News 2013 July

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Wednesday, July 31

House approves lower rates on student loans

posted: 07/31/2013 5:28 p.m.

WASHINGTON — A bill that would lower the cost of student loans has passed the House and is heading to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Proposal’s Failure Benefits Farmington

posted: 07/31/2013 5 p.m.

The failure of Proposal No. 5 during the Arkansas Activities Association’s annual meeting with the state’s schools was the news Farmington athletic director Brad Blew wanted to hear.

Man who attempted to extinguish fatal fire released from hospital

posted: 07/31/2013 4:41 p.m.

The man who attempted to put out a fire in a manufactured home at 5801 Arkansas 94 has been released from the hospital, said Keshia Guyll, public information officer for the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Court documents: Stober used county money for tires, lumber

posted: 07/31/2013 4:26 p.m.

Scott Stober admitted using county funds to buy new tires for his truck, according to court documents filed today.

Brandon Barber pleads guilty, faces up to 45 years

updated: 07/31/2013 2:54 p.m.

Former real estate developer Brandon Barber faces a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to three federal charges related to bank loans and his 2009 personal bankruptcy.

Jones Center to host student art festival

posted: 07/31/2013 2:33 p.m.

A new student art festival will take place at the Jones Center this fall to increase tourism and allow students to showcase their artwork.

Rep. Baird announces bid for state treasurer

posted: 07/31/2013 12:10 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — State Rep. Duncan Baird says he's seeking the Republican nomination for state treasurer next year.

Westerman to run for Congress, source says

posted: 07/31/2013 11:16 a.m.

A person who has spoken to state House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman says the lawmaker plans to run for the south Arkansas congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton.

Author James Patterson funds UA scholarship

posted: 07/31/2013 9:52 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — Bestselling author James Patterson has given $48,000 to establish a scholarship fund for University of Arkansas students majoring in elementary or secondary education.

Israelis, Palestinians talk again in 2 weeks

posted: 07/31/2013 5:40 a.m.

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agreed Tuesday to meet again within two weeks to start substantive talks in hopes of reaching a long-elusive peace settlement within nine months.

Bulger team picks at ex-agent’s claim

posted: 07/31/2013 5:32 a.m.

Prosecutors suggested Tuesday that a former FBI supervisor exaggerated his claim that he tried to end the FBI’s corrupt relationship with reputed mobster James “Whitey” Bulger.

The world in brief

posted: 07/31/2013 5:13 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I sent him good wishes from people here, and he asked me to pass on wishes back, and, of course, I’ve tried to make sure that his family knows that he is well.” Catherine Ashton, the top European Union diplomat, after she made the first visit with Egypt’s former president Mohammad Morsi since a military coup deposed him July 3

The nation in brief

posted: 07/31/2013 5:12 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We won the battle; now we need to go win the war. Today is a good day, but Bradley is by no means out of the fire.” David Coombs, the attorney for U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was acquitted of aiding the enemy but was convicted of espionage, theft and other charges for leaking government secrets to WikiLeaks

Names and faces

posted: 07/31/2013 5:11 a.m.

Arsenio Hall is eager to get back in the late-night talk show game, minus the big hair and shoulder pads that marked his initial foray nearly 20 years ago.

In the news

posted: 07/31/2013 5:11 a.m.

President Michael Higgins of Ireland signed into law the country’s first bill on abortion, legalizing the practice in exceptional cases where doctors deem a woman’s life is at risk.


posted: 07/31/2013 5 a.m.

When I was in second grade, one of my classmates told me I was going to hell.

Clinard To Ask For Fee Vote

posted: 07/31/2013 5 a.m.

Benton County Judge Bob Clinard said Tuesday he'll ask the Quorum Court to approve a special election before the end of the year to secure money for rural ambulance service.

COMMENTARY: Good day, bad day

posted: 07/31/2013 5 a.m.

The best day in a long time for woefully downtrodden Arkansas Democrats?

Slain Woman’s Family Sues Rogers, Police For $35 Million

posted: 07/31/2013 5 a.m.

The family of a woman killed by Rogers police officers two years ago filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court seeking $35 million in damages.

Commission Keeps Local Workers’ Comp Office Open

posted: 07/31/2013 5 a.m.

The Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission will keep its Springdale satellite office open.

Northwest Arkansas Economy Showing Growth

posted: 07/31/2013 5 a.m.

The area’s unemployment hit 5.7 percent in June, slightly up from the 5.6 percent posted in May, according to a monthly report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate improved over the 5.9 percent the area recorded in June 2012.

Fayetteville Council To Weigh Bond Issue

posted: 07/31/2013 5 a.m.

With City Council approval, voters will decide Nov. 12 whether to commit taxpayer money to Walton Arts Center improvement and a planned regional park.

County’s Road Department Head Arrested

posted: 07/31/2013 5 a.m.

The man in charge of Benton County’s Road Department has been arrested in connection with a felony theft.

Springdale Considering More Roundabouts

posted: 07/31/2013 5 a.m.

Traffic could be going in circles all across the city if the City Council approves two more roundabouts to the five in the works.

Sex Act Nets Woman Probation

posted: 07/31/2013 5 a.m.

A woman who performed a sexual act on a 17-year-old boy at a mental health facility pleaded guilty Tuesday and was sentenced to eight years of probation.

Pizza Doesn’t Grow On Trees

posted: 07/31/2013 5 a.m.

Natalie Freeman offered young children a taste of a fresh tomato Wednesday. Josh looked scared. Brooklyn played with her piece. Madyson refused to try it. Zac also declined the invitation. “I’m not hungry. I had a big breakfast,” he proclaimed.

Sheriff’s Office Raises Still Up for Discussion

posted: 07/31/2013 5 a.m.

Proposed raises for the top officers in the Benton County Sheriff’s Office will be considered by the Finance Committee next week, although several justices of the peace said they want the increases to be dealt with as part of the overall budget and not separately.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Halter Clears Path For Ross

posted: 07/31/2013 5 a.m.

Former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter wanted to make an impact in the 2014 Arkansas governor’s race. He has by leaving it.

HOW WE SEE IT: Library Board Commits Cash To Land

posted: 07/31/2013 5 a.m.

It might be said nonprofit community hospitals and public libraries have a lot in common.

Woman Dies In Fire, Rescuer Injured

posted: 07/31/2013 5 a.m.

An 84-year-old woman died in a house fire Tuesday afternoon at 5801 Arkansas 94 and a passer-by who tried to rescue her was hospitalized.

Teachers’ retirement board gets new trustee

posted: 07/31/2013 4:50 a.m.

A Fort Smith Public Schools official will replace a Rogers Public Schools official on the board of trustees for the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, starting Sept. 1.

Mega Millions

posted: 07/31/2013 4:43 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions are: 25-27-36-42-44 Mega ball: 39 Megaplier: 3 Estimated jackpot: $12 million


posted: 07/31/2013 4:35 a.m.

Ex-senator who resisted racial integration RICHMOND, Va. — Former Sen. Harry F. Byrd Jr., the Democrat-turned-independent who began his career as a staunch segregationist and preached fiscal restraint in Washington long before it became fashionable, has died. He was 98.

Other days

posted: 07/31/2013 4:34 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 31, 1913 Repeatedly disturbed, they allege by non-believers in their creed, members of the “Apostolic Faith,” or Holy Rollers, at Benton, yesterday through letters and through a personal visit to Acting Governor Futrell, sought the aid of the chief executive that they may pursue their religious belief.

EDITORIALS: The Jersey Bounce

posted: 07/31/2013 4:33 a.m.

IF THEY ever make a movie of Chris Christie’s political career, it’s a shame that the late, magnetic James Gandolfini is no longer around to play New Jersey’s feisty governor.

Exit Bill Halter (again)

posted: 07/31/2013 4:31 a.m.

IT’S WHOLLY a pleasure to note that Bill Halter has backed out of still another political race. It always is.

COLUMNISTS: Lost places

posted: 07/31/2013 4:30 a.m.

My soul is in the streets of Buenos Aires.

Ring around China

posted: 07/31/2013 4:20 a.m.

The United States Air Force will dramatically expand its military presence across the Pacific this year, sending jets to Thailand, India, Singapore and Australia, according to the service’s top general in the region.

Guest writer: Rights of a nation

posted: 07/31/2013 4:19 a.m.

Sheldon Richman, in his recent guest column on the immigration bill in the Perspective section, regrets that money and effort will be spent protecting our southern border, something that should have been done (and politicians falsely promised would be done) decades ago.

A visit to Sawdust Hill

posted: 07/31/2013 4:18 a.m.

Headed east out of Wynne on U.S. 64, you quickly come off Crowley’s Ridge and are back in the heart of the Delta.


posted: 07/31/2013 4:17 a.m.

Laws caused problem There are a number of things in our society that cause major problems. Drug use and prostitution are two of them.

111TH WESTERN AMATEUR: Fair enough on Day 1

posted: 07/31/2013 4:15 a.m.

Conditions weren’t perfect for much of the opening round at the Western Amateur, but the 156-man field didn’t appear to have too many problems Tuesday as overcast skies and occasional drizzle turned into sunny skies with a strong breeze later in the afternoon at The Alotian Club in Roland.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Pirates clobber Cards, take NL Central lead

posted: 07/31/2013 4:06 a.m.

Andrew McCutchen clubbed his 15th home run of the season and the Pittsburgh Pirates completed a doubleheader sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with 6-0 victory on Tuesday night.

LIKE IT IS: Stephens making sure everything first-class

posted: 07/31/2013 4:03 a.m.

At lunch Monday, Warren Stephens didn’t seem like the guy who founded and developed this paradise called The Alotian Club.

NFL notes

posted: 07/31/2013 4 a.m.

COLTS McKinney, others out ANDERSON, Ind. — Tackle Brandon McKinney was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, costing the team one big piece of its rebuilt defensive line.

Longer speech possible for Allen

posted: 07/31/2013 4 a.m.

Larry Allen had just been drafted by the Dallas Cowboys when he found himself standing in front of a couple of hundred kids attending a football camp at Sonoma State, the alma mater that made his future Hall of Fame career possible.

NWA Senior Babe Ruth All-Stars Fall In Regional Final

posted: 07/31/2013 4 a.m.

Mid-County, Texas, ended the Northwest Arkansas All-Stars’ impressive run in the Senior Babe Ruth Southwest Regional on Tuesday evening.

Louisville pegged to win conference

posted: 07/31/2013 3:57 a.m.

Louisville is the overwhelming favorite to win the American Athletic Conference in its last season as a member of the league formerly known as the Big East.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Witherspoon drives in 5 for Travs

posted: 07/31/2013 3:56 a.m.

Travis Witherspoon didn’t look like a .217 hitter Tuesday night at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock.

Meiycaireon OK, but he likes Myke

posted: 07/31/2013 3:55 a.m.

Arkansas linebacker Myke Tavarres’ mother wanted him to have a unique name, so she dubbed him Meiycaireon Solondrio.

AMERICAN LEGION STATE TOURNAMENT: Texarkana grows up quickly, wins title

posted: 07/31/2013 3:53 a.m.

The Texarkana Razorbacks captured their third state championship in four years after they rallied to defeat the Bryant Black Sox 9-6 on Tuesday night in the championship game of the American Legion baseball senior state tournament on Lester White Field at Cooper Park.

Western Amateur report

posted: 07/31/2013 3:53 a.m.

Fox getting a good taste of life as pro Steven Fox has spent his spring and summer playing at Augusta National, Merion and Muirfield, but the Western Amateur has felt like home so far.

3 take low road, lead at 7-under 65

posted: 07/31/2013 3:47 a.m.

Most players weren’t sure what to expect Tuesday going into the Western Amateur.


posted: 07/31/2013 3:41 a.m.

Today’s tee times Today’s tee times for the 111th Western Amateur Championship, which continues at The Alotian Club in Roland, with top 200 rankings in parentheses from the Scratch Players World Amateur Rankings: NO. 1 7 a.m. Butler Melnyk, Saint Simons Island, Ga.; David Snyder, Mcallan, Texas; Jack Watson, Lincolnshire, Ill.

Second thoughts

posted: 07/31/2013 3:40 a.m.

Cheerleader doesn’t hide her true spirit Megan Welter isn’t your typical pro football cheerleader.

Off the wire

posted: 07/31/2013 3:37 a.m.

FOOTBALL Dyer at Louisville Running back Michael Dyer (Little Rock Christian) is taking steps toward enrolling at Louisville.

State sports briefs

posted: 07/31/2013 3:35 a.m.

FOOTBALL Former Wonder Boy Dempsey dies at 83 Don Dempsey, an All-America student-athlete, distinguished alumnus and former coach and faculty member at Arkansas Tech University, died Monday.

Energy probe costs bank $410 million

posted: 07/31/2013 3:33 a.m.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. will pay $410 million to settle Federal Energy Regulatory Commission allegations that the bank manipulated power markets, enriching itself at the expense of consumers in California and the Midwest from 2010 to 2012.

Confidence index takes dip as short-term outlook dims

posted: 07/31/2013 3:32 a.m.

Confidence in the economy fell slightly in July but stayed close to a 5 ½-year high.

Don’t buy ex-trader’s fantasy, SEC exhorts mortgage-case jury

posted: 07/31/2013 3:31 a.m.

A government lawyer said a former Goldman Sachs vice president tried to draw jurors into a “fantasy world” to fend off accusations that he violated securities laws, but a defense attorney countered that prosecutors had wrongfully accused his client in a case that grew from the collapse of the housing market six years ago.

Proposal Sheds Light On Suspended Games

posted: 07/31/2013 3:30 a.m.

Many school administrators really didn’t know what to do when thunderstorms rumbled through Arkansas last fall and halted a number of high school football games.

Naturals Pitcher Zimmer Gets Break

posted: 07/31/2013 3:30 a.m.

Kansas City Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer missed his scheduled start with Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Tuesday.

Shaddy Named Top Defensive Catcher

posted: 07/31/2013 3:30 a.m.

Carson Shaddy has already been honored as the top high school baseball player in the state for the past season. He can now add a selection as one of the best players in the country to his resume.

Trucks, SUVs give Chrysler lift

posted: 07/31/2013 3:29 a.m.

The country’s third-largest automaker said Tuesday that its sales picked up in the second quarter because of strong U.S. demand for trucks and sport utility vehicles.

Growers of cattle: ’13 grass greener

posted: 07/31/2013 3:28 a.m.

Arkansas cattle ranchers, in the wake of the 2012 drought that dried up pastures and shrank hay supplies, turned increasingly this year to management techniques aimed at conserving grass, state agricultural expects say.

Hospital systems strike $7.6 billion deal

posted: 07/31/2013 3:24 a.m.

Two Fort Smith hospitals will be under new ownership when a deal by Community Health Systems Inc. to acquire Health Management Associates Inc. becomes final early next year.

MARKET REPORT: Waiting on Fed, stocks meander

posted: 07/31/2013 3:23 a.m.

U.S. stocks wandered between the tiniest of gains and losses before closing mixed Tuesday.

Business news in brief

posted: 07/31/2013 3:23 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “You need to remember that in 2010 we produced 1 million cars. We’re now at 2 1/2 times that level.” Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler Chief Executive Officer


posted: 07/31/2013 3:21 a.m.

Poultry firm invests in Chinese hatchery Cobb-Vantress Inc. of Siloam Springs, a subsidiary of Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale, said Tuesday that it has signed a joint venture agreement to take a majority shareholder position in China-based chicken producer Hubei Tong Xing Agriculture Co. Ltd.

Sweet corn produces fritters, soup, tostadas and cakes

posted: 07/31/2013 3:20 a.m.

Sweet corn is a highlight of summer. Preparing fresh corn isn’t easy.

FRONT BURNER: Yummy tomatoes become spicy jam

posted: 07/31/2013 3:12 a.m.

Arkansas tomatoes are finally hitting their stride.

Reading Nook: Campers' cookbooks

posted: 07/31/2013 3:10 a.m.

Camping and gourmet cooking: two pastimes that are seemingly mutually exclusive.

Cooking for two: Ham-wrapped salmon is moist goodness

posted: 07/31/2013 3:10 a.m.

It’s difficult to overcook salmon when you prepare it this way: lightly seasoned with a touch of ground ginger, rolled and wrapped in prosciutto that crisps in the pan and in the oven.

Gadgets & Gizmos: Butter Buttons

posted: 07/31/2013 3:05 a.m.

When it comes to buttering hot ears of corn on the cob the easiest method we’ve found is to spread the butter on a piece of bread then use the buttered bread to butter the corn.

Classic pea salad updated with heat and mortadella

posted: 07/31/2013 3:04 a.m.

This warm pea salad is a modern twist on the classic pea, cheese, bacon and mayonnaise combo.

UNCORKED: Treat wine like milk, get it home quickly

posted: 07/31/2013 3:02 a.m.

Summer is well underway and the soaring temperatures bring a recurring question from Uncorked readers: How does heat affect bottled wine?

Slim pickings

posted: 07/31/2013 3:02 a.m.

WHAT: Baked Lentil Chips by Mediterranean Snacks STATS: Vary by flavor.

7 day menu planner

posted: 07/31/2013 3:01 a.m.

SUNDAY: Prepare your own Leg of Lamb (or other favorite roast) for the family. On the side, serve Lemon Couscous.


posted: 07/31/2013 3 a.m.

Today 9 a.m. Fayetteville Planning Commission Technical Plat Review — Room 326, City Administration Building, 113 W. Mountain St.

RECORDS: July 31st

posted: 07/31/2013 3 a.m.

Arrests Springdale • Joseph Edwards, 37, of 1379 Castle View Drive was being held Tuesday in the Washington County Detention Center in connection with felony first-degree terroristic threatening and misdemeanor third-degree domestic battery. Bond was set at $5,000.

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: It’s a new ‘O’ day for kids, and a nut

posted: 07/31/2013 2:57 a.m.

Since my son is grown, I don’t keep SpaghettiOs in my cabinet. He loved that type food as a kid, but not so much now.

IDEA ALLEY: 3 recipe responses fill Kats’ requests

posted: 07/31/2013 2:55 a.m.

In the vein of “it never hurts to ask again,” last week’s “Still Seeking” requests resulted in three responses.

Cream sauce covers traditional meatloaf

posted: 07/31/2013 2:51 a.m.

Meatloaf is the king of comfort food.


posted: 07/31/2013 2:49 a.m.

Want to make a good trip truly great? These travel tips help you do just that.

COMMENTARY: Reports overrated dementia epidemic

posted: 07/31/2013 2:45 a.m.

I don’t know if you remember, but we have been panicking lately about predictions that an epidemic of dementia is waiting to sweep through an aging U.S.

Creature feature

posted: 07/31/2013 2:45 a.m.

You have helped me in the past with our dog. Thank you! Now I have another question.

PARENTING: Hello Muddah, hello Faddah: Come get me!

posted: 07/31/2013 2:43 a.m.

Q My 10-year-old son is having a miserable experience at the two-week camp we sent him to. He says he hates it there, that the other kids don’t like him, and the counselor he was assigned to is mean.


posted: 07/31/2013 2:40 a.m.

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: When my brother “Bob” was in college, his girlfriend got pregnant, and their baby was put up for adoption. The child, “Christine,” was raised by a loving and wealthy family and became a successful businesswoman. Only in the past few years have she and my brother been in touch.


posted: 07/31/2013 2:39 a.m.

Q My ex and I broke up four years after his infidelity. Unfortunately, this played out in front of our youngest daughter, who is now 21 and has a very strained relationship with her father. He has forgotten a lot of how he acted, particularly fueled by alcohol at the time, and does not understand our daughter’s attitude.


posted: 07/31/2013 2:38 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll take relaxation to the “art form” level and your style brings all the right kind of attention. Bonus: You’ll feel young and carefree.


posted: 07/31/2013 2:37 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Would you please address the difference between condensed and evaporated milk?


posted: 07/31/2013 2:37 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: We prayed and prayed that our daughter’s marriage would work out, but it hasn’t, and now her divorce has been finalized. Why didn’t God answer our prayers? Isn’t marriage supposed to be for life, according to the Bible? — E.McF.

Super Quiz: Former Soviet Republics

posted: 07/31/2013 2:36 a.m.

1. This was the largest of the former members. 2. Its capital city is Kiev. 3. Name one of the two Baltic States with names that start with “L.” 4.This country has the same name as an American state.

HOG CALLS: Hogs offensive line coach shuffles up, deals

posted: 07/31/2013 2:24 a.m.

Some might think an Arkansas Razorbacks offensive line coming off a 4-8 season needs a kick in the pants.

Highway work crews find body under overpass

posted: 07/31/2013 2:24 a.m.

Arkansas State Police are investigating a death Tuesday after highway crews found a body underneath an overpass in Saline County, a department spokesman said.

Boy, 17, jailed in El Dorado killing

posted: 07/31/2013 2:24 a.m.

El Dorado police have arrested a teenage boy in the July 13 shooting death of a 27-year-old man.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 07/31/2013 2:24 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I think we need to direct the agitation toward the systemic problem of racial profiling rather than focusing on this particular case, which is not necessarily the best example of racial profiling.” Laurent Sacharoff, a University of Arkansas professor who specializes in criminal law, on the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.

Meetings to cover insurance options

posted: 07/31/2013 2:24 a.m.

State insurance officials will be holding town hall meetings in every county, starting this week, on the insurance options that will be available under the 2010 federal health-care overhaul.

Bridge inspection to shut I-40 lanes

posted: 07/31/2013 2:24 a.m.

Routine bridge inspections on Interstate 40 will require overnight lane closures today and Thursday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Bank reports case of counterfeit cash

posted: 07/31/2013 2:24 a.m.

Deputies are investigating reports of counterfeit money in Baxter County after officials at a Mountain Home bank found three fake $20 bills passed as deposits, Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery said.

The state/region in brief

posted: 07/31/2013 2:24 a.m.

Body in Las Vegas a Little Rock child Authorities identified the body of a 3-month-old boy who died Sunday in a Las Vegas home as a Little Rock child, a spokesman for the Clark County, Nev., coroner’s office said Monday.

Curry bows out of race for lieutenant governor

posted: 07/31/2013 2:24 a.m.

Little Rock School Board member Dianne Curry said Tuesday that she’s dropping her bid for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor in order to unite the party behind state Highway Commissioner John Burkhalter’s campaign for the job.

Escapee on run from police dies in car crash

posted: 07/31/2013 2:24 a.m.

A man who escaped from the Jackson County jail in Newport died Tuesday afternoon near Mountain View, Mo., when his car crashed into a tree and caught on fire during a pursuit by officers, authorities said.

Martin Killing A Dubious Hate Crime, Experts Say

posted: 07/31/2013 2:24 a.m.

President Barack Obama’s administration is considering a federal hate crime charge against George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, but the case lacks the racial animus that was evident when a Green Forest teenager attacked five Hispanic men in 2010, said a law professor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Workers’ comp site to close in 2014

posted: 07/31/2013 2:24 a.m.

The state’s Workers’ Compensation Commission will close its Fort Smith satellite office by July 1, 2014, and keep its Springdale office open, the three-member commission decided Tuesday.

County Advised To Fix Jail Or Else

posted: 07/31/2013 2:24 a.m.

A jail review committee is threatening to close the 24-year-old Crawford County lockup if county officials don’t come up with a plan within six months to address its deficiencies.

Pentagon: No Afghanistan ‘zero option’

posted: 07/31/2013 2:24 a.m.

The Pentagon said Tuesday that it is offering no “zero option” for the number of troops that would remain in Afghanistan after the U.S. combat mission ends in December 2014. It said in a report to Congress that “substantial” long-term military support will be needed to ensure that Afghans can hold off the Taliban insurgency.

Egypt’s Morsi fine, EU diplomat reports

posted: 07/31/2013 2:24 a.m.

Egypt’s detained ex-president is well and keeping up to date with developments through the news media, the top European Union diplomat said Monday after she made the first visit to see Mohammed Morsi since a military coup deposed him July 3.

Thai pipeline spill stains tourist beaches

posted: 07/31/2013 2:24 a.m.

Workers in white suits used buckets to scoop up globs of crude oil blackening the once white sands and emerald waters of a tourist island in Thailand’s eastern sea Tuesday, and the oil slick continued to spread three days after leaking from a nearby pipeline.

Christie fires word volley at Paul

posted: 07/31/2013 2:24 a.m.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie doesn’t appear to want his war of words with Kentucky’s Sen. Rand Paul to end anytime soon.

Obama offers ‘grand bargain’

posted: 07/31/2013 2:24 a.m.

President Barack Obama went to Republican-leaning Tennessee on Tuesday to pitch a new fiscal deal to cut corporate tax rates in exchange for more government spending on jobs, education and infrastructure.

Medicaid-pay shift in works for elder care

posted: 07/31/2013 12:58 a.m.

Under Arkansas’ healthcare payment overhaul, Medicaid will likely begin paying nursing homes more for caring for patients with greater medical needs — something the program doesn’t do now, the state’s Medicaid director said Tuesday.

Manning cleared of enemy aid

posted: 07/31/2013 12:44 a.m.

U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was acquitted of aiding the enemy — the most serious charge he faced — but was convicted of espionage, theft and other charges Tuesday, more than three years after he spilled secrets to WikiLeaks.

Entergy set to cut 165 jobs in state

posted: 07/31/2013 12:34 a.m.

Entergy Arkansas will lay off 165 workers in the state as part of a move by Entergy Corp. to cut 800 jobs, the electric utility said Tuesday.

$1.1 million raised for Argenta hub

posted: 07/31/2013 12:26 a.m.

More than $1.1 million has been raised toward construction of what will become the Argenta Innovation Center in North Little Rock, organizers of the effort said Tuesday.

Urging a run, Ready for Hillary piles cash

posted: 07/31/2013 12:10 a.m.

The presidential election is more than three years away, and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hasn’t even announced whether she’ll run, but Clinton backers are already digging deep into their pockets to encourage her to make another bid for the White House.

Linebacker eager to back up his talk

posted: 07/31/2013 12:10 a.m.

If Meiycaireon Solondrio Tavarres rises to the forefront in the Arkansas linebacking corps this fall, fans are in for a treat from the easy-going, fast-talking Oregon native.

McDaniel calls out for Exxon analysis

posted: 07/31/2013 12:07 a.m.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Tuesday that he hopes Exxon Mobil will move faster than it did in 2010 as it analyzes an in-line inspection that took place less than two months before the company’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured in a Mayflower neighborhood.

Tuesday, July 30

Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission keeping Springdale office

posted: 07/30/2013 4:45 p.m.

The Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission is keeping its Springdale office open and closing Fort Smith to help fill a budget gap.

1 missing inmate killed in crash, 2nd in custody

posted: 07/30/2013 4:45 p.m.

NEWPORT — A Jackson County jail escapee has been killed during a police pursuit in Missouri.

UPDATE: Woman killed in Benton County house fire identified

updated: 07/30/2013 4:56 p.m.

A person is dead in a fire at 5801 Arkansas 94, said Marc Trollinger, Benton County Fire Marshal.

Judge: Benton County road administrator Stober arrested

posted: 07/30/2013 4:10 p.m.

The man in charge of Benton County's road department has been arrested in connection with a felony theft, County Judge Bob Clinard said.

Springdale police seek burglar caught on tape

posted: 07/30/2013 3:26 p.m.

Police are seeking a man caught on tape breaking into a Springdale store and stealing the drawer from the cash register.

Car crashes into Kansas City day care

posted: 07/30/2013 1:56 p.m.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police say multiple people are injured after a car crashed into a day care facility east of downtown.

Apex Tool Group fire in Springdale

posted: 07/30/2013 1:01 p.m.

The Fire Department responded Tuesday to an alarm at Apex Tool Group, 1690 N. Old Missouri Road, at 7:55 a.m. A portion of the wall and roof caught fire near a heating unit used to melt metal, said Duane Miller, fire marshal.

Mideast sides sit as Kerry hovers

posted: 07/30/2013 6:01 a.m.

WASHINGTON Reaching “reasonable compromises” between Israelis and Palestinians in peace talks will be difficult, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday, while “the consequences of not trying could be worse.” After months of Kerry’s prodding, negotiators from the two sides sat down with him over dinner at the State Department in Washington on Monday night, two decades after Israelis and Palestinians signed their historic first accord and three years after negotiations last broke down.

In the news

posted: 07/30/2013 5:59 a.m.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, who hasn’t said whether she’ll launch another presidential campaign in 2016, met President Barack Obama for lunch of salad, grilled chicken and pasta jambalaya served on the patio just outside the Oval Office.

‘Who am I to judge?’ pope tells gay priests

posted: 07/30/2013 5:57 a.m.

ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT — Pope Francis reached out to homosexuals Monday, saying he won’t judge priests for their sexual orientation, in an open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip.

Names and faces

posted: 07/30/2013 5:54 a.m.

Angelina Jolie urged a Japanese audience Monday to join her fight to stop sexual violence in war zones.

Getting it straight

posted: 07/30/2013 5:53 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 07/30/2013 5:52 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It would not have been beyond the means of a small New Zealand contingent to do this on their own.” Wesley Wark

Manning’s verdict emerges today

posted: 07/30/2013 5:51 a.m.

FORT MEADE, Md. — Pfc. Bradley Manning will learn this afternoon whether he will be convicted of aiding the enemy — punishable by life in prison without parole — for sending more than 700,000 government documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, a military judge said Monday.

U.S. denies agency spied on journalist

posted: 07/30/2013 5:50 a.m.

WASHINGTON — A U.S. official said Monday that the National Security Agency did not monitor phone conversations between a New Zealand journalist and his Afghan sources, after claims by the journalist that his reporting was monitored on behalf of New Zealand’s military by the U.S. intelligence programs revealed by agency leaker Edward Snowden.

Flossie threat drops as it crosses Hawaii

posted: 07/30/2013 5:48 a.m.

HONOLULU — Weather officials have downgraded the tropical storm that is moving through Hawaii to a tropical depression, reflecting the system’s weaker winds and rainfall as it makes its way across the Big Island and Maui.

The world in brief

posted: 07/30/2013 5:47 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Iraq is bleeding from random violence, which sadly reached record heights during the holy month of Ramadan.” Gyorgy Busztin

Blasts sweep Iraq, kill nearly 60

posted: 07/30/2013 5:46 a.m.

BAGHDAD — More than a dozen explosions, caused primarily by car bombs, ripped through marketplaces, parking lots, a cafe and rush-hour crowds in Iraq on Monday, killing at least 58 people and pushing the country’s death toll for July toward the 700 mark, officials said.

In Egypt, EU diplomat prods 2 sides

posted: 07/30/2013 5:45 a.m.

CAIRO — Europe’s top diplomat urged Egypt’s interim government to reach out to the Muslim Brotherhood as she worked Monday to mediate an end to the country’s increasingly bloody crisis, while the mainly Islamist protesters calling for the return of ousted leader Mohammed Morsi gathered for more protests.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Hankerd’s HR lifts Travs by Naturals

posted: 07/30/2013 5:36 a.m.

Arkansas’ bats finally woke up against Aaron Brooks.

111TH WESTERN AMATEUR: Lee’s glee everlasting

posted: 07/30/2013 5:35 a.m.

At a glance WHERE The Alotian Club, Roland WHEN Today-Sunday FIELD 156 players FORMAT Stroke play today and Wednesday (field cut to top 44 and ties).

LIKE IT IS: ‘Y'all-come-back’ mood pervades Alotian

posted: 07/30/2013 5:32 a.m.

Sunrise was just starting to sparkle off Lake Maumelle on Monday morning when the shuttle buses began to roll from The Ranch to Roland.

Second thoughts

posted: 07/30/2013 5:30 a.m.

Scattered, smothered covered ball Take me out to the ballgame … and Waffle House.

Off the wire

posted: 07/30/2013 5:28 a.m.

GOLF Wiebe wins Bernhard Langer gave Mark Wiebe one too many chances at the Senior British Open. Wiebe took advantage of Langer’s failure to close out the tournament, beating the German on the fifth playoff hole Monday at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England, for his first senior major title.

COMMENTARY: Braves cool off Cards, for the moment

posted: 07/30/2013 5:27 a.m.

Shortly after the 20th century turned, when the St. Louis Cardinals started winning pennants at a more rapid rate, some baseball expert pegged the Redbirds “the wave of the future” or something similar. And sure enough, St. Louis now chases 19 pennants, which would be the most in the National League.

THE RECRUITING GUY: UA coaches get to work in Vegas

posted: 07/30/2013 5:24 a.m.

Arkansas coaches were seen at various gymnasiums throughout Las Vegas last week for three highly competitive basketball tournaments, the FAB 48, Adidas Super 64 and BigFoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic.

McFadden moving forward in system

posted: 07/30/2013 5:22 a.m.

NAPA, Calif. — Darren McFadden hopes that going downhill will be just the tonic to revive his career with the Oakland Raiders.

Schedule doesn’t concern Tigers players

posted: 07/30/2013 5:21 a.m.

HOOVER, Ala. — LSU was picked to finish third in the SEC West behind Alabama and Texas A&M by 243 voters at SEC media days. The Tigers received just one vote to win the SEC overall title. While LSU lost several key starters, one reason for the lack of support in the media voting may reflect the Tigers’ SEC East opponents.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Liriano sharp, Pittsburgh romps in NL Central test

posted: 07/30/2013 5:20 a.m.

PITTSBURGH — Clint Hurdle grabbed the brim of his cap and ducked his head. When pressed about what pleased him the most about Pittsburgh’s 9-2 victory over St. Louis on Monday, a romp that propelled the resilient Pirates within a half-game of the NL Central lead, the manager thought for a moment and sighed.


posted: 07/30/2013 5:19 a.m.

BRAVES/ANGELS LHP Downs acquired ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves have added a needed left-hander to their bullpen by acquiring Scott Downs from the Los Angeles Angels for minor league right-hander Cory Rasmus.

Source: MLB may suspend Rodriguez under labor deal

posted: 07/30/2013 5:18 a.m.

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball may try to suspend Alex Rodriguez under its collective bargaining agreement instead of its drug rules, which would eliminate any chance of delaying a penalty until after the case goes to an arbitrator, The Associated Press has learned.

AMERICAN LEGION SENIOR STATE TOURNAMENT: String in seventh propels Jonesboro

posted: 07/30/2013 5:14 a.m.

MOUNTAIN HOME — On the strength of seven singles in the third inning, the Jonesboro Ricemen grabbed the advantage over the North Little Rock Colts and went on to post a 14-1 mercy-rule victory in six innings Monday afternoon in losers’ backet play of the American Legion baseball senior state tournament at Cooper Park.


posted: 07/30/2013 5:13 a.m.

BASEBALL Major League Baseball MLB—Suspended Toronto minor league OF Brian Van Kirk (New Hampshire-EL ) 50 games after a second violation for a drug of abuse. American League DETROIT TIGERS—Sent LHP Darin Downs to Toledo for a rehab assignment. HOUSTON ASTROS—Traded RHP Jose Veras to Detroit for OF Danry Vasquez and a player to be named. Agreed to terms with RHP Justin Hess on a minor league contract. Recalled RHP Chia-Jen Lo from Corpus Christi (Texas).

Georgia LB picks Razorbacks

posted: 07/30/2013 5:10 a.m.

Georgia LB picks Razorbacks Arkansas beat out about 18 other schools who offered scholarships to get the oral commitment of outside linebacker Khalia Hackett on Monday night.

Western Amateur Championship report: Back for more in Arkansas

posted: 07/30/2013 5:07 a.m.

Peter Williamson walked off the 18th green at The Alotian Club on Monday wearing long pants instead of shorts and carrying his own bag, the same way he did at Chenal Country Club in Little Rock a year ago.

Springdale Man Convicted Of Sending Threatening Email

posted: 07/30/2013 5 a.m.

A federal jury took less than half an hour Monday to find a Springdale man guilty of making an interstate threat via email.

University’s Off-Campus Students Affect Poverty Rate, Report Shows

posted: 07/30/2013 5 a.m.

The poverty rate in Washington County drops by 2.8 percent when University of Arkansas students independently living off-campus are removed from the poverty calculation, according to a U.S. Census report released Monday.

Center’s Fees To Increase

posted: 07/30/2013 5 a.m.

Annual membership fees for residents are scheduled to double Thursday at the Adult Wellness Center and more than double for nonresidents in an effort to make the center more self-supporting.

Young To Present Program At Hobbs

posted: 07/30/2013 5 a.m.

Susan Young, outreach coordinator of Springdale’s Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, will present a program at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area Visitor Center.

Staff Chief: Shelter Needs More Employees

posted: 07/30/2013 5 a.m.

Washington County needs to add at least two staff positions at its animal shelter because employees are overworked, stressed and some looking for new jobs, the county judge’s chief of staff said Monday.

Centerton Man Arrested

posted: 07/30/2013 5 a.m.

A Centerton man was arrested Saturday in connection with the sexual assault of two girls.

Tontitown Police Chief Resigns

posted: 07/30/2013 5 a.m.

The Tontitown police chief resigned Monday and was replaced.

Springdale Revitalization Plan Phases Approved

posted: 07/30/2013 5 a.m.

