News 2013 June

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Sunday, June 30

WHO: Treat people with HIV early to stop spread

posted: 06/30/2013 5:30 p.m.

Young children and certain other people with the AIDS virus should be started on medicines as soon as they are diagnosed, the World Health Organization says in new guidelines that also recommend earlier treatment for adults.

Ecuador president: Snowden can't leave Moscow

posted: 06/30/2013 5 p.m.

Edward Snowden is "under the care of the Russian authorities" and can't leave Moscow's international airport without their consent, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa told The Associated Press Sunday in an interview telegraphing the slim and diminishing possibility that the National Security Agency leaker will end up in Ecuador.

Cleburne County searches for 2; drowning suspected

posted: 06/30/2013 4:40 p.m.

Officials are searching for a man and woman suspected to have drowned on Greers Ferry Lake, the Cleburne County sheriff’s office said in a news release.

Kerry says progress made in peace talks

posted: 06/30/2013 4:30 p.m.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday wrapped up four days of shuttle diplomacy without agreement on restarting Mideast peace talks but left on a positive note, saying he had considerably narrowed the gaps between Israel and the Palestinians and that the resumption of negotiations could be "within reach."

Brazil police brace for protests in Rio

posted: 06/30/2013 4 p.m.

Brazilian police are carrying out the biggest security operation yet for a football match here, as Brazil plays Spain in the final of the Confederations Cup.

Bond hearing set for Saudi student in murder case

posted: 06/30/2013 3:30 p.m.

A Saudi national who is accused of hiring his roommate to kill a central Missouri bar owner is getting another chance to persuade a judge he should be freed on bond.

Kennedy refuses to halt gay marriages in California

posted: 06/30/2013 3:15 p.m.

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Sunday denied a last-ditch request from the sponsors of California's now-overturned gay marriage ban to halt the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in the nation's most populous state.

Southeast Asia diplomats hope for North Korea talks at summit

posted: 06/30/2013 3 p.m.

Southeast Asian diplomats have not abandoned hope that this week's annual Asian security summit will provide a chance for North Korea and its neighbors to discuss restarting long-dormant disarmament talks on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program, according to a joint statement released Sunday.

Helicopter lands in NYC's Hudson River; all safe

posted: 06/30/2013 2:46 p.m.

A charter helicopter carrying a family of four Swedes on a sightseeing tour of New York City lost power shortly after takeoff Sunday and made an emergency landing on the Hudson River, authorities said. The pilot and occupants were uninjured.

Home price gains bring sellers off the sidelines

posted: 06/30/2013 2:30 p.m.

Robert and Emerald Oravec were itching to sell their condominium late last year to move closer to a favorite surfing spot, but they were stuck. They owed the bank $194,000 and figured the most they could get was $180,000.

Woman killed, man injured in Garland County ATV crash

posted: 06/30/2013 2:22 p.m.

A woman was killed and a man injured early Sunday when the all-terrain vehicle they were on was hit and flipped several times, according to an Arkansas State Police report.

Tropical Storm Dalila forms in Pacific off Mexico

posted: 06/30/2013 2 p.m.

Tropical Storm Dalila is churning across the Pacific off southwest Mexico, and authorities have issued a tropical storm warning for a large swath of coastline.

Cops: Woman arrested in thefts, NY Giant a victim

posted: 06/30/2013 1:30 p.m.

New York State Police say they've arrested a woman wanted for a string of high-end jewelry thefts in Florida and one of the victims was a New York Giants player.

Texas filibuster star Davis still weighing future

posted: 06/30/2013 1 p.m.

Texas filibuster star Wendy Davis says she hasn't decided whether she'll be a candidate for statewide office next year.

Michigan city's changing garage rules worry Arabs

posted: 06/30/2013 12:30 p.m.

A Detroit suburb is working on revising an ordinance related to residential garages, and it has some people within its large Arab community concerned.

8 shot at Brooklyn party; all expected to recover

posted: 06/30/2013 noon

Police say four women and four men have been shot at a party in Brooklyn, but all are expected to recover from their injuries.

Hot Springs man dies in single-vehicle crash

posted: 06/30/2013 11:35 a.m.

A Garland County man was killed Saturday evening in a single-vehicle crash, according to an Arkansas State Police accident report.

Body spotted on Mt. Hood believed that of climber

posted: 06/30/2013 11:30 a.m.

Searchers are trying to reach a body on a Mount Hood glacier that was spotted by a helicopter crew looking for a missing climber.

Benton officers arrest Saline County sheriff

posted: 06/30/2013 11:16 a.m.

Officers arrested the Saline County sheriff on Saturday night and charged him with public intoxication and refusal to submit to arrest, the Benton Police Department said in a statement.

San Francisco rapid transit talks break down; strike possible

posted: 06/30/2013 11 a.m.

Negotiators for San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit said they planned to show up for contract talks Sunday as union leaders warned workers will likely go on strike, which threatens to cripple the region's Monday morning commute.

Move over Messi, here come the robots

posted: 06/30/2013 10:30 a.m.

With the score tied 1-1, it's gone to a penalty shootout in a tense soccer match between teams from Israel and Australia.

Court wins expected to bolster gay pride events

posted: 06/30/2013 10 a.m.

Cities across the nation were gearing up Sunday for what were expected to be especially well-attended and exuberant gay pride parades following the U.S. Supreme Court decisions restoring same-sex marriages to California and granting gay couples the federal benefits of marriage they were previously denied.

Attack on security convoy kills 16 in Pakistan

posted: 06/30/2013 9:30 a.m.

A car bomb exploded as a convoy of paramilitary troops passed through the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar on Sunday, killing at least 16 people and wounding 42 others, police said.

Croatia celebrates its EU membership

posted: 06/30/2013 9:24 a.m.

Fireworks are ready and foreign leaders are arriving as Croatia celebrated on Sunday its entry into the European Union some 20 years after winning independence in a bloody civil war that shook the continent.

Egypt: Protesters gather to demand Morsi's ouster

posted: 06/30/2013 9:07 a.m.

Thousands of opponents and supporters of Egypt's Islamist president began massing in city squares in competing rallies Sunday, gearing up for a day of massive nationwide protests that many fear could turn deadly as the opposition seeks to push out Mohammed Morsi.

U.S. on alert as street rage rises in Egypt

posted: 06/30/2013 5:11 a.m.

The United States is working to ensure its embassy and diplomats in Egypt are safe, President Barack Obama said Saturday after one American was killed and opposition groups vowed millions would march on Cairo in an effort to oust Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.

Tiny Qatar defies West on arming Syria rebels

posted: 06/30/2013 5:08 a.m.

As an intermittent supply of arms to the Syrian opposition gathered momentum last year, President Barack Obama’s administration repeatedly implored its Arab allies to keep one type of powerful weapon out of the rebels’ hands: heat-seeking, shoulder-fired missiles.

Obama to voters: Back climate plan

posted: 06/30/2013 5:03 a.m.

President Barack Obama is trying to frame climate change as a make-or-break political issue, urging Americans to vote only for those who will protect the country from environmental harm.

Mexico hopes road lifts troubled area

posted: 06/30/2013 5 a.m.

ESPINAZO DEL DIABLO, Mexico — Lavender-blue peaks of the western Sierra Madre jut as far as the eye can see, and the only hints of civilization are a tendril of smoke from burning corn residue and a squiggle of dirt road.

NWA Media Journalists Win Awards

posted: 06/30/2013 5 a.m.

Several journalists working for the four, local dailies published by Northwest Arkansas Newspapers won awards Saturday in the Arkansas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest for work published in 2012.

Behind The Chutes

posted: 06/30/2013 5 a.m.

A bull rider’s time tops out at 8 seconds, but Rodeo of the Ozarks organizers stay in the saddle year-round to bring Northwest Arkansas the four-day event sponsored by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Under those cowboy hats and behind the bucking chutes, organizers provide the community with events all year long, as they strive to give back to the community.

Pride Parade Celebrates Equality

posted: 06/30/2013 5 a.m.

Samantha Shelton carried a sign Saturday that read “No Freedom Til’ We’re Equal.”

Runners Join Cancer Fight

posted: 06/30/2013 5 a.m.

Few people have run more Cancer Challenge races than Mike Christenson.

Agents Seize Child Porn

posted: 06/30/2013 5 a.m.

Agents with the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office arrested an Evansville man Friday after they seized computer files from his home containing pornographic images of children.

Jorgenson Era Comes To College

posted: 06/30/2013 5 a.m.

Evelyn Jorgenson fondly recalls growing up on a farm in central Missouri where, even as a child, she played the role of an educator.

High School Coaches Earn More

posted: 06/30/2013 5 a.m.

Some students remember their teachers the rest of their lives. At least one local coach was remembered while a former student fought for his life.

Constitution tweak not in cards, 5 say

posted: 06/30/2013 4:52 a.m.

Despite their unanimous opposition to the concept of gay marriage, members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation are in no hurry to support a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would bar same-sex unions.

U.S. student killed in Egypt sought to teach kids English

posted: 06/30/2013 4:52 a.m.

An American college student killed Friday during anti-government violence in Egypt was in the country on an internship to teach English to young children while also improving his Arabic skills, family members said.

670 laws to kick in this week for state

posted: 06/30/2013 4:48 a.m.

More than 670 laws go into effect in Arkansas on Monday, including one designed to phase out most of the state’s 1.5 percent sales tax on groceries.

Syrian forces hit rebel stronghold

posted: 06/30/2013 4:48 a.m.

BEIRUT — Syrian warplanes and ground forces bombarded rebel-held neighborhoods in Homs on Saturday as part of the military’s ongoing campaign against opposition fighters in the heart of the country’s third-largest city, activists said.

Democrat-Gazette takes 11 first-place honors

posted: 06/30/2013 4:47 a.m.

zette reporters Chad Day and Cathy Frye received a statewide award for investigative reporting Saturday at the Arkansas Press Association’s annual awards luncheon in Eureka Springs.

Call for hearing preceded killing

posted: 06/30/2013 4:45 a.m.

A parole officer recommended a revocation hearing for an eight-time parole absconder eight days before the death of a Fayetteville teenager the parolee is accused of killing, an e-mail shows.

TV news shows

posted: 06/30/2013 4:44 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Julian Assange, founder of the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks; Jesselyn Radack, national security and human-rights director at the Government Accountability Project; Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign ; Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage; Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.; state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Texas. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.

The world in brief

posted: 06/30/2013 4:43 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I want everybody playing in Africa.The more, the merrier.” President Barack Obama, during his visit to South Africa on Saturday, on deepening U.S economic ties with Africa

The nation in brief

posted: 06/30/2013 4:42 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We really wanted to make this happen. It’s spontaneous, which is great in its own way.” San Francisco City Clerk Karen Hong, on keeping her office open Saturday so same-sex couples could get marriage licenses after a hold on gay marriages in California was lifted Friday

Names and faces

posted: 06/30/2013 4:41 a.m.

It’s been four years since Natalie Cole received a kidney from a Salvadoran donor, and the singer said it not only connected her to Hispanic culture, but it also gave her the strength to record her first post-operation album — totally in Spanish.

In the news

posted: 06/30/2013 4:41 a.m.

John Roberts, chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, said at a judicial conference in West Virginia that he and his colleagues sometimes “overdo it a bit” in posing questions in court without giving attorneys the chance to respond.

Getting it straight

posted: 06/30/2013 4:40 a.m.

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

CCC scenes of Petit Jean

posted: 06/30/2013 4:37 a.m.

Two newly found and restored treasures add to the historic legacy and beauty of Petit Jean State Park’s Mather Lodge near Morrilton. But unlike the natural scenic splendor that envelops Petit Jean Mountain, these two are man-made.

LIKE IT IS: Fact: Preseason pickers not high on Hogs

posted: 06/30/2013 4:31 a.m.

This is not a parade, so no one is raining on it.

POP NOTES: Sony dusts off musicals: All funny, creepy flops

posted: 06/30/2013 4:30 a.m.

What happens to a dead musical ?

CRITICAL MASS: Trivial Yeezus vexes, with a beat

posted: 06/30/2013 4:30 a.m.

The question of the day is “Why can’t we have nice things?” A friend of mine blames Madonna. She’s almost right.

SPIN CYCLE: For now, Harrah’s gambling on Deen

posted: 06/30/2013 4:29 a.m.

It seems Paula Deen is eating crow.

THE TV COLUMN: Donovan to the rescue with dark drama ‘ fix’

posted: 06/30/2013 4:27 a.m.

Oh, the drama.

State police joins My House look

posted: 06/30/2013 4:24 a.m.

CONWAY — The Arkansas State Police has agreed to investigate allegations of wrongdoing, including Medicaid and credit-card fraud, at My House, a now-shuttered nonprofit home in Mayflower for men with special needs, Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland said.

Hip-hop star plans music network

posted: 06/30/2013 4:22 a.m.

Sean “Diddy” Combs knows his way around the small screen — whether he’s launching reality competitions, starring in music videos or doing guest spots on dramas.

Soft grass, cool pool in store for LR Zoo’s chimpanzees

posted: 06/30/2013 4:22 a.m.

On a warm June day, chimpanzees lounge in the shade of their Little Rock home. It’s a big home — 10,000 square feet with indoor rooms and a spacious yard, complete with a climbing structure and a tree.

Among Corps’ elders, Snyder a prolific artist

posted: 06/30/2013 4:22 a.m.

In author Kathleen Duxbury’s research into Civilian Conservation Corps artist George Gordon Snyder, she discovered specific mentions of oil paintings Snyder created, almost 30 done while he was assigned to Petit Jean.

TV ON DVD: PBS’ Constitution USA set is a fun 4-hour civics lesson

posted: 06/30/2013 4:21 a.m.

What is it? Constitution USA, four hour-long episodes on two discs from PBS When? Tuesday How much? $29.99 Sounds appropriate for the Fourth of July holiday. Yes, it is.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: ‘Jokes’ are guy’s power trip

posted: 06/30/2013 4:19 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I have been getting more involved with a friend. We have a complicated history of dancing around possible romantic interest, which we have finally decided to act on.


posted: 06/30/2013 4:19 a.m.

Happy birthday. Making the planet better may not be your primary aim, but it’s what happens as you express yourself, solve problems and join new groups over the next 10 weeks.

Book on display once owned by Washington

posted: 06/30/2013 4:18 a.m.

The Clinton Presidential Center unveiled a borrowed book Saturday.


posted: 06/30/2013 4:17 a.m.

It was 50 years ago, an old man’s memory. But Berliners haven’t forgotten the American president’s visit in 1963, nor the speech that offered so much hope.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Scenic Czech town swims with references to fish

posted: 06/30/2013 4:15 a.m.

Wedged between Germany and Austria, the Czech Republic is one of the most comfortable and easy-to-explore countries of the former Warsaw Pact.

Designer creative when packing for family

posted: 06/30/2013 4:13 a.m.

Designer Cynthia Rowley travels so often with her husband and two young daughters that she has packing — particularly the quick, all-in-one-bag kind — down pat.

Call U.S. without overseas roaming, bloated phone bill

posted: 06/30/2013 4:10 a.m.

Q: I am traveling to Germany and will stay five weeks. I have an iPhone 4 with service through AT&T. I would like to use my phone for calls, primarily within Germany, and sending and receiving text messages. Should I look for service in Germany ?

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Online: Get visas, seek fares

posted: 06/30/2013 4:09 a.m.

You seldom have to wait long for the next online innovation. Here are four recent developments that can make your travel a bit easier or more rewarding.


posted: 06/30/2013 4:08 a.m.

The first in a series profiling new additions to the Arkansas football team. Little Rock’s Hunter Henry was recruited by three different Arkansas head coaches before signing with the Razorbacks, but that certainly wasn’t the plan.

Park’s 71 good for 4-shot lead

posted: 06/30/2013 4:06 a.m.

Inbee Park was mad, even if it didn’t show in her always placid demeanor.

Education notebook

posted: 06/30/2013 4:06 a.m.

Terms start for LR, NLR district chiefs Monday will mark the beginning of a new era in both the Little Rock and North Little Rock school districts.

Goodwin, Suns giddy about pick

posted: 06/30/2013 4:05 a.m.

Little more than a year ago, Archie Goodwin had been named the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Mr. Basketball for the second time after his senior season at Sylvan Hills High School.

Other days

posted: 06/30/2013 4 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 30, 1913 CONWAY — Alleging his wife deserted him because she did not want to live in so small a town as Conway, where he had a home, and that she did not like her neighbors, Duff Jones Saturday filed suit in Faulkner Chancery Court for a divorce from Margaret Jones.

COMMENTARY: Warning: Howard all about himself

posted: 06/30/2013 3:59 a.m.

Dwight Howard is feeling the California love.

Hamilton grabs British GP pole

posted: 06/30/2013 3:58 a.m.

Lewis Hamilton said all week he was uncomfortable in his car, but when it mattered most at Silverstone, he delivered a blazing lap to take the pole position for the British Grand Prix.

Rain postpones Sprint Cup race until today

posted: 06/30/2013 3:56 a.m.

Rain Saturday night forced NASCAR to postpone the Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway to today.

INTERLEAGUE: Wainwright in complete control, earns 11th victory

posted: 06/30/2013 3:54 a.m.

Adam Wainwright pitched a five-hitter to become the National League’s second 11-game winner, Matt Adams had his first two-home run game and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Oakland Athletics 7-1 Saturday.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Key to catching speckled trout is finding spots

posted: 06/30/2013 3:53 a.m.

Catching speckled sea trout and tripletail is easy. Finding them is the hard part.

Worth its salt

posted: 06/30/2013 3:52 a.m.

My first cast in Mississippi stuck a 35-pound redfish.

Cyclists get crash course on Day 1

posted: 06/30/2013 3:49 a.m.

The first stage of the 100th Tour de France ended with a bus stuck under an archway at the finish line until minutes before the first riders arrived.

Body found in river close to NLR park

posted: 06/30/2013 3:45 a.m.

The body of a man was pulled out of the Arkansas River near Burns Park on Saturday morning.

WIMBLEDON: Williams, Djokovic live up to top billing

posted: 06/30/2013 3:45 a.m.

As the sun set on the opening week of Wimbledon, about the only seeding that truly signified something was No. 1.

Fed steps up bid to stem increase in rates

posted: 06/30/2013 3:42 a.m.

Federal Reserve officials stepped up their campaign to stem an increase in long-term borrowing costs that threatens to blunt the U.S. expansion and sought to clarify comments by Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke that sparked turmoil in global financial markets.

GOLF ROUNDUP: Bogeys abound, 4 tied at AT&T

posted: 06/30/2013 3:41 a.m.

A triple bogey for Bill Haas. Double bogeys for Andres Romero and Roberto Castro. They still wound up in a four-way tie for the lead Saturday in the AT&T National with James Driscoll, whose third round was pleasantly dull by comparison.

Air-gun popularity seen as hot as a pistol

posted: 06/30/2013 3:41 a.m.

ROGERS — The two airgun companies that call Arkansas home say business is good, and they expect interest in shooting sports to bolster their customer base this summer.


posted: 06/30/2013 3:40 a.m.

The potential of Crossett junior Kelsey Herman, the 2013 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year, was enough to help coax a legend out of retirement.

Buy-U.S. creating military challenge

posted: 06/30/2013 3:37 a.m.

At boot camp, U.S. Army recruits receive four sets of camouflage fatigues, 100 percent American-made. For women, the clothing package from Uncle Sam is missing one layer: undies. Neither gender gets sneakers.


posted: 06/30/2013 3:35 a.m.

SCHOOL Little Rock Christian CLASS Senior EVENT Throws NOTEWORTHY Recorded the best discus throw in Arkansas high school history (195 feet, 2 inches) in the Eagle Relays on March 28 at Vilonia.

Inventor pushes night light at border

posted: 06/30/2013 3:33 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS — Ron Hutcheson believes he has part of the solution to securing the country’s borders.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Arkansans ready to start a SPARQ at The Opening

posted: 06/30/2013 3:32 a.m.

Three Arkansans will take part in The Opening, one of the nation’s most prestigious high school football recruiting events.

THAT’S BUSINESS: First residents move to Main Street, marking milestone for effort

posted: 06/30/2013 3:31 a.m.

The first residents of the rejuvenating Main Street have landed in downtown Little Rock.

High school football report

posted: 06/30/2013 3:30 a.m.

McGehee commits to Purdue All-Arkansas punter Austin McGehee of Pine Bluff orally committed to Purdue on Friday, two days after being offered a scholarship by the Boilermakers.

Candy industry calling for less sweet sugar deal

posted: 06/30/2013 3:29 a.m.

Candy makers think the American sugar industry has too sweet a deal, and they’re fighting to change U.S. farm policies that they say have pushed up the price of sugar.

NFL job great, but Loggains still an Arkansas guy

posted: 06/30/2013 3:27 a.m.

Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains would love the opportunity to be an NFL head coach, but the former Arkansas quarterback said that isn’t his dream job.

Loggains, Wilson are together again

posted: 06/30/2013 3:25 a.m.

Dowell Loggains and George Wilson are on the same team team again. The former Arkansas teammates have been reunited with the Tennessee Titans, where Loggains is offensive coordinator and Wilson signed as a free agent safety in the off-season.

Home buyers skip bidding, chase hidden listings instead

posted: 06/30/2013 3:24 a.m.

Ryan Mathys spent weeks prospecting.


posted: 06/30/2013 3:24 a.m.

News and notes In two short appearances with the Pittsburgh Pirates, pitcher Duke Welker (Arkansas Razorbacks) has impressed Manager Clint Hurdle.

Sports calendar

posted: 06/30/2013 3:23 a.m.

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COLUMN ONE: Mail call

posted: 06/30/2013 3:21 a.m.

Dear Fellow Fan, It was wholly a pleasure to hear from another reader and re-reader of Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer. Someone once said there are three kinds of books: Those you buy but never finish, those you finish and never look at again, and those you finish but find yourself coming back to again and again.

Final best performances

posted: 06/30/2013 3:20 a.m.

Boys 100 METERS Kavin Alexander, Jr., North Little Rock 10.56 Curtis Rogers, Sr., England 10.78 Keyondre Jones, Jr., Camden Fairview

Deficit extremists

posted: 06/30/2013 3:20 a.m.

The U.S. economy is improving, yet Congress seems still to be in the grip of the delirium that shrinking the deficit in the near term is still a matter of paramount urgency.

A path to discovering the secrets of Alotian

posted: 06/30/2013 3:18 a.m.

With all the security leaks and investigations and revelations of the last few weeks, you’d think there isn’t much in the way of secrets anymore.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/30/2013 3:14 a.m.

Swap shop for No. 81 open soon Shortly after parting ways with tight end Aaron Hernandez on Wednesday, the New England Patriots stopped offering his No. 81 jersey for sale on their website as well as their team store at Gillette Stadium.

Off the wire

posted: 06/30/2013 3:13 a.m.

FOOTBALL Colts safety arrested Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged was arrested early Saturday after officers found an unregistered semi-automatic pistol in the car he was riding in, police said.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/30/2013 3:13 a.m.

BASS FISHING Nixon 5th heading into final round of FLW event Larry Nixon of Bee Branch was the only Arkansan to advance to today’s final round of the FLW Tour tournament on Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tenn.

EDITORIALS: These aren’t those days

posted: 06/30/2013 2:54 a.m.

Ah, the Year of our Lord 1965.

COLUMNISTS: A scoop on Yarnell’s

posted: 06/30/2013 2:53 a.m.

The hot weather turns my mind to ice cream—Yarnell’s, to be specific. I am so glad to see Yarnell’s back on the market.

My fat problem-and yours

posted: 06/30/2013 2:50 a.m.

This month the American Medical Association declared that obesity is a disease. The vote was controversial.


posted: 06/30/2013 2:50 a.m.

SEARCY — Verna and Ralph Mansell have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. The couple were married June 27, 1953.


posted: 06/30/2013 2:48 a.m.

Kacee Aaryn Caple, daughter of Lisa and Paul Caple of Hot Springs and the late Freddie White Jr., and Collins Elliott Cook, son of Kay and Chuck Cook of Little Rock; Oct. 26.

Making memories

posted: 06/30/2013 2:45 a.m.

The 6-year-old girl sat with her floppy brunette ponytail cascading from the tail of a black ball cap that read FDNY in red letters.

White River worries

posted: 06/30/2013 2:41 a.m.

Arkansas knows better than to let the federal government come in here and start giving our rivers fancy designations.


posted: 06/30/2013 2:37 a.m.

Hennessey-Pruitt Wedding vows were exchanged by Victoria Lee Pruitt and Daniel Wallace Hennessey on Saturday in St. Edward Catholic Church. The Rev. Erik Pohlmeier officiated.


posted: 06/30/2013 2:36 a.m.

All about perspective Oh, my God, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a crucial part of affirmative-action requirements used by universities. Another example of an ultraconservative court; we need more liberals.

The need to deal with delusional violence

posted: 06/30/2013 2:33 a.m.

Remember the righteous calls for action coming from federal officials after the Newtown, Conn., shootings? Who could forget?


posted: 06/30/2013 2:17 a.m.

U.S. Patents Issued to Arkansans June 25 Patent 8,470,892 B2. Method of Inducing Neovascularization. Issued to Puran S. Bora and Nalini S. Bora, both of Little Rock. Patent D685,090 S. Surgical Reamer. Issued to Daniel I. Duerr of Russellville. Assigned to Grace Manufacturing Inc. of Russellville. Patent D685,101 S. Pacifi er. Issued to Don Miles of Fayetteville. Patent D685,152 S. Duster With Extendable Handle. Issued to Chad Smith of Rogers.


posted: 06/30/2013 2:17 a.m.

The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission last week issued 28 drilling permits, 11 well completions and 4 well recompletions. By county, they were: DRILLING PERMITS CLEBURNE — SEECO Inc. of Houston for Magness No. 10-08 2-8 H to TVD: 3,000 ft. and MD: 8,600 ft. in Fayetteville Form. of B-43 Fld. Loc. SHL: 226 ft. FSL & 996 ft. FWL and PBHL: 490 ft. FNL & 1,650 ft. FWL of Sec. 8-10 N-8 W. Contractor: DDI 31; work begins Sept. 26.

As markets grow shaky, IPOs run into roadblocks

posted: 06/30/2013 2:17 a.m.

HD Supply and Tremor Video seem fairly differentthe first is a former Home Depot division that serves construction and maintenance contractors, while the other is a leading video advertising network.


posted: 06/30/2013 2:17 a.m.

Monday 9 a.m.-noon — Intro to Computers for Seniors Level III, Northwest Technical Institute, 709 S. Old Missouri Road, Room 323, Springdale. Cost is $10. Register: (479) 751-8824 or


posted: 06/30/2013 2:17 a.m.

Benton County Racked Tactical Supply LLC, Justin Hazen, 516 Dickson St., Lowell.


posted: 06/30/2013 2:17 a.m.

Joe Benson of Benson & Wood PLC in Fayetteville was given the award for Outstanding Lawyer-Citizen by the Arkansas Bar Association, citing excellent performance of civic responsibilities and demonstration of high standards of professional competence and conduct. Email: or send your item to: Sue Morris, P.O. Box 7, Springdale Ark. 72765. Information must be received by noon Wednesday before the Sunday the item is to be published.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/30/2013 2:17 a.m.

Fayetteville pet wash to expand service Business has been so good for Chris and Patti Deen since they opened Bark ’N Paws Pet Wash & Market in April they have decided to expand services.

Credit-card debt collectors’ practices scrutinized

posted: 06/30/2013 2:17 a.m.

More than a year after regulators cracked down on Wall Street’s flawed home-foreclosure procedures, authorities are stepping up pressure on debt collectors over a flood of lawsuits rife with unsupported allegations against delinquent credit-card holders.

No. 1 NCIS: No awards?

posted: 06/30/2013 2:17 a.m.

Q. NCIS is continuously slighted by all award shows. While I understand it is hard to nominate one member of a huge team, a nomination for the No. 1 series, if nothing else, makes sense to me.


posted: 06/30/2013 2:17 a.m.

Helaine Williams’ column does not appear today.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Fleur Delicious Weekend serves up French cuisine

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Restaurants, bars, art galleries, boutiques, spas, music venues and shops in Eureka Springs are getting together July 9-14 to put on the third annual Fleur Delicious Weekend.

Pageant hopefuls help kids

posted: 06/30/2013 2:17 a.m.

Glasses and a grand were raised for Children’s Miracle Network June 22 during Chocolate, Crowns and Chardonnay at the home of Kathy and Ed McClure in Rogers.

Rodeo queen to be crowned Saturday

posted: 06/30/2013 2:17 a.m.

Five young cowgirls will vie for the title of Miss Rodeo of the Ozarks 2013.

Day By Day

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Today Folk Rock Concert — 1 p.m.; Clay Fairy House Class (adults $39); 2 p.m., Terra Studios near Durham. (479) 643-3185. Backpacking Workshop — 1-4 p.m., Hobbs State Park Conservation Area. $35+tax/person. Prepay at: (479) 789-5000. Garden Tour — 10-10 :30 a.m.; Spinning and Lace-Making Demonstrations, 1-5 p.m., Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park. (479) 846-2990.

DEAR ABBY: Wife’s refusal to quit smoking clouds marriage

posted: 06/30/2013 2:17 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married for eight years. When we married, we both drank and smoked. My husband quit smoking five years ago, and I have continued to smoke off and on. If he catches me with a cigarette it becomes an argument, and it’s either I quit or we’re done!

Briefl y

posted: 06/30/2013 2:17 a.m.

Clothesline Fair entries still open Applications are still available for artisans wishing to show and sell their work at the 2013 Prairie Grove Clothesline Fair. The event is Aug. 31 through Sept. 2 at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park. The fair, sponsored by the Arts Center of the Ozarks, is a juried show, and artisans can find application details at

Club News

posted: 06/30/2013 2:17 a.m.

Lions Bella Vista Lions Club meets at 5:45 p.m. July 16 at Concordia Retirement Center’s main building, 1 Concordia Drive.


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Society announcements are published in the Sunday edition of the Profiles section.

Local Notes

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American Girl seeks models The Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale will host a model call from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 25 for this year’s American Girl Fashion Show.


posted: 06/30/2013 2:17 a.m.

Society announcements are published in the Sunday edition of the Profiles section. Please visit and click on Publish Your Announcement for pricing and to submit engagement and wedding announcements.

AT OUR BEST: Garden party goes Caribbean

posted: 06/30/2013 2:17 a.m.

Six seems to be a positive harbinger for Women’s Day at the LPGA, presented by the Network of Executive Women Northwest Arkansas on June 20 at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers. The sixth annual event drew some 600 professionals for the power breakfast quite a jump from the 60 who attended the inaugural event at the Pinnacle Country Club clubhouse.

SPOTLIGHT BEAU FOUNDATION: Beau Classic tournament a link to healthier moms

posted: 06/30/2013 2:17 a.m.

A little over a week ago, something remarkable happened to Dr. Scott Bailey.

Dennis Edward Nelms: Life of adventure

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SELF PORTRAIT Date and place of birth: Sept. 24, 1970 in Wichita, Kan. Occupation: Coowner, Adventure Subaru Family: Wife Fran Free, daughter Lily Nelms, son Levi Nelms, stepdaughter Lucy Free Something I’d like to be better at is: This is always changing.

Major League Soccer

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SATURDAY’S GAMES Real Salt Lake 1, Toronto FC 0 Philadelphia 2, FC Dallas 2, tie Vancouver 1,


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FRIDAY’S GAMES Indiana 80, Tulsa 69 Atlanta 86, Washington 75 Minnesota 88, Los Angeles 64 New York 67, Seattle 62 SATURDAY’S GAMES Phoenix 89, Connecticut 70 Chicago 94, Los Angeles 82 TODAY’S GAMES All times Central San Antonio at Atlanta, 2 p.m. Tulsa at Washington, 3 p.m. Seattle at Indiana, 5 p.m.

Minor league baseball

posted: 06/30/2013 2:17 a.m.

NATURALS SCHEDULE All times Central JUNE 30 Frisco, 6 p.m.

COMMENTARY: Nationals not the end of Johnson’s line

posted: 06/30/2013 2:16 a.m.

Davey Johnson is asked whether this will be the first stop in his major league managerial career where he won’t wear out his welcome.

LR man arrested in murder

posted: 06/30/2013 2:16 a.m.

A Little Rock man was charged with capital murder and robbery Friday after he shot a Morrilton man who was trying to buy drugs, police said.

TEXAS LEAGUE: ‘Riders six pitchers knock out Naturals

posted: 06/30/2013 2:16 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas blew its chance Saturday night to match its longest winning streak of the season.

Development panel awards $1.7 million

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The Arkansas Economic Development Commission has awarded $1,660,568 in Community Development Block Grants, a Wednesday news release said.

Body found amid tire blaze identified

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Little Rock police have identified the woman who was found amid a tire fire Thursday morning.

Woman accused of ricin plot to kill ex-husband

posted: 06/30/2013 2:16 a.m.

A New Mexico grand jury has indicted the daughter of a prominent south Arkansas couple on charges including solicitation to commit first-degree murder after authorities said she tried to hire someone to help poison her ex-husband with ricin.

Kansas governor speaks with GOP

posted: 06/30/2013 2:16 a.m.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback urged Arkansas Republicans on Friday night to embrace conservative ideals in their party’s search for “the way back.” “A lot of people are saying the Republican Party is — you know — kind of maybe is being passed by,” Brownback said at the annual Reagan-Rockefeller Dinner.

Police fatally shoot man at wife’s home

posted: 06/30/2013 2:16 a.m.

Jacksonville police shot and killed a 64-year-old man after he showed up at the home of his estranged wife early Friday morning.

NW Arkansas today

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “Burning is not just willy-nilly, where we go out and light a match just because it’s a good day to burn.” McRee Anderson

6th sought in synthetic-drug sweep surrenders

posted: 06/30/2013 2:16 a.m.

Eassa Rawashdeh, the owner of Smokey’s Discount Tobacco at 1403 John Barrow Road, surrendered Friday at the Little Rock Police Department after learning he was wanted on a federal warrant in an investigation into the selling of synthetic drugs.


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The following divorces were recorded in the circuit clerk’s office from June 20-26.

Government meetings

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Monday Rogers Board of Adjustments, 9:30 a.m.


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Margherita Hack, an astrophysicist who explained her research on the stars in plain language for the public and who championed civil rights in her native Italy, died Saturday in the Adriatic Sea town of Trieste, where she had headed an astronomical observatory. She was 91.

Plans unveiled for GOP judicial PAC

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A political action committee will be created soon to contribute to and endorse judicial candidates, the co-chairman of the state Republican Party Judicial Review Committee said Saturday.

Controlled fires help trees thrive

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The science behind the prescribed burning of forestland has advanced significantly in the past decade, forest managers said Saturday afternoon.

Texans not done with abortion bill

posted: 06/30/2013 2:16 a.m.

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst promised Saturday that a bill toughening abortion restrictions would not be derailed again after screaming protesters last week drowned out state senators and ran out the clock on a vote.

