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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, amptickets.com. 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.
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.
“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.
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• 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 travs.com, nwnaturals.com 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.
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. .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
-- 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.
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
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.
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.
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. .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 — 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.
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.”
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 mylively.com. 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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?
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
Amazon.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 travs.com, nwnaturals.com PITCHERS Naturals: RHP Sugar Ray Marimon (6-10, 4.29 ERA); Travelers: RHP Matt Oye (6-7, 5.03)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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?
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.
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• 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.
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.
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
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
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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?
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.
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• 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.
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Dianna Helgeson and Dale Helgeson v. Cozzini Brothers Inc. and Primedge Inc.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A team led by Amazon.com’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, amptickets.com.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Little Rock hosted the AAU 15-and-under national basketball championships last week, but now the non-profit multisport organization dedicated to promotion and development of amateur sports is shifting gears, at least in Arkansas.
If there is one group that has suffered whiplash at every turn of Egyptian politics—and from the many conflicts roiling the Middle East—it is Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip bordering Egypt. The fortunes of Hamas, an outgrowth of the Muslim Brotherhood, provide a compact microcosm to observe the impact of the region’s convulsions.
When Arkansas’ coaches and players talk about “Duwop,” they’re referring to freshman quarterback Damon Mitchell. “Duwop is what my family and friends know me as, my coaches and teammates,” Mitchell said. “Even my professors here at Arkansas call me that.”
Rose leads list of those missing cut — Two weeks after enjoying the perks of a U.S. Open champion, from dining with the prime minister to watching the Wimbledon men’s final from the Royal Box, Justin Rose led a parade of stars exiting the British Open.
We’ve seen some bad policy ideas but not many more awful than the proposal to extend a $5.5 billion low-interest, 35-year federal loan to a West Coast start-up for a high-speed rail connection between Southern California and Las Vegas. This time, though, we are happy to report, common sense has prevailed: The Obama administration has stopped the project.
George Zimmerman’s acquittal on criminal charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin has sparked anguish and outrage across America. These passions stem from a starkly racial view of the incident: a light-skinned man singles out a black teenager as “suspicious,” stalks him with a gun, provokes a confrontation, and gets away with murder. But, as with any criminal case that comes to dramatize larger controversies, the symbolic narrative often overshadows the actual facts.
Readers may recall the column about my sister discovering a metal-framed photograph of our late mother, inexplicably perched on her grown daughter’s patio deck railing in Little Rock on Memorial Day evening. That photograph was a copy of the one I keep on my bedroom dresser.
TENNIS Federer in German semifinals Top-seeded Roger Federer struggled for a 7-6 (4), 3-6, 7-5 victory Friday over Florian Mayer and a place in the semifinals of the German Tennis Championships. Federer is playing his first tournament since losing in the second round of Wimbledon. A four-time champion on the clay courts of Hamburg, Germany, Federer needed 2 hours to overtake Mayer.
Carpenter slips to 52nd place Alex Carpenter of Little Rock shot a 2-over-par 74 on Friday and sits in a tie for 52nd place at 1 over after the third round of the Southern Amateur Championship at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas.
Nicea Book What’s to love: It is an elegant way to protect your iPhone 5. What does it do: The case is made in two styles of leather, glossy or crocodile, and available in ÿve colors (black, brown, red, white and tan). It opens like a book with your phone on one side with access to all the ports, camera, etc. There is a pocket on the other side perfect for storing a little cash or a couple of credit or business cards. It is slim enough to ÿ t in your pocket, or you can use it with a removable wristlet.
Gardeners face many of the same challenges as farmers — only on a smaller scale. They have to contend with whatever Mother Nature throws at them, from drought to flood, scathing heat or frigid cold, but to top it off, there are insects, diseases and animals.
Eileen Sotomora Where I live: I live in the River Ridge neighborhood of West Little Rock with my husband, Dr. Ricardo Sotomora. Our daughter Charlotte (nicknamed Charli) is a student at UALR and has an apartment, so we care for her dog Ivy, who keeps company with our dog Puddin.
DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Aren’t Christians supposed to love each other? We joined a church after moving to a new city, and all the people seem to do is bicker (often about the smallest things). I’m a newcomer to the Christian faith, but I’m getting discouraged. — C.P. DEAR C.P.: You’re right; Christians certainly are supposed to love others, especially their fellow believers. Jesus’ words couldn’t be clearer: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you” (John 15:12).
Happy birthday. You’ll be free with your emotions, and you’ll share your ideas and feelings with great enthusiasm. Motivating people is your thing in August, which makes your personal life run smoothly. In September, you’ll be well paid for this skill, too. You’ll be on the better side of a trade in October.