Downtown Springdale Alliance recommended Monday closing Mill Street and demolishing two buildings on its east side as the first phase in revitalizing downtown.

Other days

posted: 07/30/2013 4:33 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 30, 1913 As an educational campaign for safety to passengers is drawing to a close, the Little Rock Railway and Electric Company is planning to organize a safety committee among the officials and employees of the company.

EDITORIALS: Not forgotten after all

posted: 07/30/2013 4:31 a.m.

THE FORGOTTEN War, it’s called.

COLUMNISTS: The tragedy of isolation

posted: 07/30/2013 4:26 a.m.

In the 20th Century, Western intellectuals’ two most dominant explanations of disparities in economic, educational and other achievements were innate racial differences in ability (in the early decades) and racial discrimination (in the later decades).

Give it up, already

posted: 07/30/2013 4:25 a.m.

Ihave a modest proposal, a gentle suggestion that term limits ought to be put in place for rock musicians. We do it for elected leaders. After a certain number of years, we tell them thanks, but no thanks. You’ve done this long enough, and we think we’d all be better off with some new blood.

OTHERS SAY: Battles aren’t over yet

posted: 07/30/2013 4:23 a.m.

A report released last week by the Colombian government confirmed what many in that country already knew: The decades-long civil war has claimed too many lives, forced too many people from their homes and left too many civilians unaccounted for.

At the casino: The CPA’s new job

posted: 07/30/2013 4:21 a.m.

Being the host for a casino hotel is rewarding work for anyone who enjoys making friends of strangers.

Just take the compliment

posted: 07/30/2013 4:20 a.m.

It sounds like some distant editor’s discretionary choice wholly unsupported by hard empirical credibility.


posted: 07/30/2013 4:18 a.m.

Start again on taxes As one who made his living representing the IRS in the United States Tax Court, I can tell you that the income tax is inherently unfair. Those who have the money to hire the best lawyers and lobbyists bend the laws and the courts to benefit the rich. The middle class and working people get the short end of the stick.

Saks sale rings up to $2.4 billion

posted: 07/30/2013 4:08 a.m.

NEW YORK — Saks Inc. has agreed to be bought by Hudson’s Bay Co., the Canadian parent of retailer Lord & Taylor, for about $2.4 billion in a deal that will bring luxury to more North American locales.

Pending home sales slip 0.4% in June

posted: 07/30/2013 4:07 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes dipped in June from a six-year high in May, a sign to analysts that sales stand to stabilize over the next few months.

Junior High Conference Expands

posted: 07/30/2013 4 a.m.

College football isn’t the only place where conferences are expanding and changing formats.

Area Baseball Teams Fall

posted: 07/30/2013 4 a.m.

It was a tough day for two area baseball teams playing in postseason tournaments on Monday.

Football Back After Decades Off

posted: 07/30/2013 4 a.m.

Casey Caton played sparingly in 12 football games at Harding University in the last two seasons, and the former Rogers High receiver sensed playing time would be hard to come by in the future.

HOW WE SEE IT: Dotson’s Ride Fuels Critics In Tourist Town

posted: 07/30/2013 4 a.m.

Anyone who knows Ray Dotson, a former Springdale alderman and purveyor of touristy carriage rides, has to figure he’s having a royal ball in Eureka Springs.

COMMENTARY: Death Row Inmates Stall Punishment

posted: 07/30/2013 4 a.m.

One of the great ironies of American politics is that most people who are against abortion are also for capital punishment of convicted killers. And most people who are against capital punishment are also for abortion rights, or rather pro-choice, to be politically correct.

Murphy, pipeline hit deal; suit off

posted: 07/30/2013 3:59 a.m.

Enterprise Products Partners will continue some intrastate delivery of Murphy Oil USA Inc.’s diesel fuel on one of Enterprise’s pipelines, which was supposed to end supplies to several Arkansas locations on July 1.

Drugmaker Perrigo to buy Irish firm in $8.6 billion deal

posted: 07/30/2013 3:57 a.m.

DUBLIN — U.S. drugmaker Perrigo agreed Monday to buy Ireland’s Elan for $8.6 billion in a deal that should allow the rapidly growing company to reduce its tax bill and increase its royalty stream.


posted: 07/30/2013 3:56 a.m.

Bank of the Ozarks loans No. 9 in U.S.

Business news in brief

posted: 07/30/2013 3:55 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “All told … pending home sales held up fantastically well.” Dan Greenhaus, chief global strategist at institutional brokerage BTIG Article, 1D GDP getting biggest tweak since ’99 WASHINGTON — In its most significant reclassification since 1999, the nations’ gross domestic product will now include spending on research and development and some forms of entertainment, transfer fees related to home sales and a new treatment of pensions.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks fall before Fed meeting

posted: 07/30/2013 3:54 a.m.

NEW YORK — Stocks edged lower Monday as investors waited for a series of major economic reports due this week, and a string of merger deals wasn’t enough to push indexes higher.

WHAT’S IN A DAME: 3 names have ye, big load for baby

posted: 07/30/2013 3:49 a.m.

By now you might have heard something about some couple who last week had a baby or something in Europe or somewhere.

AUGUST CALENDAR: August: Yard sales, cool melons, hot bluegrass and blues

posted: 07/30/2013 3:36 a.m.

August is so hot — how hot is it? — so hot, it’s almost too dry to spit a watermelon seed. So hot, fleas fall off dogs, and dogs fall off flea markets. So hot, brides wear white to reflect the heat, and grooms get cold feet only thanks to air conditioning. 1 Moby Dick author Herman Melville’s birthday, 1819; Raspberry Cream Pie Day. Cap’n Ahab thinks better of nailing a coin to the mast to motivate his crew, and the Pequod sets sail to the skipper’s challenge of, “Who wants pie?” SEEN AND FELT Arkansas Women to Watch textile art exhibit through Aug. 17 at the Joy Pratt Markham Galley, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville. Details at waltonartscenter.

Burger Caucus casts its vote

posted: 07/30/2013 3:32 a.m.

When Hot Dog Mike set up his food cart outside the Democratic Party headquarters in early 2011, the local Twittersphere joked, “It’s OK. We all agree hot dogs are bipartisan.” “Yes, but what about hamburgers ?” someone quipped.


posted: 07/30/2013 3:24 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Whenever I go back home, my mother’s friends go out of their way to say they’re praying for me. I know they’re just trying to get under my skin because they don’t agree with the way I’m living. Why can’t religious people mind their own business and quit trying to run mine? — J.P.


posted: 07/30/2013 3:23 a.m.

Happy birthday. Conservative financial choices prove that you’re responsible. You’ll form an alliance in August. September brings a meaningful new relationship. You’ll show your influence in November.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: No-show sister causes a rift

posted: 07/30/2013 3:14 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: This past June, my son graduated from high school. My sister and brother-in-law have been very involved in my son’s life, coming to all of his games and activities.

LISTEN UP: Thicke’s Blurred Lines too indistinct to satisfy

posted: 07/30/2013 3:12 a.m.

Robin Thicke Blurred Lines Interscope C- The title song has taken singer Robin Thicke from R&B hit lists to the top of the pop charts. Its irresistible groove echoes Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” Thicke, whose voice recalls Gaye in his creamy falsetto and, at times, Justin Timberlake, is engaging as a singer throughout the album, which is released today.


posted: 07/30/2013 3:08 a.m.

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Crowes landing Tickets — $32 to $47 (with limited premium seating at $77) — are now on sale for a concert by the Black Crowes, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Arkansas Music Pavilion, Washington County Fairgrounds, 2536 N. McConnell Ave., Fayetteville. Gates open at 6. Call (479) 443-5600 or visit the website, Shatner landing William Shatner will perform his 90-minute one-man show, Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It at 8 p.m. Jan. 11 at Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville.


posted: 07/30/2013 3:03 a.m.

DEAR READERS: If you love the outdoors and enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, etc., you might be interested in the America the Beautiful, National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. This $80 annual pass (free to U.S. military members and their dependents) allows you to visit more than 2,000 recreation areas in the United States, and covers the entrance fees.

Super Quiz: Christopher

posted: 07/30/2013 3:02 a.m.

1. Architect of St. Paul’s Cathedral 2. He portrayed Captain Von Trapp in the fi lm The Sound of Music.

MUSIC: He ain’t heavy, but band is

posted: 07/30/2013 3 a.m.

“I get to play power chords!” That’s one of the differences singer/guitarist Mike Mullins points out when comparing his new band, the progressive metal-leaning Mothwind, with his more alternative-rock outfits Underclaire and Year of the Tiger.

RECORDS: July 30th

posted: 07/30/2013 3 a.m.

Arrests Arkansas Department of Community Correction • Michael Douglas Graue Jr, 39, of 17 Brook Hollow in Bentonville was arrested Monday in connection with a parole violation. Graue was being held Monday in the Benton County Jail with no bond set.


posted: 07/30/2013 3 a.m.

Today 4:30 p.m. Fayetteville City Council — Room 326, City Administration Building, 113 W. Mountain St.

Cyprus depositors lose 47.5% of cash

posted: 07/30/2013 2:51 a.m.

Depositors at bailed-out Cyprus’ largest bank will lose 47.5 percent of their savings exceeding $132,000, the government said Monday.

Resaler defends no-wage workers

posted: 07/30/2013 2:51 a.m.

The U.S. Labor Department is investigating a Conway consignment business’s use of volunteers at its sales.


posted: 07/30/2013 2:51 a.m.

All times Central SUNDAY, AUG. 4 Dallas vs. Miami at Canton, Ohio, 7 p.m. (NBC) WEEK 1 THURSDAY, AUG. 8 Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m. Cincinnati at Atlanta, 7 p.m. (ESPN) St. Louis at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Washington at Tennessee, 7 p.m. Denver at San Francisco, 8 p.m. Seattle at San Diego, 9 p.m. FRIDAY, AUG. 9 NY Jets at Detroit, 6:30 p.m. Miami at Jacksonville, 6:30 p.m. New England at Philadelphia, 6:30 p.m. Arizona at Green Bay, 7 p.m. Chicago at Carolina, 7 p.m. Houston at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Kansas City at New Orleans, 7 p.m. Dallas at Oakland, 9 p.m. SATURDAY, AUG. 10 NY Giants at Pittsburgh, 6:30 p.m. SUNDAY, AUG. 11 Buffalo at Indianapolis, 12:30 p.m.

LSU at a glance

posted: 07/30/2013 2:51 a.m.

LAST SEASON 10-3, 6-2 (tied for seconnd ) in SEC West COACH Les Miles (85-21 in eight seasons at LSU, 113-42 in 12 seasons overall) RETURN STARTERS 8 offense, 3 defense KEY PLAYERS QB Zach Mettenberger, RB Alfred Blue, LB Lamin Barrow, SS Craig Loston SEC TITLE SCENARIO LSU could be a surprise contender for the SEC title if Mettenberger has a big senior season and the defense gets a lift from several new, but talented starters. It should be helpful the Tigers have open dates before playing Alabama and Texas A&M.

Guide to the Editorial Page

posted: 07/30/2013 2:50 a.m.

Only the editorials express the opinion of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. They almost always appear on the left side of the editorial page. The editorial writing staff includes Paul Greenberg and David Barham. The columnists—local and syndicated—express only their own opinions, as do the cartoonists whose work appears on this page.

Ex-lawman’s plea is guilty in sex-for-hire

posted: 07/30/2013 2:50 a.m.

A former Garland County water patrol deputy admitted in federal court Monday that he arranged for a teenage girl to travel across state lines for prostitution and later referred other clients to her.

NW Arkansas Today

posted: 07/30/2013 2:50 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “They came back strong.” Bill Temple

NOTEWORTHY DEATH Ex-Pennsylvania governor Scranton

posted: 07/30/2013 2:50 a.m.

William Warren Scranton, a former Pennsylvania governor, presidential candidate and ambassador to the United Nations, has died. He was 96.

Late UA alumnus’ kin give $1 million

posted: 07/30/2013 2:50 a.m.

The family of a Texas alumnus who died in December 2011 is honoring him with a $1 million planned gift to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, the school announced Monday.

Woman drowns at low-water bridge

posted: 07/30/2013 2:50 a.m.

A 30-year-old Mena area woman drowned Saturday afternoon after being sucked into the culvert of a low-water bridge in a spillway off Lake Hinkle, west of Waldron in Scott County, according to the Scott County sheriff ’s office.

The state/region in brief

posted: 07/30/2013 2:50 a.m.

Gun-show shooting called an accident HOT SPRINGS — Two men were injured Saturday during an accidental shooting at the South Hot Springs Lions Club Gun and Knife Show at Hot Springs Convention Center.

Residents asked for Fort Smith’s good, bad points

posted: 07/30/2013 2:50 a.m.

Residents are being asked for their ideas about what’s good and bad about Fort Smith as part of an effort to revise the city’s vision of itself for the next 20 years.

Bat-Killing Fungus Found In State

posted: 07/30/2013 2:50 a.m.

A fungus that causes the deadly white-nose syndrome in bats has been detected in Arkansas for the first time and has prompted agencies to keep caves in public possession closed.

Barber, Co-Defendant Rains To Get Change-Of-Plea Hearings On Wednesday

posted: 07/30/2013 2:50 a.m.

A change-of-plea hearing has been scheduled Wednesday afternoon for former Northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber and one of his co-defendants, Brandon Rains, according to U.S. District Court records. .

Vote Set On School Officers

posted: 07/30/2013 2:50 a.m.

A tax increase in the Alma School District would go toward providing a police officer on each of the district’s four campuses and remodeling front entrances so that all visitors are routed through each school’s office.

Divers Continue Search For Missing Man

posted: 07/30/2013 2:50 a.m.

Divers and cadaver dogs were used Monday to search for a man believed to have drowned Saturday, said Robert Grudek, Carroll County sheriff.

Hospital Added To Trauma System

posted: 07/30/2013 2:50 a.m.

On its second try, Northwest Medical Center in Springdale passed a site evaluation by state health officials and will join Arkansas’ trauma system as a Level III center.

Ex-Sen. Steele hired to lead Youth Services

posted: 07/30/2013 2:50 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services hired former state Sen. Tracy Steele, D-North Little Rock, as the director of its Division of Youth Services, the department announced Monday.

Switzerland train crash kills driver, injures 26

posted: 07/30/2013 2:50 a.m.

Two trains collided head-on in western Switzerland, killing one of the engine drivers and hospitalizing 26, police said.

2 in Colorado face recall over guns

posted: 07/30/2013 2:50 a.m.

As he prepared to vote for some of the strictest gun-control measures in the country this year, John Morse, a former police chief and the president of the state Senate, predicted he would infuriate some constituents.

Halter quits bid to be governor

posted: 07/30/2013 2:50 a.m.

Former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter dropped his bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination Monday, saying he wants to spare his party a divisive primary.

KATV, 6 other stations sold in $985 million deal

posted: 07/30/2013 12:55 a.m.

Little Rock’s KATV, Channel 7, is one of seven television stations Allbritton Communications will sell to Sinclair Broadcast Group in a deal announced Monday worth $985 million. The sale also includes a 24-hour cable/satellite news channel, NewsChannel 8, that covers the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. All of the Allbritton stations are affiliated with the ABC network.

SEC PREVIEWS LSU: Talent remains at reloaded LSU

posted: 07/30/2013 12:37 a.m.

LSU’s defense took a big hit in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Fliers target Russellville Wal-Mart

posted: 07/30/2013 12:14 a.m.

Some residents in the area of a proposed Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in west Russellville have reported recently receiving a flier that they say contains misinformation about an Aug. 13 election concerning the store.

Exxon: Now’s no time to talk of lake, pipe

posted: 07/30/2013 12:05 a.m.

Responding to repeated requests for information about a pipeline that runs through the Lake Maumelle watershed, Exxon Mobil has told Arkansas leaders it is “premature” to have “discussions of significance” until an investigation of the March 29 spill of heavy crude oil in a Mayflower neighborhood is complete.

Ex-lawman’s plea is guilty in sex-for-hire

posted: 07/30/2013 midnight

A former Garland County water patrol deputy admitted in federal court Monday that he arranged for a teenage girl to travel across state lines for prostitution and later referred other clients to her.

Monday, July 29

Man arrested in sexual assault investigation

posted: 07/29/2013 1:24 p.m.

A Centerton man was arrested Saturday in connection with the sexual assault of two girls.

Cadaver dogs search for missing diver in Beaver Lake

posted: 07/29/2013 1:04 p.m.

Authorities are using cadaver dogs on boats to search for a missing diver in Beaver Lake in Carroll County.

Ex-deputy pleads guilty in prostitution case

posted: 07/29/2013 12:44 p.m.

A former Garland County sheriff's deputy has pleaded guilty to accusations he took a teenage girl to Hot Springs to engage in prostitution.

Denny Upton resigns as Tontitown police chief

posted: 07/29/2013 11:11 a.m.

Denny Upton has resigned and been replaced as police chief of Tontitown. Mayor Jack Beckford said he asked for Upton's resignation Monday and received it. Beckford would not say why he asked for the resignation.

Halter withdraws from governor's race

updated: 07/29/2013 10:21 a.m.

Former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter says he is withdrawing from the race for the Democratic nomination for governor.

In the news

posted: 07/29/2013 5:49 a.m.

Carissa Yip, a 9-yearold girl from Chelmsford, Mass., became the youngest person to reach the expert level since the U.S. Chess Federation began keeping electronic records in 1991, having started playing the game with her father, Percy, only three years ago.

Lew urges Congress to raise debt ceiling

posted: 07/29/2013 5:42 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Congress needs to raise the debt limit and take away the “cloud of uncertainty” about the nation’s ability to pay its bills, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

Pope urges young to spread faith

posted: 07/29/2013 5:40 a.m.

RIO DE JANEIRO — An estimated 3 million people poured onto Rio’s Copacabana beach on Sunday for the final Mass of Pope Francis’ historic trip to his home continent, cheering the first Latin American pope in one of the biggest turnouts for a papal Mass in recent history.

Names and faces

posted: 07/29/2013 5:36 a.m.

A Hillary Rodham Clinton miniseries timed to precede the 2016 presidential election is part of NBC’s effort to create “event” prog ramming that will draw viewers to the shrinking world of broadcast network TV, NBC’s programming chief said Saturday in Beverly Hills, Calif. “We need to be in the event business.

Will stay in race, Weiner vows as top aide resigns

posted: 07/29/2013 5:36 a.m.

NEW YORK — Anthony Weiner vowed to stay in the race for New York City mayor Sunday despite the loss of his campaign manager and the drumbeat of critics questioning his fitness for public office.

The nation in brief

posted: 07/29/2013 5:34 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “When we’re collecting in bulk all of these records of Americans’ phone calls, we’re not necessarily being any more effective at protecting the country.” Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo.,

The world in brief

posted: 07/29/2013 5:28 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Bringing the Gospel is bringing God’s power to pluck up and break down evil and violence, to destroy and overthrow the barriers and selfishness, intolerance and hatred, so as to build a new world.” Pope Francis

Driver of Spanish train charged

posted: 07/29/2013 5:27 a.m.

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain — The driver of a Spanish train that derailed at high speed killing 79 people was provisionally charged Sunday with multiple cases of negligent homicide.

Syria steps up push against rebel areas

posted: 07/29/2013 5:24 a.m.

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian government forces backed by Lebanese Hezbollah militants forged ahead with their assault on a key rebel district in the central city of Homs on Sunday, activists said, as President Bashar Assad’s forces try to crush resistance in the few remaining opposition-held neighborhoods in the city known as the “capital of the revolution.”

Sides voice stances over data roundup

posted: 07/29/2013 5:22 a.m.

Senate Democrats said Sunday that they’ll move forward with efforts to curb the National Security Agency’s ability to collect telephone records on millions of Americans, after the House of Representatives narrowly defeated a proposal to limit the spy agency’s intelligence gathering.

Cambodian opposition gains seats in elections

posted: 07/29/2013 5:20 a.m.

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodia’s opposition appeared to make impressive gains in Sunday’s general election, though the ruling party claimed a victory that would extend the mandate of longtime Prime Minister Hun Sen. The results, if confirmed, lend support to opposition contentions that the vote could usher in opportunities for greater democracy.

Other days

posted: 07/29/2013 5:08 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 29, 1913 WALNUT RIDGE — While the people of Walnut Ridge — including the jail officials — were at Sunday school yesterday, two of the three prisoners in the local bastille deemed it an opportune time to escape.

EDITORIALS: What’s important

posted: 07/29/2013 5:05 a.m.

AH, THE PLACE we all know as Mountain Home. Even the name sounds a comfort. Any stretch of highway in the vicinity can make your Top 10 list of Most Beautiful Spots. One wonder of the place is why more people don’t just stop on the side of the road at one of the curves and say, “I’m here.” Preferably under an apple tree. Then start negotiating with the landowners about rent.

COLUMNISTS: Stein’s law

posted: 07/29/2013 5:04 a.m.

If there’s an iron rule in economics, it is Stein’s Law (named after Herb, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers): “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.” Detroit, for example, can no longer go on borrowing, spending, raising taxes and dangerously cutting such essential services as street lighting and police protection. So it stops. It goes bust.

One more thing …

posted: 07/29/2013 5:03 a.m.

Anybody who’s bought gasoline at a convenience store in Arkansas has probably watched the scene play out: A customer stands to the side of the counter, scratching off lottery tickets, hoping to score a big one any minute now. What money he does win, if he “wins” any at all, may go right back across the counter for more lottery tickets.

OTHERS SAY: Failure to intercept

posted: 07/29/2013 5:02 a.m.

After 30 years of research and an estimated $250 billion investment, the Pentagon’s defense program against intercontinental ballistic missiles from adversaries like Iran and North Korea had another failed test this month. The advanced missile interceptor launched July 5 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California failed to hit its target over the Pacific Ocean, the third consecutive dud.

What a city owes

posted: 07/29/2013 5:01 a.m.

Though it is the biggest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy, Detroit is only one of 26 urban municipalities that have gone into bankruptcy or state receivership for fiscal insolvency since 2008. Detroit should draw attention and debate to a challenging issue underlying all these public insolvencies: What level of public services will we protect and guarantee for U.S. cities?

Guest writer: On the right path

posted: 07/29/2013 5 a.m.

One of the most significant conversations in our nation’s political history is occurring right this moment.

County Office To Relocate

posted: 07/29/2013 5 a.m.

Benton County will move the Gravette office shared by the county assessor and collector and the state Revenue Office within the next few months and is considering changes for satellite offices in Rogers and Bentonville.

Library Ready to Discuss Expansion Plans

posted: 07/29/2013 5 a.m.

Fayetteville residents Ethel Simpson and Ann Waligorski sat drinking iced tea inside the entry foyer of the city’s public library, which was full of people Friday.

Panel To Consider Raises For Sheriff’s Staff

posted: 07/29/2013 5 a.m.

A request from Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck to raise the pay of his command staff “raised some eyebrows” among the county’s justices of the peace, who will debate his proposal Tuesday.

Walk on Emma Avenue Shows Changes

posted: 07/29/2013 5 a.m.

A recent Wednesday morning beckoned walkers with comfortable temperatures and streets lined with flowers and trees. But hardly a person was in sight.

Math Has New Look In Area Classrooms

posted: 07/29/2013 5 a.m.

A new approach to teaching and learning mathematics is being introduced in classrooms around the state this fall, including Fayetteville High School where three new fourth-year courses will be offered.

Nontraditional Schools Fire Up Again

posted: 07/29/2013 5 a.m.

While most Bentonville students have a few weeks of summer vacation left, classes at two elementary schools resume Thursday.

Demogoguery on race

posted: 07/29/2013 4:59 a.m.

Just when you think our country’s treatment of race can’t become any more dishonest and hypocritical, along comes the Zimmerman verdict, about which come various dismal thoughts: That the hysterical reaction of many liberals to the verdict reflects a betrayal of the rule of law that used to define liberalism.

HOG CALLS: Lunney excited about tight end crop

posted: 07/29/2013 4:53 a.m.

As the Arkansas Razorbacks’ most touted homegrown freshman phenom of 1992, Barry Lunney Jr. seems especially equipped to coach the Razorbacks’ most touted homegrown freshman phenom of 2013.

Newman wins, holds the hysteria

posted: 07/29/2013 4:42 a.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — Ryan Newman spent his childhood racing at every short track he could find in his home state of Indiana.

Snedeker pulls away from pack

posted: 07/29/2013 4:41 a.m.

OAKVILLE, Ontario — Brandt Snedeker won the Canadian Open on Sunday for his second PGA Tour title of the year, closing with 2-under 70 for a threestroke victory.

111TH WESTERN AMATEUR: Alotian caddies awarded Evans scholarship

posted: 07/29/2013 4:39 a.m.

Evans Scholars Three brothers, who are caddies at The Alotian Club, have been awarded the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship which provides full tuition and housing for more than 830 boys and girls at 14 universities across the nation.

MAUMELLE CLASSIC: Mabrey cruises, repeats

posted: 07/29/2013 4:35 a.m.

Little Rock’s Matt Mabrey wasn’t as sharp Sunday as he had been the previous two days at the Maumelle Classic.

SEC PREVIEW TENNESSEE: Vols turn to Jones, 4th coach in 6 years

posted: 07/29/2013 4:30 a.m.

Tennessee is exhibit No. 1 for the cyclical nature of SEC power.

Second thoughts

posted: 07/29/2013 4:24 a.m.

Te’o helps teammate stay afloat Manti Te’o hasn’t played a down in the National Football League yet.

Off the wire

posted: 07/29/2013 4:20 a.m.

SWIMMING U.S. women strike gold Missy Franklin is off to a good start at the world swimming championships, thanks to a teammate. Katie Ledecky showed her Olympic triumph was no fluke, turning in another dominating performance before she heads off to 11th grade.

HOW WE SEE IT: Tainted Athletes Keep Lying

posted: 07/29/2013 4 a.m.

You’ve got to hand it to Ryan Braun, the now suspended all-star outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers. When defending himself against allegations that he’d used performance enhancing drugs prior to 2012, he gave 100 percent effort.

COMMENTARY: Democrats Show Hypocrisy

posted: 07/29/2013 4 a.m.

It is stunning to watch politicians who by day make a living talking about the rights and dignity of women, then by night condone creepy sexual predators of their own party.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: GOP Has Surprising History

posted: 07/29/2013 4 a.m.

Many people believe the GOP has in recent years been subverted, placing only candidates on the ballot that are, in fact, Republicans in name only.

AMERICAN LEGION SENIOR STATE TOURNAMENT: Texarkana romps in shutout victory

posted: 07/29/2013 3:56 a.m.

MOUNTAIN HOME — Dalton Willige looked just fine Sunday night.

Today’s game

posted: 07/29/2013 3:53 a.m.

NW ARKANSAS AT ARKANSAS WHEN 7:10 p.m. today WHERE Dickey-Stephens Park, North Little Rock RADIO KARN-AM, 920, in central Arkansas ; KQSM-FM 92.1 in Fayetteville. WEBSITE, PITCHERS Travelers: RHP Lay Batista (3-7, 4.02 ERA); Naturals: Aaron Brooks (5-3, 4.55) TICKETS Gates open 1 hour before game. Tickets are $12 box, $8 reserved ($5 children); $6 general admission ($4 children) PROMOTIONS Look inside the sports section of today’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette to find a coupon good for $3 off ticket for today’s game.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Jeter, Soriano, Rivera boost Yankees past Rays

posted: 07/29/2013 3:49 a.m.

NEW YORK — Derek Jeter returned to the Yankees on Sunday and hit a home run on the first pitch he saw.

This date in baseball

posted: 07/29/2013 3:47 a.m.

1908 Rube Waddell struck out 16 as the St. Louis Browns beat the Philadelphia A’s 5-4. 1911 Joe Wood of the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Browns with a 5-0 no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader. Wood fanned 12 and allowed three baserunners on two walks and a hit batsman. 1915 Honus Wagner, 41, became the oldest player to hit a grand slam as Pittsburgh beat Brooklyn 8-2. .

Verrazano catches Oxbow, dominates Haskell

posted: 07/29/2013 3:44 a.m.

OCEANPORT, N.J. — Verrazano took command at the three-quarter mile mark and blew away the rest of the field to win the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational by a race-record 9 3/4 lengths Sunday in the 46th annual running at Monmouth Park.


posted: 07/29/2013 3:42 a.m.

BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES—Designated RHP Jairo Asencio for assignment. Recalled OF L.J. Hoes from Norfolk (IL). LOS ANGELES ANGELS—Placed 1B Albert Pujols on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Saturday. Recalled OF Kole Calhoun from Salt Lake (PCL). NEW YORK YANKEES—Placed DH Travis Hafner on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Saturday.

State sports briefs

posted: 07/29/2013 3:41 a.m.

GOLF Southern Junior Cup teams set A group of six boys and six girls will represent Arkansas on Tuesday and Wednesday at the 2nd annual Southern Junior State Cup at the Country Club of Jackson in Jackson, Miss. Four ball and foursome matches consisting of two-man teams of one boy and one girl will be played Tuesday.

Information for patrons at the Western Amateur

posted: 07/29/2013 3:40 a.m.

The tournament will be held Tuesday-Sunday at The Alotian Club in Roland. TODAY Player registration/practice rounds TUESDAY First round of stroke play WEDNESDAY Second round of stroke play (cut to low 44 and ties) THURSDAY Third round of stroke play FRIDAY Final round of stroke play (cut to low 16) SATURDAY First two rounds of match play SUNDAY Semifinal and championship rounds of match play IF YOU GO Weekly badges can be purchased for $100 at the “Will Call” tent located at The Ranch parking lot on Arkansas 10/Cantrell Road. Shuttle service to the Club starts at 6:00 a.m.

Elkington could be disciplined over comments

posted: 07/29/2013 3:37 a.m.

SOUTHPORT, England — Australian golfer Steve Elkington could be disciplined for what he says was his inadvertent “use of language in relation to the Pakistani people” in a Twitter message. He apologized for “comments borne out of frustration” and will accept any punishment he is given.

Lithium cells proliferate, draw focus

posted: 07/29/2013 3:36 a.m.

Lighter, more powerful and longer-lasting than other batteries, lithium cells power devices from Apple Inc.’s iPhone to some of the components of Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner, including the Honeywell International Inc. emergency locator transmitter linked to a July 12 fire in a Dreamliner parked at a London airport.

Netflix’s new series push revival

posted: 07/29/2013 3:34 a.m.

LOS GATOS, Calif. — Netflix’s Internet video subscription service works around the clock, but it’s unusual for more than two dozen of the company’s engineers and top managers to be huddled in a conference room late on a Wednesday night.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 07/29/2013 3:19 a.m.

ADONA Dustin B. and Stephanie L. Williams (aka Stephanie McCoy), 363 Thein Road, July 22, 2013, Chapter 7. ALEXANDER Mona M. Butler, P.O. Box 425, July 24, 2013, Chapter 7.

Happy trails: See you in September

posted: 07/29/2013 3:13 a.m.

Be back in the fall To quote Noel Coward, “Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.” It makes for a dandy little song lyric, but Happy Trails is neither a crazy dog nor English, so we take the hottest part of the summer off to hug the air-conditioning vent.

Marathon to tie on tights, cape for ’14 run

posted: 07/29/2013 3:11 a.m.

Registration for the 2014 Little Rock Marathon is opens at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Sitting all day threatens health

posted: 07/29/2013 3:09 a.m.

Michael Jensen, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic, is talking on the phone, but his voice is drowned out by what sounds like a vacuum cleaner. “I’m sorry,” he says. “I’m on a treadmill.” David Dunstan, an Australian researcher, uses a speakerphone so he can walk around his office at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne.

Designers put region’s bike options into grand plan for off-road trails

posted: 07/29/2013 3:08 a.m.

BENTONVILLE — Mountain biking at Bentonville and Bella Vista is something special. Evidence?

PRACTICALLY ACTIVE: Allow feet sufficient time to adapt to orthotics

posted: 07/29/2013 3:05 a.m.

In my last column I wrote about my visit to Foot Solutions and the process the pedorthist, Mike Smith, used to check my feet and make the molds for my custom orthotics.


posted: 07/29/2013 3:04 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: You often say in your column that the reason we’re separated from God is because we’ve sinned, but how do you know? Maybe God just doesn’t want anything to do with us, or maybe He doesn’t even exist. — K.S.

Work to limit Clinton park bridge hours

posted: 07/29/2013 3:03 a.m.

Workers are installing a color-changing LED lighting system on the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays through Oct. 1.


posted: 07/29/2013 3:02 a.m.

Happy birthday. A whimsical, unforeseen opportunity brings August adventure. Follow your winning instincts to a new job in September. A family wish is granted in October.


posted: 07/29/2013 3:01 a.m.

Can plants get cancer? If not, what would cause a bulbous growth on a tree?

RECORDS: July 29th

posted: 07/29/2013 3 a.m.

Arrests Centerton -- John Paul Davidson, 47, of 908 Meadowlands Drive was arrested Saturday in connection with felony possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession with purpose to deliver a controlled substance. He was being held Sunday in the Benton County Jail with no bond set.

LAWSUITS: July 29th

posted: 07/29/2013 3 a.m.

July 18 American Express Bank FSB v. Jerry Turner Capital One Bank (USA) N.A. v. Debbie E. Scroggins Simmons First Bank NWA v. Kody J. Collins


posted: 07/29/2013 3 a.m.

Monday 1:30 p.m. Downtown Springdale Alliance — Room 236, City Administration Building, 201 Spring St.


posted: 07/29/2013 3 a.m.

July 18 John David Calcote, 33, and Elisabeth Hunt Sorrell, 24, both of Cave Springs Mark Allan Fenner, 38, and Jacquelyn Nicole Mangham, 33, both of Rogers Michael Trae Finnegan, 29, and Brynnen Renee Kelly, 22, both of Centerton Matthew Levi LaRue, 26, and Taylor Kay Seeley, 20, both of Siloam Springs

Former pro cyclist to attend LR tour

posted: 07/29/2013 2:59 a.m.

George Hincapie, a world famous former professional cyclist, will attend the 2013 Big Dam Bridge 100 in central Arkansas, a publicist for the event says.

Grand Prix feet hit pavement in Batesville on Saturday

posted: 07/29/2013 2:55 a.m.

The Arkansas Grand Prix series of footraces travels to Batesville on Saturday for the 35th annual White River 4-Mile Classic.

Super Quiz: Washington

posted: 07/29/2013 2:55 a.m.

1. On what river is Washington situated? 2. What is the district’s tallest structure? 3. What historic theater is in Washington?


posted: 07/29/2013 2:54 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Here is this week’s sound off, about heavy items at the store: “Today I bought a case of bottled water that was on sale. When I went to pay for it, I had to turn it over so the cashier could scan it.

MASTER CLASS: Let the Frisbee Fly for convenient fitness snack

posted: 07/29/2013 2:53 a.m.

These days, we have to fit in physical activity any time we have the opportunity.

Fan vs. mosquitoes: Wind is the winner

posted: 07/29/2013 2:52 a.m.

My wife and I joined some friends for a barbecue in their backyard. The guests were lively and the space was lovely — grassy and open but shady and surrounded by lots of shrubs and trees. In other words, it was perfect for mosquitoes.

NFL notes

posted: 07/29/2013 2:23 a.m.

Mario Williams was held out of the Buffalo Bills’ first training camp practice Sunday night after complaining of a sore foot. Coach Doug Marrone provided few details regarding the nature of the injury. .

TEXAS LEAGUE: Late single sinks Naturals

posted: 07/29/2013 2:23 a.m.

Mike O’Neill hit a two-run single in the eighth inning and Deryk Hooker pitched around a pair of walks in the ninth inning to help the Springfield Cardinals come from behind to defeat the Northwest Arkansas Naturals on Sunday night at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo.


posted: 07/29/2013 2:23 a.m.

Don’t believe the ads So fellow Arkansans, how big of suckers and saps are we that we insipidly lap up the propaganda of the Mark Zuckerberg-funded amnesty ads? You know the ones, from a mob calling itself Americans for a Conservative Direction, that breathlessly gush about the broken immigration system that must be fixed. Yeah, right, apparently by declaring amnesty and forgetting the border.

Small-engine makers abhor ethanol, but its backers scoff

posted: 07/29/2013 2:23 a.m.

Briggs & Stratton Co. has never liked ethanol because it can make a mess of things at the worst possible time — such as when a homeowner needs to cut the grass and has his lawn mower spit, sputter and just not start.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 07/29/2013 2:23 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Almost everything we are doing has changed.We are doing the right thing.We have kids back in here, adults back in here.” Ed Clifford, CEO and president of the Jones Center in Springdale, reflecting on operational changes such as charging for memberships and activities at the oncefree center Article, 1B Today’s meetings Washington County Water Authority, 1 p.m. Rogers Water Utilities Commission, 4 p.m. Washington County Services and Public Works committees, 5:30 p.m. Farmington School Board, 6 p.m. Fayetteville Ward 4 meeting, 6 p.m.

2 killed in crashes on state highways

posted: 07/29/2013 2:23 a.m.

Fatal accidents on Arkansas roads killed two Friday.