UA deficit audit nears finish

posted: 06/30/2013 2:16 a.m.

Legislative auditors have completed much of the field work on a review of deficit finances at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville’s Division of Advancement and estimate the audit to be released later this summer, an official said Friday.

Police jail suspect in abduction of 12

posted: 06/30/2013 2:16 a.m.

The main owner of an after-hours bar who is a key suspect in the abduction of 12 young people a month ago was detained Friday on drug charges, federal prosecutors said.

Obama spends time with Mandela kin

posted: 06/30/2013 2:16 a.m.

Paying tribute to his personal hero, President Barack Obama met privately Saturday with Nelson Mandela’s family as the world anxiously awaited news on the condition of the ailing 94-yearold anti-apartheid leader.

Afghanistan: Attacks will not deter peace talks

posted: 06/30/2013 2:16 a.m.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday that his government is still willing to start talks with the Taliban, easing concerns that a brazen attack by the group on the presidential palace last week would derail the country’s nascent peace process.

Iran’s Rouhani promises freedom, an open mind

posted: 06/30/2013 2:16 a.m.

President-elect Hasan Rouhani said Saturday that he would engage with the West and fulfill his electoral promises to allow more freedom for the Iranian people.

Sex scandal gets Texas airman 6 months in jail

posted: 06/30/2013 2:16 a.m.

A former trainer at a South Texas Air Force base has been sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty in a sex scandal with recruits.

Foes file to stop California’s same-sex marriages

posted: 06/30/2013 2:16 a.m.

Less than 24 hours after California started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, lawyers for the sponsors of the state’s gay-marriage ban filed an emergency motion Saturday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and stop the weddings.

Area lotteries

posted: 06/30/2013 2:16 a.m.

Numbers drawn Saturday: Missouri Lotto 5-13-15-28-38-39 Estimated jackpot: $1.6 million Oklahoma Lotto 10-32-39-45-46 Hot ball: 3 Estimated jackpot: $6.8 million Powerball 8-28-30-53-56 Powerball: 16 Estimated jackpot: $50 million

Militants in Iraq kill 11 in latest strikes

posted: 06/30/2013 2:16 a.m.

Bombs and a shooting targeted a marketplace and off-duty policemen in Iraq on Saturday, killing at last least 11 people in the latest attacks by militants seeking to destabilize the country.

Biden gives Ecuador a call

posted: 06/30/2013 2:16 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden has asked Ecuador to turn down an asylum request from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, the country’s president said Saturday.

No Cowboy Here

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

The horse looked at me like I was a moron. Of course, my decision to wear green Pumas to a rodeo didn’t speak to my intelligence.

Race Serves Many Goals

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

Andrew Evans of Rogers had only returned to training for a few weeks, but it was hard to tell Saturday morning.

Coats Confident In Progression On Golf Course

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

Zach Coats is determined to show his hard work on the golf course has paid off.

Players Up For ‘Adoption’

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

Springdale athletic director Wayne Stehlik came up with the idea after reading about a college that did something similar with its football team.

Players, Coaches Selected For Xtra Innings

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

It’s the third time Rogers Heritage baseball coach Keith Kilgore has been a part of the Xtra Innings Classic, but the 10th annual event is a little different this year.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Who’s ‘Allowing’ Poor To Be Hungry, Anyway?

posted: 06/30/2013 12:39 a.m.

The Rev. Lowell Grisham has a good heart. As do most Americans, he sincerely wishes to feed poor children (will we never tire of having our heartstrings tugged upon thusly by the compassionate) Father Grisham (June 23) mischaracterizes Matthew 25 as some sort of statement by Jesus as to how nations should behave. It simply states the nations of the world will be brought together and that the righteous will be called to God (individuals, not nations).

Beebe Calls On Region’s Influence

posted: 06/30/2013 12:39 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe is famous for both shunning controversy and not showing his cards until he has to. These traits usually reinforce each other.

Obama As Transparent As Hoover Dam

posted: 06/30/2013 12:39 a.m.

The shocking NSA spying revelations have obliterated normal political lines. Left is on the right. Right is on the left. Dogs lay with cats.

Time To Cover Children Left Behind

posted: 06/30/2013 12:39 a.m.

Every year, the Annie E. Casey Foundation releases the Kids Count Data Book. It’s a look at how our children fare when it comes to health, education, economic well-being and the state of their communities. As the numbers go, the Natural State has not fared well for many years, but that seems to be changing as certain indicators — including and especially the health of our children — look much better than they have in years past.

Invasion Of The Unwanted Aliens

posted: 06/30/2013 12:39 a.m.

“It is now within the power of individual gardeners to do something that we all dream of doing: to make a difference. In this case, the “difference” will be to the future of biodiversity, to the native plants and animals of North America and the ecosystems that sustain them.” — Douglas Tallamy Bringing Nature Home Yard work” does not carry the same cachet that “gardening” does, probably because pulling weeds, setting up watering systems, wheelbarrowing heavy loads and doing all the other strenuous ground work needed for food production or fl ower glory is not very rewarding. This labor is gardening, too, of course, but I’ve come to realize if I had been smarter over the years, I would be spending a greater percentage of my time with the more enjoyable aspects of digging in the dirt instead of always being in a battle to the death with certain plants.

Activists Push To Stop Blueway

posted: 06/30/2013 12:39 a.m.

Several congressional voices, including fi ve from Arkansas, have joined the growing controversy over designation of the White River as part of the National Blueways System.


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Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease today, and its prevalence is only growing. In 2010, my mother, Jan Baldwin, died at the age of 66 after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s and my hope is that we can eradicate this disease completely. Today there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and 15.4 million Alzheimer caregivers.

HOW WE SEE IT Kids, Future Of Arkansas Hurt By Cuts

posted: 06/30/2013 12:39 a.m.

It is perhaps one of the biggest no-brainers : Early education makes a lasting diff erence for kids — who have a tendency to grow into adults — and for our communities and nation.


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SPORTS CALENDAR BASKETBALL A Summer Basketball League is being offered by the Rogers Activity Center. The league will be open to students in grades 5-8 for the 2013-14 academic school year. Cost for registration is $60. Each participant must have a current RAC membership ($20). Separate boys and girls teams will be formed. Each team will practice once or twice per week and play two games per week with a maximum of eight games in the season. Program will start Monday and run through Aug. 2. Practices and games will take place during the week. For more information call 631-0336 or visit recreation.


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GOLF BELLA VISTA GOLF ASSOCIATION WOMEN’S 5 HOLE PAIRINGS WHEN: Monday TIME: 7 a.m. WHERE: Brittany Golf Course FORMAT: 2 clubs and a putter CALL: Jane Nelson, 855-2745 8 A.M.: Pat Dobbe, Debbie Olson, Carol Cheek, Char Sorensen 8:07 A.M.: Janet Seymour, Jane Nelson, Chris Rice Sandy O’Neil MEN’S 18 HOLE PAIRINGS WHEN: Tuesday TIME: 8 a.m. shotgun WHERE: Berksdale FORMAT: Best 3 of 4 Net In Flights CONTACT: Call 800-860-7103 or go to the MGA website NOTE: First named player is captain of foursome FLIGHT C 1A: Larry Seymour, Don Teague, Joe D’Anna, Blind Draw 2A: Jim Angstead, Norman Sauer, John Stapleton, Charles Northup 2B: Dave Clark, Roy Baker, Bill Parriott, Melvin Briley 3A: Thomas J Prout, Jerry McKibben, Don Weber, Ronald Garris 4A: John Allen, Hugh Schindorff, Gene Young, Charles Beveridge 5A: Robert Prazak, Jerry Slatton, Gerald Swope, Jim Kirby FLIGHT C2 6A: Jack Trout, Lou Wellinghoff, Fred Ely, Larry VanMeter 7A: Dan Kinsey, Jim Hudson, Randall Gnant, John Lear 8A: John Huston, Bob Mathis, Bob Cra


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Saturday, June 29

Fire Damages Restaurant, Church

posted: 06/29/2013 5:28 p.m.

A fire Saturday afternoon caused extensive damage to a building shared by a restaurant and a church.

Jackson son's testimony dominates trial's 9th week

posted: 06/29/2013 5 p.m.

A look at key moments this past week in the wrongful death trial in Los Angeles between Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, and concert giant AEG Live LLC, and what is expected at court in the week ahead.

Obama to US media: 'Behave'

posted: 06/29/2013 4:30 p.m.

One element of President Barack Obama's Africa policy is to encourage a free press, although he offered repeated reminders for U.S. reporters traveling with him on the continent to be on their best behavior.

Former priest denied early exit from prison

posted: 06/29/2013 4:15 p.m.

A former Catholic priest serving a 50-year sentence for sexually abusing a boy was denied an early medical release by prison officials on Friday.

Body pulled from water behind Burns Park

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

A body discovered by officers Saturday morning in Pulaski County is being investigated, officials said.

Popularity of fishing increases around Ohio, U.S.

posted: 06/29/2013 4 p.m.

More people around Ohio are getting hooked on fishing after two decades of decline for the sport.

6 art museums honor beloved Memphis artist

posted: 06/29/2013 3:30 p.m.

A well-known Memphis artist is being featured this summer in "The Summer of Cloar," a set of exhibits in six museums and galleries including the Brooks.

China asks if 'happy ending' services are illegal

posted: 06/29/2013 3:15 p.m.

China's law enforcers are having an unusually public debate about a delicate topic: Do paid sexual services known as "happy endings" at massage parlors count as crimes if they don't involve actual sexual intercourse?

Appeals court refuses to release ex-New Orleans cop

posted: 06/29/2013 3 p.m.

A federal appeals court has refused to free a former New Orleans police officer on bond while he awaits a retrial on charges he shot and killed a man without justification outside a strip mall in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.

Feds seek convicted Connecticut financier's tax refund

posted: 06/29/2013 2:30 p.m.

Federal prosecutors want a Venezuelan-American financier to hand over a large tax refund while he awaits sentencing in a massive Connecticut-based fraud scheme, saying he misused an earlier refund and faces paying restitution that could be hundreds of millions of dollars.

911 dispatcher helps Michigan man deliver baby

posted: 06/29/2013 2:15 p.m.

A woman who didn't expect to give birth until mid-July delivered a healthy baby girl along a Michigan roadway with help from her husband and coaching from a 911 dispatcher.

California's Sierra a 'living lab' for climate change

posted: 06/29/2013 2 p.m.

In parts of California's Sierra Nevada, marshy meadows are going dry, wildflowers are blooming earlier and glaciers are melting into ice fields.

Funeral held for man in ex-Patriot's murder case

posted: 06/29/2013 1:53 p.m.

Hundreds of relatives, friends and well-wishers have wept together and hugged at the funeral of a semi-pro football player whose killing led to murder and weapons charges against former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez.

Alzheimer's drug to be tested on Down syndrome patients

posted: 06/29/2013 1:30 p.m.

Major drugmaker Eisai Co. plans to start clinical tests to see whether a drug for Alzheimer's disease is effective in treating symptoms of Down syndrome seen in adulthood, according to informed sources.

Virgin Islands to reinstate government wages after 8 percent cut

posted: 06/29/2013 1 p.m.

A U.S. Virgin Islands senator says government employees will have their original salaries reinstated next week following an 8 percent reduction approved two years ago.

Wanted: New presidents at Ohio State, Penn State, University of Michigan

posted: 06/29/2013 12:30 p.m.

Wanted: chief executive to oversee a multibillion-dollar enterprise that employs thousands, educates tens of thousands, pushes cutting-edge research and medical care, and fields national-caliber sports teams that are often a headline or two away from controversy.

Government probes Honda Odyssey brake problem

posted: 06/29/2013 noon

U.S. safety regulators are investigating some Honda Odyssey minivans because they can brake without the driver pressing the pedal.

Kerry meeting with Palestinian president

posted: 06/29/2013 11:30 a.m.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday for the second time in two days, continuing his rushed round of shuttle diplomacy to restart talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Egypt group: 22 million signatures against Morsi

posted: 06/29/2013 11 a.m.

The youth group leading the campaign against Egypt's president says it has collected the signatures of 22 million Egyptians who want to remove the Islamist leader.

2 children die in single-vehicle crash

updated: 06/29/2013 2:07 p.m.

Two Pangburn children were killed and their mother injured Friday afternoon in a single-vehicle wreck in White County, according to an Arkansas State Police accident report.

Is search for Snowden turning into sideshow?

posted: 06/29/2013 10:30 a.m.

Edward Snowden's continent-jumping, hide-and-seek game seems like the stuff of a pulp thriller — a desperate man's drama played out before a worldwide audience trying to decide if he's a hero or a villain.

Popularity rating of Brazil president plummets

posted: 06/29/2013 10 a.m.

A new poll shows Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's popularity has plummeted since the outbreak of nationwide protests several weeks ago.

Obama tells leaders to follow Mandela's example

posted: 06/29/2013 9:30 a.m.

President Barack Obama encouraged leaders in Africa and around the world Saturday to follow former South African President Nelson Mandela's example of country before self, as the U.S. president prepared to pay personal respects to relatives who have been gathered around the critically ill anti-apartheid icon.

Syrian fighter jets hit central city of Homs

posted: 06/29/2013 8:55 a.m.

Syrian warplanes and ground forces bombarded rebel-held neighborhoods in Homs on Saturday as part of the military's ongoing campaign against opposition fighters in the heart of the country's third largest city, activists said.

School Board Filing Period Looms

posted: 06/29/2013 5 a.m.

Benton County residents are certain to see some familiar names when they go to vote in school board elections in September.

Prekindergarten Program Growing

posted: 06/29/2013 5 a.m.

The Bentonville School District will expand its free prekindergarten program for low-income families this fall.

School District Losing Three Assistant Principals

posted: 06/29/2013 5 a.m.

Three assistant principals informed the Bentonville School District this week they have accepted jobs in other districts.

Nation's Top BB-Gun Shooters Compete

posted: 06/29/2013 5 a.m.

The chatter of enthusiastic adolescents and teenagers is louder than the sound of rifle fire at this national shooting match.

Bentonville Rotary Named Club Of Year

posted: 06/29/2013 5 a.m.

The Rotary Club of Bentonville has been named 2012-13 large club of the year for District 6110.

Students Show Entrepreneurial Spirit

posted: 06/29/2013 5 a.m.

Jacob Elser is on his way to being a young entrepreneur.

Two-Person Race Developing For Fayetteville School Board

posted: 06/29/2013 5 a.m.

Two school board members in Washington County won’t seek re-election and a contested race is shaping up in Fayetteville.

Clinic In FBI Probe To Open Monday

posted: 06/29/2013 5 a.m.

Situs Oncology, closed Thursday while federal agents served a search warrant, will be open for business Monday, staff members said.

City Street To Close

posted: 06/29/2013 5 a.m.

The city will close the southbound lane of Northwest A Street between Northwest Third and Northwest Second streets beginning at 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

Developer Eyes Dickson Street Property

posted: 06/29/2013 5 a.m.

The development team behind several new apartment complexes in town is eyeing land on Dickson Street where the Divinity Hotel was planned.

Commission Planning Renovation

posted: 06/29/2013 5 a.m.

Plans to renovate the city's airport terminal are almost ready.

Negligent Homicide Trial Reset

posted: 06/29/2013 5 a.m.

The negligent homicide trial of a Lincoln man has been reset.

Missouri Man Gets Eight Years

posted: 06/29/2013 5 a.m.

An Excelsior Springs, Mo., man was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy.

Obama lauds work of ailing Mandela

posted: 06/29/2013 4:35 a.m.

JOHANNESBURG — President Barack Obama said Friday that he was bearing a message of “profound gratitude” to Nelson Mandela, the stricken former leader of South Africa, and that he would defer to Mandela’s family on whether to visit him.

Immigration bill faces test in U.S. House

posted: 06/29/2013 4:34 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The focus of hotly contested immigration legislation swung Friday from the Senate to the House, where conservative Republicans hold power, there is no bipartisan template to serve as a starting point and the two parties stress widely different priorities.

Violence flares in Egypt; American among dead

posted: 06/29/2013 4:32 a.m.

CAIRO — Tens of thousands of supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi rallied Friday in Cairo, and the sides fought each other in the second-largest city, Alexandria, where at least two people were killed — including an American — and 85 were injured, officials said.

Legislators review new care episodes

posted: 06/29/2013 4:30 a.m.

A proposal to add three new “episodes of care” — tonsillectomies, gallbladder removal and colonoscopies — to the state’s health-care payment overhaul cleared a joint legislative committee Friday, a month after the approval was delayed because of lawmakers’ questions.

Stay on gay marriage lifted, California plaintiffs tie knot

posted: 06/29/2013 4:30 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — The lead plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban tied the knot Friday, about an hour after an appeals court cleared the way for same-sex couples in the state to obtain marriage licenses for the first time in 4½ years.

In state, 43 counties see home sales rise most since May 2010

posted: 06/29/2013 4:28 a.m.

More homes were sold in Arkansas last month than in any month in the past three years, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Friday.

Actress indicted in ricin-letters case

posted: 06/29/2013 4:23 a.m.

A federal grand jury has indicted the east Texas actress accused of mailing threatening, ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and gun-control advocate Mark Glaze.

Nordex to end Jonesboro production

posted: 06/29/2013 4:12 a.m.

Nordex USA Inc. plans to end production at its windturbine facility in Jonesboro later this year and lay off about 40 employees because of uncertainty in the U.S. market, the company said Friday.

Pegasus pipeline accident one of 14

posted: 06/29/2013 4:10 a.m.

The Exxon Mobil pipeline that spilled thousands of gallons of oil in a Mayflower neighborhood in March has had at least 13 other minor leaks since 2002, according to accident reports kept by the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

7 fires in 5 months put tenants on edge

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

Residents at Little Rock’s Forest Place Apartments say that after seven fires in five months, including one early Friday, they are worried about their safety.

Trucking firm’s gain best in state

posted: 06/29/2013 4:01 a.m.

Arkansas Best’s stock almost doubled in the second quarter, by far the best performance of any major publicly traded company in the state.

3 in West Memphis struck by lightning

posted: 06/29/2013 3:57 a.m.

Lightning struck three men and caused an apartment fire in West Memphis on Thursday evening as storms associated with a cold front lashed northeast Arkansas.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/29/2013 3:57 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Rates are shooting up in the private market and regular commercial loans are being pulled back very quickly.All industrial businesses [in China] run on credit, so as soon as you close that down, they just stop producing and selling stuff.” Anne Stevenson-Yang, research director at J Capital Research Article,1D

Two deputies suspended over taped arrest scuffle

posted: 06/29/2013 3:55 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS — The Garland County sheriff’s office has suspended Sgt. Scott West for two weeks without pay and Cpl. Greg Kellar for four weeks without pay in relation to an arrest in early June.

China puts clamps on credit flow

posted: 06/29/2013 3:53 a.m.

BEIJING — A cash shortage hit China’s credit markets this month, and analysts say it was the first shock wave from what stands to be the government’s most drastic clampdown on credit in two decades.

Two children die in Jeep rollover

posted: 06/29/2013 3:52 a.m.

Two children died Friday after the Jeep they were riding in overturned in White County, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality accident report.

Burma picks Muslim firm for telecom deal, draws ire

posted: 06/29/2013 3:52 a.m.

RANGOON, Burma — Religious tensions engulfing Burma spread Friday to the world of big business: Monks and others in the Buddhist-dominated country demanded to know why a lucrative license for a new national mobile-phone network had gone to a company from a Muslim nation.

MARKET REPORT: Soft landing ends June’s wild ride

posted: 06/29/2013 3:49 a.m.

NEW YORK — After flitting between tiny gains and losses most of Friday, the stock market closed mostly lower, a peaceful end to the most volatile month in nearly two years.


posted: 06/29/2013 3:49 a.m.

Energy firm to move only 2 rigs from state BHP Billiton Ltd. plans to move its only two drilling rigs out of the state as the company scales back its drilling operations in the Fayetteville Shale, the Australianbased company said Friday.

Other days

posted: 06/29/2013 3:29 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 29, 1913 BATESVILLE — The first enforcement on the White river division of the law of drinking intoxicating liquor on a train was the arrest and fining of Tom Murray of Joplin, Mo., yesterday morning in Batesville. The young man was accused of continually worrying a party of attorneys by offering them a “drink from his bottle.” The attorneys complained to the conductor, who held Murray and turned him over to Sheriff Fike.


posted: 06/29/2013 3:28 a.m.

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


posted: 06/29/2013 3:28 a.m.

Female ordination not for discussion BOSTON — Cardinal Sean O’Malley banned an Austrian priest from speaking at a parish because the priest advocates ordaining women and making celibacy for priests optional.

State gays applaud closing of national ‘cure’ ministry

posted: 06/29/2013 3:24 a.m.

At a predominantly gay church in Sherwood, 10 miles north of Little Rock, the congregation broke into a united “Amen” and applause Sunday after hearing that a national “ex-gay” ministry would be shutting its doors.

Isn’t that spatial!

posted: 06/29/2013 3:23 a.m.

Size matters. More and more. Especially in space-challenged houses and apartments.

Yes, in our backyard

posted: 06/29/2013 3:20 a.m.

ONCE UPON a not-so-distant time, you might have heard arguments from many quarters that the ridiculous number of Bowl games every year was getting, well, more ridiculous. Because every winter there seemed to be more and more of ‘em.

Money talks

posted: 06/29/2013 3:19 a.m.

Those who would like the United States to back off its 2011 pledge to provide $1 billion in aid to Egypt because of fears that the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party rules the government are failing to see the long-term advantages to the United States of such aid.

In the garden

posted: 06/29/2013 3:19 a.m.

QI wish I knew how to properly care for Encore azaleas. They are so pretty, but even though they supposedly are the dwarf variety, they are too large to manage properly. I would like to do a major pruning, but I understand they bloom only on new growth.

Thank you, Waltons, Part II

posted: 06/29/2013 3:19 a.m.

THE STORY goes that a lady on a trip to Europe looked out of her rental car one day, took a deep breath and commented: “Ho-hum. Another awe-inspiring sight.” The lady may not have been downplaying the landscape. Quite the opposite. Maybe she was trying to sum up all the wonders that she’d seen on her Grand Tour.

OTHERS SAY: Take away easy money

posted: 06/29/2013 3:18 a.m.

After being a steady friend to Americans’ 401(k) accounts for month after month, the U.S. stock market is getting scary again.

Tools & toys

posted: 06/29/2013 3:17 a.m.

ChordSavers Floor Cord Covers What’s to love: Cord covers tough enough to walk on and that match your wood oors.

We’re asking for trouble

posted: 06/29/2013 3:13 a.m.

The Obama administration should stop sending taxpayer dollars to nations that embrace Islamic terrorism—nations that behave like adversaries, not allies.

Ask the expert

posted: 06/29/2013 3:13 a.m.

My 20-year-old daughter will be moving out at the end of the summer to an apartment and her 9-year-old brother will be inheriting her larger bedroom. The problem? Her room is painted lavender.

Guest writer: Being there matters

posted: 06/29/2013 3:09 a.m.

When I moved to Northwest Arkansas, my new neighbors gave a warm welcome, and some were kind enough to inquire: Would a career Navy man feel at home away from the blue water ?

Personal space

posted: 06/29/2013 3:09 a.m.

Susan Terry Borne Where I live: I live in Little Rock’s Hillcrest neighborhood with my husband, Robin. We have an English cottage-style house that was built in the 1920s by George Burden. Mr. Burden lived in the house and built several of the homes on our street, as well as the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs.

Why I write on

posted: 06/29/2013 3:08 a.m.

Some readers must be wondering if ol’ Mike’s gone hog wild with swine fever. I can’t blame them after two dozen or so columns about the state’s wrongheaded decision to permit the Mount Judea hog factory (calling itself a family farm) smack in the Buffalo National River watershed.


posted: 06/29/2013 3:08 a.m.

Our system’s a shame I was incensed when I read Jimmy Curtis’ letter. He said the Affordable Care Act is scandalous and shameful. It is our current health-care system that is scandalous and shameful.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Making your own firecracker an enriching activity

posted: 06/29/2013 3:06 a.m.

Dear Otus, Every July 4th is really sucky because my dad won’t let us shoot off anything bigger than bottle rockets and sparklers. All the cool kids have M-80 s and cherry bombs. What can me and my friends do?

The nation in brief

posted: 06/29/2013 3:05 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The health-care law guarantees millions of women access to recommended preventive services at no cost.” Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the Health and Human Services Department Article, this page

Names and faces

posted: 06/29/2013 3:05 a.m.

Sears, J.C. Penney and Walgreen said Friday that they’re cutting ties with Paula Deen, adding to the growing list of companies severing their relationship after revelations that the Southern celebrity chef used racial slurs in the past.

In the news

posted: 06/29/2013 3:05 a.m.

Jimmy Carter, the former president, said at a conference in Atlanta on women and religion that religious authorities perpetuate misguided doctrines of male superiority from the Catholic Church forbidding women from becoming priests to some African cultures mutilating the genitals of young girls.

Garden yields party drink add-ins

posted: 06/29/2013 3:05 a.m.

Looking for a way to shake things up in the backyard this summer? Cocktail gardening puts a twist on edible landscaping.

Anderson on Miles: ‘He can lock down’

posted: 06/29/2013 3:03 a.m.

West Virginia transfer Keaton Miles and freshman big man Moses Kingsley are scheduled to arrive in Fayetteville this weekend to attend the second session of summer school and fill out Arkansas’ basketball roster for the 2013-2014 season.


posted: 06/29/2013 3 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: I’m considering getting a new Honda Accord four-cylinder. For 2013, Honda went to a CV transmission, replacing the five-speed automatic. I wonder about (1) the longevity of this type of transmission; (2) the effect on fuel economy; and (3) the overall driving experience for someone (me) who has driven manuals and automatics for 50 years. Your carefully considered opinion is appreciated. — Pete


posted: 06/29/2013 2:58 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: After a bout of sickness at our home, I cleaned the house well, but when it was time to start the laundry, a question came to mind: Does regular washing-machine detergent kill germs?

Super Quiz: Geography

posted: 06/29/2013 2:54 a.m.

1. What is the full name of Canada’s easternmost province? 2. What nation was formed on May 14, 1948?

Keep it clean

posted: 06/29/2013 2:52 a.m.

Cadie Products Corp. Oven Cleaning Wipes It’s one of the more onerous cleaning tasks: cleaning the oven.

Armstrong crashes, trashes 100th Tour

posted: 06/29/2013 2:52 a.m.

PORTO VECCHIO, Corsica - Lance Armstrong made himself the uninvited guest at the Tour de France on Friday, coming back to haunt the 100th edition of the race and infuriating riders past and present by talking at length in a newspaper interview about doping in the sport.

Make an entrance by pumping up entryway’s pizazz

posted: 06/29/2013 2:51 a.m.

In suburbs across America, traditional townhouses and developments come standard. But let’s say your taste swings more contemporary, or your house dates to the ’80s, is brass-infused and needs an update. One of the best places to start redecorating is the foyer.

ASU lures Miami to Jonesboro

posted: 06/29/2013 2:50 a.m.

Arkansas State Athletic Director Terry Mohajir said Tuesday that the Red Wolves were going “Howlywood” with the announcement of ASU playing a football game at Southern Cal in 2015.

U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN: Spieth has privileges, eyes card

posted: 06/29/2013 2:49 a.m.

BETHESDA, Md. — Jordan Spieth, playing with nothing to lose, gave himself another chance to win going into the weekend at the AT&T National.

Fit for a Brit?

posted: 06/29/2013 2:43 a.m.

LONDON - When a 19-stroke exchange ended with Andy Murray’s Wimbledon opponent slapping a forehand into the net, thousands of Centre Court spectators rose in unison. They applauded Murray’s first service break. They screamed for joy. They waved their Union Jacks and Scottish flags.


posted: 06/29/2013 2:42 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Why didn’t everyone believe in Jesus during His lifetime? He did so many miracles that it seems to me like everyone would have believed in Him, and yet they didn’t.


posted: 06/29/2013 2:41 a.m.

Happy birthday. This year is marked by an overriding theme of playfulness. You’re at your creative best while doing the childish thing you want to do instead of what you have to do.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/29/2013 2:38 a.m.

Lucky Ducks just get slap on the wrist There is no ducking it.

HOG CALLS: Bielema isn’t lowering his expectations

posted: 06/29/2013 2:33 a.m.

Regardless of how poorly the preceding football team fared, new coaches loathe to tell their new players they will sacrifice their season to rebuild.

U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN: Park, up 2, halfway to 3rd major

posted: 06/29/2013 2:28 a.m.

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Inbee Park couldn’t see her final tee shot past about 150 yards, but nothing fazes the world’s top-ranked player these days.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Indians hammer White Sox in 4-hour slugfest

posted: 06/29/2013 2:27 a.m.

CHICAGO — Jason Kipnis reached base six times and scored four runs, Ryan Raburn homered and drove in four, and the Cleveland Indians rallied from five down early on to pound the Chicago White Sox 19-10 in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Friday.

End of era as Celtics start over without Pierce

posted: 06/29/2013 2:27 a.m.

BOSTON — Letting Doc Rivers go to the Los Angeles Clippers was the first sign, and getting rid of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett clinched it.

Earnhardt’s record earns Kentucky pole

posted: 06/29/2013 2:21 a.m.

SPARTA, Ky. — The questions during NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying Friday were how many drivers would raise Kentucky Speedway’s record and by how much.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/29/2013 2:20 a.m.

COLLEGE BASEBALL Walker hired as Wichita State assistant Brian Walker is following Todd Butler from Arkansas to Wichita State. Butler, who was hired as the Shockers’ head baseball coach after eight seasons as Arkansas’ hitting coach and recruiting coordinator, has added Walker to his staff as a full-time assistant coach, Wichita State announced Thursday.

Keselowski grabs lead at right time

posted: 06/29/2013 2:19 a.m.

SPARTA, Ky. — Brad Keselowski took his final lead on the 156th lap and went on to a rain-shortened victory Friday night in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway.

TEXAS LEAGUE: 5-run eighth earns Naturals sweep

posted: 06/29/2013 2:05 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas’ bats came alive just in the nick of time Friday night.

Off the wire

posted: 06/29/2013 2:05 a.m.

Venus eyes U.S. Open Venus Williams said the bad back that forced her out of Wimbledon shouldn’t keep her out of the U.S. Open two months from now. During a conference call with reporters Friday, the seven-time Grand Slam champion said, “I definitely have full expectations to be at the Open.” Back home in Florida, Williams said she’s keeping tabs on Wimbledon where her sister, Serena, has a third-round match today against Kimiko Date-Krumm. Venus Williams said she’s spending time at the gym and working on projects. She’s being featured in a documentary on ESPN called Venus Vs., which chronicles her efforts in trying to get equal pay for women in tennis.

Communities of Faith

posted: 06/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

First Baptist Church Bentonville Women’s Ministry will have a clothing giveaway 7 a.m.-noon Aug. 3. The church will offer free new and gently worn clothes and shoes for all ages. The giveaway will be in the church’s Family Life Center, 200 S.W. A St.

ON RELIGION: Catholic law jurist expects no leeway for Scouts

posted: 06/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

Ever since the gay Boy Scouts earthquake, many Catholics have been asking canon law expert Edward Peters to fill a role he has clearly stated he has no desire to play — that of a prophet.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 06/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We will need to review the plan thoroughly before determining whether the remedies proposed in it are sufficient or whether we will propose alternatives.” Katherine Benenati, spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, commenting on the Whirlpool Corp.’s plan to treat groundwater contamination

Government Appointments

posted: 06/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe announced the following appointments to boards and commissions Monday.

The state/region in brief

posted: 06/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

Police arrested a Jonesboro man Thursday in the first homicide of 2013 for the Craighead County city of 68,500, authorities said.

Whirlpool: Suit invalid in Fort Smith pollution

posted: 06/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

Residents of a Fort Smith neighborhood cannot sue Whirlpool Corp. over groundwater contaminated by trichloroethyelene because the statute of limitations has run out and others are liable for damage resulting from the contamination, the company claimed Friday in response to a lawsuit in U.S. District Court.

Pollution committee holds off on Huntsville’s water proposal

posted: 06/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

Huntsville will wait another month before asking the Pollution Control and Ecology Commission to approve changes to the state’s water-quality standards.

Whirpool floats treating spill

posted: 06/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

The Whirlpool Corp. is proposing to treat part of a Fort Smith neighborhood contaminated with trichloroethylene with a chemical neutralizer to reduce the chemical’s concentration, according to an amendment the company’s consultant submitted to the state earlier this month.

Lake property owners file suit against Exxon

posted: 06/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

Four people who own property along Lake Conway have sued Exxon Mobil and two of its subsidiaries over a Good Friday oil spill that contaminated a Mayflower subdivision and a cove of the popular fishing lake.

UAFS to increase nursing professors

posted: 06/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

A $1 million gift pledge will help the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith tackle a nursing shortage by increasing its nursing professors, officials there announced Thursday.

Developer’s lawyer files to free client until trial

posted: 06/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

An attorney for former real-estate developer Brandon Barber filed a motion Friday in U.S. District Court in Fayetteville saying a federal judge erred when she sent his client to jail pending his trials in September and October on 27 charges of fraud and money laundering.

Vatican priest arrested

posted: 06/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

Italian police on Friday arrested a prelate, a financial broker and an agent of the Italian Secret Service on corruption charges as part of a complex plot in which the priest — who is already under investigation in money laundering involving the Vatican Bank — is accused of trying to repatriate millions of dollars from Switzerland to Italy in a private plane.

Health-care ads frame state

posted: 06/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

The Fayetteville square, Pinnacle Mountain and a farm in Scott are among the Arkansas spots highlighted in an ad campaign, set to begin airing on television stations Monday, that will encourage people to learn more about the coverage options that will be available under the federal health-care overhaul law starting Oct. 1.

Heat scorches wide swath of West

posted: 06/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

A heat wave expected to send the mercury soaring to nearly 120 degrees in Phoenix and Las Vegas settled over the West on Friday, threatening to ground airliners and raising fears that people and pets will get burned on the scalding pavement.

Neighbors testify in shooting

posted: 06/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

Two neighbors and a police officer gave accounts Friday in George Zimmerman’s murder trial that seemed to bolster the neighborhood-watch volunteer’s contention that he was on his back and being straddled by Trayvon Martin during a confrontation with the teen.

Mega Millions

posted: 06/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

Numbers drawn Friday: 8-15-35-46-52 Mega ball: 38 Estimated jackpot: $61 million Megaplier: 4

Final rule issued on contraceptive coverage

posted: 06/29/2013 2:04 a.m.

The Obama administration issued a final rule Friday requiring many employers and health-insurance plans to provide free coverage of contraceptives for women, a policy that has touched off a legal and political battle.

ABF union workers OK 5-year contract

posted: 06/29/2013 2:03 a.m.

