:05 a.m.

The battle for Syria’s second-largest airport intensified Saturday as government troops tried to reverse recent strategic gains the rebels have made in the northeast in their quest to topple President Bashar Assad.

Vatican: Media seek to sway vote on pope

posted: 02/24/2013 2:05 a.m.

The Vatican lashed out Saturday at the media for what it said has been a run of defamatory and false reports before the conclave to elect Pope Benedict XVI’s successor, saying they were an attempt to influence the election.

Spanish court OKs new Basque party

posted: 02/24/2013 2:05 a.m.

Basque politicians have launched a nationalist party after Spain’s highest court ruled it could be established because it was not directly linked to the militant separatist group ETA.

Dallas firefighters rescue zoo visitors when monorail fails

posted: 02/24/2013 2:05 a.m.

About 100 people were rescued Saturday by firefighters after a monorail at the Dallas Zoo stopped operating because of an unspecified malfunction.

Trial impending, officials seek BP oil-spill resolution

posted: 02/24/2013 2:05 a.m.

With a major civil trial set to start Monday in New Orleans against BP over damages related to the explosion of an offshore drilling rig in 2010, federal officials and those from the five affected Gulf Coast states are trying to pull together to strike an eleventh-hour settlement in the case.

Illinois district’s past scandals weigh on voters, candidates

posted: 02/24/2013 2:05 a.m.

They elected a Harvard-educated Rhodes Scholar and ended up with a congressman who was convicted of having sex with an underage campaign worker. They voted for the son of a famous civil-rights leader and got someone who illegally spent campaign funds on everything from furniture to Bruce Lee memorabilia.

Banks allying with payday lenders on Net

posted: 02/24/2013 2:05 a.m.

Major banks have quickly become behind-the-scenes allies of a raft of Internet-based payday lenders that offer short-term loans with interest rates sometimes exceeding 500 percent.

Olympics bomber writes memoirs

posted: 02/24/2013 2:05 a.m.

Eric Rudolph, who is serving a life sentence for bombings that killed two people in Alabama and Georgia in the 1990s, has published his autobiography from prison with the help of his brother.

Consensus draws closer in gun talks

posted: 02/24/2013 2:05 a.m.

After weeks of sometimes wrenching debate over gun safety, Congress will begin to consider legislation this week that is likely to include expanded background checks for gun buyers and increased penalties for those who purchase guns for criminals.

Area lotteries

posted: 02/24/2013 2:05 a.m.

Numbers drawn Saturday: Missouri Lotto 2-3-8-17-27-39 Estimated jackpot: $1.1 million Oklahoma Lotto 7-15-31-34-37 Hot ball: 14 Estimated jackpot: $1.9 million Powerball 2-5-31-39-41 Powerball: 29 Estimated jackpot: $80 million

Credit dip will not alter cuts, U.K. official says

posted: 02/24/2013 2:05 a.m.

The man in charge of Britain’s economy said he won’t change direction despite a rating agency’s decision to downgrade the nation’s credit rating, and he spurned renewed calls from the opposition for more stimulus for a flat-lining economy.

Saturday, February 23

Gators get revenge, beat Arkansas

posted: 02/23/2013 8:34 p.m.

Florida held Marshawn Powell and BJ Young scoreless after halftime and cruised to a 71-54 win over Arkansas.

Spoon's grand slam lifts Arkansas

posted: 02/23/2013 5:05 p.m.

Tyler Spoon's hot streak continued Saturday at Baum Stadium, with the redshirt freshman connecting on an eighth inning grand slam in a 5-2 win.

Arkansas-Evansville Game 2 Live Blog

posted: 02/23/2013 12:30 p.m.

Join in an interactive live blog as Arkansas hosts Evansville in the second of a three-game series at Baum Stadium.


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Junior High Regional Tournament...

Obama turns up heat in budget showdown

posted: 02/23/2013 5:53 a.m.

With automatic federal budget cuts almost certain to take effect in one week, the White House and top Democrats on Friday sought to increase the pressure on congressional Republicans to agree to a compromise that could prevent disruptions in government services after March 1.

Lady Elks Continue Turnaround Season

posted: 02/23/2013 5:50 a.m.

Elkins girls basketball coach Monica Wells heaved a sigh of relief before accepting hugs from her players Friday afternoon.

Lions Feel Hornets’ Late Sting

posted: 02/23/2013 5:49 a.m.

It was a two-minute period that Gravette’s players wished they could play over Friday night.

Decatur’s Comeback Falls Short

posted: 02/23/2013 5:47 a.m.

Decatur whittled a 15-point lead for Conway Christian to six with 2 minutes, 1 second remaining, but didn’t score again and saw its season come to an end with a 59-49 loss in the opening round of the Class 2A West Regional Tournament on Friday.

Farmington’s Wiedner Signs With Crowder

posted: 02/23/2013 5:45 a.m.

Amidst a sea of red, Farmington senior Payton Wiedner signed a letter of intent to play women’s college softball for Crowder College, at Nevada, Mo., on Tuesday.

Street To Walkon At OBU

posted: 02/23/2013 5:43 a.m.

Rogers High senior Nathan Street has been invited to walkon the Ouachita Baptist tennis team.

Purple’Dogs Stay Perfect In Conference

posted: 02/23/2013 5:42 a.m.

Fayetteville went on the defensive to make sure its unblemished 7A/6A-West Conference record stayed intact.

Bentonville Blanks Lady’Dogs Early, Finishes Job Late

posted: 02/23/2013 5:41 a.m.

In a season to remember, the Bentonville girls basketball team put together a first quarter on Friday that no one will soon forget.

Henson Leads Siloam Springs a

posted: 02/23/2013 5:40 a.m.

Rogers Heritage gave Siloam Springs all it wanted in Friday’s final 7A/6A-West Conference game.

Post-’14 troop talk causes stir in NATO

posted: 02/23/2013 5:39 a.m.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and his NATO counterparts are considering leaving 8,000 to 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, but a dispute arose Friday between the U.S. and German defense officials over whether that contingent would be an international force or an American one.

Mounties Punch State Tourney Ticket

posted: 02/23/2013 5:36 a.m.

Rogers High did what it had to do to qualify for the Class 7A State Tournament. But it wasn’t easy.

Heritage Edges Siloam Springs

posted: 02/23/2013 5:36 a.m.

Lacey Murray made sure her final game at War Eagle Arena was a good one.

Har-Ber Locks Up First-Round Bye

posted: 02/23/2013 5:31 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber broke an 11-game losing streak to Rogers High and the reward was a big one for the Lady Wildcats.

Lady Bulldogs Survive

posted: 02/23/2013 5:29 a.m.

After building a nine-point lead with 4 minutes, 27 seconds remaining, Springdale High’s girls basketball team had to hold on in the final seconds to preserve a 37-36 win over Van Buren.

Springdale High Holds On To Win

posted: 02/23/2013 5:28 a.m.

Springdale boys basketball coach Brad Stamps said it wouldn’t be easy to get a win at Van Buren. He was more right than he thought Friday.

Rapper was Vegas target victim

posted: 02/23/2013 5:23 a.m.

The Maserati driver who died after being peppered with gunfire from someone in a Range Rover sport utility vehicle, sparking a fiery crash that killed two others, was identified Friday as an aspiring rapper originally from Northern California.

Sunni, Shiite rivals free hostages

posted: 02/23/2013 5:17 a.m.

Gunmen from rival Sunni and Shiite Muslim villages in northern Syria have freed more than 200 people snatched in tit-for-tat kidnappings this month, easing tensions that threatened to touch off more sectarian violence, activists said Friday.

Citing engine flaw, Pentagon grounds F-35 jets

posted: 02/23/2013 5:13 a.m.

The Pentagon said Friday that it had grounded all of its stealthy, new F-35 fighter jets after an inspection found a crack in a turbine blade in the engine of one of the planes.

On Jersey shore, final Sandy evacuation lifted

posted: 02/23/2013 5:09 a.m.

For the first time in almost four months, residents are living again in Mantoloking, a well-off New Jersey beach town that suffered some of the worst of superstorm Sandy’s wrath.

The world in brief

posted: 02/23/2013 5:06 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I am going to be 82 years old. I have the right to retire, don’t you think?” Cuban President Raul Castro, who is to be named to a new five-year term, in informal remarks during an appearance Article, this page

The nation in brief

posted: 02/23/2013 5:06 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s not frustrating. I enjoy it. It’s the normal thing to do in the wintertime.” Eulas Henderson, a 56-year-old security guard, as he shoveled still-falling snow from the sidewalk outside his Detroit home Article, this page

Names and faces

posted: 02/23/2013 5:04 a.m.

Court records show that Diane Lane signed her filing to divorce Josh Brolin on Valentine’s Day. Lane’s petition to end the actors’ marriage after 8 1/2 years was filed in Los Angeles on Feb. 15.

In the news

posted: 02/23/2013 5:03 a.m.

Gregg Dietrich, sales specialist at Bonhams Maritime Art Department, said that an original 12 1/2-foot statue of the famous 1945 flag-raising at Iwo Jima, later replicated in the 32-foot sculpture of the World War II flag-raising that rests in Arlington, Va., failed to sell at a New York City auction, with the bids stalling at $950,000, below the undisclosed minimum sale price.

Beebe: Sebelius meeting fruitful

posted: 02/23/2013 5:01 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe emerged from a “productive” meeting with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Friday, saying he felt good about Arkansas’ options for expanding its $5 billion Medicaid program by 250,000 people.


posted: 02/23/2013 5 a.m.

Everybody enjoys a reserved seat at the Samaritan Community Center Cafe. And the meal comes free — including tip.


posted: 02/23/2013 5 a.m.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux in Bella Vista, 1 Saint Bernard Lane, is collecting socks for its annual Lenten sock drive through March 29 for the Shoebox Ministry. Drop boxes are in the narthex and parish hall.

Conference Gives Area Leaders A Chance to Dream

posted: 02/23/2013 5 a.m.

Businessmen, educators, city and state officials gathered Friday at the John Q. Hammons Center to look into the future.

Police: Man Stole Beer Van

posted: 02/23/2013 5 a.m.

A man told police he blacked out after drinking too much whiskey Thursday and woke up in a stolen beer delivery van, according to an arrest report.

County Still Gathering Ambulance Information

posted: 02/23/2013 5 a.m.

Benton County is still gathering information on the cost of ambulance service after more than two years of discussion, prompting one county official to question the process.

Youth Center Memberships Staggered

posted: 02/23/2013 5 a.m.

Jim Humphreys spends a lot of his time at the Springdale Youth Center walking around the track and working out.

Lawmakers Promise to Move Beyond Social Issues

posted: 02/23/2013 5 a.m.

Lawmakers are getting pressure to move beyond social issues such as gun rights and abortion, legislators said at a forum hosted Friday by the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce.

MUSINGS: Pastor Shares Lesson Learned From Judging

posted: 02/23/2013 5 a.m.

Chuck Swindoll, a writer and pastor of one of Texas’ largest churches, relates a story worth repeating. Swindoll was conducting a conference with hundreds in attendance. His attention was drawn to a couple in the audience. The wife was alert, attentive and seemed to reap the gems of the conference. The husband invariably slept during the lectures and apparently was the bored companion. He slept in both the morning and evening sessions. This went on for the entire week and Swindoll’s attitude was one of disgust.

Sales Tax Climbs in Three Cities, Down in Bentonville

posted: 02/23/2013 5 a.m.

Sales tax revenue for Rogers soared this month, with Fayetteville and Springdale also showing increases over last year’s collections. Bentonville’s totals, however, took a tumble.

Man Accused of Assault on Hotel Housekeeper

posted: 02/23/2013 5 a.m.

A Sugarland, Texas, man was arrested Thursday in connection with sexually assaulting a hotel maid last year.

Churches Plan Community Meal Sundays

posted: 02/23/2013 5 a.m.

Community members can come together each Sunday for a meal at a Fayetteville church.

Greenland Recycles Its Way to Top of Heap

posted: 02/23/2013 5 a.m.

High school students have taken a 10-year-old school recycling program to new heights, gaining state and national recognition.

Association Can't Agree on Budget Extension

posted: 02/23/2013 5 a.m.

With time running out on its abbreviated budget, the Property Owners Association board couldn’t agree on an extension at a meeting Thursday night.

FAITH MATTERS: Leaning On Leadership

posted: 02/23/2013 5 a.m.

We were lost.

Alcohol Permits Increase in County

posted: 02/23/2013 5 a.m.

The Arkansas Beverage and Control Division has issued 65 retail beer permits to Benton County businesses since the county was voted wet by voters in November.

Rogers Man Arrested on Voyeurism Charge

posted: 02/23/2013 5 a.m.

A man was arrested Friday in connection with voyeurism, a Class D felony.

Lieutenant governor signs gun-privacy law

posted: 02/23/2013 4:58 a.m.

While acting as governor Friday, Lt. Gov. Mark Darr signed a bill exempting all information about holders of concealed-weapon permits from disclosure under the state Freedom of Information Act.

Beaver Lake algae-test limits would be state 1st

posted: 02/23/2013 4:55 a.m.

A drinking-water source for about 420,000 people in Northwest Arkansas would become the first body of water in the state to have numeric limits on indicators of algae growth under a proposed update of the state’s water-quality standards.

Judge reverses, orders constable held

posted: 02/23/2013 4:53 a.m.

A federal magistrate judge decided Friday to detain James Weldon King, a Phillips County constable who authorities say is a felon who hoarded fully automatic rifles and thousands of rounds of ammunition at his home.


posted: 02/23/2013 4:50 a.m.

This is a calendar of public events of the 89th General Assembly for Monday, the 43rd day of the 2013 legislative session.

Mega Millions

posted: 02/23/2013 4:30 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 9-13-24-38-49 Mega Ball: 30 Estimated jackpot: $12 million Megaplier: 3

Other days

posted: 02/23/2013 4:30 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 23, 1913 A large new American flag floated over the city hall for the first time yesterday in commemoration of the anniversary of the birth of George Washington. The stars and stripes were raised by Merrill Taylor, the 9-year-old son of Mayor Chas. E. Taylor.

EDITORIALS: Cheesy mac with that?

posted: 02/23/2013 4:27 a.m.

“They’re starving back in China, So finish what you’ve got.” —John Lennon, Nobody Told Me THE LAST time we were in a school lunchroom, the waste was super-sized. Perfectly good food was going straight into the garbage cans.

COLUMNISTS: Unnecessarily in the pits

posted: 02/23/2013 4:26 a.m.

If there were an Oscar for political ineptitude, President Obama would be a frontrunner for the prize. The president’s possible approval of the 2,000-mile-long pipeline from the oil sands (previously known as tar sands, and more correctly as bitumen sands) of Alberta, Canada, to the refineries and shipping terminals of the U.S. Gulf Coast is a tale of political calculation that has gone sadly wrong.

Just, just, just . . . anything

posted: 02/23/2013 4:26 a.m.

Every part of us/ alerts another part.

OTHERS SAY: Consequences for failure

posted: 02/23/2013 4:25 a.m.

Critics of a plan by Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell that would allow the state to take over chronically failing schools argue that local officials should be given more time to get things right.

Venezuela’s invisible president

posted: 02/23/2013 4:24 a.m.

Hugo Chavez’s stealth return to Venezuela this week, which was carried out with the same signature secrecy that surrounds all aspects of his health status, makes it clearer than ever that Venezuela is leaderless and in need of someone else to take over.

Guest writer: The cries that blind

posted: 02/23/2013 4:22 a.m.

Few things strike terror into the heart of Washington like the prospect of a spending cut.

At the NWA home show

posted: 02/23/2013 4:22 a.m.

The parking lots were packed and spillover vehicles were patiently waiting for spaces at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Springdale a week ago.


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Few real differences There seems to be a long-running antagonism between certain letter writers on the Voices page between proponents of science versus God and a number of self-acclaimed Christians.

What now?

posted: 02/23/2013 4:19 a.m.

What will he be called? Will he keep his white robes and trademark red loafers? And in the last absolute monarchy in the West, how does the dramatic resignation of Benedict XVI, the first pope to step down willingly in six centuries, change a role long considered by the Roman Catholic Church to be that of God’s representative on Earth?

LR’s Cokesbury bookstore to close

posted: 02/23/2013 4:17 a.m.

Customers were emptying the shelves at the Cokesbury bookstore in downtown Little Rock on Monday afternoon, the first day of a 75 percent off sale. They were also making connections. Two friends who hadn’t seen each other in months caught up. Two strangers discussed each other’s stacks of books, and ended up exchanging phone numbers.

ON RELIGION: Blogger: Did Twitter send pope teetering?

posted: 02/23/2013 4:14 a.m.

As soon as Pope Benedict XVI announced he would surrender St. Peter’s throne, messages stopped flowing to the 1.5 million or so readers following his newborn @Pontifex feed at Twitter.


posted: 02/23/2013 4:13 a.m.

Laundry women to receive aid DUBLIN — Ireland ignored the mistreatment of thousands of women who were incarcerated within Roman Catholic nun-operated laundries and must pay the survivors compensation, Prime Minister Enda Kenny said Tuesday in an emotional state apology for the decades of abuses in the so-called Magdalene Laundries.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Freshmen deliver for Razorbacks

posted: 02/23/2013 4:11 a.m.

Newcomers continue to step up big for Arkansas’ baseball team.

UA’s Alcide breaks pentathlon record

posted: 02/23/2013 4:09 a.m.

Arkansas’ Makeba Alcide tweaked a quad muscle on her final attempt on the high jump, the second event of the pentathlon, and had Mississippi State’s talented Erica Bougard breathing down her neck at the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday.