McDaniel out to stem online sex-trafficking

posted: 07/29/2013 2:23 a.m.

Attorney Gen. Dustin McDaniel announced his support Wednesday for a bipartisan initiative asking Congress to grant state and local authorities the power to prosecute online sex-traffickers.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS: Host of Kidd Kraddick in the Morning

posted: 07/29/2013 2:23 a.m.

David “Kidd” Kraddick, the high-octane radio and TV host of the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning show heard on dozens of U.S. radio stations, died at a charity golf event near New Orleans, a publicist said. Kraddick was 53.

2 parts of abortion law legal, state tells judge

posted: 07/29/2013 2:23 a.m.

An attorney for the state said Friday that two parts of Arkansas’ newest abortion law should remain in effect despite a federal judge’s declaration that a third part of the law, which bans most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy, is clearly unconstitutional.

3 school districts look at possible settlement in desegregation case

posted: 07/29/2013 2:23 a.m.

A looming federal court hearing set for two weeks in December has attorneys in the 30-year-old Pulaski County school desegregation lawsuit meeting to prepare their arguments — and a possible settlement offer to their state adversaries.

Purchase clears LR ‘green’ fund

posted: 07/29/2013 2:23 a.m.

War Memorial Park will soon include about 4 more acres of green space south of Interstate 630.

Aliens’ path to U.S. citizenship still unresolved

posted: 07/29/2013 2:23 a.m.

A perplexing question remains at the center of the current immigration debate in Congress : how to treat people who were brought to the United States illegally when they were children.

Crossett mayor envisions plan to improve city

posted: 07/29/2013 2:23 a.m.

Crossett Mayor Scott McCormick looks at his town of 5,507 residents and sees a bright future.

Fees Help Put Center On More Solid Footing

posted: 07/29/2013 2:23 a.m.

Ed Clifford navigates the hallways Tuesday at the Jones Center, as chatter from children enrolled in Camp War Eagle buzzes around him.

Birth files give adoptees answers

posted: 07/29/2013 2:23 a.m.

Maura Duffy spent a day in Chicago last September with her mother: a walk along Lake Michigan, shared meals, a boat tour highlighting Second City architecture.

Church mourns loss of 3

posted: 07/29/2013 2:23 a.m.

An Indianapolis congregation Sunday mourned the deaths of their youth pastor, his pregnant wife and another member who were killed when a church bus overturned with just a mile to go in a return trip from a Michigan summer camp.

1939 ‘Fuehrer Bell’ surfaces in Austria

posted: 07/29/2013 2:23 a.m.

Like many others in Austria’s countryside, a tower bell above the red-tiled rooftops of Wolfpassing village marks the passing of each hour with an unspectacular “bong.” But this bell is unique: It is embossed with a swastika and praise to Adolf Hitler.

Dig sifts for proof of free-black area

posted: 07/29/2013 2:22 a.m.

Archaeology students have been sifting a little patch of ground on Maryland’s Eastern Shore this summer, seeking evidence that it was home to the nation’s first free black community.

Best Friends Take Tourney

posted: 07/29/2013 2 a.m.

A strong start and an even stronger finish left no doubt in the winner’s bracket of the Championship Flight at the Fayetteville Country Club 4-Ball Invitational.

Grigsby Reaches New Wrestling Standard

posted: 07/29/2013 2 a.m.

Aaron Grigsby admits it may still take a little more time before he finally realizes the magnitude of his latest accomplishment.

Egypt to deal with violence, its leaders say

posted: 07/29/2013 12:47 a.m.

CAIRO — Escalating the confrontation after clashes that left 83 supporters of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president dead, the interim government moved Sunday toward dismantling two pro-Mohammed Morsi sit-in camps, accusing protesters of “terrorism” and vowing to deal with them decisively.

Israelis agree to release prisoners; peace talks set

posted: 07/29/2013 12:45 a.m.

JERUSALEM — The U.S. on Sunday announced the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian talks after years of stalemate, after Israel’s Cabinet agreed to release 104 Palestinian prisoners convicted of deadly attacks.

Athletic fees to cost students in state millions

posted: 07/29/2013 12:44 a.m.

The biggest source of revenue for intercollegiate athletics programs at most of the state’s universities is not ticket sales or private donations. It’s mandatory fees charged to all students.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Newest Nikon meets previous model’s high standard

posted: 07/29/2013 12:27 a.m.

New products often take time to learn, then to test. However, this week I had some familiarity with the product, which gave me more time to put it through the wringer.

HOG FUTURES DENVER KIRKLAND: Coaches flip over lineman’s promise

posted: 07/29/2013 12:26 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema asked a member of his staff for the best way to get Denver Kirkland from Miami to Fayetteville. Bielema, naturally, turned to linebackers coach Randy Shannon, whose strong ties to south Florida helped deliver Kirkland, a prized offensive tackle from Miami Booker T. Washington, to the Razorbacks in February.

Sunday, July 28

Wiz Khalifa ignites crowd in Little Rock

posted: 07/28/2013 8:13 a.m.

While the opening act was lukewarm at best, Trinidad Jame$ and headliner Wiz Khalifa managed to ignite the crowd Saturday night during a concert at First Security Amphitheater in downtown Little Rock.

COMMENTARY: Climate Change Criticism Falls Flat

posted: 07/28/2013 6 a.m.

Award-winning conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer writes a weekly Washington Post column that also appears in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Because I enjoy reading intelligent material with which I disagree, I usually read his articles. He’s interestingly unpredictable and often embraces good science. For example, he dismisses creationism as pseudoscience, opposes the death penalty, supports legalized abortion, and advocates radically higher energy taxes to induce conservation.

Gunman shot dead after 6 slain

posted: 07/28/2013 5:40 a.m.

HIALEAH, Fla. — A man set fire to his South Florida apartment, killed six people and held another two hostage at gunpoint before a SWAT team stormed the complex and fatally shot him Saturday, according to police and witness accounts.

TV news shows

posted: 07/28/2013 5:31 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Treasury Secretary Jack Lew; Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill. 9 a.m. KATV, Channel 7 Little Rock.

Obama says S. Korea proof ‘war was no tie’

posted: 07/28/2013 5:30 a.m.

President Barack Obama marked the 60th anniversary of the end to the Korean War on Saturday, honoring veterans of the “Forgotten War” as tensions continue today over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

Names and faces

posted: 07/28/2013 5:25 a.m.

Amanda Bynes’ parents are deeply concerned that their daughter may hurt herself or others unless they are allowed to assume control over her medical care and finances, court filings show.

DATABASE: 5 in 2014 governor race rake in money

posted: 07/28/2013 5:23 a.m.

In the first few months of the 2014 campaign, the five candidates for governor combined have raised more than double the amount donated at this point during the 2006 election, the last time an incumbent wasn’t on the ticket.

State had two oil spills in March

posted: 07/28/2013 5:22 a.m.

Less than a month before the oil spill in Mayflower in March, crude oil flooded a small pumping station in south Arkansas, then spilled out of a holding pond and flowed several miles along a creek bed leading to Little Cornie Bayou.

Cairo clashes kill at least 65

posted: 07/28/2013 5:21 a.m.

CAIRO — Security forces and armed men clashed with supporters of Egypt’s ousted president early Saturday, killing at least 65 people and underscoring an increasingly heavy hand against protests demanding Mohammed Morsi’s return to office.

In the news

posted: 07/28/2013 5:20 a.m.

Eliot Spitzer, the former governor of New York who stepped down after a prostitution scandal in 2008, said his wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, won’t be accompanying him as he campaigns for New York City comptroller, adding, “She’s got a career.”

Contributors to the 2014 Arkansas governor’s race

posted: 07/28/2013 5:17 a.m.

This list shows who has contributed at least $1,000 to gubernatorial candidates in Arkansas for the 2014 election, as disclosed in reports filed this year with the secretary of state's office.

The world in brief

posted: 07/28/2013 5:15 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We didn’t go to them, they came to us — so they could use what happened for political gain.” Egyptian Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim, blaming pro-Mohammed Morsi supporters for stoking deadly violence Saturday

The nation in brief

posted: 07/28/2013 5:14 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “You have the thanks of a grateful nation and your shining deeds will live now and forever.” President Barack Obama, addressing Korean War veterans on the 60th anniversary of that war’s end

Building firm has its license rescinded

posted: 07/28/2013 5:12 a.m.

Jacksonville construction company Northstar Consultants Inc. left an 89-year-old widow in North Little Rock with an uninhabitable, incomplete home that has dozens of code violations, and now the company is without a license because of it.

Outside teachers thriving in Delta

posted: 07/28/2013 5:10 a.m.

If you’re from around here, you know Doug Friedlander is not.

It’s back to business for Manziel

posted: 07/28/2013 5:05 a.m.

Johnny Manziel is ready to be Johnny Football again.

Crews scour lake for missing diver

posted: 07/28/2013 5:03 a.m.

Searchers were looking for the body of a 28-year-old Nebraska man late Saturday after he “free dived” into Beaver Lake and didn’t resurface.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Cardinals fall again to Braves

posted: 07/28/2013 5:03 a.m.

ATLANTA — Andrelton Simmons and the Braves haven’t said much about last year’s NL wild-card loss to the Cardinals.

LIKE IT IS: Rest of college football still chasing Saban

posted: 07/28/2013 5:01 a.m.

Several dozen volunteers, all good people, met at The Ranch on Saturday morning to get a briefing on how the transportation will work this week for the Western Amateur golf tournament at The Alotian Club.

Lowell Plant’s Silo Dismantled

posted: 07/28/2013 5 a.m.

A silo at Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies was dismantled down to its base Saturday after an explosion blew its top off Thursday.

Not Just Scissors and Crayons

posted: 07/28/2013 5 a.m.

School supplies are a necessary part of heading back to the classroom. The lists from school districts in the area can be concise: scissors, glue, notebooks, crayons, pencils.

3,000 Backpacks Distributed To Northwest Arkansas Kids

posted: 07/28/2013 5 a.m.

Robin Campbell said she’s unemployed and has been down on her luck recently. She said she would have a hard time affording the various school supplies her two children — a seventh-grader and a 10th-grader — need for the coming school year.

Fayetteville Seeks Volunteer Board Members

posted: 07/28/2013 5 a.m.

Residents have three weeks to apply for 11 openings on six volunteer boards and commissions.

Churches Open, Close Often Without Notice

posted: 07/28/2013 5 a.m.

Churches of many denominations and faiths meet in Rogers, but no one knows where every church is located, city officials said. That lack of information appeared to play a part in the rejection of several liquor license requests earlier this month.

Septic Tanks Pose Potential Issues

posted: 07/28/2013 5 a.m.

Most Northwest Arkansas residents don’t think twice when they flush their toilets or put food down garbage disposals. They know it’s going to a treatment plant.

Springdale Preschool Expands

posted: 07/28/2013 5 a.m.

More children will go to preschool in the Springdale School District this year because of an increase in grant money to the program, school officials said.


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A group of food advocates and city staff are making headway on proposed policies aimed at promoting urban agriculture.

Urban Agriculture Law Could Plow New Ground

posted: 07/28/2013 5 a.m.

A group of food advocates and city staff are making headway on proposed policies aimed at promoting urban agriculture.

History of excellence

posted: 07/28/2013 4:57 a.m.

You’re going to know many of the golfers who will be competing at the Western Amateur Championship beginning Tuesday at The Alotian Club in Roland.

Second thoughts

posted: 07/28/2013 4:56 a.m.

Marijuana ad snuffed out at Indy race The only burnouts that Indy racegoers will see this weekend will be on the track.


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Advocate succeeded husband in House WASHINGTON — Lindy Boggs, the daughter of Louisiana aristocracy who spent 18 years in Congress as successor to her husband, House Majority Leader Hale Boggs, who was presumed killed after his airplane vanished over Alaska, has died.

Off the wire

posted: 07/28/2013 4:52 a.m.

HORSE RACING Velazquez breaks Saratoga mark John Velazquez broke Saratoga’s career victory record Saturday, reaching No. 694 aboard Unitarian in the fourth race.

Other days

posted: 07/28/2013 4:49 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 28, 1913 WASHINGTON — Pellagra, for which physicians have found no cure, is spreading beyond the zone to which it previously has been confined and is invading new territory, according to officials of the United States Public Health Service, who base their belief upon statistics upon the prevalence of the disease in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas from 1907 to 1912, which were made public today.

COMMENTARY: Time to change incentives to cheat

posted: 07/28/2013 4:46 a.m.

The woman wearing the Ryan Fraud jersey was only telling the truth when the Milwaukee Brewers threatened to toss her out of the ballpark the other day for exercising her freedom of expression.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP BRICKYARD 400: NASCAR drivers still get thrill out of Indy

posted: 07/28/2013 4:43 a.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — Traditionalists balked and some were downright outraged at the mere suggestion stock cars dare set their fenders on the sacred ground of Indianapolis.

Newman wins pole in record time

posted: 07/28/2013 4:39 a.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Rocket Man got his fuel back. Finally.

3 to be inducted posthumously into Hall

posted: 07/28/2013 4:36 a.m.

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — One created baseball’s foremost dynasty, one transformed the role of the men in blue, and one notched the first hit in the first professional game.


posted: 07/28/2013 4:33 a.m.

News and notes First baseman Andy Wilkins (Arkansas Razorbacks) of the Charlotte Knights (AAA White Sox) was named the International League’s Batter of the Week for the week ending July 21.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Sturdy forward likes what he hears about Hogs

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

When New Hampshire Prep power forward Tory Miller was growing up, he and his uncle, former Arkansas guard Clint McDaniel, shared a love of basketball that helped them develop a close relationship.

Razorbacks report: Coaches get away for a rest

posted: 07/28/2013 4:25 a.m.

Arkansas’ coaches made sure to get some time away from work this summer before moving into the new football operations center and gearing up for the start of spring practice Aug. 5.


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WILMAR — Martha and Paul Dickson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Monticello. The couple were married Aug. 4, 1963.


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Ashley Ann Cotton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Strain of Little Rock and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cotton of Owasso, Okla., and Justin Wayne Jett Matthews, son of Mr. and Mrs. Brin Nirenberg of Cabot and the late Floyce Wayne Matthews; Sept. 14.

1899: Forgan begins it all

posted: 07/28/2013 4:22 a.m.

In 1899, David Forgan defeated fellow Chicagoan Walter Egan 6 and 5 at Glen View Club in Golf, Ill., an aptly named suburb on the north side of Chicago, to win the first Western Amateur Championship.

1991: Phil and Mike

posted: 07/28/2013 4:20 a.m.

There was plenty of star power entering the 1991 Western Amateur.

1900, 1912, 1914-1915, 1920-1923: Evans creates, maintains a lasting legacy

posted: 07/28/2013 4:18 a.m.

Charles “Chick” Evans Jr. was one of the early stars of the Western Amateur Championship, and amateur golf in general, and his influence is still felt at the event today, more than 100 years after his first victory.


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Furstenberg-Bradley Jennifer Kristine Bradley and Jeremy Thomas Furstenberg were united in marriage Friday St. Anthony’s on the Creek in Lowell. The Rev. Hunter House officiated.

The Golfer’s Creed

posted: 07/28/2013 4:15 a.m.

Golf is a science, the study of a lifetime, in which you may exhaust yourself, but never your subject.

MAUMELLE CLASSIC: Defending champion takes big lead

posted: 07/28/2013 4:15 a.m.

Matt Mabrey looked every bit like a defending champion Saturday during the second round of the Maumelle Classic.

Grandpap’s war

posted: 07/28/2013 4:11 a.m.

David Casto visits the tombstone with his name on it — a simple marker in Union Hill Cemetery in the far northeast corner of Pope County.

Snedeker in lead at rainy Open

posted: 07/28/2013 4:10 a.m.

OAKVILLE, Ontario — Brandt Snedeker was on seventh tee when he noticed something wasn’t quite right.

CRITICAL MASS: Superstar still has power, charm

posted: 07/28/2013 4:09 a.m.

“I remember when this whole thing began, no talk of God then, we called you a man … ‘‘It was beautiful but now it’s sour.” — Judas, “Heaven on Their Minds,” from Jesus Christ Superstar I’m writing this before I’ve had a chance to see the Argenta Community Theater’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar, but I’ve got my tickets.

Langer masters Royal Birkdale

posted: 07/28/2013 4:08 a.m.

SOUTHPORT, England — Bernhard Langer seized a three-shot lead after the third round of the Senior British Open on Saturday, tackling Royal Birkdale with superb links play for a 4-under 66.

POP NOTES: Dorough’s tunes charm Schoolhouse, jazz buffs

posted: 07/28/2013 4:06 a.m.

A few weeks ago, a hand-written sign posted in the window of The Afterthought bar in Little Rock’s Hillcrest neighborhood advertised the evening’s entertainment : Bob Dorough.

Bentonville still the biggest, best

posted: 07/28/2013 4:04 a.m.

The state’s biggest school remains the state’s best school in terms of overall high school athletic excellence.

SPIN CYCLE: Discovery: Naked isn’t always sexy

posted: 07/28/2013 4:04 a.m.

The new show I’m watching is oh so filthy.

THE TV COLUMN: 65th Primetime Emmy Awards to air Sept. 22

posted: 07/28/2013 4:03 a.m.

Here in the summer doldrums of broadcast TV (cable is another story), the networks always try to keep interest alive by announcing the annual Emmy nominations.

High school report

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

Norphlet will field JV team Norphlet is back in the football business.

FOR THE RECORD: Bella Vista Golf Pairings

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Springdale Kiwanis Helps Introduce Football To Youngsters

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

Hank Taylor had no problem drinking one milkshake after another as an elusive 10-year-old 60 years ago.

COMMENTARY: Is That A Palace Or A Locker Room?

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

The 18-second video begins with a voice saying, “Let me show y'all what a $100 million locker room looks like.”

Local Martial Artists Win World Championship Titles

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

The American Taekwondo Association (ATA) held its annual World Championship tournament in Little Rock, and four students from ATA Martial Arts in Bentonville earned world champion titles.

McBride Takes Final Swings Before Football Grind

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

Jared McBride is probably like most high school football coaches in the state this time of year.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Turkey hunters enjoy more success in 2013 season

posted: 07/28/2013 3:59 a.m.

If hunter success is an reliable gauge, the 2013 turkey season suggests turkeys are slowly recovering in Arkansas.


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Grandparents’ stories begat a war chronicle

posted: 07/28/2013 3:56 a.m.

David Casto’s interest in Civil War history started with childhood visits to his grandparents’ old-time farm near Atkins.

TV ON DVD: George Gently DVD set topic: ’60s England crime

posted: 07/28/2013 3:55 a.m.

What is it? George Gently Collection, Seasons 1-4, 11 90-minute episodes on 11 DVDs or six Blu-ray discs from Acorn Media When? Now How much? $99.99 Mystery? With a twist.

Nice to see you, old friend

posted: 07/28/2013 3:54 a.m.

LOWER BUFFALO RIVER — My, how time gets away.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Child is depressed, not lazy

posted: 07/28/2013 3:54 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I am the father of a 13-year-old daughter who is not very active. She would rather sit on the couch and watch TV than do anything else, whereas most of her friends play sports or do other exercise-related activities.


posted: 07/28/2013 3:53 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your popularity has perks in August. Environmental changes will balance relationships, and formerly feuding loved ones find a mutually pleasing manner of coexistence.

Speaking ‘touriste’

posted: 07/28/2013 3:53 a.m.

There are no trash cans on the Champs-Elysees. Paris’ department stores, as well as shops and restaurants across the country, are closed on Sundays. And pickpockets swarm the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.

AMERICAN LEGION SENIOR STATE TOURNAMENT: Lessenbury’s big finish sends Bryant by Blytheville

posted: 07/28/2013 3:51 a.m.

MOUNTAIN HOME — After going 0 for 3 in his first three plate appearances, Bryant catcher Hayden Lessenbury saved his team from dropping into the losers’ bracket with two big hits in the final two innings.

Sports calendar

posted: 07/28/2013 3:49 a.m.

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TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Beer culture all over the map in Europe

posted: 07/28/2013 3:48 a.m.

When I’m far from home, I become a cultural chameleon. I eat and drink regional specialties with gusto, feasting on steak and red wine in Tuscany and stuffing down tapas at midnight in Spain.

Smokers strategize for travel

posted: 07/28/2013 3:46 a.m.

The cigarette habit gets ever harder to take on the road.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Setting up goals adds satisfaction to tour itinerary

posted: 07/28/2013 3:44 a.m.

For many of you, travel is more interesting if you have something specific in mind that you want to see or do.

COLUMN ONE: How to be an emir

posted: 07/28/2013 3:42 a.m.

The year was 1898. He was a 23-year-old subaltern fresh out of Sandhurst serving the British raj on the Northwest Frontier of the Indian subcontinent.

Cowboys starters a mystery now

posted: 07/28/2013 3:41 a.m.

OXNARD, Calif. — Jason Garrett was a little bewildered by getting grilled a week early over whether Tony Romo would play in the Dallas Cowboys’ preseason opener.

Page turners

posted: 07/28/2013 3:40 a.m.

Among the authors at the 2010 Arkansas Literary Festival was a curly-haired young Chicagoan named Marcus Sakey.

Tontitown plans museum revamp

posted: 07/28/2013 3:34 a.m.

TONTITOWN — Since 1986, a small house has served as the museum for one of Arkansas’ few Italian towns.

New standards aim to teach with context

posted: 07/28/2013 3:34 a.m.

High school students often think they will encounter a story about a bird when they begin studying Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, a Mountain Home English teacher said.

Soda sales still slipping for Coke, Pepsi, Dr Pepper

posted: 07/28/2013 3:29 a.m.

NEW YORK — It seems that not even Beyonce or new, lower-calorie options can persuade Americans to drink more soda.

Dassault in active talks for fighter jet sales

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

PARIS — Dassault Aviation is talking to Malaysia, Qatar and Canada about possible sales of its Rafale f ighter as the company works to close a contract with India for 126 of the delta-wing combat jets.

Jumbo mortgage loans are making a comeback

posted: 07/28/2013 3:24 a.m.

Jumbo mortgage loans, which sizzled during the housing market’s run-up and then fizzled spectacularly, are back with more flexible products from more lenders and interest rates that are inching ever closer to the terms offered to buyers of much less luxurious homes.

THAT’S BUSINESS: Lots of things in the revitalization ‘mixer’ on Main Street

posted: 07/28/2013 3:24 a.m.

There has been a swirl of activity around the commercial space at 322 Main St., otherwise known as the Mann on Main, but there is nothing yet to show for it.

EDITORIALS: ‘No modern country …’

posted: 07/28/2013 3:23 a.m.

THIS SOUNDS more and more like a Tom Clancy novel. And that would be a good thing, if it were just a Tom Clancy novel, and you could dive into it on a Friday night, spend the weekend with Jack Ryan & Co., and be done by Sunday.

COLUMNISTS: Tracking a raccoon

posted: 07/28/2013 3:22 a.m.

My dogs have been busy lately chasing raccoons off the back porch. Almost every night I am roused from my slumbers when the dogs give chase to raccoons trying to open the dog food bin.

Despite tighter military budget, leaner defense firms faring well

posted: 07/28/2013 3:22 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Big defense contractors are weathering the federal budget sequester far more easily than they projected, in part because they have quietly eliminated jobs over the past few years in anticipation of spending cuts.

OTHERS SAY: A good first step

posted: 07/28/2013 3:21 a.m.

The Obama administration badly broke the public’s trust when it secretly collected the phone records of Associated Press reporters and examined emails of Fox News reporter James Rosen in a search for the source of government leaks.

I’m okay … for my age

posted: 07/28/2013 3:21 a.m.

I know the exact day and time I grew old. It didn’t happen slowly, I didn’t ever so gently slide into the age of slippers and healthful toddies.

Bubba expounds

posted: 07/28/2013 3:20 a.m.

Reader requests dribbled in that I traipse over to eastern Arkansas to take the temperature of Bubba McCoy about the looming imposition of Obamacare.

Tyson cooks up new products

posted: 07/28/2013 3:19 a.m.

SPRINGDALE — Tyson means poultry. Everybody knows that, right?

Elegy to a dying art

posted: 07/28/2013 3:18 a.m.

I regret to report that I believe society has all but lost the art of carrying on something as simple as genuine conversation.


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Description appalling I am totally appalled and disgusted that Philip Martin wrote about a disabled man the way he did: “a scuttling wretched creature, a twisted and snarling lump of bespectacled protoplasm who looked less like a man …” How dare he!

New SEC chief cranks up heat with indictment

posted: 07/28/2013 3:16 a.m.

First the Securities and Exchange Commission rejected a settlement with a high-flying hedge fund manager, Philip A. Falcone. Then it filed civil charges against another billionaire trader, Steven A. Cohen.

5 a.m. liquor license for rent

posted: 07/28/2013 3:14 a.m.

The Little Rock Deaf Association has a license to party until 5 a.m., but it wants to transfer its use to raise money for operations.

Saturday, July 27

Phillies weighing options as trade deadline nears

posted: 07/27/2013 7:16 p.m.

With the trade deadline approaching next week, the Phillies are struggling to stay in playoff contention, and have a few veterans contenders might want — including Cliff Lee.

Goodwill Ambassadors Share Secrets Of Israel

posted: 07/27/2013 6:03 a.m.

The dark-haired teen came over, singing a beautiful song. She grasped the hand of several audience members. These weren’t just handshakes; her hand held on and rubbed in a comforting, connecting way.

PERSONAL SPACE: Corrin Troutman

posted: 07/27/2013 6 a.m.

Where I live: I live in Fayetteville on the corner of Prospect and Willow streets just outside the Washington-Willow Historic District. I’ve always loved the house, and it just so happened that the man who would eventually become my husband owned the house. I did not know that it was his house when we started dating. I think fate had something in mind for me from early on.

Helping At Home

posted: 07/27/2013 5:55 a.m.

Serving others often takes missionaries to the far side of the world. Sometimes, though, it takes them only as far as the other side of the county.

Facing God

posted: 07/27/2013 5:51 a.m.

A few weeks ago, we had to do what other families have faced, but it was a first for us. We had to put down our family dog. Her name was Sydney, a border collie and yellow lab mix. She was 9 1/2 years old. And a member of our family.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: POA Should Listen To Majority

posted: 07/27/2013 5:50 a.m.

Iread the letter from Chuck Mushett about the POA and restaurant businesses in Bella Vista. Golfers make up about 18 percent of the population in Bella Vista. Eighty-two percent of the residents in Bella Vista don’t play golf; as such, the rounds of golf played are irrelevant.

SNAP Feeds Those In Need

posted: 07/27/2013 5:49 a.m.

For at least the 38th time the U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 — an exercise in futility meant only to make a political statement over and over.

HOW WE SEE IT: Common Sense Lost On Some Library Patrons

posted: 07/27/2013 5:47 a.m.

Among those things your mother taught you (or at least should have taught you) is that you don’t go tromping through someone else’s house with bare feet and wet clothes. It’s rude, it’s messy and it’s potentially dangerous.

Rejection Motivates Alfrey

posted: 07/27/2013 5:26 a.m.

Laurie Alfrey initially wanted to be a cheerleader since everything in Springdale seemed to revolve around football in the 1970s and ‘80s.

Players Brave Rain

posted: 07/27/2013 5:21 a.m.

Steady rain and sloppy conditions might have affected some of the results at the Fayetteville Country Club 4-Ball Invitational on Friday. But the wet weather wasn’t enough to halt play, as the tournament fought through the tough conditions to complete the first round in its entirety.

Helder Comes Home To West Fork

posted: 07/27/2013 5:16 a.m.

Nolan Helder had no intentions of leaving Eureka Springs’ boys basketball team, especially since he knew the potential the Highlanders had for the upcoming season.

Dispatch Trains For Missing Kids

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

The Police Department will be better prepared to look for missing children because of training in the dispatch center.

No Sleeve, No School

posted: 07/27/2013 5:05 a.m.

Students at Springdale High School will no longer be able to wear sleeveless tops once they go back to school in August.

Kansas Man Arrested In Connection With Rape

posted: 07/27/2013 5:02 a.m.

Arkansas will seek to extradite a Kansas man on warrants in connection with rape, sexual assault and sexual indecency with a child.

Lowell Silo Fire Still Smoldering

posted: 07/27/2013 4:58 a.m.

Smoke continued to rise from a smoldering Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies’ silo of plastics and sawdust Friday after an explosion the day before.

Man Robbed Woman at Gunpoint

posted: 07/27/2013 4:56 a.m.

A Farmington man faces felony charges after police said he robbed a woman at gunpoint earlier this month.

Fayetteville Charging Station Installed

posted: 07/27/2013 4:54 a.m.

Drivers of electric cars have a new place to “fill up” in Fayetteville.

Circuit Judge Increases Bond

posted: 07/27/2013 4:48 a.m.

A circuit judge on Friday increased the bond for a man accused of rape.

Liquor Lawsuit Filed

posted: 07/27/2013 4:45 a.m.

The company behind Macadoodles has filed a lawsuit against the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Division seeking to overturn a state law limiting each person to just one liquor permit.

Hotel Opens Doors To Homeless Veterans

posted: 07/27/2013 4:41 a.m.

Guests at the Wingate Inn who see 8-year-old Liyah Carter sprint down the carpeted halls on her way to the pool probably assume she’s one of the hotel’s many guests.

Hotel Opens Doors To Homeless Veterans

posted: 07/27/2013 4:41 a.m.

Guests at the Wingate Inn who see 8-year-old Liyah Carter sprint down the carpeted halls on her way to the pool probably assume she’s one of the hotel’s many guests.

Deputy Injured After Traffic Stop

posted: 07/27/2013 4:38 a.m.

A Benton County Sheriff’s Office deputy underwent surgery Friday after he injured himself trying to apprehend a fleeing man.

Schools On Lookout For Bus Drivers

posted: 07/27/2013 4:35 a.m.

A school bus parked on the grass off East Centerton Boulevard in Centerton displays a large banner reading, “Now hiring bus drivers,” along with a phone number.


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w Floyd Dunn, 31, of 4020 Bel Aire Road in Springdale was arrested Thursday in connection with felony possession of a controlled substance. He also faces a possible parole violation. He was in the Washington County Detention Center without bond Friday.

Public Meetings

posted: 07/27/2013 4:32 a.m.

Public Meetings

Holder: Won’t execute leaker

posted: 07/27/2013 3:36 a.m.

Attorney General Eric Holder said in a letter sent to the Russian minister of justice this week that the United States would not seek the death penalty against Edward Snowden and would issue him a passport immediately so he could travel back to the United States.

Exxon relents, won’t cut off its housing aid

posted: 07/27/2013 3:32 a.m.

Exxon Mobil, reacting to public and political pressure, agreed Friday to cancel its plan to cut off temporary housing expenses as of Sept. 1 for 17 homeowners in a Mayflower subdivision where a pipeline ruptured March 29 and sent more than 100,000 gallons of heavy crude oil flowing through the neighborhood.

UAMS, St. Vincent tie-up dead

posted: 07/27/2013 3:29 a.m.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has ended discussions with St. Vincent Health System about forming a “strategic alliance” designed to cut costs by sharing some business operations and combining some clinical services, UAMS Chancellor Dr. Dan Rahn said Friday.

1st data on health pay plan called promising

posted: 07/27/2013 3:27 a.m.

Preliminary data collected to track the success of Arkansas’ health-care payment overhaul indicate a drop in antibiotics prescribed for upper respiratory infections, fewer births by cesarean section and fewer children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Medicaid officials told state lawmakers Friday.

Drug fine is backed in filings

posted: 07/27/2013 3:21 a.m.

Almost half the Arkansas Legislature, a former federal Food and Drug Administration commissioner, the AARP and a coalition of attorneys general from 35 states have joined supporters of Attorney General Dustin McDaniel to urge the state Supreme Court to uphold the $1.2 billion fine against drug-manufacturer Johnson & Johnson over the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal.

Bulger prosecution rests after calling 63 witnesses

posted: 07/27/2013 3:17 a.m.

Prosecutors rested their case against reputed Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger on Friday after calling 63 witnesses who described in sometimes gruesome detail his purported role in 19 murders, a string of extortions and other crimes.

Gun-law veto set to fall in Missouri

posted: 07/27/2013 3:14 a.m.

With the help of a few Democrats, Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature appears to be positioned to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a high-profile bill that seeks to nullify federal gun-control laws in the state and make criminals out of federal agents who attempt to enforce them. Several of Nixon’s fellow Democrats confirmed they would vote to override his veto when lawmakers convene in September, even while agreeing with the governor that the bill couldn’t survive a court challenge.

15-ton magnet attracts gawkers

posted: 07/27/2013 3:11 a.m.

It had a Twitter hashtag and a GPS tracker. It even posed for photos with groupies.

Morsi inquiry focuses on murder, conspiracy

posted: 07/27/2013 3:04 a.m.

Prosecutors opened an investigation of ousted President Mohammed Morsi on charges including murder and conspiracy with the Palestinian militant group Hamas, fueling tensions amid a showdown in the streets between backers of the military and supporters calling for the Islamist leader’s reinstatement.

JC offensive lineman commits to Arkansas

posted: 07/27/2013 3 a.m.

Arkansas landed another highly recruited offensive lineman Friday afternoon when Jermaine Eluemunor announced he was orally committing to the Razorbacks.

The nation in brief

posted: 07/27/2013 3 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “He swore at us a few times, told us he wasn’t going to get down on his knees, there was grease on the floor, things like that.” Special Agent Scott Garriola, testifying about reputed gangster James “Whitey” Bulger’s reaction to being arrested by the FBI in Santa Monica, Calif., on June 22, 2011

Names and faces

posted: 07/27/2013 2:59 a.m.

One of James Gandolfini’s final films is coming to theaters in September. Enough Said, Nicole Holofcener’s romantic dramedy that stars the late Sopranos actor as a romantic lead, will open in limited release on Sept. 20, studio Fox Searchlight said Thursday.

Mega millions

posted: 07/27/2013 2:58 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 4-22-23-27-38 Mega Ball: 42 Estimated jackpot: $19 million Megaplier: 04

In the news

posted: 07/27/2013 2:58 a.m.

Bob Filner, 70, the Democratic mayor of San Diego, said in a news briefing at City Hall that he’ll enter a behavioral-counseling clinic Aug. 5 for two weeks amid allegations that he sexually harassed women, including a retired Navy rear admiral, a state university dean and his spokesman.


posted: 07/27/2013 2:56 a.m.

Their bones are scattered in blackened patches of earth across a hillside overlooking the wrecked Islamic boarding school they once called home.

EDITORIALS: In love with a rock

posted: 07/27/2013 2:54 a.m.

FRANK FELLONE, aka the Drivetime Mahatma to Arkansas drivers, turns out a must-read column every Saturday about traffic laws, street and highway improvements, streets and highways that need improving, and. . . well, anything else that might interest the state’s motoring public.

COLUMNISTS: Royal haters, royal pains

posted: 07/27/2013 2:52 a.m.

Royal baby haters. They’re out there. They’re everywhere. And with the birth of the beautiful royal baby boy in England the other day to the lovely Kate Middleton and her husband, Prince William, a horde of royal baby haters have been revealed, venting their anti-royalist spleens.

OTHERS SAY: Never forgotten

posted: 07/27/2013 2:50 a.m.

Sixty years ago today, a silent, brusque signing of an armistice treaty ended a bloody stalemate in Korea after 37 months.

Church starts hands-on ministry school

posted: 07/27/2013 2:50 a.m.

Cross Church, a multi-site Southern Baptist Church in Northwest Arkansas, will start a School for Ministry next month to help train the next generation of Christian ministry leaders. The aim of the one-year residential program is to close the “experience gap” many students face as they step into full-time ministry.

Sweet, plastic Barbie

posted: 07/27/2013 2:49 a.m.

Every few years, as she is reviled by yet another crop of new parents casting about for a scapegoat for their daughters’ troubling body issues, I feel called on to defend my childhood pal Barbie.

COGIC to celebrate centennial

posted: 07/27/2013 2:49 a.m.

The Arkansas First Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ will have a centennial convocation celebration Monday through Aug. 4 in Little Rock. Bishop Jewel R. Withers Jr. expects more than 2,000 to attend the week-long worship gathering.

ON RELIGION: ‘New’ Egypt confronts old religious restrictions

posted: 07/27/2013 2:48 a.m.

At the moment, Egypt is operating under a constitutional declaration issued soon after the recent military overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.

SEC PREVIEW FLORIDA: Return of the chomp?

posted: 07/27/2013 2:45 a.m.

Eleventh in a series previewing SEC football teams. — Will Muschamp had a breakthrough season in 2012, his second year as coach at Florida, but the Gators fell a victory short of qualifying for the SEC Championship Game, then fell flat in a Sugar Bowl loss to Louisville.

Other days

posted: 07/27/2013 2:43 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 27, 1913 Because Charity Singleton, a young negress, forcibly sat down in his lap after he had refused to permit her to do so, while they were driving, three in a buggy, Friday afternoon, Dave McFarlin, a negro preacher of Sweet Home, threw the woman into the road and ran her over with the vehicle.