ABF Freight System Inc. employees, represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, ratified a national collective bargaining agreement Thursday that will be in effect for the next five years.

Brewer Not Done Yet

posted: 06/29/2013 2 a.m.

Ronnie Brewer might be considered an old man in some NBA circles.

Naturals Rally For First Season Sweep

posted: 06/29/2013 2 a.m.

Manny Pina did as much with his body as he did with his bat Friday night.

Father, Son Pull Together At Cancer Challenge

posted: 06/29/2013 2 a.m.

Randy and Russell Krah of Taylorville, Ill., have spent lots of time together over the years hunting and trap shooting.


posted: 06/29/2013 1:33 a.m.


Public Meetings

posted: 06/29/2013 1:30 a.m.



posted: 06/29/2013 1:16 a.m.

Rolling Hills Baptist Church in Fayetteville dedicates and opens its new playground with a picnic after the morning worship Sunday. Donations allow church to share its playground with surrounding community.

Putting Words Into Actions

posted: 06/29/2013 1:16 a.m.

Compassion is on the hearts and minds of many people in Fayetteville.


posted: 06/29/2013 1:16 a.m.

On July 4, 1776, delegates adopted a Declaration of Independence from England for 13 British colonies in the New World. The rest, as they say, is history.

Blessings At Work

posted: 06/29/2013 1:16 a.m.

Andrew Harvey, author of “The Hidden Journey” and “A Journey in Ladakh,” had a mystical experience in the early stages of his spiritual journey. He felt his body fill with soft light and then began to hear a voice. He knew it to be the voice of Mother Meera, his teacher. She said, “You cannot transform what you have not blessed. You can never transform what fi rst you have not accepted and blessed.” How many of us are trying to transform our lives, our work and our organizations without fi rst blessing them? What does it mean to bless something or someone?


posted: 06/29/2013 1:16 a.m.

SPORTS CALENDAR BASKETBALL ! A Summer Basketball League is being offered by the Rogers Activity Center. The league will be open to students in grades 5-8 for the 2013-14 academic school year. Cost for registration is $60. Each participant must have a current RAC membership ($20). Separate boys and girls teams will be formed. Each team will practice once or twice per week and play two games per week with a maximum of eight games in the season. Program will start July 1 and run through Aug. 2. Practices and games will take place during the week. For further information call 631-0336 or visit www.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Amendment Must Be Revoked

posted: 06/29/2013 1:16 a.m.

There can be no immigration reform without revoking the passage in the 14th amendment that grants automatic citizenship. It is the very core of the problem. The abuse of this has led to the “anchor babies” that have fl ooded our country. As “citizens” they are crushing welfare, Medicaid and every other social benefi t. Congress is preparing to hand the country over entirely in its shameful quest for votes.

My Chats With Foreign Agents

posted: 06/29/2013 1:16 a.m.

Imight as well confess. Since I’m a cellphone customer of Verizon, the National Security Agency no doubt has records of all my calls for the past few years, thanks to an order from a top-secret federal court.

HOW WE SEE IT Fear-mongers Raise Stink Over Blueways

posted: 06/29/2013 1:16 a.m.

When Franklen D. Roosevelt said the nation’s population had nothing to fear but fear itself, he wasn’t referring to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Blueways System.


posted: 06/29/2013 1:16 a.m.

Arrests Fayetteville Manuel Vazquez, 22, of 204 W. Pecan St. in Rogers was arrested Thursday in connection with felony possession of firearm by certain persons and obstruction of governmental operations. Vazquez was released from the Washington County Detention Center on Thursday on $3,500 bond. Johnson Joshua Lehman, 27, of 410 Stapleton Drive in Lincoln was arrested Friday in connection with felony commercial burglary and theft of property. He also faces charges from another department. He was in the Washington County Detention Center without bond Friday. Washington County Sheriff’s Office Darrell Benish, 28, of 565 N. Railroad St. in Winslow was arrested Friday in connection with felony first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor and third-degree domestic battery. Benish was in the Washington County Detention Center without bond Friday.

Friday, June 28

Missouri man sentenced for sexual assault

posted: 06/28/2013 2:44 p.m.

An Excelsior Springs, Mo., man was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy.

Union OKs five-year labor deal with ABF Freight

posted: 06/28/2013 8:17 a.m.

Teamsters union members have approved a new, five-year contract with ABF Freight System Inc. in Fort Smith, according to a late Thursday statement issued by the trucking firm.

Fayetteville Attorney Surrenders License

posted: 06/28/2013 5 a.m.

Charles Stutte, a Fayetteville lawyer facing disbarment, gave up his law license.

Springdale Library Gets iPads

posted: 06/28/2013 5 a.m.

April Hanners said she likes to stay busy using the Springdale Public Library’s new iPads while she keeps an eye on her kids.

Playing Tennis For a Cause

posted: 06/28/2013 5 a.m.

When tennis pro Paul Pautsch visited young cancer patients at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Center for Children in Lowell he said he was moved by the experience.

FBI Launches Probe Of Cancer Center

posted: 06/28/2013 5 a.m.

Ted Van Sickle said Thursday he expected federal agents at his southwest Rogers home after he learned the Federal Bureau of Investigation was searching facilities owned by a company he once helped fund.

Apartment Complex Receives Accolades

posted: 06/28/2013 5 a.m.

Fayetteville’s first platinum LEED-certified building has been recognized on the international stage.

Springdale Man Arrested In Rogers

posted: 06/28/2013 5 a.m.

A Springdale man was arrested Tuesday in connection with kidnapping, aggravated assault and carrying a weapon charges after apparently confronting another man with a gun while attempting to revoke his bond.

County Officials Resume Ambulance Debate

posted: 06/28/2013 5 a.m.

Benton County’s justices of the peace resumed the debate over ambulance service Thursday night in an unscheduled discussion after they disposed of the Quorum Court’s regular business.

Centerton Man Arrested In Case

posted: 06/28/2013 5 a.m.

A Centerton man was arrested Wednesday in connection with distributing, possessing or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.

Boy Recovering From Gunshot

posted: 06/28/2013 5 a.m.

A 5-year-old Decatur boy was released from Arkansas Children’s Hospital after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face.

Lincoln Hires Superintendent

posted: 06/28/2013 5 a.m.

The School Board hired a new superintendent Thursday night.

School Choice, Student Policies Get Board Scrutiny

posted: 06/28/2013 5 a.m.

A resolution incorporating the School Choice Act of 2013 in district policies was adopted by the Fayetteville School Board, one of 13 student policies the board acted on Thursday.

Election Officials Reject School Voting Sites

posted: 06/28/2013 5 a.m.

Benton County election officials Thursday rejected an offer to use Bentonville School District facilities as polling places for the Sept. 17 school election.

Centerton Day Set For Saturday

posted: 06/28/2013 5 a.m.

Centerton Day will be held Saturday. The all-day event is a fundraiser for the Volunteer Fire Department, Animal Control and the Shop with a Cop program sponsored by the Police Department.

Father Arrested After Staged Robbery

posted: 06/28/2013 5 a.m.

A man who reported he and his children were robbed after a break-in at their apartment was arrested in connection with staging the crime, according to a police news release.

Branchwood Well Installation Begins Friday

posted: 06/28/2013 5 a.m.

Crews will install new well equipment at Branchwood Golf Course today.

Red Cross Moves To Rogers

posted: 06/28/2013 5 a.m.

The Red Cross chapter has a new home in Rogers.

Cookie Suit Rolls Back To Washington County

posted: 06/28/2013 5 a.m.

Accessing a website doesn't necessarily constitute an agreement, the Arkansas Supreme Court said Thursday in reversing and remanding a Washington County Circuit Court case.

Law Enforcement Warns Drivers

posted: 06/28/2013 5 a.m.

Area law enforcement agencies will take part in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign during July 4.

Seniors’ reading, math on 1970s level

posted: 06/28/2013 4:19 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Students preparing to leave high school are faring no better in reading or math than their peers four decades ago, the government said Thursday.

The world in brief

posted: 06/28/2013 4:14 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I see this as a moment of great promise and great progress for the continent.” President Barack Obama, opening a trip to sub-Saharan Africa in Senegal

The nation in brief

posted: 06/28/2013 4:14 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “In some ways, the findings are full of hope. Today’s children ages 9 and 13 are scoring better overall than students at those ages in the early ’70s.” Brent Houston, a member of the National Assessment Governing Board, on a government report that says high school students are faring no better in reading or math than their peers four decades ago

Getting it straight

posted: 06/28/2013 4:13 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 06/28/2013 4:12 a.m.

The creator of The Sopranos said at James Gandolfini’s funeral that the actor brought the traits of a sad boy, “amazed and confused,” to the role of Tony Soprano.

Senator objects to panel designee

posted: 06/28/2013 3:56 a.m.

State Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Bigelow, said Thursday that he objects to Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe appointing a retired nurse from Conway to the state’s Occupational Therapy Examining Committee because he’s “just not comfortable with that appointment.”

Mortgage rates leap; 30-year at 4.46%, highest since 2011

posted: 06/28/2013 3:46 a.m.

Mortgage rates for 30-year U.S. loans surged this week to the highest level in almost two years, increasing borrowing costs at a time when the housing market is strengthening and prices are jumping.

In the news

posted: 06/28/2013 3:43 a.m.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose lifelong public-service career includes turns as U.S. secretary of state, presidential candidate, U.S. senator, and Arkansas and U.S. first lady, will receive the 2013 Liberty Medal at a ceremony in Philadelphia, with the medal’s sponsors and partners saying Clinton’s years of service exemplify the qualities that the award was established to honor.

Other days

posted: 06/28/2013 3:38 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 28, 1913 FORT SMITH — Two policemen were severely injured today in a fight with Amos Jones, a blind man, who rebelled against being arrested after he had enjoyed a ride over the city in a cab for which he refused to pay.

NBA DRAFT: Cavs’ pick just the start of odd draft night

posted: 06/28/2013 3:34 a.m.

Anthony Bennett was stunned at the start. David Stern had a big surprise at the finish.

Kim surpasses Park for lead at Sebonack

posted: 06/28/2013 3:32 a.m.

Ha-Neul Kim saw friend Inbee Park after the world’s top-ranked player took the lead in the morning session at the U.S. Women’s Open.

Suns get Goodwin at No. 29

posted: 06/28/2013 3:30 a.m.

It was close, but Sherwood’s Archie Goodwin stayed in the first round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night.

EDITORIALS: Another cuss fuss

posted: 06/28/2013 3:27 a.m.

“You have taught me language; and my profit on’t / Is, I know how to curse. . . .” —Caliban, in The Tempest REMEMBER THOSE long-ago days when your bad behavior at school might have merited a teacher’s note home—and then you’d get in trouble with Mom and, later that evening, with Dad?

Djokovic sends last of U.S. men home from Wimbledon

posted: 06/28/2013 3:25 a.m.

What a stark statistic for the nation of Bill Tilden and Don Budge, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.


posted: 06/28/2013 3:24 a.m.

For the most part, Ben Bernanke and his colleagues at the Federal Reserve have been good guys in these troubled economic times.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Naturals toss 3rd no-hitter

posted: 06/28/2013 3:24 a.m.

Brooks Pounders didn’t need much help from the rest of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals on Thursday night.

OTHERS SAY: Overspending at the border

posted: 06/28/2013 3:22 a.m.

After having quadrupled in the 1990s, and more than tripled in the 2000s, the budget of the U.S. Border Patrol is apparently regarded by Republicans in Congress as a pathetic shell in need of a vast infusion of dollars.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Cornerback making most of second chance

posted: 06/28/2013 3:20 a.m.

Junior college cornerback Kweishi Brown will take an official visit to Arkansas on July 19, but the thought of playing college football was far from his mind at one time.

Echoes of Roe v.Wade

posted: 06/28/2013 3:19 a.m.

Justice was not blind at the Supreme Court on Wednesday. It was deaf—deaf to the will of the people of California and the nation.


posted: 06/28/2013 3:17 a.m.

Bloomberg, the confused Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked 1,000 of his political donor friends not to contribute to Sen. Mark Pryor’s campaign on the basis of his vote on gun issues.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Holland shuts down Yankees, Profar handles rest

posted: 06/28/2013 3:14 a.m.

As the outs piled up, the little voice in Derek Holland’s head kept getting louder.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 06/28/2013 3:13 a.m.

Colt ready to make next step The long-range goal for Gentlemen’s Bet is the Breeders’ Cup Sprint this fall, owner Harry Rosenblum of Little Rock said.

Illogic on parade

posted: 06/28/2013 3:11 a.m.

It was an ironic twist of timing that the racial-discrimination lawsuit targeting celebrity chef Paula Deen, the milestone execution in Texas of convicted killer Kimberly McCarthy and the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down parts of the Voting Rights Act all were in the headlines this week.

Lewis up for ESPY award

posted: 06/28/2013 3:10 a.m.

GOLF Former University of Arkansas All-American Stacy Lewis is one of four nominees for the ESPY for Best Female Golfer, as awarded by ESPN.


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

Simmons to lead Northwest council Mark Simmons, chairman of Simmons Foods of Siloam Spring, is the new presiding co-chairman of the Northwest Arkansas Council.

U.S. sues Corzine over MF Global fund misuse

posted: 06/28/2013 2:59 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators are accusing former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine of failing to properly manage MF Global, which misused customer funds before its 2011 collapse.

GOLF ROUNDUP: Players struggle at Open-like course

posted: 06/28/2013 2:57 a.m.

Roberto Castro missed the U.S. Open at Merion.


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FIRST ROUND 1. Cleveland, Anthony Bennett, F, UNLV 2. Orlando, Victor Oladipo, g, Indiana 3. Washington, Otto Porter, Jr., f, Georgetown

Business news in brief

posted: 06/28/2013 2:48 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Consumer spending will continue to be the driver of the recovery.” Tom Simons, Jefferies LLC economist


posted: 06/28/2013 2:46 a.m.

INDIANS Perez moves off DL BALTIMORE — Chris Perez has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Cleveland Indians and will immediately resume his role as closer.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/28/2013 2:42 a.m.

Don’t hate game, hate the Player Golf legend Gary Player will pose nude for ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue.

Off the wire

posted: 06/28/2013 2:41 a.m.

MOTOR SPORTS Webber leaving Formula One In a surprise announcement ahead of Sunday’s British Grand Prix, Mark Webber stunned Formula One when he said Thursday he’s leaving the series after the season to race Porsche sports cars.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/28/2013 2:40 a.m.

Lyon makes it official; football returns in 2015 College football is coming back to Independence County.

Blows up real good

posted: 06/28/2013 2:38 a.m.

Channing Tatum is such a likable actor — handsome, athletic and accessible in a self-effacing way. He’s a welcome addition to almost any movie cast, from his role as academically challenged undercover cop Jenko in 2012’s otherwise unremarkable 12 Jump Street to playing himself as a sex toy to Danny McBride in This Is the End (you’ve got to see it to believe it).

Consumer spending rises 0.3%

posted: 06/28/2013 2:37 a.m.

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers spent more in May as their income rose, encouraging signs after a slow start to the year. But spending was weaker in April, February and January than previously estimated.

REVIEW: The Heat

posted: 06/28/2013 2:36 a.m.

The success of Bridesmaids, the 2011 estrogen-driven “hard R” comedy directed by Paul Feig, seemed to promise a wave of potentially interesting movies in which women were finally allowed to be funny in the same raunchy ways men have always been allowed to be funny.


posted: 06/28/2013 2:34 a.m.

If I Were You directed by Joan Carr-Wiggin (not rated, 115 minutes) In the unpredictable comedy If I Were You, Madelyn (Marcia Gay Harden) is a successful businesswoman whose self-confidence is shaken when she finds out her husband’s late nights at work are actually intimate dinners with aspiring actress Lucy (Leonor Watling).

ON FILM: Critic’s fleet on feet to land seat at Heat

posted: 06/28/2013 2:32 a.m.

I treat the Internet like public space. While I pretty much accept every Facebook friend request I get (though a few tedious posts will get you hidden from my timeline ) so long as it’s not obviously from a wannabe porn star or a phisher, I expect that everything I post, every comment I make, every link I share, can be seen by anyone.

Chinese firms drop from top 10 stocks

posted: 06/28/2013 2:32 a.m.

Chinese companies have dropped out of the ranks of the world’s 10 biggest stocks by market value for the first time since 2006 amid a cash crunch, slower growth and the biggest U.S. stock rally in a decade.

Monsters continues Pixar streak

posted: 06/28/2013 2:31 a.m.

Monsters University took first place at U.S. and Canadian theaters last weekend with $82.4 million in ticket sales, overcoming Brad Pitt’s zombie apocalypse tale World War Z, which was second with $66.4 million.

Bangladesh trade perks suspended

posted: 06/28/2013 2:30 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The United States will suspend trade benefits on $34.7 million in goods from Bangladesh because of inadequate labor and safety standards in the Asian nation where the collapse of a garment factory killed more than 1,000 workers in April.

Film clips

posted: 06/28/2013 2:28 a.m.

At area theaters 88 BEFORE MIDNIGHT, R Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and director Richard Linklater reunite for the third meeting of Jesse and Celine — first on a European train with one romantic evening together in Vienna in Before Sunrise; then, nine years later in Paris in Before Sunset; and now, both in their 40s, they meet again nine years later, still in Greece. (109 minutes)

Screen Gems

posted: 06/28/2013 2:25 a.m.

The longest I ever stayed awake was four years ago for the 48 Hour Film Festival.


posted: 06/28/2013 2:23 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) Despicable Me 2, PG Steve Carell returns as the voice of semi-super villain Gru, now the step-parent of three little girls and the master of minions, with “a host of new and outrageously funny characters.”

MARKET REPORT: Job, income reports lift market

posted: 06/28/2013 2:22 a.m.

NEW YORK — Better news on jobs and consumer spending pushed stocks higher Thursday.


posted: 06/28/2013 2:22 a.m.

New this week Frances Ha 87 R A New Yorker who is an apprentice for a dance company but who’s not really a dancer throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as the possibility of their fulfillment fades.

EU hammers out 7-year, $1.3 trillion budget deal

posted: 06/28/2013 2:19 a.m.

Top European Union officials on Thursday hashed out a lastminute deal on a $1.3 trillion budget for the bloc for the next seven years.


posted: 06/28/2013 2:18 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll discover new aptitudes this year. Next month brings a physical peak. Compete; play; and train. August brings a fresh ambition.


posted: 06/28/2013 2:17 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I have a vacation planned to a foreign beach, and I would like to bring home some seashells. Do you know if you are allowed to bring seashells back into the United States?


posted: 06/28/2013 2:17 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My parents are committed atheists, but last Easter some friends took me to church. It was the first time I’d ever been to a church service, and I admit I actually liked it.

Jeep recall prompts safety concerns

posted: 06/28/2013 2:17 a.m.

A deal between the government and Chrysler over Jeeps linked to deadly fires doesn’t seem to be sitting well with many Jeep owners and auto-safety advocates.

Super Quiz: Trinidad

posted: 06/28/2013 2:16 a.m.

1. Trinidad and what other island make up the country? 2. Trinidad is the southernmost island in this sea. 3. Trinidad is just 6.8 miles off the coast of this country. 4. What are the two seasons in Trinidad?

Feig high on Heat’s stars, cast

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

Director Paul Feig and actress Melissa McCarthy wanted to work together again after Bridesmaids. But either the timing or the script was never right.

REVIEW: The Bling Ring

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

The Bling Ring 87 Cast: Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson, Claire Julien, Taissa Farmiga, Georgia Rock, Leslie Mann, Carlos Miranda, Gavin Rossdale Director: Sofi a Coppola Rating: R for teen drug and alcohol use, and for language, including some brief sexual references Running time: 90 minutes The Bling Ring lacks the sex of Kids and the murder of River’s Edge, but in its own way, it’s just as disturbing.

Grizzlies believe Joerger good fit

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

Dave Joerger’s road through professional basketball’s minor leagues has finally landed him in an NBA head coaching seat.

Second-round picks more important than ever

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

There was a time when second-round draft picks in the NBA held about as much value to some teams as the caps that were given to each player chosen on draft night.

Girl’s alcohol level was a lethal 0.37%

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

Autopsy results show a 15-year-old Madison County girl died in April of acute alcohol intoxication, the Madison County sheriff’s office said in a news release Thursday.

Supreme Court

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court released opinions Thursday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here.

Man charged in school break-ins

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

The Boone County sheriff’s office arrested a 20-yearold man Monday in connection with two burglaries of Bergman Public Schools.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It was extremely time-consuming, complicated and involved negotiating multiple loans, organizing a national tour and publishing a book.” Holly Pyne Connor

Bentonville museum gets girlhood art show

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

Holly Pyne Connor spent four of her 17 years at the Newark Museum piecing together the major traveling exhibition, Angels & Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th-Century American Art, while carrying out her other duties as curator of 19th century American art at the New Jersey institution.

The state/region in brief

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

Faulkner County sheriff’s deputies seized 21 pounds of methamphetamine and 2 pounds of brown-powder heroin in a traffic stop.


posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

Bert Stern, a commercial photographer best known for his images of Marilyn Monroe in what became known as “The Last Sitting,” has died in New York City. He was 83.

Clarksville man charged in stabbing death, assaults

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

A Clarksville man was charged in Johnson County Circuit Court on Thursday with first-degree murder and other offenses in the May 10 stabbing of a 6-year-old girl who later died of her wounds.

Report: Toxin in water altering

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

A plume of trichloroethylene under a neighborhood next to the closed Whirlpool Corp. plant in Fort Smith has not moved but shows some signs of decomposition, according to an annual report submitted last week to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality by a Whirlpool consultant.

Water treatment provides challenge

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

A Beaver Water District administrator said Thursday that the biggest challenge ahead for the district and its treatment system is walking a tightrope between what he called “conflicting” regulations.

State justices toss out ruling on TV Guide

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court Thursday overturned a Washington County circuit judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed against TV Guide alleging that the company downloaded a “Flash cookie” onto the plaintiffs’ computers without their knowledge, permission or consent when they accessed its website.

Repeal sought for gay-union ban

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

A group that supports gay marriage wants to repeal Amendment 83 to the Arkansas Constitution, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman and prohibits other arrangements from having the legal status of marriage.

Obama reacts to court rulings

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

President Barack Obama on Thursday called the Supreme Court’s decision on the Defense of Marriage Act a “victory for American democracy” and said he had directed his administration to find ways to make sure gay couples receive the federal benefits for which they are now eligible.

S. Africa says Mandela has become stable

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

Nelson Mandela’s health improved overnight and although his condition remains critical, it is now stable, the South African government said Thursday. One of the former president’s daughters said he is still opening his eyes and reacting to the touch of his family.

Federal agency says fertlizer oversight outdated in U.S.

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

The Environmental Protection Agency has displayed a lack of urgency in the wake of a deadly Texas fertilizer plant explosion and must regulate potentially explosive chemicals immediately, legislators U.S. lawmakers said Thursday.

Obama dismissive of leaker, calling Snowden a ‘hacker’

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

President Barack Obama sought Thursday to minimize the significance of a fugitive former national security contractor wanted for leaking government secrets, calling him a “29-year-old hacker” and suggesting that U.S. frustration with China and Russia for apparently helping him evade extradition was not worth damaging relations with those countries.

Funds for Afghan flying unit a waste, agency says

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

The Pentagon is spending more than three-quarters of a billion dollars to buy Russian-made helicopters and other aircraft for an Afghan aviation unit that lacks the troops and expertise to operate and maintain the equipment, a government watchdog warned.

Girl Power

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

Look at one of the female protagonists in a painting by Mary Cassatt, and it isn’t likely she’ll look back at you.


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TODAY SUMMER STORYTIMES — “Community Helpers,” 10 a.m., Rogers Historical Museum Education Annex. For ages 4-8.


posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

TODAY STRAIGHTLINE — 9:30 p.m., The Bayou, Rogers.

Progressives focus of IRS, too

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

Tea Party groups were more likely than self-identified “progressives” to be given extra scrutiny for political involvement by the Internal Revenue Service from 2010 through 2012, according to the Treasury inspector general for tax administration.

Shoffner pleads innocent to extortion, bribe-taking

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

Martha Shoffner pleaded innocent Thursday in federal court in Little Rock to charges of extortion and accepting a bribe as a state official. The former state treasurer was arrested in May and indicted earlier this month over allegations she accepted cash in exchange for directing state investment business to a bond broker.

Sweet Treats Beat The Heat

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

Lauren French says she taught herself to bake out of necessity.

July: A Month Of Visual Art Events

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

JULY 1 A Skyview of Modern, Rural America 1920-1940 — A lecture presented by Tyson Scholar Jason Weems examining modern aerial photographs and the impact of aerial photography on 20th century American life, 5-6 p.m. July 1 at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.

No Passport Required

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

Imagine the “Golden Age” of roller coasters in the 1920s. At amusement parks across the United States, wooden beasts with names like Giant Dipper, the Coney Island Cyclone and the Thriller took vacationers on scream-filled journeys that weren’t the “biggest,” “tallest,” “highest” or “fastest.” “Steel has so many advantages you’d think wooden coasters would be abandoned by now. But what steel coasters don’t have is the same feel as wooden coasters,” writes Andy Boyd of the University of Houston’s Engines of Our Ingenuity series. “We glide higher and faster and more smoothly on steel. But we don’t get the same sense of danger. Wooden coasters look dangerous. They sound dangerous. And they feel dangerous as they shake and rattle and bump their way down the track. … And that’s part of the fun.” Outlaw Run, new this spring at Silver Dollar City, doesn’t shake, rattle or bump like wooden coasters are “supposed” to. Because of its unique $10 million construction, “it’s intense, fast, you never have a moment to catch

Drive In For Old-School Fun

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

Curl up next to your sweetheart or pile into a car with your family for a double feature at the 112 Drive-In Theater this Fourth of July.

Take A Break, Hit The Lake

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

The best footwear for exploring the longest trail at Beaver Lake might be flip-flops — that is, if you’re exploring the Beaver Lake Aqua Trail this Fourth of July holiday.

Bang For The Buck

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

When the lyrics “rockets’ red glare” are sung during the “Star-Spangled Banner,” that’s when the red fireworks should explode. Likewise, when the rhyming lyrics “the bombs bursting in air” happen a few seconds later, that’s when the loud, bright-white salutes should echo across the display.

Stars And Stripes, Forever

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

As traditional as fireworks, band concerts for many decades marked the celebration of the Fourth of July on downtown squares and in riverside parks.

Fire Up For The Fourth!

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

Fourth of July fun starts this weekend and continues through July 6 in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley.


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SPORTS CALENDAR BASKETBALL ! A Summer Basketball League is being offered by the Rogers Activity Center. The league will be open to students in grades 5-8 for the 2013-14 academic school year. Cost for registration is $60. Each participant must have a current RAC membership ($20). Separate boys and girls teams will be formed. Each team will practice once or twice per week and play two games per week with a maximum of eight games in the season. Program will start July 1 and run through Aug. 2. Practices and games will take place during the week. For further information call 631-0336 or visit www.

Apartment Complex Receives Accolades

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

Fayetteville’s first platinum LEED-certified building has been recognized on the international stage.

Divorced Dad’s Poor Hygiene Causes Stink For Ex

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

Dear Abby: I have been divorced for almost 15 years. In that time, my ex-husband has been self-employed and works out of his home. He rarely leaves his house, and I think he suffers from depression.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Northwest Arkansas Chiropractor Celebrated

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

Dr. Joel Hayward, doctor of chiropractic, is retiring after 35 years. He accomplished his retirement the old-fashioned way: he earned it. Perseverance, hard work and dedication are traits that define Joel Hayward. This letter is written to celebrate his life, his career, and his gift of chiropractic; we are honored to share his story and to celebrate his career.

No Immigration Reform Harmful

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

The Founding Fathers deliberately designed American democracy to be hard, but they did not design it to fail. If some type of immigration reform is not enacted within the next 12 months, then American democracy will have suffered a major failure.


posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

Monday 9:30 a.m. Rogers Board of Adjustments — City Hall, 301 W. Chestnut St.


posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

Arrests 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force Jimmy Garrett, 25, of 701 W. Sycamore St. No. 57 in Fayetteville was arrested Wednesday in connection with felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was in the Washington County Detention Center on $3,500 bond Thursday. Fayetteville Manuel Vasquez, 22, of 204 W. Pecan St. in Rogers was arrested Thursday in connection with felony possession of firearm by certain persons and obstructing governmental operations. He also faces charges from another department. He was in the Washington County Detention Center without bond Thursday.

Pounders Throws No-Hitter in 11-0 Naturals Victory

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

Brooks Pounders wasn’t sure how his start would go after the first inning Thursday night, but it turned out pretty well.

20th Annual Cancer Challenge

posted: 06/28/2013 2 a.m.

The 20th annual Cancer Challenge will kick off today, and the event is nearing the $10 million mark in providing funds for the fight against cancer.

In Senate, 68-32 vote OKs immigration bill

posted: 06/28/2013 12:49 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The Senate passed the most significant revision of U.S. immigration law in a generation in a bipartisan vote that the bill’s backers say will put pressure on the Republican-controlled House to act.

2 senators favor tossing tax code, starting all over

posted: 06/28/2013 12:47 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The Senate’s chief tax writers want to scrap the entire code and start from scratch, and on Thursday they gave lawmakers a month to make a case for preserving some of the $1.3 trillion in tax breaks on the books.

Merger talks off for two hospitals

posted: 06/28/2013 12:42 a.m.

Discussions on a merger between Hot Springs’ two largest hospitals have ended after more than a year, the hospitals’ owners said Thursday.

Van Horn hires Vitello as assistant

posted: 06/28/2013 12:28 a.m.

Arkansas baseball Coach Dave Van Horn had kept a professional eye on Tony Vitello for several years, and he didn’t pass up a chance to hire the energetic assistant coach and well-regarded recruiter.

Machete blows kill 2 in Fort Smith; 1 in jail

posted: 06/28/2013 12:09 a.m.

A 20-year-old Fort Smith man hacked to death two men with a machete Wednesday night after the men confronted him as he walked down an alley, thinking he looked suspicious, Fort Smith police said.

Thursday, June 27

Young, Powell go undrafted

posted: 06/27/2013 11:14 p.m.

Neither BJ Young nor Marshawn Powell was selected in the 2013 NBA draft Thursday.

Senate passes immigration bill, 68-32

updated: 06/27/2013 3:33 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The Senate has passed historic immigration legislation offering the hope of American citizenship to millions, while promising a military-style surge to secure the border.

FBI searching cancer facility in Rogers

posted: 06/27/2013 10:39 a.m.

FBI agents are searching a cancer research facility in Rogers. Agents are searching 1222 W. Poplar St., the location of Situs Cancer Research Center, according to Benton County land records.

2 dead in Fort Smith machete attack

posted: 06/27/2013 10:28 a.m.

Two men are dead and one in custody after a machete attack Wednesday night in Fort Smith, the Fort Smith Police Department said in a statement. Gregory Aaron Kinsey, 20, was arrested in connection with two counts of capital murder.

Shoffner pleads innocent in extortion case

updated: 06/27/2013 10:16 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner on Thursday entered an innocent plea to charges she steered state investments to a bond broker who paid her $36,000 in cash.

California gay marriages cleared

posted: 06/27/2013 5:49 a.m.

The Supreme Court cleared the way Wednesday for same sex marriages to resume in California as the justices, in a procedural ruling, turned away the defenders of Proposition 8.

Snowden out of sight; all eyes on Moscow’s airport

posted: 06/27/2013 5:32 a.m.

Moscow’s main airport swarmed with journalists from around the globe Wednesday, but the man they were looking for, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, was nowhere to be seen.

Australia’s ex-premier wins back party helm

posted: 06/27/2013 5:30 a.m.

Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Wednesday pulled off a political comeback, ousting in a party vote Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the woman who replaced him as leader of the Labor Party in a 2010 party coup.

The nation in brief

posted: 06/27/2013 5:20 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “As soon as we get that go-live date, we are ready to go. We’re going to marry anyone who wants to get married that day.” San Francisco City Administrator Naomi Kelly, after the U.S. Supreme Court in a procedural ruling cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California

Getting it straight

posted: 06/27/2013 5:19 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 06/27/2013 5:18 a.m.

Paula Deen lost another chunk of her empire Wednesday. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced that it has ended its relationship with the Southern celebrity chef, part of the continuing fallout in the wake of revelations that she used racial slurs in the past.

In the news

posted: 06/27/2013 5:17 a.m.

Kermit Gosnell, 72, a Philadelphia abortion provider serving life in prison for killing three babies, rejected a plea in a federal drug case and now faces a trial on charges that he illegally distributed prescription painkillers.

COMMENTARY: Summer Working, Had Me A Blast

posted: 06/27/2013 5 a.m.

There are things in life that still amaze me. Space flight. The 2011 World Series. Anytime anyone successfully merges onto Interstate 540 at 7:15 a.m. The fact that people in northwest Oklahoma City can turn on their taps and actually get water to come out.

Springdale Hastings Closing Aug. 9

posted: 06/27/2013 5 a.m.

Hastings is closing its Springdale store Aug. 9, marking the entertainment chain’s departure from Northwest Arkansas.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: An Impossible Dream For Our Country?

posted: 06/27/2013 5 a.m.

The U.S. economy is central to our national existence. Its condition is key to our national well-being. Economic progress or decline depends on the balance of competing interests, both short- and long-range.

City Hospital Decision Pending

posted: 06/27/2013 5 a.m.

Members of the Public Library’s board are scheduled to decide next month whether to bid on the adjoining City Hospital property.

Public Comments On Downtown Plan

posted: 06/27/2013 5 a.m.

Dozens of residents gave input at a forum Wednesday evening that will help shape the city’s Southeast Downtown Area Plan.

INSIDE SPRINGDALE: Exploring ‘Common Core’

posted: 06/27/2013 5 a.m.

What is this new curriculum in English classes and math classes called “Common Core?”


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Beaver Lake: First-light fishing for striped bass is good at Beaver Lake, but the window of opportunity is short.


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Porter First At Series Gary Porter won the Beaver Lake Competitive Series bass tournament held Saturday at Beaver Lake. He had six bass that weighed 11 pounds.


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Editor’s Note: The Kings River is renowned for its fi shing, fl oating and camping. It’s also a prime destination for birding. Joe Neal, an area authority on birds, and Flip Putthoff, outdoors editor, teamed up on June 14 to sample the birding on the Kings River. Each wrote in a journal about their adventure. Their descriptions are published here.

Cleopatra On The Kings

posted: 06/27/2013 5 a.m.

Flip Putthoff invited me to go birding on the Kings River. All I had to do was spot birds and such, as we floated, with me enthroned under a gilded canopy atop his barge — actually me being the front paddler in his Buffalo canoe. Experienced helmsman Flip guided us down the Nile, oops, the Kings.

Elk Hunters May Apply At Festival

posted: 06/27/2013 5 a.m.