Hungry Gators open jaws wide

posted: 02/23/2013 4:07 a.m.

The Arkansas Razorbacks have a pretty good idea what is awaiting them in the O’Connell Center tonight when they play No. 5 Florida.

2 tied for top spot at Classic

posted: 02/23/2013 4:06 a.m.

Mike Iaconelli and Cliff Pace made Bassmaster Classic history Friday, forging the first-ever tie in the tournament on Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees.

Earnhardt lurks without fanfare

posted: 02/23/2013 4:02 a.m.

It’s been years since Dale Earnhardt Jr. was a nonfactor during Speedweeks.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 02/23/2013 4 a.m.

Borel still stuck on No. 4,999 — Same race, same result.

7A/6A-CENTRAL GIRLS: Scaife, Lady Warriors roll, win 23rd in a row

posted: 02/23/2013 3:58 a.m.

The bigger the stage, the bigger the performance for Little Rock Hall’s Tyler Scaife.

7A/6A-CENTRAL GIRLS: LR Parkview uses 2nd-half pressure

posted: 02/23/2013 3:56 a.m.

Fort Smith Southside had taller players than host Little Rock Parkview, but rarely held the ball long enough for it to matter.

7A/6A-EAST GIRLS: Basket at buzzer lifts LR Central

posted: 02/23/2013 3:56 a.m.

Jamie Ruffins hit a jumper from the top of the key at the buzzer to give Little Rock Central’s girls a 63-61 victory over North Little Rock in the 7A/6A-Central regular season finale Friday night at Tigers Fieldhouse.

7A/6A-CENTRAL BOYS: Black extends Hall’s streak

posted: 02/23/2013 3:54 a.m.

Little Rock Hall’s boys haven’t lost a conference game in more than two years, and guard Anthony Black wasn’t about to let it happen on Friday night.

4A-NORTH REGION BOYS: Freshman guard carries Maumelle

posted: 02/23/2013 3:53 a.m.

Host Maumelle rode the 23-point performance of freshman guard Shawn Williams to a 74-66 victory over the Gravette Lions in the first round of the Class 4A North Regional Tournament on Friday night.

7A/6A-CENTRAL BOYS: 16-0 spurt propels Conway

posted: 02/23/2013 3:52 a.m.

The Conway Wampus Cats used a 16-0 run to seize control and pulled away for a 76-62 victory over the Greenwood Bulldogs at Buzz Bolding Arena.

HIGH SCHOOL STATE WRESTLING TOURNAMENT: Hornets dance, grapple into contention for title

posted: 02/23/2013 3:51 a.m.

Ed Viera figured midway through this week that his Maumelle wrestling team was thinking a bit too much about lofty expectations.


posted: 02/23/2013 3:48 a.m.

Maumelle and Coach Ed Viera, after listening to talk that said the Hornets were a prohibitive favorite to win the Class 1A-5 A wrestling title, figured they needed to do something. So Viera ditched a portion of practice and had his team film a “Harlem Shake” video in the school’s practice room.


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UALR women at Florida Atlantic WHEN 2 p.m. Central WHERE FAU Arena RECORDS UALR: 19-7, 11-6 ; Florida Atlantic: 12-14, 9-9

Arkansas men at No. 5 Florida

posted: 02/23/2013 3:43 a.m.

WHEN 6 p.m. Central today WHERE O’Connell Center, Gainesville, Fla. RECORDS Arkansas 17-9, 8-5 SEC; Florida 21-4, 11-2

Rick Lee’s Oaklawn Park selections and analysis

posted: 02/23/2013 3:42 a.m.

Profit plays Arkansas Democrat-Gazette handicapper Rick Lee has been given a fictional $1,000 bankroll to work with during the 2013 Oaklawn meeting. He can make as many plays as he wants daily.


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BOYS 7A/6A-CENTRAL Conway 76, Greenwood 62 LR Hall 46, FS Northside 45 LR Parkview 87, FS Southside 43


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BOYS BEEBE 54, PARAGOULD 52 Zach Baker’s 14 points helped the Badgers outlast the Rams in the 5A-East finale for both teams. Austin Burroughs added 12 points for Beebe. Chase Ganer scored 12 points to lead Paragould.


posted: 02/23/2013 3:40 a.m.

Monday 1 p.m. Washington County Water Authority — Authority Office, 12567 U.S. 62, Farmington

Friday’s high school basketball regional roundups

posted: 02/23/2013 3:40 a.m.

BOYS 4A SOUTH CAC 48, MALVERN 43 ARKADELPHIA — Dylan Sherrill led the Central Arkansas Christian Mustangs with 21 points in a semifinal victory over the Malvern Leopards at Ouachita Baptist University.

Urban Summit Series Set for Friday

posted: 02/23/2013 3:38 a.m.

The Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce’s Urban Summit Series will be held Friday.

High school basketball regional results and schedule

posted: 02/23/2013 3:38 a.m.

BOYS CLASS 4A North Region at Maumelle Friday’s results Maumelle 74, Gravette 66 Pottsville 60, Pea Ridge 43 Today’s games Booneville vs. Maumelle, 3:30 p.m. Lincoln vs. Pottsville, 6:30 p.m.

Friday’s team results

posted: 02/23/2013 3:37 a.m.

Jack Stephens Center, Little Rock CLASS 6A-7 A 1. Bentonville....................... 165.5 2. LR Catholic...................... 131.5

City Council to Discuss Contract

posted: 02/23/2013 3:37 a.m.

The City Council will continue discussions about the city’s contract with the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce at its meeting Monday.

Bella Vista Village Reschedules Golf Expo

posted: 02/23/2013 3:35 a.m.

The Property Owners Association has rescheduled its annual Golf Expo to March 14 at Riordan Hall, 3 Riordan Drive.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/23/2013 3:31 a.m.

Rainbow 6 bet brings pot of gold Monday afternoon at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, one winning Classix ticket was worth $548,553.40.

Off the wire

posted: 02/23/2013 3:28 a.m.

FOOTBALL Titans, Wilson agree The Tennessee Titans have taken their first step toward improving their defense, agreeing to terms with safety George Wilson.

State sports briefs

posted: 02/23/2013 3:26 a.m.

FOOTBALL Waymire takes over at Trumann Carlisle Coach Scott Waymire was named Trumann’s new coach Thursday night. Waymire was 71-18-1 in seven seasons at Class 2A Carlisle, highlighted by an appearance in the state championship game in 2011. Waymire replaces Greg White, who resigned following the 2012 season.

EU economy to slide more, panel foresees

posted: 02/23/2013 3:25 a.m.

The euro area economy will shrink in back-to-back years for the first time, driving unemployment higher as governments, consumers and companies curb spending, the European Commission said Friday in its winter forecast.

Boeing to revamp battery, build bigger box to curb fire, CEO says

posted: 02/23/2013 3:22 a.m.

Boeing on Friday proposed a long term fix for the 787 Dreamliner’s troubled batteries that will keep them grounded until April at the earliest, congressional officials said.

RECORDS: February 23

posted: 02/23/2013 3:20 a.m.

Arrests 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force Gerald Keck, 56, of 676 W. Wilson St. in Fayetteville was arrested Friday in connection with felony possession of a controlled substance.

Price drop predicted for 2 crops

posted: 02/23/2013 3:20 a.m.

Prices for the two biggest U.S. crops will fall this year on record corn and soybean production, easing food inflation while providing less cash for growers recovering from drought, the government said.

Report: Price of gasoline to climb

posted: 02/23/2013 3:19 a.m.

Drivers in the U.S. should expect to see a “modest further increase” in gasoline prices as refinery repairs cut supply and plants begin making more expensive summer-grade fuels, a government report shows.

Tesla chief pegs 2013 deliveries at 20,000

posted: 02/23/2013 3:18 a.m.

Tesla Motors Inc., the maker of electric cars, plans to increase output by at least 25 percent this year after earnings were hurt by startup snags that drove up costs in 2012.

Johnson & Johnson hip-implant marketing probed

posted: 02/23/2013 3:16 a.m.

Federal prosecutors are investigating Johnson & Johnson’s practices in marketing a line of hip replacements recalled in 2010 because many had to be replaced within a few years — part of a string of more than 30 product recalls by the health-care giant in the past 3 1/2 years.

MARKET REPORT: With 3-digit gain, Dow closes at 14,000

posted: 02/23/2013 3:13 a.m.

Strong earnings from big U.S. companies pushed the Dow Jones industrial average to a rare triple-digit gain Friday, but the S&P 500 index still posted its first weekly loss of the year.

Business news in brief

posted: 02/23/2013 3:12 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I want to keep the company on a steady production pace and focus on efficiency.We need to level off and focus on running a real tight ship.” Elon Musk, Tesla Motors Inc. CEO, on production of Tesla electric cars Article, 1D


posted: 02/23/2013 3:11 a.m.

One Bank & Trust sues son of owner One Bank & Trust of Little Rock on Friday sued Hunter Stuart, a former vice president and the son of its owner, claiming Stuart used more than $1 million in misappropriated funds from the bank on his Pleasant Valley home.

Against the grain

posted: 02/23/2013 3:10 a.m.

Love the look of leather? Saddle up. Leather is charging into home decor, going beyond couches, chairs and table tops. It’s upholstering walls and covering floors, and manufactured materials made from recycled leather are broadening the design possibilities even further.

Personal space

posted: 02/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

Kay Tatum Where I live: I live in a house built in 1899 in the MacArthur Park Historic District with my husband, John, and our four feline children: Tara Tatum, Tori Tatum, Tessie Tatum and General T. J. Churchill-Tatum.

In the garden

posted: 02/23/2013 3:06 a.m.

Q I have a smallish garden spot (4 feet wide by 20 feet long) that receives mostly shade during the summer with about three hours of intense sunlight in the afternoon, say 1 to about 4 p.m. Will potato or onion plants be successful in this spot?

HOG CALLS: Hogs use talent from state and abroad

posted: 02/23/2013 3:03 a.m.

With names like O’Shaughnessy and O’Mara, it seemed John McDonnell’s early Razorbacks track stars were even more Irish than Arkansas’ Irish coach from County Mayo.

Ask the expert

posted: 02/23/2013 3:01 a.m.

This year, I have resolved to get organized around my home — and stay that way. What advice do you have for me?

Tools & toys

posted: 02/23/2013 3:01 a.m.

Sunbeam Therapedic Deluxe Heated Mattress Pad What’s to love: Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted an early spring, but the nights are still chilly and this heated mattress pad will keep you warm.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Big Brother’s little choppers have eyes on you

posted: 02/23/2013 2:57 a.m.

Dear Otus, When was it that the Little Rock Police were supposed to start their dang “Big Brother” drone program? I thought it was last fall, but I haven’t read anything. — Eric Blair Alexander

Coop book targets hip chicken tenders

posted: 02/23/2013 2:53 a.m.

When designers Kevin McElroy and Matthew Wolpe unveiled their mod Chick-in-a-Box chicken coop at a 2010 Bay Area Maker Faire for inventors and independent designers, they thought they were onto something. Chickens had moved from the farm to the backyard, after all, and coops had become popular projects for architects and artisans alike.

Seminar to focus on restoration of log structures

posted: 02/23/2013 2:52 a.m.

The Historic Arkansas Museum in downtown Little Rock is preparing to host a 21st-century seminar at which Honest Abe himself might feel right at home.


posted: 02/23/2013 2:50 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: Yesterday I went out to put air in my tires, and I had the same problem I always do — I’m very afraid that the tire will explode while I’m filling it, probably ripping the skin off my face. I end up filling the tire only one or two PSI at a time while looking away, then rechecking the pressure, and so on. Can you give me any advice? Has a tire ever exploded on you? — Ashley

Keep it clean

posted: 02/23/2013 2:48 a.m.

Caldrea Countertop Spray Vegetables make you strong like Popeye, give you super vision like Superman and can give you long, healthy hair like Rapunzel. So go the stories of childhood.


posted: 02/23/2013 2:47 a.m.

Happy birthday. If you’re clear about what you want, your winning style will attract the support and funding you need over the next four weeks. Self-promotion works well in March, but it’s your hard work and knack for assembling teams that will ultimately bring a project home in April.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Subway Lawsuits And Other Dangers

posted: 02/23/2013 2:47 a.m.

These past few days I watched as hundreds of good folk paid cash for thousands of gizmos, presumably to sell on the Internet to other good folks who would pay for those gizmos one at a time by credit card. Credit card purchases are just one of many reasons 40 percent of the price of everything retail is interest, usury.

COMMENTARY: Put The Load Right On Me

posted: 02/23/2013 2:47 a.m.

The great thing about some rock anthems is you can make the words apply to just about anything.

HOW WE SEE IT: Should Sheriffs Biennial Elections Be Nonpartisan?

posted: 02/23/2013 2:47 a.m.

Nobody calls 911 and asks to speak to the Democrat.


posted: 02/23/2013 2:45 a.m.

DEAR READERS: One of the jobs most people dread is making out and paying bills. It’s easy to put off, but don’t let your bills be late, because you will end up paying more in interest and late fees. Try the following hints to help keep things a bit more organized: When you get home from work, instead of just sitting down, why not take time to do a few small things, like paying bills or sorting paperwork ?


posted: 02/23/2013 2:44 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: We attended a wedding recently, during which the preacher read something from the Bible about the need for charity. What does charity have to do with marriage? I guess I didn’t understand what point he was trying to make. — M.T.

Super Quiz: Gone With the Wind

posted: 02/23/2013 2:44 a.m.

1. Who was the author of the novel? 2. Which state provides the main setting? 3. What was the protagonist’s name and who was her chief love interest? 4. Who portrayed the two roles in the 1939 film?

Gold futures fall to seven-month low

posted: 02/23/2013 2:36 a.m.

Gold futures slumped to a seven-month low Friday as signs of economic optimism eroded demand for the precious metal as a haven. The price for silver also fell.

UCA students’ costs to increase

posted: 02/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

Room and board rates at the University of Central Arkansas will increase this fall, the board of trustees decided Friday.

Panel upholds fine for packager

posted: 02/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission on Friday upheld a $25,920 civil penalty for a food packaging company that installed a machine at a factory in Paragould without approval from the Department of Environmental Quality.

Czech Republic to repay churches

posted: 02/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

The Czech government signed deals with representatives of 16 religious groups on Friday to pay them billions of dollars in compensation for property the country’s former Communist regime seized from them.

Communities of Faith

posted: 02/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

Monastery hosts climate change talk FORT SMITH — The Just-Peace Film and Lecture Series continues at 7:30 p.m. March 4 at St. Scholastica Monastery, 1301 S. Albert Pike Ave. Climatologist Robert McAfee of the Climate Reality Project will discuss the impact of oil, gas and coal on the climate.

Group rallies to save historic bridge

posted: 02/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

What was once a heavily traveled passageway to the Southwest for Arkansas’ first European settlers is now a rusted iron structure with limited public access.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 02/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Joe ran unopposed this last time, and that’s very uncommon for someone who’s been in office as long as he has.That’s kind of why I decided I wanted to do this. People love him — his employees here tonight, people in the courthouse, they didn’t want to see a change.” Janet Powell, who will temporarily replace her husband, Joe Powell, as Franklin County judge so he can collect full retirement benefits Article, 1B


posted: 02/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

Eldest of The Staple Singers siblings In a family of vocalists, it was Cleotha Staples’ smooth and velvety voice that helped set apart the sound of the influential and best-selling gospel group The Staple Singers.

Southern rock star Knight dies

posted: 02/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

Stanley Glen Knight, lead guitarist for Black Oak Arkansas from 1969-76, didn’t become accustomed to the rock star lifestyle right away.

The state/region in brief

posted: 02/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

Courthouse gets Civil War marker The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has approved the placement of a historical marker at the Pike County Courthouse in Murfreesboro, commission Chairman Tom Dupree said.

Dora the Explorer adviser performs play about his life

posted: 02/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

An adviser to the popular children’s show Dora the Explorer can relate to the cultural tensions that face children of immigrant families.

Deputy accused of lying on stand

posted: 02/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

A Johnson County sheriff’s deputy was charged Friday with perjury, accused of lying under oath about making statements to circuit court jurors about the defendant in the murder trial they were hearing.

Meadors’ no-rules aid found at UCA

posted: 02/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

Former University of Central Arkansas President Allen Meadors established a no-criteria scholarship aimed at boosting enrollment before he resigned in 2011, an internal audit found.

Former lawyer charged in DWI

posted: 02/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

A former Fayetteville lawyer with two outstanding warrants and about $1 million in civil-court judgments against him was arrested Thursday night in Eureka Springs for purportedly driving while intoxicated.

Abruptly, Castro hints at retiring

posted: 02/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

Cuban President Raul Castro has unexpectedly raised the possibility of leaving his post, saying Friday that he is old and has a right to retire. But he did not say when he might do so or if such a move was imminent.

County judge’s wife cleared to take his job

posted: 02/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

Members of the Franklin County Quorum Court voted 8-1 Thursday night to appoint Janet Powell to replace her husband, Joe Powell, as Franklin County judge when he resigns next Thursday.

Kremlin on child’s U.S. death: Cool it

posted: 02/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

Moscow should “temper emotions” over the death of a Russian boy adopted by an American family, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said Friday after the U.S. ambassador urged Russian authorities and the media to stop their “sensational exploitations” of the case.

Russia flies tons of supplies to Mali

posted: 02/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

Russia dispatched a planeload of humanitarian aid to war-stricken Mali on Friday, a day after Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned about the spread of terrorism in North Africa, which the Russian government has linked to Western intervention in Libya.