Big Ten vs. SEC rages on

posted: 07/27/2013 2:43 a.m.

Nebraska has won at least nine games in each of the past five seasons.

HOG FUTURES REEVE KOEHLER: Razorbacks add Hawaiian punch

posted: 07/27/2013 2:42 a.m.

Arkansas freshman Reeve Koehler, a sensation in Hawaii before he ever played in high school, modestly agrees strength was a strong suit of his at St. Louis High School in Honolulu.

Guest writer: To praise them

posted: 07/27/2013 2:41 a.m.

I am one of the very few people in Arkansas with direct claims experience with oil, gasoline and diesel spills. I believe Exxon has gone over and beyond what is legally required of them to assist the residents of Mayflower, and to restore the area back to better than it was.

Questions followed permit

posted: 07/27/2013 2:38 a.m.

There’s a new twist in the C&H Hog Farms controversy. First, though, let’s briefly review: You may recall that the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality scheduled no public hearings, and published no notices of application in Newton County before permitting the C&H hog factory farm in that rural county’s Buffalo National River watershed at Mount Judea.


posted: 07/27/2013 2:37 a.m.

Stand up for marriage Because of the efforts of a few to have their way at the expense of the truth, I feel compelled to stand up for marriage. I believe marriage was instituted by God when he created a wife for Adam; the Bible explicitly says that she was a woman. This understanding is confirmed by God’s command to Adam and Eve to “be fruitful and multiply.” Everyone knows that two men cannot produce offspring, nor can two women. I believe that those who say that marriage is also for those of the same sex deny the truth. Some wrongly think that they have a right to change what they did not create. Others wrongly think this can happen without dire consequence.

AMERICAN LEGION SENIOR STATE TOURNAMENT: Bentonville beats the rain, tops Russellville in first round

posted: 07/27/2013 2:34 a.m.

With the threat of more rain in the forecast, the American Legion Senior State Tournament managed to get one game in Friday before weather forced the postponement of the other three games scheduled at Cooper Park.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Sharp Minor helps depleted Braves top Cardinals

posted: 07/27/2013 2:32 a.m.

Georgia native Adam Wainwright didn’t hang his head after his first loss in five career appearances at Turner Field.

In the garden

posted: 07/27/2013 2:28 a.m.

QI have a weed I call oxalis with small pink flowers that is taking over my front beds. I have tried several bottles of an herbicide called Over the Top. It barely fazes it. I am desperate for help in getting rid of it. What can I do?

Mahan leads Canadian by 2 after bogey-free round

posted: 07/27/2013 2:28 a.m.

Hunter Mahan birdied the final three holes Friday for an 8-under 64 and a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Canadian Open.

Tools & toys

posted: 07/27/2013 2:26 a.m.

Lively What’s to love: A way to monitor the daily activities of an elderly family member, making sure he is getting up and about, taking his medications, and such. What does it do: There are no video cameras, and it is not a medical alert or emergency alarm device. Motion sensors are placed in a variety of commonly used areas of the home — near the refrigerator, front door and medicine cabinet, for example. The sensors relay the activity to the main hub, which can be viewed from a smartphone application or a customer login website. The elderly can stay comfortable in their homes and family members can see at a glance whether they are following normal routines. Lively retails for $149 plus a $19.95 monthly subscription. More information and purchase information can be found at Shark Sonic Duo What’s to love: Cleans hard floors and carpets and saves money with washable cleaning pads and refillable bottles. What does it do: The Sonic Duo system comes with removable and washable pads including ones f

Getting it straight

posted: 07/27/2013 2:25 a.m.

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

The un-alarm clock

posted: 07/27/2013 2:25 a.m.

Beep … beep … beeeeepppp … beeeeeeepppppp … BEEEEEEEPPPPPP!

Second thoughts

posted: 07/27/2013 2:25 a.m.

Money left on table is money lost The San Francisco 49ers showed Tarell Brown the money, but the cornerback left it on the table in the form of $2 million.

Off the wire

posted: 07/27/2013 2:24 a.m.

FOOTBALL Muschamp gets raise Florida has given Coach Will Muschamp a raise after an 11-victory season. Florida President Bernie Machen and Athletic Director Jeremy Foley upped Muschamp’s salary $250,000 annually, making him the seventh-highest-paid coach in the SEC.

Ask the expert

posted: 07/27/2013 2:23 a.m.

I am thinking about installing a home fire sprinkler system. What are some of the pros and cons?

State sports briefs

posted: 07/27/2013 2:23 a.m.

BASKETBALL Hawks undefeated in Las Vegas The Arkansas Hawks are undefeated at 4-0 in pool play in the FAB 48 17-under Invitational following two days of competition in Las Vegas. That included an 85-73 victory over highly regarded Mo Williams Elite of Dallas on Friday afternoon.

Personal space

posted: 07/27/2013 2:22 a.m.

Elizabeth Finch Where I live: In the Heights neighborhood of west Little Rock with my husband Brandon and daughters Mary Kate, age 6, and Emme, age 5.

China to trim industrial output

posted: 07/27/2013 2:22 a.m.

China’s government has ordered companies to close the factories of more than 1,400 companies in 19 industries where overproduction has led to price-cutting wars, a sign of the government’s determination to push ahead with an economic restructuring plan despite slowing growth.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: U.S. rejected royal baby news in 1815, not 1776

posted: 07/27/2013 2:21 a.m.

Dear Otus, Puh-leeze ! I thought we fought a war in 1776 so we wouldn’t have to put up with all this British royal claptrap.

Pension to sell apartment investment

posted: 07/27/2013 2:20 a.m.

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System on Friday approved a deal for Jim Lindsey of Fayetteville and other investors to buy back the system’s almost 50 percent interest in a group of apartment complexes in Oklahoma.

Profits rise for trucking business

posted: 07/27/2013 2:19 a.m.

P.A.M. Transportation Services Inc. on Friday reported an increase in second-quarter profit on increased revenue.


posted: 07/27/2013 2:18 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: According to the polls I’ve seen, most people still say they believe in God. But if that’s true, why do we have so much crime and addiction and so forth? God doesn’t seem to make much of a difference, does He? — W.L. DEAR W.L.: Polls certainly indicate that most people still believe in God. And yet you’re right when you say that God doesn’t seem to make much of a difference in the way they live (at least for many of them). Why is this?


posted: 07/27/2013 2:17 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll have the pleasure of dealing with a wide array of characters, and you’ll get good at relating to people who are very different from you. It will take guts to seize an August romantic opportunity, and you’re up for it. September, October and November require your diligence and sweat, but by the end of the year, you’re richer for it.

Toyota sales still parked at No. 1

posted: 07/27/2013 2:17 a.m.

Toyota shrugged off China sales woes to stay the world’s top selling automaker for the first half of this year, outpacing U.S. rival General Motors Co., which had held that spot for seven decades until 2008.


posted: 07/27/2013 2:15 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: I am fast approaching my midlife crisis and want to buy a Jeep. I have wanted one for decades, but I am very cautious and always bought autos with high reliability ratings. I don’t want to completely throw caution to the wind, so I really want to know how old of a Jeep (Wrangler/Rubicon) I can get and still have the reliability factor? — Rita RAY: Rita, Rita, Rita. You’re completely misunderstanding the whole concept of a midlife crisis.

U.S. consumer faith rises to 6-year high

posted: 07/27/2013 2:15 a.m.

Consumer confidence unexpectedly increased in July to the highest level in six years as Americans’ views of their finances improved.

Hedge fund enters innocent plea

posted: 07/27/2013 2:14 a.m.

Prosecutors said a large amount of evidence, including electronic messages, court-ordered wiretaps and consensual recordings, is stacked against a Connecticut-based hedge fund that pleaded innocent Friday to criminal charges accusing it of letting insider trading flourish for more than a decade.

Keep it clean

posted: 07/27/2013 2:14 a.m.

The Laundress Do you have fancy clothes and need a fancy product to take care of them?

Food imports must meet U.S. safety in FDA plan

posted: 07/27/2013 2:13 a.m.

Food imported into the U.S. will have to meet the same safety standards as domestic products under a government proposal that would put more responsibility for policing safety on companies and their suppliers.


posted: 07/27/2013 2:13 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Do you have a list of flowers that deer do not like? My daughter lives in the country, and the deer even tore down hanging baskets to eat the flowers.

Super Quiz: Art and culture

posted: 07/27/2013 2:12 a.m.

1. Where would you go to view the Sistine Chapel? 2. With what instrument is Antonio Stradivari most closely associated? 3. What company is associated with the guitar named Telecaster ?

HOG CALLS: Freshman RB will get what he earns

posted: 07/27/2013 2:12 a.m.

James Rouse, Madre Hill, Darren McFadden and Felix Jones share at least two bonds.

Starbucks’ foray into food lifting profits

posted: 07/27/2013 2:11 a.m.

Starbucks Corp. Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz’s push into food is starting to pay off, driving traffic into U.S. stores and lifting sales and profit.

Coco Beverage doubles warehouse size

posted: 07/27/2013 2:10 a.m.

Coco Beverage Inc. has doubled the size of its warehouse in Van Buren because of successful sales growth of the nonalcoholic beverages the company distributes, Marty Coco, president and chief executive officer of the company, said Friday.

MARKET REPORT: Gains slight ahead of Fed meeting

posted: 07/27/2013 2:10 a.m.

A mixed batch of earnings results gave investors little direction Friday as traders began looking ahead to a packed schedule next week.

Business news in brief

posted: 07/27/2013 2:09 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “What truly defines being No. 1 is an eternal pursuit for which there is never an answer.” Akio Toyoda, Toyota Motor Corp. president


posted: 07/27/2013 2:07 a.m.

June home sales up 4 percent over 2012 Home sales in Arkansas rose 4 percent in June compared with last year, the Arkansas Realtors Association said in a report released Friday.

Easy renovations aid senior citizens in staying at home

posted: 07/27/2013 2:07 a.m.

The AARP’s Amy Levner, an expert on home design options for senior citizens, joined staff writer Jura Koncius on The Washington Post’s Home Front online chat recently. Here is an edited excerpt.

Friday, July 26

State files reply in Arkansas abortion ban lawsuit

posted: 07/26/2013 4:50 p.m.

State attorneys have filed a reply in support of a motion for partial summary judgment in a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of a new Arkansas law banning most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

Police arrest suspect in rape cases

posted: 07/26/2013 4:02 p.m.

Police have arrested a man in connection with raping underage girls and think he may have more victims, according to a news release from the Rogers Police Department.

UAMS, St. Vincent end partnership talks

posted: 07/26/2013 3:17 p.m.

After several months of discussions between two Little Rock hospitals exploring the possibility of combining health-care efforts, it appears the negotiations have reached a dead end.

Ethics committee investigating GOP Rep. Bachmann

posted: 07/26/2013 11:17 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee is launching a full-tilt investigation of Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.

Owl Creek could become fifth open enrollment school in Fayetteville

posted: 07/26/2013 5 a.m.

Owl Creek School could become the Fayetteville School District’s fifth open enrollment school.

Bond Set For Missouri Man

posted: 07/26/2013 5 a.m.

Bond was set at $25,000 Thursday for a Parkville, Mo., man accused of raping a 6-year-old boy.

Smith Communications Sues Washington County Over Tower Denial

posted: 07/26/2013 5 a.m.

A communications company filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against Washington County after the Quorum Court denied a cellphone tower project east of Prairie Grove.

Board Seeks In-House Management

posted: 07/26/2013 5 a.m.

The Ozark Regional Transit Board of Directors voted 9-0 Thursday not to renew a contract with First Transit, which acted as outsourced management for the regional operation.

Lincoln School District faces payroll shortfall in August

posted: 07/26/2013 5 a.m.

The Lincoln School Board may need to borrow $400,000, or more, to meet district payroll in August.

University Of Arkansas Loses Power

posted: 07/26/2013 5 a.m.

More than two dozen University of Arkansas buildings lost power for about an hour Thursday.

Man Gets Probation, Jail In Case

posted: 07/26/2013 5 a.m.

A 19-year-old Rogers man must serve 118 days in jail and be on state-supervised probation for 10 years after pleading guilty to a series of drive-by blowdart and paintball shootings.

Springdale Man Sentenced To 15 years

posted: 07/26/2013 5 a.m.

A Springdale man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for robbing a man at gunpoint after arranging to meet him to buy some speakers. Jose Adolfo Delgado, 20, pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated robbery, a Class Y felony. The plea came an agreement attorney Sergio Barron reached with A.J. Anglin, deputy prosecutor.

Waste Proposal Sets Core Tenets

posted: 07/26/2013 5 a.m.

Reducing waste, recycling and increasing awareness were the core tenets of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality’s proposed 10-year solid waste plan presented Thursday night after the Benton County Solid Waste Management Board meeting.

Sheriff Eyes Additional Vehicles

posted: 07/26/2013 5 a.m.

A planned change in a Detroit vehicle manufacturing plant prompted Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck to approach the Quorum Court on Thursday about adding money for 10-13 new Chevrolet Tahoes to his budget for 2013.

Plastic Ignites in AERT Lowell Silo

posted: 07/26/2013 5 a.m.

Workers will dismantle a silo at Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies’s Lowell plant this morning to snuff out a fire that began smoldering a couple of weeks ago.

Local Shelters Running at Capacity

posted: 07/26/2013 5 a.m.

When the beds fill up, the cots come out at the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter.

Wilkerson Remembered For Giving Back

posted: 07/26/2013 5 a.m.

Guy Wilkerson, a Korean War veteran recognized as an outstanding citizen by Bentonville last year, died Wednesday. He was 85.

State Highway Department Partnering to Peddle Bicycling

posted: 07/26/2013 5 a.m.

Arkansas is peddling up the ranks of bicycle friendly states a year after ranking dead last in the nation a year ago, an Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department official said Thursday.

Clothes Needed For Giveaway

posted: 07/26/2013 5 a.m.

The First Baptist Church of Bentonville will host a collection drive next week for its annual clothing giveaway set for Aug. 3.

Gentry Marine Remembered

posted: 07/26/2013 5 a.m.

Many gathered at First Baptist Church on Thursday to say goodbye to Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin W. Tuttle.

Holder seeks U.S. say-so on Texas voting changes

posted: 07/26/2013 3:46 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that the Justice Department would ask a court to require Texas to get permission from the federal government before making voting changes in that state for the next decade.

Obama: GOP risks U.S. recovery

posted: 07/26/2013 3:39 a.m.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — President Barack Obama on Thursday criticized House Republicans for demanding conditions on raising the U.S. debt ceiling as he tries to shape the forthcoming congressional debate over the nation’s budget priorities.

Spain probes death train’s speed

posted: 07/26/2013 3:32 a.m.

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain — A Spanish train that hurtled off the rails and smashed into a security wall as it rounded a bend was going so fast that carriages tumbled off the tracks like dominoes, killing 80 people and maiming dozens more, according to eyewitness accounts and video footage obtained Thursday.

The world in brief

posted: 07/26/2013 3:29 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “For a native of Santiago, like me, this is the saddest day.” Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, on a train derailment near Santiago de Compostela that killed 80 and hospitalized 94

Getting it straight

posted: 07/26/2013 3:28 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 07/26/2013 3:28 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “That’s not an economic plan. That’s just being a deadbeat.” President Barack Obama on House Republicans’ demand for conditions to raise the U.S. debt ceiling

Names and faces

posted: 07/26/2013 3:27 a.m.

Jason Sudeikis, a writer and performer on Saturday Night Live for 10 years, confirmed Wednesday what had long been rumored : He will not be back on the show this fall.

In the news

posted: 07/26/2013 3:27 a.m.

Prince Harry said at a charity event in London that when he met his nephew Prince George, the new baby “was crying his eyes out, as all babies do,” and added that he hopes his brother, Prince William, knows “how expensive” an uncle’s baby-sitting services are.

Drought grows, shifts in state

posted: 07/26/2013 3:25 a.m.

The drought grew in southwest Arkansas and moved to a different spot across the northwest corner of the state this week, a report issued Thursday by the National Drought Mitigation Center indicated.

HOG FUTURES MARTRELL SPAIGHT: Transfer’s work ethic impresses

posted: 07/26/2013 3:17 a.m.

Martrell Spaight isn’t afraid of a little hard work.


posted: 07/26/2013 3:17 a.m.

TODAY FRIDAY MORNING MOVIE — “Frankenweenie,” 10 a.m., Fayetteville Public Library. Free for families.


posted: 07/26/2013 3:17 a.m.

TODAY JESSICA HORN BAND — 9:30 p.m., The Bayou, Rogers.


posted: 07/26/2013 3:17 a.m.

ST. LOUIS (EXPLORESTLOUIS.COM) IN CONCERT JULY 26 — Blake Shelton, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 800-745-3000.

Altus Celebrates Fruit Of The Vine

posted: 07/26/2013 3:17 a.m.

Grapes — or perhaps more accurately, beverages derived from them — will be celebrated this weekend in Altus.

Fast And Fresh

posted: 07/26/2013 3:17 a.m.

Diners looking for really fresh Latino food can find it at a taqueria located inside of Mi Tienda Supermarket in Springdale.

A Bigger Birthday

posted: 07/26/2013 3:17 a.m.

A90th anniversary celebration should be bigger than a 75th anniversary celebration. It’s a bigger number — and more prestigious.

The Old And The New

posted: 07/26/2013 3:17 a.m.

Michael Riha, a member of the University of Arkansas drama faculty for 21 years, is storming into his new role as department chairman with the energy of the Harley he loves to ride.

Sing This Three Times Fast

posted: 07/26/2013 3:17 a.m.

After 37 years together — not quite as long as the Rolling Stones but several decades longer than the Beatles — Trout Fishing in America is still finding new ways to make music.

‘Naturally Diverse’

posted: 07/26/2013 3:17 a.m.

While the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum was going through a transition phase, one of its most popular events was put on hold. As of January, the museum is back, and as of July 18, so is the River Valley Invitational.

Royal Rumblings

posted: 07/26/2013 3:17 a.m.

As a senior in college, it’s not easy to imagine himself as a king with dozens of royal wives and scores of royal children, Matthew Mikita admits.

Mom Suffering Depression Needs To Save Her Sanity

posted: 07/26/2013 3:17 a.m.

Dear Abby: I was a single mom for most of my teenagers’ lives. We have never been financially stable, and lately things have hit an all-time low.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Event Organizers Say Thanks To Area

posted: 07/26/2013 3:17 a.m.

All of us at NWA Events Unlimited would like to take this opportunity to appreciate all of the wonderful residents from throughout the area for supporting us in our fi fth consecutive year of placing a spotlight on the rich diversity of music and culture in Arkansas. We felt your love and appreciated your kind words of encouragement which we received on our Facebook page, Twitter feed and our all-new presence on the web at bmmcarkansas. com. We are most appreciative to our sponsors of this year’s Black Music Month Celebration, including The Coca-Cola Company, Luster Products Inc., Landers-McLarty Automotive Group, Fayetteville Visitors Bureau, Downtown Bentonville, Inc. and The Walmart Visitor’s Center. The crucial support provided by these partners was invaluable in this year’s celebration.

HOW WE SEE IT Student Needs Should Drive Site Choices

posted: 07/26/2013 3:17 a.m.

Among the many quirky things about government in Arkansas — aside from the fact the county judge isn’t really a judge and the Quorum Court isn’t really a court — is school districts often share a name with a city, but not the boundaries.

Common Core Gets A Hearing

posted: 07/26/2013 3:17 a.m.

Acouple of hundred people, including legislators who are members of the House and Senate Education committees and many who are not, gathered in a large conference room behind the Capitol Monday and Tuesday. They were there to discuss — you might even say “reconsider” — the Common Core State Standards.


posted: 07/26/2013 3:17 a.m.

Monday 5:30 p.m.


posted: 07/26/2013 3:17 a.m.

Arrests Fayetteville Arthur Williams, 28, of 2600 Linden St. in Pine Bluff was arrested Thursday in connection with felony theft of property, breaking or entering and residential burglary. He was in the Washington County Detention Center without bond Thursday. Springdale Marsha Crow, 40, of 3208-B Twin County St. was arrested Thursday in connection with felony possession of a controlled substance (1.3 grams methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor warrant for failure to pay fines and costs, improper safety equipment and driving while on a suspended driver’s license. Police said drugs were found during a search following a warrant arrest. Crow was in the Washington County Detention Center on Thursday in lieu of $2,500 bond. Washington County Sheriff’s Office Gary Adams, 22, of 27193 Farm Road 1070 in Seligman, Mo., was arrested Wednesday in connection with felony theft of property and fraudulent use of a credit card. He was in the Washington County Detention Center on $3,500 bond Thurs

SEC PREVIEW AUBURN: Malzahn moving to a faster tempo

posted: 07/26/2013 3:15 a.m.

Gus Malzahn is in a hurry to bring Auburn back to the top of the SEC.

Fischer: $125,000 rejected

posted: 07/26/2013 3:13 a.m.

A former associate of Biogenesis head Tony Bosch said he turned down a $125,000 offer from Major League Baseball for documents said to implicate players in the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

2 Arkansans near top after Round 1

posted: 07/26/2013 3:13 a.m.

Brendan Steele topped the Canadian Open leaderboard Thursday at 7-under 65, birdieing five of the first seven holes on his back nine at Glen Abbey.

ASGA JR. GIRLS MATCH PLAY: ‘Determined’ Ott wins on extra hole

posted: 07/26/2013 3:08 a.m.

Strolling off the 18th green at Eagle Hill Golf Course in Little Rock on Thursday, Casey Ott could have been dealing with several emotions.

Other days

posted: 07/26/2013 3:06 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 26, 1913 HOT SPRINGS — Everyone who attends the state fair here this fall will be able to go up 1,000 feet in a captive balloon. Geo. R. Belding, secretary of the State Fair Association, says so.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Thompson standing out in Las Vegas

posted: 07/26/2013 3:05 a.m.

Arkansas Hawks forward Trey Thompson of Forrest City has been working hard over the last year or so to transform his body, and the work is paying off.

Brady: Patriots ‘move forward’

posted: 07/26/2013 3:02 a.m.

Tom Brady was soft-spoken and thoughtful Thursday as he met with about 50 media members.

Vilma shooting for a fresh start

posted: 07/26/2013 3:01 a.m.

Although the bounty scandal is now behind Jonathan Vilma, so are nine punishing NFL seasons.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Lynn finds rhythm, helps Cardinals past Phillies

posted: 07/26/2013 3 a.m.

Lance Lynn allowed one run over seven innings and the St. Louis Cardinals scored three times in the third in a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.

A-Rod keeps angering Yankees

posted: 07/26/2013 3 a.m.

Alex Rodriguez’s already strained relationship with the New York Yankees hit another low when he pushed to be activated from the disabled list Friday, the team refused and he had a lawyer join the discussion of his injury rehabilitation.

Braves moving on without Hudson

posted: 07/26/2013 2:59 a.m.

Tim Hudson is out for the season with a broken right ankle, leaving the Atlanta Braves without the leader of their pitching staff as they make a push for the pennant.

EDITORIALS: A little respect, please

posted: 07/26/2013 2:57 a.m.

IT WOULD be nice if the commission in charge of overseeing public defenders in state courts would show a little more respect for state law, maybe a lot more.

Razorbacks report: UA adds ‘wow’ to its pitch

posted: 07/26/2013 2:56 a.m.

Arkansas’ new football center made a splashy debut last weekend, entertaining returning players who took pictures lounging in the spacious lockers and impressing prospects visiting the campus.

COLUMNISTS: The royal treatment

posted: 07/26/2013 2:54 a.m.

This was not the first time the world has waited in giddy anticipation for the birth of a prince or princess. I know because I’ve had one of each.

Tigers staff heavy on Arkansas ties

posted: 07/26/2013 2:53 a.m.

Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn said he believes he put together one of the country’s top coaching staffs. “On most college staffs, you have good coaches, good recruiters,” Malzahn said at SEC Media Days.


posted: 07/26/2013 2:51 a.m.

Blytheville’s Will Camp threw only 77 pitches in nine innings, allowing just two hits to help lead the Casons to a 7-1 victory over Rogers Optimists on Thursday afternoon in the opening game of the American Legion Senior State Tournament at Cooper Park.

Maumelle Classic draws record field from 9 states

posted: 07/26/2013 2:50 a.m.

People are taking notice of the Maumelle Classic.

Hang up the harpoons

posted: 07/26/2013 2:49 a.m.

Few environmental conflicts are as fraught and intractable as whaling.


posted: 07/26/2013 2:48 a.m.

COLTS Suspended TE cut INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts cut tight end Weslye Saunders on Thursday, one week after he was suspended by the NFL for eight games for violating the performance enhancing drugs policy.

Next time, follow the law

posted: 07/26/2013 2:45 a.m.

YOU’D BE forgiven if you’d assumed the chairman of the state’s Public Defender Commission was a lawyer.

Guest writer: Rethink our schools

posted: 07/26/2013 2:42 a.m.

Arkansas’ Constitution guarantees free and equal access to education for all Arkansas students. However, when it comes to access to quality facilities and resources, the state is far from delivering on that guarantee.

Second thoughts

posted: 07/26/2013 2:40 a.m.

All marriages go through rough patches For the first time ever, Oklahoma State’s football team has been picked as the preseason favorite to win the Big 12 championship.

Off the wire

posted: 07/26/2013 2:37 a.m.

FOOTBALL Georgia OL cleared to play Georgia received an important boost for 2013 on Thursday when offensive lineman Kolton Houston finally won his long battle for eligibility.

Teachable opportunity

posted: 07/26/2013 2:37 a.m.

It’s laudable that Gov. Mike Beebe has created a task force to reckon with the state’s digital-learning policies.

State sports briefs

posted: 07/26/2013 2:35 a.m.

FOOTBALL Former Hogs running back dies Geno Mazzanti Jr., Arkansas’ leading rusher in 1949, died Wednesday at age 84 at Washington Care Center in Greenville, Miss.


posted: 07/26/2013 2:35 a.m.

The loss was colossal In March of 1965, I left my studies at Hendrix to join Dr. Martin Luther King’s protest march outside Selma.


posted: 07/26/2013 2:33 a.m.

Much of the reason Wolverine has become everyone’s favorite Canadian mutant is because, despite his origins in the Marvel Universe, he doesn’t act much like a superhero.

England man dies 6 days after wreck

posted: 07/26/2013 2:26 a.m.

An England man died last Friday, six days after a one-vehicle accident in Jefferson County, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality report released Tuesday.


posted: 07/26/2013 2:25 a.m.

State sets $300,000 to stake biotech firm The Arkansas Science and Technology Authority will invest $300,000 in a Fayetteville-based biotechnology firm over the next two years, the authority said.

State, county, tribe will talk

posted: 07/26/2013 2:23 a.m.

Officials from Mississippi County and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and other agencies will have a meeting in Osceola with representatives from the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma on Wednesday in an attempt to reach an accord over what to do about an Indian site where the $1.1 billion Big River Steel mill will be built.

REVIEW: The Way, Way Back

posted: 07/26/2013 2:20 a.m.

For a lot of people, summer vacations are less a relief and more a scenic version of a prison sentence. Duncan (Liam James) is an introverted lad who’s still smarting from his parents’ divorce.

GM sees quarter’s earnings dip 16%

posted: 07/26/2013 2:19 a.m.

DETROIT — Just as General Motors is getting a handle on its troubles in Europe, the automaker faces a new challenge in another part of the globe.


posted: 07/26/2013 2:16 a.m.

The Ice Storm (1997) directed by Ang Lee (R, 112 minutes) Ang Lee’s 1997 drama The Ice Storm (now available on Blu-ray ) is, in my opinion, the director’s finest work in an impressive filmography that includes Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi, Sense and Sensibility and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Conjuring takes possession of No. 1 spot

posted: 07/26/2013 2:15 a.m.

The Conjuring, a demonic possession tale from Time Warner Inc.’s New Line Cinema, opened as the top film in U.S. and Canadian theaters over the weekend, collecting $41.8 million in ticket sales.

Auto-plant hiatuses bump jobless claims to 343,000 for week

posted: 07/26/2013 2:15 a.m.

WASHINGTON — More Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week as annual auto-plant shutdowns continued to affect data.

Film clips

posted: 07/26/2013 2:12 a.m.

At area theaters 68 AFTER EARTH, PG-13 A teenager (Jaden Smith) embarks on a perilous journey to get help to his critically injured father (Will Smith) after a crash landing strands them on Earth. (100 minutes)

Kiplinger’s: LR No. 1 place to live

posted: 07/26/2013 2:12 a.m.

Light traffic, scenic river trails, the annual Riverfest celebration and mild winters helped Little Rock earn the top spot on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s “10 Great Places to Live.”

Fuel savings help 2 airlines top analysts’ profit forecasts

posted: 07/26/2013 2:07 a.m.

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines is getting a small break at the fuel pump, and that’s helping it to slightly beat Wall Street expectations for profit.


posted: 07/26/2013 2:03 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) Fill the Void, PG When the daughter of a well-to-do rabbi dies in childbirth, the mother pressures her younger daughter to marry her late sister’s husband. Subtitled.

Business news in brief

posted: 07/26/2013 2:03 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s a big win for 21c. It’s a big win for Bentonville. It’s a big win for Northwest Arkansas.” Godwin-Charles Ogbeide, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville associate professor of hospitality management on the 21c Museum Hotel’s designation by TripAdvisor as one of the 10 quirkiest hotels in the nation


posted: 07/26/2013 2:02 a.m.

New this week Apartment 1303 R What looks like a great deal on a high-rise apartment in downtown Detroit turns out to be too good to true.

MARKET REPORT: Energy, chemical firms lift stocks

posted: 07/26/2013 2 a.m.

NEW YORK — Higher earnings from energy and chemical companies nudged the stock market up Thursday.

FCC 4-Ball Attracts Huge Field

posted: 07/26/2013 2 a.m.

An amateur golf tournament, nestled right here in the Ozarks, with a unique format has developed into one of the gems in the entire region.

Healthy Dillon Running Well Again

posted: 07/26/2013 2 a.m.

What a difference a month has made for Amanda Dillon.

Wildcats Sign Baseball Scholarships

posted: 07/26/2013 2 a.m.

A pair of Springdale Har-Ber baseball players signed national letters of intent on Thursday to extend their careers to the collegiate level.


posted: 07/26/2013 1:59 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your cosmic birthday gift is a dilemma that makes you smile. This high-quality problem shows just how far you’ve come.


posted: 07/26/2013 1:58 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: My husband was a mechanic, and he has a lot of tools. He is now retired. I am going through his tools, and a lot of them have rust on them. I would like to clean them up. Can you help me?

Earnings report

posted: 07/26/2013 1:58 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Thursday included: 3M Co., the maker of items from car fuel-system cleaners to dental braces, a profit of $1.2 billion, or $1.71 a share, up from $1.17 billion, or $1.66, a year ago.


posted: 07/26/2013 1:58 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I know people say God’s way is best for us, but I don’t believe it. I think I’m the only one who knows what’s best for me — not some vague, distant spirit who doesn’t care what happens to us. Why bother with God? — Z.D.

Super Quiz: Types of houses

posted: 07/26/2013 1:57 a.m.

1. A small model of a house used as a toy by children 2. A social event in which hospitality is extended to all 3. A poker hand with three of a kind and a pair 4. A communal dwelling of the Iroquois and other North American Indian people

Toronto heads in new directions

posted: 07/26/2013 1:52 a.m.

When the Toronto International Film Festival announced its high-profile premieres on Tuesday, the lineup was filled with the expected prestige pictures — an adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning work starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), a 19th-century race drama from the British artist and director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave).

Screen Gems

posted: 07/26/2013 1:52 a.m.

In many ways Fayetteville rivals Little Rock as a thriving cultural center in Arkansas. The amount of film projects happening in Northwest Arkansas is staggering. Festivals like the Seedling Film Association’s Offshoot Film Fest in the fall and its sister fest, the 4320 Film Challenge in downtown Bentonville, only help bolster the output in the growing college town.

REVIEW: Much Ado About Nothing

posted: 07/26/2013 1:52 a.m.

Much Ado About Nothing 80 Cast: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Fran Kranz, Reed Diamond, Jillian Morgese Director: Joss Whedon Rating: PG-13, for sensuality Running time: 106 minutes Shakespeare’s film career hit its pinnacle in the early 1990s when Kenneth Branagh directed superlative adaptations of some of his plays, including Henry V, Hamlet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, As You Like It and Much Ado About Nothing.

The Wolverine travels to new turf

posted: 07/26/2013 1:52 a.m.

With films such as Cop Land, 3:10 to Yuma and Walk the Line, director James Mangold has delivered gritty portraits of flawed heroes struggling to overcome their baser natures.

Amazon posts $7 million loss in quarter

posted: 07/26/2013 1:52 a.m. Inc. on Thursday reported a surprise net loss as the world’s largest online retailer continued to pump money into warehouses and digital content to fuel sales growth at the expense of profits.


posted: 07/26/2013 1:52 a.m.

BASEBALL Major League Baseball MLB—Suspended Pittsburgh minor league RHP Delvin Hiciano (DSL Pirates) 50 games after for testing positive for metabolites of stanozolol. Suspended Arizona minor league RHP Eric Smith (Mobile-SL ) 50 games after a second violation for a drug of abuse. American League HOUSTON ASTROS—Signed SS Wilson Amador. KANSAS CITY ROYALS—Announced interim hitting coach George Brett will return to his position as vice president of baseball operations. LOS ANGELES ANGELS—Acquired OF Julio Concepcion and RHP Andres Perez from the New York Mets for an international signing bonus allotment slot. Assigned Concepcion to Orem (Pioneer) and Perez to the AZL Angels. National League ATLANTA BRAVES—Placed RHP Tim Hudson on the 15-day DL. Recalled LHP Alex Wood from Gwinnett (IL). MIAMI MARLINS—Placed OF Marcell Ozuna on the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 23. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES—Released RHP Carlos Zambrano. Placed OF Domonic Brown on the 7-day DL. Recalled OF Steve Susdorf from Lehigh Valley (IL). ST.

Bolt says recent drug scandals a setback for track and field

posted: 07/26/2013 1:52 a.m.

Usain Bolt believes the recent doping scandals in sprinting hurt the sport and insists he’s running clean.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Naturals pitchers shut down Cardinals

posted: 07/26/2013 1:52 a.m.

Kyle Zimmer didn’t need much help Thursday night.

This date in baseball

posted: 07/26/2013 1:52 a.m.

1928 — Bob Meusel of the New York Yankees hit for the cycle for the third time in his career. The Yankees scored 11 runs in the top of the 12th to beat the Detroit Tigers, 12-1, in 12 innings. 1939 — The New York Yankees tied a major league record by scoring in every inning against the St. Louis Browns. Bill Dickey hit three home runs in the 14-1 win. 1962 — Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves set the National League record for home runs by a pitcher when he hit his 31st off New York’s Craig Anderson.

Chiefs don’t care to relive last year

posted: 07/26/2013 1:52 a.m.

Eric Berry didn’t even allow a question about last season to be asked before cutting off the inquiring mind. There was no way he was going to relive that nightmare.


posted: 07/26/2013 1:52 a.m.

Wally Hall’s column does not appear today.

Guide to the Editorial Page

posted: 07/26/2013 1:52 a.m.

Only the editorials express the opinion of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. They almost always appear on the left side of the editorial page. The editorial writing staff includes Paul Greenberg and David Barham. The columnists—local and syndicated—express only their own opinions, as do the cartoonists whose work appears on this page.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 07/26/2013 1:52 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “By crossing the state line into Missouri, Route Alternative 109 avoids the necessity of taking any homes or businesses.” Brian A. Johnson


posted: 07/26/2013 1:52 a.m.

Virginia Johnson, the Missouri farm girl who helped redefine the understanding of human sexuality as half of the husband-wife team whose taboo sex studies in the 1960s turned them into worldwide celebrities and best-selling authors, has died. She was 88.

The state/region in brief

posted: 07/26/2013 1:52 a.m.

Woman, 83, dies from crash injuries An 83-year-old Siloam Springs woman involved in an accident Sunday has died in a Joplin, Mo., hospital, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report released Tuesday evening.

Hot Springs bathhouses, Medicine Center for lease

posted: 07/26/2013 1:52 a.m.

The Maurice and Hale bathhouses and the Libbey Memorial Physical Medicine Center will again be offered for long-term lease.

Man’s trek by mule ends in Ozark crash

posted: 07/26/2013 1:52 a.m.

A Michigan man traveling halfway across the country in a mule-pulled buggy was injured Wednesday night when a pickup struck the buggy in Ozark, killing both of the draft animals.

U.S. court dismisses appeal of choice act

posted: 07/26/2013 1:52 a.m.

A federal appeals court Thursday tossed out appeals of a lower court’s decision to throw out the Arkansas Public School Choice Act of 1989, calling the challenges moot because the state Legistlature has since repealed and replaced the law.

UA unit’s budget set at ’13’s outlays

posted: 07/26/2013 1:52 a.m.