Prospective elk hunters who missed the May application period for a permit have one more chance. They can apply for an Arkansas elk hunting permit at the Buft alo River Elk Festival on Friday and Saturday in Jasper.

Man Held In Federal Case

posted: 06/27/2013 5 a.m.

A former Gravette volunteer firefighter was arrested last week in a federal case in connection with child pornography.

THE POORE PAGE: July 4 Has Special Meaning To Former Teacher

posted: 06/27/2013 5 a.m.

I am enjoying the reality of presenting this column to you as a community one week prior to July 4. As a former history teacher, July 4 always has special meaning to me.

Schools Anticipate Technology

posted: 06/27/2013 5 a.m.

Twenty-nine additional classrooms will begin the new school year in August with an emphasis on technology.

HOW WE SEE IT: Retailer Seeks To Push Diversity

posted: 06/27/2013 5 a.m.

One of Sam Walton’s strategies as he started to build Walmart into a retailing behemoth was to visit competing stores to see how they were displaying and marketing their products. If he saw something he liked, it wouldn’t take long before the idea worked its way into his own stores.

Deen Fracas Just Latest for Food Network

posted: 06/27/2013 5 a.m.

Ahhhh, Food Network. A bastion of morality on television, which could use a bastion or two.

Head Start Trims Seats In Madison, Carroll Counties

posted: 06/27/2013 5 a.m.

Federal budget cuts mean 75 fewer openings for preschool age children at Head Start programs in two Northwest Arkansas counties.

Missing Woman’s Body Found

posted: 06/27/2013 5 a.m.

Deputies found the body of a missing Prairie Grove woman in her car Wednesday.

Finalists For Lincoln Superintendent Interviewed

posted: 06/27/2013 5 a.m.

Two finalists for school superintendent said Wednesday their management styles are defined by what is best for students.

COMMENTARY: Summer Means Work For Educators

posted: 06/27/2013 5 a.m.

You might think the Fayetteville School District becomes quiet after the last bell rings on the last day of the school year.

Police Arrest Accused Moonshiner

posted: 06/27/2013 5 a.m.

What was first thought to be a methamphetamine lab turned out to be a little more old school.

Jury Finds Gentry Man Guilty

posted: 06/27/2013 5 a.m.

A jury didn't believe a Gentry man when he claimed he was the victim at his rape trial.

Former School Librarian Files Lawsuit

posted: 06/27/2013 5 a.m.

A former school librarian is suing the Gentry School District for her termination in connection with money collected at a book fair.

Barbecue Benefits Wolff Family

posted: 06/27/2013 5 a.m.

The proceeds from a Whitey’s Chicken Cookin’ Crew barbecue will benefit the family of a Rogers teacher.

Other days

posted: 06/27/2013 4:46 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 27, 1913 Formal notice of a contest to the claims of Judge George W. Hays to the nomination as the Democratic candidate for governor, was served on the Camden jurist yesterday afternoon by Stephen Brundidge of Searcy.

EDITORIALS: Illegal immigration

posted: 06/27/2013 4:44 a.m.

IT WAS A hard story to read. Not because our Jacy Marmaduke did a poor job of reporting. Quite the contrary.

COLUMNISTS: A nasty surprise

posted: 06/27/2013 4:44 a.m.

When it comes to dashing the hopes of thousands of college-bound African Americans, you’d hardly think of President Obama as a culprit.

And even more surprises

posted: 06/27/2013 4:42 a.m.

It’s a parent’s nightmare: shelling out big money for college, then seeing the graduate unable to land a job that requires high-level skills.

OTHERS SAY: Ecuador’s double standard

posted: 06/27/2013 4:42 a.m.

When it comes to anti-American chutzpah, there’s no beating Rafael Correa, the autocratic leader of tiny, impoverished Ecuador. Mr. Correa and his foreign minister said Monday that they were considering an asylum request by Edward Snowden.

Help the state earn

posted: 06/27/2013 4:41 a.m.

A little over 1,400 locally elected officials govern the state’s 239 traditional public school districts, determining the return on investment of $5.3 billion in local, state and federal funding for K-12 public education in Arkansas.

Coal War? Cool it, Cotton

posted: 06/27/2013 4:40 a.m.

I’m sitting here soaking up air conditioning and wondering about next month’s electricity bill, and pondering that Arkansans simply cannot abide Barack Obama.


posted: 06/27/2013 4:38 a.m.

Out of depraved world In answer to Jim Blok’s recent attack on Christianity, the torturous death that Jesus suffered on the cross was brought about by unbelievers and pagans.

NBA DRAFT: Chill from the draft

posted: 06/27/2013 4:36 a.m.

Nerlens Noel is coming off a major knee injury. Alex Len is in a walking boot.

Hernandez faces murder charge

posted: 06/27/2013 4:34 a.m.

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested Wednesday and charged with murder in the shooting death of a friend prosecutors say had angered the football player at a nightclub a few days earlier by talking to the wrong people.

Young, Goodwin see stock slide

posted: 06/27/2013 4:31 a.m.

Archie Goodwin and BJ Young were projected as first-round picks in most NBA mock drafts before this season.

College World Series missing some of its pop

posted: 06/27/2013 4:20 a.m.

Maybe it was UCLA’s pitching, maybe it was the ballpark, or maybe Mississippi State’s bats just went cold.

COMMENTARY: Woods swings hard, learns the same way

posted: 06/27/2013 4:19 a.m.

Luckily for Tiger Woods — but unfortunately for his own event — the world’s No. 1 golfer finally has learned he is not indestructible. Woods withdrew from this week’s AT&T National with an injured elbow.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Lampreys serve no known need

posted: 06/27/2013 4:12 a.m.

Encountering a lamprey on a smallmouth bass seems to violate everything that is good in the world.

INTERLEAGUE: Pitching, 4-run 4th slip Astros past Cardinals

posted: 06/27/2013 4:11 a.m.

Erik Bedard pitched six effective innings and the Houston Astros used a four-run fourth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 on Wednesday night.

Travs’ Cron selected for Futures Game

posted: 06/27/2013 4:06 a.m.

Arkansas Travelers first baseman C.J. Cron 23, has been selected to the U.S. team roster for the Futures Game, which will be played at 11 a.m. July 14 at Citi Field in New York as a part of major-league baseball’s All-Star festivities.

Park eyes 3rd major title in a row

posted: 06/27/2013 4:06 a.m.

Inbee Park was 19 when she became the youngest player to win the U.S. Women’s Open, not very experienced at golf or at life.

Woods hopes to be ready for next major

posted: 06/27/2013 4:03 a.m.

Tiger Woods can’t say whether his left elbow will be fully healed in time for the British Open, only that it will be “good enough.” Woods returned to the AT& National on Wednesday as the defending champion only in name.

Fishing this week

posted: 06/27/2013 4:02 a.m.

HOT SPOTS ARKANSAS RIVER (MAUMELLE POOL) Bream fishing is excellent around trees using red worms and crickets.


posted: 06/27/2013 4 a.m.

NOTE For additions to this calendar, fax the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at (501) 378-3869. Events also may be e-mailed to


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Second thoughts

posted: 06/27/2013 3:59 a.m.

Jacobs gets a nice assist on this one A 77-year-old Boston Bruins fan has revealed that the team gave her tickets for life when she said she couldn’t afford them anymore.

Off the wire

posted: 06/27/2013 3:58 a.m.

BASKETBALL NCAA reprimands Rebel The NCAA has issued an official reprimand to University of Mississippi basketball player Marshall Henderson for his conduct following the Rebels’ third-round NCAA Tournament game.

Revised U.S. growth pegged at slower 1.8%

posted: 06/27/2013 3:55 a.m.

The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 1.8 percent in the first three months of the year, significantly slower than first thought.

Microsoft unveils Windows 8.1

posted: 06/27/2013 3:53 a.m.

Microsoft on Wednesday released a preview version of an update to Windows 8, aiming to address some of the complaints people have with the company’s flagship operating system.

China, Japan, Russia bar state poultry after flu case

posted: 06/27/2013 3:50 a.m.

Japan, China and Russia have banned the import of chicken from Arkansas after avian flu was discovered in a single flock on June 16.

Monsanto tops 3rd-quarter forecast on weedkiller sales

posted: 06/27/2013 3:47 a.m.

Monsanto Co., the world’s largest seed company, reported a fiscal third-quarter profit Wednesday that topped analysts’ estimates as higher prices for its Roundup weedkiller helped make up for lower corn and soybean earnings.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks gain footing, rise a 2nd day

posted: 06/27/2013 3:46 a.m.

Major stock indexes rose for a second day Wednesday. It was the first two-day stretch of gains since the Federal Reserve gave a timetable for throttling back its economic stimulus a week ago.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/27/2013 3:45 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We just got off to a slower start than expected.The second half [of 2013] will be better.” Maury Harris, chief economist for UBS Securities LLC, on Wednesday’s downward revision of U.S. first-quarter GDP growth.


posted: 06/27/2013 3:42 a.m.

Wal-Mart’s venture in India loses chief The head of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s Indian venture is no longer with the company though it was not immediately known why he left.

THE TV COLUMN: Animal Planet has designs for Treehouse Masters

posted: 06/27/2013 3:19 a.m.

Who doesn’t love a treehouse ?

TELL ME ABOUT IT: She wants a bells-and-whistles wedding but he doesn’t

posted: 06/27/2013 2:57 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: All my life, I’ve thought about what my wedding would be like. Little by little, life has destroyed this image (I had to eventually cut off most of my family with the exception of one brother and create a family of my choosing), which is regrettable but it happens.


posted: 06/27/2013 2:56 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your birthday present from the stars is the gift of accurate estimations. Sound too practical to be fun? This super power is just what you need to succeed again and again.


posted: 06/27/2013 2:55 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I read with interest about an ink-cartridge problem in one of your columns. The writer was having a problem with her printer registering an “out of ink” alert.


posted: 06/27/2013 2:54 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I know you tell people to read their Bibles and pray and all that, but when can I find time? Mornings are always a rush, as I get the children off to school and then hurry off to work (I’m a single mom).

Super Quiz: The Great Lakes

posted: 06/27/2013 2:54 a.m.

1. How many lakes make up the Great Lakes? 2. Which Canadian province borders the lakes? 3. Which river connects the lakes to the Atlantic Ocean? 4. Which is the only lake totally within the U.S.?

State sports briefs

posted: 06/27/2013 2:52 a.m.

COLLEGE BASEBALL Arkansas, UCA in final polls Arkansas and Central Arkansas were ranked in the final polls Wednesday from Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.


posted: 06/27/2013 2:50 a.m.

James McCann, the former Arkansas catcher who makes his off-season home in Fayetteville, has been named an Eastern League All-Star.

‘Marriage is work’ in media smacks of reality

posted: 06/27/2013 2:46 a.m.

Ben Affleck caught some flak earlier this year when, in the course of his Oscar-night thank-yous, in front of a billion of his closest friends, he referred to his marriage to Jennifer Garner as “work.”

People & Places

posted: 06/27/2013 2:46 a.m.

Fayetteville resident celebrates 100 Lorene Raymond will celebrate her 100th birthday with a party at 3 p.m. Friday at North Hills Lifecare & Rehab in Fayetteville.

JULY: Stuff, bash, fling

posted: 06/27/2013 2:46 a.m.

The Beau Classic golf tournament will be held at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers. The annual fundraiser promotes prenatal care and helps fund the Beau Foundation’s Vitamins for Moms Healthy Babies Campaign. Registration for a team of four is $1,000 and sponsorships are available. Information: beaufoundation. org.

More to the story

posted: 06/27/2013 2:46 a.m.

GO & DO Book Events Two events this weekend will highlight Matt Mooney’s new book “A Story Unfinished.” 7-9 p.m. today, Riverfront Pavilion, Fort Smith and 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nightbird Books, Fayetteville The book is also available through Family Christian Stores, Mardell and through online retailers such as and

Report: Renewable energy surging

posted: 06/27/2013 2:45 a.m.

Renewable energy is growing fast around the world and will be the second biggest source of electricity, after coal, by 2016, according to a five-year outlook published Wednesday by the International Energy Agency.

New BP campaign challenges payouts from spill settlement

posted: 06/27/2013 2:45 a.m.

With advertising and a tersely worded letter, BP has started a campaign to challenge what could be billions of dollars in settlement payouts to businesses after its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Beebe: Back up ‘private option’

posted: 06/27/2013 2:45 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe told a room full of Northwest Arkansas business leaders Wednesday that the state had to make the best of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and that they should use their influence to support the state’s reaction to it in the form of the “private option” passed earlier this year by the Legislature.

Scott gets back on course

posted: 06/27/2013 2:45 a.m.

The one thing that keeps Adam Scott from getting overly frustrated with his recent play is a green jacket in his closet.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Brooks’ fast start leaves RockHounds in deep hole

posted: 06/27/2013 2:45 a.m.

The threat of rain may have delayed the start of the game, but it didn’t do anything to slow down Northwest Arkansas Naturals starter Aaron Brooks on Wednesday night.

Federer only one on long losers list

posted: 06/27/2013 2:45 a.m.

As tumultuous a day as professional tennis has produced ended in the most unforeseeable, unexplainable way of all: A second-round loss by Roger Federer at the All England Club.

Body found in Kings River identified as Berryville woman

posted: 06/27/2013 2:45 a.m.

A body found last week near the Kings River in Carroll County has been identified as Judy Lisle, 55, of Berryville.

Court of Appeals

posted: 06/27/2013 2:45 a.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals released opinions Wednesday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at

NW Arkansas today

posted: 06/27/2013 2:45 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’re creating learning environments that are for the benefit of everyone.And if those learning environments are too homogeneous, we limit the opportunities of all students to learn.” Charles Robinson, vice provost for diversity at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

The state/region in brief

posted: 06/27/2013 2:45 a.m.

Victim slain, then fire set, police say A Little Rock woman died before a fire was set at her East Little Rock home last week, and her death has been ruled a homicide, a police spokesman said Tuesday.


posted: 06/27/2013 2:45 a.m.

Devo drummer with tempo of metronome Alan Myers, the former longtime drummer for the band Devo, best known for “Whip It,” has died after a battle with brain cancer. He was 58.

Duck hunters win first test in Game, Fish suit

posted: 06/27/2013 2:45 a.m.

A group of northeast Arkansas duck hunters’ lawsuit to challenge Game and Fish Commission policies under a state constitutional amendment establishing a right to hunt has survived its first court test, paving the way for the case against the agency to proceed to trial.

Jail till trial for LR man in drug case

posted: 06/27/2013 2:45 a.m.

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a Little Rock man held until trial after federal authorities said the man met face-to-face with a top Mexican drug cartel figure and lined up large shipments of cocaine into the United States for distribution in central Arkansas.

City to seek rule change for water

posted: 06/27/2013 2:45 a.m.

The City of Huntsville plans to ask state regulators for changes to the state’s water-quality regulations this Friday at the monthly meeting of the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission in North Little Rock.

Close drug offender’s record, appeals court rules

posted: 06/27/2013 2:45 a.m.

A Benton County circuit judge wrongly rejected a petition from a man, who pleaded guilty to four felony drug charges, to seal his criminal record, the state Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday in a 4-2 ruling.

Court Decision On Admissions Draws UA’s Eye

posted: 06/27/2013 2:45 a.m.

Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding affirmative action in university admissions won’t have an immediate effect at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, but observers there and elsewhere in the state say the debate over “race-conscious” admissions likely isn’t over.

Judge tosses 90-year-old’s murder count

posted: 06/27/2013 2:45 a.m.

A circuit court judge Wednesday dismissed the 6-yearold murder case targeting a 90-year-old man in the throat-slashing death of his wife, who was nearly decapitated, because the man is too senile to assist in his defense.

In Iran, 100 tons of drugs set alight

posted: 06/27/2013 2:45 a.m.

Iran burned at least 100 tons of illicit drugs Wednesday, some in a Tehran ceremony attended by officials and foreign dignitaries, to highlight what it says are its unsupported efforts to stem the flow of narcotics across its territory to Europe.

Activists: Little will change in state

posted: 06/27/2013 2:45 a.m.

Gay-rights activists welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, but said they’ll still be denied marriage equality in Arkansas.

Los Angeles City Council votes to ban plastic bags

posted: 06/27/2013 2:45 a.m.

Los Angeles became the biggest city in the country to ban free plastic bags in grocery stores after following a city council City Council vote Tuesday cq.

Area lotteries

posted: 06/27/2013 2:45 a.m.

Numbers drawn Wednesday: Missouri Lotto 2-7-9-15-26-27 Estimated jackpot: $1.5 million Oklahoma Lotto 3-19-26-40-45 Hot ball: 12 Estimated jackpot: $6.8 million Powerball 1-18-33-39-46 Powerball: 33 Estimated jackpot: $40 million

U.S. Senate advances immigration legislation

posted: 06/27/2013 2:45 a.m.

The Senate voted Wednesday to advance the most significant revisions to U.S. immigration law in a generation, clearing the way for final passage as soon as today.

State inmate’s death saddens his ex-captive

posted: 06/27/2013 2:45 a.m.

In 2001, convicted murderer Vann Tucker, then 17, tried to escape from the Pope County jail by crawling through the air-conditioning vents.

Area Coaches Find New Jobs With Different Schools

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

Lance Downing saw an opportunity to further enhance his coaching talents, and he took it.

Brooks Starts Strong

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

Northwest Arkansas pitcher Aaron Brooks retired the first 13 Midland batters he faced and Matt Fields led a 12-hit attack with a towering three-run home run as the Naturals defeated the RockHounds, 9-6, before 3,086 fans in Arvest Ballpark.

Ferrell Named Coach At University of the Ozarks

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

Jordyn and Josh Ferrell chose the University of the Ozarks as the college they wanted to attend and where they wanted to continue their basketball careers.

Rogers Optimists Fall In Extra Innings; Bentonville Rolls

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

Fort Smith Kerwins took advantage of Rogers Optimist’s mistakes to claim a hard-fought 5-3 win in 13 innings in American Legion baseball Tuesday at Veterans Park.

Former Rivals Join Forces

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

Jalen Beeks and Chris Oliver are proof fierce rivals can sometimes turn into trusting teammates under the right circumstances.


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

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


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

Arrests 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force Richard Ingram, 25, of 1761 Fair Lane in Fayetteville was arrested Tuesday in connection with two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance, along with a possible parole violation.

Court favors same-sex benefits

posted: 06/27/2013 12:44 a.m.

The Supreme Court struck down a portion of a federal law that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman but stopped short of declaring that state bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional in a pair of decisions handed down Wednesday.

ASU will cash in with USC in 2015

posted: 06/27/2013 12:27 a.m.

Arkansas State Athletic Director Terry Mohajir has made scheduling football games one of his top priorities since being hired last fall.

Schooled at home now to tap campuses

posted: 06/27/2013 12:17 a.m.

Arkansas public schools must soon open their gyms, stadiums, band rooms and concert halls to thousands of the state’s home-school students.

3 agencies reverse course on Blueway

posted: 06/27/2013 12:12 a.m.

A public outcry that the federal government will seize private property near the White River caused three state agencies Wednesday to backpedal on their support for designation of the river as a National Blueway.

Wednesday, June 26

Wal-Mart ends relationship with Paula Deen

posted: 06/26/2013 3:04 p.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is announcing that it has ended its relationship with Paula Deen a week after the Southern celebrity chef admitted using racial slurs in the past.

Gentry man convicted of rape

posted: 06/26/2013 2:27 p.m.

A jury did not believe a Gentry man when he claimed he was the victim when a 12-year-old girl took advantage of him while he was passed out in his car.

UPDATE: Body found, authorities say foul play not suspected

updated: 06/26/2013 2:43 p.m.

A body believed to be that of a missing Washington County woman was found in her vehicle near her property, according to a news release from the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Dallas McClellan of the sheriff's office said authorities do not currently suspect foul play.

Marriage ruling a 'sign times are changing,' president of Arkansas group says

posted: 06/26/2013 10:09 a.m.

The president of an Arkansas group that advocates for gay rights said Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling striking down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act is an important one, though it won't translate to changes in state policy in Arkansas.

Hastings closing Springdale store

posted: 06/26/2013 9:57 a.m.

Hastings is closing its Springdale store Aug. 9. The Fayetteville store closed earlier this month.

High court strikes federal marriage provision

updated: 06/26/2013 9:37 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples and potentially cleared a path for same-sex weddings to return to California.

Caution urged as temperatures reach mid-to-upper 90s

posted: 06/26/2013 8:26 a.m.

Temperatures across Arkansas this week will reach the mid-to-upper 90s with heat indexes approaching or surpassing the triple digits.

Russia: Won’t give up leaker

posted: 06/26/2013 5:35 a.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin bluntly rejected U.S. pleas to turn over National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, saying Tuesday that Snowden is free to travel wherever he wants and insisting that Russian security agencies haven’t contacted him.

Obama sets climate-goal sights on coal-fired plants

posted: 06/26/2013 5:31 a.m.

President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that limiting carbon emissions is in the national interest, setting a standard that will affect almost every sector of the economy, from power plants to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

The world in brief

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

QUOTE OF THE DAY “All of the attackers were killed, without success in achieving their goals — this again demonstrates the futility of the Taliban’s efforts to use violence and terror to achieve their aims.” U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham, after Taliban militants stormed the Afghanistan presidential compound in Kabul on Tuesday

The nation in brief

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

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Sticking your head in the sand might make you feel safer, but it’s not going to protect you from the coming storm.” President Barack Obama, who declared Tuesday that limiting carbon emissions is in the national interest

Names and faces

posted: 06/26/2013 5:05 a.m.

Lucky Don Rickles: The Friars Club held a night in his honor and everyone played nice. Almost everyone.

In the news

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

Sen. Marco Rubio, 42, the Florida Republican who has raised his national profile by helping craft immigration legislation the Senate is set to pass this week, told members of the American Society of News Editors in Washington he would decide late next year whether to run for president in 2016.

River excursion lets veterans drop a line

posted: 06/26/2013 5:02 a.m.

After more than six hours spent together, the veterans who were treated to a trout-fishing retreat at the Little Red River and the volunteers who organized the event couldn’t agree on who appreciated the other’s efforts the most.

New Date for Capital Murder Case

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

A man accused of killing his two infant sons has a new trial date.

Man Accused Of Arson

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

A man was arrested Tuesday in connection with arson after an apartment fire at 1305 Crutcher St. B104, police said.


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

Kacy Harwood, a certified nursing assistant at Washington Regional’s BrookStone Assisted Living Residence, recently received a $1,210 nursing scholarship from The Attic, a Fayetteville charitable organization. Sandy Reynolds, scholarship coordinator for The Attic, made the presentation.

Architect Offers Discount On Plans

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

The City Council hired Jackson Brown Palculict of Little Rock to design Fire Station No. 6 on Tuesday night after the firm agreed to offer discounts on similar designs in the future.

Area Ranks Third for Job Growth

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

Northwest Arkansas once again is topping the ranks for job growth. The area ranked No. 3 for midsize metropolitan statistical areas in Forbes magazine and New Geography’s “2013 Best Cities for Job Growth.” The area ranked 12th nationally for all metro sizes.

HOW WE SEE IT: Paneitz Leaves Lasting Impact Through Work

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

The days are winding down on the tenure of NorthWest Arkansas Community College’s second president. As of Monday, Becky Paneitz will be gone. Evelyn Jorgenson will take the reins of the institution just about six weeks shy of the 24th anniversary of its birth at the ballot box.

Motion, Emotion Lessons In Theater Class

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

Swordplay and fake kicks and slaps added a little punch to a children’s master class held at Rogers Little Theater.

COMMENTARY: They’re (not) coming for us

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

Forgive me if you’ve heard me tell this story before. But it’s relevant and revealing, and so many stories aren’t.

Pieces Of Prairie Past

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

A movement is taking root in Gentry to save a parcel of natural prairie land. To some it may appear as an undeveloped plot of ground behind the post office — adjacent to the Gentry City Park — but to others it’s a rare section of natural tallgrass prairie that should be preserved because of the plants and animals which grow and live there.

Council Mulls Paid Parking Changes

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

Aldermen are considering changes to the city’s paid parking, including taking over night and weekend operation of a 63-space parking lot off West Avenue owned by the University of Arkansas.

Trail Bids Opened

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

The city’s Purchasing Division on Tuesday opened five bids for a half-mile extension to the Frisco Trail.

District Enhancing Security

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

Officials are working to improve security at several Bentonville schools this summer.

Rogers Man Arrested

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

A woman reported a man broke into her home and raped her Sunday night, according to court documents.

BETWEEN THE LINES: ‘Private Option’ Gets A Checkup

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

Arkansas’ “private option” plan to buy insurance coverage for 250,000 citizens is apparently ready for public scrutiny.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: ‘Paranoia’ Now Reality Across America

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

Doug Thompson is correct that we do not want another homegrown terrorist like Timothy McVeigh (June 16), but I take exception to Doug’s claim “only a crackpot could have imagined 20 years ago” programs like the NSA’s PRISM.

THE ROCKWOOD FILES: From Mouths Of Babes

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

Have I mentioned that one of the best places to talk to your kids is in the car? It is. Maybe it’s because they’re strapped in, and they can’t run off to play. Maybe it’s because they’ve got time to fill while the road slips by outside the windows. Who knows? All I know is that it works.

Council Approves Refinancing Bonds

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

The city will refinance bonds to save money, but will wait for the right time.

Police Say Man Beat Girlfriend

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

Police arrested a 53-year-old man after they said he beat his girlfriend with a two-by-four board.

Scenery Trumps Tower Project

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

Cellphone towers shouldn’t be built near rural homes because they’re not compatible with the countryside scenery, most Washington County Quorum Court members said late Monday night.

Head Start Cuts Programs In Fayetteville, Lincoln

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

The Willow Heights Head Start Center in Fayetteville and one classroom in the Lincoln Head Start Center will close because of federal budget cuts.

AT A GLANCE: Council Action

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

At A Glance Council Action Rogers' City Council met Tuesday and approved:

Mega Millions

posted: 06/26/2013 4:40 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 3-5-28-33-51 Mega Ball: 16 Megaplier: 2 Estimated jackpot: $52 million

Other days

posted: 06/26/2013 4:35 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 26, 1913 TEXARKANA — The City Council on the Arkansas side last night adopted a resolution directing the chief of police to make examinations and tests, at intervals, of the cider kept on sale at the “soft” drink stands in the city.

EDITORIALS: Profile in Courage

posted: 06/26/2013 4:34 a.m.

WHEN IS a farm bill not a farm bill?

COLUMNISTS: Brother to a dragonfly

posted: 06/26/2013 4:32 a.m.

The dead speak. If you’re listening. It happens every day—every day the paper publishes obituaries.

Guest writer: Too big a risk

posted: 06/26/2013 4:31 a.m.

I grew up on my family’s small cattle ranch in Yell County. Some of my earliest memories are kicking bales of hay out of my dad’s truck when I wasn’t much bigger than those bales.

The three chefs

posted: 06/26/2013 4:30 a.m.

The assignment was daunting. It was late 2010 and noted Arkansas historian Tom Dillard, who headed the Special Collections Department for the University of Arkansas libraries at the time, asked me to meet with him in Fayetteville.

Storey headed to Hogs

posted: 06/26/2013 4:28 a.m.

Quarterback Ty Storey wasn’t interested in letting the recruiting process drag out, so he decided to follow his heart to Fayetteville.


posted: 06/26/2013 4:26 a.m.

Much better balanced As I renew my subscription to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, I am reminded that, like Wayne Wyatt, I, too, spend good money for it.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: UCLA tops MSU for first baseball title

posted: 06/26/2013 4:19 a.m.

UCLA’s offense showed up this time, which meant Mississippi State never had a chance.

SEC goal right on schedule

posted: 06/26/2013 4:17 a.m.

South Carolina Coach Frank Martin initially wasn’t thrilled about the idea of the SEC office checking his team’s nonconference basketball schedule.

LIKE IT IS: Duke’s sudden success long time in making

posted: 06/26/2013 4:13 a.m.

It was a phone call that came in fairly regularly, about once a month, back in the late 1990s.

Williams just as dominant as ever

posted: 06/26/2013 4:10 a.m.

After a week filled by a headline-grabbing, off-court tiff with Maria Sharapova and a series of apologies stemming from a magazine profile, Serena Williams got back to doing what she does best.

Bruins left reeling after stunning loss

posted: 06/26/2013 4:06 a.m.

Don’t tell David Krejci that adversity makes you stronger.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Suzuki caps Yankees’ power surge with HR in 9th

posted: 06/26/2013 4:05 a.m.

Ichiro Suzuki homered off Tanner Scheppers with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the New York Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

Naturals’ Fields a big hit, wins Derby

posted: 06/26/2013 4:04 a.m.

Matt Fields is quite familiar with the left-field porch at Arvest Ballpark.


posted: 06/26/2013 3:58 a.m.

CUBS Cubs, Marmol part ways CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs designated former All-Star Carlos Marmol for assignment Tuesday, parting ways with the struggling reliever.

Sports calendar

posted: 06/26/2013 3:57 a.m.

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Second thoughts

posted: 06/26/2013 3:56 a.m.

Bubba’s flubs didn’t stop with bad shot Bubba Watson knew better, but he did it anyway.

Off the wire

posted: 06/26/2013 3:54 a.m.

BASKETBALL Joerger, Grizzlies in talks Memphis is negotiating with assistant Dave Joerger to become the Grizzlies’ head coach, said a person familiar with the situation.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/26/2013 3:53 a.m.

FOOTBALL Lyon bringing back program In an effort to boost enrollment, Lyon College will reinstate something it hasn’t had in more than 60 years: A football team.

Home prices jump 12.1% in April, biggest year-to-year gain since ’06

posted: 06/26/2013 3:47 a.m.

Prices for U.S. homes rose in April, posting record monthly growth and the fastest year-over-year growth in seven years, according to Standard & Poor’s / Case-Shiller data released Tuesday.

June confidence hits 5-year high

posted: 06/26/2013 3:45 a.m.

The Conference Board, a New York-based private research group, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index jumped to 81.4 this month. That’s the best reading since January 2008.

Oil firm seeks to halt pipeline change

posted: 06/26/2013 3:43 a.m.

Enterprise Products Partners’ plan to end the shipment of diesel and jet fuel via pipeline to three Arkansas locations hit a snag last week after Murphy Oil Corp. asked a court to prohibit it.

With cash, loans, China vows stability

posted: 06/26/2013 3:40 a.m.

China’s central bank said Tuesday that it will keep money-market rates at a “reasonable” level and seasonal forces that have driven them up will fade.

Airports add LA, Denver services

posted: 06/26/2013 3:38 a.m.

Two airports in the Northwest Arkansas region are adding flights in the late summer or early fall.

Barnes & Noble to shed tablet, push basic Nook; shares skid

posted: 06/26/2013 3:37 a.m.

Sales plummeted at Barnes & Noble bookstores in the latest quarter and its Nook ebook devices failed to keep up with competitors, pushing the company to a net loss that more than doubled from a year ago.

Activists arrested at Yahoo meeting

posted: 06/26/2013 3:36 a.m.

Wal-Mart’s firing of a dozen workers who claim unfair treatment by the retailer was brought up Tuesday in Yahoo’s 2013 shareholders meeting in Sunnyvale, Calif., as Yahoo Inc. CEO Marissa Mayer tried to keep the focus on her company and away from the Wal-Mart board on which she sits.

MARKET REPORT: 4 economic reports buoy markets

posted: 06/26/2013 3:35 a.m.

Wall Street focused on the economy instead of the Federal Reserve on Tuesday, sending stocks higher.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/26/2013 3:34 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Unambiguously, the economy is showing signs of improvement despite sizable fiscal drag.” Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist, High Frequency Economics


posted: 06/26/2013 3:33 a.m.

Throw out suit, says former Acxiom CEO Charles Morgan, former chief executive officer of Acxiom Corp., has filed a motion asking for dismissal of a lawsuit brought by shareholders of the Conway technology company First Orion Corp. that claims he used proxies granted by two of the plaintiffs to take control of the company.

Nuts about coconut oil

posted: 06/26/2013 3:32 a.m.

My love affair with coconut goes back to my childhood when my father would crack open a fresh coconut with a hammer and separate the dense “meat” from the shell to give all of us a sweet, chewy treat.

FRONT BURNER: Ricotta is a keeper for salmon roulette

posted: 06/26/2013 3:22 a.m.

Homemade calzones led to the creation of this salmon cake recipe. What do calzones have to do with salmon cakes? Nothing really, except a little ricotta cheese.

Cooking for two: Roast cherry tomatoes for luscious soup

posted: 06/26/2013 3:20 a.m.

Plump fist-size tomatoes may be the stars of BLTs and caprese salads, but their wee cousins can be a cook’s best friend as well.

Reading Nook: 'The Perfect Peach'

posted: 06/26/2013 3:18 a.m.

If the Masumoto family has done its job, you may never think about peaches the same way.

Paprika, garlic put some zip in store-bought potato chips

posted: 06/26/2013 3:17 a.m.

There’s no grill involved with these chips, but they’re great to serve with a hamburger, sausages or other grilled foods. And it’s easy to make a batch while your charcoal is heating up.

7 day menu planner

posted: 06/26/2013 3:15 a.m.

SUNDAY: The family will like the flavor of Cumin-Rubbed Steaks With Avocado Salsa Verde, and you’ll like how easy it is to prepare.


posted: 06/26/2013 3:14 a.m.

Keep your cool — and your coolers cold — this summer with help from a Mason Tumbler from Aladdin.

UNCORKED: Wine a nice match for summer grilling

posted: 06/26/2013 3:07 a.m.

One of my favorite things about summer is the ability to regularly fire up the grill. We like to grill everything from squash to sausage, which we then top with everything from a simple drizzle of olive oil to a rich slather of barbecue sauce.

Slim pickings

posted: 06/26/2013 3:07 a.m.

WHAT: Fiber One 90 Calorie baked bars in new flavors STATS: One bar contains 90 calories and 3 fat, 18 carbohydrate, 1 protein and 5 fiber grams. We found them at Wal-Mart, 700 S. Bowman Road, Little Rock. Visit

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Pickles … ice cream, but not as best buds

posted: 06/26/2013 3:05 a.m.

Farnsworth Foods, a gourmet food company based in Hot Springs, makes pickle products called Le Pikl and Le Pikl Relish, and English Cream Sauce. I’ve tried them and they’re really good.

All wrapped up

posted: 06/26/2013 3:02 a.m.

Kids grow up fast, and each of their years is marked with a birthday. With each birthday, according to modern tradition, comes a birthday party.

IDEA ALLEY: Bacon plays a role in a pair of recipes

posted: 06/26/2013 2:57 a.m.

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

Creature feature

posted: 06/26/2013 2:53 a.m.

I have a neutered tabby named Denny. He’s a cat that we got at the animal shelter a few months ago.

PARENTING: Tree myopia is weakening forest of America

posted: 06/26/2013 2:51 a.m.