Egypt sets April elections; Morsi opponents decry vote

posted: 02/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

Egypt’s president set parliamentary elections to begin in April — a decision that an opposition leader denounced Friday as “a recipe for disaster” because of the ongoing political turmoil in the country.

Former Legion of Christ priest said he saw corrupt payments

posted: 02/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

A former priest for the Roman Catholic religious order the Legion of Christ said in sworn testimony that he witnessed financial improprieties at the order’s operation in Rome, including the founder’s use of large amounts of cash without any accounting, and said he believed the order’s founder and then-second-in-command gave gifts to people at the Vatican to curry favor with them.

House revisits anti-violence act

posted: 02/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

The House and Senate appeared headed for another partisan battle as the House prepared to take up its version of the once-noncontentious Violence Against Women Act.

Obama defends voting oversight

posted: 02/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

President Barack Obama argued Friday for keeping a key provision of federal votingrights law in place, saying it will become more difficult to help people who believe their rights have been violated if the Supreme Court decides to strike down that part of the law.

Iran: U.N. report shows country is nuclear-tame

posted: 02/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

Iran cited the latest report by U.N.’s nuclear watchdog as evidence that its atomic program is being used for peaceful purposes, state TV reported on Friday ahead of a new round of nuclear talks with the West.

Winter storm slows Midwest, ebbs; death toll 4

posted: 02/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

A major winter storm turned Midwest commutes into treacherous challenges Friday before the system petered out over the Great Lakes.

U.S., Japan stress unity

posted: 02/23/2013 2:35 a.m.

Signaling solidarity, President Barack Obama and Japan’s new prime minister said Friday that North Korea’s recent nuclear provocations would not be tolerated and pledged to seek strong action against the isolated nation.

Friday, February 22

Arkansas tops Evansville in opener

posted: 02/22/2013 6:04 p.m.

Arkansas hit two home runs and overcame an early deficit to beat Evansville 10-4 at Baum Stadium.

Arkansas-Evansville Game 1 Live Blog

posted: 02/22/2013 2:30 p.m.

Join in an interactive live blog as Arkansas hosts Evansville at Baum Stadium.

House burns near Goshen

posted: 02/22/2013 2:25 p.m.

Fayetteville and Goshen firefighters are battling a house fire on Bob Lawrence Road, near Goshen.

Sales tax revenue up in three cities, down in Bentonville

posted: 02/22/2013 12:25 p.m.

Sales tax revenue for Rogers soared this month, with Fayetteville and Springdale also showing increases over last year’s collections. Bentonville’s totals, however, took a tumble.

Police: 3 arrested, 2 lbs. of meth found

posted: 02/22/2013 11:43 a.m.

An investigation by the 4th Judicial Drug Task Force and a traffic stop by a Springdale officer netted two pounds of methamphetamine and three arrests in connection with federal drug charges, according to a news release from the task force.

Individuals Key For Shiloh Christian, Gentry

posted: 02/22/2013 6:08 a.m.

Neither Gentry nor Shiloh Christian will be pushing for any team championships at this weekend’s Arkansas High School Wrestling Championships, but both will send some individuals with high hopes.

Grigsby Not Looking Ahead

posted: 02/22/2013 5:41 a.m.

Aaron Grigsby can’t remember his first wrestling tournament as a 4-year-old, but he sure remembers losing in the state tournament a year ago.

One Title Not Enough For Evans

posted: 02/22/2013 5:34 a.m.

Logan Evans hasn’t rested on his laurels this season. He said winning the Class 6A/7A state wrestling title at 138 pounds last year only pushed him to improve.

Center Of Attention Mounties Mulcahy Earns Top Seed

posted: 02/22/2013 5:27 a.m.

Nick Mulcahy will be the center of attention in the 152-pound division at the Class 7A/6A State Wrestling Tournament, and the Rogers High center is embracing the attention.

Smith Eyeing State Title For Har-Ber

posted: 02/22/2013 5:24 a.m.

Twenty-two teams in Class 7A/6A will meet in Little Rock today for the Arkansas State Wrestling Championships, but only one will return as defending state champion.

Medical groups point to needless treatments

posted: 02/22/2013 5:08 a.m.

Nearly 100 medical procedures, tests and therapies are overused and often unnecessary, a coalition of leading medical societies says in a new report aimed at improving health care and controlling runaway costs.

Goll Goes Full Force For Bulldogs

posted: 02/22/2013 5:03 a.m.

Sam Goll is determined to go out on top, and he’s put in the work to prove it.

Huber Leads Lady Tigers In Regional Rout

posted: 02/22/2013 4:59 a.m.

The shots weren’t falling early for Prairie Grove’s girls during the early stage of Thursday’s game against Dardanelle, but coach Kevin Froud was nowhere near panic mode.

Greenland Punches Return Ticket To State

posted: 02/22/2013 4:57 a.m.

The big pressure is off Greenland. After winning the Class 3A state championship last year, the Lady Pirates struggled to get to the .500 mark this year.

Bearcats Put End To Cardinals’ Season

posted: 02/22/2013 4:53 a.m.

Tim Goers was very familiar with Farmington’s boys basketball team and coach Beau Thompson, but never defeated the Cardinals while he was at Ozark.

Expected Storm Misses Northwest Arkansas

posted: 02/22/2013 4:49 a.m.

Temperatures hovered just above freezing Thursday as a steady rain fell throughout the day, dampening fears of a winter storm officials said may cause power outages and snarl traffic.

Teams Fight For Seeding On Final Night

posted: 02/22/2013 4:48 a.m.

The top seeds in the 7A/6A-West Conference have been decided, but there is still a ton of drama...

Assessor Expands Office Hours

posted: 02/22/2013 4:46 a.m.

Benton County property owners will have some added opportunities to get their assessments done before the May 31 deadline.

Springdale Commission Considers Airport Renovation

posted: 02/22/2013 4:44 a.m.

The city Airport Commission will try to cut a wish list of terminal improvements to reach a manageable cost.

The world in brief

posted: 02/22/2013 4:41 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are very concerned about the rapidly escalating cost of health care. This is not healthy for the country, and something has to be done.” Dr. Bruce Sigsbee, President of the American Academy of Neurology Article, 1A

Two Degrees Of Separation

posted: 02/22/2013 4:40 a.m.

Only a couple degrees separated Fayetteville from falling prey to a winter storm Thursday that brought sleet and freezing rain to other parts of Northwest Arkansas.

Names and faces

posted: 02/22/2013 4:40 a.m.

Platinum-selling rapper Ja Rule left an upstate New York prison Thursday morning after serving most of his two year sentence for illegal gun possession and headed straight into federal custody in a tax case. U.S. marshals escorted the 36-year-old musician out of Mid-State Correctional Facility at 9:30 a.m.

In the news

posted: 02/22/2013 4:39 a.m.

President Barack Obama said in a radio interview with the Rev. Al Sharpton that next week’s dedication of a statue of civil-rights pioneer Rosa Parks will be a “powerful moment,” adding that the Parks statue will be the first full-length one of a black woman in the U.S. Capitol building.

Elkins Board Plans Superintendent Search

posted: 02/22/2013 4:37 a.m.

ELKINS — Help wanted: a new superintendent.

Sub Case May Be Moving Along

posted: 02/22/2013 4:34 a.m.

A federal lawsuit claiming Subway sandwiches are shorter than advertised may be moving again.

No Snow Day

posted: 02/22/2013 4:31 a.m.

Most Northwest Arkansas school districts chose to remain open Thursday, decisions that brought both cheers and jeers from patrons.

City To Buy Land For Razorback Trail

posted: 02/22/2013 4:27 a.m.

City Council members on Tuesday will consider buying land near Bellview Road for a segment of the Razorback Greenway trail system.

Legislative summary

posted: 02/22/2013 4:26 a.m.

This is a summary list of bills (by bill number, lead sponsor and title) introduced through Thursday in the 89th General Assembly, except for appropriation bills, which, along with other bills and resolutions, may be found at the legislative website:

School Keeps Tax Money

posted: 02/22/2013 4:25 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court affirmed Thursday money from a property tax increase approved in a school millage election cannot be used by the city for a downtown redevelopment project.

House roll call

posted: 02/22/2013 4:25 a.m.

The House of Representatives voted 80-10 to pass House Bill 1037, which would ban most abortions after 20 weeks. Ten lawmakers did not vote.


posted: 02/22/2013 4:23 a.m.

This is a calendar of public events of the 89th General Assembly for today, the 40th day of the 2013 legislative session.

Siloam Springs McDonald’s Moving Forward

posted: 02/22/2013 4:20 a.m.

A new McDonald’s in Siloam Springs is back on track after company and city officials resolved a disagreement over a driveway that stalled the project.

Sub Case May be Moving Along

posted: 02/22/2013 4:16 a.m.

A federal lawsuit claiming Subway sandwiches are shorter than advertised may be moving again.

From One, Many

posted: 02/22/2013 4:03 a.m.

Working both in Arkansas and closer to his New Jersey studio, Shea Hembrey was clearly up to something. No one knew exactly what. But he’d pulled friends and family into photo shoots, used them to help set up potential works and completed enough material to raise curiosity.


posted: 02/22/2013 4:03 a.m.

TODAY 540 North — 7-9 p.m., Acoustic Mud, Bella Vista.


posted: 02/22/2013 4:03 a.m.

TODAY “Sons of the Prophet” — A “comedy about human suffering,” 7:30 p.m. today & Saturday, 2 & 7 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, TheatreSquared at the Nadine Baum Studios in Fayetteville. $22-up. 443-5600.

‘Sheet Fort’ Expands In South Fayetteville

posted: 02/22/2013 4:03 a.m.

The Artist’s Laboratory Theatre has built its “infamous sheet fort venue” to host a variety of diverse performing arts groups at the B-Unlimited Theatre, which ALT founder Erika Wilhite describes as “an intimate warehouse space” at 612. W. Center St. in Fayetteville.

The Art OverView

posted: 02/22/2013 4:03 a.m.

1 into Lecture the The Queen the Surveyor — unique ’ Gain s Pictures chal insights of - lenges involved in curating the Royal Collection of Great Britain, which contains millions of artifacts from the personal collections of British royalty over the past 500 years, introduced by Crystal Bridges Public Programs Coordinator Sara Segerlin and featuring guest speakers Desmond Shawe-Taylor, curator of the Royal Collection, and longtime editor of “The Art Newspaper” Anna Somers Cocks. 6:30-7 :30 p.m. March 1 in the Great Hall at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Buzzing About The Hive

posted: 02/22/2013 4:03 a.m.

The Hive is “a modern take on local food,” executive chef Matthew McClure says.

Love, Marriage, Music

posted: 02/22/2013 4:03 a.m.

Amusical comedy takes the stage at Sager Creek Arts Center this weekend.

Hair Style

posted: 02/22/2013 4:03 a.m.

Hair ” might be considered the “Rent” of the late 1960s, says Dan Sher.

Straight From The Heart

posted: 02/22/2013 4:03 a.m.

The character of Arnold Epstein might be the laughingstock of Neil Simon’s “Biloxi Blues.” Epstein, a Jew from New York, is physically weak and inept. He’s constantly the soldier caught in the gunsights of a belligerent sergeant. His fellow servicemen think he’s gay.

Life As Art

posted: 02/22/2013 4:03 a.m.

In the film version of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” the character Stanley, an abusive, domineering, bull of a man, can ALMOST be forgiven. Or, at least, Justin Walker could see why characters such as Stanley’s wife, Stella, and her recently arrived sister, Blanche, might forgive him.

Other days

posted: 02/22/2013 3:56 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 22, 1913 House bill No. 231, by Newton of Lonoke, which throws restrictions around the expenditure of money for campaign expenses and provides penalties for corrupt practice in elections, passed the house yesterday.


posted: 02/22/2013 3:54 a.m.

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

EDITORIALS: The secret of his success

posted: 02/22/2013 3:53 a.m.

SOMEWHERE in his concise, simple, and complete masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, Scott Fitzgerald describes personality as “an unbroken series of successful gestures. . .” We have come a long way since a writer could offer so clear and sharp a definition of the significant life.

COLUMNISTS: A tale of two revolutions

posted: 02/22/2013 3:53 a.m.

A modern revolution never seems to end. Look at the French Revolution, which set the pattern. When those observing the 200th anniversary of that revolution gathered, they soon splintered into much the same factions that had emerged at the time of The Revolution itself: not just monarchists and republicans but ideologues from all points on the revolutionary spectrum.

From the Farewell Address

posted: 02/22/2013 3:52 a.m.

September 17, 1796. . . . The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad, of your safety, of your prosperity, of that very liberty which you so highly prize.

Lights, camera, teach!

posted: 02/22/2013 3:50 a.m.

The timing couldn’t have been better.


posted: 02/22/2013 3:49 a.m.

Real life, fiction not same The most recent letter supporting capital punishment by Wayne D. “Mr. CSI: Arkadelphia” McGinnis is a prime example, I believe, of why we as a civil society should educate our children to understand the difference between the reality of everyday real life and the fictionality of TV shows/ movie drama, namely the plethora of crime-based TV that sensationalizes crime and punishment today, and from which McGinnis’ imagery and passion seem to be based.

SEC BASKETBALL: Young's acrobatic shot lifts Arkansas

posted: 02/22/2013 3:44 a.m.

Arkansas guard BJ Young appeared more relieved than elated after the Razorbacks beat Georgia 62-60 on Thursday night at Walton Arena.

UA isn’t ready to loosen grip

posted: 02/22/2013 3:38 a.m.

Arkansas’ men’s track and field team doesn’t want the SEC trophy going anywhere.

Thunder bring in Brewer

posted: 02/22/2013 3:36 a.m.

Oklahoma City attempted to bolster its back court for the rest of this season Thursday by sending a 2014 second-round draft pick to New York for Ronnie Brewer (Fayetteville, Arkansas), who has been on playoff teams five of his first six years in the NBA.

Wrestling moves on despite IOC drop

posted: 02/22/2013 3:34 a.m.

The reactions from around the Arkansas wrestling community were predictable when news broke last week that wrestling had been dropped from the 2020 Olympics.

LIKE IT IS: Poking, prodding begin at NFL combine

posted: 02/22/2013 3:32 a.m.

There are several notable story lines with more than 300 football players assembled at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

COMMENTARY: Lee pitching bounce-back for Phillies

posted: 02/22/2013 3:31 a.m.

A starting pitcher can only control his fate every fifth day of a baseball season. And even on that day, the one stat that he’s often defined by — the victory — is often out of his control, too.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Linebacker finds comfort zone with UA assistant

posted: 02/22/2013 3:29 a.m.

Arkansas ties and a prior relationship with Razorbacks defensive coordinator Chris Ash has highly recruited linebacker Clifton Garrett of Joliet (Ill.) Plainfield South interested in the Hogs.

UA gymnasts try to break Tide skid

posted: 02/22/2013 3:27 a.m.

The Arkansas gymnastics team will look to break the 196 mark for the second time this season and aim for an upset of defending national champion Alabama tonight at Barnhill Arena.

TOP 25/SEC WOMEN: UA women fall into hole, can’t find way out

posted: 02/22/2013 3:25 a.m.

It was another cold night for the Arkansas women’s basketball team.

Quorum Court goes against judge, creates committee

posted: 02/22/2013 3:25 a.m.

The Washington County Quorum Court Thursday voted to create a Finance and Budget Committee of the Whole against County Judge Marilyn Edward's wishes. The ordinance proposed by Justice of the Peace Eva Madison creates a committee consisting of all 15 justices of the peace to discuss the this year's financial issues and next year's budget.

In the lane: Freshman plays like a big shot

posted: 02/22/2013 3:20 a.m.

Freshman Anthlon Bell had played 32 minutes in Arkansas’ past 10 games, had scored in only one game in that span and had not seen action in two of the past three games.

SUN BELT WOMEN: Eight-game winning streak puts UALR in a tie for first

posted: 02/22/2013 3:17 a.m.

The UALR women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to eight games Thursday night, but not until the Trojans survived a late flurry by Florida International and the leading scorer in women’s college basketball.

4A NORTH REGIONAL: Lincoln surprises top seed Subiaco

posted: 02/22/2013 3:16 a.m.

It wasn’t a good day to be a top seed at the Class 4A North Regional Tournament.

Trojan men off the mark against Panthers

posted: 02/22/2013 3:13 a.m.

A poor offensive showing hampered the UALR men’s basketball team again Thursday night. Now the Trojans have to worry about staying in the top half of the Sun Belt Conference standings over the regular season’s final week.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 02/22/2013 3:12 a.m.

5,000th eluding Borel — Jockey Calvin Borel’s day is coming, but it just wasn’t on this dreary, cold day at Oaklawn Park.

Arkansans embrace challenge of cold Classic

posted: 02/22/2013 3:10 a.m.

Mike McClelland of Bella Vista and Mark Davis of Mount Ida will cast for the top championship in professional bass fishing this weekend at the 43rd Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees.

McIlroy, Woods out in 1st round

posted: 02/22/2013 3:08 a.m.

The snow is gone from the Match Play Championship, and so are Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.

DAYTONA 500 QUALIFYING RACES: Sunday stays the chief goal

posted: 02/22/2013 3:07 a.m.

Perfect so far at Speedweeks, Kevin Harvick has positioned himself as the favorite to win the Daytona 500.

Lewis leads in Thailand

posted: 02/22/2013 3:05 a.m.

Stacy Lewis shot a 9-under-par 63 in the first round Thursday to take a three stroke lead at the LPGA Thailand. The former Arkansas Razorback had an eagle on the par-4 third hole and added four more birdies on the front nine at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course.

Populations healthy for bear, alligators

posted: 02/22/2013 3:04 a.m.