Administrators at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville said Thursday they’ve balanced the fiscal 2013 budget for the deficit-troubled Advancement Division, ending with $13.37 million in expenditures, and have approved a similar amount for the fiscal 2014 budget, which began July 1.

State: Illness similar to U.S. cases

posted: 07/26/2013 1:52 a.m.

Arkansas health officials said Thursday that they are investigating a case of stomach illness possibly linked to a national outbreak reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Line path needs Missouri OK

posted: 07/26/2013 1:52 a.m.

Representatives of the Missouri Public Service Commission said Thursday that they were unaware of a proposal by Southwestern Electric Power Co. to build part of a high-voltage transmission line in the southwest corner of the state.

County judge hit with lawsuit

posted: 07/26/2013 1:52 a.m.

Former Sebastian County Circuit Clerk Ken Blevins has filed a civil suit in Circuit Court against County Judge David Hudson, accusing him of sabotaging his administration and running him out of office.

Two U.S. senators press tax-revamp terms

posted: 07/26/2013 1:52 a.m.

The top Democrats in the Senate said a rewrite of the U.S. tax code should raise significant revenue, making it harder for Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus to postpone a politically explosive issue.

Prosecutors say GI leaker abused his country’s trust

posted: 07/26/2013 1:52 a.m.

U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning betrayed his country’s trust and spilled government secrets to make a name for himself, and he knew the material would be seen by al-Qaida, including former leader Osama bin Laden, prosecutors said Thursday in closing arguments.

Syrian war death toll tops 100,000, U.N. reports

posted: 07/26/2013 1:51 a.m.

The number of dead in Syria’s civil war has passed 100,000, the United Nations chief said Thursday, calling for urgent talks on ending 2½ years of violence even as President Bashar Assad’s government blasted the United States as an unsuitable peace broker.

Bulgarians name bombing suspects

posted: 07/26/2013 1:51 a.m.

Bulgarian authorities distributed Thursday the names and images of two wanted suspects involved in a bomb attack that killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver last year.

Fire out at natural gas well in Gulf of Mexico

posted: 07/26/2013 1:51 a.m.

A drilling rig that caught fire after a natural-gas blowout in the Gulf of Mexico appears stable now that the fire is out, and there was no sign of any oil sheen on a flyover Thursday morning, a rig company executive said.

Hedge fund SAC faces fraud counts

posted: 07/26/2013 12:51 a.m.

SAC Capital Advisors LP, the $14 billion hedge fund founded by Steven Cohen, was indicted Thursday on accusations that it perpetrated what prosecutors called an unprecedented insider-trading scheme.

State studying options to soothe health centers’ Medicaid fretting

posted: 07/26/2013 12:49 a.m.

The director of the state Department of Human Services said Thursday that it is exploring options to help the state’s community health centers, which contend that they will take a financial hit when the state’s Medicaid program is expanded next year.

Parole Board axes policy letting absconders slide

posted: 07/26/2013 12:48 a.m.

The state Board of Parole on Thursday rescinded a policy that for six years allowed parolees to successfully complete their terms even if they stopped reporting to their parole officers.

Exxon decides housing costs dry up Sept. 1

posted: 07/26/2013 12:46 a.m.

Exxon Mobil will quit paying temporary housing costs as of Sept. 1 for residents of 17 of the 22 evacuated homes in a Mayflower subdivision where a pipeline ruptured March 29 and spilled thousands of gallons of heavy crude oil, even though the company has not completed the purchase of any of the houses it offered to buy.

Arkansas coach is who he is, like it or not

posted: 07/26/2013 12:19 a.m.

Bret Bielema can be funny sometimes without intending to be.

Bentonville hotel on quirky list

posted: 07/26/2013 12:17 a.m.

BENTONVILLE — Guests of the 21c Museum Hotel are treated to a sculpture of a pudgy Batman swooping over folks working out in the establishment’s gym, paintings and sculptures of odd animal hybrids, and even hundreds of pieces of paper seemingly frozen in time — looking as if they were tossed into the air by a sudden gust of wind.

Thursday, July 25

Arkansas man says machete was intended to scare

posted: 07/25/2013 4:19 p.m.

FORT SMITH — A Fort Smith man accused of killing two men with a machete told police in a videotaped interview he wanted only to scare the pair last month.

UPDATE: Power restored at UA

updated: 07/25/2013 1:06 p.m.

University of Arkansas Spokesman Steve Voorhies said 14 buildings on campus are without power.

UPDATE: Firefighters back at AERT facility

updated: 07/25/2013 4:07 p.m.

After apparently extinguishing a fire earlier today at AERT's Lowell facility, firefighters are back at the plant spraying down another silo. It is unclear if there's a fire in the silo or if the firefighters are trying to cool the silo.

Senate OKs student-loan bill by 81-18

posted: 07/25/2013 5:34 a.m.

Borrowing for tuition, housing and books would be less expensive for college students and their parents this fall but the costs could soon start climbing under a bill the Senate passed overwhelmingly Wednesday.

On Hill, 300 seek ‘God-given dignity’ for aliens

posted: 07/25/2013 5:25 a.m.

More than 300 evangelical leaders, including two pastors from Arkansas, pressed lawmakers Wednesday on Capitol Hill to pass immigration legislation based on what they said were the tenets of Christianity.

The world in brief

posted: 07/25/2013 5:08 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’m a royalist. I love the royal family. I came unannounced.” Tony Appleton, a town crier from Romford, England, acknowledging that he had no official royal role when he marked the birth of the new prince by belting out an old-timey proclamation while dressed in costume outside St. Mary’s Hospital in London.

The nation in brief

posted: 07/25/2013 5:07 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Don’t let anyone tell you that this is bad deal for students. This is not a bad deal for students. If we don’t pass this, students will pay 6.8 percent on their loans. With this bill, they’ll pay 3.86 percent. You tell me which is the better deal.” Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, on a bill passed by the Senate linking federal student loan rates to the financial markets

Names and faces

posted: 07/25/2013 5:06 a.m.

Israeli film officials said Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman will direct her first feature film, based on an autobiographical novel by celebrated Israeli writer Amos Oz.

In the news

posted: 07/25/2013 5:06 a.m.

George H.W. Bush, 89, the former president, shaved his head to show solidarity for a Secret Service agent’s 2-year-old son, identified only as Patrick, who is undergoing treatment for leukemia.

Benton County Firefighters Battle House Fires

posted: 07/25/2013 5 a.m.

Firefighters battled three abandoned house fires over the last two days.

Ozark Branding Helps Fayettechill Grow

posted: 07/25/2013 5 a.m.

Fayettechill may be a clothing line, but the brand is about promoting the outdoor and laid-back Ozark lifestyle, said Mo Elliott, company founder and president.

Council OKs New Court Funding Formula

posted: 07/25/2013 5 a.m.

Benton County mayors agreed Wednesday to divide the cost of district court judges among the cities according to population and case load.

Seeing History Through Art

posted: 07/25/2013 5 a.m.

Teachers take field trips, too. A group of about 50 Advanced Placement history teachers toured the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on Wednesday seeking inspiration on how best to incorporate art into lesson plans.

Barbecue To Benefit Rogers Soccer Team

posted: 07/25/2013 5 a.m.

The Lady Mountie soccer team will receive the proceeds of a Saturday chicken barbecue.

Downtown Historic District May Expand

posted: 07/25/2013 5 a.m.

Historic District commissioners hope to get City Council approval to expand the downtown district to match boundary lines drawn by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

COMMENTARY: Hunter Draws Last-Minute Elk Permit

posted: 07/25/2013 5 a.m.

If there was a photo finish in the quest for an Arkansas elk hunting permit, Chuck Gerhardt would be smiling big in the picture.

Holly, Davis Cases Rescheduled

posted: 07/25/2013 5 a.m.

Court appearances scheduled today for two Bentonville men in separate murder cases were reset Wednesday to next month.

I-540 Widening On Tap

posted: 07/25/2013 5 a.m.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department on Wednesday announced its schedule for more than 30 state projects that will use a half-cent sales tax Arkansas voters approved in November.

Fayetteville Police Step Up Enforcement

posted: 07/25/2013 5 a.m.

Police officers will increase traffic monitoring today in construction areas as part of a program to reduce accidents on College Avenue between Joyce Boulevard and Millsap Road and along North Garland Avenue.

Complete Creek

posted: 07/25/2013 5 a.m.

Ozark streams that paddlers dream about have a steady flow of clear, clean water and a quiet shoreline of deep green forest.

Lightning Strike Sparks Bentonville House Fire

posted: 07/25/2013 5 a.m.

A lightning strike sparked a fire at a home at 1508 N.E. Benjamin Greens in the Allencroft subdivision early Wednesday, a fire official said.

Springdale Man Accused Of Rape

posted: 07/25/2013 5 a.m.

A man was arrested Tuesday in connection with having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

Planners Approve Criteria to Prioritize Transportation Projects

posted: 07/25/2013 5 a.m.

Regional planners took steps Wednesday to make sure projects throughout the region will be lined up for federal money the region will receive in 2014.

Environmental Efforts To Continue Despite Federal Money Cuts

posted: 07/25/2013 5 a.m.

The Boston Mountain Solid Waste District will continue to employ an environmental educator working with school districts, counties and municipalities after money for a federally funded program goes away.

Burn bans lifted in all but 10 counties

posted: 07/25/2013 4:36 a.m.

Burn bans remained in effect in 10 Arkansas counties Wednesday after this week’s rains alleviated some of the dry conditions that prompted a flurry of the bans issued earlier this month, according to the Arkansas Forestry Commission’s website.

$16.6 million bid wins I-540 project

posted: 07/25/2013 4:27 a.m.

Another section of Interstate 540 in Washington County will be widened under a $16.6 million contract the state Highway Commission awarded Wednesday.

Other days

posted: 07/25/2013 4:19 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 25, 1913 That the “blue sky” law rapidly is gaining the respect of promoters in all branches of the state’s industry was evidenced by a letter received yesterday by J.J. Beavers, clerk of the department in the office of the auditor of state, from James Gould, attorney and real estate dealer of Pine Bluff.

EDITORIALS: Your tax dollars at work

posted: 07/25/2013 4:17 a.m.

“What the hell were they thinking?” —An American Army general in Afghanistan FOR TWO Sundays in a row, the in-depth feature on page 3A of Arkansas’ Newspaper has been about Afghanistan.

COLUMNISTS: Tell Vlad ‘nyet’

posted: 07/25/2013 4:14 a.m.

In the latest political show trial in Moscow, Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption activist and charismatic opposition leader, was sentenced to five years in jail for corruption.

OTHERS SAY: Good news in Washington?

posted: 07/25/2013 4:12 a.m.

In what passes for good news on Capitol Hill, a bitterly divided Congress finally took a step toward undoing the dysfunctional marriage of convenience between food stamps and farm subsidies.

Leave the Olympics out of it

posted: 07/25/2013 4:11 a.m.

From the day I first met Jimmy Carter, at a time when no one thought the Southern governor had a chance to become president, I admired him.

Guest writer: Forge a new path

posted: 07/25/2013 4:10 a.m.

Higher education in the U.S. is facing a number of complex and inter-related issues that can only be effectively addressed by all stakeholders (students, government, parents, financial institutions, educators and administrators) working together for the common good of again having the most effective higher-education system in the world.

Making the case on Ross

posted: 07/25/2013 4:08 a.m.

You likely will be hearing more than you’ll want to hear between now and November 2014 about Mike Ross’ votes on Obamacare as a Blue Dog Democratic member of Congress in 2009 and 2010.


posted: 07/25/2013 4:07 a.m.

Does not serve pupils Arkansas public schools need to get behind teaching foreign languages. In the future, all qualifications being equal between two applicants for a job where one is fluent in a foreign language and one is not, which one do you really think will get the job?

111TH WESTERN AMATEUR: Rough and ready: Alotian Club will provide test for best

posted: 07/25/2013 4:06 a.m.

The Alotian Club may be ranked among the 100 greatest golf courses in America, but don’t be surprised if it’s a little rough around the edges for next week’s Western Amateur tournament.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Fantastic finish tops strong start

posted: 07/25/2013 4:02 a.m.

Aaron Brooks had a hard act to follow, but the Northwest Arkansas Naturals’ starter did his best.

SEC PREVIEW GEORGIA: Close isn’t enough to satisfy Bulldogs

posted: 07/25/2013 4 a.m.

Georgia must prove it can move beyond the final few seconds of a showdown from last season if it wants to knock on the door of the Bowl Championship Series again in 2013.

COMMENTARY: Reading For Pleasure Important

posted: 07/25/2013 4 a.m.

The counselor and I were chatting about favorite books as her young charges at the Rogers Activity Center’s Summer Day Camp checked out the volumes they could take home.

COMMENTARY: Confessions Of A Styrofoam Addict

posted: 07/25/2013 4 a.m.

They say confession is good for the soul, so I’ve decided it’s time to put mine up on the rack and do a little repair work.

COMMENTARY: Sustainability Provides Teachable Moments

posted: 07/25/2013 4 a.m.

Veteran educators know if their actions don’t match their words, students will catch on quickly and point out the discrepancy. You have to be consistent in what you say and do and lead by example.

THE POORE PAGE: Adding To An Already Great Staff

posted: 07/25/2013 4 a.m.

It seems like once July 4 is over we all start to think about the start of another school year.

HOW WE SEE IT: Supporters Of ONSC Save The Day

posted: 07/25/2013 4 a.m.

Congratulations to Ken Ewing, founder of the Ozark Natural Science Center, and the organization’s supporters for raising nearly $1 million in less than six months to ensure its future.

Coaches: Hartford loved ball

posted: 07/25/2013 3:56 a.m.

Lydell Hartford Jr. might not have played a down at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, but he’ll be remembered by high school and college coaches as a player who never grew bitter despite his lack of playing time and backup role.

A-Rod in sights of drug inquest

posted: 07/25/2013 3:56 a.m.

Alex Rodriguez certainly leads the New York Yankees in headlines this season even though he hasn’t played a single major league game.

COMMENTARY: Lightweight penalties no deterrent

posted: 07/25/2013 3:54 a.m.

To some, Bud Selig now resembles John Wayne’s eye patched Rooster Cogburn in “True Grit,” mercilessly hunting down the lawless. But this impression of impassioned heroism in baseball’s fight against performance-enhancing drugs is as fraudulent as Ryan Braun’s mea culpa.

Early hits sting Buckeyes coach

posted: 07/25/2013 3:54 a.m.

Urban Meyer was hailed as a savior when he agreed to take over Ohio State in the wake of the tattoo scandal that sullied the program. That support became even more frenzied when he coached the Buckeyes to a 12-0 record in his first season.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Westbrook, fired-up Cardinals swamp Phillies

posted: 07/25/2013 3:53 a.m.

Jake Westbrook pitched seven solid innings and contributed offensively with his second career steal, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to an 11-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

Fishing this week

posted: 07/25/2013 3:52 a.m.

HOT SPOTS ARKANSAS RIVER (MORRILTON) Catfishing is good early and late around creek mouths and wherever there are deep drops.

Fears prompt Knaus victories

posted: 07/25/2013 3:50 a.m.

Chad Knaus, with five championships and 62 victories as Jimmie Johnson’s crew chief, always appears unflappable at the race track.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Zen and the art of fishing simply

posted: 07/25/2013 3:49 a.m.

Fishing has many faces, but they all express joy.

Dillon just keeps on truckin’ in dirt

posted: 07/25/2013 3:47 a.m.

Austin Dillon left the rest of the field in his dust to win NASCAR’s return to dirt racing in the Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway.


posted: 07/25/2013 3:44 a.m.

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Second thoughts

posted: 07/25/2013 3:42 a.m.

Caveman clobbered from sky It was a most unusual error on a baseball field.

Off the wire

posted: 07/25/2013 3:40 a.m.

BASKETBALL Fisher re-signs with Thunder The Oklahoma City Thunder re-signed guard Derek Fisher on Wednesday.

State sports briefs

posted: 07/25/2013 3:38 a.m.

FOOTBALL Arkansas kickoff luncheon set The Arkansas athletic department will hold its fifth Arkansas Razorback football kickoff luncheon at noon Aug. 23 at the NWA Convention Center in Springdale.

New-home sales soar to 5-year high

posted: 07/25/2013 3:34 a.m.

Americans snapped up new homes in June at the fastest pace in five years, a sign the housing recovery is strengthening, analysts said Wednesday.

Naturals Finish Strong

posted: 07/25/2013 3:30 a.m.

Brian Fletcher made sure a record-setting performance at the plate didn’t go to waste.

Lifeway Hires Former Champion

posted: 07/25/2013 3:30 a.m.

One of the smallest girls high school basketball teams in Northwest Arkansas has landed a big name coach.

Election to settle rezoning for store

posted: 07/25/2013 3:29 a.m.

Russellville voters will decide in a special election Aug. 13 whether to uphold a zoning decision that permits a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market to be built along the city’s bustling West Main Street. Early voting starts Aug. 6.

Boeing plight no drag on profit

posted: 07/25/2013 3:28 a.m.

Boeing’s recent problems with its 787 Dreamliner have made headlines, but they haven’t hurt profits.

Dell’s founder, allies increase bid by 10¢ a share, put off vote

posted: 07/25/2013 3:27 a.m.

A group led by Dell’s founder raised its offer for the struggling computer maker Wednesday in hopes of attracting more shareholder support for its plan to take the company private.

Caterpillar quarterly profit off 43%

posted: 07/25/2013 3:26 a.m.

Second-quarter earnings at Caterpillar fell 43 percent as dealers cut inventories more than the company expected. The world’s largest maker of construction and mining equipment cut its profit and revenue outlook for the year.

Ford profit up 19% as sales set record in North America

posted: 07/25/2013 3:24 a.m.

Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday that its net income rose 19 percent in the second quarter, to $1.2 billion, as it reported record sales in North America and Asia and stanched losses in Europe.

Ford set to hire 3,000 for white-collar jobs

posted: 07/25/2013 3:23 a.m.

Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday that it will hire 3,000 salaried employees this year, 800 more than originally planned, as it moves to fill positions in engineering and other technical areas.

MARKET REPORT: Sluggish Caterpillar sinks market

posted: 07/25/2013 3:22 a.m.

A gloomy outlook from Caterpillar, the world’s largest construction equipment company, tugged the stock market lower Wednesday.

Earnings report

posted: 07/25/2013 3:21 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Wednesday included: AT&T Inc., the largest U.S. phone company, a profit of $3.82 billion, or 71 cents a share, down from $3.9 billion, or 66 cents, a year ago.

Business news in brief

posted: 07/25/2013 3:21 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There’s an awful lot of headroom for more gains in new-home sales once the job market recovers more fully.” Jonathan Basile, Credit Suisse economist


posted: 07/25/2013 3:17 a.m.

Deltic’s 2nd-quarter profit: $11.2 million Deltic Timber Corp. on Wednesday reported net income of $11.2 million for its second quarter, up from the $3.5 million reported in the same quarter a year ago.

RECORDS: July 25th

posted: 07/25/2013 3 a.m.

Arrests Benton County Sheriff’s Office • Michael Huston, 34, of 18407 Charles St. in Garfield was arrested Wednesday in connection with driving while intoxicated fourth offense and no driver’s license. Huston was being held Wednesday in the Benton County Jail with no bond set.

THE TV COLUMN: Treehouse Masters tackles special-needs design

posted: 07/25/2013 2:57 a.m.

Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters is my new favorite program.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Boyfriend’s actions speak loud and clear; can she hear?

posted: 07/25/2013 2:42 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My boyfriend and I are in our early 30s and have been in a serious relationship for two years.


posted: 07/25/2013 2:40 a.m.

Happy birthday. A loving person will strongly influence decisions over the next 10 weeks. New associations will shape your professional choices in August.


posted: 07/25/2013 2:39 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I just had the frightening experience of needing to evacuate my home because of a fast-moving brush fire.


posted: 07/25/2013 2:38 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I don’t go to church very often, but this year I happened to go on what they called “Pentecost Sunday” and they spoke a lot about the Holy Spirit. To be honest, I didn’t understand what they were talking about.

Super Quiz: Caves (real or fictional)

posted: 07/25/2013 2:33 a.m.

1.This famous sea cave is on the coast of the island of Capri. 2. In this story, Tom and Becky get lost in McDougal’s Cave. 3. This cave in Kentucky claims to be the world’s longest cave system. 4. Ali Baba used these words to enter a secret cave.

Reality-based films seem to be on cusp of revival

posted: 07/25/2013 2:28 a.m.

Capt. Richard Phillips was bobbing in a boat full of Somali pirates on the Indian Ocean four years ago when Hollywood recognized an Oscar moment.

No fear of falling

posted: 07/25/2013 2:28 a.m.

You can’t let a pretty piece of wood overwhelm you,” sculptor Robyn Horn warns. Unlike artists who look for the shapes hidden in stone, Horn forms her ideas first, then looks for the piece of wood that fits.

AUGUST: Dig, dance, dive

posted: 07/25/2013 2:28 a.m.

BEAT THE HEAT LUNCHEON KENDRICK FINCHER HYDRATION FOUNDATION 1 11:30 a.m. — The Kendrick Fincher Hydration Foundation will host the Beat the Heat luncheon at the Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary’s in Rogers. Ken Hatfield, former Arkansas Razorbacks head football coach, will deliver the keynote address.

People & Places

posted: 07/25/2013 2:28 a.m.

Miller becomes Eagle Scout Aaron Randall Miller, 15, of Rogers recently became an Eagle Scout.

NFL training camp report

posted: 07/25/2013 2:28 a.m.

Bryant on track for Dallas OXNARD, Calif. — Dez Bryant moves from one set of autograph-seekers to another, fans screaming his name while he signs footballs and jerseys — and a baby.

Art school to add metal studios

posted: 07/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

A cleared, flattened stretch of land on a forested hilltop is ready for construction of a new “heavy metal” studio for the Eureka Springs School of the Arts.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 07/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “If I were handicapping it, I’d say that provided another individual of great credentials surfaces — and I believe there will be one — I will be very content running for re-election and doing what I’m doing.” U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., on speculation he will run for U.S. Senate in 2014

UA board of trustees notebook

posted: 07/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

Historic law office is donated to UAM The University of Arkansas at Monticello has accepted the donation of a former law office that is on the National Register of Historic Places.

UA Tops $100 Million In Fundraising For 3rd Straight Year

posted: 07/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville topped $100 million in fundraising support for the third straight fiscal year, it announced Wednesday, producing $108.4 million in new gifts and pledges between July 1, 2012, and June 30.

Capitol event honors vets of Korean War

posted: 07/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

Holding back tears in the Capitol rotunda Wednesday, Charles Dudley recalled how he wept as he piled bodies atop one another after a firefight near the 38th Parallel six decades ago.

The state/region in brief

posted: 07/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

Assault suspected in Blytheville death Blytheville police are investigating the death of a man, who appeared to have suffered a seizure, as a homicide, Capt. Scott Adams, commander of the Blytheville Police Department’s criminal investigation division, said Tuesday.

Womack Uncertain On Race For Senate

posted: 07/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Steve Womack said Wednesday that he’ll skip the U.S. Senate race in 2014 if another Republican with “great credentials” steps in to challenge incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor.

Candy Maker’s Copper Pot Gone

posted: 07/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

The owners of the Kopper Kettle Candies company are working frantically to recover a huge copper kettle that has stood outside the Crawford County business for decades as a symbol of their pride in the company.

Panel to ratify email ballot

posted: 07/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

After the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette raised questions about voting by email, Arkansas Public Defender Commission Chairman Jerry Larkowski said Wednesday that he will ask the panel to ratify the vote it made this week to accept the resignation of its longtime executive director.

Drug dilemma spurs question of why execute

posted: 07/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

Given the unavailability of drugs needed for lethal-injection executions and an avalanche of federal lawsuits, lawmakers face two questions in the coming months.

Royal couple names their new son George

posted: 07/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

The little prince has a name: George Alexander Louis.

Dozens dead, injured in Spanish train wreck

posted: 07/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

A passenger train derailed Wednesday night on a curvy stretch of track in northwestern Spain, killing at least 40 people caught inside toppled cars and injuring at least 140 in the country’s worst rail accident in decades, officials said.

Snowden to stay in Russia

posted: 07/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, who fled to Moscow’s airport a month ago, aims to stay in Russia for the near future and learn the country’s culture and language, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Area lotteries

posted: 07/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

Numbers drawn Wednesday: Missouri Lotto 7-11-12-17-28-38 Estimated jackpot: $2.3 million Oklahoma Lotto 8-36-37-40-47 Hot ball: 18 Estimated jackpot: $7.2 million Powerball 9-29-40-44-54 Powerball: 7 Estimated jackpot: $166 million

Fate of Guantanamo puts senators at odds

posted: 07/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

Deep divisions among members of a Senate panel over whether to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, underscore the uphill battle President Barack Obama faces in fulfilling a 5-year-old promise to shutter the facility.

Principal who fled lethal meal arrested

posted: 07/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

Nine days after she disappeared, the principal of a school in eastern India where 23 children died after eating a lunch tainted with pesticide was arrested Wednesday.

No oil sheen near burning Gulf rig

posted: 07/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

An out-of-control natural gas well burned Wednesday off Louisiana’s coast hours after it ignited after a blowout, though authorities said there was no sign of a slick on the surface of the water.

1st 6 road projects in NW Arkansas

posted: 07/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

The first six projects that will be awarded contracts under a new voter-approved program to build four-lane highways and ease congestion on other routes are in Northwest Arkansas.

Egyptian general calls for mandate

posted: 07/25/2013 2:27 a.m.

The military chief who ousted Egypt’s elected president called on the public Wednesday to take to the streets to give him and the police a mandate to tackle “violence and terrorism,” in an address that pointed to a possible move against supporters of the Islamist leader.

Parole break was to end

posted: 07/25/2013 12:59 a.m.

State lawmakers on Wednesday pushed parole administrators to explain why a “temporary” policy that allowed parolees to serve out their parole terms even after absconding from the system has remained in effect for the past six years.

Coaches, SIDs put Bears 2nd

posted: 07/25/2013 12:57 a.m.

Central Arkansas won a share of the Southland Conference championship and advanced to its second consecutive Football Championship Subdivision postseason last season, and none of that has been lost on the league’s coaches and sports information directors.

House refuses to clip mining of phone data

posted: 07/25/2013 12:36 a.m.

The House narrowly rejected a challenge to the National Security Agency’s secret collection of hundreds of millions of Americans’ phone records Wednesday night after a fierce debate pitting privacy rights against the government’s efforts to thwart terrorism.

Wednesday, July 24

Court appearances for Bentonville murder suspects rescheduled

posted: 07/24/2013 3:03 p.m.

Court appearances scheduled for Thursday for two murder suspects have been rescheduled to next month.

Authorities: Highfill house fires intentionally set

posted: 07/24/2013 2:07 p.m.

Firefighters have contended with three abandoned house fires in Highfill in the last day.

First major astronomy conference comes to Arkansas

posted: 07/24/2013 1:46 p.m.

Members of the University of Arkansas System are hosting the state's first major astronomy conference in August, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock said Wednesday.

Palace: Royal baby named George Alexander Louis

posted: 07/24/2013 12:33 p.m.

LONDON — Royal officials say Britain's new prince has been named George Alexander Louis.

Officials from Arkansas, Korea meet at Capitol

posted: 07/24/2013 11:57 a.m.

Arkansas officials and Korean dignitaries gathered at the Capitol with veterans to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

Bentonville house burns after lightning strike

posted: 07/24/2013 11:25 a.m.

A lightning strike sparked a fire at a home at 1508 Northeast Benjamin Greens in the Allencroft subdivision early Wednesday morning, fire officials said. No one was home at the time, said Division Chief James Birchfield, fire marshal for the Bentonville Fire Department. The family has been on vacation and is returning today after learning their two-story home is a total loss.

Springdale police arrest 2 on sex charges

posted: 07/24/2013 10:34 a.m.

Police arrested two men in connection with sexual relationships with underage girls, according to news release from the Springdale Police Department.

PHOTOS: Gravette man's hay-bale pool an Internet hit

posted: 07/24/2013 9:05 a.m.

Chris Callis had planned to stage a huge bonfire for his friend's 32nd birthday party, but dry conditions of the sort that give way to wildfires scrapped that idea in its tracks.

Boehner: No debt-cap rise without cuts

posted: 07/24/2013 5:31 a.m.

House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday signaled a clash with the White House and Senate Democrats over raising the U.S. borrowing authority later this year.

GOP budges on kids of illegals, not enough for Democrats

posted: 07/24/2013 5:30 a.m.

House Republicans took a tentative step toward offering citizenship to some illegal aliens Tuesday but hit an immediate wall of resistance from the White House on down as Democrats said it wasn’t enough.

Ruling orders Ohio to recognize men as spouses as 1 nears death

posted: 07/24/2013 5:20 a.m.

A federal judge has ruled in favor of two Ohio men who want their out of-state marriage recognized as one of them nears death, writing that the men deserve to be treated with dignity in a case that some see as an encouragement for supporters of same sex marriage in the state.

Deputies Link Man To Sexual Indecency

posted: 07/24/2013 5 a.m.

An Evansville man, already facing criminal charges in connection with possessing child pornography, faces new charges in connection with exposing himself to two children, according to Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies.

Suspect Arrested On Rape Charges

posted: 07/24/2013 5 a.m.

A man has been arrested in connection with having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

COMMENTARY: A little touch of sanity

posted: 07/24/2013 5 a.m.

Local control, my foot.

Regional Airport Gets $3.4 Million Grant

posted: 07/24/2013 5 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport will use a $3.4 million grant to repay money spent on the terminal expansion, taxiway work and planning, officials said Tuesday.

Ringing The Bell

posted: 07/24/2013 5 a.m.

Behind every good firefighter is a member of the department’s ladies’ auxiliary.

Downtown Bentonville Could See New Housing Development

posted: 07/24/2013 5 a.m.

The City Council approved selling land to ERC Holdings that could lead to new rooftops in downtown.

Flags To Be Placed Today For Marine

posted: 07/24/2013 5 a.m.

Larry “The Flagman” Eckhardt will be in Gentry today to line the funeral route with 2,380 American flags for a U.S. Marine who died earlier this month.

BETWEEN THE LINES: COMMENTARY: Theft Embarrasses Lottery Again

posted: 07/24/2013 5 a.m.

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is moving past another black mark on its history, this one thanks to a South Carolina man who worked as its deputy security director and stole lottery tickets on the side.

Fayetteville To Improve Mount Sequoyah Vista

posted: 07/24/2013 5 a.m.

Residents will soon have a new way to enjoy panoramic views atop Mount Sequoyah.

Johnson Road Project Progressing

posted: 07/24/2013 5 a.m.

One of the last remaining projects from the 2003 city bond program is coming to an end.

Deputies Link Three To Meth Lab

posted: 07/24/2013 5 a.m.

Lincoln police arrested three people in connection with a methamphetamine lab found near the site of a stabbing on Sunday.

A Spiritual Journey

posted: 07/24/2013 5 a.m.

Bicycling the trail trod by thousands of moccasins 175 years ago, Michael Black feels the pain of the Cherokee along the Trail of Tears.

Hearings Set On Solid Waste Plans

posted: 07/24/2013 5 a.m.

Anyone interested in solid waste disposal issues or plans for recycling will have a chance to make their concerns known during a public hearing Thursday night at Centerton City Hall.


posted: 07/24/2013 5 a.m.

One of my main goals as a parent is to raise non-whiners.

State Hosts Dinner To Educate Watershed Landowners

posted: 07/24/2013 5 a.m.

New life is being breathed into a program seeking landowners in the Illinois River watershed, including tributaries, was pitched to landowners from Benton and Washington counties Tuesday with federal and state financial incentives.

Bentonville Art Event Set For Thursday

posted: 07/24/2013 5 a.m.

The art show “Garden Party” will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at The Gardens at Osage Terrace. The show will feature art created by Osage Terrace residents and other Northwest Arkansas residents.

Rogers Slates Turn Lanes For Grimes School

posted: 07/24/2013 5 a.m.

Aldermen approved Tuesday buying land on New Hope Road at 13th Street to create a right turn and stacking lanes for Bonnie Grimes Elementary School.

HOW WE SEE IT: Flint Creek Decision Correct

posted: 07/24/2013 5 a.m.

The Arkansas Public Service Commission’s approval of $408 million worth of upgrades at Gentry’s Flint Creek coalfired electrical power plant represents good news for Northwest Arkansas.

The world in brief

posted: 07/24/2013 4:58 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “He’s got a good pair of lungs on him, that’s for sure. He’s a big boy, he’s quite heavy. We’re still working on a name so we will have that as soon as we can.” Prince William, on his newborn son, as he and his wife Kate left St. Mary’s Hospital in London on Tuesday

The nation in brief

posted: 07/24/2013 4:57 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It is no less than an act of war. Deeper involvement is hard to avoid.” Gen. Martin Dempsey, in a letter to the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, cautioning of the risks of involving U.S. forces in Syria’s civil war

Names and faces

posted: 07/24/2013 4:56 a.m.

Heeeere’s Johnny on iTunes. For the first time, content from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is available for digital download.

In the news

posted: 07/24/2013 4:56 a.m.

Michelle Obama, the first lady, urged Hispanic activists at the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza in New Orleans to help sign people up for her husband’s health-care overhaul, especially the millions of younger, healthier people the system will need to offset the cost of caring for older, sicker consumers.

Girls, Boys Nations meet in D.C.

posted: 07/24/2013 4:38 a.m.

Following in the footsteps of an Arkansas leader who made the trek a half-century ago, four Arkansas teens traveled to the nation’s capital last week for a crash course in politics.

Hog-Farm Plan Goes To Hearing

posted: 07/24/2013 4:25 a.m.

When Mike Darr, co-owner of Darr Swine Farm near Dardanelle, began planning to expand the farm he and his family have worked for about the past 20 years, the last thing he thought it would cost him was a neighbor.

Cinderella Carriage Runs Into Roadblock

posted: 07/24/2013 4:19 a.m.

The City Council passed a resolution Monday to keep a Springdale businessman from getting a license to operate a motorized “Cinderella carriage” as a tour business, at least temporarily.

Mega Millions

posted: 07/24/2013 4:17 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions are: 25-32-35-50-51 Mega ball: 46 Multiplier: 3 Jackpot: $13 million

Other days

posted: 07/24/2013 4:12 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 24, 1913 Arkansas voters, by their ballots, yesterday elected Judge George W. Hays of Camden, Democrat, as their next governor.

EDITORIALS: How to lose friends

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

WHO SAYS John Boozman, the Republican senator from Arkansas, isn’t doing what he can to assure the success of the Democratic Party?

COLUMNISTS: Their revolution and ours

posted: 07/24/2013 4:10 a.m.

It’s happening again. The revolution that overthrew Egypt’s long-time dictator is now being overthrown itself. One revolution leads to another, one dictatorship to another.

Helen Thomas

posted: 07/24/2013 4:09 a.m.

SHE WAS the girl who made a term like The Boys on the Bus obsolete for the flock of reporters condemned to trail a president or wanna-be president around like a posse on the hunt for the slightest slip.

OTHERS SAY: A contradiction on leaks

posted: 07/24/2013 4:08 a.m.

President Obama seems to be of two minds when it comes to freedom of information and the role of the press.

Signs of hope

posted: 07/24/2013 4:08 a.m.

Are we looking at the birth of a “Compromise Caucus” among Senate Republicans ?

The forgotten forest

posted: 07/24/2013 4:07 a.m.

The St. Francis National Forest is the state’s forgotten forest. In fact, this East Arkansas treasure is administered from a U.S. Forest Service office in Russellville on the other side of the state.


posted: 07/24/2013 4:07 a.m.

At last, it all makes sense For three years now I have puzzled over the question. Neither inductive nor deductive reasoning, in spite of my best efforts, would yield an answer.

HOG FUTURES ALEX COLLINS: Everybody loves Budda

posted: 07/24/2013 4:02 a.m.

The running back known as Budda hopes to spread his message of happiness and peace to the Arkansas football program in the coming years.

Regional Final Postponed By Lightning

posted: 07/24/2013 4 a.m.

Regardless of the outcome of the 12-Year-Old Cal Ripken Southwest Regional, an Arkansas team will be headed to the World Series.

Davis Hopes To Increase Offensive Production

posted: 07/24/2013 4 a.m.

Siloam Springs junior wide receiver Zach Davis will never forget the number 23.dddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

Ex-Hog, Raiders ink deal

posted: 07/24/2013 3:59 a.m.

Former Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson signed his first professional contract Tuesday with Oakland, the day before the Raiders report for training camp.

Peers not ready to forgive Braun

posted: 07/24/2013 3:58 a.m.

They felt sick, angry, cheated, deceived.

SEC PREVIEW VANDERBILT: Vanderbilt committed to continue its success

posted: 07/24/2013 3:56 a.m.

Alabama isn’t the only SEC team going for a three-peat this season.

HOG CALLS: Officially speaking, Breazeale has seen it all

posted: 07/24/2013 3:50 a.m.

Upon his recent induction into the Arkansas Activities Association Hall of Fame, Bill Breazeale remarked, “I have never been in front of that many people that I didn’t get booed.”


posted: 07/24/2013 3:47 a.m.