If my parents told me once, they told me at least one hundred times, “Don’t talk to anyone about their religious or political beliefs.”


posted: 06/26/2013 2:50 a.m.

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: I got great seats for the Rolling Stones when tickets for their tour first went on sale. But since then I’ve learned that I have to take a business trip that will conflict with the concert.


posted: 06/26/2013 2:48 a.m.

Happy birthday. This year features your strong sense of your unique talents. You’ll stand out from the group and be comfortable in this as you realize you’re headed for big things.


posted: 06/26/2013 2:47 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I often see pimentos used in recipes and, of course, stuffed in olives, but what exactly are they?


posted: 06/26/2013 2:46 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Why doesn’t God talk to us today like He talked to people back in Bible times?

Super Quiz: Manhattan

posted: 06/26/2013 2:46 a.m.

1. The island is located at the mouth of this river. 2. Name the island’s most famous park. 3. What is arguably the best-known skyscraper in Manhattan? 4. What street exemplifies the fi nancial district?


posted: 06/26/2013 2:40 a.m.

Q My son and daughter-inlaw divorced a year ago.

Founder refused to let go, retailer says

posted: 06/26/2013 2:39 a.m.

Men’s Wearhouse is shedding some light on why it parted ways with founder George Zimmer.

HOG CALLS: Razorbacks still trying to get to the point

posted: 06/26/2013 2:39 a.m.

Mike Anderson can expound at length on the potential of his 2013-2014 Arkansas Razorbacks basketball team yet still be asked, “What’s your point?” Point guard was an undefined, unclaimed position for the 2012-2013 Razorbacks.

Double Suicide Likely, Police Say

posted: 06/26/2013 2:39 a.m.

The Boone County sheriff ’s office is investigating the deaths of a Boone County couple who suffered apparent self-inflicted gunshot wounds at their home, a news release from the sheriff’s office said.

Meth Traffickers Collect 114 Years

posted: 06/26/2013 2:39 a.m.

A federal judge has meted out nearly 114 years in sentences to defendants in the multiagency Scott County methamphetamine investigation dubbed Operation Great Scott, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

2 Groups Support Watershed Designation

posted: 06/26/2013 2:39 a.m.

The Arkansas Canoe Club and Arkansas Public Policy Panel announced their support Tuesday for the prior designation of the White River Watershed as a National Blueway.

Teach for America given $4.3 million

posted: 06/26/2013 2:39 a.m.

The Walton Family Foundation of Bentonville on Tuesday announced its award of $4.3 million to Teach for America-Mississippi Delta region to support expansion of the organization’s teaching corps in Arkansas and Mississippi.


posted: 06/26/2013 2:39 a.m.

Sci-fi author who penned I Am Legend LOS ANGELES — Richard Matheson, the prolific science-fiction and fantasy writer whose I Am Legend and The Shrinking Man were adapted into films, has died. He was 87.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 06/26/2013 2:39 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’ve been very disappointed.We feel like for all of the trouble and expense of a charter, we were hoping to see much more dramatic results.” Brenda Gullett, state board of education chairman, on the academic results of the state’s charter schools Article, 1B

Judge spurns attempt to toss contempt fine

posted: 06/26/2013 2:39 a.m.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen on Tuesday rejected defense attorney Bill James’ challenge to the legality of the $25,000 fine the judge imposed upon him for breaking Griffen’s rules in the manslaughter trial of fired Little Rock police officer Josh Hastings.

Mulberry man arrested after dispute, standoff

posted: 06/26/2013 2:39 a.m.

A 41-yearold Mulberry man was arrested on multiple charges Tuesday morning after holding police at bay for more than 10 hours after an argument with a girlfriend during which he shot one of her vehicle’s tires, Mulberry Police Chief Shannon Gregory said.

The state/region in brief

posted: 06/26/2013 2:39 a.m.

SAU student gets 20 years: Shot 3 MAGNOLIA — Quinton Xavier Hagan, 23, of Houston, Texas, was sentenced to 20 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction on Thursday in Columbia County Circuit Court, after pleading guilty to one count first-degree battery, amended down from the original charge of five counts attempted first-degree murder.

Disaster declared for 11 counties

posted: 06/26/2013 2:39 a.m.

Eleven Arkansas counties received federal disaster declarations Tuesday and are eligible to receive funds to help repair and clean up damage from storms, tornadoes and flooding that ravaged the state May 30 through June 3.

Charter-School Study Sees Arkansas Lagging

posted: 06/26/2013 2:39 a.m.

Arkansas charter schools are not producing the same gains in reading and math as charter schools in other states, a new study from researchers at Stanford University shows.

Prisoner To Receive New Trial

posted: 06/26/2013 2:39 a.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals has ordered that a Van Buren man who was sentenced to 100 years in prison get a new trial because a psychologist testified at his trial about incriminating statements the man made during a mental evaluation after he said he did not want to say anything about his charges.

11 die in strike on Afghan capital

posted: 06/26/2013 2:39 a.m.

Taliban militants stormed the presidential compound Tuesday after bluffing their way past two checkpoints, triggering a gun battle that left eight attackers and three guards dead and sent journalists attending an official event scrambling for cover, officials and witnesses said.

Dad gave up rights, Supreme Court finds

posted: 06/26/2013 2:39 a.m.

An American Indian child being raised by her biological father should not have been taken from her adoptive parents, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, saying that a federal law designed to keep Indian families together did not apply in the case.

Gas explosion kills 1 person, jars town in Maine

posted: 06/26/2013 2:39 a.m.

An apparent gas explosion at a Maine condominium complex Tuesday killed one man while leveling his condominium in a blast that could be felt across town.

Obama ally to head Commerce

posted: 06/26/2013 2:39 a.m.

Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker was confirmed as commerce secretary Tuesday on a 97-1 Senate vote, elevating a significant figure behind President Barack Obama’s political rise to a position in his second-term Cabinet.

South All-Stars Roll

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

Corpus Christi outfielder George Springer entered the 77th Texas League All-Star Game tied for the home run lead at 19.

COMMENTARY: Wilson Happy To Relive All-Star Memories

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

Willie Wilson was nearly crippled by carpal tunnel syndrome before his first appearance in a Major League Baseball All-Star Game.


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

Today Noon Bentonville Board of Adjustments — Community Development Building, 305 S.W. A St.


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

Arrests Fayetteville • Taylor Burns, 22, of 616 W. Lafayette St. in Fayetteville was arrested Tuesday in connection with breaking or entering and theft of property. She was in the Washington County Detention Center without bond Tuesday.

TEXAS LEAGUE ALL-STAR NOTEBOOK: South Loaded With Statistical Leaders

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

Some of the top players in the Texas League visited Arvest Ballpark on Tuesday night, but the South All-Star lineup was particularly stacked.

Naturals’ Fields Wins Home Run Derby

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

When it comes to hitting home runs, Northwest Arkansas’ Matt Fields is a Natural.


posted: 06/26/2013 1:19 a.m.

Why this form of government?

Bank deal creates state’s 2nd largest

posted: 06/26/2013 12:52 a.m.

Home BancShares, owner of Centennial Bank, has agreed to buy Liberty Bancshares of Jonesboro for $250 million in stock and $30 million in cash, the Conway-based firm said Tuesday.

Court pares Voting Rights Act

posted: 06/26/2013 12:40 a.m.

A divided U.S. Supreme Court threw out a core part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, rolling back a landmark law that opened the polls to millions of Southern blacks.

TEXAS LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME: Springer’s 2 home runs give South all it needs

posted: 06/26/2013 12:20 a.m.

George Springer hit his home runs when it mattered most Tuesday night.

Tuesday, June 25

Crews respond to blaze at fireworks warehouse

updated: 06/25/2013 6:25 p.m.

Authorities are on the scene of a large fire at a fireworks warehouse in northern Pulaski County.

Head Start announces cuts in Washington County

posted: 06/25/2013 4:14 p.m.

The Willow Heights Head Start Center in Fayetteville and one classroom at West Washington County Head Start in Lincoln are being closed to cope with a mandatory $154,968 reduction under sequestration, according to a news release from the Economic Opportunity Agency in Springdale.

Home BancShares, Liberty Bancshares announce merger

updated: 06/25/2013 4:04 p.m.

Officials with two state banks came together in downtown Little Rock on Tuesday afternoon to announce the banks will merge.

Police: Woman reports burglary, rape; arrest made

posted: 06/25/2013 12:54 p.m.

A woman reported a man broke into her home and raped her Sunday night, according to court documents.

Summer means time to get all wet

posted: 06/25/2013 12:49 p.m.

Summer in the Ozarks can be brutal in terms of heat and humidity, but that’s just all the more reason to head for the nearest lake, stream or other body of cool, refreshing water.

Springdale apartment burns, arrest made

posted: 06/25/2013 12:32 p.m.

A Springdale man was arrested Tuesday in connection with arson after a apartment fire at Crutcher Apartments.

Walton foundation gives $4.3 million to Teach For America

posted: 06/25/2013 11:52 a.m.

The Walton Family Foundation announced Tuesday that it'll boost Teach For America’s Mississippi Delta region with a $4.3 million grant.

Home BancShares to buy Liberty Bancshares

posted: 06/25/2013 11:31 a.m.

Conway-based Home BancShares Inc., owner of Centennial Bank, will announce this afternoon that it plans to acquire Liberty Bancshares of Jonesboro, sources familiar with the deal have confirmed.

Obama to outline plan to cut greenhouse gases

posted: 06/25/2013 10:45 a.m.

President Barack Obama will propose a sweeping plan to address climate change Tuesday, setting ambitious goals and timetables for a series of executive actions to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and prepare the nation for the ravages of a warming planet.

Rivals seek tough European Union antitrust action on Google

posted: 06/25/2013 10:42 a.m.

A coalition of Google's competitors urged the European Union's antitrust watchdog Tuesday to reject the Internet giant's proposed concessions on displaying search results.

Judge reconsiders trial, hearing dates for Holmes

posted: 06/25/2013 10:36 a.m.

The judge overseeing the Colorado theater shooting case is reconsidering when suspect James Holmes will stand trial.

Prosecutors want to admit calls in Zimmerman trial

posted: 06/25/2013 10:29 a.m.

Past police dispatcher calls made by George Zimmerman should be presented to jurors at his second-degree murder trial since they show his state of mind and provide context to his fatal encounter with 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a prosecutor argued Tuesday.

Men Plead Not Guilty In Shooting Case

posted: 06/25/2013 5 a.m.

Two Rogers men pleaded not guilty Monday to charges in connection with a May drive-by shooting.

HOW WE SEE IT: Quorum Court Needs Extra Meeting Cash

posted: 06/25/2013 5 a.m.

It’s perhaps worth a chuckle to discover the Benton County Quorum Court may be forced to add $10,000 to its budget that pays for its meetings.

Oliver Pleads Not Guilty

posted: 06/25/2013 5 a.m.

A Gravette man pleaded not guilty to charges he accidentally shot himself with a stolen gun.

Kids Learn Science At Camp

posted: 06/25/2013 5 a.m.

Students clapped and smiled Monday as colored foam burst from the top of water bottles during a science experiment.

Council Passes On Truck Purchase Topic

posted: 06/25/2013 5 a.m.

The city’s attempt to buy trucks was once again dumped at the regular meeting of the City Council Monday night.

Officials Begin Airport Business Plan Discussion

posted: 06/25/2013 5 a.m.

Stakeholders met Monday with representatives of RA Wiedemann & Associates Inc., the company selected to design a business plan for Rogers Municipal Airport.

Commission Green-Lights Condo Project

posted: 06/25/2013 5 a.m.

Residents could see improved cellphone service in north Fayetteville and new condominiums at 15th Street and Razorback Road as a result of two items that cleared the Planning Commission on Monday.

Charitable Center To Move

posted: 06/25/2013 5 a.m.

Cooperative Emergency Outreach, a nonprofit organization that has served poor, unemployed and sick people for more than 20 years, is scheduled to close for three weeks while it relocates.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Probably? There’s The Rub For Theory

posted: 06/25/2013 5 a.m.

There are two telling points in Art Hobson’s column on the universe (June 16) contained in two sentences.

High School Construction Site Vandalized

posted: 06/25/2013 5 a.m.

Police are investigating vandalism at the high school construction site. No arrests have been made, police said.

COMMENTARY: Why Use Attack Ads? They Work

posted: 06/25/2013 5 a.m.

If you’ve turned on the television lately, you’ve probably noticed negative ads for next year’s Senate race have already begun airing.

Geek The Library Camp Set For Saturday

posted: 06/25/2013 5 a.m.

A Geek the Library day camp for adults will be offered 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Rogers Public Library, 711 S. Dixieland Road.

Beating, Robbery Suspect Arrested Again

posted: 06/25/2013 5 a.m.

A suspect in a robbery and beating that sent a man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries was arrested again after another person said he also was beaten and robbed.

Two Programs Set For Weekend At Hobbs

posted: 06/25/2013 5 a.m.

A program on prescribed burns and a backpacking workshop will be featured this weekend at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area.

Guilty Plea In Murder-For-Hire Plot

posted: 06/25/2013 5 a.m.

Marshall Barrows pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Fayetteville to trying to hire a man in Siloam Springs to kill an Oklahoma man.

Portions Of Horse Trail To Close

posted: 06/25/2013 5 a.m.

Portions of the Pea Ridge Military Park horse trail will be closed weekdays through July 1 for restoration work.

Rausch Named Interim Manager Of Utility

posted: 06/25/2013 5 a.m.

Earl Rausch, a design engineer at the Rogers Water Utilities, was appointed interim general manager after Craig Noble resigned Friday.

Police Seeking Information On Shots Fired Into House

posted: 06/25/2013 5 a.m.

Police are investigating an incident in which several rounds were fired into a house.

Panel Opposes Federal Blueway System

posted: 06/25/2013 5 a.m.

A committee of justices of the peace voted unanimously Monday to oppose the federal Department of the Interior’s designation of Arkansas’ White River as a National Blueway.

UPDATE: Washington County denies cell tower permit

updated: 06/25/2013 9:46 a.m.

Quorum Court members voted against an ordinance that would have granted a conditional use permit for the construction of a cell phone tower east of Prairie Grove Monday night.

Mandela in critical state for 2nd day

posted: 06/25/2013 4:40 a.m.

South African President Jacob Zuma said Monday that Nelson Mandela remained in critical condition for a second day in a hospital in Pretoria where he is being treated for a lung infection.

Justices reaffirm race as college-admission factor

posted: 06/25/2013 4:40 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court struck a compromise Monday in its first test of university affirmative action in a decade, telling a federal appeals court to give tougher scrutiny to a University of Texas admissions program.

The world in brief

posted: 06/25/2013 4:38 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I would urge them to live by the standards of the law.” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, emphasizing that Russia should send wanted leaker Edward Snowden back to the United States

The nation in brief

posted: 06/25/2013 4:37 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Zimmerman thought it was his right to rid his neighborhood of anyone who did not belong.” Prosecutor John Guy in the opening day of the trial for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood-watch volunteer accused of murdering 17-year old Trayvon Martin

In the news

posted: 06/25/2013 4:36 a.m.

Rick Santorum, a former GOP presidential candidate and U.S. senator, was named chief executive officer of EchoLight Studios, a Dallas-based Christian film production company that Santorum believes has the opportunity to transform the movie industry by tapping into the demand for high-quality films with a focus on “inspirational and uplifting” Christian messages.

Names and faces

posted: 06/25/2013 4:36 a.m.

Earth, Wind and Fire initially wanted to release its new album around the 2012 presidential election, but the band realized it wasn’t satisfied with the songs it created. “We have a lot more bells and whistles in place now and the record is better,” singer Philip Bailey said in a recent interview.

Immigration bill advances

posted: 06/25/2013 4:33 a.m.

The bipartisan push to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws took a major step forward Monday evening when the Senate endorsed a proposal to substantially bolster security along the nation’s southern borders, part of a measure that would provide a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal aliens already in the country.

Other days

posted: 06/25/2013 4:26 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 25, 1913 SILOAM SPRINGS — The thirty-third anniversary of Siloam Springs was celebrated here today and at least 6,000 persons were present. The candidates for Congress from the Third Congressional district, opened their campaigns here today. A.L. Smith was chairman of the meeting and introduced the speakers.

Hope man, 36, found shot dead

posted: 06/25/2013 4:17 a.m.

Hope police released few details Monday after the early morning killing of a man by several masked suspects.

Shoffner’s waiver denied, must attend plea hearing

posted: 06/25/2013 4:16 a.m.

Former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner, who was indicted June 5 on federal charges of extortion and accepting a bribe, tried unsuccessfully to avoid attending her plea and arraignment scheduled for later this week in a Little Rock courtroom, according to a document filed Monday.

Getting it straight

posted: 06/25/2013 4:11 a.m.

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

Game showcase for TL All-Stars

posted: 06/25/2013 4:11 a.m.

The Texas League All-Star Game is being held for the first time tonight at Arvest Ballpark, but Northwest Arkansas Naturals Manager Brian Poldberg is no stranger to the event.

Duke’s victory worth the wait

posted: 06/25/2013 4:08 a.m.

The ball was halfway to the cup when Ken Duke started pumping his right fist Sunday at TPC River Highlands. And when the birdie putt tumbled into the hole, the fans who had filled the natural amphitheater around the 18th green and those lined deep down both fairways erupted in cheers.

EDITORIALS: Charades at the library

posted: 06/25/2013 4:06 a.m.

HERE WE go again. Call it games public officials play. This time the far-flung Central Arkansas Library System, a great and growing public service in the very center of the state, seems to have chosen charades.

Plutko, Bruins 1 up on ’Dogs

posted: 06/25/2013 4:04 a.m.

Adam Plutko limited Mississippi State to a run on four hits in six innings, and UCLA survived some anxious moments to beat the Bulldogs 3-1 in Game 1 of the College World Series finals Monday night.

COLUMNISTS: Random thoughts

posted: 06/25/2013 4:04 a.m.

Random thoughts on the passing scene: Edmund Burke said it, “There is no safety for honest men, but by believing all possible evil of evil men.” Evil men do not always snarl.

Which way do we go?

posted: 06/25/2013 4:03 a.m.

There are two widely discussed scenarios that could unfold in Washington this summer.


posted: 06/25/2013 4:02 a.m.

A kinder, gentler time Jersey Boys has now completed its tour stop in Little Rock. The show featured the performance of classic songs from a previous generation, all to the delight of the large crowds in attendance.

Robinson’s return stirs memories

posted: 06/25/2013 4:02 a.m.

Brooks Robinson played baseball at Lamar Porter Field, and Bill Valentine umpired there, and both were on hand several days ago for a bountiful fund-raising effort.

STANLEY CUP FINALS: Blackhawks score 2 in final 1:16, win 2nd title in 4 years

posted: 06/25/2013 4:01 a.m.

An NHL-record unbeaten streak to start the lockout-shortened season.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Former Natural powers Rays, stops Jays’ streak

posted: 06/25/2013 3:58 a.m.

Jeremy Hellickson allowed one hit in seven shutout innings and rookie Wil Myers homered in his home debut, helping the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Blue Jays 4-1 on Monday night to end Toronto’s 11-game winning streak.

On veterans’ care

posted: 06/25/2013 3:57 a.m.

When rains blow in, they can hang around for days. With the Veterans Home in Little Rock shuttered last year because of dilapidated conditions, the only remaining facility in Fayetteville has been pelted by downpours of documented deficiencies, many of which were deemed life-threatening and even fatal.

The risks to our health

posted: 06/25/2013 3:53 a.m.

Extending health insurance to hundreds of thousands of poor Arkansans with the private option is more important than Planned Parenthood’s right to hire a half-dozen employees at $12 an hour for a short time.

LIKE IT IS: Lot to like about Bulldogs, Starkville included

posted: 06/25/2013 3:52 a.m.

It is difficult not to root for Mississippi State to win the College World Series.

Brett still finding his groove as hitting coach for Royals

posted: 06/25/2013 3:51 a.m.

George Brett likes to say that hitting was always easier for him to do than say.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Another Wingo, Raymond, interested in Arkansas

posted: 06/25/2013 3:49 a.m.

One of Arkansas’ top recruiting targets, cornerback Raymond Wingo, is planning to visit Arkansas on Monday along with numerous family members, including older brother and former Hogs running back Ronnie Wingo Jr.

WHAT’S IN A DAME: Kim-ye, didn’t ya konsider lil’ Kris?

posted: 06/25/2013 3:45 a.m.

Wishing reality star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kayne West a hearty kongratulations on their kin!

West Virginia transfer Miles to enroll at UA

posted: 06/25/2013 3:45 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson added West Virginia forward transfer Keaton Miles to the program when Miles announced he planned to enroll at Arkansas July 1 to begin classes and play basketball for the Hogs.

Pinnacle continues LPGA success

posted: 06/25/2013 3:44 a.m.

The 17th hole at Pinnacle Country Club was billed as potentially becoming the loudest hole in golf before the start of last week’s LPGA Northwest Arkansas Championship.

JULY CALENDAR: Summer reigns

posted: 06/25/2013 3:42 a.m.

July is the month of skyrockets and pinwheels, those dog days when panting pooches hide under the porch, while people in Johnson County name their dogs Peaches. 1 National Hot Dog Month, National Horseradish Month, Women’s Motorcycle Month.

WIMBLEDON: Nadal eliminated by upstart Darcis

posted: 06/25/2013 3:42 a.m.

Just like that, in a span of 15 days, Rafael Nadal went from French Open champion for a record eighth time to first-round Grand Slam loser for the only time in his career.


posted: 06/25/2013 3:40 a.m.

Brian Murphy Yahoo! Sports “They’re not booing at TPC River Highlands, where 44-year-old Ken Duke won his first-ever PGA Tour event. They’re saying ‘Duuuuuuke.’ That is, when they’re not saying ‘Bubba: You mad, bro?’


posted: 06/25/2013 3:38 a.m.

RAYS Cobb improving ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb favors pitchers having the option of wearing protective headgear on the mound. Cobb returned to Tropicana Field on Monday, nine days after being struck in the right ear by a ball hit by Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer and nearly seven weeks after Toronto’s J.A.

De la Renta dresses exhibit

posted: 06/25/2013 3:38 a.m.

Couture dresses that graced red carpets and bedecked first ladies now adorn mannequins in a gallery on the third floor of the Clinton Presidential Center.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/25/2013 3:36 a.m.

Parcells knew what he had with Patriots Sixteen years after Bill Parcells left the New England Patriots, the longtime NFL coach wishes he hadn’t done so.

Off the wire

posted: 06/25/2013 3:35 a.m.

BASKETBALL Nuggets to hire Shaw Brian Shaw is getting his first chance to coach an NBA team. The former guard for the Los Angeles Lakers and Phil Jackson pupil has agreed to succeed George Karl as coach of the Denver Nuggets, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

MUSIC: Vacations at lake inspire band name

posted: 06/25/2013 3:32 a.m.

The name Lord Huron suggests a Great Lake, perhaps made even greater. But in truth, Lord Huron is just Ben Schneider’s preferred performance name — or band name — chosen to honor the lake where he spent many a happy youthful vacation.

THE TV COLUMN: Things get criminal on TNT as favorites return

posted: 06/25/2013 3:30 a.m.

It’s a double whammy tonight for TNT crime drama fans as two favorites return to the lineup.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/25/2013 3:29 a.m.

GOLF Junior girls stroke play begins The 15th annual Arkansas State Golf Association’s Junior Girls Stroke Play Championship will be held today and Wednesday at the Country Club of Little Rock.

FTC to open inquiry into oil prices

posted: 06/25/2013 3:25 a.m.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has opened a formal investigation into how prices of crude oil and petroleum-derived products are set, mirroring a European Union inquiry into pricing practices in the energy markets, two people familiar with the matter said.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Is excluding Grandma OK?

posted: 06/25/2013 3:25 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: Our 24-year-old daughter, “Mary,” is getting married in August.

Polish the image, fellas: It’s time for a Man-e-cure

posted: 06/25/2013 3:23 a.m.

A couple of weekends a month, Tom McMahon, 44, a federal government budget analyst who lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., joins his wife for a special indulgence, squeezed in around brunch and his regular Sunday touch rugby games: simultaneous pedicures, complete with nail polish as the finishing touch.

U.S. boss held in Chinese factory

posted: 06/25/2013 3:21 a.m.

An American executive said Monday he has been held hostage for four days at his medical supply plant in Beijing by scores of workers demanding severance packages like those given to 30 co-workers in a phased-out department.

Review mortgage denials, bank told

posted: 06/25/2013 3:19 a.m.

An institutional investor is calling on Bank of America Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan and the bank’s board to investigate allegations from former employees that they were encouraged to deny homeowners seeking mortgage modifications under a federal program.


posted: 06/25/2013 3:18 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I know you have given out this information several times, but until I had eye surgery, I didn’t need the information. Now I have several old eyeglasses I would like to donate. Where should I send them?

Citi gets OK to open first office in Iraq

posted: 06/25/2013 3:18 a.m.

Citigroup Inc. is set to become the first American bank to open an office of its own in Baghdad, highlighting financial firms’ growing interest in Iraq a decade after the U.S.-led 2003 invasion.

Tesla move puts takeover closer

posted: 06/25/2013 3:17 a.m.

Tesla Motors Inc., a long speculated takeover target, just removed a barrier to a deal by paying off a U.S. government loan. The problem for would-be suitors is it has also become the world’s most expensive car maker.

LISTEN UP: Singing women produce noteworthy new albums

posted: 06/25/2013 3:15 a.m.

There is an abundance of new recordings by talented female singers and songwriters. Here’s a closer look at five especially noteworthy ones: Carey Appel House of Cards BFM Digital A Intelligent, interesting stories about making mistakes and seeking empowerment are told in the well-sung songs of Carey Appel on her second album, House of Cards.

MARKET REPORT: China distress causes stock sell-off

posted: 06/25/2013 3:15 a.m.

More signs of distress in China’s economy and rising bond yields led to a broad sell-off in stocks Monday, leaving the market down 5.7 percent from its all-time high last month.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/25/2013 3:13 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I feel like a trapped animal.” Chip Starnes, co-owner of Specialty Medical Supplies, on being forced to remain in his office in Beijing by workers demanding severance packages.


posted: 06/25/2013 3:12 a.m.

Fed expert to speak on economic outlook FORT SMITH — An economist from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis will speak July 10 at the Fort Smith Regional Economic Outlook Forum, hosted by the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith and Arvest Bank.

Super Quiz: Animals of Australia

posted: 06/25/2013 3:12 a.m.

1. Term for animals with a pouch for rearing their young 2. This dog was the first animal introduced to Australia by humans. 3. These animals have large hind legs and powerful tails. 4. This “bear” is one of Australia’s best-known marsupials.


posted: 06/25/2013 3:10 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My sister and I said some pretty hurtful things to each other about a year ago, and we haven’t spoken since.


posted: 06/25/2013 3:09 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your optimism is attractive, and new relationships will spark in July. Research and investigation will ourish in August, and you’ll settle a mystery. Good fortune comes through your efforts in September and December.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/25/2013 2:57 a.m.

GOLF Junior girls stroke play begins The 15th annual Arkansas State Golf Association’s Junior Girls Stroke Play Championship will be held today and Wednesday at the Country Club of Little Rock. tota

NW Arkansas today

posted: 06/25/2013 2:57 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Attendance is up. Revenues are up.We’re taking care of the payments on the loan so everything is up to date. Basically, it has been a good year so far.” Dick Kelsey, executive director of The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs, which closed because of debt, then reopened for its regular May-October season

Eureka Springs picks school head

posted: 06/25/2013 2:57 a.m.

A former Springdale High School principal will take over as superintendent of the Eureka Springs School District on July 1.


posted: 06/25/2013 2:57 a.m.

Blues singer, founder of Beale Streeters GRENADA, Miss. — Bobby “Blue” Bland, a singer who blended Southern blues and soul in songs such as “Turn on Your Love Light” and “Further On Up the Road,” died Sunday. He was 83.

The state/region in brief

posted: 06/25/2013 2:57 a.m.

Weekend crashes kill five; 3 children Five people — three of them children — died in two separate crashes on state roads over the weekend, according to Arkansas State Police fatality accident reports.

Passion play pays tax debt, bank, but still owes $2.5 million on loans

posted: 06/25/2013 2:57 a.m.

The Great Passion Play has paid $37,104 in back taxes and $77,080 due to Cornerstone Bank of Eureka Springs, Randall Christy, the play’s chief executive officer, said in an e-mail to supporters.

Curator to leave Crystal Bridges

posted: 06/25/2013 2:57 a.m.

Curator of American art Kevin Murphy plans to leave Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville to take the same post at the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, Mass. His first day will be Sept. 3.

Training begins in outreach plan

posted: 06/25/2013 2:57 a.m.

On the first day of training for the workers who will help Arkansans navigate the effects of the 2010 federal health-care law, Julie Nelson told her students their task won’t always be easy.

Justices to review recess picks case

posted: 06/25/2013 2:57 a.m.

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether President Barack Obama violated the Constitution last year when he bypassed the Senate in making three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.

Lebanon city turns battle zone

posted: 06/25/2013 2:57 a.m.

Lebanon’s third-largest city was turned into a battle zone Monday as the military fought with heavily armed followers of an extremist Sunni cleric holed up in a mosque in a southern port city.

Texas House OKs new abortion limits

posted: 06/25/2013 2:57 a.m.

The Republican-dominated Texas Legislature pushed Monday to enact wide-ranging restrictions that would effectively shut down all abortion clinics in the nation’s second most-populous state, and Democrats planned an old-fashioned marathon filibuster to stop the final vote.

Berlusconi sentenced to 7 years in sex trial

posted: 06/25/2013 2:57 a.m.

Silvio Berlusconi, the 76-year-old billionaire and former Italian prime minister, was found guilty Monday by a Milan court of paying a minor for sex and abusing the power of his office. He was sentenced to seven years in jail.

Zimmerman’s trial starts

posted: 06/25/2013 2:57 a.m.

George Zimmerman was fed up with “punks” getting away with crime and shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin “because he wanted to,” not because he had to, prosecutors argued Monday, while the neighborhood watch volunteer’s attorney said the killing was self-defense against a young man who was slamming Zimmerman’s head against the pavement.

Cooler Colorado firefighters’ hope

posted: 06/25/2013 2:57 a.m.

Crews defending small homes, a ski area and a handful of roads against an erratic wildfire in Colorado’s southwest mountains hoped Monday for a break in the weather that will allow them to launch a more strategic assault on the backcountry blaze.

Medicaid waiver plan for review

posted: 06/25/2013 2:57 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services on Monday released a draft of its application for a waiver from federal Medicaid rules that would allow it to expand the program to an estimated 250,000 people through subsidized private-insurance plans.

Texas League All-Stars Descend On Northwest Arkansas

posted: 06/25/2013 2 a.m.

Brian Poldberg’s goals in his stint as manager of the North Division All-Stars for tonight’s Texas League All-Star Game aren’t complicated.


posted: 06/25/2013 2 a.m.

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

Naturals Start Second Half With Confidence

posted: 06/25/2013 2 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas was knocked out of the North Division first-half playoff race almost immediately out of the gate back in April as it dropped its first five games of the season.

RECORDS: June 25th

posted: 06/25/2013 2 a.m.

Arrests Fayetteville • Bryan Gordillo-Figueroa, 22, of 39107 Pirogee Ave. in Gonzalez, La., was arrested Monday in connection with felony forgery and misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Gordillo-Figueroa was being held Monday in the Washington County Detention Center on a $3,935 bond.

U.S. lambastes nations aiding leaker’s flight

posted: 06/25/2013 12:37 a.m.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s administration escalated its criticism Monday of Russia, China and Ecuador, the countries that appeared to be protecting Edward Snowden, the fugitive former government contractor wanted for leaking classified documents, who has eluded what has become a global American manhunt.

Blytheville pupils face race to go elsewhere

posted: 06/25/2013 12:34 a.m.

Time is running short for a group of Blytheville parents who want to transfer their children to the smaller, nearby Armorel and Gosnell school districts under the Arkansas Public School Choice Act of 2013, their attorneys said Monday.

Lottery revives idea of keno as cash backup

posted: 06/25/2013 12:26 a.m.

With Arkansas’ lottery expecting to raise less money for college scholarships in the current fiscal year than it did in the last one, Arkansas’ lottery commission agreed Monday to study the possibility of launching a new game — keno — that Gov. Mike Beebe and key lawmakers said they weren’t interested in having in Arkansas only four years ago.

Hastings juror: Most all saw guilt

posted: 06/25/2013 12:24 a.m.

“Less than a handful” of jurors led to a mistrial in the manslaughter case against a former Little Rock police officer, one of the jurors said Monday, the day after the jury told Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen that they could not reach a verdict.

Tomato times they are a-changin’

posted: 06/25/2013 12:23 a.m.

Large growers and contractual farming have taken the energy from the Warren Tomato Market, turning the once-bustling auction into a quiet brokerage for a few family farms.

Talent trumps all, say SEC coaches

posted: 06/25/2013 12:09 a.m.

SEC men’s basketball is getting ready for a super-sized talent influx of McDonald’s High School All-Americans.

Monday, June 24

Santorum named CEO of Christian film studio

posted: 06/24/2013 5:23 p.m.

Newspaper execs embrace online news delivery

posted: 06/24/2013 4:51 p.m.

Executives at some of the nation's largest newspaper companies say they are more hopeful about their future after seeing readership grow for digital subscriptions.

Coos Bay man arrested in explosives probe

posted: 06/24/2013 4:47 p.m.

A 38-year-old has been arrested in a case that began earlier this month when a State Police bomb squad destroyed improvised explosive devices found in a Coos Bay home.

Nation's mayors want state control of pot policies

posted: 06/24/2013 4:44 p.m.

The nation's mayors want the federal government to give states leeway in establishing marijuana policies.

High court declines to hear landmark Katrina case

posted: 06/24/2013 3:56 p.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined on Monday to review the dismissal of a landmark ruling that the Army Corps of Engineers was liable for billions of dollars in Hurricane Katrina flood damage that property owners blame on the corps' maintenance of a New Orleans shipping channel.

White County man wins $2 million lottery jackpot

posted: 06/24/2013 3:51 p.m.

Keith Nichols, of Searcy, won a $2 million payout in the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, officials said Monday in a news release.

Man accuses wife of poisoning him, killing dog

posted: 06/24/2013 3:28 p.m.

An Austin woman is accused of attempting to kill her husband after killing the couple's dog, the Lonoke County sheriff's office said Monday.

Man Pleads Not Guilty to Shooting Self

posted: 06/24/2013 3:01 p.m.

A Gravette man pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with accidentally shooting himself with a stolen gun, then claiming he was shot by a burglar.

Convicted killer meets Oklahoma governor who freed him

posted: 06/24/2013 2:50 p.m.

Freed from prison after 25 years, convicted killer Aaron Cosar always wanted a chance to shake the hand of the man who helped secure his freedom.