DEAR TOM AND RAY: This past year, I got some kind of fungus in my ears that deteriorated my eardrums to the point that I needed hearing aids. It is great being able to hear again, but with one drawback: I drive a ’97 Ford F-150 extended-cab long-bed pickup, and when I open the door, the warning bell reverberates in my hearing aids and drives me crazy. And to top it off, the bell continues even with the door open and the key removed. I want to shoot the little guy under my dash who’s ringing that bell! My regular car mechanic says he’s afraid to try to disconnect it. What can I do to get some relief? I love the truck, and it has been perfect for me through the years. Help! — Gary
Grass isn’t always the best groundcover for a yard: It’s thirsty at a time when water is becoming more scarce; it attracts fewer pollinators; it requires expensive chemicals to maintain; and it must be disposed of if you bag as you mow.
DEAR HELOISE: I read your de-skunking recipe and had to chuckle about it because I had a beautiful little female Irish setter who one night met a skunk and lost! I put her in a tub of warm water and dumped in a whole jar of instant coffee. The coffee neutralized the skunk smell. I know it sounds weird, but it does work. When she was done, she smelled like brewed coffee.
The sun-drenched colors and inviting textures of summer provide plenty of decorating ideas. The trick is doing it right: A summer-inspired interior can become a tacky, tropical disaster if it’s done with too heavy a hand.
The Northwest Arkansas Naturals scored four runs in the fifth inning to break a 3-3 tie on the way to a 7-5 victory Friday night over the Springfield Cardinals before an announced crowd of 5,658 at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale.
He’s known as Thailand’s jet-setting fugitive monk, and his story has riveted the country with daily headlines of lavish excess, promiscuity and alleged crimes ranging from statutory rape to manslaughter.
The Russellville Regional Airport received a $156,622 federal grant to seal and restripe its runway, members of the Arkansas congressional delegation announced Friday. The U.S. Department of Transportation grant was announced by U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and John Boozman, R-Ark., and U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “There are a number of instances where we could learn from our fellow states and hopefully this will put into place something that protects the people’s moneys, while at the same time allowing us to learn more about what is going on around us.” Sen. Linda Chesterfield, D-Little Rock, on a policy approved Friday allowing legislative committees to hold meetings in surrounding states
Attorneys for an El Dorado woman arrested last month after authorities said she tried to hire someone to poison her husband entered an innocent plea on her behalf Friday in a Bernalillo County, N.M., court.
The Legislative Council on Friday approved Gov. Mike Beebe’s plan to use up to $1.1 million in rainy-day funds to pay for scholarships in the current fiscal year for about four dozen Arkansas students seeking graduate degrees in certain health fields not offered at Arkansas’ higher education institutions.
The executive director of the state Board of Examiners in Counseling said Friday that he hopes to complete his work for the board within the next few months, after the Legislative Council approved a $70,000 annual salary for him.
New York Times reporter James Risen must say at a trial whether former CIA official Jeffrey Sterling, accused of leaking classified information, was a source for his book, a federal appeals court ruled.
Russia’s most prominent opposition leader was released from police custody Friday, a day after his conviction on embezzlement charges, as Russian authorities edged back from a decision that set off angry protests in several of Russia’s largest cities.
Mortar shells struck near a major Shiite shrine outside Damascus on Friday, killing its caretaker in an attack that threatens to further escalate sectarian tensions in Syria’s civil war, the government and activists said.
A state police sergeant who released striking photos of the capture of the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings faces a hearing to determine whether he will be suspended until an internal investigation is complete.
Three of the six proposed routes for a high-voltage electric transmission line in Benton and Carroll counties now have “least favored” status and should be removed from consideration, according to testimony filed Friday with the Arkansas Public Service Commission.
Nick Della Valle of Kansas City is a short man, a Little Man to be exact, reaching just 56 inches in height. His wife Lucyah “Lucy” also bears the signs of dwarfi sm, with her height set at 48 inches. Together their height reaches an average of less than 52 inches.
Saturday evening, I was sitting with friends from my hometown, just visiting, when one of them received an alert on her phone that the verdict was in on the George Zimmerman case. What’s nice about lifelong friends is that you might not agree on religion or politics, but you know one another well enough to accept diff erences without them threatening your friendship. We all sat quietly for a moment, and then, almost in unison, we all said, “How sad.” And those two words expressed it all — the complexity of our legal system combined with economic and racial stratification, state legislation and the propensity to solve problems with fi rearms.
You’ve got to credit the Friends of Weiner (a small town southwest of Jonesboro) with persistence. Having failed to stop the closure of the Weiner school, the group is back with an application for a charter school.
Early Wednesday morning someone died on Interstate 540 under the Wedington bridge (in Fayetteville). That bridge is dangerous. The sidewalks are so narrow, a pedestrian could easily be hit by the mirror of a passing vehicle and knocked over the railing onto the freeway.