A look at the issues and implications of Major League Baseball’s suspension of Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun: WHY WAS RYAN BRAUN SUSPENDED?

TEXAS LEAGUE: Home run ties it up, rain halts it in 10th

posted: 07/24/2013 3:46 a.m.

Rain forced the suspension of the second game of a three-game series between Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas on Tuesday.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Fill-in pitcher helps Mets topple hapless Braves

posted: 07/24/2013 3:44 a.m.

Carlos Torres pitched six impressive innings as a fill-in starter and had an RBI single, Ike Davis turned an angry crowd in his favor with a go-ahead double in a three-run sixth and the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 Tuesday night.

NFL notes

posted: 07/24/2013 3:41 a.m.

BUCCANEERS Hillis signed TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed running back Peyton Hillis (Conway, Arkansas Razorbacks ) to a one-year contract.

Sports calendar

posted: 07/24/2013 3:38 a.m.

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Second thoughts

posted: 07/24/2013 3:36 a.m.

Weis sure knows his Jayhawks Kansas football Coach Charlie Weis wasn’t afraid to tell reporters about his team’s poor 2012 season.

Off the wire

posted: 07/24/2013 3:34 a.m.

BASEBALL Garza to start Matt Garza will make his Texas Rangers debut tonight against the New York Yankees.

State sports briefs

posted: 07/24/2013 3:32 a.m.

BASEBALL Arkansas hires Flanders Arkansas has hired Brad Flanders as a volunteer baseball coach. Flanders, 31, will work primarily with the Razorbacks’ catchers.

Veteran new top chaplain at Tyson

posted: 07/24/2013 3:30 a.m.

Tyson Foods Inc. has a new director for its inhouse chaplain program, a key component of the meat giant’s faith-friendly workplace concept, an idea apparently catching on around the nation.

UPS’ 2nd-quarter profit down 4%

posted: 07/24/2013 3:29 a.m.

United Parcel Service Co. said Tuesday that second-quarter profit fell 4 percent as customers shifted from premium to lower-priced services.

China bans erecting official buildings

posted: 07/24/2013 3:27 a.m.

China’s leaders have banned the construction of government buildings for five years as another step in a frugality drive that aims to address public anger at corruption.

RadioShack looks to holidays as 2nd-quarter loss deepens

posted: 07/24/2013 3:24 a.m.

RadioShack’s second-quarter loss widened as the struggling electronics retailer works to revamp its stores and product assortment ahead of the crucial Christmas season, the company said Tuesday.

Apple’s profits thump forecasts

posted: 07/24/2013 3:23 a.m.

Apple Inc., maker of the iPhone and iPad, reported a quarterly profit and sales that beat analysts’ estimates, spurring optimism that the company is weathering an attack from low-end smartphone competition.

Economists predict $20 billion cut in Fed bond-buying effort

posted: 07/24/2013 3:21 a.m.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in September will trim the Fed’s monthly bond buying to $65 billion from the current pace of $85 billion, according to a growing number of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News.

Earnings report

posted: 07/24/2013 3:20 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Tuesday included: Altria Group Inc., the tobacco company, a profit of $1.27 billion, or 63 cents a share, up from $1.22 billion, or 60 cents a share, a year ago.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks mixed on earnings news

posted: 07/24/2013 3:20 a.m.

Uneven corporate earnings news left the stock market mixed Tuesday.

Business news in brief

posted: 07/24/2013 3:19 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The main purpose of the call for a ban on new government buildings is largely symbolic in that these are a highly visible sign of [Chinese] officials misusing public monies.” Andrew Wedeman, Georgia State University political science professor


posted: 07/24/2013 3:17 a.m.

U.S. aid $3.4 million for airport at Highfill The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport in Highfill will get a $3.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for continued upgrades at the airport, including the widening of a taxi lane near the airport’s newest concourse and the purchase of a power sweeper to keep the airfield clear.

A touch of glamour punches up picnic fare

posted: 07/24/2013 3:16 a.m.

Brewskis and a hoagie or two may suffice for a run-of-the-mill picnic, but for special occasions picnickers yearn for slightly swankier fare.

FRONT BURNER: Slow-Cooker Lemon Curd great on desserts

posted: 07/24/2013 3:10 a.m.

This lemon curd is delicious spooned over fresh blueberries and sliced pound cake. But if you’re like me you’ll enjoy eating it right off the spoon straight out of the jar.

Cooking for two: Skillet cobbler is a real peach, or other fruit

posted: 07/24/2013 3:07 a.m.

If there’s one dish more difficult to pare down to serve two people than dinner it’s dessert. Even recipes that make individual servings often make many more than two servings.

Mayonnaise, orange awaken greens, berries and almonds

posted: 07/24/2013 3:05 a.m.

This salad combines mixed lettuces, fresh strawberries and almonds with a creamy orange dressing. To make it a meal, add a sliced grilled chicken breast.

UNCORKED: Fruit-infused sangria sheds cheap persona

posted: 07/24/2013 3:03 a.m.

Wine lovers are always on the lookout for ideas for summer sipping, and sangria may be the drink.

Slim pickings

posted: 07/24/2013 3:03 a.m.

WHAT: Weight Watchers Smart Ones Fajitas STATS: Vary by flavor.

7 day menu planner

posted: 07/24/2013 3:02 a.m.

SUNDAY: How about your own boneless roast pork loin for the family today? Serve it with Brown Rice Salad With Mint and Pecans (see recipe).

RECORDS: July 24th

posted: 07/24/2013 3 a.m.

Arrests Benton County Sheriff’s Office • Gaylon Neal Martin, 55, 14111 Cloverdale Road in Rogers was arrested Monday in connection with aggravated assault and terroristic threatening in the first degree. Martin was being held Tuesday in the Benton County Jail with no bond set.

Parslied potato salad, hold the mayonnaise

posted: 07/24/2013 2:54 a.m.

All-American potato salad — loaded with mayonnaise, sour cream and diced, hard cooked egg — used to be my standard. I took it to potlucks, served it on the Fourth of July and would make a batch just to have it on hand.

IDEA ALLEY: Edible offerings, via Recipe Fairy

posted: 07/24/2013 2:53 a.m.

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

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Picture Key lime cake with Orangesicle icing

posted: 07/24/2013 2:51 a.m.

Pillsbury recently added two flavors to its line of summer seasonals — Key Lime and Orangesicle. They’re available in cake and cookie mixes and packaged frosting.

Single, with children

posted: 07/24/2013 2:48 a.m.

Justin Arment never intended to be a single parent, but when his wife left him and their two children on his 23rd birthday he joined the increasing number of men going it alone across the United States.

Women’s drinking is on the rise, author says

posted: 07/24/2013 2:44 a.m.

If you’ve ever accompanied a girlfriend to happy hour or a monthly book club meeting, it’s hardly a secret, perhaps, that she can make a glass of chardonnay disappear before you can say “cocktail.”

Creature feature

posted: 07/24/2013 2:43 a.m.

Last week’s Creature Feature introduced the concept of teaching a dog to “read” or recognize printed words by their shapes.

PARENTING: Blowing top with kids nullifies parental authority

posted: 07/24/2013 2:39 a.m.

“I’m a yeller,” she said, she being the mother of three young children.


posted: 07/24/2013 2:38 a.m.

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: I’ve discovered that my cousin is a thief. I just saw a photo on a mutual friend’s Facebook page in which my cousin is wearing an expensive necklace that belongs to my mother. About a year ago, the necklace disappeared, and Mom was convinced it’d been stolen.


posted: 07/24/2013 2:36 a.m.

Q My question involves the “guest list” for a retirement party. The retiree was my husband of not quite two years. The party was planned and executed by my stepson, who is 32, and was held at my home.


posted: 07/24/2013 2:35 a.m.

Happy birthday. The machinery hums along, and you’re moderately productive until August, when things really take off. An organized teammate will help you stay on top of the fast action.


posted: 07/24/2013 2:34 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Is there an easy way to roast garlic without using (or buying) a garlic roaster?


posted: 07/24/2013 2:33 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I know you believe in the devil, but what proof do you have of his existence? Have you ever seen him? I think the devil is just a myth people dreamed up because they needed someone to blame for their own failings. — B.McK.

Super Quiz: Scotland

posted: 07/24/2013 2:33 a.m.

1. What is Scotland’s capital city? 2. What is the largest city? 3. Which sea borders Scotland? 4. What is sometimes called Saint Andrew’s Cross? 5. The island groups Orkney and Shetland were acquired from what country?

Tribe files to halt rival’s land trust

posted: 07/24/2013 2:22 a.m.

The Cherokee Nation has filed a request for a federal injunction to prevent the U.S. Department of the Interior from placing land of a rival tribe into trust — a move that would recognize the parcel as Indian land.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 07/24/2013 2:22 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is not some obscure urban myth, concocted to torture you. This is science coming back and saying, Hey — if you have 800,000 gallons of fecal matter, it’s volatilizing. You’re inhaling it. If you can smell it, it is inside your body.” Kathy Martin, an environmental consultant, speaking against a hog farm near Dardanelle being considered for the state’s second general permit for a concentrated animal feeding operation

Jasper district fights principal’s verdict

posted: 07/24/2013 2:22 a.m.

The Jasper School District has appealed the verdict in a wrongful-termination lawsuit that a former Oark principal filed against it and won.

Ex-trooper accused in property-room thefts denied bail by U.S. judge

posted: 07/24/2013 2:22 a.m.

A federal judge ordered a former Arkansas State Police lieutenant on Tuesday to remain in custody until trial on federal charges accusing him of selling drugs he stole from the property room he managed.

The state/region in brief

posted: 07/24/2013 2:22 a.m.

Inquiry continues in police shooting JONESBORO— Special agents with the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened Sunday night in Jonesboro.

Court bars import of execution drug state had used

posted: 07/24/2013 2:22 a.m.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Tuesday declared unlawful the importation of an execution drug last used in Arkansas in 2005.

Budget For UA Division Not Final

posted: 07/24/2013 2:22 a.m.

More than three weeks into the new fiscal year, administrators at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville contend they are unable to produce official budgets for the university’s deficit-troubled Advancement Division for the current and recently ended fiscal years.

In 2 Machete killings, Judge Says Files Open

posted: 07/24/2013 2:22 a.m.

A Sebastian County Circuit Court judge Tuesday denied a request to seal the investigative file to prevent pretrial publicity in the case of the man accused in the machete slayings of two Fort Smith men last month.

Bomb targets Egyptian police, injures 19

posted: 07/24/2013 2:22 a.m.

A bomb blast outside the security headquarters in one of Egypt’s Nile Delta cities wounded 19 people, security officials said early today, raising fears of deteriorating security after President Mohammed Morsi’s ouster.

North Korean launchpad inactive

posted: 07/24/2013 2:22 a.m.

Satellite images show that North Korea has halted work at a complex believed to have been intended to allow it to launch bigger and longer-range rockets, a Washington-based research organization reported Tuesday.

Ex-China leader extols those at top

posted: 07/24/2013 2:22 a.m.

China’s influential ex-President Jiang Zemin has resurfaced in the public eye, praising China’s new leader to Henry Kissinger in a move that appears to be a show of unity while the country faces mounting challenges including slowing growth and ethnic unrest.

Former N.Y. governor defends 2005 plan on violent sex offenders

posted: 07/24/2013 2:22 a.m.

Defending himself against a lawsuit, former New York Gov. George Pataki insisted Tuesday that when he green-lighted the plan in 2005, he knew none of the details of a program to institutionalize violent sex offenders after they finished their prison sentences.

Al-Qaida claims responsibility for Iraq prison raids

posted: 07/24/2013 2:22 a.m.

Al-Qaida’s branch in Iraq claimed responsibility Tuesday for raids on two high-security prisons on the outskirts of Baghdad this week that killed dozens and freed hundreds of inmates, including some of the group’s followers.

Dallas suburb’s rent restrictions blocked

posted: 07/24/2013 2:22 a.m.

A Dallas suburb will decide soon whether to continue a long, expensive fight to defend an ordinance designed to keep illegal aliens from renting.

Obama pick focus of visa investigation

posted: 07/24/2013 2:22 a.m.

President Barack Obama’s choice to be the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department is under investigation for his role in helping a company run by a brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, The Associated Press has learned.

Hanoi downplays U.S. rights focus

posted: 07/24/2013 2:22 a.m.

American concerns over the arrests of dissidents and other human-rights abuses in Vietnam shouldn’t stand in the way of closer military and economic ties with the Southeast Asian nation, the country’s president said Tuesday ahead of talks in Washington with President Barack Obama.

Labor-board picks face Senate hearing

posted: 07/24/2013 2:22 a.m.

President Barack Obama’s newest picks for the National Labor Relations Board sought to assure Senate lawmakers Tuesday that they can be fair and impartial in resolving business-labor disputes, despite backgrounds that include advocating for unions.

Congress moves to fund military

posted: 07/24/2013 2:22 a.m.

The President Barack Obama’s administration squared off with skeptical lawmakers Tuesday over efforts to terminate the government’s authority to collect phone records of millions of Americans, a proposition that exposed sharp divisions among members of Congress.

Common Core allies get turn

posted: 07/24/2013 12:55 a.m.

Proponents and users of new national education standards told Arkansas lawmakers Tuesday that the standards are no “silver bullet” but are an improvement over the state’s current math and English/language arts requirements and will allow for more in-depth teaching and learning.

UAPB linebacker dies from gunshot

posted: 07/24/2013 12:54 a.m.

A linebacker at Arkansas-Pine Bluff died early Tuesday morning after suffering a gunshot wound outside his home in Louisiana, the school said Wednesday.

Panel petitions for parolee’s file

posted: 07/24/2013 12:50 a.m.

For 15 years, parolees’ personal files have remained confidential under Arkansas law.

Public-defender director OK’d to quit in email vote

posted: 07/24/2013 12:46 a.m.

Warning that the “press have been calling” and “must smell something on the horizon,” the chairman of the Arkansas Public Defender Commission rushed members to vote by email Tuesday to accept the resignation of the agency’s longtime director.

Lindsey plaintiffs sent to U.S. court

posted: 07/24/2013 12:31 a.m.

A lawsuit against Lindsey Management Co. Inc. of Fayetteville has been moved, at least for now, from Saline County District Court to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Keys Man In Charge For Elks

posted: 07/24/2013 midnight

A new era begins for Elkins football this season as Thurman Shaw takes over for Aaron Clark.

Naturals’ Home Run Barrage On Hold

posted: 07/24/2013 midnight

Northwest Arkansas had a franchise best six home runs Tuesday night against Arkansas before the game was delayed at 10:16 p.m. by heavy rain and lightning in the top of the 10th inning with the game tied at 8-8.

Tuesday, July 23

$3.4 million XNA grant announced

posted: 07/23/2013 3:32 p.m.

A $3.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will pay for upgrades at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, according to a news release from Rep. Steve Womack.

J.B. Hunt maintains 15-cent dividend

posted: 07/23/2013 1:46 p.m.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. said Tuesday that its board of directors has declared a 15-cent quarterly dividend, the same offered to shareholders the previous two quarters.

Wilson signs with Raiders

posted: 07/23/2013 1:31 p.m.

Former Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson signed his rookie contract with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday.

Judge denies motion to seal file on Fort Smith machete killings

posted: 07/23/2013 12:05 p.m.

A Sebastian County Circuit Court judge Tuesday denied a motion to seal the investigative file in the case of Gregory Aaron Kinsey, 20, charged with two counts of capital murder in the machete slaying of two men in Fort Smith last month.

Fearless forecasting

posted: 07/23/2013 10:46 a.m.

File today’s offering under amazing Americans I have met.

Hillis signs with Tampa Bay

updated: 07/23/2013 4:56 p.m.

Former Arkansas fullback Peyton Hillis will have a chance to extend his football career in Tampa Bay.

Flags To Be Placed Wednesday for Marine

posted: 07/23/2013 10:25 a.m.

Larry “The Flagman” Eckhardt will be in Gentry on Wednesday to line the funeral route with 2,380 American flags for a local U.S. Marine who died earlier this month.

UA board of trustees to meet by phone

posted: 07/23/2013 7:13 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet on a conference call.

MLB punishes Brewers’ Braun

posted: 07/23/2013 5:34 a.m.

NEW YORK — The first star to fall in baseball’s latest drug investigation is one of its biggest: Ryan Braun.

Broncos’ Miller faces suspension

posted: 07/23/2013 5:32 a.m.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The latest distraction for the Denver Broncos comes from All-Pro linebacker Von Miller, who insisted Monday he did nothing wrong in the face of reports he could miss four games for violating the NFL’s drug policy.

HOG FUTURES: 6-10 tackle not typical big lineman

posted: 07/23/2013 5:29 a.m.

Offensive linemen Austin Beck, Brey Cook and Chris Stringer were Arkansas’ tallest players last season at 6-7. Now the trio is looking up at freshman Dan Skipper.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Travelers get rolling, cruise

posted: 07/23/2013 5:26 a.m.

SPRINGDALE — Arkansas Travelers right-hander Manny Correa just needed a little confidence boost, and 10 early runs seemed to do the trick.

Off the wire

posted: 07/23/2013 5:19 a.m.

BASEBALL Rangers acquire Garza The Texas Rangers finally have right-hander Matt Garza in their starting rotation. Texas acquired Garza from the Chicago Cubs in a trade completed Monday, getting a pitcher they had long coveted just more than a week before the July 31 nonwaiver trading deadline and several days after it initially appeared that the two teams had a deal in place.

Second thoughts

posted: 07/23/2013 5:17 a.m.

From ‘shell’ to champion in four weeks One month ago, after coming short in the U.S. Open for an agonizing sixth second-place finish, Phil Mickelson wasn’t being compared to the greatest golfers whoever played the played the game. It was Tuesday, two days after the defeat, and Mickelson would not get out of bed.

Arkansas pitchers proving tough to hit

posted: 07/23/2013 5:15 a.m.

Veteran, skillful, well-traveled, left-handed Cliff Lee (Benton, Arkansas Razorbacks) has spent several years residing in Arkansas while earning his considerable money with the National League’s Philadelphia Phillies. He was at least that tough while pitching for Cleveland, Seattle and Texas in the American League.

Today’s game

posted: 07/23/2013 5:14 a.m.

ARKANSAS AT NW ARKANSAS WHEN 7 p.m. today WHERE Arvest Ballpark, Springdale RADIO KARN-AM, 920, in central Arkansas ; KQSM-FM 92.1 in Fayetteville. WEBSITE, PITCHERS Naturals: RHP Sugar Ray Marimon (6-10, 4.29 ERA); Travelers: RHP Matt Oye (6-7, 5.03)

State sports briefs

posted: 07/23/2013 5:12 a.m.

FOOTBALL Lyon makes Kelley its coach Lyon announced last month it was starting a football program for the first time since 1951. Now the Scots have a coach. The Batesville school announced Monday that Kirk Kelley will be its coach to help restart a program that hasn’t played a game in 60 years. “Coach Kelley built our baseball program from the ground up and knows how to get the job done,” Lyon Athletic Director Kevin Jenkins said.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Tigers’ Cabrera injured; Scherzer moves to 14-1

posted: 07/23/2013 5:11 a.m.

CHICAGO — Max Scherzer outpitched Chris Sale in a marquee matchup of All-Star starters, and the Detroit Tigers overcame Miguel Cabrera’s injury to beat the Chicago White Sox 7-3 on Monday night.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Dallas safety getting an earful about Arkansas

posted: 07/23/2013 5:09 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema and staff have a couple people in the corner in trying to help the Hogs convince highly sought safety Payton Hendrix to join the Razorback program.

NFL notes

posted: 07/23/2013 5:08 a.m.

REDSKINS Griffin cleared WASHINGTON — Robert Griffin III has passed a major test toward his goal of playing in Week 1, getting the go-ahead from the team doctors days before the Washington Redskins open training camp.

COMMENTARY: Mickelson, 43, remakes game to rival Woods

posted: 07/23/2013 5:06 a.m.

GULLANE, Scotland — Everyone suspected the main challenge to Tiger Woods’ supremacy would come from someone whose performance arc, with all its ups and downs, could pass for an electrocardiogram. The error that most made was believing the prime contender was Rory McIlroy, the Northern Irishman who won two major titles before his 24th birthday.

Razorbacks report: Bielema appearing on ESPN

posted: 07/23/2013 5:04 a.m.

Watch for Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema today on the national media front.

Cowboys dealing with early injuries

posted: 07/23/2013 5:02 a.m.

OXNARD, Calif. — Dallas Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer can’t shake a troublesome knee problem.

Detour Planned For New Rogers School

posted: 07/23/2013 5 a.m.

Street construction will reroute parents enrolling their children at Janie Darr Elementary School.

Two Men Accused Of Rape

posted: 07/23/2013 5 a.m.

Police arrested two men Monday after a woman reported she was raped.

Lightning Strikes Blamed For Bentonville Power Outages

posted: 07/23/2013 5 a.m.

Power surges on utility lines leading to the Benton County Courthouse and Administration Building knocked some systems offline over the weekend, but a surge protector prevented more serious damage.

Teacher Brings Oceanography Lessons Home To Arkansas

posted: 07/23/2013 5 a.m.

Merri Herndon said her students will learn about oceanography in a more personalized and hands-on way because of a workshop she attended this month.

Return To Learn Offers One-Stop Shop At College

posted: 07/23/2013 5 a.m.

NorthWest Arkansas Community College will host an event Thursday aimed at helping nontraditional students overcome enrollment hurdles.

COMMENTARY: Deconstructing The Zimmerman Trial

posted: 07/23/2013 5 a.m.

In the aftermath of the George Zimmerman trial you have a flood of experts grading the attorneys in the case.

Fayetteville Library Board To Offer To Buy City Hospital Property

posted: 07/23/2013 5 a.m.

A $2 million offer by the Fayetteville Public Library Board will be made to the Washington Regional Medical Center to buy the City Hospital property south of the library.

Council OKs Alcohol Sales Ordinance

posted: 07/23/2013 5 a.m.

City Council members on Monday passed an ordinance allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption in the city.

Astronomy Program Saturday at Hobbs State Park

posted: 07/23/2013 5 a.m.

A night sky viewing and beginner’s astronomy class are scheduled for Saturday at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area.

School District Eyes Bella Vista Land

posted: 07/23/2013 5 a.m.

The School District is exploring buying land in Bella Vista.

Fayetteville Panel Approves CVS Pharmacy Plans

posted: 07/23/2013 5 a.m.

The country’s second largest pharmacy chain is coming to Fayetteville.

Bentonville Looks To Sell Property

posted: 07/23/2013 5 a.m.

The City Council will consider selling almost half an acre downtown to ERC Holdings at 6 p.m. today at the Community Development Building, 305 S.W. A St.

Sales Tax Revenue Climbs

posted: 07/23/2013 5 a.m.

Sales tax revenue for July was up in area cities, with Bentonville having the greatest increase compared with the same period last year.

HOW WE SEE IT: Term Limits Take Toll On Efficiency

posted: 07/23/2013 5 a.m.

Take note of a recent discussion among local state legislators about how to make the Arkansas General Assembly more efficient when it meets in regular session.

Police Find Meth Lab After Stabbing

posted: 07/23/2013 5 a.m.

Officers arrested a Lincoln man in connection with a stabbing Monday morning, and found a methamphetamine laboratory.

Catherine gives birth: It’s a boy

posted: 07/23/2013 4:43 a.m.

LONDON — Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth Monday to a boy, a much-anticipated royal baby descended from kings and coal miners and third in line to the British throne.

Pounders Steps Aside As Baseball League Chairman

posted: 07/23/2013 4 a.m.

Youth baseball in the town of Springdale has seen plenty of changes in the past three decades. Through it all, one constant has remained.

Arkansas Hits It Big

posted: 07/23/2013 4 a.m.

Jason Adam appeared on the verge of changing his luck when he held Arkansas hitless through the first three innings of Monday’s game.

Richard Wins Bella Vista Event

posted: 07/23/2013 4 a.m.

Tanna Richard fired a 74-80 154 to win the Championship Flight at the Arkansas Women’s Golf Association Tournament on Kingswood Golf Course this past weekend. Brenda Carr finished second in the Championship Flight with a 77-79 156.

Jennings Returns Home To Coach Heritage Soccer

posted: 07/23/2013 4 a.m.

Franklin Jennings is familiar with the facilities at Rogers Heritage, even though they were technically a part of Rogers High when he graduated in 2001.

Vehicle registrations in June best since ’08

posted: 07/23/2013 3:34 a.m.

Arkansas auto registrations increased more than 14 percent in June, the best June in five years, Cross-Sell of Lexington, Ky., which provides analysis for the auto industry, said Monday.


posted: 07/23/2013 3:32 a.m.

UA soybean division offers new variety The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture said Monday it has released a new conventional soybean variety this month that can provide high yields as well as be be timed for harvest after farmers have completed harvesting rice crops. The varieties are not genetically modified.

EU austerity has yet to cut debt

posted: 07/23/2013 3:31 a.m.

LONDON — Europe’s debt dynamics keep getting worse in spite of years of cost-cutting and tax increases designed to return public finances to health.

Bangladesh pushed by U.S. to improve factories’ oversight

posted: 07/23/2013 3:29 a.m.

President Barack Obama’s administration is pressing Bangladesh to do more to strengthen worker-safety standards as a condition for restoring U.S. trade preferences that were suspended after a deadly garment factory collapse in April.

Texas Tech students pitch store of future to Wal-Mart

posted: 07/23/2013 3:26 a.m.

A group of graduate students from Texas Tech University in Lubbock presented Wal-Mart officials Monday with their computer-generated plans for a Wal-Mart “Store of the Future.” For this particular prototype, the students said it was important for the world’s largest retailer to take into consideration flexible fulfillment, in which consumers seek a quick and easy shopping experience — a concept the retailer has been fine-tuning for some time.

UBS to settle U.S. mortgage suit

posted: 07/23/2013 3:25 a.m.

GENEVA — The U.S. government has reached “an agreement in principle” to settle its lawsuit against Swiss banking giant UBS AG that seeks to recoup more than $900 million in losses from mortgage-backed securities, the bank announced Monday.

Business news in brief

posted: 07/23/2013 3:23 a.m.

Apple’s software developer site hacked SAN FRANCISCO — Apple Inc. said Monday that hackers may have gained access to personal information of software developers who make the company’s apps.

MARKET REPORT: Mining firms lift market to high

posted: 07/23/2013 3:22 a.m.

NEW YORK — Mining companies and banks helped the stock market overcome some disappointing quarterly performances Monday.

Glaxo cites possible violations in China

posted: 07/23/2013 3:21 a.m.

SHANGHAI — The British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline said Monday that some of its executives might have broken the law in China, the company’s strongest statement yet on a bribery and corruption scandal that has engulfed its China operations.

MUSIC: For summer music, pop open a 24-pack of YouTube videos

posted: 07/23/2013 3:19 a.m.

Song-of-the-summer seekers will find many gone-viral candidates in this first summer in which YouTube clicks count in sending a song toward the top of the charts.

LISTEN UP: Steve Earle retreads prove to be mighty fine ride

posted: 07/23/2013 3:17 a.m.

Steve Earle The Warner Bros. Years Shout! Factory A Troubadour Steve Earle’s recording career got rolling with the country album Guitar Town in 1986 and achieved greatness with Copperhead Road in 1988. By late 1991, he was homeless and addicted to heroin.

Children’s literature

posted: 07/23/2013 3:16 a.m.

1. What kind of animal is Winnie-the-Pooh’s friend Eeyore ? 2. Which hero was born on the planet Krypton?

Helpful hints

posted: 07/23/2013 3:15 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I’m bad about trying new face creams. One day, I realized that I had four or five partly empty jars that I’d quit using. Now I take them out, one at a time, to use on my hands and body. They are better than regular hand cream, and this way, they won’t go to waste.

Entertainment notes

posted: 07/23/2013 3:15 a.m.

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Comedy headliner Louis Johnson, just back from a USO World Comedy Break tour, headlines this week — 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday and 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday at the Loony Bin Comedy Club, in the Breckenridge Village Shopping Center, Interstate 430 and North Rodney Parham Road. Tickets are $7 Wednesday-Thursday, $10 Friday-Saturday.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Please don’t kiss off future

posted: 07/23/2013 3:14 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I just finished high school and am going off to college this fall, and my father just retired from a long career in the Marines. I recently got a boyfriend, and we have become very serious (marriage has come up).


posted: 07/23/2013 3:13 a.m.

Happy birthday. You exhibit amazing exibility and will stretch to handle many projects at once. In September, you’ll be paid well for your work, and in more ways than just money.

THE TV COLUMN: TCM invites viewers to Summer Under the Stars

posted: 07/23/2013 3:10 a.m.

August in Arkansas can be brutally hot and nasty. Here’s a good excuse to hibernate all month in front of the cool, cool flat-screen TV.


posted: 07/23/2013 3:09 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I was very optimistic when the new century started back in 2001, because I thought the world might finally live in peace. But if anything, things have only gotten worse. Will we ever wise up and stop fighting each other?

Purseonal history

posted: 07/23/2013 3:06 a.m.

A woman’s mind is as complex as the contents of her handbag; even when you get to the bottom of it, there is ALWAYS something at the bottom to surprise you!

THEATER: Superstar on Argenta stage

posted: 07/23/2013 3:03 a.m.

Vince Insalaco knew what he was in for when he decided to tackle Jesus Christ Superstar as the second summer musical at North Little Rock’s Argenta Community Theater.

MUSIC: Bell takes her time, does things her way

posted: 07/23/2013 3:01 a.m.

Aspiring musicians realize that dues must be paid on the way up the career ladder, and singer-songwriter Emily Bell is no exception, despite what appears to be a lengthy musical resume. Bell has studied musical theater since the age of 5, attended prestigious performing arts schools in Texas and New York, and worked in the music scenes of Houston, New York, Los Angeles and now Austin.

WHAT’S IN A DAME: Turner, her man so proud to marry

posted: 07/23/2013 3 a.m.

Congratulations to Anna Mae Bullock!


posted: 07/23/2013 3 a.m.

Today 6 p.m. Springdale City Council — Council Chambers, City Administration Building, 201 Spring St.

RECORDS: July 23rd

posted: 07/23/2013 3 a.m.

Arrests Benton County Sheriff’s Office • Thomas Raymon Lingren, 29, of Yermo, Calif., was arrested Sunday in connection with delivery, possession with intent to deliver or manufacturing with intent to deliver. Lingren was being held Monday in the Benton County Jail with no bond set.

Body Found On Interstate Identified

posted: 07/23/2013 2:49 a.m.

Arkansas State Police identified the man found dead on Interstate 540 at the Wedington Drive overpass last week Monday, but didn't release a cause of death.

Earnings report

posted: 07/23/2013 2:46 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Monday included: Halliburton Co., the oil-fi eld operator, a profit of $679 million, or 73 cents a share, down from $737 million, or 79 cents a share, a year ago. Revenue rose 1 percent to $7.32 billion. Shares fell 75 cents to close at $45.08.


posted: 07/23/2013 2:46 a.m.

BASEBALL COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE—Suspended Milwaukee OF Ryan Braun for the remainder of the season and postseason for multiple violations of baseball’s drug program and labor contract.

Monday’s results

posted: 07/23/2013 2:46 a.m.

BASEBALL NATIONAL LEAGUE Pittsburgh 6, Washington 5 Atlanta 2, NY Mets 1 San Diego 5, Milwaukee 3 Miami 3, Colorado 1 Chicago Cubs 4, Arizona 2 Cincinnati at San Francisco, (n) AMERICAN LEAGUE Texas 3, NY Yankees 0 Tampa Bay 3, Boston 0 Detroit 7, Chicago White Sox 3 Baltimore 9, Kansas City 2 Oakland 4, Houston 3 Seattle 2, Cleveland 1 Minnesota at LA Angels, (n) INTERLEAGUE LA Dodgers 14, Toronto 5

Rangers get Garza

posted: 07/23/2013 2:46 a.m.

The Texas Rangers acquired pitcher Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs in a trade completed Monday. 2C


posted: 07/23/2013 2:46 a.m.

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer (above) suffered a bone bruise to his already-injured knee during a conditioning test Sunday. The Cowboys have to hope the first two days of training camp aren’t a trend. 6C


posted: 07/23/2013 2:46 a.m.

Environment in peril As someone who has lived and farmed in Newton County for 40 years, I was offended by the editorial, “Conspiracy Theories.”

District court’s judge fires clerk

posted: 07/23/2013 2:46 a.m.

Madison County District Court Judge Dale Ramsey has fired his chief court clerk, whose was last day on the job was July 15, Huntsville City Clerk Janice Smith said Monday.

Conversation worth having

posted: 07/23/2013 2:46 a.m.

President Barack Obama wants the nation to engage in community-based conversations about race. That sounds like my 1990s.

A Renaissance man: Fearless forecasting

posted: 07/23/2013 2:46 a.m.

File today’s offering under amazing Americans I have met.

OTHERS SAY: Mr. Abe’s mandate

posted: 07/23/2013 2:46 a.m.

Japanese voters gave Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party control of the upper house of parliament in an election Sunday, meaning that for the first time in six years the LDP will have control of both chambers. The question is, how will Mr. Abe make use of this opportunity?

Brain food, for starters

posted: 07/23/2013 2:46 a.m.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE For years, the news about Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related illness has been unrelentingly grim. We don’t know many of the causes. We don’t have a cure.

COLUMNISTS: The frank talker

posted: 07/23/2013 2:46 a.m.

Manuel Valls is France’s most popular politician. Valls believes he has reached that apex in the polls because he speaks his mind, whether to give a lawman’s stark warning of looming danger or a trenchant political analysis of the need for reform in Islam as practiced in his country.

EDITORIALS: Opportunity missed

posted: 07/23/2013 2:46 a.m.

OUR PRESIDENT just can’t resist commenting on what all too many people seem unable to stop themselves from commenting on: the verdict in the Trayvon Martin/ George Zimmerman trial in Florida. You may have noticed the story in the news. The story in the news? There were so many of them—an endless stream, a flood, nothing but. How could anyone have missed the deluge?

Contract loser gives up fight

posted: 07/23/2013 2:46 a.m.

An Arkansas health-care consulting firm that failed to get a $500,000 state contract and tried to get it anyway by having state law changed said Tuesday that it would drop its effort.

Educator James to lead nonprofit group in state

posted: 07/23/2013 2:46 a.m.

Ken James, a former Arkansas education commissioner and school district superintendent, is returning to work within the state as the president of a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve high school math, science and English achievement through the College Board’s Advanced Placement program.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 07/23/2013 2:46 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It has nothing to do with competition.We’re just trying to keep our kids in class.” Mountain Home Athletic Director Janet Wood

Other days

posted: 07/23/2013 2:45 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 23, 1913 That the water being supplied Little Rock consumers by the Arkansaw Water Company still is unfit for use without being boiled was demonstrated yesterday when an analysis by Dr. O. K. Judd, city health officer, showed the presence of 75 percent gas.

Fort Smith police seek bank robbers

posted: 07/23/2013 2:45 a.m.

Fort Smith police were searching for two men who robbed a Fort Smith bank teller at gunpoint Monday afternoon and made off with an undisclosed amount of money, a police news release stated.

The state/region in brief

posted: 07/23/2013 2:45 a.m.

Police: Boy, 3, dies after shooting self A 3-year-old boy died Sunday after he shot himself with a handgun at a family friend’s home, according to the Lonoke County sheriff’s office.

Release requested in rest-stop slaying

posted: 07/23/2013 2:45 a.m.

The attorney for a woman charged with killing a state Highway Department employee last year has asked a Crawford County Circuit Court judge to release her without bail because of a speedy-trial violation.

LR bishop concerned privatized Medicaid could cover abortion

posted: 07/23/2013 2:45 a.m.

The head of the Roman Catholic church in Arkansas said in a letter to the Department of Human Services that he’s concerned that the expansion of Medicaid through private insurance plans, approved by the Legislature this year, will lead to the coverage of abortion, sterilization and contraception.

Cinderella coach now on streets of Eureka

posted: 07/23/2013 2:45 a.m.

A Springdale businessman began operating “horseless carriage” tours Friday in Eureka Springs.

District: Limit distance schools travel for games

posted: 07/23/2013 2:45 a.m.

Mountain Home student-athletes sometimes spend more than eight hours on a bus traveling to a game. School district officials want state lawmakers to help stop the long commute.

Judge Asked To Seal Up Records

posted: 07/23/2013 2:45 a.m.

A Sebastian County Circuit Court judge is scheduled to hear arguments this morning on a request to prohibit pretrial publicity in the capital murder case of a man charged in the machete slaying of two men.

Hot Springs teacher to seek 4th District seat in Congress

posted: 07/23/2013 2:45 a.m.

A Hot Springs writer and teacher announced Monday that she’ll run as a Democrat for the 4th District congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle.

More join suit to overturn marriage law

posted: 07/23/2013 2:45 a.m.

Eight more same-sex couples, two of them legally married outside of Arkansas, have joined a three-week-old Pulaski County Circuit Court lawsuit aimed at overturning laws that bar legal recognition of their unions.