White House urges Moscow to expel Snowden to U.S.

posted: 06/24/2013 2:44 p.m.

The U.S. assumes National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden remains in Russia, and officials are working with Moscow in hopes he will be expelled and returned to America to face criminal charges, President Barack Obama's spokesman said Monday.

Baxter County deputies arrest man for threatening officers, paramedic

posted: 06/24/2013 2:31 p.m.

A Mountain Home man was arrested Friday for threatening deputies and a paramedic, Baxter County sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. John F. Montgomery said in a news release.

Two Plead Not Guilty in Drive-By Shooting

posted: 06/24/2013 1:36 p.m.

Two Rogers men pleaded not guilty Monday to charges in connection with a May drive by shooting in Rogers.

Police investigate shooting in Springdale

posted: 06/24/2013 11:51 a.m.

Police are investigating a shooting reported early Monday morning at 1530 Butterfield Coach Road, according to a news release from the Springdale Police Department. There were no injuries.

Vandals hit Fayetteville High School construction site

posted: 06/24/2013 11:01 a.m.

Vandals broke into the Fayetteville High School construction site and poured carpet glue on the carpet in the 100-seat lecture hall. The lecture hall is on the first floor of the classroom building under construction on the northwest corner of the campus.

Vitello officially named hitting coach

updated: 06/27/2013 10:04 a.m.

Arkansas will hire TCU hitting coach Tony Vitello to fill the void left by Todd Butler.

KFC Balks At Vendor’s Request

posted: 06/24/2013 5 a.m.

A fried chicken vendor’s request has ruffled some feathers.

Drowning Victim Identified

posted: 06/24/2013 5 a.m.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim of a drowning Saturday at Lake Wedington as 43-year-old David Finley, a sergeant with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

County Offers Aid To Fire Victims

posted: 06/24/2013 5 a.m.

Many people are in shock after they lose their homes and possessions to a fire, said Benton County Fire Marshal Marc Trollinger.


posted: 06/24/2013 5 a.m.

Information is from state Health Department records. Restaurants are listed in order of inspection date.

Water Utility Considering Technology Additions

posted: 06/24/2013 5 a.m.

Water Utilities workers could be more productive with the addition of a computer model of the water system.

HOW WE SEE IT: Bentonville Gets Plan Worth Vote

posted: 06/24/2013 5 a.m.

What’s in a name? Could it be enough to bring down the Bentonville School District’s quest for a second high school?

COMMENTARY: Officials Knocking On Wrong Doors

posted: 06/24/2013 5 a.m.

A few weeks back, as I hung out with the kids at home, a knock came at the front door.


posted: 06/24/2013 5 a.m.

June 13 David Alberto Amezcua, 22, Centerton, and Karly Elayne Freeman, 20, Bentonville Kenneth Roy Bratten, 25, and Brittany Faythe Harris, 25, both of Fayetteville

LAWSUITS: June 24th

posted: 06/24/2013 5 a.m.

June 13 RBRE Loan Portfolio LLC v. Larry Laramore and Debra C. Laramore Everbank v. Cesar Tores and Maria Hernandez

Animal League To Continue Work From Animal Board

posted: 06/24/2013 5 a.m.

An annual event that provides inexpensive microchip implants and vaccinations for dogs and cats will continue despite the dissolution of the group that created the program, the Washington County judge said.

New School Dedicated

posted: 06/24/2013 5 a.m.

Dozens of parents, students and teachers joined members of the Rogers School Board on Sunday in dedicating the district’s 15th elementary school.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: President Obama Should Stay Home

posted: 06/24/2013 5 a.m.

A recent newspaper story reported the president is planning a trip to several places in Africa this year.


posted: 06/24/2013 5 a.m.

Meeting Information Rogers City Council The council meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers of City Hall, 301 W. Chestnut St.

Man Charged With Sexual Assault

posted: 06/24/2013 5 a.m.

A Lincoln man was arrested Sunday in connection with felony second-degree sexual assault involving a 6-year-old girl.

Field Rental Rate To Change For Nonprofit Groups

posted: 06/24/2013 5 a.m.

Nonprofit organizations hosting sports tournaments in Rogers parks once received a break in rental fees. That changed last week when the Parks and Recreation Commission voted to change the fee structure for ball field rental.

Fugitive Snowden leaves Hong Kong

posted: 06/24/2013 3:51 a.m.

MOSCOW — Edward Snowden, the fugitive former National Security Agency contractor wanted by the United States for leaking classified documents about global U.S. surveillance, fled his Hong Kong hide-out for Moscow on Sunday aboard a Russian jetliner, in what appeared to be the first step in an odyssey to seek political asylum in another country, possibly Ecuador or Venezuela.

Egypt rulers get warning from army

posted: 06/24/2013 3:51 a.m.

Egypt’s military Sunday gave the nation’s Islamist rulers and their opponents a week to reach an understanding before planned opposition protests aimed at forcing out the president, in a toughly worded warning that it will intervene to stop the nation from entering a “dark tunnel.”

Zimmerman jurors start sequestration

posted: 06/24/2013 3:46 a.m.

SANFORD, Fla. — The six jurors and four alternates who will hear opening statements today in George Zimmerman’s murder trial are beginning their time together in a sequestered bubble: They won’t return to their homes for weeks, contact with family and friends will be limited, and Internet and phone usage is restricted.

The world in brief

posted: 06/24/2013 3:36 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Russia is turning into a haven — virtually, intellectually and physically — for those who have an ax to grind with the West, who are whistle-blowers or have problems with Western authorities. It’s the only country in the world that at this point can afford it, or thinks it can afford it.” Dmitri V. Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, after Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor wanted by the U.S. for leaking classified documents, fled from Hong Kong for Moscow

The nation in brief

posted: 06/24/2013 3:35 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I feel safer on the wing of my airplane than I do driving to the airport. Why? Because I’m in control of those risks and not at the mercy of those other drivers.” Jane Wicker, the 44-year-old wing walker killed Saturday in a plane crash at a Dayton, Ohio, air show, in a posting she wrote for her website

Names and faces

posted: 06/24/2013 3:34 a.m.

A family spokesman in Rome said Sunday that the plan was to repatriate the body of James Gandolfini as soon as today. The Italian news agency ANSA later reported that Gandolfini’s body left Rome at 6 p.m. local time.

In the news

posted: 06/24/2013 3:33 a.m.

Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, said in a statement that anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela’s health had deteriorated, adding that Pretoria doctors were working to bring the 94-year-old out of critical condition.

COLUMNISTS: America gets sidelined

posted: 06/24/2013 3:32 a.m.

The war in Syria, started by locals, is now a regional conflict, the meeting ground of two warring blocs. On one side, the radical Shi’ite bloc led by Iran, which overflies Iraq to supply Bashar al-Assad and sends Hezbollah to fight for him.

Stabilization needed in Egypt

posted: 06/24/2013 3:30 a.m.

Last summer, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was received in Egypt with a barrage of rotten tomatoes. Protesters, mostly pro-democracy activists, shouted their rage for a very troubling reason: They believed, as many still do, that Washington wants the Muslim Brotherhood in power.

EDITORIALS: Free General Helms

posted: 06/24/2013 3:30 a.m.

FOR EVERY action in American politics, there is not just an opposite and equal reaction but an opposite and more than equal overreaction. Call it the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s third law of motion.

Guest writer: Program is a plus

posted: 06/24/2013 3:27 a.m.

Let me begin with a disclaimer: I am somewhat biased in my opinion of the forthcoming topic.

DNA, guns and freedom

posted: 06/24/2013 3:26 a.m.

Three recent events served, when taken together, to cast some light on the always tricky relationship between government and freedom.


posted: 06/24/2013 3:24 a.m.

Just a coincidence?


posted: 06/24/2013 3:18 a.m.

ROGERS - World No. 1 Inbee Park will be heading to New York later this week attempting to win her third consecutive major championship of 2013 after coming from behind Sunday to win the LPGA Northwest Arkansas Championship in a playoff over fellow South Korean So Yeon Ryu.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Opposites attract: Bruins, Bulldogs

posted: 06/24/2013 3:13 a.m.

It’s hard enough pitching against the nation’s best in the College World Series. It would seem even tougher when your own team seems to struggle just as much.

Other days

posted: 06/24/2013 3:11 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 24, 1913 Another day has slipped by and still returns from Saturday’s Democratic gubernatorial campaign are too incomplete to determine who has been nominated, but Stephen Brundidge of Searcy yesterday cut down George W. Hays’ lead to a bare 770 votes, with four whole counties and scores of precincts yet to report.

Strategy works well for Truex

posted: 06/24/2013 3:09 a.m.

Martin Truex Jr. snapped a 218-race winless streak with an easy victory Sunday on the road course at Sonoma Raceway.

Kane coming through for Blackhawks

posted: 06/24/2013 3:05 a.m.

Patrick Kane already has one Stanley Cup-winning goal from 2010 along with the one that put the Chicago Blackhawks back into the finals this year.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Encarnacion’s 4 RBI help Blue Jays sweep Orioles

posted: 06/24/2013 3:02 a.m.

These are the Toronto Blue Jays Edwin Encarnacion expected after a busy off season.

Hail to the victor

posted: 06/24/2013 2:59 a.m.

Ken Duke’s victory in The Travelers Championship Sunday expanded his pocketbook and will impact his standing when it comes to qualifying for some of the Tour’s most exclusive events; MOVING ON UP The $1,098,000 paycheck and 500 FedEx Cup points moves Duke to 23rd on the 2013 money list and to No. 20 in the FedEx Cup standings, guaranteeing him a spot in the playoffs, which begin in late August.

Up next

posted: 06/24/2013 2:57 a.m.

MIDLAND AT NW ARKANSAS WHEN 7 p.m. Wednesday WHERE Arvest Ballpark, in Springdale RADIO KQSM-FM, 92.1, in Fayetteville

NW Arkansas Championship report: Lewis’ 71 two shots too many

posted: 06/24/2013 2:55 a.m.

Stacy Lewis wanted to win the Wal-Mart NW Arkansas Championship almost as badly as she’s wanted any golf tournament in her life.

Digital thefts spur bolstered cyber-security

posted: 06/24/2013 2:54 a.m.

In late February, a thief or thieves cracked into Evernote’s digital vault filled with log-ins, passwords and e-mail addresses belonging to 50 million users.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/24/2013 2:54 a.m.

Party time? Not so much for Green Did Danny Green party with the Miami Heat after Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night?

Off the wire

posted: 06/24/2013 2:51 a.m.

BASKETBALL Rivers to Clippers?

Exercise program builds strength, support after cancer

posted: 06/24/2013 2:49 a.m.

Tom Johnson towels off after an hour-and-a half workout. The Fayetteville architect checks items off his exercise list: elliptical. Check. Free weights. Check. Group therapy. Check.

Jogging club runs to moon and back

posted: 06/24/2013 2:44 a.m.

When Angie Webb looks at the moon, she sees much more than an orb in a starlit sky, more than a silver circle at dusk or a cream-colored disc at dawn.

Choosing the right drug for pain relief

posted: 06/24/2013 2:43 a.m.

Common pain relievers like ibuprofen and naproxen — called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs — are the go-to drugs for headaches and pulled muscles, arthritis and menstrual cramps.

ASK THE TRAINER: It’s about fitness, not fantasized physique

posted: 06/24/2013 2:42 a.m.

Be honest: What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see a distorted image that exaggerates your flaws, or do you see a fantasy version of your best self?

New workouts: Ellen Barrett Live: Sleek Sculpt Express

posted: 06/24/2013 2:35 a.m.

Title: Ellen Barrett Live: Sleek Sculpt Express What’s the goal? The 30-minute workout aims to improve overall strength, balance and conditioning using light hand-held weights throughout the entire set.

Good behavior earns reward on Trail Safety Day

posted: 06/24/2013 2:34 a.m.

Saturday will be Arkansas River Trail Safety Day. No mishaps allowed.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 06/24/2013 2:34 a.m.

ALEXANDER Bernice King, 15502 Valley Drive, June 12, 2013, Chapter 7. Charles A. and Charlene Russey, 13506 Dynasty, June 18, 2013, Chapter 13. Deborah Sue Murphree (aka Deborah S. Daley), 5616 Lombard Road, June 14, 2013, Chapter 7.

Restless reader

posted: 06/24/2013 2:32 a.m.

Anatomy of Core Stability By Hollis Lance Liebman (Firefly paperback, May), 160 pages, $24.95.

MASTER CLASS: Match body-weight exercise to your real level

posted: 06/24/2013 2:31 a.m.

Body-weight training can be effective and extremely versatile. The limits imposed by strength machines aren’t relevant when training with your own body weight.


posted: 06/24/2013 2:29 a.m.

When you get a joint replacement, like a knee or hip, how exactly is the muscle attached to the artificial implant?


posted: 06/24/2013 2:28 a.m.

Happy birthday. You express what others think and feel. This talent will earn you friends and money, and bring loved ones closer to you. July will give you a degree of fame, too.


posted: 06/24/2013 2:28 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Here is my little sound off: I travel a lot and stay in different hotels and hotel/motel chains. Every hotel (or chain) carries a different brand of coffee, and the packages never open the same way.


posted: 06/24/2013 2:28 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: We’d always looked forward to our children leaving home and being on their own, but now that it’s happened we’re a bit depressed. I’m having a harder time with it than my husband (since he’s still working), but are we the only parents who feel this way? — M.C.S.

Super Quiz: Science

posted: 06/24/2013 2:27 a.m.

1. What is a tern? 2. What does an ornithologist study? 3. In Britain, this tool is called a spanner. 4. In astronomy, to what might “pinwheel” refer?

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Customizable MP3 doorbell easy to use, adds entertainment despite playlist glitch

posted: 06/24/2013 2:26 a.m.

Things have been a bit too serious lately, so it’s time to have some fun.

COMMENTARY: Park enjoying her dominant run through tour

posted: 06/24/2013 2:10 a.m.

Inbee Park had a quick turnaround and not much time to waste before catching a flight to Southampton, N.Y.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Shepherd’s hit beats Naturals

posted: 06/24/2013 2:10 a.m.

A stable of six pitchers did all they could against the Tulsa Drillers on Sunday afternoon.

HOG CALLS: At linebacker, it’s anybody’s job for UA

posted: 06/24/2013 2:10 a.m.

The first time junior-college transfer Alonzo Highsmith stepped on the Razorbacks’ practice field in August, 2011, he was already working with the first team.

Uphold drug-fraud verdict, McDaniel asks state justices

posted: 06/24/2013 2:10 a.m.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced Tuesday that he has been joined by his colleagues in 35 states and 65 members of the Arkansas General Assembly in asking the state Supreme Court to uphold a $1.2 billion judgment against a pharmaceutical company for defrauding the state Medicaid system about the safety risks of Risperdal, an antipsychotic drug.

Mobile payments gaining ground on store cash registers

posted: 06/24/2013 2:10 a.m.

Forget ka-ching. It’s all taptap these days.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 06/24/2013 2:10 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “If it was accessible, you might have people who would come. People who live in this area pretty quickly figure out places that are user friendly and places that are not.They vote with their feet or their wheels.They don’t frequent places that are not.” Keith Vire

Insurance-rate anxiety rises for teachers

posted: 06/24/2013 2:10 a.m.

Shelley Smith’s frustration with her rising insurance costs has taken a number of forms. Last September, the Fox resident wrote an editorial documenting the disparity between premium rates for state and public-school employees. A short while later, she started a petition drive asking legislators to address skyrocketing premiums for public-school employees.

Beaver Water District Hosts ‘Green’ Lunch

posted: 06/24/2013 2:10 a.m.

The Beaver Water District will host a Putting Green to Work lunch at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the district administration building at 301 N. Primrose in Lowell.

1 injured fighting LR apartment fire

posted: 06/24/2013 2:10 a.m.

A fire damaged eight units and injured one firefighter at a west Little Rock apartment complex Saturday.

Alcohol-ban foes gathering

posted: 06/24/2013 2:10 a.m.

A group of Saline County residents has met to discuss putting an end to the 77 years of alcohol prohibition in the county.

PB mayor picks mall for new police station

posted: 06/24/2013 2:10 a.m.

Pine Bluff city leaders agree that the Police Department’s patrol division needs greater visibility than its current home — tucked away in an industrial part of the city off the Martha Mitchell Expressway on Commerce Road — can provide.

State grant funds sidewalks near UALR

posted: 06/24/2013 2:10 a.m.

A $100,000 state grant to build sidewalks on a street near the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus is aimed at helping strengthen the surrounding community.

Exxon to keep grip on data

posted: 06/24/2013 2:10 a.m.

Exxon Mobil has asked that integrity assessment records for the portion of the Pegasus pipeline that travels under the Lake Maumelle Watershed be protected from disclosure under the federal Freedom of Information Act, according to a letter sent to watershed stakeholders Friday.

Paley’s artwork headed to state

posted: 06/24/2013 2:10 a.m.

A collection of European modernism works by late 19th- and early 20th-century masters such as Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso is coming to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art next spring. The artwork, on loan from New York’s Museum of Modern Art, belonged to the late William S. Paley, creator of the CBS radio and television networks.

Swimming pools add handicapped access

posted: 06/24/2013 2:10 a.m.

Instead of sitting beside the pool watching others cool off, Adam McDaniel, 29, can escape the heat, too, even though he uses a wheelchair.

Kerry urges India to confront climate change

posted: 06/24/2013 2:10 a.m.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged fast-growing India to work with the United States on global warming before it’s too late. “The irreversible climate challenge is speeding towards us, crying out for a global solution,” he said.

Bomb attacks hit Syrian regime’s forces

posted: 06/24/2013 2:10 a.m.

Suicide bombers targeted security compounds in Damascus and a car bomb exploded in a pro-regime district there Sunday, killing at least eight people, the latest in a surge of civil war violence in the capital.

10 foreigners killed in Pakistan

posted: 06/24/2013 2:10 a.m.

At least a dozen Islamic militants wearing police uniforms shot to death overnight a Pakistani and 10 foreign tourists who were visiting one of the world’s highest mountains in a remote area of northern Pakistan that has been largely peaceful, officials said Sunday.

Bullied N.Y. bus monitor promotes kindness

posted: 06/24/2013 2:10 a.m.

No new carpet or furniture for the home she’s lived in for 46 years. No fancy car in the driveway.

Ohio crash shows risks of the job

posted: 06/24/2013 2:10 a.m.

Risking death every time they go to work, wing walkers need courage, poise, a healthy craving for adrenaline and, most importantly, they need to be meticulously exacting with every step they take on the small planes that carry them past dazzled crowds at speeds up to 130 mph.

Struggles Too Much For Lewis

posted: 06/24/2013 2 a.m.

Stacy Lewis wanted to win the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship almost as badly as she’s wanted any golf tournament in her life.

RECORDS: June 24th

posted: 06/24/2013 2 a.m.

Arrests Benton County Sheriff’s Office • Angel Gradillia Falcon, 21, of 2213 W. Locust St., Apt. 16, in Rogers was arrested Sunday in connection with two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Gradillia Falcon was being held Sunday in the Benton County Jail with no bond set.

Park Celebrates Another Win

posted: 06/24/2013 2 a.m.

Inbee Park had a quick turnaround and not much time to waste before catching a flight to Southampton, N.Y.


posted: 06/24/2013 2 a.m.

Monday 4 p.m. Fayetteville Public Library Board — Ann Henry Boardroom, Fayetteville Public Library, 401 W. Mountain St.

LED-maker moves plant to U.S.

posted: 06/24/2013 12:59 a.m.

NextGen Illumination Inc. is moving its manufacturing operation from overseas to Oklahoma.

Plan to secure borders faces vote in Senate

posted: 06/24/2013 12:44 a.m.

The Senate is expected to vote today on an amendment to a broad immigration overhaul that would dramatically beef up efforts to secure the U.S.-Mexican border.

Ex-LR officer’s case ends in mistrial; new date set

posted: 06/24/2013 12:40 a.m.

The manslaughter trial of fired Little Rock police officer Josh Hastings ended in mistrial Sunday after jurors deliberated a second day for about five hours but were unable to reach the required unanimous verdict.

Ranking on kids improves

posted: 06/24/2013 12:39 a.m.

Arkansas climbed to 40th place in the 2013 edition of Kids Count, a stateby-state ranking of child well-being based on indicators in the areas of child health, education, economics, and family and community environment.


posted: 06/24/2013 12:12 a.m.

Arkadelphia’s Ken Duke needed 187 starts on the PGA Tour to get his first victory, so what if he needed two extra holes to do it.

Sunday, June 23

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship: Hometown favorite Lewis ties for fourth

posted: 06/23/2013 6:40 p.m.

Former Arkansas golfer Stacy Lewis tied for fourth at the Walmart NW Arkansas LPGA Championship Sunday in Rogers, Arkansas.

Hung jury mistrial for ex-Little Rock officer

posted: 06/23/2013 5:38 p.m.

A mistrial was declared after the jury was unable to reach a verdict in the trial of an ex-Little Rock police officer who fatally shot a teenage suspect while on duty last year.

St. Louis police chief wants drones

posted: 06/23/2013 5 p.m.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson wants to add drones to his crime-fighting arsenal.

Carpenter House to help men with sickle cell

posted: 06/23/2013 4:30 p.m.

A home that will serve as a transitional residence for men with sickle cell disease has opened in Memphis.

3 family members killed in Arkansas car crash

posted: 06/23/2013 4 p.m.

Police say an accident on Interstate 55 in Arkansas has claimed the lives of three family members.

West Texas man dies in oilfield-related accident

posted: 06/23/2013 3:30 p.m.

West Texas authorities say another man has died in the second fatal oilfield-related accident in a week.

Drowning victim was training for triathlon

posted: 06/23/2013 3:14 p.m.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim of a drowning Saturday at Lake Wedington as 43-year-old David Finley, a sergeant with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Washington and Benton County dive teams recovered Finley’s body at approximately 8:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a news release. Finley was training Saturday afternoon for the Ozark Valley Triathlon, which was to be held Sunday morning at Lake Wedington. Witnesses said Finley appeared to struggle before he went under water. He did not resurface.

2 Missouri women charged in antifreeze poisoning deaths

posted: 06/23/2013 3 p.m.

A Missouri woman and her daughter confessed to fatally poisoning two relatives with antifreeze and attempting to kill a third over a 14-month period, according to court documents.

2 Pennsylvanians killed in I-40 crash in Arkansas

posted: 06/23/2013 2:43 p.m.

Arkansas State Police say two Pennsylvania children were killed and three other people were injured in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 40 in eastern Arkansas.

Hostess: Twinkies to return to shelves July 15

posted: 06/23/2013 2:34 p.m.

Hostess is betting on a sweet comeback for Twinkies when they return to shelves next month.

Aerialist Wallenda to cross gorge near Grand Canyon

posted: 06/23/2013 2:30 p.m.

Daredevil Nik Wallenda is using the Navajo Nation as a backdrop to one of his most ambitious feats yet — crossing a tightrope 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River Gorge near the Grand Canyon.

Zimmerman jurors begin life in sequestration

posted: 06/23/2013 2 p.m.

The six jurors and four alternates who will hear opening statements Monday in George Zimmerman's murder trial are beginning their time together in a sequestered bubble: They won't return to their homes for weeks, contact with family and friends will be limited, and Internet and phone usage is restricted.

VW mum on prospects for Tennessee plant expansion

posted: 06/23/2013 1:30 p.m.

Volkswagen calls its Chattanooga plant a global model for energy conservation and efficient production. But executives remain tightlipped about whether the facility is in line to produce a new crossover SUV for the German automaker.

Thousands gather for 1st Boston run since bombings

posted: 06/23/2013 1 p.m.

More than 6,400 runners have gathered for Boston's first major race since the April marathon bombings that killed three people and injured hundreds of others.

2 arrested in burglary of OU coach's Norman home

posted: 06/23/2013 12:34 p.m.

Police in Norman say two suspects have been arrested for the burglary of the home of University of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops.

High-tech gains get disabled people into workforce

posted: 06/23/2013 12:30 p.m.

When high school football coach Kevin Bella needs an intense, heart-to-heart with a player, he goes home and sits on his couch. That's because Bella, who is deaf, communicates with his hearing players most clearly with a new technology that brings a live sign language interpreter to his television screen. The player, on a phone elsewhere, hears the interpreter give voice to Bella's signs.

Ecuador says Snowden seeking asylum there

posted: 06/23/2013 12:15 p.m.

Ecuador's foreign minister says that the former National Security Agency contractor wanted for revealing classified secrets is seeking asylum in the South American country.

Los Angeles mayor exits after bumpy term, looking ahead

posted: 06/23/2013 noon

The famous smile is intact. But there's a glint of gray in the hair, a hint of melancholy in the voice and a collection of wrinkles he didn't bring with him when he became mayor of Los Angeles eight years ago.

Iconic figure of Egypt's uprising to Morsi: Quit

posted: 06/23/2013 11:30 a.m.

The most iconic youth figure of Egypt's 2011 revolution has asked Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to step down ahead of planned protests to force him out on June 30.

Candidate shot at Albania election polling place

posted: 06/23/2013 11 a.m.

An Albanian political candidate was shot and a supporter of a rival party killed in an exchange of gunfire near a polling station, police said Sunday, as the country held crucial elections already marred by a dispute that could leave the outcome up in the air.

Pilot killed in ultralight plane crash in Connecticut

posted: 06/23/2013 10:41 a.m.

State Police say an unidentified man has died when the ultralight plane he was piloting crashed near an airport in East Windsor.

Ohio air show resumes after stuntwoman, pilot die

posted: 06/23/2013 10:30 a.m.

Spectators have returned to an air show in southwestern Ohio a day after a pilot and wing walker were killed in a horrifying crash that was captured on video.

Afghans rush to learn risky art of defusing bombs

posted: 06/23/2013 10:03 a.m.

In a desolate field outside Kabul, an Afghan soldier hunches over a knee-high robot equipped with cameras, multidirectional pincers and tank-treads built for rough terrain. Carefully, he attaches four bottles of water and a tiny explosive charge to the robot. He uses a remote control to guide it 50 meters (yards) away to his target: a simulated backpack bomb.

Militants kill 9 foreign tourists, 1 Pakistani

posted: 06/23/2013 9:30 a.m.

Islamic militants wearing police uniforms shot to death nine foreign tourists and one Pakistani before dawn Sunday as they were visiting one of the world's highest mountains in a remote area of northern Pakistan that has been largely peaceful, officials said.

Supermoon looms bright in night sky

posted: 06/23/2013 9:16 a.m.

Look up in the sky for a super sight: the biggest and brightest full moon of the year.

Plane believed to be carrying Snowden in Moscow

posted: 06/23/2013 8:57 a.m.

A former National Security Agency contractor wanted by the United States for revealing highly classified surveillance programs has been allowed to leave for a "third country" because a U.S. extradition request did not fully comply with Hong Kong law, the territory's government said Sunday.

Area lotteries

posted: 06/23/2013 5:22 a.m.

Numbers drawn Saturday: Missouri Lotto 2-5-8-14-21-32 Estimated jackpot: $1.4 million Oklahoma Lotto 5-14-23-28-31 Hot ball: 9 Estimated jackpot: $6.7 million Powerball 13-19-23-33-57 Powerball: 28 Estimated jackpot: $127 million

Like its creatures, refuge on last legs

posted: 06/23/2013 5:06 a.m.

CALI, Colombia — Ask Ana Julia Torres how many children she has, and she’ll say 652: two human offspring plus the hundreds of tigers, lions, mules, snakes, monkeys and other species residing at her refuge north of Cali.

Syrian rebels get vow of aid

posted: 06/23/2013 5:03 a.m.

DOHA, Qatar — The major international backers of Syrian opposition agreed Saturday to provide “urgently all the necessary materiel and equipment” to rebels fighting the government of President Bashar Assad.

Spain: 8 militants arrested in Africa

posted: 06/23/2013 5 a.m.

Eight suspected jihadist militants who formed part of a terrorist recruitment network that sent 50 militants to carry out attacks for al-Qaida-linked groups in Syria have been arrested, Spain’s interior minister said Saturday.

COMMENTARY: Opponents Foresaw Parole Problems

posted: 06/23/2013 5 a.m.

Nothing was done right in the case of Darrell Dennis, a parolee who clearly gamed the system.

Restaurants Big Business in Bentonville

posted: 06/23/2013 5 a.m.

Four local chefs will bring distinctive Arkansas cuisine to the James Beard House in New York this fall.

HOW WE SEE IT: Two Lawmakers Deserve Credit For Tax Fairness

posted: 06/23/2013 5 a.m.

Shoppers walk into a local store somewhere in Arkansas and choose a TV. Let’s say it costs $2,000. Add sales tax and the TV may cost $2,130 or more. The shopper goes home, gets on his computer, and orders the same TV online for the same $2,000, but pays no sales tax.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Animal Costs May Push Regulation

posted: 06/23/2013 5 a.m.

You don’t know what you don’t know. That is one of those truths that can hit you smack in the face sometimes. Ask Washington County officials.

COMMENTARY: It’s Not OK To Allow The Poor To Be Hungry

posted: 06/23/2013 5 a.m.

The notion it is OK for some people to live in luxurious wealth while others struggle in poverty is not acceptable from a biblical or a Christian perspective.

NWACC President Leaves Legacy

posted: 06/23/2013 5 a.m.

NorthWest Arkansas Community College is almost unrecognizable from what it was 10 years ago.

New Law Should Make Confessions Stick

posted: 06/23/2013 5 a.m.

A confession doesn’t necessarily mean a criminal case is a slam dunk but it may soon be closer to a layup.

Police Search For Swimmer At Lake Wedington

posted: 06/23/2013 5 a.m.

Washington County search and rescue crews combed Lake Wedington on Saturday for a swimmer who went under water and never surfaced.

COMMENTARY: Oil Companies Flout State Law After Spill

posted: 06/23/2013 5 a.m.

Most disturbing of the many allegations in a lawsuit filed jointly recently by Arkansas and the federal government in the Mayflower pipeline rupture is that the oil companies responsible for the disaster continue to risk further property damage and public health in defiance of state officials.

Fans Enjoy Tournament

posted: 06/23/2013 5 a.m.

The hog call could be heard Saturday coming from the 17th hole during the Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship.

COMMENTARY The Buffalo: A River Worth Fighting For

posted: 06/23/2013 5 a.m.

Establishment of a large-scale industrial hog farm in the Buffalo National River watershed has focused renewed attention on the river and its surroundings — and should remind the public of what a treasure the Buffalo is.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Veterinarian A Dedicated Professional

posted: 06/23/2013 5 a.m.

We don’t write letters often, but we wanted to brag a little about a Northwest Arkansas veterinarian.

Senator: Burn shale gas

posted: 06/23/2013 4:57 a.m.

No state vehicle is fueled by compressed natural gas, a fact one senator calls a disgrace considering how much natural gas is pulled from the Fayetteville Shale.

RECORDS: June 23rd

posted: 06/23/2013 4:52 a.m.

Amanda Bowman, 23, of 401 W. 24th St. in Fayetteville was arrested Friday in connection with felony possession of drug paraphernalia, third-degree endangering the welfare of a minor and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. She was in the Washington County Detention Center without bond Saturday. Fayetteville


posted: 06/23/2013 4:50 a.m.

World No. 2 Stacy Lewis did her part to create interest for today’s final round of the LPGA Wal-Mart Northwest Arkansas Championship.

Kane, ‘Hawks steam to victory

posted: 06/23/2013 4:41 a.m.

Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks have that look again, and another Stanley Cup is within reach.


posted: 06/23/2013 4:39 a.m.

Nancy and Ed Larry Carlin of Sherwood will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday with a family dinner. The couple were married June 29, 1963.

LIKE IT IS: Never too early to start thinking about fall

posted: 06/23/2013 4:37 a.m.

A few thoughts and predictions during the dog days of summer while wondering what happened to my tomato plants, which haven’t grown since planted six weeks ago: If Arkansas gets to play host to a bowl game, Bobby Petrino will bring Western Kentucky to play in it within three years of its inception in 2014.

COMMENTARY: Baseball needs to protect its pitchers

posted: 06/23/2013 4:36 a.m.

Three weeks ago, Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen smashed a line drive back at the mound.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Dallas Bishop safety interested in Arkansas, SEC

posted: 06/23/2013 4:31 a.m.

Safety Payton Hendrix of Dallas Bishop Dunne High School plans to make an unofficial visit to Arkansas on Monday.

Razorbacks report: Bielema’s doing his road work

posted: 06/23/2013 4:29 a.m.

Bret Bielema wants there to be no travel logistics mysteries for his Arkansas football team this season.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP: McMurray stays hot, easily grabs Sonoma pole

posted: 06/23/2013 4:28 a.m.

As Jamie McMurray turned a corner on the season with a string of solid finishes, he picked Sonoma Raceway as a track he was looking forward to racing.

Allmendinger makes extra work pay off

posted: 06/23/2013 4:26 a.m.

AJ Allmendinger slid past Justin Allgaier with seven laps to go, then defended his lead through a late restart and two nerve-testing green-white checkered overtime finishes to win Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America.

Early crash kills driver at Le Mans

posted: 06/23/2013 4:25 a.m.

Danish driver Allan Simonsen died Saturday following a crash at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the first driver fatality at the high speed endurance event since 1997.

Shortage of family doctors to worsen

posted: 06/23/2013 4:25 a.m.

Getting face-time with the family doctor stands to become even harder, healthcare officials say.

Gay finds his energy, advances to 200 final

posted: 06/23/2013 4:24 a.m.

After winning the men’s 100 meters Friday night at the U.S. Track and Field Championships, Tyson Gay admittedly didn’t get the rest he needed for Saturday’s qualifying heats in the 200.

SPIN CYCLE: ‘Normal’ shattered in a flash

posted: 06/23/2013 4:21 a.m.

It was a regular Sunday, just like this one.

Waymire’s task: Repeat Carlisle feat at Trumann

posted: 06/23/2013 4:21 a.m.

Scott Waymire is starting over — again.

No verdict yet in ex-officer’s case

posted: 06/23/2013 4:20 a.m.

Jurors in the Josh Hastings manslaughter trial deliberated about seven hours Saturday without reaching a verdict, prompting Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen to schedule a rare Sunday session beginning at noon today to give the nine women and three men more time to consider a verdict.

High school football report

posted: 06/23/2013 4:20 a.m.

33rd year finale for Williams Longtime Pocahontas Coach Dave Williams said he will retire following the 2013 season.

CRITICAL MASS: Richard Pryor: Rebel, troubled critic of society

posted: 06/23/2013 4:20 a.m.

The Internet does a good job on some things. It eliminates the need to know certain facts.

Serena hoping for 17th major

posted: 06/23/2013 4:19 a.m.

Nothing drives Serena Williams the way disappointment does.