Arkansas’ bear and alligator hunting seasons went smoothly and the animals’ populations in the state are stable, Arkansas Game and Fish commissioners were told Thursday at their monthly meeting in Little Rock.

Game sketch

posted: 02/22/2013 3:03 a.m.

RECORDS Arkansas 17-9, 8-5 SEC; Georgia 12-14, 6-7 STARS Arkansas freshman guard Anthlon Bell (17 points, 6-of-10 shooting), junior forward Marshawn Powell (11 points) and sophomore guard BJ Young (8 points, game-winning shot); Georgia sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (15 points).

MLB notes

posted: 02/22/2013 3:02 a.m.

REDS Cueto blocked GOODYEAR, Ariz.— The Cincinnati Reds have blocked ace Johnny Cueto from pitching for the Dominican Republic in next month’s World Baseball Classic.


posted: 02/22/2013 3:01 a.m.

MEN ARKANSAS-MONTICELLO 51, ARKANSAS TECH 50 RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas-Monticello held Arkansas Tech to 35.4 percent shooting and made nine threepointers in beating the Great American Conference’s first-place team Thursday at Tucker Coliseum.

Thursday’s high school roundups

posted: 02/22/2013 3 a.m.

BOYS 5A-CENTRAL PULASKI ACADEMY 61, HELENA-WEST HELENA 53 HELENA-WEST HELENA — Marcus Wallace scored 24 points and the Bruins (13-7, 10-4 ) rallied from a four-point deficit to start the final quarter to defeat the Cougars in the 5A-Central finale for both teams.

High school regional scores and schedules

posted: 02/22/2013 2:52 a.m.

BOYS CLASS 4A North Region at Maumelle Thursday’s results Booneville 52, Farmington 45 Lincoln 56, Subiaco Academy 49

Rick Lee’s Oaklawn Park selections and analysis

posted: 02/22/2013 2:50 a.m.

Profit plays Arkansas Democrat-Gazette handicapper Rick Lee has been given a fictional $1,000 bankroll to work with during the 2013 Oaklawn meeting. He can make as many plays as he wants daily.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/22/2013 2:50 a.m.

Memphis a long shot for Games The United States Olympic Committee on Wednesday sent a letter to 35 cities to gauge interest in hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Off the wire

posted: 02/22/2013 2:48 a.m.

BASKETBALL Crawford traded The Washington Wizards sent Jordan Crawford, who has led the team in scoring 17 times this season, to Boston Celtics for center Jason Collins and injured guard Leandro Barbosa at Thursday’s trade deadline.

Jobless claims up 20,000 in week

posted: 02/22/2013 2:45 a.m.

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped 20,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 362,000, remaining at a level that suggests slow but steady improvement in the job market.

Business news in brief

posted: 02/22/2013 2:34 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’ll get a pause here in the next couple of days, but [gasoline prices] will still be higher on St. Patrick’s Day than they are now.” Tom Kloza, Oil Price Information Service chief oil analyst Article, 1D

20-week abortion bill goes to Beebe

posted: 02/22/2013 2:33 a.m.

With no debate, the House voted 80-10 on Thursday to ban most abortions in Arkansas after 20 weeks. The bill goes to Gov. Mike Beebe’s desk.

Medicaid effort by state garners federal millions

posted: 02/22/2013 2:31 a.m.

Arkansas’ effort to overhaul the way it pays Medicaid providers received a boost Thursday as the federal government rewarded the state’s first-in-the-nation efforts with a $42 million grant.

Predicting who will, not necessarily should, win Oscars

posted: 02/22/2013 2:31 a.m.

The 85th annual Academy Awards ceremony will be held Sunday night. As is our custom, we’ve assembled a panel of astute Oscar watchers (and one clueless movie critic) to guess what will win what. And while we encourage you to play along at home, we must remind you that gambling is prohibited and flash photography is dangerous to our performers.

ON FILM: Conversations are the stars of class

posted: 02/22/2013 2:24 a.m.

The stretch between Christmas and the Oscars telecast is a bleary slog for my ilk. We professional moviegoers see most of the award-seeking stuff in the fall, so we can fill out ballots in December and write our end-of-the year features about what movies we liked (or didn’t ).

REVIEW: Snitch

posted: 02/22/2013 2:22 a.m.

Snitch plays like two movies grafted into one. The first is a gritty, topical crime drama that makes no attempt to hide its agenda. The other is a pretty good excuse for gun play, vehicle chases and that old staple, explosions.


posted: 02/22/2013 2:19 a.m.

Argo Ben Affleck R, 120 minutes (2012) Ben Affleck could never find work as a spy — he’s got too much physical presence. Spies need to blend into the scenery, to go unnoticed.

Die Hard barely beats Haven

posted: 02/22/2013 2:17 a.m.

A Good Day to Die Hard, the fifth film in the Bruce Willis action series, opened as the top movie over Washington’s Birthday weekend with $25 million in ticket sales for News Corp.’s Twentieth Century Fox.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Thanks Due For Sudan Food Support

posted: 02/22/2013 2:16 a.m.

Irecently returned from the Nuba Mountains in Sudan where I, with the support of many goodhearted people here in the U.S., was able to insert some five and a half tons of food to people who are in dire need due to the constant bombing of their villages and farms by the government of Sudan. It’s an area where an untold number of people are suffering malnutrition to severe malnutrition to outright starvation.

Parental Rights, Race In Debate

posted: 02/22/2013 2:16 a.m.

Should parents in Arkansas be able to choose what schools their children attend without restriction? If so, would that result in racial resegregation in parts of the state, with mostly white schools in one part of the county and schools with mostly minority students in another part? If so, what should the state do to discourage that from happening?

HOW WE SEE IT Board Needs To Face Public

posted: 02/22/2013 2:16 a.m.

It may be hard to believe, but the question of how to redraw school attendance zones in Rogers reached the school board just this week.


posted: 02/22/2013 2:16 a.m.

Monday 1 p.m.


posted: 02/22/2013 2:16 a.m.

Arrests Fayetteville Ricky Capwell, 53, of 5911 Tackett Drive was arrested Thursday in connection with felony possession of a controlled substance, along with misdemeanor driving on a suspended/revoked license, no proof of ownership, no proof of insurance and fictitious vehicle license/registration. He was in the Washington County Detention Center on $4,220 bond Thursday.

Film clips

posted: 02/22/2013 2:14 a.m.

At area theaters 91 AMOUR, PG-13 Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva play octogenarian former music teachers whose abiding love is put to the test when she suffers a partially paralyzing stroke. With Isabelle Huppert, Michael Haneke; directed by Haneke. (127 minutes)


posted: 02/22/2013 2:11 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) Jack the Giant Slayer, PG-13 A young man who inadvertently opens a door between our world and the home of fearsome giants reignites an ancient war.


posted: 02/22/2013 2:10 a.m.

New this week Dark Skies PG-13 A young suburban couple (Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton) take matters into their own hands to figure out what the unimaginably terrifying and deadly force is that is after their family.


posted: 02/22/2013 2:03 a.m.

Happy birthday. The next three weeks bring recognition for your professional and creative efforts. In March, you’ll be victorious in a game or ongoing dispute. April offers a welcome change of scenery.


posted: 02/22/2013 2:03 a.m.

DEAR READERS: After running a hint about using a carabiner and then a follow-up on what one is, many of you wrote with favorite uses. Here are just a few hints you shared: Sally, via e-mail, wrote, “My husband and I each have one attached to a water bottle, to clip onto belts or my purse when hiking or shopping.”


posted: 02/22/2013 2:02 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: How bad do you have to be before God won’t forgive you, no matter how sincere you are or how much you ask Him to? — J. McL.

Super Quiz:

posted: 02/22/2013 2:02 a.m.

Identify the country or native group most closely associated with the type of dwelling. 1. Igloo 2. Wigwam (wickiup) 3. Hacienda 4. Chalet

Russell: Motherhood affects acting

posted: 02/22/2013 1:55 a.m.

Keri Russell’s “comeback year” has the feel of a reinvention, a re-branding of the dainty young lovely who burst on the scene with Felicity back in the last century.

Oklahoma bills to OK slaughter of horses

posted: 02/22/2013 1:54 a.m.

Oklahoma could soon allow the slaughter of horses for human consumption, ending a ban that has been in place in the state for close to 50 years, under a pair of bills easily approved Wednesday in the Oklahoma Legislature.

Supreme Court

posted: 02/22/2013 1:54 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.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 02/22/2013 1:54 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’ve lived next to this river all my life.They make it look like we’re not looking out for our own streams.” Jason Henson, one of three co-owners of C&H Farms, a hog-farming operation near a tributary of the Buffalo National River Article, 1B

Glassman selected for Crystal Bridges board

posted: 02/22/2013 1:54 a.m.

Elizabeth Glassman, president and chief executive officer of the Terra Foundation for American Art in Chicago, was recently appointed to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art board of directors, museum officials announced Thursday.

LR’s Coleman announces run for governor in 2014

posted: 02/22/2013 1:54 a.m.

Little Rock businessman Curtis Coleman launched his bid for the Republican gubernatorial nomination Thursday, saying his priorities include cutting taxes, limiting the size of state government and allowing private schools to receive public funds.

The state/region in brief

posted: 02/22/2013 1:54 a.m.

Manila quake small, U.S. geologists say The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a small earthquake near Manila on Wednesday evening, but officials in the Mississippi County town said Thursday that there were no injuries or damage.

Prison e-mail facing growth

posted: 02/22/2013 1:54 a.m.

State prison inmates would be able to send, as well as receive, e-mails under a proposal being considered by the Board of Corrections next week.

Nick-record seeker declared fit for trial

posted: 02/22/2013 1:54 a.m.

State doctors say a 25-year-old Louisiana woman accused of attempting to impersonate Arkansas’ most well-known missing person is fit for trial, according to a report presented Thursday in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

High court says school mills were misused in Faytteville

posted: 02/22/2013 1:54 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a lower court’s ruling that the Washington County tax collector improperly used part of a Fayetteville School District millage increase to retire redevelopment-district bonds.

Trial ordered for 1 in killing; 2nd evaluated

posted: 02/22/2013 1:54 a.m.

One of two brothers charged in the 2010 murder of a Fort Smith woman was ordered Thursday to stand trial in LeFlore County District Court on first-degree murder and sodomy charges.

State permit on hog farm raises worry

posted: 02/22/2013 1:54 a.m.

Officials with the National Buffalo River are seeking assurances from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality that a newly-permitted hog farm near the banks of a tributary will not endanger the quality of the nation’s oldest national river.

Released Taliban said to rejoin fray

posted: 02/22/2013 1:54 a.m.

At least half the Afghan Taliban recently freed from Pakistani prisons have rejoined the insurgency, a Pakistani intelligence official says, throwing into question the value of such goodwill gestures, which the Afghan government requested to restart a flagging peace process.

Car bomb kills at least 53 in Syrian capital

posted: 02/22/2013 1:54 a.m.

DAMASCUS, Syria — A car bomb exploded Thursday near Syria’s ruling party headquarters in Damascus, killing at least 53 people and scattering mangled bodies among the blazing wreckage in one of the bloodiest days in the capital since the uprising began almost two years ago.

Groups: Low-skill hires key in immigration deal

posted: 02/22/2013 1:54 a.m.

Business and labor groups announced agreement Thursday on the principles of a key priority for a comprehensive immigration bill: a new system to bring lowerskilled workers to the United States.

Southwestern Energy reports net loss

posted: 02/22/2013 1:54 a.m.

Modest natural-gas prices in 2012 cost Southwestern Energy Co. a $1.9 billion impairment charge that lowered the value of the company’s natural-gas and oil assets.

Oil prices pushed down by Fed minutes

posted: 02/22/2013 1:54 a.m.

Oil prices plunged for a second day Thursday, raising hopes that a relentless rise in gasoline prices may slow or reverse at least temporarily.

Biden at gun forum to urge tighter laws

posted: 02/22/2013 1:54 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden took the administration’s push for stricter gun laws to Connecticut on Thursday, delivering a forceful and often emotional appeal for stronger measures only miles from the elementary school where a gunman killed 26 people, including children.

Storm cloaks Plains, perilously ices roads

posted: 02/22/2013 1:54 a.m.

Blinding snow, at times accompanied by thunder and lightning, bombarded much of the nation’s midsection Thursday, causing whiteout conditions, shutting down long stretches of interstate highways and forcing schools, businesses and even state legislatures to close.

Area lotteries

posted: 02/22/2013 1:54 a.m.

Numbers drawn Wednesday: Missouri Lotto 8-9-22-23-26-27 Estimated jackpot: $1 million Oklahoma Lotto 3-5-7-29-33 Hot ball: 2 Estimated jackpot: $1.7 million Powerball 3-17-19-25-32 Powerball: 17 Estimated jackpot: $70 million

Vegas gunfire, crash leave 3 dead

posted: 02/22/2013 1:54 a.m.

The Las Vegas Strip became a scene of deadly violence early Thursday when someone in a black Range Rover opened fire on a Maserati, sending it crashing into a taxi that burst into flames, leaving three people dead and at least six injured.


posted: 02/22/2013 1:54 a.m.

Because of inclement weather, deadlines were earlier than usual for today’s edition.

The nation in brief

posted: 02/22/2013 1:54 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are very concerned about the rapidly escalating cost of health care.This is not healthy for the country, and something has to be done.” Dr. Bruce Sigsbee, president of the American Academy of Neurology Article, 1A

Arkansas take 2nd punch as storm’s ice follows snow

posted: 02/22/2013 1:54 a.m.

A winter storm that dumped 4 inches of snow on western Arkansas a day earlier unleashed freezing rain on the northern third of the state Thursday, coating roads and utility lines with a glaze of ice.

Newcomers jump into mix for Hogs

posted: 02/22/2013 1:41 a.m.

Arkansas brought back a deep pitching staff and a solid core of offensive players from its College World Series appearance in 2012.

Wal-Mart profit up 8.6% for 4th quarter

posted: 02/22/2013 12:43 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Thursday reported an 8.6 percent increase in fiscal fourth-quarter profit but cautioned that shoppers are pressured by high gasoline prices and the recent payroll tax increase, which could cut into future sales.

Thursday, February 21

4A North Regional: Gentry shocks Dover in regional

posted: 02/21/2013 11:05 p.m.

Tara Arnold scored 10 of her game-high 19 points in the third quarter Thursday and helped Gentry’s girls rally to a 54-42 upset over Dover during first-round action in the Class 4A North Region Tournament.

4A North Regional: Lincoln upsets Subiaco in regional

posted: 02/21/2013 11:04 p.m.

Oscar Escareno scored all of his 11 points in the first half, and Lincoln’s boys needed clutch free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter Thursday night to pull off a 54-49 upset over Subiaco Academy in the Class 4A North Region Tournament.

Young's late shot saves Arkansas

posted: 02/21/2013 8:31 p.m.

BJ Young came through in the clutch again Thursday night, scoring in the closing seconds to give Arkansas a win over Georgia.

Arkansas-Georgia Live Blog

posted: 02/21/2013 5:29 p.m.

Join in an interactive live blog as Arkansas hosts Georgia at Bud Walton Arena.

Reports: Brewer traded to Thunder

posted: 02/21/2013 4:26 p.m.

Reports indicate former Fayetteville High and University of Arkansas standout Ronnie Brewer is on the move again.

Arkansas awarded $42 million grant for Medicaid overhaul

posted: 02/21/2013 2:26 p.m.

Arkansas has been awarded a $42 million grant from the federal government for the state's initiative to change the way Medicaid pays for services.

Winter weather forces postponement of basketball tournaments

posted: 02/21/2013 1:58 p.m.

Due to a severe winter weather system that swept through parts of the state on Wednesday night, several regional high school basketball tournaments are being delayed or postponed by the Arkansas Activities Association.

Curtis Coleman announces bid for Arkansas governor

posted: 02/21/2013 12:58 p.m.

Little Rock businessman Curtis Coleman has joined the race for the Arkansas Republican gubernatorial nomination, laying out an agenda that includes tax cuts and using public dollars to send students to private schools.

Arkansas lawmaker says he may change spending-cap bill

posted: 02/21/2013 12:19 p.m.

An Arkansas lawmaker who is proposing a cap on the growth of state government says he's considering changing the formula that would be used to determine that limit.

Supreme Court Upholds Fayetteville TIF Ruling

posted: 02/21/2013 11:48 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court affirmed Thursday that a property tax increase voters approved in a school millage election cannot be used by the city the city of Fayetteville for a down town redevelopment project.

Won’t veto secret-gun-list law, Beebe says

posted: 02/21/2013 11:38 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe said Thursday that he will not veto Senate Bill 131, which makes secret all personal information of concealed-carry permit holders in the state.

COMMENTARY: We Need Eateries Close To Home

posted: 02/21/2013 10:21 a.m.

Randall Body wanted to take his wife, Mikal, out to eat to celebrate her birthday. But as he considered where they would eat, he realized their home near J.O. Kelly Middle School in east Springdale is far from most sit-down restaurants.

Preparation, but few problems from winter storm

updated: 02/21/2013 12:01 p.m.

Rain, freezing rain and sleet began falling in Northwest Arkansas before sunrise this morning, making roads slick and prompting numerous school and business cancellations.

Four Plead Guilty to Summer Shoot-Out

posted: 02/21/2013 5 a.m.

Three men and a woman pleaded guilty Wednesday and were sentenced to prison for being involved with a shooting last summer on Boxley Avenue.

Wintry Weather Postpones Games

posted: 02/21/2013 5 a.m.

A wintry blast of snow across the state forced the postponement of numerous regional basketball tournaments on Wednesday.