LR Nine’s Green: ‘We’ve got a lot to do’

posted: 07/23/2013 2:45 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The Trayvon Martin case has revealed deep discontent among blacks, Ernest Green, one of the Little Rock Nine group of black students who integrated the city’s Central High School in 1958, said Monday.

Former Law & Order actor Farina, 69, dies

posted: 07/23/2013 2:45 a.m.

NEW YORK — Dennis Farina, a onetime Chicago police officer who as a popular character actor played a TV policeman on Law & Order during his wide-ranging career, has died.

Outlying towns outgrow big cities

posted: 07/23/2013 12:33 a.m.

The outlying areas of the six-county Little Rock metropolitan statistical area continue to outgrow its biggest cities, according to a new study by Metroplan, an agency that assists the area in planning. But the fact that Little Rock and North Little Rock are growing is “a sign of relative health for Pulaski County,” said Michael Pakko, chief economist for the UALR Institute for Economic Advancement.

Bulldogs, coach aim to sustain

posted: 07/23/2013 12:24 a.m.

Dan Mullen’s move to swing instate momentum to Mississippi State had a nice run for a few years.

Monday, July 22

Man found dead on I-540 identified using DNA

posted: 07/22/2013 4:52 p.m.

A man found dead last week on Interstate 540 near the Wedington exit in Fayetteville has been identified as Brandon Keith S. Mullins, 34, of Fayetteville, according to a report from the Arkansas State Police.

Fort Smith bank robbed at gunpoint

posted: 07/22/2013 3:27 p.m.

FORT SMITH, Ark. — Fort Smith police are searching for two men who robbed a bank at gunpoint.

Lightning Strikes Blamed For Bentonville Power Outages

posted: 07/22/2013 3:09 p.m.

Power surges on utility lines leading to the Benton County Courthouse and Administration Building knocked some systems offline over the weekend, but a surge protector prevented more serious damage.

Sales tax revenue rises in NWA

posted: 07/22/2013 2:51 p.m.

Sales tax revenue for July was up in area cities, with Bentonville having the highest increase compared to the same period last year.

Fort Smith body shop fire causes evacuation

posted: 07/22/2013 11:56 a.m.

Fort Smith police are evacuating residents near a burning auto body repair shop, according to a news release.

Holly Back In Court Thursday

posted: 07/22/2013 5 a.m.

The results of two court-ordered mental evaluations could be released Thursday when the Bentonville man accused of raping and killing a 6-year-old girl appears in court.

AT A GLANCE: Rogers City Council

posted: 07/22/2013 5 a.m.

At A Glance Rogers City Council The Council is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers of City Hall, 301 W. Chestnut St.

Man Hospitalized With Burns Following Accident

posted: 07/22/2013 5 a.m.

A Washington County man was taken to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital burn unit in Little Rock after being involved in a fiery accident in Fayetteville on Saturday night, according to Sgt. Tim Franklin of the Fayetteville Police Department.

Airport Renovation Plan Headed For Council

posted: 07/22/2013 5 a.m.

Those flying into the Springdale Municipal Airport could soon use a refurbished terminal, if the City Council agrees to foot the bill.

Frisco Festival Events Announced

posted: 07/22/2013 5 a.m.

There will be some additions to the annual Frisco Festival next month, including a kids concert, said Wendy Jones, chairwoman of the festival.

Dog Virus Parvo Spreading

posted: 07/22/2013 5 a.m.

Dogs in Northwest Arkansas are getting sick because of an outbreak of parvo, which could have been easily avoided, experts said.

County Auction Turns Trash To Cash

posted: 07/22/2013 5 a.m.

Benton County’s annual surplus property auction will dispose of unwanted property and fatten the county’s coffers.

Council To Meet Today

posted: 07/22/2013 5 a.m.

The City Council will consider several housekeeping issues, including codification of ordinances and rewriting the employee personnel handbook when it meets today.

SEC PREVIEW KENTUCKY: Stoops rouses fans, tempers expectations

posted: 07/22/2013 4:27 a.m.

When Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops took a shot at the SEC’s overall strength in football, he also was targeting Kentucky, where his younger brother, Mark, is the new coach.

TOUR DE FRANCE: Froome rides to easy victory

posted: 07/22/2013 4:25 a.m.

PARIS — Chris Froome won the 100th Tour de France on Sunday, having dominated rivals over three weeks on the road and adroitly dealt with doping suspicions off it.

Second thoughts

posted: 07/22/2013 4:19 a.m.

Cubs take issue with ‘mascot’ As if the Chicago Cubs needed more problems. Now they have mascot issues.

Off the wire

posted: 07/22/2013 4:18 a.m.

GOLF Recari rolls in Ohio Spain’s Beatriz Recari outdueled Paula Creamer in a head-to-head battle to win the Marathon Classic on Sunday in Sylvania, Ohio, rolling in a 12-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole to take the lead for good on her way to her third LPGA Tour title. Recari and Creamer, who won the tournament then known as the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic five years ago, started the day tied for first, three shots ahead of their nearest pursuers. They traded the lead but were still even until Recari birdied the par-3 14th. The 26-year-old Recari closed with a 5-under-par 66 to finish at 17-under 267. She missed a 6-foot birdie putt on the 17th, but made a clutch 5-footer for par at the 18th. Creamer finished with a 67. Stacy Lewis (Arkansas Razorbacks ) had her best round of the week Sunday with a 7-under 64 which put her in a tie for seventh at 9 under, earning her $31,543.

Syracuse, Pitt finally join ACC festivities

posted: 07/22/2013 4:15 a.m.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Atlantic Coast Conference is settling into a period of stability it helped create.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Kemp returns with bang but goes down again

posted: 07/22/2013 4:13 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Matt Kemp has plenty of souvenirs from his return to the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup: three hits and one injured ankle.

This date in baseball

posted: 07/22/2013 4:10 a.m.

1905 Weldon Henley of the Philadelphia Athletics pitched a no-hitter, defeating the St. Louis Browns 6-0 in the first game of a doubleheader. It was the highlight of Henley’s 4-11 season. 1906 Bob Ewing pitched the Cincinnati Reds to a 10-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies without a single assist registered by his teammates.

British Open report

posted: 07/22/2013 4:09 a.m.

Runner-up stunned by Phil’s thrills GULLANE, Scotland — Even after he made backto-back bogeys to fall out of a tie for the lead, Henrik Stenson never thought he was out of the British Open.

COMMENTARY: Mickelson never cracked

posted: 07/22/2013 4:05 a.m.

GULLANE, Scotland — His coach was all business before the round. His caddie was in tears afterward. Only Phil Mickelson seemed to know how many magical moments he was capable of unfurling in between.


posted: 07/22/2013 4:04 a.m.

BASEBALL American League TAMPA BAY RAYS—Activated 1B James Loney off the paternity list. Optioned INF Ryan Roberts to Durham (IL). TORONTO BLUE JAYS—Activated OF Melky Cabrera from the 15-day DL.

State sports briefs

posted: 07/22/2013 4:03 a.m.

BASEBALL Hogs’ pitchers are summer all-stars Arkansas pitchers Jalen Beeks, Jackson Lowery and Colin Poche have been named summer league all-star games. Beeks, a junior, is a Cape Cod League all-star while Lowery, a junior, and Poche, a sophomore, are Northwoods League all-stars. Beeks, playing for the Harwich Mariners, is 3-1 record with a 2.42 ERA in five starts. Lowery, who redshirted last season, has five saves and 1.44 ERA for the Wisconsin Woodchucks.

In the news

posted: 07/22/2013 4:01 a.m.

Jack Lew, the U.S. treasury secretary, urged Greece while on a one-day trip to the country to continue efforts to stabilize its debt-ridden economy “to ensure prosperity and growth for generations to come,” adding that U.S. growth is inextricably linked to Europe’s fortunes.

HOW WE SEE IT: Farewell To Springdale Icon Ryan’s

posted: 07/22/2013 4 a.m.

We were a dinosaur that managed to stay out of the tar pit.” That’s what Max Ryan, owner of Ryan’s clothing store in downtown Springdale, had to say just after announcing the store will close soon.

COMMENTARY: Will Divisions Define The US?

posted: 07/22/2013 4 a.m.

The struggle continues, and sometimes, it’s hard to understand.

Coach Provides Knowledge

posted: 07/22/2013 4 a.m.

Orange Grove, Miss., coach Matt Lawton knows his players dream of reaching the major leagues some day.

Stories Highlight Triathlon

posted: 07/22/2013 4 a.m.

Ruth Sawkins was glowing on Sunday morning, and it wasn’t because she just finished swimming 500 yards, biking 15 miles and running 3.1 in the Nature Valley Shark Sprint Triathlon in Rogers. Sawkins is also six months pregnant.

Naturals Rally Past Cardinals

posted: 07/22/2013 4 a.m.

Two was much better than one for the Naturals on Sunday night.

Author’s Discussion One-Sided

posted: 07/22/2013 4 a.m.

I about choked on a breakfast pastry Sunday morning and it’s all Malcolm Gladwell’s fault.

Israelis and Palestinians uncertain on peace talks

posted: 07/22/2013 3:50 a.m.

JERUSALEM — Israeli and Palestinian officials voiced skepticism Sunday that they can move toward a peace deal, as the sides inched toward what may be the first round of significant negotiations in five years.

Hackers target ERs, 911 centers to extort

posted: 07/22/2013 3:46 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — The demand stunned the hospital employee. She had picked up the emergency room’s phone line, expecting to hear a dispatcher or a doctor. But instead, an unfamiliar male greeted her by name and then threatened to paralyze the hospital’s phone service if she didn’t pay him hundreds of dollars.

Names and faces

posted: 07/22/2013 3:43 a.m.

Superman is coming back, and he’ll have a caped costar. Man of Steel director Zack Snyder made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday to announce he is making another Superman film and it will include Batman — the first time the two superheroes will be united on the big screen.

The nation in brief

posted: 07/22/2013 3:42 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “He said some things that led us to believe that in some way, shape or form, Sowell might be an influence.” Mayor Gary Norton of East Cleveland, Ohio

71 at Guantanamo Bay to get review hearings

posted: 07/22/2013 3:41 a.m.

MIAMI — Seventy-one inmates at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay will get parole-board-style hearings at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba, the Pentagon said Sunday, refusing to say when the panels will meet, whether the media can watch and which of the long-held captives will go first.

Governor: No other options for Detroit

posted: 07/22/2013 3:39 a.m.

DETROIT — It wasn’t easy making Detroit the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy protection, but it was the right decision, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Sunday as he, the city’s mayor and its emergency manager made the television talk show rounds.

No letup in violence in Iraq; 13 more die

posted: 07/22/2013 3:36 a.m.

BAGHDAD — Bombings and shootings in Iraq killed 13 people on Sunday, as the death toll from a coordinated wave of late-night car bombings and other attacks the day before jumped past 70, authorities said.

20 die as mortar shells hit Syrian market

posted: 07/22/2013 3:34 a.m.

AMMAN, Jordan — Government troops fired mortar rounds that slammed into a main market in a town in northern Syria on Sunday, killing at least 20 civilians, activist groups said.

The world in brief

posted: 07/22/2013 3:33 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “My concern is that it can go on for a long time, as in many, many months to multiple years.And the civilian casualties, the enormous flow of refugees and the dislocation and so forth and the human suffering associated with it will only increase in time.” David Shedd, No. 2 in the U.S.

Japan ruling party snags win

posted: 07/22/2013 3:31 a.m.

TOKYO — Japanese voters handed a landslide victory to the governing Liberal Democratic Party in parliamentary elections Sunday, opening the possibility of dramatic changes in the long-paralyzed country, even as it returned Japan to effective one-party rule that seemed to thwart recent hopes for a more competitive democracy.

Donation to help keep NLR park attractive

posted: 07/22/2013 3:19 a.m.

A favorite spot in North Little Rock for bridal and engagement photos, tour group visits or just a leisurely stroll, the Old Mill at T.R. Pugh Memorial Park and its surrounding grounds need constant attention to maintain and enhance the city park’s aesthetics.

Other days

posted: 07/22/2013 3:15 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 22, 1913 WASHINGTON — Senator James P. Clarke of Arkansas, president pro tem. of the Senate, faced that august body today with half a shave. Vice President Marshall was out of town and as the bells were tinkling the call for assembly, Senator Clarke, comfortably stretched out in a chair in the barber shop, was warned by pages that the Senate was without a presiding officer. The senator hurriedly wiped the lather from his face and bolted for the chamber. The Republican side saw him clean shaven; the Democrats viewed a day’s whiskers.

Crash on I-40 fatal to Fort Smith teen

posted: 07/22/2013 3:13 a.m.

A Fort Smith teen died Sunday, two days after a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 40 in Pulaski County, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality accident report.

EDITORIALS: Oh, no, no, no — not yet

posted: 07/22/2013 3:11 a.m.

PLEASE, oh, please, not yet. It’s too soon. Much too soon. There oughta be a law. And such a law wouldn’t necessarily violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution if somebody could demonstrate that talking presidential politics this far out is not just bad taste but obscene.

COLUMNISTS: A touch of sanity

posted: 07/22/2013 3:10 a.m.

“No justice, no peace” chants the telegenic mob. In a civilized society, however, where the mob doesn’t rule, justice is defined by the verdict that follows a fair trial. It’s the best that humans can do.

Like a rolling stone

posted: 07/22/2013 3:09 a.m.

After all the news about firefighters and fire fights, of Cabinet members leaving and defendants walking, of celebrity falls and plane crashes, you knew that the national media would soon get back to the nonsense. And what was bothering the chattering class last week?

OTHERS SAY: The tale of the Twinkie

posted: 07/22/2013 3:08 a.m.

Twinkies were back in stores last week, which could also mark the unofficial end to post-mortems on why their former maker, Hostess Brands, went bust last year.

Hell on wheels

posted: 07/22/2013 3:06 a.m.

My stiflingly hot hell on wheels started in the summer of 2011. The air conditioning in my 14-year-old Saturn was dead. It was too expensive to fix. And so I decided to suffer the consequences.

Guest writer: A flood of reason

posted: 07/22/2013 3:05 a.m.

Last month, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette writer Bryan Hendricks seemed to suggest that the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission cap salaries or perhaps eliminate private legal staff, apparently because Jim Goodhart, the commission’s lead counsel, had asked for a pay raise.

Only the laws he likes

posted: 07/22/2013 3:03 a.m.

Under the Constitution, can the president simply refuse to enforce a law he disagrees with? Or because he thinks enforcement might hurt him politically?


posted: 07/22/2013 3:02 a.m.

It’s nothing but waste I am all for immigration reform. This giant wall along our Southern border is not reform. It is a giant waste of money.

Fix-it services for cracked screens on rise

posted: 07/22/2013 3 a.m.

Some people drop them. Others leave their mobile phone on the roof of the car and drive off. Or, a user tries to slip the device into a purse or pocket — and misses.


posted: 07/22/2013 3 a.m.

Today 5:30 p.m. Fayetteville City Council Tour — Tri-Cycle Farms, 1691 N. Garland Ave. Fayetteville Planning Commission — Room 219, City Administration Building, 113 W. Mountain St.

RECORDS: July 22nd

posted: 07/22/2013 3 a.m.

Arrests Arkansas State Police • Gina Herbert, 51, of 1592 N. Fieldstone Ave. in Fayetteville was arrested Saturday in connection with felony driving while intoxicated, drugs. Herbert was released Sunday from the Washington County Detention Center on $2,500 bond.


posted: 07/22/2013 3 a.m.

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


posted: 07/22/2013 3 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.

LAWSUITS: July 22nd

posted: 07/22/2013 3 a.m.

July 11 In Re: Perla Guadalupe Vazquez and Perla Guadalupe Vazquez v. In Re: Perla Guadalupe Vazquez and Perla Guadalupe Vazquez Dianna Helgeson and Dale Helgeson v. Cozzini Brothers Inc. and Primedge Inc. Susan K. Burch v. Brandie J. Biggs


posted: 07/22/2013 3 a.m.

July 11 Scotty Ray Benton, 33, and Tina Marie Willis, 34, both of Siloam Springs Lindsey Charles Holloway, 52, Muskogee, Okla., and Mitzi Renee Woodburn, 43, Wagoner, Okla.

Air Force trades paper for iPads

posted: 07/22/2013 2:53 a.m.

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — There are two things immediately apparent about the C-21 A passenger jet under the command of Air Force Maj. Jared Detloff.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 07/22/2013 2:46 a.m.

ARKADELPHIA Henry Whitaker, 1106 Cutter St., July 12, 2013, Chapter 13. ATKINS Cory Earl and Elizabeth Ann Chapman, 206 Avenue 4 NE, July 15, 2013, Chapter 7. AUGUSTA Jimmy and Sharon Peevy, 3999 Arkansas 260, July 16, 2013, Chapter 13. Joe Nathan and Connie Sue Akins, 1210 Arkansas 33 N., July 12, 2013, Chapter 13.

Voting opens for fitness awards

posted: 07/22/2013 2:43 a.m.

The Arkansas Governor’s Council on Fitness and Baptist Health are planning a party for 10.

Thumbs incur bulk of student ‘exercise’

posted: 07/22/2013 2:42 a.m.

Much has been made of accidents caused by people who use smartphones while moving, for instance, texting while walking. But a new report by researchers at Kent State University in Ohio suggests phone use in general encourages people to move less.

Fly facts

posted: 07/22/2013 2:38 a.m.

Using insecticides to control horsefly populations poses environmental hazards. The flies lay eggs on plants and objects near water. The environment could be harmed by the amount of chemical needed to spray these areas enough to wipe out the horseflies.

Ow! Bloodthirsty female horseflies torment people, too

posted: 07/22/2013 2:37 a.m.

Drought-fearing Arkansans long for rain as summer reduces lush green to tan tinder. But a dry summer has one excellent advantage over a damp one: fewer horseflies.

New workouts: Ultimate Kettlebell Workouts for Beginners

posted: 07/22/2013 2:34 a.m.

Title: Ultimate Kettlebell Workouts for Beginners by Acacia What is it: An introduction to kettlebell workouts led by Paul Katami.

COMMENTARY: Done correctly, lifeguarding is not an easy job

posted: 07/22/2013 2:34 a.m.

You head to the neighborhood pool for the day. The kids want to swim and you just want to be doing nothing for a while. Everyone files through the gate as you scan for an open lounge chair and your friends. The kids have sunscreen on, you have your book, and yes — Mike is the lifeguard on duty.


posted: 07/22/2013 2:31 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: All I’ve ever wanted in life is to be happy, but just when I think I’ve found happiness, it vanishes. I thought I’d finally found it with the boyfriend I’ve been living with the past few months, but now he’s dumped me and I’m back to square one. Doesn’t God want me to be happy? — J.K.


posted: 07/22/2013 2:30 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll give your love unconditionally, and this will help someone else grow, which fulfills a deep sense of purpose in you.


posted: 07/22/2013 2:29 a.m.

Can one side of your body be more allergic than the other?

Kinetic energy fuels improvement in gait

posted: 07/22/2013 2:28 a.m.

SEATTLE — Carl Simmons used to run 5K races. Now the 76-year-old stroke survivor just wants to be able to keep up with his wife on a walk.


posted: 07/22/2013 2:25 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Here is this week’s sound off, about restaurants and dining utensils : DEAR HELOISE: Is it rude to eat dinner with a spoon? Restaurants have special salad forks, fish forks, etc. But some don’t even provide spoons unless you request them. In the meantime, my wife is struggling to eat her salad, while I try to get peas to stay on my fork. (My diet doesn’t permit mashed potatoes, so I can’t use them to hold the peas.) — Pete in Livingston, N.J.

Super Quiz: “Little” Americana (Each answer begins with “Little”

posted: 07/22/2013 2:25 a.m.

1. Charlie Chaplin’s most famous character 2. Capital city of Arkansas 3. Comic-strip character with a dog named Sandy

MASTER CLASS: ‘Good Morning’ starts with strengthening exercise

posted: 07/22/2013 2:24 a.m.

Have you ever injured your lower back while working out? It happens more often than it should.

Poison-free gizmo dooms horseflies

posted: 07/22/2013 2:23 a.m.

The most effective way to kill dozens of horseflies is to use the trap equivalent of the Trojan horse.


posted: 07/22/2013 2:01 a.m.

Since the summer nationals will be starting very shortly in Atlanta, all this week’s deals come from last summer’s national tournament in Philadelphia.

Today’s game

posted: 07/22/2013 2 a.m.

ARKANSAS AT NW ARKANSAS WHEN 7:05 p.m. today WHERE Arvest Ballpark, Springdale

TEXAS LEAGUE: Naturals slip by Cardinals with 2-run rally in wild 9th

posted: 07/22/2013 2 a.m.

The Northwest Naturals scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth, both coming on bases-loaded wild pitches by Springfield reliever Deryk Hooker, to pull out a 5-4 victory over the Springfield Cardinals before an announced crowd of 3,820 at Arvest Ballpark Sunday night in Springdale.

HOG CALLS: Bielema sees some of Fry at Arkansas

posted: 07/22/2013 2 a.m.

Regarding rules, Bret Bielema is no Barney Fife.

Kentucky at a glance

posted: 07/22/2013 2 a.m.

LAST SEASON 2-10, 0-8 (7th) in SEC East COACH Mark Stoops (first season)

Russian market is a huge frontier for wireless firms

posted: 07/22/2013 2 a.m.

Russian mobile carriers are gearing up for about $13 billion in spending to boost data speeds, creating the next major market for network suppliers.

Legislator loses appeal of ruling on ethics

posted: 07/22/2013 2 a.m.

A Pulaski County circuit judge on Tuesday upheld ethics sanctions against a Harrisburg lawmaker who said he did not know his mother would be considered part of his immediate family under state campaign-finance laws.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 07/22/2013 2 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “When we fill positions, we try to fill them with someone who costs less than the one who left.” Hartford Superintendent Teresa Ragsdale

Raze dam, resources panel orders

posted: 07/22/2013 2 a.m.

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission on Wednesday ordered a Clinton landowner to remove an approximately 30-foot-tall dam that he constructed on his property in a floodway without first obtaining a permit.

Public-school vision group gets new chief

posted: 07/22/2013 2 a.m.

Gary Newton, a former chamber of commerce executive who last year established Arkansas Learns, a private-sector alliance for excellence in education, is taking on a new role.

NOTEWORTHY DEATH: British actor influenced news parodies

posted: 07/22/2013 2 a.m.

Actor and writer Mel Smith, a major force in British comedy whose evening news parody anticipated the hijinks of hits such as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, has died of a heart attack, his agent, Michael Foster, said Saturday. He was 60.

It took four long years for Amy Crain’s dream

posted: 07/22/2013 2 a.m.

When Amy Crain was 13, she went to her first Miss Arkansas pageant as a spectator and fell in love with the idea of competing. It wasn’t long after watching her hometown winner, Lauren Davidson, receive the crown that she wrote her parents a fourpage essay detailing why she wanted to compete in the Miss America system.

Districts Still Face Battle To Improve

posted: 07/22/2013 2 a.m.

State officials will continue monitoring the financial condition of the Alpena and Hartford school districts through the fall, then announce a determination about their status in November.

Limits fuzzy on personalized plates

posted: 07/22/2013 2 a.m.

In the wake of court rulings in other states that have set limits on what kinds of personalized license plate requests a state can reject, an Arkansas legislator said lawmakers should take a look at the issue.

Sheriff’s office aims to outfit patrol dog

posted: 07/22/2013 2 a.m.

The Sebastian County sheriff’s office is reaching out to community members to outfit a 48-pound patrol deputy.

Tribute to flag artist planned

posted: 07/22/2013 2 a.m.

Whenever Jason Irby drives past a mural of Willie K. Hocker painted on a building in downtown Pine Bluff, he imagines her eyes focused on his hometown of Wabbaseka about 18 miles northeast.

Boehner: No stance on alien clause

posted: 07/22/2013 2 a.m.

House Speaker John Boehner refused to take a stand on whether immigration law changes should include a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal aliens, saying he didn’t want to jeopardize passage of a bill.

Philippe becomes Belgium’s seventh king

posted: 07/22/2013 2 a.m.

Belgians shouted “Long live the king” Sunday to welcome their new monarch to the throne on a sunny national holiday. But several legislators from northern Flanders boycotted King Philippe’s coronation, highlighting the long-standing feud between the nation’s Dutch-speaking Flemings and Francophones — the biggest challenge the new monarch will face.

Egypt panel starts to revise constitution

posted: 07/22/2013 2 a.m.

The panel working to amend Egypt’s constitution after the army’s ouster of President Mohammed Morsi began its work Sunday as the military-backed interim leadership forged ahead with its fast-track transition plan aimed at taking the country back to democratic rule.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Galaxy S4 impressive, but hit-and-miss on TV ad boasts

posted: 07/22/2013 12:51 a.m.

Smartphones are getting smarter, or at least are getting cooler features.

Task force favoring cottages over dorms for vets

posted: 07/22/2013 12:47 a.m.

Instead of a traditional dormitory-type veterans home, the state Department of Veterans Affairs and members of the Veterans Home Task Force said they want it to look more like a neighborhood than a hospital.

Odor leads to 3 bodies in Ohio city

posted: 07/22/2013 12:44 a.m.

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio — Authorities responding to a report of a foul odor from a home discovered a body and arrested a registered sex offender who sent police and volunteers through a poor Ohio neighborhood in a search for more victims, officials said Sunday. Two more bodies were found.

142ND BRITISH OPEN: Sir Philip of Muirfield

posted: 07/22/2013 12:29 a.m.

By the numbers 0• Drivers hit during 72 holes by winner Phil Mickelson Players who finished under par 2• 13-woods hit in succession by Mickelson to reach the 575-yard 17th green, into the wind 3• Lee Westwood’s lead after six holes Sunday 4• Consecutive bogeys by Adam Scott after he took the lead on the back nine 5• Players that had or shared the lead in the final round; also number of career majors won by Mickelson, all since 2004 9• Shots made up by Mickelson on third-round leader Westwood 16• Birdies by Mickelson over 72 holes, with six Sunday 19• Number of strokes needed by Mickelson to complete the final six holes Sunday 20• Top 3 finishes for Mickelson in majors: 5 victories, 8 seconds, 7 thirds 24• Average number of strokes required by field to play final 6 holes Sunday Putts by Mickelson in final round 42• 26Career Tour victories by Mickelson, along with 29 second-place finishes, 24 third-place showings Leaderboard 142ND BRITISH OPEN At Muirfield, Gullane, Scotland Par 71, 7,192 yards Purse: $7.8 mill

Purple Heart Order To Rally In Rogers

posted: 07/22/2013 12:17 a.m.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart will hold its national convention Aug. 5-10 at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers.

Sunday, July 21

Philippe becomes king of Belgium

posted: 07/21/2013 3:16 p.m.

BRUSSELS — Belgians shouted "Long live the king" Sunday to welcome their new monarch to the throne on a sunny national holiday.

Froome rides to victory in 100th Tour de France

posted: 07/21/2013 3:01 p.m.

PARIS — Chris Froome won the 100th Tour de France on Sunday, having dominated rivals over three weeks on the road and adroitly dealt with doping suspicions off it.

Netanyahu: Peace talks will be tough

posted: 07/21/2013 2:25 p.m.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that planned peace talks with the Palestinians will be tough and any agreement reached would have to be ratified in a national referendum.

Rain helps firefighters battle wildfire in Southern California

posted: 07/21/2013 12:59 p.m.

IDYLLWILD, Calif. — Firefighters in Southern California aided by heavy rain in the mountains above Palm Springs were starting to turn the tide Sunday on a stubborn wildfire that has burned across more than 40 square miles, destroyed a handful of homes and forced the evacuation of thousands of people.

Mickelson wins his first British Open title

posted: 07/21/2013 11:52 a.m.

GULLANE, Scotland — Phil Mickelson has won the British Open with a spectacular finish.

Ohio police chief: 1 or 2 more bodies possible

updated: 07/21/2013 12:46 p.m.

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio — Searchers rummaging through vacant houses in a neighborhood where three bodies were found wrapped in plastic bags should be prepared to find one or two more victims, a police chief said Sunday.

Medicaid plan to aid lockups

posted: 07/21/2013 5:02 a.m.

As a result of the expansion of Medicaid approved by the Legislature this year, Arkansas expects to shift much of the cost of providing hospital care for inmates to the federal government, saving the state millions of dollars a year.

2% raises to appear in checks of 27,000

posted: 07/21/2013 5:01 a.m.

For the first time in three years, most state employees in Arkansas are getting cost-of-living raises in fiscal 2014, which started July 1.

Mideast talks set to resume

posted: 07/21/2013 5 a.m.

JERUSALEM — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed to resume peace talks with Israel only after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gave him a letter guaranteeing that the basis of the negotiations will be Israel’s pre-1967 borders, two senior Palestinian officials said Saturday.

Clinic Director Has History Of Fraud Accusations

posted: 07/21/2013 5 a.m.

There are no cars in the parking lot at Situs Cancer Research Center. A recreational vehicle sits in a back parking lot near a pile of items covered by a tarp.

Mount Hebron Road Closed for Work

posted: 07/21/2013 5 a.m.

portion of Mount Hebron Road will be closed until Aug. 14 for construction.

College Plans Still Taking Shape In Washington County

posted: 07/21/2013 5 a.m.

Liz Garrigus drives at least 45 minutes to attend classes at NorthWest Arkansas Community College’s campus in Bentonville.

Tunnel Work Begins

posted: 07/21/2013 5 a.m.

Drivers can expect delays for several weeks as construction begins on a tunnel under Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Liquor Permits Still To Be Decided

posted: 07/21/2013 5 a.m.

A three-day marathon of meetings by the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board in Little Rock ended Thursday with at least 15 retail liquor permits unawarded.

Miss Arkansas is crowned

posted: 07/21/2013 4:58 a.m.

Amid tears of joy and amazement, four-time contestant Amy Crain was finally crowned Miss Arkansas on Saturday night.

Aluminum shuffle adds to bank’s bottom line

posted: 07/21/2013 4:57 a.m.

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. — Hundreds of millions of times a day, thirsty Americans open cans of soda, beer or juice. And every time they do, they pay a fraction of a penny more because of a maneuver by Goldman Sachs and other financial players that ultimately costs consumers billions of dollars.

Engines from ocean are moon rocket’s

posted: 07/21/2013 4:56 a.m.

A team led by’s founder and chief executive, Jeff Bezos, has confirmed that the engines it retrieved from the floor of the Atlantic Ocean belong to the Saturn V rocket that took the Apollo 11 astronauts to the moon 44 years ago.

Ralliers across U.S. call for ‘Justice for Trayvon’

posted: 07/21/2013 4:55 a.m.

ATLANTA — One week after a jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, people gathered for nationwide rallies to press for changes to self-defense laws, and for federal civil-rights charges against the former neighborhood-watch leader.

Leak scorecard spurs crackdown

posted: 07/21/2013 4:48 a.m.

Soon after President Barack Obama appointed him director of national intelligence in 2009, Dennis Blair called for a tally of the number of government officials or employees who had been prosecuted for leaking national security secrets. He was dismayed by what he found.

Egyptian legal committee formed

posted: 07/21/2013 4:47 a.m.

Egypt’s interim president named a committee of legal experts Saturday to propose amendments to the country’s Islamist-drafted constitution after a popularly backed military coup ousted the country’s first freely elected president.

NASA, lawmakers at odds on working alongside Chinese

posted: 07/21/2013 4:40 a.m.

Most Americans know how the space race began: the 1957 launch of Sputnik by the U.S.S.R. But fewer remember how it all but ended: a 1975 mission in which an Apollo spacecraft docked with its Soviet counterpart in low Earth orbit.

Land’s rich history pits owner, power utility

posted: 07/21/2013 4:38 a.m.

All he was looking for was a little retirement property. But Robert Zornes, an RV-park owner, wound up with quite a lot more.

Panel shy of goal on Civil War signs

posted: 07/21/2013 4:37 a.m.

Every county in the state has a story to tell relating to the 1861-1865 Civil War, and those tales need to be noted for history before the war’s 150th anniversary period is over, members of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission say.

The world in brief

posted: 07/21/2013 4:36 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We don’t know who to blame for these security breaches, but we are sure of one thing: Our people are bleeding every day.” Clothes vendor Karim Sami, who was working near the site of a car bombing Saturday that was among a wave of seven in Baghdad that killed 46 people

The nation in brief

posted: 07/21/2013 4:35 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “One year ago, the peace of our community was shattered. We are still seeking justice.” Aurora, Colo., Mayor Steve Hogan, on the movie theater shooting that left 12 dead and 70 wounded

TV news shows

posted: 07/21/2013 4:35 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas ; Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. 9 a.m. KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.

Names and faces

posted: 07/21/2013 4:34 a.m.

Police were investigating a purported scuffle Friday between rapper Kanye West and a cameraman at Los Angeles International Airport, where paparazzi are known to lurk in hopes of snapping shots of celebrities.

In the news

posted: 07/21/2013 4:34 a.m.

Gordon Jones, the senior military historian and curator at the Atlanta History Center, said there are several ways a Civil War cannonball unearthed at an Atlanta construction site could have gotten there, including having been fired by federal soldiers from outside the city or simply left behind.

142ND BRITISH OPEN: Westwood leads by two after outdueling Woods

posted: 07/21/2013 4:33 a.m.

Lee Westwood has contended enough in the majors that he can identify important moments, even if he could barely see his ball.

Other days

posted: 07/21/2013 4:30 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 21, 1913 The old statehouse, which is being repaired thoroughly under the direction of Secretary of State Earle W. Hodges, has begun to present a natty appearance.

HOG FUTURES AUSTIN ALLEN: Allen boys huddle up

posted: 07/21/2013 4:29 a.m.

Tenth in a series profiling newcomers to the Arkansas football team. — Austin Allen has no worries about competing at quarterback with his older brother, Brandon, on the Arkansas football team.

SEC PREVIEW ALABAMA: Tide roll in loaded for Bear

posted: 07/21/2013 4:26 a.m.

Fifth in a series previewing SEC football teams.

LIKE IT IS: Alabama . . . Alabama . . . Alabama . . . Alabama

posted: 07/21/2013 4:22 a.m.

According to the media attending last week’s SEC football media days, the conference might as well mail Alabama another SEC Championship trophy.

COMMENTARY: Manning’s numbers still elite in Denver

posted: 07/21/2013 4:21 a.m.

Roughly two weeks ago, Ron Jaworski, the quarterback guru from ESPN and a former NFL MVP, traveled to Virginia for a round of golf.

TOUR DE FRANCE: Froome keeps grasp on lead heading to final stage

posted: 07/21/2013 4:19 a.m.

Chris Froome has two hands firmly on the Tour de France trophy. All that remains is for the British rider to raise it above his head before cheering crowds in Paris today.


posted: 07/21/2013 4:17 a.m.

Pat and Charles Evans of North Little Rock celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Saturday at a drop-in reception with friends and family at Parkstone Independent Living Center, North Little Rock.


posted: 07/21/2013 4:16 a.m.

Shaquan Dawson, daughter of Margaret and Bruce Dawson of Little Rock, and Martell Murray, son of Jennifer and Edward Murray of Pine Bluff; Sept. 28.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Mets bullpen bails out rookie Wheeler in victory

posted: 07/21/2013 4:16 a.m.

Gonzalez Germen came out of the bullpen to relieve fellow rookie Zack Wheeler and help the New York Mets hold off the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 on Saturday.

Wilkins making most of promotion

updated: 07/23/2013 10:49 a.m.

Getting a promotion is something most people remember.

When going gets tough, the Yeti keeps its cool

posted: 07/21/2013 4:13 a.m.

After going head-to-head against two new premier level coolers, the Yeti Tundra is still the coldest.

NBA summer league simmers in Las Vegas

posted: 07/21/2013 4:09 a.m.

The NBA used to go on vacation once its champion was crowned and its draft completed in late June.

SEC Media Days Report: Sumlin puts lid on talk about Manziel

posted: 07/21/2013 4:07 a.m.

Texas A&;M Coach Kevin Sumlin never came right out and said publicly during his visit at SEC media days what he thinks about his Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel’s off-season shenanigans, which included his unscheduled departure from the Manning Passing Academy the weekend before arriving in Hoover.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Hogs ‘at top’ for Shreveport WR

posted: 07/21/2013 4:03 a.m.

Arkansas has received eight commitments since last Sunday, and the Hogs are eager to add receiver Jared Cornelius to the list. He was one of about 80 prospects who attended the Hogs’ Elite camp on Friday.

Five commit to Hogs in 22-minute span

posted: 07/21/2013 4:01 a.m.

Coach Bret Bielama and his staff must have felt they hit the jackpot in recruiting when five different prospects orally committed to the Razorbacks within a 22-minute span on Saturday afternoon.

High school football report

posted: 07/21/2013 4 a.m.

Register calls Ealy ‘huge hire’ Former Arkansas assistant Clifton Ealy joined Little Rock Central’s coaching staff last week.

Arkansas squads get taste of AAU football

posted: 07/21/2013 3:59 a.m.