Arrests Benton County Sheriff’s Office Matthew Dane Martin, 19, of 1201 A Mills Lane in Lowell was arrested Thursday in connection with minor in possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with purpose to deliver a controlled substance. Martin was being held Friday in the Benton County Jail with no bond set.
Repaving To Close Township Street FAYETTEVILLE — 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.
A West Fork woman faces felony charges after investigators said she built a bomb as part of a plot to murder her husband.
Deputies arrested Shirley Mugley, 40, of 14020 S. Arkansas 265 in in connection with felony conspiracy to commit murder, criminal use of prohibited weapon and criminal use of explosives.
The final day of liquor permit hearings for Benton County wrapped up Thursday with a total of 39 approvals and 15 denials over the three-day period. One hearing was continued for 60 days while agents with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division gather more information.
The Bella Vista Property Owners Association Board told General Manager Tommy Bailey at Thursday's board meeting to use a standard real estate contract for transparency to complete the sale of the emergency services buildings to the city.
The Greenland School Board moved a step closer to major improvements at the high school football field by signing off on a plan to refund about $6.3 million in bonds which would save the district an estimated $31,000 a year in interest costs.
The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville released some personnel files Wednesday for two former employees who have been at the center of a investigation over a $3.37 million deficit in the University Advancement Division.
Alexei Navalny, a lawyer who became Russia’s most resonant opposition voice by crusading against rampant public corruption, was found guilty Thursday of stealing money from a state-controlled timber company.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “Ok. Don’t miss me. And most importantly — do not be lazy.” Alexei Navalny, a Russian anti-corruption activist, in a Twitter post urging supporters to continue his work after he was convicted on embezzlement charges that he called fabricated
QUOTE OF THE DAY “Some of them seem to think that this law is about me. It’s not. I already have really good health care.” President Barack Obama, accusing Republican critics of his health-care law of “refighting old battles” rather than confronting the nation’s problems
Janet Napolitano, the homeland security secretary and former Arizona governor, was approved as the first female president of the 10-campus University of California system and is expected to begin the job in September.
Third in a series previewing SEC football teams — Ole Miss’ early season schedule looks like one put together for a team from a mid-major conference trying to pile up financial guarantees, not an SEC charter member.
It would be a mighty stretch to say that the Ryan Braun case has become as polarizing as the 2008 Summer of Favre when the former Green Bay Packers couldn’t decide if he wanted to stay retired, but the reaction has been almost as diverse.
100 YEARS AGO July 19, 1913 TEXARKANA — The Texarkana Board of Trade has inaugurated a movement to have erected a large steel arch to span the line dividing Arkansas and Texas, to be placed on State Line avenue at the intersection of Broad street and in the heart of the business section of the city.
“I WANT to give assurances to the commissioners and the public that this is not something that will happen again.” That was the word this week from Bishop Woosley, who is not an ecclesiastical official despite that first name unless you consider gambling a religious pursuit instead of a bad habit.
There might be more at stake in the race for comptroller of New York City than the future of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer. This could be a final referendum on the sex scandal as we know it, and a reboot on the level of intrusion into the private lives of public servants.
Arkansas running backs Kiero Small and Jonathan Williams, Arkansas State running back David Oku and Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Dixon were among 64 players named to the Doak Walker Award watch list Thursday.
Mets pitcher sees Jeter as role model Count New York Mets ace Matt Harvey, the National League’s starting pitcher in Tuesday night’s All-Star game, as a fan of crosstown rival Derek Jeter. And not just because of Jeter’s on-field credentials.
FOOTBALL Cowboys DT Brent retires Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent retired from football Thursday, saying “doing the right things in life” is more important as he prepares to defend himself against a manslaughter charge in the drunken-driving crash that killed a teammate.
GOLF Carpenter advances at Southern Amateur Little Rock’s Alex Carpenter, the 2010 winner of the Southern Amatuer Championship, was the only Arkansan to make the cut at this year’s event at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas, after firing a 1-over-par 73 on Thursday.
Bentonville batted around two different times, including once in the fifth inning before making an out, as the Tigers rolled past Rogers 21-2 in seven innings during at the American Legion Zone I Tournament at Forsgren Field.
Northwest Arkansas pitcher Sugar Ray Marimon turned in his longest performance in a month, and Whit Merrifield hit a pair of RBI doubles as the Naturals held off Springfield 6-5 before 3,954 in Arvest Ballpark.
Turbo is a DreamWorks animation film that borrows liberally from Toy Story, Cars and other Pixar movies and even a few DreamWorks releases, like Shark Tale and Kung Fu Panda. Because the story’s short on originality, Turbo never achieves the adrenaline or the octane it strives for.
James Wan is all of 36, so you’d have to consider him pretty young to have already created a cottage industry. Back in 2004, the Malaysian director teamed up with his good friend Leigh Whannell, whom he met at college in Australia, and cashed in on the emerging torture-porn trend with the immensely popular Saw.