Parker Gives Lions’ Defense Bite

posted: 02/21/2013 5 a.m.

The bigger they are, the tougher Quinten Parker will guard them.

Cardinal Takes Off

posted: 02/21/2013 5 a.m.

Haley Maxwell has seen her role on the Farmington girls basketball team change dramatically this season.


posted: 02/21/2013 5 a.m.

Beaver Lake: Black bass and crappie are biting at Beaver Lake this week, reports John Hodge at Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers.

Commission Cuts Applicant List

posted: 02/21/2013 5 a.m.

The number of candidates for executive director of Springdale Water Utilities has been cut to five.


posted: 02/21/2013 5 a.m.

Forests, lakes and streams are lyrics of the siren song that draws wanderers to the Ozarks from afar. Magnificent views like the one from Home Valley Bluff might be the chorus.

Morning Drivers Should Use Caution

posted: 02/21/2013 5 a.m.

Residents in Washington County could be waking up to freezing rain that becomes just rain after 9 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Woman Incompetent For Trial

posted: 02/21/2013 5 a.m.

A Rogers woman accused of burning her son with a hot spoon isn’t competent to stand trial, according to court documents.

DeLeon Steps Up Game

posted: 02/21/2013 5 a.m.

Pea Ridge boys basketball coach Charley Clark didn’t get much time over the summer with Nick DeLeon after the senior moved to town from Bentonville.

Opera Renovation Ongoing

posted: 02/21/2013 5 a.m.

Demolition of the interior of the former opera house in downtown is nearly done, the building owner said Monday.

Rabbits A Midwinter Challenge

posted: 02/21/2013 5 a.m.

February is rabbit hunting time across Arkansas.

McClelland Eyes Bassmaster Win

posted: 02/21/2013 5 a.m.

Mike McClelland of Bella Vista says he is “flying under the radar” going into his ninth Bassmaster Classic. He couldn’t be happier about it.

Icy Expectations

posted: 02/21/2013 5 a.m.

Emergency services personnel urged Benton County residents to stay off roads this morning if at all possible after an overnight ice storm was expected to hit the area.

Confidence Soars For Johnson, Lady Elks

posted: 02/21/2013 5 a.m.

Monica Wells had faith in Skyler Johnson. Teammates knew the Elkins junior had the ability to develop into one most dominant post players in the 3A-1 West Conference.


posted: 02/21/2013 5 a.m.

Resort Hosts Trout Tournament The final trout tournament of the season at Lilley’s Landing on Lake Taneycomo near Branson will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

THE CAT SIDE: Cat Ready For Wild Weather Ride

posted: 02/21/2013 5 a.m.

It was easy to tell something was fixing to go down with the weather on Wednesday from the weird behavior of my cat butler.

Riggs Resigning, But Not Just Yet

posted: 02/21/2013 5 a.m.

Travis Riggs, School Board president, will keep his position a little longer than expected after announcing last month of his intention to resign.

Harps Food Stores Continues Expansion

posted: 02/21/2013 5 a.m.

Harps Food Stores continued to expand its footprint when it opened its 72nd store Wednesday in West Fork.

Harris Takes Lead For ‘Dogs

posted: 02/21/2013 5 a.m.

Andrew Harris has come a long way since moving to Decatur almost two years ago.

Bella Vista Man Sues Association

posted: 02/21/2013 5 a.m.

A Bella Vista man filed a lawsuit against the Property Owners Association on Wednesday.

Rogers Woman Gets Probation In Stabbing

posted: 02/21/2013 5 a.m.

A Rogers woman was placed on four years of state-supervised probation for stabbing her son in the hand with a ink pen last year.

Food for Thought

posted: 02/21/2013 2:37 a.m.

Randall Body wanted to take his wife, Mikal, out to eat to celebrate her birthday.

Founder Led From the H(e)art

posted: 02/21/2013 2:35 a.m.

We all know people we admire because of what they have done to help others.

Panetta: Cuts a step toward ‘hollow force’

posted: 02/21/2013 1:55 a.m.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress on Wednesday that if automatic government spending cuts kick in March 1 he likely will have to shorten the workweek for the “vast majority” of the Defense Department’s 800,000 civilian workers.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Women Never Glad To Have Had Abortion

posted: 02/21/2013 1:43 a.m.

I am the 60-year old mother of two adopted children (our two older children), one birth child (our surprise) and grandmother of three. So, my husband and I are a part of the answer for unplanned and perhaps unwanted pregnancies. I also believe in mercy and compassion for persons who may have made decisions they now regret. God is merciful and loving and able to bring comfort and healing to those whose emotions may be hurting.

COMMENTARY: Note From A Prom Dress Speakeasy

posted: 02/21/2013 1:43 a.m.

I should have seen this coming.

HOW WE SEE IT: City Changes To Emergency Runs Applauded

posted: 02/21/2013 1:43 a.m.

Technology in the last 20-30 years has brought so many advancements and conveniences to our lives it’s diff cult to admit its use can sometime compound problems rather than solve them.

In the news

posted: 02/21/2013 1:39 a.m.

Emlyn Hughes, a Columbia University science professor, and his teaching methods are under review by the university after a lecture on quantum mechanics included Hughes stripping to his underwear and showing 9/11 video footage, as well as a participant destroying a stuffed animal with a sword.

Names and faces

posted: 02/21/2013 1:38 a.m.

Robin Roberts made her return to ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday, five months to the day after receiving a bone marrow transplant and a year since she started feeling symptoms of the ailment that has sidelined her since August.

Getting it straight

posted: 02/21/2013 1:38 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 02/21/2013 1:37 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “In perfect candor, your honor, I have no interest in wasting the taxpayers’ time or money.” Former U.S. Rep.

Afghans, NATO say raids killed 25

posted: 02/21/2013 1:36 a.m.

NATO and Afghan forces have killed at least 25 insurgents in separate operations around the country, Afghan and coalition officials said Wednesday.

The world in brief

posted: 02/21/2013 1:35 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Neither side can allow itself to rely on a military solution to the conflict, because it’s a road to nowhere, a road to mutual destruction of the people.” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who said the Kremlin and the Arab League are attempting to broker talks between Syria’s government and rebels to resolve the country’s civil war Article, 5A Benedict studies faster succession VATICAN CITY — A week ahead of his expected resignation, Pope Benedict XVI is considering changing the rules for the election of his successor, potentially letting the process start sooner, the Vatican said Wednesday.

Sebastian County vote set on continuing 1% sales tax

posted: 02/21/2013 1:25 a.m.

The Sebastian County Quorum Court scheduled a special election May 14 for renewal of a 1 percent countywide sales tax, the revenue from which benefits large segments of the county.

Other days

posted: 02/21/2013 1:23 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 21, 1913 C.W. Clark of the Clark Pressed Brick Company of Little Rock, sent by parcel post this morning a brick of local manufacture to be used in building a brick house at the Coliseum at Chicago during the Clay Products Exposition. This brick will be one of 25,000 sent by parcel post from every brick plant in the United States to be used in the construction of this house, which will be given away and re-erected after the exposition. A record will be kept of each brick from the time it is mailed until it is delivered in Chicago in order to see how speedily Uncle Sam can deliver a brick house by mail.

Sheriff’s office: Death of McCready suicide

posted: 02/21/2013 1:22 a.m.

Country music singer Mindy McCready’s death was a suicide, preliminary autopsy results show.

Again, how would it help?

posted: 02/21/2013 1:15 a.m.

The debate we’d like to hear—a debate without all the hollering, hyperbole and hysteria—is one about the size of magazines for guns. Who needs 30-round clips anyway? If you need that many shots to take down a deer, you shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a gun. We don’t get the feeling that when the designer of the 30-round clip put the thing together, he thought, “Wow, this would be great in a squirrel rifle, too.” Those super-sized magazines were made to shoot rounds at a target, fast, without having to stop and reload. Unfortunately, as we learn again and again, sometimes the targets move and scream and beg for mercy.

Hold the horsemeat lasagna

posted: 02/21/2013 1:15 a.m.

One of the many reasons America is the greatest country on Earth and European nations are not is that Americans don’t have to eat horsemeat lasagna.

Sign of the times (sigh)

posted: 02/21/2013 1:15 a.m.

This is not a joke. (So many of today’s news items have to be preceded by that kind of spoiler.)

It’s still a terrible idea

posted: 02/21/2013 1:14 a.m.

Frustrated by the persistence of large deficits, and alarmed by the long-term gap between spending and revenue, congressional Republicans are promoting a constitutional amendment to require balanced budgets.

OTHERS SAY: Miracles do happen

posted: 02/21/2013 1:14 a.m.

No place is more indicative that miracles happen than Hattiesburg, Miss., where an EF4 tornado ripped through the city and surrounding community late Feb. 10.

Guest writer: Down a long road

posted: 02/21/2013 1:14 a.m.

The road back from the recession has been a long and painful one for small businesses. One of the chief reasons it has been so difficult has been the staggering amount of taxes small businesses are now paying.

FOR THE RECORD: Prep Sports Calender

posted: 02/21/2013 1:13 a.m.

FEBRUARY Prep Basketball 21: 4A-North Regional Tournament at Maumelle; 3A Region I Tournament at Paris; 2A West Tournament at Magazine. 22: Fayetteville at Bentonville (all), 6 p.m.; Siloam Springs at Rogers Heritage (VG, VB), 6 p.m.; Shiloh Christian at Vilonia (VG, VB), 6 p.m. Siloam Springs at Rogers Heritage (all), 3:45 p.m.; Springdale Har-Ber at Rogers (all), 3:30 p.m.; Springdale at Van Buren (all), 3:30.; Huntsville at Clarksville (VG, VB); 4A-North Regional Tournament at Maumelle; 3A Region I Tournament at Paris; 2A West Tournament at Magazine.

Calculating cuts

posted: 02/21/2013 1:13 a.m.

It may be that we should let sequestration happen March 1 and look for a sunrise on March 2. There, I wrote it. I actually said it out loud two days ago to a serious and indeed rarefied lunch group, one prominent and bipartisan and learned.


posted: 02/21/2013 1:12 a.m.

How about discount?

ASU still courting central Arkansas

posted: 02/21/2013 1:07 a.m.

Gus Malzahn spent much of his 12 months as Arkansas State’s football coach trying to spread the Red Wolves’ brand into central Arkansas and other parts of the state.

Ex-Hogs ready for combine

posted: 02/21/2013 1:05 a.m.

Former Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson sees the NFL Scouting Combine as a means to push his draft stock higher and possibly into the first round of April’s NFL Draft.

COMMENTARY: Bielema Continues Evaluations

posted: 02/21/2013 1:03 a.m.

Bret Bielema is on the spring speaking circuit. He’s been at Mountain Home, Morrilton and then on state-wide radio in the last three nights.


posted: 02/21/2013 1:02 a.m.

Third in a series previewing the 2013 inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

COMMENTARY: Lowell, Laws Looking A Little Loco

posted: 02/21/2013 1 a.m.

Poor Lowell. I mean, what can you say about their woes but just that? Poor Lowell. Here they are squeezed between Rogers and Springdale, trying to make something of themselves and what happens? The city attorney absconds. Or so city fathers thought.

LIKE IT IS: It hasn’t been all fun and games for some

posted: 02/21/2013 12:59 a.m.

It was a bad week for California Coach Mike Montgomery and Missouri Coach Frank Haith, and it was a terrible week for the Blade Runner, Oscar Pistorius.

COMMENTARY: Diversity Winning Strategy

posted: 02/21/2013 12:57 a.m.

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt “And the beat goes on, and the beat goes on and on and on.” — Sonny and Cher

Second thoughts

posted: 02/21/2013 12:56 a.m.

Hole-in-one for Kimbrel, man cave Craig Kimbrel keeps baseballs from key moments in his career. Now he’s adding a much smaller ball to his collection.

Off the wire

posted: 02/21/2013 12:56 a.m.

HOCKEY Sabres fire coach The Buffalo Sabres have fired Coach Lindy Ruff as a result of the team’s inconsistent start to the season. The announcement was made on the team’s Twitter account and confirmed by Sabres spokesman Michael Gilbert on Wednesday. Ruff, who had been the Sabres’ coach since the 1997-1998 season, was relieved of his duties shortly after the team held a 90-minute practice, and a day after the Sabres were booed several times by their home fans during a 2-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. The Sabres (6-10-1 ) have gone 4-10-1 since winning their first two games. With a 571-432-162 record, Ruff was the team’s winningest coach.

Foley getting his points across

posted: 02/21/2013 12:55 a.m.

Joe Foley has never hesitated to make adjustments in the middle of a basketball season.

SEC MEN: Smith’s late 3 enough for South Carolina

posted: 02/21/2013 12:55 a.m.

Eric Smith scored 12 points including the game-winning three-pointer with 25.1 seconds left as South Carolina upset Mississippi 63-62 on Wednesday night.

Senators pass bill on voter ID

posted: 02/21/2013 12:54 a.m.

Arkansans would be required to provide photo identification to vote under legislation that cleared the state Senate on Wednesday. Supporters and foes disagreed on whether the measure would increase or decrease voter turnout.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP: Initial Gen-6 practice dramatic

posted: 02/21/2013 12:53 a.m.

It took all of 15 minutes Wednesday for NASCAR’s new Gen-6 race car to throw drivers a few curves of its own at the first practice for the Daytona 500.

Storm’s 1st part drops snow in state; round of ice up next

posted: 02/21/2013 12:51 a.m.

Utility crews anticipated falling power lines, highway crews treated roadways, and shoppers rushed to grocery and convenience stores in preparation for a winter storm expected to ice over the northern third of the state Wednesday and early today.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Cat’s out of the bag in Missouri

posted: 02/21/2013 12:50 a.m.

Over the past 10 to 12 years I have enjoyed watching state wildlife agencies do the “mountain lion” dance.

Rick Lee’s Oaklawn Park selections and analysis

posted: 02/21/2013 12:50 a.m.

Profit plays Arkansas Democrat-Gazette handicapper Rick Lee has been given a fictional $1,000 bankroll to work with during the 2013 Oaklawn meeting. He can make as many plays as he wants daily. Today, I will bet two $10 exact as in the sixth, placing Boston Proper over Hilarium and Slamming G, and play two $15 exact as in the seventh, putting Denali Silver over Ricky Tick and Conservative Value. I’ll finish the day with $10 to win on Good Time Coming and two $10 exact as over Jokin N Smokin and Smoking Fun. MONDAY’S BET $60 MONDAY’S LOSS $60 TODAY’S BET $80 BANKROLL $685

Fishing this week

posted: 02/21/2013 12:49 a.m.

HOT SPOTS LAKE CONWAY Bream are biting well on redworms and Lake crickets along the shore in 4 feet of water. Crappie Ashbaugh are biting excellently on minnows and crappie jigs fished along the channels of the creeks in 4-6 feet of Lake water. Bass are biting well on soft-plastic worms and Charles buzzbaits fished along the rocks when the Black River St. Francis afternoon sun warms the water. Catfishing is River good on minnows hung from yo-yos in 3-4 feet of water. LAKE DARDANELLE Alabama rigs, jerk baits NORTHEAST & black and blue jigs are catching bass upriver. EAST-CENTRAL A lot of crappie are being caught upriver on minnows and bubble gum jigs. White bass were being caught on small Rat-L-Traps. Catfish are being Horseshoe taken on cut shed.

Pain study misused in bill, author says

posted: 02/21/2013 12:49 a.m.

The doctor whose research is the basis of a bill banning abortion at 20 weeks said Wednesday that he disapproves of his work being used to restrict abortion in Arkansas. The state House of Representatives is scheduled to consider the bill today.

Business news in brief

posted: 02/21/2013 12:38 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The housing market recovery is continuing and will be an important contributor to economic growth. Permits look very solid, and that is a great sign.” Gus Faucher, a PNC Financial Services Group Inc. senior economist Article, 1D Bank of America CEO gets ’12 raise NEW YORK — Bank of America raised Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan’s 2012 compensation by more than 70 percent to about $12 million and agreed to increase his base salary for this year.

THE TV COLUMN: 2012 TV body count: 1,516 deaths, 11 funerals

posted: 02/21/2013 12:31 a.m.

As a real-life murder rampage played out in a burning cabin in California last week, an outfit that keeps track of TV’s fictional body count released its latest study.


posted: 02/21/2013 12:30 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Over 50 years ago, I stole some money from my employer, and now that I’m a Christian I want to make it right. But the man I worked for is dead and the company no longer exists, so I can’t pay them back. What should I do, if anything?

RECORDS: February 21st

posted: 02/21/2013 12:29 a.m.

Arrests Fayetteville • Steven Bercher, 18, of 1069 Madison 7500 in Huntsville was arrested Wednesday in connection with felony possession of possession of a controlled substance, along with misdemeanor operating unsafe vehicle, no proof of insurance, no proof of ownership and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was in the Washington County Detention Center on $1,115 bond Wednesday.


posted: 02/21/2013 12:29 a.m.

Happy birthday. This year brings a breakthrough. When you get stuck, you won’t agonize like before. You’ll just take the next small step and break free. Better earnings start immediately. In April, you’ll compete for a new position. May shows you how others live, and you’ll share and make a difference.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Stop punishing stepmother for what is not her fault

posted: 02/21/2013 12:29 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My husband’s mother died 10 years ago, before we got married. They were very close; his father was always a little disengaged, unsure of how to relate to children. After she died, my husband spent years in a pretty dark place. With therapy and time, he has worked through the worst of it, but still struggles with his grief on occasion.

PUBLIC MEETINGS: February 21st

posted: 02/21/2013 12:28 a.m.