The nation in brief

posted: 06/23/2013 4:17 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Then I realized they were too low and too slow.And before I knew it, they hit the ground.” Ian Hoyt, an aviation photographer and licensed pilot, who was taking photos at a Dayton, Ohio, air show when a plane crashed, killing the pilot and a wing walker Article, this page

ARTBEAT: European masterpieces make rare stop in state

posted: 06/23/2013 4:17 a.m.

The thunderstorms that rolled through central Arkansas on May 31 had many of us fretting.

TV news shows

posted: 06/23/2013 4:17 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency; Reps. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas ; Mike Kelly, R-Pa.; and Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii. 9 a.m.,

Names and faces

posted: 06/23/2013 4:16 a.m.

Comedian Jon Stewart took the guest’s seat Friday on Egypt’s top satirical TV show, modeled after his own program The Daily Show.

More mature Hoffman ready to tackle pond, 17

posted: 06/23/2013 4:16 a.m.

Charley Hoffman lost his chance at winning last year’s Travelers Championship on the 71st hole.

In the news

posted: 06/23/2013 4:16 a.m.

Raul Villarreal and Fidel Villarreal, brothers who worked as Border Patrol agents in California, were sentenced to 35 years and 30 years in prison, respectively, for smuggling hundreds of illegal aliens into the United States, a scheme that prosecutors said earned them more than $1 million.

State seeking adoption-case fine, damages

posted: 06/23/2013 4:14 a.m.

The divorced couple who ran a now-defunct Little Rock adoption agency, labeled an “outrageous scam” by authorities, should be fined $480,000 — at $10,000 per victim — and forced to pay the victims more than $1 million in restitution, state lawyers claim in recently filed court papers.

NW Arkansas Championship report: Speaking of varied interests

posted: 06/23/2013 4:14 a.m.

Spain’s Beatriz Recari has earned almost $1.5 million on the LPGA Tour, made the cut in all 27 events in 2012 and won the Kia Classic earlier this year.

Artist orbits Arkansas

posted: 06/23/2013 4:13 a.m.

John Wooldridge’s travels have shown him the two places he describes as fantastic — Arkansas and Mars.

THE TV COLUMN: For fun, NBC sends crime-fighters to Europe

posted: 06/23/2013 4:08 a.m.

What American TV needs this summer is a juicy serial killer series.

Gun-shopping 101

posted: 06/23/2013 4:06 a.m.

Local merchants carry diverse selections of rifles, shotguns and handguns, but sometimes you must look abroad to find unique or collectible pieces.

NLR program aims to get people biking

posted: 06/23/2013 4:06 a.m.

Bicycle racks with a North Little Rock logo sticker on them will begin cropping up in the city this summer outside businesses, churches and community organizations and within city parks to help residents incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives.

INTERLEAGUE: Cruz gets best of Cardinals for second day in row

posted: 06/23/2013 4:06 a.m.

Nelson Cruz had the decisive hit for the second consecutive game with a two-run home run in the third inning and Martin Perez prevailed in a matchup of rookie starters as the Texas Rangers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Saturday night.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: 1985 Bulldogs still remembered

posted: 06/23/2013 4:03 a.m.

The star-studded 1985 Mississippi State baseball team has cast a long shadow over every Bulldogs club that followed.

Today’s game

posted: 06/23/2013 4:01 a.m.

ARKANSAS AT SPRINGFIELD WHEN 2:09 p.m. Central WHERE Hammons Field, Springfield, Mo. RADIO KARN-AM, 920, in central Arkansas WEBSITE


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posted: 06/23/2013 3:59 a.m.

Who’s hot MATT REYNOLDS (Arkansas Razorbacks) saw his batting average rise to.249. In 10 at-bats over 3 games, Reynolds scored 3 runs on 5 hits, including 2 doubles, 1 triple and 1 home run with 3 RBI.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/23/2013 3:59 a.m.

Primus still shows cool when tense Frank Primus is no stranger to being in tense situations.


posted: 06/23/2013 3:58 a.m.

Brown-Wright Wedding vows were exchanged by Kara Lynn Wright and John Stuart Brown on Saturday in Trinity Episcopal Church. The Rev. Paul McLain officiated.

Off the wire

posted: 06/23/2013 3:58 a.m.

HORSE RACING Close Hatches pulls upset Close Hatches beat 1-5 favorite Dream of Julia by 7¼ lengths Saturday to win the $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/23/2013 3:57 a.m.

BASKETBALL Hogs hire FGCU communications director Patrick Pierson has been named associate media relations director at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the school’s primary contact for men’s basketball and men’s golf.

Sports calendar

posted: 06/23/2013 3:57 a.m.

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Road-fatigue rules to debut

posted: 06/23/2013 3:49 a.m.

FORT SMITH — Over a chicken sandwich and fries at an Interstate 40 truck stop near Fort Smith, driver Jonathan West worries a little about new federal rules designed to help him fight fatigue at the wheel.

50-year-old fruit station still branching out

posted: 06/23/2013 3:47 a.m.

CLARKSVILLE — It all started more than six decades ago when the University of Arkansas’ agriculture division established a research station to help farmers supplement their incomes by planting peach groves.

LET’S TALK: Loss of super lady, husband ripples across state, nation

posted: 06/23/2013 3:44 a.m.

I just didn’t seem to be able to get it together this particular morning, June 12. It was a hot, blah morning, and I was dragging my feet.

TV ON DVD: British monarchy followers will be royally rapt with set

posted: 06/23/2013 3:43 a.m.

What is it? “The Royal Collection,” more than seven hours on four discs from BBC When? Now How much? $24.99 Royal? As in kings and crowns and thrones and stuff?

Despite changes, LR moves forward with apartment suit

posted: 06/23/2013 3:43 a.m.

When Adam Prince got home from Iraq in 2008, he dreamed of a peaceful life in Little Rock. But the house he purchased on Brown Road backing up to Valley Heights Apartments at 6900 Cantrell Road ended up more reminiscent of his U.S. Army days in Baghdad than he’d bargained for.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Greed in ‘Giftland’ is petty

posted: 06/23/2013 3:42 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I have a bizarre dilemma that needs a light touch in handling. My wife, my children and I are very close to my grandparents, who live within an easy drive. We still see them often, and never miss birthdays, holidays, etc.

Smaller firms see exports’ revival

posted: 06/23/2013 3:41 a.m.

NEW YORK — When Lawrence Scheer began selling baby clothes in 2010, he didn’t realize at the time that he was on the leading edge of a recovery in small-business exports.


posted: 06/23/2013 3:41 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll love the recognition and money you get for your individual efforts. The group accepts you, but you don’t fit in there. You’ll roam, looking for a “home” for your talents.

Home away from HOME

posted: 06/23/2013 3:39 a.m.

What started out as a brief, breezy fling with Dupont Circle turned into a deep, satisfying, long-lasting relationship.

Education notebook

posted: 06/23/2013 3:37 a.m.

LR Catholic High gets new windows The windows are new, double-paned and tinted, but they still open to the outside, meaning that Little Rock Catholic High School classrooms will never be a constant, sterile 72 degrees, Principal Steve Straessle said last week.

Municipal league picks new leaders

posted: 06/23/2013 3:36 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS — Pea Ridge Mayor Jackie Crabtree was elected president and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola was elected first vice president as the Arkansas Municipal League wrapped up its 79th convention Friday.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Speak the language, regardless of where you are

posted: 06/23/2013 3:35 a.m.

The language barrier used to be a big problem for American travelers. I remember leading tour groups through France and was constantly impressed at how Americans expected the French to speak English.

Great elevator pitch gets salesman to ground floor

posted: 06/23/2013 3:34 a.m.

A small-business owner steps into an elevator, and lo and behold, there stands Warren Buffett — one of the most influential businessmen in the world and a guy with more money than Scrooge McDuck.

Time off is marketable commodity at some firms

posted: 06/23/2013 3:33 a.m.

Want more time off work to hang out at the beach? Need a little cash and have vacation days to spare?

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Stopover is a cheap extra trip

posted: 06/23/2013 3:32 a.m.

Long flight? Try for a stopover.

THAT’S BUSINESS: Sky Zone indoor trampoline park set to bounce into Maumelle

posted: 06/23/2013 3:30 a.m.

Jeff Platt was in the middle of developing a team sport involving trampolines in Las Vegas, a city with a reputation for gambling.

Man found dead in burning house

posted: 06/23/2013 3:29 a.m.

A Judsonia man was found dead in his burning home early Saturday morning, authorities said.

COLUMN ONE: Oh boy! It’s that time again

posted: 06/23/2013 3:28 a.m.

Homegrown tomatoes, homegrown tomatoes, What’d life be without homegrown tomatoes?

Mexico sure tequila will win over Chinese

posted: 06/23/2013 3:28 a.m.

MEXICO CITY — Mexico wants China to loosen up and have a little tequila. Actually, lots of it.

Health for the Marshallese

posted: 06/23/2013 3:26 a.m.

Despite being more than 1,500 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Arkansas holds the distinction of serving as home to the largest population of Marshall Islanders in the continental United States, with as many as 6,000 residing in the state.

Truck’s axle hits, kills 64-year-old

posted: 06/23/2013 3:25 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS — A 64-year-old woman died Friday morning after being struck by the rear axle of a Hiland Dairy tractor-trailer on Central Avenue.

Other days

posted: 06/23/2013 3:22 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 23, 1913 Additional returns from Saturday’s gubernatorial primary, which staggered into the Gazette office over a crippled wire service yesterday, slightly increased Judge George W. Hays’ lead over Stephen Brundidge.

Croatia banking on EU entry

posted: 06/23/2013 3:18 a.m.

If Austrian developer Helmut Wiesmeyer’s car hadn’t broken down along a windswept beach on Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula, he might not be poised to cash in on the country’s European Union membership.

EU fights delays on generics

posted: 06/23/2013 3:16 a.m.

BRUSSELS — Europe’s top antitrust enforcer is continuing a crackdown on drug-company efforts to keep low-cost generic versions of their medicines off the market — part of a campaign that is taking place on both sides of the Atlantic.

CAFO a mistake

posted: 06/23/2013 3:13 a.m.

The man who led our state’s Department of Environmental Quality under three governors says it was a big mistake to ever issue a permit to operate that concentrated animal feeding operation for 6,500 sows and piglets in the Buffalo National River watershed at Mount Judea.

Battle of ideology and sense

posted: 06/23/2013 3:12 a.m.

Let’s say you represent a farm state in Congress. Let’s say Arkansas. Let’s say a group of your state’s leading farmers comes to see you.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/23/2013 3:09 a.m.

Boomers connected The Springdale Chamber of Commerce is launching a two-day Prime of Your Life Expo as a regional event expected to draw more than 3,000 attendees.

Relaxed credit, budget cars accelerate leasing to record

posted: 06/23/2013 3:09 a.m.

Once used mostly to move luxury cars, leasing has reached record levels, helped by easing credit restrictions and a move downmarket.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Fifty Shades spoof at Walton;Tomboulian returns for show

posted: 06/23/2013 3:09 a.m.

Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody will be onstage at 8 p.m. Saturday at Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville.

Giving Back

posted: 06/23/2013 3:09 a.m.

Art auction aids disabled Spa Esthetiques hosted an Art Aid silent auction and open house in Bentonville May 4 benefiting Friendship Community Care, a statewide provider of services to children and adults with intellectual and/ or behavioral disabilities.

THE OTHER WAY: High Standard Of Grace

posted: 06/23/2013 3:09 a.m.

It’ll be three years ago in September when my beloved father-in-law rose up from his sick bed and, oxygen tank in tow, went to Pioneer Day in St. Paul.

DEAR ABBY: Retired friends join forces to start new lives together

posted: 06/23/2013 3:09 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I am in my late 60s. When I mentioned to a retired friend my desire to move to a Southern state known for economic friendliness toward retirees, I discovered she was thinking the same thing.

Local Notes

posted: 06/23/2013 3:09 a.m.

Candidates offered training courses The Northwest Arkansas Emerging Leaders organization is partnering with the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce to host a free monthly breakfast series designed to answer questions and provide advice on running for political office. The series is open to the public, and there is no cost to attend.

Barn dance rides high

posted: 06/23/2013 3:09 a.m.

Boot scootin’ , barbecue and butt sketches were all part of the annual Barn Dance June 15 at Horses for Healing in Bentonville.

Turning 90 nicely

posted: 06/23/2013 3:09 a.m.

Well-known local sisters, affectionately referred to as “the Springdale twins,” are celebrating their 90th birthdays today.

Club News

posted: 06/23/2013 3:09 a.m.

Genealogists The Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Bentonville Public Library, 405 S. Main St. Joshua Youngblood from the Special Collections Department at the University of Arkansas will present “Genealogy with Archival Images.” Information: (479) 271-6820.


posted: 06/23/2013 3:09 a.m.

Society announcements are published in the Sunday edition of the Profiles section.


posted: 06/23/2013 3:09 a.m.

Philhours-Blakeman Molly Philhours and Ben Blakeman, both of Rogers, plan to marry Oct. 26, 2013, in Bentonville.

William Hampton Waite: At home in business

posted: 06/23/2013 3:09 a.m.

SELF PORTRAIT Date and place of birth: Nov. 4, 1969, in Kansas City, Mo. Occupation: Owner, Dickson Street Liquor Family: Wife Lara, daughters Finley and Callan, son Raines I’d like to be remembered as a good father, a good husband, and someone who made a difference.

AT OUR BEST: Festival fetches record funds

posted: 06/23/2013 3:09 a.m.

The Walton Arts Center kicked off its record breaking Art of Wine Festival fundraiser with the Winemaker’s Dinner on June 13 on the center’s main stage.

SPOTLIGHT SUMMER SALSA: Summer Salsa serves up way to help abused kids

posted: 06/23/2013 3:09 a.m.

It’s not that easy for Gracie Ziegler to characterize what her volunteer experiences at the Economic Opportunity Agency of Washington County Inc. Children’s House have been like.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Eibner’s home run gives Naturals boost

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

Brett Eibner hit his eighth home run, Jason Adam turned in his third consecutive solid start and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals won for the sixth time in eight games Saturday night.

Duke in sixth place after Saturday’s 65

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

Ken Duke did not play in the U.S. Open last week at Merion Golf Club, but he wasn’t idle. Duke (Henderson State, Arkadelphia ) followed up a tie for 16th at the St. Jude Classic in Memphis with a visit to his swing coach, Bob Toski, in south Florida.


posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

BORN April 7, 1981 HOMETOWN Oslo, Norway YEARS ON TOUR 10 DID YOU KNOW? Pettersen has 11 LPGA Tour victories in 10 years on tour and eclipsed the $1 million mark in earnings last season for the sixth consecutive season. She has one victory and five top-10 finishes in 2013.

Crowd letting loose on No. 17

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

TPC Sawgrass has the par-3 island green at 17, where shots either hit the green or land in the water. TPC Scottsdale has the par-3 16th hole, known for its crazy loud crowd that greets group after group at the Phoenix Open.

COMMENTARY: Leave officiating to officials

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

In Game 7 of the NBA Finals, LeBron James drove to the basket and took an extra step that the referees clearly missed.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: There’s more to Pierce than meets the eye, and

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

Of all the many members of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission I’ve covered in eight years, Ron Pierce of Mountain Home was one of the most enigmatic.

Men to watch

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.



posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

A look at 10 of the top topics at Wimbledon, the grass-court Grand Slam tennis tournament that begins Monday and ends July 7: 1. SERENA’S WINNING STREAK

Women to watch

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.


Man faces charges in Conway killing

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

A Morrilton man was arrested on a capital-murder charge Friday after a shooting death last Sunday outside a Conway motel.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We think the law should be narrowly focused on truly destructive hacking, instead of a broad statute that can cover all sorts of innocuous behavior.” Hanni Fakhoury

Government meetings

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

Monday Washington County Water Authority, 1 p.m.

Meeting focuses on overpass plan

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will hold a public meeting Tuesday to discuss plans to build a new Union Pacific Railroad overpass on Arkansas 89, also called Miller Street, in Mayflower.

Lawmaker leads suit against LR schools

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

Civil-rights attorney and state Rep. John Walker, D-Little Rock, is the plaintiff in a new lawsuit against the Little Rock School District and some of its leaders over information Walker requested June 5 and has yet to receive.


posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY The following divorces were recorded in the circuit clerk’s office from June 13-19.

El Dorado man pleads guilty to second-degree murder

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

An El Dorado man pleaded guilty Thursday in Union County Circuit Court to the November murder of a 25-year-old man.

True Grit Ride raises cash to help feed needy children

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

As the sun peaked over the hills of nearby Chaffee Crossing on Saturday, more than 300 bicycle riders pushed off from Ben Geren Regional Park for the second annual True Grit Ride 100.

In LR, turnout soars for hot-air balloons

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

About two decades ago, Lisa Archer fell in love with hot-air ballooning.

Cities push to map storm shelters

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

Searcy officials want to keep residents who seek safety in storm shelters even safer.

UAFS pushes plan for master’s degree

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith plans to seek permission from the state this week to begin offering its first-ever master’s degree.

Arkansan hacker to appeal sentence

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

Attorneys for a Fayetteville man convicted and imprisoned on federal computer hacking charges are preparing to appeal.

Suspended cabin falls, injuring 13

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

Police say a crane carrying a panoramic cabin tipped over at a festival in southwestern Germany and hit a house, injuring 13 people.

In leaker case, China urged to decide on U.S. extradition

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

Hong Kong was silent Saturday on whether a former National Security Agency contractor should be extradited to the United States now that he has been charged with espionage, but some local legislators said the Chinese government should decide.

Kerry urges Taliban to seek peace

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday urged the Taliban not to let differences on names and flags scuttle hopes for talks on ending 12 years of war in Afghanistan, saying the opening of an office in Qatar was an important step toward reconciliation that should not be squandered.

23 die in violence in Iraq

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

A suicide bombing inside a Shiite mosque during evening prayers and other attacks north of Baghdad killed 23 people in Iraq on Saturday, as officials announced preliminary results for local elections in two provinces that showed the bloc of the country’s speaker of parliament in the lead.

Brazilian protests continue

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

Thousands of anti-government demonstrators again took to streets in several Brazilian cities Saturday after the president broke a long silence to promise changes, but the early protests were smaller than those of recent days and with only scattered reports of violence.

Memorial observers scattered by Turkish police

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

Turkish police used water cannons to disperse thousands gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square on Saturday to observe a memorial for four people killed during recent anti-government protests.

Taliban sidelined,Afghan Scouts emerge

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

Mohammad Aziz Ayob adjusts his Boy Scout neckerchief, leans over and settles a sapling into the dry Kabul soil as two NATO helicopters pass overhead, the clack-clack of their blades echoing off the neighboring mountains.

Dallas’ darkest day: Some see JFK irreverence as OK

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

In the year before the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dealey Plaza, a blue ribbon committee has struggled with how to commemorate the city’s darkest day with candor and dignity.

Pilot, veteran wing walker die in Ohio air-show crash

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

A plane carrying a wing walker crashed at an air show and exploded into flames Saturday, killing the pilot and a stunt walker instantly, authorities said.

Pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC gathering steam

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

The campaign has a flashy website and official logo T-shirts and signs. Prominent Democrats have endorsed it and written $25,000 checks. Its paid operatives and volunteers have set up shop in a suburban strip mall office that last housed the regional campaign headquarters for Sen. Timothy Kaine, D-Va.

Wyoming city repeals smoking ban for bars

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

Not all of America is moving toward banning smoking indoors and out. Months after prohibiting it, Casper, Wyo., is now telling smokers that it’s OK to light up in some public spaces.

WWII’s Tuskegee Airmen embark on new challenge

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

As the U.S. military’s first black aviators, the Tuskegee Airmen had a double challenge: flying in the dangerous skies during World War II, and fighting a war against prejudice waged by allies both at home and overseas.

Alternative-fuel-vehicle report by state is amiss

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

Arkansas state government has at least 1,084 vehicles that run on alternative fuels, not the 290 vehicles listed on the most recent annual report submitted to legislators. And the number may be higher.

Downtown condo sales revive after stinging builders

posted: 06/23/2013 3:08 a.m.

Residential development in downtown Little Rock is shifting from condominiums for sale to loft apartments for rent, reflecting a national trend.


posted: 06/23/2013 3:07 a.m.

Simply for stink alone Re 8,500 tons of hog manure a year: That’s going to leave nothing but green algae all the way from Big Creek to Batesville, to say nothing of the smell.

The world in brief

posted: 06/23/2013 2:48 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “All my friends were talking on Facebook about how she said nothing that satisfied them. I think the protests are going to continue for a long time and the crowds will still be huge.” Victoria Villela, a 21-year-old university student who joined antigovernment demonstrators in Brazil, after President Dilma Rousseff made a televised appearance to condemn the protests Article, this page

Athletic Directors Use, Monitor Social Media

posted: 06/23/2013 2 a.m.

Thanks to Twitter and a smart phone, Bentonville athletic director Scott Passmore can watch the Lady Tigers softball team at the Tiger Athletic Complex and keep track of the baseball team playing in Fayetteville at the same time.

The Twittersphere

posted: 06/23/2013 2 a.m.

Shane Patrick figured out very quickly that life as a head coach involved much more than just the coaching part.

All-Star Games Allow Foes To Be Friends

posted: 06/23/2013 2 a.m.

When Ashlye Pool’s first pitch didn’t go the way she intended Tuesday evening, the former Fayetteville standout did what she had always done in those situations.

COMMENTARY: Past, Future Meet

posted: 06/23/2013 2 a.m.

Golfers posed for plenty of pictures following the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior Open on Thursday, but one in particular stood out for Arkansas fans.

Saturday, June 22

Texas auction house sells KFC founder's suit

posted: 06/22/2013 5 p.m.

The president and chief executive of Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan purchased the trademark white suit worn by company founder "Colonel" Harland Sanders at auction Saturday for $21,510 — then promptly tried it on.

Power outages for more than 3,100 in Pulaski County

posted: 06/22/2013 4:56 p.m.

Pulaski County experienced the brunt of power outages around the state Saturday afternoon.

Iowa man selling coffin gets questions about bones

posted: 06/22/2013 4:50 p.m.

An Iowa man's online classified ad offering an oak coffin for sale neglected to mention the full skeleton inside, so police interrupted the deal and seized the bones.

Washington County investigates possible drowning

posted: 06/22/2013 4:41 p.m.

Washington County search and rescue crews combed Lake Wedington on Saturday for a swimmer who went under water and never resurfaced.

Police search again home of Patriots' Hernandez

posted: 06/22/2013 4:30 p.m.

State police officers and dogs are searching the home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez as they investigate the killing of a semi-pro football player whose body was found nearby.

Authorities search pond for girl missing since '06

posted: 06/22/2013 4:15 p.m.

Benton County authorities have searched a pond in the town of Little Flock based on an anonymous letter about the disappearance of a 15-year-old girl in 2006.

Sex offender charged with Florida girl's death

posted: 06/22/2013 4:05 p.m.

Authorities say a registered sex offender is charged with murder in the death of a Florida girl abducted while shopping with her mother.

DA: Officer 'heroic' in shooting man who took girl

posted: 06/22/2013 3:45 p.m.

A prosecutor says a Midwest City police officer who shot and killed a man who had grabbed and threatened a child inside a Wal-Mart was "heroic" and justified.

Part of Texas A&M equestrian center collapses

posted: 06/22/2013 3:20 p.m.

A portion of the Texas A&M University equestrian center under construction has collapsed.

Moore paying $80.78 per ton for debris removal

posted: 06/22/2013 3 p.m.

The city of Moore is paying more than double and triple what the city of Oklahoma City is paying to remove debris left from the May tornadoes.

Barking dog alerts rescuers to man's location

posted: 06/22/2013 2:45 p.m.

Man's best friend has come through again. Search crews say they found a missing West Tennessee man because they were able to following the sound of his barking dog.

Analysis: Benefits and perils in running as ticket

posted: 06/22/2013 2:25 p.m.

The marriage of convenience between gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross and lieutenant governor candidate John Burkhalter is a signal from establishment Democrats that they want a unified front as they try to prevent a full Republican takeover of Arkansas. It also offered a chance to preview a pro-jobs message they hope to run on next year.

Arkansas doctors expect more demand with new law

posted: 06/22/2013 2:05 p.m.

Some health care professionals fear there won't be enough primary care professionals to meet demand next year as newly insured Arkansans gain coverage under the federal health care law.

Plane with wing walker crashes at Ohio show; 2 die

posted: 06/22/2013 1:56 p.m.

A plane carrying a wing walker crashed Saturday at an air show and exploded into flames, killing the pilot and stunt walker instantly, authorities said.

Wife dies, husband injured in Hot Springs motorcycle crash

posted: 06/22/2013 1:50 p.m.

A California woman was killed and her husband injured Friday when the motorcycle they were on crashed with a tractor-trailer in Garland County.

Driver dies in 24 Hours of Le Mans race

posted: 06/22/2013 1:30 p.m.

Danish driver Allan Simonsen has died following a crash at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, race organizers said.

Dallas police say fired worker returns, kills boss

posted: 06/22/2013 1:10 p.m.

Dallas police say a worker fired by a barber shop owner has been accused of returning and killing his boss.

Texan gets prison for arranging sham marriages

posted: 06/22/2013 12:55 p.m.

A South Texas woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for arranging more than 30 bogus marriages for immigrants wanting to live in the U.S.

Jeter back at Yankee Stadium

posted: 06/22/2013 12:40 p.m.

Derek Jeter is back at Yankee Stadium — though he's still not sure when he'll be playing there next.

Ex-Border Patrol agents get at least 30 years

posted: 06/22/2013 12:25 p.m.

Two brothers who worked as Border Patrol agents were sentenced to at least 30 years in prison each for smuggling hundreds of immigrants into the United States, crimes that the judge termed a threat to national security.

Authorities investigate fatal house fire in White County

posted: 06/22/2013 12:23 p.m.

A Judsonia man died Saturday morning in a house fire, White County sheriff’s department spokesman Bill Higginbotham said.

FAA moving toward easing electronic device use

posted: 06/22/2013 12:10 p.m.

Relief may be on the way for airline passengers who can't bear to be separated even briefly from their personal electronic devices. The government is moving toward allowing gate-to-gate use of music players, tablets, laptops, smartphones and other gadgets, although it may take a few months.

Pennsylvania girl who fought for lung transplant now awake

posted: 06/22/2013 11:50 a.m.

A spokesman for the family of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who underwent a double-lung transplant after a national debate over the process of getting the organs says the girl has awakened from a medically-induced coma and is communicating by nodding.

Jury begins deliberations in ex-Little Rock officer’s trial

posted: 06/22/2013 11:40 a.m.

Jurors began deliberating Saturday morning in the trial of ex-Little Rock police officer Joshua Hastings.

Judge: No audio testimony in Zimmerman trial

posted: 06/22/2013 11:35 a.m.

The judge in the murder trial of George Zimmerman said Saturday that prosecution audio experts who point to Trayvon Martin as screaming on a 911 call moments before he was killed won't be allowed to testify at trial.

South Africa: Mandela ambulance had engine problem

posted: 06/22/2013 11 a.m.

An ambulance carrying Nelson Mandela to a hospital two weeks ago had engine trouble, so the 94-year-old was transferred to another ambulance for his journey to the hospital, the South African government said Saturday.

Closing arguments begin in ex-Little Rock officer's trial

posted: 06/22/2013 10:56 a.m.

Closing arguments began Saturday morning in the manslaughter trial for an ex-Little Rock police officer in the fatal shooting of a teenage suspect last year.

Southwest cancels 57 flights after computer glitch

posted: 06/22/2013 10:40 a.m.

A system-wide computer failure forced Southwest Airlines to ground its entire fleet of airplanes preparing for departures late Friday, and at least 57 flights had to be canceled even after service was fully restored hours later, a company spokesman said.

3 die in floods, 75,000 forced from Calgary homes

posted: 06/22/2013 10:15 a.m.

At least three people were killed by floodwaters that devastated much of southern Alberta, leading authorities to evacuate the western Canadian city of Calgary's entire downtown. Inside the city's hockey arena, the waters reached as high as the 10th row.

Firefighters keep guard over mountain enclave

posted: 06/22/2013 10:02 a.m.

Fire crews with tankers and hoses at the ready stood guard Friday night as a massive and fast-burning wildfire threatened a popular mountain tourist enclave in southwestern Colorado, forcing the evacuation of more than 400 people.

Kerry: Russia must back transition in Syria

posted: 06/22/2013 9:50 a.m.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is pressing hard on Russia to back an international conference intended to end the bloodshed in Syria and allow a transitional government to move the country beyond civil war.

Beagle-boxer-basset wins World's Ugliest Dog

posted: 06/22/2013 9:40 a.m.

A huge-headed, duck-footed mix of beagle, boxer and basset hound was the upset winner at the 25th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest.

Taliban spokesman: Removal of sign threatens talks

posted: 06/22/2013 9:30 a.m.

Angry voices within the Taliban movement could scuttle peace talks before they even begin, infuriated that a sign identifying their new office in the Gulf state of Qatar as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was removed, their spokesman said Saturday.

Hong Kong silent so far on Snowden extradition

posted: 06/22/2013 9:11 a.m.

Hong Kong was silent Saturday on whether a former National Security Agency contractor should be extradited to the United States now that he has been charged with espionage, but some legislators said the decision should be up to the Chinese government.

Medicaid outreach plan sheds 100 jobs

posted: 06/22/2013 6:07 a.m.

Facing objections from legislators, the Arkansas Department of Human Services said Friday that the department has scrapped plans to hire 100 outreach workers to help people sign up for Medicaid under an expansion of the program authorized by the 2010 federal health-care overhaul and approved by the Legislature earlier this year.


posted: 06/22/2013 6 a.m.

Where I live: My house is at the end of West Avenue in Fayetteville. I’m just a couple of houses down from Greenhouse Grille. I’m still downtown, but a little off the square and the beaten path. It’s along a row of houses that are just off the bike trail, and our house is actually the only house that has direct access to it.

In the news

posted: 06/22/2013 5:32 a.m.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former secretary of state and U.S. senator, told a Canadian audience that she hoped the U.S. would elect a woman to the White House because it would send “exactly the right historical signal,” but left unsaid whether she might try again to be the one.

Immigration bill gains in Senate

posted: 06/22/2013 5:30 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Supporters of bipartisan immigration legislation smoothed the way Friday for likely Senate passage, overcoming last-minute disagreements at the bill’s core and tacking on other items certain to build support.

College rebuilds, takes neighbors along

posted: 06/22/2013 5:24 a.m.

Seated in a conference room in Arkansas Baptist College’s Old Main, Fitz Hill glances at an old poster that asks churches to raise $40,000 to support the college’s library. The poster might be 50 years old, but not much has changed for the college. Its fate has always been tied to the health and generosity of the surrounding community.

Names and faces

posted: 06/22/2013 5:23 a.m.

An autopsy on James Gandolfini has confirmed the Sopranos star died of a heart attack, with no evidence of substance abuse or foul play, a family spokesman said Friday.

Getting it straight

posted: 06/22/2013 5:19 a.m.

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

The nation in brief

posted: 06/22/2013 5:16 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I must be out of my mind to be following Bob Mueller.” James Comey, who has been nominated to replace Mueller as FBI director Article, this page

Toothache delays 9/11-case hearing

posted: 06/22/2013 5:14 a.m.

FORT MEADE, Md. — A fifth day of pretrial hearings in the case against five men accused of masterminding the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks paused Friday when the military judge refused to proceed until learning more about one suspect’s toothache.

State jobless rate hits 7.3% in May

posted: 06/22/2013 5:06 a.m.

Arkansas’ unemployment rate rose to 7.3 percent in May from 7.2 percent in April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.

Plant set to close; 82 jobs to be lost

posted: 06/22/2013 5:05 a.m.

JK Products and Services Inc. is closing its tanning bed manufacturing facility in Jonesboro and laying off 82 employees, the company announced this week.

Subiaco starting fundraising drive

posted: 06/22/2013 5:05 a.m.

With an eye on the future, the monks of Subiaco Abbey in Logan County have begun an $8 million capital campaign. The Benedictines hope to raise money to provide for aging members of the religious community and to build and renovate facilities at its boarding school.

Fed bond-buying trim criticized

posted: 06/22/2013 5:05 a.m.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard said Friday that the Fed “inappropriately timed” a plan to trim $85 billion in monthly bond purchases amid slowing inflation.


posted: 06/22/2013 5:04 a.m.

Pope John Paul II nears sainthood VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II has moved a step closer to sainthood.

Under attack

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lam. In particular, they point to Sufis’ reverence for saints and holy men and for the shrines where they are buried. Salafis and other hard-liners consider such reverence as idolatrous. And with hard-liners emboldened and given a freer hand since the 2011 fall of autocrat Hosni Mubarak, attacks on shrines have escalated.

ON RELIGION: New Superman stirs old comparison to Jesus

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Without a doubt, it is one of the most famous incantations in all of American pop culture.

Dividends could halt under new bank rule

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U.S. regulators are considering doubling a minimum capital requirement for the largest banks, which could force some of them to halt dividend payments.

EU debates who pays if banks fail

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LUXEMBOURG — European Union finance ministers sought an agreement Friday on how best to downsize or close banks without sowing panic or having to call on taxpayers to bail out ailing lenders.

Olive Garden woos diners with pricing, menu changes

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NEW YORK — If the free breadsticks and unlimited soup and salad aren’t enough, Olive Garden is hitting the gas on other promotions to get customers through its doors.

Business news in brief

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “The labor force had been declining pretty rapidly [for months] along with employment.Those are positive indications, but the bad news is that we also saw the number of unemployed up about 1,800.” Michael Pakko, chief economist, Institute for Economic Advancement at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Article,1D Energy commission OKs Entergy spinoff The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday approved the spinoff of Entergy Corp.’s transmission business to ITC Holdings of Novi, Mich.

Other days

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100 YEARS AGO June 22, 1913 BATESVILLE — To show that the prejudice against the work of eradicating the cattle tick is dying out it is stated that at the first dipping engagement here this year, during the first week more than 250 head were dipped.

MARKET REPORT: Dow, S&P 500 recover after skid

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After a two-day plunge, two major stock indexes ended the week with an advance Friday.

D is for a little decency

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FOR THOSE who haven’t seen the opening of Sesame Street in years, you’d recognize the new version right off. Same lyrics. Same tune. Same beat. Still sung by children.

Plea Makes Inmate Somebody Else’s Problem

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Cameron Garrett Jones is going back to prison for destroying an electrical outlet last year in the Washington County jail.

Fireworks A Go

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Weather conditions will not limit fireworks for Fourth of July celebrations as it did in 2012, officials said.

Drug Task Force Sets Phone Line

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The 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force has a new phone number for the public to report drug activity.

Sales Tax Revenue Up In All Cities

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Bentonville’s sale tax collection jumped 47 percent in June compared to last year, following a couple of static revenue months. Rogers and Fayetteville and Springdale also showed increases.

Shooting Sends Man to Hospital

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A call about a possible gang fight Thursday night ended with one man wounded by gunfire and another in custody, police said.