The blue and silver uniforms mirror the Detroit Lions, but the Arkansas Lions, at least in their debut, looked more like an NFL expansion team.

Razorbacks report: UA coach: New facility one of best

posted: 07/21/2013 3:57 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema said he has essentially not unpacked his football items since moving into his office in the Broyles Athletic Center more than seven months ago.

British Open report

posted: 07/21/2013 3:56 a.m.

Laird’s day gets worse with penalty — Martin Laird was at home in Scotland, closing in on the lead at the British Open when it all went wrong.

‘Mechanic’ sputters in third

posted: 07/21/2013 3:52 a.m.

Miguel Angel Jimenez likes to relax with a good cigar and a glass of red wine. He might need something a little stronger after Saturday.

Cowboys look to end their run of mediocrity

posted: 07/21/2013 3:50 a.m.

Tony Romo is rested and ready. He has a big new contract and new responsibilities.

Jones comfortable with Garrett

posted: 07/21/2013 3:48 a.m.

Jerry Jones opened his 25th training camp as owner of the Dallas Cowboys sounding as if coach Jason Garrett would be around for 25 more.


posted: 07/21/2013 3:45 a.m.

News and notes Pitcher Brandon Farley (Arkansas State/Jonesboro) was suspended by the Augusta GreenJackets (A Giants) on July 12.

Today’s tee times

posted: 07/21/2013 3:41 a.m.

All times Central 1 A.M. Shiv Kapur, Sandy Lyle 1:10 A.M. Kevin Streelman, Bo Van Pelt 1:20 A.M. K.T. Kim, Mikko Ilonen

Second thoughts

posted: 07/21/2013 3:40 a.m.

Indians need a new roster of fake names It’s possible the Cleveland Indians might be staying at another hotel the next time they are in Minneapolis to play the Minnesota Twins.

Off the wire

posted: 07/21/2013 3:36 a.m.

GOLF Recari, Creamer lead Spain’s Beatriz Recari birdied the two closing par 5s to catch Paula Creamer atop the leaderboard through 54 holes Saturday in the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.

State sports briefs

posted: 07/21/2013 3:35 a.m.

GOLF Carpenter finishes 52nd, Key 68th Alex Carpenter of Little Rock shot a 3-over 75 on Saturday to finish in a tie for 52nd place at the Southern Amateur Championship at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas.

Art the hard way

posted: 07/21/2013 3:32 a.m.

Academics brought a pair of artists to this Arkansas River Valley community whose works won consecutive Delta Awards from the Arkansas Arts Center.


posted: 07/21/2013 3:32 a.m.

Keough-Ohlson Eva Marie Ohlson and Patrick Edward Keough were united in marriage Saturday in Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. The Rev. Canon Paul McLain officiated.

Fans, clips tell Springsteen & I tales

posted: 07/21/2013 3:27 a.m.

London-based filmmaker Baillie Walsh wrote and directed the 2008 Daniel Craig comedy Flashbacks of a Fool, did his own photography for a documentary on the band Oasis and directed a series of music videos for Kylie Minogue (“Slow” ), Boy George (“Generations of Love” ), Massive Attack (“Unfinished Sympathy” ), New Order (“World” ) and INXS (“Taste It” ).

SPIN CYCLE: Whiff of Boo Boo just too …

posted: 07/21/2013 3:25 a.m.

Spin Cycle presents another installment of “All the News That’s Fit to Razz” … The season premiere of TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo — about pint-size pageant queen Alana and her self-proclaimed “redneck” kin (Mama June, Sugar Bear, Pumpkin, Chickadee and Chubbs) — kicked off with “Watch & Sniff” cards of six scents in People and Us Weekly magazines, allowing viewers to not only see but smell the episode.

CRITICAL MASS: Springsteen’s still Boss in cinema verite of fans

posted: 07/21/2013 3:23 a.m.

I’ve gotten on the wrong side of Bruce Springsteen fans before and it’s not something I’d advise. They have listservs and they don’t care about copyright.

THE TV COLUMN: Group’s new cause: Sexual exploitation of girls

posted: 07/21/2013 3:21 a.m.

Scene: Family Guy’s teenage daughter, Meg Griffin, is abducted in Paris and auctioned as a sex slave.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Rivalry intensifies with age

posted: 07/21/2013 3:17 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I have always been the smart one. The sister was an average student, and I have always excelled in all areas of academia. This sounds conceited, I know, and I’m not writing off my sibling.


posted: 07/21/2013 3:16 a.m.

Happy birthday. You don’t know the path, but if you start the journey anyway, fate conspires to take you to a beautiful destination. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

TV ON DVD: Cosby’s Fat Albert cartoons teach life lessons with laughs

posted: 07/21/2013 3:16 a.m.

What is it? Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids: The Complete Series, 110 episodes on 15 discs from Shout! Factory When? Now How much? $119.99 Cosby as in Bill Cosby? The very same.

LET’S TALK: ‘Associate’ role opens heart to joys, fears and fundraisers

posted: 07/21/2013 3:14 a.m.

With my having no children or grandchildren, it was bound to happen: I sort of feel like an associate parent/ grandparent of my friends’ progeny. Not that I’ve been asked to baby sit, change diapers or take any young people to the mall, mind you.

Culture, no cannabis, please

posted: 07/21/2013 3:13 a.m.

If you’ve come to Amsterdam for the cannabis, cafes legally selling marijuana in this famously tolerant Dutch metropolis remain open to foreign tourists, though that is no longer the case in some other parts of The Netherlands.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Official, unofficial aids guide your way in Europe

posted: 07/21/2013 3:09 a.m.

While some tourist information offices have been privatized, most in Europe are still a good source for sightseeing tips.

Dying outside U.S. is nightmare for kin

posted: 07/21/2013 3:08 a.m.

Actor James Gandolfini was just one of the thousands of Americans who die while traveling abroad each year. Their survivors need to cope with not only grief, but also the logistics of trying to repatriate the body.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Traveler to-do list ... again

posted: 07/21/2013 3:05 a.m.

My inbox is full of “tips” for travelers on summer trips. Most are some combination of (1) obvious, pedestrian advice and (2) plugs for some product or system that you shouldn’t leave without taking /using/whatever. Actually, figuring out what you need to do is neither complicated nor arcane — just a bit of common sense.


posted: 07/21/2013 3:05 a.m.

It’s time to update the list of things I should have learned by now. Not because I’ve learned them, but because new additions to the list keep occurring to me.

The discussion isn’t over on openly carrying guns

posted: 07/21/2013 2:59 a.m.

During the last legislative session, gun rights proponents pushed a bill that would have allowed Arkansans to carry handguns openly in certain areas often called an “open carry” law. The bill they sought did not pass.

THAT’S BUSINESS: Development’s decaying streets of dreams stand empty

posted: 07/21/2013 2:59 a.m.

Know what comes after 7? In this case, it’s 9.

The song

posted: 07/21/2013 2:57 a.m.

When I was a boy growing up in Mississippi, my father liked to “drive around looking at houses.” That was his expression.

Apache sells unit in $3.7 billion deal

posted: 07/21/2013 2:53 a.m.

The Apache Corp. agreed to sell its business in the Gulf of Mexico’s shelf to a portfolio company owned by the private equity firm Riverstone Energy for about $3.75 billion.

Enbridge seeks pipeline OK

posted: 07/21/2013 2:52 a.m.

MARSHALL, Mo. — Even with the Keystone XL pipeline a lightning rod in a national debate over environmental safety and climate change, another company, Enbridge Inc. of Calgary, Alberta, is hoping to begin construction early next month on a 600-mile-long pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Flanagan, Ill., about 100 miles southwest of Chicago, to the company’s terminal in Cushing, Okla.

Hay, pastures start year in good shape

posted: 07/21/2013 2:51 a.m.

Arkansas ranchers and hay farmers are in much better shape this year, with more hay harvested to date than in all of last year, agricultural experts say.

Guest column: What the immigration bill overlooks

posted: 07/21/2013 2:49 a.m.

In passing the monstrosity known as immigration reform, the Senate overlooked a few things of importance. This is unsurprising. A bill on immigration that is backed by leading Republicans and Democrats, big business, and government-co-opted unions is bound to have missed some things.

Towns vie to get fertilizer factories

posted: 07/21/2013 2:49 a.m.

TUSCOLA, Ill. — In years past, Brian Moody’s efforts to bring economic development to his small Illinois town focused on modest projects, such as merging an old hardware store whose owner was retiring with another shop to preserve 30 jobs or pointing artists to a vacant downtown building.

Farm bill fight threatens to put catfish regulation on the hook

posted: 07/21/2013 2:48 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The future of a $14 million-a-year catfish inspection program that stands to block imports of cheaper, foreign-raised catfish hangs in the balance as House and Senate negotiators get ready to iron out details of the 2013 farm bill.

EDITORIALS: Now they tell us

posted: 07/21/2013 2:46 a.m.

IT NOW turns out that, two days after the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville announced the successor to its departing director for “advancement,” who was leaving under considerable pressure, a legal agreement was executed spelling out the deal.

COLUMNISTS: Before the Starbucks …

posted: 07/21/2013 2:45 a.m.

After living nine years in Farmington in Washington County, my wife and I moved back to central Arkansas. While searching for land on which to build our retirement home, we are temporarily living in a rental house near Arkansas 10 on the western edge of Pulaski County.

OTHERS SAY: Your raisins or your life

posted: 07/21/2013 2:45 a.m.

Rogue raisin farmer Marvin Horne owes the U.S. government hundreds of dollars in unpaid fines—and millions of pounds of raisins.

Make abortion obsolete

posted: 07/21/2013 2:44 a.m.

Ever gotten into a debate over which of our practices will cause people to conclude, 100 years from now, that we were absolute savages?

The Commish

posted: 07/21/2013 2:43 a.m.

In our youths together, Ken Reeves of Harrison gained limited fame (among those of us who ragged on him) as the slowest kid ever to play junior Goblin quarterback. Little wonder, considering his feet already measured size 12 or 13.

Parsing politics

posted: 07/21/2013 2:42 a.m.

They had a capacity crowd and waiting list Wednesday for a panel of pundits—columnists, bloggers, a right-wing radio host and a professor—at the Political Animals Club.


posted: 07/21/2013 2:41 a.m.

Overlooked organizers The article on the Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette failed to give credit to the two co-chairs, Anna White and Jenna Mobley (our granddaughter). They were not mentioned or pictured.

Business news in brief

posted: 07/21/2013 2:33 a.m.

Greek restaurant opens in Fayetteville Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe is open for business at 95 E. Joyce Blvd. in Fayetteville.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Rock’s Everclear, pals take Summerland to Fayetteville

posted: 07/21/2013 2:33 a.m.

Everclear, Live, Filter and Sponge are co-headlining the Summerland Tour 2013 Alternative Guitars, which will make a Northwest Arkansas stop at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Arkansas Music Pavilion, Washington County Fairgrounds, 2536 N. McConnell Ave., Fayetteville. Gates open at 6. Tickets are $22- $37, with a limited number of $102 premium seats. Call (479) 443-5600 or visit the website,

Club News

posted: 07/21/2013 2:33 a.m.

ArkAppella ArkAppella Show Chorus, Northwest Arkansas’ Sweet Adelines International chapter, will be striking chords and knocking down pins from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the Rogers Bowling Center, 3500 W. Walnut St., to raise money for ongoing music and educational programs.


posted: 07/21/2013 2:33 a.m.

DEAR MR. WOLFF: In response to a strong two-club opening, would you please comment on the two-diamond response as a waiting bid, as opposed to showing a suit or controls, with an immediate response of two hearts being a double negative? — Wait and See, Boise, Idaho DEAR READER: I prefer to use two diamonds as waiting or negative because that can be combined well with a method espoused by Eric Kokish. In these methods opener’s rebid of two no-trump shows 22-24, and two hearts forces a call of two spades. Now opener rebids no-trump with a balanced game-force ; minor suits show that minor plus longer hearts; three hearts is single-suited hearts. Even if not playing that, I don’t think the immediate double negative via two hearts is very useful.

Local Notes

posted: 07/21/2013 2:33 a.m.

Zumbatomic classes set Zumbatomic, a fun, Latin-inspired dance fitness class designed for children 4 to 12, is available from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. each Wednesday through Aug. 7 at the Metfield Clubhouse, 3 Euston Road in Bella Vista.

DEAR ABBY: Dust-up over vacuum clouds friendship

posted: 07/21/2013 2:33 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: Am I being selfish? My next-door neighbor (who is a friend) knew we had bought an expensive vacuum cleaner last year. She asked if she could try it out on her carpet and I agreed, thinking it would be a one-time favor. I should add that she watches our house and our cat when we’re traveling, and we do likewise for her.


posted: 07/21/2013 2:33 a.m.

Society announcements are published in the Sunday edition of the Profiles section.

Rotary sets upcoming programs

posted: 07/21/2013 2:33 a.m.

The Springdale Rotary Club has scheduled the following programs for the month of August.

SPOTLIGHT KENDRICK FINCHER HYDRATION FOUNDATION: Liquidation of dehydration is goal of Fincher foundation

posted: 07/21/2013 2:33 a.m.

Every death from heat illness is avoidable.

AT OUR BEST: Foundation marks decade with gift

posted: 07/21/2013 2:33 a.m.

The Beau Foundation marked its 10th anniversary with a $125,000 donation to Community Clinic’s Prenatal Pathways at the annual Beau Classic benefit golf tournament July 1 at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers. July 1 was also the first day of Prenatal Care Week.

Stacy Lynn Leeds: Legal eagle

posted: 07/21/2013 2:33 a.m.

SELF PORTRAIT Date and place of birth: Dec. 1, 1971, in Tulsa Occupation: Dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law Family: son Hunter My favorite school subject was history. The Supreme Court case I followed most last term was the Baby Girl adoption case. The best advice I ever received was “life is too short.” Something I’d like to know more about is other cultures around the world, and that’s why I intend to continue to travel extensively.


posted: 07/21/2013 2:33 a.m.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE All times Central Sunday, Aug. 4 Dallas vs. Miami at Canton, Ohio, 7 p.m. (NBC) WEEK 1 Thursday, Aug. 8 Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m. Cincinnati at Atlanta, 7 p.m. (ESPN) St. Louis at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Washington at Tennessee, 7 p.m. Denver at San Francisco, 8 p.m. Seattle at San Diego, 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 NY Jets at Detroit, 6:30 p.m. Miami at Jacksonville, 6:30 p.m. New England at Philadelphia, 6:30 p.m. Arizona at Green Bay, 7 p.m. Chicago at Carolina, 7 p.m. Houston at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Kansas City at New Orleans, 7 p.m. Dallas at Oakland, 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 NY Giants at Pittsburgh, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11 Buffalo at Indianapolis, 12:30 p.m.


posted: 07/21/2013 2:33 a.m.

BASEBALL American League BOSTON RED SOX—Activated SS Stephen Drew from the 15-day DL. Optioned INF Brock Holt to Pawtucket (IL). NEW YORK YANKEES—Placed OF Zoilo Almonte on the 15-day DL.

Dolphins newer, younger, faster, deeper for 2013

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

The Miami Dolphins’ 2012 finale dispelled any illusion they could compete with the AFC’s best. Joe Philbin’s first year as coach ended with a 28-0 loss at New England, an ugly exclamation point to Miami’s fourth consecutive losing season.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Zimmer wins in debut with Naturals

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

Kyle Zimmer, the Kansas City Royals’ first-round pick in 2012, won his Double-A debut for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, 3-1, over the Springfield Cardinals on Saturday night before an announced crowd of 4,849 at Arvest Ballpark.

Gay, Powell point to inner circle

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay painstakingly built their record-setting careers and untainted reputations by resisting shortcuts and exercising tight control over who gained entrance to their inner circles.


posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

Saturday’s results BASEBALL NATIONAL LEAGUE NY Mets 5, Philadelphia 4 Cincinnati 5, Pittsburgh 4 LA Dodgers 3, Washington 1 (10) Milwaukee 6, Miami 0 San Diego 5, St. Louis 3 Colorado 9, Chicago Cubs 3 San Francisco 4, Arizona 3 AMERICAN LEAGUE Tampa Bay 4, Toronto 3 NY Yankees 5, Boston 2 Minnesota 3, Cleveland 2 Seattle 4, Houston 2 Kansas City 6

90-plus pets seized in White County

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

More than 90 cats and dogs were removed from a White County home Friday morning, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

Family Council, leader settle ‘pot’ dispenser suit

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

The president of an Arkansas conservative group that campaigned against legalizing medical marijuana said Friday that he has agreed not to refer in certain ways to machines that dispense the drug in order to settle a lawsuit.

Little Rock man convicted of murder in ’12 altercation

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

A 39-year-old Little Rock man who claimed he had been acting in self-defense was convicted of first-degree murder Thursday night for killing a man in a dispute over a $30 debt.

Fort Smith crash kills woman, 41

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

A 41-year-old woman from Fort Smith died in an early-morning crash Saturday.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We got rid of the ones who were in it for a quick buck. A lot of the breeders, when they realized there are actually penalties for keeping animals in these [poor] conditions, they just got out of the business.” Bob Baker

$2.3 million needed for ’32 courthouse

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

From the outside, the Drew County Courthouse looks like a well-preserved, 1932 Art Deco stone structure.

Government meetings

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

Monday Fayetteville City Council tour, 5:30 p.m., Tri-Cycle Farms Fayetteville Planning Commission, 5:30 p.m.


posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY The following divorces were recorded in the circuit clerk’s office from July 11-17.

Seizures previewed by judges, prosecutors say

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

In response to complaints from Little Rock businessman Stephen Parks and his wife, Anna Harper, that federal agents have improperly seized millions of dollars in cash and property from them, prosecutors insist they have provided “abundant detail,” under seal, to judges who found the information compelling enough to approve the seizures.

Cattle thief handed 10-year prison term

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

A woman serving time in the thefts of rodeo horses and equipment at Southern Arkansas University was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading no contest to accusations of helping to steal cattle.

Cast-off dogs swamp shelters

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

Linda Daniel is accustomed to the interruption of her cellphone and calls for help on the other end of the line.

Volunteers distribute free kits to boost home weatherization

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

Kris Westbrook opened his door Saturday morning to find John Coleman and Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan offering him a free weatherization kit for his home near Walker Park on South College Avenue.

Budget crunch has ax hanging over worker-claims offices

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

The Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission is considering closing its office in either Fort Smith or Springdale, effective July 1, 2014, because of a budget shortfall. Commissioners hope to make a decision in the next few weeks, commission Chairman A. Watson Bell said.

LR to light up overpass by fair

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

Little Rock plans to pay for lighting on a new overpass that will replace the aging portion of Roosevelt Road that crosses over the railroad tracks near the State Fairgrounds. But the project will mean more than just new lights and a smoother car ride.

Syrian forces kill 5 in airstrikes on rebel-held town

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

Syrian government forces bombed a strategic rebel town in the country’s north for the third-straight day Saturday, pounding it with airstrikes that killed at least five people, activists said.

Burma cuts short emergency order

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

Burma’s president on Saturday lifted a state of emergency in the central part of the country put in place after Buddhist-led mobs went on a rampage, killing dozens of Muslims and burning down their shops and homes. Many of the victims were teachers and teenage students from an Islamic school.

Pope’s focus will be on social justice during trip to Brazil

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

A month ago, hundreds of thousands of young people took to the streets of Brazil to protest corruption, wasteful government spending, bad schools and hospitals, police brutality, and other abuses of power. On Monday, Pope Francis, in his first venture abroad, will dive into the middle of that ferment when he begins a weeklong visit to the world’s largest Roman Catholic country.

Afghanistan president endorses new election law

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

The Afghan president approved a new law Saturday governing next year’s presidential and provincial elections, an important step toward a smooth transition of power in 2014 and the final withdrawal of all remaining foreign combat forces from the country.

Germans protest American spying

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

German police said several hundred people staged a protest at a suspected U.S. surveillance facility near Frankfurt on Saturday.

Japanese candidates make last push before elections

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

Candidates for the upper house of Japan’s parliament made final campaign pushes Saturday, a day before elections that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition is expected to easily win as the economy picks up steam.

At least 46 die in latest wave of violence in Iraq

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

A coordinated wave of seven car bombs tore through bustling commercial streets Saturday night in Shiite areas of Baghdad, part of a relentless wave of violence that killed at least 46 inside and outside the capital.

Liquor is lifeblood of one state in India

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

It’s early on a weekday afternoon and the Mullapnathal shop in southern India’s Kerala state is doing a roaring trade in toddy, the local palm wine. Drinkers are pounding them down while munching on “rabbit fry,” a favorite unlikely to give McDonald’s sleepless nights any time soon.

Guns still flow to Mexico despite border searches

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

Gununners once were so nonchalant about driving into Mexico that one smuggler stashed a.50-caliber rifle on the top of the engine block of a sedan, the weapon visible to anyone who bothered to pop the hood.

Aurora marks anniversary of theater rampage

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Some recited the names of the dead. Some did good deeds for their neighbors. And some practiced yoga, walked through nature, or simply talked.

Tree’s leaves lift spirits; school’s honeylocust lives

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

The tree at Plaza Towers Elementary School has leaves again.

Land bidders face risk of explosives at N.H. compound

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

Federal officials preparing to sell the New Hampshire compound of a tax-evading couple convicted of amassing an arsenal of weapons can’t guarantee that explosives and other booby traps aren’t hidden on the 103-acre spread.

Area lotteries

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

Numbers drawn Saturday: Missouri Lotto 17-19-29-32-39-44 Estimated jackpot: $2.2 million Oklahoma Lotto 16-24-28-32-45 Hot ball: 2 Estimated jackpot: $7.1 million Powerball 14-25-27-38-58 Powerball: 6 Estimated jackpot: $141 million

Trailblazing journalist Helen Thomas dies at 92

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

Helen Thomas, a trailblazing White House correspondent in a press corps dominated by men and later the dean of the White House briefing room, died Saturday at home in Washington. She was 92.

New Orleans jail dispute to resume

posted: 07/21/2013 2:32 a.m.

The legal tussle over the costs of overhauling the New Orleans jail is about to resume in a federal courtroom, where lawyers are expected to press the case that the sheriff doesn’t need more money from the city to implement court-ordered improvements aimed at ending violence, poor security and inadequate health care.

State Politics Offers Hope To Voters Unlike Washington

posted: 07/21/2013 2:28 a.m.

According to an April opinion poll by the Pew Research Center, while 57 percent of Americans view their state government favorably, only 28 percent feel the same way about the federal government. That’s understandable after watching the events of the past few months.

An Odd Argument Made For Same-Sex Marriage

posted: 07/21/2013 2:28 a.m.

The recent Supreme Court ruling striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and striking down a California law prohibiting same sex marriage has once again propelled the political debate over same-sex marriage to the forefront.

Money Talks; State GOP Says Little

posted: 07/21/2013 2:28 a.m.

The state Republican Party is at the goal line of state government dominance. They control the state Senate. They have a bare majority in the House where they scare enough conservative Democratic members to get by. All they need to cross the goal is a governor.

President Kennedy Inspired Nation’s Fitness 50 Years Ago

posted: 07/21/2013 2:28 a.m.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of John F.

Activism Still Resonates After 15 Years

posted: 07/21/2013 2:28 a.m.

After long exposure to my numerous letters to the editor, Mike Masterson, who was editor of the Northwest Arkansas Times in 1998, asked me if I’d like to be a community columnist for a while. This month marks 15 years of my opining for “a while,” writing mostly on environmental issues, although I’ve also taken an occasional side trip to other topics. One such venture, for example, was a series I wrote about my mother. After a couple of those columns had been printed, the editorial page boss at the time gently inquired how many more I had in mind. Interestingly, I’ve had more positive comments over the years about those four installments than on any of my other articles.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: How Can The Government Restore Trust?

posted: 07/21/2013 2:28 a.m.

Every law abiding, tax paying, play by the rules person I speak to, without exception, says they no longer trust our government. I feel the same way. There is not one thing I can think of that leads me to believe anything our government says. From the administration, from Congress, from the military, from the bloated federal bureaucracy — everything seems to be an outright lie, couched in some sort of spin, ignored or denied. The problem is when citizens lose faith in the credibility and/or honesty of their government, what is left? Unfortunately, not much.

History About To Be Made In Area

posted: 07/21/2013 2:27 a.m.

Anumber of establishments will soon make history in Benton and Madison counties, legally off ering liquor for sale for the fi rst time in decades.

HOW WE SEE IT First Liquor Licenses Approved

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It will still be some time before a bottle of hard liquor gets sold legally inside the borders of Benton County, but observers got a glimpse of the region’s changing reality last week as the initial round of state liquor store permit application hearings unfolded in Little Rock.


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Benton County Sheriff’s Office Dustin Tyler Wood I, 28, of 2306 W. Birch St. in Rogers was arrested Friday in connection with possession of a controlled substance and with possession of drug paraphernalia (in course/ furtherance of felony drug violation). He was being held on no bond Saturday in the Benton County Jail. Bentonville Michael Richard Tuttle, 23, of 69 Perry Winkle Lane in Farmington was arrested Friday in connection with fleeing (by vehicle with extreme indifference), a felony, and with felony parole violation. He was being held on $2,50 bond Saturday in the Benton County Jail. Fayetteville Curtis Curtsinger, 47, of 11958 E. Applehill Road in Prairie Grove was arrested Saturday in connection with felony possession of drug paraphernalia. He was in the Washington C0unty Detention Center on $2,500 bond Saturday.


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Monday 5:30 p.m. Fayetteville City Council Tour — Tri-Cycle Farms, 1691 N. Garland Ave.

Bizarre or Generic, Naturals Bring Promotions

posted: 07/21/2013 2 a.m.

Brian Poldberg has a bobblehead of himself on his desk at Arvest Ballpark.

Sharp Goes From Intern To Bullpen Catcher

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When Northwest Arkansas sent one of its catchers to Class A-Advanced Wilmington in early June, the Naturals were left with just two players at the position.

Baseball Is In Hill’s Blood

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Jim Hill didn’t need to worry about a parent screaming in his ear as he sat in a lawn chair behind home plate.

Change A Big Part Of Flynn’s Game

posted: 07/21/2013 2 a.m.

Teah Flynn has experienced plenty of change during her tenure with Farmington’s girls tennis team, especially when it comes to coaches.

Miller Sets Lofty Goal, Enjoying Reaching It

posted: 07/21/2013 2 a.m.

Parker Miller is a rare 10-year-old.

Bentonville Rallies Past Rogers For Zone Title

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Bentonville American Legion Baseball coach Kyle Blevins had enough Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, July 20

Teen in Asiana crash killed by truck, authorities say

posted: 07/20/2013 1:25 p.m.

SAN MATEO, Calif. — No one knows exactly how Ye Meng Yuan ended up on the runway just 30 feet from the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214, but officials say one thing is clear now: She somehow survived the crash.

Protesters rally at suspected German NSA site

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BERLIN — German police say several hundred people staged a protest Saturday at a suspected U.S. surveillance facility near Frankfurt.

EPA awards grant to UAMS

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is awarding a $215,295 grant to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for pesticide management.

Catholic youths converge on Rio to see 'slum pope'

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Thousands of young Catholics are traveling to Rio de Janeiro to see Pope Francis, taking long bus trips or expensive plane flights paid for with bake sales, raffles and fundraisers in public plazas.

Feds showing little enthusiasm for Detroit bailout

posted: 07/20/2013 10:27 a.m.

WASHINGTON — During the bleakest days of the Great Recession, Congress agreed in bipartisan votes to bail out two of Detroit's biggest businesses, General Motors and Chrysler.

Pioneering journalist Helen Thomas dies at 92

updated: 07/20/2013 11:34 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Helen Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died. She was 92.

Police Investigate Machete Robbery

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Three people face felony charges after investigators said they robbed a taxi driver with a machete Friday morning on Betty Jo Drive.

Elkins Turns Eye To Street Projects

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Residents and drivers passing through town could see upgrades and repairs next year to heavily used streets and other minor “dead end” streets, the mayor said.

College President, Board Get To Chat

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Evelyn Jorgenson, the new president at NorthWest Arkansas Community College, told trustees during a board retreat Friday she is a fiscal conservative.

Sheriff: West Fork Woman Plotted Husband’s Murder With Boyfriend

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A bitter divorce prompted a West Fork woman to build a bomb as part of a plot to murder her husband, Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder said Friday.

Bentonville Grad Headed To Juilliard

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His music teachers describe Marco-Adrian Ramos as “brilliant,” “incredibly gifted” and “a born musician.”

Fire District Vote Certified, Result Unchanged

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The Benton County Election Commission on Friday certified the results of the July 9 special election that approved an increase in ambulance fees for the Northeast Benton County Fire Department.

Friends Of The Bentonville Library Host Book Fair

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The Friends of the Bentonville Library will host a Scholastic Book Fair to benefit the Bentonville Library children’s and teens’ book collections.

Solar Panels Help Keep Pizza Prices Low

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New solar panels at a Fayetteville Eureka Pizza could help Rolf Wilkin keep prices down and cut expenses.

Bella Vista Association, Council To Discuss Maintenance Issues

posted: 07/20/2013 5 a.m.

The Property Owners Association’s board and the City Council will have a special meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday to discuss stricter enforcement for common aesthetic and property complaints reported in the community.

More Motions For Swain In Prairie Grove Murder Case

posted: 07/20/2013 5 a.m.

An attorney for Heather Carlene Swain filed a flurry of motions Friday challenging evidence, jury selection and the death penalty ahead of her murder trial.

Repaving To Close Township Street

posted: 07/20/2013 5 a.m.

A 1-mile stretch of Township Street between Old Wire and Crossover roads will close to traffic for two weeks starting Monday while city crews repave the street.

Rogers Library Adds Dress Code For Patrons

posted: 07/20/2013 5 a.m.

No shoes, no shirt, wet bathing suit — no library book.

House OKs paring 2002 No Child law

posted: 07/20/2013 3:08 a.m.

WASHINGTON — House Republicans passed a bill Friday to reduce the federal role in public education and return to states decisions about how to deal with failing schools, how and whether to evaluate teachers, and how to spend much of the money sent by Washington to educate poor, disabled and non-English-speaking students.

Israeli-Palestinian talks possible soon in Washington, Kerry says

posted: 07/20/2013 3:05 a.m.

AMMAN, Jordan — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that Israel and the Palestinian Authority had “established a basis” for resuming formal peace talks for the first time since 2010, and he hoped they would meet in Washington within a week or “very soon thereafter.” Kerry said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, had made courageous decisions and that he was “hopeful” that talks would resume.

‘Me 35 years ago’

posted: 07/20/2013 3:05 a.m.

President Barack Obama, in his first public comments about the verdict in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, delivered some of his most extensive and personal remarks on race since his election in 2008 as he described what it’s like to be a black man in America.

Exxon’s silence irks state leaders

posted: 07/20/2013 3:02 a.m.

Arkansas leaders fired off a letter Friday to the head of Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. expressing their frustration over the pace with which it is responding to a request for information about the 13.5 miles of pipeline that runs through the Lake Maumelle watershed.

Ex-trooper stole drugs, filing says

posted: 07/20/2013 2:59 a.m.

A former Arkansas State Police lieutenant accused of stealing drugs from his agency’s evidence room and selling them to a convicted drug offender made his first federal court appearance Friday afternoon after his Thursday arrest.

Griffin represents GOP in radio spot

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Tim Griffin will serve as the Republican Party’s point man today when he makes the party’s weekly radio address. It’s the first time during the administration of President Barack Obama that an Arkansas Republican has taken to the airwaves for the party’s weekly spot.

Oil-spill compensation tax-free if bill is enacted

posted: 07/20/2013 2:56 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin has introduced a bill that would make tax-exempt any compensation provided to Mayflower residents as a result of an oil spill in the Faulkner County town on March 29.

Bomb in air conditioner, other blasts kill 26 in Iraq

posted: 07/20/2013 2:56 a.m.

BAGHDAD — A bomb, hidden in an air conditioner, that ripped through a Sunni mosque during midday prayers and other attacks killed at least 26 in Iraq on Friday, extending a wave of violence targeting worshippers during the holy month of Ramadan.

Patience urged after Detroit filing

posted: 07/20/2013 2:55 a.m.

Michigan’s governor and Detroit’s emergency manager called for patience and cooperation from residents, employees and creditors Friday as the city enters what is expected to be a long process of recovery in bankruptcy court.

Martin defends hiring outside legal counsel

posted: 07/20/2013 2:49 a.m.

Secretary of State Mark Martin’s attorneys rejected a blogger’s claim this week that the secretary has no authority to pay private attorneys to represent his office in a lawsuit about the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

HOG FUTURES DAMON MITCHELL: D-Mac’s influence helped stir Duwop

posted: 07/20/2013 2:45 a.m.

A magazine with Darren McFadden on the cover helped Egg Harbor City (N.J.) Cedar Creek Coach Tim Watson convince Damon Mitchell to become a quarterback.

The nation in brief

posted: 07/20/2013 2:44 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “When Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.” President Barack Obama

Names and faces

posted: 07/20/2013 2:41 a.m.

A federal judge in Mississippi has dismissed a lawsuit claiming that Woody Allen’s 2011 film Midnight in Paris improperly used one of William Faulkner’s most famous lines. Faulkner Literary Rights LLC sued Sony Pictures Classics Inc. in October in U.S. District Court in Oxford, Miss., Faulkner’s hometown.

In the news

posted: 07/20/2013 2:41 a.m.

President Barack Obama will make stops in Galesburg, Ill., and Warrensburg, Mo., next week to draw attention to the economy and to measures he says will help step up the recovery, the White House said.

142ND BRITISH OPEN: Embattled at Muirfield

posted: 07/20/2013 2:36 a.m.

The stretching routine that Miguel Angel Jimenez goes through before each round may look a bit ridiculous.

Getting it straight

posted: 07/20/2013 2:31 a.m.

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

SEC PREVIEW MISSOURI: Pinkel: Mizzou better than 2012

posted: 07/20/2013 2:27 a.m.

Missouri’s debut season in the SEC resulted in the end of the Tigers’ seven-year streak of bowl appearances.

SEC coaches working to keep players on best behavior

posted: 07/20/2013 2:25 a.m.

The legal problems of current and former SEC players — from ex-Florida and NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez to LSU running back Jeremy Hill — cast a negative light on the league that has won seven consecutive national championships.


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Sanford churches invite all for prayer SANFORD, Fla. — Churches here have opened their doors for prayer to ease tensions after George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Texas woman leading Baptist fellowship

posted: 07/20/2013 2:23 a.m.

Suzii Paynter, the first woman to lead the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, took a tour of Arkansas this week to connect with churches that partner with the progressive group.

Blessed respite

posted: 07/20/2013 2:22 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — The Caring Friends ministry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church has been a godsend for Ima Pelton, whose husband, Jim, has Alzheimer’s disease.

TOUR DE FRANCE: Froome maintains Tour lead through brutal climb

posted: 07/20/2013 2:20 a.m.

Half the height of Mount Everest, climbed on a bike, in a single day. Even by Tour de France standards, Stage 19 was hard.

ON RELIGION: Saying farewell to a ‘bootleg Baptist’ patriarch

posted: 07/20/2013 2:20 a.m.

The old Southern preacher had walked through many airport security gates using his cherry-wood cane and was surprised — especially years before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — when a guard ordered him to send it through the X-ray scanner.

Cleveland needs rookies to arrive

posted: 07/20/2013 2:18 a.m.

As rookies reported to training camp Friday, the Cleveland Browns announced they signed two of their picks from this year’s NFL Draft — cornerback Leon McFadden and defensive end Armonty Bryant — to four year contracts.

NFL notes

posted: 07/20/2013 2:17 a.m.

PATRIOTS WR Jones released FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots released wide receiver Donald Jones on Friday and signed rookie receivers Perez Ashford and Quentin Sims.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Reds turn back Pirates, gain ground in NL Central

posted: 07/20/2013 2:17 a.m.

Brandon Phillips drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double and Mike Leake got the better of left-hander Francisco Liriano for the third time this season, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-3 victory Friday night over the Pittsburgh Pirates to tighten the National League Central as teams resumed play after the All-Star break.

MLB notes

posted: 07/20/2013 2:16 a.m.

YANKEES Jeter returns to DL NEW YORK — Derek Jeter is back on the disabled list.

Other days

posted: 07/20/2013 2:16 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO July 20, 1913 RUSSELLVILLE — There may be “nothing new under the sun,” but the moon nightly looks down upon something new on a farm near Russellville. Eldred Thomas, a hustling young farmer of this city, has “put one over” on Old Sol by adopting work hours to his own liking, and his plan seems a most sensible one. Thomas takes his rest during the day when the hot rays of the sun make work in the field almost unbearable, and late in the afternoon when the shades begin to fall he goes to the field with team and cultivator and tills the soil by the bright light of the moon until midnight or later.

Abortion-law foes file arguments

posted: 07/20/2013 2:15 a.m.

The plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging a 2013 state law outlawing most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy filed their legal arguments Friday asking for the case to be decided in their favor without a trial.