Today 1 p.m. Springdale Airport Commission — Council Chambers, City Administration, 201 Spring St.


posted: 02/21/2013 12:26 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: When taking ashes out of a wood-burning stove, open an umbrella and hold it as close to the opening as possible. It will keep most of the ashes from flying everywhere. Of course, make sure the ashes are cool before cleaning them out of the stove.

Super Quiz: The Apostles

posted: 02/21/2013 12:25 a.m.

Super Quiz: The Apostles 1. The “Rock” 2. He betrayed Jesus. 3. The “Doubter” 4. The tax collector 5. The brother of Simon Peter 6. Another set of two brothers 7. Two apostles had this name. One was called “———— the Less.” 8. This name is found in The Beatles hit song titled ”Hey ———.” 9. The “Zealot”

Razorbacks out to buck trend with strong finish

posted: 02/21/2013 12:09 a.m.

Finishing strong has been a weakness for Arkansas’ men’s basketball teams in recent years. The Razorbacks were a combined 11-32 in February and March during 2009-2012 to fall out of contention for postseason play.

Matchbox Twenty tours with all-new album

posted: 02/21/2013 12:05 a.m.

It’s been 10 years since the post-grunge-band-turned-pop-stars Matchbox Twenty released an album of all-new material.

Put some heart in it

posted: 02/21/2013 12:05 a.m.

GO & DO Day of Dance When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday Schedule: 10 a.m.: Welcome 10:05 a.m.: Gymnastics Joe’s 10:20 a.m.: Fayetteville Pilates and Barre presenting Xtend Barre 10:35 a.m.: Hoot ’N Holler Cloggers 10:50 a.m.: Open dance for ages 10 and younger featuring performances by Rhythm & Shoes Pee Wee Dance Co. 11:05 a.m.: TerraNova Tribal Bellydance Company 11:20 a.m.: The Sophisticated Ladies of Bella Vista 11:35 a.m.: Fayetteville Senior Activity and Wellness Center presenting Exercise with Dance 11:50 a.m.: Prize drawing 11:55 a.m.: McCafferty School of Irish Dance 12:10 p.m.: En Fuego Fitness presenting Zumba Gold 12:25 p.m.: Gymnastics Joe’s featuring Cheer Dynamix 12:40 p.m.: The Pride of Arkansas 12:55 p.m.: St. Joseph Aztec Dancers 1:10 p.m.: En Fuego Fitness presenting Zumba 1:25 p.m.: Arkansas Dance Connection 1:40 p.m.: Prize drawing 1:45 p.m.: Mascot dance, featuring Northwest Arkansas Naturals’ Sinker, Kellogg’s Mini-Wheat and Fayetteville High School Bulldog led by FHS cheerleaders Where: Nor

BENEFITS WITH FRIENDS: Benefit banks on bags to bolster books

posted: 02/21/2013 12:05 a.m.

The inaugural Bags for Books, hosted by Altrusa and United Way of Northwest Arkansas, aims to put books in the hands of as many area preschoolers as possible. Through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, children born in Benton, Washington, Madison and McDonald counties can receive one book a month from their first year of life through their fifth birthday. The program aims to boost school readiness by encouraging parents to read to their children regularly.

People & Places

posted: 02/21/2013 12:05 a.m.

Sherrill named Next Step director Amy Sherrill is the new executive director of the Next Step Day Room, an agency serving the homeless in Fort Smith. Sherrill has been the group’s interim executive director since September.

Former Benton Firefighter Indicted In Child-Porn Case

posted: 02/21/2013 12:05 a.m.

A federal grand jury has indicted a former Benton firefighter on two child-pornography charges, according to court documents released Tuesday.

Hot Springs film group selling items

posted: 02/21/2013 12:05 a.m.

A variety of items have been for sale at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute’s auctions, with proceeds benefiting the 2013 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 02/21/2013 12:05 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’m disappointed. I felt they voted yes on what we wanted then they threw our dreams away.” Shelby Barton, a ninth-grader at Fort Smith’s Ramsey Junior High School, on the Sebastian County Quorum Court voting not to put more money into an aquatics center to restore features removed because of cost Article, 1B

The state/region in brief

posted: 02/21/2013 12:05 a.m.

Player in state is lottery winner ALMA — Arkansas lottery officials said a $1 million winning Mega Millions ticket was sold at a gas station in Crawford County.

State Traffic Deaths Totaled 545 In 2012

posted: 02/21/2013 12:05 a.m.

A national report released Tuesday shows that traffic fatalities increased in 2012 for the first time in eight years. Arkansas, however, had one fewer fatality in 2012 than in 2011.

JPs: No To More Aquatics Funding

posted: 02/21/2013 12:04 a.m.

Sebastian County Quorum Court members rejected a plan to put more money into a proposed aquatics center that would have restored some features removed from the design because of cost.

Officer: Shooting changed attitudes on school security

posted: 02/21/2013 12:04 a.m.

Parents’ attitudes about having a police officer in their child’s school changed in rural Montgomery County after a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six adults in a rural Connecticut school, a school resource officer said Wednesday.

Officer Honored For Valor By U.S.

posted: 02/21/2013 12:04 a.m.

An Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officer received the highest national valor award in a White House ceremony Wednesday.

Oklahoma, Arkansas OK New River Pact

posted: 02/21/2013 12:04 a.m.

Arkansas and Oklahoma have agreed to a study that will measure water quality in the Illinois River watershed and set a binding recommendation for maximum phosphorus concentrations there, attorneys general from the two states announced Wednesday.

2 office-supply chains ink merger terms

posted: 02/21/2013 12:04 a.m.

Office Depot and OfficeMax said Wednesday that they have agreed to combine in an allstock deal worth about $1.2 billion that would transform the office-supply retail sector, helping the No. 2 and No. 3 chains compete against industry leader Staples.

January apartment building dips 24%

posted: 02/21/2013 12:04 a.m.

U.S. homebuilders began work at a slower pace in January than in December. But all of the drop occurred in the volatile area of apartment construction, which sank 24 percent. By contrast, the rate of single-family homebuilding rose 0.8 percent.

Food firm to use plant in Clinton

posted: 02/21/2013 12:04 a.m.

An Arkansas-based food manufacturer will open a plant in Clinton that will employ up to 224 over the next five years.

Midwest braces for winter storm

posted: 02/21/2013 12:04 a.m.

Hundreds of snowplows and salt spreaders took to the highways of the nation’s heartland Wednesday preparing for a winter storm that was forecast to dump up to a foot of snow in some areas and pelt others with dangerous freezing rain and sleet.

Jackson admits he misued funds

posted: 02/21/2013 12:04 a.m.

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., holding back tears, entered a guilty plea Wednesday in federal court to criminal charges that he engaged in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. He faces 46-57 months in prison under a plea deal with prosecutors.

Russia offers help on Syria-rebel talks

posted: 02/21/2013 12:04 a.m.

Russia and the Arab League proposed Wednesday to broker talks between the Syrian opposition and President Bashar Assad’s regime to try to resolve the country’s civil war, while a government airstrike on a Damascus suburb killed at least 20 people.

Wednesday, February 20

Wife of late Dillard's founder dies at 96

posted: 02/20/2013 4:31 p.m.

Alexa Latimer Dillard, wife of the late founder of Dillard's Inc., died Tuesday night. She was 96.

Arkansas Senate recessing early due to weather

posted: 02/20/2013 2:57 p.m.

The Arkansas Senate is taking Thursday and Friday off as a winter storm is moving into the state.

Senate panel OKs police powers for private campuses

posted: 02/20/2013 2:21 p.m.

The Senate has been sent a proposal that would give arrest and detention powers to campus police at private universities and colleges in Arkansas.

Hogs' Friday game still on, for now

posted: 02/20/2013 12:14 p.m.

Winter weather could impact Arkansas' sporting events over the next few days.

Regionals Postponed By Winter Weather

posted: 02/20/2013 11:22 a.m.

Wintery weather across the state on Wednesday forced the postponement of a number of prep regional basketball tournaments.

Jesse Jackson Jr. pleads guilty to conspiracy charge

posted: 02/20/2013 11:03 a.m.

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. entered a guilty plea Wednesday in federal court to criminal charges that he engaged in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.

NWS: Storm will cause travel, power problems

updated: 02/20/2013 3:54 p.m.

Benton and Washington counties are under a winter storm warning in effect until noon Thursday.

Four plead guilty in Fayetteville shooting incident

posted: 02/20/2013 10:19 a.m.

Three men and a woman pleaded guilty Wednesday and were sentenced to prison over a shooting incident on Boxley Avenue in June.

Food firm to add 224 jobs in Clinton over 5 years

updated: 02/20/2013 11:54 a.m.

A food processor and manufacturer will open a production facility in Clinton, creating more than 200 jobs, officials said Wednesday.

Mega Millions ticket sold in Alma wins $1 million

posted: 02/20/2013 6:25 a.m.

One person who bought a Mega Millions ticket at a gas station in Alma is now $1 million richer.

Springdale High Outlasts Bentonville

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

In a sudden outburst of emotion, Springdale High boys basketball coach Brad Stamps jumped into the arms of assistant coach Greg White as they celebrated on the sidelines.

Fired Teacher Can Appeal To Circuit Court

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

Tim Hollis, the popular teacher and debate coach fired early Tuesday, has the option to appeal the School Board’s decision to Washington County Circuit Court, according to the state law covering teacher terminations.

Planners OK Road Proposal

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

Residents got their first look at what Northwest Fifth Street would look like if it went through to North Walton Boulevard during Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting.


posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

Today Tales and Tunes for Toddlers — 9:30 a.m.; Preschool Stories — 10:30 a.m., Bentonville Public Library. 271-3192.

District In Line For $15 Million

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

The School District could receive up to $15 million from the state to help build a new high school, a state education official told the School Board on Tuesday.


posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

Arkansas Tech University in Russellville named 1,691 students to the dean’s list during Fall 2012, requiring a 3.5 grade point average or higher with at least 12 semester hours. Of that total 565 achieved a 4.0 grade point average. Local students with a 4.0 average for the term are marked with an *asterisk.

'Anna Banana’ Proves Slippery

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

Greenland girls basketball coach Alan Barton has a nickname for Anna Rogers, his starting point guard and a player he has formed a close relation- ship with over the past few years.

Lady Wildcats Survive

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber didn’t do anything special on Senior Night except survive.

Police Link Five Teens to Mailbox Explosions

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

Police said they arrested five teen boys Tuesday after they vandalized four mailboxes using homemade explosives.

Rogers High Wins Big

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

With Rogers High trailing against crosstown rival Rogers Heritage going to the second half, seniors Taylor Strickland and McKinzie James stepped up for the Lady Mounties.

Chamber Celebrates Past Success, Looks to Future

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

National speaker Paul Vitale asked a simple question Tuesday night that resonated with his audience.

City Pursues Contract

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

Aldermen on Tuesday selected Deffenbaugh Industries as the preferred trash pickup service.

Hernandez Appointed To Quorum Court

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

Rey Hernandez of Rogers was appointed to fill the vacancy on the Benton County Quorum Court created when incumbent Frank Winscott moved out of District 2 after winning re-election in November.

Outage Reporting System Ready

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

The city could get a test of its online power outage reporting system today with icy weather in the forecast.

Jones Elementary Partners with Camp War Eagle

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

The Camp War Eagle after-school program for Jones Elementary School students has only been operational two weeks, but those involved believe its having a positive effect on the students who attend.

Gash A Coach On Court

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

Dillon Gash was thrust into the spotlight this season as a senior point guard for the Elkins’ boys basketball team.

Lee Helps Spoil Springdale’s Night

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

Bentonville guard Taylor Lee had no trouble driving to the basket and outscoring Springdale High by herself in the first half.

Henson’s Big Night Keys Panthers’ Win

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

There was no way Payton Henson was going to let Siloam Springs have a repeat performance against Van Buren.

Hammond Steps Up

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

Shelby Hammond could see her season and basketball career coming to an end. Gravette held a seven point lead on Gentry with about four minutes left in the 4A-1 District Tournament game.

City to Rework Bridge Contract

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

City Council members will wait at least two weeks before deciding whether to award a design contract for historic bridge work to McClelland Consulting Engineers.

Planners OK Venue With Beer Sales

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

Planning commissioners approved on a split vote Tuesday an outdoor venue, food service and beer sales for a motorcycle business.

COMMENTARY: Uncivil disobedience

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

So there was a meeting over the weekend in Rogers of a group redundantly calling itself Conservative Arkansas.

Old Post Office Deal Falls Through

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

The old post office building in the center of the downtown square is back on the market.

Mueller Relishes Closer Role For Cardinals

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

Josh Mueller is a two-sport athlete for the Farmington Cardinals, playing basketball and baseball.

Luttrell Named Service Award Winner

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

Mike Luttrell is following in the footsteps of his father.

Board Looks At Boundaries

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

Proposed changes to school attendance zones in Rogers were officially presented to the School Board during a meeting Tuesday.

Mounties Keep Tournament Hopes Alive With Win

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

The playoffs begin Friday for Rogers High.

Siloam Springs Holds Off Van Buren

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

Siloam Springs got the defensive stops it needed in the fourth quarter, and sophomore Baily Cameron made it count on the other end Tuesday in a 49-44 win against Van Buren.

State Bill Would Make Sheriffs Nonpartisan

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

Voters in 2014’s general election might not have to consider if they want the sheriff to be Republican or Democrat, according to a bill filed in the state Senate.

Saints Fight Hard, But Fall To Pointers

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

The Shiloh Christian Saints could have done one of two things on Tuesday night — fight or give up.

Escareno Leader Of Pack

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

Ossy Escareno is a junior who has shown the ability to take over games this season.

Fayetteville Routs Har-Ber

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

Fayetteville and Springdale Har-Ber produced the same two numbers at halftime of Tues- day’s boys game.

Digging Into Next-Door Food

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

As last summer’s crippling drought proved, Northwest Arkansas residents’ collective wishes for more rain can’t magically open up the clouds.

THE ROCKWOOD FILES: T Is For Team, At Work And Home

posted: 02/20/2013 5 a.m.

Most parents want certain things for their kids — good health, love, happiness and a strong faith. But sometimes when I’m watching our three kids goofing around together, the thing I wish for most is that they’ll always be on each other’s team.

Obama warns automatic cuts will hurt many

posted: 02/20/2013 4:38 a.m.

President Barack Obama stepped up pressure on Congress to avert “brutal” automatic $1.2 trillion in budget cuts set to kick in March 1, saying they would harm the economy and curtail vital services.

Diamonds snatched in five-minute caper

posted: 02/20/2013 4:34 a.m.

Belgian police were on the hunt Tuesday for thieves who made off with diamonds worth millions of dollars in a spectacular robbery at the country’s main airport.

Hogs newcomer earns his keep

posted: 02/20/2013 4:29 a.m.

Mike Anderson has no problem with Coty Clarke taking open three-pointers, especially when he’s shooting them the way he did against Missouri last Saturday.

Sides quizzed on rights to seeds’ progeny

posted: 02/20/2013 4:26 a.m.

An Indiana farmer who clashed with Monsanto Co. over his replanting of its patented soybean seeds ran into a steady stream of questions Tuesday from the Supreme Court.

Justices side with sniffing dog

posted: 02/20/2013 4:25 a.m.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with a drug-sniffing German shepherd named Aldo in ruling that police do not have to extensively document a dog’s expertise to justify relying on the animal to search someone’s vehicle.

Other Supreme Court actions

posted: 02/20/2013 4:23 a.m.

In other Supreme Court actions on Tuesday, justices: Agreed to hear an appeal from the Republican National Committee and Alabama voter Shaun McCutcheon regarding their challenge of federal limits on the total amount of money individuals can give to candidates, political parties and political committees every two years.

In the news

posted: 02/20/2013 4:18 a.m.

Mike Leara, a Missouri Republican and state lawmaker, has proposed a measure that would make it a felony, punishable by up to four years in prison, for introducing gun-control legislation, saying in a statement, “I have no illusions about the bill making it through the legislative process, but I want it to be clear that the Missouri House will stand in defense of the people’s constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”

Names and faces

posted: 02/20/2013 4:18 a.m.

Patricia Cornwell, author of the bestselling Kay Scarpetta mystery novels, won a judgment of $50.9 million against her former financial managers in federal court Tuesday in Boston. Cornwell accused her former money management firm Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP and its former principal, Evan Snapper, of negligence in the handling of her finances. Lawyers for the New York firm and Snapper said there was no money missing from Cornwell’s accounts.

The nation in brief

posted: 02/20/2013 4:17 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Right now, I’ve just got to get her well.

The world in brief

posted: 02/20/2013 4:17 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This was not a random robbery. It was well-prepared.These were professionals.” Anja Bijnens, spokesman for the Brussels prosecutors’ office, after thieves made off with millions of dollars worth of diamonds at Belgium’s main airport Article, 1A Tunisia credit rating cut; premier quits TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia’s prime minister announced his resignation Tuesday after a failed effort to form a technocratic government to see the country out of its political crisis.

Hearings set on exchange for insurance

posted: 02/20/2013 3:58 a.m.

A state senator who has favored ceding control of the state’s insurance exchange to the federal government said Tuesday that his committee will hold hearings next week to determine whether Arkansas should continue planning for a partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Arkansas tornado alerts sent to wrong residents

posted: 02/20/2013 3:55 a.m.

Thousands of people across Arkansas received text messages on their cell phones Monday evening, warning them to seek immediate shelter from a tornado in their area. There was only one actual tornado warning, though, and it was just in the southwest corner of the state.