Water Utility Manager Resigns After Less Than a Year

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Craig Noble, general manager of Rogers Water Utilities, resigned Friday following a 45-minute executive session of the Waterworks and Sewer Commission.

District Digging Into Reserve

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The Bentonville School District likely will need about $6 million from its reserve to cover expenses for this fiscal year.

Attorney To Appeal To State Supreme Court

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Attorney Patrick Benca will appeal his contempt finding to the Arkansas Supreme Court. A notice of appeal was filed on behalf of Benca in Benton County Circuit Court by Little Rock attorney Jeff Rosenzweig on Thursday.

Rogers Police Teach Citizen Academy

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Members of the citizen’s police academy started their 10-week class standing in front of the Police Department monitoring traffic with radar equipment. They concluded with self-defense techniques.

Better Health New Goal at LPGA

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White guideposts mark the number of steps around Pinnacle Country Club this week during the LPGA tournament.

Fuel Cleanup Continues

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Cleanup of a diesel spill at The Vue apartment complex continued Friday.

Attorney To Appeal To State Supreme Court

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Attorney Patrick Benca will appeal his contempt finding to the Arkansas Supreme Court. A notice of appeal was filed on behalf of Benca in Benton County Circuit Court by Little Rock attorney Jeff Rosenzweig on Thursday.

Putin’s version of history

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Like Josef Stalin before him, Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided that schoolchildren are confronted with too many versions of their country’s history. So he’s planning to provide his own.

OTHERS SAY: The ‘gimmick’ of excellence

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Much of the excellence in American medicine dates to a groundbreaking 1910 study that stimulated medical schools to reshape how doctors were trained. Teacher preparation today needs a similar push; the weakness of education schools is one of the reasons that many schools are struggling and why America lost its preeminent spot in the world for education.

Higher education goes astray

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Astory by Ariel Kaminer and Alain Delaquérière in the New York Times this week is enraging people all over the internet.

The world in brief

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are waiting, and we urge them to hurry up in supplying us with weapons and ammunition.” Gen. Salim Idris, of the Free Syrian Army, the main rebel force opposing the Syrian government, on an expected weapons shipment from the U.S.


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Time for refresher course Having finished reading the story on cuts to Head Start, my wife finally figured out that CPR was unnecessary and I proceeded to enjoy my Sunday morning breakfast in a distinctly disgruntled mood.

Star-spangled precedent

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The season for charity golf-scramble tournaments is in full swing. Tens of thousands of dollars are being raised on fairways and greens across Arkansas, donations that roll toward improving lives.

Brazilian leader speaks to nation

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BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff ended her near silence about days of violent protests, saying in a prime-time TV broadcast Friday that peaceful demonstrations were part of a strong democracy but that violence could not be tolerated.

Gunman shoots 4 in N.C., is nabbed

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GREENVILLE, N.C. — A man armed with a shotgun shot one person outside a North Carolina law firm Friday, darted across a busy street and wounded three others outside a Wal-Mart before officers subdued him, police said.

On first day of summer, Bielema talks about fall

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Arkansas football Coach Bret Bielema got a laugh Friday from the timing of his latest remarks to get national attention — that NCAA rules makers might need to look at revising defensive substitution rules when facing hurry-up offenses — in a article this week.

Tools & toys

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Inspired by Nature Candle What’s to love: Beautifully scented candles made from natural and organic ingredients. What does it do: These beautifully packaged candles are made by hand from soy wax with lead-free cotton wicks. They come in several custom blended fragrances, including Limoncello, Sweet Mandarin & Sandalwood and Tomato Leaf. They burn for 60 hours and come in a heavyweight recycled glass jar. Made by Love Nature NCY, the candles sell for $28.


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ROGERS — Mika Miyazato watched Ai Miyazato make a 5-foot birdie putt on the final hole a year ago to win the LPGA Wal-Mart Northwest Arkansas Championship, and she knows for her to win her second LPGA Tour event she needs to be more consistent with the short stick.

In the garden

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QI bought 200 tulip and hyacinth bulbs last year while in Amsterdam. They were beautiful this year, but I get conflicting information about whether they bloom more than once. One family member says hers have blooms many years in a row. Others say they don’t. After seeing your recent Q and A, it sounds like they “may” bloom again, but maybe not and they won’t be as beautiful as this year. Can you clear this up for me?

LeBron building his legacy

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MIAMI — Dwyane Wade was walking down the hallway toward the Miami Heat locker room in the wee hours of Friday morning, still in uniform and fussing with the new championship hat atop his head as his team and their families were in the midst of partying the night away.

New generation

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At the beginning of the 19th century, the geranium was a novel and beloved plant. Thomas Jefferson took some to the White House. By the end of the century, people were sick of it.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Renfroe provides the power as Bulldogs advance to final

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OMAHA, Neb. — An SEC team is heading to the College World Series finals for the sixth consecutive year.

All-Star football report

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Parker: Coaches ‘stand tall’ CONWAY — After Bryant offensive coordinator Lance Parker spoke for about 20 minutes during a session of the Arkansas High School Coaches Association clinic Friday morning at the University of Central Arkansas’ East McCastlin Hall, he told the crowd that he was turning it over to the “real” Coach Parker.

Ask the expert

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So it’s finally really hot. What should I do to make sure my air-conditioning unit is running properly?

COMMENTARY: Park’s caddie must lift, carry, clean and splash

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ROGERS— Brad Beecher has gone swimming quite a bit lately, but pools are for amateurs.

Personal space: Lupe Pena-Madison

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Lupe Pena-Madison Where I live: My husband and I live in the Sandalwood neighborhood of Sherwood with a teenager and a toddler.

NW Arkansas Championship report

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Aussie uses birdie on 1 to get going ROGERS — Australian Sarah Kemp got off to fast start Friday with a birdie on her first hole at the LPGA Wal-Mart Northwest Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club and went on to finish her bogeyfree round at 4-under-par 67.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Supermoon to affect lake levels, dogs, bathtubs

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Dear Otus, Our crazy neighbor here on the lake has put a wall of sandbags around his house. He says it’s because of the coming supermoon. I thought that was just sort of like a blue moon. Should I be worried?

Watson looks plenty comfortable with 2-stroke lead

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CROMWELL, Conn. — Although Bubba Watson will always have a soft spot in his heart for Augusta National, he enjoys playing TPC at River Highlands nearly as much.


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Happy birthday. You’ll be inspired to make fresh choices. You wouldn’t normally dedicate yourself to the pursuit of pleasure, and the novelty of this is what makes July so much fun. You’ll react quickly to September news and land in a truly privileged position by the month’s end.


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DEAR REV. GRAHAM: How do I know if God even listens to my prayers? I have a lot of problems, and I’ve asked God repeatedly to take them away, but nothing ever changes. Maybe God doesn’t care. — L.W. DEAR L.W.: You may find it hard to believe right now, but God is even more concerned about you and your problems than you are. This is why the Bible says, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

ALL-STAR FOOTBALL: West drives 89 yards, wins in final seconds

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CONWAY — The West capitalized on an unforced error.

HOG CALLS: Lewis knows there’s no place like home

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ROGERS — Opening the Stacy Lewis portion of Thursday’s news conferences for the LPGA Wal-Mart Northwest Arkansas Championship, the moderator lightly laced an opinion with her question to the former NCAA champion from the University of Arkansas.

Mulch, drip hose smart in watering

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Plants need water to keep cool, pump minerals up to their leaves and grow. And in many regions and many seasons, they can fend for themselves getting water.

Off the wire

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MOTOR SPORTS Mechanical issue caused crash New Jersey state police say a mechanical problem is to blame for the dirt-track racing crash that killed NASCAR driver Jason Leffler last week.


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DEAR TOM AND RAY: Every morning when I walk out the door to go to work, there are bird droppings all over the sides of my car. Always in the same exact spot. Granted, there are telephone/cable/ electrical wires hanging over my driveway, connected to my house.

Second thoughts

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Another tough pill for Phil Phil Mickelson’s public persona is a polished one.

INTERLEAGUE: Garza goes into 9th in Cubs victory over Astros

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CHICAGO — Matt Garza pitched into the ninth inning and Anthony Rizzo hit his first home run since May 18 to lead the Chicago Cubs over the Houston Astros 3-1 on Friday after a rain delay that lasted more than 3 hours.


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DEAR HELOISE: I just took my cat to the veterinarian and found out that he is overweight. Do you have any hints for how to keep our pets at a healthy weight?

State sports briefs

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GOLF Cappelen, Echavarria All-Americans Arkansas junior golfer Sebastian Cappelen and freshman Nicolas Echavarria were announced Friday as Ping All-Americans by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Ferguson gets no help from his offense

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Andy Ferguson’s best start of the season turned sour with a rough sixth inning and a struggling Northwest Arkansas offense Friday night.

Super Quiz: Influential scientists

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1. Polish physicist and chemist famous for her research on radioactivity 2. Frenchman who invented the first vaccines for rabies and anthrax 3. Greek who invented the screw pump that bears his name

TEXAS LEAGUE: Cardinals slip past Travelers in ninth

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Cody Stanley’s line drive skipped off second baseman Taylro Lindsey’s glove, fell into shallow right field and Chris Swauger scored to give the Springfield Cardinals a 5-4 victory over the Arkansas Travelers on Friday night at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo.

Lack of progress frustrates Piquet

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ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — Nelson Piquet Jr. was surging with confidence after winning the Nationwide race at Road America a year ago, optimistic that his success would lead to a full-time ride in NASCAR’s second-tier series.

Coaches on spot for final 3 games

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CHICAGO — They keep tinkering, each of them looking for any advantage they can find.

Curtains master art of illusion for window woes

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Whenever I think about window treatments, an anecdote from one of my favorite childhood books, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish, always comes to mind.

Keep it clean

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Granite Gold Disinfecting Wipes Stone’s supposed to be tough, right? Impervious to anything but a jackhammer and dynamite.

Free-draining soil, sunny site required

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Geraniums like rich, free-draining soil and are particularly suited to container growing. They prefer a sunny location but will take partial shade. Hanging baskets and window boxes get hot and dry quickly and might need watering twice a day. Pots will be easier. Don’t water until the soil surface feels dry, and avoid wetting the leaves.

Air travel changes behind the scenes

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When the Concorde started flying in the 1970s, hopes were high that the traveling masses would soon streak through the air faster than the speed of sound or soar in planes that hurtled like missiles above the Earth’s atmosphere. Instead, jetliners still look the same as they did five decades ago, and travel times have barely budged.

NEWS IN BRIEF: 10 selected to lead Murphy Oil venture

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Murphy Oil Corp. has named the 10 people who will make up Murphy USA Inc.’s board of directors.

3 tied for lead at Champions event

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Bernhard Langer was unfazed when the weather delay horn blew Friday at North Shore Country Club.


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BORN July 11, 1992 HOMETOWN Chattanooga, Tenn. YEARS ON TOUR 1 2013 TOURNAMENTS PLAYED 8 2013 CUTS MADE 2 2013 EARNINGS $7,937, 137th on money list 2013 SCORING AVG. 73.5 ROLEX WORLD RANKINGS 466 DID YOU KNOW? Pancake won the Honda Award as the nation’s top female college golfer in 2012 after helping guide Alabama to its first NCAA Division I national championship. … Named the top female athlete in the SEC for 2012. … Played on the U.S. Curtis Cup team last year. … Turned pro in July of last year.

Communities of Faith

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Opera orchestra to perform July 15 HOLIDAY ISLAND — Holiday Island Community Church will present the Woodward Memorial Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. July 15. The concert will feature the Opera of the Ozarks Orchestra, as well as ensembles and soloists. This will be the fifth year the church has hosted the popular concert featuring the orchestra. The Opera of the Ozarks Orchestra includes professional and advanced student musicians from around the country.

NW Arkansas today

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “I helped them place four horses in good homes.They’re off the government tax rolls.” Fred Woehl of Harrison, a volunteer who was helping federal Bureau of Land Management employees Friday with a sale of mustangs and burros at the Benton County Fairgrounds Article, 1B


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Best-selling author of thriller novels Vince Flynn, a best-selling author of thriller novels set in a world of canny terrorists, inept politicians and freedom-loving counterterrorist assassins, died Wednesday in St. Paul, Minn. He was 47.

Justices: Rape-case victim’s previous accusation shielded

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The state’s rape-shield law should prevent an accused rapist from telling jurors about the reported victim’s past sexual conduct, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Corps closes beaches at 2 lakes becuase of E. coli levels

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mountain Home Project Office has closed three swim beaches at Norfork and Bull Shoals lakes because of high E. coli levels.

GI’s body returned to family

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Twenty-five years ago, Johnie Martin gave a DNA sample to the U.S. Department of Defense. On May 21, it finally paid off. Martin’s DNA helped identify the remains of his uncle, Cpl. Marvin E. Omans, who died in the Korean War in 1950.

The state/region in brief

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Officer quits amid paid-sex allegation HOT SPRINGS — The Garland County sheriff ’s office received a resignation letter Thursday from a marine patrol officer accused of paying a teenage prostitute for sex and referring her to others, a news release said.

PB told to repay funding

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A review by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has revealed that Pine Bluff must reimburse $199,907 in community development block grant and HOME program funds that have been “improperly spent” by the city’s Economic and Community Development Department.

Decatur aims for cool summer school

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Donia Uribe stood in pitch black darkness for a moment Friday during a field trip to War Eagle Cavern in Rogers.

UA: Going ‘green’ saved $5.2 million

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At the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, it’s taken time for some to get used to the automatic light switches and thermostats that began popping up there a few years ago.

Program spurs equine adoptions

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Wes Prestridge of Dover likes wild horses “because you can ride the hair off of them.” Prestridge was at the Benton County Fairgrounds on Friday looking over 42 mustangs and eight burros that were up for adoption through a program run by the federal Bureau of Land Management.

Firm is OK’d, will examine state treasurer

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The Legislative Council on Friday signed off on the state Board of Finance’s proposed $215,000 contract with a Chicago-based investment consultant to conduct a comprehensive review of the state treasurer’s investments of about $3 billion.

British agency said to top U.S. in spying on the Internet

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British spies are running an online eavesdropping operation so vast that internal documents say it even outstrips the United States’ international Internet surveillance effort, The Guardian newspaper reported Friday.

Syrian rebels verify arms delivery

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Syrian rebels said Friday that they have received new weapons from friendly countries that could lead to changes on the ground and victories against President Bashar Assad’s forces.

2 doctors sue over abortion law

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Two Kansas doctors filed a lawsuit Friday in state court seeking to overturn a sweeping new anti-abortion law set to take effect in July, only a day after Planned Parenthood attacked portions of that law in a federal lawsuit.

Blaze takes aim at Colorado town

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A wildfire threatened a tourist town in Colorado’s southwestern mountains Friday, forcing its roughly 400 residents to flee ahead of the blaze fueled by hot, windy weather.

Snowden now faces U.S. count complaint

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Federal prosecutors have filed a sealed criminal complaint against Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a trove of documents about top-secret surveillance programs, and the United States has asked Hong Kong to detain him on a provisional arrest warrant, according to U.S. officials.

Corrections releases new parole policy

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The Arkansas Board of Corrections announced new policies Friday to improve the monitoring and disciplining of parolees accused of new crimes or parole violations.

Comey Obama’s choice for FBI

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President Barack Obama nominated James Comey to be the new FBI director Friday, tapping a George W. Bushera Justice Department official to lead the agency as it grapples with privacy debates over a host of recently exposed investigative tactics.


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New Home Church in Bentonville, 12767 Peach Orchard Road, hosts the Old-Fashioned Community Singing from 2 to 4 p.m. June 30. Lisa Bacon organizes the event, which is sponsored by Stockdale-Moody Funeral Services in Rogers.


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Gibbs Walks For Shoes Graham Gibbs takes it one step at a time today. He will walk the track at Shiloh Christian School in Springdale — barefoot — to build and awareness and solicit donations for Samaritan’s Shoes.

Pastor, Grace Point Church Have Heart For Missions

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Living on the other side of the world opened Mike McDaniel’s eyes to the kind of ministry he needed to pursue at home.


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Youngsters came to understand the gift of God’s grace during vacation Bible school June 10-13 at First United Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville.

FAITH MATTERS: Baptist Monasticism

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Last year at this time, I was living at Mount Michael Abby in Elkhorn, Neb. The Benedictine monks were kind enough to let me come and be a part of their community. It is a week I will never forget.

PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Property Owners Within Boundaries Overtaxed

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I am grateful for John Lifer’s comments within his letter titled “Seeking Good Stewards” on the Tuesday, June 18, Opinion page.

COMMENTARY: Is Some College Worth The Cost?

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Dr. Neal Gibson and Dr. Greg Holland with the Arkansas Research Center aren’t looking for anecdotes. They’re looking for hard data. And the data shows them this: The more education Arkansas students get, the more money they will make — even if they pay all that money to go to college but never finish school.

HOW WE SEE IT: State Owes Its Residents Better Reviews

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Readers of our sister newspaper, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, have seen some outstanding reporting in the case of Darrell Dennis, who stands accused in the Little Rock murder of 18-year-old Forrest Abrams.


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SPORTS CALENDAR BASKETBALL A Summer Basketball League is being offered by the Rogers Activity Center.

West Rallies For Victory

posted: 06/22/2013 2 a.m.

The West needed just one more opportunity, and Clay Patrick provided it Friday night.

Wary, Whatley Make Most Of Late Invite

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Vital to the success of the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star games are the players who perform on a moment’s notice due to players electing not to participate at the last minute.

Friday, June 21

Garland County fires one officer, suspends another

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Garland County sheriff’s office has fired one officer and suspended another officer for separate events.

Reported home invasion investigated in Springdale

posted: 06/21/2013 12:40 p.m.

Police are investigating a reported home invasion robbery this morning at apartments at apartments on Greens Drive in Springdale, according to a news release from the Springdale Police Department.

Sales Tax Revenue Continues To Increase

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<p>After a couple of static months, Bentonville's sale tax jumped 47 percent this month compared to last year, with Rogers and Fayetteville also showing increase, but Springdale dropped 5 percent over last year.

Teenager arrested in Springdale beating, robbery

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A 16-year-old has been arrested in connection with the Tuesday beating and robbery of a Springdale man, according to a news release from the Springdale Police Department.

Springdale shooting investigated, one in custody

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Police are investigating a shooting Thursday night in a Springdale neighborhood.

Arkansas unemployment ticks up to 7.3%

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Arkansas' unemployment rate in May rose to 7.3 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from the month before, the state Department of Workforce Services said Friday.

Calmer Karzai sees way to enter talks with Taliban, U.S.

posted: 06/21/2013 5:39 a.m.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai eased his opposition Thursday to joining planned peace talks with the Taliban, saying he is willing to participate as long as a Taliban flag and a nameplate with their former regime’s name is removed from their office in Doha, Qatar, and the U.S. issues a formal written statement supporting the Afghan government.

More forced to flee wildfires

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Firefighters attacked dozens of blazes in Western states where hot and windy conditions persisted Thursday, including two blazes that forced hundreds of people out of their homes in Colorado.

WHO keys on domestic violence

posted: 06/21/2013 5:26 a.m.

About a third of women worldwide have been physically or sexually assaulted by a former or current partner, according to the first major review of violence against women.

Drone use in U.S. permitted 4 times

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The FBI has received clearance from federal aviation officials to conduct drone surveillance in the United States on at least four occasions since 2010, according to public records and U.S. officials.

The world in brief

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “Violence against women is a global health problem of epidemic proportions.” Dr. Margaret Chan, the director-general of the World Health Organization Article, this page

The nation in brief

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “I think it’s a breakthrough, and I’m optimistic it can help us get a large number of votes on both sides of the aisle.” Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on a strengthened border-security plan in the Senate’s immigration-overhaul bill Article, this page

Getting it straight

posted: 06/21/2013 5:20 a.m.

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

Names and faces

posted: 06/21/2013 5:19 a.m.

Robert Downey Jr. will return as Iron Man in two Avengers sequels for Walt Disney Co.’s Marvel after helping make the original the No. 3 top-grossing movie of all time.

In the news

posted: 06/21/2013 5:19 a.m.

Jarvis Britton, a 26-year old Alabama man, was sentenced to a year in federal prison for threatening President Barack Obama’s life by posting on Twitter, “Let’s kill the president. F.E.A.R., ” referring to what prosecutors said is a militia group called Forever Enduring Always Ready.

Volunteers Get Backstage View Of Tournament

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Volunteers from around the country are helping staff the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G this week.

Board Progresses On Raising Assessments

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The Property Owners Board is ready to move forward with a plan to raise assessments for members.

Latin America Provides Export Potential

posted: 06/21/2013 5 a.m.

Economic growth in Latin America opens doors to Arkansas companies.

School Polling Sites In Limbo

posted: 06/21/2013 5 a.m.

Benton County’s Election Commission put off a decision Thursday on using schools as polling places for the Sept. 17 millage election in Bentonville.

Kohl’s Remodeling Rogers Store

posted: 06/21/2013 5 a.m.

Workers fenced off a portion of the Scottsdale Center’s main parking lot in advance of a remodel of the Kohl’s store in Rogers.

Barbecue Benefits Altrusa

posted: 06/21/2013 5 a.m.

Altrusa International of Rogers will receive the proceeds of a chicken barbecue to be held Saturday near the intersection of Second and Locust streets.

Dredging Work In Case Continues

posted: 06/21/2013 5 a.m.

The search for evidence continued Thursday in connection with the 2006 disappearance of April Dawn Andrews.

Mann files appeal to U.S. high court

posted: 06/21/2013 4:48 a.m.

Randeep Mann, the former Russellville physician who is serving a life sentence for orchestrating a 2009 grenade explosion that severely injured the former chairman of the state Medical Board, has lodged an appeal of his conviction and sentence with the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lamar man dies in crash in ditch

posted: 06/21/2013 4:42 a.m.

A Lamar man, Michael Savell, 25, died and a Helena-West Helena man was injured Tuesday after an accident in Mississippi County, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality accident report released Thursday.

Other days

posted: 06/21/2013 4:38 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 21, 1913 Before the sun has sunk in the western sky this evening, the Democratic voters of this state will have named the next governor of Arkansas.

EDITORIALS: ‘We win, they lose’

posted: 06/21/2013 4:37 a.m.

HERE WE go again. The most impressive, or maybe just depressive, aspect of the current debate over what to do about Syria is the air of unreality about it.

COLUMNISTS: Media go easy on Obama

posted: 06/21/2013 4:36 a.m.

In recent days there has been discussion about how Democrats and liberals, once severe critics of anti-terror surveillance programs when Republican President George W. Bush was conducting them, have been more careful, and less critical, when responding to the massive data collection sweeps that have come to light under President Obama.

From backlog to indictment

posted: 06/21/2013 4:35 a.m.

The shocking case of Ariel Castro, who kidnapped three young women and held them for years as rape and torture objects, fascinated the nation when it broke last month.

Guest writer: Freedom in reality

posted: 06/21/2013 4:35 a.m.

Stevie Wonder sings that people suffer when they believe in things they don’t understand.

Arkansas’ crime problem

posted: 06/21/2013 4:34 a.m.

Darrell Dennis is the face du jour of a far bigger problem than parole policy.


posted: 06/21/2013 4:33 a.m.

Like one of the family I never knew Dr. Tom Ed Townsend of Pine Bluff, but after reading your well-done celebration of his life (obituary does not seem to fit in this case) on the editorial page, I felt like I did.

LPGA WAL-MART NW ARKANSAS CHAMPIONSHIP: Lewis will never look past this one

posted: 06/21/2013 4:32 a.m.

Major championships are the crown jewels in golf and the fields they attract are always star-studded.

Hendrix’s revival not lost on Winn

posted: 06/21/2013 4:20 a.m.

Dayton Winn will play his final high school football game at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. He is scheduled to play his first collegiate game only about 2 miles east.

COMMENTARY: Phillies have things tough all over

posted: 06/21/2013 4:17 a.m.

A few weeks ago, Jonathan Papelbon sat in the dugout at Fenway Park and held court with the Boston media that covered him for seven years.

AGFC proposes fall bird seasons

posted: 06/21/2013 4:16 a.m.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission heard proposals for early migratory bird hunting seasons Thursday in Mountain Home, including a dove season that will begin on Sunday, Sept. 1.

COMMENTARY: Why 54 holes? Because Wal-Mart says so

posted: 06/21/2013 4:14 a.m.

The pairings were much different than they usually are for a Thursday at an LPGA Tour event.

Top 20 capsules

posted: 06/21/2013 4:13 a.m.

A brief look at the players ranked in the top 20 scheduled to play in the LPGA Tour’s Wal-Mart Northwest Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers: NO. 1 INBEE PARK HOMETOWN Seoul, South Korea AGE 24 CAREER (2013) VICTORIES 7 (4) CAREER (2013) EARNINGS $6,489,551 ($1,221,827)

STACY LEWIS JUNIOR OPEN: Roachell, not ready for LPGA, cruises in AJGA

posted: 06/21/2013 4:09 a.m.

Conway’s Summar Roachell didn’t let one disappointment turn into another.

LPGA Tour report: Some folks really enjoy volunteering

posted: 06/21/2013 4:08 a.m.

This week’s LPGA Wal-Mart NW Championship will be using 600 volunteers, but not all of them are from Northwest Arkansas.


posted: 06/21/2013 4:03 a.m.

BORN June 19, 1985 HOMETOWN: Okinawa, Japan YEARS ON TOUR: 8 DID YOU KNOW? That defending Wal-Mart Northwest Arkansas Championship champion Ai Miyazato turned 28 during tournament week.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Alvarez does it all for Pirates in victory over Reds

posted: 06/21/2013 4:01 a.m.

Pedro Alvarez hasn’t changed anything in June, except those RBI numbers. They’re way up there, just like the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Amaro: Lee staying

posted: 06/21/2013 4 a.m.

While the Philadelphia Phillies struggle to achieve even a winning record, speculation persists that Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon will be available before next month’s non-waiver trade deadline.

Panel Backs Anti-Blueway Resolution

posted: 06/21/2013 4 a.m.

A group of local conservatives successfully convinced Washington County Quorum Court members to adopt a resolution opposing a federal designation of the White River and its watershed as a National Blueway.

Money Pledged For School Safe Routes

posted: 06/21/2013 4 a.m.

The state Highway Department is handing out federal money to several cities and schools as part of the Safe Routes to School Program.

Police: Woman Attacked At Home

posted: 06/21/2013 4 a.m.

A Missouri man faces felony charges after police said he broke into a woman’s home and choked her.

Show Helps Kids Engage In Reading

posted: 06/21/2013 4 a.m.

Children attending a special program Thursday at the Springdale Public Library saw a performance of folk tales designed to get them interested in reading.

Preservation Awards

posted: 06/21/2013 4 a.m.

The city’s Historic District Commission last week recognized several projects, organizations and individuals displaying an outstanding commitment to preservation.

Murder Trial Reset

posted: 06/21/2013 4 a.m.

The capital murder trial of Eric Thomas Frankenhauser has been reset to Dec. 2 to allow the defense more time for a second mental examination.

Police Link Man to Voyeurism

posted: 06/21/2013 4 a.m.

Police arrested an Abercrombie & Fitch employee Wednesday after he admitted taking photographs of customers while they changed clothes, according to an arrest report.

Library Book Sale Saturday

posted: 06/21/2013 4 a.m.

The library’s biannual book sale is set from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Rock Street entrance of the parking garage, 401 W. Mountain St.

Development’s Problems Continue With Fuel Spill

posted: 06/21/2013 4 a.m.

Problems at The Vue apartment complex continued Thursday after a fuel tank fell off a forklift, spilling hundreds of gallons of diesel.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: White leads way as East girls make it 2 in a row

posted: 06/21/2013 3:59 a.m.

The East and West teams have alternated victories in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star girls basketball game each year since 2005. But Calli White of Fort Smith Southside made sure her team bucked that trend Thursday night.

BOYS BASKETBALL: NLR duo shine in blowout

posted: 06/21/2013 3:57 a.m.

About the only thing in doubt in the closing minutes of Thursday night’s Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star boys basketball game was whether the East would top the 100-point mark.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Shannon makes impression on Miami prospects

posted: 06/21/2013 3:54 a.m.

Arkansas looks to be in good shape to get an official visit from one of the nation’s top running backs, Dalvin Cook, because of the respect he has for a member of the Razorbacks’ coaching staff.

Game 4 scoring barrage alters mind-set of teams

posted: 06/21/2013 3:52 a.m.

So much for all the talk about the impenetrable goalies, and forget about those lane-clogging defensemen. It was all about the offense in Game 4, and the hangover could extend into the final three games of the deadlocked Stanley Cup finals.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/21/2013 3:51 a.m.

Tahitians tear it up on Twitter If nothing else — and for apparently no real reason — the Tahitian national soccer team is optimistic.

Off the wire

posted: 06/21/2013 3:48 a.m.

GOLF Hoffmman leads Travelers Charley Hoffman couldn’t help but think about last year as he stood on the 17th tee Thursday at the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.

Home resales, prices surge in May

posted: 06/21/2013 3:34 a.m.

Sales of previously owned U.S. homes climbed in May to the highest level since November 2009 and prices jumped, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday.

GAO: Airline merger to cost fliers

posted: 06/21/2013 3:33 a.m.

A government review of the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways found that it would reduce competition on 1,665 routes traveled by more than 53 million passengers.

New-vehicle titling in state dips in May

posted: 06/21/2013 3:31 a.m.

Arkansas new-vehicle registrations dropped 9 percent in May compared with May last year, but the number of titles issued is still among the highest in five years, a Kentucky firm that provides analysis for the auto industry said Thursday.

Fearful Chinese hold off lending

posted: 06/21/2013 3:30 a.m.

China’s financial system is in the throes of a cash crunch, with interbank lending rates spiking Thursday, even as growth in the economy displays signs of slowing further.

Jobless claims up 18,000 last week

posted: 06/21/2013 3:28 a.m.

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits rose by 18,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 354,000. Despite the gain, the level remains consistent with moderate job growth.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/21/2013 3:26 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “China’s interbank market is basically frozen — much like credit markets froze in the United States right after Lehman failed. Rates are being quoted, but no transactions are taking place.” Patrick Chovanec, managing director and chief strategist at Silvercrest Asset Management Article,1D


posted: 06/21/2013 3:23 a.m.

Acxiom CEO earned $4.8 million in 2012 Scott E. Howe, chief executive officer and president of Acxiom Corp., earned $4.8 million in 2012, according to the Little Rock-based company’s proxy statement filed Thursday.

World War Z

posted: 06/21/2013 3:21 a.m.

Like the whippet-fast zombies themselves, nearly everything in Marc Forster’s apocalyptic undead thriller moves quickly. In this season of bloated, big-budget, extended-length blockbusters, this is not at all a bad thing.

REVIEW: Monsters University

posted: 06/21/2013 3:15 a.m.

Monsters University is loaded with delightful moments, endearing characters and minute visual touches that let viewers know that the folks who made it approached their work passionately.


posted: 06/21/2013 3:12 a.m.

Starlet Directed by Sean Baker (not rated, 103 minutes) A 21-year-old aspiring actress, Jane (Dree Hemingway), who has a male Chihuahua named Starlet (Boonee), befriends elderly widowed Sadie (Besedka Johnson) after finding a pile of money in a Thermos she buys at Sadie’s yard sale.

Superman No. 1 in single bound

posted: 06/21/2013 3:11 a.m.

Man of Steel, the grim reboot of the Superman movies, took in about $129 million in ticket sales last week, giving the Warner Bros. the year’s second-best opening behind Walt Disney Co.’s Iron Man 3 in May.

Film clips

posted: 06/21/2013 3:04 a.m.

At area theaters 68 AFTER EARTH, PG-13 A teenager (Jaden Smith) embarks on a perilous journey to deliver help to his critically injured father (Will Smith) after a crash landing strands them on Earth 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. (100 minutes)

Screen Gems

posted: 06/21/2013 3:01 a.m.

I’m sure you’ve heard about the cloud — that ambiguous tech trend that mainly refers to the idea of a hosting model that can store data that relates to your computing experience.


posted: 06/21/2013 3 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) Frances Ha, R A New Yorker who is an apprentice for a dance company but who’s not really a dancer throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as the possibility of their fulfillment dwindles.


posted: 06/21/2013 2:59 a.m.

New this week The Bling Ring 87 R A group of teenagers go on a thrilling and disturbing crime spree in the Hollywood hills, tracking their celebrity targets (including Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom and Rachel Bilson) online, and stealing more than $3 million in luxury goods from their homes.


posted: 06/21/2013 2:57 a.m.

Happy birthday. Isn’t it fun when life gives you more than the basics, betters the luxuries and then tops it off by challenging your notion of what is possible? That happens this year.


posted: 06/21/2013 2:56 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Pets are important members of our families. So when one gets lost, it can be a traumatic experience for everyone, including the pet.


posted: 06/21/2013 2:56 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My husband and I fight about money all the time. I hate it, and yet we no sooner say we’re going to stop than something else comes up, and we start all over again. We both want it solved, but how do we get out of this? It’s ruining our marriage. — C.G.

Super Quiz: Wedding traditions

posted: 06/21/2013 2:55 a.m.

1. A gift-giving party held for a bride-to-be 2. The female equivalent of the ring bearer or page boy 3. Card indicating at what table a guest is assigned to sit 4. Felix Mendelssohn piece often played for the entry of the bride

For young Farmiga, Bling is foreign turf

posted: 06/21/2013 2:40 a.m.

Taissa Farmiga turns 19 in August, but the actress has already built up a formidable resume and learned a few lessons her older peers could benefit from.

Taking a look under the cape

posted: 06/21/2013 2:40 a.m.

When it was first announced in early 2010, the idea of a new Superman movie prompted a mix of eye-rolling and excitement. On the one hand, wasn’t there just another Superman reboot in 2006?

WWZ is not ‘just’ zombies

posted: 06/21/2013 2:40 a.m.

What will audiences take away from the scorched earth of World War Z? It might be the nerve-racking sound of snapping zombie teeth.

Philadelphia factories expand quickly

posted: 06/21/2013 2:40 a.m.

Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region unexpectedly grew in June at the fastest pace in two years as factories showed resilience in the face of slowing overseas markets.

Sam’s CEO: Flourished once she allied her halves

posted: 06/21/2013 2:39 a.m.

Wal-Mart / Sam’s Club’s corporate culture is loosely discussed as a cornerstone of its business though executives seldom get the chance to discuss it much in public.

Fed report sparks broad sell-off

posted: 06/21/2013 2:39 a.m.

There was no let-up in the flight from stocks and bonds Thursday as the Dow Jones industrial average plunged 353.87 points and wiped out almost two months of gains.

Sharks look forward, sign Torres

posted: 06/21/2013 2:39 a.m.

Raffi Torres showed the San Jose Sharks during his short stint both the attributes that make him a valuable player and the negatives of his suspension-filled history that sidelined him for the final six games of the playoffs.