Other days

posted: 02/20/2013 3:52 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 20, 1913 The proposed constitutional amendment to permit the people of Arkansas to vote on the question of woman suffrage went down in defeat in the House yesterday afternoon. As the speaker announced the vote of 35 for the resolution and 55 against it, the suffragettes in the gallery, who have labored long and faithfully for the measure, quietly pinned on their hats and departed, leaving three small boys gazing down into the arena.

Dorms built on sand

posted: 02/20/2013 3:43 a.m.

WAS ANYBODY really surprised at the news last week that the Arkansas Lottery may have to cut back on the scholarships it hands out? Or at least the amount it provides students. After all, way back in December, a legislative oversight committee—specifically, the one overseeing the Arkansas Lottery recommended cuts in those scholarships. It seems not enough money was coming in to cover the costs. Which was good news to some of us. Apparently the new has worn off this whole, legalized scam, and not as many people may be gambling their money away on the scant hope of striking a jackpot.

Getting rich on the farm

posted: 02/20/2013 3:42 a.m.

In addition to a great football game, this year’s Super Bowl audience witnessed a memorable paean to the hardworking American farmer: a Dodge commercial featuring the recorded gravelly tones of the late Paul Harvey. Farm-state politicians were quick to exploit it: Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, told reporters he hopes “the people of America will wake up and appreciate the family farmers of America.” Actually, farming no longer resembles the hardscrabble family enterprise of so much mawkish marketing.

Voice of America

posted: 02/20/2013 3:42 a.m.

Dear Fellow Fan, It was wholly a pleasure to get your video of Kate Smith singing God Bless America as only she could—and did. It rekindled childhood memories of listening to the Kate Smith radio show every schoolday morning at 9 in Miss Hinkle’s Fourth Grade class. It was the best part of the day, not counting baseball at recess. It included a wrap-up of the day’s news, and so fulfilled the Current Events requirement. But the show wasn’t over till the fat lady sang. And did she ever, especially God Bless America. Her version has no peers. Maybe because when she introduced it to the country in 1938, the country really needed it. You can still see her sing it and, more important, hear her sing it, on YouTube.

Guest writer: Pain ahead for state

posted: 02/20/2013 3:41 a.m.

It came as no surprise when President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address last week to solicit support for his green-energy agenda, promising to go “all-in on clean energy” and use oil and gas revenue to “shift our cars and trucks off oil for good.” The feel-good rhetoric might be good politics. But it ignores the oil and gas industry’s very real contribution to the economy.


posted: 02/20/2013 3:41 a.m.

Meanings muddled Words mean things. Misuse of words changes meanings.

Arkansas’ next challenge

posted: 02/20/2013 3:40 a.m.

It was Nov. 21, 2002, and life was about to change for those of us who worked in the office of Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Brackets difficult to guess

posted: 02/20/2013 3:37 a.m.

Bring together the top 64 players in the world and no one knows what to expect.

LIKE IT IS: Razorbacks still have shot at NCAA bid

posted: 02/20/2013 3:33 a.m.

It seems the experts at picking the NCAA Tournament men’s bracket give the Arkansas Razorbacks little chance at March Madness even if they win their final six games.

7A/6A-CENTRAL BOYS: Warriors Win, Net League Title

posted: 02/20/2013 3:26 a.m.

Little Rock Hall’s boys will need some new nets for their final home game.

Off the wire

posted: 02/20/2013 3:24 a.m.

FOOTBALL Jets cut five The New York Jets cleared about $31 million in salary cap space by cutting veteran linebackers Bart Scott and Calvin Pace and three other players. Safety Eric Smith, backup offensive lineman Jason Smith, and tight end Josh Baker also were released Tuesday. The moves were expected because New York entered the off-season more than $20 million over the cap for the 2013 season. Scott has been slowed by injuries and had surgery in the offseason to repair torn ligaments in his right big toe. The 32-year-old linebacker had just 60 tackles last year and saw his streak of 119 consecutive games end because of the toe injury.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/20/2013 3:24 a.m.

Obama’s game not that rough Tiger Woods delivered a “State of the Game” on President Barack Obama’s golfing prowess, and the news wasn’t all bad.

State sports briefs

posted: 02/20/2013 3:23 a.m.

GOLF UCA finishes eighth in Louisiana Central Arkansas’ women’s team opened its spring season with an eighthplace finish at the LeTriomphe Collegiate Invitational on Tuesday at LeTriomphe Golf and Country Club in Broussard, La. UCA was led by senior Julia Roth, who finished fifth, shooting 78-76-77 for a 15-over 231. As a team, UCA shot 970. Lamar won the tournament with a 930 score, followed by Xavier (943) and McNeese State (950). ASU men finish 16th Arkansas State’s men finished 16th in the 16-team field with a 54-hole score of 68-over-par 926 on Tuesday at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate at Magnolia Grove Crossings Golf Course in Mobile, Ala. The Red Wolves shot a 308 in the first round, a 311 in the second and a 307 in the third. Auburn won the team title with a 3-under 861. LSU finished second at 865 and Illinois was third at 870. Arkansas State’s Seth Garner was the Red Wolves’ top player with a 225, shooting 75 in each round. BASEBALL Hendrix falls to Ozarks University of the Ozarks scored two runs in

7A/6A-CENTRAL GIRLS: Scowling Scaife leads Hall

posted: 02/20/2013 3:22 a.m.

Tyler Scaife launched a successful three-pointer at the end of the third quarter and then unleashed an uncharacteristic scowl at her team’s chief rival.

7A/6A-EAST BOYS: Allen wrenches victory for NLR

posted: 02/20/2013 3:21 a.m.

It may have been senior night at North Little Rock High School on Tuesday night, but it was a sophomore who stole the show to help the Charging Wildcats’ remain unbeaten in 7A/6A-East Conference play.

AP TOP 25 MEN: Hurt Oladipo picks up Hoosiers

posted: 02/20/2013 3:20 a.m.

Victor Oladipo shook off a sprained left ankle to lift top-ranked Indiana to a 72-68 victory over No. 4 Michigan State on Tuesday night.

SOUTHLAND MEN: UCA no match for Oral Roberts

posted: 02/20/2013 3:18 a.m.

Oral Roberts used a flurry of three-pointers in the first half and solid rebounding throughout the game to defeat Central Arkansas 94-65 on Tuesday in a Southland Conference game at the Mabee Center in Tulsa.

SEC MEN: Tigers upend Gators with Bowers back

posted: 02/20/2013 3:18 a.m.

Laurence Bowers missed Missouri’s ugliest loss of the season, a 31-point blowout at Florida last month. He certainly made his presence felt in the rematch.

Beechcraft exits from bankruptcy

posted: 02/20/2013 3:11 a.m.

Planemaker Beechcraft Corp., formerly Hawker Beechcraft Inc., emerged Tuesday from bankruptcy protection, freed from much of its debt and its unprofitable business jet operations.


posted: 02/20/2013 3:09 a.m.

Arvest Bank’s purchase of 29 Bank of America branches, which was announced in December, will close March 22, the Fayetteville bank says.

Car-Mart’s quarter blows hubcaps off analysts’ forecasts

posted: 02/20/2013 3:09 a.m.

America’s Car-Mart, the Bentonville-based buy-here, pay-here auto dealer, reported third-quarter net income Tuesday of $8 million for the period ending Jan. 31, up 9.5 percent from $7.3 million for the corresponding period a year ago.

Google stock hits all-time high

posted: 02/20/2013 3:08 a.m.

Google’s stock price topped $800 for the first time Tuesday amid renewed confidence in the company’s ability to reap steadily higher profits from its dominance of Internet search and prominence in the increasingly important mobile-device market.

Office Depot, OfficeMax said to be near merger deal

posted: 02/20/2013 3:08 a.m.

Office Depot Inc. and OfficeMax Inc. are discussing a merger with a deal possible this week, said a person familiar with the matter.

U.S. homebuilder confidence dips

posted: 02/20/2013 3:07 a.m.

Confidence among U.S. home-builders slipped this month from the 6 1/2-year high it reached in January, with many builders reporting less traffic by prospective customers before the critical spring home-buying season.

MARKET REPORT: Office-supply deal talk lifts Dow

posted: 02/20/2013 3:06 a.m.

Talk of more deal-making sent the stock market higher Tuesday, putting the Dow Jones industrial average within reach of its all-time high.

Business news in brief

posted: 02/20/2013 3:05 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The index remains near its highest level since May of 2006, and we expect homebuilding to continue on a modest rising trajectory this year.” David Crowe, chief economist, National Association of Home Builders, on the builder sentiment index Article, 1D Polish leader: Time not right for euro Poland is striving to adopt the euro as soon as possible and will make the switch only when it’s “100 percent sure” it’s safe, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Tuesday.

China denies being world trade leader

posted: 02/20/2013 3:05 a.m.

China has a new status its government doesn’t want — world’s biggest trader.

What’s for dinner? Breakfast!

posted: 02/20/2013 2:51 a.m.

Breakfast for dinner is one of our favorite meals. We’re also quite partial to breakfast for lunch, more commonly known as brunch. And while we’re no strangers to the bowl-of-cereal dinner, that’s not the kind of breakfast for dinner that we dream about.

Chicken knocks back tequila in pasta dish

posted: 02/20/2013 2:50 a.m.

This pasta dish is adapted from California Pizza Kitchen. It is a flavorful combination of jalapenos, bell peppers, chicken, tequila and spinach fettuccine.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Scholarship Lottery Sees Changes

posted: 02/20/2013 2:50 a.m.

Change in the scholarship part of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is inevitable.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Iranian-American Seeking Help For Country

posted: 02/20/2013 2:50 a.m.

I am an Iranian-American living in the state of Arkansas. I am very thankful for the United States who has given me and other Iranians the ability to share in the American dream. Meanwhile, our homeland of Iran, is occupied by a radical Islamic regime, that holds power in Tehran. I am a supporter of the resistance to that occupation.

HOW WE SEE IT: Constable Bill Seeks Change To Constitution

posted: 02/20/2013 2:50 a.m.

If you want to know just how outdated the oftce of constable is, go ask 10 people on the street to name the township they live in.

FRONT BURNER: Church cookbook a trove of goodies

posted: 02/20/2013 2:50 a.m.

Full Plate: Generous Servings of Ozark Hospitality from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville may be the best community cookbook I’ve ever seen. According to the foreword, the spiral-bound, hardcover book was a decade in the making, with each recipe being tested at least three times by someone other than the submitter. The recipes were also “fine-tuned ” during the testing process to “ensure that anyone, novice or expert, who attempts to prepare a recipe from this cookbook will have a successful dish.”

Stir-fry is oodles of noodles

posted: 02/20/2013 2:49 a.m.

These noodles are a fun and approachable dish equally good for a busy weeknight or casual weekend dinner.


posted: 02/20/2013 2:49 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Every year about this time, our church board presents the new budget to the congregation, and our preacher takes several weeks to preach about money and tithing and all that. Frankly, I get tired of it. In my opinion, he ought to be dealing with spiritual things, not with money.

UNCORKED: 3 basic glass styles cover all the bases

posted: 02/20/2013 2:48 a.m.

Portions of this column were published Sept. 9, 2009.

7-day menu planner

posted: 02/20/2013 2:48 a.m.

SUNDAY: Rosemary Orange Chicken (see recipe) makes family day special. Enjoy the nutty flavor of brown rice and tiny green peas. Add crusty rolls. For dessert, buy a blackberry cobbler. Plan ahead: Save enough chicken and cobbler for Monday. MONDAY: Use the leftover chicken and make nontraditional Grilled Chicken and Cheese Sandwiches. Chop the 4 leftover chicken breasts and mix with cup golden raisins, ¼ cup thinly sliced celery and cup mayonnaise. Coat one side of 12 whole-grain bread slices with cooking spray. Place 6 slices, coated side down, on a nonstick skillet or griddle. Top 6 of the slices with a thin slice of Monterey Jack cheese. Spread chicken on bread. Top with another thin slice of cheese and remaining 6 bread slices (coated side up). Cook on medium 3 to 4 minutes per side or until lightly browned. Serve with delicatessen carrot salad. Warm the leftover cobbler and top it with vanilla ice cream for dessert. Plan ahead: Save enough ice cream for Wednesday. TUESDAY: Kids welcome the tried-and-tru


posted: 02/20/2013 2:48 a.m.

Happy birthday. The next seven weeks will lighten your load and brighten your path. March brings romance. In April, you’ll trade your old image for a new one. Professional developments in April alter your viewpoint, and your goals will change as a result. July and December are best for adventuring. Get educated in August. Scorpio and Taurus people adore you.

Newbery winner is one kids will love

posted: 02/20/2013 2:47 a.m.

I love librarians. My first job, at 15, was shelving books at the public library in my home town in the Chicago suburbs. I say that to inoculate myself because I’m about to say something negative about librarians, or specifically the American Library Association, which annually bestows the John Newbery Medal on the best children’s book of the year.

Slim pickings

posted: 02/20/2013 2:47 a.m.

WHAT: Nutri-Grain Fruit Crunch Bars STATS: Each bar contains 180 to 190 calories and 7 fat, 29 carbohydrate, 3 fiber and 3 protein grams. Visit kelloggs. com.

‘Will you … oh, darn!’

posted: 02/20/2013 2:46 a.m.

Marriage proposals have become an industry, with professional planners, flash mobs for hire and elaborate, homegrown surprises to make the moment memorable. And let’s not forget YouTube, and our steadfast resolve to share.

Creature feature

posted: 02/20/2013 2:46 a.m.

When reading your column about the dog who inhales food, our new “green feeder” immediately came to mind. Our youngest dog, Beau, age 3, does the same thing. Our son found the Green Interactive Feeder and got it for us. We have been using it since Christmas. It’s amazing how it has slowed Beau down and forced him to chew. What did take him one minute to inhale now takes about seven.


posted: 02/20/2013 2:45 a.m.

DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: My wife’s sister and her husband pride themselves on being “green” and, in particular, not owning a car. While they are able to take public transportation or ride their bikes most places, my wife’s parents live way out in the country, so my wife and I have to drive her sister and brother-in-law whenever there’s a family gathering out there (about once a month). We’ve been doing this for a couple of years, and not once have they offered to buy gas or reciprocate in any way.

PARENTING: Childhood pranks do not represent bullying

posted: 02/20/2013 2:45 a.m.

The principal of a middle school recently confided in me that “this bullying thing has gotten completely out of hand.” He wasn’t referring to bullying itself, although that’s certainly out of hand. Instead, he referred to the fact that many parents have become overly sensitized to the possibility that their kids might, at any moment, become bullied and overreact, therefore, to any indication that they have been.

Super Quiz: Summer

posted: 02/20/2013 2:45 a.m.

1. What city will host the 2016 Summer Olympics? 2. “Summertime” is the best-known song from what opera? 3. In what Asian city is the famous Summer Palace? 4. Who had a big hit with “Love to Love You Baby” ? 5. In the Northern Hemisphere, it occurs on or about June 21. 6. He is best known as the guitarist for rock band The Police. 7. What kind of event is Summer Slam? 8. Term for mild, warm weather similar to an Indian summer, occurring in November 9. Term for the summer of 1967, noted for its love-ins and the ourishing of the hippie movement


posted: 02/20/2013 2:44 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: With regard to living lettuce (Heloise here: a previous column on the hydroponically grown lettuce that comes in a plastic container), I agree that it is so good. I took it one step further. Once I had used all the leaves, I told my husband that I was going to plant the roots outside with the rest of the lettuce I have grown.


posted: 02/20/2013 2:44 a.m.

Q: I’m a lesbian with a son from previous heterosexual marriage. My ex-partner and I raised my son together for seven years. We split up two years ago, but she is still in my son’s life and spends a few hours with him every other week.

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Tortilla chips tasty but kind of flimsy

posted: 02/20/2013 2:43 a.m.

Pepperidge Farm and Pace recently sent information on some new products that were available before the Super Bowl, but the information didn’t arrive in time to meet our deadlines. The products should all be in stores now.

IDEA ALLEY: Cake recipes sure to cue taste buds

posted: 02/20/2013 2:43 a.m.

Recipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Shred that cold chicken for quick bite

posted: 02/20/2013 2:42 a.m.

If you have leftover roasted or rotisserie chicken on hand, here’s a great way to use it.

7A/6A-CENTRAL GIRLS: Caldwell, Hanson take control

posted: 02/20/2013 1:53 a.m.

Foul trouble didn’t stop Fort Smith Northside’s Olivia Hanson from hitting key shots Tuesday night against Fort Smith Southside.

HOG CALLS: Razorbacks can’t get too comfortable

posted: 02/20/2013 1:53 a.m.

The last time the Arkansas Razorbacks received this many pats on the back, Vanderbilt kicked them in the backside.

Arkansan held in ’83 Illinois killing

posted: 02/20/2013 1:52 a.m.

A 56-year-old Carroll County man has been arrested in a homicide almost 30 years ago in Illinois.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 02/20/2013 1:52 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I think the advice would be obvious. I think anyone with common sense would realize the appearance of requesting that your spouse replace you would be unfavorable.” James Mainard, a Franklin County attorney, on County Judge Joe Powell’s plan to ask the Quorum Court to appoint Powell’s wife to temporarily serve as county judge Article, 1B Today’s meetings Springdale Water and Sewer Commission, 9 a.m. Washington County Rural Development Authority, 9:30 a.m. Rogers Parks and Recreation Commission, noon Springdale Public Facilities Board, noon Siloam Springs Technical Review Committee, 2 p.m. Rogers Historic District Commission, 4:30 p.m. Washington County Regional Ambulance Authority, 5 p.m. Fayetteville Environmental Action Committee, 5:30 p.m. Benton County Planning Board, 6 p.m.


posted: 02/20/2013 1:52 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe announced the following appointments to boards and commissions Tuesday: Douglas Avery, Texarkana, reappointed to the Criminal Justice Institute Advisory Board, for a term expiring Jan. 14, 2017.

The state/region in brief

posted: 02/20/2013 1:52 a.m.

Man guilty in case tied to 2 ‘spouses’ STOCKTON, Mo. — A jury has found a 44-yearold southwest Missouri man guilty of attempted rape in a case involving twin sisters who lived as his wives at a ranch inhabited by Mormon fundamentalists.

Cow near Kingston dies after contracting rabies

posted: 02/20/2013 1:52 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Health announced Tuesday a cow infected with rabies died last week near Kingston in Madison County. The death is the 16th reported rabid animal death in 2013.

Cache River logjam on track for removal

posted: 02/20/2013 1:52 a.m.

Sixty years after the formation of a large logjam on the Cache River near Grubbs, farmers who grow crops along the meandering river in northeast Arkansas are expecting to see relief from the annual flooding the blockage causes.

Ex-roofing contractor must pay $137,281 for fraud

posted: 02/20/2013 1:52 a.m.

A Pulaski County Circuit judge on Tuesday ordered the owner of a defunct Fayetteville roofing company, already on probation for cheating customers, to pay $137,281 in fines and costs for accepting money for repairs his company never performed. Judge Jay Moody found Shawn Lawrence Redmond, 58, of Fayetteville and his Razorfast Roofing company committed 21 violations of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Act — one count for every defrauded customer — in response to a December 2012 lawsuit brought by the attorney general’s office. At the request of Assistant Attorney General Bart Calhoun, Moody imposed a $105,000 fine at $5,000 per violation, plus ordered $28,137 in restitution for seven of those customers.

Museum shuffles top execs; develops plan for the future

posted: 02/20/2013 1:52 a.m.

Last week, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced changes in the top management to support strategic plans to carry the museum forward.

Police flag Hendrix ex-chief’s gun use

posted: 02/20/2013 1:52 a.m.

Authorities have been asked whether former Hendrix College President J. Timothy Cloyd violated state law when he refused to turn over a gun that Conway police said an intoxicated Cloyd pointed toward an officer who was trying to arrest an intruder in Cloyd’s home.

County judge pitches spouse as his successor

posted: 02/20/2013 1:52 a.m.

Members of the Franklin County Quorum Court and other administrators said Tuesday that Franklin County Judge Joe Powell, who will resign March 1, has asked that his wife, Janet Powell, be appointed as his successor.

City block struck in Syria; 33 people dead

posted: 02/20/2013 1:52 a.m.

A Syrian missile strike leveled a block of buildings in an impoverished district of Aleppo on Tuesday, killing at least 33 people, almost half of them children, anti-regime activists said.

Kansas City block afire after explosion

posted: 02/20/2013 1:52 a.m.

A gas explosion that sparked a block-engulfing fire in an upscale Kansas City shopping district injured 14 people, a city official said Tuesday evening, adding that it is believed an accident by a utility contractor caused the blast.

Gen. Allen asks to retire from job

posted: 02/20/2013 1:52 a.m.

Marine Gen. John Allen, the longest serving leader of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, asked President Barack Obama on Tuesday morning to accept his retirement from the military because his wife is seriously ill, a move that nullifies his nomination to be the supreme allied commander in Europe.

RECORDS: February 20th

posted: 02/20/2013 12:58 a.m.

Arrests 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force • Teresa Hamilton, 52, of 1576 N. Dawn Drive in Fayetteville was arrested Monday in connection with felony tampering with physical evidence. She was in the Washington County Detention Center on $3,500 bond Tuesday.

PUBLIC MEETINGS: February 20th

posted: 02/20/2013 12:57 a.m.

Today 9 a.m. Springdale Water and Sewer Commission — Commission Chambers, Water Utilities Building, 526 Oak Ave.

UA board satisfied on deficit’s handling

posted: 02/20/2013 12:36 a.m.

Senior trustees of the University of Arkansas System board say that a multimillion-dollar deficit at the Fayetteville campus has been a concern but they have been satisfied with how leaders there handled it.

2 abortion-cutoff bills head for House votes

posted: 02/20/2013 12:32 a.m.

Two bills aimed at limiting abortions in Arkansas are on their way to the House floor after procedural wrangling in a House committee almost held one back Tuesday.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Arkansas comes out swinging in a sweep

posted: 02/20/2013 12:31 a.m.

Arkansas took one laugher and one nail-biter while getting dominating pitching through both ends of a doubleheader sweep against New Orleans on Tuesday.

Gas jumps 21 cents in week

posted: 02/20/2013 12:28 a.m.

Arkansas motorists have seen prices climb at gas pumps for 33 consecutive days as an annual increase in prices started early this year, energy analysts said.

Mega Millions

posted: 02/20/2013 12:17 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 1-15-19-30-56 Mega Ball: 28 Estimated jackpot: $26 million Megaplier: 3

Phone utility’s value up slightly

posted: 02/20/2013 12:10 a.m.

Shares of Little Rock-based Windstream rose slightly Tuesday after the company reported a fourth quarter profit of $10.1 million and said it would pay its $1 dividend.

Shield for concealed-gun carriers favored

posted: 02/20/2013 12:08 a.m.

The House of Representatives voted 84-3 Tuesday in favor of a bill to exempt the names and ZIP codes of concealed-handgun license holders from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

Tuesday, February 19

Diamond Hogs blank, sweep Privateers

posted: 02/19/2013 7:39 p.m.

Arkansas finished off a midweek sweep of New Orleans with a 3-0 win Tuesday night at Baum Stadium.

Poche lifts Arkansas to Game 1 win

posted: 02/19/2013 4:31 p.m.

Colin Poche threw five scoreless innings in his college debut and Arkansas beat New Orleans 14-0 in a run-ruled doubleheader opener Tuesday at Baum Stadium.

Hernandez appointed to Benton County Quorum Court

posted: 02/19/2013 4:06 p.m.

Rey Hernandez has been appointed to fill the vacancy on the Benton County Quorum Court created when the incumbent Frank Winscott moved out of District 2 after winning reelection in November.

Five teens arrested after Fayetteville mailboxes explode

posted: 02/19/2013 3:24 p.m.

Police arrested five teenagers Tuesday in connection with using homemade explosives blow up mailboxes on North Hartford and North Eastwood drives, according to a news release from the Fayetteville Police Department.

Hillary Clinton joins NYC-based speaker agency

posted: 02/19/2013 2:36 p.m.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will give paid speeches now that she's left the government.

House approves redo of lethal-injection law

posted: 02/19/2013 2:25 p.m.

The Arkansas Legislature has approved a rewrite of the state's lethal-injection law after it was thrown out by the state Supreme Court last year.

Old Post Office back on the market

posted: 02/19/2013 2:19 p.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — The old post office building in the center of the downtown square is back on the market.

Arkansas-New Orleans Live Blog

posted: 02/19/2013 1:35 p.m.

Join in an interactive live blog as Arkansas hosts New Orleans in a doubleheader at Baum Stadium.

Hundreds gather for third Razorback Day at the Capitol

updated: 02/19/2013 4:54 p.m.

University of Arkansas alumni, fans and officials gathered at Genesis III restaurant on Tuesday morning to kick off the third-annual "Razorback Day at the Capitol."

Arkansas will play doubleheader today

posted: 02/19/2013 10:22 a.m.

Arkansas and New Orleans will play a doubleheader today beginning at 2 p.m. at Baum Stadium.

House panel advances abortion bans; one sent back to committee

updated: 02/19/2013 2:45 p.m.

A bill that would ban most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy has passed an Arkansas House committee by a voice vote.

Wal-Mart sets June 7 shareholders meeting

posted: 02/19/2013 7:46 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Tuesday that it has set the company’s 2013 shareholders meeting for June 7.

Car-Mart posts 3rd-quarter rise in profit

posted: 02/19/2013 7:23 a.m.

America’s Car-Mart Inc. has reported net income of $8 million in its fiscal third quarter, up 9.6 percent from the $7.3 million earned in the same quarter the previous year.

Winter storm watch issued for possible 'significant ice storm'

updated: 02/19/2013 12:20 p.m.

Much of the northern half of Arkansas is set to be under a winter storm watch beginning Wednesday night for a system that could lead to significant ice accumulations, forecasters said.

Bulldogs Hungry After State Title

posted: 02/19/2013 5 a.m.

D.J. Beeler has felt the need during the past few months to talk to his players and stress they can’t get complacent during practice.

Fitts A Good Fit

posted: 02/19/2013 5 a.m.

Whitnee Fitts was still adjusting to her new role as a starter when she was called upon to take the biggest shot of her career.

Har-Ber Hopes For A Spark

posted: 02/19/2013 5 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber is determined to accelerate its development in soccer under a new coach, Nelson Medina, who played collegiately at Oklahoma City University.

College To Observe Bikini Atoll Commemoration

posted: 02/19/2013 5 a.m.

NorthWest Arkansas Community College will hold an event to commemorate the victims of the March 1, 1954, thermonuclear detonation that contaminated Bikini Atoll and the surrounding area as part of the college’s spring themed semester on the Marshall Islands.

Dogs Will Go To Shelter

posted: 02/19/2013 5 a.m.

Lost Little Flock dogs will end up in Centerton after the city council approved an interlocal agreement on Monday night.

North Walton Plan Back On Agenda

posted: 02/19/2013 5 a.m.

A revised North Walton Boulevard redevelopment plan will go before the Planning Commission today without the recommendation to extend Northwest Fifth Street through to Walton.

College Studying Diversity

posted: 02/19/2013 5 a.m.

NorthWest Arkansas Community College can do a better job of attracting more minorities to its staff, several members of the Board of Trustees said Monday.

Bulldogs Make Strides On Field

posted: 02/19/2013 5 a.m.

Last season was a breakthrough of sorts for the Fayetteville boys’ soccer team.

Franklin Adjusts To New Role

posted: 02/19/2013 5 a.m.

West Fork girls basketball coach Nathan Wells told Sydney Franklin to expect to be the focus of most opposing defenses even before the season started this year.

War Eagles Look To Increase Scoring Opportunities

posted: 02/19/2013 5 a.m.

The Rogers Heritage War Eagles boys soccer team dropped several close matches a year ago in conference play simply because it struggled to score goals.

Board Approves Assessment

posted: 02/19/2013 5 a.m.

The principal architect of the Fayetteville Public Library will be at the center of planning for library expansion.

Nutrition Classes Offered for Students, Parents

posted: 02/19/2013 5 a.m.

Students and their parents are invited to a series of child nutrition classes beginning today at Owl Creek School.

Mounties Return With Experience

posted: 02/19/2013 5 a.m.

Rogers High must replace a three-year starter in goal, but Mounties boys soccer coach Stephen Peck has a seasoned senior class and plenty of experienced underclassmen as they look to make another run at the Class 7A State Tournament.

Tigers Must Grow Up

posted: 02/19/2013 5 a.m.

Youth will definitely be served when it comes to this year’s Bentonville boys soccer team.

Neal, Watkins Take Honors

posted: 02/19/2013 5 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber made the battle for second place and a first-round bye in the state tournament an interesting one Friday when it beat Rogers Heritage 53-48.

Homemade Explosives Found in Mailboxes

posted: 02/19/2013 5 a.m.

Police are searching for the people who placed two homemade explosives inside mailboxes in east Fayetteville.

Panthers Return Bulk Of Team

posted: 02/19/2013 5 a.m.

A move up in classification hasn’t changed expectations for the Siloam Springs boys soccer team.

Traffic Stop Yields Weapons, Drugs

posted: 02/19/2013 5 a.m.

Police arrested a West Fork man after finding nine weapons and drugs in his truck Sunday, according to an arrest report.

Towns Show Job Growth

posted: 02/19/2013 5 a.m.

It’s a well-known fact Northwest Arkansas is growing.

Ferrell Erases Any Of Dad’s Doubts

posted: 02/19/2013 5 a.m.

West Fork boys basketball coach David Ferrell admitted there was some doubts moving his son, Josh, from shooting guard to point guard this season.

U.N. panel on Syria: Cruelty on both sides

posted: 02/19/2013 4:47 a.m.

A United Nations commission Monday said fighters on both sides in Syria’s civil war have committed atrocities and should be brought to justice, and European foreign ministers extended an arms embargo on the country in hopes it would limit the ability of both sides to wage war.

The world in brief

posted: 02/19/2013 4:13 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’ve arrived once again in our Venezuelan homeland.Thank you, my God!! Thank you, beloved nation!! We will continue our treatment here.” Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan President, in a Twitter post Article, 7A

The nation in brief

posted: 02/19/2013 4:12 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It wasn’t frustration.This was just a decision that it’s time.” U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., who announced Monday that he won’t seek re-election. Article, this page

Names and faces

posted: 02/19/2013 4:10 a.m.

Fergie is expecting her first child. A representative for the Black Eyed Peas singer confirmed the baby news Monday.

No business section

posted: 02/19/2013 4:10 a.m.

Because of the federal holiday observance of George Washington’s birthday, there is no business and farm section in today’s paper.

In the news

posted: 02/19/2013 4:09 a.m.

Garrett O’Hanlon, 22, Dennis Codrington, 23, and Matt Foley, 23, jumped down onto New York City subway tracks to rescue a stranger who had hit his head and stumbled onto the tracks, with the three good Samaritans and the unconscious man making it back on the platform, with a help up from bystanders, just before the next train arrived.

Legislative summary

posted: 02/19/2013 3:56 a.m.

This is a summary list of bills (by bill number, lead sponsor and title) introduced through Monday in the 89th General Assembly, except for appropriation bills, which, along with other bills and resolutions, may be found at the legislative website:


posted: 02/19/2013 3:50 a.m.

This is a calendar of public events of the 89th General Assembly for Tuesday, the 37th day of the 2013 legislative session.

Strong winds cut power, topple trees across state

posted: 02/19/2013 3:34 a.m.

Strong winds from a fast moving thunderstorm system downed trees in Hot Spring County and damaged a home near Bismarck on Monday afternoon, authorities said.

Other days

posted: 02/19/2013 3:30 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 19, 1913 PRESCOTT — While R. B. Arnold’s automobile was standing in front of his residence yesterday morning, the carburetor overflowed and a little gasoline spilled on the ground. A small boy passing by was consumed with a curiosity to know if the stuff was gasoline.

EDITORIALS: The games UA-F plays

posted: 02/19/2013 3:28 a.m.

THERE, that didn’t hurt a bit, did it? The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has decided to do what it ought to have done many months and news stories ago: Let the public see a public document.

A game of inches

posted: 02/19/2013 3:26 a.m.

A Springdale resident has joined the national fray in deciding to sue the Subway chain when the sandwiches he ordered in that town supposedly came up slightly shorter than the company claims.

Hollis Termination Upheld By Fayetteville School Board

posted: 02/19/2013 3:26 a.m.

After nearly nine hours of testimony and 40 minutes of deliberation, the Fayetteville School Board upheld the recommendation that Tim Hollis, a popular teacher and debate coach, be fired.

The audacity of Jesse Jackson Jr.

posted: 02/19/2013 3:24 a.m.

Slow this down. Think it through, in all its remarkable, reprehensible detail.

COLUMNISTS: Raise that wage

posted: 02/19/2013 3:23 a.m.

President Barack Obama laid out a number of good ideas in his State of the Union address. Unfortunately, almost all of them would require spending money—and given Republican control of the House of Representatives, it’s hard to imagine that happening.

Time to sling some arrows

posted: 02/19/2013 3:21 a.m.

It’s time to take these concealed arrows into the Church of Unpopular Truth and start firing.


posted: 02/19/2013 3:12 a.m.

Prove it is a problem State Sen. Bryan King, R-Green Forest, and others who support a voter-ID bill to combat voter fraud should, at the very least, provide evidence that voter fraud is a problem in Arkansas. Otherwise, that emperor has no clothes.

Georgia Bulldog a pure player

posted: 02/19/2013 3:02 a.m.

Georgia Coach Mark Fox has used 12 different starting lineups this season. Eleven Bulldogs have started at least two games.

LA’s Buss dies at 80

posted: 02/19/2013 3 a.m.

Jerry Buss, the Los Angeles Lakers’ playboy owner who shepherded the NBA team to 10 championships from the Showtime dynasty of the 1980s to the Kobe Bryant era, died Monday. He was 80.

LIKE IT IS: No Noel, no March merriness for Kentucky

posted: 02/19/2013 2:55 a.m.

It wasn’t so much like watching a train wreck as it was watching a great basketball program with a coach who is mostly adored only by his team’s fans come unhinged at its own hands.

Melons a bust, mascot malfunctions

posted: 02/19/2013 2:53 a.m.

Some 12 to 15 years ago, as Arkansas Travelers General Manager Bill Valentine was preparing for a midsummer Ray Winder Field doubleheader, a farmer (who happened to be one of Valentine’s acquaintances ) drove up with a truck loaded with watermelons.

SEC report: Calipari questions Cats’ drive

posted: 02/19/2013 2:51 a.m.

Kentucky Coach John Calipari is enduring his first real dose of futility in four seasons with the Wildcats, and he doesn’t like it.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 02/19/2013 2:48 a.m.

Classix pays out $548,553 — One may be the loneliest number, but not in this instance.

TOP 25 MEN: Technical puts fight in Irish

posted: 02/19/2013 2:46 a.m.

A self professed “raving lunatic” while watching his team score just three points over the first 13:54 of the game, Notre Dame Coach Mike Brey wasn’t considering the potential consequences when he gave referee John Gaffney an earful.